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McCain Manager: 'This Election is Not About Issues'

UPDATE, 6:18 pm: In reaction to Rick Davis' comments about the election not being about issues, Barack Obama campaign manager David Plouffe released the following statement: "We appreciate Senator McCain's campaign manager finally admitting that his campaign is not in fact about the issues the American people care about, which is exactly the kind of cynical old politics people are ready to change."

ORIGINAL POST

Rick Davis, campaign manager for John McCain's presidential bid, insisted that the presidential race will be decided more over personalities than issues during an interview with Post editors this morning.

"This election is not about issues," said Davis. "This election is about a composite view of what people take away from these candidates."

Davis added that issues will no doubt play a major role in the decisions undecided voters will make but that they won't ultimately be conclusive. He added that the campaign has "ultimate faith" in the idea that the more voters get to know McCain and Barack Obama, the better the Republican nominee will do.

Davis generally dismissed the controversies surrounding McCain's vice presidential pick -- Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin -- as a media creation but did acknowledge that her acceptance speech, which seems likely to come tomorrow, is critically important to defining who she is to the American public.

As for the speech itself, Davis said a generic, "masculine" speech was being prepared before the pick was made and, now that Palin is the choice, she is adapting the speech to her own needs and personality.

Davis demurred when asked when Palin will sit for interviews with major news organizations, pointing out that now would not be the right time given the "combative" attitude the media has seemingly adopted toward Palin. Pressed on the issue, Davis insisted that "we allot a lot more access in our campaign than any campaign in modern political history....we'll get around to it."

On the general election playing field, Davis alleged that Obama had tried -- and failed -- to expand the political map, and that 11 or 12 states (and maybe as many as 13) would be truly competitive. He added that campaign operatives are feeling better than they did a month ago about Iowa and Minnesota and believe their prospects have not dimmed in any competitive state during that time.

Davis did admit, however, the challenges of running for president as a Republican in this political atmosphere.

"We are in the worst Republican environment since Nixon in 1972," said Davis. "We take that seriously. We get the joke."

By Chris Cillizza  |  September 2, 2008; 1:07 PM ET
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Rick Davis doesn't want to subject Palin to the "piranhas" of the media??? What happened to Sarah Barracuda? By definition I think she and the media would be a pretty even match.

“Piranhas occasionally bite and sometimes injure bathers and swimmers, but truly serious attacks are rare and the threat to humans has been largely exaggerated. A piranha bite is sometimes considered more an act of carelessness than that of misfortune. But piranhas are a considerable nuisance to commercial and sport fishers because they steal bait, mutilate catch, damage nets and other gear, and may bite when handled.”

Barracudas “Being formidable hunters, they should be respected, as barracudas are perfectly capable of defending themselves against humans that harass them. Hand feeding or trying to touch them is strongly discouraged. Spear fishing around barracudas can also be quite dangerous, as they are strongly attracted by the wounded fish.
There have been isolated cases where barracudas have bitten a human, but these incidents are rare and are believed to be caused by bad visibility. Barracudas will stop after the first bite as humans are not their normal food source.”
Source: Wikipedia

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Posted by: сайдинг | September 8, 2008 12:05 AM | Report abuse

Maybe Sarah could talk about the shooting range to inner city kids...
Chrisitan mothers are supposed to be role models- the Chrisitans have fought for years for an excellent example to be set for kids on T.V.

Lets have Sarah the mother Palin show America how to shoot a gun-
Target practice with mommy- then give her a tour of south L.A and the streets of Detroit-
Or how about the projects of Washington?

Posted by: Gang Bang | September 7, 2008 11:29 PM | Report abuse

I would recommend to continue briefing and primping Sarah Palin prior to sending her to interviews-
Question: When did the McCain campaign begin to adopt Barack Obama's(Biden) campaign message and appeal of fighting corruption??? Seems a bit overshadowing and unoriginal of McCain- then again winning this election is crucial to the continueing police action in Iraq- Bush is full steam ahead with drilling and deploying troops-John McCain is pretending to hate his party-Palin has made it clear that they are sending their kids back over to dig for oil- as she stated in her interviews online about the war being about energy and oil-so finding Al-Queda terrorists would seem false at this point. Coincidently she is from Alaska and ready to hand over her tapping oil fields to the "administration" which she is fighting with John- its so powerful and and strong of her to send troops to their demise in the Mid-East and stand for the right of birth in America- I'd say they want more babies and a future in politics. Without babies who would care? Besides dead American soldiers that died for Opec and Exxon/Texaco is a good cause- a Christian cause and an American virtue-
What is the sixth commandment "Thou Shalt Not Kill" that applies to a kinder gentler nation.

Posted by: Mass Graves | September 7, 2008 11:18 PM | Report abuse

I agree with Rick Davis on picking Palin's interviews carefully. The media has in the past decided every election. They have picked and trashed the nominees to the point that it has become the "media election" rather than "we the people."

Don't let Palin be the target of the "witch-hunt."

Posted by: EZ | September 7, 2008 5:02 PM | Report abuse

I see RNC/Mccain bankrupt of ideas. They dont offer any ideas for economy. their convention was PROPAGANDA show. Thankfully I missed 9/11 images and trying to spread fear meme. Mccain speech was wandering, incoherent and put everyone to sleep.

Palin throws a couple grenades and goes into HIDING. Where is Waldo? Can anyone find waldo? Is John and scared of the MSM? I bet they are in Bin ladens cave... LOL
IS this a democracy?

I am voting agaist all Rs this year. I dont trust mccain. I dont want WWIII and depression. As I investigated him, the more wary I got of him. John hotheaded behaviour (his entire life) is who I DO not want CINC. His personal life is pathetic. cheating with cindy and leaving wife 1, to marry the sugar mommy. KEating 5 and S&l. Cindy needs to realize he will drop her once he finds a younger/hotter babe.

They riduculed community organizers, then john asked for community volunteers was funny double standard. a blog comment best summarized.

"Jesus was a community organizer, Pontius Pilate was a governor"

Posted by: midwest fiscal cons | September 5, 2008 11:29 AM | Report abuse

If the qualifications for heart or brain surgeons were similar to the qualification to be president
or vice president a heart or brain surgeon would only need a few years of experience as a butcher
and a degree in basket weaving.

Posted by: Phil | September 5, 2008 6:34 AM | Report abuse

We see that McCain has voted with Bush 90% of the time. Do not forget why we needed a real change.Remember the economy, and paying $4.00 a gallon for milk and gas. Remember the deceitful lies to get us into an unprovoked war. Remember the many many people who have lost their homes with foreclosures, and the many who have lost their jobs. Don't forget the vets . McCain has voted against helping the vets. Remember Walter Reed hospital? Think of all the homeless vets and their homeless families.Is this how we repay them? Army suicide rate is expected to reach an all time high.
Don't forget the shady deals of Gonzalez,and their need to cover everything they do with "top secret or executive privilege." Do not forget Rove and Cheney.
McCain says that Obama will raise taxes. That is not true. Obama says he will lower taxes for the middle income people and raise taxes on the rich.
Let's not forget how strongly McCain was against torture. Now he is for it.
Think of our status in the world where we are no longer respected, and our allies are not so proud of us, and we are not so proud of us. Do you really think that McCain will be any different than Bush when he voted with Bush 90% of the time?
Obama is a very intelligent sincere person and I believe he will do his best to make this country better. Bush had experience as a governor and look at what we got. More important than experience is being intelligent enough to run a country and to listen to advisers in their given fields. I ask you to THINK before you vote.

Posted by: redwhiteblue | September 5, 2008 6:03 AM | Report abuse

"I shudder to think of what she would do if put up against the president of Iran...would she just wack him with a hockey stick."

At least she would wack him, obama would give him a hug.

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

He was clearly referring to family issues you idiots! You should have to pass an IQ test to vote.

Posted by: NINJA | September 4, 2008 2:08 PM | Report abuse

The Palin speech was all fluff no substance. I am sure she is a great hockey mom but WHAT ON EARTH does that have to do with how she will lead this country? McCain ONLY picked her to liven up his base. He needed someone to bring in base voters because he is not conservative enough. I shudder to think of what she would do if put up against the president of Iran...would she just wack him with a hockey stick.

I watched last night as a female delegate from California said that she is not worried about her pro-choice stand...because Sarah Palin has made her feel very good about being able to secure our country. WHAT??? Where in her speech did she talk about what her views are on national security. I didn't hear it but I heard all about her husband's snow dog racing. Wake up America. Do you want another 4 more years? Bush has a 20-something approval rating and he wasn't even invited to his own party convention. Neither was Cheney or anyone else from his administration. Ask yourself why not. It's obvious. A total fall from grace and embarrassment.

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

I don't see that Biden's nit-picking is gonna help him much. His counterpart knocked his socks off last night. The fact is, the perceived easy welcome to the Whitehouse for Obama-Biden, suddenly looks shattered. These guys are reeling, and grasping at straws...

Posted by: NINJA | September 4, 2008 2:03 PM | Report abuse

Great article and interesting points.
It's very interesting to see what impact it will have on the polls.
I use a widget to keep track of the progression of polls. The widget shows the election polls by strength of states.
In addition to other different graphical visualizations of data, this one displays the progression of votes over time.

It gives a great overview and it is updated as the polls come in!

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Make a difference, keep on voting!

Posted by: michael | September 4, 2008 6:02 AM | Report abuse

We get the joke?!? What "joke" is he speaking of? The fact that we now can join the list of countries that use torture? Or maybe the "joke" is in the fact that our we will be in debt to China for generations? Maybe the "joke" is the FEMA trailers littering most of the Gulf Coast. I don't know, but whatever it is, the "joke" has been on us...

Posted by: Dave | September 4, 2008 12:52 AM | Report abuse

that must be why they gave us palin, to keep focus off the issues and on "small things".

though somehow I think they're getting a lot more small things than they expected.

Posted by: jrcjr | September 3, 2008 10:46 PM | Report abuse

Davis cites this year as the worst year for Republicans since 1972.

Huh? Nixon won in 1972 by a landslide. Pretty good year for Republicans by my estimate. Of course, after Watergate came to light and led to Nixon's resignation, Carter beat Ford in 1976.

Facts, schmacts. Why would we expect McCain's people to check their facts? (Cough, Palin, cough....)

Posted by: Had Enough | September 3, 2008 10:30 PM | Report abuse

Senior U.S. Diplomatic Sources Warn of Imminent Hit on Iran
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September 3, 2008 (LPAC)--Senior U.S. diplomatic sources are again sounding the alarm that there could be U.S. military action against Iran in the very near future. These warnings coincide with the assessment of Lyndon LaRouche that Vice-President Dick Cheney is determined to launch such an attack before he leaves office, an attack which, in the context of the British-instigated assault on Russia, promises to lead rapidly toward thermonuclear World War III.

The global situation is currently on a hair-trigger, LaRouche has emphasized, made immeasurably worse by the Bush Administration's going along with the Saudi demand to remove Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf. There is a very narrow window of opportunity to prevent new insane acts by de facto President Cheney.

In this context, the fact that there is effectively no presidential candidate in the United States, and that the world financial system is in the throes of total breakdown, make the world situation more dangerous than most people can imagine in their worst nightmares. A sudden awakening within the base of the U.S. electorate, toward the requirement of an FDR solution, provides the only near-term hope of avoiding disaster.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 3, 2008 8:25 PM | Report abuse

Of course the media has coddled Obama and thrown obstacles in the path of McCain and Palin. They trashed Hillary too. Just read the ongoing biased headlines and articles on CNN's website ... and the way CNN's Jack Cafferty belittles Palin every chance he gets. CNN also moderates its blogs in favor of Obama, then closes comments after they load the posts with Obama bias. Also, slim balls like Daily KOS, Huffington, and US Weekly have shown gross bad judgement in their reporting. These irresponsible media sources have lost touch with objectivity, fair reporting, and responsible journalism.

Posted by: Gina | September 3, 2008 7:59 PM | Report abuse

She is a traitor. Watch her address to Alaska Independence Party which wants independence from USA. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZwvPNXYrIyI

Posted by: Guy From LA | September 3, 2008 7:37 PM | Report abuse

How will either candidate 1) balance the budget 2) end the trade deficit 3) secure social security 4) build a new energy infra-structure? Damn right the dems and repubs are not about issues. Or rather the only issues the owning class lets the working class discuss are abortion and gay marriage. Two issues that do not question where does the money go.

Posted by: Edwin Pell | September 3, 2008 6:04 PM | Report abuse

There is a lack of discussion about the real issues and the media bears much of the blame. The public also needs to wake up because there is too much obsession with so-called celebrities and personal lives. This needs to be about the real issues, not gender, children, race, or any other factor that is not important in regard to the country. http://mycommentspage.blogspot.com/

Posted by: Reality | September 3, 2008 4:05 PM | Report abuse

A commenter (Jim Syar) accused Sarah Palin of reducing the special education budget by 62%. That is false. The special education budget actually increased by nearly 12%, as explained below.

As Syar correctly notes, the Alaska 2007 budget for special education was $8,265,300. But that included $5,352,000 for the Alaska Challenge Youth Academy.

In the 2009 budgetary document to which Syar links, astute observers will note that there is no mention of the Alaska Challenge Youth Academy. Instead, you have to look elsewhere. And guess what: There is now a specific document providing $6,082,100 for the Alaska Challenge Youth Academy. http://www.gov.state.ak.us/omb/09_omb/budget/EED/comp2837.pdf So combined with the $3,156,000 that Syar notes, the total is $9,238,100. A nearly 12% INCREASE, not a 62% decrease.

Posted by: SB | September 3, 2008 3:45 PM | Report abuse

I'm in the Mortgage business and someone just posted this article on Zillow's Mortgage Message Board. Apparently. the IMF has wanted to audit the Fed's books and President Bush has been putting them off. Now he has agreed as long as the results don't come in until he is out of office. Very interesting! http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/0,1518,562291,00.html

Posted by: Rudi Hofmann | September 3, 2008 3:37 PM | Report abuse

Anyone surprised? The 2000 campaign was about Monica Lewinski and Bush's empty promise to "Bring integrity back to the White House." The 2004 campaign was about how Kerry – who served multiple tours in Vietnam, became a prosecutor after graduating from law school, and has spent his entire adult life serving his country and community – was too intellectual – God forbid we have a President who is smart and values learning – and not a patriot or a regular guy, while Bush – who jumped ahead of a two-year National Guard waiting list to avoid serving in Vietnam (Thanks, Daddy), then was released early through Daddy's political connections, skated through college with a C average, but was somehow able to get into Harvard Business School (Thanks again, Dad) – was somehow more in touch with the common man. Issues? What issues? As long as I’d be comfortable having a beer with the guy ...

Thank you, Mr. Davis, for reminding me of why I regard the Republican Party as such a low-ball operation.

Posted by: FGNY | September 3, 2008 3:15 PM | Report abuse

Here is what you will not at the Republican convention: Trillions squandered on a sensless war and more to die till we win
an economy in the toilet and 500,0000 lost jobs since January 08, Workers wages flat for the past 8 years...more tax cuts for the rich...Mcains tax on your
healthcare plan if you have healthcare, banks on the verge of failing... Mccain voting 16 times against veteran benefits, 95% with Bush...

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

He spoke correctly. It isn't about issues for McSame...but it is about issues for the rest of the country. This is a byproduct of being detached from reality..like Bushco. The issues are the Constitution, illegal wars, illegal imigration, illegal Federal Reserve, treason, war crimes and the economy..just to name a few. When the rule of law is lost, it's just a matter of time.

Posted by: robertsgt401 | September 3, 2008 2:57 PM | Report abuse

SARAH PALIN SLASHED SPECIAL NEEDS EDUCATION BY 62%


For those of you who seem so enamored with Gov. Sarah Palin, it might be worth noting that she oversees the budget for the Department of Education and Early Development Special Schools in Alaska.
These funds provide supplementary educational services to students with severe disabling conditions and the Alaska Challenge Youth Academy. The resident school where the child would normally be placed does not have the resources to provide an adequate educational program. Without the supplementary services the child's needs would not be met by the local school district in most cases.
The following programs are included within this component:
Special Education Service Agency (SESA)

The Annual budget for 2007, which preceded Gov. Palin was $8,265,300.

http://www.gov.state.ak.us/omb/08_OMB/budget/EED/comp2735.pdf

The Annual budget for 2008, enacted by Gov. Palin is $3,156,000.

http://www.gov.state.ak.us/omb/08_OMB/budget/EED/comp2735.pdf

The Annual budget for 2009, enacted by Gov. Palin is $3,156,000.

http://www.gov.state.ak.us/omb/09_omb/budget/EED/comp2735.pdf


This is a cut in special needs services to children in Alaska of 5,109,300 , or 62%.

So, as the Alaska State Budget description states, "Without the supplementary services the child's needs would not be met by the local school district in most cases."

Did 62% of all of the special needs children in Alaska stop having needs once Gov. Palin took office?

Before we get so excited about Gov. Palin bringing her "Reformer" agenda to Washington, perhaps we should get to know a little more about what exactly that means to our children, and the opportunities that she would "Reform".

If you ask me, a 62% cut in these funds, which we all know are so desperately scarce, and for which we all have to fight tooth and nail for our children, is a disgrace.

Just a thought...

Posted by: jim syar | September 3, 2008 2:42 PM | Report abuse

SARAH PALIN SLASHED SPECIAL NEEDS EDUCATION BY 62%


For those of you who seem so enamored with Gov. Sarah Palin, it might be worth noting that she oversees the budget for the Department of Education and Early Development Special Schools in Alaska.
These funds provide supplementary educational services to students with severe disabling conditions and the Alaska Challenge Youth Academy. The resident school where the child would normally be placed does not have the resources to provide an adequate educational program. Without the supplementary services the child's needs would not be met by the local school district in most cases.
The following programs are included within this component:
Special Education Service Agency (SESA)

The Annual budget for 2007, which preceded Gov. Palin was $8,265,300.

http://www.gov.state.ak.us/omb/08_OMB/budget/EED/comp2735.pdf

The Annual budget for 2008, enacted by Gov. Palin is $3,156,000.

http://www.gov.state.ak.us/omb/08_OMB/budget/EED/comp2735.pdf

The Annual budget for 2009, enacted by Gov. Palin is $3,156,000.

http://www.gov.state.ak.us/omb/09_omb/budget/EED/comp2735.pdf


This is a cut in special needs services to children in Alaska of 5,109,300 , or 62%.

So, as the Alaska State Budget description states, "Without the supplementary services the child's needs would not be met by the local school district in most cases."

Did 62% of all of the special needs children in Alaska stop having needs once Gov. Palin took office?

Before we get so excited about Gov. Palin bringing her "Reformer" agenda to Washington, perhaps we should get to know a little more about what exactly that means to our children, and the opportunities that she would "Reform".

If you ask me, a 62% cut in these funds, which we all know are so desperately scarce, and for which we all have to fight tooth and nail for our children, is a disgrace.

Just a thought...

Posted by: JIM SYAR | September 3, 2008 2:42 PM | Report abuse

Finally, something truthful out of "Karl Rove" campaign

Posted by: Paul S. | September 3, 2008 2:18 PM | Report abuse

Duh, not about issues? Well, I surely don't want to deal with another four years of crapola we've had the past 8 years. A trillion dollars spent in Iraq? Economy sucks, war continues? Right now I'm leaning towards the Dem ticket, only because I think some changes can be made to make things better in this country. Truly believe McCain and his VP candidate will continue business as usual. I'll take my chances with Obama/Biden. It certainly can't get any worse--only way to go is UP!

Posted by: CaliBill | September 3, 2008 2:11 PM | Report abuse

Sounds like the Republicans are giving up on the issues.

But Obama will hold up under the character issues as well. He has been fighting for the American people. He studied foreign policy as an undergrad, worked as a community organizer to help people who lost their jobs, worked as a civil rights lawyer and a constitutional law professor. He has worked closely with Republicans, and has been instrumental in passing government ethics reform in both the state and US governments, as well as working towards international disarmament. Another US Senate bill gives us government transparency. There are many more.

These are all good bills, brought with the support of Republicans, that improve our government.

I've made an outline:

http://obamarecord.blogspot.com

Posted by: Kiku | September 3, 2008 1:34 PM | Report abuse

I thought they wanted it to be about issues so as to avoid the painful Palin controversies.

Posted by: osullivanc1 | September 3, 2008 12:22 PM | Report abuse

Obama has been running an issues-lite campaign - basically running on his personality rarely giving more than vague references to anything beyond leftist platitudes. But when this is acknowledged by McCain's campaign manager, this charge is pinned on only one side of the aisle.

Sure is a good thing that we have "objective media" to help us sort out these things. Otherwise we might think for ourselves.

Posted by: swimming upstream | September 3, 2008 12:17 PM | Report abuse

Obama - Palin
It used to be Obama, McCain and Hillary. Now its Obama, McCain & Palin. Palin's experience, while not a mirror image, is close enough to Obama's for comparisons. Palin's personal story, while different, is close enough too. These contrasts between Obama & Palin only serve to suggest that Obama, like Palin, is veep material. This is the way it goes: Biden is like Hillary, McCain is like Hillary, Obama is like Palin. Checkmate. Fair or unfair. Palin is devastating for Obama. Be careful when attacking or complimenting Palin - don't draw attention to her because it only diminishes Obama's top-of-the-ticket status. It's called being in a bind, get used to it.

Posted by: Tallahassee | September 3, 2008 10:34 AM | Report abuse

Refreshing of a Republican to admit they can't win on the issues.

Posted by: DB | September 3, 2008 9:37 AM | Report abuse

The AIP’s sole purpose is to break away and separate Alaska from our country.
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Not to mention steal all OUR American natural resources WE have in Alaska.

Posted by: Becky | September 3, 2008 9:06 AM | Report abuse

It didn't take Mccain and his camp no time to scream sexism because they can't defent Palin. The reason they can't defend their candidate is they made this election about experience and Obama was making it about judgement. Now that Mccain VP pick, Gov. Sara Palin undercut their experience argument their getting the same scrutiny that they given Obama thoughout this election. How can the Republican attack Obama on every occassion on experience and now that Palin is their VP, they expect everybody to just except her inexperience and her family issues, and lack of foriegn policy credintials after they made it issue # 1. Now their charging the media and bloggers with sexism. Give me a break. Let Gov. Palin defend herself like eveybody else. Were not going to let her be VP unless she is tough enough for the job, period. I don't care what charge their trying to play. She hasn't been veted but she will be now.

Posted by: Jane | September 3, 2008 7:32 AM | Report abuse

All I hear about Palin from republicans is their trying to destroy Palin. Why are they protecting Palin. Why hasn't she done an interview yet? Why did they pull Mccains interview from Cnn just because the advisor Tucker Bounds were questioned about Palins experience. I don't think anybody could say Obama has gotten a free pass because he was scrutinized, questioned, interviewed, debated, attacked, smeared throughout this election. Palin hasn't gone through any of that and their already calling sexist. How is anybody being sexist, she is a risk, Nobody knows who she is and she does not compare to Obama at all. The republicans made this election about experience and just because they undercut their argument doesn't mean the media shouldn't hold them too it. Obama has fought and proven himself and Palin needs to do the same.

Posted by: Lindsey | September 3, 2008 7:22 AM | Report abuse

I don't want hear sexism. I think the scrutiny of Palin is good. Its not fair that Mccain just pop this unknown person that we don't get to vote for a heartbeat away from the presidency. I don't think the media is being sexist or anybody else. The republicans want to compare her to Obama's experience and scream sexism when they can't defend her record or experience. It was the Republicans that made this an experience election and now that they picked Palin that has less experience than Obama, its not about experience anymore so could we call them racist for attacking Obama throughout this election on his slim resume, or could we attack the media for being racist toward Obama for every hard interview he's done. Mccain interveiws are always less intensive than Obama's. We have always said Mccain was getting a pass with all of his gaffes and mistakes but if Obama had made as many mistakes and gaffes, it would had played out differently. The media has the right to question Palin. Its been over a week and we still don't know her, she hasn't done not one interview and I guess the Mccain campaign wants Palin to get the same Pass that Mccain has been getting throughout this election. Proof that the Mccain campaign expect a pass was them pulling the interview on CNN', Larry King with John Mccain because of an interview that Mccains advisors, Tucker Bounds had on Cnn, inwhich he was asked about Palins experience. We can't ask about Palins experience? Now Florina is screaming sexism because, Mccain pop Palin out on the country inwhich we don't know, with all of these family issues and we aren't allowed to questioned it? The Mccain camp are protecting her from what? Let her prove to the American people that she is ready for the job just like everybody else. How can they call sexism when she hasn't even done an interview yet. This is ridiculous.

Posted by: Brad | September 3, 2008 7:15 AM | Report abuse

I'm tired of hearing people saying that the media is too hard on Palin and in the tank for Obama. On Joe Scarborough, Morning Joe this Morning, his guest said that Its Good old sexism because If Obama was a woman with small children, he would never be the Democratic Nominee and his resume is just as slim." Lets not forget that Mccain and his campaign had made experience the issue with Obama and Obama has been scrutinized throughout this election. Obama has went through 22 debates with Hillary Clinton, I cant even count how many interviews he has had. He's been on the stump for almost 2 years. Another issue for Obama was he not a we'll know candidate and he had to work very hard to become familiar with allot of people. Obama has been scrutinized by the media with not being known enough and his experience inwhich Obama is running on judgement but he has always rised to the occasion. Sarah Palin is an unknown candidate and nobody has voted for her, She has had 0 interviews, and has debated no one. So, I don't understand why the Mccain campaign and anybody else is willing to call sexism for a unknown candidate like Palin with a less experience, who hasn't done an interview since she became the Vp in over a week which is a wonder. Don't call sexism for the media and bloggers who are hard on Palin because they were even harder on Obama and Hillary Clinton unless they want to say that what Obama went through to prove himself was just racism. Palin has the right to be questioned and its not sexism. Everybody else was scrutinized, she can posibly become president should something happened to Mccain so I think she should prove that she's tough enough for the job and instead of whinning, just rise to the occassion.

Posted by: Cindy | September 3, 2008 6:59 AM | Report abuse

I think now if the election only hinged on experience and you look objectively at McCain/Palin vs Obama/Biden one would have to conclude that Obama/Biden is the better ticket. Palin is practically a non-consideration. The choice is McCain/? vs Obama/Biden and McCain is 72. When that 3am call comes Obama has Biden on the conference call. It would help to know who Palin would have on that conference call if McCain was not around anymore. That's what's really troubling about it, we could be getting ourselves into serious trouble with Palin as Commander in Chief and not even knowing who would help her call the shots. It's just very hard to imagine this junior governor from one of our least populous states handling an international crisis. I think McCain's choice may have a been a smart political move but it certainly was not a "country first" move, he should at least change his campaign slogan. His first major decision clearly shows that the security of this country is not his first priority.

Posted by: dmac | September 3, 2008 4:16 AM | Report abuse

At last, the Nixon era passes from the stage.

Goodbye, 50+1, goodbye.

Posted by: Adam | September 3, 2008 3:03 AM | Report abuse

Too many of us, Republicans and conservatives are sordidly behaving like unpatriotic hypocrites whose only goal in life is to win at all cost.

We should not be anti-USA conservatives or GOPs who just for the sake of winning jump crazily into supporting a radical AIP (Alaskan Independence Party) member, Palin is an AIP Trojan horse masked as a Republican.

The Palin family is AIP‘s mole inside the Republican Party, their ticket to removing Alaska from our union is assured.

Abraham Lincoln’s bones are rattling in his grave. What is happening to us.

YOUTUBE, videos of AIP’s head honcho clearly states that fact about the Palins.

As Alaska’s Governor, Palin addressed their meetings in a very cooperative way.

Neither she nor her husband had ever publicly denounced and renounced their proud membership in AIP, that wicked secessionist party

The AIP’s sole purpose is to break away and separate Alaska from our country.

Talk about putting country first hothead McCain

Posted by: CountryFirst | September 3, 2008 2:09 AM | Report abuse

If the head of the family is AIP, then the whole body is AIP. If it walks like a duck and it quacks like a duck, its just can't be an elephant.

Remember how all the news stories kept saying that first dude is not all that kosher and he attends almost all her official government business.

Bye, bye Alaska?

Posted by: CountryFirst | September 3, 2008 2:03 AM | Report abuse

What aspergirl and other Republitards are forgetting, is that the Vice President's duties aren't as much executive as they are legislative. The principal, Constitutional, day-to-day function of the VP is to preside over the United States Senate.

Palin stated last month on CNBC's "Kudlow & Co." that she, a state governor, doesn't even know what the VP does. If she doesn't know that, she doesn't have the wherewithal to carry out business that is critical to our government.

Senator Joe Biden, however, does.

Posted by: Kevin Casey | September 3, 2008 1:47 AM | Report abuse

I am sure she can
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YOU ARE PITIFUL!
PALIN IS A STRONG WOMAN WITH THE RIGHT IDEALS
SHE SCARES YOU LEFT WING PUNKS TO DEATH
AND YOU'RE RIGHT TO BE SCARED THIS WILL CHANGE THE ENTIRE ELECTION....NOW
YOU CAN SUUUUUCK ON IT

Posted by: right | September 3, 2008 12:46 AM

Posted by: Anonymous | September 3, 2008 1:44 AM | Report abuse

Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is to tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country.”

That was said by Hermann Goering .

With all the country first signs, I thought I was watching a gathering of the Nazi party. You are either with us or you are not patriotic.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 3, 2008 1:43 AM | Report abuse

Republican's are unable to win on the issues. It is the reason our society has devolved into a fascist state.

Posted by: average joe | September 3, 2008 1:31 AM | Report abuse

Honestly? This is news? Just because he says that the election will probably be decided by personalities does not mean that McCain is only worried about personalities. McCain has made his positions and convictions on issues crystal clear. The "update" shows more word twisting by Sen Obama's campaign. The manager's comments are more of a commentary on the current condition of the American public's political interests than on McCain's ideals.

Posted by: rainingoranges | September 3, 2008 1:27 AM | Report abuse

Rick Davis says that the election will be decided based on people getting to know McCain vs Obama.

In terms of character and judgment, I would say that Obama should win. After all, what kind of character does a man have after he returns from Viet Nam and cheats on his wife for years before finding a younger, richer version and then divorces his 1st wife?

What kind of judgment does a person have when he routinely flip flops on major issues, depending upon how politically advantageous the other side might be?

His selection of Sarah Palin was just a desperate bid to grab Hillary's 18 million supporters, simply because we are female. How stupid do you think we are?

Posted by: Gloria | September 3, 2008 1:24 AM | Report abuse

I can't get over this. I can't believe this person would say something so damn stupid.

Well, I guess I can, seeing as stupidity seems to be running rampant in the Rep party these days.

Forget a Hail Mary, they threw the ball for an incompletion. On the 4th down.

I think this is pretty much the beginning of the end.

Posted by: Toni | September 3, 2008 12:57 AM | Report abuse

YOU ARE PITIFUL!
PALIN IS A STRONG WOMAN WITH THE RIGHT IDEALS
SHE SCARES YOU LEFT WING PUNKS TO DEATH
AND YOU'RE RIGHT TO BE SCARED THIS WILL CHANGE THE ENTIRE ELECTION....NOW
YOU CAN SUUUUUCK ON IT

Posted by: right | September 3, 2008 12:46 AM | Report abuse

Now Americans are idiots for caring about the issues? It's really about what, who would look better on a dollar bill?!! I cannot wait for November to witness the McCain camp self-destruct in front of the world's eyes. They are evil bastards!

Posted by: Julie | September 3, 2008 12:33 AM | Report abuse

McCain can't win if the campaign is about the issues. That's why they have done everything they can to avoid the issues and make it about personalities. We figured that out with their disgusting ads about celebrity.

That's why they picked Palin. If it was Romney, the discssion would be more issue-oriented - especially about the economy.

With Palin, we're distracted and talking about her lack of qualifications.

So much for "America First" - evidently, for then it's all about winning rather than doing what's right for the country. We at least deserve an experienced candidate for VP. Not someone that McCain has to talk about their PTA experience like he did in the People interview. And proximity to Russia does not result in foreign policy experience.

Posted by: Sandy | September 2, 2008 11:54 PM | Report abuse

And another thing, since Rick Davis said that this election is not about issues, then I'm sure he won't mind me ignoring McCain.
What a fraud this party has turned out to be!

Posted by: cvc | September 2, 2008 11:41 PM | Report abuse

This campaign of McCain is becoming a joke. Palin as VP?? You've gotta be joking!!
She has absolutely no experience to lead this nation at a critical time in case something happens to McCain.
She's corrupt as hell, taking money from lobbyists, then claiming herself to be a reformer...yeah, right.
Then supported the Bridge to Nowhere.
She's got way too many negatives and this will bring this campaign down.
I'm a Republican, but I'm voting Obama. I'm sick of these Republicans who claim to have family values, only to show that they really don't.

Posted by: cvc | September 2, 2008 11:39 PM | Report abuse

Rick Davis is RIGHT - the campaign is being morphed to exactly that - issues - the Republicans prior to Palin were not involved because of issues - John McCain isn't one of them - really -
With Palin, now the hope is an early death for McCain (rest his warrior soul) and then have full control with Palin.

The game is on in America - Wake Up -

Posted by: Passingthru | September 2, 2008 11:27 PM | Report abuse

BREAKING!: Palin Business Shut Down by State:

WaPo is now reporting that Sarah Palin and her husband were part owners of a business that was shut down by the state for noncompliance with state regulations:

State records show the business ran into trouble with Alaska's division of corporations business and professional licensing after Palin became governor of the state in 2006.

A Feb. 11, 2007 letter to the governor's business partner advises that the car wash had "not filed its biennial report and/or paid its biennial fees," which were more than a year overdue.

The warning letter was written on state letterhead, which carried Palin's name at the top, next to the state seal.

On April 3, 2007, the state went further and issued a "certificate of involuntary dissolution" because of the car wash's failure to file its report and pay state licensing fees.

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/the-trail/2008/09/02/palin_scrubbing_car_wash.html
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How can this woman be trusted to run the U.S. government if she can't even run a carwash in Anchorage with plenty of help?

Posted by: Amanda Carson | September 2, 2008 11:22 PM | Report abuse

The Republicans are imploding, and I love every minute of it. The list of Palin's negatives is outrageous and growing: She said she had no idea what the role of VP is, left her town $20 million in debt, she and her husband were members of a political party that wants Alaska to secede from the U.S. (this should be an ABSOLUTE DISQUALIFIER for office for Dems and Repubs alike..outrageous), she has Troopergate, her husband had a DUI, she likes to kill innocent animals for sport and is proud of it, she has no foreign policy experience, she has no qualification to run the largest and most complex economy in the world as she only has a BA in journalism (I want someone running my economy who understands macro and micro economics FLUENTLY thank you very much), she has only been to two countries (never meeting with foreign leaders), she had a loyalty test for city employees leading to mass firings, she said Iraq is a war for oil and is a "task from God", wants creatism taught in schools, staunch pro-life advocate, she was almost recalled as mayor, she got almost 1 billion in earmarks for AK, she laughed when someone called her political rival a b**** (what a renaissance woman), she was a leader of Ted Stevens 527 PAC and met with him as recently as July, she admits that her own party is corrupt as she said "she went after them to fight corruption", a speaker at her church said that Palestinian attacks on Israel would be God's will, and the list goes on and on and on...so many that I forget all of them...She is an absolutely disgusting person..born again Christian my a**. If anyone votes for the McCain/Palin ticket, they should go and have their heads examined, because they are devoid of reality.

Posted by: iluvsam | September 2, 2008 11:12 PM | Report abuse

If about the issues, they lose.
If about the personalities, they lose.
What a meltdown...

Posted by: upwards | September 2, 2008 11:03 PM | Report abuse

Rick Davis- "This election is not about issues."

Wow. Would the REAL "blow-hard doofus" please stand up!

Posted by: VAreader | September 2, 2008 10:49 PM | Report abuse


The McCain campaign doesn't want really important issues
to overburden the last few remaining brain cells of their
supporters.

Posted by: OgreDaddy | September 2, 2008 10:49 PM | Report abuse

Aspergirl,
I do believe that each party stands for a different belief, now more than ever before. We cannot afford to look only at the individual candidates, we must look at the party who will serve beside them.

No one in America should ever feel that all hope is gone. To cry themselves to sleep because tomorrow there might not be a bed. To apologize to their children because they cannot afford the cost of curing their disease. No child should have to bury a parent because they coudln't afford quality health care.

We cannot allow even one more American to suffer while others walk over their bones to secure their wealth. It is our right, our duty and our privilege to change it and make it stick.

I genuinely believe that the democrats are still the only party that at its core, believes the same - that even the people with the smallest voice can have greatest worth. Barack Obama will lead Americans on a journey to rediscover our humanity.

Posted by: Peakmom | September 2, 2008 10:47 PM | Report abuse

"...The Guy..."

Excuse me?

Is that the respect Davies shows for another presidential candidate? I wish he were as cordial with John McCain?

I suggest the next democratic reaction incorporates "...The old guy...."

Posted by: Martijn | September 2, 2008 10:43 PM | Report abuse

I've heard Republicans claim a lot of silly things before, but to say that this campaign will be about personalities and not issues is just plain nonsense. It's a STUPID comment, made by a stupid person. Who is this Rick Davis moron, anyway?

Maybe the McCain team wants the election to be about personalities - lord knows their convention already is seeming to focus exclusively on military and sports references - but I can assure you, at least 100 million or so of us are sick of GW Bush and his ass&*hole policies. We WANT this election to be about issues of substance - not the fluff of who served how long in which military branch. It's meaningless.


Posted by: Chris Johnson | September 2, 2008 10:37 PM | Report abuse

If you look at votesmart.org under McCain's voting record, McCain did not vote on any energy-related legislation since August 2006 - during the past 2 years pump gas has gone up to $ 4/ gal! If McCain hasn't taken any action yet on energy, why should I believe he will now?

Posted by: I vote on issues | September 2, 2008 10:34 PM | Report abuse

"he and his family are normal" my bad.

Posted by: B-rod | September 2, 2008 10:33 PM | Report abuse

The campaign isn't about the issues but personalities? Ok, why do I feel like I am watching an episode of the Jerry Springer Show whenever Sarah Palin's family is brought up?

If that is what I have to judge the election on, I'm voting for Obama. At least he and his family is normal. McCain/Palin are toast.

Posted by: B-rod | September 2, 2008 10:31 PM | Report abuse

VOTE FOR MCCAIN, THE MAVERICK

Copied from C&L

A high school friend of mine had an old Maverick. It had lots of miles and was pretty run down. It didn't always start in the winter, and it overheated pretty easily if you drove it to far. On the highway it generally pulled to the right, but it could change direction in an instant - almost so fast you couldn't remember the original direction.

Of course it used a ton of gas, burnt oil and created clouds of smoke. But every time my buddy got pulled over, he'd tell the cops the car had been towed and spent a long time in the pound. For some reason, that excuse seemed to work all the time . . .

Posted by: Shanb | September 2, 2008 10:18 PM | Report abuse

What a fookin idiot. He just called their vice president Failin. HA HA HA HA HA HA!!

From the guy that says this election is about the issues, who's letting him near a microphone?

Posted by: Rick Davis is an Assmunch | September 2, 2008 10:16 PM | Report abuse


Blackees in the Whitee House, oh my!


Posted by: chasemonster | September 2, 2008 10:15 PM | Report abuse

It's comments like this from the republicans, that made me leave the GOP. I am a true Republican, and i feel that the party abandoned me, not i from it. What happened GOP, why are you letting the right wingers slap you around and making people like me leave, and not to the democrats either, but become somewhat independent. It better be the issues buddy! As for Palin and the so called hostile media, remember, she's interview for a job along with McCain, so you better put her butt in front of a camera so i know who she is and what she stands for, and if not, as they say, if you can't stand the heat, then stay out of the kitchen.

Posted by: mike r. | September 2, 2008 10:07 PM | Report abuse

The best summation of the political process both Democratic and Republican can seen here:

http://www.jibjab.com/originals/time_for_some_campaignin

Posted by: Dan | September 2, 2008 10:04 PM | Report abuse

WASILLA, Alaska — Earlier today, First Lady Laura Bush urged us to remember Gov. Sarah Palin’s record as mayor of her hometown from 1996-2002 when assessing her experience. I agree.
Driving around this city today, I decided it looks more or less like a string of strip malls, 45 minutes northeast of Anchorage. I couldn’t help but think that being mayor of a place like this would be something akin to running a large neighborhood watch.
The main highway that runs through town is lined with new big-box stores, including a Target and a Wal-Mart. A handful of fast-food chains as well as some local restaurants also sprinkle the main drag. Breathtaking mountains, the peaks still lightly dusted with snow, create a striking backdrop. Despite the chain stores, this small city feels distant from the rest of the world. I’d have guessed Palin would have run the city with a “we’re in this together” theme.
It turns out she had a somewhat different approach. If a small-town mayor ever ruled with an iron fist — it was Palin. Eleven days after taking office in 1996, she mailed letters to each of the city’s top managers requesting that they resign as a test of loyalty.
The Anchorage Daily News at the time reported the strange events: (via Nexis)
Mayor Sarah Palin sent the resignation requests Thursday to Police Chief Irl Stambaugh, public works director Jack Felton, finance director Duane Dvorak and Mary Ellen Emmons, the head of libraries. A fifth director — John Cooper, who oversaw the city museum — resigned earlier this month after Palin eliminated his position.
Cooper initially resisted resigning, but to no avail. Palin also later fired the police chief, saying she knew in her “heart” that he did not support her. She left the head of libraries a letter saying she was out — though Palin later decided to spare the librarian after being convinced that she would tow the line.
The whole saga is unusual — considering Palin prides herself on being independent and seems to enjoy butting heads with her own party. But, this sounds like she requires fierce loyalty of those who work for her.
I’m still reporting on Palin’s time as mayor. More to come soon

Posted by: Anonymous | September 2, 2008 10:03 PM | Report abuse

Grandpa McBush should have been more concerned about Palin's public record. She took the mayoral oath at a time when her town of 6,000 had balanced books. She left office 6 years later with a $27 million debt. (That's over $4000 per man, woman, child, and God-ordained fetus in town).


Smells Like Rethuglican Desperation!...and it's only Sept 1...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d-QevraCQUc&eurl=http://www.dailykos.com/story/2008/9/2/204250/9437/820/583957
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Posted by: ZappoDave | September 2, 2008 10:01 PM | Report abuse

aspergirl may well be a democrat. notice how much better spoken he is than the gop supporters who post here. it's just that he's a racist democrat, and that means he belongs in the republican party, not the democratic one. ta ta.

Posted by: fieldenstern | September 2, 2008 9:50 PM | Report abuse

The campaign is going to be about "personalities"? Fine -- put the personality of a youngish, healthy, intelligent man who's in touch with the modern world up against a sclerotic, cancerous gimp whose grasp of technology is in the vacuum tube age.

BRING IT ON, REPIGLICANS! You're the party of Mark Foley (teenage molestation) and Bristol Palin (teenage pregnancy). You disgust me. Look in the mirror and you'll disgust yourselves.

Posted by: Bukko in Australia | September 2, 2008 9:39 PM | Report abuse


If you want to know who is going to win just go her and bookmark it. They are never wrong.

http://www.intrade.com/

Posted by: Anonymous | September 2, 2008 9:32 PM | Report abuse

People have been waiting for Obama to close the deal and he may have. Polls now have him with 80% or Hillary's voters and leading in every poll. I thing it will just be a horse race from here on with Mccain just casing and finishing short.

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Did someone actually reference Nixon as a "great president"? No wonder abuse of public office is so rampant...are these the real GOP "heros"? Tricky Dick and Bonzo's best buddy? Dems, its time to move back in the WH and clean up another GOP mess.

Imagine much farther America's progress would be if we did not have to periodically hand power over to the Hoover's, Nixon's, and Dubya's of the planet.

Posted by: Donny | September 2, 2008 9:11 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | September 2, 2008 9:29 PM | Report abuse

Aspergirl is no Democrat and you can bet she never was. She is here to make you believe there are millions of women out there who think like her and will vote against their self-interests. There are, however, a huge amount of Republican women crossing over.
Aspergirl is a Republican troll, a shill. Don't get worked up over her nonsense. Ignore it.

Obama '08

Posted by: S. Seven | September 2, 2008 9:29 PM | Report abuse

"This election is not about issues?" I feel like I have entered the Twilight Zone over the last few days and am watching the Republicans self destruct in front of my eyes. Between an absolutely ludicrous statement like this and the Palin Big Top sideshow, I can't wait to see what's next! Pass me the popcorn.

Posted by: Midknight | September 2, 2008 1:54 PM
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Great post!

Posted by: michael4 | September 2, 2008 9:28 PM | Report abuse

Is this the same mccain campaign manager who said that mccain doesn't speak for the mccain campaign?

Posted by: mike l | September 2, 2008 9:26 PM | Report abuse

>>"Let me get this straight: You think the rep's should win because they wear matching suits and ties, they're thin and don't cut their own hair (omg did you really type that with a straight face?) Thank you, oh thank you for your perfect representation of the republican party."

No, I was just making a comment, an observation. I wouldn't want to hang out with either delegation (Republican or Democratic).

They all look like a bunch of partisans to me.

I do think that the presidency should be voted based on the individual, not the party, except where the party would make a huge difference. So far, all the individuals I've voted for were better on Democratic ticket than the Republican ticket.

This is the first time the Democratic ticket, on a personal and qualifications basis, was inferior to the Republican ticket.

I'm not that worried about the party affiliation because there's not much McCain could do against a Democratic majority that isn't in the best interest of the country anyways (and vice versa), so there are few downsides to a divided gov't (Republican White House, Democratic Congress).

But I was just making superficial observations about the appearances of the delegates, just teasing actually. I think they're all too partisan to hang out with, if they're delegates. That's why they're chosen, right?

Posted by: AsperGirl | September 2, 2008 9:22 PM | Report abuse

AsperGirl is so worried about the economy that she'll vote for someone who concedes he "don't know much" about economics and so concerned about climate change that she'll vote for a VP candidate that doesn't believe it exists. She also seems to have missed the part about her candidate supporting the unilateralism of the current administration and threatening to go it alone and pull the trigger to bring Russia and Iran into line.

So who spiked her kool-aid?

Posted by: emmesq | September 2, 2008 9:21 PM | Report abuse

McBush... Also as lame as McSame. This "clever" branding is a bad habit of Democrats. All the bumper stickers that say "clever" messages like (In small print)"Like Bush, vote:" (In large print)"McCain" may seem cheeky, but Joe Shmoe driving by just sees "McCain" in large print.

Keep it direct.
Keep it simple.
Repeat message.

Posted by: SuperPants | September 2, 2008 9:20 PM | Report abuse

AsperGirl ... you've been so stupid for so long no one cares what you say/think anymore. We all realize you are a shill for the Republicans...

Posted by: Anonymous | September 2, 2008 9:20 PM | Report abuse

I can only speak for myself and my family and it is definitely about the issues, the judgment of the candidates, and their integrity. I see where Sarah Palin has declared "executive privilege" concerning e-mails she sent to her husband regarding trooper-gate. WOW! She really does fit the McBush agenda!

Posted by: adelle | September 2, 2008 9:14 PM | Report abuse

Also, HUSAIN Obama, or McSame are super duper lame things to write. You are not being clever or fooling anyone. Knock it off.

Posted by: Superpants | September 2, 2008 9:13 PM | Report abuse

Not about issues??
Are these guys absolutely insane? Delerious? Stupid? Morons?
Of course it's about issues!
My God, Repubs have to be the most ignorant & stupid people on the face of the earth. Go away, Repubs. Just go away & die.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 2, 2008 9:12 PM | Report abuse

Did someone actually reference Nixon as a "great president"? No wonder abuse of public office is so rampant...are these the real GOP "heros"? Tricky Dick and Bonzo's best buddy? Dems, its time to move back in the WH and clean up another GOP mess.

Imagine much farther America's progress would be if we did not have to periodically hand power over to the Hoover's, Nixon's, and Dubya's of the planet.

Posted by: Donny | September 2, 2008 9:11 PM | Report abuse

Can we all agree that if Hitler, Nazi's or the children (as in What About The Children) is used in an argument, that the argument is invalid. Seriously, do it for the children.

Posted by: Superpants | September 2, 2008 9:11 PM | Report abuse

The Republicans better hope that this election will not be decided on the issues because McCain and Sarah Palin are out of touch with reality on most issues. For example, Sarah Palin opposes abortion even in the case of rape of incest. They believe that creationism should be taught in public schools. She does not believe in comprehensive health care coverage. She doesn't believe that global warming is real.

I think it is an insult to women everywhere to think that Sarah Palin will appeal to Hillary voters. It is clear that the McCain campaign did not properly vet Palin. Maybe they can sell snow to Eskimos. If the campaign found that Sarah Palin robbed banks, they would probably claim that this gives her greater insight in the banking system.

Posted by: Lisati | September 2, 2008 9:08 PM | Report abuse

ASPERGRIL,
go vote for McSame, no one will talk you out of it. Notice 99% of the normal peoples comments here, they're insulted by McCains campaign manager. HE INSULTED YOU, AND THIS IS THE FIRST TIME IN YOUR LIFE YOU'LL VOTE FOR A REPUGNICAN?
YOU MAKE ABOUT AS MUCH SENSE AS SOMEONE WHO SHOULD BE LOCKED UP, YOU ARE AN IDIOT, A CERTIFIABLE IDIOT, BUT ACTUALLY, YOU ARE A RACIST. ADMIT IT, YOU HATE OBAMA BECAUSE HE'S 1/2 BLACK.
NO ONE IN THEIR RIGHT MIND WOULD VOTE FOR MCCAIN. THE FIRST DECISION HE MADE IS PALIN!
SHE IS JERRY SPRINGER AND A PATHOLOGICAL LIAR ALL ROLLED INTO ONE, but no, that doesn't matter to a racist!
Unfortunately, you'll benefit from living in a country that is run by a conscious person, who isn't stealing from the poor and middle class to give tax breaks to the wealthy!
I LIKED CLINTON TOO! SHE RAN A BAD CAMPAIGN. SHE PAID MARK PIGGY PEN $10 MILLION OF OUR DOLLARS AND FOR WHAT, FOR BAD ADVICE, SO SHE LOST.
GET OVER IT WOULD YA'. OR JUST DISAPPEAR.

Posted by: Andrea D | September 2, 2008 9:06 PM | Report abuse

The Republicans are trying to turn this election into an episode of the Maury Povich show.

Levi, you ARE the father!

Posted by: Susan | September 2, 2008 9:04 PM | Report abuse

>> Mike wrote: "She is the reason, with the help of Diebold, Bush won twice."

I have never voted for a Republican before.

I will in this election, tho.

We face unprecedented, novel global dislocations in our economy, infrastructure, foreign relationships, strategic trade and military alliances, climate and technology in the next decade. The changes will be almost unimaginable.

We can't have someone incompetent in the White House. We already did that with Bush.

It's much better to have a McCain in the White House with a filibuster proof Democratic majority than a narcissistic hype candidate who is in fact incapable of doing anything that doesn't involve creating his grandiose self-narratives or advancing himself. Barack Obama has narcissistic personality disorder -- it's written all over his career, his behavior and his affect.

It is possible for us to get into worse shape than we are now, and to go down from where we are now. Obama has the right stuff to take us lower than where we already are.

The next decade will not be easy. The Russia stuff is more complex and difficult than most people realize. Our economy is more vulnerable than most people realize. There is no way for us to maintain ourselves under the current conditions. We can't have a person with personality disorders who spouts lies and fake promises in the White House for the next few years.

It's not about race.

Posted by: AsperGirl | September 2, 2008 8:58 PM | Report abuse

wow, Claudine 1000! You are an idiot! I should be more discreet, but a direct slap in the face is all you will probably understand given your hysteria (yes, hysteria!)

Posted by: rodo | September 2, 2008 8:57 PM | Report abuse

Nixon was one of the ten best Presidents the US ever had, and had a hugely successfull Presidency, created a booming economy, was so efficent he had a large budget surplus and wanted to use it for national Health Insurence, except for being forced to resign over Watergate instead.
Posted by: Anonymous | September 2, 2008 8:19 PM

This is a joke, right? A booming economy? Is that why he left Gerry Ford with tremendously high inflation? Remember Ford's WIN (Whip Inflation Now) buttons. Rent controls, price controls, gas lines and rationing. A budget surplus, after six more years in Nam when his campaign pledge was a sectert plan to end the war in 60 days, national health insurance? I must have missed those stories. I was too busy working, trying to keep up. Too bad Nixon was forced to resign over Watergate. What the hell, he only covered up a crime, condoned secret payouts to sabotage the oppostion. Watched dozens of his followers go to jail while he got off scot-free. Yeah, too bad he had to resign over Watergate. You'd think bush would have had the same decency.

Posted by: mike l | September 2, 2008 8:57 PM | Report abuse

To Aspergirl

Let me get this straight: You think the rep's should win because they wear matching suits and ties, they're thin and don't cut their own hair (omg did you really type that with a straight face?) Thank you, oh thank you for your perfect representation of the republican party.
Well, I guess it takes all kinds (oh wait, not in your narrow little world) but remember this:

The Nazis were clean cut and had matching suits too.


Posted by: Peakmom | September 2, 2008 8:57 PM | Report abuse

Unfortunately, for the party of ideas, the Republicans, there are no ideas left but posturing, caricature, diminishing the issues and exhalting the fluff. This tactics won the last two elections under the Rove book play rules.,, The question is: are Americans good at learning from their own history?? If history teaches us something is that Americans have a very short memory and are easily distracted. Will the well known saying of: you can fool some people some of the time, but you can't fool everybody all of the time , hold true for us too? I'll stick with the following two sayings: 1-those who don't know their own history are doomed to repeat it. 2: The definition of insanity is to do the same things over and over again and expect different results.
For the sake of the 95% of us who make less than 180,000 a year, it is the economy stupid!! Vote Democrat

Posted by: SISL | September 2, 2008 8:57 PM | Report abuse

Oh crap Askpergirl. NO ONE CARES WHAT YOU SAY, OK!
Ridicule all the people at the Dem convention all you want, NO ONE CARES!
YOU'RE A RACIST. YOU LOVE HILLARY, WE ALL GET THAT, OK!
GO, GO AWAY NOW. NO ONE CARES WHAT YOU SAY!
YOU HATE OBAMA AND LOVE CLINTON, SO NOW YOU LOVE PALIN, CLEARLY YOU LOVE WOMEN.
WELL, I AM A WOMAN, AND IT'S OK I LIKE GAY PEOPLE TOO, OK! FEEL BETTER! No shut up, you'd ya and stop saying crap about O. He is one of the finest people in the world. HE NEVER SAYS ANYTHING NEGATIVE ABOUT ANYONE, NOT EVEN YOU!
ALTHOUGH POINTING OUT MCCAINS POLICIES, THAT HE DISAGREES WITH!

Posted by: AndreaD | September 2, 2008 8:56 PM | Report abuse

To quote the Church Lady: "Well, now, isn't that convenient!"

Of course, the Republicans, don't stand a snowball's chance in hell if the voters think about the issues at all, so it is necessary to switch this election to a contest of personalities and narratives. McCain is a POW. Palin is a hockey mom with five children, reformer, tough fighter - blah, blah, blah.

Posted by: Marecek | September 2, 2008 8:54 PM | Report abuse

"This campaign is not about issues" is in the same league as "The candidate does not speak for the campaign".

The translation of the first quote is: "We don't want to talk about issues because we can't win if we do. People will notice the last eight years have been full of devastating Bush/McCain policies."

The second quote means, "We at the campaign can say one thing and John McCain at town halls can say the opposite, but you can't call him on it because he's a maverick (alternative: a POW). Besides a guy 72 doesn't remember everything he says.

Posted by: Ceee | September 2, 2008 8:52 PM | Report abuse

Well if its about personalities mcsame better get one somewhere because he is such a bore.For myself i could care less about their personalities its the issues that really matter.His manager must be a real idiot.

Posted by: sharon | September 2, 2008 8:52 PM | Report abuse

If greed, war machine and environmental destruction are your bag, then the GOP is the only way to go.

Posted by: marcoloco | September 2, 2008 8:51 PM | Report abuse

MCCAIN CAMPAIGN MANAGER RICK DAVIS CALLS PALIN "FAILIN'" ON MSNBC NEWS

NICE FREUDIAN SLIP!!!!

VIDEO HERE: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2008/9/2/185153/4475/961/583808

Posted by: laplumelefirmament | September 2, 2008 8:49 PM | Report abuse

ObamaBiden wrote:
DEMS RELEASE PALIN HOME PHONE #, SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER DIGITS IN OPPO RESEARCH FILE...

Posted by: Anonymous | September 2, 2008 8:47 PM | Report abuse

"It's not about issues, it's about personalities." Did he really say that? Wow, then poor old McCain is screwed. Mr. Personality he ain't.

Posted by: bodo | September 2, 2008 8:47 PM | Report abuse

He's a total fraud. He can't deliver on that which he promises. The only thing Obama offers is pie-in-the-sky Utopian pandering laundry lists to ignorant, naive left-wing dreamers.

Posted by: AsperGirl | September 2, 2008 8:03 PM
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Yo, Sweetie, the primary is over. Get over it. She is not in the race now. Wake up.

Obama has a lot more of a chance than Hillary, because she is not going to be President. Sorry to break the news. Get over it. Move on.

Obama has a lot more chance than McLame, because it will be a Democratic congress. McLame wouldn't be able to accomplish anything.

Posted by: michael4 | September 2, 2008 8:43 PM | Report abuse

The election should be about issues. Just listening to a speech at the GOP convention, one of the speakers says that the Republican party does not endorse government issued checks paid for by our money -- isn't that how the economic stimulus checks were funded? And what is this about the Republican party allowing people to keep more of their money to invest in their own charitable causes -- I have seen a decrease in my earning power in the past eight years in spite of a master's degree, and while I have paid more and more for health care and the costs of living have increased. Talk about spin. This campaign should certainly be about the issues, but I believe that neither Obama nor McCain are going to change things for the better. I am planning to leave the U.S. either way.

Posted by: Shari | September 2, 2008 8:42 PM | Report abuse

Here we go again ...

If the Clintons are such great executives, how did she manage to blow through so much money, leaving her campaign in the red--even if you don't count the loans that she made to herself? And why couldn't she figure out that the caucuses do, in fact, count? Oh, I forgot. The caucuses don't count because she can't win them, ergo they must be undemocratic. That is the Clinton line isn't it?

Posted by: emmesq | September 2, 2008 8:41 PM | Report abuse

So,the biggest reason there has been so damn little discussion of the issues simply
is,that our so-called news media has been
too totally obessed with promoting Democrat
Liberal Messiah Barack Hussein Obama like
Obama is the second coming rather then the
investigate what sleazy lying phony empty
suit "Typical Totally Corrupt Dirty Chicago
Gutter Politics Thug,"Drug addict and Drug
Pusher,Marxist Socialist Liberal Scumbag that the Real Barack Hussein Obama is now.

Or, WAPO and the rest are too busy currently Smearing AK GOP Gov Sarah Palin
and Sen John McCain to bother Investigating
Barack Hussein Obama and all his questionable if not out right illegal acts
by their pet Messiah Obama! NOBAMA EVER!
Fed Up Independent Voter Against Obama!

Posted by: Claudine 1000 | September 2, 2008 8:40 PM | Report abuse

Oh god, Aspergirl is here, she is worse than TheodoreRoosevelt and Chevy51 put together, what a dope.
She is the reason, with the help of Diebold, Bush won twice.
Idiots are born everyday.
She's actually still trying to talk about AYERS!
If they had a parking ticket on the guy he'd be in prison, and that was 25 years ago, geeze, let it go.
YOU'RE A RACIST. THAT IS YOUR REASON FOR HATING OBAMA, OK!
GET OVER IT. YOU'RE OUT THERE, A LOT OF YOU. IF THE MAN OFFERED YOU A MILLION BUCKS, YOU'D WALK AWAY, THAT IS HOW STUPID YOU ARE.
WHATEVER, stick to the facts, wouldya' please!
Rick Davis just called you a MORON< BUT I GUESS HE WAS RIGHT!
POOR ASPERGIRL, FAT AND ALL ALONE IN HER LITTLE ROOM! YOU MAKE ME WANT TO BE MEAN TO YOU, I CAN'T HELP IT, YOU'RE SO FRICKING IRRITATING.

Posted by: Mike | September 2, 2008 8:39 PM | Report abuse

Did he really say that?

I'm at a loss for words.

How do you even tell republicans that Rick Davis just completely trashed them in a way that they can understand - in a way that they will 'get it'?

You can't say, "don't vote," or "vote for Obama," because that would sound self-serving or like a partisan trick.

I guess what could be suggested is for republicans to write Davis and tell him to please retract his statement and that in fact issues are important to them.

If they are not, then something else has to be done. It would seal the deal as far as I am concerned.

Posted by: K Ackermann | September 2, 2008 8:38 PM | Report abuse

Well, obviously the Repugs don't want the election to be about the issues. The fact that working people have been losing ground for the last 8 years, and a research proves the gap between the poor and rich increases every time the Repulsive Repugs are in power is best obscured, according to these horrible, horrible people.

Posted by: Elizabeth | September 2, 2008 8:36 PM | Report abuse

Aspergirl,

The naivete of your girlhood is showing. If you think drilling will solve any of our energy problems, you need to take more challenging classes at school or, if the MSM is more your thing, read Thomas Friedman.

As for HRC, there was nothing revolutionary about her platform, her late in the game pandering to the working class, her base appeal to gender identity politics, or her I may have been for it (because I have to prove I'm a hawk if I want to be Commander In Chief) but now I'm against it (because I have to appease the base) approach to Iraq.

If you have any independent evidence tending to show that she could deliver on her platform without increasing our national debt (setting aside any savings from winding down in the war in Iraq that she voted for), I'd love to see it. CBO, independent think tank, neutral academic?

Posted by: emmesq | September 2, 2008 8:35 PM | Report abuse


Blackees in the Whitee House, oh my!


Posted by: chasemonster | September 2, 2008 8:34 PM | Report abuse

UNFORTUNATELY, I had to stay home all weekend, so i think I've become an expert on Palin!
So this is what I have pieced together from various places.
1. McCain pic's Palin. Oh, she indeed may have been throughly vetted, or maybe not. But her really wants LIEbermann. Can't do that, so he panders to the base.
i.e. New commercial on TV, only McCain, NO PALIN included.
2. She is forced to withdraw, BUT HEY, McCain tried to please the base, right?
3. A war is started with Iran, hey, NOW LIEbermann steps up to the plate to help!
4. He's now the mavericks running mate! Simple as that.
5. No one was paying attention to the gathering storm on the Iran border, and poof, we're at war! After all, it was Palin, all the time 24/7!
She belongs on jerry Springer, not in the White House, but worse than her have resided!

See, it's NOT about the issues. It's about McCain looking Presidential with the help of LIEbermann and Bush.

May be far fetched, but you can't put anything past these creeps!

Posted by: Andrea | September 2, 2008 8:34 PM | Report abuse

read davis's reference to "personalities" as a code word for "obama is black." get used to it, there will be more to come.

Posted by: rapswork | September 2, 2008 8:32 PM | Report abuse

I like Palin. She does things, actually executes, and not just talks.

The difference is huge. Especially in one running for an "executive" job.

The difference between academics and engineers is huge. Our colleges are filled with professors who can't figure out how to start their own lawnmowers given a manual and a week to get it straight.

The Clintons were so wonderful because they had BOTH the intellectual brilliance and the execution ability of doers.

Obama has shown no ability to produce tangible work product, much less solve the kind of problem America faces this decade.

McCain is the next best candidate, after the Clintons were out.

Posted by: AsperGirl | September 2, 2008 8:29 PM | Report abuse

Are we bombing Iran yet? Yup, yup.

Posted by: anthonyafterwit | September 2, 2008 8:29 PM | Report abuse

Re Rick Davis
No problem.
We've got a guy still married to his first wife and another guy with a nasty temper who lies and calls his wife a cun*t.
And where does lying Sarah fit in?

Posted by: Fred | September 2, 2008 8:28 PM | Report abuse

If you earn less than 250K a year what have the Republicans done for you? Since Nixon resigned I mean. What?
The Democrats are not much better, but at least they want to try to improve things.

Posted by: Blueskies | September 2, 2008 8:25 PM | Report abuse

"It's always great to find out where obese women with funny straw hats on get their XXX-sized Hawaiian polyester shirts."

Oh, wait, those are the Republican delegates from Florida demonstrating their ability to color coordinate to demonstrate party unity.

Who needs issues? We've all got issues. I'm sure John "W" McCain has a zinger coming for this one too.

Posted by: DonJulio | September 2, 2008 8:23 PM | Report abuse

Again today, Phil Gramm says, again WE ARE A NATION OF WHINERS AND IF YOU'RE NOT AT THE REPUBLICATION CONVENTION, YOU ARE A FISCAL IDIOT!
Then Davis says it's not about the issues.
IT'S GOOD TO KNOW WHAT JOHN MCCAIN, SARAH PALIN AND THE MCCAIN/PALIN CAMPAIGN THIS ABOUT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.
WELL, NOT SARAH. SHE'S A MEMBER OF THE AIP PARTY. ALASKA FIRST - ALAKSA ALWAYS.
SHE JUST WANTS YOUR TAX DOLLARS!

Posted by: Andrea D | September 2, 2008 8:23 PM | Report abuse

Well, at least they finally admit it.

For decades, Republicans have won elections by persuading people to vote against their own interests. Campaigns are, unfortunately, rarely if ever about the issues. Americans are generally too lazy to actually research issues, and just gobble up whatever BS they're fed.

Could this year be different?

Posted by: jds | September 2, 2008 8:21 PM | Report abuse

Davis, as I've suspected since I first heard his machine gun mouth, is a cynical moron. He should be fired for general and specific purposes, as should the rest of McCain's handlers.

At least he has shown how little regard for the welfare of our nation the Republican party now has. My fear is that they will be able to find some message, any message that they can scrape up, to once again pull the Republican blanket over our collective eyes.

The latest ploy seems to be "attacking motherhood." Next they'll add "apple pie" to the mantra, as they filibuster news shows, in unison, with their talking points.

What poppycock.

Posted by: michael4 | September 2, 2008 8:20 PM | Report abuse

"We are in the worst Republican environment since Nixon in 1972," said Davis. "We take that seriously. We get the joke."

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What a RETARD. Look Davis, Never go full retard man, never. You got it?

Whats different?
Nixon was hugely popular with the working classes, he won the 1972 election in a landslide, he carried 49 of 50 states.
How popular are the republicans today with the working classes? Are they set to sweep away with the elctions?

Nixon was one of the ten best Presidents the US ever had, and had a hugely successfull Presidency, created a booming economy, was so efficent he had a large budget surplus and wanted to use it for national Health Insurence, except for being forced to resign over Watergate instead.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 2, 2008 8:19 PM | Report abuse

"We don't know how many people wanted to party with the Democrats -- 80,000 got to attend, many tens of thousands more couldn't get a ticket"

Going to a coliseum to see top musical stars perform and other hype leading up to a set of speeches, is going to see a performance, not "partying" with the people. I'm sure the people who came to the coliseum were there to hang out with the Democratic delegates!

It's always great to find out where obese women with funny straw hats on get their XXX-sized Hawaiian polyester shirts.

Posted by: AsperGirl | September 2, 2008 8:18 PM | Report abuse

Well, right now, Kyra Phillips on CNN is stating that Sarah Palin is someone she really would like to sit down and have a beer with. Once they got drunk they would then talk about policy? We have heard this before, haven't we. So many people "liked" G.W. Bush because they felt they would really like to sit down and have a beer with him. Christians that they are, of course, who like to drink and pray.
That notwithstanding, Rick Davis is stating the Republican strategy that has won for them for years: create an image people respond to emotionally. He is being honest when he states that the people Republicans are trying to recruit do NOT respond to anything BUT emotion. Therefore, Republican ad men plow the fields of every lowest common denominator they can dredge up.
Right now, with their "Country First" theme they are telling us that everyone who is not a Republican is NOT for America and is, therefore, a traitor, a socialist, a Democrat.

Posted by: personality over policy | September 2, 2008 8:17 PM | Report abuse

I believe that the leadership of our country lacks the wisdom and foresight of the Kennedy administration. High Noon, pre-emptive politics is a threat to global security. The Republican slogan "Country First" thinly veils the same old machismo that began with Manifest Destiny and 'greed will save America'. The "I-Me-My" generation has to get over itself. We have to enter a more cooperative era and be less of a bully and more of an catalist for positive change that places all nations first, all people everywhere, not just our own.

Posted by: Steven J. Beto | September 2, 2008 8:17 PM | Report abuse

Chris:

Point of information: Could you please tell us in a note to the blog whether there is such thing as a totally white "The Fix - Content Submission Error" page?

I have gotten this page a couple of times. It contains bad grammar and no graphics of any sort, just black (and some blue) words on white.

If there IS a "content submission error" page, could you please, in a note to readers, reprint the exact text -- so we can determine if a third party is hacking your site and inserting "spoofed" pages?

If that is happening, it's very serious criminal tampering with a major media web site, and should be brought to light.

If it IS a WaPo page, why doesn't it have any mention of WaPo or any graphics?

It looks "spoofy" to me. Thanks.

Posted by: scrivener | September 2, 2008 8:16 PM | Report abuse

I guess Mr. Davis has to hope the election is decided on personalities (although, personally, I think John McCain personifies unpleasantness) because if the election is decided on the issues--well, once the Palin debacle finishes playing out, a HUGE issue is going to be John McCain's judgement, or lack thereof.

Posted by: nicekid | September 2, 2008 8:15 PM | Report abuse

I suspect the real plan is to promote McCain as a personality by upping the ante beyond the Georgia fiasco. According to today's jpost, Dutch intelligence is saying the US is about to bomb Iran. Then the Republicans can make the argument that McCain is the more experienced man to take over during a huge international mess. Too bad he's a shoot-from-the-hip hothead. But seriously, while everyone is focused on Bristol and Todd, there may well be a real plot to provide McCain with an October surprise.

Posted by: scientist1 | September 2, 2008 8:14 PM | Report abuse

My friends, the campaign has not been about issues for some time now. I'm a former POW who may have issues with authority types, but don't think for a second that has affected my decision to bring other unqualified politicians to my team.

This campaign my friends is actually a popularity contest that will be won on the charming personalities from a likable former Admiral's son, and beauty queen pageant winner (who I think women will find it exceptionally appealing just because they are women), that and someone who wants to drill for the most oil. Alaska could very well be the next Middle East you know.

Who wants to explore alternative energy and talk about tomfoolery like that when it is just too easy to keep doing things the way we have a for so long. Texas could be the other next Middle East too. Let's just get drilling for that Gas Tax Holiday.

I've got some more good jokes coming up for you my friends, just keep watching.

Posted by: John "W" McCain | September 2, 2008 8:14 PM | Report abuse

Most Americans are under-educated and simply not capable of making sound decisions - a fact Republicans take advantage of all the time. Sadly, these people nearly always wind up voting against their own self interest.

If McCain wins, we're doomed.

Posted by: Anonoman | September 2, 2008 8:12 PM | Report abuse

OUt of Mr. Davis's mouth we now know the truth about the McCain campaign. They can't talk about important issues like the economy, health care, jobs, war, security, etc. because they don't have a clue as to what to talk about.

So they resort to personality promotion, character assassination and other gutter devices.

Thanks, Mr. Davis, for, perhaps, the one and truthful statement to come out of your mouth.

Posted by: Peter Barnett | September 2, 2008 8:08 PM | Report abuse

scrivener

I checked out the link, and now I'm confused:

Who's smarter, you or diddy?

Posted by: viejo1 | September 2, 2008 8:06 PM | Report abuse

We don't know how many people wanted to party with the Democrats -- 80,000 got to attend, many tens of thousands more couldn't get a ticket

Posted by: Young and Vibrant | September 2, 2008 7:54 PM

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News commentators said the line stretched for a mile outside the stadium.

Posted by: matchpoint | September 2, 2008 8:06 PM | Report abuse

After several months of scrutinizing Barack Obama's former place of worship, reporters are now taking a close look at Alaskan churches frequented by presumptive Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin.

As the Huffington Post reported earlier Tuesday, Palin addressed a gathering at the Wasilla Assembly of God, asking them to pray for oil pipeline development and "God's will" in Iraq. Meanwhile, the Boston Herald and Newsweek have both identified Wasilla Bible Church as the Alaska Governor's most recent church. And it was at that Bible Church where a recent guest described a Palestinian attack on Israeli citizens as part of God's judgment coming to pass on Earth -- an analysis likely troubling both to Jews, as well as to mainstream foreign policy analysts.

Describing a trip by his son to Jerusalem, Jews for Jesus founder David Brickner described the a July Palestinian bulldozer attack against Israeli civilians as part of God's "judgment."

That speech, from August 17, is posted on the church's website, along with all other recent addresses delivered to the congregation.

In a talk entitled "The Jerusalem Dilemma," Brickner also went on to describe all of the problems in the Middle East as related to Jerusalem. "But what we see in Israel, the conflict that is spilled through the Middle East, really which is all about Jerusalem, is an ongoing reflection of the fact that there is judgment," Brickner told Palin's church, adding: "Judgment is very real and we see it played out on the pages of the newspapers and on the television. It's very real. When Isaac [Brickner's son] was in Jerusalem he was there to witness some of that judgment, some of that conflict, when a Palestinian from East Jerusalem took a bulldozer and went plowing through a score of cars, killing numbers of people. Judgment -- you can't miss it."

Listen to Brickner here.

Brickner's analysis tracks with various other strains of evangelist Christian eschatology, but finds decidedly less favor in foreign policy circles. With Gov. Palin's views on foreign policy mostly unknown, and the McCain campaign thus far ill disposed to the idea of making her available to the national press, it's unclear how much stock she personally puts in Brickner's theory. An email to the McCain campaign asking for clarification was not immediately returned.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 2, 2008 8:06 PM | Report abuse

rick davis can run his campaign any way he wants

if mcsame thinks he can duck the issues, he's right

we can all make our own choice about how important the issues are

since mcsame doesn't think the issues are important, we can all choose the candidate who does think this election is about issues instead of character

btw, mr davis, a person who ducks the issues doesn't have any good character in the first place ...

Posted by: freepatriot | September 2, 2008 8:05 PM | Report abuse

The mainstream media coverage indicates these are the most important issues by far:

1. O's middle name
2. Rev. Wright
3. Michelle's fistbumps
4. An 85 year old ex-hippie "weatherman" in O's neighborhood
5. Scarlett Johansen's email to O
6. An O neighbor named Resko
7. Using the adjective bitter
8. Flag jewelry
9. O's half brother in Africa
10.Being black
11.Being uppity
12.Daring to give a message of hope to 200,000 Germans when Mac drew 10 people to a diner in Dayton Ohio
13.Brushing dust of his shoulder during a speech
14. Daring to draw 85,000 to Denver of all races, creeds, and religions

Did I leave any issues out?

Posted by: Mainstream Media | September 2, 2008 8:04 PM | Report abuse

>>WTF wrote: "What are "Utopian Dreams"? Affordable healthcare, products that don't kill you, clean air and water, coherent foreign policy, a workplace free of discrimination, safe working conditions, competent government, intelligent policy (even using science, gasp), and a decent education for all who apply themselves? Because that's what we are running on and they are called issues..."

There's nothing wrong with that wish-list. It's just that there's nothing that Obama says that gets one from where we are to attaining that wish list.

I.e. the stuff he says is all unrealistic, ignorant, pie-in-the-sky stuff.

All his support for corn ethanol biofuels is a big fraud. The federal mandate isn't viable. We already use 25 percent of our corn crop for ethanol biofuels and... oh what's the point, there's no way to discuss the technical points of implementation of wish lists with dreamers.

Obama says energy independence in 10 years. That is literally impossible without the offshore and new oil exploration and drilling, without quickly adding more nuclear and so on. John McCain's flat-out "all of the above" (do everything) energy plan is much more ambitious and yet he doesn't even promise energy independence in 10 years.

The same goes with all the middle class tax cuts, entitlement programs and everything else Obama promises. There is no way he won't either explode the budget or raise taxes to draconian levels on those people he deems are "rich" (over $150?), or both.

The stuff Obama talks about has no bearing on reality.

The reason I loved Clinton's candidacy so much is that she was the only Democratic candidate in decades with a plausible set of plans and implementation schemes that would have actually enabled her to pull off universal health care, progress toward energy independence, foreign policy competence and climate change abatement -- all without crashing our economy with crazy Jimmy Carter era stagflation-creating taxes. She and Bill had clearly labored over her platforms and agendas as it was a brilliant, highly competent compilation.

Then Mr. Hope came surging through with totally implausible talk and pandering promises left and right that had no plausible way of being executed given the naive statements he made and his inability to defend his ideas in debates, and totally pushed the primary contest onto personality ground. He practically xeroxed her positions and agendas, with minor changes that revealed he didn't understand what the important parts were, and then claimed that there was "no air between the candidates" so that we should pick the one with a better personality and more passionate following.

He's a total fraud. He can't deliver on that which he promises. The only thing Obama offers is pie-in-the-sky Utopian pandering laundry lists to ignorant, naive left-wing dreamers.

Posted by: AsperGirl | September 2, 2008 8:03 PM | Report abuse

You both have the most beautiful smiles.

When you smile, I can't help but smile, too.

Michelle, you seem a little insecure about your smile. Don't be. The light of your heart shines when you smile .

If this election is about personalities/attractiveness (heaven forbid)

THE OBAMA SMILES WILL WIN THE HEARTS OF AMERICA.

Please don't break them, K?

Posted by: Michelle & Obama | September 2, 2008 8:02 PM | Report abuse

McCain's campaign manager is dead wrong if he thinks that the more American's learn about McCain's character the more we'll like him.

Nine months ago I was adamant that if Hillary became the Democratic nominee I'd vote McCain. I told this to all my friends.

Well the more I've learned about candidate McCain recently the more I regret telling anyone there was even a remote chance that I'd vote for him.

The decisions of candidate McCain prove there was a lot to his character I didn't know. Mostly it tells me he isn't a man that sticks by his principles. He's arrogant and has poor judgment.

His baseless character attacks on his opponent. His attacks on Obama's patriotism. His willingness to employ the low Rove tactics used against him in 2000, and even the same people!

And then came his pick of Palin. He's wants us to trust his judgment when he picks someone with so little vetting to be vice president. He picks someone with zero foreign policy experience to be vice president when he's 72 years old.

I like a person that's willing to take risks -- but those would be reasoned risks. Not wild, uninformed picks from the gut.

No Mr. Davis, you've got it wrong. The more we learn about McCain's quirky, risk-taking behavior the more I'm convinced the Senate is a fine place for him, but not the White House.

Posted by: wappinne | September 2, 2008 8:01 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: scrivener | September 2, 2008 7:59 PM | Report abuse

Saying that this election is not about issues is like Charles Manson saying "This trial is not about murder, I just trimmed my beard."

FREE AMERICA

REVOLUTIONARY DEMOCRACY

Posted by: Marc Schlee | September 2, 2008 7:58 PM | Report abuse

Clearly, a focus on issues is the last thing a candidate seeking four more years of failed policies would hope for. Sen. McCain, however, would do well to understand that the country e claims to 'put first' is in deep distress, at home and internationally.

Posted by: kasalzmann | September 2, 2008 7:56 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: scrivener | September 2, 2008 7:56 PM | Report abuse

to asper girl...you are the most retarded person on the post! Lets generalize just a little bit more. Would you like to see what a republic family looks like in hills of virginia or arkansas? Since I saw Deliverence back in the 80's I have come to assume all people in Georgia are like that. Now wasnt that just a stupid remark I made! Of course it was because there is no way I could have possibly seen every person in Georgia! Asper girl..you only showed your true ignorance..you didnt offend me so much as shame your mother and father.

Posted by: russell | September 2, 2008 7:55 PM | Report abuse

THE Admiral SON.

In Oct. 26, 1967, the admiral's son while flying his 23rd mission over North Vietnam, once again fell from the sky, this time landing in the hands of a brutal enemy. He was beaten and bayoneted. His shoulder was smashed and his right calf was nearly perpendicular to his knee.
The severely wounded McCain was finally thrown on the back of a truck and hauled to the infamous Hanoi Hilton prison camp. Immediately, his captors began to interrogate him using sadistic methods they had perfected on hundreds of captured U.S. servicemen before him.

His interrogators demanded military information. When he refused, his guards kicked and pounded him mercilessly.
McCain admits that three to four days after he was captured, he promised the Vietnamese, "I'll give you military information if you will take me to the hospital."
McCain also admits that the Vietnamese rushed him to a hospital, but denies he was given "special medical treatment" because of his promise.
He claims he was given medical care normally unavailable to captured Americans only because the Vietnamese learned he was the son of Admiral John S. McCain, Jr., the soon-to-be commander of all U.S. forces in the Pacific including those fighting in Vietnam.

The Vietnamese figured that because POW McCain's father was of such high military rank that he was of royalty or the governing circle in the United States. Thereafter the communist bragged that they had captured "the crown prince"and treated him as a "special prisoner."

Less than two weeks after McCain was taken to a hospital, Hanoi's press began quoting him giving specific military information, including the name of the aircraft carrier on which he was based, numbers of U.S. pilots that had been lost, the number of aircraft in his flight, information about location of rescue ships and the order of which his attack was supposed to take place.
There is also evidence that McCain received "special" medical treatment from a Soviet physician.

After he was out of the hospital, McCain continued cooperating with the North Vietnamese for a period of three years. He made radio broadcasts for the communists and met with foreign delegations, including the Cubans. He was interviewed by at least two North Vietnamese generals one of whom was Vietnam's national hero, General Vo Nguyen Giap.

On June 4, 1969, a U.S. wire service story headlined "PW Songbird Is Pilot Son of Admiral," reported one of McCain's radio broadcasts: "Hanoi has aired a broadcast in which the pilot son of the United States commander in the Pacific, Adm. John McCain, purportedly admits to having bombed civilian targets in North Vietnam and praises medical treatment he has received since being taken prisoner.
McCain says he violated the Code of Conduct only when the North Vietnamese brutally tortured him. He further claims that he was so distraught afterwards that he tried to commit suicide. He has never explained why his "aid to the enemy" continued for more than three years.

Even though there are no reports in the public record from other POWs who witnessed McCain's claims of torture and heroics or his attempted suicide, the American media has accepted his version of events word for word, no questions asked.

Yet, the same press that transformed the admiral's son into an "incredible war hero--an inspiration to all Americans," vilified the two grunts.
Comparing the incidents surrounding the fates of three POWs,' who collaborated with the enemy, makes one question why two faced possible execution for treason, while the third won acclaim as a hero fit to be President of the United States.
Once more, Lady Luck had smiled on John McCain . . . or was it the admiral?


Posted by: Anonymous | September 2, 2008 7:55 PM | Report abuse

We don't know how many people wanted to party with the Democrats -- 80,000 got to attend, many tens of thousands more couldn't get a ticket

Posted by: Young and Vibrant | September 2, 2008 7:54 PM | Report abuse

Guess I really was offended. Should have read "more" you open your mouth. And I most certainly am offended by your ignorant rant.

Posted by: janiet1523 | September 2, 2008 7:54 PM | Report abuse

The people at the Republican convention look less boisterous, joyful and fun than the ones at the Democratic convention. But who would want to party with the loony-looking slobs at the Democratic convention, anyways?

Posted by: AsperGirl | September 2, 2008 7:52 PM | Report abuse

Teens SHOULD NOT become mothers, nor does the taxpayer feel like financing irresponsible motherhood. Teens should focus on their responsibility to become educated and employed; motherhood can, and should, come later--but ONLY in the case where the taxpayer must fund their livelihood. There are far too many teen parents who give neither a thought nor a gesture towards providing for their children.

Posted by: Good for Palin | September 2, 2008 7:51 PM | Report abuse

Apergirl,
What are "Utopian Dreams"? Affordable healthcare, products that don't kill you, clean air and water, coherent foreign policy, a workplace free of discrimination, safe working conditions, competent government, intelligent policy (even using science, gasp), and a decent education for all who apply themselves? Because that's what we are running on and they are called issues. All you guys offer are Coolidge-Hoover-Bush policies that result in wealth consolidation and a weaker country. Of course, you can't run on this so you must talk about character composites, i.e. smear campaigns. I guess we should all work to sell predatory loans and rip off as many suckers as possible while our country collapses.

Posted by: WTF | September 2, 2008 7:51 PM | Report abuse

Someone once posted that Aspergirl is actually Rush Limbaugh. In the name of all thats holy,...Aspergirl, say it ain't so!

GOP Convention = Yawn.

Posted by: Donny | September 2, 2008 7:51 PM | Report abuse

Aspergirl, the moe and wider you open your mouth the deeper the foot goes in and the more utter, arrogant, Republican fool you prove to be.

I am indeed, not only by your observations, but worse by your attempts to justify them. Look down your pointy nose all you like, or turn it up, whatever.

Posted by: janiet1523 | September 2, 2008 7:51 PM | Report abuse

Apparently AsperGirl (what IS that anyway) missed the 80,000 who attended Obama's speech at Mile High Stadium. I was there and thinking that the sight of these 80,000, mostly in the 20 to 50 age range, was going to give those tired old fat Republicans a heart attack! Once the old people pass on, the GOP is going to have to really ramp up the election fraud to win anywhere.

Posted by: Young and Vibrant | September 2, 2008 7:50 PM | Report abuse

>> Eyes2disinfo wrote: "In response to you post, supra, I hereby withdraw my comment that you are a "good writer." I apologize for my error."

Oh come on, don't you have "Eyes"?

It's like going from the monkey house at the zoo into the aquarium! The Democratic delegates looked like a crazy old aunt that lives in an old schoolbus in a commune in New Mexico. The Republican delegates look like the people you'd trust giving a deposit to.

Kind of fits in with all the irrational, "hopium" delusional behavior. They're stupid and eccentric!

Posted by: AsperGirl | September 2, 2008 7:49 PM | Report abuse

Finally, definitive proof that politics is nothing more than a game to the GOP - a chance to manipulate the masses into voting against their interests and for the benefit of the wealthy and privileged. The GOP has long had the advantage of running a campaign with nothing to lose and they have finally run out of BS to cling to. It was a good run though, fellas - too bad you did so much damage to the country and to the world in the process. The fact is, after 8 years of President Obama, the rich will still be rich, the GOP base will still have their multiple vacation homes, and the rest of us (95% of America) will be much much better off.

Posted by: JPS | September 2, 2008 7:49 PM | Report abuse

Why won't Palin talk to the press? Seems like there's just too much to hide. Here's another little tidbit highlighting her pettiness, narrow mindedness and combativeness from a Wasilla resident:

"While Sarah was Mayor of Wasilla she tried to fire our highly respected
City Librarian because the Librarian refused to consider removing from
the library some books that Sarah wanted removed. City residents
rallied to the defense of the City Librarian and against Palin's
attempt at out-and-out censorship, so Palin backed down and withdrew
her termination letter. People who fought her attempt to oust the
Librarian are on her enemies list to this day."

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2008/9/2/12360/51031/527/573079

Posted by: MoraganLeFay | September 2, 2008 7:48 PM | Report abuse

Aspergirl is entitled to her own opinions. However, Aspergirl is definitely in need of a new pair of glasses.

Posted by: Earl C | September 2, 2008 7:45 PM | Report abuse

If you listen to the campaign logic of the Republicans, there is little wonder that this campaign will not be about the issues -- because the Republicans have taken all of the issues off the table.

1. Abstinence education as the only sex education for children.
2. Civility - the webpage of the future son-in-law shows a lack of it in speech and deed.
3. Experience -- give me a break about the fact that Alaska is next door to Russia.
4. Earmarks
5. Off-shore drilling
6. Drugs and alcohol

The list goes on and on.

Basically, the Republicans are eating a strange food before our very eyes. I just saw a convention hat with the badge, "I love unwed mothers." (Does this mean that the person puts a priority on having children out of wedlock?) Yes, the Republican Party has finally become a party of "compassionate conservatism," except where our young men and women are concerned who have had to fight three and four tours in Iraq.

Sarah Palin, with each and every new revelation, is causing Republicans everywhere to eat the strange food. Perhaps coolaid will be next. Oh, how I hate to see misery.

Posted by: Earl C | September 2, 2008 7:43 PM | Report abuse

AsperGirl:

In response to you post, supra, I hereby withdraw my comment that you are a "good writer." I apologize for my error.

Posted by: Eyes2disinfo | September 2, 2008 7:42 PM | Report abuse

As for the people who were offended by my comment that the people at the Republican convention were nicely dressed, and looked well-turned out while the people at the Democratic convention were mostly obese, eccentric looking slobs, I'd like to offer my own interpretation of the "looks gap":

Winston Churchill said, "If you're not a liberal when you're 25, you have no heart. If you're not a conservative by the time you're 35, you have no brain".

I think that most people who go to conventions are a little older, and what you see at the Democratic convention are indeed the low-I.Q., eccentric old people who never succeeded, grew up or moved on from their infantile utopian dreams that the Democrats are still spoon-feeding to credulous, naive dreamers.

The older Democrats are old eccentrics and never-succeeded folks!


Posted by: AsperGirl | September 2, 2008 7:36 PM | Report abuse

you wish. how could you be so stupid, as to try to spin an election by saying it's about personalities and not issues?
there isn't anything bush can say regarding foreign policy that will help mccain. November 14, 2002 - "The Gulf War in the 1990s lasted five days on the ground. I can't tell you if the use of force in Iraq today would last five days, or five weeks or five months. But it certainly isn't going to last any longer than that." - Then Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. * March 16, 2003 - "I think things have gotten so bad inside Iraq, from the standpoint of the Iraqi people, my belief is we will, in fact, be greeted as liberators." - U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney to U.S. television network NBC. May 1, 2003 - "Major combat operations in Iraq have ended. In the battle of Iraq, the United States and our allies have prevailed." - U.S. President George W. Bush, aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln under a banner declaring "Mission Accomplished * October 25, 2006 - "It's my responsibility to provide the American people with a candid assessment on the way forward ... Absolutely, we're winning." - Bush. January 10, 2007 - "The situation in Iraq is unacceptable to the American people -- and it is unacceptable to me ... Where mistakes have been made, the responsibility "rests" with me." - Bush.

Posted by: damassio | September 2, 2008 7:34 PM | Report abuse

Is that the sound of 300 million Americans clapping for the blogs and alternative media (e.g., Enqurier) for actually reporting the news and letting the people decide, to paraphase the Faux News slogan?

HuffPo, Daliy Kos (whom the MSM is now trying to intimdate), the Enquirer, and the blogs have broken all the major Plain stories the past few days: the baby hoax (is the MSM still calling it a "rumor"?), the wacko Palin pastor, the Palin agenda to have Alaska secede from the Union under the banner of "states rights" (where and when have I heard that before -- 1948 Strom Thurmond Dixiecrats or 1862 Jefferson Davis, perhaps), the devotion to Buchanan's [alleged] agenda of racial intolerance and Antisemitism (goodbye, Florida), the illegal attempts by Palin to have her brother in law fired.

As for the [alleged] baby hoax, there is reporting now that Palin revealed the new pregnancy not to disprove reports the earlier pregnancy was not hers (it does not disprove anything but that is another matter) but because the Enquirer was just about to report on the new pregnancy. She was trying to get ahead of the E story.

This is a brave new world for real Ben Franklin-pamphleting-on-the-courthouse-door-style journalism. Thank you, Internal journalism.

Posted by: 300 million Americans clapping | September 2, 2008 7:32 PM | Report abuse

Scott:
"Conservatives focus on rationality."

Like the war criminals in the Bush administration? That kind of rational? Or big, brave John "Hot Sauce" McCain voting against health care for the poorest kids in out country? Lying to get us into war? Handing the corporate, white and rich gigantic tax breaks at the expense of the shrinking middle class? Turning off habeus corpus and several of the Bills of Rights in our Constitution?

Please cite an example, not just words, of conservative rationality in the last eight years. I see nothing but power and money-mad psychotics and meglomaniacal twits trying to end democracy in the United States.

Posted by: SteveCO | September 2, 2008 7:31 PM | Report abuse

Hookay, just for the sake of argument let's say Mr. (used loosely) Davis is correct and personalities are all that matter.

John McCain: ebullient, gregarious, handsome, can sing and dance even talking out of both sides of his mouth and at the same time! Wow! Just Wow! NOT! He is the most boring personality I have ever had to sit through for at least a minute - no more for God's sake. Yep, Mr. Personality. That's Johnny boy.

Barack Obama: Yep, really boring. He put 84,000 people to sleep all in one fell swoop. All the 38 to 40 million who sat in awe around the entire world yawned and fell out of their seats. Right!!

So much for a reality check. Keep ignoring the issues, because they actually don't have any basis in fact and really aren't worth your attention or time.

So heavy on the sarcasm button it broke a fingernail!!

Posted by: janiet1523 | September 2, 2008 7:29 PM | Report abuse

What an arrogant pr-ck Rick Davis is. They'll "get around" to having Palin answer questions from reporters? I hope this guy is mopping floors after McCain goes down in flames once again.

Posted by: S. | September 2, 2008 7:29 PM | Report abuse

A LOT of people were annoyed by my post:

"Strange how clean, attractive, well-dressed and nice the delegates at the Republican convention look. People are actually wearing suits and have professionally groomed (not self-cut) hair.

"They are a sharp contrast to the almost uniformly obese, strangely dressed, weird-talking motley crew at the Democratic convention."

This was a flat-out observation. Yet many people read (projected) their own interpretations onto it! LOL.

There was the guy who thought I thought they were attractive men (he suggested most of them were looking for man-on-man action).

There was the poster who believed I was using code for "they look white".

There is the poster who suggests that I'm suggesting that this is a separate class of people from a cross section of real America.

So many responses to what was a straight-out, banal observation. I meant a little dig, but nothing more than that. What I observed was true: neat, intelligent looking, well-dressed and respectfully turned out people at the Republican convention versus the almost uniformly obese, eccentric looking slobs at the Democratic convention.

Make of that observation what you will. I'm not making it up and I have no hidden messages or racial code words implied in it!

Posted by: AsperGirl | September 2, 2008 7:28 PM | Report abuse

Just heard on Cleveland radio that McCain is in Cleveland and going to be spending the night on "a personal matter."

Posted by: cleveland | September 2, 2008 7:21 PM | Report abuse

Thank you, Mr. Davis, for FINALLY being so honest. Issues mean nothing to McCain. Just winning by defining Obama negatively does. It's all so clear to me now.

Posted by: SAGG | September 2, 2008 7:18 PM | Report abuse

That is the only hons thing out of the McBush camp in MONTHS!!
They never HAD an issue, just Obama

Posted by: rootn4obaman08 | September 2, 2008 7:17 PM | Report abuse

Ayers, Smears! For all you nitwits that keep trying with all your might to drudge up Ayers all the time, no one cares, ok!
Ayers sat on a committee with Obama, once and gave $200 to Obama's campaign in 1997.
Now, don't you think if the guy had an outstanding parking ticket they would have sent him to prison, YES, the answer is YES!
Nothing, nada, zip, zilch, he is a college professor and has been for years and years.
So, please, give it a rest. IT YOUR only excuse for being a racist! IT'S YOUR COVER UP! YOUR BIG FAT EXCUSE FOR BEING SO AWFUL. OBAMA WILL DO BETTER FOR THIS COUNTRY IN THE FIRST 100DAYS, THAN BUSH HAS DONE IN 8 LONG, MISERABLE YEARS.
AND HEY, WHEN OBAMA WINS, AND HE WILL, WE EXPECT ALL OF YOU TO SHUT YOUR MOUTHS!
THERE MAY BE A CHANCE THEN YOU WON'T WIND UP LIVING UNDER A FREEWAY OVERPASS, CAUSE IF WE KEEP GOING DOWN THIS ROAD, WE'LL ALL BE THERE TOGETHER!

Posted by: David HUSSEIN Thomas | September 2, 2008 7:16 PM | Report abuse

How insulting. This isn't some reality talent show. The voting in November will determine whether or not our great grandchildren remember us as forward thinkers or schmucks.

Posted by: eclectic elder | September 2, 2008 7:14 PM | Report abuse

Seems like a major bounce to everyone, except Associated Press and Mr. Fournier. AP, which denies any O bounce, figures why report the news when you can make it up?

Historically the post convention bounce is 6, and O is above that. But for the ongoing endless campaign by the Clintons against O, usually through HRC surrogates like G. Ferraro or Estrich, he would be 13-14.
____
"Can you say, "bounce?"

Gallup Tracking: Obama 50, McCain 42 Obama +8
Rasmussen Tracking: Obama 51, McCain 45 Obama +6
USA Today/Gallup: Obama 50, McCain 43 Obama +7
Hotline/FD: Obama 48, McCain 39 Obama +9
CBS News: Obama 48, McCain 40 Obama +8

Posted by: jac13 | September 2, 2008 2:45 PM"

Posted by: Anonymous | September 2, 2008 7:12 PM | Report abuse

By pretending its not about "issues," and based on the campaign they are running, he's implying its about "values."

And the "composite" values that matter are race and sex!

Holy compost!

Posted by: XRayD | September 2, 2008 7:11 PM | Report abuse

Ya'll should review some of the things her pastor from that little town in Alaska has had to say over the years.

Amazing.

Posted by: Ron | September 2, 2008 7:09 PM | Report abuse

"This election is not about issues," said Davis. "This election is about a composite view of what people take away from these candidates."

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Mr. McCain doesn't have a good personality or presence. What are you thinking?

not a smart tack for him to take.

Sarah Palin is not qualified to be one heartbeat away from the Presidency of the United States.

We ALL know it, even Sarah.

keep hiding, dear.

Posted by: Julio | September 2, 2008 7:08 PM | Report abuse

Memo to Rick Davis:

For the lower seven-eights of the income bracket, the last eight years were no joke.

In a true democracy, if you abuse power you lose it...

Posted by: Keenobserver | September 2, 2008 7:07 PM | Report abuse

Aspergirl translation:

"Look how nice and white all the delegates to Republican convention are!"

Well, they're old too, but they still like to mix it up in the stalls!

Posted by: orrg1 | September 2, 2008 7:06 PM | Report abuse

It's not that John McCain doesn't care, he just doesn't know.

-Obama

Posted by: geez | September 2, 2008 7:06 PM | Report abuse

Memo to Rick Davis:

For the lower seven-eights of the income bracket, the last eight years were no joke.

In a true democracy, if you abuse power you lose it...

Posted by: Keenobserver | September 2, 2008 7:05 PM | Report abuse

If this campaign is in fact about candidate "personalities" rather than issues, the Republicans may be in for an even bigger whuppin' than they could expect on issues alone. As this campaign has unfolded, I have gone from knowing almost nothing about Barack Obama to finding him to be someone I would like to have for a neighbor. Joe Biden is someone I really would like to have a beer with. On the other hand, John McCain appears more and more like the crotchety old goat down the street who is always screaming at people to stay off of his lawn. And while I'm still completely unfamiliar with Sarah Palin, I haven't been favorably impressed by what I've learned so far.

Posted by: jsw | September 2, 2008 7:04 PM | Report abuse

"...now would not be the right time..." for Palin to talk to the media??? How about 3:00 in the morning?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 2, 2008 7:04 PM | Report abuse

Two wars, rising unemployment, surging inflation, exploding debt, Russia resurgent, Osama bin Laden still on the loose...and McCain's campaign manager (no less) says that the election isn't about issues! Oh I see, it must be about trust. The warm feeling you get after McCain promises that his only selection criterion for VP will be their fitness to assume the office of President, and then he picks a complete unknown who is unvetted and has zero knowledge of foreign policy, economic policy... Kind of makes you wonder what he'd do in a confrontation with Russia: "C'mon lucky seven! Baby needs a new pair of shoes!"

Face it folks, if the Republicans don't deserve to be turned out the oval office after the last 8 years and the present circus, you might as well give it to them forever, because I just don't see what more they could do wrong that they haven't already. And that goes for the current President, as well as their candidate for President.

Posted by: orrg1 | September 2, 2008 7:03 PM | Report abuse

>>AsperGirl wrote: "Strange how clean, attractive, well-dressed and nice the delegates at the Republican convention look. People are actually wearing suits and have professionally groomed (not self-cut) hair.

Here's something fun to do AsperGirl... go to Craigslist in Minneapolis-St. Paul and see how many of those wonderfully groomed guys are looking for man-on-man action. It's a hoot!

Posted by: Hooter | September 2, 2008 7:00 PM | Report abuse

Yea, right. Of course its about issues. And one of them is the incompetence of McCain and his campaign advisor. I for one dont want to turn the country over to a nutcase who shoots from the hip without much thought.

Posted by: Paul Nolan | September 2, 2008 6:57 PM | Report abuse

Mr. McCain, just throw in the TOWEL for the sake of your kids and the country. You have lost all credibility. You have no plan for the country. You admitted economic illiteracy. Now, you are admitting that your campaign is NOT about issues but rather popularity contest! I am suspecting that “the Age” thing is catching up with you. This is a senile behavior. May God bless you and your soul.

Posted by: May God Bless America. | September 2, 2008 6:55 PM | Report abuse

There is NO way that Sarah Palin is prepared for the White House.

What a sham of a VP choice!

Posted by: rnc | September 2, 2008 6:54 PM | Report abuse

Not about issues?

That's why you need to start supporting minor party candidates and independents like Ralph Nader, Cynthia McKinney, Ron Paul, and Bob Barr.

From here on out all you're going to get from the Dems and the GOP is more of the same garbage you ALWAYS get from them. Who is "electable"? Whose message is right for the 3 little bears? Is it too cold, too hot, or JUST RIGHT?

They don't think of you as adults, they think of you as easily manipulated children who, if provoked properly, may go out and cast a vote.

Grow a pair. Of firing synapses. Show them they are wrong. Ron Paul is in MPLS, so is Nader. Nader is going on to Eau Claire, WI. Send these people your money, stop sending it to campaigns who think you're AN IDIOT.

Why does the League of Women Voters not sponsor the "debates" any more? It's because they are CLOSED and they are nothing but COMMERCIALS where the wildest statements you could imagine are left unchallenged to stand as "fact".

Wake up, America. If you're a righty, a centrist, or a lefty, Dennis Kucinich was speaking to YOU. Time to wake up, grow up, and stop these people from completely destroying your country.

Nader, Paul, McKinney, Barr '08

-Wexler

Posted by: William W. Wexler | September 2, 2008 6:53 PM | Report abuse

AsperGirl - If you want well dressed, neatly groomed sorts, go check out the ohoto's of any FLDS gathering... or a meeting of the Arian Nation in Idaho. Those people are all fit, all well dressed, all neatly made up, the handsomest bunch of truly frightening people you will ever encounter. Are you saying, then, that you and the Republican Party and John McCain are basically Nazi's? I can by that.

As for the anti-abortion and Down's Syndrome rants, I want it noted that every single poster also votes against any sort of subsidy for families that care for and raise these children. Just how money and time do you think it takes? There are thousands of these children, waiting for adoption, and I don't see "Pro Lifers" lining up to adopt them. Likewise, families that attempt to raise these children often simply come apart because of the stress, both financial and emotional, but the last people you can count on for any help are these pro-lifers.

KOZ - that "temple" you refer to was a mock up of the White House facade. Are you going to tell me, admit in public, that you don't recognize the residence of the President of your own country? Are you so used to those Wall Mart made in China U.S. flags that you finally don't recognize the real thing?

This is what it all boils down to, hypocracy, outlandish lies, ignorance, deceit, and extremism. Those are the values of the Republican's posting here and elsewhere. Well, people, we're not just taking our country back, we mean to be rid of you!

Posted by: mibrooks27 | September 2, 2008 6:52 PM | Report abuse

New Country song

"I'm gonna have a Shotgun Wedding cause Momma is a member of the NRA"

Posted by: vc | September 2, 2008 6:50 PM | Report abuse

"Rick Davis is throwing a Hail Mary pass."

I am so sick of McCain critics saying that the Palin pick is a Hail Mary.

It is actually a fake punt from his own end zone, followed by a reverse, halfback pass, flea flicker, and Statue of Liberty. The Obama camp never saw it coming!
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and has about as much chance of success. .0001

Posted by: pete | September 2, 2008 6:46 PM | Report abuse

That's very Freudian of McSame's campaign manager to admit the election is not about issues. It really isn't, according to them.

It's about getting America to ignore all the failures of the past 8 years, ignore that McSame will go in the same direction or worse, and instead only pay attention to the soap opera script the GOP has written for America to follow filled with irrelevant tangents and wedge issues.

Posted by: Ex-GOP | September 2, 2008 6:45 PM | Report abuse

And further more...

One Wag recently informed me he thought that the reason the convention floor of the GOP in Minnisota looked so empty when panned by the cameras was that the delegates were all out in the Bars of the Twin Cities trying to raise donations for the victims of Hurricane Gustave...

That the delegates are in the bars in the Twin City I have no doubt, whether they are trying to raise money for the washing away of New Orleans or the washing away of the GOP I have my doubts...

Any way, hoist one for Birddog and the next President of the US, Barrack Obama...

Cheers!

Posted by: Birddog | September 2, 2008 6:42 PM | Report abuse

Remember how yesterday night, CNN's Campbell Brown asked McCain flack Tucker "Anchorman" Bounds a simple question, then chortled and smiled at the sight of Bounds struggling to not answer her? Well, John McCain remembers! And as punishment for CNN daring to impose some level of journalistic rigor, McCain has abruptly canceled a scheduled appearance on Larry King Live tonight. Via TPM:

Wolf Blitzer just reported that the campaign has canceled a scheduled interview with Larry King due to an unfriendly segment last night on CNN -- the segment we flagged last night where the network's Campbell Brown grilled McCain spokesperson Tucker bounds over Sarah Palin's lack of foreign policy experience.
...

Blitzer said the McCain campaign complained that Campbell Brown's grilling of Tucker Bounds over Sarah Palin's lack of foreign policy experience was "over the line."

"Over the line?" Really? What would have been in bounds? Repeating the words "war hero" until overcome by the vapors?

Oh well, the joke will be on McCain once he finds out that the only unfouled restroom at the convention site is at the CNN Grill.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 2, 2008 6:39 PM | Report abuse

What image does the GOP project to the world by running this geezer/hick ticket? Putin and Ahmadinejad must be licking their chops at all the ways they can dupe McCain, before he's R.I.P., and Palin. Consider how the US took the bait in the Vietnam War, where the Soviets ensnared 50,000 US soldiers in a non-strategic region, without having to commit any Soviet troops. McCain's pointless contribution to the Vietnam War was, of course, his ticket into politics, and the backdrop of the slow rumblings that 72-year old calls thinking.
Now look at McCain and Palin, and their knee-jerk reactions to affairs of state and of the home. There's no introspection, no critical thinking. If I were Russia, I could tell Commander-in-Chief McCain that Russia was committing 500,000 invisible Power Rangers to Antarctica. That fool McCain would probably try reinstating the draft to give the US a troop presence in a field of penguin droppings.

Of course, the zeal of GOP backers owes mainly to their fervent desire to bring about Armageddon in the stupidest possible way. All the more reason to bar those fools from public office.

Posted by: Michael | September 2, 2008 6:39 PM | Report abuse

I haven't plaigerized anything for like over a year. can you all just stop that now. It is keeping me from my duties in gotham and the commisioner may be shining the bat light anytime now. I need to get going.

Posted by: Joe B (the b is for bat, just not that bat) | September 2, 2008 6:38 PM | Report abuse

Dem convention included a diverse blend of races.
Repube convention included 99 percent whites, many wearing cowboy hats.

That sums up who each party represents.

Posted by: RJII | September 2, 2008 6:37 PM | Report abuse

VBArthur: "A lot of people with a distaste for McCain call into question the "maverick" label affixed to him, saying he may have been a maverick once but is now clinging to the party's coattails in an effort to get elected.

How is it, then, that people can, in the same breath, call McCain "impulsive" for picking Sarah Palin as his running mate? Does he make impulsive, unwise decisions on the spur of the moment, or does he wait for the Republican leadership to tell him what to do? You can't have it both ways."

______________________________

VBArthur,
A maverick by definition is someone who "takes an independent stand, as in politics, from that of a party or group." Those of us who've done our research, know that Palin is a pro-gun, anti-abortion, anti-evironment politician. Hmmm...that doesn't look like an "independent stand" to me. Those characteristics cater right to the republican party. He would have been a "maverick" if he had chosen someone who was against the core values of the party but aligned with his own person values, like Joe Liberman.

Many others label him a "maverick" because he chose a person who went against her own party and "cleaned up" the corruption in Alaska. But the people who try to use that as a valid argument quickly forget to mention that she is currently under an ETHICAL investigation for abusing her power (already? only 19 mos. in?). Kicking people out for abusing their power and then turing around and abusing your own power is not considered being a "maverick"-- but a hypocrite, maybe. So if you are arguing that choosing someone based off of one meeting is considered "maverick," then you are wrong. A move like that is considered "impulsive."

So before we all get caught up in all the adjectives thrown around by the media and the republican party, let's all take step back and analyze the situation. But at the same time, Karl Rove said if you repeat the wrong thing over and over, eventually people will begin to believe it's true.

Posted by: Rebuttle | September 2, 2008 6:35 PM | Report abuse

>>What Kind of Plagiarist Is Joe Biden?

Posted by: AsperGirl | September 2, 2008 6:03 PM<<

Is he an islamo-plagiarist?
Go ahead, say it, I know you want too.
Joe Biden is an islamo-plagiarist, it just rolls off the tongue, doesn't it Asper-girl.

Plagiarist.....that's cute. I'm sorry but after the last 8 years...plagiarism? I'm just not feeling that sweet rage you guys are so fond of. Let me try again Plagiarist!!!!!...Nope....one more time...PLAGIARIST!!!!!!!!!....Uh-uh, it just don't fly in 2008, hun.

Letting your major political donors pillage the US treasury while you fight pointless wars for oil and shoehorn political lackeys into the criminal justice system? That resonates, but...plagiarism?
Your going to have to do better than that.
Hey did you know Palin wants Alaska to succeed from the United States? Do you think that helps or hurts the tickets chances?
You think that might be a little more important when one considers ones fitness for office than...eh...plagiarism?
No, didn't think you'd feel that way.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 2, 2008 6:35 PM | Report abuse

Strange how clean, attractive, well-dressed and nice the delegates at the Republican convention look. People are actually wearing suits and have professionally groomed (not self-cut) hair.

They are a sharp contrast to the almost uniformly obese, strangely dressed, weird-talking motley crew at the Democratic convention.

Posted by: AsperGirl | September 2, 2008 6:21 PM
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You are the biggest ass on these boards. You continue to post these nonsense rants and it is very annoying. So stop already!

Posted by: justonevoice | September 2, 2008 6:34 PM | Report abuse

The election cannot be about issues because Obama has no experience and/or accomplishment. This election is engineered by the Dems to be heavy on personality and emotion - which are approach processes that are both important and recognizable to liberals. Conservatives focus on rationality. If the Dems can dictate the terms of the elections, they can best engineer the outcome.

Posted by: Scott | September 2, 2008 6:34 PM | Report abuse

Have any of you dim bulb Libs figured out that the MSM and your candidates refuse to talk about anything of substance - until the Repubs draw you out with reverse psychology.

1. nominate a VP with no experience, make mr thin skin talk about experience. the crowd laughs.

2. announce the race is not about issues but personality, make mr personality talk about all his issues, if he can find them on the Kos website.

3. have Joe Lieberman talk about reaching across the aisle - crowd laughs at Obama again

4. have film about Mccains accomplishments - crowd laughs at Obama

5. have positions contrary to Bush highlighted - crowd laughs at Obamas 100% liberal record

6, highlight Palins changes - crowd laughs at obamas pretense.

Result. Mention Obama for a good laugh.

Posted by: kingofzouk | September 2, 2008 6:33 PM | Report abuse

Puff Daddy be gettin' out da vote, y'all.
I didn't realize ,for example, until viewing the diddy video, that:
"Ain't no crackheads in Alaska."
"Ain't no crime in Alaska."
"Ain't no foreign policies in Alaska."
"Ain't no blacks in Alaska."
Then, "We the future!"
Democrat liberalism at its most lucid and erudite peak of clarity.

Posted by: viejo1 | September 2, 2008 6:33 PM | Report abuse

Yeah Asper Girl

That Democratic Convention looked like, I don't know - America?

Posted by: John D in Houston | September 2, 2008 6:33 PM | Report abuse

NOT ABOUT THE ISSUES!
This is why another marginal, rich, out of touch Republican should NOT be President. We are suffering and can't afford their ways another moment.

Posted by: RJII | September 2, 2008 6:32 PM | Report abuse

>>AsperGirl wrote: "Strange how clean, attractive, well-dressed and nice the delegates at the Republican convention look. People are actually wearing suits and have professionally groomed (not self-cut) hair.
They are a sharp contrast to the almost uniformly obese, strangely dressed, weird-talking motley crew at the Democratic convention."

Oooh, nothing like fashion as an issue to stir up the populace at election time!

Simply put, GOP are obviously McCain's definition of rich, Dems obviously not. Therein lies the disparity. I'll risk leaving you to come a conclusion there...


Posted by: AB | September 2, 2008 6:31 PM | Report abuse

Rick Davis may be a morally bankrupt con-man, but he's half right. Too bad for him and his failed party that Barack Obama clearly wins on both personality AND issues.

After the past eight disastrous years of lies, corruption, and total failure on every front...Americans aren't buying ANYTHING the Republicans are selling anymore.

Posted by: wilder5121 | September 2, 2008 6:29 PM | Report abuse

Asper Girl

I've been reading your comments most of the year, and I must say - you used to sort of, kind of make sense..

Posted by: John D in Houston | September 2, 2008 6:29 PM | Report abuse

Now would not be a good time for an interview because of the "combative" attitude the media has adopted.

Ha! ha! ha! ha! ha!

Let me translate this: The ditzy piece of trailer trash couldn't answer a lot of relevant questions that would be asked in the interview and the Republicans know it.

Look for Fox News to lob some softballs at her next week and AM radio to speak in her behalf.

Posted by: MorganaLeFay | September 2, 2008 6:27 PM | Report abuse

I'll take the "wierd talking motley crew" any day!

Posted by: dch | September 2, 2008 6:25 PM | Report abuse

Goes with the specially-built temple, coliseum and fireworks he spent his donors' money on, to create the $6 million backdrop for his acceptance speech.

Posted by: AsperGirl | September 2, 2008 6:17 PM

Even with all that and an enormous stadium, I found it quite cramped for my Zeus sized ego. My head kept hitting the sky. Next time I will have the stadium at ground level to give my ego an extra mile to soar.

Posted by: snObama | September 2, 2008 6:24 PM | Report abuse

"Not About Issues"?

It figures that the Republicans would like to debate anything BUT the issues, since the entire country can now see from the results that for eight long years the GOP have been on the wrong side of the issues...

No, if it were up to Davis and the deep thinkers of the GOP this campaign would (once again)simply be about mindless mud slinging, character defamation and political hyjinxs and grandstanding...

God though does seem to have a sense of humor(and perhaps justice) since he seems to have sent a Hurricane back into the Lousiana coast to coincide with the beginning of the 2008 Republican convention to remind us of the abject failure of this latest Republican Administration to react to the last great storm which washed New Orleans into the Gulf in 2005. From all appearances however, this Hurricane ,Gustave, heralds in the washing away of the GOP...

Posted by: Birddog | September 2, 2008 6:24 PM | Report abuse

I wonder if this applies with regard to the Bristol Palin pregnancy and I mention this only because I am a big fan of Law and Order SVU.
Depending on when the sexual act took place between Bristol who is now 17 and her boyfriend Levi whom she plans to marry is presently 18, this could be illegal under
Alaska Statutory Rape Laws


Statutory rape is defined as sexual activity – without the use of force or violence – with anyone defined as a minor. The thought behind these laws is that a minor is unable to legally consent to sexual activity.

The age of consent is defined as 16 years old, according to Alaska statutory rape laws. If a person who is at least 18 years old engages in sexual activity with a person who is 16 years old or younger, he or she will be charged with sexual abuse of a minor in the first degree. This charge is a felony in Alaska. And remember, it does not matter if you did not force or threaten the other person into performing this sexual act with you. It is still a crime under Alaska statutory rape laws.

Posted by: Manju | September 2, 2008 6:24 PM | Report abuse

Unfortunately, too many Americans would rather vote for their next door neighbor (an ordinary person) than for an extraordinary leader. None of our best presidents would get elected today.

But after this Palin flap, I've decided I'm okay with that. After all, I'm a multiply-degreed Democrat who makes six figures and lives in an affluent neighborhood with excellent schools. I'm no longer going to care whether working class Americans lose their jobs overseas or lose their homes to foreclosures or see their kids get sent to Iraq to die because that's all their education has prepared them for and they can't afford college tuition. I don't care if their daughters get pregnant because no one has explained to them how girls get pregnant or that their kids get polio because they don't believe in science. I don't care if they can't afford $4 gas -- let 'em walk!

Maybe I will vote for McCain after all just so the Republican base can continue to get screwed every which way to Eden. Because the funny thing is that many of us Democratic elitists benefit financially from Republican rule -- but we've been under the belief that government should help those less fortunate. But if the less fortunate don't want help -- and spit in the eye of those who offer it -- then why should I care?

Posted by: JT | September 2, 2008 6:23 PM | Report abuse

Brer Lib - please don't talk about issues. Please don't mention experience. Please don't discuss the surge. Please don't throw me in the briar patch.

Lib - no fair. you tricked us. dirty Republicans. Making us talk about things we know nothing about.

Posted by: poor us | September 2, 2008 6:22 PM | Report abuse

Strange how clean, attractive, well-dressed and nice the delegates at the Republican convention look. People are actually wearing suits and have professionally groomed (not self-cut) hair.

They are a sharp contrast to the almost uniformly obese, strangely dressed, weird-talking motley crew at the Democratic convention.

Posted by: AsperGirl | September 2, 2008 6:21 PM | Report abuse

At some point, one has to expect that we will finally come to know all there is to know about Sarah Palin. But until that day comes, here's another tidbit, courtesy John Aravosis. See, back when Palin was announced as McCain's Veep, inquiring minds wanted to know: had she ever traveled abroad? Her spokeswoman told Politico's Ben Smith that she had been to Germany, Kuwait, and Ireland.

At least one Irish blogger, Suzy Byrne, stepped forward to call blarney on that:

Two words to describe that visit to Ireland I think.

SHANNON STOPOVER! *

...

*For US readers the Shannon Stopover refers to planes landing at Shannon Airport to refuel when on their way to and from parts of Europe/Middle East. Shannon Airport sees many US Military and contractor flights arrive there each month for refueling -- passengers get off the plane for a while and then get back on again. Hardly a visit to Ireland?

Well, give it up to the international blogosphere, folks, because as it turns out, Byrne was absolutely correct. Ben Smith, today:

The Ireland trip was a refueling stop on her trip to military installations in Germany and Kuwait, spokeswoman Maria Comella said.
Do you need anything from duty-free, America?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 2, 2008 6:20 PM | Report abuse

AsperGirl - John Edwards was, and still is, wrong in so many ways.

Posted by: AB | September 2, 2008 6:19 PM | Report abuse

Not about issues? Guess again...it's ALL about issues and the No 1 issue is the rotten job the Republicans have done over the past 8 years. Get ready for the landslide, McSame...the chickens are coming home to roost.

Posted by: nighthawksoars | September 2, 2008 6:19 PM | Report abuse

And make sure that the debates are FAIR and not rigged in favour of the Republicans as they were last time.

Posted by: Amanda Greene | September 2, 2008 6:10 PM

I couldn't agree more. I only lost all 22 debates in the primaries because they were fixed. how am I supposed to know stuff about economics and geography. I hid my undergrad transcripts for a reason. duh?

questions I will answer:

What color tie are you wearing?
do you beleive in hope?
Is change good?
Is profit evil?
should taxes be raised?
Can you talk your way out of anything?

there I answered like 8 questions already. Can I get back to my waffle now. all other questions are above my pay grade. but if Mccain answers anything like that, tease him about being as old as Jesus, the first messiah before me.

Posted by: snObama | September 2, 2008 6:18 PM | Report abuse

Contrary to the imperial Republican regime, the people in this country decide how they vote. The Republicans know McCain, Palin and most politicians in their party are out of touch with the majority of Americans on most important issues, especially health care, the economy, tax cuts for the upper class, abortion rights, most foreign policy subjects.

Therefore the GOP is eager to shift away from a debate about issues, trying to dupe any guillible persons into thinking issues are not important. McCain, has many have observed, does not have the proper temperament or judgment to be president anyway. His initial reaction in a foreign policy crisis is to threaten a country or use military force. As Bill Clinton said, Barack will try diplomacy first, possibly using military force as a last resort.

Posted by: Independent | September 2, 2008 6:18 PM | Report abuse

>>snObama wrote: "how did you like my new custom Presidential seal. pretty cool huh?"

Goes with the specially-built temple, coliseum and fireworks he spent his donors' money on, to create the $6 million backdrop for his acceptance speech.

Posted by: AsperGirl | September 2, 2008 6:17 PM | Report abuse

Huh? You get the "joke"? What "joke" is this guy talking about? Record deficits, endless war, torture, unemployment, diminished standing in the world, housing market collapse, with the consequential impact on us and the rest of the world, worst government corruption since who knows when, erosion of civil liberties (i.e. domestic, warrantless spying)?
I just would like to know which "joke" he is talking about, so that I can start laughing and digest that there are no issues to be considered, just personalities.

Excuse me, I will go throw up now.

Roberto M.

Posted by: Roberto M | September 2, 2008 6:17 PM | Report abuse

Officials of the Alaskan Independence Party say that Palin was once so independent, she was once a member of their party, which, since the 1970s, has been pushing for a legal vote for Alaskans to decide whether or not residents of the 49th state can secede from the United States.

And while McCain's motto -- as seen in a new TV ad -- is "Country First," the AIP's motto is the exact opposite -- "Alaska First -- Alaska Always."

After refraining from commenting on the charge for a day, the

Posted by: Deanna | September 2, 2008 6:15 PM | Report abuse

What a difference a VERY bad day makes!! Here's Davis back in March telling his fellow Republicans that this election would be decided on the issues:

"Overheated rhetoric and personal attacks on our opponents distract from the big differences between John McCain’s vision for the future of our nation and the Democrats," wrote Rick Davis in a document the campaign emailed to Republican officials and staffers this afternoon. "This campaign is about John McCain: his vision, leadership, experience, courage, service to his country and ability to lead as commander in chief from day one."

McCain, Davis added, "has held himself to the highest standards and he will continue to run a respectful campaign based on the issues."

"We expect that all supporters, surrogates and staff will hold themselves to similarly high standards when they are representing the campaign. To help guide you, please find talking points below."

Typical Republican hypocrisy!!

Posted by: TellItLikeItIs1 | September 2, 2008 6:15 PM | Report abuse

Apparently Davis was the key support behind the selection of Palin. So, being a republican and therefore inable to admit failure and learn from mistakes, he will say anything to support his decision.

Palin was a horrible selection. Davis just stole the presidency from McCain.

Posted by: Martiniano | September 2, 2008 6:14 PM | Report abuse

OBAMA/BIDEN '08

WE REST OUR CASE.

Posted by: Beverly S. Hill | September 2, 2008 6:14 PM | Report abuse

surprise - for the first time this year, We Libs are all about the issues.

We are coming off our experience high and still can't figure out who all those Republicans were that voted out hillary.

Next week you can look forward to our reaction concerning Sarah Palin's strange choice of churches and preachers.

Posted by: snObama | September 2, 2008 6:13 PM | Report abuse

>>AB wrote: "Taking on such an intensive public service role with an infant less than a year old, never mind the inherent difficulties that come with Downs Syndrome, is irresponsible - I don't care where you come from or whether you are the mother or the father."

Does that include babies that you acknowledge are yours, or does that not apply to Democrats like presidential candidate John Edwards who still refuses to admit the baby is his? (A story that the Post somehow thinks is too irresponsible and personally distasteful to cover).

Posted by: AsperGirl | September 2, 2008 6:11 PM | Report abuse

is this guy serious? i guess he'd like it not to be about issues, and can't say as i blame him. but he's whistling pass the graveyard. just some of the issues are laid out in this item, www.straightrecord.com wondering if hillary supporters still would vote for the republican ticket.

Posted by: jumpingelephant | September 2, 2008 6:11 PM | Report abuse

Wow ... talk about 1) wishful thinking and 2) delusions.

As much as the republicans would like this election to not be about issues -since we've seen how well the last eight years have worked out and McBush promises more of the same- voters ultimately vote for those candidates whose positions on ISSUES closely resemble their own. It's wishful thinking that the voters will vote on personality.

And if the republicans think McBush has a sparkling personality and can wow huge audiences with intelligent oratory and convince millions that they can achieve higher purposes then they're just as delusional as "abstinence first" supporters. We see how well that worked out.

Posted by: Dr. Dunne | September 2, 2008 6:10 PM | Report abuse

How dare they, these arrogant Republican thugs? Since when does GOP Fascist Rick Davis get to define what this election is all about? They do live in their bubble, don't they?

They got away with defining the 2004 election using blackmail (fear) and bigotry (evangelical voodoo tactics) but maybe it won't so easy this time. Maybe the American people have gained a new self respect and some analytical skills that will prevent them from voting against themselves this time.

Of course, it is a bit easier when one's political party, no matter how corrupt and cheating, has its very own television channel backed up by c-span and the likes of the Tom Brokaw hacks of this world, but still, maybe a miracle will happen and the Republicans won't be able to define the election or ,,, the Democrats.
I will do the defining for myself, ... and its easy to tell who I think is the cheatingest, most corrupt party in the history of our nation. The ONLY way Rick Davis can define the election is if the MSMedia allows him to, by repeating over and over again his agitprop and rightwing spin.
I put Obama/Biden up against lying cheat McCain/ecological disaster Palin any day. Just have to make sure the media doesn't undermine and blindside the Democrats, as they did in the last two elections in support of the warmongers.
And make sure that the debates are FAIR and not rigged in favour of the Republicans as they were last time.

Posted by: Amanda Greene | September 2, 2008 6:10 PM | Report abuse

asper girl - I also ran a Presidential campaign. that was a lot of work. I can't wait to get back to underachieving again.

how did you like my new custom Presidential seal. pretty cool huh?

Posted by: snObama | September 2, 2008 6:08 PM | Report abuse

Would all the right-wing feminist respondents please take the fish-hook out of their mouths!!

Taking on such an intensive public service role with an infant less than a year old, never mind the inherent difficulties that come with Downs Syndrome, is irresponsible - I don't care where you come from or whether you are the mother or the father.

Posted by: AB | September 2, 2008 6:07 PM | Report abuse

I've voted in every election since 1976. I listened to the candidates and decided my vote on what I agreed with. For the 1st time, there is a Black candidate, I still listened to each candidate and decided my vote on what I agreed with. I am a Black woman and I resent the fact that so many would say I am voting for Obama because is is a Black man (he is also just as much a white man, lest you forget). You had no concern about how or why I voted in other elections and now you're the expert on my vote?!! What you are doing is projecting your racism on me! Face it, you're not voting for Obama because of his Black half, it is just that simple and you want to blame Obama and other Blacks because YOUR racism is showing. If you acknowledge it, you will begin to solve the problem. Also, everyone posting here knows that if it were Obama's daughter that came up pregnant, McCain would be now where near as gracious and above board as Sen. Obama. All you neo conservatives, whatever you call yourself these days, would be calling Obama's daughter everything BUT a child of God!! Now your racism AND hypocrisy is showing, take a good look and learn something. I pray and hope in the end Americans see McCain/Palin for they are how terrible it would be to elect such team to lead the greatest nation on earth. I'm on my way to Obama/Biden headquarters to help out. Peace and Obama/Biden 2008!!!

Posted by: Janine | September 2, 2008 6:07 PM | Report abuse

Let me try to be calm about this.

Iraq. Iran. Russia. Job outsourcing. The Bush/Cheney imperial presidency. Congressional oversight? Feh! Global climate change. Reliance on Mideast oil. Inflation. Recession. Or not, who cares? No health insurance for almost 50 million working Americans. China. India. Georgia. Home foreclosures. Arrogance and outright lies on the part of the administration. A record deficit. Education in crisis. Civil rights in jeopardy and a PTA member who may be president. And on and on and on...

And this election is not about issues. It's about political personalities.

Oh my good God. I'm taking a pill and going to bed. Right now.

Posted by: georgiademocratguy | September 2, 2008 6:07 PM | Report abuse

Bristol is relevant so far as the American public makes it so. It's grossly apparent the vetting process was rushed, and that reflects poorly on McCain and is an insult to millions of primary voters who supported candidates through a much more rigorous process.

As for Palin, her positions on Global Warming, science education (she backs intelligent design), and her budget-bloating grandstanding on earmarks are just a few reasons to question McCain's judgment: we've already had 8 years of Bush and he's offering us more of the same. Stay tuned. I don't think this ticket makes it to November.

Posted by: Steve in DC | September 2, 2008 6:07 PM | Report abuse

Bristol is relevant so far as the American public makes it so. It's grossly apparent the vetting process was rushed, and that reflects poorly on McCain and is an insult to millions of primary voters who supported candidates through a much more rigorous process.

As for Palin, her positions on Global Warming, science education (she backs intelligent design), and her budget-bloating grandstanding on earmarks are just a few reasons to question McCain's judgment: we've already had 8 years of Bush and he's offering us more of the same. Stay tuned. I don't think this ticket makes it to November.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 2, 2008 6:07 PM | Report abuse

is this the same rick davis who gave us that memorable line, "john mccain does not speak for the campaign?" geez, wish mr. davis had come out with this prior to the democratic presidential convention; we could have held a beauty contest instead.
seriously though folks, as most of you have written this is truly shocking, saddening and scary. i think of those ordinary americans who spoke at the democratic convention and what they would say now or those many retired generals and admirals. could this party really win? God help our country, our children and our grandchildren.

Posted by: sbv | September 2, 2008 6:04 PM | Report abuse

Im happy to see the Christian right and Repubs have abandoned the position they held about Bill Clinton's infidelity not being a private family matter but one that required impeachment and a trial in the Senate. To see that "moralist" degnerate gambler Bill Bennet on CNN so concerned about private family matters that shouldnt be covered by the media made me vomit in my own mouth.

Their hypocrisy makes me sick.

Oh yeah. Rick Davis is an idiot.

Posted by: Bryan | September 2, 2008 6:04 PM | Report abuse

An economy spiraling towards depression, open-ended wars raging and uncontrolled illegal immigration, of course it's not about issues. Rather it's about a mean tempered old coot with questionable judgment and a complete airhead for a VP, versus a Presidential slate that combines native intelligence with the vigor or youth backed by the wisdom of experience.

Posted by: Slim2 | September 2, 2008 6:03 PM | Report abuse

What Kind of Plagiarist Is Joe Biden?
(THE UNUSUALLY CREEPY KIND)
Slate Article By Jack Shafer

"Joe Biden's return as a vice-presidential candidate signals forgiveness—at least from Barack Obama—for having plagiarized a leading British politician during Biden's campaign for the Democratic Party's 1988 presidential nomination.

"The Biden episode merits revisiting because as acts of plagiarism go, it was spectacular, and because it points to other dicey chapters in his life. To know Biden in full, you must appreciate his parts.

"Biden's puttering campaign for president effectively died on Sept. 13, 1987, when the New York Times' Maureen Dowd reported that he had pinched major elements of a recent and celebrated speech by Labor Party leader Neil Kinnock. That speech, included in this May 1987 Labor Party broadcast, begins at the 7:23 mark.

"But Biden didn't merely borrow words and phrasings from Kinnock, which is a time-honored practice of candidates and their speechwriters and is almost never regarded as plagiarism. He became Kinnock,as David Greenberg writes today, claiming things about himself and his family that were untrue and that he knew to be untrue."

...
(more at: http://www.slate.com/id/2198597/)

Posted by: AsperGirl | September 2, 2008 6:03 PM | Report abuse

So how does everyone feel about Palin having a say in who gets nominated to the Supreme Court during the next four years? Frightening?

Posted by: Jake | September 2, 2008 6:03 PM | Report abuse

Well, that's good to know because I'd been wondering what, exactly, McCain's platform was.

Too bad McCain has a reputation for having a bad temper and making knee-jerk reactions. Sounds like a bad ex-boyfriend to me.

Posted by: laura | September 2, 2008 6:03 PM | Report abuse

would the constant line of tourists in line for the white house tour mind if I remove the portraits of the ex-Presidents and simply substitute my own pictures, of me. After all, I am the ONE we have been waiting for.

I also have dogs playing poker and a velvet Elvis that Michelle really likes.

Posted by: snObama | September 2, 2008 6:03 PM | Report abuse

>>Ernie wrote: "Not to hype it too much, but there is absolutely no question- Sarah Palin's speech will be her most important speech since she entered national politics...oh wait, it's her only speech. So it's also her least important? Confusing."

It's so confusing to encounter a presidential candidate whose claim to be qualified for office doesn't consist solely of giving speeches and being "present" for state senate votes (but not necessarily voting on anything 130 times).

Posted by: AsperGirl | September 2, 2008 5:59 PM | Report abuse

It better not be about the issues if McCain is to stand a chance. The last thing the Republicans want is for the electorate to step back and see the forest. Concentrate on the trees, concentrate on the trees, concentrate on the trees...

Posted by: muD | September 2, 2008 5:58 PM | Report abuse

Moose burgers = MMMM good!

Sarah Palin = Hypocrite Neo-Con IDIOT.

From 'brilliant stroke of genius' to 'hide her from the press corp!' all in a single weekend!

Awesome to watch the NEO-CONS blow it one more time!


Vote Obama /Biden for a smart, experienced administration!

Posted by: JBE | September 2, 2008 5:58 PM | Report abuse

I'm pretty certain I don't even want that 10 percent of the change that McCain offers.

Posted by: pbj | September 2, 2008 5:58 PM | Report abuse

So that gives you the right to run ads that are lies, half truths, and character assasination.

Get to the issues and quit acting like it's a race for high school prom king and queen. We have big problems right now, and coming soon!

Posted by: 173rd | September 2, 2008 5:57 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: mik | September 2, 2008 5:56 PM | Report abuse

Well, so much for McCain. I was considering him for a brief spell.

Posted by: sad moderate | September 2, 2008 5:56 PM | Report abuse

do you think it is too early for me to reveal the new uniforms I have designed for my Imperial guard, what you used to call the secret service.

you see, when I was in england, I saw those cool red jackets and big furry hats on the queen's guards and really liked them. they just say majestic all over them. so I spent about $4 million of my campaign donations making some for my personal guards. I can't wait.

Posted by: snObama | September 2, 2008 5:56 PM | Report abuse

"This election is not about issues."

I had to read that line about 50 times before my brain would actually accept what my eyes were seeing.

Total blasphemy.

Posted by: What The...??? | September 2, 2008 5:55 PM | Report abuse

For all those screaming sexism ...

My wife and I have two kids, 3 years and 8 years old. We both are employed - I work full-time; she works 35 hours weekly.

And one of OUR initial reactions after learning that Palin has a five-month-old son was, "How can she possibly meet the demands of the second most powerful position in the world when her infant's early development should take precedent - regardless of occupation."

As a father, I recognize that during the first year of child rearing it's all about mommy, and the relationship and bond established between the two is critical in a child's development. If I could produce milk ... well, let's not go there ...

Her routine of parenting on the job may work in the Alaskan government, but I need some convincing that this would be possible as the No. 2 in the Free World.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 2, 2008 5:55 PM | Report abuse

Character, issues, leadership, vision...and on other qualities and aspects, these Republican elites are without a doubt pitious and tiresome; welcome to the theatre of the absurd.

Posted by: Chris Barrett | September 2, 2008 5:55 PM | Report abuse

Extremely Cynical, all very cynical

They know most Americans are worried about the Economy, Health Insurance, Mortgages, Home values, and thatthey (the Repubs) are to blame. So suddenly its not about the issues.

Simply Obama knows what problems we are facing, and has plans to deal with it.

McCain will go around starting wars (Iran? Russia over Georgia?) and four years later we'll be a few steps closer to bankruptcy while the richest 5 % are putting their tax cuts into the Caymans.

of course if a President McCain falls by the way side we'll have a token far right religious nut in office making sure our kids learn Creationism at school. Sorry in the 21st Century I don't find that funny.

Posted by: CdL | September 2, 2008 5:54 PM | Report abuse

Of course it is not about issues when you have VP who has nothing to add to the discussion about foreign policy, economic policy, military,education except creationism for schools...Republicans are sick it is all what about it is.

Posted by: JR49 | September 2, 2008 5:52 PM | Report abuse

"Rick Davis, campaign manager for John McCain's presidential bid, insisted that the presidential race will be decided more over personalities than issues during an interview with Post editors this morning.

"'This election is not about issues,' said Davis. 'This election is about a composite view of what people take away from these candidates.'"

ARE YOU FRICKIN' *KIDDING* ME?!? *McCAIN's* campaign manager is now trying to say that this election will be decided on PERSONALITIES after they tried to paint Obama out to be a "celebrity"?!? Memo to Davis: YOU LOST THAT ONE BEFORE YOU STARTED.

This keep getting more entertaining every day...either they've gotten hooked on Alaskan meth or they've got their heads buried so deep in their sphincters that they're oxygen-deprived and hallucinating.

Thanks for the laugh!

Posted by: Dean | September 2, 2008 5:52 PM | Report abuse

The hell with that, I've already sent John McCain some money.

Posted by: AsperGirl | September 2, 2008 5:42 PM
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Why don't you do the 75% of us who are not right wing nuts like you a favor. Send John McCain ALL OF YOUR MONEY. Sell you computer and send him the proceeds as well. No one is interested in your spiteful rage. Frnakly, you are a living, breathing advertising for sexism.

Posted by: mnjam | September 2, 2008 5:52 PM | Report abuse

speeches, speeches. did someone mention speeches? I give speeches.

Posted by: snObama | September 2, 2008 5:52 PM | Report abuse

What a sorry state of affairs. I guess it doesn't matter what you do in office as long as you have charisma. I believe that was Hitler's position.

Posted by: ChuckB | September 2, 2008 5:52 PM | Report abuse

Not to hype it too much, but there is absolutely no question- Sarah Palin's speech will be her most important speech since she entered national politics...oh wait, it's her only speech. So it's also her least important? Confusing.

Posted by: Ernie | September 2, 2008 5:50 PM | Report abuse

I am a complete nutjob and I vote. I just escaped the asylum on early release so I could get my boy into office.

Go Barry!!!

Posted by: stop me before I vote again | September 2, 2008 5:47 PM | Report abuse

Issues?

What issues?

China's emergense, Iran's nukes, the deficit, our schools, our place in the world...those issues?

What fun are those?

Look, the Republicans have behaved brilliantly for eight years. Two victories in war. The economy thriving. Bin Laden is in jail. Oil is $40 a barrel. Jobs are abundant, new homes are plentiful, the educational system is churning out geniuses. Integrity in givernment is restored. Our respect in the world is at a peak.

When everything is going so well, who cares about issues?

It's time we had a FUN president. A BABE vice president. A guy who does cameos about being ancient on Saturday Night Live and a VP who knows her way around a 30.06. That's what matters.

Issues? Geez, you people are no fun at all.

Posted by: DFC102 | September 2, 2008 5:47 PM | Report abuse

He means this election for them is about "RACE" black POTUS or White POTUS

Posted by: samgoody | September 2, 2008 5:46 PM | Report abuse

Anyone who thinks this election isn't about issues like runaway energy, food, and health care costs, or Bush's interminable play-war in Iraq, is completely unhinged from reality. But that description does fit most Republicans.

Posted by: Andrew | September 2, 2008 5:45 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin has already been branded a liar by many Americans. She lied about her daughter having mono, she lied about her involvment in the state trooper scandal. That's not personality, that's poor character & lack of leadership.

McCain fails to vote each & every time for the energy bill. That's not personality, that's poor character & lack of responsible leadership.

Sarah Palin brags about the support she'll give her daughter without mentioning how the republicans will help the thousands of women who rely on birth control (not abortion) because they don't have the same support system at home - or sadly, a home at all. That's not personality, that's poor character and lack of leadership.

McCain will continue to allow big oil to reap the biggest profits in history while our insurance companies won't cover our cancers. That's not personality, that's poor character and lack of leadership.

I wouldn't believe anything she says in her speech tomorrow no matter how much of a cheerleader she makes herself out to be.

The republicans attempt to call it personality when it's all about assessing the future president and vice president based on their character, is just a bully tactic that we're not buying.

Posted by: Peakmom | September 2, 2008 5:44 PM | Report abuse

Dear Mr. Davis,

Tell it to my tiny little bank account that this election isn't about the "issues".

Now excuse me while I go pay $60 for the privelege of filling my tiny car up with gas so I can drive home to the one house I sorta own (if you consider being upside down by $10k "owning" a house).

Yours truly,

An American who thinks you suck

Posted by: Davis is a piece of you know what... | September 2, 2008 5:42 PM | Report abuse

Now the hypocritical Democrats are attacking Palin saying that a good mother would stay at home with her kids.

Where are the feminists?

Counting how much they will sacrifice for someone else's patronizing promises that they have to shut up and get on board if they want to protect Roe v. Wade?

Screw the Democrats. The party is now ruled by Obama supporters who are sexist pigs. The so-called "feminists" the party are Uncle Tomming themselves over the sexist woman-bashing of Obama opponents this year.

The Democratic party is a bunch of hypocritical sellouts, sacrificing the quality and experience the Clintons offered, for Obama's shallow narcissism and Nancy Pelosi's drive to elect him because he will let her run the country from Congress.

All sexism is okay this year. And feminists are supposed to shut up and take it, held hostage to the abortion issue by the Democrats invocation of "Roe v. Wade".

The hell with that, I've already sent John McCain some money.

Posted by: AsperGirl | September 2, 2008 5:42 PM | Report abuse

4000 plus Americans died in a war FOR OIL! The Republican president lied to American citizens. No wonder they want to change the subject from WAR, ECONOMY, & OIL - to BABIES, GUNS, and ABORTION. ITS THE ONLY SHOT THEY HAVE!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 2, 2008 5:42 PM | Report abuse

Any election that is not about the issues sends this country deeper and deeper into downward spiral.

As a single mother raising 2 children with no insurance... it has to be about the issues or my children and I will not survive.

Posted by: nerakami | September 2, 2008 5:41 PM | Report abuse

Well, well, well. So the McCain camp has finally come clean. They know they can't win this election on the issues, so, they are going to make it a campaign about personalities. How sad! They've already lost the election, dead men walking, but don't yet know it.

Posted by: str8up | September 2, 2008 5:40 PM | Report abuse

"We are in the worst Republican environment since Nixon in 1972," said Davis. "We take that seriously. We get the joke."

It's not a joke. Bush sucks at life. Republican-Industrial-Complex sucks at government.

Time for real change.

Posted by: sacom | September 2, 2008 5:37 PM | Report abuse

We already know John McCain pretty well. His VP selection only confirms his questionable judgment and impulsiveness. THAT is the issue. Simply put, Palin, despite her quasi-qualifications, is not equipped to be POTUS at this time. Sen. Obama, while perhaps somewhat inexperienced, has shown good judgment and an innate ability to learn, listen and grow. I will take a chance on him.

Posted by: DT | September 2, 2008 5:36 PM | Report abuse

And, for those who are shocked at implications made by GOP/McCalin spokespeople that the American public are stupid and apathetic, the only reason this election is and will be so close is that unfortunately there are a large number of people in key geographic areas who really do match that demographic. Perhaps apathetic is too strong - maybe it's "I've always voted Republican so why should I change?"

Posted by: AB | September 2, 2008 5:36 PM | Report abuse

Are you kidding? No media access to Palin because the big bad media is too tough. AWW. I thought Palin was some kind of tough hunter, the barracuda. If she can't with stand the media pressure and scrutiny how will she stand up against our enemies.

Unbelievable they already wrote the VP speech before they picked her. Classic.

An election not about the issues? Shocking. Of course the repubs have no issues to run on except their favorite one smears, lies, fear and more lies

Posted by: Anonymous | September 2, 2008 5:35 PM | Report abuse

"This election is not about issues," said Davis.

Who is Davis kidding? Ask the Voters if they don't care about the issues Mr. Davis. Go to the store and ask the voters about the sky rocketing prices. Ask the voter at the gas pump. Ask the voter whos worried about losing their homes. Ask the voter with no health insurence. Ask the voter with a son or a daughter who are going on ther 4th or 5th tour in the war zones.

Maybe its not about the issues because your Mr. Personalitie has seven homes?

Time for a Change we can all believe in.

Obama/Biden 08

Posted by: RFK | September 2, 2008 5:35 PM | Report abuse

I can't believe someone in the McCain camp finally came out and said it that this campaign is not about "issues". What is it then, a personality contest?
I'd still vote for Obama. However, since some of us are not that shallow and do vote based on "issues", maybe it should also be said that these distractions are being put out to lower expectations of those who might want to view the debates. If its a personality contest then, all will be done to NOT talk about big Oil, NOT talk about Iraq, NOT talk about the economy.....
Maybe Ms. Palin will just smile really big into the camera and proclaim her love for the Alaskan wildlife she loves to kill. Or how about we talk about the earmarks her little town got that she said she didn't support but not until after obtaining them?
Or maybe John McCain will lose his temper and throw a hissy fit and his campaign manager will have to end the debate by saying "its all just a joke...can't you take a joke?"
It truly is a sad day for Americans that the far right has kidnapped the GOP and holds it hostage from the majority of Americans who want moderation. It could be comical if it weren't so downright pathetic.

Posted by: Suzanne | September 2, 2008 5:34 PM | Report abuse

WHAT THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA WON'T PRINT ABOUT HOW MCCAIN CAMPAIGN STAFF VETTED PALIN ON THE "TROOPER WOOTEN" FIRING.

The mainstream media has been publishing stories about how Sarah Palin is under investigation for firing the commissioner who declined to fire her ex-brother-in-law Wooten, a state trooper. The investigation is whether she had a conflict of interest in the state trooper's firing because an aide had spoken with the commissioner Palin fired, in which the aide talked with the commissioner about Palin's ex-brother-in-law in a custody dispute with her sister. Yet the McCain campaign has vetted her on this issue.

“Of course this issue came up in the vetting, and this is what we discovered,” the source said. “The man who was fired has said on the record that he was never pressured by the governor or the governor’s husband on the issue of firing Trooper Wooten. The governor had a vision for how she wanted that department to be run. The commissioner had a different vision.”

“The reason that members of the Palin family were having discussions with the head of the state police about this state trooper, who was her ex-brother-in-law, was because he had made threats against the family. He threatened to kill the governor's daughter, her father, and her sister. He tasered her 11-year-old stepson. And that is why the Palin family was concerned about this trooper.”

Team McCain Hits Back on Palin, Vetting [Byron York]
(more at: http://corner.nationalreview.com/post/?q=N2EyM2Q2NjYxZmUxMzgxNTYwMjAwZDk3MmE2NGNmNjY=)

Posted by: AsperGirl | September 2, 2008 5:34 PM | Report abuse

The Kooks are loose!
The Kooks are loose!

Posted by: Tomhere | September 2, 2008 5:34 PM | Report abuse

The speech was written before they even picked who was going to deliver it, huh? So I guess we'll get to see how well Palin reads her lines on Wednesday night. How low can our political system go, anyway? We're not a democracy, but we play one on teevee!

Posted by: Sportin' Life | September 2, 2008 5:31 PM | Report abuse

See: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/02/us/politics/02vetting.html?pagewanted=2&_r=1&8au&emc=au

Now, the truth is starting to come out about the reckless, cavalier, and dangerous decision made by McSame to place Sarah (knock 'em up) Palin on the ticket. If this is the type of decision making to be expected of McSame in the White House, then he is a very dangerous man indeed to even be considered for the presidency. Hopefully, the American people (this doesn't include mentally deranged social conservatives) will wake up and smell the coffee before it's too late.

As far as for Davis' comment that this election is not about the issues, if he is right this country is now but a collapsing shell of the ideal sought by the Founding Fathers. However, as a true American, I don't really believe that the American people don't care about the issues, they just won't care about Johnny McSame and Sarah "knock 'em up Palin. Obama/Biden 08!!!

Posted by: caliguy55 | September 2, 2008 5:30 PM | Report abuse

Mr Magoo and Tammy Faye Baker,
sitting in a tree,
p-i-s-s-i-n-g

All over all of us.

You know, I look at Palin, and I look at Davis, and I think to myself - boy, these people have it tough. They have to stand up and lie to everybody, they have spew the most foul tasting crap out of their mouths and claim it's caviar ... all while everybody know that's what they're doing.

That they are willing to embarrass themselves in this manner for that job ... well, it's that old American work ethic don't you know.

Posted by: mat | September 2, 2008 5:30 PM | Report abuse

So not only does foreign policy (amongst other "issues") pale in comparison to the "personalities" of the presidential race, Sarah Palin becomes irrelevant because she has "never held a foreign policy position before."

Hmmmm. Ok. Then, objections notwithstanding, let's talk about Troopergate and other Firings, or perhaps the good judgement of taking on a bid for VP while you have a child with a birth defect and LESS THAN A YEAR OLD!

Posted by: AB | September 2, 2008 5:27 PM | Report abuse

Tell that to the parents of the troops who died in a war that McCain voted for.
These people are so f***ing stupid. Goddam I hope they get what's coming to them.

Posted by: Tomhere | September 2, 2008 5:27 PM | Report abuse

Confident about Minnesota? He shouldn't be.

Posted by: John | September 2, 2008 5:26 PM | Report abuse

Not about the issues!

Holy mackerel; does this make me a Liberal Loon if I care about the issues? By extention do I then become a Bad American?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 2, 2008 5:26 PM | Report abuse

The Republicans are in full "hide the bacon" mode. They managed to keep Bush/Cheney from speaking. Their right-wing groups from assembling in St. Paul. Now they are working tooth and nail to cover up just how radical their choice for VP is. Palin comes straight from the George Bush wing of the Republican party. She is in the pocket of big oil, anti-science, anti-women's rights. How convenient that the McCain campaign will not allow her to share her views on these issues. Sounds like the Straight Talk Express is dead and gone.

Posted by: Cal | September 2, 2008 5:25 PM | Report abuse

OK, detractors of John McCain are going to have to explain this one to me. One of the big lines of attack against McCain is that he's too much like George W. Bush on too many issues, right? That suggests a certain willingness to tow the party line, which, I think we can all agree, is at least very calculated -- you may not agree with what the Republican leadership does, but you generally figure they put some thought into it, right? A lot of people with a distaste for McCain call into question the "maverick" label affixed to him, saying he may have been a maverick once but is now clinging to the party's coattails in an effort to get elected.

How is it, then, that people can, in the same breath, call McCain "impulsive" for picking Sarah Palin as his running mate? Does he make impulsive, unwise decisions on the spur of the moment, or does he wait for the Republican leadership to tell him what to do? You can't have it both ways.

The only way one could make a case for both is if one were to suggest that McCain acts immediately upon advice given to him by the Republican leadership with nary a second thought, but from the tone of most of the anti-McCain posts I'm seeing, a lot of people don't seem to be thinking it through that far.

Posted by: VBArthur | September 2, 2008 5:25 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the new commercial line Rick.

Posted by: nevoice | September 2, 2008 5:24 PM | Report abuse

GOP Republican Wall Street Get Rich by robbing the American Treasury and outsourcing American jobs party has officially been dissolved. Democrats and Independents are the official parties. Blessings to America and the World for peaceful cooperation and the elimination of all wars. The People First Party has arrived and Rich Wall Street millionaires will no longer use the American People as their cattle. Americans today are all free independent People in pursuit of happiness in the spirit of cooperation.

“We joined up with an altruistic vision of promoting freedom and justice around the world,” said Vince Emanuel, a Marine lance corporal who did a tour of duty in Iraq from August 2004 to April 2005, explaining why he was marching.

“Except we saw the killing of innocent people and the destruction of property ... for a lot of us it was very disenfranchising."

The veterans group tried to hand a message to the campaign of GOP Republican John McCain calling for a withdrawal from Iraq, reparations for the Iraqi people, and full medical benefits for veterans. No one from John McCain’s campaign received them, Mr Emanuel said.

Posted by: GOP Republican Get Rich By Robbing the US Treasury | September 2, 2008 5:24 PM | Report abuse

Davis demurred when asked when Palin will sit for interviews with major news organizations, pointing out that now would not be the right time given the "combative" attitude the media has seemingly adopted toward Palin.

When do they think the American people will have a chance to learn about her, her views on platform and other issues, and what she sees as pressing needs and possible solutions in the years to come. We're not - or I hope we're not - blindly electing a small town mayor; we're supposed to be electing the President and Vice President of the United States, the people that will lead all of the United States and be the leaders of the Free World. We've got financial and economic problems, health coverage issues, on-going wars, space science and technological issues, international relations of concern, and we're not supposed to let the American people learn the views of the next Vice President (and possibly President should President McCain need to step down for any period of time)?

When should we learn about the person we're supposed to elect? After then inauguration?

And, we're hearing now that that Vice President's acceptance speech was already written (genericly and from a masculine perspective)? They've already written the views of someone they didn't know would be the candidate?

What hath God wrought? The Republican Gods, anyway.

Posted by: Confused | September 2, 2008 5:19 PM | Report abuse

Excerpt from "The Case Against The Case Against Palin"
by

"Listening to the Democratic leadership respond to John McCain’s selection of Sarah Palin as his vice presidential running mate, one hears echoes of the Alaska Republican leadership from just a few years ago. Barack Obama’s spokesman, Bill Burton, put it this way: "Today, John McCain put the former mayor of a town of 9,000 with zero foreign policy experience a heartbeat away from the presidency." Former mayor? If you're going to skip over her job as governor and, before that, her job heading the commission that oversees production of the largest petroleum reserves in America, why not "former high school student"? Bah, what does it matter: She's just a small town mayor, just a hockey mom, just a beauty pageant queen. Palin has never shunned these belittling monikers, in part, I imagine, because the camouflage has served her so well. Soothed by the litany, her opponents tend to sleep too late, sneer too much, and forget who it is that hires them."

(more at: http://blogs.tnr.com/tnr/blogs/the_plank/archive/2008/09/02/the-case-against-the-case-against-palin.aspx)

Posted by: AsperGirl | September 2, 2008 5:19 PM | Report abuse

I think we on the left have been saying for some time that the Republicans can't win elections based on issues. Rick Davis seems to be confirming that notion.

Posted by: hakori | September 2, 2008 5:17 PM | Report abuse

Ah, the speech will define her, something made up by someone other than Sara, mostly lies like most of the stuff the rethugs been spinning, make me gag. I'd prefer that the ton of information surfacing over the last couple of days define her, the real news not the stuff from the land of make believe.

Posted by: charlie in md | September 2, 2008 5:17 PM | Report abuse

So Republicans aren't even allowed to write their own speeches?
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its not about rules, its about abilities

Posted by: Anonymous | September 2, 2008 5:15 PM | Report abuse

I'm convinced that someone has put some kind of mind altering agent in the RNC water fountains. There's no way a major political party, full of respected, qualified people are seriously backing this ticket. I'm not a Republican, but I actually feel a little sorry for them.

Posted by: Amazing | September 2, 2008 5:13 PM | Report abuse

It is astonishing the Republicans want the campaign to be about the "personalities" and not the serious "issues" facing the nation.

There is no more cynical and dangerous approach to the serious task of selecting the next President than to "forget" about the issues.

If the nation elects McCain who wrecked a jet plane long before he got shot down in one, who selects a VP in the words of Karl Rove based upon a political calculation rather than a governing one then the nation will surely deserve to continue on its down ward trajectory in meeting its domestic and foreign policy challenges.

God forbid that a women who believes that the war in Iraq was ordered by God will be a heart beat away from the Presidency. And that the next President will be the same kind of "gut instinct" and "reckless" decision maker we've already had for the last eight years!

Posted by: cfmchenry | September 2, 2008 5:12 PM | Report abuse

Davis, don't you have some murdering, oppressive third world dictator to lobby for?

Posted by: nevoice | September 2, 2008 5:12 PM | Report abuse

SEXISM is the new charge. McCain's people say that they have offered more media access to the candidates than anyone else. Funny, McCain has not been permited to talk to the media since August 13th.

THESE PEOPLE ARE FOOLS

Posted by: BigB | September 2, 2008 5:11 PM | Report abuse

Amazing how much credit so many give to Obama for knowing ANYTHING about how to run a government. I am neither Republican nor Democrat. That said, this "down economy" will be seen as "the good old days" should Obama be elected. Whoever gets the job will be out in 4 years- but Obama's "economic parity" simply means he thinks he know much better than you how to spend your money. A vote for Obama is a vote for economic disaster, and that's just for starters...

Posted by: tgf | September 2, 2008 5:09 PM | Report abuse

A case for wishful thinking if ever there was one.

The economy in tatters. A controversial war costing us trilions. Unemployment, inflation, credit crunch, foreclosures, ailing middle classes, global warming etc etc etc...

Well it makes sense that the McCain group would rather talk about ANYTHING else. Though a few more revelations about Ms Palin and they might find themselves between a rock and a hard place.

Posted by: festinog | September 2, 2008 5:08 PM | Report abuse

Of course the GOP sure doesn't want this to be about the issues because they are on the wrong track on just about every issue.

Furthermore the McCain/Palin ticket represents the worst of the GOP - the neocon and theocon wings of the party. Where did the old Ron Paul libertarians go???

Posted by: birdman | September 2, 2008 5:08 PM | Report abuse

"I live in a Georgian mansion that a corruption figure helped me buy while he was under indictment.

You gotta be kidding me? Have you ever been to Chicago? This is a typical Chicago middle class house, it cost as much as it does because the mortgage industry used Ouija board economics to finance housing,(thanks and a tip of the hat to Phil Gramm, McCain's economic adviser)Of course the guy was corrupt, he was in real estate, duh,
Honestly... you listen to Rush...don't you.
For two Lawyers, this is very modest housing.

Posted by: bproulx | September 2, 2008 5:07 PM | Report abuse

McCain's camp may want to consider slapping a muzzle on Davis. He's already been replaced by Rove protege Steve Schmidt as the campaign lead. Expect Obama-Biden to make hay out of these comments.

This election is going to come down to independent voters. Democrats had Indies swing their way by a 2 to 1 ratio in 2006, and they took back Congress.

Social conservatives were going to turn out and vote for McCain anyway. But if he and Palin can't alter the math on those Indies, they won't win.

Posted by: MA | September 2, 2008 5:07 PM | Report abuse

That headline says all you need to know.

Posted by: elsid | September 2, 2008 5:05 PM | Report abuse

Let's see.
Personality:
Obama- cool temperment, thoughtful listener, hip, great father, 1 house, 1 spouse.

Issues:
Obama- cut middle class taxes, improve healthcare, improve education, improve infrastructure, support alternative energy(and actually has a record of doing so), get out of Iraq, get Bin Laden.

I don't think that you guys can win either way.

Posted by: progressive agenda | September 2, 2008 5:04 PM | Report abuse

I am seriously trying very hard to understand the Republican agenda. I have not seen so many yes men/women in my life, or so many hard core party members embrace such a dismal strategy. Republicans should be at arms with the pick of the VP. There are so many other better qualified men and woman for the position. It is a smack in the face of America that this pick from nowhere now be seriously considered a viable second option. Remember, McCain was big on his opposition flip flopping. He said his opposition was not experienced enough, but who does he choose, some one with less experience and no accomplishment or foreign policy. He spoke out powerfully in regards to ear marks; she is obviously very good at securing these funds, and has.

He speaks of being a ticket of reformist. Has anyone asked why a reformist is needed? It’s because the current administration blundered its way through one major debacle after another. The most noticeable are. A unpopular war fought for the wrong reasons, watching a whole city drown, a economy in shambles, and gas prices higher than they ever been. I try very hard to remain objective, but if the decisions McCain’s makes now are any indication of what's in store if he becomes president. The last 8 years will seem like a vacation compared to the next 4. When I listen to hardcore republicans talk about being the party of change I almost laugh. The real issue here is McCain has adopted a “Just Win Baby” philosophy. While that may have worked for the Old Oakland Raiders, John McCain is no quarterback, what’s at stake is not a game. Nor does he have the playbook necessary to make America a winner again.

Posted by: Give me a Break! | September 2, 2008 5:04 PM | Report abuse

Whatever you think about Palin, the way that John McCain chose her shows you why he should not be President. He makes very impulsive, unwise decisions and shoots from the hip like Bush. They are very similar in that regard. They have a similar style. I think that style has gotten us into plenty of trouble already. We don't need him in the White House. He has very poor judgment.

Posted by: lynn | September 2, 2008 5:02 PM | Report abuse

Aspergirl Uncovered | September 2, 2008 4:54 PM


liberal intelligence on display

Posted by: I be lib | September 2, 2008 4:57 PM
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And funny as hell!!

Posted by: Bill C | September 2, 2008 5:00 PM | Report abuse

Of course he said (and meant) this.

It's their entire strategy.

An election about bullcrap, shallow, and meaningless issues of "personality" is a perfect environment for the kind of dirty campaigning they like to run.

So turn the conversation in that direction at all costs.

A swifting we shall go...

Posted by: Duh... | September 2, 2008 4:58 PM | Report abuse

Aspergirl Uncovered | September 2, 2008 4:54 PM


liberal intelligence on display

Posted by: I be lib | September 2, 2008 4:57 PM | Report abuse

For the Republicans, it never has been about issues (god forbid)! They would always lose on the issues! They have to make it about small, unmeasurable, things or they'd lose every time. This not news. What is news, and quite shocking, is that McCain's manager comes out and says it. That's cynicism of the highest order and is reason enough to keep the Republicans out of power. America can't afford any more years.

Posted by: thebob.bob | September 2, 2008 4:55 PM | Report abuse

Aspergirl,

We only think you are a man because you look like one from behind. We could really care less what you do. You are annoying, probably fat, most likely lonely and your hair smells like vomit. Feel better? We do!

Posted by: Aspergirl Uncovered | September 2, 2008 4:54 PM | Report abuse

I see the childish and vapid liberal loons have arrived to pollute the enviro.

but even adolescents with no intelligence need representation.

they got the perfect guy. a mirror of their immaturity.

Posted by: kingofzouk | September 2, 2008 4:30 PM
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Hey Kingo!..How goes it Bud? Glad you could stop by and regale us with your humor.

Posted by: :^0 | September 2, 2008 4:50 PM | Report abuse

Is there a direct link to 'liberal kooks r us' today?

I mean they are always loony tunes, angry, immature and moronic, but today there seems to be a direct channel to Kos or huff or some other moonbat site.

Posted by: kingofzouk | September 2, 2008 4:49 PM | Report abuse

Not only is the campaign, not talking about issues, it's about not talking, period.

From Talking Points Memo:

"If he can't stand up to Larry King, how can he stand up to ... well, anybody.

After Campbell Brown's interview with McCain's spokesman Tucker Bounds last night, McCain is pulling out of an interview tonight with Larry King."

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/archives/212524.php

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

Rick Davis confirms that the emperor's party has no clothes.

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

I am supporting Obama because he did not lie to the american people about the war in Iraq.

Posted by: del3 | September 2, 2008 4:45 PM | Report abuse

Note also that he refuses to allow Wailin' Palin to be interviewed?

First they invented 'executive experience' for her, now they're inventing for her the same 'executive priviledge' the ACTUAL President claims he has.

If she can't handle the press now, she never will.

Posted by: Magoo equals Bitterness and Hate | September 2, 2008 4:44 PM | Report abuse

OH... MY... GOD. I am absolutely stunned SILLY!! The Big Boys of the GOP must have overdosed on truth serum, as evidenced by Davis' and Karl Rove's assinine comments today.

First, Rove completely admits that John McCain put Palin on the ticket as a token woman who could siphon off some PUMAs and so-called "soft Republicans". He said that her selection was not a "governing decision but a political decision." Now Davis claims that this election will be more about personalities and culture wars than about the VERY REAL issues that most Americans are facing today. I am completely stunned at cynical and condescending view McCain and his ilk have of the American people!

Sarah Palin is the GOP's sacrificial lamb du jour, and I honestly feel sorry for her and her beautiful family for the onslaught that is and will happen to them. But the Republicans have politicized just about every major issue and decision in the last eight years and they have MORE than proven that they are not above doing it again. Obama is 100% completely right that McCain offers nothing more than four more years of the same.

If McCain and his campaign do not believe that it is in this country's best interests to fight this out on the issues, God help us if he actually becomes POTUS. John McCain DOES NOT have the temperament, judgement or wisdom to lead this great nation. He and his party have forfeited any right to POTUS based on the disgusting things that they have said today. I can only hope that we will hold their feet to the fire for trying to fleece us all once again.

Posted by: TellItLikeItIs1 | September 2, 2008 4:43 PM | Report abuse

Hi Aspergirl
You seem unusually cranky today from the last 24 hours. Did you get a blast of Arctic air up your arss?

Posted by: :-{ | September 2, 2008 4:43 PM | Report abuse

To the very first comment: Obama votes 100% on "liberal" issues, if your statistics are correct, because they are progressive, common sense issues that require a 21st-century way of thinking...that clearly the Republican party does not have.

Posted by: Kurt in Pennsylvania | September 2, 2008 4:43 PM | Report abuse

I have judgment. If an idea comes up that is liberal, I judge it to be worthy.

If it is fair or intelligent, I judge it to be inadequate.

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

Rick Davis is a F-ing idiot.

Not about issues my A$$!

Of course its about the issues!

I only wish we could have a day in November or December dedicated to replaying all this stupidity coming out of the magoo campaign after he loses so we could just laugh until our sides hurt.

Posted by: Magoo equals Bitterness and Hate | September 2, 2008 4:41 PM | Report abuse

"I live in a Georgian mansion that a corruption figure helped me buy while he was under indictment. My brother George in Kenya lives in a hut on less than $1 a month. He has pictures of me cut from the newspaper taped to his walls. And I laugh at and mock John McCain for having a rich wife and being out of touch."

Posted by: Barack Obama | September 2, 2008 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Rick Davis is so right.

This election is not about issues.

Unfortunately, Davis' complaining attitude about the non-issue based election is completely hypocritical. Mr. Davis, it is your campaign, the John McCain campaign, that started questioning the character of Senator Obama. It is your campaign that characterized him as a "celebrity" and "the one." It is your campaign that has raised doubts about patriotism.

I was looking forward to a high-minded, post-partisan election this year and it is unfortunate that the desperate politics of a desperate campaign had to ruin that.

Posted by: Rick Davis is a Moron | September 2, 2008 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Gallup poll shows Obama ahead by 8 percent. Considering that most presidential elections are decided by a few percent at the most this is a staggering problem for the Republicans. Why? Because the issues do matter to a majority of the people. Davis is probably right that issues don't matter to the neocons but they represent 35 percent of the voters at the most. Palin is a desparate effort to broaden the base. It won't have much impact since most Hillary supporters will not go over to Palin because of the issues.

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

The Republicans know they are losing and rightly so. These screwed-up Evangelicals and Neocons don't know left from right, up from down.

They are all a confused bunch of nitwits who are more than ready to attack the Eastern educated liberals who are attempting to fix some of the damage they have caused since Bush was elected. They don't have a brain in their collective heads and are more than haapy to sacrifice individual freedoms for their ideology.

What a joke McCain and Palin are, as well as Rick Davis. They will crash and burn along with George, Dick, Condi, Gonzales and all the others who crashed and burned before this.

McCain is a do-do bird. And his running mate belongs in the outback.

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

"As for the speech itself, Davis said a generic, "masculine" speech was being prepared before the pick was made and, now that Palin is the choice, she is adapting the speech to her own needs and personality."

So Republicans aren't even allowed to write their own speeches?

This party is absolutely sick.

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

Here's the "playbook," as written by Karl Rove:

All this furor and hubbub is meant to transpire while the nation blabs on and on about her capabilities, her lack of experience, whose child it might be, her daughter's latest pregnancy, ad nauseum. Distractions all, from the real issues at hand....this whole melodrama has Rove's fingerprints all over it, down to his alleged desire for Lieberman to be the choice. Face it, they had no one. Whoever they might select had some detractors within the party.

Palin was a wrong choice...but an important and very much intentional "wrong" choice.

Sarah Palin's name will be withdrawn from the nomination for reasons that will appear relevant; family/health issues. The Repub party will be in disarray, but "intentional" disarray. They can't go back to Giuliani. Lieberman, Pawlenty or Mitt. What to do/ What to do. Who fits the bill?
Who has name recognition, a decent resume? Who has occupied a significant office in a major state?Who could reunite the Repugs.....? Who knows hurricanes?

Anyone seen Jeb Bush recently?

Posted by: rsaillant1 | September 2, 2008 4:40 PM | Report abuse

I guess most of you Obamanuts won't go as far as admitting that you are voting for Obama because he is black and liberal. In fact Obama votes 100% of the time in favor of every liberal issue that comes up. Talk about lack of substance and cognizance, Obama lacks these attributes terribly, but he is black. So does appearance matter in some form? You bet!

Posted by: Adrian | September 2, 2008 4:39 PM | Report abuse

"This election is not about issues," said Davis.

Sick.

I thought we lived in a Democracy; that elections were about collective decisionmaking. Davis is a disgrace.

Posted by: mnjam | September 2, 2008 4:39 PM | Report abuse

Keeping in the Rick Davis vein - how about the two Senators play a game of 'Horse' on national television ala Bird and Jordan to decide the Presidency.

Posted by: mjwies11, washington, dc | September 2, 2008 4:38 PM | Report abuse

Davis hopes to god this election is not about issues, because they don't stand a prayer if it comes down to the issues......

Wrong on the economy
Wrong on foreign policy
wrong on domestic issues

but hey, they're nice people....

Sorry, we've been down that road with Dubya, not happening again.

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

Damn straight it ain't 'bout the issues bro'.

I mean, you really want a Muslim as president?

Didn't think so, bro. Didn't think so.

mac is back baby!! F0ck Yeah!!!!

Posted by: el_barto | September 2, 2008 2:19 PM
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Awesome post Dude!...Must be from Levi!

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

What a crock!! Come on, Washington Post, you're better than this. Tricky Rick said 1972, when Nixon won in a landslide against weak Democratic opposition! Can someone please call out the Republicans when they try to Freudian-slip us all into believing they're positioned to win?

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

*BREAKING* Todd Palin was a registered member of the secessionist Alaska Independence Party! Confirmed by head of Alaska's elections office! Go to TalkingPointsMemo or DailyKos for more info...

Posted by: John M. | September 2, 2008 4:36 PM | Report abuse

What Rick Davis is really suggesting is not that our presidential contest ia about issues or personalities --- it is about whether Mr. McCain wants "wheat, rye of white" toast with his Palin.

Check the polls since the announcement.

It is over.

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

sarah palin has more experience than mccain. while she was alaska's executive head, leading 100,000 people he sat in the senate for 26 years and never led more than a dozen.

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

The Republicans know they are losing and rightly so. These screwed-up Evangelicals and Neocons don't know left from right, up from down.

They are all a confused bunch of nitwits who are more than ready to attack the Eastern educated liberals who are attempting to fix some of the damage they have caused since Bush was elected. They don't have a brain in their collective heads and are more than haapy to sacrifice individual freedoms for their ideology.

What a joke McCain and Palin are, as well as Rick Davis. They will crash and burn along with George, Dick, Condi, Gonzales and all the others who crashed and burned before this.

McCain is a do-do bird. And his running mate belongs in the outback.

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

Can't wait to see the first polls on America's opinions of Ms. Sarah as veep. What on earth was McCain thinking?

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

>>Aspergirl Uncovered wrote: "Aspergirl hails from a small town somewhere. He is the daughter of a brother/sister combination. She loves Cheetos and cats and likes to make crafts. Her hobbies include writing lies, blogging, and annoying people. She is single (duh) and is looking for someone to love her in her bipolar stages. Sounds like a winner to me!"

LOL. You are off on everything except the part where I like annoying people. And I don't consider DailyKos sociopathic sexist pigs to be "people".

It's hilarious how some of you spastic geek Afrocentric basement-bloggers who live on DailyKos and lurk news forums posing as real people keep thinking I'm a male. You just can't get your head around a female who thinks you're an idiot and likes to ridicule your delusions about your phony, narcissistic candidate.

You have no points on issues, so you engage in ad hominem attacks. Interesting, that's the subject of The Fix's blog post, isn't it?

You all wouldn't be in love with a narcissistic con artist, a politician who implies he's your path to political redemption and personal transcendence, if you had a personal life yourselves.

Let me give you some advice. Don't fixate on other readers/posters here. Get a girl and find your personal transcendence and redemption from your isolated geek hell on your own. What Obama promises is not what politicians are supposed to do for us. They're supposed to govern well and humbly and honestly as possible, not aggrandizing themselves and promising personal transcendence for their Afrocentric and white guilt fanatical cult members.

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

I'm loath to believe the McCain campaign is somehow "hiding" Sarah Palin from the media as some posters here have suggested. Surely there's no shame in saying the Palin needs a few last-minute touch-ups before she starts giving interviews, right? This is a presidential election, after all, and she needs to be ready to answer any questions that fall outside her area of expertise but are relevant to the election. You can't learn all that in just a few days.

Still, I have to once again question Rick Davis' wording (or thought process). She's not giving interviews because the media is being mean to her? I realize how powerfully important the myth of the liberal media is in the Republican camp, but independents and undecideds don't buy into the theory that the entire mainstream media (except for Shining Bastion of Truth News Corp.!) is run by a shadowy cabal of evil liberals. If they did believe that, they'd already be Republican die-hards. As such, you're going to have a tough time wooing them over to your side with statements like Davis'. Even if the campaign implies that the media is beating up on another woman, trying to garner the sympathy of holdout Hillary Clinton supporters who (at least partially) blame the media for Clinton's loss in the primary, no one can say Clinton didn't look the media right in the eyes and answer their questions, even if some might doubt her answers were genuine. It'll be harder to garner sympathy if the candidate simply avoids the media.

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

"This election is not about issues," said Davis. "This election is about a composite view of what people take away from these candidates."

If that's really the case, Obama wins by a landslide.

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

Yeah Davis is right. This campaign is not about issues. Iraq war, economy, health care---who cares! It's about oatmeal raisin cookies, gettin drunk, gettin yer daughter knocked-up, and shootin at stuff...That's what its all about..

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

Earl if that is so, why is "the One" running away as fast as he can from his "friend". you know the one who launched his political career in his living room?

not the ayers I thought I knew.

Posted by: silly libs | September 2, 2008 4:32 PM | Report abuse

Earl if that is so, why is "the One" running away as fast as he can from his "friend". you know the one who launched his political career in his living room?

not the ayers I thought I knew.

Posted by: silly libs | September 2, 2008 4:32 PM | Report abuse

If McCain and his "trophy" VP (who are running on a platform of "issues don't matter - personalities do") win this election, then I will lose all hope in the democratic process in the U.S. and promptly go into self-exile in Belarus (with Lindsey Graham) where I will work to reinvent democracy in an pristine setting.

Posted by: dritchie | September 2, 2008 4:32 PM | Report abuse

Mccain just cancelled Larry King for tonight because he is mad the way some of the interviews have been done regarding Palin. When you start getting afraid of Larry King you are in trouble.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 2, 2008 4:32 PM | Report abuse

Palin’s adoption of the mantel of "reformer" has come at convenient turning points in her career.


She ran for her first term as mayor on a "change" platform, before going on to two terms that turned out to be business as usual, if on a much larger scale: the Washington Post has documented $27 Million in earmarks going to Wasilla during her tenure, a town with an annual budget excluding debt and capital expenses of around $5 Million.


Palin received the Republican nod for governor in 2006 as the "clean government" candidate over then-Governor Frank Murkowski. The fact that her campaign was aided by a last minute endorsement from Senator Ted Stevens, and a television ad in which they appeared together, suggests "reform" was not the ticket’s top priority and ultimate agenda.


In fact, Palin had made an unsuccessful run for Lieutenant Governor in 2002 to run with Frank Murkowski, coming in second. When Frank Murkowski resigned from his senate seat to run for Governor, Palin was widely rumored as a possible replacement. Instead, Murkowski appointed his own daughter, Lisa Murkowski, a state representative, naming Palin to chair the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission as a kind of consolation prize.


This turned out to be a huge mistake for Murkowski. Palin resigned in 2004 and filed formal complaints against the state Republican Party's chairman, Randy Ruedrich and former Alaska Attorney General Gregg Renkes, two Murkowski allies. Ruedrich, one of her fellow commissioners, was accused of politicking on public time and working closely with a company he was supposed to be regulating, and subsequently paid a record $12,000 fine.


It’s hard not to see the rage of stymied ambition, and some very astute maneuvering, behind this sudden conversion to the cause of "standing up to special interests" and "fighting against corruption". By 2002 Palin had been in Alaska politics for 10 years, working closely with Alaska’s political establishment, even hiring ex-Ted Stevens aide (and Abramoff employer) Steven Silver to gain huge windfalls for her small Alaskan town in the form of Federal earmarks. She had worked closely with Murkowski, and eagerly aspired to the post of Murkowski’s state-government equivalent of vice-president. She saw no conflict in chairing a key state Commission until, allegedly, suddenly realizing some of her fellow Republicans, particularly Murkowski, "lacked ethics".


If Murkowski had appointed Palin to the Senate, instead of his (I'm sure equally qualified) daughter, it's obvious Murkowski would still be governor today.


For those of you who have read my Dairygate/Mat Maid posts, the rank hypocrisy of Palin’s accusing a fellow Republican of "working closely with a company he was supposed to be regulating" should be pungent indeed. While "regulating" the state dairy business, Palin insured that a local dairy farmer, Kyle Beus, ended up with key assets of a failing state-run dairy she claimed to want to save, and helped him obtain a Federal earmark (with Ted Steven's always appreciated help) to get his own nearly identical operation off the ground.


As a result of Palin's "reforms", a few political opponents lost their jobs, but nothing else really changed. Ted Stevens remained the Big Dog of Alaskan politics. His last-minute assist in Palin’s gubernatorial campaign is proof enough that, whatever was retailed to the voters, the state Republican establishment as an institution would have nothing to fear from Palin's election. Endemic corruption would continue to be business as usual. It would just be Palin's friends who would disproportionately benefit instead of Murkowski's.


There is no evidence whatsoever that "reform" has ever been anything more to Sarah Palin than an appealing slogan and a cudgel with which to further her career and beat up less nimble political opponents (and insufficiently grateful mentors). Selling a state plane on eBay is exactly the kind of sound-bite flashiness that makes good press, and good camouflage. But there is nothing in Sarah Palin’s career in local and state politics to suggest she is anything more than another ambitious, well-connected politician willing to do anything to win.


To that extent at least, she and McCain are truly "soul mates".


Today’s WaPo article on Palin earmarks:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/09/01/AR2008090103148.html?nav%3Dhcmodule&sub=AR

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

We've known that about the way Republicans campaign for a long time. Still, its startling to hear a campaign manager actually admit that Republicans believe elections are about style over substance.

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

Once again, the rovian Davis is determined to speak the opposite of the truth. Here, it seems that the more people get to know John McCain, the less they like him.

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

I see the childish and vapid liberal loons have arrived to pollute the enviro.

but even adolescents with no intelligence need representation.

they got the perfect guy. a mirror of their immaturity.

Posted by: kingofzouk | September 2, 2008 4:30 PM | Report abuse

Wow, McCain had a meltdown in the GOP primary from June 2007-New Hampshire, in Jan. 2008. Well, he came back & won the GOP nomination & had time to fundraise & put a great campaign together while Clinton vs. Obama tore one another apart. Well, McCain was down when Obama took the Democratic nomination and Obama took a big bump in polls and lead by a good margin. McCain fought hard and came back, almost being even with Obama going into the Democratic convention. It was an even race. Obama & the democrats mastered the convention, showing unity in trying to get the Hillary women on board & Obama had a great speech. Yet, it was still fairly even. Then, McCain took a risk: he picked Sarah Palin for Vice President. This risk was a shining star...for 2 days. Now, a major bump in the road has been hit and the McCain campaign had to cancel the 1st day convention festivities & are now having to spend all their time answering swirling reports about Palin's 17 year old daughters wedlock pregnancy, reports about her hiring an attorney to represent her in a fallout of retribution on firing her sister's ex-husband, her inexperience & all of her issues.

I have long advocated Tim Pawlenty as the VP pick on this blog and elsewhere. He was a very good & very safe pick. McCain went with the risky pick of Palin. Mr. McCain, I hope you know something I don't know & you expected all of this defending you have to do. A McCain/Pawlenty team would definately have been the best the GOP could offer. Now, we have a McCain/Palin team struggling to answer critisms & defend itself. This team can barely get past that, how is it going to compare the McCain/Palin ideas vs. Obama/Biden? Without doing that, McCain/Palin is cooked. Good luck Mr. McCain, you passed up your best choice. Good luck making this one work.

Posted by: reason | September 2, 2008 4:30 PM | Report abuse

It IS an issue when your Presidential candidate belonged to an organization that actively desires to blow up the United States.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 2, 2008 3:48 PM

* * * * * * *

Obviously some people do not know the facts and do not care to. Obama was about 8 years old and not living in Chicago when Bill Ayers was involved in the Weathermen. When Obama got out of law school and went to live in Southside Chicago is when he met Bill Ayers, a person who was changed from his earlier radical years. The Vietnam War era created many interesting personalities during the 60s and early 70s. Just like the 20s and 30s created some Communist sympathizers who later became very patriotic citizens. It is amazing what a failing American government can do to its citizens. FDR had to turn things around with the New Deal. Nixon was impeached. There is a history here.

If the Republicans, who forgive only their own, cannot forgive Bill Ayers for the passions of his young adult years during a time of great unrest in America, then why should they continue to support Bush for leading us into a war of choice, which has killed more U.S. Citizens than Bill Ayers ever thought about. In fact, it was Timothy McVey who killed our citizens -- you remember, the right-wing nut in Oklahoma. Everytime they bring up Bill Ayers, I'll bring up Timothy McVey. At least Bill Ayers turned out OK. Is there something wrong with turning one's life around? In church, this happens all the time. Which means that the mean Republicans have no heart -- none!

Posted by: Earl C | September 2, 2008 4:29 PM | Report abuse

this election is not about issues, is about how to fool the American people one more time!

Posted by: stearm | September 2, 2008 4:28 PM | Report abuse

I think that Davis has correctly outlined the best strategy for McCain. When it comes to issues, he's dead. When it comes to close inspection of his performance (voting record etc) he's dead. Davis has to hope that the country can be put into an American Legion mood where veterans cheer because John was a POW. Pay no attention to the fact that McCain consistently votes against veterans' benefits. "It's the personality stupid." Sadly, it is a strategy that might well work. But, Bush may have so worn out this "PATRIOT" brand that it has lost some of its impact.

Posted by: TWstroud | September 2, 2008 4:28 PM | Report abuse

Q: Is america a good country?

McCain: yes

Obama: Yes but I for one think the raping and pillaging of Indians was wrong and the enslavement of another race was wrong. Yet we have made great gains as a nation and taught the world we can exaimine ourselves and secure liberty and justice for all as a united nation

McCain - was that a no?

Obama - John, I think your adult diaper needs changing...you are drowning in your own sh...


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

If I were John McCain, I wouldn't want to run on issues either. He's on the losing end of the issues. Duh.

Trouble is, people care deeply about the issues ...

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

HOW DARE HIM

this election IS about the issues

its about

HEALTHCARE FOR ALL AMERICANS

EDUCATION

END TO THE IRAQ WAR

SOCIAL SECURITY

WAR IN AFGHANISTAN

ENERGY

THE ECONOMY


these are the issues that affect all americans (except the rich americans john mccain supports


obama/biden 08

HILLARY!!! 12-16

Posted by: Jackie (hillary supporter) | September 2, 2008 4:26 PM | Report abuse

By the way, don't forget that Palin has not only more executive experience than Obama, as a small-town mayor and 1 1/2 year mayor of a state of less than a million people (as the McCain camp tried but failed point out), but she also probably has more foreign-policy experience than Obama.....
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KDmNk23vEYI

Another case of "fair and balanced" Fox News ANCHORS (not even their hordes of conservative commentators) shilling for Republican candidates (Cindy McCain said the exact same thing a couple days later, so who gets talking points from who know??)...

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

George Lakoff said it best: "...the Palin nomination is not basically about external realities and what Democrats call "issues," but about the symbolic mechanisms of the political mind -- the worldviews, frames, metaphors, cultural narratives, and stereotypes. The Republicans can't win on realities. Her job is to speak the language of conservatism, activate the conservative view of the world, and use the advantages that conservatives have in dominating political discourse."

Keep the focus on the issues, not the personalities. Demand leaders in the White House, not self-anointed heroes, soccer moms, religious zealots and corporate shills.

Four years of McBush and McPalin will destroy what is left of our Republic. As Scientist1 (Sept. 2, 3:18 pm) points out, this is no joke.

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

Why talk about issue's when you clearly have the worst strategy on them????

Posted by: Ron | September 2, 2008 4:23 PM | Report abuse

I can't stop giggling at this absurdity!

Mind you, it's not a good giggle.
It is a unsettling nervous giggle (a reflex really) borne of incredulity.

How does the world's beacon of democracy arrive at a point where THIS INCREDULOUS TRIPE becomes the focus during a PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN?

Am I dreaming?
Have all the day-time Soap writers taken jobs as GOP strategists?

What the hell is next?

The way things are going,... it would surprise not a bit if any minute now a machete wielding Martin Sheen entered stage left to put an end to this Kurtzonian Circus.

"...the horror, the horror,..."

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

THE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE AT THE TOP OF DEMOCRATIC TICKET

"I'm a man and I can't get pregnant. So even though I have less experience and ability than that Alaskan woman who is lactating and whose daughter is clearly having sex -- we all know beautiful young women shouldn't get away with having sex without aborting any babies so as to hide their disgraceful sexual activity!"

"Hey, my job as state senator giving speeches and occasionally voting was such a critical one for building experience to lead the country that I could vote "present" instead of "yes" or "no" 130 times and no one even noticed!"

"I've admitted that I voted "present" 130 times so as to not take stands on --seriously -- 130 career-killing, controversial legislation that opponents could later criticize me on. Not taking stands on 130 controversial state acts by refusing to vote is a big presidential skill that will serve me well in Washington!"

"I have produced some material works in my adult life: two fictionalized autobiographies I wove around my mother getting knocked up at age 17 by my alcoholic, polygamous, already-married Kenyan father who was a failed communist and who abandoned us. I have a great family background to be president."

"I live in a Georgian mansion that a corruption figure helped me buy while he was under indictment. My brother George in Kenya lives in a hut on less than $1 a month. He has pictures of me cut from the newspaper taped to his walls. And I laugh at and mock John McCain for having a rich wife and being out of touch."

"Measure my achievement by how I've advanced myself and not by any works I might have produced or anything I've ever done to help those I presumably served".

"I'm Barack Obama. Vote for me!!!"

THE DEMOCRATS' IDEA OF GREAT MALE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES

Barack Obama (achieves nothing except his own advancement)

Joe Biden (so lacking in executive capacity he got 5,000 votes all year)

John Edwards (still won't admit to the baby being his).

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

Check out www.campaignforliberty.com
The convention is life

Posted by: James | September 2, 2008 4:20 PM | Report abuse

THE REAL Aspergirl

Aspergirl hails from a small town somewhere. He is the daughter of a brother/sister combination. She loves Cheetos and cats and likes to make crafts. Her hobbies include writing lies, blogging, and annoying people. She is single (duh) and is looking for someone to love her in her bipolar stages. Sounds like a winner to me!

Posted by: Aspergirl Uncovered | September 2, 2008 4:18 PM | Report abuse

Where in this pick of VP does John McCain reflect "Country first"? He accuses Obama of putting winning an election ahead of the country's best interests and then picks a Vice-President whose only necessary qualification is that s/he be ready to take over as Commander and Chief should the need arise. Not only does Palin not fill that criteria, she is dangerously under qualified. John McCain has abused and misused his power as a presidential nominee ... even before he's in office! ... by gambling the country's well being for his political ambition. This has got to be the height of corruption. RED FLAGS are dropping everywhere. This choice was not only a risk for McCain, it endangers the country ... it is the country's risk as well. How dare John McCain forget this in his quest for the White House. How dare he. This pick was nothing other than a desperate ... DESPERATE ... grab for power by a man corrupted by his ambition. "Country first"? Ya, right.

Posted by: Audrey | September 2, 2008 4:18 PM | Report abuse

Ohio2008, I guess it depends on what poll on what day. Foxs news has Obama with a narrow lead in Ohio.

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

Unfortunately, I think it is somewhat telling of Obama supporters how many of them posted responses on this post clearly having read no more than the title.

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

And that's the problem. This election NEEDS to be about issues, especially since the last two managed, through clever motivation avoidance--and unseemly distractions--to turn upon irrelevancies rather than the real problems this country faces. I would much rather hear from the Republicans about HOW they would face those problems than hyperbolic assertions about all the wonderful experience Sarah Palin has. I am nowhere near as concerned about the prospect of her being VP as I am about John McCain being President--Not because of a 'composite view' I might have of the candidate but because of where he actually stands on the issues!

Posted by: dch | September 2, 2008 4:16 PM | Report abuse

Yet More Sarah Lies! Big Lie About Her "Trip to Ireland"

At some point, one has to expect that we will finally come to know all there is to know about Sarah Palin.

But until that day comes, here's another tidbit. When Palin was announced as McCain's Veep, inquiring minds wanted to know: had she ever traveled abroad?

Her spokeswoman toldPolitico's Ben Smith that she had been to Germany, Kuwait, and Ireland.

At least one Irish blogger, Suzy Byrne, stepped forward to call blarney on that:

Two words to describe that visit to Ireland I think.

SHANNON STOPOVER! *

For US readers the Shannon Stopover refers to planes landing at Shannon Airport to refuel when on their way to and from parts of Europe/Middle East.

Shannon Airport sees many US Military and contractor flights arrive there each month for refueling -- passengers get off the plane for a while and then get back on again. Hardly a visit to Ireland

Posted by: Bob | September 2, 2008 4:15 PM | Report abuse

At least Rick Davis is honest: of course, the Republicans do not want this election to be about the issues because they are on the losing side of every one.

Unfortunately for Davis, they are also on the losing side if the contest is about character, temperament, and judgment. McCain displayed colossally poor judgment in selecting underqualified Sarah Palin as his veep pick. He did not bother to vet her properly: I spent more time on deciding which new car to buy than McCain did on learning about Palin. McCain caved to the pressure from extremist right-wing fanatics in his own party who foisted Palin on him when he would have preferred another candidate. McCain's tough-guy "maverick" facade is blown apart by this revelation.

The emerging scandals about Palin's membership in a traitorous Alaska First party and in a church filled with extremist bigots sends chills down the spines of all patriotic Americans. Her anti-science, anti-environmentalism, pro-oil, pro-porkbarrel politics are repulsive.

Her clumsy use of political office to enforce private family desires smacks of Dick Chaney on snowshoes. Her smarmy "family values" as revealed by her decision to abandon her family while her daughter deals with a difficult pregnancy reminds us that the GOP is the party of deceit, lies, and hypocrisy.

McCain is unfit to become the president of the United States. So if Davis really wants to make this election about character, temperament, and judgment, then lets have that debate right here and now.

Obama wins in a landslide.

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

A 'MASCULINE' SPEECH WAS PREPARED??

IS THERE A MESSAGE HERE? NOW READ THIS:

http://www.nowpublic.com/world/baked-alaska-palin-likely-withdraw-gop-vp-pick-get-political-w-vic-livingston

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

Wow, that sounds like an exciting party that Sen. Craig is throwing in Minneapolis! I will be sure to attend!

Yours in Christ,

The Rev. Tommy Tester

______________________

Cops: Virginia Minister Flashed Kids While Urinating, Offered Officers Oral Sex
Tuesday, July 31, 2007

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JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. — A minister and Christian radio station employee has been charged with indecent exposure as well as DUI and violation of the open container law, the Kingsport Times-News reported.

Tommy Tester, 58, of Bristol, Va., was arrested last week by Johnson City police after they say he urinated in front of children at a car wash.

Click here to read the full story from the Kingsport Times-News.

Police also said Tester, who was wearing a skirt, offered to perform oral sex on officers who responded to the car wash.

Tester is the pastor of Gospel Baptist Church on Reedy Creek Road in Bristol and works for Christian radio station WZAP-AM.

The radio station’s owner, Al Morris, issued a statement Monday saying, "We do not know all the details and facts concerning the arrest; but for the time being Tommy has been relieved of his responsibilities at the station until such facts surrounding the case are determined. We pray that this matter can be quickly resolved. In the meantime, we ask you to pray for Tommy and for WZAP."

Morris told the Times-News his staff, the station's listeners and members of Tester's congregation were all shocked about Johnson City police officers' allegations.

"It's the biggest shock of my life," he said. "So far, they (members of the congregation) have rallied behind Tommy."

Morris told the paper that when he spoke with Tester, he said the Johnson City police scared him.

"He was scared to death and didn't know what he'd said or what he'd admitted or anything else," Morris said.

Tester was released Friday on $1,000 bond. A hearing is scheduled for Oct. 25.

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,291582,00.html

Posted by: The Rev. Tommy Tester | September 2, 2008 4:13 PM | Report abuse

This election is about the issues. It needs to always remain about the issues and not the personalities. On personality Obama wins hands down...On issues Obama wins hands down. Mccain...Puhleease

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

Okay all you GWB voters, are you gonna give us a repeat performance and prove Rick Davis right? That you care NOTHING about your country, but only about a Regis and Kelly act?

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

In honor of our party's commitment to DRILL DRILL DRILL, we are adding a new activity to the convention I am hosting in the men's restroom/toilet facilities of the Minneapolis airport.

Tonight, in addition to having our Water Sports Extravaganza to honor our hot bothers in New Orleans (several hot young studs from Louisiana will be there to brandish their pumps and shower attendees with golden champagne), we will be having our DRILLING FOR MUD BUNNIES FESTIVAL. For a fee, you can have your picture taken drilling Karl "Hot Karl" Rove's ample rear fields for delicious brown mud bunnies. These color glossy 8x10s are suitable for framing and make a wonderful Christmas gift for the well hung Republican in your life.

Please join us for the pinnacle of toilet hijinks and the hottest man to man action GOPStyle™. We have just sent out an invitation to Todd Palin to see if he will show us that rifle in his pants he uses to bag the "bears" in Alaska.

Hot times for all well hung conservative men are available at the Minneapolis Men's Restroom, Concourse A.

See you there and God Bless.


Posted by: Sen. Larry Craig (R-ID) | September 2, 2008 4:12 PM | Report abuse

I think that Sarah Palin should be the Vice President cause she is the prettiest of all the other candidates. She reminds me of Elaine on Seinfeld. I just hope Sarah can dance better than Elaine. She used to be a cheerleader so I bet she can. Gimme a "S", Gimme a "A" Gimme a "R", gimme another "A", gimmie a "H". What's that spell? Gooooooooooooo SARAH.

Posted by: 6925thcobras | September 2, 2008 4:11 PM | Report abuse

To the poster who asked about AsperGirl's employment status:

Please don't knock "her." "She's" the only paid disinformation troll here who really knows how to write.

She's "just doing her job." Like the guys at Nuremberg...

ps -- We can assume that "Asper" stands for "aspersions."

Posted by: Eyes2disinfo | September 2, 2008 4:11 PM | Report abuse

WHAT ABOUT THE OBAMA FAMILY ESTATES?

Barack Obama lives in a Georgian mansion with 7 fireplaces that his slumlord, convicted corruption figure buddy, Tony Rezko helped him buy while helping a bagman who was laundering Iraqi oil-for-food program money

Obama's brother George in Kenya is living in a hut on less than a dollar a month. His brother doesn't even have an inside toilet. Obama could practically triple his brother George's annual income by sending him a $20 bill once a year. Or he could buy him an outhouse for twice that much.

Obama spends $6 million to move his acceptance speech to a specially built temple in a coliseum with fireworks.

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

The McCain camp doesn't want it to be about issues. They can't have the election be about issues; they lose on most every issues folks do polls on. So it turned into a fight against an "elitist celebrity" with a weird name.

http://www.political-buzz.com/

Posted by: mpp | September 2, 2008 4:09 PM | Report abuse

Davis' comment is ultimately an insult to the thinking American voter, who does care about issues.

On the other hand, news media merged with entertainment media years ago. The American voter needs to interrupt the symbiotic collusion that exists between the campaign strategists and media, which spins and "reports" well on personality and celebrity issues, at the expense of hard reporting.

When the media insists on selling air time, by foisting personality issues on the electorate instead of interviewing for issues, on what other basis is there to make a choice?

McCain is certainly willing to play along with Palin's selection and his strategists will continue to focus on non-issues, if they ultimately believe the election will turn on personalities.

As long we're focused on personal issues, candidate "credibility", motherhood and apple pie, the candidate is saved the trouble and discomfort of having to make public commitments to strategies and tactics and to defend them. Then we get who we voted for on the basis available to us.

God save us from the likes of those and their analogs, who brought us the past four years.

Posted by: Joe | September 2, 2008 4:08 PM | Report abuse

If the campaign is about personalities, then so much for the high road for Republicans. (What is really new for Republicans? They stay on personalities through their smear campaigning.) I guess when you cannot win on the issues, you take on personalities. Well, Democrats win with both issues and personalities. Where Democrats do not win is with bigots. (Yes, too many friends will not vote for Obama because of his race -- the only reason!)The more we find out about their VP pick, the more that stinks. Seems like she was for pork barrel politics before she was against it. Seems like she was a "Just Say No" mom before she was hit in the face with it. I wonder if the news about the daughter would have come out if there had not been such an attempt by someone to smoke it out by using the old-fashioned Republican rumor/allegation strategy on the internet. I guess that just saying no does not always work. We have tried to tell them for years about the problems with this single approach to birth control. The way I figure it is that the news would have broken shortly after election day otherwise.

If I were part of the Christian right, I'd have to say as well as admit that God has spoken. Look at the evidence. Do I need to spell it out?

Posted by: Earl C | September 2, 2008 4:08 PM | Report abuse

I think the debates will sink the Obaminable snojob for good. example:

Q: Is america a good country?

McCain: yes

Obama: well, I um, you know, when you ask about the word good, you have to consider all the, you know, like, historical contexts. I for one think the raping and pillaging of Indians was wrong and the enslavement of, like you know, um, uh, well, what I mean is, the answer to your question, let's consider..

Moderator - time's up.

McCain - was that a no?

Posted by: kingofzouk | September 2, 2008 4:07 PM | Report abuse

"We are in the worst Republican environment since Nixon in 1972," said Davis. "We take that seriously. We get the joke."
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Worst environment for sure and it is of your own doing. HalliBush, Inc. has indeed screwed things up.

And right again, the republican party is the joke. Glad you got it.

More of the same? Vote McCain.

Posted by: Jaxon | September 2, 2008 4:07 PM | Report abuse

Am I the only one who noticed that Sarah Palin sent her youngest daughter out to meet America last Friday wearing a "crown" on her head? I knew right then that this woman had issues that eliminated her from being qualified to serve as Vice President. Many times it is those small details that are the most telling about a person.

Posted by: cathy | September 2, 2008 4:07 PM | Report abuse

JOHN MCCAIN, TRAITOR TO HIS COUNTRY, COLLABORATOR WITH THE ENEMY, MILITARY DISGRACE.
Ted Sampley, a Vietnam Veteran and former Green Beret, issued a CHALLENGE to John McCain "If you can show us that the information presented in our mailer is untruthful . . . we will Stand Down" This CHALLENGE was issued during an interview with INSIDE EDITION on January 17, 2008.
John, family members of Vietnam POW/MIA(s) have been waiting for more then 14 years for you to have the courage to face them eye to eye in front of the American Public - Here is your opportunity for some "STRAIGHT TALK." Stop hiding behind your fabricated "War Hero" persona. You know we can prove your collaborations with declassified government documents . . . It is time for the American people to get to know the REAL John McCain - the John McCain that the POW/MIA families witnessed during the 1991-93 US Senate Select Committee on POW/MIA Affairs .
Bring It On John! HERE IS OUR NUMBER 252-527-0442
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Activists accused McCain of stonewalling the release of POW records because they contained evidence he had collaborated with the North Vietnamese.

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Barack Obama's energy policy is a dishonest, pandering disaster that will lead us deeper into energy dependence, and economic and national security disaster over the next decade if he's elected.

His energy platforms -- when separated from the smoke and mirrors -- is an incoherent and unrealistic basket of panders.

He says we'll be energy independent in 10 years. How?

-- No nuclear
-- No new oil exploration and drilling and no new offshore drilling
-- All corn ethanol biofuels smoke and mirrors that robs the U.S. taxpayers and sells us a fake corn country farm subsidy in energy program drag, a fraud.

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Posted by: Anonymous | September 2, 2008 4:07 PM | Report abuse

Don't misread Rick Davis's comment. What he means to say is that when the Republicans lose (and lose badly) it won't be because Americans were making a decision based on issues but rather because they like Obama and Biden more than they like cranky McCain and dangerously out-of-balance Palin. In other words it's just a built-in excuse for their impending failure.

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

He should have added:

and this issue has absolutely nothing to do with the economy

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

Barack Obama's energy policy is a dishonest, pandering disaster that will lead us deeper into energy dependence, and economic and national security disaster over the next decade if he's elected.

His energy platforms -- when separated from the smoke and mirrors -- is an incoherent and unrealistic basket of panders.

He says we'll be energy independent in 10 years. How?

-- No nuclear
-- No new oil exploration and drilling and no new offshore drilling
-- All corn ethanol biofuels smoke and mirrors that robs the U.S. taxpayers and sells us a fake corn country farm subsidy in energy program drag, a fraud.

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

Howdy y'all! I'm "secesh." Give them Federals some cold hard steel, boys!

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

Republicans wouldn't have a prayer if the election was about issues, so it's understandable that Davis is advancing this argument. Besides, Rick Davis has learned well from Karl Rove - it's never about issues, it's about who's more effective in smearing the other side's candidates. This is ground that Republicans excel at and favors them.

This is the modern-day variant of the phrase uttered by Roy Cohn (Sen. McCarthy's hatchetmen): "I don't give a damn what the charge is, just tell me who the judge is."

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

The issues don't matter.

McCain is trying very hard to cede this election to Obama. Why would anyone vote for this man?


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

You can stick a fork in these people, they are cooked. All who have watched the McCain Campaign going back to its beginning knows, pardon the pun, it has been one disaster after another.Gustav just happen to be the only natural one as opposed to all the man made ones that proceeded it. At this point, everything about John McCain should be concerning to American's. The one saving grace he had was conviencing swing voters he is truly the so called "maverick" he claims to be. Well, allowing the right wing of the Republican party to blackmail you into picking a running mate with the deficiencies of Sarah Palin blows your last hope. Listen up Independents, if McCain can be squeezed on the first critical decision of his Presidency by the radicals of his party, what else will he cave on? Tonight we will begin hearing the "America First" mantra to the point of nausia. My question is; what happened to the old "Family First" mantra? Given his track record on that issue, that was always a hard one for McCain to play and now, Sarah Palin adds to that problem.

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

Today's NYTimes. reports that Rick "This election is not about issues" Davis pushed McCain to choose Sarah Palin, who was elected Miss Congeniality in a beauty contest. When Mr. Davis says this election will be determined by personality, that's exactly what he banks on.

Is the GOP for real?

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

The (R) campaign for president is over. What this pick does is let (D)'s know that they can concentrate on their local races and make sure they get out the votes. It is like the (R)'s have reached the limits of their sanity and have simply chosen a VP based on some MATH that says, "Palin will bring us the WOMEN!" Complete denial of reality is the hallmark of bushco. Women CAN vote with their brains, boys, and they can distinguish between a conservative set of organs versus a progressive one. Time to go knock on doors for Darcy Burner, Obama/Biden will be our winning ticket, no doubt about it.

Posted by: preAmerikkkan | September 2, 2008 3:59 PM | Report abuse

The Maverick's heading for the wires again. Go high John, go high!!! Eject eject! (CRASH!!)
Not again!!!
There's nothing McCain can do to recover from this. Also, his captor Bush is going to speak at the RNC afterall. DOH!!! Fail. Again.

Posted by: Joe the Vet | September 2, 2008 3:59 PM | Report abuse

Aside from disrespecting his first wife, calling Chelsea Clinton Janet Reno's daughter,what is there to like McCain?

Posted by: bigben1986 | September 2, 2008 3:58 PM | Report abuse

Issues don't matter?!

Media creation?!

Combative attitude?! Aw, is McCain's base turning on him?

McCain had been whining about all the MSM attention Obama was getting. Apparently he didn't realize that when the MSM starts paying attention to a candidate, it's like being waterboarded--all attack, all the time.

Obama somehow withstood it. Now it's McCain's turn. If he won't let his VP choice appear on the talk shows, she's not worthy of being VP. All the other candidates had to withstand the MSM's "combative" questions; why shouldn't Palin?

(P.S. I think Palin's daughter should be off limits. But there SHOULD be questions about Palin's involvement in Alaska moving to secede from the U.S. and in troopergate.

Posted by: Seneca | September 2, 2008 3:58 PM | Report abuse

Is Mr Davis kidding me? God, between this idiot and that Tucker Bounds who (YOUTUBE) got grilled by Campbell Brown last night) -look like a bunch of bumbling clowns. My God, who hired these people and why would you want to ride into November with them.

Posted by: latinovoter | September 2, 2008 3:56 PM | Report abuse

The Obama campaign can't be about issues because the media won't cover his flawed and corrupt platforms honestly:

WHAT THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA WON'T TELL YOU ABOUT OBAMA'S ENERGY PLAN
OBAMA THE CORN HO

The U.S. corn ethanol biofuels program is pure evil, pure pork, and pure corrupt politics picking taxpayers pockets for no good public benefit, and Obama is all for it because it pays big $$ in subsidies to Illinois farmers, fuels the Midwestern farm boom and creates a spike in the agribusiness-agricultural commodities boom.

Groups tracking world hunger spikes and food inflation problems this year are blaming the U.S. corn ethanol program for diverting farmers from growing food into growing fuel. Global warming advocates point out that it takes more carbon, overall, to produce, distill, refine and burn corn ethanol biofuels than regular oil or natural gas. Making ethanol from corn is so inefficient that we can never use it for energy independence; we already use 25% of our national corn crop for ethanol. Finally, it costs more to use gas blended with ethanol as cars get markedly fewer miles per gallon than they do with regular 100% gas, but you pay as much at the pump for the ethanol blended gas. Motorists who know what they are doing seek out 100%, no-ethanol blend gas stations, even.

The corn ethanol biofuels program solves no problems, creates food inflation, and it's a ripoff -- a King Corn welfare program to already-flush farmers. From one pocket, the taxpayer pays massive subsidies to corn ethanol growers in farm states, while from the other pocket we pay higher prices at the grocery store for food as a result of the biofuels-caused food inflation. Meanwhile we get poorer gas mileage from ethanol blends while paying the same prices as we pay at stations that sell 100% gas.

We could solve a big chunk of our crippling economic problems this year if we do away with the corn ethanol biofuels program because of the big role that program plays in the inflation side of this years' problems.

From 2006 to 2007, 15 million new acres of corn were brought into production in the United States, contributing to the depletion of fresh water supplies and adding to agrochemical runoff from the country’s corn belt that has already created an enormous dead zone where the Mississippi River enters the Gulf of Mexico. The Gulf of Mexico is an ecologically important zone; for example, serving as the breeding ground for many Atlantic species, like dolphins. The dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico, caused by agricultural, sewage and industrial runoff, is expected to grow just as Bush's Environmental Protection Agency denied a petition to waive the federal ethanol mandate in the 2007 energy bill. The EPA decided not to interfere with Bush's federal ethanol mandate despite how destructive the corn ethanol programs have been environmentally.

Obama is all for corn ethanol subsidies programs and has been a staunch supporter of them. Illinois is the second largest recipient of corn ethanol farming subsidies. Obama supports corn ethanol even as there are food riots in Southeast Asia and a price-caused famine in Africa where people are starving due to world price spikes in grain.

Why doesn't the mainstream media discuss Obama's striking support for corn ethanol biofuels, which has been denounced by energy experts and economists alike, in covering the candidates' energy stands? In fact, it seems that mainstream media has stopped covering how bad and damaging the corn ethanol biofuels program is, ever since Obama's strong support for it has emerged.

John McCain, by the way, has taken a principled stand against the corn ethanol biofuels program, even though it cost him votes in Iowa. On the other hand, Obama scored his widely-acclaimed Iowa caucus victory on the back of his unscrupulous corn ethanol support that wins him critical support from special interest constituencies. The corn ethanol biofuels issues is not only an argument for McCain's energy platform over Obama's, but an example for his taking principled stands against defective federal programs that are popular with powerful special interests, losing the support with that constituency.

IF BUSH FROM TEXAS WAS IN THE POCKET OF BIG OIL, OBAMA FROM ILLINOIS IS OWNED BY KING CORN

Posted by: AsperGirl | September 2, 2008 3:56 PM | Report abuse

In human nature, it's a lot easier to "hate" something than "love" something. Liberals and Democrats love Barack Obama (as do I, and I'm a Republican). But until they truly smelled blood in the water and could find something to "hate", this was going to be a fairly sedate election. Sarah Palin is the lightning rod that may rally some segment of the evangelical base, but most certainly rallies the liberals against McCain.

It was a dumb pick on many levels. But then again, McCain was never going to win this election without making some desperate attempt to shake up the electoral math.

(BTW, I use "love" and "hate" metaphorically)

Posted by: Anonymous | September 2, 2008 3:56 PM | Report abuse

He truly believes that the more people know John McCain , they would vote for him? I do not think so. I know my attitude is 150% based on the issues. I do not agree with any of John McCain's beliefs about health care, social security, international trade, the economy (what are his ideas?), Iraq or many other issues. The only issues I agreed with him on, he changed his mind about and now he is for keeping the tax cuts and not allowing a guest worker program. He is no maverick and that is clear. He has totally pandered to the far right and his choice of Palin confirms that.

Posted by: Laura in Arizona | September 2, 2008 3:55 PM | Report abuse

Come to think of it, GOP might have gone with Palin to AVOID a DISCUSSION OF REAL ISSUES.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 2, 2008 3:54 PM | Report abuse

Even if Mr. Davis is right, they still lose. Does he really think McNasty is more personable and likable than Obama? Really? Really? Wow.

Alternate universes must be nice places to live.

Posted by: Prattle in Seattle | September 2, 2008 3:53 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Anonymous | September 2, 2008 3:53 PM | Report abuse

Uh, GOPS, focusing on the issues? Yeah right. If the shoe was on the other foot do you think the GOPS would back off. Not a chance. They would figure out a way to spend millions of dollars investigating it. Kenneth Starr would be back in action.

Posted by: MJO737 | September 2, 2008 3:53 PM | Report abuse

"How come there is not a single post, DEFENDING PALIN?

How about this:

Barack Obama's mother...yada yada."

Defending Palin, and attacking Obama are NOT the same thing. Try again wingnut.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 2, 2008 3:53 PM | Report abuse

Have you checked any of the numbers since the selection. Obama has cracked the illusive 50% for the first time. I doubt Mccain can catch up anymore. again. He was getting close before this boneheaded move.

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I am pleased that this choice of running mate has rendered the Libs apopleptic. they have hunkered down into their usual angry/loud/ignorant fetal position. notice the intellect demonstrated - the names, the rumors, the sexism, the personalities.

what a bunch of losers. what will be the excuse this time for your overwhelming electoral loss? theft, dishonesty, judges, polling machines, racism, how about all of the above? Please ignore the actual reason - lefty loonacy.

Posted by: kingofzouk | September 2, 2008 3:41 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | September 2, 2008 3:52 PM | Report abuse

It IS an issue when your Presidential candidate belonged to an organization that actively desires to blow up the United States.

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Posted by: silly libs | September 2, 2008 3:52 PM | Report abuse

Given that this election "isn't about issues," the Repu'ublicists should have outsourced it to Simon Cowell.

Posted by: BGladd | September 2, 2008 3:52 PM | Report abuse

Aspergirl.

They say it's time for your meds, little darling.

Posted by: jeffp | September 2, 2008 3:51 PM | Report abuse

kingofzouk,

I am a lib and I am not apologetic. I think Palin was a horrible pick. In fact, I now take 5-to-1 odds that Obama will win.

1. McCain didn't even vet Palin. How irresponsible? Another judgment lapse on his part. I give 1-week before something really major comes out.

2. Palin isn't going to affect any of the key swing states: Virginia, Ohio, (maybe) Indiana. SHE'S FROM ALASKA!

3. No matter what McCain's campaign advisor says, this election IS about the issues. McCain is the same as Bush, policy wise. Even if he can brand himself as someone that has taken on his party in the past, he can't hide from the fact that on the most important issues, He sided with President Bush (the worst president ever).


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McCain = same.


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Posted by: Chris Stewart | September 2, 2008 3:51 PM | Report abuse

I suppose that when you are on the wrong side of almost any issue, you would not want voters deciding based on them either.

How dumb do republicans think americans are? Dumb enough to elect George W. Bush yet again?

God help us.

Posted by: jeffp | September 2, 2008 3:50 PM | Report abuse

TOP 10 WAYS TO TELL YOUR ELITIST NOMINEE HAS NARCISSISTIC PERSONALITY DISORDER

Voted "present" 130 times in the Illinois senate, claiming that taking stands on any "controversial" legislation would hamper his career in the future

Repaints campaign airplane with "Air France One"

Affixes his presidential-seal-looking campaign seal to gate outside mansion his indicted corruption buddy helped him buy

Though his debate score was 0-in-22, claims he lost ABC news debate because Stephanopolous set him up

Though his debate score was 0-in-23, claims he lost at Saddleback because McCain cheated -- on questions about what the candidates beliefs were

Entire summer spent strategizing and positioning -- about whether to allow convention delegates to actually cast votes

Some convention concessions labelled "Typical White Food" sell beer and hot dogs instead of wine and crudites

The actual convention theme is "Yet more focus on Michelle and Barack Obama that our $300 million campaign and wall-to-wall media coverage for two years haven't brought you yet"

Nomination night "fist bump" knocks the female "historic candidate" off the stage

Blows an additional $6 million in donor campaign contributions to move acceptance speech to special-built temple in a coliseum with fireworks and a sound track

Immediately after nomination starts work on his "historical fiction" presidential memoir with "composite characters"

-- AsperGirl

Posted by: AsperGirl | September 2, 2008 3:49 PM | Report abuse

AsperGirl, in what way is your post "DEFENDING PALIN" considering you mention her only twice in the post and not once do mention any of her accomplishments from any elected position.

Posted by: jr | September 2, 2008 3:49 PM | Report abuse

what wordplay!

134 present votes becomes 134 "issues". Nice ploy but I'm calling you on it. You have no idea how many issues are in those votes so don't misrepresent it as 134. And don't misrepresent the impact of voting present in the Illinois State Senate where it is common practice among legislators of all parties.

Barack Obama has been vetted and approved by over 18 million voters and now the entire Democratic Party.

Sarah Palin has been approved by right wing extremists and Alaska successionists.

Let's talk about temperament and decision making. McCain had a few more months than Obama to vet and choose a running mate. Obama appointed a committee and took a deliberate approach that resulted in a choice that was widely lauded by Democrats, Independents, some Republicans, as well as both the impartial and liberal (but not conservative) media.

McCain had no approach other than to present his choice of Lieberman to Karl Rove who rejected it and told him he had to pick a right wing extremist. Having met Sarah Palin once for 15 minutes he picks her with minimal vetting done in the last 24 hours before the announcement. Her pick was lauded by the right wing but criticized widely and even more moderate Republicans remained silent and some are coming out against her now.

Do we want a president who makes decisions this way?

Posted by: Peninsula Matt | September 2, 2008 3:49 PM | Report abuse

McCain operatives admit that they can’t win this election based on important issues: Economy, National security, Healthcare, energy and environmental policies, and many other important issues. They don’t want to debate about the teetering economy and runaway inflation. They don’t want to talk about rising unemployment. They don’t want to talk about $4+ gas price. They can’t debate about the merits of the war in Iraq and the need to execute the Afghanistan better.
Instead, they want to bamboozle the American people and turn this election to meaningless “popularity contest” Soap opera. American people are not going to fall for that. This election will be about the issues—and judgment and temperament are legitimate issues.

Posted by: it's the Issues.... | September 2, 2008 3:48 PM | Report abuse

McCain has no choice but to make the election about personality because he doesn't even have any actual policies behind his policy slogans.

Absolutely corrupt!

Posted by: JohnAH | September 2, 2008 3:48 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: BGladd | September 2, 2008 3:48 PM | Report abuse

It IS an issue when your Vice Presidential candidate belonged to an organization that actively desires the secession of one of the United States.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 2, 2008 3:48 PM | Report abuse

You know one of Mccains biggest mistakes. He is basically running by himself now, while having to play nurse maid to this bumpkin he has keep in tow.

Obama and Biden are all over the place and one is just as good as the other on the trail. I remember when Obama was running against Hillary and for a while he was running against the whole family. They could do three times as many campaign stops as he could. He was dying on his feet just trying to keep up, but he did.

Mccain now is like Obama was back then but worse. He has to babysit a running mate he can't even let out of his sight.
I wonder if any of this ever occurred to him when he made the pick?

Posted by: pop a smoke | September 2, 2008 3:46 PM | Report abuse

So it's not about what the Republicans can do for the American people, it's about character attacks. Got it.

Too bad McCain's biggest decision was to pick a unqualified far-right nutjob with all kinds of unsavory associations and ongoing scandals for VP.

Can't win on anything now. Frankly I'm more scared that Palin could be president in 6 months than anything.

Posted by: John M. | September 2, 2008 3:46 PM | Report abuse

Someone has got to get the women of the media to be proactive in asking Palin the tough questions about her qualifications, positions on health care, the war, the whole range of family economic issues, etc. The men seem absolutely cowed as a result of the very creative way Hillary got them on the defensive re: their "sexist" treament of her during her campaign. Most women I know are insulted by the assumption that women will simply vote for a woman regardless of her background, experience. This election season is quickly becoming a segment of American Idol - or better perhaps, a new political reality series.....

Posted by: avalon | September 2, 2008 3:46 PM | Report abuse

It seems quite clear that even the GOP doesn't want to win this election.
Could it be that elections are no longer worth winning in this country?
I mean, look at the people you have to deal with if you get to be President.

Posted by: wardropper | September 2, 2008 3:45 PM | Report abuse

If your major contribution to society is to be a member of the PTA and support a bridge to nowhere and be a governor for 20 months and make no decisions about your state's National Guard unit and join an organization that wants to secede from the Union of the United States of America, then obviously you are the most qualified person of your political party to lead this nation if anything happens to the president. If America is lucky, McCain will keep her on the ticket until election day, and we'll hear Wolf Blitzer say, "We have an historic prediction to make: Barack Obama has won the presidential race in 2008."

Posted by: C. Price | September 2, 2008 3:45 PM | Report abuse

basically saying... tough getting a thrird term but as we (repugs) get out the message of fear and smear we (repugs) can get people to reject Jesus and vote for Satan himself.

Posted by: angriestdogintheworld | September 2, 2008 3:44 PM | Report abuse

Fox was never, is not and will never be a news organization, it's a right wing (Republican Party) sounding board. And of course, the elections are all about the issues, not the candidates personalities, where is this Rick Davis been. Of course it's a matter of believing the Republicans and Democrats. 2 examples, our moron actual president and president Bill Clinton,. Clinton left office with a superavit of 1 trillion dollars and along came Bush and turned it into a deficit, and his first term was not even over. Like a famous Republican president one time asked, are you better off than you were 4 or 8 years ago. Of course the answer is a resounding "NO", so we'll vote for Obama; he cannot be worse than what we have, but McCain is more of the same.

Posted by: Art | September 2, 2008 3:43 PM | Report abuse

"We are in the worst Republican environment since Nixon in 1972," said Davis. "We take that seriously. We get the joke."
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What a jerk.

Posted by: Worthy Evans | September 2, 2008 3:43 PM | Report abuse

It has to be about personality if the Republicans want to have a fighting chance.

Posted by: Berliner2 | September 2, 2008 3:43 PM | Report abuse

Republicans may say this election is not about issues but instead about personalities. Yet sometimes the two join. For instance, Sarah Palin, John McCain's proclaimed partner and soul mate, evidently sees the war in Iraq as God's charge, much as Bush and McCain apparently see it.

On this the three align, and they align with much of the religiously righteous. But what about Americans who want to bring this painful chapter to a careful, responsible end?

Posted by: First Mouse | September 2, 2008 3:43 PM | Report abuse

I am pleased that this choice of running mate has rendered the Libs apopleptic. they have hunkered down into their usual angry/loud/ignorant fetal position. notice the intellect demonstrated - the names, the rumors, the sexism, the personalities.

what a bunch of losers. what will be the excuse this time for your overwhelming electoral loss? theft, dishonesty, judges, polling machines, racism, how about all of the above? Please ignore the actual reason - lefty loonacy.

Posted by: kingofzouk | September 2, 2008 3:41 PM | Report abuse

"How come there is not a single post, DEFENDING PALIN?"

How about this:

Barack Obama's mother was knocked up as a 17-year-old by an alcoholic, womanizing, polygamist, already-married Kenyan failure who abandoned them.

The only tangible works Barack Obama produced in his life are 2 fictionalized autobiographies glorifying this father and his search for identity that has no basis in reality.

Obama's years as a state senator in Illinois is so empty of true leadership experience, he voted "present" 130 times to avoid taking stands on "controversial legislation" (there were 130 career-killing controversial laws he had to pass on at the state level, come on!) and no one notices his failure to take a lead.

Obama has never published journal article in any law review, collaborated on any professional project, engaged in no landmark signature legislation, or made any tangible, substantial contribution of any nature to his profession at any time since graduating with an ivy league law degree.

Obama is a freshman senator in the U.S. senate and has been mainly engaged in running for president since his first year.

Obama climbed the greased pole of corrupt, dirty Chicago politics leveraging racist politics of Trinity Church, insider terrorist and activist favor trading networks and trading favors from corruption figures like his convicted slumlord friend Tony Rezko.

Sarah Palin blows away Barack Obama in every way. Barack Obama doesn't even qualify to serve as a "President Ken" doll.

Posted by: AsperGirl | September 2, 2008 3:41 PM | Report abuse

"not about issues"
You've got to love those religious loonies who think American People are dumb (may be they are right.. GW got elected twice)

Posted by: Sam | September 2, 2008 3:41 PM | Report abuse

She is The Deadliest Catch:

http://www.bgladd.com/McSameStore/GOPdeadliestcatch.jpg

Hurtling down the Bridge to Nowhere:

http://www.bgladd.com/McSameStore/McSameBridgeToNowhere.jpg

But, McCain was faced with a problematic Dobson's Choice:

http://www.bgladd.com/McSameStore/McSamePalinButton.jpg

Let Us Prey.

Posted by: BGladd | September 2, 2008 3:41 PM | Report abuse

AsperGirl, do you have a job? Or is this pretty much it for you?

Posted by: Curious | September 2, 2008 3:40 PM | Report abuse

Well Rick Davis needs to lose his job and his U.S. citizenship right away.
Sure, this is a free country, and the GOP has every right to say the election is "not about issues" if it wants.
But....
We have the right, and the duty, equally to demand of the GOP,
"How dare you take part in a presidential election which is NOT about issues! And why the heck should we let you get away with it?"

Today's GOP is clearly certifiably insane, but the country no longer seems to have a Justice System to do the certifying.

Strange that.

Posted by: wardropper | September 2, 2008 3:40 PM | Report abuse

Give me a Fn break. Remember the magazine cover, the slanderous book a few weeks ago. Obama has for over a year been tested by fire and he is still standing and now leading substantially. Obama has taken every piece of garbage Hillary and Mccain has thrown at him and he is still standing. She hasn't even begun to find out what the public stage is like yet. You will see her in a vail of tears the first time she has to actually face the media. She is asking for a big job and that job comes with big tests. Obama has gone through those tests and come out the other side tougher then he went in every time and he has done it his whole life. Palin is nothing compared to Obama. Don't even insult our intelligence.


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The media has descended into complete hypocrisy, first attacking Palin on inexperience grounds when she is more experienced than Obama is and second by attacking her on character grounds when Obama has many more vulnerabilities there than she has.

I think that the Republicans are prepared to have any debate the public wants.

The problem is that the media is completely hypocritical in making arguments against Palin that Obama can't defend against if they were directed at him, and no one is holding the media accountable for its sleazy, cynical and biased political role in covering the election this year.

Posted by: AsperGirl | September 2, 2008 3:31 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | September 2, 2008 3:39 PM | Report abuse

It is about personalities, eh? As in 'celebrity' personalities, eh?
I agree with Chris, what parent IN THEIR RIGHT MIND would expose a 17 year old to national attention on her unplanned pregnancy -- or on the soon-to-be-groom who says on his personal website, that he doesn't want kids. Hm. D-I-V-O-R-C-E in the making?
She doesn't win Mom of the Year in my book. She most obviously thinks her daughter must have gotten pregnant in the cabbage patch, because she apparently didn't have the facts on how to avoid pregnancy. Or maybe that isn't in the 'creationism' playbook.
If this is a judgement value - trying to throw it upon the public to not talk about it, rather than throw her daughter to the wolves without an AK47 - Palin is lacking. And you don't have to be a Democrat to see the the lights are on, but no one is home at the Palin family house.

Posted by: Figerre | September 2, 2008 3:39 PM | Report abuse

To call Rick Davis' statement "boneheaded" would not do it justice.

There is a theory that Republicans are most successful when they convince voters that personalities supersede issues, and Davis' statement seems to reinforce that. The idea there is that the Republican is much more likely to win when he is painted not as the Republican, but as the guy running against the Democrat. One might be able to make a good case for this based on the 2004 election; how many people voted for George W. Bush because they really liked what he'd done for the country, and how many voted for him because they were convinced John Kerry would don a French beret and hand over the country to al-Qaeda on inauguration day? But the secret to that tactic -- and to any sort of political tactic directed solely at improving a candidate's electability -- is that no one must ever directly admit it. You can have every insightful political analyst in the country saying it's an obvious electability ploy, but as long as the campaign never cops to it, it can remain blissfully immune to those charges as it sits back and allows shortsighted pundits to attack those analysts for their alleged biases.

But here, Davis fully owns up to the fact that his campaign wants voters to ignore the issues and vote for the guy who scares them less. Dumb, dumb, dumb. That argument will make sense to die-hard Republican voters who'll support John McCain Nov. 4 even if he promises to run them over with his car Nov. 5, but independent voters, I reckon, will feel a little bit insulted that they're expected to ignore the salient issues in a campaign year when the issues are even more important than usual. It also makes the implicit argument that McCain's positions on the issues are largely unimportant -- again, not a smart thing to say to on-the-fence voters.

In addition, casting the election as being about personalities works counter to all those campaign ads lambasting Barack Obama for being a "celebrity." What's the message we should be getting here? That we should vote for the candidate with the strongest personality, and that we should judge the strength of the personality based on the criteria that the McCain campaign provides for us? Again, that's only going to appeal to people who are already going to vote for McCain and won't change their minds under any circumstances.

Considering how amazing it is that those "celebrity" ads actually seemed to be working to some extent, I can scarcely believe McCain's campaign staff would neutralize them like this, especially considering how goofy Michelle Obama's "We're just like you!" message was.

Posted by: VBArthur | September 2, 2008 3:39 PM | Report abuse

What was McCain thinking? It seems like he didn't know anything about Sarah Palin when he chose her to be his VP.

Posted by: John | September 2, 2008 3:37 PM | Report abuse

This election is not about Issues eh??

I must've been an idiot to think that this election was about getting healthcare to 46 million people, getting us out of Iraq, Combating global warming, investing in new "green" energies, renewing our image in the world or getting equal rights to women....

So, its not about these issues its about if people will just blindly vote for a candidate because they think one is nicer, better dressed or more handsome than the other.........

Tell rick davis, John McCains ex-lobbyist friend, that Americans want solutions to the issues.....we have a president right now who has done nothing for the issues Americans face, and he is speaking on behalf of John Mccain to repeat Bush's response to those issues....NO WAY, NO HOW, NO MCCAIN

Posted by: Oregon4Obama | September 2, 2008 3:36 PM | Report abuse

I think one thing we can all agree upon is that the traditional role of the MSM as fact reporters is so last century. the likes of MSDNC and the NYSlimes is pitiful; posing as objective.

they are slowly paying the price with sinking ratings, revenue and respect. who will be the last fired for a losing effort? Perhaps Pinch himself.

why run a profitable business when profit is amoral and success should be punished? I hope they are the first to get their socialist wish.

Posted by: kingofzouk | September 2, 2008 3:35 PM | Report abuse

It is going to be about judgement and McCain has created the perfect storm for Obama. Obama talked about McCain's record of poor judgment and McCain delivers… big time! In a rush to keep Obama’s bounce down McCain trotted out Sarah Palin without properly vetting her. Now we see exactly what Obama was talking about. He chose an inexperienced first term governor who used her office to carry out a personal vendetta, was for the bridge to nowhere before she was against it, and failed to disclose her daughter’s situation. Now we find out she used to be a member of a party that wants to Alaska to be an independent country and encourages it’s members to infiltrate and subvert the traditional political parties. Thanks for the explanation point John! Can you say Thomas Eagleton? This is going to be the single issue campaign Obama defined last Thursday and that issue is judgemnt. Obama has it and McCain does not.

Posted by: bradcpa | September 2, 2008 3:35 PM | Report abuse

The Republicans can't have it be about the issues. Just focus on Palin and you see why:

1. She thinks the government should force a 12 year-old to give birth if she is raped and impregnated by her father.

2. She thinks it is okay for her 17 year-old to marry the guy that got her in the family way. She believes this shows maturity.

3. She endangered the life of her new son by waiting over 13 hours after her water broke to get to a hospital. During this time she took two long flights and then a long car ride to a little podunk clinic, bypassing some of the best hospitals in Dallas, Seattle, and Anchorage.

4. Her ignorance of the world around her.

5. Her desire for Alaska to secede ffrom the Union.

That's just a few of Palin's issues. What about McBush's?

Posted by: democratus | September 2, 2008 3:34 PM | Report abuse

Give credit to Davis for fessing up. We all know the Republicans can't win on the issues so they have to make it about character. OK, then, so what exactly IS the character of a woman who would knowingly expose her pregnant teenage daughter to the national spotlight just so she could take the chance of being vice president, a position she is unqualified for? What IS the character of a woman who would have her director of public safety fired for refusing to do her dirty work? What IS the character of McCain for nominating a woman who, should she assume the office of president, would have no freakin clue?

Posted by: BillBolducinMaine | September 2, 2008 3:32 PM | Report abuse

This is coming to a crescendo. This ending could not have been written better if Obama had written it himself.

After all those months of work and sweat. Out of money and he keeps going on to win the nomination. Mccain after finally getting even in the polls only last week, does this and throws it all way.
UN F'n BELIEVABLE.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 2, 2008 3:31 PM | Report abuse

The media has descended into complete hypocrisy, first attacking Palin on inexperience grounds when she is more experienced than Obama is and second by attacking her on character grounds when Obama has many more vulnerabilities there than she has.

I think that the Republicans are prepared to have any debate the public wants.

The problem is that the media is completely hypocritical in making arguments against Palin that Obama can't defend against if they were directed at him, and no one is holding the media accountable for its sleazy, cynical and biased political role in covering the election this year.

Posted by: AsperGirl | September 2, 2008 3:31 PM | Report abuse

To say the election is not about issues is a slap in the face to Americans who are jobless, face foreclosure, have no health care, watch their salaries erode and jobs get shipped overseas, those struggling to put food on the table and gas in their tanks, send their children off to substandard schools and cannot afford college. It is an insult to those of us who have watched the American Dream deteriorate over the past 8 years. It is a further insult to see someone with bad judgment grasp at the presidency whose first test was to appoint a VP a heartbeat away from the presidency who was mayor of a town of 7,000 and governor of a state with less than half the population of Brooklyn, NY. McCain displays total disregard for the highest office in the land at a time of great peril, and this pick brings into question his own competence and if he is indeed senile.

Posted by: crenza | September 2, 2008 3:30 PM | Report abuse

Some of those who support Obama seriously seem to be brainwashed by the media. This guy from Florida stated:

"He (Obama) will be the most ready man to ever win the office."

Does this guy serously believe this? I guess Washington, Jefferson, Adams, Lincoln, Roosevelt, FDR, Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, & Regan were just idiots compared to Obama.

Who do you people think Obama is???

Posted by: CapHillDave | September 2, 2008 3:29 PM | Report abuse

re. "...not about issues"
I'm sure the Democratic Party--controlled MSM and their operatives like Chris will make it about issues or anything that they can think of in order to defeat the Republican Party. It will be fun to watch them whine come Nov. 5th when it dawns on them that their massive propaganda efforts were in vain. Sarah Palin was an exellent choice for McCain's VP and that's why the MSM is trying to trash her character and reputation by attacking her spouse and children with their typical liberal Democrat cheap-shots. Thank god for Fox News where there are still REAL JOURNALISTS and REPORTERS who do their jobs honestly and objectively.

Posted by: madhatter | September 2, 2008 3:28 PM | Report abuse

I will return honor and dignity to the White House. Momma, how I done?

Posted by: W | September 2, 2008 3:27 PM | Report abuse

If this election is not about issues, when will it be? McCain's manager has just as much confessed that their only chance of winning is to make this about superficial things, rather than the matter at hand..

Posted by: Remus (infidelsshiver) | September 2, 2008 3:26 PM | Report abuse

The McCain campaign manager's statement is obviously true, notwithstanding the cries of disbelief from the DailyKos sockpuppets who lurk this forum posing as real readers.

(1) The media ignores McCain's platforms, positions and policy statements, except to take opportunities to attack or misrepresent them. There is a virtual "substance coverage" blackout of McCain's stands on issues and a virtual "vulnerability coverage" blackout of any criticism of the real problems in Obama's stands on issues that experts agree are real problems.

(2) The media attacks McCain and his VP on non-issues, non-policy and sheer sexist "old rich white man" and "sexually degenerate woman" grounds. The Post put up TWELVE -- count 'em 12 -- articles about how many houses McCain has. IT has put up more articles and blogs about Sarah Palin's pregnant teenaged daughter than it ever carried about Hillary Clinton's energy and economic platforms combined. The media cannot be forced off its fixation on attacking the Republicans on personalty and character grounds, and so their focus helps determine the limitations of the campaigns.

(3) The Obama campaign has migrated all over the map on issues as he has engaged in poll-driven flip flops on almost every issue front. Obama has no clear position that has not evolved, except for his support of the completely discredited corn ethanol biofuels subsidies, and he's not even held accountable for that indefensible Corn State farm subsidy support. There is no way to contrast on issues with a candidate who simply changes the position papers posted on his website by academics for him, when some weakness is exposed. And who's not being held accountable for poll-drive flip flopping and discredited policies.

(4) Obama has no real politics, stands, or coherent basis for his "movement" except for its personality cult features.

Posted by: AsperGirl | September 2, 2008 3:26 PM | Report abuse

Actually, I see little difference in either party. It is all the same "military industrial complex." Whether McCain or Obama...the Iraq war will continue, our privacy will still be invaded, and we will still be taxed to high heaven. Fortunately, all empires eventually fall...and this corrupt, murderous empire of ours, is no exception.

Posted by: isar654321 | September 2, 2008 3:26 PM | Report abuse

is it too late for Mitt?
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My friends, it is not too late for Mitt, if I had the balls to admit I made a mistake. Instead, I will doggedly pursue the presidency with the lovely Governor Palin by my side as a partner and soul mate.

Posted by: McCainiac | September 2, 2008 3:26 PM | Report abuse

"Country first"?

..But Palin was active in a wack-job 3rd party advocating Alaskan seccession from the United States of America!

She also tried to fire a librarian who refused to ban books Palin didn't like, and had her sister's ex-husband fired from his job, too. She's under investigation for lying to cover her crimes, and for the ethics lapse that she could fire private citizens she doesn't like.

PALIN=HYPOCRITE

(HYPOCRITE= NEO-C0N!)

Posted by: JBE | September 2, 2008 3:26 PM | Report abuse

How come there is not a single post, DEFENDING PALIN?

Even the GOP knows she's toast.

Instead they attack President-Elect Obama.

Quite telling. Quite telling.

Posted by: EU882 | September 2, 2008 3:25 PM | Report abuse

Rick Davis is right. It's not going to be about the issues. It's going to be about that dumbass McCain trying to put Caribou Barbie a heartbeat away from the Presidency. As today's Gallup and Rasmussen tracking polls indicate, voters don't think that's such a great idea.

Posted by: Patrick | September 2, 2008 3:24 PM | Report abuse

"I will have the most ethical administration in history."

bill clinton

another lib trying to make believe he would do good

Posted by: ha ha | September 2, 2008 3:24 PM | Report abuse

From:
Head of State
http://headofstate.blogspot.com/2008/09/intrusive-personal-questions-from-palin.html

Monday, September 01, 2008

"Intrusive Personal Questions" from the Palin Vetting Questionnaire

"Mr. McCain’s advisers said repeatedly on Monday that Ms. Palin was 'thoroughly vetted'"- The New York Times

Palin "responded to a 70-question form that included 'intrusive personal questions' a senior campaign aide said today."- The Washington Post


"Intrusive Personal Questions" from the Palin Vetting Questionnaire:

1) Did we forget anything?

2) Secession from your own country is

a) Patriotic
b) A qualification to be the potential leader of that country
c) Maverick-y!
d) None of the above

3) John McCain has said that he has followed your record for "many, many years." Divide those "many" years by the number of years of your actual record. The result is

a) Three days
b) Two years as mayor of a town of 9000, and 20 months at the helm of the vaunted Alaska National Guard
c) 0: experience, as we know, is not relevant to one's record
d) Czechoslovakia

4) Moose Burger : Abstinence as Moose Hunting :

a) Brother-in-law
b) 50 state flag
c) Bridge to Nowhere (after it was made impossible)
d) All of the above

5) Did we forget anything?

6) Three Vice Presidential candidates are moving from three equidistant fixed points towards a podium. One, in his slightly glazed stare and awkwardly quasi-combative speech bears a faint resemblance to Dan Quayle; the next can only assist the ticket as we near closer to Rapture; the third seems to have stumbled out of one of Christopher Buckley's sharper efforts. Which one arrives at the podium first?

7) "Nothing that has come out did not come out in the vet." This sentence actually means:

a) Everything has come out and everything has been vetted
b) Everything that was vetted has come out
c) Everything that has come out was vetted
d) The vet came out and vetted the vets vetter than anything has ever been vetted. Really.

8) You are a right-wing, red-state conservative. During the Clinton Administration, you believed that President Clinton's behavior with Monica Lewinsky disqualified him from the Presidency on moral grounds; you fervently raised the terms "Lincoln Bedroom" and "Johnny Chung" to invoke notions of utter corruption, and regarded the "Travelgate" firings as an abuse of power. In the face of the recent revelations regarding Palin's directorship of Ted Stevens' 527, support of the Bridge to Nowhere, "Troopergate" imbroglio, and illegitimate pregnancy of her 16-year old daughter, you:

a) Blame George Soros
b) Talk about Bill Clinton instead of Palin
c) Hold your hands over your ears and loudly shout "La la la"
d) Try to change the subject

9) "Foreign policy experience" includes:

a) Being near another large nation
b) Seceding from your own country and then taking up residence in the new nation
c) Being close to "Nowhere" in your support for the Bridge to Nowhere, which is different than being "Somewhere"
d) Blame George Soros

10) If you were seeking to choose as your running mate someone who would please Evangelical Conservatives with very traditional values, who would be without taint of corruption or misuse of government power, and someone who, in line with your campaign's own slogan, would put "Country First", after thorough vetting and "intrusive personal questions", you would choose someone who:

a) Supported the Bridge to Nowhere
b) Supported the secession of Alaska from the U.S. (Slogan: "Alaska First!")
c) Was the subject of a state ethics investigation due to allegations that she had tried to have her brother-in-law fired and that she fired the state public safety commissioner due to his unwillingness to fire the brother-in-law
d) Would suffer from allegations that her 16 year old child had become pregnant illegitimately, despite her fervent support for abstinence only sex education
e) None of the above

Cite
Head of State:
http://headofstate.blogspot.com/2008/09/intrusive-personal-questions-from-palin.html

Posted by: Robert Hewson | September 2, 2008 3:24 PM | Report abuse

Not about issues? No wonder they won't win the election. This from the same people who say we are in a "mental recession". McCain and his team are so out of touch with the everyday American it is crazy.

As for this "combative" attitude towards Palin.... well McCain, if you had done your job and done it RIGHT there wouldn't be all this hoopla on it right now. Your first major decision as presidential nominee and you blow it big time. Not a good indicator of what Americans want in their next president. No more bad choices! No more McCain!

Posted by: lancelot | September 2, 2008 3:24 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: swimming-mom | September 2, 2008 3:23 PM | Report abuse

This is the dumbest conversation ever heard.

"The campaign is not about issues!"

This campaign is only about issues and not personalities people. If you believe the GOP position you are kidding yourself. It is you healthcare, your vision of the energy crisis, your ability to have jobs, your equality under the laws originally defined by the framers, etc.

Not about issues! Who the f*** are they kidding!

Posted by: jerry rubin | September 2, 2008 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Fact!

Posted by: Sarah Palin is Harriett Miers with a nice rack | September 2, 2008 3:21 PM | Report abuse

THE EXPERIENCE MYTH OF OBAMA

I have worked with the Obama campaign on a local level since December and have met and spoken with Obama numerous times. Anyone who thinks Obama is not prepared for the office of president does not know Barack Obama. I don't think the campaign has spoken about it, although there have been articles written, maybe because it may have seemed kind of presumptive doing all this so many months before he even had the nomination, but that is not how Obama works.
Little is left to chance. So here is what the deal is:

Does Obama have the experience to be president, is he ready? It would be hard to say anyone is ready to be president, but what prepares one for the job?

Obama has been getting ready when his nomination was still no more then a dream. Obama has an advisory staff of over a 300. Most all are the top people in their fields. 4 of his staff are the top people on middle east politics in the world. He has numerous people on pretty much everything you could think of from global warming to world economics to energy and foreign policy to the military. Generals to scholars you name it, he has been working with these people for more then a year. Obama is a brilliant man, who easily knows more right now then any candidate who ever ran for the office of president. He is so up to speed it is astounding. John Mccain does not know or grasp a fraction of what Obama does. Mccain is in effect, a dinosaur, compared to Obama now. Mccain has no real practical experience or understanding in many of these areas at all. Just being in Washington for many years does not necessarily make you an expert nor knowledgeable in "Anything".
Bill Clinton said it best when he said,
"No one is really prepared to be president".
He was right and Obama understood that better then anyone long before he even began his journey for the presidency. So for over a year he has been quietly preparing. Like anything such as being a doctor or lawyer or any profession, your first introduction is academic, you go to school. Obama will by no means be learning on the job, he has been in school for more then a year. When enters office, Obama will be the most well prepared and ready president to ever walk into the white house.
He will also be surrounded by the finest staff ever assembled by any president in history.

If you do not want to vote for Barack Obama I can respect that, but by no means think he is not ready to be president. He will be the most ready man to ever win the office.

Thanks for listening
A Florida Obama worker
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Barack Obama contends that he is more experienced in executive matters than Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin because he has managed his presidential campaign for the past 18 months. (Snip) “For Barack Obama to argue that he’s experienced enough to be president because he’s running for president is desperate circular logic and its laughable. It is a testament to Barack Obama’s inexperience and failing qualifications that he would stoop to passing off his candidacy

Posted by: the Fox | September 2, 2008 3:17 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | September 2, 2008 3:19 PM | Report abuse

Not about issues eh? Speak for yourself MORON.

And let's hear it from a fellow POW: "Not fit to be President"

http://tpmelectioncentral.talkingpointsmemo.com/2008/09/new_movie_quotes_fellow_mccain.php

Posted by: Anonymous | September 2, 2008 3:19 PM | Report abuse

EXPECTED SARA ANSWERS

Q. About fake pregnancy?
A. I saw that in Desperate Housewives.

Q. About daughters (second) pregnancy
A. Private matter.

Q. Have you traveled abroad?
A. I've been to EPCOT twice. I loved the Chinese pavilion

Q. About trooper gate
A. I am not a crook!

Q. About efforts to to have Alaska secede from the USA
A. Youthful indiscretion

Q. Ties to Stevens
A. Youthful indiscretion

Q. Bridge to no where
A. (huffing) I told you. I was against it even before I was for it and then I was against it. OK?

Q. Toughest decision you ever made?
A. Choosing wardrobe for Miss Alaska contest.

Posted by: bob | September 2, 2008 3:19 PM | Report abuse

Let's cancel the debates. No reason to talk about the issues.

We don't need to stinking issues.

Posted by: bill j | September 2, 2008 3:18 PM | Report abuse

"We get the joke?" !!!!!!

Here's the joke: America's international reputation in tatters; democracy abused, subverted and discredited; the dollar collapsed; a surplus squandered; record deficits; in debt to foreign lenders; hard US assetts being claimed by the holders of worthless notes (this is called bankruptcy in the reality-based world); millions facing destitution just from trying to pay the bills; the manufacturing base fatally hollowed out while megacorporations build new factories to support the Chinese slave state (voting with their dollars against the US); total failure to catch the terrorists; an illegal invasion of Iraq to benefit the oil companies at taxpayers' expense; stuck in the Afghan quagmire while the mission (finding and killing the terrorists and getting out quick) forgotten; the destruction of posse comitatus (visible in the use of Federal forces against political dissidents in Minnesota for the RNC; the inauguration of a total surveillance state; the expansion of government powers beyond anything anticipated by the founders; endorsement of torture, including, now, against citizens (tasering etc.). Some joke.

Posted by: scientist1 | September 2, 2008 3:18 PM | Report abuse

If this election is about personalities, why is Palin hiding her light under a bushel basket? Let her come forth and dazzle us with her scintillating personality to sweep us off our feet and seal the election for McCain and herself!

Posted by: bryony1 | September 2, 2008 3:18 PM | Report abuse

Chris – Thank You. You’ve done a good days work already. Take the rest of it off.

Posted by: NoOneImportant | September 2, 2008 3:18 PM | Report abuse

OK WAIT A SECOND!
John McCain is a 72 year old man who have melanoma TWICE, it usually kills the first time. Rick Davis is saying, personalities will win this test, are you joking me!
Miss Wasilla has about as much in common with me than the man in the moon. And that angry, dumb old McCain is as big a hypocrite as they come!
McCain will start the draft so he can start a war with Iran AND Russia!
IT IS ALL ABOUT THE ISSUES YOU IDIOTS! THEY THINK YOU'RE ALL SO STUPID THEY CAN PULL ANOTHER 4 YEARS OF BUSH AGAIN. NOT THIS TIME, NEVER AGAIN!
THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE SMARTENED UP MR. DAVIS, MCCAIN IS SO OVER!
PLUS, what really bothers me, is that PALIN IS A MEMBER OF THE AIP! SHE WAS TO INFILTRATE THE REPUBLICAN PARTY, AND SHE DID. YOU DOPES.
SHE WANTS ALASKA TO SEPARATE FROM THE UNITED STATES, BUT IS MORE THAN HAPPY TO LOBBY FOR OUR TAX DOLLARS!
ALASKA FIRST - ALASKA ALWAYS!
THAT IS MS. PALINS MESSAGE TO ALL OF YOU!
God will teach her what to do about Iraq in due time! Oh well, MY GOD, she is as much of a fruitcake as McCain is himself. NO WONDER SHE IS HIS SOULMATE! SHE'S NUTS!
Not to mention her Jerry Springer family!

Posted by: Andrea D | September 2, 2008 3:17 PM | Report abuse

If you want to see this nut speaking here is the link.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/09/02/palins-church-may-have-sh_n_123205.html
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THIS IS A QUOTE FROM PALIN. SHE IS AS NUTS AS BUSH IS SHE BELIEVES THE WAR IN IRAQ IS GODS WILL.


Speaking before the Pentecostal church, Palin painted the current war in Iraq as a messianic affair in which the United States could act out the will of the Lord.

"Pray for our military men and women who are striving to do what is right. Also, for this country, that our leaders, our national leaders, are sending [U.S. soldiers] out on a task that is from God," she exhorted the congregants. "That's what we have to make sure that we're praying for, that there is a plan and that that plan is God's plan."

Posted by: Anonymous | September 2, 2008 3:08 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | September 2, 2008 3:17 PM | Report abuse

If you want to see this nut speaking here is the link.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/09/02/palins-church-may-have-sh_n_123205.html
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THIS IS A QUOTE FROM PALIN. SHE IS AS NUTS AS BUSH IS SHE BELIEVES THE WAR IN IRAQ IS GODS WILL.


Speaking before the Pentecostal church, Palin painted the current war in Iraq as a messianic affair in which the United States could act out the will of the Lord.

"Pray for our military men and women who are striving to do what is right. Also, for this country, that our leaders, our national leaders, are sending [U.S. soldiers] out on a task that is from God," she exhorted the congregants. "That's what we have to make sure that we're praying for, that there is a plan and that that plan is God's plan."

Posted by: Anonymous | September 2, 2008 3:08 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | September 2, 2008 3:17 PM | Report abuse

Barack Obama contends that he is more experienced in executive matters than Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin because he has managed his presidential campaign for the past 18 months. (Snip) “For Barack Obama to argue that he’s experienced enough to be president because he’s running for president is desperate circular logic and its laughable. It is a testament to Barack Obama’s inexperience and failing qualifications that he would stoop to passing off his candidacy

Posted by: the Fox | September 2, 2008 3:17 PM | Report abuse

If you want to see this nut speaking here is the link.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/09/02/palins-church-may-have-sh_n_123205.html
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THIS IS A QUOTE FROM PALIN. SHE IS AS NUTS AS BUSH IS SHE BELIEVES THE WAR IN IRAQ IS GODS WILL.


Speaking before the Pentecostal church, Palin painted the current war in Iraq as a messianic affair in which the United States could act out the will of the Lord.

"Pray for our military men and women who are striving to do what is right. Also, for this country, that our leaders, our national leaders, are sending [U.S. soldiers] out on a task that is from God," she exhorted the congregants. "That's what we have to make sure that we're praying for, that there is a plan and that that plan is God's plan."

Posted by: Anonymous | September 2, 2008 3:08 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | September 2, 2008 3:17 PM | Report abuse

If you want to see this nut speaking here is the link.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/09/02/palins-church-may-have-sh_n_123205.html
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THIS IS A QUOTE FROM PALIN. SHE IS AS NUTS AS BUSH IS SHE BELIEVES THE WAR IN IRAQ IS GODS WILL.


Speaking before the Pentecostal church, Palin painted the current war in Iraq as a messianic affair in which the United States could act out the will of the Lord.

"Pray for our military men and women who are striving to do what is right. Also, for this country, that our leaders, our national leaders, are sending [U.S. soldiers] out on a task that is from God," she exhorted the congregants. "That's what we have to make sure that we're praying for, that there is a plan and that that plan is God's plan."

Posted by: Anonymous | September 2, 2008 3:08 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | September 2, 2008 3:17 PM | Report abuse

When, just keep asking when, do not go to the next question, just keep asking when....regardless of teh response, throw the spin right back and keep asking when? This is for teh highest office in the land, albeit in a support role, but still. Grow a pair MSM!!!

Hey she might surprise the MSM and actually be all that they say, but at this pace, who knows.

Posted by: Huh | September 2, 2008 3:17 PM | Report abuse

Trooper-gate, Librarian/Book-Banning-Gate, Ted Stevens-gate, Earmark-gate, Abstinence-only-failure-gate, Seccession-Gate...

PALIN = HYPOCRITE

Palin was active in a nutjob 3rd party devoted to Alaskan seccession from the United States of America... And NOW she wants to be VP?!?

Where are all the people who howled over Michelle Obama's frustration with American politics?

Palin reached out to FIRE a private citizen she didn't like - her sister's ex husband!

Palin tried to FIRE a librarian who refused to ban books!

THERE IS NOTHING WHOLESOME ABOUT THIS CRACK-POT SECCESSIONIST!

Vote for REAL AMERICANS!

Obama/Biden 08!

Posted by: JBE | September 2, 2008 3:17 PM | Report abuse

Does Rick Davis reside in Never Never Land? In his dreams this one is about personality. This election is all about issues. McCain/Palin will do everything int their power to overturn Roe v. Wade and Obama will do everything in his power to keep abortion legal so women have the right to choose. McCain/Palin will keep troops in harms way and Obama will pull them out. McCain/Palin will continue to sleep with the oil companies and Obama will introduce legislation to make the attempt at breaking away from foreign oil. McCain/Palin will keep inhibiting medical research and Obama will open up stem cell research again. Ah, the list goes on and on.

Davis only wishes this election wasn't about issues as his candidate is on the unpopular side of most of them. Hence, when you don't have the issues on your side down play them and talk about personality. Duh!

By the way this is the new theme for McCain's campaign. Issues don't matter as we're all the same so vote for me becuase I'm a better person then Obama. The first time I heard this lack of logic I almost gagged. If at anytime in my life (57) issues have mattered it is this election. The next president will get to noiminate 2 to 3 supreme court judges and we don't need any more conservatives on the court. We have enough already. Barrack Obama and John McCain are nothing alike politically and issues do matter.

Maybe Davis should run up to Moosehead Alaska and try selling snowballs to Eskimos. He has about as much chance of doing that as he does convincing anyone issues don't matter. Shame on the McCain campaign.

Posted by: BobL-VA | September 2, 2008 3:17 PM | Report abuse

Chris – Thank You. You’ve done a good days work already. Take the rest of the day off.

Posted by: NoOneImportant | September 2, 2008 3:17 PM | Report abuse

Is this really "The Onion"?

Is EVERYONE associated with the McSame campaign LOONEY-TUNE? CERTIFIABLY INSANE? SUFFERING FROM DEMENTIA?

Issues? What issues? Let's vote for the guy one can sit down and feel comfortable having a beer with. WE SEE WHERE THAT IDIOTIC LINE OF THINKING GOT US EIGHT YEARS AGO.

Pitiful. The GOP CAN'T run on the issues - THEIR RECORD FOR THE LAST 12 YEARS IS EMBARRASSING.

Posted by: Veronica | September 2, 2008 3:16 PM | Report abuse

THIS IS A QUOTE FROM PALIN. SHE IS AS NUTS AS BUSH IS SHE BELIEVES THE WAR IN IRAQ IS GODS WILL.


Speaking before the Pentecostal church, Palin painted the current war in Iraq as a messianic affair in which the United States could act out the will of the Lord.

"Pray for our military men and women who are striving to do what is right. Also, for this country, that our leaders, our national leaders, are sending [U.S. soldiers] out on a task that is from God," she exhorted the congregants. "That's what we have to make sure that we're praying for, that there is a plan and that that plan is God's plan."

Posted by: Anonymous | September 2, 2008 3:08 PM | Report abuse

Here's the thing: why, exactly, is it such a tough year to run as a Republican?

Everyone knows the answer to that question. It's because the incumbent Republican President has been one of the worst in our history: ignorant, lazy, careless with the lives of American serviceman entrusted to him as Commander in Chief, reckless with the good name of the United States. To what extent does the Republican ticket this year repudiate this President? To what extent does the Republican ticket repudiate his record?

If you're going to run as someone who thinks George W. Bush has been a great President, you're going to have a problem this year. Most Republican candidates -- and not just those on the national ticket -- do have this problem, because for the last eight years they've been behind President Bush on every major decision he's made. They have made their bed; they can lie on it, but there is no point in lying about it.

The Republican Party belongs to George W. Bush. As long as that remains true, it will always be a bad year to run as a Republican.

Posted by: Zathras | September 2, 2008 3:08 PM | Report abuse

Hey Dwight - I couldn't agree with you more. Listen, when your children do get a car of their own, please make sure to send them to the local car wash in Bristol. I'd be pleased to Minister to them.

Yours in Christ,

The Rev. Tommy Testor

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Cops: Virginia Minister Flashed Kids While Urinating, Offered Officers Oral Sex
Tuesday, July 31, 2007

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JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. — A minister and Christian radio station employee has been charged with indecent exposure as well as DUI and violation of the open container law, the Kingsport Times-News reported.

Tommy Tester, 58, of Bristol, Va., was arrested last week by Johnson City police after they say he urinated in front of children at a car wash.

Click here to read the full story from the Kingsport Times-News.

Police also said Tester, who was wearing a skirt, offered to perform oral sex on officers who responded to the car wash.

Tester is the pastor of Gospel Baptist Church on Reedy Creek Road in Bristol and works for Christian radio station WZAP-AM.

The radio station’s owner, Al Morris, issued a statement Monday saying, "We do not know all the details and facts concerning the arrest; but for the time being Tommy has been relieved of his responsibilities at the station until such facts surrounding the case are determined. We pray that this matter can be quickly resolved. In the meantime, we ask you to pray for Tommy and for WZAP."

Morris told the Times-News his staff, the station's listeners and members of Tester's congregation were all shocked about Johnson City police officers' allegations.

"It's the biggest shock of my life," he said. "So far, they (members of the congregation) have rallied behind Tommy."

Morris told the paper that when he spoke with Tester, he said the Johnson City police scared him.

"He was scared to death and didn't know what he'd said or what he'd admitted or anything else," Morris said.

Tester was released Friday on $1,000 bond. A hearing is scheduled for Oct. 25.


Posted by: The Rev. Tommy Testor | September 2, 2008 3:07 PM | Report abuse

The Davis Doctrine, put to the test:

"Less than a week ago most Americans didn’t have a clue who Sarah Palin is, but now 30% of them would rather meet her than Barack Obama or John McCain.

Still, more Americans (43%) would rather meet Obama than the 44-year-old Alaska governor and mother of five who McCain picked as his running mate on Friday, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey."

The Republican Flavor of the Week doctrine comes up short.

One of these days, Republicans might get something right, just don't hold your breath.

http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/election_20082/2008_presidential_election/obama_number_one_palin_number_two_as_candidate_voters_most_want_to_meet

Posted by: piktor | September 2, 2008 3:07 PM | Report abuse

These people -- all of McCain's people -- have apparently lost their minds. It may be time for an intervention.

Posted by: Doofus | September 2, 2008 3:07 PM | Report abuse

The farce is rapidly approaching its climax- the debasing of everything we hold dear is near completion.

Posted by: Bleaux Me | September 2, 2008 3:06 PM | Report abuse

Rick Davis====++++++you don't get the joke. You are the joke.And the joke isn't funny anymore.Get off the stage.

Posted by: This just in | September 2, 2008 3:06 PM | Report abuse

Just an observation. A lot of of the liberal democratic loyalists here (of which I am one) are betraying massive cultural ignorance verging on prejudice when you do things like equating Sarah Palin with Tammy Faye Baker. Either a lot of you posters are very young, or you need to get out into the country more. I mean, I'm liberal, but I grew up in Louisiana (which is very conservative) and I love the place. I can assure you it has very little in common with Alaska, just like NYC and SF are both great cities (and liberal) but very different. Seriously, rent a van and take a trip. You might surprise yourself and end up liking some of what you see.

Posted by: John | September 2, 2008 3:05 PM | Report abuse

I am, as always, LOUD and DUMB.

Posted by: sphinctator2 | September 2, 2008 3:05 PM | Report abuse

A 'MASCULINE' SPEECH WAS PREPARED??

IS THERE A MESSAGE HERE? NOW READ THIS:

http://www.nowpublic.com/world/baked-alaska-palin-likely-withdraw-gop-vp-pick-get-political-w-vic-livingston

Posted by: scrivener | September 2, 2008 3:05 PM | Report abuse

Wow, that sounds like an exciting party that Sen. Craig is throwing in Minneapolis! I will be sure to attend!

Yours in Christ,

The Rev. Tommy Testor

______________________

Cops: Virginia Minister Flashed Kids While Urinating, Offered Officers Oral Sex
Tuesday, July 31, 2007

E-Mail Print Share:

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. — A minister and Christian radio station employee has been charged with indecent exposure as well as DUI and violation of the open container law, the Kingsport Times-News reported.

Tommy Tester, 58, of Bristol, Va., was arrested last week by Johnson City police after they say he urinated in front of children at a car wash.

Click here to read the full story from the Kingsport Times-News.

Police also said Tester, who was wearing a skirt, offered to perform oral sex on officers who responded to the car wash.

Tester is the pastor of Gospel Baptist Church on Reedy Creek Road in Bristol and works for Christian radio station WZAP-AM.

The radio station’s owner, Al Morris, issued a statement Monday saying, "We do not know all the details and facts concerning the arrest; but for the time being Tommy has been relieved of his responsibilities at the station until such facts surrounding the case are determined. We pray that this matter can be quickly resolved. In the meantime, we ask you to pray for Tommy and for WZAP."

Morris told the Times-News his staff, the station's listeners and members of Tester's congregation were all shocked about Johnson City police officers' allegations.

"It's the biggest shock of my life," he said. "So far, they (members of the congregation) have rallied behind Tommy."

Morris told the paper that when he spoke with Tester, he said the Johnson City police scared him.

"He was scared to death and didn't know what he'd said or what he'd admitted or anything else," Morris said.

Tester was released Friday on $1,000 bond. A hearing is scheduled for Oct. 25.

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,291582,00.html

Posted by: The Rev. Tommy Testor | September 2, 2008 3:04 PM | Report abuse

SARAH PALIN'S VIEWPOINT ON THE IRAQ WAR:

"Pray for our military men and women who are striving to do what is right also for this country. That our leaders, our national leaders, are sending them out on a task that is from God. That’s what we have to make sure that we are praying for. That there is a plan and that plan is, is, God’s plan. So, bless them with your prayers. Your prayers are protection over our soldiers."

View the video of her speaking to her one-time church, Wasilla Assembly of God, on June 8, 2008:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/09/02/palins-church-may-have-sh_n_123205.html

Posted by: Anonymous | September 2, 2008 3:04 PM | Report abuse

it's sad to see dems support their candidate who will make sure your children never have a car...dems don't want to be saddled down with needy voters...

Posted by: Dwight | September 2, 2008 3:04 PM | Report abuse

is it too late for Mitt?

Posted by: massgop | September 2, 2008 3:04 PM | Report abuse

The Republican party wants us to re-elect them based on the basis of the personalities of the candidates at the top of the ticket? Is this a personality contest? I have never heard anything so stupid coming from a campaign manager from a major party. The Republican Convention is turning into a major train wreck. This takes the cake.

Posted by: Scott F. | September 2, 2008 3:04 PM | Report abuse

Dear Anonymous:

Please don't call Republicans who think that Obama is a Muslim ...
"dumb as rocks."

It insults the rocks.

Jersey John

Posted by: Jersey John | September 2, 2008 3:03 PM | Report abuse

In honor of our party's commitment to DRILL DRILL DRILL, we are adding a new activity to the convention I am hosting in the men's restroom/toilet facilities of the Minneapolis airport.

Tonight, in addition to having our Water Sports Extravaganza to honor our hot bothers in New Orleans (several hot young studs from Louisiana will be there to brandish their pumps and shower attendees with golden champagne), we will be having our DRILLING FOR MUD BUNNIES FESTIVAL. For a fee, you can have your picture taken drilling Karl "Hot Karl" Rove's ample rear fields for delicious brown mud bunnies. These color glossy 8x10s are suitable for framing and make a wonderful Christmas gift for the well hung Republican in your life.

Please join us for the pinnacle of toilet hijinks and the hottest man to man action GOPStyle™. We have just sent out an invitation to Todd Palin to see if he will show us that rifle in his pants he uses to bag the "bears" in Alaska.

Hot times for all well hung conservative men are available at the Minneapolis Men's Restroom, Councourse [Concourse] A.

See you there and God Bless.

Posted by: Sen. Larry Craig (R-ID) | September 2, 2008 3:03 PM | Report abuse

Of course the "duhs" in the GOP base will be too ignorant to figure out that Davis is p-ssing all over them with his comments.

The rest of us can see exactly what he's doing.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 2, 2008 3:02 PM | Report abuse

A Question - Should we have a VP pick who is under ethics investigation? It seems as if that would be a Disqualifier!

To me it seems that it would be a legal policy and position that anyone under investigation by a federal or state Court, that it would be an automatic disqualifer for the V.P. (or for that matter, Presidential) job.

If Barack was under investigation or Biden they (the press and opposition party) would crucify them.


Posted by: Angelllight | September 2, 2008 3:02 PM | Report abuse

McCain's new election slogan should be: "we're white and that's good enough" The idiot racist supremacists will give this horrible, non-sensical, incompetent, presidential ticket a pass, because of that simple factor. What does McCain have? He was shot down over VietNam eons ago, and spent time as a POW...that's it. Palin is a sham: her actions and her true "family values" run counter to her rhetoric, yet they could possibly win. On what merit? White skin that's all.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 2, 2008 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Oh what a delight to watch the entire conservative movement

implode before my very eyes!

Posted by: Bob | September 2, 2008 3:00 PM | Report abuse

It sure is fun watching McCain's supporters im-PALIN themselves on all the hypocrisy and lies of the GOP. The whole party seems to have a personality disorder....

Posted by: Lucky Lakeshore | September 2, 2008 2:59 PM | Report abuse

astral99, you have deftly described how the GOP just doesn't get it. McCain was seeking to bolster his "maverick" cred, and instead he has amplified the "more of the same" charge... more of the same obfuscations, same excuses, same efforts to dodge responsiblity and accountability. Next we'll hear that Palin didn't really send those e-mails herself... that a misguided aide (Scooter Libby's Mini-Me?) sent them on her behalf and she had NO IDEA that the tone and not-so-subtle message was to fire her ex-brother-in-law.

Frankly, B-I-L sounds like a really unpleasant and potentially dangerous guy. But if Palin is so ham-handed in her efforts to get this guy axed, one can only begin to imagine her capacity for nuance and foresight on the diplomatic front... or in working with the shark tank of a Congress we have. As Humphrey Bogart said in the movie before he tossed an attacker over the side of a boat, "Goodbye, chum!"

Posted by: CLH | September 2, 2008 2:59 PM | Report abuse

I'm starting to understand the GOP strategy: "If you say it enough times, then it will become true.." Wasn't that their motto during the lead up to Iraq. Wasn't that their motto on Katrina. And it seems that is their motto on the Palin thing. If they say she has more experience than Barack Obama enough, then they believe it will become true. Unfortunately, just like me, the rest of America has picked up on this stupid game. The lady is a sham. She has only been the presumptuous republican VP for five days and the wheels are about to fall off of her wagon. This is a joke.

Give it up McCain and the other McBushs. Its over.

Posted by: Clay | September 2, 2008 2:58 PM | Report abuse

London Oddsmakers giving "even money" that PALIN WILL

WITHDRAW in scandal, in late October, just prior to release of a

damning report from the Special Prosecutor investigating her.


Posted by: Bob (gleeful in RI) | September 2, 2008 2:58 PM | Report abuse

Dear Anonymous:

Please don't call Republicans who think that Obama is a Muslim ...
"dumb as rocks."

It insults the rocks.

Jersey John

Posted by: Jersey John | September 2, 2008 2:57 PM | Report abuse

"Rick Davis says this election is about personalities? I think the the Vice Presidential pick by John McCain is more about the second coming TAMMY FAYE BAKER!"

...now come on, she's not that fat and appalling, yet.

Could be there soon, though. Depends on how much makeup the McCain people try to put on this pig.

Posted by: jfc1 | September 2, 2008 2:57 PM | Report abuse

Dem-on-crack people, wake up. Palin has years of experience (VP pick) over Obama (running for President). There is no coverup by the McCain camp because some things are not part of the election. The way the democrat/left-wing loons run their party, everything is about slandering and image. McCain has been out there giving town-hall meetings talking about the issues. Obama/Biden have been criticizing and nothing more.

Posted by: Ken | September 2, 2008 2:56 PM | Report abuse

Why is it that time after time the comments by readers show more maturity, wisdom and integrity than the incessant gobbledygook of our political aristocracy, Beltway punditocracy and most political journalists? I'll leave it to you to make your determination.

Posted by: David G. Ward | September 2, 2008 2:55 PM | Report abuse

Republicans are not now, nor have they ever been, concerned with issues. They know they lose elections if voters actually vote for the candidate who will best serves their interest. Republicans know that their only hope of winning elections, which works more often than not,is to expolit the ignorance of their core voters by scaring them into believing the opposition is evil. Once safely in office, the republicans rape and pilllage the country at will.

Posted by: pj451 | September 2, 2008 2:55 PM | Report abuse

How does the average ordinary American think the Republican party represents them? I am astounded on a daily basis by people who claim to be Republican. They must not see the person that they really are when the look in the mirror to comb their hair. It must be why personality arguments work in American politics. Maybe the founding fathers actually had it right when the tasked congressman and senators with electing the president and vicepresident through the electoral process. The must have felt the general population was to stupid to elect the president. Rick Davis attitude toward the electorate lends to support to the founding fathers skepticism.

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

So, according to the Republicans this election will be about personalities and not issues. Makes sense to me.

Imagine, trying to justify old man McCain's lack of support for full funding for Veteran's benefits or having to justify out of touch Governor Palin's position that creationism should replace evolution as a teaching tool in our schools. And these are two of the lesser issues. What about Iraq, Iran, Georgia, tax reform, the economy, energy options, terrorism, job creation and job loss, etc. etc.

Yeah. I wouldn't want anyone to look at the issues either if I were a Republican.

Posted by: No McCain | September 2, 2008 2:54 PM | Report abuse

ABC News reports:

Is the McCain campaign afraid of an 'October surprise' involving vice-presidential pick Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska?

The Alaska state senator running an investigation of Gov. Palin says the McCain campaign is using stall tactics to prevent him from releasing his final report by Oct. 31, four days before the November election.

"It's likely to be damaging to the Governor," said Senator Hollis French, a Democrat, appointed the project manager for a bi-partisan State Senate Legislative Counsel Committee investigation of claims that Palin abused her office to get the Alaska public safety commissioner, Walt Monegan, fired.

Posted by: The MORE You Talk about CHANGE, The More Things Stay the SAME! | September 2, 2008 2:54 PM | Report abuse

London Oddsmakers giving "even money" that PALIN WILL

WITHDRAW in scandal, in late October, just prior to release of a

damning report from the Special Prosecutor investigating her.


Posted by: Bob (gleeful in RI) | September 2, 2008 2:53 PM | Report abuse

From:
Head of State
http://headofstate.blogspot.com/2008/09/unsurprised.html

Tuesday, September 02, 2008
Unsurprised

"No Surprises From Palin, McCain Team Says"-Washington Post


Senior McCain officials described themselves as "unsurprised" today as huge storms of locusts flew from Wasilla, Alaska and descended upon McCain campaign headquarters. "Locusts were vetted. Locusts were vetted in the vet" said one campaign official, who spoke without attribution out of concern that he would be devoured by a verminous flying cloud. The campaign also said that they were nonplussed by reports that the rivers were running black with ashes, that family pets were begin to speak in human voices, declaiming "Release Sarah!", and that a huge spreading stain was beginning to blot out the Northern sun. "Vetted", said the campaign.

"There are exciting new studies that show that locusts can be used as a source of biodegradable fuel" said Newt Gingrich, as he hunkered down to avoid the black marble obelisks falling from the sky around him. "Palin, if she can be said to have played a role in bringing about these new biofuel resources, should be praised for her innovative role in the solution to our future energy demands".

"These events firmly demonstrate Palin's deep connection to traditional modes of traditional expression, in traditional forms, traditionally." said William Kristol, editor of the Weekly Standard. "Experience, in the face of these more traditional events, is overrated..." continued Kristol, before ending the interview to wrap himself head-to-toe in mosquito netting and swallowing a bitter tasting anti-malarial drug, the taste of which, as his lips contorted, he noted to be "surprisingly refreshing."

Palin's schedule in the upcoming days of the Republican National Convention has been cut short due to, as one McCain communications aide reported, a desire not to "let the magic out of the bottle too quickly." "Sarah is a precious resource, who each moment brings a new vitality and energy to every worker on the campaign" said the aide, while fighting to remove the nest of serpents which had suddenly materialized on the floor beneath him, and were now slowly ascending his legs. "Do these bite, or just slink?" asked the aide, who spoke on conditions of anonymity so as not to provoke or otherwise alienate the reptiles.

Meanwhile, as the heavens darkened, the seas began to boil, and a deep voice tore through the clouds shouting, in stentorian tones to one and all: "It was a Mistake!", campaign offices described themselves as "unperturbed". "Serpents materializing, house pets suddenly called to vocal advocacy, Celestial callings to revise and repent...Vetted" said the spokesman, speaking on condition of anonymity as he was turning into a pillar of salt. "Everything that was vetted was vetted in the vet."

Cite:
Head of State:
http://headofstate.blogspot.com/2008/09/unsurprised.html


Posted by: Robert Hewson | September 2, 2008 2:53 PM | Report abuse

"How they get away with arguing against themselves and get a number of people buy into it is an absolute mystery. "We have met the enemy and he is us.""

...simple because the people that they are talking to continue to focus on the negatives of the Democrats and ignore the negatives about the Republicans, and by extension, their own personal negatives.

You have to remember that you are dealing with religious conservatives here, they are preaching to their base, not trying to rationalize with the center and left. They are not talking to *you*, but to their own supporters.

It's the same kind of rock-headedness that you see out of Bush and his supporters. They cannot see what you see because if they could see it, they would not be who they are, and since they are who they are and not you, it makes no sense to talk to them as if they were talking to you. They are just preaching to the choir. The media, at this point, is nothing more than a mouthpiece for the right-wing to speak to itself, to reinforce itself with attention paid to itself.

It's the very same effect that happened after the Bush vs Kerry debates when half the people in the room said "how could anyone vote for that moron?" and the other half said "see, he's such a great guy, witty and smart, quick with a reply, on top of his game, just the kind of guy we want in the White House".

It's simple. If you're dumb, you'll vote Republican, no matter what, because you identify with that level of stupidity.

Posted by: jfc1 | September 2, 2008 2:53 PM | Report abuse

So Mr. Davis doesn't think the election is about issues? No surprise - the McCain campaign is hoping the biggest celebrity wins! To my knowledge, Barack Obama has not appeared as a guest host on "Saturday Night Live," a major motion picture (like "The Wedding Crashers") or any movie for that matter, or a television program (like "24").

This is why Barack Obama will be the next President of the United States. He is the candidate who takes the job - and his entire team - seriously.

Obama/Biden '08!

Posted by: JR | September 2, 2008 2:53 PM | Report abuse

My friends, I apologize for misspelling the name of my friend (and chief economic advisor) Phil Gramm, who described everyday working Americans as a nation of whiners. I was having a mental recession. Or perhaps had one too many stella artois. [aside] Cindy - give me one of your pills!

Posted by: McCainiac | September 2, 2008 2:52 PM | Report abuse

I am really trying to figure out this mobius strip that the McCain campaign has been creating: their most famous political ad touted that Barack is just a celebrity, just a personality without substance. Now they say that this election is mostly about personality, and McCain/Palin have a more compelling personality than Barack/Biden, essentially making them bigger celebrities. So McCain is saying that he is not just a celebrity like Barack (and Paris Hilton et al), but an even bigger personality (like George Clooney or McGuiver).

I can't wait for McCain's first political ad condemning himself and his hollywoodesque lifestyle.

Posted by: ThingsThatShine | September 2, 2008 2:51 PM | Report abuse

It's not about what? Davis must have been at the "punch bowl" early. Let's look at all those "non-issues". Iraq, the economy, social security, medicare, security, Afghanistan, Georgia and on and on and on.

I care not one whit about personality, but just want a plausible plan to get us out of the mess were in and, hint, it doesn't include a P.O.W. and an Alaskan Ms. Congeniality.

Posted by: Robo Rick | September 2, 2008 2:51 PM | Report abuse

If McCain is such a believer in "COUNTRY FIRST", then why on earth would he choose a VP with so little experience? Maybe he should change his slogan to "POLITICS FIRST".

Posted by: Frank | September 2, 2008 2:51 PM | Report abuse

Could you imagine a Democratic Candidate avoiding Press interviews??? Isn't this Palin supposed to be someone who can handle people? Who in the World buys into this crap anyway?

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

If Mr. Davis is right,yay!, Miss Congeniality is a shoo-in!

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

Heck, why would we want to elect our President based on "issues" and "facts." It is much better to select the leader of the free world based upon who you'd like to have a beer with. We've gone that route since 2000 and it has worked out great! Imagine if we had elected Al "Bore" or John "the French Traitor" Kerry. What a disaster!

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

John McCain's campaign manager, Rick Davis, says: "... we allot a lot more access in our campaign than any campaign in modern political history....we'll get around to it" when asked when the GOP vice-presidential choice Sarah Palin will sit down with the media and answer questions.

Does this seem contradictory to you? It does to me. How can he say the campaign is very accessible when he can't even give a time or date for Palin to what all candidates do: Meet the press?

Posted by: bryony1 | September 2, 2008 2:49 PM | Report abuse

If it is about personalities, I'll take the personality who kept his pledge to his (first) wife and didn't drop her because she was ill and had no money or connections

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

Palin is being kept away from the press, and that tells us everything we need to know about how successful a pick she was.

But McCain won't ditch her, it's too late now. Not unless something really bad comes out.

Her lawyers will try to stall the State-Trooper-abuse-of-power investigation report, which is otherwise due just before the election. They'll probably succeed in delaying it. But the voters will make their own judgement.

Whatever happens, she's a dud, a lemon, a bad pick. That's already clear.

Posted by: Ken O | September 2, 2008 2:48 PM | Report abuse

Wow. If I were ever inclined to vote for a Republican presidential ticket, I would be appalled and insulted by the claim that I don't care about issues...that my vote and support will just go to whoever has the most dazzling personality.

C'mon -- be consistent! First you say that Obama isn't qualified because he lacks experience, and then you bend over backward to argue that being mayor of a backwater rural town and governor of a sparsely-populated welfare state is sufficient "executive" experience to be an errant heartbeat away from the most powerful position on the face of the earth?

Well I guess if you want to argue that Sarah Palin is qualified and ready to be president, you have to admit it's not about the issues. But if it's really about personality, then who cares if Obama is a substance-less "celebrity," as the GOP keeps claiming? If personality alone will win it, who better than the celebrity?

The GOP is either flailing its way into a death spiral, or they have utter contempt for the electorate's intelligence. Or both.

Posted by: T | September 2, 2008 2:48 PM | Report abuse

Isn't Davis the same guy who called us a "nation of whiners"? No? Repubs all sound the same. What a joker to say they get the joke they made America the butt of.
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My friends, it was my friend Phil Graham (and senior economic advisor) who described you all as a nation of whiners. So quit your whining, have a stella artois and join me in congratulating Sarah Palin for demoting Dan Quayle to the 2nd most embarrassing VP pick (tied with Geraldine Ferraro).

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

The media is giving these people a free ride.

Posted by: Kwaku Azar | September 2, 2008 2:47 PM | Report abuse

I agree the candidates should be accessible to voters. that is, voters (not necessarily "journalists") should be able to ask questions directly, one on one, of candidates. and that is why mccaine has offered to hold town hall meetings where he answers voters' questions in person, face to face, whatever the question, and has in fact done so repeatedly. And Obama HAS NOT, because he does not want to have to answer questions from real people, face to face.

However, Obama does want to sit down face to face with Iran and North Korean reps. I guess he feels more comfortable with them. Perhaps they have more in common.

Without question, Palin would fare wonderfully in front of actual voters, as opposed to "journalists". Whereas Obama seems to be shying away from talking to the people. i wonder why...?

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

what he's saying is that the issue of interest to most voters is the personality of the candidates.

Which to me still sounds like an issue.

The issue being whether voters prefer McCain or Obama as president.

Now they may have issues with one or the other, but still it most certainly comes down to issues.

I mean you can't possibly try to spin this election any harder, and in fact it ultimately says "...whatever, just chose one or the other, and we are confident that voters will choose John McCain over Obama".

You can have issues with that attitude, but that's how it is.

Posted by: jfc1 | September 2, 2008 2:46 PM | Report abuse

Rick Davis says this election is about personalities? I think the the Vice Presidential pick by John McCain is more about the second coming TAMMY FAYE BAKER! And we're lucky she isn't alive or McCain would have picked Her! Tammy was extreme on the social issues had questionable executive experience and no foreign policy experience! What a joke! McCain is erratic and impulsive! This seals the deal for Obama/Biden!

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

The true desperation of the McCain campaign can be seen in their willingness to engage the blogosphere, pushing back on everything that comes off the internet (Ex.: Hitting so hard on the alleged Palin affiliation with the radical Alaskan Independence Party)

Meanwhile, stories are emerging about her work on Ted Stevens' 527 group, the Troopergate controversy, and her affinity for federal earmark cash while she was mayor of Wassila ($29.6 million from 02-06). All three of these stories are in the MSM, all of them damage her credibility as a reformer, and you're barely hearing a peep from the campaign on any of it.

If Obama had been this aggressive in swinging back at every attack against him on the net, he never would've made it past Super Tuesday.

The McCain campaign is killing themselves by keeping these fringe stories alive.

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

Why should this election be about anything else for the Republicans? It's almost always about personalities for them because their issues really stink. Unfortunately, they play the personality message extremely well and suckerpunch the country over and over.

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

I guess it is NOT about issues when the big deal for the leftie media is Palin's daughter's baby.

Meanwhile, there is NO news about how Joe Biden's son managed to pull down 100k per year from MBNA to do no work, for Delaware's largest employer while his father voted on Mortgage and Bankruptcy bills.

Issues not important at all.

Posted by: pgr88 | September 2, 2008 2:45 PM | Report abuse

I do have problems with Palin and can't wait to see her being interviewed. How she answers and stands up to tough questions will be my deciding factor. If the Republicans are afraid to let her be grilled by the press, then that is admitting to a mistake. Prepared speeches don't mean anything to me. I want to see her deal with problems and questions that pop up out of no where, because that is what folks in the White House have to deal with every day in running this country. If she can't handle it, maybe she should go back to the Alaskan Independence Party.

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

If I were Rick Davis, I would certainly hope that the issues take a back seat. If that's the case, they can simply call Obama a tax raising, big government, weak, socialist and count on most conservative voters ignoring their own interest and voting for McCain.

Sadly, most don't have the attention span to discern the issues and make decisions.

I believe a major shift in not just the top leaders, but in many of the middle and lower posts of government needs to occur to make up for the Bush Administration's horrible vetting and hiring. It's not just about the executive, it's about the entire apparatus of government.

I do not believe rewarding Republicans for poor leadership is the solution.

I do believe that we deserve at least an incoming administration with vigor and ideas.

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

I hate to tell you Rick but over the past day 3 of your fellow Repuglicans where I work are definitley voting on issues. They told me they are voting for Obama because they have an issue with the GOP. They are sick of you.

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

"This election is not about issues."
Wow, asinine quote of the year. Great job vetting Palin too, Davis. What a train wreck.

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

Can you say, "bounce?"

Gallup Tracking: Obama 50, McCain 42 Obama +8
Rasmussen Tracking: Obama 51, McCain 45 Obama +6
USA Today/Gallup: Obama 50, McCain 43 Obama +7
Hotline/FD: Obama 48, McCain 39 Obama +9
CBS News: Obama 48, McCain 40 Obama +8

Posted by: jac13 | September 2, 2008 2:45 PM | Report abuse

My friends, this election is not about the economy - but if it were, you could move into your 2nd or 3rd home, if you lost your first. Thats why I have 8. Or 10. whatever. Could someone have my staff remind me how many houses I have?

My friends, this election is not about foreign policy - but if it were you could count on Sarah Palin, neighbor to Russia, to intervene on your behalf. If necessary, she will dispatch her husband to ride all the way to Moscow on his snowmachine.

My friends, this election is not about the fiscal disaster imposed on you by the republican party. But if it were, you could count on me to continue the irresponsible Bush tax cuts.

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

Isn't Davis the same guy who called us a "nation of whiners"? No? Repubs all sound the same. What a joker to say they get the joke they made America the butt of.

What an insult to say the election is about personalities! The tragedy is that's how the GOP has to play it, because on every issue, the GOP polls less than 50%.

We must not let them take America down farther.

Posted by: jhbyer | September 2, 2008 2:43 PM | Report abuse

Chris:

Is this not a major statement made by the McCain campaign--issues be damned, but for Republicans it's only about personalities. Therefore, who needs policy debates and bring on the reductio ad hominem.

In any other political contest such a statement would blaze across newspaper headlines and be the topic of choice for pundits (who of course decry the lack of issues, but understand, winking and nodding, that issues are boring and slime, dirt and personal attacks sell papers). Is this really how we should be electing a president--on personality?

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

McCain has early dementia. He likely has PTSD from his prisoner of war days. These account for his unusual behavior and decision making.

This election cannot be about personalities. It has to be about issues.

What Davis is hoping for is an election about democratic personalities. He is counting on the media to focus on the personalities of Obama and Biden, and they will not put the hard questions to McCain and his pretty little inexperienced sidekick. Unfortunately, the media hacks will accomodate McCain. They always have. He has skated media scrutiny throughout his career. He has avoided the career ending media blitz every time his behavior has been less than stellar. The Keating 5 incident as an example. He has treated them well, and they have treated him well as a consequence.

I cannot vote for dementia in the White House sorry.

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

"Rick Davis is throwing a Hail Mary pass."

I am so sick of McCain critics saying that the Palin pick is a Hail Mary.

It is actually a fake punt from his own end zone, followed by a reverse, halfback pass, flea flicker, and Statue of Liberty. The Obama camp never saw it coming!

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

The Republicans are experts are running negative elections--see Rove and the last 8 years. However, they never cease to amaze me.

This year, the two primary personal attacks are: (1) he's an elitest that engenders cult worship; (2) he's too inexperienced to lead. You can't have it both ways. Either he's a leader (we're all cultists) or he's not. It's like the experience argument--he doesn't have the experience, then they select a VP nominee with even less (for sake of argument, you can call it a draw.)

How they get away with arguing against themselves and get a number of people buy into it is an absolute mystery. "We have met the enemy and he is us."

Posted by: Jackson | September 2, 2008 2:41 PM | Report abuse

In honor of our party's commitment to DRILL DRILL DRILL, we are adding a new activity to the convention I am hosting in the men's restroom/toilet facilities of the Minneapolis airport.

Tonight, in addition to having our Water Sports Extravaganza to honor our hot bothers in New Orleans (several hot young studs from Louisiana will be there to brandish their pumps and shower attendees with golden champagne), we will be having our DRILLING FOR MUD BUNNIES FESTIVAL. For a fee, you can have your picture taken drilling Karl "Hot Karl" Rove's ample rear fields for delicious brown mud bunnies. These color glossy 8x10s are suitable for framing and make a wonderful Christmas gift for the well hung Republican in your life.

Please join us for the pinnacle of toilet hijinks and the hottest man to man action GOPStyle™. We have just sent out an invitation to Todd Palin to see if he will show us that rifle in his pants he uses to bag the "bears" in Alaska.

Hot times for all well hung conservative men are available at the Minneapolis Men's Restroom, Councourse [Concourse] A.

See you there and God Bless.

Larry Craig, United States Senator (R-ID).

Posted by: Sen. Larry Craig (R-ID) | September 2, 2008 2:41 PM | Report abuse

The Republican handlers will not give the MSM access to their VP pick because they believe the election "will be not about the issues" but rather the "composite view." Not allowing MSM access to Palin will allow them to keep maximum control of her image. Hmm, it's all starting to make sense...

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

I hear that in McSame's acceptance speech he will promise to nominate an Alaskan justice of the peace for the supreme court. For secretary of state his team is vetting Carnival cruise line manifests, to see who has the most experience with Cancun, Mazatlan, and Jamaica. Secretary of Defense will be a Lazer Tag or paintball champion.

The days of the Washington insider are numbered in a McSame White House (unless you are a lobbyist, in which case you will be in hog heaven).

Posted by: bondjedi | September 2, 2008 2:39 PM | Report abuse

THE FIX WROTE: "Davis demurred when asked when Palin will sit for interviews with major news organizations, pointing out that now would not be the right time given the "combative" attitude the media has seemingly adopted toward Palin. Pressed on the issue, Davis insisted "... we'll get around to it."

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Wow! McCain already is way ahead of GW Bush in terms of cover-up readiness. Only a couple days after he nominates Sarah Palin, and his vice-presidential pick is already in an "undisclosed location." It took a year or so for Cheney to sneak off to his hole.

Go, Sarah, hide!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 2, 2008 2:39 PM | Report abuse

Obama can fire his ad agency. All he has to do is run an ad quoting Davis. Over and over.

"This election is not about issues. This election is about a composite view of what people take away from these candidates."

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

Um, shouldn't McCain be on American Idol then?

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

Rick Davis is throwing a Hail Mary pass. This election IS about issues--war, peace, the economy, health care, energy--he knows it, and he knows McCain will lose on that score. So, instead, it's now about "personality." What personality? That of a man who follows the leader 9.5 times out of ten in the Senate and calls himself a "maverick"; who chooses someone straight from the Alaskan bush who has more skeletons in her closet than Jeffrey Dahmer?
Issues and judgment is what it's all about. McCain and Davis still don't get it.

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

NOT ABOUT THE ISSUES??? WTF??? Iraq, the economy, health care. I like Obama, but it's because of his stand on those issues. If their positions were flipped, I don't care how nice Obama seemed, and how crabby in comparison McCain seemed, I would vote for McCain. I'm not a friggin idiot -- I don't vote personalities, I vote issues. McCain really, REALLY, doesn't get it.

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

Perhaps the irony is that Nixon won in 1972.

Wasn't an "outsider" running against the "unpopular" party candidate?

It all comes down to Ohio, where McCain leads even right after the DNC.

Posted by: Ohio2008 | September 2, 2008 2:33 PM | Report abuse

Davis demurred when asked when Palin will sit for interviews with major news organizations, pointing out that now would not be the right time given the "combative" attitude the media has seemingly adopted toward Palin. Pressed on the issue, Davis insisted that "we allot a lot more access in our campaign than any campaign in modern political history....we'll get around to it."
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And the GOP calls Barrack arrogant and disconnected.

We'll get around to it!!! Really!!!

If she cannot stand the heat of a media interview, what makes her think she is ready to be VP.

That is much too important a role for her to be learning on the job.

Posted by: Ward6ForNow | September 2, 2008 2:33 PM | Report abuse

Issues don't matter?

Looks like ven the republicans know they can not win on the issues.

Posted by: J Hall | September 2, 2008 2:33 PM | Report abuse

I see that McCain just hired the smear meisters that Rove used against him in 2000 in South Carolina to work for his campaign, actually assigning them to Palin. The Republicans don't want an election on issues, they just want to go on smear and fear. This year they have made their incompetence even more clear.

Posted by: ejgallagher1 | September 2, 2008 2:33 PM | Report abuse

KARL ROVE WUZ RIGHT!!, part deux:

"When "leaners" are included, it’s Obama 51%, McCain 45%. This is the highest level of support enjoyed by Obama at any point in Election 2008..."

http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/election_20082/2008_presidential_election/daily_presidential_tracking_poll

Posted by: piktor | September 2, 2008 2:32 PM | Report abuse

Since Obama has no grasp of any issues, this is clearly the truth. why would any one support him?? - personality and cult worship.

when he finally comes out with a solid stance on a single issue, the media will ignore it as usual. He can change it back the next day without fear of retribution, as usual.

Posted by: kingofzouk | September 2, 2008 2:30 PM | Report abuse

Here's a Repub hoping for Romney, the right man to get the economy going. Romney for the economy!!!

Posted by: Romney Fan | September 2, 2008 2:30 PM | Report abuse

What a shameful, disdainful view of the American people and the democratic process.

Posted by: Brad K | September 2, 2008 2:30 PM | Report abuse

What personality and what issues are you talking about??
Clearly, no one wants to deal with a grumpy man like McCain, and someone who does not remeber where he lives and what he drives.
So clearly Obama beats him so well

Posted by: Simon | September 2, 2008 2:29 PM | Report abuse

Some of you folks are dumb as rocks, I am sorry rocks, I don't mean to insult you, but really!!!

Barrack is as much a Muslim as Palin is a barren woman.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 2, 2008 2:29 PM | Report abuse

I and others would certainly hope issues affecting the American people should be front and center.

To say that personalities make the difference and not the issues to totally a foolish statement. Just ask our injured at Walter Reed if they share the views of McCain's campaign guy. Pathetic!

Posted by: LTC US Army | September 2, 2008 2:28 PM | Report abuse

So when Bush needs an assessment or a representative to go to Iraq or Afganistan, he sends Dick Cheney, Obama will likley send Biden. McCain will send a "hockey-mom" from Alaska. "Gas up the Mini-van John i'm driving to um...lets see here Eye-rack" Palin is McCain's collective insult to America.

Posted by: steve | September 2, 2008 2:28 PM | Report abuse

RBofLA

Try to recapture that optimism during your heavy shock and black depression immediately McCain/Palin win.

Posted by: viejo1
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Try to get over how stupid your comment will look when the Palin bow-out occurs

Posted by: viejo2 | September 2, 2008 2:28 PM | Report abuse

On Mr. Davis's last comment: "We are in the worst Republican environment since Nixon in 1972."

Nixon in '72?? 1972 was a landslide year for the Republicans. I'm guessing he means Congress in '74 or Ford in '76?

Boy, the world is a lot easier to understand if you're unconstrained by history (Or facts, or logic...)

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

Why on god's earth would McSame's campaign want this election to be about issues? They have nothing to talk about. If the election is based on issues, they lose. It's just too bad for them that the American public is sick and tired of elections based on personal attacks. It's the one thing that the Republicans are actually really good at, unless screwing the middle and lower-class counts.

Posted by: T. Price | September 2, 2008 2:27 PM | Report abuse

Boy, is this crowd ready for lunch!

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

If Palin is not willing or able able to participate in the give and take of a Sunday talk show, she certainly is not ready to be VP. If this is an example of McCain's judgement, I don't want to see how he chooses a supreme court nominee.

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

This is crazy; it is about the issues. McCain is a arrogant, confused old man who thinks he can do whatever he wants. He will start a war with Iran. Enough of this garbage!

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

In an election year when Entertainment Tonight took a stab at influencing our national political choices, I'm not at all surprised by Mr. Davis' attitude, Chris. What surprises me (increasingly) is yours. This election is not about cotton candy or corn dogs - it's about the future of our NATION (duh) - so it really is SAD for me to have to report to you that the most insightful thing I've read here lately came from a T-shirt you saw at the state fair.

Did I mention this makes me sad? (It really does!)

Posted by: Carmen Cameron | September 2, 2008 2:21 PM | Report abuse

Of the most recent polls, only CNN has this election inside the margin of error.

I believe that poll was of 927 of John McCain's close friends and family.

Posted by: JamesCH | September 2, 2008 2:20 PM | Report abuse

I want to let everyone know that I am a Republican and I am completely embarrassed by this whole string of events. This is really sad for our party and I don’t know how we get around it. When Miss Palin decides to step down, we will have to call in the second string that should have been the first string, but will have the second string label. We have effectively shot ourselves not only in the foot, but the head as well.

Posted by: Embarrassee Republican | September 2, 2008 2:20 PM | Report abuse

Damn straight it ain't 'bout the issues bro'.

I mean, you really want a Muslim as president?

Didn't think so, bro. Didn't think so.

mac is back baby!! F0ck Yeah!!!!

Posted by: el_barto | September 2, 2008 2:19 PM | Report abuse

It really has become like watching an episode of The Onion.

Posted by: CJ | September 2, 2008 2:19 PM | Report abuse

McCain Hotline: 1-800-4-NO-CLUE

Posted by: Anonymous | September 2, 2008 2:18 PM | Report abuse


"Are you better off today than you were four years ago?"
––Ronald Reagan ad

I'd have to say the answer is "no" and that "yes" this election is about issues. Thanks, but thanks for the redneck hockey mom.

Posted by: tony the pitiful copywriter | September 2, 2008 2:17 PM | Report abuse

RBofLA

Try to recapture that optimism during your heavy shock and black depression immediately McCain/Palin win.

Posted by: viejo1 | September 2, 2008 2:15 PM | Report abuse

All the experts say that the best way to kick off a general campaign is to stash your running mate in a bunker for as long as possible.

Posted by: JamesCH | September 2, 2008 2:15 PM | Report abuse

This is the problem with the McCain Campaign over the last 5 months, not concentrating on issues.

Obama (and his campaign) are strategists as opposed to McCain (and his campaign) which are tactians.

The difference between a strategist and a tactian is that a strategist thinks long term and analyzes the options available, but a tactian makes a quick move, usually short-term in nature, to get to the next stage, not achieve the ultimate goal.

Posted by: Obama-Junkie | September 2, 2008 2:15 PM | Report abuse

Can you even belive that the McCain campain manager just said that this of all elections is not about the issues? I mean what politician has not at least lied and said it was about the issues? Both Bushes got that down, they just never gave a damn in actuality.

This taken by the democrats, along withe Palin negative stories and McCain is killing himself. I think this what the implosion of a black star looks like on the political stage.

What a horrible pick in Palin. She's not even ready to give interviews?!?! Press will be all over that by tomorrow. She is becoming the gift that keeps giving.

McCain lacks the rational judgement to be President. Obama/Biden 08 & 12

Posted by: RBofLA | September 2, 2008 2:13 PM | Report abuse

Rick Davis thinks that he'll win a game of personality politics against Barack Obama?

Whatever he's smoking, it's time to share.

John McCain has all the personality of a traffic accident, and if he thinks he can pull Sarah Palin out of the PR nightmare brewing out of Alaska, he's insane.

As for the electoral map, naaah, that's not different at all. Republicans have always had to defend VA, NC, CO, and NV in the general. For that matter, it's not as if Bush didn't have to cling to a mid-single digit lead in IN or GA either, right?

I know that Davis is supposed to put on a calm, confident face. But he's really, really stretching credibility here.

Posted by: JamesCH | September 2, 2008 2:09 PM | Report abuse

Davis did admit, however, the challenges of running for president as a Republican in this political atmosphere.

"We are in the worst Republican environment since Nixon in 1972," said Davis. "We take that seriously. We get the joke."
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Clearly, they don't. Because if they did, then they would realize that they WERE the joke.

Like Senator Obama said last Thursday night, "Eight is enough."

Enough.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 2, 2008 2:08 PM | Report abuse

I just checked all the polls and this is not a bounce by Obama but a distinction. These numbers are solid. Mccains gamble is not going to pay off.

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Obama passes 50-%. finally, thanks Sarah

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Posted by: Anonymous | September 2, 2008 2:07 PM | Report abuse

We used to call this "cynicism". Thanks to Karl Rove, it's now called a "strategy".

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

Sounds like the VP Canididate won't be speaking to the press anytime soon.

"Davis demurred when asked when Palin will sit for interviews with major news organizations, pointing out that now would not be the right time given the "combative" attitude the media has seemingly adopted toward Palin."

Maybe they'll keep her up in some remote hunting lodge in Alaska, cramming geography and foreign policy into her head and then roll her out for the debate with Biden.

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

What this election is about will be decided by the voters. He is in for a sad surprise.

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He does not WANT this election to be about issues. If it becomes about issues then the Democrats win, hands down. This is why Palin was picked and introduced on Friday. Obama laid out his plan on the issues. The McCain campaign could not counter. They were stunned. So instead of countering with issues-specific material (which would hurt them) they paraded out Palin, who swept the news cycle. Brilliant move by them.

These are tactics of someone who has no good policies that the population can agree with. The only way to get his policies and the candidate through, is to muddy the water in any way possible, and distract the voters.

You will see no substance out of McCain or his campaign. And if you don't, remember that it is because there isn't a policy there that is good for teh American people.

Posted by: Stan | September 2, 2008 2:00 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | September 2, 2008 2:04 PM | Report abuse

It always amazes me just how low an opinion Republicans have of citizens.

I'm completely apalled by good ole Rick's steadfast belief that Americans are stupid and don't care. Because that's essentially what he's saying.

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

Mccain does not have a partner who can campaign with him now. He has to spend all his time baby sitting Palin. I just saw Biden and he was great. It is now two against one.

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

It always amazes me just how low an opinion Republicans have of citizens.

I'm completely apalled by good ole Rick's steadfast belief that Americans are stupid and don't care. Because that's essentially what he's saying.

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

He does not WANT this election to be about issues. If it becomes about issues then the Democrats win, hands down. This is why Palin was picked and introduced on Friday. Obama laid out his plan on the issues. The McCain campaign could not counter. They were stunned. So instead of countering with issues-specific material (which would hurt them) they paraded out Palin, who swept the news cycle. Brilliant move by them.

These are tactics of someone who has no good policies that the population can agree with. The only way to get his policies and the candidate through, is to muddy the water in any way possible, and distract the voters.

You will see no substance out of McCain or his campaign. And if you don't, remember that it is because there isn't a policy there that is good for teh American people.

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

This is the first straight talk I have heard out of the Straight Talk Express in months.

Personalities or issues, either one is a loser for McCain, unless "personalities" is a Republican code word for "race." To counter, Obama's camp should say this is about "experience" (code word for advanced age), "constituents" (code word for McCain's lobbyist cabal), "Czechoslovakia" (code word for McSame's skewed world-view), "Thomas Eagleton" (code word for lazy vetting of the running mate), or "economics" (code word for McCain being out of touch on fiscal matters).

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

Obama passes 50-%. finally, thanks Sarah

Posted by: Anonymous | September 2, 2008 1:57 PM | Report abuse

This should read as "Rick Davis, campaign manager for John McCain's presidential bid, PRAYED that the presidential race will be decided more over personalities than issues during an interview with Post editors this morning." The Republicans are doing everything they can to make this about personality, because they can't win on the issues!

Posted by: RCD | September 2, 2008 1:54 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, I'm pretty sure the Wingnuts like Rick Davis don't want to talk about the real issues, they lose on that front too...


McCain's "Transparent" mini-Maverick Reformer VP pick (Palin) clams up, lawyers up, and claimed executive privilege.


Do you still have any doubt that McCain/Palin = more of the same?


Just as George W. Bush fired U.S. Attorneys who wouldn't do his bidding in carrying out his personal crusades, so it turns out McCain's VP pick has fired Alaska state employees for not doing hers.


Now finding herself under investigation by the Alaska State Senate, Palin's not just lawyered up, but already refining her Bush-Cheney stonewalling chops:


The state has hired a private lawyer to represent Gov. Sarah Palin's office in the Legislature's investigation into the firing of former Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan. The lawyer already has challenged whether lawmakers even have authority to oversee the inquiry.

Palin has so far ducked interview requests from the investigators, and Alaska state legislators are already talking subpoenas.

http://www.adn.com/monegan/story/513137.html


Yeah, subpoenas. Sound familiar?
How about this?


E-mails from the Palin administration are being withheld from the public and the governor is citing executive privilege.

http://www.ktuu.com/Global/story.asp?S=8802680


OoOoOoOohh! What a "reformer!" What a "maverick!"


And just what kind of "executive privilege" are we talking about? Apparently these super-privileged e-mails are all cc-ed to... Palin's husband.


Well, knock me down with a feather.


Part Jerry Springer Show, part Groundhog Day.


Not just more of the same, but more of the Worst. Presidency. Ever.


And it's neither a surprise nor a coincidence. This is actually how Republicans think government is supposed to work.

Posted by: astral99 | September 2, 2008 1:54 PM | Report abuse

"This election is not about issues?" I feel like I have entered the Twilight Zone over the last few days and am watching the Republicans self destruct in front of my eyes. Between an absolutely ludicrous statement like this and the Palin Big Top sideshow, I can't wait to see what's next! Pass me the popcorn.

Posted by: Midknight | September 2, 2008 1:54 PM | Report abuse

Of course Davis would say that. If the election focused on the issues the GOP would be deader than the Whigs. All they have left is to hope people forget about how badly the GOP had complete control of the 3 branches of government for 6 years and screwed the pooch.

Posted by: egc52556 | September 2, 2008 1:54 PM | Report abuse

Oh, I'm so glad it's not about the issues. I just didn't want to hear about the 47 million people without any semblance of health care, 4 dollar-a-gallon gasoline or 400 billion dollar deficit. Oh, I also don't want to hear about the men and women fighting for us in a war that costs 10 billion dollars a month to wage on a group of individuals that have wanted us out of there for the longest time. I don't want to hear about how my working-class parents can or cannot depend on a leaky social security system that's on the verge of being overwhelmed by the Baby Boomer population. And I certainly don't want to hear about how our government can repair the years of damage and destruction that the current abomination in office has inflicted on our standing and reputation in the global economy and political world.

Nope, don't want to hear about these silly issues that stupid people end up voting on.

What, Sarah Palin eats moose burgers? Now THAT'S a story! I'm on board!!

And in case McCain supporters actually believe that I might be serious, I'm not. It was sarcasm. Rick Davis's quote is a joke, just like the platform he is supporting.

Posted by: bsoul120 | September 2, 2008 1:54 PM | Report abuse

"Rick Davis, campaign manager for John McCain's presidential bid, insisted that the presidential race will be decided more over personalities than issues during an interview with Post editors this morning."

Did he also point out that the sky is blue and water is wet? If he did, I'm sure you'd rush to print it.

Posted by: Blarg | September 2, 2008 1:40 PM | Report abuse

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