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McCain's Speech: What Does He Need To Do?

ST. PAUL -- For John McCain -- prisoner of war, congressman, senator and now the GOP presidential nominee -- his entire life has been building to his address tonight before the Republican National Convention.

The lead-in to his address could hardly have been more ideal. Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, McCain's choice for vice president, surpassed all expectations last night with a speech that established her as both a rising star on the national scene and, at least for now, a major asset for the Republican ticket.

With the Republican base energized for the first time in this general election race, McCain's job tonight is to keep the ball rolling, taking full advantage of his compelling life story and character traits that helped him through the roughest periods of his long drive for for the presidential nomination.

Sound simple? It may not be for McCain, whose appeal as a politician has always been his personal story and not his skills as a speaker. McCain has undoubtedly been practicing this speech for days -- if not weeks -- and is almost certain to deliver a solid address tonight.

What should be in that speech? We asked that question of a group of influential Republican strategists who are not tied to the McCain campaign and gathered their best ideas -- coupled with a few of our own thoughts -- below:

Tell the Story: It's assumed that everyone in America knows McCain's story of heroism. Not so, according to one senior party insider. "He needs to share his personal story of service," the source advised. "Not everyone has heard it. Especially those who aren't inside the building." It's an important point. These acceptance speeches are far less about the people inside the convention hall (99 percent of whom are going to vote for McCain no matter what he says) and far more about the millions watching the address on television. And, while most people in America almost certainly have some sense that McCain was a prisoner of war during the Vietnam War, it's not likely that they are intimately familiar with the incredible hardships and personal perseverance of his brutal five-and-a-half year captivity. Typically when he speaks of his POW experience, McCain does so in a matter-of-fact tone; he would do well to give viewers a more intimate look at how he made it through those times.

It's the Economy, Stupid: McCain's biggest weakness heading into the fall campaign is the concern that he doesn't know or, worse, doesn't care about the economic struggles of working families. The perception -- created by McCain's own statement that he knows far more about foreign policy than the economy and coupled with former senator Phil Gramm's "whiner" comment -- is a VERY dangerous one for the Republican nominee given the pre-eminence of the issue in voters' minds. "He needs to demonstrate and connect with voters that he has an economic vision to support the average American family," said one GOP operative. That's easier said than done. McCain has never been a domestic policy wonk during his long career in public life and his ardent commitment to limit spending and earmarks doesn't amount to an economic policy. While these speeches tend to skirt policy specifics, McCain would do well to spend significant time on the struggles of middle-class families and his plan to help them.

Divide and Conquer: Although President Bush addressed the convention just 48 hours ago, McCain must (we repeat, must) find ways to make clear that he is not promising four more years of the Bush Administration's policies. The problem for McCain is that on the major issues he has broken with the current president -- global warming, campaign finance reform, taxes, torture -- the attendees of the convention are on Bush's side. If McCain touts his breaks with Bush on these issues, the reaction of the crowd will be important to watch. Stony silence or mixed applause will be a sign to the media that for all of McCain's attempts to reach the party base, the conservative core remains estranged from him on key issues. What then can McCain do? Talk generally about his differences in governing style from Bush rather than specific policy disagreements. Promise a more inclusive approach to the United States' role in the world. It's not easy but it's doable.

Be funny: One of McCain's most endearing traits is that he is genuinely funny. The genius of the Straight Talk Express was that in giving reporters close to unlimited access to McCain, his campaign allowed reporters to not just see that side of the candidate but also to broadcast it to viewers. Since becoming the nominee -- and especially over the last few weeks -- McCain's access to reporters has been drastically limited and, until the Palin pick, he seemed touchy and remote. McCain, 72, is at his best as a candidate when he is the "happy warrior" and tonight is as good a time as any to reclaim that mantle. One Republican strategist advised: "Be energetic and be funny and make a great joke about how old he is." Remember that Ronald Reagan combined his wit and his age together in a potent combination during his 1984 debate with Sen. Walter Mondale (D-Minn.). If McCain can even come close to replicating that line, he will have scored a major success.

Reclaim Change: When McCain ran for president against Bush in 2000, he was cast -- at time to his detriment -- as the anti-establishment candidate, the guy running to shake up business as usual in Washington. But, in this campaign, McCain has been portrayed as the status quo in direct contrast to the fresh-faced change of Democrat Barack Obama. If that dynamic continues into the general election, McCain simply can't win. He must use his speech tonight to reclaim the mantle of change by not only defining how he has brought about change but by pointing out that Obama has not. "He needs to attack and shape what 'change' really means for the average Joe," said one GOP operative. McCain's pick of Palin -- and her successful speech last night -- sets the groundwork for the Arizona Senator to make the case that it is the GOP ticket, not the Democratic ticket, that represents average Americans' best chance to remake Washington. McCain needs to sell that argument hard tonight.

By Chris Cillizza  |  September 4, 2008; 3:45 PM ET
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"McCain's Speech: What Does He Need To Do?"

Shut his sorry, lying face and go home.

Posted by: captainkona | September 7, 2008 4:18 PM | Report abuse

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

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

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

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

Sarah Palin has proven leadership qualities and great judgment!!!

Sarah is a proven reformer. McCain is a proven reformer.

Washington government is broken because everyone has become increasingly unwilling to support any idea unless their particular party authored it. Everyone is trying to "take the credit" while few are working to help the people.

There is an expression: talk is cheap. It costs you little.

There are two people in this election that have chosen to look for ideas among all people not just those of their own parties. These two people have taken those ideas, developed action plans and made real changes to government that have helped real people.

John McCain has worked with Democrats to champion solutions. He has co-authored bills with even well known Democrats because he is willing to work for the country--instead of just a political party.

McCain has not been a favorite of the Republicans because he has been willing to put his name on proposals and laws with well known Democrats. There are many examples but perhaps the most easily recognized name among them is the name Ted Kennedy.

Obama has no record of working with Republicans. His record is that he is a politican's politican. 130 times in the state senate he voted present instead of yes or no. We need a leader that can make the tough decision--not one that wants to hedge his bets.

Some may still not understand how badly our system is broken. Let me give this one example. As gas prices approached $4.00 a gallon this summer, there was a proposal to allow offshore drilling. Nancy Pelosi, the Democratc leader of the House of Representatives, would not let our government representatives vote on this issue. (As leader of the House, she gets to determine what comes up for a vote.) We have got to have leaders in our country that are more concerned about our country than their party.

Sarah Palin is such a leader. She has worked across party lines--putting Democrats and Independents in her administration in Alaska. She has taken on the corruption in government. Her approval rating in Alaska is 82%. She has the highest governor's approval rating in our country.

If you haven't yet made up your mind, please give the McCain*Palin ticket serious consideration.
I have not been very politically vocal in the past but I believe this election is huge. I believe McCain and Palin will fight to bring about the kind of reform that our government needs.

As women we can show solidarity for Palin by wearing our hair twisted and up like Sarah's until November 4th. As a woman, I am excited to have a woman VP candidate with faith, wisdom and strength. Palin has shown grace and wit under fire.

As women we can show solidarity for Palin by wearing our hair twisted and up like Sarah's until November 4th!!

Goodbye partisan politics. Hello a new way. Hello a new hairdo. I am planning to wear my hair twisted and up with a hair clasp until November 4th. Join up to show solidarity for a new way to govern!!!!!!!!!!

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Posted by: Lisa Reid | September 6, 2008 10:28 AM | Report abuse

A commentary on John McCain. He was a victim in the Vietnam War, falling prey to his enemies at the time. He survived along with other Americans thanks to his age, his overall good health, his naval training and his own survival instinct. Nelson Mandela also went through this type of experience but for decades, not a few years. Mandela came out as one of the wisest souls, most empathic human beings and the one force who changed the political and social trajectory of apartheid in South Africa. What we seek in these moments is trancendence from the nasty politics and misinformation that is seeping from the McCain/Palin camp. We expect more of you John McCain and hope you can display behavior in these next few weeks that shows how you manifested character change during the long dark nights of your captivity. God himself would expect nothing less.

Posted by: LO | September 6, 2008 9:45 AM | Report abuse

You can be proud to be an American because you have persisted in this climate of selfishness engendered by the neoconservatives in Washington.

You can be even prouder when you overthrow these gazillionaire phonies who really only care about maximizing their coroporation's profits, even if it means outsourcing your jobs overseas.

You can be prouder when it is you, the individual American voter, who seized your country back from these wealthy oligarchs who don't really give a darn about you.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 5, 2008 11:57 PM | Report abuse

McCain, I believe, is a phony. McCain said he cared about the country more than himself, yet his choice for VP totally belies this.

There are better candidates to help him run the country, yet he chose a gimmick to try to win over Hillary voters and Bible literalists.

Her views are fringe, far rightwing views shared by few: opposing abortion rights even for victims of rape and incest, opposing contraception, opposing sex education and supporting abstinence education only, supporting teaching Creationism in public schools, not believing global warming is man-made.

As Mayor of Wasala, she asked the city librarian how she could go about banning books that had "inappropriate language” in them.

She fired the police chief for opposing a gun law that she and the NRA, her campaign contributors, supported. She told her city department heads that they needed her permission to talk to reporters.

Citizens in the town tried to organize a recall election against her.

Less than two years into her governorship, she is already embroiled in an investigation about abuse of power: firing a public safety commissioner who did not fire a state trooper who was divorcing her sister.

This is a pattern of behavior that is better called abuse of power than “maverick.”

Although she claims to be against the "bridge to nowhere," she was actually for it when she was campaigning for governorship in 2006. After winning $220 million pork-barrel earmark money from the federal government and winning the governorship, she flip-flopped and scrapped the bridge project and kept the money for other purposes. Yet now she is part of McCain’s campaign,promising to be against pork-barrel spending. I am not to believe anything Palin says. Palin is basically crooked, and by extension, McCain is also seriously questioned. Any presidential candidate who chooses a VP who is unfit to be president is automatically disqualified as a serious contender.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 5, 2008 11:52 PM | Report abuse

As a women and a mother of seven who had to work to support her children and worked my way through night school. I was thoroughly disappointed at the way Palin and then Giuliani conducted themselves. It is a shame and shocking that they showed an utter disrespect for and mocked and denigrated the opposition. I did not expect that from them...or I should have known better and expected it from the Republican Party since they have proved themselves to be experts at discrediting and attempting to destroy the oppositions reputation by lying and misrepresenting the facts. If that is how McCain intends to run his campaign that proves it is the same old, same old. He is using the same Rove, negative tactics. If the McCain/Palin ticket wants to win this election then they had better learn to show respect and to earn respect and gain the trust of the American voter. Instead of using pit bulls he should try using truth and persuasion.

Posted by: Ann M. | September 5, 2008 11:50 PM | Report abuse

Do the rich pay people to get on and support their fascist regime?

I am amazed to see people whining that Obama is too liberal because his tax plan lets senior citizens on social security pay NO FEDERAL TAXES?

Posted by: | September 5, 2008 2:10 PM | Report abuse

Suck it up Soldier!
John McCain suffered for your sins.
He's a P.O.W.
4 More Years!

Suck it up Soldier!
Pay no attention to the Vet protesting
during his speech because he and those
like him can't stand the hell their seeing.
4 More Years!

Suck it up Soldier!
Fear 9/11, play that video one more time,
it will happen again.
4 More Years!

Suck it up Soldier!
John McCain was crucified at the hands of the
Romans/Vietnamese, stop your whining.
4 More Years!

Suck it up Soldier!
The Liberal elite Media
is to blame for Republican failure in the
past 8 years.
4 More Years!

Suck it up Soldier!
Sara Palins more qualified than
all the Senate combined, she's the most
popular Governor in the whole world.
4 More Years!

Suck it up Soldier!
You're an Army of One.
Your're on your own. Pull yourself up
by your bootstraps, nevermind you don't have any.
4 More Years!

Suck it up Soldier!
John McCain's been in Washington
25 years, voted 95% with Bush,
he's a Maverick.
4 More Years!

Suck it up Soldier!
FEAR! Fear Change.
FEAR! The other Guy,
He brings Hope and acts like the
messiah, Jesus. Let's belittle him.
4 More Years!

Suck it up Soldier!
The bad economy is all in you're head.
I suffered without health care in the Hanoi Hilton,
you should accept to suffer too.
4 More Years!

Not This time. No Way. No How. No McCain.

Posted by: Nina | September 5, 2008 12:05 PM | Report abuse

It would have been good had McCain enjoyed his own speech. It also would have helped to not have blowing corn behind him.

It was distracting. I right away thought of movie Soylent Green.

With our economy being terrible "Soylent Green's" themes seem all too real: food too costly for ordinary people, rich people living behind fortresses, people living in the street, regularly scooped by bulldozers. Poverty was the norm, not the exception.

http://healinganation.wordpress.com/2008/09/05/john-mccains-soylent-green-backdrop/

Posted by: tank | September 5, 2008 11:38 AM | Report abuse

Heehee! I'm long retired and living in Shady Rest in sunny Florida. Last night I might as well have been at the VFW hall.

McCain came across like a pompous old windbag telling war stories - like he was the only POW, how he "truly" loves America (like the rest of us don't) and that he (alone) is truly her "servant".

Oh give it a rest!

He's a militarist through and through. He believes the military is the answer to all our problems, first, last and always.

When Johnny gets that wistful, far away look in his eyes, deep in his reminiscing about his "old soldier" comrades, he is doing what every old person does who knows his best days are behind him - he's thinking that, even with the suffering, those were the best days of my life.

Posted by: toritto | September 5, 2008 9:44 AM | Report abuse

I am so sick of the stupidity of the people in this country who continue to support Mccain and Palin. McCain's speech had nothing substantial to say about the real issues like the economy so for those who still support Obama after that pitiful "look at me I am a war hero who lives for attacking other countries while holding the American flag" is enough to make me want to throw up!
I am so sick at these so called patriots who love the USA so much. They are basically war mongers. People need to wake up, a vote for McCain will put us back forty years with his picks for the Supreme court and Sarah Palin is an extreme right winger who advocates for big oil, anti-choice, banning of books she thinks should be taken out of the library and has a future son in law who describes himself as a Redneck. How scary is that? America wake up. If they are elected- I really fear for this country. Obama Y'All

Posted by: kalimah samiullah | September 5, 2008 7:11 AM | Report abuse

McCain's Speech: What Does He Need To Do?

He needs to get a grip. He appears to have lost it. McCain and Palin reminds me of the fairy tale where jack (McCain) and jill (Palin) went up the hill to fetch something , then they both came tumbling down. The sum of both their parts equates to the whole of nothing. No match for E=mc2. He needs to exit, stage left and vote for OBAMA on November 4, 2008. God Bless America!

Posted by: Nisey01 | September 5, 2008 1:18 AM | Report abuse

Such nonsense Madhatter. The name is appropriate.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 4, 2008 11:34 PM | Report abuse

McCain had better enlist Willow or Piper as his personal food taster. He's going to have to watch his right flank...

Posted by: Andrew P | September 4, 2008 11:29 PM | Report abuse

For 20 years the Democratic Party candidate for president of the USA Barack Obama was a member and supporter of a church that advocated racial hatred against all white people and hatred for America. No one stays a member and supporter that long unless they agree with what's going on and with the message being taught. For Obama to now suddenly make the claim that he's for all this racial healing and togetherness and that he really loves America when he's proven just the opposite for 20 years, is phony BS that only the fools would believe. Barack Obama needs the white vote and the vote of Americans who truly love this country and THAT IS THE ONE AND ONLY REASON THIS LEOPARD IS TRYING TO CHANGE HIS SPOTS!!!

Posted by: madhatter | September 4, 2008 11:24 PM | Report abuse

John McCain boasts his patriotism and past military service records. But does he ever care for U.S. soldiers and veterans and their families who served in Afghanistan and Iraq? No. When I see him boasting his military service record while ignoring U.S. soldiers and veterans who need his attention, I feel really sick.

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

A week ago, I was told that I live in a lousy country, one with nothing but problems. Tonight, I am proud to be an American again. God Bless USA, John McCain and Sarah Palin.

Posted by: Anthony | September 4, 2008 11:10 PM | Report abuse

AH.The old war story..again and again and again.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 4, 2008 11:08 PM | Report abuse

I know most of this speech but I still love it - every time I hear it.

Posted by: MarkInAustin | September 4, 2008 11:05 PM | Report abuse

Polls have shown he has 80% now. Clinton doesn't matter anymore.

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>>Anonymous wrote: "McCain's prayers were answered and her name is Sarah. McCain pulls ahead in the polls tomorrow and never looks back..."

Maybe not that soon, but it will happen.

It was more or less over for Obama when he passed over Clinton.

Posted by: AsperGirl | September 4, 2008 9:04 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | September 4, 2008 11:04 PM | Report abuse

Peace through war..lol

Posted by: Anonymous | September 4, 2008 11:02 PM | Report abuse

Oil,oil,oil,oil.
Fear,fear,fear,fear.

Sounds like the same old thing to me.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 4, 2008 10:59 PM | Report abuse

Republicanism in a new suit.

Anyone falling for it?

Posted by: D D D D D D | September 4, 2008 10:54 PM | Report abuse

McCain and Sarah need to stop hugging - its creepy.

Posted by: nooooo | September 4, 2008 10:52 PM | Report abuse

Reasons to vote for John McCain:

1) It's his turn
2) He's hired someone to delegate energy and judges to
3) He's good at war
4) Bush just ran out of time, give the policies 4 more years.
5) There are other 3rd world countries needing regime change
6) All maverick views have safely been renounced
7) He's really good at war

Posted by: Anonymous | September 4, 2008 10:48 PM | Report abuse

@DoctorDoctor

If McCain dies it won't be much of a loss, his sense of honor died a long time ago.

Posted by: Amy | September 4, 2008 10:47 PM | Report abuse

Also, because I love politics in general, I did plan to watch McCain just so I could be in the loop. But, after listening to Palin last night tell outright lies and use distortions like the Republicans always do, I did two things.

1. I decided I would not tune into to McCain at all. Not worth my time.

2. I stopped my podcast subscription to Morning Joe. Joe used to host the show in such a way that he let his conservative leanings show, but he talked intelligently and fairly objectively and wouldn't be a jerk. I tuned in for a wider view of issues. Now he's just a partisan jerk, who has surrounded himself with a bunch of conservative hacks. Bye, Joe.

I love the fact that the Obama campaign earlier tonight had apparently raised $10 million since Palin's speech last night and McCain had raised $1 million.

Posted by: MNobserver | September 4, 2008 10:45 PM | Report abuse

For someone whose family is off limits Palin sure spent a lot of her speech talking about them.

Personally, what turns me off about Palin is her long history of petty and vengeful firings of career civil servants. It reminds me of the Bush cronyism; favoring loyalty over competence. Beyond the practical cost of this sort of behavior, it is incredibly hateful and unethical.

What turns me off about McCain is that he didn't have the integrity to select Lieberman or Ridge, the moderate candidates we know he wanted. Instead he caved to the angry evangelicals. Its too bad too. I kinda liked McCain before this.

Posted by: patOH | September 4, 2008 10:42 PM | Report abuse

There's nothing McCain CAN do.

In 2000, I voted for McCain defiantly against Bush in the Republican primaries because he truly appeared to be a maverick. I was willing to vote for a Republican that year, and actually did end up voting for Bush.

My appreciation for him continued right up to the time that John Kerry attempted to bring him onto the ticket in 2004, who I supported after 4 miserable years of Bush.

When McCain rebuffed Kerry and did an about face and turned on himself and his image of a Maverick and instead went all out for Bush, who he clearly hated and disagreed with, I lost all respect for him.

McCain is not a maverick. There's nothing he can do to gain my vote.

Posted by: MNobserver | September 4, 2008 10:38 PM | Report abuse

McCain needs to not die of a heart attack or melanoma during the speech tonight.

Posted by: DoctorDoctor | September 4, 2008 10:37 PM | Report abuse

The entire convention has book ended McCain's life with War - Vietnam and Iraq - McCain owns the party - nothing is said that is not approve by him or his staff. ........
http://thefiresidepost.com/2008/09/05/stubborn-mccain-champions-war/

Posted by: Ohg Rea Tone | September 4, 2008 10:37 PM | Report abuse

OMG! Did you see the anger in his face when he was interrupted by the USA chant?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 4, 2008 10:35 PM | Report abuse

McCain says he fought corruption but doesn't mention Keating 5. Says he fights against pork, but doesn't mention the $27 million Palin got for her village with the help of the indicted Ted Stevens. I guess that wouldn't go over well with the Wingnut faithful.

And I ask again, how much make-up is he wearing?

Posted by: ZappoDave | September 4, 2008 10:35 PM | Report abuse

Here we go again with the Wingnuts using 9/11 for fear and propaganda purposes.


The same people who had the intelligence to warn of such an attack but never gave it a thought. They can rally on the event but never consider themselves at fault. I believe it is the definition of a sociopath?

These very same Rethuglicans exhibit superficial Charm.

They never recognize the rights of others and see their self-serving behaviors as permissible. They appear to be charming, yet are covertly hostile and domineering.

They have a grandiose sense of self and
feels entitled to certain things as "their right".

They have no problem lying coolly and easily and it is almost impossible for them to be truthful on a consistent basis. They can create, and get caught up in, a complex belief about their own powers and abilities. They are extremely convincing and even able to pass lie detector tests.

They lack remorse, shame or guilt.
A deep seated rage, which is split off and repressed, is at their core. They do not see others around them as people, but only as targets and opportunities. Instead of friends, they have victims and accomplices who end up as victims. The end always justifies the means and they let nothing stand in their way.

Theses idiot Rethuglicans have shallow emotions.
When they show what seems to be warmth, joy, love and compassion it is more feigned than experienced and serves an ulterior motive. Outraged by insignificant matters, yet remaining unmoved and cold by what would upset a normal person. Since they are not genuine, neither are their promises.

And at their very core they are nothing but tough talking Republican chickenhawks who have no problem sending someone elses family members or loved ones off to fight their stupid pre-emptive wars for them.


Case in point:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gFGit_tZDqs
.

...enough said!!!

Posted by: AsperDude | September 4, 2008 10:32 PM | Report abuse

John McCain sells his military service record and his empty-talk patriotism as if he were the only American patriot or America's best patriot. But during the last 8 years, what has McCain done other than putting his politics above our country?

Is it patriotic for John McCain to have close ties with Charlie Black, who said another 9/11 is a huge advantage for McCain?

Is it patriotic for John McCain to have close association with Phil and Wendy Lee Gramm, one of who calls Americans economically illiterate whiners and the other was the director of Enron Board and member of Enron Board's accounting/audit committee?

Is it patriotic for John McCain to choose Sarah Palin, who is either an Alaska secessionist or Alaska secessionist sympathizer and a close political ally of Ted Stevens? The vice presidency of the United States of America is not a personal journey of an Alaska secessionist or Alaska secessionist sympathizer to discover and experience the real America.

Is it patriotic for John McCain to put his politics above his country and let his close friends like Sarah Palin and Charlie Black and Phil and Wendy Lee Gramm totally mess up the country's national security and economy?

Is it patriotic for John McCain to allow Osama bin Laden to believe that he can now retire from terrorism because John McCain and his friends will destroy the United States of America better than he can ever imagine?

Posted by: American Spirit | September 4, 2008 10:31 PM | Report abuse

If he's so great why hasn't he won before age 72? He's suggesting that Palin can do it in her 40's, 4 mos. postpartum with her pregnant teen daughter.

Posted by: DoctorMomNC | September 4, 2008 10:13 PM | Report abuse

What a fraud.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 4, 2008 10:12 PM | Report abuse

This Republican convention is working in Barack's favor. Just keep showing the "crowd". Need I say more.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 4, 2008 10:06 PM | Report abuse

I heard that last night Obama sucked down a whole pack of those Kool Menthols watching Rudy and Sarah knock him around the rink mercilessily calling him exactly what he is; a picnic organizer.

He just dispatched one of his underlings to get two packs for the McCain speech. Anticipating beihing behind in ALL the polls once the Sun comes up.

Posted by: Dano | September 4, 2008 10:02 PM | Report abuse

"Mrs. Clinton’s campaign event in Florida, her first for Mr. Obama since the Democratic convention last month, will include a forceful response to the searing attacks and fresh burst of energy that Ms. Palin injected into the race with her convention speech on Wednesday night, Obama aides said."

Well, forget Clinton, then. If she's going to be Obama's tool, undermining the woman who could make history, what's there to invest in?

Hillary Clinton would like to undermine Sarah Palin because she wants to be the historic woman.

Posted by: AsperGirl | September 4, 2008 10:02 PM | Report abuse

"Didn't Cindy McCain look pretty this week? As often happens with celebrity women at high powered events, the fashionistas have been on the prowl at the RNCC and are dishing on every passing skirt, pant suit, and set of heels. The fashion experts at Vanity Fair estimated the value of Cindy McCain's outfit on Tuesday night to be in the range of $300,000. That's a lot of bling. So, what does $300,000 buy in America?"

I know that this is an Obama blog talking points smear du jour, but you sound absurd.

Cindy McCain's speech outfit doesn't begin to approach the extravagance and conceit of Obama's $6 million temple. And her money is hers, while Obama was squandering money donated by a lot of small donors, most of whom could probably use the money for other things they needed.

Posted by: AsperGirl | September 4, 2008 9:59 PM | Report abuse

I am sure there is a solid source on this one like Keith Overbite, or the Daily Kooks or NOW


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> Posted by Asper(an ugly)Woman

What Can $300,000 Buy?


Didn't Cindy McCain look pretty this week? As often happens with celebrity women at high powered events, the fashionistas have been on the prowl at the RNCC and are dishing on every passing skirt, pant suit, and set of heels.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 4, 2008 9:56 PM | Report abuse

Nice post--

Your cut and paste ability is impressive. Too bad no one wants to take the time to read your bull

Yawnnnnnnnn....

Nice Job. Keep it up. Now to get to work on another. Probably take you a couple of days...

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Eight years ago, then Governor George W. Bush revealingly joked about his backers at the 2000 Al Smith Dinner. "This is an impressive crowd - the haves and the have-mores," Bush said, adding, "Some people call you the elites; I call you my base." With his own quip Saturday night that "$5 million" is his definition of "rich," John McCain made no mistake that he is Bush's natural heir.


Now, there is nothing wrong with being happily stinking rich and utterly detached. Nothing, that is, unless you make criticizing your political opponent (Barack Obama) as "elitist" and "out of touch" a centerpiece of your campaign. Rick Davis, speaking on behalf of his $100 million man John McCain, earlier this month offered the latest formulation of Barack Obama as an effete, aloof denizen of the upper class:

"Only celebrities like Barack Obama go to the gym three times a day, demand 'MET-RX chocolate roasted-peanut protein bars and bottles of a hard-to-find organic brew - Black Forest Berry Honest Tea' and worry about the price of arugula."


Of course, Davis' "arugula war" is just another attempt at misdirection. After all, John McCain's $5 million threshold where "you move from middle class to rich" is just the latest episode of his enduring disconnect from the real lives of the American people.


For starters, McCain in April declared that there had been "great progress economically" during the Bush years. On more than one occasion, he diagnosed Americans' concerns over the dismal U.S. economy as "psychological." (Phil Gramm, McCain's close friend and adviser supposedly excommunicated over his "whiners" remarks, was back with the campaign last week.) McCain, a man who owns eight homes nationwide, in March lectured Americans facing foreclosure that they ought to be "doing what is necessary -- working a second job, skipping a vacation, and managing their budgets -- to make their payments on time." And when all else fails, McCain told the people of the economically devastated regions in Martin County, Kentucky and Youngstown, Ohio, there's always eBay.


In his defense, McCain's shocking tone-deafness may just be a matter of perspective. When you're as well off as he is, anything below a $5 million income (a figure exceeding that earned on average by the top 0.1% of Americans) seems middle class.


*The $100 Million Man*
Courtesy of his wife Cindy's beer distribution fortune (one her late father apparently chose not to share with her half-sister Kathleen), the McCains are worth well over $100 million. (In the two-page tax summary she eventually released to the public, Cindy McCain reported another $6 million in 2006.) As Salon reported back in 2000, the second Mrs. McCain's millions were essential in launching her husband's political career. Unsurprisingly, the Weekly Standard's Matthew Continetti, who four years ago called Theresa Heinz-Kerry a "sugar mommy," has been silent on the topic of Cindy McCain.


*The Joys of (Eight) Home Ownership*
While fellow adulterer John Edwards was pilloried for his mansion, John McCain's eight homes around the country have received little notice or criticism. His properties include a 10 acre lake-side Sedona estate, euphemistically called a "cabin" by the McCain campaign, and a home featured in Architectural Digest. The one featuring "remote control window coverings" was recently put up for sale. Still, their formidable resources did not prevent the McCains from failing to pay taxes on a tony La Jolla, California condo used by Cindy's aged aunt.


*The Anheuser-Busch Windfall*
As it turns out, the beauty of globalization is in the eye of the beholder. While John McCain apparently played a critical role in facilitating DHL's takeover of Airborne (and with it, the looming loss of 8,000 jobs in Wilmington, Ohio), Cindy McCain is set to earn a staggering multi-million dollar pay-day from the acquisition of Anheuser-Busch by the Belgian beverage giant, In Bev. As the Wall Street Journal reported in July, Mrs. McCain runs the third largest Anheuser-Busch distributorship in the nation, and owns between $2.5 and $5 million in the company's stock. Amazingly, while Missouri's politicians of both parties lined up to try to block the sale, John McCain held a fundraiser in the Show Me State even as the In Bev deal was being finalized.


*McCain's $370,000 Personal Tax Break*
Earlier this year, the Center for American Progress analyzed John McCain's tax proposals. The conclusion? McCain's plan is radically more regressive than even that of President Bush, delivering 58% of its benefits to the wealthiest 1% of American taxpayers. McCain's born-again support for the Bush tax cuts has one additional bonus for Mr. Straight Talk: the McCains would save an estimated $373,000 a year.


*Paying Off $225,000 Credit Card Debt - Priceless*
That massive windfall from his own tax plan will come in handy for John McCain. As was reported in June, the McCains were carrying over $225,000 in credit card debt. The American Express card - don't leave your homes without it.


*Charity Begins at Home*
As Harpers documented earlier this year, the McCains are true believers in the old saying that charity begins at home:

Between 2001 and 2006, McCain contributed roughly $950,000 to [their] foundation. That accounted for all of its listed income other than for $100 that came from an anonymous donor. During that same period, the McCain foundation made contributions of roughly $1.6 million. More than $500,000 went to his kids' private schools, most of which was donated when his children were attending those institutions. So McCain apparently received major tax deductions for supporting elite schools attended by his children.

Ironically, the McCain campaign last week blasted Barack Obama for having attended a private school in Hawaii on scholarship. That attack came just weeks after John McCain held an event at his old prep school, Episcopal High, an institution where fees now top $38,000 a year.


*Private Jet Setters*
As the New York Times detailed back in April, John McCain enjoyed the use of his wife's private jet for his campaign, courtesy of election law loopholes he helped craft. Despite the controversy, McCain continued to use Cindy's corporate jet. For her part, Cindy McCain says that even with skyrocketing fuel costs, "in Arizona the only way to get around the state is by small private plane."


*Help on the Homefront*
In these tough economic times, the McCains are able to stretch their household budget. As the AP reported in April, "McCain reported paying $136,572 in wages to household employees in 2007. Aides say the McCains pay for a caretaker for a cabin in Sedona, Ariz., child care for their teenage daughter, and a personal assistant for Cindy McCain."


*Well-Heeled in $520 Shoes*
If clothes make the man, then John McCain has it made. As Huffington Post noted in July, "He has worn a pair of $520 black leather Ferragamo shoes on every recent campaign stop - from a news conference with the Dalai Lama to a supermarket visit in Bethlehem, PA." It is altogether fitting that McCain wore the golden loafers during a golf outing with President George H.W. Bush in which he rode around in cart displaying the sign, "Property of Bush #41. Hands Off."


I don't have to listen to this senile old coot (McCain) tonight to know what he's going to say.


MCCAIN SPEECH PREVIEW:
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"SURGE, DRILL, POW....my friends"


rinse and repeat....

Posted by: astral99 | September 4, 2008 9:19 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | September 4, 2008 9:46 PM | Report abuse

What Can $300,000 Buy?


Didn't Cindy McCain look pretty this week? As often happens with celebrity women at high powered events, the fashionistas have been on the prowl at the RNCC and are dishing on every passing skirt, pant suit, and set of heels. The fashion experts at Vanity Fair estimated the value of Cindy McCain's outfit on Tuesday night to be in the range of $300,000. That's a lot of bling. So, what does $300,000 buy in America?

- An average American home ---- plus $80,000 in upgrades.

- Full, four year college tuition, plus room and board, for two students

- Nearly four times the average retirement savings for persons age 45 to 62.

- Roughly ten full-time community organizers working to make neighborhoods and America better.

- Ten full-time special needs caregivers for a year

- Twelve full-time maids for each of your seven homes.

- 6,000 hours of picking lettuce at $50 per hour

- 600 pairs of John McCain's $500 Italian loafers

And last, but not least.......

- One outfit for Cindy McCain to wear on national TV while she explains to America that John McCain and the Republicans understand their economic and social woes. Pffft. Believe that and I've got a "Bridge to Nowhere" I'd like to show you......

Posted by: AsperWoman | September 4, 2008 9:36 PM | Report abuse

One way to lower expectations ahead of his speech, to make him look better, is to line up some bad, overacting speakers to talk before him. Wow, Tom Ridge had some bad lines.

Posted by: AsperGirl | September 4, 2008 9:27 PM | Report abuse

Aspergirl
Quote and name your sources or we will continue to laugh at you

Posted by: Peakmom | September 4, 2008 9:19 PM | Report abuse

Eight years ago, then Governor George W. Bush revealingly joked about his backers at the 2000 Al Smith Dinner. "This is an impressive crowd - the haves and the have-mores," Bush said, adding, "Some people call you the elites; I call you my base." With his own quip Saturday night that "$5 million" is his definition of "rich," John McCain made no mistake that he is Bush's natural heir.


Now, there is nothing wrong with being happily stinking rich and utterly detached. Nothing, that is, unless you make criticizing your political opponent (Barack Obama) as "elitist" and "out of touch" a centerpiece of your campaign. Rick Davis, speaking on behalf of his $100 million man John McCain, earlier this month offered the latest formulation of Barack Obama as an effete, aloof denizen of the upper class:

"Only celebrities like Barack Obama go to the gym three times a day, demand 'MET-RX chocolate roasted-peanut protein bars and bottles of a hard-to-find organic brew - Black Forest Berry Honest Tea' and worry about the price of arugula."


Of course, Davis' "arugula war" is just another attempt at misdirection. After all, John McCain's $5 million threshold where "you move from middle class to rich" is just the latest episode of his enduring disconnect from the real lives of the American people.


For starters, McCain in April declared that there had been "great progress economically" during the Bush years. On more than one occasion, he diagnosed Americans' concerns over the dismal U.S. economy as "psychological." (Phil Gramm, McCain's close friend and adviser supposedly excommunicated over his "whiners" remarks, was back with the campaign last week.) McCain, a man who owns eight homes nationwide, in March lectured Americans facing foreclosure that they ought to be "doing what is necessary -- working a second job, skipping a vacation, and managing their budgets -- to make their payments on time." And when all else fails, McCain told the people of the economically devastated regions in Martin County, Kentucky and Youngstown, Ohio, there's always eBay.


In his defense, McCain's shocking tone-deafness may just be a matter of perspective. When you're as well off as he is, anything below a $5 million income (a figure exceeding that earned on average by the top 0.1% of Americans) seems middle class.


*The $100 Million Man*
Courtesy of his wife Cindy's beer distribution fortune (one her late father apparently chose not to share with her half-sister Kathleen), the McCains are worth well over $100 million. (In the two-page tax summary she eventually released to the public, Cindy McCain reported another $6 million in 2006.) As Salon reported back in 2000, the second Mrs. McCain's millions were essential in launching her husband's political career. Unsurprisingly, the Weekly Standard's Matthew Continetti, who four years ago called Theresa Heinz-Kerry a "sugar mommy," has been silent on the topic of Cindy McCain.


*The Joys of (Eight) Home Ownership*
While fellow adulterer John Edwards was pilloried for his mansion, John McCain's eight homes around the country have received little notice or criticism. His properties include a 10 acre lake-side Sedona estate, euphemistically called a "cabin" by the McCain campaign, and a home featured in Architectural Digest. The one featuring "remote control window coverings" was recently put up for sale. Still, their formidable resources did not prevent the McCains from failing to pay taxes on a tony La Jolla, California condo used by Cindy's aged aunt.


*The Anheuser-Busch Windfall*
As it turns out, the beauty of globalization is in the eye of the beholder. While John McCain apparently played a critical role in facilitating DHL's takeover of Airborne (and with it, the looming loss of 8,000 jobs in Wilmington, Ohio), Cindy McCain is set to earn a staggering multi-million dollar pay-day from the acquisition of Anheuser-Busch by the Belgian beverage giant, In Bev. As the Wall Street Journal reported in July, Mrs. McCain runs the third largest Anheuser-Busch distributorship in the nation, and owns between $2.5 and $5 million in the company's stock. Amazingly, while Missouri's politicians of both parties lined up to try to block the sale, John McCain held a fundraiser in the Show Me State even as the In Bev deal was being finalized.


*McCain's $370,000 Personal Tax Break*
Earlier this year, the Center for American Progress analyzed John McCain's tax proposals. The conclusion? McCain's plan is radically more regressive than even that of President Bush, delivering 58% of its benefits to the wealthiest 1% of American taxpayers. McCain's born-again support for the Bush tax cuts has one additional bonus for Mr. Straight Talk: the McCains would save an estimated $373,000 a year.


*Paying Off $225,000 Credit Card Debt - Priceless*
That massive windfall from his own tax plan will come in handy for John McCain. As was reported in June, the McCains were carrying over $225,000 in credit card debt. The American Express card - don't leave your homes without it.


*Charity Begins at Home*
As Harpers documented earlier this year, the McCains are true believers in the old saying that charity begins at home:

Between 2001 and 2006, McCain contributed roughly $950,000 to [their] foundation. That accounted for all of its listed income other than for $100 that came from an anonymous donor. During that same period, the McCain foundation made contributions of roughly $1.6 million. More than $500,000 went to his kids' private schools, most of which was donated when his children were attending those institutions. So McCain apparently received major tax deductions for supporting elite schools attended by his children.

Ironically, the McCain campaign last week blasted Barack Obama for having attended a private school in Hawaii on scholarship. That attack came just weeks after John McCain held an event at his old prep school, Episcopal High, an institution where fees now top $38,000 a year.


*Private Jet Setters*
As the New York Times detailed back in April, John McCain enjoyed the use of his wife's private jet for his campaign, courtesy of election law loopholes he helped craft. Despite the controversy, McCain continued to use Cindy's corporate jet. For her part, Cindy McCain says that even with skyrocketing fuel costs, "in Arizona the only way to get around the state is by small private plane."


*Help on the Homefront*
In these tough economic times, the McCains are able to stretch their household budget. As the AP reported in April, "McCain reported paying $136,572 in wages to household employees in 2007. Aides say the McCains pay for a caretaker for a cabin in Sedona, Ariz., child care for their teenage daughter, and a personal assistant for Cindy McCain."


*Well-Heeled in $520 Shoes*
If clothes make the man, then John McCain has it made. As Huffington Post noted in July, "He has worn a pair of $520 black leather Ferragamo shoes on every recent campaign stop - from a news conference with the Dalai Lama to a supermarket visit in Bethlehem, PA." It is altogether fitting that McCain wore the golden loafers during a golf outing with President George H.W. Bush in which he rode around in cart displaying the sign, "Property of Bush #41. Hands Off."


I don't have to listen to this senile old coot (McCain) tonight to know what he's going to say.


MCCAIN SPEECH PREVIEW:
----------------------
"SURGE, DRILL, POW....my friends"


rinse and repeat....

Posted by: astral99 | September 4, 2008 9:19 PM | Report abuse

>>E Ward wrote: "In one speech, Palin defined BO to the nation. She accomplished what other Clinton Democratic groups have been trying to say for months, Obama is a fake candidate. The columns, the fake presidential seal, the self-serving books, the community organizer, the phony pandering/speeches, and so on."

Once you puncture the game and illusion of a narcissist, they lose their power over your imagination. Without the almost mystical credibility they engender in others, they are simply cartoonish and absurd characters.

A $6 million temple and fireworks to give your acceptance speech in! Squandering his donors' money on lavish conceits!

Wonder what he'd do if let loose in the United States Treasury and starts writing checks.

Posted by: AsperGirl | September 4, 2008 9:14 PM | Report abuse

In one speech, Palin defined BO to the nation. She accomplished what other Clinton Democratic groups have been trying to say for months, Obama is a fake candidate. The columns, the fake presidential seal, the self-serving books, the community organizer, the phony pandering/speeches, and so on.

As a Democrat, I'm proudly casting my vote for McCain and sending Cupcake back to Illinois.

Posted by: E Ward | September 4, 2008 9:06 PM | Report abuse

>>Anonymous wrote: "McCain's prayers were answered and her name is Sarah. McCain pulls ahead in the polls tomorrow and never looks back..."

Maybe not that soon, but it will happen.

It was more or less over for Obama when he passed over Clinton.

Posted by: AsperGirl | September 4, 2008 9:04 PM | Report abuse

Look at all the Republican operatives leading the crocodile tears of pain for Palin. I love it when they issue a command that "this will stop now" and just expect the press to kow tow. Blood in the water is an apt phrase, these are literally the same guys who brought you such classics as the Clinton impeachment, Swiftboat veterans for "truth", the Vince Foster "murder", Gore invented the internet, Kerry is a liar, Hillary is a lesbian, Slimed veteran Democratic senators and House members as traitors etc etc.

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

Posted by: Jeff Y | September 4, 2008 9:04 PM | Report abuse

If you think the last 8 years have been good for America, vote Republican. If you think the last 8 years have been good for America, vote Republican. If you think the last 8 years have been good for America, vote Republican.

ANYTHING other talking point is a win for McCain.

Posted by: David | September 4, 2008 8:57 PM | Report abuse

What happened to us being the elitist? Oh that argument is only good when it is convenient. Republicans should be forced to ware shirts with targets on them.

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These LIBS only have to get up in time for the mailman's arrival to go collect their handout(s) from the government.

Posted by: Dano
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Well, it won't be easy. They will have to step over your unemployed drunk a$$ to get to the office.

Posted by: LABC | September 4, 2008 8:52 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | September 4, 2008 8:55 PM | Report abuse

These LIBS only have to get up in time for the mailman's arrival to go collect their handout(s) from the government.

Posted by: Dano
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Well, it won't be easy. They will have to step over your unemployed drunk a$$ to get to the office.

Posted by: LABC | September 4, 2008 8:52 PM | Report abuse

They have already lost 6 points sines he announced her nomination. After her speech they lost another point.

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McCain's prayers were answered and her name is Sarah. McCain pulls ahead in the polls tomorrow and never looks back...

Posted by: Anonymous | September 4, 2008 8:49 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | September 4, 2008 8:52 PM | Report abuse

Not surprising, but Wow, that was low. They just finished exploiting 9/11 at the RNC.

It's insulting. RNC goes out of its way to portray NYERS as elitist scum, then use the city to pimp themselves.

It was an American tragedy. If Republicans hate NY so much, stop using it as a political tool.

Thank you

Posted by: Anonymous | September 4, 2008 8:52 PM | Report abuse

McCain's prayers were answered and her name is Sarah. McCain pulls ahead in the polls tomorrow and never looks back...

Posted by: Anonymous | September 4, 2008 8:49 PM | Report abuse

So it's not as simple as just saying whether or not a birth certificate forgery exists. While Obama might produce a valid birth certificate, the other factual bases for claiming that he's barred from holding office of President still exist.

Posted by: AsperGirl |
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Is there any way short of stuffing more food in that gaping yap of yours to shut you up about this obsession you have about his birth certificate? Aren't you embarassed enough about how major league stupid you looked a couple months ago going over this? Let me put it to you in terms you would understand. It is like opening the refrigerator door over and over. The food that is there is it- no other food materializes. No matter how many times you go to the refrigerator and open expecting a hamhock or a whole chicken, if you didn't buy it and put it there, it will not be there. Or that empty 2 lb bag of chips by your side - no matter how many times you bring it to your face, it is empty. M'kay?

Posted by: LABC | September 4, 2008 8:49 PM | Report abuse

Hey Aspergirl,

You don't figure a lot of people tuned in just to hear how bad she'd be? That's what I did. And she confirmed it.

I heard that someone compared her to Dolores Umbridge. I concur.

Posted by: Peahen | September 4, 2008 8:48 PM | Report abuse

I believe we are watching the reemergence of the Nazi party in the republicans.


"The people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the peacemakers for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country"

- Hermann Goering

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Posted by: Anonymous | September 4, 2008 8:48 PM | Report abuse

Mrs. Mccain's outfit last night cost $300,000.00. I wonder who the real elitist are?

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Trust me, the real barracudas are the women who have to choose between buying milk & buying lipstick. Compared to them Sarah Palin is a guppy for the feast.
I can't wait for the buffet!

Posted by: Peakmom | September 4, 2008 6:40 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | September 4, 2008 8:46 PM | Report abuse

Quote from a Republican tonight on ...I think it was MSNBC..."MCCain says he will stay in Iraq as long as necessary." That's pretty open-ended, don't you think? I can see this country is going ape-s**t because there's an educated, level-headed, BIRACIAL candidate for president (we can't have THAT, now, can we???) but I guess voters for McCain don't give a fat rat's a** that we're headed for a 3d World status...as long as we keep the BIRACIAL guy OUT!!!! What a bunch of mindless freaking IDIOTS!!!! If you're WHITE, you're RIGHT!!! If you're BLACK, GET BACK!!! That's right...vote for the senile pre-Alzheimer's candidate and the miss thang no one even HEARD OF UNTIL NOW!!!!!...AND your children WILL PAY FOR IT!!!!!

Posted by: Mary in Fort Madison | September 4, 2008 8:41 PM | Report abuse

Community organizer is a bad thing?

I wonder if Jesus thought that? Or Susan B. Anthony? Or Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.?

Before that phrase goes the way of 'trial lawyer' it needs to be thrown right back at Palin and the Rovian proteges who write her speeches.

http://scootmandubious.blogspot.com/2008/09/when-are-dems-going-to-learn-how-to.html

Posted by: scootmandubious | September 4, 2008 8:41 PM | Report abuse

What must McCain do you ask?........
...pray for a miracle...that's what it's going to take for him to win in November.
As the Republican commentator Noonan candidly said yesterday........"it's over".

Posted by: A.Lincoln | September 4, 2008 8:41 PM | Report abuse

Nazi's like Palin always do well in a controlled environment with lots of structure and other Nazis around supporter her. Let's see how she does in the real world. If she were to come to my Church as speak the way she did last night we'd have her scrubbing our toilets. Women do not belong in politics. Lord help us all. McCain/Palin 08!

Posted by: Johna The Christian Nihilist | September 4, 2008 8:40 PM | Report abuse

What must Mccain do you ask?........
pray for a miracle...that's what it's going to take for him to win in November.
As the Republican commentator Noonan candidly said yesterday........it's over.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 4, 2008 8:38 PM | Report abuse

>>Mike J wrote: "Did you know that the first woman EVER elected to Congress was Jeannette Rankin (1917) and she was a REPUBLICAN!! So isn't it fitting that the first woman ever elected for Vice-President be a REPBULICAN?!!"

The first woman thing is often with conservatives, like Margaret Thatcher.

Sarah Palin is the one to break the glass ceiling.

For women, she is The One. After her, there will be more, Democrats and Republicans.

Posted by: AsperGirl | September 4, 2008 8:35 PM | Report abuse

OBAMA HAS SO MUCH LESS TO OFFER THAN SARAH PALIN

Obama is a freshman senator in the U.S. senate and has been mainly engaged in running for president since his first year. What is his professional history?

Obama got a "community organizer" job after 2 years of unemployment after graduating from Columbia with a bachelor's degree. And as his book admits, he didn't get anywhere as a "community organizer" and that's why he went back to law school.

And as we all know, after graduating from law school, Obama failed to make partner at his law firm, set no precedents in cases he might have handled, didn't get published in any law review and didn't produce any scholarly or professional works of any nature contributing to the field of law.

Obama's probably the only politician in the U.S. to not accomplish a single thing with an ivy league law degree before going into politics.

Obama's years as a state senator in Illinois were so devoid of any leadership that he voted "present" 130 times instead of "yes" or "no", now claiming he had to do so to avoid taking stands on "controversial legislation" (as if there were 130 career-killing controversial laws he had to take a pass on at the state level, come on!).

As an Illinois state senator, Obama climbed the greased pole of corrupt, dirty Chicago politics leveraging racist politics of Trinity Church, insider ex-radical terrorists like William Ayers' networks and trading favors with corruption figures like his convicted slumlord friend Tony Rezko.

Obama has never published journal article in any law review, collaborated on any professional project, engaged in no landmark signature legislation, or made any tangible, substantial contribution of any nature to his professions as a lawyer or politician.

The only tangible works Barack Obama produced in his life are 2 fictionalized books about himself, glorifying his search for identity and his alcoholic, polygamous, already-married Kenyan father who was a failed Muslim communist (huh?) who knocked up his then-17-year-old mother and then abandoned them.

Lately, Obama has been trying to claim his "experience" "running" a campaign stacks up against Sarah Palin's experience as elected Governor of Alaska! Running for president is the experience needed to be president! That's almost as self-referential as "we are the ones we've been waiting for"!

Posted by: AsperGirl | September 4, 2008 8:31 PM | Report abuse

The lead Nazi is giving his speech at the rally tonight.

Posted by: Johna The Christian Nihilist | September 4, 2008 8:28 PM | Report abuse

Did you know that the first woman EVER elected to Congress was Jeannette Rankin (1917) and she was a REPUBLICAN!! So isn't it fitting that the first woman ever elected for Vice-President be a REPBULICAN?!!

(There are several other similarities between Palin and Rankin: both from rural America, both had parents that were teachers, both went against the "establishment") We're MAKING HISTORY!

Posted by: MIKE NJ | September 4, 2008 8:26 PM | Report abuse

LOL! This is hilarious.

Obama defends community organizers
Posted by: Ellen Wulfhorst

LANCASTER, Pa. - The work of community organizers, who work for low salaries to help people in impoverished communities, is getting lots of attention this week as Republicans poke jabs at Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama’s job experience.

The three years Obama spent as a community organizer “maybe … is the first problem on the resume,” said former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani in his speech at the Republican convention on Wednesday.

http://www.reuters.com/article/politicsNews/idUSN0444389620080904

Posted by: AsperGirl | September 4, 2008 8:21 PM | Report abuse

Resume' :
Barack Obama ; Community activist in Chicago; two years and a half as Senator at Federal level. Embraced and then Denounced his Mentor Rev. Wright. CHANGED his political positions very often just to get votes to be president.
Do not liked people who have opinions on Michelle Obama but wanted she would be our next First Lady
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Sarah Palin ; Mayor of a very small town; two years at state Alaska as Governor.
*****
McCain : shot down by North Vietnam Army. Seriously wounded and tortured by Vietnamese Communist but came back save and healthy(!). Never heard he shot down how many Communist airplanes or destroyed how many air defense systems of North Vietnam Army. Anyway heard that he is a Hero
Divorced his first wife to remarry a beautiful and rich woman.
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J Biden : Ran for President three times but got only 9000 votes lately (?!). expert in foreign affairs ?
*****

What to do in November 2008 ?

Posted by: Zien106 | September 4, 2008 8:17 PM | Report abuse

SARA PALIN SPEECH VIEWSHIP RATINGS EXCEED OBAMA'S
(EARLIER ESTIMATES OF 37 MILLION OMITTED PBS!)

More than 40 million people see Palin speech

NEW YORK (AP) — More than 40 million people tuned in to the Republican convention Wednesday to hear vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin introduce herself to voters.

That audience rivaled the one for Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama last week. Nielsen Media Research estimated 37.2 million people watched Palin on either ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, Fox News Channel or MSNBC. PBS estimated it had four million viewers for the speech.

Last week Obama had 38.4 million viewers on the commercial networks, topping 40 million with PBS and C-SPAN added in.

http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5h1PNEAlNhi736iLSoZ4vEsFWALhgD9305CCO0

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LOL. And she didn't need to have her speech in a coliseum, with rock bands, a $6 million temple and fireworks. She had it on the simple, cost-effective stage they've used the whole convention.

I bet the RNC cost 1/10 what the DNC cost.

Obama's already showing his colors as an excessive, explosive spender when he's using other people's money.

Posted by: AsperGirl | September 4, 2008 8:17 PM | Report abuse

>>MarkinAustin wrote: "Aspergirl, I am suggesting to you that there will be no Rule 12 Motion and no response whatsoever. Under FRCP 55[2][c] the Court will conduct an inquiry into the facts and if there is no certification of a forgery of the HI birth certificate there will be no compelling evidence to support a judgment. The case will be dismissed by the court, sua sponte."

There are more than one factual bases for the claim that Obama isn't a "natural born" American citizen. There are 3 factual bases for the claim are: (1) that his Hawaii birth certificate is forged (the claimant has 3 forgery experts certifying that the image posted on Obama's "fight the smears" website is forged, (2) that his Hawaii birth certificate is a valid document but that he's not entitled to it because he was in fact born in Kenya (see facts in the complaint about the Kenya-birth allegations) and (3) that even if he was a natural born citizen at birth, he lost his citizenship or holds dual citizenship because his mother took him to Indonesia where she naturalized herself and him, and that Obama continued to act as an Indonesian citizen by using his Indonesian passport on a trip to Pakistan when he was 20.

So it's not as simple as just saying whether or not a birth certificate forgery exists. While Obama might produce a valid birth certificate, the other factual bases for claiming that he's barred from holding office of President still exist.

Posted by: AsperGirl | September 4, 2008 8:13 PM | Report abuse

In this election, McCain is the more QUALIFIED and VERY EXPERIENCED AND KNOWLEDGEABLE candidate to lead America as the president and Commander-in-Chief of the US Armed Forces. We can NOT leave the truth and try to make up qualifications for a very inexperienced and liberal candidate like Obama to be Commander-in-Chief of one of the greatest army in the world when he Obama has NO idea about the practical operation of the US Army. Obama only say what others have already said and he does NOT have any new ideas. McCain has the record of change in Washington--i.e. McCain worked with other senators outside his own party to bring about campaign finance refund in Washington. McCain is able to work with others to change Washington. Obama has only led campaign against the war while he was a state senator. He also voted against funding our troops, and voted against the surge that is helping our troops as McCain foresaw it for a long time. In times of crisis our country needs an experienced and knowledgeable leader like McCain. Obama has NEVER created a budget as an executive NOR has Obama presided over any major leadership office such as governor, etc. He have no actual practice as previous presidents like Bill Clinton--previous governor of Arkansas or Mr. George W. Bush--previous governor of Texas, one of the largest states in the union. The accusations against Obama that were articulated by Sarah Palin in her speech at the RNC Convention were the truths that we all know but the biased media has been hiding and failed to let the American people know these weakness about Obama. The truth hurts, and the truth NEVER hides.

Posted by: Jimmy | September 4, 2008 8:13 PM | Report abuse

I'll talk to you tomorrow, Dano. I work with soldiers every day, and most of them are voting for Obama! (Except of course, a few of the big brass).

You might as well lean over and kiss it goodye. The Dems are going to nuke you and your sweetheart Sarah this year.

Adios, y hasta manana.

Posted by: madman | September 4, 2008 8:08 PM | Report abuse

From FactCheck.org

Finally, Huckabee told conventioneers and TV viewers that Palin got more votes when she ran for mayor of Wasilla than Biden did running for president. Not even close. The tally: Biden, 79,754, despite withdrawing from the race after the Iowa caucuses. Palin, 909 in her 1999 race, 651 in 1996.

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The facts take or leave'em.

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Posted by: Chris Stewart | September 4, 2008 8:04 PM | Report abuse

Oh, AsperGirl: You said "There's a fresh political superstar face in town. And it has LIPSTICK on it!"

IT?

Yep, you got that right. Palin's an 'It,' as in 'Idiot.'

Posted by: Captain John | September 4, 2008 7:58 PM | Report abuse

AsperDude, you picked the only poll that shows the race a tie. All the rest show O up, including one that shows him up 7. Hey, AsperDude, when the National Enquirer comes out about Palin's relationship with her husband's business partner (and her candidacy comes to an end), I'll send you a copy. What's your address? Hey Hey Hey
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HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA

09/04 National POLL/CBS News

Obama 42, McCain 42

Posted by: AsperGirl | September 4, 2008 6:37 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | September 4, 2008 7:58 PM | Report abuse

Asper>>>

Don't waste too much time with them. You and I have to work tomorrow.

These LIBS only have to get up in time for the mailman's arrival to go collect their handout(s) from the government.

Posted by: Dano | September 4, 2008 7:58 PM | Report abuse

I think McCain should come out, play his POW documentary, then have a seat. Within moments, his pitt bull/parrot can run out and yell at everybody for a half an hour, and he can finish with "my friends". She can try to act like he doesn't make her skin crawl, they can show Cindy in her $400K outfit (last day, you know), and pan to Mom who has no idea what's going on.

Thanks for coming, my friends. The stage goes dark. Then we get to the race, finally.

Posted by: Susan | September 4, 2008 7:57 PM | Report abuse

ASPER >>>

Your right on, and just look at this 'response'.

This is a pattern, when the wacked out robot LIBS lose in the realm of ideas, they result to name calling, profanity and divisivness...all the while claiming the high road.

McCain and Palin. Twelve years. Four Judges.

Posted by: Dano | September 4, 2008 7:54 PM | Report abuse

Aspergirl writes: "OMG, they have a 3-story picture of Sarah's face on the electronics display, with the delegates chanting Sarah! Sarah!
They have their new Reagan and superstar."
........................

Did you have an orgasm?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 4, 2008 7:53 PM | Report abuse

Are Hockey Moms Grown In Hell?
What does it say about a person who jokes that lipstick is the only difference between herself and a pit bull… a dog known from multiple news reports for being unrelenting, uncontrollable and a deadly killer of children and people…?

McCian's jokes are just as tasteless: "bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb Iran hey, hey, hey'. They're a match made in hell.


http://healinganation.wordpress.com/2008/09/04/hockey-mom-from-hell-you-sending-beacons-or-bombs-to-the-world/

Posted by: tank | September 4, 2008 7:53 PM | Report abuse

I'm hoping that the Average American voter does the smart thing, and votes with his/her wallet.

The cost of gasoline. The cost of food. The cost of pretty much EVERYTHING. Fewer people can afford college now.

It's really simple - people who want to pass on The American Dream to their children really need to think long and hard about the choice in this election - ignore the ads and the pudits. Skip the soundbites.

Think about the future. America just cannot have another four years of the GOP. It's time for them to regroup and do some soul searching before we give them any more terms in the White House.

The politicians are right this time around - this is not about party, it's about people. The American people.

Posted by: brokebackvol | September 4, 2008 7:52 PM | Report abuse

Please don't insult Aspergirl. She works hard for a living

...as a shill for the RNC

You think its easy to post that much nonsense?

Posted by: ArmyBrat68 | September 4, 2008 7:52 PM | Report abuse

ASperGirl wrote: No, the press is so biased and abusive of its forum it's out of control. Has been that way for more than a year.

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So Sarah Palin is afraid of the media? Then what kind of barracuda is Sarah Palin? Where is that Sarah Palin who showed the strong force and energy last night at the RNC?

You just confirmed by belief that Sarah Palin is strong and tough on stage but weak and vulnerable off stage.

Sorry, your Sarah and John McCain will lose this election. The next time Sarah Palin will stand on a stage like the one she stood last night will be when she makes a concession speech on Nov. 5.

Posted by: American Spirit | September 4, 2008 7:51 PM | Report abuse

Yeah but I want to hear Real questions from real Americans, not Softball Media questions to the Dufus.

I want to hear some of those Strong resposnes again ""Uhhhhhh.....Ahhhhhhh......UHHHHHHHH


Dipstick Anoyo wrote:

Dano wrote: Good question * * * , but a better one is why won't Barack meet McCain in front of real Americans, not the softball tossing Liberal media?

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Don't worry. The next president of the United States Barack Obama will have three debates with the next retired Arizona Senator John McCain not just once but three times. And President Obama will win all three debates clean, fair, and square. President Obama will provide hope that Americans can live better again and America can be great again.

Posted by: dano | September 4, 2008 7:50 PM | Report abuse

McCain needs to pull his pants down and take a crap on the stage - in front of the entire nation. It will be like Frank Zappa! (actually, Frank never did it so McCain would be the first.)

Posted by: Chief Two Dogs | September 4, 2008 7:50 PM | Report abuse

AsperGirl, or should I say A**holeGirl, why don't you go spew your unconvincing rhetoric over at the Washington Times site. You wouldn't look so stupid and someone might actually care what you think.

Posted by: ex-conservative | September 4, 2008 7:49 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone here have any bright ideas on how to stay awake during a John McCain speech?

Posted by: I Need More than Caffeine | September 4, 2008 7:48 PM | Report abuse

That's FRCP 55[B][2][c]...I depend on others for typing, I am afraid.

Posted by: MarkInAustin | September 4, 2008 7:47 PM | Report abuse

Now that Palin has read a speech written for her by a well known Republican speechwriter, what is in her HEAD? We now know she can read, but does she think - for herself, that is? Is she another brainwashed, illusive, Republican dittohead throwback to Limbaughville, or does she have a creative thought of her own?

We know she can make babies and tell jokes. What else? Now what, Sarah?

Posted by: madman | September 4, 2008 7:47 PM | Report abuse

He needs to pander to the lowest element, in continuation of his and Palins strategy for success.

Posted by: nclwtk | September 4, 2008 7:46 PM | Report abuse

The oft-heard claim that McCain will perpetuate the mistakes of the Bush years is truer than ever with Palin on the ticket.

She spent her little town into a deficit, she tried to fire state employees (and even the local librarian) for "disloyalty," and she chose positions based on who chose them (loyalists) and not on their merit.

She also thought that her office put her above the law - giving her the ability to ban books, for example.

She is more Bush than Bush.

Posted by: ArmyBrat68 | September 4, 2008 7:46 PM | Report abuse

How short some of our memories are. The evangelicals are swooning over Sarah Palin. But don't forget, the last person they went equally ga-ga over was George Bush. You know, the guy, who along with his vice President, had to hide out from the convention of their own party - first time in about 60 years that the President didn't attend his own party's convention. You gonna let the wingnuts pick ANOTHER President?

Posted by: orrg1 | September 4, 2008 7:46 PM | Report abuse

It's a strange day when the National Enquirer reports the truth and NBC "News" reports tabloid trash.

It seems as if every NBC reporter has sold their sould for a 'Paycheck'. They have to get on board to get their paycheck, to get their camera time. To get time behind the mic.

NBC / MSNBC "Reporters" are all the same.

They have sold their Soul for a Paycheck.

Posted by: Zman | September 4, 2008 7:45 PM | Report abuse

Dano wrote: Good question * * * , but a better one is why won't Barack meet McCain in front of real Americans, not the softball tossing Liberal media?

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Don't worry. The next president of the United States Barack Obama will have three debates with the next retired Arizona Senator John McCain not just once but three times. And President Obama will win all three debates clean, fair, and square. President Obama will provide hope that Americans can live better again and America can be great again.

The next vice president of the United States Joe Biden will have one debate with the hottest celebrity from the coldest state named Sarah Palin. Vice President Biden will lay out clear policy domestic and foreign affair goals that will help struggling Americans live better and restore America's global standing. I expect Alaska's hottest celebrity lay out her plan to take advantage of the mainland America to benefit her native country Alaska only.

The vice presidency is not a personal journey of a former Alaska secessionist or secessionist sympathizer to discover and experience the real America.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 4, 2008 7:44 PM | Report abuse

Aspergirl, I am suggesting to you that there will be no Rule 12 Motion and no response whatsoever. Under FRCP 55[2][c] the Court will conduct an inquiry into the facts and if there is no certification of a forgery of the HI birth certificate there will be no compelling evidence to support a judgment. The case will be dismissed by the court, sua sponte.

Posted by: MarkInAustin | September 4, 2008 7:44 PM | Report abuse

There's a clip from the Bill O'Reilly interview with Obama.

Gawd, Obama looks dull and sounds pompous and hollow.

He's so yesterday. There's a fresh political superstar face in town.

And it has LIPSTICK on it!

Posted by: AsperGirl | September 4, 2008 7:43 PM | Report abuse

AsperGirl - I see you've received you talking points from the Republicretin National Committee. If you want to hop on the John McSame Bull S**t Express and drink the koolaide, feel free, but don't get mad at those of us who can think for ourselves.

Try to have an original thought. It won't hurt you and you might like it.

Posted by: ex-conservative | September 4, 2008 7:43 PM | Report abuse


i've never seen anyone as much of a bozo as mccaine..

he can't even come up with an original theme for his campaign.

the last couple of days, he and mrs moose are saying that they represents CHANGE and obama is the old way of washington..

gee. i thought the democrats had been promoting CHANGE as their theme for the past year and a half..

does mccain think everying is as friggin stupid as he is?

and does mrs moose really think her lies and her deceptions will go unchallenged?!?!?

well miss beehive hairdo... you might want to go fill up your soccer mom minivan now and avoid the rush.. cuz i have a feeling you are going to be making that looooooooooong drive back to dueling banjo, alaska, population 839 very soon.

but don't worry mrs moose.. all those hounddogs that live in that car up on blocks in your front yard will be glad to have you back.


Posted by: BOB | September 4, 2008 7:42 PM | Report abuse

The reaction from women around here - some of them conservative - was that: a. most didn't watch Palin last night (that was shocking), b. those who did thought she was just peddling Fear, and c. they can't get over her voice - it grates.

Now maybe it's just the West, but if that's what the reaction is, they're circling the drain.

Posted by: Will in Seattle | September 4, 2008 7:40 PM | Report abuse

OMG, they have a 3-story picture of Sarah's face on the electronics display, with the delegates chanting Sarah! Sarah!

They have their new Reagan and superstar.

Posted by: AsperGirl | September 4, 2008 7:39 PM | Report abuse

>>American Spirit wrote: "Sounds like Sarah Palin is a tabloid celebrity with mind of a third-world military dictator."

No, the press is so biased and abusive of its forum it's out of control. Has been that way for more than a year.

If she sits down with them, they'll be making stuff up, trying to poison her image and spin some attack against her.

I think the McCain campaign is doing the exact right thing. The press is acting like vicious irregulars in the Army of Obama and they should be kept at a distance. They have no objectivity and no ethics in their political reporting, and they're not entitled to any access whatsoever so long as they are abusive.

They can go sit at the feet of their God, Obama, even though he's no longer the hot story this fall.

Posted by: AsperGirl | September 4, 2008 7:37 PM | Report abuse

>>dano wrote: "Anyone else getting tired of the STUPID, IDIOTIC argument that McCain and Palin are a third term of George Bush? They really look stupid robotically repeating this argument over and over...and over..."

Yes, but let them have their delusion. They are netroots and have no life but to repeat campaign mantra as an extension of the Obama campaign.

Obama committed to the bash-Bush-then-call-McCain-the-same strategy when he picked Biden as VP and when he basically made that the theme for his convention. That is Obama's Fall strategy.

The problem for Obama is that by picking Gov. Palin, McCain has deprived Obama of a Fall strategy. But there is nowhere else for Obama to go now, so he's stuck with it.

Posted by: AsperGirl | September 4, 2008 7:34 PM | Report abuse

Praise be for the Enquirer.

It is a sad day when you must rely on the National Enquirer for hard news reporting on the race but that's the way it is now. The MSM refuses to report the news on Palin.

They have given up on Breakwater-gate (the hoax in which she claimed her child's pregnancy as her own). Palin's Trooper-gate (Palin fired her brother in law's boss because he wouldn't illegally fire him on her orders) involves the same kind abuse of power that was involved in the Kwane Kilpatrick case (firing the Deputy Chief of Police because he testified about the mayor's illicit conduct) which, today, got him thrown out as Mayor of Detroit. The press calls Kilpatrick a "thug" so why aren't they calling Palin a "thugette."

The National Enquirer, the new paper of record, is soon to report on a tawdry illicit relationship between Palin and her husband's business partner. While the Enquirer's laughed at by the media, lawyers will tell you the Enquirer stories (see Edwards, Lewinsky, etc.) are far better sourced than anything the MSM reports (not even close). When this latest Palin scandal comes out will the cable bloviators still praise Palin's strong small town values?

Speaking of bloviators -- Down goes Noonan. Down goes Noonan. Down goes Noonan. Hoooo-raaay. Peggy Noonan's motto: believe what I write (Palin is terrific) not what I say off camera (Palin is "BS"). Does Loon-nan still have a WSJ column after her stunt yesterday?

So the fate of the republic rests on the reporting of one supermarket tabloid. Oy.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 4, 2008 7:34 PM | Report abuse

AsperGirl wrote: [Sarah Palin] owes the press nothing. She's the hottest new star in the universe, and they need her more than she needs them.

They need to be punished and learn how to beg and be disciplined and be obedient to what are supposed to be their journalistic ethical standards.

When they learn to behave, she will allow them to have an interview with her.
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Sounds like Sarah Palin is a tabloid celebrity with mind of a third-world military dictator.

Sarah Palin may want to act like a third-world celebrity and stage a funny one-woman hockey-mom/pitbull show but can she face ruthless third-world dictators? Can she handle the conflicts in Georgia. Can she handle international crises? Can she advise John McCain on North Korea's nuclear development?

What about Iraq? She can read the teleprompter script on Iraq exceptionally well (any voice actress would do that) but does she have any idea on her own on what to do with Iraq?

Sarah Palin's only national security experience is, according to the Fox News and Cindy McCain, living just several hundred miles away from Russia's rather peaceful border. WHAT? Even Paris Hilton's dog has better national security credentials than that.

Sarah Palin and her supporters are afraid of the media because they cannot answer these questions. Who needs to destroy Sarah Palin? She came out destroyed on arrival. You will see Sarah Palin's huge performance disparity between on-stage and off-stage.

Posted by: American Spirit | September 4, 2008 7:33 PM | Report abuse

NEWS FLASH:

A new ALTERNATIVE ENERGY SOURCE has been discovered by the GOP hidden within its own members. Appearantly each member contains vast amounts of ETHANOL and METHANOL!!

Scientists discovered that each member is filled with Embalming chemicals, which are a variety of preservatives, sanitising and disinfectant agents and additives used in modern embalming to temporarily prevent decomposition and restore a natural appearance for viewing a body after death. A mixture of these chemicals is known as embalming fluid and is used to preserve deceased (dead) individuals, sometimes only until the funeral, other times indefinitely.

Typically embalming fluid contains a mixture of formaldehyde, methanol, ethanol and other solvents. The formaldehyde content generally ranges from 5 to 29 percent and the ethanol content may range from 9 to 56 percent.

In the United States alone, enough embalming fluid is buried every year to fill eight Olympic-size pools.[1] (~20 million liters)

Posted by: HouseNegro | September 4, 2008 7:31 PM | Report abuse

>>Anonymous wrote: "No doubt the McCain's know what the rest of us are going through. I mean, really, how could they not, right? Vanity Fair tallied up the cost of Cindy McCain's outfit on her night at the GOP convention: Oscar de la Renta dress: $3,000, Chanel J12 White Ceramic Watch: $4,500, Three-carat diamond earrings: $280,000, Four-strand pearl necklace: $11,000-$25,000, Shoes, designer unknown: $600, Total: Between $299,100 and $313,100"

She might have just bought the dress. It looked great.

The new-jewelry prices quoted would be way inflated, because gold and gemstone prices have gone up a lot. Cindy McCain is very wealthy. The jewelry was probably already hers for a long time. Most people have diamond earrings.

The campaign probably bought Sara Palin's outfit, including her diamond earrings. She wouldn't have been able to afford it.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 4, 2008 7:30 PM | Report abuse

Tonight is the last night of the Traitors National Convention.

What McSame must do tonight is convince voters that he will not abandon the troops again by voting down their benefits, leave them to cockroaches and mold in the hospital, and homeless on the streets.

He must also convince voters that he will not increase the deficit by extending or increasing the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy, and abandon the middle class once again.

He must also convince voters that besides drill drill drill, that a Manhattan style energy project is on the table.

He must also convince voters that his votes against equal rights for women were just a joke, that he is really for equal pay for equal work, and that he was only joking when he praised the supreme court for their decision that women employees cannot sue employers for back pay when discrimination has been proven.

He must also convince women voters that his not censuring the questioner about how he will beat the b!tch in the fall was not a sexist position, but only a joke.

Posted by: Hillary 08 | September 4, 2008 7:30 PM | Report abuse

I haven't been fair to Chris, who wrote this good article.

Chris, you ask, what does McCain need to do? He needs to ask Palin to withdraw from the ticket.

One of your right wing readers is absolutely correct. She scares the liberals. She also scares me, and I'm way to the left of the liberals. If McCain squeaks in with Palin, he'll never live to see a second term. American will see its Marie Antoinette gain power from this decision, and then, revolution. Bad thing for humans.

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

Has anyone else noticed how Sarah Palin has a hard time looking McCain in the face and their hugs seem very uncomfortable?

Posted by: Patrick in Miss. | September 4, 2008 7:29 PM | Report abuse

Obama is in big trouble with middle america. Palin talks to you, not down to you like Obama.

Posted by: Soccermom | September 4, 2008 7:28 PM | Report abuse

>>rusty 3 wrote: "The market went down 344 after Palin's speech. And, after McCain's "drill, drill, kill, kill" where will it be?"

The market went down due to some economic data today.

Also, energy and basic materials stocks led the market down.

Because the chances of a McCain-Palin Administration are now high, the energy supply problems we face are likely to not get as bad as projected if the Obama-Biden ticket were to win the election. The energy stocks are factoring in today what is a lesser chance of supply shortages in the future, because options prices, which affect today-prices, are based on futures contracts. Plus some people were investing in energy using a 3 year horizon.

Posted by: AsperGirl | September 4, 2008 7:27 PM | Report abuse

McCain will play the good cop to Palin's bad cop. He'll echo the trashy sentiments but he'll distance himself from any accountability. Sound like another administration we know?

Posted by: Peakmom | September 4, 2008 7:26 PM | Report abuse

Anyone else getting tired of the STUPID, IDIOTIC argument that McCain and Palin are a third term of George Bush?

They really look stupid robotically repeating this argument over and over...and over...

Clearly, this is not a third term. This is real. This is different. this is CHANGE with Hurricane Sarah!

Posted by: dano | September 4, 2008 7:25 PM | Report abuse

No doubt the McCain's know what the rest of us are going through. I mean, really, how could they not, right?

"Vanity Fair tallied up the cost of Cindy McCain's outfit on her night at the GOP convention:

Oscar de la Renta dress: $3,000
Chanel J12 White Ceramic Watch: $4,500

Three-carat diamond earrings: $280,000

Four-strand pearl necklace: $11,000-$25,000

Shoes, designer unknown: $600

Total: Between $299,100 and $313,100"

http://tpmelectioncentral.talkingpointsmemo.com/2008/09/cindy_mccains_300000_conventio.php


Posted by: Anonymous | September 4, 2008 7:24 PM | Report abuse

If you're in the EST timezone be sure to watch Obama on the O'Reilly Factor at 8PM!
Oh! And don't be upset when he doesn't blast the republicans like they did to him - but you will hear what's important - the issues!!!!

Posted by: peakmom | September 4, 2008 7:21 PM | Report abuse

yes, climate change is, in fact, real....and some republicans seem to like to use the word dipstick way too often. dipstick...oil...dipstick...oil. HMMMM..... now see: petropsycosis is real!!! just like global warming!!!

Posted by: lonewolf | September 4, 2008 7:20 PM | Report abuse

"It's as if the last 8 years never happened."

Ain't that the truth! I feel we've been living in the land of OZ for the last week, cause they almost had me convinced that the last 8 years never existed. Thanks for reminding me!

NEVER underestimate the power of the Republican machine to brainwash!

Posted by: madman | September 4, 2008 7:19 PM | Report abuse

Actually on stage, IN CHURCH (speaking of the troops)
“Our national leaders are sending them out on a task that is from God,” she said.
Sarah Palin

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


Posted by: Talking about War | September 4, 2008 7:19 PM | Report abuse

It is well known of Obama's beginning from Hawaii.

Good luck waiting on that "lawsuit" to nowhere.

Posted by: Obama2008 | September 4, 2008 7:17 PM | Report abuse

Barrack can win! If Hillary's supporters can forgive and forget Barrack collective giving Her and them the finger and if Bitter Whites that cling to Guns, Religion, Love of American and believe in our Constitution against Invasion and the rule of Law can be convinced by Barrack that the largest invasion in world history, of any country, at any time, by any means and that is taking their jobs and lowering their standard of living while killing, robbing and raping American citizens by the 10,s of thousands every year and is slowly but surely changing American into an Spanish speaking third world cesspool of Crime, Corruption, Poverty and Misery, modeled on Mexico, is a good thing for them and American.

He may even start losing losing black votes since they are the ones paying the greatest price for his pandering for Hispanic votes to fuel his political ambitions and lust for power!

They are starting to realize that Barracks open Borders and Amnesty for the Invading horde will completely disfranchise and destroy the political gains, civil rights & progress made by Black Americans and empower the Racist Hispanics.

He needs to explain why he and most Democrats Believe that Article IV Section IV of our Constitution against Invasion, enforcement of our Immigration Laws and their Oath of office are all null and void!

He needs to future explain why he thinks Babies born alive should be denied medical care and left to suffer until they die! Why he considers babies an punishment and worthy of killing!

He will need to convince them that attending the church of hate, supporting and listening to Hate American, Hate Whites and hate everything but Blacks and Muslims for 20 years while hanging out with criminals, terrorist and racist is no big deal and no harm intended!

Posted by: Black Saint J | September 4, 2008 7:16 PM | Report abuse

The market went down 344 after Palin's speech. And, after McCain's "drill, drill, kill, kill" where will it be?

Posted by: rusty 3 | September 4, 2008 7:16 PM | Report abuse

Here's the pig latin translator for any of you who don't happen to be in 5th grad.

http://piglatin.bavetta.com/index.php

Posted by: John | September 4, 2008 7:16 PM | Report abuse

Some of this is dumb. My husband was born in Japan, an American citizen.

Obama is an American citizen. Born a citizen, just not directly on American soil.

Posted by: Obama2008 | September 4, 2008 7:14 PM | Report abuse

Hey Republicans: imateclay angechay isway ealray. Pass it on.

Posted by: John | September 4, 2008 7:14 PM | Report abuse

Hey Dems: here's a serious suggestion: oolcay ethay abortionway alktay. It only drives pro-life centrists like me over to the other side.

Posted by: John | September 4, 2008 7:13 PM | Report abuse

It's as if the last 8 years never happened.

Palin sure didn't mention it.

Posted by: The last 8 years never happend | September 4, 2008 7:12 PM | Report abuse

If Sarah ever needs a good Nanny with Republican family values, she better pick him up in the Haight in San Francisco where there are thousands of closet Republican gays.. That way, it's for sure that no one else will get pregnant in her family, and neither will the Nanny!

(Oh sorry, I guess that's just too far over the line for these dear right wing readers. I'll try to make it up to you tomorrow).

Posted by: madman | September 4, 2008 7:12 PM | Report abuse

What are the chances that McCain will clarify the assortment of lies told by Palin last night - about her own history and about Obama’s?

Fact check on Palin’s claims from the Anchorage Daily News:

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

Fact check from the St. Petersburg Times in FL:

http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/

Fact check from the Washington Post:

http://blog.washingtonpost.com/fact-checker/


Posted by: WHATRUSMOKING | September 4, 2008 7:09 PM

'whatstick'...you're actually referncing the Washington Post.

Go smoke some more of whatever you're hittin on.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 4, 2008 7:11 PM | Report abuse

and just one more thing, republicans!! i was so sick of seeing distraught infants in an abnormally loud environment showcased as if only republicans actually have children that i nearly had a pablum attack!! now back to "THE EVIL PLANET REPUBLICAN".

Posted by: lonewolf | September 4, 2008 7:11 PM | Report abuse

Republicans support AK 47 weddings.

You guys start covering your women you can reach Taliban Zealot status.

Posted by: Langx | September 4, 2008 7:11 PM | Report abuse

>>American Spirit wrote: "But why is Sarah Palin so afraid of the reporters? She's become the Republican VP nominee and she interviewed a People magazine reporter first? http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/09/03/AR2008090303516.html Not The New York Times, The Washington Post, CNN, or even the Fox News but People?"

She owes the press nothing. She's the hottest new star in the universe, and they need her more than she needs them.

They need to be punished and learn how to beg and be disciplined and be obedient to what are supposed to be their journalistic ethical standards.

If she rushes out to interview with NY Times, Washington Post, et al, she'd just be letting herself be exposed to people who are trying to destroy her candidacy, breaking all rules of journalism and personally trying to destroy her.

When they learn to behave, she will allow them to have an interview with her.

She will probably go on Fox or a conservative paper interview first.

Posted by: AsperGirl | September 4, 2008 7:10 PM | Report abuse

Good question dipstick, but a better one is why won't Barack meet McCain in front of real Americans, not the softball tossing Liberal media?

Uh......Ahhh....Uh....Uh....'i've been very clear....ya right!...uh ....uhhhhh

The man is lost without a script!


Sarah Palin performs very well on stage. Well, she has 20+ years of stage experiences just like many other celebrities and former beauty pageant contenders.

But why is Sarah Palin so afraid of the reporters? She's become the Republican VP nominee and she interviewed a People magazine reporter first? http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/09/03/AR2008090303516.html Not The New York Times, The Washington Post, CNN, or even the Fox News but People?

Only celebrities interview a People reporter first before they interview other news organization reporters. Sarah Palin is nothing but a celebrity. And it's just a proof that there is a huge talent disparity in Sarah Palin between her stage performance and her interview performances.

Posted by: American Spirit | September 4, 2008 7:04 PM

Posted by: dano | September 4, 2008 7:09 PM | Report abuse

What are the chances that McCain will clarify the assortment of lies told by Palin last night - about her own history and about Obama’s?

Fact check on Palin’s claims from the Anchorage Daily News:

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

Fact check from the St. Petersburg Times in FL:

http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/

Fact check from the Washington Post:

http://blog.washingtonpost.com/fact-checker/

Posted by: WHATRUSMOKING | September 4, 2008 7:09 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Anonymous | September 4, 2008 7:07 PM | Report abuse

Obama is toast.

If he weren't such a self-obsessed sexist, he would have picked Clinton.

Too late now.

Bye bye Democrats, Hello Republicans!

Posted by: AsperGirl | September 4, 2008 7:07 PM | Report abuse

I'll vote for McCain ONLY if he makes me his chief Petrodick, and allows me to have a full staff of petrodictators and a full Petro-Bananarepublic department to exercise my new powers!

What 'ya think, John?

Posted by: madman | September 4, 2008 7:05 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin performs very well on stage. Well, she has 20+ years of stage experiences just like many other celebrities and former beauty pageant contenders.

But why is Sarah Palin so afraid of the reporters? She's become the Republican VP nominee and she interviewed a People magazine reporter first? http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/09/03/AR2008090303516.html Not The New York Times, The Washington Post, CNN, or even the Fox News but People?

Only celebrities interview a People reporter first before they interview other news organization reporters. Sarah Palin is nothing but a celebrity. And it's just a proof that there is a huge talent disparity in Sarah Palin between her stage performance and her interview performances.

Posted by: American Spirit | September 4, 2008 7:04 PM | Report abuse

So much for family values. A high school dropout gets a girl pregnant who was 16 at the time, and wholly as a result, and for no other reason, the guy gets to shake the hand of a Presidential candidate and appear on stage with a Vice Presidential candidate. I can't wait until teenage boys start taking that example to heart.

This is what some of you identify with? Teenage boys around the country will be glad to hear it.

It's not the mistake - it is the showcasing of it that is so unbelievable. Over time, people who mix religion and politics have gotten their values so twisted that they are unrecognizable.

Posted by: orrg1 | September 4, 2008 7:04 PM | Report abuse

>> MarkInAustin wrote: "Aspergirl, in Federal Court a Plaintiff cannot win a default judgment without a presentation of evidence. Unless the Keeper of the Records of the HI Bureau of Vital Statistics presents at least an affidavit that BHO's birth certificate is forged, there will be no evidence to present. Assuming that BHO knows that the certificate is not forged [it is possible he does not know that] his strategy will probably be to not answer, to "default", because there will be no proof that allows the Plaintiff to maintain his or its position. Then the suit will be dismissed, like Berg's suit claiming that GWB caused 9-11 was dismissed."

There is more than a birth certificate fraud allegation. He's claiming that BHO was born in Kenya because his mother wasn't able to fly back before the birth on a trip to visit there. That his mother registered the birth with Hawaii 4 days after Obama was born. But that BHO was actually born in Kenya.

This would mean that he's not a natural born citizen since naturalization law at the time required that the American parent giving birth abroad be at least 19 in order to convey "natural born" status on the child. And BHO's mother was 18.

According to Philip Berg's complaint, the accounts of Obama's live birth in Hawaii are conflicting, while there are records of his birth in Kenya.

When considering a 12(b) motion to dismiss, the federal judge has to construe whether, on its face, the complaint has merit, not whether or not the case is winnable or whether sufficient evidence exists. If you think Obama can "default", the suit isn't for damages, and if Obama does "default" he would be at the receiving end of a judgment finding that he's unqualified to be president of the united states, under the constitutional provision requiring that he be a natural born citizen. He would be barred from the election.

Posted by: AsperGirl | September 4, 2008 7:04 PM | Report abuse

So now we have Gov. Palin, whom evidence suggests may have abused
her power as governor of Alaska to fire the state’s public security
director after he blocked her efforts to destroy the career of a
low-level state trooper who happened to be her former brother-in-law,
because she wanted to avenge a sister engaged in an ugly post-divorce
custody dispute.

Published allegations would show that both Gov. Palin’s husband
Todd Palin, and members of her staff, repeatedly called and harangued
state Public Safety Director Walt Monegan, who says he was “pressured”
to fire the brother-in-law, Officer Mike Wooten. The Palins have
charged that Wooten drank beer in his patrol car, hunted moose
illegally and that he once fired his taser at his 11-year-old step
son—charges that Wooten has denied. They have also claimed that Wooten
threatened Sarah Palin’s father—also denied by Wooten.

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

E-GAWD....LOOK AT THIS BOARD!

YOU LIBS ARE IN A STATE OF PANIC!

You do need to be worried, because Palin redefines the Republican Party for what the majority of Americans are; Conservatives.

If McCain and Palin win (which they clearly will ) it redefines who the party of respect and inclusion truly is;the Republicans. At that point the Liberla agenda will fall out of favor for thirty years.

SLEEP TIGHT!

Posted by: dano | September 4, 2008 7:02 PM | Report abuse

Why doesn't anybody throw back to the GOP the same words that Mr. Rove used to dismiss Tim Kaine?

CBS) Republican strategist Karl Rove said on Face The Nation Sunday that he expects presumptive Democratic nominee Barack Obama to choose a running mate based on political calculations, not the person's readiness for the job.

"I think he's going to make an intensely political choice, not a governing choice," Rove said. "He's going to view this through the prism of a candidate, not through the prism of president; that is to say, he's going to pick somebody that he thinks will on the margin help him in a state like Indiana or Missouri or Virginia. He's not going to be thinking big and broad about the responsibilities of president."

Rove singled out Virginia governor Tim Kaine, also a Face The Nation guest, as an example of such a pick.

"With all due respect again to Governor Kaine, he's been a governor for three years, he's been able but undistinguished," Rove said. "I don't think people could really name a big, important thing that he's done. He was mayor of the 105th largest city in America."

Rove continued: "So if he were to pick Governor Kaine, it would be an intensely political choice where he said, `You know what? I'm really not, first and foremost, concerned with, is this person capable of being president of the United States? What I'm concerned about is, can he bring me the electoral votes of the state of Virginia, the 13 electoral votes in Virginia?'"

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2008/08/10/ftn/main4336134.shtml

That's twice as long at Palin has been governor of Alaska and her little town is way smaller than Richmond. And, oh, there was that four year tour Kaine did as Lieutenant Governor.

Posted by: Peter | September 4, 2008 7:02 PM | Report abuse

DRILL BABY DRILL!!! DRILL BABY DRILL!! i must say that i was astounded by the overwhelming spectacle of so many elderly people suffering from "PETROPHSYCHOSIS". I LAUGHED A GIDDY LITTLE LAUGH OF DELIGHT AS THE REPUBLICANS danced and chanted as if around a primieval fire with religious significance lit well before the "ENLIGHTENMENT". and i feel reasonably safe when i speak for the vast majority of oregonians when we agree with MCPUDDING AND CUPCAKE as to the need for offshore or other forms of oil exploration. "other" as in we should start pinholing arizona first. i don't care if they actually find oil or not, but it should be great fun for them. secondly we should start drilling offshore of every republican state bordering the atlantic ocean. another "santa barbara" except for this time on the east coast should liven things up at the beach. then for another catastrophe in alaska. cupcake palin obviously doesn't care about her immediate environment. and finally..... we here in oregon will personally show them where they can "STICK" their first oil derrick here.........BUT THEY WON'T LIKE IT!!!!! now back to "PLANET REPUBLICAN" for another round of "HOLY ROLLERS ON VACATION" see "ya!

Posted by: lonewolf | September 4, 2008 6:58 PM | Report abuse

Last night Hawaii's Republican Governor Linda Lingle called Sarah Palin a CEO because she was a mayor and is a governor. I agree with Gov. Lingle. Sarah Palin is like a bad CEO who gets paid a lot, mess up the company, and get fired with huge stock options and severance checks from the company he messed up while his employees are getting laid off. And she left Wasilla with a huge debt. She is like a typical irresponsible and greedy CEO of a struggling company.

Posted by: American Spirit | September 4, 2008 6:57 PM | Report abuse

To anon: What's a metrosexual? A disease? Haven't read up on that one.

Did it come from Alaska, where maybe it's carried by those dog sleds.

Now, there's an idea, now that I think of it. Why doesn't Sarah hitch up her dogs and go for a very long, one way ride into the beautiful Alaskan sunset?

I'll remember her fondly. Especially the legs.

Democrats, stop being wimps and stupid, Politically Correct, subdudes, when you have the chance to roast this pathetic ticket alive. They deserve it!

Confession and full disclosure: I actually sent McCain a large contribution when he ran against Bush in 2000! Fool me once, your fault, fool me twice, fault's mine.

I HATE Republicans!

Posted by: madman | September 4, 2008 6:57 PM | Report abuse

I'd rather have ties to an Alaska secessionist versus an unrepentant bomber of government buildings.

Posted by: thelaw | September 4, 2008 6:56 PM | Report abuse

Ok, for those who Claim Obama is uppity...well your own REPUBLICAN machine thinks Palin is a joke... Check Peggy Noonan from the Wall Street Journal and Mike Murphy discuss Palin...they did not know mics are on!!! OK, let me hear your thoughts on this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lga4GP14llE

A little honesty is fun to hear

My rough Transcript

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Murphy: Um, you know, because, I come out of the blue swing state governor world. Engler, Whitman, Tommy Thompson, Mitt Romney, Jeb Bush, I mean, and these guys, this is all like how you win a Texas Race race, just run it up, and it's not gonna work.

Noonan: It's Over.

Murphy: Still, McCain can give a version of the Lieberman speech and do himself some good.

Todd: Don't you think this Palin pick is insulting to Kay Baily Hutchinson

Noonan: Saw kay this morning

Todd: She's(?) never looked comfortable up there..

Murphy: all bummed out.

Todd: I mean, is she really the most qualified woman they could turn to?

Noonan: The most qualified? No. I think they went for this, excuse me, political bullshXX about narratives amd youthfulness and the picture

Todd: Yeah, but what's the narrative

Murphy: I totally agree.

Noonan: Every time Republicans do that, because that's not where they live and it's not what they're good at, they blow it.

Murphy: You know what's the worst thing about it, the greatest of McCain is no cynicism, and..

Murphy: This is cynical.

Todd: And as you called it, gimmicky.

Posted by: WHATRUSMOKING | September 4, 2008 6:56 PM | Report abuse

My friends,

If the Republican party wins this election with their third-string, elderly, frail, boring, played-out quarterback, backed by a shrill, overly aggressive, small-town cheerleader that is anti-choice, anti-comprehensive sexual education, and anti-science, I can only assume it is because eight years of this terrible administration has ensured that there is no longer enough educated liberal "elites" - or even enough people who watch the news - and no, Fox does not count - enough that they are able to understand our precarious, absolutely terrifying role on the global stage right now, and our dismal economic situation. Cling to your guns and your religion, because, damn, you are going to need them when this country collapses and those who actually managed to pull themselves up by their bootstraps flee, and take their jobs with them. And, please, funny? I think they should be hoping he doesn't keel over.

Posted by: This is Ridiculous | September 4, 2008 6:56 PM | Report abuse

From grand old man Cheney to Ms Alaska, the GOP knows very well that to make a passable showing in this election, with the real issues staring America in the face _ the wonky-legged economy, misguided wars, losing of face on global issues where the world used to wait for America's leadership and moral authority _ the best and real option open to it is divert the electorate's attention to Palin's good look and coach her to be its attack dog. What a smart move? But will it work? Will their taking the American electorate for a bunch of gullible morons, as they seem to be doing, work? The world waits!

Posted by: OLADINI OYEBADEJO | September 4, 2008 6:56 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin's speech was successful??
Really??
Chris, your readers don't think so.
The majority of the comments to your post evaluating her speech called the speech nasty, mean-spirited and full of lies and distortions.
The McCain campaign needed her to be likeable to diffuse all the negative press on her and in that they failed. Instead they now have a candidate who will hence forth be known as the pitbull with lipstick or the pejorative for female dog.

Posted by: Sue Ellen | September 4, 2008 6:54 PM | Report abuse

Please Mr. Really Really Smart Reporter tell me one administration that 'working families' didn't struggle?

People who do not make a lot of money do not pay a lot of taxes. Other than giving money people did not earn to them, how do you help 'working families'? Do you pass legislation that makes them get better jobs? Do you legislate that this type of work get this wage? Do you pass legislation that makes business owners only make x% profit?

I am in a working family, my wife and I work hard long hours every day. We, luckily, are not, in our minds, struggling. I wish I did not have as many taxes or energy bills.

I see neither of these candidates helping me.

I see Obama express 'strength through weakness' in almost every 'foreign policy' or anti-war rant. He does not understand that he can't unsay the anti-American things he says. He thinks it is just anti-Bush speech. His world view makes him believe he is doing the right thing. Our enemies are laughing.

I see McCain express 'peace through strength' in almost every 'foreign policy' speech he gives. He seems to understand exactly what we are up against.

Both are going to buy into all the global warming twaddle and sign billions of dollars of spending that will not change the climate one iota. But that's OK, I am going to start a sustainability consulting firm and make big bucks until we realize, while good practice, that it did not change the climate. Then the government bucks will disappear. I'll have my own island by then.

Posted by: thelaw | September 4, 2008 6:53 PM | Report abuse

The 42-42 tie is a bubble created by Sarah Palin's cheap tabloid celebrity status. This bubble will burst as soon as tonight is over. If any of the Republicans take this seriously they will lose landslide.

Sarah Palin and her hubby Todd have ties with Alaska secessionist.

Sarah Palin ran 527 for Ted Stevens.

Sarah Palin worked closely with Ted Stevens and Don Young for the Bridge to Nowhere project. Now she says she opposed the project.

Sarah Palin's energy policy ideas are very similar to those of Dick Cheney's.

Sarah Palin said just recently that she is so focused on Alaska that she does not know much about Iraq.

Sarah Palin said on CNBC that she does not know what VP does. She is totally unprepared.

Sarah Palin is a Christian fundamentalist who believes that Creationism should be taught in public schools. She opposes abortion even in case of rape or incest.

Sarah Palin has a terrible fiscal record which leaves her judgment on fiscal matters questionable. http://dwb.adn.com/news/alaska/matsu/story/9362341p-9276004c.html

Sarah Palin has character flaws. During a local radio talk show, the radio host called one of her Republican political rival who is a cancer survivor a "cancer" and a "b!tch". Palin laughed when she heard the B word. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AKkydrUnBZE

A vote for John McCain and Sarah Palin is a vote for George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, and Ted Stevens. A decent law-abiding American would not want to vote for an alleged felon like Ted Stevens.

Posted by: American Spirit | September 4, 2008 6:52 PM | Report abuse

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

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

Posted by: scrivener | September 4, 2008 6:51 PM | Report abuse

Hey Anonymous!

You flabby American losers are so broke you can't rescue Grenada!
Vote John McCain, you make me richer and my life easier! Please vote for McCain, please!!

Posted by: LaughingAtAmerica | September 4, 2008 6:51 PM | Report abuse

McCain needs to recognize that the Republicans have been in the White House for the past 8 years and in control of Congress for 12 of the past 14 years.

He needs to admit that the Republicans have put us in a terrible economy and that he has said he agrees with Bush that the economy is fine.

He needs to apologize for the many corrupt Republican politicians who have been indicted in just the past few years.

He needs to admit that in his votes he has agreed with Bush 90-95% of the time.

He needs to recognize he gave-in to the extreme social conservatives in his party by asking forgiveness from Falwell, accepting the support of other far-right religious leaders, and putting the darling of the religious conservatives on his ticket.

He needs to cite the proven statistics that show that his "tax plan" will put a heavier burden on middle class Americans than Obama's.

[I could go on, but you get the gist of what he needs to say in order to re-board "The Straight Talk Express."]

Posted by: Byron | September 4, 2008 6:51 PM | Report abuse

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

From grand old man Cheney to Ms Alaska, the GOP knows very well that to make a passable showing in this election, with the real issues staring America in the face _ the wonky-legged economy, misguided wars, losing of face on global issues where the world used to wait for America's leadership and moral authority _ the best and real option open to it is divert the electorate's attention to Palin's good look and coach her to be its attack dog. What a smart move? But will it work? Will their taking the American electorate for a bunch of gullible morons, as they seem to be doing, work? The world waits!

Posted by: OLADINI OYEBADEJO | September 4, 2008 6:45 PM | Report abuse

Please laughing the standard of living in Europe sucks. I have been there plenty of times and on top of it your economies are going down the tube right now. If you are a socialist you'd love europe I guess you are, we clueless americans keep you free on a contant basis... so maybe we should just let you be absorbed by russia would you like that?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 4, 2008 6:44 PM | Report abuse

"A. I asked no such thing.

B. Do you really mean to argue that black people have abandoned the Republican party in droves to vote for Obama? I wasn't aware that the ranks of the Republicans were so filled with people of color in past years. I must have missed that.

I suppose it's just impossible to imagine that Obama's political philosophy appeals to people, and that has as much or more to do with why they vote for him than any other reason.

Again, I don't expect women to vote for Palin based solely on her gender, especially women who claim to be former Clinton supporters, since Palin represents the political antithesis of everything that Sen. Clinton stands for."

Posted by: thank you again | September 4, 2008 6:44 PM | Report abuse

A$$girl: national polls are unimportant. What is important are state polls. States carry the electoral college votes. And the electoral college determines who wins the Presidency, you putz!

Posted by: tanaS | September 4, 2008 6:44 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin is nothing but a Paris Hilton-style beauty pageant contender turned Vogue celebrity.

Barack Obama and Joe Biden are statesmen with rock-solid quality experiences and jdugments. They are the next president and vice president of the United States.

John McCain did a desperate attempt to turn Obama into a celebrity like Paris Hilton and Britney Spears. Then McCain brought into his ticket a Vogue model who is now a tabloid celebrity with gossip stories juicier than many Hollywood celebrities. Even her supporters at the Republican National Convention call her the hottest VP candidate from the coldest state. What more do you need to prove that she is nothing but a celebrity?

I am not a type of person who would get into gossip stories of Britney Spears or Lindsey Lohan because I want to leave them alone. But I can't leave Sarah Palin alone because she is a right-wing Republican VP candidate with hypocritical Christian conservative family values and terribly negative past experiences.

Posted by: American Spirit | September 4, 2008 6:41 PM | Report abuse

The democrats have no idea how palin is and will effect this election. I guess you'll find out when you see the polls in a few days.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 4, 2008 6:41 PM | Report abuse

Asper Girl!

CBS Poll 42-42


You Americans are such obese losers. You vote foolishly for President, and it looks like when you elect John McCain, you will do it again. You have no idea what you are doing.

You are fun to ridicule here in Europe.

Your dollar is so cheap, we use it to wipe our bungholes in the morning.

You borrow money from the Chinese to buy oil from Saudi Arabia so that you can drive grotesquely obese SUVs that impress the neighbors.

You torture people.

Hurricane Katrina made you look like total jackasses.

You manufacture hardly anything, and the stuff you do make, especially your cars, is absolute crap.

You like to give off the illusion of prosperity, but you are in debt up to your eyeballs.

You launched two wars against two impoverished nations and you are bungling them both. You are too lazy to get up off the couch and win them, or protest them in fury.

It's sad, but I don't care. Now I can buy American property on the cheap. You are the Wal-Mart of the world. So vote John McCain. The world is buying up your property under your stupid noses! You go Asper Girl!


Posted by: LaughingAtAmerica | September 4, 2008 6:41 PM | Report abuse

Trust me, the real barracudas are the women who have to choose between buying milk & buying lipstick. Compared to them Sarah Palin is a guppy for the feast.
I can't wait for the buffet!

Posted by: Peakmom | September 4, 2008 6:40 PM | Report abuse

Why is it the role of the press to comment on what McCain "must do" or even make suggestions? There is so much stupid reporting and bias in favor of the Republicans. Just report the freaking news please.

Posted by: Paul Nolan | September 4, 2008 6:40 PM | Report abuse

metrosexual wimps love Professor Obama, if you support obama are you one?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 4, 2008 6:38 PM | Report abuse

HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA

09/04 National POLL/CBS News

Obama 42, McCain 42

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

Hey asspergirl:
I really don't give a damn if Hussein Obama is a Muslim or a Christian. At least he has a brain! And it's not "Made in Roveville, Dittohead".

Posted by: madman | September 4, 2008 6:36 PM | Report abuse

CBS poll just came out 42% 42% HAHAHAHAAHA your empty suit boys gong down...

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

Wow! I am so impressed by her I'm going to burn my old draft card!

Posted by: madman | September 4, 2008 6:32 PM | Report abuse

ANOTHER LIE - "I WORKED MY WAY THROUGH COLLEGE"

Who is Khalid al-Mansour?
By: Kenneth R. Timmerman

Who is the “mystery man” former Manhattan Borough Chairman Percy Sutton named as having aided Barack Obama financially at Harvard Law School?

...

Al-Mansour deflected several attempts to get him to answer direct questions about his relationship with Obama and the Percy Sutton revelations it reported Wednesday.

“In respect to Mr. Obama, I have told him, because so many people are running after him, and when stories get printed they usually get distorted and then he has to spend a lot of time trying to unravel them – and then after the experience of Rev. (Jeremiah) Wright whom I’ve never met, but I’ve followed the media coverage – I was determined that I was never going to be in that situation. I never discuss Barack Obama,” al-Mansour said.

“I wish him the best, and hope he can win the election, and if he wins the election, that he adopts this campaign for education,” he said.

Al-Mansour wants Obama to launch an education and program” for black and Hispanic students, using his rock-star popularity to motivate young people, parents, and teachers to improve achievement standards.

Al-Mansour said he is aware of Percy Sutton’s revelations that identified him as raising money for Obama’s law school education when the presidential candidate was 25.

Born the 11th of 12 children as Donald Warden to a polyglot father who often spoke glowingly about Islam, al-Mansour decided to change his name in 1964 after learning Arabic and studying Islam.

http://newsmax.com/newsfront/khalid_al_mansour/2008/09/04/127844.html

Posted by: AsperGirl | September 4, 2008 6:32 PM | Report abuse

From O'Reilly interview - Now Obama says the surge was a success beyond wildest dreams. What a frigging fool, he finally admits he was wrong.

“I think that the surge has succeeded in ways that nobody anticipated,” Obama said while refusing to retract his initial opposition to the surge. “I’ve already said it’s succeeded beyond our wildest dreams.”

Posted by: Paul | September 4, 2008 6:32 PM | Report abuse

Man, her smile is a dead ringer for Charles Manson's in this photo.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 4, 2008 6:32 PM | Report abuse

She looks more like an angry poodle than a cute pit bull.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 4, 2008 6:30 PM | Report abuse

Newest oxymoron:
Republican family values

Posted by: madman | September 4, 2008 6:26 PM | Report abuse

Look, you were the one asking "Where are all the black people at the republican convention"?

I just answered, blacks are reflexively, en masse, moving over to support Barack Obama, without any regard for their political philosophies or agendas.
Posted by: AsperGirl | September 4, 2008 6:14 PM

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

A. I asked no such thing.

B. Do you really mean to argue that black people have abandoned the Republican party in droves to vote for Obama? I wasn't aware that the ranks of the Republicans were so filled with people of color in past years. I must have missed that.

I suppose it's just impossible to imagine that Obama's political philosophy appeals to people, and that has as much or more to do with why they vote for him than any other reason.

Again, I don't expect women to vote for Palin based solely on her gender, especially women who claim to be former Clinton supporters, since Palin represents the political antithesis of everything that Sen. Clinton stands for.

Posted by: GrouchoMarxist | September 4, 2008 6:26 PM | Report abuse

Why is Sarah Palin HIDING?????


FREE SARAH PALIN!!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 4, 2008 6:26 PM | Report abuse

I CAN'T BELIEVE THE WAY THE POST TWITTERS ABOUT THESE REPUBLICANS SOCIOPATHS.

Posted by: Richard C. Cook | September 4, 2008 6:25 PM | Report abuse

WE DONT WANT NO STINKIN HOCKEY MAAAAM FROM ALASKA THAT CAN MEMORIZE A SPEECH WRITTEN BY THE ROVE TEAM--

WE WANT A QUALIFIED VP CANDIDATE!!!!

SARAH PALIN AND JOHN MCCAIN---
MAKING A MOCKERY OUT OF THE US POLITICAL SYSTEM----Just when you thought it couldnt get any WORSE!!

Posted by: Sarah WHO | September 4, 2008 6:24 PM | Report abuse

Palin is running for VP of the United States, and it's only two months until the election. Why is she not available for interviews? Obama, Biden and McCain will all be on the weekend's major news programs... but Palin continues to be sheltered from any one-on-one, unscripted interviews. This stinks of avoidance... we all know she's getting a crash course in foreign policy, economics, etc... and is nowhere near ready for interviews. By hiding her away, and pressuring the media to stop making inquiries about her, the McCain camp is denying the public the right to learn more about Palin. And that is putting politics ahead of country.

Posted by: DogBitez | September 4, 2008 6:24 PM | Report abuse

Hey Anonymous!

Why are you Americans so broke? You have no idea what you are doing when you elect a President! It's sad, but I don't care. I can buy way more of your stuff now. Keep it up, and vote Mr. McCain!
It makes life easier for me!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 4, 2008 6:22 PM | Report abuse

AssperGirl: We're giggling at your fund-raising analysis. Keep trying, though.

You sucked when you attacked Obama as a pro-Hillary flack, and you suck even more shilling for McSame. It's too bad there isn't a credible third party for you to hate for, because we can not truly test your suck limits. Maybe Ross Perot will come back, so you can suck on his behalf.

Posted by: bondjedi | September 4, 2008 6:21 PM | Report abuse

Is the Economic & Foriengn Crisis funny???
Why republicans had jokes and laughter in the conventional speech. Can they talk on issues and face reality. The economic, foreign and financial crisis is no more funny Mr. McCain.

Palin may have given some speech, but here is one difference in the two conventions.
Democrats were serious and are being pro active & Strategising in dealing with issues from day one of their election.

Rebublicans are still strategising on how to look down on Opponent and Haven't really discussed any issues because they plan to continue to take same direction as Bush administration.

Convention and speech are funny and full of humor but that's not going to take the country in right direction...

Posted by: Kathy | September 4, 2008 6:19 PM | Report abuse

GWB about Putin: "I looked in his eyes and saw his soul".
JSM about Palin: "I looked in her eyes and saw her legs".

Thank God many Republicans are closet gays! Most are, however, really confused.

Posted by: madman | September 4, 2008 6:19 PM | Report abuse

>> LaughingAtAmerica wrote: "It's sad, but I don't care. Now I can buy American property on the cheap. You are the Wal-Mart of the world. So vote John McCain. The world is buying up your property under your stupid noses!"

You are as clueless as the Obama and Biden ticket, like they were complaining today that Sarah Palin didn't say anything economic last night.

The energy independence is what we need to stabilize the dollar and our economy. The $700 billion dollars we send overseas to buy foreign oil every year is what is making our dollar unstable. Those dollars have to come back to us.

Trade deficits destabilize the economy in part by making the currency troubled.

Sarah Palin's speech about energy was perfectly relevant to long-term economic cures for what our currency problems are.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 4, 2008 6:18 PM | Report abuse

I object to describing Palin's canned speech as "rousing". She is a whiner! I would have rather drug my fingernails across a chalkboard for an hour.

Am I the only one to detect an uncanny resemblance between Palin and Al Bundy's wife, Peg? Make her hair a little redder and . . .

Posted by: Jackson | September 4, 2008 6:18 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Anonymous | September 4, 2008 6:18 PM | Report abuse

MCain is like a craps player trying to make a 4 as point with his selection of Palin. And just like the probability of 7ing out before throwing a 4, McCain will probably lose his gamble this Fall.

Posted by: JakeD | September 4, 2008 6:18 PM | Report abuse

I am not angry, I am not temperamental, I am not impulsive, I try to beat odds by gambling and shooting craps. [crap]. sorry.

Dear concerned citizens of America and mass media of the U.S.A.

As a concerned disabled American Veteran and American citizen, I consider it my duty and responsibility to address the following critical issues facing the voters of our Greatgrand nation, the United States of America [USA].

The citizens of the United States of America [USA] have the ultimate power and responsibility to elect the Right Ticket with the right joint "temperament, judgment, and statesmanship" to lead our nation as well as change our nation's present and future moral, political, economic, educational, health care, energy, military, and foundational soul.
In my firm professional, personal, and political opinion, the media should help the common voter to explore and discuss the following attributes of the present Republican and Democratic presidential slates:
1. Does the joint ticket have a calm, cool, and collected " temper and impulse" [Presidential Temperament]?
2. Does each ticket have sound and sustained "Judgment and Caliber"?
3. Does each ticket have a "presidential depth and degree" in regard to their purpose, policies, and positions?
4. Does each ticket have adequate, "understanding and knowledge" of workings around Washington"?
5. Does each ticket have enough "vigor, wisdom and Vision" for the future of our beloved Great-grand Nation?
6. Does each ticket possess enough joint foreign policy experience and ex-poser based on "American Values, Virtues, Vastness, and strong soul"?
7. Are their campaign talk, slogans, ads, plans, and programs based on facts and are they free of fear, fiction, frivolous labels, unfair attacks, negativity, and impulsivity?

If your answer to a majority of the above questions is yes, I suggest you vote for that ticket. As a Independent registered voter I have decided to vote for Obama-Biden ticket. I am sure they will protect our national security, Strong's, stamina and strong soul. Rebuild our nation from bottom up in all areas of need, OBAMA-BIDEN ticket will once again restore and rebuild our global standing with the use of maximum international humane diplomacy and minimal force if and when indicated.
Yours sincerely,

COL. A.M. Khajawall [Ret] MD., Forensic psychiatrist, Colonel, US-AR / MC Combat Stress Control[Ret], Disabled American Veteran and Iraq Freedom team.
PS: This nation will not buy into kitchen sink approah. We are getting deeper into internal and external holes thru these attack and world is laughing on us and enjoying our kitchen sink gimmics. I am sure GOP.RNC, FOX, RUSH, And McCains his surrogates will fail to dupe, decieve, and deprive USA its deserved leadership.

Posted by: COL. A.M.Khajawall [Ret] | September 4, 2008 6:17 PM | Report abuse

>> GrouchoMarxist wrote: "You do understand that your little screed about black people is just as ignorant, misinformed, simplistic, and insulting as the argument that all women will vote for Sarah Palin simply because she's a woman."

Look, you were the one asking "Where are all the black people at the republican convention"?

I just answered, blacks are reflexively, en masse, moving over to support Barack Obama, without any regard for their political philosophies or agendas.

I.e. there is a monolithic black vote this year, that is mostly purely racial voting.

Don't "screed" me, the voting patterns were detected during the Democratic primary, where the black vote is usually distributed between Democratic candidates.

The black vote was en masse for Obama.

You asked where are all the blacks at the Republican convention and I answered that at Obama's side is where all the blacks are, black Republicans are even crossing over to support him, on account of race.

Posted by: AsperGirl | September 4, 2008 6:14 PM | Report abuse

Every Republican friend I have talked to today is leaving the Party. Some will vote for Obama, some for Nadar, and some not at all.

But they were very clear. THEY ARE NOT VOTING MCCAIN/PALIN.

They are disgusted by the hateful speeches they heard last night and confused by Joe Lieberman's presence.

Posted by: there is no anonymous anymore | September 4, 2008 6:13 PM | Report abuse


You Americans are such obese losers. You vote foolishly for President, and it looks like when you elect John McCain, you will do it again. You have no idea what you are doing.

You are fun to ridicule here in Europe.

Your dollar is so cheap, we use it to wipe our bungholes in the morning.

You borrow money from the Chinese to buy oil from Saudi Arabia so that you can drive grotesquely obese SUVs that impress the neighbors.

You torture people.

Hurricane Katrina made you look like total jackasses.

You manufacture hardly anything, and the stuff you do make, especially your cars, is absolute crap.

You like to give off the illusion of prosperity, but you are in debt up to your eyeballs.

You launched two wars against two impoverished nations and you are bungling them both. You are too lazy to get up off the couch and win them, or protest them in fury.

It's sad, but I don't care. Now I can buy American property on the cheap. You are the Wal-Mart of the world. So vote John McCain. The world is buying up your property under your stupid noses!

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

i've never seen such a bunch of whiny little babies as the republicans.

redneck palin today is crying that the democrats keep making up lies about her and she wants it to stop, but then in her next breath, she starts saying sh*t about obama...

f* that bee-hive hairdo trailer trash.

someone needs to go start her soccer mom mini van and have it idling ready for her to hop in it with that inbred family of hers.

let her take her domestic violence riddled family, her lies about her reforming earmarks in alaska, her daughter carrying the illegitimate child and go back to dueling banjos, alaska... population 843.

she's a mean, retalitory b*tch that has no place in american politics.. the especially the white house. she fired the police chief in her state because he wouldn't fire her sisters state police ex husband becasue they are going to a tough divorce.

that is none of her g*d d*mned business.. and for her to abuse her office of governorship to do that is a criminal offense. e-mails from her to the police chief were released yesterday to prove this.

why mccain picked her.. who the friggin he11 knows.. but it wasn't for her integrity. mccain even in 2002 cited 4 examples of WASTEFUL PROJECTS she was behind and supporting.

apparently for palin to be on this ticket means that she has photographs of mccain screwing a chicken and has threatened to release them to the media unless she got some high visibility position.

that's the only thing that can explain it.

well.. i supposed mccain COULD HAVE pulled a bill o'reilly, and was caught on tape offering to use certain phallic objects on her to get his perverted kicks off...

but then, knowing this bee hive haired bimbo for an entire week now, she seems like the kind of lady.. well, not lady, but the kind of tart who would have enjoyed that..



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

"The McCain campaign, before Sarah Palin's speech last night, had raised over $10 million since early last Friday. Since her speech last night, it took in another million."

Yes, and the Obama campaign is going to raise $10 million today. Yawn.

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

"America would do exceedingly well to send John McCain and Sarah Palin to the Whitehouse, in spite of the media’s efforts to stop it."

We'd do better to send them to the moon.

I have a message for you from Karl Rove - "Baa baa baa baa baa baa baa." He said you'd understand.

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

Anyone want to guess how many times McCain says 'my friends...' tonight.

I'm thinking about once every minute and a half. With a 40 or so minute speech, I'm predicting 31:

"My Friends, these are tough times, and call for tough measures...My Friends, you'll have a friend in the White House...My Friends, Governor McPalin will do all in her power to make sure you can shoot moose from a helicopter...My friends (you are my friends, right?), I'm the POW-war-hero guy that is insane, but My Friends, trust my senile 72-year old brain to lead you into the 20th Century... Doh~!, my friends, I mean the 22nd Amendment - no I mean, My Friends...

Oh, where was I?...

Oh yeah, My Friends...

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

He cannot rely on blustery rhetoric or his war service/POW image as a crutch for his lack of understanding of economic issues (or at least the voter perception of such). He must go into nuts and bolts of what he would do and admit that Bush botched many things - economy first and foremost. Otherwise Palin's speech is worthless.

http://www.political-buzz.com/

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

"[These petty politics have] worked before, because it feeds into the cynicism we all have about government. When Washington doesn't work, all its promises seem empty. If your hopes have been dashed again and again, then it's best to stop hoping and settle for what you already know.

"I know there are those who dismiss [the ideas of change and hope] as happy talk. They claim that our insistence on something larger, something firmer, and more honest in our public life is just a Trojan horse for higher taxes and the abandonment of traditional values.

"And that's to be expected, because if you don't have any fresh ideas, then you use stale tactics to scare voters.

"If you don't have a record to run on, then you paint your opponent as someone people should run from. You make a big election about small things."

A big election about small things.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 4, 2008 6:10 PM | Report abuse

He cannot rely on blustery rhetoric or his war service/POW image as a crutch for his lack of understanding of economic issues (or at least the voter perception of such). He must go into nuts and bolts of what he would do and admit that Bush botched many things - economy first and foremost. Otherwise Palin's speech is worthless.

http://www.political-buzz.com/

Posted by: matt | September 4, 2008 6:10 PM | Report abuse

"Sen. Barack Obama ditched his normal languid cool today, punching back at Gov. Sarah Palin as he spoke with reporters in York, Pa, hotly defending his work as a community organizer. "

LOL. WHAT AN IDIOT.

HE'S STILL GOING AROUND CLAIMING THAT HE WORKED ON A BIPARTISAN ETHICS BILL WITH MCCAIN, WHICH IS A LIE.

Posted by: AsperGirl | September 4, 2008 6:08 PM | Report abuse

"You do understand that your little screed about black people is just as ignorant, misinformed, simplistic, and insulting as the argument that all women will vote for Sarah Palin simply because she's a woman.

Posted by: GrouchoMarxist | September 4, 2008 5:59 PM"

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

Advocate4Good:

Sarah Palin couldn't bring her own daughter into her state of grace.
Bristol Palin doesn't think her own mother has anything worthwhile to say! You Americans are such flabby losers! You make it easy for me to buy American property cheap. You go girl!

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

"You do understand that your little screed about black people is just as ignorant, misinformed, simplistic, and insulting as the argument that all women will vote for Sarah Palin simply because she's a woman.

Posted by: GrouchoMarxist | September 4, 2008 5:59 PM"

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

Advocate4Good:

Sarah Palin couldn't bring her own daughter into her state of grace.
Bristol Palin doesn't think her own mother has anything worthwhile to say! You Americans are such flabby losers! You make it easy for me to buy American property cheap. You go girl!

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

"Repugnants were all excited about McCain raising a whole MILLION dollars since Palin's speech. Too bad Obama has raised 8 MILLION!"

The McCain campaign, before Sarah Palin's speech last night, had raised over $10 million since early last Friday. Since her speech last night, it took in another million.

The Obama campaign has collected about $ 8 million since early last Friday, and by tonight, it's on track to make between $ 9 million to $ 10 million over 6 days (including today).

The rate at which the Obama campaign is raising money is in line with its fundraising all along, which is about $ 57 million per month. But this is BAD, because the period starting from early last Friday is Obama's post-convention period. I.e. he got no funding bump from his convention or McCain's announcement.

The McCain campaign, tho, is now outraising the Obama campaign since his announcement, by more than 10 percent. And that's more than 2 x the rate at which it had been raising money before.

But what really matters is the rate at which the RNC is raising money because McCain is accepting federal election grant funds of $84 million. So McCain has about $42 million per month to spend over the next 2 months, whether he does anymore fundraising or not.

All the money Sarah Palin raises now is going into the RNC, to which unlimited donations can be made, and which is in addition to the $42 million he has to spend per month for the next 2 months.

On the other hand, Obama has to work and fundraise for the next 2 months to bring campaign money in, because he opted out of the federal campaign finance program. So he has no money for the next couple of months unless he goes out and raises it.

With the McCain campaign swiping Clinton supporters starting on last Friday, I think that Obama might have been expecting a fundraising bump from Clinton wallets opening to him and THAT is the bump that isn't materializing since he's continuing to raise money at the same rate as before his convention speech in the Temple of Obama. So, probably, there will be funding parity between McCain and Obama for the next 2 months, except Obama will have to work to raise every penny.

If a significant group of Clinton donors move over to support the McCain campaign, every dollar will be at the expense of the Obama campaign. It's possible that the RNC will have blowout fundraising for the next 2 months.

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

Posted by: Anonymous | September 4, 2008 6:04 PM | Report abuse

The troop surge in Iraq has been more successful than anyone could have imagined, Barack Obama conceded Thursday.

Next, he's gonna admit that the sky is blue!

Obama
Osama

The only difference is "BS".

Posted by: Rufus | September 4, 2008 6:03 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin's smile in this photo looks just like Charles Manson's. It's creepy. She's creepy.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 4, 2008 6:03 PM | Report abuse

I am jubilant that such radical as Palin was selected by McCain. Now there is simply no doubt but that every Democrat and Independent, who cherishes freedom from an oppressive right-wing regime the McCain presidency promises to be, will vote for Obama.
Thank you very much Republicans!

Posted by: tanaS | September 4, 2008 5:59 PM | Report abuse

Where have you been for the last 6 months?
Posted by: AsperGirl | September 4, 2008 5:49 PM

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You do understand that your little screed about black people is just as ignorant, misinformed, simplistic, and insulting as the argument that all women will vote for Sarah Palin simply because she's a woman.

Posted by: GrouchoMarxist | September 4, 2008 5:59 PM | Report abuse

Dear "Advocate for God": Is the Rapture almost here? If so, good -- don't let the door hit you on the way out.

Posted by: TruthTeller41 | September 4, 2008 5:58 PM | Report abuse

Aspergirl, in Federal Court a Plaintiff cannot win a default judgment without a presentation of evidence. Unless the Keeper of the Records of the HI Bureau of Vital Statistics presents at least an affidavit that BHO's birth certificate is forged, there will be no evidence to present. Assuming that BHO knows that the certificate is not forged [it is possible he does not know that] his strategy will probably be to not answer, to "default", because there will be no proof that allows the Plaintiff to maintain his or its position. Then the suit will be dismissed, like Berg's suit claiming that GWB caused 9-11 was dismissed.

As a side note, if HRC had not insisted on WJC answering the Paula Jones case, it would have gone to a default judgment with nominal damages only, as she had no adverse action taken against her state employment; there would have been no deposition and no "lying under oath" and no impeachment.

Posted by: MarkInAustin | September 4, 2008 5:58 PM | Report abuse

September 4, 2008

Dear America:

As a parent, it's easy to see America has dropped her sense of all morality; the idea of what is good, decent and godly. If it makes you popular, do it! If it makes you feel sexy and desirable, wear it! We’ve become a gluttonous nation obsessed with sex. Our movies, television programs, commercials and magazines all promote promiscuity and we’ve been buying into for years! We’ve become desensitized, losing our moral compass and are chocking on the realities of wicked corruption. Making laws to protect those who propagate their abominations in the eyes of God and passing it onto our children as morally sound. Parents today don’t seem to have many values themselves. Divorce is at fifty percent so, what does this teach our children if not the way of evil, as our courts and jails attest to it. And shame on the media for attacking Sarah Palin, as she understands this evil at hand, but is well able to make the difference, bringing America back into a state of grace and morality instead of the status quo.

America would do exceedingly well to send John McCain and Sarah Palin to the Whitehouse, in spite of the media’s efforts to stop it.

Advocate4Good

Posted by: Advocate4Good | September 4, 2008 5:56 PM | Report abuse

It is really very simple. John McCain must tell the American People why, after the last 8 years we have had, we should let the Republicans have yet another go at it.

Posted by: dch | September 4, 2008 5:56 PM | Report abuse

Why is it that those praising Palin are limited to accolades like Rock On?

I am afraid of people who don't research and vote with their emotion regardless
of their party affiliation. It seems like they could elect my puppy, Bruzer,
just because he, too, eats hamburger.

Please, demand solutions!

How about:

Job security?
Affordable medical care?
Immigration?
Energy?
Corruption in all government, local, state,
and federal?
Cost and safety of food?
Toys?
Medicine?
Infrastructure?
War vs Diplomacy?

You know, issues?

I watched both conventions. The Democrats talked about issues
and were congenial towards the Republicans. The Republicans espoused
talking points and were snarky and even mean spirited which they find funny.

Decision 2008?

A no brainer.

It is time to give the Democrats a chance to see if they can screw up the country
more than it already is.

Or fix it.

What would be insane is to give the same party that got us into this mess another day let alone 4 more years.

I am really concerned for the well-being of this country and my family. Will we survive 4 more years?

Posted by: there is no anonymous anymore | September 4, 2008 5:55 PM | Report abuse

Forget all that. Worry about the country.

Are you supporting this 72 year old mentally unstable guy to be the President of the most powerful country on earth, with tens of thousand nuclear weapons at his disposal?

http://tpmcafe.talkingpointsmemo.com/talk/2008/07/media-ignores-mccains-600-lb-m.php

And Sarah Palin as back up?

Are you out of your mind?
Barack Obama-the New Thinkable,Intelligent and Brilliant President that America and the World needs and deserves!!!


A White, Male, Obama supporter & Hungry For Some PRINCIPLES!!


Posted by: george69 | September 4, 2008 5:55 PM | Report abuse

What does McCain need to do?

It would really help if he doesn't bore anyone to death during the speech. A tall order, to be sure, but that would go a long way toward making it successful.

Posted by: GrouchoMarxist | September 4, 2008 5:55 PM | Report abuse

This just in---John McCain wonders "WHAT HAVE I DONE" in selecting Sarah Palin

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d-QevraCQUc&feature=related

THIS IS A MUST SEE!!

Posted by: Nancy | September 4, 2008 5:54 PM | Report abuse

I believe McBush will energize the party - the Democratic party. The Republicans: RIP

Posted by: Anonymous | September 4, 2008 5:54 PM | Report abuse

Hey Jan!

You are one of the losers I was talking about! Voters like you make it easy for me to buy more of American property cheaply. You go girl!

Posted by: LaughingAtAmerica | September 4, 2008 5:52 PM | Report abuse

Good luck with that "momentum" thing. McSame is one of the most wooden political speakers in history. With his goofy "My friends . . ." crutch and his desperate Teleprompter Lock, he makes ToastMasters rookies look like Winston Churchill. All of those watching will inevitably be asking themselves: Why is this sad old geezer at the top of the ticket, instead of the vicious, ball-busting, young hottie, Sarah Barracuda?

Posted by: TruthTeller41 | September 4, 2008 5:51 PM | Report abuse

I think McBush tonight needs to first, check to see if he remembered to zip up his pants, second, to avoid drooling out the corner of his mouth and finally, maintain control of his dentures when he tries to tell the truth.

Posted by: Slim2 | September 4, 2008 5:51 PM | Report abuse

As a former diehard Republican, I am saddened to see the party that I loved so dearly has come to this interval—morally corrupted, big government, big deficits, disorganized, no ideas, no solutions—party of NOTHING. As my congress man, Tom Davis (R-VA) has recently eloquently stated: Republican brand was so damaged by war, corruption and incompetence, if it were a dog food it would be taken off the shelves! Instead of earning and asking the trust of the people back and finally offering vision forward, the Republicans are continuing on [losing] Carl Rove “strategy—mudsling and demonizing your opponent!
You can’t build a momentum while playing a victim. American people don’t side with whiners. McCain’s current strategy is to blame everyone [Media, Democrats, etc] except himself and his buddies Bush/Cheney.

Posted by: VAFormaerGOP | September 4, 2008 5:51 PM | Report abuse

"Democratic vice-presidential nominee Joe Biden said earlier this week that he and running mate Barack Obama could pursue criminal charges against the Bush administration if they are elected in November."

Joe Biden has officially declared his ticket to be "the enemy within."

Bring on the McCain/Palin administration!

Posted by: Rufus | September 4, 2008 5:50 PM | Report abuse

I am worried that Obama, according to his own words "game changer" thinks that dealing with Iran is only a game. And it seems me that this is very dangerous thinking on his part, and only shows his immaturity and ability to truly lead.

Posted by: S. Parker | September 4, 2008 5:50 PM | Report abuse

"Where is the Diversity?
My wife who hardly watches Political Conventions had to comment " Where is the Diversity? Where are the Black People?
The Washington Editors must have observed the same thing. On the front page tody they have addressed the same issue..
Of the 2300 Delegates at the Convention there were only 36 African American Delegates that's a shade over 1%.
Is it that the Republicans have written off the Black Vote?
The Post also reported that this is the lowest number of Black Delegates in 40 years."

Uhhh, most blacks have abandoned their political ideas and agendas to support the black candidate on the Democratic ticket. While many blacks were probably already in sync with Obama's ideas, most are voting for him because he's black. Period. That includes most black Republicans.

Where have you been for the last 6 months?

Posted by: AsperGirl | September 4, 2008 5:49 PM | Report abuse

I am absolutely fascinated at how quickly the Obama campaign sends these people out on all the blogs to spew their "new" kind of politics. Gosh, ya all are nasty!

Has everyone noticed how the Democrats are still having to compare the experience of their Presidential candidate against the experience of the GOP's Vice Presidential candidate?
LOL!
Not only that, they keep comparing her record as MAYOR to his, not GOVERNOR... and she STILL comes out ahead!
L.M.F.A.O.

I thought her speech was just terrific. As a Clinton supporter, I had planned on writing in PUMA to make my point.
As a former Navy wife, JMc has the highest respect I can possibly pay to an American. But I wasn't too fond of some of his possible VP picks.

Sarah Palin changes all that. I live in the battle ground state of NH and NH is gonna LOVE this woman. She's just the kind of competent person (like Hillary) that we admire -- a bipartisan reformer, willing to take on her own party.

Two thoughts:
(1) A perfect example of Obama being all talk and no action is his "taking on his own party" (snark) by rejecting the McCain-FEINGOLD Campaign Finance REFORM Bill.

While McCain stuck with his principles, Obama broke his promise, and for political expediency.
That's "change" we can believe in?

Also, (2) I wonder why Governor Kathleen Sebelius of Kansas was qualified to be BHO's VP, but Governor Sarah Palin isn't qualified to be McCain's?

[The only reason I can think of is that maybe Barack Obama still hasn't actually realized that Palin isn't a mayor anymore.

I understand today that Joe Biden called her the Lt Gov.

A "senior moment" for a doddering old fart, or just the media "letting Joe be Joe"? We'll see if we can possible catch any double standards here in the next few weeks. I wonder, will the media start a death watch for Joe now, like they've done for McCain?]

Sarah Palin is the perfect complement to McCain, the perfect foil for Obama as a change agent, and Biden as the good ole boy DC insider. This is going to be good.

Posted by: Jan | September 4, 2008 5:49 PM | Report abuse

Where do you hide a million dead Iraqis who never fired a bullet at us on such a small stage?

Posted by: bob II | September 4, 2008 5:48 PM | Report abuse

Just a couple of more months and this lobotomy will be over. You can vote for eternal war, environmental devestation, economic ruin OR NOT. The stock market intensified its death spiral with the robust news of selecting Annie Oakley the Creationist for V.P.! Brilliant! Absoultely Brilliant!!

Posted by: bob II | September 4, 2008 5:44 PM | Report abuse

Maybe McCain has to break Obama's ratings record?

Last week, Barack Obama set a presidential nomination acceptance ratings record of 38.4 million

Last night, Sarah Palin came close with ratings of 37 million (a record for a VP candidate)

McCain could try to break the record for ratings for presidential nomination acceptance speech that doesn't involve a coliseum, rock stars, a $ 6 million temple and fireworks.

Posted by: AsperGirl | September 4, 2008 5:43 PM | Report abuse

Where is the Diversity?
My wife who hardly watches Political Conventions had to comment " Where is the Diversity? Where are the Black People?
The Washington Editors must have observed the same thing. On the front page tody they have addressed the same issue..
Of the 2300 Delegates at the Convention there were only 36 African American Delegates that's a shade over 1%.
Is it that the Republicans have written off the Black Vote?
The Post also reported that this is the lowest number of Black Delegates in 40 years.
My question to readers is Where are the Members of the Current Administration. Are they not Republicans? Bush ducked behing the Hurricane and addressed the Convention from the White House. Now there is no reason he could not have gotten on Air Force One and flown to St Paul. It's not like he's flying SouthWest!!!
Where was Chaney? In the Withness Protection Program?
Where is Condi? and all the other big name Republicans ? Where was Kay Bailey Hutchinson? Olympia Snow ,Newt Gingrich?
Were they told NOT to attend? Did McCain want to keep them at arms length?
Is he ashamed of their record.
Are they like the crazy old yncle you keep looked up in the basement when company comes?
To quote Bro. Barrack " It's high time for the Republicans to own up to their failures.
Last night was comical. All these Republicans who had never heard the name Palin before Friday were all jumping up and exhorting "How great she will be for the ticket"
The former Mayor of a 7000 member town?.
Hell Silver Spring has more people than that.
The Detroit Branch of the NAACP has 15,000 members
From The Heart Ministries under
Rev JohnCherry has over 15,000 members.
How in the world can the Republicans with a straight face begin to tell me that they want Gov. Palin one heart beat away from the Presidency?
McCain is 72 for crying out loud with a history of Cancer.
Is that who want to be his replacement in a case of emergency.
America is becoming the laughing stock of the Universe.
McCain just gave Brother Barrack the Presidency.
The only way Barack will loose is if the majority of White America balk at crossing the color line.
that is the only way MCCain wins.
99% of Black voters are in the tank for Barack. No self respecting Black person would want to be the one who stood in the way of the election of the first Black President.
Bill Clinton NEVER got that many.
You cannot run away from the Bush/Republican Record.
Most of us are too smart for that.

Posted by: Carprin | September 4, 2008 5:43 PM | Report abuse

Whoops!

Repugnants were all excited about McCain raising a whole MILLION dollars since Palin's speech. Too bad Obama has raised 8 MILLION!

This is awesome!

Posted by: sequoia | September 4, 2008 5:43 PM | Report abuse

You Americans are such obese losers. You vote foolishly for President, and it looks like when you elect John McCain, you will do it again. You have no idea what you are doing.

You are fun to ridicule here in Europe.

Your dollar is so cheap, we use it to wipe our bungholes in the morning.

You borrow money from the Chinese to buy oil from Saudi Arabia so that you can drive grotesquely obese SUVs that impress the neighbors.

You torture people.

Hurricane Katrina made you look like total jackasses.

You manufacture hardly anything, and the stuff you do make, especially your cars, is absolute crap.

You like to give off the illusion of prosperity, but you are in debt up to your eyeballs.

You launched two wars against two impoverished nations and you are bungling them both. You are too lazy to get up off the couch and win them, or protest them in fury.

It's sad, but I don't care. Now I can buy American property on the cheap. You are the Wal-mart of the world. So vote John McCain. The world is buying up your property under your stupid noses!

Posted by: LaughingAtAmerica | September 4, 2008 5:40 PM | Report abuse

I think McCain should talk about Equal Pay as well, among the rest of the issues.

Posted by: Obama2008 | September 4, 2008 5:40 PM | Report abuse

It is interesting how polarizing McCain's choice was. At one point very early on when the field was McCain and Clinton/Obama I was for Hillary, when it became apparent Obama would win I really was up in the air, I thought McCain was a man of integrity and though I do not agree with a lot of his views I thought there was a chance he would be a good President. I was not happy with Obama, I found him to have an arrogant air to him, and he seemed a bit to "intellectual" for the average American but I liked his vision far more than McCain.

I decided that I would support Obama because I agree with him on more point than I do McCain (key issues in my mind). However I thought that if Obama looses we would still be in fine hands.

As time passed I really admired McCain less and less and then one day I felt that I could no longer call him an honorable man, he had become a panderer and Bush sycophant. Yet I did not despise him.

The nail in the coffin was Palin, not Hutchinson, a QUALIFIED woman, not Huckabee not Ridge in fact the GOP had nothing to offer in his eyes except Palin, a right wing nut case who makes Cheney look like a teddy bear and has less "REAL WORLD" NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL knowledge beyond what McCain and her GOP handlers are telling her. The absolute cynicism that McCain has demonstrated is, dare I say... Unpatriotic, it is cynical, posturing B5!


I have to tell you that whenever GW Bush speaks it turns my stomach, I usually change the channel. I did watch Gulliani speech last night and made it through the whole thing (isn't that guy soooo full of himself?) and then started with Palin speech and all of a sudden I saw all the Bush tactics spew out and the content of her speech was a Dick Cheney wet dream. I cannot stand her! And now I cannot stand McCain.

I have truly admired John McCain for a long time now, I have voted Republican more times than I have Democrat. I am proud to say that I have never voted for GW Bush.

With Palin as VP and McCain being 72 and not in the best of health I am terrified at the prospect of a Palin Presidency, in fact I fear typing these words because of what she may do when in power. She seems to be the type to actually have an enemies list that many names are added but few taken off (until neutralized).

Posted by: rcc_2000 | September 4, 2008 5:38 PM | Report abuse

RESPONSE DUE IN OCTOBER OVER OBAMA KENYAN CITIZENSHIP QUESTIONS

Democrat Philip Berg Suing Barack Obama over "Fradulent Candidacy"

"The Berg lawsuit contends there is enough truth in the various reports to conclude, "Unfortunately, Obama is not a 'natural born' citizen."

"The suit alleges that while records exist of a "registry of birth" for Obama in Hawaii (filed four days after his claimed birthday), no records exist of his mother's stay in any Hawaii hospital, suggesting she may have given birth elsewhere and filed the registration shortly thereafter on American soil.

"Obama's grandmother on his father's side, half brother and half sister claim Obama was born in Kenya," the suit states. "Reports reflect Obama's mother went to Kenya during her pregnancy; however, she was prevented from boarding a flight from Kenya to Hawaii at her late stage of pregnancy, which apparently was a normal restriction to avoid births during a flight. Stanley Ann Dunham (Obama) gave birth to Obama in Kenya, after which she flew to Hawaii and registered Obama's birth."

"The claim could not be verified by WND inquiries to Hawaiian hospitals, since state law bars the hospitals from releasing medical records to the public."

http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=73214


DNC, FEC RESPONSES TO OBAMA CITIZENSHIP LAWSUIT DUE 10/21/08

"Berg asked a federal judge Friday to suspend Obama's candidacy pending resolution of the case. U.S. District Judge R. Barclay Surrick shot down that request, but ordered the Democratic National Committee and the FEC to respond by Oct. 21 to Berg's lawsuit."

http://www.mcall.com/news/nationworld/state/all-a4_5berg.6564143aug28,0,2473190.story

Posted by: AsperGirl | September 4, 2008 5:38 PM | Report abuse

He needs to not get overshadowed by his more charismatic and, apparently, eminently more qualified running mate.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 4, 2008 5:37 PM | Report abuse

I think McCain needs to highlight every category of his list (so we can see the absence of focus one way or another), especially the economy and middle-class, so that the rest of the public (apart from his solid base) can take notes themselves based on what we know, what we observe, and what we feel needs to happen. Give some jabs if he sees fit, but not to over do it so that it stands out more than the substance. Also, he must not forget to mention that he was a POW.

Posted by: Obama2008 | September 4, 2008 5:36 PM | Report abuse

She tried to attack Senator Obama by saying he had no significant legislative achievements. Maybe that's what she was told."


On Wednesday, Republicans sought to define Obama as untested and inexperienced, making light of his past work as a community organizer in Chicago.

"For everyday people, ... that seems like real work," said Axelrod.

Ultimately, Axelrod said, the Republicans squandered an opportunity to promote their candidate. He also questioned the emphasis on McCain's years as a prisoner of war, saying the Arizona senator's history already was well known.

"They're shedding an awfully lot of heat but no light," he said. "It almost defies the laws of physics."

"for someone who makes the point that she's not from Washington, she looked very much like she would fit in very well there."

Posted by: Darth Cheney | September 4, 2008 5:36 PM | Report abuse

McCain has for to address the skyrocketting health care crisis and the fact that its shameful that 1.8 million americans lose their life savings each year because of an illness. I want to hear more than a bandiade fix! I want a policy that is reasonably priced!

I want to hear about energy independence other than drill drill drill, in Texas we have millions of leased oil land that has oil so Alaska doesn't control that show.

I want to know if McCain thinks God will lead him to the next war like Bush thinks.

I want to know about global warming, does McCain even think its real and if he does what he plans on doing about it.

I want to know if McCain is going to stick with a time table to get out of iraq even if things start to get stick, because i feel that this country needs our money to come back here at home to solve the huge massive problems with our infrastructure and natural disasters, etc.

I want something more than snide smug remarks about the other guy. I know what the other guy has said, I want to know what McCain says he will do!

Posted by: gerrie | September 4, 2008 5:36 PM | Report abuse

SARAH PALIN EXPOSED!!

This is a must see--you will laugh your assss off--very realistic!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v59mXowK2t8

Posted by: Anonymous | September 4, 2008 5:34 PM | Report abuse

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

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

Posted by: scrivener | September 4, 2008 5:33 PM | Report abuse


McCain just has to stand up.

This election is over. Obama is just a footnote in history now.

Posted by: julie | September 4, 2008 5:33 PM | Report abuse

I was dismayed to learn that elements supporting McCain are now actively trying to see that the report on Palin's firing of Alaska's Director of Public Safety is at least delayed until after the election, or at worst deferred to a panel that she has appointed. I think it is important to let the truth, whatever it is, come out about this situation before Americans cast their votes.

Posted by: JG | September 4, 2008 5:32 PM | Report abuse

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Posted by: Thomas Paine | September 4, 2008 5:31 PM | Report abuse

Obama's campaign should run an ad comparing Palin to Paris Hilton and Britney Spears!

They have so much in common!
Nude pics on internet
Trailer trash pregnancy

This ad just writes itself!

Posted by: New ad | September 4, 2008 5:31 PM | Report abuse

"Sarah Palin has a fake, intense, creepy smile that looks like Charles Manson. It's icky."------

Well that is McCain in his own nutshell... Putting the ICK back in Maverick.

Posted by: Dubyah | September 4, 2008 5:30 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Magoo who's 72 will need mo than some mo and Annie Oakley the creationist to get elected. The Grand Oil Party is sinking in the sunset, sank by George W. "bring em on" Junior Oil Boy Bush! Rest in Peace GOP, you've earned it. Mr. Magoo who's 72 has mental lapses, like who he's actually killing in Iraq and where since Saudi Arabians attacked us. Do not elect these people America. We are a few months away from regaining some sanity to this corporate gangbang we call a government. Elect Obama/Biden and give America back to Americans.

Posted by: bob II | September 4, 2008 5:29 PM | Report abuse

Sadness befalls the Re-scum-licans as they gander at the latest polls...

Oh yes, not only is there ZERO convention/Palin bounce....Obama actually GAINED a point or two!

Posted by: Sad | September 4, 2008 5:28 PM | Report abuse

OBAMA HAS SO MUCH LESS TO OFFER THAN SARAH PALIN

Obama is a freshman senator in the U.S. senate and has been mainly engaged in running for president since his first year. What is his professional history?

Obama got a "community organizer" job after 2 years of unemployment after graduating from Columbia with a bachelor's degree. And as his book admits, he didn't get anywhere as a "community organizer" and that's why he went back to law school.

And as we all know, after graduating from law school, Obama failed to make partner at his law firm, set no precedents in cases he might have handled, didn't get published in any law review and didn't produce any scholarly or professional works of any nature contributing to the field of law.

Obama's probably the only politician in the U.S. to not accomplish a single thing with an ivy league law degree before going into politics.

Obama's years as a state senator in Illinois were so devoid of any leadership that he voted "present" 130 times to avoid taking stands on "controversial legislation" (as if there were 130 career-killing controversial laws he had to take a pass on at the state level, come on!) and yet no one noticed his failures to vote.

As an Illinois state senator, Obama climbed the greased pole of corrupt, dirty Chicago politics leveraging racist politics of Trinity Church, insider ex-radical terrorists like William Ayers' networks and trading favors with corruption figures like his convicted slumlord friend Tony Rezko.

Obama has never published journal article in any law review, collaborated on any professional project, engaged in no landmark signature legislation, or made any tangible, substantial contribution of any nature to his profession as a lawyer or politician at any time since graduating with an ivy league law degree.

The only tangible works Barack Obama produced in his life are 2 fictionalized books about himself, glorifying his search for identity and his alcoholic, polygamous, already-married Kenyan father who was a failed Muslim communist (huh?) who knocked up his then-17-year-old mother and then abandoned them.

Obama has contributed nothing to his profession and his only achievements are those that involve his ability to advance his own status and promote his narrative.

Lately, Obama has been trying to claim his "experience" "running" a campaign stacks up against Sarah Palin's experience as elected Governor of Alaska! Running for president is the experience needed to be president! That's almost as self-referential as "we are the ones we've been waiting for"!

Posted by: AsperGirl | September 4, 2008 5:27 PM | Report abuse

Despite her journalism degree, she does not appear to have worked for the college newspaper or campus television station, school officials said. She worked briefly as a sportscaster for KTUU in Anchorage after she graduated college.
--------
Find her boss at KTUU and find out if the pitbull left some lipstick on the job application.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 4, 2008 5:27 PM | Report abuse

aowifasldkj adklfjalk fhirughasdk kdflakdjf

Never mind me, I'm just speaking in tongues like Palin and the other evangelicals.

Come by later and I'll show you some faith healing.

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

Are you ready for some Football!!!
The pundits will be talking about McCain as if there is some substance to anything he has done and certainly the current Republican Presidential Candidate McCain is saddled with the failures of the past 8 years and his lack of judgment in voting along with their failures 95% of the time. The embarrassing thing is that neither Bush nor Cheney were wanted, welcomed or even showed up to their own convention. Instead we saw a bunch of failures, hacks, wanna be's and a hockey mom. McSame will offer nothing but more Rove attacks and no solutions to the serious problems our country faces after the devastating failures of the Bushie administration. there is even talk that MCInsane will make his stage even bigger since he cannot even draw a crowd in his own phone booth convention floor. maybe he'll have them craft a huge rocking chair for him. It's pathetic grampy... really pathetic.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 4, 2008 5:25 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin has a fake, intense, creepy smile that looks like Charles Manson. It's icky.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 4, 2008 5:25 PM | Report abuse


I just have to laugh at Republicans. Ha Ha Ha!

Are you losers so out of touch that you think a shrill, annoying speech by a trashy, ethically-challenged nobody (which could ONLY appeal to right-wing extremists) is your new "momentum"? I have already talked to three fence-sitting friends who have committed to Obama since McCain's HILARIOUSLY bad VP selection. More of the same, but even more ignorant about the world and extremist in her backwards religious views (yes, it's apparently possible). This woman is a joke! Nice bounce in the polls since the apparently random selection, though...for Obama!

All together now Democrats: "THANK YOU JOHN McCAIN!"

Posted by: Shawn | September 4, 2008 5:24 PM | Report abuse


Palin said:

The Iraq war was 'a task that is from God'

..God's plan

Her audience were young vulnerable impressionable students.

Did God tell Bush to lie?
Did God tell Bush to murder and maim thousands of children and babies?

Has Palin managed to segregate her mind from the reality of death and pain and despair and the sobs of a grieving mother?

Right now she may be the 'life' of the Republican Party, but the 'soul' is missing!!

Posted by: Mark Golding - Children of Iraq Association | September 4, 2008 5:23 PM | Report abuse

>>Kase wrote: "a "noun" a "verb" and POW"

Obama in Scranton:

HOPE CHANGE HOPE CHANGE HOPE CHANGE ME ME ME I I I I ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME HOPE CHANGE HOPE CHANGE HOPE CHANGE HOPE CHANGE HOPE CHANGE

Obama in San Francisco:

LET ME TELL YOU ABOUT THEM BITTER WHITE TRASH!

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

It was a noun, a verb and POW.

BUT

Now McSames campaign features;

A noun, a verb, POW, and an attractive rightwing nutjob.

Posted by: More of the Same | September 4, 2008 5:21 PM | Report abuse

AsperGirl writes
"Yes, Obama should program and command every one of his opponents, just as he dominates and programs your universe... All candidates get to set the speech agendas for their opponents' conventions."

You missed the point. If Senator McCain wants to attract swing voters he has to articulate a vision for the country beyond "obama bad liberal... johnny pow good." While that message apparently appeals to the base, the base isn't large enough to elect McCain.

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

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Posted by: McPain Bounce | September 4, 2008 5:20 PM | Report abuse

Now you know THIS is how it really went down!!!

Meet John McCain--Sarah Palin's BEEATCH!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d-QevraCQUc&feature=related

Posted by: Anonymous | September 4, 2008 5:20 PM | Report abuse

Maybe, McCain decided to pick her to get back at her party's leaders, who do not want him to pick Lieberman. Or, maybe, it is the simplest action of already senile person. If she didn't have this dirty fresh laundry, I would think that this old womanizer simply decided to enjoy the company of the young and beautiful woman. But with this so bad smelling story, it might have been the action of the revenge to his party leaders. Anyhow, Americans love scandals, do they not! So, this is the scandal of the huge scale, is it not?

Posted by: aepelbaum | September 4, 2008 5:19 PM | Report abuse

I predict a heave dosage of

Smear and Fear

to support the McSame strategy of four more years of

Lyin' and Dyin'

Posted by: More of the Same | September 4, 2008 5:19 PM | Report abuse

a "noun" a "verb" and POW

Posted by: Kase | September 4, 2008 5:19 PM | Report abuse

Palin said:

The Iraq war was 'a task that is from God'

..God's plan

Her audience were young vulnerable impressionable students.

Did God tell Bush to lie?
Did God tell Bush to murder and maim thousands of children and babies?

Has Palin managed to segregate her mind from the reality of death and pain and despair and the sobs of a grieving mother?

Right now she may be the 'life' of the Republican Party, but the 'soul' is missing!!

Posted by: Mark Golding - Children of Iraq Association | September 4, 2008 5:19 PM | Report abuse

McCain should feature his mental and professional contemporaries in his speech:
Alalfa, Spanky and Buckwheat.

Posted by: Our Gang | September 4, 2008 5:18 PM | Report abuse

"Senator McCain needs to address the questions asked today by Senator Obama "

Yes, Obama should program and command every one of his opponents, just as he dominates and programs your universe.

All candidates get to set the speech agendas for their opponents' conventions.

Oh, wait a minute. This is more entitlement mentality, isn't it? Obama supporters' vision of affirmative action politics.

Posted by: AsperGirl | September 4, 2008 5:17 PM | Report abuse

I'm curious. On what does this writer base his claim that Republicans are "newly energized?" The fact that a bunch of people in the convention were yelling their fool heads off, exactly as they were instructed to do? Seems like another one of those narratives that the MSM simply decides on, based on talking with themselves at the cocktail bar. Please tell me?

Posted by: Monk | September 4, 2008 5:17 PM | Report abuse

Sarah. Sarah Conner. Oops! Wrong movie.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 4, 2008 5:17 PM | Report abuse

There is nothing reality based he can say to make us forget the Texas Albatross he has hanging around his neck. I predict more fear and smear, that's the only tool he has in his bag.

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

A Star was born, GOP VP, Sara Palin

Before the choking medias and Democrats wonder who is Gov. Palin! I already published a prescient article here to point out that Gov Palin is self-made legend bigger than Sen. Hilary! (Pls see my Aug 29, 2008 article: The Last Warrior, John McCain’s Last Calling, Gov. Sarah Palin .) Period.

After Gov Palin delivered her acceptance speech in the GOP convention in the night of Sep. 4 , 2009. All the readers may agree that a star was born! Charming, poised, confident, vitality, energetic ,very clear English,… you name it! Some of my British friends said, she had not graduated in Oxford, but she processed all the Oxford debating Club trained skills in her first scripted VP acceptance speech . Though the speech was scripted, Gov. Plain used to the point and very clear English, eye contact, and facial expression and with some humorous but not meanness mocking tone to interpret it! A wonderful Orator! That is no wonder, why the bloviated Sen. Joe Biden needs to do some home works when they meet in their first debate in October!

Now the readers may ask: Is this pit bull, hokey-mum Palin can help McCain ? Certainly in three ways:

1. The small town people: Inflation, recession and foreclosure hit very hard the small town folks especially in Ohio, Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Nevada. Now Gov. Palin is the small town and working class hero!
2. Evangelical folks: Pro gun, pro life, pro creation and pro Christian value folks is the loyalist fans of Gov. Palin now!
3. Female voters: Gov. Palin may not attract all the die hard fans of Hillary 18 m female voters, but some of them may shift camp to GOP. And most importantly, Gov Palin may keep all the GOP female voters in their own party, and explore the Independents and Democratic Party female voters, it is a huge plus to McCain!

My humble opinion is that a star was born, McCain and GOP may be saved in 2008 election.

Noted: As a philosopher , independent thinking should triumph emotion! However, on the night while the aggressive Gov. Palin delivered her a lifetime speech in GOP Convention. A few camera shots touch my heart! I am not meaning the may- be- scripted Lady Cidy McCain tending the special care-needed Trig, the fifth child of Gov. Palin. I mean the 7 yr old Piper, when she held Trig and put her hand on him and tending his hair. Lovingly, I notice Piper used her palm to rob her opened lips then she comforted Trig again with her little wet palms tenderly robbing his hairs! Jesus, let me remember the great Mother Teresa!
She won my heart may be my vote! What a little Piper she cares her little special-care-needed brother very much.

Sep 4, 2008 . Wrote for Wpost and Bigthink.


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

Does McCain think we're idiots. He keeps saying Palin is the Governor of the largest state in the U.S. Even the dumbest people in the country understand that Alaska is large in area but small in population.

I think Obama should say he was born in the hottest state in the U.S. it makes just as much sense.

Posted by: Mitch - ADK | September 4, 2008 5:14 PM | Report abuse

Last night we saw Tonya Harding with a speechwriter. Palin offered almost nothing of substance. She's positive we should be paranoid. She mocked constitutional rights. Well screw you, Nananook of the Nazis. The stuff about putting the governor's jet on E-Bay was cute but other than that she did what reactionaries always accused hippies of doing -- she tore down but she didn't build up. She did something that no hippie was ever accused of doing, she fortified the luxury bunker where the rich and powerful hide. The creepy thing is that she did it in the guise of an American every woman. She sold herself as a great administrator, even though she couldn't manage to keep a carwash open in the the muddiest state in the union. .


Goodluck Johnny McBush!...you're going to need it.

Posted by: Karla Martinson | September 4, 2008 5:14 PM | Report abuse

I second what Dee said:

"The first thing McCain needs to do is apologize to all of the people in small towns and big cities who are giving their energy, expertise, and vision to community organizing."

I would add to the list probably the best community organizers of them all: Jesus of Nazareth.

Of course, Jesus was no governor. The governor at the time was Pontius Pilate.

Posted by: TerryOakland | September 4, 2008 5:13 PM | Report abuse

Where's Cheney? Where's Rove? Where are the hot koolaid drinkers with the pickle sauce shoved up and down a donkey's as...wait a minute, I'm having a 60s flashback...Happy together...? The masterminds of the destruction of the US economy should be rejoicing with the other 1 percenters...

Posted by: Vox Populi | September 4, 2008 5:13 PM | Report abuse

My own advice:

- DO NOT REPEAT THE P.O.W. STORY. Even the most faithful supporter is now getting sick of it.

- DO NOT SPEAK ABOUT NATIONAL SECURITY. Bush has already exhausted the issue.

- WELCOME THE NEW GENERATION. Tell a good joke about a second term in office, and then be very clear that a new generaton comes behind. Praise Sarah Palin, Mike Huckabee. Showcase the young delegates in the convention.

Posted by: aaron87 | September 4, 2008 5:11 PM | Report abuse

The difference between a hockey mom and a soccer mom is the size of the vehicle. Apparently, you need a large SUV to handle the role and equipment.

I still do no get the pit bull with lipstick expression she mentioned when talking about a hockey mom last night. If a man was like a pit bull at a child's game, he would be up for anger management classes. That is if he wasn't wearing lipstick of course. If he was, who knows. There are a lot of lonely men up there.

Posted by: Bill J | September 4, 2008 5:11 PM | Report abuse

The next thing magoo needs to do is release MORE nude pics of Palin, or, heck, just throw them up on the BIG SCREEN at the convention while they yell DRILL DRILL DRILL!!! (it works in SO many ways).

That should make all the RepScums happy, get them fired up, so they can blame the media and finish alienating the 42% that still support them.

Posted by: Palin pics | September 4, 2008 5:11 PM | Report abuse

Many Americans had the chance to meet Levi previous to his RNC cornonation through his MySpace page, that is before it was surgically scrubbed. The New York Post, was either lucky enough or smart enough to have preserved excerpts from Johnston's MySpace page before it was removed from the internet:

"I'm a f - - -in' redneck" who likes to snowboard and ride dirt bikes.

"But I live to play hockey. I like to go camping and hang out with the boys, do some fishing, shoot some s- - - and just f - - -in' chillin' I guess."

"Ya f - - - with me I'll kick [your] ass," he added.

He also claims to be "in a relationship," but states, "I don't want kids."


http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/09/01/levi-johnston-bristol-pal_n_1
23089.html

Kids, you can clean em up, dress em up and make them behave in
public, but they are still just that.. kids.

And just when you think think it can't possibly get anymore embarrassing for John McCain, it does.

MoveOn.org just broke what is probably the most defining story involving the biggest media gaffe in the entire presidential campaign. This incident happened right in the middle of the McCain's campaign effort to paint the media as unfair and biased towards Palin.

"It's funny what Republican pundits say when they think nobody's watching. Today, John McCain's former campaign chief Mike Murphy and former Reagan speechwriter Peggy Noonan were caught on tape after an NBC interview. They shared their real thoughts on McCain's judgment in selecting Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as his running mate." [MoveOn.org]


http://www.moveon.org/r?r=24255&id=13697-5536685-pvU3vCx&t=3

Posted by: MsSwin | September 4, 2008 5:10 PM | Report abuse

Chriss, you are a true lightweight, that is really apparent with your analysis. Your blog gets a lot of hits, but rarely on topic, or relevnat - you have not been right about a single thing you reported on this year. Get out of Georgetown occassionally and meet the real world.

Pundit, yeah right.

Posted by: Base | September 4, 2008 5:09 PM | Report abuse

"With the Republican base energized for the first time in this general election race, McCain's job tonight is to keep the ball rolling."

Are you kidding me! Has the GOP base forgotten what their lame President has done to America in the last eight years?

Posted by: Amy | September 4, 2008 5:09 PM | Report abuse

Community organization prepares you to run an office as being a boy scout prepares you to fight in Irak!

Posted by: Bystander | September 4, 2008 5:09 PM | Report abuse

Let's elect two exceedingly poor students to the #1 and #2 most powerful positions in the world. It worked so well last time.

Palin attended 5 colleges in 6 years.

http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5hjGaAjQoUCE3VQ4N3M852LEdOVtwD9304JE80

Posted by: Mary | September 4, 2008 5:08 PM | Report abuse

Hmmm, lets see what should he do......Go and watch the game from a sportsbar or in someones living room - since that is what 90 percent of the country will be doing.....the NFL is finally back.

Posted by: Brett Farve | September 4, 2008 5:07 PM | Report abuse

testing

Posted by: Jeff | September 4, 2008 5:06 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin played the sexism card

and she played it from the bottom of the deck!

Is Palin really a secessionist?

How many moose has Sarah shot?

Does Palin condone the slaughter of baby harp seals?

If she doesn't answer, then that means 'yes' to all!

Posted by: Independent | September 4, 2008 5:06 PM | Report abuse

McCane needs to do exactly what Pailin' did last night: he needs to further alienate everybody who isn't in their hardcore base.

He needs to toss out more red meat to the all-white crowd in the arena. He needs to sneer and strut, denigrate and deride, mock and malign. He needs to cheer FOR teen pregnancy and AGAINST community organizing.

He needs to hack and hack away at the part of the branch that he and his constituency are sitting on, so that they successfully fall away from the tree that is the United States of America!

Good luck!

Posted by: TerryOakland | September 4, 2008 5:06 PM | Report abuse

Hey Mark, any other old timers still on this board? Or is it all children and/or plants from the DailyKos these days?

Posted by: JD | September 4, 2008 5:04 PM | Report abuse

"Iran supports Obama. They sound a lot like you dumb dems, don't they?"

Typical. A major enemy sees hope for better relations and you see that solely as a threat instead of an opportunity to advance our agenda.

Obama looks to protect America and our Allies, but is not so arrogant to think the current situation is intractable.

McCain just says this is how we do it, and if they don't like it, we'll threaten them with war.

More of the same, and the attitude that caused both he and Bush to invade Iraq without credible evidence of imminent threat and breaking the first rule of war. Try at all costs to avoid a two front war because it makes you more likely to lose both.

I don't want McCain's loose cannon style and the Palin who called the War in Iraq "God's Work" trying to negotiate anything in the Middle East.

Posted by: Common sense isn't so common | September 4, 2008 5:03 PM | Report abuse

Senator McCain needs to address the questions asked today by Senator Obama (as reported by Shailaugh Murray of the Post)

"They've had a lot of speakers. And if they had a bunch of ideas, you'd think they would have put 'em out there by now. And so the question is, what's their agenda? What's their plan?"

Posted by: bsimon | September 4, 2008 5:03 PM | Report abuse

I have read through these comments and there is soo much about race. Well, if you want to bring it up let's look at the predominantly black cities that are run by blacks in office... How about Detroit for a start? Plilly...,etc. These cities have been destroyed and now have the highest unemployment and poverty levels in our country. But, their constituents keep voting the trash into office. Go Figure. I wish I knew why you liberals keep drinking that Kool-Aid. It is destroying this country and an Obama/Pelosi partnership will accelerate our demise 10 fold. God Help Us/.

Posted by: Intelligent Voter | September 4, 2008 5:03 PM | Report abuse

I envy Rudolph Giuliani por painting the best portrait ever:

"The man that stood 'present' and wanted to become GOD because he was not white"

... also known as

'Obama the Magnificent'

Posted by: Leonardo da Vinci | September 4, 2008 5:03 PM | Report abuse

They Republicans like the Democrats so much that they are trying to create a FAKE Hillary Clinton CLONE.

Posted by: Hillary Clinton | September 4, 2008 5:03 PM | Report abuse

On a personal level, McCain needs to find some charisma, somehow. It's crucial. Perhaps in the form of gravitas. McCain and Rick Davis understand that the focus on personality is enormous this election.

On a content focus level, he should be about process: he should be bipartisan, which is the best way to contrast with the former president's approach without attacking Bush on substance. So content about change should be about process, not policies. Some reporters think he's going to do this (do they have speech drafts?)

On an issues level, McCain should do economics. Will he? That's a tossup. He can and should really push his energy and environmental platforms.

Posted by: AsperGirl | September 4, 2008 5:03 PM | Report abuse

What kind of lead is possible to expect from the nomination of Sarah Palin? She has extremely suspicious late family history with her this last baby, who seems to be her grandchild, not her child. She immediately accused her rivals in disseminating gossip about her, which nobody did. But her acceptance of VP position woke up immediately all rumors of her "magical" motherhood without any visible signs of being pregnant and/or even remotely behaving like a pregnant woman. If one has such extremely unpleasant and very fresh story in the family, this one should stay out of public eyes, not to run into national spotlight with her entire bag of the most dirty laundry for everybody to examine. Is not it true?

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

McCain can win with just the
conservative base.
This media inspired fantasy
of 'swing' voters and hillary
democrats, is all for dramatic
show.
If McCain gets all the red states
energized, he will win.
That is why They don't really
care about the liberals,
the media, the left wing.
You are just too packed
into those couple of blue
states to matter.
You feel better when it
is so close, on the popular
vote, or even AHEAD on
the popular vote.
But the race for president
is flawed. The only reason
Clinton won in 92' was
the Ross Perrot Effect.
without Ross snabbing 18%
from Bush Senior.
There would not have been
a democratic President,
since the Carter Debacle.
and of course he only got
in because of the Ford/Watergate,
issue.
that makes.
the chances of a democratic
president.
ZERO.
enjoy the race!

Posted by: usa3 | September 4, 2008 5:02 PM | Report abuse

The difficulty for the Republican ticket in talking about change and reform and acting like insurgents is that they have been running Washington — the White House and Congress — for most of the last eight years.

Posted by: aBigSAM | September 4, 2008 4:59 PM

*****************

No offense, but if you think McCain's and Palin's brand of politics have been 'running Washington' for the last couple of terms, you're crazy. I know that that doesn't jibe with the lefty template of '4 more years of Bush', but to call McCain a GOP automaton is to not know what you're talking about.

Again, no offense.

Posted by: JD | September 4, 2008 5:01 PM | Report abuse

The first thing McCain needs to do is apologize to all of the people in small towns and big cities who are giving their energy, expertise, and vision to community organizing. The trashing of this profession by the hypocrite Giuliani and the odious Palin last night was despicable.

After all, it is the hard work, creativity, and determination of commmunity organizers including John and Sam Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and Benjamin Franklin which got our nation its start. Community organizers like Harriet Tubman, John Brown, and Frederick Douglass helped free our country of the scourge of slavery.

Community organizers like Alice Paul, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Lucretia Mott helped bring galvanize the movement for voting and equal rights for women. Community organizers like Ghandi, Nelson Mandela, and Martin Luther King helped create modern free nations.

Second, McCain needs to show that he is not trivializing this election. He needs to demonstrate that he shares the belief of the American people that the issues of this campaign are important for the future of our country.

The selection of Sarah Palin suggests strongly that McCain believes that this election is about superficial political posturing. He needs to show that he understands that we are thirsty for a new direction and a fundamental change in the way politicians talk about governance.

McCain needs to demonstrate that he has the vigor, the intelligence, the vision, and the humanity to effectively turn around the country and get out of the ditch dug by the Bush administration.

Posted by: dee | September 4, 2008 5:01 PM | Report abuse

McCain's challenge is to keep the attention on anything but the economy. It's working so far. Wonder how long Palin will distract everyone.

Posted by: Bill J | September 4, 2008 5:00 PM | Report abuse

The difficulty for the Republican ticket in talking about change and reform and acting like insurgents is that they have been running Washington — the White House and Congress — for most of the last eight years.

Posted by: aBigSAM | September 4, 2008 4:59 PM | Report abuse

McCain should lay out the plans to fix the
Bush-Cheney disaster. As a willing and enthusiastic supporter of the B-C regime,
he'll need to start by reforming himself.

Posted by: Liup | September 4, 2008 4:59 PM | Report abuse

He cannot sound off about change because he is a Republican. The President is a Republican. McCain cannot stray too far from the base and deride this horrible president without upsetting the base.

The GOP is what America needs change FROM? Change, by definition, means 'different'. McCain is not different. He is the GOP, he is Bush.

Posted by: Ward6ForNow | September 4, 2008 4:57 PM | Report abuse

Palin needs a community organizer........to help her find a phone so she can call a reporter for a frigging interview.

She can't stay in the undisclosed location forever.

Red meat speeches cut both ways.


There's a reason that the GOP protects some of their pols from the press. If they could, they wouldn't let any of them out there except in pre-scripted, pre-recorded digital form. Just think if not for his "macaca moment," George Allen would be the GOP nominee...HAHAHA!!!

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

INSAIN MCCAIN -

PYSCHO MOM PALIN -

INSAIN MCCAIN -

PYSCHO MOM PALIN

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

wow
its sarah

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

ss

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

KILLER Sarah Palin parody---

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ioGC40_AWhs

Bristol!!! Shut up and go breast feed your brother!!

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

I'm an independent, neither affiliated with the Dems or Republicans, but you have to be crazy or stupid to believe anything the Republicans say. I can't believe they call themselves Christians; that's the worst. I don't know where they learned about religion, but I'm sure Jesus never preached to give more to the wealthiest, invade countries for no apparent reason, or that constant lying is okay. That's just the beginning. They've made a total mess of things. Micky Mouse should be able to win against McCain.

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

"Such a quandry... He's going to have to go back to the race card store and get some new race cards that useless elite ivy league black guys can play against blue collar hockey moms."

Do you even have the slightest clue what the term hockey mom connotes, freakazoid?

Hint: It's nothing like soccer mom.

Posted by: Hey Asper Girl | September 4, 2008 4:48 PM | Report abuse

If I were John McCain, I'd be less worried about age, and more worried that the far-right will HELP Sarah Palin become the next president of the United States.

The evangelicals like James Dobson must be salivating at the thought of a president who believes a person must carry a pregnancy to term even in the case of rape and incest. Redefining science and getting creationism in the classroom? You don't have to justify morality when you're doing God's work. Look at the murder of doctors that perform abortions.

I felt the same way about Barack nominating Hillary. Who knows what the Clintons would do with a direct route to power? They could easily blame it on racism later.

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

Palin's selection for the vice presidency on the Repugnant ticket is something that should be rejoiced by the Democrats. This was an act of desparation by the Repugnants. With the great success of the Democratic convention they could clearly see the writing on the wall and they hastily and desparately decided that they had to do something to change the dynamics at play and Palin was selected, though completely unvetted.

Needless to say this type of high odds gambling has little chance of succeeding. More and more things about Palin will come to the surface as they already are every single day.

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

This is what Mcain need to do tonight! explain why he pulls out POW card whenever he is conered!, explain why during this dangerous times as they call it! he choose someone who knows about Tuna than security! explain why he changed his character from the self willed independent John Mcain to the Karl Rove driven Mcsame! last but not least explain to the American people if God forbid he dies at his sleep how sarah from Alaska will Govern the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA!

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

John McCain's ads are so darn misleading. I am sorry to say if you want to win an office here You have to be open to honesty and values from all sides. Even John McCain needs to have virtue.

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

If tonight's game goes to OT, McMansions' speech will be watched by more people in the hall than on tv.

Posted by: Spectator2 | September 4, 2008 4:47 PM | Report abuse

OBAMA NEEDS SOME NEW RACE CARDS!

Now Obama has to figure out how to play on white guilt and racial preferences to smack down a mom with 5 kids, a blue collar husband and a real family with real problems.

How is he going to demand affirmative action, invoke white guilt and use the racial grievance mentality to demand she step aside so that social justice can be served to him, with his ivy league degrees and record of never having done anything for anyone other than himself? How to beat up a hockey mom for being white?

Such a quandry... He's going to have to go back to the race card store and get some new race cards that useless elite ivy league black guys can play against blue collar hockey moms.

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

Actully there is a web site where vets who where with McCain denounce him as a coward and traitor. He made films for the Vietnamese Govt. denouncing the US. And many sentors know this from records at the Pentagon, but McCain and the Military have reasons these cannot be released to the public. They really attack this clown.

http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=view_all&address=385x171237

check it out.

Posted by: morenews1 | September 4, 2008 4:43 PM | Report abuse

JOHN MCCAIN, PLAYING THE POW CARD HIS WHOLE CAREER.

Mccain has been playing the POW card for his entire career. No one dares tell the truth about him or challenge the war hero or say anything bad or he will tell you,
" MY ARMS HURT, MY ARMS HURT, I WAS A P.O.W., I AM A HERO ASK ANYBODY".
He gets away with murder, why, Hell, "HE WAS A POW".
At one of his town hall meetings he even paraded around a half blind demented "Real" war hero with all his medals on exploiting him. He has been hiding behind his disability for so long I was actually glad in 2000 when Bush went after him. Enough is enough he had been living off this hero BS with no political substance what so ever long enough. Much of his past can not even be substantiated. He can not account for most of his medals, ask him. They were just handed to him because of who his father was. It has long been just assumed his military records have been altered and faked by his father. It's nice when your father is an Admiral. Two other men in his camp who collaborated with the enemy were threatened with execution as traitors for doing the exact same thing Mccain himself admits doing in his book, except Mccain did it "32" times. But like I said, when your father is an Admiral your past can be what ever you say it is and after a while you even begin to believe it.
========
He needs to answer why the stocks tumbled today, why the unemployment rate is skyrocketing and why eggs are between $3-4 in the grocery store these days? And also, say why he is going to be different from the last 8 years? I bet he won't address none of the above questions - just use the POW card, yadda, yadda, yadda and praise Ronald Reagan and pretend the last 8 years and a man named George Bush is a figment of our imagination. Can't wait.

Posted by: latinovoter | September 4, 2008 4:37 PM

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

How come the GOP has reset their expectations for Palin? When she came out on Friday and Saturday, it was all about reaching out to moderate and independent women. Now, when it is obvious that Palin can't do that, the GOP is all like "oh, she's energized our base - she's the biggest star in the universe." Chris, you are a political reporter. Tell us, was Charlie Black lying when he said McCain can't win with just his base? Because, if what Charlie Black said is true and Palin is not bringing in the moderate and independent women, then McCain loses. And, in addition, if Palin is relegated to tending the base, it is fair to assume that she will never talk to the press. What a joke.

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

Who are the “Washington elites” Palin, & McCain, are seeking to fight? Is it the Bush administration that had office the last 8 years? Is it the Republican congress that had control for 12 years (minus the last 2)? Is it the K Street Republican lobbyists? Either Palin is out-of-touch, or just out-of-her-mind! She is A PART of the problem (the Republicans)! How can you “reform” the policies your own party has established, but running on the SAME failed policies you are seeking to reform? It’s just NOT logical!

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

I'm watching football tonight.

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

Chris!
Sorry to quote the "Times" but McCain didn’t fight Bush on torture. Where do you get this stuff?

McCain Draws Criticism on Torture Bill

"Senator John McCain’s vote last week against a bill to curtail the Central Intelligence Agency’s use of harsh interrogation tactics disappointed human rights advocates who consider him an ally and led Democrats to charge that he was trying to please Republicans as he seeks to rally them around his presidential bid.
The bill, which the Senate passed Wednesday by 51 to 45, would force the C.I.A. to abide by the rules set out in the Army Field Manual on Interrogation, which prohibits physical force and lists approved interrogation methods.

Mr. McCain, who was tortured as a prisoner of war in Vietnam, has led the battle in recent years on a number of bills to end torture by the United States." (New York Times)

Jersey John

Posted by: Jersey John | September 4, 2008 4:40 PM | Report abuse

McCain keeps saying he is putting his county first, but it seems to me he is putting getting elected first. As his first big decision as a candidate to select Palin as his running mate is so calculating that it is obvious he wants to win at all costs. To suggest that she would be prepared to be our President is so concerning. I thought things could not get any worse under Bush, but because of McCain's choice I now will have more sleepless nights concerned that voters will chose a woman like Palin, just as they chose Bush, for the WRONG reasons. They think she is one of them. Wake up America, we need a President more accomplished and brilliant than the average American. We don't need a pit bull
running our country. We need someone to unify and bring us together as a nation.

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

No pittbulls with lipstick,

No more Baby Mama's

I'm TIRED OF THE DRAMA--

And VOTING OBAMA!!!!!


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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Why are the republicans always attacking the press and whinning? the press in the US of A rarely do their job.

Posted by: morenews1 | September 4, 2008 4:38 PM | Report abuse

Will somebody shoot me an IM should he mention anything he wants to do to help people in the Middle Class?

Thanks!

Posted by: The Economy | September 4, 2008 4:38 PM | Report abuse

Can he grow boobs or loose about 20 years...that’s about all that I think would help this Vietnam era PTSD suffering senior citizen.

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

He needs to answer why the stocks tumbled today, why the unemployment rate is skyrocketing and why eggs are between $3-4 in the grocery store these days? And also, say why he is going to be different from the last 8 years? I bet he won't address none of the above questions - just use the POW card, yadda, yadda, yadda and praise Ronald Reagan and pretend the last 8 years and a man named George Bush is a figment of our imagination. Can't wait.

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

.
Note to Joshua IL:

YES, you are right - the sweetie hussein/plagiarist-joe campaign is ALL ABOUT RACE - and nothing else.

Please, please keep up your racial remarks. I know that is all you have to say.

/

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

Alex H. Your accusations are delusional. Obama didnt 'steal' the election. HRC didnt run in half the caucuses. She declaimed that she 'didnt understand the process in Texas".
That's her incompetence. No one stole anything from her, anymore that there is a liberal in the media that is going after McCain.
The CNN reporter who asked the tough questions about Palin is a Republican. Delusion doesnt make it so.
Obama won on points. More delegates, in more states. Winning eleven in a row does it.

Posted by: Bruce Becker | September 4, 2008 4:37 PM | Report abuse

This woman has smelt fishy from the beginning.

Posted by: morenews1 | September 4, 2008 4:36 PM | Report abuse

How come the GOP convention never mentions how great of a job Bush and Cheney have done? They deserve their just due! LMAO!

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

"He is going to say that since one out of three presidents died in office..."

Uh, not.

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

Torture

McCain supports TORTURE of SUSPECTS, by the CIA.

Posted by: Bruce Becker | September 4, 2008 4:34 PM | Report abuse

The main event of the Dem Convention, Hillary's speech, is now long over. The rest of that convention was just bureaucratic/administrative minutia best ignored by all Americans that believe in democracy.

Just as the clear winner of the popular vote in 2000 was Al Gore, the clear winner of the popular vote in the Dem primaries was Hillary. Just as Gore was denied his rightful victory by manipulations and un-democratic procedure, so too was Hillary gored.

Time has not healed the result of the 2000 debacle. In fact, the thief of that election is now regarded as the WORST ever by the overwhelming majority of Americans and people of the entire world. The same will occur with the Dem primaries of 2007/2008. History will eventually label "sweetie" hussein, and his equally unethical side-kick Plagiarist-Joe, as the WORST - regardless of what happens subsequently in 2008 and beyond.

Americans do not like cheaters. The stench of his action in hijacking the nomination is permanently attached to hussein. Plagiarist-Joe should steal a word other than "clean" to describe him.

Posted by: ALEX H. | September 4, 2008 4:33 PM | Report abuse

Is it just me, or was there mostly white people at the Convention? Me and my friends made a game out of it! for the record I counted 9 blacks, including 1 CNN reporter, 4 Asians, and 6 Hawians LOL Can anyone tell me honnestly (Seriously) Is this really the party of the future or of the past? There talking about put them in charge of the country for the next 4 years? They have had this country for 8, and I havent seen any change! I do not belong to a party and have no loyality to any political view. Country first? All I heard last night is OIL FIRST(DRILL) or OBAMA FIRST (with Attacks) or McCAIN FIRST (with yet again another POW Story) Its like a broken record with these guys.
I have took the time to hear all sides of the battle, and I think we need someone to unite our country! We see McCain can unite OLDER White People, But does he get the youth excited and envolved? NO
And I think thats very important this election!

Posted by: Joshua IL | September 4, 2008 4:33 PM | Report abuse

Bill Mayer speaks of Palin

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x2OUJ8ZUTiI

She can no way help use out of Irag she knows nothing about pulling out.

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

I'm afraid that the patriot that I thought I knew is no longer. This man will say or do anything to get to the presidency.

His actions speak louder than words. If he thinks he needs to say "Fibberty gibbet" he'll say that. If he needs to say "lower taxes", he will. "Fifty cents a gallon gasoline. A nuke in every neighborhood. Free money from the government."

Her first and (so far) only interview - People magazine. Shheesshh. Yea, she's a real fighter that one. What a farce. Looking real dignified and Presidential there John. Giuliani will be pleased though - you made a decision.

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

Aspergirl
You are circumventing a law.

You, and your candidate, are liars, it seems.

Posted by: Bruce Becker | September 4, 2008 4:32 PM | Report abuse

This is how republicans give speaches: rarely do the facts support their positions or even the off the wall remarks. Her votes, Senior Huchabuck, were 909; Biden recieved 79,754

But there was nothing in her speech and she never told anything truthful about herself just a bunch of info that was totally false - even as the news about her is coming out in buckets. Her response to that was attacking the press..what a joke.

Explain why Levi Johnston shouldn't be arrested as a pedophile.

How can she protect the country if she can't protect her own kids from pedophiles?

This is his second child; the first was with a 13 year old girl. Even by Alaskan standards (which are very loose) that is a bit young.

Sick.... really sick... yea, we want her in the White House. Her and her husband are good evangelicals, and typical of the breed. But lets move on to other issues.

Her husband and daughter: is child #5 really Sarah's? I don' believe so after looking at family photos on the internet. The eldest daughter is the mother for sure, but is the father of that child Sarah's husband? Let's do a little DNA test.

Will she support states that wish to secede from the United States, since her and her husband were both in a party pushing to have Alaska secede from the Union?

Will she legalize pot since she smokes it herself?

Will she change her position and start supporting unwed mothers, particularly teens so they can finish an education through college?

Last night, this woman was pathetic. Nothing to say that was grounded in reality and less to say about solving our problems except continue the same old republican bull that has existed since Reagan and have proven a failure to all but the rich.

What a joke on McCain by his own party.

Posted by: morenews1 | September 4, 2008 4:32 PM | Report abuse

I'm watching the Skins play instead of this windbag

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

To "What a Joke" at 4:26 p.m.:

I must correct you; it's

INSANE McCAIN-PSYCHO MAMMA

Posted by: Outside the Box | September 4, 2008 4:31 PM | Report abuse

"The problem for McCain is that on the major issues he has broken with the current president -- global warming, campaign finance reform, taxes, torture "

That's just simply not true. McCain is now solidly behind Bush on those issues.

McCain broke with Bush on global warming (but only if you count offshore drilling as a comprehensive strategy for global warming). On torture, tax cuts, and even his own campaign finance bill John McCain has flip-flopped to take his place to extend Bush's legacy. He was for his convictions before he was against him.

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

McCain: everything is OK. Gramm: Stop whining.

Meanwhile, the Labor Department said new applications for unemployment insurance rose by 15,000 from the previous week. That broadly missed expectations for a fourth-straight week of declines, heightening worries that the average American — already feeling the effects of the weak housing market — will have even less means to spend.

Furthermore, if the job market keeps deteriorating, it is tough for Wall Street to see a rebound in sight for the economy's biggest culprit: the tumbling housing market. NO REBOUND IN SIGHT. ITS NOT HAPPENING.

"You have to have a paycheck to pay that mortgage," said Craig Peckham, market strategist at Jefferies & Co.

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

Watch it again!

Sarah Palin National Convention Speech 09/03/2008

part 1: www.youtube.com/watch?v=zcj4v6YMOZI
part 2: www.youtube.com/watch?v=mzjivV09-Qg
part 3: www.youtube.com/watch?v=DZOpS7YDBEM&feature=related
part 4: www.youtube.com/watch?v=lLdO7qSJn-8

To support Palin's candidacy, you MUST now donate to the RNC, as the McCain campaign has accepted federal funds and can't spend donations for campaigning as of 09/01.

https://secure.gop.com/donate/

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

McCain needs to admit he has never had a test for incipient Alzheimer's and that since one out of seven people his age have Alzheimer's he's going to get it done this week.
He is going to say that since one out of three presidents died in office, and he's the oldest major candidate to run for a first term, he realizes that SArah Barracuda will be the president soon, so maybe he was hasty pulling the trigger on a person whose husband just quit the secessionist party earlier this year.

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

INSAIN MCCAIN - PYSCHO MOM PALIN

Posted by: What a Joke | September 4, 2008 4:26 PM | Report abuse

Dean, spreading hate from the Right.

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

I would add that McCain needs to do less talking about Obama as a fresh-face and offer more details on *how* McCain will be an agent of change, including policy specifics. If the GOP doesn't have a policy argument, they'll go into the debates waiting to be set up with, "Obama has a 5 page list of proposals to help; McCain has 5 words: Tax Cuts for the Rich."

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

Gov. Palin on ever level this women needs Psycho therapy and fast!!

Posted by: Gov. Palin Psycho Mom | September 4, 2008 4:18 PM | Report abuse

We have not seen the polls after the speech. There is one poll after the speech that asked who is more qualified to be president 49% Obama and 39% palin... 39% Aplin after 1 speech and she is running for VP

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

Iran supports Obama. They sound a lot like you dumb dems, don't they?

JERUSALEM – GOP Sen. John McCain is "absentminded" and "terrible" and his running mate, Gov. Sarah Palin, doesn't have any appropriate experience.

Sen. Barack Obama, by contrast, is "highly educated" and "eloquent" and would serve the world much better and improve America's overall situation.

And Sen. Joe Biden is a "very respectable" man with a "good reputation."

All this according to an interview broadcast this week on Iranian state-run media.

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

PLEASE CHRIS, GET SOME FRESH AIR. WE ARE CONCERNED.

Palin "a major asset to the Republican ticket" ??

Chris... are they zapping you with a directed energy weapon?

Have you seen the polls since the Palin pick was announced? Obama up by 6 in RCP average.

Wait 'til you see the NEXT round.

She's a major asset to hard-right base, perhaps. But the general electorate tells the tale... not the vibes in the room.

I am really starting to worry about you.

Take a half-hour or so to do some reading of news sites and blogs, not just the top, but the "comments" sections.

Get some fresh air. Rethink this. Looking forward to your revised assessment.

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

Folks, Palin just read a speech. How does that give her additional credentials to be VP. Hell, I could have read it, can I be VP? Karl Rove is on record on FOX two weeks ago stating that the Gov. of VA was not qualified due to the same resume that Palin has....therefore, is she qualified? No, but the GOP will get away with it because the avg. swing voter is easily led by the nose.

Posted by: Herb Kemp | September 4, 2008 4:10 PM | Report abuse

My guess is that McSame will appear befuddled and confused, and undo whatever good will Palin generated.

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

In order to prove that he hasn't become one of them, himself, John McCain needs to clearly condemn the "agents of intolerance" - those who are vicious and sarcastic and mean-spirited and confine "patriotism" to those who agree with them - just like the "straight talking" McCain I used to admire USED to do.

Otherwise, be afraid. Be VERY afraid... he's been co-opted.

Posted by: Carmen Cameron | September 4, 2008 4:07 PM | Report abuse

I think he should come out tonight and say nothing. He should let his parrot do all the talking from now on. She's so good at it, right?

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

There is nothing he can do.

The Palin pick says it all.

There is nothing he can do.

His only chance now is if

further disclosures force

Palin off the ticket.

Even then, the die is cast.

His first executive decision

sealed his fate. He blew it.

There is nothing he can do.

Maybe some day we will learn

Why he did it. It's a mystery.

But for now...

There is nothing he can do.

Posted by: Null Set | September 4, 2008 4:00 PM | Report abuse

How can there be anyone at this point that doesn't know his personal story? He has used it as a retort to nearly every question/quandry that has come up!

McCain can try to spin all he wants, he's had enough makeovers to get a free Cadillac from Mary Kay!! ...

and you thought Madonna was the Queen of Reinvention.

Posted by: Noun, Verb, POW | September 4, 2008 3:58 PM | Report abuse

Tell the story? Are you kidding me? McCain risks over-Kerrying himself into a man too much defined by the past and not enough about the future.

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

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