A Day of Debating Palin's Qualifications

By Zachary A. Goldfarb
Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, the Republican vice presidential nominee, continued to drive the campaign narrative this morning, as supporters said that she has energized swaths of the electorate and opponents declared her inexperienced.

"It is clear that she doesn't pass the test as a national security candidate," said New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson (D), who was a Cabinet official in the Clinton administration.

And Palin's predecessor as Alaska governor, Tony Knowles (D), said, "There has been no vice president that is less prepared in modern history."

Carly Fiorina, a top adviser to Republican presidential nominee Sen. John McCain, responded that Palin "has transformed this race by energizing the Republican Party" and has even attracted Democratic women who "say it is the Republican Party who gets it, it is John McCain who gets it, not the Democratic Party who has taken their vote for granted."

And Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R) said Palin has "as much or more executive experience and leadership experience as Barack Obama does, and he's running for president."

On "Fox News Sunday," Knowles accused Palin of "always" being a supporter of a $400 million bridge in Alaska, often derided as the Bridge to Nowhere.

Palin and McCain has said she opposed the bridge and other big government projects as an opponent of pork-barrel spending. But Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) said that Palin, as mayor of a small town and now as governor, has pursued many earmarks.

"Sarah Palin has taken more in federal earmarks per person than any governor in the history of the planet," McCaskill said on ABC's "This Week."

Fiorina noted that Obama, the Democratic nominee, has requested millions in government dollars for his home state of Illinois.

"The facts are that Barack Obama has asked for more earmarks in his short tenure than Sarah Palin ever has," Fiorina said on ABC.

McCaskill did not back away from using McCain's age (72) to point out the possibility that Palin could be called upon to serve as president, should the Republicans win the election.

"I think what we're talking about is a reality. Other people talk about [McCain's] melanoma. We're talking about a reality here that we have to face," McCaskill said. Palin "is someone who's going to be one heartbeat away from the presidency. All of us know it."

Campaign surrogates also debated Palin's national security credentials.

Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Tex.) said on CBS's "Face the Nation," "Four of the last [five] presidents have been governors, and they have come in, every single one of them, without an in-depth foreign policy experience. But they, like Sarah Palin, read the newspapers. They have a working knowledge of our place in the world and what we should be doing."

Democrats have taken issue with Palin's claim to national security credentials because of her state's proximity to Russia and her recent trips to Europe and the Middle East.

But it turned out that Palin claimed to have visited Ireland when in fact her arrival was only a refueling stop, and a trip to Iraq turned out to be a visit to the Iraqi border with Kuwait.

"A lot of distortions about the national security record," Richardson said on CNN's "Late Edition."

Pawlenty replied on the same show, "The facts are that she has traveled internationally somewhat."

A key issue in the discussion about Palin has been her status as the first female vice presidential candidate in a generation. Supporters have suggested that some attacks on her ring of sexism.

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) agreed on CBS that questions about how female candidates can balance work and family should be off-limits, but said, "Palin is being asked to respond to is whether she's up to the task."

"It is absolutely fair game. And all I've seen is her being asked about her background, her experience, what qualifies her to be vice president, and whether she knows anything," she said. "That's fair game and it has nothing to do with her gender."

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Here we have the Democrats attacking a women candidate just because she seeks
Federal dollars for her home state even though that is her job. Next THEY will be attacking women because they have children.
WAIT A MINUTE--THEY ARE ALREADY ARE !

Posted by: wow | September 14, 2008 4:19 PM

I wouldn't put much weight in Carly Fiorina's words or opinions...she was kicked out as Chairman & Ceo of HP by the board. HP stock went up 7% the next day.

Posted by: Really Now | September 14, 2008 4:20 PM

Why not ever, every have an article that is a litany of things wrong with Barack Obama's candidacy & background?

Or even cover some of those things that are "off limits" for him that aren't "off limits" for Sarah Palin? Like real discussion about the problems of his 20-year membership in Trinity Church in place of the deluge of articles spinning & praising it?

Posted by: AsperGirl | September 14, 2008 4:22 PM

HATRED FOR CLINTON AND WOMEN IS THE ONLY REASON THAT A FLASH IN THE PAN WITH ZERO EXPERIENCE COULD BE SELECTED BY THE DEMOCRATS AND WHEN HE LOSES AS SHE PREDICTED HE MIGHT, DON'T BLAME HER.

Posted by: TAHIRN | September 14, 2008 4:25 PM

I am tired Eastern Media elites picking on poor Gov Sarah. I will try to refute criticism leveled against her and her God fearing family.

She is too conservative.

Is she? She married an Eskimo foreigner that proves she is liberal and progressive.

She is not smart.
She is as smart as current President Bush. With Sarah in White House, we will have 4 more years of smartness in the White House.

She has no foreign policy experience.

Average non-college educated Jane does not care about it. Millions of Americans are more ignorant than Sarah when it comes to economy and foreign policy. She has been living next to Canada and Godless Russians and these two evil countries have never dared to attack Alaska because of Sarah’s NRA membership. She has an American passport and a driver’s license too. Asked by Charlie Gibson what insight into Russian actions her Alaskan proximity gave her, Sarah firmly replied: “They’re our next-door neighbors. And you can actually see Russia from land here in Alaska.” How many of you can see Russia from your back yard?

Her 17 year daughter is pregnant.

Big deal. As Fox TV religious scholars have declared that rules about pregnant teenagers of politicians do not apply to white Republican politicians. All politicians are supposed to be equal but some are more equal.

She used her position to punish her enemies.

What is the use of power then?

She makes McCain look old.

He is old and all most senile. Biblical Abraham and Sarah lived and were married in Haran. When Abraham was 75 years old and (FYI McCain is 73) God commanded him to leave his home, and Sarah followed her husband to Canaan. Like biblical Sarah, this Alaskan Sarah is going to follow the almost-senile man to DC.

So as the skinny and uppity man has pleaded “It is enough, she is off limits”

Posted by: Anonymous | September 14, 2008 4:27 PM

IF EXPERIENCE IS SO IMPORTANT THEN HOW COME THE DEMOCRATS DID NOT SELECT HILLARY WHO HAS MORE EXPERIENCE IN HER LITTLE FINGER THEN OBAMA IN HIS FULL BRAIN.

Posted by: TAHIRN | September 14, 2008 4:27 PM

AND BESIDES HE IS A LIAR BECAUSE HE ANSWERED WITH A STRAIGHT FACE THAT HE HAD NEVER HEARD THE HATE SERMONS OF HIS PASTOR WRIGHT IN TWENTY YEARS OF ATTENDING HIS CHURCH. ONLY AN IDIOT OR SOMEONE WHO DOESN'T WANT TO WILL BELIEVE SUCH AN OBVIOUS LIE.

Posted by: TAHIRN | September 14, 2008 4:33 PM

DOES ANYONE HAVE A HOME VIDEO SHOWING OBAMA AND HIS WIFE SITTING IN CHURCH AND LISTENING TO PASTOR WRIGHT GOD DAMNING AMERICA. I WILL PAY $100 FOR IT.

Posted by: TAHIRN | September 14, 2008 4:36 PM

What's more scary Palin 1 heartbeat away from being President or Pelosi 2 beats away?

Posted by: NV_Redstater | September 14, 2008 4:37 PM

I thought what was far more interesting was Claire McCaskill bringing up McCain's age and deadly cancer. We have not see this guy's medical records. We know something has happened to him with the lies and picking Palin so that some Washington Post columnists are wondering whether he sold his soul to the devil.

But maybe his cancer has moved to his brain because that would explain the change in McCain also. I demand to see his medical records.

Posted by: Mary | September 14, 2008 4:38 PM

Now that all of Palin's claim to fame have been debunked I hope people snap out of there spell with her.

1. She is not the earmark reformer she claimed but quite the contrary.

2. She never sold a plane on ebay for a profit. She sold it for a loss privately.

3. She only was against the bridge to nowhere once it became unfavorable; buy still kept and spent the earmark money.

4. She doesn’t have a grasp of complex issues such as health care reform, economics, foreign policy, etc.

5. She is a radical right-wing extremist
She is the worst VP candidate we have ever had.

Posted by: Jan | September 14, 2008 4:41 PM

It is shameful that the first woman the Republicans would choose to be on a national ticket is so utterly unqualified for the job. With so many other possible choices for qualified, experienced and eloquent women, it is clear that John McCain has chosen Gov. Palin purely as a means of motivating the extreme right wing of the Republican Party. His choice is irresponsible, and frankly, very unsettling.

Hats off to hard working women and soccer or hockey moms everywhere, but not everyone is qualified to be jump into such a critical role as VP to what would be the oldest first term President in American history.

Shame on you John McCain for not taking the bold path and choosing your second in command in recognition of your strengths as well as your vulnerabilities.

Posted by: JustCurious | September 14, 2008 4:42 PM

thanks but no thanks to this ap-palin-g choice of vice president. This is a huge joke and shows how little McCain really cares about America. 2 trigger happy mavericks as potential leaders of the free world frighten me to death. There is nothing wrong with teamspirit and carefully debating far-reaching decisions which should not be made without blinking. But probably beause Palin is blind to the important issues that is why she doesn't blink. Why do Americans want the girl next door as (vice)president. Because she is just like us, is just not good enough, then we could all be (vice)presidents. We need the best, the most intelligent, and these people are the elite, not just my neighbor or my best buddy.

Posted by: melanie | September 14, 2008 4:42 PM

"Here we have the Democrats attacking a women candidate just because she seeks
Federal dollars for her home state"

No one is attacking her for asking for ear marks. She is being attacked for lying about asking for ear marks. See the difference?

You can make an independent judgment about whether ear marks in general are good or bad. You can make an independent judgment about whether an anti-tax, anti-spending Republican should ask the rest of us to pay for her stuff.

But we can all agree that lying is bad, can't we? Or is lying OK as long as you have an "R" after your name?

Posted by: Capncuster | September 14, 2008 4:42 PM

Is this for real or is it Saturday Night live?

Read:


"I am tired Eastern Media elites picking on poor Gov Sarah. I will try to refute criticism leveled against her and her God fearing family.

She is too conservative.

Is she? She married an Eskimo foreigner that proves she is liberal and progressive.

She is not smart.
She is as smart as current President Bush. With Sarah in White House, we will have 4 more years of smartness in the White House.

She has no foreign policy experience.

Average non-college educated Jane does not care about it. Millions of Americans are more ignorant than Sarah when it comes to economy and foreign policy. She has been living next to Canada and Godless Russians and these two evil countries have never dared to attack Alaska because of Sarah’s NRA membership. She has an American passport and a driver’s license too. Asked by Charlie Gibson what insight into Russian actions her Alaskan proximity gave her, Sarah firmly replied: “They’re our next-door neighbors. And you can actually see Russia from land here in Alaska.” How many of you can see Russia from your back yard?

Her 17 year daughter is pregnant.

Big deal. As Fox TV religious scholars have declared that rules about pregnant teenagers of politicians do not apply to white Republican politicians. All politicians are supposed to be equal but some are more equal.

She used her position to punish her enemies.

What is the use of power then?

She makes McCain look old.

He is old and all most senile. Biblical Abraham and Sarah lived and were married in Haran. When Abraham was 75 years old and (FYI McCain is 73) God commanded him to leave his home, and Sarah followed her husband to Canaan. Like biblical Sarah, this Alaskan Sarah is going to follow the almost-senile man to DC.

So as the skinny and uppity man has pleaded “It is enough, she is off limits”

Posted by: Anonymous | September 14, 2008 4:27 PM "

Posted by: Anonymous | September 14, 2008 4:43 PM

tahirn, all caps doesn't mean anyone wil take you seriously. $100 for a tape? Are you kidding, if there were one the mcslims campaign would have paid thousands for it. There is no tape of the Obamas listneing to Rev. Wright. Get over it. He has reputiated Wright.
Sarah palin is a lightweight. If she asked for fed $$ like a good governor, then she can't run away from it like a bad politician. The repubs answer that Obama and Biden voted for funds for sarah's bridge. Maybe they beleived at the time that the governor knew what she was talking about. Obviously, she doesn't.

Posted by: stryker | September 14, 2008 4:43 PM

My governor, a Democrat, took office at the same time Palin did. I can say very frankly he is not ready to be president and neither is Palin. No one is debating that governors should not be VP's. We are debating that a person being governor for 20 months does not make one ready for the national scene. As for her being asked "gotcha" questions. Every question you ask Palin IS a gotcha question because she doesn't know much about national politics. She knows about gotcha politics, just ask the people who get in her way in Alaska.

Posted by: Lynne | September 14, 2008 4:44 PM

First off, using all capital letters in a post does not make it more persuasive. That said, the second Governor Palin trotted out her family as pawns, they became fair game. And to the poster who wondered why Senator Obama's shortcomings have not been examined, I have a question. Have you not watched any news coverage for the last 18 months?

Posted by: mhelms | September 14, 2008 4:44 PM

The people of the United States must consider Ms. Palin possibly in the President's chair. With McCain near 73 and a triple cancer victum, the possibility of McCain not finishing out his term (1st or 2nd) is likely.

Mayor of city of less than 8000, then a short term governor of a state with less than 800,000 people seems very thin when considering the issues of today. And lastly, who would Palin depend upon if she were in the seat of the Presidency..the Bush people. A nightmarish thought..

Posted by: LTC US Army | September 14, 2008 4:44 PM

At least Palin has serious qualifications as a LIAR and MANIPULATOR. Trip to Ireland turns out to be a refueling stop only. Trip to Iraq did not even happen. Trip to Canada; probably just coming through the Canadian airspace on shuttles from/to Lower 48? If Americans want another Cheney, they got it.

Posted by: Tao Zen | September 14, 2008 4:44 PM


Hutchinson is right, Palin is as qualified as Bush, as evidenced by the reports today on her record in Alaska. Palin:

• prides loyalty above competency
• hires friends to jobs for which they are not qualified (her high school classmate, a real estate agent to head the Dept of Agriculture who cited as her experience her childhood love of cows)
• distorts science to confirm with her political and personal views (whether polar bears are endangered species)
• is routinely described as "missing in action" (legislators became so frustrated with her absences they started wearing "Where's Sarah" pins)
• uses power to push a rightwing agenda (she went after the police chief of Wasilla in large part because of his opposition to legislation to permit people to carry guns in banks and bars, two places it is particularly useful to carry guns; and there was that little book banning thing at the local library)

And there's the not so little matter of a campaign that continues to lie on the campaign trail -- a good predictor of how they will behave in office. Haven't we had enough of that the past eight years?

Posted by: gschwartz | September 14, 2008 4:45 PM

it's so interesting people keep saying "what about the articles on obama?" obama has been campaigning for 20 months - the same amount of time palin has been governor. all of those articles have already been out. the discussions about his church have already come and gone. that's the problem with choosing an unknown 8 weeks from the finish line - everything that took two years for everyone else is condensed into 2 months.

Posted by: nicole | September 14, 2008 4:46 PM

The press needs to give a more fair and balanced coverage of Sarah Palin and her family. Here are pics and videos of Sarah's unmatchable sacrifices for the betterment of Alaska:

http://www.grizzlybay.org/SarahPalinInfoPage.htm

Posted by: Sam | September 14, 2008 4:47 PM

"But it turned out that Palin claimed to have visited Ireland when in fact her arrival was only a refueling stop, and a trip to Iraq turned out to be a visit to the Iraqi border with Kuwait."

She's padding her resume; this should appeal to unethical underqualified corner cutters everywhere; the rest of us, not so much.

Posted by: Frank | September 14, 2008 4:48 PM

You say she is as smart as president Bush...he's not very smart.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 14, 2008 4:48 PM

So as the skinny and uppity man has pleaded “It is enough, she is off limits”

Posted by: Anonymous | September 14, 2008 4:27 PM "

Thanks for putting racism into the mix, anon. Obama did say palin's children were off-limits. However, when the gov decided to bring her daughter into the conversation and bring the boyfriend to parade around at the convention, then she is fair game for exploiting her children for political gain. Had one of Obama's daughter been an unwed pregnant teen, the republicans would have been all over him for being a poor father. More republican hypocricy.

Posted by: mike l | September 14, 2008 4:49 PM

In the song lyrics of Randy Newman (applied to Palin): A canoe without a paddle. A horse without a saddle. A ranch without no cattle. Or, in the words of Gertrude Stein: "There's no there, there."
And nothing Fiorina, Pawlenty, or Hutchinson can do to re-frame the dialog will change that.

Posted by: BKrause | September 14, 2008 4:49 PM

Yet another W in the making...

Posted by: Harold | September 14, 2008 4:50 PM

Thank God for Kay Bailey Hutchinson and Carly Fiorina. Real women and role models supporting one of the best and most talented people in politics in the last 40 years.
When is someone going to talk about Obama's drug use, his disaffected period(Columbia), his flaky muslim roots, his selective hearing of Rev. Wright's hate messages, and the fact that he is simply not a real American.

It is incredible that anyone would call the ABC Interrogation a real interview. It was prosecutorial and predjudicial filled with phony elite disdain for the candidate. Even Gibson got it wrong about the Bush Doctrine. Check out Charles Krauthammer or Wikipedia, please. THERE ISN'T ONE BUSH DOCTRINE BUT 4-6.

Imagine if Obama were ever grilled like that! Or perhaps, imagine an article about Biden the Serial Plagiarist! Better yet, an article about Biden's son the lobbyist for the Trial Lawyers.

Posted by: richanddeb | September 14, 2008 4:51 PM

"What's more scary Palin 1 heartbeat away from being President or Pelosi 2 beats away?"

Uh... TAHIRN figuring out how to use his caps lock...?

Poor people seeing through the smoke and mirrors to see how they (and consequently, we) are being robbed blind in the name of religion or national security...?

No... Wait...

I've GOT it...!

"Like biblical Sarah, this Alaskan Sarah is going to follow the almost-senile man to DC."

Right...?

Man I'm grateful for y'all keepin' me straight...


Posted by: c earl jr | September 14, 2008 4:52 PM

Paline/McCain has no message to Americans on issues facing the nation.They can not unite us as one people and help rise above divisions to face challnges of 21st centuary. She does'nt identify or fully understand issues facing the nation. She had to learn from Gibson what Bish Doctrine is! Her own party boss's doctrine!McCain thought Iran was training Al-Queida. Americans reelected Bush with out knowing the magnitude of damage he did by wrongactions and inactions. By invading Iraq; By not acting on Afganistan/Taliban/ alQueaida. A second mistake will take this country to a point of no return. Right now every one of us pay $40 per month just in Iraq Forget lipsticks Forget color and gender. This election is far more serious

Posted by: Kuriakose Pulikeel | September 14, 2008 4:54 PM

Here we have the Democrats attacking a women candidate just because she seeks
Federal dollars for her home state even though that is her job. Next THEY will be attacking women because they have children.
WAIT A MINUTE--THEY ARE ALREADY ARE !

Posted by: wow | September 14, 2008 4:19 PM
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To the idiot who posted this. Isn't she the one saying earmarks should be eliminated. We then find she loved earmarks as mayor and governor...Now she cries fowl that people are finding enormous hypocrisy in her statements..

WAIT A MINUTE..SHE IS REPUBLICAN THAT MEANS SHE CAN GET AWAY WITH IT!

Posted by: :-) | September 14, 2008 4:55 PM

Gov. Sarah Palin is:
1. anti-environmental controls for drilling in pristine lands. This oil drilling does not prevent us from having energy problems, but can destroy our planet.
2. as VP in a key position to influence the nominations for Supreme court justices who decide on such issues as capital punishment, abortion rights, and a host of other important issues and rights of Americans
3. unprepared to discuss with any depth the economy, the health care crisis, the education crisis that our country is currently facing
4. is anti-feminist in her world views.
Her peppy talks about her great experience as a gov and mayor are just that, shallow talks. Senator McCain who actually at one point looked pretty good to this Independent voter, would never get my vote with this woman by his side.


Posted by: longcat | September 14, 2008 4:55 PM

Chris, Napolean messed up, he should have picked Ms. Hilton as his running mate. At least Ms. Hilton has a name that is recognizable.

Ms. Hilton has boobs sort of. And Ms. Hilton has a better energy plan than the State of Alaska. In addition, the Hiltons are said to be the most hospitable people in the world. At least a Hilton would add some class to the McCain campaign.

Of course, sex sells too. McCain and Rove really messed up this time. Only way out of this is that McCain goes really negative on McCain and cuts out this queer lipstick stuff.

Posted by: Hank whatever | September 14, 2008 4:56 PM

Palin says she will go to war against Russia, in the mountains.

1. Bad idea, militarily. Says a lot about her.

2. Inappropriate comment internationally. Says a lot about her.
Plus the Russians actually replied to her the day after her comments, and rejected her threats, and say they have the right to do what they did, again if necessary. She says if they do she will go to war against Russia. Pit-bull diplomacy, when real diplomats know when to hold em and know when to fold em.

3. Palin says the Ukraine will be taken into NATO on her watch.
Russians replied already, say no former soviet republic bordering on Russia can be in NATO, that they have a right to a sphere of influence. She says, it will be discussed. Russia says it is a provocation.

So. we have a pit-bull candidate whose promise is war and the universal draft. If you ask McCain, we already need the universal draft just to handle Al-Quaida. Most generals agree, we dont have enough troops for the tasks at hand.
That doesnt include attacking Russia when Palin takes office in 2012 as president. Oh yes, they are already trumpeting her as the presidential candidate for 2012.
THEREFORE, REGISTER AND VOTE, End the PALIN WARS, NOW.
NO DRAFT. NO MORE SILLY WARS.
PS. The Georgians attacked South Ossetia before Russia got involved. Its Iranians vs Christians!!! Guess whose side she wants us to fight for? 7,000 Christians in South Ossetia.
Really. She wants us to go to war versus Russia so that 7,000 Christians can be the dominant political party over the ethnic Iranians, who are choosing to be with the Russian federation instead. Does it matter? Does anyone think going to war against Russia is a great thing besides Mrs Pit-bull?
If you dont like the idea of another war, with Russia, vote to elect Obama and end this Palin insanity.

Posted by: Bruce Becker | September 14, 2008 4:56 PM

DOES ANYONE HAVE A HOME VIDEO SHOWING OBAMA AND HIS WIFE SITTING IN CHURCH AND LISTENING TO PASTOR WRIGHT GOD DAMNING AMERICA. I WILL PAY $100 FOR IT.

Posted by: TAHIRN | September 14, 2008 4:36 PM
---------
Here is a suggestion for you

It is called Thorazine...Use it in good health and may be...just may be..it will stop the goofy voices in your head.

Posted by: :-) | September 14, 2008 4:58 PM

I've never been one to question the integrity of the mainstream media but I've read a full transcript of Charlie Gibson's interview with Sarah Palin and there's a lot stuff in the transcript that's been omitted from the broadcast.

When you hear Ms. Palin's full answers to some of the questions, she does not sound as hawkish as they made her seem. And you hear a little more judgement by consensus in her foreign policy views than what was aired.

I've been a loyal ABC news watcher for 20 years but I can't approve of how they editted her answers.

Posted by: T961585@gmail.com | September 14, 2008 5:02 PM

I wish I could understand why we are discussing Palin's experience but avoiding Obama's.

First of all she has at least as much as he does. And oh.... by the way...

Her lack of experience is a hypothetical... it may come into play.

His lack of experiencve is an absolute... it must come into play.

A company is much more concerned about the record and experience of the CEO as compared to lower managment.

A sports team owner is much more concerned with the record and experience of the head coach as compared to the assistant.

Posted by: Kdog | September 14, 2008 5:02 PM

I think they should just drop McCain from the ticket or make him the VP nomination.

PALIN/mccain

He is now the second most populr person on the ticket!

Posted by: kparc | September 14, 2008 5:02 PM

It is further to Russia from Palin's house than it is from
New York to Chicago. The 'I can see Russia' thing only works from an island at the end of the Aleutians chain, not from anyone's house. Alaska is in a couple of times zones.

Her actual comments on ABC about Russia demonstrate she is unfit for high office. She has already provoked official responses from Medvedev for her call to war over South Ossetia and Georgia and NATO.

Posted by: Bruce Becker | September 14, 2008 5:03 PM

PALIN FOR PRESIDENT!

PALIN/mccain

Posted by: kparc | September 14, 2008 5:03 PM

Does McCain and all who would vote for him REALLY believe Palin is the SECOND best qualified Republican this country has to offer?

Posted by: NSGrasse | September 14, 2008 5:04 PM

Why is the MSM in the US so afraid of exposing McCain of what he is?
What happened between McCain and his first wife:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-1024927/The-wife-John-McCain-callously-left-behind.html

A great example of McCain’s Christian Family Values

Posted by: Shawn | September 14, 2008 5:05 PM

NSGrasse - most republican's think she is MORE QUALIFIED to be PRESIDENT then mccain.

what does that tell you?

PALIN FOR PRESIDENT

PALIN/mccain

Posted by: Anonymous | September 14, 2008 5:06 PM

Please stop. Palin makes me dizzy. Not even in office and already scandals and trust issues. You just can not trust the republicans any more, period. And yet the conservative "values voters" march right back in, like drug addicts; addicted to War and Oil. Even admitted conservatives commentators had to concede this week that McCain hit a new low in Politics. They "don't care that they lie, just as long as they change the debate from the issues", as one said. If McCain is this big agent of change, why did he hire all of his lobbyist buddies and Karl Rove to run his campaign? Independent for Obama/Biden 2008!!

Posted by: Perspective | September 14, 2008 5:06 PM

People are going on and on about McCain's cancer.

I dont care. What about Alzheimer's? He was never tested for any neurological issues and we all know he was beaten as a prisoner of war. "incipient Alzheimer's" the beginnings of it, now has a test, based on DNA. He should take the test now. The test is said to be useful for anyone over 55. He's 72. One of 7 people 72 have full blown Alzheimer's. Let's not allow him to get away with saying it is age discrimation to ask a person of that age to be tested for a real issue that only strikes the elderly.

Posted by: Bruce Becker | September 14, 2008 5:10 PM

Really Now, thanks for pointing out about Carly Fiorina. she got kicked out of Hewlett Packard(HP) and that too for taking an action without properly evaluating what was best for HP. She bought Compaq in spite of advise to the contrary and almost brought down a thriving HP. Now that she is gone, HP is thriving once again.

Looks like the McBush's - Palin campaign has only the worst rejects among their advisors.

Palin the apPalin'!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 14, 2008 5:11 PM

Someday in the future Mrs. Palin may qualify for the position of VP. She has every right to strive for that. Her striving and development will be an inspiration to all our young women. However, today, she does not qualify for the position of vice president. It is silly to think Mrs. Palin is hard-wired for the job, in fact, to say so is a little scary when brought in tandem with the word "mission". Mrs. Palin has very little experience, very little relevant knowledge, depth of thought and wisdom regarding issues that need to be addressed at these times. She is not prepared to be a heartbeat from the presidency- a critical issue. Her education level is low (and yes, this matters for a VP), and her character as we all have seen needs some special attention. She does have the marketing persona appeal, ambition, confidence, and competitive spirit, but that doesn't make her VP material today, just like it doesn't mean that she's a winner on American Idol.

Mr. McCain has not only lost his good judgement to serve our country first, but he has lost his moral bearings.

Posted by: lucy2008 | September 14, 2008 5:11 PM

Well... here we are making a big deal about Sarah being a Christian... even though Obama, Biden, and Clinton... heck even Pelosi also claim the same thing.

But for those of you who NEVER UNDERSTOOD SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE... let me help you.

The separation of church and state was actually written in a letter from Thomas Jefferson to a religious group. It was intended to explain his personal view that there should not be a state sponsored church as was typical back in those days. It was never intended to keep Christians out of politics.. as many of our fore fathers were. It is not in the bill of rights and is not a constitutional issue.

In fact we are promised the freedom of religion... not the freedom from it.

Posted by: Kdog | September 14, 2008 5:12 PM

Bruce Becker - it doesn't matter about mccain. PALIN FOR PRESIDENT!

THE future is NOW! she is going to save the country. Ask any repubilican!

PALIN FOR PRESIDENT! Vote PALIN/mccain

Posted by: kparc | September 14, 2008 5:13 PM

You flabby moronic Americans are rapidly become total losers. Why? You always have headquarters up your hindquarters when you pick President, that's why! You are now laughingstock of Europe, and your reputation is you always screw up. It looks like you will keep it up this election. 'Attaboy, America! We're buying up your country while you keep screwing up!

Posted by: LaughingAtAmerica | September 14, 2008 5:15 PM

Let's all agree on this: there are only a few who do not have a strong opinion on her. She is much more antagonizing than Biden and that is not going to change.

Posted by: djools | September 14, 2008 5:16 PM

Ok KPARC

Spell out Palin's healthcare plan.

PS> McCains require us ALL to renegotiate and find new coverage at higher costs, if we happen to have existing issues.
mccains' healthcare plan was written by LOBBYISTS.

Ooops. She doesnt have a plan.

She's is just a pawn. There no substance there.\
How about her plan for war with Russia? you like that one?
How about the Draft? You like that one?

Posted by: Bruce Becker | September 14, 2008 5:17 PM

The Alaskan state judiciary committee can move forward on the subpoenas for the troopergate Monegan investigation if the president of the state senate authorizes them. Lyda Green who was insulted with a female dog and fat by a vile radio host, while Sarah Palin laughed, I think will authorize them. God does work in mysterious ways and justice is her authorizing the investigation that takes Sarah down.

Posted by: Jimbo | September 14, 2008 5:18 PM

About the earmarks - there are two reasons they are important:

1) She is joining McCain, who made an issue of earmarks, specifically the "Bridge to Nowhere" BEFORE she campaigned for governor as a supportor of the bridge. She is now claiming she stopped the bridge, even though she kept the money, and used part of it to built a road on the island, that would lead up to the bridge, should it be built in the future. That means she is practicing a "pattern of deception."

2) When Charles Gibson asked her about her economic plan, she indicated that she and McCain would balance the budget by, in part, "eliminating waste." When he pointed out that she had been very successful in gathering earmarks for her state, that others had deemed "wasteful", she was indignant, claiming that her earmarks were OK because they were asked for "in the light of day." Huh? So, if they are asked for in the light of day, they are still money out of the federal pocket. Where is the balanced budget plan? Oh, yea, forgot about that part of the question.

Posted by: Theresa | September 14, 2008 5:19 PM

Bruce Becker - Health plan? Quaifications? Experience? None of that matters!

She is GOD'S GIFT TO AMERICA! Just like an unwanted child.

PALIN FOR PRESIDENT! VOTE PALIN/mccain

Posted by: Anonymous | September 14, 2008 5:19 PM

Let me warn you all about politics. First, Palin said when she was running for Governor....Let me look at the bridge and IF it is good for Alaska I will back the project. She was very diplomatic, and made no kind of outright committment until she looked at the issue first hand. Next, you do not want to have a healthcare issue ever in this country! While it is not a perfect system, people without insurance DO get healthcare, I know as I work in a hsopital seeing patients daily as a Nurse Practitioner. Go to government managed healthcare and an NP is all you will see, and there will be no physician and you will wait months for treatments instead of a couple of days!!!!!! No one will ask about your pain control because the hospitals will not pay the JACCHO tens of thousands to slap their hand for not treating your pain. Just getting health care will require an act of congress. Would you work for free? Neither will doctors. If they are not able to repay their student loans with their govenment pay, they are not going to work extra hours. As a Nurse Practitioner, I am not going to work for free, where as I am volunteering at a free clinic every month right now. Cut my pay, increase my hours, no free care!

Posted by: Mary | September 14, 2008 5:20 PM

wow wrote on September 14, 2008 at 4:19 PM:
"Here we have the Democrats attacking a women candidate just because she seeks
Federal dollars for her home state even though that is her job."

Typical ridiculous obfuscation and lies from the Rethugs. Nobody has criticized Palin for accepting earmarks, and you damn well know it. She has been criticized for claiming to be a reformer who has a philosophical aversion to earmarks and will a reformer fighting against them when in actual fact she has sought and gotten plenty of federal money. Hence, the comparison of how much money she has sought as compared to Obama is irrelevant (but, while we are on that subject, it is clear that she has sought much more PER CAPITA for her tiny hometown of Wasilla and the sparcely populated state of Alaska) as he has not dishonestly portrayed himself as an earmarks buster.

As a true believer, brainwashed Rethug, you may not be familiar with the concept, but normal, healthy people refer to the type of behavior Palin has engaged in as lies and hypocrisy.

Get a CLUE!!!

Posted by: Mark Gillis | September 14, 2008 5:22 PM

"Why not ever, every have an article that is a litany of things wrong with Barack Obama's candidacy & background?

Or even cover some of those things that are "off limits" for him that aren't "off limits" for Sarah Palin? Like real discussion about the problems of his 20-year membership in Trinity Church in place of the deluge of articles spinning & praising it?"

The press doesn't need to mention it every day, AsperGirl; you already do. Hourly, in fact.

Posted by: tom | September 14, 2008 5:22 PM

We should be debating Obama's credentials and experience. If Dems win we won't have to wait for Biden to die before HE is POTUS. That is the imminent issue in this campaign.

Posted by: Dan | September 14, 2008 5:23 PM

Palin rally in Alaska with Palin speaking attended by 1000.
anti-Palin rally in Alaska attended by 1500.

Palin Met By Over A Thousand Protesters In Anchorage (VIDEO)
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/09/14/palin-met-by-hundreds-of_n_126276.html

Posted by: Kristin2 | September 14, 2008 5:23 PM

Gov. Palin reflects precisely the view of Pres. Bush, no differences. If you want more of the same, she and Sen. McCain are ideologically the same.

It is really frightening that Gov. Palin is one defibrillation away from being president. Her idealogy, lack of curiosity (she must have had her head in the ground not to know the Bush Doctrine after these 7 years), and assuredness without reason are threatening to our country and the world.

Posted by: tim | September 14, 2008 5:23 PM

As a woman I am saddened to see other women supporting the McCain/Palin ticket simply because there is a woman on it. If Palin had one iota of the qualifications and national/world experience as Hillary I could better understand females lining up behind the Republican ticket. This irresponsible selection of Palin as VP by McCain is the epitome example of politics being just a game in McCain's disconnection with the real needs of common folk. It's not a game -- Eight is enough!

Posted by: Maine4Obama | September 14, 2008 5:24 PM

KDOG
In my opinion:
There is no functional difference between a PLURALITY religion -such as fundamentalist Christianity, imposing laws upon the rest of the population, such as BUSH-PALIN do and wish to continue to do, and the Taliban of Afghanistan.
In most cases in Afghanistan, the difference between the Taliban and the general population is like the difference between Orthodox Jews and the general population of Jews.
One are strict interpretationists, and the others are relative slackers.
Only in the case of Palin and Bush and the Taliban, you have people saying that the rest of us HAVE TO live our lives as though we are ALL orthodox, the orthodoxy of Palin's interpretation.
I trust that the independents will actually turn out and vote this time. 40% of the registered voters stayed home in 2004.
Democrats are, for the most part, tolerant of differences of point of view. GOP are in to manipulate the orthodox, not that McCain actually follows a single instance of Christian thought.
Clearly thou shalt not bear false witness is not within his comprehension or moral sense. His moral sense is fiction, a ruse. He lies like a rug. Straight talk eludes him.

Posted by: Bruce Becker | September 14, 2008 5:25 PM

It doesn't matter what she has ever said or done. don't you all get it?

She is a great ALTRACONSERVATIVE CHRISTIAN, a LIFELONG member of the NRA, a Reagan Republican, A PRO-LIFER AT ALL COSTS, death penality for any reasoner, CREATIONIST believer - a speaker of tongues! You all shouldn't question the ALMIGHTY'S CHOICE!

VOTE PALIN FOR PRESIDENT! PALIN/mccain

Posted by: kparc | September 14, 2008 5:25 PM

Hey, vote McCain-Palin! And get four more years of this same unremitting lying dreck, while our once-great nation continues its sorry slide downhill to hell.

But if you'd like for things to start actually getting better, vote Obama-Biden.

Posted by: oldhonky | September 14, 2008 5:25 PM

Another wasted day debating Palin's qualifications? Works for me. You see, the media has no credibility on anything related to Palin. That was lost the first week following her announcement when they tried to attack her family. Neither Obama nor Palin have much experience, although a governor is significant. But Middle America loves Palin because she is ordinary. She has common sense. She is hardy and self sufficient. And she has actually worked hard in her life running blue collar operations like a fishing business, which very few politicians in Washington can say. No, Sarah Palin is the genuine Main Street American. But by all means, keep debating her qualifications. She'll accept more voters.

Posted by: dbc | September 14, 2008 5:25 PM

(PALIN's) assuredness without reason is threatening to our country and the world.

Posted by: tim | September 14, 2008 5:23 PM

Tim
That Palin's the pit-bull. She says she will take us to war against Russia.
She actually said that. that's assuredness without reason.
Rah rah!!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 14, 2008 5:27 PM

Sorry McCain could not have Paris as veep for she is too young and does not share his oil company interests first energy views.

Posted by: Jimbo | September 14, 2008 5:28 PM

Rally in Alaska with Palin speaking attended by 1000.
Anti-Palin rally in Alaska attended by 1500.

Palin Met By Over A Thousand Protesters In Anchorage (VIDEO)
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/09/14/palin-met-by-hundreds-of_n_126276.html

Posted by: Kristin2 | September 14, 2008 5:29 PM

dbc - is so RIGHT!

QUALIFICATIONS - PALIN doesn't need no stinking qualifications!

VOTE PALIN FOR PRESIDENT! PALIN/mccain

Posted by: Anonymous | September 14, 2008 5:30 PM

To Really Now.

Carly engineered the acquisition of Compaq which turned out to be an Ok decision.

Carly is a good egg.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 14, 2008 5:30 PM

.. ANOTHER RIGHT WING LIE
Just getting health care will require an act of congress.
**************
Back to reality:
McCain's plan is designed solely to increase the cash intake of insurance companies.

What exactly do insurance companies provide to the general populations health? NOTHING. They are leeches.


Posted by: Anonymous | September 14, 2008 5:31 PM

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) is the most obnoxious in your face ___ I have ever seen. She makes you want to punch her.

Posted by: Robert | September 14, 2008 5:33 PM

She is so hardy, self sufficient and smart, she won't answer questions from reporters like every other politician in the country. Maybe you can get her an earpiece and a question staff to provide the brains she lacks.

Posted by: Jimbo | September 14, 2008 5:34 PM

Asper girl

Let's hear it from you on the call to Russian war by Palin.

You like her Russian war plan, fighting a land locked war with no supply lines?

You have any male relatives who are going to be drafted?

Going to volunteer, are you?

Posted by: Bruce Becker | September 14, 2008 5:35 PM

TAHIRN wrote on September 14, 2008 at 4:27 PM: "IF EXPERIENCE IS SO IMPORTANT THEN HOW COME THE DEMOCRATS DID NOT SELECT HILLARY WHO HAS MORE EXPERIENCE IN HER LITTLE FINGER THEN OBAMA IN HIS FULL BRAIN."

Obviously in picking Obama as candidate, the Democrats did not take the position that experience is so important. It was McCain that kept singing that chorus. So what does that say about his honesty and seriousness when, after emphasizing the absolute need for vast experience, he picks as his running mate somebody who has even less experience (both in quantity and in quality) than Obama. Not much. Further, the real issue from the Democrats perspective is whether a candidate has broad knowledge of the world and government policies, sound vision, analytical skill, wise judgment, and steadiness to make good decisions as president. It is my contention that Bush lacked all of these qualities, and Sarah Palin lacks them as well. So I do not think she is even remotely close to having what it takes to be a good president. On the other hand, Obama has all of these attributes and, despite the great difference in their absolute years of experience, Obama's qualities in these respects are superior to McCain's. Disagree if you like, but that is what the election is for, isn't it. But, please stop the nonsensical obfuscation about what the Democrats contend. We didn't make experience an issue. McCain made experience an issue, and then he backtracked and chose someone with oceans behind her ears.


TAHIRN wrote on September 14, 2008 at 4:36 PM: "DOES ANYONE HAVE A HOME VIDEO SHOWING OBAMA AND HIS WIFE SITTING IN CHURCH AND LISTENING TO PASTOR WRIGHT GOD DAMNING AMERICA. I WILL PAY $100 FOR IT."

Well, obviously it doesn't exist, or someone would have bought it by now. Your puny offer of $100 dollars would be woefully inadequate - try a cool million for starters.

Posted by: Mark Gillis | September 14, 2008 5:36 PM

Pit bull, barracuda, try chicken. The press may ask her negative questions, wah? Buck, buck, buck, baaaa.

Posted by: Jimbo | September 14, 2008 5:37 PM

Maybe it is time to bring the styrofoam columns back out and give another pitch for change.

Posted by: leslied | September 14, 2008 5:40 PM

Didn't Sanjay Gupta on CNN say that McCain's released medical records run to 5,000 pages and Obama's run exactly one paragraph?

Has everyone who works in a union figured out who Sarah Palin would nominate to the NLRB.

Has everyone not deep in the Republican base stopped to imagine the kind of Supreme Court a Palin administration would likely create with the coming rash of appointments?

McCain's age matters, especially with Palin on the ticket.

Posted by: havener938 | September 14, 2008 5:44 PM

From:
Head of State
http://headofstate.blogspot.com/2008/09/hed-rather-win-election-than-tell-truth.html

Friday, September 12, 2008
He'd Rather Win The Election Than Portray The Truth

John McCain ran an honorable campaign in 2000.

He was beaten due to scurrilous dishonesty.

He's learned the lesson well.

He's hired those who did this to him.

And now, they are doing it again.

McCain has said that he would rather win the war than win the election.

In fact, as we have seen time after time this week, he would apparently rather win the election than convey the truth.

This approach brought us George W. Bush--and the dissembling, half-truths, omissions and distortions to come. And, so, brought us the tragic consequences that have followed for individuals and families across the nation and the world.

As Americans, we often have short memories and powerful impulses. We tend to act on the latter. This is why history can repeat itself.

Remember. Remember how driven by emotion many became last time. By impulse. Without thought. Remember the statements that were made. Remember the realities that followed. Remember.

You can feel what you feel now--anger, aggression, glee, without examination of the underlying truth--for a moment.

You will live with the consequences for years, decades to come--perhaps for the rest of your life.

Remember the thoughts and feelings that preceded these last 8 years.

Remember.

According to the non-partisan FactCheck.org (http://www.factcheck.org/elections-2008/factchecking_mccain.html), McCain has strained the truth about health care. About small business. About education. About taxes. About corporate welfare. About energy independence. About free trade.

We've seen this before.

We were distracted from the truth in just the same way before.

And we've lived the resulting damage--for the past 8 years.

This is the way we need to change the nation: By realizing what is true, rather than realizing what emotes us for the moment.

Think.

Remember.

And act accordingly for your future.

Cite:
Head of State
http://headofstate.blogspot.com/2008/09/hed-rather-win-election-than-tell-truth.html

Posted by: Marie Stewart | September 14, 2008 5:44 PM

Mccain should be ashamed. Why put a naive person on the spotlight, to be rediculed on TV (no understanding whatsoever of foreign issues and whose extreme views drives the American people back into kindergarden issues like "do dinosaurs really exist?").

Don't blame Sarah, it is Mccain who has put her in this mess. He really doesn't get it.

Diego

Posted by: Diego | September 14, 2008 5:44 PM

Dear Clinton poster still complaining HRC was not the VP choice.
Clinton had negatives at 49%, which I believe are mainly due to Bill Clinton's relationships, such as Monica. Plus Bill had some interesting donors to his library. Anyway, her negatives are off the chart. Polling data indicated that if she were on the ticket, the ticket would lose by 6%. She got half the Dem vote but she would not have done well in the general with GOP voters, according to the polls.
My personal disappointment was that so many CLintonistas said it had to be her if it was going to be a woman. I think they ruined the chance for Obama to pick Claire McCaskill or Barbara Boxer, both of whom are well spoken and have more experience than Palin, Obama, and even in a way, more than Mccain in Claire McCaskill's case - because she has done more different things.
Anyway .. we have what we have. Make the best of it.

It will be up to the educated independents to decide this election. The K-mart people dont care about the issues. They really like the idea of one of them with her finger on the red button.

Posted by: Bruce Becker | September 14, 2008 5:46 PM

This is a response to poster Jan:

1. Alaska always has very high earmarks from the fed, thanks to its Senator Stevenson. Palin cut Alaska's earmark requests by 35% since she became the govenor. This number came from the CNN who is not known for its conservative stand.

2. Gov Palin never said she sold the plane "for a profit". She said she put the plane on eBay, which was true.

3. She did kill the "Bridge to Nowhere" project at the end and wasn't that what she said? Whether she initiately supported it is irrelevant. She supported it before she got into the office. But after she learned the details after she got into the office, she killed it. That's what a good leader does.

4. Most governors don't have to deal with national issues. In Alaska, the most important economic issue is its contracts with the oil compaies. It seems she did just fine there and Alaskans approve her job performance.

5. Gov Palin is religious and socially conservative. However, so far, there's no proof that she has insert her religious beliefs into her public policy. She seems to be very pragmatic in her governance of Alaska. Plus, Sen McCain will be the president if they're elected and Sen McCain is the only moderate out of the four candidates.

Posted by: jck | September 14, 2008 5:47 PM

A poster wrote:

McCain has strained the truth about health care. About small business. About education. About taxes. About corporate welfare. About energy independence. About free trade.

NO. HE LIED. He did not 'strain the truth'.

He broke one of the Ten Commandments, to gather power to himself. He is corrupt.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 14, 2008 5:49 PM

a false statement by a supporter

Gov Palin is religious and socially conservative. However, so far, there's no proof that she has insert her religious beliefs into her public policy.

Actually, there is a long letter from the town of Wasilla about how Palin interrogated the librarian to learn how to ban books.
Then she fired the librarian because she was "not supportive of the mayor" Only after a furor, was the librarian reinstated.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 14, 2008 5:53 PM

Just how is a librarian supposed to be supportive, of the mayor?

And why would the mayor have the right to fire a librarian for that?

These and other tales are unfolding in Alaska, as the abuse of power case against Palin gathers steam. She will be impeached.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 14, 2008 5:55 PM

I am a twice divorced single parent of two young teenagers. We are what the media calls the Religious Right. My young children watch this political debate and read about it. Now they are coming up to me and asking about lieing. They can read and they can understand these issues. And they have told me that John Mc Cain and Sarah Palin are lieing. I have asked my minister what am I to tell them concerning breaking the commandment about lies. Unfortunately, my minister won't answer me... puts me off, says he will come back to me but doesn't. What is a parent to do?

Posted by: John Mc Donald | September 14, 2008 5:58 PM

Under Secretary Bill Richardson’s watch top secret computers were stolen with classified nuclear technology on them:

http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/summary/288/5474/2109a

He is a fine one to raise THIS question!

Posted by: Dan | September 14, 2008 5:59 PM

Dan, that brings back memories of Sandy Berger stuffing his socks with classified documents. A party of change.

Posted by: dbc | September 14, 2008 6:03 PM

When a campaign states that something is true and it is not they deserve to be called on it. This is not about sexism, it is about the truth, and about the American people deserving to know about a candidate that could become the president, and that even if Palin remains as VP she is not qualified for that position. The rhetoric that she spouted during her first interview says that she is not ready to negotiate on the behalf of the United States.

To show respect for Sarah Palin as a woman means that we will examine her record in the same way we would any man's record. That's what equality is about. As soon as the first person began to ask the first question about her record the cries of discrimination began, because she can't stand on her record. It's the same reason that McCain is using lies to attack Obama - he has no new plans and so he has to put up a smoke screen to keep the country from seeing it. Bush and his policies are incredibly unpopular and McCain has the same plans. Instead of coming up with something new he is pointing at Obama and spouting lies. The same old thing.

Posted by: Liz | September 14, 2008 6:03 PM

As a slow witted small town Nascar lovin hunter all I can say is Go Palin she noes me. She's like me, sure she doesn't really tell the truth and sure just a few years ago she was just someone who was mayor of a town in name only who ran it into debt but she's got experiance and that counts, and she's not fromn some top cllege, now mind you i have no trust of those college people they like to flaunt their so called knowledge about world views and global warming but really what do those issues have to do with me? No give me someone who can shoot and that knows a womans rights are best decided by the goverment and I'll go along. I mean come on she can see russia surely that gives her something to talk about with them eh? What does that barrack guy have, sure he may see some insights into their roles in the futre of the emerging economies or our limited troops supplies but hey just give us a chance to set up some army recruitment centers out at Nascar and give us a free huntin license for joining the miltary and I'm sure well double our current troop levels. And as for the economy, hey if Sara palin can get 125,000 a year on her limited credentials and then go to the white house then why can any of us? Unless of course they are black or an illegal cause they don't count much do they. Nah once we stick to buildin homes and ranchin and drillin for oil we'll be fine, we don't need anything else. Except maybe for some more oil for another 20 years since drilling takes about that amount of time to take effect, and of course with alaska's supply drying up they need that new drillin territory so they can have more money comin inthe future until then they can hoard their own while we pay for their infrastructure. Yeah I'm for Plain she's got a plan, maybe when she goes to the white house she can get some lobbiest from those other countries to give us earmarks mfor this country I sure could use some of them myself...

Posted by: A2N | September 14, 2008 6:03 PM

Talk about National Security, what about Pres Clinton's de-classifying missle guidence technology so that China could buy it from Loral? That occurred all the while huge campaign contributions were coming in from China.

Posted by: Dan | September 14, 2008 6:03 PM

Talk about National Security, what about Pres Clinton's de-classifying missle guidence technology so that China could buy it from Loral? That occurred all the while huge campaign contributions were coming in from China.

Posted by: Dan | September 14, 2008 6:03 PM

With Obama's new ad attacking McCain for having never used a computer it might be time to look at what Obama has NEVER done. Obama has:
Never run a business
Never served in the military
Never commanded troops
Never balanced a budget
Never written a federal law
Never refused an earmark
Never lowered a tax
Never won an election in which the "field wasn't cleared" of opponents
Never heard Rev. Wright say anything controversial
Never taken on his party
Never united anything including the democratic party
Never had multiple bones broken leaving him unable to raise his arms over his head making it virtually impossible to operate a keyboard for any length of time


http://ignoretalkingheads.blogspot.com/2008/09/things-obama-has-never-done.html

Posted by: 08voter | September 14, 2008 6:03 PM

Dan, that brings back memories of Sandy Berger stuffing his socks with classified documents. A party of change.

Posted by: dbc | September 14, 2008 6:03 PM

Talk about National Security, what about Pres Clinton's de-classifying missle guidence technology so that China could buy it from Loral? That occurred all the while huge campaign contributions were coming in from China.

Posted by: Dan | September 14, 2008 6:03 PM

I've got news for you Republicans, the only attack you're going to see is by being outvotted at the ballot box in droves and out spent by the massive contributors to the democrats. The Democratic sunami is going to wipe out the republicans and in particular conservatives. Get ready, because you Republicans re going to loose big time in November from the top of the ticket to the bottom.

Posted by: Paul Noln | September 14, 2008 6:07 PM

I've got news for you Republicans, the only attack you're going to see is by being outvotted at the ballot box in droves and out spent by the massive contributors to the democrats. The Democratic sunami is going to wipe out the republicans and in particular conservatives. Get ready, because you Republicans re going to loose big time in November from the top of the ticket to the bottom.

Posted by: Paul Noln | September 14, 2008 6:07 PM

I've got news for you Republicans, the only attack you're going to see is by being outvotted at the ballot box in droves and out spent by the massive contributors to the democrats. The Democratic sunami is going to wipe out the republicans and in particular conservatives. Get ready, because you Republicans re going to loose big time in November from the top of the ticket to the bottom.

Posted by: Paul Noln | September 14, 2008 6:07 PM

Other things Obama has NEVER done:

Never produced a REAL birth certificate
Never fully explained his longterm relationship with unrepentent domestic terrorist, Bill Ayers

Posted by: Anonymous | September 14, 2008 6:07 PM

I've got news for you Republicans, the only attack you're going to see is by being outvotted at the ballot box in droves and out spent by the massive contributors to the democrats. The Democratic sunami is going to wipe out the republicans and in particular conservatives. Get ready, because you Republicans re going to loose big time in November from the top of the ticket to the bottom.

Posted by: Paul Noln | September 14, 2008 6:07 PM

I've got news for you Republicans, the only attack you're going to see is by being outvotted at the ballot box in droves and out spent by the massive contributors to the democrats. The Democratic sunami is going to wipe out the republicans and in particular conservatives. Get ready, because you Republicans re going to loose big time in November from the top of the ticket to the bottom.

Posted by: Paul Noln | September 14, 2008 6:07 PM

I've got news for you Republicans, the only attack you're going to see is by being outvotted at the ballot box in droves and out spent by the massive contributors to the democrats. The Democratic sunami is going to wipe out the republicans and in particular conservatives. Get ready, because you Republicans re going to loose big time in November from the top of the ticket to the bottom.

Posted by: Paul Noln | September 14, 2008 6:07 PM

I've got news for you Republicans, the only attack you're going to see is by being outvotted at the ballot box in droves and out spent by the massive contributors to the democrats. The Democratic sunami is going to wipe out the republicans and in particular conservatives. Get ready, because you Republicans re going to loose big time in November from the top of the ticket to the bottom.

Posted by: Paul Noln | September 14, 2008 6:07 PM

I've got news for you Republicans, the only attack you're going to see is by being outvotted at the ballot box in droves and out spent by the massive contributors to the democrats. The Democratic sunami is going to wipe out the republicans and in particular conservatives. Get ready, because you Republicans re going to loose big time in November from the top of the ticket to the bottom.

Posted by: Paul Noln | September 14, 2008 6:07 PM

I've got news for you Republicans, the only attack you're going to see is by being outvotted at the ballot box in droves and out spent by the massive contributors to the democrats. The Democratic sunami is going to wipe out the republicans and in particular conservatives. Get ready, because you Republicans re going to loose big time in November from the top of the ticket to the bottom.

Posted by: Paul Noln | September 14, 2008 6:07 PM

I've got news for you Republicans, the only attack you're going to see is by being outvotted at the ballot box in droves and out spent by the massive contributors to the democrats. The Democratic sunami is going to wipe out the republicans and in particular conservatives. Get ready, because you Republicans re going to loose big time in November from the top of the ticket to the bottom.

Posted by: Paul Noln | September 14, 2008 6:07 PM

The time has come for Obama to start leading his own campaign. He has all the supporting structures in place: great campaign staff, grass roots support, money, and issues. But the final necessary key ingredient is his ability to excite the 5%-10% of the electorate we need for victory. His supporters have done everything and more to make this a success. The rest is up to him. He can no longer pace in front of audiences trying to persuade with logic and the facts. He has to confront the attacks, the lies and the spin with authority, outrage and fire. He must become passionate from the gut. If he doesn't have this in him it's over, no matter how well he does in the debates. The final movement of voters to his side will come from non-spoken language of attitudes, energy, power, emotions and feelings. He has to show how he feels, that this matters to him. Not that it has to matter to voters; it must matter to him. If voters don't see him fighting for his life they will be unmoved. He has to lose his cool. Big time!

Posted by: Truth Maverick | September 14, 2008 6:08 PM

The GOP is a magnet for the most unethical, incompetent, fundamentalist sideshow freaks in the US. Carly Fiorina's endorsement doesn't mean much - she got fired for her piss-poor decision-making at HP. The fact that she's McCain's advisor, and vouched for Palin, says a lot about her intelligence (or lack thereof).

Posted by: vmunikoti | September 14, 2008 6:10 PM

When a campaign states that something is true and it is not they deserve to be called on it. This is not about sexism, it is about the truth, and about the American people deserving to know about a candidate that could become the president, and that even if Palin remains as VP she is not qualified for that position. The rhetoric that she spouted during her first interview says that she is not ready to negotiate on the behalf of the United States.

To show respect for Sarah Palin as a woman means that we will examine her record in the same way we would any man's record. That's what equality is about. As soon as the first person began to ask the first question about her record the cries of discrimination began, because she can't stand on her record. It's the same reason that McCain is using lies to attack Obama - he has no new plans and so he has to put up a smoke screen to keep the country from seeing it. Bush and his policies are incredibly unpopular and McCain has the same plans. Instead of coming up with something new he is pointing at Obama and spouting lies. The same old thing.

Posted by: Liz | September 14, 2008 6:14 PM

The debate on Face the Nation about Equal Pay was bogus. In fact, McCain is the one who puts his money where his mouth is when it comes to equal pay for women. Once again, Obama just gives lip service, not action.

Compensation figures for his legislative staff reveal that the
Illinois senator pays women just 83 cents for every dollar his male staffers make.
Among Obama’s five best-paid advisers, only one was a woman.

On average, according to these data, women in McCain’s office make $1.04 for
every dollar a man makes.

McCain's support for women is also reflected in the strong women who he is surrounded with...his 95 year old mother who is still going strong, his wife Cindy, his daughters, advisors Carly Fiorina and Meg Whitman.

Obama has his wife and McCaskill. That's it. He was afraid to put the woman on the ticket who won more votes than anyone in the history of the primaries.

Pay attention to what Obama does, not what he says. There are huge disparities. Equal Pay is just one.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 14, 2008 6:24 PM

kdog wrote: "I wish I could understand why we are discussing Palin's experience but avoiding Obama's."

It's been discussed since last year.

"First of all she has at least as much as he does. And oh.... by the way...

Her lack of experience is a hypothetical... it may come into play.

His lack of experiencve is an absolute... it must come into play."
Um.. not true--he has served as a state senator for 8 years and US senator for nearly 4. This is in addition to his expert management of a $250mil+ campaign, serving as a constitutional instructor for a decade and serving as a civil rights attorney. Ms. Palin, on the other hand, farmed out part of her mayoral responsibilities.

"A company is much more concerned about the record and experience of the CEO as compared to lower managment."
VP does not qualify as 'lower management.'

"A sports team owner is much more concerned with the record and experience of the head coach as compared to the assistant."

Might be a good analogy if the assistant coach automatically filled in when something happened to the head coach.


Posted by: MrsJones | September 14, 2008 6:28 PM

Sarah Palin's only qualification for VP is that she can "energize the Republican ticket" because of her melding of politics and a particular religion. We need to stop being disingenuous about this, and discuss it. She is a representative of the TV base built by Pat Robertson, the same base which brought us 8 years of George Bush (and which McCain once opposed). That’s not reform. She is also a representative of the "New Wave" of apocalyptic Pentecostalism, a lunatic doomsday cult with a bizarre theocratic agenda. She says the Iraq war is a task from God. Her pastor says Alaska will be a refuge in the “end times”. We don’t want this crackpot’s finger on the “new-clear” button.

Posted by: Mary | September 14, 2008 6:30 PM

Palin Power

Posted by: michel 1835 | September 14, 2008 6:31 PM

In addition to having more executive experience (Governor, Mayor) than Obama and Biden, Palin’s legislative accomplishments actually eclipse Obama’s. She pushed through bipartisan ethics reform bill in Alaska. She passed a tax increase on oil company profits, and she enacted the Alaska Gasline Inducement Act (AGIA) to set up a natural gas pipeline in Alaska. She has taken on her own party in big ways by ousting two entrenched incumbants, resigning her post at the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission as a protest to ‘lack of ethics’, and opposed the reelection of Republicans Don Young and Ted Stevens because of ethics/corruption charges. Senator Obama does not have a bipartisan record, or a history of taking on his own party in any way.

Senator Obama would definitely be bringing a lack of foreign policy experience to the White House. Senator McCain has a vast amount of foreign policy experience and he is the one who is running for President. If Governor Palin did have to take over the Presidency, her vice presidential experience would eclipse any experience Senator Obama now claims to have on foreign policy.

It is the team element of the Palin pick that makes McCain/Palin combination so strong. There is legislative and executive experience on the Republican ticket. There is a foreign policy expert, and there is an energy expert, they both have a history of working across party lines and battling corruption, there is military experience, there is ‘beyond the beltway’ experience. They both have a background and history of reform.

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Posted by: 08voter | September 14, 2008 6:33 PM

Is it politically incorrect or sexist to ask how Sarah Palin's formal education compares with that of vice presidents in modern history? I haven't heard that issue discussed.

Posted by: Molly | September 14, 2008 6:38 PM

Here we have the Democrats attacking a women candidate just because she seeks
Federal dollars for her home state even though that is her job. Next THEY will be attacking women because they have children.
WAIT A MINUTE--THEY ARE ALREADY ARE !

Nah, Republicans and Democrats are attacking her because she and her running mate claim she didn't.

Posted by: pete in ga | September 14, 2008 6:38 PM

It is amazing that Palin, who is a Republican, does not know the first thing about Bush's foreign policy, known by any politician and many first year college students what the Bush Doctrine is. This woman is an empty vessel. Who would hire such an incompetent that her own mother-in-law is not sure she will vote for her. She doesn't even know where she has been and confuses Kuwait with Iraq. She thinks we could go to war with Russia over Georgia? With what army? It has taken us more years than fighting World War 2 and we are still fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan without victory. Palin's lack of knowledge, lack of depth are frightening. No wonder the McCain campaign has kept her away from reporters. She can't handle it. And all you McCain Palin lovers, can't handle the truth. LET PALIN be PALIN and have a real press conference. Then we can evaluate her. Anyone can read a script.

Posted by: lxg | September 14, 2008 6:39 PM

Hutchison says that two of the last four presidents have been former governors without much foreign affairs experience, so therefore Palin is ok to be President. But she forgets to say that two of those last four Presidents, Carter and W, failed miserably at foreign affairs decisions, the latter costing a huge problem. With Sarah, it would be even worse.

Posted by: cougar222 | September 14, 2008 6:40 PM

Palin isn't being attacked, she's being vetted my media because McCain didn't do it. Irresponsible on his part not to, worse yet for him to cry foul when the media does. We should thank the media for doing it job: it didn't in 2003 and we got Iraq. Palin has a record of scandal and abusse of power we would not know about if not for the media. McCain would like to hide those facts and campaign on a lie. Americans deserve better: republican and dems. If one thinks Palin is ready, read the NY Times, get real and understand what standards are. The truth, like roses, has beauty and thorns: especially in Palin's case.

Some people are corrupted by power and should not have absolute power.

Posted by: claude | September 14, 2008 6:43 PM

Love Pawlenty's spin on this: "She has traveled internationally -- somewhat." Like her visit to Ireland: looking out the window of the plane while it was being refueled. Really, it's hard to take this candidacy seriously. Sarah Palin has never met a head of state in her life. Not even Bush, for whatever that would have been worth.

Posted by: Tom in California | September 14, 2008 6:44 PM

Why is the media so bias towards Obama?
There is something very wrong in our society when the media selects a candidate as a favorite.
Have we not learned from history where such blind worship leads?
The dictators Hitler, Mussolini, Kim Jong Il all began as a cult of personality worship. The media for these dictators were slanted during their rise and then controlled after they assumed power. Obama is clearly following the same pattern.
Obama and his wife have a horrendous history of evil and whenever facts of Obama’s infamous life is mentioned, the press ignores it. But for Hillary, McCain or Palin, if they so much as sneeze, they are mercilessly taken thought the ringer and insulted by the press relentlessly.
Is this because we are afraid to criticize an African American or because some powers above are manipulating our society?
- It is also interesting to note, that my Obama critical posting are often banned or removed by the mediators of the blogs or newspapers.
Obama is not even elected, and Obama’s cult followers have already managed to implement restrictions on Freedom of Speech. What will happen to us after he is elected? He will teach our youth to be thugs like himself. And if you don’t know why I call him a thug, find out how he got elected as senator and look at all the ill associations he has hobnobbed with throughout his life. Remember when he gave the finger to Hillary on national TV and now calling Palin a pig.
We have clearly become a society whose depth of thinking is equivalent to that of Britney Spears and we will pay for this lazy intelligence and lack of critical thinking skills with our country. We are setting the stage for an American Mussolini.

Posted by: Julie Alton | September 14, 2008 6:45 PM

We have an entire Congress full of "experience". Did they do anything about housing bubble before it became a crisis? Have they fixed Social Security? Health care costs? Education? Immigration? Nope. "Experience" is knowing how not to do anything that might interfere with your getting re-elected.

Posted by: decided | September 14, 2008 6:46 PM

It's John McCain, not Barack Obama, who made earmarks a centerpiece of his convention speech and of his campaign. "You will know their names!" he thundered repeatedly, referring to those who put in for earmarks.

Apparently, he didn't know their names. Or so he claimed, on national TV, when he said that Palin didn't request earmarks as governor. Which is either a lie or a fairly major "senior moment," neither of which is encouraging.

In reality, the whole earmark thing is a red herring -- a mere drop in the bucket of red ink in which this country is awash. Requesting federal money for the folks back home is the name of the game, so of course Obama and Palin played it.

But Palin is the one on the "No Earmarks" ticket. She's the one who claimed that she said "Thanks, but no thanks" to that bridge. That's what makes her phenomenal success at procuring federal largesse (on a per capita basis, orders of magnitude more than Obama) a political issue.

Posted by: Jane | September 14, 2008 6:48 PM

"Carly is a good egg."

Then why did she get run out of town on a rail?

Posted by: Capncuster | September 14, 2008 6:50 PM

Right on! Jane

Posted by: Pat | September 14, 2008 6:51 PM

Hmmm... sounds like Palin's trip to Ireland is on a par with the rest of her experience.

Posted by: Hugh Briss | September 14, 2008 6:51 PM

Palin is just plain dumb. Six years, six different colleges, to earn a four year degree in communications. And she never even went for her masters.
Her interview showed she is vapid. She couldn't delve deeper on any questin asked. She stuck tothe talking points. She sounded dumb.
We need great minds to solve America's problems. Sarah Palin doesn't cut the muster. this is joke --right?

Posted by: roger | September 14, 2008 6:52 PM

All republicans are pigs with lipstick, They could also use a lot of deodorant because they seem to stink at everything except lying.

Posted by: american pie | September 14, 2008 6:52 PM

"Most governors don't have to deal with national issues."

1. You've conceded the point that she's ignorant of vital national security issues.
2. Governors may not need to be knowledgeable about national issues, but VP candidates sure as h**l do.

Posted by: capncuster | September 14, 2008 6:53 PM

Boring

Posted by: Boring | September 14, 2008 6:54 PM

Get real. No one in the Democratic Party leadership really cares if Palin is qualified for the Vice Presidency. No one in the Democartic Party cares if Obama is qualified for the Presidency. This is about the agenda of each of the two Parties and what they will implement if elected.

Following is what the Democrats will do if they control the White House, the Senate and the House in 2009. They will:

1. Increase taxes on at least some of the taxpayers.
2. They will charge more Social Security Taxes on the higher income earners. At the same time they will establish a "needs test" so that only those that need it, get it, even if they have not paid into it.
3. They will establish laws which place homosexual behavior on par with hetersexual marraige.
4. They will protect a person's right to abort ("kill") their unborn child until it is at least half way out of the uterus.
5. They will place sexual orientation ( homosexuals, transsexuals and bisexuals ) in the Civil Rights Act so that are protected from any form of discrimination.
6. They will practice more of the EU and NATO approach to dealing with issues with such countries as Iran, Russia and North Korea.
7. They will remove the US troops in Iraq in 2009.
8. They will ban most oil drilling and focus incentives on alternative forms of energy.

The Republican ticket of McCain and Palin will try to get some of their ideas adopted by a Democratic Congress and veto what they strongly disagree is approved by the Democartically controlled Congress.

Just vote based upon which philosophy and policies you agree with.

The question is what will the nothern midwest states, Pennsylvania and Florida do?

Posted by: rljmsilver | September 14, 2008 6:54 PM

In the end, picking Palin will energize Obama supporters and former Clinton supporters more than the GOP. In about 2 weeks, McCain will begin regretting his decision, if he hasn't already.

Posted by: GFD | September 14, 2008 6:55 PM

Sarah Palin will put Hussein Obama on that bridge to nowhere.by by Obama

Posted by: Mike | September 14, 2008 6:55 PM

OK WOW let me explain it to you: McCain is publicly stating the "Sarah Palin has never taken an earmark since being a Governor" when actually she has taken more than anyone.

Do you see why that is newsworthy?

I must agree though that she should not be critisized for running for VP while trying to take care of her kids, last time I checked she was still married, so let her doofus husband take care of them, one of those parents has got to get control of those kids because they clearly are out of control, getting knocked-up, drinking hard booze etc.

Posted by: JR | September 14, 2008 6:56 PM

Sarah and John are the absolute BEST type of liars because they lie with ease. All these folks who are going to vote for them will deserve them as their leaders, if they win! These folks who would damn Hillary Clinton for her lie about dogging bullets prefer to ignore the fact that Sarah lied to the world in her intro speech and she and John have been lying ever since with impunity from the so-called Christian right.

Oh, I forgot, they are lovers of liars--witness their continued support of Bush and Cheney, as long as the government continues to take wealth from the bottom and spread wealth out to the top.

Posted by: oyoung | September 14, 2008 6:56 PM

Gotta like it that Kay Bailey Hutchison is rationalizing away Palin's obvious shortcomings by saying "she reads newspapers". Golly. I read newspapers! I suppose I'm ready to be leader of the free world too.

It seems pretty clear now that McCain picked Palin on a dare, in much the same way he sneaked off the Academy grounds for a night of drinking during his Annapolis days. Guess he thought it would be a gas, so why not. Hey, he even interviewed her for 15 minutes the day before, and even met her once!

That's the same kind of thoroughness that got us into the most spectacularly good idea in recent US history, the invasion of Iraq. Let's put another rash nutcase into the Oval Office, why not?

Posted by: Marie | September 14, 2008 6:57 PM

These comments are unbelievable.

Can this country get any more divided? What is fueling this hated and vitriol between supporters of both candidates? I didn't think we could get any more divided after the last presidential election, but apparently we've achieved the impossible.

Nice work everyone.

Posted by: Anne | September 14, 2008 6:58 PM

Now that the media interest has subsided a little, the Palin pick can more easily seen for what it really is: a cynical attempt to get headlines. Worse, there is nothing more sexist than picking a woman on the merits of her gender and religion. When did the GOP start supporting affirmative action? McCain has entered new realms of sleaze.

Posted by: JenOH | September 14, 2008 6:58 PM

It is clear this woman is no President. It is clear she is weak as a VP. It is incredible that the Republicans can fictionalize this woman's identity and true experience and that men and women can go around and say that she is qualified. And to even suggest she is anywhere even in the same room with Obama is actually quite insane. Really.

America needs to get a grip. I mean to say she has an idea of where the US is generally in the world is not only not enough, it is not true. And to say she has traveled somewhat is a joke. If she travelled somewhat, Obama is an old hand. Come on, you might say that about Obama who has lived in other countries and has roots on two continents. But Palin? Duh. And the press in its efforts to be even handed rather than making a fair and honest call on the available and undisputed facts are a complete cop out here.

Posted by: Paul Stewart | September 14, 2008 6:59 PM

"Here we have the Democrats attacking a (female)women candidate just because she seeks federal dollars for her home state even though that is her job".
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Your comment was out of context, as any "attacks" have been to the FACT that John McSame stated that she, as governor, did not take any federal "earmark" money, which as we all now know is another Republican lie. That is the point of any media reporting about this subject. It is another calculated lie put forth by the republican party - the ones in the background running things (pulling the puppet strings so to speak) because McSame was told to say what he did on the VIEW) and thus more fertilizer for the media to turn in the Election Compost Pile of '08.

Posted by: cjw3 | September 14, 2008 6:59 PM

Look, Palin is a local girl made good. She has spent her entire life in Wasilla, a town smaller than a lot of high schools.

I would like to have a VP or possible POTUS that has a world view, an understanding of world events and in her interview she clearly showed she does not.

Being able to see parts of Russia from parts of your home state doesn't count as foreign policy experience.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 14, 2008 6:59 PM

Obama and Biden are the absolute BEST type of liars because they lie with ease. All these folks who are going to vote for them will deserve them as their leaders, if they win! These folks s prefer to ignore the fact that Obama lied to the world in his intro speech and he and biden have been lying ever since with impunity .

Oh, I forgot, they are lovers of liars--witness their continued support of liberals, as long as the government continues to take wealth from the bottom and spread wealth out to the top.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 14, 2008 7:00 PM

Governor Pawlenty when asked about Governor Palin's national security credentials said " It is true she has traveled somewhat internationally;"

I wonder if he appreciates how lame a a rationale that is; if his logic and thinking on this issue is any indication of his overall grasp of issues and problem solving, we can all the thankful John McCain didn't select him over Palin.

I took a Red Cross life saving course as a teenager; does that make me "somewhat" qualified on national health care?

Posted by: bobfbell | September 14, 2008 7:00 PM

Say what you will about Gov. Palin, but at the end of the day:
1. She is the Republican VP nominee not Presidential nominee.
2. She has more executive experience that the Democratic Presidential nominee.
3. She is for lower taxes and smaller government.
4. She is NOT a socialist liberal.
That's enough for me.

Posted by: tex | September 14, 2008 7:00 PM

Palin is scarier than Dan Quayle. There are some stupid voters in America, but in the end there's no way America will let Palin within 2000 miles of the White House.

Posted by: HarrryT | September 14, 2008 7:01 PM

You liberals got nervous.Thats good .You should cause you will loooooose!!!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 14, 2008 7:02 PM

I am voting for Obama/Biden but no matter who wins the election we will all need to come together as Americans because this country is in serious, very serious trouble on many fronts.

Posted by: Americano | September 14, 2008 7:03 PM

Obama is scarier than Dan Quayle. There are some stupid voters in America, but in the end there's no way America will let Obama within 2000 miles of the White House.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 14, 2008 7:03 PM

To the poster who said Obama has taken earmarks:

Obama has not campaigned against earmarks like McCain ... Obama hasn't fought earmarks like McCain ...

What makes his choice of Palin so striking is that Alaska (cities and state) get so many earmarks. McCain's running mate is an earmark queen while her boss is running his campaign against them.

Can you spell duplicity?

du·plic·i·ty
Pronunciation: \du̇-ˈpli-sə-tē also dyu̇-\
Function: noun
Inflected Form(s): plural du·plic·i·ties
Etymology: Middle English duplicite, from Middle French, from Late Latin duplicitat-, duplicitas, from Latin duplex
Date: 15th century
1: contradictory doubleness of thought, speech, or action

Posted by: THM | September 14, 2008 7:04 PM

I am voting for McCain/Palin but no matter who wins the election we will all need to come together as Americans because this country is in serious, very serious trouble on many fronts.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 14, 2008 7:04 PM


Sarah Palin talks to God, and God tells her which books He wants banned.
He also tells her that it doesn't matter if her son is a drug addict, as long as he goes to Iraq and murders a bunch of people in Jesus's name.

Posted by: JesusLovesMe | September 14, 2008 7:05 PM

Palin is about as qualified to be VP as much as "Brownie" was qualified to run FEMA, Just another example of McCain loosing his mind !

Posted by: american pie | September 14, 2008 7:05 PM

Sarah Palin is nothing more than a liar and a fraud. Period. Her bravado about her stance on the so-called bridge to nowhere and earmarks are nothing more than empty vessels. We come to know what a fraud she is by her claim of experience in foreign affairs. Claiming a stopover at an Iraqi town bordering Kuwait that hardly lasted 30 minutes as a visit to Iraq is proof of her fraudulent claim! The bottomline is she is no Hillary Rodham Clinton. She is nowhere near to her experience. No women protested against Hillary. But look at the reception Palin got from the women in Anchorage. That speaks volume about her ability to cause even one crack at the glass ceiling. So, ladies, don't be fooled by this fraud. A word of caution, especially to the Hillary supporters. Sarah Palin stands against everything Hillary fought for all through her adult life. Just being a woman doesn't qualify Sarah to earn your vote. Cast your vote to the candidate who genuienely fights for your cause and cares for your welfare! Be wary of wolve in sheep's cloth!!

Posted by: John Santiago | September 14, 2008 7:05 PM

I am totally amazed at people that are smart enough to read, smart enough to post online but are not smart enough to actually understand what they are reading and hearing. If this country is stupid enough to vote McCain and Palin into office then we deserve what happens to us.

Posted by: Kelly | September 14, 2008 7:06 PM

" It is true she has traveled somewhat internationally;"
Gov. Pawlenty

Hey, I've traveled to Germany, Spain, England, the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Mexico Canada AND Minnesota.

I guess that makes ME a Foriegn Policy EXPERT!

Posted by: JR | September 14, 2008 7:06 PM

Obamais about as qualified to be VP as much as "Brownie" was qualified to run FEMA, Just another example of liberals loosing their mind !

Posted by: Anonymous | September 14, 2008 7:06 PM

I am totally amazed at people that are smart enough to read, smart enough to post online but are not smart enough to actually understand what they are reading and hearing. If this country is stupid enough to vote Obama into office then we deserve what happens to us.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 14, 2008 7:07 PM

"Sarah Palin talks to God, and God tells her which books He wants banned. "
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I think there's a name for that condition, people who hear voices kind of creep me out....

Posted by: Anonymous | September 14, 2008 7:08 PM


SARAH PALIN SPEAKS TO GOD ALMIGHTY HIMSELF, WHO TELLS HER, "SARAH, GO FORTH ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL AND LIE AND CHEAT AND DO IT ALL IN JESUS'S NAME. BLESS YOU MY CHILD"


Posted by: JesusLovesMe | September 14, 2008 7:08 PM

Wow - a perfect example of someone that can read and write, or at least hit the copy paste button but can not think for him or herself. I feel so sad for you and your family. God help you.

Posted by: Kelly | September 14, 2008 7:10 PM

More of the truth about Sarah Palin needs to come out, particularly about how she thinks and the kind of leader we can expect her to be as President of the United States. See http://whatssarahthinking.com for an insider's view of Sarah Palin

Posted by: lamarguerite | September 14, 2008 7:10 PM

HUSSEIN OBAMA SPEAKS TO ALLAH ALMIGHTY HIMSELF, WHO TELLS HER, "SARAH, GO FORTH ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL AND LIE AND CHEAT AND DO IT ALL IN ALLAH'S NAME. BLESS YOU MY CHILD"

Posted by: Anonymous | September 14, 2008 7:10 PM

Hey anonymous has taken off his tin foil hat, Pray ( R-GOD) that he is not abducted by aliens or even worse he might experience enlightenment, truth and good judgment, Naaa who am I kidding. Put your hat back on !!!!!!

Posted by: american pie | September 14, 2008 7:11 PM

Let's get real. The Democrats don't care about Palin's qualifications to be Vice President, because if they did they would not have nominated Obama for President.

This race is about a liberal or conservative agenda being implemented.

Please read the following and based upon your philosphy and policies, vote for the Party which most closely represents you.

The Democrats will do the following if they control the White House, the Senate and the House:

1. Increase taxes.
2. Increase Social Security Taxes onthe higher income taxpayers and install a "needs test" to only give the benefits to those who are determined most needy, regardless if they pay into it or not.
3. Place homosexual behaviour ( homosexual, bisexual and transgender ) in the Civil Rights Act to protect them from any form of discrimination.
4. Expand "hate speech" legislation so that no one can speak against those covered under the newly amended Civil Rights Act.
5. Protect persons having abortions ( killing their unborn child ) up until the child is at least half way out of the womb.
6. Follow the EU/NATO approach to dealing with such rogue countries as Russia, Iran and North Korea.
7.Pursue all forms of alternative energy but not oil drilling significantly.
8. Appoint judges which will make new laws because they believe that the Constitution is a "living document" and must be amended to reflect the "realities" of the new millenium.

The Republicans will only be able to do limited policies and limit the legislation approved by a Democratically controlled House and Senate.

Based upon your philosophy and policies, vote accordingly for the political party which best represents tyour views.

Posted by: rljmsilver | September 14, 2008 7:12 PM

Wow - a perfect example of someone that can read and write, or at least hit the copy paste button but can not think for him or herself. I feel so sad for you and your family. God help you.

Posted by: Kelly | September 14, 2008 7:10 PM

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No other way to deal with liberals

Posted by: Anonymous | September 14, 2008 7:12 PM

LOL you messed up that time, when you copy someone's text, read it before you post it idiot.

Posted by: Kelly | September 14, 2008 7:12 PM

How do you know when Sarah Palin is lying?

Her lipstick is moving.....

Posted by: leapblog | September 14, 2008 7:12 PM


I saw Jupiter through my telescope last night, so put me in charge of NASA if McCain wins!



Posted by: chasemonster | September 14, 2008 7:13 PM

The term "healthcare reform" is a joke. Every person, no matter what class or ability to pay is afforded health CARE. The problem is health INSURANCE. I doubt very seriously that anyone is turned away from any emergency room while in need of care in this country. It's the rising costs of insurance that gets everyone's goats. So the campaigns - ALL OF THEM - need get the facts about the so called "healthcare reform" straight and address the problem for what it is and quit screwing around with words to make people think they are going to "solve" the problem without calling it what it really is.

Posted by: fedup | September 14, 2008 7:13 PM

THis whole earmark thing is a red-herring.

This country is not in trouble because of "earmarks"

People aren't losing their homes because of earmarks

Major banks aren't failing at a rapid rate because of earmarks

We aren't at war (one we should not had ever started and the other our generals say we are losing) because of earmarks

We haven't lost allies and our moral high-ground in the world because of earmarks

We aren't facing climate change because of earmarks

People aren't losing their jobs because of earmarks

Health insurance isn't skyrocketing because of earmarks

Our schools aren't failing because of earmarks

Earmarks make up a miniscule percentage of our National budget so let's get over it and concentrate on our REAL problems before it is too late.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 14, 2008 7:13 PM

If all the Democrats can paint Sarah Palin with is that she is a political shark in Alaska, they are attempting to whistle past the graveyard.

Their Messiah du jour, Barack Obama-Soetoro, has confirmed ties to convicted Chicago Housing Scam Artist Tony Rezko, confirmed ties to convicted Terrorists Wm. Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn. His mentors were the American Hating Reverend Wright,and the American Communists Paul Robeson, Frank Marshall and Saul Alinsky, whom Obama credits with his Socialist methodology in "Community Organizing".

Obama is a self-admitted Cocaine user, whose entire political career was created, nurtured and advanced by the Daley Chicago Political Machine.

By comparisom, Sarah Palin is Snow White.

Posted by: ETEE | September 14, 2008 7:14 PM

LOL you messed up that time, when you copy someone's text, read it before you post it idiot.

Posted by: Kelly | September 14, 2008 7:12 PM

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I'll put it simply-go f..k yourself

Posted by: Anonymous | September 14, 2008 7:14 PM


Sarah Palin had a part-time job once as a waitress, which more than qualifies her to serve the American people!!



Posted by: chasemonster | September 14, 2008 7:15 PM

Fedup-The distinction is this: Some guy works hard all his life, raises a family scratches out a living to buy a home and saves a little bit to leave his kids or wife, but he gets ill one day and loses EVERYTHING he's worked for all his life and literally becomes enslaved to the Health industry because he didn't have proper insurance.

Yeah, he got Health Care allright.

Posted by: JR | September 14, 2008 7:17 PM

HUSSEIN OBAMA SPEAKS TO ALLAH ALMIGHTY HIMSELF, WHO TELLS HIM, "OBAMATUS, GO FORTH ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL AND LIE AND CHEAT AND DO IT ALL IN ALLAH'S NAME. BLESS YOU MY CHILD"

Do you like it more retarded Kelly?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 14, 2008 7:17 PM

Anonymous takes a page from foul mouthed bad temperd grumpy old man McCain. Care to copy and paste that !

You are an Idiot.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 14, 2008 7:18 PM


GOD SPEAKS:

"SARAH MY CHILD, THE ONLY WAY WE'RE GOING TO WIN THIS THING IS IF YOU GO OUT THERE AND LIE THROUGH YOUR LIPSTICK-STAINED TEETH EVERY CHANCE YOU GET!
NOW GET GOING! ME AND JESUS IS COUNTING ON YOU!




Posted by: JesusLovesMe | September 14, 2008 7:19 PM

Say what you will about Gov. Palin, but at the end of the day:
1. She is the Republican VP nominee not Presidential nominee.
2. She has more executive experience that the Democratic Presidential nominee.
3. She is for lower taxes and smaller government.
4. She is NOT a socialist liberal.
That's enough for me.

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But, ehh... err... ahhh... McCain is old and Sarah is a woman...Come on people and lets stay on ths issues here!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 14, 2008 7:21 PM

Dear Anonymous your ignorance is showing, you should maybe try typing something you actually thought of yourself. You are a prime example of who is out there voting for McCain/Palin.

Posted by: Kelly | September 14, 2008 7:21 PM


Which one has to pile on the most make-up before giving a speech, Palin or McCain?


Posted by: chasemonster | September 14, 2008 7:21 PM

The reason that powerful Republican's can lie and ignore Sarah Palin's blatant lack of experience is because they no she will just be a puppet like Ronald Reagan was. If she succeeds McCain as president she will lead around by handlers and all of her words will come from Bush Chaney speech writers.

Reagan was an actor that could read copy without having a clue about what it actually meant. He was just an actor playing Ed Meese's version of what a president was. Meese was the previous generation's Carl Rove. Reagan never had an independent thought of his own.

Palin is a trained teleprompter reader who like Reagan does have some of her own opinions, which is why she is being shielded from the media by the McCain Camp. She has her own views, but they are too far to the religious right to keep her from alienating moderate voters. So the McCain team will keep her hidden away until the election is over. Then everyone will find out what an idiot she really is, but Republican insiders won't care at that point because she will also realize how over her head she is and will have to do whatever she is told to do by party bosses.

Posted by: RW | September 14, 2008 7:22 PM

I wonder how many Repukes are jerking-off right now while they look at Sarah Palin's picture?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 14, 2008 7:23 PM

Double standards indeed, by deemed Experienced and Great Judgment McCain! That is what really stands out. That with all of his claims of his opponent, he didn't pick a VP with the same level of supposed credibility as himself. That's what this entire debate is all about. It's not sexism here. It's about McCain more than anything in this matter, when discussing Palin. It's really not so much about her.

McCain, with all of the high esteem of him, you mean to tell half this country (and some in supportive denial in his base) that this was The Best governor up to his own personal standards that he could possibly pick??????

Then, they turn around and start talking the same talking points on Obama. They're missing the entire point. The entire point is indeed McCain: all of his claims on Obama and encouraging or challenging him to go travel (and here it is he doesn't bring in a VP choice held up to his own standards). This isn't really about saying or trying to argue that Palin has no experience compared to Obama. Instead, it is all about McCain and how he maintains his own perceived standard of credibility. That's not sexism. I think this is an honest point of view. Some are in denial, but I'm going to call it as it is.

Posted by: Obama2008 | September 14, 2008 7:23 PM

Any other job in the world, if you were caught lying on your resume you don't get the job. Why is the 2nd highest office in the land exempt from that?

Shes for lower taxes for who exactly? everyone or only the elite rich folks?

I seriously think that if McCain went around saying he was gonna go to war with Russia and Iran the moment he got into office,you people would still vote for him because of Palin.

Do you even know what the VP does in the executive branch of the government? She is in no way qualified, and if she were a male with those same qualifications the republicans would have been laughed out of the country.

I'm still waiting to here how McCain's policies are different than both Bush's and Obama's but for some reason its like he has no plans for the country.

Posted by: Fvorasane | September 14, 2008 7:24 PM

The reason that powerful Republican's can lie and ignore Sarah Palin's blatant lack of experience is because they know she will just be a puppet like Ronald Reagan was. If she succeeds McCain as president she will lead around by handlers and all of her words will come from Bush Chaney speech writers.

Reagan was an actor that could read copy without having a clue about what it actually meant. He was just an actor playing Ed Meese's version of what a president was. Meese was the previous generation's Carl Rove. Reagan never had an independent thought of his own.

Palin is a trained teleprompter reader who like Reagan does have some of her own opinions, which is why she is being shielded from the media by the McCain Camp. She has her own views, but they are too far to the religious right to keep her from alienating moderate voters. So the McCain team will keep her hidden away until the election is over. Then everyone will find out what an idiot she really is, but Republican insiders won't care at that point because she will also realize how over her head she is and will have to do whatever she is told to do by party bosses.

Posted by: RW | September 14, 2008 7:24 PM

When reading the undergoing story Palin is death meat, DOW, the curtain has fallen.

WASILLA, Alaska — Governor Sarah Palin lives by the maxim that all politics is local, not to mention personal.

So when there was a vacancy at the top of the State Division of Agriculture, she appointed a high school classmate, Franci Havemeister, to the $95,000-a-year directorship. A former real estate agent, Havemeister cited her childhood love of cows as a qualification for running the roughly $2 million agency.

Havemeister was one of at least five schoolmates Palin hired, often at salaries far exceeding their private sector wages.

When Palin had to cut her first state budget, she avoided the legion of frustrated legislators and mayors. Instead, she huddled with her budget director and her husband, Todd, an oil field worker who is not a state employee, and vetoed millions of dollars of legislative projects.
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And four months ago, a Wasilla blogger, Sherry Whitstine, who chronicles the governor's career with an astringent eye, answered her phone to hear an assistant to the governor on the line, she said.

"You should be ashamed!" Ivy Frye, the assistant, told her. "Stop blogging. Stop blogging right now!"

Palin walks the national stage as a small-town foe of "good old boy" politics and a champion of ethics reform. The charismatic 44-year-old governor draws enthusiastic audiences and high approval ratings. And as the Republican vice-presidential nominee, she points to her management experience while deriding her Democratic rivals, Senators Barack Obama and Joseph Biden Jr., as speechmakers who never have run anything.

But an examination of her swift rise and record as mayor of Wasilla and then governor finds that her visceral style and penchant for attacking critics — she sometimes calls local opponents "haters" — contrasts with her carefully crafted public image.

Throughout her political career, she has pursued vendettas, fired officials who crossed her and sometimes blurred the line between government and personal grievance, according to a review of public records and interviews with 60 Republican and Democratic legislators and local officials.

Still, Palin has many supporters. As a two-term mayor she paved roads and built an ice rink, and as governor she has pushed through higher taxes on the oil companies that dominate one-third of the state's economy. She stirs deep emotions. In Wasilla, many residents display unflagging affection, cheering "our Sarah" and hissing at her critics.

"She is bright and has unfailing political instincts," said Steve Haycox, a history professor at the University of Alaska. "She taps very directly into anxieties about the economic future."

"But," he added, "her governing style raises a lot of hard questions."

Palin declined to grant an interview for this article. The McCain-Palin campaign responded to some questions on her behalf and that of her husband, while referring others to the governor's spokespeople, who did not respond.

Lieutenant Governor Sean Parnell said Palin had conducted an accessible and effective administration in the public's interest. "Everything she does is for the ordinary working people of Alaska," he said.

In Wasilla, a builder said he complained to Mayor Palin when the city attorney put a stop-work order on his housing project. She responded, he said, by engineering the attorney's firing.

Interviews show that Palin runs an administration that puts a premium on loyalty and secrecy. The governor and her top officials sometimes use personal e-mail accounts for state business; dozens of e-mail messages obtained by The New York Times show that her staff members studied whether that could allow them to circumvent subpoenas seeking public records.

Rick Steiner, a University of Alaska professor, sought the e-mail messages of state scientists who had examined the effect of global warming on polar bears. ( Palin said the scientists had found no ill effects, and she has sued the U.S. government to block the listing of the bears as endangered.) An administration official told Steiner that his request would cost $468,784 to process.

When Steiner finally obtained the e-mail messages — through a U.S. records request — he discovered that state scientists had in fact agreed that the bears were in danger, records show.

"Their secrecy is off the charts," Steiner said.

State legislators are investigating accusations that Palin and her husband pressured officials to fire a state trooper who had gone through a messy divorce with her sister, charges that she denies. But interviews make clear that the Palins draw few distinctions between the personal and the political.

Last summer State Representative John Harris, the Republican speaker of the House, picked up his phone and heard Mr. Palin's voice. The governor's husband sounded edgy. He said he was unhappy that Harris had hired John Bitney as his chief of staff, the speaker recalled. Bitney was a high school classmate of the Palins and had worked for Ms. Palin. But she fired Bitney after learning that he had fallen in love with another longtime friend.
"I understood from the call that Todd wasn't happy with me hiring John and he'd like to see him not there," Harris said.

"The Palin family gets upset at personal issues," he added. "And at our level, they want to strike back."

Through a campaign spokesman, Mr. Palin said he "did not recall" referring to Bitney in the conversation.

Hometown Mayor

Laura Chase, the campaign manager during Ms. Palin's first run for mayor in 1996, recalled the night the two women chatted about her ambitions.
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"I said, 'You know, Sarah, within 10 years you could be governor,' " Chase recalled. "She replied, 'I want to be president.' "

Palin grew up in Wasilla, an old fur trader's outpost and now a fast-growing exurb of Anchorage. The town sits in the Matanuska-Susitna Valley, edged by jagged mountains and birch forests. In the 1930s, the Roosevelt administration took farmers from the Dust Bowl area and resettled them here; their Democratic allegiances defined the valley for half a century.

In the past three decades, socially conservative Oklahomans and Texans have flocked north to the oil fields of Alaska. They filled evangelical churches around Wasilla and revived the Republican Party. Many of these working-class residents formed the electoral backbone for Palin, who ran for mayor on a platform of gun rights, opposition to abortion and the ouster of the "complacent" old guard.

After winning the mayoral election in 1996, Palin presided over a city rapidly outgrowing itself. Septic tanks had begun to pollute lakes, and residential lots were carved willy-nilly out of the woods. She passed road and sewer bonds, cut property taxes but raised the sales tax.

And, her supporters say, she cleaned out the municipal closet, firing veteran officials to make way for her own team. "She had an agenda for change and for doing things differently," said Judy Patrick, a City Council member at the time.

But careers were turned upside down. The mayor quickly fired the town's museum director, John Cooper. Later, she sent an aide to the museum to talk to the three remaining employees. "He told us they only wanted two," recalled Esther West, one of the three, "and we had to pick who was going to be laid off." The three quit as one.

Palin cited budget difficulties for the museum cuts. Cooper thought differently, saying the museum had become a microcosm of class and cultural conflicts in town. "It represented that the town was becoming more progressive, and they didn't want that," he said.

Days later, Cooper recalled, a vocal conservative, Steve Stoll, sidled up to him. Stoll had supported Palin and had a long-running feud with Cooper. "He said: 'Gotcha, Cooper,' " Cooper said.

Stoll did not recall that conversation, although he said he supported Palin's campaign and was pleased when she fired Cooper.

In 1997, Palin fired the longtime city attorney, Richard Deuser, after he issued the stop-work order on a home being built by Don Showers, another of her campaign supporters.

Your attorney, Showers told Palin, is costing me lots of money.

"She told me she'd like to see him fired," Showers recalled. "But she couldn't do it herself because the City Council hires the city attorney." Palin told him to write the council members to complain.

Meanwhile, Palin pushed the issue from the inside. "She started the ball rolling," said Patrick, who also favored the firing. Deuser was soon replaced by Ken Jacobus, then the State Republican Party's general counsel.

"Professionals were either forced out or fired," Deuser said.

Palin ordered city employees not to talk to the press. And she used city money to buy a white Suburban for the mayor's use — employees sarcastically called it the mayor-mobile.

The new mayor also tended carefully to her evangelical base. She appointed a pastor to the town planning board. And she began to eye the library. For years, social conservatives had pressed the library director to remove books they considered immoral.

"People would bring books back censored," recalled former Mayor John Stein, Palin's predecessor. "Pages would get marked up or torn out."

Witnesses and contemporary news accounts say Palin asked the librarian about removing books from the shelves. The McCain-Palin presidential campaign says Palin never advocated censorship.
But in 1995, Palin, then a city councilwoman, told colleagues that she had noticed the book "Daddy's Roommate" on the shelves and that it did not belong there, according to Chase and Stein. Chase read the book, which helps children understand homosexuality, and said it was inoffensive; she suggested that Palin read it.

"Sarah said she didn't need to read that stuff," Chase said. "It was disturbing that someone would be willing to remove a book from the library and she didn't even read it."

"I'm still proud of Sarah," she added, "but she scares the bejeebers out of me."

Reform Crucible

Restless ambition defined Palin in the early years of this decade. She raised money for Senator Ted Stevens, a Republican from the state; finished second in the 2002 Republican primary for lieutenant governor; and sought to fill the seat of Senator Frank Murkowski when he ran for governor.
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Murkowski appointed his daughter to the seat, but as a consolation prize, he gave Palin the $125,000-a-year chairmanship of a state commission overseeing oil and gas drilling.

Palin discovered that the state Republican leader, Randy Ruedrich, a commission member, was conducting party business on state time and favoring regulated companies. When Murkowski failed to act on her complaints, she quit and went public.

The Republican establishment shunned her. But her break with the gentlemen's club of oil producers and political power catapulted her into the public eye.

"She was honest and forthright," said Jay Kerttula, a former Democratic state senator from Palmer.

Palin entered the 2006 primary for governor as a formidable candidate.

In the middle of the primary, a conservative columnist in the state, Paul Jenkins, unearthed e-mail messages showing that Palin had conducted campaign business from the mayor's office. Palin handled the crisis with a street fighter's guile.

"I told her it looks like she did the same thing that Randy Ruedrich did," Jenkins recalled. "And she said, 'Yeah, what I did was wrong.' "

Jenkins hung up and decided to forgo writing about it. His phone rang soon after.

Jenkins said a reporter from Fairbanks, reading from a Palin news release, demanded to know why he was "smearing" her. "Now I look at her and think: 'Man, you're slick,' " he said.

Palin won the primary, and in the general election she faced Tony Knowles, the former two-term Democratic governor, and Andrew Halcro, an independent.

Not deeply versed in policy, Palin skipped some candidate forums; at others, she flipped through hand-written, color-coded index cards strategically placed behind her nameplate.

Before one forum, Halcro said he saw aides shovel reports at Palin as she crammed. Her showman's instincts rarely failed. She put the pile of reports on the lectern. Asked what she would do about health care policy, she patted the stack and said she would find an answer in the pile of solutions.

"She was fresh, and she was tomorrow," said Michael Carey, a former editorial page editor for The Anchorage Daily News. "She just floated along like Mary Poppins."

Government

Half a century after Alaska became a state, Palin was inaugurated as governor in Fairbanks and took up the reformer's sword.

As she assembled her cabinet and made other state appointments, those with insider credentials were now on the outs. But a new pattern became clear. She surrounded herself with people she has known since grade school and members of her church.

Parnell, the lieutenant governor, praised Palin's appointments. "The people she hires are competent, qualified, top-notch people," he said.

Palin chose Talis Colberg, a borough assemblyman from the Matanuska valley, as her attorney general, provoking a bewildered question from the legal community: "Who?" Colberg, who did not return calls, moved from a one-room building in the valley to one of the most powerful offices in the state, supervising some 500 people.

"I called him and asked, 'Do you know how to supervise people?' " said a family friend, Kathy Wells. "He said, 'No, but I think I'll get some help.' "

The Wasilla High School yearbook archive now doubles as a veritable directory of state government. Palin appointed Bitney, her former junior high school band-mate, as her legislative director and chose another classmate, Joe Austerman, to manage the economic development office for $82,908 a year. Austerman had established an Alaska franchise for Mailboxes Etc.

To her supporters — and with an 80 percent approval rating, she has plenty — Palin has lifted Alaska out of a mire of corruption. She gained the passage of a bill that tightens the rules covering lobbyists. And she rewrote the tax code to capture a greater share of oil and gas sale proceeds.
"Does anybody doubt that she's a tough negotiator?" said State Representative Carl Gatto, Republican of Palmer.

Yet recent controversy has marred Palin's reform credentials. In addition to the trooper investigation, lawmakers in April accused her of improperly culling thousands of e-mail addresses from a state database for a mass mailing to rally support for a policy initiative.

While Palin took office promising a more open government, her administration has battled to keep information secret. Her inner circle discussed the benefit of using private e-mail addresses. An assistant told her it appeared that such e-mail messages sent to a private address on a "personal device" like a BlackBerry "would be confidential and not subject to subpoena."

Palin and aides use their private e-mail addresses for state business. A campaign spokesman said the governor copied e-mail messages to her state account "when there was significant state business."

On Feb. 7, Frank Bailey, a high-level aide, wrote to Palin's state e-mail address to discuss appointments. Another aide fired back: "Frank, this is not the governor's personal account."

Bailey responded: "Whoops~!"

Bailey, a former midlevel manager at Alaska Airlines who worked on Palin's campaign, has been placed on paid leave; he has emerged as a central figure in the trooper investigation.

Another confidante of Palin's is Frye, 27. She worked as a receptionist for State Senator Lyda Green before she joined Palin's campaign for governor. Now Frye earns $68,664 as a special assistant to the governor. Her frequent interactions with Palin's children have prompted some lawmakers to refer to her as "the babysitter," a title that Frye disavows.

Like Bailey, she is an effusive cheerleader for her boss.

"YOU ARE SO AWESOME!" Frye typed in an e-mail message to Palin in March.

Many lawmakers contend that Palin is overly reliant on a small inner circle that leaves her isolated. Democrats and Republicans alike describe her as often missing in action. Since taking office in 2007, Palin has spent 312 nights at her Wasilla home, some 600 miles to the north of the governor's mansion in Juneau, records show.

During the last legislative session, some lawmakers became so frustrated with her absences that they took to wearing "Where's Sarah?" pins.

Many politicians say they typically learn of her initiatives — and vetoes — from news releases.

Mayors across the state, from the larger cities to tiny municipalities along the southeastern fiords, are even more frustrated. Often, their letters go unanswered and their pleas ignored, records and interviews show.

Last summer, Mayor Mark Begich of Anchorage, a Democrat, pressed Palin to meet with him because the state had failed to deliver money needed to operate city traffic lights. At one point, records show, state officials told him to just turn off a dozen of them. Palin agreed to meet with Begich when he threatened to go public with his anger, according to city officials.

At an Alaska Municipal League gathering in Juneau in January, mayors across the political spectrum swapped stories of the governor's remoteness. How many of you, someone asked, have tried to meet with her? Every hand went up, recalled Mayor Fred Shields of Haines Borough. And how many met with her? Just a few hands rose. Palin soon walked in, delivered a few remarks and left for an anti-abortion rally.

The administration's e-mail correspondence reveals a siege-like atmosphere. Top aides keep score, demean enemies and gloat over successes. Even some who helped engineer her rise have felt her wrath.

Dan Fagan, a prominent conservative radio host and longtime friend of Palin, urged his listeners to vote for her in 2006. But when he took her to task for raising taxes on oil companies, he said, he found himself branded a "hater."

It is part of a pattern, Fagan said, in which Palin characterizes critics as "bad people who are anti-Alaska."

As Palin's star ascends, the McCain campaign, as often happens in national races, is controlling the words of those who know her well. Her mother-in-law, Faye Palin, has been asked not to speak to reporters, and aides sit in on interviews with old friends.

At a recent lunch gathering, an official with the Wasilla Chamber of Commerce asked its members to refer all calls from reporters to the governor's office. Dianne Woodruff, a city councilwoman, shook her head.

"I was thinking, I don't remember giving up my First Amendment rights," Woodruff said. "Just because you're not going gaga over Sarah doesn't mean you can't speak your mind."

Posted by: jwh | September 14, 2008 7:24 PM

Sarah Palin would cause China and Russia to attack the United States. Saying that she is smart as Bush tells me that she's an idiot. Sending our poor kids to a fake war, sending them back and body bage, and saying your Patriotic doesn't make you smart or good.

After watching Sarah Palin in the interview I realize that she is stupid and dnagerous.

Posted by: fred | September 14, 2008 7:25 PM

The Christian Right, Lovers of Liars. This statement scrolls through my mind very smoothly, the way truth often does. The logic is lovely.

1. John McCain and Sarah Palin are liars.
2. John McCain and Sarah Palin are loved and supported by the so-called "Christian" Right.

Therefore: the "Christian" Right loves liars. They, the "Christian" Right are lovers of liars.

Whew!

Seems like, the Christian "right" is all about wrong. It supports a woman who failed her teenage daughter miserably but it and the woman still have the audacity to try to tell other women what they can or should be doing with their bodies.

The Christian "right" supports a woman whose spouse spent years as a member of a group founded on hatred of the U.S. Then, even when that woman is a governor of a U.S. State, she sends them a friendly, supportive video. To me, her actions are akin to treason because she wished them success. Success in what?

The Christian right runs the Republican party and Democrats must admit that watching their Republican colleagues go along with McCain's masterfully cynical and desperate decision to choose Palin is unnerving. The choice of Palin and Republican's support of that choice proves that Republicans are actually willing to risk the continued viability of the nation in order to stay in power--in order to continue their vicious and brutal rape of the nation's financial treasure, natural resources and personal integrity. The world watches in horror knowing that greed such as we have seen during the past 8 years will not long be contained to this one nation.

Hey, I have an idea! Let's distinguish the lover of liars, "Christians" from the lover of truth Christians by referring to the lover of liars's "Christians" with a lower-case "c" as in christian to denote they are the lover of liars christians.

Posted by: oyoung47 | September 14, 2008 7:26 PM

This is a joke right? The dems nominated a faaar left wing street organizer with zero credibility and they have the nerve to question Palin?!? LOLPIMP!!!!

Sarah is in your head and YOU know it.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 14, 2008 7:27 PM

Now that the election is just a short time away, we must all ask ourselves what is important to us individually as well as a nation. All of this nastiness coming from the republican party as well as their BAD choice for VP Palin has almost run its course. This has not only made it laughable that the republicans would try this awful tactic of slime politics as well as the nomination of Palin to try and distract the American people, but also shows their desperation in trying throw a smokescreen to divert the attention away from the truth. The fact is that McCain is and has been an active politician for almost 30 years with the latter years working with the Bush administration. Change?..I think not. Remember, he is still running as a REPUBLICAN..no matter which way you look at it. Let's face it. The McCain/Palin ticket just represents more of the same. Barack Obama has energized this nation in a different way. He is the new voice of change with unity for ALL of us. At least he is willing to approach the future in a fresh new way to both young and old. How can anyone not see that he not only brings change, but is trying to take us in a new direction with hope that we can rise up from this mess that the REPUBLICAN party has created.

Posted by: LC | September 14, 2008 7:29 PM

Weren't the Repukes saying recently that if you raise taxes on the oil com[panies that they will just raise the price of oil?

So, by their logic, Sarah Palin is responsible for our skyrocketing Gas prices?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 14, 2008 7:29 PM

Can someone please explain how drilling for domestic oil and selling it on the world market will lead us to energy independence?

I've been asking this but the Drill, baby, Drill people haven't given me an answer.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 14, 2008 7:31 PM

To the person (wow) that wrote:
"Here we have the Democrats attacking a women candidate just because she seeks Federal dollars for her home state even though that is her job."

Wait a minute, Wasnt it Sarah Palin herself that trumpeted during her introduction as the VP candidate and in the republican conference that as Governor she refused Federal dollars for the 'bridge to nowhere' saying 'Thanks, but no thanks." and that 'We alaskans will build it, if we need it". All of which sounded very good then, only that all of these claims turned out to be blatant lies!!!! Far from saying 'thanks, but no thanks' she very actively lobbied for Federal earmarks/porks. Even as the Mayor of Wasilla she hired a lobbying form to get over 20 million of federal money.

All Sarah has to learn is to keep her mouth shut, when she knows its a blatant lie that is coming out.

Atleast then folks like you wouldnt have to perform verbal acrobatics to defend such indefensible hypocrisy.

Posted by: Sam | September 14, 2008 7:33 PM

Will all you male chauvinist pigs...whoops, did I just use the "P" word?.. just shut up? We're just like her - we love her! Of course she's ready, she said so didn't she? After all, it's not like she wants to be president of Norway or Denmark or some other country that prizes real educational achievement and intellectual curiosity. It's only America folks! She's just like us! What's all this stuff about the "Bush Doctrine" got to do with anything anyway? Why doesn't Charlie Gibson just chat her up like on the couch on Good Morning America? About stuff that's important to all of us who are just like her, like what movies did she go to last weekend (the same ones we saw, I'll bet!). Or what she thinks about American Idol and Dancing With the Stars, for cripes sake. This is America, people, remember? AND SHE'S JUST LIKE US! So lay off on the hard questions, Charlie. Did you like it when Sr. Francis Xavier asked you really HARD questions when YOU were back in the sixth grade? I didn't think so, so lay off will you?

Posted by: Rosie the Riveter | September 14, 2008 7:34 PM

A big issue for Palin-Fans is that she and the McCain camp are so willing to tell grand fibs about her slim accomplishments. Why is that needed?
If truth in lending applied to her campaign, this pitbull would not hunt.
Of course, Gov. Palin has some "executive" experience -- no question she gets some credit for being a mayor of a small city (population 6,000 -- she won the position by getting less than 700 votes!), with 53 employees, and not much for the major to do. Her deputy administrator handled most of the regular work. Her main accomplishment -- a sports complex -- was bungled (built on property not owned by the city), left litigation that the city lost, and left a nice debt for her taxpayers. OK it is experience, just not much better than one could find among the mayors of 3,000 similar small towns.
She is popular as a governor for the past 20 months, but keep in mind it is a slim record, and in that short time she has a trail of issues (troopergate; secrecy; hiring chronies) that other governors might not have in two full terms. Experience you might not want to crow about, but McCain/Palin are selling a wreck with a paint job.
To her credit Governor Palin raised taxes on the oil companies who had been cozy with her predecessor and state legislators, and she negotiated a pipeline deal with a Canadian company that has no permits so far and is years away from beginning construction.
This is a slim record and hardly a basis for judging how she will do as a VP. We know the McCain is pandering to Big Oil and the drillers, so don't expect McCain/Palin to increase tax on Big Oil as she did in Alaska. Who is she going to clean up -- McCain's connections to lobbyists and big business?
Even after the soft-ball interview with Charles Gibson on ABC, we know almost nothing about what she thinks about federal issues of social security, solutions to housing crisis, stimulating the economy, federal tax policy, homeland security, wiretapping, Guantanamo, or matters of international diplomacy. Obviously, she can read her cue cards (repeating herself mindlessly at each campaign stop), but is that what we need as a VP to an old guy?
We do know she still believes Iraq was implicated in the 9.11 attacks -- a claim even Dick Cheney has abandoned.
We do know she supports the "Bush Doctrine" of attacking other countries on the belief that a risk to the US is "imminent" -- which is what started the mess in Iraq. She seems to be giving Israel license to attack in the Middle East, saying she "would not second guess". Does not know that Georgia was poking Russia in the eye and that this provoked retaliation in South Ossetia.
But most important, we know she is the sort of person who pads her resume. Falsely presenting her role in Bridge to Nowhere is just part of it. She claimed to be against earmarks, when she hired a lobbyist to bring pork to Wasilla, and pushed for more $$$ for Alaska, per capita, than any other state.
She claims foreign experience in Iraq (never went past the border) and Ireland (refueling stop only) and with Russia only because it is across the straits from the remotest part of Alaska can see Russia across the straits.
Do we really need someone who is so self-centered and so willing to fib (and let the McCain fib) about her experience?

Posted by: Small Town USA | September 14, 2008 7:34 PM

I organized a neighborhood watch, I guess all I need to do now is register as a democrat and get nominated for POTUS.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 14, 2008 7:37 PM

I figured out how stupid Americans are when they voted for Bush for 4 more years. But really? Seriously? Are we going to stand by and let a woman who could potentially be the President of the US say she has foreign policy experience because she can see Russia from her state? Hmmm...I've been to Europe a few times. Maybe I could be the next VP?
Let's see. What else? Hmmm....National Security is now all about energy? Isn't energy what got us into the big jam we're in now with most foreign countries. We are much less safe today than we were 8 years ago. But let's continue to rely on oil. That's a really good idea.
As far as the whole God issue is concerned-keep it in the home or in your churches. I'm so sick and tired of hearing religious zealots talking about God. WAKE UP AMERICA! There is no "God". If you can find scientific evidence that "God" existed then please enlighten me. If not, shut up and stop preaching. Religious zealots beliefs should not run this country or be responsible for making decisions for the masses. I mean really? Are we any better than any of the other religious freaks blowing up innocent people in foreign countries? NO!
We've become a country that prides itself on ignorance and stupidity. That is why every other country thinks we're a joke. We've become a sad, sorry joke.
Oh yeah, if I want to have an abortion then I will because it's my body. When little 16 yo Mary is forced to have her child because the religious zealots want her to who is going to pay for this child? Mary can't afford to which is why she didn't want to have this baby. Now you want to cut all social programs that may help Mary's child. I guess your platform should be called "Damn the children".

Posted by: ljlatham | September 14, 2008 7:38 PM

Okay, she's qualified for the Veep.... so long as a caucasian male (preferably her husband?!?) is there to hold her hand and take care of it for her.
Sick. To claim worth, yet act the fool. And on EACH AND EVERY TOPIC?!? Even after they've been caught.
At least B. Clinton, H. Clinton, B. Obama and other dems have had the grace and discipline to get back on the tasks at hand.
Republican = Fascism
(I'm just saying...)

Posted by: Sarayntrix | September 14, 2008 7:38 PM

Obama has received $122,850 from Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae lobbyists, More than any other senator except C. Dodd. It is a record for a senator with such a short tenue. He bears greater responsibility than any for the fisco that will cost taxpayers trillons of dollars. Yet only one paper, the NY Times, has mentioned this inconvenient fact.

Posted by: SL | September 14, 2008 7:42 PM

It has become clear that the real THREAT to America, freedom and democracy and upholding the Constitution are not so much Foreign Countries and Islamic Fundamentalists but Rather Fascist Right wing Republicans and there lying ilk.

Posted by: callitlikeitis | September 14, 2008 7:44 PM

"What's more scary Palin 1 heartbeat away from being President or Pelosi 2 beats away?"...........I've thought of that-my answer-equally scary.

Posted by: Mark | September 14, 2008 7:44 PM

A neighborhood watch? Thats nothing. I raked leaves in the city park, delivered phonebooks, amd helped paint a float in the parade. Give me a script, some plastic columns, and I'm ready to make my case.

Posted by: dbc | September 14, 2008 7:44 PM

Democrats want to pain Palin with as someone with not enough experience to help run this country...

BUT they are all too willing to shove Obama (who has little experience) in the White House.

Posted by: laura | September 14, 2008 7:45 PM

I am so tired of people holding up Obama's church. Haven't any of you seen the tape of Sharah's pastor praying that 'God would stretch out His arm in judgment against the United States." What about the fact that her husband belong to an group that wanted to secede from the USA for over 10 years and she gave several postive speaches praising this group? What about the fact she threatened to sue the U.S. gov. I am sorry, but she does not seem like much of a patriot to me!!!!!

Posted by: Rebecca Burt | September 14, 2008 7:46 PM

How about comparing Sarah Palin's foreign policy experience to a real VP--like Harry Truman. Old HST made one foreign trip prior to taking the oath of orrice--and that was in 1917 when he fought with the AEF. Roosevelt looked down on Harry's experience and lack of blue-blooded background, only picking him as VP for--oh dear, political reasons!

With all his machine connections, lack of
ANY college education, mediocre business success, Harry Truman stepped into the presidency, made earth-shattering decisions drawing only on his common sense and was, by any standards a successful president.

Palin may just have more street-smarts than all three men combined.

Posted by: annabertie | September 14, 2008 7:46 PM

I like to see the left attack Palin the way they do. I thine it will cause those who are in the center politically to see the people are attacking her for what they really are. I have noticed this over the last eight years. Most Americans recognize this also.
A question? If Obama is going reduce income taxes on the lower and middle income and increase it on the upper income how is going to fund health care, the milatary fund research on alternative energy is the upper income income faimlies going to have anything left? Or is he going to nationalize the energy indusry so he can use all of that (profit) to do all of the things he has promised. Or is he just saying what he thinks the left wants to hear. In he increases corprate tax will that not cause the prices paid for thier products. If it does it will cost the very ones he claims he wants to help.

Posted by: Curly | September 14, 2008 7:48 PM

Yes I am equally excited to vote for an idiot that crashed 5 planes, Graduated at the bottom of his class, Was part of the keting five and refers to his wife as a C*&T, He only got shot down because he was not in the air long enough to crash the plane himself Give us a break and pick up book.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 14, 2008 7:49 PM

I am sick and tired of hearing that Sarah Palin is some sort of all-American hockey mom. She isn't. She is a right wing mysogynist extremist who, when she was mayor of Wasilla, cut funding to the police department, forcing rape victims to pay for their own forensic examinations (these cost anywhere from $500 to $1200). Think about this for a minute. This is a woman who also believes that rape victims should not be able to obtain legal abortions. What kind of WOMAN would say to a rape victim that 1) you have to pay for your own rape kit, and 2) you have to carry your rapist's child to term? Why is she so down on rape victims -- does she think they somehow asked to be raped? And don't bother telling me that she changed her mind about the rape kits. The Alaska legislature passed a law a year later that forced Wasilla to pay for the rape kits. Yeah, right -- Sarah Palin, America's everywoman.

I used to think highly of McCain, but no more. He's lost it. Country first? What a joke. This is all about McCain and the Republican Party getting four more years. I am frightened for our country.

Posted by: mydog2 | September 14, 2008 7:52 PM

Palin seems like a nice lady, but are we really ready to have John McCain a heartbeat away from the presidency?

Posted by: Jeff | September 14, 2008 7:59 PM

Dear, Obama is OVER!

Obama has less experiences than Palin, at least she has governed something. what did Obama do? raising money? good job......

Posted by: bart | September 14, 2008 8:01 PM

If the progressive (radical left) and liberal Democrats, bloggers amd media cared about how much experience the Vice Presidential candidate had, they would be supporting an even less qualified candidate for President from their own political party. That having been said, let's get to the real matter at hand.

The American voters have two distinctly different candidates and platforms to choose from in November, 2008. So you as a voter, just vote for the one which most closely resembles the philosophy and policies you believe in.

Following is what laws will be enacted and what persons will be appointed, based upon which party wins.

The Democrats would control the White House, the Senate and House of they win the Presidency in November, 2008. They would enact the following agenda:

1. Increase taxes on at least some of the taxpayers.
2. Increase federal regulations and programs.
3. Increase Social Security taxes on the highest wage earners and enact a "needs" test so that only those determined to need the money gets it, whether they paid in or not.
4. Add homosexual behavior ( homosexual, bisexual and transgender ) to the protected classes in the Civil Rights Act.
5. Add "hate speech" legislation which would allow the newly added protected class to sue those who in any oppose their newly protected rights.
6. Follow the EU and NATO policies as they would apply to such rogue countries as Russia, Iran, Venezuela and North Korea.
7. Provide more incentives for alternative fuels development, but not for more oil drilling.

If the Republicans win the Presidency and Vice Presidency they will have limited success since they will not be able to get too much done through the Democratic Party controlled Senate and House. They willbe able to veto some bad legislation and have less liberal judges appointed.

Please vote accordingly.

Posted by: rljmsilver | September 14, 2008 8:02 PM

Requirements to be President and Vice President. No requirement to have any experience at all, so that ends all discussion of either candidate at this point as far as I'm concerned.

Section 1 of Article 2 of the U.S. Constitution states that a President must:

* be a natural born citizen of the united States
* be at least 35 years old
* have lived in the U.S. for at least 14 years

Posted by: J Barron | September 14, 2008 8:04 PM

"HATRED FOR CLINTON AND WOMEN IS THE ONLY REASON THAT A FLASH IN THE PAN WITH ZERO EXPERIENCE COULD BE SELECTED BY THE DEMOCRATS"

Wow. So no women at all voted for Obama. Or if they did, they loathed their own gender.

Thanks for the info.

Posted by: castanea | September 14, 2008 8:09 PM

There are only two, true "MAVERICKS" out there. Bret and Bart!!!!!

These current two are total phonies, from the deepest waters. YEAH!!!


For those of us who may recall the TV series from a "few" years back. :-)

Posted by: GeeTee | September 14, 2008 8:12 PM

Hey now, lets not get all upset with the MCCain supports. After all said and done the important thing to realize is " She will flame out in three weeks, she has had her best day"

Posted by: What Me Worry | September 14, 2008 8:15 PM

What would a video of Sarah Palin speaking in tongues or being seized in the spirit be worth?

Pentecostals are not main stream America. Main stream America does not have a clue what Pentecostals do. They didn't get the name "Holy Rollers" for nothing.

Posted by: Sherry | September 14, 2008 8:18 PM

>>>and has even attracted Democratic women who "say it is the Republican Party who gets it, it is John McCain who gets it, not the Democratic Party who has taken their vote for granted."

"Gets" what? That women want to vote for women? How ridiculous is that? How stupid do they think women are?

Women who are good citizens & informed voters don't want to vote for just 'women' - they want to vote for the candidate who best represents their beliefs & ideals in their elected positions. How does Sarah Palin represent *anything* that a democrat would want to see happen in our government?

Posted by: Maureen | September 14, 2008 8:23 PM

Sherry forget the video. The Pubs might buy it and put it on You Tube saying a Dem did it just tu fuel their lies.

PPalin does not have the qualifications PERIOD. She will prove that on her own, just give her a few weeks.

As long as DEMs tell the truth and leave the familes and church out of it, the PUBs won't have a thing to stand on.

Certainly they don't don't havr issues, just the same manure they have been spreading for eight years.

Posted by: What Me Woory | September 14, 2008 8:23 PM

"I organized a neighborhood watch, I guess all I need to do now is register as a democrat and get nominated for POTUS."
Well, first you'd have to do something like the following:
Be a state Senator for 8 years and author over 467 legislative bills.

Be a National Senator and author some bills like helping secure loose nuclear weapans to keep them out of terrorists hands among dozens of other bills.

Of course having a higher education is a good thing and achievments like being the first AA to be editor of the Harvard law review is good too.

Apparently if you're a sportscaster in some fly-speck town that's good enough for the Repukes- if you guys could stop jerking off to Sarah Palin's picture for tweo seconds maybe you'd see her for what she really is: A small town LIAR.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 14, 2008 8:24 PM

This is tiring.

Palin does not have the experience. John the Mccain maverick did not pick her, and she is nothing but an insult to intellegent people and women especially. She is a political puppet and a Mccain poll booster.

Please wake up America. At the very least Obama had the vision to get to where he is at he was not simply plucked from the sky because he was a right wing evengelical christian woman.

It scares the crap out of me when I read polls that ask people who they would vote for between Palin and Biden and most say Palin, when the same people are asked who is more qualified and they overwhelmingly respond Biden.

Again wake up America. Don't vote for who you can relate to, but someone who is smarter than you. I am ashamed that people now vote for the person they feel is most like them. People like you and myself are not smart enough to be Vice President it is that simple!!!

Posted by: Rick | September 14, 2008 8:25 PM

NOTE TO ANNABERTIE:

You're speaking of HST and his generations "1917", not NOW! We weren't living in a "Global Community" back in those years. "Street smarts" then, don't add up to "Street smarts" now.

Time to think "Time Warp" there, NOW as opposed to THEN is vastly different.

Posted by: GeeTee | September 14, 2008 8:25 PM

I am still waiting to hear how John McCain is going to turn around the policy disaster of the past 8 years, other than printing the names of legislators seeking pork. Can someone please tell me. Palin said that we can slash government spending by "finding efficiencies" in the Federal bureaucracy. Isn't that exactly what VP Al Gore did? Where is the libertarian, small government change in that? Libertarians have been played too long by the compassionate conservatives, and are about to get reamed by the "real mavericks." Voice hasn't worked, time for EXIT.

Posted by: Early Man | September 14, 2008 8:25 PM

To paraphase Paris Hilton -

She is like totally ready to lead.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 14, 2008 8:27 PM

I may be naive, but I find it disconcerting that if a person can lie through his/her teeth without batting an eye, avoid or deflect hard-hitting questions by continually returning to scripted, memorized talking points, and inflate/embellish their own accomplishments without an ounce of guilt, then that person is considered to be a skilled politician.

By that standard, I guess Palin has some skills. But frankly, I want to elect a skilled leader, not a skilled politician. She is all about morality, but cares little about ethics.

I think we have just gotten a glimpse of her inability to comprehend national and international policy. She currently knows squat about either. She's not necessarily stupid, just extremely ignorant about 95% of what the VP job requires. I'm not even talking about experience--just vital knowledge necessary to make prudent, rational, sound decisions.

Serving on a city council and mayor of a small town are fine on your resume....if you're running for state office. And a year and a half as governor of the state that is least typical of the rest of the country is of only marginal value.

She's going to need over a year to be brought up to speed just to be competent in her job. Rove even admitted that her selection was a "political" decision" rather than a "governing" one, meaning that her job is simply to get McCain elected and then be quietly sequestered into a office for the next 4 years. McCain knows this, and this is why she is being shielded from the rest of the media. Every time she opens her mouth and says something that has not been scripted for her in advance, she shows her total lack of understanding about national and international affairs. Hell, she didn't even know what the VP's job entailed when she agreed to accept McCain's invitation to join the ticket!

But frankly, lack of vital knowledge is only one small piece of the "we don't want Palin in Washington" pie.

Sarah Palin is a one-trick pony that would be speechless (literally) without a tele-prompter or cue cards in front of her. Most of her one-liners are little more than smug, sarcastic, self-righteous blather and the rest is a pack of half-truths. No substance whatsoever.

Each day, the luster of her image fades a bit as more is learned about her nefarious dealings in Alaska. If she had been properly vetted, all of this would have been public knowledge already, and she probably would not have been selected. Now all McCain can do is try to deflect attention and bury the details of her actions before the press digs it up.

In a few weeks, McCain will begin to regard her as more of a liability than an asset.

Posted by: labman57 | September 14, 2008 8:28 PM

All of you people worried about socialism are ridiculous. What do you think Alaska is? They give money to every man, woman and child (around $3000 each this year) that they collect from taxes on oil companies. The rest of the oil money (plus some federal money) is used to run the government of Alaska. They don't have to tax citizens.

I mean, if you think Barack Obama is a socialist, then you've obviously never looked at Sarah Palin's record.

Posted by: johnTX | September 14, 2008 8:30 PM

Palin speaks in Alaska; 1000 attend
Anti-Palin rally: 1500 attend.

Palin Met By Over A Thousand Protesters In Anchorage (VIDEO)
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/09/14/palin-met-by-hundreds-of_n_126276.html

Posted by: Kristin2 | September 14, 2008 8:31 PM

There are several things that are disturbingly ignorant about these comments. First, Barack Obama's "experience" compared to Palin's:

Obama sponsored 820 laws in Illinois, authored 152 bills, and co-sponsored 427 more in the U.S. Senate. While in the IL State Senate he authored a bill, which passed 35 to 0, to require that interrogations and confessions be videotaped to ensure confessions were not given under duress, coerced by beating the accused. He also played a major role in the state's first earned-income tax credit to help the working poor and the first ethics and campaign finance law in 25 years which was recognized as "one of the best in the nation on campaign finance disclosure." In the US Senate, he co-authored the new lobbying reform law that requires lawmakers to disclose the names of lobbyists who “bundle” contributions for them. http://www.washingtonpost.com/... Obama was an Illinois State Senator for 8 years 1996-2004. Chairman, Health and Human Services Committee. Obama was a Constitutional Law Professor at the U of Chicago Law School 1993-2004 Obama was a Civil Rights Attorney - 1992-2004 Obama is a United States Senator 2004-present Member, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman, Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on European Affairs Member, Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Member, Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Member, Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs Obama Education: Columbia University B.A. Political Science with specialization in international relations Thesis topic: Soviet nuclear disarmament Graduate Harvard Law School J.D. Magna cum laude 1988-1991 President, Harvard Law Review

Palin received a BA in journalism from the Univ of Idaho after attending 5 other colleges in six years, was Ms. Alaska runner up. Four of five colleges contacted by the AP couldn’t find anyone who even remembered Sarah Palin or any records of any clubs or affiliations.

btw - McCain got into Annapolis because his father and grandfather were admirals. He graduated (as he likes to brag)...FIFTH FROM THE BOTTOM out of 899.

There is also the issue of Sarah Palin's support of the Alaska Independence Movement:

RJ Eskow: Alaska Party's Founder: "I've Got No Use for America or Her Damned Institutions" The words of founder Joe Vogler are proudly displayed on the Alaska Independence Party's website (at least as of this writing): "I'm an Alaskan, not an American. I've got no use for America and her damned institutions."
Now,why haven't we seen his rants on TV constantly (or at all) the way with did with Rev. Wright? Must be that liberal media bias. Believe me, it's much scarier b/c he actually says he HATES America. Nice! Sarah gave a speech to the group in June 08.
Just one more thing, Sarah Palin's crusade to allow hunting of wolves from airplanes (which she prides herself on being quite adept/successful),has put a bounty on wolves' front paws and bodies ... why? so the hunters that come to Alaska have plenty of Moose and Caribou to kill. Real sport - shooting wolves from airplanes. It's sickening. I don't care if she doesn't want to "bond" with her infant with "special" needs. I don't care if she ripped off the town of Wasilla. I do care that she's a fraud - just like Bush and will have as much power as Cheney with the same bunch already advising her. She's a red herring folks - we'll REALLY get four more years - and then some.

Posted by: rhettab | September 14, 2008 8:31 PM

Sarah Palin and John Mccain are big fat liars. Its just that simple.

Posted by: I dont vote for liars | September 14, 2008 8:35 PM

John McCain selected Sarah Palin as his running mate because his campaign was on the rocks and he could not beat Obama on the issues. He needed a shiny new toy to dazzle and energize his base. So now that Caribou Barbie is out of the box, like every new toy it is fun and exciting at first, but then the novelty wears off and people become bored. As McCain's first decision as the next potential commander-in-chief I find his choice of Palin utterly ridiculous and potentially dangerous. There were many intelligent and knowledgable Republican women he could have chosen. At least Obama had the wisdom to select someone who could take the reins if need be. The Palin pick is stupifying beyond belief and if those two get elected then we have bigger problems than who is sitting in the Oval Office.

Posted by: Montanan4Obama | September 14, 2008 8:36 PM

Thank you radical Left.... the more you attack Palin the more people rally to her side, and the closer the GOP gets to Victory in November.

Keep it up.... We can use the votes.

Posted by: Dan O | September 14, 2008 8:37 PM

Posted by: McCain thinks you are stupid | September 14, 2008 8:38 PM

"But maybe his cancer has moved to his brain because that would explain the change in McCain also. I demand to see his medical records." -Mary

I'd like to see BO's medical records. It's a fact: Africa-American or black men and women are more suseptible to HIV.

Does this mean Barry has AIDS? I don't want aids running around the white house.

Posted by: Bobo4bush | September 14, 2008 8:42 PM

"I am tired Eastern Media elites picking on poor Gov Sarah" -------- Define "Eastern Media elites". Can't can ya. Just another Rush GOP talking point with no substance. The "media elites" are exposing/vetting Palin because obviously McCain neglected to do his homework. Palin = No experience, WAY too much baggage, and incapable of honesty. No substance, all hype. All hat, no cows. The "media elites" gave both McCain and Dubya a free ride for 6 of the past 8 years. What do you expect when 4 conservative conglomerates own virtual all televised media? "Liberal media" is this decades biggest myth. If you can't handle the heat, get out of the kitchen and go back to Faux News.

Posted by: Media Elite - LOL | September 14, 2008 8:45 PM

Why Evangelistas are less than proud of America….

1. The USA claims that all men are equal. Which is silly, for every body knows that non-believers will be put to death. Jesus is coming back, and he’s going to kill at least 90% of humanity. A good evangelist prays for these End of Days daily.
2. The USA was founded on religious freedom and separation of church and state. It allows other religions to operate. Jesus said all non-believers will be put to death, so the idea the United States of America was founded on the precept of religious freedom is overruled by the bible.
3. The Constitution does not recognize that God’s law is paramount.
4. It allows woman control over their bodies.
5. It allows evil books in it’s libraries.
6. It has not used its nuclear arsenal to fulfill God’s Plan. I mean, c’mon, what’s all this waiting around? It’s up to us to do it.

Posted by: Rob L. | September 14, 2008 8:45 PM

"She is not smart.
She is as smart as current President Bush. With Sarah in White House, we will have 4 more years of smartness in the White House." ------ OK, this is either the stupidest person walking the face of the earth that posted this, believing Dubya is smart, or pure satire..... True, both Dubya and Palin were near flunkies. You'd think we'd want the Harvard educated guy over trailer trash and fake cowboys running the country. The world literally laughs at us.

Posted by: Smart? | September 14, 2008 8:48 PM

"Here we have the Democrats attacking a women candidate just because she seeks
Federal dollars for her home state..." No, here we see hypocrisy personified, a woman who made the headlines by soliciting earmarks for useless projects, then hopes we have short memories as she campaigns as a "reformer" against them. Guess she thinks you guys are pretty darn stupid.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 14, 2008 8:51 PM

I'm female, democrat and born the same year as Gov. Palin. Responding to "Here we have the Democrats attacking a women candidate just because she seeks
Federal dollars for her home state even though that is her job." Come on, Alaska has a $40 Billion reserve, spend more per capita than any other state in the nation ($47K per family), and receives the greatest number of earmarks per capita than any state in the country. Not to mention its adjunct membership in OPEC, where the state receives 2/3rd of every barrel of oil sold. With that revenue stream, it should fund its own roads to now where. No one's attacking mothers and children. Alaska is so removed from everyday America you cant even imaging that world. She is not qualified to understand the issues funding Americans in the lower 48,or lead America internationally. If she didn't understand that Bush Doctrine is to strike a country launch a premptive strike, I wonder where she has been. Please note that my background is very simlar, born small town in 1964, played varsity sports, including basketball, paid my own way through college working two jobs, majoring in political science.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 14, 2008 8:58 PM


Being a female is not enough to qualify one to be on the side of the US public. Palin, unlike Clinton, does not stand for issues that are fair, such as equal pay for equal work, health care etc. Before you know it she would push creationism to be taught in school.

I pray the electorate would vote using their heads by denying Palin/Cannot their vote

Posted by: Center | September 14, 2008 9:00 PM

I like Barak O. because he smokes pot and snorts blow. Those are his only good qualities.

Posted by: Bobo4bush | September 14, 2008 9:01 PM

let's not forget!

For all you people out there calling Sarah Palin nothing more than a hockey mom, let's not forget her title of Governor of the great state of Alaska. She's not perfect, but than who is. Maybe the fact that she is not from the elite Washington group, like Obama, is the best thing about her. She drive's herself to work, she does her own shopping, she cooks her own meals and she is able to perform her duties as Governor for the State of Alaska at the same time, very well I might add. She is the most popular Governor in Alaska's history.

I think the thing that scares me the most about this election is that we as Americans are even considering electing a Muslim to the highest office in this great land. It was only yesterday that we observed the 7th aniversary of 911. Doesn't anyone remember that the people responsible were Muslim and they were hell bent on killing us? Oh, sure, Obama claims he is no longer a Muslim. He converted to Christianity in 1992 so he could appeal to the American people. He has been groomed by the Dems for the past 10 years. If he were elected he would only be a puppet for all those who carried him to this point. Maybe that is the greatest thing about Sarah, she jumped from being an unknown Governor to being the running mate of John McCain without being polluted by the political elite. She has not yet been bought like Barack HUSSEIN Obama. (Sadam HUSSEIN) Does this ring a bell with anyone? Has anyone noticed that all the communist countries are backing Obama? I can only wonder why!

Then, everyone keeps speaking about her lack of experience, what the heck, Barack hasn't had much experience either and he is running for PRESIDENT. Then they attack her about being a Mom and Vice President. No one's asking Barack if he can be a Dad and PRESIDENT. The inconsistency is sickening. I think the dem's are so scared that lashing out is the only thing they can do. Thanks Sarah for joining John McCain in becoming the next President and Vice President of the United States of American. McCain/Palin 08'

PS Just to clear up that 'Shooting wolves thing'. She isn't for everyone shooting wolves. She is for ' game control' which allows our fish and game personnel to shoot wolves that become a nuisance. Last year we had wolves killing pets and following children home from school. Thank God she has allowed them to shoot these animals that threaten our kids. Alaska needs are very different than those of the lower 48 states.

Posted by: Sarah's friend in Alaska | September 14, 2008 9:01 PM

Bush, when he was in the same position that President-to-be Palin is in today, asserted that he is a uniter, NOT a divider. Today, we know the power he has to bring us together, one nation, indivisible, with Liberty and Justice for narrow-minded bigots.

Posted by: BlueTwo1 | September 14, 2008 9:03 PM

I remember, do you Republicans remember? Do you remember when the Monica Lewinsky scandal was proven true and Democrats said, "who cares that he cheated on his wife with another consenting adult?" And you all said, "HE LIED ABOUT IT." It was enough, your Republican House surmised, to impeach him. Now, you don't want to take issue with PROVEN FALSEHOODS told by your candidates. Somehow they don't count. And now, you are all cheering the Clintons like loving them is the antidote for the stench of all your years of hatred.

Our differences are more than economy or war, they are philosophical. Only recently did your Karl Rovian technique of manipulating poor ignorant country folk into thinking a vote for a Democrat is a one way ticket to the place down under, begin to be the status quo. Just because you manipulate the poor, who want to lead moral lives, DOES NOT MAKE YOU THEIR CHAMPION. Shame, shame, shame on you dirty Republicans for exploiting them. You rob them of their kids who go off to your war while Haliburton posts big profits. Shame on you who cut funding for their mentally ill loved ones or watch and DO NOTHING as their lives are bankrupted because of a medical illness. And don't tell me it doesn't exist. It does. My family is one illness away from being destitute and my husband and I both work two jobs and have two children. My vote is going to be with Obama and the Democrats. Your disregard and contempt with us (except in an election year when all of a sudden you are our champion for change) is disgusting and NOBODY is really buying it although you hope your "spin team" can work miracles.

Posted by: I remember Lewinsky | September 14, 2008 9:05 PM

"DOES ANYONE HAVE A HOME VIDEO SHOWING OBAMA AND HIS WIFE SITTING IN CHURCH....." ----------- How much will you give me for this video showing Palin on the stage and her preacher saying "Alaska will be the final refuge for the 'true believers' during 'End Times'?: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k84m2orSOaM

I'll throw in this video of McCain calling governor/mayor experience useless for free:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CzhFDQIgGSg

Posted by: Anonymous | September 14, 2008 9:05 PM

Here is one thing that qualifies Palin for the office of 2nd in command in a party of snobs-- she is a millionaire. Does her own shopping? Was she out buying kielbasa when Bristol got the hot beef injection? Give me a break. Only an idiot would find her qualified on her interview with Gibson alone.

Posted by: Millionaire | September 14, 2008 9:10 PM

McCain/Palin have sold the honor and patriotism and taken lying to a a new high. Blatant and bold faced. No shame what-so-ever. McCain sat on the view and actually lied to America on tape. Also, did Palin lie to McCain about her trip to Iraq or did McCain lie to the US?

Posted by: rcc_2000 | September 14, 2008 9:12 PM

Hutchinson is right, Palin is as qualified as Bush, as evidenced by the reports today on her record in Alaska. Palin:

• prides loyalty above competency
• hires friends to jobs for which they are not qualified (her high school classmate, a real estate agent to head the Dept of Agriculture who cited as her experience her childhood love of cows)
• distorts science to confirm with her political and personal views (whether polar bears are endangered species)
• is routinely described as "missing in action" (legislators became so frustrated with her absences they started wearing "Where's Sarah" pins)
• uses power to push a rightwing agenda (she went after the police chief of Wasilla in large part because of his opposition to legislation to permit people to carry guns in banks and bars, two places it is particularly useful to carry guns; and there was that little book banning thing at the local library)

And there's the not so little matter of a campaign that continues to lie on the campaign trail -- a good predictor of how they will behave in office. Haven't we had enough of that the past eight years?

Posted by: Well Said | September 14, 2008 9:14 PM

you said, I like Barak O. because he smokes pot and snorts blow. Those are his only good qualities.

So I see that the Internets is back up at the mental ward.

Posted by: millionaire | September 14, 2008 9:15 PM

Bruce Becker writes:
"Ok KPARC - Spell out Palin's healthcare plan."

---- TWO WORDS: FAITH HEALING!!!!

Posted by: Mark | September 14, 2008 9:17 PM

Carly Fiornia got run out of Hewlett Packard and the stock went up as much 10% that day she was another failure who walked away with $21million so she should fit right in with McCain's know nothing policies of more tax breaks for the wealthy,no health care plan,stay in Iraq for a hundred years,over turn Roe V Wade,appoint more rightwing Supreme Court Justices.Fiornia is another loud mouth know nothing as is Sarah Palin losers,losers,losers.

Posted by: clyde | September 14, 2008 9:23 PM

Anonymous,

Great youtubes you posted. Worth posting all over the net.

Posted by: center | September 14, 2008 9:23 PM

With U.S. investment banks collapsing and a panic taking hold on Wall St., it's comforting to know we can turn to that 72-year old dynamo McCain and the pentecostal mayor of Wasilla. After 8 years of failed Republican leadership, these two agents of changes will bring a real fresh prespective.

Posted by: Porchnik | September 14, 2008 9:24 PM

"Pawlenty replied on the same show, "The facts are that she has traveled internationally somewhat."

I do not want a "somewhat" Vice President.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 14, 2008 9:25 PM

If the comments reflect the true belief of Democrats, they are underestimating what the Republicans have done. As an independent, I simply hear that the Republicans are lying, cheating, stealing, etc. It sounds like the aftermath of Gore and Kerry. That message won't win an election - it sounds more like admitting defeat 50 days before election. All the focus on Palin certainly works for her. She certainly plays her cards better than anyone in the race. I'm afraid she is not quite as stupid and inexperienced as you would like to believe and the Dems are obviously not half as intelligent as they see themselves. Running against Bush should be a slam-dunk. Maybe Americans aren't so dumb -maybe its the Democratic campaign managers.

Posted by: iksworts | September 14, 2008 9:26 PM

True....... False......

Palin supports = pay for = work


False...XXXX... Why???

Cause she thinks less of women..except Sarah!!!

Posted by: Center | September 14, 2008 9:27 PM

John McCain has decided to run his campaign from the bottom of a garbage can, and who better to sling mud and throw lies with the low lifed old republican gold digger than Dead Moose Sarah Palin. Snarky, whiny, airhead, waving like a puppet with a silly smile plastered on her face, while she ducks any questions about what she believes.

The republican party will try to milk this bimbo to the November election without her ever having to reveal she is an empty dress.

Posted by: DCSage | September 14, 2008 9:28 PM

"Only recently did your Karl Rovian technique of manipulating poor ignorant country folk into thinking a vote for a Democrat is a one way ticket to the place down under, begin to be the status quo."

Hell "I remember Lewinsky" that kid of dispersions on us-in' country folk is gonna bring us right back into the Democratic fold. I know I am really jazzed when some snot nosed city slicker calls me "poor ignorant country folk."

Now that is what we are talking about when we say the Democrats are run by elitists.

Posted by: Dan O | September 14, 2008 9:30 PM

Barack Obama for President of the UNITED States of America.

Posted by: PulSamsara | September 14, 2008 9:31 PM

This article on Sarah Palin is worth a look.

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/14/us/politics/14palin.html

Posted by: Roy | September 14, 2008 9:37 PM

So when do we start debating Biden's qualifications? I have some serious reservations about him, especially since he is a plagerist - making him a liar and a cheat.

Posted by: Pshamsavari | September 14, 2008 9:37 PM

McCain is going to defund the government and leave everyone hanging out in the breeze. He is going to take that money and give it as a tax break to the wealthiest. He's going to strand people who depend on Social Security. He is going to further defund education, which will cause crime to go up. He is going to continue to break the military by overextending it past its normal capacities. Sarah Palin will do what she is told ..by Todd. Her conditioning was perfected at "Jesus Camp." By the way, why hasn't anyone reported on Todd Palin? One of the fundigelical RULES is that the woman must submit to the will of the husband. Ergo, Todd is the unelected "head" of Alaska. Whatever Todd wants, Todd gets. ..So what kind of unelected VP does everyone think he'd turn out to be?

Posted by: Alamantra | September 14, 2008 9:41 PM

What's the differance between Barak Obama and a pitbull?
A pit bull doesn't smoke pot, do coke, hang out with terrorist bombers or go to a racial church for 20 years. Besides, a pitbull has more experience in politics.

Posted by: Bobo4bush | September 14, 2008 9:44 PM

Watching all this denial about the uncovering of Palin's past, and that she isn't all she appeared to be at first, has been like "The Emperor's New Clothes"! Nobody will come out and challenge all the lies and truth-stretching that is going on with McCain/Palin.

I don't guess it will matter much--it would appear that most Americans, newly bedazzled by this person, are prepared to overlook anything at all about her--presumably because she represents the fundamentalist, conservative right-wing in ways that exceeded their greatest hopes.

Posted by: KW | September 14, 2008 9:50 PM

"DOES ANYONE HAVE A HOME VIDEO SHOWING OBAMA AND HIS WIFE SITTING IN CHURCH....." ----------- How much will you give me for this video showing Palin on the stage and her preacher saying "Alaska will be the final refuge for the 'true believers' during 'End Times'?: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k84m2orSOaM

I'll throw in this video of McCain calling governor/mayor experience useless for free:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CzhFDQIgGSg

Posted by: Anonymous | September 14, 2008 9:50 PM

She is not qualified because she lies. And lies with ease. She is the female version of Richard Nixon.

Here is the hub so you can see all the lies exposed.

http://lyinsarahpalin.blogspot.com/

Posted by: Yerba Buena | September 14, 2008 9:53 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | September 14, 2008 9:54 PM

What is up with TAHIRN? All his/her emails are in caps. Why must this person scream at us. Me thinks thou dost protest too much.

First, Obama's a smart, extremely well-educated man. Is that what scares you? He isn't someone who doesn't "blink" or think before making a decision. He prays, consults those around him he respects and then makes a considered decision.

Second, do you really want to have the church argument? Have you see the video -- yes, there is actual video -- of Palin's minister talking about the rapture and end of days. At her church people speak in tongues and rock like crazy people. And they talk about Alaska as a place singled out and chosen by God. Hmmmmmmm.

Third, the Democrats had a primary. We chose Obama. We didn't choose Hillary. New flash, she lost. The person who wins the nomination gets to choose their running mate. Obama chose someone who is respected around the world. Who doesn't have his hand in the special interest pot, and who is ready to be the President and Commander in Chief. McCain choose a woman who ran a tiny little town in a state that wasn't on most people's radar screen until two weeks ago. He chose someone who has bullied and abused her way into office, firing people who had experience and expertise and replacing them with her elementary and high school friends.

Before you write anymore screaming emails why don't you read about the person you are trying to defend. You might find that she isn't worth all the capital letters you are throwing around.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 14, 2008 10:01 PM

True or False

Does the Obama economic plan give tax breaks for those earning 250 thousand or less/year?

Answer is YES

Does McCain believe that middle class ear 5 million dollars?


Answer is YES

Who is in touch with reality and the common man?

Of Course: Obama/Biden

Posted by: center | September 14, 2008 10:02 PM

I find that dissin Sarah is very sexest. She is smarter then my hamster. So enough already

Posted by: Craig A | September 14, 2008 10:05 PM

Wait a minute. We can't ask how ready Palin is as a woman VP yet when we ask her about her qualifications she responds that she is a "hockey mom". It sounds like only the good things about being a woman are allowed, and any negatives are "off limits". I hope Putin and Hu Jintao give her as much deference as the American news media.

What I really want to know is what books Palin wanted banned from Wassila library, and why. Can anyone in the news media get that question to her, and more importantly, an answer?

Posted by: Fate | September 14, 2008 10:05 PM

IBD is the only newspaper to hold Professor Obama's radical feet to the fire:

http://ibdeditorials.com/series8.aspx

Posted by: j.a.m. | September 14, 2008 10:10 PM

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/14/us/politics/14palin.html?pagewanted=1&_r=1

Good background on Sarah Palin's accomplishments in Alaska!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 14, 2008 10:16 PM

The Republic party chose GWB in 2000 and thought McCain was not upto it. He came 2nd. Enough said about the last 8 years of GWB (27% approval rating).

NOW, the Republican Party thinks the runner up in 2000 would somehow perform better than that the Republican, who presided over country in the last 8 years.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 14, 2008 10:26 PM

Why does McCain object to a plan (wasn't actually Obama's) to protect young children from pedophiles? The answer is here: http://www.armchairsubversive.org/

Posted by: Anonymous | September 14, 2008 10:26 PM

Alaska is a disaster

by Rob Rosenfeld [Yukon River Inter-Tribal Watershed Council / www.yritwc.org]

After 11 years working in rural Alaska, I feel obligated to share my observations regarding the Third World living conditions facing more than 200 rural Native communities, and the State of Alaska's lack of attention to the many inequities they suffer.
Alaska has the highest rates of homelessness per capita in the US, overflowing sewage lagoons in dozens of communities, and no running water in more than 150 villages - that's 25% of the population without running water.

While Governor Palin claims "exemplary leadership" and attempts to become Vice President of the United States, the truth is rural Alaska is a disaster in multiple areas: human health, lack of infrastructure, the environment, and the economy are equal to that of Third World countries. Sarah Palin is a single issue governor who fails to effectively address these critical needs. Alaska is a barometer for climate change. Access to some remote communities has been cut off, villages are flooding, landfill contents and overflowing sewage lagoons are contaminating communities, and several villages are being forced to pack up and move. Governor Palin says she doesn't believe climate change is caused by humans. Regardless of the cause, she remains unresponsive to the needs of climate change refugees and victims in Alaska.

Governor Palin has demonstrated how out of touch she is with Alaska while she continues to ignore the needs of the homeless, fails to recognize Third World living conditions in her home state, and ignores climate change victims, polluted waters, village health hazards and unattended military contaminate sites.

More than 200 landfills in rural Alaska lack liners to prevent seepage and dozens of sewage lagoons receive annual discharge permits to discharge untreated and untested sewage into Alaska's salmon bearing rivers.

Alaska has the highest amount of military contaminant sites in the US with more than 500 sites that require extensive resources to assess, monitor and remediate. Alaska also has the highest rates of cancer per capita in the United States. Governor Palin is silent on this issue and is solely focused on the natural gas pipeline and oil drilling in protected and fragile places.

While Palin asserts that resource extraction can be done responsibly, North Slope oil extraction has resulted in hundreds of spills and leaks monthly. On her watch, polluters have not been brought to justice and environmental regulations have been relaxed by her controversial appointee to head the Department of Environmental Conservation.

Larry Hartig, Palin's pick for Commissioner, was the lead lawyer defending Red Dog Mine (owned by Teck Cominco) which is rated as the worst mine in the country for discharging contaminants into the environment. Red Dog Mine is number one on the national Toxic Release Inventory.

The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation has continued to undermine the integrity of the Clean Water Act by ignoring the anti-degradation act, mixing zone laws and making discharge exemptions for oil companies allowing daily oil sludge discharge into the Cook Inlet resulting in millions of tons of contaminants in Alaska's pristine waters.

Palin sued the federal government for trying to protect the polar bear population and, contrary to her rhetoric, she did accept federal dollars for the Bridge to Nowhere.

Alaska has the highest gas prices in the country, exceeding more then $9 per gallon in some villages. Alaska also the highest unemployment in rates in the country as more than 150 villages face 50 to 80 percent rates of unemployment.

Palin does not pay attention to any of the above realities as she fixates on the oil industry and has even created a Renewable Energy Fund that allows for natural gas extraction and coal bed methane; both of which are far from renewable resources and cause considerable environmental degradation.

Beyond the pretty face of Governor Palin rests an unaware, out of touch, rape and pillage resource extractor who is doing the bidding for the leading oil companies in the world while trying to opennew areas for oil development.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 14, 2008 10:28 PM

McCain is a foolish old man who will do anything to win an election, even damning America to the vacuum that is Sarah Palin's so-called brain should he die.
Up yours, old man. I don't care if you spent a thousand years in that prison camp. It doesn't qualify you to be dogcatcher.

Posted by: Chet | September 14, 2008 10:30 PM

It will be interesting to watch how blacks will react when Hussein Obama loses in November. I predict there will be widespread riots, looting and complete unlawfulness. They simply do not know how to lose gracefully. Chalk it up to evolution...

Posted by: Dianne72 | September 14, 2008 10:31 PM

Dianne72 wrote: "It will be interesting to watch how blacks will react when Hussein Obama loses in November. I predict there will be widespread riots, looting and complete unlawfulness. They simply do not know how to lose gracefully. Chalk it up to evolution..."

Hey, don't forget your white hood tonight. I hear the grand wizard will be conducting your initiation personally... you won't see his face for a whole hour.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 14, 2008 10:35 PM

Hey, Dianne, you racist C***... I hear them coming for you. better run!!!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 14, 2008 10:37 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | September 14, 2008 10:38 PM

It should be obvious to everyone now that McCain developed a strong skill set while in captivity all those years. Those were to present false information to his captors, and to lie, deceive, misdirect, and parse. He is still using those skills, however, no longer on his Vietnamese jailors, rather on the American people.

Posted by: PT 109 | September 14, 2008 10:40 PM

Dianne72 wrote: "It will be interesting to watch how blacks will react when Hussein Obama loses in November.......

---- Actually what will be REALLY interesting is to watch how Cheney and the neocons react when Obama not only WINS in November, but nearly every Congressional seat that's up for grabs goes to the Dems.

I predict there will be invasions of either Russia or Iran, accompanied of course by martial law and a suspension of an orderly changing of power, which the possibility for was so conveniently penned into law recently.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 14, 2008 10:44 PM

I don't want to hear another argument from any Republician about Affirmative Action--specifically, that the program fails because it allows for UNDER qualified, under achieving candidates to get in schools rather than the exceptional, superior, high achieving ones. One question: Is Sarah Palin the BEST, the MOST EXCEPTIONAL, SUPERIOR candidate that McCain could have chosen??? How do her credentials stand up next to the Secretary Rice, for example??? Seriously, I may not agree with the policies of the current administration, but BY YOUR OWN STANDARDS, Palin is FAR inferior to, say, a Secretary Rice. Republicans have truly lost any credibility on any issue by saying that this person is the most qualified for the job. I weep with fear and anxiety about the prospects of this woman being a heartbeat away from the presidency. SHAME ON MCCAIN!!!

Posted by: ncblake | September 14, 2008 10:52 PM

Education:
Palin: BA in communications, University of Idaho
Obama: BA in political science with specialization in international relations (1983); Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, Harvard Law School, President of the Harvard Law Review

Early post-college career
Palin: TV sports news reporter
Obama: Community organizer for three years before entering law school; civil rights attorney after law school. Professor of constitutional law, University of Chicago Law School, 1992-2004. Authored two best-selling books.

Political Careers:
Palin: City Council member of Wasilla (pop. 7500), 1992-1996; Wasilla mayor 1996-2002; 21 months as governor.

Obama: Illinois State Senator, 1997–2004; US Senator, Jan. 2005 to present (nearly 4 years, not “143 days,” as the GOP pundits would have it.)

So, let’s get this straight: a Harvard grad who is an expert in international relations and constitutional law, who selflessly devoted himself to civil rights (as “just a community organizer”), who has 8 years as a state senator and nearly 4 years as a U.S. Senator is somehow less qualified than a University of Idaho communications major who served as a small town mayor and has 21 months experience as governor? Hmm, let's ask an expert: "I am prepared. I am prepared. I need no on-the-job training. I wasn't a mayor for a short period of time. I wasn't a governor for a short period of time," – Sen. John McCain, Oct. 2007.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 14, 2008 10:52 PM

WHAT, MORE GOP HYPOCRISY?????

"I am prepared. I am prepared. I need no on-the-job training. I wasn't a mayor for a short period of time. I wasn't a governor for a short period of time," – Sen. John McCain, Oct. 2007.

Video here:

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

Posted by: Anonymous | September 14, 2008 10:58 PM

I have not seen one mention yet of John McCain's seeming use of amphetamines on the campaign trail. Did anyone see the speech in Florida after he'd won the nomination? He was so wired that he was slurring his speech, talking over himself and wildly gesturing. I've seen him twice since when he seemed to be completely wired. If anyone saw the PBS series Carrier there was a scene where the commander of the pilots on board passed around amphetamines (often referred to as speed and first cousin to meth) so the pilots would be alert on their missions over Iraq. This apparently has been done since Viet Nam and it certainly could account for McCain's use of them. What would the US electorate think if they knew John McCain was a 'speed freak' and didn't have the stamina to be president? This also begs the issue of Sarah Palin being ready to be president. If McCain is indeed using, then Obama should demand a drug test prior to each debate, and McCain should come clean with his health records. Speed has a terrible effect on the heart and he could indeed have a massive heart attack while using it putting Ms. Palin in charge.

Posted by: crudmudgeon | September 14, 2008 11:04 PM

Can we forget about Palin's celebrity and the constant whine from conservatives about media bias for a minute and get back to the issues.

I see Obama and the Democrats as better able to deal with the fiscal mess that Bush and the GOP left.
McCain promises the same borrow and spend policies of the Bush administration. This year will bring a record 500 billion dollar deficit to add to the 9 trillion we have already.
McCain promised to continue the same tax breaks for big corporations that are shipping out jobs overseas. To top it off, when they go under, like the banks have recently, the government then bails them out. For Bush it is privitize the profits and socialize the losses.
McCain promises to stack even more conservative judges in the Supreme court.
McCain promises to continue the neocon shoot first ask questions later aggressive foreign policy.

Not until the GOP can reclaim some of it former libertarian roots can I even think about voting for a Republican president.

Obama 08

Posted by: birdman | September 14, 2008 11:04 PM

"Can we forget about Palin's celebrity and the constant whine from conservatives about media bias for a minute and get back to the issues." ----------- Not as long as 40% of the bottom feeders in this nation consider "she's hot", "she's pro-life", "she can shoot and dress a moose" or "she's a fundy extremist just like me" as legitimate criteria for selecting the second most powerful person in the world (first if you're a betting man on the odds of a 72 year old POTUS with a poor family health history and multiple cancers kicking it within the first term).

Posted by: Mark | September 14, 2008 11:23 PM

For those of you for Palin I have two questions:

1. If she is so great then why has she had to lie from day one. bridge to nowhere, trip to Iraq (just to the border) trip to Ireland (fuel stop) Sold jet on E-bay - actually sold at a loss and not on E-bay, left Wasilla with budget deficit, etc.

2. Why can't she travel alone on stump? what are they afraid of?

Palin is woefully unprepared for the VP job and we all know it. Our issues are serious and neither republican candidate knows anything about the economy. She is not going to make it. She was a big fish in a small pond. She is not ready to be a big fish in a big pond.

Posted by: julescator | September 14, 2008 11:31 PM

McCain and the Republicans always have Country First--that is why they picked such an unqualified VP candidate and filled the story with tons of lies. Sure, John. Go back to one of your 7 houses.

Posted by: ron | September 14, 2008 11:51 PM

Since so many of you want to talk about money, perhaps you should try to use facts, instead of the campaign ads that even Karl Rove thinks are dishonest.

1. -- Obama is not talking about raising taxes on the vast majority of the people posting here. Only those who earn over $250,000 a year, who include McCain,and doubtless, the Palins, would face a raise in taxes. Please note that one of the foremost entrepeneurs in this country, Warren Bufffet, has contended for years that he is paying too little in taxes, and his secretary is paying too much. Which leads me to

2. Ninety percent of the taxpayers in this country would face a reduction in federal taxes under Obama. I would.

3. Allen Greenspan himself says that McCain's tax plans would ruin the economy. Even more than the last eight years of imaginary economics combined with endless expensive war. (That's me, not Greenspan).

4. After decades of Republican governors, Alaska's budget -- based on one of the highest state tax rates in a country that includes New York and Massachusetts -- is 1/3 state taxpayers, 1/3 oil company revenues, and 1/3 money from the rest of us in the "Outside" -- the poor pathetic federal taxpayers of the lower 48.

Palin raised taxes on the oil companies. Do you really think she's going to run away from the federal money trough? Without it, she might have to actually fire all her friends to whom she gave all those make-work jobs.

Posted by: Helen | September 15, 2008 12:13 AM

Education:
Palin: BA in communications, University of Idaho
Obama: BA in political science with specialization in international relations (1983); Juris Doctor, magna *** laude, Harvard Law School, President of the Harvard Law Review

Early post-college career
Palin: TV sports news reporter
Obama: Community organizer for three years before entering law school; civil rights attorney after law school. Professor of
constitutional law, University of Chicago Law School, 1992-2004. Authored two best-selling books.

Political Careers:
Palin: City Council member of Wasilla (pop. 7500), 1992-1996; Wasilla mayor 1996-2002; 21 months as governor.
Obama: Illinois State Senator, 1997 to 2004; US Senator, Jan. 2005 to present (nearly 4 years)

So, lets get this straight: a Harvard grad who is an expert in international relations and constitutional law, who selflessly devoted himself to civil rights (as just a community organizer), who has 8 years as a state senator and nearly 4 years as a U.S. Senator is somehow less qualified than a University of Idaho communications major who served as a small town mayor and has 21 months experience as
governor?

Hmm, let's ask an expert: "I am prepared. I am prepared. I need no on-the-job training. I wasn't a mayor for a short period of time. I wasn't a governor for a short period of time," by Sen. John McCain, Oct. 2007.

Video here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CzhFDQIgGSg

Posted by: Anonymous | September 15, 2008 12:34 AM

BIG NEWS FOR MCCAIN/PALIN SUPPORTERS!!!

Famed Pentecostal Sarah Palin has agreed to "speak in tongues" at her next press conference in order to prevent fact checkers from exposing any lies or hypocrisy.

Afterwards, sick and disabled GOP audience members will be called forward for a quick faith healing session (her national healthcare plan to replace Medicare). No plans for "handling of deadly snakes" she was quoted. She's apparently saving this up for election week.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 15, 2008 12:35 AM

Why don't your Arab lover, American hater don't ask Obama qualification?
One term Governer has more executive experience than One term Senator.
For Obama you are refering Keneddy and Bill Clinton but why not for Palin.
If Obama is elected, he will be the first president of Americandesh in Capitolnistan.
American economy is bad, how come sac of dollars come to this Berry Hussien Obama?
Firstly Examine, is there any Anglosaxon name in Obama, then we discuss.

Posted by: Raza | September 15, 2008 12:49 AM

my 7 year-old white grandfather lives in a racially charged area of georgia. he has an 8th grade education and has worked as a laborer his whole life. he is a god-fearing, church-going baptist who is also a product of his environment. he occasionally uses the n-word (which i find totally disgusting)and is voting for barack obama for president, which i know had to be a very difficult choice for him. when i asked him how he came to support a black man for president, he said that obama was the most qualified candidate for the job and he believed that barack cared more for people like him. i told my grandfather that i was very proud of him and that i guessed it was a difficult jump for him to make. he informed me that it was not a difficult choice for him, because he knew that obama was a good christian and cared for the little people. so although my grampa probably has less education than a number of posters here on this site, it is obvious that education does not always translate into intelligence.

Posted by: no bigot like an old bigot | September 15, 2008 1:04 AM

sorry 87 year-old grandfather

Posted by: no bigot like an old bigot | September 15, 2008 1:08 AM

The liberal media's anti-Palin hate campaign makes me sick! I love the New York Times' article complaining that Palin hired her friends and hit back at her critics.

Who did the Times expect Palin to hire, her enemies?! And should she have given her critics a pat on the back rather than fighting back? What a joke of a story. Hat tip to Not WRIGHT for America (http://www.notwrightforamerica.com).

Posted by: Gypsy Man | September 15, 2008 1:26 AM

Sarah Palin is a fake, cut and dry. Americans are not stupid people. Just think about this: She will be sitting next to red button if these liars get elected. Think about millions of lives...getting compromised.

Posted by: django71 | September 15, 2008 1:38 AM

Obama has millions more people to care for; comparing the per capita numbers is only reasonable. Besides, Obama built a hospital with his earmarks.

Palin, on the other hand, used them to make crab porn. Yeah, they were 'studying mating habits' but video of crabs having sex is about what it amounts to. $2 million of crab porn with FEDERAL taxpayer dollars. You won't catch her spending her OWN money like that...

And the Republicans still want to pretend they're fiscally responsible?

Posted by: Joe | September 15, 2008 1:44 AM

The main and the truth reason why McCain pick Sarah the pig to be his running is because, he wants to prove that he has the appeal to get involve with another beauty contestant. He wants the taste of a young one before he goes to hell. Shame on him! He though about what he want and not the needs of the American people. Wake Up Americans. We don;t want adulterer in the White House. Vote for Obama!

Posted by: goldieluck | September 15, 2008 1:45 AM

> Here we have the Democrats attacking a women candidate just because she seeks Federal dollars for her home state even though that is her job.

No, but because she lies about it. And while the Democrats build hospitals with earmarks, Republicans like her mentor, Ted "Tubes" Stevens are out there with Bridges to Nowhere. And she personally spent $2 million on crab mating habits.

Posted by: Joe | September 15, 2008 1:47 AM

Governor Palin is more qualified than Obama!!!!!!!!!

Biden was the one that said "Obama would be a President in training"

Hillary said he could not answer the phone at 3AM and make executive decisions.

There is a reason they said this! because they believe it is true!!!

Posted by: abe | September 15, 2008 1:49 AM

> Governor Palin is more qualified than Obama!!!!!!!!!

Wrong. And these arguments go both ways. See what Karl Rove had to say about that:

http://languagelog.ldc.upenn.edu/nll/?p=566

And even if that were true, Obama has proven that he knows what he's talking about and what he's doing over the past year. No one had to define the Bush Doctrine for him.

> Biden was the one that said "Obama would be a President in training"

Actually, I thought he said that the Presidency doesn't lend itself to OJT. Be that as it may, Biden will be *with* Obama.

> Hillary said he could not answer the phone at 3AM and make executive decisions.

She said a lot of things. And it's not like Obama will be alone here. However, Palin as VP will have to step in immediately whenever something happens to McCain. At 3AM, do you really want Mrs. Mooseburger answering the phone? Do you really want the finger of a woman best known for abuse of power scandals with her finger on the red button?

> There is a reason they said this! because they believe it is true!!!

And because they thought it'd help them win the primary. But it didn't help them, because nobody believed it.

Posted by: Joe | September 15, 2008 2:02 AM

There is no such thing as "foreign policy experience." That the media talks as if there is, simply shows the degree to which liberalism has corrupted the English language.

We could legitimately speak of "negotiating experience", because "negotiate" is a verb - something one DOES. On the other hand "policy" is a noun, and you don't DO nouns. And in order to gain EXPERIENCE in something, you have to be able to DO that something. You cannot gain experience in anything that does not involve DOING something. One can have KNOWLEDGE of policy - historical knowledge, or knowledge of the current policies of a particular administration. But it makes no sense to talk about "policy experience", foreign or otherwise.

As the brilliant black economist Thomas Sowell has pointed out, the only people who could acquire negotiating experience are the President and the Secretary of State. A senator or governor visiting foreign countries, or giving speeches in foreign countries, or meeting with the heads of foreign countries, does not give that person any negotiating experience whatsoever. He or she has no authority to negotiate. Politicians who take these kind of junkets at taxpayer expense, are doing so simply for show, trying to build up phoney foreign policy "experience" "credentials that will help to convince a dumbed down electorate that they are "seasoned" and thus "qualified" for more lucrative governmental positions.

Posted by: Richard Brodie | September 15, 2008 2:16 AM

After reading most of these comments, I have come to the conclusion that those who support the McCain/Palin ticket are lost and confused. JM is 72+ years of age, and his health history is not great. If he were elected and then, God forbid, became unable to serve out his term we would be dependent on Sarah Palin to lead our nation. Given that possibility I hope that the electorate will get it right in November. The bottom line is, she is not qualified nor is she ready to step into the role of President of the United States.

Posted by: rchapin_38 | September 15, 2008 2:28 AM

I am not sure where people are getting there facts about which is more qualified and has more experience than the other. But most posts that I see on any blog are individuals stating without examples that one is more qualified than the other. Anyway here is a website that I found helpful. Check it out you might actually learn something that will help you make a more informed decision. http://www.ontheissues.org/default.htm

Posted by: not jumping to conclusions | September 15, 2008 2:33 AM

McShame and Unable - Mavericks on the Bridge to no where...thanks but no thanks

Posted by: Linda | September 15, 2008 2:58 AM

Please keep it up Obama supporters. Your trash talking is irreplaceable.

Posted by: Libby | September 15, 2008 3:25 AM

Palin Focus Group with undecided Minnesota voters....this doesn't look good for McCain!!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cnV1pS7qVD8

Posted by: BPC | September 15, 2008 4:06 AM

I am a "liberal" but if the Democrats had nominated a 72 year old man with a history of cancer and a women who was as unqualified to be vice president as Palin I would be rooting for the Republicans. Its a matter of common sense.
I have a question. Are there rules for making the President resign if he starts showing signs of dementia? Who has the authority to say the President is uncapable of fulfilling his duties and making him quit? I would say the chances of having a senile President are pretty big if McCain wins.

Posted by: lizbee | September 15, 2008 4:23 AM

Carly Fiorna is a cheerleader for Palin? Thats actually quite funny considering the HP board showed her the DOOR when she was CEO, for sinking the stcok price of HP thru unethical moves and bad business decisions. For God's sake, this woman was SPYING illegally against board members. Its no wonder she's in the back pocket of someone like Palin, who's only a lipstick shade away from the likes of Cheney.
I'd be a little cautious who does your rah-rahs Sarah, some of us can still read freely at our libraries without you taking our books and censoring our news.
And for those of you who do not know of Fiorna, go check out why she was forced out of HP. I wouldn't want her for dogcatcher of my town. She is not to be trusted.

Posted by: Suzanne | September 15, 2008 8:59 AM

John McCain is 72 years old people. He has a history of Cancer. I really do not think he will survive a 4 year term in the whitehouse. I believe that there is definitely another motive the GOP has in embracing Palin. She could become the first female president if John dies and then she will basically become a bigger puppet than she already is.

Posted by: 1228mojo | September 15, 2008 10:38 AM

Here we go again with the Sarah Palin. I'll be glad when her 15 minutes are over. Bottom line - she's just another extremist dolt who will drag this country down even further, and make us look like a bunch of dummies. Speaking of dummies, what's up with you dopes and the all CAPS postings?

Posted by: chris | September 15, 2008 10:40 AM

The McCain camp is hiding Palin from the press, media, adoring fans. NO ONE is allowed to tak with her unless it is scripted. This is worse the “emperor’s invisible clothes.” People are seeing what the want to see …and not what is actually there. I can not believe how the media is allowing themselves to be played out like this. The media is not doing their jobs. No one had any problems when Hillary Clinton was picked apart with tough questions, when Chelsea was slammed …but Sarah Palin is off limits? I would like to know why? and if she is too weak to answer questions how the heck do you ppl think she will run our country? You have got to be kidding me!

Posted by: 1228mojo | September 15, 2008 10:47 AM

Does McCain and all who would vote for him REALLY believe Palin is the SECOND best qualified Republican this country has to offer?

And what, Obama is the most qualified Democrat to be president, and Biden second most qualified?

We have an entire Congress full of "experience". Did they do anything about housing bubble before it became a crisis? Have they fixed Social Security? Health care costs? Education? Immigration? Nope. "Experience" is knowing how not to do anything that might interfere with your getting re-elected.

Who has a lower rating than Bush? Oh, that would be the Pelosi-Reid let Congress. Now that's experience we can trust!

Barack Obama for President of the UNITED States of America.

Obama's voting record is not one of uniting, or am I reading his voting record incorrectly. Oops, no, that's Obama 100% in step with the left.

Posted by: Howard in Virginia | September 15, 2008 10:47 AM

Over-scrutiny of Palin's qua;ifications just magnifies how UNQUALIFIED Obama is.

I love reading the blogs here. The Obama campaign's blogsphere TROLLS are working triple overtime. HA HA HA! How much does he pay them an hour to bash Palin? Hope it's more than the minimum wage.

Posted by: Dr. Dave | September 15, 2008 10:54 AM

The problem is not requesting federal dollars for needed projects in one's state. The "earmark" problem, which Obama and his ilk have engaged in, is requesting federal dollars for programs that no one needs, that have nothing to do with good government, that are directed to your CRONIES, and for which no one in Washington takes responsibility because they are included secretly and without comment in any given appropriations act.

How much money did Biden send to little tiny insignificant Delaware, for instance?

Let's be honest people...stop the smears, stop the nonsense. Americans deserve a better discourse than what they are being offered by this campaign.

Posted by: Former Staffer | September 15, 2008 10:58 AM

Anyone who watched the Palin-Gibson interview surely has to wonder at the intellectual level of the Governor mouthing the platitude "energy is the foundation of national security" as a universal, self-evident principle.

It was apparent to me that she heard the phrase from McCain's advisors, a phrase that could be meant to justify the war in Iraq in order to protect the oil supply from being disrupted. Using the principle, "energy is the foundation of national security," can we then assume that any disruption or reduction of oil to the U.S. is a national security issue? Does that then give us the right to protect our national security by invading any country that reduces its oil supplies to the U.S.--Canada, Mexico, and Venezuela, for example.

Throughout the interview, it became increasingly apparent that the governor could only talk about topics in very generic and talking-point terms.

Obama's has proven himself to have a wide and deep knowledge of health care, the pension issue, economics, foreign policy, social security,Constitutional History, the law (He taught Constitutional History at Chicago University and was editor of the Harvard Law Journal) among so many other issues--as evidenced in the grueling campaign debates, his speeches, and his more informal venues.

If you combine Obama's firm grasp of the issues, his intellectual competence, his coolness under pressure--if you combine all of that with Biden's broad experience in the Senate and his Senate Foreign Relations Committee work, you have, in my judgment, just about the best you're going to get to run for these two offices.

McCain graduated fifth from the bottom of his class. He openly admits he doesn't know much about economics. He consistently made the same error in conflating Iran with the home-grown Al Qaeda forces.He even made a geographical error in placing Iraq next to Afghanistan. And the fact that he admits that he doesn't know much about computers tells me that he would not look for independent, outside-the-box information before making a decision.

Perhaps the governor of Alaska can be a stabilizing force with McCain. However,his extreme emotionalism in claiming that victory in Iraq is not only possible but just around the corner comes close to criminal irresponsibility--how can you claim victory in a war that should have never been waged; how can you claim victory when, according to three different body-count sources, Iraq has lost anywhere from 60,000 to over a million citizens to this war. How can you claim victory when over 2 million Iraqis have left the country and over 2 million are displaced within the country.

McCain is too emotionally attached to this war, and I doubt that even the governor of Alaska can moderate that emotionalism given the fact that she still conflates 9/11 and our initial invasion of Baghdad and that her son has now been deployed to Iraq.


Posted by: John T. Marohn | September 15, 2008 11:43 AM

It's not about Palins experience Stupid, it's about the lack thereof. Its not about her experience, it's about LYING to 40 million Americans as she introduced herself to America. It's not about her experience,it's about John McCain selecting her without VETTING her. It's not about her experience,it's about her taking the role of CHATTY CATHY for McCains handlers, doesn't she have even one original thought. If she were a man she would have been disqualified by the electorate within hours, and without all this discussion.
I guess this America of ours hasn't learned anything in the last eight years, what a shame.

Too bad she will have to be vetted by the press and the American people, something the McCain campaign should have done. This being McCains most important decision for his bid to become president, reflects on his judgement, and lack thereof. So much for McCain "PUTTING COUNTRY FIRST".

Posted by: RICHARD P. JAGIELSKI | September 15, 2008 1:39 PM

With Obama's new ad attacking McCain for having never used a computer it might be time to look at what Obama has NEVER done. Obama has:
Never run a business
Never served in the military
Never commanded troops
Never balanced a budget
Never written a federal law
Never refused an earmark
Never lowered a tax
Never won an election in which the "field wasn't cleared" of opponents
Never heard Rev. Wright say anything controversial
Never taken on his party
Never united anything including the democratic party
Never had multiple bones broken leaving him unable to raise his arms over his head making it virtually impossible to operate a keyboard for any length of time
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Who gives a rat behind about McCain and his baby arm?????

Posted by: Sick of this crap | September 15, 2008 2:33 PM

For the real story on the protests against Palin in Alaska, check out this site.

http://mudflats.wordpress.com/2008/09/14/alaska-women-reject-palin-rally-is-huge/

Too bad we have to rely on bloggers for this kind of stuff...the mainstream media is shilling so hard for the Right nowadays.

Posted by: Andrew | September 15, 2008 3:37 PM

Does any Repubplican have any sense? McCain has lied to America concerning Palin's record in Alaska. Palin the christian, has lied even when the lie has been exposed. Both believe that it's ok to lie to acheive selfish goals.Palin today told the same lie about how she was against the bridge to nowhere. The thing that gets me, is that people, mainly Republicans still believe it. That's not saying much about the intelligence of those who are following them. If they get you to believe a lie now, they will get you to believe a lie when they are in the white house. God forbid.Wake up people, these people do not hold you in high esteem. You are only someone to be used to keep the Republican party in office. Keeping the Republicans in office is like letting the bank robber watch the vault. They are stealing your money, your livelyhood your families livelyhood and you like it. Not much going on up stairs!

Posted by: JB | September 15, 2008 4:50 PM

palin comes right out of that old TV show Northern Exposure. She is what she is: a bimbo, nothing more.

She has no grasp on the economy, except that she knows how to get welfare for Alaska from the federal government. she knows nothing about international relations except that her son deployed to iraq and she made a superficial trip to iraq to see the alaskan national guard troops for a photo op. she has done nothing substantial for her state -- however she went after some pork like a welfare mom.

don't think she is nearly as qualified as Governor Whitman or Senator Olympia Snow. Anything said in this woman's defense is spin to justify McCain's poor impulsively chosen VP candidate.

Posted by: frank | September 15, 2008 6:12 PM

It seems clear after the past 8 years that the Republican party and the right-wing fringe could care less about the truth. Palin is the epitome of cronyism, she is foul, corrupt, manipulative and loves to lie. In the world of Republican politics that gives her all the qualifications she needs. It only helps that much more that she is a member of the American Jihad that is the base of the party and what the privileged elite and wealthy controllers need to keep themselves in power.

Posted by: Average joe | September 16, 2008 4:27 AM

when mccain ran against bush,bush and his staff ran lies against him,so now that bush is in office the lies and secracy continues,considering mccain almost has the same staff that told lies about him i wonder if he is elected the lies and secracy will continue once you start to lie it comes so easily to continue as we have grown acustom to the bush administration

Posted by: 4myslf | September 16, 2008 11:03 AM

I went through all the postings and finally I found one with a great idea.

Why didn't the Republicans go to proven, tough minded and experienced people like, Senator Olympia Snow or Christine Todd Whitman, former EPA Director and New Jersey Governor.

I am not a Republican. If I wanted to bash the Republican ticket it would be significantly more difficult with either of these women on board.

Posted by: Thatsnuts | September 16, 2008 11:42 AM

Ha, Carly Fiorina. Why am I not suprised she's a Republican goon. HP paid her 25M to leave. Sounds like a perfect Republican to me. I'm sure she shared that money with the 40K people HP laid off. If the Republicans win I'm moving to Mexico, that's where my job will be.

Posted by: Batch, Colorado Springs, Colorado | September 16, 2008 11:43 AM

McCain/Palin; Obama/Biden. What's the difference. As citizens we don't elect presidents in this country, we elect a package. The Pres/VP ticket is just the face of the package.

In 2000 and again in 2004 we elected a moderately intelligent man with no foreign or domestic policy experience who failed at every business venture he participated in. Yet he was a nice guy. A guy one could have a beer or go fishing with. A god-fearing, church goin man. We didn't care that he didn't have any experience. He was surrounded with advisors and other grown-ups with experience. They would take care of what we needed. AND BOY DID THEY EVER!

With Obama we will get the same thing. He is popular, yet his policies border on the communist. But this doesn't matter, if he gets to be president, Joe Biden and the other grown-ups will advise him what to do. It will be OK.

With McCain, there is a chance we could see something different. McCain is one of the grown-ups. He is a leader. He is product of the U.S. military. A person who understands the concept of rank and authority. With George W. Bush, we got a president that was so inept he could never wield the power of his office. His father knew that. That is why Bush 41 surrounded his son with some of the best people from his administration. "W" didn't need to wield his power. That was Cheney's job.

With McCain at least we might get someone who can assess a situation/problem, listen to advice and make a decision to handle the situation or problem. At least we will have a president who is capable of making a decision himself. He will truly be a commander-in-chief or at least someone who knows what that means. He is someone who could easily stand up to Congress or to our enemies around the world.

To those of you who think John McCain is another George W. Bush, I think you are very, very wrong.

Regardless of whom you vote for in this election, the days of electing a PRESIDENT are long gone. Great statesman like Abraham Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, Franklin Roosevelt and John F. Kennedy have gone the way of the dinosaurs.

Posted by: Rusty | September 16, 2008 12:43 PM

If McCain and Palin wins this election.

God help America......

McCain is danagerous too old and has memory issue Bruce I agree with you McCain needs to be tested.....

Sarah Palin clueless and about the issues facing this country today. She repeats the same old tired lines...about the bridge to nowhere. And she's an extremist with far right ideas.

What is wrong with people whose supporting Mccain I guess they think the last eight years where fine and Mccain is save America for them?

Wake up America!!We are in ression and their are no knew jobs being created. Wall Street is collasping and were in a 700 Trillon dollars in debit which are kids are going to have to pay off if they can.

we need a real Leader in Office - Obama/Biden

No pretenders like ....McCain/Palin

Posted by: jacie | September 16, 2008 11:39 PM

Wonder if it is true that the actual candidate that bumps off mutual opponent will win in November regardless of issues and poll numbers?

Apparently the mutual opponent is wealthy and exposed corruption within both parties and is presently targeted.

The question is how?

Will the GOP use Guiliani-like mob ties such as used by his protege, ex-NYPD commissioner and may be doing up to 140 years of jail time? Or Gotti, Jr. who is currently on trial for conspiracy and murder?

Will Dem use an OJ Simpson-like black convict with jail time? Coincidentally, OJ's trial with robbery and kidnapping is today too.

Will both political parties use the popular law enforcement practice of 'sweetheart exchange deals' where convicts commit crime/murder in exchange for less jail time, conveniently covered up and real culprits not publicly suspected?

Having shared this information, do we too have to worry about our personal safety? For example, does my husband have to worry about his life when he is doing his daily jog after work in the Hackensack/Bogota/Teaneck, NJ areas? Do we have to worry about the tampering of our food, water and air inside our home since our habits and plans are known in advanced due to bugging devices in private and public?

What do you think?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 17, 2008 3:43 PM

When a significant hurricane is imminent, the number one reason residents give when asked why they are not evacuating is their faith that God will take care of them (like wind and rising water don't matter). Palin supports teaching intelligent design alongside the scientific theory of evolution in schools. How confusing for young minds! We have students believing that God created people in his own image when all the evidence points to our evolving from apes. The older generation may have been hoodwinked into believing the unproven fantasy of creationism, but today's generation can find out the truth in 20 minutes (by properly researching on the internet). It's time for religious leaders to give up the hoax and to stop corrupting the next generation. It is frightening to think that someone (Palin), who does not make a distinction between fantasy and reality, could be elected to any position in our government. Wake up, America!

Posted by: don r | September 17, 2008 8:03 PM

Palin is nothing like a real pitbull. Pitbull dogs have been victimized by the vicious dogfighting industry and demonized in the media. (In reality they make some of the best hospice and therapy dogs!) Palin on the other hand IS a vicious killer of animals as in her fanatical pushing of aerial gunning-down of pregnant and pup wolves. As to "bad press," Palin has not only NOT been demonized in the media but is being given the 'softly-softly' treatment by media afraid of being called "sexist" for even asking questions, let alone for asking the proper TOUGH questions. A protective and caring 'pitbull' Palin is NOT. Sarah Palin is more like a misguided voter's imaginary friend's evil twin: there when she needs you on her side, but Palin's long gone when you need an honest protector. Palin can keep her "lipstick." A real-life, canine pitbull would be a much better VP than "Wailin' Palin - the Shrieking Beauty Queen from Hell"!

Posted by: Alice Winfree Bowron | September 18, 2008 12:52 AM

Certainly one of Palin's qualities is untruthfulness. In her acceptance speech, she referred to Obama as:
“Listening to [Obama] speak, it's easy to forget that this is a man who has authored two memoirs but NOT A SINGLE MAJOR LAW OR EVEN A REFORM, NOT EVEN IN THE STATE SENATE.” Well, here's the truth:
Senator Obama has sponsored or co-sponsored 570 bills in the 109th and 110th Congress.
Senator Obama has sponsored or co-sponsored 15 bills that have become LAW since he joined the Senate in 2005.
Senator Obama has also introduced amendments to 50 bills, of which 16 were adopted by the Senate.
His record is in fact veryy impressive for a junior Senator from Illinois.
His record suggests several priorities and the bills he supports address many of our Nation’s most pressing problems. What has Governor Palin done to address our Nation, or even her State’s pressing problems? Just yesterday we discovered she vetoed spending funds on reducing the level of
rape in her state (Alaska is apparently #1 state for rape of women) but as mayor of Wasilla, she spent $50,000 decorating her office!
Most of his legislative effort has been in the area of Energy Efficiency and Climate Change (25 bills), health care (21 bills) and public health (20 bills), consumer protection/labor (14 bills), the needs of Veterans and the Armed Forces (13 bills), Congressional Ethics and Accountability (12 bills), Foreign Policy (10 bills) Voting and Elections (9 bills), Education (7 bills), Hurricane Katrina Relief (6), the Environment (5 bills), Homeland Security (4 bills), and discrimination (4 bills).
Now, Sarah Palin, tell us exactly what you have done for Alaska? But, please be truthful.

Posted by: Annemarie | September 18, 2008 9:24 AM

Thank God for Kay Bailey Hutchinson and Carly Fiorina. Real women and role models supporting one of the best and most talented people in politics in the last 40 years.
When is someone going to talk about Obama's drug use, his disaffected period(Columbia), his flaky muslim roots, his selective hearing of Rev. Wright's hate messages, and the fact that he is simply not a real American.

It is incredible that anyone would call the ABC Interrogation a real interview. It was prosecutorial and predjudicial filled with phony elite disdain for the candidate. Even Gibson got it wrong about the Bush Doctrine. Check out Charles Krauthammer or Wikipedia, please. THERE ISN'T ONE BUSH DOCTRINE BUT 4-6.

Imagine if Obama were ever grilled like that! Or perhaps, imagine an article about Biden the Serial Plagiarist! Better yet, an article about Biden's son the lobbyist for the Trial Lawyers.

Posted by: richanddeb | September 14"

Are you serious??? I guess you do not pay attention to the newspapers or television. Obama's character has been assisinated and attacked so many times more than Palin's or McCains. He's been called a terrorist, a racist, a socialist, a communist and many other things. Lies have been told about his religion, his tax plan, his healthcare plan and more.

Every time someone asks Sarah Palin a question, the republicans cry sexism and say she is being treated unfairly. Did you watch Obama on O'Reily? Have you been paying attention to anything? Sarah Palin does not have the balls (yes I said it) to go on the view, Keith Olberman (since he's something like the liberal version of O'Reily), or Larry King. I find it interesting that she would pick Hannity who is obvioulsly supporting McCain to interview her and you have the nerve to say she of all people is being treated unfairly and grilled. Charlie Gibson asked her questions that a person that is running for VP should be able to answer. It is people like yourself who turn me completely off from ever voting republican. You are dillusional...

Posted by: Woman4Obama | September 18, 2008 10:17 AM

Well, at first glance, Mrs. Palin is the closest of the candidates to Jefferson's ideal of the common man with common sense wielding political power. Of course, what she has done with that power in the short time she's had it would presumably make Jefferson turn to Madison and Adams in apology. And if that didn't do it, reading these and similar comment boards would probably turn him into a die-hard "elitist". Of course hearing Mr. Cheney and Mr. Scalia turning his view of the Constitution upside-down would probably cause him to have a life-threatening stroke, anyway. It's probably just as well that's he's not here to go through that.

Posted by: JohnR | September 18, 2008 11:45 AM

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http://www.votenic.com

Results are instant.

Posted by: Helga | September 18, 2008 12:54 PM

If you have never heard Sarah Palin refer to a Palin-McCain administration, than you are really missing out.

Here is the clip:

http://scootmandubious.blogspot.com/2008/09/palin-touts-palin-mccain-administration.html

Posted by: scootmandubious | September 18, 2008 2:06 PM

A Day of Debating Palin's Qualifications

It is a shame that McCain have posed a threat to the American people whom he claims he is for, yet have outrightly placed our critical status into such a ridiculous misfit of a character with no epxperienced at all. For fame and fortune, but for the enbetterment of our country, no, no, no. God Bless America!

Posted by: Nisey01 | September 19, 2008 3:52 AM

A Day of Debating Palin's Qualifications

Not a patriotic move at all by placing the country , outrightly in the hands of such a person as Palin. Palin is a disgrace to herself, her family and absolutely to the American people. I am so embarrased that our country is in the news with such an individual, we Americans are more than that. Come on McCain, what's the problem, a war hero so patriotic, please, you ought to be shame of yourself. You are so appalling to our country. Where's your respect, love and patronism for your country? God Bless America!

Posted by: Nisey01 | September 19, 2008 3:57 AM

Deb Writes:

Thank God for Kay Bailey Hutchinson and Carly Fiorina. Real women and role models supporting one of the best and most talented people in politics in the last 40 years.

(Fio-rino is a loose cannon, and Kay Bailey ain't on the ticket. Next )

When is someone going to talk about Obama's drug use, his disaffected period(Columbia), his flaky muslim roots, his selective hearing of Rev. Wright's hate messages, and the fact that he is simply not a real American.

(So talk (but Obama has already detailed his youthful drug use, next). Flaky muslim roots ?(sounds like a new hairdo). Rev Wright(still beating that dead horse ?). Not a real American ? LOL But you are ? Just out of curiosity, what makes one a "real" American ?)


It is incredible that anyone would call the ABC Interrogation a real interview. It was prosecutorial and predjudicial filled with phony elite disdain for the candidate. Even Gibson got it wrong about the Bush Doctrine. Check out Charles Krauthammer or Wikipedia, please. THERE ISN'T ONE BUSH DOCTRINE BUT 4-6.

(Krappyapper got it right LOL, yea sure he did. The same Yapper who questioned Palin's cred just a few days ago ? And HOW DARE ANYONE QUESTION DIVINE SARAH !)


Imagine if Obama were ever grilled like that! Or perhaps, imagine an article about Biden the Serial Plagiarist! Better yet, an article about Biden's son the lobbyist for the Trial Lawyers.

(Don't have to imagine. Obama has been in the spotlight since he announced his WH bid in Janaury of 2007. He's been tested and tried. Palin on the other hand has been on the national stage for a bare three weeks, no one knows anything about her, but you don't think the press should be allowed to ask her anything other than a softball style Sean Hannity question. Get over yourself Deb and get over the moose hunter from Alaska. The bloom is already off her rose)

Obama 08 !

Posted by: MA | September 19, 2008 12:47 PM

I think, Palin's largest contribution to this campaign has been convincing so many people to vote for Obama.

Posted by: wolf | September 19, 2008 4:39 PM

How Sarah Palin’s “joke” about bulldogs and hockey mom’s get so much media coverage as an example of her political abilities without anyone mentioning that she’s proudly announcing that she engages in one of the worst types of parenting; namely becoming overly aggressive and competitive in sports league of children. This type of behavior shows lack of judgment, poor emotional control, and inability to view things in proportion.

We should remember that in 2000 Thomas Junta beat Michael Costin to death at a hockey practice in front of the 12-year-old sons of both men in Reading, Massachusetts.

For the harm done by overly aggressive parents at kids’ sporting events read the article here:
http://www.cbc.ca/sports/story/2001/06/02/parents010602.html or any of the many others like it.

Posted by: getouttheINFORMEDvote | September 20, 2008 11:44 AM

John McCain is not simply campaigning WITH Governor Palin... he is hiding behind her now...

Palin's time will come, to be sure... but not this time...

Posted by: ramblin wreck | September 20, 2008 12:39 PM

It is very evident that Mrs Palin loves her husband and respects his views a lot.

I also get a sense that they are very hands on and some times uses 'pitbull' techniques to get their way.

Do you think that this philosophy of problem solving will be good for us in this day and age ?

Posted by: Tina | September 20, 2008 4:21 PM

Palin is not a pro-life candidate...that is such an overused smokescreen for the right wing to claim morality when they do not work for the welfare of children in this country or the world. Hundreds of thousand of children were killed in Iraq and there is no outcry for an investigation into the intended false information to instigate war with Iraq, the implications that is was for the oil, and the fact that there were no attacks on us from Iraq and they had no weapons of mass destruction. How does a supposedly "pro-life" person justify so much death and destruction. The only answer is that they see no value in these particular people's human lives. Palin calls this God's work and this reader feels that is what taking God's name in vain truly means.

Posted by: Faith408 | September 21, 2008 1:22 PM

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