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Palin Too Close for Comfort

It's time to start taking Sarah Palin seriously.

Though the latest polls show the Obama-Biden ticket ahead, the Alaska governor is still uncomfortably close to becoming vice president of the United States. The thought should concentrate the mind of every American who remembers the abuse of executive power by the administration of Richard Nixon. Just look at what Palin has done, in a short time, with the authority delegated to her by Alaskans.

The "Troopergate" report, conducted by an independent investigator and released Friday by a bipartisan legislative committee, tells the tale. It documents the campaign that Palin and her husband Todd waged to get her former brother-in-law fired from the Alaska state troopers.

Palin did, indeed, have the authority to dismiss the state's public safety commissioner, the report says. But she violated a state law, the Alaska Executive Branch Ethics Act, which prohibits state officials from taking actions that benefit personal interest. According to the report: Palin abused her power as governor when she "knowingly permitted a situation to continue where impermissible pressure was placed on several subordinates in order to advance a personal agenda, to wit: to get Trooper Michael Wooten fired."

I shudder to think of the Internal Revenue Service, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Central Intelligence Agency and the Pentagon at her beck and call.

The role played by Todd in carrying out his wife's vendetta was highly unusual. He had no official duties in government. He acknowledged, however, that he made numerous calls to state officials to press his case against the governor's ex-brother-in-law.

It's been well reported that Todd Palin’s involvement in his wife’s official business unsettled some Alaskans. He has been known to sit in on the governor's meetings, use her office for his own meetings and intervene in state business using his status as "First Gentleman." Clearly, he's a man with a lot of time on his hands.

What if he assumed the same role in Washington? Imagine Todd in a town that has no use for snow machines (which he loves to ride) or work for commercial fishermen (of which he is one, during the summer months). What would he do? Would he follow the vice president to her White House office? Join her meetings in the Situation Room? Sit in on her daily national security briefings?

Where does Todd Palin stand on America anyway? Neither he nor Sarah Palin ever explained his seven-year membership in the Alaska Independence Party, a group that seeks a vote on secession from America. "I'm an Alaskan, not an American" was the slogan of the party's founder, Joe Vogler, who also said "I've got no use for America or her damned institutions" and "I won't be buried under their damned flag." What made Todd Palin hitch his wagon to that anti-American train when Alaska offered the Democratic and Republican parties?

Troopergate shows the Palins to be small-bore people unable to distinguish selfish personal interests from official responsibilities. Imagine the power of the U.S. government at their disposal.

The prospect of Vice President Sarah Palin is no laughing matter.

By Colbert King  | October 13, 2008; 12:58 PM ET
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My first fear of Palin was she couldn't direct a taxi cab across Washington much less convene an emergency cabinet meeting. Day One for a Palin presidency might as well be D-Day.
But, now things have gotten worrisome. Now, after listening to the more inflammatory excerpts of Palin's rallies on YouTube, I am beginning to think she wears a pointy white cap under that Donna Reed do.
George Orwell had no idea....

Posted by: jmf3210 | October 13, 2008 3:07 PM | Report abuse

Excuse me, I got my facts wrong on Palin's hairstyle.
Palin is not emulating Donna Reed. It's more of a `Gidget Goes to Washngton' look that's just cheeky as can be....still with a pointy white cap uderneath.
Complete th picture with `First Dude' riding a snowmobile, waving an AK-47, instead of a surf board and a frisbee.
Still, George Orwell had no idea...

Posted by: jmf3210 | October 13, 2008 3:10 PM | Report abuse

The report cleared Gov. Palin on her right to fire Monegan. Trooper Wooten is still employed.

The problem with the report is that Palin clearly did not receive any personal gain from the alleged actions taken. Wooten would have had to be fired. Therefore, coupled with the report's clearance concerning the firing of Monegan, Palin could not have violated the state Ethics Law. Keep in mind that the report has merely been released and there has been not endorsement by the Legislative Committee, the AK legislature or the Personnel Board.

Given that no disciplinary action was recommended, I doubt any will be taken. I agree with that assessment.

Posted by: AndrewinGA | October 13, 2008 3:13 PM | Report abuse

Thank you for your typically succinct and trenchant analysis. You make the Post a better newspaper by your presence. Keep up the great work!

Posted by: DCDrew | October 13, 2008 3:18 PM | Report abuse

Palin should be rejected for the same reason I rejected Hillary: the country doesn't a de facto co-Vice President or co-President in the White House.

Posted by: hayeseric | October 13, 2008 3:22 PM | Report abuse

Palin should be rejected for the same reason I rejected Hillary: the country doesn't NEED a de facto co-Vice President or co-President in the White House.

Sorry about that.

Posted by: hayeseric | October 13, 2008 3:24 PM | Report abuse

And let us not forget her Cheney-esque use of personal yahoo email accounts to do state business to circumvent reporting and archiving requirements. Palin is far scarier than Cheney. She has his ethics with-out the brains and know how.

It is literally like giving a 3 year old kid matches and a (atomic) bomb and leave them all in a room alone.

Posted by: rcc_2000 | October 13, 2008 3:27 PM | Report abuse

For the conservatives, Palin can't be wrong. Even if had they tasted "abuse of power" by Palin personally, they would still say Palin is right to absue them and she didn't do anything wrong because Palin has command from the god to abuse them. So no one can show further light to these people.

Only problem is that the country is not made of only conservatives - all others who can distinguish right from wrong will suffer against their will when poeple like Palin come in power.

Posted by: umok | October 13, 2008 3:35 PM | Report abuse

I heard that the AS*CLOWN ROADSHOW made it to VA today. Ummm...This is going to be hard because how do I take a joke seriously?

Posted by: JustinMcC | October 13, 2008 3:36 PM | Report abuse

the reviews are in, and her show is a flop. How about just not covering her until Alaska starts impeachment proceedings against her? if ever there was a good time for a media blackout, this is it.

Posted by: sophie138 | October 13, 2008 3:37 PM | Report abuse

Sarah "Carny" Palin

Posted by: JustinMcC | October 13, 2008 3:37 PM | Report abuse

AndrewinGA, you miss the point completely. She DID VIOLATE the Alaskan Executive Branch Ethics Act. She fired Commissioner Monegan for personal reasons when she could have [should have] fired him for no reason if he wasn't doing his job. But she used a personal vandetta to get rid of him despite not being able to rid herself of Wooten. There is a big difference and you failed to see it!

Furthermore, she is UNQUALIFIED to be anything other than perhaps a dog catcher because she has no KNOWLEDGE of worldly events, current or historical and NO INTELLECT on any topic. That makes her STUPID. She does know how to memorize, so I guess I should give her credit for that, but any elementary school child can do the same! She is very EXTREME IN ALL HER VIEWS and that makes her VERY DANGEROUS to us, our country and the world! I don't want her anywhere near any political venue!

Posted by: ObamasLady | October 13, 2008 3:41 PM | Report abuse

Her flunky, emasculated husband needs to MAN-UP instead of using her office to work his scud-like agenda. We know who wears the pant-suits in that family. Is it true that she had an abortion recently?

Posted by: JustinMcC | October 13, 2008 3:44 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for a wonderful post. Speaking of "Too Close for Comfort", I just read the investigative report on Salon.com regarding Sarah's recent and disturbing ties to the Alaskian Independence Party. These extremist helped launch her policial career and had an open door policy!
http://www.salon.com/news/feature/2008/10/10/palin_chryson/

Seriously, why isn't the media talking about this connection (or digging deeper). Can you imagine a VP of this country having a connection to this extremist group? Or, Todd Palin being privy to to issues regarding our National security? She has proven they govern as a team. This is serious stuff people. Give it a read.

Posted by: trisha4 | October 13, 2008 3:45 PM | Report abuse

When is the Post going to do a story on BOTH of the Palins' connection with the Alaskan Independence Party? If we're going to have daily non-stories on William Ayers, I think we're entitled to a little more on their affiliation with the AIP.

Posted by: krae-kartoons | October 13, 2008 3:49 PM | Report abuse

Better Governor Palin as VP than someone with with so little regard for choice of friends. Apparently, she can lead without the friends that Sentor Obama has chosen for advice over the years.

Posted by: fuelman1 | October 13, 2008 3:49 PM | Report abuse

Mr. King, you've made a good argument for being fearful of the Palins in high office and I appreciate your commentary. I think the most prescient issue you've raised is about Todd Palin's membership in the AIP. Does he think that America is so imperfect that he pals around with secessionists?

Posted by: birdaa | October 13, 2008 3:50 PM | Report abuse

Seriously: McCain's age and cancer history taken together with Palin's nature/qualifications, make her a walking national security threat. Do you think a hostile Arab country is going to take anything she says seriously. They're going to call her out on any position she takes and get a kick out of it. She's a joke here in the US and she'll be a bigger joke overseas. They don't play.

She is a NATIONAL SECURITY THREAT and fundamentally weak in nature despite her loud mouth. What else negative does she need going for her?

Posted by: JustinMcC | October 13, 2008 3:53 PM | Report abuse

A McCain accomplishment; the worst VP pick in history.

Posted by: tculver | October 13, 2008 3:55 PM | Report abuse

Thank you Mr. King - you speak he truth and for millions of us who think.

Posted by: adrienne_najjar | October 13, 2008 3:56 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin is an enemy combatant and McCain played right into her and Stoll's scheme to take over our government. Read here: http://www.salon.com/news/feature/2008/10/10/palin_chryson/

Palin is the true terrorist here and we must do everything in our power as a country to stop her since McCain is too senile to know better.

Palin is dangerous to our country. McCain is too gone to know it.

Save the United States from the terrorist Palin.

OBAMA/BIDEN 2008

Posted by: Russell4America | October 13, 2008 3:58 PM | Report abuse

AndrewinGA, you seem to be missing the point.

At issue is not whether or not Palin *succeeded* in her efforts to use her offical post to influence actions for her personal benefit, it is if she *attempted to do so*

That is what the ethics law is about.

The same way that attempted murder is a crime, even if the murder attempt fails.

And she certainly attempted to use her office to get a state employee (her ex brother-in-law) fired. She would have been better off just firing the public safety commissioner at the start and installing a new one.

But hopefully do a better job on investigating her hire than she did the one who replaced the commissioner she *did* fire -- you know the guy who lasted all of two weeks before he resigned because the sexual harrassment charges (and decision against him) came to light.

She would also look a lot better if she hadn't come up with at least three different reasons she put out publicly about the guy being fired (including the lame one that "he resigned")

Posted by: BostonProgressive | October 13, 2008 4:00 PM | Report abuse

Mr. King speaks no truth at all, rather he displays a highly partisan skewed judgment about how to conduct yourself. Here in my town of Aspen Colorado, we fired a police officer for tasering a suspect she considered a danger to herself, when it was determined the suspect was on the ground and not a danger. Why on earth would you want a trooper who used a taser on his own 10-year old stepson?

If you can't fire an agency head who goes around your decision and tries to lobby the legislature for funds you wouldn't include in your proposed budget, why have a chain of command?

Mr. King is a buffoon who offers nothing but partisan flackery on the subject. The conclusions of the Democrat party in Alaska are not supported by the facts -- they are the ones who have abused their power!

Posted by: RBCrook | October 13, 2008 4:01 PM | Report abuse

Just to clarify a couple points:

1) Palin could (and did) violate the ethics law, even though A) she had every right to fire Monegan, even if it was just because she didn't like the color of his tie, and B) the fact that her efforts to get Wooten fired didn't work is irrelevant (except to a potential civil lawsuit).

2) Palin doesn't seem willing to understand or acknowledge this.

If we vote her into office, we're bigger suckers than I thought.

Posted by: Samson151 | October 13, 2008 4:05 PM | Report abuse

Thank you for reporting about Todd Palin's membership in a secessionist organization in Alaska. You are the first in the MSM to report on this ... this news has been online for the past few weeks but is not getting the attention it deserves. Gov. Palin is out there shooting off her mouth about Sen. Obama being a "terrorist" when her husband is espousing seceding from the Union.

Posted by: nateroth1 | October 13, 2008 4:05 PM | Report abuse

QUOTE
"I shudder to think of the Internal Revenue Service, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Central Intelligence Agency and the Pentagon at her beck and call".

++++++++++

That's exactly how the republicans feel about Obama ...
:-)

Posted by: HaveItYourWay | October 13, 2008 4:05 PM | Report abuse

My boss actually said to me, " you woman are so close to having a woman in the white house and all I am hearing are complaints. Is it jealousy?".. I was dumbfounded at his statement. I replied jealous of what? If a woman was intelligent I would have NO issue in voting for her. However this lady scares the hell out of me. All of her policies and views are the exact opposite of what most woman have fought for throughout history. If you get a chance research her environmental policies in AK. Then if you are still considering voting for her make sure that you don't mind getting cancer.

Posted by: worriedinohio | October 13, 2008 4:06 PM | Report abuse

I was surprised to see him campaigning in northern Maine this past weekend. It's bad enough the female half of this dog and pony show can't discuss policy. What in heck was he campaigning about? There is no policy knowledge there. I caught part of the newscast, and he's one of the least articulate people I've ever heard. Perhaps he's watched his wife and Katie Couric too many times...

I was laughing at a comment Thomas Freidman made in an article he wrote about her claiming to know energy issues. It had to do with her sitting atop a repository of natural gas and oil, similar to the king in Saudi Arabia and she probably has as much knowledge about energy as the king.

Despite the financial crisis, had McSame chosen a VP candidate with brains, experience, etc., I think this race would be at this juncture - and end up - much closer than it is now. Because when all is said and done, if McCain is elected, only good health and luck separate us from having an even worse president than we do now. That MUST be in a person's thoughts when they vote.

I personally prefer a thoughtful, intelligent, even tempered person to lead this country. That is precisely why I voted for Senator Obama. Experience is grand but if you are a hot head and are impulsive, or plain stupid, you don't belong in the hot seat.

Posted by: itsagreatday1 | October 13, 2008 4:14 PM | Report abuse

The next time McCain waves his little fists and yells about his 'honor' and duty to country, and his GREAT judgement.

Look at his choice, Palin.
Country first? My God, it a sad, nearly unbearable, joke.

Posted by: whistling | October 13, 2008 4:24 PM | Report abuse

Isn't it obvious whey the talking heads haven't brought up the AIP and Palin's deep ties to it? They're too left leaning liberal favoring biased. No, wait, that can't be right. Umm, because they're so deep in Obama's pocket. Umm, no that's not it either. I don't know, why haven't the left leaning liberal in Obama's pocket media brought this up?

Because accusing the media of left bias works in silencing them, that's why. Since Obama hasn'st brought it up and Biden hasn't brought it up, they can't bring it up without appearing "biased".

Personally, I'm watching with bated breath hoping McCain brings up Ayers and Palin Wednesday. Cause if he does Obama will "bomb bomb bomb Iran" him right back with why Palin hates Israel (ie why she sat through a church pastor who said violence was Israel's divine retribution), and why McCain pals around with a woman who praises domestic terrorists, and even made her a delegate to his convention. Which of course is why McCain can't bring it up on Wednesday, cause he knows he'd unleash not only Obama but also the talking heads.

Posted by: patriot16 | October 13, 2008 4:25 PM | Report abuse

"My boss actually said to me, " you woman are so close to having a woman in the white house and all I am hearing are complaints. Is it jealousy?".."

Wow - what a sexist thing to say. You should ask him if he's voting for Barack Obama and if he says no, ask him it's because he's a closet racist.

Uh. perhaps we know a stupid woman when we see one? Could that be it? Or, we've seen attractive but unqualified pea brain bimbos rise in the ranks because of bra size as opposed to actual talent?

Your boss sounds like a schmuck.

ThatOne '08!

Posted by: itsagreatday1 | October 13, 2008 4:25 PM | Report abuse

You are faux, fake, disingenuous, I won't go into the many premutations of how phony you are--you are part of an elitist socialist regime--just admit it!

Posted by: eddguys | October 13, 2008 4:26 PM | Report abuse

"Where does Todd Palin stand on America anyway? Neither he nor Sarah Palin ever explained his seven-year membership in the Alaska Independence Party, a group that seeks a vote on secession from America. 'I'm an Alaskan, not an American' was the slogan of the party's founder..."

I really want to see more discussion of this. Sarah Palin, herself, actually taped speeches twice for this secessionist party's conventions.

How can you get more un-American than advocating leaving the Union?

Posted by: kjohnson3 | October 13, 2008 4:30 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone have a link to the welcome she taped for the AIP this spring?

Posted by: patriot16 | October 13, 2008 4:31 PM | Report abuse

I agree. Todd's part in this troopergate story is chilling. The fact that he held meetings and called people up to bully them, and sits in on his wife's meetings is something out of "The Sopranos". It isn't that these two come from Alaska, its that they just don't belong in the big leagues because they don't have the class or intuitive good judgement or respect for the rule of the law. I can forgive inexperience, but not poor taste and abuse of power is about the last thing we want in a VP. We should have realized that this when Palin agreed to include in her convention speech that gobbly guck quote from that creepy anti-semite about small towns making "good people" . It was all these generalized platitudes that meant nothing except to imply that people from big cities aren't quite human.

Posted by: maddymappo | October 13, 2008 4:33 PM | Report abuse

Excellent article. Mr. Bush has dumbed down the Presidency and Mr. McCain has lowered expectations. I suppose Mr. McCain IS A MAVERICK and do we really need EIGHT MORE YEARS of a President who does whatever he wants IGNORING ADVICE of advisers?

Can you imagine Mr. McCain's or Mr. Rove's reaction if Bill intervened in Hillary's work... if Chelsea were pregnant... they'd be all over it.

Yes - take them very seriously and ask do we really want a President and Vice President who ignore experts, think they are above the law, attack their critics as unAmerican, and ignore their own party's values????

Posted by: jh13 | October 13, 2008 4:37 PM | Report abuse

Mr. King is a buffoon who offers nothing but partisan flackery on the subject. The conclusions of the Democrat party in Alaska are not supported by the facts -- they are the ones who have abused their power!

Posted by: RBCrook | October 13, 2008 4:01 PM
-------------------------------------------

The conclusions were reached by a committee comprised of 10 republicans and 4 democrats. The report was released with the unanimous support of all members. It was hardly a partisan hatchet job.

I think we have discovered the buffoon and it isn't Mr. King.

Posted by: mhhaggard | October 13, 2008 4:37 PM | Report abuse

lndlouis wrote:
I have never witnessed such an "unprofessional" politician in my lifetime. What was John thinking?

His campaign has been a mess since he picked her and she has caused him to drop in the polls.

After reading the report and other reports of her use of the Alaskan taxpayers money showing she is mixing relgion and state, I say she should never be Vice President.

Her abuse of power and total lack of respect for her fellow politicians in astounding in it's cruelty and innuendo and, well she is just so "unprofessional".

Another embarassing republican, whats new?

Posted by: lndlouis | October 13, 2008 4:39 PM | Report abuse

RBCrook states The conclusions of the Democrat party in Alaska are not supported by the facts -- they are the ones who have abused their power!

DO Republican supporters ACTUALLY READ the articles or just watch Fox? The investigation precedes her nomination. The panel had more Republican. The Republicans have you all right where they want you - so gulliable you will believe anything they tell you and spin any story by attacking the critics as liars. Hmmm, what other countries have tried that approach?

Posted by: jh13 | October 13, 2008 4:42 PM | Report abuse

This story broke on Friday October 10 at approximately 5:30 p.m. eastern and disappeared from "above the fold" on every online newspaper--including the NYT and WaPo--by approximately 9 p.m. eastern the same evening. The story virtually disappeared from the front page of all online publications by Saturday afternoon and has had very little follow up since. In fact, even the NYT gave greater prominence to both ACORN and Ayers. If anyone believes the MSM favors Obama in their reportage, think again. Their zeal to be impartial has resulted in a reverse effect.

Posted by: theviewfromuphere | October 13, 2008 4:43 PM | Report abuse

Palin is an unbelievably DESTRUCTIVE force for this nation.

I keep thinking to myself..."When is Ashton Kucher going to jump out from behind the plant"??!! Surely, our nation is being PUNKED, right???

It scares the absolute BEEJEZZUS out of me to think that there are really redneck morons like her out there, masquerading as Alaska Hockey Moms, who just happen to be running for VP...


Isnt 8 years under Bush enough punishment for a LIFETIME for our country?!!!!

Posted by: misssymoto | October 13, 2008 4:49 PM | Report abuse

I hate to repeat it because it has been said so many times but do the American people really want another administration who have been found to abuse their power.

Now it is not only Gov Palin that is a heartbeat from the presidency but how much input would the "first dude" of Alaska have.

Posted by: ljkcan | October 13, 2008 4:49 PM | Report abuse

McCAIN / PALIN

A national nightmare beyond belief!!

Posted by: misssymoto | October 13, 2008 4:51 PM | Report abuse

zzzzzz is the sound of the Obama campaign attacks on the Alaskan board findings. The high road taken is his lesson on values and respect for Ms. Palin.

Posted by: jameschirico | October 13, 2008 4:54 PM | Report abuse

Why are we even wasting ink on Bill Aryes? This Todd Palin guy has power with in the Palin administration that makes Hillary Clinton look like a wall flower in husband's administration. This guy was a member of this Alaskan Independence Party which favors succession. Now this needs to be examined. As far as I know this is the first mainstream press coverage of this subject. Time to talk about this!

Posted by: bradcpa | October 13, 2008 4:57 PM | Report abuse

I am bothered by the fact that King does not mention, even once, the incident of Wooten using an officially issued taser gun on his stepson. I am not impressed with Palin's qualitications, but neither am I impressed with the biased media talk against her. Criticize Palin all you want, but do not resort to dishonesty, please!

And remember, she is not running for the presidency, she is running for VP. If a student applies to a college, he cannot be rejected on the grounds that he is not fit for Graduate school. That comes later, if at all.

Posted by: rohitcuny | October 13, 2008 5:01 PM | Report abuse

I think Tina Fey would be a better choice for V.P.

Posted by: pmcharter | October 13, 2008 5:07 PM | Report abuse

I don't see the big deal about Todd Palin joining the AIP. First of all, America is not a prison. If Alaskans don't want to be part of it (I suspect they do) it should be their choice, just as it was Georgia's choice not to be part of Russia and Kosovo's choice not to be part of Serbia.

Secondly, a lot of Americans who opposed the Vietnam war left for Canada. Does that mean they are traitors? Even now people are talking about emigrating if McCain is elected. Are THEY, mostly Democrats, traitors? Finally, Tood has not been a member of AIP for the last six years and Sarah P has never been a member.

So stop looking for dirt. Look at the qualifications of the candidates. Then, Obama does look better, but electing him because he is better would be an honest victory and not the slimy one that would come from bashing Palin.

Posted by: rohitcuny | October 13, 2008 5:13 PM | Report abuse

Wow! King is afraid of Gov palin's "misuse of power" becasue she fired a guy who didn't do his job!? And, he expresses NO FEAR WHATSOEVER over a candidate that employs Truth Squads (lawyers and a sherriff, so far) to abuse their position to intimidate with threat of arrest those who disagree with the messiah? Who exhorts citizens to shut down a radio interview (WGN)with Stanley Kurtz, becasue he has uncovered some nasty truths about BO's past? Who writes to the DOJ, to shut down TV stations that air negative ads about him? Who scrubbed websites with links to his ACORN activites and his support of Raila Odinga and terrorist Rashid Khalidi? Despite armies digging in dumpsters to find dirt on Gov Palin, this is the best you can do? And Why - Why - do you refuse to shine even a small flame on the bio of BHObama? He is scary,and the insistent coverup by him, his handlers and the medai is frightening!

Posted by: gaelgirl | October 13, 2008 5:14 PM | Report abuse

Governor Palin rightly or wrongly perceived a death threat against her family by Trooper Wooten. This trooper is alleged to have been abusve and is alleged to have a history of haressing Palin's family, showing up at family gatherings. In her shoes I would have moved Heaven and Hell to get the man fired. Why is he still a Trooper? To me this is not an election issue.

To me the fact that McCain, Palin and even Joe Biden all have (or had) sons serving in Iraq speaks more about their true values as families and as persons than this so-called "Troopergate".

Posted by: AnotherContrarian | October 13, 2008 5:16 PM | Report abuse

Mr. King
Your racism is showing that you would write anything to try and get your candidate elected. With that said, did you read about the thousands of Palin supporters at both of her rallies in Va today? Try writing about that.

No way, No how, NO OBAMA
Talk about scary!

Posted by: blevins20061 | October 13, 2008 5:17 PM | Report abuse

What is it with these idiots who keep pointing to the Wooten taser incident. Haven't they read the facts about that incident -- that it was used at "test" (i.e., tickle) setting at the stepson's request, in the presence of other family members, and did not become an issue until it was exagerrated during the messy divorce battle. Read up on stuff before you just press "forward" on your email.

Posted by: ebrobston | October 13, 2008 5:21 PM | Report abuse

blevins20061 get used to the term President Obama

Posted by: BFranco | October 13, 2008 5:25 PM | Report abuse

RE: didn't mention Wooten using his taser on a kid

We all know Officer Wooten does not appear to be a nice guy. But that does not make abusing Palin's power to settle a vendetta against him OK. If it was, we could just open up the jailhouse doors and let the private citizens loose on the inmates - after all, they committed crimes, didn't they? But we don't do that because in this country we are supposed to have RULE of LAW. Wooten was brought up on charges, had a hearing, was disciplined. The governor had no further authority in the matter anymore than she would have the authority to demand that a convicted friend be let out of jail because she was convinced the friend was innocent and was a really nice person. In short, it matters not that Wooten was a jerk, it matters that Palin abused her power to further punish a jerk who had already been punished in proper legal channels. It wasn't up to her to decide if the punishment was severe enough for her.

Pretend Palin was Democrat and ask if this passes the smell test - she is so afraid of her brother in law as a threat to her and her family's personal security that she obtained an order of protection from him.....except that she didn't, and in fact a judge ordered the Palins to stop harrassing trooper Wooten,not the other way around. Or, that she wa so afraid of Wooten that she made the threat known to her security detail who stepped up security around her family - except that in real life she cut back on her security detail. Wouldn't pass the sniff test if she was a democrat, would it?

Your comment reminds me of the justification for Abu Ghraib and Gitmo - they're terrorists - they don't deserve civil rights, no? Except that, whoops, we let about 80% of the people from Abu GHRaib go when the scandal broke, and even many from Gitmo. If they were terrorists, why would George Bush let them go? If they were not terrorists, then why were we locking them up without any civil rights?

If it were a Democrat (instead of Rove, Miers, Paliln, etc) who decided that responding to subpoenas was optional, I would be deaf from the right wing outrage about the Rule of Law.

Posted by: patriot16 | October 13, 2008 5:30 PM | Report abuse

And to think we were worried about Barack Obama. This just goes to show you don't have
to have a funny name to be Palin around with the wrong crowd.

Posted by: martymar123 | October 13, 2008 5:37 PM | Report abuse

My real fear is that Sarah Palin will force all the young men that work in the VP's office to have sex with her.

I just shudder to think of all those young dudes having to deal with this old lady and all her hillbilly baggage.

The screams of EWWWWWWWWW!!! echoing through the halls.

The horror. The horror.

Posted by: McCainIsPopeye | October 13, 2008 5:48 PM | Report abuse

At this point, only some unforseen situation would change the obvious - that it will be President Obama. Because we can't underestimate the Republicans, I won't exhale until November 3rd. I always wondered why so many Republicans with little money could believe that their party best respresented them. I always thought it would take some big crisis for people to wake up. Well, that crisis has happened. Although we are voting for a president, it is definitely a package deal. For this reason, I am sure glad that Michelle Obama will be our first lady. The thought of an addict (who ought to be in jail for stealing a doctor's DEA number) would be our first lady is more than a little disturbing to me. We deserve the Obamas as the First Family. What an incredible pair! Nobody is more amazed and pleased as I am. Oh, that's right, I'm holding my breath until November 3rd.

Posted by: diahni | October 13, 2008 5:51 PM | Report abuse

"Palin mistakenly scolds her own supporters"

http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2008/10/13/palin-mistakenly-scolds-her-own-supporters/?eref=politicalflipper

if you want a good laugh, scolding her own supporters? how smart does she need to be? the media/press should look into her alliance with Alaska Independent Party, is that American? when did our nation become this bias, no wonder we're suffering this great crisis.

Posted by: abc2008 | October 13, 2008 5:55 PM | Report abuse

If you could have a choice of Dan Quayle or Sarah Palin as President, who would you select?

Being they are both Republicans, I suspect the vote would be 90% for Quayle.

I might not have liked him, but he didn't scare me the way Governor Palin does.

Posted by: amaikovich | October 13, 2008 6:21 PM | Report abuse

One man's danger is another man's security. Under Obama, America will never unite. The question is not will, but when will widespread racial violence erupt, and who can stop it? Perhaps superhero college professors will stop it with their superior logic rays.

Posted by: greg3 | October 13, 2008 6:30 PM | Report abuse

You Libs. are always seeking the double standard. If Obama doesn't have to explain any of his past shady dealings such as Ayers, Accorn etc... Then why should Palin or anyone else have to explain themselves. The chosen one gets a pass on every and anything from the media. He's a good talker but the problem is that I'm not buying what he's selling.He'll say whatever it takes to be elected. What makes him so much smarter than the others? He has zero experience to be Pres.

Posted by: al344 | October 13, 2008 6:42 PM | Report abuse

Why don't we have an independant investigation on Obama's relationship with Ayers and Acorn and see how that turns out. That would make troopergate look like nothing.

Posted by: al344 | October 13, 2008 6:47 PM | Report abuse

You are faux, fake, disingenuous, I won't go into the many premutations of how phony you are--you are part of an elitist socialist regime--just admit it!

Posted by: eddguys | October 13, 2008 4:26 PM
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...and you need to put the crack-pipe down. Stupid republican.

Posted by: vmunikoti | October 13, 2008 6:54 PM | Report abuse

As Keith Olberman pointed out on Countdown last Friday, records obtained by Mother Jones magazine show that during her 19 months as Governor so far, Palin has spent all of twelve hours, total, on the things like trade commissions and conferences that she claims as "foreign affairs" experience. Meanwhile, she and the First Dude have been incessantly involved with their personal vendetta against her ex-brother-in-law.

In the incident about her attempt to ban books in Wasilla, she fired the librarian who wouldn't go along with her plan and only hired her back after an outcry by the town. But the next year she cut the funding for the library significantly while there was enough of a surplus to build a sports center.

A recent article on Salon.com shows clearly that while she is not a "card carrying member" of the Alaska Independence Party, she is their willing avatar in legitimate political circles. The AIP was instrumental in getting her elected to both Mayor and Governor, and she has supported the AIP's positions consistently since then. It is just unbelievable that the McCain campaign keeps trying to make an issue of William Ayres, when their own Vice President is currently involved right up to her lipstick with a group that wants to rip a star off of the American flag..

What the evidence seems to show is that she is petty and vindictive, and that she could give the "Chicago politicians" McCain has alluded to lessons in cronyism. With her personal email accounts and her hubby's assitance, she has run the Alaska state government like a second rate PTA. If she ever did assume the office of Vice President, we might wind up thinking that Cheney wasn't so bad, after all.

Posted by: alert4jsw | October 13, 2008 7:05 PM | Report abuse

The other day I saw a woman wearing a pink shirt that said, "Palin Power". I immediately wondered "Who are these women?" And, "What are they thinking?" Personally, I do not know any women in awe of Sarah Palin. And, I am glad I don't.

Posted by: daisysaunders | October 13, 2008 7:14 PM | Report abuse

What I'd like to know is why there has been so little coverage of Palin's Troopergate report, particularly by broadcast media. It's important to know how poorly this little-known VP candidate has governed and the report sheds a great deal of light on this.

Posted by: gsross | October 13, 2008 7:45 PM | Report abuse

Sarah's true lack of experience and regurgitation of the speech from her advisors makes me wonder who she really is. I've heard many scary stories about her beliefs.

This video, although fictional highlights many of the strange opinions held by Sarah Palin.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tOAm9ZCCpqg

Isn't it time for smart politicans and not corporate puppets?

Posted by: everythingmatters | October 13, 2008 8:04 PM | Report abuse

The plain fact of the matter is that Gov. Palin is more qualified than the absent-minded Professor Obama.

Plus, unlike Prof. Obama, she's not an America-hating armchair socialist with peculiar terrorist friends.

Posted by: zjr78xva | October 13, 2008 8:09 PM | Report abuse

Wise words, Mr. King. I'm horrified that so many people fail to understand just how cynical and irresponsible it was for McCain to choose Palin as his running mate. But I also had confidence that her true character would come out in the course of the campaign, so long as the much-maligned Fourth Estate kept plugging away. I am grateful that some of you are still doing your jobs in spite of some pretty powerful forces that would rather silence you. Thank you. This is no time for amateurs. Your work is more important than ever.

Posted by: BarbarainFlorida | October 13, 2008 8:12 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin attempted to personally benefit from her attempt to fire Wooten.
Attempting to benefit personally is why Palin was found to have violated the State Ethics Laws . Even though today she claims she was glad to have been found not guilty of ethics violations. She is already interpreting the law(ala Cheney).
And when are we going to get an in depth look at Palin's hubby and his connection to the Alaskan Independence Party. That just doesn't sound like an organization that exactly indicates love for ones country. Can you imagine theuproar of the Right if Michelle Obama had been a member of such an organization?

Posted by: zipzap1960 | October 13, 2008 8:32 PM | Report abuse

Sarah has served the purpose that the McCain campaign intended: Sarah has been a huge, offbeat distraction. For the most part, a pretty good publicity stunt...but a publicity stunt just the same. The thing is...Sarah's version of 'cute,' by gosh...is wearing thin. *wink* To put Sarah into perspective...think of any of our truly GREAT presidents...and then think of Sarah as that president's VP. Yikes! I think it would be GREAT if Sarah and her family had their own reality show (it would be a hit...at least initially)...but Sarah as VP? That's not even funny.

Posted by: hungry4it | October 13, 2008 8:35 PM | Report abuse

zjrxv78 writes: "The plain fact of the matter is that Gov. Palin is more qualified than the absent-minded Professor Obama."

More qualified? She can't even perform a simple, routine duty (firing a cabinet member) without having a bipartisan group launch an investigation into it.

If she can't handle the simple tasks, how is she going to handle the complicated ones?

Posted by: tsawyer_mv | October 13, 2008 8:37 PM | Report abuse

Troopergate isn't Palin's only ethics abuses. When she became mayor of Wasilla, she fired the police chief because he wanted to close bars at 2:00 a.m. and get drunks off the street. Sarah said bars should be open until 5:00 am. She won. The chief wanted a ban on concealed handguns and that's when she fired him, saying she "couldn't trust him". She also got herself on the Board for the Wasilla hospital and had everyone who was "pro choice" dumped from the Board, including her own mother-in-law, Faye Palin. They were replaced by Sarah's hand-picked, anti-abortion friends. On and on it goes. She is bad news from square one and we cannot let hate filled, overly ambitious people into the White House.

Posted by: GenuineRisk | October 13, 2008 8:37 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin exhibits all the characteristics of either a pathological liar or a mental retard. What is it about the report that finds that she abused her power that she does not understand? For her to actually specifically state that the report did not find that she had violated any ethical rules is disturbing.

We are actually looking at someone worse than Dick Cheney. What was McCain thinking about when he picked her? She was under investigation by an independent investigator, which was launched by an anonymous decision of a legislative cammittee, most of whom were Republicans.

Posted by: EarlC | October 13, 2008 8:40 PM | Report abuse

Here is something else that has been kept quiet. Three years ago a judge ordered Sarah Palin and her sister to stop disparaging Trooper Wooten in front of his children: http://www.boston.com/news/nation/articles/2008/09/10/palin_family_was_ordered_not_to_disparage_trooper/

Posted by: GenuineRisk | October 13, 2008 8:49 PM | Report abuse

I am waiting to see what happens with the new investigative reporting on who built her new home in 2002. It seems that the contractors who built the new arena in Wasilia may have built her home for free, a political kickback. If people are not familiar with the law, kickbacks like this are illegal. If you can believe this, it is also reported that she eliminated the need for building permits thus making the paper trail much harder to find. Please let us allow the mainstream media investigative reporters do their outstanding work.

Posted by: EarlC | October 13, 2008 8:50 PM | Report abuse

Gov. Palin was a stunningly bad selection by Sen. McCain, as she continues to demonstrate on a daily basis. I realize that die-hard Republicans will not agree but get real: your guy made a really bad choice and Palin would be disastrous for this country. Besides, she will get the consolation prize of a lucrative sinecure on Fox news and a fat book contract.

Posted by: Robert36 | October 13, 2008 8:50 PM | Report abuse

No person with ability to think reasonably can
take her seriously. Thinking about her is forced on us by the irresponsible Republican machine.

zjrxv78 writes: "The plain fact of the matter is that Gov. Palin is more qualified than the absent-minded Professor Obama."

How can one talk reason to people like zjrxv78? Both Repubicans were reprimanded for unethical behavior, yet he/she says "absent-minded Obama"... Helloooo!!!

Posted by: thought1 | October 13, 2008 8:51 PM | Report abuse

Colbert,

You have to watch this video between Meg Stapleton, the Alaska spokeswoman for the McCain campaign, and Les Gara, a Democrat state legislator:

http://shannynmoore.wordpress.com/2008/10/12/the-oscar-goes-to-meg-stapletonthe-medal-of-bravery-les-gara/

Posted by: ribscorn | October 13, 2008 8:51 PM | Report abuse

May be we should ask "Who is Sarah Palin" instead. Could she be "an Alaskan" trying to infiltrate into the business of "America" in order for Alaska for their secession? Just kidding.

But judging from her rallies and the kind of ugly cries she evoked, she is definitely "not an American".

Posted by: steviana | October 13, 2008 8:52 PM | Report abuse

I used to think that Spiro Agnew represented the lowest level of Vice Presidential pick. His exceptional position will be at risk if Sarah Palin is elected Vice President. I don't want a Joe Six Pack clone within a cardiac arrest of controlling nuclear weapons, the U.S. military, and our response to economic crises. I want someone with basic knowledge and enough brains to know when he or she has to get advice from the right people. No more amateur night in Washington. Sarah Palin is too poorly educated and inadequately trained and experienced to be the Vice President. I am hoping that she gets to go back to Alaska, never to be heard from again in the lower 48.

Posted by: karlanne1 | October 13, 2008 8:53 PM | Report abuse

Hey King, save your thoughts! Just post your picture and everyone can conclude with some certainty that your voting Obama, against anything on the Republican platform, dislike Fox News and hate Bush!

Posted by: ObamaWatcher | October 13, 2008 8:57 PM | Report abuse

With friends like this who need enemies?

William Ayers - American Terrorist
Raila Odinga - Cousin, Radical Islamist
Raul Reyes - Columbian Terrorist
Antonio Rezko - Slum Lord
Professor Khalidi - Muslim Terrorist Supporter and Got Obama into Harvard
Reverend Wright - Racist Muslim Supporter/Preacher, Anti-American
Reverend James Meeks - Racist
Reverend Louis Farrakhan - Racist Nation of Islam / Faux Preacher
Reverend. Jesse Jackson - Racist - Anti-Semetic
Nadhmi Auchi - Muslim Billionaire
Sohaib Abassi - Muslim Millionaire

Vote 4 SAFE and Beautiful America!

McCain / Palin 08

Posted by: American101 | October 13, 2008 8:59 PM | Report abuse

Colbert King writes: "I shudder to think of the Internal Revenue Service, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Central Intelligence Agency and the Pentagon at [Palin's] beck and call."

Does this remind anyone of the 1993 White House travel office "Travelgate" controversy (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_House_travel_office_controversy) , in which Hillary Clinton came under scrutiny for allegedly having played a central role in the firings of seven longtime employees of the White House Travel Office, after a brief investigation by the FBI, and making false statements about her role in it?

Surely Colbert King must have written about these abuse-of-power concerns during Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign. I searched the Post archives, but couldn't find his column on the subject. Can anyone provide a link?

Posted by: mpowers38111 | October 13, 2008 9:02 PM | Report abuse

With friends like this who need enemies?

McCain = An Idiot

Palin = An airheaded Bimbo

The End.

Sorry RepubiTurds you are losers!

Posted by: Classic60 | October 13, 2008 9:04 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin praises "small town" values...and then exposes small town graft, bigotry and oligarchy by her own conduct. My hope is soon she will praise "urban values" of living in diverse neighborhoods, and working as a community to resolve problems. If not perhaps "small town values" is Sarah code for "people like me"? I would remind her that there are as many voters in my city as in the entire state of Alaska. She might want our votes,too.

Posted by: raven222 | October 13, 2008 9:10 PM | Report abuse

As Moderate Voice, Shaun Miller, said, Palin is a Small Woman and her corruption, while dangerous, is Small Beer.

She has richly deserved her return to Obscurity. I feel sorry for Alaska, but at least now they have been warned.....

Posted by: wapoisrightwingrag | October 13, 2008 9:20 PM | Report abuse

Mr. King,

Thank you for having the courage to write what most people only talk in their living room - the dire consequences of having Todd/Sarah having executive powers from the VP's office or God forbid from the White House. I think America deserves better and in the end it is unfair to number of senior and well qualified GOP leaders who could have qualified as outstanding VP.

I have this thought for a while - is McCain really in control of his campaign any more or has the Palin handlers taken over the reign?

Posted by: tk11 | October 13, 2008 9:29 PM | Report abuse

sarah palin plays william tell with her husbang.


the apple is america.


ask william burroughs how this game ends.

Posted by: forestbloggod | October 13, 2008 10:08 PM | Report abuse

I'm a dedicated pro-life Christian, and I'm a Democrat.

I think Palin is scary.

I don't buy her crap for a minute. Now, clearly only God Himself can see into her heart, but I have a very difficult time believing someone like her will represent Christians like me when she seems so full of HATRED.

Hatred is murder in the eyes of our Lord. We must love everyone, including people who have Middle Eastern names, religions, etc.

Yep, I'm a wild and liberal Christian, and not a rabid rightwing hate machine.

Can you dig it, friends?

Posted by: michaelfairbanks | October 13, 2008 10:17 PM | Report abuse

The fact that Sarah was letting Todd be a member of the AIP and guide state policy is enough to disqualify her from a top secret security clearance, which would disqualify her from the VP slot.

If regular people can't get a secret security clearance for declaring bankruptcy, why is Palin still a VP choice? It seems like she would enjoy destroying this country to push Alaska into successfully seceding.

Posted by: camera_eye_11 | October 13, 2008 10:31 PM | Report abuse

This evening on MSNBC Palin said the report found her NOT guilty of abuse of power...SO THERE!!! PALIN IS RIGHT AND EVERYBODY ELSE IS WRONG...I DO NOT UNDERSTAND HOW EVEN THE REPUBLICAN PARTY CAN STAND BEHIND THIS WOMEN!!!"AMERICA FIRST," IS A PR JOKE BY THE REPUBLICANS...IF McCAIN WAS SERIOUS ABOUT PUTTING "AMERICA FIRST," HE WOULD DUMB PALIN!!!

Posted by: WVUWEIRTON | October 13, 2008 10:32 PM | Report abuse

Her flunky, emasculated husband needs to MAN-UP instead of using her office to work his scud-like agenda. We know who wears the pant-suits in that family. Is it true that she had an abortion recently?

Posted by: JustinMcC | October 13, 2008 3:44 PM

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I've heard that too. Somewhere in Hawaii, there's a retired doctor who would be able to answer that.

Posted by: camera_eye_11 | October 13, 2008 10:32 PM | Report abuse

King ended his column by saying, "The prospect of Vice President Sarah Palin is no laughing matter." It is indeed highly ironic that the buffoonery of Palin is unfortunately not a laughing matter.

Republican McCain's selection of Palin as his running mate has some parallels with Republican presidential candidate Nixon's 1968 selection of Spiro Agnew as his running mate.

Like Palin, Agnew was a state governor --governor of Maryland. Just like Palin, practically "nobody" had heard of Agnew when Nixon selected him as his running mate. Just the way McCain did six weeks ago, Nixon had selected his running mate with nothing other than the political calculation that Agnew would fetch enough votes to put him in the White House.

Like Palin's feminine beauty, Agnew had masculine handsomeness.

Palin has been delivering her so-called punch lines which McCain's campaign staff had crafted just the way Nixon's attack dog Agnew used to deliver punch lines crafted by William Safire ("Nattering nabobs of negativism") and other speech writers.

Above all, the way Palin has some hanky-pankies in her closets, Agnew too had his own in his pre-vice presidential days, which, when they subsequently gradually came out, had ultimately led to his resignation from the vice presidential office.

We must hope that the similarities end there, Palin never getting into Cheney's chair. We don't want a spectacle of another vice president resigning in disgrace.

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Posted by: AMemberofHumanSociety | October 13, 2008 10:36 PM | Report abuse

This is a very trite editorial.

Posted by: sprfrg_2005 | October 13, 2008 10:45 PM | Report abuse

AndrewinGA: You are SO wrong!! Who have you been listening to? Palin and her handlers?

No, Wooten did not have to be fired first. Just the EFFORT to fire him by coercing people was enough to break the law. This is what the law states:

"....any effort to benefit a personal or financial interest through official action is a violation of that trust."

It is clear beyond a shadow of a doubt that Palin and her husband were engaged in an ONGOING effort to get the guy fired. They had a personal interest in getting him fired, and they made every effort to do so. PERIOD.

And yes, this needs to be a MAJOR issue in this campaign. Obama needs to make a HUGE issue out of it. Palin's handlers continue to deny she did anything wrong.

This woman is indeed SCARY!

Posted by: mavisdarling | October 13, 2008 10:46 PM | Report abuse

The other day I saw a woman wearing a pink shirt that said, "Palin Power". I immediately wondered "Who are these women?" And, "What are they thinking?" Personally, I do not know any women in awe of Sarah Palin. And, I am glad I don't.
Posted by: daisysaunders | October 13, 2008 7:14 PM
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I agree with you. I don't know ANY women who want to be associated with Palin, and I wouldn't want to be associated with any women who support her. Any woman who revels so much in lying and back-stabbing is beyond the pale, period.

Posted by: lassair | October 13, 2008 10:53 PM | Report abuse

lassair, you might consider broadening your circle.

Just a thought.

Posted by: zjr78xva | October 13, 2008 11:07 PM | Report abuse

daisysaunders, if everyone you know thinks alike, what does that say about you?

Posted by: zjr78xva | October 13, 2008 11:09 PM | Report abuse

The idea of Gov. Palin as Vice President Palin is indeed no laughing matter. This is McCain's doing, and truly sheds doubt on his wisdom and judgment. So, worse than the idea of Vice President Palin is the very scary idea of President McCain.

Posted by: peck3 | October 13, 2008 11:19 PM | Report abuse

lassair, you might consider broadening your circle.
Just a thought.
Posted by: zjr78xva | October 13, 2008 11:07 PM
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No, thank you. I don't like tramps, serial liars and right-wing, rapture-seeking religious nuts. My circle is much, much broader than that.

Posted by: lassair | October 13, 2008 11:20 PM | Report abuse

Mr. King, thank you for writing an excellent article that voices so many people's concerns about Sarah Palin. You are right when you say it's no laughing matter that she is too close to becoming vice president of this country. It's a truly horrible thought for many different reasons.

Posted by: lassair | October 13, 2008 11:24 PM | Report abuse

Your "concerns" about Palin are ridiculous in light of your support of Obama.
Sarah Palin is by any measure at least as qualified if not more so than Barak Obama. He is certainly way too close to becoming President.
Are you saying that a straw man freshman Senator from Chicago is more qualified than a one term governor from Alaska? Not a lot of backroom politics in Alaska. It appears to me she got where she is on her own merits/failures. You can certainly not say the same about Mr. Obama.

Posted by: downhillsince1857 | October 13, 2008 11:44 PM | Report abuse

The most frightening words in politics today have to be "President Palin". People will have to be out of their minds to let this happen. The Constitution is great but the system needs to be improved for Presidential succession. Palin must be in disbelief as she looks at McCain, her lottery ticket into the Oval office. This is a disaster in the making but the American public will stop it on Election Day.

Posted by: kfk79 | October 14, 2008 12:21 AM | Report abuse

"...any effort to benefit a personal or financial interest through official action is a violation of that trust."
The reason that BO cannot attack Gov Palin on this count is that Personal and Financial Benefit Through Official Action pretty much defines how BO became the squirrel he is today. Do you know nothing about his political rise, his complete lack of qualifications but Impressive Stable of Political Handlers! To those who disparage Gov Palin's intellect and experience => you are frauds! She is smarter and more experienced than BO, but she doesn't play his game. You want an empty suit who will say whatever needs to be said to get the votes - then crush this great country with his radical flaming socialist ideology? Go for him. You want a straight talker, who acts in line with her words, who isn't afraid to speak the truth about who she is and where she cam from and what she's about? You must vote for Sarah. She's taken more crap from you Axelrod apes and she has gracefully dealt with it all. Your whiny boy gets called out for a few (major) lies and what does he do? Write the DOJ to shut down the TVs! Flood the radio show to cut off the interview! Threaten to arrest anyone saying bad things about him! Send out the astroturfers to spread lies and nasty rumors about his opponents. What a wimp. She has more courage in her little finger than your pansy boy will ever have!

Posted by: gaelgirl | October 14, 2008 12:34 AM | Report abuse

King, you said it best. Your article is right on the money. A day after the veep debate, when Sarah Palin came to know that McCain had pulled out of campaigning in Michigan, she told McCain's camp "send Todd and me to Michigan, we will get Michigan for you". The key word here is 'Todd'. Sarah does not move her lipstick laden lips or hips without Todd pulling the strings. This is very troublesome. When Hillary ran for the presidency most people were worried that Bill will play a bigger role than Hillary in running the white house. Now it is very clear that Todd has nothing else to do in Washington other than control Sarah in how to run the veep office. McCain being an old man he is will have no control over Sarah. We have already seen that happen in the campaign stops when Palin completely goes off on a tangent. McCain's view of how North Korea should be handled is so different from Palin's. Though Palin is supposed to play second fiddle, she is actually playing a different song, one to the tune of Todd Palin. McCain is in a real pickle. He has more or less stoped telling people how great his running mate is. He is feeling the pressure from his own party elders about his foolish selection of the lipstick queen.

Posted by: JimFargo | October 14, 2008 12:38 AM | Report abuse

Obama is doing the right thing by not exploiting the results of the Palin investigation to his advantage. The Palin report speaks for itself. Obama, by ignoring all news related to Palin, is making sure that this election does not put Palin on the center stage. Obama has chosen to punch McCain on his nose, rather than take a swing at Palin. Bydoing so, he has brushed aside Palin to the periphery where she makes noise but is unable to get into the ring to fight. The world has already cast her as unsuitable for any office in Washington. This makes Palin a baggage for McCain, since the opponents have written her off and are not throwing punches at her. So far I haven't heard a single mention of Palin by either Obama or Biden. They are just letting her make a fool of herself on national TV. Not a single woman I've talked to want Sarah Palin running the country in the capacity of either a veep or a president.

Posted by: JohnMcCormick | October 14, 2008 12:56 AM | Report abuse

Sorry to disappoint you, but TONS of women support both McCain and Palin! We LOVE her forthright speech and her refusal to hide behind excuses and cries of "racism" and sneaky lies and twisted, convoluted coverups. Our "Women for McCain Palin" group is huge! Those women spewing bile about her are jealous that she has embraced her life to the fullest, without selling out to a bunch of neanderthal men. I had to laugh at the consternation of the male above who is worried that JM "will have no control over Sarah" The very definition of a woman's place in a liberal Dem administration, haha. You see, there are millions of women out there who don't really buy that baloney and cherish our ability to actauly speak for ourselves!! McCain Palin for Women: the party that walks the walk.

Posted by: gaelgirl | October 14, 2008 1:08 AM | Report abuse

TONS of women support Sarah Palin? Yeah, a few GROSSLY overweight ones, as far as I can see from her ridiculous rallies. I never realized there were so many obese white women in America!!

*Cheeto Eaters For Palin* You GO girls!

Sarah Palin is truly psychotic in the way she blatantly LIES. REAL women everywhere despise her!

JohnMcCormick, I guess you made a good point about her, although I hate to admit it. "Just ignore her and she will go away".

I hope Obama is doing the right thing though, because this woman scares the living daylights out of me. I haven't been so terrifed since 911 when the Twin Towers were hit by terrorists.

Obama can ignore her, but I think the media needs to take a MUCH closer at her. She STILL hasn't been thoroughly vetted and this report paints a very disturbing picture of her.

Posted by: mavisdarling | October 14, 2008 1:42 AM | Report abuse

For her to call herself a governor is a joke. Alaska is a welfare state, they actually give out checks to their citizens. They have the highest per capita spending of any state in union. And she couldn't balance the books there. Kind of scares me more than the cavorting around with right wing nutcases the speaking in tongues and forcing women to have rapist's babies.

Posted by: elgunjduts | October 14, 2008 1:50 AM | Report abuse

The scariest thing about Palin, which is even more frightening than Dick"Duck!" Cheney, is that it would be virtually impossible for members of her hunting party to receive superficial facial flesh wounds from a high powered 44-50 cal. magnum moose rifle, than from a .20 gauge shot gun loaded with bird-shot. Of course, she could always patent and market a new load of buck shot, called
"B@*%ch-shot".

Posted by: appelshock | October 14, 2008 2:25 AM | Report abuse

Patriot 16 asked for a link to Sarah Palin and her speech to the 2008 Convention for the Alaskan Independence Party

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

Posted by: ksufan4 | October 14, 2008 2:44 AM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin isn't a "retard". Her un-rehearsed public statements remind me of people with early-onset Alzheimer's disease.

Posted by: David74 | October 14, 2008 3:16 AM | Report abuse

http://www.need4trth.blogspot.com

Unlike Senator Barack Obama whom McCain/Palin have literally Accused of, "..palling around with terrorist..." Senator McCain and Governor Palin have accused and purported at their RALLIES and very pointedly, in their PROPAGANDA ADS that an elected Seated U.S. Senator, Senator Barack Obama, is the, "...IDEOLOGICAL ALLIE..." of "..DOMESTIC TERRORIST...", William Ayers.

MCCAIN TONES DOWN RHETORIC.....

Although John McCain addressed, two possibly Republican planted, supposedly worried supporters, at two of his events, that 'Senator Obama is a good person', and that they didn't have 'anything to fear of an Obama Presidency', IT WAS NOT ENOUGH BY ANY MEANS AFTER WHAT HE HAS DONE. Yet, for Anderson Cooper (corporate Media sycophant of John McCain) it was enough to report sympatheticly and even PRIVELEDGE McCain's LIES and BEHAVIOUR, on his show 360 on CNN.

McCain's running mate Governor Sarah Palin has done nothing even close too these 'FORCED' small actions of Senator McCain. Gov. Palin, for her part (FOUND GULITY OF ABUSING HER GUBERNATORIAL POWER TO SETTLE A FAMILY SCORE) continues to question the integrity of Senator Barack Obama. Palin appears UNREPENTANT, excusing herself of her SIN'S, and ARROGANT although SHE has evidence of her actions before all through investigative legislature procedures. She has been found GUILTY of breaking, the STATE of which she GOVERNS, laws.....

Where are we as a Nation when this goes on???

Posted by: need4trth | October 14, 2008 4:47 AM | Report abuse

I am in total agreement with this article. There is no way that a person like Sarah Palin should have any official national political office. Alaska alone made a mistake on her.

By the way, here is a website that shares all the Sarah Palin dirt to support Barack Obama!

Posted by: beingajoe | October 14, 2008 5:17 AM | Report abuse

You see, there are millions of women out there who don't really buy that baloney and cherish our ability to actauly speak for ourselves!! McCain Palin for Women

Posted by: gaelgirl | October 14, 2008 1:08 AM

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You'd think these "millions of women" who speak for themselves might want a candidate capable of doing the same.

We've seen what happens to Ms Palin when she gets a question she hasn't been carefully prepped for by her handlers, and it ain't pretty.

Posted by: youarestillidiots | October 14, 2008 5:44 AM | Report abuse

The ignorant hatred directed toward Gov. Palin tells you everything you need to know about Obama's hateful and unthinking fans.

Posted by: zjr78xva | October 14, 2008 6:00 AM | Report abuse

What scares me as much as troopergate is the choice of unqualified freinds instead of qualified people for official posts.
I am sure that Jonny from high school will know whether to press that red button. Choose Sarah for president, cos she promises us she won't blink before creating armageddon...
[If the end comes, it is good to know that at least one person thought it was God's will...]

Posted by: alanmdub | October 14, 2008 6:22 AM | Report abuse

I don't know... as an advocate of shooting wolves from an airplane Palin shows the sensitivities to our world's plight that is needed to heal our world.

Posted by: vtcxc | October 14, 2008 8:20 AM | Report abuse

These unbelievably mean, nasty, and VERY SEXIST remarks in here make me never want to vote for Obama. You're an ANGRY BUNCH! This is not what Martin Luther King envisioned and by the way, MLK's own granddaughter isn't voting for Obama!

Posted by: drugh | October 14, 2008 8:27 AM | Report abuse

I notice some of you here have been calling Sarah Palin a hillbilly. As one who actually lives in the hills and is voting for Obama, I resent the use of that term as a slur! OK, maybe you think we've earned it. For a different perspective about hillbillies, please see
http://blog.worstoftheozarks.com

For the record, I, too, am far more worried about the Palins ties than I am about Barack Obama's. Thanks, Mr. King.


Posted by: martymar123 | October 14, 2008 8:30 AM | Report abuse

Cheeto eaters for Palin?
Obese white women? What rallies are you seeing? The one's on the LNN- liberal news network?
Listen honey, former vet here, mother of two, size 4. I love my country, and that is just one thing I share with Sarah Palin.

How about if I turn it around and say OMG- do you see the ghetto people who support Obama? I didn't realize how many ex-felons and baby mama's are out there!

McCain/Palin
True Americans

Posted by: blevins20061 | October 14, 2008 8:52 AM | Report abuse

i am sure MR. King had no problem with Hillary attending the Cabinet meetings of her husband, or the influence MS. Barrack has on her husband. The way liberal media uses selected facts to cloak their lack of impartiality is truly disheartening, especially as we appear to be headed towards a party change in the executive branch

Posted by: pdeo | October 14, 2008 8:57 AM | Report abuse

What do the top ten cities with the highest poverty rate all have in common?

Detroit, MI (1st on the poverty rate list) hasn’t elected a Republican mayor since 1961.

Buffalo, NY (2nd) hasn’t elected one since 1954

Cincinnati, OH (3rd) .. since 1984

Cleveland, OH (4th) .. since 1989

Miami, FL (5th) has never had a Republican mayor

St. Louis, MO (6th) .. since 1949

El Paso, TX (7th) has never had a Republican mayor

Milwaukee, WI (8th) .. since 1908

Philadelphia, PA (9th) .. since 1952

Newark, NJ (10th) .. since 1907

Einstein once said, ‘The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.’

It is the disadvantaged who habitually elect Democrats yet are still disadvantaged. (writer unknown)

Posted by: 4elise | October 14, 2008 9:31 AM | Report abuse

I enjoy the comments from die hard palin supporters whose only reply to questioning her qualifications is to regurgitate conspiracy theories and remind us of Obama's alleged associations. It reminds me of the stuttering responses from Tucker Bounds in a CNN interview.

Palin has set the bar at a historic low for a candidate runing at the national stage. Any idiot can aspire to be president.

Posted by: atchan77 | October 14, 2008 9:31 AM | Report abuse

Pull out of Iraq?!?!

Perhaps the U.S. should pull out of Chicago?

Body count:


In the last six months:

292 killed
(murdered) in Chicago;

221 killed in Iraq.

Chicago.... Who Runs it: Senators: Barack Obama & Dick Durbin

Rep: Jesse Jackson Jr.,

Illinois Gov: Rod Blogojevich,

Illinois House leader Mike Madigan,

Illinois Atty. Gen. Lisa Madigan (daughter of Mike),

Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley (son of Mayor Richard J. Daley)

.....our leadership in Illinois.....all Democrats.

Thank you for the combat zone in Chicago.

Of course, they're all blaming each other!

Can't blame Republicans; they're aren't any!
State pension fund $44 Billion in debt, worst in country.

Cook County
(Chicago) sales tax 10.25% highest in country. (Look 'em up if you want).

Chicago school system rated one of the worst in the country.

This is the political culture that Obama comes from in Illinois.

And he's gonna 'fix' Washington politics for us?

Wake Up America!

Pull out of Iraq?!?!

Perhaps the U.S. should pull out of Chicago?
Body count:
In the last six months:

292 killed
(murdered) in Chicago;

221 killed in Iraq.

Chicago.... Who Runs it: Senators: Barack Obama & Dick Durbin

Rep: Jesse Jackson Jr.,

Illinois Gov: Rod Blogojevich,

Illinois House leader Mike Madigan,

Illinois Atty. Gen. Lisa Madigan (daughter of Mike),
Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley (son of Mayor Richard J. Daley)
.....our leadership in Illinois.....all Democrats.
Thank you for the combat zone in Chicago.
Of course, they're all blaming each other!
Can't blame Republicans; they're aren't any!
State pension fund $44 Billion in debt, worst in country.

Cook County
(Chicago) sales tax 10.25% highest in country. (Look 'em up if you want).

Chicago school system rated one of the worst in the country.
This is the political culture that Obama comes from in Illinois.
And he's gonna 'fix' Washington politics for us?
Wake Up America

Posted by: 4elise | October 14, 2008 9:32 AM | Report abuse

People keep ignoring the fact that Trooper Wooten had already been punished for the tasering and other conduct. He had been given a week without pay but the Palins thought the punishment too lenient. They weren't going to be happy until he was fired. So, after he had already served his week off without pay they waged their campaign to get him fired. Monegan responded "he's already been punished for all those things, I can't fire him." THIS is the problem.

Remember when OJ was found NOT guilty? It would be as if the government kept going after him, the president saying "but I think he WAS guilty, we need to jail him."

We are a government of laws, and justice sometimes does not work perfectly/how you want it to work, but our country as a whole works because people respect the laws. The Palins couldn't get it thru their dense skulls that Wooten had already been "tried' for his offenses and he had already served the punishment. They wanted more.

We don't need a VP that has no regard for the laws. This woman actually thought it was in the best interest of Alaska to disregard the laws and impose a stiffer punishment (firing) than had been legally imposed. THIS is what makes her dangerous. Well, this is ONE of MANY things that makes her dangerous.

Posted by: ScoutieDog | October 14, 2008 9:44 AM | Report abuse

Thanks to Colbert King. I've been a little mystified as to why other commentator's (until now) haven't picked up on Todd Palin's role in his wife's governorship. Mr. Palin's involvement in her administration certainly makes Ms. Palin appear to be a weak executive. I have a hard time imagining a male governor's wife taking that same role. State employees, paid by taxpayers, are essentially accountable to Mr. Palin. However, Mr. Palin, because he is not a state employee, is accountable to no one. It seems to me the taxpayers are the ones being abused here. I would think Alaskans would be wise to demand an end to this arrangement.

Posted by: cms2 | October 14, 2008 10:01 AM | Report abuse

First of all your article contains alot of half truths and several outright lies. Sarah Palin was never a member of the Alaska Independence Party, she has been a registered Republican since 1982 (factcheck.org) She did not violate state law even according to the report. Monegan was offered transfer to another department because he wasn't implementing other policies under Palin's administration. Yes it is probably wrong that Todd Palin got involved with Trooper Wooten, but what would you do if someone threatened your family? Used a taser inappropriately and was driving with an open beer in his police cruiser, which in most states would be a DUI and a turn in court if not jail. The only reason this guy is still a cop is because of his Union. He didn't even bring up charges, the Union did. And what if Todd Palin is involved in politics in Washington. Hillary Clinton was heavily involved in politics as first lady holding meetings with congress regarding her health care proposals when her husband was president. So you think the guy will work to help his wife. I highly doubt he will be involved in NSC or situation meetings. Besides last I read he and his wife disagree on many things especially within the conservative agenda. He is far more liberal in his views that she is. But you don't care about that do you? All you care about is continuing to spread rumors and all out lies. Palin is probably not my number 1 pick, but if you are going to vet her as a reported damn it do your job and do it with integrity.

Posted by: abrantly | October 14, 2008 10:14 AM | Report abuse

Ok, let me ask you this Mr. King.
In Southern MD there is a hotel called the Colony South which is easily seen from Branch Ave heading in and out of Washington DC.
Last week, the owner put up a MCCAIN/PALIN sign in front of the hotel. Well, to his surprise, he was bombarded with angry black voters, NAACP, and dozens of emails.

This behavior is unaceptable, what happened to Freedom of Speech?? This is only the tip of the iceberg if Obama gets in office, Rev. Sharpton and Jackson will have a time share on the Lincoln bedroom.

I called the hotel and told them I would patronage them because they had exercised their right, and not to back down to social pressure just because it's a majority "black" area.

Too close for comfort you say? Yes, too close to reverse discrimination and a socialist society.

McCain/Palin 08

Posted by: blevins20061 | October 14, 2008 10:19 AM | Report abuse

AndrewinGA,

You should rethink, are we not going to procecute attempted murder or theft just because the criminal didn't suceed at his or her endevor? Yes she was within her rights to fire the commissioner, she was not within her rights to allow her husband, friends and herself apply pressure for her own personal vendetta. That was the ethics violation.

Posted by: job22 | October 14, 2008 10:25 AM | Report abuse

I think the education of the candidates clearly shows who is QUALIFIED.......
McCain:
United States Naval Academy - Class rank 894 out of 899
....meaning that, like George Bush, McCain was at the bottom of his class.
Palin:
The 4 colleges Sarah Palin attended:
Hawaii Pacific College - 1 semester
North Idaho Community College - 2 semesters - general study
University of Idaho (won a scholarship from beauty pageant so she transferred) - 2 semesters- journalism
Matnuska Sustina Community College- 1 semester
then she returned to the University of Idaho where she graduated- 3 semesters- B.A. in journalism.
Obama:
Occidental College - Two years.Columbia University - B.A. political science with a specialization in international relations. Harvard - Juris Doctor (J.D.)
Magna Cum Laude,--also.........He taught constitutional law (Hey does anybody remember the CONSTITUTION??????) at the University of Chicago Law School from 1992 to 2004
Biden:
University of Delaware - Double major-B.A. in history and B.A. in political science.
Syracuse University College of Law- Juris Doctor (J.D.)

Now, which team are you going to hire to lead and repair, the most influential nation in the world?

No really....who on earth, would want another moron running this nation further into the ground?

Posted by: sayitisntsew | October 14, 2008 12:06 PM | Report abuse

P is for President Palin says it all!

http://www.PisforPresidentPalin.com

Posted by: Jane17 | October 14, 2008 12:17 PM | Report abuse

Wile the kids may be off limits, this link shows a little character building:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/30135690@N05/

Posted by: GregZappa | October 14, 2008 12:28 PM | Report abuse

“In disregard of the rule of law, he knowingly misused the executive power.” Does this sound familiar? It is in Article 2 of the Articles for Impeachment of Richard Nixon. I hope the State of Alaska does the right thing and remove Sarah Palin from office for Troopergate. Disgrace.

Posted by: clcmm36 | October 14, 2008 12:28 PM | Report abuse

Don't be so hypocritical!
If that child had been a BLACK child, do you think ANYONE in here would want him to be in the position of STATE TROOPER with a taser and a gun? There would be such a ruckus like you've never seen! I think she acted responsibly by getting the abuser fired. And while I'm at it, what is wrong with a spouse's input? I'm QUITE sure Michelle Obama sticks her nose in Barracks business.

Posted by: drugh | October 14, 2008 1:28 PM | Report abuse

http://pahomepage.com/content/fulltext/?cid=49641

Watch live- Palin rally supporters in Ohio turned away, no more room. Thousands turn out. Won't catch this headline on the liberal left Wash Post

Go Palin!
Boo Mr. King!

Posted by: blevins20061 | October 14, 2008 1:30 PM | Report abuse

Sorry Sarah, but you will have a hard time in your quest to be America's VP. Every Republican women I know, including myself refuse to vote for a radical like yourself.


I'll be happy to see you board the plane back home to Alaska where you came from, here is to praying that you & the old man lose.

Posted by: Jena1 | October 14, 2008 1:45 PM | Report abuse

"Secondly, a lot of Americans who opposed the Vietnam war left for Canada. Does that mean they are traitors? Even now people are talking about emigrating if McCain is elected. Are THEY, mostly Democrats, traitors? Finally, Tood has not been a member of AIP for the last six years and Sarah P has never been a member."

Ah, don't think you quite get it. AIP members don't want to leave the country, they want to secede. That means they want to take Alaska with them along with all her natural resources and most of this country's oil. Why don't you turn off Fox News and actually try reading something.

And who the hell cares how long it's been since Todd was a member. You republicans tout this ridiculous Ayers association --and Obama was just 8 when all that drama went down. Empty, empty arguments.

Posted by: Karla1960 | October 14, 2008 2:03 PM | Report abuse

Maybe one day Todd will take all his "experience" and run for the Senate in some state he's never lived in. Then, it's just short hop to the Presidency.

Posted by: Ynot1 | October 14, 2008 2:12 PM | Report abuse

TO Jena1

"Sorry Sarah, but you will have a hard time in your quest to be America's VP. Every Republican women I know, including myself refuse to vote for a radical like yourself."


HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA THAT IS LAUGHABLE! I JUST BET YOU'RE A REPUBLICAN WOMAN. NO REPUBLICAN CALLS ANYONE BUT OBAMA RADICAL. SARAH PALIN, THE "R" WORD! HAHAHAHAAHAHA YOU ARE A RIOT! KEEP 'EM COMIN'

Posted by: drugh | October 14, 2008 2:13 PM | Report abuse

TO Ynot1
Maybe one day Todd will take all his "experience" and run for the Senate in some state he's never lived in. Then, it's just short hop to the Presidency.


HEY, THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT HILLARY CLINTON DID! GREAT IDEA!


I'm out.

Posted by: drugh | October 14, 2008 2:23 PM | Report abuse

this was richard cohen's latest post as the questions he would love to hear answered for the last debate...and since this has to do with palin, i will copy the ones to mccain with regards to palin...

•••Senator McCain, in May you allowed a restricted number of reporters to review your medical records for a limited amount of time. Some people think you're hiding something. Are you? If not, why not make all the records public?

and one more...

•••Senator McCain, you are 72 and have had skin cancer several times. Given that -- not to mention the usual exigencies of life -- how could you pick a running mate who is so dismally qualified for the presidency? And please, for the sake of your own reputation, not to mention your mortal soul, don't say anything about the Alaska National Guard.


now people...this man is a well respected conservative and mostly supports the gop and anything republican. if he can see the obvious, what is the rest of you going to use as an excuse for supporting this pathetic candidate? please, tell me what redeeming factor does this woman have that biden, or anyone else have that was actually on mccain's list? romney?
pawlenty? come on! you people who are still supporting this pathetic, transparent wanna bee are probably non readers anyways so i might as well be talkin to my dog!

Posted by: hemnebob | October 14, 2008 2:26 PM | Report abuse

jane17...

P is for President Palin says it all!

http://www.PisforPresidentPalin.com


oh please. that 17 must be your age no doubt. you have absolutely no knowledge of any of the issues obviously. did you know that when your precious sarah was mayor she increased her spending in that city by 33% and the fabulous hockey arena that she had built was built on land that wasn't owned by the city but she broke ground on it anyways? and now the hockey rink is way, way in the red and the city is eatin the costs? pretty pathetic history as far as i can see...and now, the unethical behaviors in the governors office? sounds like a great addition to the bush administration but hey wait...his days are almost over.
you either are totally blind or cannot read anything based on facts. if you are as dumb as you speak, then i got some great vacation spots for you to buy in the desert!!

oh yeah...great buys for a winner like you!!!

just sign, no reading necessary...in fact sarah wants you to sign!

Posted by: hemnebob | October 14, 2008 2:35 PM | Report abuse

Palin as president...shudder...be very afraid...

Posted by: MUPPET | October 14, 2008 3:15 PM | Report abuse

And McCain has the nerve to rail on about Ayers? Looks like Ms Palin has some 'splainin to do!

Posted by: notfooledbydistractions | October 14, 2008 3:29 PM | Report abuse

America has to wake up and do it now! This woman, Sarah Palin, who claims to love God, is clearly more a lover of Sarah Palin. She and McCain will caused great division in America like that we have never known and especially among women. The worse thing that Sarah will do is continually to put women under the coat tails of men who do not respect nor care about us. They will continue to call all the shots leaving us years behind in time. Sarah is being used a selling tool for the GOP. She is a clear example of that one women in the office who is so busy trying to make a name for herself that she forfeits the great working relationships she could have with other hard working women who when working on one accord could cause any business to profit and reach its highest potential. Come on women, it is really time that we not allow these same old men to set us back. Sarah is not for us, but for the good ole boys! She has sold her soul to the devil. For those women who vote for McCain because of Sarah will cause all women to suffer the greatest setback of our lifetime. Wake up women, please wake up!

Posted by: sboyette | October 14, 2008 3:39 PM | Report abuse

Governor Palin confirmed she wasn't qualified to me during her interview with Katie Couric... When asked if Alaska's proximity to Russia gave her foreign policy experience, I was stunned when she decided to explain instead of saying it was a just a joke… I honestly thought that was what she was going to say… Hearing about her and her husband’s ties to AIP on CNN, solidifies my belief… Why would she question Obama, or anyone for that matter, about their connections??? Stupid, stupid, stupid!!!

Posted by: DeLiRon1 | October 14, 2008 4:03 PM | Report abuse

It's not surprising that you find Sarah Palin scary.

Some guys in the Democratic old boy network just can't handle the possibility of a Republican woman in power.

But what is truly scary is Obama, who wants to get friendly with the Madman of Tehran, Ahmadinejad.

The "troopergate" allegations are ridiculous, given that the trooper who was involved had openly threatened Palin's sister. Abuse of power? Who abused power first? Clearly, the trooper.

Also, I'd like the joker, "sayitisntsew," who talks about Palin's academic background, to find us Obama's academic records at Columbia and Occidental College. Apparently, the Obama campaign won't release them. I wonder why not? Further, is that poster trying to suggest that people like Palin who attended state schools are not fit for office? You are offending an awful lot of voters, "sayitisntsew".

Finally, it's hilarious to see this guy, Colbert King, doing a lot of American flag waving with this baloney about the Alaska Independence Party, espencially when Obama for a long time refused to recognize the American flag.

Posted by: ttj1 | October 14, 2008 4:22 PM | Report abuse

It looks like we'll dodge the Palin bullet this time but she's not going away. She's the new hero of the Republican goober/bible-nut base, the fools who gave us Bush. Now they've got Bush on steroids. I doubt Palin will have to lift a finger to get the GOP nomination for 2012. There's no stopping her; the yahoo lunatics have taken over the Republican asylum.

Posted by: Dieterman | October 14, 2008 4:34 PM | Report abuse

well, it looks like little miss Reformer has been up to a lot more unethical behavior than firing a commish for personal reasons and marrying a secessionist:

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20081014/ap_on_el_pr/palin_state_ethics_3

Posted by: indie11 | October 14, 2008 4:43 PM | Report abuse

There have been allegations of Sarah Palin having had an abortion performed by a retired Hawaiian Doctor. We know she attended a semester at a Hawaiian University which would fit in with the Doctor in Hawaii. Why hasn't the Enquirer or the News Media picked up on that and conduct an investigation as to whether or not there is any truth to that? If it is true, that would throw her "Holier Than Thou" Christian Pro Life Rantings right out the door and her with it! Perhaps then McCain would legally change his name to McShame for not having had her Vetted before choosing her to be his choice for VP! It would also put an end to her non-stop hate speeches which is the only type of Speech she has made so far due to her Stupidity! Who is the Real Sarah Palin? I think not the "Angel Madonna" the Die Hard Republicans believe she is!! Please check it out!! We deserve to know and give back to her what she dishes out daily in her hate speeches!

Posted by: non4bea | October 14, 2008 4:44 PM | Report abuse

It's not surprising that you find Sarah Palin scary.

Some guys in the Democratic old boy network just can't handle the possibility of a Republican woman in power.

What is truly scary is Obama, who wants to get friendly with the Madman of Tehran, Ahmadinejad.

The "troopergate" allegations are ridiculous, given that the trooper who was involved had openly threatened Palin's sister. Abuse of power? Who abused power first? Clearly, the trooper.

Also, I'd like the joker, "sayitisntsew," who talks about Palin's academic background, to find us Obama's academic records at Columbia and Occidental College. Apparently, the Obama campaign won't release them. I wonder why not? Further, is that poster trying to suggest that people like Palin who attended state schools are not fit for office? You are offending an awful lot of voters, "sayitisntsew".

Finally, it's hilarious to see this guy, Colbert King, doing a lot of American flag waving with this baloney about the Alaska Independence Party, especially when Obama for a long time refused to recognize the American flag.

Posted by: ttj1 | October 14, 2008 4:50 PM | Report abuse

Independents, Independents as you will decide this election. I'm a Democratic partisan and will vote for Obama and the Republicans will vote for mccain.

You have to know that mccain has not put this country first. He is a bitter old man who wants to be President at know cost. Look at what he did with his VP Pick. s. palin is a non-intellectual who clearly has a middle school knowledge of the world. The country can not take a chance with this woman. Her husband is out of control, he was part of a terrorist group Alaskan Independence Party. She spoke at their convention this year; not 30 years ago, but this year, yet she says Obama is palling around with terrorist.

Remember this troopergate was ran by Republicans and the fact they found she 'abused her power' it must have actually been worse and this is all they put out.

s palin is just not qualified and you Independents must see through the Republicans synical ploy to win this election. They have been in power in congress the past 14 of 16 years and 8 years in White house-yet they act like Americans have a memory problem.

In closing, don't fall for the 'he is bad, so vote for me by default'. Vote for Obama as he will move this country into the 21st century and send mccain back to his last term in the senate.

Posted by: AMT64 | October 14, 2008 5:47 PM | Report abuse

Palin is the new definition of stupid. Palinize America. I hope not on my watch.

Posted by: rbsellers | October 14, 2008 5:47 PM | Report abuse

This campaign is a defining moment for Sen. McCain. His selection of Gov. Palin will become a chapter in his soon to be released best seller "Presidential Campaigns for Dummies." I don't believe that anyone of either party thinks she was vetted properly if that process consisted of her answering questions about election issues. His decision makes me think of Ross Perot and his selection of James Stockdale.

Posted by: RobertG | October 14, 2008 6:06 PM | Report abuse

A movie to be released on Friday is called W. A movie need to be done entitled P. It can be a comedy.

Posted by: rbsellers | October 14, 2008 6:37 PM | Report abuse

oops ... should have typed "needs"

Posted by: rbsellers | October 14, 2008 6:38 PM | Report abuse

http://palinaspresident.com

click on everything.
Enjoy!

Posted by: circ | October 14, 2008 6:38 PM | Report abuse

This week the Washington Post had the upbeat story of how a bunch of Democratic activists in Prince George's County used a combination of racial victimization and straight up threats of boycotts to intimidate a hotel into removing a McCain marquee.

Had it been a bunch of Republican activists forcing a black hotel owner to remove an Obama for President sign, we can be sure that the Washington Post would have covered it in entirely different tones. We can also be sure that someone would have turned up a noose somewhere even if they had to buy it on eBay and Jesse Jackson would be leading a march down there chanting, "We Will Overcome."

But since it's a McCain sign, there was a sense of entitlement by black Democratic activists in getting it taken down. A sense of entitlement that the Washington Post article implicitly supports. Apparently supporting the candidate of your choice, if he isn't Obama, is "disrespect" which is next door to "intolerance" which is next door to "racism".

June White Dillard, president of the Prince George's chapter of the NAACP, said the type of events Colony South has booked in the past is the reason the sign cut so deeply.
Mary Brantley, a travel agency owner from Upper Marlboro, belongs to the health club at Colony South and was among those who complained to the hotel. She was heartened to see the marquee changed Wednesday. It now advertises football games.

But as she drove past the hotel Friday afternoon, she couldn't help notice the two large banners in the front yard proclaiming: "McCain Palin. Country First." Again.

Posted by: blevins20061 | October 14, 2008 6:56 PM | Report abuse

This is something no one has talked about in this election. I am a 67 year old Black Female. I have voted in every election (primary and general) since I was old enough to vote. I have voted for white people...that I knew nothing about most of the time. Bush refused to talk about his drug use or alcohol use. Clinton tried MJ but "did not inhale." Now that there is an African American...we need to know where every pimple is on his body. Because he is educated, he is an "elitist." I want to know WHO IS JOHN MCCAIN AND SARAH PALIN. There is a lot we don't know about either of them...and there are a lot of secrets. One thing I would like to know is how does a 12 year old Catholic make a decision to change her religion and go to another church AND GET BAPTISED!! I was born and raised Catholic and there was no way I would have been allowed to change religions at 12. I did change religion when I was old enough to make an informed decision and my brother stopped talking to me for the rest of his life...which was over 30 years...someone please enlighten me.

Posted by: silverfox67 | October 14, 2008 7:22 PM | Report abuse

Go Sarah GO!!

Posted by: zjr78xva | October 14, 2008 7:23 PM | Report abuse

Has anyone noticed that CINDY MCCAIN is on every stage that JOHN is on. I am sure she does not trust SARAH around her husband much. Neither OBAMA or BIDENS' wives are on every stage with them. Check it out.

Posted by: silverfox67 | October 14, 2008 7:31 PM | Report abuse

Ask me how I know that Gov. Palin will be a superb VP.

I just observe how the small-minded loath her. It's a mark of greatness.

Posted by: zjr78xva | October 14, 2008 7:37 PM | Report abuse

Andre: The goal of personal gain was the purpose behind the pressure. This is the wrong doing. There is an Alaskan law against using that office for personal gain. The fact thatWooten didn't get fired and the personal gain was not achieved does not negate the actions or the motive of the actions. She is guilty of abusing her office as Gov of Alaska. No more kool aid for you.....!

Posted by: leah1946 | October 14, 2008 7:42 PM | Report abuse

If Obama/Biden was the dysfunctional clan that McCain/Pain is:

What if Obama/Biden

Spoke as poorly as McSame
Graduated at the bottom of his class
Left his first wife and 3 kids for a rich wife 17 years younger
Financed his initial campaign with father-in-law's beer money
Failed in most of the jobs he was charged with (crashed 5 jets)
Was admonished for using poor judgement for influence peddling (Keating 5)
Paraded 5 kids on a stage, one a pregnant unmarried daughter
Was admonished by majority Democrat committee for abuse of power
Graduated college only after transferring 5 times
Couldn't respond to a question asking what he regularly read
Sounded half as bad as Palin in the Couric interviews

I can only imagine the Rovian ads...

Posted by: DougH1 | October 14, 2008 7:45 PM | Report abuse

Obama = boob

Posted by: zjr78xva | October 14, 2008 8:21 PM | Report abuse

I find it humorous that you would worry about Sarah Palin, when a communist like Barack Obama is the guy you're in the tank for. Let's see.... he associates and spends money for radical socialist/anarchist schools that comes from the efforts of an admitted terrorist. He spends 20 years in a church that is run by a racist white hater... oh yeah, he never heard Rev. Wright spew his crap... uh huh. Barack Obama helped train ACORN members and served as their lead counsel while he was doing 'community organizing'. And you're afraid of Sarah Palin? Get real... Obama is the scary one.

Posted by: shd1963 | October 14, 2008 8:34 PM | Report abuse

How can one of our two main political parties get away with serially putting forward untoward candidates like Sarah Palin and George W. Bush? I'm looking forward to the day when party affiliation accomplishes more than to trick people into voting for unworthy candidates.

Posted by: snowyphile | October 14, 2008 9:45 PM | Report abuse

AndrewinGA suggests that "The problem with the report is that Palin clearly did not receive any personal gain from the alleged actions taken. Wooten would have had to be fired. Therefore, coupled with the report's clearance concerning the firing of Monegan, Palin could not have violated the state Ethics Law."

But she WOULD have received personal gain from the firing of Wooten. Her sister's divorce and child-custody case against him would have been strengthened if he had lost his job; that family interest is legally equivalent to personal gain for Palin. That's one reason the report clearly states that she DID violate the state's ethics laws.

Posted by: Hokuto | October 14, 2008 10:21 PM | Report abuse

SP is a TRAIN WRECK WAITING TO HAPPEN... Let see, Todd Palin uses the office of the Gov to conduct his interview with Monegan, emails, phones, sitting on meetings,etc... is he an elected official or in payroll???? Maybe the Alaskan citizens have been duped one more time

The McPalin campaign will not desist of making allusions of Obama's relationship with terrorist (Ayers), but here we have the "First Dude" directly involved for 7 years with the Alaskan Independence Party:"The fires of Hell are glaciers compared to my hate for the American Government" Joe Vogler-founder of the AIP

Below an Anchorage Daily News opinion that correlates this editorial:

"Sarah Palin's reaction to the Legislature's Troopergate report is an embarrassment to Alaskans and the nation.
She claims the report "vindicates" her. She said that the investigation found "no unlawful or unethical activity on my part."

Her response is either astoundingly ignorant or downright Orwellian..."

http://www.adn.com/opinion/view/story/555236.html

Posted by: LMM48 | October 14, 2008 10:26 PM | Report abuse

With all the fraud of accorn voter fraud that Obama paid them a million dollars to defraud this country. Where is the outrage.
This is a attack on this country.

Posted by: 4elise | October 14, 2008 10:33 PM | Report abuse

Obama calls anyone who disagrees with him a racist. It seems he has racist on his mind. The truth is he is the racist for bringing it up.

Posted by: 4elise | October 14, 2008 10:35 PM | Report abuse

Ex-FBI Agents Outraged at Obama-Ayers Ties
Former FBI agents who worked the Weather Underground case are angry about the longtime relationship between Barack Obama and William Ayers, a leader of the domestic terrorist group who has admitted widespread bombings.

“It outrages me to think that a person would be seeking the presidency of the United States and was close to an individual like Bill Ayers,” former agent Max Noel told Newsmax.
Charges against Ayers were dropped because the FBI used so-called national security wiretaps that could not be used legally in criminal cases.

Obama launched his political career at Ayers’ home in 1995. From 1999 to 2002, he served with Ayers on the board of the Woods Fund of Chicago. In response to criticism of their relationship, Obama has said he was 8 when Ayers was bombing buildings.

But the presidential candidate was a grown man when he sought and obtained Ayers’ blessing for his entry into politics.

Former FBI agent Willie Reagan said, “I spent seven years of my life hunting down people who described themselves as revolutionary communists and were involved in bombings.”

Reagan, who infiltrated the Weather Underground in New York, said he witnessed members of the group making bombs.

“At some point, Obama knew of his background and should have repudiated him, not later when he is running for president,” Reagan told Newsmax.

Noel, who worked the Weather Underground case in San Francisco, also questioned Obama’s reaction to questions about the issue, saying, “I have a problem with Obama minimizing the relationship and saying it has nothing to do with anything. Because having done background investigations for security clearances for years, you look into a person’s character, his associates, his loyalty and so forth.”

Noel noted that Ayers was a directing force of the Weather Underground. His wife-to-be, Bernardine, headed that organization.

“They were a violent, violent, anti-government, domestic terrorist organization,” Noel said. “Obama has not only associated with those people, he continued associating with racist people like his minister Jeremiah Wright over a period of 20 years. I don’t think that’s by happenstance. It’s just amazing to me. The American people are being led by the nose by people who say this isn’t important.”

Oliver “Buck” Revell, a former associate deputy director of the FBI, is similarly blunt. “In dealing with Bill Ayers, Bernardine Dohrn, and the element that they represented, Obama was dealing with individuals who both openly and admittedly have engaged in treasonous activity and violence against the United States,” said Revell, who worked on the Weather Underground case in Philadelphia and Chicago.

Posted by: 4elise | October 14, 2008 10:39 PM | Report abuse

4elise: "With all the fraud of accorn voter fraud that Obama paid them a million dollars to defraud this country. Where is the outrage."

The real question is, "where is the voter fraud?" Please cite a single case of voter fraud resulting from a mistaken voter registration done by ACORN. Or do you not know the difference? Please gather some facts before repeating Limbaugh trash.

Posted by: Hokuto | October 14, 2008 10:42 PM | Report abuse

For those of you still concerned about the bogeyman of voter fraud based on right-wing claims of its prevalence, you might start by reading "The Truth about Voter Fraud" issued by the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law. It can be found in pdf format here:
http://truthaboutfraud.org/pdf/TruthAboutVoterFraud.pdf

Posted by: Hokuto | October 14, 2008 10:51 PM | Report abuse

I just observe how the small-minded loath her. It's a mark of greatness.

Posted by: zjr78xva | October 14, 2008 7:37 PM
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I have to differ, I would say THOSE WHO ARE INTELLIGENT and can recall the past SEE through the Palin SMOKE SCREEN and call it for what it is. While the SMALL MINDED PEOPLE,such as the ever present sample in her rally's, are easily DUPED...She encourages and abides the worst of human sentiments... "Mark of Greatness"--- Many stated the same of Hitler, Bush, etc...

Posted by: LMM48 | October 14, 2008 10:52 PM | Report abuse

Rohit: Palin's exbrother-inlaw is not the governor. His actions were punished as far as they could be according to the laws & policies of the Alaskan State Police department....and this is what the Palin's were told when they tried to pressure officials to fire him. Palin however is Gov of Alaska and she purposely ignored what she was told and allowed the pressure to continue. The subject is Palin and her run as a VP candidate, her actions, her thought process. Wooten is not on a national ballot for anything. Had he not been Palin's former brother-inlaw and had Gov Palin listened to the advice of her advisers, she would not be guilty of abusing her office as governor.

Posted by: leah1946 | October 14, 2008 11:14 PM | Report abuse

LOOK EVEN IF WE LIKE McCAIN, WE CAN'T VOTE FOR HIM -- we can't afford Sarah Palin.

Remember, not only did the Alaska Joint Committee ( 10 Republicans, 4 Democrats ) hold Sarah Palin guilty of abuse of power, but also her story about the trooper is a bit flaky. She stated that she heard him threaten her family while toting a pistol on his hip. Yet she takes no defensive position herself, nor does she call the police, nor does she get a restraining order. Instead, she goes to a meeting. !!!!???

Likewise, Ms. Palin's decision ( much like George Bush ) to repudiate her earlier pledge to cooperate fully with the inquiry does not offer assurance about how she would conduct herself as vice president -- or PRESIDENT. Who amongst us believes that there is even a 40% chance that McCain will survive his term in office.

WHAT WOULD A PALIN PRESIDENCY LOOK LIKE? . . . . . My God, think of the draconian judges she'd appoint to the Supreme Court. Think of how renewable energy would be ignored. Think of the shambles of our foreign policy. Think of this mental lightweight handling our economy!!?? . . . . . . . . . . . . . Now tell me John McCain exercised good judgment choosing Sarah Palin as VP.

IF YOU ARE INDEPENDENT, we can't risk a Presidency of Sarah Palin.

Posted by: coldcomfort | October 14, 2008 11:44 PM | Report abuse

Troopergate is such a joke!!!! Oh no! Palin fired someone! Ooooh what is she going to do next!

Do a real story about the guy who Obama supported in Kenya who was responsible for getting thousands killed, not just one idiot fired. Don't know what I'm talking about, google "Raila Odinga". If you don't believe Obama supported him, check out this video.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bpvLV3d1Eq4

Posted by: mag1 | October 14, 2008 11:51 PM | Report abuse

Let's not forget the top of the ticket. McCain crashed 2 multi-mil planes before crashing in Vietnam. When told to wait when trying to land at McCain Field (named for his grandfather) McCain would reply, "This is my field - I'm coming down!" Wasn't it so quaint that when first dating, John and Cindy both lied to each other about their ages? Not to mention he was still married to his first wife at the time.
The Keating 5 affair cost America millions. A review called it bad judgment on McCain's part - and he rails against ear marks? We were saved from a Dan Quail
potatoe presidency by vurtue of George H. Bush surviving. We may not be so lucky with McCain. Can you imagine a President Palin addressing the nation after another 9/11 with "Gosh darn it, we've been hit again - wink." A Putin or Ahmedinejad would chew her folksiness up and spit it out. McCain's purely political choice of such a lightweight to possibly become the leader of the free world imperils us.
The McCain /Palin ticket is too close for
comfort. McCain should get back to one of his houses where he can yell at passing kids as his mood suits him, Like Dennis' friend Mr. Wilson.

Posted by: MikeinMinnesota | October 15, 2008 12:02 AM | Report abuse

AnotherContrarian wrote: . . Governor Palin rightly or wrongly perceived a death threat against her family by Trooper Wooten. This trooper is "alleged" to have been abusve and is "alleged" to have a history of haressing Palin's family, showing up at family gatherings. In her shoes I would have moved Heaven and Hell to get the man fired.
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AnotherContrarian, if she felt her family truly threatened, why didn't she call the police? -- but she didn't. Why didn't she get a restraining order against him? -- but she didn't. I'm sorry but that dog won't hunt. . . . . . It seems that she was just vendictive. And after seeing her on the campaign stump, it is easy to believe that she is vendictive.


AnotherContrarian wrote: . . To me this is not an election issue.
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But the issue is that it takes restraint as well as correct action to be a good leader. In troopergate, Palin showed neither. But she has shown herself to be, in her own words, "a pitbull with lipstick." As VP, and even more so as President, I find that quite frightening.

Posted by: coldcomfort | October 15, 2008 12:16 AM | Report abuse

Palin would be a Dick Cheney in training. Can you imagine what Rove would do with her in 4 years? It really is scary. I'm just hoping appearances are right, and the American People are finally seeing things for what they are.

Posted by: kenboy1 | October 15, 2008 1:00 AM | Report abuse

Will Todd even get a security clearance? I'd like to see the results of his vetting what with his affiliation with Alaska Independence Cult.

Obama has been vetted; he's a Senator. I have yet to see him pronounce himself clear of a government investigation that declares it finds otherwise which is more than I can say for Palin and 2nd Dude."We Mavericks are gonna Reform Washington of Earmarks, Corruption and ABUSE OF POWER" WINK WINK BULLWINKLE

Posted by: ukeman | October 15, 2008 1:42 AM | Report abuse

Right on, write on, Mr. King. Thank you.

Posted by: jhbyer | October 15, 2008 2:42 AM | Report abuse

So here's a link to a compilation of the Palin/McCain angry, ugly rallies:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_wmAZUAMG8I

And here's a link to a reallly disturbing video about Sarah and Todd Palin's involvement in the AIP (and audio of the founder's anti-American rants);
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eniG9l_7its

Posted by: Omyobama | October 15, 2008 2:52 AM | Report abuse

What bothers me the most about Palin is that like GWB in 2000 she will be new on the national political scene with no previous experience in foreign policy or international relations (sorry, being able to see over the Bering Sea does not count as experience). I remember Republicans that I knew personally who in 2000 were overjoyed that Bush picked Cheney to be his running mate! "You see, he's picking experienced people for his administration to advise him". Yes, they actually said this!!

If something were to happen to John McCain who would Sarah Palin select to provide her with guidance in this area?

Posted by: CynthiaD1 | October 15, 2008 4:58 AM | Report abuse

****AMERICA SHOULD BE FEARFULLY CONCERNED****

!!CORRUPTION!
The Alaska Supreme Court has cleared for release to the public the Alaska State Legislature's (mostly Republicans) highly anticipated investigative report on whether Gov. Sarah Palin abused her power.

(note) Troopergate: In plain English, Sarah Palin has been PROVEN she broke Alaska State Ethics Law in abusing her power in pushing for the firing of a State Trooper once married to her sister and by ALLOWING her husband Todd Palin to use the Alaska Governor's Office in a crusade against the officer. Palin is found by Alaska Legislative Investigation (LAW) of Firing without reasonable "just cause" the Alaska State Public Safety Commissoner Walt Monegan.

ALASKA GOVERNOR Palin RECALL!
I am a Alaskan life voting Republican. This 2008 Election, I will [with pleasure] vote Democrat!

McCains V.P. selection Sarah Palin unequivocally has NO business being the Alaska Governor, let alone, a USA Candidate for Vice President…..

Maverick??.....”AMERICA SHOULD BE FEARFULLY CONCERNED”

I voted for Sarah Palin in Alaskas 2006 Governor Election. MISTAKE!.... Never Again… I repeat-NEVER AGAIN!!....Alaska Governor Palin is an absolute Embarrassment to the Alaska People(s) and "IS PROVEN” over and over to be an insatiable Liar!!...

How can she possibly ASSUME to possess the ability to clean up America, when she cannot clean the progressive ''MESS" She has created…then left Alaska to run for the United States V.P.? Yes,---Left “HER and Her husband todd palins” Mess FOR Alaskans to Clean-Up!!

MCCAIN, you should be ASHAMED of yourself!!!! This victim (palin) has no business in this Presidential Arena.

Posted by: AlaskanVoter
Thank You McClatchyde.com Truth News
AlaskaPolitics and.com

Posted by: Alaskanvoter | October 15, 2008 5:33 AM | Report abuse

God Liberal bias at it's best. King you're an absolute joke. You're writing skills are less than mediocre. I mean you're obviously a NOBAMA supporter and the Dems have been ripping her apart because they are afraid of her. NOT because she doesn't have 20 years of foreign policy experience or 10 years of being an economic specialist. The Liberals are scared of her because she excited the Republicans and you believe her to be the savior for McCain so you have to break this person down to make your own poor, useless, joke of an existence feel better. Get a life King just because your lastname is the same as one of the REAL reformers of civil rights doesn't mean you're special.

Posted by: DisgustedwiththemainstreamLiberalMedia | October 15, 2008 7:33 AM | Report abuse

I'm sure my comment will be flagged for removal because the Liberals can't handle the truth when it comes to their harsh, inappropriate attacks on people who have devoted their lives to public service. Liberals say whatever they want about McCain being to white and to old or Palin being to young and a woman but the moment anyone says anything about Obama being black....."OHHHHHH YOU RACISTS HOW DARE YOU! Oh my god I can't believe it, I'm so offended, oh god, oh god, oh god!"

Democrats are ridiculous hypocrites.

Hey King imagine if that was your mother and you heard them say the mean, hateful things that the LIBERAL MEDIA is saying.

Posted by: DisgustedwiththemainstreamLiberalMedia | October 15, 2008 7:42 AM | Report abuse

How can ANY of you people write about Palin being inexperienced. OBAMA HAS NO EXPERIENCE!!!!! You know that, I know that, everyone knows that. The fact that you people can go on and on and on about experience when your candidate has NONE just goes to show that you obviously know nothing about Obama's platform of specific details of his campaign and that you're voting for him because he's "CHANGE WE CAN BELIEVE IN." Well..... I guess his administration will be change, higher taxes, more government control and a president who doesn't mind terrorists!
.....shocker Obama supporters NOT being educated!

Posted by: DisgustedwiththemainstreamLiberalMedia | October 15, 2008 7:47 AM | Report abuse

It's so depressing to read this stuff. Half of you will believe anything to rationalize your various hates and fears and most of the rest of you simply have no apparent ability to think. Of the few that are able to put together a thoughtful post without wild-eyed ranting, the Obama supporters outnumber the Palin supporters (what ever happened to McCain, anyway?) by somewhere about 4 or 5 to 1. I'm not sure what this tells us about the wider world, but it might help to explain why most of the other former Republicans I know have been leaving the GOP for years.

Posted by: jcrobin | October 15, 2008 8:32 AM | Report abuse

WHO IN THEIR RIGHT MIND WHOULD EVER WANT PALIN THE VERY POSSIBLITY TO BE PRESIDENT? McCAIN, AGE 72 DOES! ( RIGHT MIND? ) VOTE!!

Posted by: usapdx | October 15, 2008 9:06 AM | Report abuse

Who exactly is Sarah Palin? America is finding out and it sure isn't pretty. I cannot believe the electorate will be foolish enough to put her in a position to be a heartbeat away from the presidency. Governor Palin doesn't know what she doesn't know. She is now enjoying her fifteen minutes of fame. I hope she will quickly vanish from national politics after the election. The Republican Party's immediate future is in deep trouble if Sarah Palin is the best person John McCain could choose to be his running mate.

Posted by: PaulWhiteley | October 15, 2008 10:20 AM | Report abuse

NEW YORK –Sen. Barack Obama, with a donation of nearly $1 million, and a son of Libyan dictator Muammar Gadhafi were among the biggest contributors to the presidential campaign of controversial Kenyan leader Raila Odinga, according to an internal document obtained by WND.

The memo was prepared by the head of Odinga's campaign finance accounting section, Shakeel Shabbir, as an official report delivered to the national treasurer for Odinga's Orange Democratic Movement party, or ODM.

Among the 72 individuals and organizations that contributed money to Odinga's 2007 presidential run in Kenya, Shabbir lists "Friends of Senator B.O." as having donated 66,000,000 Kenyan schillings, about $950,000.

Saif el-Islam Gadhafi, the Libyan strongman's second oldest son, reportedly donated 53,450,000 Kenyan schillings, about $765,000.

According to several highly credible ex-ODM sources WND interviewed in Kenya, the $950,000 raised for Odinga's campaign came from a series of private meetings arranged for Odinga by Mark Lippert, a foreign policy adviser in Obama's U.S. Senate office. The meetings with top-dollar Obama fundraisers and donors took place during Odinga's 2006 trip to the U.S. In Kenya, WND talked to several top ex-ODM officials who played key roles in Odinga's 2007 presidential campaign.

The officials became disaffected with Odinga after confirming he signed a memorandum of understanding with Sheik Abdullahi Abdi, the chairman of the National Muslim Leaders Forum, or NAMLEF. In the Aug, 27, 2007, agreement, Odinga promised that within six months of becoming president, he would "rewrite the Constitution of Kenya to recognize Shariah as the only true law sanctioned by the Holy Quran for Muslim declared religions."

The ex-Odinga officials also told WND that, as Christians, they were appalled to see Odinga use tribal violence as a strategy to gain power after he lost the election by some 250,000 votes to sitting President Mwai Kibaki, a member of Kenya's majority Kikuyu tribe.

Odinga called on fellow Luo tribal members to protest alleged voter fraud, resulting in a brutal wave of machete-wielding violence that killed an estimated 1,000 members of the Kikuyu tribe in January and February. Some 800 Christian churches also were destroyed or burned to the ground, without a single mosque being damaged.

Posted by: 4elise | October 15, 2008 10:46 AM | Report abuse

1963 writes:

I find it humorous that you would worry about Sarah Palin, when a communist like Barack Obama is the guy you're in the tank for.

(A communist ? Is this the new right wing smear word for Obama ? A bit stronger than socialist, but seriously, the McCarthy days are long behind us)


Let's see.... he associates and spends money for radical socialist/anarchist schools that comes from the efforts of an admitted terrorist.

(Radical, socialist, anarchist. Does Obama beat his dog too ?)


He spends 20 years in a church that is run by a racist white hater... oh yeah, he never heard Rev. Wright spew his crap... uh huh.

(So you know for a fact what Obama heard in church. Are you a member of Obama's former church ? And you also know that Obama agrees with everything his pastor may or may not have said ?)


Barack Obama helped train ACORN members and served as their lead counsel while he was doing 'community organizing'. And you're afraid of Sarah Palin? Get real... Obama is the scary one.

(Obama defended ACORN in a court case 13 years ago. Obama's partner in that motor voter case was the US Justice department)


If all you have left is name calling, then buy a good jar of popcorn now and get ready to pop up a big bowl to watch Obama's inaguration as our 44th POTUS on January 20th 2009.

Posted by: mathas | October 15, 2008 10:46 AM | Report abuse

Here's the Story that CNN did on Palin's AKIP connection. The Mccain camp threatened legal action for them to pull it.

Here's the Piece
http://newsone.blackplanet.com/elections/cnn-covers-palins-akip-connection/

Here's an interview with AKIP Chairman, Lynette Clark on Palin's involvement
http://newsone.blackplanet.com/elections/akip-interview-on-palin/

Posted by: cganemccalla | October 15, 2008 11:35 AM | Report abuse

In researching (an admittedly overlong) blog article about fear, hillbillies, and this election, I watched the movie "Deliverance" and read some of Mr.King's old columns. http//:blog.worstoftheozarks.com

Posted by: martymar123 | October 15, 2008 11:45 AM | Report abuse

The ''High School Bully'' and the ''Cheerleader''........................................
''As Putin rears his head and comes into the airspace of the United States''
Palin the ''Maverick'' grabs her shotgun....If she and McCain begin to spiral downward in the polls....as they will.......The rich and powerful may very likely create a major international military incident.....To allow John McCain to come to the rescue..........

Republican or Democrat....
You will feel a cold chill running down your spine....as McCain and
Palin assume control of the nuclear trigger.


Posted by: rodhemeon | October 15, 2008 12:06 PM | Report abuse

And remember, she is not running for the presidency, she is running for VP. If a student applies to a college, he cannot be rejected on the grounds that he is not fit for Graduate school. That comes later, if at all.

Posted by: rohitcuny | October 13, 2008 5:01 PM
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Running with a 72 year old, cancer prone running mate, it is statistically likely that she would take over during a hypothetical McCain first term. That means we better be prepared for PRESIDENT PALIN. (I think I threw up a little in my mouth)

Posted by: lgaide | October 15, 2008 1:09 PM | Report abuse

"How can ANY of you people write about Palin being inexperienced. OBAMA HAS NO EXPERIENCE!!!!!..."

Posted by: DisgustedwiththemainstreamLiberalMedia |
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Experience isn't really the issue. COMPETENCE is. Sarah Palin is an incompetent, abuser of executive power. That seems to be where she has the most experience, abuse of power.

But, by your own standards, Palin has MORE experiance than McCain. Do you think she should be at the TOP of the ticket?

Posted by: lgaide | October 15, 2008 1:18 PM | Report abuse

Go Sarah GO!!...

Posted by: zjr78xva | October 14, 2008 7:23 PM
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...Back to the frozen wilds of Alaska where you belong!!!

Posted by: lgaide | October 15, 2008 1:32 PM | Report abuse

Biff. Pow. Whammo!

If this isn't a wake up call I don't know what is.

There are common points between rural and urban America. Both views have their merits. However, lack of education and comprehension of a global economy and our role within the world community is a frightening concept in this day and age.

Experience and knowledge are not the same thing. Obama has the intellect and knowledge to lead. McCain is an unstable health risk and still having Vietnam flashbacks.

Insert "Cutesy" for "Folksy" when you read about Palin - and think about the damage Bush has already created regarding America's position in the world. Add "Cutesy" to an already ignorant, bullying "Cowboy" posture.

America has a chance to turn our situation around - or go deeper and take the biggest risk of our lifetime with the agitated and aggressive dynamic duo of McCain-Palin.

The choice seems so obvious.

Posted by: DonJulio | October 15, 2008 1:53 PM | Report abuse

Wonderful--cronyism and abuse of power. I'd argue that Palin was properly vetted to replace the current VP!

Run far and run fast--she is Dick Cheney with lipstick!

Posted by: MrFritz | October 15, 2008 2:14 PM | Report abuse

"How can ANY of you people write about Palin being inexperienced. OBAMA HAS NO EXPERIENCE!!!!!..."

Posted by: DisgustedwiththemainstreamLiberalMedia |
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Experience isn't really the issue. COMPETENCE is. Sarah Palin is an incompetent, abuser of executive power. That seems to be where she has the most experience, abuse of power.

But, by your own standards, Palin has MORE experiance than McCain. Do you think she should be at the TOP of the ticket?

>>>>>>>>>>>

I have always wondered why people seem not to understand this obvious point: experience is NOT the issue.

After all, George W Bush was very experienced when he became president - he had been the governor of Texas (the second largest state in terms of size and population) for 6 years. With all this 'experience' (and that of his VP Cheney), he has been easily the worst president in modern US history. Why? Because he is an incompetent.

An objective assessment of what we know so far about Sarah Palin indicates that she is very much like W. Incurious, shallow, ignorant of matters of national and international importance, supremely self-confident and with little ability or inclination for self-examination or introspection.

Any thinking person who is honest with him/her self must conclude that (a) McCain is not likely to last more than 1 term and (b) the chances of Palin being *even a mediocre president* are slim to none. More likely, she will be another atrocious disaster - like W. Can America afford this?

Posted by: Hazbert | October 15, 2008 2:25 PM | Report abuse

King,
In view of the fact that the Bush camp of all the Presidents men did nothing about the misuse of the people's money when Obama went to campaign in Kenya for Raila Odinga, apparently his cousin , I wouldn't worry much about your fear of these agencies.
They don't seem to function today.

Whatever happened to the type of special prosecutor guy ,who would go after tricky dicky types, or those who might consort with domestic terrorists,foreign jihadists, or lie to the public, cheat on their truthful birthplace?

Do you think they are just waiting to punce as soon as an candidate is elected, leaving us with Biden or Palin running the zoo?

Posted by: dottydo | October 15, 2008 4:54 PM | Report abuse

If Palin becomes VP just watch Trooper Wooten become subject to "extrodinary rendition" since she can't seem to separate personal vendetta from government business. This would simply be another tool to be used at her discretion.
She lies with a straight face. She must also be qualified as a mechanic, a plumber and an electrician because she can see them from her home!
We have just seen what eight years of "W" have done by having someone in charge who doesn't need to think about anything and we don't want more of the same.

Posted by: rickabee | October 15, 2008 5:18 PM | Report abuse

Mr. King

Perhaps you can give an article investigation of the following article.

http://canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/5576

It seems Michelle OBAMA has indicated that she is a ALREADY the first lady.

Do real people expect someone to deny a religion when 80 percent of his relatives are Muslims?’” Mrs. Obama asked.

Posted by: miller51550 | October 15, 2008 5:33 PM | Report abuse

I had to write in about a comment that "MLK's own granddaughter" isn't voting for Obama. I guess not, since his only grandchild was born earlier this year and is barely six months old. Need to get your facts in order.

Posted by: jimbob11 | October 15, 2008 5:42 PM | Report abuse

McCain has rolled a Trojan Horse into our nation, into our culture and into our homes!
Sarah Palin is inside the supposed gift
as another neocon but veiled in vanity and in her beauty. She is nothing but another neoconservative- vanity over substance,
self-righteouness over intelligence etc. etc. Mccain is the new American Benidict Arnold promotting Palin, unecessary wars and the neoconic policies of the past. They shouldt be up for an election they should be up for prison time!

Posted by: rubenlruiz | October 15, 2008 5:45 PM | Report abuse

Palin was not sentenced to any sort of abuse for her actions in Alaska...
Bush and Cheney were also not sited for the destruction of our nation- the deaths of hundreds of thousands etc etc!

What was Bill Clinton impeached for?
The double standard is alive and well.
Obama will get rid of the hypocrisy!
The GOP is the Hypocrisy!

Posted by: rubenlruiz | October 15, 2008 5:49 PM | Report abuse

"And remember, she is not running for the presidency, she is running for VP. If a student applies to a college, he cannot be rejected on the grounds that he is not fit for Graduate school. That comes later, if at all.

I don't see the big deal about Todd Palin joining the AIP. First of all, America is not a prison. If Alaskans don't want to be part of it (I suspect they do) it should be their choice, just as it was Georgia's choice not to be part of Russia and Kosovo's choice not to be part of Serbia."

Quoting from two posts from rohitcuny


I agree that the Vice President is not as important a post as that of the President. However, his (or if Governor Palin is elected, her) role is to take over from the President in case of death, resignation, removal, or incapacitation. John McCain if elected would be the oldest man to ever take over the Presidency. Although the previous record-holder was Ronald Reagan lived up to the very ripe old age of 92, let's be honest that the chances of Sarah Palin being forced to step into the Presidency are probably higher.

Although to use your analogy "she is not applying for Graduate School", it is quite possible that Sarah Palin could be quickly be asked to start Graduate School. Personally I don't have a problem with her lack of polish. What I do have a problem is her lack of curiosity.

Regarding your second point, first Ms. Palin has used the "palling with terrorists" line because of the fact that Ayers and Obama served on a board of directors and Ayers held a fundraiser for Obama when he ran for the Illinois Senate. The Republican Party has tried making Obama's association with Ayers beyond the pale, by the same token, it could be said that being a member of a party that advocates one of the constituent United States to seccede from the Union, equally beyond the pale.

Finally, a brief history lesson, rohitcuny. Remember Abraham Lincoln, the Great Emancipator, all around American icon, and probably the best President of the US? Remember that during his Presidency, the Civil War broke out? The Civil War was originally NOT about slavery, it was in response to the seccession of South Carolina and ten other states. Therefore, seccession is just as fringe as bombing the Pentagon toilets.

Posted by: Kruhn1 | October 15, 2008 6:02 PM | Report abuse

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

Above link is Gov Palin's address to AIP's 2008 convention. Why is she 'Palin' around with a homegrown terrorist group? This alone should disqualify McCain from the Presidency for his irresponsible choice of a running mate.

Posted by: whatagain08 | October 15, 2008 6:04 PM | Report abuse

"The most frightening words in politics today have to be "President Palin". People will have to be out of their minds to let this happen. The Constitution is great but the system needs to be improved for Presidential succession."
Posted by: kfk79 | October 14, 2008 12:21 AM


The Constitution left no mention if the Vice President was supposed to serve his predecessor's remaining term or until a special election was held and then would step down. The reason why Vice Presidents serve the balance of the term of the President is due to one John Tyler of Virginia, the "Tyler Too" of "Tippecanoe and Tyler Too" of the election 1840.

When William Henry Harrison died barely a month in office, Tyler was able to make the case that when the President died, the Vice President took over. Although an otherwise obscure President, his ability to set the precedent as the first Vice President to take over the Presidency after the death of his predecessor makes it standard that when the President dies, resigns, is removed from office, or in any other way unable to exercise the powers of his office, the Vice President becomes the President in name and fact.

Posted by: Kruhn1 | October 15, 2008 6:10 PM | Report abuse

I'd rather see America look more like Alaska then what the Democrats have done to the America.

Posted by: ekim53 | October 15, 2008 11:17 PM | Report abuse

Mr. King...rings like a certain other "king" what u fail 2 notice and/ or realize is that Sarah Palin is a loving mother and a VERY smart woman and firstly being a mother by ALL means do u really believe she'll do anything irresponsible that would also disbenefit her OWN family?? thats absurd...yes she lacks some knowledge but this woman is VERY smart and a extremely fast learner...I'd much rather employ a FAST hungry 4 success learner than a "know it all" Barrack that obviously dont have the experience either to "know it all" and he is a sexist calling women "sweetie" Do women keep wanting 2 be underdogged this way? You mr. King are a double edged sword...first ur a guy...thinking ur superiour 2 women...second ur black and obviously screaming 4 ur team...Sarah Palin has achieved a heck of a lot in little time...imagine what more she can come up with given the chance...

Posted by: Etypeman | October 15, 2008 11:23 PM | Report abuse

Alaska is doing great under the leadership of Sara Palin. Freddie and Eannie under the Democrat leadership Franklin Raines, Barney Frank, Christopher Dodd, Schumer and a host of other Democrat accomplices has SCREWED AMERICA.
UP YOURS KING.

Posted by: ekim53 | October 15, 2008 11:41 PM | Report abuse

It is about time; I agree with other posts, that some of the national media spend a little time with the AIP / Palin connection. Palin gave the keynote speech in 2006 at the AIP convention and a video taped address in 2008. If Obama's relationship with Ayers, 10 years ago is "fair" game then clearly a more current and direct association should be equally as pertinent. Even the slightest possibility of an ascendancy to the Presidency is the stuff of nightmares.

Posted by: Beezercal1 | October 16, 2008 1:21 AM | Report abuse

AndrewinGA: There is more to come in the Troopergate investigation. Stay tuned. Your candidate is dirty. VERY dirty.

Posted by: carolab58 | October 16, 2008 2:58 AM | Report abuse

To those who assert Palin was "cleared". No, she was NOT. She violated the ethics statute. PERIOD. And no amount of "spin" is going to change it. Just because her lawyer asserts that there has to be "financial gain" doesn't make it so. In fact, Alaskan ethics law stipulates NO SUCH THING. Palin is guilty of violating Alaska's ethics laws. What remains is what Monegan is going to do about it. He has already submitted a request for a hearing to clear his name and reputation to the state personnel board. If they refuse he will take it to the state supreme court. Follow the news on the ADN.com blog. Palin is also being investigated for other ethics violations. You will find out more there. Read. Learn.

Posted by: carolab58 | October 16, 2008 3:02 AM | Report abuse

McCain on FOX: "Lose the debates - does not lose the election!" Watch interview here: http://tubedirect.net/index.php?q=McCain-Lose-debate?

Posted by: varniklili | October 16, 2008 4:55 AM | Report abuse

Deepak Chopra and now Salman Rushdie have criticised Sarah Palin's choice, the latter calling it a joke. The more you see and hear her, the more you begin to doubt the judgment of McCain. Had he been younger, a lot would have been said about the only qualifications of Palin that got him to pick her.

To think that she could well be commander in chief gives many the jitters. One can only imagine how she will abuse her power and push through her far right agenda which is out of sync with the 21st century.

Vinod Sharma

Posted by: billupa | October 16, 2008 9:56 AM | Report abuse

Right on, write on - and tell me, who paid for her house? The house "contractor buddies" finished before she let the contracts for the giant hockey rink she built on land which Wasilla may not own, with bonds which put Wasilla's taxpayers in debt for the first time ever?

She was picked because McCain was pouting about not being allowed to choose Joe Liebermann (dear heavens, if he can't stand up to his own campaign staff, how will he fare against Putin?) AND because, quite frankly, McCain never met a beauty queen he didn't like. Choosing her shows what he thinks of us.

If something happened to Obama, I'm sure he'd trust Joe Biden to raise his kids, if necessary, and to take care of our country. McCain, 72, whose father and grandfather died at 70 and 71, can't be serious about trusting Palin to... to anything. I wouldn't trust her to take care of a parakeet, much less my country.

Posted by: ankhorite | October 16, 2008 9:57 PM | Report abuse

I believe that Senator Obama, whatever his other talents, is the most committed ''abortion-rights'' presidential candidate of either major party since the Roe v. Wade abortion decision in 1973. Despite what Prof. Kmiec suggests, the party platform Senator Obama runs on this year is not only aggressively ''pro-choice;'' it has also removed any suggestion that killing an unborn child might be a regrettable thing. On the question of homicide against the unborn child - and let's remember that the great Lutheran pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer explicitly called abortion ''murder'' - the Democratic platform that emerged from Denver in August 2008 is clearly anti-life.


Posted by: 4elise | October 18, 2008 10:38 AM | Report abuse

JOE THE PLUMBER WANTS YOU TO SPREAD THE WORD.
OBAMA IS A MARXIST SOCIALIST.
AMERICAN SOLDIERS FOUGHT AND DIED AND SHED BLOOD FIGHTING MARXIST. WE WILL NOT ALLOW IT HERE. OBAMA GAVE ACORN OVER A MILLION DOLLARS TO STEAL YOUR VOTES. WITH THE STOLEN VOTES HE THEN CAN HAVE A SUPER MAJORITY IN THE SENATE AND HOUSE ( VETO PROOF) HUSSAIN OBAMA'S PLAN IS TO STRIP YOU OF YOUR FREEDOM , RELIGON AND YOUR BELONGINGS! THEN HE WILL GIVE IT TO HIS MARXIST SOCIALIST FOLLOWERS. HE THEN BECOME YOUR MARXIST EMPEROR ! THIS IS WITH OUT A SHOT BEING FIRED.

Posted by: 4elise | October 18, 2008 1:00 PM | Report abuse

Remember OVER $2OO MILLION DOLLARS FROM ISLAMIC TERRORISTS TO OBAMA that we know of. AND WE SLEEP. REMEBER OUR CONSTITUTION AND BILL OF RIGHTS. I am a Democrat but this is shocking. Where is the out cry from the regulars here. Is your country more important then your political ideoligy? Our fighting men have died and shed blood fighting the very people sneaking millions to Obama

Posted by: 4elise | October 19, 2008 3:45 PM | Report abuse

Socialism & Wealth Redistribution: Michelle Obama Spent $447.39 on an Afternoon Snack
AudacityofHypocrisy.com ^ | 10/19/2008 | admin

Posted on Monday, October 20, 2008 17:38:56 by safetysign

According to Michelle Obama, “The truth is, in order to get things like Universal Health Care and a revamped Education System, then someone is going to have to give up a piece of the pie so that someone else can have more.”

Oh, really? Who is the someone who gives up a piece of the pie?

On October, 15,2008, Michelle Obama spent $447.39 on room service (for 2) at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel for an afternoon snack of Lobster Hors D’Oeuvres ($50.00), Whole Steamed Lobsters (100.00), Iranian Osetra Caviar ($150.00), and Bollinger Champagne ($44.00)

See the Michelle Obama wealth redistribution quote below, and the enlarged receipt for the sumptuous snack, signed by Michelle Obama.

Sounds exquisite, doesn’t it, if your culinary tastes run to lobster, caviar and champagne? But this insight into the Obama lifestyle makes us wonder how often Joe ‘the Plumber’ Wurzelbacher of Toledo, Ohio and his family eat lobster with all the trimmings.

How often does the average person eat like this? Or is it only those who make $250,000 or more? Or only the 95% of the population laboring under the illusion that they will get tax breaks under the Obama Wealth Redistribution Plan?


Posted by: 4elise | October 20, 2008 8:57 PM | Report abuse

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