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Exclusive: Chief Fired by Palin Speaks Out

POSTED: 05:27 PM ET, 08/29/2008 by The Editors

The July firing of Alaska Public Safety Commissioner Walter Monegan by Gov. Sarah Palin, who was announced as John McCain's running mate on Friday, has unearthed a stream of soap-opera-like details about Palin, her husband, her family and top state appointees. The controversy has also cut against Palin's reputation for holding an ethical line and standing up to colleagues in the Republican Party over matters of principle.

Monegan, 57, a respected former chief of the Anchorage Police Department, said in an interview with The Washington Post's James V. Grimaldi on Friday that the governor repeatedly brought up the topic of her ex-brother-in-law, Michael Wooten, after Monegan became the state's commissioner of public safety in December 2006. Palin's husband, Todd, met with Monegan and presented a dossier of information about Wooten, who was going through a bitter custody battle with Palin's sister, Molly. Monegan also said Sarah Palin sent him e-mails on the subject, but Monegan declined to disclose them, saying he planned to give them to a legislative investigator looking into the matter.

Palin initially denied that she or anyone in her administration had ever pressured Monegan to fire the trooper, but this summer acknowledged more than a half a dozen contacts over the matter, including one phone call from a Palin administration official to a state police lieutenant. The call was recorded and was released by Palin's office this month. Todd Palin told a television reporter in Alaska that he did meet with Monegan, but said he was just "informing" Monegan about the issue, not exerting pressure.

"She never directly asked me to fire him," Monegan said.

But he said Todd Palin told him Wooten "shouldn't be a trooper. I've tried to explain to him, you can't head hunt like this. What you need to do is back off, because if the trooper does make a mistake, and it is a terminable offense, it can look like political interference.

"I think he's emotionally committed in trying to see that his former brother-in-law is punished."

The allegation against Palin, "undercuts one of the points they are making that she is an ethical reformer," said Democratic state Sen. Hollis French, who is managing a $100,000 investigation into the firing of Walter Monegan.

By The Editors |  August 29, 2008; 5:27 PM ET
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Double down on Bush-Cheney governing. This is a continuation of people using their political power to act out personal/partisan grudges. Attorney general firings anyone?

By the way, anyone who choses to vote or not vote for someone solely on their gender or race, is wasting their vote and can't complain as the US continues to go into the dumps.

Posted by: LMH | August 29, 2008 5:51 PM

A corrupt republican?.say it aint so!

Posted by: markinaustin | August 29, 2008 5:59 PM

I have just read a post that says Palin has a baby just a few months old. I realize that women in their 40's are still having babies, but I would think that a woman 44 years old with already four children would be hesitant about having another. The article said she never looked pregnant at all when she announced to her staff she was 7 months pregnant. At the same time her 16 year old daughter was absent from school for several months; the story being that she was suffering from a lengthy case of mono.
All of this makes no difference to me except that the Republicans always go to such lengths to cover up their sins, that it is fun to catch them in a lie. Maybe some investigative reporting is in order.

Posted by: beccajo | August 29, 2008 6:01 PM

So Palin is an unindicted criminal abuser of po,itical power and official office?

I recall NIXON fired a guy who wouldn't fire someone he didn't like, too. Remember the "Saturday Night Massacre"? Look it up.

And don't we already have a power abusing, unindicted treasonous criminal VP named Cheney right now?

Why pick CheneyII?

TYPICAL NEO-CONS.

Willing to break any law, whenever their own interests are in question.

Vote Obama/Biden 08!

Posted by: JBE | August 29, 2008 6:03 PM

her brother-in-law used a taser on his stepson. I would say that's grounds to use your political power to remove one of your own family members from a position of authority. can you imagine the amount of scrutiny she would be under if no action was taken to protect her sister and her son, Palin's nephew???

just remember, left or right, they will say anything to get your vote. subject yourself to every outlet of information possible, then formulate an opinion. don't blindly vote.

Posted by: politick | August 29, 2008 6:05 PM

This woman was a poor choice. She seems petty and immature on top of the fact that her experience is thin. So now the Republicans are smug about their choice--they have so little respect for women that they think we'll jump on board just because there is a woman on the ticket. What a bunch of schmucks!

Posted by: woman voter--voting for Obama-Biden | August 29, 2008 6:08 PM

This is just too much!!!

A republithug acting unethically? Sounds like the PERFECT segue from Cheney! Now we know what her real qualifications are, she can act like Cheney!

Actually, it sounds just like small town politics. Which though may be typical, pretty much disqualify you for prime time.

Remember, this is YOUR future McCain is gambling with, too!

Posted by: Ethan Q | August 29, 2008 6:10 PM

Mr. Obama and his supporters, including those in the media, certainly do have a problem with ANY strong and capable woman!

The paid Obama bloggers are now having a field day. And, all those who have contributed to Obama can know how their money is being spent. Crucifying Hillary wasn't enough, so now Obama and his political hacks can go after Palin.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 6:11 PM

Yes, we knew McCain would steal the spotlite and pick a farce VP downright.

Crooks come in all colors and especially like Chris Columbo...back off Obama and Biden's relatives and start the nasty blogs about Sarah Pee.

Posted by: truthbeebold | August 29, 2008 6:11 PM

For purposes of discussion only, let's assume Gov. Palin isn't the mother of her young Down syndrome baby, but rather her 16-year daughter is the mother, as suggested by BECCAJO. Such facts would only further enhance her standing with the right-to-life movement, and frankly it would probably enhance her standing with me too. Of course, none of this, whether true or not, qualifies her to be Vice President of the United States.

Posted by: DoreDad | August 29, 2008 6:14 PM

Please, let's not go fishing. A child born with down syndrome is much more characteristic of a mother in her 40s than a 16 year old. Let's talk about how unethical it is for a politicians husband, who works for big oil, to attempt to interfere with a person's employment because of personal conflicts. This is a small town girl who made big because she put herself out there. She has no more business being VP than you or I.

Posted by: GreenMachine | August 29, 2008 6:15 PM

Why would godly evangelicals be willing to overlook the investigation into Palin's abuse of power? Firing the police chief because he wouldn't fire her sister's ex husband?

This woman is an unendicted criminal who faces possible impeachment for lack of ethics and abuse of power. She fired a good man who was following the LAW... because he refused to BREAK it.

..That's Palin's judgement and ethics in action.

But the NEO-CON evangelicals like her already!

What about godly, truth loving Christians? I bet not so much.

Posted by: JBE | August 29, 2008 6:17 PM

Hey, give McCain a break.
He could have picked Madonna !!

Posted by: anonymous | August 29, 2008 6:19 PM

Where's the Post on Ayers/Obama and the Annenburg Challenge?

Some investigative reporting.

Posted by: anotherview | August 29, 2008 6:20 PM

morons

1 downs babies come more to older women
2 she had genetic test WHILE pregnant


and I dod not like this Palin but you all are MORONS

Posted by: nick | August 29, 2008 6:24 PM

Where's the Post on Ayers/Obama and the Annenburg Challenge?

Some investigative reporting.

Posted by: anotherview | August 29, 2008 6:24 PM

I'm sorry, but the criticism from the Obama/Biden ticket is not because Palin is a "strong woman," but because she is anti-choice, anti-environment, homophobe. As far as this story goes, this news is not new - it has been in the WSJ several weeks ago - and it is relevant. Whether or not her ex-in law is a bad man, she was the wrong person to go about trying to have him removed from his position. Further, it creates at least the appearance of impropriety when you pressure someone to fire your ex-in law and then promptly fire him after he doesn't do it. Lastly, she really never was able to explain why she fired him mid-term - so it really all does start to stink.

Posted by: WalshMD | August 29, 2008 6:26 PM

It's scary, to think that this unknown and pretty obscure woman -- who seems to be popular in Alaska, to be fair about it -- is just a couple of breaths away from having all of the US military forces & nuclear warheads at her command. McCain is one kinda thing, she's another. Iran war, anyone?

Posted by: karma sue | August 29, 2008 6:26 PM

Is that all you got against her? lol

Posted by: John | August 29, 2008 6:29 PM

Re Mr. Wooten: he has been accused by family members and perhaps others of threatening his wife, threatening to kill her father, of illegally shooting a moose, of drinking beer in a police car, and of shooting a taser at his 11 year-old step-son.

If the charges are true, then the Director of Public Safety should have fired the guy. If he didn't then he was endangering the public, and not just Palin's family. In other words, he wasn't doing his job.

Posted by: theduke | August 29, 2008 6:30 PM

This is nothing compared to Obama being in Rev Wright's church for 20+ years and denying he heard any of the anti-white, anti-America rantings!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Cassandra Washington | August 29, 2008 6:32 PM

Don't you just love the looks on the Dem liberal media faces??? (Oh no were beaten!) lol

Posted by: John | August 29, 2008 6:34 PM

Didn't expect it from McCain, but great choice. It's about time.

Posted by: Carol D | August 29, 2008 6:34 PM

The real question is, why isn't McCain worried about this scandal? If the investigation finds criminal acts and she is indicted, the ticket is dead. Why take this risk?

The only thing I can think of is either they are really sure she won't be indicted or they are really desperate to change the game and are willing to take the risk.

Posted by: John Snow | August 29, 2008 6:35 PM

beccajo - isn't that a plot line from Desperate Housewives?

Posted by: Bradley | August 29, 2008 6:35 PM

No worry about the Rev. Cassandra,

Obama's supporters are all anti-white, anti-America too!

Let's see, a war hero and soccer mom vs. a black Muslim anti-American activist and left wing liberal plagiarist. Hmmmm.

Posted by: John | August 29, 2008 6:39 PM

Wow, the kooks crawled out from under a rock to suggest her baby *isn't even* hers -- let's see, maybe it's John Edwards'? And someone calling the opposition "schmucks" while calling someone else immature? Nice touch.

I guess this is the kind of change we can expect in Obama's Amerika. Complete with a campaign spokesman saying something that again demonstrates the Obama campaign's contempt for small towns, rural folk, fly over country. The show in Denver is over and it's time to diss the nation some more, at least the part that clings to its guns and religion.

Elitists. Snobs. Haters. Democrats. But I'm being redundant...

Posted by: question those who question authority | August 29, 2008 6:42 PM

What an insult to women who initially supported Hillary Clinton? She's just another beauty queen-trophy wife for Sen. McCain. He has totally lost me now. And can somebody please give her some lessons in voice modulation - FAST!!! The prospect of having to listen to that amateurish high-pitched whiny voice until November is truly depressing. Again, a novice with no experience worthy of the nation.

Posted by: Maggie | August 29, 2008 6:42 PM

This is more of the same!!!

Does Valerie Plame rings the bell.

Republicans can go to any extent for personal vendetta and this chick is no different.

Posted by: Samina Hayaat | August 29, 2008 6:44 PM

Obama is toast.

Posted by: John | August 29, 2008 6:45 PM

Palin is a homophobe?! She *vetoed* a ban on same sex benefits in Alaska. You knee-jerk Kool-Aid drinkers might want to do a little research before making arses of yourselves.

Posted by: do your homework | August 29, 2008 6:46 PM

How weak. The press is coming out of the woodwork to find something on Palin. This story is so much weaker than the stuff they had on Obama, or Clinton for that matter. Hey look, fresh meat! Sounds like some Democrats are worried.

Posted by: John B | August 29, 2008 6:47 PM

I seriously question John McCain’s judgment now. This woman is woefully unqualified to be VP. And who will take care of her newborn? A nanny? What is this? The Brangelinafication of the American Presidency?

Posted by: Melinda | August 29, 2008 6:48 PM

Don't think you can blame Obama on this story. It's been in the Alaska newspapers since at least 2005. Don't think Obama was running at that time.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 6:49 PM

This is a McCain blunder. The Demos will have two strong candidates, the Repubs just one. Biden, at least, has been in the national scene for years and had the decency to run for the office and debate the others. She has been up north, immersed in tiny-minded political goings on, and I don't believe she's done anything much worth scandalizing her, but she's just SUCH an unknown quantity. McCain is patronizing women by this choice: Oh, so you wanted a woman did you? Well, here's one, whatsit matter who she is!
Insulting, if you think about it.
I used to work with a guy many, many years ago, who'd joke that if you turned us all upside down and put a paper bag over our heads, you couldn't tell the difference. McCain seems to think the same thing...

Posted by: Marilee | August 29, 2008 6:53 PM

John... your racism and bigotry are so last century!! Why not get a life, huh?

Posted by: Insight | August 29, 2008 6:53 PM

This is a poor choice on the merits for the Republican part. The selection of a female VP candidate is certainly a historic moment, and it is a profoundly important moment in this country's history to know that the next president -- or vice president -- will not be a white man. Here here.

That said, the choice looks like pandering to me; so too, did the direct reference to Hillary Clinton in Palin's speech. The concern I have with the idea that Palin will draw Clinton supporters is this: Clinton herself isn't going to "crack the glass ceiling" and then hold the door for Palin as the first elected female to the executive branch, which forces the Clintons to genuinely and forcefully advocate for an Obama presidency to maintain her prospective legacy.

Considering her positions on abortion, guns, and the environment, Palin's similarities with Hillary Clinton are entirely apolitical. I see no new or compelling enticement that might convince Clinton's supporters to cross over on November 4.

Additionally, Palin's geographic pedigree provides no bump or enhanced opportunity in any battleground state. Palin cannot deliver a Pennsylvania like Ridge (Biden's Delaware/Pennsylvania connection likely seals this now, Ridge would have given him a huge fight) or a Michigan like Romney; rather, she's from a state with minimal electoral significance already leaning heavily in McCain's favor.

Moreover, and perhaps temporarily lost in the mix, is that McCain has stripped himself of the high ground in the debate over experience while simultaneously exposing himself to charges of hipocracy for having raised the issue in the first place. It was an important and objectively quantifiable difference between him and Obama, and he gave it away by picking a candidate with no prior exposure to international affairs or foreign diplomacy matters. The response, of course, is that Obama also lacks experience; the problem is that until this morning, he was the only one who did.

Posted by: CJ | August 29, 2008 6:56 PM

McCain doesn't care because there was no one left to take the VP nod. This was a case of "who wants it" and the other 5 guys took a step back. The GOP is mailing this election in and hoping to retool for 2012. She took this as a stepping stone, after the coming November trouncing, to a state Senate seat, probably attempting to replace Stevens once he goes to jail. This is Dan Quayle with two X chromosomes.

Posted by: CSD | August 29, 2008 6:58 PM

Liberals as usual do not get it! No wonder the last two democrats to serve as Presidents have been a disgrace. You're gonna lose again! Immoral morons!

Posted by: Rightly Chosen | August 29, 2008 7:00 PM

Palin is ANYTHING but a strong, capable woman. She is pro-choice (i.e. anti-woman), creationist (i.e. anti-intelligent) pro-drilling in protected areas (i.e. anti-earth), pro tax-cuts for-the-rich (i.e. anti middle class & poor) and under investigation (i.e. anti-laws). And she has virtually NO experience in anything. And McCain feels she's "ready to be president"!!! What a goof McCain is. And what an anti-woman, anti-family person Palin is. Not to mention absolutely out to lunch on any McCain policies. Have they ever even met?? What gives here?

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 7:00 PM

bush was a puppet of the right wing. mccain has let himself become a puppet of the right wing. if God forbid, palin has to assume the presidency she will also be a right wing puppet.
this palin pick is about keeping the right wing in total control of this country -
this country is at a dangerous crossroad.
vote obama/biden - i have come to truly believe the future of our democracy is at stake

Posted by: gigs | August 29, 2008 7:00 PM

The last "anonymous" post was me. I gave my name, but for some reason it wasn't published.

Posted by: dasm | August 29, 2008 7:01 PM

It's great -- and greatly overdue -- to finally see the repubs select a woman for VP -- but let's keep the discussion about her qualifications and not the kind of nasty lies that have been circulated about Senators Obama and Clinton. The fact that her voice is shrill is about as important as whether of not one likes Sen. Clinton's laugh. The fact that she is very inexperienced in terms of national or international issues and that Senator McCain is both 72 and has had multiple bouts of cancer is a big deal -- not whether or not she had a baby in her forties or whether or not she chooses to run for public office four months after the birth of a child with Down's Syndrome.

Posted by: Linda | August 29, 2008 7:01 PM

Great points, CJ, especially your last paragraph. I totally agree that the experience issue was fundamental for McCain, and now, maybe due to bad advice, he's forfeited the strong position he had there. Hillary appealed to women who were more liberal thinking, pro-choice, I would think. I don't see this woman capturing their votes.

Posted by: Marilee | August 29, 2008 7:03 PM

Not to mention that she fired Monegan because, in her words, he was lax in "going after illegal moonshiners," and then after firing him, tried to get him a job...at the Alaska Alcohol & Beverage Control Board!

Posted by: SantiagoDave | August 29, 2008 7:04 PM

Makes Dan Quayle look like a heavyweight.

Posted by: Nixon'stheone.com | August 29, 2008 7:10 PM

This is brilliant. Now we have locked up the crucial Eskimo vote.

Posted by: Steve | August 29, 2008 7:10 PM

I am neither voting for Republican or Democrat. I am likely to write in my first choice for President even though there is no chance they will be elected this year. At this point, I don't really care who wins. It is politics as normal...terrible vs. terrible! Which do you choose?

Posted by: ceo1 | August 29, 2008 7:11 PM

Typical liberal bulls***! Keep trying, its going to be hard to top being a Black Panther.

Posted by: Paul | August 29, 2008 7:12 PM

"No wonder the last two democrats to serve as Presidents have been a disgrace."

Hey, Rightly Chosen: A little american history for you, since you apparently have been asleep the past two decades. What's the federal deficit been at the end of each of the last 4 presidents? Reagan - 200B deficit. Bush 1 - 100B deficit. Clinton (that "tax and spend liberal) - 128B SURPLUS; BuscCo - 490B dollar deficit. Hey, try doing some research. The only president of the past 4 to work under a balanced budget and produce a surplus was the democrat. Nice try though.

Posted by: CSD | August 29, 2008 7:13 PM

To Nick who posted "Morons"

Learn how to SPELL

Posted by: Linda | August 29, 2008 7:15 PM

I love his choice of VP
People saying because she is small town she doesn't deserve it, that is honestly something you really need to think about. I personally think Obama screwed up on his VP. If he wanted more votes he should've picked Hillary Clinton because that would've united the democratic party. On top of that, his father is muslim. Just because he isn't doesnt mean he doesn't have family ties with them. and uhm, HELLO we are in a war with them. now i'm not only old enough to vote yet and i have realized these things. so maybe yall should use a little brain power sometimes!

Posted by: Judith | August 29, 2008 7:16 PM

Just when Obama begins to spell out his positions, McCain gets strange. I think the whole Republican party is on drugs, and they really like it!

Kind of like the Alaskan northern lights. Beautiful, irresistible, and very dangerous to humans!

No one can accuse McCain of being boring. But whether he is sane is now very much in question.

Posted by: madman | August 29, 2008 7:17 PM

What do you expect from a feeble old man who can't even perform a google search to research her background.

Posted by: PL | August 29, 2008 7:17 PM

The thing is, McCain has now given everyone who was afraid of Obama, a good reason to be just as afraid of him. At least Obama had the good sense to choose someone everybody knows. I think McCain had it made, the votes were his to lose. Now he's gone and listened to some idiot advisors. Something like our current idiot in office.

Posted by: Halley | August 29, 2008 7:18 PM

Its possible she could end up being President,and with a 4 month old baby!!
I can hear it now,please put the United Nations on hold,Im breast feeding the baby...Please tell Russia to call back,Im changing the baby !!! How many kids does she have?Sounds like she does'nt have time for helping run the Country huh?To busy in the bedroom.

Posted by: Oh-No | August 29, 2008 7:21 PM

"On top of that, his father is muslim. HELLO we are in a war with them"...We're at WAR WITH THE MUSLIMS?

HELLO? Are you from this planet? Did you REALLY just write that? I see you are just old enough to vote: Proof that our education system is a disgrace.

Oh wait, I see you also wrote "yall" (without the apostrophe, though, "y'all" which is understandable).

That explains it. Hey, try visiting america in the 21st century. You'd be surprised at all the muslims you will meet.

Posted by: CSD | August 29, 2008 7:22 PM

As in many other cases, Palin's problem is not merely that she wrongfully fired the commissioner, but that she made many false statements about her own discussions and communications with other officials. Anyone remember Eagleton? McCain will no doubt support Palin "1000%" but this lady is not going to be on the ticket in November. That's what I think, anyway.

Posted by: ILoveAmerica | August 29, 2008 7:22 PM

This is a strange pick. It sounds like he barely knows her...according to the news reports, they've only met face to face a couple of times. Why would you pick a stranger to spend the next most important days of your campaign or 4 years of your presidency? He must have panicked over how well Obama's speach went over with the pundits last night. I am hugely disappointed and will have to decide whether I even want to vote this year.

Posted by: karen | August 29, 2008 7:23 PM

What do you expect from a feeble old man who can't even perform a google search to
research her background.

Kay Bailey Hutchinson? Elizabeth Dole?
Those are just the tip of the iceberg
of better qualified candidates he could
have chosen.

By the way, those icebergs are melting,
and the polar bears are drowning, just like Palin's policies; and so now are McCain's chances of winning in November.

Posted by: PL | August 29, 2008 7:24 PM

PALIN is BULLET PROOF! That is why the Dem's are all running around like headless chickens.

PALIN scares the Dem's....and they should be scared.

Posted by: Kris in AL | August 29, 2008 7:24 PM

I find the Republican VP choice has given me more hope than ever that the Democrats will win in November....I only hope it's a landslide and they take not only the White House the the majority in both the House and the Senate!

I voted for Hilary in the primary and if the Republican strategists think adding such an inexperienced lightweight to their ticket will bring me running to their side - NO WAY!

Posted by: Working Mom | August 29, 2008 7:26 PM

It is interesting that in Bollingbrook IL not far from Chicago they are looking for Stacey Peterson, the third wife of a police officer. I bet that police chief is wishing that action had been taken after Drew Peterson's second wife drowned in a ddry bathtub. I think if Molly was my sister I would do every thing I could to protect her. We also just sentenced a serial rapist that was a cop. There is a possiblity that the officer was guilty of the behaviors of which he was accused. Putting on a badge does not prohibit some one from being a criminal.

Posted by: pjmyers55 | August 29, 2008 7:26 PM

I believe the truth is,everyone else turned him down,after all no one wants to be on a losing ticket!! Kay Bailey Hutchinson told him No No No

Posted by: Oh-No | August 29, 2008 7:27 PM

This is INSANITY.

The Republicans have tried to label Obama as "inexperienced". It didn't work because Americans are intelligent, and simply looked at Obama's record of being in office since 1996 and his 28 years of public service and concluded that Obama has enough experience and is up for the job.

McCain brings forth a woman whom has been a governor for 1 1/2 years, and ZERO foreign credentials....I'm baffled.

I wasn't going to volunteer for Obama but the idea of this lady being a heartbeat from the presidency is scary enough to get me out and working.

Did McCain forget we are a country at war?

Posted by: jules | August 29, 2008 7:27 PM

This is a stupendous miscalculation for McCain. The Hillaryites he hopes will vote for her are in an ageing demographic and have spent years of hard work and dedication campaigning for their champion.
To them, Sarah Palin is a "kid" and is NO feminist. They could fool themselves into thinking that John McCain actually valued them in some way, shape, or form but, no more.
Their radar for pandering is always on high alert and, not only that, they are not going to stand for the Republicans "cheering" Hillary on when the right wing has been doing every imaginable thing to destroy Hillary, their champion.
Obama will welcome them home.

Posted by: cms1 | August 29, 2008 7:27 PM

Oh no, you can't be serious. Busy in the bedroom is good for a president, relieves the tension, I'd say. Remember how much good it did for Bill. Before Republicans held the sex hearings, that is. No, babies/fooling around isn't the problem. Everybody who was gonna vote for McCain should thank him for showing off the kind of judgement he would have in office. Like NO judgement, huh. He may be just a little too old and demented, after all. Good to find out now, before he starts another war.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 7:28 PM

CSD you are a typical economic dunce. Ask yourself this one question, "where is all the money saved with the end of the cold war, all 13 Trillion of it! Give Reagan/Bush a little credit. At the end of his 8 year term, Bill Clinton's squandered us into a ressession and the US Taxpayer was nearly 13 TRILLION POORER. By any math taught in our public schools, that is a huge loss.

Posted by: Henry | August 29, 2008 7:29 PM

What an Obamanation!! Wow John McCain chose someone with the same creditials as OBAMA - young and inexperienced. But Palin fights crime and Obama buys homes and becomes neighbors with criminals! While attending 20 years of "anti-american church" She reminds me of Mr Smith goes to Washington!!!

Posted by: Stephanie | August 29, 2008 7:31 PM

There is another story on another site that says she will be deposed (give a deposition) in this case soon. This will be taken under oath and if she lies under oath it is criminal perjury and can bring criminal charges or impeachment. This is what got Bill Clinton in trouble in the Paula Jones case and brought in Ken Starr. This was no secret and McCain's advanced team must have been so dense that they thought vetting meant to see if the Palin family dogs had rabies shots.

Posted by: ejgallagher1 | August 29, 2008 7:31 PM

CSD you are a typical economic dunce. Ask yourself this one question, "where is all the money saved with the end of the cold war, all 13 Trillion of it! Give Reagan/Bush a little credit. At the end of his 8 year term, Bill Clinton's squandered us into a ressession and the US Taxpayer was nearly 13 TRILLION POORER. By any math taught in our public schools, that is a huge loss.

Posted by: Henry | August 29, 2008 7:32 PM

I live in Alaska and have always been a democrat. SARAH PALIN STOOD UP TO POLITICAL CORRUPTION...and SENT THEM TO PRISON... OUT OF STATE! She took the IC (ICK) out of RepublICan...and I will support her!

Posted by: Alaskan for PALIN | August 29, 2008 7:34 PM

I live in Alaska and have always been a democrat. SARAH PALIN STOOD UP TO POLITICAL CORRUPTION...and SENT THEM TO PRISON... OUT OF STATE! She took the IC (ICK) out of RepublICan...and I will support her!

Posted by: Alaskan for PALIN | August 29, 2008 7:34 PM

There is another story on another site that says she will be deposed (give a deposition) in this case soon. This will be taken under oath and if she lies under oath it is criminal perjury and can bring criminal charges or impeachment. This is what got Bill Clinton in trouble in the Paula Jones case and brought in Ken Starr. This was no secret and McCain's advanced team must have been so dense that they thought vetting meant to see if the Palin family dogs had rabies shots.

Posted by: ejgallagher1 | August 29, 2008 7:35 PM

A professional woman should never cross the ethical line and mix the personal and the professional.

Crossing the personal and the professional sounds like something a RepubliCON and a beauty queen would do.

Posted by: Ktron | August 29, 2008 7:35 PM

Bet ya all you libs would really approve if McCain did choose madonna LOL.
As for Palin, think! One unknown woman from Alaska has shown the world that she has just stopped Obama's news blitz just hours after a supposedly historical nomination with the libs ... now that's POWER, yeah more power to Sarah and so more POWER to McCain equals to more POWER to us. Where's Obama in the news today?

Vote McCain 08!

Posted by: TB | August 29, 2008 7:35 PM

Henry, Check the mirror, your dunce cap is crooked. OK, a surplus isn't enough for you (after your Rethuglican deficits)? How about the DOW? 3300 when Clinton took office. 10,400 when he left. When BushCo was coronated, 10,400. Tell you what,check the closing numbers today and get back to me. Tell me hard the work was, such hard, hard work, for BushCo over 8 years. Problem is, you ideologues put ideology ahead of results. And the outcome is our country today.

Posted by: CSD | August 29, 2008 7:38 PM

Does anyone ever wonder why we only have a 2 party system? Does anyone ever think that the media and government keep up preoccupied with this Roe vs. Wade coverage instead of allowing us to focus on real issues at hand in America. We have a failing educational system, we have horrible healthcare tied to low paying jobs (if we have jobs at all), we are in a religious war that is only encouraging extreme radicals, and we are focused on who is better republicans or democrats! We need to come together as a nation and demand change from government.

Posted by: magwoman | August 29, 2008 7:39 PM

Henry, Check the mirror, your dunce cap is crooked. OK, a surplus isn't enough for you (after your Rethuglican deficits)? How about the DOW? 3300 when Clinton took office. 10,400 when he left. When BushCo was coronated, 10,400. Tell you what,check the closing numbers today and get back to me. Tell me hard the work was, such hard, hard work, for BushCo over 8 years. Problem is, you ideologues put ideology ahead of results. And the outcome is our country today.

Posted by: CSD | August 29, 2008 7:40 PM

McCain's pandering , gimmicky choice will backfire now. Hillary will campaign like hell for Obama because we all know she cannot stand the thought of putting those 18 million cracks in the ceiling and letting another woman push through.

Posted by: Claire | August 29, 2008 7:43 PM

Who will take care of her baby? Ooohh I bet Putin is shaking in his boots(not).

Posted by: David | August 29, 2008 7:44 PM

Claire - LOL! That's funny.

Posted by: VZE | August 29, 2008 7:44 PM

With Senator McCain's advanced age and bouts with cancer, I think this was a terrible choice. He has exercised poor judgment and failed to put America first. Ms. Palin is not ready to be president on day one or day 361. What was John McCain thinking?

Posted by: Michael | August 29, 2008 7:46 PM

think stereo types:

spite is a feminine trait

Hillary [supporters] say what they say out of spite

ditto jealousy

etc

McCain's strategy to negate 'the females' is an appeal to stereotypes

IMHO

Posted by: anon2 | August 29, 2008 7:46 PM

McCain could have called and told me not to vote for him. He didn't have to nominate a seriously flawed candidate for the office of the vice-president which is a heart beat away from the oval office.

Her appointment is a slap in the face to many qualified Republican women.

I will vote for OBAMA.

Posted by: Walter | August 29, 2008 7:47 PM

As an independent I was torn bewteen McCain and Obama. I'd love to vote for an african american for president. I'd enjoy having Barack Obama as a friend and neighbour. He's a smart articulate guy. His quasi-socialist solutions to our countries problems have been tried and failed in other countries. The democrats should have put forward Bill Richardson as a candidate. He beat every other democrat when it came to domestic and international experience(in droves) and his moderate approach to our many problems.

As a veteran, I know that McCain trully will put country first. I supported his peaceful overtures to Vietnam, in fact I was in awe of his stance after his suffering in their prisons. As an athiest ex-democrat independent I disagree with McCain/Palin on many social issues. I support womens rights and the full rights of sexual and racial minorities. But the democrats never reciprocated by supporting my rights to own a gun or the intellectual freedom to disagree on the science of global warming.
I disagree with Palins creationist beliefs.
As an immigrant who bled for america and loves my adopted countrys costitution, I support her absolute right to her own religous beliefs.
I'm hoping McCain/Palin will shake up the status quo in our nations capitol. All most "experienced" democrats and republicans have brought us are corrupt special interest politics and the partisan bickering that is a drag on our societies progress to a better life for all.
I support McCain/Palin because America needs CHANGE not socialism.

Posted by: John Reid | August 29, 2008 7:50 PM

As an independent I was torn bewteen McCain and Obama. I'd love to vote for an african american for president. I'd enjoy having Barack Obama as a friend and neighbour. He's a smart articulate guy. His quasi-socialist solutions to our countries problems have been tried and failed in other countries. The democrats should have put forward Bill Richardson as a candidate. He beat every other democrat when it came to domestic and international experience(in droves) and his moderate approach to our many problems.

As a veteran, I know that McCain truly will put country first. I supported his peaceful overtures to Vietnam, in fact I was in awe of his stance after his suffering in their prisons. As an athiest ex-democrat independent I disagree with McCain/Palin on many social issues. I support womens rights and the full rights of sexual and racial minorities. But the democrats never reciprocated by supporting my rights to own a gun or the intellectual freedom to disagree on the science of global warming.
I disagree with Palins creationist beliefs.
As an immigrant who bled for america and loves my adopted countrys constitution, I support her absolute right to her own religous beliefs.
I'm hoping McCain/Palin will shake up the status quo in our nations capitol. All most "experienced" democrats and republicans have brought us are corrupt special interest politics and the partisan bickering that is a drag on our societies progress to a better life for all.
I support McCain/Palin because America needs CHANGE not socialism.

Posted by: John Reid | August 29, 2008 7:54 PM

Don't care how many crooked Alaska politicians this person outwitted. She's not ready to be VP of a whole country, and McCain needs someone who's ready. We all needed to know he had a VP candidate who was ready, since his age has been an issue of some concern. I was considering McCain seriously, now I know he was just joking. He's left anyone with any sense, no choice.
imho, of course.

Posted by: Therese | August 29, 2008 7:54 PM

Yep. Palin is Nixon when it comes to trying to fire those he's mad about. Yet she's Dan Quayle when it comes to being vp.

McCain must think little of the inteligence of women voters if he thinks this scam will work for him.

Posted by: J | August 29, 2008 7:54 PM

John wrote: Is that all you got against her? lol

Well, there's also that total lack of national and international experience...

Posted by: Jackson | August 29, 2008 7:55 PM

As a Republican I am horrified at this choice. Choosing to put such an inexperienced person 2nd in line, behind someone who is 71, to the Presidency is frightening. We thought McCain would be substance over style. That is why we picked him over the others in the primary. But this pick reaks of politics and style over substance. Very, very troubling.

Posted by: Howard. Ohio | August 29, 2008 7:55 PM

Everyone keeps talking about women this and women that! What about men? Had Mrs. Palin been a man she would have never have been chosen for VP. I thought we Republicans were against affirmative action? Even still, there are plenty of other more qualified GOP women if McCain just had to pick one. How about Senator Hutchison or Condoleeza Rice? I am not happy at all with this pick by my party's candidate. I may just sit out November.

Posted by: John | August 29, 2008 7:57 PM

This wouldn't be such a story if McCain weren't as old as Moses. But he is, that is why this is so startling!
Sarah is a female misogynist, she doesn't like women.
She is against anything that promotes a female agenda, and he'll working moms in this country. She is anti choice, anti equal pay, anti environment and she is BIG OIL!
Yes, folks, WE'RE GONNA HAVE ANOTHER OIL MAN, OOPS SORRY, OIL WOMAN IN THE WHITE HOUSE, AGAIN!
MORE BIG OIL IN THE WHITE HOUSE, THEN WE CAN PAY $10.00 A GALLON, THAT IS WHAT YOU ALL DESERVE FOR FALLING FOR THIS!
SHE IS A SHILL FOR THE OIL COMPANIES AND FOR BUSH/CHENEY.
YOU DESERVE WHAT YOU GET, AND YOU HAVE GOTTEN, EXACTLY WHAT YOU DESERVE.
YOU ARE PAYING THE WEALTHIEST 1% OF AMERICANS TAXES, YOU ARE PAYING, JOHN MCCAINS TAXES. AND THE OLD FART WANTS TO PRIVATIZE SOCIAL SECURITY, NICE, that'll be just great!

Posted by: Maggie | August 29, 2008 7:58 PM

It looks like McBush had another "senior moment" selecting an unexperienced person under ethics investigation. How dumb can you get?

Posted by: moi | August 29, 2008 8:02 PM

Walter-- You are a smart and insightful man. Good for you!

Posted by: Betty | August 29, 2008 8:05 PM

someone who thinks women are objects who should enter beauty contests will get intelligent women to vote for him?

someone who thinks Hillary was a "whiner" will get Hillary voters?

someone who thinks Genesis is science will get any intelligent voters?

someone who just recently said she didn't know much about foreign policy and wasn't following the issue of Iraq at all.

and ran as a reformer and promptly abused her office to get the trooper who was divorcing her sister fired.

it doesn't get any better than this.

if we elect someone who thinks the earth is 6000 years old we don't deserve self governance.

Posted by: JoeT | August 29, 2008 8:07 PM

Is this election about judgment?
The choice of Sarah Pahin shows poor judgment on McCain's part. Any intelligent person knows when you choose to have a baby at 43 you have a very high probability of having a child with Downs Syndrome.
She used poor judgment not using birth control.
Would she use better judgment dealing with our economy?
Would she use better judgment dealing with our enemies?
I for one am not willing to take a chance.

Posted by: Kwaayesnama | August 29, 2008 8:09 PM

Well, I am NOT going to stay home on election day. Can we vote for McCain-Biden, for instance? Can we write in someone else for vp? Not gonna vote for this Alaska politician who wants women to have more babies, no matter what. Talk about a guilt trip for women who have reluctantly decided to terminate rather than bear a child with Down syndrome. Not much choice for voters, either, in this election.

Posted by: Gertrude | August 29, 2008 8:10 PM

Joe T, unfortunately Americans are very gullible , why they voted Bush for a second term is behond me....

Posted by: a foregneir | August 29, 2008 8:10 PM

Unreal - my HUSBAND voted for Hillary in the primary, I voted for Obama. My friends (as the obviously senile McCain likes to say) is toast. What obvious pandering. Have any of you listened to her or seen her Rose Parade wave? Wow, what a total blunder.

Do they think Joe will go easy cause she might cry or what? Well, this 50+ year old woman in a conservative area isn't buying it and neither is my husband. Who's going to watch the kids now?

Rove, you REALLY blew it this time! This is priceless! Um, and hardly historic. If you wanted historic, you should have picked Condi, but of course, she would say, no thanks.

Posted by: jen | August 29, 2008 8:10 PM

How many of you have had a four month old infant?

She also has four other children!

I know when I had two children and had my third I did not have the energy to put on my makeup, let enough lead a nation.

Where was McCains brain ?!?!?

Posted by: Vera | August 29, 2008 8:11 PM

Note that spiteful fired employee Monegan did not supply any proof of his claims other than his own mouth.

Just because he is a former police office does not mean he is not a liar.

Just ask the Indianapolis Star about police officers and their feet of clay.

The investigation was instigated by Democratic "wannabee governor" legislators, especially Hollis French, and Big Oil owned Republican legislators.

Big Oil is mad at Sarah because she defeated their owned governor and overturned his sweetheart tax deal he made with Big Oil.

Hell have no fury like Big Oil scorned.

Maybe the WaPo should ask Monegan if he has applied for a job with Big Oil?

If this was an example of WaPo investigating skills, there will be no more big prizes for the WaPo.

Posted by: William | August 29, 2008 8:11 PM

John McCain decided to ask this woman to be his running mate and possible next Vice-President of the United States(and possibly President) after only talking to her twice on the phone and meeting her once. I have never questioned John McCain's sanity or lucidity,but I do now.

Posted by: Victoria | August 29, 2008 8:14 PM

john, why good luck ever making an unbiased point or any point for that matter. keep using your little brain as best you can.

Posted by: thomas | August 29, 2008 8:15 PM

Hey, she has nice boobs, that's important for big john!

Posted by: colorblind | August 29, 2008 8:18 PM

Yeah, if he didn't want us to vote for him, McCain coulda just phoned. Romney, I coulda understood, or even that turncoat Independent guy. But this? Scary, just plain scary.

Posted by: justa peon | August 29, 2008 8:19 PM

I have 2 children and have a hard time balancing work and family. I cannot begin to fathom how Mrs. Palin, a mother of five, including a Down Syndrome child will be able to handle being the #2 leader of the free world. Something is going to suffer. Will it the country or her children?

Posted by: Jackie | August 29, 2008 8:22 PM

It appears that Palin's husband (Todd) doesn't spend all his time in the oil fields and is known to meddle in the governor's office.

Shadow Governor?
http://www.andrewhalcro.com/shadow_governor

The author was a member of the Alaska legislature from 1999-2003

One example - there's more in the article:

The stories started last year when Representative Ralph Samuels told me about going into a meeting, he thought would be private, with Governor Sarah Palin. Much to his surprise, Todd Palin was there and proceeded to sit through the entire meeting.

Other lawmakers have shared similar stories and were shocked at how inappropriate Todd's presence was at meetings with the governor. Yesterday on the Dan Fagan Show, Representative Jay Ramras mentioned that Todd was working lawmakers offices during the ACES debate.

But more importantly, Todd's fingerprints on trying to impact personnel decisions appear to go beyond the current scandal revolving around State Trooper Mike Wooten.

Posted by: Sandy | August 29, 2008 8:23 PM

I live and work in Juneau, Alaska. I know Sarah and many others that know and work with her. We are shocked by this pick. She is an interesting person and did step into a difficult role as a new governor in a state being run by old boys that had lost touch with the people and were making deals behind closed doors. However, we also know this is over her head. She could learn to do the job but she doesn't have what it takes to do it from "day one." I say this as someone that knows her, voted for her and have voted for most of the republicans in Alaska for over 14 years. She is not as "perfect" as McCain will attempt to market her! There is meat on the bones of the mess she is in with the state trooper issue. We also wonder why she waited 7 months to even tell the public, including her staff she was about to have a baby. McCain will say she is popular and I know the numbers say she is. However, this is in part because she followed a governor that was out of touch and didn't care about us. She also just gave us all a $1200 energy dividend on top of our normal dividend. You will also hear that she cut the budget, but that isn't true. The total budget went up 30% this year and she did it by taking advantage of the higher oil revenues and a new tax on oil companies. This will appeal to some dems but I know personally local reps are not happy with it. There is just too many issues and questions that only we in Juneau know about to outline here but I must say knowing her like we do it likely has far more to do with her "look" and being a "women" and he thinks he can market her to win some votes. Bad pick from where I sit and right now that is looking out my window at her governor's house.

Posted by: akwatcher | August 29, 2008 8:27 PM

This is the best woman the Republicans have now thats really a damn shame. I could've at least respected Condaleeza Rice. Where did they get this Hick from. This is like a rerun of the beverlly hillbillies. Jed picks Ellie Mae

Posted by: Critic4u | August 29, 2008 8:31 PM

She is a great choice. . .
Go Sarah!

Posted by: Sunny | August 29, 2008 8:36 PM

It may be natural for someone to try to protect her sister and nephew from what sounds like a madman in a law enforcement role. I don't blame her or her husband for anything they might have tried to do. These state troopers carry loaded weapons, and someone unbalanced can cause tragedy. The fact she booted out some money grubbing politicians in Alaska is all well and good. But just what does the fact she's probably a good person, have to do with running for vp of the US? My own aunt Sara -- she's salt-of-the-earth wonderful, but I wouldn't want her next in line for president either!!! I can't come up with anything for an excuse for McCain to give us this bad, bad decision.

Posted by: Charlotte | August 29, 2008 8:36 PM

Palin issued a press release August 4, 2008 - A little embarrassing today I guess

Palin Pleased with Obama's Energy Plan

http://72.14.205.104/search?q=cache:wbCGTUeD1r0J:www.gov.state.ak.us/news.php%3Fid%3D1384+%22question+the+means+to+pay+for+Obama%E2%80%99s+proposed+rebate%22&hl=en&ct=clnk&cd=4&gl=us&client=safari

It has since been removed from the Governor's website but this is from Google cache.

Posted by: Sandy | August 29, 2008 8:38 PM

First the Dems "dirty up" Gennifer Flowers and Paula Jones, and cover up Monica.

Then, they dirty up Hillary, and cover up Rielle Hunter.

Now, the "tolerant" party launches at Palin.

Which party is "inclusive?"

Somewhere, Nancy Pelosi's bartender is calling in overtime.

You'll need it.

Posted by: Some Change | August 29, 2008 8:40 PM

Why is it that Obama and his supporters can't stand it that there's an intelligent woman in the race? They can't stand an intelligent woman, small towns, religion, and guns.
By the way, it's public information that the trooper tasered his 11 year old son, was caught driving drunk on duty, cited for illegal hunting, and threatening to kill his father-in-law. He should have been fired. If Monegan would not do it, then he needed to go.

Posted by: Jack | August 29, 2008 8:41 PM

Where are the stories about Obama and his relationship with:
Bill Ayers (Domestic terrorist)
Rev. Wright (GD America)
Frank Davis (mentor and Communist)

Posted by: LooneyTick | August 29, 2008 8:41 PM

Brining a retarded child to this world deliberatly , sounds so cruel to me. I am not sure how religous nuts appreciate this barbaric practise

Posted by: alam | August 29, 2008 8:41 PM

Palin started her political career in a small town... Obama in the home of a domestic terrorist.

Posted by: yarrrrr | August 29, 2008 8:43 PM

I have visited Alaska. And I love the quirkiness of the Alaskan people.

I hate the quirkiness of McCain more of the same.

Like 'the man' said last night... ENOUGH!

Posted by: Terry | August 29, 2008 8:43 PM

Wow. The only person done in recently by Obama was Hillary.

Posted by: Political Appointee | August 29, 2008 8:45 PM

As a Republican woman who is represented by Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison in the U.S. Senate, I must say that I am outraged and appalled that Senator McCain chose this neophyte to be his running mate. There are so many more qualified Republican women that he could have chosen and this choice just stinks to the high heaven. I may write in my dog's name.

Posted by: Caroline | August 29, 2008 8:47 PM

You can't make this stuff up:

"Brining a retarded child to this world deliberatly , sounds so cruel to me. I am not sure how religous nuts appreciate this barbaric practise

Posted by: alam | "


It must be spreading.

Posted by: Life | August 29, 2008 8:47 PM

McCain has shown his lack of judgment by listening to Larry Kudlow of COCAINE fame who has been pounding the table to get Palin on the ticket.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lawrence_Kudlow

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 8:50 PM

You can't make this stuff up:

"Brining a retarded child to this world deliberatly , sounds so cruel to me. I am not sure how religous nuts appreciate this barbaric practise

Posted by: alam | "


It must be spreading.

Posted by: Life | August 29, 2008 8:50 PM

John McCain had many good choices that he could have made like Pawlenty, or Romney or even Huckabee. He took a needless gamble on an untested and unknown and I suspect has handed Barack the presidency.

Posted by: Glen | August 29, 2008 8:51 PM

"PALIN is BULLET PROOF!"

There's a good chance more damaging info will surface, at which point both she and McCain will be toast. But then, they're probably toast already.

Posted by: synykyl | August 29, 2008 8:51 PM

McCain should have done a simple web search and he would have found this local news report on the Palin TrooperGate Scandle.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6UojMnCgqVA

Posted by: stalkexpress | August 29, 2008 8:52 PM

Obama is toast! Dems are too busy trying to take back the Whitehouse to know whats really going on in the world.

Posted by: Connie | August 29, 2008 8:53 PM

"Brining a retarded child to this world deliberatly , sounds so cruel to me. I am not sure how religous nuts appreciate this barbaric practise

Posted by: alam | "

xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
I support the right of a woman to have a child or not to have a child. It is a very private decision.

And some of the greatest, smartest people I know have Down Syndrome, they had no choice in the matter of how many genes they were given. What is your excuse for ignorance?

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 8:54 PM

We keep hearing about Obama's lack of experience to be president,but we have endured eight (8) years of inexperience from a president that has squandered a surplus budget and has us borrowing from China. If President (and I do use this term lightly) Bush worked for a major corporation and could not grasp the fundamentals of his job during the probationary period he would be terminated, but we have put up with him for 8 years and he still doesn't know his job.

Posted by: Lilmama | August 29, 2008 8:57 PM

Wow, we have people defending a state trooper that was accused of domestic abuse? Although I am pro-choice, I am astonished people ignore the fact that a pro-lifer talked the talk, and then faced with what can only be characterized as a heart wrenching decision, followed their convictions and had a baby known to have a genetic defect. We can't really believe a person like that won't bring about some change in Washington versus a Washington insider from the state where more corporations evade public responsibility than any other....

Posted by: BMM | August 29, 2008 8:57 PM

"

Re Mr. Wooten: he has been accused by family members and perhaps others of threatening his wife, threatening to kill her father, of illegally shooting a moose, of drinking beer in a police car, and of shooting a taser at his 11 year-old step-son.

If the charges are true, then the Director of Public Safety should have fired the guy. If he didn't then he was endangering the public, and not just Palin's family. In other words, he wasn't doing his job.

Posted by: theduke | August 29, 2008 6:30 PM "

IF the accusations are true, then the guy probably shouldn't have been a cop. But accusations, even by members of the governor's family, aren't sufficient grounds for his dismissal, without more. For the governor to intercede personally in this matter is a serious offense.

Posted by: tom | August 29, 2008 8:58 PM

Lets see. She never said fire the guy but yet she is being accused of doing so--abusing her position as Governor. Makes no sense. What else doesn't make sense is that the person "managing" the investigation is making comments about how the situation tarnishes Gov Palin's rep. Sounds like payback time to me. but then again we have not hear from Palin nor has the investigation been completed.

Posted by: Fightertom34 | August 29, 2008 8:59 PM

Hmmm... So she's willing to abuse power in a small-population state. And now McCain wants to let her loose in Washington?

No thanks. We've had enough damage from the VP's office recently.

Posted by: Ann Arbor | August 29, 2008 9:00 PM

We keep hearing about Obama's lack of experience to be president,but we have endured eight (8) years of inexperience from a president that has squandered a surplus budget and has us borrowing from China. If President (and I do use this term lightly) Bush worked for a major corporation and could not grasp the fundamentals of his job during the probationary period he would be terminated, but we have put up with him for 8 years and he still doesn't know his job.

Posted by: Lilmama | August 29, 2008 9:02 PM

Hmmm... So she's willing to abuse power in a small-population state. And now McCain wants to let her loose in Washington?

No thanks. We've had enough damage from the VP's office recently.

Posted by: Ann Arbor | August 29, 2008 9:04 PM

There is no way in hell that if Sarah Palin were a man with her thin resume that she would have been chosen as VP. He passed up Mitt Romney, Tim Pawlenty and eminently qualified women like Dr. Condoleeza Rice and Senator Olympia Snowe. I have no idea what John McCain was thinking with this choice and my guess is this pick is too cute by a half.

Posted by: Glen | August 29, 2008 9:06 PM

WTF??? Her kids names are Trig and Track???!!!

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

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.
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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!!!!!”
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John gives TRUE meaning to McSAME.
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It's obvious Palin is being GROOMED for the NEXT election!!!!!
Keep your eyes glued on her, DOGG!!!
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Following her response to a foreign policy question during the Vice-Presidential debates, the race will be OVER!!!!!!!!
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The next chief Republican strategy is going to be to pit men vs. women.

Posted by: Lame McSame | August 29, 2008 9:09 PM

try www.google.com to see all the articles you want on obama and these guys. lots of good facts there. but hey, dont let facts get in the way of running with the mccain playbook.

and jack, who said obama hates intelligent women? i dont think folks are questioning her intelligence, just the fact that two years ago her biggest concern was where to put stop signs in her 9000 person town. nice straw man (straw woman?) arguement though.

Posted by: Hey LooneyTick | August 29, 2008 9:09 PM

What in the world??? Her kids names are Trig and Track???!!!

Posted by: Beverly | August 29, 2008 9:10 PM

Out of everything I heard about Sarah Palin today, the most disturbing thing to me has to be her support of Pat Buchanan. As a Jew in Palm Beach, I must say that I am disgusted by her views. I like McCain and think he would be strongest on Israel,but supporting Pat Buchanan is a dealbreaker for me and many Jews.

Posted by: Marty | August 29, 2008 9:13 PM

Mr. Grimaldi ~ I find this 'investigation' extremely disturbing for several reasons.

1 - Why exactly were the Palins interested in bringing the actions of Michael Wooten to the attention of the 'respected former chief of the Anchorage Police Department'?

2 - Exactly what did the 'dossier of information' contain that was presented to Mr. Wooten?

3- What actions of Mr. Wooten caused such concern on the Palin's part that Mr. Palin felt warranted punishment?

You article leaves your readers craving answers Mr. Grimaldi as your 'investigation' fails to tell us exactly what prompted the firing of Mr. Monegan hence the investigation into that firing.

Perhaps you could shed some light on what the crux of your investigation is and answer the unanswered in your investigative piece as I would imagine you would want to hold an ethical line on your reporting.

Thanking you in advance for clearing up the missing pieces in your article.

Posted by: DLM | August 29, 2008 9:16 PM

This what her spokesman in Alaska came up with to say about her, to the press (poor man, she really should have told him):
...McAllister called Palin "the most phenomenal figure" he has ever seen. He explained that she is "the most ordinary and extraordinary" person. As an example, he said that when a local news director for a television station retired, she drove herself and her two-month-old baby to the barbecue going away party with no security team.

"She just showed up," he said. "She has a real common touch. At the same time ... she is made of steel when she has to be tough."

Yeah, she's tough, all right. Like, none of we women folks ever drive ourselves and our children around. Without any security, no less. And we can see from this, she'll be tough on Iran, tough on terrorists. Yeah, they're shakin in their boots.

Posted by: Lizbeth | August 29, 2008 9:18 PM

Democrats aren't upset that McCain selected an intelligent woman. We're upset that he selected a person who is totally unqualified. This is a 72 year old man with health issues. The odds are great that his VP will have to step into the presidency and he selects an unqualified candidate.

He certainly didn't do this for the country. He did this purely for political purposes.

He could have selected Olympia Snowe, Kay Bailey Hutchinson, or even Condi Rice and they would have been more acceptable.

Posted by: Sandy | August 29, 2008 9:20 PM

Let's just say for argument that McCain/Palin wins the election. So we've got a VP who doesn't have any power base in DC, knows nobody, doesn't know the bureaucratic structure and is easily distracted (the baby is looking really bad....). What will the new administration do? They KEEP THE EXISTING VP STAFF INTACT and keep Cheney on as an "ADVISOR" -- so Ms. Palin can attend to whatever it is that a VP does all day....
Meanwhile our president would be a 72-year-old cancer survivor who might become incapacitated at any time, with this figurehead ready to be pushed onto the stage.
Putin must be lost in admiration at the shadow security apparatus in the USA.
I'm sending my first contribution to the Obama campaign tonight, despite the fact that I argued for Hillary at our state's caucus. McCain has earned my undying enmity because apparently he thinks we 60+ women are so stupid we will vote for anything that wears a skirt.

Posted by: trueblue | August 29, 2008 9:20 PM


Don't tase me officer Dad!!! Ahhhhh!!!!!!!

I think the investigation will propel millions of soccer/little league/NASCAR moms and dads to vote for Senator McCain and Gov Palin.

Posted by: Dont Tase Me Dad! | August 29, 2008 9:22 PM

I've been a Republican for all of my life. But this election I will not vote. I am displeased with my party. John McCain is now showing he is not a maverick with this pick. He is instead showing that he is reckless.

Posted by: Gary | August 29, 2008 9:23 PM

New Obama/Biden slogan: "Democrats for Wifebeaters?"

Posted by: Lifelong Democrat | August 29, 2008 9:25 PM

I have no problem(hypothetically) with Palin trying to protect her family from an abuser. If it is proven that he did in fact do those things. However, we also need to realize that this was still an abuse of power,no matter how good her intentions were.

Now my real concern is her lack of experience and her lack of foreign policy experience. I think those two things are very important as I vote. Being a woman is good and all but that does not give her carte blance if she messes up on the job. I do not believe this is the most qualified person that John McCain could pick. I am disappointed in him.

Posted by: Marguerite | August 29, 2008 9:27 PM


Don't tase me officer Dad!!! Ahhhhh!!!!!!!

I think the investigation will propel millions of soccer/little league/NASCAR moms and dads to vote for Senator McCain and Gov Palin.

Posted by: Dont Tase Me Dad! | August 29, 2008 9:27 PM

In addition to being governor for about 18 months, she was mayor of Wasilla, population 9,000- According to the municipal code of Wasilla, the duties of the mayor are:

2.16.020 Power and duties of mayor.

A. The mayor is the chief administrator of the city, has the same powers and duties as those of a manager under AS 29.20.005, and shall:

1. Preside at council meetings. The mayor may take part in the discussion of matters before the council, but may not vote, except that the mayor may vote in the case of a tie;

2. Act as ceremonial head of the city;

3. Sign documents on behalf of the city;

4. Appoint, suspend or remove city employees and administrative officials, except as provided otherwise in AS Title 29 and the Wasilla Municipal Code;

5. Supervise the enforcement of city law and carry out the directives of the city council;

6. Prepare and submit an annual budget and capital improvement program for consideration by the council, and execute the budget and capital program as adopted;

7. Make monthly financial reports and other reports on city finances and operations as required by the council;

8. Exercise legal custody over all real and personal property of the city;

9. Perform other duties required by law or by the council; and

10. Serve as personnel officer, unless the council authorizes the mayor to appoint a personnel officer.

B. The mayor may appoint a person to the position of administrative assistant and deputy administrator. If appointed, the positions may not be eliminated during the mayor’s term of office without prior consent of the mayor. (Prior code § 2.16.010)
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I think that's preparation enough.

Posted by: Sandy | August 29, 2008 9:30 PM

The fact that the GOP think that just having a woman on the ticket is some kind of a big deal shows just how far behind the times they are as a party.

Democrats did the same thing 25 years ago. Hillary quest was not to be the VP but the main event. This fact seems to be lost on McCain and the GOP leadership whose thinking go back to the dark ages...

Posted by: citystreet | August 29, 2008 9:30 PM

New Obama/Biden slogan: "Democrats for Wifebeaters?"

Posted by: Lifelong Democrat | August 29, 2008 9:31 PM

as a matter of fact, Wooten tasered Gov. Palin's 11 y/o nephew(Gov. Palin's sister's son, Trooper Wooten's ex wife's son, his step son of no blood relation). as a matter of fact, Monegan was offered another, equal in status, job, but he declined. and Monegan rather make a spectacle out of this thatn fire Wooten who clearly doesn't deserve to be a Trooper. Monegan clearly does not deserve to be a police chief, and I doubt anyone, to the man, will consider Gov. Palin's sticking up for her sister against evil men, "corruption."

Posted by: Clintonites for McCain (finally) | August 29, 2008 9:31 PM

McCain is finished. The pick of Palin is a further demonstration of his lack of judgment. This lifelong Republican just can't fathom where my party is heading, but right now it is the wrong direction.

Posted by: Loudoun Moderate | August 29, 2008 9:33 PM

Can't understand why John pulls the rug out from under all his potential voters. He had it going on. Now it's gone, if this unqualified person stays on the ticket. Don't care about her Alaska triumphs, or how many state troopers she did or didn't try to fire, or how many picnics she drives herself to, she just doesn't fit a national ticket for president. McCain lost it, but good. Maybe Leno DID turn him down.

Posted by: Leona | August 29, 2008 9:33 PM

Democrats are NOT upset with McCain's choice, they're amused. We just see it as a LAME transparent attempt to win the Clinton backers. I guess it will work for that SMALL percentage that JUST supported her because she was a woman but for the 99% that supported her based on the ISSUES, well, I guess McCain is out of luck there.

Posted by: Irish | August 29, 2008 9:37 PM

Democrats are NOT upset with McCain's choice, they're amused. We just see it as a LAME transparent attempt to win the Clinton backers. I guess it will work for that SMALL percentage that JUST supported her because she was a woman but for the 99% that supported her based on the ISSUES, well, I guess McCain is out of luck there.

Posted by: Irish | August 29, 2008 9:39 PM

Alaska has 670,000 people and an economy funded by oil revenue that is unlike any other state....the state pays the citizens to live there. Not a great challenge in governance.
A great many mayors and county executive through the nation have more that 670,000 constituents in their jurisdictions and far more challenge in their jobs.
This was the best McSame could do?????

Posted by: yorkie | August 29, 2008 9:41 PM

If Sarah Palin will abuse her power/office in Alaska, imagine what she will do in Washington. Women always try to call men an abuser in divorce to manipulate the children. Palin is just a typical bitter woman who abused her power.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 9:43 PM

Just goes to show you once again, bad judgement. McCain is showing signs of Alzheimer's, poor executive functioning!

Posted by: Mary IA | August 29, 2008 9:43 PM

The average congressional district has more people in it than the state of Alaska. To suggest that her "management" of the state somehow qualifies as preparatory experience is absurd.

McCain's choice was irresponsible. He failed his first test of presidential leadership, and by a mile. She sounds like a swell person, but there's way too much at stake to take a chance on someone who has far less experience than Obama.

McCain just turned 72 years old and has a history of battles with skin cancer. The average male life expectancy in the United States is 75. His VP choice matters.

McCain is gambling on Palin; no way I'm going to let McCain gamble with my country.

Posted by: William J. | August 29, 2008 9:43 PM

Just goes to show you once again, bad judgement. McCain is showing signs of Alzheimer's, poor executive functioning!

Posted by: Mary IA | August 29, 2008 9:43 PM

If Sarah Palin will abuse her power/office in Alaska, imagine what she will do in Washington. Women always try to call men an abuser in divorce to manipulate the children. Palin is just a typical bitter woman who abused her power.

Posted by: Kurt | August 29, 2008 9:43 PM

There is a real possibility that she has not been properly vetted.

It's not like McCain is surrounded by solid hard working advisors.

He operates as master of his realm, and he has a record of impulsive action.

Posted by: jfp | August 29, 2008 9:54 PM

You have insulted me and your party, Mr. McCain with your pick of an unexperienced, whiny-pitched woman from reindeer land beause she happens to wear a skirt. She has no business being second-in-command and it appears you have no business being President. Shame on you! Your senility is showing and my vote definitely will go to Obama.

Posted by: Mary Helen Rice | August 29, 2008 9:55 PM

Well, since we've been hearing all day that Palin's selection was the work of Karl Rove, is anyone surprised that she is ethically challenged? After all, when you're involved in firing U.S. attorneys who won't do your bidding and bring trumped up criminal charges against political rivals, Palin's sacking of a police chief who won't fire her ex-brother-in-law in a family spat is business as usual.

We see what reform means to the GOP: Throw the b----ards out!!! Anyone who would stand in opposition to us is a b---tard. Therefore, any such person must be thrown out. Period.

Now, if you should dare venture to remind the GOP that the law is the law, and fair is fair, and ethical standards are ethical standards, and it's improper to use the powers of public office to carry out a personal vendetta, you will receive the shrill reply that you are committing the sin of equivalency.

And what's the big deal, anyway? Didn't Bush carry out a personal vendetta by launching a war in Iraq?

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 9:55 PM

You have insulted me and your party, Mr. McCain with your pick of an unexperienced, whiny-pitched woman from reindeer land beause she happens to wear a skirt. She has no business being second-in-command and it appears you have no business being President. Shame on you! Your senility is showing and my vote definitely will go to Obama.

Posted by: Mary Helen Rice | August 29, 2008 9:56 PM

No worry about the Rev. Cassandra,

Obama's supporters are all anti-white, anti-America too!

Let's see, a war hero and soccer mom vs. a black Muslim anti-American activist and left wing liberal plagiarist. Hmmmm.

Posted by: John | August 29, 2008 6:39 PM

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Your posts are so over the top that it smells of cold-sweat fear. This woman will be fed to the lions in the next few days. Watch her and the McCain camp get ripped to shreds.

Posted by: hayden1 | August 29, 2008 9:57 PM

It has been reported that McCain had never met her before she was chosen or possibly he met her just once. Is that really enough time to asess whether a person is presidential material? I mean a VP should be ready on day one. This woman clearly is not. If he just wanted to run with a woman, there are so many other experienced and worthy women he could have chosen. I just don't understand this rash decision about something so serious. It has politics written all over it.

Posted by: Valerie | August 29, 2008 9:57 PM

One commenter doesn't understand that a seemingly just cause is not grounds for abuse of power. What actions Palin's brother-in-law allegedly undertook cannot excuse any unlaw action Palin took as governor. I.e., two wrongs don't make a right.

Posted by: jreed11665 | August 29, 2008 10:00 PM

My heart goes out to her. She seems like a nice mommy. Good luck and God bless you Madame Governor of Alaska. You will be dog food soon.

Posted by: hayden1 | August 29, 2008 10:00 PM

..mcCain is not a hero nor his vp is mother .trisa

Posted by: ray pars | August 29, 2008 10:03 PM

I think of lot of the republicans commenting in this thread would apparently have supported anyone that Sen. McCain had chosen, no matter how unqualified. Anyone who is not concerned about having a VP based on experience as a mayor of a very small town and two years as governor of a very atypical state is not being objective, IMO.

Posted by: MyVoteDoesNotCountInAlabama | August 29, 2008 10:06 PM

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 stereotypes.

Posted by: wardropper | August 29, 2008 10:08 PM

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 stereotypes.

Posted by: wardropper | August 29, 2008 10:10 PM

Wow. These are SERIOUS charges! A disgruntled former state employee fired by the governor definitely needs to be listened to and really taken seriously! I'm am ABSOLUTELY CERTAIN that this guy acted in the most forward and ethical manner. Just like Bill Ayers, Tony Rezko ad the Right Rev. Jeremiah "GD THE USA" Wright. Get a grip libturds. You can't stand an ethical woman, and this is really pathetic. I kinda feel pity for you guys... And the distinct need to defecate.

Posted by: holymoly | August 29, 2008 10:13 PM

Hm. It seems by these blogs Democrats aborted the wrong ones.

Posted by: dukas | August 29, 2008 10:15 PM

Harriet Miers. Harriet Miers. Harriet Miers.

Nice enough, but in way over her head.

This is what the experience of McCain brings to the table. She mentioned in 2007 that she hadn't really thought much about the Iraq war. Wow....

Harriet Miers...with a touch of Clarence Thomas.

Posted by: Tom J. | August 29, 2008 10:15 PM

A woman with five children and one has Down Syndrome has alot on her plate already. I don't understand how she can give all her attention to help running the country and being a mother to an infant. And who knows maybe she will get pregnant again. I just have many concerns about John McCain's judgment as of today.

Posted by: Jared | August 29, 2008 10:19 PM

This episode has gotten to the core of McCain's epic failure, which Obama has correctly analyzed. The guy may be older than Moses, and have whatever "experience" is commensurate with his advanced age. BUT--he's an impetuous hothead who has a long history of monumental lapses in judgement (Charlie Keating ring a bell anyone?). If McCain had been overseeing the Cuban Missile Crisis, none of us would be here right now. He's so out of touch that he doesn't know how many houses he owns. Now it turns out that the great gamble he took on a governor he barely knew was so inadequately vetted that he didn't realize she' neck-deep in her own little corruption scandal in Alaska.

What a bunch of unserious, pathetic Bush-leaguers.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 10:20 PM

You leftist brown-shirt liberal fascists really do not want to talk about experience. Palin has more executive experience than Obama, Biden, and McCain combined. She is better prepared already than Bill Clinton was at the end of his second term.

Posted by: Mike | August 29, 2008 10:21 PM

This choice is an insult to women everywhere. John McCain gets an unqualified woman with lady parts and tries to pass her off as the second coming of Hillary Clinton. Even though her policies are the antithesis to everything Hillary has stood for. This will blow up in John McCain's face proving she is more like the second coming of Harriet Miers.

Posted by: Amanda | August 29, 2008 10:21 PM

Is Palin a hothead like her ticket benefactor?

Posted by: 2mature2bHornswoggled | August 29, 2008 10:23 PM

I support Officer Wooten in his sworn duty to uphold the law by tasing 11 year old children. They needs to be taught good lessons!

Posted by: Tase Your Kids Today | August 29, 2008 10:23 PM

Biden will make her look like chop suey and he won't have to utter one word.

Posted by: Jake | August 29, 2008 10:24 PM

The Washington Post has done more investigative research in 12 hours on Palin than they have in four months of Obama.

Posted by: Disgusted at Bias | August 29, 2008 10:25 PM

She's a great pick - level-headed, smart, positive. They have my vote.

Posted by: GV | August 29, 2008 10:25 PM

First of all, the Public Safety Commissioner works only at the DISCRETION of the Governor and can be fired at any time and without cause.

Secondly, no evidence has been presented that Palin had any knowledge that her staffers or her husband contacted Monegan. In fact, one of the tapes has a staffer caught a staffer saying that Palin did not know of the phone calls.

Third, when Palin was told of the calls, she held a press conference immediately and gave full disclosure of what she knew.

All of this information has been available and yet the author of this article chose to present the information in such a way as to cast doubt on Palin's character.

According to the article, even Hollis French (manager of the "$100,000" investigation) has already passed judgement against Palin EVEN BEFORE the investigation is complete. What happened to innocent until proven guilty? Or does that not count for women who fight against the good ol' boy network?

Posted by: Carol | August 29, 2008 10:27 PM

I have read and or heard nothing about the allegatuons against the brother-in-law being proved to be true. So far, it seems like he/said she said in a divorce/family dispute and we all know how that can be. Although from reading the story, it seems likely that she abused her power. I would like more facts about this matter. But I don't think Senator McCain has done himself any favors by choosing a woman with such a light resume,with an ongoing ethics investigation as his vice-presidential running mate.

Posted by: Carl | August 29, 2008 10:28 PM

Sen Joe will take his mommas advise and go out and bloody this wummens noze! LOL... Don't think so libturds. Like a typical dimmhicrat he's afraid of a wummen with a lifetime NRA membership. I really enjoy listening to members of the party of inclusion insult this fine woman simply because she's a woman. Go figure.

Posted by: Wemmin Iz Punkz | August 29, 2008 10:29 PM

Sorry Senator McCain I love you,but this was a bad decision. You should have picked Romney or Huckabee. I am torn now.

Posted by: Jillian | August 29, 2008 10:30 PM

McCain's campaign has said that Palin was vully vetted. They investigated this issue and concluded that it was all a bunch of hogwash. They were not taking any risk with her in regard to this issue.

Posted by: Stacy | August 29, 2008 10:32 PM

"She never directly asked me to fire him," Monegan said.


But you certainly can make it sound like she did.

Posted by: waterfrontproperty | August 29, 2008 10:33 PM

Marx had an idea from the confusion of his head,
Then there were a thousand more waiting to be led.
The books are sold, the quotes are bought,
You learn them well and then you're caught.
in Anothers left, anothers right,
Anothers peace, anothers fight.

Mussolini had an idea from the confusion of his heart,
Then there were a thousand more waiting to play their part.
The stage was set, the costumes worn
And anothers empire of destruction born.
in Anothers name, anothers aim,
Anothers fall, anothers fame.

Jung had an idea from the confusion of his dream,
Then there were a thousand more waiting to be seen.
You're not yourself the theory says,
But I can help, your complex pays.
for Anothers hope, anothers game,
Anothers loss, anothers gain.

Sartre had an idea from the confusion of his brain,
Then there were a thousand more indulging in his pain,
Revelling in isolation and existential choice;
Can you trully be alone when you use anothers voice?
Anothers lies, anothers truth,
Anothers doubt, anothers proof.

The idea born in someones mind
Is nurtured by a thousand blind
Anonymous beings, vacuous souls,
Do you fear the confusion, your lack of control?
You lift your arm to write a name,
So caught up in the identity game.
Who do you see?
Who do you watch?
Who's your leader?
Which is your flock?

Einsten had an idea from the confusion of his knowledge,
Then there were a thousand more turning to advantage.
They realised that their god was dead,
So they reclaimed power through the bomb instead.
its Anothers code, anothers brain,
They'll shower us all in deadly rain.

Jesus had an idea from the confusion of his soul,
Then there were a thousand more waiting to take control.
The guilt is sold, forgiveness bought,
The cross is there as your reward.
its Anothers love, anothers pain,
Anothers pride, anothers shame.

Do you watch at a distance from the side you have chosen?
Whose answers serve you best? Who'll save you from confusion?
Who will leave you an exit and a comfortable cover?
Who will take you so near their edge, but never drop you over?
Who do you watch?

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 10:34 PM

He only met her once before offering her a spot on the ticket? Who makes decisions like that? Senator McCain may be lacking in judgment.

Posted by: Tammy | August 29, 2008 10:35 PM

Look at all you losers sitting in your underwear commenting.

Posted by: Karl | August 29, 2008 10:35 PM

McCain has acted very irresponsibly in picking his running mate that even his wife Cindy did not want to stand next to him while he announced Sarah Palin as his veep. The problems for McCain is just starting. Sarah has already become the talk of the day. The only good thing about Sarah is that she is from a state where there are not too many people and therefore there are not enough people who have juicy tidbits about her.

Posted by: Milton | August 29, 2008 10:36 PM

It is hard for me to believe that with all the qualified people in our party that this is the best that John could do. I know he did it to appeal to Hillary voters,but on the issues, the two women are poles apart. I have no idea whether his gamble will pay off,but if it does not, then he only has himself to blame and may end up ruining this woman's political future. I pray she is ready for prime time.

Posted by: Dan | August 29, 2008 10:38 PM

The novelty factor with Palin will wear off by...POP!...it just did.

Posted by: nerdoff | August 29, 2008 10:39 PM

McCain thought that Obama was really going to pick Hillary as his running mate. To counter that he picked a woman much younger and better looking than Hillary. But Obama's pick of Biden came as a surprise to McCain. But he had already picked Sarah.

Posted by: Jennifer | August 29, 2008 10:40 PM

In reponse to John Reid (a long way back in the thread). I hear what you are saying and on balance I agree with where you are coming from. Except I would apply your assessment the other way around. While I don't label myself a Democrat I have tended to vote that way in most elections. I have always thought John McCain was someone special. A rare Republican who was motivated by what was right. I disgree with him about the war and always have but otherwise thought of him as a person of character. Up until not all that long ago I felt that come what may if McCain was elected to office I could be happy with that. The McCain I see today though is not the same man. He's sacrificed too much of those qualities I respected him for and in my mind has become a man who will do what it takes to get into office not to help the American people. I believe Obama is a little short on experience but I belive he has an honest interest to do the right think for America... as much as any politician can.

Out of all of this I feel dissapointment and sorrow for McCain. I think he's given up a lot of his core beliefs to try to get into office. If he loses then he'll find himself without the presidency and will have lost too much of his old self. At 72 he might not have much time to get that back. Will it have been worth it?

Posted by: Dissapointed | August 29, 2008 10:44 PM

So now being a "mommy" makes one qualified to be the leader of the free world? I am so sick of the pandering in this election.

Posted by: Julia | August 29, 2008 10:48 PM

And yes I realize I misspelled disappointed (for those that would find that important).

Posted by: Disappointed | August 29, 2008 10:49 PM

McCain's VP nominee brings up selective experience treatment. What does this mean?
Barak Obama
1. Was a community organizer that helped, trained, and implemented services that helped unemployed people on the Southside of Chicago seek better living and employment.

2. He became an elected official in the State of Illinois helping to implement welfare reform, implementing ethics reform, working across the aisle with Democrats and Republicans. Remember, he was elected not by a committee but by the residents of Illinois!
3. He was elected to the United States State Senate before running for the President of the United States.

4. Graduated top of his class at Harvard Law School.

What does this add up to according to the Republican Party? HE IS NOT FIT TO LEAD!

John McCain

1. Picks a hockey mom who loves eating moose stew.

2. She has a college degree in journalism.

3. Was Mayor of Juno without illustrating what she accomplished.

4. Now she is the Govenor of Alaska with no foreign policy experience, except for a son going to war in Iraq.

Now what does the Republican Party say about her.........she has experience.

Posted by: Rev. Weathers | August 29, 2008 10:50 PM

And yes I realize I misspelled disappointed (for those that would find that important).

Posted by: Disappointed | August 29, 2008 10:50 PM

Yeah, like all this is coming as news to the McCain campaign. And yeah, like the McCain campaign would risk losing the presidency by nominating a VP who actually had a serious scandal related to official misconduct about to break. And yeah, you can actually read the story above and figure out what this business is all about anyway.

Posted by: Dan Fried | August 29, 2008 10:50 PM

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On top of that, his father is muslim. Just because he isn't doesnt mean he doesn't have family ties with them. and uhm, HELLO we are in a war with them. now i'm not only old enough to vote yet and i have realized these things. so maybe yall should use a little brain power sometimes!

Posted by: Judith | August 29, 2008 7:16 PM
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Wow. We are at war with the muslims? What are they teaching you in school? Did you learn this from your parents?
We are at war with terrorists, who are mostly RADICAL muslims. Just because someone is a muslim, does NOT mean we are at war with them. See what happens when RELIGION is your government? And Obama is not a muslim.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 10:51 PM

McCain panicked when the Clintons united behind Obama. He was ready to go with Pawlenty but he needed a desperation pick to stir things up and take the news cycle.

What does that say about his temperament and judgment in a crisis?

Posted by: Elrod | August 29, 2008 10:53 PM

Yeah, like all this is coming as news to the McCain campaign. And yeah, like the McCain campaign would risk losing the presidency by nominating a VP who actually had a serious scandal related to official misconduct about to break. And yeah, you can actually read the story above and figure out what this business is all about anyway.

Posted by: Dan Fried | August 29, 2008 10:53 PM


Don't tase me officer Dad!!! Ahhhhh!!!!!!!

I think the investigation will propel millions of soccer/little league/NASCAR moms and dads to vote for Senator McCain and Gov Palin.

Posted by: Dont Tase Me Dad! | August 29, 2008 10:59 PM

You know how you can tell that McCain made a great pick in Palin, just look at all the negative comments from the angry liberals on this site. LOL!!! I love it!!!!!

McCain / Palin '08 !!!!!

Posted by: Happy Days | August 29, 2008 11:00 PM

http://www.adn.com/politics/story/476430.html

Here is a pretty complete story about the trooper. Bottom line - he's was as bad as they said he was. But all the incidents were from a few years back - he got a short suspension. Since then, he seems to have got the message and cleaned up his act - after being told that any further incidents would mean dismissal.

Posted by: Dan Barch | August 29, 2008 11:02 PM

Whether she got her brother -in law- fired, I do not know and the guy does not sound like a boy scout anyway. The problem I have with her is she is not qualified to be the GOP VP candidate. I refuse to believe that Senator McCain found her to be the most qualified and it is laughable if he thinks she is ready at day one. I don't know if this is a hail mary pass for the conservative wing of the party or disaffected Hillary voters,but I hope it is to shore up the base. Because those Hillary voters have shown themselves to be unpredictable and unreliable and no way will Billary let her be the first woman in the White House. They are going to go all out for Obama.

Posted by: Blair | August 29, 2008 11:02 PM

If she supported Buchanan in 2000 (when the GOP kicked him out for being bigoted)-- does she renounce and reject Buchanan's views on Isreal/Palestine, Jews, immigration, etc? Will anyone in the media ask?

Posted by: Curious | August 29, 2008 11:02 PM

Well.

Seems ODD McCain has a fetish for former beauty queens.

Old fartbuster.

Posted by: llewis40 | August 29, 2008 11:02 PM

BTW, the brother in law may be a dangerous rogue cop, but the right thing to do is recuse yourself when it comes to stuff like this (turn the stuff over to the chief-- but ask the Lt. Gov., AG or speaker of the house look into whether someone should be canned) -- otherwise someone may suggest that there is an appearance of inpropriety.

Posted by: curious | August 29, 2008 11:06 PM

Nobody cares who the clintons rally around anymore. They had their day in the sun

Posted by: Bill | August 29, 2008 11:07 PM

Not surprising, from someone who was mayor of a town of less than 9,000 people, and then a governor for 18 months of a state w/ less than 600k. Looks like she's not the ethical person she espouses to be.

Posted by: David | August 29, 2008 11:09 PM

Uh-oh. This part could be very bad news for Palin -- and McCain:

"Monegan also said Sarah Palin sent him e-mails on the subject, but Monegan declined to disclose them, saying he planned to give them to a legislative investigator looking into the matter."

So if the e-mails show Palin pressured Monegan, that would mean that 1) she abused her office, and 2) she lied about it subsequently.

In which case, Palin would turn out to be not the 2008 version of Dan Quayle, but rather the 2008 Thomas Eagleton. And it would doom McCain's candidacy by exposing his poor judgment and slapdash approach to the biggest decision a presidential candidate faces before taking office.

Posted by: Ann Arbor | August 29, 2008 11:10 PM

I am pretty sure she wouldn't know the trouble spots in the world. I bet she wouldn't identify 95% of the countries on the globe. Ask her about her position on Darfur, Middle East issues, N Korean issues and she would draw a blank. You cannot learn about world politics in 60 days. I wish there is book like "World politics for VP dummies".

Posted by: vk. | August 29, 2008 11:11 PM

Sounds to me like Sarah is a good Republican and a Strong Christian too. A lot like Dick Cheney but I don't think she has shot anybody in the face yet. But if she does I hope Dana Milbank is available.

Posted by: branfo4 | August 29, 2008 11:11 PM

"She never directly asked me to fire him,"

Where's the crime? Her or her husband are allowed to call anyone they want and talk about anything they want. If the Palin's felt like a trooper, even a brother-in-law trooper, was not doing the right things then what's wrong with hoping that person gets fired?

Posted by: toby hill | August 29, 2008 11:11 PM

This piece did not tell the whole truth and not but the truth. It left me with more questions rather than information obtained. Another quick hit, withdraw before you get to a point.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 11:11 PM

listen to the tape of palin's deputy pressuring an Alaska State Trooper Lt. to fire Wooten. The deputy didn't know all calls to the troopers are taped. You can find it in Anchorage Daily News archives. Search for keywords "audio" "Wooten". Anyhow, when you listen to the tape you get another view and it's the slimy side of Sarah Palin.

Posted by: harry | August 29, 2008 11:13 PM

So, who will Mac-The-Cheat-on-Wife have as a VP in October?

Mittens the Plastic Mormon?

What about Mike do-you-want-some-Jesus-with-those-fries Huckabee?

Or a POW/MIA flagpole?

I know! I know! Lil Ronnie Fournier, boy journalist!

Posted by: HeavyJ | August 29, 2008 11:14 PM

After all the fuss over the "Celebrity" ad, McSame should have just chosen Paris Hilton. She would at least have already been subject to press vetting, so wouldn't be in danger of being indicted a week before the election.

Posted by: Only me | August 29, 2008 11:26 PM

And what was the "mistake" The Trooper committed? It was shooting his 10-year old stepson with a full-power taser. For which the Trooper got a 10-day suspension. If the child was my nephew you can bet I would be talking with his boss, just like Todd Palin did.

If the great Wash Post investigative unit didn't know this shame on them. If they did and omitted it more the shame on them

Posted by: Raoul Bloodworth | August 29, 2008 11:27 PM

Wow, do the street wholes--I mean "journalists"--at the Washington Post have a lip lock on Obama's butt or what!

Some small facts the WaPo decided you didn't need to know about this case:

"In 2005, Gov. Palin alleged the trooper had threatened to harm her father and sister and that he had engaged in numerous instances of official misconduct, including using a Taser on his 10-year-old stepson and shooting a moose without a proper permit, according to state documents. In one instance, she told state investigators, she overheard him on the telephone threatening her sister: 'I'm gonna f—shoot your dad. He's gonna get a lead bullet.'"

Mr. Wooten told investigators he tested a Taser on the boy at his request, thought he was within his rights to kill the moose and never threatened the Palins. An internal police investigation substantiated the moose and Tasering charges, but threw out most of the rest. He was ordered suspended for 10 days in 2006. He declined comment through a spokesman with the Public Safety Employees Association."

From the Wall St. Journal, Aug. 29, 2008.

Posted by: Sam | August 29, 2008 11:27 PM

As usual, the Washington Post left out a lot of the story. Here is a link to a full length story in the Anchorage Daily News, which will put into better perspective Sarah Palin's concern about a loose cannon cop (who also happened to be her sister's estranged husband): http://www.adn.com/politics/story/476430.html ...

After reading that in-depth story, I would say that Sarah Palin was not only concerned for her family, but she was concerned for any Alaska citizen who might tick off this wacko cop....

Maybe this is the "Good Ol Boy Network" that Palin was talking of going up against? An Alaska State Trooper organization that did not discipline a rogue cop.

Posted by: NoMoreViolenceAgainstWomen | August 29, 2008 11:35 PM

Well, that did not take long. A lot faster than the Post found out about Obama's shenanigans with Wright, Rezco, and Ayers. Oops,correction: The Post still has not done the Obama-Ayers story. I wonder why the disparity? (Actually, I know why and so does everyone else.)

Posted by: john patrick | August 29, 2008 11:36 PM

Democrats should not underestimate what an asset Palin will be in the election.

Everyone expects Biden to outclass her completely in the debate. Unless he does that, she will come out looking like a winner. And Biden has been known to slip up when speaking.

She would not have been picked unless it was certain that she has a watertight case with regards to the ethics charges. Any slip by the media in reporting the issue will be denounced as liberal bias. Look how Bush benefited from the phoney documents about his military service.

Women who are strongly pro-choice were never likely to switch to McCain. Hilary supporters who care more about seeing a woman elected than being pro-choice were, and a few will.

She has genuine weaknesses as a potential VP, but these make her more effective as a candidate. When Democrats attack her lack of experience on the national stage, it will sound like elitist opposition to people from small towns. Attacking her lack of experience will draw attention to Obama's similar lack of experience.

McCain has made a gamble. He has focussed on what will win him an election, not what will be good for America after the election.

It might very well work out for him.

Posted by: Ben Murphy | August 29, 2008 11:38 PM

It's scary, to think that this unknown and pretty obscure woman -- who seems to be popular in Alaska, to be fair about it -- is just a couple of breaths away from having all of the US military forces & nuclear warheads at her command. McCain is one kinda thing, she's another. Iran war, anyone?

Posted by: karma sue | August 29, 2008 6:26 PM
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It's scary, to think that this unknown and pretty obscure man -- who seems to be popular in Ill, to be fair about it -- is just a couple of breaths away from having all of the US military forces & nuclear warheads at her command. Biden is one kinda thing, he's another. Another Jimmy Carter with more attacks on us soil, anyone?

Posted by: karma sue | August 29, 2008 6:26 PM

Posted by: JMH | August 29, 2008 11:46 PM

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On top of that, his father is muslim. Just because he isn't doesnt mean he doesn't have family ties with them. and uhm, HELLO we are in a war with them. now i'm not only old enough to vote yet and i have realized these things. so maybe yall should use a little brain power sometimes!

Posted by: Judith | August 29, 2008 7:16 PM
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Wow. We are at war with the muslims? What are they teaching you in school? Did you learn this from your parents?
We are at war with terrorists, who are mostly RADICAL muslims. Just because someone is a muslim, does NOT mean we are at war with them. See what happens when RELIGION is your government? And Obama is not a muslim.

Posted by: ***** | August 29, 2008 11:46 PM

McCain is old as dirt and knows good and well that he needed to pick a VP with experience. What on earth would this woman do if she had to step in and run this country. I tell you we would all be in trouble. And something must be terribly wrong with her. What new mother in their right mind would leave their baby to run a national campaign - this is troubling. I don' feel comfortable with this ticket: McCain is to old and this woman is too inexperienced - the worst of both worlds. McCain is just desperate and will do anything to win. I hope the women who are sitting on the fence will see through this farce. Obama would never stoop this low - he has great judgment and that's why I'm supporting him 100%. McCain needs to go somewhere and sit his old but down and this woman needs to go and take care of her baby.

Posted by: marilyn | August 29, 2008 11:47 PM

Abuse of power? Isn't that a plus in the Republican play book?

Posted by: Sara B. | August 29, 2008 11:48 PM

Sarah Palin is better suited for president of the PTA than vice-president of the United States of America. John McCain has taken a big risk with this country's future and I do not appreciate it one bit. This is why I have always thought McCain was not stable. He has just proved it.

Posted by: Gloria | August 29, 2008 11:49 PM

When do we get to read the stream of soap opera like details?

Posted by: Sara B. | August 29, 2008 11:53 PM

I am very disappointed with McCain's choice of VP.
As an Australian who hates America (like most civilized people do), I was hoping that McCain will win - The Americans deserve an idiot like him.
He has unfortunately reduced his chances,
but then in the "great American democracy", somebody will probably put a bullet in Obama.

Posted by: Aussie Digger | August 29, 2008 11:58 PM

Where there's smoke there is usually fire. Saying that McCain has taken a gamble is the undrerstatement of the year. I just think he was polling even in the polls, he had no reason to make such an unwise choice. This woman is unqualified in every sense of the word. This is disturbing on so many levels to me .

Posted by: Jason | August 29, 2008 11:58 PM

McCain wanted to upstage Obama after the convention. Well, he did, but certainly not in the way he hoped. Funny ow the first people that Palin mentioned in her speech were Democrats, Ferraro and Clinton. So 24 years later the republican party picks a woman to run for vp,but certainly not a qualified woman. Qualified to run a small town, probably. To sit a heartbeat away from the presidency, no way. What's really funny are all these repub posts here praising Palin, when until this morning, the only Palin they might have heard of is Monty Python's Michael Palin. Even he would be a better choice. McCain has proven that he is totally unreliable to make important decisions. No wonder his campaign manager said McCain doesn't speak for the McCain campaign. Did anyone there even know he was going to pick her? Doubtful.

Posted by: mike l | August 30, 2008 12:01 AM

I just love liberals, they should be the most unhappy people in the planet. What Obama has done in his life to be president. He is there because he is black. He does not have any kind of experience to be president. But you liberals you are supporting him why? because he is black and your "stupid white guilt" that you cannot avoid.
She has more experience than Obama. Just let me know a important decision that Obama has made that had impact in other people. Obama has made decision with 99 other people in the senate, but he has never made a decision that will be impacting so many people as presidents or governors decisions do. Just for that Obama will never being qualified to be president.

Posted by: Miguel | August 30, 2008 12:03 AM

A $100,000 investigation? Will it suddenly be resolved when that limit has been met?


www.conservativepolitics.today.com

Posted by: Virginia Shanahan | August 30, 2008 12:10 AM

It didn't take you lefties at WaPo long to take up the surrogate role for the Obama bin Biden ticket in this character assassination attempt against Sarah Palin.

Posted by: Diogenes | August 30, 2008 12:11 AM

Palen is the perfect match for McBush. Misusing their influence is part of their their common bond. McCain has vast experience in the abuse of power, stretching back to the Keating 5 and more recently with his good friend Mr Diamond...backed up by Palen, his enthusiastic understudy. Currently testing her wings of influence from the office of governor. She'll be a fine addition to the McCain ticket.

Posted by: Kevin Morgan | August 30, 2008 12:15 AM

As Karl Rove once said, 'what good is power if you can't abuse it!'
Okay, maybe he didn't say that. But that seems to be the consistent attitude of this current 'brand' of GOP.
I'm trying to see how choosing a recently elected governor of an isolated state with a small population and few electoral votes with zero foreign policy experience and not much governmental experience can help McCain. She's a gun-loving female with a bunch of kids who's anti-abortion. Oh, nice cheek bones. What else? That it? Joe B. will have to restrain his enthusiasm in the VP debate lest he gives her the sympathy vote.
Nixon gave us Agnew, Poppy Bush gave us Quail. Let's hope it's not a GOP trifecta with this one.

Posted by: cody mccall | August 30, 2008 12:17 AM

Most of us here in Alaska support Todd Palin because he notified the police that his brother had hurt his stepson, and felt that he shouldn't be an officer. He was just expressing his feeling, and didn't ask for any action to be taken. This is being drummed up by locals up here who are against Sarah Palin and want to tear her down in the politics of personal destruction. America is better than that

Posted by: anchorageAnne | August 30, 2008 12:18 AM

Lets hear the investigation, and not rush to judgement about Palin.

However, we have enough info to Judge Mccains judgement, and I got to tell you, he truly is a clone of George Bush, with maybe 10 extra IQ points.

Posted by: Alexandrian | August 30, 2008 12:20 AM

As a lifelong Republican, I am more than angry at this choice. There are so many other qualified female party members. It seems McCain chose the most unqualified one and the kicker is she is under investigation by her state legislature. I have heard that she wasn't even vetted. I do not know what kind of games the McCain campaign is playing,but I knew the day he was the last man standing, our party was likely doomed. If he wanted a woman fine,but any woman, qualified or not, goes against our party's platform against affirmative action.

Posted by: Lisa | August 30, 2008 12:22 AM

"This is nothing compared to Obama being in Rev Wright's church for 20+ years and denying he heard any of the anti-white, anti-America rantings!!!!!!!!!!"

Cassandra! You're back. I see you've gotten quite good at typing with a straight jacket on.

Now, let's compare: Obama denounces newly-crazed Reverend Wright; Bush and Cheney bomb hundreds of thousands of innocent Iraqi civilians to death, knowing there were no WMDs, no connect of Al Queda to Hussein, no complicity of Iraq in the *Saudi Arabian* hijackings and bombings on 9-11.

Who's the better person? Hmm.

Posted by: SteveCO | August 30, 2008 12:33 AM

The last time an unknown governor was chosen as a GOP VP candidate his name was Spiro Agnew.

Posted by: joblo | August 30, 2008 12:33 AM

The last time an unknown governor was chosen as a GOP VP candidate his name was Spiro Agnew.

Posted by: joblo | August 30, 2008 12:34 AM

The last time an unknown governor was chosen as a GOP VP candidate his name was Spiro Agnew. We know how that turned out.

Posted by: joblo | August 30, 2008 12:37 AM

As a conservative, big fan of Lincoln, Ted, Ike and Reagan I'm just appalled that McCain would pick someone who has nothing of a great leader. My goodness gracious, with so many qualified republican men and women he goes for one who he only met 2 weeks ago? Since when wishful thinking replaced reason? Yes, it’s true that there are some in our party that will rather throw our nation into the trashcan than go against partyline. It's a very, very, very sad day when we DO NOT “put country first”. Bob Barr looks better and better.

Posted by: Othello | August 30, 2008 12:42 AM

We are in the midst of TWO wars for God's sake... a grave economic crises... and we are expected to feel comfortable that this unknown lady can lead this nation in these complicated times???

I am simply shocked at the craziness of this...

Posted by: nerakami | August 30, 2008 12:44 AM

We are in the midst of TWO wars for God's sake... a grave economic crises... and we are expected to feel comfortable that this unknown lady can lead this nation in these complicated times???

I am simply shocked at the craziness of this...

Posted by: nerakami | August 30, 2008 12:44 AM

beccajo===I also ran across a story about that baby not really belonging to Sarah Palin , but instead was an illegitimate baby belonging to her eldest daughter, with Palin making the claim that she was pregnant and her staff did not notice. I think this woman is a big phony baloney. She's supposedly a reformer , but she is being investigated after only 18 months in for improperly using her authority as governor to settle a vendetta against her sister ex-husband, hardly the mark of a reformer.

Posted by: This just in | August 30, 2008 12:50 AM

You have to laugh, then cry at John McCain's cat that ate the canary grins all day today. Let some air out of Obama's balloons today did you Johnny? You old trixster you! Didn't you vet your VP choice? Just how damaging to our chances November fourth are Mrs. Palin's ethics problems? Good God man, firing the State's Director of Public Safety when he would not follow her husband's orders to fire their estranged brother-in-law? After reading statements from Alaskan Republicans about the situation, I have to encourage every delegate I can reach in Minneapolis to dump John McCain and attempt to save our chances in November by naming Mitt Romney our nominee! You don't have the brains that God gave a sparrow. John, you are one sorry dumb a*s moron dumping your "brilliant" VP nominee on our party without uncovering the problems that she and her husband face in this civil service interference case. Unbelievable!

Posted by: Arizona delegate | August 30, 2008 12:54 AM

I can't believe I read someone who supported her decision to use her political power with "I would say that's grounds to use your political power to remove one of your own family members from a position of authority. can you imagine the amount of scrutiny she would be under if no action was taken to protect her sister and her son, Palin's nephew???"

YOU ARE WRONG! Noone is above the law. NO ONE. Well, except for our current administration.

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

This story is going to prove an albatross to Palin and McCain. It blows a hole in her reformer credentials and makes her look much too unsophisticated to serve as President of the United States. What in the hell was McCain thinking? His selection of this woman of limited abilities is an insult to the American people.

Posted by: Chuck | August 30, 2008 1:01 AM

These proto-fascist right-wing evangelical ideologues . . . they remind me of the communists in my country!

Posted by: Xiao | August 30, 2008 1:04 AM

These proto-fascist right-wing evangelical ideologues . . . they remind me of the communists in my country!

Posted by: Li Mai | August 30, 2008 1:05 AM


Posted by: jules | August 29, 2008 7:27 PM
McCain brings forth a woman whom has been a governor for 1 1/2 years, and ZERO foreign credentials....I'm baffled.

I wasn't going to volunteer for Obama but the idea of this lady being a heartbeat from the presidency is scary enough to get me out and working. Did McCain forget we are a country at war?
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Thanks jules for pointing this out.
However, John the classic idiot, hate monger; join in Cassandra, judith mike, John Reid and John 1, posssibly same person; join in the idots line: steve and rightly chosen for your unintelligent comment.
Here are the ones who got it and can make sense out of the nonsense McCain made:
loudon, sandy, amanda, jillian, jake, dasm, jared, mary h. rice and mary 1A, leona, william, irish and hayden1. These comments referred to the insurl to women, especially Hillary Clinton as most qualified female who ran for higher office; McCain's judgment, he focused on experience and foreign policy knowledge and you should consider if his health is a problem, can she take over and lead? Are we all INSANE!! Those who supported Hillary and will vote for MCC/SP please think about your future and your children's future. You really was not for Hillary in fact, let's face it. You just wanted to be a part of history. We forgive you; get back on track to the "D" party, be on a "winning team" -- life is too unpredictable for you to throw your vote away to "loosers" - ok then, we warned you, but you can do what you want and we promise not to say, "I told you so!!!!

Posted by: jacki7 | August 30, 2008 1:05 AM

So when are the media going to dig into her record as mayor. Seems even that little job she messed up with a sports complex that the poor town is still paying for with higher taxes because she sued with eminent domain to get the land and the court costs went through the roof. Yeah, she can mess up the country if she would have to take over just like any good Bush Republican. I guess that is why John McCain thinks she is qualified. And of course she was for the Bridge to Nowhere before she was against it.

Posted by: Goldie | August 30, 2008 1:06 AM

First, you guys gotta relax about this. Second, humans are imperfect beings and we have all made mistakes. Where Republicans/Palin have committed immoral acts, the Democrats have committed the same type of selfish decisions. The point lies in the ability to recognize that both sides are corrupt and neither are without fault. Third, senatorial experience is not more or less greater than gubernatorial experience. Both Obama and Palin lack adequate experience if we apply the more generally accepted premise of what does or does not qualify a candidate. Truthfully, all the constitution requires is that the candidate be at least 35 and a natural born citizen of the United States. And besides, Presidents are only as strong as the advisers they appoint. Truthfully, these forums should primarily discuss policies, which better separate the candidates and draw definitive battle lines, (e.g., Obama's plan to lower taxes or McCain's long term Iraq strategies) not irrelevant discussions of corruption or experience. GW Bush had little experience, but so did JFK, but so did. . .and so did. . .but so did. . ."the wheels on the bus go round and round."

Posted by: Relax | August 30, 2008 1:09 AM

Palin must have been an great choice because the hysteria on the left is so so evident in these posts. But then again, the left is all about emotion and not about reason.

Posted by: Scott | August 30, 2008 1:11 AM

Not only all that, but Ms Palin has had virtually no contact with Jewish people in America. In fact, most Alaskans still use the term "to jew someone down" as part of their every day vocabulary when speaking about bargaining at the store....so I guess Ms Palin has a huge storehouse of inherited antiSemitic fixations based not on hatred but on ignornace. Ask her what she thinks of Jewish people someone? I am sure he only knows about 3.

Posted by: allen bean | August 30, 2008 1:11 AM

First, you guys gotta relax about this. Second, humans are imperfect beings and we have all made mistakes. Where Republicans/Palin have committed immoral acts, the Democrats have committed the same type of selfish decisions. The point lies in the ability to recognize that both sides are corrupt and neither are without fault. Third, senatorial experience is not more or less greater than gubernatorial experience. Both Obama and Palin lack adequate experience if we apply the more generally accepted premise of what does or does not qualify a candidate. Truthfully, all the constitution requires is that the candidate be at least 35 and a natural born citizen of the United States. And besides, Presidents are only as strong as the advisors they appoint. Truthfully, these forums should primarily discuss policies, which better separate the candidates and draw definitive battle lines, (e.g., Obama's plan to lower taxes or McCain's long term Iraq strategies) not irrelevant discussions of corruption or experience. GW Bush had little experience, but so did JFK, but so did. . .and so did. . .but so did. . ."the wheels on the bus go round and round."

Posted by: Relax | August 30, 2008 1:13 AM

Posted by: jules | August 29, 2008 7:27 PM
McCain brings forth a woman whom has been a governor for 1 1/2 years, and ZERO foreign credentials....I'm baffled.

I wasn't going to volunteer for Obama but the idea of this lady being a heartbeat from the presidency is scary enough to get me out and working. Did McCain forget we are a country at war?
********************Response to V.P. Pick
Thanks jules for pointing this out.
However, John the classic idiot, hate monger; join in Cassandra, judith mike, John Reid and John 1, posssibly same person; join in the idots line: steve and rightly chosen for your unintelligent comment.
Here are the ones who got it and can make sense out of the nonsense McCain made:
loudon, sandy, amanda, jillian, jake, dasm, jared, mary h. rice and mary 1A, leona, william, irish and hayden1. These comments referred to insult to women, especially Hillary Clinton as most qualified female who ran for higher office; McCain's judgment, he focused on experience and foreign policy knowledge and you should consider if his health is a problem, can she take over and lead? Are we all INSANE!! Those who supported Hillary and will vote for MCC/SP please think about your future and your children's future. You really was not for Hillary in fact, let's face it. You just wanted to be a part of history. We forgive you; get back on track to the "D" party, be on a "winning team" -- life is too unpredictable for you to throw your vote away to "loosers" - ok then, we warned you, but you can do what you want and we promise not to say, "I told you so!!!!

Posted by: jacki7 | August 30, 2008 1:14 AM

Looks like Palin has a Jewish problem.

Posted by: Hatikva | August 30, 2008 1:19 AM

Looks like Palin has a Jewish problem.

Posted by: Hatikva | August 30, 2008 1:20 AM

OK so the BIL is a creep,but what about her being shockingly unqualified? I know McCain likes to get all mavericky,but this pick leaves me scratching my head. I think this is a gimmick that will backfire. McCain is not a young man and he should have given his VP pick a little more thought. To me this shows terrible judgment.

Posted by: Floyd | August 30, 2008 1:22 AM

akwatcher's comments about Palin being well liked but in over her head (and maybe OK for AK guv but not VP) made me think of a similar situation we had this spring in New Mexico. Mayor Marty Chavez began a run for the US Senate. He didn't get much support. But as mayor of Albuquerque, NM's largest city, he is very popular.

I also think that McCain should not be criticized for not "picking" a more qualified VP, I think, as others have posted, that he got turned down by everyone else.

Wouldn't the press love it if the Republicans had the slugfest they wanted from the Democrats? How's this for a reporter's dream convention-- the delegates choose McCain but refuse Palin, pick Huckabee instead, McCain blows his stack and turns down the nomination, the delegates then nominate Huckabee and Huckabee picks-- who? Lugar? Or maybe they would have enough sense to nominate Lugar as president. Now there's a smart, qualified, experienced Republican.

Posted by: NMAIF | August 30, 2008 1:26 AM

"She never directly asked me to fire him," Monegan said.

End of story

Posted by: Captain America | August 30, 2008 1:33 AM

That John McCain is such a maverick! Picking that unqualified woman while she is still under ethics investigation sure shows that he is not afraid to think out of the box! Or to apparently think at all. This is a horrible choice and McCain has just handed Obama the election on a silver platter.

Posted by: Belinda | August 30, 2008 1:35 AM

So you have to ask.... why was Palin chosen?? Of all the possible Republicans McCain could have chosen, this Governor was the best choice?? Why???????? Over Romney? Is it simply because of gender? If McCain can pick her simply because of gender, isn't it fair that democrats can question that?
And please... there were several choices that would have been better. Palin is no Hillary Clinton.

Posted by: the big picture | August 30, 2008 1:41 AM

"You leftist brown-shirt liberal fascists..."

So you're all about elevating the discourse, then.

Carry on.

Posted by: George Smiley | August 30, 2008 1:57 AM

He tasered his son, and Monegan was OK with that?!? Monegan is a little bitter... in addition to being incompetent.

Posted by: sptox | August 30, 2008 2:19 AM

John Mcshame gave me a most delightful and unexpected gift at 11AM Friday morning:
a guarantee that Obama will be our next president! I was thrilled even more than
astonished at this old soldier's stupidity.
Until this incredibly self-serving decision, I was actually a bit anxious about the polls.
Now, I can sleep well and simply look forward to finally having a president who will lead this country out of the Republican-created
abyss. Thank you, John:)

Posted by: Nancy | August 30, 2008 2:22 AM

There is a narrow segment of our population that believes that doing anything to serve their faith is justified, even if those actions violate the law. Many of these people could not support McCain before he selected the homophobic, anti-choice, ethically-challenged Palin to the VP role.

Now these people -- many of whom have wormed their way into the election machinery of the United States -- have a reason to facilitate the massive election fraud that will be required to insure a continuation of this criminal cabal. We have already seen election corruption originating in the Justice department where grads fresh from Bob Jones University put prosecutors with distinguished careers through a litmus loyalty test to determine if they were fit to continue to serve.

Those who focus on Palin's lack of qualifications for election to the critical role a heartbeat away from the Presidency miss the point -- Her purpose is to energize and mobilize those that will facilitate the stealing of the third Presidential election in a row.

Posted by: MCLamb | August 30, 2008 2:52 AM

WTF was McCain thinking? He couldn't find someone to beat Biden in a debate on foreign policy, so maybe he better just pick a pretty lady so the spin doctors can complain Biden was mean to her if he doesn't pull his punches?

There may be a few women voters who think two X chromosomes are the only qualification for national office, but most of us are looking for substance. Speaking to the press today, Sarah Palin didn't sound poised and professional enough to be a mid-level executive for a dry-cleaning chain, let alone vice president of the United States.

Furthermore, most women do not believe that rape victims should be forced to carry the spawn of their attackers to term. Palin's virulently anti-choice views make her an extremely unattractive candidate, despite her noteworthy bone structure.

Posted by: Mukwonago | August 30, 2008 3:10 AM

WTF was McCain thinking? He couldn't find someone to beat Biden in a debate on foreign policy, so maybe he better just pick a pretty lady so the spin doctors can complain Biden was mean to her if he doesn't pull his punches?

There may be a few women voters who think two X chromosomes are the only qualification for national office, but most of us are looking for substance. Speaking to the press today, Sarah Palin didn't sound poised and professional enough to be a mid-level executive for a dry-cleaning chain, let alone vice president of the United States.

Furthermore, most women do not believe that rape victims should be forced to carry the spawn of their attackers to term. Palin's virulently anti-choice views make her an extremely unattractive candidate, despite her noteworthy bone structure.

Posted by: Mukwonago | August 30, 2008 3:10 AM

WTF was McCain thinking? He couldn't find someone to beat Biden in a debate on foreign policy, so maybe he better just pick a pretty lady so the spin doctors can complain Biden was mean to her if he doesn't pull his punches?

There may be a few women voters who think two X chromosomes are the only qualification for national office, but most of us are looking for substance. Speaking to the press today, Sarah Palin didn't sound poised and professional enough to be a mid-level executive for a dry-cleaning chain, let alone vice president of the United States.

Furthermore, most women do not believe that rape victims should be forced to carry the spawn of their attackers to term. Palin's virulently anti-choice views make her an extremely unattractive candidate, despite her noteworthy bone structure.

Posted by: Mukwonago | August 30, 2008 3:10 AM

Seems like McCain went to a lot of unnecessary trouble.

If McCain wanted a former beauty queen
with no experience and a
criminal investigation
on her record,
then why he didn’t just pick his own wife?

Posted by: nikto | August 30, 2008 4:22 AM

Seems that Mrs. Palin is just another corrupt GOP
political hack. Firing someone because of a personal
vendetta is unethical and (I hope) maybe even criminal.

Posted by: William N. Trent | August 30, 2008 4:34 AM

Why don't you spend some time investigating Obama and his wife?
http://www.obamatruth.org/

Posted by: Marie | August 30, 2008 4:43 AM

So the swirly, swirly story about Trig being Bristol's kid raises its head again. Where is Snopes when you need them? This old one has been making the rounds in AK for several months now in approximately this version: Sarah's 17 year old daughter disappears with "mono" for a couple months and the not-showing Governor pops out a cute kid.
A humdinger!

Posted by: AKN in AK | August 30, 2008 4:53 AM

As a Democrat I'm delighted with McCain's choice. I was afraid he'd go with Romney, who could help bring in Michigan as well as legally spending a couple hundred of his millions supporting the ticket (IT's OK to spend the money if it's the candidate's own). Palin only brings in Alaska (which McCain would have won anyway), and I expect a lot of people will be nervous about her being a heartbeat away from the presidency given McCain's ag.

Being mayor of a "city" of just 8000 people is probably not even a full-time job. 20 months as governor of one of the least populated states (#48) is comparable to being mayor of Nashville.

I see this a a roll-the dice move by McCain, who is probably looking at state-by-state poll numbers that are worse than the ones we see on CNN. As a Democrat, I watched Mondale's choice of Geraldine Ferraro in 1984 based on the same calculation: If it doesn't look like you can win, why not try something new to shake things up? It didn't wor for my candidate in 1984, and I doubt it will work for Senator McCain this year.

Posted by: PeconicBill | August 30, 2008 7:19 AM

Abusive husband is always right! And troopergates are always credible! Another attack on women in the media. I hope this time around the party will stand by the candidate. Howie didn't have cable when Hillary was being called names.

Posted by: NotYoursweetie | August 30, 2008 7:25 AM

With this choice McCain shows his utter contempt for the American people and his desperation to win the 'prize' -- there are many competent republican women whom he could have chosen. To choose someone with no qualifications to be a heartbeat from the presidency when he is an old, befuddled man with 4 bouts of cancer behind him (we hope behind him) is a shocking act of cynicism.

He really doesn't care about America -- so long as he gets his prize.

Posted by: artemesia | August 30, 2008 8:13 AM

Palin seems qualified to be a GOP VP "Candidate", but that is Not the same as being the actual Vice President. McCain's choice seems panicked and ill considered. It really looks like McCain made/changed his VP pick after seeing the Democrats unite during the convention. Romney and Pawlenty must be really ticked off over this.

Posted by: Rich | August 30, 2008 8:14 AM

another typical republican brandishing the power of government.

Posted by: $$$$$ | August 30, 2008 8:39 AM

As I sit here this morning and read some of these comments, I get really sad for our nation and hope is slowly dying for me. We are such a seperated nation in so many different aspects that I don't think any political organization can fix us. race against race, replublicans against democrats, sisters against sisters fathers against son's It's happening all over america. The way I see it
1. The media is feeding the monster that trys to keep us seperate.
I feel that president clinton did our country goodas far as the job of president, Economy strong, nation out of debt, good relations in foreign affairs. Isn't this True? He had a fling or whatever you want to call itwhich is totally wrong in my book and lied about it, I dont know any man or woman who has cheated and Not lied about it at first and there were many presidents throughout history who have had affairs, they were just lucky and did'nt have the media and poperatze under their every move back in those days. I feel he still did good for our country.

2.And is'nt it the truth that our country is headed for some scary things right now with the economy, war, diasters, Debt?? Why Can't we all agree that we are headed for some really bad times?

I'm not sure what that has told all of you but I know what I as one person who has been in the middle of some pretty sad personal issues with my own family seperation that seems unstoppable, and just about everyone I know who all work hard are seeing the same kind of things with their own families.

Im not sure what the answer is going to be for us as ONE NATION, when we all keep seperating ourselves in our families in our politics, from the world. I gotta tell you all Im scared!
I feel i just need to start focusing on my faith in the lord and change my life habits. I have never been a religous woman, but i believe in god and I think has wrath is slowly upon us.

Posted by: jojofelix | August 30, 2008 9:04 AM

"her brother-in-law used a taser on his stepson. I would say that's grounds to use your political power to remove one of your own family members from a position of authority"

ok, does it give you the right to fire a respected commissioner of public safety for NOT firing that guy. NO. That's putting your own personal concerns ahead of the safety of the Alaskan people. Do we want that in the White House?

Posted by: woah | August 30, 2008 9:11 AM

So if your police officer brother-in-law taser's his son (your nephew), threatens your parents with their lives, and abuses your sister, no woman should take matters into her own hands and attempt to bring this to the attention of his superiors? What I smell is a police union protecting one of their thug police officers.

Posted by: betty | August 30, 2008 9:11 AM

I am fast becoming ashamed of the liberal women in this country.

They see Palin as something they could never be and instead of striving to better themselves they see the answer as knocking her down.

All you Palin detractors should be ashamed.

In just 12 hours I have read a dozen vicious rumors the liberals are trying to start against this woman, many of them started by women whose only goal in life is to make sure a woman who believes it was wrong to abort 40 million babies in 30 years.

Posted by: kelly | August 30, 2008 9:15 AM

Palin is just an older version of the Republican sweetheart, Elizabeth Hasslebeck, a rabid right-wing loud-mouth of little substance. The only reason she was put on the ticket was to energize the Repubs for the Repub National Convention next week. After that, she's just eye candy to help keep John's blood flowing.

Posted by: Jan | August 30, 2008 9:29 AM

So if two people are going through a divorce and one party accuses the other of something in the divorce proceedings, not criminal charges, Republicans think the accused party should be fired from his job without benefit of a trial to see if the charges are true. Because nobody ever makes untrue accusations in a divorce proceeding...

Posted by: nickrhoward | August 30, 2008 10:06 AM

Out of all of the possible choices for VP, Palin is the best we can do? I'm starting to think the same thing about Senator McCain. Why can't we get better candidates? Maybe we might try choosing competence over ideology sometime perhaps?

Posted by: Troutski | August 30, 2008 10:08 AM

I assume that even in Alaska a state trooper would have some sort of job protection, either through a union or a civil service system and that the trooper would be entitled to contest a firing in a hearing. That Governor Palin would urge that her brother-in-law be fired without honoring his procedural due process rights displays a vindictiveness, lack of fairness and disdain for the rule of law worthy of the Bush/Cheney administration. She should fit in nicely with another radical right-wing Republican Presidency if, God forbid, that should somehow happen.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 30, 2008 10:14 AM

Thank god Palin isn't a big ol' lib or she might have killed her baby because of the nuisance of the down syndrome. can't have that standing in the way of her career.

Posted by: Dream Out Loud | August 30, 2008 10:40 AM

As a liberal, I am happy to congratulate John McMoron on his choice of Sarah Palin for Vice President. It's clear that she is the second-most qualified Repukeliscum in the country to be president. And she has already accomplished what many repukeliscum take years to do: get the abuse of Power merit badge.

You Go, Sarah!!

Posted by: POed Lib | August 30, 2008 11:13 AM

"From Sea to Shinning Sea" the Republican pattern of elected officials exerting influence for personal reasons thrives. Alaska seems to having more than its share (Palin, Stevens, Young) with a population of 670,000 (rounded down) people. McCain seeks to continue the Republican Party tradition of "can't be trusted." His campaign has turned into a "get elected" must with a blind eye to the governance factor awaiting the election outcome. Like Bush, get elected, take multiple vacations!

Posted by: Lou R | August 30, 2008 11:21 AM

As a Republican I am astounded at McCain's profound lack of judgment and as a woman I am embarrassed for our party. Whatever happened to our belief in affirmative action being a BAD thing? This is absolutely affirmative action, folks, and this is representative of the erosion of the Republican Party. We're losing our focus and McCain just proved it in front of the whole nation. If he wanted a woman to grab the questionable Hillary Clinton voters, why not pick someone who's actually qualified like Kay Bailey Hutchison, Olympia Snowe, Elizabeth Dole... why this Sarah Palin? She has no clue about foreign affairs. She actually said in 2007 that she hadn't really given Iraq much thought. How on earth could anyone with more than two brain cells to rub together not even think about Iraq with this war going on for years now? How embarrassing. And she's supposed to go toe to toe with dictators, never mind going toe to toe with Joe Biden in the debates? I'm really sorry to say it because I want it to be different, but she will be toast. He's had 35 years of experience and has been abroad many, many times. There's no way this is happening. If he even asked her where such and such country is, could she give a proper answer? Her qualification is a regular degree from the University of Idaho in communications and journalism! I just don't get it, John. How could you sell us out like this for a few votes? You say Country First? No, I disagree. You've thrown away the Republican Party and it's John McCain's Image First. You've sold the Republican Party down the river for a temporary bounce in the polls because this woman has absolutely nothing else to bring to the ticket, not even a brain suitable for world affairs that are VERY important to our future. I am EXTREMELY upset. I didn't want to do it but I may sit this one out or maybe throw my vote to Bob Barr. This is awful.

Posted by: DisaffectedRepublican | August 30, 2008 11:25 AM

The Post as usual drums up a phony "issue" about firing a state official [who was offered another job].

The Post hates her because Palin is someone from outside the tired "club" of lifer politicians who remain in DC as eternal hangers-on! Gary Hart, you know whom I'm talking about! And a thousand other DC robots like Gore who are constantly working the ginormous ATM that the USG has morphed into. The corrupt degenerates at the LAT/NYT/MSM axis of mediocrity are so mired in cliches and second-rate muddling that they cannot understand how most Americans HATE the political elites that run the Hollyweird/academicide/identity politics traveling circus the election has become. Drill in ANWR! Only corrupt earmarkers like the Pelosi/Reid 9% Congress withholds permission.

Posted by: daveinboca | August 30, 2008 11:34 AM

I am a Demorat and I luv tazin 11 yearz old kids. It's my konstitushunal rite! Every state truper shude half that rite two!

Posted by: Luv_Tazin_Kids | August 30, 2008 11:42 AM

Who's Your Momma? Did Sarah Palin have the Baby or, her 16 year old daughter? WHOA!!!

http://forums.therandirhodesshow.com/index.php?showtopic=7420

Posted by: Hmmmm | August 30, 2008 11:46 AM

I am a Democrat. I can't believe anyone would support this woman's right to carry a Down Syndrome child to term!!! After all, we Democrats are morally and mentally superior to everyone in this country and we deserve to make the decisions for every bitter gun totin bible thumpin right wing hypocrite! Life just ain't good unless you're killin the unborn...

Posted by: Aborshuns_Is_Gud | August 30, 2008 11:47 AM

I'm really scared now! I am a Obama supporter and I really am praying he wins! But if not what in the world is going to happen to this country! I am so upset with McCain for risking our children's future on someone he only met 1 time and is under investigation! What in the world is wrong with this man! I don't talk about age much, but I truly think that his mind is leaving him! This man is 72 years old! Anything can happen to him at any moment! True Obama may not have the experience people thinks he should have but he has proven that he can manage and handle himself quite well and plus he has a back up with Biden! I'm telling you folks I am really scared! America wake up we have got to get OBAMA/BIDEN in office or we truly will be doomed!!!!!!

Posted by: EBONY | August 30, 2008 11:47 AM

Here we go with another Bush/cheney!!!! ABUSE OF POWER!!! America we will be in serious danger if McCain/Palin get in office!

Posted by: Anonymous | August 30, 2008 11:49 AM

Yikes! We have to stop this abuse of power here peeps! Oh, wait, that already happened... Gov Palin smacked down the trooper who was abusing his position, and the boss who was protecting him. Yep you lib swineturds, you are once again howling up the wrong tree. I pity your kind...

Posted by: Abuse of Power? | August 30, 2008 11:57 AM

She's The Deadliest Catch" -bgladd.com/McSameStore/GOPdeadliestcatch.jpg

Posted by: BGladd | August 30, 2008 12:04 PM

Finally a candidate with balls. Something Obama certainly isn't.

I take one Palin over 100 Obamas any day.

Gotta love how the so called "liberal" media reacts. Smear campaigns, lies, distortions. Bravo!

No folks, those aren't liberals (check what "liberal" means, then you might get it). The so called "liberal" media are bloody communists.

Posted by: Takekaze | August 30, 2008 12:16 PM

I think that the DEM's are great! I love to see obama chose the great WHITE MASA JOE to lead him to the promised land..Real Black don't back barak.......

Posted by: John | August 30, 2008 12:17 PM

OMG this is for real, the pics of Palin at 7 months pregnant show a woman with a flat stomach.

Incredible that she thought she could get away with it.

Would bode well for a right winger bible beater who believe in abstinence only before marriage to have a unmarried 16 year old daughter to have a baby out of wed lock.

Who's Your Momma? Did Sarah Palin have the Baby or, her 16 year old daughter? WHOA!!!

http://forums.therandirhodesshow.com/index.php?showtopic=7420

Posted by: JoJo | August 30, 2008 12:25 PM

The scandal is small-town stuff, but so is the setting Palin comes from--given a powerful office in the West Wing, this tendency to abuse power would be Cheney-like. Palin has already with-held e-mails in the case, which is exactly the kind of opaquness and judicial subterfuge Americans are sick of from the Bush Administration.

I agree with those comments that McCain's judgment is seriously in doubt. No way would a Democratic veep choice have gotten through with this scandal.

Posted by: Beth in VA | August 30, 2008 12:35 PM

Aborshuns_Is_Gud:
I have never met a person who is pro-abortion. You must hang around with some very differnt people than me.

Palkin's "family values" choices have been reprehensible. I have a lovely and precious boy with Down's Syndrome in my family and he is worthy of as much respect as you, I, and every other human being. I also have worked with mentally delayed people my whole professional and personal life. I live with these issues. What kind of woman (who already HAS 4 kids and a time demanding job) decides to have a 5th kid at the age of 43? We ALL know that is a recipe for birth defects - this is a scientific and easily researched demographic/census FACT. The odds of a 40 year old woman having a baby with Down's is 1 in 100. For a 43 year old the odds are a close 1 in 37. Palin made an immature, disgustingly egotistic gamble and lost. When her doctor seriously asked her to come in to his office to discuss the issue, she replied "you can just tell me on the phone". When he then gave her a book on Down's she BY HER OWN WORDS really took some time before she even OPENED it. The issue is her morality. The media will be terrified to even mention what I've laid out here, but hopefully some Down's experts and advocates can publicly ask the questions I've asked. Repulsive behavior, especially when coupled with the GOP's penchant for witholding desperately needed funds for the country's disabled, another easily provable historical fact. SCHIP veto,anyone? Medicaid funding cuts? She's not who you think she is. Also,she's ON RECORD (a documented public interview) SUPPORTING the "bridge to nowhere" - until she learned that YOU and I (in other states) weren't going to pay for it. When she found it would be on Alaskan's dime - she flip-flopped. Great VP choice, guys! What if McCain's cancer comes back and he dies in a year and then a BIGGERE 9/11 happens? WIll you feel safe with your "hockey Mom" who by here own recorded words "hasn't PAID MUCH ATTENTION TO IRAQ" calling Cheney for advice? Her gender is NOT the issue - if the GOP could have found a woman wit the requisite morality and exsperience, it would be great for the country. Her ovaries don't give her any more of a free pass than McCain's POW (I've know a Korean POW who is the LAST person to claim any heroic legacy from that horrendous experience serving our country bravely)experience gives him. These people really, actually think Americans are a moronic, stupid lot with no critical thinking skills; that's what they pray for.

Posted by: DD | August 30, 2008 12:39 PM

no matter what, there is toooooo much baggage with this pick. She'll never make it in the public vetting process. This small town mom is way over her head, I almost feel sorry for how this is going to go down. It's unlikely Mccain did his proper vetting, and no wonder all those 2nd choices are so postiive about this - they know when Sarah bows out in about 4 or 5 weeks, McCain will replace her with someone else and the repubs will sigh relief and hope to die down on the negatively. NO ONE with this kind of background should be about to be appointed to the presidency. oops, VP slot, well, except that at 72, McCain is unlikely to make it 4 year.

Posted by: nanc in ca | August 30, 2008 12:43 PM

I am a Vet and I am voting for Obama.
The reason is simple, I do not trust John McCain in a moment of crises If McCain had been president when the Cuban Missile crises took place..... BOOM.
We had Kennedy a first term Senator in place, who did not follow the generals, and listen to those with calmer minds. How many lives would have been lost if he had not listened?
Now McCain selects his third wife to be VP.
With that selection neither McCain nor Palin is ready.

Posted by: Tony | August 30, 2008 12:49 PM

Republican Presidents are just bobbing heads for PNAC, AIPAC, and other corporate government media conglomerates. It does not matter what their experience is. In fact, the less experience the better. With 5 kids Ms. Palin needs to learn to do a little more head bobbing anyway.

Posted by: wonderblob | August 30, 2008 12:51 PM

The Palin woman is NO threat to the dems; she is another Harriet Meirs and will be pulled from the VP nomination. She lacks the education, the academic-political expertise, hands-on knowledge plus no diplomatic skills to be a world-class government official. She is out of her league, so,let's calm down and not bite the bait/trap of crazy-making by the Rovian tacticians. Keep in mind, by continuing the "inexperience" rouse, McInsane can once again hammer the dems on Obama's inexperience. Palin can not be spun up fast enough on any of the above to make her any kind of a real threat. She will not make it through any kind of debate or interview with insightful questions. She will show her true Bushy-tail and her "lack of everything" just like a George W. Palin will give answers in the debates just like he did, as in, using God as the old fall-back. The saying fits: "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself", which is what the GOP is pursuing as their "savior" to win the election. Don't have fear and doubts, just know the roaches always run when the lights are turned on.

Posted by: tm22 | August 30, 2008 1:20 PM

Gee WaPo, if you would give Obama or Biden half the scrutiny that you gave Palin, they would be out on their butts.

Of course, we can all remember how deep you dug to uncover the Hillary machine, with the travelgate firings, the goon squads, the beatings of anti-Clinton protestors in Michigan a few years back.

Maybe you could ask Obama about how he feels being (finally) a clean, educated black (according to Biden) as compared to a smelly ghetto black? Maybe ask Obama some questions about his buddy Bill Ayers?

Oh wait, you SERVE the Democrats, not the people of the US. Sorry, my bad.

Posted by: No Bias here, move along | August 30, 2008 1:37 PM

WalshMD, not everyone who refuses to support the radical homosexual agenda is a "homophobe". If you were actually a MD, you would know that ..phobe has a specific meaning.

Additionally, while it is scary that so many on her staff would get involved, they guy did get busted poaching, and had a DUI in his cop car. If that isn't enough to fire a cop, I don't know what is.

Posted by: No Bias here, move along | August 30, 2008 1:40 PM

Please stop the ridiculous accusations about Sarah Palin. Her political positions (and general lack of experience) will speak for themselves. There is no danger here of attracting anyone who is concerned about foreign policy, the environment or is pro-life.

Posted by: Dem in AK | August 30, 2008 1:55 PM

Oops... meant pro-choice.

Posted by: Dem in AK | August 30, 2008 1:57 PM

With all of the crimes the bush administration has committed and you NEVER wrote about you eagerly post this news? You are pathetic!

I'm a Leftist but I can smell bs a mile away. What Palin has done is NOTHING compared to what has been done by bush and company these past 8 years. And yet you have no guts to write the real news. Cowards - all of you!

Posted by: Raoul | August 30, 2008 2:20 PM

A couple questions for Commissioner Monegan that weren't asked in the article:

Why wasn't Trooper Wootern charged with taking a moose out of season? Isn't that a felony?

Why wasn't Trooper Wooten charged with DWI when he was found driving drunk in his cruiser? Isn't that a felony?

Whys wasn't Trooper Wooten charged with threatening the life of the Governor's father? I know that is a felony.

Why wasn't Trooper Wooten charged with child abuse after tasering his 10 year old son? Isn't this also a felony?

I think that is 4 felonies that the Commissioner let slide! Who is abusing their power? Seems like the commissioner should be the one being invewstigated, not the Governor.

I'm waiting for you to tell the rest of the story.

Posted by: ElPaso | August 30, 2008 2:48 PM

The attempt at reasoning why the Governor would ever be involved in a "termination" of an employee is stupid.
1. No Governor is on a Labor board who's job it is to find fact.
2.Interference by the Governor is "official misconduct" and reason for a Governor to be impeached.
3. Whatever evidence is claimed against the trooper, is just that, claimed. We all know how both sides of a domestic argument try to convince everyone their side is the right side.
4. The Governor shows an incredible lack of judgment and poise by doing what she did.

Posted by: Bopper | August 30, 2008 4:15 PM

Three days after having a Down Syndrome baby, she was back on the job. I wonder if, in their hearts, the Republican base has any questions about that type of maternal judgment. She's the boss, (right?), with a lieutenant governor ready to take the reins, and she can return to work any time she wants. Speaks volumes about who she is, I'd day.

Posted by: Joe T. | August 30, 2008 4:47 PM

quote:
On top of that, his father is muslim. Just because he isn't doesnt mean he doesn't have family ties with them. and uhm, HELLO we are in a war with them. now i'm not only old enough to vote yet and i have realized these things. so maybe yall should use a little brain power sometimes!

Posted by: Judith | August 29, 2008 7:16 PM
endquote

The Nazi's were Christians, were we at war with Christendom? When we ignore you, we are properly using our brain power.

Alas however, I could not resist.

Posted by: Dilapidus, Oceanside CA | August 30, 2008 4:56 PM

Sarah who?

Posted by: Friday | August 30, 2008 4:57 PM

As a woman, McCain and his "Lobbyists First", not Country First campaign can not make any political moves to sway my vote.

Posted by: Mary | August 30, 2008 5:24 PM

Why would Sara make a better VP than Paris?

In fact she may just Palin comparison to Hilton.

Posted by: olo | August 30, 2008 5:31 PM

No matter who Mcain picked for vice president there are still people who will not vote for him because they still want a change from the Republicans.. Enough is enough already

Posted by: new gismo | August 30, 2008 6:37 PM

They couldn't convince Romney to run. That is why it took so long for McCain to pick his VP.
The GOP has thrown in the towel and are meeting with Cheney in his bat cave regrouping the troops for 2012. And by the way George W. aka Robin won't be invited.

Posted by: pbrtn | August 30, 2008 6:39 PM

is anyone on this blog over 14? Obviously, the dems are nervous about a strong woman, who does the right thing. Is a man supposed to be a trooper who beats his wife and child? Wouldn't you tell the proper authorities to get him fired? We know O has no skills other than acting, and Biden other than pitbulling, so now we get a woman with strength and the dems pull a Hillerize on her!! Comeon let's talk policy, not personality. O will lead us to socialism, and poverty, just like Cuba (maybe a dictatorship) and by the way, does he ever stop looking down his nose at everyone? Jeesh, O look at us not at the sky, you are not on a statue yet!!

Posted by: msh1017 | August 30, 2008 7:04 PM

Well, I have just read through many,many
comments. Good post jojofelix ! I do believe that Obama has/had McCain running scared and I think the choice of Sara Palin was a political ploy on his part to
"outdo" ( in his mind ) Obama. I also believe that McCain will find out that women are NOT stupid ! Women won't vote for him just because he picked a female.
I was very disappointed when Obama did not
choose Hillary, but considering all the facts, her speech at the convention, Obama's choice for VP, I decided I WILL vote for Obama and Biden. McCain is very
scarey, or possibly like Obama said " He
just doesn't get it"

Posted by: babyboomer39@aol.com | August 30, 2008 7:07 PM

Anyone who writes here, with a straight face, that they are THRILLED by McCain's ridiculous choice, are lying through their teeth. No one could be so stupid or partisan to be comfortable, in this age of nuclean weapons and terrorism, to be willing to hand the presidency at the drop of a hat.. to a person that was a newbie gov of a tiny state, having served as a mayor for a few years in a town smaller than Pismo Beach. Credentials??

McCain met Palin ONCE a year ago at an event, and talked to her on the phone on Sunday ONCE. What is wrong with this picture? This will go down in history as the most boneheaded move in politics. Ever. It's an Admiral Stockdale moment, but at least that fellow had military experience. How desperate IS the GOP??

Posted by: Diana | August 30, 2008 7:29 PM

I guess McCain wants some comic relief for the Armageddon, should he be elected.

Posted by: Dick Hertz | August 30, 2008 7:45 PM

The only woman remotely qualified and that's a stretch, would have been the bobblehead Condoleeza Rice? That would have made it two good soldiers for the gop.
Still lacking a leader inthat mix.

Posted by: Fireman Al | August 30, 2008 8:02 PM

Hot Damn!!!!
Santa came early, and he picked up a fabulous gift on the way. Can't wait until Nov 4 to pull the lever for McCain-Palin

Posted by: robbie | August 30, 2008 8:22 PM

It was a very curious pick for Senator McCain. I had expected that Romney or Pawlenty would be his choice for the VP slot. I'm not thrilled with Obama but liked Biden as a fall-back. I'm a little leery because of McCain's age and expected that he would pick a candidate that would reassure the voters that the country would be in capable hands if anything did befall him. I can't make heads nor tail of his selection. I don't see what she brings to the ticket. John already had Alaska locked up and needed to appeal to the independents and moderates. Governor Palin does neither.

Posted by: roy | August 30, 2008 8:39 PM

Come on. No one can be serious. The Christer Crowd has been the loudest in declaiming we are at war with what they call "ISLAMOFASCISM," and now they are jumping up and down with the prospect that this inexperienced ex-beauty queen/hockey mom will be a heartbeat away from the presidency of a 72 year old cancer survivor?

Surely, ye jest.

Posted by: erice | August 30, 2008 9:09 PM

Bravo McCain and Palin!

I'm glad to see another gutsy bouncy Hillary-style woman up there. Palin's talk about taking up Hllary's crash of the glass ceiling was brilliant!

There comes a time when identity politics is more important than transient issues. Palin is the right kind of woman! We can discuss the details with her later.

We needed to get rid of Obama and the Pelosi/Brazile clique, but this makes it a pleasure!

Posted by: fsteele | August 30, 2008 9:11 PM

The key statement is, "She never directly asked me to fire him," Monegan said.
So there is no proof.

Did Sarah Palin have the Baby or, her 16 year old daughter? WHOA!!!
This is something the "HIGHLY REPUTABLE KOS " has started. Is this the way we treat females in politics? Palin is the new "Hillary". You all should be ashamed of the smears. Have the balls to address her policy issues.

Posted by: tlatexaspuma | August 30, 2008 9:29 PM

I can tell by the comments here the trolls and paid Obama bloggers they are worried. They have already started the smear campaigns.
As a former Clinton supporter I am already hearing on the news MSM by Obama surrogates that former Clinton supporters will never vote for Palin. Democrats have abused the abortion rights issue as "a way to control women's votes." Just recently our own party said “Screw Us, ” We Don’t Need You Or Hillary. They don't need our votes. McCain listen to women and now the Democratic party wants to protect us. Yea right!

Posted by: tlintx | August 30, 2008 9:39 PM

I love Obama in 08'

Posted by: John McCain | August 30, 2008 9:49 PM

Hilarious to see the deeply hypocritical fingers-in-the-wind GOPer's (who have for decades excoriated career Mom's as being anti-family values and sacrificing the traditional family hearth for selfish career path reasons) NOW beam with embarrassingly bizarre flip-flopping pride about a woman who will have almost NO time to spend with the 5 kids she insisted on having because of her self-deluded ambition. The GOP's sacred isssues are being neutralized at the speed of light with this pick:
McCain: "terrorism is EVERYTHING/ the #1 issue!!"
Palin: "I haven't paid much attention to Iraq." (Why should she, it's only..... THE central front on the war on terror, RIGHT??)

McCain: Obama puts career/political considerations above the country's needs.
(He CLEARLY did not pick the person out of our 300 million who is fit to lead us through another 9/11 if need be, did he?

McCain's health/age is a no-brainer as an issue to consider responsibly - multiple cancers? So, heaven forbid, (but a nontrivial chance), the cancer comes back and metastisizes. Now picture her face to face with Putin? Ahmedinejad? Chavez? Hu Jintao? Christ, she'll be laughed out of the place.
Utterly reckless pick. He's putting my family in danger.

Posted by: DD in Chicago | August 30, 2008 11:16 PM

Palin's ex-brother-in-law, if half of what they say is true, sounds like a real piece of work. But what should be done regarding such abuses is to CHARGE HIM WITH BREAKING THE LAW - not fire the guy who refused to fire him on hearsay.

So - even though I would want such a violent person not to be a state trooper, there should be due process, not political pressure and revenge.

Posted by: msy | August 30, 2008 11:46 PM

Whatever happened to innocent until proven guilty?

Don't you think McCain and his staff would have looked into this issue thoroughly before selecting Sarah Palin as his VP choice? I don't think that he and his staff would pick someone who would be immediately tanked.

I don't know the details, but it sounds like there are rumors on both sides - either justifying Governor Palin's attempts to fire her brother-in-law or justifying an investigation into her alleged abuse of power. She has welcomed the investigation, and if the man attacked his own son with a police weapon, then he obviously would not be fit to serve.

Let's see what the investigation bears out.

Posted by: sara b | August 31, 2008 12:23 AM

The issue here is not Palin's judgment but McCain's. If "maverick" means "high roller," then yeah, he's a maverick. What other critical decisions affecting us all will he throw the dice on? That big question mark that was hanging over Obama's character is now hovering over McCain's. "Wacky" and "unpredictable" are good things in a comedian, maybe even a fighter jock. But not in a president. Not in these perilous times. Obama clearly takes this election seriously. McCain apparently thinks it's a joke.

Posted by: DrBB | August 31, 2008 12:32 AM

"Don't you think McCain and his staff would have looked into this issue thoroughly before selecting Sarah Palin as his VP choice?"

Well that's rather the question isn't it. Did they??? Apparently his entire acquaintance with Palin consists of 3 meetings, one of them lasting only 15 minutes and one of them a telephone call. I have no idea what kind of decision process led to this startling and bizarre choice. Clearly "Let's choose someone really wacky and announce the day after the DNC to stomp on their bounce!" was a major factor, beyond that, god only knows. But "Don't you think they must have known what they were doing?" rather begs the question. You assert that we must take his judgment as a given, therefore this must be a wise choice. I'd say this patently unwise choice calls his judgment into question. Is this the kind of thing we can look forward to more of if we elect this guy? God help us if it is.

Posted by: DrBB | August 31, 2008 12:42 AM

Palin's baby actually belongs to her 16 year old daughter.
No scandal there, except that the American people don't like being lied to.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 31, 2008 1:45 AM

"Have the balls to address her policy issues"

The problem is that she hasn't gone on the record with much in the way of policy issues has she? Since that's the case, i'm curious as to why mccain thinks that THIS is the second best person in the country to be president. What was his thought process? And while you're explaining that, make sure you do so by addressing these policy issues of hers that you care so much about.

The other stuff is mostly a distraction unless the investigations drag up something real.

Posted by: Doug | August 31, 2008 5:27 AM

This is the bottom line. Sarah Palin does not and I repeat, does not have enough experience to become commander and chief of the United States Of America in the event of the departing John McCain. The facts are John McCain is 72 years old, and he's had four battles with cancer, Melanoma to be exact. Melanoma as I'm sure everyone knows is a malignant skin cancer. And the older you are, I am sorry to say the harder it is to fight off harsh ailments and that is an actual fact. Therefore, the question remains is Sarah Palin the person you would want to see in command as chief executive officer of the United States of America in the event of the departing of John McCain? In truth Sarah Palin was the mayor Wisila a lot longer than she was the governor of Alaska. Therefore, the bulk of her experience more than likely will come from her time as mayor and not so much as the governor. Now lets be honest the town she was the mayor over has the population of a neighborhood. And I am not trying to be sarcastic that's a fact, Wisila with respect to population is smaller than my neighborhood. Sarah Palin being mayor of Wisila, is like being a block club president on steroids and that's not saying much. Now lets look at Alaska, the population of Alaska is 670,053 people. Sarah Palin has been the governor of Alaska for less than two years, I repeat less than two years and that is a fact! First of all, again with respect to Alaska, that state doesn't suffer from a lot of ailments many cities and states throughout America suffer from. So, Sarah Palin is the governor of a state with a very small population for less than two years, before that she was the mayor of a neighborhood size town and those two things coupled together qualifies her to become commander and chief of the free world!!! Now that's what you call a quantum leap! Sarah Palin clearly has no business being in this position at this time. This is a mockery and a travesty! If they win our country will become the laughing stock of the world because we put a person in office for no apparent reason whatsoever. The choice now is clearer than ever Obama-Biden 08! Last note we loved Hillary Clinton for her experience and longevity and Sarah Palin flat out doesn't have either. Again Obama-Biden 08!!!

Posted by: Safe our Country | August 31, 2008 7:04 AM

This is the bottom line. Sarah Palin does not and I repeat, does not have enough experience to become commander and chief of the United States Of America in the event of the departing John McCain. The facts are John McCain is 72 years old, and he's had four battles with cancer, Melanoma to be exact. Melanoma as I'm sure everyone knows is a malignant skin cancer. And the older you are, I am sorry to say the harder it is to fight off harsh ailments and that is an actual fact. Therefore, the question remains is Sarah Palin the person you would want to see in command as chief executive officer of the United States of America in the event of the departing of John McCain? In truth Sarah Palin was the mayor Wisila a lot longer than she was the governor of Alaska. Therefore, the bulk of her experience more than likely will come from her time as mayor and not so much as the governor. Now lets be honest the town she was the mayor over has the population of a neighborhood. And I am not trying to be sarcastic that's a fact, Wisila with respect to population is smaller than my neighborhood. Sarah Palin being mayor of Wisila, is like being a block club president on steroids and that's not saying much. Now lets look at Alaska, the population of Alaska is 670,053 people. Sarah Palin has been the governor of Alaska for less than two years, I repeat less than two years and that is a fact! First of all, again with respect to Alaska, that state doesn't suffer from a lot of ailments many cities and states throughout America suffer from. So, Sarah Palin is the governor of a state with a very small population for less than two years, before that she was the mayor of a neighborhood size town and those two things coupled together qualifies her to become commander and chief of the free world!!! Now that's what you call a quantum leap! Sarah Palin clearly has no business being in this position at this time. This is a mockery and a travesty! If they win our country will become the laughing stock of the world because we put a person in office for no apparent reason whatsoever. The choice now is clearer than ever Obama-Biden 08! Last note we loved Hillary Clinton for her experience and longevity and Sarah Palin flat out doesn't have either. Again Obama-Biden 08!!!

Posted by: Safe our Country | August 31, 2008 7:05 AM

It was the REPUBLICAN controlled legislature that called for a special counsel to investigate "Troopergate". She is facing impeachment by her own party. The tapes have been released of her chief of staff putting on the pressure to have her ex-brother in law removed. We have endured months of rhetoric from John McCain regarding Obama's lack of experience and he chooses someone with less. McCain is 72 with a history of illness. Do you want Palin to step in if something happens to him? In July she questioned what the VP does and said she hasnt paid attention to Iraq. This is presidential material? No, McCain just likes to look at her backside! Once a cheat...always a cheat!

Posted by: fastcat | August 31, 2008 8:33 AM

Hadn't the GOP been polling for months and finding that Palin was well liked nationwide among their voters? I expect they would have looked into the obvious issues while they were at it.

Posted by: fsteele | August 31, 2008 12:24 PM

Picking the VP is the first major decision of a political nominee to the Office of President of the United States.
McCain who claims to have vastly more experience that Obama chooses Palin who has very little experience. On the other hand Obama chooses Biden, who has the experience to be President, as his running mate.
Seems to me when you look at this first major decision, all the vast experience of McCain's does not compare with the thoughtful evaluation skills of Obama.

Posted by: Douger | August 31, 2008 3:06 PM

Sounds like the dems are just pulling anything out of their a$$ to make Palin look bad. Is this the best you've got?

Hahahahahaha

I would take her any day over the likes of Obama. At least she has done SOMETHING for petes sake!

Posted by: Hahaha | August 31, 2008 7:26 PM

She has an 85% approval rate in Alaska.

She is awesome!

Posted by: By the way | August 31, 2008 7:27 PM

Everybody relax. The real presidential race was between Hillary Clinton and Barrack Obama. Obama won and will be the next president.

Even if McCain had had an sliver of a chance, he has now doomed himself within the republican party establishment by not picking one of the heavy-weights. In essence, he has defied his own party and is self-destructing at warp speed. Oh yes, they will act like they support McCain, but after this fiasco of a pick, it will be luke warm at best.

Will she get enthusiastic support from the religious right? Of course, but this group is not in control, never has been, and has been used by the republican party establishment for decades. And they are still too dumb to see it, even after Rove was caught laughing at them.

Posted by: skyreader7 | August 31, 2008 7:47 PM

What exactly qualifies as experience? Is U.S. Senate experience the barometer? Does statehouse experience (state legislator or governor) qualify?
Lets say, for the sake of argument, that "experience" when running for president is meaningless, since we can't really define what "experience" is.
Instead, lets make the campaign about substantive issues. You'd think the Republicans would want to run on their record of the past eight years:
* Economy's strong. Check.
* There's no housing crisis. Check.
* Global warming doesn't exist. Check.
* The $482 billion budget deficit isn't the largest in U.S. history. Check.
* The job market is booming. Check.
* Gas prices are low. Check.
* The Iraq War is going quite well and near a happy conclusion - just like the war in Afghanistan. Check.
And all we want to talk about is "experience."

Posted by: Concerned for our country | August 31, 2008 11:51 PM

At least now we know how a woman will become a US president - McCain died and voila ;-)

McCain surprised us yet again - when everybody given up on him he's pulling yet another rabbit out of his hat :)

And that Palin chick - she's Hot!
and what a blow to Democrats! hehehe

Hopefully Hillary will be back in 2012
She really don't need to be a Presidenr during Depression 2010-2012

Posted by: TObject | September 1, 2008 3:26 AM

Republicans brag that Palin is “popular” in her state, but remember that she is the Governor of one of the reddest, if not the reddest of red states. Her so called “popularity” was prior to the ongoing investigation. Tat “popularity” has eroded significantly.

Palin’s track record reveals that she is extremely to the far right. In an already bitterly divided political scene, she will not make a good leader for our nation. She will be divisive like Bush and Cheney

Posted by: Meriyen | September 1, 2008 3:32 AM

DISGUSTING BIAS.

Hey, Washington Post--why don't you write a nice article all about Obama's shady past: criminal friends, shifty deals, possibly forged citizenship, rcist "spiritual advisor", and his abuse of political power to make a house deal with his favorite slum landlord? Oh...what's that you say, Washington Post? Oh, there's a 25 page limit to online articles? It's OK, I understand! It would take well over that amount to reveal all the shady acts and dealings of the Obamessaiah's life. Maybe next time.

Posted by: Nic | September 1, 2008 4:53 AM

No way, No how, Nobama.

Palin under qualified, makes me laugh each time I read it. She has more qualification to lead than Nobama, and she is only going for the VP. Nobama does not even qualify to be VP.

Posted by: Equal opportunity | September 1, 2008 7:29 AM

"Furthermore, most women do not believe that rape victims should be forced to carry the spawn of their attackers to term."

As a pro-choice woman, there was no way I was going to vote for McCain. And with Palin on the ticket with her extreme anti-choice views, I am going to go over the top for Obama. There is no way I am going to sit idly by and let McCain/Palin overturn Roe v. Wade with no exception for rape, incest, or threat to the health of the mother.

Posted by: aerdrie | September 1, 2008 9:59 AM

Never in my life have I read so many uninformed views in politics...One would think that everyone would have a little more credibility if they substantiated their views with some form of proof...Anyway, if Obama's foreign policy experience (or lack thereof) is a liability, then it's the same with Palin...let's not switch based on who we talk about...either it works or doesn't...let's stick to the facts, people!

Posted by: Trey (Master of All That is Cool) | September 1, 2008 10:59 AM

As Dominick Dunne would put it, this whole story reads like a trashy novel. But, what disgusts me more is that some of you are so uninformed.

Beccajo mentioned earlier that there might be a baby cover-up here as well. The reason for that is because people who are close to Palin are speculating that with much more detail to add. (They think the baby belongs to Palin’s daughter Bristol, the daughter who sat on the Straight Talk Express on Saturday caring for the child during the rally in Washington, PA.) And while I agree that women over 40 are more likely to give birth to babies with Down Syndrome... there could be some truths to the speculation given Sarah Palin's ethical practices; and isn’t that what this article is about? One more thing along that line, the 11 or 12 yr old shot by the taser was curious about how it felt and his stepfather Trooper Wooten used the "test setting." Point is, the child wasn't shot with the taser out of malice. Unless someone close to the situation specifies when the taser incident occurred it's hard to say it was recent as many of the allegations made by the Palins of the ex brother-in-law were not recent incidents. It seems to me, if the trooper tried to hurt his stepson, he would be up on criminal charges and I believe Mohegan who sounds responsible would have assured that.

It is the people of Alaska who are feeding these stories and thanks God they are. McCain's camp didn't bother to consider these things...they were simply looking for a good strategy for winning and to take the momentum out of Obama's speech coming out of Denver.

Listen, this country belongs to all of us. And while all of us didn't vote-in a Bush/Cheney Administration, we've all suffered the consequences of their reign. Bashing Obama here is totally inappropriate. Many people convicted Obama of guilt by association but Obama himself never said what Wright side. Additionally, FindCheck or FactFind has addressed all the incidents related to Ayers etc. so no one need be misinformed. Which is what they will probably due to Palin in due time.

Ask yourselves: Did Obama advise McCain to choose Sarah Palin for his running mate, or was it McCain who decided? Even if McCain was advised to use Palin, he still had to make that decision.

Sen. McCain became the Presumptive Nominee at least three months before Obama. During that time, Mr. McCain could have instituted a vetting process, vetted, made a decision, and announced his VP to America. Done deal! Moved on to the next thing! In doing so, he would have displayed leadership and he would have probably used better judgment in his selection. He had the opportunity.

Sen. Obama on the hand wounded by the tough primary battles with Sen. Clinton became the presumptive nominee the first week of June, instituted a vetting process, vetted, announced his VP choice, and headed to the Democratic National Convention which went very well...all in just over two months. In doing so, Mr. Obama showed good leadership and sound judgment.

Needless to say, I am not a McCain supporter, but if I were, I would never have supported a Palin ticket. In this election, the stakes REALLY ARE too high and the cost too great to support a Palin ticket. Palin was described by her father as stubborn and bent on doing what she has made up her mind to do without let up. Isn’t cowboy diplomacy what drives Pres. Bush?

As Americans, we can use this election to try to get this country back on the right track as a whole or as a whole we can continue to let politicians use political pandering to distort our reasoning. However, Politicians are wealthy people they are not hurt by their mistakes, and misconduct as much as the general American public.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 1, 2008 1:10 PM

ElPaso be informed. The trooper shot the moose out of season, maybe, but guess who reported that? The father of the Gov. Palin. The 10 year old maybe 11 or 12 year wanted to see how the taser felt, but he used the "test setting."

If every bad thing you did over the course of 5 to 10 years is just now being reported to your superiors by your ex in-laws who'd like to see you loose a highly contested custody case you'd like pretty monsterous too.

If Wooten didn't have a job, and couldn't take care of his child, he wouldn't win the custody case.

It's hard to smear someone with doo-doo without getting some on yourself.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 1, 2008 2:26 PM

some of you say she should have acted to protect her family from her brother in law. people we have what is called the law, no one is above that, this is not the wild wild west, we are a civilized society we let the law handle things. if he threatened her father it should have been reported to police, if he tasered his stepson it should have been reported to police. also i would question any woman knowing her 17 year old was pregnant accepting this nomination knowing the scrutiny the press was going to put this child under, what a mother, what a choice.

Posted by: pshep | September 1, 2008 11:54 PM

Wow. It is funny how peoplejust make up things.. If Palin used her power against the law. Then she should be accountable for her action. Also her daughter being pregnant isn't a good thing for minors to be doing and believing it's ok..

Posted by: Kenneth Henry | September 2, 2008 1:37 AM

Country first? Was McCain thinking of the country when he chose Palin? I think not. He was thinking of himself and how he could lure Hillary supporters over. This is why an inexperienced, pretty faced, female is on the ticket. It's the celebrity status that he wants from Obama (while hating and blaming him for it). And she sure has a celebrity lifestyle/family. Is this the best role model republicans can give to America?

Her greed for the position has caused her to put herself first before her own daughter. What kind of mother allows events to happen that would cause a whole nation to scrutinize her daughter?

I'm a mom and from where I stand, she's a bad one -- pro-life or not. And if she's a bad mom, a role that should be natural to a mother of 5, then she could not be any better at leading America - a children of millions.

Posted by: Mom of 2 | September 2, 2008 3:55 AM

Walter Monegan's Dad was my cousin, my friend, and my boyhood hero. When he was 16, he enlisted in the Army, eventually was found to be underage and discharged. As soon as he was old enough to enlist legally, he joined the Marine Corps, served in China, came back to the states, fell in love with a beautiful girl named in Elizabeth in Washington State, honeymooned, and shipped out to Korea as a rocket gunner. (google him) In September of 1950, he came ashore with the First Marine Division at the notorious Inchon landing. In the span of two days, he personally destroyed FIVE Soviet T37 tanks and their crews, saving his battallion from annihilation, but at the cost of his own life. He would have been 20 years old on Christmas Day, 1950. His widow Elizabeth, accepted the posthumous award of the Congressional Medal of Honor from our President, holding the infant son in her arms that would never get to meet his Dad.

That infant is the same Walter Monegan fired by Governor Palin, because he wouldn't compromise his ethics to meddle in the Governor's personal family issues.
He too, took a stand and has sacrificed his job and career for what he believes in. Sounds like he's cut from the same cloth as his Dad. I wonder if John McCain approves of Governor Palin's handling of the son of a Congressional Medal of Honor recipient, whose only problem seems to be the inconvenience of integrity.

Posted by: Joel Maguire | September 2, 2008 10:03 AM

John McCain/McBush/McSame is in my age group where the mind is on the wane plus he was a POW for 5 or more years, which certainly is not good for anyone's mental health. I don't know what to say about this VP that he chose. He could have picked me for goodness sake. At least I don't have all of her baggage. It is absolutely too much to think that after all these years of suffering under the present whitehouse dummies that we could possibly get some more like them to finish wrecking our nation if not the entire world. Palin need to try to heal her own dysfunctional family for goodness sake!!

Posted by: ruth | September 2, 2008 4:18 PM

Too bad our educator's don't see fit to teach economics and politics (histoically) in high school students. Clinton is still taking credit for Reaganomics, and blaming Bush for 9/11. That lecherous creep was too busy diddling Monica. It takes approximately 16 years for the fruition of a financial change. Poor Bush is getting a double whammy from Clinton's zero contribution.

Posted by: gg | September 3, 2008 8:28 AM

To veteran John Reid:
I urge you to reconsider your support for McCain. You're in agreement with Obama on most social issues but you may not be aware that Obama has come out publicly in support of the right to bears arms and endorsed the Supreme Court decision in the Washington DC case. I think that you'll find that Obama is squarely in favor of an individual's right to their individual religious beliefs - this all came out as the media made such a circus of Rev. Wright. And please, please don't fall for the right wing attacks on Obama as a Socialist, as there is no support for this accusation, none. That term is meaningless in the context of this election, and is put out there by McCain people who have nothing positive to offer in support of McCain.
You've obviously given serious thought to the issues important to you, and it may be time to look at the issues that are important to all Americans' future. For me, McCain's pledge to appoint Supreme Court justices in the Clarence Thomas mold is enough to disqualify him for president.

Posted by: lesnyc | September 3, 2008 2:22 PM

I worked in state government (not Alaska). I held a fairly high level position in a state agency. I fully understand how a commissioner serves at the pleasure [whim?] of the governor. Job security is not part of the package. It is a political appointment, nothing more nothing less.

People fail to realize a basic fact: The higher your position in management, the less job security you have.

I also have some experience in taking the necessary actions to remove someone from state service. It's an ugly task, which is made even more difficult by labor unions. Quite a few veteran managers of state service have learned to tolerate the intolerable when it comes to employee actions.

I doubt Alaska is much different than my state. I can understand Monegan's point of view, Palin's as well.

The part I don't understand is the alleged death threats made by Wooten. Threats are a criminal offense. Either this guy is some kind of administrative magician that can evade prosecution, OR there was no credible case against him. If someone made such threats against me, I would proceed with civil and criminal complaints in two seconds.

If I were in Palin's position, I might give Monegan the opportunity to take action, with the attorney general as "Plan B".

This situation is really not that unusual in state service. It shows the desperation of the liberals -- grasping at straws. The press is playing right into it, but they are accidentally helping McCain & Palin. Notice that nobody talks about Obama these days. He's almost irrelevant.

Unless this media scrutiny turns up explicit photos or videos of Palin, it's just another case of the media trying to harass a woman out of the race. Maybe it turns out that the glass ceiling is made and maintained by women themselves!

Posted by: DC | September 3, 2008 3:29 PM

Wooten threatened to kill her dad. If someone threatened to kill a member of my family, I'd fire them, too. At the minimum.

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