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By Paul Volpe  |  September 1, 2008; 3:44 PM ET
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It is so unfortunate, that the American citizens are once again subject to such dreadful politics.
The Republicans are so desparate to hold on to power, that they would instigate a world war in order to accomplis their goals. This Palin woman (WHO?) is a slap in the face to Women everywhere. Gosh, how naive do the GOP think that women are.
Shame, Shame Shame

Posted by: Bob | September 3, 2008 8:56 AM | Report abuse

Truman_Plan said

"Obama hates women..."

Truman Baby that is just plain nonsense and you know it!

Obama loves people...period. You people are just full of sour grapes - get over it!

Posted by: wwwqueen | September 2, 2008 11:56 AM | Report abuse

Just keep the little baby from,
Rush(Kiddie Porn)Limbaugh!

Posted by: Jacob | September 2, 2008 9:12 AM | Report abuse


Posted by: LIEBERMAN | September 2, 2008 9:09 AM | Report abuse

Here it comes - the tear down of women. We Clinton supporters have already experienced the ferocity - the violence - with which the media, the old boys club, the kos/moveon crowd, Obama himself with his mother hate, and his supporters in general raped Hillary. Careful, Republicans, don't underestimate these people. Obama hates women, just as Ted Kennedy hates women. Obama does so because his mother abandoned him, Ted because it was women, after Chappaquiddick, who denied him his presumed climb to the Oval Office. Obama and Kennedy are two peas in a pod – anti mother, and anti women.

Posted by: Truman_Plan | September 2, 2008 9:03 AM | Report abuse

On August 29, 2008, John McCain, age 72, cancer victim, selected a Vice-President candidate with no foreign policy experience in a time of war. This despite his longstanding criticism of Barrack Obama, his Democratic opponent, that he was too inexperienced for the job.

In their convention four years ago, Republicans widely attacked presidential candidate John Kerry, a Vietnam combat veteran with decades of foreign policy experience, as being unfit for leadership in a time of war. A political ad campaign known as the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth was launched during that election in which Kerry’s war record was distorted for the political gain of President George W. Bush. This resulted in the term, “Swift Boating” coming into common political vernacular, meaning an attack of distortion against a political opponent, usually resulting in a perceived strength of a candidate being cast as a weakness.

To this point in the Republican’s 2008 convention, no question has been raised regarding McCain’s Vice Presidential pick’s lack of foreign policy experience. (In fact the pick has been widely celebrated publicly by Republicans in the media.) This despite the nation’s enduring wars in both Iraq and Afghanistan, and looming conflicts in Georgia, Iran, Israel and many other places--- a stark difference in emphasis from the last convention.

What is John McCain’s platform? John McCain has selected as one of his political slogans “country first”. (He has faulted his opponent for taking political positions against the nation’s larger interest “just to get elected.”) He has also emphasized that he expected an “honorable campaign.” He has also emphasized the need for a candidate for the presidency to be ready "on day one" to deal with War and foreign affairs.

Posted by: loincloth | September 1, 2008 9:54 PM | Report abuse

If John McCain should drop Gov. Palin from the ticket then he will lose the base he so desperately needs. A base he will not win the election without.

Posted by: Damian Rumchapel | September 1, 2008 9:36 PM | Report abuse

Sorry guys, but January 2008, Sarah Palin delivered a speech in which she quoted "Getting coaching lessons from Dick Cheney". She said "She had many conversations with him on different issues,and they wanted to know if he is going to continue coaching her after her election or nomination." Sarah Palin knew many people and did not understand what privacy was. This is according to some of her associates. McCain and the Mrs. knew...this vetting of Romney, Pawlenty and others, just a distraction. This started out to beat Hillary, hence another woman on the ticket would succeed they thouoght. Obama's nomination over, when would they bring her out...."they thought Hillary's support would go to them with Palin".

Posted by: canadagirl | September 1, 2008 8:19 PM | Report abuse



• Condi? Or even... HILLARY?!


It should be obvious by now that Sarah Palin will withdraw her name from consideration, probably by noon tomorrow.

The big question is: Will McCain have another name at the ready, so as to deflect attention from this farce? And will it be a name so BIG, so HUGE, so VETTED, that there will be scant possibility of scandal or legal impediment?

The name that immediately comes to my mind is: Condi Rice.

Condi keeps the woman thing in play... matches the Dems on the racial front...

...and it keeps the Bushies happy, something that McCain knows he has to do in order to survive in today's GOP.

There's another radical, outside-the-box possibility that would be even MORE outrageous than Sarah Palin, and would GUARANTEE that Palin's name and her family issues would be consigned to the dustbin of political history.

And that name is: HILLARY!

McCain would win in a landslide with Hillary on the ticket, and he would in one bold swoop, change the political ideology of the GOP, moving its base from far-right to center-right.

Why did Hillary's brother meet recently with Carly Fiorina and the McCain people? This already could be in the works; I read on a right-wing blog last night that it's the hard right's biggest fear.

If McCain picked Hillary, he would raise the ire of the Bushies, the other neo-cons, and the neo- Military-Industrial Statists.

But what could they do now, what with a truncated convention and Hurricane Gustav?

At McCain's age, maybe he no longer fears the serious repercussions that a Hillary gambit surely would provoke.

Perhaps you could move this conversation forward by asking your readers: After Palin: What Happens Next?

I'm betting that "after" starts tomorrow (Tues.) by noon Eastern.

BUT WILL THE ELECTION EVEN MATTER? Not when government-supported "vigilante injustice" squads are "gang stalking" American citizens, making a mockery of the rule of law:


Posted by: scrivener | September 1, 2008 7:58 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin is a liar. She claims to have stopped the Bridge to Nowhere. But she never tells you that Alaska kept the $233 million.

Posted by: corridorg4 | September 1, 2008 7:38 PM | Report abuse

Why Palin when we have a full throated Mittawesome doing his maverick schtick and say it like it is!

Posted by: piktor | September 1, 2008 7:17 PM | Report abuse

First business of order. Get rid of palin as fast as possible.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 1, 2008 6:33 PM | Report abuse

McCain First, Country Later. Now we have Country First, Family Later with Sarah Palin. Her judgement on dealing with her family is in serious question. She flies 8 hours from Dallas to Alaska and then drives 45 minutes to a hospital in her home town all after her water breaks! What is she doing in Dallas when she is 8 months pregnant. Doctors strongly advise pregnant women NOT to fly after 7 months. Bad judgement. Then she returns to work just 3 days after delivery birth to a down-syndrome child. The country allows maternity leave! Doesn't that child deserve that time with his mother. More bad judgement. Then we discover her 17 year old daughter is 5 months pregnant (I believe she was 16 at the time she first got pregnant). So instead of thinking of her family first, she says "yes" to the VP job that just weeks ago she questioned what the job does and that she is not ready to leave her Governor job. So she is going to travel all over the world and have her 17 year old daughter and her daugher's "future husband" who I am assuming is equally as young, raise a child on their own without Sarah there. Sarah also knew that the news of her daughter's pregnancy would be all over the news if she accepted the VP nod. That's nice. I would have said "no thank you" and allowed my daughter the privacy she deserves. And let's not forgot the 4 month old baby who will spend many days and nights without her mother now. Bad judgement. Maybe VP someday, but now what not the time. How could everyone else not be digusted by Sarah Palin's bad judgement.

Posted by: Disgusted | September 1, 2008 6:31 PM | Report abuse

Am I the only one who thinks that McCain's pick is a slap in the face and insulting to women? I think that McCain must think that women are really dumb. While I think that Mrs. Palin is more than capable of handling this job, she was not the most qualified candidate he could have chosen. The fact that he stresses "being ready to lead on day one", seems almost comical now because I doubt that he really believes that she is. So you have to wonder why he chose her? Could it be any more apparent that he chose her to try and capture the votes of all of the women who are still upset that Mrs. Clinton was not the Candidate or Obamas pick for VP. As a father of a 5 year old little girl I would be proud to have a woman on any ticket, be it Dem. or GOP. But I will also teach her to look at things for what they are and not what she would like them to be. John McCain has said repeatedly that he will appoint Supreme court Justices that are strictly consevative and that he has been anti-abortion his whole life. He has also said that he believes Roe V. Wade is wrong. Taking those things into consideration you have to wonder whats going to be more important to women, seeing a woman VP or possible having Roe V. Wade overturned? I don't believe that McCain thinks that women are smart enough to ask themselves that question. Because if they do, then he will be headed back to the Senate on Nov. 5.

Posted by: LaMar in VA | September 1, 2008 5:54 PM | Report abuse

Yep! This is what we need for judgment!
This woman is under investigation , in Alaska,(Trooper gate). Plus another one coming out too!
Supported the bridge to nowhere, supported the 527 for Ted Stevens, doesn't support woman's rights,higher pay.
She is just red meat for the Evangelical base.
The base McSame had the media is no longer his base.

Posted by: sb | September 1, 2008 5:24 PM | Report abuse

Karl Rove is undeserving of any public forum until he testifies before the Senate and House committees that have subpoenaed him. His refusal to testify about his suspected involvement in multiple illegal actions of the Bush Administration questions his integrity and credibility as a public servant. His behavior suggests he views himself to be above the law. Chris, please reconsider.

Posted by: Lou R | September 1, 2008 5:09 PM | Report abuse


"At least all Kim Jong-Il's negatives are well known already. There will be no 'surprises'", says RNC chairman, confirming the news.

Posted by: Herodotus | September 1, 2008 5:01 PM | Report abuse

Yep, the national media focus is all on Sarah Palin, as each new trailer-trash detail of her life emerges.

If this is how John McCain makes decision, saints preserve us.

Posted by: Pragmatus | September 1, 2008 4:57 PM | Report abuse


Be sure to follow up on the GOP's false, slimy attempt to associate the Obama campaign with various Palin pregnancy rumors.

While you're at it, you might look into Steve Schmidt's statement re: the thoroughness of McCain's vetting of Palin on this matter. According to First Read, "Schmidt was repeatedly asked whether McCain knew of the daughter's condition before the announcement on Friday, and each time he used a variation of, 'He became aware last week in a private conversation.'"

Pretty darn apparent McCain didn't know before he chose Palin, or they wouldn't keep trying to talk around the question. If he didn't even know his choice had a current teenage pregnancy in the family he did a poor job of picking her.

Sounds like "McCain First, Country Later" to me.

Posted by: FlownOver | September 1, 2008 4:55 PM | Report abuse



McCain has seized everyone's attention by picking Governor Palin

Everyone in the country stopped talking about Obam-who?

The choice was brilliant - taking all the buzz out of Obam-who and giving it to the Superstar Sarah Palin.

Releasing the video of Governor Palin shooting a gun was also extremely smart move.

Everyone said to themselves, she will have no trouble ordering a strike against terrorists - in fact she'll be the first on line to go after the terrorists. Great image making.


Posted by: Elephants of Red | September 1, 2008 4:29 PM | Report abuse

Great, Karl Rove is going to be on, I'll go get some rotten fruit....

Unless Chris is going to tar and feather him?

Posted by: Mike | September 1, 2008 4:26 PM | Report abuse

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