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McCain Tempers Excitement Over Palin Speech

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin delivered a stirring speech tonight in her debut as GOP vice presidential nominee. But could John McCain have been any more tepid in his enthusiasm for her on stage?

McCain tried to recreate Barack Obama's move from last week, when the Democratic nominee joined his vice presidential pick, Sen. Joe Biden (D-Del.), on stage following Biden's partisan rallying cry of an acceptance speech.

And just as Obama did in Denver, McCain -- after Palin gave her rousing anti-Obama, media-bashing address -- joined his vice presidential running mate on stage in St. Paul.

The only difference? McCain looked like he was struggling to stay awake when he declared, "Now you know why I chose Sarah Palin to be the next vice president of the United States!"

Obama was much more effusive when he said the same about Biden. McCain's lack of energy was conspicuous. Or maybe he's just awkward.

Meanwhile, we also noticed from our perch on a comfy living room sofa that would-be first lady Cindy McCain and her mother-in-law, Roberta McCain, didn't hug or kiss or share any moments of intimacy that you might expect from the mother and the wife of the man who might be president. No whispered words. No hand on the shoulder. Nothing.

And all we can ask is: What's up with that?

By Paul Volpe  |  September 4, 2008; 1:00 AM ET
 
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I can understand his lack of showing to much excitement --first if he had hugged her someone on the left would have made a comment about his being a dirty old man--also Obama went way overboard on his greating Biden after tha speech--so I am happy he didnt say much and take the spotlight away from Mrs. Palin

Posted by: M. E. Nichols | September 4, 2008 1:58 AM | Report abuse

Some of my observations. 1. The republicans represents the jocks, bullies, cheerleaders, “the incrowd” in school. The democrats represents the smartkids, the diplomatic kids, geeks, the outcasts in school. 2. The republicans seem to focus on power, control, fear, etc. The democrats focus on unity, freedom, sharing, etc. 3. It seems the republicans can call Sarah Palin a sweetheart, hotchick, babe, etc. as seen on stickers, placards, commentry etc. but the democrats cannot call or attach any feminine characteristics that are negative without being branded as women haters.
This election is not about the many different peoples in America but it is about electing a select social class and the republicans have a trojan horse “Sarah Palin”. The country and global issues facing the planet can take second place. The democrats can lose this election if the women vote is given to Mcain.

Posted by: anonymous | September 4, 2008 2:42 AM | Report abuse

I don't know much about "Special Needs" babies, but I just betcha loud noise, bright lights bother them just the same as non "Special Needs" babies--the whole outfit should do jail time for child abuse (including Cindy McCain for her 'show and tell'with the baby.) I also noticed the very cool, coolness between Cindy and Mother McCain. What an outfit!

Posted by: Lila Lee | September 4, 2008 4:08 AM | Report abuse

hey u idiot....if he can't lift his arms, go you figure out why. he suffered so that an idiot like you has freedom of speech...obama will hand u over to the terrorists...maybe u can show a video of your beheading when he does.

Posted by: mosesknows | September 4, 2008 5:28 AM | Report abuse

At the end it looked like a stage version of the movie Knocked Up

Posted by: Alex Campbell | September 4, 2008 5:50 AM | Report abuse

Palin, what a joke, not only does she have bad judgement by having a baby at 44 who is retarded, and, great, why not abort him, but now her kid is having a kid, nice family values mom, and then she is in some little spat with her brother in law? how small, and not presidential at all.. go back to moose wrestling and let mature people be in office palin. John Mcain is anchient when looking at him next to palin. the whole thing is a farce. I heard romny is so angry couse no matter what, palin will be running for pres as long as mcain has been.. like 50 years he's been trying to be pres...

Posted by: Jay Exeter | September 4, 2008 5:54 AM | Report abuse

Hard to get excited about speech. She was just reading what a high-powered Republican speech writer wrote. NPR had a speech from when she was mayor and she was not at all a powerful speaker.

Posted by: Barry | September 4, 2008 7:39 AM | Report abuse

I can see now the attacks on Palin over the next few days:

1) She had a speechwriter. Oh No!

Reality Check: They all have speechwriters!

2) She was "shrill" in her attacks (from a post-speech reaction of Harry Reid)!

The term shrill is a sexist charge never, ever leveled against a man.

3) She was just spouting the Republican talking points!

Some of the items were the talking points. It's called the Platform, a set of ideals and ideas that everyone agrees to abide by.
Psst... Obama and Biden stick strictly to the Democrat's talking points and Platform.

4) She was for the "Bridge To Nowhere" before she was against it!

Possibly, at 100 Million it was a good deal, but then it ballooned up to almost 400 Million lining the pockets of corrupt politicians in Alaska (I'm looking at you, Ted!). The Democrats better tread lightly on this one!

5) She still doesn't have the experience to be President!

The lady has more Geo-political experience than Obama. As the campaign progresses, this will be all too apparent.

6) Wait til the Vice-Presidential Debate!!!

After last night a creeping unease is settling into the pits of the Obama's and Biden's stomachs that this is going to turn out very badly for them!

7) She was just the Mayor of a small town and the Governor of a state with a small population.

More small-town and state bashing will just show the Democrats to be Elitists that want to rule the unwashed, stupid masses. Guess what? We vote too!!!

8) How dare Mrs. Palin MOCK Barack Obama!

Just desserts after the last few days!

John McCain picked the BEST person to run with him. She will be ready to serve as President if the need arises. If she were running for President herself, I would vote for her in a heartbeat!

Posted by: Moose | September 4, 2008 8:23 AM | Report abuse

It's a shame that McCain did not pick the man he wanted, Joe Lieberman. Instead he listens to the spin doctors and picks an unqualified hockey mom in an obvious political gimmick to get the votes of women. It shows the bad judgment he will have in his appointments as President. I guess between Palin and wrapping himself in the American flag he hopes to fool ehough voters so we can have George Bush, part three.

Posted by: Vince | September 4, 2008 8:46 AM | Report abuse

I sincerely believe that people who can't put together a proper sentence, complete with correct spelling, punctuation, capitalization and grammar, should NOT have their views printed.

It would be better for our liberal cause if the bottom 1/4 of the class just shut up.

Posted by: Tom from Wheaton, IL | September 4, 2008 9:50 AM | Report abuse

The best Speaker at the GOP RNC so far were: 1) Sarah Palin, 2) Fred Thompson and 3) Mitt Romney. These are the true conservatives that Washington Fears.

Posted by: Blogsomebody | September 4, 2008 10:07 AM | Report abuse

perhaps sen mccain was just tired - he'll need to rest up in order to deliver the same old 'i spent 5 years in a cage' etc - can we shed some light on the real record showing his less than stellar performance in the military (son/grandson of admirals might explain his promotion in spite of being 5th from bottom of huge class at naval academy & questionable performance evaluations as officer) -if surviving was his greatest achievement does it qualify for white house?

Posted by: winchestereast | September 4, 2008 10:17 AM | Report abuse

"It would be better for our liberal cause if the bottom 1/4 of the class just shut up."

Maybe we could persuade them to switch to the Republicans -- thus raising the average IQ of both parties.

Posted by: Peter Principle | September 4, 2008 10:32 AM | Report abuse

So now the press is reporting that McCain's wife and mother-in-law didn't hug and kiss? There's just no sexism that's still off-limits, is there?

Posted by: Tom T. | September 4, 2008 10:43 AM | Report abuse

Hey Tom T.---Just because your party ran a woman for veep doesn't mean no one can question her. The hypocrisy on the right just keeps getting deeper and deeper...did you actually think that because you ran a caribou eating, bible-thumping, hockey-hair wearing, gun toting secessionist from Alaska, everyone would walk on egshells around her just because she's a woman? There was no sexism present in that article, and your party just ran an unqualified party hack for veep. She will continue to be torn apart in the press, as she should be, because she's the most ridiculous pick for veep since Quayle.
I get so sick of the Republicans crying 'sexism! sexism!' every time someone takes a shot at Palin. Where were you when Repuglicans were telling Hillary to get back in the kitchen and make them some sandwiches? If Sarah Palin can't stand the heat, she needs to get the f**k out of the kitchen. Oh wait, I mentioned 'Palin' and 'kitchen' in the same sentence...that must be sexist?!

Posted by: Lorin--Oregon Lib'rul | September 4, 2008 11:44 AM | Report abuse

Moose, Mmmm, Palin was shrill and that has nothing to do with her sex, but rather the tone, pitch, and twang of her voice. I'm female and it bothers my ears to hear her. Hillary Clinton was also very often shrill in tone and pitch. The term shrill is not often leveled against men as their voices have lower registers. That said, as much as I like McCain, his voice sometimes makes me think of Alvin the Chipmunk.

Posted by: fralene | September 4, 2008 11:44 AM | Report abuse

Was Obama's picking Biden a move that panders to men? Or to whites?

It's insulting to insinuate that picking a woman as VP is an attempt to pander to women. As if women aren't smart enough to make a decision on the merits. No no, we're going to vote in unison for McCain b/c he picked a woman!

Posted by: Lisa | September 4, 2008 11:45 AM | Report abuse


I feel sorry for Sarah Palin. She is being used by the GOP and will eventually be found out to be a cheerful incompetent who reads someone else's speech well.

The bookmakers in the UK give 20-1 odds that John McCain will drop her before the election.

Posted by: joe turner | September 4, 2008 12:04 PM | Report abuse


Sarah Palin was coached non stop for 24 hours before delivering that speech. She had the talent to be mean and snide, but someone else gave her the words to deliver. Did anyone pick up the 'Rovian' trademark on this trash talk? The word "shrill" to describe this speech was very appropriate. Actually the sound of her voice hurts one's ears. Fortunately we only have to listen to it until Novemeber 4th and then it will go back to where it came from.

Posted by: Carol | September 4, 2008 12:13 PM | Report abuse

This off point, but am I the only one that has the feeling that John McCain has a doctor in his entourage that's only purpose is to give him botox shots when needed. The mans face is starting to look like something out of a wax museaum. I'm the same age he is, and I only wish my face was that smoothe.

Posted by: Carol | September 4, 2008 12:20 PM | Report abuse

"If he can't lift his arms,go figure out why,he suffered so that an idiot like you has freedom of speech".I always knew those darn Vietnamese were gonna invade and take our rights away.We fought them there,so we did't have to fight them here.

Posted by: Blue Boy | September 4, 2008 12:36 PM | Report abuse

If sarah PeeFace won a beauty contest,
then who was the other contestants?
Tennesse Tuxudo? She is mean,ugly,
and extremely DUMB! but thank you McFoolish
for giving us this election,the gift
that keeps giving, LANDSLIDE. NOV.

Posted by: PETER | September 4, 2008 1:04 PM | Report abuse

Tom from Wheaton Illinois. Well Tom, I know how you feel, but to balance that out we also have the top 50% of the conservative side running their mouth and they sound a lot more stupid than the lower 25% of our side. Besides this is a representative democracy.The Republicans would like it if only their members voted. You have to put the training wheels on and let them go , maybe with enough participation it will raise their level of consciousness.

Posted by: THIS JUST IN | September 4, 2008 1:06 PM | Report abuse

The rest of the world just got the confirmation it needed - John McCain is a desparate senile pathetic old man. Sarah Palin is a joke. So she can read a speech. - so what.

Palin should Go shoot some caribou, that's something she probably does have experience in because her and her family look and act like redneck trailer trash.

Posted by: Maureen3 | September 4, 2008 1:09 PM | Report abuse

Another thing I noticed was that Bristol and Levi were constantly...and I mean constantly..holding hands. But looking at their faces, there was a distinct lack of mutual affection
I wonder if those two horny rascals were warned not to make mommy look bad.

Posted by: :-) | September 4, 2008 1:54 PM | Report abuse

Hey Mary Ann..Want to make a real SPLASH!
Give us the dirt on Sarah Palin's extramarital affair. What's up with that?

Posted by: :-) | September 4, 2008 1:58 PM | Report abuse

Moose ... re the "shrill" voice comment ... have to agree with Fralene on that. I'm a woman, too, and had the same issue with Hillary. It's almost as if when they get excited the pitch of their voice rises expedentiously. Hmmm. My son claims, my voice does the same when I'm angry.

I thought she took a cheap shot at Michelle and since Obama was the first AND ONLY PRES. CANDIDATE to stand up for her and tell all his supporters to lay off the family - spouse and kids are not part of the campaign and have no choice in whether the candidate is running or not. So, her lack of character showed when she attacked Michelle Obama last night.

I'm waiting to see how the traditional, conservative women who supported Bush will react. In Florida, so far, they are awfully quiet and not getting involved in the campaigning end. Wonder if they will really come on board.

Posted by: In Florida | September 4, 2008 2:04 PM | Report abuse

Gov. Sarah Palin was a hit last night... 3 points stands out today....

1. Lipstick is the difference between a pit bull and hockey moms....

2. The hauling away of the styrofoam greek columns after big rhetoric speeches leaves undeniable image of non-serious and celebrity-like 3 ring Dem convention circus......

3. Her issues have more credibility due to her working and middle class background experience compared to opponents' empty words with elitist and wealthy lifestyles...

Here's ANOTHER Democrat voting for McCain/Palin 08'!!!!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 4, 2008 2:12 PM | Report abuse

Here's ANOTHER Democrat voting for McCain/Palin 08'!!!!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 4, 2008 2:12 PM
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You ain't no Democrat.. You are a phony! Go troll somewhere else.

Posted by: :^D | September 4, 2008 2:22 PM | Report abuse

Wow, I'm impressed with the discourse. Shrill, trailer trash, dumb.

Excellent.

Are you scholars from Yale? Princeton? Harvard?

Any other tried and true adjectives?

At least use the dictionary to find some new insults.

Posted by: arrowrod | September 4, 2008 2:46 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Rambo Palin reads a speech, is welcomed by the 99% white Republican convention, but really doesn't say anything other than sarcastic remarks. She is pro-choice, doesn't believe there is actually global warming, doesn't think that polar bears or beluga whales should be on the endangered list, in fact, doesn't believe in listing any animal anywhere as endangered, wants creationism taught in schools, likes to hunt (which in itself is okay, but seems to find much glee in killing animals), talks the talk about family values but has a teen-age daughter who seems to have skipped part of the values discussion, and on and on. One part of Sarah Rambo Palin's background which I find particularly offensive is that she is a proponent of hunting animals by airplane/heliocopter until they are exhausted and then shooting them (killing wolves in Alaska)--don't know if she has actually done that but she heartily endorses it--the reason, to have larger caribou herds in southern parts of Alaska so "sportsmen" (who pay big money for hunting parties) can have their almost "canned" hunts. To me, that attitude speaks volumes about Sarah Rambo Palin's character. Incidentally, the enthusiasm that McCain and the other Republicans extended to the pregnant teen-age daughter and the yet-to-be married teen-age father seems to indicate that this state of teen-age sex is okay now for Republicans--McCain and the rest of the "family values" sycophants will graciously embrace all of the unmarried, pregnant, black, hispanic, and white teenagers in the rest of the country--just make certain no one tried to use birth control measures because, as the pro-choice folks like to rant, that is on par with abortion.

Posted by: Jan | September 4, 2008 2:50 PM | Report abuse

My thoughts were best summarized by the 18th century English poet, Alexander Pope:
"Words are like leaves, and where they most abound,
Much fruit of sense beneath is rarely found."

Posted by: pawdek | September 4, 2008 4:48 PM | Report abuse

Perhaps he realized that the bar has now been raised very high for Palin in the upcoming vice-presidential debate and media interviews and stump speeches between now and election day. Up until her speech last night, the campaign was playing Palin as the victim and lowering the bar for her upcoming debate with Biden on October 4. But her speech raised that bar very high, and her punches last night at Obama now make her a legitimate target for Democrats to campaign against. There will still be charges of sexism from the GOP on any any question about her policy standings, no doubt. But I think the damage from that is much, much less now considering the speech that was crafted by McCain's speech writers over two weeks ago, before Palin was even known to be the candidate, a speech that may have been written for Mitt Romney...

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

I simply love GOPERS, when Obama speaks and people have hope,they say what a bunch of idiots, the guy just gives a speech, when Sarah the Mooswoman gives a speech, which is obvious someone else wrote, probably a Rove political hack, it's wowoowowowow she's simply wonderful. No matter it was full of hate, untruths and empty when it came to exactly what the plan is to fix our sinking economy, fix the home crisis, the banks going belly up, the infrastructure that's collapsing, schools that are unfit for humans, healtcare crisis. Nope no substance, just hate hate and more hate. So, the GOP is now the party of unwed teen Mom's, parading your special needs child all over, using your kids as a platform, calling community organizers a bunch of no goods, by the way, I believe Jesus and Mother Theresa fit nicley into that catagory, the GOPERS are all wetting themselves with joy and glee. Like sheep being led to the slaughter only dumber!

Posted by: Sue F | September 4, 2008 5:23 PM | Report abuse

I'm an old retired guy and I can honestly say it won't matter to me in the long run who wins this election. I do believe however that the current administration has been the worst in my lifetime (born during FDR).

If "small town working class" voters in Ohio, Pa., Michigan and Indiana re-elect the GOP then I don't want to hear anymore whinng from them about their disappearing jobs and livlihoods, the high cost of college and gas, lack of health care etc.

Screw 'um. Cling to your guns and religion. Pray to Jesus when you go hunting for a meal. You will deserve what you get.

I got mine already. I live comfortably in the sunny south on a golf course, got my steady income, my medicare and prescription drug coverage. We won't run out of gas before I go and the planet won't get too hot.

As Johnny Carson used to say - I upped my lifestyle - up yours!

God helps those who help themselves - if you're in deep doodoo economically and you vote Republican you deserve it.

Posted by: toritto | September 4, 2008 6:37 PM | Report abuse

There is sexism on both sides... And yet, the more sexist Republican party has "gifted" a woman with the role, and for that the liberals should be ashamed. Sexist liberal men and women chose yet another man, Obama, and did not realize the amazing opportunity they had to elect the perfect choice--Hillary, a woman with all the qualities that would make for a progressive and successful president. Democrats, take a note from McCain--set the enlightened example you claim to be, and support female candidates. You can practice by supporting Sarah Palin. Do you have it in you??

Posted by: april | September 4, 2008 7:29 PM | Report abuse

I am so happy to read all these comments confirming my thoughts about Sarah Palin. So she can read and has a speechwriter to write personal insults because he has long been accustomed to doing it for Bush and McCain, and she is familiar with the TelePromTer.........and somewhere in the comments I read that she made a speach in Alaska without the benefit of a speechwriter and it wasnt even significant, think that tells it all. I think the best thing the Republicans can do is to have this speechwriter either run for Pres or substitute him for Palin, she is going to make a big gaffe and I suspect it will be sooner than later.

Posted by: Dee | September 4, 2008 8:27 PM | Report abuse

By the way, I forgot to mention in my last comment, has everyone read that Palin's lipstick/pitbull comment wasnt original, that it actually came from something that of all people the controversial Pastor Hague that McCain had to renounce wrote and the link is somewhere in this blog......Palin's (Borrowed) 'Lipstick' Schtick

Posted by: Dee | September 4, 2008 8:33 PM | Report abuse

wow, you liberals are so angry...what happened, did your welfare checks run out? go get a job AND an education before you post again! I think you are angry because the hard workers here in USA have more wealth than you lazy losers who only want hand-outd...lose the "give-me" mentality....go to WORK..then you will be to tired to whine and complaind and scream for more entitlements.

Posted by: mosesknows | September 4, 2008 11:42 PM | Report abuse

Obama is right leave Palin's family out of this....sad to say I have no doubt the republicans would be all over the Palin family issues if she were a Democrat....betrayal of fellow Americans,it's what they do

I eat moose too, so big deal.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 4, 2008 11:45 PM | Report abuse

Obama is right leave Palin's family out of this....sad to say I have no doubt the republicans would be all over the Palin family issues if she were a Democrat....betrayal of fellow Americans,it's what they do

Posted by: New England Moose Hunter | September 4, 2008 11:46 PM | Report abuse

Obama is right leave Palin's family out of this....sad to say I have no doubt the republicans would be all over the Palin family issues if she were a Democrat....betrayal of fellow Americans,it's what they do

Posted by: New England Moose Hunter | September 4, 2008 11:47 PM | Report abuse

Obama is right leave Palin's family out of this....sad to say I have no doubt the republicans would be all over the Palin family issues if she were a Democrat....betrayal of fellow Americans,it's what they do

Posted by: New England Moose Hunter | September 4, 2008 11:49 PM | Report abuse

Obama is right leave Palin's family out of this....sad to say I have no doubt the republicans would be all over the Palin family issues if she were a Democrat....betrayal of fellow Americans, it's what they do.

Posted by: New England Moose Hunter | September 4, 2008 11:50 PM | Report abuse

C'mon, April, identity politics is so 1980s. Women don't just want candidates with the same body parts. We want people who will vote for our interests.

And Mosesknows seems not to know that we liberals are famous for being well-educated, cosmopolitan, and gainfully employed.

His use of "liberals" to refer to people on welfare suggests a racial subtext. He's thinking about a certain presidential candidate ...hmmm...

That's right, Mo, vote your prejudices, not your economic interests. (I write as someone who actually benefits from the tax cuts on stock dividends. )

Posted by: Btraven | September 5, 2008 1:26 AM | Report abuse

I felt sorry for John McCain after Palin's speech. McCain is known for his astute handling and resolution of the important issues for American by crafting laws that most people can support. He and Obama both were campaigning on issues and I thought both the republicans and democrats had turned the corner and would work together to solve real problems. Palin's speech turned back the campaign clock 8 years to innuendo and attack mode. The difference between Palin and Karl Rove? lipstick. Our household had seriously entertained the thought of voting for McCain on his experience in working with both sides to actually get something done in Washington. His VP pick may rouse the party faithful, but appears to be pandering to his base and made us doubt his executive decision making.

Posted by: north dakota | September 5, 2008 8:41 AM | Report abuse

No warmth is because John McCain neither wants her or needs her. In the White House he will have Linsey and Joe to advise him, who needs her, she will be just for funerals and supermarket openings. Remember he liked the VP slot ot warm piss, I do believe

Posted by: nclwtk | September 5, 2008 10:30 AM | Report abuse

This is Palin on foreign policy issues such as Iraq.
She is actually on stage on video for the world to see yet we haven't seen it on tv. This her statement (and I repeat there is video) IN CHURCH (speaking of the troops)
“Our national leaders are sending them out on a task that is from God,” she said.
Sarah Palin

Well I want to know if she believes this is a Holy War. As I said, This was not a task from God. I know a little about God too. I also know that God doesn't lie. So if He told our "national leaders" (Pres. Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld and others) that there were weapons of Mass Destruction in Iraq than there would have been Weapons of Mass Destruction in Iraq. That is why we went to war. It is on video. Colen Powell, who because he was embarrassed by this and is no where to be found, made this case before the United Nations. Now the Bible says that satan is the father of all lies. That means that lies orginated from satan.
Now who lied, God or man. In the Bible it says in Titus 1:2 in the NIV version "a faith and knowledge resting on the hope of eternal life, which God, who does not lie, promised before the beginning of time," The fact is people, including Mrs. Palin would rather believe a lie, believe man, rather than believe God. That's why I advocate keeping politics out of the pulpit. You see, the so-called religious right and religious wrong, and journalist might not read their bible, but I read my Bible and you just can't walk up on stage and tell me anything and think that I would believe it.

Posted by: HOLY WAR? | September 5, 2008 12:36 PM | Report abuse

wow, you liberals are so angry...what happened, did your welfare checks run out? go get a job AND an education before you post again! I think you are angry because the hard workers here in USA have more wealth than you lazy losers who only want hand-outd...lose the "give-me" mentality....go to WORK..then you will be to tired to whine and complaind and scream for more entitlements.

Posted by: mosesknows | September 4, 2008 11:42 PM

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I count a minimum of 4 spelling and grammar errors in your post. Perhaps it is you that should "go get an education"...

Posted by: pcpatterson | September 5, 2008 2:49 PM | Report abuse

It is so funny to sit and read all of these! The democrats are so snide and they try to find any small thing to say about Palin or McCain. Making remarks about Palin's "gifted" child is taking it a little too far. As it was stated earlier, every candidates speeches were written by someone, even Obama!! Before you sling any more mud Democrats, look at your who you have elected. Some of you give all democrats a bad name....

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

After watching Sarah, my Republican friends are NOT VOTING her or McCain.

The pit bull analogy scared them, quite frankly. Well, that and her snarky, hateful, lying comments about Obama. Also, none of them would have exposed their daughters the way did Sarah did. They felt it was heartless and selfish to flaunt her shame to THE WHOLE WORLD.

Also, they were totally confused by Lieberman's appearance.

Posted by: there is no anonymous anymore | September 5, 2008 3:29 PM | Report abuse

McCain never appears enthusiastic. It may have something to do with not thinking he's the New and Improved Jesus Christ.

Posted by: nobama | September 5, 2008 9:45 PM | Report abuse

Terri: Obama actually DID write his own speech.

Posted by: samiam | September 6, 2008 1:07 AM | Report abuse

samiam
No, Obama DID NOT write his own speech. His chief speechwriter (there is a team of them, by the way) is Jon Favreau and he wrote the whole thing. He was John Kerry's main speech writer in 2004 at the tender age of 22.

Posted by: Gene | September 6, 2008 4:15 AM | Report abuse

You can put lipstick on a pig, but it's still a pig.

Posted by: triptomars2008 | September 6, 2008 9:14 AM | Report abuse

You can put lipstick on a pig, but it's still a pig.

Posted by: triptomars2008 | September 6, 2008 9:15 AM | Report abuse

The Anchorage Daily News ran an interesting article on September 4th about Sarah Palin that I think all voters should read because it gives you a VERY good clue as to who she is. When Sarah Palin was elected mayor of Wasilla., the city librarian was asked to remove certain books from the library. When she refused, she received a letter that she would be fired.
It is disturbing that a person who chooses to ban reading material approved by the National Library Assoc., in promoting her religious views is being considered as VP of USA.
We can not allow this to happen.

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

I have heard RUMORS that Cindy has had a couple of "boyfriend" in Phx. Maybe that's why her mother in law isn't that "friendly".

Posted by: P.Tonk | September 7, 2008 4:01 PM | Report abuse

I guess the newswatchers missed that non-exchange between and her mother-in-law when they were seated and Cindy appeared to be hyped up on drugs laughing like a hyeana while her mother-in-law maintained a stony look staring straight ahead.

I was so amused by the non-exchange TiVo'd it several times. I kid you not, the mother-in-law never looked in Cindy's direction, even when Cindy rose from her seat. Very telling.

Posted by: RoseBud | September 9, 2008 3:10 AM | Report abuse

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