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Palin on Thin Ice

With today’s kerfuffle over the media being kept away from Sarah Palin’s meetings with foreign leaders -- like there was a risk she’d answer their shouted questions? -- I’ve been mulling over Colby’s post about the Hannity-Palin “100 percent pure infomercial” interview. I watched both nights, then read the transcripts, and I think the interview hasn’t gotten nearly the attention it deserved. While I agree with Colby’s assessment that the audience was “treated to a political advertisement aimed at serving the interests of the Republican presidential ticket,” I think the Hannity love-fest offered a valuable look at Palin, perhaps more revealing because she was on such friendly territory. For all the softballs Hannity tossed her way, Palin did not come off very well, in my view. If this was a political commercial, I wasn’t buying the product.

The way she answers questions brings to mind -- I have Alaska on the brain, admittedly -- the image of a polar bear, jumping from rhetorical ice floe to ice floe, drifting some but eventually managing to get safely to dry land. No flubs, but you get the sense that she could plunge into the icy water at any moment. Palin has an odd tendency to use the same word twice in a sentence, as in, “The people of American realize that inherently all political power is inherent in the people,” or, about John McCain, “He can surpass the partisanship that must be surpassed to deal with an issue like this.” Or, combining word repetition with another Palin verbal tic, word dropping, this about the economic meltdown: “Well, you know, first Fannie and Freddie, different because quasi-government agencies there where government had to step in because the adverse impact all across our nation, especially with homeowners, is just too impacting.”

Ok, not everyone is Daniel Webster. Palin isn’t the first politician to dwell in the land of anodyne clichés such as, “We sort of have a do-nothing Senate right now where nobody is really wanting to pick up the ball and run with it.” Yet I always got the sense listening to George W. Bush tying himself up in rhetorical knots that his problem was more in the nature of getting the words to come out of his mouth correctly, not so much that he didn’t know what to say. Palin -- I’m not so sure.

An Alaska friend tells me that Palin has always benefited from being underestimated. Maybe I’m doing that. Maybe I’ve been around polished politicians too long to appreciate the unvarnished authenticity that obviously appeals to many voters. But there’s no Palin interview I’ve listened to, before or after her selection, that gave me the sense that she had anything but a millimeter-thin understanding of the issues facing the country she hopes to help lead.

Consider this exchange.

Hannity: What is our role as a country as it relates to national security?

Palin: Yes. That's a great question, and being an optimist I see our role in the world as one of being a force for good, and one of being the leader of the world when it comes to the values that -- it seems that just human kind embraces the values that -- encompass life and liberty and the pursuit of happiness, and that's just -- not just in America, that is in our world.

And America is in a position because we care for so many people to be able to lead and to be able to have a strong diplomacy and a strong military also at the same time to defend not only our freedoms, but to help these rising smaller democratic countries that are just -- you know, they're putting themselves on the map right now, and they're going to be looking to America as that leader.

We being used as a force for good is how I see our country.

Whew. Made it to the other side of that one.

Can’t wait for the debate. I bet it will be impacting.

By Ruth Marcus  | September 23, 2008; 5:29 PM ET
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Media being kept away from meetings with foreign leaders? If my representatives in the press can't witness them, I won't believe any reports at all of them, including hers.
Especially not hers.

Joe Biden gave 54 interviews during the first 2 weeks after Sarah's nomination, while she gave none. Meeting with foreign leaders is preposterous.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 23, 2008 6:10 PM | Report abuse

We have a large number of very bright people in this country.

Why do we choose to be led by fools?

Posted by: veep | September 23, 2008 6:15 PM | Report abuse

Veep: "We" don't choose this. A large number of people allow the wool to be pulled over their eyes, and simply don't care.

Don't believe their lies. The main one not to believe is that everyone else is believing them. "WE" are not. They are not inevitable. Stop them.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 23, 2008 6:19 PM | Report abuse

I had this strange sensation that I had heard Gov. Palin's words before and reading Marcus' post it finally struck me where. It's e.e. cummings.

Palin's response: "Yes. That's a great question, and being an optimist I see our role in the world as one of being a force for good, and one of being the leader of the world when it comes to the values that -- it seems that just human kind embraces the values that -- encompass life and liberty and the pursuit of happiness, and that's just -- not just in America, that is in our world."

e.e. cummings' poem:

"next to of course god america i
love you land of the pilgrims' and so forth oh
say can you see by the dawn's early my
country 'tis of centuries come and go
and are no more what of it we should worry
in every language even deafanddumb
thy sons acclaim your glorious name by gorry
by jingo by gee by gosh by gum
why talk of beauty what could be more beaut-
iful than these heroic happy dead
who rushed like lions to the roaring slaughter
they did not stop to think they died instead
then shall the voice of liberty be mute?"

He spoke. And drank rapidly a glass of water"


If only e.e. had a line about "not blinking," the poem would have been frighteningly prescient.

Posted by: todd | September 23, 2008 6:27 PM | Report abuse

The media must demand to interview Palin. This is a sham and it has gone on way too long. She could be the President in four months and we have no way of knowing whether she has any understanding about foreign affairs, the economy, or anything. The media must do their job instead of facilitating this ridiculous staging today.

Posted by: patagonia | September 23, 2008 6:30 PM | Report abuse

"Impacting"! Well played. I laughed.

Posted by: Dave | September 23, 2008 6:36 PM | Report abuse

There is nothing I've seen from Palin that makes me think she's very bright. The Hannity interview is just a confirmation and an example of a seriously cynical extended photo op by John McCain. The hypocrisy of his act in choosing Palin is stunning beyond belief. If he really believed in country first, McCain would have picked somebody with brains and experience. He did neither.

Posted by: Electric Bill | September 23, 2008 6:44 PM | Report abuse

While a Palin admirer, I must agree that both her rhetorical style and substances left much to be desired in the Hannity interview.

But the fault was Hannity's, not Palin's. His amorphous interrogatory style, if one can call it that, leaves the interviewee with nothing to grab onto.One keeps waiting futilely for the question.

Nevertheless, despite her triumph at the Republican convention, rhetoric is not Palin's strong suit, which is easy to underestimate. What's not to underestimate is her fierce internalizing of any issue she confronts. Betray the slightest weakness there, and she'll bury you.

Posted by: Joe LaRocca | September 23, 2008 6:45 PM | Report abuse

Truth has become stranger than fiction, indeed. Had such a ridiculous storyline been the thread of a West Wing season (moose-hunting & woefully unprepared governor of sparsely populated right-wing state chosen as VP candidate; isolation of said VP candidate from any and all media scrutiny; righteous indignation on behalf of VP candidate for any and all criticsm, real or imagined; simultaneous economic meltdown and rushing of hundreds of millions of dollars of "bailout" funds and unconstitutional legislation on behalf of "the American people"; etc. etc. ), we would have stopped watching because it would be too outlandish even for television! But people do seem to be waking up, if the polls can be believed. . . though who can foresee what depraved tactics the RNC will stoop to next as they, desparate, realize that "we the people" may actually take the reigns back.

Posted by: RA | September 23, 2008 6:53 PM | Report abuse

Can anyone name one single time in American modern history where someone in such a potentially powerful position has been shielded the way she has?

Makes you wonder what they've got to hide....

And I'm damn sick and tired of wondering what our govt has to hide.....

Posted by: Embarrassing... | September 23, 2008 6:57 PM | Report abuse

I didn't watch the Hannity interview - don't have cable - but just reading it put me in mind of the poor beauty contestant that shows up on YouTube in the dumb blondes or dumb women category.....Is Palin smarter than a 5th grader???? Obtuse much...Did she ever even answer the question or just beat around the bush so much that you got tired of trying to figure out if she did?

Posted by: GJKBEAR | September 23, 2008 7:01 PM | Report abuse

The warning about "not underestimating Palin" relates surely not to her hidden depth or knowledge but to her ambition and ability to use the media.

The idea that she's merely not polished is a stereotype than inverts the reality of her carefully crafted, if somewhat clumsily delivered answers, which hints at her being well-prepped in bromides not substance.

Her campaign has the press scared of seeming elitist. A criterion of excellence as evidenced by articulated insight is not elitest but the bottom line.

Posted by: jhbyer | September 23, 2008 7:02 PM | Report abuse

"Impacted"? It sounds like a nursing home patient with a problem . . .

Posted by: Indiana Pearl | September 23, 2008 7:04 PM | Report abuse

I applaud the WP for NOT posting pictures of Palin at the UN today. Bravo!!!

Every journalist and news organization should ban together and cease ALL coverage of the McCain campaign until this total disregard for press coverage stops and McCain and Palin start answering questions.

Zero campaign coverage by all news organizations will bring them to their knees and force them to acknowledge that this is America and Americans will not continue to tolerate their complete disregard for our right to open news coverage.

Posted by: Sylvia | September 23, 2008 7:08 PM | Report abuse

Wow.... reading some of her quotes was like deja vu from the Miss America pageant. Except, not as sharp.

Posted by: mk | September 23, 2008 7:10 PM | Report abuse

Fools follow fools! That is the case of America today. Wash a pig, clean a pig, a pig remains a pig! Please I did not mention any lipsticks here as I do not want to sound sexist!

If this is what Americans can afford as a potential president, then I say sorry to you Americans! But I know there are better materials than what you are being forced to accept.

Two people, one old enough to be the other's father, both not blinking; very terrifying! McCain did not blink before he chose Sarah Palin and beautiful Palin did not blink before she accepted. America, what does that tell you about the two people?

Who on earth would not blink before considering to accept the second most powerful position in the world? Only Sarah Palin could do such. I guess America is about to join the so-called third world.......welcome to the club.

Posted by: Ossy Anyabuike | September 23, 2008 7:24 PM | Report abuse

"What's not to underestimate is her fierce internalizing of any issue she confronts. Betray the slightest weakness there, and she'll bury you."


I'm trying to imagine what the hell this means. So she's going to "internalize" an issue about which she knew nothing five minutes ago? (I've a mental picture of her literally chewing and swallowing the Cliff-Notes briefing pages from her campaign staff...)

Then, apparently, she'll fiercely tear a chunk out of our legs if wiser heads betray any ambivalence toward a complex problem? (Ouch. Still no solutions to the crisis, but I'm bleeding now. Maybe that'll distract our enemies, or at least the press.)

She'll "bury" us? (What--like Khrushchev? Guess that's the Russia experience she gained from her sight-line across the Bering Strait. Impressive!) Still, where does that leave those of us who prefer informed leadership to shovelfuls of regurgitated BS?

Posted by: Adam | September 23, 2008 7:29 PM | Report abuse

Just another one of those "candidate we'd like to have a beer with" moments. Lots of people I'd like to have a beer with. Don't want any of them to run this country. Heaven helps us if palin-mccain get in. Aside from the obvious detriments, I'm afraid I'd have to keep replacing the windows in my house as I'm afraid her shrieking will crack the glass.

Posted by: stryker | September 23, 2008 7:34 PM | Report abuse

Why is it continually assumed that we all would want to "have a beer" with some Bible-waving idiot who can't complete an original sentence?

Posted by: Adam | September 23, 2008 7:40 PM | Report abuse

It's surprising that nobody has noticed we could possibly have a pregnant VP during the next four years?

Posted by: cj | September 23, 2008 7:43 PM | Report abuse

Adam--I agree entirely on your view of whatever it was JLaR said. I read once that Reagan had the gift not only of maintaining his delusions, but of making others share these delusions. Palin has the virtue of not only sounding like the fool she is, but of making those who support her sound like idiots as well.

Posted by: jad | September 23, 2008 7:47 PM | Report abuse

We have the people of Alaska to thank for Palin. Those 100,000+ who elected and allowed her to move from Wasilla to the capital city. I wonder how the people who voted for the 40-watt lite bulb feel now?

Posted by: Mattie | September 23, 2008 7:47 PM | Report abuse

Palin answers questions like the beauty pageant queen that she is-why expect more than platitudes? "Oh, I am for world peace becasue God blessed this country from sea to shining sea and I just want to add, God Bless America because as my grandmother, who fought for our nation against the Vietnamese in World War II said, Sara love this country like a Nascar race honey, so when I pray every night I ask God, please help those Godless Vietnamese and such to never bomb us again and to help them find Jesus, amen...and God Bless America!"

Posted by: Judge Roy Bean | September 23, 2008 8:02 PM | Report abuse

jad: thanks. I was also amused by the idea that nebulous questions from someone like Hannity are at fault if an interviewee fails to impress.

Knowledgeable guests--people like Barack Obama, and Bill Clinton before him, to name two--welcome such lapses as opportunities to say, "I'm glad you mentioned _____. Here are the three most critical aspects of that issue where Americans are concerned. Here's what I've already said and done to address the problem, here's what I'd do in the future, and here's how my opponent's position is the wrong path for the nation."

In other words, people with well-developed world-views don't complain about hanging curve balls from interviewers: instead, they hit them over the center-field bleachers.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 23, 2008 8:10 PM | Report abuse

Transcript of Palin meeting:

From:
Head of State
http://headofstate.blogspot.com/2008/09/sarah-palin-meets-with-afghani.html

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

TRANSCRIPT:

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' there 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.

Cite:
Head of State
http://headofstate.blogspot.com/2008/09/sarah-palin-meets-with-afghani.html

Posted by: Anonymous | September 23, 2008 8:13 PM | Report abuse

She talks a blue streak, says nothing.

Posted by: C. Neiman | September 23, 2008 8:27 PM | Report abuse

It's difficult to analyze what exactly is so poor and infuriating about her answers to questions. You did a good job. Keep it up.

Posted by: cicada99 | September 23, 2008 8:28 PM | Report abuse

What kind of person is crazy enough to use a Yahoo account to conduct official government business?

And now we want to make her Vice President and give her top security clearance and access to all our nation's secrets?

Doesn't seem like such a good idea: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wPi17bX_4Ec

Posted by: fjfjdvdv | September 23, 2008 8:37 PM | Report abuse

Palin, like George Bush, is entirely the creation of a vast section of the American public that actively seeks out stupidity and ignorance in its leaders.

Tens of millions of working-class (Americans call it "middle-class" for some reason) Republicans and Reagan Democrats form the Red Guard of American anti-intellectualism. They persecute anyone who talks in terms more complicated than phony homespun bromides, and indeed anyone who dares use the English language properly.

Politicians relentlessly suck up to the wisdom of "Main Street", or Peoria or whatever, even though it's been proven wrong again and again. The media is too chicken to swim against the tide.

Why is America like this? I don't know, but I'm pretty sure it's a sign of a society in decline.

When I see Palin faking a "workin' man's" accent in the most contrived manner, I can't believe anyone would fall for it. But polls show most Americans think she's a good pick. Most Americans thought the same about GW Bush, of course. I guess they get the leaders they deserve.

Posted by: OD | September 23, 2008 8:38 PM | Report abuse

Last time I checked, the media didn't run the Palin campaign. I hope they keep her away from the far left elitist media until after the election. You don't deserve her, sitting on the sidelines sharpening your knifes and salivating.

Posted by: bfree | September 23, 2008 8:42 PM | Report abuse

Thanks Ruth. I admire your perserverance in reading that entire interview. I would not have made beyond the first few questions. I enjoy good reading good, logical, well thought out conservative interviews, but Hannity ain't that. My question to America's conservatives is What would Wm F Buckley have to say about this nonsense -- not just the Hannity interview, but the whole thing about the Republican party representing Ms Palin as a true conservative worthy of nomination as VP.

Posted by: ghinHI | September 23, 2008 8:43 PM | Report abuse

All we can presume is that GOP handlers have assessed her to be horribly unfit and are trying to keep it secret just long enough... Thinking about this, even John McCain is no longer allowed to have those friendly chats with reporters. And, even Bush is not allowed out much. Perhaps there's even more to worry about here. Like who really is in charge of the Republican Party? and if they should win, who would really be running the country?

Posted by: amylynde | September 23, 2008 8:43 PM | Report abuse

Just an idle observation: Iran's Ahmadinedjad has held more interviews with American media than Palin. Why is that?

Posted by: AMviennaVA | September 23, 2008 8:43 PM | Report abuse

Free Sarah Palin!!!!
Free Sarah Palin!!!!
Free Sarah Palin!!!!

How good is your candidate if she give her less time in the real world than the scientologists!!!!!

Posted by: Joseph | September 23, 2008 8:45 PM | Report abuse

Well I guess this means you're "in the tank" Ruth. You know that both she and McCain keep enemies lists. If they get elected, they will try and have you fired for this. That's what they did in Alaska - had unfriendly media fired for not showing the proper "respect."

Do us a favor, you and your press friends. Bring us as much truth as possible as fast as possible so that we don't have a fraud perpetuated on us, again. Thanks.

Posted by: Mary | September 23, 2008 8:57 PM | Report abuse

bfree: "Last time I checked, the media didn't run the Palin campaign. I hope they keep her away from the far left elitist media until after the election."
_____________________

Until the next time the McCain camp needs some pictures taken, or a stage-managed sitdown, that is.

"You don't deserve her"

Yes. I'm quite happy for her to return to Alaska where they are worthy of her.

In the meantime, if the media's too much for you, how about a REAL town-hall meeting where she fields unscripted questions from an audience representing the entire electorate (not just the local GOP faithful)?

Just her, one on one with real voters, demonstrating her well-thought out policy positions, her ability to think on her feet, and her deep understanding of the world we face.

Or don't the voters "deserve" her either?

Posted by: Adam | September 23, 2008 8:57 PM | Report abuse

The debate?

Prepared questions…
Prepared answers...
No elements of surprise…

Sara will look just fine for our completely stupefied viewers.

Actually, she is Bush in woman’s body.

Posted by: Bor | September 23, 2008 8:58 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin is not qualified to be vice president.

Posted by: adelle | September 23, 2008 9:00 PM | Report abuse

"ted by: todd If only e.e. had a line about "not blinking," the poem would have been frighteningly prescient."

not e.e.cummings, but don marquis' Archie the Cockroach. She even talks with out capitalization.

But then, maybe not. DM had the poetry in prose that made HIM readable.

"there's many a dance in the old girl yet, and many a song."

Posted by: ceflynline@msn.com | September 23, 2008 9:01 PM | Report abuse

I do not blame Sarah Palin from wanting to meet the cut throat Obama media. I can learn more about her and the real news from just listening to her. The media has with out shame made fools of themselves with inflated egos. What makes reporters feel so superior that we must learn from them. Reporters and the news media do it for a healthy profit, not the publics right to know. You are so biased to the point of being untruthful.

Posted by: Sam | September 23, 2008 9:01 PM | Report abuse

It would be great if the press & media would put their bias aside ... and EQUALLY represent all candidates. Obama has yet to really answer a question directly, he stutters without a teleprompter & script to tell him what to say next AND he has been campaigning for over a year. Palin has just been thrown into the game -- and if you dig deep, you have to admit she is doing well.

With all the slogans of "change" being the answer for the US -- the biggest "change" thus far has been in the nomination of Sarah Palin. Realistically, Biden offers more of the same with an 10 add'l years in Washington.

Wake up America -- Obama is frightening (Rev Wright, Michelle Obama (yikes), Bill Ayers, his slum lord friend who will soon be in jail ... and you know the list goes on) His ability to indicate "present" as many times as documented does NOT indicate he is a leader -- he does not want to be accountable for anything.

Posted by: Anonymous Too | September 23, 2008 9:04 PM | Report abuse

The democratic vice presidential candidate doesn't even know who the president was in 1929 but he's SO smart and Palin is dumb. Obama is SO bright but is on the wrong side of every idealogical debate.

Keep underestimating Palin. She'll own Biden on Oct. 2.

Posted by: flipper14 | September 23, 2008 9:04 PM | Report abuse

I hope Palin continues to snub the major media. She and her family have been smeared relentlessly since she was chosen; as this article demonstrates.

The major media has not seen fit to explore Obama's time in New York, his time at Harvard, his ties to Rezko, Rev. Wright, William Ayers, his tendency to vote "present", his ties to ACORN, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and the mortgage crisis, or his extremist policies.

The media will have a legitimate complaint about Palin after it starts doing its job with Obama.

Posted by: Mike J | September 23, 2008 9:05 PM | Report abuse

I'm about ready to apply to the EU for political asylum. I'm sick as hell of living in a land of fools.

Posted by: Haniel | September 23, 2008 9:06 PM | Report abuse

By Sarah not wanting to talk to reporters tells me she is my girl. She is working for the people and does not need the approval of the DC elite media. The media is so biased in all the reporting. Where is the investigations on Obama's past or associates. Where is your investigation on his middle eastern money? Where is the investigation on the corruption of the democrats with Fanny Mae. Dodd and Frank and Obamas contributions or should we say bribes? You really expect us to want your reports.

Posted by: Elise | September 23, 2008 9:07 PM | Report abuse

"Just an idle observation: Iran's Ahmadinedjad has held more interviews with American media than Palin. Why is that? Posted by: AMviennaVA

AND, he answered questions that weren't carefully pre screened.

She may not know much about what a vice president does, but she is a quick understudy for the Dick "Count DOOKU" Cheney theory of Vice Presidential comportment: Hide, lie, scheme in private. Pick a total zombie for your Presidential front man. Let him mangle the English language while you mangle the Constitution.

Posted by: ceflynline@msn.com | September 23, 2008 9:07 PM | Report abuse

How entertaining...

And exactly what does the "One" bring to the table other than a shoe win backed by a Chicago machine?

Nothing...no legislation, no accomplishment, and less executive experience than the Repub VP...

Convenient to over look that isn't it? The "One" doesn't have a hat to dump in when it comes to "Foreign Relations Experience"...

I find your hatred of Palin predictable and encouraging...Keep comparing your number one slot to Palin...It is beyond humorous...

Keep thinking government is the answer...you make the ghost of Stalin proud...

CW

Posted by: Carson Wales | September 23, 2008 9:07 PM | Report abuse

Hannity probably fed Palin the questions beforehand and her campaign handlers gave her answers, which she then memorized for this ‘interview’. If Gov. Palin was knowledgeable and competent to answer unscripted questions from the press, the McCain campaign would have let her out on her own by now. But they know she can’t answer questions, without being prepped, so they’re controlling access to her. Her whole campaign is being carefully scripted. I just hope and pray that the majority of voters see through this charade.

Given that John McCain is the oldest candidate for President our nation has ever had, the choice of a running mate was the most serious decision he’s made in this campaign. We have to ask, was this the best he could do? Did he face up to the reality of his age and his health and really think this through?

Posted by: laSerenissima | September 23, 2008 9:08 PM | Report abuse

WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA, whine some more you dolts!

Yeah kiss up to the self-important media, who Reagan would have called the third oldest profession in the world (the similarities to the first two are endless). What exactly is it that they do for us anyway?

So you've got this "community organizer" whose biggest accomplishment ever was *being nominated*. WHOOHOO! Let's throw him a party at Soldier Field! (not like the Bears are going to do anything to warrant it) I didn't know that simply being nominated was an accomplishment of itself. If that's true we should make Sarah Mom of the Century for being picked for VP!

Now to Big Oaf (that's Biden in this case, or more specifically, Sen Smartguy). Anyone want to tell me what he's done? Anything good? Wow he takes an Amtrak ($500 b/f commute on OUR dime btw) home every night! What a guy! I've been in the Senate 36 years and all I got was this lousy Joe Biden, says it all...............

I love the fact that the left has whined about Bush for the last seven and a half years that they prop up essentially the black GW. Shady background, political neophyte, and dead without teleprompters. Oh but he's *thought REAL HARD* about Iraq/WOT, the economy, energy, health care, and so on. Yeah THAT will work!

And somebody actually had the nerve to rally around Amenjihad, who btw wants you dead, because "he does interviews with the media". That says more about them than it does about Sarah, and who gives a flop if Biden's done 54 interviews? What's he have to say? Is he telling people in wheelchairs to stand up? Hillary is a better VP pick than him? You have to have an interpreter to go to 7-11? Taxes are patriotic?

So as always, good job libs. Keep it up, and Nov 5 (national day of Sarah) will be a day of celebration for us all.

Posted by: LibsRBabies | September 23, 2008 9:08 PM | Report abuse

Mike J,

Oh, give it up already! We're all wa-a-a--aa-a-a-y beyond those retarded "argumennts"!

Posted by: Haniel | September 23, 2008 9:08 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin did a sitdown with Gibson and an interview with the highest-rated cable network. She is now scheduled to do a length sitdown with CBS. She's been running for less than a month and has been treated like crap by the media. She's given them much more than they deserve.

Posted by: trunc333 | September 23, 2008 9:08 PM | Report abuse

Sarah should not grace the media after the filth they willingly reported on her family and knew it was not true. It is true and part of a misinformation plan is to make the truth look paranoid. Just look around and see the media and DNC parroting the party line. The Christian Religion is evil. Homosexual is normal. Patriotism evil. Rebellion and changing the Constitution normal. Disarm the citizens normal. NRA and hunters evil. The Military and heroes evil. Anti military and ridicule heroes normal. Success and hard work evil. The government owes me normal. Shocking this is right out of the handbook of communist and Islamic terrorism guides to revolution and over throwing a country.. Schools teach the government is evil and socialism utopia normal. Divide the races through agitators and media. Destroy marriage and the families. The state is the parent. Call evil good and smear and destroy good. Look at the Hollywood crowd. McCarthy was right and history has proven it. They flock around dictators and tyrants Chavez, Castro, Iranian, and Syrians. Wake up and vote for McCain if you want freedom. After 40 years of Intelligence service I can just say look and watch. Look at Obama’s friend’s Islamic terror operatives. Rev. Wright preacher of Racist William Ayers radical terrorist. Farakhan. Research the hidden years at Columbia University. Also the overseas trips. Victor Marchenco, Ivan Scholos, Gory Machlinsos. Fhaad Hussan these are a few of the KGB friends who financed and open doors here through contacts. I am not long for this earth. A Terminal Sickness has attached to me. I want to warn my beloved country.

Posted by: Jedd | September 23, 2008 9:10 PM | Report abuse

The press have to set up a firewall around McCain campaign. That includes no talking heads on the cable shows or anything.

Until Palin gives 50 intereviews, 10 press questioning before October 2, then there will be a blackout of the McCain campaign. They can burn through their $84 million of their money to buy ads, but no free press. Nothing to talk about until she talkes questions from the full press corps.

They are playing the lower expectation game, and the media, which we own, are stupid enough to fall for it.
I think the first amendment is true, and the media is too busy to run after the story of Palin, and now McCain.
McCain just spoke after 40 days before the election.

I think today was a great example that the press banded together, and they buckled. They will buckle. The GOP is weak, and the media plays along.

Tony

Posted by: Tony | September 23, 2008 9:11 PM | Report abuse

I fear that the McCain campaign is going to be entirely successful in preventing the press from interviewing Palin. It seems so odd to me, so surreal, really, that the press will simply let this happen.
However, they are John McCain's declared "base", aren't they.
So, the American people will be electing a person who has NEVER been vetted beyond her speech, repeated ad nauseum, at the Republican Convention. Incredible.

Posted by: cms1 | September 23, 2008 9:12 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin is one of the best things that has happened to this country in years. She is a born leader blessed by God. Go Sarah!!!

Posted by: trooploop | September 23, 2008 9:12 PM | Report abuse

I went to see Gov. Palin and she was WOW.
Ther was oner 66,000. there to see just HER. WE LOVE HER GOD BLESS GOV. PALIN

Posted by: mary | September 23, 2008 9:14 PM | Report abuse

todd, great comment with the e.e. cummings poem. Perfect.
Too bad over fifty percent of the American people have NO idea who e.e. cummings is and furthermore, they could care.
Nevertheless, perfect. And, I thank you.

Posted by: cms1 | September 23, 2008 9:14 PM | Report abuse

So finally Marcus reveals her true colors
as being just another in the tank for that
phony crooked corrupt cocaine snorter empty
suit fake Messiah Barack Hussein Obama and
old Loud Mouth Loves To Hear His Own Voice
Endlessly drunken Joe Biden and Marcus has
just proved all she is just another WAPO
Obama Shill! Shame on You Marcus As I
Will Never Trust A Word You Write After
This Hit Piece Against Gov Sarah Palin.
Your Disgusting Marcus!

Posted by: Patty 2008 | September 23, 2008 9:15 PM | Report abuse

You liberal democrats are so pathetic.

You support some lightweight, unaccomplished, do nothing senator in Barack Hussein Obama, yet you know next to nothing about him. The American public knows MORE about Gov. Sarah Palin than they do about Sen. Barack Hussein Obama.

Obama has never shown ANY leadership in the Senate, yet he preaches about bringing leadership. What kind of change did he bring about in the corrupt world of Chicago politics? None at all, since he was backed by the Chicago democratic machine.

Liberal Democrats, all hail the Messiah Barack Hussein Obama! Follow the Messiah, he will lead us out of the political wilderness!

Who and what are the biggest influences in Obama's life? Do you really know?

Childhood:
Indonsian Muslim school

Teenage:
Frank Davis - communist mentor

Adult:
Jeremiah Wright - racist mentor, Tony Rezko - Syrian felon, Saul Alinsky - radical socialist, Bill Ayers - unrepentant terrorist, Michelle Obama - angry, bitter, black woman.

Hillary Clinton looks like an awesome candidate compared to Barack Hussein Obama.

The American people will never vote Obama in as President, so get out your crying towels now...

Oh, no, wait... Obama lost because it's all a big conspiracy, and everyone's a racist. Yeah, that's the ticket...

Posted by: Independent Voter | September 23, 2008 9:16 PM | Report abuse

Ruth picking on her ability to express herself only plays into the hands of those who bang the media. Can't you bang her on content? How about asked semi-serious questions, she answered with meaningless platitudes, devoid of any understanding of the subjects about which she was supposed to be speaking.

Posted by: Jim in Virginia | September 23, 2008 9:17 PM | Report abuse

Biden and Obama are smart because they are in favor of killing babies. Palin is dumb because she is pro-life. Just think about that for a second.

Posted by: valentine14 | September 23, 2008 9:18 PM | Report abuse

Nitty-picky, nitty-picky. I love the smell of panic in the morning; smells like victory.

American Heritage Dict. of the English Language, 2000

USAGE NOTE: The use of impact as a verb meaning “to have an effect” often has a big impact on readers. Eighty-four percent of the Usage Panel disapproves of the construction to impact on, as in the phrase social pathologies, common to the inner city, that impact heavily on such a community; fully 95 percent disapproves of the use of impact as a transitive verb in the sentence "Companies have used disposable techniques that have a potential for impacting our health". •It is unclear why this usage provokes such a strong response, but it cannot be because of novelty. Impact has been used as a verb since 1601, when it meant “to fix or pack in,” and its modern, figurative use dates from 1935. '

Posted by: Anonymous | September 23, 2008 9:20 PM | Report abuse

Perhaps Palin was a poor choice for VP. We deserve better decisions from McCain. He shoots from the hip and sometimes he just shoots himself in the foot.

Posted by: adam09 | September 23, 2008 9:21 PM | Report abuse

Proof you are biased and known as the Obama press.
Look Obama is now crying racism about McCain Commercial showing Obama's financial advisors Franklin Raines and the whose who of Fannie Mayes Corrupt thieves. Every time this FILTHY Lying POLITICAL Hack Obama gets the light shinned on him he cries racism. Do not forget he called Bill Clinton a racist when Clinton called Obama a liar

Posted by: Otis | September 23, 2008 9:22 PM | Report abuse

Noah Webster, not Daniel Webster. Not sure you're helping your 'politically perspicacious' credibility with that one.

Posted by: JE | September 23, 2008 9:22 PM | Report abuse

God Bless Governor Palin!

Posted by: sinbin | September 23, 2008 9:23 PM | Report abuse

Of course liberals are ready to write someone off in a heartbeat if they're a conservative. It's so easy to call someone dumb. Have you heard of emotional intelligence? I believe Lincoln had it. He had very little formal education, but he was perceptive and formed excellent decisions. Biden, on the other hand, has education and experience and forms miserable conclusions and makes poor decisions. I would lump Obama on the poor decision side of the ledger too, with his choices of associates and his crippling decisions about taxing those earning over $250,000. He will wipe out farms and small business with that tactic. Those who aren't business owners don't realize you are taxed on inventory growth and assets that aren't CASH. How do you pay taxes without CASH? You can't, you go out of business. Small business is the backbone of this country. You can't replace that with more government.

Posted by: Kary | September 23, 2008 9:23 PM | Report abuse

The whole Sarah Palin candidacy is painful to experience. I don't know whether to fault John McCain for choosing her, or Sarah for allowing herself to get in over her head. If the whole thing were not so serious, it would play like a sitcom/comedy of errors.

But it is very real, and the possibility that this pair could succeed in November and proceed to run this country is more than scary. We have come through almost 8 years of surreal, out-of-space experiences that I thought could never happen in this country. To revert to those years, or even more wierd ones, is frightening. Its time for the voters to come to their senses and realize what is at stake for the country. Barack Obama is not perfect, but I believe and trust that he has the best interests of this country at heart, and will work to restore sanity. He has worked hard to win the nomination, has demonstrated judgment in his choice of vp, is intelligent, and has run a very good campaign, an indication of his organizational powers. Let's give him and Joe Biden a chance - the alternative is unthinkable.

Posted by: jblee | September 23, 2008 9:23 PM | Report abuse

While Palin may be green to the blinding media attention she is now receiving, I don't buy the line that she lacks intelligence. Hillary Clinton may be more articulate and "polished" but what she says is 90% BS. She has been caught in so many lies that,in my opinion, she has lost all credibility. Give Sarah Palin a break people. How would YOU react to the massive media attention overnight? She's getting her footing - pretty normal. And as much as it kills most feminists to admit, she is pretty AND smart.

Posted by: Cici | September 23, 2008 9:25 PM | Report abuse

The frightening thing is that so-o-o many voters like her moxie. Iraq, 700 B gift to Wall Street, foreclosures, the environment, unemployment, health care? Not important. Palin has moxie.

Posted by: Staggo Lee | September 23, 2008 9:29 PM | Report abuse

If they won't let her keta interview stop givin her Media coverage! Shocks!! That is what the media should do.

The media is still keep givin that dumb lady, warmonger, no substance, scipted, liar, cheerleader attention.

Stop giving her attention and you will see how fast she will start taking interview.

She is just a spoiled rat that goes arround like a cheerleader. Using the sexiest card

Serious this lady and McCain it's a danger to the world. I pray every day for the entire world and the American nation.

For god to help them stop this Stupid war thing that is sucking the American nation in deep debt and along with them all the other countries surrounding them.

Both of them, McCain/Palin do not have any knowlegde or what so ever. Keep twisting words, lying, changing their believes as the weeks are passing by. Everybody in the world is seeing this except the American Nation?

How stupid a Nation can be to vote for these two stupid and dangerous people?

Just tell me something with sense Sara Palin had said since she is running for VP???? Just one! Just one thing she had said without mocking at others or had come out her own brain????????


Posted by: concern world citizen | September 23, 2008 9:30 PM | Report abuse

If she cannot or will not stand up and take "difficult" questions from the press there is a reason for it.

She either has something very real to hide, or is incompetent to answer such questions. (perhaps that is what she needs to hide - gross incompetence and a total lack of experience in the ways of the rest of the world)

If she really had any ability to lead the country, she would proudly show it rather than just reading the same prepared republican babble in front of hand picked audiences.

I probably would have voted for McCain. Not now. Not a chance.

Posted by: bigpete | September 23, 2008 9:31 PM | Report abuse

It amazes me at all of the comments about how Palin is over her head. Presumably, those making the comments are Obama supporters. One wonders how anyone could seriously think that Palin is over her head, and not know that Obama is over his. No one has ever ran for the Presidency of Veep with less experience in my lifetime (I am 50). Indeed, I expect that if John Kennedy were alive today, he would not, could not, support the party nominee. The Democratic party supports little to nothing that John Kennedy stood for. And Obama would have been dismissed in much the same way the Clintons did earlier.

Posted by: Phil | September 23, 2008 9:32 PM | Report abuse

Perhaps your Alaskan friend meant don't underestimate her political saavy, hutzpah, her ambition, her vindictiveness and her sheer nerve.
I don't think you're underestimating her qualifications and ability to communicate on the issues. She is on thin ice. If she weren't, the McCain campaign wouldn't limit access they way it has. "Barbie" (I'm thinking this is her Secret Service code name...)is allowed to deliver stump speeches in her spunky style, but not allowed to meet with the press.

Posted by: Lisa | September 23, 2008 9:33 PM | Report abuse

Independent Voter: "Michelle Obama - angry, bitter, black woman".

Yeah "being black" is truly the problem with you. You don't dare to spell it out, yet still exposed your true color after packing so many layers of fear, Muslim, communist, socialist, terrorist ...

May you live in fear all your life. Cause you will anyway.

Posted by: emilync | September 23, 2008 9:34 PM | Report abuse

Ruth sounds quite a bit jealous of Governor Palin as Sarah is obviously more intelligent, more accomplished, and about 100 times more beautiful.

Posted by: windycindy | September 23, 2008 9:35 PM | Report abuse

Those of you who support Sarah Palin, I suggest you do your homework with the people who know her best -- the Alaskans. Many who supported her do so no longer and even many who still do will say that while she's okay as governor, she is not qualified to be Vice President of the United States. To the person who mentioned Jeremiah Wright and Barack Obama, why don't you also research Pastor Thomas Muthee and Sarah Palin. And after you do some research, you can watch a little movie: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8twqZpUT2NQ&eurl=http://mudflats.wordpress.com/2008/09/19/witch-hunter-that-prayed-palin-into-office-is-coming-back-to-wasilla/

Posted by: Molly NY | September 23, 2008 9:39 PM | Report abuse

she has reached her level of incompetence

Posted by: scientist1 | September 23, 2008 9:41 PM | Report abuse

I'm a Republican, and I had the same feeling about the Hannity interview. I told my husband, "The woman just keeps going around in circles." What came clearly into focus -- she approaches every question like a beauty pageant contestant. She sounded like she was grasping to remember the right answer. Not impressive. I was planning to vote for McCain, but he showed unbelievably bad judgement with this pick. I think she is more cagey than smart. She can't articulate, so it makes me wonder if she really thinks clearly.

Posted by: Nancy | September 23, 2008 9:42 PM | Report abuse

IS it just me or does Sarah's answer sound like the kid who didn't study for the test and is just BSing their way thru it.

Posted by: Jmmersch | September 23, 2008 9:46 PM | Report abuse

You have nailed Sarah Palin to the wall, and she richly deserves it. Her bombast and blather seem to impress and fool an awful lot of folks--a frightening trend--but it's a relief to hear someone perfectly articulate what's wrong with what we're hearing from her.

Posted by: DameAlys | September 23, 2008 9:48 PM | Report abuse

I think that a mother of five kids can handle any problem in the world if she can raise a family. Yes! the family is not perfect, thank god. I wish someone can show me how anyone of the four have the experince to run the country if she can run a state. I feel that most people don't get her because she not using her body parts to say I am smart, she allows her brain to do the work. Hey, mabe a person who puts his foot in his mouth daily should talk to world leaders.
I know a lawmaker who votes present is more up for the job of President, I can hear the 3 AM call now "Present".

Open your eyes America you vote one president in on look and charm and what did he do, let to the 9-11.

Posted by: Please close your eyes | September 23, 2008 9:49 PM | Report abuse

I thought the interview would be pretty bad considering how slanted Fox is towards the right. What I did not think they would do was let her prepare her answers to the questions beforehand. Those were scripted answers and in no way were they spontaneous. And still Palin walks away sounding dumb!

Posted by: AN | September 23, 2008 9:51 PM | Report abuse

Why do you keep attacking Sara? And not Obama and the party mistreatment of a sister. As a black women and a democrat that left the party last week I am sick and tired of the hate and lies being spewed out of the party. It shows outright blatant sexisium and a vicious assault on a mother of 5 children who showed the world us sisters can do it! Without a bunch of keep them on the reservation socialist liberal garbage that I was brainwashed into following for 28 years

Posted by: Jasemin | September 23, 2008 9:51 PM | Report abuse

Did reporters cover Obama's meetings with foreign leaders after he finally found it useful to go on a fact-finding trip? No... or we would have known for certain whether or not he asked that troop withdrawals be stopped until he could take credit for them. In the same light... personal meetings between world leaders can serve a vital role in their getting to know one another better. As such, maybe they shouldn't be covered by a "fourth estate" that is looking for snippets to bolster their institutional philosophical positions. By stressing how important having reporters listening in was... the press is suggesting that this was a public relations and not a diplomatic effort.

Posted by: DAPoad | September 23, 2008 9:53 PM | Report abuse

I am appalled and disgusted by the claim of Obama supporters and the Washington Post that Jesus was a community organizer. Jesus Christ told people to trust in God not the government. I am very upset how the liberal media is comparing Obama to Jesus with a halo. This is total blasphemy and shows how low and evil these people are. Only a fool would vote for low life political hack fraud like him

Posted by: Tyresha | September 23, 2008 9:53 PM | Report abuse

Governor Palin enjoys shooting large mammals, believes rape victims should carry their babies to term and calls our Iraq invasion a task from God. For all those reasons, Senator McCain chose to position her where he hopes she will be "one heart beat from the Oval Office." Why nitpick about her inability to speak coherently or to grasp the threats confronting our nation? Are you insufficiently cowed by threats of being labeled sexist?

Posted by: lsm | September 23, 2008 9:58 PM | Report abuse

What in the world makes the main street media think they are so above us, that they alone decide what is right and wrong. Sarah should have sued you miserable cockaroaches for what you wrote about her family. Of course John Edwardwards was not in your biased reprting. As a veteran I have seen your total false hoods and lies about the war. Your reporter sits in a bar 200 miles away and writes negative lies. Why because you tell him you do not want good news. It just might upset the liberal left wing newsroom. Sarah is my hero.

Posted by: Stewart | September 23, 2008 9:59 PM | Report abuse

The more I read about Gov.Sarah Palin from your washington post The more I know I must have this wonderful Woman as our VP. She is for me and all of the women of small towns!

Posted by: Pinky | September 23, 2008 10:00 PM | Report abuse

I am a black Afro American and I state it as a Fact! You are biased and will not report anything contary to your ultra liberal left wing doctrine. Obama is a RACIST simple. That is all that comes out of his and his wifes mouth. Rev. Wright preached it for 20 years and Obama does not remember. Of course not he is part of the Farakhan hate machine. That is the reason Jesse Jackson wanted to cut his balls off. The problem is Obama does not have any. He sold them out to the lobyist at Fanny Mae and Freddie Mack and Middle Eastern Terrorists and George Soros.

Posted by: Buster | September 23, 2008 10:02 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin speaks in a circular manner, not linear manner. It's sure to drive most of us crazy in the end.

Hannity would ask a question, and Sarah would talk around the question, trying to think as she spoke. Hence her answers grew long, convoluted, often off-point.

To her credit, she's learned to cover for her deficiencies in knowledge by circular speak. It's especially effective if you conclude a disjointed sentence with phrases like "American apple pie" or our "American military toughness". This throws the audience off, and makes an interviewer less likely to follow up with a tough question. Who after all, doesn't like apple pie?

I almost pity McCain should he win. His punishment will be a woman at his side who speaks indirectly and who rambles. Something a true military kind of guy can't typically stand.

As for our allies and enemies, well, they're laughing at us now, and salivating for their future.

America doesn't have to go down this path. Speak up!

Posted by: ohjohnnieboy | September 23, 2008 10:04 PM | Report abuse


Ruth, thank you so much for writing this. Please keep it up!

Palin as President-In-Waiting is truly irresponsible and shocking. Boggles my mind.

Posted by: ams40 | September 23, 2008 10:04 PM | Report abuse

So you think Sarah Palin is on thin ice. You do not know the women the this great USA. We will VOTE SARAH PALIN!

Posted by: elayne | September 23, 2008 10:04 PM | Report abuse

From Alaska. Here's what the Palins think of the law. Last Friday Todd palin had a legislative SUBPOENA to appear in court regarding Sara's Troopergate investigation. The "First Dude" was a no show, blowing his court appearance off. No motion filed to dismiss the subpoena, no appearance, just a flagrant disregard for the law. Try that at home, and see where it gets you.

Windycindy, how do you know Palin is intelligent? The press doesn't get to interview her so you are just hearing McCain's speechwriter's soundbites. And, do you REALLY think it is important that our next VP is cute? I'm sure our military men and women fighting wars in Iraq and Afghanistan will feel more secure knowing our VP is cute. (and, of course, we can see Russia from Alaska.)

The reason I reject Palin is that she is against everything I find worthwhile. She is bad for the environment - clueless about global warming (she has Alaska suing the Feds over the threatened species listing of the polar bear). She is in favor of the barbaric practice of aerial wolf hunting (killing wolves from airplanes) as a wildlife management tool. She just lobbied for AK Proposition 4, which would all but do away with the clean water act in Alaska. She wants to force women who have been raped or who have been victims of incest to have a baby if the CRIME results in a pregnancy. She lies about the Bridge to Nowhere, and earmarks, but that's OK, she's a cutie.

By the way, Joe Biden is a real friend of women. He has consistently voted for women's rights - including equal pay for equal work - which, by the way McCain voted against. Keep that in mind when you are in the voting booth.

Posted by: zuki | September 23, 2008 10:05 PM | Report abuse

It amazes me that one who graduated by the skin of his teeth, and his father's pull, would pick another with the same reputation. How many institutions did she have to attend before she found one that would grant her a degree.

She spews so many sentences searching desperately for a period. This is not simply bad grammar. She is trying too hard to convince us that she actually has something to say.

I haven't figured out what she has to say.

Palin is in the mold of Bush and McCain. I'm glad there is not much chance that either will end of in "Warshington" with their fingers near the "nucular" trigger.

...and they say us black people can't speak.


Posted by: DougH1 | September 23, 2008 10:06 PM | Report abuse

Whre is your reporting on coruption with Obama?
You are judged by the company you keep. Looking at Obama and Biden you see Tony Rizo who is convicted in jail, William Ayers the bomber, Rev. Wright and Farakahn the racist. The liberal media who slanders an all American woman Sara Palin and her 17 year old daughter. Then attacks her qualifications which means they are attacking all women. Obama can’t speak with out a teleprompter which means someone else is telling him what to say. Sara Palin has an 80 percent approval rating by hundred of thousands who put their stamp of approval on her. Now the entire country approves of her. The Democrat party has been taken over by socialists and the insane. Their idea of a qualified woman is a hard core lesbian! The Bible sums it up They are evil haters of God and despisers good.

Posted by: Jinawa | September 23, 2008 10:06 PM | Report abuse

Everyone seems to be critizing Sarah Palin and what she has been doing wrong...remember we aren't voting for the Vice President, we are voting for the President. Just pay attention to John McCain and if you don't agree with him then don't vote for him, but don't base your vote on the VP.

Posted by: Hannah | September 23, 2008 10:14 PM | Report abuse

my goodness. libby really has he panties in a knot

dont you psuedo intellectuals get this ? it's not Palin they love, it's the liberals they hate. Your telling them to give up 200 + years of self determination to join in the cesspool of socialism. It's just not gonna happen.

anyone, anywhere that will finally stand up say 'look that camelot, government as God thing is a bunch of crap' they will vote for. over and over again

Your deluded sense of self keen insight, along with your shrill screaming and 12 year old mentality of tattle tale is what is driving people to the right

honestly, unless you were paid to do it, how long would sit around with a bunch screaming 12 year old girls ? ok then, there is your answer

Posted by: deport_the_libs | September 23, 2008 10:15 PM | Report abuse

Jinawa - Correction:

You are judge by the people in your neighborhood, those you serve on boards with, your pastor, and those with whom you work to fix the ills of the your community.

Sarah's handlers will never allow her to be in the same room with Barack Obama let alone debate him on anything of substance.

Actually, Joe Biden will handle her very well.

The only problem will be the Repub whining over how she was handled after the rhetorical spanking.

Let her come forward and take on the media "LIKE A MAN".

Stop being a pussy... Is that sexist?... I'm not sure anymore what I can say.


Posted by: DougH1 | September 23, 2008 10:17 PM | Report abuse

SO ams40 You need to stop being Foolish and Reckless. Go and see the women that love Sarah, see how they look at her, they see Sarah as them as there mother, sisters.
The more bad things are Said. You will not win! You do not Believe that the people Love her and Understand her, you will never know how great we see her. GO SARAH!

Posted by: DENISE | September 23, 2008 10:19 PM | Report abuse

Go Sarah Palin! She is more upfront and more honest than Obama. I like her and feel she can do anything that comes in front of her. Reminisent of Margaret Thatcher who was given a hard time by the media, but proved them all wrong. Give her a chance you pessimistic negative people. Margaret said and is so true, "If you wany something said ask a man, if you want something done ask a woman." So true!

Posted by: Lark | September 23, 2008 10:19 PM | Report abuse

I quit buying newspapers and watching the big three networks after the dispicable treatment you gave Sarah. You people are are Lepers to 90% of the Us. Your glory is in a your elite suberbs of DC. You feel so far superior to us. We do not care about your left wing dribble and The messiah Obama. You have completly lost all credibility with the rest of the country. The Washington Pravada is your new name.

Posted by: Sandra | September 23, 2008 10:21 PM | Report abuse

The fraud is meticulously being exposed for what it is.

The Republicans thought this chicanery was gonna push McSenile to the White House? I'm only shocked so many people, women in general, fell over like junkies over this. What a gullible electorate we've become

Posted by: 2pacolypse | September 23, 2008 10:21 PM | Report abuse

When you trashed Sarah you trashed middle America. We are now voting with our pocketbooks. You should be downsized or out of work soon. Perhaps you reporters can become community organizers since you worship that posistion

Posted by: Clara | September 23, 2008 10:23 PM | Report abuse

Boy You need to see your DR. Joe Biden will handle her very well. Joe cant see how he is on the ticket for VP. He just does not knoe any thing!
Sarah Palin is WOW WE will vote for Her for Sarah.

Posted by: sue | September 23, 2008 10:24 PM | Report abuse

FOOT -IN -MOUTH DISEASE AFFLICTION:
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WHY ON EARTH ARE REPUBLICAN ADVISORS KEEPING PALIN AWAY FROM THE PUBLIC AND PRESS? HAVE THEY GOT SOMETHING TO HIDE? OR IS IT BECAUSE SHE SUFFERS FROM FOOT IN MOUTH DISEASE AND THESE FORMER BUSH ADVISORS NOW SERVING AS PALINS MINDERS ARE AFRAID THE AMERICAN PUBLIC MAY STUMBLE ON THIS FACT? THIS STONEWALLING HAS GOT TO STOP.ABE LINCOLN I BELIEVE SAID: YOU CAN
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Posted by: Brian Musah | September 23, 2008 10:25 PM | Report abuse

correction

FOOT -IN -MOUTH DISEASE AFFLICTION:
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WHY ON EARTH ARE REPUBLICAN ADVISORS KEEPING PALIN AWAY FROM THE PUBLIC AND PRESS? HAVE THEY GOT SOMETHING TO HIDE? OR IS IT BECAUSE SHE SUFFERS FROM FOOT IN MOUTH DISEASE AND THESE FORMER BUSH ADVISORS NOW SERVING AS PALINS MINDERS ARE AFRAID THE AMERICAN PUBLIC MAY STUMBLE ON THIS FACT? THIS STONEWALLING HAS GOT TO STOP.ABE LINCOLN I BELIEVE SAID: YOU CAN
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Posted by: Brian Musah | September 23, 2008 10:28 PM | Report abuse

i am a woman. i see Sarah as a scary human being who always lies and who doesn't understand anything that is important to us - the economic fiasco, the foreign policy, the war, women's right to choose. we are not trashing her for she is the trash.

Posted by: unknowngirl | September 23, 2008 10:28 PM | Report abuse

Clara - Any analysis of Sarah = trashing Sarah.

Asking her opinion of the "Bush Doctrine" was unfair.

She's just not ready for any scrutiny. I can understand that. The Repubs have been playing the shame game with the media forever.

It's not working anymore. This is the same media the ran Jeremiah Wright tape on an endless loop for a 2 weeks. If they were so pro-Obama, I would hate to meet his enemies.

If you quote a person that can't construct 2 good sentences and you express that fact, YOU ARE NOT TRASHING that person.

Repubs have been exposed. Now that same organization that convinced America to vote for GWB...not once but TWICE has lost all credibility.

How did GWB put it... "Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice..." the rest was so torturous I couldn't continue to watch.

Posted by: DougH1 | September 23, 2008 10:31 PM | Report abuse

she's an idiot. My god, can it possibly true? could we actually be capable, after eight years of "leadership" from a mentally retarded frat boy, of electing this airhead?

Posted by: al | September 23, 2008 10:33 PM | Report abuse

the evangelical right is silently sitting by licking its chops hoping for a McCain victory and an actuarially significantly possible demise of McCain in his first term ... answering their demented prayers to dominate a democracy in the name of theocracy.

Trouble is, Sarah Palin is basically a simpleton & a cipher from all available evidence, and the likes of Putin & others are licking their chops at the prospect of having such an inexperienced & shallow joke potentially leading the U.S.

"End times" indeed ... heaven help us all.

Posted by: fendertweed | September 23, 2008 10:34 PM | Report abuse

p.s. I'm pretty certain that none of the world leaders will be sucking up to Palin as the Faux News press & others have, should we have the bad luck to see her as President some day ...

Posted by: fendertweed | September 23, 2008 10:35 PM | Report abuse

Let me first ask if that transcript is real. If it is I am beside myself. Second she is no bush. Probably as stupid and ridiculous but I bet it would be ridiculously fun to drink with Bush. I think if you drank with Palin you'd have to worry about being a baby's daddy or converted by the end of the night.

Posted by: Matt Robins | September 23, 2008 10:35 PM | Report abuse

To all my fellow Sarah supporters, this Navy man salutes you

To all the Obamanations, keep it up.


"WAAAAA, Palin needed six schools to graduate"

So what? Why do NCAA athletes transfer? Because they're stupid?

And seems she was on the move a lot (two of said schools--NIC and UI--are in my backyard), so what? Would that be anything like Joe "Hero of Scranton" Biden?

And please, Plugs will handle Sarah? He's more likely handling himself right now (THE VISUAL HORROR!). She doesn't need to do anything anyway, the minute Biden starts talking about all his 100 years of experience (which has done diddly squat) and how great he is we'll leap thru our TV screens and annihilate Biden for her.

Posted by: LibsRBabies | September 23, 2008 10:36 PM | Report abuse

Ruth Marcus, find a new line of work. You can't see the good things about Sarah Palin. You ARE blind and bite(stink) with your views. She would out do you in an interview, because Palin is brighter than you. She made it to VP off the GREATEST country in the world, your far from that and you can't identify with a normal American. Try to be a typical American and you can join the rest of use. Look for the good things and great accomlpishments in her to see real life. If you don't, you will dig your oun grave. And ams40(post) is a loser.
And she is not an emty suite like Obama, takes no bribes from Razko, Preacher dosn't say G-DAM America, husbend dosn't say he just started loving America, BEST friend is not William Ayers AND she did not biuld her life on the BOOK BY S. Selenski WHO dedicated it to Lucifer."Very WEIRD MAN"!!! Big diferance. Palin is more than ready Ruth.

Posted by: Ruthisblind | September 23, 2008 10:39 PM | Report abuse

Had a very busy day and this is the first time I've had to check the WaPo for its daily Palin slam. And there it was. You've got quite a streak going, WaPo.


And now that you've critiqued Hannity's interview of Palin, how about shifting to the women of "The View" who gave Obama the full Lewinski when he was on their show?

Posted by: waterfrontproperty | September 23, 2008 10:41 PM | Report abuse

ruthisblind --

We will never know whether she can do anyone in during an interview. Will we.

Posted by: DougH1 | September 23, 2008 10:42 PM | Report abuse

Hey Haniel, don't let the door hit you... and on your way out, take as many of these liberal crybabies with you. You people are so full of B/S. And what do you care? The majority of the people who have posted on this site are already committed (and should be committed, literally) to voting for NObama. Why are you letting little Sarah rile you up so much? Maybe it's the fear that your brown prince is going down in November.

MCCAIN/PALIN

Posted by: BarryO | September 23, 2008 10:43 PM | Report abuse

I think people should lay off Sara Palin. Everyone has had an occasion when they did not undesrtand the questions asked.She has only had about 2 interviews so far. Get off her back .She has only made 2 gaffes so far

Posted by: K | September 23, 2008 10:46 PM | Report abuse

This just in... the VP candidate is an idiot. Oh wait, I'm talking about BIDEN! He's on the news right now trashing the brown prince NObama for running ads against MCCAIN! HA HA HA HA HA HA! This is priceless. "If I had known anything about it it would never have happened... disgraceful." Yup, that sums up the entire NObama campaign efford... DISGRACEFUL.

MCCAIN/PALIN

Posted by: BarryO | September 23, 2008 10:48 PM | Report abuse

Libs and far leftists are sad becuase Sarah Palin is happy with her self and they don't know how to be happy. Normal America is happy with their lives. That's the reason most America loves Sarah Palin. Don't be mouthy far left, join us and smile, love Sarah Palin too.

Posted by: Ruthisblind | September 23, 2008 10:51 PM | Report abuse

Comparing Palin to Lincoln is like comparing apples to oranges. Lincoln composed the Gettysburg address. Palin either cannot compose her own speeches or she has a penchant for fascists who extol the virtues of small towns (or perhaps she simply prefers to speak in fascist minded platitudes).

I am no Maggie Thatcher fan, but I recognize her as someone who can hold the stage and argue with the House of Commons. Can anyone really see Sarah-n-dippity on the same stage as Maggie?

Posted by: themis | September 23, 2008 10:54 PM | Report abuse

Comparing Palin to Lincoln is like comparing apples to oranges. Lincoln composed the Gettysburg address. Palin either cannot compose her own speeches or she has a penchant for fascists who extol the virtues of small towns (or perhaps she simply prefers to speak in fascist minded platitudes).

I am no Maggie Thatcher fan, but I recognize her as someone who can hold the stage and argue with the House of Commons. Can anyone really see Sarah-n-dippity on the same stage as Maggie?

Posted by: themis | September 23, 2008 10:55 PM | Report abuse

WASSILLA DE VIL, WASSILLA DE VIL,
IF SHE DOESNT SCARE YOU NO EVIL THING WILL
TO SEE HER IS TO TAKE A SUDDEN CHILL,
WASSILLA WASSILLA DE VIL.

Posted by: BILL | September 23, 2008 10:56 PM | Report abuse

Real Brother here.

She can run but she can't hide the VP Debates are in less then two weeks.

Again, the Racists and White Supremacists and Black man hating lesbians CHOSE Palin and it shows how lame and weak their agenda is. I mean how STUPID to insult the intelligence of good people by touting this FOOL as being equal to Barack Obama.

Its clearly a case of White Supremacists thinking that they are so Superior that a cartoon cut out can be placed in the VP spot and as long as she's White all the White Idiots(and Black ones) will fall for it.

"Oh the Superior White people must know what they're doing" Yea, just like with the War, the Economy, the Space Shuttle, 911 and everything else they messed up.

When will you lazy Idiots get it?

Step aside and let this Brother help you Idiots get out of this mess, it will only be for eight years and then you can go back to your nonsense. We need Obama right about now.

TKCAL

Posted by: Realbrother | September 23, 2008 10:56 PM | Report abuse

Meanwhile, Biden can't get his foot out of his mouth. If the Obama camp had any brains, they would shield him from the press. Has anyone seen interviews of Obama lately? MSNBC and NBC sure put him through the ringer, did they?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 23, 2008 11:01 PM | Report abuse

DougH1, Sarah Palin is more of a man than you'll ever be. She kicked BIGGER boys boom booms than yours up in Alaska. Thats why the Dems are afraid of her, SHE DON't NEED da Media boy. She just got a crowd of "60,000" to go see her, so WAAA WAA!!!!

Posted by: Ruthisblind | September 23, 2008 11:02 PM | Report abuse

Famous Quotes:

"When's the last time we elected a president based on one year of service in the senate before he started running?"
--Bill Clinton

"When that phone rings, whether it's 3pm or 3am, in the white house, there is no time for speeches or on-the-job training."
--Hillary Clinton

"I think he can be ready, but right now I don't believe he is, the presidency is not something that lends itself to on-the-job training."
--Joe Biden

Asked in a second interview days later...
"I stand by my statement."
--Joe Biden

"Senator McCain will bring a lifetime of experience. I will bring a lifetime of experience. And senator Obama will bring a speech that he gave in 2002."
--Hillary Clinton

"I am a believer in knowing what you're doing when you apply for a job. And I think that if I were to seriously consider running on the national ticket I would essentially have to start now, before having served a day in the senate. Now there are some people that might be comfortable doing that, but I'm not one of them."
Barack Obama

If his own party feels this negative about him... shouldn't you?

MCCAIN/PALIN

Posted by: BarryO | September 23, 2008 11:03 PM | Report abuse

To all of our VERY GOOD friends up NORTH. First...don't believe a thing the media tells you up there. 70% of the US media are trying to get Obama elected. Palin is loved here and she's a good person. Very smart, good decision maker and absolutely fearless. We have not had a person in the White House with REAL values since Reagan. Palin for president 2012.

Posted by: bfree | September 23, 2008 11:03 PM | Report abuse

One question for those who are so quick to scream about the 'left wing media' -- why is it we have heard almost NOTHING about 'The first dude' having been a member of the Alaskan Independence Party for two years? A party that promoted Alaska's SECESSION from the Union? Think back to the massive coverage and criticism Michelle Obama got after her comment during the primaries, that for the first time she was truly proud of her country. Can you imagine how quickly the GOP and Fox would tear Michelle Obama apart if she had Todd Palin's previous political affiliations? And, yes, based on recent history, the mainstream media would jump on it as well. It truly sickens me that ANY criticism or tough questioning of Sarah Palin is deemed 'disrespectful'. Give me a break! In America, these people WORK FOR US. They should expect to have to answer any and all questions.

Posted by: memphisgirl | September 23, 2008 11:04 PM | Report abuse

Real Brother here.

Another DUMB thing the Racists, White Supremacists and Black man hating lesbians do is try to compare Biden(a man with real experience and intelligence)to that Idiot Palin.

You should all know by now that you can put lipstick on an IDIOT and she's still an Idiot.

How ridiculous that for everyone calling Palin an Idiot she can't talk to any reporters because she's an Idiot.

Its so STUPID its DUMB.

TKCAL

Posted by: Realbrother | September 23, 2008 11:05 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin is an excellent VP choice for a nation that's #1 in the "Dumber and Dumber" category. She's all that's left to show and feel proud of. She's window dressing in an empty, bankrupt strip mall store.

Posted by: Sonia Kermaz | September 23, 2008 11:08 PM | Report abuse

Realbrother, Guess what? I am an African American, so don't call me a racist, for switching my vote to Sarah Palin/McCain, she loves this country and Obama is the racist white hater like you. I love all Americans and I love the Palin family, their just like mine. Your a slave to hating white people like Obama, get free and love your country. Obama is an empty suite and he are all seeing it now. He's got some nasty friends TOO, BRO!

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

Real Brother here.

Idiots keep trying to negate the fact that Barack Obama is a GENIUS by trying to downplay his 12 years of elected experience, its silly. We want the BEST, MOST QUALIFIED GENIUS in office whether he has 20 years of White experience or NONE.

The more experienced President of all time was Richard Nixon and you see how that turned out.

Now that doesn't mean we want the Ice Princess as President with ZERO experience (no, Mayor of Mayberry RFD doesn't count) and ZERO intelligence(six colleges to get a meaningless degree) but still.

The bottomline is you Idiots fool no one. Barack Obama is the best and he will Save this Country whether you Idiots want him to or not.

TKCAL

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

There are high school debaters who would be ashamed of speaking about issues the way Palin does, and rightly so. But the voters who already want her in the white house will hear exactly what they want to hear, I'm afraid, and so what's inarticulate b.s. for some will be salt of the earth wisdom for others. Such is democracy....

Posted by: ms | September 23, 2008 11:12 PM | Report abuse

Genius huh? Why didn't he pick the obvious candidate in Clinton then? What kind of genius picks Biden... someone that got only 7% of the vote in the primaries. That kind of genius we can do without. But then, compared to you, I'm a genius... so I'll take the good with the bad.

Posted by: BarryO | September 23, 2008 11:14 PM | Report abuse

Hey real brother... when you're done with your brown price blowup doll, you should pass it around to the other left-wing nut-jobs on this post. Sickos.

Posted by: BarryO | September 23, 2008 11:16 PM | Report abuse

Well, it is so obvious why we are in such dire straits. Too much ignorance, partisanship, hatred and closed mindedness too. As you notice, I am not attacking either element of this totally inane and pointless arguement. All I am saying is the truth is there, and unfortunately, the truth will not set us free.

Posted by: Steve | September 23, 2008 11:17 PM | Report abuse

Obama had closed door interviews with World Leaders over the summer, and no one complained. The liberal press hates Palin and is always looking for something negative to say, even if it is invented. After Charlie Gibson's chopped up interview that was edited to MAKE her look bad, I wouldn't give the liberal press the time of day. I hope McCain/Palin win, and they never take questions from the liberal press. When I was growing up in the south and saw people hate black people for the color of their skin, I thought it was horrible. The new hatred of this generation is liberals hating conservatives for VIEWS.
Liberals have become EVIL HATERS...are we going to again see white robes and cross burnings? Hate was wrong once before, and it is wrong today.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 23, 2008 11:18 PM | Report abuse

Real Brother here.

Ruth, I can't refer to every Racist, White Supremacist, Black man hating lesbian and Black Race hating wish they were White Sellout but its implied. If I offended you for leaving you out I apologize.

How do you know that Sarah Palin "loves" the White Racists, Supremacists and Black man hating lesbians of this country(Black Self-hating wish they were White Sellouts) when she won't do no interviews!!?

And what kinda' ridiculous thinking is it that because we want the best man for the job in office regardless of his race that we somehow are hating on the White Race?

That's silly, stop it.

TKCAL

Posted by: Realbrother | September 23, 2008 11:18 PM | Report abuse

This is obviously a biased lib editorial. The WP and dems have a clear agenda, and this is part of it. Where is the same critique on his majesty, Obama, who has zero credentials. I trust Gov Palin as an experienced leader much more than a union organizer who has no accomplishments.

Posted by: adh | September 23, 2008 11:19 PM | Report abuse

Ask any liberal woman why she hates Palin. The answers are shocking:

#1 - She opposes murdering babies
#2 - She's pretty

And there you have it... feminists are coo-coo.

Posted by: BarryO | September 23, 2008 11:20 PM | Report abuse

If you close your eyes while listening to Palin answer a question, you'll swear you were listening to a Ms. America competion, not someone who is competing for our nation's next Vice President.

Posted by: Renaisance Woman | September 23, 2008 11:23 PM | Report abuse

...and still, after all the frothing about liberal this and media that, no one can answer the question:

Does the American electorate deserve a chance to observe its candidates answering unscripted questions on topics of concern in a live, unmanaged setting? Or not?

If the media are suspect, let's remove the filter and let voters--ALL voters, not hand-picked supporters--ask the questions directly.

Obama can handle the hot seat. Biden can do it too. Yes, both--the latter especially--make silly mistakes at times...FDR "on television", confused about Dem support for clean coal, "57" states... They get nailed for it, which goes with the territory.

But whether you agree with them or not, any fair listening will reveal that both men have a well-developed worldview and have something intelligent and specific to say on almost any topic.

Palin isn't ready for prime time unless she's pre-loaded with chunked-and-formed talking points, and she sounds more like a blithering Miss America contestant than a comptetent executive when she's asked to go beyond these rote prepared phrases.

No amount of bleating about media bias or diversionary crap about Clinton, Rezko, Palin's family, etc. can camouflage the obvious truth that your moose-dressing governor is as big a mental zero as Dan Quayle on substantive issues.

Posted by: Adam | September 23, 2008 11:24 PM | Report abuse

Real Brother here.

Barry, Obama didn't pick that Idiot Hillary for a number of reason not limited to 1)One she's an Idiot. 2)She would have stabbed him in the back. 3)She and Bill are White Supremacists 4)The US doesn't need a Black man hating lesbian as VP. 5)He didn't need her. 6)she would have watered down his legacy 7)her and Bill would have out voted Obama 8)They would have taken all the credit for Obama's genius 9)She had too much baggage ie. Vince Foster etc. 10)Biden was a much better choice. 11)Barack doesn't bow down to Terroists. 12)he's not that DAMN DUMB.

TKCAL

Posted by: Realbrother | September 23, 2008 11:25 PM | Report abuse

Uh oh... this just in... Palin isn't running for president. This news has come to quite a shock to many liberals because their heads have been so far up NObama's cheeks for the past two years that they are not able to comprehend reality any longer.

MCCAIN/PALIN

Posted by: BarryO | September 23, 2008 11:26 PM | Report abuse

I don't get it. Why is the WaPo being accused of having a liberal bias? All I know is about Palin is between the Hannity infomercial and People magazine interview, she isn't exactly taking on tough questions. Why not have Bill Reilly interview her. He wouldn't be accused of a liberal bias yet I feel he may ask legitimate questions. His ego wouldn't allow it to be otherwise.

I heard Katie Couric is next. Why not Kathy Lee?

Posted by: Bill J | September 23, 2008 11:27 PM | Report abuse

Tell you one thing brother, you are one funny guy. HA HA HA... thank you for the laughs. A little nutty but funny nonetheless.

Posted by: BarryO | September 23, 2008 11:28 PM | Report abuse

hmm i find this article pretty hypocritcal as the media always is. I have yet to see them ask obama anything difficult. The one time he went on o'reilly he got destroyed.

as for softball questions please examine your own political bias in how you have address obama which you haven't.

The interview that was done with gibson was the biggest setup in the whole world. I think you should look in the mirror when it comes to softballs and political bias.

as hannity said before. true jouralism in this country died in this election. how you fail to report that dodd, frank, obama were all taking fannie and freddie money is beyond me. what is worse is that you fail to report that the 2005 bill that would have help straighten this mess out was killed by none other than dodd himself.

yea you guys aren't bias at all.

PS i doubt this will be posted.

Posted by: theobamamedia | September 23, 2008 11:28 PM | Report abuse

I'm Alaskan. As soon as I read the part the Marcus' Alaska friend said, "She has always benefitted from being underestimated"--her analysis of it is not exactly correct. I know exactly what the friend means. She actually means that the BAR IS SET SO LOW for Sarah Palin here that it is easy feel you underestimated her. But, my friends, that had to do with Alaskan politics (we essentially have NO problems here)--but national or international? That is a different story. TRUST YOUR INSTINCTS, MARCUS!

Sarah Palin’s 80% gubernatorial popularity stems much from the relative hatred our populace held for her predecessor and our basic lack of scrutiny of her—and in actuality, serving as governor for only 1.5 years, she really is still untested even here. She also has never demonstrated a concern or command of any issues our nation faces, domestic or international, and Alaska’s seclusion from the rest of the country allows us to avoid having to do so (contrary to what she’s suggested, Alaskans are certainly not peeping in on Russia). SHE HAS NO EXPERIENCE and NO THOUGHTS--when she said she hadn't given much thought to Iraq, at THAT time, she unfortunately meant it! She has been relentless with her lies and exaggerations of her qualifications, and only now that national media attention has shed light on her are Alaskans really getting a taste of how truly abusive of her powers and downright corrupt she is. Once McCain/Palin loses, I don't think she'll survive a re-election bid as governor, frankly.

Governor Palin was never viewed as “The Reform Governor” here, and probably never even thought about the term “energy independence”, prior to her selection as McCain’s V.P.—-it is really humorous to see that now nationally touted as her field of “expertise” (since she can't seem to get facts straight in this topic, I hope people are catching on that she really has had no exposure to ENERGY issues--just Big Oil profits). She also had never suggested that she would seek to terminate our earmarks, as they are the life-vein of many of our state programs, as she well knows herself, which is why she sought them as both as a mayor and as governor.

ALSO, she was outed as lying about the Bridge to Nowhere--she had used her support of it to win the election, and her ultimate stoppage of the earmark application on that bridge work actually never amounted her coming out publicly against it, to Alaska. She speaks out of both side of her face, and has been flip-flopping all her supposed stances! She ALSO, is still in favor of the OTHER Bridge to Nowhere, the other $400+M bridge which connects Anchorage to her little hometown, thereby cutting her own commute in half.

WE DO NOT NEED ANOTHER ONE OF THESE IN THE WHITEHOUSE. WE MUST MOVE AHEAD INSTEAD.

Posted by: Alaska Sonja | September 23, 2008 11:30 PM | Report abuse

Has anyone considered the possibility that there might be something organically wrong with her brain? That a grammatical pattern such as “The people of American realize that inherently all political power is inherent in the people,” might be a manifestation of a problem?

Posted by: Scott | September 23, 2008 11:30 PM | Report abuse

Palin is full of crap, the interview with
other leaders was bull sh-t. She is so fake and McCain with campaign is full of
dog crap. If the country depend on this bull sh-t the country is in death. Who think McCain and Palin is good you need your head examined.The talk about biden not in interview with the news media, as
long as he been in office he was on camera
and previous interviewed. Palin has no
experience, Joe Biden does. With McCain
and Palin ticket what in the world this
country coming to. McCain turn down funds
for chil care and women employee pay.
Palin is against raped women who get pregnant then get an abortion. Women must
investigate this Palin and do not vote for
a republican because you will be in a dangerous ride.

Posted by: Voter | September 23, 2008 11:31 PM | Report abuse

Real Brother here.

No Barry (you Idiot) that's not the point that Palin isn't running for President. Flavor Flav isn't either that doesn't mean we nominate him for VP.

Chosing that Idiot shows John McCain's lack of good judgement how his 100 years of experience means nothing and how he feels this election is lost and is throwing caution to the wind.

If you can't see how DUMB that choice was then you should have your voting privleges (and your White ones) taken away.

TKCAL

Posted by: Realbrother | September 23, 2008 11:32 PM | Report abuse

I hear that if NObama gets in, they will change the music from "Hail to the Chief" to the theme from "Sanford and Son"... real brother, any truth to that?

Posted by: BarryO | September 23, 2008 11:32 PM | Report abuse

The below article states why you are biased and beholden to dc liberal elite. Why have you not reported this. To busy attacking a working non lesbian mother Sara Palin
The WHite House ^ | September 19 | Staff

Posted on Tuesday, September 23, 2008 21:06:36 by PghBaldy

For many years the President and his Administration have not only warned of the systemic consequences of financial turmoil at a housing government-sponsored enterprise (GSE) but also put forward thoughtful plans to reduce the risk that either Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac would encounter such difficulties. President Bush publicly called for GSE reform 17 times in 2008 alone before Congress acted. Unfortunately, these warnings went unheeded, as the President's repeated attempts to reform the supervision of these entities were thwarted by the legislative maneuvering of those who emphatically denied there were problems.

2001

April: The Administration's FY02 budget declares that the size of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac is "a potential problem," because "financial trouble of a large GSE could cause strong repercussions in financial markets, affecting Federally insured entities and economic activity."

2002

May: The President calls for the disclosure and corporate governance principles contained in his 10-point plan for corporate responsibility to apply to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. (OMB Prompt Letter to OFHEO, 5/29/02)

2003

January: Freddie Mac announces it has to restate financial results for the previous three years.

February: The Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight (OFHEO) releases a report explaining that "although investors perceive an implicit Federal guarantee of [GSE] obligations," "the government has provided no explicit legal backing for them." As a consequence, unexpected problems at a GSE could immediately spread into financial sectors beyond the housing market. ("Systemic Risk: Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the Role of OFHEO," OFHEO Report, 2/4/03)

September: Fannie Mae discloses SEC investigation and acknowledges OFHEO's review found earnings manipulations.

September: Treasury Secretary John Snow testifies before the House Financial Services Committee to recommend that Congress enact "legislation to create a new Federal agency to regulate and supervise the financial activities of our housing-related government sponsored enterprises" and set prudent and appropriate minimum capital adequacy requirements.

October: Fannie Mae discloses $1.2 billion accounting error.

November: Council of the Economic Advisers (CEA) Chairman Greg Mankiw explains that any "legislation to reform GSE regulation should empower the new regulator with sufficient strength and credibility to reduce systemic risk." To reduce the potential for systemic instability, the regulator would have "broad authority to set both risk-based and minimum capital standards" and "receivership powers necessary to wind down the affairs of a troubled GSE." (N. Gregory Mankiw, Remarks At The Conference Of State Bank Supervisors State Banking Summit And Leadership, 11/6/03)

2004

February: The President's FY05 Budget again highlights the risk posed by the explosive growth of the GSEs and their low levels of required capital, and called for creation of a new, world-class regulator: "The Administration has determined that the safety and soundness regulators of the housing GSEs lack sufficient power and stature to meet their responsibilities, and therefore…should be replaced with a new strengthened regulator." (2005 Budget Analytic Perspectives, pg. 83)

February: CEA Chairman Mankiw cautions Congress to "not take [the financial market's] strength for granted." Again, the call from the Administration was to reduce this risk by "ensuring that the housing GSEs are overseen by an effective regulator." (N. Gregory Mankiw, Op-Ed, "Keeping Fannie And Freddie's House In Order," Financial Times, 2/24/04)

June: Deputy Secretary of Treasury Samuel Bodman spotlights the risk posed by the GSEs and called for reform, saying "We do not have a world-class system of supervision of the housing government sponsored enterprises (GSEs), even though the importance of the housing financial system that the GSEs serve demands the best in supervision to ensure the long-term vitality of that system. Therefore, the Administration has called for a new, first class, regulatory supervisor for the three housing GSEs: Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and the Federal Home Loan Banking System." (Samuel Bodman, House Financial Services Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations Testimony, 6/16/04)

2005

April: Treasury Secretary John Snow repeats his call for GSE reform, saying "Events that have transpired since I testified before this Committee in 2003 reinforce concerns over the systemic risks posed by the GSEs and further highlight the need for real GSE reform to ensure that our housing finance system remains a strong and vibrant source of funding for expanding homeownership opportunities in America… Half-measures will only exacerbate the risks to our financial system." (Secretary John W. Snow, "Testimony Before The U.S. House Financial Services Committee," 4/13/05)

2007

July: Two Bear Stearns hedge funds invested in mortgage securities collapse.

August: President Bush emphatically calls on Congress to pass a reform package for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, saying "first things first when it comes to those two institutions. Congress needs to get them reformed, get them streamlined, get them focused, and then I will consider other options." (President George W. Bush, Press Conference, The White House, 8/9/07)

September: RealtyTrac announces foreclosure filings up 243,000 in August – up 115 percent from the year before.

September: Single-family existing home sales decreases 7.5 percent from the previous month – the lowest level in nine years. Median sale price of existing homes fell six percent from the year before.

December: President Bush again warns Congress of the need to pass legislation reforming GSEs, saying "These institutions provide liquidity in the mortgage market that benefits millions of homeowners, and it is vital they operate safely and operate soundly. So I've called on Congress to pass legislation that strengthens independent regulation of the GSEs – and ensures they focus on their important housing mission. The GSE reform bill passed by the House earlier this year is a good start. But the Senate has not acted. And the United States Senate needs to pass this legislation soon." (President George W. Bush, Discusses Housing, The White House, 12/6/07)

2008

January: Bank of America announces it will buy Countrywide.

January: Citigroup announces mortgage portfolio lost $18.1 billion in value.

February: Assistant Secretary David Nason reiterates the urgency of reforms, says "A new regulatory structure for the housing GSEs is essential if these entities are to continue to perform their public mission successfully." (David Nason, Testimony On Reforming GSE Regulation, Senate Committee On Banking, Housing And Urban Affairs, 2/7/08)

March: Bear Stearns announces it will sell itself to JPMorgan Chase.

March: President Bush calls on Congress to take action and "move forward with reforms on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. They need to continue to modernize the FHA, as well as allow State housing agencies to issue tax-free bonds to homeowners to refinance their mortgages." (President George W. Bush, Remarks To The Economic Club Of New York, New York, NY, 3/14/08)

April: President Bush urges Congress to pass the much needed legislation and "modernize Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. [There are] constructive things Congress can do that will encourage the housing market to correct quickly by … helping people stay in their homes." (President George W. Bush, Meeting With Cabinet, the White House, 4/14/08)

May: President Bush issues several pleas to Congress to pass legislation reforming Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac before the situation deteriorates further.

"Americans are concerned about making their mortgage payments and keeping their homes. Yet Congress has failed to pass legislation I have repeatedly requested to modernize the Federal Housing Administration that will help more families stay in their homes, reform Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to ensure they focus on their housing mission, and allow State housing agencies to issue tax-free bonds to refinance sub-prime loans." (President George W. Bush, Radio Address, 5/3/08)

"[T]he government ought to be helping creditworthy people stay in their homes. And one way we can do that – and Congress is making progress on this – is the reform of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. That reform will come with a strong, independent regulator." (President George W. Bush, Meeting With The Secretary Of The Treasury, the White House, 5/19/08)

"Congress needs to pass legislation to modernize the Federal Housing Administration, reform Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to ensure they focus on their housing mission, and allow State housing agencies to issue tax-free bonds to refinance subprime loans." (President George W. Bush, Radio Address, 5/31/08)

June: As foreclosure rates continued to rise in the first quarter, the President once again asks Congress to take the necessary measures to address this challenge, saying "we need to pass legislation to reform Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac." (President George W. Bush, Remarks At Swearing In Ceremony For Secretary Of Housing And Urban Development, Washington, D.C., 6/6/08)

July: Congress heeds the President's call for action and passes reform of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac as it becomes clear that the institutions are failing.

Posted by: JR | September 23, 2008 11:36 PM | Report abuse

Real Brother here.

No, Barry actually I think the theme song will by Happy Days are Hear Again, re-mixed by Ice Cube.

TKCAL

Posted by: Realbrother | September 23, 2008 11:36 PM | Report abuse

To pro-Palin/McCain people, isn't it kind of sexist to not have her say anything to the press? If she can't talk to a group of reporters what is she going to say to Vladmir Putin? I mean, what are they afraid she is going to say? Sometimes the press is biast, but it's the most important thing we have in regards to free speach that above all things made us what we are today... It's One of the things in the constitution that set us apart - as a country, we are the very first country EVER to have it as a right that every citizen should have. If you have a place of power in America you need to give yourself heart and soul over to the people, and the press is the way that you do that.

Posted by: Just don't understand | September 23, 2008 11:39 PM | Report abuse

Certainly, Sarah Palin's not the highest wattage bulb in the chandileer, but gee, she sure can make great strides in her native Alaska.

According to the Daily Dish, by Andrew Sullivan, she apparently has a passionate hatred for wolves, to the extent that she was allowing a $150.00 reward for their left foreleg. I dread to think there are hundreds of 3 legged wolves in Alaska.

These dangerous creatures were so hated and dangerous, she allowed hunting them from helicopters and airplanes, obviously so they could not attack the hunters.

This is the woman John Mccain wants?

Why does she want wolves dead? So hunters can hunt moose without fear of wolves eating them (moose, not hunters)..

Darling Sarah also filed suit against the Feds for calling polar bears endangered. Obviously, in her world, polar bears are completely safe, and plentiful.

So, the main question is does she also hate and shoot and de-leg (for a reward of course) puppies??

What's next?? This is a woman one melanoma away from being POTUS.. Will she demand other animals that scare her be allowed to roam free? Geese?? Oh dear.. Those scary bald eagles?? How about pandas? They're only in zoos, but they could escape you know?

Anyone who doesn't find Palin to be one of the scariest women in the US needs their head examined!


Posted by: Expert47 | September 23, 2008 11:42 PM | Report abuse

She doesn't owe the media anything. She talks at rallies and town hall meetings to the people that matter... the voters. The media only wants ingredients for their hate-stew.

Brother, aren't you tad angry for a party that preaches free love and baby killings? I thought hippies were supposed to be pot smoking happy people?

Posted by: BarryO | September 23, 2008 11:43 PM | Report abuse

Real Brother here.

Just, don't make it more complicated then it is. Palin doesn't talk because its better to keep silent and be thought of as a fool rather then to open your mouth and remove all doubt.

She's an Idiot and they know this, they are hoping that the American people are just as DUMB as she is and as such vote her in. They are so out in left field they can't even see home plate.

TKCAL

Posted by: Realbrother | September 23, 2008 11:44 PM | Report abuse

You know... if all you democrats followed your party lines like you were supposed to, there wouldn't be any democrats right now because all your mothers would have aborted you. So please, for the sake of the planet, start following your rules. Your carbon footprint is killing the ozone layer.

Posted by: BarryO | September 23, 2008 11:45 PM | Report abuse

I find it interesting that fluttering Democrats, who bow the knee to Nancy P and part the waters for almost any woman in power, are so quick to dismiss a governor simply because she is a Republican. Your schoolgirl shrieks only expose you for who you really are: ill-mannered know-it-alls for whom feminism is just a cover for your weakness. I think every woman in America should rise up against the blatant chauvinism in the Democrat party. The vicious clawing and sniping directed at Governor Palin and her family—not to mention Senator Obama’s snubbing of Hillary Clinton—is on a par with honor killings we see in some cultures, where women are mere conveniences. The only difference is we kill with a click, not a kick.

If this election has done anything, it has been to expose the hypocrisy of the Left, who preach inclusiveness but practice the opposite. Let's face it: Cinderella has invaded your ball, and the ugly stepsisters are in a tizzy. Every fang you bare and every swipe you take only reinforces the fact that you are scared, threatened, and a shoe-size too big.

Sisters and brothers, do not underestimate John McCain. Governor Palin is the ONLY PERSON ON THE PLANET who could have brought this house of cards down on your heads, and he picked her. I call that leadership; I call that chutzpah; and I’m proud of him. Move over, Nancy. McCain-Palin are on the way!

Posted by: White Elephant in FL | September 23, 2008 11:45 PM | Report abuse

In your case, all doubt is removed.

Posted by: BarryO | September 23, 2008 11:46 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 11:49 PM | Report abuse

OBAMA for President

Posted by: BarryO get a life | September 23, 2008 11:49 PM | Report abuse

YAWN... sorry brother, I fell asleep reading that post above mine...

MCCAIN/PALIN

Posted by: BarryO | September 23, 2008 11:51 PM | Report abuse

Real Brother here.

I'm a liberal bed wetter.

Posted by: RealBrother | September 23, 2008 11:51 PM | Report abuse

"...and still, after all the frothing about liberal this and media that, no one can answer the question:"

OK big lib let's go thru your Obama talking points 1x1.

BTW, are we talking about questions that actually MEAN something or just the ones YOU want? and keep in mind I could really care less about specifics because 1)that ALWAYS means more government (which apparently you want), and 2)that essentially KILLED the so-called Bush dynasty.

So, that said, let's roll:

"Does the American electorate deserve a chance to observe its candidates answering unscripted questions on topics of concern in a live, unmanaged setting? Or not?"

Are you talking Palin, or Barry O spending 1/5 of his big Mideast press conference unleashing enough 'uh's and 'duh's to make George Bush look like the head of MENSA? Yes, the people would from an ACTUAL VOICE OF CONCERN, which the media is not.

"If the media are suspect, let's remove the filter and let voters--ALL voters, not hand-picked supporters--ask the questions directly."

Alright let's do it then. But are we going to have the same media meltdown as they've shown today because they were left out of real live actual important business?

"Obama can handle the hot seat. Biden can do it too."

That's laughable. You trying to suggest the CBS/ABC/NBC lovefest with Barry is anything resembling "the hot seat"? That's like saying Keith Olbermann and Sean Hannity are serious journalists (except Hannity doesn't go around trying to convince everyone he's the modern-day Ed Murrow)

"Yes, both--the latter especially--make silly mistakes at times...FDR "on television", confused about Dem support for clean coal, "57" states... They get nailed for it, which goes with the territory."

Yeah, but the sad thing is only Rush, Hannity, Mark Levin and the like are the ones doing the nailing. You know, like when George Stephanopolous couldn't correct Barry's "Muslim faith" slip-up fast enough.

"But whether you agree with them or not, any fair listening will reveal that both men have a well-developed worldview and have something intelligent and specific to say on almost any topic."

Like sitting down with leaders of rogue states without conditions? That really DOES make Iraq round 2 look a well-developed world view! Much like when John Fonda Kerry vowed to give Iran nuclear fuel, in the same ballpark?

"Palin isn't ready for prime time unless she's pre-loaded with chunked-and-formed talking points, and she sounds more like a blithering Miss America contestant than a comptetent executive when she's asked to go beyond these rote prepared phrases."

We've seen her twice in a public interview, only one of which claims to be a serious news source (and barely one at that). Maybe you'd have a different view if Hillary wasn't so concerned with "politicizing" and SP was allowed to hammer Adolfmehinejad into the ground.

"No amount of bleating about media bias or diversionary crap about Clinton, Rezko, Palin's family, etc. can camouflage the obvious truth that your moose-dressing governor is as big a mental zero as Dan Quayle on substantive issues."

Alright, thank you Charlie Rangel.

So, are you going to publish an essay on what qualifies Barry to be CIC anytime soon?

Posted by: LibsRBabies | September 23, 2008 11:52 PM | Report abuse

Real Brother here.

Ok, all this talk has changed my mind. I'm voting republican this year. Sarah is one hot mamma.

MCCAIN/PALIN

Posted by: RealBrother | September 23, 2008 11:55 PM | Report abuse

WOW, Amazing!!

Most of the media did nothing but trash Governor Palin and her family her first week as the nominee, and since then nothing positive has come from the same media. And now they want to interview her?? Ya'll are a mess. I used to read and listen to the news as a reliable source. Now I know that whatever is reported will need to be verified because the mainstream media cannot be trusted.

Posted by: Mrs. Talley | September 23, 2008 11:56 PM | Report abuse

She also received a business license from the State of Alaska for a lovely little consulting/marketing firm she affectionately and cleverly named "Rouge Cou"--French RED NECK.

DO WE WANT A SELF-PROCLAIMED RED NECK AS 2ND IN COMMAND OF OUR AMAZING NATION, FOUNDED ON OUR DIFFERENCES? She knows the connotation of this awful phrase, and she embraces it fully. The vast majority of people should feel uncomfortable with this woman having made it this ridiculously far; us Alaskans were floored because we know that she is NOT capable of running this country, or adding anything beneficial to the White House.

I also just think she is rather immature.

I don't think McCain really looked into her qualifications, or any of her history. It's gotten so obvious as time went on. They didn't even ask Alaska's Republican Leadership! And Alaska's Republican Legislators actually don't think that highly of Sarah (I have insider knowledge of this).

The only sexism going on here is that we are not allowed to scrutinize her as harshly as we could a man.


Posted by: Alaska Sonja | September 23, 2008 11:57 PM | Report abuse

Don't underestimate a mom of five. They are multi-taskers with good common sense and decision making abilities. Geraldine Ferraro and Nancy Pelosi can relate to that. Sarah Palin brings something new and different to this presidential campaign and it was a brilliant decision on the part of John McCain to nominate her. If he thinks this progressively in the white house, it will be a great four years.

It saddens me that other women are threatened by Sarah because she is able to handle it all so well. Something our Feminist predecessors said could only be accomplished if we were pro-choice and had control over our bodies.

Now that I am 50 with two children of my own, I think back on those years and cringe about what I thought to be the truth and the way to equal rights. My children have humbled me and made me all the more aware of the need to keep our planet and its people safe from harm. Sarah will have the experience and compassion to handle that correctly.

Posted by: Ann | September 23, 2008 11:59 PM | Report abuse

Tune in next week when I write my article titled "Obama: Less Qualified Than Palin" where I will detail how serving in the senate for one year doesn't compare to being a governor for two years, and how being the mayor of a town for eight years is actually harder work than working as a state senator.

Posted by: Ruth Markus | September 24, 2008 12:07 AM | Report abuse

Hey sonja, thanks for confirming a few things. Mainly that Alaska has just as many sheep that worship the media and allow themselves to be led around as well.

I haven't been to AK for 15 years, only a quick stopover at the airport in Anchorage in 2001. Still would love to go back despite this latest news, after all there's still too many libs (that make yours look like a breed of Reagan and Goldwater) in my state (WA)

As far as repub legislators not liking her, well isn't this the same legislative-R ilk that brought us Ted Stevens and Don Young? If I were SP I wouldn't be too worried. Looks like they aren't too popular either.

Thanks for the heads-up

Posted by: LibsRBabies | September 24, 2008 12:12 AM | Report abuse

Alaska Sonja: What inside knowledge do you have that Republicans don't like Sarah Palin in Alaska? Please give it if you are capable. So far though after reading your two post I'm starting to believe that you live really in the far nothern parts of Alaska don't you. I think something wrong with your thinking process, but don't worry. Get out of the cold so your brain can thaw out.

Posted by: Dustin | September 24, 2008 12:13 AM | Report abuse

Beware northern women - they melt under hot lights!

Posted by: BeerBellyBuddah | September 24, 2008 12:14 AM | Report abuse

It saddens me that women support women just because they are women, if if that woman is stupid.

There is something inherently wrong with that; it doesn't progress our cause.

There are plenty of really intelligent and accomplished women around, Sarah Palin is NOT one of them. Let's just face it.

Posted by: WOMAN | September 24, 2008 12:15 AM | Report abuse

Plus, she hasn't even killed a single baby!

Posted by: WOMAN | September 24, 2008 12:19 AM | Report abuse

"And now they want to interview her?? Ya'll are a mess. I used to read and listen to the news as a reliable source. Now I know that whatever is reported will need to be verified because the mainstream media cannot be trusted."

_________________________________

Uh, well, that's kinda the advantage of live, non-scripted interviews. You hear the question, you hear the answer, and you decide for yourself.

Too bad Sarah isn't up for that sort of thing.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 12:24 AM | Report abuse

"It saddens me that women support women just because they are women, if if that woman is stupid.

There is something inherently wrong with that; it doesn't progress our cause."

You do realize if not for the last part, you could be talking about Hillary (not to mention my Hillary-esque governor) don't you?

Posted by: LibsRBabies | September 24, 2008 12:25 AM | Report abuse

Is it to late for me to head the ticket? I don't think Barry is ready.

Posted by: Joe Biden | September 24, 2008 12:26 AM | Report abuse

"Uh, well, that's kinda the advantage of live, non-scripted interviews. You hear the question, you hear the answer, and you decide for yourself."

Um, what if the question is total garbage?

Posted by: LibsRBabies | September 24, 2008 12:27 AM | Report abuse

It's the culture war Stupid!! Palin has become the ideal poster child for the Judeo Christian America. Only by gaining even a minimal understanding of the culture ballgame engaging the souls of this group can one begin to understand that they will do anything and everything to advance their crusade.

Posted by: alemar | September 24, 2008 12:29 AM | Report abuse

I think everyone should vote for me! I'm obviously going to lose the senate bid, so I may as well join up on this ticket.

Posted by: Al Franken | September 24, 2008 12:29 AM | Report abuse

If the glove don't fit, you must acquit! BO and OJ 2008!

Posted by: alemar | September 24, 2008 12:30 AM | Report abuse

Alaska Sonja: I love how you get on Sarah Palins lack of experience on foreign policy. She isn't running for president but Obama is and what foreign policy experience does he have lol.

Posted by: Dustin | September 24, 2008 12:32 AM | Report abuse

I hope obama has studied well for the debates want be long before americans see the true obama clueless.

Posted by: chad byrd | September 24, 2008 12:32 AM | Report abuse

NObama's chickens, are coming home, to roost.

Posted by: Rev Wright | September 24, 2008 12:34 AM | Report abuse

Hey Sarah, note from the public in your search to become Vice President: Thanks, but no thanks!

Posted by: lxg | September 24, 2008 12:35 AM | Report abuse

p.s.
I just wet myself.

Posted by: lxg | September 24, 2008 12:37 AM | Report abuse

LibsRBabies/Dustin:

It's really painful that people refuse to deal in facts rather than their "feelings". Please do more research; when there is no substance, there is no argument either (similar to Sarah's techniques!).

I would like to know, persuasively, what it is that anyone thinks she'll be good at as at a national level, I mean, other than 1. following her party's platform and 2. giving birth. And before posting anything, MAKE SURE YOU HAVE CHECKED YOUR FACTS, AND THOUGHT ABOUT HOW THEY'VE BEEN EXAGGERATED, or be prepared to feel the wrath of people who know better. Good luck!

P.S. Thanks, but I'm no "liberal". I wish people would just have a little more critical thinking skills.

Also, Republican Leadership is Republicans in Sarah's current legislature, not Uncle Ted or Don Young--we are too far removed from them to ever know what they think.

Big City Alaska is downright balmy these days!

Posted by: Alaska Sonja | September 24, 2008 12:37 AM | Report abuse

Wasnt Obama was born to and raised by a white woman and her white parents, he is bi-racial lest we forget...
If the man didn't have brown skin his resume wouldn't ever be questioned. Besides being the mistress of hyperbole, Grandma Palin has way to much drama going on,to be VP I would think that a woman with a pregnant seventeen year old at home,a small child who seems so attached to her, plus a special needs baby and three more children would want to handle her business at home
I'm a working mother as well but my kids come before my ambition.
How can you hunt, shoot,kill and skin a poor defenseless animal and be pro-life anyway. There are so many questions about her that won't be answered because she's so protected...that's not sexist ?

Posted by: Hi hater's | September 24, 2008 12:37 AM | Report abuse

And in case you're wondering, the curtains do match the drapes.

Posted by: Alaska Sonja | September 24, 2008 12:39 AM | Report abuse

LibRBabies

Yes, admittedly Hillary sucked too. Thanks for the clarification.

Posted by: WOMAN | September 24, 2008 12:39 AM | Report abuse

I keep hearing the press talk about the fact that the American people deserve to hear what Palin's stands are. Who cares? She's being kept away from the press because she's a dolt, plain and simple. It is clear that when the Reagan Revolution began defunding education that it systematically created a nation of dummies and Palin's their saint.

Posted by: awake2008 | September 24, 2008 12:39 AM | Report abuse

MCCAIN/PALIN

Posted by: awake2008 | September 24, 2008 12:42 AM | Report abuse

Dustin:

I think the problem with Palin is that she has no interest in foreign policy (hence, that is why she has not kept up with international issues, and comes across as clueless in interviews). Alaskans DON'T care about these things, and Palin didn't either--it's just natural because we are isolated from you guys, and it doesn't make her bad. It just didn't matter when she was just governor as much, but it should matter to the rest of you, when for all intents and purposes she could be your President.

Posted by: Another Alaskan | September 24, 2008 12:47 AM | Report abuse

Alaska Sonja: First off I think she'd be good because her stance on drilling for more oil. Any moron should know by now that we need to drill and that we also need to explore more in renewable energy. It will create more jobs and ceaper oil. Why doesn't Obama support this? Ah, is it bad for the environment to get black gooy stuff out of the ground. Second, I hope she follows her party's stance on immigration and closes up the border to illigal immigrants. No she doesn't have any experience on this but you don't need much experience to put a fence up. Obama won't do anything to stop illigal from coming in illigally and taking money from the taxpayers that he says he suppports. These are just a few reasons I support Palin and their are plenty more. But its late here in the Land of Lincoln( I don't want it to become the Land of Obama) and I must get to bed. To please respond to my post though. I will enjoy reading in the morning.

Posted by: Dustin | September 24, 2008 12:56 AM | Report abuse

All I can say is when I saw the photo of her sitting with President Unibe I was never so impressed with a candidate before in my llife time. I immediately called all my friends and family and told them to quit watching Paulson beg for 700 Billion Dollars that was due yesterday and fill out their early election ballot right away.

Posted by: Terri | September 24, 2008 12:57 AM | Report abuse

All media must refuse to show pictures/video and to print/speak about Palin until the Palin/McCain campaign makes Palin available for interviews. The public needss to hear what Palin has to say about relevant issues before they can evaluate her abillities to become a potential president. If Palin/McCain are boycotted, I'm sure that they will do an about-face on Palin interviews.

Posted by: J.D. | September 24, 2008 1:02 AM | Report abuse

I am one of the few, proud African Americans who will be voting for the McCain-Palin ticket. More so for Palin - but certainly doing my small part to preserve the last vestiges of Liberty that the mongrelized Democratic Party hasn't destroyed yet.

I was first exposed to this unhinged brand of leftist ideology when I lived in San Francisco. Can't stomach the deception any longer.

Yes, keep up the attacks Washington Post Company. You're only serving to help us elect Governor Palin as our next Vice President.

Posted by: Harriet Tubman | September 24, 2008 1:04 AM | Report abuse

For a society that is obsessed with it's dumbed down celebrity culture, is it really such a suprise that Sarah Palin is thriving in this election.

Posted by: HW | September 24, 2008 1:08 AM | Report abuse

Stop the madness!!!!
Obama/Biden '08

Posted by: thebob.bob | September 24, 2008 1:13 AM | Report abuse

Well....McCain has emulated W's daddy by chosing Daniella Quayle as vice president. What else can you say?

Posted by: JJ | September 24, 2008 1:19 AM | Report abuse

Ms. Palin, what you've just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard.

At no point in your rambling,incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought.

Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.

Posted by: Billy Madison | September 24, 2008 1:21 AM | Report abuse

I'm shocked to read some of your posts. It appears that a lot of you feel you could run this country much better than Palin or Biden. I wouldn't want a political position if I had to deal with all your negativity and criticism on a regular bases. If your so miserable, I know places in Africa where you might want to visit which could help put things in perspective. " It is human to stand with the crowd; it is divine to stand alone." It appears Palin will be standing alone if she becomes VP according to the posts. Abraham Lincoln was quoted as saying, "He has the right to criticize who has the heart to help." Are all of you who critize willing to help this country? We need people to get their hands dirty and start helping each other instead of tearing each other down.

Posted by: Jeannie in Arizona | September 24, 2008 1:25 AM | Report abuse

OK Sonja, I'll play.

First,

"I would like to know, persuasively, what it is that anyone thinks she'll be good at as at a national level, I mean, other than 1. following her party's platform and 2. giving birth. And before posting anything, MAKE SURE YOU HAVE CHECKED YOUR FACTS, AND THOUGHT ABOUT HOW THEY'VE BEEN EXAGGERATED, or be prepared to feel the wrath of people who know better. Good luck!"

Admittedly, she needs more trigger time, but when your alternative is a doofus know-nothing senator and a doofus thinks-he-knows-everything senator, it's looking mighty good to you. Anyway, I'll go with the easiest one of all, this is *actual* change. Barry and the medielites who drooled all over him have told us experience isn't important. Let's try conviction, identity, and values secondly. Another reason? From your argument below. Apparently they have a bunch of dweebs in your legislature, well what do you think Congress is? Stalinists, dweebs, a few scattered solid Repubs (that would mean true conservatives)--she can't handle that? She knows more about foreign policy than anyone of the Obamanations want to give her credit for (of course I'm still waiting for Barry's FIRST venture into solid FP). I don't want hundreds of years of experience if there's nothing to go with it thank you.

So essentially, everything that Barry SAYS he was going to bring to the table, SP actually is.

"Also, Republican Leadership is Republicans in Sarah's current legislature, not Uncle Ted or Don Young--we are too far removed from them to ever know what they think."

I said the leadership that GAVE us the actual proponents of the BTN. Sure, SP probably did support it at one point, but two things: One, as your counterpart might say: Alaskans quite frankly don't care much about the lower 48 (although I live in the closest state to AK so I'm sure we have some merit) so if she's operating at their will, then what's the problem? Two, what goes in the record books?

As far as Troopergate, I see your guys up there are adopting something a former Speaker of the House (from my city btw) made famous: Not the proof, but the seriousness of the charge (See what I was talking about as far as decades of experience and nothing with it?)

"Thanks, but I'm no "liberal". I wish people would just have a little more critical thinking skills."

Fine, I'm aware that not everyone opposed to SP is a lib, raging feminist, or Hollywood dweeb. But don't argue like one. A simple "She's not ready" without the typical BS attacks that come with it from the above three I mentioned would suffice.

Posted by: LibsRBabies | September 24, 2008 1:26 AM | Report abuse

how white trash that both mother and daughter were pregnant at the same time. so with her not using birth control, she can get knocked up again.

Posted by: militarywife | September 24, 2008 1:26 AM | Report abuse

Just wait until McCain/Palin are elected. We'll be (for a third time) told the election wasn't fair, voting machines don't work for the disenfranchised, etc.

Then we'll get to see 4 years of the same bashing of Sarah Palin we saw 20 years ago with Dan Quayle.

Then well be told to vote for a Clinton.

All our life is a circle...

Posted by: flipper | September 24, 2008 1:27 AM | Report abuse

I'm trying to understand Hannity's question. If I were Palin, I would absolutely resist interviews with most of the press, if this is the kind of question that a "friendly" interviewer poses- How would any of you answer that question? What is our role as it relates to security? What the heck does that mean?

Posted by: Persephone | September 24, 2008 1:31 AM | Report abuse

True story: I had a nightmare the other night that Sarah Palin, not John McCain, was running for President and she was winning. I was really scared and confused and when I tried to ask everyone why they were supporting her they were all speaking Russian. Just thought I'd try to brighten your day a little with that one...I know it gave me a good laugh. Obama '08!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 1:32 AM | Report abuse

I'm not surprised at most of the above comments..they're so really well thought out.(How in the world did we ever get to this place in American life? Oh, I know, we're still sweeping up the remnants of the disillusioned baby boomer generation) ..fortunately, most Amercians know better(and work harder than most of the people leaving the above comments who no doubt have been to school too long). Rest assured my fellow hard working Americans..the fact is we have two of the clearest thinking and most honorable representatives of America on the GOP ticket this time around ..they will win, the Dems got elitist and emotional again. Hillary's pullout from the UN rally against the idiot from Iran is symbolic..Palin is a threat to her(and to Streisand, and Oprah, and O'Donnell etc.etc.)and she should be. Mrs. Clinton just handed the election over to us and we thank her! God Bless America from Sea to Shining Sea! and as for Sarah.. You Go Girl!!

Posted by: Larry(the former Democrat) | September 24, 2008 1:33 AM | Report abuse

If Palin had the slightest bit of integrity, she would have declined the nomination. Her chirpy assurance that "she's ready" is preposterous, considering that two months ago she was quoted as saying that she didn't even know what the job entailed.

It is glaringly apparent that she is not qualified for the job. Even more important, however, is that McCain's actions in selecting her prove that HE is unqualified for the job. It is well known that his V.P. preference was for Joe Lieberman or possibly Tom Ridge, both trusted friends and advisers on whom he had relied to reach his current position. But when the craven weasels running his campaign told him they didn't think he could win unless he could energize the evangelicals, Mr. Ambition caved and threw his friends under the bus.

The honorable thing for him to have done would have been to tell his handlers, "That may be, but Joe (or Tom) has been with me this far, and I'm sticking with him. Win or lose, I will still have my honor and integrity intact." Instead, in what was an act of moral cowardice, he betrayed his friends and we now have Caribou Barbie and the "First Dude" potentially a heartbeat away from the presidency.

If it was an issue of putting a woman on the ticket, the Republicans have several female senators as well as other women who are far more qualified to fill the position. Palin's singular value to the ticket is her appeal to the evangelical base. That the Republican campaign is so craven that they would potentially endanger our national security in this way is reprehensible, and evangelicals should be disgusted that they have been so shamelessly pandered to.

It is even more galling that ever since her fire-breathing acceptance speech, the managers of this disgraceful campaign are doing everything they can to hide her from public scrutiny, while at the same time this pair continues to campaign behind signs that say, "Putting Country First."

There may be a fine line between "maverick" and "loose cannon," but with this action McCain has clearly shown on which side of it he stands.

Posted by: jsw | September 24, 2008 1:41 AM | Report abuse

I am so amazed of some of you ignorant folks in America. I am a woman and I am disgusted of the choice of a Vice President such as this. She is just plain stupid, you can talk with clarity and still sound very dumb. All of you racist folks give it a rest already. Obama shares both worlds his mother being white and is father a african man. He is not a racist in any manner. I do not support or believe in abortion, but when has someone elses choice to have one ever affected your day to day living. We as so called Christians need to leave the world out of the church, it is for your Pastor to instill in you the things of God. I am sure most of us with kids decided to keep our children because thats what we chose to do, let God be the judge. What we need is someone that is going to lead this country and keep it moving in the right direction. We have lived in turmoil these last eight years and now we have a old presidential nominee and a dumb vice president pick who if something should happen to Mccain would be in charge? come on Republicans and those of you just picking them because a woman is on the ticket. Trust me if Hillary was on the ticket you all would say how dumb she really is. It will be a sad day when white america decides to vote for some ignorant woman who can not even answer simple questions and sounds so stupid on tv and note vote for a man because he considered a black man based on the fact his dad is black.

Posted by: sweetness | September 24, 2008 1:47 AM | Report abuse

Ms Marcus
another note you should note: Gov Palin was known in Alaska by some reporters to have often used the word PROGRESS not as a noun but as a verb, as in "We will have to watch how he will progress in the future"....rather than saying "We will have to watch his progress in the future..."

Just a speech pattern that is her style. Ever caught that?

I heard this from a radio reporter in Nome who caught it a few times during an interview in her office in Juneau. Does it mean anything? Nada.

SIDEBAR:
Sarah Palin's bio ready for national rollout: written in just three weeks!

The book's agent
insists it will be a good one for readers on both sides of the aisle


A few weeks ago, I ran a news story about Joe Hilley, the
Alabama writer who is penning the soon-to-be released biography of GOP
Vice-Presidential candidate Sarah Palin. According to publishing
industry sources, the book, titled "Sarah Palin: New Kind of Leader",
was written at lightning speed -- in just three weeks! It is being
edited and prepared for printing as you read this article.

After reading the article, Mr Hilley's literary agent sent in a
nice letter, explaining more about the eagerly-awaited book. Well,
eagerly-awaited by some voters, and maybe not as eagerly-awaited by
other voters. It just might be the red state blue state thing all over
again.

But I digress. Jeff Dunn, the Oklahoma-based literary agent who
brought the book deal to Zondervan Publishing Company -- a Christian
book publisher owned by the much larger HarperCollins conglomerate,
which is owned by Rupert Murdoch -- said in his letter:

"Just wanted you to know that I am the agent for Joe Hilley. He is a
man of great integrity and skill in writing. I am sure his book on
Sarah Palin -- written in less than three weeks -- will be a very
good read both for
those who like and those who dislike Alaska Governor Palin and her
political party of
choice. Joe brings to light Governor Palin's leadership style that is much
different than that seen in Washington, D.C. in recent memory."

I wrote back to Mr Dunn and thanked for his email. The book is set for
release on October 12, and there might even be some bootleg copies out
there before the official national laydown. As these things often,
some enterprising reporter for the New York Times or the Anchorage
Daily News will likely get his or her hands on the Hilley book before
it's official release date. Stay tuned. This is one political
biography that is going to make history as the presidential election
campaign of 2008 continues its countdown to November 4.

Posted by: danny Bloom | September 24, 2008 1:48 AM | Report abuse

Let me try:

Hannity: "What is our role as a country as it relates to national security?"

Palin: Yes, Sean. That's a great question, Charlie, I mean Sean, and as to being an optimist I am on, Sean.....and John McCain's running-mate, I see our world role in the world as one of being a force for world good, and also, Charlie, one of being the leader of the world when it comes to the world values that -- it seems that just humankind and all Americans just embrace the worldly values that -- progress -- I am using progress as a verb, Sean -- life and liberty and the pursuit of happiness, and all that stuff we learned in school in Wasilla, that's just -- that's just not only in America, that is in our world, that world as I see it, Sean.

Posted by: Daniel Webster | September 24, 2008 1:56 AM | Report abuse

Oh jsw gimme a f'n break

"considering that two months ago she was quoted as saying that she didn't even know what the job entailed."

Think that may possibly have been something to throw off the self-important types? There's only been an underground movement to have SP in this spot for the better part of the last year, so it's very easy to believe this is the case. If not, so what? Hey Smartypants Biden talked about not being interested in VP REPEATEDLY, you gonna start going after him?

"It is well known that his V.P. preference was for Joe Lieberman or possibly Tom Ridge, both trusted friends and advisers on whom he had relied to reach his current position."

Candidates you wanted right? Be honest. And people were right to tell him he wouldn't win. He'd have been laughed off the election trail, this time by US.

"Instead, in what was an act of moral cowardice, he betrayed his friends and we now have Caribou Barbie and the "First Dude" potentially a heartbeat away from the presidency."

Here's a tissue. BTW McCain and his "friends" gave us stupid legislation like McCain/Feingold, the phony immigration bill, dozens of cap-and-trade BS, gang of 14, open borders, etc. So it's about time he got with the program on SOMETHING.

"Palin's singular value to the ticket is her appeal to the evangelical base."

Another reason why this was a great pick, you've had to abandon years and years of "evangelicals hate women" talking points. Always love when that happens.

"That the Republican campaign is so craven that they would potentially endanger our national security in this way is reprehensible"

Because Democrats have done such a GREAT job over the last 15 years with national security. Your candidate is an Olinsky-ite, who's endangering national security again?

It is even more galling that ever since her fire-breathing acceptance speech, the managers of this disgraceful campaign are doing everything they can to hide her from public scrutiny, while at the same time this pair continues to campaign behind signs that say, "Putting Country First."

If the media was interested in doing the public's job instead of the Obama campaign's, I'd agree with you. Then again, it wasn't SP that pulled out of a chance to show herself to the public now, was it? You know: Hillary, Barry, Jewish Democrats?

Posted by: LibsRBabies | September 24, 2008 2:02 AM | Report abuse

Way to get back to your bread and butter, Ruth. Who thought that you would go an entire week without bashing Palin? But you're back at it today. I knew you couldn't resist. Which begs the question...what did you do before she came around? I hardly noticed your OpEds.

As for a millimeter thin understanding of the issues...you took the words out of my mouth. I was going to say the same thing about you.

Posted by: Ruth Marcus Fan Club President | September 24, 2008 2:03 AM | Report abuse

Does this sound familiar?

From the Miss Teen USA pageant, 2007

"why many Americans cannot find the U.S. on a world map?"

Miss Teen USA contestant Caitlin Upton: “I personally believe that U.S. Americans are unable to do so because, uhmmm, some people out there in our nation don't have maps and uh, I believe that our, I, education like such as, uh, South Africa, and uh, the Iraq, everywhere like such as, and I believe that they should, uhhh, our education over here in the U.S. should help the U.S., uh, should help South Africa, it should help the Iraq and the Asian countries so we will be able to build up our future, for us.”

Caitlin for VP !!!!!

Posted by: Bob W. | September 24, 2008 2:08 AM | Report abuse

Hey Bob, same state as

"Sarah Palin's primary qualification seems to be that she hasn't had an abortion"

--South Carolina Democratic Party chairwoman Carol Fowler.

So maybe Ms. Upton's a democrat, which would explain everything (like her upbringing)!

Posted by: LibsRBabies | September 24, 2008 2:25 AM | Report abuse

Sound like Palin was reciting her scripted lines and jumbling them up. It is icy clear to me that there is no there, there.

Posted by: Peter | September 24, 2008 2:29 AM | Report abuse

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/09/22/dirty-secret-of-the-bailo_n_128294.html

Posted by: Nevermind | September 24, 2008 2:35 AM | Report abuse

sarah palin is the best candidate this country will or ever had period. for those angry left they can go n prepare towels coux once she's elected they gone start crying................

Posted by: jimmy | September 24, 2008 2:48 AM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin is new to the national stage and she is not as polished as Senator Obama is. She hasn't had an adoring press urging her along for 18 months; she was doing her job during that time, not touring the country and the world in a job-training program. This is her time to learn Senator McCain's programs and learn to work with his advisors.

The press wants free-rein in questioning her and their objectivity has been less I have hoped. If I were the campaign I sure wouldn't put her out to be ripped apart by that mob waiting to show her up.

As far as calling the Fox interview an infomercial, how many infomercials in front of adoring (supposedly objective) media has Senator Obama had? How many covers of various magazines showing us his presidential demeanor? How much air and print time did his world tour garner last summer?

As articulate as he can be when speaking from a teleprompter, it can be difficult to listen to him try to parse his way through the questions of an event like the Saddleback Forum. Both candidates were given the broad topics that would be covered, but he stumbled through those answers, seemingly trying to paint broad enough responses to please anyone who might be listening. And then he had the nerve to accuse John McCain of having been given an advantage of listening to his answers. Sometimes a person has to accept responsibility that he didn’t get all the gold stars for showing up.

The debate is coming up and while Palin is less experienced with debates than is Senator Biden, I suspect she'll do all right for the job of vice president.

Posted by: annetta | September 24, 2008 2:50 AM | Report abuse

There's got to be another viable candidate for Vice President who's more experienced, educated and interested in both foreign and domestic affairs than Sarah Palin. Add to that someone who cares more about our nation's environment, wildlife and future than about oil and money.

Posted by: Lucca | September 24, 2008 2:52 AM | Report abuse

One of my most liberal friends shocked me the other day when he said he's actually starting to HOPE that McCain/Palin wins the election. His reasoning? It would be end of the two party system - the Republican Party being humiliated and rejected once and for all.

Myself, I still have hope that they will lose - just for our country's sake, mind you - I think the Grand OLD Party's dead already.

And Palin's the proof...

Posted by: Carmen Cameron | September 24, 2008 2:58 AM | Report abuse

"Here's a tissue."

Better keep it. You're going to be needing it. Obama ahead of McCain by nine points.

Posted by: fzdybel | September 24, 2008 3:04 AM | Report abuse

Aren't taxpayers footing the bill for her Secret Service detail?

Americans pay for her security as she trips around the country and she won't even answer a question from the press who represent 'the people.'

SnowJob SquareGlasses, I can't wait for her to go back to Alaska.

Posted by: Marilyn | September 24, 2008 3:14 AM | Report abuse

Oh..... my..... God. I just read the transcript of this interview. The woman just keeps repeating these words and phrases... "cronyism," "ruffling feathers," "prosperity," "gridlock." They are just thrown in there whether they're relevant or not. She was clearly given key words to work in, and she did her dead level best to get 'em in there.

To defend this woman as competent is pathetic. Scares hell out of me that people can hear this stuff & still go out & vote to put this ball of fluff one heartbeat from leading this country....

Posted by: crazy in Alabama | September 24, 2008 3:23 AM | Report abuse

Do you really have to ask why Sarah won't do interviews with the press. Come on! Every time she has been interviewed the democratic press has attacked her with such aggression that I can't blame her. Has any one noticed that Barack hasn't done any interviews either, and he's running for PRESIDENT. McCain has been trying to get him into a townhall meeting and he keeps declining. Why isn't the press clammering after him. It's because he has been bought and payed for by the rich and famous which includes the press.

Oh, and by the way, I just deposited the $1200 Sarah sent to every man, women and child in Alaska. It was excess oil revenue that she decided to send back to the people to help pay for fuel cost. What Politician would do that? Only an honest one. Barack would have found a way to send it to he good friend Reverend Wright.

There is one other thing I would like to clear up about Sarah. Everyone keeps talking about her supporting hunters shooting wolves from the air. It is still against the law to hunt by air for hunters. Only Fish and Game can shoot from the air and only in an animal control situation. Last winter here in Fairbanks we had wolves coming into town and killing pets and following children home from school. Trust me, as a parent I am very glad she supports animal control. And if it were your children you would too.

Posted by: Sarah's Alaska Friend | September 24, 2008 3:25 AM | Report abuse

Thank you. The way that one speaks is closely related to the way one thinks. I agree with Marcus that Palin's confused answers indicate a confused mind and a superficial understanding of the issues.

Please keep up the good work.

Posted by: Mark Dincecco | September 24, 2008 3:39 AM | Report abuse

For all you people out there calling Sarah Palin nothing more than a hockey mom, let's not forget her title of Governor of the great state of Alaska. She's not perfect, but than who is. Maybe the fact that she is not from the elite Washington group, like Obama, is the best thing about her. She drive's herself to work, she does her own shopping, she cooks her own meals and she is able to perform her duties as Governor for the State of Alaska at the same time, very well I might add. She is the most popular Governor in Alaska's history.
I think the thing that scares me the most about this election is that we as Americans are even considering electing a Muslim to the highest office in this great land. Just a few weeks ago we observed the 7th aniversary of 911. Doesn't anyone remember that the people responsible were Muslim and they were hell bent on killing us? Oh, sure, Obama claims he is no longer a Muslim. He converted to Christianity in 1992 so he could appeal to the American people. He has been groomed by the Dems for the past 10 years. If he were elected he would only be a puppet for all those who carried him to this point. Maybe that is the greatest thing about Sarah, she jumped from being an unknown Governor to being the running mate of John McCain without being polluted by the political elite. She has not yet been bought like Barack HUSSEIN Obama. (Sadam HUSSEIN) Does this ring a bell with anyone? Has anyone noticed that a lot of the communist countries are backing Obama? I can only wonder why!
Then, everyone keeps speaking about her lack of experience. what the heck, Barack hasn't had much experience either and he is running for PRESIDENT. Then they attack her about being a Mom and Vice President. No one's asking Barack if he can be a Dad and PRESIDENT. The inconsistency is sickening. I think the dem's are so scared that lashing out is the only thing they can do. Thanks Sarah for joining John McCain in becoming the next President and Vice President of the United States of American.
McCain/Palin 08'

Posted by: Barack | September 24, 2008 3:43 AM | Report abuse

At least her glasses are selling well!!

I suppose you would have to tune into Fox News for the Sarah Palin expose ~ as this GOP pageant gets on its way.

Imagine if you are one of the ex-administration guys ~ and you're listening to Sarah Palin talk this way behind the scenes ~ I would say keep this person away from the press ~ because they will eat her alive!

This coupled with all the half truths and outright porkies she has told.....on almost everything.


Deep down I feel disappointed ~ not because I wanted to vote for her ~ and now I have changed my mind ~ and even if her views were on the extreme right ~ they could have picked a better woman ~ to represent women.

This could be a fatal flaw for the GOP campaign.

Posted by: roxn | September 24, 2008 4:33 AM | Report abuse

I can't believe all the posts I've read here about it being all right that Palin doesn't talk to the media, because the media is so unfriendly to her! The media don't "deserve" to talk to her!

The media's job is to inform the people. Some media are biased, others are not - but the point of having several media is to get several points of view. Of course the media get frustrated by not getting any access, because it means they cannot evaluate whether the person that may soon be a heartbeat from the presidency is dumb, smart, fanatic, knowledgeable, or what.

They should rightly be pounding on the door much more than they are presently doing. She is completely unknown, and what little you know is frightening. This is not about liking or admiring or disliking her, this is about being capable of leading. I think the people has the right to know more about her. If she can't lead a press conference and use unfriendly questions to present her views and philosophies, what can she lead?

Posted by: asoders22 | September 24, 2008 4:36 AM | Report abuse

Well, Mrs Marcus, on Hannity Palin got away with Bush-style idle self-glorification, the very thing that got the US in its current, prohibitively expensive and futile messes in Iraq and Afghanistan. As for Karzai, an educated Muslim gentleman and a member of his country's old ruling class - so much for "democracy" in Afghanistan - I'm sure that while he made small-talk with Palin he was muttering under his breath the Pashtu or Dari word for "chuzpah"...

Posted by: Julia Iskandar | September 24, 2008 5:29 AM | Report abuse

Freedom of the Press...what had happened to it? Enter Sarah Palin on stage and everything that use to be the corner stone of our democratic way of living became communistic in nature. I am paralyze with fear that we are gearing to be that way. Remember the Iron Curtain?
America, Sarah Palin is the unknown exponent to the equation. This alone should be a red flag for the many voters who are yet to decide who they would vote for. It is my fear for the unknown that I fear the most. No one knows this strange woman. Who is she? What does she stand for? She seem to be so brainwashed that every word that comes out of her mouth are scripted, a dress rehearsal for a movie role. Who is the real Sarah Palin? Can anyone tell me who she is?

Posted by: Prudence Russell | September 24, 2008 5:31 AM | Report abuse

History will be made with a woman in the White House.

Women support Sarah Palin.

You Go Girl!!

Posted by: Women4Sarah | September 24, 2008 5:47 AM | Report abuse

There have been great women leading many countries in the world. It is way past time that this nation had a great woman as VP or President.

Women are not going to let this chance slip away by voting for an African muslim man.

Women support Sarah Palin.

You Go Girl!!!

Posted by: Women4Sarah | September 24, 2008 5:51 AM | Report abuse

Palin's experience in just twelve minutes:

http://blip.tv/file/1287551

Posted by: Hokuto | September 24, 2008 5:59 AM | Report abuse

I was going to post Miss South Carolina's answer to why Americans have problems with geography, but someone beat me to it. The point is, Palin is a beauty pageant contestant, and that's how she's responding in this election. That is what she is, people, it's how she's gotten where she is. She is nothing more, don't expect anything more. Photo opps, cutting ribbons, ceremonial appearances, meaningless platitude answers to "how to bring about world peace" type of questions. Above all, looking good, with a nice handwave. Vote accordingly.

Posted by: Peter | September 24, 2008 6:14 AM | Report abuse

I think what Marcus is trying to say is: Palin is stoopid.

And Marcus is quite right.

Posted by: npr | September 24, 2008 6:21 AM | Report abuse

Can someone, not everyone, just one, only one, WashingtonPost Commentator do a negative story about Obama or Biden?

Why is the Post focused on giving us daily negative stories about Palin and McCain?

Posted by: Al | September 24, 2008 6:48 AM | Report abuse

Rebuttal to you BOB MILLER POST 9/23/08 11:49 PM
JOHN HARVARD UNIVERSITY IS LOCATED AT CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTE
If you have not been there, please visit the university, I encourage you to do so. Learn everything about Barack Obama while he attended the university. Don't just listen to hearsay, do the research on your own if you have any doubts about Barack Obama. Don't even rely on the media to do that for you. And please, do not assume anything, because you are making an ass between u & me.
My daughter graduated Law School at Harvard U with honors. She was a consistent scholar, straight "A" student from kindergarten up to college.
She was accepted to all the Ivy League School. She choose Harvard U. Before entering Law School at Harvard, my daughter had earned two Master's Degree, and a Ph.D. We are average earning family we do not have the financial standing to be able to keep my daughter at the Ivy League School but thankful to all the Scholarship Grants. We are non-whites. We are minority. FYI - the Ivy League Schools has no "minority program". You enter these schools only on three criteria...either you have the money, you have an extensive community services or your brain is your passport to a scholarship grants. It is not easy to enter these schools. My daughter got in on two criteria...community services and her brain...JUST LIKE BARRACK OBAMA.
My daughter was a community organizer before she entered Harvard. She graduated in her undergraduate program double major Summa Cum Laude, 2 masters Degree, 1 Ph.D.
I spent zero dollar for her to go to all these schools. Not because she is a minority but because of the two criteria I have mentioned above.
Barack Obama was gifted with an intellect way far beyond the average person. I will not even try to compare my daughter to him. He got into Harvard because after graduating his undergraduate studies at Columbia University whereby he graduated Summa Cum Laude, he worked as community organizer. When it was time for him to enter Harvard U, he got two of the university criteria so he was granted full scholarship. Harvard just don't grant full scholarship to anyone. You can ask any Harvard U student that had the opportunity to study at that school. You will undergo rigorous panel interview for the university to decide if they would give you a full scholarship. Yes, he became the first BLACK PRESIDENT OF THE WORLD RENOWNED HARVARD LAW REVIEW, it is because he was deserving of that...NOT BECAUSE OF SOME KIND OF MINORITY PROGRAM WHICH YOU ARE SO IGNORANT TO PRESUME. Please, visit the university and find out everything about Barack Obama, they will be more than glad to help you. And please, do not spread lies about Barack Obama, you are not even fit to be around his crowd. He is well respected in that academic institution, and traditionally we are respectful of the high educational achievement of anyone with high intelligence.

Posted by: Prudence Russell | September 24, 2008 6:56 AM | Report abuse


Sleeping Dustin:

I won, by virtue of the Alaska Time Zone difference. Just kidding. Well I agree that drilling can augment our current situation, and yes Sarah Palin backs more drilling, but I can also see Obama’s stance that it is only a short term solution. Although from what I understand of his views, that he is not against drilling, he just wants a more comprehensive plan for our energy future, one which includes other sources of energy. McCain also wants a comprehensive plan. If you look at their exact proposals, it is hard to tell a difference and hard for a common person such as myself even determine which is optimal, but that is why we rely on these people—our Presidents, VP, legislators, policy makers, and their advisors—to determine what is best for our country so that us common people can live a better life. You and I do not have the time nor the resources to invest in determining the nuances of different policies, so we entrust our leaders to figure these things out while we live our daily lives.

On its face, I of course do not have a problem with Sarah Palin supporting more drilling. What I do have a problem with is her routinely telling this nation that she is some sort of “energy independence expert”. She is not. She has not been even remotely considered such here in her own state, and it would have been impossible to become one within the last 3 weeks or so. And I have a problem with John McCain blatantly stating that she is the foremost expert on this topic; I can’t tell if he knows he’s lying or if he’s actually just not sure…? Whatever the case, Sarah is no energy expert, she only has had exposure to our oil industry and our huge profits, and probably does not understand wind, solar, hydroelectric, geothermal, etc., and has truly never made any statements to the effect here in Alaska, nor had she ever made advances toward us embracing the potential for a movement in this direction, EVEN using our huge oil tax surpluses, and even knowing that Alaska is feeling an awful crunch to our household energy budgets (especially in our many rural areas).

I would not be averse to drilling ANWR, I think we could do it responsibly, and I can see why Sarah Palin supports this. At that same time, I can see that it is really going to add a trivial amount of oil to our domestic supplies, so it’s not as if we would see a huge difference to our energy needs. I think Sarah Palin has been misrepresenting the production ANWR can output, or conveniently leaving out discussion on it. I know McCain has been against drilling ANWR—I’m not sure why he does, but I can also respect a view which sees it as a troublesome trend to open up a federally-instituted Wildlife Refuge for any purpose, once it has been declared so, because it could undermine the very sanctity of that listing. I think people who are against ANWR drilling are just trying to balance the fact that it won’t produce much while it may jeopardize the Refuge listing process. But again, if it came down to it and could help even a small set of people, I would agree with Sarah Palin that we could hopefully do this responsibly—my problem with her here is that she has not been forthright about its only minimal production potential.

I’m willing to bet McCain flips his stance on ANWR at some strategic time, and makes a statement to the effect of that he was ‘SO persuaded by Palin’s strong argument for it’.

Regarding illegal immigration—yes, this is a difficult issue, one which I know Sarah Palin has not made a statement about (cynical me thinks she has not given it much thought, save for thinking illegal immigration is a problem as most all people do), but that she probably just defaults to McCain’s official view of. I agree with you that more infrastructure should be in place to keep out illegal migration; technology is so excellent these days that it doesn’t seem to make sense that we cannot install cameras and sensors along an improved barrier. I can’t blame illegals for wanting to live here, though, because they were unfortunate enough to be born into some awful 3rd world situation. From what I can tell of Obama, though, he does think that our borders and ports need to be better secured (yes, as John McCain does as well). So I don’t know that Obama ‘won’t do anything to stop’ it, as you said; both candidates recognize the problem you see. But both candidates could be out of luck—it is one thing to have an opinion or vision for something, quite another to actually enact legislation which backs your vision (since the parties can’t seem to work together well).

Posted by: Alaska Sonja | September 24, 2008 6:59 AM | Report abuse

Meow.

I wonder when, if ever, these harridans and harpies are going to realize that the more they cattily slander Governor Palin, the more juvenile THEY look... and the more Palin's support grows.
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Posted by: gitarre | September 24, 2008 7:00 AM | Report abuse

LibsRBabies:

I don’t think we are talking about the same Sarah H. Palin, so I guess I can’t speak for the one you are talking about. I’m referring to a woman who is currently running for Vice President who has actually lied to the nation and pandered to “the Lower 48”, for instance, insisting that she was actually ever against a Bridge to Nowhere for 12 days straight, using the same line over and over no less. She never made a formal statement against the bridge in question, that is, until the day she became McCain’s VP—talk about a slap in the face to Alaskans (this is why I hear Ketchikan really dislikes her now, because that is THEIR bridge she is talking about). And as I said, she is actually still on record as supporting the other Bridge to Nowhere, apparently not the one she is talking about publicly but a different one, one which gives her hometown Wasilla a more direct route to Anchorage.

I would have to say that you did not meet my expectations to this challenge. And you did not nest your argument in facts, as I had asked. I don’t think you’ve done your research on the B’sTN or Troopergate, and there are a lot of other incidences of power abuse that it doesn’t seem like you are even aware of. You’re going to have to reach further back in history and also draw from all sources, not biased media, the ones actually telling the truth. Also, you should be honest with yourself about the information you are given and how you judge it—you should know exactly where you stand and THEN decide if you agree with the behavior of a politician. If you do not, you can then be critical of them. Don’t simply decide you are a Republican (or Democrat, for that matter) and then defend them with all your energy when they actually do or say things you wouldn’t do or say yourself.

I’m really not meaning to be condescending here and I’m sorry if I sound that way, I just find myself irritated with people from all sides, every election cycle, because they do not know how to distinguish what they believe in from a mold they are really trying to fit into. It’s OK not to agree with all things Republican or all things Democrat; there are too many contradictions within each party’s ideals to truly conform to one or the other in a naturally-occurring fashion.

BUT, I also have a bit of a hard time understanding you, as your sentence structure and grammar are not functioning within the confines set by the English language; your content leads much to be desired as well. Your thoughts appear disjointed.

Sorry, but I did not give you the “BS attacks” (I don’t know who ‘the above three’ are in fact, I see you’ve talked about Ted Stevens, Don Young, Obama, Biden…) to which you are referring. I don’t know what you mean about arguing ‘like a liberal’, unless liberals tend to digest facts, contemplate them, and point out either their merits or faults, whereas conservatives do not? I would say, “a simple ‘she’s not ready’,” would not be a compelling argument, in my book.

Posted by: Alaska Sonja | September 24, 2008 7:01 AM | Report abuse

If you check the names of the people posting here who support Palin, many of them are on other blogs making identical statements. Methinks this a little too contrived. They are paid to make positive Palin statements.

Did anyone catch the new Microsoft ad "I'm a PC?" One guy turns away from a computer and says, "I'm a PC and I blog for the McCain campaign." That must be "Jed."

Posted by: Dave | September 24, 2008 7:04 AM | Report abuse

Pagent answers. Any pbeauty pagent contestant could give the same nonsencical responces.

Posted by: MichaelS | September 24, 2008 7:06 AM | Report abuse

Seems to me that we could have the DBS syndrome here without bleach applied from the way all the boys treat her. Maybe the boys want her to win so they can take advantage of her like Cheney and Rove did with poor Bush or God for bid worse. While the first Dude acts like bam bam the enforcer or maybe chief of staff. Wind up those play toys and send them out with a teleprompter to read to us stories from the wizard of OZ. She is a pretty little distraction though you must admit from all the attention she gets. The woman gives the motherly touch to world leaders who love play boy mags. I'm sure they will respect her and lay down their arms while in her web. Secretly though, what does she offer them that we don't know about. Hello Dick!

Posted by: Bob Freels | September 24, 2008 7:08 AM | Report abuse

It's all a weird epsilon semi-moron
parody of corporate newspeak.

I for one welcome our inarticulate
oligarch masters.

Posted by: xgy2 | September 24, 2008 7:12 AM | Report abuse

good post, ruthie.

i'm sure i'm going to be impacted by her debate with joe gasbag, too.

Posted by: bob | September 24, 2008 7:12 AM | Report abuse

Entertaining observations of the not-so-impressive Ms. Palin. Thanks for the giggles, Ms. Marcus.

What you're observing in regards to Palin's propensity for word repetition is circular reasoning - a clear sign that, well yeah, she doesn't know what she's talking about. And she's not doing a very good job of faking it.

Posted by: CarolBG | September 24, 2008 7:22 AM | Report abuse

Doesn't it seem to you that the McCain campaign is handling Governor Palin as though she were "running" for the position of First Lady rather than as full partner of McCain: being careful that her public appearances and press avails are not too stressful and do not actually demand much of her, because she shouldn't really be the focus of political attention?? I think the campaign is a little confused!

Posted by: Mary | September 24, 2008 7:25 AM | Report abuse

The bloom is off the rose so to speak. She's been exposed as just another ditzy neo-con with no real answers for the tough problems that lay ahead. And Republicans want to entrust her with nuclear armament codes? God help us all....

Posted by: DirtyHarry | September 24, 2008 7:34 AM | Report abuse

When asked why they favor Senator Obama, his supporters have long said, “He gives good speeches.” When pressed for clarity, they say, “He’s articulate, gives a good speech, gives me hope.” When pressed further, they claim racism on the questioner’s part and stomp away.

This has been going on for 18 months, if not longer.

Even though I am a registered Republican, I have tried to look objectively at the candidates, since party affiliation isn’t everything. I must say, however, after 18 months of looking, I have yet to find a single compelling reason to support an Obama candidacy. Exactly what is this man all about? Exactly what does he bring to the table? Energy? No. Sincerity? No. Trustworthiness? No. A long list—okay, a short list--of accomplishments? No. Integrity? No. Well-thought out plans? No. Even his life story, while interesting, does not shout success-by-bootstraps. If we must talk race, look at the incredible stories of Colin Powell, Maya Angelou, Oprah Winfrey, and Condoleeza Rice. I would vote for any of these in a heartbeat. I might even back Rev. Al Sharpton for a city council seat if I lived in his district. At least he brings energy and passion to the table. Obama brings neither. He is one of the most unremarkable Presidential nominees I have ever seen, and that is not a race-based comment; that is a frank assessment.

While Governor Palin may not be Maggie Thatcher or Margaret Chase Smith, she is not running for President either, so I am willing to let her blossom and grow. Senator Obama, on the other hand, if elected, would be the heart that beats in the Oval Office, and for that reason I must scrutinize him a bit more carefully. I think the upcoming debates will tell us a lot.

Posted by: White Elephant in FL | September 24, 2008 7:34 AM | Report abuse

I must confess to taking a very strong interest in the coming US elections,for many reasons which should be obvious to all people interested in world affairs,this election is much more then just change at the Whitehouse or polotical idealogy,no this election effects the rest of the world and unfortunately because the world economy is tied to the US dollar we have to rely on the American voter to make the right choice.

From an outsider point of view,and i am no stranger to American politics as i had my first encounter with the US voter in 1960 when America elected a young JFK to the Whitehouse,since then i have followed the fortunes of the US political system and marvelled at some of the results.

What i have come to realise is that when an American voter goes to the polling booth to cast his vote,he is either a Republican or Democrat first and an American third,hence the re-election of George W Bush for a second term.

Never in my wildest dreams could i have envisaged a scenario as bad and as devastating to a country as i have witnessed since G W Bush won the Whitehouse
it reads like Murphy's law,what could have possibly gone wrong has and worse is still to come,in fact if you were to imagine the worst case scenario as the incoming President you could not have thought this disaster up.

From the failed economy to the endless wars to the home mortgage crises to the job losses to the Wall st Disaster and the budget defecit and the list seems endless, there is no good news at all anywhere for anybody except Oil Companies,in any other society the encumbered Party in this case the Republicans would be dessimated, they would loose huge,and they would be in the political wilderness for years and years,but not in America, no, you are Republicans and democrats first and foremost, you call yourselves Patriots,but not to your country but to your political Party,and lets not forget the Flagpin.

So i am intrigued as i follow this nightmare on what is American Politics,check the polls daily and see that the race for the Whitehouse is neck and neck, today it's Obama 47 McCain 45 who knows what it will be next week,and i ask myself what in the world are these people on,what medication,cause i want some, too to feel this crazy.

After the Marathon primaries that seem to drag on forever,we have, running for the most powerful position in the world 1.A Junoir Senator from Illinois with his older running mate with 30 years in the US Senate Joe Biden up against a 72 year old senator on the fringes of dementia with a Hockey Mom from Alaska who used to be a Beauty Entrant and Mayor of a god forsaken town called Wasilla in Alaska telling us that she is ready to be commander and chief of the the most powerful military nation in history.
Now i accept that the spin doctors have a job to do to get their candidate elected, but if the voters of America believe that a wanna be Miss Alaska is ready to be President of the USA and the American public actually buy this, then God help us.

But what really astounds me is, that the most advanced country on the planet with over 300 million people and it's world renowned learning institutions can only come up with a group of candidates that you wouldn't even trust to run a Mcdonalds Franchise and throw in a middle aged hockey mom and the mind boggles.
The answer i feel is that the American political parties treat the American voters with contempt and think that they have an I.Q. of 50 or less.

But then again you did give George W Bush a second term and you wouldn't call him a Rocket scientest,as for John McCain, i don't think he will make a second term like Reagon he was an invalid by the start of his second term,so the prospect of, dare i say it,President Palin is very real.

So please mr and mrs America do the world a favour and send Sarah back to Wasilla where she belongs,and she can continue to charge rape victims to pay for the rape kits after they have been raped and skin Mooses,this whole election is like a bad B grade movie. Good Luck Folks

So my American Friends i have to ask the obvious,"what the hell is going on over there"

Posted by: gkamaris | September 24, 2008 7:35 AM | Report abuse

This woman who may have admirable qualities is clearly so completely unqualified to be veep that you'd have to wonder what was in the minds of those who chose her. Certainly not the national interest. Marcus is being generous when she says her knowledge and understanding are a millimeter deep.

Posted by: John | September 24, 2008 7:40 AM | Report abuse

I don't live in the US so hopefully I can offer an unbiased observation. After reading the above comments it is clear to me that those supporting Sarah Palin seem far less intelligent than those on the opposite side. Their reasoning for supporting Palin is emotional and seems to have no logic behind it. If the smart people get out and vote Obama should win the election. Oh, and just one question...why is there a perception that having "intelligence" has become a liability in America?

Posted by: Annabelle | September 24, 2008 7:41 AM | Report abuse

When asked why they favor Senator Obama, his supporters have long said, “He gives good speeches.” When pressed for clarity, they say, “He’s articulate, gives a good speech, gives me hope.” When pressed further, they claim racism on the questioner’s part and stomp away.

This has been going on for 18 months, if not longer.

Even though I am a registered Republican, I have tried to look objectively at the candidates, since party affiliation isn’t everything. I must say, however, after 18 months of looking, I have yet to find a single compelling reason to support an Obama candidacy. Exactly what is this man all about? Exactly what does he bring to the table? Energy? No. Sincerity? No. Trustworthiness? No. A long list—okay, a short list--of accomplishments? No. Integrity? No. Well-thought out plans? No. Even his life story, while interesting, does not shout success-by-bootstraps. By contrast, if we must talk race, look at the incredible stories of Colin Powell, Maya Angelou, Oprah Winfrey, and Condoleeza Rice. I would vote for any of these in a heartbeat. I might even back Rev. Al Sharpton for a city council seat if I lived in his district. At least he brings energy and passion to the table. Obama brings neither. He is one of the most unremarkable Presidential nominees I have ever seen, and that is not a race-based comment; that is a candid assessment.

While Governor Palin may not be Maggie Thatcher or Margaret Chase Smith, she is not running for President either, so I am willing to let her blossom and grow. Senator Obama, on the other hand, if elected, would be the heart that beats in the Oval Office, and for that reason I must scrutinize him a bit more carefully. I think the upcoming debates will tell us a lot.

Posted by: whitelephantinflorida | September 24, 2008 7:41 AM | Report abuse

Well at least she hasn't stuck her foot in her mouth like Obama did when he started riots and reactions from the President of Pakistan by shooting his mouth off.

Obviously she's been coached to try and be something she is not and it doesn't work. She should just be totally candid and disarm the press harpies like Marcus with candor. Admit where she's at by stating "it's more important for me at this stage to LISTEN rather than PONTIFICATE" making an obvious reference to Biden and Obama. A little humility in DC would be refreshing. She should stick to simple declarative statements, study Ronald Reagan not Kissinger. Have her read Indira Gandhi and Golda Meir quotes and use her gender.

Posted by: doublestandard | September 24, 2008 7:42 AM | Report abuse

I am so sick of the white racism and the hate spewing from the likes of Joe LaRoca, Patty, Bob Miller. Yes, you white folks are racist.

I don't mind that you don't like Obama or even his policies. That's just cool with me. But, spreading your venom and hate is a problem for me.

Let's talk about the differences. Bob Miller is spewing his hate about Obama's educational background and suggesting that his accomplishments are because of Affirmative Action. Not that he earned his achievements. That's racism Bob, whether you realize it or not. Also,You don't became the president of the Harvard Law Review because of the policies of affirmative action.

But, since we are on the subject of affirmative action, and In case you don't know it White women have benefitted from the policies of affirmative more so than people of color. Yes, it's documented. Do some research on it. So, if you are so sure Obama received favors because of Affirmative Action. I'm sure your Gov. Palin got some of her favorism because of Affirmative Action. Let's see-- how many persons of color are govenors, how many are senators. How many are head of Fortune 500 companies. In each of those categories there's more white women who benefitted from the policies of Affirmative Actions more so then people of color, both men and women.

Palin's selection of VP is an affirmative action choice. What has she done to earn this position? Nada. Just that she's white and female are the qualifications.

Now, Obama did work for the nomination. He campaigned hard for over 20 months. He won it. Over 18 million people voted for him. He won more contests and the popular vote. How many people voted for Palin? Nada. He beat Hillary--fair and square. Yes, it was very close, but he won it. The primary was Hillary's to win and she blew it. She should not have allowed Obama to show her up. You Hillary supporters are still upset about this and claim that she is a better candidate than Obama. But, why didn't she win it. I know you going to blame the super delegates. But, again why did she, the supposed experienced person, allowed the race to come down to just the super delegates. This was Hillary's to win she was out done by a rookie. This is her fault. With her so-called experience and connections She should have been well ahead of Obama. She should have won by a landslide. She should have been able to blow Obama out of the water. But it appears that the voters had something different on their minds.

Bill Miller, as far as seeing transcripts and academic records belonging to Obama, We haven't seen any transcripts of John McCain's academic work and hell we really don't even know if Palin actually graduated from college. But these are not that important to me. Who cares about McCain and Palin's academic transcripts. Their academic backgrouds are not going to tell me if each are able to lead our country. What bothers me is your white racism. Again, your white racism holds Obama to one standard,but don't hold McCain and Palin to that very same standard.

I don't have a problem with Palin as VP. Do I think she was the best choice. No, she really doesn't have the experience, but hell what is experience. My problem with Palin is that she does not have a wide enough worldview. This country is more diverse than it's ever been. More than a 1/3 of the general population are people of color. What does she know about our experiences? Nothing. Nor does she seem to care to know about us. It seems to me that she doesn't know that people of color actually exist. All she knows is Alaska. This is not enough for me. I need someone in office who has some level of diversity, someone who had wide view of world and its challenges. That she does not have. And, as a woman I don't relate to her. Living in an urban city in New England, I couldn't care less about moose bugers, hunting, etc. That's not what we do in urban America. So for me there is a disconnect. But hey others like her that's fine with me. But, don't make up stuff about her qualifications and What has she really done to fit the position of VP. The McCain campaign is basically hiding the woman, controls her every move. They don't even have confidence in her qualifications. It shows in the way they choose to manage her. It's pretty sad and this person could very well be president. Pretty scary!


Posted by: CBE | September 24, 2008 7:43 AM | Report abuse

The e.e. cummings reference was quite possibly, the funniest and most perceptive thing I've read all week!

Posted by: matt1996 | September 24, 2008 7:50 AM | Report abuse

Regarding the earlier comment...

Noah Webster, not Daniel Webster. Not sure you're helping your 'politically perspicacious' credibility with that one.

Posted by: JE | September 23, 2008 9:22 PM

It was, in fact, Daniel Webster that the article was speaking of. He was known in American History as a great speaker and communicator. Feel free to look it up. I'm sure you went off to bed feeling so proud that you zinged a Washington Post columnist for not correctly citing the author/creator of Webster's Dictionary, Noah Webster. You entirely missed the point of the column.

The column's criticism of Sarah Palin is not because her vocabulary is not filled with fancy words. The criticism is that she has been shielded from the press and general public in terms of answering real questions without a script. Even in the friendly confines of the Hannity interview she gave rambling answers that did not have any real substance. She seems to just go round and round with meaningless talking points.

The American people deserve hear from Sarah Palin in front of the press so we can reach our own informed opinions based on her real and unscripted words. This apparent attempt by the McCain campaign to shield her has increased the speculation about her background, beliefs and abilities and it has furthered perceptions that they are trying to hide something.

You don't need fancy words to dig youself a hole or soar to the greatest heights. Just look at JE who called out the author of this column because he was so excited that he could finally put to use the power of knowing the first name of the person who created Webster's Dictionary. JE only wrote 1.5 sentences and showed a lot about him/herself. Let Sarah speak! I beg you. If the 'liberal' ABC Charlie Gibson interview is any indicator, I am more than confident I won't be disappointed.



Posted by: OrangeCountyDem | September 24, 2008 7:58 AM | Report abuse

She is still being 'schooled'! The lack of interviews and now the, camera only, record of her visits with foreign leaders....they, the GOP, are padding her resume and getting her ready for her debate. The whole thing about the press being unfair is a ruse. They are buying time to where they feel comfortable that she can go out and come across as knowledgeable. But this isn't a college exam...you can't cram for knowledge like this. It just makes her look dumber because all she can do is recite what her handlers had drummed into her head, and of course, repeat the same lines over and over again as Ruth had pointed out, which shows this lack of knowledge about anything.

Of all the thousands of qualified men and women to handle this post this unqualified Shecheney was undoubtedly chosen by the neocons and not McCain (I don't find him stupid and this was a stupid act)... country first! What a joke. By having a slogan "Country First", you would think that McCain would do everything right for the country, including having an honest campaign. Picking (or having had picked for him) one of the most unqualified people in the entire US for VP is not "Country First. It's "'Whatever Makes My Base The Happiest' First".

If McCain wins this election, lets all pray for his good health!

Posted by: Cheez | September 24, 2008 8:01 AM | Report abuse

Ha! I like the exchange Ms. Marcus referred to. Palin answered that one as best as any beauty queen could.

Posted by: kgblankinship | September 24, 2008 8:05 AM | Report abuse

Seems like there are a lot more liberal nut-jobs on this article than conservatives... could it be that liberals spend all their times on the computer while republicans actually have lives? You decide.

Posted by: BarryO | September 24, 2008 8:07 AM | Report abuse

Yo yo yo... ya'll best be votin fo my man this year! He gonna wear a diaper on he head the whole time he be in da half-white house.

Posted by: Michelle Obama | September 24, 2008 8:10 AM | Report abuse

I think we've seen enough of Sarah Palin to realize a few important elements: She's not the brightest bulb in the marquee. She comes across as having a mediocre (at best) native intelligence, does not seem to be in any way curious about the world, and does not speak well enough to represent the United States as either VP or President. Even though the campaign has carefully crafted her appearances, she's still stepping in it.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 8:16 AM | Report abuse

Maybe these foreign leaders can tell us about Palin because she certainly does not believe she needs to talk with the American people. She does believe in talking "to" the American people, but she will not answer our questions. She seems to be more ignorant than Bush. The McCain/Palin ticket is even worse than the Bush/Cheney ticket. McCain has no backbone or honor and Palin is simply ignorant.

Posted by: rcc_2000 | September 24, 2008 8:33 AM | Report abuse

"Well, you know, first Fannie and Freddie, different because quasi-government agencies there where government had to step in because the adverse impact all across our nation, especially with homeowners, is just too impacting.”
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Um...WHAT?!!!

Posted by: muppet | September 24, 2008 8:34 AM | Report abuse

Racism is part of American culture ever since you started kidnapping Africans and shipping them to the southern states for slaves to work in the fields right up to the present day with the Mexicans and Latino illegal workers being paid $2 hour,America's wealth was made from the sweat of slaves and ethnic groups that your forefathers believed were sub-human,it's your history and it is part of you and you are finding it hard to shake the shackles of your own slavery,by enslaving other people you enslave yourself.
Do you really believe that your government can't close it's borders to illegals,if you do, then you are dreaming,America prospered through slave labour back then and still does this very day.

So If Senator Obama fails in his bid to be president it is not because of his ability, as a Harvard Law Man and senator he will learn on the job just like GW did,no, if he fails it will be because the thought of a Black Man in the Whitehouse is not acceptable to certain sections of the American population,it's your heritage your culture, racism is taught to you just like your religion.
So if you are trying to tell me that a wanna be Beauty entrant from Wasilla is qualified to be Vise President.

Then Obama is ready for anything.

V.P. Sarah palin "the world is Laughing"

Posted by: gkamaris | September 24, 2008 8:39 AM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin is an offensive choice to all followers of Zeus and Apollo.

And anyone of the followers of thousands of other Gods with equally silly ideas.

And atheists.

And those breathing generally.

Posted by: Jim | September 24, 2008 8:40 AM | Report abuse

Please.... someone on the left is going to complain about softballs??? Obama has not only been given softballs.... they were T-balls.... not even pitched.

Sean Hannity asked tougher questions of Palin than Obama got from the View, or the majority of his interviews.

I was challenged by a Repub to do a background on Obama and his views via the internet as I generally vote Dem. I was shocked by his positions and I am in awe that the mainstream media has ignored them. I fully understand wanting a Dem in the White House... I wish I could vote for Hillary... I really wish I could vote for Hillary...

McCain's an idiot in many respects... but compared to Obama he's a pretty smart.

I love my party... but I love my country more. I'm voting McCain and then hope to be able to vote for Hillary in 4.

Posted by: Average Joe | September 24, 2008 8:40 AM | Report abuse

"Every journalist and news organization should ban together and cease ALL coverage of the McCain campaign until this total disregard for press coverage stops and McCain and Palin start answering questions."

I COMPLETELY agree. Full media blackout on the McCain campaign until we get some answers from Palin directly: unscripted, not staged, unedited, from the full national press corps.

John McCain has forgotten that this is America, and here the POLITICIANS treat the PEOPLE with deference, not the other way around.

John McCain, you have surrendered your honor for a shot at winning the presidency. Did being a POW teach you to lie, cheat, and steal to get what you want? Have you no dignity at all?

Posted by: William J. | September 24, 2008 8:41 AM | Report abuse

This crack how is going DOWN. And not on my cock either!

Posted by: Joe | September 24, 2008 8:43 AM | Report abuse

Fox News is nothing but the quasi-official propaganda organ of the RNC. It would be an interesting masters disertation in media studies to survey their programs. Here's a sample from last Sunday.

-Feature praising Palin.

-Feature from a so called expert on leadership telling us Obama has no courage.

-Story on Obama's negative commercials.

ad nauseum

"Fair and balanced" like my white a*s!

Posted by: Roy | September 24, 2008 8:43 AM | Report abuse

Help! I need an interpreter. She strings words together but what in the heck is she saying?

I do think though she knows what she's doing. She doesn't know anything so she tries to dazzle with doubletalk. It kind of works when you just listen because you think you much of missed something but then you read it and you realize it isn't you. Thank god.

Posted by: Sandy | September 24, 2008 8:49 AM | Report abuse

I wish all you uppity white folk would send us all back to the motherland!

Posted by: gkamaris | September 24, 2008 8:53 AM | Report abuse

Dear gkamaris,

Why is it that some... usually on the left are the ones screaming the race card.

I am a democrat and I am voting for McCain. It is not because Obama is black... it's because he's a freakin socialist. It wouldn't matter to me if he was red, green, or had pink and violet stripes.

If you knew anything about his economic plans you would realize that.... maybe you do realize that and simply want to use your vote to get yourself a check in the mail. If Obama is elected we will take a bad economy and kill it off for good.

Please consider every country in the world who has adopted the same ideas he is presenting... they have: double digit inflation, double digit unemployment, lowwer median standard of living, higher aggregate tax rates.

Now if that is what you desire to have... please move to the socialist country of your choice.

Posted by: Fair minded | September 24, 2008 8:54 AM | Report abuse

Yo yo yo... lemme aks you someting... who da mo-fo that moved my crack pipe??

Posted by: Michelle Obama | September 24, 2008 8:56 AM | Report abuse

"A little humility in DC would be refreshing."

A little INTELLIGENCE in DC would be even more welcome. And you don't go on a "listening tour" when you're less than two months away from election day. This is nothing less than cold evidence that Palin is dangerously unqualified to be Vice President. If you don't understand the world by now, no amount of "listening" or cramming with Joe Lieberman will save you.

Palin is just the most recent iteration of Fred "Flameout" Thompson: a blank canvass upon which the true believers can paint the likeness of the equally vapid but better-spoken Saint Ronald Reagan.

Unfortunately for the true believers, though, Reagan's fraudulent revolution has just been drowned in an ocean of financial reality, and McCain's Palin bubble has burst.

McCain and his sleazy, dishonorable campaign are going the way of Lehman. No bailouts for the GOP this year. Time to get this country back on track.

Posted by: William J. | September 24, 2008 8:56 AM | Report abuse

Fair Minded,
He doesn't want a socialist country... he wants to sit around and do nothing while the rest of us work to support him. That's not socialism... that's slavery.

Posted by: Also Fair Minded | September 24, 2008 8:58 AM | Report abuse

Palin's 'verbage' is strange, indeed.

Posted by: mimi | September 24, 2008 8:59 AM | Report abuse

By the way, I just wet my pants.

Posted by: William J. | September 24, 2008 9:00 AM | Report abuse

No question - it is Disgrace for Ameria.
The sig of degradation?

It is unthinkable, how could this happen, how mad was the person, who made this disgraceful pick.

Posted by: Linda,Fl | September 24, 2008 9:01 AM | Report abuse

"Well, you know, first Fannie and Freddie, different because quasi-government agencies there where government had to step in because the adverse impact all across our nation, especially with homeowners, is just too impacting.”
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Um...WHAT?!!!

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If I interviewed a job applicant who gave an answer like that, I'd say, "thank you for your time" and after she left, all of us in the room would erupt in laughter.

Palin has nothing to offer but handwaving.

Posted by: Brian | September 24, 2008 9:02 AM | Report abuse

Linda, are you referring to the selection of NObama to the ticket? If so, I completely agree.

Posted by: William J. | September 24, 2008 9:02 AM | Report abuse

"Fair Minded" seems to have lost his or her mind if he or she thinks Obama's sound economic plans constitute Socialism. Suggesting that somehow more of the same economic claptrap we've been fed for the past 28 years of will solve all our problems is textbook insanity.

It's time to be reasonable and to solve our problems with actual solutions, not faith in a discredited economic ideology that has led us to the brink.

Posted by: William J. | September 24, 2008 9:03 AM | Report abuse

I am appalled at the comments being made from the farleft side of my party.

Every study I have seen states that the main stream media has been biased towards Obama... just like they were against my candidate Hillary.

Like several other Dems I have read on this blog, I too am voting for McCain. THis Obama character has shifted every position he held when going against Hillary. I cannot trust this man... AT ALL!!!

Which Obama do you think we might elect... the one with a voting record of an idiot, the one who promised ideas while running against Hillary, the one who initially ran against McCain or the latest one who had changed again the last month... ot maybe the new one who will emerge before the election????

Everyone can see Obama is going to loose... and everyone knows Hillary would be up 20 points and if she were our candidate Palin would not even be talked about.

Thank you so much you jackasses Pelosi, Reed, and the rest of our idiot leadership for giving away this election.

Posted by: Center Dem | September 24, 2008 9:03 AM | Report abuse

bfree

You are absolutely right....we DON'T deserve her. We also don't deserve to foot the bill for Wall Street malfeasance, nor do we deserve to lose our sons and daughters in Iraq because our President is a fool.

We deserve a lot better than we're getting.

Posted by: cookie | September 24, 2008 9:03 AM | Report abuse

And NObama has nothing to offer except those dumbo ears and those big teeth. Oh wait though... Palin is the VP choice and NObama is the presidential candidate... um, maybe I should shut up.

Posted by: Brian | September 24, 2008 9:04 AM | Report abuse

It's time for the white people in this country to become the slaves. Under NObama, this will finally happen.

Posted by: William J. | September 24, 2008 9:05 AM | Report abuse

impacting? I'm expecting to be impacted by the debates. Impacted like a wisdom tooth.

Posted by: ian | September 24, 2008 9:06 AM | Report abuse

Apparently you can put lipstick on a Palin, but is it a Vice President???

Posted by: trainman | September 24, 2008 9:07 AM | Report abuse

If you hold one of NObamas giant ears up to your head you can hear the theme to Sanford and Son.

Posted by: William J. | September 24, 2008 9:07 AM | Report abuse

I'm sure others have expressed this sentiment, but I don't want someone like me running the country. I want someone better than me (and I have a high opinion of myself).

Posted by: eze | September 24, 2008 9:11 AM | Report abuse

Thank you, Impostor William J. You have just proven my point on shallow righties who, lacking good policy or answers to our problems, trade in insults and inanities.

Turn off Fox News and go read a book. Or is that too elitist and intellectual for you guys?

Posted by: William J. | September 24, 2008 9:11 AM | Report abuse

(And to clarify, I can see the moon out my window, but I don't think that makes me an astrophysicist. And I'm not a compulsive liar. So, yes, I think I'm better than Sarah Palin. But I don't think I'm qualified to be president -- just more qualified than her.)

--eze

Posted by: eze | September 24, 2008 9:13 AM | Report abuse

As we read about her abuse of power for personal vendettas, we also learn that Palin's challenges with normal everyday English aren't the only things she has in common with Bush/Cheney.

After 8 years of complete and utter buffoonery, do Republicans think the country or the world is saying "Please sir, may I have another?"???

118 days till the end of the Bush administration.

Posted by: CardFan | September 24, 2008 9:13 AM | Report abuse

I'm sitting here with pictures of NObama taped to my nekked body and rubbing molasses on myself... I wish NObama would just take me right here, right now.

Posted by: William J. | September 24, 2008 9:13 AM | Report abuse

If Mccain wanted a runnig mate with executive experience, Mike Huckabee would have been the best. If he wanted to make history with a woman running mate there are umpteen Republican women in the senate & congress like Sens.Collins & Snowe. But none as pretty as Sarah Palin. It is blatent political pimping. I am not afraid of losing my job for saying this- I am retired.
By the way, how come she didn't meet the Russian representative to the UN? Oh, she must be talking to them on a regular basis over the fence.

Posted by: Saroja | September 24, 2008 9:13 AM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin, like Paris Hilton, is a mile wide and an inch deep.

Posted by: JohnM. | September 24, 2008 9:15 AM | Report abuse

Why we be talkin bout dis anyway... e'rybody knows dat da great NObama be da next man in the half-white house. Peace!

Posted by: Shaniqua | September 24, 2008 9:15 AM | Report abuse

Center Dem = McCain troll.

No one paying attention would think you could trust McCain and not Obama to hold a coherent view. But don't take my word for it. Ask George Will.

Posted by: eze | September 24, 2008 9:16 AM | Report abuse

Dear Mr. LaRocca, (and any of the rest of you who think its the interviewers fault...)
I don't even like Mr. Hannity, but after reading this brilliant writers column, cheered that someone else finally is bringing out that Palin doesn't have a brain and like the rest of her party, can't seem to answer a question without a bunch of double talk and BS.
I've been an Independent for many years, and I've finally, after he Bush admin. changed over. I cannot take anymore of this! Stop dragging our country down! Too many Americans, even some of you blind republicans are suffering adn you still can't seem to wake up out of this fog your in and seee the forest through the trees! You can help save us, but you MUST wake up NOW! She CANNOT be a heartbeat from the presidency! Imagine her talking to Vladmir Putin like that! They will laugh at her and walk all over uus and into YOUR TOWN!
GOOD GOD PEOPLE! THINK! LISTEN, READ! She is NOT anything more than a loverly woman that found herself on a city council for something to do and starting backstabbing her way to the top...its just blind ambition and greed! IT IS NOT GOOD FOR AMERICA. Let her stay in Alaska and prove her stuff and come back someday if she hasn't shot herself in the foot by then, maybe this investigation will prove me right if they can get it done before the election with all the stonewalling going on. Let Justice be Served! We Want the Truth!

Posted by: Trish | September 24, 2008 9:17 AM | Report abuse

There's also the fact that she didn't "answer the question." When Hannity asked her for an example of a reform she'd enacted in Alaska, she didn't give him one.

Posted by: In what respect, Charlie? | September 24, 2008 9:17 AM | Report abuse

Hey Average Joe you say Obama got T balls questions set up to him? At least he had the testicular fortitude to go on Bill O'Reilly. Does McCain have the gonads to go on Keith Olbermans show? How about Palin, think we could get her on Oprah?

Posted by: DirtyHarry | September 24, 2008 9:17 AM | Report abuse

Willie, Willie, Willie,

You must be a socialist too.

While it is true that our economy is in bad shape, a free market system always trumps a socialist one. Our system is good, our bad economy is superior to most of the world's "good" economy. What we do need is to reform our system (that's what McCain wants to do). We don't need to throw the baby out with the bath water, we need to change the bath water and clean the baby up.

And to try and help you understand things.... This mess started about 3 years before Bill Clinton took office, by some changes Greenspan made. Our countries mad oversdpending statred with the Clinton administration... and to be fair... Bush did not change it.

I was appalled to find out that the top 5 recipients of money from Freddie and Fannie were Dems... including Dodd and Obama.

We need someone to go to congress and stop the money tree crap being committed by both Dems and Repubs.

PS: Please consider moving to a socialist country.

Posted by: Fair minded | September 24, 2008 9:18 AM | Report abuse

If the DNC wanted a president with executive experience, Hillary Clinton would have been the best. If they wanted to make history with a woman president there are umpteen democratic women in the senate & congress. But none as pretty as Sarah Palin. It is blatent political pimping. I am not afraid of losing my job for saying this- I am retired.
By the way, how come he didn't meet the Russian representative to the UN? Oh, he must be talking to them on a regular basis over the ghetto.

Posted by: William J. | September 24, 2008 9:18 AM | Report abuse

You democrats sure are a lot of fun. Everything negative you type about Palin can be immediately twisted to fit your brown prince NObama (with the exception of being pretty, cause he's dog ugly).

Posted by: William J. | September 24, 2008 9:21 AM | Report abuse

To CW: This is what Obama brings to the election:

sound judgment. Obama was against the Iraq war, McCain was and is for it. Most Americans realize now that the war was a bad idea. Obama called for a timetable to withdraw the troops;McCain calls that surrender. Most Americans and the Iraqis themselves want a timetable for withdrawal. Obama said we should talk to the Iranians about their nuclear program. McCain says we shouldn't. Even Bush has reversed himself and said that we should talk to the Iranians about their nuclear program.

good policies. Obama would cut taxes for those making less than $250,000 a year (the vast majority of Americans) MORE than McCain would. McCain's tax plan favors the rich.

McCain has consistently voted against regulating big business. As a result we had Enron and the current Wall Street crisis which will cost the taxpayers nearly $1 trillion.

Obama wants to get us off foreign oil by investing in alternative fuels. The head of McCain's transition team should he be elected president is an oil lobbyist. McCain says Palin will head energy policy should he win. Palin comes from an oil state as did Bush. Under Bush gas rose from $1.50 per gallon to $4.00 per gallon. What do you think will happen once Palin's in charge of our energy policy?

Obama wants to make sure we all have health insurance. McCain wants to eliminate the corporate tax credit for health insurance and give citizens a $5000 tax credit so they can buy their own insurance. This means that companies will no longer provide employee health insurance (except to the senior management, of course) since they'll lose the tax credit for it and people will receive a $1500 refund on their tax bills to pay for a $10,000 policy to cover their families. The average family in the US makes $50,000 per year. this net cost of $8500 to buy health insurance will be very hard on them.

Obama recognizes the danger of global warming. Palin, who will be in charge of energy policy, including greenhouse gas emissions, doesn't believe global warming has human causes and therefore doesn't require human compromises.

Obama accepts no campaign contributions from lobbyists. McCain's campaign is run by lobbyists.

Obama recognized that his primary weakness was foreign policy, so he picked Biden to complement him in the White House. McCain's primary weakness was the national economy. Yet he picked a running mate who has no national economic experience (even though voters say it's their number one concern). Rather he picked someone who appeals to the religious right and who can pick off disgruntled Hillary Clinton voters. Obama did what was best for the country. McCain did what was best for his campaign.

I think this speaks volumes about the kind of president Obama will make versus the kind that McCain will make.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 9:24 AM | Report abuse

It's only your opinion, completly biased. It appears that you are also on Obama's campaign staff just like most the media.

The only difference between you and a bag lady is that you have a column in the Washinton Post.

Posted by: Richard | September 24, 2008 9:24 AM | Report abuse

Sounds like Miss South Carolina...... Please vote for Obama.

Posted by: Carolyn | September 24, 2008 9:25 AM | Report abuse

Oh, and Hey Center Dem,
Get off your bitter Hillary loving butt and SAVE OUR COUNTRY! Obama has NOT changed all his stands, you were only listening to Hillary. Look , I liked and supported her too, but this is WAY TOO IMPORTANT to remain bitter and take us all down the tubes with you! GET OVER IT AND MOVE ON. Voting with McCain/Palin will only make matters FAR WORSE for us all. PLEASE, I'm begging you for all of us, get it together before its too late!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 9:25 AM | Report abuse

Palin is a joke. And a lot of the American voters seem to be, also. This lady and her grandpa are going to be given the chance to lead America? God save the world.

Posted by: ron | September 24, 2008 9:26 AM | Report abuse

McCain and co. are the biggest sexists out there...put Palin's brain and experience in a man's body and you 'll see how ridiculous this pick is...

Posted by: martin o | September 24, 2008 9:27 AM | Report abuse

Famous Quotes:

"When's the last time we elected a president based on one year of service in the senate before he started running?"
--Bill Clinton

"When that phone rings, whether it's 3pm or 3am, in the white house, there is no time for speeches or on-the-job training."
--Hillary Clinton

"I think he can be ready, but right now I don't believe he is, the presidency is not something that lends itself to on-the-job training."
--Joe Biden

Asked in a second interview days later...
"I stand by my statement."
--Joe Biden

"Senator McCain will bring a lifetime of experience. I will bring a lifetime of experience. And senator Obama will bring a speech that he gave in 2002."
--Hillary Clinton

"I am a believer in knowing what you're doing when you apply for a job. And I think that if I were to seriously consider running on the national ticket I would essentially have to start now, before having served a day in the senate. Now there are some people that might be comfortable doing that, but I'm not one of them."
Barack Obama

If his own party feels this negative about him... shouldn't you?

Posted by: martin o | September 24, 2008 9:28 AM | Report abuse

Sheesh

Hannity: What is our role as a country as it relates to national security?

Palin: Yes. That's a great question, and being an optimist I see our role in the world as one of being a force for good, and one of being the leader of the world when it comes to the values that -- it seems that just human kind embraces the values that -- encompass life and liberty and the pursuit of happiness, and that's just -- not just in America, that is in our world.

And America is in a position because we care for so many people to be able to lead and to be able to have a strong diplomacy and a strong military also at the same time to defend not only our freedoms, but to help these rising smaller democratic countries that are just -- you know, they're putting themselves on the map right now, and they're going to be looking to America as that leader.

Say What?

Posted by: mister.earl | September 24, 2008 9:30 AM | Report abuse

Dear Eze,

Why is the far left so against independent thought???? Anyone who actaully examines the records of both candidates would agree that McCain has a proven record of being right... and Obama's very limited record has only been right on a few occassions.

Be a responsible person and do some investigative research on both candidates and stop listening to only the sources that tell you what you want to hear.

Hillary is without a doubt the candidate that should be representing the Dems!!!! Everyone knows it... no sane person would challenge it. The idiot lost 13 out of the last 17 primaries and lost the vast majority of the large and swing states. Pelosi and Reed decided to push through this looser because he was more left than Hillary.

If Hillary was running we would be up 20 points... everyone knows it... nobody questions it. Our leadership decided to shove a looser down my throat and I'm choking on it... and I'm spitting it out. I don't think McCain is the answer... I simply ackowledge the fact that he is a far better answer than Obama.

Posted by: Center Dem | September 24, 2008 9:30 AM | Report abuse

Sounds an awfully lot like an answer a beauty-queen would give.

"I like America, because America is so likable. I think America is a leader in leading. I think America can lead the world in a very American way. America is my home, and I intend to be home here forever. Do you like my bathing suit?"

Posted by: Alyosha | September 24, 2008 9:31 AM | Report abuse

I think NObama is an excellent choice... we have a lot in common.

Posted by: Hitler | September 24, 2008 9:32 AM | Report abuse

Not that I would really know what a beauty queen would say... I'm not what you would call pretty.

Posted by: Alyosha | September 24, 2008 9:33 AM | Report abuse

LibsRBabies and other Palinites...

I thought that for a "community organizer" Jesus Christ did a pretty good job...wasn't Pontius Pilate an experienced governor?? Just a question! LOL!

Posted by: Food4Thought | September 24, 2008 9:42 AM | Report abuse

It has become a tedious chore pointing out that the republican think tank believes the American public does NOT think.

While I'm in no means the proverbial rocket scientist, I tend to take umbrage at any insult to the intelligence the good lord has given me.

Speaking of intelligence, could any of you out there with an academic pedigree in history find a period where any country in the world, at any time, faced so many dilemas in so short of time as we? I'm thinking ancient Rome. Am I close?

Posted by: Kevin | September 24, 2008 9:43 AM | Report abuse

Dirty Harry,

I will give you that one... Obama did go on O'reilly... you are correct and I concede that to you.

Still, all in all, the vast majority of the mainstream media has had an Obama love fest. They have ignored his record in Illinois and have left his shifting positions unchallenged.

I wish the media would simply give equal scrutiny to all 4 on the tickets and I have not witnessed that. I do my own research dealing with actual records, quotes, and video clips of both McCain and Obama.

There simply is no contest between the two. The media is tauting Obama as this great guy on the economy... I've yet to hear anything resembling a plan. I even emailed his office 3 times to get a response on what he would do.... no answer... that was 4 weeks ago.

And if anyone actaully is dumb enough to think that spending 15 billion a year in an unproven sector hoping that someone can come up with a solution because you don't have one is not an answer.

Ans even if the tech were there right now... and it isn't... there is no way to make an entire country transition in 10 years... total pipe dream.

I stoppped believing in Sant when I was 5... I'm not buying this Obama Claus junk.

Posted by: Average Joe | September 24, 2008 9:47 AM | Report abuse

Lock Box! The Republicans have stolen Al Gore's idea and put Sarah in that lock box so the media can't get to her.

Posted by: BKH | September 24, 2008 9:48 AM | Report abuse

Fairminded: You might have missed this headline this morning...
"McCain Aide's Firm Was Paid Recently
Davis Said Work for Freddie Had Ceased"
William J.: You might almost haev an arguement there, except for the college degree in Poli sci vs. journalism/communication from 6 colleges, the intelligence part...which he has and she doesn't, the real world expereince, which he has and she doesn't...oh, I could go on and on.
To "JOE and "Michelle Obama" imposter: You're scum
and Gkamaris: I agreed with you on some points earlier, but feel free to move back to Africa at any point and time, you're not a prisoner in America.
Lastly, Barry O ; Ahhhh, but here you are. Nuff said.


Wednesday, September 24, 2008; Page A06

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 9:48 AM | Report abuse

With all the problems we have, there is no way Palin is ready for prime time. The Republicans are playing us for fools. If she can't stand up to the press, like Biden, I would never vote for her.

Wake up folks! This is not a cultural issues election. This is the election to save our country from economic and total downfall.

The old geezer and his light weight vp pick just don't have the plans, issues or ideas to lead us forward.

Please vote for our country this time and not the Republican Party.

Posted by: DownriverDem | September 24, 2008 9:49 AM | Report abuse

Seriously. If she's not ready to speak to the press, then she's not ready to be President. As George Bush discovered, it doesn't get any easier from here on out.

I think the press should drastically reduce their coverage of the McCain campaign. If the campaign wants to ban reporters from campaign events (which is what this UN visit was -- Palin is not an official representative of the US government), then the press should say okay and walk away. Give the McCain campaign what it's asking for.

Posted by: VA resident | September 24, 2008 9:50 AM | Report abuse

I prefer deeds than rhetorics. Sarah Palin have prooven she can perform an executive power. McCain-Palin ticket are a legislative-executive skills combine. Media was disappointed because they wanted to be on top of the event but denial being bias. How come Palins family are always being scrutinize but not Michelle Obama , the questionable business dealings of Biden and foreign donations in Obama's internet campaign. Where is fair and balance in media nowadays? When not invited media calls for attention or threaten their subject. I appluaud to the Republicans how they use medias biasness to their advantage. If only media can be fair, honest and balance then I will again listen to them. Stop opinionating, stop confusing the public, stop intentional biasness.

Posted by: Brad Pitt | September 24, 2008 9:50 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: bfree | September 23, 2008 8:42 PM

Last time I checked, the media didn't run the Palin campaign. I hope they keep her away from the far left elitist media until after the election. You don't deserve her, sitting on the sidelines sharpening your knifes and salivating.
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Okay...you go by the screen name, "bfree", yet you are against the freedom of the press.

Are you going for irony here?

Posted by: Kevin | September 24, 2008 9:50 AM | Report abuse

The Republicans got us into this mess and still brain dead folks will support the old geezer and his bimbo!

What a crock!

Posted by: MI for Obama | September 24, 2008 9:52 AM | Report abuse

What an acid trip I just had... I was in this crazy dream where my inexperienced husband was a candidate for president and people were actually dumb enough to vote for him... man, that was some good sh!t.

Posted by: Michelle Obama | September 24, 2008 9:53 AM | Report abuse

Old geezer and his bimbo!

So true and yet folks will vote for the white race!

I am so glad the generations behind the Baby Boomers are not racists.

Posted by: NO REPUBS | September 24, 2008 9:53 AM | Report abuse

Everyone seems to be critizing Sarah Palin and what she has been doing wrong...remember we aren't voting for the Vice President, we are voting for the President. Just pay attention to John McCain and if you don't agree with him then don't vote for him, but don't base your vote on the VP.

Posted by: Hannah | September 23, 2008 10:14 PM
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Hannah,

There are two things wrong with your argument.

First, based on McCain's age and his history with cancer, it is quite possible that Palin could become the President during McCain's first term. Statistically, the same cannot be said for Biden. Therefore it is reasonable to assume that Palin's qualifications are very germain to the decision.

Second, McCain's decision to choose such an unqualified person as his VP brings into question his ability to make a good decision. Palin was, quite obviously, chosen for her ideological appeal, not her qualifications. We have had almost 8 years of a President using ideology instead of facts in making decisions. By almost every conceivable measure, we are in much worse shape than we were 8 years ago. We cannot afford another 4 years of the same.

Posted by: LewA | September 24, 2008 9:54 AM | Report abuse

Dear Annonymis,

I am sorry you feel that way. I do agree that this election is of utmost importance. I'm not voting for McCain because I think he'll do a great job... I question if he can or not.

But everything I have heard from Obama leads me to believe he'll be worse than McCain on the economy, foreign policy, and dealing with the reform needed in Washington.

I can agree with Obama on some social issues but with our country in the shape it is in... my social views have to take a back seat.....

I belive McCain will do less damage than Obama... the Hillary can fix things up in 2012.

Posted by: Center Dem | September 24, 2008 9:55 AM | Report abuse

With the overwhelming population of the prison system being minorities, if NObama could only grant voting rights back to criminals he'd have a sure victory.

Posted by: Leroy | September 24, 2008 9:55 AM | Report abuse

No matter how vacuous she sounds, and how terrible her syntax and vocabulary, Palin still relates better to the "average" American than any of the three other candidates, or, in fact, most recent candidates. Most Americans, even those with a college education, are far less literate than the journalists who write these columns and their readers. So, yes, go ahead and cringe when she uses a non-word such as "impactful"--most Americans will just be nodding their heads in approval, and that's okay.

And, no, although I am a card-carrying member of the Eastern "elite" (I was actually in Ms. Marcus' Harvard Law School class), I don't think only intellectuals or Ivy-League educated politicians deserve to lead this country. Think of Eisenhower, Truman, Johnson. If FDR and Kennedy had not been born into the uber-privileged "elite", would they have crossed that threshold on their own? Who knows?

Posted by: Celeste | September 24, 2008 9:55 AM | Report abuse

Joe LaRocca wrote:
While a Palin admirer, I must agree that both her rhetorical style and substances left much to be desired in the Hannity interview.

But the fault was Hannity's, not Palin's. His amorphous interrogatory style, if one can call it that, leaves the interviewee with nothing to grab onto.One keeps waiting futilely for the question
Nevertheless, despite her triumph at the Republican convention, rhetoric is not Palin's strong suit, which is easy to underestimate. What's not to underestimate is her fierce internalizing of any issue she confronts. Betray the slightest weakness there, and she'll bury you."

Yes she will bury us. This country is being buried by another poor translater of complex issues ..W.
She simply displays her thin intellect, lacking resume' and simplicity. The vapid response did not hide any depth. She may be a hockey mom streetfighter who can be a thorn in the Dems side. But I don't want her in the high office. Not if us Americans have some self respect.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 9:56 AM | Report abuse

Republican, Democrat, Independent, or AMERICAN first? That's the question! Senators Clinton and Obama were torn apart by the media while Senator McCain coasted. Now he's feeling a little heat and he retreats and wants to "take his ball" and go home. Governor Palin is obviously not ready to lead anything or part of this country. If she is so ready, stand up and have a voice. She want because she is merely being "exploited" by the GOP. The debate with Biden will be an embarassment for her and the GOP as well as the Presidential debate for McCain. You can't just turn on intensity like a switch. Neither McCain or Palin has been under the second-to-second pressure Obama has been under. Regardless of your political affiliation, this country needs and deserves someone that is forward thinking and intelligent. Obama fits the bill! McCain 2000 would have fit the bill; McCain 2008 is a defective model with a bad chip!

Posted by: dg | September 24, 2008 9:56 AM | Report abuse

If I were in the position of Palin, I would say that WAS in the process of learning from professionals. But, as an individual, I do have a philosophy about some topics.

Go on to say I am speaking as an individual NOT as the nominees for VP. Go on and answer the questions. OR, simply say I haven't studied that issue.

Will get back with you later.

Photo-ops: NO answer questions from Reporters, NO photo-ops.

Posted by: wilkestraphill | September 24, 2008 9:59 AM | Report abuse

RON PAUL FOR PRESIDENT!

Posted by: wilkestraphill | September 24, 2008 10:01 AM | Report abuse

And speaking of chips, it's time for me to roll my tubby bottom out of this bed and go collect my welfare check.

Posted by: dg | September 24, 2008 10:02 AM | Report abuse

We've had eight years to see what it's like to be led by unqualified people.

I'll pass on another four years.

Posted by: Jon | September 24, 2008 10:02 AM | Report abuse

Palin is under such scrutiny because the GOP doesn't want us to know anything about her.

The more they keep her a secret, the more voters hunt the internet to find out about her, on their own.

How can anyone blindly support a candidate?

What if something happened to McCain?

What would she do with that "3 A.M. phone call"? Would she be level headed or do some renegade thing? I guess, some people don't to care, as long as she seems personable at a rally.

I've have read articles by Alaskans who admit life and issues are very different there than in the "lower 48".

I have never seen anything like this. I certainly want to KNOW who I'm voting for.

Posted by: Jo | September 24, 2008 10:02 AM | Report abuse

McCain will die in office and Palin will become the first woman president.

Posted by: Kacoo | September 24, 2008 10:05 AM | Report abuse

If we're now boiling down a candidate's qualifications to a few quotes, perhaps a similar piece listing some of Senator Biden's more "entertaining" lines might be in order?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 10:06 AM | Report abuse

LaRocca wrote:
...rhetoric is not Palin's strong suit, which is easy to underestimate. What's not to underestimate is her fierce internalizing of any issue she confronts. Betray the slightest weakness there, and she'll bury you.
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WOW, what a comfort to know that she is internalizing the issues but can't articulate them. Now I feel so much better about Sarah speaking with the leaders of Iran, Russia, China, etc. And yes, she has been very good at burying folks, with her lies. But not so good that the media and the American people are not starting to exume the bodies!
OBAMA/BIDEN '08

Posted by: Sharon | September 24, 2008 10:06 AM | Report abuse

Center Dem,

What is a looser? Is it a loser who can't spell? Hillary lost. That qualifies her as a loser. When McCain loses, he will be a loser. So loosen up, then get a little looser. Loser!

Why call Obama an idiot? McCain graduated at the bottom of his class and he crashed a plane in the Gulf of Mexico. The article you are responding to shows that Palin isn't the sharpest knife in the drawer. Obama? Columbia U. and Harvard U. Oh, and yes he does have common sense, since that will probably be your next argument. He voted against going into Iraq, he was out front with a time table that the Iraqi leaders and Bush subsequently agreed with, and he wants to put more troops in Afghanistan -- another thing the late-arriving Repubs now acknowledge as the right move.

No one has experience as President except for the current and former Presidents. Obama has the judgment, character, energy, and intelligence to lead.

Posted by: Brian | September 24, 2008 10:07 AM | Report abuse

What self-respecting pub afficionado would want to have a beer with a rank-order imbecile who doesn't know an Afghan from a crayon? Across the pond, Palin's ilk wouldn't last one minute of routine political and cultural discourse in any licensed premises worthy of the name in all of Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales. In the USA, she's the cliche-ridden, Bible-based darling of the GOP, McCain's cane-carrier, and an accredited candidate for V-P. Who would have thought....?

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

If I was a "small town" person who wanted to walk into any office on Wall Street, get a crash course on who was who and what was what, then take over the operation a month later, I would be laughed out of New York. Sarah Palin is getting fasttracked through the entire government system to compensate for a lack of diverse upbringing, a lack of international travel, and ignorance to world affairs. Having experiences in other countries, meeting people who are different, even controversial, and intensely pursuing education IS experience which counts and creates well rounded people. In her 'worldview" her values would suit all Americans, who are not a one-size-fits all people. Her nomination for VP seems to have unleashed so much anti-intellectual resentment, this passionate feeling that to be cosmopolitan, interested in academic pursuits, interested in animal rights, black, jewish, muslim, gay, in favor of gun control or pro-choice immediately means you aren't a real patriot, too. All of her supporters who think she represents them believe they can be VP as well? Alaska is a microcosm that suddenly, perfectly reflects the interests and beliefs of all Americans? McCain lost my vote because he choose to run with a symbol, a Trojan Horse meant to look like a gift at the gate of the women's voting block, a sweet spunky supermom filled with what is, at the heart of things, a lot of intolerance. There has been increasingly hateful language directed at the democratic candidates, and also their supporters. People would respect and embrace her if they weren't excluded by her views or bashed by her supporters- a scary premonition of what the Mccain/Palin win would bring about. I have also been a journalist, and believe me, the media doesn't have any chance of twisting what someone refuses to say- every other candidate has had years of exposure to the press on a larger scale - whether people want to see her excel or fail, it is fair that she allows them the opportunity to learn more about her. It doesn't fly when people argue that she shouldn't be subject to scruitiny- or compare what Obama has or hasn't gone through- this is about learning more about this particular person who, if she is what some hope, should have nothing to hide. Straight talk, right?

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

Oops, "Exume" was taken out of my Sarah Palin primer I meant to type EXHUME!!

Posted by: Sharon | September 24, 2008 10:12 AM | Report abuse

Palin as vice president will increase the profits of "THE NATIONAL INQUIRER" If that's all you're looking for in a leader, than that's what you'll get!

Posted by: PUREDEMO | September 24, 2008 10:16 AM | Report abuse

Kelly Bundy for vice president.

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

The vile and spleen exhibited above and in so many blogs doesn't show any interest in the truth.

Posted by: Ann Bier | September 24, 2008 10:27 AM | Report abuse

If I was going to have surgery, I'd pick the smartest, best educated, most elite doctor I could find. I certainly would not choose based on who I'd like to have a beer with. Just like a doctor, a President can put my life or my childrens' lives at stake. American can't afford another "C" student in the White House.

Posted by: Pick the smart guy this time | September 24, 2008 10:28 AM | Report abuse

Who was it that said "Better to be thought a fool and keep silent than to open ones mouth and remove all doubt?"

If Palin wants to quell the questions regarding her competence she needs to be willing to face the media. If the other 3 candidates on the respective tickets can so should she. If she wants to prove she can take on the ol' boys club than do it already.

Posted by: vegmom | September 24, 2008 10:29 AM | Report abuse

I'm surprised the press has not written about McCain's LACK OF CONFIDENCE in their own candidate for VP. If they don't have the confidence, how can the American people?

Posted by: LA | September 24, 2008 10:31 AM | Report abuse

Cicada99, perhaps contrasting her response with this quote from Joe Biden will help you to better "analyze" the many layers of inappropriateness of her response.

"I believe that there is no greater obligation of our government than to provide for the safety and security of the American people. Whether the threat is from international terrorists or the thug down the street, public safety and homeland security is essential, and we must invest to protect our borders, neighborhoods, and other vulnerable targets, and as a daily commuter on Amtrak I believe that these efforts must be extended to out transportation systems."

As is evident, Palin did not even understand the question well enough to recognize the topic. She jumped to discuss the government's role in international leadership, not the government's role in national security.

The ideologues supporting this incompetent political hack who offers little but the extraordinary ability to strike out at opponents from a deep and abiding mean streak puts the country at as much risk as any terrorist. This administration has brought nothing but war, big government, economic disaster and staggering debt. Now you are looking at electing an administration even less competent.

Posted by: JustAThought3 | September 24, 2008 10:34 AM | Report abuse

BradPitt:
"I prefer deeds than rhetorics."

The only thing more dreadful than your slavish support of "No-press" Palin is your absolute destruction of the English language. The above item is but a small sample. I fear that you are representative of the GOP masses.

Posted by: willandjansdad | September 24, 2008 10:36 AM | Report abuse

Hannity's "softballs" provided sufficient "witless protection" that Wasilly Sarah actually strung together some sentences that would have done Dubya proud. The best thing about considering the possibliity of her being around for four years is there will be no hiatus in malapropisms after Dubya leaves office, and she sure is a lot better on the eyes than George W. It will be interesting to see if Bill Clinton visits the White House more often. Without Hillary, of course.

Posted by: M. Portent | September 24, 2008 10:39 AM | Report abuse

That was painful. That was so painful it was ridiculous. It reminded me of conversations in which someone feels like they have to prove they are just as smart or smarter than me, but come off saying nothing that makes sense and just confuses us both.

Posted by: Jonzee | September 24, 2008 10:39 AM | Report abuse

With the overwhelming population of the prison system being minorities, if NObama could only grant voting rights back to criminals he'd have a sure victory.

Posted by: Leroy
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According to recent prison statistics, there is a little over 2% difference between white and black prison populations. Why I'm even addressing your post suggests that I've been looking at these posts too long.

Posted by: Kevin | September 24, 2008 10:40 AM | Report abuse

OH THIS IS TOO WONDERFUL TO BE TRUE:"Palin has an odd tendency to use the same word twice in a sentence, as in, “The people of American realize that inherently all political power is inherent in the people,” or, about John McCain, “He can surpass the partisanship that must be surpassed to deal with an issue like this.” Or, combining word repetition with another Palin verbal tic, word dropping, this about the economic meltdown: “Well, you know, first Fannie and Freddie, different because quasi-government agencies there where government had to step in because the adverse impact all across our nation, especially with homeowners, is just too impacting.”
i can't wait for the palinsky - the palin presidency - authentic unwashed stupidity and ignorance, comedy central all the time a we go down laughing in something far worse than "duck soup"http://palin-presidency-comedy.blogspot.com/

Posted by: MICHAEL ROLOFF | September 24, 2008 10:40 AM | Report abuse

You can't get a job at McDonald's without answering some questions...why should the vice-presidency be different?

Posted by: icposse | September 24, 2008 10:43 AM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin to be interviewed....what a joke. I think the media should not write, post or show a picture of her until she is allowed to answer questions that voters need to know. Surely they have told her what her positions are by now.

Posted by: TAMMYDN | September 24, 2008 10:44 AM | Report abuse

This is the most important election of my life time so far and the Republican Party chooses this air-head to be a "heart-beat away from the Presidency". PLEASE Media get to this woman and talk to her...I'm really hoping it isn't as bad as it seems. I want to believe that the Conservative Party isn't this ignorant to believe that the Citizens of this great country are that stupid!

But then again, regardless of the state of the economy we still have ignorant people stating they won't vote for Obama because he's black. Why should I expect for us to actually think.

Posted by: Tee | September 24, 2008 10:44 AM | Report abuse

You guys are SO blind-sided it's AMAZING!!! You pride yourself on pompous discussion, displaying words of intellect and 'class' yet indulge in raginng attacks that equate to a bunch of vulture's tearing at a dead carcass - although they are better because at least their prey is dead!

There are some skills that can be learned and others that cannot! It's amazing how we, having NEVER walked in the shoes of a president can decide who is and who is not ready! Amazing! It's blatantly obvious that Palin is young, but what people are captivated by is her heart and her integrity (not flawlessness) - she seems to be someone that, even though she doesn't have all the answers, will do her damndest to find them and do the right thing! But before we go on, please can we all agree with the fact that she's the running MATE not the presidential candidate!!!!

I am an African who has been living in America for 3 years (I can hear you all saying that I have no business or experience that would deem me acceptable in commenting on a U.S election ... but hear me out) and have seen, over the last 28 years a 1st world country fall from staggering heights, with a currency that, in 1980, equated the British Pound 1:1 (stronger than the U.S dollar) that now runs a staggering $1,800,000,000,000,000 000 to $1U.S (as of this morning) because of a COMPLETE economic collapse due to a communistically minded, secret agenda, driven, evil dictator!! The world loved him - he was the 'pick of the crop' but a lot of 'things' were overlooked that showed the heart of this man! What is in a man's heart, so he is! Be very careful America - there is a wolf in sheep's clothing and you can't see it because you're so caught up in these fringey little squabbles! You are squabbling and scratching and whining about Bush and his policies but have not even considered that there is a world economy that also affects the U.S economy - and maybe, perhaps, he's done a better job than many give him credit.

If you are driven to vote because you are so much more intelligent, because you're angry and dissillusioned regarding Bush's policies e.t.c you may discard some details regarding who you vote for that could have far worse implications on your life and this Nation. I've lived it!

Be very careful!

Posted by: African | September 24, 2008 10:48 AM | Report abuse

I was so enjoying this thread until the 'bots started screeching about "Barack HUSSEIN Obama" and such inanities. I especially appreciated todd (commentator, not Palin) and the e.e. cummings poem -- right on the money.

This column, and Dionne's ruminations on how long Palin can be sequestered, can be answered easily. The facts, and what Palin actually says, are irrelevant. There's a talk radio/Fox News/Karl Rove image machine out there that has created a juggernaut. Some percentage of the electorate believes whatever this machine tells them about the candidates ("Barack HUSSEIN Obama has no experience!" "Sarah Palin is a real person who will shake things up in Washington!").

Even conservative commentators appear concerned about the monster that they have helped to create. It's been extraordinary to read George Will and David Brooks express, in tortured prose that demonstrates their inner conflict, their understanding that the McCain/Palin ticket will be a disaster for this country.

Posted by: Jane | September 24, 2008 10:48 AM | Report abuse

The Obama campaign doesn't have to worry about her anymore. The newness created by her being named has already worn off. All they have to do now is keep hitting the old dude on the issues facing America. That is where they will win, because he is out of touch, flip flops on most issues, and continues to lie on the stump and in his ads. Palin will be a great trivia question for our grandkids, but she won't have an impact on the outcome of this election.

Posted by: not worried | September 24, 2008 10:48 AM | Report abuse

Isn't it strange - those defending palin choose to rail against the leftist media - not detail why they support her and her positions on the issues. Oh...I guess defending her isn't quite that easy when you don't have a clue what the woman actually stands for.

I knew more about my home builder before I agreed to work with him - why would I vote for someone we know nothing about? That was and early jab on Obama, but now that we don't know much if anything about palin, that's ok? Right?

Those posters have to be spammers or desperate last ditch republicans - all they have left is their anger and irrational rants - not substantiation against the criticisms. They continue to blindly follow like sheep.

Posted by: Julianne | September 24, 2008 10:50 AM | Report abuse

Famous Quotes:

"When's the last time we elected a president based on one year of service in the senate before he started running?"
--Bill Clinton

"When that phone rings, whether it's 3pm or 3am, in the white house, there is no time for speeches or on-the-job training."
--Hillary Clinton

"I think he can be ready, but right now I don't believe he is, the presidency is not something that lends itself to on-the-job training."
--Joe Biden

Asked in a second interview days later...
"I stand by my statement."
--Joe Biden

"Senator McCain will bring a lifetime of experience. I will bring a lifetime of experience. And senator Obama will bring a speech that he gave in 2002."
--Hillary Clinton

"I am a believer in knowing what you're doing when you apply for a job. And I think that if I were to seriously consider running on the national ticket I would essentially have to start now, before having served a day in the senate. Now there are some people that might be comfortable doing that, but I'm not one of them."
--Barack Obama

Posted by: Michelle Obama | September 24, 2008 10:51 AM | Report abuse

Please. Why is it that conservatives can't have a conversation about the economy without waiving the red flag of Socialism/Communism about? It's this very absolutism and quasi-religious faith in the function of markets that has gotten us into this fine mess. Fear and moral certitude do not make good policy.

Reasonable regulation hardly constitutes Socialism. Nobody's talking about nationalizing coal, steel, or the railroads like the UK. Indeed, as our history has frequently demonstrated since 1929, regulation is just about the only thing that can save pure capitalism from itself. You can hardly rationalize with the fox that, after he devours all the hens, he will then starve to death and need to be bailed out by the taxpayer.

It's interesting to note that on the watch of the free market reforms to which you allude, the final result has been a government takeover of financial services companies and a bailout of the industry. It seems, then, that the surest path to true Socialism (as you probably define it) would be to keep letting the markets do whatever they want with no checks, balances, or boundaries.

Absent boundaries or borders of any sort, greed and the desire for short-term gain will always/always trump the rational, calm decisionmaking required to maintain long-term stability. You call a reasonably regulated economy Socialism; I call unregulated capitalism, with no rules or checks on behavior, economic anarchy.

So as to your notion of who can "reform" the system (whatever you might take that to mean), there appears to be only one candidate in the presidential race who can credibly claim the reform/regulation mantle, and it sure isn't Johnny-Come-Lately-To-Regulation McCain or Palin.

PS: Clinton balanced our budget and left the GOP with a federal surplus. The irrational spending began with W.

Posted by: William J. | September 24, 2008 10:51 AM | Report abuse

Has anyone seen my dolly?

Posted by: William J. | September 24, 2008 10:53 AM | Report abuse

What I mean by "irrational spending" is all that money we poured into our military so that we could live without fear of terroist attack for the last seven years. Oh wait, that might have been a good investment after all.

Posted by: William J. | September 24, 2008 10:55 AM | Report abuse

Isn't it strange that we pick on a vice presidential candidate for her lack of experience and blindly ignore the fact that the democratic ticket head has even less experience and is involved with convicted criminals and religious figures that scream G-D America in their sermons?

Posted by: Julianne | September 24, 2008 11:00 AM | Report abuse

Scoreboard:

PTA President

City Council

Mayor

Chair of Alaska Energy Commission

Governor-80% approval, threw out old boys

VP candidate-survived unprecedented media assualt on family-Chelsea who?

2012 Presidential frontrunner

What has your smoothtalking self , or your slick presidential candidate, done in the last 12 years?

Running scared, are we?

Don't blame you. Nothing exposes image like accomplishment.

Will Barry try again in 2012?

Posted by: Ron Mexico | September 24, 2008 11:00 AM | Report abuse

You just can't help but feel bad for this woman. She was suckered into this by the Mcclame camp trying to get shock value from their VP pick since Obama gave such a incredible acceptance speech during the convention. McClame didn't know this woman, but his staff did this without his input and now she is the laughing stock of the party. The Base loves her and thinks she's the next best thing since sliced bread but that stops there. Only the base feels this way. She paraded her family out in front of the world cause of "her" party and she went in lock step not seeing what's gonna come around the corner. SHE knew she didn't have the qualification, SHE knew that eventually, her experience, life, would come under INTENSE scrutiney and McClame could've stopped this but no, he wanted the 15 minutes of fame due to his dull campaign and he got it, AT HER EXPENSE. She's showing just how much She don't know and it's making her look silly. She should realize that she's in WAY over her head. Unfortunately, she isn't that wise.

Posted by: mccain is done | September 24, 2008 11:02 AM | Report abuse

I'm going to have a meltdown on all these women out there supporting Palin because she raised a family and is from a small town and they think she is "just like them." This is a presidential election, not an opportunity for you to get personal validation and deal with your insecurities. Get a life and grow up. We're all not here voting to make you feel better about being a stay-at-home mom or being from a small town. I truly believe that 90% of Sarah Palin's support comes from people who think she's great as a way to feel better about themselves. Let me break it to you - you are NOT qualified to be VP and neither is she. Get over it.

Posted by: Lisa | September 24, 2008 11:02 AM | Report abuse

"What I mean by "irrational spending" is all that money we poured into our military so that we could live without fear of terroist attack for the last seven years."

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You mean all the money we borrowed from China and Saudi Arabia to pay for irresponsible tax cuts in the midst of two land wars?

Fear and moral certitude, anyone?

Posted by: William K. | September 24, 2008 11:03 AM | Report abuse

I'm so mad that I'm going to stop being a woman.

Posted by: Lisa | September 24, 2008 11:03 AM | Report abuse

Let us all bow down to the brown prince and take turns pleasuring him.

Posted by: William J & K | September 24, 2008 11:04 AM | Report abuse

I want to email this column to friends.
Why is there no easy way to emiail this column?

Posted by: Len T. | September 24, 2008 11:04 AM | Report abuse

Well at least Palin isn't plagiarizing other politicians like Hussein Obama and Joe Biden BOTH DID!
You may not like her ideas, you may think her shallow, you can think anything you like
BUT IT IS A PROVEN FACT THAT BOTH OBAMA AND BIDEN STOLE THEIR SPEECHES FROM OTHER POLITICIANS!
They want to be rewarded for behavior that would get them tossed out of most universities.

And let's talk about how Obama said there are 53 states that he claims to have visited. Wow, Obama gives us a gaffe and a lie in one sentence!
Let's talk about how Biden doesn't know his history (FDR wasn't president during the crash) how in two days he changed position on clean coal THREE FLIP FLOP TIMES
BUT AS LONG AS WE ARE TALKING FLIP FLOPS I THINK HUSSEIN HOLDS THE CURRENT RECORD!
Or my personal favorite
how Joe says Obama is not fit to be president!

And even better, check out Obama bin Biden when not speaking from a teleprompter.
Then reconsider your shallow petty and stupid criticisms of Palin.

Posted by: JamesT | September 24, 2008 11:07 AM | Report abuse

Lisa at 11:03am - it's uncool to submit imposter posts as if you were a previous poster.

I'm not mad. I'm just disappointed in the reasons people are using to support Palin. In times like these, I think it is irresponsible to be in her camp simply because you think she is like you and she makes you feel good about yourself. Stop with the delusions that you too could run this country just because you run a household. I believe that Palin could very well be more dangerous for this country than Osama Bin Laden should she be elected. I truly believe that. She is SO very in over her head and, alarmingly, she seems to have no idea this is the case.

Posted by: Lisa | September 24, 2008 11:08 AM | Report abuse

When you reference the Democratic Presidential Candidate as "Hussein" or "Barry," all it does is prove instantly to everyone out there that Hannity and Rush think for you. Sad. The racial undertones are scary, as well.

Posted by: Jen | September 24, 2008 11:10 AM | Report abuse

Famous Quotes:

"When's the last time we elected a president based on one year of service in the senate before he started running?"
--Bill Clinton

"When that phone rings, whether it's 3pm or 3am, in the white house, there is no time for speeches or on-the-job training."
--Hillary Clinton

"I think he can be ready, but right now I don't believe he is, the presidency is not something that lends itself to on-the-job training."
--Joe Biden

Asked in a second interview days later...
"I stand by my statement."
--Joe Biden

"Senator McCain will bring a lifetime of experience. I will bring a lifetime of experience. And senator Obama will bring a speech that he gave in 2002."
--Hillary Clinton

"I am a believer in knowing what you're doing when you apply for a job. And I think that if I were to seriously consider running on the national ticket I would essentially have to start now, before having served a day in the senate. Now there are some people that might be comfortable doing that, but I'm not one of them."
--Barack Obama

Posted by: Lisa | September 24, 2008 11:11 AM | Report abuse

This isn't even remotely funny any more. It is downright FRIGHTENING! Although I disagreed with the majority of their positions, I could see and understanding the conservative draw to people like Goldwater, Reagan, GHWBush, Thatcher over in GB, etc. Even nutjobs like Scalia, Thomas and Cheney do have some intellectual game. But neocons, come on! How can you not see that this Palin woman is dumber than a box of rocks! Being psychotic is one thing. Being psychotic AND stupid (if that is even possible) is disastrous! This isn't elitism, people. This is cold fear for the well-being of my family and yours! Please wake up!

Posted by: Sane Insanity | September 24, 2008 11:12 AM | Report abuse

When are we going to see the photo of McCain's Soulmate with World Leader G.W. Bush?

Posted by: patriot76 | September 24, 2008 11:14 AM | Report abuse

Where else do leaders refuse to take questions from the press? Oh, right. North Korea, Syria, and Saudi Arabia, to name a few.

I wish people would wake up and realize they are giving away their democracy. We don't have to worry about anyone taking it from us. We just continue to elect leaders who don't respect the constitution or the 1st amendment.

Posted by: trace1 | September 24, 2008 11:15 AM | Report abuse

If you were JM, and you have someone as 'ready' as SP on your side, wouldn't you be wary of her facing the press on her own? If you were SP, and you see a candidate as seasoned as Biden making gaffes left and right, wouldn't you be reluctant about facing the press, too? It's just GOP survival tactics, folks.

Posted by: retspan11 | September 24, 2008 11:15 AM | Report abuse

" do not blame Sarah Palin from wanting to meet the cut throat Obama media."

But tyou trust her to meet the nice and sweet Mr. Putin?

"I can learn more about her and the real news from just listening to her."

Hook, line and sinker...


"The media has with out shame made fools of themselves with inflated egos."

????


"What makes reporters feel so superior that we must learn from them."

See the above for a good answer...


"Reporters and the news media do it for a healthy profit, not the publics right to know. You are so biased to the point of being untruthful."

That's what they want you to think....Palin is a classic empty vessal - ready to be filled with rancid wine made from Neo-con grapes. So blame the media for Palin's inability and incompetence.. and then remember that you all said the same thing about george Bush (remember BDS?) - and he ONLY oversaw the worse attack ever on America and now a horrific financial meltdown which may also go down in history...

so blame the media...


Posted by: Fred | September 24, 2008 11:16 AM | Report abuse

Where have all the PUMAs gone, why aren't we hearing from them anymore?

Could it be that the grotesque possibility of electing Kelly Bundy to the vice presidency has silenced them?

Posted by: norf | September 24, 2008 11:17 AM | Report abuse

The first candidate or VP choice to publically and proudly state that they will demand E-Verify everywhere and deny any Amnesty push will get my vote.

Recogizing that immigrant programs represent half of our federal deficit is a step in the right direction to being honest with the American people. This is a LARGE part of the subprime mess (25 million illegals and underqualified homebuyers) and we cannot continue to ignore the FACTS.

until then, I dont plan on voting for either Barama or McSenile

Posted by: Yawn | September 24, 2008 11:18 AM | Report abuse

First Thanksgiving dinner at the half-white house will include KFC and watermellon.

Posted by: Michelle Obama | September 24, 2008 11:19 AM | Report abuse

I think the Lincoln bedroom would look good in all purple.

Posted by: Michelle Obama | September 24, 2008 11:22 AM | Report abuse

Think they will let us put spinners on the presidential limo?

Posted by: Michelle Obama | September 24, 2008 11:23 AM | Report abuse

Palin's speaking tendencies sound like someone who, not knowing the subject, decides she'll just baffle the listeners with bulls**t.

Posted by: Bendal | September 24, 2008 11:23 AM | Report abuse

elitist garbage

Posted by: dfjlaw | September 24, 2008 11:24 AM | Report abuse

I think we should, like, you know, give a warm puppy to every family that lost their home to ferkloser.

I'm Sarah Palin and I, like, approved this message

Posted by: Miss America | September 24, 2008 11:24 AM | Report abuse

Talk about sexism--John McCain offers this piece of fluff to American women and expects them to be grateful.

BTW, did anyone notice the article about Cindy McCain in the New Yorker? The author points out that although raised in the Episcopal church, John McCain has never been baptized. Spread the word to the evangelical base that their boy IS NOT EVEN A CHRISTIAN.

Posted by: LJC | September 24, 2008 11:27 AM | Report abuse

You can trust me. When I meet these evildoers who ain't American, well, I'll ask the first dude for some really mean swear words I can use on them.

I'm Sarah Palin and this message was approved for me.

Posted by: Miss America | September 24, 2008 11:27 AM | Report abuse

I hope my kids grow up to be welfare recipients just like their grandfather.

Posted by: Michelle Obama | September 24, 2008 11:29 AM | Report abuse

How many Sarah Palins does it take to screw in a light bulb?

How dare you ask such a sexist question!

This message was approved by the RNC.

Posted by: Miss America | September 24, 2008 11:31 AM | Report abuse

I left the USA, the land of my birth and the birth of my parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents, and their parents... because of the inanity and incompetence of George W Bush and his wrong war in Iraq and Afghanistan. Now with the prospect of McCain-Palin, neither who can tell the truth and want the holocaust to continue in the Middle East, I have no choice to to remain away from the USA as it topples over and bursts into flame as the warhawks rattle tarnished sabers in a fit to appear as great people. The Bush Administration has long passed the threshold where it has become guilty of crimes against humanity and its clones along with its leaders should be tried by the World Court and summarily dealt with--but with McCain/Palin the atrocities of the Village Fool will continue until the name and reputation of the USA is tattered and torn, and there is nothing left.

Posted by: Dr Arthur Frederick Ide | September 24, 2008 11:31 AM | Report abuse

You know, as soon as Barry gets into the half-white house we can get those reparation checks out to "our" people.

Posted by: Michelle Obama | September 24, 2008 11:32 AM | Report abuse

"MichelleObama"...

You have been reported for offensive content.

Posted by: willandjansdad | September 24, 2008 11:32 AM | Report abuse

Oh Dr. Ide, if only the rest of the democrats were like you... don't let the door hit you in the arses on your way out.

Posted by: Michelle Obama | September 24, 2008 11:33 AM | Report abuse

Aw, I'm telling on you!

Posted by: William J. | September 24, 2008 11:34 AM | Report abuse

I left the US last July myself. And now I'm pulling all my money out of dollars and putting it in banks here in Europe as well.

Bush/Cheney/McCain/Palin are completing the destruction of America, and I don't want any part of it.

Only the feckless democrats could find a way to lose to these losers, only the retarded american voter would vote for them.

It's over people. I hope the world remembers how generous America has been with food and clothing in the past, and comes to your aid in your time of need.

Posted by: expat | September 24, 2008 11:34 AM | Report abuse

I have news for you all, everything about the Obama family is offensive.

Posted by: Michelle Obama | September 24, 2008 11:35 AM | Report abuse

To Julianne who posted | September 24, 2008 11:00 AM

Please do vote for Palin, you deserve her.

Posted by: Givemeabreak! | September 24, 2008 11:36 AM | Report abuse

Did Palin study up on how to answer questions put to her by looking at tapes of the Miss Teen USA contest and paying particualr attention to Miss South Carolina? Sarah's response to most questions put to her is vague and convoluted.

Posted by: lennie | September 24, 2008 11:36 AM | Report abuse

Expat, please take the homos and the criminals with you when you go. Let the EU handle their worthlessness for a while.

Posted by: Michelle Obama | September 24, 2008 11:36 AM | Report abuse

I can't believe a reader wrote the following:

Nevertheless, despite her triumph at the Republican convention........

There was no TRIUMPH at the Republican convention...she had practiced for several days on her speech and timing, and she was speaking to thousands of supporters....it was staged! for heaven's sake...let's use a little critical thinking here...

Posted by: Sidda | September 24, 2008 11:37 AM | Report abuse

Famous Quotes:

"When's the last time we elected a president based on one year of service in the senate before he started running?"
--Bill Clinton

"When that phone rings, whether it's 3pm or 3am, in the white house, there is no time for speeches or on-the-job training."
--Hillary Clinton

"I think he can be ready, but right now I don't believe he is, the presidency is not something that lends itself to on-the-job training."
--Joe Biden

Asked in a second interview days later...
"I stand by my statement."
--Joe Biden

"Senator McCain will bring a lifetime of experience. I will bring a lifetime of experience. And senator Obama will bring a speech that he gave in 2002."
--Hillary Clinton

"I am a believer in knowing what you're doing when you apply for a job. And I think that if I were to seriously consider running on the national ticket I would essentially have to start now, before having served a day in the senate. Now there are some people that might be comfortable doing that, but I'm not one of them."
--Barack Obama

Posted by: Sidda | September 24, 2008 11:38 AM | Report abuse

Michelle...

If you've got a legitimate or at lest humorous comment...Have at it. The childish racist comments aren't in the least bit funny. You don't even have the courage to use your regular WAPO ID. The techmeisters will track you down and at least give us a break from you for an hour or two until you crawl back out from under that rock with a new alias.

Posted by: willandjansdad | September 24, 2008 11:39 AM | Report abuse

I wonder if the Right-wingers complaining about how the media is picking on their girl realise that people like Vladimir Putin don't "play fair", either. If she can't handle one I don't see how she can handle the other.

Posted by: EnjoyEverySandwich | September 24, 2008 11:43 AM | Report abuse

Center Dem, YOU are the jackass! If you plan to vote for McCain/Palin just because Hillary did not win the nomination, you belong with the GOP and probably should have been with them from the start.

No one, I repeat NO ONE who was going to vote for Hillary but now plans to vote for McCain, can say they are doing so because the two ideologies are the same. You are doing so because you want to spite Obama for winning and not including Hillary on his ticket. So be it... vote for the dynamic duo, John McSame and Sarah Failin.

Posted by: Givemeabreak! | September 24, 2008 11:43 AM | Report abuse

I don't see you scolding the McCain/Palin haters... so keep your yap shut.

BarryO (now known as Barack) is beginning to show his puppet strings. Too bad his hippy mom isn't around to enjoy it, but then she wasn't around to enjoy his childhood either so I guess it doesn't matter.

Posted by: Michelle Obama | September 24, 2008 11:45 AM | Report abuse

Her answers always sound to me like the nice sounding fluff one expects to hear from beauty pagent contestants.

Posted by: espresso | September 24, 2008 11:46 AM | Report abuse

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Posted by: WaPo Techmeisters | September 24, 2008 11:47 AM | Report abuse

She's like something out of "Fargo". Scary

Posted by: jersey devil | September 24, 2008 11:55 AM | Report abuse

Michelle,
The fact that the Obama family is not AT ALL like the Palin family eats you up, doesn't it? The fact that Senator and Mrs. Obama are decent, smart, educated people who just happen to be black, eats you up, doesn't it? The fact that you have always felt a sense of entitlement beause of what you are makes it that much harder to accept the fact that someone who in your eyes is entitled to NOTHING has reached the level of Presidential candidate. Just eats you up, doesn't it?
Well Michele, get over it. Your form of hate will not prevent the American people for electing Senator Obama - the right candidate for America.

Posted by: Ohreallynow | September 24, 2008 11:55 AM | Report abuse

Thank GOD the two families are different... one has ties to convicted felons, the other is respected in the state of Alaska.

Posted by: Ohreallynow | September 24, 2008 11:56 AM | Report abuse

The better we get to know her, the more appalling her uninformed, willfully ignorant pronouncements become. WTG, GOP.

Posted by: ORLLY? | September 24, 2008 11:57 AM | Report abuse

Where's my teleprompter?? I have no idea what to say without them!

Posted by: BarryO | September 24, 2008 11:59 AM | Report abuse

You've all been had - all this hype with Palin vs. Obama is just a big smokescreen to keep you "entertained" and make you "feel" like you have a say or can make a difference. Just like the presidential elections of the past, the next presedent has already been chosen - our votes don't make a bit of difference... you will soon see.

Posted by: You've Been Had | September 24, 2008 12:00 PM | Report abuse

The following quote struck me since it reminds me of the current lack of trust the republicans have for the media and their activities to limit access to Palin by the news media:

"Why should freedom of speech and freedom of press be allowed? Why should a government which is doing what it believes to be right allow itself to be criticized? It would not allow opposition by lethal weapons. Ideas are much more fatal things than guns. Why should any man be allowed to buy a printing press and disseminate pernicious opinions calculated to embarrass the government?" -- V.I. Lenin

Sort of tells you where republican minds are. What republicans do not understand is that a free press is *required* for a free society, and limiting the free press limits the freedom of that society. They may think they are limiting attacks by partisans in the media, but lets be frank, they are limiting Americans from examining the person they have selected to be their VP candidate. The is active suppression of freedom and is unAmerican, but it seems, very republican.

Posted by: Fate | September 24, 2008 12:05 PM | Report abuse

Michelle, or whatever childish moniker you use...

It's the racist rant that's offensive. If you hate Obama because he's a "brainiac" or because he graduated at the top of his class at Harvard or because he's still faithful to his first wife or because he seems to be a gifted orator...

Those are all "valid" reasons for a guy/gal like you to attack some one.

Posted by: willandjansdad | September 24, 2008 12:08 PM | Report abuse

I read a lot of the posts today, and to no surpriseI found them to be some of the stupidist ones I have seen in a long time.I can understand why our country is so screwed up now. With minds like the ones that post on this site, are so stupid that they should get rid of their computers, and do everyone who cares about what happens to America a good deed.I see now why the congress is made up of a bunch of idiots. They come from people who post on this site, and the Wapo should shut down this site for ever..

Posted by: elmerck | September 24, 2008 12:08 PM | Report abuse

I say the same thing every time Sarah Palin talks -- "WHAT?!" Not a thing she says makes sense. Coherency is a basic job requirement for a potential president.

Posted by: DC Fem | September 24, 2008 12:09 PM | Report abuse

Palin over Clinton, crazy!

Posted by: Perspective | September 24, 2008 12:10 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, Palin supporters. You comments explain a great deal. Reading your comments, it becomes clear why most of you must support her: you have the same shallow-thinking circular approach to information that she does.

MCain insults voters with this pick.

Posted by: Marian K. Woodall | September 24, 2008 12:13 PM | Report abuse

Articles like this come up when I google something general. Thanks goodness the rest of the time the Washington Post is used for picking up kitty litter.

Posted by: cpabooks | September 24, 2008 12:15 PM | Report abuse

As a single mom, I'm fascinated by how immaculately "put together" Sarah Palin is, and I'm wondering how -- with a full-time job, a husband and five children -- she has time to keep up her hair, nails and makeup, plus spend time in the tanning bed she had installed in the governor's mansion, plus shop for those beautiful clothes she wears. Something's got to suffer. Oh, that could explain the child neglect.

Posted by: MickeynATL | September 24, 2008 12:16 PM | Report abuse

She doesn't seem to be bright, engaging, charismatic, humble, compelling, "down-home folksie", imaginative, insightful, resourceful,compassionate, worldly well-read, or informed. We have some folksy politicians in Wisconsin who are charming, humble and insightful. They have down-to-earth views on things. I've seen them attend conferences on different issues to learn about them. Sarah Palin is not one bit like them.

She is ruthless, power-hungry and has the total confidence of a 4-year-old trying to draw others into the make-believe world where he/she is pretending to be a queen/king, wizard, etc. We are the adults playing along and humoring her.

Posted by: Mary | September 24, 2008 12:17 PM | Report abuse

Palin is much more a beauty-pageant contestant than someone with anything serious to say -- her answers to Hannity show that clearly -- mostly redundant platitudes.

Posted by: Earl | September 24, 2008 12:19 PM | Report abuse

Palin is a back tundra hick getting her first dose of culture in these visits of hers. I could only imagine the condescending remarks of "it's so boring here", or "the people are so dirty" -- remarks typical of sheltered, ignorant folk like her.

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Posted by: The Uncreated | September 24, 2008 12:20 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Haniel | September 23, 2008 9:06 PM "I'm about ready to apply to the EU for political asylum. I'm sick as hell of living in a land of fools."

Haniel,
When you leave, our country will no longer have that title. Sarah P will do just fine as VP.

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

"First Thanksgiving dinner at the half-white house will include KFC and watermellon."

You know Michelle, hating people for their color is just stupid since there are so many good reasons to hate people. When you find a good reason to hate Obama please let us know, until then, your racism just helps remind us how far we have come as a society and how far we still need to go.

What would you be saying if Obama offered no interviews, just scripted photo ops? Oh, but that doesn't matter, its the fantasy, not reality that matters, right? As republicans have said, this election is not going to be about issues. Too bad issues like war and the economy seem to be dominating the stage. Maybe they should have thought about that before they got a war hero and beauty queen runnerup to run for the white house. You see, Americans care about their country, unlike those who only care about someone's color.

As for the poster who reported Michelle for offensive content, you do not show people the need to fight for freedom by limiting the freedom of those who oppose freedom. Freedom of speach applies to all, or it applies to no one. Let Michelle speak. It should be heard by everyone who loves America and should become the evidence that America is at threat from within by an old enemy we thought was vanquished, but continues, and so our vigilence for freedom and democracy must continue.

Posted by: Fate | September 24, 2008 12:25 PM | Report abuse

Think about the responses Sarah Palin has made to the various questions asked her on the subjects of energy, diplomacy, national security, job qualifications, etc. Then think of a Miss America contest, and the vacuous, naive responses that the contestants make to questions like 'How would you, as Miss America, personally save the world?' Now ask yourself - is there any substantive difference between the two?

Posted by: JOEinPHX | September 24, 2008 12:25 PM | Report abuse

"So my American Friends i have to ask the obvious,"what the hell is going on over there""

Believe it or not I'm actually glad for these kind of posts (usually eminating from elitist Euro-trash, who are only saved from full-blown socialism because of us, but I digress). How does a leftist respond to these attacks? They're tearing you down at the same time. Do you just go Hillary and "politicize" your way out of it or do you meet it head-on?

Posted by: LibsRBabies | September 24, 2008 12:27 PM | Report abuse

Why is Iranian President Ahmadinejad giving more interviews to the US media than Sarah Palin? Something is terribly wrong with this picture! The media should all boycott any coverage of Palin ... her actions are very un-American! Freedom of the Press wasn't included in the Constitution only for it to be treated this way!

Posted by: John | September 24, 2008 12:27 PM | Report abuse

The MSM needs to just stop covering her. Then we'll see how much the McCain campaign wants to keep them away. The MSM would be forced to stick to investigative journalism, pretty much what they're doing now, in order to find out more about her. That, as any politician knows, is the absolute worst-case scenario for a candidate.

Posted by: Chuckles | September 24, 2008 12:29 PM | Report abuse

To all Americans,

Please urge your republican representatives in Washington, to demand that Palin take's questions. Maybe Chuck Shumer can help out the people of America on this one. Do we not have the right to know who we are voting on? Is this not a fundamental of American Democracy? Do you not feel that you have the right as an American, to be aloud to make an informed decision about the potential president?

This is how they sold us the Iraq war and how they are selling the $700 billion bail out. They say "trust us. This is the only way to keep America safe," and then they take no questions and in fact take retaliation against anyone who looks into their claims.

This is Un-American and it must not be rewarded. If we had looked harder at the rational for war, thousands of Americans would still be alive today. Why would it be so bad for Palin to answer questions from the media? If John McCain and his people think that she can not handle media questions, is she really ready to represent our country against Putin?

I don’t see this as a partisan issue. Freedom of Information is a cornerstone of American Democracy and it is currently under attack.

Posted by: Chicago Mike | September 24, 2008 12:36 PM | Report abuse

Great metaphor, but just curious, do you know what happens when a polar bear plunges into the icy waters? Here is a hint, it's a great swimmer, which is apparently unapparent to many...

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 12:36 PM | Report abuse


with that woman as a vp the world will be laughing at us.. we have woman with more experience and smartest than this one..

Posted by: Isai | September 24, 2008 12:41 PM | Report abuse

“Sarah be quiet and look pretty, like a good girl.”

WOW, that statement alone wraps the GOP strategy with Palin into one sentence.

If she is so ready to lead this country, why is the GOP keeping a muffle on her? Why is she UNFIT to take on a press conference???

Posted by: JC | September 24, 2008 12:42 PM | Report abuse

Hey, all you pro-Palin wackos, this sounds eerily similar to the conversation in 2000 regarding the Governor of Texas, who many considered intellectually ill-suited to the position that he was running for. Turns out the skeptics were right on the mark and look where we are now. If I had voted twice for that boob, I would harbor serious doubts about my own judgement, but I guess self examination is not something you lot do, you're too busy pointing out everybody elses shortcomings. Do the country a favor and sit this one out.

Posted by: joebewildered | September 24, 2008 12:43 PM | Report abuse

If the media has no access to Palin, then I have no access. It is through the media that I get my information. Surely Sarah isn't going to answer my phone call. She needs to answer Somebody's questions. How can I possibly get to know her? IT'S NOT THE MEDIA'S FAULT! Why should she be treated differently than anyone else. She is in politics. She is not royalty. In a democracy, we need to know who we are voting for (not that I would ever vote for her).

But I've been saying for the past 8 years -- never underestimate the stupidity of the American people.

Posted by: cat | September 24, 2008 12:45 PM | Report abuse

"I’m really not meaning to be condescending here and I’m sorry if I sound that way,"

Sonja I see it all the time here where people (largely Democrats) raise ethical concerns yet they conveniently only do so when it benefits them. Chris Gregoire would have been out the door with Jim West (late ex-SPO mayor) three years ago if true ethical concerns were the case, the media is always right there to spur the case on cause they need to make money, need more subscriptions/ratings/whatever, and people who don't have either time or interest (or possibly both) to come to their own conclusion and just lean on the media for their info--the same media that has clearly taken sides. Is the same NOT happening up in AK? Why bag on me for supposedly not doing research when it seems that others haven't? Media just LOVES to pounce on unpopular conservative politicians (and somehow their reporting on the sins of Kwame Kilpatrick was almost a dirge-like tone, go figure) and there was NOTHING down here about SP having any problems. But all the sudden the first "Troopergate" story we get and all the SP-bashers come out of the woodwork.

So again, tell me something's not happening.

As a side note I actually do sorta like you, you seem more the concerned citizen than the follower-lib type. As for how SP governed AK, I'm not naive to think she didn't do what she had to do to survive in a state that's populated with wackos, as many conservative governors have to do (Mitt Romney comes to mind). But I don't believe anything that sounds like the usual fabricated lib-BS until I see some actual, you know, EVIDENCE--which btw was the crux of the Tom Foley "seriousness of the charge" reference.

Posted by: LibsRBabies | September 24, 2008 12:47 PM | Report abuse

Having gone from anger to disbelief and back again, my brain has cracked. Now I just find the whole thing farcical. As a Brit I realise that your average Repub would howl at the idea of someone outside America having an opinion on your election, let alone having the temerity to express it, but here goes anyway.... what are you thinking??? If you were gonna hire a nanny for your kid or hire a plumber to fix your heating, would you hire the best or the 1 you kinda like? Its a no-brainer - you'd pick the best. However when it comes to choosing the 2 most powerful people in the world you decide on the basis of "who you'd like a beer with". Well DUH! Having never gone abroad is not something to be proud of, it shows a truly shocking lack of curiosity, the basis of all human acheivement. If we'd behaved like that since the dawn of our species we'd still be living in caves throwing rocks at animals. Oh and whats with the $700billion so called "rescue package"? As the home of Capitalism shouln'nt you let any failing business just fail? To nationalise failure whilst privatising success is just plain stupid. I could go on and on but, like I said at the start, its just funny now - I've reached the end of my intellectual tether. I'm just kinda sad that your once fine country, formerly a beacon of hope, freedom and moral leadership has sunk so low. See you on the flip side.

Posted by: Oddball | September 24, 2008 12:52 PM | Report abuse

Pippa from South Africa writes:
In my view the press continue to savage Sarah Palin.
This is exactly what the Republicans wanted
when they chose her as VP.
She is a diversion that has flummoxed the Democrats and has infuriated and fascinated America.
Unfortunately for the Dems, Sarah Palin can take whatever is thrown at her on the chin.
She is not dropping off the radar, as 'liberals' hoped.
America will be riveted to the Biden Palin debate. Whoops. What if she wins that one?
Oh..has anyone asked Obama about his half
brother living in abject poverty in Kenya?
Thank you America for this amusing spectacle.
Peace Out!

Posted by: Pippa | September 24, 2008 12:52 PM | Report abuse

For those of you still sympathetic to the media I'm still handing out tissues.

"Why is Iranian President Ahmadinejad giving more interviews to the US media than Sarah Palin?"

Gee I don't know, is it cause they all fawn over Adolfinjihad like he's some sort of cult hero or something?

"Something is terribly wrong with this picture!"

You're right, when the media decides that they're pro-dictators at American expense. Any MORE questions as to why Sarah doesn't feel the need to waste herself on this trash?

Posted by: LibsRBabies | September 24, 2008 12:54 PM | Report abuse

Yes, I agree, it is really sad that people would vote for a woman simply because she is a woman! Why all the cover up? Why all the crying foul when Palin is asked a question? what happened to Pitbull Palin? Should the people just vote for her because she said she is qualified to be the VP or in this case likely the President (no pun intended McCain) She is Power Hungry " Palin-McCain Administration"?, just look at how she became Mayor & Govenor of Alaska. People should really listen and pay attention to what's going on. If they should win the election, it would be even worse.

Where's my Cane McCain - Wicked Witch of Wasilla '08

Seriously?????

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 12:57 PM | Report abuse

Buster -No self respecting African American refers to himself or herself as an "Afro American". Either you are not an African American (which I strongly suspect) or you are from another century. Either way, your attacks on Senator Obama, our next President, demonstrate either some deep seated self loathing or your refusal to except the facts. Senator Obama is not perfect, but your girl Palin is a joke...and I thought this post was about a discussion of Palin. But, for folks like you, it all comes back to your hatred of Obama. That being said, if your girl Palin is so awesome, why don't you spend your time encouraging the McCain staff to put your girl in a forum where she could dazzle us with her wisdom and depth of knowledge on the economy, foreign affairs, and health care. I can tell you that I would definitely tune it because so far, I'm not feeling the love for Palin.

Posted by: girl power | September 24, 2008 12:58 PM | Report abuse

The situation with the bailout just compounds my problems with the governor from Alaska.
We need more transparency in government, much more, and certainly not less. this prima donna should go back to where she came from or start acting like a grown-up part of the campaign.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 12:59 PM | Report abuse

It seems the first question Sarah Palin asked Karzai when she met him is "I heard you had a baby. How's your baby? What's his name?". Well to many it may seem like a legitimate smalltalk one needs to make to befriend a stranger. But to me it seems like she realizes that she will have to spend at least 5 or 10 minutes with him. So put a question about his kid up front so that most of that 10 minutes can be wasted on useless chit chats. Karzai responded by telling her the name of his son. Since Sarah Palin didn't want any reporters to take notes or record their conversation our special spy microphones overheard the subsequent conversation between them. Here it is.

Palin: How old is your baby.
Karzai: 4 months.
Palin: What's his name?
Karzai: Algebra
Palin: My son is Trignometry.
Karzai: okay.
Palin: So cute. Do you breastfeed the baby?
Karzai: No.
Palin: I breastfeed Trignometry.
Karzai: I don't have breasts.
Palin: I have two. Maybe I could breastfeed Algebra for you.
Karzai: No need for that.
Palin: (She pulls out her pump) Here look at the pump. I pumped out all my milk before our meeting.
Karzai: How nice.
Palin: My first dude is Todd. Who is your first dudet?
Karzai: I don't want to talk about her.
Palin: My first dude catches succulent Salmon. Do you like fish?
Karzai: No I like lamb.
Palin: There are no lambs in Alaska. We have moose.
Karzai: okay.
Palin: (looking at her watch). oh your time is up. Nice meeting you. Now I have to meet the next foreign dignitary. Before you go could you please sign this paper saying that we met and discussed foreign relationship stuff.
Karzai signs the paper and leaves. Palin waited for the next foreign dude to walk through the door.

Posted by: Alec | September 24, 2008 1:00 PM | Report abuse

Does Biden even exist?

He appears to be getting the exact same "full media blackout" that they gave to Edwards: intentionally ignoring even putting his name in a story.

Posted by: JSG | September 24, 2008 1:00 PM | Report abuse

And yes, I know our country is no better. BTW do you think God (no I'm a humanist not a believer in the Great Sky Fairy) would look at a world where millions die of malnutrition while us lucky peeps live in relative luxury and say "Well done"? No, he/she/it wouldn't. Funny how Repubs always claim God as their own Cheerleader whilst walking over the poor to get ahead in the Me First culture that is the Western World. And remember, 1 American is worth 10 Europeans and 10,000 Iraqis to these Wingnut sociopaths. Fear of change is their motivation, not goodness, not God, not to benefit anyone but themselves. There, I'm done. Won't bother you again.

Posted by: Oddball | September 24, 2008 1:05 PM | Report abuse

Reading Palin's remarks without her distracting and irrelevant "visuals" exposes the thinness of her answers. As responses on an essay test (or oral exam), they would receive failing marks. Along with refusing to cover events in which reporters are held at bay, perhaps the press might encourage people to READ Palin rather than watching her.

Posted by: s. johnston | September 24, 2008 1:08 PM | Report abuse

Let me try too:

Hannity: "What is our role as a country as it relates to national security?"

"Our role is complex. While we cannot police the world we are, at this moment in history, the sole superpower with a military and a military budget far larger than-I'm guessing here so the figure may actually be low-the next ten countries that appear to pose a credible threat to their neighbors, the US or it's allies. Where we err is not in stepping in, but in stepping in without debate, planning and transparency. Even in the face of a horror like September 11th we needed to be intelligent and judicious, choosing our targets wisely while reassuring the rest of the world that we wanted only to punish the few without harming the many.

We can never ever rush into a premptive war again. I cannot say pre-emptive strikes would never be justified because the future is anyone's guess, but I personally-as an American and a Christian-can 't imagine any circumstances in which I would level a country and kill tens of thousands of it's citizens because of greed or political opportunism".

One of my buddies who comments here regularly called me with the question and recorded my answer. For the record I took about twenty seconds to ponder the question, have never held political office and had to quit college after two years. I am a woman and no, I won't vote for a woman who-obviously-isn't as smart as I am or a man who would put her a heartbeat from the presidency.

If I were Collins, Snow, Dole or any of the other 18 million better qualified women in the GOP I would be furious. If one of them were the VP pick I might even vote Republican for the first time in my life. I want a woman in the Whitehouse desperately, but not just some right-wing religious nut job with a pretty face.

Posted by: Pogge | September 24, 2008 1:11 PM | Report abuse

mmm, that was a good lunch... KFC and chitlins with a little watermellon on the side. yum yum.

my husband is going on the View again so that he can get barbara walters pregnant and she can abort it on live tv.

Posted by: Michelle Obama | September 24, 2008 1:11 PM | Report abuse

The big question is--------Who directed and swayed McCain to pick Sarah Palin?

Check out oil company links to the Alaska oil reserves and pipeline.

I suggest you start with Phil Gramm who is tight with Texas oil men.

Posted by: tom | September 24, 2008 1:13 PM | Report abuse

To all of you complaining about the "hounding by the press" of Palin, you have to understand, if she can't deal with the press in her own country, what's going to happen when it's Vladimir Putin she has to confront should (god forbid) something happen to a McCain presidency?

Posted by: PeterPamZ | September 24, 2008 1:13 PM | Report abuse

I also think that if a political candidate has convicted felons working with him or his staff he should be removed from the ticket. It's shameful that the people we are trying to elect hang out with criminal elements.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 1:13 PM | Report abuse

LibsRBabies - If you're going to respond to my comment, can you please do so as someone with an IQ higher than a 3rd grader? Your twisting of my comment about Ahmadinejad giving more interviews to our media than Palin, clearly shows you have no idea what you are talking about, and are just out to spew any kind of non-sense.

It's this type of blind allegiance you have for Palin that has brought our country, two terms of the Bush administration! As American voters, we need to be given every opportunity to learn about who we are voting for, and not just take someone else's words for it. We've made a mistake twice on Bush/Cheney, we need to be a little more careful in picking our leaders this time around!


Posted by: John | September 24, 2008 1:15 PM | Report abuse

Y'all need to start investing heavily in chrome and purple velvet... once Barry gets into the half-white house there gonna be some redecoratin.

Posted by: Michelle Obama | September 24, 2008 1:15 PM | Report abuse

And another thing... MCCAIN/PALIN

Posted by: John 3:16 | September 24, 2008 1:15 PM | Report abuse

I'm so proud of my Barry... not only did they name a town after him in Californication, but all the brown politicians in Brazil be changin they names jus so they can be like my Barry. Aint that just the sweetest thing? Too bad you can't tell I'm blushing.

Posted by: Michelle Obama | September 24, 2008 1:17 PM | Report abuse

Striking how similar the arguments used to defend Palin are to those used to defend Bush, and by the same people: you could almost insert "Palin" for "Bush". The same people so easily duped by the Bush PR army have now been just as easily duped by the Plain-McCain PR army. But there's an air of desperation about it - they see it slipping away; and, as they panic, they clamp down even tighter on any media access to her for fear of what she might misspeak, or gross ignorance reveal, betraying their own complete lack of confidence in their own candidate ..

Posted by: Graham | September 24, 2008 1:18 PM | Report abuse

A lot of these posts just go to PROVE that there is still a lot of racism on the part of SOME white GOPers. The same ole rhetoric, watermelon, fried chicken, and we all know what you say behind closed doors. Get over it people, grow up and get a life. "Dittoheads", let your great spokesperson tell you what to say and think like good little people.

Posted by: Kevin C | September 24, 2008 1:20 PM | Report abuse

I'm so mad I just wet myself.

Posted by: Kevin C | September 24, 2008 1:22 PM | Report abuse

Is Sarah Palin getting foreign policy coaching from Miss Teen South Carolina?

Decide for yourself...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lj3iNxZ8Dww

Posted by: David | September 24, 2008 1:22 PM | Report abuse

I'm voting republican this year... the democrats left a bad taste in my mouth.

Posted by: Monica Lewinsky | September 24, 2008 1:23 PM | Report abuse

Better yet, watch this video, it explains everything!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2pPNJdOdklk

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

Look at the comments posted by someone calling themselves Michelle Obama. THAT is what Democrats are fighting - blind racism mixed with anger, bile and breathtaking ignorance. Doubtless you call yourself a Christian whilst building a gun collection and spanking to a pic of Palin. People like you will hold your country back in the long term, to the benefit of countries including mine. Crawl back under your creationist rock and wait for the Rapture you retarded little coward.

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

Now if you'll excuse me, I have a cantelope that I'm going to go make love to.

Posted by: Oddball | September 24, 2008 1:26 PM | Report abuse

Does McCain know that Palin accused him of being able to surpass anyone else's partisanship? Or did he have as much trouble as everyone else understanding that sentence?

"Palin/McCain" - Freudian Slip? Or megalomania moment?

What's the difference between a pit bull and a Palin?
A pit bull's not afraid of a fight.

Posted by: lowercaselibertarian | September 24, 2008 1:28 PM | Report abuse

I wonder if is too early or too simple to classify all or most of the culprits involved in messing up the U.S financial system by a single, pungent designation or category, applied to remember them for future reference ?
If the answer to that is "not in the least",
I'd suggest "Kleptocrats" as a proper name , and "Kleptocracy" for their system of gulling the world. It's a time-honored designation, after all, meaning "thieves" and "government of thieves" .
It's a fairly accurate term and well deserved as well, don't you think, though other, more pejorative designations may emerge in time, depending on future developments.

Posted by: Herb Rosenbaum | September 24, 2008 1:28 PM | Report abuse

Nice fake post moron. Get an education child.

Posted by: Oddball | September 24, 2008 1:29 PM | Report abuse

It's just downright wrong that NObama cohorts with convicted felons.

Posted by: Herbie Roseypalm | September 24, 2008 1:30 PM | Report abuse

Aww, democrats are so cranky. Take another hit on that bong and chill.

Posted by: Oddball | September 24, 2008 1:30 PM | Report abuse

They are going to debate the rebate and debate a new rebate for Wall Street to save Main Street. It will all work out because it has to. The stuff that didn't work before won't work later. I make one big ice cube and the ice pick still works, so I'm cold on ice. Let the good times roll because life is good. It may be getting better or worse. The latest is that we face 'Grave Threats'. You can't control when you go, just where you go. I hope you are good to go.

Posted by: J.D. | September 24, 2008 1:31 PM | Report abuse

I did not have sexual relations with that woman.

Posted by: Bill Clinton | September 24, 2008 1:31 PM | Report abuse

Roses are red, violets are blue, if you vote for NObama you sure be a foo.

Posted by: J.D. | September 24, 2008 1:33 PM | Report abuse

Ooooh - guess that makes me a member of the Elite. Education is bad, huh? Then why not elect an idiot as POTUS... oh yeah, you did that already. Twice. Kudos.

Posted by: Oddball | September 24, 2008 1:34 PM | Report abuse

Then find your own screen name. Or is it beyond you?

Posted by: Oddball | September 24, 2008 1:35 PM | Report abuse

And then W got into office.

Posted by: Oddball | September 24, 2008 1:35 PM | Report abuse

Oddball 1: you're a moron
Oddball 2: oh yeah?
Oddball 3: yeah!
Oddball 4: yo mamma!

Posted by: Oddball | September 24, 2008 1:37 PM | Report abuse

Ms. Marcus,

Rather than passively accepting the fact that Palin has been kept under wraps by the McCain campaign, and digging away assiduously to figure out what the informercial yields, why are you not writing about the dangers that this bizarre behavior by the McCain campaign poses for our electoral process, and body politic?

Posted by: thomasa | September 24, 2008 1:37 PM | Report abuse

I should never have written this article. If I had known all you liberal retards were going to chime in I would have just stayed home and hit my crack pipe.

MCCAIN/PALIN

Posted by: Ms. Marcus | September 24, 2008 1:39 PM | Report abuse

select * from DemocratsWithABrain

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Posted by: DNC Tech Dept | September 24, 2008 1:41 PM | Report abuse

Mattie said:
"We have the people of Alaska to thank for Palin. Those 100,000+ who elected and allowed her to move from Wasilla to the capital city. I wonder how the people who voted for the 40-watt lite bulb feel now?"

Perhaps, "Happy to be rid of her."

Posted by: Rickles | September 24, 2008 1:44 PM | Report abuse

Insults from a racist... I'm sooooo hurt. As one of our tabloids said after Dubya's second win, "How can 50 million Americans be so dumb". Thank you for providing the answer. Don't miss the next book burning and remember, a lack of education is a badge of pride. Until you need to think for yourself.

Posted by: Oddball | September 24, 2008 1:45 PM | Report abuse

> "Is Sarah Palin getting foreign policy
> coaching from Miss Teen South Carolina?"

Hey, she was Miss Alaska runner-up. You don't think she got that far by not knowing how to answer the tough questions:

"What is our role as a country as it relates to national security?"

"Sean, if I had three wishes, the very first one would be for world peace!"

Posted by: obamajamas | September 24, 2008 1:45 PM | Report abuse

I find it funny that so much criticism seems to lie on the rhetorical ability of Sarah Palin. "Rhetoric" is simply the ability to charm, which seems to be the democratic party's only qualifier for the highest office of the country.

Which, by the way, is surprising if you have ever heard Barack Obama speak without a teleprompter...

Uh, um...

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 1:45 PM | Report abuse

Famous Quotes:

"When's the last time we elected a president based on one year of service in the senate before he started running?"
--Bill Clinton

"When that phone rings, whether it's 3pm or 3am, in the white house, there is no time for speeches or on-the-job training."
--Hillary Clinton

"I think he can be ready, but right now I don't believe he is, the presidency is not something that lends itself to on-the-job training."
--Joe Biden

Asked in a second interview days later...
"I stand by my statement."
--Joe Biden

"Senator McCain will bring a lifetime of experience. I will bring a lifetime of experience. And senator Obama will bring a speech that he gave in 2002."
--Hillary Clinton

"I am a believer in knowing what you're doing when you apply for a job. And I think that if I were to seriously consider running on the national ticket I would essentially have to start now, before having served a day in the senate. Now there are some people that might be comfortable doing that, but I'm not one of them."
--Barack Obama

Posted by: Michelle Obama | September 24, 2008 1:45 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin is meeting with paying clients of another 'former' lobbyist and current staffer of the McCain campaign, aide Randy Schuenemann. http://www.dailykos.com/story/2008/9/24/73247/2496 Are we noticing a trend here?

Posted by: kravitz | September 24, 2008 1:46 PM | Report abuse

I have had enough of all this arguing. I am going to gather up all my drug paraphernalia and my homosexual partner and move to Canada where the real Americans live!

Posted by: Oddball | September 24, 2008 1:47 PM | Report abuse

And worse yet, this article really sheds some light...
http://embeds.blogs.foxnews.com/2008/09/22/biden-calls-obama-attack-ad-terrible/

Posted by: kravitz | September 24, 2008 1:49 PM | Report abuse

> Then why not elect an idiot as POTUS...
> oh yeah, you did that already. Twice.
> Kudos.

Fool me once, shame on you. Fool you twice, makes me a two-termer.

Posted by: George W Bush | September 24, 2008 1:49 PM | Report abuse

Love should make you wiser and for some reason it makes people fooish. You can't ruin llove. Ice melts and to be cool you have to be born.

Posted by: J.D. | September 24, 2008 1:50 PM | Report abuse

Lesson to you all... don't be "fooish"!

Posted by: J.D. | September 24, 2008 1:51 PM | Report abuse

Hey, Pippa from South Africa--

You say that Palin can take it on the chin?

Baby, Palin can't take SQUAT! She turns the sound off to watch Tina Fey mock her! She can't answer a question without her handlers okaying it! She accuses people of attacking her family of preggie druggie kids! And her husband is her henchman!

If she could take it on the chin, she'd accept those subpoenas and get a move on her legal problemos.

she's a coward.

Posted by: Shira | September 24, 2008 1:52 PM | Report abuse

Racism, ignorance, homophobia - anything else to add to the list? Quite the charmer aren't you? No wonder your sister can't resist you.

Posted by: Oddball | September 24, 2008 1:53 PM | Report abuse

And other thing! If we want to kill our own babies we should have that right! In fact, we should be able to kill them even after birth. Democrats rule!

Posted by: Oddball | September 24, 2008 1:55 PM | Report abuse

Ok, that one was funny. You're ok in my book.

Posted by: Oddball | September 24, 2008 1:56 PM | Report abuse

> Does Biden even exist?

> He appears to be getting the exact
> same "full media blackout" that they
> gave to Edwards: intentionally ignoring
> even putting his name in a story.

Who do we bribe to get Palin the same treatment? She wants to be left alone? Works for me.

Someone offered the suggestion that if she wants her family off-limits, then everybody should boycott all her family photo ops. All of them. Fair is fair.

"You reporters, just leave my family alone. Now kids, all of you come over here. Photo-op time. Smile pretty for the camera. Did I mention I have a DS baby?

Posted by: North to Alaska" | September 24, 2008 1:57 PM | Report abuse

Don't vote for the white ticket... vote for my son!

Posted by: Barry Sr. | September 24, 2008 1:59 PM | Report abuse

Still can't think of your own name huh? Why don't you phone a friend? Or is the signal too weak in your bunker?

Posted by: Oddball | September 24, 2008 1:59 PM | Report abuse

The Media has lost any credibilty they had left... if there indeed was any. I do not pay attention to these silly little reports.

I don't care about Palin or Biden... I'm choosing between McCain and Obama.

After researching both candidates myself on the web... looking at voting records..... accomplishments..... video clips and newspaper articles that include direct quotes.... it has become apparent that McCain is the better choice between the two.

McCain's energy ides at least have some potential to accomplish something. We do need all of the above.... I wish we didn't but we do. Obama's plan appears to be to drop 15 billion a year in a sector where he hopes someone in the near future will develop a way out.... as of yet the tech does not exist. And even if it did exist... if we tried to go cold turkey on fossil fuels it would destroy yet another sector of our econmy that is bringing money into the US. And the energy crisis is the #1 issue regarding our economy.

When it comes to foreign policy McCain wins again. Obama's only argument to date has been to suggest a hypothetical regarding "what if" we had pulled out our troops earlier. Well we can apply this same argument to his idea about going into Agfan in teh first place.... although UN sactions did not apply there. What if we had gone there instead of Iraq??? Well we might not have gotten Bin Laden anyway.... Irag and Iran would have been stronger together as terrorists states... and the odds are the world would be much worse off.

When it comes to the housing crisis McCain is better. He actually called out congress to do something about the Fannie and Freddie problem.... what did Obama do??? take money from them and lots of it.

If I am looking for a CEO I want someone with a proven track record of success.... not someone who claims to have great ideas but has never accomplished anything.

Posted by: Average Joe | September 24, 2008 2:01 PM | Report abuse

Fossil Fuels? But the world is only 6000 years old!

Posted by: Oddball | September 24, 2008 2:04 PM | Report abuse

I won't vote for somebody that doesn't believe in dinosours! Matt Damon is so sexy.

Posted by: Oddball | September 24, 2008 2:05 PM | Report abuse

Let's be serious for a while and get to the point. Everyone knows that NObama is a puppet. He does not deny this. He is friends and neighbors with convicted felons, and if given his way will turn this country into a raging orgy of socialists. What's not to love?

Posted by: Oddball | September 24, 2008 2:07 PM | Report abuse

"Eternal vigilance is the price of freedom." Marcus, thanks for continuing to pay more than your share while so many take it all for granted. Imagine what a wonderful country we'd have if all our leaders did the same!

Posted by: William in CA | September 24, 2008 2:07 PM | Report abuse

> I won't vote for somebody that doesn't
> believe in dinosours

Palin believes in John McCain...

Posted by: Ted Rex | September 24, 2008 2:09 PM | Report abuse

I am so against that Palin chick... she refuses to abort ANY of her kids. I've been pregnant at least a dozen times and these two are the only ones I didn't abort.

Posted by: Michelle Obama | September 24, 2008 2:09 PM | Report abuse

I only wish to share a small thought...

Economy:
1. Hillary
2. McCain
19. Obama

Energy:
1. Hillary
2. McCain
37. Obama

Housing Crisis:
1. Hillary
2. McCain
85. Obama

Why didn't the leadership of our party have the intelligence to run Hillary????

Whe would be up 20 and it looks as if we're going to loose yet another one.

Thank you Polack Pelosi and Redneck Reed; you guys make me puke!!!! You gave our party the chance to vote for a looser.

Posted by: Center Dem | September 24, 2008 2:09 PM | Report abuse

If Palin is the brightest the Republican's could find it's no wander the world is in such a big "MESS". This dumb woman who shoot's Moose, where is "PETA", when we need them. She should be in jail with Michael Vicks. Vicks killed dogs Palin kill Moose what's the different. I guess she's a woman like me so she will cry sexist or racist....Please give me a break!!! No one wants to admit it but "PALIN is a "STUPID, DUMB IDIOT"! What will become of all of us if she becomes President! God Bless Us and God Bless America!

Posted by: MsLady | September 24, 2008 2:09 PM | Report abuse

And I believe in the easter bunny.

Posted by: Ted Rex | September 24, 2008 2:09 PM | Report abuse

Granted I never graduated from high school, so my spelling and grammar are a tad off... and since I'm a democrat I am prone to name calling and tendencies to commit crimes... but you gotta believe me!

Posted by: MsLady | September 24, 2008 2:10 PM | Report abuse

So incisive Oddball Faker. Except I'm a hetero parent with the ability to spell dinosaurs. Oh there goes that elitist education of mine again. How I wish i'd blown off school and skipped Uni.

Posted by: Oddball | September 24, 2008 2:11 PM | Report abuse

I would much rather vote for NObama... at least you know where he stands... knee deep in criminal activity.

Posted by: MsLady | September 24, 2008 2:12 PM | Report abuse

Palin is a moron. She really is.

Posted by: Stone | September 24, 2008 2:12 PM | Report abuse

> He is neighbors with convicted felons

^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^
Unencumbered by the thought process!

Posted by: Obama's neighbor | September 24, 2008 2:12 PM | Report abuse

In answer to the question of whether Senator Biden exists...fyi,,,he delivered a major foreign policy speech today. Yikes, paying attention is just so darn hard.

Posted by: girlpower | September 24, 2008 2:12 PM | Report abuse

I wish people would quit using my WaPo name! That's it, I'm doing two hits of acid later.

Posted by: Oddball | September 24, 2008 2:13 PM | Report abuse

All she has to say is "force for good," and a lot of Americans, not just Republicans, will cheer and not listen to the rest of her comment.
What Obama has to do is pick up the three or four best slogans the Republicans have used (or misused) and make them his own. Like "change," for example, which the Republicans are now running on TOO.

Posted by: Margo | September 24, 2008 2:14 PM | Report abuse

Of course Biden exists... he's out there right now trashing his running mate for running sleazy ads.

Posted by: girlpower | September 24, 2008 2:14 PM | Report abuse

Palin believes in McCain - now THATS funny Ted Rex!

Posted by: Oddball | September 24, 2008 2:14 PM | Report abuse

Why do those sneaky republicans have to do everything we do?? Oh wait, they don't commit crimes... that's just the democrats. Prisons are full of them.

Posted by: Margo | September 24, 2008 2:15 PM | Report abuse

Hey TedRex, what say you and me get together later and put on our NObama masks and go at eachother?

Posted by: Oddball | September 24, 2008 2:16 PM | Report abuse

HELP!!!!

Has anyone seen my son Joe??? I've been looking for him for 1 1/2 weeks now and can't find him anywhere.... I am very worried!!!

JOE!!!!

JOE!!!

Give mommy a call!!!!

Posted by: Biden's mommy | September 24, 2008 2:16 PM | Report abuse

I'm only allowed one phone call mommy, they arrested me for ties to Barry's convicted felon friends.

Posted by: Biden | September 24, 2008 2:17 PM | Report abuse

You know what? Go ahead and make a man that can't comb his own hair President. It'll be so funny the next 4 years will fly by. To steal from a seriously funny cartoon, he can then "enjoy a glorious Reagan style slide into dementia"

Posted by: Oddball | September 24, 2008 2:19 PM | Report abuse

Let's be serious for a while and get to the point!...

McCain has Alzheimer’s and Palins has a staring role in "Wicked".....

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

Here's an idea... let's talk about Sarah Palin till we're blue in the face and maybe people will forget about Barry's criminal friends and Joe's gaffes. Maybe it just might work!

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

You so funny, Anon... you be crackin me up. Might just be this killer weed, but I'm crackin up.

Posted by: Oddball | September 24, 2008 2:21 PM | Report abuse

Hey Oddball faker - whats with all the homphobic hostility? Here's a thought, you're whats known as latent. Seek professional help and come out the closet. You'll be happier for it.

Posted by: Oddball | September 24, 2008 2:22 PM | Report abuse

MCCAIN/PALIN 2008/2012

PALIN/??? 2016/2020

Posted by: Oddball | September 24, 2008 2:22 PM | Report abuse

> If Palin is the brightest the Republicans
> could find it's no wander the world is
> in such a big "MESS".

She's not. She's the one McCain thought was most electable because she's a hard-right-prolifer woman. With a great rack.
He didn't pick her for her credentials, dummy!

There are plenty of really bright, capable, experienced conservative Republican women out there that he could have picked to make history with. That he chose her shows that *he's* the dumbest the Republicans could come up with. If they win, we are in deep doodoo, whether he lives or not.

And I'm perfectly willing to wait until after their possible win to be able to say I told you so. I was thinking about moving to Canada if they win, but that's too close. Maybe Alaska, but that's out for obvious reasons. I think I'll try to catch Schizophrenia from a guy I know and move to the planet Zarkon, where life is beautiful all the time and I'll be so happy to see those nice young men in their clean white coats.

Posted by: oh to be unencumberd by the thought process | September 24, 2008 2:23 PM | Report abuse

Thank you for the post my son!!!!

I am upset though... I warned you about your friends!!!! I also warned you about something that could hurt your eyesight... is your vision okay???

Posted by: Biden's mommy | September 24, 2008 2:23 PM | Report abuse

Just because I have a crush on TedRex is no reason to make fun of my life partner preferences! Stop picking on me or I'm going to cry on my weed!

Posted by: Oddball | September 24, 2008 2:24 PM | Report abuse

My vision is improving, but all this hair on my hands is making it difficult to type.

Posted by: Joey Biden | September 24, 2008 2:24 PM | Report abuse

> I'm only allowed one phone call mommy,
> they arrested me for ties to Barry's
> convicted felon friends.

They locked me up in jail in the Red State where I live because I lived in a *neighborhood* with convicted felons. Go figure.

Posted by: innocent bystander | September 24, 2008 2:28 PM | Report abuse

So much hate in the world... I think we should all give Sarah a break. She's not such a bady lady.

Posted by: Michelle Obama | September 24, 2008 2:29 PM | Report abuse

I know, I know... I didn't make any sense, but I'm a democrat, what do you want?

Posted by: innocent bystander | September 24, 2008 2:30 PM | Report abuse

Oddball faker - they say ignorance is bliss. You sound happy. Coincidence? Strange how McCain's attempts at waving look like a salute popular in the 1930's and early 40's.

Posted by: Oddball | September 24, 2008 2:30 PM | Report abuse

> Just because I have a crush on TedRex

*smooch*

Didn't you see Jurassic Park? Dinosaurs can do their own sex change operations.

Q. What's the difference between a velociraptor and a lesbian?
A. Velociraptors don't need a turkey baster to reproduce.

Posted by: T. Rex | September 24, 2008 2:31 PM | Report abuse

Read my lips... no new taxes (on weed).

MCCAIN/PALIN

Posted by: Oddball | September 24, 2008 2:33 PM | Report abuse

So, I am supposed to feel better because Obama makes really good speeches and talks about things he really has no knowledge or experience with? Why is that better than Palin? I think her naiveness is a better than his snakeoil salesmanship.

Posted by: mark | September 24, 2008 2:34 PM | Report abuse

>I know, I know... I didn't make any
> sense, but I'm a democrat, what do you
> want?

> Posted by: innocent bystander |
> September 24, 2008 2:30 PM

There is a fraudulent spoofer out there committing intellectual property theft.

You gonna burn in Hell for this.

-- Innocent Bystander Sr.
Accept No Substitutes

Posted by: the real innocent bystander (tm) | September 24, 2008 2:35 PM | Report abuse

Is that what passes for humour in your hate-filled bunker with all the other volunteers for the Leibstandarte Adolf Hitler?

Posted by: Oddball | September 24, 2008 2:36 PM | Report abuse

American people are yearning for leaders who they not only they can identify with but also show understanding and deftness in tackling the responsibility and complexity that comes with the job.

In McCain/Palin, the Hail Mary pass was indeed caught but she never quite knew how to run with it while the Obama/Biden folks are in the running but haven't quite figured out how to catch the ball yet.

Posted by: enoughisenough | September 24, 2008 2:39 PM | Report abuse

This just in... NObama's economic plan:

1) Raise taxes on the rich
2) Since the rich don't pay taxes due to shelters, raise taxes on the middle class
3) The rich will pretend they are paying higher taxes, so they will charge more for products
4) Americans will go broke buying groceries and gas
5) We all go back to the stone age

The End

Posted by: the mostest real innocent bystander (c) 2008, all rights reserved | September 24, 2008 2:40 PM | Report abuse

Thats OK Fake Oddball guy - you just Google the big words. I'll wait.

Posted by: Oddball | September 24, 2008 2:41 PM | Report abuse

"humour"? Ok, now it all makes sense. Take your liberal EU arse and be a pretender someplace else.

Posted by: Oddball | September 24, 2008 2:42 PM | Report abuse

With luck, it will be a short time before the Post and the NYT will go belly up and all editorial employees will find themselves stocking Walmart shelves on the midnight shift.

Posted by: Joe Mac | September 24, 2008 2:43 PM | Report abuse

> So, I am supposed to feel better because
> Obama makes really good speeches and
> talks about things he really has no
> knowledge or experience with?

Assuming he doesn't, which he does, it's still better than making really incoherent unscripted remarks about things he really has no knowledge or experience with.

Incoherent speech = incoherent thought

That's why she's hiding from the meedja

Posted by: the voice of common sense | September 24, 2008 2:44 PM | Report abuse

> I am so against that Palin chick... she
> refuses to abort ANY of her kids.

Keep up the good work, you right wingnut pervert. Every post of yours is a vote for Obama, you disgusting excuse for a human being.

Posted by: disgusted | September 24, 2008 2:46 PM | Report abuse

Says the Big Rightwing Man. Ooooh I'm quaking. Go play Rugby with your own weight in padding and a helmet - or as you call it, Gridiron.

Posted by: Oddball | September 24, 2008 2:46 PM | Report abuse

My Barry is gonna make e'ryting ok... he will be good on national security by shielding us with his big ole dumbo ears from attacks. Now, if you excuse me, I gots some chiken fryin to do.

Posted by: Michelle Obama | September 24, 2008 2:46 PM | Report abuse

bfree

So your rational is to protect her from the media means protecting her from the leftist elitist? When the same media questions her opponents dont you demand an answer? Didn't you want to hear Obama explain his pastor's sermon? Didn't you want to know where he stands on issues? This is not about left or right wing. This is about who is going to lead our country. Yours and mine. She is not running for president of the right wing so the rest of the country that does not support your political views should not have a right to question the person elected to lead them. That is not how america works. Although you would like it to be that way. If she cant stand up to the media how is she going to stand up to world leaders or even congress. I think of Reagan telling a reporter to sit down and shut up. I think of Cheney on meet the press. Even if I dont agree with them politically I respect them for at least confronting the media agressively. I cant respect a person that you need to hide and play the victim of the media card before she answers one question. Would hillary clinton, Olympia Snowe or Liz Dole avoid the media and play victim. With all the low approval ratings of congress Nanci Pelosi does not duck the media. I dont want a chicken VP or President.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Oh you would think of me all sweaty like that... you pervert.

Posted by: Oddball | September 24, 2008 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Anon, you sound like a very attractive man... I think me, you and TedRex should get together for a little menage a trois.

Posted by: Oddball | September 24, 2008 2:49 PM | Report abuse

I am so sick and tired of hearing about this woman - Sarah Palin.
I woke up one morning and the first thing I saw on TV was Sarah Palin campaigning with John McCain. Looking at the two of them standing there infront of the crowd, it dawn on me who the Devil was and who was the snare.
While the woman, Sarah Palin, the snare, was saying all these derogatory lies to the crowd, the Devil, John McCain, who was standing right behind her was delightfully applauding to every lies the woman was saying. It gave me the creeps.
Looking at the scene, McStupid with Sarah no brainer enticing the crowd telling all them lies, I look at the crowd, so mesmerized with the woman. It look like the Devil has set the snare, and to his enjoyment the trap is working. Now he wait .....and will wait....until the snare can capture all the victims he needed and so he begins his evil scheme.
"Get behind me Satan, it is written, do not tempt the Lord."
AMERICA, I ASK YOU TO WATCH THESE TWO IN ACTION ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL AND TAKE NOTE HOW I DESCRIBED THE SCENE OF ENTRAPMENT AND ASK YOURSELF....CAN THIS BE TRUE?

Posted by: Prudence Russell | September 24, 2008 2:50 PM | Report abuse

And another thing, I feel very backed up, I could use a good democrat... I mean laxative.

Posted by: Prunes Russell | September 24, 2008 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin is incompetent and circumvents too many questions in interviews.

"We being used as a force for good is how I see our country." Sarah Palin

We are not living in a star wars themed world!!!

This is beyond comprehension that a woman of her age would utter this nonsensical statement. And it's baffling that people are listening to this rhetorical junk.

Sarah Palin should go back to school and strive for a higher education so she can speak to the public more effectively and coherently.

This is serious and will be consequential to the nation and our global alliances if Americans choose to elect McCain and Palin. It's an affront on the American people that we've come so far in this election and in history to be faced with such an unusual pair of problematic politicians who will not bring the change our country desparately needs.

Posted by: Aleah | September 24, 2008 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Ruth, this is much ado about nothing. Politicians - or candidates - cannot have a private meeting with a foreign head of state - or anyone else - with media in the room. That is a ridiculous criticism. No one invites the press into a private meeting.

Governor Palin has granted some interviews and will do more in the coming weeks. Meanwile her job is to support her ticket on the campaign trail -not please the press.

Why would anyone subject themselves to a biased press? Charlie Gibson was condescending with his gotcha question - Bush Doctrine. There is more than one and Governor Palin was right to ask for clarification.

Truly, Ruth, you are one of my favorite columnists. I am not obligated to love every column you write. What disturbs me is you are beginning to sound like the NYT hate monger Dowd. You are above that.

The press and the blogs - many very crude and vlugar - are going to give Governor Palin the sympathy vote and land her right in the Naval Observatory.

Posted by: Karolyn | September 24, 2008 2:52 PM | Report abuse

How come no one is complaining that NObama believes the world is only 6000 years old? He is, afterall, an admitted Christian.

Posted by: Oddball | September 24, 2008 2:52 PM | Report abuse

In reading the blog posting by Ms. Ruth, I have to say that I feel a sense of relief that someone else is picking up on the fact that when Ms. Palin responds to questions that she is very vague and that something seems to be off about her answer. When I saw a clip of her interview with Hannity, and even with Gibson, I could see the "beauty queen" contestant answering an unknown question and the answers being full fo fluff and repeating a part of the question in the answer so it appears as though you are answering. Not one time have I gotten a sense that she understands policy or the world in interviews. If she makes it to the second highest office of the country, we will be in a world of hurt. The downward spiral that we have been under for the past eight years will continue but at a much faster pace.

Posted by: Hope | September 24, 2008 2:53 PM | Report abuse

Famous Quotes:

"When's the last time we elected a president based on one year of service in the senate before he started running?"
--Bill Clinton

"When that phone rings, whether it's 3pm or 3am, in the white house, there is no time for speeches or on-the-job training."
--Hillary Clinton

"I think he can be ready, but right now I don't believe he is, the presidency is not something that lends itself to on-the-job training."
--Joe Biden

Asked in a second interview days later...
"I stand by my statement."
--Joe Biden

"Senator McCain will bring a lifetime of experience. I will bring a lifetime of experience. And senator Obama will bring a speech that he gave in 2002."
--Hillary Clinton

"I am a believer in knowing what you're doing when you apply for a job. And I think that if I were to seriously consider running on the national ticket I would essentially have to start now, before having served a day in the senate. Now there are some people that might be comfortable doing that, but I'm not one of them."
--Barack Obama

Posted by: Aleah | September 24, 2008 2:54 PM | Report abuse

Oddball faker - anything to say that isn't homophobic? It might help your case. And for the 3rd time, whilst I respect other valid lifestyle choices (unlike you and others of your ilk), I'm a hetero parent. On the plus side you have made me laugh out loud. I shouldn't really since I was taught its wrong to mock the afflicted. Here's an oldie but a goodie... whats the similarity between Budweiser and sex in a canoo? They're both f@@@ing close to water

Posted by: Oddball | September 24, 2008 2:54 PM | Report abuse

I am so glad there are other women in the world that believe, like the rest of us democrats, that we should be able to kill our not-yet-born babies.

Posted by: Dope | September 24, 2008 2:55 PM | Report abuse

For the last time... I did not have sexual relations with that woman!

Dude, your a democrat, no one will give you a hard time for choosing to be with another man... it's pretty much expected of you.

Posted by: Oddball | September 24, 2008 2:56 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin is incompetent and circumvents too many questions in interviews.

"We being used as a force for good is how I see our country." Sarah Palin

We are not living in a star wars themed world!!!

This is beyond comprehension that a woman of her age would utter this nonsensical statement. And it's baffling that people are listening to this rhetorical junk.

Sarah Palin should go back to school and strive for a higher education so she can speak to the public more effectively and coherently.

This is serious and will be consequential to the nation and our global alliances if Americans choose to elect McCain and Palin. It's an affront to the American people that we've come so far in this election and in history to be faced with such an unusual pair of problematic politicians who will not bring the change our country desperately needs.

Posted by: Aleah | September 24, 2008 2:58 PM | Report abuse

Whereas Republicans prefer children or close relatives

Posted by: Oddball | September 24, 2008 2:59 PM | Report abuse

Don't you people get it? It doesn't matter what you think or what some idiot reporter writes...Sarah Palin will be president in 2012, so get over it. Duh!

Posted by: Jason in Fresno | September 24, 2008 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Palin is a bad joke on us, the American people, perpetrated by McCain. She answers questions (the few that she has deigned to answer) like a student who has not studied for the exam. "Gee, maybe if I keep talking and circle the wagons and throw in some of the key phrases I learned I'll get partial credit?" Sad that she is so admired by the sheep.

Posted by: sarabeegee | September 24, 2008 3:02 PM | Report abuse

I just learned that NObama doesn't believe in dinosaurs... and he thinks the world is only 6000 years old.

Posted by: Oddball | September 24, 2008 3:04 PM | Report abuse

I'm surprised you haven't accused Obama of being the Antichrist yet. Must be on your list somewhere. Oh and thanks for confirming my every preconception of Republican supporters as being either wealthy and selfish or, in your case, dumb as a sack of rocks and a bigot to boot. You're a real gem.

Posted by: Oddball | September 24, 2008 3:05 PM | Report abuse

Now Oddball Faker I'll leave you to your guns, pictures of women with guns and your box of Kleenex. Have yourself a one-handed party.

Posted by: Oddball | September 24, 2008 3:07 PM | Report abuse

The antichrist is supposed to be someone considered beautiful to the masses... that ugly toothpick don't cut the mustard. Where's my sweet RexTed when I need him... oh Teddy! Teddy! Where'd you put the crack pipe?

Posted by: Oddball | September 24, 2008 3:09 PM | Report abuse

I've had enough of you democrats. I'm voting republican this year.

MCCAIN/PALIN

Posted by: Oddball | September 24, 2008 3:11 PM | Report abuse

Why can't the NYT tell the truth?
Randy Pausch said: "Tell The Truth" "All The Time".

Posted by: AW | September 24, 2008 3:12 PM | Report abuse

This not blinking quality, wasn't that a tip-off that we were actually dealing with Pod People instead of humans?

Posted by: KennyBoy | September 24, 2008 3:16 PM | Report abuse

I agree. The truth should be told. Why don't they print the truth about Obama's ties to convicted felons?

Posted by: Oddball | September 24, 2008 3:18 PM | Report abuse

And doesn't NObama look good with that diaper on his head?

Posted by: KennyBoy | September 24, 2008 3:19 PM | Report abuse

ROFL Oddball Faker! So you ARE an End Timer! Thats another box ticked. Gay bashing, religious freakery... you're a walking stereotype. Fantastic! Probably proud not to have a Passport. I'm sorry to break it to you but that pic of Palin in a bikini holding a gun is a fake. Aww did I spoil you're fist shuffling session? Poor widdle bigot. Go ask your mom for some help.

Posted by: Oddball | September 24, 2008 3:21 PM | Report abuse

I'm leaving, I'm staying, I'm gay, I'm straight... I'm so democrat I can't even make up my own mind.

Posted by: Oddball | September 24, 2008 3:23 PM | Report abuse

I keep be trying to type but I gots so much chicken grease on my 4" fingernails they be keep slippin on da keyboard.

Oddball, we can use a good gay guy like you on Barry's "staff"... if you know what I mean (wink wink).

Posted by: Michelle Obama | September 24, 2008 3:25 PM | Report abuse

Well Oddball Faker I assumed you could read. Once more, I'm a hetero parent, you're a barely sentient Wingnut Homophobe. I worked hard for a 1st in 20th Century History, you work hard to put one foot in front of the other. I have a career, you have a reliance on fairy tales from a 2000 year old work of fiction. I have a moral code based on helping those that need it, you throw out gay bashing insults like its clever. In short, you and others that hold similar views are pathetic hate filled excuses for humanity. If people like you controlled your once enviable nation it'd be back in the stone age within a few generations. Hey wait a minute, that'll be a good thing for the rest of us - go for it! Take America backwards! Vote Wingnut Bigot! Go Songbird McCain!

Posted by: Oddball | September 24, 2008 3:34 PM | Report abuse

MCCAIN/PALIN

... you may not like them, but at least they aren't in bed with convicted felons.

Posted by: Oddball | September 24, 2008 3:36 PM | Report abuse

We cannot have someone in the white house that is a religious fanatic that believes there were never any dinosaurs, that the world is only 6000 days old. This is what Obama believes, and that's why I'm voting McCain.

Posted by: Was Dem Now Republican | September 24, 2008 3:40 PM | Report abuse

And Faker - anyone that has so much hate towards gays is hiding something. So don't ask your momma for help, you obviously need Daddy's gentle touch. Yeehaw the Rapture's coming! As for your racism, its just self-loathing in disguise. Instead of blaming sections of society, get off your doubtless blubbery Southern ass and get a job. Reading books is a traditional way for self-improvement, so is higher education. But be careful, all lecturers are elitists just waiting to fill your Good Ol' Boy head with scary ideas like equality and tolerance.

Posted by: Oddball | September 24, 2008 3:42 PM | Report abuse

go obama

Posted by: bob | September 24, 2008 3:43 PM | Report abuse

Palin is such a breath of fresh air. I don't understand why all of you haters are on her case. NObama is stale air, smells like a prison cell.

Posted by: Oddball | September 24, 2008 3:44 PM | Report abuse

and take Biden with you!

Posted by: bob | September 24, 2008 3:45 PM | Report abuse

The real question is will Palin start talking in tongues... Take the poll here:
http://members7.boardhost.com/epv/msg/1222282506.html

Posted by: superball | September 24, 2008 3:46 PM | Report abuse

And worse yet, will Barry start talking in arabic?? He is muslim afterall.

Posted by: superball | September 24, 2008 3:51 PM | Report abuse


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About Contact Archives RSS Columns Photos Michelle Malkin Lead StoryKill the bailout: Illegal immigration and the mortgage mess
By Michelle Malkin • September 24, 2008 07:49 AM My syndicated column today tackles the bailout angle no one wants to talk about: Open borders and the home loan debacle. You’ve heard a lot about Fannie/Freddie and the minority lending shakedowns, but you haven’t heard most commentators/analysts on either the left or the right talk about the massive illegal alien mortgage racket — a topic I’ve reported on for the past five years. That’s because fault lies at the feet of the crime-enabling banking industry and the ethnic lobbyists and the illegal alien-enabling Bush administration.

They screwed us. Now, they want us to fork over a trillion dollars.

Screw them.

Kill this bailout.

And I second Mark Krikorian: Credit is not a civil right. It’s not a civil right for illegal aliens. For foreign banks. For American banks. For anyone. The bailout proposal, as I noted earlier, now includes student loans and auto loan debt. Will our tax dollars next cover foreign student loan debts? Illegal alien in-state discounted college tuition debt? Where and when will it end?

Oh, but pardon me. I’m just being, you know, an ideological purist.

***

Illegal immigration and the mortgage mess
by Michelle Malkin
Creators Syndicate
Copyright 2008

The Mother of All Bailouts has many fathers. As panicked politicians prepare to fork over a trillion dollars in taxpayer funding to rescue the financial industry, they’ve fingered regulation, deregulation, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the Community Reinvestment Act, Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, both Bushes, greedy banks, greedy borrowers, greedy short-sellers, and minority home ownership mau-mauers (can’t call ‘em greedy, that would be racist) for blame.

But there’s one giant paternal elephant in the room that has slipped notice: How illegal immigration, crime-enabling banks, and open-borders Bush policies fueled the mortgage crisis.

It’s no coincidence that most of the areas hardest hit by the foreclosure wave – Loudon County, Virginia, California’s Inland Empire, Stockton, San Joaquin Valley, Las Vegas, and Phoenix, for starters — also happen to be some of the nation’s largest illegal alien sanctuaries. Half of the mortgages to Hispanics are subprime (the accursed species of loan to borrowers with the shadiest credit histories). A quarter of all those subprime loans are in default and foreclosure.

Regional reports across the country have decried the subprime meltdown’s impact on illegal immigrant “victims.” A July report showed that in seven of the 10 metro areas with the highest foreclosure rates, Hispanics represented at least one-third of the population; in two of those areas – Merced and Salinas-Monterey, Calif. – Hispanics comprised half the population. The amnesty-promoting National Council of La Raza and its Development Fund have received millions in federal funds to “counsel” their constituents on obtaining mortgages with little to no money down; the group almost succeeded in attaching a $10 million earmark for itself in one of the housing bills past this spring.

For the last five years, I’ve reported on the rapidly expanding illegal alien home loan racket. The top banks clamoring for their handouts as their profits plummet, led by Wachovia and Bank of America, launched aggressive campaigns to woo illegal alien homebuyers. The quasi-governmental Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority jumped in to guarantee home loans to illegal immigrants. The Washington Post noted, almost as an afterthought in a 2005 report: “Hispanics, the nation’s fastest-growing major ethnic or racial group, have been courted aggressively by real estate agents, mortgage brokers and programs for first-time buyers that offer help with closing costs. Ads proclaim: “Sin verificacion de ingresos ! Sin verificacion de documento !” — which loosely translates as, ‘Income tax forms are not required, nor are immigration papers.’”

In addition, fraudsters have engaged in massive house-flipping rings using illegal aliens as straw buyers. Among many examples cited by the FBI: a conspiracy in Las Vegas involving a former Nevada First Residential Mortgage Company branch manager who directed loan officers and processors in the origination of 233 fraudulent Federal Housing Authority loans valued at over $25 million. The defrauders manufactured and submitted false employment and income documentation for borrowers; most were illegal immigrants from Mexico. To date, the FBI reported, “58 loans with a total value of $6.2 million have gone into default, with a loss to the Housing and Urban Development Department of over $1.9 million.”

It’s the tip of the iceberg. Thanks to lax Bush administration-approved policies allowing illegal aliens to use “matricula consular cards” and taxpayer identification numbers to open bank accounts, more forms of mortgage fraud have burgeoned. Moneylenders still have no access to a verification system to check Social Security numbers before approving loans. In an interview about rampant illegal alien home loan fraud, a spokeswoman for the U.S. General Accounting Office told me five years ago:

“[C]onsidering the size of Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Houston, and other large cities throughout the United States known to be inundated with illegal aliens, I don’t think the federal government is willing to expose this problem for financial reasons as well as for fear of political repercussions.”

Chickens coming home to roost. And law-abiding, responsible taxpayers are going to pay for it.

Posted by: Jessica | September 24, 2008 3:51 PM | Report abuse

Famous Quotes:

"When's the last time we elected a president based on one year of service in the senate before he started running?"
--Bill Clinton

"When that phone rings, whether it's 3pm or 3am, in the white house, there is no time for speeches or on-the-job training."
--Hillary Clinton

"I think he can be ready, but right now I don't believe he is, the presidency is not something that lends itself to on-the-job training."
--Joe Biden

Asked in a second interview days later...
"I stand by my statement."
--Joe Biden

"Senator McCain will bring a lifetime of experience. I will bring a lifetime of experience. And senator Obama will bring a speech that he gave in 2002."
--Hillary Clinton

"I am a believer in knowing what you're doing when you apply for a job. And I think that if I were to seriously consider running on the national ticket I would essentially have to start now, before having served a day in the senate. Now there are some people that might be comfortable doing that, but I'm not one of them."
--Barack Obama

Posted by: Jessica | September 24, 2008 3:53 PM | Report abuse

Women of the USA unite! Fight sexism! Speak up against the sexist treatment of Sarah Palin! Yes, the republicans have such little faith in her intelligence/capabilities they shield her from the press, ergo. the American public!

Posted by: jack | September 24, 2008 4:01 PM | Report abuse

MCCAIN/PALIN

... at least they don't cohort with convicted felons.

Posted by: jack | September 24, 2008 4:05 PM | Report abuse

Pippa writes from South Africa:
Thanks ever so much for this entertaining read.

I strongly suggest that voters telephone
Nelson Mandela for some sage advice.

Peace Out.

Posted by: Pippa | September 24, 2008 4:06 PM | Report abuse

WOW! I have never witnessed so many Intellectually Undernourished bloggers that swim to the left of the Bell Curve. I guess Sarah really brings out the best of you who want change and purport tolerance. Thank you CNN for pointing about how much you think Sarah lacks in experience. That means the opposition's presidential candidate is beyond clueless. I find it very amusing that the experienced (wink – wink) agent of change would pick an old school, good-ol'-boy for VP in order to balance out the ticket and the so-called "same-o same-o" maverick would think out-of-the-box (pardon the cliché) and choose a proven agent of change for VP.

Thank you Sarah for bringing the liberals out of the closet and exposing them for what they really are. Thank you liberals for finally showing the world how base and perverted your moral compass is. Keep up the good work everyone. Friday will be the start of the end. November will tell it all.


Dana Pintago

Posted by: Dana Pintago | September 24, 2008 4:06 PM | Report abuse

Marcus, go suck on your nubian messiah Obama.

Posted by: dkjalfj | September 24, 2008 4:15 PM | Report abuse

Ruth, YOU should interview BHO and be the first journalist to ask him any tough questions, such as:

1) What DID you do as a community organizer, and HOW does that prepare you to be President?

2) What do you have to tell your doubters now about your close relationship with Bill Ayers?

3) Coming up in the Chicago political machine, your career certainly appears to have been "Politics as usual" in its worst form. WHAT exactly would you do differently as President to buck the "Old Washington DC insider" syndrome?

4) OVER 50% of the registered voters in the USA are Republicans or independents, and you claim to want to shed the bitter partisan divide in the country. What are some stances on issues that are considered "conservative viewpoints" that you support and might work with Republicans on??

Then we could see just how smooth Obama is - but we would all receive doublespeak answers of no substance. He's a real breath of fresh hope and change, all right!

Posted by: Alan | September 24, 2008 4:26 PM | Report abuse

I felt nauseous after reading Sarah Palin's reply to the question.
We got big problems if the republicans win this election.

Posted by: tom | September 24, 2008 4:53 PM | Report abuse

Oddball:
"Palin is such a breath of fresh air. I don't understand why all of you haters are on her case. NObama is stale air, smells like a prison cell."
I'm leaving, I'm staying, I'm gay, I'm straight... I'm so democrat I can't even make up my own mind."

boy you are an oddball.

Posted by: tom | September 24, 2008 4:56 PM | Report abuse

I demand that everyone desist from using the "have a beer with" analogy. You can't have a beer with George W. Bush because he is a supposedly abstinate ex-drinker. That's right, we elected (twice, damnit) a former heavy drinker who had to stop drinking entirely because his habitual drinking had become too problematic to continue.

The kicker is this, how do we know if he's really off the sauce, or nippin' an' sippin'? I bet he wasn't having the most sober day when he called Kim Jong Il a demented midget - which surely is the last thing you call a short crazy man who's the most likely to use a nuclear weapon of anyone on the planet.

Remember when he was asked what hisgreatest memory was of his first 4 years as president? He said "catching that big bass" in his back yard in Texas. Wow. I wonder about the last 4 years. Was it watchin' Ol' Dick tryin' to explain how he shot that lawyer in the face or was it givin' Ol' Merkl that shoulder rub? Shucks, he's still got over a hundred days. This could be a real humdinger!

Nevermind that the leader of the free world could chat with any person on Earth, and some voters have the naive and immature notion that they might be a worthy drinking companion? Are these all the alcoholic voters or what? Europe must be dumbfounded that we're delusional enough to buy our own hype. This country's going to the dogs.

If it gets much worse, it's gonna be "Pack your bags, Margaret, Canada's lookin' better every day!"

Posted by: ExPat | September 24, 2008 5:04 PM | Report abuse

For you GOP'ers out there, a little hypocritical are we (yet again) - recall your radio, blog, tv skewering of the Obama's when Michelle was getting 'vetted' - e.g.:

Memo To Michelle Obama: Toughen Up Sweetie
Houston Chronicle, 5/20/2008

"When the Obamas complain about what they perceive as unfair tactics it comes across as whining, just as it does when Hillary laments about the alleged media bias against her.

My advice to Mrs. Obama is this; you’re in the big leagues now, sweetie (sorry ladies I couldn’t resist the temptation) either get a thicker skin or get off the stage."

Good enough as friendly advice for Mrs Obama apparently, but not for your candidate for Vice President of the United States.

As asked in a recent Economist magazine (hardly a left wing bastion) editorial ("Richard Milhous McCain", 18 Sept) "Aren’t Republicans supposed to deplore the politics of victimhood? Conservatives make a good case that treating minority groups as victims diminishes America and institutionalizes dependency. But when it comes to election-time they not only play the politics of victimhood, but play it with extraordinary relish"...

Much as with claims of representing "traditional values", integrity, christianity, etc. - only when it suits your purposes. So, here’s a memo to Ms Palin and you RWWs (Right Wing Whiners) - Toughen up Sweetie – either get a thicker skin or get off the stage.

Posted by: Digger | September 24, 2008 5:08 PM | Report abuse

Palin's appeal is to the narrow base of evangelicals who's political ideology is shaped by their dogmatism. Palin suits that mindset to a tee. What amazes me is that the press wastes its time reporting her non news. Leave the poor woman alone. Stop asking her all these intrusive questions. In fact, pull your press coverage entirely and just let her campaign in peace and quiet, with no cameras, no intrusive reporters asking bothersome questions. Just let her spew her mindless "thoughts" to an adoring, but hopefully small, audience of fans. Oh, is she a celebrity like Paris?

Posted by: Andy-Seattle | September 24, 2008 5:22 PM | Report abuse

Am I crazy, or does that sound like the kind of answer that a woman in a beauty pageant would give?

Posted by: frank | September 24, 2008 5:27 PM | Report abuse

I think I would have to blink if I were asked to take on a new position that would have such impact on myself, my family and the country. I guess that makes me stupid and / or feeble that I would have to do a little soul searching before saying YES.

Posted by: clives | September 24, 2008 5:30 PM | Report abuse

Ruth Marcus, so how much is the Obama campaign paying you? When he takes you from behind do you spread your cheeks? Does he complain that because he's black that he can't see the poop on his wang when he pulls it out of your rectum? Americans want to know. Also, do you whip yourself every night to absolve yourself of your white guilt?

Posted by: Zodiac | September 24, 2008 5:31 PM | Report abuse

There are only a couple months until the election, an election that will decide the next President of the United States ...

The person elected will be the president of all Americans, not just the Democrats or the Republicans.

To show our solidarity as Americans, let's all get together and show each other our support for the candidate of our choice.

It's time that we come together, Democrats and Republicans alike.

If you support the policies and character of Barack Obama, please drive with your headlights on during the day.

If you support John McCain, please drive with your headlights off at night.

Thank you for your participation.

Posted by: golfmum | September 24, 2008 5:58 PM | Report abuse

Hey golfmum, have you finished performing fellatio on Obama? The question I need to ask is does it taste better after it comes out of your rectum?

By the way, when you drive at night make sure you wear blind folds while you suck on a black dildo.

Thank you for your participation.

Posted by: Mcbane | September 24, 2008 6:23 PM | Report abuse

Now if you will excuse me, I have a fetus to abort.

Posted by: golfmum | September 24, 2008 6:23 PM | Report abuse

I'm not crazy... a little bisexual, but certainly not crazy.

Posted by: frank | September 24, 2008 6:25 PM | Report abuse

MCCAIN/PALIN

Posted by: Andy-Seattle | September 24, 2008 6:25 PM | Report abuse

There is a reason to keep her away from anything but friendly crowdeds. Here is what she said when she was running for Governor of Alaska. Either she was too honest or she didn't know what the word bias meant. She has to go back to the press and say no I'm not biased towards Mat-Su.

From the Anchorage Daily News:

Palin pledges Mat-Su bias
By MATT VOLZ
Associated Press Writer
JUNEAU - Republican gubernatorial candidate Sarah Palin is catching heat for telling a hometown crowd that if elected, her decisions would favor the Matanuska-Susitna Borough.
Her comments came Tuesday during an address to the Wasilla Chamber of Commerce.
"You will have an advocate down there in Juneau, of course. Certainly, people will assume I'm biased toward the valley in the decisions I make. So be it, because I will be," Palin told the crowd. "The valley is a wonderful place to be. You could be setting an example for the rest of the state of Alaska."

Posted by: Tricia - Alaska | September 24, 2008 6:26 PM | Report abuse

Yo yo yo! I'd like to give a shout out to all my homies dat be votin fo my Barry this November. We be bringin a whole lotta welfare to all you mo-fo's, and we won't say you can't spend it on ripple or crack, do what you want, it be yo money! Well, it not be YO money, it be the money that somebody earned and we just took it from dem and give it to you, but still!

Posted by: Michelle Obama | September 24, 2008 6:27 PM | Report abuse

in all comments, columns, news stories and opinion pieces, one important fact about Ms. Palin that seems to be sadly overlooked, is that she used to be a news anchor and please, mind the anchor part. A requiremenr, perhaps essential, for a successful anchor is to posses an empty head, devoid of any thought, eloquency, intellectual curiosity, own ideas or subreptitious concepts. An anchor head has to be fulltime empty, so it can be filled with teleprompter garble and vomited almost instantly as it is read. No introspection, just reflection accompanied by a smile, a pretense of certainty and a dose of self-assurance, the rest is pure image as the one we're been exposed by the media barrage of Ms. Palin's accolades. No wonder McCain's team is shielding her from further scrutiny, lest we find she's only a Hollywood facade, nothing behind, nothing beneath. Just a facade.

Posted by: El blind ve | September 24, 2008 6:28 PM | Report abuse

Now if you'll excuse me, I am going to go and pleasure myself to photos of Michelle Obama.

Posted by: Tricia - Alaska | September 24, 2008 6:28 PM | Report abuse

If you want to return to the time when Hitler ruled Germany, then please, vote Obama.

Posted by: El blind ve | September 24, 2008 6:29 PM | Report abuse

"in all comments, columns, news stories and opinion pieces, one important fact about Ms. Palin that seems to be sadly overlooked, is that she used to be a news anchor and please, mind the anchor part. A requiremenr, perhaps essential, for a successful anchor is to posses an empty head, devoid of any thought, eloquency, intellectual curiosity, own ideas or subreptitious concepts. An anchor head has to be fulltime empty, so it can be filled with teleprompter garble and vomited almost instantly as it is read. No introspection, just reflection accompanied by a smile, a pretense of certainty and a dose of self-assurance, the rest is pure image as the one we're been exposed by the media barrage of Ms. Palin's accolades. No wonder McCain's team is shielding her from further scrutiny, lest we find she's only a Hollywood facade, nothing behind, nothing beneath. Just a facade."

So are you describing the current media?

Posted by: LibsRBabies | September 24, 2008 6:33 PM | Report abuse

Riddle me this: Why do the retarded or near retarded all flock to the Republican side?

Is it:

a) Only idiots can be Christians?
b) Only the blind can lead the blind?
c) Your easy to fool with lies?
d) all of the above

Posted by: TimL | September 24, 2008 6:34 PM | Report abuse

Michelle, why you not be home fryin my chicken! Woman, y'all better lean your place or you gonna get the back o my hand agin! Now git yo big butt back in der and don't foget my watermellon!

Posted by: BarryO | September 24, 2008 6:34 PM | Report abuse

"in all comments, columns, news stories and opinion pieces, one important fact about the media that seems to be sadly overlooked, is that they used to be news anchors and please, mind the anchor part. A requirement, perhaps essential, for a successful anchor is to posses an empty head, devoid of any thought, eloquency, intellectual curiosity, own ideas or subreptitious concepts. An anchor head has to be fulltime empty, so it can be filled with teleprompter garble and vomited almost instantly as it is read. No introspection, just reflection accompanied by a smile, a pretense of certainty and a dose of self-assurance, the rest is pure image as the one we're been exposed by the media barrage of the media's accolades. No wonder their sympathizers are shielding them from further scrutiny, lest we find they're only a Hollywood facade, nothing behind, nothing beneath. Just a facade."

Edited for accuracy.

Posted by: LibsRBabies | September 24, 2008 6:35 PM | Report abuse

And why are all democrats liberal homos?

Posted by: TimL | September 24, 2008 6:36 PM | Report abuse

I voted democratic for as long as I can remember... but no more.

MCCAIN/PALIN

Posted by: WasDemNowRep | September 24, 2008 6:38 PM | Report abuse

I just want to clarify that I'm not 100% homo, but I definately like to experiment as often as I can. Democrats are just so cool.

Posted by: TimL | September 24, 2008 6:39 PM | Report abuse

I am so sick of this guy telling me what to say, what not to say... who the heck does he think he is? You'd think I was the black one!

Posted by: Joey (the gimp) Biden | September 24, 2008 6:40 PM | Report abuse

Famous Quotes:

"When's the last time we elected a president based on one year of service in the senate before he started running?"
--Bill Clinton

"When that phone rings, whether it's 3pm or 3am, in the white house, there is no time for speeches or on-the-job training."
--Hillary Clinton

"I think he can be ready, but right now I don't believe he is, the presidency is not something that lends itself to on-the-job training."
--Joe Biden

Asked in a second interview days later...
"I stand by my statement."
--Joe Biden

"Senator McCain will bring a lifetime of experience. I will bring a lifetime of experience. And senator Obama will bring a speech that he gave in 2002."
--Hillary Clinton

"I am a believer in knowing what you're doing when you apply for a job. And I think that if I were to seriously consider running on the national ticket I would essentially have to start now, before having served a day in the senate. Now there are some people that might be comfortable doing that, but I'm not one of them."
--Barack Obama

Posted by: DNC Headquarters | September 24, 2008 6:41 PM | Report abuse

Can you believe the nerve of the McCain guy? He wants me to get back to the senate to do my JOB instead of campaigning this week! The nerve!!! Don't he know that work is for republicans??? I gonna keep on the road and spend all this glorious money instead of tryin to fix this broken economy.

Posted by: BarryO | September 24, 2008 6:45 PM | Report abuse

Yo yo yo! Hey McCain, you want me to get back to work? Ok, here's my vote...

PRESENT!

Posted by: BarryO | September 24, 2008 6:46 PM | Report abuse

We have received many complaints that several democrats have written very lewd and crude comments on this post and we would very much like it to stop now. We cannot prohibit your remarks based on the freedom of speech, but we're asking nicely... please democrats, play nice.

Posted by: Washington Post Editors | September 24, 2008 6:49 PM | Report abuse

The comments on here are hilarious. I love it! Better than reading the comics.

Posted by: Zodiac | September 24, 2008 6:50 PM | Report abuse

George Bush is no leader! A real leader is someone like Thomas Jefferson, who led us through the Civil War, or JFK, who was there when man set foot on the moon! Or my friend the great Bill Clinton, who led us through the very difficult aftermath of 911! How dare he!

God bless our great VP choice, Hillary Clinton. Stand up so everybody can see you, even you in those funny looking chairs with wheels on them!

Posted by: JoeBidenSmartestManInAmerica | September 24, 2008 6:51 PM | Report abuse

Thank you mom!

Posted by: Joey (the gimp) Biden | September 24, 2008 6:52 PM | Report abuse

Yo yo yo! Ok e'rybody, I be back... I jus had to step out fo a while and have an abortion. I git fifty cent fo each fetus at the cloning clinic, which o course I put towards crack.

Posted by: Michelle Obama | September 24, 2008 6:54 PM | Report abuse

Yo yo chelie, yo can get yo abortions here. I TOL' you that America was a place to be proud of!

Posted by: BarryO | September 24, 2008 6:56 PM | Report abuse

I jus cannot believe dat Palin won let her daughter not be gittin an abortion... bringin mo chirren into dis world... what she be tinkin? E'rybody knows dat if you be feedin yo chirren dats less money fo weed and crack.

Posted by: Michelle Obama | September 24, 2008 6:56 PM | Report abuse

Yo sho was right Barry... yo be smarter than yo look.

Posted by: MichelleO | September 24, 2008 6:58 PM | Report abuse

BarryO, your posts are some of the funniest I've read. Please continue. I LOVE IT!!!!!!!

Posted by: Zodiac | September 24, 2008 6:58 PM | Report abuse

I would write more for you Zodiac, but Bill Clinton be trying to teach me how to pick up interns... der be some hot beatches in da house!

Posted by: BarryO | September 24, 2008 6:59 PM | Report abuse

I see that there is someone on here impersonating me and my beloved husband. I would just like to say that I find it silly. There is no evidence that we eat fried chicken or watermellon, nor that we smoke crack and weed. As I said, there is no evidence... but shoot, you know it's true.

Posted by: Michelle Obama | September 24, 2008 7:01 PM | Report abuse

And I DEFNITLY be votin present fo that one!

Posted by: BarryO | September 24, 2008 7:02 PM | Report abuse

Barry, you mo-fo! You best not be bringin home da clap again!

Posted by: Michelle Obama | September 24, 2008 7:03 PM | Report abuse

And don be fogettin my ripple this time...

Posted by: Michelle Obama | September 24, 2008 7:03 PM | Report abuse

Why all dese peeps be gettin down on dat hot babe Sarah Palin? Shoot... if Michelle be lookin dat good I be havin babies all da time too!

Posted by: BarryO | September 24, 2008 7:12 PM | Report abuse

Chelie, you need to gits in the gym, Sarah be BARACKIN!

See a broade and see dat booty at? Leg em down and SMACK EM YACK EM! Ho got da beat

Posted by: BarryO | September 24, 2008 7:16 PM | Report abuse

@ CJ: It's really quite hard to be 4 years pregnant. Try it.
What I hate about people defending Palin is the argument about her wanting to censor books. These Palin-defenders keep saying: 'She didn't ban books! She just ASKED if she could ban them.' Exactly. The thought of banning crossed her mind, and she asked for ways how to. Not to defend freedom of speech. Not for gaining wisdom. She asked it because she wants to ban books. Shame on her, and shame on Palin's defenders.

Posted by: Renske | September 24, 2008 7:34 PM | Report abuse

Also, I'm a little leary of this Obama character... after all, he believes that there were no dinosaurs and that the world is only 6000 years old.

Posted by: Renske | September 24, 2008 7:36 PM | Report abuse

Who dis dude named Renske? that sound like my man Tony Rezko yo! Thanks fo' da hookup, you ma dawg

Burnin Sarah Palin's books would be TIGHT, yo!

Posted by: BarryO | September 24, 2008 7:52 PM | Report abuse

Yo yo yo! Barry, don be lettin that beatch burn my ebony magazines!

Posted by: MichelleO | September 24, 2008 7:59 PM | Report abuse

Nine days from now, she will know enough to answer debate questions much better than she did with Hannity. And what she does not know, she will make up with such confidence that even Biden will think its true.

Posted by: Young Atheart | September 24, 2008 8:01 PM | Report abuse

Hey now Young Atheart... that's not fair... when FDR took us to the Persian Gulf he got on the radio and told us that we need universal health care like Canada.

Posted by: Joey (the gimp) Biden | September 24, 2008 8:04 PM | Report abuse

I just wanted to remind everyone I'm still a doofus!

Posted by: JoeBidenSmartestManInAmerica | September 24, 2008 8:05 PM | Report abuse

Yo yo yo Chelie you just know your damn role, you smell what Barack is cookin?

Posted by: BarryO | September 24, 2008 8:11 PM | Report abuse

Hey, lay off Sarah, how dare you treat the disabled like that?!

Besides, I like to literally use a lot of big words literally in my speeches literally too as well you know.

And besides, she hasn't had an abortion! She's more than qualified.............

Y'all betta know ya damn role!

Posted by: Charlie Rangel, Joe Biden, Carol Fowler, and BarryO | September 24, 2008 8:18 PM | Report abuse

HAAHHAAHHHHAHAHAAA!!!!!!! LOLLOLLLLLOL!!!!!!! BarryO, yooza got ma vote. Yes'um. For more funny Obama stuff go to youtube and type "obamanable snowjob".

I'll be looking for more of your stuff on other threads on the Washington Post. This liberal trash of a newspaper is actually now readable.

Posted by: Zodiac | September 24, 2008 8:41 PM | Report abuse

The way I see it, this election will either be historical or hysterical! Bottoms up!

Posted by: Risa of Aldie | September 24, 2008 8:57 PM | Report abuse

You know Sarah, Barack SEES you lookin at Barack, thinkin bout Barack, textin Barack, sendin TODD and the kiddies home just so you can see more of Barack

Admit it Sarah, you get wet........WITH PERSPIRATION! just thinkin bout Barack's..............strudel

So why don't you just get it out, get it over with? That's why you don't wanna talk these jabronies from the New York Times, the Washington Post, Al Jazeera, Al Bundy, Al Gore............IT DOESN'T MATTER WHO!!!!!! You know, you can't hide it, you want to go ONE ON ONE, WITH THE GREAT ONE!!!!!

And just think of you and Barack, Sara-bama standing side by side, we'll go outside, we'll look out, see Russia being a bunch of jabronies, and then you can get on Barack's back and we'll fly to Russia AND LAY THE SMACK DOWN ON *ALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL* THEIR CANDY ASSES!!!!!!

IF YOU SMELLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLA-LOW, WHAT BARACK.......is cookin'

Posted by: BarryO | September 24, 2008 9:04 PM | Report abuse

"Keep underestimating Palin. She'll own Biden on Oct. 2."

This is interesting...most of the less cerebral candidates have a way of boiling down an issue or phrase...think bush vs kerry..to keep it understandable.

Palin doesn't seem to be able to do that either...

but she is folksy so if she can display that side without the "underinformed, underqualified" side, she might do ok.

Posted by: p debates | September 24, 2008 9:06 PM | Report abuse

Ms Marcus,

This article is a democratic advertisement. Fox is important because it is the only network that has not turned on the Republican Party. If you think the 2 party system is corrupt, wait until it is a one party system. Let's hope them McCain supporters keep clingin' to their guns an' religion an' keep watchin' Fox to keep them yankees in Washington honest.

Posted by: Mr. Fair and Balanced | September 24, 2008 9:16 PM | Report abuse

I'll tell you about Sarah Palin, yeah stand up so I can tell you. Oh god love you, what am I talking about? But this little girl, does she know that most girls who think she's all that weren't even born when I was first elected? Hell, women weren't even allowed to vote until I invented that right............

SHUT UP AL I GAVE YOU THE DAMN INTERNET! NOW STOP YOUR WHINING!

As I was saying she's not ready to be a leader, in fact she's no Hillary Clinton, who is the best choice for VP we could have ever made! I would ask her though, I want to go to Alaska because I live in freaking Delaware! I need to ask her if you have to have an interpreter or any sort of accent to go to a 7-11 up there. They all sound normal though, so I should be good to go.

But I've heard all this talk about what kind of state Alaska is. Is it a slave state, is it a border state? Did they rally around FDR when he rallied the country during the Korean and Vietnam wars?

I appreciate her contributions to the town of Wasilla. But I'm a hero in Scranton, PA!

As you can totally, plainly see, she's totally, plainly not ready to take me on.

Posted by: JoeBidenSmartestManInAmerica | September 24, 2008 9:25 PM | Report abuse

A sixth grader could answer questions with more coherence than Palin does.

The republicans are obviously having meltdowns between her Couric interview today and McSame using the bailout as an excuse for him and his trained seal to bail out on the debates.

Posted by: ccatmoon | September 24, 2008 9:35 PM | Report abuse

Ccat I LOVE having your support, why she couldn't go on with Katie Couric--she's a TOUGH interview--like I did on Meet The Press with Tim Russert...........Oh god love him what am I talking about? I meant Tom Brokaw. I'm going to tell her about my great experience:

Foreign Policy: You need to partition Iraq
Taxes: It's PATRIOTIC!
Economy: We'll just appoint my boys to the Fed, that'll fix everything.

Thanks, ccat, me and Barack America look forward to your vote on October 4!

Posted by: JoeBidenSmartestManInAmerica | September 24, 2008 9:58 PM | Report abuse

This woman is such a illiterate that I actually feel embarrassment just listening her talk on any issue.
The construct of her sentences show not only poor verbal skills but vast lack of any logical/reasonable process in her mind. And it's not just confusion of thought (which is evident) or confusion on how to phrase some notion one has, it is evident she is not capable of any complex production of questions or answers.
In a word - she is SIMPLE. Combine that with rather worrying amount of ambition she possess and we have trouble. Serious one.

Posted by: Dreamreader | September 24, 2008 10:08 PM | Report abuse

Dreamreader how DARE you call me a woman! And I remind you pal! I have a higher IQ than you so don't mess with me buddy, I'll go straight from Sarah Palin right to YOU!

Posted by: JoeBidenSmartestManInAmerica | September 24, 2008 10:12 PM | Report abuse

Oops, sorry JoeBSMiA, my bad, won't happen again;)

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

In reading through some of the responses to this column, I see all kinds of reactions, Pro & Con, but very few signs of true OUTRAGE!
This shallow, purely crass political stratagem/ploy goes far, far beyond the basics & superficialities of the personna selected!
No, indeed, this appointment RANKLY DISPARAGES THE POSTION OF THE OFFICE OF VICE PRESIDENT OF THE USA, for starters: Then "disses" (to borrow a current generational "in" term, for great personal disrespect) ALL the many honorable & often ultimatly great people who previously filled that position.

One doesn't need to be a "history buff" to realize the depth & extent of this insult; especially to truly Democratic - both "big & small "d" - peoples, as well as the nation as a whole, to put this slam in proper perspective.
OUR last "Veep" served his nation honorably in the Congress - BOTH Houses! -and then went on to win one of the most prestigious honor awards in the world, the Nobel Peace Prize, while leading us to environmental/ecological sanity.

We don't require, or even expect, every VP Nominee to arrive at that level of prestige, even while - practically speaking - they SHOULD be held to the same standards as the Presidency, considering how close they are - & how often they've been called on in our history - to filling that position; even if only temporarily.
But to saddle our nation with a nominee who's depth of experience, knowledge and known capabilities are LESS than many (likely even MOST!) average, rank-&-file workers or professionals in our nation, is like being slapped in the face with a "dead, stinking fish"!
In this case, ironically, an Alaskan "Sockeye".

Posted by: SeamusBoy | September 24, 2008 10:25 PM | Report abuse

Yo yo yo... jus finished my second bottle of ripple... dang that stuff be good. Now lemme aks you common folk a question... why y'all be given this po white girl all dis grief. She aint so bad. But it won't matter cuz my Barry be takin over da white house. We gonna re-paint that mo-fo, you can count on dat fo sho. Dem white columns gonna look smokin in deep purple. Put some fine shag carpet up in the Lincoln bedroom in honor of da man dat freed us. Barry says he gonna have a paintin of (in his words) my "fine nubian bod" on da wall. Can't wait to see the limo with dem spinners on it... mmm mmm mmm, dat gonna be one sweet ride. We won't be able to hear the press tho cuz the rap music be playin too loud. Got a special plan fo all you common folk tho... instead of a rebate check, we be sendin out KFC coupons! You can thank me later.

Posted by: Michelle Obama | September 24, 2008 10:26 PM | Report abuse

And why is no one talking about how Joe pleasures Barry on a daily basis?

Posted by: SemenBoy | September 24, 2008 10:27 PM | Report abuse

To: JoebidenSMIA;
I had the opportunity to work with Sen. Biden when he first came to Congress, and I've got to tell you - judging mainly by the thoughfulness & intellect displayed in your comment postings - you wouldn't qualify to make a pimple on his derriere, in the qualities to make critical decisions & leadership dep't!
But I can easily understand your penchant for defending a totally unprepared incompetent for the Repug's VP position; I think it's traditionally known as: "Birds of a Feather, ALL flock together!"

Posted by: SeamusBoy | September 24, 2008 10:39 PM | Report abuse

And trust me, I know everything about every pimple on his body. And he is a very tender lover.

Posted by: SeamusBoy | September 24, 2008 10:44 PM | Report abuse

I'm so excited about Joey Biden that I feel like breaking out in show tunes...

"There's no business like show business like no business I know..."

Oh I wish Joey would just hold me.

Posted by: SeamusBoy | September 24, 2008 10:46 PM | Report abuse

Completing her degree from 6 colleges should have made a difference - or should it be?

Reading her response to the interview is quite a challenge specially having English as my second language. Is it me or is it PALIN who's having communication issues?

McCain should continue to use PALIN as a symbolical leader, to save his candidacy.

Posted by: SanFran | September 24, 2008 10:52 PM | Report abuse

Lifetime likelihood of going to State or Federal prison

If recent incarceration rates remain unchanged, an estimated 1 of every 15 persons (6.6%) will serve time in a prison during their lifetime.


Lifetime chances of a person going to prison are higher for
-- men (11.3%) than for women (1.8%)
-- blacks (18.6%) and Hispanics (10%) than for whites (3.4%)


Based on current rates of first incarceration, an estimated 32% of black males (one out of every three) will enter State or Federal prison during their lifetime, compared to 17% of Hispanic males and 5.9% of white males.

Source: http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs/crimoff.htm#prevalence

Posted by: SanFran | September 24, 2008 10:58 PM | Report abuse

Woowwww! Some of the Bush-in skirts supporters cant even write English!
Their comments are STUPID, racist and ignorant beyond believe! If McBush and Good-girl- Miss America Holly Palin are elected; all these ignorant, righteous, racist IDIOTS will have when this country joins the fifth world league thanks to McPalin, then they'll understand the real meaning of "hell".


Why people whit such a low IQ are even allowed to vote? Don't they even remember they where the ones cheering Bush twice and they are doing it again all over!! How stupid a person can gets? Just in America... Unbelievable!!

Posted by: worried citizen. | September 24, 2008 11:00 PM | Report abuse

sorry bout my poor spelling... these darn repubs get me so riled up I can hardly type!

MCCAIN/PALIN

Posted by: worried citizen | September 24, 2008 11:02 PM | Report abuse

Heaven help us! I just finished watching her interview with Katie Couric. No wonder they have not let her speak! I am now very angry at the McCain campaign.

How dare they put this poor woman on national tv to publicly humiliate her! She did not have the common sense to realize what a rube she was going to look like, and apparantly McCain did not care as long as she could help him win. He is using her, period!

And, when he loses, she is going to go back to Alaska, humiliated. She will end up nowhere, like the bridge, she will be that much of a pariah. Then trooper gate will haunt her and possibly put her in jail.

Even Katie Couric came off knowing more than she did. She no doubt does know a hell of a lot more, just been in the news business.

And now, they are trying to avoid the debates? They want to not do the vice-presidential ones? What I hear is McCain wants to postpone his and do it on the day the v.p. was to go forward. Another sneaky way to prevent Sarah from speaking. I say, you made your bed picking her, now lay in it! What joke! And to think, I admired McCain and actually considered voting for him!

Posted by: narnia | September 24, 2008 11:10 PM | Report abuse

BarryO, where yo at dawg? Yoos been dissin ma church an ma rants. Cum on bak to da Trinity church. Iz bee cookin up sum fry chicken an watermellon faw yoos. Weez be talkin bout goddamm America an US uv KKK. Yooz use ta luv dat stuff wen yooz wasn't runnin faw preseedent. Iz rememba yooz slappin me on da bak whenever Iz talk bout da waat man an black libaration teeology. Iz miss yo dawg. Member, wen yooz becum preseedent make shore yooz save a room faw mee. I wan to bee gettin jiggy wid sum moar wat beeches.

Posted by: Wright | September 24, 2008 11:16 PM | Report abuse

Worried citizen wrote: "Why people whit such a low IQ are even allowed to vote?"

The irony is killing me. LOL! "Whit?" This is now my favorite site to go to for cheap laughs.

Posted by: Zodiac | September 24, 2008 11:21 PM | Report abuse

It's time for me to go back and save Prince Caspian. What am I doing here making political statements about something I know nothing about? I must be insane. Now where's my sword?

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

I Love Sarah!!

MCCAIN/PALIN

Posted by: narnia | September 24, 2008 11:39 PM | Report abuse

Oh dang, Barry be headin to Washington tomorrow... dat means he be gonna hit some of that fine nubian east-coast ho's. If he be bringin any o dem crabs back to our crib I gonna skin me a ... well, you know what.

Posted by: Michelle Obama | September 24, 2008 11:46 PM | Report abuse

Oh thank you so much for your affirmation. Each and every time I've heard her speak, which is very little because she's been locked in the kitchen apparently, all I can think is "get to the point, would you please!!!! That is if she truly has a valid point, as she appears frequently to just repeat what the questioner asked.

Posted by: Anne | September 24, 2008 11:52 PM | Report abuse

I spent a fair amount of time reading through these postings, and what struck me is the obvious contradiction amongst Palin supporters. Marcus - thank you for taking the time to present us with a scarry possibility that we may have an absolutely unqualified individual in waiting. Why is it that we pay wast sums of money for a good education, we send our kids to the best possible schools, train them to be good leaders but yet are not demanding that our leaders be the best they can be? My question to you would be...would you want a similarly unqualified individual be your boss?...your peer or possibly your employee? While we can all argue about slants in either one direction. I support Democratic views but also fiscall conservative, gone to the inaugurations for GWB. Can we trully afford a poor leader in times like this? Do we want to see more knee jerking last minute type of governing we have seen for the past few years? I am concerned that it is all a smoke and mirrors game played by the McCain campaign, and her inabilit to comprehend or be able to address issues will all come out at a time when we will all have to wait 4 yrs as no real other options will be available to us.

Posted by: Singpormid | September 24, 2008 11:52 PM | Report abuse

Hey Michelle Obama, my nubian princess. When BarryO is away I'll give you some cream in your coffee. Afterwards you can pick me some cotton. By the way, I'll make sure to bring over a fresh bucket of fried chicken and whole watermelon. BarryO will only be in Washington for a second when he votes present and then goes back to campaigning. Also, on 9/11 where were you? Mccain brought his wife but somehow BarryO didn't bring you along. Were you busy burning the American flag and praising Allah?

Posted by: Phleger | September 24, 2008 11:53 PM | Report abuse

Palin/McCain 08.

Posted by: Anne | September 24, 2008 11:55 PM | Report abuse

Who is the neanderthal posting as Michelle Obama. If you think that's cute, you are an example of the people that have made the Rebublican party the party of the dumb and uneducated sheep.

Posted by: Anne | September 24, 2008 11:55 PM | Report abuse

If you people want to join a real party, then try the Libertarians! Until then...

MCCAIN/PALIN

Posted by: Anne | September 25, 2008 12:10 AM | Report abuse

Who be dis "anne" ho that be givin me a hard time. Yo best be backin the F off beatch!

Posted by: Michelle Obama | September 25, 2008 12:11 AM | Report abuse

MCCAIN/PALIN

... no puppet strings here, and they don't have ties to convicted felons.

Posted by: Singpormid | September 25, 2008 12:12 AM | Report abuse

All you need is 2 large meathooks and hang them high up side down for high treason !

Posted by: jwh | September 25, 2008 12:15 AM | Report abuse

MCCAIN/PALIN ... the clear choice

Posted by: jwh | September 25, 2008 12:19 AM | Report abuse

Did anyone saw that interview between Sarah (ding ding) Palin and Katie Couric? Oh my gad! What a disaster. Now I understand why the McCain do not want her being interviewed by the press. To save her from herself. She definitely look stupid and laughable. I don't know whether to be mad at her or feel sorry for her. What have John McCain did to this woman? She turned her into a Robot or a Parrot. Or simply put a Moron. She is definitely a moron. OK let me be clear with my terminology here.
Moron (9 -12 year old mentality)
Idiot (5 - 8 year old mentality)
Imbecile (1 - 5 year old mentality)
Yes, I think I am correct on this regard.
Sarah Palin is a MORON

Posted by: Prudence Russell | September 25, 2008 12:22 AM | Report abuse

Now I'm going to go make love to my NObama blow up doll, so I'll see all you haters later.

MCCAIN/PALIN

Posted by: Prudence Russell | September 25, 2008 12:28 AM | Report abuse

Why is this little boy named Seamus (I don't let people named Seamus work for me. In Delaware we're not into that persuasion) interested in my backside all the sudden? You think I would have an attractive wife and two adult children if I was on "that side of the fence"?

Now then, I can't wait to retell the world next Thursday of my adventures on death's door this past summer while I put that little girl down.

And no Seamus I'm not giving any post-debate autographs.

Posted by: JoeBidenSmartestManInAmerica | September 25, 2008 12:39 AM | Report abuse

OOOOOO look at me, smart. I'm letting myself be led around by the dunce media and I'm calling someone ELSE sheep.

Biden is SOOOOOOOOOO smart, why HE should be the one running for Pres! In fact I'm gonna go worship him once my five Obama train dolls are done with me!

Posted by: Anne | September 25, 2008 12:46 AM | Report abuse

Hey Anne, stay away from my man!

Posted by: SeamusBoy | September 25, 2008 12:51 AM | Report abuse

Well, I see some cretin has an identity crisis. Takes on any writers identity to debase their writing. And is obviously a pro McCain racist, schizophrenic, nut job.

I believe it is time to make a phone call to the Post and assist them in improving their comments section so the posters can secure their own names, and not be subject to imbecilic ideology by morons.

Posted by: narnia | September 25, 2008 12:57 AM | Report abuse

Yes I'm going to make a phone call to the Post and assist them in improving their comments section by having my own posts removed.

Posted by: narnia | September 25, 2008 1:10 AM | Report abuse

LOOLLOOLLOOLLLLLOOOL!!!!! HAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAAA!!

I LOVE THIS PAGE!!!!

Here's my imitation of Narnia:

"I am going to make a phone call to the Post because I think people are actually going to take my comments seriously and also sway people to vote for my candidate because I think I'm so smart and my opinions are so mind blowingly great! Me me me me I I I Obama"

LMAO!

Posted by: Zodiac | September 25, 2008 1:29 AM | Report abuse

People often reinforce their own ideas by reading material that are in line with what they already believe in. Those who believe that Palin's fit to be the next VP, or even President, will not be reading articles like this, that are critical of Palin.

At the end of the day, whether or not the people are able to look through the spin, they deserve the President they get.

Posted by: Hobbes | September 25, 2008 2:33 AM | Report abuse

Hey Hobbes would you admit to the same for Obama supporters?

And keep in mind this has been going on way longer.

If so, fair enough. But I shouldn't have to pry for that info.

Posted by: LibsRBabies | September 25, 2008 3:00 AM | Report abuse

Now I'm going to go make love to my McSame blow up doll, so I'll see all you haters

OBAMA/BIDEN

Posted by: Prudence Russell | September 25, 2008 3:39 AM | Report abuse

Whew that was great. Now I'll make love to my poodle.

MCCAIN/PALIN

Posted by: Prudence Russell | September 25, 2008 3:58 AM | Report abuse

SARAH = CIRCLE TALK

I just listed to her Katie interview she did it again! Using words 2x in one sentence. Babbbbling on and on....Katie like gibon had to ask the DING-BAT Question Twice !!! And still got useless dribbble.
Good Luck GOP with that Nut! LOL

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cP12aNzocSc&feature=related

Posted by: SARAH = CIRCLE TALK | September 25, 2008 5:50 AM | Report abuse

SARAH = CIRCLE TALK

circle talk
A person/conversation that continually forgets what was just asked, and the same question repeatedly comes up. Usually associated with a medicated person. (Retarded)

Posted by: SARAH = CIRCLE TALK | September 25, 2008 5:59 AM | Report abuse

An open message to you WHITELEPHATINFLORIDA
POSTED SEPTEMBER 24 7:41 AM

Briefly, I will summarrize your concern about Barack Obama. Who is Barack Obama?
Let see, let me enumerate what your concern are:
1.)What is this man all about? Kind hearted
2.)What does he bring to the table? - a whole lot more than all of us combined together. His extraordinary intellect and his extraordinary knowledge of the LAW. You just don't become PRESIDENT OF THE MOST PRESTIGIOUS HARVARD LAW REVIEW without the sort of intellect he posses.
3.)Energy? I'm not sure what kind of energy are you talking about. But if you are talking about like the Clean Natural Gas, one of the source of energy related product, Pickens and Obama already had in place a program to develope alternative fuel energy.Which, if he become President will create thousands of jobs.
4.)Sincerity? if you mean how sincere he is to serve the country, VERY MUCH with the poor and unfortunates in mind to help make their lives a little better.
5.)Trustworthiness - you may want to add with this reliability and responsibility. All his life it seem he has the burden of the world on his shoulder. To make the world a better place for us to live in.
6.)Long/Short Accomplishment - you might consider the following in terms of education on him. Elementary schooling - went to a Catholic Parochial School, Indonesia up to 4th Grade. 5th - 7th grade through high school - went to the most exclusive private school in Hawaii. Hawaii. Junior College attended the Occidental University in Los Angeles and graduated Summa Cum Laude Columbia University in New York with a Political Science Degree. Briefly worked as a Community Organizer in Chicago right after graduating from Columbia University. Then he was off to John Harvard University in Cambridge,Massachusettes pursued a Law Degree and became the first African American President of the prestigious world renown Harvard Law Review graduated Summa Cum Laude, Doctor of Jurisprudence (JD).
7.)Integrity - John Harvard University is one of the finest University in the nation. It is not easy to get accepted in this university, and it is not easy to get a full scholarship neither. Tough School to get into. The entire Harvard University, an academic institution with its Faculty and Students, Alumni's and future alumnus have the highest respect and admiration for Barack Obama's INTEGRITY AND DEDICATION TO HIGHER LEARNING.
8.)Well thought Plans? - I sure have a very compelling story for you.
Obama at the age of 8, while living in Indonesia with his mother saw the horror of poverty. His question to his mother then was, "mother, why are they poor and we are not? Is there a way you can help them out?" At a young age he could never understand his economic disparity with the less unfortunates. This experience at a young age stayed in his mind. His plan in his later life was to help the poor. And so after graduating from Columbia University although he could have applied for a job comparable to his high academic achievement he still chose to go to Chicago and got a job as Community Organizer paying only $10,000. a year not even enough to sustain his livelihood. His plan/his goal in mind was to help the poor in the community. With only an undergraduate degree to show for it was so hard for him to get assistance for the poor in terms of getting the help he wants for them from government agencies. And so he embark to go to Law School at Harvard University. He graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Degree in Law. He received a long list of job offers not only from big Corporation here in the USA but also around the world. All the big corporations of the world wanted him to work for them. He turn down a $1M a year job only to go back to Chicago and continue his previous job as Community Organizer. (All of his friends were shock and thought he was crazy turning down a million dollar job.) Just this time he was able to move the government agency to get assistance for the poor because now he is a high power Lawyer and a graduate of one of the most prestigious university in the nation - everyone was at his beck and call. Unlike when he was only an undergraduate he could not get anyone to listen to him. The rest is history.
Synopsis: Barack Obama could have chosen the high road to success..mingle with the rich and the influential. But his well thought plans were only to help the poor and the unfortunates. Helping the poor was his life long endeavor since Indonesia.
Likewise the story of my own daughter becoming a Harvard Law graduate is the same story of Barack Obama. Her life long endeavor to become a lawyer to help the poor is the same exact story as Obama.
My daughter went to Ivy League School. Unlike Obama she already earned two masters Degree and a Ph.D before she entered Harvard University for Law School.
When she was a sophomore in high school, her school principal and three other students were brought to East Los Angeles to work in a school outreach program for the poor and indigent children. When she came home, she was sad and somber. Her first question to me was "Mommy why are those children poor and we are not. Is there anything that the government can do to help those children live a better life."
Like Barack Obama, her life long endeavor was to help the poor. She too became a community organizer. The memory of the poor children stayed in her mind for a very long time, and those poor children were her inspiration to pursue the highest education for herself.
Fate and destiny gave way for her to personally meet Barack Obama. When she went for a Law Professors Conference in Chicago, it so happens that Barack Obama was the speaker of the Conference. She was invited to a round table discussion with Barack Obama and that is how their lives crisscross each other.
Barack Obama's achievement and life long endeavor was only to help the poor and the less fortunates and with God's graces he is bless to now run for the highest office in the land.

Posted by: Prudence Russell | September 25, 2008 6:09 AM | Report abuse

I just typed so much I am too spent to spend time with my NObama blow up doll now. Thanks a lot, White Elephant.

MCCAIN/PALIN

Posted by: Prudence Russell | September 25, 2008 7:59 AM | Report abuse

Famous Quotes:

"When's the last time we elected a president based on one year of service in the senate before he started running?"
--Bill Clinton

"When that phone rings, whether it's 3pm or 3am, in the white house, there is no time for speeches or on-the-job training."
--Hillary Clinton

"I think he can be ready, but right now I don't believe he is, the presidency is not something that lends itself to on-the-job training."
--Joe Biden

Asked in a second interview days later...
"I stand by my statement."
--Joe Biden

"Senator McCain will bring a lifetime of experience. I will bring a lifetime of experience. And senator Obama will bring a speech that he gave in 2002."
--Hillary Clinton

"I am a believer in knowing what you're doing when you apply for a job. And I think that if I were to seriously consider running on the national ticket I would essentially have to start now, before having served a day in the senate. Now there are some people that might be comfortable doing that, but I'm not one of them."
--Barack Obama

Source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2pPNJdOdklk

Posted by: Michelle Obama | September 25, 2008 8:49 AM | Report abuse

The Edmond Sun

EDMOND — When Benjamin Franklin was dispatched to France as ambassador of the United States in 1776, he won the hearts of the French through his authenticity. Rather than take on an affected and phony continental style, Franklin eschewed the powdered wig of the European gentleman and donned the fur cap of an American frontiersman. Original genius and polymath, Franklin understood that the French would see through any false pretension but respect an authenticity that sprang from an unpretentious and naive love of country.

What a contrast there is between Franklin and Barack Obama. Obama is a Harvard lawyer who is a mile wide and an inch deep. He is only the latest in a long line of shallow elites that consider it stylish and intellectual to despise their own culture and heritage.

Nothing exemplifies Obama’s antipathy for American culture better than his statement that Americans “cling to” religion and guns out of frustration or bitterness. We only can suppose that Obama regards religion or firearms as aberrations that need to be eradicated.

Of course, both guns and religion are essential aspects of American culture. The United States was founded by people seeking religious freedom. Does the word “Pilgrim” ring a bell with anyone? Our freedom and the right to self-government were won by farmers with guns.

The American Revolution started when the British marched to Concord with the intention of confiscating colonial arms. Both the right to “keep and bear arms,” and the right to “free exercise” of religion are enshrined in the Bill of Rights. We have come a long way when the presidential nominee of a major political party regards the exercise of fundamental rights as a mental aberration.

When Obama refers to “my Muslim faith,” the verbal gaffe resonates as a Freudian slip because of Obama’s thinly veiled hatred for this country’s unique culture and institutions. Obama sat for 20 years in a church where the Rev. Jeremiah Wright Jr preached “goddamn America.” He only resigned from the congregation when it became politically expedient to do so. When earlier this year, Michelle Obama said “for the first time in my adult life, I am proud of my country,” can we conclude that her husband disagrees? Is it not remarkable that Michelle Obama can be so small-minded as to find nothing in the history of the United States that merits her admiration but the personal success of her husband?

What is Barack Obama for? His campaign motto is “change.” But even a 6-year-old child understands that “change” can be either good or bad. Lacking specifics, the invocation of “change” as policy is completely empty. As we witness Obama’s minions mindlessly endorse the meaningless maxim of “change,” it only can call to mind the barnyard animals in George Orwell’s “Animal Farm” chanting “four legs good, two legs bad!”

The choice of Sarah Palin as John McCain’s running mate has been devastating for the Obama campaign precisely because she is everything Obama is not. Palin is not ashamed of her culture or country. She is not embarrassed by being an American, but naively embraces her birthright. Unassisted by affirmative action, Palin has risen to national prominence on the basis of her character, intelligence and natural gifts. In a word, she has guts. This is a woman who is proud of her country, not because it has granted her personal success, but because she respects what America stands for: freedom, opportunity, and individualism.

Obama is a vapid demagogue, a hollow man that despises American culture. He is ill-suited to be president of the United States. As the weeks pass, more Americans will come to this realization and elect McCain/Palin in a landslide.

Posted by: David Deming | September 25, 2008 9:12 AM | Report abuse

Famous Quotes:

"When's the last time we elected a president based on one year of service in the senate before he started running?"
--Bill Clinton

"When that phone rings, whether it's 3pm or 3am, in the white house, there is no time for speeches or on-the-job training."
--Hillary Clinton

"I think he can be ready, but right now I don't believe he is, the presidency is not something that lends itself to on-the-job training."
--Joe Biden

Asked in a second interview days later...
"I stand by my statement."
--Joe Biden

"Senator McCain will bring a lifetime of experience. I will bring a lifetime of experience. And senator Obama will bring a speech that he gave in 2002."
--Hillary Clinton

"I am a believer in knowing what you're doing when you apply for a job. And I think that if I were to seriously consider running on the national ticket I would essentially have to start now, before having served a day in the senate. Now there are some people that might be comfortable doing that, but I'm not one of them."
--Barack Obama

Source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2pPNJdOdklk

Posted by: Michelle Obama | September 25, 2008 9:17 AM | Report abuse

Many of you will recall that on July 8, 1947, nearly 60 years ago,
witnesses claim that an unidentified flying object (UFO) with five alien
aboard crashed onto a sheep and cattle ranch just outside Roswell , New
Mexico . This is a well-known incident that many say has long been
covered up by the U.S. Air Force and other federal agencies and
organizations.
However, what you may NOT know is that in the month of March 1948, nine
months after that historic day, the following people were born:
Albert A. Gore, Jr.
Hillary Rodham
John F. Kerry
William J. Clinton
Howard Dean
Nancy Pelosi
Dianne Feinstein
Charles E. Schumer
Barbara Boxer
See what happens when aliens breed with sheep? I certainly hope this bit
of information clears up a lot of things for you. It did for me.

--

Posted by: Benjamin | September 25, 2008 9:52 AM | Report abuse

Look, I've said a few things that weren't exactly "historically accurate." But who hasn't? Besides... are you SURE that FDR wasn't president at the time? Maybe the books have it wrong. Regardless, I think the real issue here that many Americans are facing is having to look at my shiny bald head every time I turn around. Many a voter has complained that the sun gets directed right into their eyes when I turn and I apologize for that. I'm trying to use rogaine, but it's just not doing the trick for me.

MCCAIN/PALIN

Posted by: Joey Biden | September 25, 2008 9:55 AM | Report abuse

Why Obama will lose

David Deming
The Edmond Sun

EDMOND — When Benjamin Franklin was dispatched to France as ambassador of the United States in 1776, he won the hearts of the French through his authenticity. Rather than take on an affected and phony continental style, Franklin eschewed the powdered wig of the European gentleman and donned the fur cap of an American frontiersman. Original genius and polymath, Franklin understood that the French would see through any false pretension but respect an authenticity that sprang from an unpretentious and naive love of country.

What a contrast there is between Franklin and Barack Obama. Obama is a Harvard lawyer who is a mile wide and an inch deep. He is only the latest in a long line of shallow elites that consider it stylish and intellectual to despise their own culture and heritage.

Nothing exemplifies Obama’s antipathy for American culture better than his statement that Americans “cling to” religion and guns out of frustration or bitterness. We only can suppose that Obama regards religion or firearms as aberrations that need to be eradicated.

Of course, both guns and religion are essential aspects of American culture. The United States was founded by people seeking religious freedom. Does the word “Pilgrim” ring a bell with anyone? Our freedom and the right to self-government were won by farmers with guns.

The American Revolution started when the British marched to Concord with the intention of confiscating colonial arms. Both the right to “keep and bear arms,” and the right to “free exercise” of religion are enshrined in the Bill of Rights. We have come a long way when the presidential nominee of a major political party regards the exercise of fundamental rights as a mental aberration.

When Obama refers to “my Muslim faith,” the verbal gaffe resonates as a Freudian slip because of Obama’s thinly veiled hatred for this country’s unique culture and institutions. Obama sat for 20 years in a church where the Rev. Jeremiah Wright Jr preached “goddamn America.” He only resigned from the congregation when it became politically expedient to do so. When earlier this year, Michelle Obama said “for the first time in my adult life, I am proud of my country,” can we conclude that her husband disagrees? Is it not remarkable that Michelle Obama can be so small-minded as to find nothing in the history of the United States that merits her admiration but the personal success of her husband?

What is Barack Obama for? His campaign motto is “change.” But even a 6-year-old child understands that “change” can be either good or bad. Lacking specifics, the invocation of “change” as policy is completely empty. As we witness Obama’s minions mindlessly endorse the meaningless maxim of “change,” it only can call to mind the barnyard animals in George Orwell’s “Animal Farm” chanting “four legs good, two legs bad!”

The choice of Sarah Palin as John McCain’s running mate has been devastating for the Obama campaign precisely because she is everything Obama is not. Palin is not ashamed of her culture or country. She is not embarrassed by being an American, but naively embraces her birthright. Unassisted by affirmative action, Palin has risen to national prominence on the basis of her character, intelligence and natural gifts. In a word, she has guts. This is a woman who is proud of her country, not because it has granted her personal success, but because she respects what America stands for: freedom, opportunity, and individualism.

Obama is a vapid demagogue, a hollow man that despises American culture. He is ill-suited to be president of the United States. As the weeks pass, more Americans will come to this realization and elect McCain/Palin in a landslide.


Posted by: Jasemin | September 25, 2008 9:59 AM | Report abuse

Guess who recommended
Obama to enter Harvard
Mystery man in senator's memoir now
revealed as disciple of socialist agitator


In a revelation tying Barack Obama even closer to radical community organizing, WND has learned that a renowned disciple of the late socialist agitator Saul "The Red" Alinksy wrote a letter of recommendation for Obama when he applied to Harvard Law School.
Obama approached Northwestern University professor John L. McKnight – a loyal student of Alinsky's radical tactics – to pen the Harvard letter in the late 1980s. McKnight serves on the boards of radically anti-American groups in Chicago, including one accused of thuggery.
Obama in his 2006 memoir alludes to McKnight – whom he describes as an "older man who had been active in the civil rights efforts in Chicago in the sixties" – but stops short of identifying him by name. He referred to him only as "my friend."
But McKnight, who enforced affirmative action for Attorney General Robert Kennedy, was far more than that to young Obama. He helped train him in the agitation tactics of Alinsky, who wrote the organizing manual, "Rules for Radicals," which he dedicated to mankind's "very first radical, Lucifer."
The Chicago-based Gamaliel Foundation lists McKnight as a board director. From1985 to 1988, Obama worked for a subsidiary of Gamaliel, where he cut his teeth as a community organizer on Chicago's South Side. McKnight and Gamaliel, which was founded on Alinsky's principles, provided training for the budding radical.

Before leaving for Harvard, Obama wrote an article published in a journal titled, "After Alinsky: Community Organizing in Illinois," in which he praised McKnight and his organizing strategies. He also decried "institutional racism" and called for more "power" to put in place "a systematic approach to community organization."

While at Harvard, he found time to take advanced training courses at the Industrial Areas Foundation, a group founded by Alinsky and affiliated with Gamaliel. He also would return to Chicago to work as a consultant and trainer for Gamaliel.
Under the tutelage of McKnight and other hardcore students of Alinsky, Obama says he got the "best education I ever had, better than anything I got at Harvard Law School." He made the remark last year while campaigning in Iowa.
His mentor McKnight also sits on the board of a militant leftist group called the National People's Action, the professor's curriculum vita reveals. NPA employs the hardball street tactics of Alinskyite organizing.
NPA claims to be simply a coalition of neighborhood advocacy groups based in Chicago, but conservative analyst Michelle Malkin describes it as a "left-wing goon squad." She says NPA has been known to bus hundreds of angry protestors to the homes of business and government leaders to demand "justice" for inner-city blacks.
While preparing to intimidate the families of officials and trample over their private property, she says NPA picketers belt out the following battle cry:
Who's on your hit list, NPA?
Who's on your hit list for today?
Take no prisoner, take no names.
Kick 'em in the a-- when they play their games.
"NPA's militant tactics cross the bounds of decent political debate," Malkin wrote in 2004.
Obama, in his 1995 memoir, said he wanted to go to Harvard Law School to "learn power's currency in all its intricacy," with the goal of "making large-scale change" as a national politician.

Before writing his recommendation, McKnight, a former ACLU director, advised Obama not to "compromise" his principles.
While Obama says he's perhaps more tolerant of compromise than McKnight, he says his views haven't really changed from his days organizing on behalf of radical Alinsky groups like Gamaliel and ACORN in Chicago.
"My views are not so much more refined than they were when I labored in obscurity as a community organizer," he averred in his 2006 autobiography.
Socialist dream
Alinsky, the father of community organizing, dreamed of socialism one day replacing the "jungle" of American capitalism. He wrote that he hoped "for a future where the means of production will be owned by all of the people instead of just a comparative handful."
Alinsky dedicated the first edition of his book, "Rules for Radicals," to Satan: "Lest we forget at least an over-the-shoulder acknowledgment to the very first radical known to man who rebelled against the establishment and did it so effectively that he at least won his own kingdom – Lucifer."
McKnight has advocated for another war on poverty, something Obama is proposing with his "Urban Prosperity" plan.

Posted by: Marx | September 25, 2008 10:55 AM | Report abuse

Fox News Blames Democrats for Financial Crisis, Bill Clinton Agrees
NewsBusters.org ^ | September 25, 2008 - 11:25 ET | Noel Sheppard

Posted on Thursday, September 25, 2008 09:44:22 by TexasCajun

Going very much against the media meme that the current financial crisis is all George W. Bush and the Republicans' fault, Bill Clinton on Thursday told ABC's Chris Cuomo that Democrats for years have been "resisting any efforts by Republicans in the Congress or by me when I was President to put some standards and tighten up a little on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac" , relevant section at 2:45).

Whether he knew it or not, Clinton was going against virtually all press outlets that have been pointing fingers at Republicans since this crisis began, and likely much to the dismay of such folk actually agreed with a Fox News segment aired on Tuesday's "Special Report"

Posted by: jake | September 25, 2008 11:58 AM | Report abuse

Why da press be given us democrats a hard time jus cuz the economy be in the crapper? Jus cuz the democratic congress is in control don mean we all dat bad... well, maybe we are.

Posted by: Michelle Obama | September 25, 2008 12:33 PM | Report abuse

SARAH PALIN: BUSH DÉJÀ VU ALL OVER AGAIN

Sarah Palin is not qualified for high office, and she has proved it in two interviews, if you were listening, but it was equally clear eight years ago that George Bush was not qualified for high office, and many Americans were not listening.

The excitement generated around Palin is just as though America were again embracing George Bush – a younger, prettier version of the most incompetent person ever to hold the office of president, a judgment based on his actual achievement and not just my exceedingly low opinion of him.

She is articulate, unlike Bush, but then so are vacuum-cleaner salesman and televangelists. Being articulate is tool of leadership, but it is not the same thing as leadership. The substance of what you say matters immensely more than how smoothly you say it, especially when you might lead a powerful nation which just happens to be the center of a vast international empire.

It seemed painfully clear during the 2000 election debates that Al Gore avoided attacking Bush. I don’t mean attacking him personally, I mean attacking lame statements and explanations which sounded as though they were coming from a not especially-bright eighth-grader repeating lines from an article in Senior Scholastic.

I just could not believe Gore never pounced, and I think he lost the election then (of course, Bush was not honestly elected, but it is only in close votes that fraud works, and the vote did not have to be close). I thought at the time Gore feared looking aggressive, perhaps owing to his assessment of public opinion following the ghastly circus of the Clinton impeachment. Clinton did not deserve to be impeached, but he proved to us all that he was both sleazy and a practiced liar, and there could have been no circus without his behavior first.

I don’t know, but we have something of a repeat performance coming up. Joe Biden is an aggressive (if insincere and inconsistent) arguer, and he is going to be put up against this physically-attractive super-mom who drags along her entire extended family to political events, lined up like the world’s largest set of Russian matryoshka dolls. Does anyone believe he will dare be aggressive? He will be in an untenable position: damned if does and damned if he doesn’t.

In one of her recent interviews, Palin bragged of being the Governor of a state that produces 20% of America's energy. Well, the fact is that Alaska is responsible for less than 4% of America's energy.

That is quite a considerable difference, and it is in a subject one might think she had at least a basic grasp of facts.

Palin, like George Bush, strongly advocates offshore drilling in the sensitive environment of the North and seems to hold her belief for no other reason than that Americans use lots of energy. It is the economic/environmental perspective of a good deal suburban America where middle-class couples both work, have two- and three-car garages, and commute considerable distances to jobs that often involve more than eight hours a day, but is it a view that is sustainable in a world steeply-rising oil prices, a rapidly changing climate, and the explosive growth of competitors like China and India? The simple answer is no.

On the world controversy of Iran’s nuclear program, after some furry-mouthed generalities, Palin said that we should not be second-guessing what Israel has to do for its defense, which is nothing more than a self-serving avoidance of the crucial, central issue involved here.

The fact is that if Israel attacks Iran – something which earlier had seemed settled by an American veto but which now is less clear, especially with the just announced sale of a thousand new “bunker-busting” bombs to Israel – Iran will respond, and it has a legitimate right to do so in its own defense, almost certainly with missiles. Iran’s missiles are not Saddam’s pathetic old SCUDS but pretty accurate medium-range ballistic missiles.

Would the U.S. be instantly sucked into a war with Iran, something which is entirely against the interests of the United States, and indeed against the interests of the entire world with Iran’s ability easily to choke off the Straits of Hormuz?

And is there no issue here over Israel’s self-declared right, by invoking some vaguely-defined need to protect its existence, to do whatever it wants concerning the internal affairs of other countries, even places a thousand miles away?

Acceptance of that as a working principle in international affairs truly means an endlessly chaotic world with no accepted rules. After all, every aggressor in history believed that he was protecting his country’s existence or some other vital interest. Hitler was very good at making such points, twisting the truth, and even using eloquent words about peace.

We have the strongest possible evidence that Iran gave up its weapons program several years ago. Is Israel to be permitted to use American-supplied weapons to attack Iran (remembering these weapons come with supposedly iron-clad agreements that they are not to be used for aggression), a nation which has not engaged in any hostilities against Israel, just because Israel claims it does not believe that intelligence while not offering the world one scrap of proof for its doubt?

As to the business of Palin’s casually discussing the possible need for war with Russia, it is the stuff of nightmares. The woman has no idea what she is talking about. It very much reminded me of Dan Quayle blubbering about ICBM throw-weights, a term he memorized to toss around for impressing the weak-minded, but her talk, while equally stupid, was infinitely more dangerous.

It is not possible for anyone to take on Russia with conventional forces. Despite its relative decline, Russia still has awesome conventional armed forces, as it so clearly showed in Georgia after Georgia's foolish attack on its former province (which was conducted against confidential American advice). Russia mopped them up in a few days and could easily have rolled over the entire country despite Georgia’s American-supplied new armaments.

Even Russia’s navy, weak by American standards, nevertheless is equipped with weapons over which American admirals have nightmares: for example, the Sunfire sea-to-sea missiles against which there is no effective defense. These missiles spiral onto targets in an unpredictable fashion at speeds around Mach 3 to deliver a devastating punch. America’s entire fleet of aircraft carriers could be sunk in hours.

The Russians have also demonstrated new technologies for submarine warfare. A Chinese submarine, equipped with some of this, stunned the Pentagon not long ago, when it silently surfaced in the middle of a task force conducting exercises related to Taiwan. This was unprecedented because carrier task forces maintain electromagnetic “bubbles” around themselves with a battery of detection devices, extending far into the air and under the sea.

So what is the alternative to conventional war? It is the war in which the United States and Russia cease to exist. Russia has some of the most accurate and defense-evading capable missiles in the world. America’s primitive efforts at missile defense – not one successful test in which the incoming warhead was not marked by a strong radio homing beacon plus a number of unsuccessful tests - do not stand a chance under conditions of a full Russian attack. The sheer number and size of warheads, the many decoys, new stealth technology, plus other technologies of avoidance mean the certain destruction of the United States.

Does any clear-thinking and sane person want someone who casually talks of war with Russia anywhere near the White House?

And what of Palin’s references, more than once, to the fact that Russia is within view of some Alaskans? Is that supposed to mean she is familiar with Russian affairs? All eleven time zones of them? The observation literally is meaningless, a Dan Quayle-like observation, a complete non sequitur to any meaningful question about Russia and relations with that country.

Here's a colossally ignorant view of Palin’s: she believes in a connection between 9/11 and Iraq. Even Bush knows that is nonsense because he put forward the lies that made the war he wanted for other reasons possible.

Saddam, like all absolute rulers, had no use for terrorists or underground movements of any kind. The safest place to be with regard to terror or guerilla movements is in an absolute state, something George Bush even understands since he has greatly shifted the United States in that direction. The old Soviet Union had no problems with terrorists or guerillas, and neither did Saddam.

Saddam also was a secularist and had no use for extreme Muslims. He was known to intensely dislike Osama bin Laden. Incidentally, women were better off, freer of ancient restrictions, in Saddam’s Iraq than they were in any other part of the Arab world.

If there were even one shed of evidence of a connection between Iraq and 9/11 – not the stupidly forged documents we saw before the invasion – it would have been printed and broadcast in every corner of the earth by the Bush/Cheney government, which has spent immense amounts trying to convince people of many instances of nonsense.

After all, that’s how they were caught red-handed exposing the CIA wife of a distinguished Republican former ambassador who refused to give credibility to what he knew was forgery, Theirs was an utterly wrong act which only showed how far these ugly men would go to have their way.

Sarah Palin seems made of just such stuff. She is uninformed combined with being a control-freak, something she has demonstrated many times already in a brief career, from trying to dismiss her brother-in-law from his state police job – the e-mails released show that much even if they prove nothing further - to dragging her daughter’s poor (self-described) redneck boyfriend to the convention, a boy who (again according to his own words) wanted nothing to do with babies but was scrubbed up, dumped into a new suit, and introduced to everyone as her daughter’s “fiancé.” Imagine the pressure placed on this young man by the governor of his state?

I think one of the most revealing aspects of Palin’s experience is her education. Here again there is a strong parallel with Bush, who only managed to be accepted and graduate because of his “legacy” status from a wealthy and influential family. No thinking person believes Bush could have been accepted by Ivy League institutions on his own merit, much less graduate from them.

Palin’s experience was different as to details but leads to similar reflections on her abilities. Palin took six years in five different universities in several states to earn a bachelor’s in communications, a considerably less than intellectually-taxing subject. Her records are confidential, and the various institutions will not even discuss the reasons for her many transfers.

Palin’s comparison of herself, during her convention speech, to Harry Truman was inaccurate and deceptive. Yes, they both came from small places, but Truman, before being called as FDR’s candidate for vice president, had spent ten years in the U.S. Senate, was associated with a powerful political machine in Missouri, and had taken a very prominent role in war-related Senate Committee work. Palin was briefly mayor of a town the size of Andy Griffith’s Mayberry and has two years as Governor of a remote state whose entire population is almost identical to that of Charlotte, North Carolina.

Like Bush, Palin is a dangerous person – uninformed, poorly educated, aggressive, deeply ideological, and with extreme religious beliefs. She was placed where she is by a tired-looking man, one treated for cancer four times, who just desperately wants to cap his career with the title president, a man who has no ethical qualms about how he achieves what he wants.

Posted by: JOHN CHUCKMAN, TORONTO | September 25, 2008 1:01 PM | Report abuse

The mainstream media ruthlessly and endlessly repeats any McCain gaffes, while ignoring Obama gaffes. You have to go to weird little Internet sites to see all the stammering and stuttering that Mr. Obama needs before getting out a sentence fragment or two. But all you see on the networks is an eventual one or two clear sentences from Mr. Obama. Nor do you see Mr. Obama's ludicrous gaffe that Iran is a tiny country and no threat to us. Nor his 57 American states gaffe. Nor his forgetting, if he ever knew, that Russia has a veto in the United Nations. Nor his whining and puerile "come on" when he is being challenged. This is the kind of editing one would expect from Goebbels' disciples, not Cronkite's.

Posted by: Michelle Obama | September 25, 2008 1:06 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin is running for, and will soon be crowned "Mrs. Nowhere"

Posted by: El Mugroso | September 25, 2008 2:01 PM | Report abuse

I have an important announcement, let me put up my presidential seal.

All the way down here in Clearwater, FL, where I'm HARD AT WORK prepping for a debate on foreign policy, which btw no one wants to hear about right now, there's a bit bigger fish to fry right now.

But that's all taken care of because I, myself, have taken care of our nation's economic crisis, SINGLEHANDEDLY! And I did it even without having to be so inconvenienced as to spend more than five minutes in Washington--except to vote present, I didn't even have to ask President............Vice President Biden, the smartest man in America! No, all I had to do was think really hard about it, and poof! Here's the doofus that's warming my seat talking about it on TV last night.

God I'm great! Oh btw I'd also like to in advance declare myself the winner of tomorrow night's debate, even the only three words I'll actually be saying are change, withdraw, and, um, change?

I'm President of 57, 58? States Barry Obama, and I approve this message

Posted by: BarryO | September 25, 2008 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Um, Barry, what are you talking about, what am *I* talking about? God love you. Stand up for Barack America!

Posted by: JoeBidenSmartestManInAmerica | September 25, 2008 3:20 PM | Report abuse

I would appreciate the good folks of Toronto, everybody in Toronto to vote for me, so I won't have to waste a long-distance call to the President of Canada because I'll be, um, him!

Posted by: BarryO | September 25, 2008 3:24 PM | Report abuse

Whoah... hold everything... are you telling me there ISN'T 57 states??????????

Barry's not usually this far off.

Posted by: Michelle Obama | September 25, 2008 3:24 PM | Report abuse

Oh I gits it now... Barry was confused... he thought you be talkin bout his favorite BBQ sauce.

Posted by: Michelle Obama | September 25, 2008 3:24 PM | Report abuse

Today Palin answered 4 press questions. Or at least, she responded.

When asked whether she supports Ted Stevens, (YES OR NO)
she said, we'll have to see how that comes out.

She didnt answer the question.

Posted by: ottothewise | September 25, 2008 7:29 PM | Report abuse

Oh I gits it now... Barry was confused... he thought you be talkin bout his favorite BBQ sauce.

Posted by: Michelle Obama | September 25, 2008 3:24 PM

TO THE KLAN

The OBAMA's are better educated than Sarah Palin. Your humor is ugly. Beauty is, as beauty does.

Palin got a D in macro-economics. She bragged about it, while running for governor.

Posted by: ottothewise | September 25, 2008 7:32 PM | Report abuse

Palin's readiness for war against Russia is indicative of a lack of common sense. Nuclear war is not a game. She is all perky about standing up to the Russians, but no one wins a nuclear war.
She doesnt have sense. She doesnt have a clue.

We will never she her in action on her own, because the McCain plan in canceling his foreign policy debate, is to cancel her time next week and use her allotted time slot for his foreign policy debate, and prevent the public from seeing her devastated by Joe Biden.

Posted by: ottothewise | September 25, 2008 7:37 PM | Report abuse

I didn't know we are going to war with Russia. Sounds like some people here don't have a clue but like to spew nonsense. BTW, nobody canceled anything. Get with the program and stop drinking kool-aid.

Posted by: Zodiac2 | September 27, 2008 3:14 AM | Report abuse

sarah palling got much experience you crazy democracy party dummies. she say hi to leaders at un two of them. they say she have much hotness. in your face democracy party!!!! she is right next to russia and built bridge to nobody that is experience my friends. she also have nice eye goggles for shooting and was beauty queen of alaska. I want ride her holy rollercoaster. she did grate on kathie courik!!!! kathie ask question sarah say ill get back to ya. In your face democracy people. this election in the bag and then you pay for say she no qualifiey to be predident when macaine kicks bucket. macaine palling o8!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: DaveMiner | September 28, 2008 12:06 AM | Report abuse

Palin is scary. Here is my SNL skit to be seen:

Scene 1:
President Palin with the generals, with her finger on the trigger for launching the Nukes to Russia:

General 1: "We are on the brink, Madam President. Pick up the red phone and talk to Putin!"

Palin: "That would be blinking! God made me president for a reason!!"

(launches Nukes to Russia)

"Its so exciting to be following GOD's PLAN for Armageddon. The Rapture will be so much fun! Just think, billions of Chinese, Indians, Muslims, and don't you just love it, the Jews, go to Hell!
And me and my Christians friends go to Heaven!"

Scene 2:

There is no scene 2.

from
http://www.gather.com/viewArticle.jsp?memberId=476209&articleId=281474977459588&nav=MyGather

Posted by: sailingfree1 | September 28, 2008 3:50 PM | Report abuse

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