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Convention Cheat Sheet: Palin's Coming Out Party

ST. PAUL -- When Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin stepped onto the stage at the Republican National Convention last night, all the pieces were in place for her to perform well.

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani had warmed up the crowd with a polemic against Barack Obama -- painting the Illinois senator as too inexperienced, too elitist and too cocky to be president of the United States.

The audience -- packed with Republican activists -- was ready to love her, believing that the media coverage over the last few days was the result of the press' liberal bent and disdain for conservative principles.

And, Palin had spent the last several days sequestered from prying eyes -- working on the speech that could make or break her (and John McCain's) chances this fall.

In sum, there was plenty of evidence to suggest that Palin would emerge strengthened from her speech tonight.

But, few believed she would emerge triumphant, which she did -- at least for the moment -- with a speech that was equal parts somber seriousness and snarky sarcasm.

It was a potent debut on the national stage for the little known Alaska governor. That said, the case is far from closed on whether Palin will ultimately be the game-changing pick that can deliver the GOP ticket to the White House. The next 61 days will answer that question. But, for a day at least, Palin stepped up and delivered.

INSIDE THE HALL: Michael Steele, the former lieutenant governor of Maryland and unsuccessful candidate for Senate in 2006, wowed the crowd with a red-meat speech that may have provided the slogan -- "Drill, baby, drill" -- for the entire convention. Anyone who saw Steele tonight saw someone who will be a candidate for some sort of office (local or national) down the line.

OUTSIDE THE HALL: A trio of CNN/Time polls in three battleground states -- Ohio, Minnesota and Iowa -- took a bit of momentum from the Republican ticket. Barack Obama and John McCain were in a statistical dead heat in Ohio while the Illinois senator held more commanding double-digit leads in both Minnesota and Iowa. President George W. Bush won both Iowa and Ohio in 2004.

BEST GIVEAWAY: Always wanted to be famous? (And, honestly, who hasn't?) The good folks at You Tube are making it not just possible, but easy. A stroll to their space in the Riverfront Center -- right next to the Xcel Center -- allows anyone to tape a message and immediately upload it to the site. When The Fix stopped by last night, a candidate for office in Georgia was taping a campaign message.

WORST TAKEAWAY: Maybe the expectations were too high. But former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee -- the shooting star of the Republican presidential primaries -- didn't seem to have his "A" game tonight. Huckabee seemed determined to play the serious statesman role rather than deliver the witty one-liners he provided during the GOP primaries. And, in truth, we liked the joke-telling Huckabee better.

VIDEO OF THE DAY: Republican strategists Mike Murphy and Peggy Noonan offer their unvarnished opinion about the Palin pick during an off-mic conversation on MSNBC.

By Chris Cillizza  |  September 4, 2008; 7:00 AM ET
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First and foremost Jesus had a Mother.

Posted by: reminder | September 7, 2008 12:11 AM | Report abuse

Jesus was a community organizer and Pontius Pilate was a governor

Posted by: no bigot like an old bigot | September 6, 2008 11:22 PM | Report abuse

The rumors about Palin are getting old.

How about a real interview with real answers that people interested in real issues can get excited about?

The excitement surrounding her is based mainly on fantasy and projection at this point.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 6, 2008 11:37 AM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin Should be the GOP nominee!! not McCain. The Republicans are much more excited about palin then mccain., The new most famous person in the world. Uh Oh, Wonder if she is a Muslim too? Or worse, the anti-christ?

This site has the inside scoop about the Palin Dui Secret, http://www.duihelpguide.com Why hasnt the news covered this?

This site has background info on sarah Palin Bio, Pics, Videos, Alot of Polls like how many people actually think that she is attractive? http://www.theveep.com

This site has everything about her scandals, Levi the Boy Friend, what really happen with ebay plane. http://www.hotpres.com

Despite all of this, and her lack of experiance she would probably make a much better president then McCain., Because like Obama she hasnt been corrupted by washington yet.

Posted by: pastor123 | September 6, 2008 11:17 AM | Report abuse

Rudy gave a captivating introduction to Palin and used humor to do it. Palin stood before America with strength and conviction. She proved herself to me in many ways. I find myself believing in her. An excitement is growing for politics like I never expected. THIS is what hope feels like.

Posted by: ncgirl | September 6, 2008 11:07 AM | Report abuse

I love underdogs coming from behind stories as much as the next person, but have a sinking feeling Palin doesn't have the goods to pull it off.

The team factor always makes for unpredictable dynamics. Take for example, the men's Olympic 4 x 100m swimming relay (team Phelps, Lezak, Jones, Weber-Gale) this year in which the underdog American team beat the trash-talking French team by eight-hundredths of a second.

Who wasn't excited that Lezak, considered over the hill in the swimming world at a venerable 32(!), first-time Olympian and African-American Jones, and the solid Weber-Gale were as much a part of this victory as phenom Michael Phelps?

What people forget though is that even though none of these guys are Phelps, woe to any amateur who believe they could have swam on the team and got the same results.

You or I can go the pool and even look like these guys with an obscene amount of exercise, but you and I are not these guys. (Sorry, a two-month work out regimen ain't gonna cut it no matter how loudly your mom cheers.)

The only test is jumping into that pool and showing that you can hang with them, even if by "normal" Olympian standards, you're too old or too inexperienced.

Obama, McCain, and Biden have been in the political pool for a while and we know that they can hang there. They bring different strengths and weaknesses, but they've all been tested in the international scene. I know that no combination of the above would embarrass us internationally.

Not sure if it's a good idea to push Palin into that pool....


Posted by: Anonymous | September 6, 2008 10:14 AM | Report abuse

This makes me so sad. McCain used to be a man I respected because he bucked his own party. But he chose an running mate who wants to teach creationism in schools, thinks that God wanted us to start a war with Iraq, burn books she finds offensive, doesn't believe in global warming, knows ZILCH about foreign policy.... This list goes on. You know what the difference is between George W. Bush and Sarah Palin? Lipstick.

Posted by: corridorg4 | September 6, 2008 7:47 AM | Report abuse

Well, she reads her lines well, and she certainly smirks.

Now, I'd like to see her actually answer some questions.

How does she explain that she kept the $230 or so million the Alaska delegation got written in to the federal budget for the Bridge to Nowhere, even after she cancelled the bridge (after she was for it),

- and raised taxes on oil companies,
- and handed out an extra $1000-plus to each citizen of Alaska?

While increasing the state budget and its haul of federal monies?

She's a reformist budget-cutter? Really?

Posted by: Helen | September 5, 2008 10:04 PM | Report abuse

Sometimes terms have to be defined to be relevant, even Democrat and Republican. The political mind set of those parties was different in 1860. Back then I believe the Red States were Democrats but have since become the present day Republican Party.

Posted by: Rosewren02 | September 5, 2008 8:50 PM | Report abuse

"I mean we (yeah, WE) are the party that correctly stands up for most other helpless people and creatures, ranging from disenfranchised minorities during the civil rights era to animals today. Think about it. "

I do believe it was republicans that were responsible for freeing the slaves and promoting womens rights - although the dems take credit for that alot. - but I am glad to see some of you wanting to protect innocent baby's - although Obama even voted against the born alive act... look it up. How can anyone support that monster??

Posted by: theresa hardesty | September 5, 2008 12:34 PM | Report abuse

Palin was just what the Republican Party needed to get those Hillerycrat votes. Biden commented on her speech saying she mentioned nothing about certain issues I think he needs to view her speech before he comments further. Some one might think he is out of touch.

Posted by: Barrack_007 | September 4, 2008 8:09 PM | Report abuse

-James Monroe
-John Quincy Adams
-Andrew Jackson
-Martin Van Buren
-William Henry Harrison
-John Tyler
-Franklin Pierce
-James Buchanan
-Andrew Johnson
-Benjamin Harrison
-Warren G. Harding
-Harry S. Truman
-John F. Kennedy
-Lyndon B. Johnson
-Richard M. Nixon

15 Presidents who were not Governors OR Senators before being elected to US Presidents office. 15 out of 43- almost 33%!!!! And people are saying Obama should not be president?

Posted by: Idependant4Obama | September 4, 2008 8:05 PM | Report abuse

to rees:

Thanks for the great post. Very thoughtful.

Posted by: armyBrat68 | September 4, 2008 7:03 PM | Report abuse

NoOneImportant,

My point was about one of Obama talking points of his executive experience he sent out about himself. My point was to show that Obama “bragging right” as an executive is woefully inadequate compared to Palin who is the number two on the R side. Obama has no real executive experience in running government especially running a large government. Unlike Palin, Obama is the heart beat of the Presidency.

So your reason for voting for Obama is his vast job experience? His willingness to take on his Party on major issues? Or maybe you like his ethics in political reform especially his belief that money is corrupting the political process and his support for public financing of the election…sorry he kind of threw that under the bus went it worked against him.

Posted by: sltiowa | September 4, 2008 6:50 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin did a great job last evening. In fact, when I spoke with my mother earlier this morning, I told her how much Sarah reminded me of when she used to read me bedtime stories. And how Ms. Palin reminded me of the nice lady down the street who would bake for the neighborhood kids. Sarah looked like she was running for president.....of the Parent Teacher Association.
My Mother couldn't agree more.

Posted by: Independant$Obama | September 4, 2008 6:42 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: BobDull | September 4, 2008 6:42 PM | Report abuse

Yes... please do so.

Posted by: BobDull | September 4, 2008 6:33 PM | Report abuse

Yea... the "Liberal Biased Media" is responsible for the collapse of our economy, lying about the reason why we invaded a country... on and yes... I forgot... they are also responsible for the following:

1.) Sen. Larry Craig - (Kinky Bathroom Behavior)
2.) Ralph Reed - (Corrupted)
3.) Ted Stevens - (Corrupted)
4.) Scooter Libby - (Lied under oath.. pardon by Bush)
5.) Mark Foley - (Likes young hot boys)
6.) Jack A. Abramoff

Should I go on?

Posted by: BobDull | September 4, 2008 6:16 PM

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Don't make me name all of the corrupt dems out there and in local gov. Stay on the topic and stop being a tool.

Posted by: ssphx | September 4, 2008 6:20 PM | Report abuse

Yea... the "Liberal Biased Media" is responsible for the collapse of our economy, lying about the reason why we invaded a country... on and yes... I forgot... they are also responsible for the following:

1.) Sen. Larry Craig - (Kinky Bathroom Behavior)
2.) Ralph Reed - (Corrupted)
3.) Ted Stevens - (Corrupted)
4.) Scooter Libby - (Lied under oath.. pardon by Bush)
5.) Mark Foley - (Likes young hot boys)
6.) Jack A. Abramoff

Should I go on?

Posted by: BobDull | September 4, 2008 6:16 PM | Report abuse

Palin raises $8 million


— for Obama

http://www.politico.com/blogs/bensmith/0908/Palin_raising_for_Obama_.html?showall

"Obama's coffers have been filling since Sarah Palin attacked him repeatedly in St. Paul last night.

An Obama aide confirms Drudge's report that Obama has raised about $8 million from more than 130,000 donors and is on pace to raise $10 million by the time McCain reaches the stage tonight.

UPDATE: Obama spokesman Bill Burton says, "Sarah Palin's attacks have rallied our supporters in ways we never expected. And we fully expect John McCain's attacks tonight to help us make our grass-roots organization even stronger."
"

Posted by: fonkyou | September 4, 2008 6:11 PM

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Money can't save Obama. However, I bet he would love to use all of the left over money for pet projects in the senate and for his corrupt friends in IL.

Posted by: ssphx | September 4, 2008 6:15 PM | Report abuse

When liberals start acting like they're opposed to pre-marital sex and mothers having careers, you know McCain's vice presidential choice has knocked them back on their heels.
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And when conservatives start acting like they approve of pre-marital sex you know McCain's vice-presidential pick wasn't thoroughly vetted. Funny clip of conservatives bending over backwards to justify the pick:

http://www.thedailyshow.com/video/index.jhtml?videoId=184086&title=Sarah-Palin-Gender-Card

Are people going to fall for it? We'll find out in November...

Posted by: Anonymous | September 4, 2008 4:01 PM

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Did you just use "The Daily Show" on Comedy Central as your source? LOL, oh wow, you should be blogging over at blowhard.org, or the dailypiss.com. You have effectively lost all credibility.

Posted by: ssphx | September 4, 2008 6:12 PM | Report abuse

Palin raises $8 million


— for Obama

http://www.politico.com/blogs/bensmith/0908/Palin_raising_for_Obama_.html?showall

"Obama's coffers have been filling since Sarah Palin attacked him repeatedly in St. Paul last night.

An Obama aide confirms Drudge's report that Obama has raised about $8 million from more than 130,000 donors and is on pace to raise $10 million by the time McCain reaches the stage tonight.

UPDATE: Obama spokesman Bill Burton says, "Sarah Palin's attacks have rallied our supporters in ways we never expected. And we fully expect John McCain's attacks tonight to help us make our grass-roots organization even stronger."
"

Posted by: fonkyou | September 4, 2008 6:11 PM | Report abuse

Yea... the "Liberal Biased Media" is responsible for the collapse of our economy, lying about the reason why we invaded a country... on and yes... I forgot... they are also responsible for the following:

1.) Sen. Larry Craig - (Kinky Bathroom Behavior)
2.) Ralph Reed - (Corrupted)
3.) Ted Stevens - (Corrupted)
4.) Scooter Libby - (Lied under oath.. pardon by Bush)
5.) Mark Foley - (Likes young hot boys)
6.) Jack A. Abramoff

Should I go on?

Posted by: Bob Dull | September 4, 2008 6:09 PM | Report abuse

EARMARKS

PALIN: "I have protected the taxpayers by vetoing wasteful spending ... and championed reform to end the abuses of earmark spending by Congress. I told the Congress 'thanks but no thanks' for that Bridge to Nowhere."

THE FACTS: As mayor of Wasilla, Palin hired a lobbyist and traveled to Washington annually to support earmarks for the town totaling $27 million.

In her two years as governor, Alaska has requested nearly $750 million in special federal spending, by far the largest per-capita request in the nation, although she has cut, by more than half, the amount the state sought from Washington this year. While Palin notes she rejected plans to build a $398 million bridge from Ketchikan to Gravina Island, that opposition came only after the plan was ridiculed nationally as a "bridge to nowhere."
http://www.adn.com/sarah-palin/story/515517.html

On top of this I believe she ssaid no to the bridge, but yes to the money and used it for other projects. Does anyone know what the other projects were?

Posted by: fonkyou | September 4, 2008 6:07 PM | Report abuse

--"Where's the 80+% approval rating come from? Or all you libs going to trash the people of Alaska as being stupid, or big oil or creationists, or pro lifers or...

Posted by: Roy | September 4, 2008 5:21 PM"--

Besides the fact that the state gives away free money to the residents? $1,200 bucks this year.

Actually I seem to recall recently her approval ratings were in the 65% range and falling like a rock. (Troopergate taking it's toll).

But you'll still support her anyway. Why? What's the reason reason you support Sarah Palin.

Posted by: NoOneImportant | September 4, 2008 5:26 PM | Report abuse

--"However, the number two on the other ticket…I am not talking about the number one…runs a government with $10 billion a year budget.

Posted by: sltiowa | September 4, 2008 3:53 PM"--

Let's take the 10B at face value. That's roughly $15,000 per Alaskan. Pro-rate it to the nation, and it comes out to about double what the current federal budget is. That's why the state takes no income or sales tax, and still have money left over to give it away. The check was $1,200 this year. So it's easy to budget when revenue exceeds expenditure.

But that's not why you support Sarah Palin, her talent for spending money. The real reason is what? (1) She's pro-choice or (2) She's a Republican. She's a she's?

Posted by: NoOneImportant | September 4, 2008 5:22 PM | Report abuse

Where's the 80+% approval rating come from? Or all you libs going to trash the people of Alaska as being stupid, or big oil or creationists, or pro lifers or...

Posted by: Roy | September 4, 2008 5:21 PM | Report abuse

"I don't think she is concerned today, since her son is going to Iraq next week.
I'd say more, but it's impolite to pick on a lib"

Interesting logic, numb nuts. She can't be the "team mom" to some hockey players if she had run for Senate, but she can be "real mom" to a five-month-old baby with special needs as vice president?

Sure, that makes sense. LOL @ you.

Posted by: Rightwingnut "logic" | September 4, 2008 4:52 PM

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So, you say that the mothers of "special needs" kids should quit their jobs or stay at home? That's 20% of all families. You must be quite accomplished at doing one thing, like reading media rags?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 4, 2008 5:16 PM | Report abuse

"PALIN: "I fought to bring about the largest private-sector infrastructure project in North American history. And when that deal was struck, we began a nearly forty billion dollar natural gas pipeline to help lead America to energy independence. That pipeline, when the last section is laid and its valves are opened, will lead America one step farther away from dependence on dangerous foreign powers that do not have our interests at heart.

THE FACTS: Palin implies that construction has begun on a major natural gas pipeline from the top of Alaska into Canada. That is not correct.

In fact, no building has begun and actual construction is years away, if it ever happens. This summer the Alaska Legislature, at Palin's request, passed a bill under which the state will issue a "license" to a Canadian energy company, TransCanada Corp., and pay it up to $500 million as an incentive to someday build this enormous project, which Alaska politicians have long sought with little success. The license is not a construction contract, and federal energy regulators have not yet approved the project.

Palin also puts the price tag for the project at $40 billion, an exaggeration. This is roughly $10 billion more than most cost estimates industry players and consultants have made to date."

http://www.adn.com/sarah-palin/story/515517.html

Posted by: fonkyou | September 4, 2008 5:15 PM | Report abuse

This person has to be stopped. (Please note no misogyny)

Sarah Palin is the 'corruption crusader' who has links to Uncle Ted Stevens (she ran a 527 for him), US Senator facing charges for corruption. She is being investigated by her own legislature for alleged abuse of power, an investigation the McCain campaign would prefer reported after the election. Why? If she has nothing to hide cooperate fully and publish in October as planned.

Posted by: Bring Down Palin | September 4, 2008 5:10 PM | Report abuse

Haven't we spent about 18 months and 20+ debates on Obama and others?

With the VP's we only have about 60 days.

"...spend a little time researching Obama's associates and past if you want some really interesting reading.

Posted by: bob | September 4, 2008 4:30 PM "

Posted by: fonkyou | September 4, 2008 5:05 PM | Report abuse

I heard that one of Obama's daughters is signing up for the Army. Is that true?

If so, I think it would be cool that 3 of our 4 pres/vp candidates (McCain, Palin and Obama) all have kids in the military.

Posted by: julie97 | September 4, 2008 5:02 PM | Report abuse

"I don't think she is concerned today, since her son is going to Iraq next week.
I'd say more, but it's impolite to pick on a lib"

Interesting logic, numb nuts. She can't be the "team mom" to some hockey players if she had run for Senate, but she can be "real mom" to a five-month-old baby with special needs as vice president?

Sure, that makes sense. LOL @ you.

Posted by: Rightwingnut "logic" | September 4, 2008 4:52 PM | Report abuse

--"And where is Palin anyway?!?! I've seen her sister and her friend and random GOP hacks on TV everywhere this morning. Where's the "experienced" one herself?

Posted by: Mary S | September 4, 2008 3:36 PM"--

Slamming the left with a hard-hitting interview at People magazine. (So far her only interview.) Other than that this Destroyer Of Democrats is careful to keep a low profile.

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

Ooops missed a good one. How does this square with having time to be VP?

Palin Explained that She Couldn't Run for Senate Because Then She Couldn't Be the "Team Mom." "A hockey mom and a former standout athlete herself, Palin said she understood her son's concerns. 'How could I be the team mom if I was a U.S. senator?' she said." [Anchorage Daily News (Alaska), 4/24/04]
http://www.editorandpublisher.com/eandp/news/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1003845449

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I don't think she is concerned today, since her son is going to Iraq next week.
I'd say more, but it's impolite to pick on a lib

Posted by: Roy | September 4, 2008 4:39 PM | Report abuse

devastating stuff, fonkyou. devastating.

spend a little time researching Obama's associates and past if you want some really interesting reading.

Posted by: bob | September 4, 2008 4:30 PM | Report abuse

Ooops missed a good one. How does this square with having time to be VP?

Palin Explained that She Couldn't Run for Senate Because Then She Couldn't Be the "Team Mom." "A hockey mom and a former standout athlete herself, Palin said she understood her son's concerns. 'How could I be the team mom if I was a U.S. senator?' she said." [Anchorage Daily News (Alaska), 4/24/04]
http://www.editorandpublisher.com/eandp/news/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1003845449

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

"anonymous", keep telling yourself that.

And be sure not to watch a re-run of the last head to head MacCain and Obama had. Obama looked and sounded like he thought it was a tryout for "world's greatest tap dancer". All he needed was a straw hat and a cane.

Captain Stammer is in for a long 60 days. In all 59 states. hummina-hummina.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 4, 2008 4:26 PM | Report abuse

Archives of Alaska Papers Reveal Disturbing -- And Goofy -- Details from Palin's Past

By Greg Mitchell

http://www.editorandpublisher.com/eandp/news/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1003845449


Some highlights...

Palin Delivered "Non-Answers" On Expanding Health Care Coverage and Walmart.

In her 2002 Lt. Governor bid, Mayor Palin used city employees, telephones, computers, fax machines for campaign fundraising and literature.

Stambaugh Sued for Gender Discrimination After Palin Said She Was Intimidated by His Size.

Palin Exaggerated Work Experience for Mayoral Campaign.

Frontiersman Editorial Said Palin Made Statements That Were "Patently Untrue," Said She Had Shown "Unrepentant Backpedaling and Incessant Whining.

Frontiersman Editorial: Palin Doesn't Grasp the Truth. A Frontiersman editorial wrote, "Mayor Palin fails to have a firm grasp of something very simple: the truth." [Frontiersman editorial, 2/7/97]


Posted by: fonkyou | September 4, 2008 4:24 PM | Report abuse

Palin called Hillary a "whiner".


Palin says, "When I hear a statement like that coming from a woman candidate with any kind of perceived whine about that excess criticism or, you know, maybe a sharper microscope put on her, I think, man, that doesn’t do us any good. Women in politics, women in general wanting to progress this country. I don’t think it’s, it bodes well for her -- a statement like that."

http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalradar/2008/09/did-palin-call.html
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Posted by: LeeAnn Waters | September 4, 2008 4:17 PM | Report abuse

bob, the debates are going to be hilarious. McCain will be flubbering in an attempt to parrot talking points.

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

keep whistling past the graveyard, dems.

Fact is, an industrial sized can of Alaskan Whup'a** was opened last night and you just had your first swallow. Get ready for some more.

Your empty suit presidential candidate will be exposed for the fraud he is; nothing more than a tool. A transparently pathetic, corrupt fabrication of the notoriously corrupt chicago political machine...who stammers and stutters like the dolt he is when he has to extemporize.

Change? There's nothing remotely resembling change in what Obama represents, except higher taxes, even more bloated bureaucracies, and a decimating of the defense department.

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

It is amusing to see the ranting of the libs. If you were really so confident you wouldn't appear so desperate.
Obama is scared of his wife, Hillary and definitely Palin.
I bet MICHELLE Obama would be more likely to stand up to Putin than Barak.

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

More Rosanne Barr than Ronald Reagan.

While she temporarily exonerated McCain for his hasty choice, and energized the party faithful, very few others seem to be impressed.

It was a low bar. She passed.

But given McCain’s age, Palin is a difficult pill for most Americans to swallow.

Posted by: Republican VN Era Veteran | September 4, 2008 4:07 PM | Report abuse

For Obama to accomplish his promises, he NEEDS to get more money. To get more money, he NEEDS to raise taxes. Even if - IF - he doesn't raise taxes directly on the 'middle class working family' this dramatic raise WILL affect said family and many MANY more. Just look at gas prices. One dramatic raise has affected nearly every facet of daily life. To be overly simplified - Goods cost more because you need gas to transport and manufature them... services cost more because people are paying more for their gas. The raise trickles into all areas of the market. What do you think will happen when such a heavy tax burden is introduced - even if it's not directly printed on your or my paycheck? I have seen zero evidence from Obama that he plans to offset this in any way... unless of course, you lose everything and can apply for a handout.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 4, 2008 4:02 PM | Report abuse

When liberals start acting like they're opposed to pre-marital sex and mothers having careers, you know McCain's vice presidential choice has knocked them back on their heels.
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And when conservatives start acting like they approve of pre-marital sex you know McCain's vice-presidential pick wasn't thoroughly vetted. Funny clip of conservatives bending over backwards to justify the pick:

http://www.thedailyshow.com/video/index.jhtml?videoId=184086&title=Sarah-Palin-Gender-Card

Are people going to fall for it? We'll find out in November...

Posted by: Anonymous | September 4, 2008 4:01 PM | Report abuse

JEP,

I found your line “they have no record to brag about” quite humorous or as they like to say on the net LOL.

What is that record the others are bragging about again? I know one has 2 years in the senate with 2 years active campaigning for the President. I think that same individual chairs a subcommittee of foreign relations that has not even met this year and did not even met last year either. Yes, he sure can brag about a lot. His executive experience includes running an election campaign with a budget of around $50 million a month which comes out to $600 million a year (not bad); however, the budget for this candidate will not surpass $300 million (I am being generous). However, the number two on the other ticket…I am not talking about the number one…runs a government with $10 billion a year budget.

Let’s see the number two on the one ticket has a budget that is over 30 times the total budget of the number one on the other ticket. I would note that the number two has been running this budget now for a second year. How long has the number one being running his expensive campaign again.

I have to LOL when I see that one candidate have bragging rights.

Posted by: sltiowa | September 4, 2008 3:53 PM | Report abuse

BUT WILL THE ELECTION EVEN MATTER? Not when government-supported "vigilante injustice" squads are "gang stalking" American citizens, making a mockery of the rule of law:
http://www.nowpublic.com/world/get-political-vic-livingston-opinion-expose-state-supported-vigilante-squads-doing-domestic-terrorism

WHAT IF THEY COULD SHOOT YOU
WITHOUT LEAVING A TRACE? THEY CAN.
http://www.nowpublic.com/world/zap-have-you-been-targeted-directed-energy-weapon-victims-organized-gang-stalking-say-its-happening-usa-1

Posted by: scrivener | September 4, 2008 3:50 PM | Report abuse

Funny thing to see who's complaining today.
Look at all the Republican operatives leading the croccodile tears of pain for Palin. I love it when they issue a command that "this will stop now" and just expect the press to kow tow. Blood in the water is an apt phrase, these are literally the same guys who brought you such classics as the Clinton impeachment, swiftboat veterans for "truth", vince foster, Gore invented the internet, Kerry is a liar, hillary is a lesbian, slimed veteran senators, democrats as traitors, and all of the college republican bs from the 80s and 90s.

And now the thug Wingnuts are all crying because they have finally been shown to have no clothes, in public. The press will not and should not stop on command, there is too much profit and humor in it. Palin is a creationist cheerleader who has no business whatsoever being on a Presidential ticket.

Posted by: Jeff Y | September 4, 2008 3:48 PM | Report abuse

Reading the comments posted here, I truly, sincerely hope that the McCain/Palin support is paid bloggers. I refuse to believe that after the last 8 years that the very people who are currently in charge can go out on a national stage, championing Reform. I refuse to believe that people hear this and eat it up. It does not make sense.

Who are you reforming against? Yourselves? That will surely be effective. Reforming the current system with the same policies that it's currently run by.

Oh I hope this isn't real.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 4, 2008 3:46 PM | Report abuse

The people voted for Obama, what kind of nonsens are you saying ANOM? that he isn't chosen democratically ? GIVE ME ONE PIECE OF EVIDENCE that the American people did NOT choose him.

The DEMS were doomed to begin with... damned if a black man or damned if a woman (CLINTON woman)...... come on...

Posted by: HKY virginia | September 4, 2008 3:43 PM | Report abuse

Just saw Obama too, did you see the veins on the side of his forehead bulging out, never noticed that before

Posted by: Anonymous | September 4, 2008 3:41 PM | Report abuse

ANON i knew someone would go ON with it.... no surprise from me here. Nothing backfires at me ... I'm not personally responsible for the REP or the DEMS. Though it is NOT okay to attack a woman but it is okay to attack a black guy, right ?

It is either okay to attack both sides or not, don't single out. Thats your and the REPS problem.

Posted by: HKY Virginia | September 4, 2008 3:41 PM | Report abuse

I just saw Obama answering questions as well, never seen him with that attitude before...

Posted by: paul | September 4, 2008 3:39 PM | Report abuse

1. Dear people from Alaska/West Virginia/Kansas/Ohio/[fill in your small and or rural state]:
New York, San Francisco, Chicago and Boston, are amazing, unique cities which you should visit and enjoy any time you get a chance.

2. Dear people from big cities like NY, SF, Chicago and Boston: growing up in a small town as I did beats city life in many ways (NOT all) and a lot of people who don't live on JetBlue routes are actually pretty cool.

Now, people: issues.

Posted by: John | September 4, 2008 3:37 PM | Report abuse


AHAHA Did you just see Obama's press conference? He was petulant and pouting. Looked like his mama just spanked him.

Little boy liberals are in tears everywhere. AHAHA

Posted by: julie | September 4, 2008 3:37 PM | Report abuse

It's nice to hear from a pro life dem... God bless

Posted by: Anonymous | September 4, 2008 3:37 PM | Report abuse

Last night I came away thoroughly unimpressed and alarmed at the willingness of this "say anything" person to use her first major speech to not merely attempt to make her own case, but to attempt to capitalize from those who hate Obama. IMO this is someone whose narrow mind and misplaced self-righteousness has Bush written all over it.


And where is Palin anyway?!?! I've seen her sister and her friend and random GOP hacks on TV everywhere this morning. Where's the "experienced" one herself?

Posted by: Mary S | September 4, 2008 3:36 PM | Report abuse

Angry black man just did an press conference after the O Reilly interview... the republicans and or Oreilly has really gotten under his skin...

Posted by: Anonymous | September 4, 2008 3:35 PM | Report abuse

Palin raised taxes TWO BILLION DOLLARS (with the state (Alaska) already in the black) by using a windfall profits tax on oil - a cost which was a: passed on to American consumers, and b: blamed by the oil companies for cancelling investments in the North slope.

Palin was also an out-of-control spending mayor that left her tiny town $23M in debt and she made McCain's own "pork list" THREE TIMES.

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Posted by: Nina Thompson | September 4, 2008 3:32 PM | Report abuse

P.S. A quick postcard to my fellow registered Democrats:

Some of us are pro-life. Yep. Seriously.

Don't you think it's time for the U.S. to begin contemplating abortions on fetuses with functioning brains (as opposed to, say, blastocytes)? Just an idea. I mean we (yeah, WE) are the party that correctly stands up for most other helpless people and creatures, ranging from disenfranchised minorities during the civil rights era to animals today. Think about it.

Posted by: John | September 4, 2008 3:32 PM | Report abuse

game set match, small town america is the force that drives national elections not LA, not NY, not chicago, not washington, not san franscisco, not boston. rural america that's right tennessee (al gore lost his own state last election), west virginia those types of places and she has them wrapped around her finger why because she is one of them and understands the real people not the cynics in the cities and cynics who blather in this blog.

Posted by: gamesetmatch | September 4, 2008 3:31 PM | Report abuse

I had spent 15 minutes a day backing Mac...with the addition of Palin I will spend 2 hours a day. Nice Choice- the polls and media are lying to you America.

one out of 20 people are even considering voting for Obama...it's a lie! Smoke and mirrors. Tell us about your past obama...ayers, wright, all the good stuff.

Posted by: no-mo-o-bama | September 4, 2008 3:31 PM | Report abuse

Palin is Spiro Agnew in a Skirt. Last night's speech made the Agnew parallels painfully obvious. Agnew was the GOP pit bull in Nixon's first term, and Palin gleefully took on that role last night.

Arrogance, ambition, incompetence, and dishonesty make for a particularly toxic stew. The polling numbers are starting to show that Palin is likely be at the peak of her career right now.

BTW, in addition to the fact that she has painfully little foreign travel experience, how much time has she spent in the lower 48? What does she know about the part of the country in which 99% of Americans actually live?

Posted by: Kimi Welsh | September 4, 2008 3:26 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, Palin has more executive experience than Obama+Biden, but they have more political experience between them.

The real question is whose judgement do you trust.

Frankly, I think that McCain's experience on the Iraq War (other than stupidly voting for it to begin with) has been very good. He is credited with architecting the surge, and most observers think the surge is working.

On the other hand, the biggest single threat facing the U.S. right now, other than military threats and terrorism, is climate change. It's true; get over it. And Palin sucks on climate issues.

I want to see one side or the other get scary serious about climate issues and now. And that's who I will vote for.

Posted by: John | September 4, 2008 3:25 PM | Report abuse

One of the funnier lines;

'he's authored two memoirs, but not a single piece of legislation'

i fell out of my chair laughing.

what a self impressed egotistical elitist obama is.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 4, 2008 3:23 PM | Report abuse

She cut him up, gutted him and hung him on her wall. Never seen anything like it.

Posted by: Paul | September 4, 2008 3:19 PM | Report abuse

To Bob,

Does Obama has anything in his resume? I still cannot understand how democrats chosen the weakest , unprepared candidate for the highest office on the world.
Too bad, another chance lost for dems.

Posted by: Adi Popovici | September 4, 2008 3:18 PM | Report abuse

Last night's Republican speeches were an admission of defeat. They were geared towards rallying their nutty base--they were not designed to appeal to fence-sitters.


If you're still trying to rally your base now, you've already lost.

Posted by: matt | September 4, 2008 3:17 PM | Report abuse

38 Million tuned in to watch Palin last night.

More than Barack!

Posted by: zman | September 4, 2008 3:17 PM | Report abuse

About halfway thru Palin's speech, I went from enjoying it to disturbed by it. The shots she took at Obama were funny and hit the mark ... for a while. As the speech went on, it became more and more clear this was 'politics as usual', just in a different wrapper.

It sucks to go from excited to disappointed, but thats what this was.

Posted by: No Joe | September 4, 2008 3:17 PM | Report abuse

Devastating just devastating, his guns and religion gaffe is going to lose him the election.

"I might add that in small towns, we don't quite know what to make of a candidate who lavishes praise on working people when they are listening, and then talks about how bitterly they cling to their religion and guns when those people aren't listening.

We tend to prefer candidates who don't talk about us one way in Scranton and another in San Francisco."

Posted by: Anonymous | September 4, 2008 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Blah, Blah, blah blah blah blah


what is she gonna do with a 9/11?

One thing I know she WON'T do, that Barack would ( does do ) is apologize and blame America for it.


HEY BARACK!

YOU DONT SPEAK FOR ME.

DONT GO TROTTING AROUND THE GLOBE APOLOGIZING FOR ME AND THE UNITED STATES.

------------------


lie I have said

what a difference 24 hrs makes...

people are actually waking up to the fact that...

she didn't actually SAY ANYTHING.

and all the scandals and cover ups and twisting of the truth seems to be losing the fluff that the speech through on top of it last night.

the worst VP candidate in the history of our nation ...hands down.

What is she going to say when something like 9/11 happens and she is in the white house on the phone with the president...

"uhm...now what is the mujahadin again?"

this woman throws science under the bus for her church...you think she would keep it there when faced with Muslims attacking the US and planes that might need to be shot down...(does she know the difference between Afghanistan and Egypt or Saudi Arabia)

would she be able to recall the details of the Cubnan missile crisis

or that she had to get permission from the president to shoot down a plane...

and would it matter if the plane was from Russia or Georgia or Tajikistan?

would she know the difference and histories.

and how would she negotiate a trade agreement withChina in the face that she doesn't believe the science that their growth has any effect on global warming.

again

THE WORST VP Choice in the history of the US.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 4, 2008 3:04 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | September 4, 2008 3:13 PM | Report abuse

HKY

Please don'tplay the race card! it will backfire on you.
Everybody knows Obama aleready has played the race card and will continue to do so.
He is the only president potentially to be elected who arrived at the proces through affirmative action.
There is not a single other GREATER reason that Obama is on the ticket other than because he is black. If you can dispute that that please tell me why all the other democrats who ran with much greater qualifications did not prevail. Being black was even more seductive to the dems than being a woman, Hillary is testament to that.
He used his race and the fear of being labled a racisit to coerce the early Iowa votes during the caucus process and from there it was easy.
How many people are you going to ask if they are NOT voting for obama because he is black?
If Obama had every single same background and qualification as he has now and his name was joe smith and the half of him that is WHITE were the half that identified him as a white man and his apperance was that of a white man, even though the other half was black, he wouldn't even be an Illinois senator let alone a presidential candidate.

Posted by: annon | September 4, 2008 3:12 PM | Report abuse

Obama sends out an email this morning giving the offical talking points to all the cult members and then they post them here. Welcome to the New Communist Party.

Can any lib even think for themselves, or do they have to rely on being fed perceptions and conclusions?

Posted by: John | September 4, 2008 3:10 PM | Report abuse

AND WHY DID PALIN AND HER HUSBAND WEAR "ALASKA" FLAG LAPEL PINS, AND NOT AMERICAN FLAG PINS?

Seems pretty strange, given the occasion.

Is anyone in the press making inquiries on this?

Symbols also are signals.

Posted by: Thomas Paine | September 4, 2008 3:10 PM | Report abuse

that's what we need ion the white house a "2 pitbulls"

yeah you can see how successful that was for the last 8.

stupid is as stupid does.

Posted by: dl | September 4, 2008 3:09 PM | Report abuse

TexasProud

That wasn't "American values".

we saw "American Values" last week.

This week we saw the last 8 years' values.

Posted by: dl | September 4, 2008 3:08 PM | Report abuse

so when they say she's a "pitbull with lipstick"

are the talking about her judgement?

or her knowledge?

Posted by: dl | September 4, 2008 3:06 PM | Report abuse

I'm looking forward to the debates. When this generation's Jimmy Carter goes against the maverick, it will be a clear contrast between a ticket that defends America's values, versus a ticket that feels the need to apologize to the rest of the world for our values.

Posted by: TexasProud | September 4, 2008 3:06 PM | Report abuse

lie I have said

what a difference 24 hrs makes...

people are actually waking up to the fact that...

she didn't actually SAY ANYTHING.

and all the scandals and cover ups and twisting of the truth seems to be losing the fluff that the speech through on top of it last night.

the worst VP candidate in the history of our nation ...hands down.

What is she going to say when something like 9/11 happens and she is in the white house on the phone with the president...

"uhm...now what is the mujahadin again?"

this woman throws science under the bus for her church...you think she would keep it there when faced with Muslims attacking the US and planes that might need to be shot down...(does she know the difference between Afghanistan and Egypt or Saudi Arabia)

would she be able to recall the details of the Cubnan missile crisis

or that she had to get permission from the president to shoot down a plane...

and would it matter if the plane was from Russia or Georgia or Tajikistan?

would she know the difference and histories.

and how would she negotiate a trade agreement withChina in the face that she doesn't believe the science that their growth has any effect on global warming.

again

THE WORST VP Choice in the history of the US.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 4, 2008 3:04 PM | Report abuse

"Michelle Obama angry black woman? Not! Sarah Palin is the Angry White Woman. Pitbull with lipstick. How nice."

Posted by: Hoffmann | September 4, 2008 2:17 PM

Uh, hello? At least Palin is mad about the way our country is. Michelle's probably mad because she couldn't get her manicure scheduled. Give me a break. There's no comparison. I'll have a pitbull with lipstick VP any day. I was going to vote Obama but not now. He has about as much experience to run our country as a high school kid would. They should make serving in the military a REQUIREMENT before running for president. He's liable to tick off any given country and get us all nuked. I'm happy I watched both Obama and Palin's speeches, I was on fence before but I'm not now, that's for sure.

Posted by: Denise | September 4, 2008 3:03 PM | Report abuse

Barack Obama is a "celebrity," and that's bad. Sarah Palin is a "superstar," and that's good. Someone's going to have to explain that logic to me.

I doubt I'm going to make any headway into the contingent that's saying any criticism or skepticism of Sarah Palin by the media or by Democrats is "sexism," but for what it's worth, of all the people I knew who were saying "Women shouldn't be president" during Hillary Clinton's run, none was planning to vote Democratic. Astonishingly, that line of thought began to fade from their political discourse after it became clear Hillary Clinton would not be the Democratic nominee for president, and now, with Sarah Palin on the Republican ticket, it's vanished entirely. How curious.

A final note: Much as it goes against my nature to respond to an individual post rather than a trend seen across several posts, why are some folks so fond of touting Fox News' ratings as a way of explaining how awesome Fox News is? I would think that in an era when reality TV and pro wrestling are consistently the highest-rated programs on the tube, Fox News' high ratings wouldn't be such a point of pride. But what do I know, right?

Posted by: VBArthur | September 4, 2008 3:02 PM | Report abuse

THE PALIN SELECTION AND THE DIMINUTION OF DEMOCRACY:
IS A SILENT COUP HAPPENING IN THE U.S.A?


Someone below asked the question, why did the GOP pick Sarah Palin?

• Could the Palin Phenomenon be a symptom of a seismic power grab that is transforming our government?

• Is the Palin selection part of a larger plan to seize control of the Executive Branch and make it beholden to another set of decision-makers -- unelected, entrenched, and in charge of the forces of power and control?

• Could this plan dovetail with reports from a Dutch newspaper this past week that the U.S. is planning to strike Iran's nuclear facilities?

• Could the fruition of the "Help America Vote Act," which led to the widespread use of electronic voting machines, the vast majority of which leave no voter-verified paper trail, also be part of this mosaic?

• Could John McCain's vacillations on the vice president issue and his eventual acquiescence to those who recommended Palin be part of a skillful campaign to influence and oversee his decision-making?

• Are we in the midst of a silent coup that is resulting in the loss of personal freedom via the extra-legal targeting of American citizens in an unconstitutional bypass of the judicial system, a denial of due process under the law?

• And is this power grab resulting in the emasculation of both Congress and the Judiciary, rendering those institutions little more than symbolic of power, when in fact power has been quietly usurped by unelected officials of entrenched institutions of power and control?

• Is anyone -- in the media, in Congress, in think tanks, in academia -- pondering these questions?

• If not, can we afford not to be asking these questions?

Posted by: Thomas Paine | September 4, 2008 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Take off the lipstick and what do you have, a slathering hell hound!

Posted by: Hoffmann | September 4, 2008 2:55 PM | Report abuse

If I run in circles and yell a lot, will you vote for me?

Posted by: snObama | September 4, 2008 2:55 PM | Report abuse

Madhatter,
you are exactly 100% right, at last somebody said it correctly
you are refreshing and enlightening
Why can't people just get it like you have.
Well done!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
-----

Palin is better qualified than Obama ? Answers on that is she has made 'some' law and responsible for Alaska, how many people again are living there? how many Walmarts are there?

Are you telling me a Ceo of a tiny business is better qualified than a Ceo of a S&P company ?

No wonder so little black people are attracted by the Republicans. You sound like a racist.

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

A letter from someone who has known Sarah Palin since 1992

http://www.washingtonindependent.com/3671/the-reform-candidate


This is a balanced and fascinating chronicle of Palin's public service. I would strongly recommend that both conservatives and liberals read this. If fiscal conservatives think that she will help McCain get the economy because of her 'executive' experience you really NEED to read this. She left Wasila, a town with zero debt prior to her tenure as mayor, 22 million dollars in debt. Yikes. A McCain/Palin administration would truly be third term of Bush when it comes to a tanking economy.

The veep selection process demonstrates that a McCain vote in November is a vote for Captain Chaos. From Cowboy Bush to Chaos McCain. Run in the opposite direction America.

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

When liberals start acting like they're opposed to pre-marital sex and mothers having careers, you know McCain's vice presidential choice has knocked them back on their heels.

But at least liberal reporters had finally found someone their own size to pick on: a 17-year-old girl.

Posted by: anne C. | September 4, 2008 2:49 PM | Report abuse

Obama's energy policy
Don't drill for oil, put air in your tires, put fart gas in your tank, buy millions of wind turbines from Asia and have burger king employees make minimum wage installing them, buy millions of solar panels from Asia and get McDonalds employees making minimum wage to install them, and ride your bicycle. OH, and invent the perpetual motion engine.
Even if this is POSSIBLE within ten years, does he have a plan to stop the world from needing energy in the meantime?

Posted by: Roy | September 4, 2008 2:47 PM | Report abuse

I love it how dumb dems have no idea of Palin's reach. When she goes to small towns in Ohio, PA, MI and the wester states and talks about her life and how Obama looks down at them and talks behind their back... devastating... too bad dumb dems

Posted by: Anonymous | September 4, 2008 2:45 PM | Report abuse

The Republican campaign blasts the media for being too mean to its vice presidential candidate, and the next day, all the Republicans posting on this blog double and redouble their attacks on the allegedly liberal media, sometimes using cute insults like "Obamamedia" as part of the invective.

Now, I'll grant that blaming the media for everything that goes wrong is a staple of every political campaign, and that there are almost as many liberals who rail against the "conservative media" as there are conservatives who rail against the "liberal media." But when you add to your political arsenal a tired old line of attack that's just been trotted out as though it's shiny and new by a national campaign ... well, it kinda looks like you're spending a little too much time sitting around, waiting for the talking points to print.

I mean, come on now, y'all; it's easy enough to repeat ad nauseam that the media wants Barack Obama (or: insert name of Democrat here) to win, but how often does any attempt at proof find its way into that argument? Shoot, does anyone believe that if Joe Biden had a 17-year-old daughter who happened to be five months pregnant, there'd not be a single story about it anywhere? And that's to say nothing of the Internet message board posts that would be blasting Biden for not supporting abstinence-only programs, because clearly they would have kept his daughter's lady parts unspoiled by the likes of some unkempt teenage boy.

Posted by: VBArthur | September 4, 2008 2:44 PM | Report abuse

Dum dems - presidential election never come down to issues, don't you understand.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 4, 2008 2:42 PM | Report abuse

TUESDAY NITE CONVENTION RATINGS, 10 PM ET

FOXNEWS 6,179,000
NBC 4,468,000
CNN 3,220,000
ABC 3,098,000
CBS 2,928,000
MSNBC 1,590,000

Does anyone wonder why MSDNC is sucking hind tit?

Posted by: we want the truth, ergo | September 4, 2008 2:41 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin has bush for brains and a pretty face

Posted by: I Believe | September 4, 2008 2:41 PM | Report abuse

The Obama spokespeople better lose the "third term of George Bush" talk.

It sounds....looks.....is....sounding more and more stupid everday by repeating it over and over. Especially after Hurricane Sarah came ashore last night.

This is something new. Fresh. Authentic and Real.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 4, 2008 2:40 PM | Report abuse

McCain campaign has taken some the media spotlight off of Obama with their pick of Palin.

McCain had no choice but to pick a Palin, Palewnty or Jindal to try to "shock" the Republican party.

Palin's speech was good. But good is gauged on the audience you are trying to reach. The Republican conservative evangelical base loved it. Once Palin's policies and positions become known to the general electorate, I expect the McCain/Palin ticket to fall like a rock by September 27th, after the first McCain/Obama debate.

Posted by: Obama-Junkie | September 4, 2008 2:40 PM | Report abuse

Professor Obama will be a friend to all stutterers. He's got the stutterers votes. And the empty suit vote.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 4, 2008 2:40 PM | Report abuse

She is a superstar no doubt about it... more of a reason for the dumb dems to try to destroy her

Posted by: Anonymous | September 4, 2008 2:38 PM | Report abuse

I have to disagree and say that Huckabee had the best speech of the night. His speech was like a powerful sermon. Where he simply transposed soldiers and desks with God and Grace without crossing the line. But as always his "coded" language went right over the heads of most people. Sorry you missed that Chris.

Worst speech was Romney (AKA the Tin-Man)
He sounded like a corporate robot with no soul.

Guilianni was ok but forgetable.

Palin was excellent and reminded me what an empty suit Obama truely is. My complaint would be her speech started off clunky, needed a theme, and ran too long.

She delivered it very well despite being thrown together in a couple of days and the teleprompter was moving too fast.

Posted by: Christian Nut | September 4, 2008 2:38 PM | Report abuse

Palin is more of a man than Obama.


Oh I don't know. Can she write her own name in the snow?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 4, 2008 2:37 PM | Report abuse

Palin is more of a man than Obama.

Maybe so but I'd still rather do her than Obama. Does that make me gay?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 4, 2008 2:36 PM | Report abuse

So yesterday Biden said he and Obama would persue Bush crimes if elected... then when asked about it today he said, "i don't know where you got that report." HAHAHAHAHA what a friggin fool... another example of... dumb dems at work

Posted by: Anonymous | September 4, 2008 2:27 PM

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What a couple of dipsticks they both look like.

Scarey thing is, she only showed a couple of cards last night. they have no idea what she's holding.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 4, 2008 2:36 PM | Report abuse

great comment palin is more of a man then obama, yet a beautiful women - what conbination - metrosexuals love the weakling obama. If Obama had any strength he would have chosen clinton won the election and then controlled her.. he will lose this election because of his weakness... weakness that weak dumb dems love

Posted by: Anonymous | September 4, 2008 2:35 PM | Report abuse

What about the Family Values of the GOP? If the shoe doesn't fit throw it away. Who cares about family values when it won't win you an election. John Mccains has no family values. He ditched his first wife to marry Cindy, then she stole pain killers (Percocets) from her own charity clinic she started. And now his VP pick has her own family value issues. The GOP is all about the win. It is sporting event to them that's why the country is in the shape it is in because its not a sport it's real. You can't change the score and start all over. And about CHANGE when did this become and GOP issue. George W Bush and Dick Cheney are the GODS of GOP. How are they going to change the history of these two masterminds of destruction.

Posted by: kheeb | September 4, 2008 2:35 PM | Report abuse

To John McCain: "It's the Economy, Stupid"

To Sarah Palin: "It's your resume, Stupid"

Posted by: Bob | September 4, 2008 2:34 PM | Report abuse

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/09/04/jon-stewart-hits-karl-rov_n_123852.html

Watch this. GOP hypocrisy.

Palin is nothing more than rootin' tootin' huntin' Barbie.

She is a right wing zealot whose credentials are laughable. John McCain isn't even in charge of his own party.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 4, 2008 2:33 PM | Report abuse

To roy; I think Obama is smarter than to kiss a butt that Bush has been kissing for six and a half years. Connie from Indiana

Posted by: Anonymous | September 4, 2008 2:33 PM | Report abuse

Palin is more of a man than Obama.

Posted by: You know it's true | September 4, 2008 2:32 PM | Report abuse

Some idiot said: "Now we know why the MSM has been after her in a way that offends many people (including a number of hillary supporters). She clearly demonstrated a level of knowledge and understanding on issues, particularily energy, that quite frankly makes the other THREE members of the main parties tickets look juvenile."

Huh? What did she say about ANY issues that would give you an idea on where she stands? Her speech was completely issue-free. Yeah, let's drill for more oil in Alaska so that my homestate will get a bunch of royalty money. That's your idea of an intelligent energy policy? If that passes muster for thoughtful policy, then I guess I know why Republicans are so enamored with McCain/Palin.

Posted by: NM Moderate | September 4, 2008 2:31 PM | Report abuse

Polls? hahahahahahahahahahahaha!

Posted by: Roy | September 4, 2008 2:31 PM | Report abuse

So yesterday Biden said he and Obama would persue Bush crimes if elected... then when asked about it today he said, "i don't know where you got that report." HAHAHAHAHA what a friggin fool... another example of... dumb dems at work

Posted by: Anonymous | September 4, 2008 2:27 PM | Report abuse

Looks like Palin is hurting McCain rather than helping.

http://www.electoral-vote.com/

Posted by: Bill | September 4, 2008 2:27 PM | Report abuse

I think all of you are missing the point!

This is all a game. The polls move up and down. Today the wind blows towards the republicans, next week it may change.

The more commenting you make the more you show how truly scared you are of the current parties’ rhetoric.

I will see you all in November.

May the best leader win!

Remember we all gain from strong leadership.

Posted by: Jumpingjosh | September 4, 2008 2:27 PM | Report abuse

I don't think Palin would blink across the table from Putin. Obama would try to kiss him

Posted by: Roy | September 4, 2008 2:26 PM | Report abuse

When you have nothing to offer and a hypocritical record to run on, what do you do? Attack your opponent. When that doesn't work, attack the media. When that doesn't work, cry in front of the camera. That'a the next tactic Palin will use.

Posted by: Bill | September 4, 2008 2:25 PM | Report abuse

Madhatter,
you are exactly 100% right, at last somebody said it correctly
you are refreshing and enlightening
Why can't people just get it like you have.
Well done!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Spacecowboy | September 4, 2008 2:24 PM | Report abuse

So, what kind of Hockey Mom was she?

Did she support good sportsmanship? Did she do thankless grunt work or only high profile things that got her attention.

Did she yell at the refs, her kids or the other team?

Did she come to the games or stay away?

How about her husband? What was he doing?

I really want to know.

Posted by: Linda Kelly | September 4, 2008 2:22 PM | Report abuse

Michelle Obama angry black woman? Not! Sarah Palin is the Angry White Woman. Pitbull with lipstick. How nice.

Posted by: Hoffmann | September 4, 2008 2:17 PM | Report abuse

Hmm, inexperienced, elitist, and cocky...I wonder if there's another president that might describe...one McCain votes with 95% of the time...

Let me work on this and get back to y'all.

Posted by: Jon Morgan | September 4, 2008 2:14 PM | Report abuse

Face it libs, Obama's toast. You can't beat someone with nothing and Obama is a nothing. Only a liberal Democrat could possibly believe that the American people would trust their countries and the world's future and well being to an empty suit nothing with zero exerience in world affairs, and zero experience in running anything to the likes of a blowhard shister and carnival-clown like Barack Obama. Only the liberal Democrats would put their parties interests above their countries by trying to elect a black guy with no experience only because he's black and a good speaker to appease the Democrats main special interest group-blacks. That'll work in the Democratic Party where they don't care about our country and where they don't care about the welfare and safety of the American people, but in the general election they do. Obama will get his clock cleaned big time in November when all Americans vote. Maybe the next time the liberal Democrats will put a real American up for election that cares about his country and puts his country first before his political party.

Posted by: madhatter | September 4, 2008 2:10 PM | Report abuse

I voted against Bush In '00 and '04. I thought in '00 the dems were easily going to win. In '04, I thought anyone could beat Bush, even "lurch" Kerry. I was voting against Bush. The pubs won and that was when the libs should have taken the white house. Now, with the libs screwing things up worse since'06; it's a jump ball; but if libs think change means taxes, you folks STILL don't get it

Posted by: Roy | September 4, 2008 2:06 PM | Report abuse

Matthew 5:44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;
HOW CAN THESE PEOPLE/PALIN SAY THAT THEY ARE CHRISTIANS. FROM ALL THAT I HEAR OVER THE AIRWAVES, MR. OBAMA HAS MORE CHRISTIAN ETHICS THAN ANYONE SPEAKING. HE REFUSES TO DOWN/TRASHTALK/RIDICULE HIS OPPONENT TO SHAME! YET, THEY DO EVERYTHING THEY CAN TO TRASH HIM. WELL, GOD DOES RESIST THE PROUD AND GIVES GRACE TO THE HUMBLE IN WHICH I SEE IN MR. OBAMA. HE GIVES HIS OPPONENTS REVERENCE AND TALK ON 'THE ISSUES' THAT THIS COUNTRY NEEDS TO ADDRESS. FOREIGNS ARE PURCHASING THIS COUNTRY UP TO THE SIDEWALKS AND THESE PEOPLE ARE GOING 'APES' OVER A 'HOCKEY MOM', WHO HAS NOT STUDIED THE CONSTITUTION OF THE US, NOR COMPLETED LAW SCHOOL, PLUS SO MANY OTHER THINGS. WHY ARE WE NOT LOOKING FOR SOMEONE THAT CAN STAND UP WITH EDUCATION IN THE LAW AND THE WHOLE US & NOT JUST ALASKA, WITH DIGNITY AND RESPECT THAT FOREIGN GOVERNMENT ARE WILLING TO HAVE DIPLOMACY WITH! 'HOCKEY MOMS' ARE NOT THE ANSWER AND I FEEL WE ARE SO CARRIED AWAY WITH RHETORIC/SARCASM/BEAUTY/BACK AT YOU TRASH TALK/BELITTLING YOU B/C I CAN'T MEASURE UP TO YOU UNTIL WE WILL HAVE NO COUNTRY TO GOVERN. PEOPLE USES 'GOD' AS A SHIELD AND NOT AS THEIR CHARACTER/PERSONALITY. HE HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH TRASH TALKING, ETC.. IN THE NAME OF DECENCY, WHY WOULD THIS WOMAN TALK ABOUT SOMEONE 'SHE DOESN'T EVEN KNOW.' SHE WILL DEFINITELY HAVE TO DEAL WITH THE JUDGEMENT OF GOD! PLEASE, TAKE THE TIME AND READ PROVERBS 6:16-19. I promise you all, God will have the last say in ALL THIS AMERICAN MESS!

Posted by: LoisP | September 4, 2008 2:05 PM | Report abuse

I don't agree with her policies on anything, but d@mn it, she has my vote. It's the only way I have to fight back since media have crossed the line.

Yes, the sexist remarks toward Hillary from Obama, his bots, and Obamedia - guaranteed this Dem family would never vote for him.

Obama's race-baiting throughout the primary and FALSE accusations of racism against the Clintons - was the only way he could get the AA vote.

And the Dem Party's silence over the sexism and racism was evident - they'd fixed the nomination for Obama longggg before the primary began.

Dems for McCain!

Posted by: zazzle
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Ummmm OK
Just last spring, Palin herself scoffed when Hillary Clinton's campaign complained about a double standard in coverage.

"When I hear a statement like that coming from a woman candidate with any kind of perceived whine about that excess criticism, or maybe a sharper microscope put on her, I think, 'Man, that doesn't do us any good, women in politics, or women in general, trying to progress this country,' " Palin said.

Now, McCain's team is urgently recruiting female surrogates and loudly crying sexism to deflect legitimate inquiries into Palin's experience, her record, and the last-minute, improvisational process by which McCain chose a small-state governor who was elected in 2006 after serving of mayor of small-town Wasilla, a far suburb of Anchorage.
This is a woman who isnt even in favor of equal pay for women. Not to mention Hillary has publically stated a vote for McCain is a complete insult to her. So which is it? Are Hillary's words meaningless now? Do you support McCain's policies? Or are you yet another conservative PRETENDING to be a proggressive? Intelleigent rational minds want to know.

Posted by: feastorafamine | September 4, 2008 2:02 PM | Report abuse

Dumb dems -

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Sarah Palin found some unlikely allies Wednesday as leading academics and even former top aides to Hillary Rodham Clinton endorsed the Republican charge that John McCain’s running mate has been subject to a sexist double standard by the news media and Democrats.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 4, 2008 2:01 PM | Report abuse

JamesCH
Sory but it's a waste of time trying to reason with you, of course you try and reduce it to a claim that I'm personally attacking you which is nonsense. You just simply don't understand basic business principals. You are either unemployed on some form of government assistance or you work for the local, or state or Federal government.
Whichever one of those are the reasons, they are the reason you so desperatly want a democratic dreamer for your president, one that is fully unqualified for the position.
Perhaps that will inspire you to reach some goal you are dreaming about that you also are fully unqualified to obtain?

Posted by: Spacecowboy | September 4, 2008 2:00 PM | Report abuse

What every Obamacon is trying to say without coming out and saying it is Sarah Palin kicked @$$ last night and they weren't expecting it. Now we know why the MSM has been after her in a way that offends many people (including a number of hillary supporters). She clearly demonstrated a level of knowledge and understanding on issues, particularily energy, that quite frankly makes the other THREE members of the main parties tickets look juvenile. What she represents is what feminism was SUPPOSED to be. A strong independant individual who has a career and a family. If the self-proclaimed feminist leaders practice what they preach, regardless of politics, they will recognize Sarah Palin as someone significant. I didn't say they had to agree with her or even vote for her, but they should recognize the achievement. If they can't show her that level of respect, then the feminist movement is nothing but a fraud. There is more to being a feminist than just having an abortion or two.

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

300M Americans, and this is the best we can do for candidates?

I am not fond of either candidate, and I am staying home. Objectively, I think Obama is the most intelligent one we have. If he doesn't know the answer, he's smart, he'll search out people who do. I don't want a long term career politician in the Oval Office. They are already bought and sold.

Both parties stink, but my former party scares me more at this juncture.

Posted by: Ex-Repuke | September 4, 2008 1:56 PM | Report abuse

For the details on Palin check out the 62pg pdf on Politico.com.

http://www.politico.com/static/PPM106_palin_doc.html

Posted by: fonkyou | September 4, 2008 1:56 PM | Report abuse

John McCain could have been a really good politician. He had the honorable bone that is needed. But he chose to trade it in for a shot at the brass ring. Now Rovian Steve Schmidt, corporate and big oil lobbyists and the Dobson rightwing fringe run his show. It is not even his own campaign anymore.


Sarah Palin - the speech she gave was written by Bush/Cheney speechwriters. She too chose to go along with it. Don't know what kind of politician she is back in Alaska, but she's definitely occupying the extremist corner on the national scene.

Posted by: former Republican | September 4, 2008 1:54 PM | Report abuse

Palin is wrong about energy policy but right about abortion.

Unlike some, I LOVE her very real small town background.

I'm a pro-life Democrat, and I don't know who I'm going to vote for, but Obama fans who think you're going to win me over by making fun of Palin's culture are sorely mistaken.

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Who is right or wrong ? Is that up to you to decide or Palin ? You may not like abortion... it has been done for ages (illegally). Are you going to arrest someone and tie her down on a bed to deliver? Seriously how are you going to force someone to have a baby ?

About energy, sure she has that opinion without oil her state has nothing to offer financially.

Posted by: HKY Virginia | September 4, 2008 1:52 PM | Report abuse

It has been completely SURREAL to watch the GOP frame itsself as the party of change and reform. Hasnt anyone told them they are storming their own castle? Not to mention that once again the message they carry is nowhere near factual. Palin supported the "Bridge to nowhere" and recived 27 million dollars in earmarks for her town of 6,000. She also hired a lobbyist for that same small town. This is reform? This is shaking up washington? Did they forget they ARE Washington. Surreal indeed.

Posted by: feastorafamine | September 4, 2008 1:50 PM | Report abuse


Anyone notice the non stop double standards of CNN? They still don't get it. They continue to have double standards, asking questions they never, ever ask of Obama.


CNN = SEXISM

Posted by: julie | September 4, 2008 1:48 PM | Report abuse

I'm with Michael Savage on this one: McCain is throwing the election. Palin can't win over independents: they loathe the evangelical, government-in-our-bedrooms conservatives who poisoned the 1992 convention. That's why they're not Republicans anymore! Don't you people get it? Sure, she's cute, she's got a feisty speaking style. But wake up--last night's speech was written weeks ago by Bush speechwriter's and retooled to work with Palin. Her delivery was great, but there was nothing there. Why not Marsha Blackburn? She's qualified, experienced, staunchly fiscally conservative. I guess there's the Marsha Blackburn Sex Tape rumor to contend with, but Palin comes with her own baggage. Seriously...a VP at McCain's age is as good a president. I want the public to know that not all Republicans support a woman who believes creationism should be taught in schools.

Congrats, GOP. You have failed to consider the indepenents and will be punished accordingly.

Posted by: Mike | September 4, 2008 1:48 PM | Report abuse

Answer: Most people commenting on the negative are really scared of this women winning. If it scares you, she spoke well!

Good Luck

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Really ? I have to grant she spoke well, her political ideas don't appeal to me. Furthermore Michelle Obama is the so called angry woman ? hmm .... well nothing compared to Palin. If she appeals to moms I'm flabbergasted. If one would behave like that in normal life (as she is the 'real' person) that would be found outrageous by the same people who think she is wonderful.

Actually I am so tired of politics.... all it is, is attacking and smearing. IMO everyone who attacks is weakling.

Posted by: HKY Virginia | September 4, 2008 1:48 PM | Report abuse

I liked Huckabee's speech. I only had the convention on in the background, but it seemed decent and likable enough.

Posted by: muD | September 4, 2008 1:47 PM | Report abuse

Hey Robert - Get this scenario- uhObama is the President - phone rings - its Putin - "Hello?" (Are you scared yet? Nah, experience is overrated. Sleep well,America!

Posted by: AG | September 4, 2008 1:47 PM | Report abuse

She said what? She was a pit bull with lip stick?

This is serious she is trying to steal the Pet Owner Votes!

Democrats are courting all Republican and Independent Pet owners!

We will not concede Talking Dog fans!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZCYaw5tGYAs

We will not concede Funny Cat fans!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nTasT5h0LEg

Change we can believe in

Obama/Biden 08

Posted by: Yeil Raven | September 4, 2008 1:44 PM | Report abuse

a very rare REPOST!

Chris, the unspoken truth that all the poundits are not speaking is that the Mccain train wreck just got worse, and
unless they shore up their base, they will be relegated to third-party status in the next two political cycles.

McCain's co-opting of BushRove's wingnut base is nothing more than a confession of failure.

No one with a modicum of political horse sense will even suggest this power hungry, personally ambitious "mean-girl for VP" will attract Hillary's disgruntled Dems.

What Palin represents and propounds is in diametric opposition to their progressive creed, and they are typically about 10 IQ points above the typical republican clone voters, so they aren't likely to join the "some of the people all of the time" lump.

And those who assume the "change" proponents in both parties will view this executive bully as more of the same. She is plagued by insider deals galore (got milk?) and an addiction to federal earmarks (ala Ted Stevens), on her short and troubled resume.

Somewhere in the mix, over the past three months, the reality of a potential third-party demotion, instigated by 8 years of Bush/Cheney no-bid, book cooking management, has sunk in and they are no longer looking to gain the White House, they are desperately trying to save their party from the plague of obscurity that will come when the rejuvenated (literally) Democratic Party and the growing Independent Party outstrip the GOP when this cycle is over.

Palin's pick as the VP was an act of desperation, to salvage the party from future obscurity.

Her shrill, issue-challenged, harpy-harangue speech at the convention was no masterpiece, it was more proof that they have only one tool in their arsenal; attack their opponent, because they have no record to brag about and no real plan to fix the mess they enabled Bush and Cheney to make.

She may energize the wingnuts and the old timers, but to anyone with an eye on history, both past and future, she represents the straw that broke the elephant's back.

This strategy has already backfired on them, and every day they try to blame the media for their own misguided decision, they dig themselves deeper into the pit.

By criticizing the media, they are turning on their own best champion, and we will see that mistake play out sooner than later

Posted by: JEP | September 4, 2008 1:43 PM | Report abuse

The only people cheating are the demorats.

Posted by: AG | September 4, 2008 1:42 PM | Report abuse

We got some info last night about Palin and her accomplishements. We will make our decisions (hopefully) based on such things. After all in our jobs we have to define "measurable results" each year.

Now, will an Obama supporter please give me a comprehensive list of his actual accomplishments in his different activities? Not a trick question, I really want to know.

Community organizer - how many people managed, what results, budget spent, source of funding, etc.
Professor - What research did he carry out? How many publications? How many classes of what type?
Legislator (state and Senate)- What legislation authored, what committees he headed with what results. How many laws written with legislators "across the isle"?

Thanks in advance

Posted by: CH-ican | September 4, 2008 1:41 PM | Report abuse

Coming Out:

It seems Chris Cillizza may have hit the mark, because in politics and in Hollywood "Coming Out" is usually assigned to someone who prefers homosexual behavior or activity that may not be with humans. So much, that the media finds it as aberrant behavior if candidates for office do not indulge the weeping-willow-leaning-lifestyle.

Sarah Palin projects a presence that conveys refreshing down-to-earth skirt-wearing femininity and a mind to match that does not belittle womanhood. Chris Cillizza's piece no doubt was written from the environs of a saloon drenched with the un-Palin presence, and this may have stung him because here indeed is the Coming Out of a non-Washington product. Thanks Chris ... and oh .. have a Shirley Temple for that.

Posted by: 3rd-Party Advocate | September 4, 2008 1:41 PM | Report abuse

Scenario: McCain wins! McCain dies or has a stroke in office.(It'll NEVER happen!) The phone rings. President Palin answers. It's Vladamir Putin! "Hello!"(Are you scared yet? Nah, experience is overrated. Sleep well,America! Robert PS: I understand that the population of Alaska is
about as large as Brooklyn, NY. R.

Posted by: Robert | September 4, 2008 1:39 PM | Report abuse

John McCain selected Sarah Palin to try and combat Barack Obama's message of change, yet yesterday's hate-fest was a stunning admission that the Republican Party has nothing to offer but more of the same to the American people.


The night began with Mitt Romney, who stepped onto the stage and into the 1970s. If "liberal" were a four letter word, half of his speech would be censored. But that was his intent, of course--to hurl the word out to the dazed, white masses below as if the word "liberal" was an epithet, and as if by its mere utterance, a hoard of rioting dirty hippies would pour onto the convention floor.


Next came Mike Huckabee, who entered stage right and brought along with him the 1980s and a school desk. A timely quip about Madonna's wardrobe triggered the start of what was a somewhat stumbling stroll down Ronny Reagan lane. Warning against the rise of "centralized government," he weaved a foreboding narrative of an Obama presidency, stitched from scraps of fears two decades old that the is an ever-present red haze on the horizon, eager to chomp into your paycheck and tear apart your private home.


Huckabee was followed by Rudy Giuliani, who cheered for the Republican Party of the 1990s. He tried to paint Democrats as haphazard and unethical controllers of the government, and sold the tale to the audience that it was the Republican Party that had all the answers. Stopping short of drafting another "Contract with America", he promised that Republican rule would "shake up Washington" (huh?) and delivered the rest of his speech in a voice dripping with sarcasm, betraying a jealously that a Democratic official dare to be beloved. He looked so very small on the stage not because of his stature, but because of his style. He delivered a line followed by a pause, grinning and chuckling, as if he were waving a blue-stained dress to the world.


And then, Sarah Palin took the stage. By the end of her speech, she made it abundantly clear that this "change agent" (Palin) relishes playing the same Bush/Rove politics of the last eight years. The "rising star" of the Republican Party sunk to barrel-scrapping levels as she spit out attack after attack on everyone from Barack Obama to Harry Reid. Snide remarks were followed by more caustic insults, with little if any substance in between. As the monochrome audience roared, and as many in their homes watching winced at the sharpness of her personal attacks, she twisted her verbal knife not in an effort to skewer Democratic policy or governing philosophy, but to draw blood from the bodies of her political opponents. It was Rovian rhetoric at its finest. It was Rush Limbaugh to its core...and yet she still won't do an interview with anyone in the media...


Four speakers yesterday demonstrated why four decades of conservative politics have led us here today, to this broken system where a "successful" speech is not one that speaks to the issues, but is one that speaks to the ugliest side of human nature and appeals to hate rather than hope.


It is against this ragged landscape of the same, exhaustive politics that John McCain will accept the Republican nomination for President. And though he will style himself as a "reformer", he will bleed into the background of these small politics that have long plagued our social discourse and that have stood as deliberate barriers to real change. Because no matter how much he attempts to distance himself from what his party stands for and how it misgoverns, no amount of rhetoric can conceal that a McCain-Palin ticket ensures more of the same at a time when the American people are clamoring for change.

Posted by: Amanda Kyle | September 4, 2008 1:39 PM | Report abuse

I think Sarah Palin should give up her day job to become a stand-up comedienne. It was naturally in her, having seen her giving that convention speech. She certainly would look more natural as a stand up comic than as a vice president. By the way, only Phillipine will elect a former anchor girl as their vice-president. Yuk!

Posted by: Keith | September 4, 2008 1:35 PM | Report abuse

Her speech was flat, rehearsed, well-delivered, and dry. She did nothing extraordinary. She read off a teleprompter which, if memory serves, is what all the Conservatives criticize Obama about. But wait, we can't criticize her because she is a woman. Give me a break. If that's the case, any attack on Obama is an act of racism. Her line about not belonging to any clique, WRONG. We know which group she belongs to, it's called the Alaskan Indepence Party. And why were you for the bridge until you were elected? No mention of any policy, just the defamation of Obama. I'm sick of Sarah Plain & False. The GOP is a cult.

Posted by: Sarah Plain and False | September 4, 2008 1:34 PM | Report abuse

i'd love to see the pit bull/barracuda debate the empty suit

Posted by: Anonymous | September 4, 2008 1:32 PM | Report abuse

Jumpingjosh wrote. "The one thing that I feel that we all can agree on is that if you think that she spoke terrible why do you have to go out put in your two cents? Don’t facts speak for them selves?"
Well, Sarah Palin lied several times about Obama's record and about her own record in her speech last night so no, the facts don't speak for themselves. The one thing we SHOULD all agree on is that politicians are slippery and whether you're a Republican, Democrat or independent you need to do your own research. Don't make up your mind based on an email from a buddy or a radio talkshow host or a political campaign. Check reliable, non-partisan news sources. Check the voting records of the candidates and find out what was in the bills they voted for or against. A lazy electorate gets what they deserve.

Posted by: Tim | September 4, 2008 1:30 PM | Report abuse

Now Axelrod says she is an adept politician, yesterday they were saying she was a neophyte
funny aren't the dumb dems

Posted by: Anonymous | September 4, 2008 1:30 PM | Report abuse

It was nice to see that the G.O.P. all-white nursing home convention was able to afford some black entertainers. This one-issue party is obviously stuck in a shamefull past.

Posted by: Charles | September 4, 2008 1:25 PM | Report abuse

To all emotionally driven idiots: Stop comparing her ex jobs to current Obama job.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 4, 2008 1:24 PM | Report abuse

A day filled with hate speech, and the GOP didn't move the needle an inch in the polls.

Posted by: JamesCH | September 4, 2008 1:22 PM | Report abuse

I seem to remember that the other convention in Denver sounded very much the same. I remember a whole lot of negativity and jabbing.

Just trying to talk objectively.

Posted by: Jumpingjosh | September 4, 2008 1:22 PM | Report abuse

Hey, recently America has proved that she has a knack of electing the wrong person to the Oval Office. The majority of people elected Bush, twice, so I am sure they can do it again by electing an uneducated bimbo has been beauty queen.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 4, 2008 1:22 PM | Report abuse

An obvious political pick, but that's politics. Too bad for the blatant hypocrisy. They needed someone to get the podunks out to vote and I'm sure she can do it. Just don't insult our intelligence saying she's qulified to be president. Putin,Ahmanutjob, Chavez,etc. would eat her for lunch.

Posted by: doug | September 4, 2008 1:22 PM | Report abuse

By the way, yes, I am an idealist and I am, in fact, a dreamer. Sorry you think that's a crime. I happen to think we've done better as a country when idealists and dreamers get the run of the place. We get a chance to grow beyond what we are and become something even better.

Posted by: JamesCH | September 4, 2008 1:21 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: scrivener | September 4, 2008 1:18 PM | Report abuse

Once again, as you have from the beginning, you are missing the point.

No matter how any of those people rose to their position, none of them continued to run the day to day operations of their companies once they reached that point. (By the way, Jobs and Gates are poor examples for you. They created their own industries. They didn't have to rise from the ground floor, they built the floor. On new ideas, no less.)

CEOs and presidents are broad thinkers. Can experience be valuable? Of course it can. But experience does not equal competence. McCain and Palin show no indications of broad thinking, and their management skills are weak at best.

If those are my choices, I'll take the new guy. At least he has an idea and a plan.

Your kind of entrenched thinking, coupled with your weak, pathetic ad hominem attack on me smacks as someone who can't rise beyond middle management because creativity escapes you.

Posted by: JamesCH | September 4, 2008 1:17 PM | Report abuse

She did well on the speech but can she and the Republicans afford to mock and alienate the urban areas and big cities in this country. I mean really; mocking community work -- this offended me as an active person in my community. I was all for her but now I see a novice who may not understand the people who live in urban areas. Sad.

Posted by: Tim | September 4, 2008 1:16 PM | Report abuse

I am only writing this because I feel that you all blab your one sided opinion. Can anyone be objective?

Here is an example of an objective opinion:

Some people loved the speech some didn’t. If you loved what she said vote for her ticket. If you didn’t like it vote for the opponent.

The one thing that I feel that we all can agree on is that if you think that she spoke terrible why do you have to go out put in your two cents? Don’t facts speak for them selves?

Answer: Most people commenting on the negative are really scared of this women winning. If it scares you, she spoke well!

Good Luck

Posted by: Jumpingjosh | September 4, 2008 1:15 PM | Report abuse

"New GOP star Sarah Palin makes instant plea for campaign money"

Doesn't Ms Palin come from Alaska, the richest oil state in the nation? They must have some spare cash lying around...and I'll bet it's off-limits to education and healthcare programs.

Posted by: Emlyn | September 4, 2008 1:13 PM | Report abuse

I am only close to one democrat (know very few) and that's my 86 year old grandmother... and she won't vote for Obama because he's black

Posted by: Anonymous | September 4, 2008 1:12 PM | Report abuse

As an Alaska resident for the last 9+ years, it's very interesting for me to compare Palin's "new" public image with what her local governing experiences have been perceived. It strikes me that it is particularly easy to label ones' self as a "reformer" when one is running against an incubent with a 19% approval rating (previous Gov. Frank Murkowski). All you have to do to win instant, wild popularity is to reverse the unpopular decisions that your unpopular predecessor has made. Witness Arnold Schwarzenegger, or Jesse Ventura. I think we're already seeing the evidence of Palin's true qualifications - an ability to make charasmatic, rousing "country, mom, and apple pie" speeches to distract the audience away from the lack of substance. I find it deplorable that her response to her competition is filled with sarcasm and cut-downs, instead of positive reasons why she herself is qualified. But this, ironically, along with the canned speech she wrote, appears to be right in line with the "elite establishment" that she has joined with - nothing groundbreaking there.

Posted by: AK boy | September 4, 2008 1:11 PM | Report abuse

If you let John Stewart shape your opinions your a dumb a## of course if you are a dem that's a given

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

Yeah, "Small Town Values"...

That's the place where one can expect to vote and have their vote counted. Ask the urban folk in places like Ohio, if they wouldn't like that slice of small town value!

She represents the Cheney wing-Corporate Oil/Energy and the Bush wing-Corporate malfeasance and the Creationist wing of the the Repuglian Party.

Posted by: Spectator | September 4, 2008 1:08 PM | Report abuse

palin didn't write her speech.Please what sour grapes... everyone politician has a speechwriter come up with something better thatn that.. dumb dems

Posted by: Anonymous | September 4, 2008 1:06 PM | Report abuse

JamesCH,

Again I'm sorry you are wrong! Miserably and laughingly wrong.
You are obviously not a CEO and never have been one, you obviously are not even a high, middle or low manger of any sort, or ever have been one, you are an idealist dreamer.
Anyone in business knows that to become a CEO or manger of any worth, you have to learn the business and you have to gain a substainial amount of actual experince in business to run it, here a short list of CEO biographys you might want to read and see if theres a common theme.
Bill Gates
Lee Iocca
Steve Jobs
Jeff Bezos
Gregory Q. Brown
Michael Dell
Narayen Shantanu
Michael Eisner
Jeff Bewkes

Let me know which one of them breezed into their job with no experince and no resume of ground floor solid accomplished experince.
Let me know which one got the job based on making good speeches full of empty promises and grand dreams and fancy ideas with no basis.
The answer is none of them they all started at the bottom and worked hard and gained real usable actuall experince
Stop dreaming get a job

Posted by: Spacecowboy | September 4, 2008 1:06 PM | Report abuse

>>>>I don't agree with her policies on anything, but d@mn it, she has my vote. It's the only way I have to fight back since media have crossed the line.

Yes, the sexist remarks toward Hillary from Obama, his bots, and Obamedia - guaranteed this Dem family would never vote for him.

Obama's race-baiting throughout the primary and FALSE accusations of racism against the Clintons - was the only way he could get the AA vote.

And the Dem Party's silence over the sexism and racism was evident - they'd fixed the nomination for Obama longggg before the primary began.

Dems for McCain!

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

UK Times said Palin put a whup-a## on Obama. Obama gives out a press release today explaining what a community organizer is. Great move einstein remind the american people of your "experience".

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

I'm the pro-life Democrat who just was defending Palin's small town culture against Obama fans.

One more thing, my fellow Palin fans: The Dems are right to promote hybrids, and condoms are a good thing when it comes to promoting unwanted pregnancies (as you know).

Group hug.

Posted by: John | September 4, 2008 1:03 PM | Report abuse

Palin is wrong about energy policy but right about abortion.

Unlike some, I LOVE her very real small town background.

I'm a pro-life Democrat, and I don't know who I'm going to vote for, but Obama fans who think you're going to win me over by making fun of Palin's culture are sorely mistaken.

Posted by: John | September 4, 2008 1:00 PM | Report abuse

You're all pathetic sheep. I can see the indignant frothy spittle from the ultra liberal Obamacons dripping on the crumpled up pro choice pamphlets and used condom wrappers littering the floorboards of their hybrids. Coupled with the idiot right wing fanatics adjusting their blinders to avoid seeing anything outside of their comfort zones. Too bad the majority of the media are standard bearers for the left wing nutjobs. Objectivity be damned.

Bloggers are just failed journalists with ill formed opinions and misplaced righteous indignation. They rank somewhere on the evolutionary scale between catfish (Bottom feeder for the unschooled) and leeches (bloodsuckers for the ignorant). So in other words somewhere in between the ACLU and Rush Limbaugh. I'll let you turds decide where each falls.

She delivered a very good speech. I was sufficiently impressed. Lib or Con gotta give her that.

There is no perfect choice. If there were they'd be the nominee for either party.

Posted by: Shepherd | September 4, 2008 12:57 PM | Report abuse

Let's understand something about Palin's speach, she didn't write it. All Palin was last night was a actor, her real life and real beliefs are all over the blogs right now. There is no doubt that Palin did a good job delivering her speach but other politicians in the race actually write what they say (Obama, sometimes Clinton). Let see how she answers the tough questions about her experience, beliefs, politics, etc.

I have always been an independent voter, I have gone so far as voting for McGovern, Perot and Bush Jr., so I am not against Palin because she is a Republican. I am against her more stongly than I have ever been against anyone who has run for President (and make no mistake that with a running mate who is 72 and has had cancer 5 times, she would prabably be President)because she is completely the wrong person.

Though I probably wouldn't have voted for McCain anyway (he's too old, and his views on Iraq and the economy won't work) I wouldn't have been afraid of having him in the White house. Palin is a completely different story. It's like they went to a PTO meeting in some bible belt location and asked for any woman who doesn't choke when public speaking. Even if we could accept that her experience being mayor of a town of 5000 is actually meaningful, and even if we accept that being Governor of Alaska (the least populous and most rural state in the union) we are still left with a woman who believes that we should be teaching creationism in school, that nobody should be able to get an abortion, that global warming is a myth, that sex education should consist of only telling children not to have sex, and on and on. These are not ideas that are representative of the vast majority of Americans, not are they the ideas of a person with any reasonable level of education of worldly experience. Speaking of which, Palin had to get a Passport to make her trip to Iraq this summer becasue she had never been out of the country before. And the fact that Alaska is the part of America closest to Russia does not count as international experience.

Please please don't let this happen. Do not let Palin get close to the Whitehouse.

Posted by: captbilly | September 4, 2008 12:55 PM | Report abuse

The only one comparing Obama to Mother Teresa or Jesus is you.

The post was about community organizers.

Even if you remove those two from the list, you're left with three remarkable people, all community organizers.

If she wants to spend time denegrating that job, Sarah Palin should remember those names.

For that matter, many of the founding fathers were community organizers before anything else.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 4, 2008 12:54 PM | Report abuse

Wow Finally someone I agree with

Shut the Fock up you idiots.

What is the point of writing your opinion. Your thoughts will not change anyones mind.

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Posted by: shut it | September 4, 2008 12:52 PM | Report abuse

Palin roundly criticized Obama for his willingness to expand the government and raise taxes. At the end of her speech, she proposed building power plants, pipelines, wind farms and solar energy. Given the history of these types of energy endeavor, this will all take massive amounts of tax payer money and government oversight. Inferred in her proposal is an expansion of government. Of course she will not raise taxes, preferring, I suppose, to borrow from the Chinese.

Posted by: Steve | September 4, 2008 12:52 PM | Report abuse

Palin presented a great speech. I think attacks on Palin it's a measure of how worried Obamamedia and other Democrats are. Sarah Palin's nomination must scare them- and scare them enough to sink into "say or do anything to win". The problem is that as they sink lower and lower in their attacks against her, they solidify her support from the right, energize the Republican base into caring enough to vote, and p!ss off more and more women who were planning to leave the top of the ticket blank, but not anymore. I clearly see that the misogyny directed against Hillary was sitting there just waiting for any female candidate to come along. The only way to fight it is to elect a woman, and at this point the only choice we have is Palin. I don't agree with her policies on anything, but d@mn it, she has my vote. It's the only way I have to fight back since media have crossed the line.

Posted by: nancysabet | September 4, 2008 12:51 PM | Report abuse

Spacecowboy,

Hate to break it to you like this, but CEOs don't run companies. COOs, CFOs, and numerous VPs run the day to day business.

CEOs set the direction, and they have people who implement it. Not unlike the presidency. CEOs who spend too much time on the nuts and bolts tend to succumb to the failure of micromanagement.

Good CEOs create broad concepts, then pass them along to be shaped into policy. You think that CEOs create products?

Posted by: JamesCH | September 4, 2008 12:49 PM | Report abuse

John Stewart made the good point last night that Obama has been running a multimillion dollar and extremely successful campaign for longer that Palin has been governor.

Being a US Senator & a State Senator certainly involves more skill and experience than being mayor of a small town.

Obama was a community organizer 20 years ago. Palin's only accomplishment two years ago was mayor of Wasilla.

Posted by: JS | September 4, 2008 12:49 PM | Report abuse

Figure it out!


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Posted by: Its about time | September 4, 2008 12:49 PM | Report abuse

Palin is a real, genuine, authentic, principled human being with loads of character and integrity–a very good match for John McCain. They’re both maverick reformers. They can help bring about the real change we all want to see in Washington. They both actually have a track record of bringing about positive changes in government. If you can make it in Wasilla, Alaska, you can make it any where. Sarah will, once in DC, have no problem leading the Senate in the charge of taking on the little squirrels inside the beltway with much greater ease and effort than she exerted in taking down some moose-sized corruption in Alaska. Finally, Please provide me, with my "lower IQ", a list of B. Hussein Obama's vast executive experience. (I bet you don't answer, no offense, but nobody has been able to answer yet).

Posted by: nancy sabet | September 4, 2008 12:48 PM | Report abuse

Now the loony left is comparing OObama with Jesus of Nazereth and Mother Teresa
and Obamas just laughing at them because he knows there are enough loonys out there that he can convince with empty promise to get him the power he craves.

Posted by: annon | September 4, 2008 12:48 PM | Report abuse

Good Call!

The last thing I need is some numb nuts opinion.

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Posted by: Good CALL! | September 4, 2008 12:48 PM | Report abuse

Wow!

Finally someone who is intelligents.

I Agree~

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Posted by: superwoman | September 4, 2008 12:47 PM | Report abuse

Got it?


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Posted by: gregory | September 4, 2008 12:46 PM | Report abuse


Denial...Denial...Denial


Palin hit it out of the park tonight. I see she has made her critics eat their words. No one really cares about her family issues in politics. They don't go together. And when she is VP she will be even closer to her family who will have their own VP home with full staff to help out. Her speech writers were very sharp with their wording. She wasn't just taking justified jabs at Obama, she was taking jabs at all the demacats out there who want a socialist government.

BTW that was confidence my friends not smirks.....lol

The pick of Palin for VP was a brilliant idea for the GOP and don't worry demacats McCain and Palin's administration will take care of you too.

Posted by: Dan | September 4, 2008 12:46 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: greg | September 4, 2008 12:45 PM | Report abuse

Don' waste your precious time!


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Posted by: bertrand | September 4, 2008 12:45 PM | Report abuse

Bring me a knitting needle Ill get rid of bristols problemm.....

Posted by: Barbie | September 4, 2008 12:44 PM | Report abuse

Your time is wasted here!


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Posted by: julie | September 4, 2008 12:44 PM | Report abuse

It is great that Sarah Palin proved herself to be a attacking Dog. Hope, she is not only a barking dog but will attack too. As a real reformist, not only Palin but McCain has also to be honest, fair and brave to stop power of many political lobbies including AIPAC who is controlling almost all the establishment of the USA.

Posted by: john afraidi | September 4, 2008 12:44 PM | Report abuse

Yes we must always respect what the other side says even if we don't agree with Gov. Sarah Palin. Lets talk about the issues.

Posted by: Mary | September 4, 2008 12:43 PM | Report abuse

Get the Point?


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Posted by: Burt | September 4, 2008 12:43 PM | Report abuse

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi
Mother Teresa
Ceasar Chavez
Jesus of Nazareth

Nope, I guess you're right. Community organizers don't really do anything at all.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 4, 2008 12:42 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: greg | September 4, 2008 12:42 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: goof | September 4, 2008 12:42 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: Google | September 4, 2008 12:41 PM | Report abuse

That's it? That's our choice?

Greatness, vision, economic inclusiveness, respect on the world stage again, universal healthcare and responsible stewardship of our planet..

or..

nasty, snide, mean-spirited Rove-style sleaze...

Are you kidding me?

Posted by: Jose Guardiola | September 4, 2008 12:40 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: Autumn leaves | September 4, 2008 12:40 PM | Report abuse

McCain's choice of Palin proves him incompetent and reckless. McCain had only met with Palin one time before he chose her to be his running mate. His staff had not vetted her. And yet he chose her to be a 72-76 year old heartbeat away from the presidency of the United States of America. McCain's poor judgement mirrors that of Bush's. Palin (and all republicans), continue to give big oil ownership of America, your wallet, and eventually your mortgage. Not to mention the fact that conservative republicans despise the Constitution of the United States, (not that Americans really care about small details like that - their main concern is being able to afford milk right now.)

Posted by: Anonymous | September 4, 2008 12:40 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: Liberachi | September 4, 2008 12:40 PM | Report abuse

I agree we should stop focusing on Palin's family. Her record of abusing her power as an elected official and firing honest Americans that got in "The Barrcuda's" way, is much more relevant to this election.

Sarah Palin's family won't change my opinion of her, but the fact that she fired the Wassila librarian for not banning books, and fired the Wassila police chief for trying to stop drunk driving will change my opinion of Palin.

She seems petty, vengeful, and corrupt,

Posted by: Angela | September 4, 2008 12:40 PM | Report abuse

WOW RICK you are so brainwashed...where do you get your facts???

If nobama wins, we're all dead! The liberals are taking away our home defenses, raising our taxes, causing more unemployment, and terrorrists will roam freely across the US.

Posted by: Rick | September 4, 2008 8:55 AM

Posted by: FOXNEWS?? | September 4, 2008 12:39 PM | Report abuse

Totally stupid people writing nothing important.

The next person to write something on this site is a real dumbass

Posted by: testing | September 4, 2008 12:38 PM | Report abuse

JamesCH
Fine, compare apples to apples then. I have no idea what you do for a living, I suspect you are not in any form of management or position of responsibility where employees rely upon you to keep a business running so that they can maintain their opaychecks and pay their bills. I suspect you are an artist which might be a fine occupation.
However, the PRESIDENT of a company or a COUNTRY is running a business and the most important pre requiste happpns to be experince and leadership gained through actual experince and management of finaces and people.
Not sitting behind a desk in an office, oval or otherwise dreaming up fancy ideas, or simply making speeches that speecmakers wrote, using words to inspire faith and confidence.
At some point the CEO actually has to deliver.
Your misguided faith in dreamers is nothing new. It's quite easy to fool people, just tell them what they want to hear
Study history, study business, study people.
Obama wnat to be president because he wants to be president, that's it, an empty vessel.
He has airy fairy dreams to offer with nothing to back it up than dreams of political immortality, no experience.
If you were a business owner and you and yours depended on that business, I gaurantee you would NOT hire a person with Obama relevant experince to run your business, that's a fact.
Yet you are willing to let him run and head up your country, what does that make you?

Posted by: Spacecowboy | September 4, 2008 12:38 PM | Report abuse

Totally stupid people writing nothing important.

The next person to write something on this site is a dumbass

Posted by: Totally stupid | September 4, 2008 12:37 PM | Report abuse

Im 17 years old and I tink its so cool right now to have a baby. Bristol and Spears are my role models. My mom would totlaly support me like Sarah. Its such a blessing to have ababy..

Posted by: Crystal | September 4, 2008 12:37 PM | Report abuse

It was truly funny to watch the RNC...Republicans acted like they've known Sarah Palin for years... Oh yeah, good ol Sarah...we go way back hahahahaha

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

It's about time someone told it like it is.

Idiot bloggers are sharing their useless opinion.

Who cares what you have to say.

No-one!

Posted by: doug johnson | September 4, 2008 12:36 PM | Report abuse

You can diffuse the real issues if you want by smearing a 17 year old but realize every time you do there is a girl/woman somewhere in an identical situation and she has an entire family with a base of friends that will make you pay in November. This tact is making people see what true hypocrites you "open-minded" liberals are.

Besides trying to pull the same hatchet job on Sarah that you laid on Hillary, the incessant whining from the left is sooooooo predictable - 2000, 2004 and now in 2008 - makes me think the little hockey mom fit the moose antler right square in your *sses.

Got to absolutely love the analogy between "community organizer" and mayor. It does make you ponder –
1) Exactly how big a budget does a "community organizer" manage?
2) How many people are on the payroll of a "community organizer"?
3) What kind of public works projects does a “community organizer” get involved in?
4) Do you have to punch a time clock or just hang out on the street comer when you're a "community organizer"? Is that what those guys are doing in the low income neighborhoods who hang out at the intersections? Hell, I thought they were all selling crack.

So we have Sarah Palin who has managed a city, a state, took on special interest, fought corruption AND raised a family. Can you please explain what Norealjobama has been doing with his Ivy League education besides cavorting with racists and communists and “organizing communities”?

Joe Biden saying someone delivered a speech without substance is like saying Pete Rose claims there gambling in baseball. What an imbecile!!! The only speech Biden ever delivered with substance was the one in which he was nailed for plagiarism.

To me, the only question that remains is how many times team Nojobama/Biden soiled their pants during her pasting of all things phony. Start brushing up on your “community organizer” skills Nojobama; it looks like you’ll be looking for work come November. “Work”- sorry, didn’t mean to offend any liberals out there.

Please Sarah, nail their scrawny asses for every woman who has ever been minimized – including Hillary, the latest most public example.

Posted by: For Paige & Emili | September 4, 2008 12:35 PM | Report abuse

It seems like they spent all their energy attacking Obama last night and none of it coming up with solutions to the problems that they've caused.

Its like that Campbell Brown interview of Tucker Bounds. She kept asking if Palin had any accomplishments and Tucker kept changing the subject to what is wrong with Obama.

Sadly I don't think you can win on a campaign of pure negativity.

Posted by: Wendy | September 4, 2008 12:35 PM | Report abuse

The term 'Gutter Press' has never been truer.
They rank below politicians and even attorneys. Here's to the end of the NY Times.

Posted by: Across The Pond | September 4, 2008 12:33 PM | Report abuse

It happens every election now. Name calling and generalizations. An effort to create division through disingenuous talking points. Neither party is guilt-free.

It seems to me that the cream doesn't rise to the top in presidential elections. It's more about who receives the most campaign funding and who can play the dirtiest. Often, a little of both.

Every election we get sidetracked by the mudslinging and lose sight of the issues that matter. Abortion is always brought up, but it is not the president, and most certainly not the vice-president that can make this change directly. It is a decision that would be made by the Supreme Court. It's true that the president can choose the person they would like to have in the Supreme Court, but that pick has to be confirmed by the Senate.

With all the problems our country is facing now and in the future, we need to focus on what the president CAN do. Pay attention to the issues. That's putting "Country First".

Posted by: Anonymous | September 4, 2008 12:28 PM | Report abuse

Real Reason why McCain chose Palin : Sexist and condescending
PROOF:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=apdFC-vh6Ng
Also his poor record of voting against equal pay for women and opposing Equal Roles for Women in the Military should be the business of American women voters.

Posted by: Sara M | September 4, 2008 12:23 PM | Report abuse

Palin really electrified the GOP last night. The Republicans haven't been in this kind of a frenzy over a bright-eyed and bushy-tailed young woman since Clinton was President.

Posted by: hamishdad | September 4, 2008 12:21 PM | Report abuse

Russell says that "idiot bloggers are sharing their useless opinions". Granted, there's alot of garbage, name calling etc. in the blogs but I say hurray for free speech especially when we have a very much one sided media that tends to constantly lie at least by omission. At least we get to actually size eachother up.

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

Speech full of attacks on Obama....what about her ideas, does she have any? She first needs to fix her scandal ridden admin. in Alaska. Like the Bridge To Nowhere, she cancelled project but kept the money. Real reformer?

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

Thank you for the link, Joe, that is informative.

The thing is, we need to know more about Sarah Palin. We need to see her interviewed like every other candidate.


Posted by: Sunshine | September 4, 2008 12:19 PM | Report abuse

now class, please talk quitely amongst yourselves.

Posted by: smart guy | September 4, 2008 12:18 PM | Report abuse

Spacecowboy,

Why is it that there are so many of you who think that being a president is a technical vocation?

You compare it to doctors and dentists. We're talking apples and oranges here. Being "experienced" isn't the end all, be all of qualifications. To be an effective executive, especially in a political environment, requires things that cannot be learned.

Gravitasse and charisma are supremely important.

So is empathy. Creativity is key, and people with ideas and new ways of looking at old problems are important. Many of these are things that experience actually has a tendency to impede. What is called judgement turns into inflexibility and the unwillingness to seek different ideas in favor of your own hardened perceptions.

Republicans are holding on to "experience" because it's the only thing John McCain has that Barack Obama doesn't.

Posted by: JamesCH | September 4, 2008 12:16 PM | Report abuse

Obamacans for Obama/Biden '08

No need to criticize Sarah Palin's Republican Convention speech just debate her on the issues. Senators are more civil!

Real Target!

These Boots Are made For Walking all over McCain/Bush
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7OU7Nezg7Ls

Posted by: Republican Music Fan | September 4, 2008 12:16 PM | Report abuse

I have to say that Palin's speach regardless of the content was flat and reminded me of a news reporter (no surprise there). I found it hard to stay interested in her speach as most of it was introducing herself and her family, but no mention of her views on serious issues or ways to fix the American economy or the war in Iraq.

The theme of the night was McCain for President because.. he was a POW and that automaticly makes him qualified to be Commander and Chief. Being a POW doesnt make you qualified to be a leader.. it makes you a decorated Veteran that deserves the utmost respect for what he has done.

Out of the 4 running for office I dont think any of them have any more experince that makes them stand out from the others.

If Obama was smart he would have selected Hillary as his VP, he would have had the backing and knowledge of both Hillary and Bill a former President who is considered one of the most respected Presidents in US history. The republicians wouldnt have a leg to stand on. Sarah wouldnt be anything anymore than a stain on Hillary's shoes during a debate and wouldnt be the poor attempt at convincing her supporters to vote republican.

I want to see more substance from the republicans tonight.. show me were you stand on American issues not what you brought with you to throw at the other party.

Posted by: CanadianInput | September 4, 2008 12:15 PM | Report abuse

after last night speech from moose woman as an independent I was not sure who to vote for but now I have made up my mind and vote for Obama

Posted by: j | September 4, 2008 12:14 PM | Report abuse

The "read the rights" line may have a haunting, long-term effect, and we'll see if the beer-hall attendees last night will be screaming so loud when Rove and his band of cheats and thieves are read their rights.

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

John McSame has destroyed himself by abandoning every principle that bought him the chance to be President. I was one of those Democrats, who was suckered by McSame into believing that he might be what he said he was - a Maverick willing to break with the G.O.P. whenever it was wrong, which was on about every issue. I even wrote to McSame, begging him to run, when given Kerry/Edwards as an alternative to Bush/Cheney. NO MORE. Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me. I won't be fooled again. McSame's choice of Palin to be a heartbeat away from the toughest, most critical job in the world is the final nail in a coffin I could see being constructed long ago. In light of McSame's impulsive, reckless, and dangerous decision to pick Palin as his running mate, I'm now convinced beyond any doubt that Sen. Barack Obama must be the choice to lead my country. I simply can't stand by and watch the country I love being destroyed by Bush/Cheney and now McSame/Palin. I think a majority of my fellow citizens will agree with me as will be shown on Nov. 4, 2008. Obama/Biden 2008!!!

Posted by: caliguy55 | September 4, 2008 12:11 PM | Report abuse

Interesting moment when the Palin klan was introduced to that large, whites only, angry fundamentalist, other klan.
Also does she plan to put Air Force One on E-Bay?

Posted by: Charles | September 4, 2008 12:11 PM | Report abuse

I'm sorry but if this represents the Obama / Biden voters then America is in a lot more trouble than I thought.....
jump on board with this person

Quote......
"I love my country and I am a middle class worker and I am also speaking for the low class. Please come Nov $ please vote Obama/Biden ticket because if we don' we will be and trouble because it will be the rich will be the one who survice.

Posted by: Concern in 08 | September 4, 2008 12:03 PM"

Posted by: annon | September 4, 2008 12:11 PM | Report abuse

It's funny to hear all about sexism from McCain when he's the one who told this "joke":

"Why is Chelsea Clinton so ugly? Because Janet Reno is her father!"

Posted by: Moe | September 4, 2008 12:08 PM | Report abuse

It's about time someone told it like it is.

Idiot bloggers are sharing their useless opinion.

Who cares what you have to say.

No-one!

Posted by: Russel Johnson | September 4, 2008 11:50 AM

==================================
Mr. Johnson:
If you don't like what bloggers have to say... don't go on the blog!
Why is your opinion on the matter important, but you consider the blogger's opinions usless?
What makes you so special?

If you don't lke what bloggers have to say on this blog, hit the back arrow, go to Google Earth and look at your house like George Bush.

Jersey John

Posted by: Jersey John | September 4, 2008 12:08 PM | Report abuse

Anyone who wants to get to know Sarah Palin better should read this perspective by someone from her home town. Someone who, unlike the media, actually knows this woman.

It is by FAR the most informative thing I've seen about her that's online, and it really puts the time she spent as mayor in perspective:

http://www.crosscut.com/politics-government/17341

Posted by: Joe | September 4, 2008 12:06 PM | Report abuse

How did Palin do? Here is my take:

She fired up the base. That is, for sure, her one major accomplishment. And, given that the base was the only segment of the Republican party in St. Paul, she did well.

But, she didn't address any of the small-town issues. How do we ensure people making $7.00 an hour at the local Starbucks have access to quality health care so when their child with leukemia needs treatment, she can get that treatment? Nowhere did Palin come close to addressing this issue.

How do we ensure that new moms-to-be have access to prenatal treatment so their children are born healthy? Palin didn't even come close to this issue.

How do we ensure that the schools in towns of 400 are as sound as the schools in towns of 40,000? Palin didn't even mention the word, "teacher" in her speech (other than that her parents worked in schools).

How do we ensure that people don't continue to pay $4 per gallon of gasoline? Here, Palin tried to articulate something about how we could drill enough in Alaska to lower the cost, but come on now, those facts are pretty tough to avoid. There isn't a single way we can drill enough in Alaska to get out of the energy crisis. We need to spend the resources on all types of fuel -- wind, solar, nuclear, coal, oil. And, drilling in Alaska isn't the way to lower fuel prices.

Palin hardly mentioned the folks that are in big trouble - the Americans who lost their job and are losing their homes. Why did this happen and how can we prevent it in the future?

Instead, she babbled on about how Barack Obama, the child of a welfare mom, is "elitist." Please. The pundits loved the bludgeon. They always do. At the end of the day, Democrats will win because they care about the issues that the American people care about.

Posted by: teo | September 4, 2008 12:06 PM | Report abuse

My two favorite moments last night came during the Roll Call to nominate John McCain.

First when Alaska declared that they cast five votes for Ron Paul and the Clerk wouldn't even acknowledge it.

Second, when the District of Columbia went through the standard schlock and they declared that there were "more Reupblicans per square mile in the District of Columbia" than anywherelse in the U. S.

A sad note accompanying the DC delegation Moment in the Sun was that there were Zero African-American faces visible in the D.C. delegation. Some other delegations actually had African-Americans casting their state's votes.

Posted by: Nor'Easter | September 4, 2008 12:05 PM | Report abuse

I love my country and I am a middle class worker and I am also speaking for the low class. Please come Nov $ please vote Obama/Biden ticket because if we don' we will be and trouble because it will be the rich will be the one who survice.

Posted by: Concern in 08 | September 4, 2008 12:03 PM | Report abuse

With a woman like this I prefer to vote for Obama. I changed my mind.

Posted by: PoHilary-ProMcCain | September 4, 2008 12:03 PM | Report abuse

Hey Folks becareful with Republican pupperts like Chris!. The speech was well written by the people who wants to continue with Bush's policies! but I couldnt stand that shrill,shreaking voice of the deliverer! she was horrible! whoever coached her has a long way to go!! dont be fooled by the media they were pro Mcain since the time of the barbeque!! they sold us for a beer and meat!!!.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 4, 2008 12:00 PM | Report abuse

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No, it isn't. World War II happened because the German people embraced hatred and fear and leader who used war as a solution of first resort.
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Well said Tweady, and the parallels to the Repub ticket are chilling.

Posted by: DemInMemphis | September 4, 2008 12:00 PM | Report abuse

Even the least educated of you out there know the difference between a qualified person and an unqualified person? Would you go to a doctor with the SAME relevant experince that Obama has, if you were sick or a dentist to fill your teeth, or a blider to build your house, or a plummer to fix your sink, or a CPA to file your taxes? unless your a complete fool the answer is always no.
You ALWAYS hire the most qualifed and EXPERIENCED yes EXPERINCED W I T H PREVIOUS experince, person for any job that you need done if you care anything about the outcome.
Yet the moronic democrats are willing to hire a complete novice, a person with no previous management or executive experince to run their country, to represent their party, just because they want to WIN.
How ridiculously small minded and stupid are the democrats? If Obama wins we'll find out, and it's not going to be pretty, Joe Biden is going to earn his money.

Posted by: Spacecowboy | September 4, 2008 11:59 AM | Report abuse

You have to be a complete idiot to think your opinion will change anyones mind.

You are a complete idiot if you rant about nothing on this board

Posted by: compleat idiot | September 4, 2008 11:59 AM | Report abuse

What a bunch of sexist comments against Gov. Palin.

You people CLAIM to be open-minded.

Hypocrites.

Posted by: gander | September 4, 2008 11:58 AM | Report abuse

What is the point of writing your opinion. Your thoughts will not change anyones mind.

Fools write on these things.

Stop wasting time!

Your opinion means nothing!

It will not change anyones mind.

Who are you writing too?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 4, 2008 11:58 AM | Report abuse

What is the point of writing your opinion. Your thoughts will not change anyones mind.
Don't be an idiot!

Stop wasting time!

Your opinion means nothing!

It will not change anyones mind.

Who are you writing too?

Posted by: flagrant | September 4, 2008 11:57 AM | Report abuse

"People if you want peace, you have to DEFEAT the enemy, not withdraw and let them regroup only to attack us on our own soil!!!!!"

What enemy? Terrorists? We have no coherent country as an enemy here. Your simplistic view of the world is mistaken, dangerous, and misinformed. This is a complex situation and it requires a complex solution, not a bumper sticker.


"Its so simple, I just do not understand why this concept is so hard for Dems to grab ahold of!"

Or, perhaps, you have no idea what you're talking about.

"McCain said "No" to his captors and he will say "No" to his enemys (sic)!"

Gee that's funny, McCain himself admitted that they got him to make false confessions. Or is the conservative history lesson #1, if it doesn't work in your view of things, make it up.

"O'bama shame on you for not putting country first."

Conservatives puts their personal ambitions, corporate donors, and ideology ahead of this country's well-being on a regular basis. You're accusing Obama (that is the proper spelling, by the way) of what your side of the fence does.


"Remember when Germany was not dealt with properly after WWI, thats why we had WWII people...wake up."

No, it isn't. World War II happened because the German people embraced hatred and fear and leader who used war as a solution of first resort.

Posted by: tweldy | September 4, 2008 11:56 AM | Report abuse

I'm a democrat, and I'm scared. It looks like the republicans actually have the better candidates this year.

I'm hoping that doesn't distract my fellow democrats from voting Obama / Biden. Just remember, it's not about who the better candidates are, but about the issues they advocate.

Stay strong in the face of adversity, fellow democrats!

Obama / Biden '08!!!

Posted by: Democrat in Kansas | September 4, 2008 11:55 AM | Report abuse

What is the point of writing your opinion. Your thoughts will not change anyones mind.
Don't be an idiot!

Stop wasting time!

Your opinion means nothing!

It will not change anyones mind.

Posted by: numb nuts | September 4, 2008 11:55 AM | Report abuse

What is the point of writing your opinion. Your thoughts will not change anyones mind.
Don't be an idiot!

Stop wasting time!

Your opinion means nothing!

It will not change anyones mind.

Who are you writing too?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 4, 2008 11:53 AM | Report abuse

Adriana, you called him "O'bama". What, is he Irish now? The President takes an oath to "preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States." President Bush has done none of these. President Obama will put Country First by putting the Constitution first.

Posted by: LC | September 4, 2008 11:52 AM | Report abuse

What is the point of writing your opinion. Your thoughts will not change anyones mind.
Don't be an idiot.

Stop wasting time.

Your opinion means nothing

Posted by: Persona | September 4, 2008 11:51 AM | Report abuse

The bottom line is Palin gave a speech that energized the party. I look forward to the debates. http://mycommentspage.blogspot.com/

Posted by: Reality | September 4, 2008 11:50 AM | Report abuse

It's about time someone told it like it is.

Idiot bloggers are sharing their useless opinion.

Who cares what you have to say.

No-one!

Posted by: Russel Johnson | September 4, 2008 11:50 AM | Report abuse

The Obama partisan's here, and I am one of them, are in for rude awakening. Palin is THE single most effective politician I have witnessed in my lifetime. If you think she only appeals to certain female voters you are wrong. She has pretty much innoculated McCain in the cultural wars with her appeal to working class voters. I'll bet, once the polls come out, that as many men flat out love her as women. More than ever, if the Obama campaign doesn't address working class issues, we're screwed. Those issues are ending outsourcing and guest worker visas, protecting jobs here. Likewise, Obama needs to address the issue of gun rights head on. If he says something foolish like "don't tell me can't guarranty the Second Amendment and keep AK47's out of the hands of criminals", we're in real trouble. That is too nuanced and those working class voters will desert him en mass. More than ever, this election will be fought over the issues and either Obama and Biden get to where they can state clearly and SIMPLY those issues and where we will make people's lives better or we can simply give it up...we've lost.

Posted by: mibrooks27 | September 4, 2008 11:49 AM | Report abuse

I Agree

Stop wasting time...

Your opinion is useless!

Get back to work!

Posted by: Work a holic | September 4, 2008 11:48 AM | Report abuse

Stupid People Waste Time Writing Non-Sense

Your Opinion is Useless!

Posted by: Musty | September 4, 2008 11:47 AM | Report abuse

Your Opinion doesn't matter.

It is useless.

Don't bother writing it.

You are wasting time.

Posted by: Waste Time | September 4, 2008 11:46 AM | Report abuse

Your Opinion Truly doesn't matter

Don't bother wasting time writing it.

You are wasting time.

Posted by: Jesse T | September 4, 2008 11:46 AM | Report abuse

Your Opinion Really doesn't matter!

Don't bother writing it.

You are wasting time.

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

incorrect, they would hire her not for her experience, but because she is a woman

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

Palin is a force to be reckon with. She is a fundamentalist, separatist, im right-youre wrong, gun toting, ready to fight any war even if people die, in other words, she is Dick Chenney. John McCain is very closed to being a senile person, he is being manipulated by the extreme right wing of the neocons which put us here in the first place. He want to give more tax breaks to rich people, very few small business make over 200K a year so that argument is null, he wants to give big oil more land leases so they can write them down on their asset sheets, he will go to war with Iran, he will keep the status quo.

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

Your Opinion doesn't matter.

Don't bother writing it!

You are wasting time.

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

Your Opinion doesn't matter!

Don't bother writing it!

You are wasting time!

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

Question, Is there a single fortune 100, 500, 1000, 5000 company out there that would hire Barak Obama or a person with his similar experience as CEO, or any senior management position? The sensible answer is no.
Most however, would hire Sarah Palin with her actual experience. Yet the democrats are willing to let Obama run the worlds most powerful economy and most powerful country. That's just sheer stupidity and ignorance.

Posted by: Spacecowboy | September 4, 2008 11:43 AM | Report abuse

Your Opinion doesn't matter

Don't bother writing it.

You are wasting time.

Posted by: dont' bother | September 4, 2008 11:43 AM | Report abuse

Did you catch the line about Obama wanting to read [alleged] terrorists their rights at Gimo? The fanatics in the audience went wild.

Reminded me of Hitler at a beer hall riling up antisemitic sentiment.

Cheering for locking people up without a key and trampling on the constitution. I'm ashamed of this country.

Posted by: DemInMemphis | September 4, 2008 11:41 AM | Report abuse

Do you want peace or war in your time?
People if you want peace, you have to DEFEAT the enemy, not withdraw and let them regroup only to attack us on our own soil!!!!! Its so simple, I just do not understand why this concept is so hard for Dems to grab ahold of! McCain said "No" to his captors and he will say "No" to his enemys! "Country FIRST" To pull back is to give up, give in,show cowardice! O'bama shame on you for not putting country first. Yes, I have several family and friends in the service AND THEY AGREE.
COUNTRY FIRST! Protect the US, Defeat the enemy. Remember when Germany was not dealt with properly after WWI, thats why we had WWII people...wake up.

Posted by: Adriana | September 4, 2008 11:35 AM | Report abuse

James CH
Thanks for the explanation, I had a feeling that convention timing was up to the incumbent party.
As to your second point – I agree, Palin had no solutions, but I think we will hear solutions from McCain tonight. He will offer solutions that are very similar to the Democratic solutions, but if given the chance, he will not deliver. Under McCain, the divide between Rich and poor will continue to widen. Remember, Bush promised a Carbon Tax, but once elected, he focused his energy on questioning the science linking carbon to climate change.

Posted by: Schredder | September 4, 2008 11:34 AM | Report abuse


if is true that our children are reflections of ourselves then game is over for Sarah Palin. The republican party advocates strong christian values which Sarah Palin obviously does not practice in her own home otherwise she would not have a 17 year old daughter who is unmarried and pregnant, "living in sin" as some might say. Republicans might not like Hilary but at least she made sure Chelsea grew up right, despite Bill's monica scandal. Sarah Palin has already failed her own children, 17 year old on her to trailer trash, and then sending her 19 year son to war rather than college for her own political advancement, how can we put our children's future in her hands when she doesn't even care about her own children's future?
Please be smart, don't vote for Mccain just because he's got a woman vp. Sarah Palin is a poor representation of us American women.

Posted by: an intelligent voter who is not buying the republican crap | September 4, 2008 11:33 AM | Report abuse

tweldy... that award number 2. Good job. hahaha

Posted by: doh | September 4, 2008 11:32 AM | Report abuse

Gov. Palin seems to have a doble standard when it comes to teen pregnancies. As governor, she used her line item veto power to stop state funding to provide shelter for pregnant teens who have no housing. Not every family deals with a teen pregnancy as Palin's family has.

Posted by: Wayne Paquette | September 4, 2008 11:32 AM | Report abuse

"By criticizing the media, they are turning on their own best champion, and we will see that mistake play out sooner than later.

Posted by: JEP"

The entire post was pretty amusing but I especially got a kick out of this one. The media can't treat republicans much worse without just flatly endorsing the democratic party so I don't think criticizing them will hurt. Your idealism probably blinds you from reality but a lot of people are seeing through to the media bias as it has become more and more blatent the last few years.

Posted by: Cryos | September 4, 2008 11:31 AM | Report abuse

Funniest moment of the night:

Seeing the 17 year old dude who knocked up Sarah Palin's 17 year old daughter waving to the crowd on national television.

I'm waiting for McCain to come out and say that the joke is over!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 4, 2008 11:31 AM | Report abuse

Advice to Biden

- Her voice is annoying. You have a better one use it wisely. Do not be drawn in by her baiting. Pause for at least 2 seconds before answering her attacks. Your a Senator!

-Avoid talking about her looks. Voters are not shopping for a product we don't need. Stick to the issues – Economy, Health care, Energy, Iraq and more. Don't yell like Rudy in the debate – anther annoying voice.


Posted by: John Jr. | September 4, 2008 11:30 AM | Report abuse

I liked McCain v.2000 -- I actually would've considered voting for him. This year's model is something completely different. This year's model is just another typical post-Reagan Republican.

Four to eight more years of "trickle down" economics will crowd our streets with the homeless. Oil companies will continue to rake in profits while poor mainstream Americans, incapable of critical thought, are easily manipulated into thinking these morons care about them. I can't believe so many (nonwealthy) people are so gullible... They're just waving a flag and giving away what little they have. Poor, poor idiots.

Posted by: turned off | September 4, 2008 11:29 AM | Report abuse

"hahaha.. tweldy.. you win the biggest moron award so far"

Any 'insult' coming from right wing nutcases who are hell-bent on destroying this country with their savage ignorance and insane war mongering hatred is a great and positive accomplishment.

Posted by: tweldy | September 4, 2008 11:25 AM | Report abuse

hahaha.. tweldy.. you win the biggest moron award so far

Posted by: doh | September 4, 2008 11:22 AM | Report abuse

Palin - articulate? yes

Don't forget:
- denies abortion for a rape victim
- denies sex education
- denies contraception - abstinence only
(yeah, abstinence works)
- espouses creationism
- has really bad hair style (had to be said)

Posted by: Eugenia | September 4, 2008 11:19 AM | Report abuse

"disproven "secessionist" smear."

If by disproven you mean she addressed them with great enthusiasm and welcoming as Governor of Alaska and its on video for the world to see, you are correct.

Posted by: tweldy | September 4, 2008 11:18 AM | Report abuse

Chris, the unspoken truth that all the poundits are not speaking is that the Mccain trainwreck just got worse, and
unless they shore up their base, they will be relegated to third-party status in the next two political cycles.

McCain's co-opting of BushRove's wingnut base is nothing more than a confession of failure.

No one with a modicum of political horse sense will even suggest this power hungry, personally ambitious "mean-girl for VP" will attract Hillary's disgruntled Dems.

What Palin represents and propounds is in diametric opposition to their progressive creed, and they are typically about 10 IQ points above the typical republican clone voters, so they aren't likely to join the "some of the people all of the time" lump.

And those who assume the "change" proponents in both parties will view this executive bully as more of the same. She is plagued by insider deals galore (got milk?) and an addiction to federal earmarks (ala Ted Stevens), on her short and troubled resume.

Somewhere in the mix, over the past three months, the reality of a potential third-party demotion, instigated by 8 years of Bush/Cheney no-bid, book cooking management, has sunk in and they are no longer looking to gain the White House, they are desperately trying to save their party from the plague of obscurity that will come when the rejuvenated (literally) Democratic Party and the growing Independent Party outstrip the GOP when this cycle is over.

Palin's pick as the VP was an act of desperation, to salvage the party from future obscurity.

Her shrill, issue-challenged, harpy-harangue speech at the convention was no masterpiece, it was more proof that they have only one tool in their arsenal; attack their opponent, because they have no record to brag about and no real plan to fix the mess they enabled Bush and Cheney to make.

She may energize the wingnuts and the old timers, but to anyone with an eye on history, both past and future, she represents the straw that broke the elephant's back.

This strategy has already backfired on them, and every day they try to blame the media for their own misguided decision, they dig themselves deeper into the pit.

By criticizing the media, they are turning on their own best champion, and we will see that mistake play out sooner than later.

Posted by: JEP | September 4, 2008 11:18 AM | Report abuse

I see the Left is still spewing their anti-woman rhetoric and are holding tightly onto the disproven "secessionist" smear.

Oh well, if you had a brain, you wouldn't be Leftists, would you?

Posted by: Rufus | September 4, 2008 11:16 AM | Report abuse


And there is now a Mock Election poll every week at http://www.votenic.com . See who America thinks should become president.

Instant results!

Posted by: Joe | September 4, 2008 11:13 AM | Report abuse

Phew! And to think some people thought the democrats had anything to worry about! I couldn't be happier if it was my 21st birthday again!
Sarah Palin finally proved what we've all known for weeks: that she is made of pixels and nothing more.
This is what happens when you choose a Bush to hide behind!
Sponsored no less by Exon Mobile - what a riot!

Posted by: Peakmom | September 4, 2008 11:09 AM | Report abuse

trisha,

Your comments about being a mayor would be fine, but a couple of things about Mayor Sarah Palin:

1) Hired a lobbyist to secure federal earmark cash ($26.9 million from 2002-06).

2) Left Wassila $20 million in debt when she headed for the Governor's Mansion.

For all this talk about experience, isn't there something to be said for recognizing the difference between "good experience" and "bad experience"?

Posted by: JamesCH | September 4, 2008 11:09 AM | Report abuse

I must admit, they are good at repackaging this child exploiting, hypocritical pork loving, America hating secessionist. Even worse, she's possessed of the notion that war is divine prophecy from god. The Republicans have a anti-peace, anti-family (unless you're rich), anti-health, anti-science, anti-education ticket. No wonder McCain's camp says its not about the issues, they have an anti-party.

We'll see if she can threaten and intimidate enough people to keep her dark, brutal, disturbing past in the closet or whether its all going to come out and destroy the Republican ticket. It should be interesting to watch.

Posted by: tweldy | September 4, 2008 11:07 AM | Report abuse

Her speech was flat, rehearsed, well-delivered, and dry. She did nothing extraordinary. She read off a teleprompter which, if memory serves, is what all the Conservatives criticize Obama about. But wait, we can't criticize her because she is a woman. Give me a break. If that's the case, any attack on Obama is an act of racism. Her line about not belonging to any clique, WRONG. We know which group she belongs to, it's called the Alaskan Indepence Party. And why were you for the bridge until you were elected? No mention of any policy, just the defamation of Obama. I'm sick of Sarah Plain & False. The GOP is a cult.

Posted by: Sarah Plain and False | September 4, 2008 11:06 AM | Report abuse

Schredder,

First, the incumbent party traditionally gets first choice of when to hold their convention. Since it's usually better to go last, the incumbent party goes last.

Second, exactly when did the Republicans offer any kind of solution for our current economic ails? Gov. Palin certainly didn't last night.

What you heard last night was a series of cynical, snarky, distorting, fear-mongering speeches. The hope for the GOP is that Palin will energize the base, McCain will get the Independents. Problem is, Palin will turn the Independents off with her brand of sneering smugness.

The speech went too far, and this will backfire on the GOP unless McCain comes up with something truly inspired tonight. And he has his work cut out, because he's got all the personality of a loaf of Wonderbread and a platform that is all but identical to the 8-year nightmare that has been the Bush Administration.

Posted by: JamesCH | September 4, 2008 11:03 AM | Report abuse

oh, and there's nothing wrong with community organizing. within the various speeches' contexts, it makes sense to compare it to executive responsibilities. it's just nothing compared to being a mayor -- no matter how big or small the city is -- which is what the media and the Obama camp has been suggesting the past week. it was more than fair for Giuliani and Palin to hit back hard on that fact.

you had your chance last week; you couldn't even touch McCain. you spent the entire time criticizing Bush! how out of touch.

Posted by: trisha | September 4, 2008 11:02 AM | Report abuse

But if you fancy yourself a free thinking person, Mccain is the vote for you.

Posted by: Mike | September 4, 2008 8:45 AM

You forgot to add:

If you want someone who has gone against everything he stood for in 2000 and 2004, then go for McCain.

If you want someone who flip flopped on almost all the major issues, then go for McCain.

If you want someone who was against it before he was for it, go for McCain.

If you want someone who almost finished last out of 890 students in his graduating class, go for McCain.

If you want 4 more years of Bush and then a year from now, you are still pissed off about the way the country is being run, vote Republican.

Cheers!!!

Posted by: Durdurdur | September 4, 2008 11:02 AM | Report abuse

"Metrodem....could you back up some of your points with some examples please?

metro...hahaha"

Just look around you and when you spot one... ask what party they're for

Posted by: metrodems | September 4, 2008 11:02 AM | Report abuse

McCain Flip Flops
From: http://www.thecarpetbaggerreport.com/flipflops


National Security Policy

1. McCain thought Bush’s warrantless-wiretap program circumvented the law; now he believes the opposite.

2. McCain insisted that everyone, even “terrible killers,” “the worst kind of scum of humanity,” and detainees at Guantanamo Bay, “deserve to have some adjudication of their cases,” even if that means “releasing some of them.” McCain now believes the opposite.

3. He opposed indefinite detention of terrorist suspects. When the Supreme Court reached the same conclusion, he called it “one of the worst decisions in the history of this country.”

4. In February 2008, McCain reversed course on prohibiting waterboarding.

5. McCain was for closing the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay before he was against it.

6. When Barack Obama talked about going after terrorists in Pakistani mountains with predators, McCain criticized him for it. He’s since come to the opposite conclusion.

Foreign Policy

7. McCain was for kicking Russia out of the G8 before he was against it. Now, he’s for it again.

8. McCain supported moving “towards normalization of relations” with Cuba. Now he believes the opposite.

9. McCain believed the U.S. should engage in diplomacy with Hamas. Now he believes the opposite.

10. McCain believed the U.S. should engage in diplomacy with Syria. Now he believes the opposite.

11. McCain is both for and against a “rogue state rollback” as a focus of his foreign policy vision.

12. McCain used to champion the Law of the Sea convention, even volunteering to testify on the treaty’s behalf before a Senate committee. Now he opposes it.

13. McCain was against divestment from South Africa before he was for it.

Military Policy

14. McCain recently claimed that he was the “greatest critic” of Rumsfeld’s failed Iraq policy. In December 2003, McCain praised the same strategy as “a mission accomplished.” In March 2004, he said, “I’m confident we’re on the right course.” In December 2005, he said, “Overall, I think a year from now, we will have made a fair amount of progress if we stay the course.”

15. McCain has changed his mind about a long-term U.S. military presence in Iraq on multiple occasions, concluding, on multiple occasions, that a Korea-like presence is both a good and a bad idea.

16. McCain was against additional U.S. forces in Afghanistan before he was for it.

17. McCain said before the war in Iraq, “We will win this conflict. We will win it easily.” Four years later, McCain said he knew all along that the war in Iraq war was “probably going to be long and hard and tough.”

18. McCain has repeatedly said it’s a dangerous mistake to tell the “enemy” when U.S. troops would be out of Iraq. In May, McCain announced that most American troops would be home from Iraq by 2013.

19. McCain was against expanding the GI Bill before he was for it.

20. McCain staunchly opposed Obama’s Iraq withdrawal timetable, and even blasted Mitt Romney for having referenced the word during the GOP primaries. In July, after Iraqi officials endorsed Obama’s policy, McCain said a 16-month calendar sounds like “a pretty good timetable.”

Domestic Policy

21. McCain defended “privatizing” Social Security. Now he says he’s against privatization (though he actually still supports it.)

22. On Social Security, McCain said he would not, under any circumstances, raise taxes. Soon after, asked about a possible increase in the payroll tax, McCain said there’s “nothing that’s off the table.”

23. McCain wanted to change the Republican Party platform to protect abortion rights in cases of rape and incest. Now he doesn’t.

24. McCain supported storing spent nuclear fuel at Yucca Mountain in Nevada. Now he believes the opposite.

25. He argued the NRA should not have a role in the Republican Party’s policy making. Now he believes the opposite.

26. In 1998, he championed raising cigarette taxes to fund programs to cut underage smoking, insisting that it would prevent illnesses and provide resources for public health programs. Now, McCain opposes a $0.61-per-pack tax increase, won’t commit to supporting a regulation bill he’s co-sponsoring, and has hired Philip Morris’ former lobbyist as his senior campaign adviser.

27. McCain is both for and against earmarks for Arizona.

28. McCain’s first mortgage plan was premised on the notion that homeowners facing foreclosure shouldn’t be “rewarded” for acting “irresponsibly.” His second mortgage plan took largely the opposite position.

29. McCain went from saying gay marriage should be allowed, to saying gay marriage shouldn’t be allowed.

30. McCain opposed a holiday to honor Martin Luther King, Jr., before he supported it.

31. McCain was anti-ethanol. Now he’s pro-ethanol.

32. McCain was both for and against state promotion of the Confederate flag.

33. In 2005, McCain endorsed intelligent design creationism, a year later he said the opposite, and a few months after that, he was both for and against creationism at the same time.

34. And on gay adoption, McCain initially said he’d rather let orphans go without families, then his campaign reversed course, and soon after, McCain reversed back.

35. In the Senate, McCain opposed a variety of measures on equal pay for women, and endorsed the Supreme Court’s Ledbetter decision. In July, however, McCain said, “I’m committed to making sure that there’s equal pay for equal work. That … is my record and you can count on it.”

36. McCain was against fully funding the No Child Left Behind Act before he was for it.

37. McCain was for affirmative action before he was against it.

38. McCain said the Colorado River compact will “obviously” need to be “renegotiated.” Six days later, McCain said, “Let me be clear that I do not advocate renegotiation of the compact.”

Economic Policy

39. McCain was against Bush’s tax cuts for the very wealthy before he was for them.

40. John McCain initially argued that economics is not an area of expertise for him, saying, “I’m going to be honest: I know a lot less about economics than I do about military and foreign policy issues; I still need to be educated,” and “The issue of economics is not something I’ve understood as well as I should.” He now falsely denies ever having made these remarks and insists that he has a “very strong” understanding of economics.

41. McCain vowed, if elected, to balance the federal budget by the end of his first term. Soon after, he decided he would no longer even try to reach that goal. And soon after that, McCain abandoned his second position and went back to his first.

42. McCain said in 2005 that he opposed the tax cuts because they were “too tilted to the wealthy.” By 2007, he denied ever having said this, and falsely argued that he opposed the cuts because of increased government spending.

43. McCain thought the estate tax was perfectly fair. Now he believes the opposite.

44. McCain pledged in February 2008 that he would not, under any circumstances, raise taxes. Specifically, McCain was asked if he is a “‘read my lips’ candidate, no new taxes, no matter what?” referring to George H.W. Bush’s 1988 pledge. “No new taxes,” McCain responded. Two weeks later, McCain said, “I’m not making a ‘read my lips’ statement, in that I will not raise taxes.”

45. McCain has changed his entire economic worldview on multiple occasions.

46. McCain believes Americans are both better and worse off economically than they were before Bush took office.

Energy Policy

47. McCain supported the moratorium on coastal drilling ; now he’s against it.

48. McCain recently announced his strong opposition to a windfall-tax on oil company profits. Three weeks earlier, he was perfectly comfortable with the idea.

49. McCain endorsed a cap-and-trade policy with a mandatory emissions cap. In mid-June, McCain announced he wants the caps to voluntary.

50. McCain explained his belief that a temporary suspension of the federal gas tax would provide an immediate economic stimulus. Shortly thereafter, he argued the exact opposite.

51. McCain supported the Lieberman/Warner legislation to combat global warming. Now he doesn’t.

52. McCain was for national auto emissions standards before he was against them.

Immigration Policy

53. McCain was a co-sponsor of the DREAM Act, which would grant legal status to illegal immigrants’ kids who graduate from high school. In 2007, he announced his opposition to the bill. In 2008, McCain switched back.

54. On immigration policy in general, McCain announced in February 2008 that he would vote against his own bill.

55. In April, McCain promised voters that he would secure the borders “before proceeding to other reform measures.” Two months later, he abandoned his public pledge, pretended that he’d never made the promise in the first place, and vowed that a comprehensive immigration reform policy has always been, and would always be, his “top priority.”

Judicial Policy and the Rule of Law

56. McCain said he would “not impose a litmus test on any nominee.” He used to promise the opposite.

57. McCain’s position was that the telecoms should be forced to explain their role in the administration’s warrantless surveillance program as a condition for retroactive immunity. He used to believe the opposite.

58. McCain went from saying he would not support repeal of Roe v. Wade to saying the exact opposite.

59. In June, McCain rejected the idea of a trial for Osama bin Laden, and thought Obama’s reference to Nuremberg was a misread of history. A month later, McCain argued the exact opposite position.

60. In June, McCain described the Supreme Court’s decision in Boumediene v. Bush was “one of the worst decisions in the history of this country.” In August, he reversed course.

Campaign, Ethics, and Lobbying Reform

61. McCain supported his own lobbying-reform legislation from 1997. Now he doesn’t.

62. In 2006, McCain sponsored legislation to require grassroots lobbying coalitions to reveal their financial donors. In 2007, after receiving “feedback” on the proposal, McCain told far-right activist groups that he opposes his own measure.

63. McCain supported a campaign-finance bill, which bore his name, on strengthening the public-financing system. In June 2007, he abandoned his own legislation.

64. In May 2008, McCain approved a ban on lobbyists working for his campaign. In July 2008, his campaign reversed course and said lobbyists could work for his campaign.

Politics and Associations

65. McCain wanted political support from radical televangelist John Hagee. Now he doesn’t. (He also believes his endorsement from Hagee was both a good and bad idea.)

66. McCain wanted political support from radical televangelist Rod Parsley. Now he doesn’t.

67. McCain says he considered and did not consider joining John Kerry’s Democratic ticket in 2004.

68. McCain is both for and against attacking Barack Obama over his former pastor at his former church.

69. McCain criticized TV preacher Jerry Falwell as “an agent of intolerance” in 2002, but then decided to cozy up to the man who said Americans “deserved” the 9/11 attacks.

70. In 2000, McCain accused Texas businessmen Sam and Charles Wyly of being corrupt, spending “dirty money” to help finance Bush’s presidential campaign. McCain not only filed a complaint against the Wylys for allegedly violating campaign finance law, he also lashed out at them publicly. In April, McCain reached out to the Wylys for support.

71. McCain was against presidential candidates campaigning at Bob Jones University before he was for it.

72. McCain decided in 2000 that he didn’t want anything to do with former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, believing he “would taint the image of the ‘Straight Talk Express.’” Kissinger is now the Honorary Co-Chair for his presidential campaign in New York.

73. McCain believed powerful right-wing activist/lobbyist Grover Norquist was “corrupt, a shill for dictators, and (with just a dose of sarcasm) Jack Abramoff’s gay lover.” McCain now considers Norquist a key political ally.

74. McCain was for presidential candidates giving speeches in foreign countries before he was against it.

75. McCain has been both for and against considering a pro-choice running mate for the Republican presidential ticket.

Posted by: jeff | September 4, 2008 11:01 AM | Report abuse

"I am sure you meant "he's changed them often enough"...not that there's anything wrong with changing your mind-- but, sheeesh McCain is the grand daddy of all flip floppers."

You aren't saying that with a straight face are you? Obama flips and flops in the same paragraph hahaha

Posted by: omg | September 4, 2008 10:58 AM | Report abuse

Ok, two things that definitely seem strange with the Republican convention:

1) Is everyone there under some mass hypnosis that a party OTHER than the Republicans were running things for the past 8 years?? It's just truly bizarre to listen to all these speakers go on about the tough times people are having, etc. - as if some other 'mystery party' had been in power and not them. I find it very disconcerting.

2) What was with that whole story about the school kids and the desks and the veterans who had 'already paid for them'?? Did anyone else think that was a really long and sort of pointless rambling story? My tax dollars pay for my kids' school equipment. And then seeing people tearing up... it was just another 'huh'? moment for me. Military service should be honroed, yes, but I'm getting pretty sick of hearing it about it at this convention. Sorry- there just wasn't a war going on when I could have enlisted, so I never got to be a POW- but that does not mean I am not a patriot or a citizen!

I'm an Independent voter, female in my late 30s- and yes, I am a soccer mom! I grew up in very rural Southeastern Ohio and moved to Chicago to go to school and now live in the suburbs, so I can really see this race from a lot of different angles and viewpoints.

I have now watched all of the Dem convention and most of the Repub one so far.
To try to be fair, I have to say that the Dems just seem to have a lot more momentum and certainly their convention had a lot more actual information. But maybe McCain will give those of us who are not card-carrying Republicans some real 'meat' on policy- not what pundits want to call red meat.

As for Sarah Palin- I'm sure she is a good mom, etc. She is also probably a 'good' politician, to have gotten to where she has ( I mean good as in 'good at doing politics' not morally or spiritually or whatever)
But now that I have read up on her beliefs and credentials, I have to say that I didn't like it that the Republicans nominated her just to get a woman on the ticket and I don't agree with most of her views personally. There were several other Repub women whose views are not so extreme that I would have been much more in line with as a voter.
Palin is against stem cell research, believes that if you are a victim of rape or incest you should not be given an abortion ( even in cases of incest, which usually involves minors???) and wanted to ban books when she was mayor and fired a librarian who stood up to her. She also thinks creationism should be taught in schools along with actual science.

Sorry, I am absolutely an independent and some of those issues might not have been deal-breakers for me- but all of them put together are pushing me straight into Barack Obama's arms this time around.

Posted by: rees | September 4, 2008 10:58 AM | Report abuse

Half of you clearly don't know a damn thing about the economy. Stop using 'rich' and 'profit' as dirty words.

It must be so hard maintaining absolute ignorance about economic matters.

Posted by: FAIL | September 4, 2008 10:57 AM | Report abuse

Those who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones. The RepubliCons have thrown a lot of stones, maybe that's why they have none now - seriously is this the best they can come up with?

Posted by: Jeff | September 4, 2008 10:56 AM | Report abuse

Metrodem....could you back up some of your points with some examples please?

metro...hahaha

Posted by: Sidda | September 4, 2008 10:55 AM | Report abuse

trisha,

How many times has McCain's mom had cancer removed from her body?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 4, 2008 10:55 AM | Report abuse

Why is the Democratic Convention first? In 04, and again in 08, the Repubs have copied what works for the Democrats. By going second, the Republicans are able to give calculated responses to well placed criticisms and they appear competent on issues such as energy, environment, and the economy. They have a huge advantage by getting the last word in front of such a huge TV/Radio audience. Someone please explain.

Posted by: Schredder | September 4, 2008 10:55 AM | Report abuse

When i hear dems talk all i think is metro. I picture these little girlie metro men with sweaters tied around their necks afraid to actually fight or stand up for anything. Alot of feminists are liking this because they're in the dominant roles now. The Metros fight and name call with words or over the net but when the time comes to back it up they cry victim and cower. Same goes for standing up for the country and dealing with foreign countries. Clinton was one these that did nothing as the U.S. was attacked over and over through the 90s and did nothing... Obama is no different and seems his wife wears the pants. Could you imagine Bill or Obama in a POW camp being tortured...lol. Hell Bill gave secrets away to China without being beaten.

More and more dudes are turning metro and scared of their own shadows. Maybe its true what they say about Soy and Tofu elevating estrogen to extreme levels. Maybe it was the soy formula given as infants... 80

Posted by: metrodems | September 4, 2008 10:53 AM | Report abuse

you don't have to worry about mccain dying in office. my god. his mother is 96 and still a pistol.

Posted by: trisha | September 4, 2008 10:53 AM | Report abuse

lame...dr shurtleff

Posted by: Sidda | September 4, 2008 10:51 AM | Report abuse

-------------------------------Sorry, I was out practising topping off the air in my tires, because if the rock star and his lackey (GOD forbid) get elected, they will create a new AIR commission and establish roadside blockades to check your tire pressure. Gov. Palin represents a new change in this country and career politicians are scared to death that they will finally be exposed.

Posted by: dr shurtleff | September 4, 2008 10:49 AM | Report abuse

I don't understand why there are someone continue to say Obama will raise taxes for middle class people without EVER showing a statement from Obama that he actually supported such raises. Are these just simplistic verbal attack to obtain a polical agenda or those preacher really believed in their own imagination. This goes for Palin when she said the same again.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 4, 2008 10:48 AM | Report abuse

Sam...please.

I was wrong. Sarah Palin was not a choice to replace Hillary. She was chosen because of her youth and moxie and her snarkiness. The shots at Obama were fun and easy with the little nose wrinkle...and the lipstick crack...We have not seen the REAL Palin. She was good...fiery...but she had been practicing for daysss and was speaking to people who were eager to support her AND show the nation they supported her.

The teleprompter comments are ridiculous. Everyone uses those. Shhh about that.

Yep. The days ahead will prove what she is made of. Last night was a glimpse of what she can do when prepped...and she did well.

Obama is an "organizer." Well. He "organized" himself to the point where he is in contention for one of the most powerful jobs in the world...beating Hillary Clinton all the while.

I am living for Oct. 2 to see Biden and Palin. She will again be prepped...but she wont have tens of thousands cheering at every comment.

Posted by: Sidda | September 4, 2008 10:47 AM | Report abuse

I am still undecided.

Experience for the White House job matters a lot to me.

Problem with Obama is his political experience not just his life experience.

Problem with McCain now is, he has experience but at his age, is Palin ready to be the President of the Unites States. Her life experience is just not enough to be the Commander In Chief of the free world.

One undecided voter.

Posted by: Undecided | September 4, 2008 10:44 AM | Report abuse

Obama might not be perfect, but he is by far the best choice. If you're a working-class person it just doesn't make any sense for you to vote for McCain. McCain will continue to support the no-holds-barred free trade which has flooded our markets with cheap imports and driven American industry out of business. The likelihood is that Obama will also continue using this trade model as well, but he will also support the rights of workers to more easily form unions to protect themselves.

If you think strong workers unions will send companies overseas, it probably will for some giant corporations. That would free up America for more small business enterprise which is what America was meant to have. We don't need jobs here that intentionally exploit the citizens.

Posted by: Hilary Smith | September 4, 2008 10:41 AM | Report abuse

That said, the case is far from closed on whether Palin will ultimately be the game-changing pick that can deliver the GOP ticket to the White House.
*******

i know it seems like ages ago, but the two sides were tied coming into the conventions, largely on the strength of john mccain's performance at the saddleback forum, where he came across as more authenic, and obama more scripted.

the dems were on their heels headed into the convention, so the assumption by the media the palin pick was meant to be some kind of "game changer" is an odd characterization that doesnt seem to fit the facts. more apparent is that palin seems to be a double down on McCain's platform as a reformer, someone who puts good government and public service ahead of party affiliation. it was truly a conservative choice, opposed to a republican one.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 4, 2008 10:41 AM | Report abuse

"Where have you people been that are saying you don't know McCains positions. He's stated them often enough."-- I am sure you meant "he's changed them often enough"...not that there's anything wrong with changing your mind-- but, sheeesh McCain is the grand daddy of all flip floppers.

Posted by: Common Man | September 4, 2008 10:40 AM | Report abuse

Wow, nice show, especially if you can overlook the hate-filled jealousy speeches written by Bush White House operatives and Karl Rove Consulting services..
I'm sorry, no matter what they say, no matter how badly they assasinate the character of the democratic candidates, no way in the world that I can vote to hand another 4 years of leadership to the republican's and their latest "reformer" candidate John McCain.

McCain has sat by idle whilst his party has done everything within imaginable to further the interests of its corporate and ultra-wealthy benefactors at the expense of the average American. The GOP's "USA, USA" chants, my rear. They're treaonists, having overthrown responsible government and failing to represent people over ideology and party. You are not patriots!
Another taxpayer banking bailout- McCain was one of the Keating Five who helped cause the last one- housing collapse, economy collapse, dollar collapse, job market collapse, wage stagnation, oil and food hyperinflation, unprovoked and unjustifiable wars on soverign nations, secret meetings, blatant disregard for the United States Constitution. That's a partial list. Enough not to trust Republican politicians, who only care about American voters at election time & then spend the rest of their time conspiring to find multitudes of clever ways to make us work harder for less. The party of Nixon and Cheney must be put out to pasture, men like Karl Rove, David Addington, the Bush family, Rush Limbaugh, Bill OReilly, Ann Coulter et al must not continue to remain empowered and allowed to unjustifiably defame positive, solid leaders like Senators Obama, Kerry and Gore.

John McCain belongs in a rest home, his girlfriend Sarah Palin belongs at home with her family on the PTA.

Posted by: R Sampson | September 4, 2008 10:35 AM | Report abuse

Wow, nice show, especially if you can overlook the hate-filled jealousy speeches written by Bush White House operatives and Karl Rove Consulting services..
I'm sorry, no matter what they say, no matter how badly they assasinate the character of the democratic candidates, no way in the world that I can vote to hand another 4 years of leadership to the republican's and their latest "reformer" candidate John McCain.
McCain has sat by idle whilst his party has done everything within imaginable to further the interests of its corporate and ultra-wealthy benefactors at the expense of the average American. The GOP's "USA, USA" chants, my rear. They're treaonists, having overthrown responsible government and failing to represent people over ideology and party. You are not patriots!
Another taxpayer banking bailout- McCain was one of the Keating Five who helped cause the last one- housing collapse, economy collapse, dollar collapse, job market collapse, wage stagnation, oil and food hyperinflation, unprovoked and unjustifiable wars on soverign nations, secret meetings, blatant disregard for the United States Constitution. That's a partial list. Enough not to trust Republican politicians, who only care about American voters at election time & then spend the rest of their time conspiring to find multitudes of clever ways to make us work harder for less. The party of Nixon and Cheney must be put out to pasture, men like Karl Rove, David Addington, the Bush family, Rush Limbaugh, Bill OReilly, Ann Coulter et al must not continue to remain empowered and allowed to unjustifiably defame positive, solid leaders like Senators Obama, Kerry and Gore.

John McCain belongs in a rest home, his girlfriend Sarah Palin belongs at home with her family on the PTA.

Posted by: R Sampson | September 4, 2008 10:35 AM | Report abuse

Snarky, uninspiring, Limbaugh-like. I certainly can see why the usual con victims would embrace this speech. Otherwise, it was a depressing roll in the mud. I guess that's what conservatives aspire to these days.

Posted by: Biff | September 4, 2008 10:34 AM | Report abuse

"What's funny is how all the Obamites are so desperate to downplay Palin in comparison to their man-god."

Because Obama/Biden supporters have an obligation to play up her chances.

Let me say what you wanted to say - "Baa baa baa baa baa baa baa baa." Go bleat with the other Sheep-ublicans.

Posted by: bondjedi | September 4, 2008 10:34 AM | Report abuse

It appears that Sarah Palin had relations with her husband's business partner. How dirty and filthy. First she allows her daughter to be raped repeatedly in her own home and now she is having relations with another man. Jezebel! Do we really need another fornicator and adulterer in the Whitehouse?

Her sins will not wash off. We will continue to find their residue on the pages of the Enquirer. Lord help us all! Hear our prayers!

Posted by: Johna The Christian Nihilist | September 4, 2008 10:33 AM | Report abuse

"You are not a discerning Republican if you actually believe that John McCain is four more years of GWB."

You are an inattentive moron if you believe that McSame doesn't plan on four more years of Bush.

Posted by: bondjedi | September 4, 2008 10:31 AM | Report abuse

I thought that I was watching Family Feud last night when McCain greet Palin.

I did not hear solid discussions of our current issues except preaching for his boss McCain. Actually, she seems more inexperience when she attack on other candidates' inexperience.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 4, 2008 10:31 AM | Report abuse

Fox News supports willful ignorance which is destroying our country and altering the course of history.

Posted by: Hilary Smith | September 4, 2008 10:31 AM | Report abuse

What's funny is how all the Obamites are so desperate to downplay Palin in comparison to their man-god.

The last time I checked Obama is running against John McCain and not Sarah Palin. Although to be fair, first it was Alice Palmer, then it was Hillary Clinton, and so now it's Sarah Palin's turn. I suppose when you've built your entire political career around hitting the girl, there's no reason to stop what works.

Posted by: Jarrod | September 4, 2008 10:28 AM | Report abuse

Thanks but no thanks! No more of it.
We saw the maverick with his fresh new hunting dog; quite fierce and dominating; I am sure he would take it for normal walks and all his future hunting expeditions. My advice: please consult the Dog Whisperer before things get out of hand.

Sarah was interesting but exhibited absolute low standards in her attacks on experienced senior politicians. She brought the game to such low repute and set the future standards of the battle much below par by her vituperative attacks on her seasoned opponents. She was ably supported by the flaunting mayor of New York city who I thought was ridiculously arrogant. According to him, she had the most experience compared to both the democratic candidates put together. If it is the 20-month executive experience that he means, I must say she towers over even her mentor and should be projected as the Presidential candidate instead of the VP. While her accomplishments in Alaska are to be credited, the controversies she has tagged along with her are remarkable too, judging by the short span she has been as the governor. That speaks volumes for a potential VP. So now we have two "trigger-happy" candidates working together in tandem to take America and the world to a peaceful co-existence with the rest of the economically growing powers in the world. Is this is a good omen for America or for the anti-American-rest-of-the-world? Only time will tell.

Americans please wake up. Do you want peace or war?

LOL, DISREGARD THAT, I SUCK COCKS!!!

Posted by: Sam | September 4, 2008 10:27 AM | Report abuse

--Politics is like a car...if you want go backward- put the car in R-- if you want to move forward put the car in D....Joe Lieberman

Posted by: Buckeye Joe | September 4, 2008 10:24 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: scrivener | September 4, 2008 10:22 AM | Report abuse

Thanks but no thanks! No more of it.
We saw the maverick with his fresh new hunting dog; quite fierce and dominating; I am sure he would take it for normal walks and all his future hunting expeditions. My advice: please consult the Dog Whisperer before things get out of hand.

Sarah was interesting but exhibited absolute low standards in her attacks on experienced senior politicians. She brought the game to such low repute and set the future standards of the battle much below par by her vituperative attacks on her seasoned opponents. She was ably supported by the flaunting mayor of New York city who I thought was ridiculously arrogant. According to him, she had the most experience compared to both the democratic candidates put together. If it is the 20-month executive experience that he means, I must say she towers over even her mentor and should be projected as the Presidential candidate instead of the VP. While her accomplishments in Alaska are to be credited, the controversies she has tagged along with her are remarkable too, judging by the short span she has been as the governor. That speaks volumes for a potential VP. So now we have two "trigger-happy" candidates working together in tandem to take America and the world to a peaceful co-existence with the rest of the economically growing powers in the world. Is this is a good omen for America or for the anti-American-rest-of-the-world? Only time will tell.

Americans please wake up. Do you want peace or war?

Posted by: Sam | September 4, 2008 10:22 AM | Report abuse

After 7 years of the largest growth in U.S. history and the lowest unemployement as the economy slows the last thing you do is hike taxes on individuals, payroll, companies, market, etc. We had that growth even with the recession at the end of Clintons term when the .coms bubble burst that he was riding, 9/11, katrina...

Stop echoing the BS from the dems and their media buddies that the last 8 years have been a horrible economy. Thats a lie.
Also saying you're cutting taxes on the middle to lower earners while raising payroll taxes and stopping tax credits doesn't make for a tax cut so to speak

Posted by: demsshare1brain | September 4, 2008 10:19 AM | Report abuse

I too was a bit agast when the 'read them their rights" came off in an otherwise excellent speech. I think the point is that both protection and process should be followed, not process that weakens protection. It certainly didn't come off that way.

BTW Barbara, everyone has a speech written for them in both parties at both conventions. The fact she had a teleprompter malfuction in the middle of the first national speech shows her understanding of the message, no matter who wrote it.

Also, can the democrats answer a question without ending in the 'four more years of Bush'? I got it and its wrong. The same people making these points were cheering for McCain in 2000. You might say they were for him, before they were against him.

Posted by: Reagan Democrat | September 4, 2008 10:19 AM | Report abuse

In an official international survey of grades long back, America was proved to be one of the "stupidest" country and the stupidest in develloped world.

i guess the surveyed kids have grown up and will vote for McCain/Palin!

They will not talk of anything but God being on their side, Religion and keep brainwashing their progeny about how Christianity is the most nonviolent of religions (in spite of the history!) and then finally..

..nclude all this in science classes in their schools and yet call it "intelligent design!"

and ban the word evolution from the english language !

Posted by: AM | September 4, 2008 10:15 AM | Report abuse

What Jan said.

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

Ok everyone, let's take a deep breath and put a little thought into what we post.
Politics is a game with a lot of unwritten rules and one of those rules is: The VP candidate gives the "attack" speech and the Presidential candidate gives the "agenda" speech. That's just the way it is. The VP is and always will be the number one team player. If you're new to politics or one of those folks who wakes up around Labor Day with a sudden passion for political discourse, you may be forgiven for expecting a more serious discussion of the state of national and world affairs. Nope, sorry, only two things on the VP's to-do list: introduce him- or herself and trash the other party.
Against that standard, Gov. Palin did an terrific job, maybe too terrific. This morning I was surprised to hear radio talk show folks comparing her to Reagan for her "happy warrior" delivery. She's set the bar very high for herself and the journey has just begun. Will she be able to sustain this "Reaganesque" level of performance on the talking head circuit? And then, there's the debate. Can she go toe-to-toe with Joe?
I am optimistic. If what we saw last night is the real thing, she will be the best thing to happen to the GOP in a very long time - and the Dem's biggest nightmare. I'll be rooting for her.
Finally, a note to the Post. As a matter of policy, I strongly recommend blocking any post that uses the term "Nazi" to attack any person or party in American politics. Anyone with even the slightest awareness of the horrors the Nazis and their allies wreaked upon the peoples of Europe, Africa, and Asia and the enormous price this country paid to defeat this manifestation of pure evil should be outraged at these mindless denigrations.
Let's all sit back, breath deeply, and enjoy the next 61 days. America is facing an important decision and the differences between the candidates are huge. Open your eyes and ears and keep your comments civil.

Posted by: John | September 4, 2008 10:09 AM | Report abuse

the party of talkers vs the party of doers. tough choice, if you're a moron.

Posted by: kingofzouk | September 4, 2008 10:08 AM | Report abuse

The "Obama will raise your taxes" nonsense annoys the hell out of me. People who keep spouting that BS are either Republican operatives posting here or just plan imbeciles who don't take the time to read position papers. As a devout Reaganite and free market capitalist, I'm 100% with Obama. He gets it.

I posted this yesterday. I'm hoping someone, somewhere actually reads it...

Obama on taxes:

[Change means a tax code that doesn’t reward the lobbyists who wrote it, but the American workers and small businesses who deserve it.]

Awesome, who can be against that?

[You know, unlike John McCain, I will stop giving tax breaks to companies that ship jobs overseas, and I will start giving them to companies that create good jobs right here in America.]

Ditto. Tax credits for creating jobs in the US of A.

[I’ll eliminate capital gains taxes for the small businesses and start-ups that will create the high-wage, high-tech jobs of tomorrow.]

This is the most insightful thing on his platform. If you couple this with his energy policy, what he's saying is that he'll create a venture capital fund for clean energy technology startups, he will reduce taxes on them, and he will eliminate capital gains taxes for private equity and venture capital funding in that arena. This is nothing short of BRILLIANT economic, energy, and tax policy.

[I will — listen now — I will cut taxes — cut taxes — for 95 percent of all working families, because, in an economy like this, the last thing we should do is raise taxes on the middle class.]

Great. He has also said he will eliminate the social security cap, which affects a whopping 3% of the top wage earners in the country. Both of these are GOOD THINGS for the economy. I am in that top 1%, and I have no qualms about paying my fair share, particularly since--now, all you nitwits pay attention now--I can still get my tax shelter by pouring my money into private equity that invests in clean energy.

Obama/Biden, the ticket for people with enough brains to know better.

Posted by: Republican for Obama | September 4, 2008 10:08 AM | Report abuse

The problem in the U.S. is that many people have to work several jobs, and if you have to do that, surely you don't want to give away even more by having more taxes to pay.

But that misses the point somewhat, because even given those many jobs, the majority of people do not have the same quality of live compared to most countries in Europe, for example.
Countries like Sweden or Germany have very good medical systems, which shows that it's a feasible approach to implement universally accessible healthcare. At least I've never met a Swede who has to work more than one job.

Sadly, not many people in the US have travelled widely, so they do not know how nice things could be! Believe it or not, in Germany if you have a baby you can take off two years(!) and get the time paid(!). Oh, and schools and universities are free.

BTW, I'm not a member nor supporter of either party, and not a US citizen and therefore not allowed to vote, that's as impartial as it gets, I suppose.

Posted by: Dr. Jochen Leidner | September 4, 2008 10:08 AM | Report abuse

It both saddens and frightens me that the audience cheered when S. Palin said "Al Qaida terrorists still plot to inflict catastrophic harm on America, and he's worried that someone won't read them their rights." Republican fear will pave over freedom and rule of law in this country.

In fact, Palin will have to have a lot more babies, and convince them all to enlist, if we are to shoot first and ask questions later. With a jingoistic motto of "Country First" it will be interesting to see how much further Republicans think we can go it alone in this interconnected world.

As Bill Clinton recently said - "People the world over have always been more impressed by the power of our example than by the example of our power." Amen. Obama/Biden '08!

Posted by: Gerrit Bradley | September 4, 2008 10:04 AM | Report abuse

Republican Football Fan

Susan Eisenhower: Barack is the best choice (CNN Interview)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K1Kmsv8-Jzk&feature=related

When Dwight Eisenhower's granddaughter Susan said "Yes we can!" over 84,000 supporters at the Democrat Convention cheered her on and yelled "Yes we can!"

My Favorite Eisenhower Story From Wikipedia. Dwight could have been a Professional Football player?

At West Point, Eisenhower made the football team. He started as a varsity running back and linebacker in 1912. In a bit of a fabled match-up, he even tackled the legendary Jim Thorpe in a 1912 game.

Obamacans for Obama/Biden '08

Posted by: Republican Football Fan | September 4, 2008 10:03 AM | Report abuse

Hey John Stone -- I hate to break it to ya buddy, but you clearly were not paying attention if you think she was not reading from a teleprompter. WORD FOR WORD, I might add. You could even see the text on the prompter screens when the cameras were behind her.

Posted by: FN Wright | September 4, 2008 10:03 AM | Report abuse

As an educated former stay at home mom, now enjoying a career in research, with three sons in the military I must speak my piece. My mother is a strong woman, strongest I know. I am a strong woman and my daughter will be a strong woman. We have had to make hard choices and willingly sacrificed and continue to put the needs of our children and family above all else. God created male and female differently for a reason. I believe that there is nothing a woman cannot do, whether it is President or Vice but I cannot and will not vote for any female with young children that need their mothers love, nuturing, guidance and presence. There is the right time and place for everything in life and it is never too late to be what you might have been. The strongest women in the world are those that choose to actually raise the children they bring into this world.

Posted by: Ruth | September 4, 2008 10:01 AM | Report abuse

Palin was set up extremely well for her speech by the likes of Mike Steele, Mike Huckabee, Rudy Guiliani & Mitt Romney. I loved Romney's line that "we don't need the party of big brother, we need the party of big ideas." McCain/Palin is certainly the party of big ideas, just look at history as proof. Palin is not the most eloquent of speakers, but the content of the speech was good. She elated the socially conservative base & likely did well with undecided military families & did well with the average American concerned about war & energy prices. Obama supporters say Sarah Palin has no substance or experience. Guiliani hit the nail on the head when he said that Obama has never ran anything, zilch, notta. Neither has Joe Biden ever ran anything except a few senate committees in Washington DC. Not what we need! McCain was a Navy Lt. and lead troops into battle. McCain & Biden both have foriegn policy experience sitting on committee's in the Senate, but McCain trumps Biden with real life foreign policy experience. Sarah Palin has ran a town and a state, Alaska, which is larger than Texas & California combined. Obama has ran nothing. Has no foreign policy experience. Has no business experience...I know what die hard liberals are thinking, but illegal drug deals in the ghetto of Ill. do not count as legitimate business experience. But Palin does have real executive experience. She has a bit of foriegn policy experience as well. Alaska is an oil rich state bordering Russia & Canada. Palin knows that portion of the world. Alaska's oil pipe-line runs through Canada. Palin pushed through this oil pipe-line, giving Alaska a huge surplus of cash which she gave back to tax payers. Yes folks, energy independence was last night's theme. If energy independence & energy prices are important to Americans, Sarah Palin has more energy experience than John McCain, Barack Obama & Joe Biden combined. Palin is someone who knows how to the fight the oil industry and come out a winner. She has done it, not just talked about it. That's the type of experience & know how we need in Washington DC! So, our options are this. Do we want a team of a true American war hero who has fought a war, served honorably in the US senate for many years reaching across the isle to fight for an immigration bill, give Supreme Court Judges an up or down vote, fight for true campaign finance reform & try to help a compromise for energy independence & a woman who has balanced a budget, created revenues for a state & put more money into the pockets of its citizens & knows what it takes to be energy independent. Or, do you want a ticket that has some foreign policy experience (albeit it is all from the Senate confines of Washington DC) & a great speaker which turns out to be an empty suite with no experience & do nothing state & US senate records. The obvious choice here is:
McCain/Palin 08!

Posted by: reason | September 4, 2008 10:01 AM | Report abuse

I note this comment, made earlier:
"As a lifelong Republican I find myself in a position where I can not reward the actions of the last 8 years by electing another Republican."

You are not a discerning Republican if you actually believe that John McCain is four more years of GWB.

George Bush doesn't like McCain.
Dick Cheney and the neo-cons downright HATE him.

As an independent who voted for Al Gore and John Kerry, there is no way I will vote for a Democrat when Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid run the party.

I never voted for Bill Clinton but I enthusiastically voted for Hillary Clinton in the New Hampshire primaries.
The Clintons are probably two of the only Democrats I actually trust to run the government well.

I think McCain/Palin are going to win, and I think it will be a good thing because of the Democratic control of Congress.

ALL of those factions (McCain, Palin, Reid, Pelosi) want to get rid of Bush and Cheney ASAP.
A lot of independents believe that one of the biggest problems in the last 8 years is no balance of political power in Congress.
The GOP won all three branches (and on testosterone) and the Democrats turned out to be absolute wimps.
Then they won the House, and turned out to be worse wimps.

If you really are a Republican (and I don't mean to question) then I would ask yourself if replacing Bush/Cheney with Obama/Reid/Pelosi is really where you want to go?

Versus:
GOP Maverick/GOP Maverick/incompetent liberal/incompetent liberal

Personally, this independent likes the balance more when the GOP mavericks are thrown in.

I think Sarah Palin is one amazing person.

Posted by: Jan | September 4, 2008 10:01 AM | Report abuse

One more thing:

Any country that moves toward a more religious fundamentalist government is doomed. Just look at the Middle East. We need to have a secular government that guarantees religious freedom to all. It's the only way this country can survive.

Lead by the power of our example, not by the example of our power...

Posted by: OneCountry | September 4, 2008 10:00 AM | Report abuse

Listening to the speeches last night, I think it would have been easier to create a tape with McCain's military achievements on it and just hit play every time a speaker came to the podium. I genuinely look at this election as a very important one, and all I heard last night was the same thing...over...and over again. The fact that McCain's ideas help the rich, and that the Republicans are saying the democrats will raise taxes are nothing new. They have been saying it for a while, but really Palin's speech was a joke. She didn't really have anything but a little different versions of what we had heard all night. I beleive in giving someone like her a chance, this country needs all the help we can get, but hearing her speak just created another opponent for her in me. Just the idea of sending a "maverick" PTA mom with a big mouth to the VP's office gives me the heebie geebies. Plus how can you have two mavericks, together????

Posted by: drillbabydrill!!...wait..what??? | September 4, 2008 10:00 AM | Report abuse

The Republicans rolled out their Trojan Moose last night and the desperate Right fell at her high-heeled hooves and worshiped her hatefulness.

She's nothing more than Tom Delay in drag.

Posted by: McRumi | September 4, 2008 9:59 AM | Report abuse

There was sarcasm and attacks and poise in Palin's speech -- but I didn't hear anything about how to fix the economy (except more tax cuts for the rich), how to help people pay for college (oh, right -- her daughter probably isn't going to college so she doesn't have to worry about that), nothing about repairing health care (though maybe McCain's proposal to remove "uninsured" from the census will work).... They're criticizing Obama for being all talk and no substance, yet the speech Palin gave last night had much less substance than Obama's did last Thursday. I hope women aren't fooled into voting for McCain Palin just because Palin's a mother.

Posted by: eb79 | September 4, 2008 9:59 AM | Report abuse

This is a direct quote from Sarah Palin:

"What you see in a terrorist -- that's called the invisible enemy. There has always been an invisible enemy. What you see in Iraq, basically, is a manifestation of what's going on in this unseen world called the spirit world. ... We need to think like Jesus thinks. We are in a time and a season of war, and we need to think like that. We need to develop that instinct. We need to develop as believers the instinct that we are at war, and that war is contending for your faith. ... Jesus called us to die. You're worried about getting hurt? He's called us to die. Listen, you know we can't even follow him unless you are willing to give up your life. ... I believe that Jesus himself operated from that position of war mode. Everyone say "war mode." Now you say, wait a minute Ed, he's like the good shepherd, he's loving all the time and he's kind all the time. Oh yes he is -- but I also believe that he had a part of his thoughts that knew that he was in a war."

It appears that Ms. Palin believes that the world is close to Armageddon or The Apocalypse. Please watch the video on The Huffington Post. Thank You

Posted by: dansedmonson | September 4, 2008 9:58 AM | Report abuse

I can hardly watch/listen to the media. The media has always had a very liberal approach (most media)and has Obama/Biden held up so high in the sky it makes me disgusted. Yes- the war has been difficult, Yes- the gas prices are difficult to swallow, Yes- the mortgage crisis is terrible. I take the approach that I am responsible for my actions (so therefore, that makes me a conservative) I try very hard to live within my means and work very hard on a daily basis to do so.I also am a small business owner in the construction industry and have been very 15 years. I can't stand the whining of many americans of what they feel they deserve. We have a friend that has had 2 tour of duties in the war (he is a Lt. Colonel)and has seen first hand that the US has done good in Iraq and Africa. He has seen first hand what the news does not tell you or want you to see.
This crap about Palin not being qualified is nonsense...doesn't everyone realize it is not the Pres. and the VP that run the country....it is those who we elect into our city/state goverment offices??!!! The president has a definate roll- however there is much guidance in that office and many things happen/don't happen because of others in Washington...not just the Pres./VP.
I will tell you what- liberals want handouts and don't want to be responsible for their own actions...
All this mudslinging about Palin and her daughter...how can anyone forgot that Bill Clinton was screwing around on his wife and doing it in the Oval Office no less...lets talk about keeping tabs on her husband instead of this crap that Palin needed to watch her daughter more closely.

Posted by: MKA | September 4, 2008 9:58 AM | Report abuse

Where have you people been that are saying you don't know McCains positions. He's stated them often enough.
I do still wonder what Obamas positions are besides raising every tax possible, throwing money at each problem to solve it, doing nothing about energy for 10 years, and ruining our healthcare. That doesn't matter this late in the game... Obamas circle jerk has gotten old anyway.

obama bin biden, reid, polosi, dean and the dems are so negative about anything to do with the US on every front it makes me wonder why they're still here.

Posted by: smok3r | September 4, 2008 9:58 AM | Report abuse

Compare the transcripts of Joe Biden's speech vs. Sarah Palin's. Palin's personal attacks make her fair game for all the attacks from the liberal blogosphere. If she can't stand the heat...well, the rest of the idiom may be construed as sexist.

Biden's speech was full of policy discussion and bereft of any personal attacks. Palin's was the opposite.

Even Barack Obama's debut on the national stage in 2004, as fiery and blustery as it was, was devoid of personal attacks. He offered a positive message to America and an impassioned defense of John Kerry.

Palin is simply not a serious candidate at this time. She is a great politician and a rising star in my former party. For that, she should be commended and we should all watch her career ascent closely. This is a woman to be reckoned with, if not in 2012, certainly in 2016. She will most assuredly earn her way to the top and through the next 60 days she will get a crash course in national politics that will inform the people she will associate with, the issues she will take on, and the ideas she will formulate for this country. This is a good thing. She will exit this race very, very prepared for the journey ahead.

But it doesn't change the fact that she is not qualified. She has left the country only twice in her life. She has never met with a foreign head of state. She has never given thought to foreign policy apart from talking points on Iraq. She has never negotiated with a foreign country. She has never thought about the grander picture of social issues, how her ideas for one part of the country won't play in another part.

Barack Obama understands this. Over the past 20 months, he has been forced to articulate his position on numerous issues. And in the process, he has found that all of the issues are interwoven. For example, he has proposed a tax credit for entrepreneurs building clean energy companies, elimination of capital gains taxes for small businesses, and a venture capital fund for clean energy startups. The result is a sound tax, energy, and economic policy:

You start your business focused on clean energy, we'll reduce your taxes, we'll make it attractive for investors to give you money, and you'll take a shot at building something that could help us break free of our oil addiction.

The issues are rarely as simplistic as people want them to be. Obama understands this. Sarah Palin will learn this over time, but not in the next 60 days.

Posted by: Republican for Obama | September 4, 2008 9:57 AM | Report abuse

Palin made one thing abundantly clear last night: the McCain-Palin ticket plans to continue the Bush-Cheney program of misinformation and disinformation that has resulted in trouble for America, and the poor administration performance the Republicans are trying to distance themselves from.

Posted by: JJ | September 4, 2008 9:56 AM | Report abuse

i hope the elite media continues to disparage her right up to the debate....

Let me tell you the scarey thing for you Libs.

She only showed a couple of her cards last night, she will play a couple more of them on Biden and Obama in the debate and show them, how little they know about Energy and what needs to be done.

The Left will always lose because they are so beholdin to their Left wing Nut jobs money machine.

She was magnificant!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 4, 2008 9:56 AM | Report abuse

There was a chance for this election to bring this country together. The repub primaries showed there is no place for the right wingnuts in national politics anymore.
McCain, who is conservative (yet very liberal in the eyes of the lunatic right wing fringe) has completely sold out to try to win this election. He should have chosen the running mate he wanted, but instead chose this radical to placate the loud mouthed fringe of his party.

Sarah Palin:
I don't care: that her daughter is pregnant, that she has a special needs child, or that she has 5 children.

I DO care: She is anti-choice in all circumstances, preaches abstinence-only education, thinks the Iraq War is a task from GOD (I guess Dick Cheney is God to her), and is utterly unqualified to be president of the U.S.

HAVEN'T WE LEARNED OUR LESSON FROM THE BUSH TRAGEDY? ANYONE WHO "IGNITES" THE CONSERVATIVE BASE IS A DANGER TO THE U.S.A

Here is the most telling line from her speech last night:

Al Qaida terrorists still plot to inflict catastrophic harm on America, and he's worried that someone won't read them their rights.

It is this fear/war mongering that has put us where we are now.

Talk about the economy and the Afghanistan please. Just don't ask John McCain or he'll alarm you about threats from the U.S. Afghanistan border...

To all: Please take a step back and size up these candidates on the following grounds: Temperment, intelligence, leadership, grasp of the issues. Watch the debates and take time afterward before you watch the pundits on both sides.

DECIDE FOR YOURSELVES!

Posted by: OneCountry | September 4, 2008 9:55 AM | Report abuse

idislike liberals i guarantee you that barack obama has more input in his speech which he CO-WRITES with Jon Favreau that Palin did or ever will. Sequestered for four days, and this is the best she could do? Come on America, you are far smartmer and way above the down right dirtiness that was displayed last night.

ANd to whoever the genius is that stated that he does not trust older generations and so would Obama had lost his vote because he picked Biden, I am in awe of your logic...Biden's too old, so vote for the 72 year old PRESIDENTIAL candidate! In AWE I tell you!

Posted by: obamabidensupporter | September 4, 2008 9:53 AM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin preached to the converted. An audience made up of Republicans who were pumped to support, love and applaud her. On her own, without that great speech writer and days of preparation, she asked national TV "can someone please tell me what a VP actually does?"

In my opinion, she performed well as an actor. Well done Sarah. You can definitely be the next star of "Commander in Chief" 2.
Seriously though, is this puppet the best America has to offer? Where are the real leaders of your great nation?

Posted by: Nims | September 4, 2008 9:52 AM | Report abuse

I thought the description of the speech as snarky sarcasm hit the nail on the head.
It's not the Republican positions that bother me as much as the mean and divisive tactics of their speeches.
Whoever wins in November -- and if it is McCain/Palin, don't they realize they will have to work with a Democratic Congress???
With all the divisiveness they are creating ...
Good Luck with that!

Posted by: gb | September 4, 2008 9:51 AM | Report abuse

The republican party needs to be renamed "The Aryan Party". 1) chanting at Julianni reminiscent to 1939 Germany; 2) ultra conservative, non-inclusive party of "religious" whites only; 3) support for limitation of free press - if you don't say what we want to hear, then I don't want to talk to you.

The are a Party of Unrest, Uncooperation, and "right", they really believe they have all the answers, which they do not ... they don't even want to listen ... and it shows.

Posted by: vs | September 4, 2008 9:50 AM | Report abuse

McCain & Palin are LEADERS
doesnt matter if your RICH
or
POOR!!!!
I see leadership
I feel respect
I see honor

with the Dems I see hope, lies, more government, more of the same o same o..did i say Obam has done 0 ZERO lol!!

Posted by: HinkGodS | September 4, 2008 9:49 AM | Report abuse

"Executive experience" is nothing more than a Rep. talking point. If it matters that much, why isn't this a Palin/McCain ticket?

By the way Palin's 20 months of experience in state government should be compared to Obama's 8 years in state government. Then we can move on to Federal Government experience, of which she has none.

Posted by: American Fool | September 4, 2008 9:48 AM | Report abuse

Community Organizing... is called the Chicago Machine Politics.. and Barack is part of that machine.. not a reformer in any way. He's never done anything to buck any system in his life. Obama = unqualified.

Posted by: Iraqi Vet | September 4, 2008 9:48 AM | Report abuse

In an effort to move the polls their way, the party that promotes strict abstinence and shouts “Don’t bother our kids” itself showcased the young lovers yesterday with McCain and last night during and following the speech. Just what that 18-year-old ex-hockey player who is no longer enrolled in school needs! Rock star status!
What a message to send our young students:
be abstinent if you want, but if you aren’t, don’t worry! You could be introduced as a national poster child and hero for all those who are not abstinent. Fifteen minutes of fame for your five seconds of carelessness! And the GOP talks about Obama getting the rock star treatment? As a retired HS teacher who worked with such kids, I am just appalled. I could just see the high fives among the HS jocks watching.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 4, 2008 9:47 AM | Report abuse

How can you be pro-life and pro-gun? how can you be for small government and tell people -
what is 'marriage'
when 'life starts'
to stop research on this? how can you eavesdrop on people and immunize the eavesdroppers and then say we are not big brothers?

Posted by: AM | September 4, 2008 9:47 AM | Report abuse

Biggest problem in 2008 election is Stealth nature of democratic candidate Obama and his radical associations.

Next is that they have a gold medal Liar on no.2 position with 0 executive experience.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 4, 2008 9:46 AM | Report abuse

My God, why is there a segment of the US population that attaches on to idiot politicians? There is absolutely nothing intellectual or insightful about Sarah Palin. By associating yourself with the Republican Party right now, you are associating and labeling yourself as a fellow idiot!

Let's elect a lipstick-wearing pitbull hockey mom for VP!!!

Posted by: Track and Bristol | September 4, 2008 9:44 AM | Report abuse

Hey wow, she can read a speech and deliver it with skill. Wasn't she a TV newsreader for awhile? At least she has one qualification for the Presidency. The jury is still out on whether or not her 1.5 years as governor of a low population state flush with oil money made her qualified to be the president when John McCain is inevitably sidelined with health issues.

Sadly, one visit to "Meet the Press" will be enough to bring this convention-honeymoon to an end.

Wake up McCain, dump this woman and get Ron Paul on the ticket. Paul is a thinking-person's president and has clear ideas on how to reverse our record budget deficits and create jobs.

Posted by: Ron Paul for VP | September 4, 2008 9:44 AM | Report abuse

Palin is smart and a true leader who inspires by deeds.. and certainly not like dems..

who also inspires by "just words" no deeds.. deeds are completely oposite as we know now.. pastor wright, rezko, auchi and

now the bid news of Obama's Harward education financed by a Muslim radical in Saudi Arabia..

Folks this smells like a big deception of obama agains true americans.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 4, 2008 9:44 AM | Report abuse

She's got "moxie" alright, but to me it translated more as mocks-y. Yes, I suppose you might say she was "forced into a corner" so she came out swinging. But rather than oozing sarcasm and shooting "zingers", I'd like to have seen her really overpower her critics with an address to the issues. I think the Republicans have moved two steps to the right and one down , with the selection of this "personality" running mate.

Posted by: Sean O | September 4, 2008 9:43 AM | Report abuse

I have a real problem with this woman Palin. She has chosen her personal ambition over her family. She has put her 4 months old disabled child who needs undivided care and attention, and her young daughter who must be mortified at the fact that the whole world knows her business in the spotlight without a care for the damage it may cause to her family. She has no business running a state, let alone a country. I am an ambitious woman myself and a professional dedicated to the advancement of women's careers but will not take on more responsibilities just after having a disabled child. No way! Selfish Sarah!

Posted by: Ritaa | September 4, 2008 9:43 AM | Report abuse

Palin is not the problem, McCain is.
The so called religious right blackmailed McCain into taking on Palin. James Dobson, the political figure head of evangelicals, said he was not voting for McCain. So once McCain secured the nomination the campaign went to Dobson to ask what they had to do to get his support. He told them to add someone like Palin. So the old gray mare did what he was told. Now, you'll notice, Dobson has flipped to supporting McCain. And that is why Palin was such a surprise, She was anointed by a very small select group of people.
And that is why even Republicans disapprove of her intrusion. Her appointment has been termed cynical and gimmicky by traditional conservatives.
McCain didn't gamble on his campaign, he gambled on our country. McCain's slogan is Campaign First. That is the problem.

Posted by: braamer | September 4, 2008 9:43 AM | Report abuse

Sarah WHO?

WHO cares to discuss the issues which face this nation with a gun-toten hockey mom from Alaska? She is liable to get you fired from your job.

Posted by: John Donaldson | September 4, 2008 9:42 AM | Report abuse

I say bring on Biden! I can't wait to see how she handles him. I hope the partisans keep on underestimating and downplaying her to the last minute. Makes for a home run everytime! By the way, every politician has speech writers including Obama. But I'm sure Governor Palin had her own mix in the content, you could see it in her face and hear it from her heart. As an independent I'm convinced that she is on a ticket for real change!

Posted by: Curtis | September 4, 2008 9:42 AM | Report abuse

Very cleverly worded speech and some great one liners. I think Sarah will make this campaign more interesting. The republican speech writers were at their best. Being a mayor of a town of 5000 and 20 months as a governor of a small population state is a good start but not the executive experience we need for a potential president. Sarah is right however - O'Bama's executive experience is not impressive either.

As a lifelong Republican I find myself in a position where I can not reward the actions of the last 8 years by electing another Republican. We started a war based on keeping our country safe from WMD then shifted to "He was a bad man..." Somehow "winning" this war has become the "mission" rather than keeping our country safe and our people prospering.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 4, 2008 9:42 AM | Report abuse

To john whoever who made the comment about Sarah "Palin' in comparison" speaking sans telepromter, I don't know at what point you averted your eyes but CNN coverage actually showed a CLEAR shot of Palin's prompter. check your facts buddy! check your facts!

Posted by: obamabidensupporter | September 4, 2008 9:41 AM | Report abuse

How interesting, that several people with opnions here regarding the speach by Sarah Palin, "forgot" that Obama hired a speach writer to prepare the speach for the Democratic V.P. Noninee. Why do you continue to throw your garbage into everyone else's yard when you could simply fix your own problems by clean up your own yard first?

Posted by: Tim | September 4, 2008 9:41 AM | Report abuse

Once again, the Republicans claim to have a monopoly on direct communication from the Almighty, and guess what, He wants war and help for the oil industry.

Pat Buchanon clone for VP. Hardly putting country first---more like dividing the country first.

Posted by: stan | September 4, 2008 9:40 AM | Report abuse

You should consider what you, Catherine4Obama, are saying. You would rather have women stay at home and not seek a career. The inevitable result of your thinking is that women will not be able to become financially independent and subjected to the whims of men. I am a father who does not want this enslavement for my daughter, after all, is this not the land of the free?

Posted by: Freedomforall | September 4, 2008 9:40 AM | Report abuse

You who say the speech was written by the Republican Committee, not Sarah. Do do you think writes Barach Hussein's speaches? Not him; that's why he is so afraid to meet John McCan at Town Hall Meetings. He won't have a prepared speech.

Posted by: Idislikeliberals | September 4, 2008 9:39 AM | Report abuse

Did anyone count how many times she "crinkled" her nose? You know...that facial expression that teens use to show how cute they are? I tried watching but after the third nose crinkle I had to change channels.

Posted by: May | September 4, 2008 9:38 AM | Report abuse

Palin is against abortion even in the case of rape or incest and she wants Creationism taught as fact in schools. No thanks.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 4, 2008 9:37 AM | Report abuse


I love you little boy liberals. So weepy, so full of angst. A real woman like Sarah would never give you the time of day. That is why you cry and moan on these boards.


PALIN = POWER

Posted by: julie | September 4, 2008 9:36 AM | Report abuse

but, per this article, where's the beef?

http://www.adn.com/sarah-palin/story/515499.html

Posted by: Anonymous | September 4, 2008 9:36 AM | Report abuse

Obama and the liberal media just can't take it!!! Obama and the liberal media saw and heard why John McCain chose her as his running mate and so did the American public. A great, great speach, Sara, with meaningful words, not just the empty promises of Obama. Go, WOMAN, Go......We independents are behind you all the way to the VP office and then on the the Oval Office.

Posted by: Mary Ann Sliva | September 4, 2008 9:36 AM | Report abuse

Why do I keep seeing Tammy Faye Baker?

Posted by: CG | September 4, 2008 9:35 AM | Report abuse

Glad to see we aren't going to get more Karl Rove republicans on the ticket.

Posted by: Jack | September 4, 2008 9:34 AM | Report abuse

Peggy Noonan has a great piece this morning on the likely reaction by the Left to Sarah Palin's emergence from the wild's of Alaska, ( http://online.wsj.com/article/declarations.html ).

One good way to gauge how successful Sarah Palin was last night is to look past, not to, the glowing praise given her by ecstatic conservatives. Look instead to the slathering, rabid, and crazed, hate-filled vitriol blasted like fire hosed bile onto her by the Left, and by the Bama-Llama's in particular. Thanks for confirming, again, Peggy Noonan's acumen.

I haven't seen this much naked fear and desperate loathing since the last time I cornered a possum skulking around the garbage bins in the garage. Reading through the catechism of hate here, one can almost see the literal rictus death mask of fear and rage on the faces of the little i-Posters provoked by this smart savvy conservo-babe.

Sarah Palin is the snot, kids, deal with it. Yes, it was a Smuckers jam delicious speech given before an enthusiastic crowd. She also opened up a big family sized can of Whoopass on the i-Candidate and his wafer thin running system, ( Pretty light weight after all, isn't he? ).

What's missed in a lot of this is the fact that Sarah Palin ran against an incumbent governor, and won, ( no staging, no multi-media circus, no national campaign behind her - just grit and moxie ). What's missed is that she took on the Alaskan oil lobby - and won. And she won for the state, for the industry, for common sense, and when the profits came in - she gave back. She cut the budget by nearly half a billion, lead the charge to end corruption in her own party first, and accomplished all this BEFORE most people ever heard of her. Not too shabby. And she didn't raise taxes on anyone, lead a campaign of hate filled class warfare, and in sharp contrast, actually lead by example. Oh, and while it was legal in her state, she figured out that a specific part of the whole point was to inhale, and have the guts to admit it.

i-Commies out there take note - you have no idea, none, of how much Sarah Palin has galvanized the support John McCain is now receiving and will continue to receive. It is wide, deep, and it is growing by the minute. And it is happy, joyous, probative, and oe'r brimming from years of pent up frustration for lack of someone with President Reagan's qualities to get behind.

That's right kids, Sarah Palin has a Reagan stripe down her back a mile wide, folks see it plain as day. And they love it. We love it. And one way we can all tell that she'd the real deal is to mark the sneering red faced hate mongering spewed out by the likes of the Bama-Llamas here today.

Posted by: China Rider | September 4, 2008 9:33 AM | Report abuse

too bad she didnt write this speech..in fact, mccains aids had it written before they knew who the VP was going to be....good job Palin...you can read!!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 4, 2008 9:33 AM | Report abuse

The men in her family certainly are sexy. lmao

Posted by: moi | September 4, 2008 9:33 AM | Report abuse

Nothing intelligent from Palin, just attacks on the Democrats and the "pity me, pity me, the news media attacks us."
It's all God, guns and guts. No mention of anything to dig us out of the Bush Administration hole, nothing about relief for the middle class. Just palaver.
"All done to mask the fact of what they have done the past eight years," said Sen. Joe Biden of the speech.And no substance....it just typifies the intellectually and morally bankrupt Rovian GOP ideology. Funny watching the Conventioneers eating all that crap up. Let's hope the American people in general don't fall for any of it.

Posted by: Soonerthought.blogspot.com | September 4, 2008 9:32 AM | Report abuse

The speech the GOP wrote for Palin showed us two things: 1. that she will do whatever the Party asks. She had ZERO inpu in that speech. If you like un-elected, background workers who don't have to answer to the public (ie: the last four years) then she's your gal. 2. That whether she wrote itr or not she brought NOTHING, zero, zilch to the table- except snarky insults from the playground- the ones we keep getting from Bush's Republican party. Great that's going to fix the pile of crap our country is quickly becoming.

Same pig, new lipstick

Posted by: US Liberal | September 4, 2008 9:32 AM | Report abuse

JohnStone and MARIA, both of you are idiots.."McsHame speaks for Americans"? What a fluff!! I am AMerican and he definitely doesn't speak for me!!! Both of you are what needs to DIE in this country before real change can happen...

Posted by: TTYL | September 4, 2008 9:32 AM | Report abuse

NEWSMAX HAS EXPOSED OBAMA TIES WITH RADICAL MUSLIM WHO IS A SAUDI ADVISOR

According to NEWSMAX "New evidence has emerged that Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama was closely associated as early as age 25 to a key adviser to a Saudi billionaire who had mentored the founding members of the Black Panthers."

Read More At

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Posted by: GeraldD | September 4, 2008 9:32 AM | Report abuse

To the person who said this:

"
And for obama's 'community organizer' job. My wife grew up in chicago. My wife knows those neighborhoods. There has been NO change to those areas and crime has steadily increased.

SO, Why don't you D supporters begin to research and think twice before the hypocracy.

Posted by: Hypocritical? | September 4, 2008 8:58 AM"

You, and your wife, have a thing or two to learn about Chicago. These neighborhoods don't meet a whitewashed republican view of a good neighborhood, but they are far stronger and more loving communities than the suburbs you and your wife hide in, warts and all. The facts are that while these neighborhoods are still hard luck places to live, many of them are substantially turning around as a DIRECT RESULT of the efforts of COMMUNITY ORGANIZERS to generate the political power to leverage new investments in the community.

Posted by: ChicagoReality | September 4, 2008 9:32 AM | Report abuse

Carrie, I cannot disagree with you more.
I also saw Gov Palin's speech with female friends last night. We all agreed it was a wonderful speech.

Posted by: Denise | September 4, 2008 9:31 AM | Report abuse

She sure talked a lot of smack for a first-time introduction to America. There is such a thing as forcefully yet respectfully disagreeing with your political opponent. What we got treated to last night, and which culminated in Palin's speech, substituted raw mockery and derision for substantive disagreement.

Posted by: Ian | September 4, 2008 9:29 AM | Report abuse

If McCain becomes president, we'll all be out of jobs (gone to Mexico, India, or somewhere else), there'll be no government aid, and we'll all be taxed to death on top of it all, all wile spending $10bn a month in Iraq so he can pay back all the Vietnam Vets for tucking tail and running there. Palin's choice as VP is pandering to the female vote. He stood for so long on experience and being ready to lead. Then he chooses a hockey mom who was mayor of a town of less than 10,000 in Alaska, then becomes governor when her opponent (incumbent) is caught in a scandal and she wins by default.

If Obama becomes president, he won't be able to get anything done. He'll be another Jimmy Carter- he means well, and would likely make a decent president otherwise, but the political climate will prevent him from doing so. But America as a whole is not ready for a black president. I'm ready, and there are millions of others ready, too. I thought the guy stood for change, but choosing Biden is more of the same.

If (heaven forbid) Ron Paul becomes president, our education system will go into the toilet because he's going to force the burden of the educational system onto the states, causing states to raise taxes and forcing class sizes to increase to the point of college seminar classes. College tuition will increase because he wants to pull the plug on funding for colleges. Government subsidies prop up our education system.

Folks, we're screwed.

Posted by: Brian | September 4, 2008 9:29 AM | Report abuse

I must confess that Republicans rocked last night.

All the excitement about obama is over for us now. It was a shock to realize that he has done "nothing" for America and Americans despite of given a chance to be a senator.

More over he provided Grants to his racist church and radical pastor wright.

He also wasted tax payers money to provide kick backs to convicted Rezko in his slum lord business..

Though I prefer Dems...given the shady background of democratic candidates..let me ask you folks who blog...

Other than words "hope" "change" sponge babe square pants slogan "yes we can"..

Can you provide us 1 thing that Obama has done for America or Americans?

Can you provide us 1 thing that Michelle obama has done as a service to this nation?

Its really scary to think voting for these folks with out any records

Posted by: Sasa | September 4, 2008 9:29 AM | Report abuse

I am sooo tired of the "good ol Boy" spirit in this country! How can you be Pro life and Pro gun (Palin) ? Isn't that an Oxy-Moron? I just can't wait until ALL the White-bread Conservative Baby-Boomers die off!! THEY ARE THE REASON FOR THIS MONSTER OF A GOVERNMENT... VIVA LA RESISTANCE!!

Posted by: TTYL | September 4, 2008 9:28 AM | Report abuse

Yeah!! If Obama wins, we are all dead!!
so let's thrash him with lies, lies and lies! let's crush him and his "people's movement" and let's pick a mountain girl to serve with the old man. let's list all things we will say and agree to it:

1. Joe Biden in Primaries got lesser votes than Palin in Alaska !! wow that will fly...

2. Community Organization is stupid and has no responsibilities! Yes! let's say that - hell with the word "grassroot".

3. East has had its time - now is the time for west. let's just cut our land into two states - East and West. how about that? let's have the bigger size of the pie. we rich republicans have bigger hunger anyway..

4. let's try some more lies: McCain knows exactly how many houses he owns and the number is none. He directly moves from a 6x4 bunker to Oval office !!

5.Palin has a lot of foreign policy experience ! Alaska is foreign to most of the country anyway! It was even a part Russia once!

let's paaaaaaarrrrty!! hell with whiners.

let's dance our ritual dance because we have eaten up one more of the small animals in the jungle!!

Posted by: AM | September 4, 2008 9:28 AM | Report abuse

Wow Catherine4Obama...what a completely enlightened, pro-woman position you've taken. I guess all women with children should just stay barefoot at home in the kitchen. And this is the Democratic party? Just wow....I guess Democrats truly will say anything to win as these types of statements are completely contrary to positions they've taken on women in the workplace in the past. Amazing in its hubris...

Sarah Palin is running a state with many complex environmental and business issues now and doing so very successfully. She has a husband who is fully engaged in her life and the lives of their children. I think this decision lies with them. I personally have no concerns that she would sacrifice the welfare of her children nor her country for personal gain. Nothing she has said nor done logically leads to that conclusion.

Posted by: Independent Hockey Dad | September 4, 2008 9:27 AM | Report abuse

I can't stop laughing at the responses about the "hate-filled rhetoric" in the speeches last night - like its been one-sided. Lay off the hard core liberal Kool aid.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 4, 2008 9:26 AM | Report abuse

McCain has character, stands for truth, is all American, stands for country, stands for family values, has experience to run our country, is a decorated veteran of war, ex-POW, doesn't give up, is pro-life, believes in the sanctity of marriage between a man and a woman, will do what he says he will do, and much more.

He is the one I trust to run our country, without a doubt. Go President McCain!

Sarah Palin? Go girl! What a woman! She can do the job, of that I have no doubt.

God bless America and God bless McCain and his family and Sarah and her family.

Go republicans and democrats, and my Hispanic brothers and sisters for McCain and Palin! Smart people! And hockey moms! Rah! rah! rah! rah!

Posted by: Maria | September 4, 2008 9:25 AM | Report abuse

Community Organizing is more than a food pantry or clothes closet. Community Organizing is helping the voiceless find a voice. It is helping those who are ignored or invisible to the system to participate. Community Organizing is only causing "unrest"--as was stated previously--because sometimes it takes "unrest" to widen the participants in our system and in our economy. That is a plus, not a negative. Community Organizing is not just giving a man a fish--it is teaching him how!

Posted by: chadibuins | September 4, 2008 9:23 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: Anonymous | September 4, 2008 9:22 AM | Report abuse

To Barbara (and others talking about who wrote the speech),

Just so you know, NONE of the candidates write their speeches without writers. Not Palin, not Obama, not McCain, not Clinton, not Reagan. ALL have speechwriters. Did you ask this question about Obama? Didn't think so. Palin's speech was written just like his was.

Posted by: ABitofTruth | September 4, 2008 9:22 AM | Report abuse

Palin is a joke and a liar as well as McShame.....

Posted by: ttyl | September 4, 2008 9:22 AM | Report abuse

Sarah proved that she has more leadership qualities than Barack Hussein ever has.
It's refreshing to see someone who can speak without a telepromptor.Take his away and Obama comes forth as a stumbling dummy that he is.

Posted by: JohnStone | September 4, 2008 9:19 AM | Report abuse

If you had lived in Alaska like I did you would know how much it depends on selling oil to asia for its economy. Every resident gets a kickback (native americans get even more). Except for cheney, mccain could not have picked a better servant of big oil to be vice president of the united states.

Posted by: waitaminute | September 4, 2008 9:19 AM | Report abuse

I went out and drilled in my backyard I was so motivated. Everywhere I go now I'm gonna drill and do my part for America.

Props though for the delivery and the "pit bull with lipstick" was good.

She was rattling the base. She was demeaning at points and she misled (or lied) about Obama's record.

But the real hypocrite was Guiliani--that speech was PANDERING pure and simple. I meant is HE the posterboy for the Republican platform????

Posted by: chadibuins | September 4, 2008 9:19 AM | Report abuse

I wonder if Hillary Clinton was actually laughing about some of Palin's quips against Obama?

Posted by: Wouldn't Surprise Me | September 4, 2008 9:18 AM | Report abuse

I think the most pathetic thing in the world are swing voters. It's not that hard to make a logical decision by this point. If you are responsable enough to look up peoples voting records and stances on the issues facing the country, then you have no place in the political process and do not deserve to have your vote taken seriously. Do yourself and this country a favor and stay at home November 4th swing voters.

Posted by: e.d. lebadose | September 4, 2008 9:18 AM | Report abuse

For all you thinking that "community ogranizer" is some kind of public servant, here's the truth. It's really nothing more than street-level political thuggery, the lowest level of the corrupt Chicago system. Let's remember it's not feeding the hungry, housing the homeless, etc. It's trying to create political unrest for the sake of intimidation. That's what Obama doesn't want people to understand. He tries to imply it's like working in a soup kitchen or food bank. The reality is something much less noble.

Posted by: ABitofTruth | September 4, 2008 9:17 AM | Report abuse

I just hope that in the last couple of days someone has filled her in on what the VP does all day. She seemed to not have that information a couple of days ago (as she was quoted as saying, btw) It's also interesting that a woman - who in her own words didn't even have Iraq on her radar until about a year ago (!!??) could speak about he patriotism to this country. Do they not have televisions in Alaska or was she too busy hunting and killing animals up there to pay attention to the hunting and killing of people on the other side of the country. She's a joke

Posted by: Barbara | September 4, 2008 9:17 AM | Report abuse

Who is this Biden everyone keeps mentioning? Is he a third party candidate running for the Libertarian or Green Party?

Posted by: ?Question Mark? | September 4, 2008 9:14 AM | Report abuse

Obama and Sara is who I'ma voting for--Now what kinda odds ya give me on that ?

Posted by: Ed Underwood | September 4, 2008 9:11 AM | Report abuse

and one more thing... Yes the R party is for drilling American oil.. and like Palin said 'its not going to fix the crisis' but its a do what we can now approach until future alternatives are created and produced. BOTH PARTIES are for future alternatives. But can someone tell me what Obamas 'meantime' plan is until those alternatives come into effect 20 years from now? I guess in the 'meantime' (for 20yrs) we'll just have to deal with high gas prices.... and like Rudy said... 'keep your tires inflated'

Posted by: Hypocritical? | September 4, 2008 9:10 AM | Report abuse

True - I'll give Palin the credit she deserves. That was certainly the highlight of the RNC so far (most of the other speakers - aside from Thomspon were horrible and completely fake). Media & entertainment wise, she's probably the best thing for McCain but once this is over and they all return to their campaign trails & debates, the real race will begin. All I'm saying is, I have complete faith in the Obama campaign managers and whether you want to admit it or not, that man is just destined to be president and his crew will ultimately make the better decisions in attracting voters to his side. McCain's camp will learn from this experience (as did Hillary's). This is an unstoppable force we're seeing and those who are opposed will just have to take it like a pill you never wanted to swallow but eventually realized it was good for you.

Posted by: Macius | September 4, 2008 9:10 AM | Report abuse

She's a SUPERSTAR! Let's drill for oil at home!!

Posted by: zulu | September 4, 2008 9:10 AM | Report abuse

I was reminded last night of the many incredibly talented and powerful women leaders we have in this country today. Barack Obama ran a very clever primary campaign and leveraged the caucus system to come out victorious. I'm just concerned that clever is not enough to make a good president.

Posted by: where's hillary | September 4, 2008 9:10 AM | Report abuse

Well, now I'd like to hear a speech that Sarah actually wrote. She had a couple of one-liners that were hers. She repeated false statements (Bridge to Nowhere ring a bell) and was very smug. Take her out of the made-for-tv-movie environment she's in and put her in a 9/1 situation. You want her calling out the terrorists with lipstick jokes? Yeah, that'll scare 'em. Wow.

Posted by: Barbara | September 4, 2008 9:09 AM | Report abuse

I kind of liked Palin's speach yesterday. it was straight to the point. She seems to be a strong women especially when she took swings directly on obama...

By the way..as some one said, Biden seems to be irrelavent and out of focus now :)

Posted by: Martha | September 4, 2008 9:08 AM | Report abuse

If McCain can overcome being a POW, and being an underdog of his own party, and Sarah Palin can overcome those who've set out to destroy her, THEY can help America overcome anything. SUPER MCCAIN/PALIN TEAM has got my vote.

Posted by: It's not a Bird, It's Not a Plane It's SuperPalin | September 4, 2008 9:06 AM | Report abuse

Barack is almost 50 and Sarah Palin is 44. I don't trust the older generations. Barack lost my vote when he double downed on old with Biden.

Posted by: Latasha | September 4, 2008 9:05 AM | Report abuse

Reading your postings from across the pond I hope the Republican Congress comes up with the goods today - as did the last two days of the Dems - other than mudslinging!

Posted by: Wency | September 4, 2008 9:04 AM | Report abuse

Gov. Palin's speech demonstrated why she has earned the nickname 'Saracuda'.

Sen. Obama's unfruitful call for stopping the use of candidate's families in political attack demonstrated why he has earned the nickname 'Obamabi'.

Posted by: John K | September 4, 2008 9:04 AM | Report abuse

I thought the speach was excellent!
Fact of the matter is, when we saw side by side comparison of Planin's resume against Obama's.. honestly, Obama's profile looks bleak with 0 Executive experience and for that matter leadership in any other matter.. Biden does not stand a chance on this comparision.. when I heard about Palin won more votes in her home town than what Biden got for presidential run.. :) that shows.. Biden does not even stand a chance on comparison of profile.. by the way what is Biden's profile?


We were als excited about Obama's "rehtoric" but now! Excitement is over and he just sounds like someone whom we do not even know much about other than the uproar of speaches..

Its scary to think voting democrats this fall... I am almost tilting towards Republicans for the first time in life.

Posted by: Sasa | September 4, 2008 9:04 AM | Report abuse

Palin sounded like a whiny PTA mom last night. She didn't address the major issues in the country, and she compared her current job experience with the what Obama did two decades ago straight out of college.

Posted by: TMP | September 4, 2008 9:04 AM | Report abuse

OK I'm an independent. I don't like the Republicans and I don't like the Democrats. In fact I don't like politicians. The system rewards the sleazy, but that's the way it is. The problem for Obama is this- next to McCain he's like a little kid who really has nothing to say of substance. He is just a media darling. Also, if the Republicans are smart, they will continue to contrast Palin to Obama and create a situation where he has to respond to her (a VP pick) instead of McCain. Biden is now totally irrelevant.

Posted by: orangefan | September 4, 2008 9:02 AM | Report abuse

Exactly catherine4Obama! Women, especially mothers, have no business being pursuing political office. They need to be at home taking care of their children.

Go Obama!

Posted by: MorrisWest4Obama | September 4, 2008 9:02 AM | Report abuse

This Palin lady is charming, cool, funny and so authentic that it is impossible to take your eyes off her when she speaks. That speech last night (9-3-08) was absolutely incredible and entertaining, while showing us that there still are Erin Brockovich type women out there. She's a breath of fresh air.
I think that her strength in ENERGY POLICY is going to really be an asset to Washington in helping us to get a practical ENERGY INDEPENDENCE plan in place (together with T. Boone Pickens). The empty suit talking heads don't get anything done. This lady is a LEADER.
As a REAL Independent, I have been hoping there would be someone out there who was a leader, not just a bureacrat.
WE'VE HAD BUREAUCRATS RUNNING THINGS FOR TOO LONG... That's what got us into this mess. Talking heads and do-nothing policy wonks.
Some people make things happen.
Some people watch things happen.
Some people ask "what happened."
WE NEED REAL LEADERS. This lady looks like a leader to me.

Posted by: notehound | September 4, 2008 9:01 AM | Report abuse

I WOULD HATE TO SEE OBAMA AS A PRESIDENT AT THIS TIME. HOWEVER, I HAVE READ MOST OF THE COMMENTS THIS MORNING AND THINK THE FOLK WRITING THEM ACTUALLY DESERVE THIS YOUNG MAN AS A PRESIDENT. ALL OF YOU WORKING PEOPLE WILL BE APPLING FOR AID FROM THE GOVERNMENT TO PAY YOUR GROVERY BILL.

Posted by: CATHERINE HUNTER | September 4, 2008 8:58 AM | Report abuse

Wow. All you Democrats on here argue that she didnt say what she was going to do? and all she did was bash the d party and Obama? Did you idiots watch the DNC? was no different, except her speech had factual statements. The only thing I heard from the DNC was blah blah bush. I don't stand behind him 100%, but his terms are vitually history now. I have yet to hear what obama is going to do, except leave a job unfinished in iraq. On the political page on CNN, every subject of debate... his plans to fix them were to create multi-billion dollar funds to fix everything! and raise taxes to pay for it. Basically, raise taxes on everyone from mid class and up, and give handouts to those who sit on their asses all day. Example; create multi-billion dollar fund to 'help' those who are in foreclosure. Hilary said, convert all variable rates to fixed and give extended grace periods to those in foreclosure(now that is brilliant). Hillary Clinton at least had proposed alternatives to funds to fix them as well as McCain. I read through them all, from obamas to hillary to mccain to romney. Obamas plans were virtually the same across the board! Billion dollar funding!

And for obama's 'community organizer' job. My wife grew up in chicago. My wife knows those neighborhoods. There has been NO change to those areas and crime has steadily increased.

SO, Why don't you D supporters begin to research and think twice before the hypocracy.

Posted by: Hypocritical? | September 4, 2008 8:58 AM | Report abuse

Guiliani, Romney and Palin gave rousing speeches replete with misinformation.

Palin the "REFORMER", had an Abramoff associate lobby successfully for millions in earmarks from DC.
Even McCain called her out on that.
See the article from the LA TImes/Tribune from yesterday.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/la-na-earmarks3-2008sep03,0,5932587.story

Palin ran a soft money 527 for now indicted Senator Ted Stevens of Alaska.
Reform or more of the same?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 4, 2008 8:57 AM | Report abuse

I'm not scared of Sarah Palin.

I think even Republicans know better than this kind of political posturing.

Call me naive, but I have more faith in my country than that.

Surely we are above the mudslinging.

Posted by: Emily | September 4, 2008 8:57 AM | Report abuse

If nobama wins, we're all dead! The liberals are taking away our home defenses, raising our taxes, causing more unemployment, and terrorrists will roam freely across the US.

Posted by: Rick | September 4, 2008 8:55 AM | Report abuse

Cmon People, McCain hasnt given clear answers to anything!!!

Where was the meat last night, policies , stances, what they are going to do to fix the country?? It was all one liners from a religious freak, cross dresser, and Palin

Posted by: wow... | September 4, 2008 8:54 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: Violet | September 4, 2008 8:54 AM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin scares me. I think enough hockey moms might make a difference and actually elect her. Hopefully the next sixty days will reveal some truth, something republicans avoid.

Posted by: James | September 4, 2008 8:54 AM | Report abuse

I love how Obamacrats say they are not divisive and don't use the same tactics as Repubs. Gimme a frickin break! The whole Dem convention was about non-partisan divisiveness!

Posted by: Chris | September 4, 2008 8:53 AM | Report abuse

Vivian - think of all the money that we are dumping on Iraq and what we could do FOR OUR OWN COUNTRY with that money.

Posted by: Jen | September 4, 2008 8:53 AM | Report abuse

I was independent, leaning towards Obama. Let's face it, Bush didn't perform the job we asked him to.

I have no doubts who to back for this country.

It's a team with amazing words, AND the experience to back those words without guessing what they really mean.

Last night opened my eyes to the truth of Obama, and it's sad to say that he doesn't have what it takes to get this voter to put the keys of our nation into his hands.

Four more years of the same? Um, not possible with this team.

Please vote for the truth, not your hearts. And please look for the actual substance to back the promises.

Posted by: MNViking | September 4, 2008 8:52 AM | Report abuse

It is remarkable how the Republican machinery has gotten organized attacks down to a shameless art form. I think the Democrats have no option but to attack mercilessly and not relent or be intimidated. If they stick to it, perhaps people will be able to tune out the attacks and look at the fundamentals which is the fact that 8 years of Republican rule has put the country in a free fall on all fronts.

Posted by: skeptic | September 4, 2008 8:52 AM | Report abuse

"I still have no idea why McCain would choose Sarah Palin to be his VP. They only met 5 months ago."
Agree.Just like I dont know why I should vote for Obama.I have only known him for the past few months.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 4, 2008 8:50 AM | Report abuse

Last night Govenor Palin.......
GRILL, BABY, GRILL!
Guess who was on the burner? Obama. Notice how everyone refers to him as just "Obama". When speaking of McCain, it is almost always "Senator McCain". Just alittle R.E.S.P.E.C.T.
Tailgate Party anyone??

Posted by: A Voice (Little, However, Can Vote | September 4, 2008 8:49 AM | Report abuse

Will Palin put Our Nation first and be there for 'Us' if at the same moment her baby, the daughter having a baby and/or the rest of the young ones needs her more?
My mom was there for me when I was 6 1/2 months pregnant, lost the baby and I too almost died, Thank God she was with me, I needed her!
What would Sarah do?
Will she Side line her children for our Nation? Will she turn her back in a crises for her kids?
She is not the one that I trust with My Country, how about you?

Posted by: catherine4Obama | September 4, 2008 8:48 AM | Report abuse

Obamacan Woman

Mr Schmit, Mr Rove and Senator McCain don't worry about the Obama/Biden response to Gov. Sarah Palin's speech at the Republican convention

The Republican's problem is Jon Stewart and Steve Colbert on the Sarah Palin Choice!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TGCRncVOkS0

Please go easy with your attacks on Jon and Steve they have millions of fans.

Join Americans who put their country first!

Vote Obama/Biden '08

Posted by: Obamacan Woman | September 4, 2008 8:48 AM | Report abuse

No question that it was a well written speech that was delivered well enough to pass. The conservatives were going to explode in joy if she went to the lectern, said 'Hi,' and walked off the stage; let's ignore their enthusiams.

Will Palin's speech or the general storyline she laid out help McCain win over swing voters? I don't know. She was very angry in that speech and, along with Thompson yesterday and Rudy last night, played up McCain's POW experience to a very cheesy level. And this election is still about McCain. Not sure if voters are convinced yet.

http://www.political-buzz.com/

Posted by: matt p | September 4, 2008 8:47 AM | Report abuse

Republicans now have their own Barack Obama.A charming young inexperienced and even naive politician,just in the Obama mold that they are making from the scratch and grooming,just like what the liberals and left leaning media has done with Obama.Itsa pity that politics is becoming a reality TV show

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

A rousing speech? I guess if you're into hate-filled rhetoric then yes, it was. Kind of like how Hitler could really get a crowd going with his hate speeches.

It's amazing that she ridicules public service, takes pride in ridiculing it, and the GOP crowd actually eats it up. Ask all of the people whose jobs Senator Obama saved in Chicago if they think that he should be ridiculed for that work. He left Harvard near the the top of his class and could have raked in a fortune in any high-profile law firm of his choice. Instead he chose to work for almost nothing so that he could help people. Palin thinks that's something to make fun of. I hope our country doesn't go down that path.

Posted by: McCain is a panderer | September 4, 2008 8:46 AM | Report abuse

SuperPalin didn't land on Washington, Washington landed on her, and she made her critics look like idiots, especially the liberal media that's trying to bring her down. LMAO!!SuperPalin kicked ASSSSS!!

Posted by: toni | September 4, 2008 8:45 AM | Report abuse

If you want a communist country, by all means vote for Obama. If you want the same old political games, by all means vote for Obama. If you want a divisive figure, by all means vote for Obama. But if you fancy yourself a free thinking person, Mccain is the vote for you.

Posted by: Mike | September 4, 2008 8:45 AM | Report abuse

I still have no idea why McCain would choose Sarah Palin to be his VP. They only met 5 months ago.

Posted by: hamishdad | September 4, 2008 8:44 AM | Report abuse

"If you can't dazzle them with beauty, baffle 'em with B.S." goes the old saying, the Repubs are now able to do both simultaneously

Posted by: yareallygotmegoin | September 4, 2008 8:43 AM | Report abuse

She pulled off a hat trick!!
(For you non-hockey moms: that is three goals by one player in a single hockey game).

EXCELLENT!!!

Posted by: Anne from Virginia | September 4, 2008 8:41 AM | Report abuse

Anonymous, you are so right!!!!

As a Buddhist how can my child go to a public school and hear xtain stuff? Not part of the constitution, Sorry, Palin!!!

Please Win, Obama for all our sakes, including the Rep. rednecks!!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 4, 2008 8:39 AM | Report abuse

Palin really should be the one taking over the mantel from Bush. She is a Gov. who is loved with a fervor by the religious right. She has enough experience for them to know she is one of them but little enough for the rest of us to know who she is. She also, just like Bush, has the "small town", I love to have a beer with her persona that Bush had.

I still have not heard how the Republicans plan to get us out of the mess that Republicans got us into.

Posted by: birdman | September 4, 2008 8:38 AM | Report abuse

NO McBush got scared, that is why Palin is there silly.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 4, 2008 8:37 AM | Report abuse

Republicans are such FACISTS!!!

Be carefull...four more years of this and we are in more trouble than we are in now. America is not number one anymore thanks to Nazi Bush and all Reps. who would would probably like to burn all of us whom are not Xtain.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 4, 2008 8:36 AM | Report abuse

The most obvious running mate for Barack Obama lay before him, but he did not have the courage to make a choice for women in this country! He was too concerned about his own image.

John McCain has courage.

Posted by: she is dynamite | September 4, 2008 8:35 AM | Report abuse

Last night is what the Reps, are all about. While Obama would prefere to not attact people, just ideas, the Reps. go in for the kill with lies upon lies and mud slinging.

Do we really need 4 more years of this???

Posted by: Anonymous | September 4, 2008 8:34 AM | Report abuse

Just 1 day prior to this speech, her VP candidacy was at stake. McCain's decision for picking her was being questioned. And everyone thought of her as a tiny town mayor without the credentials for VP or a heart beat from the president.

Has this speech completely wiped those doubts? I think this speech has done that.

Certainly, it's partisan so it won't appeal to Independents. But then, McCain, the top half of the ticket, still has to speak.

Well done, Sarah. And it's game on.

Posted by: Jay | September 4, 2008 8:31 AM | Report abuse


I went to the ballgame last night instead of staying home and watching one more contrived self-serving BS Convention theatrical moment. Bring on the debates!!!
btw…..
McCain's hillbilly choice will come back to haunt him; unless she resigns now claiming post partum depression has clouded her judgment and she needs to go back home and take care of her family. But like most politicians she lacks character, and "it's about me".

Posted by: CP | September 4, 2008 8:30 AM | Report abuse

I guess I know who reads the Washington Post - liberal democrats. Palin walked all over the weaknesses of Obama and re-exposed the socialist agenda of the Democratic party.

I understand that the country is going through a tough time but most of what has happened was out of anyone's control - 911, Katrina, mortgage and bank crises, gas prices - each of these items would have happened with or without Bush.

Posted by: Backinaday | September 4, 2008 8:29 AM | Report abuse

The posts on this article contain hints of panick. This pixy from outside the urban bubble of snobbery struck a real nerve last night. All you Dems can go back to embellishing the struggles facing the middle class and push for more handouts that the middle class will pay for. Folks you can cry all you want about what Big Brother should do for you and how the rest of the world sees us. The soon to be VP calls it as she sees it and that scares the hell out of you. Common sense seems to have returned to the Republican party.

Posted by: Dave S. | September 4, 2008 8:28 AM | Report abuse

Palin had a large task prior to her speech last night. The media had feasted on her daughter's admission and the democrats had capitalized on her weakest area- her experience. Fortunaltey, she was presenting to an audience that was craving to like her and in that respect she did well. Putting out plenty of red meat against Obama, I don't know how successful she was in winning over the swing voters. Her rhetoric was representative of the typical fear mongering, divisive nature that has come to define Republicans in recent history. The question is will it work in this election.

Posted by: John | September 4, 2008 8:28 AM | Report abuse

The posts on this article contain hints of panick. She struck a real nerve last night. All you Dems can go back to embellishing the struggles facing the middle class and push for more handouts that the middle class will pay for. The only one who seems to have a clue as to the perils the middle class faces is Fred Thompson. Folks you can cry all you want about what Big Brother should do for you and how the rest of the world sees us. Sarah Palin calls it as she sees it and the scares the hell out of you. Common sense seems to have returned to the Republican party.

Posted by: Dave S. | September 4, 2008 8:25 AM | Report abuse

When do they let her speak to the press?

Posted by: cta | September 4, 2008 8:24 AM | Report abuse

Last night sealed the deal for this independent voter.
Strong, truthful and full of conviction! No smoke and mirrors here like the head of the Dems ticket. We have some substance and a real person in Sarah Palin. Go Sarah Go!
I will vote for the ticket with enthusiasm not because I'm a woman who happens to own her own business but because the Republicans chose the RIGHT woman.

Posted by: Ev | September 4, 2008 8:24 AM | Report abuse

"How can you justify Obama for president, and she cannot be VP"


Easy, American Dems VOTED for Obama, who has Washington experiance.

NOONE voted for this woman beleive me! She is a token is all.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 4, 2008 8:20 AM | Report abuse

Reform? There is no reform. Did you catch all of that hate-filled speech bad-mouthing Obama? That's the Republican formula- instead of demonstrating leadership and tact, presenting positive ideas & "christian values", they consistently turn to character assasination. Most last night sounded like a bunch of unhappy high school cheerleaders. Sad.

What the heck do they keep saying over and over and over about "executive experience"??? Exactly what requirement is that? Exactly how did McCain, JFK, Lincoln, or Republican icon Richard Nixon fulfill that requirement? They didn't.

We elect intellectual, even tempered leaders. Fact is that John McCain is neither.

Posted by: R Sampson | September 4, 2008 8:20 AM | Report abuse

UHH no.

Reps USED to be for small business, about 50 years ago, now it is about oil and large corporations.

Posted by: Coventina | September 4, 2008 8:19 AM | Report abuse

She read a speach prepared for her by a speech writer that had many lies in it.

Posted by: Westexacan | September 4, 2008 8:19 AM | Report abuse

How can you justify Obama for president, and she cannot be VP?? No sense, liberal are always screaming for change, because it requires no work.

Posted by: Mike | September 4, 2008 8:18 AM | Report abuse

John McCain is best for this country in everyway. John McCain has shown strong leadership. He has policy and gives clear precise answers to questions. Obama can't even answer simple questions like when does life begin. He answers that is "above his pay grade" now what kind of answer is that. No issue better be above a presidents pay grade or we are in trouble. when asked about evil he can't give a clear answer on that. Mr. Mccain wants to keep taxes low and goverment smaller meaning less wasteful spending. obama on the hand wants to raise every kind of tax imaginable which will kill the american family who is already struggling with high costs. McCain has answers for lowering or keeping stable gas and oil prices. Obama rejects every idea that comes up. McCain would do wanit takes to defend our nation. obama is very weak and will crumble when tough circustances come up.

Posted by: charlie | September 4, 2008 8:17 AM | Report abuse

Wow, there are a lot of unenlightened rednecks on this post..

Posted by: Coventina | September 4, 2008 8:14 AM | Report abuse

Pit Bulls are mentally unstable even if they had good owners, instead of the macho challenged pretenders that they do. The public would be served well to make the breed extinct or keep them in zoos like tigers. I've seen way too many attacks on humans as well as other animals even with "good' owners

I don't want a hockey mom who compares to a pit bull, they are dangerous animals, twisted, many of the same traits we are experiencing.

this past republican is going with OBAMA!

Posted by: Virginia | September 4, 2008 8:14 AM | Report abuse

It is so depressing to the average american to have this disgusting ,mad dog bully as the VP for the GOP!Is this woman a role model for us? She is bitter,unethical,uneducated and the biggest disaster for this country.

Posted by: sheri | September 4, 2008 8:14 AM | Report abuse

The Nazi Party, I mean the Democrats, are right to be intimidated by this woman. I think she is goign to tear Biden up in a debate. If I were McCain, I'd send HER to deal with that PUNK - Barack Hussien Obama. Did we all forget this guy plans to turn this nation into a liberal concentration camp, where the propaganda is green in nature and the future is DIM - No energy...

Posted by: erik | September 4, 2008 8:13 AM | Report abuse

Boy Vivian, the Reps, really did a good job manipulating you!! LOL

You obviously haven't been to Germany, where the system works. You have no idea!

There will never be socialism in America, but we do need change.

Capitialism here is completely corrupted now, thanks to Bush and now McBush!!

Posted by: Coventina | September 4, 2008 8:12 AM | Report abuse

Why was this a good speach. I heard a well scripted attack speach, but attacking community organizers and whinning about the liberal media doesn't make her a good canidate, it makes her more of a normal canidate. I think that if the bar hadn't been set soooo low, this would have come across worse that Mit Romney's speach...

I do think the image specalist helped, she certainly presented herself better than before. However, her facts were almost as liberal as McCains himself!

Posted by: Mark2008 | September 4, 2008 8:12 AM | Report abuse

Independent Voter -

A poll driven speech written by Schmidt and Rove delivered by their newest student Gov. Sarah Palin at the Republican convention.

Her attack with a smile means more negative ads.

Schimidt and Rove can't spin a extreme-conservative on the issues into a moderate.

She will attempt to draw the Democrats into the mud and fight.

What is disturbing is the attacks on the media. We count on the media to ask the questions we can't ask but we want to know about.

The Republican tactics against the media are McCarthyism.

This is a Democracy!

Posted by: Independent Voter | September 4, 2008 8:09 AM | Report abuse

Anyone who believes in small government and wants to stay far, far away from socialism and communism will take Palin's words to heart.

Someone will pay for all the programs Obama is promising. Who will that be? We need to wake up. Free college for all. Free health care for all. It's not free! I can't stomach any more of Obama's "your entitled to.." attitude.

There is a price. Maybe we'll all have to start paying it before we wake up and realize that big government is a horrible, horrible thing.

She'll be fine in the debates. She's taken on monsters before.

Posted by: Vivian | September 4, 2008 8:07 AM | Report abuse

Palin looks like me.

But anyway. Reps will try to make Obama look bad if he says one negitive thing against her, only because she is a woman of course.

Palin:

Want to "only drill 2000 acres" for oil in the Alaksan Wildlife Reserve.

Wants to teach the Christain creation myth in public schools, where children of various faiths attend--and against the constitution.

And have you heard her speeeches and her reverands at church??? SAying Bush hating are going to Hell??

IT has Xtain taliban all over it, only a fool would vote Repulican again!

Posted by: Coventina | September 4, 2008 8:06 AM | Report abuse

To paraphrase Ms. Palin: you can put lipstick on a pig and it's still a pig! Having a female attack dog does nothing to change the reality that the Republicans are still the party of 'do what I say and not as I do'!

Posted by: RickJ | September 4, 2008 8:00 AM | Report abuse

Gee what a surprise. A bunch of liberal kool aid drinking Obama cultists on here trying to tear down Sarah Palin after her great speech.

Trying to hide the sheer terror that this woman instills in you by creating lies about her 17 year old daughter is not only pathetically disgusting but itwill ultimately fail.

Posted by: Dave | September 4, 2008 7:59 AM | Report abuse

Unless she uses a earpiece like Bush2 in the debates, she is going to have a hard time standing on her own in the debates. She came off to me like a snarky mouthpiece with not a lot of substance.
Nice family Sarah, but you're a lightweight!

Posted by: Jackie | September 4, 2008 7:56 AM | Report abuse

I watched Palin's speech with a woman friend, and we found it to be catty, sarcastic, cynical, and condescending. We're surprised by the positive reaction. We feel that average viewers are going to walk away depressed by the negativity and wondering what this person is going to do for them. We can't see such a divisive figure ever bringing the country together in a time of crisis, or for a common purpose.

Posted by: Carrie | September 4, 2008 7:53 AM | Report abuse

I believe that you saw the true person in Sarah Palin. A person who will not sit back and allow those who do not know her fabricate what they want her to be.

On the fly she will do just as she has done for years, answer with truth!

Sarah Palin will be the next VP! In four years who know history may again be made when she sits behind the number one desk!

Posted by: J Hicks | September 4, 2008 7:53 AM | Report abuse

Talk about rheteric! We know how she got the name barracuda. This was one meanspirited, hateful, sarcastic, insulting speech delivered by a pro! She is not a uniter, she is a divider...and what are the Republican plans to clean up George Bush's mess?...apparently the only plan they have is attack, attack, attack the oponents to cover up their failure to have plan at all. There is nothing new in the Republican party....they've reached back to their old playbook!

Posted by: Maria | September 4, 2008 7:51 AM | Report abuse

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is a full blown knockout . I am now convinced .Her ticket is my choice

Posted by: SUZY GARTH | September 4, 2008 7:49 AM | Report abuse

Well she did work the crowd, but there is no way that this woman should be the next VP. I think it's very sad that Mccain has become the man he rallied against. He is in bed with the same people who in 2000 called him the Manchurian candidate and in 2004 said he had a black baby. My fear is that although we know beyond any shadow of a doubt that the current republican party is the worst thing for this country, they can't govern, but they know how to run a campaign and i'm afraid that people will fall for this once again. Obama take them on, please. Hillary, she is comparing herself to you, knock her out.

Posted by: Jo Ann | September 4, 2008 7:47 AM | Report abuse

Giving credit where credit is due Palin delivered a great speech. In general I didn't care for all of the criticism and negativity though. It’s really a waste of our time if they are not telling us what they will do in office and this applies to both parties.

The republican convention really seems focused on a military theme.

This is a subtle philosophical difference in message.

* The Republican message is filled with continued demonstration of military strength, power, and maverick bravado, including this key phrase – remain on the offensive.
* The Democratic message is focused on American leadership and respect in the world.

I like the later

Posted by: Mike | September 4, 2008 7:44 AM | Report abuse

It was a speech to the convention, I think - and in that it was a success. The Ds should not underestimate her as a campaigner or
debater. I say her speech was to the convention because it was short of policy
considerations except for encouraging more drilling [and "victory" in Iraq].

I think the decision of the McC campaign to go after the media - McC's original constituency - will prove to be an error. They actually may turn on him.
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Today I received three emails about her purporting to be from Alaskans who know her. 2-1 negative. The single positive one was glowing. I consider email a
danger to humanity.

Posted by: MarkinAustin | September 4, 2008 7:41 AM | Report abuse

MEANWHILE, we still haven't gotten a single idea during the entire Republican convention about the economy and how to lift a middle class so harmed by the Bush-McCain policies.

Guess the Maverick will outline his plan tonight.

Posted by: kate | September 4, 2008 7:41 AM | Report abuse

I'll be interested to see how she does without four uninterrupted days and a pack of Republican strategists and speechwriters hanging over her.

Fun speech to listen to (except, of course, for all the discredited lies about Obama), but a little too snarky.

Posted by: Finn | September 4, 2008 7:36 AM | Report abuse

If the Governor of Alaska has four days to prepare such a smarmy and condescending speech about how community organizers have no real value or responsibility, offering no real positions and how proud she is of her family, whose negative exploits should not be used against her, the it should be interesting how she responds on the fly.

Posted by: Robert | September 4, 2008 7:27 AM | Report abuse

I regret to inform the living fornicators at the surface that Einstein, Newton, Galileo, Max Planck, Euler, Lorentz, Rutherford, Joule, Boyle, Bohr, Helmholtz, Faraday, Maxwell, Davy, Ohm, Volta, Franklin, and Feynman et al. are all with me now. They burn for all eternity.

Make sure to teach your children the correct science, i.e., that which was taught by Hanna Barbara. The way Fred, Wilma and Dino carried themselves is the standard Americans should strive to achieve and maintain!

Posted by: The Devil, The Devil! | September 4, 2008 7:25 AM | Report abuse

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