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McCain Picks Palin

DENVER -- John McCain has selected Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin to be his vice presidential running mate, according to the McCain campaign, a surprise pick sure to shake up the race and reinforce the idea of the Arizona senator as a reformer.

The news that Palin, the mayor of a small town in Alaska just two years ago, was the pick came after CNN reported that a private plane had traveled from the Last Frontier to Dayton, Ohio where McCain is set to unveil his vice presidential pick later today. The Palin news came after the two supposed frontrunners -- Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney -- each confirmed he would not be traveling to Dayton today.

In picking Palin, McCain is taking a calculated risk. She is totally unknown and untested on the national stage but also has impressive credentials in her short time in public life.

Of Palin, former White House political svengali Karl Rove said this morning on Fox News Channel: "It would be a clear sign from the McCain campaign that they were going to be making a very strong bid for the women whom they see up for grabs -- both the traditional, swing independent suburbanites and then the Hillary Clinton supporters who remain disillusioned."

Palin was a star at a young age in Alaska -- a member of the Wasilla basketball team that won the state championship (her aggressive style won her the nickname "Sarah Barracuda") in 1982 and Miss Wasilla two years later.

Palin's political career began a decade later when she was elected to the Wasilla City Council and, four years after that, in 1996, she won the mayorship -- knocking off the incumbent by just a handful of votes.

After a near-miss run in the Republican primary for lieutenant governor in 2002, Palin set her sights on the state's top office four years later. She campaigned on a platform of reform and was aided by the fact that the public had tired of Gov. Frank Murkowksi, and that the looming Veco scandal, which would come to badly imperil the state's Republicans, had begun to get real traction.

Palin won the Republican primary overwhelmingly (Murkowski finished third) and went on to defeat former Gov. Tony Knowles (D) in the general election.

In her two years in office, she has largely made good on her promises of reform -- and watched as her constituents have made her the most popular governor in the country.

Palin is a mother of five -- including a newborn with special needs -- which led many people to speculate that she would not ultimately be the pick. During an interview with washingtonpost.com earlier this year in Washington, Palin said being picked as the vice president was an "impossibility" but that the idea of serving in national office intrigued her.

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 29, 2008; 10:35 AM ET
Categories:  Eye on 2008 , Veepstakes  
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Comments

I really think that people don't need to talk about her time as a beauty queen. Too many beautiful women have a lot of substance. She is attractive and articulate, but she seems uninterested in foreign affairs, and she is currently under investigation in Alaska.

Personally, with all of her family issues, I think it was a bad idea both for McCain to ask her and for her to accept his offer.
Some people might think it is sexist to say she should stay with her family in Alaska. But I feel that even if one is career-minded, (s)he should plan major moves around the state of his/her family at the time.

Both her 17-year-old daughter and her baby with special needs should have been taken into consideration. They need her right now, and maybe she can do that as governor in her state. The VP demands a lot of time away from family, and the timing just seems bad.

In addition, I vote on issues--not because someone is a woman or a member of a racial minority. I vote because of issues, and she does not represent me.

Posted by: Anne | September 3, 2008 11:51 AM | Report abuse

If it is true that a candidates' first presidential decision is that of picking a running-mate, then Senator Obama has demonstrated his superior judgement. Simply being on the same stage with Joe Biden will help elevate Gov. Palin, but she will not be able to match his experience and intellect. What foolish choice!

Posted by: Joe | September 2, 2008 11:08 PM | Report abuse

I will never vote for Obama.

I will ask everyone I know to NOT vote for Obama.

I know alot of people.

I feel good about knowing I CAN make difference and I'm going to make that difference.

Posted by: callie16 | September 2, 2008 3:31 PM | Report abuse

It doesn't matter where GWB speaks, Americans HATE his friggen guts and McShame stands NO CHANCE of winning this election, especially now that his GOP hypocracy is visually displayed by his VP's daughter being knocked up at 17. This really shows the undecided American people what the Repuklican party really stands for - HYPOCRACY - which is the Repuklican's motto!

Anybody vote McShame deserves another 4 years of GWB policies and that is what you Repuklican's deserve!

VOTE OBAMA IN NOVEMBER OR SHUT YOUR PIE HOLE WHEN GWB GARBAGE POLITICS RUIN THIS COUNTRY!

Posted by: luvwknd | September 2, 2008 11:34 AM | Report abuse

This is a master stroke! By trying to point out Palin's inexperience, the Obama campaign and supporters are exposing Obama to a bright shining light on his lack of executive experience! Gov. Palin is the CEO of an entire state. Obama has been nothing but a community organizer (whatever that is), a state senator, and now a US Senator. He has not had to make the final decision on anything....she has, many times. She's got guts, she's stood up to her OWN party...he doesn't and hasn't. She represents what's right about America...he doesn't. BTW, just by her dealings with Canada she's light years ahead of Obama when it comes to foreign policy! Obama and Biden....the most liberal ticket ever put forth in American politics!

Posted by: John | September 2, 2008 9:40 AM | Report abuse

It's not that this is about Sarah Palin's pregnant, unmarried, teenage daughter, it is about the fact that Sarah Palin is a hypocrite preaching abstinence and like so many phony Republicans like her, morality. They look down on the rest of us like they are better than everyone and above us. Sarah Palin has been a Governor of a state in the middle of nowhere, literally, for 2 short years, She has already proven she is a serious hypocrite that believes global warming is a farce, while she votes against bills aimed at protecting the polar bear now in danger of extinction. Polar bears starving to death to Palin is a good thing so she has more wolves and baby seals to shoot and kill from her airplane. This woman would be one heartbeat away from the Presidency, with zero experience in foreign affairs, terrorism and Iraq, zero experience on the economy, zero experience for literally every last issue America is faced with in these impossible times Bush has created for us all. The Republicans made this mess we are in and this is who they offer up as a solution? absolutely pitiful, NEXT. Obama / Biden all the way!

Posted by: Democrats 08 | September 2, 2008 9:30 AM | Report abuse

Well, this proves that John McCain is really
losing it. With all the experienced people
to pick from he picks Sarah Palin! What a Joke!! Of Course, we all know how he loves the younger women. Sarah Palin is not even close to having the experience to run a country. She better stay home and take care of her kids and new grandchild to come. Gramps McCain could kick the bucket and then
we would be in a real mess!! Good going Ol Man. YOu may have been a decorated serviceman but you have lost your mind completely. GO Obama. If God forbid something happened to Obama I would feel a
lot safer with Joe Biden than mooselady

Posted by: Anonymous | September 2, 2008 1:48 AM | Report abuse

You McCain supporters are f**ing MORONS! McCain sounds, looks, and acts as DUMB as George Bush! Not to mention, he's so old, he might kick the can in a few years, and then Palin would be president????? Are you a flipping JOKE? Our country is already hated overseas, already a LAUGHING stock overseas...all because of BUSH. 4 years of McCain will certainly FLUSH us down the tubes even MORE! McCain is a bumbling IDIOT, and Sara Palin needs to go home to her kids...clearly they NEED her. She has NO experience that would be of any serious value as VP of the U.S.

It's over for the republicans....the people of this country hate bush, and McCain is his long lost idiot brother...NO MORE OF THE SAME. It's time for a CHANGE!

OBAMA for PRESIDENT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: OBAMA supporter | September 1, 2008 9:38 PM | Report abuse

Mr Rove- I am the white female 41 year old middle class suburbanite swing voter you seek to entice with Palin. I am registered Libertarian, and have voted for Reagan, Clinton and Perot. I will NOT be voting for Saint Sarah. Thanks but no thanks.

Posted by: Karin | September 1, 2008 8:23 PM | Report abuse

Somebody said Palin is smart. Smart? what kind of idiot mother gets on a 10 hour flight 9 months pregnant, KNOWING they are pregnant with a Down Syndrome baby, AFTER their water breaks, just so they can have the baby in Alaska instead of Texas?!!! That is not "smart" that is incredibly stupid and self serving! You aren't even supposed to fly after 6 months! But hey, she REALLY wanted to give that speech in Texas she said! Great mother there! Don't worry ladies, Saint Sarah is coming to show us how to hold down a job, shoot a moose and fry it up in a pan, take care of our kids and even name them after stupid things like snowmobiles and parts of a gun, all while being a pillar of the pious Christian community, and a woman with the pregnant teen daughter. But that is ok, they are Christians so they are forgiven. Us heathens are the ones going to hell. I guess we can store up some treasures in heaven by voting this yahoo into office in November. I mean she is qualified in foreign politics because Alaska is close to Russia after all!

Posted by: Karin | September 1, 2008 7:42 PM | Report abuse

My only question is who's kid is it that she claims she had 5 months ago? Alot of reading on the net lately raises the question that it is her daughters.

Lefty: who is Sara Pelosi?

Posted by: MDH | August 31, 2008 4:16 PM | Report abuse

Hillary Supporters Please Do not Get sucked In!

John's move is intended to appease you in a short-term and destroy you in
a long term. Sarah is part of the Republican Party's conspiracy to block Hillary ascension to the White House in 2012, assuming John wins office in 2008.

Republicans are very nervous that based on her performance in 2009, Hillary will be a major force then as no one will be able to STOP her. It is therefore, designed that Palin be trained/planted to take on the Hillary challenge in 2012 upon the retirement of John. In other words, She is the Weapon of Mass Destruction (WMD). Warn your Friends of this Scam.

Posted by: jesse | August 30, 2008 11:33 PM | Report abuse

John McCain made his first executive decision and he FAILED!!

The 72 year old, one heartbeat away issue is now front and center!

This clearly shows that McCain puts winning before country. There is no other explanation. Her own state newspapers and top Republican state officials say she is in no way qualified to be VP.

How does McCain know if she is ready? He only met her once before choosing her to be on the ticket. McCain is a desperate and senile old man who has clearly demonstrated he is willing to place this country in jeapordy just win an election!

The 3 AM call will now be answered by a woman who says she doesn't even know how she feels about the Iraq War. You see, although the US has lost over 4000 of our bravest and finest sons and daughters to this war over the last 6+ years, Ms. Palin has never thought about it. Imagine that, particularly when they say she has a son who is going to be dispatched there shortly. What a Mom! What a potential, VP!

Posted by: No to McCain / Palin | August 30, 2008 10:45 PM | Report abuse

This is fitting for the Beauty and the Beast Ticket http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0-QXi1g58g0

Posted by: GladysKravitz | August 30, 2008 8:59 PM | Report abuse

As a life long Republican and a 39 year old woman, I think she is a ridiculous choice. I now can not vote for McCain who is getting up there in age and has shown incredibly poor judgement in choosing Palin. It is stupid to think women will vote for a woman. Women will vote for the best candidate. Women will vote their party. Women will not vote for a woman just because. I now feel as if I have no choice and it's pretty sad.

Posted by: Becca | August 30, 2008 7:51 PM | Report abuse

The dirty little secret that the Dems know is the polled voters lie. Answering a Polster and commiting in the voting booth are two different things. Palin plays to that. The guilty voter can now cast for a women and still feel clean. Brilliant is an understatment. Protecting the Consertitive side is a bonus. Pulling a few lost females is a bouns. Obama is done. Sorry Dreamers, but Red wins again.

Posted by: NotNEorWestbutSTILLCount | August 30, 2008 7:39 PM | Report abuse

Reply to:Posted by: Now for Obama | August 30, 2008 1:08 PM- -"Hey, the word is out, one of her daughters is pregnant, right?""
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The Postwer who said Liberals r spewing compost, is so right!!
I READ THE DEMOCRATIC UNDERGROUND STRATEGY,,, TO INJECT DOUBT ON VOTERS,By concocting this rumor.."Who cares if it's true?Do we want to win? By the time the truth comes out,It'll be old news" RIGHT??

I read it & was appalled, BUT it is the transparent usual, evil attempts that smart voters see right through!!! THAT IS PRECISELY WHY LIBERALS SUCC- JOESEPH GOEBBELS WOULD BE PROUD... If u morons had a brain u'd be dangerous! We can never allow these human compost heaps to get serious power!!
Governor Sara Palin, *was* preg.(NOT HER 14 yr old DAUGHTER) & found out her son would be a Down Syndrome baby. She chose to keep the child, calling him a gift from God)even tho liberal sc**m would have discarded it w/yesterdays trash!

There is a God, & ur types will burn he!!!

Posted by: LyingLiberals | August 30, 2008 2:12 PM | Report abuse

Let's face it, she's attractive, she's young and she's smart. No doubt about that she's smart. I strongly believe that she could do a great job as Vice President, and I say that because there is substantial evidence of her doing good things for her state. Now, does this mean that she can run as a Vice President of the United States? Sure, I mean, we had Dick Cheney who never did anything just collect his winnings from the good people of America that pay their taxes. I’m sure she will work hard and actually do something than just sit down on the sidelines. However, the question that I raise is how will she be able to manage being Vice President and having a new infant baby? Okay sure, four kids that are at least seven, but an infant? Who is going to take care of the child? It’s not right that a child be taken care of by a “24-hour nanny,” other than her mother. Oh I will say this; McCain has now stolen the spotlight from Obama, but he's also opened Pandora's box by putting this woman's family into scrutiny by the media; and herself being sexually exploited. So good job McCain!

Posted by: Jon, Oregon | August 30, 2008 1:26 PM | Report abuse

Hey, the word is out, one of her daughters is pregnant, right? I think it is Bristol and you can see the baby bump in the pictures ----- So much for conservative upbringing. Perhaps staying home more and less politics would help her family.

A Milwaukee Alderperson would have more experience than Palin. McCain really showed is lack of judgement and what an insult to Lieberman, Mitt and the great governor of Minnesota. Shame on you McCain, I ripped up my membership card.

Posted by: Now for Obama | August 30, 2008 1:08 PM | Report abuse

I gauge the election by my family..
For one: My 54 yr old sister, who is staunch Lefty,JFK Lefty.. SAID NO WAY she's voting Obama!
She sometimes pretends her intention to vote Obama to some of her rabid friends, but privately, she tells family she is scared to death of "Radical Black Liberation" BS.

Between Revvie Right, & AIRES, Soul Alinsky mentality,^ The Chicgo notorious corrupt atmosphere, there is no way Barack will get even close to 39-40% of the vote!

Mark my words,The Far Left killed your chances!

Posted by: Just a note: | August 30, 2008 11:43 AM | Report abuse

Hahahahahahahahahahahahahaha
I just love it when Libs get the panic
runs.. They spew all kinds of silly irrational hateful nonsense about opponents, & THEIR TRUE EVIL COLORS come out!
moroooonnssssss!
Face it accepted & DEAL W/it!
YOU LOST ANOTHER ELECTION. Choose less radical candidates!
Your RADICAL far Left ideology is NOT SHARED by this country! If BHussein ObamaMesiah chosen HillBill, u'd actually have a small chance.. This WAY?? L's4tmfl!!!


Posted by: LoveLibs in panic mode | August 30, 2008 11:34 AM | Report abuse

Another bad day for the Baracky Hussein Obama campaign.

Every single day, he sounds more and more like a Republican. Saying anything that he thinks will gain him votes – he is a poll watcher with no convictions.

Baracky Hussein Obama has an extremely liberal voting record – he cannot run and hide from that fact.

Even his running mate and Hillary Clinton have stated, that he is not qualified to be President.

I hope that all Hispanic voters realize, that they will be at the bottom of the barrel if Baracky Hussein Obama is elected.

Baracky Hussein Obama will have to pacify the Black voters, after receiving 99 % of their vote in November.

Democrats for John McCain in 2008 – The Maverick is back.

Posted by: gary | August 30, 2008 11:18 AM | Report abuse

That ties directly into this.
Ah, the miracle of youtube Notice who sponsored for the ad.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9nTX-oJUCaU

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an answer she gave in an Anchorage Daily News article in October 2006 when Ms. Palin was running for the gubernatorial seat:

5. Would you continue state funding for the proposed Knik Arm and Gravina Island bridges?

Yes. I would like to see Alaska’s infrastructure projects built sooner rather than later. The window is now–while our congressional delegation is in a strong position to assist.

So she was very much for the bridge and insisted that Alaska had to act quickly—the party of Ted Stevens and Don Young might soon lose its majority, after all. By that point, though, the project was endangered for reasons that had nothing to do with Palin—the “Bridge to Nowhere” had become a national punchline, Congress had stripped away the offending earmark, moving the money back to the state’s general fund, and future federal support seemed unlikely. True, after Palin was sworn into office that fall, her first state budget didn’t allocate any money for the bridge. But when the Daily News asked on December 16, 2006, if she now opposed the project, Palin demurred and said she was simply trying to figure out where the bridge fit on the state’s list of transportation priorities, given the lack of support from Congress. Finally, on September 19, 2007, she decided to redirect funds away from the project altogether with this sorry-sounding statement:

“Ketchikan desires a better way to reach the airport, but the $398 million bridge is not the answer,” said Governor Palin. “Despite the work of our congressional delegation, we are about $329 million short of full funding for the bridge project, and it’s clear that Congress has little interest in spending any more money on a bridge between Ketchikan and Gravina Island,” Governor Palin added. “Much of the public’s attitude toward Alaska bridges is based on inaccurate portrayals of the projects here. But we need to focus on what we can do, rather than fight over what has happened.”

Posted by: McLies | August 30, 2008 9:42 AM

Posted by: Anonymous | August 30, 2008 11:15 AM | Report abuse

an answer she gave in an Anchorage Daily News article in October 2006 when Ms. Palin was running for the gubernatorial seat:

5. Would you continue state funding for the proposed Knik Arm and Gravina Island bridges?

Yes. I would like to see Alaska’s infrastructure projects built sooner rather than later. The window is now–while our congressional delegation is in a strong position to assist.

So she was very much for the bridge and insisted that Alaska had to act quickly—the party of Ted Stevens and Don Young might soon lose its majority, after all. By that point, though, the project was endangered for reasons that had nothing to do with Palin—the “Bridge to Nowhere” had become a national punchline, Congress had stripped away the offending earmark, moving the money back to the state’s general fund, and future federal support seemed unlikely. True, after Palin was sworn into office that fall, her first state budget didn’t allocate any money for the bridge. But when the Daily News asked on December 16, 2006, if she now opposed the project, Palin demurred and said she was simply trying to figure out where the bridge fit on the state’s list of transportation priorities, given the lack of support from Congress. Finally, on September 19, 2007, she decided to redirect funds away from the project altogether with this sorry-sounding statement:

“Ketchikan desires a better way to reach the airport, but the $398 million bridge is not the answer,” said Governor Palin. “Despite the work of our congressional delegation, we are about $329 million short of full funding for the bridge project, and it’s clear that Congress has little interest in spending any more money on a bridge between Ketchikan and Gravina Island,” Governor Palin added. “Much of the public’s attitude toward Alaska bridges is based on inaccurate portrayals of the projects here. But we need to focus on what we can do, rather than fight over what has happened.”

Posted by: McLies | August 30, 2008 9:42 AM | Report abuse

I'm a woman, and would not vote for the McCain/Palin ticket because of its politics - she's part of the radical right, and McCain's and Palin's positions do not reflect my views on issues I consider critical to our future. Women are not interchangeable (which, clearly, Rove and McCain have not comprehended). But the vitriol and attacks on Ms. Palin based on her looks are just incredibly offensive. Let's have an election based on the issues.

Posted by: TM | August 30, 2008 9:35 AM | Report abuse

I donot like her. Just saw her sexy photos on a celebrity and millionaire dating site called www.DateRichSingles.com. Don't know if it is her.

Posted by: Mini | August 30, 2008 1:06 AM | Report abuse

It's not real... it's John McCain's "treatment" for the next Tina Fey comedy:

"That Girl Number One: Going Vee-Pee!"

Posted by: Outside the Box | August 30, 2008 12:20 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: scrivener | August 30, 2008 12:10 AM | Report abuse

VP CANDIDATES IN CONVERSATION:

Palin: "So Joe... what did Delaware?"

Biden: "I don't know, Sarah, but Alaska."

McCain: "Christie Whitman told me she wore a brand New Jersey."

-- apologies to Perry Como...

Posted by: Henny Youngman | August 30, 2008 12:06 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: scrivener | August 29, 2008 11:51 PM | Report abuse

I like the images of Cindy McCain on the stage. She is really underrated by media. Very elegant, thoughtful and stylish. She has a Jackie O aura. Plus, she is a tireless servant to relief organizations. What a class act!

Posted by: Brad | August 29, 2008 10:32 PM | Report abuse

I was channel surfing a minutes ago and saw Sarah Palen being interviewed by CNBC's Maria Bartiromo. Let me tell you - this woman is not a dumb broad. Her topic was tapping the Alaskan natural resources for the oil that we deparately need. She was articulate, and most of all, extremely knowledgeable. What a refreshingly honest perspective about McCain's VP choice.

Posted by: Tessie | August 29, 2008 10:23 PM | Report abuse

The Maverick we know and love is proving himself. Brilliant. And a wonderful choice! Go MAC!

BTW Obama says "more of the same???" Excuse me, but your choice is more of the same. Biden is you good ol DC politicain.

Palin is a breath of fresh air. She is also true to herself and has no problems taking on challenging issues, fighting for what is right and bring home executive level decisions! I would call this team, the team of CHANGE!

Posted by: kb | August 29, 2008 10:21 PM | Report abuse

Obama supporters are always trying to give the false impression that Obama has soooo many people who want him … but, in reality, in both the primaries, and in this general election, Obama cannot get more than half of the voters. Actually, Palin has more experience and qualifications than Obama. Obama was a community organizer, with no executive experience, who has spent most of his short term as a senator, running for President. Palin, a mayor, and a governor, has already stood up to special interests and big oil companies, while Obama has not shown any kahonies yet, except for when he threw his friend, advisor and mentor of 20 years, under the bus. If Palin could get 90% of the women's vote, because she is a woman ... just like Obama gets 90% of the black vote, because he is black ... it would be good for our country.

Posted by: Gina | August 29, 2008 9:57 PM | Report abuse

Obviously, Gov. Sarah Palin is full of holes in her undie. And the Democrats will surely let the world know about it. However,
WHEN COMPARED TO SEN. BARAK OBAMA, SHE IS STILL MORE SUBSTANTIVE AND HONEST.

Plus, she is a woman, with five children ( I can tell you five children and a career at 44 years is a hell of a challenge).

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 9:21 PM | Report abuse

Let me get this. A Chicago politician chooses a Washington insider and has the audacity to talk of CHANGE. Meanwhile, a Republican maverick, who has bucked his own party, reached across party lines chooses a woman with executive experience and life experience, who is articulate and comfortable with her values, who is a member of the NRA, hunts and fishes, but is able to balance the demands of home and office--that is the kind of change I like to see.

Posted by: change | August 29, 2008 8:10 PM | Report abuse

McCain's campaign probably thinks that they could tear down the image of Barack Obama's inexperience, by putting someone who is like him. So the Democrats may start asking themselves, why such an inexperience governor being piked then they realised that they have a senator who the same as Palin. However, Palin has a strong McCain guidance on other issues. How about Obama?

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 7:45 PM | Report abuse

If Palin was a man, she would have never been picked. VP choices are always strategic moves.

But in this case ask yourself this. Did McCain pick her because she was the best possible choice for VP? Or because he thought she was a good option to position his run for the presidency?

Posted by: What? | August 29, 2008 7:23 PM | Report abuse

If Palin was a man, he would have never been picked. VP choices are always strategic moves.

But in this case ask yourself this. Did McCain pick her because she was the best possible choice for VP? Or because he thought she was a good option to position his run for the presidency?

Posted by: What? | August 29, 2008 7:22 PM | Report abuse

As a college educated woman and mother of three young children, I say kudos to Gov. Palin for being a career minded woman and leader. However, who is taking care of the kids - especially her 5 month old baby with down syndrom. No one can replace a mom. My priorities are with my young children - they don't stay young forever. Career can wait. This mama will vote Obama.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 7:01 PM | Report abuse

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37th&OStreet Endorses Governor Sarah Palin for Vice President of the United States !


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37th&OStreet Endorses Governor Sarah Palin for Vice President of the United States !


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Posted by: 37th&OStreet | August 29, 2008 6:10 PM | Report abuse

I too saw McCain checking out Palin's butt, I hope they start exposing McCain for just picking a pretty face.

Posted by: GR | August 29, 2008 6:06 PM | Report abuse

Ok I said I would never post on one these things because people get some emotional and caught up in their party affiliation .However I am college educated, former U.S. Marine and have owned my own business for the last 6 years. In the past 4 years I have seen the price of goods and services (fuel,groceries,clothes, and utilities) far exceed the steady pace in which they increased in the past 15 years , all the while my business( I'm in the mortgage industry) has slowed down to a point where I have to get a job back in corporate America.

Now I do understand inflation as Im sure many of you do, but sit down and really think about it; aren't you paying almost DOUBLE to fill your gas tank? Aren't you paying almost DOUBLE at the super market? The only thing that has gone down in price has been the value of my home and my revenue because with banks scared to loan money because of risk, we all have less money (businesses too)

We don't have republican or democratic gas stations, or loans, or supermarkets. We are all ONE country and a whole lot of us seem to be having the same issues. So ask your self, do you have more money, health care, and hope now than you did 8 years ago?

Its just kinda hard for me to believe a candidate that says that he's going to change the way thing are going when ALOT of his voting record in the senate looks a lot like the stuff that lead to a lot of these issues.
Just please do some research on your candidate and see who will be better for YOUR FAMILY.
IT'S TIME FOR A CHANGE!
obama 08

Posted by: Concerned American | August 29, 2008 5:56 PM | Report abuse

Just another example of a double standard. Some Americans and McOldie, have claim for months that Senator Obama was not ready to serve as president because he has "no experience". However, this white woman who has even less experience and less education than he does is ready to serve? The world must be look at this hypocrisy and saying we American are full of it. This is even worst than the accusations the blacks supported Obama because he is black. McCain is pandering to white women and your guys are falling for it. What is he going to do fo you once is has used Ms. Palin to get what he wants. McCain is a pimpinf this woman and you know it. THe simple truth is you some of you it has never been about qualifications it about race and to you a white person any white person even this ditzy bimbo is better that a Black man. But, only God will decide who shall pervails and my money and prayers are with Senator Obama, who choses not to pander for votes and I respect that. By the way I am White. Now choke on that.

Posted by: Denise | August 29, 2008 5:49 PM | Report abuse

This is one of the most important decisions a presidential candidate has to make. While I understand McCain's need to create a ticket that would enhance his appeal, this choice makes me question his judgement altogether. What experience does she have that makes her qualified to be Commander-In-Chief? How could he "play politics" with the future of our country like this?

Posted by: Concerned Republican | August 29, 2008 5:42 PM | Report abuse

The Democrats should redo Hillary's infamous 3am call commercial.

The VP is one heartbeat away from the White House. It's 3am and there's a crisis somewhere in the World. Who do you want to answer the call? Joe Biden or Sarah Palin?

This is who John McCain thinks is ready to run the country??!%%@?? His judgment is short-term and short-sighted. I'm all for women in office but the 2nd highest post in the land for a newbie????

Posted by: What the?!?%^!! | August 29, 2008 5:29 PM | Report abuse

I saw an interview with her a while back on A financial channel and all she cares about is oil and Alaska. She went on and on how the government has no right to tell them they can't drill. She doesn't seem to get the idea that Alaska is not another country and has to go by US laws. She talked like she was living in an occupied country who was being controlled. She doesn't care about anything environmental, the Polar Bears nothing. She said we need to be drilling oil in Alaska. It is all about oil and money to her. She is up the as& es of and in the pockets of oil from the word go. These clips are going to begin coming out and we will see who she really is. She is Bush Cheney and Mccain all they way but even more radical.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 4:59 PM | Report abuse

A disastrous choice by Senator McCain, a windfall for the Dems.

In light of Senator McCain's age, an inexperienced VP is an unconscionable pick. I have nothing against Governor Palin, but fewer than 2 years in statewide office (and in a sparsely populated state at that) does not qualify her for a national role. Had Governor Palin been mayor of a major city, I would be more forgiving, but the mayoralty of small town does not prepare one for the vice presidency.

This would be a laughable choice were it not so disturbing. Had Senator McCain wished to appoint a qualified woman to the Republican ticket, he had numerous possibilities. Instead, he has eliminated the experience argument that he had used effectively against Senator Obama and has placed a neophyte a heartbeat from the presidency, should he be elected.

What abysmal judgment Senator McCain has shown with this choice. If his selection of Governor Palin is indicative of his decision-making skills, it seems that he shoots from the hip-- without first taking aim.

Posted by: ANetliner | August 29, 2008 4:55 PM | Report abuse

LEFTY....I think you should put down the glass di%& and sober up....As ridiculous as you sound you really think McCain and his newcomer are really the answer to our nations problems???? Again, why is it that I get the impression that people arent realizing that this man has agreed and voted with Bush 90% of the time, and you really think that his term would be any different than Bushs'? Obamas convention was well thought out and yes he used a little flare to get the attention of the young...the undecided....and it WORKED!!!! OBAMA/BIDEN 08

Posted by: B | August 29, 2008 4:22 PM | Report abuse

LEFTY....I think you should put down the glass di%& and sober up....As ridiculous as you sound you really think McCain and his newcomer are really the answer to our nations problems???? Again, why is it that I get the impression that people arent realizing that this man has agreed and voted with Bush 90% of the time, and you really think that his term would be any different than Bushs'? Obamas convention was well thought out and yes he used a little flare to get the attention of the young...the undecided....and it WORKED!!!! OBAMA/BIDEN 08

Posted by: B | August 29, 2008 4:18 PM | Report abuse

LEFTY....I think you should put down the glass di%& and sober up....As ridiculous as you sound you really think McCain and his newcomer are really the answer to our nations problems???? Again, why is it that I get the impression that people arent realizing that this man has agreed and voted with Bush 90% of the time, and you really think that his term would be any different than Bushs'? Obamas convention was well thought out and yes he used a little flare to get the attention of the young...the undecided....and it WORKED!!!! OBAMA/BIDEN 08

Posted by: B | August 29, 2008 4:17 PM | Report abuse

I think it is kinda cool that McCain has made this choice. For all of you who say that he is the same as Bush... To some degree you are right. They both are republicans. McCain is the kind of republican who does what he thinks is best. He often disagrees with his own party. I am one step closer to giving McCain my vote. All of you Obama supporters are going to need a miracle to knock McCain out of this race. Good Luck! And if Palin really kills wolves as people have stated before.... she will definatley be liked in the west. Of course people in the city who have never had their livestock or lives threatend by wild animals wouldn't understand that.

Posted by: South West | August 29, 2008 4:11 PM | Report abuse

This was an awesome pick! She will energize the conservative base which will elect John McCain as president. The combination of Palin and the revelation at the Saddleback forum has won McCain the presidency.

Posted by: Huntsman | August 29, 2008 4:04 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin is an outstanding choice. Not tainted by the usual politics of Washington. Strong and true to her convictions. Caring and smart, from the biggest State in the Union, Alaska. For those who made the 18 millions cracks in the glass ceiling, there is hope that there will be millions more. Palin's next door neighbor is Russia. Palin grew up knowing what it means to have a dangerous superpower at her doorstep. She has first hand experience with what is involved to safely use our national resources. Make no mistake by shorting her on experience. She can do the job of VP and President. What we need now, more than ever is "one of us" in leadership of our country. McCain and Palin are the best choice. After seeing the "rock star" at his temple of fireworks last night. I'm convinced that common sense and the out of touch demos can only offer more of the same Pelosi,Obama, liberal nonsense of "smoke and mirrors". The wailing and emotional bawling at the demo convention, only makes me uneasy as they showed that emotions rule. We cannot vote on emotion, it's the reality of today's world and it's dangers, both at home and abroad that don't need emotional breakdowns and slogans. We need leaders who think and can act in our best interest. Obama and Biden can only bring liberal divisiveness and wild promises, taxing, and the only "change" will be the cliche' loose change in the purse or pants when they get done with us.
Sarah Pelosi is exactly what we need to bring our country back to reality of what government should be. Of the People, by the People, for the People.

Lefty

Posted by: Lefty | August 29, 2008 4:01 PM | Report abuse

This was an awesome pick! She will energize the conservative base which will elect John McCain as president. The combination of Palin and the revelation at the Saddleback forum has won McCain the presidency.

Posted by: Huntsman | August 29, 2008 4:00 PM | Report abuse

Obama said that to change Washington it needs to come from the outside because Washington won't change itself.

The Obama-Biden team is the perfect team to bring about the change Washington needs. Obama is relatively new to Washington and has the right vision of change that is needed. Althought Biden is a person who has been in Washington for a long time he is not a part of the Beltway coctail circuit that perpetuates the status quo.

Together they will bring the change we need in Washington, because as leader - Obama recongizes the type of change that is needed and Biden for all his length of service knows the ins and outs of Washington and is the perfect soldier to carry out the fight to get Congress to reinvent itself. He knows how the system works, he knows the players and can work to put through Obama's change agenda.

If McCain thinks that bringing an outsider like Palin will bring change, it won't happen. First because McCain doesn't have the vision of what change is needed and Palin has limited knowledge of the inner workings of Congress and won't be able to negotiate her way through Congres or to penetrate the inner circles that are in control.

Listening to Palin does not give me the confidence that she can form a rapport with foreign leaders.

Palin's political expertise and experience pales in comparison to Hillary Clinton. The only thing she beats Hillary on is she has five kids compared to Hillary's one.

Posted by: nevadaandy | August 29, 2008 3:57 PM | Report abuse

This was an awesome pick! She will energize the conservative base which will elect John McCain as president. The combination of Palin and the revelation at the Saddleback forum has won McCain the presidency.

Posted by: Huntsman | August 29, 2008 3:56 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin is an outstanding choice. Not tainted by the usual politics of Washington. Strong and true to her convictions. Caring and smart, from the biggest State in the Union, Alaska. For those who made the 18 millions cracks in the glass ceiling, there is hope that there will be millions more. Palin's next door neighbor is Russia. Palin grew up knowing what it means to have a dangerous superpower at her doorstep. She has first hand experience with what is involved to safely use our national resources. Make no mistake by shorting her on experience. She can do the job of VP and President. What we need now, more than ever is "one of us" in leadership of our country. McCain and Palin are the best choice. After seeing the "rock star" at his temple of fireworks last night. I'm convinced that common sense and the out of touch demos can only offer more of the same Pelosi,Obama, liberal nonsense of "smoke and mirrors". The wailing and emotional bawling at the demo convention, only makes me uneasy as they showed that emotions rule. We cannot vote on emotion, it's the reality of today's world and it's dangers, both at home and abroad that don't need emotional breakdowns and slogans. We need leaders who think and can act in our best interest. Obama and Biden can only bring liberal divisiveness and wild promises, taxing, and the only "change" will be the cliche' loose change in the purse or pants when they get done with us.
Sarah Pelosi is exactly what we need to bring our country back to reality of what government should be. Of the People, For the People, By the People.

Lefty

Posted by: Lefty | August 29, 2008 3:52 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin is an outstanding choice. Not tainted by the usual politics of Washington. Strong and true to her convictions. Caring and smart, from the biggest State in the Union, Alaska. For those who made the 18 millions cracks in the glass ceiling, there is hope that there will be millions more. Palin's next door neighbor is Russia. Palin grew up knowing what it means to have a dangerous superpower at her doorstep. She has first hand experience with what is involved to safely use our national resources. Make no mistake by shorting her on experience. She can do the job of VP and President. What we need now, more than ever is "one of us" in leadership of our country. McCain and Palin are the best choice. After seeing the "rock star" at his temple of fireworks last night. I'm convinced that common sense and the out of touch demos can only offer more of the same Pelosi,Obama, liberal nonsense of "smoke and mirrors". The wailing and emotional bawling at the demo convention, only makes me uneasy as they showed that emotions rule. We cannot vote on emotion, it's the reality of today's world and it's dangers, both at home and abroad that don't need emotional breakdowns and slogans. We need leaders who think and can act in our best interest. Obama and Biden can only bring liberal divisiveness and wild promises, taxing, and the only "change" will be the cliche' loose change in the purse or pants when they get done with us.
Sarah Pelosi is exactly what we need to bring our country back to reality of what government should be. Of the People, By the People, For the People.

Lefty

Posted by: Sarah Palin! Wonderful Choice | August 29, 2008 3:48 PM | Report abuse

The Democratic Party of the United States and all its hard working volunteers would like to thank Senator John McCain for conceding the Presidential Election, we wish the Senator well and hope he enjoys good health and prosperity in the future.

Posted by: Larry the cable guy | August 29, 2008 3:44 PM | Report abuse

This is a joke and has turned Mccains campaign into a farce. You don't win the presidency with a gimmick. He should have picked a real running mate and run a real campaign and do the best they can and let the chips fall where they may.

After the novelty wares off this is going to be viewd as a joke. One of the worst calls in political history. Mccain was running almost ever with Obama. He didn't need to gamble or throw a hail Mary. just run a good hard campaign. They have NO chance in November and anyone who thinks so is delusional.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 3:34 PM | Report abuse

I doubt Obama thinks the earth is a few thousand years old and men and dinosaurs lived together. Mccain just picked a radical nut case.

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please dont dare criticize palin for lack of experience. obama is right next to her if you want to get technical.

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Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 3:24 PM | Report abuse

Mccain just said in not so many words , "We can't win anyway so lets take a shot".
It's probably all he could think of. They will lose, wait for the polls after they find out a little about her. She is little more then a drug using bimbo. The tabloids will tear her a new as& hole. She is going to be so sorry she signed on to this sinking ship. She is going down with it. She may write a book though later and make a few bucks.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 3:22 PM | Report abuse

Does McCain know that if Palin gets hurt or is in a car accident or something, he can't trade her in for a hotter, younger VP?

Posted by: Hillary2012 | August 29, 2008 3:11 PM | Report abuse

OHHH come on!!! you cant really consider comparing the experience of Palin to that of Obamas????? be for real.....be for real all of you.....the clear case is the Democrats this time around...you saw what the Republicans are capable doing for this country.....cant believe this thing is so close still

Posted by: B | August 29, 2008 3:07 PM | Report abuse

please dont dare criticize palin for lack of experience. obama is right next to her if you want to get technical.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 3:03 PM | Report abuse

The woman in me is proud that McCain chose a woman, however the mother in my calls her judgment into question. Either she is going to pack up her family and move them to DC, to heck with what’s best for the children, or she is going to leave them and move to DC on her own, and again to heck with what is best for the children. This is not a women I would vote for, quite honestly as a working mother (and republican) of 5 myself, I know that raising a family is the toughest job you can do, it requires balancing budgets, schedules and time. It requires sacrifice. If her children of off in college I would be waving the Palin flag but they are not so I am wondering if you are ruthless enough to make that choice should I trust you?

Posted by: Mother of 5 | August 29, 2008 2:57 PM | Report abuse

The Republicans hate affirmative action that targets qualified women and people of color but love affirmative action that targets unqualified people like Clarence Thomas and Palin. The only reason that dumped Harriet Miers is because they did not know whether she would be an ideological conservative zealot.

Posted by: YTYT | August 29, 2008 2:56 PM | Report abuse

So dl because she is a woman she might not have the answers, or because she is from Alaska? You have no basis to judge how smart a person is. Also I'd be careful passing out tests Biden might get caught copying off someone else again.

Posted by: Edwin | August 29, 2008 2:55 PM | Report abuse

I'm not sure if McCain was checking Sarah Palin's ass out or not but I did notice that he had to look at his notes to remember her name when he introduced her. I don't know if that is because she is such and obscure choice or because he is so old that his memory fails him? I hope he remembers Dmitry Medvedev's name if he gets a call from him at 3:00 AM.

Sarah Palin was born in and went to college in the 39th least populated state in the U.S.. She has lived all of her life since infancy and became governor in the 47th least populated stated and 50th least populated by density, so how can she possibly understand any of the problems of America's cities. Barack Obama has more people in his neighborhood than Alaska has in the entire state. Joe Biden has worked in a City of over a half million people for over thirty years, plus he travels through some of the most blighted areas in America on his train ride to and from work each day. Places that Sarah Palin has not idea exist in America.

John McCain introduced Sarah Palin in Ohio, so may he should take her to see Euclid Ave. in Cleveland. Maybe then she will have a clue about the other America that people like John & Cindy McCain close their eyes to.

Posted by: RD | August 29, 2008 2:53 PM | Report abuse

Obama would be a great fresh face if he wasn't a total socialist. At least with McCain I have a fighting chance to spend my hard earned money on how I see fit and not the nanny state way that the democrats want. Obama wants to take money from the wealthy and give it to the poor. How about the poor getting off of their rear ends and stop looking for hand outs from the government.

Posted by: Cody | August 29, 2008 2:53 PM | Report abuse

In the classic 80's movie "Hunt for Red October" the climactic battle scene ended when the Russian attack submarine was sunk by its own torpedo. Just prior to that climax, the second in command of the doomed submarine looked at his Captain in complete disgust and said, "You arrogant ass - you have killed us all!"

With that classic movie line in mind, and understanding the not-so-subtle brilliance of McCain's choice of Governor Palin, I offer the following comment to those wise leaders of our doomed party:

YOU ARROGANT ASSES - YOU HAVE KILLED OUR CHANCES AT THE PRESIDENCY - AGAIN!

I sent this, first, to Barack Obama - but also to his facilitators David Axelrod, Nancy Peolosi, Harry Reid, Ted Kennedy (who I used to admire) and others. By the sheer stupidity born from blind arrogance in your rush to cast Hillary Clinton aside you have doomed the party's chances in a year when it should have been a lay-up. You all deserve what you get - and how history will ignore you. Sadly, the rest of us are the ones who will suffer your foolishness.

Posted by: Ike Barnes Ohio Democrat | August 29, 2008 2:50 PM | Report abuse

It is not that Palin rolls over and plays dead anonymous.

It is that she might try not to that has people panicked.

This is a woman that refutes global warming.

Do you think she will know...

what the mujahadeen is?

or how many countries in the middle east and asia are nuclear?

or the details of the China trade agreements are?

or the history of the Russia Georgia conflict?

or the history of our national tax code?

the details of what a federalist is?

who are all the countries that helped us in the Iraq war?

what are the details of the conflicts and history between Pakistan and India?

who is the military leader of China?

how many Americans are below the level of poverty?

what are our 3 biggest exports?

can she name the Bill of rights?

which document and piece deals with the separation of church and state?

where the authority of the President stops and congress begins..?

what she thinks the details are of Presidential signing statements?

what were our two worst foreign policy blunders in our history in her opinion?

the lsit goes on...

I am pretty sure Obama and Biden could answer all of these...
I think McCain could answer some ...

I have a feeling she would have trouble...and this is a very small part of what she would need to have just a general understanding of in the situation we are about to proceed into if a 72 year old who had cancer twice could not serve his whole term.

Posted by: dl | August 29, 2008 2:49 PM | Report abuse

Wow. McCain is desperate. Countries over seas would not respect a woman in the white house-sad to say, but let's be real about this. If McCain wins there will be fireworks at Osama bin Laden's house.

Posted by: Obama For President | August 29, 2008 2:49 PM | Report abuse

Lets face it my fellow republicans
McCain is going senile. What happened to Harriet Miers or even Condi Rice?

Posted by: this is serious | August 29, 2008 2:44 PM | Report abuse

If you think Obama is any more stable than McCain, then your are crazy. No matter who gets in, they will try to do the best for the country, IF the Congress is will to work with each other instead of against each other.

Posted by: anonymous | August 29, 2008 2:42 PM | Report abuse

I know people will get pissed at me but I think because of the way she dresses and looks people are having Erin Brokovich fantasies.

I know you should not judge a book by it's cover, but considering on top of that, she has no experience or proven knowledge and understanding with these massive issues.

Sometimes the title on the book might be close to what is inside, but yet people get so caught up that they are not really looking at what the person is saying.

To say this person was the BEST, or even, one of the best choices to take over if something happened is at minimum irresponsible. We are facing issues and putting someone in office that has never shown any understanding of these issues...would be ...there are no words.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 2:40 PM | Report abuse

Uhh, OK. Brand new person to national stage way too late in the process. I have too many questions to even spell out. I don't think McCain needs to "shake it up" anymore. Americans have been on shaky ground for a while now. We need stability.

Posted by: Jacklyn | August 29, 2008 2:40 PM | Report abuse

Obama should have picked Hilary as VP and McCain should have picked Romney as VP. I think they both panicked picked thier VP's and quite frankly, I think no matter what we are screwed. UGH!!!

Posted by: I’m running for president experience not required | August 29, 2008 2:40 PM | Report abuse

Well well well, I see haters from both sides are out in the playground playing hard as ever and as usual. I could care less that McCaine picked a women, what bothers me is this, he is 72, now we all know none of us live forever and I am by no way prodicting his death, but if something were to happen, I mean yeah yeah yeah Obama has about the same experience, but we know this already and he has been groomed through all this the last two years and she being sworn in about the same time he started campaigning for President, two wrongs don't make a right but lets call a spade a spade, all the Clintonista's out there floating around McCaine had to find a way to reel in these wild cattle and get them in his farm yard grazing fields asap, I mean really I had respect for his campaign cause at least he appeared to be doing what he does, but I spell a ploy or a rat either way it does not smell good, Now it does not matter who wins this battle who ever ends up in the white house simply put will both parties making history with inexperience leaders at the head of the dinner table. So flip ya coins and stop attacking each other we all in the same freaking boat at this time.
So hold ya breath this Family raod trip has just started to get good lol.

Posted by: A Str8 Trip | August 29, 2008 2:39 PM | Report abuse

If you think that Palin will roll over and play dead in a debate with Biden, then I think you are all a bit naive.

Posted by: anonymous | August 29, 2008 2:36 PM | Report abuse

I'm SO EXCITED about Sarah Palin!! www.milkbreathandmargaritas.blogspot.com -- GO SARAH! The Republican party finally looks a lot more like me!

Posted by: Amy @ Milk Breath & Margaritas | August 29, 2008 2:35 PM | Report abuse

i fell out of bed laughing when this announcement was made.

none of us will be laughing, however, if the klown kar kampaign of mccain-palin succeeds. eight years of bush-cheney has challenged the sanity of this country, two minutes of mccain-palin would push us off the cliff.

Posted by: karen marie | August 29, 2008 2:33 PM | Report abuse

she is popular in Alaska because she has been in office for the length of the freakin primaries...and not a lot happens in Alaska gang...hate to tell you but it is small...and not diversified in economics, military, etc.

I know I sound like a jerjk and lot so f people will be like let her prove herself...sorry

a year and a half as a gov of Alaska and 3 years as the mayor of a town of 9000 ...

IS NOT even close to being ready for national and international issues.

Posted by: dl | August 29, 2008 2:32 PM | Report abuse

So Palin is a panic pick for McCain because he needs the vote of women to win? So does that mean Biden was a panic pick for Obama to get votes from people who think he is under-qualified? Kind of like how in his speech he threw out a whole bunch of "specifics" to quiet the people saying he speaks to generally. Even though the specifics made no sense fiscally, and most of his facts were wrong. All I can say to my fellow party members is Hilary in 2012?

Posted by: Edwin | August 29, 2008 2:31 PM | Report abuse

So I gather, that some of you want to keep an unneccessary war going; feel our economy is fine just the way it is; want to make abortion illegal, actually taking women a step back; making gays and lesbians unequal(yeah that Palin lady opposes same sex marriages; you want to keep draining our earths natural resources by offshore drilling right here in our own country, THUS making our environment even worse......DAMN the names in this election.......ok.......rather focus on whats best for the American People....and it sure as hell isnt someone who supports and backs Bush........

Posted by: B | August 29, 2008 2:31 PM | Report abuse

I think that the good citizens of the United States need to start thinking for themselves instead of letting politicians speak for them or better yet, the media. So many things are distorted through the media as well as through the politicians. Take a good look at your candidates and chose the one that closely matches how you feel, not how your party feels. No matter who gets elected, no one will be 100% happy at the end of the presidental term because no one can apease everyone. We need someone who works for the good of the country not for their party. Don't start on Biden vs Palen because Biden has plagerism problems on his side and the alleged issue of the state trooper on Palen's side. On abortion, you can not be a christian and pro choice. All of you women who want to chose to terminate a precious life has to eventually answer to God when they die. For a change, Americans need to really think about what is best for their country.

Posted by: anonymous | August 29, 2008 2:29 PM | Report abuse

she made a strong first impression

are you kidding

you can see THAT woman...

not hillary...not hutchinson...

THAT woman who spoke today resolving issues in the middle east.

understanding the details of the constitution and where we have trespassed over the last 8 years?

this woman who does not believe in the science behind global warming?

THAT woman

you cans see her overseeing a deal with NATO or a peace deal between India and Pakistan?

or you can see her following OBL to the gates of he!!?

THAT WOMAN that spoke today...

you can see that?

You can see her doing that AND working out the trade agreements with China.

or India?

or negotiating with China and India about global warming and population growth etc...

oh that's right she does not believe in global warming.

ugh

This is literally crazy.

Posted by: dl | August 29, 2008 2:26 PM | Report abuse

Alaskans say she's a great Governor. I'm sure she is. She seems spunky. But I just don't see her in action. Like is she going to leave her 4 month old to go have talks in Russia or Iran? And if she does, what credibility does she have? Are leaders of other countries going to respect her knowledge and experience?

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 2:24 PM | Report abuse

McCain is unstable. Obama get my vote.

Posted by: James | August 29, 2008 2:24 PM | Report abuse

something tells me because there is no other way to look at it...

some of the guys saying great choice...

I think have other motives because the idea of this woman going head to head with Putin or understanding the borders and intricacies of lines of power and trade agreement /sociopolitical web...especially after the mess of the last 8 years...

is sincerely fear inducing.

We have seen Obama being able to get it right and detailed with the issues...where is that with this woman...that mccain is judging that she would make the best person to lead us through all of this if he were to not finish his term.

I can't really still get mind around McCain making such a reckless choice all in the tactical name of him being president...

again I guess he dioesn't care if he dies...who cares what happens to us.

nice real nice.

are these the choices he is going to preside making.

Posted by: dl | August 29, 2008 2:20 PM | Report abuse

I had never heard of Governor Pallin before today. As a male registered independent (and Hillary supporter) leaning reluctantly toward Obama-Biden, she made a very strong first impression.

Posted by: zephyr99 | August 29, 2008 2:19 PM | Report abuse

Go McCain! You have my vote!. Obama is just plain smoke and mirrors.

Vote McCain!

Posted by: sarah | August 29, 2008 2:18 PM | Report abuse

He was already a risky candidate and he just made himself more risky.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 2:17 PM | Report abuse

No-Bama No-Vember No-Bama No-Vember No-Bama No-Vember No-Bama No-Vember No-Bama No-Vember No-Bama No-Vember No-Bama No-Vember No-Bama No-Bama No-Vember No-Vember No-Bama No-Vember

Posted by: No-Bama No-Vember | August 29, 2008 2:15 PM | Report abuse

Go McCain & Palin!

Great Choice!

Posted by: Jason | August 29, 2008 2:14 PM | Report abuse

Who should we believe in McCain's Anwr position:

June 19, 2008, 6:42 pm
McCain Reiterates Opposition to Drilling in Wildlife Refuge
By Katharine Q. Seelye and Kate Phillips
MINNEAPOLIS — Senator John McCain reiterated his opposition to drilling for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge on Thursday, a day after his statement that he would be willing to “go back and look at it again” sparked speculation among both opponents and proponents of drilling that he might change his mind.

“My position has not changed,’’ Mr. McCain said here on his campaign bus.

“People have said to me, ‘I’m going to bring you new information about ANWR, how environmentally we can make it safe,’” he said. “I’ll be glad to
accept new information but my position has not changed"

Has he bothered to tell this to his VP nominee?

Posted by: Leichtman | August 29, 2008 2:13 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin?

Was Harriet Miers unavailable when McCain called her?

Posted by: samharmon | August 29, 2008 2:11 PM | Report abuse

duhhhh... see woman on television with mccain... I VOTE FOR WOMAN AND MCCAIN BECAUSE I AM WOMAN!!! republicans figure out how my brain work!

Posted by: ihasvagina | August 29, 2008 2:10 PM | Report abuse

I think it is great that John McCain picked a bisexual woman to be our next Vice President. Maybe now bisexuals will finally be taken seriously. Go John Go

Posted by: Cindy Jo | August 29, 2008 2:07 PM | Report abuse

Whom ever wrote the below listed entry and didn't have the balls to place their name on it is a friggen moron!

Patriotic man? He failed as a fighter pilot, that shows real patriotism now doesn't it?

McShame is nothing more then an old pervert coot who should be at home resting his feet!

Obama is a young man with great aspirations and will change this country for the better - UNLIKE THE LAST REPUKLICAN PREZ WHO HAS RUINED THIS COUNTRY! McSame will do nothing different the GWB so if you think the last 8 have been great, then show your stupidity and vote McShame!

Obama: the very definition of a super slick lawyer
Biden: another poster boy for a slick lawyer
Hillary: one of the most conniving of all lawyers
Bill: . . . horrible lawyer mind set

McCain: Patriot man of service to the country
Palin: Patriot, women of service to the country

Choose your future

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 1:26 PM

Posted by: luvwknd | August 29, 2008 2:06 PM | Report abuse

I just was amusing myself reading through these comments and shaking my head at the level of ignorance and bigotry from both sides. I did want to add one thing to correct some misinformation.

The Minimum age to be the President or Vice President is 35 y/o so Gov. Palin is "of age"

Moment of factual information over, you may go back to your ignorance and bigotry.

Posted by: correct information | August 29, 2008 2:05 PM | Report abuse

Forget all the rhetoric. This election is more like a chess game.

McCain just called CHECKMATE !

Posted by: Stanley | August 29, 2008 2:02 PM | Report abuse

I think it's great that McCain chose a woman as a running mate. Both men and women can do this job. It's really about preparation, knowledge, and judgment, though.

Governor Palin barely has enough experience running her own state of Alaska. She doesn't have the depth and breath of knowledge on topics of health care, economy, or foreign relations. Frankly, I never heard of her before today!

Regarding McCain's judgment, his very first executive decision feels very reactionary in that he was afraid of losing women voters so he opted for a woman running mate.

The truth is, you can't just put anybody in those shoes. They really need to be qualified. I don't think we should be distracted by the fact that she's a woman. I appreciate his gesture but I wish he didn't think we were so stupid that we wouldn't see through this.

In a previous interview, Palin mentioned that she had a lot of work to do in Alaska itself and that should she be asked to be the running mate, she would turn it down. Again, this sentiment points to desperation not confidence in themselves to really enact reform or change.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 2:02 PM | Report abuse

Listen here! Americans are either just plain stupid, or apathtic. Probably a lot of both. I refuse to vote! I'm so sick of all the bias and spin. I can't stand when Democrats accuse the President of high oil prices, lost jobs, etc. The PREESIDENT does not, in anyway, control the stock market. The PRESIDENT, does not, in anyway, tell your employer how to run his business. Why don't the Democrats acknoledge how many jobs are lost to innovation and technology? Why don't the Democrats acknowledge the damage that unions have done to the economy? I can't stand the lie and the brainwashing the Democrats do. At least when Bill Clinton spoke the other night, he used facts. No "grandeur". Oh, and why is it that it is George Bush's war? Heck, CONGRESS has to vote to send the military to war. EVERYONE was duped by the flawed intelligence. And it seems that everyone wants to overlook the greater good or liberating Iraq. What if we never "liberated" Japan? I'm not exactly a Republican, but I understand economics. If Obama gets elected, he will raise taxes. What Democratic supporters fail to realize is, Obama's tax increase is for individuals making $250,000 or more a year. 90%+ of those are the very individuals who employee YOU! If there taxes are raised, they won't be able to provide as many benefits, or pay increases. Yes, there are a lot of things messed up in this country. What the Democrats fail to realize is it takes PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY to make things work. If Democrats think we should give more money to woman who dropped out to have kids, there wrong. Now listen; if a girl gets pregnant and has a baby, one time is a mistake and you deal with it the best you can. However, these woman that keep having babies, with God knows how many different guys, then want to complain about how much they make and can't support a family, they should have thought about that before having more kids. Maybe she should have taking classes to get her education or further her education. Then she wouldn't be stuck working for $8.00 at Harris Teeter, or wherever! America needs to get smart and learn how to learn, or just stop being apathetic and so easily led!

Posted by: aggrevated | August 29, 2008 2:01 PM | Report abuse

It's a fact, this old coot McShame, whose wife is 25 years younger then him, has a hard on for his new VP!

McShame is a loser and anybody that votes for him is also a loser!

VOTE OBAMA IN NOVEMBER!! Or get used to 4 more years of the same failed GWB policies!

Posted by: luvwknd | August 29, 2008 2:01 PM | Report abuse

ok so here's the gist, McCain's veep is a mother of 5, the wife of a commercial fisherman she eloped with and married. Hubby is Eskimo-American descent. Also, Palin loves to hunt, eats moose burger, rides snow mobile... etc.
just check out wikipedia... well, that'some real experience to me. I think she'd be ok as VP!!

Posted by: Joker8 | August 29, 2008 2:01 PM | Report abuse

This is for Hillary 2012...How are any of us being sexist because we dont feel that Palin is the clear choice for the Republicans??? Hell, I would have voted hands down for Hillary HAD SHE BEEN VOTED THROUGH!!!! Hillary has experience, or at least far more than the Alaskan governor........She is being attacked merely because she lacks the experience needed to not only be a Vice President, but in the unfortunate instance that McCain falls ill, be President of the United States.........

Posted by: B | August 29, 2008 1:59 PM | Report abuse

Hey SirDublic

It is idiots like you that help ruin this great country!
If McShame is so smart then why has he voted in favor of failed GWB policies over 90% of the time? That tells me he is a stupid man!
If McShame is so smart then why did he fail as a fighter pilot?
If he was smart he wouldn't have gotten shot down and spent 5 years as a POW!

McShame is an idiot just as you are!

VOTE OBAMA IN NOVEMBER!

Posted by: luvwknd | August 29, 2008 1:58 PM | Report abuse

One Note:

Despite all of the whining and complaining from all quarters, all the Alaskans that are posting here are very positive about Palin, even effusive. Doesn't that mean something?

Posted by: Alan Lockett | August 29, 2008 1:56 PM | Report abuse

McCain is one Smart Man, And A Patriot. And one person who has been proud of his country more then just the "first time" Like some other family! Also by picking a women for his running for the first time ever by a Republican shows that McCain is not closed minded and knows what is going to help take a major step foward and fix alot of these problems were facing! Do the read up on Palin Shes one Smart lady and firm in the gold to reduce wasteful spending and the enviroment! Eat that Democratics

Posted by: SirDublic | August 29, 2008 1:55 PM | Report abuse

This is great! I also laughed very hard and then called my spouse with the news. McCain has just won this election. In an aside here, I asked a coworker (who is for B.H.O.) exactly why? What does he stand for? How does he plan to do all this without taxing the H out of us? His answer? He doesn't know! LOLOLOL Spent hours and hours on several search engines looking, never found anything with meat, only empty, impossible promises.He is a good motivational speaker though. But so is Joel Osteen! and at least gives credit when he uses quotes from the Bible, LOL Wouldn't vote for Hilly if she was the last man standing. Liked Romney for his experience and Christian values but he quit. Couldn't vote for Huck, he didn't seem to be as "Christian" as he espoused. More like a snake-oil salesman. Maybe there is at least some hope of being able to vote for a team to believe in. OK , Mac , what office do you see Mitt in with your administration? I only have a few months to make up my mind! Please, someone , make some sense! Oh, yeah, forgot, this is politics. It isn't supposed to make sense?

Posted by: Awakkule | August 29, 2008 1:52 PM | Report abuse

A short time ago I posted here and made a reference to "GOD". I was not promoting any religion or agenda. I said nothing disrespectful. I only offered some background information that some people might have found useful. If I had posted something about devil worship and how evil the Republicans are, would my post have been removed? Here is the orginal post again, you decide.

Wonderful events have come from small towns. Sarah has 5 children, one is autistic. Some of the comments here suggest that Sarah is not Pro Choice. There is a small town in the former communist Yugoslavia called Medjugorje. In the mid ‘80’s, while still under communist rule, there was a widely reported event occurring. The Mother of Jesus (who is Jewish, in case you didn’t know) appeared to six children. The communists arrested the kids and tortured them. The kids insisted that the Blessed Virgin was visiting them. Finally the communists gave up and built several large hotels to accommodate the 10,000,000 pilgrims who eventually visited this little village. If you read Wayne Wieble’s books on Medjugorje (Wayne is a Lutheran) you will be rewarded with an insight into how God works his wonders. One important message I took away from my study of Medjugorje was a comment by the Blessed Virgin, which was made in response to a question asked by one of the children. The child asked, “What is it we humans do that angers God the most”? Mary’s answer, “abortion”. Mary’s answer could have been much different, She could have said war, or mistreating our environment, etc. She didn’t, she said “abortion”. So if God is truly angered by abortion, how does he feel about people who vote for people who promote and protect abortion. I don’t have an answer for that, but I suspect we will find out on Judgment Day. I truly believe that God will reveal his feelings to us one day soon and many people will change their views on abortion, including Hilary Clinton. Meantime we should all pray that God has mercy on this country that He has so blessed with abundance.

Posted by: Michael Stephen Powell | August 29, 2008 1:51 PM | Report abuse

just saw the video...it does appear that McCain is looking at Palin's butt. this is going to be a funny election.

Posted by: mk | August 29, 2008 1:51 PM | Report abuse

Astonishing to see Democrats actually criticizing the Republican ticket for lack of experience. If she weren't Bill's wife, Hillary would have a tough time landing a job at the local DMV. Barrack, nice guy that he is, has done very little with legislation in or outside of Illinois. He does hail from one of the most crooked political machines in the country in Cook county; so that is some preparation for Washington I suppose.

John McCain on the other hand is very experienced, but alarmingly aged. The Palin selection is an obvious ploy to garner votes from the Hillary camp.

Ron Paul, where are you?

Posted by: bic | August 29, 2008 1:44 PM | Report abuse

WATCH THE VIDEO OF McCAIN INTRODUCING PALIN!!!! WATCH McCAINS EYES WHEN SHE STEPS UP TO THE MICROPHONE! HE'S CHECKING HER BODY OUT!! LOL!!

Posted by: steve | August 29, 2008 1:43 PM | Report abuse

I really cant believe there is even talk about this VP pick for the republicans...Clearly whether it be a women or not, she isnt qualified to be PRESIDENT!!! With that said, how on EARTH can any of you want to continue down the same path the Bush Administration has taken us????? For those of you thinking that McCain is the wise choice for this presidential campaign are the same nit-wits who got us into this by picking Bush not once...hahaha my god but TWICE!!!! Wake up....Please wake up.....American cannot survive four more years of the same ol B-S thats been happening in this great country......And for all of you out there that were Hillary supporters! what the hell are you mad about???? be mad at your peers...it was each any every one of us that cast the votes that pushed Obama forward...She is still a great woman and I guarentee this isnt the last we will see of her........

Posted by: B | August 29, 2008 1:39 PM | Report abuse

Gas prices are dropping, McCain picked a woman for VP (under qualified, but a woman none the less) and sometime before the elections hordes of troops will start coming home. This is the republican political machine at work trying to lull democrats into complacency. Don’t fall for it people!!!

Politics is a game and the republicans are stacking the deck.

Posted by: Watch what I say | August 29, 2008 1:38 PM | Report abuse

Bic: said "Astonishing to see Democrats actually criticizing the Republican ticket for lack of experience. If she weren't Bill's wife, Hillary would have a tough time landing a job at the local DMV. "

Say what you want about Obama but Hillary is without question the most intelligent and experienced democrat there is. There is a big difference between a First Lady with librarian credentials like Laura Bush and a First Lady with experience as a lawyer. McCain will get my vote because the choice between Obama and McCain is a no brainer but in 2012 I will vote for the most qualified democrat, Hillary and hope you and others have learned something by then.


Posted by: Jodi | August 29, 2008 1:36 PM | Report abuse

Hey, maybe Sarah and Cindy can have a "runoff" to be the next "Miss Cowchip" in Sturgis!!!!!!!

Shake that moneymaker!!!!!

Posted by: Johnny | August 29, 2008 1:36 PM | Report abuse

I am a life-long Alaskan, and I can truly say that Sarah Palin has showed determination, courage and ability during her time in office. She has challenged the establishment, oil companies and corrupt politicians, with incredible tenacity. She has a "no retreat" attitude, and has made me proud to be Alaskan. If Americans want a candidate with strong principles who is unwilling to surrender in the face of adversity, she is the most you can ask for.

In general, Alaskans are known as a tough lot, but Sarah Palin is a strong person among a strong people and is impressive even to us.

Mike
Anchorage Alaska

Posted by: Mike | August 29, 2008 1:35 PM | Report abuse

Anonymous
Your an idiot Obama never told anyone to their child it's up to the person if they want to cope with the situation. Your so small minded, I bet you would be the first person to abort or give the child up for adoption if your child had Down Syndrome. Obama believes that WE should make the decision not the Government.
Stop hating and be more opened to other peoples views and ideas.

Posted by: Obama supporter | August 29, 2008 1:32 PM | Report abuse

HillarySupporter ...
Sounds like your ego won't accept Obama DEFEATED Hillary. PERIOD!!!

McCain only wants to use you and then dump you.

Obama and Hillary are very similar and EVERY POLITICAL ANALYST admits to this regardless of their party.

So what you are crying about?
She lost! Get over it! LOL!
If you want McCain to keep you down be my guest and vote for him and his token VP.

If that is all it takes you never supported "Hillary". You only supported the concept of a woman president. That is fine, but if Hillary won I would have voted for her.

Oh... and if you vote for McCain, no healthcare. LOL!
Basically no improvements especially when it comes to family needs that many women have been fighting for.

If still vote for him then I know what the real problem is. Reminds me of that twilight zone episode where they had to wear the mask and wait for the man to die.

Posted by: Greg | August 29, 2008 1:30 PM | Report abuse

Mr. McCain seems to have a penchant for beauty pageant queens; Cindy McCain [beauty queen], new campaign office hire Zais [beauty queen]; VP mate Sarah P. [beauty queen].

But this latest one has years experience as mayor of a town with a population 5,400. I Must say, I like his taste in the ladies.

Posted by: Bacon | August 29, 2008 1:29 PM | Report abuse

As far as Sarah as a mom, she takes her baby to official meetings and nurses him. They have a trampoline (with safety net) on the governor’s mansion yard. Todd (her husband) hung two used boat fenders from a tree. She is relaxed, her kids are relaxed. Todd took a leave of absence from his job to avoid conflict of interest and take care of the kids.

I live in Juneau, but she doesn’t live here. She lives in Wasilla because her kids are in school. A previous governor (Knowles) lived here and ripped up the bushes in the governor’s yard and put in a soccer goal for his kid. He had a fat black lab and took the dog to meetings, where he lay under the table and passed gas (the dog). Cool. Sarah takes care of her kids and this state, and makes it seem effortless. Don’t worry about her kids. Her kids come first, and she wouldn’t take the job if she couldn’t do it right.

Posted by: Cold Camel | August 29, 2008 1:29 PM | Report abuse

"Palin: Patriot, women of service to the country"

Anonymous, I can't figure out what this means. Is it a reference to BJs or something? Because if it is, that's just gross.

Posted by: Mastodon Juan | August 29, 2008 1:28 PM | Report abuse

In my opinion, Obama's pick of Joe Biden was a response to critic's saying that Obama lacks experience. I think that most people will agree that Joe Biden is an experienced Senator, particularly on foreign relations issues. So the pick of Biden was to complement Obama. I guess to provide a well rounded ticket.

Why was Palin selected? I think the major concern that a lot of independent voters have for McCain is that he doesn't have a clear economic plan. I don't know enough about Palin to determine whether she would reassure independent voters of America's economic future under McCain.

Is there any weak area in McCain's platform that is strengthened by this VP pick? Please notice, I said platform, not campaign. I think most people recognize that he is appealing to women voters. But what about the people that care about the issues?

I would appreciate some comments from people on this subject.

Posted by: question | August 29, 2008 1:27 PM | Report abuse

Obama: the very definition of a super slick lawyer
Biden: another poster boy for a slick lawyer
Hillary: one of the most conniving of all lawyers
Bill: . . . horrible lawyer mind set

McCain: Patriot man of service to the country
Palin: Patriot, women of service to the country

Choose your future

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 1:26 PM | Report abuse

Obama Biden Laden - Taliban 08

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 1:24 PM | Report abuse

Look to 2012 now Republicans. That is the only hope we have now that McCain has done this. How sad it has sunk this low. I feel like I have been kicked out of my parent's house and I have no where to go. The Dems have the White House now for the next four years. Why couldn't McCain have just done a football "handoff play" and picked someone safe and non-controversial as his VP choice? I have never been so dis-illusioned about politics..... I will sit out this one and encourage everyone else to also.

Song lyrics that fit this occasion:
"Insane in the mebrane."
"There be no shelter here. A thin line between entertainment and war."

Posted by: reaganw | August 29, 2008 1:24 PM | Report abuse

Is this some kind of joke? Why would McCain pick someone that's currently under investigation for ethics violations? Ruining a police officer's ("first responder") career out of spite is not exactly great VP resume material. And what possible experience does Palin bring as governor of a state that has fewer people than most large cities in the USA? Heck, there were more Katrina refugees than people in Alaska. And this is the VP that will run the country if gramps McCain kicks the bucket? All considered, Palin was selected for use as a stage prop ... pathetic!

Posted by: JumpingBean | August 29, 2008 1:23 PM | Report abuse

The two lawyers
or
The two patriots

You pick your future

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 1:23 PM | Report abuse

I think perhaps those mocking John McCain's choice are doing a less-than-stellar job of explaining why Sarah Palin's inexperience poses a problem.

The issue is not that inexperience necessarily makes her untrustworthy; the issue is that it undercuts one of the key points against Barack Obama. It's not a situation in which the Democrats are going to say, "Oh, you can't trust her, she has hardly any experience." It's a situation in which, every time a Republican attacks Obama's experience (or lack thereof), the Democrats will be able to say, "But your VP candidate has even less! Doesn't that show you think some less-experienced people are ably qualified?" The key is the retort, not the accusation.

I'm not sure the whole she's-a-woman thing is going to play well with disaffected Hillary Clinton supporters. The simple fact is that aside from gender, Clinton and Palin have absolutely nothing substantial in common. None of the things that attracted people to Clinton as a candidate, aside from number of X chromosomes, applies to Palin.

But, that said, picking Palin could be a shrewd move to attract those who attribute Clinton's primary loss to sexism and simultaneously appeal to chivalry. We were all pretty much expecting Joe Biden to obliterate the Republican VP candidate in debates, right? But what if that plays right into the Republicans' hand? If Biden crushes Palin in the debates -- I mean, absolutely embarrasses her -- that could appeal to those who think there's some sort of anti-woman bias in the Democratic party. "Look at that big jerk, beating up on that poor, defenseless woman! Has he no shame?"

Posted by: VBArthur | August 29, 2008 1:23 PM | Report abuse

jodi: "DEMOCRATS hold the majority in the Senate now and will likely hold a veto proof level with this election"

Spoken like someone with zero experience of watching enough Senate Democrats peel off to pass a Supreme Court nominee through.

I cast my first Democratic vote three weeks after my eighteenth birthday, for Dukakis. I have never not voted Democratic. And like all actual Democrats, I know that the only way to keep right wing crazies off the Supreme Court is to not elect a Republican.

And you know that too, which is why you're pretending to be a Democrat to sneakily convice Democrats to vote for Republicans.

If you think you're fooling anyone, you're wrong. But keep wasting your time, and I'll keep pointing out that you're a fraud.

Posted by: Mastodon Juan | August 29, 2008 1:22 PM | Report abuse

"Coldest state, hottest governor"

Alaskans love her. A hockey mom in ice skates. Oh, yeah, and she's ruthlessly ambitious, having her fifth child at a late age while governor. Flying while on the brink of giving birth. Me-me-me-me-me. ... where is the "greater good?"

She's hot -- great eye candy -- but will that be enough?

For McCain maybe since he's been cut off from Vicky Iseman, is "thang." ...

Let's all eat some Mooseburgers!!!!

Posted by: Bumper sticker | August 29, 2008 1:22 PM | Report abuse

bic ...
Quailty! I could careless if you've been cooking for 50 yrs. If you burn up your food I won't buy it. I'll take the new guy. The street vendor. Whatever!

McCain has what experience? POW doesn't prepare one for being president in any manner so that noise needs to stop.
He has done pretty much the same thing only he has flipped flopped to last this long. Just like Hillary gets the respect because of Bill... McCain gets the respect because of his father and grandfather being Admirals in the military. But McCain was NOTHING like them. lol
You don't inherit military knowledge and the only thing he learned was how to crash planes. I've seen his flying record. He knows how to collaborate with the enemy when captured. He shows you a cell that he DID NOT spend 5 years in. People do your research. It is okay to respect him as a surviving POW, but that is it. As for the celebrity stuff. How many pow's have 7-10 homes? I honestly don't think he has it all upstairs. Seriously.

Posted by: Greg | August 29, 2008 1:21 PM | Report abuse

Astonishing to see Democrats actually criticizing the Republican ticket for lack of experience. If she weren't Bill's wife, Hillary would have a tough time landing a job at the local DMV. Barrack, nice guy that he is, has done very little with legislation in or outside of Illinois. He does hail from one of the most crooked political machines in the country in Cook county; so that is some preparation for Washington I suppose.

John McCain on the other hand is very experienced, but alarmingly aged. The Palin selection is an obvious ploy to garner votes from the Hillary camp.

Ron Paul, where are you?

Posted by: bic | August 29, 2008 1:21 PM | Report abuse

To Mamamox:

"To: Welfare recipient for Obama,

All politics aside. It's Friday shouldn't you be out looking for WORK?"

His job was probably shipped overseas by some crooked Republican CEO from Ohio...or Alaska as things seem to have gone.

Also...Alaska has politicians? When did that happen and why? I thought it was just a place we bought from drunk Russians for two bits, so we could punch holes and pull out dirty stuff. ;)


Posted by: Phil | August 29, 2008 1:21 PM | Report abuse

I DO NOT WANT ANYONE TELLING ME WHAT I CAN DO WITH MY BODY...
I WANT THE CHOICE OF ABORTION...
I HAD A SPECIAL NEEDS CHILD AND HAD TO STAY HOME TO CARE FOR HER WHILE MY HUSBAND WORKED MANY MANY MANY HOURS...
IN MOST CASES THE HUSBAND DOES NOT STAY HOME THE STRESS AND RESPONSIBILTY IS VERY DIFFICULT...
PEOPLE DISRESPECT YOU LATER FOR THE YEARS YOU WERE OUT OF THE WORK FORCE FOR TAKING CARE OF A CHILD WITH SPECIAL NEEDS... INCLUDING THE COURTS...
WOMEN SHOULD BE AWARE OF THIS AND LET ALL WOMEN MAKE THE CHOICE THAT FITS THEIR OWN BELIEFS.
WHO IS THIS WOMAN AND I DO NOT WANT HER MAKING CHOICES FOR ME OR OTHER FEMALES WHO
ARE ABLE TO MAKE OUR OWN CHOICES.

Posted by: PRO CHOICE | August 29, 2008 1:19 PM | Report abuse

Given the little I know now, out of four choices - Obama, Biden, McCain, and Palin, I think I would pick Palin. It's simple really.

Obama is a Marxist who believe that the role of government is to make society (i.e. gov't has authority and perrogative to interfere in every aspect of your life, and should tax you to the poor house to pay for its social largesse)

Biden is the establishment. He's for the Iraq war, for a new Cold War, for interventionism around the world all while bankrupting our country. Biden effectively negates any claim Obama could ever make to stand for change. Keep in mind that Obama voted FOR immunity for eavesdropping telcos in the ILLEGAL warrantless wiretapping program. Picking Biden just shows that all Obama stands for is state control of individuals. He and Biden both are collectivism at its worst.

McCain is getting old. Not only that, he is very gung-ho about a new Cold War (despite the fact that the US picked that fight in Georgia, and the US is pursuing a policy of encircling and antagonizing Russia). McCain and Biden are very similar - I don't buy the 90%-voting-with-Bush figure. After all, humans and chimpanzees share 99% of their DNA.

Palin at least has some pluck to her. She is an outsider, but she has more executive experience than either of them - running a state of half a million people or so. I don't think the scale-up to President is that different. We'll have to see how she does in the debates, but so far, I must say she seems to have a better head on her shoulders than any of the other three.

Posted by: Alan Lockett | August 29, 2008 1:19 PM | Report abuse

Obama is officially toast, with this pick. His runaway ego prevented him from even courting Hillary for the veep slot (not that she would have gone anywhere near that trainwreck of a campaign), and now he will continue to poll badly among women swing-voters, and will blow the election.

Rasmussen's daily tracking poll out today shows Obama got NO bump from the convention (he still leads McCain by three, same as a week ago today). What a joke...

Posted by: HillarySupporter | August 29, 2008 1:19 PM | Report abuse

Okay, let's be real...there is no title called "Commander -in-Chief of the National Guard” what a cheap way to try and sell this candidate. Okay, Mitt Romney was smarter, governor long, so in your eyes “Commander-in-Chief” of the Mass. National Guard. So, why not pick him? Here is why, McSame needed a person to try and get those “DIEHARD” Hillary backers, the one who were not real Democrats in the first place, to help push him over the top. Not going to work!!! Obama/Biden 08!!! Heck, there were more people in Senator Obama’s neighborhood than her former city. As a SOLDIER, let’s drop this silly notion of Commander-in-Chief of the Alaska National Guard…What a joke!!!! HOOAH!!!!

Posted by: Stan | August 29, 2008 1:17 PM | Report abuse

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Last night Obama challenged McSame to debates, you wait and see McSame will deny Obama this right to debate because McSame knows Obama will crush him in any debate!
This alone should show the American people that McSame is nothing more then a failed fighter pilot and not ready to lead a turmoiled nation into recovery!

VOTE OBAMA IN NOVEMBER!!

Posted by: luvwknd | August 29, 2008 12:04 PM
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Actually, it has been Obama who has been repeatedly denying McCain's challenges to debate. I believe McCain presented Obama with the opportunity nearly 10 times so far. I could be wrong.

Posted by: David Jacobson | August 29, 2008 1:17 PM | Report abuse

By the way. The legislature in AK hates Palin because she has been cleaning out corruption. Many of the members have been making allegations against her, so she invited them to open an ethics investigation.

Posted by: davidk | August 29, 2008 1:16 PM | Report abuse

I'm still jubilant about this wretched choice.

Just to steal Obama's thunder after the convention, McCain picks a novice politician holding an obscure office with zero experience on the kind of issues that will decide this election (economy, wages, immigration) who happens to be a woman.

A completely rash decision, which will have little impact beyond stopping a few percent swing in daily tracking polls for a few days. Then, inexorably, the slide will continue, and Palin will be far too much of a lightweight to stop it.

Posted by: Mastodon Juan | August 29, 2008 1:16 PM | Report abuse

mark my word on this one:

i believe a change can only be made from the ground up.

but if a person that want to change now but been in the sen for 20 something years. you cant teach a old dog new tricks its time now to bring the party together new idea i believe Obama is a smart and sharp mined person live all over the place and he worked hard all his life to get where he is at. he is one of us. one of us that work hard and play little. everyone want to own a home have a nice car and enjoy the american dreams. but 8yrs and before that the bush senior did the same thing war. lost jobs and many other problem that the next president have to carry on his back.morons i cant believe the usa still have people who are racist ..you are one of them and reading this now.. look @ the american history before u act.none of you really live here! don't hate because mccain is old or obama is young its all come down too. is he one of us the poor people that work 2 jobs to make a living!mccain is rich he will never understand the word poor or middle class, YOU GUYS MUST LOOK FOR THE BETTER OF THE FUTURE YOUR KIDS AND MINE AND BEYOND JOBS, PLACES YOU CALLED HOME A CAR MONEY..if have that now? i ask you own a home? a car and food would you still want to still enjoy those stuff you work hard for? if yes vote OBAMA if NO look @ the 3rd world country is will be this place we call home. no jobs no cars no home more crime you make the choice.think about your kid before you think about your self dont believe wat the ads on the tv say look around you. you see it everyday lost jobs and other stuff. dont tell me im wrong i stand by my word and for a fact if we had another war mccain would put us the UNITED STATE OF AMERICA in a war that we cant i repeat we cant pull out in 100 yrs just like the iraq war but bigger!

Posted by: master | August 29, 2008 1:14 PM | Report abuse

This is a sad day for the country, and a sad comment on the political process. It's clear from the reactions across the spectrum that both Republicans and Democrats alike recognize the pick of Palin as being a cynical, manipulative stunt that puts the entire country in a no-win situation.

If you wanted the Republican platform in the Oval Office, you're now left with a choice of voting for a mother who would leave her special needs infant at home. What kind of family values does that reflect in the Republican Party? The questions of experience and positions on issues become moot when the overall balance in Palin's life as VP is carefully examined.

If you wanted the Democrats in the White House, you're probably feeling a bit more confident that you can get there. But in truth this is still not what an election should be about.

The voters deserve to have choices that have been delivered with more integrity. Somehow, the process of candidate choice needs to be torn out of the hands of near-sighted political hack cynics who are getting paid to pontificate and subsequently impose their primitive world view on the entire country.

Posted by: David | August 29, 2008 1:13 PM | Report abuse

We conservatives believe the man should be the head of the home so why not for the highest office in the land? You never know...McCain is 72 with medical issues.

Posted by: Conservative Theresa | August 29, 2008 1:13 PM | Report abuse

I love his pick! I think it's great! Women can now vote away there right to choose! Yea McCain get those Hillary voters! Those women who only care about seeing a women somewhere even if it's on there knees! Go McCain! Give what they want,then take away what they fought and died for! They are stupid silly! It's like voting to be a slave again!Hahahaha
Go Women! Go McCain! Go freedom of choice!
Yaaaaaaaa

Posted by: lookingout | August 29, 2008 1:13 PM | Report abuse

Now! Now! Can we just all settle down! Wait for november, place you Vote and unite behind whoever is elected and move on! There is a bigger picture here that we must all face together as AMERICANS PERIOD! Thanks You!

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 1:13 PM | Report abuse

To all of the GOP/McCain promoters here, simple question:

Should we now not believe Sen McCain when he says he opposes drilling in Anwr and protecting wolves? Is this a flip flop and does he now want to drill in Anwr?

Posted by: Leichtman | August 29, 2008 1:12 PM | Report abuse

I RESENT that she compared herself to Hillary Clinton, one of the GREATEST, most qualified women in this history of America to run the country. She can't say she can finish Hillary's job cause she doesn't even know what Hillary has gone through to get to where she is.

This was a very reactive choice on McCain's part. You can't fool us, McCain. As a woman, I'm sticking with Hillary and choosing Obama who shows us respect and gave us a nod in the first sentence of his acceptance speech.

Posted by: Sue | August 29, 2008 1:12 PM | Report abuse

Governor Palin had an open house in Juneau in December (tradition). 3000 people visit. She has a Vogue photo shoot after that. Then she announces she is seven months pregnant. No one knew. No one suspected.
She is speaking in Texas at a governor’s get-together in April. She does her speech, and walks out, boards a commercial plane, and flies to Alaska, switching planes on the way. She has a baby within 24 hours of arriving in Alaska. Alaska physicians are horrified. She says, “I wanted my baby to be Alaskan.” Don’t you wish you had a governor like that?

Her first year as governor, her husband and a partner win some crazy 1000 mile long snowmobile race. Hmmm. Maybe they had unfair advantage? The next year he and his partner is in the lead and hits a rock and flies 70 feet through the air before crashing. The other racers slow down, he waves them off, they fix the snowmobile and finish the race. This is the first dude. Maybe there are only a dozen entries, but 1000 miles at 80 miles an hour has to count for something.

Posted by: Cold Camel | August 29, 2008 1:12 PM | Report abuse

At best a wash for McCain, and probably a disaster. He will grab some of the limelight from Obama and reduce the "historical party" position of Obama. The choice might even add to his maverick image and the claims that he is not the same as the last 8 years. It also will make it harder for Biden to debate for fear of alienating women.

On the negative for him, he will get that batch of 1000 or so Hillary supporters that wanted her only because she was a woman and who were not really democrats anyway. But he already had those. It also will be offensive to many women who will see it as pandering and an insult to their intelligence, so those on the fence might now go back to Obama.

He also now has undermined his ability to go after O's inexperience.

It also should not be forgotten, though no one wants to admit it, that there has always been this group that would never tolerate a woman in the Whitehouse (or an African American either). They'll now stay at home, whereas McCain might have had them before.

While the press likes to claim that VPs tend not to be that important, that was not the case this time where Obama needed an experienced VP to offset the inexperience claims and McCain needed someone to replace him when he dies or loses the rest of his mind 6 months after taking office. How many voters has McCain lost by the real possibility that now a 44 year old woman with minimal experience will be president before 2012? Look at it this way, if it were just Biden vs Palin for president, even Biden could win that election.

Finally, if he had to have a woman, why not one that is not from the most politically corrupt state since Illinois in the time of Daly. Will anyone believe that she did not make it as governor without being in Stevens' pocket?

Thank, McCain. I had been worrying about Obama's chances, but not now.

Posted by: John | August 29, 2008 1:12 PM | Report abuse

Mastodon Juan:

"My fellow Democrats," my butt. When are you Republicans going to stop lying about who you are? Anyone starting their post like that has misrepresenting themselves at the front of their mind.
OBAMAKIN - I completely understand why you wish I and many others were not democrats but I have been a life long democrat and I personally fought for equal rights and women's rights which is the only reason I was a democrat. Since the democratic party proved, with their lack of action against the race baiting and sexism your candidate used during the primary, that equal rights and women's rights are just words to ignore in the democratic party. Therefore I have already switched to independent and will never vote democrat again unless Hillary runs again.

As for Supreme Court confirmations:

Yes, the Senate confirms. But you can't vote for more than two Senators from your state, and so confirmation of the judges is in other people's hands.
YES DEAR you only vote for 2 Senators in each state and some states vote Republican but DEMOCRATS hold the majority in the Senate now and will likely hold a veto proof level with this election. That means no one will be appointed to Supreme Court without approval from the democratic Senators. Please go back to school.


The only way to make sure you, the individual voter, don't see another Scalia on the Supreme Court is to vote against McCain.
SCALIA was nominated by Regan but at that time, Sept. 1986 the Republicans held the Senate majority with 53 Republican Senators and 47 Democrat Senators. That means dear the Republicans held the majority in Sept. 1986 when Scalia was appointed. Today the democrats hold the majority.

By all rights, the contortions the most vile Republicans go through to pretend to be Democrats in internet should snap their own necks.
OBAMA SUPPORTERS usually notably different in speech from most of my life long democratic party with both their language and lack of knowledge. These new democrat Obama supporters are going to be very surprised when McCain wins in November 2008.

Posted by: Jodi | August 29, 2008 1:12 PM | Report abuse

The feminists are now screaming:
She must stay at home and raise the kids!

As if her husband couldn't do a great job of that . . . talk about sexist!

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 1:12 PM | Report abuse

"What would you rather have.
A) An inexperienced VP
B) An inexperienced President"

There you go again.

By virtue of his elected offices and the challenges faced in those offices, Obama's years count far more than a town councilwoman from Cicely, AK or wherever.

But by making that confusion, McCain has cost himself the election. Particularly if Palin, who has never spoken before a couple thousand people, doesn't deliver a stunning, confident speech next week.

Posted by: Mastodon Juan | August 29, 2008 1:11 PM | Report abuse

KayPleasant...
The problem is he did just that and no one will question it. Their concern was a pro life, if you call it that, I don't. Pro life is so misleading when you turn around and vote for the death penalty.

This was done for votes. He wants to suck up the Hillary supporters and then drop them off at the curb November 6th. LOL


And if I hear from that Warren video what I've been told it will prove McCain knew ahead of time what was going to be asked of him.

Posted by: Greg | August 29, 2008 1:10 PM | Report abuse

Astonishing to see Democrats actually criticizing the Republican ticket for lack of experience. If she weren't Bill's wife, Hillary would have a tough time landing a job at the local DMV. Barrack, nice guy that he is, has done very little with legislation in or outside of Illinois. He does hail from one of the most crooked political machines in the country in Cook county; so that is some preparation for Washington I suppose.

John McCain on the other hand is very experienced, but alarmingly aged. The Palin selection is an obvious ploy to garner votes from the Hillary camp.

Ron Paul, where are you?

Posted by: bic | August 29, 2008 1:10 PM | Report abuse

Astonishing to see Democrats actually criticizing the Republican ticket for lack of experience. If she weren't Bill's wife, Hillary would have a tough time landing a job at the local DMV. Barrack, nice guy that he is, has done very little with legislation in or outside of Illinois. He does hail from one of the most crooked political machines in the country in Cook county; so that is some preparation for Washington I suppose.

John McCain on the other hand is very experienced, but alarmingly aged. The Palin selection is an obvious ploy to garner votes from the Hillary camp.

Ron Paul, where are you?

Posted by: bic | August 29, 2008 1:09 PM | Report abuse

To: Welfare recipient for Obama,

All politics aside. It's Friday shouldn't you be out looking for WORK?

Posted by: mamaxox | August 29, 2008 1:09 PM | Report abuse

What is wrong with flip flopping the roles of a male and female. She will see her kids just as much as she sees them now. That is why she has a husband. He better start watching Oprah and Rachel Ray and everything will be OK. A Dad can watch the kids while his wife, who is HOT by the way can be a VP. I like it!

Posted by: DC | August 29, 2008 1:09 PM | Report abuse

What amazes me is that McCain would throw the who argument out the window on the "experience" message, for a 1 term Governor of a state that no one knows anything about (I was raised there, I know), more importantly if the reason for a VP pick is as a backup to the 72 year old senator should something happen, can he really say that she will be ready to govern on day one???

Posted by: Mike | August 29, 2008 1:08 PM | Report abuse

This just proves:
God has a sense of humor!
Talk about hoisting the media on their own petard . . .!
Showcasing the hypocracy of the feminists

How are they going to spin this one?????
What can they say that isn't an indictment of their own folly?

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 1:08 PM | Report abuse

Astonishing to see Democrats actually criticizing the Republican ticket for lack of experience. If she weren't Bill's wife, Hillary would have a tough time landing a job at the local DMV. Barrack, nice guy that he is, has done very little with legislation in or outside of Illinois. He does hail from one of the most crooked political machines in the country in Cook county; so that is some preparation for Washington I suppose.

John McCain on the other hand is very experienced, but alarmingly aged. The Palin selection is an obvious ploy to garner votes from the Hillary camp.

Ron Paul, where are you?

Posted by: bic | August 29, 2008 1:07 PM | Report abuse

After reading the comments about Palin contradicting herself and her political record I am quite impressed!
She sounds like just the kind of woman I would like to see in office- even as president.
Saying someone is contradictory because they are pro-life and believe in the death penalty is just silly. Anyone who cannot see the difference between sending a hardened criminal (murderer) to meet their maker and ending the life of an unborn innocent child is just heartless.
And for all the pro-choicers out there who would abort a downs baby...becuase it won't fit into your lifestyle plans...what are you going to say to this woman who puts her money where her mouth is? She's got 5 kids, the littlest with Downs Syndrome and runs a state successfully. This woman clearly knows what she is doing and does it well. Somehow I just don't believe that running this country is that much harder than running a large family and holding down a full time job and being good at both.
I also agree with her on giving same sex couples benefits! Marriage should be a spiritual commitment, not a state regulated contract. If two people are living as a family, they should have the same rights and resonsibilites of a family.
The only thing i dont like is hunting, but I eat meat so I'll shut up about that.

Posted by: Karen | August 29, 2008 1:07 PM | Report abuse

So we know she is a Barracuda on the basketball court, and a beauty pageant winner what else you got? You can’t be mad at all the democrats talking about her lack of experience when the entire article talks about is her high school basketball and beauty pageant days. Then you tote out mother of 5 children, all of whom she has to abandon, for her shot at the White House and I’m supposed to say yeah a women. Oh, heck no, I have more sense than that. I am all for working woman, but when you choose to have children, you MUST choose to raise them. Hillary daughter is grown.

Posted by: Wow, you must think I'm stupid. | August 29, 2008 1:07 PM | Report abuse

Oh boy, this is going to be great! I'll get all the hillary votes and a hot chick as my vice prez! I'm a maverick, that's what I am !! Yep!

Posted by: John McCain | August 29, 2008 1:04 PM | Report abuse

What would you rather have.
A) An inexperienced VP
B) An inexperienced President

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 1:04 PM | Report abuse

http://www.adn.com/monegan/story/492077.html

This will be very interesting -- a VP pick who is in the process of being impeached.

She ordered the firing of her ex-brother in-law. And when the state began looking into it, she had someone look into what they were looking into.

The Anchorage Daily News is a pretty tough newspaper for its size. They will get to the bottom of this. And it appears she will face impeachment hearings.

Sort of fits McCain's track record though. Linking himself to Bush and Cheney who should be impeached with a governor who very well may be.

This seals the deal for Obama.

Now I can't wait to see that lame GOP convention next week. Think they'll be able to badger 2,000 people into coming to their event? Think they'll use the pea green backdrop again? Think they average age of the folks on stage will be about 89, a bunch of tired old Swiftboaters?

Think Cindy will have a video of her life story ... and how she started the non-profit ... and promptly ripped off the organization's drugs to fuel her addiction. Heart-warming stuff!!!

Posted by: She will be impeached | August 29, 2008 1:04 PM | Report abuse

This should be interesting.
The case was made that very little people knew about Obama right? Ok. So the shoe is on the other foot. Very few people know about Palin. So ya'll feel comfortable with this lack of knowledge? Surely you don't, because that was the excuse on Obama. Lets see if the media goes on a hunt to see who she really is including the witch hunts they went on with Obama. Oh... and this includes her husband. ;)

Posted by: Greg | August 29, 2008 1:03 PM | Report abuse

It is about time we had the elite (not elitists) in power. One of the best predictors of success at work is the type and quality of education.

Take a look at the educational resumes:

McCain:
United States Naval Academy, Annapolis.
Class rank: Fifth from the bottom, 894 out of 899

Obama:
Harvard Law School
Editor Harvard law Review
JD from Harvard magna cum laude (latin for "With great honor")

Biden:
JD Syracuse University College of Law

Palin:
BA in journalism from University of Idaho

Posted by: teferet | August 29, 2008 1:03 PM | Report abuse

Wow, I have only posted a couple of comments in my life and one was at this site a few minutes ago. Yet here I am making another post because it is just such a bizarre choice. It doesn't matter if she is competent, it is just such a bizarre choice. But if you rewind several months, John McCain is a considered a maverick because he makes kind of random decisions. On the other hand, I was just thinking he may have been suckered into this choice by unhappy Republicans who may be assembling an attempt to dump him. I read a report a few weeks ago of the prospect that McCain could pull out of the race late in the process citing health reasons and then the Republicans would put forth a white knight just before the election. The Palin VP choice is just so bizarre that I think perhaps it may have very strong political currents associated with it that perhaps John McCain is not aware.

Posted by: Thoren | August 29, 2008 1:03 PM | Report abuse

"Amazing how the feminists are now saying she should stay home with the kids LOL."

She has a four month old with Down's. I admire her words about having a special needs child, but honestly, I've never heard of anyone trying to work a 100+ hour week indefinitely with that kind of family commitment. I imagine her husband will take off work to help out, and that they'll hire a nanny (oh that most parents of special needs kids could do that-- most have a hard time finding early childhood or afterschool care, and I'm not kidding).

It just seems incredibly difficult to have that kind of workload and also be a mother under those circumstances. I expect that she has a good plan to deal with her child's needs, and I'll give her the benefit of the doubt. What I hear from folks here isn't so much an attack for trying it, but genuine questions that it's even possible, and I share that confusion.

Posted by: Mastodon Juan | August 29, 2008 1:02 PM | Report abuse

This is hilarious, all the Obama kool-aid drinkers hypocracy is spilling out into the streets. What a comedy . . .

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 1:02 PM | Report abuse

The choices . . .
(Alphabetized)

B.O. & J.B.- Inexperience & Experience, Charisma & Oldness, Radical Change & A [Small] Step Backward

Consensus- All talk, no progress
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J.M. & S.P.- Old & Young, Experience & Inexperience, Same old & Same old (sorry, no matter how you have it, pro life = anti-progress as does a troop surge (or war in general) as does anti-gay/etc. rights)

Consensus- Anti-progress
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Democrats- your platform inhibits economic and political freedom (it does, however, support social liberty)- Is it just me or does that sound a little like Marxism? I am not a communist.

Republican- your platform doesn't make sense. You impede social progress AND economic progress (though your platform increases political freedom)- This is pure hypocrisy- limiting the rights of others (gays, women, immigrants--yes they have natural HUMAN rights even when they enter our great country illegally, though they do not have AMERICAN CITIZENSHIP rights) while increasing your own.

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Why is America black and white? (not a pun)

Both sides talk of "reform" defined as two separate things. The word reform when used in political terms means recreating the entire government as "In 1921, China underwent reform to become a communist state." We do NOT want reform, (we are not angry/disparate/rebelious enough for that) we want progress. We want more than just two polar platforms represented in our government. All you 60% of Americans who stand in the middleground, it is time (perhaps in the next decade) to look outside the box.

Do the right thing- vote green.
No, seriously, it's time for a third party to be recognized as having a major platform

Posted by: Remy | August 29, 2008 1:01 PM | Report abuse

>>>I just do not understand the self-proclaimed Democratic voters (sometimes Hilary supporters)who are considering voting for McCain; no matter who he chooses for VP. If you are a true Democrat and beieve in a woman's right to an abortion, stronger protections for the environment, reasonable limits on gun ownership, curbing corporate welfare and abuse, and ending this long nightmare of foreign policy blunders, war, torture and the infrigement of our Constitutional rights, the choice is clear.<<<

Interesting... apparently in order to be a democrat, you must "drink the kool-aid" and agree with every ultra-left position that has come to define the current day socialist..uh..I mean democratic party. I've been a "self-proclaimed" democrat for many years. I have, and will continue to always vote for who is best suited for the particular position. Not often, but sometimes that means voting for an independent or... god forbid...a republican.
We only hear about those few in my party that are ultra-liberals. There are many of us who are reasonable people that want what's best for this nation, not what's best for the democrats, or republicans, or some small special interest group.

Posted by: Debra Harker | August 29, 2008 1:00 PM | Report abuse

now then, without prejudice and slandering the woman before you even know what she is all about, and actually hearing what Palin has to say . . . a woman who is the "Commander of the Alaskan National Gaurd," how can anybody state the Sarah . . . "Tall and Plain" is not a take charge women and leader? As for the scandal about firing her brother-in-law . . . would you not stick up for your own blood at any cost?

Posted by: avgjoepolitico | August 29, 2008 12:59 PM | Report abuse

"What has Obama done in a longer period of time??"

http://www.nytimes.com/imagepages/2007/07/29/us/politics/20070730_OBAMA_GRAPHIC.html

This is just a list of what he did in Illinois. Maybe if you did a little research you would know that Obama has accomplished more in the short time he has had in politics then many politicians who were in politics for 30 years."

Actually, yes I have done research and none of that comes as a surprise. Try looking beyond graphs and see how many bills Obama ever was a primary sponsor of or how many went beyond "establishing a commission to study x or y".

Obama has managed to ride on the coat tails of other lawmakers. Many of his bills as a state senator lacked any substance needed to cause change. His US Senate lawmaking record being touted by Joe Biden is equally vacuous and unconvincing.

A pretty graph with lots of numbers is not enough evidence. Read some of his ethics bills sometime. Accepting lunch from a lobbyist while standing is okay, but not sitting down. hmmm...

Posted by: davidk | August 29, 2008 12:59 PM | Report abuse

If Biden were the presidential nominee for the DP, and he had picked an unknown, unheard of black man named Barack Obama as his VP, Palin bashers should be saying the same things about him. Unknown, short political life, no international experience, etc. and Biden pandering to the black vote.

Obama groupies who bash Palin within a few hours of her pick lack objectivity. Their disdain for McCain and Bush clouds their judgment. Let's wait and see - and judge these two newbies by the same standards.

About all that can be said against Palin is that she isn't the rock star Obama is. America will get what we deserve and that concerns me greatly.

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Hmmmmmmmmm! Rock Star & a Proven Defender of the Constitution who has taken the two hour train ride home every night for 37 years rather than spend one night in Washington ...or, an aging, angry "Out of Touch Elitist WarMonger" and an unknown Soccer Mom? Hmmmmmmmmm, let me think! I'll have one Rock Star and a Proven Defender of the Constitution who has taken the two hour train ride home every night for 37 years rather than spend one night in Washington!...
and a Diet Soda!

Posted by: ricknhouston | August 29, 2008 12:59 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone know if Palin goes natural-thatch or Brazilian?

Posted by: Harry Thatchsquatch | August 29, 2008 12:59 PM | Report abuse

Out of all the qualified educated Republican Women McCain had to choose from I am shocked. I feel like he ignored the party’s needs to try and gain the disillusioned Hillary voters. Finally pro-choice doesn’t just mean having them it means raising them.

Posted by: Republican no more... | August 29, 2008 12:58 PM | Report abuse

LISTEN CINDY MCCAIN... BE AFRAID, very afraid, because John likes them young, remember you snagged old John at 24, now he has new blood, she's only 44, 12 years your junior. Of all of the Republican women in American, you noticed that he didn't get a running mate that is seasoned and has experience.

Posted by: Alex | August 29, 2008 12:58 PM | Report abuse

CNN-CBS-MSNBC-TIME & ROLLINGSTONE should take there liberal lips off of Obomas rear and give her a real look and chance.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 12:57 PM | Report abuse

POLITICS IS A FARCE!!!

Posted by: !!!!!!! | August 29, 2008 12:57 PM | Report abuse

McCain is making a joke of our elections and political system. Complete joke. He just ensured Obama's victory.

Posted by: A joke | August 29, 2008 12:57 PM | Report abuse

Amazing how the feminists are now saying she should stay home with the kids LOL.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 12:56 PM | Report abuse

Palin is my governor. Alaska is full of corrupt and inept politicians, and most of them are Republican, and the state Republican Party hates her guts. For two years she has worked magic. She has repeatedly made decisions and taken actions that were unpopular among Alaska’s other elected officials, and yet her popularity among Alaskans has soared. Legislators grumble because she is popular and they are not. The people of Alaska like what she does. She is tough as nails and you can find a picture of her covered with fish slime and old wet rubber rain gear. But she carries herself impeccably and has a customized pair of XtraTuf rubber boots. She’s the real deal.
I’ve seen barracuda in the Caribbean. They sit serene and beautiful. I’ve never seen one attack. The nickname is perfect for Governor Palin. Fearless against all odds.
My wife voted for the popular and very good Democrat former Governor Knowles who was a very credible candidate in the general election. She was disappointed Palin won. She is a Palin believer now.
Palin is the real deal. Listen to what she says and watch what she does. Give her a chance to win your heart.

Posted by: Cold Camel | August 29, 2008 12:56 PM | Report abuse

"would you not stick up for your own blood at any cost?"

Yes, but not commit "abuse of power" as a public official.

It was a divorce, lots of people do it. That doesn't give her the right to fire someone for NOT firing her brother in law.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 12:55 PM | Report abuse

Cindy McCain. I have a song for you.
You better watch out, you better not cry, you better not pout, I'm telling you why,
Palin is coming to town.
He dumped his first.
And now he might just dump you.
No sense in getting all ticked,
Because Palin is maverik LOL!

This was predicable. The republicans would have gone after a black running mate if Hillary won and didn't choose Obama as VP.

Being governor or mayor or senator does not qualify you for president. Anyone who buys this argument obviously have no idea the difference any 1st time president faces once he steps in. It is too unique so stop hiding behind that false philosophy please. The Hillary people were her old republican friends not democrats so all I can say is enjoy losing your rights and wages if he wins. ROFLMA

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 12:55 PM | Report abuse

I agree. She should be home with her children. They need her.

Posted by: The children | August 29, 2008 12:54 PM | Report abuse

now then, without prejudice and slandering the woman before you even know what she is all about, and actually hearing what Palin has to say . . . a woman who is the "Commander of the Alaskan National Gaurd," how can anybody state the Sarah . . . "Tall and Plain" is not a take charge women and leader? As for the scandal about firing her brother-in-law . . . would you not stick up for your own blood at any cost?

Posted by: avgjoepolitico | August 29, 2008 12:54 PM | Report abuse

ha ha, liberals are posting hate messages by the dozens. It sounds like they are running scared for sure. HUGE momentum swing is taking place. I would have never believed it, but the Republicans are actually going to win this election. Obama made the dumbest pick possible, and McCain has made a brilliant choice. Should have picked Hillary, Obama!

Posted by: rn | August 29, 2008 12:54 PM | Report abuse

Another abuser of power joins the long list of her illustrious predecessors in the struggle to destroy the working class economy. You can bet they will make ANWR a pin cushion should we make the mistake of allowing another Republican administration to rule. Another four years of ENRONOMICS and we will be paying for a meal with a dollar worth about three fire ant cadavers while the surviving right will be praying that the democrats produce enough offspring to fight the 3rd world war little king George started before his dad bought Mexico for him to play with. Get a grip, we do not need a republican unless his name is GOD and his ability to turn water into wine translates into turning dust into money. A pile of dust is about all the Bush/Cheaney gang left in the treasury for us to survive on.

Posted by: anOPINIONATEDsob | August 29, 2008 12:53 PM | Report abuse

It's not about experience, it's about judgment.

Attila the Hun had experience.

Who ever the next POTUS is will need to use their judgment to surround themselves with people with the best kind of experience.


Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 12:53 PM | Report abuse

now then, without prejudice and slandering the woman before you even know what she is all about, and actually hearing what Palin has to say . . . a woman who is the "Commander of the Alaskan National Gaurd," how can anybody state the Sarah . . . "Tall and Plain" is not a take charge women and leader? As for the scandal about firing her brother-in-law . . . would you not stick up for your own blood at any cost?

Posted by: avgjoepolitico | August 29, 2008 12:52 PM | Report abuse

Wonderful events have come from small towns. Sarah has 5 children, one is autistic. Some of the comments here suggest that Sarah is not Pro Choice. There is a small town in the former communist Yugoslavia called Medjugorje. In the mid ‘80’s, while still under communist rule, there was a widely reported event occurring. The Mother of Jesus (who is Jewish, in case you didn’t know) appeared to six children. The communists arrested the kids and tortured them. The kids insisted that the Blessed Virgin was visiting them. Finally the communists gave up and built several large hotels to accommodate the 10,000,000 pilgrims who eventually visited this little village. If you read Wayne Wieble’s books on Medjugorje (Wayne is a Lutheran) you will be rewarded with an insight into how God works his wonders. One important message I took away from my study of Medjugorje was a comment by the Blessed Virgin, which was made in response to a question asked by one of the children. The child asked, “What is it we humans do that angers God the most”? Mary’s answer, “abortion”. Mary’s answer could have been much different, She could have said war, or mistreating our environment, etc. She didn’t, she said “abortion”. So if God is truly angered by abortion, how does he feel about people who vote for people who promote and protect abortion. I don’t have an answer for that, but I suspect we will find out on Judgment Day. I truly believe that God will reveal his feelings to us one day soon and many people will change their views on abortion, including Hilary Clinton. Meantime we should all pray that God has mercy on this country that He has so blessed with abundance.

Posted by: Michael Powell | August 29, 2008 12:52 PM | Report abuse

Wow. Nothing like and elcetion to make you realise you live in a nation of idiots. Where do you people come up with stuffm anyway? Really. I want to know.

Posted by: What? | August 29, 2008 12:52 PM | Report abuse

I believe its agood choice. If something happens to Senator McCain and Gov. Palin does become president. She is a much better choice for the job than the democrats have put forth. As for her having many children to care for. She has done a great job of caring for her children while in office in Alaska. As a stay home father I see no reason why it would be a problem for her as vice president, or if events dictate, as president. There are no perfect human beings out there and God is not running for president. So this country should lighten up on its microscope examination of everyone running for office. We are destined to learn by our mistakes. Our penal system give you time to reflect upon your mistakes and correct them for good or bad. It is almost impossible to be in office or running for office and not be accused of some wrong doing by those trying to draw the lime light to themselves. So the abuse of power accusation has not been proven and therefore should not have been brought up until the courts have made a decision.
Just remember that Senator Obama says McCain has voted 90% of the time with President Bush. Just how many time did Senator Obama vote against the leader of our country and how many times did he vote to follow the leader of our country. I for one would like to know the reasons behind his not following our elected President and give him the full support in making sure our country ran smoothly and for the good of the American people.

Posted by: nocroman | August 29, 2008 12:52 PM | Report abuse

She has five kids, one with Down syndrome. She needs to be home w/her kids.

I don't say this lightly. I'm a mom and a feminist. But at some point, you have to face up to what life deals you. She decided to have a child at a very late age. The child was born impaired. She should be home with this child and the others.

My heart goes out to these kids. You know, I am pro life but we often miss the other side of the equation. If we are going to insist on these children being born, we have to be there for them when they come.

God bless these children.

Posted by: She should be home | August 29, 2008 12:52 PM | Report abuse

Fools, its not about the Democrats saying she's inexperienced. Obama isn't stupid enough to do that. It's that McCain just ceded the experience argument.

What does he run on?

This is like a basketball game, when you play to the other teams strengths you lose.

Posted by: Brian | August 29, 2008 12:52 PM | Report abuse

Is this just an attempt to put another wedge issue on the agenda for this election cycle? Do we really want to waste time debating abortion when we need to focus on the economy, the war, and the fact that we are precariously close to losing our standing as the most powerful nation in the world? It's not fair/appropriate to attack Palin's looks or her status as a mother. What is fair game, however, is her inexperience and the notion that she's really only there to appease the social conservative wing of the party. The Republicans think that having Palin on the ticket is going to drive the Christian conservatives to the polls, so that they'll vote for a pro-life candidate, and for the chance to put three more pro-life justices on the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade. Sad thing is that the Christian conservatives ought to be tired of being used by the Republican Party by now. They pander to them every election cycyle, then fail to deliver anything meaningful to them once they get into office.

Posted by: KayPleasant | August 29, 2008 12:52 PM | Report abuse

Well she supports BIG OIL and her husband is in the OIL Industry... So how can she say she fights BIG OIL Corruption?

How did the residents of Alaska feel when they got their oil damage relief cut from the Exxon Oil spill, the Supreme Court saying that it was exessive. Palin didn't stand up for the people then.

Oil companies tell the Republican party what to do and they do it!!!

IT"S ALL ABOUT THE OIL STUPID!!!!

Posted by: McMansions | August 29, 2008 12:51 PM | Report abuse

The truth about John & Cindy McCain

William Black a former government regulator investigating the Lincoln Savings and Loan / Keating 5 / John & Cindy McCain Scandal said: "Senator McCain was unique among the five Senators in having a direct financial conflict of interest involving direct investments.” He also said this about Senator McCain: “On judgment, ethics, and truthfulness he (Senator McCain) failed this test as badly as you can fail”

“God Dammit Johnny no wonder your flunking” A quote from John McCain’s father (a Navy Captain at the time) after catching son Johnny goofing off while visiting him at the U.S. Naval academy according to Frank Gamboa John McCain’s former academy roommate.

John McCain is just another spoiled rich kid wanting to bully us around. Sound familiar? We have just had seven and a half years of it. This guy has made a career out of his bad or at least unlucky flying ability. John McCain is no war hero. He simply got a plane shot out from under him that he probably wasn't qualified to fly in the first place, but when your grandfather was an Admiral and your father is an Admiral there aren't many people in the Navy that are going to risk their careers and tell you the truth. So unqualified little Johnny gets to fly and gets shot down. Wow now that’s a great big surprise! He has been riding it ever since, while true heroes suffer in under funded and under staffed VA hospitals. What a dirt bag.

What about Cindy McCain his greedy wife, she inherited millions and didn’t share a cent with her half sister. She calls herself an only child. Her father while not exactly the most fair minded or charitable guy to ever live at least was giving money to his first daughter’s children for education. That is until the day of his funeral when they found that the card had been shut off by the ever greedy Cindy McCain. She had over a hundred million dollars and shut a credit card of to pay for her father’s own grand children to go to school. What a greedy greedy person. No wonder why John McCain likes her so much.

Posted by: RD | August 29, 2008 12:51 PM | Report abuse

OMG!!! JOHN MCCAIN JUST BLEW IT!!!! I will never vote for him because he had viable choices including Tom Ridge, Mitt Romney and Michael Bloomberg etc. But instead he responded to Obama's popularity and chose an inadequate candidate. DO YOUR REALLY BELIEVE THAT SARAH has the ba**s to run this country? Hell NO! Bad choice JOHN, you BLEW your one and only Chance! You are 72 and we will not allow your poor judgement to destroy this country.

Posted by: Alex | August 29, 2008 12:51 PM | Report abuse

This is unbelievable. This biggest boneheaded move in the history of U.S. politics.


Posted by: Out in Seattle | August 29, 2008 12:47 PM

No... That award goes to those individuals who chose an unqualified senator from Illinois as their president candidate.

Posted by: willy8 | August 29, 2008 12:50 PM | Report abuse

@Mark Hidden: Have you ever been to Alaska? I think not. Yes, Alaska is rich in natural resources, but like the rest of the U.S., *all* classes are well represented here. There are certainly the rich, and as you stated, the middle class is alive and well, too. However, Alaska has a *huge* population living at or below the poverty level. In Anchorage, where I live, you can see homeless on the streets all year long. There are shelters (Brother Francis Shelter is the most well known) to help provide a roof over their heads at night, but there are also a lot of squatters living in tents in the woods all over town. Despite the cold, they do manage to survive in the winter. And if you leave the three "big" cities in Alaska -- Anchorage, Fairbanks and Juneau -- to travel to any of the remote villages, you will find most of the villages are more like third-world countries than towns in the U.S.

Before spouting off about things you know nothing about, I suggest you spend some time in Alaska. *Then* you might have a clue.

Posted by: Mike | August 29, 2008 12:50 PM | Report abuse

I'm definitely an Obamacan (since his speech to the DNC in 2004!!!). But, I think Palin was a good choice. Not just because she's hot (I'm afraid her husband will kick my ass if I go there! He runs a fishing company in Alaska...is there any better way to spell "bad-ass"?)

McCain's hurting on the economy front. He tried to paint Obama as out of touch, but then he can't remember how many houses he has, thinks someone making $4mil/year is middle class, thinks the economy is doing great, and thinks anyone who's been hurt by the recession is a "whiner". So, everyone's finding out that McCain is really the one who's out of touch. As the man said yesterday, he's not a bad man, he just doesn't get it.

Palin, on the other hand, is honest-to-god, salt-of-the-earth working folk. I mean...I'm afraid her husband's going to fly down to Denver and kick my ass for checking out Gov. Palin's boobs. She rides a motorcycle, and not a Vespa but a Harley. A big one, too. She's a working mom.

If McCain needs someone to remind him that most people don't have $520 shoes, Sara Palin's the one. And, she has a nice butt.

-Denver Dave

Posted by: Denver Dave | August 29, 2008 12:50 PM | Report abuse

“Welfare recipient for Obama”
Posted by: Eric78 | August 29, 2008 12:46 PM

Eric, you moron, Obama has never received "welfare", and so what even if he did?

Obama didn't even put his race on his Harvard application, he got scholarships and student loans which he just finished paying off.

Posted by: JR | August 29, 2008 12:50 PM | Report abuse

we buy gas. now they expect us to vote to put more easy money in their pockets. they call it the "patriotic" thing to do, indpendence on foreign oil.
exxon and shell just bought themselves a VP nominee no open anwar. How dumb do you have to be. I am sure she is nice. but you can't mask the ugliness behind the move. Sure alaskans like her. they work for big oil! isn't this obvious?

Posted by: drewnet | August 29, 2008 12:49 PM | Report abuse

"I just find it very ironic on how Obama supporters point out Gov. Palin's supposed lack of experience"

Obama: two years on the Senate foreign relations committee.

Palin: international diplomacy limited to restricting illegal caribou immigration.

All "experience" is not the same. You guys have bought so hard into the "isn't ready" line that you went out and found somebody who isn't even ARGUABLY ready.

Posted by: Mastodon Juan | August 29, 2008 12:49 PM | Report abuse

Republican reactionaries -with memories still intact- may recall "Pistol-packin'Mama" as a big pop hit for a few months during the 1940's. Palin may enjoy the same short-lived success. She has a nice smile, looks good on a runway, and so far hasn't shot a single friend.
Erasing the memory of Cheyney may turn out to be her greatest accomplishment. Something, but not enough for most of us.

Posted by: Dick from Gettysburg | August 29, 2008 12:49 PM | Report abuse

Hillary will become Secretary of State now I suppose!

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 12:49 PM | Report abuse

This was a stupid choice by McCain obviously targetting Hillary supporters. How about standing for what you believe in instead of scrambling for votes? Time to start looking elsewhere for the conservative vote. Good-bye GOP; hello Constitution Party!

Posted by: Matthew B. | August 29, 2008 12:48 PM | Report abuse

DEMOCRATS LISTEN UP:

The argument that she’s not qualified is NOT a good one for you. Do you see the dichotomy?

Try something else.


Posted by: Harvard Conservative for McCain | August 29, 2008 12:39 PM

AMEN!!!!!

Posted by: Independent for McCain | August 29, 2008 12:42 PM

HAHA!!!! So true

Posted by: MikeD | August 29, 2008 12:44 PM

This is funny. The dems are scared, really scared!!!

Posted by: JohnnyM | August 29, 2008 12:48 PM | Report abuse

Maybe McCain went completely senile finally as has been expected and decided to treat all of us with a great JOKE!!!!

Posted by: Keith | August 29, 2008 12:48 PM | Report abuse

For Simon who said "A woman for VP? America and world are not ready for that. There are no women on the world stage in politics today that are successful." Are you kidding, do you read the news? How about in Germany? Condolesa Rice? Come into this century.

Posted by: reality check! | August 29, 2008 12:48 PM | Report abuse

Palin is not qualified. Period.

This does it for me. McCain has fumbled this election away. I quit and now officially support Obama.

This is unbelievable. This biggest boneheaded move in the history of U.S. politics.

Posted by: Out in Seattle | August 29, 2008 12:47 PM | Report abuse

His pick has done what it intended... get people talking about him. Guess who is wishing he had "celebrity" status?

Posted by: Guest08 | August 29, 2008 12:47 PM | Report abuse

Interesting that McCain chose a VP with less experience than Obama as the person one heartbeat away from being President. I guess experience does not matter to McCain after all!

IT DOESN'T MATTER TO THE COUNTRY! NEITHER DOES RACIST CHURCHES, TERRORIST ASSOCIATIONS, REAL ESTATE DEALS, LYING, PLAGIARISM, NAME CALLING, RACE CARD TACTICS AND SO ON! IT'S OPEN SEASON TO DO, BUY INTO, THROW OUT ETHICS, AND ALL WE HAVE STOOD FOR! YOU ARE CALLING THE KETTLE BLACK HERE! TWO FACED AND FORKED TONGUE IS WHAT THE DEMS ARE.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 12:47 PM | Report abuse

I think it's a big mistake because it will energize Hillary to go out and campaign for Obama REALLY HARD now.

Hillary now has to show her followers and all women that this woman is a joke compared to her.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 12:47 PM | Report abuse

Thank you, thank you, thank you Karl Rowe for saving us from Lieberman.

Sarah Palin is an inspired choice. Given that McCain is likely to lose, this is an excellent way to beef up the bench of the Republican Party. Although Obama may win the election it will be four more years of ruinous government. And that will prepare the American People for the true conservative ticket: Jeb Bush/Palin 2012.

Karl, you make Machiavelli look like a weak liberal.

Posted by: teferet | August 29, 2008 12:46 PM | Report abuse

“mcacain got no plans to bring back the jobs nor a plan for anything to the people out there”

Posted by: master | August 29, 2008 12:44 PM

“Welfare recipient for Obama”

Posted by: Eric78 | August 29, 2008 12:46 PM | Report abuse

Bye Bye Obama. You might as well pack it up and go home. Hilary got what she wanted. With McCain in the White House, she will be running in 2012 with a chance to win.

Posted by: Bryon | August 29, 2008 12:46 PM | Report abuse

Oh yeah as many pointed out she is just as inexperienced as Obama, except that Obama went to Harvard Law school and became a lawyer, professor. This woman? A runner up small town beauty peagant? Did she even go to college? Even a small town one?

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 12:46 PM | Report abuse

Hmm, I don't know. Glenn Close did a half decent job in that Harrison Ford movie Air Force One...

Posted by: Myxx | August 29, 2008 12:46 PM | Report abuse

THANKS JOHN !!

YOU JUST GUARANTEED AN OBAMA VICTORY !! YOU MAKE HOMER SIMPSON LOOK LIKE A GENIUS, YOU BIG DUMMY !!! MMMMMM....BEAUTY QUEEN.......DO'H !!!!!

Posted by: tom | August 29, 2008 12:46 PM | Report abuse

I agree with the writer who said that we should take the high road and not only that but let's not miss what is really important.

There are some trying to use this that John McCain is a Maverick. This is so not true. John McCain is an wily politician who realized that if he has any chance of winning this election, he must appeal to women voters and this is his grasp at straws to do that.

Therefore, he will totally ignore and disregard all the trash talk he has sprouted about Barack Obama not being experienced enough to lead, because he is a republican so he thinks that gives him the right to change the rules as he goes along and we should all be fine with that.

Of course he and his supporters will try to make the point that he will be the one leading the country, not Governor Palin, but as we all know, if anything should happen to Mr. McCain, Gov. Palin is next in line, but I guess somehow for her and Mr McCain, the word inexperienced means something else.

Posted by: Angelroo1 | August 29, 2008 12:45 PM | Report abuse

I dont think this will neutralize Biden. ITs clear she may fall into an admiral stockdale type role and be a non-issue. Biden doesnt have to beat her up, he can have plenty of fun beating up Bush-McCain. They are never gonna refer to the ticket as McCain-Palin, its gonna be Bush-McCain till election day.

Posted by: J the L | August 29, 2008 12:45 PM | Report abuse

throught out this whole ordeal< i;ve found that americans are very closed minded, or easily manipulated individuals. IS it any wonder our country is in the state that its in. Learn to think for yourself people.

Posted by: tim | August 29, 2008 12:45 PM | Report abuse

-DESPARATION has set in, McCain knows he can't win

Obama/Biden 08!

Posted by: WalterMack | August 29, 2008 12:45 PM | Report abuse

The Washington Post really is ground zero for weaselly Republicans posing as Democrats, isn't it?

Is it because the federal political appointees are short-timing it, because they'll be out of work soon, and spend all day on the internet?

Or do they troll here because the Post still has a thirty year out-of-date rep as a liberal bastion, thanks to Watergate?

You Republican liars are fooling no one.

Posted by: Mastodon Juan | August 29, 2008 12:45 PM | Report abuse

"In picking Palin, McCain is taking a calculated risk. She is totally unknown and untested on the national stage but also has impressive credentials in her short time in public life."

Thanks Chris, you just summed up Obama's record as well. For instance: "Obama is totally unknown and untested on the national stage but also has impressive credentials in her short time in public life." I call strawman.


A calculated decision of McCain, showing some of the old moderate we once knew and to most liked. Bravo. Will I vote for him? Still, likely a NO. But then again, I may vote for no one, or even the 3rd guy--I just see too many senators in this race.

Looking at it, it's going to be a good campaign season for both parties and the media will be exposed for its bias (e.g. Chris). As long as we debate the issues--which looks like the case, the country will win in the end.

I hope this is a sign to the ultra-rights & conservatives: change or go away like the dinosaurs.

Posted by: demopublician | August 29, 2008 12:45 PM | Report abuse

I bet McCain thinks we women are stupid. Or he just feels like he would look stupid with and old man. 2 geezers??? So I think its a smart pick.

I'm not voting for him but very smart pick.

But he is choosing someone he would not normally pick. So I think the USA has changed like the last guy said.

An old oil man picking a young women. Horray for that.

BUT MCCAIN SUCKS! LOL

Posted by: Jessica | August 29, 2008 12:45 PM | Report abuse

DEMOCRATS LISTEN UP:

The argument that she’s not qualified is NOT a good one for you. Do you see the dichotomy?

Try something else.


Posted by: Harvard Conservative for McCain | August 29, 2008 12:39 PM

AMEN!!!!!

Posted by: Independent for McCain | August 29, 2008 12:42 PM

HAHA!!!! So true

Posted by: MikeD | August 29, 2008 12:44 PM | Report abuse

She's pretty hot. That's going to make her an abysmal failure with the dog faced Hillary supporters. Nothing a working woman hates more than a beauty queen.

Posted by: doug | August 29, 2008 12:44 PM | Report abuse

mccain need a new name mc-change lol
i beleive mccain is losing do to the person he pick as vp.. mcacain got no plans to bring back the jobs nor a plan for anything to the people out there that support mccain need to open ur god damn eyes or ur wallet ask your self everytime u pump gas or buy food are u saving? or are you wasting more money on the same food or gas thats was cheaper before the bush administration.we the people must understands that we are the united state not the red or blue state we are the united state..there are alot of people who scared of the change of goods.. remember when we had jobs and the gas was cheap thats hows its suppose to be not shiping jobs out. morons is out there but i didnt believe there so many out there.

Posted by: master | August 29, 2008 12:44 PM | Report abuse

ARE YOU KIDDING ME?

If McCain, who is 73 with a history of serious health issues, goes down, this is our president??

I question McCain's judgment. He will do anything to get elected.

She was mayor of a town of 6,500. That's thousands, not millions. She's been governor for less than 2 years. She's photogenic, well-spoken and apparently had a bit of success standing up to the status quo ... in Alaska.

I ask, ARE YOU KIDDING ME?

This move reeks of desperation. America's voters are smarter than that. America's women voters are smarter than that.

Only one thing is clear by this choice: McCain HATES Mitt Romney -- Romney on the economy and McCain on security would have posed a solid ticket.

But a hockey mom?

Game over. Obama wins. And big.

Posted by: WayneW | August 29, 2008 12:44 PM | Report abuse

Great choice President McCain!! Beauty and Brains too. I know I'll be voting for your team.Things will certainly change with you in charge. I've actually been pretty happy with the current administration. Gas is a little costly though. I'll be praying for your victory!!

Posted by: Lonnie | August 29, 2008 12:44 PM | Report abuse

I just do not understand the self-proclaimed Democratic voters (sometimes Hilary supporters)who are considering voting for McCain; no matter who he chooses for VP. If you are a true Democrat and beieve in a woman's right to an abortion, stronger protections for the environment, reasonable limits on gun ownership, curbing corporate welfare and abuse, and ending this long nightmare of foreign policy blunders, war, torture and the infrigement of our Constitutional rights, the choice is clear. McCain has been a "maverick" on only a very few issues and has now embraced the values and positions of the conservative, evangelical, often right-wing and reactionary Republican party.

Please! Wake Up! This is about issues, not personality, not gender, not race and not experience. Remember, Gandhi and Martin Luther King both successfully led movements of 'change' in their respective countries without ever serving as congressmen, senators or governors.

Posted by: ssfletch | August 29, 2008 12:44 PM | Report abuse

This great. As far as inexperiance, I beleive that being Governor (executive) gives her more experiance than Baarrak and Biden combined. What have they done with budgets, being held responsible for others. I also think the left leaning media (and the peoplle posting here)forget that the majority of people in this country do NOT want someone as far left as Mr Obama. Now, get ready for the smear from the left...

Posted by: Slinky | August 29, 2008 12:43 PM | Report abuse

I AM A LITTLE DISMAYED BY REPUBLICAN TRAITOR MCCAIN'S PICK. FOR THAT REASON I WILL NOW PRAY FOR BOTH OF THEIR TRAITOR REPUBLICAN SOULS. SINCE SPEAKING TO GOD APPARENTLY DIDN'T WORK, THIS TIME I WILL PRAY TO MY BACKUP. "DEAR SANTA......"

Posted by: TRAITOR BUSH | August 29, 2008 12:43 PM | Report abuse

I just find it very ironic on how Obama supporters point out Gov. Palin's supposed lack of experience. Extol on the virtues and experience of Biden and how he can immediately step into the presidency, but conveniently dismiss their presidential candidate’s lack of experience. I for one would rather have a president with the experience than the other way around.

Posted by: AllanInMichigan | August 29, 2008 12:43 PM | Report abuse

Hey boys, you should all vote for me when I am running for presidency someday(pretty soon I hope). Now I am really encouraged, having seen a person of such insignificant credentials/educations like Sarah Palin getting picked up. I am far, far better educated than Palin, far younger and far prettier/hotter. And I don't have five children among whom, a new born with special needs to abandon to pursue my political career so am completely guilt free as well. So there.

Posted by: Bridgit Bardot | August 29, 2008 12:43 PM | Report abuse

As a mom with an 8-yr-old daughter with special needs very similar to DS, I wonder who is going to be doing all her 5 month old son's therapy and doctor's visits? I remember what that first year was like and what a difference we made with all our concerted efforts. How pro-life is it to sacrifice your son's quality of life just to get a shot at the White House? McCain just threw it away by assuming Hillary supporters are stupid. He just doesn't get it.

Posted by: Lori D | August 29, 2008 12:43 PM | Report abuse

Palin is no Hillary Clinton. McCain really underestimates intelligent women. It was Hillary's proven track record and years of experience that gives her the right to be recognized for standing up for women and families,not her gender!

Posted by: Anne | August 29, 2008 12:43 PM | Report abuse

DEMOCRATS LISTEN UP:

The argument that she’s not qualified is NOT a good one for you. Do you see the dichotomy?

Try something else.


Posted by: Harvard Conservative for McCain | August 29, 2008 12:39 PM

AMEN!!!!!

Posted by: Independent for McCain | August 29, 2008 12:42 PM | Report abuse

"For those of you criticizing Palin's lack of experience, look at what she has done in her short time as governor of Alaska - Clean house when no one else has had the guts to do it in... forever.

And lets see... Before that, she was mayor of Wasilla and chair of a state committee on oil and gas development. As governor, she has chaired committees in the national governors association.

What has Obama done in a longer period of time??"

http://www.nytimes.com/imagepages/2007/07/29/us/politics/20070730_OBAMA_GRAPHIC.html

This is just a list of what he did in Illinois. Maybe if you did a little research you would know that Obama has accomplished more in the short time he has had in politics then many politicians who were in politics for 30 years.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 12:42 PM | Report abuse

In times of great stress and anxiety, the UNITED STATES as a nation somehow produces transcendant leader’s of great character.
Whether we follow BARACK OBAMA and other Democrat’s down his path(with the inspiring saga of his education and the pitfalls of being BLACK in this country and undergoing his hardships) or shall we follow the story of JOHN McCAIN; former POW in NVIETNAM and various confrontations with the Republican party over his policies to take this country on the path he chooses. WHICH WILL THE NATION CHOOSE??? Or will it be the subservient stories of JOE BIDEN – with his ‘working-class’ roots in Catholic Scranton, Pennsylvania --- or SARAH PAILIN the female-hunter-homemaker from the frozen oil rich wastes of Alaska; which will command our interest/titillation/respect??? Whichever this nation chooses too embrace – the outcome as well as the contest will be historic. And perhaps change the history and tenor of our republic for all time.

Posted by: Zyskandar A Jaimot | August 29, 2008 12:42 PM | Report abuse

McOffshore Drilling + Alaska Gov = ?

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 12:41 PM | Report abuse

caroler said: "This woman has promoted the wholesale slaughter of wolves in Alaska over the past few years - 800 have been killed from airplanes so far"

I say: Obama/Biden/Democrats in general promote the wholesale slaughter of human beings every time they vote for abortion "rights". Millions so far - Every. Single. Year.

Just my perspective.

Posted by: what's in a name | August 29, 2008 12:41 PM | Report abuse

He is trying. You can see he is going to loose. He is trying to get voters he cannot get.

Finally the old America is broken. "Old Men" the face of the dollar and the stature of American is now shattered.

If only one thing has become mor apparent from this election it is the new ideal that we now hold to be true in our eyes.

Any American as long as they have grace, syle, and the ability to lead can stand in front of a podium and send goose bumps down the backs of millions.

Horray ! Barack Obama for being that guy. The guy who send glass breaking through the speaches of the past.

John Kennedy would of stood in fear of anyone who spoke like that. No president in our 300 year history has been able to deliver a package to the the people of our country the way Barack did last night.

It is a joke that McCain is still standing.

Posted by: Vanessa | August 29, 2008 12:41 PM | Report abuse

I thought Tina Fey was a democrat.

Posted by: Penny | August 29, 2008 12:41 PM | Report abuse

The democratic hate machine is in full swing. You horrible people pushed me away from the party with your treatment of Hillary. Now your vile venom is projected onto a woman you don't even know.

I state again I am reserving judgement until I get to know her. But if the democratic slime machine doesn't stop you will not only lose me for good but every decent human being left in the democratic party.

Judging by the tone of the statements here, there are not many left.

Posted by: Hillary2012 | August 29, 2008 12:40 PM | Report abuse

Democrats are very hypocritical. they are the actual desperate ones. a republican currently occupies the white house which has been the case for the last eight years and dems despise him. dems are the ones who are desperate to bring their party back. its so obvious when they speak on TV. they are SO much in denial of Obama's lack of presidential qualifications and are just riding the charisma/popularity wave until it crashes. now i'm seeing how so many are bashing McCain's VP pick because she is an unknown. she has made a lot more noise by action (not by mouth as Obama is doing) in her short gov term. at least she is in charge of a state. governor positions can be looked at as a minor league system for the white house. that is how Bill and Lil Bush got elected even though they were bashed for inexperience. And on top of that, she's not even the one running for president, McCain is people! republicans won't go that far to nominate a novice senator. only desperate democrats do that kind of stuff. the picture is getting clearer.

Posted by: Americano805 | August 29, 2008 12:40 PM | Report abuse

Wow,

It's scary to see the lack of education, even more so, the lack of the truly informed posters on the net. Wow, just wow. Most of you think with a "personal" agenda. Questions to ponder. Why would the working middle class ever vote Demy. Why would mom and pop businesses ever want Obama at the lead. Who pays the majority of the taxes? Who originaly built their party with equality in mind? Wealth Redistribution, the demise of free market competition, special interest groups galore, social healthcare? Lmao, who are you jokers? On a side note to all Bush crucifiers, last time I checked we have 3 bodies of government. Bush doesn't crack a whip and get what he wants. The power is in the house and senate, last time I checked, the Dems have played the largest part in making choices for our country.
Mccain, picked a young outsider with an impressive history of getting things done. He'll be our next President, you can take that to the bank. You guys are sad, just sad. You circumvent your own logic or lack there of. Broken logic equals ignorance. You can figure out the rest.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 12:40 PM | Report abuse

Well, I guess I won't be voting Obama afer all

Posted by: HILLARY 2012 | August 29, 2008 12:40 PM | Report abuse

DEMOCRATS LISTEN UP:

The argument that she’s not qualified is NOT a good one for you. Do you see the dichotomy?

Try something else.

Posted by: Harvard Conservative for McCain | August 29, 2008 12:39 PM | Report abuse

Scenario: McCain at his age suffers a stroke... the country is facing an international crisis (Nuclear threat) and Sarah Palin is now the President and Commander in Chief. You're kidding right? I am an independent who always votes for who I think will best run the country. You just sealed your fate McCain by showing me your complete lack of judgment.

Posted by: ranger | August 29, 2008 12:39 PM | Report abuse

An incredibly over thought and, ultimately, failed piece of political trickery here.

He completely cedes the experience argument, which was his best chance. After all, when he says Obama isn't ready, Obama just asks him why his running mate has more experience than him. It's a terrible, terrible choice.

Further, it reeks of tokenism and doesn't play into the republicans strength -- savage attack ads on message. McCain may have just made himself the greatest Democrat of all time.

He needed an attack dog.

Posted by: brian | August 29, 2008 12:39 PM | Report abuse

She has more experience than Obama that's for sure!

Posted by: rick | August 29, 2008 12:39 PM | Report abuse

People who use the word "McSame" have brains the size of peas.

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But a pea sized brain is still a brain. Republicant's who are bound and determined to use their vote for McCain, even though they will have to hold their nose to do it, obviously have no brains whatsoever! I, for one pledge never to use the word "McShame" again, after this. From now on ....it's McDumbass!

Go Johnny, go!

Posted by: ricknhouston | August 29, 2008 12:39 PM | Report abuse

I minute inside McCain's head:

"Hmmm, seems like the democrats are divided a bit. These women issue is really a sore topic for them. IDEA. Instead of picking a VP that is capable of running the country, or at least one that helps me with my shortcomeings, I know I have so many, what if i picked some random woment to be my vice president? That way all the stupider women will think I actually care about them. I really hope that those 18 million people who voted for Hillary voted for her because she is female and don't listen to her reasoning."

Posted by: McCain's Brain Transmission | August 29, 2008 12:39 PM | Report abuse

Well McCain proves again that he likes younger women,LOL.

As an Obama supporter, the Palin pick pleases me...she is even more inexperienced than Obama...a newly elected Governor with an investigation already brewing about using her Governship to get her brother-in-law fired, but I guess, considering Ted Stevens, that is the way they do it up in Alaska.

Plus she has 5 children, one of them as young as 4 months, with Down's Syndrome to boot....how is she going to raise this child, AND be the VEEP for a 72 year old man who may keel over at any moment, and leave us with "Miss Wassilia" as POTUS. The mind boggles.

Oh, and how convenient is it for Our secure energy future that 75% of Alaska's budget comes from Oil...

I'm listening to Palin speak now, and she has already brought up her my "son is going to Iraq" card...jeesh.

Pat Bucchanan said that she worked for him in 2000, and of course, she is staunchly anti-choice...

The question is: Is Ms Palin the "gift that keeps on giving" to the Dems? We will see when we know more about her.

Posted by: GObama | August 29, 2008 12:39 PM | Report abuse

WHAT AN AWESOME CHOICE! PALIN IS AN INCREDIBLE PERSON! IF YOU DON'T KNOW ABOUT HER GO TO YOU TUBE AND LISTEN TO HER. DOWN TO EARTH, LEVEL-HEADED, STRONG, DECISIVE AND IN-TUNE. I WOULD PUT HER UP AGAINST ANY COUNTRY OT POLITICIANS ANYWHERE! MUCH MORE THAN THE ULTRA-LIBERAL TALK US TO DEATH OBAMA/BIDEN!

Posted by: dragonfly777 | August 29, 2008 12:39 PM | Report abuse

My guess is that this wasn't McCain's first pick. After that pick was rejected by the powers that be, Palin was the choice he felt least queasy about. Or maybe since they were all equally objectionable, he picked the best-looking. I guess he didn't reaize that the pairing will just make him look older and creepier.

Posted by: Early Man | August 29, 2008 12:39 PM | Report abuse

For those of you criticizing Palin's lack of experience, look at what she has done in her short time as governor of Alaska - Clean house when no one else has had the guts to do it in... forever.

And lets see... Before that, she was mayor of Wasilla and chair of a state committee on oil and gas development. As governor, she has chaired committees in the national governors association.

What has Obama done in a longer period of time??

As far as what has happened with the state trooper, ask someone who actually knows what happened. The man is known for his abuses as a trooper and should have been let go a long time ago. Why not give her the benefit of the doubt until more is actually know? Obama has certainly been given a free pass on misdeeds with a LOT more scrutinized evidence behind them (Tony Rezko, Bill Ayers, Jeremiah Wright).

Posted by: davidk | August 29, 2008 12:38 PM | Report abuse

My whole office laughed when we read this, republicans and democrates alike. What are McCains people thinking?

Posted by: darrin | August 29, 2008 12:38 PM | Report abuse

I am NOW going to vote for McCain! This was a smart move and it is pissing off the Dem's to no end ;o)
I truly think that this country needs a hocky mom in the white house! Go get 'em Sarah!

Posted by: Diane | August 29, 2008 12:38 PM | Report abuse

Furthermore, McCain obviously has a low opinion of women if he thinks that having one as his VP, especially one with no experience in National politics and very little experience over-all. It looks more like pandering with a "token" woman. I certainly hope that he has more than that to offer.

Posted by: rcc_2000 | August 29, 2008 12:38 PM | Report abuse

I was for McCain until now. This is a bad choice. No women has ever served on this role. Look at Nancy Palosi. She has been a total failure. A woman president will be a dismal failure for USA. She needs to look after her kids rather than try to rule men.

Posted by: Bob | August 29, 2008 12:38 PM | Report abuse

Chuckles - McCain does like young/pretty women.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 12:38 PM | Report abuse

A PTA mom as VP...1 breath from President...gimme me a break

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 12:37 PM | Report abuse

"I see my fellow democrats are throwing out the old scare tactic of Supreme Court Justices. For those that are young Obama supporters please realize that a Supreme Court Justice is nominated by the President and then MUST be approved with at least a majority of the Senate"


"My fellow Democrats," my butt. When are you Republicans going to stop lying about who you are? Anyone starting their post like that has misrepresenting themselves at the front of their mind.

As for Supreme Court confirmations:

Yes, the Senate confirms. But you can't vote for more than two Senators from your state, and so confirmation of the judges is in other people's hands.

The only way to make sure you, the individual voter, don't see another Scalia on the Supreme Court is to vote against McCain.

By all rights, the contortions the most vile Republicans go through to pretend to be Democrats in internet should snap their own necks.

Posted by: Mastodon Juan | August 29, 2008 12:37 PM | Report abuse

the mayor of dc is more qualified than this woman. what self-respecting hillary supporter will vote for a gun-totin', anti-abortion, trash-talkin', beauty queen from the bustling metropolis of wasillia, alaska? the same idiots who thought this was a good idea probably also think that all black people are voting for obama because he's half-black. at least dan quayle was a lawyer and had the title u.s. senator to beef up his skimpy resume. two years as the governor of alaska, preceded by a few years as mayor and council woman of some tiny village out behind God's back makes you qualified to be a heartbeat away from the presidency?! this is an insult not only to hillary, but to women everywhere. this is the best woman that the republicans could dig up? they'd have done better to pick meg whitman, at least she's a proven business exec!

Posted by: unbeliveable | August 29, 2008 12:37 PM | Report abuse

If Biden were the presidential nominee for the DP, and he had picked an unknown, unheard of black man named Barack Obama as his VP, Palin bashers should be saying the same things about him. Unknown, short political life, no international experience, etc. and Biden pandering to the black vote.

Obama groupies who bash Palin within a few hours of her pick lack objectivity. Their disdain for McCain and Bush clouds their judgment. Let's wait and see - and judge these two newbies by the same standards.

About all that can be said against Palin is that she isn't the rock star Obama is. America will get what we deserve and that concerns me greatly.

Posted by: Michael McLaughlin | August 29, 2008 12:37 PM | Report abuse

Her husband works for BP Oil, I'm just saying, go figure...

Posted by: laj82 | August 29, 2008 12:37 PM | Report abuse

What a GIMMICK!

Posted by: Anon | August 29, 2008 12:37 PM | Report abuse

"do you understand the difference between
President and Vice President?

idiot obama fans"

McCain is old as sin. He obviously has nailing a pageant winner and screwing the country on his bucket list.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 12:37 PM | Report abuse

I am so happy McCain chose Palin. I think she will make a great VP. All the best McCain/Palin. Its a great potential for the Republicans, both to gain the women vote and to get a person who knows much about energy and the environment.

Posted by: Nureet Cohen | August 29, 2008 12:36 PM | Report abuse

She is young and attractive, and obviously intelligent. However, this does not alter the fact that John McCain is at the top of the ticket. Make no mistake, he did this to pander to disaffected Hillary supporters. She will do little, if anything, to deviate from McCain's lead.

Her being a woman is the only thing that makes her unique as a selection. She is a conservative whose views mirror McCain's,
and there is no way he would pick a woman whose views do not. He is still going to continue Bush's policies, regardless of his VP pick.

I agree with the comments that we don't need to focus on her looks, her motherhood, or anything in her personal life. Doing so risks causing problems for our efforts to elect Barack Obama. The only thing that matters is her political leaning, which mirrors his.

But it IS a fair statement to say that the "inexperience" argument pertaining to Obama has lost its impact, seeing as her experience is limited to her state.

Posted by: ANNE | August 29, 2008 12:36 PM | Report abuse

What does she do besides breed? Every women who lived through the pre Roe v Wade era should remember, and tell her daughters, sons and grandaughters what's at stake here.

Posted by: ecb | August 29, 2008 12:36 PM | Report abuse

"Wow. I've seen this woman interviewed on television. She's certainly accomplished a fair amount, but she's a lightweight. This woman should not be "a heartbeat away from the presidency"--especially when the president's heart is 72 years old! I cannot see her being Commander in Chief."

This needs to be posted over and over again.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 12:36 PM | Report abuse

This is a panic-pick of unmittigated desperation. Gramps has shot himself in the foot during this senior moment! Sara-cuda the Conniving Manipulator is currently the subject of an investigation for her abuse of power. She's only got 21 months gubernatoral experience and four years as mayor. She's got a special needs child, a gun fettish, and posed for Vogue. She's vehemently prolife and Christian. Her husband works for BP-Amoco, enemies to the environment. And, she's all for drilling in ANWAR. What about her resume lead Grampers McCain to feasibly believe Palin would be an attractive asset for luring the disgruntled Clintonistas over to his side of the battlefield? Only a handful of them supported Hillary JUST because she was a 50+ year old woman. The other 99% of the Hillaryites were focused on Hillary's progressive political promises, and aren't likely to throw their lots in with McCain just because he's trotting out this inexperienced celebutard.

Posted by: rage | August 29, 2008 12:35 PM | Report abuse

How pathetic! The republicans have sunk to an all time low. American Women are smarter than to bye into this! She is nowhere near as talented as Hillary Clinton! And brings Nothing to the Table! What a desperate ploy on McCain's behalf. Shame! Shame! Shame!

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 12:35 PM | Report abuse

"...but also has impressive credentials in her short time in public life"....before being governor of Alaska for all of one and a half years, what other impressive credentials can she boast? Let's see: She was part time mayor of a town of 6,000, and let's not forget, star of her Wasilla basketball team that won the state championship, and Miss Wasilla two years later! Wow! Once again, Chris, you really hit the nail on the head. So impressive, these public credentials, so public and such credentials. What more can we add? She's like the Bill Richardson of the right in terms of her public credentials.

Posted by: uzeromay | August 29, 2008 12:34 PM | Report abuse

I am a mom too, went to law school, passed my bar, became a successfully practising lawyer and am younger than her and looks just as look, if not better! Why not picking me ?

Posted by: bb | August 29, 2008 12:32 PM

Hey come to think if it, my 8 year old is more qualifyted the Obama, can he run for president?

Posted by: JohnnyM | August 29, 2008 12:34 PM | Report abuse

If McCain wins and this country keeps on acting like some sick country.

Many people will leave. We will not see the influx of new American citizens.

This is not a matter of color, race, sex, or looks. We need to make some changes.

Who will do that for us? I hope someone.

Tom
http://www.mlsisland.com

Posted by: Tom | August 29, 2008 12:34 PM | Report abuse

Interesting that McCain chose a VP with less experience than Obama as the person one heartbeat away from being President. I guess experience does not matter to McCain after all!

Posted by: rcc_2000 | August 29, 2008 12:34 PM | Report abuse

This will not work. McCain is desperate and this decision shows precisely that. Most importantly his advisers are apparently completely ignorant to what America needs. This fact actually re-assures me that we'll hopefully see Mr. Obama and Mr. Biden in the White House next year. Here's the litmus test: Would McCain have been considering Palin if Clinton was on the ticket with Obama or if the Dem's had done a better job at closing the division between Obama and Clinton supporters? I think the answer is clearly 'no' and it's no real surprise this choice comes only a short time after there's been so much media attention towards Clinton supporters allegedly moving to the McCain camp. He's merely trying to capitalize on this small element and this tactic will most likely back fire.

Posted by: andy | August 29, 2008 12:34 PM | Report abuse

"Obama is a male chauvinist who wouldn't pick a woman to be his VP even though she had millions of supporters.

I'm going to pull one from the Obama book and say all of you who don't support McCain and his VP choice are sexist and hate women (sounds like someone accusing people against Obama that they are racist huh)."
SC
-------
First, Hillary wasn't chosen not because of male chauvinism, she was passed over because:

She didn't really want the job

She said /did things in the primaries that made it impossible for her to be picked (remember "John McCain would be a better president"?)

Bill's misdealings and their upcoming fraud trial in CA. would have dominated the election.

She would have energized the Republican voters to come out.

Re: Racism, the fact is there are a lot of racists in America, Obama has never claimed that if you don't support him that you are a racist. The Obama campaign however HAD TO RESPOND to racist comment/innuendos or otherwise be called weak, or that he had no pride.

I have never seen a candidate be treated so poorly by a large number of people.


Posted by: JR | August 29, 2008 12:34 PM | Report abuse

Are you kidding me?!

This is a *blatant* attempt by Karl Rove to capture the disaffected Hilary Clinton primary voters, and this time I believe he's reached too far.

I really, really hope that these voters are intelligent enough to recognize this for what it is - pandering to "steal" another election.

In the best case scenario, Karl Rove will have "directed" his last election - and we will win in November in a landslide.

YES...we can!!

_ James

Posted by: Rockhopper | August 29, 2008 12:33 PM | Report abuse

I think this is a great choice. She has executive experience as governor and has been an achiever! Look at her record. She sets goals and reaches them. And...she doesn't run around looking for a government hand out or espousing that government should be taking care of everyone. She's not calling this "a downright mean country." Hmmm...I know the liberals will be disappointed that there are women out there like this...ones that work hard...have families and achieve their dreams. All while not making themselves out as victims of something. Just as it's not a woman issue or black man issue...I'll proudly vote for a black conservative or a woman conservative. Gender doesn't matter to me, and neither does ehtnicity. Ideas matter to me.

Talk about someone with conviction...has a baby (knowing of special need). Compare that with Obama's "punish my daughters with a baby" speech or Hillary's/Pelosi's Abortion on demand concept.

Obama/Biden has to up its game! Come one...how will the rock star/community organizer and plagiarist match this? The load was shot at the DNC and it's over!

Posted by: MakeUsProud | August 29, 2008 12:33 PM | Report abuse

I will never vote for a woman.

Posted by: john | August 29, 2008 12:33 PM | Report abuse

I would rather see her in the Iditorod than a heartbeat away from the oval office. This is an obvious pander choice and will backfire on Mc Same. does he really think that the majority of women in this country will surrender their wombs to him because he picked a woman? I give Rove and Schmidt the Mc Cain puppet masters credit for taking a days new cycle but what happens when Joe Biden eats barracuda meat at the V.P. debate? OBAMA BIDEN is the pick for this former Independent. YES WE CAN ladies YES WE CAN!

Posted by: Janet Bettencourt | August 29, 2008 12:33 PM | Report abuse

Once again, and this is deep, he attempts to save himself, protect himself, comfort himself by the presence of a strong, good-looking, sometimes rich, very rich, woman.
Doesn't hurt that she's young. It's so emotional, this is a deeply emotionally wounded man, likely from his tragic experiences in Vietnam, God only knows from what else. Let John heal his emotions in private, not play them out at the US' and world's public expense, through anger, revenge, cruelty and further wars.

Posted by: Steve | August 29, 2008 12:33 PM | Report abuse

Michael Palin would have made more sense. At least he's been "Around the World."

Posted by: Abolhassan Bani Sadr | August 29, 2008 12:33 PM | Report abuse

What a disappointment. In my opinion McCain's first judgment as the presidential candidate is rather flat. He just added someone relatively unknown to the ticket and with little experience. What economic experience does she bring to the ticket? It seems to me that this is a move to pander to the "dis-enfranchised Hillary troops" and to reinforce his standing as a maverick. Palin versus Biden in a VP debate - Biden will eat her lunch - what was McCain thinking?

If Romney was the VP candidate, I would have voted for McCain - but now...?

Posted by: John J | August 29, 2008 12:33 PM | Report abuse

People! Half of these comments are coming from republicans so don't get frustrated by the attacks. Most of the hold water are an accurate portrayal of Americas feelings. It's politics as usual with McCain's choice and everyone knows it!
It's an insult to right minded thinking woman across the world. They used Condi as a pawn and now they will use Palin. What a shame. This isn't change folks it is smoke and mirrors of the grandest scale.Oh by the way I like McCain....oh wait used to!

Posted by: One Big Joke!!! | August 29, 2008 12:33 PM | Report abuse

Seriously? This guy could keel over at any minute, and this is who would be left to lead the country!? Poor judgement once again.

Posted by: TMP | August 29, 2008 12:33 PM | Report abuse

I have been to Alaska many times, and they actually refer to themselves as Alaskans, not Americans, to them it would be an insult, they are basicly there own country in a way, what a poor choice. McBush is getting Alsheimers, or however that is spelled! He only got a woman, to have a woman in the campaign, not for experiance.

Posted by: Alaska girl | August 29, 2008 12:33 PM | Report abuse

For those who are criticizing her lack of experience....she has just slightly less political experience than Obama and hers is as a leader not just 1% of a governing body.

Posted by: RJ | August 29, 2008 12:33 PM | Report abuse

Hmmm I remember what McCain called his WIFE. I would hate to hear what he will come up with if Mrs. Palin were to tick him off.

Good luck to Mrs. Palin and hope she can work under McCain with his temper and his confusion spells.

Behind every man IS A GOOD WOMAN is the old saying..this is what I'm sure McCain is hoping for. He needs all the help he can muster up!!

Posted by: ObamaBiden2008-2012 & Beyond | August 29, 2008 12:33 PM | Report abuse

In McCain's place, I would have gone for broke and chosen Condoleeza Rice. This pick smacks of tokenism. This race is obviously for Omaba to lose. Senator McCain is in an impossible situation, having to defend the most inept American administration in history.

But who knows? We are talking of an electorate that voted twice for George Bush.

Posted by: Cynical Calculation | August 29, 2008 12:32 PM | Report abuse

Hey, to come to think of it, I think I am far better qualified than Palin, so can I run for the vice-presidency?

I am a mom too, went to law school, passed my bar, became a successfully practising lawyer and am younger than her and looks just as look, if not better! Why not picking me ?

Posted by: bb | August 29, 2008 12:32 PM | Report abuse

Brilliant selection:
1) She's real conservative. Favors ANWR drilling.
2) She balances the ticket:
a)Young
b)Woman
c)did I say conservative. She's more conservative than McCain which will shore up his conservative credentials.

Posted by: Adam | August 29, 2008 12:32 PM | Report abuse

I'm not voting for any woman who has a newborn baby with Downs Syndrome at home and chooses to spend her life on the campaign trail and not with her family. BTW, I'd feel the same about any man in her position as well.

Posted by: Beverly C | August 29, 2008 12:32 PM | Report abuse

A woman for VP? America and world are not ready for that. There are no women on the world stage in politics today that are successful.

Posted by: Simon | August 29, 2008 12:32 PM | Report abuse

Hope no one is stating that Palin has a lack of experience. She has more executive experience right now that Obama has.

Posted by: Aurorean1 | August 29, 2008 12:32 PM | Report abuse

44 is not young.

70 is old.

Lets have younger people. Old people suck. They can't even swipe a credit card at the supermarket.

They should be smarter. They saw the world change.

44 is not a young lady lets be realistic.
70 is not a ready to act lady.

its an old lady

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 12:32 PM | Report abuse

she'll resign when she's crucified by al the dems and reps! she's in for some serious ragging! I kand of feel sorry for her.

Posted by: jerseygirl | August 29, 2008 12:31 PM | Report abuse

Speaking as an Alaskan who will hate to see Gov. Palin leave. It is hard to set back and see everyone try to cut her to shreds without even knowing what kind of a women shes is. She has been outstanding as our Gov. and is the best thing to happen to Alaska in 20 years. And No Alaska not the front runner political game but we were smart enough to pick Sara Palin as our Governor and she has been a tremendous and well respected part of our Alaska history and we are much richer for having a stand up Governor. Get off of your high horses and get a life.

Posted by: TH | August 29, 2008 12:31 PM | Report abuse

"Obama and Biden cannot attack her on experience, given Obama has less executive experience than Sarah and she's been Governor for 2 years with ratings in the 80s."

An 80% approval rating in AK means that 16 oil workers support you, and 4 fish cannery workers oppose you.

This is Alaska, pal. The fact that they have even three electoral votes is the result of a Constitutional pity party.

Posted by: Mastodon Juan | August 29, 2008 12:31 PM | Report abuse

This is a ridiculously over-calculated pick. McCain isn't a maverick, more like an erratic, try-anything politician. Palin is not the kind of VP we need at this point in history; more inexperienced governing at a time when we need major changes. I think people will see this for the crazed move it is - in time.

Posted by: Barry Connolly | August 29, 2008 12:31 PM | Report abuse

Female VOTES are up for grabs and McCain pounced on that opportunity. If Obama really wanted to win, he would have put his ego aside and added Hillary to his ticket. That would have locked up the female votes and this race would have been a landslide. You better hope the African American votes are astonishing and that the younger generation comes out to vote for the so called "CHANGE" Bull S***. America, there is CHANGE in every election what makes you think Obama will shake things up any better then anyone else. His CHANGE comments need to start reflecting some facts and how he plans on changing our Economy, foreign affairs, health care, etc. except just reiterating CHANGE in every other sentence.

Posted by: DC | August 29, 2008 12:31 PM | Report abuse

Her kids aren't "raised". They're just abandoned.

Posted by: Karl | August 29, 2008 12:31 PM | Report abuse

What are the odds that McCain will be writing a "How I lost another War" book in January 2009?

Posted by: Tomek G | August 29, 2008 12:31 PM | Report abuse

McCaine underestimates Hillary voters with this. She is probably going to be the Secretary of State anyway.

Posted by: Lola | August 29, 2008 12:31 PM | Report abuse

The Democrats must be giddy about McCain's first really big decision.

Wisdom:

President Sarah Palin, Commander in Chief !!


Next:

Temperament


p.s. What was wrong with Romney who could beat up the Obama/Biden tandem singlehandedly on the Economy debate? Was the thinking to deflect the spotlight away from the 7 homes issue? Cowardly.

What a huge miscalculation.

Posted by: ROPO | August 29, 2008 12:30 PM | Report abuse

By the way, where is Bridget, John's McCain's adopted child? Why is she being hidden? Seems odd.

Posted by: Chuck | August 29, 2008 12:30 PM | Report abuse

Bill Crystal thinks she's "fantastic". That tells me all I need to know. There is no way I'm voting for McCain.

Posted by: Godwhacker | August 29, 2008 12:30 PM | Report abuse

A woman of five children including a newborn with special needs. Hm! How much time does she get to spend with her children or is that not considered a necessity any more?

Then again, McCain may think that the VPs position is merely decorative (more 20th, er 19th century thinking) and hope she can handle it. In fairness, she IS the Gov of Alaska! So her children are not an issue, I guess.

However the pick stinks of a blatant attempt at getting as many women to vote for him. I am sure I am going to hear their campaign spout how Obama should have selected Clinton - driving that message to divide a probably still polarized Democratic constituency.

Politics as usual.

Posted by: Vinny | August 29, 2008 12:30 PM | Report abuse

McCain is severely underestimating women's intelligence if he thinks simply selecting her (or any woman) will have women en masse suddenly supporting him!
Posted by: lafleur | August 29, 2008 12:26 PM

I’m questioning your intelligence! Is Obama qualified to run the country!!!!????!!!

WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE!!!!!

Posted by: willy8 | August 29, 2008 12:30 PM | Report abuse

Why would McCain pass up a an educated, experienced black woman - Condoleeza Rice, and pick an unexperienced white woman?
If he wants an 'outsider', then pick a business person.

The poor choices we have for president only confirms that fact that we have no real competition for this office. We need more than the '2 party' system.

Posted by: Robert Burns | August 29, 2008 12:30 PM | Report abuse

Speaking as an Alaskan who will hate to see Gov. Palin leave. It is hard to set back and see everyone try to cut her to shreds without even knowing what kind of a women shes is. She has been outstanding as our Gov. and is the best thing to happen to Alaska in 20 years. And No Alaska not the front runner political game but we were smart enough to pick Sara Palin as our Governor and she has been a tremendous and well respected part of our Alaska history and we are much richer for having a stand up Governor. Get off of your high horses and get a life.

Posted by: TH | August 29, 2008 12:30 PM | Report abuse

A woman will not succeed as VP or president in this country. They are just not capable of doing this man's job.

Posted by: Raymund | August 29, 2008 12:30 PM | Report abuse

Great pick. The panic by the dem bloggers is palpable.

Posted by: Jason | August 29, 2008 12:29 PM | Report abuse

HOW obvious is this that McBush, I mean, McCain, chose this woman only because she is a woman?? Thinking that will manipilate Hilary votes going to Obama?? Terrible choice if that is his reason, so many others to choose from too- he does like them young oh well.

Posted by: Theresa | August 29, 2008 12:29 PM | Report abuse

Who?

Posted by: Mike | August 29, 2008 12:29 PM | Report abuse

Any woman who can raise 5 kids and still make a difference in her community like she does not only CAN but SHOULD be vice president! You go girl! And way to go McCain!

Posted by: Mahana | August 29, 2008 12:29 PM | Report abuse

I see my fellow democrats are throwing out the old scare tactic of Supreme Court Justices. For those that are young Obama supporters please realize that a Supreme Court Justice is nominated by the President and then MUST be approved with at least a majority of the Senate......dems are holding the Senate majority and therefore no one will be appointed to Supreme Court without democrats approval by majority.

Obama had his chance and chose to select another male less qualified than Hillary albeit a good man. The Super Delegates had their chance to do their only job and nominate the only and most electable candidate.....they chose to nominate the candidate that used race baiting and sexism to gain a very few more elected delegates than Hillary while Hillary won the most popular votes. The democratic party did this to themselves and I will be voting McCain 2008, the man that John Kerry seriously considered for his own VP in 2004.

Posted by: Jodi | August 29, 2008 12:29 PM | Report abuse

Is somebody with such limited experience ready to be president ? I doubt it...

Posted by: Robert | August 29, 2008 12:29 PM | Report abuse

Good Chose Really, But Alaska? Talk about outsider. People in Alaska don't generally refer to themselves as American’s but Alaskans. A state rich in oil, and other natural resource, Alaska only has a middle class. Now you can debate this, but in a vary real senses its true. You don't have homeless because you would die on the streets in the winter. It is so different for the lower 48 it's like another country. So If you want to say your an Outsider you can't do any better job then that.

Posted by: Mark Hidden | August 29, 2008 12:29 PM | Report abuse

...I haven't laughed this loudly since Rudi Guiliani talked on Frauds News on the so called off shore drilling by CHINA on the coast of Cuba....which was a FRAUD also

Five reasons why Sarah Palin is a laugh-out
loud ridiculious choice!!!

Seriously? Sarah Palin for VP? It's one thing for millions of voters to put forward a sitting senator as a possible commander in chief, but for John McCaint
to hand-pick a first-term governor of a tiny state is bizarre.

Here are five reasons why, if she is the pick, this is a huge mistake:

1. There goes McCain's best argument.

He cannot say Obama is not ready but she is. Obama started organizing his campaign for president the same month she was sworn in to lead the third-smallest state's government.

2. She has no base of support.

Obama won his senate seat with 3,597,456 votes, that's more than five times the population of Alaska. He has won more than 18 million votes in a long, tough primary that tested him and prepared him.

How has she been tested?

She lost her first bid for statewide office, then won the governor's office with 114,697 votes, not a majority, but enough to take office.

And apparently, enough to set her up for the Oval Office.

3. The "woman card" will backfire.

She's no Hillary Clinton..none of the MEN
in the RNC/GOP lie machine could have come
as well it would be different if she were known to anyone or qualified or something.

4. Alaska, a corrupt hinterland.

Yes, she is a hard-nosed, tough reformer. But the McCaint campaign will have to deal with the fact that Alaska seems like a foreign land as corrupt as Louisiana.

It's longtime senator will stand trial smack dab in the middle of this campaign season, and McCaint may have to vote to remove him from office.

Yes, they can spin it that she is someone cleaning up the mess up there, but what Americans realize is that they don't know much about what goes on up there. Will they be comfortable with her?

5. Was this McCaints choice?

It seems clear that McCaintwanted to go with Lieberman but was talked out of it by the right wing of his party. Rove admits calling Lieberman to ask him to pull his name out. Bush lost his way because he never stood up to Rove et. al.

McCaint' once again is headed down the same path to ruin and political suicide

....So McCaint wanted a VP with nothing to add but an ample bosom...how laughable.....and sorely pathetic

McCaint..."The candidate does not speak for the Campaign...."

And what about this.....

So Palin once again bows to the Alaska Outdoors Council which is so worried it might not have enough Alaskan wildlife to kill for trophies, eh?

The federal biologists have shown the polar bears are in trouble.

Alaska state biologists have warned they are in trouble. Even the Natives along the Northern Coastal Plain have noted how things are getting worse for the polar bears.

But, like Palin, there are commenters in this discussion who are willing to sell Alaska down the drain for a few oil-soaked dollars. I can see the true VECO mentality (?) is alive and well and can be found here in their comments.

Palin allows airborne killing of wolves and bears, wants polar bears to remain huntable for trophies, and has generally shown she is even worse than Murkowski could ever have been when it comes to selling out our wildlife to the highest bidder.

...Well if Dick (Satan) Cheney Bush2's VP can kill small fowl from his limousine and shoot other hunters in the face ...great choice McCaint ...a great choice.....

And I guess its all true that.....anothe VP can shoot from flying airplanes heliocopters and other flying dirigibles (balloons)..its okay...

"The Candidate does not speak for the Campaign...."

Posted by: AlexP1 | August 29, 2008 12:29 PM | Report abuse

Look it comes down to this. Would you choose Hitler to rule your country?

Many of you RED idiots would! You would choose Adolf Hitler over Obama if this was before WWII.

A black man? No way lets choose Hitler he has experience!

Go to hell Texas and your follower states. One day we might have to leave this country because of you.

Thank god we won the civil war. Hah your god helped you loose you morons.

Thank Jesus the north won the war. We should do it again if Obama looses.

I AM NOT PROUD TO BE AN AMERICAN ! OR AT LEAST I HAVE NOT BEEN IN 8 YEARS.

Posted by: Mike Miller | August 29, 2008 12:29 PM | Report abuse

"HERE'S THE REAL ARGUMENT:

Obama = No experience
Palin = No experience

The BIG difference, Palin is NOT running for PRESIDENT! "

Here is another idiot. Both have experience, Obama jus has 12 years more. AND PALIN IS RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT. McCain is old, and what if he dies? Then we have someone with less eperience then Obama has president, exactly what the republicans are trying to make you afraid of.

McCain = Hypocrit.

Obama is not ready to lead, but some lady from Alaska, that has done nothing, is.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 12:29 PM | Report abuse

How can she be the best mother she can be to that disabled child and her other 4 children while out campaigning 24-7? I don't see how evanglelicals can support someone who puts party before family duty.

Posted by: Karl | August 29, 2008 12:29 PM | Report abuse

Alright, so it the young Governor from Alaska, Sarah Palin.

Its time for Hillary to stump, she can remind women, as she did in her incredible speech the other night, that it is about the issues. And when it comes to a woman's right to choose, and about a record of fighting for health care and equal pay for equal work... when it comes to those things, electing a Democrat is the only choice.

Posted by: Blake | August 29, 2008 12:28 PM | Report abuse

Wow, what a bunch of whiners. The Obamanauts are really short on oxygen today. And reading such an impartial article too(yes,sarcasm). roll out the attacks already. Good luck with your "change" platform. Experience? Palin is the only person on either ticket that actually Has executive experience. Hmm 2 years actually doing the job versus 4 years wanting it and 2 years shirking the job he was elected to so he could pursue another job. No comparison, geniuses. All I read in the negative comments is hope slipping away for you liberals. Killing wolves? being confused about her Down's syndrome baby?(she knew Before delivery idiot) You donkeys are really reaching. Maybe your Veep can steal another speech and wow you with his creativity. Go take another bong hit and it will all be over soon.

Posted by: pedant | August 29, 2008 12:28 PM | Report abuse

I say we need more beauty queens on Capital Hill!

And less Rumsfelds and Cheny's!

Posted by: Mike | August 29, 2008 12:28 PM | Report abuse

Wow, MaCain has become a risk taker alright! I am sure this lady, Palin is a decent and quite capable in her own right. But consider her as a possible president of US, she looks very shakey to me. She was a runner up beauty peagant in a small state(wow!)but I can see that was a long, long time ago, got BA degree in something so mediocre in a small town Uni(wow again!). So she became the mayor of 8,000 people- I am sure most of them were senior citizens who would vote for anyone who took trouble to talk to them in their kitchen. Has been a governor for a year and a half in a sleepy, desolate state where everybody is busy having hibernation! My goodness, this busy-body mom certainly seems to have the brain, looks and that all important credential to run this country alright!

Posted by: thisworld | August 29, 2008 12:28 PM | Report abuse

Malil: "Can a woman really be effective in governing? PMS and mood swings. A female president or VP is not a good idea in a world controlled by men. She will be out maneuvered on the international stage. We need real MEN for this job."

Say hello to the new Operation Chaos approach, in which Republicans posing as Obama supporters pretend to be sexist opponents of the female VP.

There's a special place in hell for you lying scum.

Posted by: Mastodon Juan | August 29, 2008 12:28 PM | Report abuse

Wow. I've seen this woman interviewed on television. She's certainly accomplished a fair amount, but she's a lightweight. This woman should not be "a heartbeat away from the presidency"--especially when the president's heart is 72 years old! I cannot see her being Commander in Chief.

Posted by: LuckyLynnzie | August 29, 2008 12:28 PM | Report abuse

I am embarrassed to be a Republican! McCain choosing her is very much like Obama not choosing Hillary: no respect for who came in second. Duh! McCain should have chosen Huckabee. The election was just lost.

Posted by: reaganw | August 29, 2008 12:27 PM | Report abuse

McCain expires, America inherits soccer Mom with special needs baby as POTUS. Putin launches missile attack.

Posted by: OMG....lol | August 29, 2008 12:27 PM | Report abuse

That's it, I'm done with this Republican Party and I want them to hear it loud and clear! I'M VOTING FOR THR DEMOCRATS THIS YEAR!!!

Posted by: James | August 29, 2008 12:27 PM | Report abuse

Absurd pick for McCain. He had a good shot heads-up against Obama with Romney on economic issues or Pawlenty to get out the base.

I think Biden's kind of creepy but he's Chruchill compared to Sarah Palin.

Posted by: DexterManley | August 29, 2008 12:27 PM | Report abuse

good pick McCain. She's pretty hot.

Posted by: oogabooga | August 29, 2008 12:27 PM | Report abuse

The Vice Presidency is no place for a girl.

Posted by: Thoughtful Voter | August 29, 2008 12:27 PM | Report abuse

Aside from possibly appealing to women voters, the selection of a relatively inexperienced person for VP may well invite a comparison to the relative inexperience of the Democrats Presidential choice.

Posted by: Jim | August 29, 2008 12:27 PM | Report abuse

Is McCain an idiot? I am really quite glad that a woman is on a ticket, but couldn't he pick a woman who actually makes sense? McCain is obviously just stumbling through decisions like always. Obama is too young but Palin, 3 years younger, is old enough? What a waste of all those dollars questioning age. McCain can't have it both ways... It seems he just picked a name out of a hat. This is quite obviously just an attempt to out "shock" the other ticket's "shock" value. I won't be voting for the Bush/McCain ticket.

Posted by: Guest08 | August 29, 2008 12:27 PM | Report abuse

McCain picks his running mate like he flew his jet in the war,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, he is gonna crash again .

Posted by: Gary | August 29, 2008 12:27 PM | Report abuse

You've got to be kidding me! What was he thinking? I am a life long Republican and woman. I think he's insulted me and all voters with this choice. She makes Bush sr.'s choice of Dan Quayle look GOOD. McCain has only convinced me to vote for Obama.

Posted by: Kim | August 29, 2008 12:26 PM | Report abuse

I wonder if the rug matches the curtains.

Posted by: Harry Thatchsquatch | August 29, 2008 12:26 PM | Report abuse

This is such an insult to Hillary supporters and voters. Hillary is brilliant, experienced and to pander to women with this pick after pouncing on Obama for "experience" is beyond reason. Palin has been a governor of a sparsely populated state without much diversity for less than 2 years. Really. McCain just lost the judgement arguement.

Posted by: cilla | August 29, 2008 12:26 PM | Report abuse

I know nothing of Palin. I'm sure she's a good enough person. But seriously, of all qualified women in the US? The capitol of Alaska isn't even accessible by road from the rest of Alaska, never mind the rest of the country. Moose, I'm pretty sure, out-number humans. Pretty sure she's not ready to take over running the country quite yet.
McCain is severely underestimating women's intelligence if he thinks simply selecting her (or any woman) will have women en masse suddenly supporting him!

Posted by: lafleur | August 29, 2008 12:26 PM | Report abuse

you've got to be kidding, right? 2 years as queen of the frozen tundra and 10 years as chief of mooseknuckle village? thats one helluva resume. she'll know how to handle terrorists though, by god... shoot 'em and skin 'em. at least there's some comic relief paving Obama's path to the white house... we'll all be crying after that.

Posted by: the observer | August 29, 2008 12:26 PM | Report abuse

McCain is a genius, Palin is exactly was he needed.

Obama and Biden cannot attack her on experience, given Obama has less executive experience than Sarah and she's been Governor for 2 years with ratings in the 80s.

This is mainly a ploy to hold Republican voters and get independents and only then possibly a few Clinton backers. I suspect it had less to do with the later though.

What makes Sarah Palin not qualified to be President after 2 years of executive experience as Governor, while a first term Senator in Obama has???

Congratulations to Palin and McCain...the rude and idiotic responses from democraps abusing Sarah only shows that the NoBama supporters are afraid of this stroke of genius.

Posted by: Glen | August 29, 2008 12:26 PM | Report abuse

Obama/Biden, Al Gore, Bill Richardson, Susan Eisenhower and 80,000 supporters energized and inspired us watching them on TV. Yes we Can!

Democrats and Obamacans courting all Republican and Independent voters -

The Chantay's - Pipeline (Lawrence Welk Show)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j09C8clJaXo

Dean Martin & John Wayne
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sd5xBDdG9UI

Elvis Presley - Love Me Tender
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HZBUb0ElnNY

Matthew 7:7

Obamacan's - “The best defense against usurpatory government is an assertive citizenry.” William F. Buckley, Jr. quote

Vote Obama/Biden '08

Posted by: Yeil Raven | August 29, 2008 12:25 PM | Report abuse

Actually, McCain picking a woman for VP is the only strategic thing he's really done,so far. I think Hutchinson would have had more heft, but Palin will do. In any case, though, I think Obama/Biden will prevail. If anyone is happy with the last eight years, then it's a contest. If not, then voting for the same policies and expecting a different result is not only stupid, but is one definition of insanity. All the "maverick" cred that McCain had going in, he's lost having flip-flopped on everything to mollify the so-called Republican base. So, again, picking Palin is good strategy, but I don't believe it will win the battle.

Posted by: Abarafi | August 29, 2008 12:25 PM | Report abuse

CR. you are complaining because she does not have years of experience. Well, CR, how much experience does NOBAMA have....it is much less than Palin AND NOBAMA IS RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT. Women are more intelligent than men when it comes to dealing with adversaries and it takes less time to train a woman. She will have on the job training by a master.

WOMAN OF THE UNITED STATES; UNITE....WE NEED A WOMAN TO STRAIGHTEN OUT ALL THESE LIARS. Palin for VP and then President.

Posted by: Millie | August 29, 2008 12:25 PM | Report abuse

McCain just picked someone to live in his shadows if he were to be President. What could she possibly tell him? He did not pick a running MATE, he picked a maid that he can bully around. I thought he was the one throwing experience at us. Where is her experience? He'll rather win an election than pick a real VP for America. Does this ring a bell? If something was to happen to him, She will be our Commander in Chief? If he just wanted to pick a woman, there are plenty of experienced women he could have picked.
This is a joke.

Posted by: Eddy | August 29, 2008 12:25 PM | Report abuse

Anyone running with John McCain is also running for POTUS because of his age/health issues.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 12:25 PM | Report abuse

Well, John, there goes your "He's not ready" argument. Maybe you'll actually start to focus on what YOU stand for, besides more of the same.

Obviously, you think choosing Gov Palin will bring aboard all the Clinton supporters, none of whom support equal pay for women, the right to choose, or seeing to the financial security of their families.

Good luck - you're gonna need something more than a pretty female face to make you appealing to women.

Posted by: Dennis Berry | August 29, 2008 12:25 PM | Report abuse

Obama is too inexperienced to be Commander in Chief. Although I think he might do a decent job as a VP. McCain is experienced and has the youthful new thinking in a VP. VP isn't required to be experienced.

Obama is a male chauvinist who wouldn't pick a woman to be his VP even though she had millions of supporters.

I haven't been sold on McCain but I think this sealed the deal.

I'm going to pull one from the Obama book and say all of you who don't support McCain and his VP choice are sexist and hate women (sounds like someone accusing people against Obama that they are racist huh).

Too all of you who keep saying so much for Obama's lack of experience. I'm glad you are finally admitting he has no experience but your argument doesn't work because there is a difference between the President having no experience and the VP having no experience. What's more is she is the only one in the race who has any executive experience, even if it is only two years.

The same argument could be made about how Obama is about change then picked a person in Biden who has been in the same old crappy congress longer than McCain.

Posted by: SC | August 29, 2008 12:25 PM | Report abuse

Obama/Biden, Al Gore, Bill Richardson, Susan Eisenhower and 80,000 supporters energized and inspired us watching them on TV. Yes we Can!

Democrats and Obamacans courting all Republican and Independent voters -

The Chantay's - Pipeline (Lawrence Welk Show)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j09C8clJaXo

Dean Martin & John Wayne
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sd5xBDdG9UI

Elvis Presley - Love Me Tender
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HZBUb0ElnNY

Matthew 7:7

Obamacan's - “The best defense against usurpatory government is an assertive citizenry.” William F. Buckley, Jr. quote

Vote Obama/Biden '08

Posted by: Yei Raven | August 29, 2008 12:25 PM | Report abuse

Obama supporters got histerical. Because, they understand that they are done! They are now the history together with thier beloved Messiah!

Posted by: Greg | August 29, 2008 12:25 PM | Report abuse

obama...will be the death of this country...i'm sorry. mccain isn't the best choice ever either...but at least he isn't out to ruin us.

PS. obama will probably be shot within the first month or two of his term.

just saying.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 12:12 PM
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Interesting comments today. Some sexist, some negative obviously posted by the GOP acting like Obama supporters, and this one which really does take the cake. Very interesting indeed.

Posted by: Beingsensible | August 29, 2008 12:25 PM | Report abuse

I have always voted democrat, but was disappointed that Hillary was not chosen for VP by the party that professes "change" and "equal pay for equal work" for women. Hillary has put in a h-of a lot more work into this country than Obama. As "pay" she gets labeled a 'racist' by the Obama people...
I have been anxiously waiting McCain's announcement for VP. An anti-abortionist!?!?? wolf-killer!?!? what a disappointment!!! Palin is another Ma Ferguson. Mitt Romney would have been the perfect choice.

Posted by: saraTX | August 29, 2008 12:24 PM | Report abuse

Bye Bye Barack

Posted by: M | August 29, 2008 12:24 PM | Report abuse

In some ways a smart move, the Dems cannot go after her for her inexperience because then they are just reinforcing the Rebubs argument against Obama.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 12:24 PM | Report abuse

Hail mary, anyone?

Posted by: Sharon | August 29, 2008 12:24 PM | Report abuse

HERE'S THE REAL ARGUMENT:

Obama = No experience
Palin = No experience

The BIG difference, Palin is NOT running for PRESIDENT!

Posted by: MikeD | August 29, 2008 12:23 PM | Report abuse

Who is really for change?

Barack Obama talks change but picks a Washington insider to be Vice President.

John McCain is the insider but picks someone who is a new mom, who lives as far away from DC as one can get.

You Decide!!!

Posted by: StarJet | August 29, 2008 12:23 PM | Report abuse

If he gets elected (hope not) and something happens to him, who is our next President?? Talk about lack of experience!! What do we know about her. . . Biden is the best choice for VP at least we know him and what he stands for. Just because she's a woman, give us more credit than that. It's about who will lead this country in the most effective way and get things done. Go Obama/Biden

Posted by: Give me a break | August 29, 2008 12:23 PM | Report abuse

A star team athlete shows she can work with others to achieve success. She can govern a state, shows she knows how to lead. Has a child with Downs, shows she hold’s true to her convictions even when others might fold. Think about it. What more could a person ask for in a leader? Dems better hope she spells potatoes wrong or something. Good luck with that. lol

Posted by: scott | August 29, 2008 12:23 PM | Report abuse

Johnny me boy ......

Whadda you nuts??

I'm drining my F-4 to the Obama Camp....

See Ya !

Posted by: jack | August 29, 2008 12:23 PM | Report abuse

This is the difference between Obama and McCain. Obama chooses a VP who complements his skills and brings strong experience and leadership to the ticket; a person who is actually qualified to be President. McCain picks a VP who will buy him some votes. I think American voters are intelligent enough to see through this thinly veiled political ploy.

Posted by: Ace Eli | August 29, 2008 12:23 PM | Report abuse

Wow, so assume (god forbid) John McCain's health/age become a limiting factor in his ability to govern the nation. Then we will have someone who was a mayor of small town in Alaska 2 years ago in the most powerful job on the planet. Sounds like the change America needs. : /

Posted by: Obama Guy | August 29, 2008 12:23 PM | Report abuse

Her age, if anything happens to McCain?
Her experience if anything happens to McCain?
Her ability to survive Washington DC summers?
How about a one on one hoops with Obama?

Makes perfect sense ..... if you know you're going lose?

Posted by: thebob.bob | August 29, 2008 12:22 PM | Report abuse

hey steve-o...

NObama is going to raise taxes not cut them. don't you ever comprehend what you read and hear?

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 12:22 PM | Report abuse

I think he did it to neutralize Biden who certainly cannot go into a debate with Pallin and beat up on her.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 12:22 PM | Report abuse

So… the oldest presidential candidate in history, with a medical record that runs to 1,100 pages, thinks it good judgement to put a governor with less than 2 years of experience in public life one heartbeat away from the Oval Office?

I feel safer already.

Posted by: johnzero | August 29, 2008 12:22 PM | Report abuse

This was clearly a political move by McCain. I hope Clinton's supporters are smart enough to see through this tactic. McCain has once again proven that he'll do ANYTHING to win this election. Not just any woman can gill the shoes of Hillary Rodham Clinton! Dirty politician McCain!!

Posted by: Terri | August 29, 2008 12:22 PM | Report abuse

Regarding the previous comment about Palin not being 45 until a month after the new president and vice president are sworn in (and thus not old enough to replace McCain if something happened to him during this timeframe), I believe the U. S. Consitution specifies 35 as the minimum age to serve as president. Thanks.

Posted by: Wade | August 29, 2008 12:22 PM | Report abuse

You should all be ashame for bring in a child into this. America has really changed I guess for the worse.And you say change is good.

Posted by: Sam | August 29, 2008 12:22 PM | Report abuse

She's hot!!!!

Posted by: Edward | August 29, 2008 12:21 PM | Report abuse

She only has 1 home!

Posted by: Leichtman | August 29, 2008 12:21 PM | Report abuse

Why all this immediate jumping to conclusions? Why not wait to see how she performs between now and the election?

Posted by: Walt | August 29, 2008 12:21 PM | Report abuse

Excellent move for McCain! Things are getting exciting, and the playing field just opened up. Obama's lackluster speech last night suggests he's already tired, and that's just from auditioning for the job. What would he be like IN the job. More and more mechanical, less and less inspiring? That's my bet. McCain has stamina for the long run, his life is a marathon. Now he's got a smart Washington outsider on this team. Things are looking up for the nation.

Posted by: maggie-- proud mama to a black child | August 29, 2008 12:21 PM | Report abuse

This Woman is a walking contradiction... Just look what comes up about her... Calls her prolife but believes in the death penalty, has gay friends but burdons their lives who her personal beliefs... I for one am glad McCain/McBush picked her...

Palin is strongly pro-life, a supporter of capital punishment [28], belongs to Feminists for Life.[9].

She opposes same-sex marriage, but she has stated that she has gay friends and is receptive to gay and lesbian concerns about discrimination.[9] While the previous administration did not implement same-sex benefits, Palin complied with an Alaskan state Supreme Court order and signed them into law.[29] She disagreed with the Supreme Court ruling[30] and supported a democratic advisory vote from the public on whether there should be a constitutional amendment on the matter.[31] Alaska was one of the first U.S. states to pass a constitutional ban on gay marriage, in 1998, along with Hawaii.[32] Palin has stated that she supported the 1998 constitutional amendment.[9]

Palin's first veto was used to block legislation that would have barred the state from granting benefits to the partners of gay state employees. In effect, her veto granted State of Alaska benefits to same-sex couples. The veto occurred after Palin consulted with Alaska's attorney general on the constitutionality of the legislation.[30]

Posted by: laj82 | August 29, 2008 12:21 PM | Report abuse

McCain/MILF 2008

*this would have made a nice show on The Lifetime Network but definitely not something I want to see as a reality show.

Posted by: Christopher London | August 29, 2008 12:20 PM | Report abuse

When does a major of town with a population of 7,500 and half-time governor of a forgotten state with no national/international experience become a viable alternative for Hillary (senator of NY/former first lady/ ranked top 100 lawyer)? This is a cheap effort to placate and an insult to all women nationwide. If McCain believes she has what it takes to be second in command he's a old fool. Speak about national security!!! I will happily vote Obama/Biden in a heartbeat

Posted by: JTG3 | August 29, 2008 12:20 PM | Report abuse

Women are not capable for this job. Go Obama- McCain!

Posted by: Zenron | August 29, 2008 12:20 PM | Report abuse

forget she is a woman.......she is just as qualified as the rest of them....being qualified has nothing to do with political experience.....theres plenty of advisers.....we need intelligence for a change......just get the moron bush out....

Posted by: wm musson | August 29, 2008 12:20 PM | Report abuse

Wow, it's a loose cannon, maverick pick. I thought it might be. It is just totally bizarre. We don't need a loose cannon, maverick in the White House. Out great country is too important both for the Americans that live in it and for the world America lives in. It is just a bizarre choice whether or not she is competent. I wish the Republican Party were stronger right now to provide a healthy push back.

Posted by: Thoren | August 29, 2008 12:20 PM | Report abuse

Wow! I was a lifelong Republican, but the pandering choice of McCain's VP finally convinced me, He will say or do anything to be elected. I'm voting OBAMA in November.

Posted by: Jim P | August 29, 2008 12:20 PM | Report abuse

McCain/Sarah Palin reminds me of the 1984 Mondale/Ferraro ticket. We respect both McCain and Sarah Palin. This makes Obama look more like Ronald Reagan whom he admires. Both Reagan and Obama have the positive message of their times. Perhaps its fitting that history will repeat itself in reverse in 2008.

This is Rove and Schmidt's last dance attempting to convince the American Voters that change with McCain is a ten percent gamble they should buy. McCain supported Bush over 90 percent of the time. Biden will do fine in his debates with Sarah whom he also admires and respects. He can also present a positive case for the Obama/Ticket to the voters. Biden's life story is American's story. His mom taught him well. The really battle will be between Biden and Rove, Schmidt and Republican attack machine. That scrappy kid from Scranton will come through for us all. Look for Rove and Schmidt to continue their relentless attack against the tides of change. History is no longer on their side. Obama understood this from the start, which is the reason 80,000 supporter's rally cry last night “Yes we can!” was heard across this country. Obama has been on the road for 19 months listening to the concerns of Americans. That roar that everyone hear last night was American's moment Democrats, Republicans and Independents joining together.

Al Gore, Bill Richardson and Susan Eisenhower also inspired us! When Susan ended her great speech with “Yes we can!” We cheered!

Susan Eisenhower -”The history of free men is never really written by chance but by choice; their choice!” Dwight D. Eisenhower Quote

“Few will have the greatness to bend history itself; but each of us can work to change a small portion of events, and in the total; of all those acts will be written the history of this generation.” Robert Kennedy Quote

Need a break from the Rove/Schmidt Republican PR machine?

Democrats Courting Republican and Independent Voters.

Guitar
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QjA5faZF1A8

America can wake up to have a beautiful day in November
U2- Beautiful Day
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=omFdpnSu57U

Change we can believe in.

Vote Obama/Biden '08


Posted by: Cooday | August 29, 2008 12:19 PM | Report abuse

big oil spent a pretty penny on her. They just bought anwar. do you really think mccain is a maveric? he is a politician dammit. Doesn't anybody else see this? I FEEL LIKE I'M TAKING CRAZY PILLS!

Posted by: drewnet | August 29, 2008 12:19 PM | Report abuse

This makes it interesting at least...However, I hope the women who wanted Hillary in office will come to their senses and support Obama. It's like that old saying - don't bite your nose to spite your face. If the Republicans stay in office, the war will continue, the oil companies and their cronies will get richer and the American middle class will continue to get poorer. Do the right thing, please. Vote for OBama in 08. There's too much at stake right now to cast a spite vote.

Posted by: GilliGalli | August 29, 2008 12:19 PM | Report abuse

Once again an examle of McCain's bad judgement. This is a move of desperation. McCain has just insulted the intelligence of most women. His record shows that he voted against almost every issue regarding women. Now he is scavenging for votes from women who supported Hilary. Women, I know you are smarter than that!

Posted by: Ms. Maryland | August 29, 2008 12:19 PM | Report abuse

People who use the word "McSame" have brains the size of peas.

Posted by: BobbyD | August 29, 2008 12:19 PM | Report abuse

So is Palin supposed to equal Clinton?

Common! Obama and Hillary are on the same track, same vision.

Hillary Clinton is one of the most capable leaders in the country. Palin is a gimmick.

Posted by: Peter | August 29, 2008 12:19 PM | Report abuse

Can anyone seriously see her as President and Commander in Chief? Seriously? McCain is a 72 year old, beat up, cancer survivor. I would think he'd pick someone that was more than a symbol ("gimmick" as one poster put it) to be his back up.

I can see the ad now: "John McCain picked a woman, that's right a WOMAN!! to be Vice President. Why didn't Obama? ASK HILLARY CLINTON. ....I'm John McCain and I'll approve anything that might help me win"

Posted by: KnowNothings | August 29, 2008 12:18 PM | Report abuse

I think it was a very smart move on McCain's part to pick a woman to be VP. It was more of an appeal to the conservative right and any Hilary voter's upset that she did not get the nomination.

Palin, does lack experience and it could undermine the "lack of experience" argument against Obama. But can someone tell me one major reform or bill that Obama has passed in his short term as a Senator? Talk is cheap and we still know nothing about who Obama is or stands for. It's all hype meant to placate voters upset with the Bush Administration. The Democrats control congress and they have been unable to pass any legislation. And you think Obama can do this? I doubt it. He was always not present when it came to critical votes. Windfall Profits Tax on Oil Companies = if your a business and your profitable you should pay tons of taxes for running a profitable business. If that's the case they should also be going after Google or the Tobacco companies for that matter too.

Like the Public Enemy song "Don't Believe the Hype." I can see through the rhetoric and I'll take McCain and Palin ticket over Obama and Biden. At least I know where McCain stands on the issues.

R

Posted by: Rob | August 29, 2008 12:18 PM | Report abuse

McCain's first judgment was a failure. Trying to attract non-existant Hillary voters by putting a skirt on the ticket is obvious, and an Insult to all thinking women. McCain's views on women including both of his wives are well known. Hillary voters for McCain only exist in the pea brain of Carl Rove. I could be wrong, someone please show me the logic in Sarah Palin volunteering to be the poster child for Female Politics for Dummies.

Posted by: Fareed H. Ansari | August 29, 2008 12:18 PM | Report abuse

For those that are leery of her since she is an unknown, lets think back to the days of george bush sr and his vp was dan quayle, another unknown.

McCain made the right choice, the perfect choice, in my opinion. Bravo to McCain!! You've always had my vote and will always get it.

Posted by: Rick | August 29, 2008 12:18 PM | Report abuse

5 kids? What health plan does SHE have and can the rest of America get on it. McCain's pick of Palin completely invalidates his arguments about experience as she has even LESS the Obama. She's also under investigation for abuse of power. I'm sure the Puma's will find some way to toss out logic and vote for a republican who has no intention of helping women's rights.

Interesting move but it just change the fact that if you look at the programs and the approach. Obama and Biden are a much better choice in comparison to McCain and ANYONE he would have picked. Though I thought Rice would have been a smarter choice.

Posted by: Avant Strangel | August 29, 2008 12:18 PM | Report abuse

reading this makes me laugh. sp many ridiculous opinions and statements. I'm an indepenent voter, and have no idea who I'm going to vote for.

Obama's speech was interesting, but a little contrarian. he is going to do all these wonderful things -- hire an army of teachers, cops, etc, rebuild the military, etc -- all while cutting taxes. that would be a neat trick. yes I agree corporations need to start paying more in taxes, but both dems and the GOP give many crazy tax breaks to corps.

MCCain's VP is interesting as well. I'm curious to hear his speech. then I can comment on that.

All in all, I think it is going to be a very, very close election.

Posted by: steve-o | August 29, 2008 12:18 PM | Report abuse

"John has just initiated change"

- Um, no. John hasn't initiated anything, poser. He picked an unknown woman for female votes.

He picked a female, for votes...
That's it.


He wants to bash Obama for inexperience, when this is an obvious trump card played out of desperation. (That is, if he even picked her)

Must mean John thinks he has plenty experience for the both of them. Considering his lousy service record (prior to capture), and thereafter in politics (considering he took Bush's stance, and look where we are now), he certainly has years under his belt. Plenty of so-called experience, but it's now wisdom he's earned through all that. Hasn't really earned anything in that department after all this time. He learned how to play the Republican game from Bush and company. And that's all it is, a giant 'who-uses-who' game they've orchestrated all these years, and will continue to do so under McCain's administration.

Posted by: An actual free mind | August 29, 2008 12:18 PM | Report abuse

This is the first Vice Presidential candidate that I ever wanted to bump uglies with.

Posted by: Christopher London | August 29, 2008 12:18 PM | Report abuse

Just to put things in perspective, the population of the entire state of Alaska is about the same as the cities of Austin, TX....or Memphis, TN....or Baltimore, MD (and we're talking about the city limits here, not the greater metropolitan areas). So, on the plus side, it opens up a whole new scope for who has sufficient "executive" experience to be the president of the world's only superpower (well, for a short time WAS the world's only superpower anyway).

Posted by: Suzie | August 29, 2008 12:18 PM | Report abuse

Apparently McCain doesn't care whether his VP could handle being president.

Not very smart for a man who would be the oldest president in history.

This is just a desperate and transparent attempt to appeal to women, with no consideration of what's really needed for the job.

Lousy judgment once again from McCain.

Posted by: David | August 29, 2008 12:18 PM | Report abuse

Finally we can overturn Roe. vs. Wade.

WHITE NOW!

Posted by: Hillary2012 | August 29, 2008 12:18 PM | Report abuse

Can a woman really be effective in governing? PMS and mood swings. A female president or VP is not a good idea in a world controlled by men. She will be out maneuvered on the international stage. We need real MEN for this job.

Posted by: Malil | August 29, 2008 12:18 PM | Report abuse


SHE'S DAN QUAYLES DRESS SIZE ANYWAY

Posted by: FriedPork | August 29, 2008 12:17 PM | Report abuse

Palin is an outsider, a reformer and a winner.

Posted by: pete | August 29, 2008 12:17 PM | Report abuse

Can you say desperation? Palin is no Hillary Clinton! If McCain thinks he can swing disgruntled Hillary voters with this selection he's sadly mistaken.

Posted by: nonsense. | August 29, 2008 12:17 PM | Report abuse

To think I was actually nervous that McCain would pick an impressive sleeper candidate. What a relief! A guy who has been running hard on experience, qualification, and credentials picks a novice governor from a state with virtually nothing in common with the rest of America. Hardly any record of governing, no background, no nothing.

She's kind of like one of those obscure Supreme Court nominees, isn't she? Sneak them in and let them go nuts.

I thought McCain had really made a lot of ground up prior to this. But he's basically admitted he has lost.

Let's see how tough the press will be on her. I'm sure she's an intelligent, wonderful woman, but McCain just threw away the one real advantage he had in this race: experience.

Posted by: Mastodon Juan | August 29, 2008 12:17 PM | Report abuse

I'd rather vote for someone who actually will do something for women than just vote for a woman.

Palin has no experience and her anti-choice values are a laugh - why, yes, she has a Down's child, but is she even there to take care of it? No. How very in touch with American women she must be!

McCain = more of the same, lies, overspending and bankruptcy. This makes no difference.

Posted by: Daisy | August 29, 2008 12:17 PM | Report abuse

I'm overwhelmed with optimism -- it's like McBain is handing the election to Obama. Maybe on some level he is trying to stick it to the Republicans for not letting him pick Lieberman.

In my estimation women are a lot more tuned into the issues than are men. It's like, sure we want a woman in the highest level of government, but this woman is no friend of women. Anyway, my point is that women are a lot smarter than men when it comes to politics -- obviously smarter than McBain.

Posted by: Scott from Michigan | August 29, 2008 12:17 PM | Report abuse

This shows McCain is a m0ron. He has no mind of his own and sits on the fence to see what's "most popular". Not a man you want in case of emergency. Obama has a spine and he gets my vote.

Posted by: Who gets it | August 29, 2008 12:16 PM | Report abuse

Can't wait to see how Palin is connected to the string of Alaskan GOP politicians being indicted. McCain/McCrook 08 (04-05 with good behaivior)

Posted by: will | August 29, 2008 12:16 PM | Report abuse

The larger question is who will Bugs Bunny pick for a running mate. All of you have become so swept up in the quadrennial farce you haven't noticed that our government has it's moral and constitutional mandate. Creeping fascism is gathering speed and coming to a town near you very soon.

Posted by: Ed Magowan | August 29, 2008 12:16 PM | Report abuse

Another triumph of marketing over wisdom.

Posted by: JByrd | August 29, 2008 12:16 PM | Report abuse

WOW I thought being a maverick would be to pick someone like Romney or Lieberman. But he caved to Limbaugh and his crowd.
I spoke to a couple of my friends in Alaska and they can NOT believe McCann picked her after her "issue" with her ex brother-in-law. I think McCann knows he is going to lose and didn't want to sink other more prominent politicians by picking them for the V-P slot.

Posted by: Gary | August 29, 2008 12:16 PM | Report abuse

Senator with no experience; raises taxes on business, economy collapses, China/Saudi Arabia buys the U.S….LOL

Wake up people! OBAMA’S LAWYER RHETORIC SPEECHES are a front for inexperience and pandering to the political winds

WAKE UP!

Posted by: McCain / Palin 08 | August 29, 2008 12:16 PM | Report abuse

Picking a VP mainly because of her gender rather than her credentials is insulting and Americans should see through it .. I hope.

Picking a PRESIDENT because of HIS half-race rather than HIS credentials is INSULTING and Americans should see it through!....ALL HOPE!

obama bin biden 08! forever NEVER MORE!

Posted by: beth | August 29, 2008 12:15 PM | Report abuse

To those who maintain Palin is pro-environment because of her residence in AK I say, HAH! She has pushed more for drilling in ANWR and a natural gas pipeline more than even Murkowski did. She HATES southeast Alaska and would do ANYTHING to move the capital while supporting moving it to a city that ROBS the state coffers by taking state funding without passing a municipal tax to subsidize it (Anchorage). And for those saying "don,t worry she's only the Veep," McCain IS getting up there in years and could die in office of natural causes. If Sarah Palin becomes President, I, as a resident of SE Alaska, am afraid of singing O' Canada within a day of her oath of office. I WAS voting McCain (I'm a registered independent) but its Obama '08 for me now. Thanks for settling my ambivalence, John. And by the way, I seem to remember the Dems picking a woman as a running mate once and it didn't help them (Ferraro, anyone). Talk about desperate!

Posted by: Sean | August 29, 2008 12:15 PM | Report abuse

Desperation....Can you smell it?

Posted by: DARRIN | August 29, 2008 12:15 PM | Report abuse

I have a question, what happens if he does die? She wont be the elligible age to be sworn in as pres and she certainly doesn't have enough experience. She was a mayor for God's sake. That's like giving a primary school teacher, college tenure. So what exactly is the Plan B? Like Iraq, there seems to be no Plan B here!

This seems to be just a calculated move to grab Hillary supporters. It shows that this ticket doesn't have much substance but is just into playing old politics and employing flash in the pan tactics.

Posted by: Kloche | August 29, 2008 12:15 PM | Report abuse

What a bunch up two faced jack-o-lanterns! First you Praise Obama because he is a "Washington Outsider" and when He picks Biden you highlight his long resume as a US Senator... yet "nothing says change like a senior citizen who has been a senator for 35 years."

At the same time you attack McCain for his longevity as a senator even though he has not served as long as Biden, and then you attack his VP choice because she is a washington outsider even though she has considerable more experience in politics as an EXECUTIVE officer of both a city and a state governments.

But I guess I shouldn't be surprised... most of you would be criticizing McCains VP no matter who it was. I can't wait to see the creative and pathetic ways you try and compare her to the evil Dick Cheney.

Posted by: karl | August 29, 2008 12:15 PM | Report abuse

It's awesome that sexists and racists will be staying home this election!

Posted by: Yes! | August 29, 2008 12:15 PM | Report abuse

McCain's had to choose Palin because she won his game of One Potatoe, Two Potatoe.

Posted by: hamishdad | August 29, 2008 12:15 PM | Report abuse

2 years governor of Alaska? Nothing against the folks in Alaska, but it's not like governing California, Texas, Florida or Michigan. On the other hand, Bush the First picked Dan Quayle and he won. Well, that totally undercuts the whole "is the VP pick important?" thread. OK...end of discussion.

Posted by: Ram | August 29, 2008 12:15 PM | Report abuse

Obama08!! wrote: "The man who hope's to be the oldest man ever elected to be president and has a questionable health level; has chosen a woman with not quite 2 years experience to be his replacement?"

Let me get this straight, Obama 3 years in Senate, no administrative experience, Marxist?Black Liberationists, Rev. Wright's disciple, Mayor Daily's boy????

As one who hoped HRC was the candidate, I have to consider McInsane's age and not wishing ill on McInsane, he may not last long. Thus the first female President with administrative experience lacking in Obama/Biden.

Posted by: starryperdun | August 29, 2008 12:15 PM | Report abuse

I am discusted by the democratic reaction to this pick. I never realized how sexist some democrats truly are. God what has happened to my party.

The democrats torpedoed Hillary because she is a woman and now they go after Palin without even knowing she is.

I am holding out judgement until I find out more. I must admit I am excited about this pick though. She seems much more impressive than the "chosen one" who's only claim to fame is a speech.

Posted by: Hillary2012 | August 29, 2008 12:14 PM | Report abuse

Is this the same woman who as Governor is under investigation for having her brother-in-law fired for domestic reasons?

I guess McSame said give me a woman, any ole' woman will do; oh, by the way, I'm a woman and I don't feel like I need to be congratulated on this choice.

McSame, the same person who laughed when one of his supporters called Hillary a B*#ch, called his wife a c*nt, left his first wife after her crippling accident picks a woman as his running mate. We can only imagine what names he'll be calling her during his cabinet meetings. Poor, poor Palin. I hear she's tough, maybe she can handle it; better yet maybe her husband is man enough to stiff kick McSame in his azz "when" he steps out of line.

Go McSame, you are the (old) man.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 12:14 PM | Report abuse

Have you ever stopped to think that it might be her credentials for facing two of the key issues in this election for swing voters, oil and the environment that have made her McCain's choice. Women ARE capable of being more than simply a woman. You can have all the experience in the world and its still meaningless if you haven't actually done anything. I think this race just got interesting, and yes, I am voting Republican for the first time ever, something I never thought I would do.

Posted by: Former Democrat | August 29, 2008 12:14 PM | Report abuse

The old corrupt Republican politics

John McCain is confused, showing signs of dementia and is mindlessly spouting lies from his sleazy, dishonest campaign. Another four years of Bush would totally destroy our country and this is what the American people would get with McCain. For the sake of our country, we must make sure that Barack Obama is elected President.

See http://www.Democracy-Now.us

Posted by: Joel | August 29, 2008 12:14 PM | Report abuse

Sorry, but this was not the best move. It gives the appearance of political aspirations to be the President by attracting the disenfranchised women voters over the needs of the country.

Our two biggest concerns are terrorism and the economy, and in that order. A McCain / Romney ticket would have nailed this election. This is disappointing...

Posted by: David | August 29, 2008 12:14 PM | Report abuse

From this moment the race is officially over!!! McCain is the president of the United States!!! And that is the Real Change and fresh air!!!

Posted by: Greg | August 29, 2008 12:14 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for filling the C-Span schedule, Sen. McCain. Looking forward to seeing the Palin, Ferraro, Edwards, Dole, Kemp, Leiberman roundtable.

Posted by: Kevin | August 29, 2008 12:14 PM | Report abuse

Talking about Mc Cain judgment, I think its coming out of his ass, I am so happy he picked her, she is very qualified and ready to be our commander in chief

Posted by: j | August 29, 2008 12:14 PM | Report abuse

Wow. This was a little surprising, but it does feel like a Rove-inspired choice. I think it will bring a lot of women out to vote, and it will draw a lot of moderate democrat soccer moms to think about voting McCain. Many of the HRC devotees will probably also consider making the jump, both to spite Obama and to maintain the excitement of a woman in the presidency. It's pretty impressive, really, from a strategic standpoint. I think it's very much a gamble, though. The debates will pretty much clear the air. Joe Biden will take this woman apart. Obama will probably best McCain in debates as well, and I have a feeling that McCain will probably fail to win in the "town hall" debate format that he claims as a strength. Very interesting choice, on many levels.

Posted by: FromDenver | August 29, 2008 12:14 PM | Report abuse

All the Hillary supporters who vote for McCain/Palin will get the supreme court justices they deserve.

Posted by: Dave | August 29, 2008 12:14 PM | Report abuse

Too bad that so many of the posters on this string don't know Sasquatch about Sarah Palin. Go ahead... criticize her.

I think that when the American people take a look at Gov. Palin, enough voters will like her and vote for the McCain ticket.

This kind of Veep pick is asymmetrical warfare against the Demorats. Really, the hard-core Demos don't know what they're in for with Palin.

Someone in this thread knocked Palin for her "experience" commanding the Alaska National Guard. OK, so she's not Gen. Petraeus. But Palin has had one more command tour than Barack (no middle name) Obama.

Palin has spent more time in the governor's mansion of a vast and complex state than Obama has spent serving in the US Senate (absent his time running for president, which is almost all of his time in the Senate).

And when it comes to energy, you'd better watch out. Unlike probably anyone on this thread (except me), at least Palin has been to the North Slope and ANWR. She actually knows what's going on with Arctic energy development. (Go ahead, ask her anything. I dare you. Show how smart you are by asking her a hard question. Then get set to shut up and listen.)

And at any debate Palin will just crush Biden in terms of knowledge of how things work in the energy world. And her positions on abortion & guns will rally the Republican base like de man bangin' de kettle drum. Watch out, Joe Biden -- your greatest weakness is your insecurity about your knowledge of everything.

Palin can actually discuss how she cobbled together the beginnings of one of the world's largest natural gas pipleines, a $30 billion project out of the Arctic, through Canada and down to the Lower 48. How's that for being able to work with business, Native Tribes, the Canadians. Anyone here done anything like that lately????

No, I didn't think so. And for sure, not Obama or Biden.

Posted by: Arctic Fox | August 29, 2008 12:14 PM | Report abuse

Politically, it may make some sense. Making the announcement the day after Obama gives his acceptance speech and going into the GOP convention seems calculated to gain an edge with the news cycle, just as Obama and Biden take off on a bus tour. I imagine that the McCain campaign are hoping that news about Palin and all the media "discussion" of the significance of the pick and perhaps curiosity to find out who this woman is will take the Obama campaign off the air for a few days.

Beyond that, McCain has invited people to question his judgement in the first significant decision of his "Presidency in Waiting." The rule is supposed to be "do no harm." Does McCain think it is manifestly obvious that she is ready to take over? Obama may still need to convince voters on some level that he is ready, but in his first presidential decision, he made, as Clinton said, a 'grand slam.' Biden is obviously a qualified second. Who has shown greater judgement?

I think this will backfire, though it is 'out of the box.'

Posted by: dch | August 29, 2008 12:14 PM | Report abuse

Clearly, McCain's selection of Governor Palin has the DnC (any wonder why, with this acronym the Dem Party is PRO-ABORTION?) running scared, like crazed court jesters trying to deflect attention from the fact that Obama/Biden is a loser. Barry's choice of Joe only proves up Barry's weaknesses and reverts back to the Washington Insider game that he claims to hate. McCain's choice looks to the future, asserts true reform. McCain doesn't need to shore up any weaknesses, because he doesn't have any. This selection, decried by the People's Republik, amplifies why he is the right man for POTUS. He didn't cower in his selection, he made a courageous choice. True enough, Governor Palin is untested as a national level politician. But Obama's only test on the national level has been this campaign...as he has done literally nothing in the US Senate during his term, other than run for President. True enough Governor Palin is a new, fresh name. But, Obama has been using this to his advantage these past 18 months. So, ask yourselves, is it okay that the candidate for POTUS is untested and unknown, and not okay that the VEEP candidate is? If you have any brain capacity you have to answer, "no." If it is good for the gander, it has to be okay for the goose. Frankly, I fear for Joe Biden in their debates. Governor Palin is accomplished at bringing down "institutional candidates." She destroyed Governor Murkowski and former Governor Knowles. She is young and vibrant and Biden will appear old and stodgey when confronted by her. She has the power of principle behind her. He only has his own arrogance and ambition. He cannot answer the criticism that just a few months ago he proclaimed to the nation that Barack Obama was "not prepared to be President."
History is being made in this election, regardless of outcome.

Posted by: RedMeat | August 29, 2008 12:13 PM | Report abuse

Well frankly, I have more than mixed emotions about anyone having 5 children, because I don't think the earth can stand such profligacy. But there's no doubt in my mind that if you do have five children, one of whom has special needs, they take more care and presence than the Vice President of the US can give them.

I'm all for women having careers, and there are plenty of ways to be a responsible mom and a responsible worker. I can't imagine that this combo is one of them.

Posted by: Christine | August 29, 2008 12:13 PM | Report abuse

"The McCain campaign picked someone who didn't have any embarrasing record to be disclosed."

Except for that nasty little abuse of power investigation where had to have a state trooper fired for divorcing her sister.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 12:13 PM | Report abuse

Rex, your "McCain has a history of dumping others for attractive women" is offensive

Adultery is a very personal choice that WE cannot judge. Shame on you.

Posted by: Leichtman | August 29, 2008 12:13 PM | Report abuse

(In response to Jessica...)

Pardon my saying so, but yours is a thoughtless post. You're obviously in the Obama camp, but Obama who?

Who really knew who Obama was before this race? Most people had never even heard of him and he is running for the top-spot.

Even at this point do we really know him or just what the media passes on to us? Look at his affiliation with an anti-American, racist church and wonder.

Posted by: Larry | August 29, 2008 12:13 PM | Report abuse

Oh, yeah, I forgot. My prediction is that McCain is just about to blubber his way through another strait-talk speech...

Posted by: Bubba Tex | August 29, 2008 12:13 PM | Report abuse

Reps knew that this election is for Democrats. So Oil lobby decided to choose a Barbie girl so that there is no opposition to dril in Alaska.

How can a showgirl lead USA at heartbeat away..

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 12:12 PM | Report abuse

sure Sara Barracuda.... All I have to say is McCain just jumped the shark........

Posted by: erikd | August 29, 2008 12:12 PM | Report abuse

obama...will be the death of this country...i'm sorry. mccain isn't the best choice ever either...but at least he isn't out to ruin us.

PS. obama will probably be shot within the first month or two of his term.

just saying.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 12:12 PM | Report abuse

Cool. So we'll have either a black President or a woman vice President come next year. I admit that I don't know who I'm going to vote for, but this campaign so far has had quite a few twists and turns.

Posted by: Ricky | August 29, 2008 12:12 PM | Report abuse

caroler:
Save the wolves! Kill the HUMAN babies!

Posted by: beth | August 29, 2008 12:12 PM | Report abuse

hello mccain/pallin. goodbye anwar.

I will miss those polar bears. at least I got my gass guzzler.

Posted by: drewnet | August 29, 2008 12:12 PM | Report abuse

This is a great pick!
The Obama campaign falls into a debate regarding experience needed to be President. This is the campaign headed by a nominee who has never held a job for more than four years, served in the US Senate while constantly running for President and was a totat unknown before his speech four years ago.
Gov. Palin will appeal to women who will be reminded how Obama and his adoring media hammered Hiliary Clinton in the primaries. Wait till you see Gov. Palin this week at the convention. She is impressive! The base will be energized over the pick. Remember how the base beat Kerry and his slimeball VP four years ago. The pick reinforces the maverick image. It will be interesting how Biden deals with her in the debate. It is going to be an interesting Fall!

Posted by: Steve | August 29, 2008 12:12 PM | Report abuse

Palin is a Neocon Republican gimmick. McCain's mental health is now a significan campaign issue that goes well beyond his temperment and anger management issues. Has McCain suffered from PTSD, is he suffering from the onset of senility or Alzheimers?

Posted by: Christopher London | August 29, 2008 12:11 PM | Report abuse

What a cynical move on the part of McCain! A bid to pull in Clinton supporters, but a choice with little experience.

Posted by: J Rose | August 29, 2008 12:11 PM | Report abuse

Picking a VP mainly because of her gender rather than her credentials is insulting and Americans should see through it .. I hope.

Posted by: kyt08 | August 29, 2008 12:09 PM

Picking a president candidate not qualified to be president is irresponsible an idiotic!

Democrats should be ashamed of themselves!

Posted by: Former Marine | August 29, 2008 12:11 PM | Report abuse


WILL NEVER WORK

McSame must think women are stupid to buy into this. The media is going to have a field day with this. What a pandering insult.

Posted by: proObama | August 29, 2008 12:11 PM | Report abuse

The litmus test: Did you vote for Bush twice and are not embarassed? Many of the people responding to this thread rather talk about Obama's inexperience rather than looking at the current learning-disabled president who has just about screwed up everything he has touched. Thousands maimed and dead while Osama Bin Laden walks the earth. As a lifeling REPUBLICAN i am totally amazed at how stupid our party has become. I now see that party loyalty should not put before intelligence.

Posted by: robertblair | August 29, 2008 12:11 PM | Report abuse

So, McCain chooses a woman (another beauty queen!) in hopes of getting women's votes. What I have heard does not impress me. If she is as ideological and conservative as I have heard and read, women who would like to keep their right to choose better not choose McCain & Palin.
She does not have the experience as being mayor of a small town in Alaska for 2 years and as governor of Alaska for 2 years to step in an be president if something happens to McCain whose age presents a risk for all sorts of physical and cognitive problems.
This woman will vote for Obama & Biden, not for 4 more years of the same misdirection, malfeasance, and corruption we have suffered through with Bush et al.

Posted by: abby0802 | August 29, 2008 12:11 PM | Report abuse

Joe said: "Actually, Palin has LESS experience than Obama. I thought McCain said this was no time for on the job training?"

Hahaha, Joe, you crack us up - the person who actually said that about NObama was Joe Biden...

Posted by: Scott | August 29, 2008 12:10 PM | Report abuse

Strategically, this makes no sense. Exactly which state will switch because of Palin?

McCain is so out of touch that he really thinks this election is only about have the first Woman or African American in the White House. He is really really lost.

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Posted by: Chris Stewart | August 29, 2008 12:10 PM | Report abuse

History does repeat itself, once again Pandering John strays with a younger woman.

Posted by: tom | August 29, 2008 12:10 PM | Report abuse

Awesome choice by the old man. I think that strategy will insult any women with a mind, and nullify that gain. At the same time, it will open McCain right up to the same criticisms he's been throwing towards Obama. The GOP is a dying horse. Put it down.

Posted by: Harp | August 29, 2008 12:10 PM | Report abuse

McCain expires, America inherits soccer Mom with special needs baby as POTUS. Putin launches missile attack.

Posted by: HaHa...lol | August 29, 2008 12:10 PM | Report abuse

this is an excellent choice on the part of mccain; he can get the voters who loved hillary so much because she was a woman.

hopefully the rest of the nation will open its eyes and realize the extent and effects of obama's socialist agenda and vote republican.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 12:10 PM | Report abuse

you remember the prom queen who allways got her way say hello to your vp choice no experience has not seved alaska well i know im one. and i'm not taken in by her smile behind it is a rigid my way or the highway perfect mcbush attitude. pathetic choice but when you have nothing going for your ticket and all you care about is your personnel ego not the country.
you pick a inexperienced woman hoping hillarys woman are foolish enough to fall for this ploy

Posted by: rw | August 29, 2008 12:10 PM | Report abuse

If McCain is truly concerned about experience, why did he make this pick? Does he think she has the experience to be commander and chief? If Barack Obama's 'lack of experience' puts this country in danger if he is elected, what happens to the country if president Mccain is elected and then dies or becomes incapacitated? If experience for the office of president is such a fundamental criteria for McCain, what does this VP pick reveal about his judgement? Who is the real McCain? This is not the McCain of 2000 and this is not the McCain that started this run at the presidency. His campaign is either cynical or disoriented.

Posted by: Patrick | August 29, 2008 12:10 PM | Report abuse

THERE IS ONE POINT: BUSH'S PARTY IS THE HELL: LET'S OBAMA DO THINGS

Posted by: jojo | August 29, 2008 12:10 PM | Report abuse

Why do Democrats care so much who McCain picks as VP, if you're so sure Obama is going to win in a landslide? This pick -- and the immediate hostile reaction to it from Obama supporters -- demonstrates the REAL extent of the potential defection to the GOP by Democratic Party women.

Posted by: prettierthanthou | August 29, 2008 12:10 PM | Report abuse

you people have no idea.

Nothing is what it seems. These candidates are mere puppets in a giant theatrical show. You really think this country, or this world for that matter, is controlled or influenced by people that come from no where?

The rabbit hole is much deeper than you think. Politics, the economy, and the "American way of life" is nothing but smoke and mirrors to cover over reality. All of these candidates, Obama, Biden, McCain, Palin were chosen by the same non-party affiliated group for one purpose, just like all the presidents have been for decades.

Get ready for some real changes.

Posted by: too bad | August 29, 2008 12:09 PM | Report abuse

Seems we have a few pig headed morons on today. For all the change NOBAMA offers sure seems McCain is the one showing him up on the floor. And lets see these debates that NOBAMA will win against McCain 10 to 1 says NOBAMA turns into a stuttering mess without a teleprompter. Palin IS a solid choice by McCain and by far Less of the Same than good Old Biden who has had his pockets lined in Washington for the last 35 years. Good choice John.

Posted by: Wow | August 29, 2008 12:09 PM | Report abuse

This woman has promoted the wholesale slaughter of wolves in Alaska over the past few years - 800 have been killed from airplanes so far - and the unrestricted development of oil and gas, including in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. She is promoting drilling and mining to the max and ruining Alaska for people who care about the earth. She is probably doing all she can to bring on the apocalypse and Second Coming of JC. She is an unmitigated disaster.

Posted by: caroler | August 29, 2008 12:09 PM | Report abuse

Its obvious McCain made this pick based on his NEED for Hillary Supporters who are stupid enough to be mad about Obama to vote not on the opposing candidate but the opposing VIEWS ON EVERY ISSUE YOU STOOD FOR EITHER OBAMA OR HILLARY. The true colors of our country will be shown with the blind, ignorant and McSame election of Johnny and his 'Reformer' (corrupt.) veep. Might as well tell the middle east and russia to screw us over now.

Hillary supporters are crybabies who supported all the same policies both Democratic frontrunners had, yet are careless and will throw their vote to McCain regardless of how doomed our country will be.

Obama is an incredulous candidate and must win this election with support from everyone or else this country is going deep down in hell.

Posted by: Duh. | August 29, 2008 12:09 PM | Report abuse

so if obama is elected president will the white house become the black house

Posted by: jannice | August 29, 2008 12:09 PM | Report abuse

I'm waiting for the one-on-one hoops game with "Sarah Barracuda and Obama"

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 12:09 PM | Report abuse

Does this woman Palin even know anyone of color? Besides the native americans in alaska, it appears that she has never had to deal with the real america. Has she ever been outside of idaho or alaska? traveled outside of these two very white states.
Great job mac, you continue to be out of touch.
Is she going to bring the economic experience mccain admits to not having?

Posted by: onel | August 29, 2008 12:09 PM | Report abuse

Talk about some silly, presumptive and inane comments! With an intellegent,successful wife like Cindy, why on earth would anyone assume that McCain chose this LADY as nothing more than a ridiculous move to get empty-headed women votes? She is SUCCESSFUL WOMAN personified! She is a GOVERNOR and a MOTHER! not just some pretty-face ,brain-dead token working mom. I love her! so-so on McCain. Just as I was about to admit defeat in finding someone to vote for that I may be able to actually believe in, I see promise here. As for Biden's nasty mouth - bring it on - I would stake money on her putting him in his place. She knows how to do her homework,LOL.

Posted by: Awakkule | August 29, 2008 12:09 PM | Report abuse

I forked over $1500 hard earned dollars to the McCain campaign and until today drove with a McCain bumper sticker on my car - two firsts for me.
The bumper sticker comes off today.
McCain could not have made a worse move and maybe he is too old to think clearly and maybe muddled enough to attack Russia or some nutty thing. Because this is nutty. Maybe he doesn't think fast enough to know how many houses he has. Maybe, maybe, maybe. All now comes into play in me, a McCain supporter.
McCain wins on who keeps America safe and loses on who can handle the economy. Romney filled that hole perfectly. Why would the Clinton women support an anti-abortion nobody?

Posted by: Ed | August 29, 2008 12:09 PM | Report abuse

How can you say "Special Needs" considering this child has Downs Syndrome, which Obama expressly believes should be aborted?

Posted by: Obortion | August 29, 2008 12:09 PM | Report abuse

One heart beat away from the Presidency. Maybe a 1/2. Biden or Palin...ummm, not even close.

Posted by: guido | August 29, 2008 12:09 PM | Report abuse

McCain / Palin 08

Posted by: Independent for McCain | August 29, 2008 12:09 PM | Report abuse

Picking a VP mainly because of her gender rather than her credentials is insulting and Americans should see through it .. I hope.

Posted by: kyt08 | August 29, 2008 12:09 PM | Report abuse

As one who has NOT drunk the Obama Messiah kool-aid, I do find this pick highly unfortunate and indicative that McCain doesn't have all his marbles.

My first impression of Palin is not a good one and I wouldn't want to see her as president.

Posted by: John | August 29, 2008 12:09 PM | Report abuse

McPain Calin'

Posted by: Tom | August 29, 2008 12:08 PM | Report abuse

> Palin won't be 45 years old until a month after the next President is sworn in. That means she would not be old enough to be President according to the Constitutional requirements.

You have to be 35 to assume the presidency, and she's 45. That's not the issue, though. If McCain corked it, she'd probably be swapped out like Spiro Agnew was (in favor of Gerald Ford) before Nixon resigned.

Posted by: Publius | August 29, 2008 12:08 PM | Report abuse

Hillary was my pick but Obama did not even put her on his short list. I am really impressed by what I have read about Palin so far.

Obama and the Democrats have screwed up again what should have been an easy campaign.

Posted by: Wow | August 29, 2008 12:08 PM | Report abuse

Good to see a woman on the ticket! However,
motherhood that places this opportunity above the heightened developmental needs of a 5-month-old baby with Down's Syndrome may not express the judgment most of us are accustomed to expecting from a vice president that may become president at a moment's notice.

Posted by: L. Beth Glaser | August 29, 2008 12:08 PM | Report abuse

Looks like no "JOEBAMA" in the Whitehouse.

Posted by: Murph | August 29, 2008 12:08 PM | Report abuse

The McCain campaign picked someone who didn't have any embarrasing record to be disclosed. They also wanted to pick a woman for purely political reasons. There are many Republican women (Susan Collins, for one) who are far better qualified than Ms. Palin. The fact that Ms. Palin is a hunter (appeal to the gun nuts), a snowmobile racer (appeal to the anti-environmental crowd), and vehemently anti-abortion, supplies all the justification he needs.

So in the tradition of Spiro Agnew and Dan Quayle, John McCain picks Sarah Palin.

Posted by: Larry-T | August 29, 2008 12:08 PM | Report abuse

David:
Want censorship? Try posting to Fox New's threads?

Posted by: beth | August 29, 2008 12:08 PM | Report abuse

Appears to be desperate attempt to appeal to Hillary supports, too bad for Mccain they will see that Palin is the polar opposite... OBAMA/BIDEN clearly the better ticket.

Posted by: Jeremiah | August 29, 2008 12:08 PM | Report abuse

Obama talks about change. McCain has just initiated change. Congratulations on your choice.

Posted by: Freeminds | August 29, 2008 12:07 PM | Report abuse

John......I've been your supporter for years and love you for your service to our country.

But.....She is the BEST choice for VP....Give me a Break.

Sorry John....I love you but this Vietnam veteran cannot support you on this decision.

Posted by: Dennis | August 29, 2008 12:07 PM | Report abuse

Palin? Was a small time mayor and now a half term governor of an obscure state with more in common with Canada than the USA! HOLY COW! Mc Cain is finished. He is old and if he kacked we'd have someone with no experience running the Corporation of the USA! Well, we are done as Republicans now ... I am going tp VOTE FOR OBAMA. John Mc Cain is just weird. Wonder if he ever figured out how to use Email ..... sad.

Posted by: stuart duncan | August 29, 2008 12:06 PM | Report abuse

They think of everything except the American people.

Posted by: oldjoey | August 29, 2008 12:06 PM | Report abuse

Well, there goes the experience argument. This pick has the odor of a gimmick. The VP pick is the first real measure of a Presidential candidates' judgement. John McCain failed that test. A 72 year old candidate should display greater consideration for the importance of this pick. I have more reservations on Palin's experience than Obama's.

Posted by: Foster | August 29, 2008 12:06 PM | Report abuse

What a cynical pick in Palin. It says to me that the McCain campaign believes the American electorate simply look for style(or gender) instead of substance when choosing a leader, which is likely true of many of the Faux News viewers but not of the millions of concerned Americans. Cynical, because McCain and his brothers have no respect for women unless they're subservient. Cynical, because they don't have anything new to offer to the American people and Palin is the best they could come up with - an Alaskan who would sell her state's natural heritage to the highest bidder.

Posted by: Karl | August 29, 2008 12:06 PM | Report abuse

I am a Obama supporter but I have to admit this is a shrewd move by McCain but this could backfire against his conservative base and I'd have to think the Democrats probably anticipated it. I disagree with the comment that Obama didn't have the guts to pick Hilary, there was actually more courage in not choosing Hilary. Unfortunately John McCain is still preying on the anger of women because Hilary lost yet in some dark corner in my soul I am hoping that McCain wins and then loads the the Supreme Court with right wing judges that end the woman's right to choose maybe then all the women who are truly sincere to this cause will realize they have been used by those angry women who were so filled with hate they are blinded to its potential to harm their sisters

Posted by: Curtis J | August 29, 2008 12:06 PM | Report abuse

Please, she is no more qualified that Ferraro was decades ago and will do as much good as Ferraro did for Mondale...none. I hate Romney, but he could have brought Michigan and Nevada to McCain and brought some some economic balance to the ticket. This will be seen for the stunt that it is. At least I have to give it to McCain, he despises Romney and didn't do the expected thing. However, with McCain being 120 years old, the chances of the veep taking over are pretty high, and I just don't see this token woman as presidential.

Posted by: swanman | August 29, 2008 12:06 PM | Report abuse

That's interesting that there is not even one negative comment on this thread. Censorship anyone?
Posted by: David | August 29, 2008 12:04 PM

Censorship on the Washington Post website in favor of republicans?

That’s funny !

Posted by: willy8 | August 29, 2008 12:06 PM | Report abuse

Surprising move. A woman as VP who ACTUALLY does invoke change.

-From Hillary to McCain

Posted by: Jen | August 29, 2008 12:05 PM | Report abuse

Haven't seen a better choice since W nominated Harriet Myers for the Supreme Court. Kudos!

Posted by: Kevin | August 29, 2008 12:05 PM | Report abuse

Adriane: you are an absolute idiot. I am a HC supporter leaning towards McCain precisely b/c I do not believe Obama has the experiece to lead this country as a freshman Senator. You might bother reading my posts which has p.o. the Obama supporters here sinc Feb. And that makes me a lib exactly how? I just don't want to listen to your garbage about abortion; there are a lot more important issues facing this country right now. HC suporters oppose drilling in Anwr and will be curious to see if this now signals a change in that evironmental postition by McCain. We wll wait for his answer.

Posted by: Leichtman | August 29, 2008 12:05 PM | Report abuse

McCain,comes from behind to lead, worked up all this momentum ....then dumps it with an unknown, underage, non experienced housewife,just turned public office ! I was so enamoured with the ticket when all this time I thought it was Romney.Now...........

Posted by: Carrie | August 29, 2008 12:05 PM | Report abuse

I think we are looking at the new Mrs. McCain

Posted by: TPaw | August 29, 2008 12:05 PM | Report abuse

THE VOGUE COVER ISNT REAL YOU DIMWITS.

Posted by: robert | August 29, 2008 12:05 PM | Report abuse

This is a great pick for VP. The women is focused and lives up to her word. Go McCain Go. If age is a factor for McCain she seems like she has more reform and success in moving "CHANGE" through than even Obama. Change is a action word in the Obama Campaign where Change is a reality in the world of Palin government experience.

Posted by: Peter Migner | August 29, 2008 12:05 PM | Report abuse

The GOP's trojan horse to capture the votes of racist white females still angered Their Girl didn't get the DNC nomination.

To crush this like the cockroach it is, Obama needs to select Bill Richardson as Secretary of State, and bury the "Miss Anne" demographic under a tidal wave of Latino votes.

Personally, had I been Obama's campaign, I would have selected Richardson as VP and cooked the Latin vote in this country right there.

Clean up, Obama. Select Richardson, clean up the room, and shut the door.

Posted by: Yes, Miss Anne | August 29, 2008 12:05 PM | Report abuse

The important thing here is that she is good looking.

But seriously here we go... all the angry Hillary fans are going to vote for Palin (Mcain) now because she is a women. Why you may ask? Its because we live in America were people thought when Georgia was being attacked they thought it was the state. These same people will be voting for president. Sadly we had out chance as a nation and step up and choose Ron Paul sure I didn't agree on everything but he had way better ideas than anyone else. But we would rather have FOX news pick who we vote for. (yes mad) (yes Miami,FL)

Posted by: Richard Fernandez | August 29, 2008 12:05 PM | Report abuse

Good post, btw, ARCTIC FOX - I'm actually hoping that Sarah Palin CAN add some gravitas to McCzzzzzz's campaign. Otherwise look forward to actual frontal nudity or baby juggling in his future spots.

Posted by: Bubba Tex | August 29, 2008 12:05 PM | Report abuse

Last night Obama challenged McSame to debates, you wait and see McSame will deny Obama this right to debate because McSame knows Obama will crush him in any debate!
This alone should show the American people that McSame is nothing more then a failed fighter pilot and not ready to lead a turmoiled nation into recovery!

VOTE OBAMA IN NOVEMBER!!

Posted by: luvwknd | August 29, 2008 12:04 PM | Report abuse

This is just absolutely absurd. This is proof McCain doesn't think long term. Rediculous, Rediculous, Rediculous... Who is this person? I never heard her name before this campaign started. You dig deep down and pull this Palin woman out of a hat to win the election but what asset is she to the White House over the next four years? Let me guess, she will be the lolly pop sucker if you get my drift.

Posted by: -P | August 29, 2008 12:04 PM | Report abuse

She has shown personal courage and has already accomplished more as Governor than Obama did in his entire Senate career!

Posted by: excited | August 29, 2008 12:04 PM | Report abuse

McCain has probably made the best decision of his life. While Barack Obama stands on stage and says thanks to Hillary Clinton for making it possible for our daughters to succeed, he made it impossible for her to succeed. He was favored by the media and Hillary was disrespected ... he won the nomination based on popularity, period. After stealing the nomination from the best and most viable candidate (Hillary Clinton) he didn't have the brains or the decency to choose her as his running mate. I don't know much about Mrs Palin at this point, but I am sure all will be revealed over the coming weeks. Is she proves to be an honest person who has the nations best interest at heart ... Then the McCain and Palin ticket has my vote. I have voted Democratic all my life, but after the disgusting display of ignorance from the DNC during the primary, I will never vote as a Democratic again. I'm going to register as an Independent and will vote for the "person" who loves this country and is willing to serve the people. Obviously the DNC delagates are biased and racially motivated ... not too smart either.

Posted by: mythoughts02 | August 29, 2008 12:04 PM | Report abuse

You folks who say this will get Hillary's supporters are kidding yourselves and it's nothing more than a desperate thought and move grasping at staws, no would who cares are her reproductive rights will vote for this ticket. As in the words of Hillary herself "No way, No how, No McCain/McBush"

Posted by: laj82 | August 29, 2008 12:04 PM | Report abuse

Hey pant suit militia: Where’s your vote going now?

Posted by: MikeD | August 29, 2008 12:04 PM | Report abuse

That's interesting that there is not even one negative comment on this thread. Censorship anyone?

Posted by: David | August 29, 2008 12:04 PM | Report abuse

I'm voting for the candidate with the strongest *credible* solution to stopping climate change. If that is candidate is McCain, then I will leave the Democratic party for one vote and support McCain, but he needs to get much more serious about the issue (i.e., stop caving to anti-science polluters in his party) if that is going to happen. Yes to alternative fuels. Yes to nuclear. No to more drilling.

Posted by: Paul | August 29, 2008 12:04 PM | Report abuse

It’s a hell of a lot harder to governor a state then to be a senator…

At least we have a track record to go off of and amazingly enough, she has actually DONE SOMETHING.

Posted by: JohnnyM | August 29, 2008 12:03 PM | Report abuse

Excellent Choice !

Palin will be a breath of FRESH AIR , I can get behind this ticket. Finally , Something I can agree with Mccain on. Thanks John, I was going to vote republican only to vote against Obama....now I can vote for a team I believe will be the BEST Choice for our country!
KUDO

Posted by: K | August 29, 2008 12:03 PM | Report abuse

An intelligent pick. A true reformer, a conservative, and a politician. Not since Teddy Roosevelt has "real change" been proposed for DC. As an independent traditionally voting libertarian, I will cast my vote for the republicans.

Posted by: C in GA | August 29, 2008 12:03 PM | Report abuse

I REALLY LIKE THE WAY Kevin O WRITES. HE IS A GOOD TRAITOR REPUBLICAN! HE IS PULLED ALONG PARTY LINES BY THE RING IN HIS NOSE LIKE A WELL TRAINED REPUBLICAN TRAITOR SHEEP. IT IS TRAITORS LIKE YOU THAT MAKE ME PROUD TO BE A TRAITOR REPUBLICAN. I AN ANXIOUS TO SEE TRAITOR MCCAIN ACCOMPLISH THE COMPLETE DESTRUCTION OF THE UNITED STATES. THAT IS SOMETHING I JUST COULDN'T QUITE DO. BUT WITH TRAITOR MCCAIN AT THE HELM AND PLENTY OF TRAITORS LIKE YOU ON BOARD WE SHOULD BE ABLE TO FINISH THE JOB I STARTED.

Posted by: TRAITOR BUSH | August 29, 2008 12:03 PM | Report abuse

Is McCain really so shallow that he thinks just choosing a woman will get him the Hillary votes? Reality check: Sarah Palin is NOT Hillary Clinton! Hillary Clinton is a political giant. No one has even heard of Sarah Palin until 5 minutes ago. If McCain kicks the bucket after a month in office, then what?? So much for McCain as the "safe pick."

Posted by: Justin | August 29, 2008 12:03 PM | Report abuse

I almost fell on my chair when I hear this news!!! It looks like McCain is not seriously looking for a rock solid running mate but rather a MUSE!!! Oh Yeah.... he needs someone like her to brighten up the stage at next week's Republican convention... or it will be most dull and boooooorriinng!! I hope she can at least sing or do the samba... can she?

Posted by: Joker8 | August 29, 2008 12:03 PM | Report abuse

hey not to be completely immature - but what are you guys smoking that's making you say things like, "she's pretty no doubt"... she looks like linda richman.

Posted by: xerox man | August 29, 2008 12:03 PM | Report abuse

Regardless of how good Palin is, the GOP still has Mccain as their presidential runner. What the GOP really needs to do is make an 11th hour replacement for McCain. IMO, the GOP does not have a chance with Mccain as front runner. Not even a remote chance. Wait until the debates, he won't have a chance against Obama. His track record will haunt him over and over again and the GOP smear campaign will backfire hugely. The republicans screwed things up too much for them to think a man like McCain could win.

Posted by: no matter | August 29, 2008 12:03 PM | Report abuse

To the poster below. You have to be 35 to be President not 45.

Posted by: Rachel Schwartz | August 29, 2008 12:03 PM | Report abuse

I think it is funny all these Obama Maniacs talking about the Republican Vp candidates inexperience. Isn't it basically the same thing reversed on your side?

Idiots

Posted by: Truth | August 29, 2008 12:03 PM | Report abuse

What a group of so-called Obama people.

hahahahahahahahaah

Posted by: jy2008 | August 29, 2008 12:03 PM | Report abuse

WE love our Sarah Palin up here and I am a Democrat.

McCain- you are going down either way. Nice try though. As savvy as Sarah is, she still won't be able to explain why it is we attacked Iraq and are still there when they have been asking us to leave for years. She won't be able to lie like the rest of the GOP, She's too honest and not a sellout. However if MCCain buys the farm, which he looks as if he might any day now...we would be looking at a real maverick for pres.

Posted by: Well you can't have her! | August 29, 2008 12:03 PM | Report abuse

This is a desperate ploy to try for a few disaffected Hillary supporters. It's also a switch to playing Obama's 'Change' game ... on Obama's court. Weak, defensive move.

I don't see where she'll grab many women, as she's pro-guns, anti-gay rights, and 'pro-life.' She has about 18 months of experience. She's being investigated in a scandal back home involving abuse of power.

Posted by: NovShmozKaPop | August 29, 2008 12:02 PM | Report abuse

"Her biggest negative is inexperience. Would she be ready to serve? Oops, that's Barack's biggest negative too. Better to ask that question of the VP than the President."

Bill, Hillary, Gore, Kerry, Wesley Clark, Bill Richardson all say he is qualified (they are all partisan of course).

But do you really think that any republican would have the nerve to say that she was qualified?

Posted by: frank | August 29, 2008 12:02 PM | Report abuse

Are these comments even real? It sounds as if you people have an IQ below 100. Oh wait, these are republicans, that's acceptable.

Posted by: Michael | August 29, 2008 12:02 PM | Report abuse

You have got to be kidding! Next in line to be President of the United States? No way, no how, no McCain! How could McCain piss off all the conservatives like this? McCain just sealed the deal for Obama. Wow! He lost my vote. I will sit out this election.

Posted by: reaganw | August 29, 2008 12:02 PM | Report abuse

Hey Manolete

The VP doesn't live in the White House you ignorant Repuklican!

McSame is just that - GWB policies all over again!

VOTE OBAMA IN NOVEMBER!

Posted by: luvwknd | August 29, 2008 12:02 PM | Report abuse

Palin who? I am an Obama supporter but for those who say that they are now voting for McCain just beacause he picked a female running mate is ridiclulous. That is the exact reason that McCain did it. Do you know anything about her? This is all just a game to him.
Yes, she is into saving the environment (she lives in Alaska), but what do you really know about her. She is younger than Obama and has only been Gov. for 2 years. Earlier this year, there was an interview where she said that she was not ready for the White House. For all those Hillary supporters, please do your homework before you vote for McCain just because she is female- do we want to have another 4 of Bush?

Posted by: Jessica | August 29, 2008 12:01 PM | Report abuse

We will know the wisdom of his choice after we see the vice presidential debate. If she is Dan Quayle, she will hurt him but otherwise those who are self absorbed women who are unable to get over their anger it will be a means to justify doing something that they know is stupid.


Posted by: Ronnn | August 29, 2008 12:01 PM | Report abuse

for the love of god....you Hillary supporters did not listen to her...she asked you all to remember the party...and now you will jump to McCain just because of his choosing a woman? boy will Hillary be sickened to hear this!

Posted by: Sidda | August 29, 2008 12:01 PM | Report abuse

wow, Mccain picks the woman ....new fresh ...what a coup

Posted by: denfenster | August 29, 2008 12:01 PM | Report abuse

Obama sure screwed up by not picking Hillary!

Instead he picked a same ole politician.. He buckled and picked Biden to show his fear of change

Posted by: Nancy | August 29, 2008 12:01 PM | Report abuse

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Although someone's assured to make history,
They can still make a mess of the present.

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Posted by: Kevin Pierce | August 29, 2008 12:01 PM | Report abuse

MaCain choses lifelong NRA member Sarah Palin. Married to a fanatic of gas guzzling + polluting "iron dogs" ... great choice. It shows McCain's pro-weapons stance and his pro-polluting against the environment stance!!!

Posted by: vivifiant | August 29, 2008 12:01 PM | Report abuse

Wow, I don't know much about her yet, but it sure sounds like the Obama supporters are getting worried. To all of you who chastise people for voting for this ticket only because she's a woman, how about all that vote for Obama only because he's black? We're all a bunch of hipocrits....except me of course.

Posted by: rick | August 29, 2008 12:01 PM | Report abuse

Obama has ZERO executive branch experience. ZEROOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.

No democrate in this nation that plans on voting for Obama can bring up the experience card. She is going to be Vice President. Are Democrates planning on taking out McCain if he wins?

Posted by: Taylor | August 29, 2008 12:01 PM | Report abuse

Not that I have a problem with it, but wern't you right wing nut-jobs saying 1) Obama does not have enough experiance (see Palin's record) , and 2) was a "celebrity" (see Vogue Cover)

Posted by: Michael | August 29, 2008 12:00 PM | Report abuse

Chris and the Washington Post:
Thank you very much for allowing Americans to have a voice. Fox News should take a clue from you!

Posted by: beth | August 29, 2008 12:00 PM | Report abuse

Even if McSame picked GOD as his running mate, he still wouldn't beat out Obama because McSame's policies are GWB policies with a small twist and Americans are tired of GWB BS policies!
Remember, McSame voted in agreement with GWB over 90% of the time during the last 8 years, what makes anybody believe he is going to "CHANGE"?

OBAMA in NOVEMBER!!

Posted by: luvkwnd | August 29, 2008 12:00 PM | Report abuse

WOW! What a brilliant move of John McCain, the Maverick!

John McCain recognizes this is the time for a woman in the White House and he has picked a real winner, a reformist.

John McCain means real change and the fact that he has chosen Sarah Palin for VP, means all the Hillary supporters will now have a real choice and will rush to vote for John McCain, the Maverick.

Bravo John McCain!

Posted by: Manolete | August 29, 2008 12:00 PM | Report abuse

It's humorous to me to read the liberal's comments here. I keep hearing how she's a bad choice, even republicans are disappointed. As a republican, I couldn't agree less. I'm excited about it. She is very much in line with conservative views. She's a reformer with an impressive record for being so young and new. She has 80+% approval ratings. You think she got picked just because she's a woman...no. I'm glad to have her on the ticket, but because of her policies and ethics, not her gender.

Posted by: Joe | August 29, 2008 12:00 PM | Report abuse

Amazing!

A young politician that has a record of actually doing something!

How refreshing!

Posted by: McCain / Palin 08 | August 29, 2008 12:00 PM | Report abuse

Not trying to be mean, but isn't this woman that McCain chose being investigated for abuse of power by trying to get a guy fired because of something of breakup and then tried to fired the person who refused to do what she asked? Wow, just wow...

Posted by: laj82 | August 29, 2008 11:59 AM | Report abuse

Right on!!!

Hillary voters rejoice!

If McCain drops dead, you will not only have a woman prez, she'll be the youngest ever too!!

Mr. McCain just made history!!

Go McCain/Palin '08!!

Posted by: Ron | August 29, 2008 11:59 AM | Report abuse

This pick sure takes the "lack of experience" argument away from the Republicans to use against Obama. The Republicans now want a person with much less experience and ability than Obama to be one heart beat away from being President, and that heartbeat belongs to the oldest man ever attempting to be elected for the first term.

Posted by: Brian | August 29, 2008 11:59 AM | Report abuse

Awesome.Good pick. A lot of Hilary supporters will come our way.

Posted by: JOEL | August 29, 2008 11:59 AM | Report abuse

Maybe Hillary has won this election after all- for Obama. The democratic party has united amazingly in the wake of an impressive convention, so it may now be harder to peel off disaffected Hillary voters. By chasing them with his VP pick, McCain has severely undermined his main criticism of Obama- that he is unready to be president and commander in chief. It is simply astounding because the minute Obama crosses the readiness threshold in the minds of voters,he is president.

Posted by: MShaughn | August 29, 2008 11:59 AM | Report abuse

Does it really matter?
THE PRESIDENT DOESN'T REALLY RUN THE COUNTRY ANYWAY.
It's all the Senate and Congress.
Except for vetoes and making it a little harder to run the country. The power of war has basically been taken away.

Posted by: James B in KY | August 29, 2008 11:59 AM | Report abuse

How can McCain possibly argue now that Obama lacks the experience for the job?

Posted by: Betsy | August 29, 2008 11:59 AM | Report abuse

hey "dee" - it's more like Obama had the guts NOT to pick Hilary...

Posted by: jar jar binks | August 29, 2008 11:59 AM | Report abuse

What a totally political choice! Women will see this for what it is. Palin is a woman, however; she is an ultra-conservative woman who puts lipstick on the same old Republican platform. McCain will screw us, but Palin will at least kiss us first. What a crock!

Posted by: Darrell Hitchens | August 29, 2008 11:59 AM | Report abuse

This was an excellent choice. Palin has been on the radar for VP choice way before Obama and Hillary were splitting up the party so this is not a "swing at the fences" deal.

Romney and Huckabee were too far right with their Mormon and Christian beliefs. Pawlenty does not have great approval ratings in Minnesota and Ridge.. well, he still has those Homeland Security charts taped to his back.

Palin is not about Hillary voters. She finally puts a great woman with a history of integrity into a position of power. Her degree is in Political Science and she has been in politics longer than Obama the lawyer. She actually ran a state instead of just being in the senate at 2 levels.

Palin also holds key core conservative values that many on the hard right will appreciate more since McCain is much more moderate. I believe these two will work well with the conservative Dems who continue to get pushed out by the ultr-left Pelosi and Dean.

Posted by: Michael | August 29, 2008 11:59 AM | Report abuse

Um, I'm a woman, and there SHOULDN'T be a law forcing salaries to be anything. The government shouldn't get involved with such matters - it should be PRIVATIZED. The government having control over anyone's wages would be nigh disastrous. I don't understand why you'd want their grubby little hands in your money.

Sarah Palin publicized the ethical horrors made by the Republican party, despite being part of the Republican party herself. She is completely independent from oil companies. She's a feminist and a pro-lifer. She signed a law for benefits for gay and lesbian couples. I used to be a Ron Paul supporter, and a little scared of McCain - but with Palin on the ticket, I know I definitely will be voting for the Republicans again - who actually show effort, rather than simply talk about it and let themselves be treated like gods, like Obama and Biden.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 11:59 AM | Report abuse

nice comment, ignorant and foolish

Posted by: cheap trick | August 29, 2008 11:58 AM | Report abuse

I now know Anmerican politics is a joke, who would take us seriously now Russia or China?

Posted by: Petty politics | August 29, 2008 11:58 AM | Report abuse

Wow!! At least the Republicans got the spotlight they craved (tee hee). Before anyone gets too crazy, though, what about the (really) qualified Republi-women that McCzzzzzz just dissed. Too bad, Condi, Fiorino, Hutchinson, etc etc. Also, fear this youtube moment, Repubs: Your VP tarting it up as she works the run-way during her beauty star stage. (cue Homer Simpson, whoo-hoo!)

chillwereallamericans - Bubba Tex

Posted by: Bubba Tex | August 29, 2008 11:58 AM | Report abuse

If McCain thinks that picking a woman will pick up democratic women voters, he hasn't done his research. Like McCain, Palin is against rights for women. She's less than a one term governor, and most republicans won't like her because she's very aggressive about exposing corruption within the republican party. It also makes McCain look like he's pandering to women in order to be politically correct.

Posted by: Bill | August 29, 2008 11:58 AM | Report abuse

Is this the best we got?

300 million Americans. 50% of them Republicans. And this is the best we can do?

Listen I like McCain, but lets be honest here, he turned 72 today.

Are we really ok with a potential president who has two years experience?

Alaska has been gettin $100.00+ a barel for it's oil for the last year, so it doesn't seem to me that she understands the strain of oil prices.

Alaska has a balanced budget for one reason and one reason only. The rest of the states don't, because we have to pay $100 per barrel.

I just don't see how she could under stand our prolems, more importantly solve them.

I hate to say it, but, McCain put getting elected above solving the countries problems.

Posted by: Bill | August 29, 2008 11:58 AM | Report abuse

Gramps really has lost it. Old dude picked any woman he could find in a desperate attempt to pander to bitter Hillary supporters who could care less about Hillary's politics and just want a woman Pres. McCain will not treat her like an equal and when his old behind dies in office the Country would be left with someone clearly not worthy.

Posted by: chris | August 29, 2008 11:58 AM | Report abuse

A political move right at start to win women votes. Dirty games

Posted by: Lal | August 29, 2008 11:57 AM | Report abuse

Ok, the other democrats argued that Obama didnt have experience and look where it got them. Obviously, the American electorate doesnt put that much credence in it. The United States is going to end up with either an African American President or a woman vice president. Affirmative action has now reached our highest office.

Posted by: Mike | August 29, 2008 11:57 AM | Report abuse

So how does Obama have MORE experience (even foreign policy experience) than Palin? He does not. He says he instead has "good judgement." (Apparently, Palin has a lengthy record of "good judgement" in terms of fiscal priorities and ethics.) And in fact Obama's lack of good judgement is the primary attack by McCain in the last few weeks (e.g. Obama was against the surge and still is = bad judgement.) Some of you people (and MSM analysts) just are not paying attention.

Posted by: Nickyle | August 29, 2008 11:57 AM | Report abuse

Too bad Obama couldn't enjoy the day after; and his supporters have to rely on the campaign for talking points, ala the Chicago radio call in fiasco earlier. Obama's so vain he thinks it's all about him!

Posted by: Howard | August 29, 2008 11:57 AM | Report abuse

Dear Anonymouse (below): I agree. What an IDIOT Palin is for having a child with Down's syndrome! And what an IDIOT she is for not killing that child today either by tearing it limb from limb or by dissolving it in saline solution!! What kind of a mother and women's rights advocate is she?!? IDIOT!!!

Posted by: John | August 29, 2008 11:57 AM | Report abuse

Too bad that so many of the posters on this string don't know Sasquatch about Sarah Palin. Go ahead... criticize her.

I think that when the American people take a look at Gov. Palin, enough voters will like her and vote for the McCain ticket.

This kind of Veep pick is asymmetrical warfare against the Demorats. Really, the hard-core Demos don't know what they're in for with Palin.

Someone in this thread knocked Palin for her "experience" commanding the Alaska National Guard. OK, so she's not Gen. Petraeus. But Palin has had one more command tour than Barack (no middle name) Obama.

Palin has spent more time in the governor's mansion of a vast and complex state than Obama has spent serving in the US Senate (absent his time running for president, which is almost all of his time in the Senate).

And when it comes to energy, you'd better watch out. Unlike probably anyone on this thread (except me), at least Palin has been to the North Slope and ANWR. She actually knows what's going on with Arctic energy development. (Go ahead, ask her anything. I dare you. Show how smart you are by asking her a hard question. Then get set to shut up and listen.)

And at any debate Palin will just crush Biden in terms of knowledge of how things work in the energy world. And her positions on abortion & guns will rally the Republican base like de man bangin' de kettle drum. Watch out, Joe Biden -- your greatest weakness is your insecurity about your knowledge of everything.

Palin can actually discuss how she cobbled together the beginnings of one of the world's largest natural gas pipleines, a $30 billion project out of the Arctic, through Canada and down to the Lower 48. How's that for being able to work with business, Native Tribes, the Canadians. Anyone here done anything like that lately????

No, I didn't think so. And for sure, not Obama or Biden.

Posted by: Arctic Fox | August 29, 2008 11:57 AM | Report abuse

Has inexperienced has Palin is -- she still has more then Obama and Obamas running for President not Vice President.

Posted by: obetwo | August 29, 2008 11:57 AM | Report abuse

Wow! Talk about inexperience.....

Posted by: Pete M. | August 29, 2008 11:57 AM | Report abuse

McCain expires, America inherits soccer Mom with special needs baby as POTUS. Putin launches missile attack.

Posted by: Billy Bardo | August 29, 2008 11:57 AM | Report abuse

For all above who claim Palin will be run over in debates by Biden, or who believe she's simply been brought on board to placate Hil supporters--have you not read interviews with her or seen her speak? The gal can hold her own with the best of them. She's intelligent, tough, and well spoken. Let's not forget her nickname is Sarah Barracuda.

She also has two more years of executive experience than Obama and political record of real change--not a series of "present" votes on the Senate floor. Her Alaskan approval rating is between 80 and 90%.

I'm an Illinois resident who has previously voted Democrat on the national level since I turned 18--I'm crossing the line this year for the first time.

Posted by: Jess | August 29, 2008 11:57 AM | Report abuse

Nice work John! I look forward to our new presidential team McCain / Palin

Posted by: California for McCain | August 29, 2008 11:57 AM | Report abuse

Ailin'/Palin in '08. Thank God sex sells. After eight miserable years of Bush/Cheney, it's really their only hope.

Posted by: hamishdad | August 29, 2008 11:57 AM | Report abuse

Sounds like McCain is playing a game of Poker, and thus; should have chosen Connie Rice if he is going to choose a female VP.

http://www.thenation.com/doc/20080225/howl2

Too bad he did not choose her.... hands down in my opinion I would have voted for him... :( Now I'm back to OBAMA AND BIDEN....

Posted by: Cg | August 29, 2008 11:56 AM | Report abuse

What's this "McSame" nonsense?

* McCain fought for campaign finance reform — McCain-Feingold — that Bush resisted and ultimately signed because he had no choice.
* McCain led the battle to restrict interrogation techniques of terror suspects and to ban torture.
* McCain went with Joe Lieberman on a tough measure to curb climate change, something Bush denies is going on.
* McCain opposed the Bush tax cuts when they passed.
* McCain urged the Iraq surge, a posture Bush rejected for years before conceding its wisdom.
* McCain favors FDA regulation of tobacco and sponsored legislation to that effect, a position all but a handful of Republican senators oppose.
* McCain's energy bill, also with Lieberman, is a virtual blueprint for energy independence and development of alternate sources.
* After the Enron scandal, McCain introduced sweeping reforms in corporate governance and legislation to guarantee pensions and prohibit golden parachutes for executives. Bush opposed McCain's changes and the watered-down Sarbanes-Oxley bill eventuated.
* McCain has been harshly critical of congressional overspending, particularly of budgetary earmarks, a position Bush only lately adopted (after the Democrats took over Congress).

Using the same methodology you would probably find that most Democrat senators also voted with Bush 90% of the time.

Posted by: Pavel | August 29, 2008 11:56 AM | Report abuse

YES! YES! YES!
McCain/Palin 08!
What a truly historic day for America!

Posted by: beth | August 29, 2008 11:56 AM | Report abuse

Its a risky move by McCain, but clearly a move to grab the female vote not happy w/ Obama. It will be interesting to see her being built up during the RNC and to see how the Dems. spin this to their advantage. This move could keep Obama and McCain really close come Nov. or it could be the opposite, depending on how the public views this pick.
(This is really shaping up to be one hell of an election, and I cannot wait for Nov. to come around)

Posted by: just saying | August 29, 2008 11:56 AM | Report abuse

Is McCain on a suicide mission? Possible long term gain for the GOP, but destruction of his own chance of becoming Pres.

If Palin stands up well under media attention for the next 4 years and gets some foreign affairs activity in her resume by 2012 she will be in a good position to lead the GOP to victory next time.

I think McCain would have gotten more traction with the PUMA, angry white women, "just say no deal" crowd if he had chosen Liz Doel who has experience running a cabinet department, The Red Cross, plus 6 years in The Senate. But if McCain thinks this election is lost and is looking to the future, he made a good pick.

Posted by: Bernie | August 29, 2008 11:56 AM | Report abuse

And what is about Republicans that they all think prefacing their lunacy with "as a lifelong Democrat" carries ANY weight?

As a lifelong vegetarian, I must say that Angus beef is terrific! Yeah, right...

Posted by: lipreader | August 29, 2008 11:56 AM | Report abuse

So, McCain is picking Palin? I guess the Republicans think that experience is overrated too. They want a 44-year-old 1st-term governor with no foreign policy experience to back up 72-year-old McCain? I wonder how Hillary's supporters are feeling about this. Considering McCain is 72 years old, Palin will become the first female president of the United States if McCain wins but for some reason cannot finish out his term. She is a former beauty pageant contestant too. McCain's first wife was a swim-suit model. His second wife, Cindy McCain, won a beauty pageant. So it is true that McCain has a thing for swim-suit models/beauty pageant contestants.

Posted by: anthony | August 29, 2008 11:56 AM | Report abuse

Hehehe The dumb Democrats have been outsmarted again. Only the Democrats could lose this election....this should have been a cakewalk. The polls are almost even now we have a ticket that has a maverick and a woman..... hehehe..... reminds me of Dukakis and Kerry.....hehehe.... the only decent one that came out of your convention in 20 years was Smooth Willy and he turned out to be a criminal

Thank God you guys are that stupid

Posted by: Kevin O | August 29, 2008 11:56 AM | Report abuse

A stunningly bad choice. Only 2 years experience in an elected office, under investigation for abuse of power, a prolife woman who will NOT appeal to Hillary voters who support choice. And every time a reporter talks about her being from Alaska, they'll remind us that they have a Senator and a representative under indictment! With a candidate who is 72 and who's health is questionable, a VP who has 2 years experience is an extremely bad choice-compared to Obama with 12 years in both national and state politics and Biden with 30. She literally a heartbeat away from the presidency! I'm an Obama supporter but I'm starting to feel sorry for McCain. His staff is NOT serving him well at all! First the "creepy uncle" feel of the congratulatory video last night during Obama's speech and now this. It just seem so desperate and American's don't like desperate politicians. I think Bob Barr just got a HUGE bump in his poll numbers!

Posted by: Suz in KS | August 29, 2008 11:56 AM | Report abuse

Sarah Barracuda...yeah!!

McCain * Palin - 2008!!!!

Posted by: Teveee | August 29, 2008 11:55 AM | Report abuse

The Constitution requires that a candidate for the presidency must be a "natural-born" citizen of the United States, at least 35 years of age, and a resident of the United States for at least 14 years.

Not 45 as an earlier reader stated. The requirements for VP state that the VP must meet the reqs for Pres. Palin meets those requirements.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 11:55 AM | Report abuse

I say put McCain in power, let them overturn Roe vs. Wade, and then watch all the right wing fundagogues scramble as they no longer have a place to take their teenage daughters for secret abortions. That'll be a real boost for women's rights. How pathetic that it may actually work. So sick of the hypocrisy of the right wing - win no matter the costs and then blame everyone else when it all falls apart.

Posted by: JR | August 29, 2008 11:55 AM | Report abuse

I am a staunch Hillary supporter, and McCain's deliberate attempt to manipulate the female vote is pathetic. And his choice of this no-body is insulting.

McCain, you have just made my mind up for me. I'll be voting for Obama/biden.

Posted by: Providencemom | August 29, 2008 11:55 AM | Report abuse

Since the men in this race are all loosers in my opinion. I will vote for her just because she look good. And considering McCain's age she could be our Prez. someday. That would be cool. She just turned this boring and disgusting election into a real fun fest.

Posted by: Josh | August 29, 2008 11:55 AM | Report abuse

I think he is trying to make himself look younger by going for a younger average age on his ticket!

Posted by: martin | August 29, 2008 11:55 AM | Report abuse

Marxist 2.0 or Bush 3.0, Hmmm I'll take 3.0. Least a decent Supreme Court Justice will come out of it.

Anybody but Osama Bin Biden!

Posted by: Travis Chapman | August 29, 2008 11:55 AM | Report abuse

Everyone is complaining that she doesn't have enough experience, but that is what the Republicans say about Obama. So it's ok to use that argument when it suits your needs, but not ok when someone else does?? B.S.!! All the Liberal Socialists need to travel outside of the US and see how bad Socialism really is. There is a reason we are THE Super Power. Capitalism and competative markets have propelled us to the forefront of Technology ( Space Program, Computers, Internet, Nuclear Power). I say to the folks looking for a hand out. Get your head out of your 4th point of contact ( that is your rear-end for all you Non Army types), and HELP YOURSELF!!!!!!! Oh yeah, Palin is a good choice, strategic for the campaign, but a good choice.

Posted by: Jay | August 29, 2008 11:54 AM | Report abuse

Brilliant. This move, along with McCain's classy ad congratulating Obama last night definitely improved my opinion of McCain.

With this VP choice, McCain tells voters: "I have a running mate who is from the younger generation (so don't worry so much about my age), one who has not been a 'Washington Insider' (as compared with the 'Change' ticket), one who appeals to women (especially those Hillary supporters who feel betrayed), and one who seems to fit the 'Republican-mold' (pro-life, pro-gun, etc. to appease the hardcore conservatives)" Brilliant move!

Posted by: Gabe | August 29, 2008 11:54 AM | Report abuse

haha! Barack loses!

Posted by: Carol | August 29, 2008 11:54 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: JO "Palin won't be 45 years old until a month after the next President is sworn in. That means she would not be old enough to be President according to the Constitutional requirements." IT'S 40! READ THE CONSTITUTION SOMETIME!!!!!!!!!!


Jose: Uh...it's actually 35. And I didn't have to read anything. Please, neither of you vote.

Thanks...

Posted by: Wes | August 29, 2008 11:54 AM | Report abuse

This is an exciting and unexpected pick. Sarah Palin is a GOP reformer who has taken on corruption within her own state party. She has also stood up to Big Oil, a major influence in Alaska. Gov. Palin is also not a DC insider like Joe Biden. As a centrist Democrat, I've been inclined to vote for John McCain. Now I am leaning more heavily in that direction.

Posted by: Graniteman | August 29, 2008 11:54 AM | Report abuse

If McCain wanted to pick a female governor as VP he could have gone with Gov. Linda Lingle of Hawaii. She's in her second and final term as governor and she's Jewish. That would have made this a triply historic race since she is a woman and Governor of the state that Obama was born in. She won two terms in a hugely Democratic state where she's been only the second Republican governor. She would have solidified the Jewish vote for him.

But I'm so glad McCain has sealed the election for Obama.

Time and time again McCain has shown his poor judgment to lead. What foreign policy or commander in chief credentials does she bring to the table?

If McCain thinks just because his mother is in her 90's he'll live to be that old, remember Rose Kennedy lived to be 100, but now her only surviving son is unfortunately stricken with cancer. What will happen if he dies in office. He has not chosen someone who is ready to lead if he leaves this earth during office. He can't make the ready to lead argument against Obama when he picks someone who's credentials don't even come close to those of Obama or Biden.

Posted by: nevadaandy | August 29, 2008 11:54 AM | Report abuse

OOOOPS! I stand corrected. 35.......

Posted by: JOSE in HOUSTON | August 29, 2008 11:54 AM | Report abuse

McCain knows he will lose. He just wants to put his arms around a young chick again now that Cindy's shelf life has expired.

Posted by: Billy Bardo | August 29, 2008 11:53 AM | Report abuse

WOMEN SHOULD BE IN POWER.

IT IS TIME.

Posted by: TINA | August 29, 2008 11:53 AM | Report abuse

Wow, failure.

Posted by: laura | August 29, 2008 11:53 AM | Report abuse

Being the Governor of a state is the best experience a person could have, plus no matter who he picked the mud would fly. Also shows he has some kahuna’s to step out like that!!

Posted by: scott | August 29, 2008 11:53 AM | Report abuse

35 years old NOT 45 years old, AND born in the US with proper paper work.

Posted by: g-man | August 29, 2008 11:53 AM | Report abuse

jerseygirl: precisely which HC supporter has said they are impressed with Palin, name one. Your side would love to stereotype those voters as only caring about the chromosomal makeup of POTUS and nothing more. This election is between Obama and McCain, period. Selection of a woman by McCain means zero to Clinton supporters; at least none who I have spoken with. Their decision will be based on whether they feel more comfortable with either Obama or McCain, not who their VP is.

Posted by: Leichtman | August 29, 2008 11:53 AM | Report abuse

Token Ovaries abuses power--goes after former brother in law...

Posted by: Billy Bardo | August 29, 2008 11:53 AM | Report abuse

I am a lifelong Democrat and was totally inspired by Barack's speech last night. Then, reality hit me this morning. He was an IL State Sen with the Dems in power in the Governor's office, the Chgo Mayor's office, the Cook County Government, and in the US Senate with the Dems in charge, yet NOTHING has been accomplished. Reality bites. Now, I see McCain has selected a woman, with real reform credentials, and has lived a life of challenge and commercial success. The kool-aid drinkers can keep believing that Obama is the answer to our prayers, but I just don't trust him to know when he stops and the country starts to matter. This is another Dem for McCain.

Posted by: Big Timber | August 29, 2008 11:52 AM | Report abuse

Go McCain 2008 and Go Hillary 2012

Posted by: driver | August 29, 2008 11:52 AM | Report abuse

You libs! 140 days as a blowhard US senator doesn't compare with two years of actually leading a state.

Posted by: Barack America | August 29, 2008 11:52 AM | Report abuse

MY VOTE FOR HILLARY HAS JUST BEEN TRANSFERED TO JOHN MCCAIN/PALIN.

Posted by: TINA | August 29, 2008 11:52 AM | Report abuse

The angry, old, plastic face McCain just got cheeky and chose an eye candy for VP. He must be running scared after hearing Obama speak, and grab the nearest thing that resemble Obama in age as his choice. This must be a big joke for the rest of the world to see.

Posted by: Basil | August 29, 2008 11:52 AM | Report abuse

So let me get this straight:

The man who hope's to be the oldest man ever elected to be president and has a questionable health level; has chosen a woman with not quite 2 years experience to be his replacement?

Wonderful news!

Obama'08!!

Posted by: festinog | August 29, 2008 11:52 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: JO "Palin won't be 45 years old until a month after the next President is sworn in. That means she would not be old enough to be President according to the Constitutional requirements." IT'S 40! READ THE CONSTITUTION SOMETIME!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Jose in HOUSTON | August 29, 2008 11:51 AM | Report abuse

The democratic party failed to stand up against the sexism and race baiting by Obama in the primary. Therefore when democrats claim to be the party of equal rights and women's rights, it is just words and their actions this primary season speak much louder. I intended to vote against Obama and for McCain no matter who McCain picked but I am very happy with his choice. This woman has more experience than Obama at the least. Any Super Delegate that did not realize McCain would win this year if Obama was nominated should speak to me in 2012 and I will be very glad to tell them the obvious before they lose again.

Happy Birthday President McCain

Posted by: Jodi | August 29, 2008 11:51 AM | Report abuse

You have to be THIRTY FIVE.
Not 45 JO.

LTR.

Posted by: Jhonny | August 29, 2008 11:51 AM | Report abuse

I guess I should thank Mr. McCain for saving me from voting for a Republican for president for the first time ever. Do the "political strategists" think this is a battle for the least experienced candidate ever? I am one of the female Hillary supporters who I suppose is one of the targets of this pick. I am insulted that the Republicans think that the only reason I was for Hillary is that she is a woman. My vote was for experience and this ridiculous pick of a self-proclaimed "hockey Mom" as the person who is a heart beat away from the presidency has just swung the advantage back to the Democrats for me.

Posted by: Suzie | August 29, 2008 11:51 AM | Report abuse

I cant wait for the debates... Biden will eat her alive on national tv.. its going to be red meat for all

Posted by: emd1976 | August 29, 2008 11:51 AM | Report abuse

> To all of you calling this a "Hail Mary," haven't you been paying attention? McCain has been ahead in the polls for almost a week, and only the "post convention" bounce put Obama back in the running - just today.

Obama has been ahead in the EV projections for most of the last two months. No, the national polls are meaningless. Al Gore got ~500,000 more votes than W, but lost Florida, as you may recall. You have to look at state polls to project the election.

In other words, 95% of the time Obama is ahead, 5% of the time McCain is. Those aren't odds I'd care to bet on.

> McCain has officially sealed the deal by creating "change" in the Republican party while, at the same time, fulfilling a promise to his conservative base.

I thought he said "change" was meaningless? I thought he said that "experience" was all that mattered? But what else could McCain run on after flip-flopping on every single issue?

Great Republican, that! Steal the Democrat's theme and run on that! Why doesn't he just change his party registration, too?

You've just nominated the next Bob Dole. I just wonder if McCain will leave Cindy for Palin, like he did when trading up from his first wife after she was in an accident?

Posted by: Joe | August 29, 2008 11:51 AM | Report abuse

So McCain's first executive decision is driven by politics and not the good of the nation. Surprised? Shouldn't be, he's a hypocrite.

Posted by: lipreader | August 29, 2008 11:51 AM | Report abuse

JOHN MCCAIN IS BRILLIANT!!!

OBAMA DID NOT HAVE THE GUTS TO PICK HILLARY!!!

JOHN MCCAIN WILL WIN THE PRESIDENCY.

Posted by: dee | August 29, 2008 11:50 AM | Report abuse

Wow what a pick. Now that's a bold move - GO McCain GO !

I'm in.

Posted by: Stanley | August 29, 2008 11:50 AM | Report abuse

I am a Hillary support and I will vote for McCain/Palin.

Posted by: driver | August 29, 2008 11:50 AM | Report abuse

Leichtman, you liberals must be really thrown for a loop as indicated by these ridiculous posts. It is no wonder you did not address the experience issue with regards to my post. No obamanut could with relevance.

Posted by: Adrian | August 29, 2008 11:50 AM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin has a reputation as a "maverick" and going after corrupt Republicans. She has a long history of fighting for good ethics and for cutting wasteful spending. She "nixed" the Bridge to Nowhere. (Alaska still got the funding but not specifically earmarked for the bridge, thus still being able to construct it.) She is a fearless reformer... against wasteful spending (aka fiscal conservative). She is the female and younger "maverick" McCain. She reinforces his brand and his message of "REFORM."

At 80% she is the most popular of all governors. She is very well known in the West. Palin has much more experience than Obama in governance. (And she is not part of the Chicago political machine, or any political machine.) Refreshing.

Remember that Palin is not running against Obama... McCain is. McCain = experience. Obama = inexperience. That argument does not change. Also the idea of getting rid of the strong shadow presidency (i.e. Cheney-like) is a good thing.


P.S. The misogyny exhibited here by Obamanation is disgusting. Saw it used against Hillary and now against Sarah. McCain choosing a female VP will not get the Hillary vote, but this language against Palin sure will.

P.S.S. The brother-in-law is not a nice guy or a good cop. For example, he tasered his 11-year old.

Posted by: Nickyle | August 29, 2008 11:50 AM | Report abuse

YOUCAN SEE WHEN MCANE SAYS EXPERIANCE IT DOESNT MEAN WHAT HE WANTS HE COMLETLY LOST IT! DOES SHE HAS EXPERIANCE OR HE CHANGED HIS MIND BASED ON YETERDAYS SPEACH.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 11:50 AM | Report abuse

Well, she seems to be as qualified as Barak Hussein Obama, so why not?

Posted by: Ziggy | August 29, 2008 11:50 AM | Report abuse

At least Palin has been Chief Executive of a state Government. What has Obama ever actually managed? His checkbook? I doubt that, his wife probably did that for him!!

Posted by: cyclone | August 29, 2008 11:50 AM | Report abuse

CINDY vs. SARAH..... hot girls for the topless beauty contest.....

Sarah is my MOMMA....What a great choice for McCain.....I can smell something. What will Cindy say?

Posted by: OMG | August 29, 2008 11:49 AM | Report abuse

It looks like John McCain is just another dirty old man with a fixation on "arm candy". His first two wives have been beauty contestants. Now he picks a relatively unknown and inexperienced Alaska governor over more mature and tenured Republican women. Oh yes, she has also been a beauty contestant. Need one say more?

Posted by: H. R. Merhoff | August 29, 2008 11:49 AM | Report abuse

Great National Journal article on McCain's economic plan.

http://www.nationaljournal.com/njmagazine/wn_20080830_3947.php

Posted by: Gus | August 29, 2008 11:49 AM | Report abuse

The comments on here are purely chauvinistic and ignorant concerning Palin. No wonder, Hillary lost.

SAD case for womens status in America.

Most countrys have already had a women president.

Why is the US lagging way behind?

Posted by: dee | August 29, 2008 11:49 AM | Report abuse

So McCain's first executive decision is driven by politics and not the good of the nation. Surprised? Shouldn't be, he's a hypocrite.

Posted by: lipreader | August 29, 2008 11:49 AM | Report abuse

"A small town with a population in the 60,00 range;"

Misplaced comma, correct that to: "population in the 6,000 range"

Posted by: N.E.'er | August 29, 2008 11:49 AM | Report abuse

John McCain's pick of Sarah Palin is a SOLID one, and announcing the pick today is a strategic masterpiece, knocking out Barack Obama/Joe Biden's after convention euphoria!:

http://osi-speaks.blogspot.com/2008/08/breaking-news-its-unofficially-official.html#links

Posted by: KYJurisDoctor | August 29, 2008 11:49 AM | Report abuse

How can any self respecting woman be McBush's running mate?! He voted AGAINST female salary parity to men (said they needed more "education" and there shouldn't be a law forcing equal salaries); not to mention he's completely against a woman's right to choose what to do with her body! This is an attention mongering move, and won't work.

Posted by: heyrey | August 29, 2008 11:48 AM | Report abuse

Pawlenty and Romney would of been a far more superior choice. Palin is a disaster, she is embroiled in a scandal and she ULTRA CONSERVATIVE. Not a wise choice!

Posted by: Bernie | August 29, 2008 11:48 AM | Report abuse

McCain has decided to choose a woman with no experience in a time of war, when he has been criticizing an Obama/Biden ticket for being unprepared. Obama raised the stakes last night, and McCain failed to respond with intelligence. Hillary Clinton must act to ensure that when America moves towards its first female president, that leader will not be anti-choice, ill-equipped and incapable of serving in the position. See my views: http://kandashan2008.blogspot.com/2008/08/breathless.html

Posted by: Kan Da Shan | August 29, 2008 11:48 AM | Report abuse

Women aren't going to vote for her just because she's a woman. Women will vote for the candidate who they believe has what it takes. If my beliefs don't align with Palin's (or McCain's, which they don't,) I'm not voting for them. I won't vote for someone just because of their gender - I have a brain. It burns me to think that people seem to believe that all it takes to get the female vote is the right genitalia. I'm all for successful, strong women but I want one who will stand up for what I believe in.

Posted by: Anon | August 29, 2008 11:48 AM | Report abuse

See look a woman… vote for me… forget about all that inexperience stuff I was talking about… Vote for me thank you , McCain 2008

I feel safer already that the Mayor of Wasilla , Alaska is next in line to be president if something where to happen to McCain… Maybe she can have Putin over for some milk and cookies with the kids after she picks them up from practice…. Crazy, I thought McCain lacked some things ….. Now I know he does... Dont worry guys she has a degree in journalism just in case you where wondering about the educational back round... Maybe she can write the worlds affairs in her journal at night... nite nite kids

Posted by: erik | August 29, 2008 11:48 AM | Report abuse

The only explaination for this VP pick is McCain likes beauty queens, ie. his wife and now Palin. This proves that McCain is really senile. His own Repubican colleagues are disappointed.

Back up the truck...it's going to be a Democratic landslide.

Posted by: Angelo | August 29, 2008 11:48 AM | Report abuse

...remember Harriet Myers...

Posted by: amorrison | August 29, 2008 11:48 AM | Report abuse

Palin won't be 45 years old until a month after the next President is sworn in. That means she would not be old enough to be President according to the Constitutional requirements.

Posted by: JO | August 29, 2008 11:47 AM | Report abuse

Palin is McCain's new interest. Watch out Cindy! Sarah might win the Topless beauty contest with a smile.....

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 11:46 AM | Report abuse

Louisiana's governor Bobby Jindal is the real up and coming star of the GOP. However, the GOP won't use him as a trump card in this election because he's too valuable to waste on this election. If McCain loses this election or doesn't run for re-election in four years, you can bet on Gov. Jindal running in 2012. Republicans like Govs. Palin and Jindal reflect a growing change in the GOP overall, and coupled with groups like the Log Cabin Republicans, you can be sure that the GOP is realigning itself in a much more organic way, the way conservatives like to change.

Posted by: Rob Bradley | August 29, 2008 11:46 AM | Report abuse

lame, lame, lame

Posted by: julia voelker | August 29, 2008 11:46 AM | Report abuse

I guess all those that criticize Obama, for inexperience, will have a field day, with McCain choosing Sarah Palin, for his VP. 2 years ago, she was mayor of Wasilla, Alaska... population under 6,000. Is she ready to be President??
She's also under investigation for abuse of power.
All-in-all, while I've thought for weeks he'd name Palin, and would love to see a woman President, this is a bad choice - - showing poor judgment.
McCain is 73 years old, more than most Pres candidates, he needed to be thinking about America, rather than getting Hillary's disaffected voters... and choose someone who could take over as Pres. And that she's under investigation... it's more of the same GOP - - Abramoff, etc.
And the hypocrisy, after attacking Obama endlessly on lack of experience... she's more *ready* than Obama?
Really poor judgment by McCain.

Posted by: burf | August 29, 2008 11:46 AM | Report abuse

You guys crack me up. You think Obama is ready to be chief executive as a first term LEGISLATOR, yet somehow Palin has "negligible experience" and is an inadequate VICE-presidential candidate as a first term governor (i.e. State chief EXECUTIVE). Too funny.

Posted by: lol | August 29, 2008 11:46 AM | Report abuse

Thanks,for picking someone with no experience. just made my day. What else do you have up your sleeve, tell us so we can laugh all the way to the POLLING booth
to vote for Obama.

Posted by: Gladys Billings | August 29, 2008 11:46 AM | Report abuse

To Disturbed-Pay attention idiot!! Rove works for Fox news-He had nothing to do with this decision! Cant you see that McCain is thinking outside the box and that women need to be served in this great country??

Posted by: cyclone | August 29, 2008 11:45 AM | Report abuse

This is an absolute indicator that the McCain campaign believes that they are definitely behind and cannot run a conventional campaign and win. This is the "Hail Mary pass" mentioned previously.

But for all it addes to the McCain campaign, it also detracts significantly. If lack of experience is supposed to be the major reason for not electing Sen. Obama, then Gov. Palin would seem to be even more of a reason not to vote for a ticket with her on it.

Quoting Chris: "She is totally unknown and untested on the national stage but also has impressive credentials in her short time in public life."

"the mayor of a small town in Alaska just two years ago,"

A small town with a population in the 60,00 range; and a year and a half as Governor of a state that is not exactly the most difficult to govern.

This makes her qualified to be "a heartbeat away?"

She could be excellent, she could be the best President we will have ever had, if...; but now the GOP plays the "experience" card only at their own peril.

Her family situation will make her personally appealing to a lot of people. But the job is Vice President, not the head of the local PTA. Being V.P. in Washington has demands which being Mayor in Wasilla or Governor in Juneau don't have.

If Gov. Palin is indeed Sen. McCain's pick how does the Obama/Biden campaign play this? Do they semi-ignore her, trying to push her "off to the margins?" Or, do they make a concerted effort in frequent and direct comparisons to make Sen. Biden appear far more experienced and ready than the GOP V.P. pick?

Props to Sen. McCain for having the guts to make the choice. Predictable politics is boring. This makes it fun.

With an Alaskan and a 72-year old on the ticket, the Campaign slogan could be: North to the Past!

Posted by: Nor'Easter | August 29, 2008 11:45 AM | Report abuse

Palin = Stalin.

Posted by: iowa82 | August 29, 2008 11:45 AM | Report abuse

Good job McCain, I don't know what all of these people are talking about, Sarah is a GREAT choice. She has taken corruption head on, and will help bring in the Hillary supporters who cannot vote for Obama. She's younger than him, and has more experience. Plus she has five kids, one with down syndrom and another in the Army. She is perfectly qualified.

Go McCain!

Posted by: Minnesota Dude | August 29, 2008 11:45 AM | Report abuse

Actually, Palin has LESS experience than Obama. I thought McCain said this was no time for on the job training?

Also, her sister is in a bitter custody battle, and she tried to use her authority to get her sister's ex-husband fired.

That's illegal, if proven. So McCain is hiring criminals now? Lovely!

Posted by: Joe | August 29, 2008 11:44 AM | Report abuse

I guess Paris Hilton said no.

Posted by: Gaias Child | August 29, 2008 11:44 AM | Report abuse

sorry for the multiple posts--the submit button was acting up. :)

Posted by: chadibuins | August 29, 2008 11:43 AM | Report abuse

I consider myself fairly well-versed in our country's political scene, and yet I'd never heard of this woman until about an hour ago.

And she already scares the hell out of me. As a woman, I WANT to see a woman as a leader of our country. Just... not this woman.

Posted by: Robin | August 29, 2008 11:42 AM | Report abuse

Looks like the Obamites are out in full force LOL

Keep drinking the cool-aid...suckers.

McCain / Palin .... what a ticket.

P.U.M.A.
Registered democrat fro McCain / Palin :)

Posted by: AsBee | August 29, 2008 11:42 AM | Report abuse

To all of you calling this a "Hail Mary," haven't you been paying attention? McCain has been ahead in the polls for almost a week, and only the "post convention" bounce put Obama back in the running - just today.
McCain has officially sealed the deal by creating "change" in the Republican party while, at the same time, fulfilling a promise to his conservative base.

Posted by: Tony | August 29, 2008 11:41 AM | Report abuse

I CANNOT understand how anyone who supported Hillary thinks it is in their best interest to throw their support behind this ticket?!?! Do you really believe in the ideology of the Democratic party or are you interested in just electing a woman - any woman no matter how inexperienced and far from your views she is?

Posted by: jerseygirl | August 29, 2008 11:41 AM | Report abuse

She is being used simply as a prop. I guess any woman will do with McCain if she can help him get what he wants. What an insult to Ms. Clinton and all qulified women.

Posted by: Tighe | August 29, 2008 11:40 AM | Report abuse

I come from Alaska and Sarah Palin is corrupt! Just another topless beauty contestant for McCain.

Posted by: Mary | August 29, 2008 11:39 AM | Report abuse

Check out this investigation of Palin on salon.com. Republicans can't handle any more corruption in national elections.

I am truly afraid that if 72 year old McCain became ill, we would end up with a 44 year old, ex-mayor of a town of only 10,000 who is about to be to go to jail.

http://www.salon.com/politics/war_room/2008/07/31/palin/

Posted by: jersey john | August 29, 2008 11:39 AM | Report abuse

I CANNOT understand how anyone who supported Hillary thinks it is in their best interest to throw their support behind this ticket?!?! Do you really believe in the ideology of the Democratic party or are you interested in just electing a woman - any woman no matter how inexperienced and far from your views she is?

Posted by: jerseygirl | August 29, 2008 11:39 AM | Report abuse

To all of you calling this a "Hail Mary," haven't you been paying attention? McCain has been ahead in the polls for almost a week, and only the "post convention" bounce put Obama back in the running - just today.
McCain has officially sealed the deal by creating "change" in the Republican party while, at the same time, fulfilling a promise to his conservative base.

Posted by: Tony | August 29, 2008 11:38 AM | Report abuse

Palin was chosen to get the Hillary votes. Period. If it wasn't for the divisiveness between the Hillary and Obama supporters I doubt she would've even been considered--I think everyone can agree on that. It's an effective choice if all you care about is the win, albeit a rather superficial one.

Posted by: Justin | August 29, 2008 11:38 AM | Report abuse

I’m happy with the Palin pick. She’s three years younger than Obama with more executive experience. She’s a Washington outsider with a history of fighting corruption (Alaskan government ranks with Louisiana, New Jersey and Chicago on that score). She’ll be hard for Biden to attack. She might attract a few disaffected Hillary supporters. Last, McCain gets to play up his “maverick” image because she’s an unconventional choice.

I’m happy.

Posted by: Frank | August 29, 2008 11:38 AM | Report abuse

Bill Clinton was Governor of Arkansas, dummy.

Posted by: Bill Clinton was a Governor | August 29, 2008 11:38 AM | Report abuse

Adrian it sounds like she is has a lot of ANTIs.
Somehow I thought voters were looking for positives about what can be done not what she is against; and no one is impressed with your baby murder language,a really rather disgusting diversion. Make this election purely about abortion and you can forget about the middle and guarantee a McGovern type election sweep that you will lose.

Posted by: Leichtman | August 29, 2008 11:37 AM | Report abuse

Wow, I had no idea the McCain campaign was this desperate.

Putting her on the ticket means sacrificing his best line of attack agaist Obama in exchange for the hope that just putting a woman on the ticket will win over older, moderate to liberal female voters. A true hail mary. Her husband works for oil companies on the North Slope, so that's a pro and a con. She is charismatic, but for all the talk of reform, she is currently being hounded of accusations of political impropriety for having her sister's husband fired in Alaska's own "troopergate" and althoguh she ran against Murkowski, she is a protege of Ted Stevens and he has been her top backer throughout her career, so a mixed bag there overall.

But, putting her a heartbeat away from the Presidency, and doing so on your 72nd Birthday, what does this all say about McCain's judgment?

Posted by: kreuz_missile | August 29, 2008 11:35 AM | Report abuse

It is nice to see the libs shine here. Having babies (bad) - killing babies (good)
Inexperienced VP (bad) - Inexperienced President (good) - I can't wait for Osama to be President!!! YAY!!!

Posted by: J. | August 29, 2008 11:33 AM | Report abuse

I am an independent and was really undecided up to this point. My wife as well. At first we didn't see ourselves supporting another candidate other then John McCain. WE are from Arizona. However, the more this campaign went on the more we realized how Bush like McCain really is. We want change. Obama has earned our vote.

The selection of Palin smacks of total desperation on McCain's part. We are ready for a new type of politician and someone who doesn't fit the normal stodgy prototypical politician profile as Mr. McCain. That is why he selected Palin. It's not because of her credentials. He is trying to sway the Clinton backers. We just don't want 4 more years of the last 8.

Posted by: Daren | August 29, 2008 11:32 AM | Report abuse

Biden has to tread carefully so as not to alienate women voters who are still on the fence (and on the mend). However, McCain's ability to rationally judge situations and make decisions based from information is in question. I'm not sure that this puts the "West" into play; she has considerable energy experience but that doesn't outweigh her state and local only government experience. Obama's government experience is more than 5x more storied than hers and he's worked with folks of all walks in life; she's worked with Alaskans.

The possibility of her running our country has to be considered; scary. Who was the last governor to hold national office?

Posted by: Ken | August 29, 2008 11:31 AM | Report abuse

I sincerely hope women wont fall for this rediculous chirade!! The only reason McCain picked her, is because she’s female. That’s not a good enough reason to put a woman in the white house!!! A true women’s rights advocate would want a woman in the white house because of her ACHIEVEMENTS not because of her genitalia. This is a backwards step for women, and frankly, as an avid woman’s right supporter, and I Hillary supporter, I’m insulted.

OBAMA BIDEN 2008

Posted by: Lea | August 29, 2008 11:30 AM | Report abuse

And McShame questions Obama's judgement? What am I missing? That's what he thinks of the American People. If (big if) he becomes President and something happens to him (75 years old, highly unlikely lol) this is what he leaves us with? Shame on you John McCain, shame on you!!

Posted by: Joe M. | August 29, 2008 11:30 AM | Report abuse

Just in time for their 50th Anniversary as states . . . Alaska and Hawaii will take center stage on the political stage.

Posted by: chadibuins | August 29, 2008 11:29 AM | Report abuse

From reading some of these idiotic anti-feminist rants, it is now discovered that the word "vetting" has not reached your limited intelligence. These VP picks are vetted all the way back to conception. The ex-brother-in-law thing is garbage. Sarah Palin has far more executive experience than Obama and she did this without aligning herself with convicted felons, anti-american terrorists, or racist preachers. Whether or not you think this is pandering to Hillary's woman base is irrelevant. Obviously Hillary peeps were not taken into consideration as Palin is anti-baby murder, anti high taxes, and anti-same sex marriage. Palin has been a consideration for months, but had been reportedly reluctant to leave her post as Governor of Alaska.

Posted by: Adrian | August 29, 2008 11:26 AM | Report abuse

He picked the very very popular governor of the LARGEST state in the union. Say what you will, I think it's a stroke of genius.

Good luck Sarah, illigetimi non carborundum!

Posted by: Spyder | August 29, 2008 11:26 AM | Report abuse

McCain has repeatedly stated he opposes drilling in Anwr; Palin obviously disagrees. We should demand an answer to that issue now! Aspergirl that is a nonstarter and one of the few policy positions that I agree with John McCain. Is he now flipping on Arctic Drilling? When will the media ask that question?

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 11:26 AM | Report abuse

Just in time for their 50th Anniversary as states . . . Alaska and Hawaii will take center stage on the political stage.

Posted by: chadibuins | August 29, 2008 11:26 AM | Report abuse

Palin kills Wolf puppies.

Posted by: rogerthat | August 29, 2008 11:26 AM | Report abuse

Pro-life. Meh. Palin, a 44-year-old woman who gave birth to her fifth child last April, was "confused" when she learned of its unfortunate Down syndrome condition -- a totally avoidable situation. Duh -- any educated woman above 34 years old is at risk of carrying a Downs or other genetically imperfect baby and should have genetic counseling and testing before proceeding with pregnancy. But her thinking was clouded by a bad combination of religion and hormones. Do we really need more dumb- and short-sighted thinkers at the highest levels of government? I think not.

Posted by: anonymous | August 29, 2008 11:25 AM | Report abuse

Doesn't this neuter McCain's best argument against Obama --that he's too inexperienced? Palin has even less, and with McCain celebrating his 72nd birthday today, that "heartbeat away from the Presidency" is a real concern.

I can't help but think this was a blunder.

Posted by: Max Sewell | August 29, 2008 11:24 AM | Report abuse

Can you say PANDER? This makes pandering an Olympic Event and McCain is going for the gold!

Posted by: PRinNJ | August 29, 2008 11:23 AM | Report abuse

Wow, a Mackenzie Allen doppelgänger

At least she likes BO's natural gas plans.

Posted by: Kate | August 29, 2008 11:23 AM | Report abuse

It is nice to see the libs shine here. Having babies (bad) - killing babies (good)
Inexperienced VP (bad) - Inexperienced President (good) - I can't wait for Osama to be President!!! YAY!!!

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 11:23 AM | Report abuse

being alaskan and dealing with the prom queen with a attitude, i have to say what a pathectic choice for a obvious oppurtunist. a perfect day to choice her alaskas new quarter from the mint comes out today but not the one alaskans voted on sarah didn't like alaskans choice so the i allways get my way prom qween decided it would be the coin she liked and thats what we got because its sarahs way or no way.
she is also under investigation for trying to get her ex brother in law state trooper fired but since the chief of police didn't bend to the pressure of over 2 dozen calls from her stafff and family members she fired him look into it. if you like bush and having no rights you'll love sarah

Posted by: rw | August 29, 2008 11:23 AM | Report abuse

I never heard of this woman until 10 minutes ago but I expect she's a bright and intelligent person.

What disturbs me about the story is that someone like Karl Rove is apparently involved in high level discussions and decision making in the McCain campaign.

So much for doing things differently than the deceitful and corrupt Bush Administration...

Posted by: disturbed | August 29, 2008 11:23 AM | Report abuse

Just in time for their 50th Anniversary as states . . . Alaska and Hawaii will take center stage on the political stage.

Posted by: chadibuins | August 29, 2008 11:22 AM | Report abuse

Intriguing choice. The Obama=inexperience argument goes out the window and its not hard to imaging she'll struggle vs Biden in any debate with international issues. The "one heartbeat away/is she ready" tests are likely to be a challenge.

Flip side, she reconfirms McCain's reputation as a maverick, which is deservedly under siege. Her track record is clean with only one minor scandal of note and even that appears to be without a whole lot of merit. Her governance quite popular and her values are more from the more progressive side of the Republican side. By Republican standards, she does OK with gay rights and environment, with very high marks on ethics.

Alaska, courtesy of oil $$$, has always had more $$$ than most every state on a per capita basis, so balanced budgets have been much easier to achieve.

Lastly, and hard to miss, she is attractive and has an interesting story to tell. Rumor has it she is charismatic as well. In short, similarities to Barack Obama.

No doubt, McCain just stole the limelight with this pick. it remains to be seen if she can stand up to it.

Posted by: AL | August 29, 2008 11:21 AM | Report abuse

Interesting.

Without knowing anything about her I would guess she & her husband are fairly well off financially.

And it's no surprise that when McCain picks a woman (for anything) she'll be a bit of eye candy.

The real issue for me? If McCain, with his age and multiple cancers, doesn't live 6 months after taking office what are we left with? Gonna need some serious work-up by the media so we can know what we'll be getting.

At least McCain has shown that he'll go with a choice that can be put to the side when he's in office. Major difference to the part that Biden can play if Obama is elected.

Posted by: Ken | August 29, 2008 11:21 AM | Report abuse

She's really conservative. Like, doesn't believe in evolution conservative.

Posted by: Jasper | August 29, 2008 11:20 AM | Report abuse

It's hard for me to comment on Palin since I know little about her. I'm sure she is an impresive person, but the move may strike many as a bit too craven. And it does seem to hinder Republican efforts to go after Obama on experience.

Posted by: Steve | August 29, 2008 11:20 AM | Report abuse

Can you spell P-A-N-I-C? The desperation is this move is palpable. The first time McLame stumbles and drools, which will probably be the next time he speaks, will drive independent voters running to the Obama ticket faster than the GOP running from a hurricane.

Posted by: CSD | August 29, 2008 11:19 AM | Report abuse

Politics sure makes strange bedfellows. But this pick creates a real philosophical dichotomy for many in the conservative base.......
I know Hillary Clinton. Hillary Clinton has inspired a nation. Governor Sarah Palin is no Hillary Clinton.

Posted by: Ohg Rea Tone | August 29, 2008 11:19 AM | Report abuse

There's a big difference in being governor of Alaska and being second in command of the highest position in the land. A child with special needs requires around the clock care and supervison.

Posted by: Ronda | August 29, 2008 11:18 AM | Report abuse

Keep savaging her you Obamidiots...every time you do you push one more Hillary supporter to his column. I read a lot of blogs, and there is a LOT of anger among her supporters. Every time they see some Democrap doing to Palin what was done to Hillary it will push them that much farther to McCain. Please please PLEASE keep it up.

She is a very popular governor who is the ONLY person on the national ticket with executive experience. She shows that McCain is willing to buck the trend when he sees fit, AND she puts the women's vote back in play...smart move.

Posted by: Michael | August 29, 2008 11:18 AM | Report abuse

There is something wrong with you people.

She was Miss Alaska. (and if you are a man and saw her pictures back in the day, you'd be voting for her.)
She is a woman.
She is an NRA member.
She is prolife.
She is a mother of five.
She is a mother of a child with special needs.
She is a hunter.
She is a fisherman.
She is a respected intellectual on matters of energy.
She is the most popular govenor in the country.
She is reformer.
She beat a corrupt incumbent republican.


Change. Energy. Reform. Pro-Life. Pro-Gun. Mother. Conservative.

So much for Obama's speech.

So she doesn't play well at the university and in the people's republik of Vermont. But your going to be surprised at how well this woman connects with middle class America. It's almost like McCain has replace Hillary with Sarah on the campaign trail.

Posted by: Brian | August 29, 2008 11:17 AM | Report abuse

I really used to like McCain, but what has happened to him? Naming Miss Mukluk to be a heartbeat away from his presidency is just astounding.

Posted by: Jay | August 29, 2008 11:17 AM | Report abuse

There is something wrong with you people.

She was Miss Alaska. (and if you are a man and saw her pictures back in the day, you'd be voting for her.)
She is a woman.
She is an NRA member.
She is prolife.
She is a mother of five.
She is a mother of a child with special needs.
She is a hunter.
She is a fisherman.
She is a respected intellectual on matters of energy.
She is the most popular govenor in the country.
She is reformer.
She beat a corrupt incumbent republican.


Change. Energy. Reform. Pro-Life. Pro-Gun. Mother. Conservative.

So much for Obama's speech.

So she doesn't play well at the university and in the people's republik of Vermont. But your going to be surprised at how well this woman connects with middle class America. It's almost like McCain has replace Hillary with Sarah on the campaign trail.

Posted by: Brian | August 29, 2008 11:16 AM | Report abuse

I am, and always have been, a strong Obama supporter. Most of my HRC-supporter friends have or, I believe, will end up supporting Obama. But NOT if Democrats open their big fat mouths and say stupid things about Gov. Palin being "a pretty face", a MILF or having the audacity to make judgements about her personal life and how she decides to go about raising her family. You don't make judgements about Barack being on the road campaigning all the time instead of being home with his young children. So let's apply an equal standard here. I may not understand how she will handle her situation with her newest child, but it's not my BUSINESS to make judgement about someone else's family life when I know NOTHING about it.

HRC lost her campaign herself, but that doesn't mean some of the coverage and comments weren't sexist and offensive. If you can't support Obama without saying misogynistic things that ultimately hurt our cause, then for the love of God quit posting online.

Posted by: the better part of valor | August 29, 2008 11:16 AM | Report abuse

Folks: Let's stay on the high road.

You can pick apart her record, or her experience, but let's leave the references to her looks, her motherhood, etc., to the lesser forums.

And if the only comment you have is one that reflects on your own misogyny, then just go away.

Posted by: Wisconsin | August 29, 2008 11:16 AM | Report abuse

Obama is "not qualified" to be Prez, but Sarah Barracuda is qualified to be a heartbeat away? Are you kidding me?

This is McCain's idea of a Hillary surrogate? This is supposed to rally the gender vote? Does he think women are really this gullible? What a slap in the face to every Hillary supporter. Set gender aside and the two names would never be mentioned in the same sentence.

Is Sarah his new Muse, The Chosen One destined to lead McCain down the path of reform? Hardly. What a charade!!

McLain has lost his mind. A desperate deed by a desperate man. Game, set, match, Obama.

Posted by: howjensen | August 29, 2008 11:15 AM | Report abuse

Wow, a pretty transparent play for the female vote, particularly disillusioned PUMAs. I'm an Obama supporter, but I say touche, McCain, gutsy move.

What Obama and the DNC need to do, is make the stakes in this election VERY clear. Palin, though a woman, is not a woman's candidate. Being a woman isn't the sole qualification of being "the woman's candidate." Palin is anti-choice - which is already the complete opposite of the traditional meaning of a woman's candidate. In the term of the next president, at least one, as many as three, Supreme Court justices will be appointed. One vote currently keeps Roe v. Wade upheld. The women's fight in this election is so much bigger than just getting one of us in the White House. This election should be about more than just one woman. It should be about the well-being and rights of ALL women, and picking the administration that truly has their best interests at heart.

Dems who may be lured by this Hail Mary pass of a VP pick should really, really think about Hillary's words in her speech this week - was it just because Hillary's a woman that so many of us got so excited and impassioned? Or was it because of the things she stood for? Palin is (and I believe Republicans would agree) the antithesis of almost everything Hillary stood for.

Posted by: Joy | August 29, 2008 11:15 AM | Report abuse

Smart move going for a woman, unlike other dems I do believe that some of the HRC voters just might be foolish (or maybe something else?) to turn their backs on their party and swing to the Repubs. But, I suspect her brief political career, untested national campaign experience and possible skeletons will outway any gain in female vote.

Posted by: AgentD | August 29, 2008 11:15 AM | Report abuse

This is wonderful. Once again we have the opportunity to examine a polititian and make decisions on their qualifications. For an unknown percentage of the voters, she is fully qualified....white and female. For some, just her apparent ethnicity is good enough. We just have to wait and enjoy the ride, without rancour.

Posted by: Draesop | August 29, 2008 11:15 AM | Report abuse

yesterday I suggested that it is a no brainer that he would pick a woman, unfortunately it was not Whitman someone many could agree with. I suggested Obama left a big gap in his campaign large enough to drve a truck through when he refused to even vet HC. McCain knows he is not playing a winnng hand and decided to swing for the fences. This selection garantees that McCain will now either win a very close race or get blown out by 8-10% points. This selection looks like a pure political stunt not a thoughtful doing what is best for America decision that we were promised; but as many posted here yestereday McCain was in a box with this selection and didn't have a lot of great options. Make no mistake this was a purely political selection that had absolutely nothing to do with good governance. As a HC supporter I am not impressed with this patronizing selection. What does she know about economics or healthcare? Ridge or Whitman would have been a better call. But let's remember in the end voters look at the choice only in symbolic terms and rarely base their vote for POTUS on the VP selection.

Posted by: Leihmn | August 29, 2008 11:15 AM | Report abuse

Some folks are missing the boat.

This is evidence that the Republican Party is changing. The original Republican Maverick is joined by one who shook up a very Red State's Republican party.

These are people who want to change things, and KNOW how to get it done, rather than just talking about it.

Posted by: Captain | August 29, 2008 11:15 AM | Report abuse

This is what happens when someone is desperate. Choose a woman to get women votes. Well, McCain has underestimated women's intelligence. We are not voting for a woman just because she is woman, but where she stands and what we think she can do. I don't think she has the experience to be a VP or even a President should something happen to McCain. Not a great choice! Sorry McCain, but being a woman in not all that matters!

Posted by: Desparate pick | August 29, 2008 11:14 AM | Report abuse

McCain has a son serving - or did serve - in Iraq and Palin's son will be leaving for Iraq shortly. Michael Moore must be flipping out. Interesting choice.

Posted by: Bob | August 29, 2008 11:14 AM | Report abuse

Come on people women are smarter than voting for someone who has no experience. She was the mayor of a city no bigger than my neighborhood 2 years ago. Besides Hillary women want Hillary to be in the white house first. This does not get them there.

Also, John McCain just lost his base -- what man who cares about this country is going to vote for someone like this.

Posted by: james - Los Angeles | August 29, 2008 11:14 AM | Report abuse

Harriet Miers anyone?

Posted by: teedge | August 29, 2008 11:14 AM | Report abuse

I am, and always have been, a strong Obama supporter. Most of my HRC-supporter friends have or, I believe, will end up supporting Obama. But NOT if Democrats open their big fat mouths and say stupid things about Gov. Palin being a MILF or having the audacity to make judgements about her personal life and how she decides to go about raising her family. You don't make judgements about Barack being on the road campaigning all the time instead of being home with his young children. So let's apply an equal standard here. I may not understand how she will handle her situation with her newest child, but it's not my BUSINESS to make judgement about someone else's family life when I know NOTHING about it.

HRC lost her campaign herself, but that doesn't mean some of the coverage and comments weren't sexist and offensive. If you can't support Obama without saying misogynistic things that ultimately hurt our cause, then for the love of God quit posting online.

Posted by: the better part of valor | August 29, 2008 11:14 AM | Report abuse

Obama is "not qualified" to be Prez, but Sarah Barracuda is qualified to be a heartbeat away? Are you kidding me?

This is McCain's idea of a Hillary surrogate? This is supposed to rally the gender vote? Does he think women are really this gullible? What a slap in the face to every Hillary supporter. Set gender aside and the two names would never be mentioned in the same sentence.

Is Sarah his new Muse, The Chosen One destined to lead McCain down the path of reform? Hardly. What a charade!!

McLain has lost his mind. A desperate deed by a desperate man. Game, set, match, Obama.

Posted by: howjensen | August 29, 2008 11:14 AM | Report abuse

Who picked Palin for McCain. I know McCain appears to be senile but dang, even he wouldn't make a pick like this after all the flack he gave Obama about experience. This is the best the Republican party has? A person with no little or no background in Foreign affairs, no trips to Iraq, no experience at a Federal level and under investigation in her home state. This is Americas best Republican?????

Posted by: Gunny | August 29, 2008 11:14 AM | Report abuse

While the partisan postings have already started on someone we know little about, she does speak to the change issue as well as the experience charge. Biden has been in DC for 25 years and is not exactly a force for change. It seems a risky and double-edged pick, but it does enliven the race...Next week should be interesting.

Posted by: Indy from NC | August 29, 2008 11:14 AM | Report abuse

yesterday I suggested that it is a no brainer that he would pick a woman, unfortunately it was not Whitman someone many could agree with. I suggested Obama left a big gap in his campaign large enough to drve a truck through when he refused to even vet HC. McCain knows he is not playing a winnng hand and decided to swing for the fences. This selection garantees that McCain will now either win a very close race or get blown out by 8-10% points. This selection looks like a pure political stunt not a thoughtful doing what is best for America decision that we were promised; but as many posted here yestereday McCain was in a box with this selection and didn't have a lot of great options. Make no mistake this was a purely political selection that had absolutely nothing to do with good governance. As a HC supporter I am not impressed with this patronizing selection. What does she know about economics or healthcare? Ridge or Whitman would have been a better call. But let's remember in the end voters look at the choice only in symbolic terms and rarely base their vote for POTUS on the VP selection.

Posted by: Leichtman | August 29, 2008 11:14 AM | Report abuse

Intriguing choice. The Obama=inexperience argument goes out the window and its not hard to imaging she'll struggle vs Biden in any debate with international issues. The "one heartbeat away/is she ready" tests are likely to be a challenge.

Flip side, she reconfirms McCain's reputation as a maverick, which is deservedly under siege. Her track record is clean with only one minor scandal of note and even that appears to be without a whole lot of merit. Her governance quite popular and her values are more from the more progressive side of the Republican side. By Republican standards, she does OK with gay rights and environment, with very high marks on ethics.

Alaska, courtesy of oil $$$, has always had more $$$ than most every state on a per capita basis, so balanced budgets have been much easier to achieve.

Lastly, and hard to miss, she is attractive and has an interesting story to tell. Rumor has it she is charismatic as well. In short, similarities to Barack Obama.

No doubt, McCain just stole the limelight with this pick. it remains to be seen if she can stand up to it.

Posted by: AL Zeke etc | August 29, 2008 11:13 AM | Report abuse

If McCain had chosen JC Watts or Alan Keyes to be his running mate, I wouldn't be scared either.

He picked an incredibly right-wing, flawed candidate -- she recently used her political power to fire her Ex brother-in-law who was involved in a custody battle -- that makes me feel good about how Palin will restore our Constitutional rights! Palin also undercuts every single argument McCain has been using against Obama about experience and who has the EXACT opposite appeal of Obama/Biden:

This GOP ticket is a ticket that offers "change" without comfort.

In the end -- it shows that THEY are the ones who are scared!

Posted by: Louise | August 29, 2008 11:13 AM | Report abuse

This choice is right in the great tradition of William E. Miller, Spiro Agnew, Geraldine Ferraro, and Dan Quayle. Though it's not all that surprising, considering the nothingness of McCain's better known alternatives.

But I'm going to love to hear the Republicans' take on affirmative action after this! Not to mention the little question of fitness for the role of Commander in Chief, which McCain has made just about his only issue.

Posted by: Andy | August 29, 2008 11:12 AM | Report abuse

McCain just blew his chances of getting my independent female vote. I was undecided before because he played up his maverick side. Palin's uber-conservative stance puts that ticket way to the right now. Looks like I am now voting democrat.

Posted by: NASC | August 29, 2008 11:12 AM | Report abuse

Excellent choice! Bambam can't attack her lack of experience, what's he gonna back it with? His experience? LOL. Besides, she's not foing to lead the country. Big difference. She's from a blue collar background, fits the mold of many from the heart of this country, has a backbone and willing to call out the wrong doers regardless of party. If you really think she can't stand up to Biden, HA, just watch. She's tough as a pine knott!

Posted by: Debi | August 29, 2008 11:12 AM | Report abuse

The usual bottom of the barrel tokenism. They could have equally gone for the black vote by nominating Alan Keyes, or the Hispanic vote with Ricky Martin.

Posted by: Aleks | August 29, 2008 11:12 AM | Report abuse

This has to be one of the shrewdest political calculations in the history of this country. This is an obvious pander to Hillary voters. And this is yet another pander to the far right by John McCain.

This reeks of Karl Rove, for it is known that he was involved in trying to dissuade Joe Lieberman from joining a McCain ticket.

The Republicans will do every in their power to win. And this move will probably lead them to victory.

I am so conflicted. Filled with emotion. The GOP disgusts me. Their exploits make me hate this country. For it is apparent the Democrats have great leaders, but the Republicans have great winners.

Not looking forward to another four more years ... wake me up in 2013.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 11:12 AM | Report abuse

In terms of governing the country, this is a horrible choice. She doesn't have the experience or stature to be a true partner in governance, and this really appears to be more of a campaign gimmick.

But it may attract some of those hardcore hillary clinonistas... I think this will essentially negate Obama's convention bounce.

Posted by: freedom4 | August 29, 2008 11:12 AM | Report abuse

ahh you libs just don't get it do you, some of the most idiotic comments i have ever seen

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 11:11 AM | Report abuse

This is a hail mary pass. If McCain thought he was close, he would have picked a Romney or Pawlenty.

Posted by: Ed | August 29, 2008 11:11 AM | Report abuse

Harriet Miers anyone?

Posted by: teedge | August 29, 2008 11:11 AM | Report abuse

Well, yesterday I believe I mentioned the virtues of choosing a Northern woman to be his runningmate (granted, I was talking about Whitman), but you can't get much more Northern than Alaska.

So let's see, McCain has the experience and Palin has the youthful vibrance who will have the ability to learn under the experienced tutelage of McCain. Palin, as one person mentioned before, has more executive experience than any of the other candidates (note: no non-executive has won the Presidency since Kennedy). Perhaps McCain is making the case that the Vice Presidency is the place for the young executive to learn and the President should be experienced.

Palin is a female and can steal some of Hillary's lukewarm Obamacrats. Palin is pro-life and that was necessary for McCain's Republican base. Palin has an every man (woman) quality about her and is very charismatic, two areas where McCain has been seen as a little bit weak. She knows oil and has a pretty good record on energy policy and she's popular!

Palin has been a champion for ethics reform within the Republican party and adds to McCain's 'Maverick" image. As strange and seemingly incomprehensible the choice of a one and a half year governor from that huge battleground of Alaska is, it may actually have been a very good campaign move. Strange, but good.

Also, Obama spoke last night and it's actually kind of difficult to find a story about it.

Posted by: Andy | August 29, 2008 11:10 AM | Report abuse

Palin....LOLZ!

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 11:10 AM | Report abuse

Geraldine Ferraro for the 21st century. Looks the the GOPPER'S decided to mail it in this year and retool for 2012. McSame should have just dropped out if he doesn't want to win.

Posted by: CSD | August 29, 2008 11:10 AM | Report abuse

Palin governs a state that has no state income tax, relying heavily on oil revenues to fund its programs. Petroleum even provides a stipend to state residents. And thanks to the enormous influence of its senators, it receives far more in federal funds than its citizenry contributes to the coffers. How, precisely, is this person magically going to lure the average middle-class voter?

Posted by: ML | August 29, 2008 11:10 AM | Report abuse

Harriet Miers anyone?

Posted by: teedge | August 29, 2008 11:10 AM | Report abuse

How can John McCain claim to love this country and then cynically nominate a vice presidential candidate who is so inexperienced??? Another Republican gladly risking the security and international position at the alter of his own power.
Mrs.Palin is so conservative that she supported that old misogynist and racist Pat Buchanen. She is a lifetime member of the NRA!

Her husband is a north slope oil developer. What will she have to say about alternative energy policy?

Good God when are people going to wake up and realize that the Republicans are the party of hate, fear and failure????

Posted by: Mainegirl | August 29, 2008 11:09 AM | Report abuse

I like Palin too bad it's McSame who is running for President

Posted by: Vincent | August 29, 2008 11:09 AM | Report abuse

Should Cindy have any concerns with a female VP pick? And to think, the U.S. Senator Ted Stevens also from Alaska is under incitement. Alaska is making all kinds of BIG news with its 2006 Census population estimated at 670,053. It is obvious McCain is making a campaign choice rather then a office serving choice which Obama scored on both with Joe Biden. McCain's mental circuitry is in serious need of tech support!

Posted by: Lou R | August 29, 2008 11:09 AM | Report abuse

I have instructed the Secret Service to not allow Flyboy and that hussie to be alone together in a room. I will not stand to let Flyboy cuckold me the way he cuckoled his first wife. They don't call me Cougar Cindy for nothing.

Posted by: Cindy McCain | August 29, 2008 11:09 AM | Report abuse

A colossal blunder.

At McCain's age there is a real, but hopefully still unlikely, risk the VP might have to be president. She has experience governing one of the least populous states in the country, for 2 years. And before that mayor of a tiny burgh.

What, was Harriet Miers too busy?

Posted by: the bog | August 29, 2008 11:09 AM | Report abuse

In addition to what this says about McCain's judgement, it says tons about Palin's judgement. You have to really have a poor understanding of government to think that 2 years as governor of Alaska equips you to be VP of the US in this day and age.

Sure, she's smart, well-spoken, and well-liked in AK. But by accepting the nod, she also doomed her career.

With more time and experience, she could have been great. Now, whether elected or not, she's going to be the next Dan Quayle: too much, too soon.

Posted by: Wisconsin | August 29, 2008 11:09 AM | Report abuse

TAICHILO IS THE FIRST ONE IN THE UNITED STATES TO CONFIRM ALASKA GOV. PALIN WILL BE SEN MCCAIN'S VP!!!

Posted by: TAICHILO | August 29, 2008 11:08 AM | Report abuse

This pick is a test of McCain and Karl Roves' apparent belief that women will vote solely upon a candidate genitalia.

This is a big mistake.

Posted by: The Dude | August 29, 2008 11:08 AM | Report abuse

I like Palin too bad it's McSame who is running for President

Posted by: Vincent | August 29, 2008 11:08 AM | Report abuse

Thanks McBush for picking someone that NOBODY knows or NEVER heard of. You should never mention experience again. Biden is going to rip this woman to shreds in the debates!
Obama/Biden 2008!!!

Posted by: CARITA | August 29, 2008 11:08 AM | Report abuse

How are the fundamentalists going to react to a woman in a position of authority?

Posted by: Shane | August 29, 2008 11:08 AM | Report abuse

Brilliant choice. It highlights all of the weaknesses of the Obama ticket. Inexperience, lack of National Security, no experience in managing an economy and most of all gives the Clintionites, who should have won the Democratic nomination, a place to go where there are shares values. Brilliant just brilliant.

I can’t wait for Obama or Biden or their surrogates to say “well does just 2 years as a Governor qualify her to be Vice-President?”

Posted by: Steve | August 29, 2008 11:07 AM | Report abuse

Thanks McBush for picking someone that NOBODY knows or NEVER heard of. You should never mention experience again. Biden is going to rip this woman to shreds in the debates!
Obama/Biden 2008!!!

Posted by: CARITA | August 29, 2008 11:07 AM | Report abuse

it will be great to see if biden tries to bully her at the vice presidential debates...we all know how condescending and loud and rude biden can be...will he berate her and try to put her in her place...biden can't win here...at least not without insulting all of America's women...

Posted by: Dwight | August 29, 2008 11:07 AM | Report abuse

Should Cindy have any concerns with a female VP pick? And to think, the U.S. Senator Ted Stevens also from Alaska is under incitement. Alaska is making all kinds of BIG news with its 2006 Census population at estimated 670,053. It is obvious McCain is making a campaign choice rather then a office serving choice which Obama scored on both with Joe Biden. McCain's mental circuitry is in serious need of tech support!

Posted by: Lou R | August 29, 2008 11:07 AM | Report abuse

Tell me what kind of experiences Obama has? He has none. And Joe Biden? Since his graduation, he has been spending all his life in Washington DC. Talk about experience.

With Sarah, she has an executive experience how to govern what are lacking for Obama and Biden.

Obama supporters (Obamaniacs) can lick their wounds right now why he did not pick Hillary.

Right now, All the women can come and join electing John McCain.

That's all I have to say about your foolish Obamaniacs.

Posted by: Texan | August 29, 2008 11:07 AM | Report abuse

Brilliant choice

Posted by: Bob | August 29, 2008 11:07 AM | Report abuse

With Obama's great speech and successful Democratic Convention, and now McCain's choice of Palin as VEEP, we can all saw, Obama and Biden will the next president and vice president of the United States.

Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh, and Glenn Beck are "throwing up" right now!

Thank you Senator McCain.

Obama/Biden in 08!

Posted by: Obama-Junkie | August 29, 2008 11:07 AM | Report abuse

apoutasse,

What scandal? She has called for the investigation and has been giving all the information requested. What are you an Obama robot talking point? How about Obama’s ties to the Chiago terrorist and Rezko? If D attack on this point, they will open a can of worms that looks worse on their candidate.

Tell you what I think I want the front of the ticket to have experience as oppose to the back of the ticket. I admit she lacks experience, but she at least has executive experience. She also shows good judgment when it comes to ethics (she actually keeps them). Obama keeps his pledges if they benefit him (campaign finance reform comes to mind)

I think her performance in the debates will be critical. If she does well, the choice is a great one. I think this will make for an interesting election that to date has been very conventional R vs. D.

Posted by: sltiowa | August 29, 2008 11:07 AM | Report abuse

One other thought on experience. We got a Texas governor who supposedly had experience. Are we any better off? It is not just the experience, but in picking the team that guides you. That is why the experience issue with Obama should not work, nor should it work with Palin.

Posted by: Jim | August 29, 2008 11:06 AM | Report abuse

What an odd choice! It removes the one argument that McCain/Republicans might have had against Obama re experience. And to think that Hillary supporters will vote for someone just because that person is a woman is ludicrous. Besides, Palin is anti-choice, hardly something Hillary or her supporters would approve of....

Posted by: RickJ | August 29, 2008 11:06 AM | Report abuse

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAH

Now this is funny- A senile old man chooses an inexperienced unproven running mate. Ya, she's really qaulified to run the country. This does nothing but piss off Hillary supporters. Karl Rove can kiss my butt as well.

Posted by: BILL | August 29, 2008 11:06 AM | Report abuse

No disrespect intended to Palin, but it is absolutely insulting for the McCain campaign to think they can win women's votes by merely putting a woman on the ticket. And after ragging on Obama for his youth and inexperience and saying he was trying to buy experience by putting Biden on the ticket, McCain buys... youth and inexperience???

Posted by: kschnee | August 29, 2008 11:06 AM | Report abuse

RoinCt;

She cleaned up corruption in Alaska? SO I guess she nailed Ted Stevens....oh wait, no she didn't. Yeah, Alaska is squeaky clean.

Posted by: CSD | August 29, 2008 11:06 AM | Report abuse

When I saw the headline, I thought he'd picked Michael Palin.

Posted by: Disappointed | August 29, 2008 11:06 AM | Report abuse

Of course Hillary women will now support the Republican ticket now that it includes Palin. Women don't think with their head, they don't think at all.

Posted by: Reagan Youth | August 29, 2008 11:05 AM | Report abuse

Holy moley. Another beauty queen. And a baby machine too. What a funny joke. Now, Obama wins the judgement contest. The experience argument is off the table.

An insulting pick for women. Does Mr.Drooly McSenile really think this will attract Hillary's followers?

FYI, a good friend saw McCain in Birmingham, AL. He was drooling and made a fool out of himself. She most most shocked at his appearance and behavior.

Posted by: tashi | August 29, 2008 11:05 AM | Report abuse

CHEAP SHOT

Choosing a woman, especially an unknown one, is a cheap attempt to buy the women's vote. Not only will it fail--women are too smart to fall for it--but, worse, it exposes McCain's gross lack of brains.

He's another Bush, with no real creativity or leadership ability. Just a line of cheap shots that everyone sees through and that don't work, like Bush's Russia policy, Iraq policy, Al Qaeda policy, tax policy, and so on. A string of cheap, showy failures.

Forget McCain, he's not smart enough for the job.

Posted by: Jerusalemight | August 29, 2008 11:05 AM | Report abuse

Sen. McCain has roled the dice with the country's future by his selection of Gov. Palin as his running mate.

Posted by: Ashok Agrawal | August 29, 2008 11:05 AM | Report abuse

The whole state of Alaska has less people than Boston, no international trade, and Gov Palin has zero experience at the National Level of Politics. Senator Obama has had a major presence on the National Stage for 4 years at least.
When the President is 72, the VP is one shakey, Cancerous Heart beat away from the job, so ANY claim that Senator Obama isn't are out the window now.

Posted by: Muddy | August 29, 2008 11:05 AM | Report abuse

Judgement!

Judgement!

Judgement!

McCain has none. Wow. How can any Americans trust this man.

Posted by: james - Los Angeles | August 29, 2008 11:05 AM | Report abuse

I have instructed the Secret Service to not allow Flyboy and that hussie to be alone together in a room. I will stand to let Flyboy cuckold me the way he cuckoled his first wife. They don't call me Cougar Cindy for nothing.

Posted by: Cindy McCain | August 29, 2008 11:05 AM | Report abuse

This was a BRILLIANT PICK.

This will allow BIDEN to attack dog her and show his true colors just like he did back during Anita Hill when he chaired the committee that put a misogynist on the High Court for life.

Had Hillary been the pick, it would have been very different.

BIDEN IS GOING TO MAKE OBAMA LOOK BAD FAST.

Posted by: ppoads | August 29, 2008 11:05 AM | Report abuse

I don't get this either. It's hard to see McCain picking up any of HRC's voters. (What HRC voter is going to vote a pro-Life female candidate who *isn't* HRC.) As others have pointed out, moreover, this really neutralizes McCain's most powerful weapon: fear of the unknown.

The only way I can make sense of it is that this choice was a function of internal GOP politics. Unable to reach a consensus between a bold moderate and a safe conservative, the party opted for a bold, but unknown conservative.

My suspicion is that everyone will spend a couple weeks talking about how "bold" this is (anyone remember Geraldine Ferraro?) and then it will start to look like an unwise choice.

But Dems have to careful. There are minefields, here.

Posted by: guez | August 29, 2008 11:05 AM | Report abuse

Oh yea, she's ready to be president. Let's see, a 72 year old man that looks like a heart attack looking for a place to happen, picks, essencially, the girl off the street. Biden must be licking his political chops. Can you say debate.

Posted by: Hank | August 29, 2008 11:05 AM | Report abuse

This just shows how desperate the McCain campaign really is. The only reason the picked Palin is to try to make a run at getting some of the Hillary supporters. It's not going to work, the McCain campaign is finished.

Posted by: Mike H (PA) | August 29, 2008 11:05 AM | Report abuse

I thought the guy was going to show his poor judgment by picking empty suit Pawlenty or empty values Romney, but McCain has outdone himself with the most questionable pick since William Miller in 1964. Oy!

Posted by: sipkins | August 29, 2008 11:05 AM | Report abuse

So all of a sudden you liberals are attacking an accomplished, successful woman who is able to juggle both the needs of a family and running a state government, all the while getting approval ratings in the 90's?

Isnt that what feminists have fought for all along? You libs are all hyppocrites.

Posted by: wow | August 29, 2008 11:05 AM | Report abuse

It makes sense to put the younger, less experienced, but promising candidate at the bottom of the ticket. Why Biden is #2 again? Seems like the Dems have it backwards and MCCain got it right.

Palin actually has executive experience as a mayor and Governor. What has Obama run again?

Posted by: Frank | August 29, 2008 11:05 AM | Report abuse

Ha ha ha ha ha ha! Really? She's the best person for the job? Wow.

Posted by: instapundit | August 29, 2008 11:05 AM | Report abuse

Well, if the Russians invade across the Bering Sea, she'll know which roads to close.

Posted by: T-Bone | August 29, 2008 11:04 AM | Report abuse

That's brilliant. And that's coming from a lifelong Dem trencher.

We were privately saying "He needs a woman, he needs someone young, and he needs someone who can negate the 'Agent of Change' message that's going to come from the Obama campaign." But we knew he wasn't going to pick Hutchison (pro-choice), and we couldn't really figure out anyone else other than Condi, which was never going to happen (too close to the current administration).

Compare this reaction to the muted -- and yes, Dems, you know very well it was muted -- reaction that everyone had to Biden. Biden was boring. This is electrifying, and the Obama camp probably never saw it coming.

Congrats to Senator McCain on his birthday. Incredible move. The race is on.

Posted by: jb | August 29, 2008 11:04 AM | Report abuse

I just hope this is true. Palin surely is a multi-faceted and gifted politician. There are over 50% of women in the U.S. population, and now is the time for a woman to run, then win such a high office. I rooted for Geraldine Ferraro (not Mondale) because she would be a kind of gift to my daughter, that yes honey, you are an American and because of that, you can accomplish anything. Choosing Palin would give many young girls hope that they too can be anything they choose to be through hard work and perseverance. Too bad Obama did not recognize the significance of an Obama/Hillary ticket.

Posted by: Adrian | August 29, 2008 11:04 AM | Report abuse

As far as her pro-life stance she IS pro-life for those inocent and helpless humans who are being discriminated againt and having their civil rights taken away from them through the act of abortion/death.

Posted by: Domingo | August 29, 2008 11:04 AM | Report abuse

Feels to me like a desperation move - a fourth quarter shot from half court. I doubt this will help him.

Posted by: Conrad | August 29, 2008 11:04 AM | Report abuse

What, was Harriet Myers not available?

Posted by: reason | August 29, 2008 11:04 AM | Report abuse

Biden will eviscerate her in the VP debate. And who on earth thought selecting a 44-year old FIRST TERM governor to back up a 72-year old fossil was a good idea? Statistics say that McLame will not make it through his first term without some serious health issue. I can see it now: It's three AM, the president is in a coma, the red phone rings, and its..........this broad? So much for experience.

I think we have a case of Hillary-envy.

Posted by: CSD | August 29, 2008 11:04 AM | Report abuse

All you posters are complaining in one breath and then say you don't know anything about her! Do your homework.

She has excellent background in economics and has done many good things for Alaska including cleaning up most of the corruption up there!

SHe is a no nonsense politician and is EXTREMELY PATRIOTIC!

gOOD CHOICE MC CAIN

Posted by: RoinCt | August 29, 2008 11:04 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: Tom | August 29, 2008 11:04 AM | Report abuse

Obama may be too young and inexperienced, but she's too old AND inexperienced. Great going, McCain, the whole world knows that you were so desperate to find a female running-mate from the Republican Ol' Whiteboys Club to steal away Hillary's voters, that she's the best you could find. But, why didn't you woo Elizabeth Dole who would've been a more qualified female, Republican running-mate? You really must be SENILE!

Posted by: Hahaha | August 29, 2008 11:03 AM | Report abuse

From the Democratic perspective, McCain made a great choice...someone with little experience, and who is relatively unknown. There are concerns about Palins' administration, which will eventually be investigated, as well.

Posted by: Frida7 | August 29, 2008 11:03 AM | Report abuse

The ONLY thing by which people judge a vice presidential candidate is whether he or she would be able to be President. Sara Palin?

Posted by: Huh? | August 29, 2008 11:03 AM | Report abuse

good comments on lack of experience, however it is a risk he had to take (Romney??? vs. Biden??). I wonder how Biden will lace into her during the VP debates!!
I think many women will take a hard look at this. Some may get turned off, as by the comments I see, but others, who are still mad that Hillary did not get the nomination, will seriously think about this.
Also, I would have thought that Obama would have been the one to take a chance on a VP, not McCain.

Posted by: Jim | August 29, 2008 11:03 AM | Report abuse

I saw her pic.

When McCain campaigns with her, it's gonna like just like those old pics of Fred Thompson and his "daughter".

LOL

Posted by: Deja Vu | August 29, 2008 11:03 AM | Report abuse

wow, I am a hillary democrat but with this pick I am voting for McCain/Palin. Obama should have picked Hillary. Party unity is a two way street.

Posted by: ls | August 29, 2008 11:03 AM | Report abuse

Talk about a shocker. I completely agree with Random's comment. He keeps harping on Obama's inexperience but this woman would be just a heartbeat away from being president and she too is inexperienced.

Posted by: NYC | August 29, 2008 11:02 AM | Report abuse

Holy moley. Another beauty queen. And a baby machine too. What a funny joke. Now, Obama wins the judgement contest. The experience argument is off the table.

An insulting pick for women. Does Mr.Drooly McSenile really think this will attract Hillary's followers?

FYI, a good friend saw McCain in Birmingham, AL. He was drooling and made a fool out of himself. She most most shocked at his appearance and behavior.

Posted by: tashi | August 29, 2008 11:02 AM | Report abuse

FAMILY VALUES?!?!!

how can this woman commit to such a job when she has a NEWBORN with "special needs" ??!??!?

5 kids???

sorry little baby, i'm outta here.


Posted by: anon | August 29, 2008 11:02 AM | Report abuse

"So the people who have been telling us we can't afford to vote Obama given his "inexperience" are now going to tell us not to worry if McCain, who would be the oldest President ever to be sworn in, passes away, turning the country over to...a first-term Governor who no one outside Alaska had heard of?

"

do you understand the difference between
President and Vice President?

idiot obama fans

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 11:02 AM | Report abuse

He picked a token and a rookie, insulting to all women and Hillary supporters! McCain was born in Panama and his veep choice Idaho! Great comedy!

Posted by: philosopherkingtomas | August 29, 2008 11:02 AM | Report abuse

what a calculated and obvious scheme designed to look like McCain is seizing the opportunity that Obama missed. go ahead and take the bait if you want. when the GOP loses badly in Novemeber don't come crying after they suddenly develop amnesia: "women want equal what?" "who's this Sarah Palin?"

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 11:02 AM | Report abuse

Who??? The others must have told him to go fly a kite.

Posted by: Dave | August 29, 2008 11:02 AM | Report abuse

So what is the big deal about Obama's supposed lack of experience. He has way more experience than Palin. If McCain thinks that Palin is ready to be commander in chief, then Obama is doubly ready. This just shows up McCain's weaknesses, that he is old but still rash. Why didn't he pick a woman with better credentials like Condi Rice? Beats me. McCain just shoots from the hip like Bush. His judgement is in question here. It really is. t shows all his rhetoric about Obama is BS.

Posted by: Lynn | August 29, 2008 11:01 AM | Report abuse

AS an Alaskan, I think that Sarah was serious when she said wanted to continue in her present job. So I think that this pick signals that the Republicans know that they are not going to win. Then Sarah can get back to the business of running the state, and getting the gas line going.

Posted by: janiak | August 29, 2008 11:01 AM | Report abuse

she looks like a porn star.

Posted by: disbelief | August 29, 2008 11:01 AM | Report abuse

Well, at least Palin can probably shoot a gun with more accuracy than Cheney. LMAO

McSame is a TOTAL JOKE

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 11:01 AM | Report abuse

McCain/Palin ROADKILL '08

Posted by: patriot76 | August 29, 2008 11:01 AM | Report abuse

Wow--funny how the liberals are bemoaning her lack of experience. Hey libs-
1) Which is more similar to leadership--governing or being a senator?
2) Which is "worse"? A Prez with two years of experience or a VP with two years?

Posted by: Slick | August 29, 2008 11:01 AM | Report abuse

Chris:

"...a surprise pick sure to shake up the race and reinforce the idea of the Arizona senator as a reformer."

WHAT?

Try: "a suprises pick sure to undermine his argument that Obama does not have the experience to serve as President."

2 years ago Palin ran a town of less than 7,000! This pick is absolutely nuts.

Posted by: j_style | August 29, 2008 11:01 AM | Report abuse

If this is true, McCain's blown it, big time.

Posted by: Rufus | August 29, 2008 11:01 AM | Report abuse

What are the exact reforms she accomplished?

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 11:01 AM | Report abuse

THE ULTIMATE PANDER!!!!!!!!!

What a way to steal the spotlight though. Lets focus on the republican VP pick instead of the election. Way to deflect attention from Obama and McCain.

McCain's an idiot. This pick was chosen for two reasons:

1) to try and pander to the Hillary crowd, which is a very condescending decision to those supporters.

2) to try and steal the spotlight. If you want to steal the spotlight put it on someone who's interesting, not an unknown who hunts, has five children and has only served 1 1/2 years as governor.

Posted by: BigB | August 29, 2008 11:01 AM | Report abuse

Brilliant choice. And she's a governor, for God's sake. If that's not executive experience I don't know what is.

Posted by: meredith | August 29, 2008 11:01 AM | Report abuse

i-n-s-a-n-i-t-y

Posted by: jatox | August 29, 2008 11:01 AM | Report abuse

I'd say her two years as Governor of AK trumps Obama's pitiful experience in the US Senate.

Posted by: Alan | August 29, 2008 10:56 AM
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Father and daughter..how cute..You are right she does have experience, changing diapers...for John McCain

Posted by: :-) | August 29, 2008 11:00 AM | Report abuse

Wow, beauty and the beast!

Posted by: doug | August 29, 2008 11:00 AM | Report abuse

Awesome! Palin hasn't been the pick for ten minutes and already Obamabots are showing themselves to be sexist pigs.

And please, Obamabots, PLEASE keep telling us that Palin doesn't have enough experience to be Vice-President. PLEASE make experience a big issue in this campaign!!!

Posted by: AK | August 29, 2008 11:00 AM | Report abuse

You have got to be kidding me. He just lost the election.

Posted by: Wang Bang | August 29, 2008 11:00 AM | Report abuse

He should have just picked Hillary if he really wanted her supporters...

Posted by: Gary | August 29, 2008 11:00 AM | Report abuse

Five Kids? What, is she running a mine up there, and needs workers?

Posted by: Fluxgirl | August 29, 2008 10:59 AM | Report abuse

McCain can still call Obama inexperienced. This choice of VP doesn't change the fact that Obama is inexperienced and McCain is not. They are running for President; Palin would be Vice President.

Posted by: Inexperience | August 29, 2008 10:59 AM | Report abuse

And to think that for 1/2 a day I actually considered voting for McCain.


Is he actually working for the Democrats?
Because I can't think of a better decision
than this to unite the party.

Umm. This Alaska Governor is as far from Hillary
as Bush is from Obama. But I guess McCain just
didn't get that. Unless he's working for the Democrats.

Posted by: jatox | August 29, 2008 10:59 AM | Report abuse

Ha! I predicted this was going to happen. Hey, I wonder if I can get one of those political analyst jobs on TV? Let the games begin!

Posted by: Narnia | August 29, 2008 10:59 AM | Report abuse

Cons are saying that this is a progressive choice. It isn't progressive since she is not progressive in any way. LMAO

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 10:59 AM | Report abuse

Where the heck is JakeD?

McCain and his campaign opted for political theatre in selecting Palin. McCain saw an attractive 44-year former beauty contest journalist with much less experience than Obama to be his running mate.

Palin is untested on the national stage and comes from a state in which McCain more than likely would win anyway. His VEEP pick will generate the national media attention that he wants but will not generate the voter interest that he wants. The argument against Obama's inexperience from the McCain camp will now become useless hypocritical rhetoric.

Posted by: Obama-Junkie | August 29, 2008 10:59 AM | Report abuse

Don't worry, Cindy's family must have known who she was marrying. They obviously have an ironclad prenup, or he'd be on wife #3 like Gingrich by now. And #3 would be getting dangerously old for his taste.

Posted by: Fishdeath | August 29, 2008 10:59 AM | Report abuse

Are the PUMAs really going to vote for someone that is staunchly anti-choice?

Posted by: Question for the PUMAs | August 29, 2008 10:59 AM | Report abuse

Palins last child was born down syndrome - she say the child is a gift from God. Obama would have aborted the child.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 10:59 AM | Report abuse

Change We Can Beleive In!!!

Posted by: Seawolf | August 29, 2008 10:59 AM | Report abuse

KMH - You cannot argue with any intellectual credibility that Palin is inexperienced unless you are prepared to be logically and factually consistent and add to it that if she is supposedly too inexperienced to be second on a ticket, Obama is too inexperienced for certain to be number one on a ticket. She is more prepared to be vice president than he is to be president.

Posted by: Frank from Maryland | August 29, 2008 10:59 AM | Report abuse

I am an Obama supporter - this is not a bad pick. Anybody remember Dan Quayle? You don't need experience or substance in your VP - just someone you think people might like. This is smart if she doesn't totally screw up on the campaign trail.

Posted by: mcarroll2 | August 29, 2008 10:59 AM | Report abuse

If MCain died in office, we would have the mayor of Sasquatch as president? LOL

Posted by: Kevin Morgan | August 29, 2008 10:59 AM | Report abuse

She may be even younger than Obama, but her resume appears to be far thicker and impressive. 5 minutes of reading and I already know more about her than a year of Obama media obsession.

Posted by: Me | August 29, 2008 10:58 AM | Report abuse

Seems calculated to try to appeal to women angry about Hillary Clinton. If Obama had picked Hillary, there's no way that McCain would have picked this lady. Very cynical move. Reminds me a bit of the Harriet Miers nomination.

Posted by: Julie W. | August 29, 2008 10:58 AM | Report abuse

McCain has just "checkmated" NoBama. The "inexperienced" candidate SHOULD be the VP, not the President. She will learn from McCain and when McCain steps down in 2012, Mitt Romeny will be added to the ticket for the next round.

McCain/Palin 2008
Palin/Romney 2012
Palin/Romney 2016
Romney/Steele 2020
Steele/?? 2022

Posted by: Kevin | August 29, 2008 10:58 AM | Report abuse

Interesting pick. I'm willing to consider her, but as of now I know nothing about her. However, I wonder if picking Palin will be perceived merely as pandering for the disenfranchised Hilary voter.

Posted by: Steve | August 29, 2008 10:58 AM | Report abuse

What a sensational pick! This ices it for Mcain. Shes more experienced than Obama and in fact has more executive experience than any of the four. Shes young, brilliant, a self-styled soccer mom. Wait till people see her, charisma coming out of her ears! The rebups are the party of change!. Can you say PRESIDENT MCAIN!

Posted by: domingo | August 29, 2008 10:58 AM | Report abuse

in-ter-es-ting...

Posted by: kr | August 29, 2008 10:58 AM | Report abuse

Beauty and the Beast doesn't cut it.

Posted by: George DC | August 29, 2008 10:58 AM | Report abuse

I think the GOP just outsmarted themselves. This woman was a small town mayor two years ago. Now she's ready to be President of the country if something happens to the 80 year old McCain? What happened to the GOP's concern with experience? They've just proven that all their hot air about experience was just political mumbo jumbo. What a bunch of hypocrites. If they continue to try and say Obama doesn't have enough experience, all the Dems have to do is point to McCain's own running mate.

Posted by: sonny2 | August 29, 2008 10:58 AM | Report abuse

Hmm, when asked about capitol punishment, this lady responded with, "Oh yeah, hang 'em high". So much for her "pro-life stance". And if having a couple ovaries is what McCain thinks will win over Clinton supporters, boy, he is an idiot. It's called democratic values. Look into it.

Posted by: ElGhee | August 29, 2008 10:57 AM | Report abuse

hysterically funny! incompetent and vice inompetent! This is insulting to competent women everywhere and dangerous when the "never to be president" is 72! Can She handle the 3 o'clock phone call???? Did we mentioned McCain was a POW???

Posted by: omnipotent in montana | August 29, 2008 10:57 AM | Report abuse

ABC News reported she was in Alaska this morning. Whoops!

Posted by: acc45 | August 29, 2008 10:57 AM | Report abuse

Congrats to Ms. Palin who, like Barack Obama, seems to have accomplished much in just two decades of adult life.

I would be interested in the level of "special needs" her newborn baby has. Are the needs constant throughout the day? Does anyone know?

Posted by: Dannoday | August 29, 2008 10:57 AM | Report abuse

McCain/Palin '08: A MILF we can believe in

Posted by: AK | August 29, 2008 10:57 AM | Report abuse

So the people who have been telling us we can't afford to vote Obama given his "inexperience" are now going to tell us not to worry if McCain, who would be the oldest President ever to be sworn in, passes away, turning the country over to...a first-term Governor who no one outside Alaska had heard of?

Posted by: Dav Laurel | August 29, 2008 10:57 AM | Report abuse

But Chris, sweetie, you left out the part about how Palin is being investigated by the Alaska Senate for trying to get her ex-brother-in-law booted out of his state trooper job. Don't you think that's relevant to this discussion?

Posted by: CallMeSkeptical | August 29, 2008 10:57 AM | Report abuse

A brilliant move by McCain to scoop up the disaffected Clinton supporters.

Posted by: Diane Sephalon | August 29, 2008 10:56 AM | Report abuse

is this supposed to immunize the GOP from charges of being the "culture of corruption"?

Looks like they just put lipstick on the pig.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 10:56 AM | Report abuse

Please don't worry for me. I have John's Balls locked in a vice. I won't let him do to me what he did to his first wife. If he wants access to my millions of beer dollars, he better keeps his Mitts off of that hussie from Alaska.

Posted by: Cindy McCain | August 29, 2008 10:56 AM | Report abuse

He's a joke - so is his campaign.

Posted by: mainer | August 29, 2008 10:56 AM | Report abuse

McCain/Palin 2008. A good choice. It's on.

Posted by: Frank from Maryland | August 29, 2008 10:56 AM | Report abuse

completely transparent

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 10:56 AM | Report abuse

Insted of attacking McCain's progressive and brilliant choice; why don't you nitwits organize a "Dump Biden" cabal to put Hillary back in play?

Posted by: JC | August 29, 2008 10:56 AM | Report abuse

I'd say her two years as Governor of AK trumps Obama's pitiful experience in the US Senate.

Posted by: Alan | August 29, 2008 10:56 AM | Report abuse

how in the world will he be able to continue on with the argument that obama is too young and untested when this is what he picks as his VP?? and seriously, if you are a disillusioned hillary supporter still, after last night, you seriously have a mental issue.

Posted by: kmh | August 29, 2008 10:55 AM | Report abuse

We all know she'll be good at running up credit cards. $10 trillion and counting. It's amazing how much debt these Republicans have given to their grandchildren.

Posted by: MikeMcNally | August 29, 2008 10:55 AM | Report abuse

Why no discussion on the ongoing Troopergate investigation by the state legislature Chris? Under to tight a deadline to report accurately on her ethics problems? Or her husbands Big Oil connections?

She'll fit right in with the GOP. Greatly Overexarated and Problematic.

Posted by: Angry Dem | August 29, 2008 10:55 AM | Report abuse

And what is her experience? This is obviously a choice by Bush/McCain based simply on the hope of getting womens' votes and not on good judgement or experience. Obama still wins!

Posted by: BFW | August 29, 2008 10:55 AM | Report abuse

Who???????

Posted by: Gene | August 29, 2008 10:55 AM | Report abuse

"...a surprise pick sure to shake up the race and reinforce the idea of the Arizona senator as a reformer."

What? Dan Quayle turned him down?

Posted by: dg | August 29, 2008 10:55 AM | Report abuse

Unbelievable! She’s has not even been governor for 2 years!! She has no experience at all!! Before being governor, her only elected office was the mayor of Wasilla, Alaska (a city of 10,000 people). What is wrong with John McCain? I would have thought that a 73 year old man would be a bit more cautious about his VP pick. Is she even appropriate for a cabinet office? I guess he either has no concern about making it to the ripe old age of 77 – or he just does not care about what kind of a mess he leaves behind if he’s gone before then. I do not mean any disrespect to Palin – she seems like she might be just the sort of person the Republicans should be grooming for future federal office. But as a VP now??? Does this mean there are no other worthy Republican candidates? Or is this just an indication of the sort of decisions that John McCain would make for us as president? This is a very good example of the things that John McCain does that has frustrated and confused the Republican party for so many years. He seems to go out of his way to take positions that are sometimes just plain bizarre to compensate for his rather dull, flat and uninspiring presentation. This VP choice is nothing more than a very negligent campaign ploy that will probably achieve little to promote McCain’s campaign efforts, while at the same time exposing this country to a very real risk of being governed by a very inexperienced president at a very critical time.

Posted by: CR | August 29, 2008 10:55 AM | Report abuse

All of a sudden liberals hate women.

Posted by: mhr | August 29, 2008 10:55 AM | Report abuse


CHANGE is recognizing the value of women in America!

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 10:54 AM | Report abuse

What about her using her power as AK governor to have her ex-brother in law fired from the police force?

Posted by: apoutasse | August 29, 2008 10:54 AM | Report abuse

How does picking someone under investigation for corruption help cement his image as a 'reformer'???? She's got negligible experience and has used what little time she has in office to go after businesses of rivals? Can you picture her debating Biden on national security or any other issue? He'll wipe the floor with her!

This has got to be the worst choice imaginable.

Posted by: topicaltimely | August 29, 2008 10:54 AM | Report abuse

So,
McCain wants to paint Obama as an inexperienced leader but chooses someone in their first term as governor and was previously the mayor of a town that had less that 10G pop

hmmmmmmm

So much for that

Posted by: JJ | August 29, 2008 10:54 AM | Report abuse

Great. They really had to beat the bushes to find this one. And her national security resume as next in line is what?

Commander in Chief of the Alaskan National Guard?

I was actually looking forward to Biden debating Lieberman or Pawlenty. I suppose this way McCain doesn't have to face the question of how many houses do both you and Mitt owned combined.

Posted by: Sara B. | August 29, 2008 10:54 AM | Report abuse

The Republican will use anyone and do anything to maintain power.

John thinks he can get most of Hillary 18 million voters. Too bad. Aint happening.

Posted by: David | August 29, 2008 10:54 AM | Report abuse

this doesn't make a lick of sense to me. she sounds like a competent official -- but ready to be a heartbeat away from the Presidency?!

Posted by: huh? | August 29, 2008 10:54 AM | Report abuse

A rookie governor of a state that has a population of less than 700,000 people, a heartbeat away from the Presidency, and McSame is already almost ready to croak. LMAO!

Posted by: McSame is desperate, LMAO! | August 29, 2008 10:54 AM | Report abuse

Brilliant pick. Her biggest negative is inexperience. Would she be ready to serve? Oops, that's Barack's biggest negative too. Better to ask that question of the VP than the President.

Posted by: Donna1000 | August 29, 2008 10:54 AM | Report abuse

So, HRC supporters will vote for McCain because he put a woman with scant experience on the ticket. How insulting.

Posted by: Jerrod | August 29, 2008 10:54 AM | Report abuse

This is a very strange choice. I can't imagine Hillary supporters being drawn to an anti-abortion woman.

Posted by: Rico | August 29, 2008 10:54 AM | Report abuse

Bizarre choice and most obviously "putting his election ahead of the needs of his country". However, she must be the most qualified Republican woman in the USA, right? And known as a great commentator on the issues of our time, too, right? Wonder what Cheney thinks.

Posted by: dburck | August 29, 2008 10:53 AM | Report abuse

He just flushed his whole effective Is Obama Ready to Lead strategy down the drain. If I were his staff I would bail out.

Posted by: Harry | August 29, 2008 10:53 AM | Report abuse

So Far this a great pick that is a game changer, Romney was my 1st choice, but am hapy to hear she is very conservative, knows how to hunt, and physically attractive to boot. But there is risk, we don't know her, so the press will dig hard trying to find scandal or she just may not be ready for prime time. Baring those two caveats, this has the potential to put the Obama campaign on its heels. Its already stolen his thunder for the next two weeks.

Posted by: bhoomes | August 29, 2008 10:53 AM | Report abuse

McCain has a thing for beauty pagent winners. She's pretty no doubt, but I see nothing that recommends her to the nation's second highest office.

Posted by: Elon | August 29, 2008 10:53 AM | Report abuse

"a surprise pick sure to shake up the race and reinforce the idea of the Arizona senator as a reformer"

Who needs press secretaries with reporters like this?

Posted by: Dave | August 29, 2008 10:53 AM | Report abuse

YEAH!

DUMP THE PARTY OF PELOSI ONCE AND FOR ALL.

Posted by: ppoads | August 29, 2008 10:53 AM | Report abuse

I picked this one months ago. A well-played hand by McCain. It will be hard to attack her as inexperienced, given Obama's own short resume. Of course, Biden will roll over her in the debate, but that might not matter--they'll set the bar low.

Posted by: scrapster | August 29, 2008 10:52 AM | Report abuse

Absolutely, positively the best pick he could have made... FOR OBAMA! NO experience whatsoever, plenty of scandal, thank you McSame!!!

Posted by: nicholas | August 29, 2008 10:52 AM | Report abuse

"the mayor of a small town in Alaska just two years ago"

So much for the Republican's whine about Obama's supposed lack of experience.

Posted by: rashomon | August 29, 2008 10:52 AM | Report abuse

The senile man strikes again... LOL At least he picked a pretty VP.

this guy is dumb!

Posted by: Rob | August 29, 2008 10:52 AM | Report abuse

Incredible, why would McCain hurt his campaign by picking her? All of his arguments about inexperience go out of the window when a young, 44-year old person with no national experience is a step away from the Presidency. The strategy to try and pick up Hillary women seems too stretched, wouldn't it have been better to try and attract independents on national security issues?

Posted by: Random | August 29, 2008 10:52 AM | Report abuse

Very bad pick. She's not a national campaigner. Alaska is not the future of this country. What is he thinking? Well at least Romney and others can get back in the Game for 2012. I was for McCain now I'll back Obama.

Posted by: cathy | August 29, 2008 10:52 AM | Report abuse

Congratulations to all women. Now, that's the unity America needs! Hillary must be throwing lamps now!

Posted by: JC | August 29, 2008 10:51 AM | Report abuse

Rex has a history of never having dated an attractive woman to be dumped by.

Posted by: Alvint | August 29, 2008 10:51 AM | Report abuse


So much for Obama being too young and inexperienced!

Whoops! What a stupid choice.

Posted by: sequoia | August 29, 2008 10:51 AM | Report abuse

McCain has a history of dumping others for attractive women.

Posted by: rex | August 29, 2008 10:47 AM | Report abuse

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