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McCain's VP Pick Palin Facing Ethics Investigation

POSTED: 02:19 PM ET, 08/29/2008 by Derek Kravitz

For most of her tenure as governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin has enjoyed widespread popularity and a reputation as a maverick who refused to stand by fellow Alaska Republicans facing their own ethics scandals.

But the 44-year-old Palin, who was selected as Sen. John McCain's running mate today, is now the focus of her own state ethics investigation as part of the so-called "Troopergate" scandal, a bizarre controversy involving the firing of a state police chief and his reluctance to fire an Alaska state trooper, Palin's former brother-in-law who has been involved in a bitter custody fight with her younger sister.

Just two weeks ago, Palin revealed an audio recording of an aide pressuring the state's Public Safety Department to fire trooper Mike Wooten, the Anchorage Daily News reported.

A portion of Gov. Sarah Palin's (R-Alaska) July interview with CNBC:

Palin also acknowledged that her staff had contacted Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan about two dozen times about Wooten. Monegan himself was fired July 11 (the dismissal was "out of the blue," he told reporters) and he later said that he was pressured by Palin's staff and family to get rid of Wooten, a trooper based in Palmer, Alaska.

(To counter the "Troopergate" tag, the alternative-weekly Anchorage Press has dubbed the firing scandal "Wootengate")

The accusations first surfaced via the blog of former Alaska state rep. Andrew Halcro, who unsuccessfully ran against Palin in 2006.

(On Palin's selection as McCain's vice-presidential pick, Halcro wrote that "this shocking choice says more about McCain's desparation than it does about Palin's qualifications.")

In July, Palin came under a state ethics investigation and critics have said Palin's claim that she did not know of the political pressure being placed on Monegan was a "little too convenient." One fellow lawmaker, state Sen. Hollis French, a Democrat, told The Wall Street Journal that Palin could face impeachment. After French's comments, Palin ordered the investigation into Monegan's firing and told CNBC last month that lawmakers were unfairly targeting her.

"It's cool. I want them to ask me the questions. I don't have anything to hide," she said during the interview. "Didn't do anything wrong there."

The investigation is expected to cost about $100,000 and last at least three months, according to The Associated Press.

The governor has insisted that her decision to fire Monegan in July had nothing to do with former brother-in-law Wooten. Instead, she argued that Monegan "wasn't doing enough to fill state trooper vacancies and battle alcohol abuse issues," according to the Daily News.

The Daily News reports the Palins' fight with Wooten has been especially nasty and public, with the family accusing Wooten of drunken driving, illegal hunting and child abuse, among other charges, based on information culled from private investigators. Wooten and Palin's sister, Molly McCann, divorced in 2005.

The governor's husband, Todd Palin, told the Daily News that his family was also concerned about the governor's safety, saying Wooten threatened to kill the governor's father and made vague threats to her that he would bring Palin down.

By Derek Kravitz |  August 29, 2008; 2:19 PM ET
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This is an interesting pick, I didnt think he would pick her becauseo of the scandal surrounding her in Alaska.? You can see old pictures of her and read her full bio at http://www.veeppeek.com

Posted by: Peter | August 29, 2008 2:28 PM

Unfortunately, it is pretty clear that older white voters will not vote for Obama because he is black. This is a remnant of the shameful past of our country and this stigma will not go away until this generation of older white people are gone in a few years. They stubbornly cling on to racism while going to church.

Such racist attitudes today are the sign of an underdeveloped nation such as China or Eastern Europe/Russia where they are clearly racist. But for us to be this way is sad.

Posted by: Joe | August 29, 2008 2:53 PM

McCain's pick of Sarah Palin as his VP running mate simply reinforces his apparent obsession with beauty queens.

Posted by: Deborah J. | August 29, 2008 2:53 PM

The first official act of the Democratic candidate was to choose Joe Biden. The first official act of the Republican candidate was to choose Sarah Palin. You decide which candidate exhibits the best judgment. McCain's choice is an insult to women because he thinks that the women of this country cannot tell the difference between Hillary Clinton and Sarah Palin.

Posted by: SkyBlue-22 | August 29, 2008 2:54 PM

The culture of corruption continues. John McCain has just shown us all what poor judgement he has! OBAMA BIDEN has my vote!

Posted by: Louise | August 29, 2008 2:54 PM

Old John only picked Palin so he would have another woman half his age complimenting him all of the time.

Posted by: old john | August 29, 2008 2:58 PM

Executive Director of MoveOn.org Eli Pariser: “On his 72nd birthday, Senator McCain has chosen a VP based on her political currency rather than her ability to lead our country in a crisis. If John McCain wins in November, he’ll be the oldest president in U.S. history, and Sarah Palin would be a heartbeat away from being our commander in chief. It’s not only fair, but critical in this case, to ask if she’s up for the job of commander in chief. We just can’t afford a gamble like this with our future.”

Posted by: Eli Pariser | August 29, 2008 2:58 PM

Ok. Media... get rolling!!!!
I want to see you questioning McCain and Palin DAILY over this issue. DAILY!! UP UNTIL THE ELECTION!!!

McCain once again shows POOR JUDGMENT!!!!!
When will you folks get it that he does not have it all upstairs.

This has got to be the biggest blunder. ROTFL!!!!!

Same day she is on it is revealed she is under investigation for abuse of power. LOL!

Posted by: Greg | August 29, 2008 2:58 PM

Wow!

John McCain's VP choice is more shallow and superficial than Fox News reporting. McCain's VP choice is based on divisive gender politics - his only hope of winning in November is to persuade staunch Hillary supporters to vote for him based solely on the candidate's gender - rather than leadership.

However, women who respect their own best interests will choose Obama and Biden who have a proven track record of standing up for women's issues - reproductive privacy, pay equity, freedom from violence and discrimination.

Shame on you John McCain for putting your campaign before America's national security.
Shame on you John McCain for putting this election before America's economic interests.
Shame on you John McCain for demonstrating your lack of judgement.

Posted by: Scott H | August 29, 2008 2:58 PM

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Posted by: d | August 29, 2008 2:58 PM

Really you think the only reason people don't like Obama is because of race?
I like JC Watt's just fine. It is an issues thing. I don't want someone who can't decide if kissing babies is a good idea or not. Or someone who believes the government needs to fix people lives instead of stay out of peoples lives. That is why people should not vote for obama.
Don't know if the VP pick by McCain is a good choise or not but it does show that McCain is going to choose who he decides and does not allow anyone else choose for him.

Posted by: matt | August 29, 2008 2:58 PM

The choice of Palin truly demonstrates just how nutty the republican party is. In thinking about all the other choices at McCain's disposal, one can only come to the conclusion that the GOP is really torn apart. Either all the others were too conservative to appeal to the middle or too left of the fundamentalists base. The GOP is a party of extremes with no flexibility nor compromise. The hope in Palin, is clearly that she can appeal to both the middle and the far right. Unfortunately, for her and McCain it looks like she definitely won't be bringing on board the M.O.R Hillary supporters with her stance on abortion. And despite her NRA membership and christian values, she doesn't exactly play as strong as Biden regarding foreign policy. After the wind comes out of this selection and the dust settles, the reality will sink in that she is just a heartbeat away from being the next commander in chief. This is a win win for Obama and Biden.

Posted by: willis | August 29, 2008 2:58 PM

I'm a Democrat voting for Obama.
However I must give credit to McCain on his Veep!

She is much hotter than Joe. Out with the MILF and In with the GILF!

Posted by: Derrin | August 29, 2008 2:58 PM

This is going to be a fight! I love it. I hope Obama wins, but it's great to see a woman and a minority represented in the race. Old white guy politicians are so 18th century. This is wonderful for our country. I think we're growing, America. BTW, what's the deal with Alaska???

Posted by: Hilary Smith | August 29, 2008 2:58 PM

Another example to demonstrate that McCain is out of touch.

Posted by: Kathy | August 29, 2008 2:59 PM

McCain chose Palin just because she's a woman, and that's an insult to women. We vote for a candidate based on what we see as valid credentials, not on bias.

I'm another woman voting for Obama.

Posted by: a woman voter | August 29, 2008 2:59 PM

OWNERSHIP SOCIETY of Sarah Palin

Raped….you're on your OWN
Incest ….You're on your OWN
YOUR WOMB is owned by Scalia, Thomas, and Alito!

Posted by: mark | August 29, 2008 2:59 PM

Liberal Washington Post trying to make something out of nothing.

Good a real person enters the scene! A woman who was a stay at home mom and knows what it's like to raise a family and work hard while doing it.

A woman who knows about personal challenges with a large family and a son with down syndrome.

A woman willing to put a foot forward in her own party even when facing adversity... and a strong foot, strong enough to break up the "Good Ol Boys" in her own party.

Good pick McCain... Let's have someone who is real, down to earth and intelligent enough to actually bring CHANGE to Washington.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 2:59 PM

HAHA. You are all stupid . . . and that's why you're voting for Obama.

Posted by: D | August 29, 2008 2:59 PM

McCain - Kenting Five Scandel
Sarah Palin - troopergate Scandel

They make a perfect couple

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 2:59 PM

I can't wait for her debate with Biden. He'll eat her alive. Forty-plus years of experience on the national stage against....it's gonna be a pretty sad night for her. Feistiness can only take ya so far.

Posted by: Liz B | August 29, 2008 3:00 PM

I was a bit skeptical of McCain's pick - the first word that came to mind was "tokenism." However, my secondary reaction to her based on her speech and a little bit of online research are nothing but positive. All I could think during the speech is how Barack Obama is probably wishing he could list half of Mrs. Palin's accomplishments as his own!

Posted by: James | August 29, 2008 3:00 PM

It's a nonsensical poor choice by a desperate man.

Posted by: The Rodentman | August 29, 2008 3:00 PM

Gov. Palin should have thought hard before accepting the invitation; put the care of the child first - i,e, not lip service on loving life, but on actual care. We know what it takes to care for the child with developmental challenges. Instead, the flashy world of politics is chosen quite hastily. Is this putting the country first? Do it one person at a time. McCain's judgment and decision making capability is endorsing the overall absurdity of his candidacy. Both the top of the ticket and the VP pick exhibit poor judgment. RNC is so deficient and incapable after decades of corruption, wrong-doing, abusing power and ducking accountability. Their true agenda simply is "Screw the nation".

Posted by: O.P. Neon | August 29, 2008 3:00 PM

Deborah J., I agree. Did you notice McCain fiddling with his wedding ring while Sarah was speaking? LOL

Posted by: BAC | August 29, 2008 3:00 PM

It seems to us old white people that a large segment of the black population in this country would vote for anyone who's skin color was black and for no other reason than that. I think that screams racism loud.

Can we say double standard?

Posted by: Chris | August 29, 2008 3:00 PM

Joe. Your post is hilarious. In a nutshell, you say: "Such racist attitudes aren't how us great Americans act, it is how these inferior ethnicity act." LOL.

Posted by: Justin | August 29, 2008 3:00 PM

Funny how her ethics are only "challenged" after her nomination! If you sat down and tried to design a fictional candidate that would destroy Barack Obama's campaign you would have a hard time beating Sarah Palin. The scariest thing about her to Washington is that there is a good chance she will actually be the President of the US. McCain is a old as Moses.

Posted by: Jon Iscream | August 29, 2008 3:00 PM

Is there any chance we can get an ethics investigation into Tony Rezko and his relationship with Obama or is that out of bounds for the liberals?

Posted by: GJS | August 29, 2008 3:00 PM

A woman with no national experience, mayor of a small town until two years ago, now chosen to be the next president, if McCain (who would be 80 years old at the end of a second term) is elected and cannot serve out his tenure? On paper, it seems absurd, but the choice was not intended to appeal to the rational side of voters, but rather to the disaffection of some Hillary supporters whose latest hopes were frustrated by Obama's choice of Biden for a running mate.

How successful will it be is hard to predict, but it probably has as many downsides as advantages. An important question will be how the Democrats respond. If wise, they would seek a prominent response from Hillary Clinton, pointing out that Palin opposes everything Hillary stands for, including abortion rights and environmental preservation. Ultimately, as many have pointed out, but as is typically forgotten in the light of daily events, it will be Obama vs McCain, and not Biden or anyone else vs Palin.

Posted by: Fred Moolten | August 29, 2008 3:00 PM

Can you imagine if McCain was elected and then died and then we are stuck with Sarah Palin as the commander in chief?!!

Posted by: cathy | August 29, 2008 3:00 PM

With so little experience she has, there's already an ethics scandal ? She may be catching up with Ted stevens already.

Posted by: experience | August 29, 2008 3:00 PM

Our seniors deserve some respect. This talk about a "heartbeat away" is extremely tasteless. It is like the comment by Hillary Clinton about the Robert Kennedy assasiantion which Obama himself condemned. Senator Obama should keep his troops in check if he wants to be a Commander-in-Chief

Posted by: Leon | August 29, 2008 3:01 PM

The fact that this is a major headline showing up on Yahoo news demonstrates the pointed liberal biasis of the media.

Posted by: wow | August 29, 2008 3:01 PM

Joe wrote above, "Unfortunately, it is pretty clear that older white voters will not vote for Obama because he is black"

First this comment has nothing to do with the article and second it is offensive and inaccurate. "older white voters" if they don't for the "star" candidate might just have more judgement and wisdom than those who vote for Obama just because he is young and black. The racism is within those who want to make a statement and vote for Obama without any deep thought involved in the choice.

Posted by: Yishai | August 29, 2008 3:02 PM

McCain hit it out of the park with his choice of Palin. She is a pit bull and will pull McCain into more conservative waters. She is one tough cookie and she will make mincemeat out of Biden in the debates. She speaks from the heart not a written speech.

Posted by: RLM46NV | August 29, 2008 3:02 PM

Considering the age of McCain in this race, it's terrible that he's decided to go this route. I've been a lifelong republican and this has just made my decision. OBAMA WIL RECEIVE MY VOTE!

Posted by: Tina Sanders | August 29, 2008 3:02 PM

Oh my god... she doesn't even know what the Vice President's job entails...

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 3:02 PM

Back when she waas mayor of Wasila, Palin started her term by testing the loyalty of her staff and later firing the long-standing police chief and library head.

Posted by: Wildebeest | August 29, 2008 3:02 PM

Talking about the token woman.

This is worse than affirmative action.
John McCain just got his second trophy wife!!!

Posted by: Martha | August 29, 2008 3:03 PM

Obama picks a career liberal politician and McCain picks a strong conservative female... so, who is really the agent of change as Obama likes to opine?

Posted by: zionred | August 29, 2008 3:03 PM

Joe is an idiot.
Deborah J. get some depth.
SkyBlue-22 you are so wrong.
Louise you are as dumb as Joe is.

Posted by: Steve | August 29, 2008 3:03 PM

40,000,000 since abortion was legalized. How many of those were rape and incest? Barack Obama doesn't want his daughters punished with a baby. Laughable.

Posted by: Jay | August 29, 2008 3:04 PM

I lived in Delaware and my cousin was fired as head of the Delaware State Police it was Biden's fault! What you Dems don't care? I wonder how many people believe this stuff! If a Governor wants some one gone his or her hands aren't going to be anywhere near it. Sounds like some jerk would make up anything to smear his rival. He got his butt kicked by a woman in an election and instead of being a man he starts stuff like this. Reminds me of high school when a girl turns down a guys sexual advances he replies oh yea we did it.You would think in 2008 this wouldn't happen. Shame on you Halcro! Your not a man!

Posted by: Neilr | August 29, 2008 3:04 PM

palin is a good choice .when compared to obams experience she has got much experience .Mayor and governow is better than seving sub ...sub sub committee.
Biden is a old politician with same old politics.Is that a change obama is talking abt ?

Posted by: sky | August 29, 2008 3:04 PM

I think MacCain could not able to find anyone who dare to face Joe Biden.Joe can get in to anyones Skull.He is powerfull attack dog

Posted by: Dave | August 29, 2008 3:04 PM

I think the pick of Gov. Palin was fantastic!! We need a woman
and since Obama never picked Hilary ~~ oh well!!
Now the Obama camp can start
scrambling to try and dig up dirt
on this woman. Of course, this is the same Obama that didn't want negativity.
Women of America ~~ Unite with
John McCain!!

Posted by: Carol | August 29, 2008 3:04 PM

There will always be racism in the world. As far as older whites not voting for Obama, has absolutely nothing to do with who God appoints for the position. For you see prayer changes everything, and there is nothing to hard for God. Even a black President. Dr. King prayed for this day and it is here.
Unlike man, God does not see color, he sees your heart. If he saw color we would all be in trouble.......

Posted by: Karen D. | August 29, 2008 3:04 PM

This is an index to the state of McCain's failing brain.

Posted by: gobloots | August 29, 2008 3:05 PM

TO RLM46NV

hahahaha mince meat? Is she going to talk about that leash law she passed as a city council memnber? Paaaaalease, our party just made a fatal mistake. Where is the experience? He had the chance to pick Mit and screwed it up.

Posted by: David Dempsey | August 29, 2008 3:05 PM

It's sad that she was only picked because she was a woman. It's so clear as day. Had she not been able to pull in the voters who were only voting for Clinton because she was a woman (and not her policies), then there is NO way she'd have ever been considered.

This is actually a backwards step for women, because it's so obvious. Also, should McCain lose all condition (he'd be 80 by his second term), can we trust this unknown person to lead our country? That would be a disaster.

Posted by: Alisa | August 29, 2008 3:05 PM

The desperation continues. Obama baby!!

Posted by: Laughing | August 29, 2008 3:05 PM

Biden was a terrible pick. It's going to be fun watching liberals attack this woman. They will try to detract from Nobama's inexperience by highlighting Palin's.

Posted by: Homer | August 29, 2008 3:06 PM

Great pick! McCain and Palin have my and my wife's votes!

Posted by: TruAmerican | August 29, 2008 3:06 PM

YAPPER YAPPER
sex and money
5 KIDS
this women has had
lots of experience
blessings - bobknab

Posted by: bobknab | August 29, 2008 3:06 PM

Up for possible impeachment, I guess it's a goo thing she found a new job already!

Posted by: Brian | August 29, 2008 3:07 PM

ha ha ha! we get either a woman or a black man in office- whoo hoo looks like a little evolution going on here!!!

Posted by: skippy | August 29, 2008 3:07 PM

As usual, the insipid postmodern democrat trolls try to get everyone to focus on another non-essential issue and interpret it as a negative. Clearly, VP to be Palin did the right thing trying to get rid of a creep like Wooten. You'd do the same if it was your sister. And if you wouldn't, then I'll introduce you to Michael Dukakis on my way to the next Republican Presidential Inaugural Ball in January.

As for the choice itself, don't you just love Sarah's first speech today: "The democrats created 18 million cracks in the glass ceiling. Too bad they gave up. We intend to break through!"

With her experience in governing exceeding Barack Hussein Obama's total experience and Biden being in the senate longer than McCain, kiss your trite "clever" insights goodbyee along with any hopes for a democrat presidency. And if you can't reach down far enough to kiss, then stick them there. Barack enjoyed his 15 minutes on Thursday night. Buh bye, Barry.

Posted by: Phillip | August 29, 2008 3:07 PM

Its a priviledge to see at least ONE party that respects the importance of women in REPRESENTATION and not simply support for women's issues. Great pick McCain!

Posted by: gaypastor | August 29, 2008 3:07 PM

Palin is a desperate choice by a desperate man. Does he really think we can't tell the difference between Hillary and Palin? He criticizes Obama for lack of experience but picks someone who has only two years of political experience! What a hypocrite!

Mamas for Obama '08

Posted by: mommycaity | August 29, 2008 3:07 PM

Word is the trooper borhter-in-law tasered his 11 year old kid snd received a 5 day suspension as punishment. In Jersey, he would be getting molested by inmates right now.

Posted by: Not Obama Girl | August 29, 2008 3:07 PM

Palin is a Political Light-Weight..Joe Biden can't wait for the VP debates..

Posted by: DeeTX | August 29, 2008 3:08 PM

Obama supporters have asked everyone to embrace a candidate with very little experience. It is therefore interesting to me how quickly they have jumped on the bandwagon to decide Palin...doesn't have enough experience. What does Obama truly have that Palin doesn't? Obama has back tracked on so many of his "change" principals. I guess if you have a good speech...people forget the details/promises.

Posted by: Kimberly | August 29, 2008 3:08 PM

Is there any chance we can get an ethics investigation into Tony Rezko and his relationship with Obama or is that out of bounds for the liberals?

...Welcome to last June, let us know when you wake up in the present.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 3:08 PM

If I were a Democrat, I would not underestimate Sarah Palin. She beat an incumbent governor in the primary in the general election two years ago.

Just as if I were a Republican I would not underestimate Barrack Obama, who overcame both Clintons to win the Democratic nomination.

There are probably people in both parties unhappy with their young nominees, not the least because it signals a changing of the guard and a loss of some power and influence by the people who have been used to having their way for many years.

There is one significant difference, however, between Obama and Palin. Obama earned his nomination competitively in the primaries. Palin was given her nomination by John McCain. While Democratic party leaders have been forced to bow to Obama because he won the primaries, there are likely quite a few senior Republican operatives who may try to treat Gov. Palin as mere window dressing because she's only there because McCain picked her.

It's going to be an interesting ride to Nov. 4th.

Posted by: DJ | August 29, 2008 3:08 PM


i guess katherine harris is otherwise engaged....

Posted by: sharon | August 29, 2008 3:08 PM

Ethics, smethics. McCain picked a winner. She's as pretty as an adult movie star.

Posted by: hamishdad | August 29, 2008 3:08 PM

Every Hillraiser should be INSULTED. The Republicans dangle Palin in your faces and say "come over = She may differ from you and from EVERY ISSUE Hillary stands for.. But she's a Women.. and Women are dumb, so join us.. PTA moms unite.. If you can run a grade school, you can fix our economy and repair our disgraceful International Image.. with a Talking Beauty Queen." Oh God.. Please. Help Us ALL

Posted by: M. Growmiller | August 29, 2008 3:08 PM

This is Mr. National Security's choice to lead America in his absence. R U kidding?

Posted by: Zedog | August 29, 2008 3:08 PM

The idiocy continues...

Tina Sanders get some grey matter.


Voting for Obama is soooooo stupid.

Posted by: Steve | August 29, 2008 3:08 PM

a insult to all women! promoting the less competent just because she has a skirt! but thats Grandpa McCain alright!

Posted by: ominpotent in montana | August 29, 2008 3:08 PM

"Unfortunately, it is pretty clear that older white voters will not vote for Obama because he is black. " - That's a pretty racist and ignorant remark. I see a lot of racist people on all sides of the skin pigment spectrum.
Besides... Obama roots and not the same roots as M.L.K. Million of Afrian Americans suffered great atrocities and Obama is using that as political money as though just because his pigment is darker, then he too has roots in Americans morbid history.

Posted by: larry | August 29, 2008 3:08 PM

Carol

Yes, she is a woman, but no Hillary Clinton. American women unite for a logical choice and a better america. Obama/Biden!!!!

I'm sure that Hillary will play a key role in the obama administration

Posted by: Sandy Martin | August 29, 2008 3:09 PM

Sarah for Miss Cowchip!!!!

Posted by: Wayne | August 29, 2008 3:09 PM

Any of her friends bomb the Pentagon and the headquarters of the New York City Police Department like Obama's did?

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 3:09 PM

McCain is a known cheater as Clinton. No wonder if he is elected president and another Monica comes out with little black dress stained with semen.

Posted by: J.Jay | August 29, 2008 3:09 PM

I am an old white person. I helped work on open housing in the 60s and organized a group of young people to go and march with Dr. King in Washington. Please don't use your own prejudices to sterotype all older Americans (or anyone else). And no, I am not voting for Obama, but it doesn't have anything to do with his color. I am thrilled that we have come so far that a black person has been nominated to run for president.

Posted by: KC | August 29, 2008 3:09 PM

"Executive Director of MoveOn.org Eli Pariser: “On his 72nd birthday, Senator McCain has chosen a VP based on her political currency rather than her ability to lead our country in a crisis."

The Democratic Party has chosen a Presidential candidate based on his political currency rather than his ability to lead our country in a crisis. Since when is the opposing party's VP pick more important than your own party's Presidential pick?

Posted by: DB | August 29, 2008 3:09 PM

Really the biggest problem with Obama is that he talks about change but does not have any real plans to do it. He just preaches about "Change this!" "Change That!"

Posted by: Jim | August 29, 2008 3:10 PM

For somebody to blatantly assume that racists are a sign of developing countries only tells one thing that he himself is an arrogant racist.

Posted by: Mia | August 29, 2008 3:10 PM

Obama is dead!

Just look at the comments by Woman Voter and Deborah J - Obviously Metro, Eli Pariser who wants to compare the least qualified Presidential candidate ever to anyone, and Scott H and Willis who need to get back to their video games. If Any of them read this and understand it, they will be livid. The truth hurts.

Posted by: Jon Iscream | August 29, 2008 3:10 PM

For you liberals whether you like it or not; say what you may, you know what this choice has done more than anything else is to energize the republican base. That is exactly what they need right now.

This is good news for the McCain camp. That we are here right now discussing this than Obama acceptance speech is a big huge success. The speech will be forgotten before tomorrow

Obama was a nobody 4 years ago and he talks about experience. Get a grip people

Posted by: Leon | August 29, 2008 3:10 PM

seems to me palin knows at least as much about foreign affairs as obama

Posted by: mike p | August 29, 2008 3:11 PM

This attempt to smear Gov. Palin is to be expected. The good old boys and the Beltway Boys are scared now.

They're facing two reformers instead of one. Good choice!

By the way I've talked to one Democrat who was a Hillary supporter who is looking for McCain yard signs and bumper stickers.

Posted by: JohnQPublic | August 29, 2008 3:11 PM

The racism goes both ways. Some whites will not vote for Obama because he is black and some blacks will for Obama because he is black. Net-net, I bet Obama wins more votes because he is black.

Posted by: John | August 29, 2008 3:11 PM

WHAT TYPE OF MOTHER OF A SICK BABY FEELS THAT RUNNING FOR VICE PRESIDENT IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN A BABY THAT NEEDS 24/7 CARE.
SO FAR I SEE SHE IS A BAD MOTHER AND NO HILARY CLINTON.I WANT HILARY TO BE THE FIRST WOMAN RUNNING THE WHITE HOUSE NOT PALIN. SO I WILL VOTE FOR OBAMA. HILARY WILL BE THE FIRST WOMAN I'M SORRY!

Posted by: HILARY ONLY | August 29, 2008 3:11 PM

If anyone thinks that Obama and crew are going to do anything different than they have always done then you are so wasting your votes.

Posted by: Steve | August 29, 2008 3:12 PM

The racism goes both ways. Some whites will not vote for Obama because he is black and some blacks will vote for Obama because he is black. Net-net, I bet Obama wins more votes because he is black.

Posted by: John | August 29, 2008 3:12 PM

Joe -
I am white 70 years old and guess what?
I am voting for Obama>

Most of the fellow old people I know are doing the same!
After Bush and the republicans rubber stamp congress
--cannot vote Republican anymore.>

Blows you theory>

Posted by: GHM | August 29, 2008 3:12 PM

MCCAIN AND PALIN OUR NEXT PRESIDENT.

Posted by: sandra | August 29, 2008 3:13 PM

This is a scandal before the investigation even begins?

The majority of the comments I read are examples of people blinded by partisan ideology. They can't even wait for more reporting...

Posted by: Bob | August 29, 2008 3:13 PM

If you know anything about Anchorage and Palmer and Wasilla, she is what they call "valley trash". No self-respecting Anchorage dweller would pick her.

Posted by: Sourdough | August 29, 2008 3:13 PM

He's grasping,......
Using smear tactics just because it worked for Bush, Using a female VP Pick because he thinks she would replace HRC somehow because she's a woman. If people use intelligence as a litmus test during this election instead of racism then McCain doesn't have a chance.
Even with the considerable talents of the republican Lie Machine.

Posted by: Olddog | August 29, 2008 3:13 PM

McCain and the Republican party is making this personal instead of putting what's best for the country first. Palin is not match to Hillary, to Biden. McCain out of so many much more qualified and experienced in foreign policies could only select Sarah is the indication that the Republican Party doesn't care about the emergencies of state of this country and just want Hillary's voters to switch over.

Posted by: Cathy | August 29, 2008 3:14 PM

I can't wait for the court case against Senator Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) for corruption to go forward while Palin tries to make the case for her party. As the late Red Buttons would say on his 1950's Sunday night comedy show, "ho-ho, hee-hee, strange things are happening."

Posted by: klawkat | August 29, 2008 3:14 PM

It just shows how desperate John McCain is to keep people from looking to closely at him. He picks someone who has no federal track record at all, who is under investigation for abuse of power if not more and who by any strech of the imagination is not ready to assume the responsibilities of the Presidency.

Posted by: Don | August 29, 2008 3:14 PM

As a life long democrat, I am so glad that the party of the right has selected someone who will finally truly bring a human perspective to Washington. I am also sad that our party selected a demagogue as its candidate, who gave contradictory promises in his speech, and even sadder that he has sucked so many of us into his intrigue. Go McCain!

Posted by: kingnukem | August 29, 2008 3:14 PM

Did any of you watch the video here? Near the end she actually says that she doesn't know what the vice president's job is. Are you kidding me?

Posted by: Adam from Cleveland | August 29, 2008 3:14 PM

McCain is nuts. Obama can sleepwalk to the White House. An unknown, young woman with five small children - WOW!

Posted by: McCain: Goodbye Whitehouse | August 29, 2008 3:15 PM

This blog will stay up as long as people post pro Obama comments. I have noticed ( been slapped in the face) by the fact that as soon as pro McCain stuff starts showing up they will move to the next story.

Posted by: scott | August 29, 2008 3:15 PM

Greg at 2:58 writes " OK Media get rolling"

You tell them Greg, get rolling and get back to the adoration of Barack Obama.

Posted by: mediahack | August 29, 2008 3:15 PM

gotta admit, McSames choice would fit right in .
Just more of the same ,sleeze corruption and incompetance.

Posted by: billybugs | August 29, 2008 3:15 PM

As a devout Hillary Clinton Democrat, I can tell you right now, Mr. McBush, you will never get my vote. If you think for one minute that those of us who love Hillary would vote for you because you chose a woman as your running mate, think again. We want a woman who stands for women's rights. This means PRO CHOICE! You have cut off your nose to spite your face! Democrats for Hillary will ultimately support Obama because: we are against the war, we want a good economy, we want equality for women. We don't want you in the WhiteHouse.

Posted by: KAYCEE | August 29, 2008 3:16 PM

This is a brilliant move on McCain's part. Her speech this morning made Obama's speech last night (all glitz and NO substance) about as appealing as left over creamed spinach. She will be a real match for Biden. She is no dummy. As for the Troopergate, no one seems to notice that the whole scenario is being orchestrated by one of her political rivals who was unable to win over her.

She will stand the test. I am pro choice but she can not overturn Roe Wade and I doubt if she would even try. I do expect her to stop all live birth abortions and not let such babies lie around in linen closets until they die as Obama permitted in Illinois.

I am stoked about her.

Posted by: lee caroline whitmer | August 29, 2008 3:16 PM

It just shows how desperate John McCain is to keep people from looking to closely at him. He picks someone who has no federal track record at all, who is under investigation for abuse of power if not more and who by any strech of the imagination is not ready to assume the responsibilities of the Presidency.

Posted by: Don | August 29, 2008 3:16 PM

Family values!! From another Post article:

Gov. Palin's opted to board a jet from Dallas in April while about to deliver a child. Gov. Palin, who was eight months pregnant, says she felt a few contractions shortly before she was to give a keynote speech to an energy summit of governors in Dallas. But she says she went ahead with it after her doctor in Alaska advised her to put her feet up to rest. "I was not going to miss that speech," she says.

She rushed so quickly from the podium afterwards that Texas Gov. Rick Perry nervously asked if she was about to deliver the baby then. She made it to the airport, and gave birth hours after landing in Anchorage to Trig, who is diagnosed with Down Syndrome. "Maybe they shouldn't have let me fly, but I wasn't showing much so they didn't know," she says.

Posted by: tommieD | August 29, 2008 3:16 PM

In addition to not having much experience, Sarah Palin has only a BS in Journalism from the University of Idaho. Not the educational background I would expect in a VP. Contrast that with Obama who graduated from Harvard Law and taught constitutional law at the University of Chicago for 12 years. After 8 years of a complete lack of intellectualism in the White House I'm looking forward to Obama as President!

Posted by: Kathy | August 29, 2008 3:16 PM

What does this say about McCain's temperament and judgment? Is this a shot from the hip (?) or worse? Or is it just cynical rather than tired-ideology?

Or is this both tired ideology (I like cute women, I like reactionary talking points) and cynical (she's a woman, just like Hillary is)?

Posted by: JRGober | August 29, 2008 3:17 PM

Looks to me like McCain has picked a VP that has more executive/managerial experience than the sum of both candidates on the Dem ticket.

The Dems.' strategy of picking an empty suit candidate for pres. and then by passing Hillary for VP and instead selecting a long term pol who is an admitted plagiarizer appears to me like they want to lose.

Posted by: TD | August 29, 2008 3:17 PM

WHAT TYPE OF MOTHER OF A SICK BABY FEELS THAT RUNNING FOR VICE PRESIDENT IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN A BABY THAT NEEDS 24/7 CARE.
SO FAR I SEE SHE IS A BAD MOTHER AND NO HILARY CLINTON.I WANT HILARY TO BE THE FIRST WOMAN RUNNING THE WHITE HOUSE NOT PALIN. SO I WILL VOTE FOR OBAMA. HILARY WILL BE THE FIRST WOMAN I'M SORRY!

Posted by: HILARY ONLY | August 29, 2008 3:17 PM

"It seems to us old white people that a large segment of the black population in this country would vote for anyone who's skin color was black and for no other reason than that. I think that screams racism loud.

Can we say double standard?" - Chris

It does scream racism. On your part, Chris.

Posted by: Biff | August 29, 2008 3:18 PM

This husband sounds like a real problem. How do you fire a state trooper you know is troubled in his personal life when he has no problems on the job?

Posted by: AsperGirl | August 29, 2008 3:18 PM

A senile Senator, a novice governor, and a Democratic Congress. They'll need to call Karl Rove back to the White House.

Posted by: gobloots | August 29, 2008 3:18 PM

Just giving birth to children does not make a mother. Returning to work just 3 days after giving birth to a Downs Syndrome child speaks volumes about her priorities. I wonder just who is raising her kids...

I feel insulted as a woman. I also think McCain has a beauty queen fixation. I most deffinitely am off the fence and have now firmly become an Obama supporter.

Posted by: woman voter | August 29, 2008 3:18 PM

My vote was half-heartedly with O until today. McCain just gave me an excuse to vote for him. It should have been Clinton as VP. A visionary like Obama with an insider like Clinton would have really fostered change. What a lost opportunity.

Posted by: Joe K | August 29, 2008 3:18 PM

Sorry Yishai, but Joe is right. I am from Pennsylvania and I know twenty hard core dems that are not going to vote at all this year, because Obama is black. You can bury your head in the sand all you want but it is a reality.

Posted by: Ed | August 29, 2008 3:19 PM

I will pay for tickets to see Biden-Palin duke it out. I guarantee Palin will be like a deer caught in the headlights.

I don't care about gender, race, creed, etc. Just give me somebody who can balance the budget, eliminate our national debt, can handle healthcare, national policy, foreign policy, economics, and education (for starters).

Posted by: Mark | August 29, 2008 3:19 PM

WHAT TYPE OF MOTHER OF A SICK BABY FEELS THAT RUNNING FOR VICE PRESIDENT IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN A BABY THAT NEEDS 24/7 CARE.
SO FAR I SEE SHE IS A BAD MOTHER AND NO HILARY CLINTON.I WANT HILARY TO BE THE FIRST WOMAN RUNNING THE WHITE HOUSE NOT PALIN. SO I WILL VOTE FOR OBAMA. HILARY WILL BE THE FIRST WOMAN I'M SORRY!

Posted by: WHAT A MOTHER | August 29, 2008 3:19 PM

Funny how the dems talk about progress and how great it will be to have an African American President, but push aside women. Women worked hard to get equality, but the dems don't care. Ironic. Why didn't Obama, who is supposedly for change but chooses a career politician as his VP, choose Hilary. That ticket would have been unbeatable. So much for progress.

McCain's pick shows that he is more interested in values than he is in appeasing the pathetic, ultraliberal media.

As for you dems that like to bash Bush's record...why not look at the approval rating (or disapproval rating rather) for the "wonderful" democrat House and Senate? 9% approval = 91% DISapproval. How easy it would be to go on...

Posted by: Nick | August 29, 2008 3:19 PM

As a Republican supporting Obama, I conceded the point that his experience was 'thin', but I observed him closely since he won in Iowa, and was amazed at his organizational skills, management style, and maturity, not to mention his big brain. Abraham Lincoln had less experience than Obama when he ran for President in 1860. But he had a lot more than Sarah Palin.

More troubling to me is the disconnect between McCain's pious and dire concerns about Obama's experience, only to suddenly conclude that a complete political neophyte is qualified to step in as President "on day one". It suggests that Senator McCain's carefully cultivated image as the "honorable politician" is a scam.

Perhaps he was desperate, and thought this was the only thing he could do to grab some of the drama playing out on the Democrat side. If I were a woman, one of Hillary Clinton's supporters, I'd be insulted that McCain appears to believe that her supporters were there for no other reason than her gender. Although Gov. Palin is obviously an attractive personality, I doubt that's going to be enough to sway large numbers of female voters who would otherwise have supported Clinton.

Posted by: ted in pdx | August 29, 2008 3:19 PM

BAC, your an idiot!

Great choice, she started cleaning house (her own Republican house, not the other party) and did what is right...now the good ole boys - make that crooked ass Republicans and Democrat good ole boys in Alaska try to sink her. Won't happen...she is a real public servant, devoted mother and believes in all the right things. A champion of the people, not some false Messiah who speaks well as he feeds dumb ass blind liberal followers the special kool-aid.If the big o wins...you folks will be hating life when you decover you are now a socialist nation and even living in Cuban look good.


dumb ass liberals...drink, drink drink the poison!

Posted by: Jim | August 29, 2008 3:20 PM

Funny how the dems talk about progress and how great it will be to have an African American President, but push aside women. Women worked hard to get equality, but the dems don't care. Ironic. Why didn't Obama, who is supposedly for change but chooses a career politician as his VP, choose Hilary. That ticket would have been unbeatable. So much for progress.

McCain's pick shows that he is more interested in values than he is in appeasing the pathetic, ultraliberal media.

As for you dems that like to bash Bush's record...why not look at the approval rating (or disapproval rating rather) for the "wonderful" democrat House and Senate? 9% approval = 91% DISapproval. How easy it would be to go on...

Posted by: Nick | August 29, 2008 3:20 PM

Lets get inside of Palin's anus.

Posted by: cockblock | August 29, 2008 3:20 PM

Karen D.,

Thank you for your response! It was much needed here.

Posted by: K.T. | August 29, 2008 3:20 PM

Sarah Palin has TWO YEARS of Commander in Chief experience of an ENTIRE STATES National Guard..Show me Obama TWO SECONDS of that capabliity. She's a reformer. Alaska has a swelling treasurery because of her. Instead of State Senate then immediately US Senate then after a few weeks a campaign for Presidency..She started out at the local level too. PTA, then City Council, then Mayor , then Governor. THATS A HELL OF ALOT MORE EXPERIENCE THAN OBAMA!!!!!!!! McCain/Palin

Posted by: Nobama 08 | August 29, 2008 3:21 PM

Does the baby have Down syndrome b/c she flew and did not take the doctor's advice?

Posted by: Geraldine | August 29, 2008 3:21 PM

This is a very pragmatic choice and should help McCain considerably and on many levels. It makes you wonder how Hillary feels. Probably pretty good as this should insure a victory for McCain giving Hillary another chance in 4 years.

Posted by: Patriot | August 29, 2008 3:21 PM

BAC, your an idiot!

Great choice, she started cleaning house (her own Republican house, not the other party) and did what is right...now the good ole boys - make that crooked ass Republicans and Democrat good ole boys in Alaska try to sink her. Won't happen...she is a real public servant, devoted mother and believes in all the right things. A champion of the people, not some false Messiah who speaks well as he feeds dumb ass blind liberal followers the special kool-aid.If the big o wins...you folks will be hating life when you decover you are now a socialist nation and even living in Cuban look good.


dumb ass liberals...drink, drink drink the poison!

Posted by: Jim | August 29, 2008 3:21 PM

Meg Whitman and Condi Rice not pretty enough for old John McCain. He needs to be around beauty queens, just see him salivating on the stage with Palin. If i am Iran, i hope McCain wins. Poor Cindy....

Posted by: Basil | August 29, 2008 3:21 PM

It is a shame that the majority of the news and talk about the presidential candidates are about trumped up scandals, race, age, religion and various other propaganda. People should only be concerned with the issues that need attention and the actual qualifications and experience of the candidates. The election of the leader of the free world has turned into a mudslinging popularity contest rather than a country investing in their future by choosing the people who are best suited to tackle the many issues that face americans .
I don't know about you all but I am more interested in who is going to better educate our youths and provide a better health care system for our families and lets not forget who is going to better serve the economy and protect our international interests. I am so tired of listening to people complain about and or support people simply based on a few carefully selected media stories. Get educated People research your candidate beyond the scandals and propaganda dig into their job performances go online and see what the people you are supporting actually have voted for in congress and the senate as well as their past performances in their previous political offices. see how well they live up to their past promises and if the solved issues in the positions that they came from. The only way that we are going to make the changes needed for a better future is to start choosing our representatives more carefully than we chose our american idols.

Posted by: jjewelsmari | August 29, 2008 3:21 PM

McCain wanted to solidify his win by grabbing all the women's rights activists that will not vote Dem without Hillary.I'm not a republican, but I see this choice as the smartest thing to come from that party this election.The Dem party is still split regardless of what they may say, and the women that feel betrayed by the nomination of Obama over Hillary will vote for a female even if she is Rep.He will now get 100% of the Rep vote, 50% or more of the female rights voters, 50% of the Hillary supporters if not more, 100% of the racist vote (a.k.a the white southern vote) for obvious reasons.Face it he's our next President until that artery finally closes off completely or the old ticker pumps it's last drop of blood (Which will be about 2 months after the election lol.).

Posted by: Sherman | August 29, 2008 3:21 PM

"Unfortunately, it is pretty clear that older white voters will not vote for Obama because he is black."

What's sad is you overlook black racism. Obama has been an active part of a black racist church for many, many years and only conveniently walked out when it began to have a negative impact on his campaign.
Go ahead and call me a racist for not supporting this candidate and calling out racism in other than "white america". But, I think you would be surprised at my background and have a hard time substantiating any racism against me.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 3:21 PM

Wow. What a bunch of left-wing homers on this blog!

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 3:22 PM

Can't wait till the titty pics land on the net. Only a matter of time....

Posted by: cockblock | August 29, 2008 3:22 PM

Chris,
I'm black and I don't recall voting for any other black candidate in the past, but I can tell you that I plan to vote for Barack because he has shown me with his life not just what he is saying what I have been waiting all my life to hear. So for all you old white folks, as you put it, don't try to pigeonhole me. People like me have had 200 years to support people who didn't look like us and we did, so excuse me if the one person who embodies my choices this year looks like me, I will make no apoligies to you or anyone else for that.

Posted by: Joy | August 29, 2008 3:22 PM

Palin sounds like the "all-American girl" that Hillary tried to be. McCain's handlers know that image is everything and governance the sideshow.

Posted by: Sonia Kermaz | August 29, 2008 3:23 PM

Why is it that within 30 minutes of a selection people have already decided she is not qualified ? Her former brother in law makes wild accusations and they are taken as fact. Screams to me of the politics of personal destruction made famous by Bill & Hillary and the democrats.

I guess two years of barely being present in the Senate makes a person far more qualified to be the President, yeah that's it.

Look at the facts and it's really clear and easy.

Get the water off your brain - vote McCain.

Posted by: Greg | August 29, 2008 3:23 PM

I'm seriously questioning this move, Obama has a longer resume that she does. Add to the fact she has a scandal that has been going on for two years...

Posted by: Chris | August 29, 2008 3:24 PM

LIBERAL ARE RUNIING SCARED!!! LOL!!

Posted by: LIBERAL ARE RUNIING SCARED | August 29, 2008 3:24 PM

Hey Fred Moolten, you note that Palin has no national experience; however, you are strangely silent on the bald fact that prior to Bill Clinton's presidential bid HE had no national experience whatever, either. Palin's only going to be Veep, for god's sake.

Posted by: Rich | August 29, 2008 3:24 PM

Can't wait till the titty pics land on the net. Only a matter of time....

Posted by: cockblock | August 29, 2008 3:25 PM

I don't love Sarah Palin, but McCain didn't chose her for VP just because she has a pretty face. She knows more about the oil industry than most of the congress put together and she is more familiar with the major players. I don't think she knows enough, but she knows more than they do. She is the only "average" American in this race. She's pure Teflon where the elite label is concerned, because she is NOT elite. She's as small town America as they come. She has put her ProLife money where her mouth is. She could have aborted her down's syndrome baby, but she embraced him instead, i.e., she knows about the "hard choice" because she made it. And for all those who are dying to see her in the debate with Biden, be careful what you wish for. Palin has more fire than most volcanoes, and she's pretty good at timing her eruptions. Hillary would give her eyeteeth to have half the personal charisma that Palin does. The thing about beauty queens is that they understand how to perform. It's as difficult as breathing for them. As for the ethics charges, it's a small potatoes game and none of the Pres/VP contenders has a clean slate where ethics is concerned. It's kind of a "pick your poision" situation to me. And finally, love her or hate her, Sarah Palin seems to know who she is and what she believes. That's more than either Hillary or Obama have ever had going for them.

If Palin makes it to president, at least she'll have had some training before she gets the job. Obama will be training "on-the-job". Scary.

Still, although a lot of history is being made this year, the choices on both sides of the aisle are pretty thin.

Posted by: Alaska Mom | August 29, 2008 3:25 PM

This attempt by McCain to gain women voters, while choosing someone with little or no background in national domestic policy and international foreign policy issues, is ridiculous and dangerous. We women are not stupid enough to just vote for someone only based on gender. The American people are not studpid enough to vote for a man whose first important decision shows a complete lack of judgement. Desperation has driven the GOP to throw out a distraction that will take the spotlight off McCain...for a while. In the end, it's McCain v Obama and Obama has my trust and support to get us back on track.

Posted by: janjones2006 | August 29, 2008 3:25 PM

"Unfortunately, it is pretty clear that older white voters will not vote for Obama because he is black."

What's sad is you overlook black racism. Obama has been an active part of a black racist church for many, many years and only conveniently walked out when it began to have a negative impact on his campaign.
Go ahead and call me a racist for not supporting this candidate and calling out racism in other than "white america". But, I think you would be surprised to learn my background and have a hard time substantiating any racism by me, or anyone in my family.

Posted by: jc | August 29, 2008 3:26 PM

Lets see, Obama State sen for less than 200 days runs for Pres. No exec experience, never managed anything. Palin Governor of a state, balancing budgets...ect Immediately went after crooked politicians. Obama elected to State senate, immediately bought property for less than half value next to his new mansion from good friend and convicted felon Tony Rezco.

Palin has a history of fighting drug abuse, Obama has a history of cocain and pot use (but in his words it was just to unwind during high school and college)

Now our Obama press corp will attack Palin because her fired alcholic brother in law is pissed he was fired for not doing his job and wants to blame someone.

I guess Obama is fortunate he wasn't an Alaskan politician or Palin would have been going after him too!

Posted by: TB | August 29, 2008 3:27 PM

I don't love Sarah Palin, but McCain didn't chose her for VP just because she has a pretty face. She knows more about the oil industry than most of the congress put together and she is more familiar with the major players. I don't think she knows enough, but she knows more than they do. She is the only "average" American in this race. She's pure Teflon where the elite label is concerned, because she is NOT elite. She's as small town America as they come. She has put her ProLife money where her mouth is. She could have aborted her down's syndrome baby, but she embraced him instead, i.e., she knows about the "hard choice" because she made it. And for all those who are dying to see her in the debate with Biden, be careful what you wish for. Palin has more fire than most volcanoes, and she's pretty good at timing her eruptions. Hillary would give her eyeteeth to have half the personal charisma that Palin does. The thing about beauty queens is that they understand how to perform. It's as difficult as breathing for them. As for the ethics charges, it's a small potatoes game and none of the Pres/VP contenders has a clean slate where ethics is concerned. It's kind of a "pick your poision" situation to me. And finally, love her or hate her, Sarah Palin seems to know who she is and what she believes. That's more than either Hillary or Obama have ever had going for them.

If Palin makes it to president, at least she'll have had some training before she gets the job. Obama will be training "on-the-job". Scary.

Still, although a lot of history is being made this year, the choices on both sides of the aisle are pretty thin.

Posted by: Alaska Mom | August 29, 2008 3:27 PM

Man the trolling here make me very thankful I'm a card carrying independent.

You fanatics need to come back to the sane center.

Posted by: Me | August 29, 2008 3:27 PM

WHAT TYPE OF MOTHER OF A SICK BABY FEELS THAT RUNNING FOR VICE PRESIDENT IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN A BABY THAT NEEDS 24/7 CARE.
SO FAR I SEE SHE IS A BAD MOTHER AND NO HILARY CLINTON.I WANT HILARY TO BE THE FIRST WOMAN RUNNING THE WHITE HOUSE NOT PALIN. SO I WILL VOTE FOR OBAMA. HILARY WILL BE THE FIRST WOMAN I'M SORRY!

Posted by: WOW!! | August 29, 2008 3:29 PM

Older voters are not all racists by any means. Let's not start stereotyping by groups, which is the real problem and leads to vicious discrimination. Every one of us is an individual, a human, prone to error perhaps, but worthy of respect all the same.

Posted by: radlib | August 29, 2008 3:30 PM

hahahahahahahaha! nice pick, McCain. lol there aren't enough cute little emotiocons to convey the silliness of this pick. Karl Rove and his reverse psychology - "ok, the dems are saying that experience is not an issue, so we pick someone with even less experience, bait the dems into critiquing based on that then Wham! we have them painted in a corner of their own doing" - honestly mr. Rove, this one is too much. you must have gotten very little love as a child. but good luck with Sarah. She is quite the hottie, btw. ;)

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 3:31 PM

Palin's selection will bring excitement to a potentially dull election. Her bio shows a variety of experience; that she is not a captive of the petroleum interests; that she will not tolerate ethics violations. She has shaken up the republican party in Alaska and she will set Washington rocking if she gets here. I have just switched my vote from Obama/Biden to McCain/Palin.

Posted by: Gordon Forester | August 29, 2008 3:34 PM

This article is an offensive comment. Please God deliver us from the media.

Posted by: Bill Foley | August 29, 2008 3:35 PM

Palin is definitely easier on the eyes than Hillary. Her face, her looks, her smile, her voice, everyhing is far superior to Hillary. But the problem is Cindy McCain is going to feel more like a mother-in-law than a first lady with Palin hanging around McCain sharing his jokes and wisecracks. In his old age, whether he wins the white house or not, he found his dreamgirl in Palin. If youo let your magination run wild, you could visualize what will be going on in the white house at 3am. Both McCain and Palin will be sitting next to the phone at 3am, but they wont hear the ring since it will be drowned by all the moaning and grinding.

Posted by: Calvin Craven | August 29, 2008 3:35 PM

Such insane nonsense in a comment above. "I" want a candidate who will represent "me", not pander to only one tiny group of citizens, illegal alien criminals, and radical communists.

Palin looks like a home run hit. If this is the best that the dirt-diggers can come up with, it just shows their sour grapes in the matter. She's tackling this insane level of corruption in our law enforcement system? Go for it!

Posted by: Old White Male "Racist" | August 29, 2008 3:35 PM

Sarah Palin is an AWESOME choice for a VP. I can't believe the hypocritical comments that are made on this blog. She can't be commander in chief, what does that mean? Obama has barely a year at the federal level and never served his country in the military but he would be a better commander in chief? He's running for president people, not the VP. He will be the so called commander in chief if he wins. Let's talk about decisions...when does life start? Obama states, "that's above my pay grade." You're running for president freak! You are attempting a position at the highest pay grade. Make a decision! Tells us what you think! In other words he is saying, I don't want to say because I might make someone mad. Don't throw the rape and incest crap at me either. Just because the man that violated you is a criminal it's ok to kill a kid? You know as well as I do that 90% of all abortions are for convenience. 40 million since Roe v. Wade. That's a whole country in itself...mostly for convenince. Get real America, our country is going down the tubes and if you vote for Obama you're expediting the ride. McCain chose someone that has the same values as he does. Values, that's something this country doesn't have anymore and the problem is, no one cares. "It's all about me." What's in it for me. I'm gay I deserve special rights, I'm a minority I deserve special rights, I have one green eye and one blue, I deserve special rights. It is not the country's job to make your life better, it's your job. Why don't you start doing something for yourself instead of expecting a hand-out. You're all just lazy and you expect my tax dollars to pay your way.

Posted by: KJH | August 29, 2008 3:36 PM

Hum~McCain picked a woman. This shows he is desperate for the women's vote yet he thinks that woman are stupid! There is no way she can execute her job and take care of a special needs child! By excepting this job she is telling me that her wants and needs over ride her childs. Yes she now will have a Nanny, but every mom out there with a special needs child knows that there is No replacing Mom! On top of the fact that she has so little experience and JM is quite old. Do we take the chance?
Oh, I am a republican and I am not voting for McCain.

Posted by: Debi | August 29, 2008 3:36 PM

This article is an offensive comment. Please God deliver us from the media.

Posted by: Bill Foley | August 29, 2008 3:36 PM

Carol, you MUST be smoking crack! The reasons for picking Palin should insult you, not call for unification of women voters.

And Matt, what the f... is wrong with you Republicans denouncing government every chance you get? Without government we wouldn't have a civilized living environment but rather a bunch of feces slinging hooligans, like yourself, terrorizing everybody choosing to use their brains and who are actually able to speak coherently!

Posted by: Awesome | August 29, 2008 3:36 PM

Joe, If you truly think that the appointment of Sarah Palin is related to: "...it is pretty clear that older white voters will not vote for Obama because he is black."...then please take my seminar couse in logical thinking.

I am an older white voter...I'm 67 years old, white haired, retired, started and now run my own international consulting company, make money, pay enormous taxes and watch politics intensely.

I have voted in every presidential race since the death of JFK. Sometimes I vote GOP and other times Demo. I make up my own mind based on who is professionally qualified, just like I run my company. The fact is, I will not be voting for Obama...he simply isn't professionally qualified. Believe me if I judged him smarted or more qualified than McCain I would not hesitate to vote for him for one second. His color means nothing, except to the uninformed like you, who won't accept the fact that the popularity of using race to explain every ill of this nation is ancient history.

Your silliness will exist until you and your generation grows up and realizes how "so yesterday's news" racism really is.

As to ...: "This is a remnant of the shameful past of our country and this stigma will not go away until this generation of older white people are gone in a few years. They stubbornly cling on to racism while going to church."

...Again Grow up! If you are so informed that you know the thoughts of the entire ("Old White Folks") population, please send me their mailing list...I will pay good money for it.

Please Joe, Grow Up...you sound like an intelligent person with much to offer this country...don't get consumed in yesterday's issues...they are deader than last years newspapers and have worn so thin no intelligent person hears them anymore. Wake up to what is happening today and make a contribution to change it for better. ssj.

By the way asking Sarah Palin to be his running mate shows McCain and group as absolute geniuses.

Posted by: ssjackson | August 29, 2008 3:37 PM

Such insane nonsense in a comment above. "I" want a candidate who will represent "me", not pander to only one tiny group of citizens, illegal alien criminals, and radical communists.

Palin looks like a home run hit. If this is the best that the dirt-diggers can come up with, it just shows their sour grapes in the matter. She's tackling this insane level of corruption in our law enforcement system? Go for it!

Posted by: Old White Male "Racist" | August 29, 2008 3:39 PM

Joe = another bitter African American blaming Society for his failures!!!

That is the biggest bunch of BS I have ever read buddy. What is sad is slavery has ended and so has persecution so leave that alone man. If a white person doesn't vote for Obama it has more to do with his credentials and lack of experience then being a racist. Damn, anyone living on this planet today had nothing to do with slavery and guess what that sh** is over. We as a society don't owe you anything so quit referencing to it.

What is considered racism will be the astonishing percentage of votes Obama receives from the black community, based on the color of his skin and nothing more. If you think a black man in office will improve your style of living buddy, you are sadly mistaken. The only way you are going to get help as a community is to help yourselves and improve your own type of living. Holding your hand out to Obama thinking he will fix everything is just a dream! It's remarkable that you and others still refer to racism as a problem just because a white citizen doesn't vote for him. Did you see the # of white people in the stadium last night? Get a clue in life buddy!

Posted by: DC | August 29, 2008 3:39 PM

Joe, If you truly think that the appointment of Sarah Palin is related to: "...it is pretty clear that older white voters will not vote for Obama because he is black."...then please take my seminar course in logical thinking.

I am an older white voter...I'm 67 years old, white haired, retired, started and now run my own international consulting company, make money, pay enormous taxes and watch politics intensely.

I have voted in every presidential race since the death of JFK. Sometimes I vote GOP and other times Demo. I make up my own mind based on who is professionally qualified, just like I run my company. The fact is, I will not be voting for Obama...he simply isn't professionally qualified. Believe me if I judged him smarted or more qualified than McCain I would not hesitate to vote for him for one second. His color means nothing, except to the uninformed like you, who won't accept the fact that the popularity of using race to explain every ill of this nation is ancient history.

Your silliness will exist until you and your generation grows up and realizes how "so yesterday's news" racism really is.

As to ...: "This is a remnant of the shameful past of our country and this stigma will not go away until this generation of older white people are gone in a few years. They stubbornly cling on to racism while going to church."

...Again Grow up! If you are so informed that you know the thoughts of the entire ("Old White Folks") population, please send me their mailing list...I will pay good money for it.

Please Joe, Grow Up...you sound like an intelligent person with much to offer this country...don't get consumed in yesterday's issues...they are deader than last years newspapers and have worn so thin no intelligent person hears them anymore. Wake up to what is happening today and make a contribution to change it for better. ssj.

By the way asking Sarah Palin to be his running mate shows McCain and group as absolute geniuses.

Posted by: ssjackson | August 29, 2008 3:40 PM

Democrats are just so upset today because the Republicans have selected a woman as VP. It is so difficult for the Dems to do the same because they so lack attractive women in the party, much less intelligent ones.

RW

Posted by: Ruth Werre | August 29, 2008 3:42 PM

Hey Joe, what you doing with that gun in your hand. Older White America is Racist? Huh, I was just reading some liberal blog comments from elder White Republican voters who are voting for Obama. One should be careful when attempting to sound logical. Logic is a fairly concise science. Your racist comments are really unsubstantiated opinion sprinkled with poor reasoning. It really is a sign of an elementary education or simple lack of intelligence. The only thing under developed is the comment that our elder white Americans are somehow under developed and racist. Does this type of senior citizenship racism include minorities or are they free of bias.

The senior citizen racists to whom you refer must be this group of white lunch pail Democrats and Republicans that got up every morning and busted their rear ends for their families. They don't see the world through a kaliedascope nor through rose colored glasses. They see it in terms of the bottom line and what comes at the end of the day. This is also the same generation that strapped on their boots not knowing if they were going to be alive tomorrow.They know the meaning of life and death far better because they have lived it. They know courage, will and committment. When you meet one of these Senior citizen racists you should buy them a drink so they can tell their story. Maybe you would learn something. So, show your elders a little respect. Didn't your mother ever teach you that.

Posted by: TDJ | August 29, 2008 3:43 PM

Democrats are just so upset today because the Republicans have selected a woman as VP. It is so difficult for the Dems to do the same because they so lack attractive women in the party, much less intelligent ones.

RW

Posted by: Ruth Werre | August 29, 2008 3:44 PM

It's so typical for the liberally-biased media to twist and turns a solid, progressive VP pick by a republican candidate into an opportunity to nitpick every little thing the republicans do.

Do they mention the major political scandals in Michigan; how one of our largest city's democrat mayor is being indicted and possibly removed from office because of countless scandals and perjury in court? Do they tell you how he had to run his office from a jail cell? Do they tell you how the democrat Governor has been sticking up for him until now when he faces certain impeachment? Do they tell you how even his own cabinet members will not testify in his defense?

Do they tell you Barack Obama's career was in essence created by a DOMESTIC TERRORIST who detonated bombs in our nation's capital? Do they tell you that this terrorist is a hardened hater of America and openly stated that he "didn't do enough" in bombing our capital and that he was proud of his actions? Do they tell you how almost half of Obama's campaign funds came from anonymous credit card transactions from the Middle East?

No.

It's so easy to blame this on racism; but people need to look at the core issues. Barack Obama is backed by blatant, hardened terrorists and special interests groups. The terrorist assocuiated with Obama is an American-born white male. How is his association with this person an attack based on race? How is the recognition that he has no military experience an attack based on race? He is simply too corrupted and hypocritical to elect as our president. There is no race assigned to being unprepared or corrupted.

This article clearly declares that there are two sides to the story or "scandal" as they call it. The investigation hasn't even been formally launched yet and the liberal media and Obama's "sheeple" are already making their judgements because they are so desperate to find a chink in McCain's campaign. So far the best the Obama camp can come up with is to say "he's wealthier than the rest of you; so he's evil because he's a wealthy white man." - Which is blatantly a reverse-racist comment. But they ignore the elitist backgrounds of their own cadidates and his blatantly criminal activity in acquiring that wealth.

A wise man once said, "remove the plank from your own eye before removing the speck from your brother's." The Democratic party needs to take a long, hard look in the mirror and reconcile their own extreme corruption before trying to sling mud at McCain.

In addition, everyone seems to ignore the fact that Obama's own party does not trust him. However; they are so desperate to gain control of the senate and the whitehouse that they will do anything to defeat the republicans.

All Americans need to stop playing partisan politics and start making smart decisions on their leaders and the people we choose to represent us in our government. There are a lot of important issues that are falling to the wayside: the war in Iraq; the war in Afghanistan; the economy; energy issues; and the list goes on. These issues; regardless of the candidate; need to be the focus of the campaign, not hatred of the opposing party's candidate, race, gender or any other factor. Wake up and smell the manure that partisan politics has been shovelling in our faces for the last decade. Vote for the candidate that's best for our country, stop voting based on some personal hang-up. Think of your children's future for a good, long time and it will change your life; along with possibly changing the way you vote.

Posted by: Mike-Toledo | August 29, 2008 3:44 PM

It has really come to this has it? Wow, we are in a sad state, if this does not make the case for why McCain is not ready to lead this country then nothing does. He has chosen a housewife playing govenor, wiht a sick child, from a town of 9,000 people to be a heartbeat away from running a country of over 400 million, yes that makes sense. But he thinks that a Senator with 8+ years experience is not ready?

Posted by: KD | August 29, 2008 3:46 PM

As a republican, woman, mother, working spouse, I am deeply saddened by Sen. McCain's choice if VP; but more saddened by a mother who would put her own ambitions ahead of the needs of her family, especially the needs of her five month old special needs child.

As an American citizen, it's my duty to vote. This year, the Dems have my vote.

Posted by: Angie | August 29, 2008 3:46 PM

Gee, I wonder if you can tell what party a person supports based on his/her comments posted to this article?

When I heard that McCain had chosen a woman as his running mate, I thought it would make things interesting. But after reading many of the comments posted here, I realize people's reactions are still the same ol', same ol'.

Posted by: LAL | August 29, 2008 3:47 PM

Leon wrote: "Our seniors deserve some respect. This talk about a "heartbeat away" is extremely tasteless."

Get over it Leon. He's old and (apparently) can't think straight any longer. I doubt if he's capable of heading up a boy scout troop, let alone a country.

So he decides on a woman VP to appease the Hillary supporters. How shallow is that!! I'm a 75 year old white woman and it scares the hell out of me that he picks a small town mayor (with ethics problems already) who knows diddly about world politics to essentially be our next president. (Hey, to think he's been railing on Obama about foreign policy knowledge. ROTFLMAO)

Posted by: D. Emerick | August 29, 2008 3:47 PM

Ugh - no way no how would I support that ticket!

Posted by: hockey fan | August 29, 2008 3:52 PM

It's so typical for the liberally-biased media to twist and turns a solid, progressive VP pick by a republican candidate into an opportunity to nitpick every little thing the republicans do.

Do they mention the major political scandals in Michigan; how one of our largest city's democrat mayor is being indicted and possibly removed from office because of countless scandals and perjury in court? Do they tell you how he had to run his office from a jail cell? Do they tell you how the democrat Governor has been sticking up for him until now when he faces certain impeachment? Do they tell you how even his own cabinet members will not testify in his defense?

Do they tell you Barack Obama's career was in essence created by a DOMESTIC TERRORIST who detonated bombs in our nation's capital? Do they tell you that this terrorist is a hardened hater of America and openly stated that he "didn't do enough" in bombing our capital and that he was proud of his actions? Do they tell you how almost half of Obama's campaign funds came from anonymous credit card transactions from the Middle East?

No.

It's so easy to blame this on racism; but people need to look at the core issues. Barack Obama is backed by blatant, hardened terrorists and special interests groups. The terrorist assocuiated with Obama is an American-born white male. How is his association with this person an attack based on race? How is the recognition that he has no military experience an attack based on race? He is simply too corrupted and hypocritical to elect as our president. There is no race assigned to being unprepared or corrupted.

This article clearly declares that there are two sides to the story or "scandal" as they call it. The investigation hasn't even been formally launched yet and the liberal media and Obama's "sheeple" are already making their judgements because they are so desperate to find a chink in McCain's campaign. So far the best the Obama camp can come up with is to say "he's wealthier than the rest of you; so he's evil because he's a wealthy white man." - Which is blatantly a reverse-racist comment. But they ignore the elitist backgrounds of their own cadidates and his blatantly criminal activity in acquiring that wealth.

A wise man once said, "remove the plank from your own eye before removing the speck from your brother's." The Democratic party needs to take a long, hard look in the mirror and reconcile their own extreme corruption before trying to sling mud at McCain.

In addition, everyone seems to ignore the fact that Obama's own party does not trust him. However; they are so desperate to gain control of the senate and the whitehouse that they will do anything to defeat the republicans.

All Americans need to stop playing partisan politics and start making smart decisions on their leaders and the people we choose to represent us in our government. There are a lot of important issues that are falling to the wayside: the war in Iraq; the war in Afghanistan; the economy; energy issues; and the list goes on. These issues; regardless of the candidate; need to be the focus of the campaign, not hatred of the opposing party's candidate, race, gender or any other factor. Wake up and smell the manure that partisan politics has been shovelling in our faces for the last decade. Vote for the candidate that's best for our country, stop voting based on some personal hang-up. Think of your children's future for a good, long time and it will change your life; along with possibly changing the way you vote.

Posted by: Mike-Toledo | August 29, 2008 3:54 PM

although i am a democrat i have to give it up to him for doing what he can to get more votes. anyone in his position would do the same. so instead of getting angry and attacking why dont we at least give it up to him and be happy for women out there that we are breaking walls. not only women but also other races.

it comes down to a african american president or a woman vp. NEVER would of thought this could happen. and i am soo happy and sooo proud to see this going

Posted by: wow | August 29, 2008 3:56 PM

Who knows what McCain was thinking with this one (oh wait--I think we all know: woman=win Hilary supporters; extreme right-winger=win those who deem him too liberal).

She has a degree in journalism. Which is great if you need someone to manipulate the media--which McCain does.

But in terms of say, foreign policy experience? Alaska may deal with Canada a lot, but Canadian-American relations aren't exactly a big worry for the average American. Neither are the majority of the issues Palin has worked through as governor.

Posted by: Pro-Woman, Anti-Palin | August 29, 2008 3:57 PM

There is NO politican who is without error or could pass a security background check. As for her experience in foreign affairs how quickly we forget that Obama had none until his tax paid for two weeks to Europe so I suspect McCain could send her on the same trip and also to Asia so she would be twice as prepared. We also forget that the selection of Biden was to clearly offset BO's lack of qualification other than to run for the next office. Very few VP's are selected other than to be place holders. Maybe now BO can find that secret file that showed him to be a Navy SEAL. But he was and is still in the pocket of the Daly machine so get over it.

Posted by: K BLIT | August 29, 2008 3:58 PM

Palin doen't have my vote , but has my wet dream...shweeet

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 3:58 PM

WTF cares? Not me.

Posted by: me | August 29, 2008 4:01 PM

I wasn't thrilled with the pick up Biden. I wanted Richardson, but I at least have found a way to understand it. He has foreign policy chops, has been a leader on women’s rights, in the DC insider that goes home daily to kids. A real regular joe.

I am not actually sure about what Palin does for McCain. Gender? What of Kay Bailey Hutchinson or Olympia J. Snowe? Youth? What of Tim Pawlenty or Charlie Crist? Economics? Mitt Romney where are you?

I spent 10 years in the GOP from the Gulf War to the Clinton Impeachment and I just don't get this one.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 4:01 PM

Palin is definitely easier on the eyes than Hillary. Her face, her looks, her smile, her voice, everyhing is far superior to Hillary. But the problem is Cindy McCain is going to feel more like a mother-in-law than a first lady with Palin hanging around McCain sharing his jokes and wisecracks. In his old age, whether he wins the white house or not, he found his dreamgirl in Palin. If youo let your magination run wild, you could visualize what will be going on in the white house at 3am. Both McCain and Palin will be sitting next to the phone at 3am, but they wont hear the ring since it will be drowned by all the moaning and grinding.

Posted by: Calvin Craven | August 29, 2008 4:04 PM

They need to have an ethics investigation.
In her anus! Ya. Right up inside her coochie pink sweet pro-life anus!

I'm going to come!

Tittybuttjuicydick!

McCain is a cowardly homodon!

Posted by: cockblock | August 29, 2008 4:04 PM

It is amusing to read the comments from deranged Republicans trying to make believe that the choice of Sarah Palin was appropriate. How laughable! Her intellect is commensurate with her experience. She is, I suppose, someone the intellectually challenged McCain would appreciate. She studied journalism at the University of Idaho; he finished in the bottom one percent of his graduating class at Annapolis!

What inspires a loud guffaw is the attempt to compare her background and career with Obama's. She was a member of the city council and later, mayor, of a town of 5,500, and has served as governor of a tiny (population) state for a year and a half. She has a bachelor's degree from an undistinguished school. Obama is a graduate of two of the world's most outstanding universities, Columbia University (B.A. in international relations), and Harvard Law School, where he was president of the law review, a position held by only the most distinguished scholars. He then worked as a community organizer, taught constitutional law for twelve years at the prestigious University of Chicago School of Law, served eight years in the Illinois State Senate, and almost four years in the United States Senate. Could any rational person compare someone like Palin to Obama?

Let the rabid, foaming-at-the-mouth right-wingers spin their fantasies. Barack Obama and his brilliant and gifted running mate, Joe Biden, will triumph, despite the ranting of the intellectually deficient and morally challenged.

Posted by: Andrew Smith | August 29, 2008 4:05 PM

Gee, I wonder if you can tell what party a person supports based on his/her comments posted to this article?

When I heard that McCain had chosen a woman as his running mate, I thought it would make things interesting. But after reading many of the comments posted here, I realize people's reactions are still the same ol', same ol'.

Posted by: LAL | August 29, 2008 4:05 PM

McCain's pick of someone who abuses power only perpetuates the perception that his administration would not be much different than Bush's.

Posted by: sensible | August 29, 2008 4:06 PM

How can you call her a stay at home mom? She's been working in the public sphere for a few years, and has two teen girls and two very small children, one with Down's Syndrome. Doesn't seem like a very devoted mother to me.

Seems like her crackpot platforms are more important to her than those kids - whose children looked more well-adjusted and comfortable on stage, the Palins or the Obamas/Bidens?

Michelle Obama does not work full time, Jill Biden didn't either until her kids were much older, and then worked in the school system to be around for them.

I have no problem with working motherhood, but if you are going to lay praise on traditional motherhood (commenter above), there's more of it on the Dem side this year. Those are women with professional degrees in law and education who have worked deeply in their communities, but been there fully for their children - the hopeful future of this country.

Posted by: Get your facts right. | August 29, 2008 4:06 PM

Nice going senator McSleazy...those long campaign trips can get awfully lonely, should be nice to have a hottie cougar next to you. Cindy McDruggie must be jealous.

Posted by: Ryan | August 29, 2008 4:06 PM

McCain's pick of someone who abuses power only perpetuates the perception that his administration would not be much different than Bush's.

Posted by: sensible | August 29, 2008 4:08 PM

I can't wait till Palin's nudie pics are on the internet!

Posted by: derak | August 29, 2008 4:08 PM

doesn't sound like they have any evidence on her what so ever. she seems to be very geniune and a hard worker who also raises a large family. we need more people like her in public offices, instead of people like obama. Oh, and Edwards!

Posted by: david | August 29, 2008 4:10 PM

If you think McCain picked Palin solely for her gender, you stopped thinking too soon. This lady is from Alaska. To be governor of that state, you have to be savvy on several key issues in this election, including:

ENVIRONMENT: Off-shore drilling, global warming, and energy conservation, among others, have been issues in Alaska for many years, not just in this time of crisis.

GOVERNMENT AID and MINORITIES: With so many isolated villages, Alaskans are old hands at dealing with governmental aid and education programs. And of course, the Eskimo people are a minority group.

SECURITY: We thought we were done with Russian threats. Apparently not. Alaska has been dealing with their next door neighbor for years.

Emigration is the only major issue I wish she had more experience in.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 4:10 PM

If you think McCain picked Palin solely for her gender, you stopped thinking too soon. This lady is from Alaska. To be governor of that state, you have to be savvy on several key issues in this election, including:

ENVIRONMENT: Off-shore drilling, global warming, and energy conservation, among others, have been issues in Alaska for many years, not just in this time of crisis.

GOVERNMENT AID and MINORITIES: With so many isolated villages, Alaskans are old hands at dealing with governmental aid and education programs. And of course, the Eskimo people are a minority group.

SECURITY: We thought we were done with Russian threats. Apparently not. Alaska has been dealing with their next door neighbor for years.

Emigration is the only major issue I wish she had more experience in.

Posted by: southernlady | August 29, 2008 4:11 PM

I'm sorry I could never leave my sick baby at home while I run for VP. I don't want anybody telling me I can't get an abortion, I am a Democrat and I don't believe in abortion,but it's my choice. She has soccer mom listed as her experience for VP. LOL

Posted by: smart chick | August 29, 2008 4:12 PM

If you think McCain picked Palin solely for her gender, you stopped thinking too soon. This lady is from Alaska. To be governor of that state, you have to be savvy on several key issues in this election, including:

ENVIRONMENT: Off-shore drilling, global warming, and energy conservation, among others, have been issues in Alaska for many years, not just in this time of crisis.

GOVERNMENT AID and MINORITIES: With so many isolated villages, Alaskans are old hands at dealing with governmental aid and education programs. And of course, the Eskimo people are a minority group.

SECURITY: We thought we were done with Russian threats. Apparently not. Alaska has been dealing with their next door neighbor for years.

Emigration is the only major issue I wish she had more experience in.

Posted by: southernlady | August 29, 2008 4:12 PM

Having just watched the video of the VP announcement, I gotta believe that John McCain has some significant 'male related issues'. Cindy McCain was obviously steamed, and the Senator has made a fool of himself. Anyone care to suggest that Sarah Palin's 'hot librarian' good looks and enthusiasm didn't have something major to do with this visionary decision of his? If he wanted to put a woman on the ticket, did he consider Elizabeth Dole? If he had, this strategy might have actually worked.

And I think the criticisms of Gov. Palin on the motherhood issue are legitimate. It reminds me of the disconnect many so called pro-lifers exhibit where children are concerned: they'll firebomb an abortion clinic to deny other women the right to choose, but they're indifferent to the thousands of children who starve to death each day. If they win, young Trig may have trouble getting face time with the ambitious new VP.

The net of all this is that Obama-Biden is looking to be the most experienced, mature and stable ticket to lead this nation going forward. The more I see of John McCain, the more I think he may be off his rocker...

Posted by: ted in pdx | August 29, 2008 4:12 PM

Nice going senator McSleazy...those long campaign trips can get awfully lonely, should be nice to have a hottie cougar next to you. Cindy McDruggie must be jealous.

Posted by: Ryan | August 29, 2008 4:13 PM

Great pick! A true reformer than someone just talks about "Change", but could not even change his own ego, nor unites his own party.

My voting history:
Bill Cliton (1996)
Al Gore (2000)
John Kerry (2004)
Hillary Clinton (2008.2)
John McCain (2008.11)

I'm pretty sure my voting is correct every time. Can't imagine how wonderful this country would have been!!!

LoL

Posted by: A democrat in CA | August 29, 2008 4:15 PM

The majority of blacks are supporting and voting for Obama.
Women wanted Hilary only because she is a female is acceptable?
So whites voting for McCain is racist?

McCain is "old" is what I would have thought when I was a lot younger and a whole lot less intelligent There are a lot more limits to being productive and successful then age. I still remember the news media with an interview of someone who voted for Kennedy because she liked his hair.

Maybe what we really need is four years of Obama. Right after Jimmy Carter's election I said it would be a very long four years. THAT was an understatement. Carter was a lot more qualified then Obama.

I thought McCain's best choice was the govener of Louisiana, a first generation Indian - now how's that for racism?

Posted by: Rick | August 29, 2008 4:15 PM

Would you rather have a VP with not much experience of a Commander in Chief with even less experience?

Posted by: Katie | August 29, 2008 4:15 PM

Sarah Palin's picture was in the vogue magazine cover according to news reports from
http://kodiakkonfidential.blogspot.com/2007/12/sarah-in-vogue.html.
She has the looks of the coochy coochy girl (I wonder what happened to the coochy coochy girl?). Her choice of lingerie for the cover photo is superb, revealing just enough flesh in a very fashinable white camisole without a bra. She has a stunning body, but her smile is a little overdone. She needs to get a new pair of glasses if she wants to look vice-presidential. Not a bad pick by the white haired dude.

Posted by: Jim Withers | August 29, 2008 4:18 PM

Palin makes a good choice, the "ethics problem" is a red herring. Seriously doubt that McCain chose Palin to get the votes of some of the Hilary supporters. She's a maverick in the Rep party, read up on what she's actually DONE in her few years in our government. Lowering her salary, selling the jet her predecessor bought on state money, got a 70-80% approval rating in her state. She knows where she stands and won't back down, she'll give Biden a run for his money, cause she's more of a bulldog than he is.

Posted by: Tabatha | August 29, 2008 4:19 PM

If you listen to her response on the investigation into her abuse of powers, she tries to make it sound like the divorce happened years ago and so it is water under the bridge. The truth is that custody battle issues came into play and that is the exact time the pressure from her and her cronies to get Wooten fired, started up again. Once America comes to know Sarah Palin, they will realize that McCain has no business as President for such an inept choice. We need real conservatives, not these bungling fools.

Posted by: Palin is lying. | August 29, 2008 4:20 PM

Oh, she didn't know anything about him being pressured to fire people unethically? Awesome! Good excuse. She'll fit right in with the republicans when they're all testifying about the unethical DOJ firings.

Posted by: Laura | August 29, 2008 4:20 PM

I'm a republican and a woman and don't think this is a good choice. How in the world would anyone, man or woman, with such limited experience be competent to lead the country?

Posted by: Jen | August 29, 2008 4:22 PM

Palin is lying. If you listen to her response on the investigation into her abuse of powers, she tries to make it sound like the divorce happened years ago and so it is water under the bridge. The truth is that custody battle issues came back into play and that is the exact time the pressure from her and her cronies to get Wooten fired, started up again. Once America comes to know Sarah Palin, they will realize that McCain has no business as President for such an inept choice. We need real conservatives, not these bungling fools.

Posted by: Palin-ugggghhhh | August 29, 2008 4:22 PM

I hope the Hillary supporters aren't buying into this 'magic show' by the McCain camp.

If you honestly feel that the issues that Hillary Clinton supported are along the same lines as McCain/Palin (because she is a woman), then you were not a true Hillary supporter (just look at the issues at hand).

I think Hillary would even speak out against comparing her experience versus Palin.

Posted by: ssanford00 | August 29, 2008 4:24 PM

Jim, If you are going to criticize a group of people, or even WRITE on a public forum for that matter, you should learn how to spell. Baby steps, Jim...

Posted by: AG | August 29, 2008 4:24 PM

Blah, Blah, Blah. Whine, Whine, Whine.

Dems only whine and complain when something doesn't go there way. It's true of the statements above.

Palin thanked Hillary for allowing her to be there. Class Act. McCain congratulated Biden on his VP nomination. Another class Act.

Dems? They don't have an ounce of class in their bodies. But then again, babies don't!

Whine whine whine. Blah Blah Blah. We've heard it before. This was a GREAT pick. She is a mother, a politican, a woman and an intellectual. The Dems are afraid: and they should be!

Obama is all talk and no action. McCain 2008!

Posted by: Carrie M. | August 29, 2008 4:24 PM

Ha! I still think Biden is way hotter!

Posted by: Laura | August 29, 2008 4:25 PM

Ha! She may be a beauty queen, but I still think Biden is way hotter!

Posted by: Laura | August 29, 2008 4:26 PM

I must admit that I am completely amazed by Republicans that try to scare voters into thinking that the Democrats will interfere in their lives. It is the Republicans who are telling gay Americans that they cannot marry the person of their choice. The Republic party can no longer claim to the the party that "leaves people alone."

Posted by: notnaive | August 29, 2008 4:26 PM

Same day she is on it is revealed she is under investigation for abuse of power. LOL!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Incorrect sir. Anyone who has followed Alaska politics has been aware of this for some time as it is commonly discussed in local news services in Alaska.

It's just news to you.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 4:28 PM

I live in the Caribbean but I am voting for Obama/Biden. The only thing is that the democrats should adopt a PRO LIFE policy because millions are dying before they have a chance at life. I was not conceived in the best of situations but by God's grace, I am making a valuable contribution to my society. Let's give others a chance.

Posted by: Zoey | August 29, 2008 4:29 PM

I think McCain's podium signs on country first must refer to Nashville music rather than the good of the country. He showed in his pick of Palin that he has no regard for making a qualified choice for VP but only picking someone based on her gender far less qualified than many other Republican women (Senators Hutchison, Snowe, fomer Governor Whitman and Condi Rice) who have much more experience in government but do not share Palin's extremist views on social issues.

Posted by: ejgallagher1 | August 29, 2008 4:29 PM

Yesterday I was an Obama voter, but now I'm seriously considering a vote for McCain. Great pick.

I think some of Obama's 'supporters' are his worst enemies.

Posted by: CandyKay | August 29, 2008 4:29 PM

The selection of Sarah Palin as running mate is analogous to Bill Gates selecting a first line supervisor as a VP and his eventual successor,

Posted by: Jim B. | August 29, 2008 4:30 PM

What a circus of hypocrisy McCain displays, for, in looking for idiots to lead says that "Obama is not fit for Commander in Chief", while "Sarah is"!

From trying to be Miss Alaska, to Commander in Chief, due to McCain age and condition? Heaven forbid!

Does killing Moose and indulging in Moose hamburgers now qualifies someone to be Commander in Chief?

Watch the joke makers take off!

Posted by: El Mugroso | August 29, 2008 4:31 PM

I think McCain's podium signs on country first must refer to Nashville music rather than the good of the country. He showed in his pick of Palin that he has no regard for making a qualified choice for VP but only picking someone based on her gender far less qualified than many other Republican women (Senators Hutchison, Snowe, fomer Governor Whitman and Condi Rice) who have much more experience in government but do not share Palin's extremist views on social issues.

Posted by: ejgallagher1 | August 29, 2008 4:33 PM

Skeletor..I mean John McCain, embodies all that is wrong with this country. He chose this woman to win Hillary voters, sorry isn't going to work. You Republicans like to use your slander and hate tactics to instill fear in Americans, but this time things will be different. McBush will be out and Obama all the way!!! Let's be the change we want to see in the world!!
Sidenote: Notice how McShady couldn't keep his eyes off her "assests," during her "speech," careful Cindy, he has no respect for love and marriage.

Posted by: JJ | August 29, 2008 4:34 PM

You people are imbeciles. While it may be true that McCain chose her partially because of her looks and being half his age, you have to understand that she is just what he needs to offset his politics. He is one of the most liberal republicans ther are, and he picks someone to run with him that is very conservatie. No matter what kind of scandal she has, she is an interesting pick. I'm not saying she is the right pick, but she is a good one for McCain. And come on all you Barrack supporters. Barrack's message of change is offensive. He says we need to change America, change this and change that, but then he goes and picks a VP candidate that's been in politics for 30 years! This guy has been part of the problem. If Barrack really wanted to change things he would pick someone who could help be part of the solution! I am still undecided who I would vote for. I don't think either candidate is great, but at least I'm not a total homer and just voting for my party. Stop bashing people you know absolutely nothing about, and open your eyes. Do the research and figure out which cadidate will best help our country in this time of war, and best help our country better our economy!

Posted by: Jared | August 29, 2008 4:34 PM

John McCain spotted Sarah Palin while flying over Alaska looking down for the best places to drill for oil. There she was lying on the lawns of the Alaskan capital building with her g-spot marked with an X. McCain knew right away that is the place for him to drill. He parachted down and gave her the veep card with the intention of drilling for the next 4 years. Now Obama's energy plan and even Paris Hilton's energy plan don't even come close to what Sarah Palin has to offer. Offshore drilling. As a side note, Sarah as an NRA member got really excited looking at the barrel McCain was holding with his other hand while he handed her the veep card.

Posted by: Manny | August 29, 2008 4:34 PM

All of you sound immature attacking parties. It's not about being REPUBLICAN or DEMOCRAT!
People need to be focusing on the issues. Everyone just needs to quit bashing others, take a deep breath, and THINK!

Posted by: AG | August 29, 2008 4:36 PM

I'm a republican and a woman and don't think this is a good choice. How in the world would anyone, man or woman, with such limited experience be competent to lead the country?

Posted by: Jen | August 29, 2008 4:22 PM
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Good question. All the reason to NOT vote for Obama/Biden.

Posted by: sixtysixer | August 29, 2008 4:36 PM

Chris, I have to say I don't blame the black population for voting someone "just" because they are black. After years of racism, inequality, and unfair targeting by law enforcement, not to mention the various other ways they are kept in poor dangerous neighborhoods or jail, I would want someone who understands what its like to be in that position and want to change it to be my President too if I were black. Its not like any of these other candidated have spent any time helping fight for black civil rights causes.

Posted by: kari | August 29, 2008 4:37 PM

This is Ms. Congeniality from a Miss Alaska beauty competition. How seriously can anyone take her? Let her go eyeball to eyeball with Putin???? And a BS from the University of Idaho???? That's it?
I mean, she seems pretty and everything, but she doesn't know what the Vice Presidency entails? This is a bad dream. It's going to make "Mr. Potatoe" look like a brilliant pick.

Posted by: jkh | August 29, 2008 4:38 PM

The first question that came to mind was: what does her husband do? what are the questions in both their recent careers?

Palin's pick as VP candidate, suggests that the McCain campaign depends on attracting female voters who do not think and blindly go for the gender factor. After all Palin believes in everything that Hillary Clinon is against.

In general the McCain campaign appeals to non-thinkers and Republican loyalists, not exactly what Independents (like this ex-Republican) represent. To depend on the least well educated to believe the campaign propaganda shows whom a McCain would favor; not the voters.

When making a decision, do we select an man with imagination looking ahead or No. 894 out of a class of 899 at Annapolis?
Someone who has voted with Bush 90% of the time and wants to start more wars with an army we do not have.

Posted by: Gunther Steinberg | August 29, 2008 4:38 PM

John McCain spotted Sarah Palin while flying over Alaska looking down for the best places to drill for oil. There she was lying on the lawns of the Alaskan capital building with her g-spot marked with an X. McCain knew right away that is the place for him to drill. He parachted down and gave her the veep card with the intention of drilling for the next 4 years. Now Obama's energy plan and even Paris Hilton's energy plan don't even come close to what Sarah Palin has to offer. Offshore drilling. As a side note, Sarah as an NRA member got really excited looking at the barrel McCain was holding with his other hand while he handed her the veep card.

Posted by: Manny | August 29, 2008 4:34 PM

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Talk about VILE. Manny, you win the contest for the stupidest, worst post of all time.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 4:39 PM

Sarah Palin looks like an empty pantsuit.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 4:39 PM

Senator McCain thinks all women are interchangeable. As a former HRC supporter, I am now volunteering for Obama. I am a 55 yr old woman.
Palin is:
Anti Choice
Anti equal pay
Anti minimum wage
Anti health coverage
The woman is a FEMALE MISOGYNIST! SHE IS THE FEMALE VERSION OF MCCHEESE HIMSELF. ANOTHER BEAUTY QUEEN. THINK HE'LL BEAT HER WHEN HE'S DONE WITH CINDY? One thing for certain, she'll do what she's told to do and shut up about it! ANOTHER CORRUPT GOP'ER, WHO WOULD HAVE THUNK IT!

Posted by: Andrea D | August 29, 2008 4:40 PM

this isnt news, it's junk! talk about something that matters.

Posted by: amanda | August 29, 2008 4:40 PM

Andrew Smith, you took the words right out of my mouth. Well spoken!

Posted by: AG | August 29, 2008 4:40 PM

Let me see if I understand things…

McCain picks Palin as his running mate but he and practically every other conservative/Republican ‘Talking Head’ have been screaming about Obama’s lack of experience and how this would be disastrous for our country. The argument is “We need to have experienced leadership who understand the big picture. We need leadership that recognizes the complexities of our national economy, the world economy, world politics, and a dearth of issues that only a seasoned and experienced leader can effectively manage and understand.” The argument of choosing or even considering Obama brings tremendous risk to our economy, our national security, etc.

McCain then picks Palin, a woman, who is two years from overseeing Wasilla , AK . She was mayor of a town of 6,700 people just two years ago!!! This left her experienced in matters like “Who’s got moose patrol today?” and “Is John Boy going to get over to the town square so he can fix the our traffic light?” and “What can the community do to ensure Mr. Wibble gets enough sales so he will start reopening the market on Sundays?”

The thinking is “Let’s pick a girl so we can get all of those disenchanted Hillary voters to swing and vote for us. Palin’s pro-life and she’ll swing those hard-line Christian voters our way.” Let’s pick her even if, basically, we’re one stroke or heart attack away from this woman becoming President.

McCain turned 72 years old today and is looking to tackle one of the most stressful jobs in the world and his thinking, thinking that the best thing for the good of the country, convey how he really understands the big picture, and look to create a compelling ticket of experienced leadership…is to pick a woman two years removed from the big politics of Wasilla, AK to be the best person to replace him if something should happen?!?!?

In my book, that’s not looking at what’s best for our country, it’s only looking to ‘Win and win at any cost”…even at the expense of putting someone utterly and tremendously inexperienced in, arguably, the most important role in the world - one who is a heartbeat away going from “How are we going to keep the bears away from our town dump?” to “Should I push the big red button?”

What a Fu$%ing joke!!!

Obama for President. It’s so right that anything else would be wrong.

Posted by: Mcollier | August 29, 2008 4:41 PM

Any Hillary supporter who votes for McCain because he took a woman as a running mate is an idiot. I supported Hillary because of her experience, views and ideals. Any woman who is Pro Life and a member of the NRA will NOT get my vote. Obama all the way!!!

Posted by: Michele | August 29, 2008 4:41 PM

When we are talking about the future of our country, your children and grand-children's country, we don't care about being tasteless... McCain is old. We are just being realistic. You should try it.

Posted by: Kari | August 29, 2008 4:42 PM

I can't believe how many people are talking about how smart she is and how much better she is than Obama blah blah blah....

And meanwhile, the Republican VP pic actually admitted to having no clue as to what the VP job is....

OMG people, WATCH THE VIDEO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Oh, and to all you Team HRC folks - were you just voting for HRC BECAUSE she's a woman, or because you identified with her stance? Mrs. Palin is the COMPLETE OPPOSITE of HRC!

Posted by: Danielle | August 29, 2008 4:43 PM

The question is "Why would McCain pick someone to help him lead the country whom he barely knows and likely just met less than a year ago?

FOOL ME ONCE!

Posted by: Mcollier | August 29, 2008 4:44 PM

Another Republican, another ethics scandal. What else is new?

Posted by: john | August 29, 2008 4:45 PM

Today is McCain's birthday and he celebrated it by finding a partner half his age. He is no homo, so selecting a male partner was out of the question. Now the McCain/Palin pair is embarking on their first honeymoon tour of the spots in USA where they could find some decent mooseburgers. The good thing about their around the USA trip is that they need not worry about booking hotels in advance. Whereever they stop by there is a house owned by McCain for the honeymooning couple to rest after a long nights frolic, I mean work.

Posted by: Mark | August 29, 2008 4:47 PM

Any Hillary supporter who votes for McCain because he took a woman as a running mate is an idiot. I supported Hillary because of her experience, views and ideals. Any woman who is Pro Life and a member of the NRA will NOT get my vote. Obama all the way!!!

Posted by: Michele | August 29, 2008
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Michele, you got it right but backwards. Any woman who was a Hillary supporter IS AN IDIOT! Here's a chance to get some new blood in the Oval Office area, and you 'dis'her. But, I forgot, you were out of touch to begin with.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 4:47 PM

Any Hillary supporter who votes for McCain because he took a woman as a running mate is an idiot. I supported Hillary because of her experience, views and ideals. Any woman who is Pro Life and a member of the NRA will NOT get my vote. Obama all the way!!!

Posted by: Michele | August 29, 2008
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Michele, you got it right but backwards. Any woman who was a Hillary supporter IS AN IDIOT! Here's a chance to get some new blood in the Oval Office area, and you 'dis'her. But, I forgot, you were out of touch to begin with.

Posted by: sixtysixer | August 29, 2008 4:48 PM

i AM A PROGRESSIVE AND TODAY is Christmas! no one will vote for McSame now, except right winged nut bars.
Thank you old fart for making my day!
The man is older than me, a lot older and he has had many cancer surgeries, melanoma is very dire.
I actually thought the old fart would pick someone with brains like Romney, but no, he has INSULT WOMEN ALL OVER THIS COUNTRY WITH THIS PICK.
SHE IS ANTI EVERYTHING WOMEN NEED. HEALTH CARE, CHOICE, EQUAL PAY.
People are struggling and John 'KEATING 5' MC Same does this! HA HA HA HA I LOVE IT!
THANK YOU, as Andrea D, called him, Mayor McCheese, god bless ya!

Posted by: Robin | August 29, 2008 4:49 PM

How do you make such a decision? Based on what?

I am deeply concerned about this election because we are in crisis. Put aside race and party lines and it is still a division between the haves and the have nots.

We are so distracted by all the media we must be forgetting about those issues that effect (some of) us daily. All I can see is if the right person does not get elected it will continue to get worse.

This is absolutely NOT a beauty contest and is one of the most critical elections of this time.

Sadly some people will suffer and continue to make others do the same because they cannot think for themselves!

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 4:52 PM

Jesus liberals are stupid. You guys are just shaking in your boots, and can't think of any other way to handle the tension than to rip on a woman who has accomplished more in 2 years than Biden and Obama have in their entire political careers. Who cares even if she did have a state trooper fired who was harassing her family. Like you guys wouldn't do the same? Now lets talk about real scandals... Obama and Rezko, Obama and the ACORN foundation, Obama and Wright, Obama and his ties to the left wing terrorist Ayers.... the list goes on and on. I can understand why the average IQ and salary of a liberal are far below that of republicans.....

Posted by: Brad | August 29, 2008 4:54 PM

Obama/Biden have my vote! For the first time in a long time, I see the Youth Vote coming in strong. Obama is in touch with the younger voters and he has inspired the 18-24 crowd to get active and vote. McCain has done nothing to connect with young voters, he's 72 and doesn't even know how to use email! So we now have on the Republican ticket, a stodgy, out of touch, Bush croney and a hick town, ultra conservative "talking beauty queen".....
What a joke!
My vote, and the vote of an outstanding amount of fellow young voters is for OBAMA/BIDEN 2008!

Posted by: CR | August 29, 2008 5:00 PM

Why question her experience when a vice president's job is as useful as a
"warm bucket of spit"? We've got Obama running for our commander and chief on a mere 143 days experience. Keep questioning.

Posted by: Abby | August 29, 2008 5:00 PM

You know what's annoying? When people like D and Steve have nothing intelligent to say and instead just insult previous posters.

We can all have an intellectual debate and get back to the REAL American way; being able to speak your mind without getting assaulted for your own opinion.

Posted by: MassGrrl | August 29, 2008 5:02 PM

Obama and McCain both suck!!! There's gotta be someone out there that can make this country great again.

Posted by: the kid | August 29, 2008 5:03 PM

What real experience does McCain have? Being connected to lobbyist and special interest groups? Same old BS...

Posted by: mcollier | August 29, 2008 5:03 PM


In my mind, this pick comes down to balancing two major things. McCain steals Obama's post-convention hype vs. removing his ability to talk up Obama's inexperience. There are other factors, as I point out here:

10 Reasons Why Palin Will Win And Lose The Election For McCain

but that is the major gamble that the McCain campaign took with this selection.

Posted by: some dork | August 29, 2008 5:05 PM

Might as well add Brad to that list.

Posted by: MassGrrl | August 29, 2008 5:05 PM

whats wrong with you people,seriously.shouldnt we vote for issues not gender.who cares if she is a woman.we need someone that can run the country the right way.and put us back being number one in the world in economic and everything wise.

for mcCain......wooooow.u bring woman in the hopes all those hard core hillary supporters would come to your corner.i think u have insulted them picking her.she is no hilary////

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Posted by: RAS | August 29, 2008 5:09 PM

I've never read the Washington Post, and now I know why. It's apparent it is an organization that appeals to uneducated liberals. Just reading their comments is rather hysterical. I'm not a McCain fan by any means, but Palin is a genious move. The argument of her experience seems to be a resounding theme in the posted comments. What about Obama's experience? Seriously! Is he ready to lead this country? Good luck dems. You have your hands full now.

Posted by: JMC | August 29, 2008 5:21 PM

personally, i'm split between the 2 candidates. i'm not a fan of either of them nor am i a fan of their running mates.

i guess i'm stuck with whoever wins.

Posted by: abby | August 29, 2008 5:22 PM

I've never read the Washington Post, and now I know why. It's apparent it is an organization that appeals to uneducated liberals. Just reading their comments is rather hysterical. I'm not a McCain fan by any means, but Palin is a genious move. The argument of her experience seems to be a resounding theme in the posted comments. What about Obama's experience? Seriously! Is he ready to lead this country? Good luck dems. You have your hands full now.

Posted by: JMC | August 29, 2008 5:22 PM

Let's see -- Obama picks the best person for the job; McCain picks someone scandal-ridden and inexperienced because she's a woman who appeals to evangelists and he needs women and evangelists to vote for him. And McCain says that HE puts country first? This guy is two steps from the end of the average life span, do you really want this woman running the country? At every point, Obama has shown he will make the right choices to have the best government we can have. And McCain's campaign has been a disaster. All we heard today was more about his POW experiences. I have become convinced that not only do his POW experiences not make him qualified for President, those experiences have made him UNqualified, in temperament, judgement and perspective. His choice for VP demonstrates this yet again.

Posted by: Rose | August 29, 2008 5:22 PM

Let's see -- Obama picks the best person for the job; McCain picks someone scandal-ridden and inexperienced because she's a woman who appeals to evangelists and he needs women and evangelists to vote for him. And McCain says that HE puts country first? This guy is two steps from the end of the average life span, do you really want this woman running the country? At every point, Obama has shown he will make the right choices to have the best government we can have. And McCain's campaign has been a disaster. All we heard today was more about his POW experiences. I have become convinced that not only do his POW experiences not make him qualified for President, those experiences have made him UNqualified, in temperament, judgement and perspective. His choice for VP demonstrates this yet again.

Posted by: Rose | August 29, 2008 5:23 PM

If she gets convicted do we find out that Palin rhymes with jail in -- they may need to build a new wing for Alaska Republican politicians. Time to call Martha Stewart.

Posted by: ejgallagher1 | August 29, 2008 5:25 PM

Let's see -- Obama picks the best person for the job; McCain picks someone scandal-ridden and inexperienced because she's a woman who appeals to evangelists and he needs women and evangelists to vote for him. And McCain says that HE puts country first? This guy is two steps from the end of the average life span, do you really want this woman running the country? At every point, Obama has shown he will make the right choices to have the best government we can have. And McCain's campaign has been a disaster. All we heard today was more about his POW experiences. I have become convinced that not only do his POW experiences not make him qualified for President, those experiences have made him UNqualified, in temperament, judgement and perspective. His choice for VP demonstrates this yet again.

Posted by: Rose | August 29, 2008 5:26 PM

We already have a VP charged with abuse of government... now McCain picks another with the same problem?

Those NEO-CONS looooooooooooooove them some political criminals don't they?

Obama-Biden-08!

Posted by: JBE | August 29, 2008 5:31 PM

It's painfully obvious that McCain is just grasping at straws, here. When people were discussing potential running mates for McCain, names like Romney, Huckabee, and Guiliani were tossed around, but never once was the name Palin brought up, even in a passing. Much less a serious consideration as the Veep pick.

So, one has to wonder, is it a mere coincidence that Sarah Palin, a woman politician, was chosen by John McCain just as it became clear that the undecided Hillary supporters could be an important vote in this election?

It seems a bit too coincidental to me...

Posted by: Sara | August 29, 2008 5:31 PM

This so reminds me of the Republicans using the threat of terrorism to win the election in 2004, they have now have picked a candidate just because she is a woman to get Senator Clinton's supporters who are unhappy because she did not win the nomination. I hope they think long and hard about this!!

Posted by: Peach | August 29, 2008 5:33 PM

Just because republicans discount the many years of Obama's experience and message of specific change doesn't mean that millions of Americans do the same. John McCain picked a running mate that he met only once or twice... Are you kidding me? All should really consider McCain's judgement... Country First? Pppllleeezzzeee!

8 years of failure is enough...

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 5:39 PM

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 5:39 PM

An ethics complaint was also filed against Palin and members of her staff on August 6th with the attorney general's office. According the Juneau Empire, Palin is being accused of giving state jobs to ex fundraisers.

Posted by: hrcarr | August 29, 2008 5:41 PM

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 5:42 PM

Aren't the democrats a bit desperate, too bad for them that as inexperienced as they think Palin is, she far surpasses Clinton as well as Obama who couldn't be more full of himself in every way!

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 5:43 PM

I bet if you ask 98% of those voting for Obama, they wouldn't even be able to say what his stand on the issues are. They are voting for his color or the party. This is NOT a reason to put someone in the White House. Do some research before you vote or you'll regret it.

Posted by: Shannon | August 29, 2008 5:43 PM

I can't wait to see the debate between Biden and Palin--he will tear her to shreds.

Posted by: TT | August 29, 2008 5:43 PM

Aren't the democrats a bit desperate, too bad for them that as inexperienced as they think Palin is, she far surpasses Clinton as well as Obama who couldn't be more full of himself in every way!

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 5:44 PM

I bet if you ask 98% of those voting for Obama, they wouldn't even be able to say what his stand on the issues are. They are voting for his color or the party. This is NOT a reason to put someone in the White House. Do some research before you vote or you'll regret it.

Posted by: Shannon | August 29, 2008 5:44 PM

Palin is "an empty dress". The only experience she has is having babies and beauty contest. At least he is consistant, this is his 3rd contestant (1st wife, and Cindy). Women, this is an insult to all of us. Does he think we will just go for her because she has a uterus (worn out by now)? She is against everything Hillary has fought for.

Posted by: Inezia Gonzales | August 29, 2008 5:44 PM

TO JOE: I smiled when I read Russia was underdeveloped racist country. Russia is probably more developed then you think, if you visited you may have not written this and considering only 20+ years ago Russia was socialist and the idea behind was everyone is equal, and therefore, racial tolerance in Russia is SO much higher then in US. Just to let you know most Russians LOVE Oprah and think Obama is great. So let's not stick racist labels to Russia or Russians. Please educate yourself.

Posted by: Elena | August 29, 2008 5:45 PM

She is perfect. Totally clueless when it comes to foreign policy. If McCain dies, which is something we all must consider, she can have Richard Pearl, Paul Wolfowitz, Lieberman, Dough Feith and the rest of the NEOCONS SPOON FEED HER.

YEAH!

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 5:47 PM

Pale-Palin '08

he he he

Maybe McCain secretly doesn't even want to be President.

Posted by: JoeSimon | August 29, 2008 5:47 PM

TO JOE: I smiled when I read Russia was underdeveloped racist country. Russia is probably more developed then you think, if you visited you may have not written this and considering only 20+ years ago Russia was socialist and the idea behind was everyone is equal, and therefore, racial tolerance in Russia is SO much higher then in US. Just to let you know most Russians LOVE Oprah and think Obama is great. So let's not stick racist labels to Russia or Russians. Please educate yourself.

Posted by: Elena | August 29, 2008 5:48 PM

McCain picked Palin for her excellance in basketball. He knows Obama plays basketball. McCain often ends up in the sidelines while Obama shoots hoop. Now McCain can send in Baracuda Palin to go one on one with Obama. Instead of the three debates now planned between Obama and McCain, what will hape now is three one-on-one basketball games between Obama and Palin, while the old farts McCain and Biden will sit on the bleachers lifting their ass cheeks to fart every time their partner scores a point.

Posted by: Quaker Nuts | August 29, 2008 5:49 PM

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 5:49 PM

The investigation that was launched into Sarah Palin by the Alaska State Legislature was done so after a UNAMIMOUS VOTE of the legislators from BOTH parties, which means members of her own ALL THE MEMBERS OF HER OWN REPUBLICAN Party voted along with the Democrats to to investigate her for abuse of power. Seems McDumbo thinks both his wife and his VP pick are above the law. Typical republicans.

Posted by: OhioDem4Life | August 29, 2008 5:49 PM

Pale-Palin '08

he he he

Maybe McCain secretly doesn't even want to be President.

Posted by: JoeSimon | August 29, 2008 5:50 PM

I sure hopes Sen. Obama Picks Senator Clinton for Secretary of State ..and that she excepts.. Let Obama and Biden do the heavy lifting in restructuring this Nation...and in Eight years .. The honorable Senator Hillary Clinton can retire as Madam President. 16 years.. connected to the White House and retiring as Commander in Chief .. would be fitting ...And .. Even though the political presidential nomination was not in her favor .. her humility will insure her next term in the White House .. and it, with the repair of this Nation by the Democrats, ..and like minded Republican and Independent voters,will be a smooth one.. ...but the title of First Woman President belongs to Hillary.. and no other. ( by default ). She deserves it.

Posted by: Nathan Pilson | August 29, 2008 5:51 PM

An ethics complaint was also filed against Palin and members of her staff on August 6th with the attorney general's office. According the Juneau Empire, Palin is being accused of giving state jobs to ex fundraisers.

Posted by: hrcarr | August 29, 2008 5:52 PM

More anti-abortion.
More science denial.
More global warming denial.
More nepotism.
More scandal.
More loyalty tests.
More of the same.
McCain/Bush/Palin

Posted by: Lee | August 29, 2008 5:52 PM

Obama/Biden just need to ignore the fact she is a woman and get on with debating her on the issues. She is from the extreme right wing of the Republican party and most of her view are way out of the mainstream. Ask the right questions and watch the Independents run screaming from McCain/Palin. This is the ticket that actually thinks that the government should force a 12 year old raped by her father to bear the child.

Posted by: Rick W | August 29, 2008 5:54 PM

as usual, when it's convenient to lean on the race card to get extra credit, such is done, just like in osama's case.

hey, the way i look at it, no matter who's elected, there will be a WHITE president in office.

go chew on that one, all of you who continue to state that osama is black. he's BIRACIAL. i hope that as a white minority, he'll be given that acknowledgement.

Posted by: same ol' obama crap | August 29, 2008 5:55 PM

Troopergate? Gov. Palin facing an ethics probe? Why am I not surprised? Does John McCain really think that any woman (or man) who supported Hillary Clinton because of her stand on the issues will fall for this charade? If so, he's more out of touch with reality than I thought.

Posted by: laSerenissima2003 | August 29, 2008 5:57 PM

If people like "Joe" think they can backmail the country into voting for Obama or be called a racist, they have an unpleasant surprise coming. People can and do vote for a candidate based on the issues and the candidates' experience.

Obama is incredibly unqualified- one of the least qualified people that possibly could have been chosen. I remember people calling Clinton unqualified when he started his run, but he had light years more experience than Obama does.

A racist will vote for him because of his race. A thinking person will look at all of the candidates and decide who will best lead the country.

Posted by: Lo. | August 29, 2008 5:58 PM


John Mccain is playing the American people an fool.
I would be so insulted if I were Sarah Palin. She's gotta know she's being used.

Posted by: Jami | August 29, 2008 6:00 PM

I'm 57 and white, (does that make me old) and I support Obama! I voted for him in the California primary.

McSame will be an absolute disaster for this country! We need leadership in this country desperately!

Palin is way too conservative and would push the Cheney/Rove agenda further.

Who really rules this country now anyway?
McCain is just another lobbyist's puppet.
We need to take it back from the lobbyists.

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

If people like "Joe" think they can backmail the country into voting for Obama or be called a racist, they have an unpleasant surprise coming. People can and do vote for a candidate based on the issues and the candidates' experience.

Obama is incredibly unqualified- one of the least qualified people that possibly could have been chosen. I remember people calling Clinton unqualified when he started his run, but he had light years more experience than Obama does.

A racist will vote for him because of his race. A thinking person will look at all of the candidates and decide who will best lead the country.

Posted by: Lo. | August 29, 2008 6:03 PM

I'm 57 and white, (does that make me old) and I support Obama! I voted for him in the California primary.

McSame will be an absolute disaster for this country! We need leadership in this country desperately!

Palin is way too conservative and would push the Cheney/Rove agenda further.

Who really rules this country now anyway?
McCain is just another lobbyist's puppet.
We need to take it back from the lobbyists.

Posted by: sharpe | August 29, 2008 6:04 PM

Just because republicans discount the many years of Obama's experience and message of specific change doesn't mean that millions of Americans do the same. John McCain picked a running mate that he met only once or twice... Are you kidding me? All should really consider McCain's judgement... Country First? Pppllleeezzzeee!

8 years of failure is enough...

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

Joe, you are way too shallow to vote.

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

Notice how McCain kept spinning his wedding ring at the Ohio coming out party?

Posted by: Alan | August 29, 2008 6:08 PM

This woman wants creationism taught in school.

Posted by: Death of Science | August 29, 2008 6:11 PM

If people like "Joe" think they can backmail the country into voting for Obama or be called a racist, they have an unpleasant surprise coming. People can and do vote for a candidate based on the issues and the candidates' experience.

Obama is incredibly unqualified- one of the least qualified people that possibly could have been chosen. I remember people calling Clinton unqualified when he started his run, but he had light years more experience than Obama does.

A racist will vote for him because of his race. A thinking person will look at all of the candidates and decide who will best lead the country.

Posted by: Lo. | August 29, 2008 6:13 PM

LOL. So, my grandparents are old and white and their voting for Obama. But there's no denying that the republican party will garner a huge amount of support from the racist gun toting rednecks that make up the majority of this country. They always do and that's why the moron G.W. was reelected.

Posted by: Jason | August 29, 2008 6:13 PM

I am amazed again at the thinking? of our future possible president. He picks a candidate based solely on internal organs who is not qualified in the least to potentially run our country in the chance he should pass in office.
It is a insult and slap to any woman voter who votes for McCain that they could be this shallow thought and a slap to all americans who allow this shallow thinking to be. It can only backfile on him as I would trust a Clinton voter can see through the action of voting your gender, not for the most qualified.
Perhaps too she was picked for the oil reserves in her state and the plundering of the state's riches if they win.
I am embaressed by the lack of provado by this candidate and shallowness of his thought.

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

What a joke! Does McCain really think people will vote for an ex-beauty pageant contestant winner who is being investigated in her own state? Does he really think people are that stupid?

I don't think he's got the "fire in his belly" to be pres...and my god, think if he dropped dead in office this inexperienced nobody would be US President? Now that's scary...

Obama-Biden all the way. I look forward to Biden tearing her to shreds in the vice presidential debate.

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

This woman wants creationism taught in school.

Posted by: Death of Science | August 29, 2008 6:15 PM

If people like "Joe" think they can backmail the country into voting for Obama or be called a racist, they have an unpleasant surprise coming. People can and do vote for a candidate based on the issues and the candidates' experience.

Obama is incredibly unqualified- one of the least qualified people that possibly could have been chosen. I remember people calling Clinton unqualified when he started his run, but he had light years more experience than Obama does.

A racist will vote for him because of his race. A thinking person will look at all of the candidates and decide who will best lead the country.

Posted by: Lo. | August 29, 2008 6:16 PM

I am a 29 year old female, and I love Palin. I am thrilled to vote for her and McCain.

Posted by: Andi | August 29, 2008 6:18 PM

Palin is a hail mary if I ever saw one. Its just silly. And insulting in the fact that they think we wouldn't notice they're trying to take the Hillary votes away. Ridiculous.

Posted by: Lianne | August 29, 2008 6:21 PM

All I have to say is that I am voting for Barack Obama, not because he is younger or more "popukar", but because I am a young person trying to go to school on my own. I live by myself and with the economy the way it is, it's hard to do that. Obama will make change happen. This women sounds like a loser to me...Obama all the way!!!

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

After reading through the whole list of entries and finding quite a few offensive statements, and lots of redundant rhetoric, I have come to the conclusion that most of you juat want to sling mud back and forth and sit back and watch the reaction. A lot of you have said you are voting for Obama because he is going to bring change. What Change? What plan has he actually set down before the people?? The only thing that comes to mind for me is raising taxes on big business which in turn raises the cost for everyone buying the product of that big business. In case you were not aware, that is NOT a good thing.

I admit I am not thrilled with McCain, but at the same time he has admitted his lack of knowledge in certain areas, such as econimics, and Jack Kemp is coaching him. That was a good choice.

Palin's name came up as a possible for VP last year with some of the radio pundits I listen too. I knew she was on the short list too. I am not suprised by her selection, and after watching her speech I was rather impressed with the choice. Yes she has small children, and yes she has a downs syndrome baby, and for those of you who obviously don't know. Its NOT a sickness its a congenital defect, and no flying did not cause it, and since we don't know the severity of his down's syndrome its a bit early to say she is neglecting her child.

Admittedly she has a lot on her plate, but she obviously has a supportive family behind her, I imagine her 2 older daughters are a help to her with the new baby, which is as it should be, and she obviosly has a strongly supportive husband beside her.

After doing research on the state investigation, I would say its a tempest in a teacup more than anything. If that is all that can be found to bring against her she is doing a lot better than many others in life as well as public office. I think she will bring balance to the McCain ticket, and I will have no trouble voting for McCain/Palin in November.

Posted by: luvwlk | August 29, 2008 6:33 PM

All of this bashing....

check her approval rating! The proof is in the numbers!

Posted by: Kelly | August 29, 2008 6:33 PM

It's a rather obvious and insulting move on McCain's behalf, he won't get the female vote solely on the fact that he picked a woman, who to be frank just came out of nowhere. The Fact that Palin is already trying to appeal to the Hilary Clinton voters is really pitiful, We're smarter than that. Hilary Clinton and Barack Obama have very similar views, and those views are the reasons why we're voting for Barack Obama. As a Republican, I feel ashamed of what our party has become, we need to move on and regroup, but that won't be possible if we pick someone who will bring four more years of the same politics. This is the first time I will vote Democrat in my 67 years of age, but i feel proud that myself and many other female and male voters are showing true loyalty not to a political party but to our country.

Posted by: Alicia Stone | August 29, 2008 6:42 PM

It's a rather obvious and insulting move on McCain's behalf, he won't get the female vote solely on the fact that he picked a woman, who to be frank just came out of nowhere. The Fact that Palin is already trying to appeal to the Hilary Clinton voters is really pitiful, We're smarter than that. Hilary Clinton and Barack Obama have very similar views, and those views are the reasons why we're voting for Barack Obama. As a Republican, I feel ashamed of what our party has become, we need to move on and regroup, but that won't be possible if we pick someone who will bring four more years of the same politics. This is the first time I will vote Democrat in my 67 years of age, but i feel proud that myself and many other female and male voters are showing true loyalty not to a political party but to our country.

Posted by: Alicia Stone | August 29, 2008 6:45 PM

WOW! I was shocked to see what a poor choice McCain did by selecting a women with literally PTA experience...As a women in this country i say... OBAMA!!!!

McCain i am sorry but your simply toooo old and out of touch with country!!!

Posted by: carry two | August 29, 2008 6:47 PM

It's a rather obvious and insulting move on McCain's behalf, he won't get the female vote solely on the fact that he picked a woman, who to be frank just came out of nowhere. The Fact that Palin is already trying to appeal to the Hilary Clinton voters is really pitiful, We're smarter than that. Hilary Clinton and Barack Obama have very similar views, and those views are the reasons why we're voting for Barack Obama. As a Republican, I feel ashamed of what our party has become, we need to move on and regroup, but that won't be possible if we pick someone who will bring four more years of the same politics. This is the first time I will vote Democrat in my 67 years of age, but i feel proud that myself and many other female and male voters are showing true loyalty not to a political party but to our country.

Posted by: Alicia Stone | August 29, 2008 6:49 PM

As a former Ladies Man this women, Sarah Palin ain't got what it takes to be a women. She brings bad odor to the White House. Respectfully, my dear women see the light and vote for Dudes Obama and Biden.

Enough of the stupidity McCain needs a whiter dress rehearse -no dirty linen-(clean woman) prior to the black bear (OBAMA)driving his dreams away. WE are smarter folk, especially us married ones with children McCain. Johnny, boy grow TFU and rest in Arizona with the wild or one of your seven abodes.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 6:51 PM

As a former Ladies Man this women, Sarah Palin ain't got what it takes to be a women. She brings bad odor to the White House. Respectfully, my dear women see the light and vote for Dudes Obama and Biden.

Enough of the stupidity McCain needs a whiter dress rehearse -no dirty linen-(clean woman) prior to the black bear (OBAMA)driving his dreams away. WE are smarter folk, especially us married ones with children McCain. Johnny, boy grow TFU and rest in Arizona with the wild or one of your seven abodes.

Posted by: truthbeebold | August 29, 2008 6:52 PM

As a former Ladies Man this women, Sarah Palin ain't got what it takes to be a women. She brings bad odor to the White House. Respectfully, my dear women see the light and vote for Dudes Obama and Biden.

Enough of the stupidity McCain needs a whiter dress rehearse -no dirty linen-(clean woman) prior to the black bear (OBAMA)driving his dreams away. WE are smarter folk, especially us married ones with children McCain. Johnny, boy grow TFU and rest in Arizona with the wild or one of your seven abodes.

Posted by: truthbeebold | August 29, 2008 6:52 PM

As a former Ladies Man this women, Sarah Palin ain't got what it takes to be a women. She brings bad odor to the White House. Respectfully, my dear women see the light and vote for Dudes Obama and Biden.

Enough of the stupidity McCain needs a whiter dress rehearse -no dirty linen-(clean woman) prior to the black bear (OBAMA)driving his dreams away. WE are smarter folk, especially us married ones with children McCain. Johnny, boy grow TFU and rest in Arizona with the wild or one of your seven abodes.

Posted by: truthbeebold | August 29, 2008 6:55 PM

Sarah Palin - You are NO Hillary Clinton.

Are you McCain supporters not the least bothered about the hypocrisy of his pick for VP? Palin was a small town mayor (I mean, pop 6500 small) and the Gov. of one of the least populous states in the country for two short years. Talk about inexperienced. For months, McCain has been braying about Obama's lack of experience and how he "is weak on national affairs." AND THIS is is pick for VP??? Not just any VP, but a VP who can reasonably be president given McCain's age and cancer history. THe GOP should be angry at this pick, and so should Hillary's supporters. I cannot wait to hear Hillary's response about this desperate pick.

Posted by: Sareena | August 29, 2008 6:57 PM

As a former Ladies Man this women, Sarah Palin ain't got what it takes to be a women. She brings bad odor to the White House. Respectfully, my dear women see the light and vote for Dudes Obama and Biden.

Enough of the stupidity McCain needs a whiter dress rehearse -no dirty linen-(clean woman) prior to the black bear (OBAMA)driving his dreams away. WE are smarter folk, especially us married ones with children McCain. Johnny, boy grow TFU and rest in Arizona with the wild or one of your seven abodes.

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

To Alaska Mom and all the others who think Palin "walks the walk" when it comes to her anti-abortion stance...

Yes, she chose to go forward with her pregnancy, knowing that the child would have Down Syndrome. But she also chose to fly around the day she went into labor because her speech was more important than the delivery of her child, and then proceeded to return to work 3 days after the baby was born. Who is taking care of her kids? If every American girl who is contemplating abortion had the child care options available to Mrs. Palin, we'd have less abortions for SURE!

Sarah Palin strikes me as the kind of person who picks a hobby, pursues it passionately, and then gets bored and moves on. There is no continuity in her history or her message. From beauty queen, to stay at home mom to 5, to mayor, to governor, to sister's avenger, and now to VP, all in less than a decade? Talk about lack of job stability and focus.

I am terrified of the prospect of something happening to McCain in office... our "President" will still be researching her role as "VP" as she is sworn in...

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

To Alaska Mom and all the others who think Palin "walks the walk" when it comes to her anti-abortion stance...

Yes, she chose to go forward with her pregnancy, knowing that the child would have Down Syndrome. But she also chose to fly around the day she went into labor because her speech was more important than the delivery of her child, and then proceeded to return to work 3 days after the baby was born. Who is taking care of her kids? If every American girl who is contemplating abortion had the child care options available to Mrs. Palin, we'd have less abortions for SURE!

Sarah Palin strikes me as the kind of person who picks a hobby, pursues it passionately, and then gets bored and moves on. There is no continuity in her history or her message. From beauty queen, to stay at home mom to 5, to mayor, to governor, to sister's avenger, and now to VP, all in less than a decade? Talk about lack of job stability and focus.

I am terrified of the prospect of something happening to McCain in office... our "President" will still be researching her role as "VP" as she is sworn in...

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

Do we really want her to be our next President when McCain kicks it in a year?

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 7:33 PM

I am so glad McCain made this choice. She is young, intelligent, determined and has people's interests above her own. Obama has no experience and the ignorant American people like him because he is a wonderful orator. Go ahead and elect someone with NO international experience. It will be interesting to see how he deals with Iran (let's chat them up), Iraq (let's leave now... WWIII begins) and Russia (let them kick Georgia's ass). The American people need to STAND UP and demand experience, leadership and sound judgement. While Obama hold vast leadership capability, one must question his experience and his judgement before stepping in to the polls November 7.

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

Democrat here voting for her and I heard about that scandal and it's all about a bad man who was threatening with a license. He's dangerous. She has an 85 percent favorable rating and is up against some heavy duty bad guys .. the ones Obama said he wanted to get rid of .. HA .. he got rid of Hillary instead. If not Hillary instead of the best friend over 20 years of Rev Jerimah Wright and Resko who sold him real estate way below market more than once and bomber Ayers who said he didn't bomb enough and Farrakhan the black KKK plus his wife who never was a proud American until now .. she's the best we can get over all of them. With her it will be America for all of us to recall.

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

I feel sorry for the American population if this is representative of who is voting for whom. Small minded and petty tit for tat. Grow up, read, learn and love. You guys all suck.

Posted by: Trace-O in OZ | August 29, 2008 7:53 PM

I feel sorry for the American population if this is representative of who is voting for whom. Small minded and petty tit for tat. Grow up, read, learn and love. You guys all suck.

Posted by: Trace-O in OZ | August 29, 2008 7:58 PM

I feel sorry for the American population if this is representative of who is voting for whom. Small minded and petty tit for tat. Grow up, read, learn and love. You guys all suck.

Posted by: Trace-O in OZ | August 29, 2008 7:59 PM

I think that McCain's choice for VP is ridiculous! He wants to sway woman voters, but, IT IS NOT GOING TO WORK. People didn't want Hillary just because she was a woman, they wanted her because she was the best choice. We want Hillary NOT Palin, talk about unexperienced. McCain should be embarrassed of his choice. It shows that he knows nothing about American's! Vote Obama!

Posted by: Jill | August 29, 2008 8:20 PM

I think that McCain's choice for VP is ridiculous! He wants to sway woman voters, but, IT IS NOT GOING TO WORK. People didn't want Hillary just because she was a woman, they wanted her because she was the best choice. We want Hillary NOT Palin, talk about unexperienced. McCain should be embarrassed of his choice. It shows that he knows nothing about American's! Vote Obama!

Posted by: Jill | August 29, 2008 8:21 PM

Obama has no executive experience!

McCain has no executive experience!

Biden has no executive experience!

Palin has real executive experience!

We should reverse the ticket

Palin/McCain 08

Posted by: Kevin | August 29, 2008 8:32 PM

Obama has no executive experience!

McCain has no executive experience!

Biden has no executive experience!

Palin has real executive experience!

We should reverse the ticket

Palin/McCain 08

Posted by: Kevin | August 29, 2008 8:37 PM

Despite the fact that McCain used his "BEST JUDGEMENT" to pick someone with no experience, this reminds a little like the time John Edwards decided to join the race to be the democratic candidate, while his wife was dealing with cancer. Now Mrs Palin, with 5 kids, one of them with down syndrome. It isn't too hard to understand that this kids need their mom at home , and she accepts a job as the V.P.? Just doesn't look right.

Posted by: John | August 29, 2008 8:39 PM

Despite the fact that McCain used his "BEST JUDGEMENT" to pick someone with no experience, this reminds a little like the time John Edwards decided to join the race to be the democratic candidate, while his wife was dealing with cancer. Now Mrs Palin, with 5 kids, one of them with down syndrome. It isn't too hard to understand that this kids need their mom at home , and she accepts a job as the V.P.? Just doesn't look right.

Posted by: John | August 29, 2008 8:40 PM

I guess John McCain isn't a Maverick after all. He barely knew S. Palin (her own words) so he is trying to buddy up to the conservatives that are far right and only have respect for Christians

Posted by: Tiffany | August 29, 2008 8:40 PM

Palin is just what we need!! She has more experience than obama and she has morals too. God bless her and her during the drive by media attacks.

Posted by: keannabriles | August 29, 2008 8:42 PM

You Obama supporters think Palin is inexperienced and therefore McCain's judgment is flawed?? ARE YOU JOKING!!! She has more experience than Obama you idiots!!!

Posted by: Julie | August 29, 2008 8:56 PM

I think we are in trouble no matter who wins!!!! However, McCain/Palin seems to me to be the lesser of 2 evils.

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

You Obama supporters think Palin is inexperienced and therefore McCain's judgment is flawed?? ARE YOU JOKING!!! She has more experience than Obama you idiots!!! She was mayor and then governor. Obama was a community organizer and then a Senator for 1 yr before he decided to run for president. WAKE UP TO YOUR HIPOCRISY YOU OBAMA KOOL AID DRINKERS! Palin at least has executive experience, where Obama has only legislative. Governor trumps Senator--sorry to break it to you. And she also has more experience than your precious Hillary. First Lady does not count as experience!!!! HOW CAN PEOPLE BE SO BLIND AND STUPID!!!

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

You Obama supporters think Palin is inexperienced and therefore McCain's judgment is flawed?? ARE YOU JOKING!!! She has more experience than Obama you idiots!!! She was mayor and then governor. Obama was a community organizer and then a Senator for 1 yr before he decided to run for president. WAKE UP TO YOUR HIPOCRISY YOU OBAMA KOOL AID DRINKERS! Palin at least has executive experience, where Obama has only legislative. Governor trumps Senator--sorry to break it to you. And she also has more experience than your precious Hillary. First Lady does not count as experience!!!! Being a witness to a President's experience is not your own experience. HOW CAN YOU PEOPLE BE SO BLIND AND STUPID!!! Republicans--we work so you don't have to.

Posted by: Julie | August 29, 2008 9:00 PM

Wow, Palin is facing her OWN investigation. Hmmm. I just can't see Obama even admitting he cheated in 1st grade. Remember, we had to wait a year for the National Enquirer to tell the truth about Edwards. (Despite MSM suppression of it to the end).

Will we get the whole story, nahhhh, just Dem "talking points."

Posted by: Palin says Bring It On | August 29, 2008 9:00 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: deja vue | August 29, 2008 9:02 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: deja vue | August 29, 2008 9:06 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: deja vue | August 29, 2008 9:07 PM

Dear Joe,

You talk about older white americans not voting for Obama, yet after the South Carolina primaries, we observed 90% of black america vote for Obama, who are the real racists? At least whites are voting for Obama, can the same be said for black america voting for McCain?

Posted by: Jack Matlin | August 29, 2008 9:10 PM

my opinion of mccain's pick?
BRILLIANT!!
i can't wait to see obama scramble with this one!
mccain has my vote!

Posted by: anonymous | August 29, 2008 9:12 PM

Two words: Check-mate!

Posted by: Mr. D | August 29, 2008 9:17 PM

Obama lacks the experience.

Posted by: hawaii808 | August 29, 2008 9:18 PM

I am a young American who for the first time in my voting career has donated to a Presidential campaign. Not once, or twice, but multiple times with an open heart and with the shared hope that America (and Americans) can be better than we are and I adamantly believe that Barack Obama is our ticket to authentic change and progress.

I find it fascinating that McCain would select Sarah Palin and like others here feel insulted that he would vault someone of her limited and narrow experience into this Presidential campaign to seek female voters. Further, it is alarming to me that here in 2008, Americans would consider an overturn of Roe vs. Wade - and the narrow-minded Politicians who support such ideologies as progress for our nation.

I can't wait to jump in and do what I can to campaign for Obama and Biden!

Posted by: Isabella | August 29, 2008 9:19 PM

I am a young American who for the first time in my voting career has donated to a Presidential campaign. Not once, or twice, but multiple times with an open heart and with the shared hope that America (and Americans) can be better than we are and I adamantly believe that Barack Obama is our ticket to authentic change and progress.

I find it fascinating that McCain would select Sarah Palin and like others here feel insulted that he would vault someone of her limited and narrow experience into this Presidential campaign to seek female voters. Further, it is alarming to me that here in 2008, Americans would consider an overturn of Roe vs. Wade - and the narrow-minded Politicians who support such ideologies as progress for our nation.

I can't wait to jump in and do what I can to campaign for Obama and Biden!

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

With this pick, McCain just helped Obama win the presidency. He's only known Palin for 6 months! What a joke!!!!

Posted by: jayne | August 29, 2008 9:24 PM

I am so excited to be a part of this history making election. As a woman I of course am excited to see a woman running for VP, but as a Mother who values life I am even more excited to see a prolife woman running for VP. I get so sick of this stuff about not having sympathy for incest and rape it is bull. If you look at the number of abortions performed each year you would see they are repeat abortions from women who use them as a form of birth control and that is a fact. I also want good health care and you get what you pay for, if it is free then exactly what are you getting???

Posted by: Concha | August 29, 2008 9:24 PM

I really wonder if any of the Obama fanatics actually read what they write before the post it. With Obama's promises of change this and change that only gives false hopes for a desperate society, he doesn't even have any real solid plans! It's time to come back to reality people.

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

I really wonder if any of the Obama fanatics actually read what they write before the post it. With Obama's promises of change this and change that only gives false hopes for a desperate society, he doesn't even have any real solid plans! It's time to come back to reality people. There is no quick fix for our nations problems, McCain has more experience and Palin is a great choice for VP. with her accomplishments which actually put her above Obama in experience.

Posted by: Mary | August 29, 2008 9:31 PM

To quote someone below- it's not just older votes, it's younger ones too. These people spawned children with the same views, the apple doesn't fall far from the tree......


"Unfortunately, it is pretty clear that older white voters will not vote for Obama because he is black. This is a remnant of the shameful past of our country and this stigma will not go away until this generation of older white people are gone in a few years. They stubbornly cling on to racism while going to church."

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 9:31 PM

To quote someone below- it's not just older votes, it's younger ones too. These people spawned children with the same views, the apple doesn't fall far from the tree......


"Unfortunately, it is pretty clear that older white voters will not vote for Obama because he is black. This is a remnant of the shameful past of our country and this stigma will not go away until this generation of older white people are gone in a few years. They stubbornly cling on to racism while going to church."

Posted by: Paul | August 29, 2008 9:31 PM

Interesting discussions.

Thoughts on Family: Palin's son: Were Govenor Palin's a man, would you worry so about how this will affect the son? Men can and do stay home with kids.
Obama's Daughters: Used as pawns to further his "hip" and "warm" appearance. I doubt Palin's six yr old will be giving any interviews.

Reform: Has to start with congress. I prefer congress and president to be of different parties. Generally keeps things balanced.

Experience: Experience of Pres vs. Experience of VP. Would rather have a relatively "fresh" VP than Pres.

Issues: Pick the top three issues most important and research the dickens out of them, realizing some, such as pro-choice/pro-life are controlled strongly by other outside entities such as state laws, supreme court, etc. Other issues such as international confrontations are highly reliant on pres directives.

Cheers to you whoever you pick.

Posted by: LPCM | August 29, 2008 9:34 PM

What??? A former beauty contestant? A Christian Powerbabe?? LOL. Let her stay governor and enjoy fishing over there.

And to Julie: girlie girl, what a raging madness... F.Y.I: Hillary is a senator. And I would rather vote for her, than for someone who participated in a beauty contest...her looks have brought her a long way. But NOT into the white house.

Posted by: Karen | August 29, 2008 9:36 PM

desperation, not desparation

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

I see many comments that place a spot light firmly on how close minded party supporters can be. When you lable yourself you place yourself in a box; one party is not going to be right all off the time. I do think that anyone who is still a Bush supporter, and thus a McCain supporter may need to get a reality check. All of these candidates have pros and cons but I believe they all love their country.

I am terribly frieghtened that Ms. Palin, a woman with a life much like my own will stand a good chance of becoming our commander and chief. I can not imagine me being qualified for that position. McCain's choice does show his desperation and questionable judgement. Some have written that he chose Palin because no one else is gonna tell him what to do. The way I see it that speaks volumes about the similarities between McCain and Bush; and look where that mind set has gotten us.

I am a registered independent and I would love to say I am still on the fence as we have not even heard debates yet; unfortunately I can't McCain/Palin scare the begeebers out of me and Obama/Biden are everything the other pair is not.

I do want to thank McCain for serving our country with distinction.

Posted by: tanabanana | August 29, 2008 9:46 PM

OMG. How can she be against abortion? She is a woman, for crying out loud!! Besides, abortion is LEGAL in the US, so keep your personal opinion to yourself. Well, she doesn't seem that smart. Former beauty contestants usually aren't.

And one more thing: I thought there is a divison between church and state. Do not blend religion with political and legal issues. That's why we hate all the islamic states, right?

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 9:49 PM

OMG. How can she be against abortion? She is a woman, for crying out loud!! Besides, abortion is LEGAL in the US, so keep your personal opinion to yourself. Well, she doesn't seem that smart. Former beauty contestants usually aren't.

And one more thing: I thought there is a divison between church and state. Do not blend religion with political and legal issues. That's why we hate all the islamic states, right?

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 9:53 PM

I like her! Democrats like to throw stones. Complaining about her lack of experience! She is going to be vice-president! Sheesh! Look who is running for president on the democratic ticket and he has been in office how long? How many of those months has he been traveling around the U.S. instead of being in the "office" working! If you were to travel around instead of working would you get a paycheck? She has the BALLS Yes! BALLS! To stand up and do something! Bunch of cry baby whiners!

Posted by: Whooo Hoooo!! | August 29, 2008 9:53 PM

Cheesy. ridiculous, mindless, manipulative; just some of the words that come to mind when I think about John McCain's choice of Sarah Palin for his running-mate. McCain obviously believes that no one will notice that Sarah Palin is not Hilary Clinton. LOL

Posted by: Ira Pollack | August 29, 2008 9:56 PM

The democratic party has nominated Obama. A man who has very limited political experience himself, let alone experience in issues like foreign politics. Yet no one is talking about that. McCain picks a VP with limited experience and it's all anyone can talk about. Personally, I would rather have a VP with no experience who can learn, than a President.

Posted by: bm26 | August 29, 2008 9:56 PM

Joe - your comment is hilarious because of how racist it is! Introspection man, that's the key.

Posted by: JG | August 29, 2008 10:03 PM

Most folks here are attacking Senator McCain's choice of Governor Palin for his VP. My goodness, you all should be giving each other high fives. As the Washington Post gleefully reports she’s involved in a scandal (no controversies in the Obama camp – keep moving along, folks – nothing to see here in Chicago). For ambition’s sake she's sacrificing her family – including her child with Down’s syndrome. How dare a woman be ambitious! Keep 'em barefoot and pregnant! Although she's been in executive positions as mayor and governor she has no national leadership experience for someone only a heartbeat away from the presidency (let's see now, Senator Obama has been a community organizer ... and er …tell me again how large an organization Senator Biden has personally managed). In spite of all her drawbacks, it looks to this knuckle-dragging, Bible-clutching,, gun-toting, low-life redneck male that by choosing Governor Palin Senator McCain has just let the air out of the Obama campaign. Poor Washington Post, New York Times, LA Times, CNN, NBC, etc – like with John Edwards they’ve been caught – so to speak – with their pants down on this one. BTW, I wonder if Senator Clinton has any hair left after today.

Posted by: Neanderthal | August 29, 2008 10:05 PM

Obama got my Vote

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

Brilliant pick by McCain - Sarah Palin is very inspiring. They definitely have my vote!

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

he is despirate for the women vote !she is not for women! NOT THIS WOMEN !what do McCain think that we are stupid we are not that despirate. TRY AGAIN!!!OBAMA OBAMA OBAMA all the way

Posted by: happy girl | August 29, 2008 10:21 PM

are you kidding me john mccain? you're going to ruin this country just like bush did. america, please don't be so dumb, OBAMA BIDEN 09!!!

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

Does anyone have a good reason to vote for Obama other than his big ol' ridiculous "change" platform? Give me some real, honest and most of all specific plans for the future. Dems are insane.

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

Maybe people won't vote for McCain for the same reason they won't vote for Obama. For their politics, not for the color of skin. Way to play the race card. Does that mean some people won't vote for McCain because he picked a woman as a running mate?

Posted by: joe's an idiot | August 29, 2008 10:26 PM

Whether you vote for Obama or McCain, you are all stupid as rocks.

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

Obamas former pastor say Palin is a blue eyed devil.
Mcain is a patriot who served his country
most of his life.
Obama is a pop star surrounded by racist.
Wake up and vote Republican.

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

Obamas former pastor say Palin is a blue eyed devil.
Mcain is a patriot who served his country
most of his life.
Obama is a pop star surrounded by racist.
Wake up and vote Republican.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 10:31 PM

GO OBAMA/BIDEN!!

SIGNED FORMER
HILLARY SUPPORTER!

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

History will be made regardless of who wins... Where going to have the first African American President, or the first Female Vice president. Very exciting to see how it all plays out.

Posted by: Jasmin | August 29, 2008 10:41 PM

The choice of Sarah Palin shows a lack of leadership as well as judgment on the part of Sen. McCain. McCain is 72 years old with a history of 4 melanomas. Melanoma is the most serious form of skin cancer often resulting in death. Do we as a country need a Republican Vice President with no experience in foreign policy?

Posted by: Bonnie | August 29, 2008 10:46 PM

Yay McCain! Simply brilliant choice for VP.
All you liberals are just ticked because you have just been check-mated in the old PR game. Couldn't have happened to a more deserving group of rabid, Republican haters.
See you at the polls...better yet, why don't you just stay home.

Posted by: Tracy in PHX | August 29, 2008 10:49 PM

I wonder if this lady can gin up a pre-emptive war like Cheney did. That is the true test of the next Republican VP.

Posted by: blue Bellied yankee | August 29, 2008 10:54 PM

"Liberals are so open minded that their brains have fallen out."

I love that it's ok for Hillary to run to get the women's votes but when John McCain picks a woman for VP, it's wrong because he's just trying to get women's votes. Obama has absolutely NO experience so don't even try to claim that Palin doesn't have what it takes. Obama doesn't even know how many states are in the US and thinks "it's above my pay grade" to decide when life begins... stop being a flip-flop and stand up for something. Fag.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 10:56 PM

Unfortunately the bottom line is that just as Bush screwed up our country, so will McCain. The ignorance of republicans dumbfounds me, I truly don't understand how you could wish for more of the same. To top it off in debates with most republicans, they will still, after all the facts, stick up for the fact that they voted for Bush and stick up for the disasters he has caused. What kind of person can look at the state of our nation and feel that Bush has led us anywhere, but down a black hole we will be lucky to get out of. But I have learned that republicans will never admit they are wrong...EVER! It just won't happen. They are usually rich and egotistical (not always but often). They don't want to help real people. They want to help the rich get richer and the poor "stay in there place". They have never struggled or faced adversity. They have been given opportunities and could never know the trials and hardships of being being poor or being a minority or disadvantaged in any way. Republicans think they know, they try to act like they are kind and caring, but they are the true wolves in sheeps clothing. To the lady on this site that said Palin is a real person with real issues like being a stay at home mom, and having a child with down syndrome. Well over here in "real" America where we are working mothers with disabled children, we were wondering what about being a stay at home mom, with enough money and insurance to care for your disabled child makes you real. It is real that I have to work two jobs to support my family and get insurance for my disabled child. It is real that my insurance costs me a large amount of my salary. It is real that I am lucky compared to many people because I even have insurance. Being a stay at home mom is a luxury, not afforded to many real families in America. Republicans get out of your self-engrossed bubble. I beg you to look deeply at the whole picture and what it would mean for the poor and disadvantaged in this country.

Posted by: A "Real" Mom | August 29, 2008 10:58 PM

obama is much less experienced than palin. love her or hate her she puts her money where her mouth is and doesn't have a problem standing up on tough issues. and all this talk about change from the obama campaign, they can talk all they want but we need a plan.

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

There's something about this woman that screams executive by day, pole dancer by night.

Posted by: Rain | August 29, 2008 11:05 PM

There's something about this woman that screams executive by day, pole dancer by night.

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

Liberals are such hypocrites! You talk a big game - but John McCain actually puts a woman on the ticket and you're all mad about it! It only counts if she's a liberal democrat? It's just like how you feel about free speech - it only belongs to you! You got your hats handed to you and you know it! You are being exposed for the hypocrites you are!

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

ALL THIS SHOW IS HOW DESPERATE MCCAIN IS HE WANTS US TO BELIEVE AND SUPPORT PALIN, I DON'T THINK SO, SHE IS INEXPERIENCE, ONLY BEEN GOV. FOR 2 Years. I am african american and I supported clinton, based on her exp., not her gender nor race. AND I HOPE WOMAN ALL OVER THIS WORLD SAY NO TO MCCAIN/PALIN, HE'S OLD AND SHE'S SCANDLOUS!!!!!!!!

Posted by: tlee | August 29, 2008 11:18 PM

Who is the bigger idiot here, McCain for picking Palin to pander to Hillery's devoted female voters, or those voters who vote for McCain because of Palin?

Smart move on McCain's part, but pretty darned dumb for anybody that swallows it.

That said, how is this any different that the Democrats running a black man under the banner of change?

It is ALL politics. Both sides are two blinded by their ambition and inherent lack of intellectual honest to admit it to themselves.

Posted by: Bob | August 29, 2008 11:20 PM

Obama is a closet racist! He was affiliated with an Anti White and Anti American Church for YEARS. He is ALL talk and it absolutely scares me to think of him as our President. I am not fond of the other option...but atleast he is a proud American!

Posted by: AMO | August 29, 2008 11:28 PM

I voted for Bush in his second term. So I was open to Republicans. Bush has not been a great president. Not all bad, but certainly not good. I thought republicans had better instincts on some of the issues that really matter. But this pick by McCain is silly. It is transparentely about the campaign and not about governing. I would have voted for Obama anyway, but I was worried that a Romney pick would be safe and keep the focus on Obama's lack of experience. But this pick makes me more scared of the McCaine ticket than Obama's. At least Obama has a seasoned hand in Biden to steer him in the right direction. Palin will just be a pretty face until McCaine dies and then she be running the whole country. And McCaine has a much better chance of dying from natural causes than Obama has of getting shot. After the nolvelty wears off,you all will see. This is bad.

Posted by: bayboi | August 29, 2008 11:38 PM

Are you kidding? People here comparing a small town mayor and first term govenor to someone who has served the on the national level for almost three decades. And Republicans are looking forward to a VP debate? Ha Ha....Biden has served the entire country...Palin...perhaps the entire county. Besides, have you been to Alaska...little different there.

Posted by: bondo | August 29, 2008 11:41 PM

Come November, we're all going to have to make the same decision. To those of you for whom the choice beams brightly like a beacon from the heavens, congratulations! We've got some lovely parting gifts for you on the way out. The rest of us, even some of you boldy proclaiming your allegiance to one candidate or the other, are uncertain, befuddled and maybe a little spooked about pulling that lever.

Do I choose charisma or maturity? Sweet talker or verbal pit bull? Rich white guy or rich black guy? (yes, they're BOTH rich) I weighed the stances on the issues, and decided that I need a third choice! I mean, people, we're in a 'which wire to cut' situation here, and the manual is written in wingdings!

Panic on the backburner for a moment, it has to be said that with the options provided us, a vote for color or gender is probably as good a vote as any. I just don't want to hear about it. I don't want to hear that, even after the past 8 years under Shrub's Reign of Incompetanceness, valuable votes are being cast thoughtlessly without issues being considered. If you want to support black people, volunteer in the communities; if you want to support women, get a job at a battered women's shelter. This isn't American Idol. The presidential election is about more than making a statement. It's about who best can handle an international crisis, who can fix the economy, who can strenghthen our families.

Since we won't be getting a third choice, I'll be reading, and watching these candidates, hoping one of them will shape up or screw up (either one would help me choose). And maybe, come November, I might be able to keep my eyes open when I cast my vote.

Posted by: MillieTheDog | August 29, 2008 11:45 PM

I love how the Dems are clinging to her "ethics investigation" - this from the same party who celebrates Bill Clinton, a proven liar who was IMPEACHED, correct? So many of you are fools who have fallen for a charismatic, charming candidate, and are overlooking the bigger picture. And I'm so sorry for you all.

Posted by: Karen | August 29, 2008 11:50 PM

The reason Obama supporters are blasting this pick as one of little experience is because that was the Republican's biggest argument for Barack not being ready for the White House. Now, how can they say that someone with less than 2 years as Governor, whose only other experience is as mayor of a town of 6,200 (which, by the way is smaller than the # of people in my college class!) is ready to lead when/if McCain can't do it!? It's the type of hypocricy that the Dems point out that plague the Republican party

Posted by: Gretchen | August 29, 2008 11:51 PM

I can't believe these liberal democrat women who are pouncing on Palin for having a baby -- a Down's Syndrome baby at that -- and choosing to take on this job. What if her husband quits his job to become the stay-at-home parent during the campaign and her term(s)? How could you possibly find fault with that? Isn't that the kind of equality, division of labor, and gender-neutral parenting that your party has been asking for?

And I can't imagine what kind of stupidity it requires to think that a plane ride in the 8th month of pregnancy could cause a genetic condition like Down's Syndrome.

I'm guessing most of you making the "ha ha, McCain's an idiot for choosing her" comments never saw her speech today. You might want to cut back on eating for a few days until you get a full helping of crow.

Posted by: Susie D | August 29, 2008 11:52 PM

Susie D - I love how you picked up on the hypocricy of the liberal dems who are now so opposed to a woman who is a mother, yet successful politician. Isn't that the ultimate goal of femminism? Again, I truly feel for the Dems who only want to listen to the candidate that has the most celebrity endoresement. When this country goes down the drain, they'll surly blame the Reps, although it will be soley Dems in power.

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

Honestly , at this point I would vote for pretty much anyone except the republican party. My brother died in a car bombing in Iraq and frankly I will NEVER stop hating Bush for it! And anyone who supports the war is an ass.

Posted by: mina30 | August 30, 2008 12:01 AM

Honestly , at this point I would vote for pretty much anyone except the republican party. My brother died in a car bombing in Iraq and frankly I will NEVER stop hating Bush for it! And anyone who supports the war is an ass.

Posted by: mina30 | August 30, 2008 12:02 AM

"HAHA. You are all stupid . . . and that's why you're voting for Obama.

Posted by: D | August 29, 2008 2:59 PM"


Judgmental...
How typical of Republicans.

Posted by: suz | August 30, 2008 12:05 AM

Someone please slap me. As a professional woman, I am insulted. Who in the h... is she? Should I vote for her because she is a woman and a hockey mom, 5 kids and one with down syndrome?! Please? Does it impresses me? Do not insult my intelligence. As an ex-Hillary supporter, I am completely turned off. We will see on Nov 4. I believe she is more excited about going to Washington then be a part of the ticket. I am so turned off.

Posted by: geca | August 30, 2008 12:13 AM

No...flying did not cause Downe's syndrome...it is a genetic disorder. She knew the baby had Downe's syndrome early enough that she could have killed her baby. She chose to let that baby live despite knowing what she did. Yet some here actually have the guts to call her a bad mother. When partisan politics stoop to that level, I get a little puke in the back of my throat. Shame on you people. By the way, I am a pro-choice Republican.

Now let's talk about Obama. He would rather let babies that are aborted yet survice, lay to die in a linen closet. I am sorry but that is simply inhumna. And the numbers suggest that 90% of these babies would have survived. For Obama the issue is about a definition of what a human being is. We are better to kittens and puppies than Obama is to babies. Excuse me, have to go...i got some more puke in the back of my throat.

Posted by: ray | August 30, 2008 12:17 AM

McCain has just killed his own #1 talking point...Barack's lack of experience. And I'm quite surprised that he would pick someone that is under investigation for abusing her power.

I urge all of you to step outside of your political norm every once in awhile. Instead of just taking your political party's talking points as gospel, do some research of your own. And make sure that information includes sources on both sides of the fence, as well as the middle of the road.

If your beliefs are so fragile, that you can't be exposed to an alternative viewpoint from time to time...you might need to re-evaluate your definition of the word "belief".

Whoever wins, I hope they are true to their vow to defend and uphold the Constitution of the U.S..

Posted by: Miss Independent | August 30, 2008 12:23 AM

This is poor judgment on McCain's part. This lady has no experience on the national level. I think it's obvious that McCain is playing voters and once again the American people are falling for it. I believe John McCain will be our next president of the United States because most Americans can not tell the different between who is who and what is what.

Posted by: Jimboi | August 30, 2008 12:38 AM

This woman is a moran. She doesnt even know what the job of veep would entale. She has less experience than Obama and does not stand for anithing Hillary stood for. Please dont vote Mcain and make the entire universe hate us more than they already do because of Bush.

also she looks like tina fey

Posted by: slobadan | August 30, 2008 12:41 AM

Juneau Cougar ;)

Posted by: PS Squared | August 30, 2008 12:52 AM

Ferosh.

Posted by: Pehi | August 30, 2008 12:53 AM

matt ...
To suggest Obama let someone else pick his running mate is absurd. If this was the case Hillary would be his VP. He went through a professional process.
McCain met this person one day and made the decision. Sorry, but that is crazy. As for her supporters selling her popularity then I guess she is a celebrity too huh? So no more of those senseless ads right? lol
For many not voting for Obama is about race. You can pretend it doesn't exist, but I know for a fact it does. Not everyone. There are some who have legit reasons, but many are USING other people reasons to hide behind.

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

Hot? Some of you think she is hot? LOL!
She is not even close.

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

My goodness, so many ignorant and uninformed people posting here.

First, until proven, accusations are alleged.

Second, do some more research on Mrs. Paulin, she is smart and a reformer.

Third, Obama's message of change is nothing but bigger government. If you make $, don't you want to keep it and choose how it's spent. Or do you want the govt. to take it and spend it for you? Redistribution of wealth should make all those who earn a good living nervous.

Fourth, until the VP debates, there is no way to know who will be better and look smarter.

Fifth, she has served as and executive, Obama has not at any level. She is possible VP not Pres like Obama. So you tell me what you do, vote for an inexperienced Pres or less inexperienced VP? No brainer here, you pick option #2.

Sixth, this is not a race issue, it is an issues issue. Know the issues and don't resort to making this election a racial issue.

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

at least she has more experience then obama...now he is a true idiot!!

Posted by: franchesca fresca | August 30, 2008 1:41 AM

i think what people don't realize that this isn't about mccain vs obama, this is about another term of hell or a term of change, even if just a little because nothing would be worse than more of the same.


this election is about whether you trust someone with a 10% record of voting against president bush or someone who has an unparalleled track record of disagreeing with the least popular president of the united states.


all i ask of the republicans is to PLEASE let the democrats fix what this administration and by affiliation your party have ruined for everyone.

Posted by: JOHNSON! | August 30, 2008 1:46 AM

The choice of Palin is a cynical expression of McCain's contempt for women. Harriet Meiers 2.0 is what she is.

She's about as anti-science as you can get. How are we supposed to get kids to compete in the global economy if you're going to teach religion in science classes? I run a biotech engineering firm, and I have trouble finding qualified entry-level American engineers and biologists. If she and McCain win, my job will only get harder.

Posted by: disgusted | August 30, 2008 1:47 AM

Wow! Sarah Palin;Dan Quayle in drag. On the other hand,what could we expect from John Mc Cain;a Noun,a Verb and P.O.W.in every other sentence. The perfect team to lead us into the 17th Century,thats before Evolution was discovered.

Posted by: Jerome J Markiewicz | August 30, 2008 1:49 AM

I'm quoting from an excellent book "Shantaram" which pretty much sums up the mindspace of a lot of people out there who are refusing to see the forest for the trees... it's even got a bit of Winston Churchill too...

'Fanaticism is the opposite of love,' I said, recalling one of Khaderbhai's lectures. 'A wise man once told me - he's a Muslim, by the way - that he has more in common with a rational, reasonable-minded Jew then he does with a fanatic from his own religion. he has more in common with a rational-minded Christian or Buddhist or Hindu than he does with a fanatic from his own religion. In fact, he has more in common with a rational, reasonable-minded atheist than he does with a fanatic from his own religion. I agree with him, and I feel the same way. I also agree with Winston Churchill, who once defined a fanatic as someone who won't change his mind and can't change the subject.'

wake up and look at your choices. There is only one and he is a child of many worlds. Don't look at skin colour, don't look at hair colour, look at what they are saying. Who would you rather have leading us into our future?

peace

Posted by: mayabella | August 30, 2008 1:50 AM

Let's see... 5 kids... One with DOWN SYNDROME. I don't know much about Palin yet, but she's 44. My mother is 46 and is still focussed on being a real mother and raising a family. If anyone thinks this is a "lberation for mothers everywhere", you're crazy. It's an outrage, and complete negligence. Obama was right when he says "McCain doesn't get it"...Nominating a mother with children that are going to be raised by white house nannies. That's really screwed up, in my opinion. What's the difference between abortion and not being a true mother to your kids? Eight years is a long time to be at conferences and meetings all day... Oh, and there's always the chance that McCain will kick the bucket and Palin will continue to neglect her children by becoming commander in chief. This is the stupidest decision I've ever heard. I don't like Obama, but he 100% has my vote now.

Posted by: Dani | August 30, 2008 1:59 AM

Sean Hannity said today that Palin was a mother that "raised" 5 children which was incorrect. She is a mother of 5 children RAISING 5 children including an infant with a birth defect. Like any good mom, you need to be there for your kids when they are growing up, especially one with a birth defect that's going to need lots of love from their mother.

Why would she even accept the VP nomination at this time in her life? She chose to have 5 kids so she's already committed herself to the most important job. No one in her situation can DEDICATE herself to another job where you must do EVERYTHING IT TAKES to lead this country for the next 8 years.

Seems like a huge risk for the country and her kids.

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

The only thing unfortunately I have to point out is her former brother in law that is fighting custody with her little sister,um... who cares?

Posted by: Rachel | August 30, 2008 2:42 AM

John McCain is just using her in hopes to get the Hillary votes - who are we kidding? They could've at least picked a strong republican female contender like Hillary Clinton. I honestly feel that if the Republican party wins, they are not going to treat Sarah Palin as an equal to John McCain. Palin is just a puppet in the grand scheme. Which just adds insult to injury for me as woman.

I wonder if Palin questions why with only a few years experience as governor - why she got the VP nomination? It makes me question her judgement why she has accepted or agreed to do this - is she is just scrapping to get ahead in her career? It doesn't make me feel very good when I want someone to watch out for my own livelihood rather than her own.

If the Republican party thinks because they put a female face on - that this will automatically win my vote, they are wrong. Well I am smarter than that.

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

Lessee, she likes to shoot and kill.

She feels comfortable with avoiding childrens issues.

She ignores the disabled.

Yep, a perfect Republican speci-woman...

Posted by: bubbles | August 30, 2008 3:28 AM

I'm appalled at the responses stating that as a mother she has to be there every second for her children and that she can't raise children if she is meetings etc all day. Has this country not gotten where it was by both working men and women? You're saying that Palin can't work because she has kids? Really? How backwards is that? Yes, she has 5 children and a loving husband. yes one of her children has Down Syndrome. And? Because she is a Gov. and now running as V.P. how do you know she is not taking care of her kids? Are you in her home? Did you realize that she brings her infant son with her to work so she is there with him while running the state of Alaska? Also, she was already the Gov when she learned she was pregnant with her son. And during the pregnancy that her son had Down Syndrome, and she continued with the pregnancy. The baby did not get Down Syndrome because she flew while pregnant. It is caused by a gene mutation. Learn your facts.

It's ridiculous to state that as a woman she she be at home with her kids and if she's not she is doing them a diservice. It's insulting to working moms everywhere...including Hillary CLinton.

Also, last time I checked, Alaska shares a border with a foregin country and is a few miles away from another. Do you not think she has had to have dealings with both Russia and Canada? I'd say that is more foregin policy experience than Obama has.

In all honesty, this pick is a great one. SHe has taken on big oil and is not afraid to do so. This is something that any of the candidates need to do. We need to bring the cost of gas down.

I want so much to believe in change, however Obama lost any chance at my vote when he picked a career politician as his running mate. His talk of change is great and oh I want change, but I do not see how he can get any of these changes into policy without taxes, the cost of living etc going sky high. The economy is already in the toilet, I do not see the change occuring without making that worse.

McCain is not better. This election, I'm voting Mickey Mouse. Not one of the candidates is the best person for the job.

Posted by: Janna | August 30, 2008 3:41 AM

I find it interesting that the party of "equality and women's rights" instantly go for the bimbo and bad mother cards. Palin has at least ran a Government. That is more than Obama, Biden or Hilary can say. This is a strong woman with her family behind her. You will question a woman for running for Vice President who has children, yet you embrace a woman who stayed with a womanizing husband to further her political career.

Posted by: Dana | August 30, 2008 3:44 AM

Sarah Palin says in a July interview with Headline News..and she says "you'd have to tell me, what exactly does a VP do??? "I haven't been keeping track of the Iraq WAR???" OMG...she is a heartbeat away from the Presidency...You conservative pricks really think she's going to stand up to the other leaders of the world. Your friend Steve Douchbag DUCE from Fox and friends says "she has lots of foreign experience because Russia is so close to Alaska????" WTF??? lol!!!! You Republicans are on some serious Crack. Side-note..Palin is HOT though.

Posted by: Peter | August 30, 2008 3:50 AM

Palin is staunchly pro-life and has validated her conviction by allowing her fifth child to live, despite the child's pre-birth diagnosis of Down's' Syndrome. What a tragedy it is that a vast majority of Down's Syndrome children are killed in utero--all because a vocal contingent within our society has convinced mothers that only "normal" children deserve life.
Obama has made it clear that he will not protect children, of any race or gender, unless they are outside of a mother's womb. Biden, ostensibly Catholic, is also pro-abortion. In promoting and protecting this evil, he stands in direct opposition to the teachings of the Church. For that matter, so do Pelosi, Kennedy, and Giuliani .
In a McCain/Palin ticket, we can trust that we will not hear nebulous, evasive responses to direct questions such as "When does life begin?" Obama asserts that such a question surpasses his "pay grade". Hmmmm. If he is truly unsure about when life begins, perhaps the prudent course of action would be to err ON THE SIDE OF LIFE. I'm sure he would hope for such a simple and basic presumption where his own daughters are concerned.
Yes, I'm concerned about the war in Iraq. Yes I'm concerned about climate change, man-made or otherwise. Yes, I worry about our national debt and the general state of our economy. But like so many other Americans, I worry most about our country's growing disregard for future citizens, both perfect and imperfect, who are deemed unworthy of life and discarded like garbage--simply because raising them calls for a type of parenthood not in keeping with the parenting fantasy we have conjured. Or because convenience, economic security, and status have become more coveted than life itself.
As for me, I'll side with life. I'm voting for McCain/Palin.

Posted by: Leigh | August 30, 2008 4:03 AM

AMSTERDAM and the rest of The Netherlands support OBAMA. We europeans don't want to deal with any of that Republican crap anymore. We are picking up the peaces. Damn it. Stay away!

Posted by: Dutchie | August 30, 2008 4:19 AM

Palin has more experience than Obama Biden Laden! Obama is evil and is pushing towards a New World Order, Sheeple you need to WAKE UP and realize that both of these parties work together. Our forefathers told us that the demise of our nation would be because of a two party system. Research information regarding the NWO and what they are striving for. These elite a-holes control our media and everything that revolves around us. Soon everyone will be implanted with an RFID chip from the Verichip company and if you do something wrong they just cut off your chip and you don't exist anymore. These people don't care about you! You are just sheep to them. Research all this and you will find out it is true, research HAARP and tell me that they don't control EVERYTHING! And Joe, your comment was more racist than anything, I am a white person but I am not voting for Obama bc he is black, I am not voting for him because he does nothing but FLIP FLOP on every statement he has ever made. He also supports partial life abortion! Research that! RON PAUL 2008 is our only chance.

Posted by: Brittney | August 30, 2008 4:26 AM

its so obvious Palin was chosen so the repulican campaign can scrape the bottom of the barrel for hillary supporters dead-set on voting for a woman.

its also obvious they are just playing catch-up on the whole minority candidate thing, to provde they can be "forward thinking" as well.

despite being a great patriot, john mccain has no business being in the white house. he is out too old and too out of touch. why are all you close-minded, evangelical republicans so scared of change. this country needs it, we are quickly losing our ground on the global stage as a result of the last 8 years, the economy is in the toilet, etc.

What more of a reason do you need for a changing of the guard?

Posted by: hugh | August 30, 2008 4:45 AM

I must say that I totally agree with the post from M Growmiller..This is an insult to women across America...We should be thinking about and picking the best qualified people to run this country.Not what race they happen to be or gender...Being a woman myself,,I cant understand any woman that isnt Pro-choice...

Courtney R..

Posted by: Courtney R | August 30, 2008 4:49 AM

Joe -
I am white 70 years old and guess what?
I am voting for Obama>

Most of the fellow old people I know are doing the same!
After Bush and the republicans rubber stamp congress
--cannot vote Republican anymore.>

Blows you theory>

Posted by: GHM | August 29, 2008 3:12 PM

GREAT TO HEAR!

Posted by: LEELEE | August 30, 2008 5:06 AM

What I'm waiting to find out is who takes care of the kids (and the baby) and why the oldest didn't pursue college?

Also, where has Ms. Palin traveled too? Looking at wikipedia, 90% of the population is either white or american indian and they don't even list Islamic as a religion that exists in the state.

I'm all for a woman being considered equally for the top position but does anyone seriously think this candidate can be President and resolve the many issues this country has?

It's sad that in this country people align themselves with a political party and then defend the party no matter what they do. I fear that no matter who is elected, there will be little cooperation to work as a team to move this country forward. I see little in the candidates we have to choose from to make me think otherwise.

Posted by: joe | August 30, 2008 5:11 AM

If older white voters are labeled being "racist" for not voting for Obama, what's the label when younger white voters do not vote for Obama? And for those of you who think that Lil Palin debating, Big Bad Biden, would be like a deer in the headlights, I recall seeing a picture of Palin having "bagged" a deer. Here's how I see it. Joe Biden pointed to his mother the other night and said she taught him to "bloody" the nose of the bully who beat you up. Since his mother's teachings, Joe has come to believe that he should never defend himself against a bully. His family & friends, should never defend themselves against a bully. And heaven forbid if this country were to ever defend itself against a bully. Thus, the reason, Obama chose him as a running mate, because he feels the exact same way. Joe's mother is ole school, make love and not war at any cost is the order of the day for Obama and Joe. If only Hitler knew then, what Joe and Obama know now. If only the 19 hijackers knew then, what Joe and Obama know now. Then again, when you have celebrities like Oprah, Ben & Jen, Kanye, Spike, and so many others foaming at the mouth because we FINALLY have a BLACK MAN! And blacks can FINALLY BE SOMEBODY! ...They'll know!

Posted by: Sparkle | August 30, 2008 5:28 AM

THE EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

I know that some of you don't like to read long drawn out missives...so here's the executive summary..... ....

Military Congress
John McCain 22 Years 26 Years

Barrack Obama 0 143 days

Just think how great a professional of any kind you could be with only 143 days of experience!! !

People want change so badly? . . . . maybe we should lower the experience requirement for doctors,
lawyers, airline pilots, etc. This would cause some change!

Obama's 143 Days of Senate Experience

Just how much Senate experience does Barack Obama have in terms of actual work days? Not
much.

From the time Barack Obama was sworn in as a United States Senator, to the time he announced he was forming a Presidential exploratory Committee, he logged 143 days of experience in the Senate.

That's how many days the Senate was actually in session and working.

The one single Senate committee that he headed never even met -- once.

After 143 days of work experience, Obama believed he was ready to be Commander In Chief, Leader of the Free World, and fill the shoes of Abraham Lincoln, FDR, JFK and Ronald Reagan.

Think about it.......143 days -- 20.4 weeks -- 4.7 months ...

Our children spend more time in pre-school getting ready for kindergarten.

Posted by: blindedbythesmoke | August 30, 2008 6:04 AM

It seems most of the comments about Palin are downright sexist! To infer that she was a bad pick because she is a women is down right vial and degrading.

She is the most popular Governor in the United States because she is well qualified in the executive position.

It is sad that many supporters of Obama simply dismiss her because she's a woman and choose to stay ignorant of her accomplishments.

Posted by: troubled | August 30, 2008 6:20 AM

If you have one that person that is smarter they don't need a whole lot of experience. Who is to say that a person with a lot of experience has the right experiences?

Come on, vote Obama bring an original thought back to Washington.

Posted by: Who's Your Obama? | August 30, 2008 6:41 AM

You learn from experiance. Just because someone is smart does NOT make them knowledgeable in every subject of life, especially running a country. I want a president who has years of experiance instead of someone who has just months. Sure McCain is old, but some of the most knowledgeable and most experianced people I have meet are "old".

Posted by: blindedbythesmoke | August 30, 2008 7:01 AM

Um, the race for the white house is just now officially beginning- once all the candidates, president AND vice-president, have been OFFICIALLY chosen. That said, it is insane and frightening how so many people are dead set/against one nominee or another based on little to no information that could actually be considered RELAVENT to being the leaders of our nation!!! I want to hear about concrete plans and stances on multiple issues facing our nation's future! Can any of us honestly say we have all of the facts from BOTH sides? NO!!! Empowerment stems from KNOWLEDGE. Now, based on speeches, interviews and, very importantly, the forthcoming debates, the nominees will have their chance to convince the American people where they stand and where they plan on taking us! But we need to be able to hear!

Posted by: Bud | August 30, 2008 7:10 AM

One of your writers wrote, "Either all the others were too conservative to appeal to the middle or too left of the fundamentalists base. The GOP is a party of extremes with no flexibility nor compromise."

Who is the #1 Liberal, Who is #3? Who is called a Maverick? (Look it up) Who is called a Reformer? Why dothey have those tags? Why did your own Leiberman endose McCain?

Enough about a heart beat away. Come up with something your candidate will do and stop attacking others.

Posted by: ed | August 30, 2008 7:27 AM

Wow, this sounds so much like the abuse of power we are seeing under the Bush/Cheney administration... this really would be four more years...

Posted by: Anonymous | August 30, 2008 7:28 AM

I'm shocked that people today would vote for a woman just because she is a woman, or a black man just because he is a black man. How about just looking at them as humans. How about voting for the person that has the best qualifications? Get off the idea that you must vote for someone because of their physical attributes, let's just vote for the best person out there. Also, keep in mind, no one will make everyone happy.

Posted by: concerned | August 30, 2008 7:47 AM

So now we have "race voters?" Wow, and I thought we only had people the voted based on parties and abortion. Since when does race have anything to do with the economy, foreign policy, or national defense? How is Obama going to change all this just by being black? I certainly don't believe that McCain can change anything by being white either. I'm so sick of hearing about whether we are going to have the first black president or the first female VP. People!!! Listen to the actual issues at hand and how each and every candidate is going to fix these problems. I know it's a lot of research, but if we can look on Yahoo! for information on a scandal that is irrelevant to the job at hand, we can look up certain candidates’ policies. Sure free health care and lower taxes sound amazing, but in actuality, what is that going to do to our national deficit? At the rate we are going we are going to be the first nation to file bankruptcy.
I'm also sick of hearing "it's time for a change." Quite honestly, I haven't heard one word about how we are going to imply these changes. No, I don't mean what the candidates are promising. I mean HOW we are going to afford equality for all without raising taxes. I want to see numbers, graphs, estimates about what is going to actually change. If politicians are going to leave us in the blind about how they are going to implement these changes, I seriously doubt that they are actually going to happen.
Well I guess that's about it for my morning rant.

Posted by: anc5421 | August 30, 2008 8:01 AM

If she's such a devoted "Hockey Mom", who's taking care of the kids for the next 4 years?

Posted by: Anonymous | August 30, 2008 8:08 AM

If Palin becomes vice president; then she will commit more ethics violations! Just listen to the way she speaks and acts. I was a Republican but this woman from Alaska that people like over there is quacked out! If she becomes Vice president; I'm moving out of the United States for four years. Guaranteed!

Posted by: Josh_of_the_south | August 30, 2008 8:11 AM

Palin is terrible news for America, very bad news! Why God Why?

Posted by: zookeeper | August 30, 2008 8:17 AM

McCain lost his marbles and some how picked up Palin from Alaska. There campaign is crashing and burning by now. More corruption in Washington if Palin is Vice president.

Posted by: RoosterRoast | August 30, 2008 8:27 AM

Simple question for the media to ask McCain: If Obama would have picked Hilary Clinton as his running mate, would you have still chosen Palin?

His answer should show his true intentions.

This VP pick reminds me of Bush's pick of Harriet Myers for Supreme Court.

Posted by: KB | August 30, 2008 8:47 AM

Why are people calling John Mccains pick an insult?? I thouht it was a smart move and a fresh face. This election is going to make history either way. People who want Obama are so caught up in the hype of having a first black president that they want to bash Sarah Palin like shes raining on their parade. Ask a democrat what Obamas policys are and i bet you would hear "Change".........Really??

Posted by: jmparts24 | August 30, 2008 8:54 AM

Just imagine, if have your company (if you don't) and were interviewing candidates to fill a critical vacancy and one candidate says “I have no idea what the job entails, but I am a hard worker”. Would you continue that interview or move on to the next candidate? Please watch/re-watch the video above, Governor Palin, in her own words said that she has NO idea what the office Vice President does. Are you sure she is a good pick???

Posted by: Anonymous | August 30, 2008 9:08 AM

This is all just hot air as it does not matter who McCain picks, his party is losing. When push comes to shove, there is no way the US is going to choose four more years of the same Bush led policies. THe US deserves a lot more than this. The world needs to remember once again that we are a strong , smart and kind nation - not the high school bullies with mixed results that we have become.

The history books will eventually put everything into perspective. From Florida basically deciding the last election - and the winner's brother being the Governor of said state to starting a war that raises the price of gas to astronomical levels and - low and behold, that being an industry that has fueled the Bush family and friends for years ... all sounds like a mystery novel of a banana republic.

Stopping Bush - term limits do that for us.
Stopping McCain - you can do that by voting for Obama.

Posted by: Waste of a Debate | August 30, 2008 9:10 AM

Folks,

Thanks so much for the entertainment.

The stupidity of the human race is on display here. Mark Twain would love it!

Posted by: Neanderthal | August 30, 2008 9:33 AM

ALL candidates for federal office 60 and over should be screened for Alzheimer's
ALL incumbents in federal office 70 and over should be screened for Alzheimer's

Posted by: Dem in Japan | August 30, 2008 9:38 AM

"They stubbornly cling on to racism while going to church."

What a ridiculous comment.

Posted by: T | August 30, 2008 9:42 AM

I really don't see how any of this is insulting to females. I for one like that he has picked a woman.

Posted by: Brandiii | August 30, 2008 9:46 AM

What kind of woman rips apart another woman for going back to work after giving birth? One that is NOT a feminist. You are just as bad as the men who scream we should all just be barefoot and pregnant! I think McCain showed us he is not one of those men who think that is all a woman is good for. I cried when Sarah Palin spoke of women's sufferage and how 100 years later, the Republicans nominated a woman to run for VP. No matter what, you have to be proud of that. We have come a long way baby!

Posted by: Voting for McCain/Palin 2. | August 30, 2008 9:50 AM

It is clear that McCain is trying to get the woman's vote. It is also a slap in the face to us if he thinks he will get our votes just because he picked a woman for his VP. People didn't vote for Hilary just because she was a woman, they voted for her for her experience and the job she has done. I think McCain realizes Barack Obama WILL become the next president and this was just a desperate move. I am a registered republican but I will be voting for Obama and crossing over to the Democrates for the first time in my life!

Posted by: Kelly from Indiana | August 30, 2008 9:58 AM

This is a little late in the game here, but hey KJH--i would love to see the source of your claim that 90% of all abortions are for 'convenience'. Oh, and about gays and minorities wanting 'special' rights? Since when is the right to marry, the right to equal employment opportunities, and the right to live without fear of harassment and physical violence 'special' rights? It's easy to pontificate so breezily when you are someone in the status quo 'sweet spot', isn't it?

Posted by: strato | August 30, 2008 10:04 AM

This is in response to Chris who stupidly believes black people would vote for anyone just because they are black. That has got to be one of the most idiotic & insulting statements I've ever heard. I can't speak for all black people which you tried to do in your comment, but I can speak for myself and my vote. Yes, I am supporting Barack Obama but not because he's black but because I believe he is the best choice to lead this country in a different direction. I also believe in a women's right to choose, gay & lesbian rights, gun control, ending a war that shouldn't haven't started in the first place, and how to get this country back on track econmonically after 8 years of a depressed economy. Let me put this in better perspective, I would not vote for Condelezza Rice if she was running for any elected office. I didn't support the appointment of Clarence Thomas either because I don't support their views. Yes, Barack's achievement is a historic moment but I am voting for him because we share many of the same beliefs. Chris - your comment is precisely why the Republicans miscalculated in thier choice for VP. They think they will reach Hillary supporters on the strict basis of her gender? Once again, how insulting. As Hillary explained very well in her own speech - if her supporters are really supporting the issues then there is no way they will support McCain-Palin. So next time, please don't devalue an entire race of people with such racist rhethoric.

Posted by: D. Smith | August 30, 2008 10:18 AM

This is in response to Chris who stupidly believes black people would vote for anyone just because they are black. That has got to be one of the most idiotic & insulting statements I've ever heard. I can't speak for all black people which you tried to do in your comment, but I can speak for myself and my vote. Yes, I am supporting Barack Obama but not because he's black but because I believe he is the best choice to lead this country in a different direction. I also believe in a women's right to choose, gay & lesbian rights, gun control, ending a war that shouldn't haven't started in the first place, and how to get this country back on track econmonically after 8 years of a depressed economy. Let me put this in better perspective, I would not vote for Condelezza Rice if she was running for any elected office. I didn't support the appointment of Clarence Thomas either because I don't support their views. Yes, Barack's achievement is a historic moment but I am voting for him because we share many of the same beliefs. Chris - your comment is precisely why the Republicans miscalculated in thier choice for VP. They think they will reach Hillary supporters on the strict basis of her gender? Once again, how insulting. As Hillary explained very well in her own speech - if her supporters are really supporting the issues then there is no way they will support McCain-Palin. So next time, please don't devalue an entire race of people with such racist rhethoric.

Posted by: Dawn | August 30, 2008 10:20 AM

I'm one of those "avid" church goers and will NEVER vote for McCain. This lady's voting for Barack as I feel it is time for a change. Having a Republican in office for the past 8 years has not changed anything that conservatives supposedly believe in.

Posted by: greatturtle | August 30, 2008 10:20 AM

Okay...so Where did Obama come up in this article?
The one thing I cannot stand is people saying that "other people won't vote for Obama because he's black!" when CLEARLY there are idiots everywhere who are voting for him ONLY because he is black. They know nothing of his lack of experience, chameleon like policy changes, his associations to terrorists and hate groups, and this vague, ambiguous "CHANGE!" that he keeps talking about. When I ask people why they'd vote for
Obama, a majority cannot quote one thing he plans on doing for this country. The rest say that they like his "change," but can quote me no further. They admit that they are voting for him because....he is black. (When he is just as much white as he is black? I don't get it.)
I am not a Republican or a racist...so before you start bashing me for that, know that I am also interracial, and I consider myself a free thinker. I don't easily fall for elegantly written speeches or articles.
I think Sarah Palin is an excellent choice.

Posted by: Kara | August 30, 2008 10:37 AM

Palin has commented numerous times that she planned to have a baby, carried out her term although she knew of its condition, and is now a mother of five with one child with Down's syndrome. Has anyone thought to question her moral judgement about trying to have a child at the age of 43-44??? It a very well known truth that the incidence of Down's Syndrome in infants becomes 50-60% after the age of 40.

Sorry, but it seems unfair to bring a child into this race that has special needs so that she can further her political stance and strengthen her "I'm a strong republican women who does the dishes and runs the country and doesn't take crap from anyone" image.

She also enjoys destroying our natural habitats and killing polar bears.

Posted by: Jenn | August 30, 2008 10:40 AM

Palin has commented numerous times that she planned to have a baby, carried out her term although she knew of its condition, and is now a mother of five with one child with Down's syndrome. Has anyone thought to question her moral judgement about trying to have a child at the age of 43-44??? It a very well known truth that the incidence of Down's Syndrome in infants becomes 50-60% after the age of 40.

Sorry, but it seems unfair to bring a child into this race that has special needs so that she can further her political stance and strengthen her "I'm a strong republican women who does the dishes and runs the country and doesn't take crap from anyone" image.

She also enjoys destroying our natural habitats and killing polar bears.

Posted by: Jenn | August 30, 2008 10:41 AM

So, John McCain picks a swimsuit model for his first wife, then becomes unhappy with her after her car wreck leaves her crippled and 5 inches shorter. Then he picks a woman half his age- a rich blonde debutante, has an affair with her, leaves the cripple and gets married. Now, he picks a former finalist for Miss Alaska for a VP. She's almost half his age, and she called Hillary a whiner during the primary.

This from a man who thinks rape jokes are funny and called Chelsea Clinton "ugly" when she was a teenager. I'm sure ALL Hillary's supporters will flock to him, he's a real peach, a real respecter of women.

I know that I have no choice but support Palin and McCain regardless of their policies. After all, aren't all women the same where it really counts to John McCain?

Posted by: Jennifer | August 30, 2008 10:46 AM

I hate hearing all this "first black president" junk. Obama is BIRACIAL. I am an Obama supporter and I feel like he should be referred to as what he is. That's what is wrong with this country. My biracial husband has to put "black" on his ID because he "looks" black. There are still some things where you have to choose what race you feel like being because there is not an option of two or more races.

Posted by: Kristen | August 30, 2008 10:48 AM

Obama is mixed if his skin was lighter he wouldnt have made it this far, as for experience would u rather have an inexperienced Pres or an inexperienced VP???

Posted by: irish | August 30, 2008 10:54 AM

I want to see her Naked!!!

Posted by: Bobo | August 30, 2008 10:58 AM

I keep reading about how Sarah Palin is a bad mother because she's running for veep. Sarah has a husband who is also the father of her children. What is wrong with him taking care of their children while she pursues a career? Women can do anything as well as men can do anything. History is being made this presidential election with Obama and Palin. It's an exciting time in America and I am glad my sons and daughters are old enough to witness it!

Posted by: hdc | August 30, 2008 11:00 AM

McCain’s choice of Sarah Palin as a VP running mate is certainly interesting, if not downright bizarre. And when it comes to the environment, she’s as backwards thinking as you can get.

In a recent interview with Newsmax magazine, she said she doesn’t believe that global warming is anthropogenic (caused by people), saying “I'm not one who would attribute it to being man-made.” Scientific evidence clearly calls into question her reasoning.

She’s against adding polar bears to the endangered species list, even though it is clearly evident that melting ice caused by global warming is causing thousands of polar bears to starve. She actually sued the federal government for listing polar bears as threatened under the Endangered Species Act.

She also supports opening up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) to oil drilling.
It just so happens that polar bears live in the refuse areas where she wants to drill, which would be quite inconvenient to the oil companies. She even admitted as much by saying, “We believe that listing polar bears as such is a significant threat to development, because most live on the North Slope.” Her justification for drilling in a wild area like the ANWR is that there is a “misperception is that this is a huge swath of pristine land, full of mountains and rivers and wildlife.” Obviously, in her mind, because the refuge doesn’t have mountains and rivers, it’s not worth keeping pristine. Certainly not when there is oil to be drilled and profits to be made.

Just like Bush, her answer to our energy crisis is more oil (and oil profits), regardless of the environmental consequences. It’s perplexing that for someone with five kids, she doesn’t seem to be concerned about their future in a world threatened by climate change and environmental destruction.

The League of Conservation Voters (LCV), whose mission it is to turn environmental values into national priorities, said of Palin, “Unfortunately, with her support for drilling in the Arctic Refuge and off our coasts, Governor Palin will simply continue the failed policies of the Bush-Cheney Administration and their Big Oil friends – policies that could make us even more dependent on foreign oil. This ticket now stands in even starker contrast to the visionary energy plan laid out by Senator Obama, which will create millions of new jobs, improve our national security, and reduce global warming pollution. Now more than ever, America is in need of real vision and leadership to bring us a new clean energy future, and the McCain-Palin ticket offers nothing of the sort.”

Together with McCain, who the LCV gave a score of zero for his environmental voting record in 2007, the McCain/Palin ticket is no friend of the environment, and anyone who cares about the environment. McCain sure picked a winner.

I don’t know about you, but I’ve had enough of Bush’s anti-environmental policies during the last 8 years. I can’t stand the thought of 4 more.

Posted by: Jerry | August 30, 2008 11:02 AM

One of the main issues that is being brought up seems to center around the right appearance to institute 'Change'. Being pro-change and aggressive about supporting this notion is not a liberal vs. republican issue, it is not a race or a gender, or a years of experience vs. none.

I am a white woman from an wealthy southern family and I am pro-change! Despite whether many of the policies needing change (education reform, universal health care, etc) will apply to me personally I want them to be readily available for ALL Americans.

I am curious about why people are republicans after the last 8 years. can we just discuss what was not accomplished, the constant scandals, the disappointments, and the total and utter bottoming out of our country? I am not 'liberal biased' - I, in fact, have done my own research as I realize Bush is not purely responsible for our state of affairs (blame many pres. before him too), but we need to institute DIFFERENT POLICIES TO HELP CIRCUMVENT MORE FAILURES!

THINK BEFORE YOU VOTE.

Posted by: Marybelle | August 30, 2008 11:09 AM

I can't believe that the democrats haven't jumped on the above interview!

She states that she doesn't know what a VP does? And she said this in July? WOW!

SCARY thought of her being in the Whitehouse!

Posted by: Lisa | August 30, 2008 11:10 AM

I can't believe that the democrats haven't jumped on the above interview!

She states that she doesn't know what a VP does? And she said this in July? WOW!

SCARY thought of her being in the Whitehouse!

Posted by: Lisa | August 30, 2008 11:11 AM

TO: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 3:09 PM
"Any of her friends bomb the Pentagon and the headquarters of the New York City Police Department like Obama's did?"


You're a very stupid, ignorant, coward (since you posted the comment as "anonymous"), and racist jerk. just because Obama's middle name is "Hussein" DOESN'T mean he's a terrorist! in fact, just because some people's name is hussein, mohammed, or whatever, it doesn't mean they're terrorists!!! respect others' beliefs-and that's what Obama is. His half sister is buddhist, his step-father is muslim, but NOT ONCE they forced him to disrespect each others' belief. his mother introduced him to various teachings of religions and beliefs (from Bible, the Upanishad, Koran, etc.) so that he wouldn't become an ignorant human being like you. i don't think you're intelligent enough to distinguish between extremists (which consist of small group of idiots being foolishly brainwashed by something that's not even true) and those who practiced their beliefs peacefully.

here's an intriguing question: we all know that Bin Laden is from Afghanistan - then why Bush attacked Irak? oh, FYI, all of those blabbers on WMD were just complete bull****. it's all about OIL! THERE YOU GO.

Posted by: emily | August 30, 2008 11:27 AM

Obama is a joke to this country, and most certainly stands no chance in winning this election. Whether it be his race or inexperience, he completely lacks the ability to be the president of the United States.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 30, 2008 11:28 AM

TO: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 3:09 PM
"Any of her friends bomb the Pentagon and the headquarters of the New York City Police Department like Obama's did?"


You're a very stupid, ignorant, coward (since you posted the comment as "anonymous"), and racist jerk. just because Obama's middle name is "Hussein" DOESN'T mean he's a terrorist! in fact, just because some people's name is hussein, mohammed, or whatever, it doesn't mean they're terrorists!!! respect others' beliefs-and that's what Obama is. His half sister is buddhist, his step-father is muslim, but NOT ONCE they forced him to disrespect each others' belief. his mother introduced him to various teachings of religions and beliefs (from Bible, the Upanishad, Koran, etc.) so that he wouldn't become an ignorant human being like you. i don't think you're intelligent enough to distinguish between extremists (which consist of small group of idiots being foolishly brainwashed by something that's not even true) and those who practiced their beliefs peacefully.

here's an intriguing question: we all know that Bin Laden is from Afghanistan - then why Bush attacked Irak? oh, FYI, all of those blabbers on WMD were just complete bull****. it's all about OIL! THERE YOU GO.

Posted by: emily | August 30, 2008 11:31 AM

TO: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 3:09 PM
"Any of her friends bomb the Pentagon and the headquarters of the New York City Police Department like Obama's did?"


You're a very stupid, ignorant, coward (since you posted the comment as "anonymous"), and racist jerk. just because Obama's middle name is "Hussein" DOESN'T mean he's a terrorist! in fact, just because some people's name is hussein, mohammed, or whatever, it doesn't mean they're terrorists!!! respect others' beliefs-and that's what Obama is. His half sister is buddhist, his step-father is muslim, but NOT ONCE they forced him to disrespect each others' belief. his mother introduced him to various teachings of religions and beliefs (from Bible, the Upanishad, Koran, etc.) so that he wouldn't become an ignorant human being like you. i don't think you're intelligent enough to distinguish between extremists (which consist of small group of idiots being foolishly brainwashed by something that's not even true) and those who practiced their beliefs peacefully.

here's an intriguing question: we all know that Bin Laden is from Afghanistan - then why Bush attacked Irak? oh, FYI, all of those blabbers on WMD were just complete bull****. it's all about OIL! THERE YOU GO.

Posted by: emily | August 30, 2008 11:36 AM

So she knows about a corrupt trooper who has done child abuse, illegal hunting, and threatened to kill members of her family... she can't do anything because of corrupt government officials. Then, she becomes his boss and fires him. I don't see the scandal here; I think most of us, in the same situation, would do the same time. As long as the trooper did what he's accused of doing, good riddance. I think it's a mistake for Sarah to try to pretend it's for something else. We all want crooked cops off the street (or tundra or wherever they may roam).

Posted by: Jeremy | August 30, 2008 11:37 AM

i do feel like mccain pick her because she is a woman and he thought that would win it for him and while im proud a woman has been put in that position she is a "heartbeat away" from being president, can she handle that. not even just because mccain is old but he could get in a damn car wreck! i think he was irresponsible in his choice. besides thinking 5 million is middle class! ha! i also cannot vote for anyone who thinks they should have control over my uterus if you are pro-life then never get an abortion but what does that have to do with anyone else. if abortions are illegal it will not stop them women will perform them on themselves and shady docs will do it on peoples dining room tables wow that sounds like moving back not forward

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

Ok, to Joe (at the top). Your saying only older white people are racist? You havent read Obama's tell-all books now have you?

Oh and on Palin. I was going to support her (because I had lived in Alaska for years *but before she was Governor*)... but after reading and learning her views, I disagree with her. Pumping oil out of land just sucks the land dry and causes damage... look at Oklahoma and Texas... dry and w/o nutrients that were always supposed to stay just that-nutrients. Any Alaskan would not want the beauty and nature of that land sucked dry for oil. She has her own agenda... and she is big on the oiling industry. I dont like her one bit.

Posted by: Mandi | August 30, 2008 11:53 AM

i do feel like mccain pick her because she is a woman and he thought that would win it for him and while im proud a woman has been put in that position she is a "heartbeat away" from being president, can she handle that. not even just because mccain is old but he could get in a damn car wreck! i think he was irresponsible in his choice. besides thinking 5 million is middle class! ha! i also cannot vote for anyone who thinks they should have control over my uterus if you are pro-life then never get an abortion but what does that have to do with anyone else. if abortions are illegal it will not stop them women will perform them on themselves and shady docs will do it on peoples dining room tables wow that sounds like moving back not forward and those of you who are commenting that its crazy to say she cant be a mother and vp shes not working at the local law office or something she is vp that is not just a job its a life commitment so yes that was poor judgement on her part made worse by the fact that she has a challenged child who will take care of him??? nannies??? lovely
OBAMA 08!!

Posted by: rachel | August 30, 2008 11:53 AM

To Chris, regarding the double standard that blacks will vote for who ever is black, I agree. I am an african american woman and the various comments i have heard about voting for Obama does have some racial undertones, and I could say it because I am black. I am pro Obama, but not because of the color of his skin, but because I feel we need a change.
I have heard so many boderline ignorant things, including, "Im not viting for Obama because, some one will assassinate him if he wins, why sentence the man to death, he already mad history" to "I just want to see a black man win, so I will vote for him." Its sad and its unfortunate and I hope people wake up.

May the best man win.

Posted by: Rebecca | August 30, 2008 11:56 AM

Ok, to Joe (at the top). Your saying only older white people are racist? You havent read Obama's tell-all books now have you?

Oh and on Palin. I was going to support her (because I had lived in Alaska for years *but before she was Governor*)... but after reading and learning her views, I disagree with her. Pumping oil out of land just sucks the land dry and causes damage... look at Oklahoma and Texas... dry and w/o nutrients that were always supposed to stay just that-nutrients. Any Alaskan would not want the beauty and nature of that land sucked dry for oil. She has her own agenda... and she is big on the oiling industry. I dont like her one bit.

Posted by: Mandi | August 30, 2008 11:57 AM

So she knows about a corrupt trooper who has done child abuse, illegal hunting, and threatened to kill members of her family... she can't do anything because of corrupt government officials. Then, she becomes his boss and fires him. I don't see the scandal here; I think most of us, in the same situation, would do the same time. As long as the trooper did what he's accused of doing, good riddance. I think it's a mistake for Sarah to try to pretend it's for something else. We all want crooked cops off the street (or tundra or wherever they may roam).

Posted by: Jeremy | August 30, 2008 12:01 PM

this just goes to show where the future of our nation might possibly end up. stupid decisions...isnt that what has plagued this country for 8 yrs

Posted by: Anonymous | August 30, 2008 12:02 PM

There was at least one person who said that "Black people" would vote for anyone who was Black. I'm Black and I gotta say that is one of the stupidest comments I've ever heard, but it says volumes about the guy who said it (Chris). I didn't want to vote for Jessie Jackson. I didn't want to vote for Al Sharpton(!). I want to vote for Obama. Why? Because he says a lot of stuff that makes sense. Because he actually has told IN DETAIL about his plans to turn this boat around (even though Republicans have ignored what he has said an opted instead to stand behind the "if-I-repeat-a-lie-enough-times-it-becomes-the-truth" school of politics). Now McCain has put a woman- ANY woman he could find on short notice (one phone call? That was his entire contact with her in this process. Good vetting)- on his ticket in a truly condescending move to women everywhere. He's saying "Sure she's under investigation and was prior to her nomination, but she's got a vagina, so women are gonna vote for her". Condescending. If women fall for it, my faith in the intelligence of Americans has died for good.
No one put Jessie or Al on the ticket because they were... well... UNQUALIFIED TO LEAD. Not "inexperienced". UNQUALIFIED. They lacked vision. They lacked plans. Sorry if that bothers the more bigotted among you, but it's true.
Palin is equally unqualified AND under BIPARTISAN investigation that is projected to last three more months. That puts it square in election time.

Yeah. Vote for that and tell me why.

Posted by: JaySBee | August 30, 2008 12:03 PM

It is very simple. The Republicans have picked a fresh but inexperienced person for the Vice Presidency. The Democrats have picked a fresh but inexperienced person for the Presidency. Sorry to all the posters on this chain but you simply and honestly cannot complain about Palin as a VP without then saying Obama is not qualified to be President as well.

Posted by: Robert | August 30, 2008 12:28 PM

Wow! Already the skeletons come out! I predict a rough advertising season between now and November.


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Posted by: jt | August 30, 2008 12:29 PM

I wanted to respond to the racist comment above. My grandmother who is WHITE and from a wealthy background who has always been a Republican is a COMPLETE Obama fan. She lives in an asisted living area where all they have is time to read and research. She says all the women she knows there are ready for OBAMA.

I on the other hand have never voted. I just wasn't motivated by the last two elections. My husband, his family, and others in mine are hard core Republicans. I however am a OBAMA supporter. I will definately vote and hope for the sake of our country and my children's future that others vote the same.

McCain has never been a fan. He is actually a scary looking old white man with what seems to me to be the same old same old. Then, he chooses this women who isn't even qualified to just say that he has a woman and change. He doesn't she is just his pawn and I can completely see through it. It makes me sick and hopefully people don't fall for it. I would have had more respect for him if he chose someone qualified woman/man heck he could have tried to convert Hilary and I would have respected him. Atleast she was qualified. Issues are important but UNITY is the defining reason I choose Barack. He inspires and brings people to the table for discussion to make the world and our country a better place for me, my family, and my CHILDREN!

Posted by: Gena | August 30, 2008 12:45 PM

i had no fear that mccain would win this race until now. obama gets a lot of air and press and his supporters are loud, but they are fewer than republican or conservative supporters. however, unfortunately, i'm afraid mccain sealed his fate by choosing a little-known woman as his running mate. she is a good personal pick, but i fear she won't be recognized as a good national pick. mccain failed to recognize his base, as shallow as it may seem.

Posted by: tracey274 | August 30, 2008 12:48 PM

If McCain drops dead of a heart attack, someone who was mayor of a small Alaskan town and governor for a few years will be President of the US. And detractors are worried about Obama's "lack" of national experience.

They have lost my vote - for the first time in 21 years I am going to vote for a Democrat.

Posted by: Republican woman | August 30, 2008 12:50 PM

I have laughed my way through most of these posts. What about policies? So many people are consumed with the race, age, and sex of the parties involved, but no one speaks of policies or what is important for our country. Palin may be inexperienced, but Obama is just as inexperienced if not more. I also think it is ridiculous for anyone to vote for a candidate based on race or sex. Personally, I research every detail I can before I make an "informed" decision.

I want to comment on one more thing. Someone posted earlier that we shouldn't vote for someone who had an affair and disrepected women. Didn't we do that when we elected Bill Clinton? I mean come on, think about what you say before you say it. I believe, if everyone would consider experience and look at both candidates' policies, there is only one choice for who should be the president. For the safety of our country, I believe McCain is the only choice. When it comes to this country, I believe McCain would do anything in his power to protect it. However, I don't know if Obama has the backbone or the experience to deal with any kind of big crisis. I just don't think he's ready!

Posted by: givemeabreak | August 30, 2008 12:51 PM

War, war, war. If there wasn't a war, McCain would have nothing to run on. His family is about war, and his whole life has been about war. But he isn't very good at it. He was obviously a bad pilot; he still thinks going into Vietnam and Iraq was a good idea, and he is obviously a bad choice for president.

Posted by: Martin W. Cole | August 30, 2008 12:52 PM

It is very pathetic to think a woman living in ALASKA running their government there honestly knows very much about the government on a national scale.

If John McCain actually wanted a shot at winning this election, he would have picked a Republican senator with experience in foreign policy. Just because she's a pretty face doesn't mean anything.

If you are one of those people on hear stating Obama is a terrorist and all this other trash, you are nothing better than those wrapped up in Obama's hype, you are just like the trash you talk about.

Posted by: Kristin | August 30, 2008 12:52 PM

I can't believe anyone can compare Palin to Obama when it comes to experience. \

You are trying to tell me that running the state government in Alaska is on the same plane as making the laws of this country?

Give me a break!

Posted by: Cath | August 30, 2008 12:57 PM

If the supporters of Palin point to her role as the of mother of 5 and how hard a job that is as proof that she can be the VP how is she going to juggle those responsibities with her VP duties? I mean if its that hard to raise 5 kids, how will she have the timeto handle her white house roll? Bottom line, comments like that hurt women more than they help. She simply doesnt have the experience to be the # 2.

Posted by: JustaThought | August 30, 2008 1:03 PM

"..Unfortunately, it is pretty clear that older white voters will not vote for Obama because he is black..."

I'm an older white voter from Ohio, who as a republican happily voted for J. Kenneth Blackwell in the last gubernatorial election, and never once thought about his race until someone accused me of racism for not being interested in the novice Obama. For you to smear older people as racist, when the candidate you present us has:

1.90 days of Senatorial experience. At that point he began his presidential run.

2. Che Guevara posters in his campaign headquarters.

3. 20 years of attendance at a church whose theology is based on Marxism.

4. been quoted as saying, "I fit in right away with all the marxist professors".

5. ties to a left-wing, marxist member of the Weather Underground (you're probably too young to understand the impact of this association) who actively (and still proudly) planted bombs at the Pentagon and attacked american police.

I have no interest in voting for this inexperienced, sophist, no-nothing, do-nothing empty suit regardless of his command of rhetoric and lovely speech making skills.

Someday a black man will be the President of the United States. Hopefully he will have a record of accomplishment, and will not be an arrogant, dishonest, egomaniacal meglomaniac. (which after Clinton and Kerry, I've seen enough of coming out of the Democratic party.)

***
"Such racist attitudes today are the sign of an underdeveloped nation such as China.."
**Great Point, Justin. Joe, while decrying racism is actually himself racist against the Chinese and East Europeans. That is hilarious.

And Biff...You hit the nail on the head.

I think if O.J. Sampson ran for President he would pull 60% of the black vote.

Posted by: jamman | August 30, 2008 1:14 PM

Is that all they have on her?? HA! Let's check into why Hillary had the whole travel department fired when she came into office. Let's look at why Barack Hussein Obama finds it ok to try and shut down a whole radio station because he doesn't like what they say!! Hello! free speech! Hussein is as dangerous as they come.

Posted by: Tami | August 30, 2008 1:24 PM

You know its very interesting with all the comments about Mc Cain and Palin. How about Obama he has his own little scandal going on also, less we forget his issues in Illinois. It should be interesting an intersting set of debates to come.
I am also in the notion that change for the sake of change is not good. Its just very interesting in a country of milk and honey we are never happy people. There are countries where they have 10% of what we have and the people are at least happy with what they have. We have become a society of whinners. That will follow anyone or anybody over the cliff just if they express they will change things. I have come to the feeling that this country has to have a few years of Republican rule then a few years of Democratic rule. Its almost as though this is predetermined before an election. Histroy has proved it if you check the political parties all the presidents came from. But the question is can Palin be successful? Why not? What does a president really do anyway? He rules by committee anyway, if he does not rule by committee I guess we could call him a dictator then, making decisions without talking it over first with another party.
Then there is the Vice President. The VP is a Turkey buzzard that circles incase the president is hurt or killed. But what else do they do? Funnerals? Weddings? smashing bottles on ships.? The VP is just a brides maid waiting to be a bride, thats all. Yes they are a heart attack way from being president, yes, but they are basically and always in training. Its funny because this is the only time we will ever discuss any sort of dicussion about the VP for the next four years otherwise no one really cares less who they are anyway. We have checks and balances to offset someone from doing something wrong, is that not one of the reasons why we have the congress and senate anyway?

Posted by: Hugo | August 30, 2008 1:24 PM

Genius.
McCain chose a candidate that is the so relatable. Poor Obama, you have been one up'd.
Sarah Parlin has more executive level experience as a governor than Obama does as a freshman senator. A freshman senator who has spent 2 of the last 3 years in office campaigning.
I am guessing that Obama's people are already getting messy trying to dig up some dirt on Parlin. Be careful about what attacks you make, you are walking a fine line.

Posted by: Proud Replubican | August 30, 2008 1:27 PM

Dear "Cath"

Obama, if you read his voting record you'll see HE HAS NONE. He ran for senator is 185 days into it...Palin has at least run a state and I must say quite successfully. Your right their experience is NOT on the same plain...she has much more than he does and she's not running for the top spot. Barack Hussein is DANGEROUS. He has no idea what he's doing....look at who he picked for VP...what an idiot!

Posted by: Tami | August 30, 2008 1:28 PM

Does this not PROVE exactly how much McCain is NOT in the right state of mind to be a Senator much less the next President! He only did this to take away the democratic votes that where going to Sen. Clinton by older white woman who would rather a woman than a black man...and shes governor of ALASKA what in the world does she know about helping to run a country???

Posted by: Tristan | August 30, 2008 1:35 PM

Anonymous the gutless wrote:

"Obama is a joke to this country, and most certainly stands no chance in winning this election. Whether it be his race or inexperience, he completely lacks the ability to be the president of the United States."

You seem to be suggesting that Obama's race affects his ability to be President. Wrong. Race has nothing to do with ability.

As a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Obama has been briefed on the major issues and the key players in foreign countries for years. As a member of the Homeland Security Committee he has been made aware of the big picture issues facing America, Obama has fought for Veterans while serving on the Veterans Affairs Committee. He represents a State with a population of over 12 million. His life story shows that he has consistently put others before himself. Governor Palin, on the other hand, was mayor of a town of 8500, became Governor of a State of 700 thousand, flip-flopped on the 398 million dollar bridge, used her office to try to fire a State Trooper who was in a custody battle with her younger sister--and then fired the head of the State Police when he resisted her demands. She is small-minded and vindictive.

Posted by: Paul | August 30, 2008 1:36 PM

I am voting for Barrack Hussein Osama. :(

Posted by: jayherls | August 30, 2008 1:43 PM

To Just a thought,

Odd that it disturbs you that a woman V.P. not be able to manage her job and a family, but you aren't disturbed by a man, Obama having both a job and young children. Democrats such as yourself are clearly sexist. It is also racist to vote for someone incompetent (only a short time post senatorial election he announces his presidential bid) simply because one parent was born and raised in Africa.

Posted by: Emma | August 30, 2008 1:51 PM

1. MY GOD, IS SHE OLD FASHIONED OR WHAT. Put your hair down girl and get a decent haircut. Glasses will not make you look smarter. (off the record)

2. She is a disgrace for all women, for NOT being pro-choice.

3. How can she love nature and allow oil drilling? Hypocrit.

4. To all of you who are comparing Obama's non-expierence: Kennedy did not have much experience, yet he did a great job.

5. It's not about being black or white. It's not about pattriotism. It's about how to get this country back on track and stimulating, inspiring and motivating people to serve this country and restoring the international political affairs.

Politics based on fear is out. Energizing Politics is in.

Posted by: Fashionista | August 30, 2008 1:52 PM

Betty Boop as commander-in-chief?

Posted by: BlackRaiser | August 30, 2008 2:02 PM

The country has already gone down the drain. Massive debt to foreigners, jobs going overseas by the million, factories closing and home foreclosures all over the place, crumbling bridges and levies, millions of kids going to school in trailers without access to up to date computers, murder rate 4.5 times higher than the world average, America used to lead the world in research and development, now it's falling behind (the chinese will graduate 30 million PhDs in science and mathematics in the next ten years). And we have a Vice-Presidential nominee who thinks we should teach Creationism in schools.

The once mighty US dollar is worth around half of what it was three years ago--which is a large part of why gas prices went so high.

Bush and Cheney have sent America on the road to decline, while making the richest richer and the middle-class poorer.

Obama and Biden have their work cut out for them.

Posted by: Paul | August 30, 2008 2:04 PM

Obama- is all that matters anyways
hes going to win by a land slide

Posted by: kim | August 30, 2008 2:07 PM

It is obvious that Ms. Palin sees the world very differently than how I see it.
Alaska does not have the diversity of opinion and cultures that metropolitan areas including Washington DC or Chicago whould have. My guess is that she also does not have an open mind to accepting other thought or ideas, judging from her statements.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 30, 2008 2:12 PM

This election will be picking the lesser of two evils. However, I will most likely vote McCain/Palin.

I am so sick of the race card being thrown down. It has nothing to do with the color of Obama's skin, he has no substance...PERIOD.

You will find scandal with most politicians, its a fact of life.

The minorities in this country need to get over their attitude of "I'm owed something by whites, feel sorry for me." Blah, blah, blah.

What we all need to bedoing is uniting together and wiping out those ****ing 15th Century savages of the Middle East.

Good luck everyone. Too bad Ross Pee-Rot didn't throw his Stetson back in the running...

Posted by: Liv | August 30, 2008 2:29 PM

Some examples of how she sees things differently:
From her statements, she sees guns as something you hunt moose with and not somthing pointed at your head when you were at an ATM and fearful of your life. Things appear to be one opinion fits all in her mind.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 30, 2008 2:32 PM

Joe: 2:53

You are exactly right saying the majority of the whites do not want a blank president.I certainly do not and I have to live through many more elections in my future.
The only, "change", I want from Obama is for him to change his address, such as to another country.

By now Obama has substantial income, you would think would know how behave professionally when milions are watching you punch knuckles w/ one in lieu of a, "high fine". It only appropriate, if someone hit a home-run, or with passing, definantely not on stage. What is next Obama, rap in the Oval Office?

Yes again, you are exactly right, I do not want a black president, at all, especially one with ZERO experience. Hypocrite for calling Paiin inexperienced. What is your malfunction? Seriously.

Most imporantly: I am sick and tired of making up for slavery, I had nothing to do with it, nor does anyone I know or have ever met, SUCK IT UP.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 30, 2008 2:37 PM

If Obama becomes president our country will become socialistic because he is a huge dumbass!!! He has no experience and it seems he is more interested in Hollywood than the election. Obama will be the next Jimmy Carter who was the worse president we ever had.
So Obama sucks and will ruin this country with his so-called "changes" hahaha he is a joke.

Posted by: Nobama '08 | August 30, 2008 2:38 PM

Re: SO FAR I SEE SHE IS A BAD MOTHER AND NO HILARY CLINTON.

The thing I've held against Ms Clinton is that she allowed her daughter to be subjected to a philandering father because of her own political ambition. Whether or not that was a wise choice at the time it cost her the VP slot with Senator OBama. Is there anyone here who would argue that Bill Clinton didn't destroy Hillary's chances to be either the presidential or VP nominee?

Did Mrs. Edwards choice to stump with her husband, when diagnosed with cancer, instead of staying home with her kids make her a bad mother? Did Hillary staying with Bill make her a good mother?

So don't be so concerned about Sarah Palin neglecting her baby...non of her other children appear neglected..and she and her husband will care for this darling child just fine...thank you. May I conclude that if truth be known I am grateful that Sarah Palin is no Hillary Clinton.

Posted by: crowelady | August 30, 2008 2:45 PM

Yesterday I was an Obama voter, but now I'm seriously considering a vote for McCain. Great pick.

I think some of Obama's 'supporters' are his worst enemies.

Posted by: CandyKay | August 29, 2008 4:29 PM

_________________________________________________

Name callers are the worst. One finger pointing out, the rest pointing back at self.

My guess is candy never was an Obama supporter! HA!

Posted by: Ursula | August 30, 2008 2:46 PM

My gosh, she doesn't even know what the VP does??? Great pick McCain.

Posted by: lana_mama | August 30, 2008 2:48 PM

Thursday, I was a McCain supporter. Former Romney supporter, but now, I am seriously considering Obama/Biden or sitting this one out.

The compelling DNC and the strange pick of Palin by McCain did it for me!!! What a poor choice

Posted by: justsayno | August 30, 2008 2:54 PM

CandyKay,

Surely you don't believe that we beleive you were ever voting for Obama.

Why some Rebublicns think the rest of the world doesn't have common sense is beyond me!!!

Posted by: lana_mama | August 30, 2008 2:57 PM

He is a major ddd

Posted by: chuck | August 30, 2008 3:10 PM

okay - another republican irony: so Sarah Palin has convictions when it comes to life, certainly something to be respected; but, as with most other social conservatives, the responsibility for said life ends when the little one starts breathing air - the infant she delivered three months ago won't even know its mother who has just embarked on a three month (heaven forbid 4-year term in DC) cross-country campaign. And what about mccain's tax cut promise - where does he propose spending cuts? how about from the already paltry benefits for the returning Iraq War vets - and from any future spending for maintaining infrastructure like roadways and bridges.

Posted by: dolly | August 30, 2008 3:15 PM

Whether or not Palin will be a good VP is not completely clear right now with all of her dirty laundry sure to come out. However, I strongly believe the real reason McCain chose her as his VP was a way to get female and family voters on his side as Palin's eldest son is in the army and her youngest son has down's syndrome. This is a repeat history of the cases in the UK with the Priministers Tony Blair and Gordon Brown, with this said the UK is suffering right now with the worst economy in 60 years. Overall, I think Obama is the best candidate for President because he is the person we can achieve change with. He is sincere and extremely motivating to improve in every way possible.

Posted by: TJM | August 30, 2008 3:17 PM

Whether or not Palin will be a good VP is not completely clear right now with all of her dirty laundry sure to come out. However, I strongly believe the real reason McCain chose her as his VP was a way to get female and family voters on his side as Palin's eldest son is in the army and her youngest son has down's syndrome. This is a repeat history of the cases in the UK with the Priministers Tony Blair and Gordon Brown, with this said the UK is suffering right now with the worst economy in 60 years. Overall, I think Obama is the best candidate for President because he is the person we can achieve change with. He is sincere and extremely motivating to improve in every way possible.

Posted by: TJM | August 30, 2008 3:17 PM

hard to decide how to vote this year;
communist or fascist............

obama might be the highest placed al queda sleeper agent in history.......

mccain might equal w. in craziness

hmmmmmmmmmmm which one?

Posted by: The voice | August 30, 2008 3:22 PM

The assertion that McCain has regained his "maverick" reputation for selecting Palin is as incorrect as it is illogical.

1. Palin is a pro-gun, anti-abortionist, creationist--she represents the most extreme wing of the Republican Party. As poster woman for the extremist, she embraces, rather than bucks republican ideology.

2. Palin, the Queen of Reformers hardly bucked her party by ending the Bridge to Nowhere Project. The pressure from Americans nationwide--republicans, democrats, independents, and libertarians—were downright angry about the pork-barrel project and demanded it stopped. Further, Alaska's republican leadership became a national disgrace over the project as it showed the republicans to be hypocrites on the issue of pork barrel waste. Ending the project was a way to restore the republicans waste. Rather than buck the Republican Party, Palin worked to restore its national image.

3. Palin, the Queen of Ethics is under investigation for abusing her gubernatorial powers to destroy the livelihood of her sister’s ex-husband. Palin initially denied any contact by her or her aides with the Public Safety Commissioner regarding the continued employment of her ex-brother in-law as a state trooper. However, after evidence surfaced to the contrary, Palin admitted her husband and various aides contacted the Commissioner and other administrators about firing her ex-brother in-law. Palin admitted more than two dozen phone calls were made by her aides; in addition, her husband personally met with the Public Safety Commissioner about firing her ex-brother in-law. When the Commissioner failed to fire the ex-brother in-law, Palin fired the Commissioner.

Palin is not a “breath of fresh air.” Palin is not an independent-minded republican. Quite the contrary, Palin is as hardcore republican as they come.

Posted by: Catherine | August 30, 2008 3:33 PM

Don't know if the VP pick by McCain is a good choise or not but it does show that McCain is going to choose who he decides and does not allow anyone else choose for him.
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so he picks someone he's met just once before in his life? if someone told me i could pick one person to be my golf partner, even tho' i do not know him, i would pick tiger woods. why? because of his skills, credentials, intelligence, etc. she has nothing.

Posted by: janet | August 30, 2008 3:35 PM

Horrible choice. For a man who, if victorious, will be the oldest president in history, the best choice would have been an experienced person who will be ready to lead our country. The drastic selection of a self proclaimed "maverick" shows McCain's lack of judgement and inability to follow his own motto, and "Put our country first." Assuming Joe Biden takes the right approach in the debates, his intelligence and experience, particularly in foreign policy, will allow him to make mincemeat of Palin.

Additionally, McCain's choice is an insult to American women because it shows his sexist opinion that voters will not be able to tell the difference between Hillary and Palin. Hillary voters would never accept living in a country where, if raped, they must keep the baby. They would never accept living in a country in which schools taught creation and public libraries were censored.

Thank you, John McCain, for making Obama's road to victory much easier!

OBAMA/BIDEN, '08!

Posted by: K | August 30, 2008 3:36 PM

If Obama had chosen Clinton he (Obama) would end up like Foster

Posted by: Priceml | August 30, 2008 3:36 PM

Funny when over 90% of blacks vote for Obama it isn't being racist. But, if even 60% of whites do not vote for him, they are all racists. Not because he has the most liberal voting record in the senate. Not because he will raise taxes to promote his socialist ideas. Oh no, must be because they are all racists. Silly liberals, someday I hope you get a clue!

Posted by: Michael | August 30, 2008 3:38 PM

Yesterday I was an Obama voter, but now I'm seriously considering a vote for McCain. Great pick.

I think some of Obama's 'supporters' are his worst enemies.

Posted by: CandyKay
***
i suppose it's great if you want someone who believes in creationism, is opposed to stem cell research, wants drilling in the arctic preserve and is anti-abortion. plus she's a mother of 5. one child, an infant, has a disability, so it's great that's she running all around trying to get elected vp.

Posted by: frieda406 | August 30, 2008 3:39 PM

Did you see the # of white people in the stadium last night? Get a clue in life buddy
***
well, i'm white and i'm voting for him and i have a clue that someone like you is a dumbbell. how about them apples?

Posted by: kay2 | August 30, 2008 3:42 PM

haha, i still think it's funny that she has a good bt more leadership experience than Obama.

Posted by: jay | August 30, 2008 3:52 PM

Did you see the # of white people in the stadium last night? Get a clue in life buddy
***
well, i'm white and i'm voting for him and i have a clue that someone like you is a dumbbell. how about them apples?

Posted by: kay2 | August 30, 2008 3:42 PM

Um Kay, who are you even talking to? "how about them apples? How original. you are sooo smart, how does anyone around you keep up? Good vote for him and shut-up.

Posted by: Blair | August 30, 2008 4:02 PM

I am offended that McCain thinks that being a woman is the only thing we care about..I am insulted by his desperate choice to attract female voters based on the sex of his canidate. Palin is NOT Hillary!

Obama/Biden '08!!!
No Way, No How, NO MCAIN!!

Posted by: Stacy | August 30, 2008 4:08 PM

Palin putting pressure to have her brother-in-law fired because he was tired of being repressed by his sister-in-law & divorced Palin's sister is abuse of power. She complains about it in others but uses it herself. Shame!

Palin sets women back to the Cold War of the 1950's. Wonder if she'll allow her daughters to be interviewed any time soon? And with the way they were raised, these are the children who eventually have the highest alcohol/drug problems because once they become adults, they run straight to freedom after years of being under such a strict thumb.

I'm waiting for her son to return from the Bush43 Wars. He'll be depressed, repressed and take drugs & alcohol. How will he fit back into Palin's society at home will be very interesting.

Kids do grow up and discover the truth . . . especially away from home. I'm thinking quarantine so he won't infect the girls with his talk of freedom, running away, and thoughts of suicide.

Posted by: Apres Ski | August 30, 2008 4:16 PM

My gosh, all that blablablablablabla.

She's boring. Energylevel of zero. McPain is what - in his 7th life? Also boring and a puppet from the richest.

It's time for a change. I don't want any more of that conservative crap. McSame, it's time for you to retire.
Go golfing with Bush, Condi and the rest. Palin,can't you understand that you're nothing more than a puppet on a string as well?

Let Obama and his team proof they can do it. Because THEY CAN!

Posted by: MeMyselfandI | August 30, 2008 4:16 PM

She welcomes the investigation, has made her career in politics one of fighting corruption and is being accused of this scandal by a disgruntled *gasp* "male".

I think Sen. McCain has made a genius pick for his running mate.

I wonder if all of those who only seem to comment upon Palin's appearance and his wifes beauty are threatened by attractive smart females.

Palin has been running Alaska, what has Obama ever done? I am a Chicagoan and I know exactly who he is....another corrupt politician produced by the Chicago machine. No thanks.

Posted by: Pamela | August 30, 2008 4:24 PM

For the first time in my life I truly am scared for this country. I was going to vote for McCain because of his experience and stances on national security. But now that he has chosen an inexperienced person from a heart beat away from the most powerful seat in the world am having second thoughts. Although I don't like obama I will vote for him because at least he has Biden if something happens to him. We have so many enemies and we cannot trust this 1 year governor. How will she deal with Putin's Russia or the crazy Islamic terrorists when she has zero foreign policy experience? People think clearly this time our country needs help and we must really USE our brain.

Posted by: Anna | August 30, 2008 4:31 PM

As a woman who is gay and will provably never have an abortion a woman like Palin is scary. I don't want another bible thumper who exposes and uses people of good faith to gather for their personal crusade of higher power which to me is clearly in Republican words "MONEY". I will not vote for McCain for the simple fact that another 8 years of our country going downhill is not the future I want for my nieces , brother's and sisters, and future generation's. I am a Hillary Clinton supporter and will vote for Obama. I'm so sick of Republican's exploiting 911 for their own political agenda. Where any of them there? Where any of these mid west paranoid, over weight, freaks there. No. I was there. I lived it. So don't you dare continue to evoke FEAR into people's lives. My generation needs to wake up. This isn't the Hills people, start thinking about our future. Oh and it's not cute to be a former beauty queen to be Vice President.

Posted by: Carolina | August 30, 2008 4:37 PM

I'm just calling in on this comment board from England.
I find it interesting that a good proportion of the pro-Republican comments show a distinct lack of observance to good grammar, punctuation and spelling.

Good luck America.

Posted by: Gemma Marchant | August 30, 2008 5:21 PM

Holy Smokes!

You elephants have given me a revelation! It's true, Obama is younger and less experienced than McCain - you know, I don't know why I didn't see it before! What we really need is ANOTHER OLD WHITE MAN running our country!!!

They've been doing a bang-up job! I mean, hell, only 232 years later a woman and a black man are running for executive office AT THE SAME TIME! Man, America is just a beacon of progress, equality and freedom!

Gosh, I'm just so excited for the next 200 years...I mean change in your own lifetime isn't just a pipe dream it's downright disconcerting! Let's just all take a drive to McDonalds in our Hummers and together we can cling desperately to our pitiful middle-class consumerism and backwards ideas! Maybe later we'll sit in our recliners and injest Ben and Jerry's through IV tubes and discuss how to impose our beliefs on everyone else while our Tivo plays on mute in the background!!!

I have an idea for new slogan! "We the People Staunchly Refuse Change! Just point us in the direction of the nearest shopping mall and put sBluetooth in our ears so we don't have to think about the fact that in 10 years our children won't have health insurance or jobs!!

Haha, I mean that is if they even have clean air to breathe!!

Awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: DonBito | August 30, 2008 5:27 PM

The WAY I look at it - no matter who is elected, Osama or McCain, we will STILL have a WHITE MAN as president!!!

YEA! Go, MCCAIN! Because YOUCAN!

Posted by: Holy Smokes II | August 30, 2008 5:29 PM

Abortion:

Don't you get it, legal or not it only effect the poor and middle class. The rich will just fly to another country and have an abortion.

It is only the misinformed that think this is a real issue. For fanatic evangelicals this is their biggest concern over the economy, the war...

Posted by: jd | August 30, 2008 5:48 PM

Underestimating the intelligence of the people you wish to govern doesn't make you smart - quite the opposite.

John McCain's politics are more transparent than Sarah Palin's pantyhose.

And no, choosing a woman as a VP is not forward thinking politics. It is simply another way that the Republican party has put their own self-interest before that of the country.

Republicans, this is an EPIC fail.

Obama/Biden '08

Posted by: Sarah Walsh | August 30, 2008 5:50 PM

HOW CAN PEOPLE EVEN THINK ABOUT THIS?!?!?!
DEMOCRATS FOREVER PLEASE.
FOR A WHILE AT LEAST.
REPUBLICANS ARE EVIL.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 30, 2008 5:56 PM

HOW CAN PEOPLE EVEN THINK ABOUT THIS?!?!?!
DEMOCRATS FOREVER PLEASE.
FOR A WHILE AT LEAST.
REPUBLICANS ARE EVIL.

Posted by: Sarah | August 30, 2008 5:57 PM

McCain scares me. And this woman scares me more. I don't believe a word they say.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 30, 2008 6:00 PM

McCain scares me. And this woman scares me more. I don't believe a word they say.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 30, 2008 6:01 PM

McCain scares me. And this woman scares me more. I don't believe a word they say.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 30, 2008 6:02 PM

Hi Gemma Marchant. Studies in our country have consistently shown that the college educated are overwhelmingly Democrat. That may explain the distinct lack of observance to good grammar, punctuation and spelling on the part of the Republican comments.

Posted by: Airborne | August 30, 2008 6:22 PM

MC Pain: you are lame!

Yes we can, Yes we can, Yes we can you sexy man!!!

Obama/Biden

Posted by: Shauna the cheerleader | August 30, 2008 6:45 PM

Why is everyone callind Obama the Black Canidate when his mother was as white as she could be!

Posted by: Pat | August 30, 2008 6:50 PM

I'm a 40 year old white male who has always been eager to see an African American nominee or a woman. This time around, my choice was Hillary Clinton, because I think she would be a better leader. And frankly, I'm appalled and sick of people referrig to Clinton supporters as racist. Because I see her as a better choice doesn't mean I am racially motivated and, I think, shows the narrow-mindedness of such accusers. Obama isn't right for the job and that's my opinion. This is a free country and I'm entitled to that opinion---and for the record, I'm certainly not voting for John McCain. This time around, we simply have poor choices from the two political parties.

Posted by: Daryl | August 30, 2008 7:53 PM

Who are we to judge Gov. Palin's ability to run as VP based on the fact that she has a family? Calling her a 'homemaker' who runs for governor is not fair. That should be a plus. I guess being a man with young children (Barack) is ok, because he has Michelle at home to take care of them? If this country was in so much better shape years ago, then perhaps ADOPTING THE VALUES that we USED TO HAVE might be a good idea. I think Gov. Palin has those values. Let's stop worrying about electing SHOWBOATERS and start watching the debates. Oh yeah, and why don't we all start PRAYING TO GOD every night. It might put some of you on the right track.

Posted by: BJackson | August 30, 2008 8:10 PM

To pick a female candidate over the more qualified male candidates like Tom Ridge and Mitt Romney seems reverse-sexist to me. Also, it seems like Sarah Palin was a rash, not fully vetted and investigated choice because rumors are surfacing that her infant son is really her teenage daughter's baby. It's sounding like a soap opera.

Posted by: Justjane | August 30, 2008 8:20 PM

This women has 5 children and one special needs....... She needs to be home taking care of them. All i want is to be a stay at home mom and I can't have biological children. There is no way she can run for office AND TAKE CARE OF HER FAMILY .

Posted by: Anonymous | August 30, 2008 8:39 PM

Cath, I'm not sure what you mean by "running the state government in Alaska is on the same plane as making the laws of this country?", but at least Palin has run something. Obama has done nothing. He has zero experience! He would not even be where he is if Jack Ryan hadn't have screwed up so badly! No one had even ever heard his name! I just think it is a HUGE mistake to elect a president with only 143 days of experience in the Senate. Oh, and just in case you need a refresher in how laws are made in the U.S., please visit this site http://bensguide.gpo.gov/3-5/lawmaking/example.html. I don't see the vice president anywhere on the page, so what laws do you think she will be making?

Posted by: givemeabreak | August 30, 2008 8:50 PM

Hey Post, until you spell words correctly, I'm not sure I can trust a word you say. Pull a Palin and fire your copy editor.

Posted by: Cheryl from Chicago | August 30, 2008 9:07 PM

...the only true candidate who can get our country back on track.
mccain is a joke. obama isn't ready.

Posted by: ron paul for president | August 30, 2008 9:09 PM

Hey gaypastor who said "Its a priviledge to see at least ONE party that respects the importance of women in REPRESENTATION and not simply support for women's issues. Great pick McCain!"

First of all. It is is abbreviated It's. Secondly, a woman who represents pro-life is no thinking woman. Perhaps if Palin knew a victim of sex crimes resulting in pregnancy she would see the importance of leading a pro-choice campaign. Shame on her.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 30, 2008 9:11 PM

That McCain chose someone who is under investigations, which could lead to impeachment says a lot about what he really thinks of the American people.

I doubt know of anyone with good judgement who in modern times who has chosen a running mate involved in an impeachable scandal.

Are they hoping that McCain will win and the investigations will be useless because then it will no longer be important? Or, is is that they are contemptuous of the public anyway and therefore nothing matters? Either way that is already good showing how how McCain will treat people with disdain and abuse power.

Posted by: Common Sense | August 30, 2008 9:42 PM

Hey jamman:

No one INCLUDING black people would EVER vote for OJ Simpson! The fact that you would actually think to say that, is REDICULOUS! Hopefully that was merely a sarcastic joke, however, don't quit your day job to enter Last Comic Standing as it was NOWHERE near being funny.

Posted by: boriqua032 | August 30, 2008 10:07 PM

I use to live in AK -not many folks know about this issue shameful as it is - so here is a bit more disturbing info about this VP candidate.

http://www.adn.com/wildlife/story/469720.html

Defenders of Wildlife Asks Judge to Shut Down Palin's Wolf Bounty Program

March 27, 2007 Contact(s) Tom Banks, (907) 276-9453 ext 1

Bounty Law Repealed in 1984 – Alaska Does Not Have Regulatory
Authority to Impose New Incentives

Anchorage, AK -- Today Defenders of Wildlife, the Alaska Wildlife Alliance and the Alaska Chapter of the Sierra Club asked the Alaska Superior Court to shut down Governor Palin's $150-per-wolf bounty program citing the fact that Alaska's bounty laws were repealed in 1984 and the State has no current legal authority to implement the bounties.

"The Governor is overstepping her legal authority by offering cash payments for each wolf killed by aerial gunners," stated Tom Banks, Defenders of Wildlife's Alaska Associate. "That's a bounty by anyone's standards regardless of what they call it."

Hoping to boost the number of wolves killed this year by permitees, Palin announced the state would pay $150 for each kill. According to an Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) news release, the bounty was instituted to "motivate permittees to redouble their efforts and to help offset the high cost of aviation fuel, ADF&G will offer cash payments to those who return biological specimens to the department."
The state's press release, issued last Wednesday, indicates that
"Permittees will be paid $150 when they bring in the left forelegs of wolves taken from any of several designated control areas."

"Governor Palin needs to take a close look at wildlife management practice in her state and restore the use of sound science," concludes Banks. "She said would heed the will of the public, but it's increasingly clear she's only listening to that segment that is
willing to sacrifice Alaska's natural heritage for the benefit of a
few."

The judge is expected to make a decision fairly quickly.

Defenders and the co-plaintiffs expressed an additional concern that the bounty offered by the State will encourage the illegal killing of wolves outside the control area.

Defenders of Wildlife is represented by Mike Frank of Trustees for Alaska, a public interest law firm, and Valerie Brown, an Anchorage attorney in private practice.

http://www.defenders.org/newsroom/press_releases_folder/2007/03_27_2007_judge_asked_to_shut_down_wolf_bounty_program.php

Posted by: marlo | August 30, 2008 10:10 PM

Anyone that says this is a brilliant move is one of two things: a man, or a Republican.

Obviously, Palin was chosen because she is a woman, and McCain's camp is trying to woo the disillusioned Hillary followers.

That's a real insult to the female gender, guys. A real insult.

Let's just pick a woman....that seems to be what the consensus was here. It doesn't matter that she's completely ill-qualified, it just matters that she's a woman.

Seriously.

I could see and highly respect a decision like Kay Bailey Hutchison (who may have actually been asked and said no - she was reported to have said she wouldn't run if asked), but to go to the bottom of the barrel - are Republican women in office that bad? Seriously - this is nothing more than a trophy wife at this point.

First off - she has NO NATIONAL experience. Nothing. Regardless of her potential, she has no more experience than governing one of the least populated states in the country....for a year and a half. She's made no decisions higher than a local/state decision. How can an informed voter even consider this decision? Honestly? She has NO TRACK RECORD on about 100% of what is relevant on a national scale.

Second - her being appointed, at such a young age and with even less experience than Obama, completely negates the number one argument that Republicans have against Obama. Seriously - that is their biggest argument. And they just chose a running mate with even fewer qualifications and experience? Talk about shooting yourself in the foot.

Third - the "heartbeat" away from Presidency isn't an indication of McCain's age. It is a reality. Every Vice President is a heartbeat away from being Commander in Chief. If anything happens to McCain, she's it. That's not a cheap shot from the Democratic Party, it's very common phrase when referring to the President's and Vice President's relation to each other.

When I first heard of this appointment, I thought it was a joke. I really did. But wow, I see it isn't now. And I'm scared sh!tless - not because I'm afraid he will win, but because this is the decision of someone who is one of 2 people campaigning to run this country.

Posted by: Melissa | August 30, 2008 10:19 PM

why does everyone continue to label osama as black when he is white and black? oh that's right, b/c if we labeled him black, he'd get no special preference.

i hate being in the minority (white)!

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

Bottom line... This is history. Either a HALF black man will be president or we will have a woman as VP. Whatever happens, we will be making history in this country. That being said, VOTE OBAMA. My god, can you imagine McCain leading this country? I have to curl up and put myself to bed right now thinking of that. I'm sick to my stomach.

Posted by: Jon | August 31, 2008 12:25 AM

McCain's pick shows that if they are elected, that we're in for more of the same. Same old tired politics that have seriously hurt the middle class, same old tired policies of not keeping our promise to our veterans. I'm a vet and there is no way I'm voting for someone who doesn't respect me as McCain's voting record with regard to the military and vets shows... I respect his service when will he respect mine?

No respect for my ability as a woman to have the government stay out of decisions affecting my body and my future. Fix the economy, support contraceptives, bring our heroes home, and STOP exporting American jobs. The republicans claim to be such patriots, if they were they would help create opportunities for Americans to archive their dreams and they would help stop companies from leaving our country and taking their jobs with them.

OBAMA BIDEN 2008

Posted by: Sunni | August 31, 2008 12:28 AM

Now Webster can add a new term to the dictionay, "VPILF"

Posted by: Anonymous | August 31, 2008 12:39 AM

Kudos, Melissa! You share the same thoughts and fears as I, it seems.

It's blasphemous to hope/bank on Palin being a woman will alter the course of displaced Hillary supporters to their side. Other than a vagina and having a child(ren), these women have NOTHING in common. This is just an insult to a Hillary supporter's ideals, dreams and hopes to consider they'll just flip flop to the otherside.

Palin's a gunslinging-pro-death sentence-anti-gay marriage-Pro-Lifer. Basic run of the mill conservative views, really. But what's the rest of her public stances? At least we know where Biden stands on the issues. At this stage in the game, we should be well versed of each VP candidates ideas.

Heck, I even wonder when McCain's going to know for himself, just exactly who Sarah Palin is.

Posted by: Kehaulani | August 31, 2008 12:58 AM

The ignorance is astounding.

All this energy be useful is you'd stop typing and enlighten yourselves.

Barr/Root

Posted by: LLI | August 31, 2008 1:04 AM

@ Holy Smokes II:
" YEA! Go, MCCAIN! Because YOUCAN!"

That doesn't rhyme, so cut it.
More importantly: " WE CAN" cannot be claimed by the Republicans: we've seen enough of WE CAN'T !!!!

Posted by: Lisa | August 31, 2008 1:10 AM

Fully agree with you Kehaulani!

And no: Mc Cain doesn't know who Palin is. He liked her old fashioned, conservative looks.

Posted by: Oprah | August 31, 2008 1:16 AM

I find his pick interesting, and maybe Maverick. However, it seems insulting to all the other Republican women Governors, Senators and Representatives that have worked many years to get the experience to lead and that are far more qualified to be VP. If he wanted a women why did he not pick from a better qualified group of women?

Posted by: renato | August 31, 2008 1:41 AM

Sarah is a hot milf. vote McCain '08!

Posted by: Dave F | August 31, 2008 2:14 AM

Dear HILLARY ONLY:

Hillary as the gold standard for motherhood??!!?? Poor deluded soul...

Posted by: Smart Voter | August 31, 2008 2:35 AM

even though i'm a republican, and mother of three girls, i'm note sure i'll give my vote to place this woman as our next vp, one who went back to work three days after her baby was born, a baby whom was born with down syndrome and needs the mother's attention more than her personal fame....... this is just outrageous... if she doesn't care for her kids well being what makes us thing she'll care of the country's well being????

Posted by: mother-of-three | August 31, 2008 2:45 AM

I feel that the only reason why MCcain is choosing a women VP is because he is trying to get woman to vote for him. Its nothing but a ploy to get votes. I mean we have no idea who this lady is and never heard of her so how would it help anyway. He is just scared because Obama has Hilary Clinton backing him up and Mccain doesn't. I would have liked to see Hilary Clinton as president, our first female president but I like the idea of our first African American president too. Hopefully he can bring the people of this country together and show that it doesn't matter what color your skin is but who you are as an individual. And hopefully if he does become president, all racial problems will end even though it will still take some time.

Posted by: i'm voting for obama | August 31, 2008 3:46 AM

I feel that the only reason why MCcain is choosing a women VP is because he is trying to get woman to vote for him. Its nothing but a ploy to get votes. I mean we have no idea who this lady is and never heard of her so how would it help anyway. He is just scared because Obama has Hilary Clinton backing him up and Mccain doesn't. I would have liked to see Hilary Clinton as president, our first female president but I like the idea of our first African American president too. Hopefully he can bring the people of this country together and show that it doesn't matter what color your skin is but who you are as an individual. And hopefully if he does become president, all racial problems will end even though it will still take some time.

Posted by: i'm voting for obama | August 31, 2008 3:49 AM

I feel that the only reason why MCcain is choosing a women VP is because he is trying to get woman to vote for him. Its nothing but a ploy to get votes. I mean we have no idea who this lady is and never heard of her so how would it help anyway. He is just scared because Obama has Hilary Clinton backing him up and Mccain doesn't. I would have liked to see Hilary Clinton as president, our first female president but I like the idea of our first African American president too. Hopefully he can bring the people of this country together and show that it doesn't matter what color your skin is but who you are as an individual. And hopefully if he does become president, all racial problems will end even though it will still take some time.

Posted by: i'm voting for obama | August 31, 2008 3:50 AM

I feel that the only reason why MCcain is choosing a women VP is because he is trying to get woman to vote for him. Its nothing but a ploy to get votes. I mean we have no idea who this lady is and never heard of her so how would it help anyway. He is just scared because Obama has Hilary Clinton backing him up and Mccain doesn't. I would have liked to see Hilary Clinton as president, our first female president but I like the idea of our first African American president too. Hopefully he can bring the people of this country together and show that it doesn't matter what color your skin is but who you are as an individual. And hopefully if he does become president, all racial problems will end even though it will still take some time.

Posted by: i'm voting for obama | August 31, 2008 3:51 AM

DEMS STILL SEARCHING FOR BALLS AFTER MCCAIN'S HOLE IN ONE...

Posted by: Anonymous | August 31, 2008 5:03 AM

Yesterday I was an Obama voter, but now I'm seriously considering a vote for McCain. Great pick.

I think some of Obama's 'supporters' are his worst enemies.

Posted by: CandyKay
***
i suppose it's great if you want someone who believes in creationism, is opposed to stem cell research, wants drilling in the arctic preserve and is anti-abortion. plus she's a mother of 5. one child, an infant, has a disability, so it's great that's she running all around trying to get elected vp.


Posted by: frieda406 | August 30, 2008 3:39 PM

Stem Cell research will be unheard of under Obama's healthcare reform plan, as "controversial" treatments will not be covered. Failing public schools, failing medicare system, failing borders...do we really want the government in charge of our healthcare? Wake up America!!!

Posted by: Democrat who must vote Republican | August 31, 2008 5:19 AM

I love how this article forgets to mention that Wooten actually tasered his 11 year old stepson and only got a 5 day suspension from work for the incident. Would you really want this person protecting you?

Posted by: Kathleen | August 31, 2008 8:33 AM

It's a real shame that many Black voters will only vote for Obama because he is black and overlook the important issues altogether.

Posted by: Patrick Bateman | August 31, 2008 8:54 AM

Tami - Shame on you to push the same agenda as those crazy right wing conservatives who are trying to scare voters into voting for McCain. Your constant references to his name is ridiculous & ignorant.

What is so perplexing to me is how anyone could want 4 more years of what we've experienced in the last 8 years. We were lied to regarding the war, our economy is in shambles, the rest of the world hates us, and we are no safer than we were 7 years ago when our world was forever changed with 9/11. And Maverick McCain has buckled to pressure in his own party to appease the evangicals because he can't win without them.

Posted by: Dawn | August 31, 2008 9:02 AM

I would much rather see McCain and Palin in the White House. I am quite sure that there are skeletons in most politicians' closets, and I assume that Obama and Biden are no exception. I am also quite sure that the media can sensationalize even the most innocent situation to make it appear as pure scandal.

Posted by: Rachel | August 31, 2008 9:10 AM

Patrick, I've already addressed this issue once but I will address it again because your comments are so insulting. As an African-American women, I am voting for Barack based on the issues - I am a pro-choice liberal who believes in a woman's right to choose. I also believe in universal healthcare, gay/lesbian rights, gun control, etc. I did not support the appointment of Clarence Thomas and I would not vote for Condeleeza Rice if she ran for any elected office because I don't agree with her views. And last I checked they were both black.

Posted by: Dawn | August 31, 2008 9:14 AM

There are many voters in America who still don't know who Joe Biden & Sarah Palin are. So preaching all of this "hate/dislike" for either candidate is worthless because it just comes from political boundaries, and most people are speaking with a clenched fist toward the other party, rather than an open mind.

Why don't we as Americans worry more about running our own lives, than worrying about which of these candidates will run our lives. I for one, have created a wonderful life for my family by working hard everyday ... and it didn't matter who was president.

A president's job is to "Protect & Defend the constitution of the United States of America." Not to tell Americans how to live their own lives.

Remember ... Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

Live your life, cherish your liberty, and find happiness in everything you do.

Vote your conscience in '08 ... and live your life to the fullest.

Posted by: A Voter | August 31, 2008 10:03 AM

There are many voters in America who still don't know who Joe Biden & Sarah Palin are. So preaching all of this "hate/dislike" for either candidate is worthless because it just comes from political boundaries, and most people are speaking with a clenched fist toward the other party, rather than an open mind.

Why don't we as Americans worry more about running our own lives, than worrying about which of these candidates will run our lives. I for one, have created a wonderful life for my family by working hard everyday ... and it didn't matter who was president.

A president's job is to "Protect & Defend the constitution of the United States of America." Not to tell Americans how to live their own lives.

Remember ... Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

Live your life, cherish your liberty, and find happiness in everything you do.

Vote your conscience in '08 ... and live your life to the fullest.

Posted by: A Voter | August 31, 2008 10:05 AM

I don't understand how any of you could want the government running our lives. Have any of you been to a DMV? I had to wait over FOUR HOURS to get my license! Could you imagine a hospital system like that? And distribution of wealth to make everyone equal is another horrible idea. I am all for donating to charities and helping the less fortunate, as I go on mission trips and work in the church often. But don't I have a right to decide what charities I wan t to donate to instead of having the government take my hard earned money away and give it to something I don't believe in?

Obviously democrats are worried about the VP pick because Palin is such a great choice. The Republican party was celebrating the choice of Biden!

Posted by: NObama!!! | August 31, 2008 11:30 AM

you people should stop drinking the Kool Aid, wake up and realize all the empty promises made in speeches to romanticize you about how the government will fill the empty void in your lives!! Obama hasn't even run a lemonade stand, and biden has polled 1% during his illustrious runs for the oval office....great speeches do not equal great leaders!!!!

Posted by: billy | August 31, 2008 11:40 AM

Everyone seems upset that Paulin "doesn't have the experience." However, don't Obama and Paulin pretty much have the same qualifications? Both have been in their positions for 2 years... I am simply confused by the Obama supporters stating McCain's VP choice does not have the resume for the job. We are not voting for HER to be the Commander in Chief at this point... however, those that ARE voting for Obama are simply putting a man in office with no experience and qualifications to effectively lead our country.

Posted by: Confused | August 31, 2008 12:00 PM

If the anonymous commentator who wrote, "Any of her friends bomb the Pentagon and the headquarters of the New York City Police Department like Obama's did?" was implying that because Senator Obama's stepfather was an Indonesian Muslim and this, somehow, associates Obama with the criminals who carried out the attacks on the World Trade Center, than I suppose by the same logic we can hold Governor Palin's friends responsible for the Oklahoma City bombings. Please, let's stop spreading silly lies and implications and debate the issues.

Posted by: Emersonhaditright | August 31, 2008 12:01 PM

I'm white and a former member of Trinity -- It's NOT a racist church!!!!!!!! I hate when people, who have never stepped into the church decide to label it racist because of some soundbites that CNN, FOX or MSNBC decide to air out of context. You people need to research what liberation theology really means, before calling something racist.

Posted by: Peter | August 31, 2008 12:13 PM

Interesting how everyone questions Gov. Palin's experience seeing that she is the only person to hold an elected executive office on either ticket. Neither McCain, Obama, or Biden have ever held an executive post. As Senators, they are more like lobbyists. They may meet with head of state, but essiently, they can only draft legislation and lobby their colleagues for their vote. Also, if McCain were to pass away during a second term, then VP Palin would have 4 plus years of additional executive experience to fall back on.

Now, with that being said, hopefully no one will vote for the Republican ticket just because a women is on it. Just like, hopefully, no one would vote for the Democrat's ticket just because an African American is on it. Be involved and find out where the canidates stand on the issues that matter to you. Come election day vote for who you think will best serve the need of the United States.

Posted by: cksteps | August 31, 2008 12:49 PM

Apparently no one in McCain's camp has learned to Google. Stuff is popping up about this woman like prarie dogs at a kids zoo.

Not good people...

Posted by: Learn to Google | August 31, 2008 1:19 PM

Posted by: hmmm | August 31, 2008 1:34 PM

Holy questionable ethics, Batman! When I found this story, I just assumed it was talking about this story, but was surprised to see that there was already a more reputable story about her.

Posted by: Matt Barbot | August 31, 2008 2:35 PM

I don't see what the big deal is. Honestly, who wouldn't try to get their little sisters ex-husband fired? I don't know many that wouldn't if it was a rough break up, man or woman. If it even really happened like that.
I love how everyone is making such a big deal out of her being an attractive woman. Regardless of McCain's reason for choosing her, you should look at her accomplishments and if you think she could handle the job. Not voting for McCain because of Palin being an attractive woman is the same as anyone not voting for Obama because he's black. This isn't about that. Hell, this isn't even about republican vs. democrat. Our founding fathers didn't intend on us having all this crap about choosing a president. We are a democracy so we can choose a person (Not a male/female, black/white), just a person who we think could do the job the best. You guys are so caught up in the smoke and mirrors of politicans its unbelievable. Most of you are just talking out of you ass because of your own prejustice, or pretending to lack a prejustice by hooraying for Obama. I am so sick of everyone just jumping on bandwagons. Everyone of us should sit down, research each canidate, and make a decision based on that-- a educated decision. Otherwise you are all just idiots pretending to know what you're talking about.
I personally, have not chosen who I will vote for yet. I haven't enough research yet.
And you old, ugly hens, stop bashing this woman. This is politics, not your stupid beauty parlor or church.
And for the men, don't take away from this woman because you're jealous. We all knew a woman was going to have to run eventually. Its a bonus if shes attractive, but definately not something to judge her about.
Sorry, I did not have time to proofread this, you understand what I am saying.
Shame on you all.

Posted by: Erica | August 31, 2008 2:59 PM

This has nothing to do with her capacity to be a worthy VP. Do you all like giving your money to our corrupt government? Wealth redistribution to line the pockets of millionaires? Obama is just going to take more, and create more heartache for this counrty, ending this war jsut to begin another one. If you want to be ruled by your government and have your constitutional rights taken away, by all means vote for Obama. Just know that my vote and many others will cancell yours. I say good luck to you! May the best man win! Peace and I'm out!

Posted by: The Clear Path | August 31, 2008 3:25 PM

Reading these posts mostly irritate the fire out of me. These morons who will vote for Obama will be the downfall of our country. This is a man who will not say the pledge of allegience/put his hand over his heart nor wear an American Flag pin. My son serves in the United States Marine Corps to protect idiots - how can service men respect such a unpatriotic Chief of Staff. Shame on ignorance

Posted by: older woman | August 31, 2008 4:24 PM

I am amazed by how many of you are so incredibly ignorant regarding McCain's choice of Sarah Palin for V.P.

She is a breath of fresh air! And, she is certainly NOT a "replacement" for Hillary Clinton -their views are different and Palin is not a part of the "good ol' boy" network in Washington like Clinton is.

In fact, within her first year in office she took it upon herself to take down the corrupt Republican establishment in her state resulting in firings and even jail time, and worked closely with liberal Democrats.

She also refused to bow-down to the powerful oil industry; instead she implemented a tax increase on oil company profits that now has Alaska's state's treasury swelling. The oil company taxes brought in an estimated $6 Billion last year to Alaska, which helped her win legislative approval for a special $1,200 payment to every Alaskan to help pay for high energy prices.

She supports drilling for oil in Alaska. We can get a substantial amount of oil from a small area in the Arctic National Wildlife preserve (the size of LAX) that is 800 miles away from the protected Polar Bears.

She is well aware Global Warming (she does live in Alaska!) and promotes the conservation and efficient recovery of domestic oil and natural gas resources while protecting health, safety and the environment.

Then there is the issue of her having 5 children and their needs, especially her son with Down Syndrome. Her oldest are 18, 17, and 14- her 18 year-old-son is a member of the United States Military and about to be deployed to Iraq. The younger ones are 7 and 4 months. Obama has children too. Did you all forget that Sarah Palin has a HUSBAND?! Don't be ignorant, he can take a lot off of her plate and raise their children while she helps fix our country.

I do admit that I wish they were pro-life and agreed with same sex marriage; however, McCain has said if he over-turned Roe v Wade he would put it into the hands of each state to decide. He said the same with same-sex marriage which is where we are anyway. And, let's be realistic, no Republican President has ever tried to over-turn Roe v Wade (1973) despite their personal opinions and there have been 5 in office since the ruling for a total of 29 years.(Nixon, Ford, Reagan, Bush, Bush).

In addition, she is not exactly inexperienced she has spent 13 years in elected office and is running for V.P. not President, and Palin's approval ratings have ranged from 79 to 86 percent. That's impressive!

Also, in regards to McCain's age: 9 of our 43 Presidents were in their 60's when elected into office including our 2nd President John Adams and Ronald Reagan who was 69. And no, none of them died in office!

Aren't we all looking for change and progress in America? We have a black man running for President and a woman running for V.P. You should be ashamed by not embracing Palin and our country's progress regardless of who is getting your vote!!

Posted by: Anonymous | August 31, 2008 4:33 PM

Here's what McCain is hoping for, that "disaffected" Hillary voters will say, "Oooh, she has breasts. I have breasts! Wow, I'll vote for her!"

Get real, McCain. You blew it. You promisted to pick someone who would work side-by-side with you and could take over the presidency on day one. You missed the target by a mile with this chick. And yes, I can say chick, because I'm female. The old man has completely lost his mind. I guess the stats that 22% of people over 70 have Alzheimer's was a bit off, because now they have to count McCain.

Oh, and in answer to "The Clear Path" who says Democrats take money from the poor to give to the rich...wow, buddy, you have that exactly backwards. Economic growth and shared prosperity are the hallmarks of Democractic presidencies. Increased homelessness, widening of the gap between the wealthy and the poor, foreign ownership of our businesses and jobs shipped overseas are hallmarks of republican administrations. I'm voting for Obama.

Good greif.

Posted by: Unbelievable | August 31, 2008 4:36 PM

John McCain used extremely poor judgment when he chose Sarah Palin as a VP running mate. In part, he is betting on Hilary supporters to be dumb enough to vote for a woman, any woman,as a substitute for Hilary. What an insult to women everywhere. In addition, the ethics scandal brewing around Palin, and the fact that there are actual tapes that strongly implicate her in the firing of Monegan, are going to hurt McCain's candidacy. Can't say I'm sorry about that.

Posted by: searcher | August 31, 2008 4:43 PM

I don't really have an opinion on McCain's pick of Sarah Palin......I am concerned that so many people will vote for Obama for superficial reasons.....I don't care if he is black.....JC Watts, Colin Powell, Condi Rice are all people I would consider voting for because of their views. Obama is wrong for this nation because he will push us that much closer to a socialist society. Whatever happened to taking care and responsibility for yourself?

And, I am still waiting for someone to tell what change the O Man is bringing that I should believe in....Haven't heard it yet.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 31, 2008 4:48 PM

Ok, this lady thinks creationism should be taught side by side with evolution in public schools--is that how we guarantee our kids a world class education? Give me a break. So many reactionary republicans on here who would probably vote for the freakin' hamburglar if McCain nominated him--
Palin freaks me out because she had never been outside of the United States until last year! Is this the person who is ready to lead?
I think way up there in Alaska a person can afford to live by the hands-off government philosophy, but down here it gets more complicated.

McCain seems bought and paid for by the republican right--is also getting campaign advice from Karl Rove. Yeah, we need more of THAT guy...
America is a great country and I get broiling angry when I look around at what the republicans have done to our country, our freedom, the value of the dollar, and the mortgage crisis. Also, anybody else on here observe that the most of the right wing nitwits can't spell? Read people, and maybe consider learning how to write. The republican right had their turn and they screwed over everbody except their wealthy friends. I'm ready for a change.

Examine the issues: on the economy, Obama is much more of a free-market guy than the press paints him. The WSJ recently did a great article on his economic philosophy. Basically he's free market, but acknowledges that there are some things the free market doesn't fix--like pollution for example.
Oh yeah, whatever happened to the man responsible for 9/11? I guess other things are more important. McCain will "follow him to the gates of hell" but not to Pakistan? Does Johnny think he's hiding in Iraq? Does Palin know where Pakistan is or who the new leader is?
She's an obvious PANDER to women and "christian" conservatives--kind of rambly response, but I just can't believe people would vote for this lame ticket.

Posted by: Hornet | August 31, 2008 5:54 PM

Barr/Root

Posted by: ear | August 31, 2008 6:21 PM

Palin doesn't believe that global warming is due to human activities!?! Burning oil --> carbon dioxide --> atmospheric warming. Guess basic science was not a requirement for her journalism degree.

Posted by: Catherine | August 31, 2008 6:30 PM

I am 'white'. My family comes from Northern Europe via Norway, Switzerland, Ireland and the UK. I am an ex-pat American living in Australia. I see myself as a 'citizen of the world'. I have a foster son whose parents are Australian and Thai. We have a multicultural family. In fact, each of us is multicultural. Where did your grandparents come from? Why is this such a big deal?

It is embarrassing to hear the constant jokes about the President of my birth country. It insults those of us who do dream of accepting the fact that the world has changed, evolved, become one world without borders. It frightened me when Dubya was so adamant that the fence was going up between Mexico and the USA. When there are children starving in the world, when there are homeless people in your own home town ~ to be able to justify the costs of yet another border seemed absurd.

We need a leader with a vision of a better world, not more war, more death, more autonomous wealth. We need a leader who can see that we ALL are of mixed blood and each of those ancestors are equal in value. We need a leader who believes that religion, no matter what religion, has the same basic truth and we all have the right to choose our faith.

The choice of leader seems so obvious to me, an older white ex~pat American. I would be elated to be led by someone with the dreams of making our world a unified world. I'll be voting for Obama, as will my children and hopefully, the majority of voting Americans.

Do NOT do what happened in 2000, do NOT let your vote go to waste, make sure your voice is heard and vote for a positive future.

ps ~ it's appalling to see the grammatical and spelling errors in these letters, is this a result of 8 years of Republican cutbacks? It's worth considering...

Posted by: mayabella | August 31, 2008 6:42 PM

I have disliked Palin for a long time. She is very environmentally unfriendly. She is also VERY pro big oil She sued to try to have polar bears removed from Endangered Species List just so that big oil companies could go in an drill in their habitat. Look it up....she ignored report after report stating that polar bears are on brink of extinction and could be totally gone by 2050....and her answer was to go in and drill in their habitat....guess she didn't want to wait til 2050. She also endorses the barbaric practice of aerial slaughter of gray wolves in her state....same as redneck governor in Idaho. They, too, will soon be extinct. Palin will make a great new Dick Cheney if that is what you are looking for.
I have never voted for a Party...I always vote for the candidate I feel is best...I did not vote for Bush and Cheney and I will not vote for them now....disguised as McCain and Palin.

Posted by: Sandra | August 31, 2008 7:06 PM

8 years of Republican cutbacks? The current administration has done plenty for the education system. I am a teacher and know that our education system has come a long way over the past 8 years. We still have a long way to go, but we've made great strides. I agree that there are lots of spelling and grammatical errors, but I can't believe you are blaming them on Republicans. Blame them on the 8 years before when there was no teacher accountability. It's humorous to me! What's also humorous is that someone has posted another "rumor" about Palin! The story that has surfaced today is laughable. Give me a break, people! Research each candidate and make an informed and educated decision. As for me, I will vote McCain/Palin 2008! I just do not think Obama is ready. He lacks experience, and he has way too many socialist views for my liking!

Posted by: givemeabreak | August 31, 2008 7:11 PM

McCain only picked this random women because of just that, she is a women. that is sexist in itself for clearly assuming women do not research the issues.
McCain is way too old, out of touch, and is going to bend into what the circle of corrupt leaders that have ruined the republican party want him to do (just like bush)
I'm a young voter, and McCain is NOT going to secure my future or help illeviate our decline of the economy and successfulness as a world power. People need to flow with the change we are creating. McCain is too much of a libility for my future.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 31, 2008 7:40 PM

If Obama wanted change why did he pick Biden,35 years of the same old thing.Some change.
The people that don't like Palin are just afraid of change.And I am a Dem.

Posted by: priceml | August 31, 2008 8:36 PM

It is amazing how just plain dumb most of you Obama supporters are!

Palin was the perfect pick!

Posted by: Jim | August 31, 2008 9:04 PM

Her youngest son isnt his son.. He is her grandson!

Posted by: Shocked | August 31, 2008 9:22 PM

Shocked, how do you know? Were you there for the conception or the delivery?

Posted by: givemeabreak | August 31, 2008 9:56 PM

LOVE HER!! She is real, and not your typical politician. And she has more leadership experience than Obama, that is for sure!
I am voting for McCain/Palin!

Posted by: georgiamom | August 31, 2008 10:11 PM

Many people won't vote for Obama because he is black, but how many people WILL vote for him simply because he is black? How many people will vote for McCain just because they like the idea of a female vice president, or just because they have always voted republican? Too many people choose not to educate themselves on the issues and where the candidates stand, and too many people will be making uneducated votes on election day.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 31, 2008 10:21 PM

This woman is a complete idiot and disgrace. I cannot believe she used the word 'cool' twice. haha I'm glad he picked her. Just shows how crazy he is.

Posted by: Kt | August 31, 2008 10:47 PM

The fact that this woman says she has no idea what a VP does is laughable. But, Obviously President Bush has no idea what a President does either. The trend continues. Way to pick em republicans. You are making it too easy for us democrats.

Posted by: Tom | August 31, 2008 10:51 PM

i am voting for Obama.
half my family who use to be republicans are Now voting for obama.

We NEED A CHANGE!
not the same thing over and over again.
WAKE UP PEOPLE!

Posted by: Anonymous | August 31, 2008 10:54 PM

As an Australian I look forward to the day that the Western world is represented by Obama, after 8 years of Bush we need a man of intellect and vision. McCain and his token female VP are dragging us into the dark ages..pro life too bad if you would like control of your womb, should there be a need to terminate such as genetic conditions, incest and rape. Pro guns, too bad if you live in a violent nation where any idiot can obtain one.. think Colombine. Drill the pristine Alaskan wilderness?..greed is good. Troop withdrawl of Iraq? no. Is this the backward way Americans want to be viewed on the world stage? I hope to hell that on November 4th people will vote for the change American so sorely need and choose Obama.

Posted by: susan from australia | August 31, 2008 10:55 PM

In reality Palin has much more experience running a government body than Obama. Clearly the candidates need to be evaluated by their qualifications and potential abilities and not by their gender or the color of their skin. I love the moronic comment that since Palin used 'cool' twice she's a "complete idiot and disgrace". Now that's a real thinker....or a 13 year-old. Pull your head out people and listen to what the candidates have to say.

Posted by: Durk | August 31, 2008 11:37 PM

Palin is supposedly lying about her pregnancy...this site says baby Trig belongs to Palin's daughter - photos OMG!
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2008/8/30/121350/137

Posted by: Chalice | August 31, 2008 11:46 PM

You Osama Bin Biden supporters are delusional. You want change so bad. You're bleeding hearts are polluting our environment.

World peace and change sounds all warm and fuzzy - but only to the extent that all other countries want the same. And last recall, the United States was not the most favored nation. We are only good for monetary support in times of war and famine. No one comes to our aide in times of trouble.

But sure, Osama will change ALL of that. Keep dreaming.
Those in favor of voting him into office are so consumed with being a part of monumental history that they are willing to sacrifice our reputation and security. Who and what will the Democrats blame once we lose our identity as a superpower and self-sufficient nation ALL TOGETHER?

We're still cleaning up from the Clinton Administration.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 1, 2008 12:15 AM

Has anyone researched the fact that her "downs syndrome child" is actually her 16-year-old daughter's child and not Mrs. Palin's? Due diligence has not been applied to McCain's choice of running mate. It seems to be just a case of "history making" (first female vp) vs. "history making" (first african american president). McCain's decision is a definite cry for help and lets the entire GOP down. (PS. Who returns to work 3 days after giving birth... if they did, in fact, give birth?)

Posted by: StLouisONE | September 1, 2008 12:21 AM

first, no more obama speeches, if speeches were financially monitored, obama account would be closed. Plus, McCain was for change waaaaay before Obama became a community organizer.

THe Palin pick has feminists and professional, homemakers and all women alike wondering what Obama was thinking by not picking Hillary or even Vetting Hillary.

His arrogance may have cost him the election. I hear through the feminist underground, esp...amongst white feminists....are very angry and were supporting Obama fully and agressively until he bypassed Hillary. Most hate the fact that a Black Man, turned his back on a woman to pick a white man who finished dead last in the race. When does last place become 2nd place.

Now, McCain has played a brilliant Chess game, and you will be fools to critique her lack of experience when she probably has more than Obama, and so far all we have on OBama is his speeches...NOTHING ELSE.

Palin has gone after Dems and the GOP, look deep inside and you will see a brilliant pick and you will realize the Dems would have probably won the race anyway...IF THEY HAD HILLARY ON THE TICKET

GO MCCAIN/PALIN

Posted by: fred23 | September 1, 2008 12:52 AM

TO Fred Moolten who stated a woman with no national experience...ARE YOU DEMS STUPID or what? She is a pick for VP, YOUR PICK FOR PRez has less experience than she does and only 143 days more National...the woman has run a state for 2 years, a city also several more years...that more than your community organizer career...she gets incredibly high ratings and you cant even present OBama's ratings as a state senator or a US SEnator, not even as a community organizer no one can step up to the plate to support past work you candidate has done. Oh yeah I forgot he gives great speeches. So did MLK JR, but he also has a stellar resume of work and action to back up those speeches. Get real Dems,,,,the woman has more experience than you r Prez Candidate and will rip another hole in Biden during the debates

Posted by: fred23 | September 1, 2008 1:02 AM

I am a female black democrat and I am not voting for Obama simply because he's also black. In fact, I wanted Edwards, then when he backed out I was with Hilary. I switched to Obama because I was just tired of her and Bill. I think McCains choice is insulting to women. He seems to think that just because he picked one, Hilary supporters will just jump to her. I hope they are not that stupid......

Posted by: klc | September 1, 2008 1:27 AM

For all of you screaming about her "executive experience", you may want to see if it is Enron type of executive experience or Microsoft. From the looks of things (Her town being left in debt while she was mayor. Government spending INCREASING while she was governor. Her support of the bridge to nowhere until the federal government would no longer shovel money into the black hole. Being under investigation for TWO ethics violations, both involving abuse of power. Being endorsed by Stevens who now has trouble of his own. Alaskans paying 5 bucks per gallon for gas.) Of course her approval rating WAS 80%, she's only been in office a year and a half, and now she's under investigation and squandering money.

Not only that, for those "conservatives" among us she also voted for pro-gay rights legislation, all the while saying she was against such.

So before you start lauding this woman, I implore you to take a look at who and what she's actually done, and not just at what is being force fed to you!

Posted by: Embarrassed | September 1, 2008 1:45 AM

The Palin pick was a poor one and ultimately an insult to all voters.
She will be granted a 5 day grace period by the media and Republicans and then reality will settle in for them and the entire nation.
McCain will lose.

Posted by: Olompali | September 1, 2008 9:32 AM

umm obama's mother is white and his black father left them when he was still a child. Why does everybody have to label him as african american? His father never had any direct relation to his life or his education. It shows that all we are still concerned about is the color of somebody's skin. To me Obama is a white candidate just like McCain. Take away the African American aspect and what does he have going for him?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 1, 2008 10:26 AM

How is Sarah Palin going to care for her specially needy down syndrome baby while she races for vp elections?
Is this really what a woman should do? Or a parent, for that matter?

Posted by: cz | September 1, 2008 10:39 AM

As a life-long Republican I am upset with McCain's VP selection. I would love to see a woman in the White House, but a qualified woman! I'm 44 and have balanced a budget both at home and at work and am an executive. Maybe I should have been selected as his running mate! Maybe Obama doesn't have enough experience, but at least he chose a running mate that can fill in the gaps - together they make a package. What value does Sarah bring to the ticket? Do we really want an inexperienced person (I don't care if it's a she / he) next in line if something were to happen to McCain? I understand many democrats are upset that Hilary did not get the nomination, but electing a woman in her place, just to elect a woman is wrong and makes no sense.

Posted by: Anne | September 1, 2008 1:16 PM

Says about everything that needs to be said. No woman in her RIGHT MIND is going to vote for this Flake...


"""Even her mother-in-law, Faye Palin, who said she was still thinking of voting for Mr Obama, sounded sceptical. She said: “I’m not sure what she brings to the ticket, other than she’s a woman and a conservative.”

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/us_and_a

Posted by: annmarie | September 1, 2008 1:52 PM

And HERE'S where they think the Draw is...

It's not going to work, not this time.
Do you think the country is INSANE??!??

She's a nutter! Anti-science, anti-choice, pro-death, pro-oil, and pro-abuse of power. This shores up the Christian radicals in the country, but we will not be duped again. Science and reason will not be crucified for these archaic beliefs.

McCain fails to grasp that Sen. Obama is not the change, his approach to governance is. Obama is, and has been through the continual republican slanderfest, cool calm and collected. He is the product of some of our highest institutes of learning and has demonstrated great judgment..

Posted by: melodyjc | September 1, 2008 1:54 PM

Health Insurance: In 2003, Barack Obama sponsored and passed legislation that expanded health care coverage to 70,000 kids and 84,000 adults. In the U.S. Senate, Obama cosponsored the Healthy Kids Act of 2007 and the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) Reauthorization Act of 2007 to ensure that more American children have affordable health care coverage.

Women's Health: Obama worked to pass a number of laws in Illinois and Washington to improve the health of women. His accomplishments include creating a task force on cervical cancer, providing greater access to breast and cervical cancer screenings, and helping improve prenatal and premature birth services.

Posted by: tammymae | September 1, 2008 2:06 PM

Create Transparency for Military Contractors: Barack Obama will require the Pentagon and State Department to develop a strategy for determining when contracting makes sense, rather than continually handing off governmental jobs to well-connected companies. An Obama administration will create the transparency and accountability needed for good governance. Finally, it will establish the legal status of contractor personnel, making possible prosecution of any abuses committed by private military contractors.

Restore Honesty, Openness, and Commonsense to Contracting and Procurement: An Obama administration will realize savings by reducing the corruption and cost overruns that have become all too routine in defense contracting. This includes launching a program of acquisition reform and management, which would end the common practice of no-bid contracting. He will end the abuse of supplemental budgets by creating a system of oversight for war funds as stringent as in the regular budget. He will restore the government's ability to manage contracts by rebuilding our contract officer corps. He will order the Justice Department to prioritize prosecutions that will punish and deter fraud, waste and abuse.

Posted by: tom183 | September 1, 2008 2:09 PM

I want to campaign the same way I govern, which is to respond directly and forcefully with the truth,"
~ Barack Obama, 11/08/07


http://factcheck.barackobama.com/

Posted by: fredc81 | September 1, 2008 2:16 PM

Disciplined and Detached

If there is one quality that those closest to Obama marvel at, it is his emotional control. This is partly a matter of temperament, they say, partly an effort by Obama to step away from his own feelings so he can make dispassionate judgments. "He doesn't allow himself the luxury of any distraction," said Valerie Jarrett, a close advisor. "He is able to use his disciplined mind to not get caught up in the emotional swirl."

Posted by: VWN | September 1, 2008 2:28 PM

to those right wingers, Palin is definetily the right choicce for McCain. But I am certainly not one of those people and just thinking about the two of them in office make me grimace.

Posted by: oh dear | September 1, 2008 3:22 PM

As a woman, I'm extremely insulted by this choice for vp. Women aren't dumb and can see right thru John McCain.
Also, did you notice the whole time she was speaking John McCain was staring at her a** and playing with his wedding ring.
I don't see why ppl would say I want less goverment. Stay at of our lives. Umm...can't you see where that has gotten us. Economy crap...gas prices crap...war crap...I want someone to look out for me the hard working middle class. WHY WOULD ANYONE EVER BE REPUBLICAN

Posted by: Dre | September 1, 2008 3:57 PM

I think that we are being unfair to Senator McCain. I don't think he chose Governor Palin. I think this choice was made by someone else. Evidenced by: video of Governor Palin in Iraq looking great while shooting a military rifle surrounded by soldiers. Did your governor get to go to Iraq? Mine didn't and he's a friend of Mr. Bush. Makes me suspicious. And the sentence under the video saying "Department of Defense video"----does that mean that it was ordered by the big guy??? Makes me more suspicious. But then-that's just me. An old white woman that doesn't fall for that stuff as easily as some. I think the man that wants a third term might have something to do with this. I don't think we're supposed to notice.

Posted by: Kay | September 1, 2008 4:14 PM

When I first heard Palin was the VP choice of McCain, I felt my first true breath of fresh hope for our country since I became aware of politics. Paulin's a real woman, a real mom and a real person who seems to understand "blue collar" issues. Someone I can finally relate to and, I believe, will fight for the good of the people. She states her mind and seems to have the common sense to understand the imperative need to breathe new life back into the American people. I am elated that a former small town mayor has successfuly worked her way to the top (the entire time with children in tow). How many other people can say they went from mail room supervisor to CEO in a matter of years? Palin's youthful and rapid rise through politics doesn't display inexperience at all, rather someone who's really good at her job.

Posted by: Pullin' for Palin | September 1, 2008 5:07 PM

To joe below. just to inform you, eastern europe is far from a developing country..you can not generalise eastern europe and refer to it as under developed. as a european i find such comments so insulting, also it is a know fact that racisim is far more rampant in the US than it is in any other country. where i live there is no such thing as a black and white divide and there never has been.

Posted by: T Ireland | September 1, 2008 6:39 PM

I think that Palin is a good choice. Her experience is almost equal if not more than that of democratic nominee Obama. I thought in the beginning of the primaries I would be an Obama girl all the way but he has forgotten what promises he has made along the way! Now here not three months before elections he has forgotten?!? What would happen if he becomes Prez will he remember the promises he has made? Palin is a "normal" american with a "normal" family. Her views are strict but don't we want someone who sticks to what they say/believe?

Posted by: l8r g8r | September 1, 2008 10:25 PM

When being questioned by the McCain staff, she asked "What does a VP do all day?
All else aside, is this person at all ready for the job?

Posted by: JP | September 2, 2008 5:37 AM

There are less than 700,000 people in Alaska. The oil industry is not 'there' but rather uses the state as a oil suppy line. What experience does she have dealing with big business? With other nations, with war, with savy elected officials, with terrorist, with national budgets, with our encomony, with complex national issues, with most things ?
Most mayors have more executive and international experience.
While I would love to see a woman in the executive branch, I more would like to see a person able to do the job, and take over the job of Persident if needed.
The thought of her being that heartbeat away form the presidency scares me.

Posted by: Amy | September 2, 2008 5:46 AM

DON"T FALL FOR THE PALIN TRICK

Women should NOT vote for Palin. She will take away your liberties as a WOMAN. We are the presidents of our OWN bodies!!!

And hey, we don't have the Statue of Liberty all for nothing, do we????

Posted by: Deirdre | September 2, 2008 8:03 AM

Just when you think the Republicans can't possibly do anything to lose the election.....you pick a woman with all the maternal instincts of a Chinese gymnast's parents.

So let me get this straight Mrs. Palin, you've used your power to go after your sister's ex who is by all accounts, his own worst enemy already, then you decide to have a 5th child at 42, then you claim to be about reform while firing those who supported your predecessors? So what do you do for an encore? Blow McCain to give him a heart attack so you can then run the country?

Thanks, I'll pass. But you have to admit, she's PERFECT for McCain. Neither one of them appears to have an ounce of common sense when it comes to their judgment. She has all this political baggage and a pregnant teenage daughter and SHE was your best option for VP?

So tell us, Senator McCain, what color is the sky in your world?

Posted by: Alby | September 2, 2008 11:03 AM

I AM ADDRESSING THIS TO EVERY PERSON PLANNING TO VOTE THIS COMING ELECTION (AND TO ALL WOMEN ESPECIALLY):
You need to vote for the candidate who closest alligns with your own political views and who you think will be a good leader in these hard times. Don't vote on gender or race! Palin is the complete opposite of Hilary Clinton, so if you're voting for McCain because he has a female VP, then please don't vote. We don't want idiots deciding the future of America.
I do consider myself to be a democrat, and I would have preferred Hilary to Obama, but I'm still going to vote for him because of my personal political beliefs.
EDUCATE YOURSELVES!!! McCain is trying to bank on people's (especially us female's) ignorance.

Posted by: Lisa | September 2, 2008 11:29 AM

Has anyone looked into what the age difference is between Bristol Palin at the time of impregnation and the supposed father? If Governor Palin stands for law and order shouldn't she be seeking charges against him for statutory rape or contributing to the delinquency of a minor?

Posted by: Mark Farmer | September 2, 2008 8:59 PM

Has anyone looked into what the age difference is between Bristol Palin at the time of impregnation and the supposed father? If Governor Palin stands for law and order shouldn't she be seeking charges against him for statutory rape or contributing to the delinquency of a minor?

Posted by: Mark Farmer | September 2, 2008 9:02 PM

John McCain and his politics are more stale than the stain on Monica Lewinsky's "little" black dress.

Posted by: Sarah Walsh | September 2, 2008 9:48 PM

I simply can't believe those people who claim that Palin has more executive experience. Let's see, she's been the governor of a state with more bears running around than people, got a couple of years of marital leave on her c.v.,was the mayor of an Alaskan town that's a mere spick on the map,has never heard of teaching her daughter sex education other than the tired old stork, the flowers and the bees and there are people here who are screaming that's she's God's greatest gift since sliced bread. Hello, are you for real!!??

Posted by: cor verhoef | September 3, 2008 1:36 AM

I for one am very amused by some of the childishness of the majority of the posters here, I would laugh if it wasn't so misguided, Obama is, it is true, a very intelligent man who has what he considers the best interest of our country at heart.

But his view of partical birth abortions are my biggest turn off with him. I am not anti-abortion, as long as its done within the first 3 months and not used as birth control. Its true when young women say their bodies are theirs BUT why when all counties in all states offer FREE birth control, gas stations, party stores, walmarts sell condoms, spermicides so why are there sooo many women seeking abortions???? They don't like the way condoms feel??? how does it feel to have your BABY forcibly and most likely painfully removed from the protection of their MOTHERS womb? It may not bother them now, but years down the road, when they have learned through lifes experinces that what they have done is carelessly murdered their baby because why? Because they were selfish lil witch's thats why....So grow up you lil chits.

And another thing is with Obama at the helm and the damage he'll do with all his brave talk this big bad world will this young sightless generation alive!!!

Posted by: LeeAnne | September 3, 2008 9:32 AM

" This is a man who will not say the pledge of allegience/put his hand over his heart nor wear an American Flag pin."

Conservatives will believe whatever they hear as long as it promotes their agenda of ruining our constitution, and imposing their fascist moralistic beliefs on the world.

A little research into the other candidate will show you that the aforementioned quote is nothing but a negative rumor.

Posted by: Corey Butler | September 3, 2008 2:38 PM

Just remember this handy phrase come Nov:

"NadaObama"

Kind of catchy, isn't it? It pretty much sums him up, as well as his experience.

Posted by: Nick | September 4, 2008 1:03 AM

To cor verhoef: you question Palin's executive experience. I must ask if you even know what executive experience is? Simply, in terms that you will hopefully be able to understand, executive experience is experience running either a business or a government. And as you so eloquently put it, "...she's been the governor of a state with more bears running around than people...". The very definition of a Governor is the executive head of a state in the United States. The Senate, of which Obama and Biden are both members, is part of the legislative branch of our government (I’ll steer you towards www congressforkids net to further your education), not the executive branch. So when you hear that Palin has more executive experience than either Obama or Biden, it is indeed a true statement. Conversely, Obama and Biden have more legislative experience that Palin. Maybe you can start arguing that point, but the executive argument is completely accurate. Believe it.

Oh, and about the “…more bears running around than people…” comment, current estimates put the combined polar, black and brown bear population of Alaska at 89,000 – 101,000. The 2006 population estimate for people in Alaska was over 670,000. Your math might need a little work as well.

Posted by: Trent | September 4, 2008 1:57 PM

It is time for those stuck in time to grown up and quit being so ignorant. I know for a fact old white people will choose McCain, regardless of his stupid choices because he is white and old. This was a stupid decision by McCain and should make you wake up and realize how our country will be ran...on stupid choices. People wake up and smell the coffee because the very same people who vited Bush in, is now regretting it. You will be the same with McCain.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 5, 2008 10:53 AM

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