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From the Floor: Palin and a Pit Bull

Kate Maxwell

Kate Maxwell is a Virginia delegate to the Republican National Convention who will be blogging from Minneapolis-St. Paul for Virginia Politics. She is from Midlothian in Chesterfield County.

"What's the difference between a hockey mom and a pit bull? Lipstick."

Every American who tuned into the RNC Wednesday (and more tuned in for Gov. Palin than Barack Obama) knew that she had to hit a home run. To say she exceeded expectations is an understatment.

I've seen some of the coverage from Wednesday night and Thursday, not only to catch a glimpse of the women of the Virginia delegation dancing to "Everyday People," but also to see whether the media could capture the dynamic energy and passion that was coursing through the Xcel Center. They didn't, but in all fairness, they couldn't

If it looked exciting on the news, it was nothing in comparison. I have never experienced anything like it. Granted, I don't have much to compare it to, but listening to the older delegates and party leaders, we have never been more unified or motivated. Sarah Palin has made the difference. Finally, a strong, conservative woman who can articulate her beliefs!

As a young woman who wants to go into politics, I have lots of role models, but never one like Sarah Palin. She is a wife, a mother of five, and a business woman. She got into politics for the same reasons I want to: she is committed to keeping a goverment that serves the people, she wants an America that is safe and one in which everyone can achieve and build wealth with hard work. She saw a government that was wasteful, detached, and inefficient, and saw its citizens as blank checks for government programs. She ran against incumbents in her own party and won - and she completely reformed her state.

Last night, Sarah Palin presented herself to American voters as a strong woman who in a very short time has earned a reputation not as a mouthpiece for reform, but a reformer.

Sarah Palin doesn't need a focus group to tell her how to relate to average Americans; she is an average American. She doesn't need to speak to the middle class; she is the middle class. Last night she became an advocate for all who believe in tax relief, strong and competant national defense, and American innovation. She showed conservatives that they have a champion, and she blasted her critics not with angry rhetoric, but with the truth. Not to mention that she did it all with confidence, poise, humor, and a touch of lipstick.

-- Kate Maxwell

By washingtonpost.com  |  September 4, 2008; 5:36 PM ET
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Comments

Actually Palin's ratings NEARLY matched Obama's, but they didn't. And you can bet people were tuning in because no one (Dems or Repubs) have any idea who she is.

And she actually did sound angry in her speech, which was filled with a lot of not only inaccuracies, but outright lies. Many Independents have already said that the entire tone of last night's line-up of speeches turned them off from the Republican party altogether.

I hope McCain's speech tonight can rectify some of that.

Posted by: ummmm | September 4, 2008 8:09 PM | Report abuse

Actually Palin's ratings blew away Obama's when you adjust for the fact that she's the VICE Presidential nominee and he's only the PRESIDENTIAL nominee. And you can bet people were tuning in because no one (Republicans and Democrats) have any idea who she is after the vicious smear campaign mounted by the angry left this last week.

She sound confident and poised in her speech, which was filled with a lot of ideas the Dems would rather not focus on apparently. The Dems would rather make up lies, such as the newborn isn't Bristol's but really Sarah's, and pushing other such rabid distractions for all they're worth. Listening to C-SPAN today, not just a coterie of yes-people who some leftists hang out with, many Independents have already said that they were stunned and awed by Mrs. Palin's presentation, including the fact that mid-way through it the teleprompter stopped and she completed it by memory and ad-lib. The Independents and quite a few Hillary Dems are taking another strong look at the Republican Party and they're liking what they see.

Most folks now are wondering what Joe Biden is thinking as he prepares for a down-on-all-fours rogering by Sarah in front of 100's of millions of people soon. That's okay, just pretend you like it Joe. Nah, no need for you to pretend; we can tell the difference anyway. You'll just like it.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 4, 2008 8:27 PM | Report abuse

With Sarah Palin advance to the national scene, the Republican agenda shrank: ethics out the door, since firing a former brother-in-law without any legal grounds is no longer a big deal; anti-corruption out the door, since using state money to hire a personal lawyer is no longer an outrage; national unity is out the door, since getting rid of all the Democrats in the city jobs is a norm. What is left? Anti-abortion, war in Iraq, drill for oil - all as mission from God.

Posted by: independent voter | September 4, 2008 9:00 PM | Report abuse

Please do not bring down the reputation of pit bull terriers any further by comparing them to Palin. They do not deserve such insults.

Posted by: dog lover | September 4, 2008 9:00 PM | Report abuse

I stopped reading after their was a blatant inaccuracy in the first paragraph. Lets face it. Palin and her supporters are pretty weak on the details. But please continue with this fluff piece. The worst thing about the internet is that people like this "blog" and it is automatically gained some authority in the eyes of the choir when it could have been written by one of Palin's own children describing how they have the best mom in the world! How lame.

Posted by: Job | September 4, 2008 9:00 PM | Report abuse

If you buy the line that Sarah Palin has more executive experience than obama and biden then that also means she has more than McCain. So are we supposed to really believe she is the best candidate for president from these choices. McCain's first important decision is so transparent. He has put this county and the entire world at great risk in order to win an election. Election first, country second. Thanks John...

Posted by: wow | September 4, 2008 9:02 PM | Report abuse

The idea that independents might not like the partisanship bothered me briefly. Then I realized that this ticket is up-side-down for a reason. It is McCain who has always appealed to independents. In that sense his base, a segment of the independents, is already with him. He needs a Palin to woo what the CW sees as his "base" that is conservative voters.

Posted by: Eric | September 4, 2008 9:02 PM | Report abuse

Put some lipstick on that Pit Bull- and call it VP. McCain has made a mockery out of the electoral process by choosing Palin. She is not qualified to be a heartbeat away from the presidency. and McCain is counting on the Rove spin doctors to create an acceptable image. The fact is we hardly know her and what we know is disturbing. She is a creationist, anti-environment, denier of global warming, pro-gun, hard core evangelical who fired a city librarian for resisting censorship. She is a double-talker who fought for huge earmarks for her tiny town. She appointed a man convicted of sexual harassment to be in charge of Public Security. She is a hypocrite who attacked Hillary as a whiner and now wants to ride Clinton’s coat tails. McCain is not putting his “Country First”-her candidacy has derailed the electoral process since accepting or rejecting her has become the election itself.

Even the Republican insiders know that the Palin ploy is cynical and gimmicky. Peggy Noonan herself said over an open mike about the campaign "its over". How on earth does McCain believe he can pull the wool over the eyes of the entire nation - is he smoking something? To have passed over so many well-qualified people is an insult to his party and to the American people. So much for "Country First". He has changed the election into a three ring circus and there is no excuse for this mockery. We have to assume he does not really want the job since he threw away his chances with this careless move.

Posted by: jefflz | September 4, 2008 9:02 PM | Report abuse

What lies?

Posted by: fredlaz | September 4, 2008 9:02 PM | Report abuse

What she proved was that she could give a prepared speech Let's see how she does on the campaign trail

Posted by: jules | September 4, 2008 9:02 PM | Report abuse

Palin was awesome, not angry. She is a big breath of fresh air from the normal politics. She has waaay more exprience than Obama, in anything. Read her bio. She is what we need! She is one of us! Not some fat cat rich guy who only does what lobbyists tell them. What is so great is that she has stood up to both republicans and dems in her state. She will make an awesome VP (not one that sits around watching) and hopefully someday a great president. Her humor was great, and the diss on the media even better! GO PALIN! Bow down Obama!

Posted by: Brett | September 4, 2008 9:03 PM | Report abuse

I tuned in to see who ths women is.
Great speaker . Interesting back story.
Im sure she'll get the sexist democratic party up in arms.

Posted by: hhkeller | September 4, 2008 9:03 PM | Report abuse

Has anyone mentioned the fact that Sarah Palin is an outright no-shame blasphemous LIAR?!?!

On virtually every point she (tried) to make, from "smaller government" to the $400 million "bridge to nowhere", she was for it before she was against it.

More lies from the Repug's...

At least Abramoff got 4 yrs. today, another neo-convict...

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

Well, Kate, if you plan to be a candidate in the future who presents herself with a similar lack of candor or depth, and with pride in being nasty, I won't be voting for you either. You may want to listen to some of your average Americans who are saying they DON't want average Americans in the White House -- average Americans are hard working people, but they don't have the time to study foreign policy, or domestic economics, or the workings congress the way someone who is going to work there should. I hope your plan is to be a lot BETTER than Sarah Palin, Kate.

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

Wow you were really setting the bar low huh? It's intresting to see how little credit people gave her. With the speach writter and image consultants, I was actually expecting a bit more than divisive partisan BS!

"To say she exceeded expectations is an understatment"

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

She said what? She was a pit bull with lip stick?

Ax yawat’aayi x’éit yis.á Rove and Schmidt!

This is serious she is trying to steal the Pet Owner Votes!

Democrats are courting all Republican and Independent Pet owners
and their family! You heard right! Their Pets are their Family too!

We will not concede Talking Dog fans!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZCYaw5tGYAs

We will not concede Funny Cat fans!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nTasT5h0LEg

Gunalchéesh ax x’éit yisa.aaxí

Yéil naax xat sitee

Change we can believe in!

Vote Obama/Biden '08

Posted by: Raven Yéil's Daughter | September 4, 2008 9:04 PM | Report abuse

you are just unbelievable. Save yourself the trouble of going into politics if palin is your idol. And save yourself the trouble of going into journalism if you dont care about truth.

Posted by: chris | September 4, 2008 9:05 PM | Report abuse

A non partisan web site called FACT CHECK.org lets all of us fact check the candidates.

Palin was less than truthful. See this page:
http://www.factcheck.org/elections-2008/gop_convention_spin_part_ii.html

Posted by: Morgan Scott | September 4, 2008 9:05 PM | Report abuse

Also, no earmarks? Last count she requested ~$130,000,000 for 2009 alone!

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

God Levi is hot!!!! I wonder how long before he starts cheating on his fat pregnant underage teenage girlfriend? I hope he likes 23yr old hot girls like me. I'll do anything.


Bristol is so ugly! You can do better!!!


Call me!!!!

Posted by: I'M A DIRTY GIRL | September 4, 2008 9:06 PM | Report abuse

Agreed! And all the lies about her just show you what the liberals are all about. Thank Megyn Kelly for this one:

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

Posted by: Joseph Armbruster | September 4, 2008 9:06 PM | Report abuse

"a government that serves the people"?
Kate, are you (and Palin) brainwashed or just inexperienced. Abramoff, Delay, Gramm, Cheney and countless other "conservatives" are self-serving frauds. The American dream which was alive in the 50s and 60s has been destroyed by greedy, phoney leaders. Ron Paul knows it and, once and a while, even a Democrat knows it.

Posted by: bpict | September 4, 2008 9:07 PM | Report abuse

She had the opportunity to tell 37 million people how she would work with McCain on the economy, international affairs, and the Iraq war. She also could have explained to moderates her positions on abortion, and religion in education. She spent her time bashing her competitors in much the same manner that she was bashed by the press in the previous three days. I know she ignited the GOP, but what about the rest of us? I don't get excited about name calling and oil drilling, I want substance.

Posted by: mbee | September 4, 2008 9:07 PM | Report abuse

Why don't you liberal socialists go play in your own sandbox. The test will come at the polls and I suspect you are beginning to see that it may not turn out as you expected.

Posted by: mistanick | September 4, 2008 9:08 PM | Report abuse

I am not sure why Anonymous would say that the "Dems" are feeding all of this vicious talk about Governor Palin to the press, Obama made it clear that he is not in this race to smear any Republican's name or reputation. He has said that much to the press on camera. He feels strongly about this and would not want to be associated with this smear talk. The press was doing the same thing to him before and during the Democratic Convention. He does not want his character subjected to it nor his family subjected to it.

Posted by: Michele | September 4, 2008 9:08 PM | Report abuse

Palin is a politician, and a Machiavellian one at that. She hides behind fig leaves of "hockey mom" and Christian virtue, but she's still a conniving politician out for herself. She trashes anyone who questions her positions, and after she gets into power, she punishes her enemies. People outside Alaska haven't taken her full measure, but they will. There are going to be a lot of negatives in the mix.

Posted by: Buzz | September 4, 2008 9:08 PM | Report abuse

palin came across as angry all right. as a woman, i resent her as an affirmative action choice. i am certain there were many, many more qualified people to choose from - men or women. this was the best he could do? thanks, john. you really put country first this time. i feel so safe.

Posted by: tardis | September 4, 2008 9:08 PM | Report abuse

Only a Rethuglican would think that Palin was anything other than a religious fundamentalist. She's a member of a church with ties to dominionist organizations, who want to impose Christianity on everything regardless of what they might believe.

I've got some news for you, dear: this is not a "Christian nation." This is a nation for everyone, regardless of their faith or lack thereof. You have no right to impose your self-righteous views on everyone else, just because your view is in the majority (for now).

Posted by: Michael | September 4, 2008 9:08 PM | Report abuse

I wonder when those naked pics of Sweet Sarah are going to start showing up. Oh yeah, those christian girls can get nasty.........just ask Levi!

Posted by: Money for naked pics of Palin | September 4, 2008 9:09 PM | Report abuse

Palin is indeed an engaging lady. Yet she is offensive to the core values of the vast majority of women and mothers who practice birth control, sex education, value education for their daughters, and use amniocentesis to avoid creating a life of sorrow. In the final analysis she's a bimbo who can't remember to use birth control. She is guilty of child neglect. She does not live with her husband. She made an irrational choice to carry a retarded child to term based on a primitive religious belief that is out of step with American cultural values. Her scope is as broad as the University of Idaho and a town of six thousand people. Accusations of abuse of power that she attempted to fire her sister's husband from the state police force during a nasty divorce are yet to be proven, but in keeping with the raging female hormones of a bulldog wearing lipstick. This woman is a piece of work to match McCain.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 4, 2008 9:09 PM | Report abuse

Jesus was a very compassionate loving community organizer. How arrogant from you to make fun of such an special job. Another contradiction of the very religious people. If J Spears have a baby and is not married is a sin, a mistake, and on and on and on. However, Pailins' baby is a blessing and a gift form God. I have news for you. both babies are blessings and gifts from God. Simple, they made both.

Posted by: Isabella | September 4, 2008 9:09 PM | Report abuse

Palin was a business woman??? The stretching of her resume continues....

Posted by: babcocks | September 4, 2008 9:09 PM | Report abuse

"Put some lipstick on that Pit Bull" blah, blah, blah

Continued MoveOn/ Kos sexist tripe that isn't selling and never will.

This Lady is going to eat the liberals alive --hell, she skinned a bear and all Joe Biden ever did was get a hair transplant.

So keep attacking her looks, her family, her record, her children, her guns...

Bets on Sarah...

Posted by: Zippy | September 4, 2008 9:09 PM | Report abuse

"Last night she became an advocate for all who believe in tax relief (for the wealthy), strong and competant national defense (needless war), and American innovation (except for solar and wind power, the tax credits for which McCain never showed up to extend)."

Her basic message was that Republicans have screwed up Washington, so we should vote Republican.

Posted by: Gary Meyer | September 4, 2008 9:09 PM | Report abuse

Compare experience. Palin vs. Obama. McCain vs. Biden. Looks like either the democrats or republicans have their ticket backwards.

Posted by: Ed O'Brien | September 4, 2008 9:09 PM | Report abuse

Wow I continued to be stunned by people who are inspired by someone who just lobs out random insults. Other than introducing her family and insulting personally the other side, did she say anything?

It seemed as though the bar was set so low for her that as long as she didn't trip on her way out and be knocked unconscious, people would be raving about her performance.

It is so sad that the cynical strategists think that the nation is so ignorant that if they just throw out some lines with a smirk of condescension, everyone will be blown away and vote for them. Unfortunately the last two elections proved them right. I hope our nation's voters strain to use their brains this time around.

Frankly, any schmo could have delivered that speech, and I think they did.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 4, 2008 9:09 PM | Report abuse

People like Anonymous are the reason we have Bush for the second term. Let's face it the Dems lie the Repubs lie. Blah, blah, blah. The Dems focus on the same petty things as do the Repubs - no difference or surprises there. Everyone seems to miss the point that we elect officials based on how good they are at side-steping issues and making the other candidates look like crap rather than elect the best leaders.

Posted by: Geno | September 4, 2008 9:09 PM | Report abuse

If she can lead, she should lead her daughter better, 17 years old mother? give me a break! She needs to stay home, take care of babies she popped out. She has NO time to serve this nation!

Posted by: Jenni | September 4, 2008 9:09 PM | Report abuse

"a government that serves the people"?
Kate, are you (and Palin) brainwashed or just inexperienced? Abramoff, Delay, Gramm, Cheney and countless other "conservatives" are self-serving frauds. The American dream which was alive in the 50s and 60s has been destroyed by greedy, phoney leaders. Ron Paul knows it and, once and a while, even a Democrat knows it.

Posted by: bpict | September 4, 2008 9:09 PM | Report abuse

She's not just a repulsive candidate, she combines the worst of all possible political, religious and philosophical worlds. She's Angela Lansbury in THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE....only she's the one running for VP.

I can't wait to see Biden slice her into tiny pieces during the debate and take his time digesting her. You can bet she'll debate him with her hair down as to try and hide the RNC transmitter in her ear :)...Man, she's gonna need more Botox when this all falls apart.

Posted by: LizB | September 4, 2008 9:10 PM | Report abuse


The amount of sexist liberal vile spewed in the last week has broken new records.

Posted by: julia | September 4, 2008 9:11 PM | Report abuse

The two commenters so far have disagreed on whether Palin's speech was full of inaccuracies and lies, or ideas that we shouldn't ignore. For details on the inaccuracies, see factcheck.org's analysis:
http://www.factcheck.org/elections-2008/gop_convention_spin_part_ii.html

What were the ideas that we should be impressed by?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 4, 2008 9:11 PM | Report abuse

Go Sarah Go! What a speach. We all need to realize and appreciate the fact that we are experiencing history being made right in front of our eyes. Sarah will be around a long, long time and will be recorded in the history books 100 years from now, like Reagan, as having a major positive contribution to the future success of our great U.S. of A!

Posted by: Jantec | September 4, 2008 9:11 PM | Report abuse

here in Virginia, "lipstick" is what we call the male Pit Bull's penis.

Posted by: argon G | September 4, 2008 9:11 PM | Report abuse

this is a long one...worth reading:
http://www.crosscut.com/whitehouse/17341/

Posted by: dave | September 4, 2008 9:11 PM | Report abuse

A pitbull with lipstick is still a pitbull....

Posted by: Anonymous | September 4, 2008 9:12 PM | Report abuse

I learned some stuff about a gal who….

Raised taxes as the Gov. of Alaska. (liberal)

Wants to teach creationism in Science Class, subverting the US Constitution. (traitor)

Tried to get books banned at the local library. (Communist)

Fired her entire staff 10 days into term as mayor, for lack of loyalty. (despotic-see Stalin)

Used every available lever to get an enemy fired from his job, and is still lying about it. (vindicative, willing to lie about it. willing to use her power for personal vendettas.)

Put a gag order on her administration as mayor of a town of 6500. (Communist-See Stalin)

Milked the Federal Government for huge series of earmarks, by using lobbyists. The highest per capita earmarker in the nation: Palin. (mad liberal)

Was not Ms. Congeniality. A Ms. Gwin, who was Miss C. , says my gal is ‘shallow.’ (shallow)

Enjoys killing animals. Doesn’t like Polar Bears. (a murderer. I value all life.)

Doesn’t believe in Global Warming. (crack-pot deluded crazy wing nut Christian)

Went back to work three days after having a fifth child, who has Down Syndrome, an acute care condition wherein the child’s chance of thriving is often a function of how much time his or her parents spend with them. (amoral, power corrupted)

Used Alaska First as her campaign slogan, which is the same one as her husband’s old party, the AIP, a secessionist organization she recorded a supportive piece for this year!
(traitor to the US Republic)

Is being touted as Presidential Timber for her experience as the Head of the…now get this…the Alaskan National Guard.” If that ain’t a hoot… (cynical lies-a lack of intelligence being fit into a lame policy)

Misled America about the Bridge to Nowhere, in her first national speech. (happy to lie for power.)

Wants to ban stem cell research.

Has no International experience. (McCain having said his VP’s most important attribute would be experience.)

Is on the record stating the Iraq war ”is a task from God.” (war monger, deluded, scary)

Goes to a Church that hosts anti-Israel speakers. (Religions tend not to like each other)

Left her town Mayoralty with a huge debt, having outspent all around in her. (mad liberal)

And, perhaps worst of all, Palin would insist that my 14 daughter carry and birth a rapist’s child. But I don’t need or want a rapist’s baby at my dinner table. And nor does my 14 year kid. The problem being that Palin neo-fascist loon that she is, would not give us a choice. If she has her way, I’m Grandpa Rob, with an HIV ridden criminal grandkid at the table each night. Not that this would be hard on my daughter, no, I’m sure she would want to carry the baby, sure, and to have it around to remind her of being raped every day of her life. How many of you men and woman would want to forced to have a rapist’s baby in your house?

I could care less about Trig or Bristol, or Levi, or whatever. She’s a hack. McCain stiffed the public. The idea that she's a star is like saying that Paris Hilton is an accomplished American. She's a culture war grenade, a stooge of the right, deluded, a fascist danger to the country. We already did that with Bush, ending up with a 9.2 trillion in deficit and two unfinished wars. The Bible is a poor govt. handbook frankly.

Posted by: Rob L. | September 4, 2008 9:12 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: dave | September 4, 2008 9:12 PM | Report abuse

Palin is amazing and an inspiration. She will steal the female vote...she already has. Just wait and see! It shouldnt be about the political party...who can best serve our country? who is the best qualified? oh yeah, and who ISNT MUSLIM?
Its called taking personal responsibility and being accountable for your own life and situation.

Posted by: srfrgril | September 4, 2008 9:12 PM | Report abuse

As many observers said, long on verbiage and short on content... I'm talking about Palin's speech, not the article. It's ridiculously easy to do nothing but bash the opposition, tout McCain's war record (for the umpteenth time... as tiring as Giuliani's constant references to 9/11 during HIS candidacy), say how you want to serve the American people, and make no mention at all about what you plan to do to do that. McCain could have picked ANYONE to do that... but, instead, he picked a Hillary surrogate in an effort to pander to the women who felt betrayed because Hillary wasn't asked to be Obama's VP. Anyone who switches parties because of that rationale never was a Democrat to begin with. I'm sorry... regardless of whether you are a Republican or Democrat, to abandon the party's platform and ideals because the person you liked didn't make the final cut is, sad to say, juvenile.

Posted by: Michael B | September 4, 2008 9:12 PM | Report abuse

If it were a man making this speech, it wouldn't have caught any attention and probably would have gotten the speaker labeled as a right wing bible thumping gun toting redneck. But because it's a woman, it's somehow attractive to men (you're cute when you're angry) and empowering to women (you go girl) who have no opinions or rationale of their own and need the umbrella of a political party to tell them what they think. The McCain/Palin ticket is a joke.

Posted by: Tivanne | September 4, 2008 9:13 PM | Report abuse

We still don't know enough about her ideas, character, policies, accomplishments, successes and failures. Go to McCain's website, they don't even have a bio on her. If someone wants a job, the least they can do is give us a resume. All she's got is a big speech at a convention - and oh, doesn't that sound familiar?

The Republican delegates officially nominated her, but did they even get a resume and 3 character references, like the rest of us have to provide when we apply for a job? Don't they, as delegates, have a more substantial duty to their constituents than to nominate someone for VP on the basis of a couple of speeches and maybe - if they know how to use the Internet - a Wikipedia entry?

Posted by: John Fowler | September 4, 2008 9:13 PM | Report abuse

May as well put a pit bull in the White House, lipstick or no. At least it will be loyal, until it changes its mind and bites you. Hmmmmmmm, Palin does seem a lot like that.

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

There is very little that mainstream women have in common with Palin. It is sad to think how desperate McCain must have been to add her to his ticket...he indeed has finally sold his soul to the fundamentalist. His lack of judgement is obvious. The possibility that she would be answering the proverbial phone call at 3 AM is straight out of a horror show.

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

Great write up, Kate. I enjoyed both your point of view as well as your writing style. It is great to be able to "feel" your enthusiasm. I almost feel as if I am there with you!
Keep up the great work, I'll keep reading!
Christy
P.S. Dems are so nasty. I would never go to the trouble of posting a nasty comment on someone's blog. I don't insult other viewpoints or candidates, either. Were none of them raised to be nice from time to time?

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

You all sound like sheep. Gosh.

Posted by: Neither Party | September 4, 2008 9:14 PM | Report abuse

I tuned in because of all the allegations and mystery behind this last minute decision by McCain. I wanted to see were she stood on issues, however she wanted to show me what a pitbull she is. I guess I will have to wait for the debates.

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

I do have to agree that Levi is hot and I would so totally do him! And I can't deny that I am better looking than that fat pregnant un-married teenage girlfriend Bristol. I can't wait for that 18yr old hottie to start cheating on her. I hope its soon!!!!

Posted by: julia | September 4, 2008 9:15 PM | Report abuse

Pit Bulls are vicious. They attack without provocation. An unvetted VP can do more harm to this country than Osama bin Laden.

Posted by: hamishdad | September 4, 2008 9:15 PM | Report abuse

Palin's scarcasm shows her to be arrogant and insecure. She's not ready to represent the USA in the world arena.

Posted by: Mike | September 4, 2008 9:15 PM | Report abuse

I agree. I don't want Jane or Joe America running the White House. I want someone who is smarter than me, who has experience with the law (and the Constitution), who won't take any more of my rights away (like have been taken away for the past 7 years), and who LISTENS to the American people instead of tells us what to do (read: choice). Sarah Palin and John McCain are none of these things.

I am not a liberal Democrat, just a moderate, working, home-owner with two kids in college trying to make ends meet. And I'm smart enough to know that I want really smart people, who surround themselves with really smart people, leading this country.

Obama/Biden '08

Posted by: A Smart Woman | September 4, 2008 9:16 PM | Report abuse

I was rooting for Palin; I wanted her to discredit the critics and show us she was up to the task of VP. She showed me she was a comfortable public speaker, but she also came across snide and small. She offered "firing of a personal chef" as credentials for becoming VP of our great country. She belittled millions of selfless Americans who volunteer as community organizers. She twisted Obama's objectives beyond recognition so they fit her political ramblings. And, perhaps mostly importantly, listen to what she didn't say -- nothing about her plans and tactics for success once in office? From my disappointed perspective, I was left rooting for more substance and less sarcasm.

Posted by: Looking for a leader | September 4, 2008 9:16 PM | Report abuse

NO matter how much lipstick you put on a pitbull......its still a pig.

Posted by: COMMON SENSE | September 4, 2008 9:16 PM | Report abuse

Palin claims that Obama's promises will come out of taxpayers pockets. Where are the billions of dollars to support the Iraq war coming from? Oh ya, God, sorry, I forgot...

Posted by: John | September 4, 2008 9:16 PM | Report abuse

I am glad this bimbo can basically submit a position paper as an article. Hmmm, a delegate from the floor of the convention. This republican convention has managed to energize me or wake me from the idea that reps. could be normal people and present ideas for what they want to do. The last administration looted the damn government and let everyone else pay with money or their lives for it. I guess its no use going there so I should get weepy eyed over a starry eyed delegate who will defend herself by saying I was just following orders at the end of the day. It doesn't matter anymore. Change is needed! Please help me change this country from this horrible party and their ideas of what to do with this government, I implore you!

Posted by: Jeb B | September 4, 2008 9:16 PM | Report abuse

James Carville, said the goal of choosing a vice-presidential candidate is to make the opposing party's campaign manager "throw-up"!

I think the GOP did just that. The Democrats are very worried, and should be.

Posted by: Tom Davis | September 4, 2008 9:16 PM | Report abuse

As a professional 50 yr old woman with 2 kids ages 21-11, one with severe disabilities, I found Palin to be disappointing. We worked hard to make the working world equal, & what does my party pick-- a religious babe who doesn't practice what she preaches and isn't prepared or qualified to be VP. Looks aren't enuf. Being able to read a speech isn't enuf. I have my own business- well educated-- good looking, but to be VP and P, you have to be someone special, extremely intelligent- experienced. Palin fails all around. Good for 1st Lady, but not to run my country.

Posted by: Julie | September 4, 2008 9:17 PM | Report abuse

I see the vehemently and perpetually angry liberals are going NUTS now!!! What you all lose in your vitriolic, hateful fog is the fact that you can't elevate ONE person by tearing another person down. Your politics are shameful, and they will be to the undoing of a great opportunity for your party - AGAIN! It's the Terry McAuliffe legacy left to the DNC - "Don't learn lessons from history - just yell LOUDER next time... and no matter what... ACCUSE, ACCUSE and ACCUSE." It "aint" working, people. Yours is a completley hateful party... nothing more.

Posted by: Typical | September 4, 2008 9:18 PM | Report abuse

I have lived a long time (75 years), and I am delighted with Sarah Palin's performance. I can't wait to see her take the plagerist Joe Biden apart in the debates. I actually believe that for Democrats, the ticket is upside down. And even were Obama the Vice Presidential candidate instead of being top dog, he would still have fewer capabilities to govern or to be a heartbeat away, than Sarah. You go girl!!!

Posted by: jeannie | September 4, 2008 9:18 PM | Report abuse

Where did all these rats come from? About the only one with any sense is Kate Maxwell. She got it right.

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

"Finally, a strong, conservative woman who can articulate her beliefs!"

Articulate her beliefs? Did you hear the same speech I did? Three quarters of her speech was dedicated to insulting the opposition. She mentioned few issues of importance, and the one she seemed to dwell on the most was smaller government, which is a given anyway since she's a Republican.

She spoke in front of a very biased crowd, sparking emotion but very little thought. As soon as her true feelings on most major issues of the day come to light she'll lose all these new-found supporters, save those on the extreme right.

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

hihihi, the angry left has gotten angrier. am enjoying this very much, thank you.

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

could someone tell me why we are in iraq?
I thought it was saddam?, and then somewhere the story twists as like most. I still want to know why, for what was can be determined we shouldn't be there, no wmd's, if there is a national security problem it needs to be spelled out clearly.

this republican is going blue

I don't want to hear about love for the country, everyone does, I don't want to hear about his pow experience, I thank him, and I want to know what the plan is for heathcare, energy, taxes, employment, education.

why does any company who sends jobs outside the country get any tax break?

time to bring it home, time to start taking care of the american people.

P.S. the VP job is not an intern position with on the job training...

Posted by: Virginia | September 4, 2008 9:20 PM | Report abuse

What she proved was that she could give a prepared speech Let's see how she does on the campaign trail

What she proved is that, just like Obama, she is a very good public speaker. A gift that the liberals have mocked Bush for lacking. As far as how she'll do on the campaign trail...I think she'll kick butt. I can't wait to see her hand Biden a beating during the VP debate.

Posted by: Chris | September 4, 2008 9:20 PM | Report abuse

[Quote by wow]: If you buy the line that Sarah Palin has more executive experience than obama and biden then that also means she has more than McCain. So are we supposed to really believe she is the best candidate for president from these choices. McCain's first important decision is so transparent. He has put this county and the entire world at great risk in order to win an election. Election first, country second. Thanks John... [End Quote]

Posted by: wow | September 4, 2008 9:02 PM
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Actually, Governor Palin does have more executive experience than Obama; there really isn't any intelligent dispute there. Biden does have more foreign policy experience, but not in an executive capacity. However, the real issue is that McCain has executive experience as a high ranking combat naval squadron commander prior to his Navy retirement and a wealth of legislative leadership experience in the Senate. Meanwhile, Obama has practically nothing to show for himself. A vote for Obama would be about the most irresponsible action a voting citizen could commit.

-- McCAIN ~ PALIN 08 --

Posted by: OIF Veterans For McCain | September 4, 2008 9:21 PM | Report abuse

So, it would be Palin's fault that you can't raise your children to stay away from HIV infected criminals who impregnate them at 14 years of age?

I certainly see a Stooge, but it wasn't at the podium last night.

Posted by: To GrampaRob | September 4, 2008 9:21 PM | Report abuse

Good Point John

Posted by: Mary | September 4, 2008 9:21 PM | Report abuse

"If Democrats were smart, they'd be Republicans"..great book..you should read it and maybe learn something.

Posted by: srfrgril | September 4, 2008 9:21 PM | Report abuse

Um... does anyone edit the content here? More people tuned in for Obama.

You seem to gloss over the distortions and outright lies she told. And calling her a "reformer" after she supported, took the federal money for, and then disowned "the bridge to nowhere" is pretty big insult to Americans. And let's not forget this "reformer" is STILL being investigated for her (alleged) use of power to persecute her former brother in law and fire another man who wouldn't cave to her (alleged) pressure.

When she compared the competing tax plans... she lied. Simple as that. Scoot over to the Washington Post's own review of the plans.

And I'm really thrilled the victory is near in Iraq... Have I heard that somewhere before? Why, I HAVE! Gov. Palin flung her mud at Sen. Obama completely sidestepping a whole set of outrages over the false pretenses of the war itself.

No- Gov. Palin has clearly demonstrated her (and her party's) complete lack of ethics or morals. She shouldn't get any votes at all!

Posted by: William G. | September 4, 2008 9:21 PM | Report abuse

Up to now I have no reason to listen to any of the candidates - same stuff. Sarah Palin has changed my mind. Her actions to date clearly supported her words - selling the jet on ebay top my list. Others in her position would have bought a newer or faster jet. That action alone worth my vote.
Cbuster

Posted by: Cbuster | September 4, 2008 9:22 PM | Report abuse

Making someone a role model that you have known for less than one week? OMG...Think!

Posted by: Cj | September 4, 2008 9:23 PM | Report abuse

ummm...

Can we talk about what she stands for.

She believes in Creationism.
She doesn't in believe in evolution
She belongs to a church that talks in tongues.
She probably worships in that fashion herself.
She doesn't believe in contraception.
She doesn't believe in sex education.
She doesn't belive in abortion, for any reason.
She has fought to have books banned from her small town library.
What more is there to know?
She is a Bush clone.

I am tired of Evanglelicals running this country. I don't like their their world view, their politics, their homophobia, their xenophobia, their war mongering and I want real change. Enough of Rove, Cheney, Bush, McCain (and Palin). I know their record. I want change.

Four more years? I shudder.

Posted by: Aura | September 4, 2008 9:23 PM | Report abuse

white water

Posted by: free thinker | September 4, 2008 9:24 PM | Report abuse

Listening to Palin last night was like listening to fingernails drag on a chalkboard. Whinny, nasally and uncomfortable were the best words I could describe the Republican speeches.

The entire Republican platform is set to deny that they put this nation in the state it's in. Fools rush in to support the Republicans as the party of family values, but how can you support a party of family values that has a candidate who was a teen pregnancy case herself and now condones her now pregnant teenager as nothing more than a minor mistake.

Minor mistake? How about a welfare drain, premature birth, a health care drain, eventual abuse and when the custody battle ensues, a bitter woman out for revenge and blood, who won't stop until a man is physically, emotionally ruined.

Hah! Family values. This is the party of death, destruction, denial, lies and liars. I loath to support one precept of the Republican party. They've lied to us for years and it still does not make it right.

Posted by: Ahsay | September 4, 2008 9:24 PM | Report abuse

You cant even face the fact that Palin's was a well-delivered speech.

And then, people just tune you out and count you out as a partisan hack.

What's with you rabid Democrats ruining my party? We have the lead! We have issues on our side. And yet you resort to tabloid journalism!

IF we lose, it would be because the worst of us were allowed to hijack the party. Let's exile the Kos and MoveOn radicals and reclaim our party!

Posted by: You know youre not an independent-minded if... | September 4, 2008 9:24 PM | Report abuse

Palin tried to ban certain books from the Alaska libraries and fired library employees to strike fear in any who tried to resist or oppose her USSA Nazi Blitz against Free Speech in Alaska. Shameful!

Posted by: George Milton | September 4, 2008 9:24 PM | Report abuse

Just reading the previous blogs it is clear that the Democratic Left is in panic mode. They will turn even more vicious in their attacks. From what I heard Wednesday night Sarah will fight back with vigor, integrity and sincerity.

Posted by: Jack | September 4, 2008 9:25 PM | Report abuse

Republicans will show up to vote - regardless of their personal feelings for McCain/Palin - they will vote for their candidates. The Democrats must get out the vote, forget about the name calling. If the Democrats don't get out the vote they will be shut out of the white house and the supreme court. Sarah Palin is just a lightening rod meant to confuse voters - not meant to win voters hearts...

Posted by: Wayne.NY | September 4, 2008 9:25 PM | Report abuse

Home Town Heroes

obama was raised in the chicago way, if you are not from chicago than you would not know the way, the chicago way is that you work with in the daley machine party politics, you start as an apprentice and than work your way up. the machine way is pay for play politics the payola is jobs, contracts, campaign donations. If you pay us you can play in our town and reap the rewards, obama the reformer the changer has never stood up or spoken up about the illinois and chicago politics of corruption. Our latest governor is being investigated by the feds and the last one is in jail for taking bribes while he worked as secretary of state, he is the one George Ryan. Obama was brought up on this style of politics first as a state senator and now as a senator of the us, he owes the Richie Daley and other Illinois politicisns. The daley machine put JFK in the white house by getting dead people to vote now richie jr is trying to put obama in the white house. The big deal with Palin is she is not a part of that machine. She reminds everybody of frances mcdormand in the movie Fargo, she is on the right side of things and she is authentic not stylized candidate. She is a hometown hero, a person of meager status no harvard degree or private schools and she scares the heck out of the machine because she is truly Mr Deeds comes to Town but in this case Mrs Deeds comes to town. She is a breath of fresh air but the machine does not like fresh air as the air they breath is their own air and it's not free you gotta pay for that air. If you don't pay they try political assasination using the drive by media.

So who is the true hometown hero, obama or palin. You can't fake where she is from and who she is. She is grounded while obama is stylized in the chicago way. My bet is the palin vp choice pays off big for mccain and he wins the small town vote from the small guy in the battleground states.

Posted by: hometownhero | September 4, 2008 9:26 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin is the freshest breath of air since JFK. She has charisma, common sense, is NOT a Beltway Bandito and is very easy to watch. The Dems better get Nobama and Good Ol' Joe a dual casket because they will be buried in November. I can see this lady as President in 2012. Maybe Hillary should convert so she can have a chance at VP again.

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

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I have a news bulletin for you true conservatives do not undermine freedoms like Free Speech by trying to ban books. Socialists, Marxists and Nazi's do.

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

"she is an average American" = NO
"she is the middle class" = NO
"she is a Republican"........= NO

I say let the Pit Bull'S out, maybe we'll get lucky and McBush will get "eat'n" also.

Posted by: REAL AMERICAN'S RULE | September 4, 2008 9:28 PM | Report abuse

Pit Bulls are Democrats and they're going to bite their Republican owner's butt.


Posted by: Yellow Dog Democrat | September 4, 2008 9:29 PM | Report abuse

McCain's first beautiful wife was married with kids to another man when he started lifting her skirt. HONORABLE? I think not.

When this same first wife suffered an accident and was seriously injured he promptly tossed her like yesterdays newpaper and traded up to his next wife who had more money and better connections and well sitting by a hospital bedside just isnt a lot of fun. HONORABLE? I think not.

Posted by: George Milton | September 4, 2008 9:31 PM | Report abuse

What gets me the most about these comment sections and I've been on several is the fact our two parties are so divided. It is obvious I am a lifelong Democrat. In truth like most individuals I am all over the board given the issue.

Neither party has really presented much substance. They don't have to. The party loyal are so polarized that the issues don't matter anymore.

This has become a Nebraska/Oklahoma, Michigan/Ohio, Florida State/Florida, Red Sox/Yankees type of thing.

My candidate could be a dog with his ass shaved and a face painted on it. When it farts I applaud and cheer for him.

I was going to vote Dem before there was a candidate. I hope you in the middle pick the right ass to vote for!

Posted by: Jeb B | September 4, 2008 9:32 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin likes to tout that two year governorship, doesn't she? What holders of high office also have experience as governors........the last one I can think of is George W. Bush........lotta good that experience did him.


Just more of the same........


VOTE OBAMA/BIDEN 08

Posted by: GOVERNOR DONT MEAN SQUAT | September 4, 2008 9:33 PM | Report abuse

Kate Maxwell,

Government doesn't work when it puts itself into debt to look good to people like you.

Republicans are famous for this, Reagan and Bush have both spent ENORMOUS amounts of money that will eventually need to be paid back. This is killing our economy.

Sarah Palin is no different. As mayor of a town of 6,000, she inherited a budget surplus, and left it with a $22,000,000 dept. That's over $3,600 per citizen or about what each American owes China so far to pay for Iraq.

Republican government works great because they are buying lower taxes and paying for tremendous GROWTH in the size of government with the blood, sweat, and tears of our children and grandchildren.

At least "tax and spend" liberals have a shot at balancing the budget! Barrow and spend neo-conservatives like your heros taking the stage this week are hurting America.

Republicans have turned FAR to the right and will lie, cheat, and steal to win elections. To stay in power, they scare us into voting for them and are stripping away our freedoms to keep us in line. We've lost Habeas Corpus and amendment #4 so far. The feds are actively suppressing free speech in Minnesota this week by arresting REPORTERS who were doing nothing more than asking questions. Reporters have special first amendment constitutional rights because they are our eyes and ears, and we're all hurt when the facts cannot be told.

Why do you new-conservatives hate America so much? You should be ashamed of yourself.

PS -- I'm a recent convert to the democratic party, and I greatly regret not voting for Al Gore in 2000. It's not to late for you. Don't regret the loss of our country 4 years from now.

Posted by: Bob, Dallas TX | September 4, 2008 9:33 PM | Report abuse

Ms. Maxwell -- you should note that at least some of the "angry rhetoric" you mention is coming from conservative Republicans.

I have been both for longer than Sarah Palin has been alive. My anger at Senator McCain's choice of Palin for running mate has nothing to do with her policy positions, most of which I agree with. What I cannot understand nor accept is Senator McCain's decision to put a neophyte next in line for the presidency - particularly given the abundance of qualified, experienced, talented, conservative Republican women he might have selected instead.

I believe Governor Palin has great potential. In another 4 or 8 years she may well be ready for the rigors and responsibilities of a national position. But today, clearly, she is not.

Given the irresponsibility that McCain has demonstrated with this choice I cannot support his ticket; the Obama/Biden alternative is unacceptable. I would suggest that now is the time to implement a "none of the above" option - or, perhaps, a Ron Paul write-in.

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

People are failing to remember that usually when Pitt Bulls attack they get "put down".

I cease to be amazed about how vulnerable the "Red State" American public is to finding common ground, honoring diversity, and bringing people together when they persist in "right fighting" for their own personal right wing values.

I come from a state that had a loud mouth politician. The initial fervor was the same. He was charismatic. He told it like it is. He complained about the media. His name was Jesse Ventura. How quickly we forget this type of personality! And, he accomplished so very little for our state.

Our country deserves a lot better than this and "right fighting" is no answer.

Posted by: Linda | September 4, 2008 9:41 PM | Report abuse

Dear Anonymous,

"Actually Palin's ratings blew away Obama's when you adjust for the fact that she's the VICE Presidential nominee and he's only the PRESIDENTIAL nominee."

Statistics doesn't work that way. You can't "adjust for" things that aren't quantifiable. Perhaps faith-based statistics work that way--you'll have to tell me.

Posted by: say what? | September 4, 2008 9:42 PM | Report abuse

I hate Kate Maxwell.....stupid conservative republican.......lies, lies and more lies.

Do you want another 4 years of economical and political disaster? Vote for McSame

Posted by: Sebastian | September 4, 2008 9:42 PM | Report abuse

I don't pretend to know if Palin's statements and comments on Obama are accurate. I’m sure it will eventually come out. What I was left with was FINALLY political correctness was put to bed in deference to what I believe to be direct forthrightness! I’ve been so sick of the Republican party not sticking up for their conservative beliefs and placating the other parties with candied rhetoric to the point where you have no idea what’s been said. The only important thing is that you don’t tell the truth if it might offend someone. I think it’s time to call out to reality! Political Correctness required that you can’t lie because being called a liar would be to uncivil SO you call it a SPIN which sounds so much nicer that a lie. BUT the Dems got so good at it that they got a diploma and graduated to SPIN Doctors! I am the silent majority and I still call a lie a lie and truth the truth. I absolutely know that everything isn’t black or white and there are many shades of gray but my frustration with politics in general is that EVERYTHING is gray once you get elected because God forbid you don’t want to offend anyone. I understand gray but I’m still trying to figure out Clintons comment, that it depends what you mean by the word “is”! I know I’m out of touch with the voters of this country because a real liar got elected twice. A phenomenon I still shake my head at! However Palin for the first time spoke English and not political bull…. I was very impressed and for the first time in many years I have hope for this country. PS I honestly think Bush was a Dem. Plant. We have bigger government, higher taxes and more social programs then even Clinton, but to say that McCain is another Bush is just plain nuts. Anyone with even uncommon sense knows that voting for a Bush supported plan 90% of the time doesn’t make him another Bush. Every vote our congress casts has 16 items to it. But only one gets recognized. McCain and Palin are a breath of fresh air and I hope McCain can pull off a great speech. Good Luck America and God Bless All of you.

Posted by: john | September 4, 2008 9:43 PM | Report abuse

Did you who say Palin seemed angry, etc, not watch Obama? The man hardly ever smiled during his lecture, er, speech, spent the whole time telling us how America sucks and that only he's smart enough to fix it, spent 1/3 to 1/2 his speech attacking McCain, and hardly ever smiled. Instead, his furrowed brow only added to the lecturing. Yet no one talked about how 'angry' Obama looked.

It seems there are some posting variations of the talking points here and in every other comment/blog I read based off marching orders via email. Axelrod says "She was angry!" and so the mindless minions & flunkies dutifully head to the Internet. Too bad Obama's simply using you, could not possibly care less about you, and thinks you're beneath him and you all don't even realize it.

Just remember, Obama worshipers, 10,000 lemmings can't be wrong, can they?

Posted by: PalinAngry??? | September 4, 2008 9:44 PM | Report abuse

Ideas? Where were they? It is not sexist to want the person in the vp slot to have some experience outside of the PTA. Come on people, she just got a passport last year. How can you compare her to Biden? She represents the far right conservatives and they are NOT the majority. She denigrated Obama for authoring two books-what she knows about governance couldn't fill a comic book. Let's vote for the "A" student this time-the "C" student has put our economy in the toilet and our young men and women in harm's way in a war that has repeated all the mistakes of Vietnam. Notice how McCain and Palin are keeping GW in the closet-they will bring more of the same. Is she pretty-sure but God help us if we vote on surface instead of substance.

Posted by: Laura in Texas | September 4, 2008 9:45 PM | Report abuse

Should she ever have to, this woman would have no idea how to run our country. She said nothing about what she would do as a VP.

Posted by: never | September 4, 2008 9:47 PM | Report abuse

I DO NOT post my comments anonymously. I am an American and I have a right to my views. So do you.


(quoted text)
"Wants to teach creationism in Science Class, subverting the US Constitution. (traitor)"

Since when is teaching different ideas of a subject "subverting the constitution"? I do not have faith enough to believe in evolution yet it is a theory brought forth by science and as such it should be discussed in the classroom. I do believe in the "theory" of creationism and as such it should also be discussed in the classroom. If there are scientists who believe that we came from aliens then that too should at least be discussed in the classroom. Why are those who have faith in the theory of evolution be afraid of competing ideas? If evolutionists are right, then time will answer the unexplainable aspects of evolution.

It amazes me how vitriolic some of the comments are on this web site. It only highlights how polarized we are in this nation. It does not matter how often the rhetoric of "cooperation" is espoused. Whoever is voted into office in January, the political divisions will still be insurmountable. I look forward to four more years of animosity towards our government with weary trepidation.

Posted by: Philip C | September 4, 2008 9:49 PM | Report abuse

can we all agree this is going to be the craziest election in history ? I Like Obama because he seems to be anti establishment. On the other side Sarah Palin seems to be more of a grab the establishment by the ear and tell it what to do. I like her for the fact that guys like Biden and clinton wont even know what to say to her and she wont care what they say ::)

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Posted by: Sam | September 4, 2008 9:50 PM | Report abuse

Kate,

competant = competent

as in someone who spells "competent" as "competant" is incompetent.

Posted by: Susan | September 4, 2008 9:51 PM | Report abuse

I've been a democrat all my life. I'm mad at how the DNC and OBAMA treated Hillary and I'm voting for the McCain/Palin ticket. I don't agree with all their positions, however, I do agree with them on National Security and lower taxes.

Posted by: Maria | September 4, 2008 9:54 PM | Report abuse

Get Real.

The McCain people said they started writing this speech weeks ago and then tweaked it for a woman when they learned who it would be. The name of the chief writer is Scully. Ms. Palin was okay reading the teleprompter.

Posted by: Anne | September 4, 2008 9:57 PM | Report abuse

http://www.usvetdsp.com/mcaindiv.htm


"While still married to Carol, McCain began an adulterous relationship with Cindy. He married Cindy in May 1980 -- just a month after dumping Carol and securing a divorce."

honorable?

Posted by: Beth | September 4, 2008 9:57 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin did not beat Barack Obama, she was one million voters short, however I guarantee that she received better ratings last night than McCain will receive tonight. That's sad.

About 37 million people watched convention coverage Wednesday night, according to preliminary data from Nielsen Media Research posted by TV Week. Those numbers include viewers at the three major networks, plus CNN, Fox News Channel and MSNBC.

Her speech beat comparable viewership figures from the Democratic National Convention in Denver last week, when 24 million people watched Democratic V.P. candidate Sen. Joseph Biden speak. It approached the convention-record 38 million set by Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama.

Posted by: The Real Numbers | September 4, 2008 9:58 PM | Report abuse

There should be no pride in being an attack dog! Many pit bulls are euthanized for attacking people -- adults & children. I'm sure the victims did not care whether or not they were wearing lipstick.

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

You liberals are so scared all of a sudden!

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

Well, at least the inexperienced candidate on the Republican side would be a heartbeat away from the Presidency.

BTW, I love all the "experience" comments from the left. I especially like those that say Gov. Palin's pick has, "taken the inexperience argument" out of the campaign! Really? Then why is everyone still talking about it? And how does it feel to have the Republican VP candidate's experience being compared with your Presidential candidate's experience? And the BEST part of this logic is that the Democrats are admitting Obama is not qualified! Get it? "Now the Republicans can't make Obama's inexperience an issue!" Clearly these people don't realize what they are saying.

Oh, and to "GOVERNOR DON'T MEAN SQUAT." Yes, a lesson I should have learned when I voted for Bill Clinton.

Posted by: r. james | September 4, 2008 9:59 PM | Report abuse

kate maxwell looks like a chipmunk.

Posted by: joe schmoe | September 4, 2008 10:01 PM | Report abuse

Quick. Write down three accomplishments of Barack Obama

Posted by: david | September 4, 2008 10:03 PM | Report abuse

It was refreshing to hear a REAL person finally speak. You would have to be an idiot to think that she is not a genuine person who is only in the game to make a difference. 99% of these others are all career/professional politicians who have law degrees and are so trained to speak in cryptic half truths that they can pivot in any direction when pressed(see Obama/Clinton 1&2/Biden/Edwards).
Obama wrote his 1st autobiography at age 34, that's three-four not a mistype. I am 35 and feel pretty successful and good about myself, but writing a life memoir is not on my agenda. Hell I work too much to have time to attempt it anyway. Maybe if I was a "community organizer" I might be able to do it....

Posted by: philip in NC | September 4, 2008 10:07 PM | Report abuse

I will write it sslloowweerr for you Dems. Q .u .i .c .k. W .r .i .t .e d .o .w .n t .h .r .e .e a .c .c .o .m .p .l .i .s .h .m .e .n .t .s o .f B .a .r .a .c .k O .b .a .m .a.

Posted by: david | September 4, 2008 10:09 PM | Report abuse

Don't feel bad. I have handed a piece of paper to hundreds of people and asked them to list three accomplishments of Barack Obama. None were able to come up with three.

Posted by: david | September 4, 2008 10:18 PM | Report abuse

Senator Obama's fight for universal children's health care in Illinois.
His success bringing Republicans and Democrats together (a huge selling point for me in general) on bills such as the one in Illinois requiring police interrogations and confessions to be videotaped.
His leadership on ethics reform in Washington (the bill that lobbyists and special interests are complaining about right now has his name on it).
His bill to make the federal budget far more transparent and accessible to Americans via the Internet -- we could use that openness in Texas.
And his vital work with Republicans to lock down nuclear weapons around the world.

Posted by: For david | September 4, 2008 10:23 PM | Report abuse

Kate,

I think you wrote a wonderful article. I also thought that Sarah came off as a woman I would want to elect.


Thanks for you coverage from the RNC!

Posted by: Vicky | September 4, 2008 10:23 PM | Report abuse

We have already seen what Karl Rove's last candidate turned out to be, and there aren't many of us out there, including Republicans, who view him (George W Bush) favorably. This country cannot take another average president (McCain) or vice president of Ms. Palin's caliber. Her Movie of the Week - "Alaskan Wilderness Mom protects her cubs while killing a moose and making a pie out of it." - will play well with Republicans. But is average the best this country can do in candidates McCain/Palin? I, for one, want a president who's articulate, inspiring, educated, and compassionate about all of our citizens, not just those deemed worthy by Republican standards.

Posted by: Chris in Seattle | September 4, 2008 10:24 PM | Report abuse

I don't like her hair.

Posted by: Dobbin | September 4, 2008 10:39 PM | Report abuse

For all of you of who talk about Obama's lack of pre-Presidential executive experience, it greatly mirrors one of the greatest Presidents ever, a Republican nonetheless: Abe Lincoln. President Lincoln served four terms in the Illinois House of Representatives and 1 (one) term as a U.S. Congressman (in the U.S. House of Representatives - terms in the House are two years long). Mr. Lincoln lost a senatorial race in the election prior to his successful bid for the Presidency.

Second, and most importantly, many of you McCain supporters are living in CandyLand. In five years, the world will be radically different. By the end of this year, we will know whether our foundational system of physics is solid, that is, if we don't create a black hole on the face of this earth. Moreover, within five years, we will witness supplementation of human intelligence with computer hard drives.

To leave the next four years to a seventy-two year old who does know how to use a Blackberry, and a woman who has a business degree from a college in Idaho is ludicrous. Grow up, and read a book. Science will decimate moral issues, whether we'd like it to or not.

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

"Actually Palin's ratings blew away Obama's when you adjust for the fact that she's the VICE Presidential nominee and he's only the PRESIDENTIAL nominee."

What are you talking about? How does that "adjustment" changes actual numbers in any way?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 4, 2008 10:46 PM | Report abuse

"Don't feel bad. I have handed a piece of paper to hundreds of people and asked them to list three accomplishments of Barack Obama. None were able to come up with three."

It's funny - for a sociology class back in undergraduate, I asked about 150 people (educated, ages 18+) to list three (3) accomplishments of Bill Clinton (president at the time), Abraham Lincon, and George Washington. Less than 20 percent got even 3 for 1, and less than 5 percent got all 3 for 3.

So, what's your point?

Posted by: Alex | September 4, 2008 10:51 PM | Report abuse

Well, I was all set to vote Republican... But then Kevin disclosed that Palin went to college in Idaho. So that's it. Can't vote Republican. She went to a school in Idaho. Worse yet, someone just mentioned that Gov Palin was raised in Idaho. Folks, we just can't have these Idahoans running the country. Bunch a potatoes, right?

Posted by: Skitch | September 4, 2008 11:01 PM | Report abuse

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

Does anyone know how you adjust for this?

"Actually Palin's ratings blew away Obama's when you adjust for the fact that she's the VICE Presidential nominee and he's only the PRESIDENTIAL nominee."

I was assuming we would just look at actual ratings.

Posted by: Adam | September 4, 2008 11:17 PM | Report abuse

Ask everyone why the fact that we're in an H5N1 Pandemic year Alert is being kept out of public discourse (by self-serving bureaucrats on your tax dollars) even after the 2006 State Panflu Summits with HHS; and communities supposed to be getting ready for 1 to 3 years of pandemic disruptions "at any time" with no effective vaccine (until -maybe- after the first wave), and, "no outside aid possible". (Or, be "tragically wrong" to expect the feds to save you, as Sec.Leavitt said to all the states.)

We were supposed to, "First Task", have Local "all"-stakeholder Pandemic Preparedness Coordinating Committees making workable local preparations (to be able to mitigate the impact of something contagious-before-symptoms, and, quite deadly to everyone) a priority for the past two years.

"Temperature screening at airports" only works for SARS - not Influenza, and Indonesia has not been reporting 70% of their cases, and with China having the Olympics we didn't hear much news coverage of human-to-human cluster Rapid Response and Containment efforts all this time since pandemicflu.gov went online Oct. 2005.

Ask people if they're read the, "US State Dept H5N1 factsheet" (that has been up since July, 2006) (and it won't be like being stranded on 9/11).

The WHO Alert Phase system has been unplugged (due to "political and economic" pressures) and now there are no other stages going to be declared between Now and Pandemic; stockpiling and other old-style-Phase 4 & 5 actions should have been being done by states, locals, and institutions. The virus is quite dangerous (and, has an 'unprecedented' mammal range, too); the only reason pandemic hasn't started yet is that it is being identified in time, so far, and, human-to-human outbreaks contained; because isolation and Tamiflu at symptom onset has stopped second or third contacts from spreading after an index case dies and contacts fall sick. (And, usually, sick people or their contacts have not had access to transportation - we "got lucky" Dec.2007, when Pakistan hadn't even reported a cluster - the CDC shouldn't hear of one via returned traveler. Luck doesn't last forever.)

Just because Dr.Gerberding at the CDC says high CFR pandemic is "too hard to plan for" is no reason to ignore virologists saying H5N1 does not have to drop in virulence to go pandemic, and mislead anyone about worst-case. Even the strains with genetic resistance to Tamiflu are keeping to high fatality rate; tell the public to go prepare. Grassroots mobilization, trying not to be part of the problem, is the only answer to something this all-encompassing.

All these candidates know about Pandemic Alert - though I'm not sure how much fact-checking they do from ethical scientists; not parroting political hacks to keep the public "calm" (and, unprepared).

Ask Dr.Osterholm of CIDRAP, and Tommy Thompson formerly of HHS, what actions now would be the best way to keep panflu impact to N.America at a minimum, and what citizens need to do to prepare their families and communities for Mitigation to be possible.
Have you seen the issues on the Individuals' tab: Left sidebar; Planning, on pandemicflu.gov ?

Why and how to prepare for panflu year deserves at least equal airtime
as "the switch to digital tv" does!
Better preparedness would also help families during other disasters - no last minute rush, if "preparednes becomes the 'new normal'.

Why haven't the PTA's been discussing how to safely prepare for school/university closures, hospital and nursing home discharges, and months of infrastructure disruptions, and, reminding people to use money wisely
in case their non-essential job is gone during panflu?

Uninformed citizenry and unprepared communites, and, reliance on JIT imports of critical "scarce resources", put our Democracy,
and childrens' futures, at risk.

Everything we all want for America can be taken away by the one inconvienient issue they won't speak its name. Want better pre-Pandemic News coverage? Try concerned citizen sites like PFI Forum,

Don't know how to start getting prepared? GetPandemicReady.org

Posted by: cr | September 4, 2008 11:20 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: Raven Yéil's Much Smarter Daughter | September 4, 2008 11:39 PM | Report abuse

"and she blasted her critics not with angry rhetoric, but with the truth."

To be more accurate, that last part could be changed to:

"but with a speech written by George Bush's very same speech writer, that was loaded with sarcastic remarks and half-truths."

Posted by: one people one earth | September 5, 2008 4:02 AM | Report abuse

She saw a government that was wasteful, detached, and inefficient, and saw its citizens as blank checks for government programs. She ran against incumbents in her own party and won - and she completely reformed her state.

Coming from a state that get more money back from the feds than it gives this is a laughable statement. She even lobbied the feds for money for her town. She is a hypocrite, her motto should be I got mine, you don't get anything.

Posted by: Wearing hip waders | September 5, 2008 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Hello sweet Daughter,
When the posts lack any coherent argument and are filled with personal attacks, you know you've got 'em. Obviously, Palin has made her mark!
Love, Mom

Posted by: annyemax | September 8, 2008 11:05 PM | Report abuse

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