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Who is Sarah Palin?

DENVER -- The battle to define Alaska Governor -- and newly minted Republican vice presidential candidate -- Sarah Palin is on.

Republicans paint her as the very visage of reform, a candidate who has brought change from the bottom up and has never spent a single day in Washington, D.C.

"Governor Palin is a tough executive who has demonstrated during her time in office that she is ready to be president," said John McCain in a statement announcing his pick. "She has brought Republicans and Democrats together within her administration and has a record of delivering on the change and reform that we need in Washington."

Democrats see Palin as an extreme ideologue on social issues who essentially nullifies the "experience" argument that John McCain has been making against Barack Obama for much of the general election campaign.

"Today, John McCain put the former mayor of a town of 9,000 with zero foreign policy experience a heartbeat away from the presidency," said Obama spokesman Bill Burton.

The reality is that Palin is the most unknown vice presidential pick in modern political history. (The comparisons to Indiana Sen. Dan Quayle are facile but fundamentally flawed. Quayle was first elected to the House in 1976 and to the Senate four years later. He was FAR more of a known commodity than Palin.)

Given the almost total lack of identity that Palin has with average voters, the task of the next two months will be to inform people about who she is and where she comes from. It's the reason her first speech today, which, by the way, she handled nicely if a bit nervously, focused almost exclusively on her compelling personal story.

Much rests on which side better defines Palin to voters.

If McCain and his surrogates are able to sell Palin as a change agent who will help McCain redefine the Republican brand.

If, on the other hand, Democrats can cast Palin, now so close to the presidency, as fundamentally not qualified for the job, the pick could wind up seeming like a disaster.

The work of the next seven days for Republicans, all the way through the conclusion of the party's convention in St. Paul, is to win the Palin argument, turning her into a force for good rather than harm among undecided voters.

Stay tuned. We'll bring it all to you.

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 29, 2008; 4:49 PM ET
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What do Governor Sarah Palin and Her future son in law have in common? they both like to drill!

Posted by: Just Me | September 6, 2008 2:20 AM | Report abuse

Sara Palin
She got what it takes to be a leader. Obama look out she hunting and you are in her sights. Biden look out you got a mad bull moose on you butt and isn’t stopping.
Obama can sweet talk the nation and sell them a bill of goods and we come away with nothing, talking a good job don’t get it done. He is one good fast talking salesman, just like the one that sold me an automobile back 30 years ago it ran awhile then blow up and I was still paying the payment without the car. Beware of fast, sweet talking salesmen. You might get shafted.

Posted by: Wayne | September 4, 2008 11:19 AM | Report abuse

I wasn't aware that The great state of Alaska was negotiating foreign policy with Russia and Canda. Wow. I guess that qualifies the Governor of Hawaii as having more foreign policy experience than anyone in the entire country.

No one cares about a female pro life conservative. We do care about changing the status quo. Unfortunately the party of the pachyderms are status quo.

Posted by: Bill | September 3, 2008 1:28 PM | Report abuse

5 years to graduate, nothing new... Many kids take 5 years to graduate, I did and I am a professor of a great university.

No foreign policy experience, I beg to differ...Alaska, borders Russia and Canada.

As governor of Alaska, she is commander in chief of the nationanl guard, and this will fry your panties, she is in charge of the missile defense shields that are the first line of defense in Alaska. So who has more experience!!!

Just admit it, you all are jealous becuase a Republican put on a conservative pro life female on the ticket and YOU CANNOT HANDLE THIS...

Well, you all have to get a life... Look in your own BACKYARD before you judge someone else.

Posted by: Linda | September 3, 2008 10:25 AM | Report abuse

Speaking of qualifications or lack thereof does anyone know why Ms Palin went to three different colleges and took five years to graduate?

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Posted by: etavwqs dbrn | September 2, 2008 11:50 AM | Report abuse

who is sarah palin

that's easy

1st... soon to be historically...

the historical footnote of an unvetted candidate who did not know anything about trade agreements, political firestorms in southeast asia, din't really pay attention to Iraq, whose biggest statement for support from Mccain was..."she really knows energy" because she worked with the oil companies for 2 years, ignoring/refuting all science from man made global warming, and whose husband worked FOR the oil companies - you know the one she called a "fisherman" ugh), who did not know what the mujahadin was, who asked a reporter 2 months before Mccain gave her the job offer what exactly the job did (ugh)

I mean quite simply

Sarah Palin is a selfish trick that John Mccain and his buddies have used to put the countries welfare second in an attempt for him to be President.

the list of what she doesn't know is long. Long enough that she should have never been near a vetting process...

problem was she wasn't obviously near a very good vetting process...but they chose her anyway ...lol.

and have you heard that interview with the DJ wghere she is on the phone giglling and laughing as the guy calls the woman fat, a b!t(h and a trashes the woman's parenting abilities...and Palin laughs...

never once a simple "c'mon that's not cool" instead she laughs because she doesn't like the woman...ugh.

well as far as the parenting...maybe she should be taking notes from the Spears' mom.

Get mccain to retire and save people a lot of money.

Posted by: dl | September 1, 2008 4:48 PM | Report abuse

I don't know, she was the mayor of a fast growing township, pop 6,000 - 9,000.

And she has served almost two years as the governor of a state with nearly 1/5 the population of Los Angeles.

Posted by: marc | August 31, 2008 10:11 PM | Report abuse

"(Obama) was cooked from the beginning anyhow, because of things like his admitted drug use..."
+++++++++++++++++
I hate to break this to you pal, but Palin has admitted smooking weed when a teenager. But nice try. And she also campaigned for far right isolationist and former Nixon aide Pat Buchanan in 2000. She is a nutwing, and I'm just waiting for the National Enquirer to do their expose on who is the mother of her last baby...her or her daughter? Is she just another holy-rolling hypocrite?

Posted by: GObama | August 31, 2008 7:03 PM | Report abuse

What concerns me is that Governor Palin's last child is in all probabilty not hers but her 16 year old daughters. I understand that a woman that stands on the highest religion based moral ideals might be ashamed that her teenage daughter got pregnant out of wedlock, but when this all comes out, just the John Edwards affair did, what will it say about the Honesty of a woman one heart-beat away from the Presidency. I am so disappointed in Senator McCain. I thought that he would make a sensible choice...and not a neophyte whose only attributes seem to be that she is a political cypher.

Posted by: concerned repulican | August 31, 2008 6:54 PM | Report abuse

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

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

Posted by: Robin Keast | August 31, 2008 3:20 PM | Report abuse

Thank you Democrats. When Sarah Palin gave her acceptance speech, I had tears in my eyes. I believe that many of my fellow "doers" had the same reaction. Here is a very smart, hard working woman, accepting a challenge to lead this country.

Any woman should realize that if McCain gets elected, Palin will become president.

Every senator and congress person will shudder at this. None of them have clean hands.

Posted by: arrowrod | August 31, 2008 3:13 PM | Report abuse

Who is Sarah Palin? That's easy, according to Sen. Thompson. This morning, during an interview with George Stephanopoulos, the Senator declared Gov. Palin a Renaissance woman. Wow! I didn't know that being a multi-talented moose-shooting, pro-life, runner-up beauty queen, NRA member, and hockey-mom qualified her for such a high-falutin designation. Instead of the Renaissance, McCain and Palin remind me of the Medieval period in its worst acception. Medieval McCain and Medieval Palin would love to repeal Roe vs. Wade and take away from women their right to run their life as they see fit. What more Medieval than going back to back-allies abortions? Minimalist, Medieval, and cynical McCain gave the extreme right what they wanted: a pro-life, white woman, appealing to their worst prejudices and dislikes. They couldn't handle a Mormon vice-president (Romney), a Jewish one (Lieberman), nor a Greek one (Crist; they still remember Agnew!), so they got the gift of their political life. Will this energize the evangelical Right, and will it be enough? Only their god knows!

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

In 2007, Palin announced a $150 bounty for every severed wolf front foreleg brought in to the Dept of Fish and Game. Why? Because wolves prey on moose and caribou, two favorite targets for hunters in Alaska. So Palin instituted a program to encourage hunters to kill wolves so that there would be more moose and caribou for hunters to kill. A lawsuit by Defenders of Wildlife resulted in the Alaska Superior Court ruling that the state Department of Fish and Game did not have the authority to institute a bounty program.

A state program to shoot wolves and bears from the air continues. On August 26, 2008, Ballot Measure 2, which would have stopped the aerial gunning of predators, was defeated by state voters after competing against a $400K state-funded, Palin approved campaign promoting the practice.

Posted by: Wolves for Obama | August 31, 2008 1:33 PM | Report abuse

The only surprise about McSame's VP pick is the plumbing. Sarah Palin is the epitome of the ultra-right wing of the Republican party. Outlaw abortion in any form, teach creationism in the public schools, perfect NRA voting record, strong ties to the oil industry, vote against clean water act because of her mining ties and abuse of power of office are just a few of her finer attributes. Do not be confused by this choice of VP, it is a blatant attempt to garner disgrundled Hillary supporters. Sarah Lalin is no Hillary Clinton!!

Posted by: sanders | August 31, 2008 10:35 AM | Report abuse

Great figures in history:

Winston Churchill: "But if we fail, then the whole world, including the United States, including all that we have known and cared for, will sink into the abyss of a new Dark Age made more sinister, and perhaps more protracted, by the lights of perverted science. Let us therefore brace ourselves to our duties, and so bear ourselves that, if the British Empire and its Commonwealth last for a thousand years, men will still say, 'This was their finest hour.'"

President Roosevelt: "We have nothing to fear but -- fear itself."

President Kennedy: "We are all Berliners."

President Nixon: "I am not a crook."

President Reagan: "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall."

President S.H. Palin (appointed 2009): "We must, we must, we must increase our bust, the bigger the better, the tighter the sweater, it all is up to us."

Posted by: Anonymous | August 31, 2008 10:25 AM | Report abuse

Hey Wimpy Chris you need to sober up now and stop gulping down all those free jugs
of toxic Obama Kool Aid as it has rotted
your few remaining brain cells,if you donot
know who Gov Sarah Palin is Chris The Silly
Sissy! So Chris its like Republican AK
Gov Sarah Palin is about to become the next
Vice President of the United States and
Senator John McCain the Next President of
the USA as well. Got It Now Wimpy Chris?

Posted by: Ralphinphnx | August 31, 2008 10:10 AM | Report abuse

It's pretty sad that when the entire Alaskan political establishment was asked about Mrs. Todd Palin (former Buchanan for President surrogate), the most charitable thing anyone could say was the following (provided by another poster):

"Another top Republican, John Harris, the speaker of the House, when asked about her qualifications for Veep, replied with this: "She's old enough. She's a U.S. citizen."

Oy.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 31, 2008 9:53 AM | Report abuse

poor judgement on Palin's part a month ago.

http://www.adn.com/news/politics/story/475539.html

Posted by: Tad | August 31, 2008 9:33 AM | Report abuse

McCain - in an act of reckless, impulsive and shameless kowtowing to the far right Christian fundamentalists - managed to make Bush's choice of Harriet Myers as a Supreme almost look competent in comparison.

Oh yes! We really need four more years of this kind of failure...

Posted by: U. B. McBush | August 31, 2008 6:03 AM | Report abuse

WHO IS sarah palin?????

Let's look at what an Alaskan paper had to say and top republican leaders in her state...

Since yesterday's shocking arrival of Gov. Sarah Palin as John McCain's running mate there has been the usual cable news and print blathering about the pick from those who know little about her. But what about the journalists close to home -- in Alaska -- who know her best and have followed her career for years?

For the past 24 hours, the pages and web sites of the two leading papers up there have raised all sorts of issues surrounding Palin, from her ethics problems to general lack of readiness for this big step up. Right now the top story on the Anchorage Daily News web site looks at new info in what it calls "troopergate" and opens: "Alaska's former commissioner of public safety says Gov. Sarah Palin, John McCain's pick to be vice president, personally talked him on two occasions about a state trooper who was locked in a bitter custody battle with the governor's sister.

"In a phone conversation Friday night, Walt Monegan, who was Alaska's top cop until Palin fired him July 11, told the Daily News that the governor also had e-mailed him two or three times about her ex-brother-in-law, Trooper Mike Wooten, though the e-mails didn't mention Wooten by name. Monegan claims his refusal to fire Wooten was a major reason that Palin dismissed him. Wooten had been suspended for five days previously, based largely on complaints that Palin's family had initiated before Palin was governor."

A reporter for the Anchorage daily, Gregg Erickson, even did an online chat with the Washington Post, in which he revealed that Palin's approval rating in the state was not the much-touted 80%, but 65% and sinking -- and that among journalists who followed her it might be in the "teens." He added: "I have a hard time seeing how her qualifications stack up against the duties and responsibilities of being president.... I expect her to stick with simple truths. When asked about continued American troop presence in Iraq, she said she knows only one thing about that (I paraphrase): no one has attacked the American homeland since George Bush took the war to Iraq."

His paper found a number of leading Republican officeholders in the state who mocked Palin's qualifications. "She's not prepared to be governor. How can she be prepared to be vice president or president?" said Lyda Green, the president of the State Senate, a Republican from Palin's hometown of Wasilla. "Look at what she's done to this state. What would she do to the nation?"

Another top Republican, John Harris, the speaker of the House, when asked about her qualifications for Veep, replied with this: "She's old enough. She's a U.S. citizen."

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Dermot Cole, a columnist for the Fairbanks paper, observed that he thinks highly of Palin as a person but "in no way does her year-and-a-half as governor of Alaska qualify her to be vice president or president of the United States.

"One of the strange things Friday was that so many commentators and politicians did not know how to pronounce her name and had no clue about what she has actually done in Alaska....I may be proven wrong, but the decision announced by McCain strikes me as reckless. She is not prepared to be the next president should something happen to McCain."

From the editorial in the Daily News-Miner in Fairbanks:

Sen. John McCain's selection of Gov. Sarah Palin as his vice presidential running mate was a stunning decision that should make Alaskans proud, even while we wonder about the actual merits of the choice.... Alaskans and Americans must ask, though, whether she should become vice president and, more importantly, be placed first in line to become president.
In fact, as the governor herself acknowledged in her acceptance speech, she never set out to be involved in public affairs. She has never publicly demonstrated the kind of interest, much less expertise, in federal issues and foreign affairs that should mark a candidate for the second-highest office in the land. Republicans rightfully have criticized the Democratic nominee, Sen. Barack Obama, for his lack of experience, but Palin is a neophyte in comparison; how will Republicans reconcile the criticism of Obama with the obligatory cheering for Palin?

Most people would acknowledge that, regardless of her charm and good intentions, Palin is not ready for the top job. McCain seems to have put his political interests ahead of the nation's when he created the possibility that she might fill it.


And from the editorial in the Anchorage Daily News:

It's stunning that someone with so little national and international experience might be heartbeat away from the presidency.
Gov. Palin is a classic Alaska story. She is an example of the opportunity our state offers to those with talent, initiative and determination...

McCain picked Palin despite a recent blemish on her ethically pure resume. While she was governor, members of her family and staff tried to get her ex-brother-in-law fired from the Alaska State Troopers. Her public safety commissioner would not do so; she forced him out, supposedly for other reasons. While she runs for vice-president, the Legislature has an investigator on the case.

For all those advantages, Palin joins the ticket with one huge weakness: She's a total beginner on national and international issues.

Gov. Palin will have to spend the next two months convincing Americans that she's ready to be a heartbeat away from the presidency....


OH BUT THERE'S MORE.....

Today, John McCain put the former mayor of a town of 9,000 with zero foreign policy experience a heartbeat away from the presidency. Governor Palin shares John McCain's commitment to overturning Roe v. Wade, the agenda of Big Oil and continuing George Bush's failed economic policies -- that's not the change we need, it's just more of the same."
Sen. Chuck Schumer says:

"After the great success of the Democratic convention, the choice of Sarah Palin is surely a Hail Mary pass. It is a real roll of the dice and shows how John McCain, Karl Rove et al realize what a strong position the Obama-Biden team and Democrats in general are in in this election. Certainly the choice of Palin puts to rest any argument about inexperience on the Democratic team and while Palin is a fine person, her lack of experience makes the thought of her assuming the presidency troubling. I particularly look forward to the Biden-Palin debate in Missouri."
Rep. Rahm Emanuel:

"Is this really who the Republican Party wants to be one heartbeat away from the Presidency? Given Sarah Palin's lack of experience on every front and on nearly every issue, this Vice Presidential pick doesn't show judgment: it shows political panic."
Rep. Jim Clyburn on South Carolina ETV Radio:

"I do believe that McCain has to do something to reshuffle the cards, shake up the establishment, do something unexpected and Governor Palin has all the kinds of things that McCain might see as a way to shake things up. I think [her selection] would be something similar to Dan Quayle. Dan Quayle proved to be sort of an embarrassment as a campaigner. Being thrust on a national stage like that could be very tough. Now Mondale tried to shake things up by going with Geraldine Ferraro.she proved to be a disaster as a running mate. And as a campaigner, she was absolutely awful. And so I just think that it is very risky for McCain to do this, but it may be all he has left."
Barbara Boxer:

The vice president is a heartbeat away from becoming president, so to choose someone with not one hour's worth of experience on national issues is a dangerous choice.


If John McCain thought that choosing Sarah Palin would attract Hillary Clinton voters, he is badly mistaken.

The only similarity between her and Hillary Clinton is that they are both women. On the issues, they could not be further apart.

Sen. McCain had so many other options if he wanted to put a woman on his ticket, such as Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison or Sen. Olympia Snowe -- they would have been an appropriate choice compared to this dangerous choice.

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In addition, Sarah Palin is under investigation by the Alaska state legislature, which makes this more incomprehensible.


Meanwhile, the non-partisan group Campaign Money Watch responded that the pick underscores McCain's loss of maverick reformer credentials:

"In choosing Governor Palin, Senator McCain is clearly trying to shore up his past maverick reformer image - an image that is now in tatters due to the type of campaign he's run and the big money lobbyists he depends on every day of the week," Donnelly said.

"This selection raises plenty of questions," Donnelly continued. "She bills herself as a reformer, but has been silent on whether she supports public financing of elections in her own state. As governor of an oil-producing state, she's been a friend to Big Oil. Given John McCain's extensive fundraising from Big Oil, her selection raises concerns of whether the McCain-Palin ticket will promise the same access for oil companies and their lobbyists that we've seen for nearly eight years from the Bush-Cheney administration."


Obama distanced himself from some of the harsher criticisms of Palin, the Politico reports:

"I think that, uh, you know, campaigns start getting these, uh, hair triggers and, uh, the statement that Joe and I put out reflects our sentiments," he said, according to the pool report, apparently criticizing his staff for going overboard, as he did occasionally in the primary.

He was referring to a more gracious statement of congratulations he issued later with Biden, which he then reiterated.

"I haven't met her before. She seems like a compelling person ... with a terrific personal story.

"I'm sure that she will help make the case for Republicans, unfortunately the case is more of the same, and so ultimately John McCain is at the top of the ticket."

"He wants to take the country in the wrong direction, I'm assuming Gov. Palin agrees with him and his policies," he said.

"But the fact that she ... will soon be nominated ... is one more indicator of this country moving forward ... one more hit against that glass ceiling. I congratulate her and look forward to a vigorous debate."

Hmmmmmmm....So the RND now wants us top put our AMERICAN FUTURES INTO THE HANDS OF A GOVERNOR WHO HAS LITTERALLY ZERO EXPERIENCE AND ONE WHO ONCE ASKED, "Whati exactly is it that the vice president does?" It is INSULTING TO OUR AMERICAN INTELLIGENCE,,,,,

Posted by: need4trth | August 31, 2008 2:20 AM | Report abuse

Isn't it hilarious to see all these Democratic party hacks out here choking over themselves as they spew sexist rhetoric like: "this little lady ain't fit to be a heartbeat away from the presidency, this is insulting...she's a mother of five...she should be barefoot and in the kitchen..why heck, she's not a member of the bar association and she ain't even in favor of abortion!!!" Yeah, that's the Democratic party, where career politicians Joe Biden and Ted Kennedy represent "equal opportunity."

Posted by: ttj | August 30, 2008 11:20 PM | Report abuse

The Democratic partisan hardliners are all freaking out because they realize that their candidate, Obama, has less experience than McCain's vice-presidential pick. They're starting to mumble incoherent banalities like "Huff Post says she's dangerous" because they realize that Obama is COOKED! (He was cooked from the beginning anyhow, because of things like his admitted drug use, and public associations with underworld fundraisers and racist preachers, but that's another matter). Yeah...she's dangerous...maybe she's gonna attack you with a hockey stick..!!!

Posted by: ttj | August 30, 2008 10:51 PM | Report abuse

Just like with his decision to vote "YES" to pre-emptively invade Iraq, McCain has failed again with his VP pick.


The Anchorage Daily News samples some state politician reaction:

"She's (Palin) not prepared to be governor. How can she be prepared to be vice president or president? said [State Senate President Lyda Green, a Republican from Palin's hometown of Wasilla]. "Look at what she's done to this state. What would she do to the nation?"

Full story here:
http://www.adn.com/politics/story/510249.html
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Posted by: LeeAnn Waters | August 30, 2008 10:45 PM | Report abuse

Comments that Palin has executive experience for the (Vice)Presidency and Obama does not are wrong. Obama ran a very challenging successful national campaign which lasted almost as long as she has been Governor of a small population state. I bet the campaign was a tougher job. Also, the voters have had a long look at Obama and his party accepted him, a sort of public vetting. Palin is to be accepted merely because McCain says so.

Posted by: Kel | August 30, 2008 9:35 PM | Report abuse

DailyKos posts argue the most harmful aspect of the Palin pick may not be her lack of qualification to be veep but her longtime enthusiastic support of former presidential candidate Pat Buchanan, whom the AntiDefamation League has had their eye on for some time.

There is some thinking that, because of the Palin-Buchanan connection, McCain has lost Florida. The reporting so far is Palin was not put through even the most rudimentary vetting. To the contrary, she was an impulse choice by the candidate.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 30, 2008 8:46 PM | Report abuse

All kidding aside, Huffington Post is reporting that "Presidential scholars say Mrs. Todd Palin appears to be the least experienced, least credentialed person to join a major-party ticket in the modern era." HuffPo also reports new major Alaska papers have stated Mrs. Todd Palin is completely and totally unqualified. That sentiment is shared by a prominent Alaska state senator, who even questions her qualifications to be state governor.
The comparison of her to Quayle is inapt because, despite his debate gaffes, he actually had quite a distinguished political and professional career before becoming veep, as documented on Wikipedia and elsewhere. He was a respected Senator and I believe before that a newspaper publisher. Prediction: Palin will not make it off the launch pad. A new veep will have to be selected prior to the election.

Posted by: Broadway Joe | August 30, 2008 8:29 PM | Report abuse

The above comments by Michael Moore and the DNC

Posted by: Hillory | August 30, 2008 6:34 PM | Report abuse

Just to be fair to Dan Quail:
Dan was an attorny... Sara was a journalism major. Quail is considered the worst VP in modern history. But he had a background far superior to this one term governor.

Vice President Dan Quayle was born on February 4, 1947, in Indianapolis, Indiana. After spending much of his youth in Arizona, he graduated from Huntington High School in Huntington, Indiana, in 1965. Dan Quayle graduated from DePauw University in 1969 and received his J.D. from Indiana University School of Law at Indianapolis in 1974. In November 1972, Dan Quayle married the former Marilyn Tucker of Indianapolis. Dan and Marilyn Quayle have three grown children: Tucker, Benjamin and Corinne. They live in Paradise Valley, Arizona where he attended grade school and high school.

Public Office

Dan Quayle's public service began in July 1971 when he became an investigator for the Consumer Protection Division of the Indiana Attorney General's Office. Later that year, he became an administrative assistant to Governor Edgar Whitcomb. From 1973-74, he was the Director of the Inheritance Tax Division of the Indiana Department of Revenue. Upon receiving his law degree, he worked as associate publisher of his family's newspaper, the Huntington Herald-Press, and practiced law with his wife in Huntington.

Dan Quayle's political career began when he was elected to the United States Congress in 1976 at age 29. He was elected to the United States Senate at age 33. On January 20, 1989 he took the oath of office as the 44th Vice President of the United States at age 41.

Dan Quayle is widely considered to have been one of the most active Vice Presidents in history. In his constitutional role as Vice President, Dan Quayle served as president of the United States Senate. On February 9, 1989, President Bush named Dan Quayle head of the Council of Competitiveness, which worked to ensure US international competitiveness in the 21st century. He made official visits to 47 countries, was chairman of the National Space Council, and served as President Bush's point man on Capitol Hill. As a leader in causes from legal system reform to deregulation to the renewal of basic American values

Posted by: Anonymous | August 30, 2008 6:18 PM | Report abuse

Palin is nothing more than an inexperienced creationist cheerleader.


"Dermot Cole, a longtime columnist for Alaska's second largest newspaper, the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, called McCain's choice of Palin "reckless" and questioned her credentials. "Sarah Palin's chief qualification for being elected governor was that she was not Frank Murkowski," Cole said of her enormously unpopular predecessor, who lost favor with Alaskans in part because of unpopular budget cuts. "She was not elected because she was a conservative. She was not elected because of her grasp of issues or because of her track record as the mayor of Wasilla."

Full story here:
http://www.newsminer.com/news/2008/aug/29/palin-vice-presidential-candidacy-raises-eyebrows-/
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Posted by: Bush + Cheney = McCain | August 30, 2008 5:55 PM | Report abuse

As a voting Independent, who has voted for both Republicans and Democrats... I cannot BELIEVE the GOP is going the Dan Quail route again.

The best women: U.S. Senator Olympia J. Snowe (R-Maine) and U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX. These women have been insulted.

The best choice: Orrin Hatch (R-Utah)

Sara Who?

Posted by: Jersey John | August 30, 2008 5:28 PM | Report abuse

I am aghast at all the sexist spew against McCain's choice, tho after Hillary's experience I guess I should have expected it.

The worst part about it is that there is so much of SUBSTANCE to argue against Gov. Palin.

Her creationist, anti-environmental, anti-choice stands are pure right wing religious crud, and I'm not at all surprised the Republican't VP nominee holds them.

But ask yourself this, if somehow Obama's car collided with McCain's car while both were on their way to a debate, and both were killed, would you vote for Biden or for Palin?

Posted by: the OTHER Sarah | August 30, 2008 4:58 PM | Report abuse

Unfortunately, static continues to come from those who claim other prominent women were as qualified as Ms. Todd Palin to be vice president. The following are some of those they say are more qualified. We report, you decide:

1. Reille Hunter
2. Portia De Rossi
3. Ms. Jean Harris
4. Eva Mendes
5. Jean Stapleton
6. Farrah Fawcett
7. Reese Witherspoon
8. Carolyn Kilpatrick
9. Angie Dickinson
10. Mika Brezinski
11. Counter-lady at local 7/11
12. Each of the Oakland Raiders cheerleaders
13. Local Girl Scouts scoutmaster
14. Sherri Shepard of "the View"
15. Each of Hef's three "girlfriends"
16. Sally Fields

Posted by: Anonymous | August 30, 2008 4:44 PM | Report abuse

The fact that she claims "not to know very much about the Iraq war" while her son is going to fight in Iraq is simply not credible.

During the Viet Nam war, my mother knew EVERYTHING about the war. She is either ducking the question or she is a very uncaring mother.

Posted by: Jersey John | August 30, 2008 4:39 PM | Report abuse

Oh!
I thought it was PARIS not Palin.
I frankly don't know who she is.

Paris would have been a beter choice!

Jersey John

Posted by: Jersey John | August 30, 2008 4:29 PM | Report abuse

About par for the course, I should think.

John "7th Commandment" McCain never made an intelligent decision in his LIFE.

Posted by: the OTHER Sarah | August 30, 2008 4:25 PM | Report abuse

I swear if Palin and mccain wins the election because of PUMA and HIllary voters. I am voting for mccain and Palin the second time around and praying she takes away a woman's right to choose. And if she dose not do it as vice pres. I am voting for her and hoping she win when she runs for pres. so she can take away the right to choose. I will do that just to get back at PUMA and HIllary Voters. And by the way I am pro choice. but Just hit women who are that dumb to vote for a woman because she is a woman. The need to have abortion rights taken away from them.

Posted by: Taaa Daaa | August 30, 2008 3:50 PM | Report abuse

This decision by senator maccain should be a wake up call for all Americans who love this country. This is the most reckless decision made by presidential candidate i ever saw in my life. This woman has no foreign policy and national security experience, he met her only a couple of times, and chooses her for one of the most pwerful job on the face of the earth. I feel very sorry for this country. After eight years of devastating period, the idea of John being president scares the hell out of me. Americans please this should not be a partisan issue. This is about the security and prosperity of the country we love. John maccain have shown the lowest judgment and regard for the white house. If this is their first executive decision they make before being president, what does this tell us about John maccain's character and decision making ability?

Posted by: Teddy | August 30, 2008 3:50 PM | Report abuse

The State Fair should have Lutefisk. Try that.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 30, 2008 3:24 PM | Report abuse

The Obama campaign would be wise to sit back for a week or two and let the press do their work for them.

There are already enough stories of wacky things which she's done, that the press will have them in the headlines very quickly. She's already under their microscopes.

If the stories have no basis, the Democrats won't have been the source and can't be blamed. If they're true, they just pick up from there.

It's only been 24 hours and I'm having a ball seeing all of the knee jerk advocacy and opposition based on her political affiliation by people who have no idea of what she's really like.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 30, 2008 3:22 PM | Report abuse

David Duke in drag.

Posted by: Klan Man | August 30, 2008 3:16 PM | Report abuse

A lot has been made of Palin's heroic bringing to term of a baby with Down's Syndrome, and I certainly applaud that decision. But what pregnant 44 year-old discovers that her water broke (according to her) finishes a speech in Texas, then GETS ON A PLANE for a ten-hour flight to Alaska to give birth. It sounds very risky.
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http://themoderatevoice.com/politics/sarah-palin/22236/the-fully-vetted-sarah-palin/

…the oldest girl is rumored to have actually been the one who had the last baby, the one with Down’s Syndrome. She was taken out of school the last 4 or 5 months of her mother’s pregnancy.

On March 5th, 2008 Alaska’s Republican Governor, Sarah Palin, announced to the media that she was 7 months pregnant with her 5th child. She is currently 44.

Palin’s daughter Bristol is 16 and attends an Anchorage high school. Students who have attended class with her report that she has been out of school for months, claiming a prolonged case of mono.

Palin does not appear pregnant in any recent photographs. The announcement came as quite a shock to people who had worked closely with her, and have been quoted as saying that she did not appear pregnant whatsoever during the prior 7 months. While this is debatable, you can judge for yourself here: http://gov.state.ak.us/photos.php

(Ed Note: That link has since died since we first looked at it. The pictures were removed today.)

Posted by: Who's your Mommy?? | August 30, 2008 3:12 PM | Report abuse

FLIP FLOPS COMING
How long will it take Palin to repent on 'talking on the oil companies' and raising taxes?

Wait till the Party really gets working on her.

Do I hear her denouncing unions yet?

By Wednesday I bet, she will have flip flopped her way to more soothing positions for Republicans.

Posted by: Just waiting | August 30, 2008 3:07 PM | Report abuse

The fake glasses:

A sign of someone who has not spent alot of time reading.

Hence the stand on creationism as an important scientific viewpoint.

Please save our schools from people trying to turn the calendar back 100+ years.

The Chinese and Indians are not having that moronic debate.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 30, 2008 3:03 PM | Report abuse

I'm sorry for her. She seems personable and decent, albeit massively uninformed about most things. No one deserves the public humiliation she is likely to experience as the process grinds her down.

This also speaks volumes for McCain's temperament and judgment. He seems to enjoy adolescent pranks and gets mad when they flop. How much careful consideration went into this choice? It seems virtually none. In the post-adolescent world, you usually get what you pay for though. It's too bad the likely payment will include an innocent victim.

Posted by: Publius | August 30, 2008 3:02 PM | Report abuse

Wow. I was stunned by this decision. Absolutely stunned. I have always liked McCain and was swayed by his description of the inexperience factor with Obama. But he has completely undercut his own argument. Palin has not been vetted AT ALL on the national stage - at least Obama has been vetted for 4 years, 18 months of that being the intense scrutiny of the campaign trail. Now we have just 4 months to figure out who she is and where she stands on issues of monumental importance. This was a very frustrating pick for me, and makes me question again who I should vote for.

Posted by: matt | August 30, 2008 2:42 PM | Report abuse

As a longtime wearer I can tell they are fake. You can tell because the edge of her face, as seen through the lens, is still in alignment. If you're nearsighted the edge of the face is further in (and your eyes look smaller); if farsighted, the edge is further out (and your eyes look bigger).

This Palin selection insults all Americans, regardless of party, but especially women to whom the pick shamelessly panders.

Articles on Hufington Post report today that Palin is an ardent Pat Buchanan devotee, having actively supported his presidential candidacy years ago. While Buchanan is presented on TV simply as an "analyst" with "conservative views," the networks are careful never to say just what those views are. Apparently, the Anti-Defamation League has a whole page devoted to the TV analyst's views. Palin allegedly buys into his entire agenda. Oy.
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Does she need those glasses or is she trying to look 'smart'?

Posted by: Anonymous | August 30, 2008 11:24 AM

Posted by: Day in Infamy | August 30, 2008 2:26 PM | Report abuse

She actually asked in a recent interview, whet the vice president does. When asked about Iraq, she said she had not thought about it much.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 30, 2008 2:21 PM | Report abuse

It's the worst case of "stunt casting" since Dan Quayle. More analysis here: http://soonerthought.blogspot.com/2008/08/cnn-sen-john-mccain-picks-alaska-gov.html

Posted by: SoonerThought.blogspot.com | August 30, 2008 2:08 PM | Report abuse

Palin may be a very fine person and a good governor. She may wear tin foil hats to ward off aliens. The point is, no one outside Alaska knows who she is--and that includes John McCain. He has met her once or twice, within only the past few weeks. He has not seen her up close as a leader. Who knows what information he had in considering her. Apparently, she was for the famous Bridge to Nowhere before she opposed it. If that's her main selling point for him, he was not really thorough in reviewing her position on it. Very risky choice.

Posted by: wesfromGA | August 30, 2008 2:05 PM | Report abuse

Politico: What does the Palin selection tell us?

1. He's desperate; this race isn't as close as the national polls and the national media make it appear at times

2. He's willing to gamble - big time;

3. He's worried about the political implications of his age; thus picking someone younger than his opponent, like a driver overreacting to a swerve

4. He's not worried about the actual implications of the age issue, else he would have picked someone far more qualified and who the people would have more trust in to be President (Ridge, Romney, Rice, Lieberman, etc)

5. He's worried about his conservative base

6. At the end of the day, McCain is still McCain; people may find him a refreshing maverick, or an erratic egotist

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0808/12997.html

Posted by: kreuz_missile | August 30, 2008 1:39 PM | Report abuse

My question is Would Suan B. Anthony be willing to accept one right and lose another? That seems to be the offer with Sarah Palin as a choice.

Posted by: charlie | August 30, 2008 1:32 PM | Report abuse

It's insulting to my intelligence as woman that McCain picked THIS woman. As a republican he could have picked a more qualified woman.

I will be switching to the Democratic party.....and the way the republicans have been moving for the last 8 years, I will now be a lifetime democrat. I'll leave the social issues to God -I worry about my kids futures. I trust Obamas judgment way more than McCain.

God bless us!!!

Posted by: sene - VA | August 30, 2008 1:29 PM | Report abuse

Governor Palin is an Unidentified Flying Object on the political horizon. Maverick's gamble with pocket change - McCain has gambled the future of America. .......
http://thefiresidepost.com/2008/08/30/governor-palin-a-ufo/

Posted by: Ohg Rea Tone | August 30, 2008 12:52 PM | Report abuse

Hey Gary remember a guy named Miller? I guess not.

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

THE EXPERIENCE MYTH OF OBAMA

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

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

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

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

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I am a Dem who will not vote for Obama and I must admit that I would have preferred that McCain picked a much more experienced female than Palin that is qualified to be V.P...also Palin is not concerned about the environment????, a big NO CAN DO for me. Who cares that she is pro-life, so was Bush and that got him no where. McCain got my interest when he started running commercials showing his concern about the environment.

As it is Obama is not qualified to be Pres and that's just one reason why I won;t vote for him as a Democrat.

My choice would have been:

1. Kucinich
2. Clinton
3. Biden

Can't stomach Obama, he and his nutty supporters disgust me at this point.

Posted by: Pat | August 30, 2008 11:39 AM

Posted by: Anonymous | August 30, 2008 12:23 PM | Report abuse

This shows Republican thinking for you. It is an AOL poll, so unscientific (and generally skews republican, but the results are still very telling:

"Less than 5% of the responders say they know much about Palin, but 47% say McCain made the "right choice.""

http://news.aol.com/elections/conventions/republicans/article/mccain-decides-on-running-mate/9187?icid=100214839x1208163389x1200462349

Posted by: kreuz_missile | August 30, 2008 11:59 AM | Report abuse

So who is Sarah Palin, and what do we know about her experience?

The Frontiersman; Editorial: Palin Doesn’t Grasp the Truth (2/7/97)

“The mayor’s administration has been one of contradiction, controversy and discord. While she will blame everyone but herself, we see mostly Sarah at the center of the problem.”

“Palin promised to change the status quo, but at every turn we find hints of cronyism and political maneuvering. We see a woman who has long-since surrendered her ideals to a political machine.”

“Mayor Palin fails to have a firm grasp of something very simple: the truth.”

Posted by: kreuz_missile | August 30, 2008 11:39 AM | Report abuse

I am a Dem who will not vote for Obama and I must admit that I would have preferred that McCain picked a much more experienced female than Palin that is qualified to be V.P...also Palin is not concerned about the environment????, a big NO CAN DO for me. Who cares that she is pro-life, so was Bush and that got him no where. McCain got my interest when he started running commercials showing his concern about the environment.

As it is Obama is not qualified to be Pres and that's just one reason why I won;t vote for him as a Democrat.

My choice would have been:

1. Kucinich
2. Clinton
3. Biden

Can't stomach Obama, he and his nutty supporters disgust me at this point.

Posted by: Pat | August 30, 2008 11:39 AM | Report abuse

Does anyone know what Sarah's university record was? Other than reading that she majored in journalism and minored in political science at the University of Idaho, I know nothing about her academic "smarts."

I take it she was not cum laude or magna cum laude or recepient of any academic recognition because, surely, that would have been referenced in her web site, biography, or somewhere. However, I know I am only assuming such.

Did she ever write any books or articles or ever make any thoughtful, insightful speeches which might give an insight into her thinking and understanding?

I am not trying to suggest or imply anything, I just think some insight into her intellectual prowess would be helpful.

Posted by: Byron | August 30, 2008 11:36 AM | Report abuse

The Game-Changer

Posted: 07:06 PM ET CNN.COM


John P. Avlon
Author, Independent Nation: How Centrists Can Change American Politics

The secretive selection of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as John McCain’s vice president is a small masterpiece of tactical and strategic triangulation intended to drive a deeper wedge between Hilary and Obama supporters. With both parties now offering historic campaigns of change, Obama loses exclusive use of that emotional real estate, and Republicans may gain a new edge with swing voters by offering both change and more of the same.

The downside for Republicans is that Palin’s selection will undermine their attacks on Barack Obama’s youth and inexperience. Governor Palin was first elected governor in 2006 – and before that she was mayor of her home town in Alaska, Wasilla, with an operating budget of less than $6 million. But Democrats will have a difficult time attacking her without provoking accusations of sexism – Joe Biden’s attack-dog instincts could backfire badly in the VP debate. That is a variation off the same problem Republicans had with Obama until they stumbled upon using humor with the Achilles heel of the “celebrity” argument.

Governor Palin’s status as a pro-life second amendment soccer mom keeps conservatives happy while offering the only (albeit brief) experience with executive leadership on either ticket.

McCain was grinning the grin of the successful gambler as he unveiled his pick in Dayton today. Palin’s introductory speech hit themes designed to appeal across the political spectrum – saying “this is a moment when principles and political independence matter a lot more than just the party line.”

Fiscal conservatives who felt betrayed by the GOP during the era of Tom Delay found plenty to like in her record of cutting taxes and government spending – she actually refused the federal funding for the infamous Bridge to Nowhere.

Independents and centrists will appreciate her role in filing ethics charges against the Republican State Party Chairman and Alaska Attorney General – she is an outsider and a relative reformer in the home state party of indicted Senator Ted Stevens.

Liberals may appreciate her shout outs to Geraldine Ferrarro and Hillary Clinton – and her status as a 44-year old working-mother, married to her union-member high-school sweetheart, and their 5 kids – including an eldest who is due to ship out to Iraq.

The McCain campaign did an M15-job of keeping her selection under-wraps – there were no leaks or rumors even in the early morning of the announcement. In some ways it was a counter to the selection of Joe Biden and McCain’s “7 houses” gaffe. Just as Biden was an acknowledgement of Obama’s weaknesses on experience and foreign policy, Palin brings youth and a blue collar background to the McCain ticket – without angering social conservatives who were threatening to revolt if he defied their pro-life litmus tests.

Palin fits the Republican bill perfectly – but her fast rise from obscurity to being a candidate for vice-president was fast even by Obama-era standards. This is a person who had not been on the national political radar screen at all when the 08 presidential race began in the build to the 06 midterm elections. Whether she will prove to be a seasoned campaigner in the 67‑day sprint to Election Day remains to be seen.

Her selection speaks in part to the striking lack of diversity on the Republican bench, even when it comes to women. And more seasoned figures like Senator Olympia Snowe – who routinely wins 70% re-elections in the blue state of Maine – were never considered due to her liberal social positions. But Palin is an appealing young face – disarming decades old conservative stereotypes – and the Democrats must be on defense the day after their convention.

On a side note, the 2008 election has proved to be big-time for our non-continental states – Hawaii and Alaska, traditional presidential politics after-thoughts, now have native sons and daughters on the each ticket in the form of Obama and Palin. Our 49th and 50th states have come along way since Ike, and half a century since reaching statehood they’ve reached political maturity.

The bottom line: this already historic campaign just got more historic, and more competitive. Sarah Palin’s selection represents an extraordinary evolutionary step forward for the Republican Party, and by extension, for our nation’s politics. Neither the ticket looks like those of the past –and that’s a good thing for America in the 21st Century.

Posted by: Scott | August 30, 2008 11:33 AM | Report abuse

What happens when in a debate someone asks her how old the earth is?

She things the "Flintstones" are historical fact and people and dinosaurs lived together.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 30, 2008 11:32 AM | Report abuse

Does she need those glasses or is she trying to look 'smart'?

Posted by: Anonymous | August 30, 2008 11:24 AM | Report abuse

Yup, gary, run on stereotypes and paranoid delusions, that's all the Republicans have to offer us.

Posted by: kreuz_missile | August 30, 2008 11:23 AM | Report abuse

Oh, the irony for Joe Biden. Sarah Palin for Vice-President is like Clarance Thomas for the Supreme Court.

Posted by: David in Toledo | August 30, 2008 11:19 AM | Report abuse

Another bad day for the Baracky Hussein Obama campaign.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Posted by: gary | August 30, 2008 11:16 AM | Report abuse

I do think people on both sides are missing the true analogyhere.

Palin isn't Quayle in a skirt, she is Dubya in a skirt.

- A governor who brought Democrats and Republicans together to work through issues for the state.

- A governor who passes herself off as a new kind of conservative, fed up with the politics of the past.

- A governor who claims to be a change agent simply because she's not from Washington, no other explanation needed.

- A governor with no foreign policy experience besides being geographically near another country.

- A governor with no military experience besides the National Guard (hey, McCain put that one in play).

The big differences between Bush and Palin? Palin in MORE a movement conservative than Dubya was, and has less experience than he did. Yet this is the kind of "Change" McCain envisions for the country.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 30, 2008 11:14 AM | Report abuse

None of this side show stuff takes away from the point of this campaign, "It's the economy, stupid." Obama and Biden would do well largely to ignore this momentary excitement and keep focused on what is important.

Posted by: Optimyst | August 30, 2008 11:13 AM | Report abuse

Very interesting pick for Repubs. I have to wonder whether the real conservatives are as thrilled as they say they are. She is after all a working woman with a family. Shouldn't she be homeschooling them and supporting her man in HIS political career?

This is the first chink in the 'white males are the only ones who know how to do things' rule. Democrats first floated this idea 24 years ago and there are people who still think its scary. IS this the beginning of the end for that rule? They have to be wondering.

She seems very capable and smart. But she also makes John McCain look pretty old. When she stands by him, you cannot help but think that.

Troubling - is she a petty meddler who tries to get personal enemies fired? We really don't need more mismanagement in the federal government - we need to recover from the cover-ups and political meddling of the last 8.

At least that is what I think as a Democratic woman. No one who understands what the Republicans have been doing will be tempted to go for 4 more years. Its been sickening.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 30, 2008 11:08 AM | Report abuse

McCain/Palin ROADKILL '08

Posted by: patriot76 | August 30, 2008 11:05 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: scrivener | August 30, 2008 11:05 AM | Report abuse

There are Brooklyn Borough Council Reps with more constituents and budgetary responsibility than Milfy McMooseater

Posted by: Risky McPain | August 30, 2008 11:03 AM | Report abuse

"Hey how can a campaign that purports to be so inclusive BE so misogynistic??? I guess that's why you see for certain the Emperor's New Clothes...sad"

Yup, attacking a woman is automatically sexist. SERIOUSLY?

If this was Tim Palin as governor, with the exact same resume, ideology, track record, and history, would there be a snowballs chance in hell of him being on the ticket?

It's not sexist to question the facts and then say they led to one glaring conclusion: the fact that she was a woman sealed the deal for McCain, and THAT is what sexism is.

Posted by: kreuz_missile | August 30, 2008 10:56 AM | Report abuse

THE TRUTHIER EXPLANATION FOR THE SARAH PALIN PICK?

Theory:

The Sarah Palin selection was programmed into McCain's D.E.W.-addled brain through the use of sophisticated, hi-tech "psy ops" techniques, with the intent of causing such a farce that the GOP leadership refuses to nominate him and elects to go with a more stable, reliable, younger, and ideologically purer selection who better comports with the new world order.

That would be Rob Portman.

His veep will be Condi Rice.

Palin will serve as secretary of the interior, being a moose-eater from Alaska and such...

This is just a theory and is intended for amusement only. Comments are welcome just to add to the "fun."

Posted by: Eyes2disinfo | August 30, 2008 10:53 AM | Report abuse

"This #2 has far more executive experience to be President than the Dems #1. She has star quality and gives voters a chance to make history with the GOP."

As if, after George W. example, "executive experience" means anything at all. se's run a state budget? Pretty darn simple when oil revenue is giving the state such a surplus that yuo're able to write an additional $1200 check per person on top of the normal dividend, and that's even after signing off on the largest state budget in history! How about knowledge of the world? On Iraq, one of the largest issues of our day:

"I've been so focused on state government, I haven't really focused much on the war in Iraq."

Despite the fact that her son is going there, she hasn't thought about Iraq. That's like Clarence Thomas saying he hadn't ever thought about Roe v. Wade before his confirmation hearings! Now, I know, I know, alaska is right next to Russia, which gives her all kinds of international experience (as Fox news said, but then again, Minnesota is right next to Canada so Pawlenty should have been a shoe-in there....).

Star quality? I thought that was another bad thing in Republican's eyes.

Its the hypocrisy, stupid!

Posted by: kreuz_missile | August 30, 2008 10:48 AM | Report abuse

Women everywhere are PO'd about McCain's pick. They see it as pandering with no interest taken in the nation as a whole.

One poll places 70% of women opposed to the selection. Some have also said it is sad that McCain has turned the election into a pandering contest in light of the hard economic times many in the US are feeling.

Posted by: Maddogg | August 30, 2008 10:41 AM | Report abuse

TOP OF THE LIST FOR McCAIN VEEP PICKS

I figured it out. McCain's politics-trumps-all-else campaign agreed he HAD TO pick a woman to grab some spotlight. So they made a list of GOP women in high elected office (governors, senators). Here it is:

Governors:
---1. Alaska - Sarah Palin
---2. Connecticut - M. Jodi Rell
---3. Hawaii - Linda Lingle
US Senators:
---4. Alaska - Lisa murkowski
---5. Maine - Olympia Snowe
---6. Maine - Susan Collins
---7. North Carolina - Elizabeth Dole
---8. Texas - Kay Bailey Hutchinson

McCain started at #1 and without any embarassment whatsoever, she said "Yes!"

Posted by: Alisa Healy | August 30, 2008 10:23 AM | Report abuse

McCain has gone completely insane! He must have the worst campaign manager in the history of man. Ha ha ha. Obama and Biden will certainly win now.

Posted by: johng1 | August 30, 2008 10:10 AM | Report abuse

THE EXPERIENCE MYTH OF OBAMA

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

Obama has been getting ready though. Obama has an advisory staff of over a 300. Most all are the top people in their fields. 4 of his staff are the top people on middle east politics in the world. He has numerous people on pretty much everything you could think of from global warming to world economics to energy and foreign policy you name it and he has been working with these people for more then a year. Obama is a beyond brilliant man, who easily knows more then any candidate who ever ran for the office in history. He is so up to speed it is astounding. John Mccain does not know a fraction of what Obama knows now. Mccain is a dinosaur compared to Obama now. Mccain has no real practical experience in many of these areas. just being in Washington doesn't make you an expert in anything. Bill Clinton said, "No one is really prepared to be president". He was right and Obama understood that better then anyone before he even began, so for a year he has been quietly preparing. Like anything such as being a doctor or lawyer or any profession, your first introduction is academic, you go to school, then the real thing. Obama will by no means be learning on the job, he has been in school for more then a year. Obama will be the most well prepared and ready president to ever walk into the white house.

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I hope the dems keep demeaning Gov Palin as a empty skirt and the female version of Dan Quayle. This #2 has far more executive experience to be President than the Dems #1. She has star quality and gives voters a chance to make history with the GOP. Congatulations McCain on a job well done. I think Steve Schmidt may be the greatest political genius of our time.

Posted by: bhoomes | August 30, 2008 10:03 AM

Posted by: Anonymous | August 30, 2008 10:08 AM | Report abuse

There is a question of if the baby is her daughters and her pregnancy was faked. This is one more thing that makes seem that may not be so crazy. Why was it so urgent she get back to Alaska? Who in their right mind would have done what you described, and that is what happened?

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As a mother of three I question Gov. Palin's judgment.I heard on cable TV last night she gave a speech in Texas after her water had broke and then flew all the way back to Alaska to give birth .First it was already an at risk pregnancy because of her age. She is no way half as intelligent as Senator Clinton. OBAMA/BIDEN 08
Connie from Indiana

Posted by: Anonymous | August 30, 2008 9:39 AM

Posted by: Anonymous | August 30, 2008 10:04 AM | Report abuse

I hope the dems keep demeaning Gov Palin as a empty skirt and the female version of Dan Quayle. This #2 has far more executive experience to be President than the Dems #1. She has star quality and gives voters a chance to make history with the GOP. Congatulations McCain on a job well done. I think Steve Schmidt may be the greatest political genius of our time.

Posted by: bhoomes | August 30, 2008 10:03 AM | Report abuse

"I WOULD RATHER LOSE A WAR THEE WIN AN ELECTION"
John Mccain
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He said it dozens of times on the trail and in town hall meetings.

John Mccain has now proven he would rather put the country in jepardy as he tries to win an election.
It doesn't look like John Mccain ' REALLY" puts his country first.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 30, 2008 9:57 AM | Report abuse

After reading all these comments, all I can say is I think the Dems are really scared of Palin. She is extremely well liked in her State, and has accomplished projects that Washington would never think of doing. Most people are afraid of the unknown, but this person has more experience in an executive branch, then Obama, plus what can anyone name that Obama has accomplished on his own? Unless it is scripted for him-there is alot of heming and hawing and uh-uh. Sarah Palin is direct in her speech and forth right in her convictions, which will come out as time goes on. Its about time, we, as a nation, should really look at the McCain/Palin ticket. Right now we are in apathy, and just want the government to do everything for us. HEELLOO! Is anyone home? Before judging this woman, each and everyone of you should take a look at her background. As far as debating Biden, I really have to almost feel sorry for Biden. Won't miss this one for the world.

Posted by: Ceil Gallup | August 30, 2008 9:54 AM | Report abuse

Palin the Great "24 Years In the White House" McCain 8 years, Mrs Palin 8 years and then Mr Palin 8 years. I love it! Nine Conservatives on the Supreme Court!!

Posted by: Jay | August 30, 2008 9:51 AM | Report abuse

"Now that that argument is mute for both sides,"
PoliciesoverChromosomes

Oh Really....then why is Camp Obama making it all over the airwaves and internet, therefore attracting attention to the achilles heel their own Presidential candidate possesses?
The experience argument, which was getting old coming from our side, is RENEWED by the same Obama supporters who are so articulate that they resort to "MILF" and vagina comments on every other post!
Obama has been a federal legislator for 2 1/2 yrs and hads nbeen running for office for 1 1/2.

Posted by: Scott | August 30, 2008 9:44 AM | Report abuse

harlemboy, maybe even less experience than her husband Todd Palin who is said to be the "shadow" governor.

The Washington Post today had a detailed article about her [alleged] harassment of her brother-in-law, now the subject of an active high-profile investigation. Also, Huffington Post reports Mac had only met with her once before yesterday's veep announcement and that his staff doesn't know her. What's going on?
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Posted by: | August 30, 2008 9:29 AM

Republicans say Palin has more executive experience than Obama. Actually, she also has more executive experience than McCain.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 30, 2008 9:41 AM | Report abuse

As a mother of three I question Gov. Palin's judgment.I heard on cable TV last night she gave a speech in Texas after her water had broke and then flew all the way back to Alaska to give birth .First it was already an at risk pregnancy because of her age. She is no way half as intelligent as Senator Clinton. OBAMA/BIDEN 08
Connie from Indiana

Posted by: Anonymous | August 30, 2008 9:39 AM | Report abuse

"harlemboy" serving as a naval officer IS executive experience....that was JFK's only executive experience when he won as only the 2nd sitting senator to win the presidency....only Warren Harding has won without military AND executive experience....wow Obama could be the next Warren Harding!

Posted by: Scott | August 30, 2008 9:39 AM | Report abuse

As much as I like the idea of a woman in the executive office, I'm not thrilled with THIS woman. If McCain wanted to counter the Democrat's "First Black President" argument, he should have selected a woman with more qualifications. A proven leader like Elizabeth Dole, would have swayed the "angry Hillary supporters". But this gun totting, pro-life is only going to push Hillary supporters closer to Obama, if they aren't there already.

There's one reason she was chosen. McCain likes beauty queens. He chooses a candidate who prevents him from using his only solid argument against Obama, experience. Now that that argument is mute for both sides, we move to foreign policy and budgets. McCain is short on both and Palin is shorter still.

Palin doesn't believe in global warming. She doesn't believe that preserving a species of animal is more important than big oil profits. She claims that she is a caring mother, but she's leaving a 4 month old child to campaign for a position she knows very little about.

Where is the "Country First" message?

Posted by: PoliciesOverChromosomes | August 30, 2008 9:37 AM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin’s sister Molly married a guy named Mike Wooten who is an Alaska State Trooper. Mike and Molly had a rocky marriage. When the marriage broke up, there was a bitter custody fight that is still ongoing. During the custody investigation, all sorts of things were brought up about Wooten including the fact that he had illegally shot a moose (yes folks this is Alaska), driven drunk, and used a taser (on the test setting, he reminds us) on his 11-year old stepson, who supposedly had asked to see what it felt like. While Wooten has turned out to be a less than stellar figure, the fact that Palin’s father accompanied him on the infamous moose hunt, and that many of the dozens of charges brought up by the Palin family happened long before they were ever reported smacked of desperate custody fight. Wooten’s story is that he was basically stalked by the family.

After all this, Wooten was investigated and disciplined on two counts and allowed to kept his position with the troopers. Enter Walt Monegan, Palin’s appointed new chief of the Department of Public Safety and head of the troopers. Monegan was beloved by the troopers, did a bang-up job with minimal funding and suddenly got axed. Palin was out of town and Monegan got “offered another job” (aka fired) with no explanation to Alaskans. Pressure was put on the governor to give details, because rumors started to swirl around the fact that the highly respected Monegan was fired because he refused to fire the aforementioned Mike Wooten. Palin vehemently denied ever talking to Monegan or pressuring Monegan in any way to fire Wooten, or that anyone on her staff did. Over the weeks it has come out that not only was pressure applied, there were literally dozens of conversations in which pressure was applied to fire him. Monegan has testified to this fact, spurring an ongoing investigation by the Alaska state legislature. But, before this investigation got underway, Palin sent the Alaska State Attorney General out to do some investigative work of his own so she could find out in advance what the real investigation was going to find. (No, I’m not making this up). The AG interviewed several people, unbeknownst to the actual appointed investigator or the Legislature! Palin’s investigation of herself uncovered a recorded phone call retained by the Alaska State Troopers from Frank Bailey, a Palin underling, putting pressure on a trooper about the Wooten non-firing. Todd Palin (governor’s husband) even talked to Monegan himself in Palin’s office while she was away. Bailey is now on paid administrative leave.

As if this weren’t enough, Monegan’s appointed replacement Chuck Kopp, turns out to have been the center of his own little scandal. He received a letter of reprimand and was reassigned after sexual harrassment allegations by a former coworker who didn’t like all the unwanted kissing and hugging in the office. Was he vetted? Obviously not. When he was questioned about all this, his comment was that no one had asked him and he thought they all knew. Kopp, defiant, still claimed to have done nothing wrong and said to the press that there was no way he was stepping down from his new position. Twenty four hours later, he stepped down. Later it was uncovered that he received a $10,000 severance package for his two weeks on the job from Palin. Monegan got nothing.

After extensive news coverage about all this nasty behind-the-scenes scandal, which is definitely NOT squeaky clean, Palin’s approval ratings fell to 67%, still high, but a far cry from the 90% number that’s being thrown around so glibly by the Republicans today. Alaskans are quickly becoming disillusioned once again.

“Executive Experience”

Before her meteoric rise to political success as governor, just two short years ago Sarah Palin was the mayor of Wasilla. I had a good chuckle at MSN.com’s claim that she had been the mayor of “Wasilla City”. It is not a city. Just Wasilla. Wasilla is the heart of the Alaska “Bible belt” and Sarah was raised amongst the tribe that believes creationism should be taught in our public schools, homosexuality is a sin, and life begins at conception. She’s a gun-toting, hang ‘em high conservative. Remember…this is where her approval ratings come from. There is no doubt that McCain again is making a strategic choice to appeal to a particular demographic - fundamentalist right-wing gun-owning Christians. And Republican bloggers are already gushing about how she has ‘more executive experience’ than Obama does! Above is a picture of lovely downtown Wasilla, for those of you unfamiliar with the area. Behind the Mug-Shot Saloon (the first bar I visited when I moved to Alaska long ago) is a little strip mall. There are street signs in Wasilla with bullet holes in them. Wasilla has a population of about 5500 people, and 1979 occupied housing units. This is where your potential Vice President was two short years ago. Can you imagine her negotiating a nuclear non-proliferation treaty? Discussing foreign policy? Understanding non-Alaskan issues? Frankly, I don’t even know if she’s ever been out of the country. She may ‘get’ Alaska, but there are only a half a million people here. Don’t get me wrong….I love Alaska with all my heart. I’m just saying.

I, and all Alaskans will be interested to see how this whole process unfolds. This is definitely a gamble for McCain, and in my humble opinion, a gift to Obama and to Joe Biden who just got thrown a big hunk of red meat for the vice presidential debate.

This is the wedge-issue, desperate ’Hail Sarah’ pass of the McCain campaign.

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

John, your point is well taken- here is one example of why I believe she is a better VP candidate than Biden- please read NYT p A13 on 8/25 regarding Biden and the Credit card industry scandal-

Today's NY Times Article on Palin-

"One of her most significant accomplishments as governor was passing a major tax increase on state oil production, angering oil companies but raising billions of dollars in new revenue. She said the oil companies had previously bribed legislators to keep the taxes low. She subsequently championed legislation that would give some of that money back to Alaskans: Soon, every Alaskan will receive a $1,200 check."

Now, John, what has Obama actually accomplished besides an ethics bill that still allows lobbyists to lunch with legislators...only they have to STAND while eating AND that one famous piece of bipartisan legislation he wrote with Lugar that really cleaned up all weapons in the world...? hmm?
What ACCOMPLISHMENTS make him "Presidential Material"?

Posted by: Scott | August 30, 2008 9:33 AM | Report abuse

Republicans say Palin has more executive experience than Obama. Actually, she also has more executive experience than McCain.

Posted by: harlemboy | August 30, 2008 9:29 AM | Report abuse

What an amazing pick by McCain!! Gov. Palin brings in a distinguished record of executive experience, running a successful and popular Government in Alaska. An ideal ticket is one where 1 person brings in the Washington experience/foreign policy/national security experience and the other brings in executive/administrative experience. This can be seen from all winning tickets in the past few decades. The republican ticket is the perfect ticket now. She has a record of clean governance, bipartisanship and reducing wasteful spending and is an ideal choice for McCain's VP.

For all those who wish to raise the 'experience' question - do you honestly believe that Gov. Palin is too inexperienced to be President (a post for which, btw, she is NOT running for) despite being the Governor of Alaska for nearly 2 years and a mayor for many years before that, while Sen Obama is experienced enough to be President (a post he is running for)? If you honestly believe Palin is inexperienced, there is now way you could support Obama. Palin brings in executive experience, McCain and Biden bring Washington, foreign policy experience - what exactly does Obama bring in? Neither of the 2.

Also, it is incorrect to see the choice of Gov Palin as a gimmick to pander to the women voters. While that is a bonus, the most important point is that she would be an excellent person for the role of VP in McCain's administration, with the executive experience, to help him run the country effectively. None of us know too much about her, but whatever little Ive heard so far is immensely impressive. I request all voters to give her a fair chance, do some research and find out about her, and you will see that her candidacy is no gimmick.

Posted by: James Downing | August 30, 2008 9:25 AM | Report abuse

It's not just a question of whether Sarah Palin has enough experience to be President.

It's a question of whether she is presidential material. If you are thinking of supporting her as our next Vice President PLEASE do some research on what the Alaskan state representatives/senators say about her.

Posted by: John | August 30, 2008 9:22 AM | Report abuse

"S.H. Palin: "You must, you must, you must increase your bust, the bigger the better, the tighter the sweater, it all is up to us."

Posted by: Anonymous | August 30, 2008 9:10 AM "

First of all, I think THIS is a Republican post, because it is obviously being written to make Obama supporters look like the 2nd grade imbeciles one would have to be to call running for president, while never holding a subcommitte hearing on the one subcommittee he chairs "EXPERIENCE"

Posted by: Scott | August 30, 2008 9:16 AM | Report abuse

Our electoral process has been turned into American Idol. Why is anybody surprised at the Palin choice?

Posted by: Sweet Sue | August 30, 2008 9:13 AM | Report abuse

MCCAIN JUST SHOWED US HOW DUMB HE THINK WOMEN ARE AND YOU KNOW WHAT I NEVER THOUGHT WOMEN WE DUMB UNTILL MCCAIN SHOWED ME THANK YOU MCCAIN AND THANK YOU PUMA. AND PLEASE PUMA STOP CALLING YOURSELVES DEMOCRATS OR HILLARY VOTERS, YOU ARE NOT. YOU ARE WERE ALWAYS CLOSET REPUB THAT WANTED AN EXCUSE TO VOTE REPUB. SO SHUT THE HELL UP AND LEAVE OUR PARTY PLEASE. AND IF YOU THINK WHEN HILLARY RUNS IN 20012 YOU CAN COMEBACK AND VOTE FOR HER THERE WOULD BE MORE THAN 18 MILLIONS OF US WAITING TO DO THE SAME THING HER WHAT YOU DID TO BARACK. SO IT WILL BE 4 MORE TERMS OF REPUB IN THE WHITE THE ONLY TIME A DEM IS GOING TO WIN IS WHEN HER NAME IS NOT CLINTON. WHAT GOES AROUND COMES AROUND. THIS IS THE WRITTEN LAW OF THE UNIVERSE

Posted by: TAA DAAA | August 30, 2008 9:10 AM | Report abuse

Future HS U.S. History Book:

Famous vice presidential quotes:

Spiro Agnew: "The press consists of nattering nabobs of negativism."

Lloyd Bentsen: "I knew Jack Kennedy. Jack Kennedy was a friend of mine. Sir, you're no Jack Kennedy."

S.H. Palin: "You must, you must, you must increase your bust, the bigger the better, the tighter the sweater, it all is up to us."

"Just what does a vice president do?" [to Lawrence Kudlow]

Posted by: Anonymous | August 30, 2008 9:10 AM | Report abuse

Official Calendar (not for the public)
President S.H. Palin (appointed as 45th U.S. President under the Presidential Succession Act)

July 14, 2009 (Day 3)

11:45 Wake up
12:00 Eat two moose burgers (medium-well)
1:00 Make anonymous calls to harass brother in law (important)
2:00 Shoot squirrels, pigeons, sea gulls, and other moving critters in Lafayette Park
3:00 Sign executive order making it all year open season on polar bears
4:00 Check out new lip gloss at Macy's
5:00 Read Wikipedia to find out what a "President" does (if I have time)
6:00 Hang out at Macy's
7:00 Watch Tara Reid on "Taradise"
8:00 Watch Tara Reid on "Taradise"
9:00 Watch Tara Reid on "Taradise"
9:30 Call all 15 residents of my hometown
10:00 Bedtime, neat-o

Posted by: Anonymous | August 30, 2008 8:50 AM | Report abuse

A lot has been made of Palin's heroic bringing to term of a baby with Down's Syndrome, and I certainly applaud that decision. But what pregnant 44 year-old discovers that her water broke (according to her) finishes a speech in Texas, then GETS ON A PLANE for a ten-hour flight to Alaska to give birth. It sounds very risky.

Posted by: dch | August 30, 2008 8:43 AM | Report abuse

Keep it up Camp Obama- we're all very impressed with the locker room chat- esp PUMA...
Hey how can a campaign that purports to be so inclusive BE so misogynistic??? I guess that's why you see for certain the Emperor's New Clothes...sad


"I don't think Hillary supporters were just looking for someone with a beaver; I'm pretty sure they liked her because her brains and policies and fight make this MILF look like Dan Quayle. I wonder if she can even spell "potatoe"..."

Posted by: Scott | August 30, 2008 8:38 AM | Report abuse

McCain only chose this inexperienced politician just because he wants to attract the "angry Hillary supporters," which incidentaly are way more likely to back Obama after the very succesful DNC.

I don't think Hillary supporters were just looking for someone with a beaver; I'm pretty sure they liked her because her brains and policies and fight make this MILF look like Dan Quayle. I wonder if she can even spell "potatoe"...

Biden to Palin: "Governor, I served with Hillary Clinton: I knew Hillary Clinton; Hillary Clinton was a friend of mine. Senator, you're no Hillary Clinton.


Posted by: The Enlightened ONE
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ROFL

WELL SAID MY FRIEND, WELL SAID!

Posted by: Anonymous | August 30, 2008 8:34 AM | Report abuse

Flora are YOU Baby Alex's mom?

Posted by: Scott | August 30, 2008 8:29 AM | Report abuse

Hey Flora, one more thing....You're Right, our Country is at War- AND thanks to the surge strategy championed by our next President, we're going to be able to safely remove our troops soon and leave Iraq in the hands of a stable nonfundamentalist government...your candidate gave a speech against the war and then voted to fund it twice, when it was popular....your VP candidate voted for the war and then wanted to flee and leave Iraq in disarray, like his running mate when things were not going well...great record of FP experience- hey Flora WASN'T THIS A FAST 100 YEARS?!

Posted by: Scott | August 30, 2008 8:27 AM | Report abuse

Hey Flora-
Obama has been a Senator for 2 1/2 years and has been campaigning for 1 1/2 of those....and he's on TOP of the tkt....did he get his foreign policy exp in the Illinois Senate?
No probably in the public schools of Indonesia...
Complain all you want about the size of the town Palin ran or the length of her governorship, but America values executive over legislative experience. True? Well we tend to elect governors-only 2 sitting senators have been elected President- Warren Harding and JFK- but JFK was a military officer....hmm.
Here's a Mom who doesn't fear that her son will be serving his country fighting AlQueda in Iraq- how refreshing. Furthermore, she didn't terminate her fifth child because of his abnormal chromosomes...wow, she not only talks a strong game, she lives it. Hey Soros, Axelrod, Obama, Biden and Pelosi- where have you hidden Baby Alex and his mom? That baby was sure cute....and lucky that his chromosomes were perfect or his loving mother would have vacuumed him right up.
By the way...what business, small or large, town, small or large, or state, small or large has Obama or Biden run?
Has either written a budget and lived by it? We know they can deliver speeches good (obama) or flawed (biden) or stolen ( yep biden again), but is 36 years of writing speeches and "sponsoring" legislation qualifying experience to be the Chief EXECUTIVE of our great nation?
Biden's quite a choice!

Hey amosdefnails, can YOU name Biden's 7 glass houses?
1. Insulted Indian american 7 eleven cashiers
2. Sold his vot eto MBNA and the credit card industry in exchange for a half million dollar contract for his lobbyist son
3. Pulled out of 88 race for plagiarism
4. Almost thrown out of law school for plaigirism
5.Claimed to be top of his class
6.Called Obama's personal hygeine "storybook, man"
7. Said it would be an honor to run with or against John McCain
Great choice Obama-

Posted by: Scott | August 30, 2008 8:22 AM | Report abuse

Today's NY Times Article on Palin-

"One of her most significant accomplishments as governor was passing a major tax increase on state oil production, angering oil companies but raising billions of dollars in new revenue. She said the oil companies had previously bribed legislators to keep the taxes low. She subsequently championed legislation that would give some of that money back to Alaskans: Soon, every Alaskan will receive a $1,200 check."

You're RIGHT Jayne- Sounds Horrible and unDemocratic!!


Posted by: Scott | August 30, 2008 8:19 AM | Report abuse

OUR COUNTRY IS AT WAR.GOV. PALIN HAVE NO FOREIGN POLICY EXPERIENCE. WHAT IF SOMETHING HAPPEN TO McCAIN A 72 YS OLD, 3 TIME CANCER SURVIOR. THEN WHAT!!! HOW WILL SHE HANDLE
THE WAR.I HAVE SONS I CARE ABOUT, AND I WILL NOT PUT THEM IN THE HAND OF A WOMAN, WHO DON'T KNOW WHAT THE JOB, OF A VICE PRESIDENT IS.I KNOW ONE THING THE VICE PRESIDENT , MUST HAVE FOREIGN POLICY EXPERIENCE TO STEP IN THE PLACE OF THE PRESIDENT, IF ANYTHING HAPPEN TO HIM.AND THAT SHE DOES NOT PROCESS

Posted by: Flora | August 30, 2008 8:10 AM | Report abuse

There is a little piece of unintentional irony here. Remembering back to a time in Massachusetts when Gov. Cellucci tapped a little-known western conservative woman to serve as his lieutenant then left office to take a Federal appointment; Jane Swift became "Acting Governor" only to be unceremoniously ushered to the wings when it came time to run for her own term by, yup, you guessed it, Mitt Romney. Now, the man who one of the front-runners for veep is pushed aside by a little-known western conservative woman!

However delicious the irony, the reality is McCain did not make his selection based upon who would make the BEST VP, he threw caution to the wind and went for what he hopes will be an electoral coup while Obama went with one of the most obviously qualified dems in the Senate. So who has demonstrated better judgement?

Posted by: dch | August 30, 2008 7:55 AM | Report abuse

Clearly she's ready to be on the McCain ticket. She has a vagina. Everyone knows we woman vote for anything with a vagina, right?

McCain, you are one stupendously stupid man. Thanks for handing the election to Obama.

Posted by: Jayne | August 30, 2008 7:44 AM | Report abuse

McCain has considerable experience selecting and handling younger women. But its not so clear that his judgment is so good.

Posted by: Buck TX Ind | August 30, 2008 7:38 AM | Report abuse

I was going to vote 3rd party.

I am now solidly voting for McCain.

I wonder how many like me are out there...

Posted by: USMC_Mike | August 30, 2008 7:36 AM | Report abuse

Scrivner wrote:

GOP TO BLOCK McCAIN'S NOMINATION
OVER THE "PALIN ABOMINATION"?

Is it possible that as more comes out about Ms. Palin, her lack of intellectual curiosity, and her legal problems, other powerful forces within the GOP will move SUCESSFULLY to block McCain's nomination?

My Comment:
That will certainly be an interesting challenge for the Democratic ticket of Gore-Obama. Oh wait, that didn't happen either. The chances of McCain being blocked are even less than they were of Obama being blocked.

Posted by: Still living in Fantasy Land | August 30, 2008 6:45 AM | Report abuse

She decided to keep her child affected by the Downs Syndrome but has in fact no intention to look after him....
That seems very selfish

Posted by: Cyrille cavanagh | August 30, 2008 6:45 AM | Report abuse

It was the Old One who kept grinding on the experience theme.
This looks like the father and daughter dance.

Posted by: johndoug | August 30, 2008 6:32 AM | Report abuse

I just read the comment on MSNBC's Keith Obamaman. It fits. He was just so disgusting attacking this woman last night. Him and that handsome young fellow he was with. Both attacking out of spite.

Posted by: Wendy Higgins | August 30, 2008 4:15 AM | Report abuse

Obama does not understand how sexist it is to have his camp and surrogates attack this woman. She is more experienced than he is and just as deserving if not more to be given this place in history. It's insulting to hear his camp critize MCcain for choosing a woman when Obama did not choose Hillary...

Posted by: Sarah | August 30, 2008 4:07 AM | Report abuse

So let me get this right....

Its ok for a one term senator John Edwards (less than three years in the senate when he was chosen in 2004)to be on the VP ticket but not Governor Palin?

Its ok for a one term senator (less than two years as a senator when he announced to run for president) to be the Democratic nominee.


Its not Ok for a "Governor" with actual Executive Experience to be in the number two spot?

According to some DNC leaders and Obama surrogates she has Zero Experience...

So who is showing their true colors?


Posted by: jws/America08 | August 30, 2008 3:36 AM | Report abuse

Doug Christian you forgot to mention Obama was the one whos mis-judgement said it was a good idea to snub Hillary. Biden was better than Hillary according to Obama. Women of America know diffrent. She was not even vetted???

Posted by: Sarah | August 30, 2008 3:26 AM | Report abuse

To the Obama supporters ragging on Sarah, stop being so stupid about it. Some of the things you say show you know nothing about her, so what makes you feel qualified to talk on the matter?

From what I've seen and read, she's a very intelligent and charming lady, and she does seem to have good ethics and political talent. She's not just some dumb beauty queen and she doesn't have to be for this to be a huge mistake.

She has never once been outside of the US and Canada. She has a fundamentalist ideology. She's a bad choice in the current time of wide-spread global tension. She doesn't have the perspective to be president yet.

I think it will be a shame because this will damage what should be a bright political future for her. They've brought out their best single A pitcher to throw in the World Series. Yes, she's very talented, and thanks for throwing the game.
She would have been formidable in 4-8 years with some token international travel thrown in. Now she risks becoming infamous.

A similar inexperience can be argued for Obama. And one could argue back that he has been running the quarter billion dollar corporation that is his campaign for as long as she's been governor. But that misses the point. Experience isn't everything. Obama has a vision for the future and an understanding of the world beyond our borders. He worked for and earned 18 million votes in a primary. He has laid his judgment, temperament, values, intelligence, open-mindedness, leadership, and inspirational abilities in the open for us to judge and has inspired millions to join his cause. He knows why he's here. Ms Palin doesn't know what a VP does nor why she was chosen. It's a big difference.

Posted by: Doug Christian | August 30, 2008 3:19 AM | Report abuse

Aleks sniff... sniff... Good... I say... Good one! Is what Obama would say to you...

Posted by: Cokehead | August 30, 2008 2:52 AM | Report abuse

ILoveAmerica really? I know Obama can't be dumped for his. To bad he has plenty of scandals of his own involving racism, cover-ups, giving crooked Unions protection...

Posted by: Concerned | August 30, 2008 2:48 AM | Report abuse

The more Gov. Palin is cast as inexperienced, the more Obama's own inexperienced will be questioned. The questions should revolve around each individual's accomplishments. Gov. Palin's has a list of impressive accomplishments. Awesome decision by McCain.

Posted by: JM | August 30, 2008 2:46 AM | Report abuse

Most people have yet to realize the true reason why McCain picked Sarah Palin.

Here is the true reason:

Palin comes with a ready-made misconduct scandal ("Wootengate") already well underway, guaranteeing that she will quickly take the media spotlight off McCain and the state of the Bush economy. Since McCain has no solutions to anything, distracting the media is an urgent necessity. Just before the election, McCain can dump her and replace her with someone else.

Posted by: ILoveAmerica | August 30, 2008 2:28 AM | Report abuse

I don't hold her pot smoking against her, I just want to be on record coining the nickname Baked Alaska.

Posted by: Aleks | August 30, 2008 2:08 AM | Report abuse

Complain all you want about the size of the town Palin ran or the length of her governorship, but America values executive over legislative experience. True? Well we tend to elect governors-only 2 sitting senators have been elected President- Warren Harding and JFK- but JFK was a military officer....hmm.
Here's a Mom who doesn't fear that her son will be serving his country fighting AlQueda in Iraq- how refreshing. Furthermore, she didn't terminate her fifth child because of his abnormal chromosomes...wow, she not only talks a strong game, she lives it. Hey Soros, Axelrod, Obama, Biden and Pelosi- where have you hidden Baby Alex and his mom? That baby was sure cute....and lucky that his chromosomes were perfect or his loving mother would have vacuumed him right up.
By the way...what business, small or large, town, small or large, or state, small or large has Obama or Biden run?
Has either written a budget and lived by it? We know they can deliver speeches good (obama) or flawed (biden) or stolen ( yep biden again), but is 36 years of writing speeches and "sponsoring" legislation qualifying experience to be the Chief EXECUTIVE of our great nation?
Biden's quite a choice!

Hey amosdefnails, can YOU name Biden's 7 glass houses?
1. Insulted Indian american 7 eleven cashiers
2. Sold his vot eto MBNA and the credit card industry in exchange for a half million dollar contract for his lobbyist son
3. Pulled out of 88 race for plagiarism
4. Almost thrown out of law school for plaigirism
5.Claimed to be top of his class
6.Called Obama's personal hygeine "storybook, man"
7. Said it would be an honor to run with or against John McCain


Posted by: Scott | August 30, 2008 1:34 AM | Report abuse

Complain all you want about the size of the town Palin ran or the length of her governorship, but America values executive over legislative experience. True? Well we tend to elect governors-only 2 sitting senators have been elected President- Warren Harding and JFK- but JFK was a military officer....hmm.
Here's a Mom who doesn't fear that her son will be serving his country fighting AlQueda in Iraq- how refreshing. Furthermore, she didn't terminate her fifth child because of his abnormal chromosomes...wow, she not only talks a strong game, she lives it. Hey Soros, Axelrod, Obama, Biden and Pelosi- where have you hidden Baby Alex and his mom? That baby was sure cute....and lucky that his chromosomes were perfect or his loving mother would have vacuumed him right up.
By the way...what business, small or large, town, small or large, or state, small or large has Obama or Biden run?
Has either written a budget and lived by it? We know they can deliver speeches good (obama) or flawed (biden) or stolen ( yep biden again), but is 36 years of writing speeches and "sponsoring" legislation qualifying experience to be the Chief EXECUTIVE of our great nation?
Biden's quite a choice!

Hey amosdefnails, can YOU name Biden's 7 glass houses?
1. Insulted Indian american 7 eleven cashiers
2. Sold his vot eto MBNA and the credit card industry in exchange for a half million dollar contract for his lobbyist son
3. Pulled out of 88 race for plagiarism
4. Almost thrown out of law school for plaigirism
5.Claimed to be top of his class
6.Called Obama's personal hygeine "storybook, man"
7. Said it would be an honor to run with or against John McCain


Posted by: Scott | August 30, 2008 1:31 AM | Report abuse

THE TRUTHIER EXPLANATION FOR THE SARAH PALIN PICK?

Theory:

The Sarah Palin selection was programmed into McCain's D.E.W.-addled brain through the use of sophisticated, hi-tech "psy ops" techniques, with the intent of causing such a farce that the GOP leadership refuses to nominate him and elects to go with a more stable, reliable, younger, and ideologically purer selection who better comports with the new world order.

That would be Rob Portman.

His veep will be Condi Rice.

Palin will serve as secretary of the interior, being a moose-eater from Alaska and such...

This is just a theory and is intended for amusement only. Comments are welcome just to add to the "fun."

Posted by: Eyes2disinfo | August 30, 2008 1:20 AM | Report abuse

Hilarious. John McCain's campaign comes down to the idea that length of time in Washington is the only preparation for the presidency, in which case Palin's got 0.

So in time of war and economic crisis, the heir apparent for a 72 year old man with a history of at least two cancers is someone with literally no experience at all, by the new Republican/PUMA reckoning.

Posted by: Aleks | August 30, 2008 1:03 AM | Report abuse

We've already experienced this: someone who's thoroughly unqualified being picked because of his/her race, gender, etc. It didn't turn out so well.

Mr. Justice Thomas, meet Ms. Palin.

Posted by: Mauimom | August 30, 2008 1:00 AM | Report abuse

amosdefnails you mean democrats were attacking a woman. A woman who is more experienced than Obama.

Posted by: Beth | August 30, 2008 12:54 AM | Report abuse

DexterManley you mean visit them. Because America is not for sale... We are women in November here us roar!

Posted by: Anonymous | August 30, 2008 12:51 AM | Report abuse

Obama flunkies can't even knock this woman without inturn screwing Obama's only selling point. She is change but with experience.

Posted by: Smith | August 30, 2008 12:47 AM | Report abuse

Even the "disinfos" here are having trouble with this one! I mean, what can you say?
How can you propagandize over what's looking like a farce?

Posted by: Foggy Bottom | August 30, 2008 12:46 AM | Report abuse

Today Republicans were defending Gov. Palin all day. They said just give her a chance. I guess they didn't hear Obama when he said "enough, and Mccain just don't get it. If they think the American people should give Palin a chace after the last 8 years of George W. Bush they are crazy. The republicans are crazy and they proved that today after attacking Obama for having little experience they now are defending Palin for having even less experience. If this election isn't clear enough to voters who should be the the White House in Nov. god help us all. The only hope Obama/Biden a real change from real leaders.

Posted by: amosdefnails | August 30, 2008 12:44 AM | Report abuse

I'm not looking a gift horse in the mouth. With the selection of Palin, Obama/Biden could take 35-40 states.

Posted by: DexterManley | August 30, 2008 12:43 AM | Report abuse

ARE YOU READY FOR THIS?

SARAH PALIN WASN'T JUST A RUNNER-UP IN "MISS ALASKA 1984"...

SHE WAS...

...THIS IS JUST TOO GOOD TO MAKE UP...

"MISS CONGENIALITY"!! THIS IS TRUE.

This just-unearthed fact should finally put to bed any reservations about her not being up to the job... should come in handy when she represents the U.S. at those state funerals and diplomatic receptions.

Posted by: Outside the Box | August 30, 2008 12:41 AM | Report abuse

Who I s Sarah Palin?
Don't ask John McCain. He barely knows her.
He met her briefly at a governor's meeting a year ago and talked to her once on the phone. That is offensive. You wouldn't pick a VP of Marketing on that basis. This part of the story is virtually a scandal. Is this how he will make key decisions as President?

Posted by: Pragmatist | August 30, 2008 12:39 AM | Report abuse

If you love Clarence Thomas, Antonin Scalia, Pat Robertson, Rush Limbaugh, Jerry Fallwell, then Sarah's the gal for you! She's more radically right than Cheney. Yes, she might look and sound kinda cute. If you think these men have cute policies and agenda, go party with her!

Posted by: TJK | August 30, 2008 12:37 AM | Report abuse

Chris if you ever get a chance can you ask Mccain, Is Palin ready to lead? This is a very important question because Mccain had cancer 4 times and he's 72 years old. So, Its possible that Mccain would not live through 4 years? I think the country would like to know is she ready to lead? I would like to know why Mccain chose Palin besides to energize his base and try and run as a Maverick and Reformer which isn't going to work while married to the Bush policies.

Posted by: amosdefnails | August 30, 2008 12:33 AM | Report abuse

Now we have proof that Mccain would be an extremely dangerous president. Is Sahara Palin ready to lead Mccain? Does Mccain think Palin would be able to face Ahmadenejad and Puttin? What does Palin know about his policies? Who is this Moose eater.

Posted by: amosdefnails | August 30, 2008 12:28 AM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin is all wrong. She doesn't believe in global warming and she's from Alaska. She believes that women shouldn't have abortions eventhough they were raped. She actually contradicts what Mccain has been saying on the stump all along. I want to see if the media will be as hard on Mccain and Palin as they were with experience and judgement with Obama. What does this Mccain VP choice say's about Mccain Judgement? It means Mccain is guilty of the same attacks he's made on Obama of being inexperience, Is he ready to lead, does he have judgement, and of poltical expedency. Mccain today has once again put this country in danger.

Posted by: amosdefnails | August 30, 2008 12:25 AM | Report abuse

THE EXPERIENCE MYTH OF OBAMA

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

Obama has been getting ready though. Obama has an advisory staff of over a 300. Most all are the top people in their fields. 4 of his staff are the top people on middle east politics in the world. He has numerous people on pretty much everything you could think of from global warming to world economics to energy and foreign policy you name it and he has been working with these people for more then a year. Obama is a beyond brilliant man, who easily knows more then any candidate who ever ran for the office in history. He is so up to speed it is astounding. John Mccain does not know a fraction of what Obama knows now. Mccain is a dinosaur compared to Obama now. Mccain has no real practical experience in many of these areas. just being in Washington doesn't make you an expert in anything. Bill Clinton said, "No one is really prepared to be president". He was right and Obama understood that better then anyone before he even began, so for a year he has been quietly preparing. Like anything such as being a doctor or lawyer or any profession, your first introduction is academic, you go to school, then the real thing. Obama will by no means be learning on the job, he has been in school for more then a year. Obama will be the most well prepared and ready president to ever walk into the white house.
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Her "inexperience" is a non-issue. Technically speaking, Sarah Palin has more executive experience than Barack Obama, Joe Biden and John McCain combined. Unlike Palin who is actually managing a state, they are Senators who have spent their entire careers working exclusively with legislation and not making concrete decisions of any kind. And because Palin came from middle class roots, from PTA meetings to Vice President in less than a decade, she will very quickly relate to the average American family in ways the Democrat ticket is hopeless to match. Leadership is as leadership does. There's a reason she rose this swiftly. Inexperience in general is a poor discussion topic for candidates who have secured their parties' respective nominations. Without experience and some kind of leadership, they wouldn't be where they are. There are many compelling reasons not to vote for Obama, and lack of experience is pretty far down the list (Though his tendency to indulge in soaring rhetoric is ill-advised).

Posted by: Devon Shaw | August 29, 2008 10:22 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | August 30, 2008 12:25 AM | Report abuse

All you Obama supportors that got the wind knocked of you today can blame Obama. He was to pig-headed to include Hillary. MCcain was not forced to pick a woman he chose to pick a woman. Obama could of have negated the impact by choosing Hillary. He did not for reasons that we may never know but do not make sense. Can you say sexaul discrimination.

Posted by: LOL | August 30, 2008 12:17 AM | Report abuse

Carrie Ann is clearly deeply impressed by McCain's humility in picking a woman who reminds him of Cindy when she was delightfully only half his age instead of an unattractive 2/3rds. Let's hope the election doesn't swing on Carrie Ann.

Posted by: Fishdeath | August 30, 2008 12:17 AM | Report abuse

Fishdeath and they are to smart to vote for any man to arrogant not to include one after such a historic primary. Hillary was the better person male or female compared to Biden. Don't even try and make MCcain including a woman was wrong for any reason.
Posted by: Carrie Ann | August 30, 2008 12:11 AM

Oh yeah, Obama is just getting killed among women. They hate him! If you're right and voting for the candidate (McCain) who is against equal-pay-for-equal-work makes women stupid, well then by your standard women are pretty stupid. But your standard is wrong.

Posted by: Aleks | August 30, 2008 12:14 AM | Report abuse

A Creationist/Anti-abortion rights/Global Warming denier who admits to have paid little attention to the Iraq war would be a heartbeat away from the nuclear arsenal? A woman who believes in Armageddon and the coming Last Judgement just behind a 72 year old man with two bouts of cancer and a family history of early heart attacks? Fabulous choice. Looks like Krauthammer will have to formulate a graceful exit for this one before her nomination is confirmed (See Harriet Myers withdrawal as Supreme Court nominee). So much for the experience issue, but it brings judgement to the forefront. The GOP has offically collapsed.

Posted by: Laughing Liberal | August 30, 2008 12:12 AM | Report abuse

Fishdeath and they are to smart to vote for any man to arrogant not to include one after such a historic primary. Hillary was the better person male or female compared to Biden. Don't even try and make MCcain including a woman was wrong for any reason.

Posted by: Carrie Ann | August 30, 2008 12:11 AM | Report abuse

Obama-Junkie back at you and Obama. Biden could have been replaced by any one of a number of women not including the Hillary. It turns out MCcain does it and you have the nerve to make it sound like it was not based on the fact she has more experience than Obama even has...
Posted by: Amanda | August 30, 2008 12:02 AM

Observations
1. Women are too smart to be bought off by this silly tokenism.
2. There's an exception to every rule.

Posted by: Fishdeath | August 30, 2008 12:05 AM | Report abuse

Wesley Dumont has to say that because Biden is status quo.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 30, 2008 12:04 AM | Report abuse

Obama-Junkie back at you and Obama. Biden could have been replaced by any one of a number of women not including the Hillary. It turns out MCcain does it and you have the nerve to make it sound like it was not based on the fact she has more experience than Obama even has...

Posted by: Amanda | August 30, 2008 12:02 AM | Report abuse

If McCain wanted a woman governor on his ticket he could have chosen Linda Lingle or M. Jodie Rell. As far as women Republican senators, he could have chosen Kay Baily Hutchison, Olympia Snowe, Shelia Frahm, Susan Collins, Elizabeth Dole or Lisa Murkowski. All of these women have vast more experience than Sara Palin, although none of them are as young and attractive as Palin.

Posted by: Obama-Junkie | August 29, 2008 11:47 PM

Certainly makes sense given McCain's marital history.

Posted by: aleks | August 29, 2008 11:56 PM | Report abuse

why does a VP need to be an agent of change?
do they propose legislation? sign it?

she's here because she a woman.

Posted by: Wesley Dumont | August 29, 2008 11:50 PM | Report abuse

The Democrats are missing a real chance to go McCain's decision making abilities and judgement. It's not about Sarah Palin directly.

If McCain wanted a woman governor on his ticket he could have chosen Linda Lingle or M. Jodie Rell. As far as women Republican senators, he could have chosen Kay Baily Hutchison, Olympia Snowe, Shelia Frahm, Susan Collins, Elizabeth Dole or Lisa Murkowski. All of these women have vast more experience than Sara Palin, although none of them are as young and attractive as Palin.

Democrats should be playing up the argument that McCain dismissed more qualified women for his no. 2 slot. For Republican to try to use the same agrument against Obama can be simply refuted by the fact that over 18 million people voted for him and McCain selected her.

Posted by: Obama-Junkie | August 29, 2008 11:48 PM | Report abuse

The Democrats are missing a real chance to go McCain's decision making abilities and judgement. It's not about Sarah Palin directly.

If McCain wanted a woman governor on his ticket he could have chosen Linda Lingle or M. Jodie Rell. As far as women Republican senators, he could have chosen Kay Baily Hutchison, Olympia Snowe, Shelia Frahm, Susan Collins, Elizabeth Dole or Lisa Murkowski. All of these women have vast more experience than Sara Palin, although none of them are as young and attractive as Palin.

Democrats should be playing up the argument that McCain dismissed more qualified women for his no. 2 slot. For Republican to try to use the same agrument against Obama can be simply refuted by the fact that over 18 million people voted for him and McCain selected her.

Posted by: Obama-Junkie | August 29, 2008 11:47 PM | Report abuse

Me:
Anyone seen the swimsuit pics?

What was her talent in the beauty contest?

--"NoOneImportant I think it was not important like you. She was made for Change. She is the one we have been waiting for. Not some poser like well you know who...

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 11:27 PM "--

I guess that's a 'No'. It's been like over 12 hours and _still_ no swinsuit picks!

I want to see what McCain's second-in-command looks like in a swimsuit! Fault me if you will but that's how _I_ choose who I vote for.

I'd hazard a guess that the troops are as interested as I am. Of course in my case there's no chance that she's going to be my boss.

Posted by: NoOneImportant | August 29, 2008 11:46 PM | Report abuse

FIRST - Let me say that I was NOT a HilLIARY or Bill Clinton supporter.

Sarah Palin has made me a Hillary Clinton supporter.

Posted by: Lame McSame | August 29, 2008 11:45 PM | Report abuse

dems are so funny, they have had two winners in 40 years. they thought for sure they would win 4 years ago and Ichabod kerry went down hard... we hear the same garbage from them every 4 years

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 11:43 PM | Report abuse

if you listen to and believe olbermann and fineman your a fool

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 11:37 PM | Report abuse

So what does the vice-president do, anyway? Could somebody explain it to me?
Posted by: Sarah Palin | August 29, 2008 10:23 PM

Waits for her boss to die. Same as everyone else, really.

Posted by: Fishdeath | August 29, 2008 11:36 PM | Report abuse

GOP TO BLOCK McCAIN'S NOMINATION
OVER THE "PALIN ABOMINATION"?

Is it possible that as more comes out about Ms. Palin, her lack of intellectual curiosity, and her legal problems, other powerful forces within the GOP will move SUCESSFULLY to block McCain's nomination?

And is it possible that the GOP may end up nominating a more reasonable and reasoned standard-bearer -- perhaps Tom Ridge, who SHOULD have gotten the VP nod in the first place?

And the VP nominee ends up being -- Condi Rice, as a sop to both women and blacks?

I'm taking bets. Of course, I also thought that Hillary would push on with her putsch and not just go halfway...

But as Howard Fineman said on Olbermann tonight, Sarah Palin makes Dan Quayle look like John Adams...

Posted by: scrivener | August 29, 2008 11:35 PM | Report abuse

I guess it's my mission to educate the 'lower 48' what 'managing Alaska' is all about. The state gets so much oil money that there's no income tax, no sales tax and the government gives money away to the residents. This year they got $1,200.

http://www.adn.com/news/alaska/story/487182.html


--"Her "inexperience" is a non-issue. Technically speaking, Sarah Palin has more executive experience than Barack Obama, Joe Biden and John McCain combined. Unlike Palin who is actually managing a state,

Posted by: Devon Shaw | August 29, 2008 10:22 PM"--

But the Republican mouth-pieces are correct – she’s balanced the budget not once but TWICE. Gifted as she is at budgeting without revenue constraint – she’d feel right at home working as a high ranking official of the Federal Government.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 11:33 PM | Report abuse

Thanks to the PUMAs for tricking McCain into making this ridiculous, self-immolating choice.

Posted by: Aleks | August 29, 2008 11:33 PM | Report abuse

Michelle Obama` would have aborted the baby - 'nuff said

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 11:32 PM | Report abuse

Poser that is it! All this time I have been searching for a word that is not offensive but describes Barack Obama.

Obama is a Poser for sure.

Posted by: Sally C | August 29, 2008 11:32 PM | Report abuse

NoOneImportant I think it was not important like you. She was made for Change. She is the one we have been waiting for. Not some poser like well you know who...

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 11:27 PM | Report abuse

Anyone seen the swimsuit pics?

What was her talent in the beauty contest?

Posted by: NoOneImportant | August 29, 2008 11:21 PM | Report abuse

Stop the press The Fix's Buddy Keith Obamaman on MSNBC is pissed. Already making his best attempt to hatchet this woman who has made History much like Obama. Can it be he is so upset that in one deft move MCcain stole Obama's thunder and proved who is the better man. lets face it Obama did not choose Hillary because she was a woman. His loss. He had his chance...

Posted by: Dallas | August 29, 2008 11:19 PM | Report abuse

Just watched a rerun of an interview of Palin with that babe Maria whatever from CNBC....you Libs got big problems......Palin has such command of the energy issue and what needs to be done.

You got big, big problems....such understanding, eloquence, common sense, of the issue. when she makes the argument for drilling with her delivery and understanding....Biden and barry are gonna look so clearly like the idiots that they are in front of the American people.

it's slipping away........

Posted by: dano | August 29, 2008 11:15 PM | Report abuse

Saying that this could turn out as badly as the selections of Geraldine Ferraro or Dan Quayle is putting it mildly. It has the potential to get us talking about Tom Eagleton.

Posted by: David in GA | August 29, 2008 11:12 PM | Report abuse


Here's who Sarah Palin is, she's a "Family Values" mom who decided to leave her 4 month old child with Downs Syndrome to join the McCain camp. At 4 months old, a child is in the key development stage, it's when they need their mom the most.
She'll NEVER get the woman vote! EVER, people don't take to child abandonment very well.

Posted by: Joyce
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I agree, Joyce.

I want to know how she's going to homeschool her kids while she is VP. Apparently she didn't take any maternity leave days afterall, reporting back to work just days after having the baby. although she brought him to work with her. I somehow just don't see a pack and play fitting in with the decor of the VP office in the White House. Or people being very understanding when there is a crying baby in the background at a meeting.

Posted by: momof3 | August 29, 2008 11:11 PM | Report abuse

LaRouche Outlines Organizational Policy Now!--08/29/08--LaRouche issued...."The nomination of Senator Barack Obama, as combined with the prospect of the nomination of Senator John McCain, has settled almost nothing other than the fact of those nominations themselves. The world as a whole is presently gripped by a growing potential for a genuine thermonuclear-weapons crisis like never before and the greatest financial-economic crisis since Europe's 14th Century has the entire world presently in its grip--whether some governments and leading political figures wish to recognize that reality, or not.--"The present international financial system is hopelessly bankrupt, and could not be saved. It could only be reorganized in a bankrutpcy designed to defend people, not financial speculators.--"Neither of the two candidates has any present capability for successfully meeting the grave challenges of economic breakdowns of entire economies, and threats of nuclear exchanges, which must be expected as serious possibilities between now and November.--
"As recent patterns of developments have already shown, we have an intellectual capability of unique importance in this process. Our most prominent role, as through the work of LPAC, is to provide the intellectual leadership on crucial economic and other strategic issues which neither of those candidacies is presently equipped to deal competently without outside advice, including that provided by our initiatives.--"Therefore, our LPAC campaign has far greater importance for the weeks immediately ahead, than at any time prior to this point. We shall therefore mobilize accordingly.''

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 10:58 PM | Report abuse

I am an Alaskan who works in a political, but nonpartisan position. Here are my observations:
1. Dan Quayle in skirts. An Alaskan Republican politico described her to me as "Cute as a bug and dumb as a post." This person wasn't a Palin hater (of which there are some in the Rep. party), just being dispassionate. From my observation, he was right. However, she's probably not appreciably dumber than W, though perhaps a little less sophisticated. (See #3 below)
2. Probably not even two years of experience. She has spent little time in the capital, instead commuting from her home in Wasilla to an office in Anchorage. I don't know how often she shows up. It appears to me that most of the day to day work is done by her chief of staff. She interacts less with the legislature than any governor I've seen. An absentee governor.
3. She's charming. She really is, probably because she's so unpretentious. Many of her answers at her press conferences were "I don't know. I'll get back to you on that." I'm not sure how that will work on the national stage. The "low-info" voters will probably like her because she's one of them, but I'm not sure how the smarter half of the population will react. She'll do fine on opinion questions (except maybe evolution), but on facts, she'll have trouble. The challenge for the Rs will be to avoid any unscripted moments. The challenge for the Ds will be to avoid looking bullying and condescending.
4. Women. Some Hillary supporters were unhappy because the hard-working woman got passed over for the flashy man. (At least that was the way they saw it.) Given that the Rs do have some capable women who could handle the job, it's hard for me to see why a bimbo getting the job over the hard-working woman is an improvement. Is the geezer and the bimbo really an attractive picture for women?
5. When I first heard the news, I felt sick. It never occurred to me that the Rs would be so irresponsible as to put her in a position where she might be president. She'll do fine attending funerals, etc., as long as one of them isn't McCain's. My husband pointed out that at least she wasn't evil (like Cheney) and we were just trading a boy bimbo for a girl bimbo, but I am not comforted.

Posted by: pj | August 29, 2008 10:56 PM | Report abuse

I love this line from the convention:

"If McCain is the answer, the question must be...ridiculous"

Posted by: Doug Christian | August 29, 2008 10:56 PM | Report abuse

Excellent, excellent point Doug Christian.

Posted by: Sunshine | August 29, 2008 10:50 PM | Report abuse

Not so much to put a dart in Sarah Palin herself, my reaction is that John McCain must really think he's seriously behind in this race, despite what recent polls have been showing. She is nothing if not a figurative Hail Mary pass--she undercuts the Inexperience argument against Obama, she's a stranger to McCain, and she's a "reformer" who's already embroiled in a mild scandal in Alaska. Pretty clearly, John McCain thought that he needed to pick a woman to (he hopes) attract some disenchanted Hillaryites, but he also needed a right-winger to appease his own base, and this was his only option.

Posted by: Budikavlan | August 29, 2008 10:48 PM | Report abuse

Apparently Sarah Palin made some comment about not being an admirer of Hillary Clinton because of Hillary's "whining".

I wonder what impact that will have on Hillary voters.

From Lily of the Shop.

Posted by: ShopLily | August 29, 2008 10:48 PM | Report abuse

There's a big difference between the inexperience of Obama and the inexperience of Palin.

Experience has been over-rated. It is important, but there are more important attributes for a president to have such as judgment, temperament, ability to handle pressure, vision, the ability to inspire, and the ability to understand other points of view. Perhaps you'll disagree with my list, but not with the premise.

Obama ran for president. He put himself out there, told us who he was, met many of us and gave us a chance to judge if he had enough of the qualities we need in a leader. The experience question has been addressed by voters in Obama's case. Palin was just appointed. Obama set out his vision and tried to inspire people around it, and American people have chosen him for it. No one has voted for Palin. In fact even McCain has only met her twice. She is a huge risk. It is staggeringly irresponsible.

Posted by: Doug Christian | August 29, 2008 10:46 PM | Report abuse

What a crazy stupid pick!

Palin was mayor of a podunk town just a couple of years ago.

She's now governor of a state with fewer people than Fairfax County.

Mc Cain HAS MET HER ONE TIME!!!

Wow- she was chosen to balance out Mc Goo's elderliness and male-ness with her youth and body parts. Beyond that, she's got no experience, she's an extreme right-winger, and she is incompetent (she left the town she ran in economic peril).

Conservative wingnuts almost ruined America between 2000 and 2008, and we're sick of their lies. No matter what they say, the GOP makes the rich richer, and the working class poorer. And most of their voters are too stupid and uninformed to realize it, as the Republicans pick their pockets.

It's time our country was run by smart people: Obama and Biden 2008!

Posted by: LH | August 29, 2008 10:45 PM | Report abuse

As a long-time Obama supporter, I hope he fires Bill Burton as his spokesman. What an ungracious, disrespectful, intemperate jerk. Every time he opens his mouth, he hurts the campaign. As Obama frequently says, we are better than this kind of assinine politics.

Posted by: clear2d | August 29, 2008 10:42 PM | Report abuse

Here's who Sarah Palin is, she's a "Family Values" mom who decided to leave her 4 month old child with Downs Syndrome to join the McCain camp. At 4 months old, a child is in the key development stage, it's when they need their mom the most.
She'll NEVER get the woman vote! EVER, people don't take to child abandonment very well.

Posted by: Joyce | August 29, 2008 10:41 PM | Report abuse

Darling Broadway Joe! I'm always happy to see you here.

I'm afraid I must point out to you, that there are quite a few people who believe global warming is made up. If Sarah Palin believes that, then those people will love her.

McCain may be an evil genius.

Posted by: Sunshine | August 29, 2008 10:41 PM | Report abuse

McManiac makes a milfylicious veep pick.

Posted by: northerns exposure | August 29, 2008 10:40 PM | Report abuse

WITHOUT SUBSTANCE AND HONESTY, SEN. OBAMA PROMISES ARE MEANINGLESS.

+++============++++++

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

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

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 9:15 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 10:40 PM | Report abuse

McManiac makes a milfylicious veep pick.

Posted by: northern s.exposure | August 29, 2008 10:39 PM | Report abuse

might be in Big Oil's back pocket, but she's McMilfy.

Posted by: northern sexposure | August 29, 2008 10:38 PM | Report abuse

Sarah who? Are they kidding? Do they think they just pick a woman, any woman and all the (Hillary) women will blindly follow?
Can anyone say Dan Quayle?

Posted by: lsigalov | August 29, 2008 10:34 PM | Report abuse

GOP gobblers are talking about the popularity of the pageant runner-up Oil Exec's wife in Alaska.

Take a look at some Alaska polling results, that wacky state is the ultimate outlier data point.

http://www.haysresearch.com/OC061507.htm

Posted by: cindy is the new C word | August 29, 2008 10:32 PM | Report abuse

Given McCain's precarious state of health, it is shockingly irresponsible to appoint this totally inexperienced young housewife, after he had previously announced that he intended to appoint the person most qualified to take over the command of the US Forces on Day One. In these uncertain times, it is frightening that the fate of the entire country and 300 million people would lie in the hands of an inexperienced person, if something should happen to McCain. It clearly demonstrates that he is not the responsible statesman he claimed to be but just a cheap scheming politician.

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

So what does the vice-president do, anyway? Could somebody explain it to me?

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

What better way to cover your a## than to hire a deputy whose a## also needs covering?

Nothing to see here, folks.
Move on now.
And please don't vote for this pair of useless GOP stereotypes.

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

Her "inexperience" is a non-issue. Technically speaking, Sarah Palin has more executive experience than Barack Obama, Joe Biden and John McCain combined. Unlike Palin who is actually managing a state, they are Senators who have spent their entire careers working exclusively with legislation and not making concrete decisions of any kind. And because Palin came from middle class roots, from PTA meetings to Vice President in less than a decade, she will very quickly relate to the average American family in ways the Democrat ticket is hopeless to match. Leadership is as leadership does. There's a reason she rose this swiftly. Inexperience in general is a poor discussion topic for candidates who have secured their parties' respective nominations. Without experience and some kind of leadership, they wouldn't be where they are. There are many compelling reasons not to vote for Obama, and lack of experience is pretty far down the list (Though his tendency to indulge in soaring rhetoric is ill-advised).

Posted by: Devon Shaw | August 29, 2008 10:22 PM | Report abuse

bandmom22,

"I guess another way of looking at the sexist and hate remarks is that Palin must really scare some of the wackier Dems."

You are correct. She terrifies us. We are sick of having other people's religious ideology determine the extent of our freedoms.

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

UPDATED:

PALIN WILL BE FORCED OFF THE TICKET IN SCANDAL PREDICT SEVERAL LEADERS OF ALASKA GOP TELL LOCAL PRESS.

The State of Alaska, with unanimous Democrat and Republican

approval, has appointed a SPECIAL PROSECUTOR to investigate

MRS. PALIN for abuse of Power and influence peddling.

Mrs. Palin is accused of trying to fire a State Trooper, who happened to be the ex-husband of her sister.

When the Public Safety Director refused a direct order from Mrs. Palin, to fire her ex-brother in law, Palin fired the Public Safety Director.

(See Nixon/Saturday Night Massacre)

Palin faces IMPEACHMENT CHARGES if the Special Prosecutor finds Palin at fault.

The Special Prosecutor, who has tapes of Mrs. Palin and others demanding that the Public Safety Director fire the ex-brother in law, will announce his results on October 31st.

(The Public Safety Director made secret audio tapes)

Well before October 31st, Mrs. Palin will be removed from the ticket.

McCain will be unable to explain, why---despite know about the brewing scandal---he still chose Mrs. Palin.

Lieberman will leap to McCain's defense admonishing reporters not to question McCain's judgement because "he is a former POW and the surge is working!"

Posted by: bob | August 29, 2008 10:19 PM | Report abuse

Cain & Pain '08

And the scary thing is they could win. Evangelicals are actually going to go ahead and cause the Armageddon they've been promising. And we may have too many intolerant or "socially conservative" people to stop them.

Posted by: Mike Johnson | August 29, 2008 10:17 PM | Report abuse

Real conversation on Aug. 27. (I'm serious, this actually happened):

The GOP string pullers: "Your VP will be Gov. Sarah Pallin"

McCain: "Who?"

The GOP string pullers: "The gov. of Alaska"

McCain: "I thought Alaska was in Canada. What happened to Romney?"

The GOP string pullers: "The Dems have found out he's an impulsive liar." You WILL take Ms. Palin as your VP, and you better keep your touchy-feely hands of her...

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 10:08 PM | Report abuse

This poor mom is going to feel the extreme heat of politics. Either she will survive (I do not think so) or she will make so many foolish errors that she will be a drag on the McCain ticket. Good luck Mrs Palin. You just became a human punching bag.

Posted by: goss | August 29, 2008 10:08 PM | Report abuse

Real conversation on Aug. 27. (I'm serious, this actually happened):

The GOP string pullers: "Your VP will be Gov. Sarah Pallin"

McCain: "Who?"

The GOP string pullers: "The gov. of Alaska"

McCain: "I thought Alaska was in Canada. What happened to Romney?"

The GOP string pullers: "The Dems have found out he's an impulsive liar." You WILL take Ms. Palin as your VP, and you better keep your touchy-feely hands of her...

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 10:07 PM | Report abuse

enviro:

What makes you think McSame won't abandon this principle as quickly and easily as he has so many others in an effort to please his master, Lord Rove?

She also supports drilling in ANWAR, which I believe McSame opposes. But then again, he once opposed opening up the outer-continental shelf for expanded drilling.

McSame hasn't met a position he isn't willing to flip-flop on in order to become President.

PG

Posted by: PeixeGato | August 29, 2008 10:04 PM | Report abuse

Well, it's clear from the venom being spewed here that the Post does NOT vet the posts because if they did they would be reduced by 90%.

I guess another way of looking at the sexist and hate remarks is that Palin must really scare some of the wackier Dems.

Posted by: bandmom22 | August 29, 2008 10:02 PM | Report abuse

PALIN WILL BE FORCED OFF THE TICKET IN SCANDAL.

The State of Alaska, with unanimous Democrat and Republican

approval, has appointed a SPECIAL PROSECUTOR to investigate

MRS. PALIN for abuse of Power and influence peddling.

Mrs. Palin is accused of trying to fire a State Trooper, who happened to be the ex-husband of her sister.

When the Public Safety Director refused a direct order from Palin, to fire her ex-brother in law, Palin fired the Public Safety Director.

(See Nixon/Saturday Night Massacre)

Palin faces IMPEACHMENT CHARGES if the Special Prosecutor finds Palin at fault.

The Special Prosecutor, who has tape of Mrs. Palin demanding that the Public Safety Director fire her ex-brother in law, will announce his results on October 31st.

Palin will be forced OFF the McCain ticket as this scandal grows.

The Republican Leader of the Alaska Legislature, upon hearing that Mrs. Palin has been selected VP candidate expressed shock, telling the Associated Press...(quote) Palin has not mastered being Govenor yet. How on earth can she be the Vice President of the whole country...?"

Posted by: Bob | August 29, 2008 10:01 PM | Report abuse

She's Harriet Miers for the VP slot.

Another thing McCain may not have known about her -- she doesn't believe in humans causing global warming. From ABC online:

In an interview for the September issue of the conservative magazine Newsmax, Gov. Sarah Palin, R-Alaska, said she does not believe climate change is caused by human behavior.

“A changing environment will affect Alaska more than any other state, because of our location. I'm not one though who would attribute it to being man-made,” Palin said in the interview, which was posted online Friday.

McCain, R-Ariz., by contrast, has broken with his party’s dogma by supporting a mandatory program to cap carbon emissions -- a point of pride for McCain as he burnishes his independent reputation.

WHOOPS! Or maybe he knew and didn't really care, since it's pretty obvious as a R. pres. there's now way he was doing anything about global warming anyway. UGH he is truly disgusting.

Posted by: enviro | August 29, 2008 9:58 PM | Report abuse

PeixeGato: Another Difference, I hope, I may be wrong, but to become a Dark Lord of the Sith I think you have to be male.

Posted by: ceflynline@msn.com | August 29, 2008 9:57 PM | Report abuse

We can compare McCain and Old George.

When Old George went looking for a VP, he ended up with a boob on the ticket.

John has ended up with at least two.

Posted by: ceflynline@msn.com | August 29, 2008 9:54 PM | Report abuse

Mickey Mouse could not have made a more senile choice;

Inexperienced
In the pocket of big oil
Crashed her fishing boat - She'll get 'swift boated' herself
beauty queen
Most votes ever received - about 100,000 - less than the mayor of my suburb got

What a f-ing joke.

Hilarious, derisively hilarious, to imagine Rove et al cr@pping their pants when they found out!

Posted by: look to the stars | August 29, 2008 9:54 PM | Report abuse

McSame doesn't have to have met her many times before. This is akin to an "arranged marriage". She will be nothing more than a pretty face for the McSame administration; trotted out only to smile and make people feel "nice". McSame has already shown that he is doing nothing more than taking orders from Rove and the other neo-con whackos out there. They told him to pick her, and he said "Yes, Lord Vader. As you wish".

The McSame administration will differ from the Bush administration in one way: the name of the people in the President and VP offices.

PG

Posted by: PeixeGato | August 29, 2008 9:54 PM | Report abuse

To thomasxstewart:

Excellent list sir, but you forgot something:

Here 16 year old daughter Bristol, gave birth unmarried to a child (with Down's syndrome). Her mother deceived the public by calling the child her own (her 5th).

See: http://groups.google.com/group/talk.politics.misc/browse_thread/thread/113762ce1f141a80

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 9:52 PM | Report abuse

More on Sarah palin's history as governor:

On June 6, 2007, the Alaska Creamery Board recommended closing Matanuska Maid Dairy, an unprofitable state-owned business, Palin objected, citing concern for the impact on dairy farmers and the fact that the dairy had just received $600,000 in state money. When Palin found out that the Board of Agriculture and Conservation appoints Creamery Board members, SHE REPLACED THE ENTIRE MEMBERSHIP OF THE BOARD OF AGRICULTURE AND CONSERVATION. The new board reversed the decision to close the dairy, but later in 2007, with Palin's support, the unprofitable business was put up for sale. There were no offers in December 2007, when the minimum bid was set at $3.35 million, and the dairy was closed that month. In August 2008, the Anchorage plant was purchased for $1.5 million, the new minimum bid; the purchaser plans to convert it into heated storage units.[

Posted by: kreuz_missile | August 29, 2008 9:48 PM | Report abuse

Can you imagine what would be going through creepy McSame's mind if he and Palin were alone in the Oval office together late one evening?

McSame has a history of infidelity. This pick makes me believe he still has those fantasies, if nothing else.

With McSame's temperment, he's likely to be telling Palin "I got you into this office you c*$# and I can take you out! I AM THE DECIDER!" You can take the dialogue from there, lol.

PG

Posted by: PeixeGato | August 29, 2008 9:47 PM | Report abuse

Whether you are for O or Mac or Bob Barr, Palin is a stunning pick.

Huffington Post reports today that Mrs. Todd Palin has no idea what a vice president does, seriously. She told an interviewer: "As for that VP talk all the time, I'll tell you, I still can't answer that question until somebody answers for me what is it exactly that the VP does every day?" Unbelievable.

HuffPo also reports Mac has only met her once before today! Can you order up veeps on the Internet? Don't you have to meet them? She also has some odd views including that global warming is not man-made. (Does she know that idiot on "The View" who said the world is flat.) She also is not fond of Hillary because of her "whining" (that'll charm the harpies.

The impression from the HuffPo articles today is she was not vetted and that the entire political community, Dems and Repubs, is appalled by the pick.

Posted by: Broadway Joe | August 29, 2008 9:46 PM | Report abuse

McCain only chose this inexperienced politician just because he wants to attract the "angry Hillary supporters," which incidentaly are way more likely to back Obama after the very succesful DNC.

I don't think Hillary supporters were just looking for someone with a beaver; I'm pretty sure they liked her because her brains and policies and fight make this MILF look like Dan Quayle. I wonder if she can even spell "potatoe"...

Biden to Palin: "Governor, I served with Hillary Clinton: I knew Hillary Clinton; Hillary Clinton was a friend of mine. Senator, you're no Hillary Clinton.


Posted by: The Enlightened ONE
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ROFL

WELL SAID MY FRIEND, WELL SAID!

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 9:45 PM | Report abuse

Hon sarah louise heath van palin husband is Native American.

Signed:PHYSICIAN THOMAS STEWART VON DRASHEK M.D.

Posted by: thomasxstewart | August 29, 2008 9:40 PM | Report abuse

Sarah louise heath van palin. full married name. next few facts:

Monegan alleged that his dismissal may have been an abuse of power tied to his reluctance to fire Palin's former brother-in-law, Alaska State Trooper Mike Wooten, who had been involved in a divorce and child custody battle with Palin's sister, Molly McCann
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Ms palin speaks out about issues that dislikes & then signs legislation to further cause got elected to stop. Got atty general of alaska fired & ethics board in several fields completely wiped out.
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Palins husband is considered shadow governor for email & meeting with government officials with ms. palin.
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When asked month ago about vice president position, ms. palin stated had NO idea what US Vice President does. Positions similar to mccain.
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State Senate President Lyda Green, a Republican who has often feuded with Palin, remarked, "She's not prepared to be governor. How can she be prepared to be vice president or president?"
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two eloped shortly after Palin graduated from college; when they learned they needed witnesses for the civil ceremony, they recruited two residents from the old-age home down the street
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She admits that she used marijuana at a time when the state had legalized possession of small amounts (though possession was still illegal under federal law).

Not only is family at war internally, list of names of family members is more of splatter of family names, each for short time.

Posted by: thomasxstewart | August 29, 2008 9:38 PM | Report abuse

McCain will always be the reckless son of a son of an Admiral.

This is as reckless as nearly any stunt he has pulled. What in God's name happened to priorities like the economy and experience.

It may take a week or two, or perhaps even a month but this is just another nail in the coffin of the GOP.

And--with his baggage--he does look a little creepy when he looks at her.

Wonders never cease!

Posted by: jfp | August 29, 2008 9:35 PM | Report abuse

Great article. I wish the rest of the media were as objective as this.

I think Sarah Palin sounds like a very cool woman. I'm uncomfortable with the very conservative and religious ideology, but she seems to have been effective with ethics reform and McCain has a great record of ethics reform too. I think these two would really change things in terms of ethics, which would be great. I think Obama would do the same thing, but it's easier to prove it for McCain. But, I think the problem we're having these days is not so much ethics as the policies themselves.

So the question becomes, do you think we've been pursuing the right direction as a whole but have been undermined by corruption? Or do you think we should change the way we think about other countries, the challenges of a rapidly changing and globally connected world, and the opportunities presented by those challenges and that world?

I think the intolerance of social conservatism, the dangerous belligerence of our unilateral foreign policy and the short-sightedness of our refusal to invest in our future through education and technological research are the problem. Applying these policies with less pork and lobbying would be better. But not good enough. That's why I'm supporting Obama.

Posted by: Doug Christian | August 29, 2008 9:35 PM | Report abuse

Okay, I'll take a snap shot at defining her. She's the female George Bush: No clue, but absolutely sure she must be right, because the less you really know, the easier it is to decide.

On another note -- I knew someone once who kept stealing somebody else's malted milk balls, and so the other guy put moose nuggets in the bag. Never had that happen again.

I'm just saying, there's malted milk balls, and then there's moose nuggets. Be careful, big John.

Posted by: pressF1 | August 29, 2008 9:35 PM | Report abuse

A Vice President cant define a party brand and it cant serve as a change agent when the party is in power. Think straight or dont write.

Posted by: Paul Nolan | August 29, 2008 9:30 PM | Report abuse

This is just an example of how inadeqaute his thinking really is.....72 yrs old, no judgenment, what was he thinking/ If he were to die....Do you really desire a women with Zero experince?.....If you look at it this way he truly beleives WE are not smart enough to research this lady. I sure don't desire a women telling me I don't have the right the choose. If your daughter gets raped......OH WELLL.... that is sad....Also, the fact that he gave this NO thought....Met her One time.....ENOUGH...MCIDIOT/PAL-IN-EXPERINCED!!!

OBAMA/BIDEN....SOUND JUDGEMENT.....SOLID TICKET!!!

Posted by: BUZZARD'S KORNER | August 29, 2008 8:32 PM

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You're right BUZZ, that is sad. By your actions you'd be committing murder - a more heinous crime than rape. Just like Obama, it doesn't matter to you because you're already alive.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 9:28 PM | Report abuse

So she's been a governor for less than 2 years. She has a 5 month old son. So, between pregnancy, maternity leave and a newborn, how long has she really been an active governor?

Hopefully she will do better than the Miss SC did with "the Iraq, such as" situation during the debates...

Posted by: momof3

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I comeletely agree with, except SHE doesn't have a 5 month old son, her unmarried 16 year old daughter "Bristol the b*tch" is the mother of the child. Just google it if you don't believe me.

Posted by: blue for life | August 29, 2008 9:27 PM | Report abuse

George the Old got one boob for his VP.

John, he did twice as well.

Posted by: ceflynline@msn.com | August 29, 2008 9:27 PM | Report abuse

The lead frame for the video punch on my home page may say it all better than anything else. McCain and Palin grinning over styrofoam cups of soft ice cream while that blond in the background has a look on her face that says, "Icut it off, half an inch at a time. when he sings like Tiny Tim I'm making progress."Like the look on (Kristen?) JR's mistress face in the episodes leading up to the cliff hanger shooting ending that made "Who Shot JR?" a running joke?

Tell me this is actually some reality TV series and I don't realize it. Every time he looks at his VP and gets that cross between a grin and a lear on his kisser, he will pay for his fatuous old age choices.

For all you Biblical reference types, the name is Abishag.

Posted by: ceflynline@msn.com | August 29, 2008 9:25 PM | Report abuse

McCain only chose this inexperienced politician just because he wants to attract the "angry Hillary supporters," which incidentaly are way more likely to back Obama after the very succesful DNC.

I don't think Hillary supporters were just looking for someone with a beaver; I'm pretty sure they liked her because her brains and policies and fight make this MILF look like Dan Quayle. I wonder if she can even spell "potatoe"...

Biden to Palin: "Governor, I served with Hillary Clinton: I knew Hillary Clinton; Hillary Clinton was a friend of mine. Senator, you're no Hillary Clinton.

Posted by: The Enlightened ONE | August 29, 2008 9:24 PM | Report abuse

John McCain=George "Dubya" Bush
Sarah Palin=Dan Quayle

See, they're twins of the two biggest idiots in American history. I proudly offer my "Jersey salute" to them both.

Posted by: Jake in NJ | August 29, 2008 9:19 PM | Report abuse

So she's been a governor for less than 2 years. She has a 5 month old son. So, between pregnancy, maternity leave and a newborn, how long has she really been an active governor?

Hopefully she will do better than the Miss SC did with "the Iraq, such as" situation during the debates...

Posted by: momof3 | August 29, 2008 9:18 PM | Report abuse

Just means she spends a lot of time on her back.

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

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

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 9:15 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 9:17 PM | Report abuse

Palin is a NRA and that means guns/prowar/advocate for violence. MCain picked her to win 1. votes from all the NRA rifle association.
2.win over Hillary's 18 million
3. Cover his glaring age problem.
Women please don,t fall for this farce by the repukes.

Posted by: grdn-nell | August 29, 2008 9:17 PM | Report abuse

This is the most irresponsible thing McCain has done in his 24 years in Washington. How in God's name can he put someone with her lack of total experience, not just foreign experience, one heartbeat away from the presidency. What will happen if John gets elected and than craps out next February or March? How could he possibly leave the country that exposed? There is only one answer of course. While I strongly considered voting for my fellow Arizonan, no more, no more. I will not vote for someone doing something so crazy!

Posted by: Opa2 | August 29, 2008 9:17 PM | Report abuse

Just means she spends a lot of time on her back.

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

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

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 9:15 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 9:17 PM | Report abuse

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

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

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 9:15 PM | Report abuse

The head scratcher here is that the McCain selection undercuts pretty much every argument that he's been making against Obama over the past few months.

It might help with social conservatives -- and some disaffected socially conservative independents. But for those voting on a change from Bush-McCain economic and foreign policy -- and even ethics -- this pick does nothing for McCain. It demonstrates a real lack of seriousness and a disrespect for the demands of the office of the president on McCain's part.

Within his party McCain had the choice of any number of women and men who were more qualified than Palin -- yet he picks Palin?

Bizarre choice.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 9:14 PM | Report abuse

Ah, the miracle of youtube Notice who sponsored for the ad.

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

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 9:13 PM | Report abuse

Official Calendar (not for the press)
President Palin (appointed under the Presidential Succession Act)
July 13, 2009 (Day 2)

11:30 Wake up
12:00 Text message girlfriends
1:00 Jog on the Mall
2:00 Shoot squirrels, pigeons, and other moving critters in Lafayette Park
3:00 Paint toes
4:00 Check on date/time for Beauty School reunion in Fall
5:00 Watch America's Top Model (important)
6:00 Hang out at Macy's
7:00 Catch goldfish
8:00 Read National Enquirer (important, must not be disturbed)
9:00 Wax body hair off
9:30 Watch Home Shopping Network (Joan Rivers special)
10:00 Bedtime, neat-o

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 9:12 PM | Report abuse

This stuff is al coming out. They will get a few days feel good about themselves then the sh*t will hit the fan. They said Mccain does not even know her and only met her twice, the second time today.

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The Flip:

"We here in Alaska, our administration, we cancelled the bridge to nowhere, we know that, that earmark was not in Alaska's or the nation's best interest." CNBC 7/31/08

The Flop:

"People across the nation struggle with the idea of building a bridge because they’ve been under these misperceptions about the bridge and the purpose,' said Palin, who described the link as the Ketchikan area’s potential for expansion and growth.

Palin said Alaska’s congressional delegation worked hard to obtain funding for the bridge as part of a package deal and that she 'would not stand in the way of the progress toward that bridge.'"
Ketchikan Daily News 8/8/06

"Part of my agenda is making sure that Southeast is heard. That your projects are important. That we go to bat for Southeast when we’re up against federal influences that aren’t in the best interest of Southeast.'

She cited the widespread negative attention focused on the Gravina Island crossing project. 'We need to come to the defense of Southeast Alaska when proposals are on the table like the bridge and not allow the spinmeisters to turn this project or any other into something that’s so negative,' Palin said."
Ketchikan Daily News 9/28/06


And beyond all that, after prouly proclaiing she stood up to the Bridge to Nowhere, SHE STILL KEPT THE MONEY!

Posted by: kreuz_missile | August 29, 2008 9:07 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 9:12 PM | Report abuse

Bob North Smithfield
You should get your facts straight. Gov. Palin was not on the tape you suggest but one of her aids. Gov. Palin was the one who released a tape of a phone call between Frank Bailey, director of Boards and Commissions, and a state trooper, in which Bailey asks about Wooten and says he's calling on the governor's behalf. Palin was unaware of the call and did not make the request. She has criticized Bailey for the phone call.

Get your facts straight

Posted by: chyatesg | August 29, 2008 9:12 PM | Report abuse

The idea of that woman answering the red phone in the middle of the night should make us all cringe.

Posted by: sharon | August 29, 2008 9:10 PM | Report abuse

I was watching one of the talking bobble head shows and they actually said that the fact that she eats MOOSE BURGERS will endear her to people of middle America.

Who on earth (outside of Alaska) eats Moose Burgers? Who has ever even TRIED a Moose Burger? And WHO can say they "relate" to the idea of eating moose burgers????

Can you imagine what people would be saying if Obama said that he eats Moose Burgers? All of a sudden, Moose Burgers would be painted as some "elitist" food that your average American has never tried. They'd say "people won't know what to do with that. they won't be able to relate because most of Americans have no idea what a Moose Burger tastes like. Most Americans don't even know that humans actually EAT moose"

And I'm really insulted by the argument that is emerging that Biden will have to "go easy" on Palin in the debates or that he will have to be careful with how he approaches her for fear of looking like a bully.

If people think Biden is a bully, how is she going to handle the likes of Ahmedinajad (sp?) or Medvedev or OSAMA BIN LADEN???

PG

Posted by: PeixeGato | August 29, 2008 9:09 PM | Report abuse

After the honeymoon Mccain is going to wake up and see what he did.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 9:08 PM | Report abuse

The Flip:

"We here in Alaska, our administration, we cancelled the bridge to nowhere, we know that, that earmark was not in Alaska's or the nation's best interest." CNBC 7/31/08

The Flop:

"People across the nation struggle with the idea of building a bridge because they’ve been under these misperceptions about the bridge and the purpose,' said Palin, who described the link as the Ketchikan area’s potential for expansion and growth.

Palin said Alaska’s congressional delegation worked hard to obtain funding for the bridge as part of a package deal and that she 'would not stand in the way of the progress toward that bridge.'"
Ketchikan Daily News 8/8/06

"Part of my agenda is making sure that Southeast is heard. That your projects are important. That we go to bat for Southeast when we’re up against federal influences that aren’t in the best interest of Southeast.'

She cited the widespread negative attention focused on the Gravina Island crossing project. 'We need to come to the defense of Southeast Alaska when proposals are on the table like the bridge and not allow the spinmeisters to turn this project or any other into something that’s so negative,' Palin said."
Ketchikan Daily News 9/28/06


And beyond all that, after prouly proclaiing she stood up to the Bridge to Nowhere, SHE STILL KEPT THE MONEY!

Posted by: kreuz_missile | August 29, 2008 9:07 PM | Report abuse


Ah, the miracle of youtube Notice who sponsored for the ad.

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

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 9:05 PM | Report abuse

Stop all this arguing! Let's have a quiet, peaceful moment of insanity.

John McCain got it wrong again. He didn't mean to pick Sarah Palin. He meant to pick Michael Palin.

Posted by: willythekorn | August 29, 2008 9:05 PM | Report abuse

Maybe Obama should check his civics texts the next time he gives a speech. Did he say last night that he was going to hire more teachers and pay them more? The last time I checked, almost every public school teacher in America was an employee of a local school board. By the way Barack, in case you haven't noticed, we don't have as many children in the U.S. as we used to- something the liberals I'm sure can be proud of. Maybe that's why Palin upsets them. Five kids! Are you kidding. I'm sure a family of that size has upset the eco-balance by stepping on a snail darter! Oh well. Looks like I will be paying my local property tax and a new "federal teachers tax" too.

Posted by: ej | August 29, 2008 9:05 PM | Report abuse

Is the person writing as Anne for real, or hired by the Rove machine?

It is inconceivable to me that any woman-- especially one old enough to have lived through circumstances like Lily Ledbetter's dozens of years of unequal pay for unequal work to which the Supreme Court said, too bad --

How could any women who rationally chose to support Hillary throw all Hillary's political positions out the window to support a far right, Creationist, science-doubting evangelist who runs a state budget swollen with gas revenues.

Which leaves only two choices: 1) Anne's a fake, or 2) Anne hasn't really given this any thought.

Posted by: Helen | August 29, 2008 9:05 PM | Report abuse

My wife and I are conservatives. We have not liked McCain because he has been so wishy washy on key conservative issues.

Obama's stands on so many issues means we would never vote for him. So our family was going to hold our noses and vote Republican. We were not going to put up signs, make phone calls, financial contribute to McCain.

Now with the inclusion of Palin, we are energized. McCain has made the best decision of his life and one we can whole heartedly support. The Governor brings our conservative values and out of the Beltway viewpoints to the ticket.

The Media just does not get it!

It is not about getting Clinton followers who are proabortion and big government supporters. It is about energizing the conservatives and appealing to all the people outside of DC, NYC, LA, etc. The men and women who are fed up with all the political and media elites who are out of sync with middle America. Palin is not like all the reporters with their liberal agendas and condos in the city. She is one of us!

Where do I sign up for the McCain/Palin team?

Posted by: chyatesg | August 29, 2008 9:04 PM | Report abuse

I have to laugh at "she brought Dems and Repubs together..." Isn't that what they said about GWB?

We won't get fooled again!

PG

Posted by: PeixeGato | August 29, 2008 9:01 PM | Report abuse

Watching the conservative movement die a slow, agonizing death is not a pretty sight.

Republican Party
Rest in Peace

Posted by: Bob | August 29, 2008 8:57 PM | Report abuse

Where are Obe One and the Queen to Be parading tonight?

Posted by: Monarchist | August 29, 2008 8:57 PM | Report abuse

So much for putting 'country first." It is cynical and applauling to name a completely inexperienced person in affairs beyond Alaska and someone who expresses comjplete disinterest in things beyond the bridge to no where. MCCain wants to win at all costs...this is cynical beyong words.

Posted by: farnor@comcast.net | August 29, 2008 8:55 PM | Report abuse

How can ANY McCain supporter truly argue and/or believe that Ms. Congeniality 1984 is a better choice than any of the following people McCain vetted?

1. Mitt
2. Rudy
3. Lieberman
4. Ridge
5. Pawlenty

I continued to be stunned at the incompetence of the McCain campaign.

Reminds me of Hillary's campaign.

Posted by: Bob | August 29, 2008 8:52 PM | Report abuse

I can picture Obama taking ballet lessons and doing his nails

Posted by: Redneck | August 29, 2008 8:49 PM

Either that, or as a Librian. He's got a very good talent at reading at Teleprompter.

Posted by: dano | August 29, 2008 8:51 PM | Report abuse

Phyllis Schlafly. Help us all.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 8:51 PM | Report abuse

RadioMom- you are right. I mean, who would believe this nonsense. The next thing you know someone will come out and promise that when they become president the oceans will stop rising and they will heal the earth!!!!!!

Posted by: ej | August 29, 2008 8:50 PM | Report abuse

I can picture Obama taking ballet lessons and doing his nails

Posted by: Redneck | August 29, 2008 8:49 PM | Report abuse

Mc Goo is really losing it if he thinks former Clinton voters will vote for Palin. She has no experience, and she wasn't even a good mayor of a town of ..9,000 people!

Sarah Palin left the finances of her town Wasilla in tatters when she moved on in 2002. She wanted a legacy as mayor, it seems, and pushed hard for the town to build a hyper-expensive sports complex.

But Palin screwed the process up badly. Instead of buying the land for the complex when it was offered, her administration allowed a developer named Gary Lundgren to snap it up.

Then Wasilla tried to seize the land from Lundgren through eminent domain. In the end, what with court costs Wasilla paid at least $ 1.7 million for land it could have bought for less than one tenth that sum - if the purchase had been handled properly.

For this incompetence, Wasilla is still paying a steep price: higher taxes and cutbacks in services.

In other words Palin is about as efficient as Michael Brown, onetime head of FEMA.

www.dailykos.com

Posted by: LH | August 29, 2008 8:48 PM | Report abuse

This proves that McCain has absolutely NO judgment, to pick a person he had only met once before. Is he losing his mind? Senior GOP people like Bush, Cheney, Rice, or Powell must be appalled at this totally irreponsible pick. Many voters believed in McCain as the safe and secure choice in dangerous times. Instead, this man who may not survive the first four years with his inoperable cancer, is leaving the fate of the country in the hands of an inexperienced beauty queen.

Posted by: Bodo | August 29, 2008 8:47 PM | Report abuse

Palin is not "unknown" to anyone who followed the 2006 elections closely, which presumably includes a lot of people reading this blog. She's the housewife who took down Frank Murkowski -- duh. Frankly, she got some decent press about that on dailykos and tpm, among other places, once upon a time. Compare that to the kind of press Obama got at any time before he began running for President -- apart from his speech at the 2004 convention, there really wasn't any; he's never done anything in politics besides run for the next job.

Posted by: John | August 29, 2008 8:46 PM | Report abuse

Obama's experience:

Uhhhh.....Present.

Uhhhh......Present

Uhhhh......Present

aaaahhh.....Present


What a man of such strong principle. What a leader making a stand. what a wimp.


You Libs feel it all slipping away?.....The oval office...16 years.....the Supreme Court.....say Goodbye! I understand Cuba has a short waiting list.

Posted by: dano | August 29, 2008 8:46 PM | Report abuse

The dolt who compared Palin to Reagan made a very false comparison: Alaska has nowhere near the population or problems (especially in the last two years) that California has and had. Now, whether Reagan was a good president is beside the point--she is far less qualified than he.

She's a Barbie doll with radically right-wing views who shouldn't even have been selected governor, except she wants to drill up Alaska and hand it to the oil companies. McCain must just have the hots for her; that's all I can figure b/c she's got no foreign policy experience and no experience working with a (at times difficult!) congress. No way! An insult to us all!

Posted by: took | August 29, 2008 8:46 PM | Report abuse

This quote bears repeating, from Traitor Joe Lieberman's reps. I guess Joe ain't too happy about being passed over. Says Joe's guy, Mac "rolled the dice for a beauty queen."
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Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 8:35 PM

"In picking an unknown, untested, half-a-term woman governor from Alaska to be his running mate, John McCain is following in a long line of reckless men who have rolled the dice for a beauty queen. Except in this case, McCain is taking one of the biggest, boldest gambles in modern American political history," - Dan Gerstein, a former adviser to Sen. Joe Lieberman.


Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 8:46 PM | Report abuse

Mrs. Palin will be forced to withdraw from the ticket by October.

When her sister divorced a State Trooper, Mrs. Palin order the Public Safety Director to fire the State Trooper.

When the Public Safety Director refused, she fired him!

Both Republicans and Democrats in the Alaska Legislature voted to hire an investigator to determine if Mrs. Palin broke the law.

The public safety director made an audio tape of Mrs. Palin's conversations with him.

Posted by: Bob North Smithfield | August 29, 2008 8:45 PM | Report abuse

You know it's true, I think you are right he bowls like a sissy!

Posted by: Redneck | August 29, 2008 8:43 PM | Report abuse

"Palin is more of a man than Obama. You know it's true."

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

Posted by: trevor | August 29, 2008 8:42 PM | Report abuse

Palin is more of a man than Obama. You know it's true.

Posted by: You know it's true | August 29, 2008 8:41 PM | Report abuse

How come 'No candidate or politician is perfect'? Isn't Obama the first one?

Posted by: Disappointed | August 29, 2008 8:40 PM | Report abuse

REckless!!!!

"In picking an unknown, untested, half-a-term black senator from Illinois to be their nominee, the Democratic Party is following in a long line of reckless men who have rolled the dice for a beauty queen. Except in this case, they are taking one of the biggest, boldest gambles in modern American political history."

Posted by: travis | August 29, 2008 8:40 PM | Report abuse

Your assertion is simply not credible, Anne.

Posted by: Sara B. | August 29, 2008 8:38 PM | Report abuse

Obama quoting Bob Dylan:

" ... like a rolling stone"

Posted by: Old timer | August 29, 2008 8:37 PM | Report abuse

No candidate or politician is perfect. The best we can hope for is someone who makes up their own mind, as opposed to being controlled by their party and special interests, and whose judgment we trust most of the time.

I'm a Democrat, but my view is that Obama is untested in the above sense -- we've never seen him take on his own party and he's caving on his positions from last spring by the day.

By contrast, McCain and Palin are proven, strong, independent thinkers and actors, and I happen to agree with McCain on 2 "red flag" issues: climate change and abortion.

So it looks like this old woman (me) might just be voting for my first Republican ever. And who knows? Maybe we'll end up seeing our first female president in 8 more years.

Posted by: Anne | August 29, 2008 8:37 PM | Report abuse

Michelle quoting Janis Joplin:

Oh Lord, won't you buy me ... a Mercedes Benz

Posted by: Old timer | August 29, 2008 8:36 PM | Report abuse

REckless!!!!

"In picking an unknown, untested, half-a-term woman governor from Alaska to be his running mate, John McCain is following in a long line of reckless men who have rolled the dice for a beauty queen. Except in this case, McCain is taking one of the biggest, boldest gambles in modern American political history," - Dan Gerstein, a former adviser to Sen. Joe Lieberman.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 8:35 PM | Report abuse

Biden/Palin Debate 1:

Over Biden's heated protest, Ms. Palin was allowed to select all of the questions (limited to just 4), as well as the moderator for the first Biden/Palin debate:

Moderator: Lindsay Lohan

1. At the nails shop, should you ask them to remove the cuticles? And how much should you tip?

2. Which is best? -- a natural tan or the spray on?

3. How do you spot a fake Gucci bag?

4. How many raccoons were killed to produce my coat?

5. On which numbered episode of "Oprah" did she give everyone a car?

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 8:35 PM | Report abuse

This is just an example of how inadeqaute his thinking really is.....72 yrs old, no judgenment, what was he thinking/ If he were to die....Do you really desire a women with Zero experince?.....If you look at it this way he truly beleives WE are not smart enough to research this lady. I sure don't desire a women telling me I don't have the right the choose. If your daughter gets raped......OH WELLL.... that is sad....Also, the fact that he gave this NO thought....Met her One time.....ENOUGH...MCIDIOT/PAL-IN-EXPERINCED!!!

OBAMA/BIDEN....SOUND JUDGEMENT.....SOLID TICKET!!!

Posted by: BUZZARD'S KORNER | August 29, 2008 8:32 PM | Report abuse

2010 history book question:

Who was the first non white appointed by a bunch of tugs from the DNC as candidate for the Presidency who partnered with his foster granpa and lost to a senile POW and a eskimo lady?

Posted by: History teacher | August 29, 2008 8:30 PM | Report abuse

Palin is a change agent with just as many years of experience in politics as Obama, with 2 years MORE experience as an executive than Obama, and a compelling personal story. Being the mayor of 9,000-person town, let alone governor, is much more difficult and relevant to this race than Obama's years in the Illinois state house. Plus, she's a Republican who took down the head of her state's Republican party for conducting political business on the people's time, that is, she's a proven, honest person willing to take on people close to her. Obama is not.

Posted by: Mary | August 29, 2008 8:30 PM | Report abuse

Dems talking about unknown candidate? Now that's the real joke. After all the primaries and campaigning, a lot of people still don't know who is Barack Obama other than he can give beautiful speeches; hey, so can Hollywood writers.

Posted by: Veridico | August 29, 2008 8:27 PM | Report abuse

McCain's campaign has revolved around the notion that he is much more experienced and wiser than Obama and, therefore he is the better choice.

His first momentous choice is bizarre because he chose as his running mate Governor Palin, an inexperienced unknown. If he is succeeded by Palin, then by his own criteria, she will be an unsuitable person to hold office because of her inexperience.

Palin has the same qualifications as George Bush, aka the Decider. He was (and is) unworldly and so is she. America and the world has paid a high price for Bush who has rested on his doctrinaire slogans as a substitute for real world experience.

This decision is very poor. McCain is too silly to be elected as President.

The Public needs more than an introduction to an unknown candidate before accepting her as, possibly, the next President after McCain.

The People in her little town and the other three people who live in Alaska are the only Americans who will have an idea of whom McCain has selected.

The rest of America will have to say to themselves that they will not elect an unknown.

Posted by: Robert James | August 29, 2008 8:24 PM | Report abuse

Harriet Myers anyone?

Posted by: Professor Matt | August 29, 2008 8:24 PM | Report abuse

Is it to late to add about 3-4 more VP debates?!?!

Posted by: Obama/Biden - 08! | August 29, 2008 8:22 PM | Report abuse

Palin.

Qhat a wonderful pick! it's funny to hear the Libs criticize the Govenor of a State that has actually made decisions, met a budget, given taxes back to it's citizens.

Claiming that this guy who was a 'community organizer' organizing picnics and pointing the finger at someone else...always.

Barack would have Ayers as his VP if thought he could get away with it. Uhhhhhhhh..........

She's a great Conservative and we Love IT.

You gotta appreciate the classiness of the Obama campaign and their classless comment welcoming her to the race. what a bunch of low lifes.

Posted by: dano | August 29, 2008 8:22 PM | Report abuse

D.N.C.
Did
Not see it
Coming


Bringing you the Politics of the '60s

Snatching Defeat (Biden over Hillary) from the Jaws of Lady Victory

Posted by: Blindsided | August 29, 2008 8:16 PM | Report abuse

Official Calendar (not for the press)
President Obama (appointed under the DNC Super Delegates Plot)
July 12, 2009

11:00 Michael Jackson's aerobics for people in their fifties
12:00 1st mirror session (an hour minimum)
1:00 Fix lunch for Lady Michelle and the princesses
2:00 2nd mirror session
3:00 Nap watching Animal Planet
4:00 Bowling class
5:00 World geography class
6:00 American history class
7:00 Watch Roots - Chapter 23,454
8:00 Watch Oprah with Lady Michelle
9:00 Dinner with Reverend Wright
9:30 Drinks with Tony Rezcko to discuss real state market boom

Posted by: The Butler | August 29, 2008 8:16 PM | Report abuse

I love the argument that McCain's supporters have made, that Palin has more "executive experience" than Barack Obama, because she has served two years as Alaska's governor.
That means she also has more executive experience than John McCain. I think that maybe the Mayor of Alaska should be on top of the ticket.

Posted by: Bob | August 29, 2008 8:12 PM | Report abuse

Great pick. Makes sense for McCain to tap a star from the emerging generation -- and a totally middle class, completely non-Washington person as well. The vice presidency is exactly the right fit. The Dem convention also produced somebody from the new generation for the ticket. However, they put the newcomer in the top spot. The attacks on Palin's background are a joke coming from the Obama team. She's more qualified to be president today than Obama was 19 months ago when he told the world he should be president.

Posted by: bri | August 29, 2008 8:11 PM | Report abuse

From future History 101 HS textbook:

President Lincoln: "Four score and seven years ago...."

President Roosevelt: "December 7, a day that will live in infamy."

President Truman: "The buck stops here."

President Kennedy: "Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country."

President Nixon: "Effective at noon today, I am resigning the office of the president of the United States."

President Palin (2009): "We must, we must, we must increase our bust, the bigger the better, the tighter the sweater, it all is up to us."

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

HON SARAH VAN PALIN IS MARRIED NAME.

Signed:PHYSICIAN THOMAS STEWART VON DRASHEK M.D.

Posted by: thomasxstewart | August 29, 2008 8:02 PM | Report abuse

Famous vp quotes:
Quayle: Well I have as much experience as Jack Kennedy.
Admiral Stockdale (Perot vp): Who am I and why am I here?
Mrs. Palin: Just what does a vice president do?

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 7:58 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin?....HUH?...WHO?!?!

I've been a staunch Republican for the last 30 years but this is the last straw, McCain must be dumber than Bush is.

For the first time in my adult life I will be staying home and not voting in a presidential election this year.

Posted by: Karen Willrett | August 29, 2008 7:56 PM | Report abuse

Thanks to the silly little PUMA people for their part in tricking John McCain into this act of electoral self-immolation. Obama and Hillary dangled you out there like bait, and McCain convinced himself there were legions of women ready to support him if he only pandered ridiculously enough.

Posted by: aleks | August 29, 2008 7:52 PM | Report abuse

Official Calendar (not for the press)
President Palin (appointed under the Presidential Succession Act)
July 12, 2009

11:00 Wake up
12:00 Read Cosmo
1:00 Go to Super Tan
2:00 Snowboard on fake snow on WH lawn
3:00 Call Hef for invite to next week's LA bunny party
4:00 Go on Oprah and tell everyone to be happy
5:00 Do nails
6:00 Hang out at local Starbucks
7:00 Catch Legally Blonde 2 on pay-per-view
8:00 Pilates
9:00 Bubble Bath
9:30 Bedtime neat-o

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 7:48 PM | Report abuse

This is a joke. Palin. Mccain is an idiot. I'm a republican that will sit this election out. Mccain is 72 years old, had cancer 4 times and he thinks he possesed good judgement when he pick a young woman with no foriegn policy while fighting 2 wars. THIS IS A GIMMICK. A GIMMICK. KEEP MCFRAUD OUT OF THE WHITE HOUSE. SAVE YOURSELVES. HE'S DANGEROUS.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 7:36 PM | Report abuse

I think it was on some Post Politics on-line chat where someone observed that the main importance of picking a VP candidate was: it was the first important act that a potential president does. You learn something about how the candidate will make decisions as president.

I think we learned that it will be miserable being an advisor or being on the cabinet of a President McCain.

Posted by: Keith | August 29, 2008 7:35 PM | Report abuse

Am I nuts, or did McCain just nominate a younger version of his wife Cindy to be VP of the USA? Let's see the tale of the tape:

Significantly younger? Yep, McCain just turned 72, his wife Cindy is 54, and Palin is 44.

Former beauty queen? Yep, Cindy was "Junior Rodeo Queen of Arizona"; Palin was "Miss Wasilla" and "Miss Congeniality" of the Miss Alaska beauty contest.

Businesswoman? Yep, Cindy is chairman of Hensley & Co, one of the largest beer distributors in the nation; Palin owned a commercial fishing business with her husband.

Socially conservative? Yep, both women are social conservatives.

Masculine hobbies? Yep, Cindy is an amateur pilot and race car driver; Palin hunts, fishes, rides snowmobiles, and owns a floatplane.

Special needs child? Yep, Cindy found her adopted daughter Bridget at an orphanage in Bangladesh for cyclone survivors; Palin's son Trig has Down's Syndrome.

Minor drug issues? Yep, Cindy was once addicted to prescription pain killers; Palin used marijuana, but states that she didn't like it.

Hint of scandal? Yep, Cindy and her father invested in a shopping center with Charles Keating of "Keating Five" fame; she was also recently accused of plagiarizing recipes from the Food Network; Palin is under investigation because she allegedly fired her state's Public Safety Commissioner because he refused to dismiss her former brother-in-law from his job as a state trooper.

Eerie, isn't it? Apparently, McCain feels that the same qualities which make an acceptable spouse for him are the same qualities which would make someone an acceptable Vice President of the United States.

Posted by: You gotta love McCain's "type" | August 29, 2008 7:35 PM | Report abuse

astrall99, I am afraid to think what Mac will tell her.
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Posted by: astrall99 | August 29, 2008 6:42 PM

"Sarah Palin: "What is it exactly that the VP does?"

During a recent interview with Larry Kudlow of CNBC ’s “Kudlow & Co.", Sarah Palin requests that someone explain to her what the Vice President of the United States actually does.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6qOUIiLL9uM"


Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 7:34 PM | Report abuse

What happens in in the debate they ask here how old the earth is?

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"For Roman Catholics like me, Palin's position on abortion is fine. The killer is her apparent stand on creationism. Catholics are not anti-intellectuals, much as virulent anti-Catholics would paint us into that corner. If Palin wants a strong Catholic vote, she should scrap creationism tendencies and maybe claim brain lock."

Well, there are a LOT more Catholics than virulent anti-Catholics. Perhaps you guys should make your position better known.

Posted by: DDAWD | August 29, 2008 7:19 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 7:34 PM | Report abuse

I think it was on some Post Politics on-line chat where someone observed that the main importance of picking a VP candidate was: it was the first important act that a potential president does. You learn something about how the candidate will make decisions as president.

I think we learned that it will be miserable being an advisor or being on the cabinet of a President McCain.

Posted by: Keith | August 29, 2008 7:34 PM | Report abuse

Am I nuts, or did McCain just nominate a younger version of his wife Cindy to be VP of the USA? Let's see the tale of the tape:

Significantly younger? Yep, McCain just turned 72, his wife Cindy is 54, and Palin is 44.

Former beauty queen? Yep, Cindy was "Junior Rodeo Queen of Arizona"; Palin was "Miss Wasilla" and "Miss Congeniality" of the Miss Alaska beauty contest.

Businesswoman? Yep, Cindy is chairman of Hensley & Co, one of the largest beer distributors in the nation; Palin owned a commercial fishing business with her husband.

Socially conservative? Yep, both women are social conservatives.

Masculine hobbies? Yep, Cindy is an amateur pilot and race car driver; Palin hunts, fishes, rides snowmobiles, and owns a floatplane.

Special needs child? Yep, Cindy found her adopted daughter Bridget at an orphanage in Bangladesh for cyclone survivors; Palin's son Trig has Down's Syndrome.

Minor drug issues? Yep, Cindy was once addicted to prescription pain killers; Palin used marijuana, but states that she didn't like it.

Hint of scandal? Yep, Cindy and her father invested in a shopping center with Charles Keating of "Keating Five" fame; she was also recently accused of plagiarizing recipes from the Food Network; Palin is under investigation because she allegedly fired her state's Public Safety Commissioner because he refused to dismiss her former brother-in-law from his job as a state trooper.

Eerie, isn't it? Apparently, McCain feels that the same qualities which make an acceptable spouse for him are the same qualities which would make someone an acceptable Vice President of the United States.

Posted by: You gotta love McCain's "type" | August 29, 2008 7:34 PM | Report abuse

Am I nuts, or did McCain just nominate a younger version of his wife Cindy to be VP of the USA? Let's see the tale of the tape:

Significantly younger? Yep, McCain just turned 72, his wife Cindy is 54, and Palin is 44.

Former beauty queen? Yep, Cindy was "Junior Rodeo Queen of Arizona"; Palin was "Miss Wasilla" and "Miss Congeniality" of the Miss Alaska beauty contest.

Businesswoman? Yep, Cindy is chairman of Hensley & Co, one of the largest beer distributors in the nation; Palin owned a commercial fishing business with her husband.

Socially conservative? Yep, both women are social conservatives.

Masculine hobbies? Yep, Cindy is an amateur pilot and race car driver; Palin hunts, fishes, rides snowmobiles, and owns a floatplane.

Special needs child? Yep, Cindy found her adopted daughter Bridget at an orphanage in Bangladesh for cyclone survivors; Palin's son Trig has Down's Syndrome.

Minor drug issues? Yep, Cindy was once addicted to prescription pain killers; Palin used marijuana, but states that she didn't like it.

Hint of scandal? Yep, Cindy and her father invested in a shopping center with Charles Keating of "Keating Five" fame; she was also recently accused of plagiarizing recipes from the Food Network; Palin is under investigation because she allegedly fired her state's Public Safety Commissioner because he refused to dismiss her former brother-in-law from his job as a state trooper.

Eerie, isn't it? Apparently, McCain feels that the same qualities which make an acceptable spouse for him are the same qualities which would make someone an acceptable Vice President of the United States.

Posted by: You gotta love McCain's "type" | August 29, 2008 7:33 PM | Report abuse

This is a joke. Palin. Mccain is an idiot. I'm a republican that will sit this election out. Mccain is 72 years old, had cancer 4 times and he thinks he possesed good judgement when he pick a young woman with no foriegn policy while fighting 2 wars. THIS IS A GIMMICK. A GIMMICK. KEEP MCFRAUD OUT OF THE WHITE HOUSE. SAVE YOURSELVES. HE'S DANGEROUS.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 7:32 PM | Report abuse

This is a joke. Palin. Mccain is an idiot. I'm a republican that will sit this election out. Mccain is 72 years old, had cancer 4 times and he thinks he possesed good judgement when he pick a young woman with no foriegn policy while fighting 2 wars. THIS IS A GIMMICK. A GIMMICK. KEEP MCFRAUD OUT OF THE WHITE HOUSE. SAVE YOURSELVES. HE'S DANGEROUS.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 7:31 PM | Report abuse

I read European papers. They think this is insane.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 7:31 PM | Report abuse

Enough. America deserves better. It isn't too much to ask in this post 9-11 world that Republicans keep reminding us is so scary that someone who at age 72 wants to be elected president have the wisdom to select an appropriate running mate. Rookie Governor, former mayor of a town of 8,000 in Alaska does not cut it even if she did pass the Monica Gooding test.

Posted by: Sara B. | August 29, 2008 7:30 PM | Report abuse

This is a joke. Palin. Mccain is an idiot. I'm a republican that will sit this election out. Mccain is 72 years old, had cancer 4 times and he thinks he possesed good judgement when he pick a young woman with no foriegn policy while fighting 2 wars. THIS IS A GIMMICK. A GIMMICK. KEEP MCFRAUD OUT OF THE WHITE HOUSE. SAVE YOURSELVES. HE'S DANGEROUS.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 7:30 PM | Report abuse

"So if Kaine was a horrible choice that would put politics ahead of the good of the nation, what does this say about the Palin selection? Less experinece than Kaine (3 yrs gov vs less than 2), gov of a smaller state, mayor of a smaller city than Kaine (Richmond, VA vs Wasilla, AK), etc."

Well, Alaska wasn't really in doubt. Staunch Republican state with only like three EVs.

Unless by political, you mean going for the chick vote.

Posted by: DDAWD | August 29, 2008 7:28 PM | Report abuse

Enough. American deserves better. It isn't too much to ask in this post 9-11 world that Republicans keep reminding us is so scary that someone who at age 72 wants to be elected president have the wisdom to select an appropriate running mate. Rookie Governor, former mayor of a town of 8,000 in Alaska does not cut it even if she did pass the Monica Goodling test.

Posted by: Sara B. | August 29, 2008 7:26 PM | Report abuse

"So if Kaine was a horrible choice that would put politics ahead of the good of the nation, what does this say about the Palin selection? Less experinece than Kaine (3 yrs gov vs less than 2), gov of a smaller state, mayor of a smaller city than Kaine (Richmond, VA vs Wasilla, AK), etc."

Well, Alaska wasn't really in doubt. Staunch Republican state with only like three EVs.

Unless by political, you mean going for the chick vote.

Posted by: DDAWD | August 29, 2008 7:25 PM | Report abuse

Karl Rove on the VP Choice:

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

-Said Karl Rove, anticipating Obama would select Gov Tim Kaine as his VP

"With all due respect again to Governor Kaine, he's been a governor for three years, he's been able but undistinguished. I don't think people could really name a big, important thing that he's done. He was mayor of the 105th largest city in America. So if he were to pick Governor Kaine, it would be an intensely political choice where he said, `You know what? I'm really not, first and foremost, concerned with, is this person capable of being president of the United States? What I'm concerned about is, can he bring me the electoral votes of the state of Virginia, the 13 electoral votes in Virginia?'"


So if Kaine was a horrible choice that would put politics ahead of the good of the nation, what does this say about the Palin selection? Less experinece than Kaine (3 yrs gov vs less than 2), gov of a smaller state, mayor of a smaller city than Kaine (Richmond, VA vs Wasilla, AK), etc.

Rove says so himself, McCain made a political, rather than a governing choice.

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

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

These are serious times, is this a joke?

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

"TJSHIRE WROTE: I can't believe McCain is ramming this down the party's throat; making every Republican eat their words about Obama's supposed "lack of experience." It's almost like McCain is laughing at the party and the country."

I think that it was John who got Palin jammed down his throat. She is there to enforce orthodoxy on ole' John, whose intellect has a bad tendency to stary from the Conservative Straight and Narrow, when it isn't just his mind wandering.

Palin is a cynical bet by the Party Hijh Panjandrums that JOHN ISN'T going to finish his first term and when he doesn't they will have jammed a true 10%er down America's throat.

John was never consulted.

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

Excerpt from Presidential Campaign Handbook, at page 2.

"Selecting Your Vice President

1. The Presidential nominee should select his vice president based on experience, political skill, debating prowess, interesting biography, ability to win particular states or constituencies, or fame.

2. Never, I mean never select someone as your vice president because you like their 44-inch "personality."

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

These are serious times, is this a joke?

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 7:20 PM | Report abuse

"For Roman Catholics like me, Palin's position on abortion is fine. The killer is her apparent stand on creationism. Catholics are not anti-intellectuals, much as virulent anti-Catholics would paint us into that corner. If Palin wants a strong Catholic vote, she should scrap creationism tendencies and maybe claim brain lock."

Well, there are a LOT more Catholics than virulent anti-Catholics. Perhaps you guys should make your position better known.

Posted by: DDAWD | August 29, 2008 7:19 PM | Report abuse

Palin is being GROOMED for the NEXT election!!!!!

Keep your eyes glued on her, DOGG!!!

Posted by: Lame McSame | August 29, 2008 7:18 PM | Report abuse

When asked about Iraq, she said
"I haven't thought much about it"
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Is this a joke?

While Obama was taking a public stand against the invasion of Iraq, Palin was attending town council meetings.

I can't believe McCain is ramming this down the party's throat; making every Republican eat their words about Obama's supposed "lack of experience." It's almost like McCain is laughing at the party and the country.

Today I heard Weekly Standard contributor Matthew Continetti say on the Diane Rehm Show, "Let's not forget that this is a former beauty queen with a definite sense of style. I think America is going to like this pick."

Wow. And this is the same group of people who lumped Obama in with Paris Hilton?!?
Posted by: tjshire | August 29, 2008 6:53 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 7:18 PM | Report abuse

What happens is they ask her how old the earth is?

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 7:16 PM | Report abuse

Think about this, Ms Palin hails from a state with 670,000 citizens. Obama was elected to the Senate with over 3,000,000 votes. Looks to me he is 5 times ahead allready....

Posted by: Stunned | August 29, 2008 7:14 PM | Report abuse

American First,

Of course we're better off, that's why the Middle Class goes up to people worth $5 million!

Posted by: kreuz_missile | August 29, 2008 7:13 PM | Report abuse

Sherry Kay,

I hope you are not a school teacher. If you believe what you have written then it goes to show that you and your fellow Republicans are out of touch with the rest of the country. Are you better off than you were 8 years ago? Because the country sure isnt...

Posted by: American First | August 29, 2008 7:11 PM | Report abuse

Oh come on Silly Chrissie,do you honestly
mean to tell us,that you donot know who
Gov Sarah Palin is really here now? Why\
Chris that's simple AK Gov Sarah Palin is
the Next Vice President of the US,my friend.

And so Chrissy you really do need to put down your toxic Obama Kool Aid as it does
appear it is rotting your brains if you
don't know that Sen John McCain is the next
President of the United States and Gov
Sarah Palin is the next Vice President of
the United States,not Empty Suit Democrat
Messiah Bsrack Hussein Obama and old mouthy
Joe Biden now then. Go McCain/Palin 2008!

Posted by: Sherry Kay 2004 | August 29, 2008 7:06 PM | Report abuse

Oh come on Silly Chrissie,do you honestly
mean to tell us,that you donot know who
Gov Sarah Palin is really here now? Why\
Chris that's simple AK Gov Sarah Palin is
the Next Vice President of the US,my friend.

And so Chrissy you really do need to put down your toxic Obama Kool Aid as it does
appear it is rotting your brains if you
don't know that Sen John McCain is the next
President of the United States and Gov
Sarah Palin is the next Vice President of
the United States,not Empty Suit Democrat
Messiah Bsrack Hussein Obama and old mouthy
Joe Biden now then. Go McCain/Palin 2008!

Posted by: Sherry Kay 2004 | August 29, 2008 7:06 PM | Report abuse

Real Brother here.

I'm pleased as punch(its a beautiful thing) that McCain picked this woman.John Edwards Mistress has more noteriety and if we use the Hillary standard then her experience with Edwards qualifies her to be VP. I think some of you on the right(Racists and White Supremacists) are being silly to think that Obama's camp would attack the McCain's VP based on her lack of experience as opposed to McCain simply running for Bush's third term. Now one area that I'm sure our camp will attack McCain's choice on is how outta' touch with mainstream America he is thinking we are STUPID enough to fall for him going after Hillary's disgruntled Black man hating lesbian base by telling the Maid(of one of his seven or eight homes) to put down the dust mop and come on over here I want you to be my VP.I think underestimating the intelligence of Black man haters is a fair game.Finally, how hollow and anti-climatic if the news that McCain picked ANYONE for VP? I'm serious, it again shows his lack of judgement that right after everyone's all hyped up about the best speech of a Presidential Candidate since Kennedy and after he wore McCain's old azz out("10% chance of change,.. eight is enough") and then to come back with something that weak and lame? I can't even front,I won't even watch the Republican Convention it will be as corny and as outta' touch as McCain and Bush and the rest of them.
TKCAL

Posted by: Realbrother | August 29, 2008 7:00 PM | Report abuse

The poster who compared her to Karl Rove is correct. She is as heartless as Rove and Grahmm. Like most Republicans and perhaps more than most, she wants to destroy the environment, kill all the animals, accelerate extinctions, accelerate the decline of the middle class. I am a Hillary supporter, and was angry when she was passed over. But the future of millions of working people and the environment, innocent animals who can't send money to oil companies, and the planet are more important than temporary hurt feelings.

Posted by: Elizabeth | August 29, 2008 6:56 PM | Report abuse

Governor Palin's cool 1950s hairdo, pearls and clothes make her look totally retro. McCain looks younger standing next to her.

Posted by: Cool Hair | August 29, 2008 6:55 PM | Report abuse

My friends, some respectfully and honorably disagree that Mrs. Palin's experience as a mayor of a city of 15 people does not qualify her to be veep. Not many but some. Oddly, all happen to reside in the metropolis of Mayberry, NC. So we now recognize --

Andy
Floyd
Barney
Aunt Bee
Clara
Opie
Gomer
Goober
Helen
Howard
Millie
Otis
Ernest T. Bass

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 6:55 PM | Report abuse

At least McCain won't have to go outside of the White House to get a good blow job.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 6:54 PM | Report abuse

John “Maverick’ McCain is not one to be challenged.

This FIRST IMPORTANT DECISION is proof positive that he intends to surround himself with “YES” women and men. “NOT presidential and not too bright women and men!!!!!”

He gives TRUE meaning to McSAME.

Posted by: Lame McSame | August 29, 2008 6:54 PM | Report abuse

Is this a joke?

While Obama was taking a public stand against the invasion of Iraq, Palin was attending town council meetings.

I can't believe McCain is ramming this down the party's throat; making every Republican eat their words about Obama's supposed "lack of experience." It's almost like McCain is laughing at the party and the country.

Today I heard Weekly Standard contributor Matthew Continetti say on the Diane Rehm Show, "Let's not forget that this is a former beauty queen with a definite sense of style. I think America is going to like this pick."

Wow. And this is the same group of people who lumped Obama in with Paris Hilton?!?

Posted by: tjshire | August 29, 2008 6:53 PM | Report abuse

"Even the initial characterization as merely a "mayor" seems to discount the fact that she is, after all, a Governor, just like Ronald Reagan was."

Ronald Reagan was the governor of a populous state for two terms. Sarah Palin's barely been in office long enough to test that sky-high approval rating.

Posted by: Reality Check | August 29, 2008 6:52 PM | Report abuse

Is this a joke?

While Obama was taking a public stand against the invasion of Iraq, Palin was attending town council meetings.

I can't believe McCain is ramming this down the party's throat; making every Republican eat their words about Obama's supposed "lack of experience." It's almost like McCain is laughing at the party and the country.

Today I heard Weekly Standard contributor Matthew Continetti say on the Diane Rehm Show, "Let's not forget that this is a former beauty queen with a definite sense of style. I think America is going to like this pick."

Wow. And this is the same group of people who lumped Obama in with Paris Hilton?!?

Posted by: tjshire | August 29, 2008 6:51 PM | Report abuse

"Even the initial characterization as merely a "mayor" seems to discount the fact that she is, after all, a Governor, just like Ronald Reagan was."

Ronald Reagan was the governor of a populous state for two terms. Sarah Palin's barely been in office long enough to test that sky-high approval rating.

Posted by: Reality Check | August 29, 2008 6:51 PM | Report abuse

Karl Rove on the VP Choice:

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

-Said Karl Rove, anticipating Obama would select Gov Tim Kaine as his VP

"With all due respect again to Governor Kaine, he's been a governor for three years, he's been able but undistinguished. I don't think people could really name a big, important thing that he's done. He was mayor of the 105th largest city in America. So if he were to pick Governor Kaine, it would be an intensely political choice where he said, `You know what? I'm really not, first and foremost, concerned with, is this person capable of being president of the United States? What I'm concerned about is, can he bring me the electoral votes of the state of Virginia, the 13 electoral votes in Virginia?'"


So if Kaine was a horrible choice that would put politics ahead of the good of the nation, what does this say about the Palin selection? Less experinece than Kaine (3 yrs gov vs less than 2), gov of a smaller state, mayor of a smaller city than Kaine (Richmond, VA vs Wasilla, AK), etc.

Rove says so himself, McCain made a political, rather than a governing choice.

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

Posted by: kreuz_missile | August 29, 2008 6:51 PM | Report abuse

So, the Wingnuts are calling Palin a "reformer"....HAHAHA!!!


Palin is really a Republican after Karl Rove's own blackened tar pit heart - she's a product of the Alaska Republican party that produced the indicted Ted Stevens and ethically tarred Don Young, and she's embroiled in a Troopergate scandal of her own, with state investigators looking at serious allegations that Palin abused her office by pressuring the state Public Safety Commissioner to fire "an Alaska state trooper involved in a rough divorce from Palin's sister." Sounds like a woman after Karl Rove's black tar pit colored heart.

http://www.adn.com/monegan/story/478090.html
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In addition to further associating McCain with the Republican culture of corruption, the Palin pick undermines one of his main anti-Obama narratives. It's going to be laughable to hear McCain assail Obama's supposed lack of experience after naming the first-term governor -- only one-and-a-half years into her term -- of the 47th largest state to be his running mate. Palin lacks any foreign policy experience, and is bereft of even the two core areas of policy expertise that governors are supposed to bring to a ticket -- ag policy (Alaska doesn't have much in the way of traditional agriculture) and urban affairs (Anchorage is the 65th largest city in the US, behind giants such as Corpus Christi). She's easily the least experienced running mate in recent memory, which is pretty scary, given McCain's age and his history of cancer.

Posted by: McCain = Bush's third term | August 29, 2008 6:51 PM | Report abuse

So John McCain thinks picking a woman will woe Democratic women to his side. Let's see: she is against pro-choice and wants Roe V Wade overturned; she wants creationism taught in public schools; she adamently supports drilling in ANWHR; she supports the big oil companies (her husband works for BP); she had the State of Alaska sue the federal government for trying to list polor bears as endangered species; she is involved in a scandal in the Alaskan government and is currently being investigated; two years ago she was working as the part-time mayor of a town less than 8,000 population before becoming governor--not in the position for even 2 years; she has a 4 month old child (who very sadly has downs syndrome). I'm sure Ms. Palin is a very hard working and dedicated person. However, she absolutely is NO ONE I want to take over the presidency of this country should McCain die in office!!! Talk about no experience!

As Hillary Clinton said: "No way, no how, no John McCain!

Posted by: Kali | August 29, 2008 6:50 PM | Report abuse

So, the Wingnuts are calling Palin a "reformer"....HAHAHA!!!


Palin is really a Republican after Karl Rove's own blackened tar pit heart - she's a product of the party that produced the indicted Ted Stevens and ethically tarred Don Young, and she's embroiled in a Troopergate scandal of her own, with state investigators looking at serious allegations that Palin abused her office by pressuring the state Public Safety Commissioner to fire "an Alaska state trooper involved in a rough divorce from Palin's sister." Sounds like a woman after Karl Rove's black tar pit colored heart.

http://www.adn.com/monegan/story/478090.html
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In addition to further associating McCain with the Republican culture of corruption, the Palin pick undermines one of his main anti-Obama narratives. It's going to be laughable to hear McCain assail Obama's supposed lack of experience after naming the first-term governor -- only one-and-a-half years into her term -- of the 47th largest state to be his running mate. Palin lacks any foreign policy experience, and is bereft of even the two core areas of policy expertise that governors are supposed to bring to a ticket -- ag policy (Alaska doesn't have much in the way of traditional agriculture) and urban affairs (Anchorage is the 65th largest city in the US, behind giants such as Corpus Christi). She's easily the least experienced running mate in recent memory, which is pretty scary, given McCain's age and his history of cancer.

Posted by: McCain = Bush's third term | August 29, 2008 6:48 PM | Report abuse

Chinook Spawn of Barbiezilla and Rambo!

Posted by: JC | August 29, 2008 6:46 PM | Report abuse

I played bridge today and the general reaction of the women, Republican and Democrat alike, was that McCain's choice in the presumed hope that he could sway them to his side was an insult to their intelligence. Interestingly more of the men than women thought this was a good idea. Not exactly a scientifically selected sample but interesting.

Posted by: Seth | August 29, 2008 6:44 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin: "What is it exactly that the VP does?"

During a recent interview with Larry Kudlow of CNBC ’s “Kudlow & Co.", Sarah Palin requests that someone explain to her what the Vice President of the United States actually does.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6qOUIiLL9uM
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Posted by: astrall99 | August 29, 2008 6:42 PM | Report abuse

OMG ... What an interesting dilemma: To vote for an African-American (neophite Senator) for president - with a seasoned Senator as his VP - or to vote for a seasoned Senator for president - with a female (neophite Senator) as his VP ... So, for historical purposes only, the 2008 elections might as well boil down to RACE vs GENDER. After all, if the Democrats can maintain control the House and Senate, does it really matter who becomes the President?

No, because that “seasoned Senator” that you refer to IS, not only ANXIOUS, but likely, to lead us into another unneeded WAR. And, I might add, screw up the economy/ecology.

Posted by: To John Doe | August 29, 2008 6:41 PM | Report abuse

Real Brother here.

I think its a beautiful thing that McCain picked this woman to be his running mate. Hey I want him to lose because I think he's a Racist at worst and a White Supremacist at best and we've had eight years of that nonsense and it simply isn't working.Its silly of you on the right(the Racists and White Supremacists) to speculate on how the Democrats will attack Palin. You're NUTS if you think arguing against her experience and lack of popularity and celebrity is a better argument then McCain continuing the failed policies of Bush.Now as far as the choice of Palin showing McCain's lack of judgment and being out of touch with real people(who couldn't possibly be DUMB enough to fall for him putting the Maid on the ticket(Miss Daisy). I mean come the hell on to reduce this race to appealing to Black man hating lesbians who are sore about Hillary is beyond DUMB(where is Janet Reno? he should have picked her).
TKCAL

Posted by: Real Brother | August 29, 2008 6:40 PM | Report abuse

I wonder how far down the road McCain intends to take his passion for former beauty queens? First his wife, now his VP, next the Cabinet? Supreme Court?

Posted by: len | August 29, 2008 6:40 PM | Report abuse

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

-Said Karl Rove, anticipating Obama would select Gov Tim kaine as his VP

"With all due respect again to Governor Kaine, he's been a governor for three years, he's been able but undistinguished. I don't think people could really name a big, important thing that he's done. He was mayor of the 105th largest city in America. So if he were to pick Governor Kaine, it would be an intensely political choice where he said, `You know what? I'm really not, first and foremost, concerned with, is this person capable of being president of the United States? What I'm concerned about is, can he bring me the electoral votes of the state of Virginia, the 13 electoral votes in Virginia?'"


So if Kaine was a horrible choice that would put politics ahead of the good of the nation, what does this say about the Palin selection? Less experinece than Kaine (3 yrs gov vs less than 2), gov of a larger state, mayor of a smaller city than Kaine (Richmond, VA vs Wasilla, AK), etc.

Rove says so himself, McCain made a political, rather than a governing choice.

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

Posted by: kreuz_missile | August 29, 2008 6:40 PM | Report abuse

Steve4, as comedian Sam Kenison used to say, I like your type of thinking.
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Posted by: Steve4 | August 29, 2008 5:53 PM
"Choosing Governor Palin is a bold move that typifies McCain. The real loser is Hillary, if she works to have Obama lose then she well go up against a much younger women in 2012 or 2016. If Obama wins, she is cooked as she will never get the nomination. Either way Hill loses and the country wins."

Posted by: Future of America | August 29, 2008 6:39 PM | Report abuse

This is an enormous joke. This lady is "a heartbeat away" from the Presidency, VP to the oldest prospective President in history. Has she even traveled abroad? Does she have a passport? Do Americans realize that this is not about "nice" but about America's role in the world. This is insane!

Posted by: RichardJG | August 29, 2008 6:37 PM | Report abuse

The Democrats should be wary of dismissing a woman like "Sarah Barracuda" as of little experience. Even the initial characterization as merely a "mayor" seems to discount the fact that she is, after all, a Governor, just like Ronald Reagan was.

More political economy theoretically, lets not forget Cincinnatus, and the ideal of the civic minded citizen who arises when the Republic is in need, from running a small farm to lead the armies of the Republic. What this archetype means at the fundamental, primal level, is that character and leadership ability are in the essence of the person, even if untested until the time of crisis. See
Lucius Quinctius Cincinnatus (519BC? - )
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Cincinnatus was a Roman statesman who gained fame for his selfless devotion to the republic in a time of crisis and for giving up the reins of power when the crisis was over. Although he was a historical figure, his career has been much embellished by legend.
In 458 Cincinnatus was appointed dictator at Rome in order to rescue a consular army that was surrounded by the Aequi on Mount Algidus. When the call to duty came up he was found working his small farm. He accepted the request of the Senate to lead the Roman Army. He defeated the enemy in a single day and celebrated a triumphant return to Rome. Cincinnatus maintained his authority only long enough to bring Rome through the emergency—a mere fifteen days. He then resigned and went back to his farm. Legend has it that Cincinnatus was given a second dictatorship in 439 to check the monarchical ambitions of Spurius Maelius after which he again returned to his farm after the crisis, but most scholars see no factual truth in this story.
(Of course, the Cincinnatus analogy might be applicable to both Obama and Palin, as well as McCain, ie character counts and will out.)

Posted by: mesondk | August 29, 2008 6:32 PM | Report abuse

The next chief Republican strategy is going to be to pit men vs. women.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 6:31 PM | Report abuse

We just heard former Miss Alaska, Mrs. Todd Palin, is Mac's pick for vice president.

This is an historic and ground-breaking selection. No other state beauty pageant winner has ever been so honored. But there are some who claim other women are more far deserving to be one heartbeat away from the No. 1 job in the world. Almost as soon as Mrs. Palin's name was announced, some observers said the following ladies were more experienced than Mrs. Palin:

1. Tara Reid
2. Kim Kardashian
3. Barbi Benton
4. Jill Hennessy
5. Nicole Richie
6. Misdemeanor "Missy" Elliot
7. Lisa Guerrero
8. Robin Meade
9. Khandi Alexander
10. S. Epatha Merkerson
11. Ann Curry
12. Angelina Voight
13. Anna Kournikova
14. Lisa Leslie
15. Linda Carter
16. Diana Nyad
17. Martina Navratilova
18. "Mrs." Billie Jean King
19. Vivica Fox
20. Omarosa Manigault Stallworth
21. Tyne Daly
22. Rachael Ray
23. Loni Anderson
24. Star Jones-Reynolds
25. Isabel Sanford

Posted by: Broadway Joe | August 29, 2008 6:27 PM | Report abuse

Following her responses to foreign policy questions during the Vice-Presidential debates, the race will be OVER!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Lame McSame | August 29, 2008 6:25 PM | Report abuse

If McCain thinks so much of her, why have we not heard of her before this? If she were a man, same bio, would she have been chosen?

Posted by: berry | August 29, 2008 6:24 PM | Report abuse

Ok, the strategy is obvious: Now John has a blond and a brunette to stand on the stage and smile whenever he says anything. Sort of like the ex president (Fujimori of Peru?) who made sure he had two female attendents accompany him, snas undies to insure photogs got upskirts that they really didn't want.

She's also a message to moderates, "So long, suckers, the party belongs to Neo-cons" and Hillaryites, "Here, you wanted to vote for a skirt, here is a skirt. You aren't smart enough to tell the difference."

That, and with his questionable mental and physical health, he now has for his running mate Alaska's answer to Dan Quayle.

Well, she is certainly fair game for Leno, Letterman, and every other comic with a take. And every time John has another senior minute, or hour for that matter, you may ask yourself, "Do I really want her a heartbeat away from the Presidency?"

Posted by: ceflynline@msn.com | August 29, 2008 6:24 PM | Report abuse

Oh boy.

For Roman Catholics like me, Palin's position on abortion is fine. The killer is her apparent stand on creationism. Catholics are not anti-intellectuals, much as virulent anti-Catholics would paint us into that corner. If Palin wants a strong Catholic vote, she should scrap creationism tendencies and maybe claim brain lock.

Posted by: Blue | August 29, 2008 6:24 PM | Report abuse

We just heard former Miss Alaska, Mrs. Todd Palin, is Mac's pick for vice president.

This is an historic and ground-breaking selection. No other state beauty pageant winner has ever been so honored. But there are some who claim other women are more far deserving to be one heartbeat away from the No. 1 job in the world. Almost as soon as Mrs. Palin's name was announced, some observers said the following ladies were more experienced than Mrs. Palin:

1. Tara Reid
2. Kim Kardashian
3. Barbi Benton
4. Jill Hennessy
5. Nicole Richie
6. Misdemeanor "Missy" Elliot
7. Lisa Guerrero
8. Robin Meade
9. Khandi Alexander
10. S. Epatha Merkerson
11. Ann Curry
12. Angelina Voight
13. Anna Kournikova
14. Lisa Leslie
15. Linda Carter
16. Diana Nyad
17. Martina Navratilova
18. "Mrs." Billie Jean King
19. Vivica Fox
20. Omarosa Manigault Stallworth
21. Tyne Daly
22. Rachael Ray
23. Loni Anderson
24. Star Jones-Reynolds
25. Isabel Sanford

Posted by: Broadway Joe | August 29, 2008 6:23 PM | Report abuse

How sad. I think this transparent ploy is nothing more than that and insulting to the whole US electoral process. If she were a man she would never have been picked, would she? She is a poster girl for the NeoCon WingNuts. In an election that SHOULD be about our Economy, Health Care, Education, Foreign Relations and Ethics, the Republicans are pulling out the Guns, God, Gay, Creationism and Baby Killer cards all on one day to distract the American public. God, I hope we are smart enough to see through it this time.

This is simply insulting.

Posted by: RadioMom | August 29, 2008 6:23 PM | Report abuse

OMG ... What an interesting dilemma: To vote for an African-American (neophite Senator) for president - with a seasoned Senator as his VP - or to vote for a seasoned Senator for president - with a female (neophite Senator) as his VP ... So, for historical purposes only, the 2008 elections might as well boil down to RACE vs GENDER. After all, if the Democrats can maintain control the House and Senate, does it really matter who becomes the President?

Posted by: john_doe_washington_dc | August 29, 2008 6:21 PM | Report abuse

McCain just made things easier for Hillary2012.Its possible that he wont run for a second term.If Palin run in 2012,democrats will be forced to field Hillary!

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 6:18 PM | Report abuse

Well it is evident that Ms. Palin exhibits the needed EXPERIENCE it takes in order to misuse her government office.

She offer’s the EXPERIENCE, knowledge, skills and abilities needed to oversea Justice Dept. affairs.

She’s has just what we need.

Posted by: Lame McSame | August 29, 2008 6:18 PM | Report abuse

This proves that the race is not close because McCain is already heaving a hail Mary pass and it's only the 1st quarter. This poor woman sounded like she was running for PTA president.

Posted by: Lilly1 | August 29, 2008 6:16 PM | Report abuse

Well it is evident that Ms. Palin exhibits the needed EXPERIENCE it takes in order to misuse her government office.

She offer’s the EXPERIENCE, knowledge, skills and abilities needed to oversea Justice Dept. affairs.

She’s has just what we need.

Posted by: Lame McSame | August 29, 2008 6:16 PM | Report abuse

For me, the most surprising thing is that by picking Palin, the McCain campaign is (at best) seriously compromising their "inexperience" line of attack against Obama. Although the primaries showed that relying solely on experience over "change" is not a particularly good idea this election season, this seemed to be one of Obama's biggest weaknesses--and one that could be exploited without seeming churlish.

Posted by: glowing_plasma | August 29, 2008 6:14 PM | Report abuse

killing baby wolf pups thats the Rep. style.

Posted by: rochelle | August 29, 2008 6:10 PM | Report abuse

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


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Posted by: 37th&OStreet | August 29, 2008 6:09 PM | Report abuse

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Chris:

The Political World is extremely familiar with Sarah Palin because the Alaska Republican Primary two years ago was absolutely amazing the entire election season.


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Posted by: 37th&OStreet | August 29, 2008 6:07 PM | Report abuse

But can she spell potato?

Posted by: NoVA | August 29, 2008 6:07 PM | Report abuse

We need to put on hold the questions of how she's defined, if she strengthens or weakens the ticket, or if her support of Pat Buchanan means she's too extreme for swing voters

There is a basic fundamental question:

Does she meet the single qualification to be Vice President of the United States?

With ZERO foreign policy experience, it appears she does not. She even said she hasn't thought much about Iraq.

Obama doesn't have Bidenesque foreign policy experience. But he does actually HAVE foreign policy experience - from working on loose nukes with Senator Lugar in Ukraine and Russia, to working with foreign leaders around the globe, spending 4 years at the center of national security debates, etc.

VP candidates don't matter much - unless they serve to essentially disqualify the ticket.

Posted by: Peter | August 29, 2008 6:07 PM | Report abuse

I think its about time that there is another view added to traditional politics - that of a working mother and a mother of a special needs child, to boot. I agree that making the election about experience will be a mistake. I'm much more interested in ideas to solve our current problems. Most experience brought to the table will be that of the "old" Washington and that hasn't served us very well.

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

You said she's the least known VP candidate ... what about Ross Perot's Admiral Stockdale?

Posted by: Denise | August 29, 2008 6:05 PM | Report abuse

I've already heard that she's "Jesse Helms in a dress." While I prefer, "Clarence Thomas in drag," I think either is appropos.

It will be interesting to see what wins out: her personable nature and compelling, populist story, or her hard-line, culture-war conservative philosophy that completes John McCain's track to the far right.

Posted by: scrapster | August 29, 2008 6:04 PM | Report abuse

If John McCain is elected in November, his vice president would bring the following experience with her:

She's been the governor of a state with less than 700,000 people, 70% of whom are white, for less than 2 years; the mayor of a city with less than 7,000 people; a sports reporter on the local news; and a beauty pageant contestant.

Somehow, this is supposed to make her qualified to be one heartbeat away from taking over for the oldest first-term president in our nation's history.

At the same time, the McCain camp tries to argue that Obama doesn't have the necessary experience to lead. Something doesn't add up here.

Posted by: Ian | August 29, 2008 6:02 PM | Report abuse

Tina Fey should make a return cameo to SNL just to portray her!

Posted by: jojo | August 29, 2008 5:59 PM | Report abuse

She's not running for President. She's only VP.

Slamming this experience thing is bad on 2 fronts:

1. It will make the election about experience, and Obama loses on that issue to McCain (history has shown that VPs rarely have an impact on the outcome of the race).

2. Some of the comments are bordering on "McCain will be dead in a year, and she will be in charge." Insinuating that your opponent will die soon isnt going to win the election.

Posted by: uh, democrats | August 29, 2008 5:58 PM | Report abuse

Choosing Governor Palin is a bold move that typifies McCain. The real loser is Hillary, if she works to have Obama lose then she well go up against a much younger women in 2012 or 2016. If Obama wins, she is cooked as she will never get the nomination. Either way Hill loses and the country wins.

Posted by: Steve4 | August 29, 2008 5:53 PM | Report abuse

"She's not prepared to be governor. How can she be prepared to be vice president or president?" said State Senate President Lyda Green a Republican from Palin's hometown of Wasilla. "Look at what she's done to this state. What would she do to the nation?"

http://www.adn.com/news/politics/story/510249.html

Posted by: Peter Zenger | August 29, 2008 5:51 PM | Report abuse

Chris,

you are normally correct, not today. The job of defining her as incapable of holding the office of VP - or potentially Pres - is inherently an impossible task for the the Dems to complete. Yes, their knee-jerk attack must be this, and surrogates may point to it until Nov. 4, but, if in attacking Palin they point out experience, then the narrative of the race goes to experience and away from change. The remnants of the change narrative will still be prominent, but McCains' maverick image will help him here, while his life time of experience will win him the new debate over who is fit for the office...

Posted by: tim | August 29, 2008 5:50 PM | Report abuse

her biography doesn't show the type of experience McCain has shouted as being necessary to be 'ready': http://enewsreference.wordpress.com/2008/08/29/biography-of-governor-sarah-palin-enewsreferencecom/

Posted by: eNews Reference | August 29, 2008 5:42 PM | Report abuse

her biography doesn't show the type of experience McCain has shouted as being necessary to be 'ready': http://enewsreference.wordpress.com/2008/08/29/biography-of-governor-sarah-palin-enewsreferencecom/

Posted by: eNews Reference | August 29, 2008 5:40 PM | Report abuse

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