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FixCam: Debate Night! (And the Return of Twittering)

The Fix's experiment with twittering last week's presidential debate was such a success that the big bosses at washingtonpost.com have asked for a return engagement.

And so, starting around 9 p.m. ET tonight (although we reserve the right to throw out a few tweets before then), we will be offering our thoughts -- in 140-character increments of course! -- on Joe Biden, Sarah Palin, Gwen Ifill and whatever else catches our eye throughout the night. (Don't know what Twitter/Twittering is? Check out this cool video explainer.)

Haven't signed up for our Twitter feed yet? What are you waiting for? Right now, we have 1,775 people following the feed. Can we get it to 2,000 by the end of the night?

After you sign up to receive the Fix's tweets, take our poll below.

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 2, 2008; 1:05 PM ET
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dcsportsfan1 wrote:

actually, i think his experience has been questioned through over a year and a half of campaining. he's had press conferences, debates, town halls, etc. his experience has been weighed by his party and they have chosen him to run.

she on the other hand, has not been put through such scrutiny. her experience is thin to say the least, particularly for a national office. nobody knew who she was 5 weeks ago. thats why this debate is critical for her. so far, her performance in unscripted situations has left something to be desired.
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I guess that's my point. Who cares? He's running for President, she not. Seriously, how hard is VP? Two of the biggest empty suits in history Dan Quayle and Al Gore did the job with absolutely no problem. However, it must be pretty busy performing all the VP duties, Gore didn't even have time to think about global warming during his 8 years in office!

Because I don't think it's been said enough to the readers of the WaPo...let me reiterate...he has no experience. Zero.


4 yrs of experience as a junior Senator and no major legislation to his credit (spare me Lugar-Obama...Nunn did all the hard work and would have put his name on the follow-up bill had he been in office).

Posted by: d-35 | October 2, 2008 8:32 PM | Report abuse

Can anyone explain to me why Palin's experience is questioned as a VP, when the Democratic Presidential nominee has barely completed 2/3 of his initial term as a Senator? And anyone who has spent any time on Capitol Hill knows the duties of a junior Senator basically entail staying out of the way....which Barrack has done quite well.

Posted by: d-35 | October 2, 2008 7:00 PM | Report abuse

actually, i think his experience has been questioned through over a year and a half of campaining. he's had press conferences, debates, town halls, etc. his experience has been weighed by his party and they have chosen him to run.

she on the other hand, has not been put through such scrutiny. her experience is thin to say the least, particularly for a national office. nobody knew who she was 5 weeks ago. thats why this debate is critical for her. so far, her performance in unscripted situations has left something to be desired.

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | October 2, 2008 7:54 PM | Report abuse

The only sure fire way Sarah will win is if she marches in with Dick Cheney's shotgun, a hand puppet, lots of lipstick and a good ventriloquist.

Posted by: expat2MEX | October 2, 2008 7:51 PM | Report abuse

There's only one way Sarah Palin can win this debate: if she marches in with Dick Cheney's shotgun and lots of lipstick!

Posted by: expat2MEX | October 2, 2008 7:32 PM | Report abuse


One piece of advice for Joe Biden:

Let .... Her .... Talk.

That is to say, make sure to give her enough rope to hang herself with. She will do worse un-provoked than provoked. ... Then, later in the debate, just before it ends, he can strike back with rebuttals of some of the ridiculous things she says.

Posted by: noble_cl | October 2, 2008 7:28 PM | Report abuse

DWASHINGTON1,YOU TALK GOOD, AND YOU TALK THE TRUE.


NETHERLANDS ANTILLLES

Posted by: fu_buki | October 2, 2008 7:24 PM | Report abuse

That poll is indicative of the fact the the vast majority of WaPo readers, listeners and writers are Obama- worshippers.

Not news.

Posted by: viejo1 | October 2, 2008 7:23 PM | Report abuse

Breaking News!!!

Ifill can't moderate toinight due to complications with the ankle injury.

Ann Coulter will be filling in.

She says she'll be fair.

Posted by: viejo1 | October 2, 2008 7:21 PM | Report abuse

I cant stand twittering, I like watching Biden and Palin both Practice for the Debate, http://www.watchdebate.com Tonight will be awsome!., Watch Video from all the debates including old palin and biden debates WatchDebate.com

Posted by: pastor123 | October 2, 2008 7:11 PM | Report abuse

Can anyone explain to me why Palin's experience is questioned as a VP, when the Democratic Presidential nominee has barely completed 2/3 of his initial term as a Senator? And anyone who has spent any time on Capitol Hill knows the duties of a junior Senator basically entail staying out of the way....which Barrack has done quite well.

Posted by: d-35 | October 2, 2008 7:00 PM | Report abuse

That poll is very telling. That gives you an idea of what Palin has shown us. We're not just saying it. The bar is really that high for her based on what she has shown us all as of recent. I personally do hope that she achieves that, even if I disagree with her political stances. I hope she'll deliver.

Go Biden!!! Represent for the rest of us supporters. Show em' how it's done!

Posted by: Obama2008 | October 2, 2008 6:49 PM | Report abuse

So here's my twitter:

Palin wins if she doesn't seem too dumb.

Biden wins if he doesn't seem too smart.

No wonder this country is in a crisis.

Posted by: cpwdc | October 2, 2008 6:27 PM | Report abuse

Perhaps King Zouk would like to refresh his understanding of the Alaskan pipeline deal by reading a review of the issues surrounding the pipeline written by an engineer in the field. Please see http://i-r-squared.blogspot.com/2008/06/alaskan-gas-pipeline-controversy.html. He claims to have a masters in chemical engineering from Texas A & M but, who knows about these fellows. He does seem to have better information than Zouk given that the Canadian government states it has really nothing to do with a pipeline contract at present. As always the issue is somewhat more complicated than Zouk suggests. It always is when Palin is involved. That's why she has such difficulty understanding things she may not read about, even though she claims to read everything put in front of her. Not!

Posted by: wallyb | October 2, 2008 6:22 PM | Report abuse

Listening to the GOP mantra of "Drill Baby Drill" and watching and observing Palin and McCain since the GOP convention...........my mind actually has now connected that GOP mantra to........."Frontal Lobotomy". With just a few weeks to go before election day........... there could still be time..........

Posted by: THISHASTOBEJUSTDREAMINGOFWATCHINGAREALLYBADMOVIE | October 2, 2008 5:38 PM | Report abuse

From:
Head of State
http://headofstate.blogspot.com/2008/09/mccain-and-couric-on-gotcha-journalism.html

Tuesday, September 30, 2008
McCain and Couric Spar on Gotcha Journalism

COURIC: Over the weekend, Gov. Palin, you said the U.S. should absolutely launch cross-border attacks from Afghanistan into Pakistan to, quote, "stop the terrorists from coming any further in." Now, that's almost the exact position that Barack Obama has taken and that you, Sen. McCain, have criticized as something you do not say out loud. So, Gov. Palin, are you two on the same page on this?

MCCAIN: Now, just a minute, Katie. I have to step in here. That's another example of the media's "gotcha journalism"...

COURIC: But, it was a question from a citizen. How is a citizen asking a candidate a question an example of what you call "gotcha journalism?"

MCCAIN: Because it was hard, Katie.

We don't want Gov. Palin to be asked questions, unless she is prepared for them. When she is prepared, as she will be before the debate, she sounds intelligent, knowledgeable and feisty. But when she has not been prepared, she sounds lost and incoherent.

We can't have people asking her questions when she has not had time to be prepared with an answer.

COURIC: But, Sen. McCain, I have to say, you are 72-years old. Actuarial preditions show that if you were to be elected, Gov. Palin would have a 1 in 5 chance of actually becoming President. These are perilous times--unprecedented crises in financial markets, tensions across a wide range of critical foreign policy arenas. Shouldn't we have a Vice President, and a potential President, who actually understands these issues, beyond the preparation necessary for a debate?

Here is her response to a question on the economy, a critical issue, you would agree, Sen. McCain:

COURIC: Why isn't it better, Governor Palin, to spend $700 billion helping middle-class families who are struggling with health care, housing, gas and groceries; allow them to spend more and put more money into the economy instead of helping these big financial institutions that played a role in creating this mess?

PALIN: That's why I say I, like every American I'm speaking with, were ill about this position that we have been put in where it is the taxpayers looking to bail out. But ultimately, what the bailout does is help those who are concerned about the health-care reform that is needed to help shore up our economy, helping the—it's got to be all about job creation, too, shoring up our economy and putting it back on the right track. So health-care reform and reducing taxes and reining in spending has got to accompany tax reductions and tax relief for Americans. And trade, we've got to see trade as opportunity, not as a competitive, scary thing. But one in five jobs being created in the trade sector today, we've got to look at that as more opportunity. All those things under the umbrella of job creation. This bailout is a part of that.


COURIC: That answer, Sen. McCain, as noted by Fareed Zakaria, is incoherent.

MCCAIN: Yes. (nodding his head).

COURIC: Well, isn't it actually important that a potential President actually comprehend issues? That is, beyond debate preparation?

MCCAIN: No, Katie. That's what I mean by "gotcha journalism". It's obvious from these prior interviews that Palin has little to no comprehension of fiscal policy and economics. For heaven's sake, she received a "D" in macroeconomics in college! And, as I've said in the past, I have little understanding of economic issues myself.

No, what's important, Katie, is that she sound like she understands the issues. In the debate. If she is sufficiently prepared, she can give an illusion of understanding the issues--even if she is only giving answers with the prepared and practiced spontaneity and content necessary to give that illusion force.

Given that the bar is set at the lowest standard imaginable, Katie, if she accompanies that performance with sufficient charm, we believe that media will follow, into focusing on the change from that low standard, and on those superficial entertainment values--you know, Katie, (McCain smiles through tight lips and squinting eyes and moves his hands up and down)--"She certainly appears to be more confident tonight; she appears more poised, coherent, humorous"--rather than her readiness to be President from an objective standard. After all, using the more important standard of Presdidential capability, she has already demonstrated that she is unprepared to be President.

So, Katie, we want them to focus on that difference, on her debate preparation, rather than on her actual well-demonstrated Presidential unreadiness. And that's what I mean by "gotcha journalism."

KATIE: But if I understand you correctly, Sen. McCain, you actually believe that it's not important that she understand the issues actually facing the nation...

MCCAIN: Right.

COURIC: On which many people's very jobs, health and life will rely at this critical time...

MCCAIN: Yes.

COURIC: And that all that really matters is creating a standard so low that she actually is rewarded for her widely seen and repeatedly demonstrated lack of knowledge and understanding. That we would be using what is essentially a remedial standard for Presidential capability--rather than one of actual capability.

Sen. McCain, you seem to be actually suggesting that we should decide that she is ready for the Presidency, simply because, after preparation, she has improved. Even though just days earlier, time after time, she was unable to give coherent answers on these subjects.

No one can gain Presidential-level understanding in days. And in the office of the Presidency, with its intense crises and unforseeable events, she will not be prepared for each unpredictable day, as she was for the debate.

Yet you expect media to focus on these values, rather than actual readiness to be President. That's what you mean by "gotcha journalism"?

MCCAIN: Exactly. And they will. Once again, Katie, I would say to the media: Once again--we "gotcha" to lower the bar. We "gotcha" to set expectations far below those actually required for a President. We "gotcha" to focus on characteristics unrelated to Presidential capability, and to ignore her statements on these issues made only days earlier--as if a few days of debate preparation can erase a glaring and dangerous actual lack of knowledge and preparedness. Yes, indeed--we "gotcha" (smiles).

COURIC: How can you expect the media to fall for that?

MCCAIN: It worked for Bush.

Cite:
Head of State
http://headofstate.blogspot.com/2008/09/mccain-and-couric-on-gotcha-journalism.html

Posted by: robthewsoncamb | October 2, 2008 5:04 PM | Report abuse

Zouk queeries:
Why is it that anytime a Lib gets near a pile of money, there is criminality involved?

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Because a Republican has been there first. We're just trying to clean up the mess.

Posted by: wpost4112 | October 2, 2008 4:53 PM | Report abuse

I must give credit for the Nazi thing to everybody's favorite liberal - Ann Coulter.

Posted by: king_of_zouk


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Ah! What a perfect pair you make.

Posted by: wpost4112 | October 2, 2008 4:50 PM | Report abuse

Why is it that anytime a Lib gets near a pile of money, there is criminality involved?

Posted by: king_of_zouk | October 2, 2008 4:49 PM | Report abuse

"'I can't get anyone to move. I believe we are looking at a hijacking of our political system that makes the Clinton and Gore fundraising scandals pale in comparison. And no one here wants to touch it.'"

Zouk - are you really saying that the GOP-controlled Justice Department/FBI is stonewalling an investigation into the Obama campaign?

This is the greatest campaign ever, hijacking the government a month before the elections and three months before inauguration.

Posted by: bondjedi | October 2, 2008 4:44 PM | Report abuse

As much as I love the symphony, I have to suggest that king_of_zouk spend less time there and more time researching his assertions. Gov. Palin did NOT reach an agreement with Canada about a gas pipeline: The Canadian government has nothing at all to do with the pipeline deal.

It's not clear that Palin supporters should be talking about that deal. She has the State of Alaska paying $500,000,000 to a private Canadian company to get them to process paperwork that may lead to an application for a license to permit the pipeline. There is nothing in the deal that requires the Canadian company to lay one inch of pipe. (And most neutral observers are certain that the Canadian company cannot ever get that license.) One of the many remaining roadblocks is the lack of a deal with the Canadian government.

Posted by: Alaskan4 | October 2, 2008 4:39 PM | Report abuse

zouk - Vapid I may be, but I can finish my posts. Why don't you let us know when that much-vaunted pipeline will be built?

Maybe Palin can use her maverick foreign policy cred to kickstart the negotiations with the tribes in the way of the pipeline to get it built within our lifetime.

Posted by: bondjedi | October 2, 2008 4:29 PM | Report abuse

Chris Dear,
About that Fixcam; you need to get out tonight and have a couple of glasses of wine with some friends and take a nice boat ride on the Potomac. I'm concerned for you.

Posted by: menopausequeen | October 2, 2008 4:28 PM | Report abuse

BJ - I think you have aptly demonstrated that YOU are vapid. can't say you have made any impression on anything else.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | October 2, 2008 4:23 PM | Report abuse

"we have to ask what precisely is wrong with the progression, city council-mayor-governor-VP candidate. And the answer is -- absolutely nothing. It's as perfectly natural a progression as can be found in politics, the only remarkable element of it being the swiftness with which Palin has traversed it."

Indeed it is a perfectly natural progression. Leaves me wondering why she has such a hard time answering questions about it. It also seems reasonable to expect her to demonstrate some familiarity with federal issues, given that none of her prior jobs demonstrate much familiarity with fed policy. I think a great question for both candidates is along the lines of:

What would your role be in a McCain/Obama administration?

Posted by: bsimon1 | October 2, 2008 4:19 PM | Report abuse

FUNNY MONEY
An auditor for the Federal Election Commission is attempting to have his bosses seek a formal investigation into the collection by the Obama for President campaign of more than $200 million in potentially illegal political donations, including millions of dollars of illegal, foreign donations, and has sought a request for assistance from the Department of Justice or Federal Bureau of Investigation. But the analyst's requests have largely been ignored. "I can't get anyone to move. I believe we are looking at a hijacking of our political system that makes the Clinton and Gore fundraising scandals pale in comparison. And no one here wants to touch it."

Oh no, not the truth, we Libs can't tolerate that!

Posted by: king_of_zouk | October 2, 2008 4:17 PM | Report abuse

And finally, there's the fact that she has no foreign policy experience. None. Zero. Why, no less than Charles Gibson clearly demonstrated that on the tube, with plenty in the way of sighs and head shakes, too.


...except for the easily demonstrated fact that Governor Palin, on August 27th of this year, completed a pipeline agreement with Canada, which is a foreign country. The agreement had been stymied for over two decades by various interests in Alaskan state government. Palin got it wrapped up in that busy eighteen months.


Now, anyone present who has ever successfully concluded an agreement with a foreign country please raise their hands. Uhh... not you, Sen. Obama? Or you either, Sen. Biden? Hmm... I see.

Palin has gained her experience where it counts. Not in the Ivy League, not at the think tanks, not in the Senate. But down in the trenches, where life is for real, and the work gets done because it must be done. There is no more common figure in American history than the "unprepared" backwoods politician who steps forward in the midst of crisis. From Lincoln through Truman, there is no end of them, at all levels of the political sphere. Palin may be the next in that long and impressive line. Or she may serve a quiet term or two as a ceremonial vice-president before returning home to hunt moose and raise grandchildren. She will unquestionably be tempted, and who can blame her?


But she may turn out to be very different. To be exactly what the GOP rank and file believe her to be: a woman who will go on to make fools out of all the doubters and questioners and agonizers. One thing for certain: she has no end of experience in that.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | October 2, 2008 4:14 PM | Report abuse

By the pricking in my thumbs;
Something wicked this way comes.
Where the place ?
The floor of congress,
There to meet with MacBush !

William Shakespeare 1564 to 1616

exert from Macbeth

Posted by: akpat | October 2, 2008 4:14 PM | Report abuse

we have to ask what precisely is wrong with the progression, city council-mayor-governor-VP candidate. And the answer is -- absolutely nothing. It's as perfectly natural a progression as can be found in politics, the only remarkable element of it being the swiftness with which Palin has traversed it. This implies that she is very good at what she does. Which means, according the media and the Democrats, that we're supposed to question her skill and abilities. Everybody got that?

Posted by: king_of_zouk | October 2, 2008 4:13 PM | Report abuse

Ifill: Governor, how do you reconcile Senator McCain's trumping of his campaign finance credentials with his willingness to keynote $1,000 a plate fundraisers? Shouldn't ordinary Americans enjoy the sort of access that kind of cover charge buys?

Palin: Well, when you're a maverick, people will hurl these charges at you, Gwen. In Alaska, I have had executive experience, first in the PTA, then as mayor, and finally Governor. Each time the Joe Sixpacks who voted for me wanted change and leadership, and I know that the great American people are looking past Senator McCain's actions and are willing to vote for a maverick. Senator McCain has priveleged me by picking me to be VP, and I will rely on my experience with energy to help this country use the 98% of clean, natural gas and oil that my state provides.

Ifill: Governor, you are seem completely ill-prepared to be VP. Is your head stuffed with styrofoam?

Palin: What do you mean by styrofoam, Gwen?

Posted by: bondjedi | October 2, 2008 4:08 PM | Report abuse

The use of labels avoids having to actually understand the issues.

I observe that Palin is not a practitioner of democracy in the ways she has been using email. That's an observation, not a name calling spree.

Like Cheney, who 'lost' all the emails pertaining to the run-up to the Iraq war, Palin has intentionally studied how to avoid being caught for her crimes.
I observe that Palin used Yahoo instead of the state provided email system. By doing this she avoided being viewed by FREEDOM OF INFORMATION public inquiries.

By hiding 1,100 emails were related to the abuse of power investigation, she is following in the footsteps of Cheney who avoided legal procedures, regularly.

From the point of view of democracy, Palin is a known problem.
We have seen it already, in Cheney.

Vote for OBAMA and BIDEN in 08 and end the un-democratic practices of Palin and Cheney.

Posted by: ottothewise | October 2, 2008 4:05 PM | Report abuse

egc52556 writes
"Palin will win the debate because the bar is set so low for her."


What if the bar is set so low she trips?

Posted by: bsimon1 | October 2, 2008 4:04 PM | Report abuse

I must give credit for the Nazi thing to everybody's favorite liberal - Ann Coulter.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | October 2, 2008 4:03 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Biden
Vice-Presidential meltdown.

By Victor Davis Hanson

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That was pretty dang funny.

But the Nazi-sympathizer post was beyond hateful histrionics.

Someone hasn't quite gotten the life he urges unto others.

Posted by: wpost4112 | October 2, 2008 4:01 PM | Report abuse

Palin will win the debate because the bar is set so low for her.

Posted by: egc52556 | October 2, 2008 3:58 PM | Report abuse

When Obama is elected the seas will stop rising. when biden is elected the crippled will walk. the patriotic will pay taxes and wear flag pins. the blacks will be clean and articulate. the 7 elevens will speak with no Indian accent. the depression will never have happened because FDR was elected beforehand, mostly due to a very successful Tv campaign. We will all be the first to go to college in our coal mining family. voting for the war and then to cut funding will make sense. getting paid a Senators salary for three decades and not saving a dime and being in debt will indicate that you know a lot about economics.

A world turned upside down - Libs in charge.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | October 2, 2008 3:55 PM | Report abuse

edgeco1 writes
"Joe Biden WAS shot at in Iraq, that is a fact.

He was hit so many times they had to fill the holes with Hair Plugs"


edgeco, in future cut & pastes, you should end the joke where I did above. A good joke is concise and to the point. Your original was too much like Biden himself.

Seen on Palin's limo to the debate:

"I'd rather be huntin' moose"

Posted by: bsimon1 | October 2, 2008 3:46 PM | Report abuse

Gwen Ifill: Governor can you tell me how wonderful Barack Obama is?

Governor Palin: You love him so much because he hangs out with left wing terrorists, America hating racist preachers, and is the most Liberal member in the Senate.

Gwen Ifill: Senator Biden, she is right, but can you expand on her answer?

Posted by: edgeco1 | October 2, 2008 3:46 PM | Report abuse

Another example is the claim in Obama's book that he won his first run for office for the Illinois state Senate in 1996 because the voters really connected with his message of hope and change. But Obama completely leaves out of his books the most critical facts about his 1996 effort to win a seat in the Illinois Senate. An election law expert from the Chicago/Cook County political machine used the most excruciating loopholes to have every single candidate other than Obama kicked off the ballot for that seat. That is how Obama achieved the first step along his path to the presidency. Yet to Obama, this episode is proof of how much the voters embraced his message of hope.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | October 2, 2008 3:45 PM | Report abuse

ON "THE LONGEST POST":

dwashington1 at 2:41 p.m. is likely a paid disinformation troll whose mission is to provoke major media web sites into placing restrictions on submitted posts.

Although I have to admit: If you can't say it in under 1,500 words, it's probably not worth the space.

So yes, some anti-spam software might be appropriate. But be advised: the trolls will continue to pollute, because the goal is to restrict, and constrict, media which provide outlets for unfettered public free speech.

If your sniffer tells you it's crapola, just turn the other way and go on to the next one... better that than let the censors win.

Posted by: scrivener50 | October 2, 2008 3:41 PM | Report abuse

Chris,
I think I speak for everyone when I say, never ever do that again!

Posted by: gsy987 | October 2, 2008 3:32 PM | Report abuse

Palin: I am an energy expert.
Anchor: Can you name one supreme court case related to energy?
Palin: Well, let's seeeeee. The world need energy and we deal with the issue on a local basis.

Anchor: Why do you say you are experienced on Russia?
Palin: Because I see Russia from my backyard.
Anchor: I see moon from my backyard a lot. Does that make me an experienced astronaut?
Palin: Sure, why not.

Anchor: What papers do you read? What is your news source?
Palin: You know, I read everything that is infront of me. But I don't like reporters, you know, they......
Anchor: mock you
Palin: That's right.


Anchor: I am ashamed to interview you Palin. You know that.

Posted by: nri1998 | October 2, 2008 3:28 PM | Report abuse

edgeco1:

Biden is not that stupid like sarah to just say BUSH. He is smart enough to say something like McCain is a mirror image of Bush. As for FDR, do you really want her to talk about it? I thought comedians are having a very good time since McCain picked her.

Posted by: nri1998 | October 2, 2008 3:21 PM | Report abuse

Joe Biden WAS shot at in Iraq, that is a fact.

He was hit so many times they had to fill the holes with Hair Plugs to keep the stupid words from oozing out of his head!

edgeco1

Posted by: edgeco1 | October 2, 2008 3:21 PM | Report abuse

Sir: dwashington1 | October 2, 2008 2:41 PM

In your long rant you have told me one of two things:
1) the democrats in congress don't have a backbone to stand up to the republicans because the have a majority in congress for most of time since the depression. And they did not stop the republicans from doing what you are accusing them of doing.
2) or the democrats are guilty of what you are accusing the republicans of.

In any case they need to be replaced since they did not do their job!!!

Posted by: Curly4 | October 2, 2008 3:20 PM | Report abuse

Caribou Barbie either hits a grand slam tonight and follows that up by doing some open press conferences with the media or the McPalin campaign will be finished (thank god) for good.


The McCain campaign has been forced to stash away Palin in Cheney's undisclosed location, and even needs McCain to chaperone her during media interviews.


This has forced McCain to shoulder a greater load of the campaign, deprived of a top-level surrogate. This was glaringly obvious during the first presidential debate, when Biden was all over the networks spreading the good Democratic cheer, while they stashed Palin in a Philly bar. And even there, she was unable to stay out of trouble, answering a shouted question by some random dude with an endorsement of Obama's plan to take out Osama Bin Laden even if found hiding in Pakistan.


Here's an easy question for Palin:

What does the Vice-President do?
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J9pnzQ96kWA
.

Posted by: DrainYou | October 2, 2008 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Sir: dwashington1 | October 2, 2008 2:41 PM

In your long rant you have told me one of two things:
1) the democrats in congress don't have a backbone to stand up to the republicans because the have a majority in congress for most of time since the depression. And they did not stop the republicans from doing what you are accusing them of doing.
2) or the democrats are guilty of what you are accusing the republicans of.

In any case they need to be replaced since they did not do their job!!!

Posted by: Curly4 | October 2, 2008 3:14 PM | Report abuse

My advice to Biden:

Keep looking at her like Obama did just to acknowledge her presence all the time, smile a little when she makes stupid allegations, never look irritated, keep pounding McCain position on various issues and keep talking about economy and the blunders of McCain's foreign policy positions. Humor the national audience, may be twice. Be fully prepared to answer one particular allegation that will sure come out of her mouth i.e Obama's experience. BTW, make sure to bring in McCain/Bush pair few times. At the right moment, give her a nudge where she will panic. Once an empty brain panics in an interview/debate, it's fun from that moment until the end. She will end up trying to form sentences and filling the gaps with words. I am so excited to watch this debate, not for the substance but for the comedy from Palin.

Posted by: nri1998 | October 2, 2008 3:11 PM | Report abuse

Sarah needs to answer questions.

She an McCain need to stop the Four letter word from being used....BUSH!

If Biden says Bush, then Sarah needs to suggest that Biden is confused AGAIN and that Bush is not running! Explain that FDR was not President and did not go on TV in 1929.

She SHOULD have Barney Franks quote handy that Fannie and Freddie were not at risk of hurting the economy.

She also should use the word LIBERAL frequently in describing Biden a Obama.

If she does, then she will come out looking pretty good even if she is not a great debater.

edgeco1

Posted by: edgeco1 | October 2, 2008 3:10 PM | Report abuse

You can put lipstick on a moron and still have a moron. Palin will babble herself into oblivion with no need for Biden to help.

Posted by: AbolhassanBaniSadr | October 2, 2008 3:05 PM | Report abuse

Post length limits? Please? (re: dwashington1 )

Posted by: CaliforniaMonkey | October 2, 2008 3:02 PM | Report abuse

I hope everyone is reporting dwashington1 post at 2:41 PM

Posted by: DDAWD | October 2, 2008 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Kickass video, Chris.

Posted by: pkimball | October 2, 2008 2:59 PM | Report abuse

"but she'll win by holding her own with the vast number of the American people who'll vote for McCain and Palin on November 4th."


Yep. "Joe six-pack". The quintessential "American idiot". Remember, you get what you deserve. That is why we are suffering through our current predicament. America voted for Bush and his fascist PNAC friends not once, but twice!!! Goodbye Constitution, hello "enhanced interrogation". As Ron White would say, "You can't fix stupid"...

Posted by: AgnosticEngineer | October 2, 2008 2:56 PM | Report abuse

The universe of possible questions is circumscribed and both nominees have been prepped. I think SHP will handle the questions with sufficient aplomb.

The quality of follow-up questioning is very important in these debates. From Ifill, we should expect the kinds of fair but tough follow-ups that Lehrer posed when he asked both BHO and McC to factor in the $700B bail-out and describe which of their proposals would suffer cutbacks.

I suggest that no matter whom you support you try to view the VP debate as if you were undecided and did not know a thing about these two. Then watch how each handles follow-ups, assuming they were convincing on the direct lead questions. If you can force yourself to do that you will come away with an appreciation of the debaters. You probably know with whom you agree before they begin - why not make it fun for yourself?

Posted by: mark_in_austin | October 2, 2008 2:54 PM | Report abuse

We have a winner for "Idiot of the Day" taking the long running title from the record holder drindl.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | October 2, 2008 2:54 PM | Report abuse

Shamil Basayev, the plotter of Jihadist attack on Chechnya school resulting in murder of 186 children, views Chechen Jihadists were fighting a holy "war of liberation"
http://www.cnn.com/WORLD/europe/9908/15/chechnya.dagestan.01/index.html

And so does Joe Biden:
http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0507/3850.html
"the war in Chechnya is a war of liberation"

With Biden's amoral type of "experience," America needs someone with VALUES in Washington, D.C.

Posted by: jeff-in-dc | October 2, 2008 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin wins by mearly staying even with Barack Obama's poodle Joe Biden. She won't win with the Democrat Socialists on the blogs like this one or with the Democratic Party--controlled MSM talking heads, but she'll win by holding her own with the vast number of the American people who'll vote for McCain and Palin on November 4th. She'll make an exellent VP, and if need be, an exellent President of the USA. Barack Obama on the other hand should scare every real American, consitering his 20+ year racist past of hating white people and hating America.

Posted by: armpeg | October 2, 2008 2:49 PM | Report abuse

"I think Dems are underestimating Palin at their peril. All indications are that she has been learning fast and will do well in the debate. She may have made some stumbles - but assuming she's going to melt-down tonight is risky. Biden would be a fool to "go easy" on her. He needs to pull out all the stops hit her as hard as he can with all his political skills. Anything less and she likely will come out of it looking pretty good. Biden needs to clearly demonstrate what a novice she really is (and by contrast - that he isn't). Anything less and she wins."

Biden needs to feel it out. If she talks like an idiot, then he can just let her flounder in her own juices. If she seems to be holding her own, he can go after her.

But how much stuff can a person cram in a week? I think she flounders.

Posted by: DDAWD | October 2, 2008 2:48 PM | Report abuse

The post below is exhibit A for why these boards need character limits.

Posted by: ManUnitdFan | October 2, 2008 2:46 PM | Report abuse

CONGRESS YOU NO LONGER REPRESENT WALL STREET
CONGRESS YOU NOW REPRESENT THE WILL OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE

THIS IS THE AGENDA
CONGRESS WILL REMOVE ALL GOLDEN PARACHUTES FROM THE BILL
CONGRESS WILL ENSURE THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE WELL PROTECTED WITHIN THE BILL
CONGRESS WILL PASS THE BILL TODAY

IF CONGRESS FAILS TO PROTECT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, THEN CONGRESS WILL BE DESOLVED AND A NEW CONGRESS WILL BE PUT IN PLACE TO REFLECT THE WILL OF THE PEOPLE


SOMEONE EXPLAIN TO CONGRESS IN EXTREMELY SIMPLE TERMS THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE COME FIRST.

THE DAYS WHEN CONGRESS ACTED AS THE STOOGE OF GOP REPUBLICAN SUPER RICH WALL STREET SPECULATORS HAS COME TO AN END


THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TAKE TOP PRIORITY IN AMERICA

NO MORE GOLDEN PARACHUTES FOR EXECUTIVE CRIMINALS

GOP SUPER RICH REPUBLICAN WALL STREET CRIMINALS PREPARE FOR HANDCUFFS AND ASSETS CONFISCATION


THOSE RICH WALL STREET SPECULATING GOP REPUBLICANS WHO DROVE THE BUS INTO THE DITCH, WILL NOT BE TRUSTED TO DRIVE THE BUS OUT OF THAT DITCH.

SUPER RICH GOP REPUBLICAN WALL STREET SPECULATORS AND THEIR GOP REPUBLICAN HAND PICKED STOOGES IN THE WHITE HOUSE ADMINISTRATION, SENATE, SUPREME COURT, TREASURY, SEC AND CONGRESS TOGETHER HAVE $1 TRILLION WORTH OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE’S ASSETS (DOMESTIC AND HIDDEN ABROAD) THAT MUST BE RETURNED TO THE CITIZENS OF THE UNITED STATES.

AMERICA WANTS ITS $1 TRILLION BACK NOW AND CRIMINAL TRIALS FOR ALL INVOLVED IN THIS CONSPIRACY AGAINST THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.

ACCOUNTABILITY AND TRANSPARENCY ARE THE NEW LAWS OF THE LAND.

TREASON AGAINST THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WILL NOT BE TOLERATED.

NO MORE GOLDEN PARACHUTES FOR EXECUTIVE CRIMINALS. GOP SUPER RICH REPUBLICAN WALL STREET CRIMINALS PREPARE FOR HANDCUFFS AND ASSETS CONFISCATION.

THOSE GOP REPUBLICAN CORPORATE EXECUTIVES WHO STOLE AND SQUANDERED AVERAGE AMERICANS’ MONEY ON HIGH RISK UNSECURED WALL STREET LAS VEGAS STYLE SPECULATIONS SHOULD NOT BE REWARDED WITH MULTIMILLION-DOLLAR COMPENSATION PACKAGES SUBSIDIZED BY THE TAXPAYERS.

THESE GOP SUPER RICH REPUBLICAN CORPORATE EXECUTIVES, SPECULATORS AND CONGRESSIONAL STOOGES SHOULD BE IN HANDCUFFS. ALL OF THEIR ASSETS SHOULD BE CONFISCATED, LIQUIDATED AND RETURNED THE TREASURY (AMERICAN PEOPLE).

LET THE TRIALS BEGIN: GOP SUPER RICH REPUBLICAN FLEECING OF AMERICA

CITIZENS OF THE UNITED STATES VERSUS GOP SUPER RICH GOP REPUBLICAN CRIMINALS

ACT QUICKLY, ACT QUICKLY, ACT QUICKLY
IS NOT THIS THE SAME THING THAT THOSE GOP REPUBLICAN CRIMINALS SAID TO START THE ILLEGAL IRAQ WAR!

LET THE TRIALS BEGIN: CITIZENS OF THE UNITED STATES VERSUS GOP SUPER RICH REPUBLICAN CRIMINALS (BUSH, CHENEY, RICE, PAULSON, MCCAIN) AND THEIR WALL STREET SUPERCAPITALIST SPECULATING FELLOW CONSPIRATOR FRIENDS

THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WILL PREVAIL

THIS GOP REPUBLICAN SUPER RICH WALL STREET MELTDOWN IS CRIMINAL MISUSE OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE’S MONEY AT THE HIGHEST LEVEL (TREASON)

D STUDENT JOHN MCCAIN FEARS SHARING THE STAGE WITH HARVARD LAW PROFESSOR BARACK OBAMA

MOOSE COMMUNITY COLLEGE SARAH PALIN FEARS SHARING THE STAGE WITH LAW SCHOLAR JOE BIDEN

Hmmm, let's see. We have a bunch of republicans whining about wanting these CEOs to keep their fortunes, multiple houses and cars, and they want the taxpayers to bail them out. But when the taxpayer wanted help to keep THEIR homes, they were called a bunch of whiners by these SAME republicans and were given NO bailout.

Why are their oversized fortunes more important than the rest of America's modest and undersized ones?

Now, for the last time, once and for all, explain to me how Obama is the elitist and the republicans are "just like you and me." Go ahead. I triple dog dare you.


TREASON TRIALS FOR GOP REPUBLICAN SUPER RICH CRIMINALS

$1Trillion Illegal Iraq War plus $1Trillion Wall Street Fraud equals $2Trillion that
GOP Republicans (Bush, Cheney, Rice, Paulson, Guiliani, McCain) and those contributing members of Congress, Wall Street Speculators, and Cabinet who took part in the most Monumental Fraud against the American People owe to Our National Treasury.



GOP REPUBLICAN WALL STREET SUPERCAPITALISM AT ITS WORST

Executive salaries, CEO bonuses, grand robberies of the U.S. TREASURY in the $MILLIONS, $BILLIONS, and $TRILLIONS.

GOP REPUBLICAN WALL STREET SUPERCAPITALISTS robbed the AMERICAN PEOPLE of a $Trillion. RULE OF LAW states that the AMERICAN PEOPLE will be protected and all private properties, money, and wealth domestic and abroad owned by GOP REPUBLICAN SUPERCAPITALISTS taking part in robbing the U.S. TREASURY (AMERICAN PEOPLE) will immediately be confiscated and returned to the U.S. TREASURY (AMERICAN PEOPLE).

REPLACE GOP REPUBLICAN CEO GOLDEN PARACHUTES WITH CRIMINAL TRIALS AND PROPERTY CONFISCATION. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WILL PREVAIL AND THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION WILL BE REINSTATED. LONG LIVE FREEDOM AND JUSTICE. CORPORATE TRANSPARENCY AND ACCOUNTABILITY WILL BE THE LAW OF THE LAND.

INSIDE JOB AT THE HIGHEST LEVEL:
GOP REPUBLICAN WHITE HOUSE ILLEGAL WARS AND
WALL STREET CRIMINAL DEREGULATED SPECULATIONS

You asked for it and you got it. GOP REPUBLICANS INSIDERS McCain, Bush, Cheney, Paulson, and Rice were hired by Super-Capitalists (Super Wealthy GOP REPUBLICANS) to start Illegal Oil Wars against Oil producing Nations and DEREGULATE (eliminate AMERICAN PEOPLE PROTECTION) the FEDERAL GOVERNMENT (White House, Congress, Supreme Court), TREASURY and WALL STREET. These INSIDERS did exactly what they were paid to do. Past GOP REPUBLICANS (Nixon, Reagan, Bush I) and current GOP REPUBLICANS (Bush II, Cheney, Rice, McCain, Paulson) have a credibility factor of zero. Americans no longer believe them, the World has never believed them and now they are done. They came in with the 9/11 attack upon the AMERICAN PEOPLE and leave with the Wall Street $1Trillion attack upon the AMERICAN PEOPLE.

Wave after wave after wave the GOP REPUBLICANS attack the AMERICAN PEOPLE based on the premise of disrespect for anyone who is not a GOP RICH REPUBLICAN. Either you are in their group (GOP RICH REPUBLICAN) or out (debt ridden worker bee / victim). GOP REPUBLICANS view the AMERICAN PEOPLE as gullible sheep perpetually fattened with debt and led to the subhuman existence slaughter. When slavery (free labor) ended GOP RICH REPUBLICANS attacked and enslaved the people of the world through unbalanced trade. Now that foreign sweatshops are demanding better pay and treatment, GOP RICH REPUBLICANS are attacking the AMERICAN MIDDLE CLASS. GOP RICH REPUBLICANS are banking on the idea that the AMERICAN MIDDLE CLASS are non-thinking drones fat with artificial food, high on Wall Street sponsored imported drugs (legal / illegal), and choked with clutter, debt and noise.

Through massive GOP REPUBLICAN SPONSORED DEREGULATIONS, GOP REPUBLICAN CEOs, Treasury Secretary, Wall Street Speculators, White House Administration, Cabinet Members, and their insider friends each walked away with more than $20,000,000 annually of money stolen directly from the U.S. TREASURY (AMERICAN PEOPLE). After eight years of GRAND FRAUD AT THE HIGHEST LEVEL, thousands of GOP REPUBLICANS ROBBED OUR UNITED STATES TREASURY OF $1TRILLION (ACTS OF TREASON AGAINST THE AMERICAN PEOPLE).

The AMERICAN PEOPLE will hold ALL GOP REPUBLICANS INVOLVED in these ACTS OF TREASON accountable before a TRIAL. ALL GOP REPUBLICANS INVOLVED in these ACTS OF TREASON will have ALL OF THEIR PROPERTIES (corporate and private, domestic and foreign sheltered) CONFISCATED, SOLD and RETURNED to OUR NATIONAL TREASURY (AMERICAN PEOPLE). The UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION (WILL OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE) shall prevail, despite the criminal efforts of GOP REPUBLICAN WALL STREET SUPER-CAPITALIST CRIMINALS.


CONGRESS WILL NOT ADJOURN UNTIL AFTER THE GOP REPUBLICAN PARTY FIX THEIR COLOSSAL MESS

GOP (GOOD OLDBOY PRIVATEERS)


Britain has nationalized its banks. The U.S. has nationalized Wall Street and will do the same for U.S. Oil if it hits $6.50 a gallon in two years. The Treasury and Oil are too crucial for national defense to be left in the hands of self serving speculators' private greed. The United States greed based society is over. We will copy Britain or Germany’s mixed economy system based heavily on the People government oversight. Speculators and gamblers cannot be trusted with the American economy. Wrong is wrong and wolves cannot be hired to protect cash cows. Today you can gamble in Las Vegas with your credit card (money that you don’t have); Wall Street high leverage speculation is the same thing.

Three weeks ago, some Americans stupidly said that we don’t need to consider World Opinion during the 2008 presidential election. It is now clear that America and The World are closely connected and that we need to consider how the World perceives our decisions. The World does not like John McCain and will not cooperate with McCain. Europeans and the World view John McCain as an old relic bent on returning the World to perpetual hostility.

No one wants another Cold War, except McCain. Palin’s childish perceptions are not worth mentioning, especially with the World watching and laughing at McCain’s choices. Russia does not want another Expensive Cold War, but it will play ball if McCain kicks off. While Bush and McCain are building military bases in Poland, Russia is speaking with Latin American Oil Nations about refining and cutting out U.S. Oil Companies. Next Russia will build military bases in Latin American in response to U.S. bases in Eastern Europe. McCain and Wall Street weapons manufacturers are the only ones who want to profit from a new Cold War. In reality, no one benefits from a new Cold War. The American People, Russian People and World People will be injured by a new Cold War. Expect European demands to be rid of all U.S. bases in Europe. The American People, Russian People and World People want peace and cooperation from the United States led by Barack Obama.

The World loves Barack Obama and has signed a letter of intent to cooperate with America under Barack’s leadership. Throughout the World young presidents are emerging and none of them want to return to the bad days of the Cold War (bomb shelters, high interest rates, disproportionate military spending, nuclear buildup, general fear). Nobody wants the return of the Cold War, except McCain and Wall Street weapons manufacturers. The American People are nationalizing Wall Street to prevent weapons manufacturers from dictating unfavorable terms to our economy. Again the American middle class must see pass their ignorance and the emperor with no clothes (Bush, McCain, Palin, Guiliani). Americans must vote for it’s best interest, which includes a favorable World Opinion. America And The World Will Vote Obama to avert financial and military catastrophes.

Let’s not forget that China, Saudi Arabia and India together hold over $1 Trillion in American currency. Do you think that China, Saudi Arabia and India have votes in the 2008 American election? The CEOs of American companies and Wall Street Banks heavily invested with funds from China, Saudi Arabia and India know that foreign governments will be exercising their strong votes in our election. You can thank McCain deregulations and GOP Republican American job outsourcing for dissipating Our American votes.

Obama has 8 years experience as a State Senator, 4 years in the US Senate, taught Constitutional Law at the University of Chicago, etc. Obama’s very high intellectual capacity allows him to analyze situations and make sound decisions. How can you even compare Palin’s GED from Moose Community College credentials to these?

GOP REPUBLICAN JOHN MCCAIN WALL STREET DEREGULATIONS
GOP REPUBLICAN JOHN MCCAIN ALSO WANTED TO PRIVATIZE SOCIAL SECURITY (BONEHEAD)
GOP REPUBLICAN JOHN MCCAIN sponsored landmark legislation in 1999 that removed the walls between banks, investment firms and insurance companies. GOP REPUBLICAN JOHN MCCAIN bill allowed a company like AIG to expand beyond its traditional insurance business (which is still profitable) into exotic new extremely high risk products that brought the company down and created this colossal mess.

WALL STREET SRO - SELF REGULATORY ORGANIZATION
THE GOP REPUBLICAN RUN Government (GOP President, GOP Congress, GOP Supreme Court) looked the other way, while GOP REPUBLICAN Super-capitalist Obscenely Rich WALL STREET SRO Speculators Robbed Our U.S. TREASURY and Forced the $Trillion Debt Upon the AMERICAN PEOPLE.


Average Americans are becoming poorer, because GOP REPUBLICAN WALL STREET super rich SPECULATORS and corporate CEOs are paying themselves, business partners, friends, and family members at least $20,000,000 annually from MONEY STOLEN FROM THE U.S. TREASURY. These major crimes committed by WALL STREET SPECULATORS AND CEOs have gone beyond greed and into acts of treason against the AMERICAN PEOPLE. Seize the stolen money and properties valued in the $TRILLIONS back from these super criminals for attacking America. Those stolen $MILLIONS / $BILLIONS / $TRILLIONS belong to the AMERICAN PEOPLE.

RULE OF LAW states that the People of the United States will be defended. Those who attack American Citizens will be prosecuted. WALL STREET SPECULATORS and CORPORATE CEOs dictatorship over the AMERICAN PEOPLE is over. Average Americans are not going to accept WALL STREET CORPORATE CRIMES anymore. Rights of Citizen and Average Workers of the United States will be enforced. The AMERICAN PEOPLE will always come before corporate interests, because Americans Love America more than Wall Street Speculators love greed.


GERMANY, FRANCE, ENGLAND HAVE GREATER CITIZEN-WORKERS’ RIGHTS, TRANSPARENCY, OVERSIGHT, AND DOMESTIC TRANQUILITY THAN GOP REPUBLICAN WALL STREET RUN AMERICA. AMERICA WILL HONOR AMERICAN CITIZENS WITH DEMOCRATIC WORKERS’ RIGHTS, TRANSPARENCY, OVERSIGHT, AND DOMESTIC TRANQUILITY.

NO MORE WALL STREET DICTATORSHIP OVER CONGRESS
NO MORE WALL STREET IMPORTATION OF ILLEGAL CARTEL DRUGS
NO MORE WALL STREET MASS GUN SALES
NO MORE WALL STREET ILLEGAL WARS
NO MORE WALL STREET WILD SPECULATION AND IRRESPONSIBLE LEVERAGE
NO MORE WALL STREET SOFT PORNOGRAPHY ON PRIME TIME TELEVISION
NO MORE WALL STREET MASS VIOLENCE ON PRIME TIME TELEVISION
NO MORE WALL STREET HATE RADIO
NO MORE WALL STREET UNAUTHORIZED SPYING ON AMERICAN CITIZENS
NO MORE WALL STREET ILLEGAL CREDIT SCORES
NO MORE WALL STREET OVERSEAS TAX HAVENS
NO MORE WALL STREET OUTSOURCING AMERICAN JOBS
NO MORE WALL STREET BUYING AMERICAN POLITICIANS

GOP REPUBLICAN WALL STREET $TRILLION FRAUD AGAINST THE AMERICAN PEOPLE

Direct impact of GOP McCain sponsored deregulations
Bankrupt and floundering
Failure of the investment bank
Government's takeover

GOP REPUBLICAN WALL STREET's business model has collapsed

Greed and fear routinely govern GOP REPUBLICAN WALL STREET financial markets and GLOBAL CRISIS.

GOP REPUBLICAN WALL STREET (giant investment houses, brokerage firms, hedge funds, "private equity" firms) irresponsibly TRADED the savings of average Americans (placed LAS VEGAS STYLE BETS on extremely high risk stocks, bonds, and other securities).

DUBIOUS MORTGAGES were PACKAGED into BONDS and SOLD and TRADED. Investment houses had huge incentives to increase LEVERAGE (OBSCENELY HIGH BORROWING).

GOP REPUBLICAN WALL STREET compensation is heavily skewed toward annual bonuses, reflecting the profits traders and managers earned in the tune of lavish base salaries and obscenely high annual bonuses of $20,000,000.

GOP REPUBLICAN WALL STREET relies heavily on OBSCENELY HIGH LEVERAGE (OBSCENELY HIGH BORROWING). $3 Trillion (stocks, bonds, other securities) backed by only $80 billion in shareholders' equity while the $2.8 Trillion was LEVERAGE (BORROWED).

Leverage (huge borrowing) can create huge debts (huge principal and interest obligations)

GOP REPUBLICAN WALL STREET is a manic machine for gambling.
Traders and money managers are given huge incentives to do whatever would increase short-term profits.

For decades, GOP REPUBLICAN JOHN MCCAIN sponsored legislation that broadly deregulated WALL STREET banking and insurance industries.

GOP REPUBLICAN JOHN MCCAIN swept away Consumer Protection legislation and opened the way for a less restricted high risk financial marketplace.

While the GOP REPUBLICAN WALL STREET boom continued, government (White House, Congress, Supreme Court) looked the other way.

GOP REPUBLICAN Congress resisted tougher regulation and permitted WALL STREET to run out of control at obscenely high LEVERAGE (OBSCENELY HIGH BORROWED MONEY) RATIOS perpetrating intentional fraud against the AMERICAN PEOPLE.

GOP REPUBLICAN WALL STREET leaders intentionally deceived customers and lenders into taking hazardous risks for short-term rewards regardless of the long-term dangers to the AMERICAN PEOPLE.

Mortgages went bad. The powerful high leverage went into reverse. Losses eroded firms' capital bases and raised doubts about their survival.

Financial firms took major stupid and wasteful risks that severely damaged the American Economy and impeded economic recovery.

GOP REPUBLICAN STOCK MARKET $TRILLION FRAUD has deepened consumers' pessimism, fear and reluctance to spend. There may be more failures of FINANCIAL FIRMS.

GOP REPUBLICAN WALL STREET financial crises resemble the GOP REPUBLICAN illegal miscalculated war.


How were we ever made to believe that the now-collapsing GOP REPUBLICAN WALL STREET model ever made sense? Common sense should have told us that making RISKY BETS with HUGE AMOUNTS of BORROWED MONEY was a DANGEROUS GAME; if the bets pay off you make money beyond your wildest dreams, but if they go bad you face utter ruin.

Common sense should have told us that betting fortunes on meaningless fluctuations in stock, bond or currency values (McCain sponsored deregulated hedge funds) was about as productive as a trip to Las Vegas. Common sense should have told us that buying and selling exotic securities based on other securities based on bundles of mortgages that were treated like mere numbers on a balance sheet (no recognition that the whole iffy construct was based on real people living in real houses that they might or might not be able to afford) was not an intelligent endeavor.

Somehow, we all forgot that "HIGHLY LEVERAGED" is just another way of saying "DEEPLY INDEBTED." Now we've had a wake-up call, and maybe the erstwhile Masters of the Universe will have to stop playing with imaginary money and go back to using the real stuff.


RULE OF LAW WILL ENFORCE CONFISCATION OF ALL GOP REPUBLICAN WALL STREET SPECULATORS’ AND CEOS’ PERSONAL PROPERTIES RESPONSIBLE FOR OUR ECONOMY’S MELTDOWN. All money and properties of the Super Rich CEOs and WALL STREET Speculators domestic and abroad will be confiscated and returned to the United States TREASURY and the AMERICAN PEOPLE.

WALL STREET SRO - SELF REGULATORY ORGANIZATION
OUR GOP REPUBLICAN RUN Government (GOP President, GOP Congress, GOP Supreme Court) looked the other way, while GOP REPUBLICAN Super-capitalist Obscenely Rich WALL STREET SRO Speculators Robbed Our U.S. TREASURY and Forced the $Trillion Debt Upon the AMERICAN PEOPLE.

GOP REPUBLICAN LIARS SUPER RICH WALL STREET GET RICH QUICK GREEDY
BILLION DOLLARS RISKY UNSECURED LOANS RISKY UNSECURED LOANS RISKY UNSECURED LOANS
REPACKAGED AND SOLD TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.

GOP REPUBLICAN LIARS SUPER RICH WALL STREET ROBBER BARONS
COMMIT TREASON AND GRAND FRAUD AGAINST THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.


WALL STREET SRO - SELF REGULATORY ORGANIZATION
OUR GOP REPUBLICAN RUN Government (GOP President, GOP Congress, GOP Supreme Court) looked the other way, while GOP REPUBLICAN Super-capitalist Obscenely Rich WALL STREET SRO Speculators Robbed Our U.S. TREASURY and Forced the $Trillion Debt Upon the AMERICAN PEOPLE.


HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON ANGERED BY SARAH PALIN’S REMARKS

Comments uttered by Sarah Palin has angered Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton who described Sarah Palin as an opportunist with no qualifications. Senator Hillary Clinton also stated that John McCain and Sarah Palin’s records on women’s rights are abominable. The country cannot withstand anymore George Bush failures cloaked in McCain/Palin. Asking Sarah Palin to become Vice President is like asking the grazing moose behind her trailer to pilot the shuttle.

National Organization of Women (NOW) Endorsed Pro-Women’s Rights ticket Obama / Biden for their outstanding work bettering the lives of women.

During her first term as Mayor, Palin went on an intense firing spree by sacking, or requesting resumes and resignation letters from the chief of police, finance director, public works director, and librarian.

In October of 1996, Palin consulted the city librarian about censoring "objectionable" books. The librarian was shocked and responded that the books were selected "on the basis of national selection criteria of libraries this size" and would resist all efforts to ban or remove any books from the library. A few months later Emmons received a letter from Palin stating that she had been terminated from her job. Emmons was reinstated the next day after public outcry.

Long time Alaskan acquaintance described Sarah Palin as a malicious, conniving opportunist, a reckless spender, and power abuser. Initially Palin supported the 'bridge to nowhere' project and even wore t-shirts that supported the project. When she realized that the project was not supported by the public she decided to back off.

Palin is an avid pro-lifer. Teen pregnancies are a major dilemma facing the nation today. The government spent $1 billion in supporting abstinence-only sex education programs since 1996. In the case of Palin's daughter, such programs are failing us. Palin is comfortable with giving her own daughter a choice, but wants to take away that choice from the rest of the nation.

By picking a young, attractive and vivacious woman as his partner in crime, McCain hoped to pull in all the disappointed Clinton supporters. This was his crucial mistake, because Sarah Palin is the antithesis of Hillary Clinton. She stands against women rights and would reverse women's rights by fifty years. Women are not as gullible as McCain and his advisors had hoped that they would be. Just because McCain placed a young woman in front of the crowd does not mean women will automatically vote for her without any question. Women will soon realize that Sarah Palin is an anti-choice, homophobic, polar bear, wolf, moose, and deer killing machine.

Sarah Palin is incapable of writing a speech. The speech given by her at the Republican National Convention was written long before she was considered for McCain’s running mate by the computer. McCain had never heard of Palin until after the computer printed her name one day before his announcement.

The thought that Sarah Palin will do anything in the White House is unsettling, because she is a unhinged lunatic who will mess up and give the public the perception that women cannot be in power. Hillary Rodham Clinton and women throughout the country are very angry that Sarah “moose hunter” Palin is in such an important position. Four out of Sarah’s five best friends have committed to Barack Obama.


GOP REPUBLICANS ARE AUTHORITARIANS WHO DO NOT BELIEVE IN FREE SPEECH OR DEMOCRACY. GOP REPUBLICAN ONLY INTERESTS ARE POWER AND MONEY.


GOP REPUBLICAN WALL STREET SUPERCAPITALISM AT ITS WORST

Executive salaries, CEO bonuses, grand robberies of the U.S. TREASURY in the $MILLIONS, $BILLIONS, and $TRILLIONS.

GOP REPUBLICAN WALL STREET SUPERCAPITALISTS robbed the AMERICAN PEOPLE of a $Trillion. RULE OF LAW states that the AMERICAN PEOPLE will be protected and all private properties, money, and wealth domestic and abroad owned by GOP REPUBLICAN SUPERCAPITALISTS taking part in robbing the U.S. TREASURY (AMERICAN PEOPLE) will immediately be confiscated and returned to the U.S. TREASURY (AMERICAN PEOPLE).


PALIN FAILIN RETURNED HOME TO 2,000 ALASKAN PROTESTERS WHO CHEERFULLY CHANTED "O-BAM-AH.

Gov. Sarah Palin returned home to 2,000 protesters outside the Anchorage library who wanted to correct the widespread impression that the Last Frontier endorses her candidacy.

"Last week a group of women were sitting around talking about this perception that all of Alaska supports Sarah Palin. We apparently hit a nerve and started a movement,"

A sense of festival obtained. There was a woman in a polar bear suit representing "Polar Bear Moms Say: No Palin Failin." Drivers on 36th Avenue saw a little girl waving a sign "Don't Ban My Books."

"My mom is from Alaska. She's a working mother. She's good looking," said Nolan. "So she seems to be qualified to be vice president."

Asking Sarah Palin to become the Vice President is like asking the grazing moose behind her trailer to pilot the shuttle.

Sarah Palin Failin Protesters Held Signs Reading:

Bush In A Skirt
Palin Be Failin
Jesus Was a Community Organizer
Palin Failin: Thanks But No Thanks
Smearing Alaska's Good Name One Scandal @ a Time
Candidate To Nowhere
Rape Kits Should Be Free
Voted For Her Once: Never Again!
Community Organizers are the Real Patriots
Barbies for War
I Shall Not Be Pandered To
Give Palin Failin Your Vote AND Your Draft Age Child
Sarah Palin Failin: So Far Right She's Wrong
Alaska Is Not Frisco
Coat Hangers for McCain
Sarah Palin Failin, Undoing 150 Years of American Feminism
Hockey Mama for Obama (on a hockey stick)


Cheerful chants of "O-bam-ah.


National Organization of Women (NOW) Endorses Obama / Biden For Their Pro-Women Rights Stance


McCain / Palin Failin are rejected for their anti-women stance and votes against Women Rights

PRESIDENTIAL AND VICE PRESIDENTIAL CHOICES

I'm a little confused. Let me see if I have this straight.....

If you grow up in Hawaii, raised by your grandparents, you're 'exotic, different.'

Grow up in Alaska eating mooseburgers, and its a quintessential American story.

If your name is Barack you're a radical, unpatriotic Muslim.

Name your kids Willow, Trig and Track, you're a maverick.

Graduate from Harvard law School and you are unstable.

Attend 5 different small colleges before graduating, you're well grounded.

If you spend 3 years as a brilliant community organizer,
become President of the Harvard Law Review,
create a voter registration drive that registers 150,000 new voters,
spend 12 years as a Constitutional Law professor,
spend 8 years as a State Senator representing a district with over 750,000 people,
become chairman of the state Senate's Health and Human Services committee,
spend 4 years in the United States Senate representing a state of 13
million people while sponsoring 131 bills and serving on the Foreign
Affairs, Environment and Public Works and Veteran's Affairs committees,
you don't have any real leadership experience.

If your total resume is: local weather girl, 4 years
on the city council and 6 years as the mayor of a town with less
than 7,000 people, 20 months as the governor of a state with only 650,000
people, and cook caribou/grizzly/wolf stew, then you're qualified to become the country's second
highest ranking executive.

If you have been married to the same woman for 19 years while raising 2 beautiful daughters,
all within Protestant churches, you're not a real Christian.

If you cheated on your first wife with a rich heiress,
and left your disfigured wife and married the heiress the next month,
you're a Christian.

If you teach responsible, age appropriate sex education, including
the proper use of birth control, you are eroding the fiber of society.

If , while governor, you staunchly advocate abstinence only,
with no other option in sex education in your state's school system
while your unwed teen daughter ends up pregnant , you're very responsible.

If your wife is a Harvard graduate lawyer who gave up a position in a prestigious law firm
to work for the betterment of her inner city community, then gave that up to raise a family,
your family's values don't represent America's.

If you're husband is nicknamed 'First Dude', with at least one DWI conviction
and no college education, who didn't register to vote until age 25 and
once was a member of a group that advocated: the secession of Alaska from the USA,
your family is extremely admirable.

OK, much clearer now.


National Organization of Women (NOW) Endorses Obama / Biden For Their Pro-Women Rights Stance


McCain / Palin Failin are rejected for their anti-women stance and votes against Women Rights

BRITISH PRIME MINISTER BROWN SUPPORTS BARACK OBAMA

LONDON - BRITISH PRIME MINISTER GORDON BROWN voiced support for UNITED STATES DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE BARACK OBAMA, saying he would help Americans struggling with an economic downturn.

In a move seen by some British media as a break with a political convention requiring foreign leaders to remain neutral ahead of US elections, BRITISH PRIME MINISTER BROWN praised MR. OBAMA as a fellow “progressive politician” who would help ordinary Americans in tough times. With eight weeks to go before the presidential election, MR. OBAMA and his Republican rival John McCain are neck-and-neck in domestic opinion polls.

BRITISH PRIME MINISTER BROWN described the race for the White House as “electrifying” and said: “It is the DEMOCRATS who are generating the ideas to help people through more difficult times.”

“To help prevent people from losing their home, BARACK OBAMA has proposed a Foreclosure Prevention Fund to increase emergency pre-foreclosure counselling, and help families facing repossession,” he wrote in an article in The Monitor magazine, a monthly political publication.


2008 UNITED STATES DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL RACE

DEMOCRAT HARVARD LAW VS. GOP REPUBLICAN D STUDENTS

OBAMA OF HARVARD LAW AND PRESIDENT OF HARVARD LAW REVIEW
BIDEN OF SYRACUSE LAW

MCCAIN OF NAVY ACADEMY LAST PLACE D STUDENT
PALIN FAILIN OF MOOSE COLLEGE

GOP Republican Wall Street SRO (Self Regulatory Organization) Robber Baron Supercapitalism Is Down And Will No Longer Rob the U.S. TREASURY and AMERICAN PEOPLE

STOP DESTRUCTIVE GOP REPUBLICAN WALL STREET SUPERCAPITALISM OIL SPECUALTARS (OIL MILLIONAIRES BUSH, CHENEY, RICE, MCCAIN, PALIN FAILIN)

NATIONALIZE U.S. OIL FOR NATIONAL DEFENSE
NATIONALIZE U.S. OIL FOR NATIONAL DEFENSE
NATIONALIZE U.S. OIL FOR NATIONAL DEFENSE

WHY A BARREL OF OIL ILLEGALLY SHOT UP FROM $24 TO $145 DURING THE GOP REPUBLICAN (MCCAIN, BUSH, CHENEY, RICE, PALIN FAILIN) ADMINISTRATION


GOP REPUBLICAN BUSH I OOOOOIIIIILLLLL MILLIONAIRE AND OIL EXECUTIVE
GOP REPUBLICAN BUSH II OOOOOIIIIILLLLL MILLIONAIRE AND OIL EXECUTIVE
GOP REPUBLICAN CHENEY OOOOOIIIIILLLLL MILLIONAIRE AND OIL EXECUTIVE
GOP REPUBLICAN RICE OOOOOIIIIILLLLL MILLIONAIRE AND OIL EXECUTIVE
GOP REPUBLICAN GUILIANI OOOOOIIIIILLLLL MILLIONAIRE AND OIL STOCKHOLDER
GOP REPUBLICAN MCCAIN OOOOOIIIIILLLLL MILLIONAIRE AND OIL STOCKHOLDER
GOP REPUBLICAN PALIN FAILIN OOOOOIIIIILLLLL COMMISSIONER AND OIL STOCKHOLDER


TOGETHER WHAT DO THEY ALL HAVE IN COMMON?

THEY ARE ALL GOP REPUBLICAN OOOOOIIIIILLLLL MILLIONAIRES AND OIL STOCKHOLDERS


GOP REPUBLICAN OOOOOIIIIIIIIILLLLLLLLLLL IS THE NEW CRACK
GOP REPUBLICAN OOOOOIIIIIIIIILLLLLLLLLLL IS THE NEW CRACK
GOP REPUBLICAN OOOOOIIIIIIIIILLLLLLLLLLL IS THE NEW CRACK


CAN YOU SAY GOP REPUBLICAN CONSPIRACY TO DEFRAUD THE AMERICAN PUBLIC, ROB OUR U.S. TREASURY, AND SPECULATE FOR OBSCENELY HIGH PROFIT RETURNS ON WALL STREET OIL STOCKS

WAKE UP AMERICA, BECAUCE THE WORLD ALREADY KNOWS ABOUT THE CRIMINAL GOP REPUBLICAN PARTY OF CONSPIRATORS

NATIONALIZE U.S. OIL FOR NATIONAL DEFENSE AS A VITAL RESOURCE

AMERICA AND AMERICANS FIRST

NO MORE GOP REPUBLICAN WALL STREET OOOOOIIIIILLLLL SPECULATION AND FRAUD AGAINST THE AMERICAN PEOPLE

IF YOU SAY THAT YOU LOVE AMERICA, THEN PROVE IT AND STOP THE GOP REPUBLICAN RAIDERS UPON OUR U.S. TREASURY AND OUTSOURCING OF U.S. JOBS


GOP Republican Wall Street Get Rich Quick By Robbing America TREASURY Wild Speculators Created The Enormous National Debt, So Make Them Pay For It And Balance Our Budget.
GOP Republican Wall Street Supercapitalism Speculators Have Committed Treason Against Our Country.

HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON ANGERED BY SARAH PALIN FAILIN’S REMARKS

Will the GOP Republican get rich by selling America party take credit for any of their disasters? GOP Republicans are successful at failing and hurting OUR COUNTRY in the eyes of the WORLD. Can we really afford to ignore what the ENTIRE WORLD THINKS OF US?


How does the WORLD perceive AMERICA led by Barack Obama? Extremely favorable.

How does the WORLD perceive AMERICA led by John McCain? Extremely negative.

FOUR MORE YEARS ANYONE?

Eventually, Americans will realize that doing the same thing (electing GOP Republicans) will not yield different results (stock market disasters, economic disasters, world view disasters, failed foreign policy disasters, failed domestic policies disasters).

Spraying perfume on a new GOP Republican Pig will not create a bright and shiny candidate. Garbage in equal garbage out. GOP Republican garbage in yield (stock market, economic, foreign relations, domestic policies) garbage out.

McCain has perpetually been a failure from school until now.
Palin Failin has perpetually been a failure (with a hillbilly hockey mom accent) from day one until now. Her bear hunting Arctic outback kids prove it.

Do you really need someone to tell you these basic facts? Under the Freedom of Information Act, all of this information is available free if you choose to type in the questions.

Lets prove to the Europeans and the World that we are not stupid, because they think that we are after two terms of Forrest Gump Bush.

D Student Crash Every Plane McCain and Hillbilly Trailer Palin Failin are not reflective of the AMERICAN PEOPLE.

If Palin Failin had a brain, then she would have considered the immense responsibilities demanded of the Office of the United States Vice President or President; and politely declined McCain’s crack induced invitation. GOP Republican Party is a joke.

If FOX NEWS does not clean up it’s filthy RACIST acts of discrimination, then American and European audiences will B O Y C O T T FOX RACIST NEWS.


GOP Republican Wall Street Get Rich Quick By Robbing America TREASURY Wild Speculators Created The Enormous National Debt, So Make Them Pay For It And Balance Our Budget.
GOP Republican Wall Street Supercapitalism Speculators Have Committed Treason Against Our Country.


REPORT SAYS GOP REPUBLICAN OIL AGENCY RAN AMOK

INVESTIGATION OF GOP REPUBLICAN OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT AND BUDGET

INVESTIGATION OF GOP REPUBLICAN MINERALS MANAGEMENT SERVICE OIL MARKETING GROUP


GOP REPUBLICAN Government officials in charge of collecting BILLIONS of dollars worth of royalties from OIL and gas companies accepted gifts, steered contracts to favored clients and engaged in drug use and illicit sex with employees of the energy firms, federal investigators reported.

Investigators from the Interior Department's inspector general's office said more than a dozen employees, including the former director of the OIL royalty program, took meals, ski trips, sports tickets and golf outings from industry representatives. The report alleges that the former director, also netted more than $30,000 from improper outside work.

The report from Inspector General contains fresh allegations about the practices at the beleaguered royalty-in-kind program of Interior's Minerals Management Service, which last year collected more than $4 billion worth of OIL and natural gas from companies given contracts to tap energy on federal and Indian lands and offshore. The revelations come as Congress is set to consider opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and areas off the coast of Florida for drilling.

The royalty-in-kind program, based near Denver, allows energy companies to pay the government in OIL and gas, rather than cash, for the privilege of drilling on government land. It has been the subject of multiple investigations since 2006 by the Interior Department's secretary, its inspector general, the Justice Department and Congress for alleged mismanagement and conflicts of interest.

In the report released yesterday, investigators said they "discovered a culture of substance abuse and promiscuity" in which employees accepted gratuities "with prodigious frequency." The report cited one e-mail from a Shell Pipeline representative asking a woman in the royalty office to attend "tailgating festivities" at a Houston Texans football game: "You're invited . . . have you and the girls meet at my place at 6am for bubble baths and final prep."

Besides Shell, the energy company employees mentioned in the report worked for Chevron, Hess and Gary-Williams Energy. The social outings detailed in the report included alcohol-, cocaine- and marijuana-filled parties where certain employees of the Minerals Management Service were nicknamed the "MMS Chicks" by the energy employees. The companies paid for federal workers to attend football and baseball games, PGA Tour events, Colorado ski trips, paintball outings and "treasure hunts," investigators found.

"The OIL INDUSTRY holds shocking sway over the ADMINISTRATION and even KEY FEDERAL EMPLOYEES,". "This is why we must not allow BIG OIL'S AGENDA to be jammed through CONGRESS."

The current director of the Minerals Management Service, said that he takes the report "very seriously".
Employees identified in the report told investigators that they didn't think ethics rules applied to them because of their "unique" role in the agency and that they needed to socialize with industry representatives for "market intelligence," according to the report. Those employees, some of whom have been transferred to different offices, have been recommended for internal administrative action.

The inspector general's release comprised three separate reports, including one devoted to the program's director. It alleges that Smith improperly worked part time for Geomatrix Consultants, an Oakland, Calif.-based environmental and engineering firm, and marketed the company to government clients.

Additionally, the report said that the director had an inappropriate sexual relationship with a subordinate whom he paid to buy cocaine, promising her a bonus in return. The director admitted to the sexual encounter.

The director, who now works for a private OIL company in Denver, did not respond to requests for comment. Investigators referred their findings to federal prosecutors.

Justice officials also declined to comment on their decision about the criminal case against the highest-ranking official named in the report director of the Minerals Management Service, who worked in Washington. She is accused of improperly arranging a million-dollar deal for two retired employees.

The wife of the procurement policy administrator for the WHITE HOUSE OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT AND BUDGET, retired from government service Jan. 31. She declined to comment on the report. She told investigators she had a "personal issue. The Justice Department's decision to charge created a rift with Interior officials.

One of the two retired employees pleaded guilty in July to a federal conflict-of-interest charge related to the investigation. Another employee has been under investigation for similar conflict-of-interest allegations.

Before he left, Mayberry created a job for himself by writing the job description and the criteria for selecting the winning bidder, court documents show. He started a company out of his Texas home and was awarded a $150,000 contract in June 2003. He later hired Dial, the report said. Mayberry's firm collected $788,000 worth of contracts.

The royalty-in-kind program, which started as a small pilot project a decade ago, has been touted as a way to simplify the way OIL AND GAS COMPANIES pay for the right to drill on federal land and offshore. Instead of calculating the profit from a well, they can simply give the government one-eighth to one-sixth of whatever they take from the ground.

Revenue rose quickly, from $1.5 billion in 2004 to $4.3 billion last fiscal year. But the growth occurred "in an environment with relatively unstructured in-house oversight," the congressionally convened Royalty Policy Committee said in a December report. Previous reports have said that companies were allowed to revise their million-dollar bids for projects indiscriminately, that government workers routinely failed to seek out legal advice on complicated deals and that the agency used outdated computers and a $150 million software program that resulted in royalty money going uncollected.

A lawyer who represented states and tribes entitled to a cut of the royalties, said it was nearly impossible to get accurate numbers from the agency. "They kept hemming and hawing," she said.

In late 2006 questions arose over its handling of leases written in 1998 and 1999 that allowed major OIL companies drilling in the Gulf of Mexico to avoid BILLIONS of dollars in royalty payments.

Former Interior Department auditors accused the agency of failing to bill companies. "We weren't allowed to audit them. It was disturbing," said an auditor who sued the federal government for not collecting royalties. "You couldn't see what was going on."

The minerals agency director said that the harm done by the royalty employees was to public trust and TREASURY, and acknowledged that financial considerations were given to firms that gave favors to federal employees, and he said the contracts will be audited.


Do you really question the motives of GOP Republicans Criminals? America must Immediately Nationalize U.S. OIL and Gas For National Defense.


DEMOCRAT HARVARD LAW VS. GOP REPUBLICAN CRASH JET AND MUDVILLE

U.S. Presidents From Harvard Law
John Adams
John Quincy Adams
Rutherford Hayes
Theodore Roosevelt
Franklin Roosevelt
John Kennedy
Barack Obama

President and Harvard Law Scholar Barack Obama Contrast With D Student Obscenely Rich Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire Crash Every Plane McCain


Growing Up

D Student Obscenely Rich Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire Crash Every Plane McCain was privileged, given everything by both parents, and worked for nothing.


Irish-American and Harvard Law Scholar Barack Obama grew up poor, raised by his Irish-American single white mother and Irish-American white working class maternal grand parents. Irish-American and Harvard Law Scholar Barack Obama was given nothing and worked for everything.

Education

D Student Obscenely Rich Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire Crash Every Plane McCain was a D student and graduated last in his class. D Student Obscenely Rich Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire Crash Every Plane McCain and McBush Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire share failed academic records. He partied constantly and dependent on favor handouts from his high ranking father and grandfather. D Student Obscenely Rich Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire Crash Every Plane McCain earned nothing on his own similar to McBush Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire. D Student Obscenely Rich Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire Crash Every Plane McCain is also Internet illiterate which slows down his information processing capacity. Is this good for the country?


Irish-American and Harvard Law Scholar Barack Obama worked hard and became PRESIDENT OF THE HARVARD LAW REVIEW. Everything that Irish-American and Harvard Law Scholar Barack Obama accomplished he did on his own. Irish-American Barack Obama’s HARVARD Scholarship ranks among the best. Irish-American and Harvard Law Scholar Barack Obama’s hard work represents the American Dream.


Community Service

D Student Obscenely Rich Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire Crash Every Plane McCain poor studies translated into poor performances in the military where he crashed several planes and recklessly endangered the lives of others. D Student Obscenely Rich Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire Crash Every Plane McCain was never trusted by his colleagues nor loved by his peers. The highlight of D Student Obscenely Rich Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire Crash Every Plane McCain’s career was getting shot down and becoming a prisoner. D Student Obscenely Rich Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire Crash Every Plane McCain served his country by getting handouts from his guards. Getting handouts seems to be D Student Obscenely Rich Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire Crash Every Plane McCain’s modem of operations. WillObscenelyRich Crash Every Plane McCain, who finished 894th out of 899 at the Naval Academy and who lost five jets, return competence to the White House? To lose one plane over Vietnam may be a heroic tragedy; to lose five planes here and there is carelessness.

Irish-American Barack Obama turned down large profits after graduating from HARVARD LAW to serve the community in Chicago where help was needed most. The community learned to trust and love Irish-American and Harvard Law Scholar Barack Obama for his dedication to public service.


Marriage

D Student Obscenely Rich Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire Crash Every Plane McCain walked out on his family to chase a younger woman who was on drugs, embezzling money from her company, stealing, and facing criminal charges, until her privileged family saved her from trial. D Student Obscenely Rich Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire Crash Every Plane McCain’s dysfunctional family represents chaos and lack of respect when he curses her in public.


Irish-American and Harvard Law Scholar Barack Obama married an intelligent IVY LEAGUE attorney and adores his beautiful young daughters. Irish-American and Harvard Law Scholar Barack Obama’s First Family represents what America is striving for. Irish-American and Harvard Law Scholar Barack Obama has always been surrounded by and still maintains a great respect for women (Irish mother, Irish grandmother, sister, wife, and two daughters). If anyone is in tune with and favors the betterment of working American women, then it’s Irish-American and Harvard Law Scholar Barack Obama.

International Diplomacy

The World wants no more chaotic McBush Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire-D Student Obscenely Rich Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire Crash Every Plane McCain.


The World loves Irish-American and Harvard Law Scholar Barack Obama and will follow America’s leadership behind Irish-American and Harvard Law Scholar Barack Obama.

If D Student Obscenely Rich Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire Crash Every Plane McCain had to make another emergency landing on a deserted island with Irish-American and Harvard Law Scholar Barack Obama onboard as one of the passengers, then it is safe to say that D Student Obscenely Rich Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire Crash Every Plane McCain would assume the role of Gilligan, while Irish-American and Harvard Law Scholar Barack Obama would assume the role of the professor.

Hillary Clinton Will Destroy Sarah Palin Failin From Mooseville College.


Navy pilot John Sidney D Student Obscenely Rich Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire Crash Every Plane McCain III should have never been allowed to graduate from the U.S. Navy flight school. He was a below average student and a lousy pilot. Had his father and grandfather not been famous four star U.S. Navy admirals, D Student Obscenely Rich Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire Crash Every Plane McCain III would have never been allowed in the cockpit of a military aircraft.

His father John S. "Junior" McCain was commander of U.S. forces in Europe later becoming commander of American forces in Vietnam while D Student Obscenely Rich Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire Crash Every Plane McCain III was being held prisoner of war. D Student Obscenely Rich Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire Crash Every Plane McCain III's grandfather John S. McCain, Sr. commanded naval aviation at the Battle of Okinawa in 1945.

During his relative short stunt on flight status, D Student Obscenely Rich Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire Crash Every Plane McCain III lost five U.S. Navy aircraft, four in accidents and one in combat.

D Student Obscenely Rich Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire Crash Every Plane McCain III lost jet number one in 1958 when he plunged into Corpus Christi Bay while practicing landings. He was knocked unconscious by the impact coming to as the plane settled to the bottom.

D Student Obscenely Rich Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire Crash Every Plane McCain's second crash occurred while he was deployed in the Mediterranean. Flying too low over the Iberian Peninsula, he took out some power lines which led to a spate of newspaper stories in which he was predictably identified as the son of an admiral."

D Student Obscenely Rich Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire Crash Every Plane McCain's third crash three occurred when he was returning from flying a Navy trainer solo to Philadelphia for an Army-Navy football game.

D Student Obscenely Rich Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire Crash Every Plane McCain's fourth aircraft loss occurred July 29, 1967, soon after he was assigned to the USS Forrestal as an A-4 Skyhawk pilot. While seated in the cockpit of his aircraft waiting his turn for takeoff, an accidently fired rocket slammed into D Student Obscenely Rich Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire Crash Every Plane McCain's plane. He escaped from the burning aircraft, but the explosions that followed killed 134 sailors, destroyed at least 20 aircraft, and threatened to sink the ship.

D Student Obscenely Rich Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire Crash Every Plane McCain's fifth loss happened during his 23rd mission over North Vietnam on Oct. 26, 1967, when D Student Obscenely Rich Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire Crash Every Plane McCain's A-4 Skyhawk was shot down by a surface-to-air missile. D Student Obscenely Rich Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire Crash Every Plane McCain ejected from the plane breaking both arms and a leg in the process and subsequently parachuted into Truc Bach Lake near Hanoi.

"Demands for military information were accompanied by threats to terminate my medical treatment if I [D Student Obscenely Rich Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire Crash Every Plane McCain] did not cooperate. Eventually, I gave them my ship's name and squadron number, and confirmed that my target had been the power plant."

When the communist learned that D Student Obscenely Rich Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire Crash Every Plane McCain's father was Admiral John S. McCain, Jr., the soon-to-be commander of all U.S. Forces in the Pacific, he was rushed to Gai Lam military hospital.

The communist Vietnamese figured, because POW D Student Obscenely Rich Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire Crash Every Plane McCain's father was of such high military rank, that he was of royalty or the governing circle. Thereafter the communist bragged that they had captured "the crown prince."

For 23 combat missions (an estimated 20 hours over enemy territory), the U.S. Navy awarded D Student Obscenely Rich Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire Crash Every Plane McCain a Silver Star, a Legion of Merit for Valor, a Distinguished Flying Cross, three Bronze Stars, two Commendation medals plus two Purple Hearts and a dozen service medals.

D Student Obscenely Rich Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire Crash Every Plane McCain had roughly 20 hours in combat. Since D Student Obscenely Rich Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire Crash Every Plane McCain got 28 medals, that equals out to a medal-and-a-half for each hour he spent in combat. There were infantry guys -- grunts on the ground -- who had more than 7,000 hours in combat where I'm sure a prison cell would have looked pretty good to them by comparison. The question really is how many guys got that number of medals for not being shot down.

D Student Obscenely Rich Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire Crash Every Plane McCain has been an unchecked master at manipulating an overly friendly and biased news media. The former POW turned Congressman, turned U.S. Senator, has managed to gloss over his failures as a pilot and collaborations with the enemy by exaggerating his military service and lying about his feats of heroism.

D Student Obscenely Rich Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire Crash Every Plane McCain has sprouted a halo and wings to become America's POW-hero presidential candidate.

Former naval officer and the owner of an OOIIILLLL-trading company that inked defense contracts worth $1 billion is the modern presidential money man. The law forbids high-level supporters from writing huge checks, but with help from friends in the Middle East D Student Obscenely Rich Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire Crash Every Plane McCain is receiving large donations.

If FOX NEWS does not clean up it’s filthy RACIST acts of discrimination, then American and European audiences will B O Y C O T T FOX RACIST NEWS.

Barak Obama proved why November's presidential election will end in a 50-state sweep. John Crash Every Plane McCain has no chance. It's like George Bush climbing into the ring with Mike Tyson; one thundering left hook and the Crawford Caligula would be sprawled across the canvas. "No mas"! The same fate awaits the crabby senator from Arizona. The polls are skewed to look like there's a political horse-race going on. There isn't. It's a complete rout. There's one well-toned thoroughbred striding from venue to venue electrifying the ever-increasing throngs, and one doddering, old mare limping towards the glue-factory. Someone should put a stop to it before Crash Every Plane McCain gets hurt.

At the Victory Column in Berlin's Tiergarten, Obama extracted Old Glory from the burn-pile and gave Brand America a desperately needed shot of adrenaline. 200,000 ecstatic Germans jammed the streets in what turned out to be the political shindig of the year. Many of them were waving American flags and chanting, "Obama, Obama, Obama". It was like Jack Kennedy had risen from his moldy sepulcher and made his way across the pond for one last rousing ovation. Obama has the very same affect on crowds. Its a gift and he knows how to use it to great advantage.

"People of Berlin, people of the world, this is our moment, this is our time," Obama boomed. "I know my country has not perfected itself, we've made our share of mistakes and there are times when our actions around the world have not lived up to our best intentions. But the greatest danger of all is to allow new walls to divide us from one another."

What can we say about Obama's oratory skills that hasn't already been said? He is one of those unique characters who knows how to tap into the collective psyche and put them under his spell. He is the closest thing to a Pied Piper we've seen in the last half century. Whatever one thinks of his politics, his speeches are a welcome reprieve from the simian blabbering of President Dimwit.

"I speak to you not as a candidate for president, but as a citizen; a proud citizen of the United States and a fellow citizen of the world." (Roaring applause)

JOHN Crash Every Plane McCain: Maverick or Freak?
Have you taken a look at the crowds at a Crash Every Plane McCain event. Usually, there aren't any. Typically, there are more journalists and cameramen then people; and even they look bored. It's the truth. He generates no enthusiasm at all. None. He may be the most uninspiring, tedious, pure-vanilla candidate of all time; a complete dud. I challenge anyone to recite from memory anything John Crash Every Plane McCain has ever said in his 40 years in office. Time's up! When Crash Every Plane McCain begins to talk, its a signal for women to pull out the nail-files and for men to figure out how they're going to get out of cutting the lawn this week. Really. No one listens.

And the people that do manage to drag themselves to his speeches out of a sense of obligation are (you guessed it) scowling white guys with baseball caps pulled tightly over their ears or nearly-ambulatory Korea-era Vets who think the United Nations is a communist front-group that's planning to air-drop blue-helmets into Duluth to take over the United States. Tin-foil hats anyone?

Popularity and charisma, how does one survive in politics with neither. That's the question, and it may be the biggest mystery of Crash Every Plane McCain's candidacy. He's just not a likable guy. No one ever talks about hanging out and having a beer with John Crash Every Plane McCain, because they know that he might go "Jackie Chan" and start busting the place up. And he's utterly impossible to listen to. His high-pitched squeaky voice is about two octaves higher than a dog-whistle and twice as annoying. So how is he going to beat Obama. It's a total mismatch.

Crash Every Plane McCain is the perfect candidate for the GOP Republic party that has completely collapsed. He's like the "Jolly Roger" on the front of an iodine bottle; Brand X. In 2000, the Republican Party boasted it was the "party of ideas". What ideas? The Republican Party has never had ideas because the corporate mandarins and blue-blooded kleptocrats that run the party are suspicious of ideas, ideology, doctrine, philosophy or anything else that veers from their primary objectives of crushing the poor, despoiling the environment, carpet-bombing brown people wherever they may be, and enriching themselves. That's all they care about. The task of the right-wing think-tanks is to treat "war and tax cuts" like they're ideas. They're not. But war and tax cuts ARE the two foundation blocks of the Republican Party. There's nothing else; there never has been. Don't look for ideas; there aren't any. GOP Republican get rich quick by defrauding the AMERICAN PEOPLE, robbing the National TREASURY, sending American jobs overseas, and raising the national debt.

Hold Bush, Cheney, Rice, and Crash Every Plane McCain accountable for the crimes they've committed during their time in office.

Obama is not a candidate; he's a phenomenon. Obama is an explosive, vital, charismatic politician. When he speaks people feel better about themselves and their country. And, they're more hopeful about the future, too. That's what makes him unbeatable.

Crash Every Plane McCain, on the other hand, is the perfect embodiment of his party; a rusty, broken-down hulk that's been stripped of its engine, its fenders and all its moving parts. Even the steering wheel is gone. It's a dead-loss; nothing is salvageable.

Crash Every Plane McCain is in way over his head. This election is going to be a real embarrassment for him. It's too bad. He should be back at the Phoenix Rest Home shooing kids off the front lawn instead of waiting for the ax to fall in November. It's a rotten way to end a career.


GOP Republican Wall Street SRO (Self Regulatory Organization) Robber Baron Supercapitalism Is Down And Will No Longer Rob the U.S. TREASURY and AMERICAN PEOPLE


GOP REPUBLICAN PLANE/TRAILER WRECK MCCAIN/PALIN FAILIN

With Wall Street OOOIIIIILLLLLL stocks paid under the table to Sarah Palin Failin OOOOIIIIILLLLLL Commissioner from OOOOOIIIIIILLLLLLL Millionaires Crash Every Plane McCain, Bush, Cheney, Rice and Guiliani; it appears that Sarah Palin Failin OOOOIIIIILLLLLL Commissioner, her large family, dogs, cats, chickens, and hogs can now move out of their trailer. Guiliani went from GOP front runner to anonymous polygamist. Guiliani is the biggest joke and shares home dysfunction with Bush, Cheney, Rice, Crash Every Plane McCain and now Sarah trailer Palin Failin OOOOIIIIILLLLLL Commissioner. OOOOIIIIILLLLLLL MILLIONS stolen from Our TREASURY did not help their dysfunctional families.

GOP Republican Wall Street Get Rich by robbing the American TREASURY and outsourcing American jobs party has officially been dissolved. Plane wreck McCrash and Train wreck Trailer Palin Failin OOOOIIIIILLLLLL Commissioners have destroyed the already dysfunctional GOP Republican Party of Corporate Welfare Thieves.

Democrats and Independents are the official parties. Blessings to America and the World for peaceful cooperation and the elimination of unjust wars for GOP profits. The People First Party has arrived and Rich Wall Street millionaires will no longer use the AMERICAN PEOPLE as their cattle. Americans today are all free independent Democratic People in pursuit of happiness in the spirit of cooperation.

“We joined up with an altruistic vision of promoting freedom and justice around the world,” said Vince Emanuel, a Marine lance corporal who did a tour of duty in Iraq from August 2004 to April 2005, explaining why he was marching and protesting the GOP Republican Convention.

“Except we saw the killing of innocent people and the destruction of property ... for a lot of us it was very disenfranchising."

The veterans group tried to hand a message to the campaign of GOP Republican John Crash Every Plane McCain calling for a withdrawal from Iraq, reparations for the Iraqi people, and full medical benefits for veterans. No one from John Crash Every Plane McCain’s campaign received them.


If FOX NEWS does not clean up it’s filthy RACIST acts of discrimination, then American and European audiences will B O Y C O T T FOX RACIST NEWS.


GOP Republican Wall Street SRO (Self Regulatory Organization) Robber Baron Supercapitalism Is Down And Will No Longer Rob the U.S. TREASURY and AMERICAN PEOPLE

Prerequisite for the United Stats President and Vice President is advance degrees, especially in Constitutional Law. D student McCain and hillbilly Palin Failin are excluded from the highest offices in the World. The debates will be fun: Harvard Law vs. Crash Jet and Mudville.

GOP Republican Wall Street Get Rich Quick By Robbing America TREASURY Wild Speculators Created The Enormous National Debt, So Make Them Pay For It And Balance Our Budget.
GOP Republican Wall Street Supercapitalism Speculators Have Committed Treason Against Our Country.


What has WALL STREET SUPER-CAPITALISM brought you besides:

Cluttered homes full of useless crap

Semi-illiterate teenage sons on alcohol and drugs

Semi-illiterate teenage daughters on drugs and having unwanted babies

Selfish lifestyles mimicking immoral rich people off the chart divorce rates

Depress people living alone and addicted to church on TV or pornography

Guns deregulation freeing children to murder each other in school and after school

Prime time television soft pornography for the kids to mimic

Daughters dressing like prostitutes

Sons dressing like homeless

GREED GREED GREED steal money from your neighbors through wild WALL STREET speculations

SELL SELL SELL BUY BUY BUY (It is all enslaving crap)

Super Rich becomes more Super Rich, while the middle class becomes poor

College graduates cannot afford a small home and must live in their parents’ basements

Clinton left the United States with a surplus

GOP Republicans have stolen all of the Treasury surplus plus another $Trillion. Let the trials and confiscation (America versus Super Rich GOP Republican Criminals) begin

The American People will prevail over Super Rich Greedy Lawless Super Rich GOP Republicans


HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON ANGERED BY SARAH PALIN FAILIN’S REMARKS

Posted by: dwashington1 | October 2, 2008 2:41 PM | Report abuse

Sen McCain, John [AZ] - 5/25/2006 <== 16 months late


not sure Chris Dodd even still has figured this out.

but let me get this straight - signing on late is worse than blocking it?

Battier by the day.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | October 2, 2008 2:40 PM | Report abuse

Gwen Ifill: Governor Palin, what foreign policy experience do you have with China and Pakistan?

Governor Palin: Gwen, Americans are tired of this gotcha journalism. You know as well as I do that you can't see China or Pakistan from Alaska.

Gwen Ifill: Governor Palin, what do you believe are the root causes of the current economic crisis?

Governor Palin: (sound of crickets chirping for ten seconds) Gwen, if you are not a maverick, then change is difficult to envision. I do not think that leading or protecting our values is enough to bless families and the middle-class, but liberal socialist Joe Biden tax-raising Obama pinning a flag-pin on Bill Ayers' lapel. I am in lock-step with Middle America on that, and I hope to represent and lead those values of change in Georgetown cocktail parties.

Posted by: bondjedi | October 2, 2008 2:40 PM | Report abuse

ANOTHER McCain campaign LIE.

http://4thoffense.com/mc.html

McCain claims to have cosponsored legislation to regulate Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac but the Democrat minority "blocked" him.

John McCain sponsored this bill TEN MONTHS after it died in committee and more a year and a half after it was first submitted. He did NOTHING to revive the bill and is using this as an excuse for his efforts at regulation. This man has no shame.

Check out http://thomas.loc.gov and sarch for the bill S.190 for the 109th congress. There are 3 cosponsors. Two of them were real and one was fake.

COSPONSORS(3)
Sen Dole, Elizabeth [NC] - 1/26/2005
Sen Sununu, John E. [NH] - 1/26/2005
Sen McCain, John [AZ] - 5/25/2006 <== 16 months late

http://4thoffense.com/mc.html

Posted by: wunderwood | October 2, 2008 2:36 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Biden
Vice-Presidential meltdown.

By Victor Davis Hanson

Journalists continue to ask, “What was John McCain thinking in selecting the gaffe-prone Gov. Sarah Palin?”

In what has now become a disturbing pattern, the Alaska governor seems either unable or unwilling to avoid embarrassing statements that are often as untrue as they are outrageous. Recently, for example, in an exclusive interview with news anchor Katie Couric, Palin gushed, “When the stock market crashed, Franklin D. Roosevelt got on the television and didn’t just talk about the, you know, princes of greed. He said, ‘Look, here’s what happened.’ ” Apparently the former Alaskan beauty queen failed to realize that in 1929 there was neither widespread television nor was Franklin Roosevelt even President.

Sometimes the Idaho-native Palin seems to confuse and embarrass her own running mate. Shortly after her nomination, she introduced a “John McAmerica;” then she referred to the Republican ticket as the “Palin-McCain administration;” and finished by calling Sen. Obama, “Senator George Obama.” The Palin gaffes seem to be endless: on her way to Washington to meet the national press corps, Palin, the mother of five, once again stumbled — this time characterizing Senator Biden as “Congressman Joe Biden,” who, she chuckled, was “good looking.”

But then Palin only compounded that growing image of shallowness when introducing her own snow-mobiling husband Todd, “as drop-dead gorgeous!” And when asked about the controversial McCain ad suggesting that Barack Obama had introduced explicit sex education classes to pre-teenagers, the Christian fundamentalist Palin scoffed that it was “terrible” and that she would have never had allowed such an unfair clip to run — before retracting that apology under pressure from the now exasperated McCain campaign staff. But then, according to press reports, wild Sarah only made things worse still by announcing that paying higher taxes was the “patriotic” thing for Americans to do.

This week, the gun-owning, moose-hunting Palin also promised blue-collar Virginians that she would protect their firearm rights — even, if need be, from her own running-mate: “I guarantee you, John McCain ain’t taking my shotguns, so don’t buy that malarkey. Don’t buy that malarkey. They’re going to start peddling that to you. I got two. If he tries to fool with my Beretta, he’s got a problem. I like that little over and under, you know? I’m not bad with it. So give me a break. Give me a break.”

Palin may have had some experience in Alaskan politics, but at times the former small-town mayor seems unaware of the pressures of running a national campaign in a diverse society. For example, Palin — who has had past associations with reactionary groups — caused a storm earlier when she characterized Democratic Presidential nominee Barack Obama in seemingly racialist terms: “I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy.” Such stereotyping suggested that the Alaskan was not aware of the multiracial nature of American politics — an impression confirmed when in her earlier gubernatorial run, she had once suggested that to enter a donut shop was synonymous with meeting an Indian immigrant.

The recently-elected Governor Palin was further rattled by media scrutiny, when, in a moment of embarrassing candor, she confessed, “Mitt Romney is as qualified or more qualified than I am to be vice president of the United States of America. Quite frankly he might have been a better pick than me.” That confession followed an earlier deer-in-the-headlights moment, when the nearly hysterical Palin urged a wheel-chair bound state legislator to rise: “Sally, stand up, let the people see you!”

The Palin gaffes are no surprise to those who have followed closely her previous races. They cite her aborted governor campaign, when she was forced to pull out after fraudulently claiming that her working-class family had been Idaho coal miners — in an apparent case of plagiarism of British Prime Minister candidate Neal Kinnock’s stump speech. Palin once boasted: “I started thinking as I was coming over here, why is it that Sarah Palin’s the first in his family ever to go to University . . . is it because our fathers and mothers were not bright . . . who worked in the coal mines of Northeast Idaho and would come up after 12 hours and play volleyball?” It did not help Palin that reporters quickly discovered that while as a student at the University at Idaho she had been caught plagiarizing and also misrepresented her undergraduate transcript.

Most recently on the campaign trail, Governor Palin apparently promised a vocal supporter that the United States would certainly not burn coal to produce electricity — even though roughly half of current U.S. power production is coal-fired. The same uncertainty seems to extend to foreign policy. Under cross-examination, Palin appeared confused about her own recent trips abroad, first claiming that her helicopter had “been forced down” in Afghanistan, although other passengers suggested the landing was a routine cautionary measure to avoid a possible snowstorm. Palin likewise had alleged that she was shot at while in Baghdad’s Green Zone, although there was no evidence from her security detail that she had, in fact, come under hostile fire.

The Obama campaign has lost no time in hammering at the former hockey-mom Palin’s foreign-policy judgment, alleging that shortly after September 11 she once suggested sending $200 billion to Iran as a “good will” gesture, and reminding journalists that in repeated interviews, Palin had called for dividing Iraq into three separate nations, despite Iraqi resistance to such outside interference. Palin, the nominal head of the Alaskan National Guard, has also falsely insisted that Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Admiral Mullen had once suggested that we were losing the war in Iraq and that the Bush administration had sent Undersecretary of State William Burns to Teheran to meet with Iranian officials.

In response to Palin’s unbridled misstatements, journalists have coined the term “Palinism” — the serial voicing of sweeping declarations that are either insulting, or untrue — or both. No wonder rumors mount that Sen. McCain is now seeking a possible graceful exit for the gaffe-prone Palin, even as the Obama campaign continues to make the contrast with their own sober and circumspect Joe Biden.


Posted by: king_of_zouk | October 2, 2008 2:34 PM | Report abuse

"Democrats for John McCain and Sarah Palin in 2008" will be watching tonight's debate in a phone booth. That will leave room for the pizza delivery man.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | October 2, 2008 2:33 PM | Report abuse

MCCAIN CAMPAIGN PULLS OUT OF MICHIGAN:

http://www.politico.com/blogs/jonathanmartin/1008/McCain_pulling_out_of_Michigan.html

Posted by: rfpiktor | October 2, 2008 2:23 PM | Report abuse
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Stunning. That they aren't even going to compete suggests nothing good happening within the McCain campaign.

Posted by: dbitt | October 2, 2008 2:33 PM | Report abuse

I wonder if McCain is thinking of dumping Palin and replacing her with Tina Fey.

Tina is also cute, and can string together an unscripted sentence that makes some sense.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | October 2, 2008 2:32 PM | Report abuse

I'm also sorry, king_of_zouk, but did you just call Robert Byrd a Liberal? As in, the former Dixiecrat? Please.

Posted by: ManUnitdFan | October 2, 2008 2:31 PM | Report abuse

Gwen Ifill: Governor Palin, why do you think that dinosaurs and humans co-existed on this planet?

Palin: There's, like, a really neat museum that shows cavemen and dinosaurs living together... so that has to be true, huh?

(with thanks to bondjedi for the Q)

Posted by: dbitt | October 2, 2008 2:30 PM | Report abuse

Weird. Well over half the commenters are Republicans (or supportive of McCain-Palin), but only 46% of the poll respondents think someone besides Biden will be the winner.

Only 12% think Palin will be among the winners.

Why so many McCain-Palin posters?

Posted by: Section506 | October 2, 2008 2:29 PM | Report abuse

Democrats for John McCain and Sarah Palin in 2008

Posted by: hclark1
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Question: Name an organization where a lobotomy is the price of admission.

Posted by: LABC | October 2, 2008 2:29 PM | Report abuse

Expectations are very low for Palin. If she screws up badly, its just the status quo. People who have ignored her incompetence will continue to do so. If she does well, people will be very impressed.

Biden, on the other hand, has a good chance of tarnishing his reputation with some dumb gaffe. He is already well known as a foreign policy expert, so unlike Obama, he has nothing to prove. Once the debate is filtered through partisan spin and the expectations game, it will be a draw.

Posted by: DDAWD | October 2, 2008 2:29 PM | Report abuse

"Democrats for John McCain and Sarah Palin in 2008" do not exist.

I finished your sentence for you, yoiur welcome.

Posted by: Independent4tw | October 2, 2008 2:27 PM | Report abuse

Palin will throw out obviously rehearsed lines. She can't even do a convincing "Ummmm."

She'll duck anything she has no real answer for.

I'd respect her more if she just admitted when she doesn't know.

Unless Biden really puts his foot in it, McCain goes down more.

How many people do you really expect to be fooled by Miss Alaska Beauty Queen Charm School? Her real persona is vindictive and mean. Can't you see it every time she speaks without a script?

Posted by: harry4 | October 2, 2008 2:24 PM | Report abuse

Gwen Ifill: Governor Palin, why do you think that dinosaurs and humans co-existed on this planet?

Palin: Gwen, I have seen the photographs, all of them, and they tell me this - leadership and change are what is required to protect our values, because even in Alaska, I understand what people just like me are like, and if you are a maverick, you can protect the country, whereas taxes and abortion are not values that this country relies on in times of change.

Ifill: As a follow-up question, you are well-known as a hunter, whether it be wolves from a helicopter or witches in your church. Will you be shooting anyone like our current VP?

Palin: I will bless and privelege you by saying that this country is seeking change, and maverick protection will provide the leadership, but liberal taxing and activist judges are socialism, unlike values of the family when I was mayor next to neighbors in Russia and Canada. That's what I believe, Gwen.

Posted by: bondjedi | October 2, 2008 2:23 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: rfpiktor | October 2, 2008 2:23 PM | Report abuse

I'm sorry, king_of_zouk, but did you just equate opposing the Alaskan pipeline to sympathizing with a totalitarian regime that systematically murdered millions of innocent people, attempted to take over the world, and provoked the deadliest war in human history?

Wow, you're an idiot.

Posted by: manalive | October 2, 2008 2:16 PM | Report abuse

But what should be done about the bailout?

http://www.votenic.com

Posted by: votenic | October 2, 2008 2:12 PM | Report abuse

Ask him about another in the long line of wrong decisions made by Biden - abandon vietnam, don't stop Saddam (1st time), do stop Saddam (2nd time), but cut off troops, divide Iraq into three, etc.

the underlying question is, Has Joe biden ever been right about anything in his agonizingly long career at the public trough?

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

Shockingly, Sen. Joe Biden was one of only five senators to vote against the first Alaskan pipeline bill in 1973. This is like having been a Nazi sympathizer during World War II. If Sarah Palin does nothing else, she has got to tie that idiotic pipeline vote around Biden's neck.

The Senate passed the 1973 Alaskan pipeline bill by an overwhelming 80-5 vote. Only five senators voted against the pipeline on final passage. Sen. Biden is the only one who is still in the Senate -- the other four having been confined to mental institutions long ago.

The stakes were clear: This was in the midst of the first Arab oil embargo. Liberal Democrats, such as senators Robert Byrd, Mike Mansfield, Frank Church and Hubert Humphrey, all voted for the pipeline.

But Biden cast one of only five votes against the pipeline that has produced more than 15 billion barrels of oil, supplied nearly 20 percent of this nation's oil, created tens of thousands of jobs, added hundreds of billions of dollars to the U.S. economy and reduced money transfers to the nation's enemies by about the same amount.

The only argument against the pipeline was that it would harm the caribou, an argument that was both trivial and wrong. The caribou population near the pipeline increased from 5,000 in the 1970s to 32,000 by 2002.

It would have been bad enough to vote against the pipeline bill even if it had hurt the caribou. A sane person would still say: Our enemies have us in a vice grip. Sorry, caribou, you've got to take one for the team. But when the pipeline goes through and the caribou population sextuples in the next 20 years, you really look like a moron.

We couldn't possibly expect Couric to ask Biden about a vote that is the equivalent of voting against the invention of the wheel. But couldn't she have come up with just one follow-up question for Biden on FDR's magnificent handling of the 1929 stock market crash?

Or here's a question the public is dying to know: "If Obama wanted a historically delusional vice president, why not Lyndon LaRouche?" At least LaRouche didn't vote against the Alaskan pipeline.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | October 2, 2008 2:09 PM | Report abuse

I think Dems are underestimating Palin at their peril. All indications are that she has been learning fast and will do well in the debate. She may have made some stumbles - but assuming she's going to melt-down tonight is risky. Biden would be a fool to "go easy" on her. He needs to pull out all the stops hit her as hard as he can with all his political skills. Anything less and she likely will come out of it looking pretty good. Biden needs to clearly demonstrate what a novice she really is (and by contrast - that he isn't). Anything less and she wins.

Posted by: bcurtice | October 2, 2008 2:07 PM | Report abuse

Palin: Not ready
McCain: We can't trust his judgment.

Obama-Biden '08!

Posted by: spotfoul | October 2, 2008 1:56 PM | Report abuse

Today's NYT front page story about Biden is another in its infamous style of non-expose expose -- a story that purposely buries within all sorts of interesting, revelatory information that the paper would rather not headline.

It's widely assumed that both Palin and Biden will use the debate to attack the opposite party's top of the ticket. I'm not so sure, especially after reading that story.

I could see Palin reaching into the political "frag" file to lob some grenades in an effort to force Biden off his game.

If I were advising Biden, I'd tell him to strike first with a jocular but cutting aside that takes her off her stride, before she can resort to bomb-throwing.

If he treats her with deference, he's asking for a sucker punch.

Posted by: scrivener50 | October 2, 2008 1:54 PM | Report abuse

"That being said, I picked Biden in the poll. Every time Palin opens her mouth, she looks even stupider. There's no way a 90-minute debate will help her campaign."

Blarg, my logic is similar, as are my expectations. Therefore I picked 'The American People' as winners.

Posted by: bsimon1 | October 2, 2008 1:50 PM | Report abuse

Biden's strategy for tonight has to be: stay genial until Palin has taken a few shots at him and at Obama.

If you catch her in a lie, throw it back at her.

Press her to answer questions during the exchanges, if she's dodging during her response. Don't let her get away with circular logic.

You don't have to hit her hard or be insulting, nor should you. Keep extending out the rope, let her hang herself.

Posted by: cam8 | October 2, 2008 1:47 PM | Report abuse

What does it mean to "win" the debate? There are no judges and no formal way to measure victory.

Most definitions are subjective. The winner is the candidate who looks better, or whose answers are more correct. But that just comes down to personal preference. Look to Spin Alley after the debate, where every campaign surrogate explains why his/her candidate won. Totally predictable by each person's bias.

And then you need to consider expectations. During the Democratic primary debates, the media (including you, CC) said that Hillary won the debates because she didn't make any mistakes. That doesn't mean that she did better than her opponents, just that the debate wouldn't change anyones' minds. Once you consider expectations, the narrative of who won the debate becomes nonsense.

The point of a debate is to get elected. If we knew every voter's opinion, we could track how their opinions changed after the debate. That's the only objective way to know who won. But of course we don't know that; polls don't even come close to the necessary level of detail. So, really, there's no coherent definition of "win" for these debates. There's no reason to even talk about who will win.

That being said, I picked Biden in the poll. Every time Palin opens her mouth, she looks even stupider. There's no way a 90-minute debate will help her campaign.

Posted by: Blarg | October 2, 2008 1:47 PM | Report abuse

While Biden's propensity to run off at the mouth is well known, he has also, at times, been able to curb that affliction. The Dem primary debates contain a few examples.

Governor Palin's problem is that she is expected to do little more than repeat memorized talking points. Thus far she has demonstrated zero ability to think on her feet. If she deviates from the script tonight, it won't be pretty. I don't see how a candidate who gets stumped by "what newspapers do you read" is going to do well answering an unexpected question tonight.

Posted by: bsimon1 | October 2, 2008 1:46 PM | Report abuse

Democrats for John McCain and Sarah Palin in 2008

Posted by: hclark1 | October 2, 2008 1:45 PM | Report abuse

The more important question is: Does it matter?

Palin's goose is already cooked. She has proven that she is just too much of an intellectual/policy lightweight to undo the damage. Plus the debate structure protects her...and again points to her weakness (can't handle real back and forth debate or follow-up questions).

Biden could put his foot in his mouth
all night and it won't hurt Obama.

McC has proven his recklessness and poor judgment. Obama has proven his readiness and calm nerves in a crisis.

This is just a side show...entertaining and alternately verging on the freakish or the clownish.

Posted by: wpost4112 | October 2, 2008 1:34 PM | Report abuse

the candidates are so risk averse, with the race being pretty close to a tie, that I can't see how the needle gets moved in any direction.

there may be some amusing clips, with biden running his mouth endlessly, but as everyone knows, that's just crazy old uncle Joe. no one will mind, notice or care.

We are watching to see if Palin can be proven to be a tina Fey-like bimbo. don't count on it.

I predict utter boredom with most viewers shutting it off before the first hour is even up. unlike NASCAR, there will be no flaming crash.

I am going to the symphony instead and may look at the recording or not.

It's called getting a life. You ought to try it sometime.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | October 2, 2008 1:34 PM | Report abuse

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