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The Bush-Cheney Conundrum

ST. PAUL -- The news that neither President George W. Bush nor Vice President Dick Cheney will speak on the opening night of the Republican National Convention will be greeted -- privately, of course -- with a huge sigh of relief by most party strategists.

Bush and Cheney canceled the scheduled appearances because of the Hurricane Gustav, which appears to be on a collision course with the Gulf Coast. According to the Associated Press, Bush might reschedule his appearance for later this week but Cheney is leaving on a four day foreign trip starting Tuesday that seems to preclude him from making a stop at the convention.

The absence of the two most visible -- and controversial -- members of the Bush Administration is seen as a blessing by nearly every Republican not directly tied to the president.

"The GOP and McCain should use Gustav as an opportunity to put some distance between how President Bush handled Katrina and how a McCain Administration would handle Gustav," said one senior Republican strategist who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

Asked about the no-show of Bush/Cheney, another Republican operative said: "It's not huge, but it's handy."

Democrats made no secret last week in Denver that one of their central strategies in the fall election against McCain is to use Bush -- and his hefty disapproval ratings -- against McCain.

Time and time again in his acceptance speech on Thursday night, Obama pushed the idea that McCain and Bush were two peas from the same pod.

Said Obama:

"John McCain has voted with George Bush ninety percent of the time. Senator McCain likes to talk about judgment, but really, what does it say about your judgment when you think George Bush has been right more than ninety percent of the time? I don't know about you, but I'm not ready to take a ten percent chance on change."

Rest assured that Democrats won't abandon that line of attack simply because neither Bush nor Cheney will personally address convention-goers this week.

But, the absence of Bush and Cheney will make it far easier for McCain to distance himself from the current president and introduce himself and his running mate -- Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin -- to the country as the new face of the Republican party.

During her first appearance as the vice presidential nominee on Friday, Palin repeatedly sought to re-define what it means to be a Republican.

"Politics isn't just a game of competing interests and clashing parties," said Palin. "The people of America expect us to seek public office and to serve for the right reasons. And the right reason is to challenge the status quo and to serve the common good."

Without Bush-Cheney in town, McCain and Palin can also more actively distance themselves from the policies of the current Administration -- particularly when it comes to handling a natural disaster a la Hurricane Katrina.

McCain condemned the way the Bush Administration acted in the aftermath of that hurricane, and, seeking to show the country a more pro-active approach, is traveling today to Mississippi along with Palin to consult with Gov. Haley Barbour in advance of the storm.

In politics, outside events ALWAYS intervene. The best-laid plans must be scuttled or, at the very least, adjusted to deal with new circumstances. No campaign can predict it and, inevitably, some scrambling ensues. But the best (read: winning) campaigns are the ones that see potential in political peril and find a way to make it work to their advantage.

This is one such moment. McCain's campaign has scored a break with the Bush-Cheney news. Now, let's see what they do from here.

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 31, 2008; 12:48 PM ET
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Fairbanks Alaska Editorial
>
> Sen. John McCain's selection of Gov. Sarah Palin as his vice presidential
> running mate was a stunning decision that should make Alaskans proud, even
> while we wonder about the actual merits of the choice.
>
> No Alaskan politician has risen to such national prominence before. The
> closest was former Gov. Wally Hickel, who President Nixon chose as Interior
> secretary in 1969. Palin is truly a remarkable figure, a person carried
> forward to enormous fame by the times and her personal charm and principles.
>
> Alaskans and Americans must ask, though, whether she should become vice
> president and, more importantly, be placed first in line to become
> president.
>
> When a candidate for president picks a vice presidential running mate, that
> partner ought to have more qualifications than this: "She's not from
> Washington."
>
> McCain offered that justification this morning for his decision. There was a
> lot more, of course, about the governor's "grit, integrity and devotion to
> the common good." But after cataloging her basic decency and compassion for
> the common man, what was there? "She's not from Washington."
>
> No doubt about it. In fact, as the governor herself acknowledged in her
> acceptance speech, she never set out to be involved in public affairs. She
> has never publicly demonstrated the kind of interest, much less expertise,
> in federal issues and foreign affairs that should mark a candidate for the
> second-highest office in the land. Republicans rightfully have criticized
> the Democratic nominee, Sen. Barack Obama, for his lack of experience, but
> Palin is a neophyte in comparison; how will Republicans reconcile the
> criticism of Obama with the obligatory cheering for Palin? Or will everyone
> just be forced to drop the subject? That's not a comforting possibility.
> Although no one has the perfect resume and experience isn't everything, it
> is an important quality to weigh. Palin, if elected vice president, would
> ascend to the presidency if anything should happen to McCain, who turned 72
> today.
>
> Most people would acknowledge that, regardless of her charm and good
> intentions, Palin is not ready for the top job. McCain seems to have put his
> political interests ahead of the nation's when he created the possibility
> that she might fill it.
>
> It's clear that McCain picked Palin for reasons of image, not substance.
> She's a woman. She has fought corruption. She has fought the oil companies.
> She's married to a union member. These are portrayals for campaign speeches;
> they are not policy positions.
>
> There was also some pandering right from the start. "I told Congress `Thanks
> but no thanks on that bridge to nowhere,' " Palin reported to the crowd in
> Dayton, Ohio. "If our state wanted a bridge, I said, we'd build it
> ourselves."
>
> But the state kept the bridge money. That's because Alaskans pay federal gas
> taxes and they expect a good share to come back, just like people do in
> every other state. We build very little by ourselves, and any governor who
> would turn that tax money down likely would be turned out of office.
>
> Palin's image as a fresh reformer works on some level, for the moment. The
> governor, as she is quite able to do, delivered a good speech in a strong
> voice. The crowd cheered her enthusiastically, only occasionally fading into
> the "huh?" mode during the presentation. The televised punditry followed up
> with mostly positive comments, calling Palin's selection a clever "chess
> move" by McCain.
>
> The chess analogy offers some caution. Gov. Palin, while extending her
> amazing adventure in politics, must prove she is more than a pawn.
>
> My note: To call the governor of Alaska an executive is like calling the
> president of the student council an executive...Line item budget: Education,
> road maintenance and Parks and Rec.all paid for by big oil.
>

Posted by: Tom | September 1, 2008 3:33 PM | Report abuse

John McCain choose Palin for one reason and one reason only, to win this election - THATS IT! He thinks by attracting enough upset Clinton voters that it might squeak him by into the White House. And you know what? It might! But than what? We have to bring this issue into question now more than ever, and that is his age. Even McCain has admitted that he's as old as dirt and the fact of the matter is that he may not likely survive his first term in office - which means leaving the most important job in the world to someone less experienced than the person McCain has been poking fun at for being inexperienced. This clearly shows how irresponsible and careless John McCain is, that the next 2 Months is more important to him than the next 4 years. Enjoy President Palin America as well as waiting in breadlines!

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

Palin--------recently got her first passport

Obama--------recently used his influence to get the Iraqis and Bush people to agree to a timeline for US troop withdrawal

Republicans-------claim Palin is more experienced

Democrats-----claim Obama is more experienced

Posted by: stan | September 1, 2008 10:47 AM | Report abuse

Immediately popping to mind is Katherine Hepburn as Eleanor of Aquitaine in "The Lion in Winter":

"Dear, dear, whatever shall we do with mother?" (As she is about to be ferried back to her exile)

Of course, she was merely an embarrassing reminder of her family's dysfunction. . .

Posted by: dch | September 1, 2008 10:33 AM | Report abuse

This is no gift, it'sPAYBACK TIME! George Bush and the Republican powerbrokers are strategically gutting John McCain’s Convention. WHY? Because McCain/McInsane violated protocol by selecting a weak novice in Sarah Palin. McCain is on a mission of revenge and is selfish, destructive and lacks emotional intelligence and judgment to be president. Mr. Bush, annihilate McCain before he destroys the Republican Party. PLEASE!

Posted by: ariana98 | September 1, 2008 4:14 AM | Report abuse

Ah, once again the Ditto Heads from the Socialist Republican Party are trying to throw the word "socialist" at the Democrats as though it's some kind of slur.

Hey, Republicans: You are "socialists." You're just too dumb to know it. Did you not just pass the largest extension of Medicare in its history? Yes. Are you going to run on ending Social Security? No. That means: you are socialists.

What's dumber than a Party that doesn't even know what it is? Sheesh.

Posted by: drossless | September 1, 2008 12:12 AM | Report abuse

Dumbhatter:

Obama is bi-racial! How is a man with a white mother and white grandparents that raised him a racist you idiot?

Rev. Wright does not speak for Obama no matter how much you want him to. All you folks have are lies and misinformation.

I got one for you:

McCain would rather start a war and let a murderous terrorist go free in order to win an election!

McCain would put a sorely unqualified mayor a heartbeat away from the Presidency to win an election!

McCain will milk his POW experience to win an election!

McCain would politicize a disaster to win an election!

McCain/Palin are very risky and a dangerous threat to Americans.

Posted by: Neocons are Morons | August 31, 2008 11:33 PM | Report abuse


Mccain is a moron

THE EXPERIENCE MYTH OF OBAMA

I have worked with the Obama campaign on a local level since December and have met and spoken with Obama numerous times. Anyone who thinks Obama is not prepared for the office of president does not know Barack Obama. I don't think the campaign has spoken about it, although there have been articles written, maybe because it may have seemed kind of presumptive doing all this so many months before he even had the nomination, but that is not how Obama works.
Little is left to chance. So here is what the deal is:

Does Obama have the experience to be president, is he ready? It would be hard to say anyone is ready to be president, but what prepares one for the job?

Obama has been getting ready when his nomination was still no more then a dream. Obama has an advisory staff of over a 300. Most all are the top people in their fields. 4 of his staff are the top people on middle east politics in the world. He has numerous people on pretty much everything you could think of from global warming to world economics to energy and foreign policy to the military. Generals to scholars you name it, he has been working with these people for more then a year. Obama is a brilliant man, who easily knows more right now then any candidate who ever ran for the office of president. He is so up to speed it is astounding. John Mccain does not know or grasp a fraction of what Obama does. Mccain is in effect, a dinosaur, compared to Obama now. Mccain has no real practical experience or understanding in many of these areas at all. Just being in Washington for many years does not necessarily make you an expert nor knowledgeable in "Anything".
Bill Clinton said it best when he said,
"No one is really prepared to be president".
He was right and Obama understood that better then anyone long before he even began his journey for the presidency. So for over a year he has been quietly preparing. Like anything such as being a doctor or lawyer or any profession, your first introduction is academic, you go to school. Obama will by no means be learning on the job, he has been in school for more then a year. When enters office, Obama will be the most well prepared and ready president to ever walk into the white house.
He will also be surrounded by the finest staff ever assembled by any president in history.

If you do not want to vote for Barack Obama I can respect that, but by no means think he is not ready to be president. He will be the most ready man to ever win the office.

Thanks for listening
A Florida Obama worker
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McCain hit a home-run! Surprisingly many political pundits are calling this one right and reporting that Palin has more executive experiencet than Obama and has also demonstrated expertise as a change agent.

However, Obama's camp continues with their vitriol against everyone who questions Obama's slim resume. Although, it wouldn't take too much longer until they target Palin and start screaming racism at her.

The Obama camp mix vitriol with Obama's empty mantra about change claiming he is the only one worthy to be President of the USA.

Surprise everyone ~ McCain has just upped the ante!

Posted by: Cantabrigian | August 31, 2008 4:51 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | August 31, 2008 11:32 PM | Report abuse

This might be an opportunity for the Republicans to show they can really learn from their mistakes. This time things may go as well as can be expected. Of course it might also fall prey to what will surely be enormous pressure to make this just another money grub fest of no bid contracts for Republican cronies, Blackwater is already gearing up for lucrative security contracts again on the street of New Orleans, and not much actual aid will flow to those who really need it.

Posted by: marc | August 31, 2008 9:49 PM | Report abuse

"Since most votes in the Senate are unanimous, I wonder how often Obama sides with the President"

Well, Dan, technically you are probably right, since, technically the most common vote in either house is the one that is ignored, because whenever a congressman or senator rises to speak, he requests unanimous consent, "To revise and extend my remarks.", that is to put in the print record of the actions of Congress just about anything he wants, and the pro forma response from the chair is, "without objection it is so ordered." EVERYTHING else is virtually never unanimous. WW II was authorized with the one nay from Jeanette Rankin, a Republican. Most votes for the last eight years have been pretty much party line votes. The vote authorizing George Bush to use Military force, IF THE U>N> FOUND IT NECESSARY, which the U. N. never did, to make Iraq give up its nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons, WHICH IT DIDN'T HAVE, AND GEORGE KNEW IT, wasn't particularly unanimous. Many Democrats already knew that George was lying to them, both about the causus belli, and about his intent to avoid war. Some Democrats were unable to conceive of an American President telling Congress lies about such things, and voted with the Prezdet, but this one is an inveterate liar, and they were quickly given reason to regret trusting him.

But as to "unanimous" and so supported the president.

Nevah Hoppen GI.

Posted by: ceflynline@msn.com | August 31, 2008 8:05 PM | Report abuse

The stupidity of the liberal Socialist Democrats is amazing. Their whining use of the campaign issue that McCain's VP Sarah Palin hasn't got experience is laughable when you consiter that Barack Obama their front runner for president has by far less. Sarah Palin was first elected to a public office in 1992, a total of 16 years. Obama's claim that he was a long-time 'community organizer' before being elected a state Senator is pretty much a phony qualification. Anybody who has ever given a couple of bucks to some streetbums and suggested they go get cleaned up could call himself a community organizer. The only reason Obama was picked to run for state Senator was because the incumbent was emeshed in a scandal and Obama had been kissing the racist white and America--haters Louis Farrakhan and Jerimiah Wright's asses for more than 20 years. As a reward for his loyal service to Farrakhan and Wright, Obama was given the job. Even if you grant that Sarah Palin hasn't got enough on her resume to qualify her for VP, the fact is Sarah Palin will be the UNDERSTUDY to McCain who has a long history of experience, while Barack Obama is THE UNDERSTUDY to his VP Biden and will be needing a lot of on-the-job-training. Big difference!!! For the Socialist Democrats to be picking a know-nothing racist like Barack Obama to run for the highest office on the planet is like General Motors Corporation picking one of their janitors to be the GM's Chairman of the Board.

Posted by: madhatter | August 31, 2008 6:50 PM | Report abuse

Dan there is hope. Most can't see past what Obama tells them. His skew may get him votes from the ill informed but not from non-sheep. Contray to the world according to Obama.MCcain is not like Bush. By not choosing Hillary it seems Obama is not for change either. In his eyes being a Black man was enough History for his ticket and likley did not want to share the stage.

Posted by: Ben S. | August 31, 2008 6:45 PM | Report abuse

McCain must become a believer! God intervened so that neither Bush nor Cheney will attend the Convention. And the righwing refusal of Lieberman was also a godsend. Both liberals and conservatives are appalled at Lieberman, a pharisee extraordinaire!

Posted by: norman ravitch | August 31, 2008 6:26 PM | Report abuse

Since most votes in the Senate are unanimous, I wonder how often Obama sides with the President

Posted by: Dan | August 31, 2008 6:23 PM | Report abuse

A couple of comments are needed here:

1. McCain's Decision-making process should be questioned. Can the USA survive another 4 (8?) years with a President who shoots first and asks questions later?

Here is what McCain says about his own decision-making process in the 2002 book “Worth the Fighting For” which he co-wrote with Mark Salter:

“I make them (decisions) as quickly as I can, quicker than the other fellow, if I can,” ...furthermore... “Often my haste is a mistake, but I live with the consequences without complaint.”

McCain's actions since choosing Palin are already indicative of somebody who is dealing with a bad case of "buyer's remorse" over his recent VP decision.

2. Palin is strongly against abortion under *any* circumstances. Good for her, what does that mean to the rest of us women in the USA? Some of us disagree with her on that subject.

SICK CHILDREN AND HEALTH CARE
Palin has a four-month old baby with Down's Syndrome, her 5th child. Maybe God is telling Palin to stop having babies. Maybe Palin should take a class in birth control, whoops those are now illegal. With today's medical advances, Down's Syndrome can be detected in the first trimester.

Not all women who have a sick child are able to afford health care for the baby the way that Palin can afford health care for her sick baby. Not all women who have sick children are married to a guy with a fleet of fishing boats who can support her. Not all women who have a sick child are Governor of a State in the United States that pays for her health care.

For those of us who don't have wonderful health care and enough $$ for a nanny as Palin does, having a sick child is serious business. It means not being able to pay the bills. Home foreclosure. Bankruptcy. Under the Bush/McCain health care proposal a woman caring for a sick baby ends up sleeping on the street, looking for handouts and has no health care options for the sick child.

No woman wants to have an abortion, it should be a *last* option. But, it *SHOULD BE* an option.

PALIN AND RAPE
Palin has publicly stated that even if her own daughter were raped she would want her daughter to have the baby. Ah, ok. Every woman in the US is not Palin's daughter. Personally, I wouldn't have the baby. Palin and McCain would make that type of abortion a criminal offense and have the raped woman be arrested for an illegal abortion. Think about that, the victim becomes the criminal under the new Bush/McCain/Palin administration.

Posted by: Jane Nodough | August 31, 2008 6:22 PM | Report abuse

Benjamin Franklin once said: "When religion is good, it will take care of itself. When it is not able to take care of itself, and God does not see fit to take care of it, so that it has to appeal to the civil power for support, it is evidence to my mind that its cause is a bad one."

Given Ms Palin's approach to "intelligent design" one has to wonder how many founding fathers are turning in their graves, and whether Jesus would still consider "My kingdom is not of this world" as in John 18:36

Posted by: Paul A | August 31, 2008 6:22 PM | Report abuse

"... the absence of Bush and Cheney will make it far easier for McCain to distance himself from the current president ..."

Bush may not be there, but he won't be forgotten so easily. Gustav has already reminded everyone of his incompetent response to Katrina, and his absence from the convention will only serve to emphasize that memory.

Posted by: synykyl | August 31, 2008 6:15 PM | Report abuse

I cannot help but wonder if God in His justice is showing His displeasure with the "Christians" who prayed for rain on the Democrats’ convention and thus in blasphemy tried to drag Him into their petty partisan politics.

Posted by: ChristianatHeart | August 31, 2008 2:19 PM

You think God is punishing New Orleans again for Bush/Cheney/Rove/McCain's sins? You need a heart transplant.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 31, 2008 4:11 PM

No I don't think God is punishing New Orleans again for Bush/Cheney/Rove/McCain's sins. That would be unjust, to punish innocent victims for someone else's greed for power. Besides, I would never ascribe malice to the Supreme Being for natural calamities; it's how we human beings deal with adversities and how we treat one another when adversity strikes that contain moral meaning.

Rather, I was wondering about the timing of Gustav, that is, the anniversary of the Katrina Shame and disruption of the Republican Convention. It seems a supremely ironic coincidence given the blasphemous prayer for rain by the so called "Christians" of Dobson.

As for the heart transplant, I hope I would be spared of it. But if comes, I would take it with hope and with gratitude towards the donor and all who would have helped. I certainly would not wish it on you or another human being even if you vehemently disagree with my own views.

May the Republicans, especially Christian Republicans, eventually see that God appoints each one of us judge of grace or evil only over our own heart, that evil in others should be smitten down only in self defense. To do otherwise is to begin to usurp God's own power as one's own. Was that not the fallen Angel's pride?

Posted by: Christianat Heart | August 31, 2008 6:05 PM | Report abuse

It is very obvious that all these Democratic, socialist idiots had to take a cheap course on the internet to get a high school diploma. But then again, most of them didn't get past the eight grade. They are all pissed because when McCain picked Palin, their hope of electing Hussein Obama went down the drain, and I mean sewer drain, where the liberal, socialist Democrats belong.Ha, Ha, Palin, Palin, McCain McCain, we win big!!!!!!!

Posted by: frankv | August 31, 2008 6:02 PM | Report abuse

Swanky

Your quote "..this ticket will continue the Bush/Cheney legacy for another 4 years..." is proof that you are reacting from a defensive stance and, with an ever-widening margin of your fellow emocrats, have subconsciously accepted the fact that McCain/Palin are a shoo-in.

You are moving on, past the first stage of grief and into acceptance.

As Jesse Jackson used to say,"Let the healing process begin."


Posted by: viejo1 | August 31, 2008 5:55 PM | Report abuse

Frankv, you need some help. Get some therapy or something. Your rant shows you have lost your mental balance. Seriously. Use this as a wakeup call. Your mind is not right.

Posted by: chinaski | August 31, 2008 5:43 PM | Report abuse

The scum of America, liberal socialists. They hate God, they love homos, they love boy love, they love felony criminals, they love the Government stealing from the rich and middle class and giving to the lazy ass do nothing lower class,they love a country of wimps,they hate people who work hard for a living,they hate the military,they hate Bush because he won elections over two idiots, the buffoon Gore and the band aid purple heart guy Kerry,even when we have not been attacked in 7 yrs.They love everything and anything free from the government as long as they don't need to get a job to work for it.To make it simple and understanding, they love the communist way of life, which by the way destroyed every country that tried it.That's why they love Hussein Obama, he believes and his agenda is all of the above. Democrats are the scourge of the earth!!!!!!!!

Posted by: frankv | August 31, 2008 5:39 PM | Report abuse

Bush and Cheney should be ashamed of killing all those 90 women and children in Afganistan and go hide a secret place so we don't areest them in few months

Posted by: Sara why are against womens rights? | August 31, 2008 5:38 PM | Report abuse

The storm ,the size of a hand gathers strenghth surges forth .The Old oak standing tall for eons buckles sways this way and that way and then with a mighty crash lies supine; its strength spent; the young saplings sway this way and that way as the mighty wind surges forth and then and then the saplings suddenly snap with a sharp sound.They lie in pieces. The storm is irresistable.Who can stand before it. Who knows where it came from?Then suddenly a calm descends. The birds are singing again.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 31, 2008 5:37 PM | Report abuse

Wouldn't it be nice if Republicans cared about hurricanes and the aftermath even during years when they weren't running for president?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bRar6yKZE8g
.

Posted by: Bush + Cheney = McCain | August 31, 2008 5:30 PM | Report abuse

So they're expecting one oil woman in a McCain administration to replace two oil men in this Bush administration?

Posted by: Buck TX Ind | August 31, 2008 5:19 PM | Report abuse

MCCAIN ON FOX PROPAGANDA NETWORK TRIED TO CONVINCE AMERICA THAT OF ALL QUILIFIED PEOPLE IN HIS PARTY,A MAYOR OF A VILLAGE,GOVERNOR FOR TWO YEARS AS THE BEST TO BE PRESIDENT IN THE EVENT OF????? SHOWS THE POOREST FORM OF JUDGEMENT AND AMERICA SHOULD STAND UP AND WONDER WHY ECONOMY IS A MESS

Posted by: EMMANUEL | August 31, 2008 5:18 PM | Report abuse

Hilary Smith, you have to be kidding. Personal responsibility no longer exists because free trade has replaced our protectionist policies? How ironic that you refuse to be held responsible even for the existence of personal responsibility. It's always someone else's fault...

Posted by: HATREDisUGLY | August 31, 2008 5:17 PM | Report abuse

We have had the same party running the country for almost a decade. The Republican party would not suffer for taking a few years to regroup.

Differences of opinion make America great. Let the Democrats have a turn and the Republicans can come back strong and refreshed after they find themselves again.

Posted by: Samwise | August 31, 2008 5:15 PM | Report abuse

It simple, McCain is playing politics with a natural disaster. He should be ashamed of himself and his party.

If McCain cared so much where was he after Katrina? Tea and cake with the Bushes. How come nearly half of the Senate visited New Orleans before him after Katrina?

Could it be that John McCain only gives a damn because its an election year and the cameras are rolling? Shame on you, shame on you.

Posted by: Mike | August 31, 2008 5:14 PM | Report abuse

Hey now, what’s a lady got if she ain’t hot? I tell you what, that Sarah Palin’s a real a looker. She’ll do a great job as VP. USA, USA, USA!!!

Posted by: Hilary Smith | August 31, 2008 5:12 PM | Report abuse

Hey Anonymous, let's talk "personal responsibility" once the US returns to the opportunity-generating protectionist trade policies that made American industry (and working-class earning potential) so powerful to begin with. Then you’ll be justified in preaching personal responsibility. Not now. What a bunch of ignorant boobs you right-wing fanatic types are.

Posted by: Hilary Smith | August 31, 2008 5:08 PM | Report abuse

I'm sick of the stupid cheap shots constantly referring to the way President Bush handled Katrina.

The real failure was total lack of personal responsibility by the citizens themselves. Anyone who sits on their bum waiting for the government to do something for them are losers and parasites that deserve what happened to them!

Bush inherited the same FEMA system all presidents have had during a natural disaster. The real failure was that of the do nothing sit on their thumbs democratic leadership mismanagement of the whole New Orleans debacle. If it wasn't for Bush following the failed system left to him by his predecessor, the folks in New Orleans would have been in real peril waiting on the democrats to figure it out.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 31, 2008 4:59 PM | Report abuse

Palin has no foreign policy experience, a short resume and is totally unqualified to be Commander in Chief. She blindly lets her church guide her decisions. We are just supposed to vote for her because she has a interesting personal story and she claims to be a Washington outsider who wants to bring about some abstract "change" that will end up being business as usual. No one is dumb enough to believe that. I understand why Democrats are so upset that she got the nod for VP. They know that those are the qualities that belong at the top of the ticket.

Posted by: HATREDisUGLY | August 31, 2008 4:52 PM | Report abuse

McCain hit a home-run! Surprisingly many political pundits are calling this one right and reporting that Palin has more executive experiencet than Obama and has also demonstrated expertise as a change agent.

However, Obama's camp continues with their vitriol against everyone who questions Obama's slim resume. Although, it wouldn't take too much longer until they target Palin and start screaming racism at her.

The Obama camp mix vitriol with Obama's empty mantra about change claiming he is the only one worthy to be President of the USA.

Surprise everyone ~ McCain has just upped the ante!

Posted by: Cantabrigian | August 31, 2008 4:51 PM | Report abuse

Is Sarah in charge of the bears up there? Polar not Russian. We don't want to lose them. They're so cute in those Coke commercials. How about the Eskimos? Someone has to keep them on the reservation like the ones in the contiguous states, right? They might get casinos if we don't watch out. Or maybe they'll both become extinct like the people in power would like. Is football back on yet?
Go Raiders.

Posted by: lagunar8er | August 31, 2008 4:47 PM | Report abuse

McCain favors reinstatement of the military draft in order to action aganist Iran and Russia.

Posted by: Maddogg | August 31, 2008 4:33 PM | Report abuse

Poor Haley Barbour! The man's got work to do and now he has to entertain these two fools instead?!

Sheesh!

Posted by: 4Heavenssake | August 31, 2008 4:30 PM | Report abuse

Glad that Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dumb won't be at the RNC event. What an embarassment to the nation.

By the way, why isn't the Post publishing photos of a drunk Bush at the Olympics. There are photos and articles floating around the internet but I haven't seen them in the Post. I'm very disappointed.

Posted by: Jillian | August 31, 2008 4:20 PM | Report abuse


Chris: The Bush-Cheney absence due to the hurricane also provides a pretext for a delaying tactic, so the party can figure out how to handle the Palin Implosion...

You comment about McCain "distancing" himself from their policies is puzzling. Where is the "distance"? Please tell me what I've missed.


REDSTATE.COM TURNS ON PALIN


As recently as last night, the influential conservative web site "RedState.com" was firmly in Sarah Palin's corner. Today a lead in excoriates her selection by McCain -- citing, among other factors, her inexperience; her support of public education (?); and her backing of taxes on the state's oil industry.

http://www.redstate.com/diaries/redstate/2008/aug/31/on-sarah-palin-part-deux/

But the crux of the argument against Palin centers on the experience question. Clearly, conservatives fear that the Palin pick takes the inexperience factor off the table and gives Obama a pass on the biggest impediment to his election.

There could be another factor at work here: GOP strategist Mike Murphy this morning said that Palin doubters were "waiting" for the press to take her apart. He wasn't specific as to the issue that would do her in; but all the internet traffic in the past 36 hours concerning her infant baby cannot be totally discounted.

The decision of Bush and Cheney to remain at their Washington battleposts could safely distance them from a convention revolt against Palin, still a favorite among right-wing diehards, should moderates attempt to stage a revolt against her nomination.

Then there's the outside possibility that McCain himself -- long anathema to the Bushies -- could be the ultimate target.

Stay tuned, and fasten your selt belts; Gustav's not the only storm that could be a'brewin'.

Posted by: scrivener | August 31, 2008 4:18 PM | Report abuse

I cannot help but wonder if God in His justice is showing His displeasure with the "Christians" who prayed for rain on the Democrats’ convention and thus in blasphemy tried to drag Him into their petty partisan politics.

Posted by: ChristianatHeart | August 31, 2008 2:19 PM

You think God is punishing New Orleans again for Bush/Cheney/Rove/McCain's sins? You need a heart transplant.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 31, 2008 4:11 PM | Report abuse

The absence of Bush and Cheney will be noticed, but not felt. With the hurricane taking up significant chunks of the news cycle this weekend, the Republicans have not been able to make much ground following the very successful Democratic National Convention.

In fact, I have already seen too much Bush on TV this weekend as it relates to Gustav. As with 9/11 and now with Katrina, Bush wants to be seen as being ahead of this one. Unfortunately, leadership is measured by how one responds to unexpected events, not possible over-reaction to expected ones. It is so nice to see Bush being so Presidential in a building where perhaps the head of FEMA should be.

Remember, the warnings were imminent for both 9/11 and Katrina. However, Bush prefered to ignore those warnings and continue with his vacations. Indeed, he and McCain celebrated a birthday on the day that Katrina hit. So much for McCain's concern, also. You might say that McCain is playing catch-up, just as is Bush.

It is too bad that the Dr. James Dobson's camp wanted rain to fall on Obama's parade to see that bigger things are about to fall on the Republican parade. Hopefully, they will see God's hand in all of this. God couldn't get the attention of the pharisees 2000 years ago. He is having a very hard time getting their attention now. Self-righteous, hypocritical, un-loving, and spiteful people will never be in line with God's perfect will. Of course, I speak about those who cannot find one ounce of Christian charity when it comes to speaking about Obama. I speak about those who have ruled with iron fists and have ignored 50% of the American voting population. I speak about those who speak their anti-abortion rhetoric and find no compassion for homeless veterans, indeed deny that homeless veterans exist.

Let the Republicans figure out how to manipulate their convention to try to garner sympathy from the American voter. Instead of doing the right thing, they must first try to calculate to see if there are political advantages to be had.

Posted by: Earl C | August 31, 2008 4:10 PM | Report abuse

palin......just another smelly bush...........

Posted by: wm musson | August 31, 2008 4:10 PM | Report abuse

Today McCain said: “I pledge that tomorrow night, and if necessary throughout our convention, we will act as Americans and not as Republicans because America needs us now.” Well thank God for that! The last thing this country needs is for anyone to act like a Republican. All that has got us is eight years of a tanked economy, 100,000 dead Iraqis and 4,300 dead American soldiers with no benefits. You said it well, McCain, the last thing America needs is for you to act like a Republican.

Posted by: DanRains | August 31, 2008 4:10 PM | Report abuse

So what deferent’s dose it make?? , McCain and his new Alaskan plain sheet are heading in same old bush cheney policy , he talks war and she talks oil .

Posted by: nova | August 31, 2008 4:05 PM | Report abuse

What we need in this country is a governor being investigated in the firing of an Alaskan commissioner. One that gave him no severance but gave $10,000 to someone that had to leave after being accused of being too touchy. She said keep the bridge but give me the half billion for my friends gas pipeline. A radio interviewer called a cancer surviving detractor a b**ch which got a Palin ha, ha. Then when same toxic man said he'd like to lie down in the big chair with the plush cushion (A reference to her size), ha ha. It would be an honor to see you at the convention was Palin's remark to this idiot.

Posted by: Jimbo | August 31, 2008 3:59 PM | Report abuse

Palin shows that she has experience dealing with foreign entities by showing that she has kept those troublesome Canadians from invading us. Damn those Canadians!

Posted by: Sandra | August 31, 2008 3:56 PM | Report abuse

It will be necessary for the GOP to entertain a motion requesting that Palin withdraw her candidacy. There is no way the party can nominate a candidate under an ethics investigation by a bipartisan Alaskan commission. What if she is found to be guilty? The motion, if passed, will allow the GOP to nominate its choice--which may not be Senator McCain's.

Posted by: Richard S. Wheeler | August 31, 2008 3:54 PM | Report abuse

It is irrelevant if Bush or Cheney, it does not remove the fact that the Commander in Chief of the United States is a Republican.

The GOP's idea of diplomacy is to send in the troops first, well, that is the sum total of their diplomacy strategy.

This war in Iraq was Bush's doing with the complicity of his party. He lied to Congress and the America people using fabricated intelligence of Weapons of Mass Destruction pushing this nation into a unilateral war against a soverign country resulting in the violent killing of thousands of brave young men and women serving in the U.S. Armed Forces.

Even after learning of the fabricated intelligence the GOP remained lock, stock and barrel behind the president, thereby, supporting his actions.

We now have a great deal of friendship building to do with our allies that have been alienated as a result of the foreign policies of the United States in the last 8 years. We have more enemies now that we did before 9/11, Osama Bin Laden is still a free man, and Al-Qaeda is re-grouping.

We need stability in the world not more war. War creates as many enemies as it destroys. War should be the "final straw" so to speak.

Obama/Biden is the ticket, for me, who will usher in a change that will reposition America back to her base of being the standard bearer for democracy in the world.

I cannot accept another four years of the last eight years. The thought of it is downright depressing.

Posted by: Ward6ForNow | August 31, 2008 3:52 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin Didn’t Give Birth To Down’s Syndrome Baby?

http://justjared.buzznet.com/2008/08/31/sarah-palin-downs-syndrome/

Posted by: Scott | August 31, 2008 3:52 PM | Report abuse

I think it is a very good thing Cheney and Bush will not be making the Grand ole Republican Convention! The impending Hurricane heading toward the Gulf Coast, could not compare to the damage these two simpletons, Bush and Cheney, have done, and will do to the New Corrupt Republican party. Their presents will not help the old fart, flip-flop, one foot in the grave McCrazy or his Christian Fanatical running mate Palin!

Posted by: nallcando | August 31, 2008 3:51 PM | Report abuse

But why wouldn't the party strategists want them there? What could they be afraid of? Are they unwilling to acknowledge their own misguided political views? Would they vote for Gore or Kerry now knowing what they know? If not, they should be thoroughly disappointed by Bush/Cheney's absence. Talk about flip-floppers, eh?


Posted by: mr.moderate | August 31, 2008 3:51 PM | Report abuse

Who cares about Chirs Cillizza - he hangs woith the idiots on msnbc and is a useless person trying to give some credibility to his job. A Journalism 101 student could write better columns.

Posted by: The Truth | August 31, 2008 3:50 PM | Report abuse

Fightertom34.......Rush Limbaugh???? Same logic.

Posted by: Hoffmann | August 31, 2008 3:50 PM | Report abuse

Ex-President and Prime Minister of Russia, Vladimir Putin, hinted, but made no specific reference, the involvement of one of the presidential candidates in hurricane Gustav to help him win the elections :)

Posted by: gre | August 31, 2008 3:48 PM | Report abuse

Didn't McCain vote against helping New Orleans rebuild? Hurricane Gustav shows that McCain and his party are all talk an no action unless it is to help the Military Industrial Complex and big oil.

If the levies collapse it shows not enough effort to get the job done right was done by the the Bush Administration or their lap dog McCain.

Posted by: Scott | August 31, 2008 3:46 PM | Report abuse

already the left is panicking and spreading ugly rumors. i like the crazy use of all caps, which so builds credibility.

Posted by: stan madison | August 31, 2008 3:41 PM | Report abuse

No Shrub
Shrub busy at his post
The Republicans--simple, compassionate balloon people--avoid comparison with Democrat extravaganza.

Trifecta, as we say in the White House.

Posted by: henst | August 31, 2008 3:39 PM | Report abuse

Sarah is a BIG FRAUD THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA IS REPORTING THAT THE BABY ISHE SUPPOSED TO BIRTH IS HER DAUGTHER AND NOT HERS. THIS EXPLAINS WHY SARAH WENT BACK TO WORK JUST 3DAYS AFTER GIVING BIRTH. THAT WOULD BE IMPOSSIBLE ! PEOPLE IN ALASKA ARE REPORTING THAT THE DAUGTHER HAS BEEN OUT OF SCHOOL FOR ALMOST 1YR. THE FAMILY PIC FLOATING ON THE INTERNET SHOWS SARAH 7MONTHS PREGENAT BUT HER STOMACH IS FLAT AS A BOARD. I BELEIVE IT THAT BABY IS HER DAUGTHER . GOOD JOB SARAH FOR LYING TO US WITH 24HRS OF YOUR INTRODUCTION!!!! BARACKOBAMA08

Posted by: RASHANT21 | August 31, 2008 3:39 PM | Report abuse

McCain now lies to he American people. Following months of McCain citing that experience is essential to hold office, he turns around and picks an inexperienced VP.

McCain is a liar and is certainly following in the footsteps of that other liar George Bush who lied to get the US into war.

Posted by: Maddogg | August 31, 2008 3:38 PM | Report abuse

McCain now lies to he American people. Following months of McCain citing that experience is essential to hold office, he turns around and picks an inexperienced VP.

McCain is a liar and is certainly following in the footsteps of that other liar George Bush who lied to get the US into war.

Posted by: Maddogg | August 31, 2008 3:38 PM | Report abuse

Thank God for Gustav, eh? It lets the GOP do everything they wanted to do, including taking Bush and Cheney off the schedule as well as serving as a handy excuse for the media not to discuss the underlying breakdown of the Republican party and how many GOP heavyweights were not going to show up anyway. Nice trick!

Posted by: Mary | August 31, 2008 3:37 PM | Report abuse

The Bush/Cheney absence will be the elephant in the room (pun intended) at the GOP CONvention.

Posted by: Ex-GOP | August 31, 2008 3:35 PM | Report abuse

Run and hide Bush and Cheney. Hide your heads in utter shame. Not even your own shallow hate-mongering GOP wants you.

Posted by: :-) | August 31, 2008 3:35 PM | Report abuse

The Bush/Cheney absence will be the elephant in the room (pun intended) at the GOP CONvention.

Posted by: Ex-GOP | August 31, 2008 3:34 PM | Report abuse

"Please tell me fightertom isn't for real. No one can be that stupid... can they? Posted by: Luke"

You can't get that stupid on natural talent alone, you have to work at it. It helps if you steep your self in the Conservative Wisdom of the Ages, so as to believe Ann Coulter and Bill O'Reilly are the Ayotullahs and Imams of political wisdom, that because they say Conservativism is the One True Way, that all not conservatives are open to being lied about any way that is convenient. You have to study economics under RR and JM, and learn true belief. Then you can learn dialectical materialism, once the prized theory of those horrible Comintern Boys, but liberated, baptized, and declared "The Ownership Society." by the Religious Right.

THEN you can say that GEORGE cleaned up the economic mess BILL left behind. (You must, of course, speak NEWSPEAK, where job creation is bad if you create a lot of them but good if you only create a few, (net job loss is of course to be preferred.) Budget surplusses are bad if the Democrats achieve them, and really bad because they might cause Congress to pay down the national debt, and thereby make it possible to pay for more Government, like a FEMA that can actually deal with large area natural disasters.

Some kinds of stupid you can get by not caring. Fightertom's kind of stupidity yalkes a great deal of larnin'.

Posted by: ceflynline@msn.com | August 31, 2008 3:32 PM | Report abuse

I left the Republican party in 2003 because of the actions of Bush/Cheney, Rumsfeld, with support of people like McCain (who turns with the wind).

Bring back the Goldwater or Reagan Republican... I trust conservative columnist George Will in his assessment of McCain (an angry man), not one I want as President. And his pick for VP, gimmea break, kowtowing to the radical right wing evangelical fundamentalists. McCain the candidate is no longer McCain the Senator.

Posted by: Past Republican | August 31, 2008 3:31 PM | Report abuse

It's the Perfect Storm!
How convenient for President Cheney and his dimwitted finger puppet Bush.
By not attending the GOP convention, Bush can appear like he's actually doing something by monitoring the situation along the Gulf Coast. It's 3 years too late, but by now our expectations are so low that if ANYTHING is not completely bungled it will look like a relative success.
And maybe Cheney can make a pass over from 30,000 ft to see his duck hunting grounds on his way to (the Republic of) Georgia to re-ignite the latest energy war.

Posted by: Gus | August 31, 2008 3:31 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin has held those troublesome Russians at bay for close to two years now. No Russians have attacked Alaska while she has been on the job. That shows foreign policy smarts to me. And she didn't need a massive troop buildup or large scale national guard deployment to make it happen. This is a perfect example of small government doing big things, and governing well. On a more serious note, we have high school districts in this country that have more students that Wasilla has citizens. It would be nice if McCain were to respect the citizens of the United States by selecting a vp candidate that is at least, minimally qualified. He failed us here.

Posted by: Jill Again | August 31, 2008 3:29 PM | Report abuse

The grand old party is no longer grand it's just old.

NO Republicans want to show up for this convention. Even the Republicans are running away from this party. I know party what party. The Depends party I guess.

McCain is like that nerdy senior that keeps asking people to come his party.

Well the big Republicans star, California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger will not be attending this party. In fact 1/5 of all the Republican senator are not attending.

Plus now no President, and no Vice President.

But really who can blame them. I would rather go give blood that isten to McCain with another war story. This is sympathetic nation, but not pathetic one.

God Bless America
and Pray for the GOP. Perhaps one day it will be more grand and less, just OLD!

Posted by: Fort Benton, MT | August 31, 2008 3:28 PM | Report abuse

Bush will not be missed? Here is the hero of the pro-life movment and anti-gay movement and he will not be missed?

All these Evangelicals forced Bush on the World and America and now they are ashamed of him.

Posted by: Maddogg | August 31, 2008 3:28 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin has held those troublesome Russians at bay for close to two years now. No Russians have attacked Alaska while she has been on the job. That shows foreign policy smarts to me. And she didn't need a massive troop buildup or large scale national guard deployment to make it happen. This is a perfect example of small government doing big things, and governing well. On a more serious note, we have high school districts in this country that have more students that Wasilla has citizens. It would be nice if McCain were to respect the citizens of the United States by selecting a vp candidate that is at least, minimally qualified. He failed us here.

Posted by: Jill Again | August 31, 2008 3:28 PM | Report abuse

To JYC....

You obviously don't read or have an original thought. When it comes to hate the Republicans wrote the book.

You may want to stop posting as your ignorance is glaring. That is not a mean remark....I'm trying to help you......really. You look foolish. YOu look like a traitor republican to me. Why do you hate this country so much? Traitor!

Posted by: common sense | August 31, 2008 3:24 PM | Report abuse

"My politics first than counry first" Jo Mcane

Posted by: JOJO | August 31, 2008 3:23 PM | Report abuse

So the hurricaine serves as an excuse to keep Bush and Cheney out of St. Paul.

The Republican party is "energized" by the hope of running as some other party, rather than as itself. Demoralized and (rightly) shamed over the administration they inflicted on the country, they are showing shallowness and cowardice by running away from their brand-name.

McCain's choice of Palin doesn't represent a Maverick at all. He wasn't permitted to make his own choice, because he lacks the stature to stand up to the ultra-right-wing of his own party. This is a cynical effort to put a fresh "new" face on the same morally bankrupt party. The hard-right base are the same people who brought us George Bush as the Nascar-watching, sports-loving, good-buddy, low intellectual accomplishment, born again president. Look where that got us.

Bush, McCain and Palin have this in common: none of them has shown any interest, in their whole lives, in the kind of mental heavy-lifting needed to actually lead the executive branch of the greatest power on earth. McCain rode his Admiral's-son ticket to the Naval Academy, where his performance showed nothing but contempt for the opportunity. Bush did the same in an ivy league college. Sarah at least trained in journalism, but to be a sportscaster. Under cover of light-weights such as these, the far-right neocons have pursued policies that have wasted, killed, maimed, crippled, and disgraced our country and its people.

Instead, they run away from themselves and look forward to a fantasy of inventing a clean, new identity.

Posted by: Mary Porter | August 31, 2008 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Why is the Washington Post not covering the extensive break-ins, intimidations and arrests that are taking place in Minneapolis-St. Paul?

Local police and federal agents are breaking into homes of people they suspect of planning to peacefully protest the convention, armed to the teeth and in swat gear. They have even detained journalists and legal staff there to assist.

And nary a mention on WaPo...

http://www.salon.com/opinion/greenwald/2008/08/31/raids/


Posted by: CJB | August 31, 2008 3:21 PM | Report abuse

"My politics first than counry first" Jo Mcane

Posted by: JOJO | August 31, 2008 3:21 PM | Report abuse

This is the first intelligent decision that Bush-Cheney have made in at least three years. They realize what incredible damage they do to McCain, Coleman and other republicans chances of election when they appear in public. Having Bush and McCain on stage could very well make the difference in a nose to nose race, pushing Obama ahead just enough. Also, with Norm Coleman having lost the 10 point advantage he once had in the polls, being seen side by side with George Bush could be enough to give up his senate seat.

Posted by: Scott Stein | August 31, 2008 3:21 PM | Report abuse

Their absence at the convention is the best thing to happen to the McCain campaign. Because they don't want the voters to have a visual reminder that Palin and John is just four more years of Bush and Dick.

Posted by: Second Coming | August 31, 2008 3:20 PM | Report abuse

Dear Fightertom34
RE: your remark: "He [Bush] has pulled the economy out of the mess that Clinton left."
By "mess" I presume you mean the greatest economic expansion in the last 50 years. Yes, he certainly did pull us out of that. Or did you mean the first federal budget surpluses in over a generation? If so, he certainly fixed that too. Maybe you meant growth in real wages - that was a mess. Doesn't matter, he fixed that too.

Posted by: bill | August 31, 2008 3:19 PM | Report abuse

I love reading the comments here and getting my daily chuckle. Liberals are so two faced. They preach holding hands, sitting around the camp fire singing, peace, love, etc. And then you come here and read the angry comments. Liberals have no respect for anyone who dares to disagree. They preach diversity and respect for others while bashing anyone who doesn't go along with their view of how things should be. How very, very sad...

Posted by: JTC | August 31, 2008 3:19 PM | Report abuse

A sign from God ?
Dem covention sunshine
Rep convention stormy

and for the Republicans to act like they care about the people and not the oil rigs in the gulf will be a nice show for the
sheeple

Posted by: actofGod | August 31, 2008 3:18 PM | Report abuse

The nicest thing for me about the Palin pick is that I don’t even have to think twice about her to know I oppose her- I simply am done supporting rightwing religious nutjobs...

So for me, at least, I don’t have to even bother with the issues of experience and her complete lack of knowledge regarding foreign affairs and well, hell, the fact she didn’t even know what the VP did a few weeks ago. I don’t have to think about any of that, as her extreme Bush religious views already disqualify her in my eyes. No more nutjob social conservatives. Ever.

Posted by: Robin Keast | August 31, 2008 3:17 PM | Report abuse

I understand that the subject seems "conspiratorial", but I must ask: Is there a way to prove or disprove the parentage of Sarah Palin's little Down's sweetie? The circumstances of her pregnancy seem quite unbelievable, particularly the climax, which purportedly has her water breaking in Texas after which she flew to Alaska to give birth. If it's all true, she truly is a miracle woman. Is there any polite way to get answers to these questions?

Posted by: Jerry | August 31, 2008 3:17 PM | Report abuse

Can someone please explain to me what possible good it will do the citizens of the Gulf Coast for Candidates McCain and Palin to fly down there? Are they planning on bringing sand bags with them? Supplies? Walkie-talkies?

Or are they just going to show how much they "care"?

Egads. This is political pandering at the very worst. Go on TV if you must, and say you hope the feds have finally got there act together after the disaster of Katrina. But don't muck up the works with your camera entourage.

Aren't Republicans the ones who believe that "government isn't the solution to our problems. Government is the problem"????

What, all of a sudden, they've discovered that the great President Reagan's philosophy was completely disingenuous?

Posted by: Linguist | August 31, 2008 3:12 PM | Report abuse

Let's check in on what the other world leaders think about Traitor John McBush's VP pick.


Wait..........just another moment.........any second now......


Nope, sorry.........none of them have stopped laughing yet.


It sickens me that Traitor John McBush would pick Elaine from Seinfeld as his running mate. When you put the entire country at risk just to further your political career you meet the criteria of Traitor. Traitor John McBush meets the decription of TRAITOR TO HIS COUNTRY.

Elitest Traitor John McBush is also an adulterer. While married to his first ex-model wife he apparently wasn't settled with owning just two homes so he had an affair with an elitest ex-model who along with being an adulterer herself, for entering into an affair with a married man, owned an additional 6 homes. So now Elitest Adulterer Traitor John McBush should be happy now that he has 8 homes. Although Traitor John McBush's Adulterer wife should be worried....Traitor John McBush's pick was also an ex-model and is almost 30 year younger.

But no, he wants to be president. Traitor McBush is behind in the polls so what does Traitor John McBush do? Instead of picking a qualified Vice President, Traitor John McBush picks the mayor of a town smaller than some US high schools. Then Traitor John McBush tries to say that Elaine from Seinfeld is more qualified than Barak Obama because she ran a town of 6000 people with a budget of $3 million. That by the way is less than half of what Traitor John McBush earned last year. Not only is Elaine from Seinfeld not qualifed to be vice-president she isn't qualified to be Traitor John McBush's accountant. Thats what a journalism degree is worth from the Univ of Idaho.


I guess Traitor John McBush thinks a journalism degree from Idaho trumps Obama's law degrees from Columbia and Harvard Law School (where he was President of the Harvard Law Review), 8 years in the Illinois state senate and 4 years in the US Senate.

And yet there are some Traitor Republicans who will insist on voting for Traitor Elitest Adulterer John McBush. These are the people who hate this country.


Posted by: traitor bush | August 31, 2008 3:12 PM | Report abuse

having a [grand]son with Down syndrome is NOT a qualification for POTUS.

Posted by: Corky's revenge | August 31, 2008 3:11 PM | Report abuse

You are so correct urkooks. It's obvious the kooks are on the loose. I mean how else could you explain two term of George W. Bush. That is just proof that our education system is in the toilet. If you were kooky enough to vote republican you must have some type of mental disability.

........kooks is just such a harsh word.....

Posted by: COMMON SENSE | August 31, 2008 3:10 PM | Report abuse

The catatonic duo won't make it to Minneapolis/St Paul, ostensibly because they will be needed to deal with Hurricane Gustave, but since George has already missed one time line check point, because he hasn't declared a state of emergency for the affected areas, and hasn't called out the National Guard, he is losing time on prepositioning help that will be desperately needed somewhere. While HE can give orders from anywhere, the relief agencies need to be just out of the wind and flood damage zone, ready to roll in as soon as the winds are out of the way. The Red Cross, the Salvation Army, Wal-Mart are certainly already getting manpower in place. If FEMA is doing anything, we haven't heard. By now Fort Rucker, Alabama, Hatiesburg Mississippi, Port Polk LA, and Fort Hood Texas ought to be filling up with prepo men and materiel. The Military who serve the President can figure this out. They COULD give George advice, unless they have already been told not to.

It is late and getting later, and the only decision George has made, so far, is to skip the parties in Minnesota.

McCain could call for more preparation, of course, but he his still out introducing his new girl friend to the family.

Four months, twenty days, and we have a President who does listen to advice, and take action, including changing his mind when he sees that he isn't necessarily correct in his evaluation of the problem under consideration. (Republicans call this flip flopping, and since they don't want to be accused of that, never change an imperial decision once it has been made. Like Custer letting Jack Crabbe go in "Little Big Man" when it looked like Crabbe was going to kill him, because, "It would require changing a Custer Decision."

Posted by: ceflynline@msn.com | August 31, 2008 3:10 PM | Report abuse

So, we are to understand that this broken, corrupt GOP, with its history of having completely screwed up during Katrina, is now going to USE the current hurricane for the benefit of this same administration--so they can make themselves look good?

As Auntie Em stated so eloquently in The Wizard of Oz film, I'd hate to have their nerve in a tooth!

Posted by: Leah | August 31, 2008 3:09 PM | Report abuse

Fightertom34, you obviously have no idea what you are talking about - cleaned up the mess in Iraq? Tommy, he created the mess, it will be others who clean it up.

If you are for real, and I have my doughts about that, then I am sorry to rain in your Rabbit Hole. But you are a perfect example of the dumbed down (idiot even in this case) thinking and the propaganda spewing Republicavemen and Bush "dim"inistration.

You need some serious help with reality. Bush has done almost nothing good except for himself. He got elected twice and beat his pappy. So what. In the meantime, he has made a mess of America, and indeed has made a huge blot on the entire planet.

If you vote McCain / Palin, it is now so abundantly clear you will get more of the same. He is indeed Bush' sidekick and of course Palin is a mini-Cheney except that she is a mother too.

I think you comments will be seen for what they are. What I don't understand is how you could possibly post that with a straight face. Oh right, no one can see your face.

Posted by: Paul Stewart | August 31, 2008 3:08 PM | Report abuse

I DIDN'T KNOW PRESIDENCY CAN BE BOUGHT LIKE A CAR SHOWING IT WITH BEAUTIFUL LAYDY LAYINGBACK ON IT.THAT IS McANE DOING SHOWING THIS LADY AND TRY TO WIN BALLOT CHEAP.

Posted by: JOJO | August 31, 2008 3:08 PM | Report abuse

Duck-Billed Platitudes

The mating-cry of a creature which can grow fur and lay eggs at the same time.

By Lyndon H. LaRouche, Jr.

August 31, 2008

As of now, the roster of Presidential candidacies for the November U.S. general election appears to be virtually settled. Nonetheless, except for some clever campaign tactics from the Republican campaign of Senator John McCain, the stated policies of the Presidential candidates are fairly described as "duck-billed platitudes," cries worthy of strange creatures of the type to be expected from putative Beaverbrook heir Rupert Murdoch, from "way down under."

Karl Rove of debased-faith-initiative notoriety has done some weird things in the past, and, we have strong reason to suspect, still now. Nonetheless, what are to be suspected as being, now, the most important of the initiatives coming from the Republican campaign are not the plausible work-product of Rove himself, but from London, sometimes by way of Australia. The hollow-est of the platitudes are come from the mouth of the Buppies- and-Boomers favorite, Presidential candidate Obama, in the form of grandiose, if empty gestures worthy of a carnival act, but nothing of actually practical relevance to the already desperate economic situation confronting the lower eighty-percentile of our citizens. Senator John McCain is no rival of Obama in the pure "b...s..." department, but John seems to plod along successfully in the shadow of political con-man act played by thuggish George Soros' patsy, four-flushing Senator Obama. To be fair to both, it must be said that neither campaign has been playing with a full deck, so far.

In the present circumstance, while the existing financial-monetary system of the world as a whole is gripped by something far worse than merely an on-rushing world depression, not a single sane move has come, so far, out of the U, S, Federal executive or the "Ding-a-ling, Barney, and Bailout" circus in the U.S. Congress.

Hey, fellows, how do you hope to get us safely out of this mess? How far down are you willing to see our republic sink, before you do something to change this?

It comes down to this. Our so-called "main-stream news media," including the New York Times, of course, has been "out-Goebbelsing Goebbels" like never before. Our elected political officials who should be defending the nation, and honest political representatives, against the effect of these lies from that so-called news media, are either joining the chorus, or cringing under the bed. This, dear citizen, is the time you must show some real guts in the defense of our republic against this pack of political and press swindlers.

There is strength in unity from below. This is the time to show it.

- The Hard Truth -

The danger to our republic, and to you personally, comes from the British Empire whose representatives include George Soros, and, in effect, Felix Rohatyn. Agents of the British Empire's official institutions, such as Soros, are presently in top-down control of the Democratic Party machine. You have seen the near thermonuclear confrontation which the British staged in Georgia, The control from London-centered interests, is virtually treasonous in its effects on our nation, and on you. The Republican side is better only in the degree that it is not the howling Howard Dean's Soros circus.

The world is now gripped, not by a recession, but by what is known in relevant technical terms as an already onrushing "general breakdown-crisis" of the present world financial system, like that which struck Europe during the Fourteenth Century "New Dark Age," when half the parishes of Europe vanished in a relatively global banking panic, and the population of Europe collapsed, during approximately a generation, by one-third. And, with all that, here you are, sitting, holding a certificate of virtual membership in the lower eighty percentile of family- income brackets, not a particular safe place to sit idly.

It is past time to begin fighting back; it is past time to begin acting like a mass of serious patriots.

However, that is not the worst of it. We are also teetering on the edge of a possible general thermonuclear war. Vice-President Dick Cheney, operating, as usual, with guidance and backing from London, is off whipping up wars again, just as he did in cahoots with lying Prime Minister Tony Blair in the fraudulent launching of the still-simmering war in Iraq. Now, he is aiming at an impossible war with Iran, and, at the same time, the Bush Adminsitration has backed the Saudis (who may be supplying another round of financial backing to the Bush family, while throwing nuclear-armed Pakistan into the cauldron of war in that entire region.

The attempt to stage a thermonuclear bluff against the Russia, China, and India, who are willing to cooperate on all legitimate economic issues, and on whose cooperation we of the U.S. now depend for our economic survival, is a demonstration of how evil London can be, and how stupid the present Bush Administration and the leaders of our Conrgess has been of late.

Meanwhile, on all these and related issues, most of you out there, have your heads stuck in the proverbial sand, hoping that what you refuse to see is not happening.

Think about it, while you still can.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 31, 2008 3:08 PM | Report abuse

what was McFailin's veepstakes winnner's occupation 2+ years ago?

unemployed.

what was McFailin's veepstakes winnner's occupation 3+ years ago?

unemployed.

what was McFailin's veepstakes winnner's occupation 4+ years ago?

unemployed.

Posted by: Country [Club] First | August 31, 2008 3:08 PM | Report abuse

The Kooks are out and loose. Just look in the mirror.

Posted by: UrKooks | August 31, 2008 3:07 PM | Report abuse

Bush and Cheney are going to be no-shows? All I can say is that my respect for Bill Clinton is on the upswing.
Sterling Greenwood
Aspen Free Press

Posted by: AspenFreePress | August 31, 2008 3:05 PM | Report abuse

Let's check in on what the other world leaders think about Traitor John McBush's VP pick.


Wait..........just another moment.........any second now......


Nope, sorry.........none of them have stopped laughing yet.


It sickens me that Traitor John McBush would pick Elaine from Seinfeld as his running mate. When you put the entire country at risk just to further your political career you meet the criteria of Traitor. Traitor John McBush meets the decription of TRAITOR TO HIS COUNTRY.

Elitest Traitor John McBush is also an adulterer. While married to his first ex-model wife he apparently wasn't settled with owning just two homes so he had an affair with an elitest ex-model who along with being an adulterer herself, for entering into an affair with a married man, owned an additional 6 homes. So now Elitest Adulterer Traitor John McBush should be happy now that he has 8 homes. Although Traitor John McBush's Adulterer wife should be worried....Traitor John McBush's pick was also an ex-model and is almost 30 year younger.

But no, he wants to be president. Traitor McBush is behind in the polls so what does Traitor John McBush do? Instead of picking a qualified Vice President, Traitor John McBush picks the mayor of a town smaller than some US high schools. Then Traitor John McBush tries to say that Elaine from Seinfeld is more qualified than Barak Obama because she ran a town of 6000 people with a budget of $3 million. That by the way is less than half of what Traitor John McBush earned last year. Not only is Elaine from Seinfeld not qualifed to be vice-president she isn't qualified to be Traitor John McBush's accountant. Thats what a journalism degree is worth from the Univ of Idaho.


I guess Traitor John McBush thinks a journalism degree from Idaho trumps Obama's law degrees from Columbia and Harvard Law School (where he was President of the Harvard Law Review), 8 years in the Illinois state senate and 4 years in the US Senate.

And yet there are some Traitor Republicans who will insist on voting for Traitor Elitest Adulterer John McBush. These are the people who hate this country.

Posted by: traitor mcbush | August 31, 2008 3:04 PM | Report abuse

JSPAL - YOU MAY WANT TO STOP POSTING. Seriously, you are making yourself look foolish.

You obviously are selective in your criticism. It is quite clear that Traitor Bush was correct. Traitor Republicans like yourself really do hate this country?

Posted by: COMMON SENSE | August 31, 2008 3:03 PM | Report abuse

What most people don't understand is that there are about a third of the populations who are so willfully ignorant that they think Bush is a great President, and can't imagine how a black man could be elected so they just assume that McCain is the next President. They will go along as the usual idiot dupes with this virtual shutdown of the GOP convention as some kind of national interest due to the hurricance, not realizing that the party is in such total disrepute and world disgrace (lower than the Nazis) that it is lucky to be able to fold up its tent and not face the country it ruined.

Posted by: gregrocker | August 31, 2008 3:03 PM | Report abuse

My respect for Bill Clinton increases daily. If anyone had a right to flake on his party's national convention, it was Bubba. Instead, he showed and made the speech of his life.
Sterling Greenwood
Aspen Free Press

Posted by: AspenFreePress | August 31, 2008 3:02 PM | Report abuse

The media played the part of enabler and allowed George Bush to hoodwink us into going into Iraq because of WMD.

Now we have Palin and the media is being equally impotent. Some in the media have the audacity to obfuscate the Palin choice by comparing her to Obama, even though he has been thoroughly vetted for 18 months.

Some talk about her executive experience as it relates to being Governor of Alaska, a State that has the population of Jacksonville Florida.

And some even has vouched for her foreign policy experience by citing the proximity of Alaska to Russia.

Have we all lost our minds?

Posted by: Kwaku Azar | August 31, 2008 3:02 PM | Report abuse

My respect for Bill Clinton increases daily. If anyone had a right to flake on his party's national convention, it was Bubba. Instead, he showed and made the speech of his life.
Sterling Greenwood
Aspen Free Press

Posted by: AspenFreePress | August 31, 2008 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Wow - I have never seen such vitriolic, stupid comments ever. Just goes to show you that liberals aren't as intelligent as they'd like to think. You all have so much anger - it's really unappealing and if this is what Democrats are really like, I wouldn't want any part of it.

Posted by: jsypal | August 31, 2008 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Wow - I have never seen such vitriolic, stupid comments ever. Just goes to show you that liberals aren't as intelligent as they'd like to think. You all have so much anger - it's really unappealing and if this is what Democrats are really like, I wouldn't want any part of it.

Posted by: jsypal | August 31, 2008 3:01 PM | Report abuse

TIME TO ARREST THESE WAR CRIMINALS

Posted by: Freedom Truth | August 31, 2008 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Let's check in on what the other world leaders think about Traitor John McBush's VP pick.


Wait..........just another moment.........any second now......


Nope, sorry.........none of them have stopped laughing yet.


It sickens me that Traitor John McBush would pick Elaine from Seinfeld as his running mate. When you put the entire country at risk just to further your political career you meet the criteria of Traitor. Traitor John McBush meets the decription of TRAITOR TO HIS COUNTRY.

Elitest Traitor John McBush is also an adulterer. While married to his first ex-model wife he apparently wasn't settled with owning just two homes so he had an affair with an elitest ex-model who along with being an adulterer herself, for entering into an affair with a married man, owned an additional 6 homes. So now Elitest Adulterer Traitor John McBush should be happy now that he has 8 homes. Although Traitor John McBush's Adulterer wife should be worried....Traitor John McBush's pick was also an ex-model and is almost 30 year younger.

But no, he wants to be president. Traitor McBush is behind in the polls so what does Traitor John McBush do? Instead of picking a qualified Vice President, Traitor John McBush picks the mayor of a town smaller than some US high schools. Then Traitor John McBush tries to say that Elaine from Seinfeld is more qualified than Barak Obama because she ran a town of 6000 people with a budget of $3 million. That by the way is less than half of what Traitor John McBush earned last year. Not only is Elaine from Seinfeld not qualifed to be vice-president she isn't qualified to be Traitor John McBush's accountant. Thats what a journalism degree is worth from the Univ of Idaho.


I guess Traitor John McBush thinks a journalism degree from Idaho trumps Obama's law degrees from Columbia and Harvard Law School (where he was President of the Harvard Law Review), 8 years in the Illinois state senate and 4 years in the US Senate.

And yet there are some Traitor Republicans who will insist on voting for Traitor Elitest Adulterer John McBush. These are the people who hate this country.

Posted by: TRAITOR BUSH | August 31, 2008 3:00 PM | Report abuse

So, we are to understand that this broken, corrupt GOP, with its history of having completely screwed up during Katrina, is now going to USE the current hurricane for the benefit of this same administration--so they can make themselves look good?

As Aunty Em stated so eloquently in The Wizard of Oz film, I'm glad I don't have their nerve in a tooth!

Posted by: Leah | August 31, 2008 3:00 PM | Report abuse

THIS CHOICE MAKES MCCAIN A MAVERICK?!!!! . . . . . GIVE ME A BREAK.

This choice makes McCain a kowtower'er -- I mean, he bent down and kissed the big toe of Religious Radicals and Big Oil. . . . HOW MAVERICK IS THAT?????!

Posted by: Coldcomfort | August 31, 2008 2:59 PM | Report abuse

Wow - I have never seen such vitriolic, stupid comments ever. Just goes to show you that liberals aren't as intelligent as they'd like to think. You all have so much anger - it's really unappealing and if this is what Democrats are really like, I wouldn't want any part of it.

Posted by: jsypal | August 31, 2008 2:58 PM | Report abuse

THIS CHOICE MAKES MCCAIN A MAVERICK?!!!! . . . . . GIVE ME A BREAK.

This choice makes McCain a kowtower'er -- I mean, he bent down and kissed the big toe of Religious Radicals and Big Oil. . . . HOW MAVERICK IS THAT?????!

Posted by: Coldcomfort | August 31, 2008 2:57 PM | Report abuse

what was McFailin's veepstakes winnner's occupation 2+ years ago?

unemployed.

what was McFailin's veepstakes winnner's occupation 3+ years ago?

unemployed.

what was McFailin's veepstakes winnner's occupation 4+ years ago?

unemployed.

Posted by: Country [Club] First | August 31, 2008 2:55 PM | Report abuse

Surely Sarah Palin is smarter than to think that undeclared women voters will vote for her simply because of her gender?
As for the intelligent design issue.....

Posted by: Seenitallbefore | August 31, 2008 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Let's check in on what the other world leaders think about Traitor John McBush's VP pick.


Wait..........just another moment.........any second now......


Nope, sorry.........none of them have stopped laughing yet.


It sickens me that Traitor John McBush would pick Elaine from Seinfeld as his running mate. When you put the entire country at risk just to further your political career you meet the criteria of Traitor. Traitor John McBush meets the decription of TRAITOR TO HIS COUNTRY.

Elitest Traitor John McBush is also an adulterer. While married to his first ex-model wife he apparently wasn't settled with owning just two homes so he had an affair with an elitest ex-model who along with being an adulterer herself, for entering into an affair with a married man, owned an additional 6 homes. So now Elitest Adulterer Traitor John McBush should be happy now that he has 8 homes. Although Traitor John McBush's Adulterer wife should be worried....Traitor John McBush's pick was also an ex-model and is almost 30 year younger.

But no, he wants to be president. Traitor McBush is behind in the polls so what does Traitor John McBush do? Instead of picking a qualified Vice President, Traitor John McBush picks the mayor of a town smaller than some US high schools. Then Traitor John McBush tries to say that Elaine from Seinfeld is more qualified than Barak Obama because she ran a town of 6000 people with a budget of $3 million. That by the way is less than half of what Traitor John McBush earned last year. Not only is Elaine from Seinfeld not qualifed to be vice-president she isn't qualified to be Traitor John McBush's accountant. Thats what a journalism degree is worth from the Univ of Idaho.


I guess Traitor John McBush thinks a journalism degree from Idaho trumps Obama's law degrees from Columbia and Harvard Law School (where he was President of the Harvard Law Review), 8 years in the Illinois state senate and 4 years in the US Senate.

And yet there are some Traitor Republicans who will insist on voting for Traitor Elitest Adulterer John McBush. These are the people who hate this country.

Posted by: TRAITORBUSH | August 31, 2008 2:50 PM | Report abuse

Dan, 80% of the country believes that the nation is fundamentally on the wrong track, and it was the "leadership" of George W. Bush that put us there. If you're not angry, you're not paying attention.

We're not going to get "change" from McCain/Palin. I hear a lot of talk about all the mavericky goodness they're going to bestow upon Washington and this nation, but so far I've heard no specifics, and I don't have any hope that I will.

Palin is Dan Quayle all over again, and McCain is four more years of George W. Bush.

Posted by: Fred from Chicago | August 31, 2008 2:50 PM | Report abuse

what was McFailin's veepstakes winnner's occupation 2+ years ago?

unemployed.

what was McFailin's veepstakes winnner's occupation 3+ years ago?

unemployed.

what was McFailin's veepstakes winnner's occupation 4+ years ago?

unemployed.

Posted by: Country [Club] First | August 31, 2008 2:49 PM | Report abuse

"But, the absence of Bush and Cheney will make it far easier for McCain to distance himself from the current president and introduce himself and his running mate -- Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin -- to the country as the new face of the Republican party."

WaPooPravda, you can try to catapult the propaganda, but it won't work.

The absence of BOTH Dubya and dick Cheney speaks much louder than words.

Try as he might, McSame will NEVER be free of his "joined to the hip" association with the worst administration ever.

Posted by: KEVIN SCHMIDT | August 31, 2008 2:47 PM | Report abuse

It's not so much Popeye and Olive Oil that I see as it is the Skipper and Mary Ann!

Posted by: MoonUnit | August 31, 2008 2:47 PM | Report abuse

McCain keeps repeating Palin took on her own party; McCain couldn't and succumbed to far right in his selection of this candidate. What a poor judgment and the first action. America does not need McCain or his types. All he has been doing is to introduce this novice, perhaps to build his own confidence, and no focus on issues. Voters have tuned out with his gimmicks.

Posted by: O.P. Neon | August 31, 2008 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Mrs. Palin is a real pretty thang,,but is she ready to lead??? Now Johnny Boy is gettin up there at 72 and I jast don´t thank shes gottit.

Posted by: Homer | August 31, 2008 2:47 PM | Report abuse

what was McFailin's veep pick's occupation 2+ years ago?

unemployed.

what was McFailin's veep pick's occupation 3+ years ago?

unemployed.

what was McFailin's veep pick's occupation 4+ years ago?

unemployed.

Posted by: Country [Club] First | August 31, 2008 2:46 PM | Report abuse

Drill Now is over.

Posted by: Becky | August 31, 2008 2:46 PM | Report abuse

ALAS -----------------
the rats and fat cats
are abandoning ship and
will McCain and McPain
be with them ????????
toon in next week and find
out how Washington is
working 4 U -A-men to that
sister I C that hand ----
Blessings bobknab

Posted by: bobknab | August 31, 2008 2:43 PM | Report abuse

Isn't it ironic that Bush/Cheney won't be at the convention since their biggest advocates McCain/ Palin are the nominees. If middle america can't see a fast one is being pulled on them now, then we as a nation have no hope of really being a democracy. Sounds like to me with them in office Bush/Cheney reign will never have ended.

Posted by: swanky7611 | August 31, 2008 2:42 PM | Report abuse

The comments here are so full of over-the-top anger, they are almost comical in nature.

Impeach Bush!!! McCain is Evil!!! Palin is the devil's cheerleader!!! Cheney is Satan!!! Obama is Jesus!!!

LOL

Posted by: Dan | August 31, 2008 2:41 PM | Report abuse

Now, who called them Popeye and Olive Oil? I am aware that J. McCain was a sailor man, but I was not aware that Ms. Oil was the Governor of Alaska!

Posted by: Enough! | August 31, 2008 2:40 PM | Report abuse

In his book, "Putin's Labyrinth," Steve Levine spoke to a former KGB agent well practiced in the art of Russian propaganda.
The operative described a scene by which a journalist, in this case, Anna Politkovskaya, could be discredited, the operative unquestioningly believing in the efficacy of his methods, never seeing the obvious flaws.

Funny, it read just.like.republican, and now, unfortunately, democratic propaganda.

(You know, Rove's favorite, the above mentioned strengths into weaknesses, smearing, intimidating, conquer and divide, the usual pornography thrown at the public when fat doughy weak minded men in possession of a mickey mouse mind pretend they're warriors all from the comfort of suburban Virginia...)
(sic)

Anyway, my question is, did the Republicans work directly with the Russians to learn this impenetrable (ahem) method of "controlling reality, and manipulating the public" or did they pretend to come up with it, on their own?

I would ask how these methods stand in the face of a free and intelligent press, ok, how they stand in the face of reality, but no one seems to answer, indignanation, a lot of huffing and puffing, threatening to blow my house down, the only response...(sic)

Sometimes, while reading LeVine's book, I think I could substitute republicans for FSB, or Cheney, for Putin, they're SO alike.

(sic)

Posted by: Plouffe Savage, jr | August 31, 2008 2:39 PM | Report abuse

Please tell me fightertom isn't for real. No one can be that stupid... can they?

Posted by: Luke | August 31, 2008 2:38 PM | Report abuse

I like Obama. He's neat. But I want to put my meat between Sarah Palin's supple bosoms. Does that make me a Republican by proxy? Yum Yums.

Posted by: Mike Hunt | August 31, 2008 2:37 PM | Report abuse

The McCain/Palin ticket is a duplicate copy of the Bush/Cheney ticket. Isn't it ironic that Bush/Cheney won't be at the convention since their biggest advocates McCain/ Palin are the nominees. If middle america can't see a fast one is being pulled on them now, then we as a nation have no hope of really being a democracy. Sounds like to me with them in office Bush/Cheney reign will never have ended

Posted by: swanky7611 | August 31, 2008 2:33 PM | Report abuse

God help the country if McCain gets elected as president. And I hope God spares us who did not vote for him.

Posted by: swanky7611 | August 31, 2008 2:26 PM | Report abuse

Now if McCain really wanted to show his independence, if he really was a maverick, if he was a true leader, he would call for the immediate impeachment of Bush and Cheney. Are they going to sneak out of the White House the way Americans evacuated Vietnam, by helicopter from the roof?

Posted by: thebob.bob | August 31, 2008 2:25 PM | Report abuse

Prediction: The expectations for McCain and Palin will be set so low by the media that any successes they have will be wildly over-exaggerated. And any missteps by Obama or Biden, however insignificant, will be likewise played up out of proportion.

Regarding McCain's selection of Sarah Palin, it is a cynical choice designed to attract middle class white voters, not just women. Get ready for the Chevy-like commercials featuring Palin and her hard-working, regular guy husband who embodies family values and epitomizes all that is good and noble about American manhood. It will play well in the Heartland and elsewhere. Biden was hired to go after this demographic, but once again Rove and his cohorts attack a perceived Democratic strength. Don't forget that the jingle in the Chevy Truck ad asserts: “This is OUR country.”

Even though Hurricane Gustav reminds people of how Republican cronyism and neglect severely exacerbated the Katrina disaster, it allows McCain to cancel most (if not all) of the convention to demonstrate his mantra that he puts the “country first.”

From a historical perspective, in U.S. presidential elections, pro-war candidates almost always defeat anti-war candidates, so I would give McCain a decided edge over Obama. McCain certainly seems far more likely than Obama to engage in military confrontations with Iran and any number of other nations. Accordingly, I think there’s a much greater chance that a McCain administration would reinstitute the draft, which could eventually prompt many parents to regret their support for McCain.

Posted by: harlemboy | August 31, 2008 2:24 PM | Report abuse

Note to fightertom34, you have no depth whatsovever in your analysis. Anyone with an analytical mind can figure the absolute failures of the Bush admin, they do not have to be a liberal or a conservative. You must be the perfect target for Madison Ave, you belive in very superficial lines and buy them hook line and sinker. YOu should really worry about your thought process if you voted for Bush twice.

Posted by: swanky7611 | August 31, 2008 2:21 PM | Report abuse

For the people of the Gulf Coast, I pray to God that the storm abates. The timing of Gustav disrupts the Republican Convention and occasions the display of how deeply shamed the Republicans are of their sitting president and vice president. Gustav also forcefully reminds us of Katrina, the Republican stain on the American soul.

I cannot help but wonder if God in His justice is showing His displeasure with the "Christians" who prayed for rain on the Democrats’ convention and thus in blasphemy tried to drag Him into their petty partisan politics.

Try as he may to distance himself from the Bush Cheney shame, McCain is a dyed-in-the-wool Republican. The Katrina shame did not happen simply because of Bush. It was because Bush, just like any other Republican, solemnly swears by the "You're on your Own Society", except when they need you to fight their imperial war, win an election, or support the economic policies that preserve their wealth and power.

As for McCain's choice of Palin for the VP slot, where’s the intellectual honesty? After anchoring his campaign on denigrating Obama's "inexperience" and readiness to be commander-in-chief, he makes this most important decision of choosing the housewife and 18-month governor of Alaska with no foreign affairs exposure. Where is the integrity? The Straight Talk is now seen for what it is, just hunger for power and the old-fashioned (a la Rove, Stalin, Hitler, Machiavelli) manipulation of the electorate. He may think that the American people can be distracted and hoodwinked once more into overlooking the bankruptcy of the Republican soul that has just about brought our country to its knees. This time, as in the past when the American people wakes up in pain from the harm inflicted by the Republicans, we will turn to the Democrats to heal the country once again.

Posted by: ChristianatHeart | August 31, 2008 2:19 PM | Report abuse

McCain and his cheerleader Sarah Palin are a disgrace....

Posted by: Anonymous | August 31, 2008 2:18 PM | Report abuse

Bush, Cheney absences will be greeted -- privately -- with relief by most party strategists.

Well duh . . .
Like they weren't sternly advised by Rove, "Under no circumstances is either one of you to attend that conference".

Posted by: wardropper | August 31, 2008 2:17 PM | Report abuse

i don't understand this poor choice by mccain, but the liberal blogs definitly are enjoying it, with the exception of the hillary supporters who are rightfully insulted...

Posted by: bitter independent | August 31, 2008 2:17 PM | Report abuse

McCain condemned the way the Bush Administration acted in the aftermath of that hurricane, and, seeking to show the country a more pro-active approach, is traveling today to Mississippi along with Palin to consult with Gov. Haley Barbour in advance of the storm.
*******************

How heroic. Instead of merely being useless, celebrating his birthday with Bush, during Katrina, this time he's going with his entourage to make a photo-shoot of it and actively get in the way of preparation/rescue efforts. It's not as if McCain were a powerful senator who could use his influence and connections to get resources committed to mitigating the damage from Gustav. Even better for MS and LA, he's going to give them the gift of himself!

Posted by: Aleks | August 31, 2008 2:15 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin believes in Intelligent Design. Anyone that advocates Intelligent Design be taught in schools as a science class has serious judgement issues. You may have your personal beliefs on religion but do not make them science.

Posted by: swanky7611 | August 31, 2008 2:15 PM | Report abuse

If I were the democrats, I'd ask everyday of the RNC's convention, Where's Dick Cheney and George Bush. Especially since most of them agreed wholeheartly with them. I would also constantly remind the voters that these two are the LEADERS of the party and have in John McCain, some one who is in lock step with their plans.

Posted by: winterfresh1277 | August 31, 2008 2:15 PM | Report abuse

They may not be there but the (R) party is still the bush corporation, no matter how much they run away from it. the taint of their corruption, incompetence, and fear will stink up the twin cities no matter where 43 and 43.5 are hiding out.

Posted by: PreAmeriKKKan | August 31, 2008 2:13 PM | Report abuse

why would a presidential candidate choose a no-name vp choice that has not been vetted into the mix approximately 60 days before election day....yeah they will get a media bump, but with mccain's experience argument flying out the window...the negatives will far outweigh the positives...palin seems like a likeable person, but this vp pick is just foolish judgement...

Posted by: Anonymous | August 31, 2008 2:13 PM | Report abuse

Only a liberal would think such a thing. President Bush has not been given credit for all that he has done for the country or for the party. He should be there. And he should be given credit for his work. I do not agree with all that he has done. But I have never said that any president regardless of their party affiliation was all bad or all good. All presidents do good things and bad. But President Bush cleaned up the mess in Iraq. Has stood up to the militants in the middle east. He has pulled the economy out of the mess that Clinton left, that the 9-11 attacks left, that liberal talking down in the 06 election left, and has taken great steps to fix the issues that greedy, irresponsible idolators have left. He has taken many many steps to fix the lop-sided mess in the country that liberals have created and that past presidents just ran from (a case in point the recent pleasant, polite reception of the McCain received from the NAACP). President Bush is the Dark Knight. He did what needed to be done for the country but took heat for it for the sake of the country. That is a true American. Most conservatives work for the good of the country knowing that they will never ever receive acknowledgment of it by history or the media. So we do what is right and in the end we can live happier for it. If you are a conservative and you know that liberal hates you and spends their time trying to bring you down you know that you are good at what you do. Look at Karl Rove. Liberals hate him for being good at running Republican campaigns. Look at President Bush. Liberals hate him for being tough on terror and foreign policy. Look at Palin. Liberals hate her because she is a feminine, intelligent, conservative woman. Look at Reagan. He was good at being able to restore pride to American. Look at Ann Coulter and other conservative talking heads. They speaks the truth about liberal hypocrisy and viciousness. Etc etc. It is tough to do the right thing. And that is why it is tough being a conservative. Fight the good fight and you can't go wrong. Anything goes is not the good fight. It isn't even a fight. It is weak. It is destructive. Leaders are not weak. True ones.

Posted by: Fightertom34 | August 31, 2008 2:11 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin has coocoo eyes and her advocation of Intelligent Design to be taught in school as science only shows how accurate that saying is "The eyes are the windows to the soul."

Posted by: swanky7611 | August 31, 2008 2:10 PM | Report abuse

Anyone who voted for Bush in 2004 should now know - that if Bush and Dick are afraid of showing up at their own party convention - that as a voter they lack the ability to pick a president and should just stay home on election day.

Posted by: Ron in Atlanta | August 31, 2008 2:10 PM | Report abuse

Senantor Craig-

what day and time?

Posted by: Anonymous | August 31, 2008 2:09 PM | Report abuse

"The news that neither President George W. Bush nor Vice President Dick Cheney will speak on the opening night of the Republican National Convention will be greeted -- privately, of course -- with a huge sigh of relief by most party strategists."

I wonder WHY?

Posted by: Nelson | August 31, 2008 2:07 PM | Report abuse

Hmmm. Too bad McCain can't erase his voting record, so all GOPs might breathe easier. What hypocrites...

Posted by: jshackford | August 31, 2008 2:07 PM | Report abuse

""Politics isn't just a game of competing interests and clashing parties," said Palin. "The people of America expect us to seek public office and to serve for the right reasons. And the right reason is to challenge the status quo and to serve the common good."


I think I've seen this before...

"That outlook is typical of many in Washington -- always seeing the tunnel at the end of the light.

But I come from a different place, and it has made me a different leader. In Midland, Texas, where I grew up, the town motto was "the sky is the limit" ... and we believed it. There was a restless energy, a basic conviction that, with hard work, anybody could succeed, and everybody deserved a chance....This background leaves more than an accent, it leaves an outlook. Optimistic. Impatient with pretense. Confident that people can chart their own course. That background may lack the polish of Washington. Then again, I don't have a lot of things that come with Washington.

I don't have enemies to fight. And I have no stake in the bitter arguments of the last few years. I want to change the tone of Washington to one of civility and respect.

The largest lesson I learned in Midland still guides me as governor ... Everyone, from immigrant to entrepreneur, has an equal claim on this country's promise....We accomplished a lot.

I don't deserve all the credit, and don't attempt to take it. I worked with Republicans and Democrats to get things done. A bittersweet part of tonight is that someone is missing, the late Lt. Governor of Texas Bob Bullock.

Bob was a Democrat, a crusty veteran of Texas politics, and my great friend. He worked by my side, endorsed my re-election, and I know he is with me in spirit in saying to those who would malign our state for political gain... Don't mess with Texas.

As governor, I've made difficult decisions, and stood by them under pressure. I've been where the buck stops -- in business and in government. I've been a chief executive who sets an agenda, sets big goals, and rallies people to believe and achieve them.

I am proud of this record, and I'm prepared for the work ahead.

- George W. Bush; 2000 acceptance speech


http://www.2000gop.com/convention/speech/speechbush.html

AAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!

NOT AGAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: kreuz_missile | August 31, 2008 2:06 PM | Report abuse

The McCain/Palin ticket is a duplicate copy of the Bush/Cheney ticket. McCain has completely adopted the Bush economics plan ie: Supply Side Economics with giving huge tax cuts and loop holes to the wealthy and corporations including the Oil Industry. He also plans to stay in Iraq indefinatley and build anti Russian sentiment up. While Palin has a record of abuse of power and oil and gas connections just like Cheney. She also dovetails Bush with her wacko right wing religiousity. She actually belives Intelligent Design should be taught in schools and is anti gay.
Sounds like to me with them in office Bush/Cheney reign will never have ended

Posted by: swanky7611 | August 31, 2008 2:05 PM | Report abuse

The McCain/Palin ticket is the Bush/Cheney ticket all over again.
Posted by: Swanky | August 31, 2008 1:52 PM
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Don't kid yourself.

McCain/Palin are FAR WORSE than Bush/Cheney: more ignorant, more reactionary, more brutish.

McCain wants to extend AND DEEPEN the Bush tax cuts for the rich that have doubled the national debt and created the lowest growth rates since WWII.

Palin is not merely pro life. She is anti-contraception and pro mental retardation.

These are sick, sick, sick, sick, people - thee right wing madness that has been such a cancer on the US and the entire world since the late 1970s reaching its most fevered height.

Posted by: mnjam | August 31, 2008 2:02 PM | Report abuse

But, while they won't be at the convention, they will be prominent in the national news again. Bush has done his best to keep a low profile for the past few months so as to allow McCain to be independent, he can't keep too low a profile here...

Posted by: kreuz_missile | August 31, 2008 2:01 PM | Report abuse

The McCain/Palin ticket is a duplicate copy of the Bush/Cheney ticket. McCain has completely adopted the Bush economics plan ie: Supply Side Economics with giving huge tax cuts and loop holes to the wealthy and corporations including the Oil Industry. He also plans to stay in Iraq indefinatley and build anti Russian sentiment up. While Palin has a record of abuse of power and oil and gas connections just like Cheney.
Sounds like to me with them in office Bush/Cheney reign will never have ended.

Posted by: swanky7611 | August 31, 2008 2:00 PM | Report abuse

This is excellent news!! Without the presence of our glorious leader George Bush and Dick Cheney, there will be a collective loosening of sphincters in the Republican Convention. This will give me and my GOP colleagues greater access to all the luscious man hole at the Convention.

I cordially invite all hot and well hung studs to attend my black tie Gala. It will be held at the restroom/toilet facility of the men's restroom Concourse A, Minneapolis International Airport.

Please join us for a night of hot man to man action in the greatest cruising toilet of all America!! Many high GOP dignataries will be in attendance and for a fee, you can have your picture taken while you pound Karl Rove's soft fleshy cheeks. These color glossies are suitable for framing and make a wonderful Christmas gift for your conservative loved ones!!

Posted by: Sen. Larry Craig, (R-ID) | August 31, 2008 1:56 PM | Report abuse

Looks like Bush will exit the WH thru the back door under the cover of darkness.........

Posted by: Orestes | August 31, 2008 1:56 PM | Report abuse

Bush & Cheney: Ball & Chain of the Republican Party, for decades to come.

Posted by: MHO | August 31, 2008 1:53 PM | Report abuse

The McCain/Palin ticket is the Bush/Cheney ticket all over again. With McCain's economic policy of keeping the tax cuts in place for the wealthiest of americans,his plans for troops remaining in Iraq and big military he is exactly like Bush. Palin's abuse of power and her connections to the oil and gas industry are exactly like Cheney. This ticket will continue the Bush/Cheney legacy another 4 years without a doubt.

Posted by: Swanky | August 31, 2008 1:52 PM | Report abuse

It's embarrassing to see just how much of a liability the president and vice president have become to their own party. One would think that after 8 years if there had been anything even remotely positive about the current administration, the republican party would have exploited it by now.

Posted by: Peakmom | August 31, 2008 1:44 PM | Report abuse

Not to worry Palin will have a mass prayer meeting and the storm will go away. Then she will tell us three more times she has a disabled son. Maybe they can put it on a tee shirt.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 31, 2008 1:40 PM | Report abuse

BULLETIN: REDSTATE.COM TURNS ON PALIN;
SIGN OF RIGHT-WING CHANGE-OF-HEART
ON 'ALASKA ANNIE OAKLEY' FOR VP?

• Bush-Cheney absence a cover for anti-Palin revolt?

• And what about the baby?


As recently as last night, the influential conservative web site "RedState.com" was firmly in Sarah Palin's corner. Today a lead in excoriates her selection by McCain -- citing, among other factors, her inexperience; her support of public education (?); and her backing of taxes on the state's oil industry.

http://www.redstate.com/diaries/redstate/2008/aug/31/on-sarah-palin-part-deux/

But the crux of the argument against Palin centers on the experience question. Clearly, conservatives fear that the Palin pick takes the inexperience factor off the table and gives Obama a pass on the biggest impediment to his election.

There could be another factor at work here: GOP strategist Mike Murphy this morning said that Palin doubters were "waiting" for the press to take her apart. He wasn't specific as to the issue that would do her in; but all the internet traffic in the past 36 hours concerning her infant baby cannot be totally discounted.

The decision of Bush and Cheney to remain at their Washington battleposts could safely distance them from a convention revolt against Palin, still a favorite among right-wing diehards, should moderates attempt to stage a revolt against her nomination.

Then there's the outside possibility that McCain himself -- long anathema to the Bushies -- could be the ultimate target.

Stay tuned, and fasten your selt belts; Gustav's not the only storm that could be a'brewin'.

Posted by: scrivener | August 31, 2008 1:32 PM | Report abuse

They should just ask Sarah Palin to speak for Cheney and Bush. She thinks they're terrific and she has identical views.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 31, 2008 1:07 PM | Report abuse

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