What is McCain Thinking? One Alaskan’s Perspective.

29 08 2008

Downtown Wasilla, Alaska

“Is this a joke?”  That seemed to be the question du jour when my phone started ringing off the hook at 6:45am here in Alaska.  I mean, we’re sort of excited that our humble state has gotten some kind of national ‘nod’….but seriously?  Sarah Palin for Vice President?  Yes, she’s a popular governor.  Her all time high approval rating hovered around 90% at one point.  But bear in mind that the 90% approval rating came from one of the most conservative, and reddest-of-the-red states out there.  And that approval rating came before a series of events that have lead many Alaskans to question the governor’s once pristine image.

There is no doubt in my mind that many Alaskans are feeling pretty excited about this.  But we live in our own little bubble up here, and most of the attention we get is because of The Bridge to Nowhere, polar bears, the indictment of Ted Stevens, and the ongoing investigation and conviction of the string of legislators and oil executives who literally called themselves “The Corrupt Bastards Club”.

So seeing our governor out there in the national spotlight accepting the nomination for Vice Presidential candidate is just downright surreal.  Just months ago, when rumors surfaced that she was on the long version of the short list, she was questioned if she’d be interested in the position.  She said she couldn’t answer,

“until somebody answers for me what is it exactly that the VP does every day. I’m used to being very productive and working real hard in an administration. We want to make sure that that VP slot would be a fruitful type of position, especially for Alaskans and for the things that we’re trying to accomplish up here….”

There is no doubt that Palin has fierce territorial loyalties.  When elected governor there was much concern because she came right out and said she would favor her own home town of Wasilla (where she was mayor) and its surrounding environs collectively known as “the Valley” while leading the state.  And it’s obvious from her statement that Alaska was on her mind when accepting the VP nod (see my emphasis above).

So what is it that we’re “trying to accomplish up here”?

  • Palin is currently in the middle of a controversial gas pipeline project in Alaska.  She’s favored the ‘Trans Canada’ proposal that will run the pipeline through Canada, in effect shipping US jobs over the border.  Many Alaskans, including former governors, have favored the “All Alaska Route”.
  • She is also suing the federal government over listing the polar bears as a threatened species.  The science was even compelling enough to convince the Secretary of the Interior that the bears needed to be listed.  But acknowledgement of this issue, and the potential disruption to development on Alaska’s oil-rich north slope spurred Palin to attempt to stop the listing.
  • Does she want to open ANWR?  Yes.  Every politician in Alaska wants to open ANWR.  It’s basically a requirement if you ever hope to get elected for anything.  Even Mark Begich, the progressive Democrat running against the indicted Senator and Alaskan institution Ted Stevens, is pro-drilling.  That’s the sea we swim in up here.  There are a few anti-drilling folks, but you have to look hard to find them, and work hard to have them admit it.

Will all this wash with voters in the ‘Lower 48’?  Time will tell.

18 Million Cracks in the Glass Ceiling

It was obvious anyway, but became beat-you-over-the-head-with-a-two-by-four obvious when Palin referenced the ‘glass ceiling’ line, that this choice is a blatant pander to women.  I would like to believe that women will actually feel insulted by this.  Yes, it would have been historic if Hillary had gotten the nomination.  It was historic that she made it as far as she did.  Yes, it would be great to have a woman in the oval office, or in the VP slot if they are the right woman…a woman who got there with her own drive, grit, determination, intelligence, skill and merits.  When you’re hand-picked by a man to win votes simply because you are a woman, that doesn’t count, and it doesn’t break any kind of ceiling.  Would we have had a Stan Palin as our VP pick?  No.  So choosing a woman because you think her gender will get votes is insulting.

Governor “Squeakyclean”….or not.

Another focus of Palin’s introduction today was her reform image.  Listen to John McCain and you’ll hear about a maverick reformer who took on big oil, took on corrupt Alaska politicians, and whose ethics are unquestioned.

Alaskans really want to like Sarah Palin.  In a state where corruption is the rule, and the same faces keep recycling over and over and over again like a bad dream, a new face, with a promise of reform seemed like a breath of fresh air.  Palin defeated incumbent governor Frank Murkowski (father of Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski who he appointed to his own Senate seat when he was elected governor) because he was such an obnoxious, bloviating, downright BAD politician.  This staunchly republican state voted with relief, not having to cross over and vote Democratic, but still able to get Murkowski the hell out of office.  In the general election Palin swept into office running against a former Democratic governor, Tony Knowles, who was capable but came with baggage.  And he represented to Alaskans more of the same, tired old-style politics, and special interests that we have come to loathe.

So, if McCain had made his selection six months ago, the squeaky-clean governor meme would have made a little more sense.  But, Sarah Palin is currently under an ethics investigation by the Alaska state legislature.  The details of this investigation read like a trashy novel, and I suspect that the players will soon have new found celebrity on the national stage.  I’ll try to explain for all you non-Alaskans who suddenly have good reason to want to know more about Sarah Palin.  For those of you not interested in trashy novels, feel free to skip ahead.  Here it is…what we in Alaska call “TrooperGate”.

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

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

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

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

“Executive Experience”

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

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

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

Now I’m off to get some Jiffy Pop.

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29 08 2008
Sarah Palin: Extremist « Mad Wombat

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29 08 2008
morningcupofcoffee

I’m linking to this. I think it is compelling to finally read something someone from Alaska has written on Mrs. Palin.

Cheers,

Tom

29 08 2008
What Do the People of Alaska Think About Sarah Palin? « Your Morning Cup of Coffee

[...] have a great approval rating in the 90th percentile that has been dropping off…  Here is a blog written by a citizen in Alaska about John McCain’s pick of former pot smoker Sarah [...]

29 08 2008
sauer kraut

I’m following Tom’s lead and linking to your blog. Hope you don’t mind.

Your traffic is about to hit the ceiling, dude.

29 08 2008
Kellie

Quite refreshing. After hearing the newsbreak this morning I’ve been scouring the internet for information on Palin. This was a very clear and informative count from an Alaskan perspective. I’m passing it on to some friends.

29 08 2008
willpen

I hope you don’t mind if I use a bit of this myself and give you credit for a job well done. People need to see this.

29 08 2008
Jen

Thanks for this. I always like to hear candid perspective from someone who has experience.

29 08 2008
Downtown | et cetera

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29 08 2008
James

She still has more executive experience than well anyone else on either ticket. And since when do V.P.’s negotiate nuclear-non-proliferation treaties? That is the domain of the State Department, and the President. She isn’t perfect, no candidate is, no one can be in politics and not have any enemies, but she is a good choice for McCain. Carter only had one term as Gov. from a small state, and he became President. So I think she will do fine.

29 08 2008
kathryn jones

So glad to have found so much seemingly excellent info. It would help me so much to spread the word however if you included an “about me” section on your blog. Anonymity does not breed trust, blog wise, journalism wise or otherwise. You are obviously passionate and informed. Why not lend credence to your word by telling us who you are?

thank again, and all my best,
Kathryn Jones

29 08 2008
What is McCain Thinking? One Alaskan’s Perspective. « Willpen’s World

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29 08 2008
akmuckraker

James,
Considering the fact that Palin will be one heartbeat away from the Presidency, and that John McCain is the oldest nominee in history, I think we actually need to think about how she would perform as President. It’s not that much of a stretch. Her track record in the minimal executive experience she has had is less than stellar. We shouldn’t even be talking about executive experience when it’s this weak. There are many Alaskans who are now questioning whether she is over her head NOW, nevermind as the #2 in the nation. If you’re not afraid, you should be.

29 08 2008
OleMissChristian

McCain’s first wife was a swimsuit model who cheated on her husband with McCain. Then McCain cheated on her with a woman 20 years younger. Careful John, you’re already on your second wife

Now he picks a totally inexperienced former-beauty-pageant-contestant who is even 10 years younger as his running mate. Is he working on his third affair?? Fourth? Fifth??? John you were supposed to pick a Vice President, not a Receptionist to flirt with!!!

We need women in politics, but not as another trophy for McCain — who has been thinking with the wrong head his entire life! Palin may be qualified, but McCain’s womanizing history and string of affairs makes this very suspicious.

Even in trying to be “forward thinking,” McCain shows that he thinks of women as just notches in his bedpost!

29 08 2008
willpen

Muckraker, thanks for you response to James.

29 08 2008
willpen

Kathryn Jones,

If you look across the home page there is a list and at the end if you click on “About Mudflats” you will find a rather nice and interesting bio about our Host Blogger.

29 08 2008
Bob Scofield

To answer Sarah’s question I’m pretty sure the Vice President sits around all day and plays Minesweeper and Solitaire on his or her computer, waiting for the President to die. It’s all spelled out in Article II of the Constitution.

29 08 2008
McCain Palin | meme patch

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29 08 2008
Neil B.

I think most voters and commentators will go through a few steps, and this will not turn out well for John McCain:

1. Ask, and maybe even him directly too: Would John McCain have picked
Sarah Palin if, having all the same background, she wasn’t a woman? No,
really, of course not – some guy like that just wouldn’t have been the
Veep choice “and we all know it.” So,

2. That shows that John McCain was pandering, trying to pull a “See what
a cute smart-ass I am, diddling with Hillary supporters and sticking my
tongue out at Barack Obama.” My mother said, he “looked pleased as
punch,” with a big smug smart-Alec’s smirk on his face.

3. Once voters realize that John McCain was pandering like that, taking
chances with the well-being of the nation just to play election games,
enough of them will be outraged enough to say, no way I will vote for a prick
like that.

It would have been no problem if McCain had picked a clearly talented woman with more experience and some fopo contact, like Olympia Snowe.

29 08 2008
Gerald

Thanks for the inside scoop! Definitely link-worthy…

29 08 2008
Jade

Thank you very much for posting this. Your succinct portrait is very intriguing. I hope the media follow up on so many of these leads.

29 08 2008
Elizabeth

Thanks for the introduction to Alaskan politics and culture!

29 08 2008
bearilla

wow…mccain is this desperate for those hillary voters…what he doesnt realize is its not about him its about the american people…he thinks we dont see through it, then she mentions the whole ceiling thing of hillary, she should feel like a prostitute for lending herself like that not only is it seldish its disgraceful to hillary and all women who that really want to get on office to change how washington does business, but once again mccains ambition rules..

29 08 2008
Jeff Degan

Laughed when I read the blog. Thanks for your perspective. Let’s hope the national media will pick up on this. Maybe McCain is expecting them to give her the same pass he has got from them.

Expect a lot of traffic in the next few days – I personally forwarded this to about a dozen people asking them to forward as well.

29 08 2008
trickytrail

I’m linking to this too. Excellent read.

I actually visited Wasilla in early 2004. Was frigid.

You might visit http://trickytrail.blogspot.com for some commentary on the election mixed with a bit of satire.

Cheers!

Nani

29 08 2008
John Crandell

Yes, Ms. Palin has the executive experience all right: mayor of some gutbucket town in the middle of nowhere Alaska. Last night was an indescribable movie in the mile high city. This is quite another and you know who has the Walter Brennan part.

29 08 2008
Gapp

Mccain really thinks Americans are stupid people.. he picks this woman in hope that Sen Clintons women supporters will vote for him,, a women that he heardly knows lol lol its quite a desperate attemp, infact the lady does not even support the right for a woman who was raped by her father to be able to decide she would termanate that pregnency.. this woman is a extreemist… I hope to God that the women sends him a load clear message in November and vote Obama/Biden.

29 08 2008
Hudson

Top 10 Reasons to Oppose Palin’s Candidacy:

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2008/8/29/172231/610/415/579293

Please check it out and add more reasons of your own.

29 08 2008
RobinSeattle

Her veto of the Bridge to Nowhere is also getting a lot of media play. Too bad, then, that she was for it, and enthusiastically at that, before the media heat got too hot for her: http://blogs.tnr.com/tnr/blogs/the_plank/archive/2008/08/29/did-palin-really-fight-the-bridge-to-nowhere.aspx

She is just continuing the McCain tradition of opportunistic flipflopping.

29 08 2008
Sara

Thanks for your post. I forwarded your link as well. This needs to be sent to as many people as possible, especially those in the media!

29 08 2008
Angie

Thank you thank you thank you for opening our eyes to this little-known candidate. Let’s hope the national investigative reporters pick this up and RUN with it.

29 08 2008
Lynn O'Shaughnessy

I think any sane person would agree that Sarah Palin would be a complete disaster for our country. But thanks to McCain’s cock-eyed selection, I discovered your blog. What a delight.

29 08 2008
Carl Brutananadilewski

Thanks for some great local insight into this obscure hail Mary pick. I don’t see how this supports his Maverick status as she supports teaching Creationism in school, is anti-choice, and comes equipped with her own burgeoning scandal that will undoubtedly be dissected piece by piece by the blogosphere with the juiciest bits making it to the MSM.

29 08 2008
....Really

Great information! I am also trying to find out more about Sarah Palin. While she seems like a nice, family woman on the outside it appears as though she is not fit for the VP position. I think McCains decision is very telling about his ability to pander to anyone that can benefit him. I will empathize with Palin when things get brutal in the next 67 days, she is in way over her head.

29 08 2008
willpen

I am personally going to try and get this linked to some blog comments over at the major news outlets such as cnn and msnbc. I think that we should all spread this around.

29 08 2008
jennsch

I’m linking to you
on the Haiku Diaries —
hope you come visit.

http://thehaikudiaries.wordpress.com/2008/08/29/august-29-2008-5/#comments

29 08 2008
enigma4ever

I have linked to your and your blog about this and also your coverage of the Obama watch party….( hope that is okay..)

CNN is reporting that she has only met McCain ONCE..geez…

29 08 2008
Joyce

Not all of us have a hatred of Sarah Palin; 90% of us love her. You are just hearing from all those losers who lost out in the last election. As for executive experience, she’s been the Gov. of Alaska for two years and was the Mayor of Wasilla. Obama has NO executive experience. Go Sarah!!

29 08 2008
MH

How much traffic can your ISP take? Because I think your 15 minutes of fame is just starting. I want to see more pictures of “Wasilla City” and certainly find out from somebody on the ground if it’s true that there was a flip-flop on the opposition to the “Bridge to Nowhere.” I also think this ethics investigation does not bode well for a reformer’s image. Can we find out, also, if she’s ever travelled outside the country at all — forget meeting with a foreign leader.

I am NOT comfortable at first glance with this governor being one beat of a 72-year-old cancer survivor’s heart away from leadership of the United States of America and our representative in a time of war and ever more complicated geopolitics.

No experience, no way, just NO, Mr. McCain. I know you need to appeal to the Republican base but how could you betray your “country first” stance and so blatantly jeopardize our nation’s future to do it?

29 08 2008
Ken

Trophy Veep! That’s what he’s thinking.

Check out McCain during Palin’s speech in Dayton. He spends an awful lot of time checking out her ass. It gets worse the longer she speaks.

29 08 2008
serena1313

You asked if any women are outraged: Yes! Out of all the qualified republican governors, senators, congress etc… he picks Palin who is probably the most unqualified. I would never vote for McCain anyhow, but I think he screwed up royally.

What kind of advice can Palin offer him? Or is she just a token so he can carry out his agenda without having to consult her. Will McCain be respectful of her? I doubt it. He has not shown respect for women at all.

For McCain to pick a woman who has no experience on the national stage clearly shows poor judgment. And McCain demonstrated he’d rather win a campaign than look after the nation’s best interests — something accuses Obama of doing.

McCain obviously was in a panic after Obama’s speech last night. This is just another example of McCain making poor decisions in haste similar to threatening Russia. He goes for short-term tactics rather than think about the consequences thereof. This is why McCain is unfit to be president.

Lastly yes Iam outraged that he thinks Americans are so stupid they will fall for this. He insults our intelligence!

29 08 2008
irishspacemonk

I was raised in Wasilla. Love the Mugshot Saloon pic. Might be neat to post a pic of Teelands general story. Beautiful state, but sorry, I just can’t stop laughing about this pic. Mr. Heath as the teacher that dragged me to the principals office back when I was in 3rd grade. Very weird.

29 08 2008
We’ve watched too much West Wing or Commander in Chief | Maman Poulet

[...] She doesn’t like polar bears very much, didn’t know what a vice president does (obviously not watching the telly like we do!), she tried to get her brother in law sacked but when she could not she sacked his boss instead, and is under investigation. For the full scoop from an alaskan bloggers point of view have a look at Mudflats. [...]

29 08 2008
Tom Degan

This is too good to be true. Oh, thank you! Thank you, fate! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

Then again, Ms. Palin and McCain have one very important thing going for them: the jaw-dropping stupidity of the American people.

As soon as John McCain announced his choice, I did some on-line research on Sarah Palin. The most monumental thing I could find out about her is the fact that she was born on February 11, 1964 which, coincidentally, was the very same day that my maternal grandmother passed away. Other than that….

Tom Degan
Goshen, NY
http://www.tomdegan.blogspot.com

29 08 2008
nobush3rd

Unbelievable! Can you say “pandering all the way”?

How about “Miss Congeniality, meet Vlad Putin”? or “Hockey Mom meets Hamas”?

For a man with so many years behind him, John McCain is putting everything on this choice — a crapshoot, since he’s only met her once — betting that she can pull in some of that female vote… you know, the unhappy Hillary supporters?

Uh… she called Hillary a WHINER. Shades of Phil “nation of whiner” Gramm.

How does this fail? Let me count the way. TrooperGATE. Endorsed by Ted Stevens. BIG OIL.

Heard there was a hurricane headed to the Gulf Coast… that it might disrupt or cancel the upcoming Republican Convention…

Given McCain’s buddies claim to God’s ear… and what right-winger buddy Hagee said about Katrina as “punishment for homosexuals”… what do you think God’s saying now?

I’m just saying.

29 08 2008
D. Hunter

From the rest of the world, thanks for providing a unique perspective; there’s really a lot of interest in Alaska by the rest of us: The reservoir of wild beauty and the boundless self-interested political corruption are just a tip of the retreating glacier!

If you haven’t noticed, the godless orange satan (DailyKos) posted your link, so you’ll probably be getting a tsunami of unexpected traffic from us LIBERALS. Good luck.

Oh, and her stellar conservative credentials really burnish McCain’s maverickiness. How can she live in a place where the Darwinian nature of the world is in such stark display, yet unflinchingly believe in an ancient, middle-eastern creation myth? That’s right; Suspension of facts to continue preconceived beliefs lies at the core of current Republican philosophy.

29 08 2008
willpen

I have just forwarded this link to the head of NJ for Obama. I think that the comment above is correct. You are going to have your 15 minutes if not more, of fame.

29 08 2008
thelogicalsmoker

Very interesting commentary

I love to get the voice of the people

Obama/Biden ’08

http://andthisismyamerica.wordpress.com/2008/08/29/the-dnc-recap/

29 08 2008
Andee

That last commentator, Joyce, is the type of delusional conservative that creeps me out completely. I appreciate the heads up about Sarah Palin. I appreciate the completeness and clear voice. I didn’t like her once I heard her speak. It’s like fingernails on chalkboards and I wouldn’t like her much anyway because I’m so left I’m almost socialist and she is clearly a Neocon with her super-pro-life stance and homophobia.

The best part of this, I think John McCain just shot himself in the foot and I will laugh all the way to the voting booth knowing it. Sure a few Hillary supporters (who are apparently deaf, since they supported her but now would switch to an anti-choice candidate?) might be happy with this, but even though Palin is Evangelical and super-right-wing, I’m betting some Republican base of the male variety still won’t want a woman.

29 08 2008
WitnessLA.com » Blog Archive » Palin 2: Mudflats Speaks….

[...] for instance, is today’s post from one of Alaska’s popular political blogs, Mudflats. I’m just going to post the [...]

29 08 2008
MsChris

Alaskan Daily News had a list of scandal-related documents available for download – including a glowing recommendation letter Palin wrote for Wooten in 2000, when she was mayor of Wasilla, with no mention whatsoever of the family connection. I can’t figure out how to make the link work, but if you search for this: 20080721_111415_PalinLetterofRecomend.pdf or poke around the ADN website, you’ll find it.

29 08 2008
29 08 2008
moretothisthanmeetstheeye

I am just wondering if this is more than it seems. Since McCain is the front runner I have the feeling that the GOP thinkers really don’t want to win this election. Another prove would be the highly suspicious VP choice. The old man seems tired, pale and not passionate about the job at all. For me, this is all just theatrics to leave a complete down and out country to the democrats who will have a hard time bringing this ship back on course in four years (more like three really) and who then can be ambushed by a hard core right winger who will blame Obama for what really is the republican’s legacy.

29 08 2008
Lisa

I am convinced that McCain is one sick perv! Why this woman? He had other qualified, experienced women to choose from! This woman looks like a MILF. I don’t like her as a package! Who is going to take her seriously? As a Feminist this choice is unacceptable and McCain has lost my vote! Hillary was attractive, strong, powerful, and confident. She made me feel proud! This woman does not exude even 1/4 of those things, how will she be taken seriously. Especially when I find sites where men are talking about having sex with her? Ugh!

God forbid McCain gets cancer again and this woman needs to take the reigns, what a scary thought! I am afraid to even think about it. I don’t know about Obama, but I will give him serious consideration at this point!

29 08 2008
Cityzenjane

You hope in your post that most women would feel insulted by this pick.

“Of course.” Would be my answer. What McCain has said to me is that Hilary Rodham Clinton’s qualifications resided in her ovaries and that is how he thinks women and others who supported HRC made the decision to do so.

Palin should be embarrassed, and she should get ready to be pimped at a biker rally someday in the future. But being a second place Miss Alaska contestant, she’s used to pimping herself.

So at the next Miss America Pageant with one of the questions be “What will you do if you get nominated for Vice President?”

We know Hilary Rodham Clinton,
and Sara Palin is NO HILARY RODHAM CLINTON.

WEAK SAUCE MCCAIN.

29 08 2008
Timothy Horrigan

If I am not mistaken (and I am an ignoramous from the Lower 48 who never even visted Alaska)— don’t cities and villages have very little power in Alaska? Isn’t most local governing done by the Boroughs (similar to what we flatlanders know as “Counties.”)

I do know she wasn’t the mayor of the Matanuska-Suisinta Borough, just of the City Of Wasilla, which is one of a few communities in the Borough which have city or village status.

29 08 2008
McCain/Palin v. Obama/Biden - Page 15 - Fires of Heaven Guild Message Board

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29 08 2008
Nakatomi Building

God job McCain. I’m sure Obama and Biden appreciate it.

29 08 2008
Cityzenjane

@James….

She’s one 72 year old cancer ridden heartbeat away from the Presidency. She is not even remotely qualified to lead as President of the United States.

Obama has proven in his campaign and by the choices he has made in his life that he IS ready.

29 08 2008
JHancock

Does anyone know if she ever went to college?

It’s unbelievable that the rightwing nuts are comparing her to Carter. He was a naval officer and a nuclear engineer. This woman is from Nowheresville. This has to be a joke. In the debates it will be Obama/Biden vs Dumb and Dumber.

For once the Libertarians have a shot at coming in second.

29 08 2008
Rich

I’ve been trying to catch up on Palin since she was tapped for VP, and this post has done more to give me an overall “feel” for her as a pol than any other source I’ve run across so far. Thanks for that! This will certainly be interesting to watch, but I’m hoping not infuriating as well. :-)

29 08 2008
Eileen

Her willingness to abuse her position for purely personal ends disqualifies her in my book.

29 08 2008
Timothy Horrigan

Well, she probably has been out of the country, since Juneau borders Canada :-)

29 08 2008
SuznAZ

Interesting to read an Alaskan perspective… since it’s so much like mine in Arizona. Mccain’s attempting to pander to the far right and pick up some disgruntled Hillary supporters at the same time. Given that Palin dissed Hillary as “too whiney”, is anti-choice, pro-creationism (and likely pro school prayer given her “Christian Athlete” prayer circles), anti-environment, pro big oil, she’s not appealing at all. Mccain thinks one woman’s pretty much like another… if not Hillary, Democratic women will vote for any woman. NOT. I’m looking forward to Biden’s debating Gov Palin. Should be fun… for Joe.

29 08 2008
Mike

I haven’t read a post complimenting your writing yet. I think it’s great. Thanks for the info, too.

29 08 2008
Eileen

beauty contest winner
creationist who wants to force teaching it in the schools
fights for Big Oil over polar bears
anti choice
uses elected position for personal vendetta against male relative
filthy rich
five young children being raised by whom? nannies?

I consider myself a feminist. I cannot relate to this woman.

29 08 2008
blackology

Very well said
I cant pretend I know much about Mrs. Parlin but the fact that McCain thinks people are so gender and racially driven is a huge insult to voters everywhere. I. as a woman, would have been insulted by his approaching me to run. If she can not see the real reason why she was nominated ob his ticket, then she is a fool herself. I live in California, with the stupidest govenor ever…and im ashamed of living here for that very reason

29 08 2008
fast eddie

lots of anger here….i’m not an alaskan, nor have i ever visited. i’m not going to lie, before today i had zero clue who sarah palin was/is. but i do enjoy the political scene and can tell you this: she’s a solid choice regardless of what is posted on this blog. mccain’s choice, in time, will pay off for him. party nonsense aside, i believe in voting for the best candidate – i know, that’s a ridiculous ideal and given the choice, it comes down to the lesser of 2 evils more times than not. point being, if anyone really, truely thinks sen obama is a better candidate to run this country than they are dillusional, plain and simple. the man’s (sen obama’s) toughest decison (in his own words) was whether or not to vote for war in iraq (which, he did, of course). really? in your entire life, that vote in the senate was the toughest choice you’ve ever, ever made? makes me want to question why he didn’t lend similar weight to the other 40% of votes missed during his term(s). he’s celebrity, pure and simple. sen clinton was a poor candidate as well, and it is a good thing she did not win the democratic nod; i’ve read a lot today about gov palin, how she has this scandal with her sister’s ex-husband, etc etc etc. let’s refresh: gov clinton carpetbagged by moving to a state with an open senatorial seat; carpetbagging is unethical and bordeline illiegal. ethics? let’s see: gov clinton was disgraced by her former law colleagues for unethical practices and was investigated for breaking state real estate laws. those are real life/grown up scandals – the kind where poeple have ‘accidents’ and wind up dead, etc (vince foster comes to mind). sorry to ramble about sen clinton.
anyway, god for the state of alaska – having a vp candidate is excellent for the state and is a precedent for female politicians.

29 08 2008
Bekah

Do they still make Jiffypop?

Great post. Thanks a jillion jiffies for the inside scoop.

29 08 2008
akmuckraker

Thanks all for the nice comments and links.

Another interesting nugget – she has just received the endorsement of Alaska Senator Ted Stevens, who is currently under Federal indictment. You guys know the story.

Can we say, “Kiss of Death?”

Talk radio in Alaska today has progressives horrified, or laughing their butts off, and conservatives bewildered or laughing their butts off. Every once in a while someone says, “Well, gee….I like her.” But that’s about it.

29 08 2008
29 08 2008
kunderwood

just wanted to confirm that you are, in fact, correct: as a woman i am completely insulted by the nomination…

29 08 2008
joe

Thanks for the great insight! The power of the Internet at work. Please keep us posted on any further developments.

29 08 2008
Wahela

When FDR was going to run for his next term of office, he knew he was very sick and likely would not see the end of the war. He changed his VP for that next election to Truman, knowing Truman was a more experienced person to be VP. he did that for the good of his country. McCain knows that there is a possibility that he might have to step down from the Presidency within 4 or (God forbid) 8 years. He logically, for the good of the country, should have picked someone ready to lead at a moment’s notice. Imagine when JFK was assasinated, that he ‘d had someone like Quayle as VP. Could you see it? Palin’s executive experience is not even as much as an accountant in a major corporation. She was leading a population the size of San Diego. I think she is merely the token woman. And a whole lot of women are going to be totally insulted by this.

29 08 2008
StainFreeMedia

Wow, this is absolutely the FIRST negative thing I’ve seen written about Gov. Palin by someone who is actually FROM Alaska. And are you serious? Do you really believe that Senator McCain picked her to “pander” to women? I’m assuming you also recognize the “pandering” by Senator Obama when he chose Senator Biden to appeal to the old, white guy vote. Isn’t it stunning that someone would choose a running mate in order to get more votes? It’s downright…….uh…….it’s downright…….uh…….well, never mind. All I have to say is, “Welcome to the REAL world”.

29 08 2008
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29 08 2008
joe

Wait til CNN, NBC, ABC, CBS, etc all start showing up with their TV trucks in Wasilla. It’s going to be a hoot!

29 08 2008
fast eddie

Wahela: it would be a (real) good idea not to mention Lyndon Johnson and the term “lead at a moment’s notice” in the same paragraph. i do like your thinking, that experience would have been a more prudent choice, but the arguement does not stick. LBJ thrust a country into an unnecessary war; Truman’s legacy is ending a war (through unparalleled technology), getting baited into another (and, in essence, losing it) and not much else. VP is always a dicey spot – was Mondale any more qualified than Quayle? was he any better (ok, maybe a better speller…i’ll give you that!)

29 08 2008
Brigitte

If I can presumptuously speak for all women: yeah, we’re insulted, very insulted.

29 08 2008
LeeCalif

I tend to agree with moretothisthanmeetstheeye.

The rats may just be looking to inflame the base with a sure loss and saddle the Obama administration with bank failures for years and years.

Make sure your $ is safe people !!!

29 08 2008
Wendy

Would we have had a Stan Palin as our VP pick? No. So choosing a woman because you think her gender will get votes is insulting.

YES! Thank you for saying this. That’s what I’ve been feeling all day. I was likely to vote Obama anyway, although not with much enthusiasm, but this…I feel insulted. It says to me that McCain thinks women are stupid.

29 08 2008
macarthur31

Great post. Thanks for providing an in-state take.

I can’t resist this, but I have to disagree with fast eddie’s comment that “palin was a solid choice.” Even if you went strictly women republicans that were elected or have served nationally: Condi Rice, Christine Todd Whitman, Olympia Snowe, Kay Bailey Hutchinson are just a few. If he went “outside the box” he could’ve went Meg Whitman or Carly Fiorina as women in business.

Sure, the Republican back-bench is thin, but he could’ve went with Lindsay Graham, Tom Ridge as experienced hands. Why not Mark Sanford?

This pick just feels like it’s a second/third choice. Maybe the person he wanted turned him down since they didn’t want to be sacrificed. I can’t imagine that McCain would take any candidate while they’re being investigated for ethical scandal. It boggles the mind, really.

Knock Obama all you want, but the guy has been on a 3 year job interview. He’s raised tons of money, has made scores of campaign decisions, and beat the Clintons. (Think about that — he beat the “inevitable nominee.”) And he’s been accurate on at least 3 big foreign policy situations (Iraq Withdrawal, Engaging Iran, Afghanistan) which the current administration has eventually sided with. In my mind, he’s proven that he’s ready for primetime.

While Palin might be up to the task, I don’t know how the McCain Team can prove that she’s ready in just 60 days. The schedule is just too condensed, and she has too many distracting low-hanging fruit backstories (beauty queen, troopergate) that the CNNs/MSNBCs will just fixate on.

29 08 2008
i love mccain « Silly Girls In Dresses

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29 08 2008
George Arndt

McCain ralls against Obama for his “lack of experience” then appoints a veep choice who has even less experience! How does being a mayor of tiny little town in the middle of nowhere and being Mayor of the most rural state in the US qualify her to be the most powerful person in the world?

And her global warming denial won’t help McCain. Although, I assume most Alaskian are “pro” global warming. : )

29 08 2008
An Alaskan Take on Sarah Palin « Golden Years, My @$$ (GYMA)

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29 08 2008
Ataray

Biden has many years of experience in Washington and how it works. He understands the ins and outs of how things can be accomplished and worked around more so than nearly anyone there. For a smart person coming into any new unknown situation this type of person behind you gives you an immediate wealth of information on how to go about implementing the policy changes you want to make.

On the other hand you have some unknown character from Alaska. Who while all of the hardcore conservatives will always fall back on the argument that she has ‘real experience’ in being a Governor for two years and prior to that having ran a town of 5500 people. The mere notion that this person has any idea what is going on for individuals in the most populated places in this country is ridiculous and a slap in face to anyone that has a clue.

The type of decision making they make as time progresses gives the insight into their thought process and allows you to see how intelligent they actually are.

O-b I can at least give to him that he’s capable of getting a message across in an authoritative manner that does not come off as he is trying to threaten you. This alone is what sets the tone of how the world perceives our country and will alone do volumes for repairing our image and relationship with the world as a whole.

29 08 2008
NJmikeV

I want to go to Alaska to fish once before I die. If I ever get up there I want to shake your hand. Thank you for the information.

Note to Fast Eddie: Thanks for the Dittohead talking points. You exposed youself with the Whitewater and Vince Foster was murdered nonsense. The Clintons aren’t running. McCain is. Can you say Keating Five ?

29 08 2008
Joe

I hope someone has told Palin that she should never, ever make a comment about McCain’s thining hair!

29 08 2008
TMoss

It’s a Hail Mary….(or a hail Sarah). As an Arizona Republican, it’s obvious to me that McCain is sunk, and he knows it. There’s no way that they’ll overcome Obama’s 20 point lead (the real margin).

Listening to here speak, she sounds like a cross between a high school cheerleader and a Spice Girl.

29 08 2008
Eric

LMAO at some of these comments. As somebody said, McCain has apparently found himself a Trophy Veep. I think this raises serious questions about McCain’s decision making abilities. Pilot to copilot: “We’re going down in flames”.

29 08 2008
NBachers

“Just find some broad to throw out there. Them pissed off Hillary dames will come stampeding over to our side.”

29 08 2008
R. V. Dump

Hey Fast Eddie –

Before you go calling someone on their spelling, you might want to check your dictionary for “dillusional”. Is that what happens when you eat too many pickles?

29 08 2008
fast eddie

RVDamp: who’d i call out on spelling? i admit i miss & need spell check as much as anyone….

as far as ‘dittohead’ comments go, maybe i should buy into obama’s rhetoric and drink the kool aid. i especially like the part where he claims to set a goal where we’d be dependent of oil in 10 years.

29 08 2008
HOOOOOOOOOOO Boy, Sarah Palin is scaring me! « Thoughts, Raves & Outright Beatings

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29 08 2008
Allen

Thanks for posting this. I grew up in Eagle River, which at ~45 miles from Wasilla is considered “close by” in Alaska standards.

I remember governors Sheffield and Cooper vaguely. I remember when Tony Knowles was mayor of Anchorage, even though I’d moved away before he became governor.

And despite whatever I thought about any of them, good or bad, I most certainly would have never thought them qualified to run as VP of the US. Alaska is just too remote, a huge state living inside its own bubble.

29 08 2008
Enrico S.

Obama just became President of the US. Hail to the Chief.

29 08 2008
qiwhi

Thanks for such an informative post!

29 08 2008
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29 08 2008
R. V. Dump

Well Fast Eddie, since you asked…

was Mondale any more qualified than Quayle? was he any better (ok, maybe a better speller…i’ll give you that!)

Yeah, I’ll agree that Obama’s call to get us off foreign oil in ten is probably unrealistic, but and I mean BUT, that’s a goal we should pursue, and pursue hard. Maybe it takes twenty, maybe it takes 40, maybe it takes what it takes. Not to state the obvious, but when JFK said we should reach the moon by the end of the decade it seemed fantastic at the time. This is not the time for putting one’s head up one’s posterior and pretending that the clouds aren’t gathering. Even the charlatan and swiftboating (difference?) T. Boone Pickens is saying that oil will be at $900.00 per barrel in 10 years. His rhetoric about the transfer of wealth out of this country in order to purchase oil is eye-opening. We need to turn this thing around before we go over the cliff. Drill here, drill now is BS. We will just be drinking our own milkshakes that much faster. We gotta find a new milkshake. If we don’t try, it won’t happen.

29 08 2008
Frederik

Cityzenjane: What choices in his life?? Sitting for twenty years with Jeremiah in his church? I am trying to google a single legislation Obama passed in his career in his short-lived US Senate or Illinois State Senate and guess what – I can’t find anything. So who is HE???

Ataray: Yes, Biden has many years of “experiences” in Washington DC. Another DC insider with years of “experiences”, paper shuffling and special interests sucking up (like his son the lobbyist).

Sarah Palin might not be a perfect choice and we may not agree with some of her stances, but I think she is a good pick. Seeing some Democrats going nuts here (and elsewhere) speaks that Mac made a good decision.

29 08 2008
Bruce

Brilliant! Thank you, it’s nice to know I’m not the only who thought the whole was a little surreal.

29 08 2008
Buffoon

She’s a gun-toting, hang ‘em high conservative.

————>There’s many who don’t think that’s a bad thing… :)

29 08 2008
frederickfoxtrott

This piece is just simply awesome! I don’t know what McCain was thinking. Can you imagine Governor Palin negotiating anything? I am at a loss.

29 08 2008
RJ Johnson

Thank you for the information on Palin and the elegant synopsis of the trooper story. I’ve put a link in my LJ and slugged it with “Mudflats, whose been blogging about Alaskan politics before it was sexy.”

29 08 2008
Whatahoot

Question? If women are offended by McCain’s pick for VP, are white men offended by Obama’s VP pick? I am not trying to sarcastic but have heard ALOT of “women should be offended”.

What I mean is there was alot of talk as to who Obama should choose for VP. Mrs.Clinton being one option, followed by several commentaries on how that ticket would be to diverse and the American people were not ready for this. So, Obama chooses a white male. Was this to appease voters and gain votes?

I have to say that I was surprised with McCain’s choice. Not because of Palin’s “credentials” but because she is a woman. Given that the hype has been in the Democrat camp regarding race and gender.

The only thing I could think of when McCain announced his VP choice was “Check-Mate”.

Let the circus begin………

29 08 2008
So McCains VP choice.. - Page 7 - AmityMama.com

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29 08 2008
alaskan

Here’s what wikipedia has to say about “troopergate” and those tied to it:
” Public Safety Commissioner dismissal scandal

Main article: Alaska Public Safety Commissioner dismissal controversy

On July 11, 2008, Palin dismissed Public Safety Commissioner Walter Monegan for not adequately filling state trooper vacancies, and because he “did not turn out to be a team player on budgeting issues.”[59] She instead offered him a position as executive director of the state Alcoholic Beverage Control Board, which he turned down.[60][61] Her power to fire him is not in dispute, but Monegan alleged that his dismissal may have been an abuse of power tied to his reluctance to fire Palin’s former brother-in-law, Alaska State Trooper Mike Wooten, who had been involved in a divorce and child custody battle with Palin’s sister, Molly McCann.[62]

Palin said that her dismissal of Monegan was unrelated to the fact that he had not fired Wooten. Palin said that members of her staff had made contact with public safety officials regarding the trooper, though she said that her staff’s contacts with the commission were not directed by her and she had little knowledge of them. She also took disciplinary action against one member of her staff who had mentioned her and Wooten’s family connection to Monegan’s staff.[64] In August 2008, a bipartisan panel of the Alaska Legislature hired Steve Branchflower to investigate Palin and her staff for possible abuse of power surrounding the dismissal.[65] Democratic State Senator Hollis French, who is overseeing the investigation, says that the Palin administration has been cooperating and that subpoenas are unnecessary.[66] ”

Here are some more facts regarding the reason Palin’s staff was urging for Wooten’s dismissal, from the wikipedia article: Alaska Public Safety Commissioner dismissal controversy

“In 2006, before Palin was governor, Wooten was suspended for 10 days for threatening to kill McCann’s (and Palin’s) father, tasering his 11-year-old stepson, drinking beer in his squad car, and violating game laws. After a union protest, the suspension was reduced to five days.[7]“

29 08 2008
dragonmage06

Excellent post. Thank you for putting an Alaskan perspective on Palin and giving us some more information about where she came from and what her true record has been.

29 08 2008
Tracy in NC

Thanks for this – good info, good writing, and I want to buy you a cold one at the Mug Shot!

29 08 2008
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29 08 2008
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29 08 2008
handsomesmitty

McCain had few dice to gamble with. The Traditional Republicans have finally pushed back Reagan’s conservatives, the common man and woman, to where there are too few jewels for the party to pick from.

Not fully endorsed by his own party, he had to go Right.

And she’s a good choice. Her experience trumps – at the minimum equals – Obama’s.

Palin is McCain’s best chance to keep the country out of Soros’ and Obama’s Marxist hands.

America may live a little longer…one can hope.

29 08 2008
FB

This is very helpful. People don’t decide with their heads, though. They go with their hearts. She’ll have to be pretty sullied to detract the base. At least info like this might mobilize ours.

BTW, you’re hooked on AK, how do you survive in such a repressive political climate?

29 08 2008
pam956

I think Joe Biden is going to crush her in a debate. While I would want to support my state, I would hope people would see the big picture and support the best candidate for President. If McCain had chosen the our govenor I still would not have supported McCain. My two cents.

29 08 2008
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29 08 2008
moxielin

As a 59 yr old woman I feel completely insulted that McCain would choose a little known and inexperienced woman to be his running mate thinking that all of us “dumb” women will break the doors down at the polls so we can vote just any woman into office. I hope to God there are enough thinking people out there that realize this. Considering his age and health issues he is totally irresponsible to put her in a potential Presidential Status postion and why didn’t she turn down the position knowing that it was too much for her? She commented 2 months ago that her priorities were the people of Alaska. I believe that is her limit.

29 08 2008
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29 08 2008
Mia

I seriously thought this was a joke when I turned on CNN. First of all, she looked a lot like that actress from Will & Grace. And I had honestly never heard of her. McCain is 72 and has like 3000 pages of medical problems just from the last 8 years– and he picks someone with a year and a half of statewide experience? Not to mention, it’s the 47th most populous state (State population is 1/4 the size of Chicago alone) and not exactly a swing state either. The most important aspect of choosing a VP is the question of whether this person would be a capable President in case something happened. Joe Biden–for sure. Mitt Romney–yes. Tim Pawlenty– yes (many years in state legislature, more as gov.) Sarah Palin–definitely no.

29 08 2008
solo7

I am an Obama supporter, but have great respect for John McCain, thinking even a 4 year stint with him at the helm would still be a big improvement on the Bush record. However in all fairness, I don’t think his selection of Ms. Palin, is a good move on his part.

Given his age, and health history, I am appalled that he would pick someone with so little experience to fill the VP slot. I can only assume that he is of the opinion that her selection may in some way detract from a temporary Obama bounce by attracting some of the female vote, athough her solid Republican stance on several issues would still alienate her even from the dissatisfied Hilary Clinton supporters, who while not crazy about the person of Obama, are still excited about the Democratic message during this particular election.

The economy being the issue dearest to people’s hearts and the fact that large numbers of people who were once solidly middle class have now seen themselves relegated to be among the ranks of the working poor, living paycheck to paycheck. The Republicans will have to do much more to appeal to these people than merely pull out a novelty VP from a hat, whose experience is as questionable as Obama’s.

John McCain’s problem, is quite simply that the country is worse off than we were 8 years ago, at least from the middle class point of view. Ms. Palin is above all things a Republican………and even if she could walk on the water, given the fact that a good half of the Republican conservative base, know very little about her, and the fact that McCain himself hardly knows much about her, will only provide more fodder for the opposing camp to pounce upon.

It has often been said that there’s no fool….;like an old fool, McCain should have played it safe and if female is the thing he really felt pressed to do, then Kay Bailey Hutchinson or someone of her ilk, would have been a much more compelling choice.

solo7

29 08 2008
lucidlunatic

I needed to read this. Thank you.

I believe this nomination may lose McCain the race. Not considering any other issue, look at it this way: McCain and Obama are probably the two most likely candidates to die, by disease or assassination, that this country has ever had. The vice president needs to be someone we’d be willing to elect for President. Palin doesn’t qualify.

29 08 2008
dreamaster

There is more to this than meets the eye. The neocons are taking a long shot at holding on to power. They can’t count on Mccain. If elected they won’t need to.
Within 6 months if elected John McCain will pass away peacefully in his sleep of a heart attack. Neocon implant takes reins of power to act as puppet. Shadow government resumes. Mission accomplished. Look to the recent changes in those who surround McCain and it’s easy to see who engineered this plot within a plot. Leo Strauss is giggling in his grave.

29 08 2008
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29 08 2008
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29 08 2008
Twango

Thanks for an insider’s view. I’ll be linking to you as well.

29 08 2008
What is McCain Thinking? One Alaskan’s Perspective. « The Central Tabulator

[...] There is no doubt in my mind that many Alaskans are feeling pretty excited about this. But we live in our own little bubble up here, and most of the attention we get is because of The Bridge to Nowhere, polar bears, the indictment of Ted Stevens, and the ongoing investigation and conviction of the string of legislators and oil executives who literally called themselves “The Corrupt Bastards Club”. Source Article [...]

29 08 2008
WhatAJoke

Someone here brought up the fact that Obama doesn’t have any experience. The difference is that 18 million people decided that Obama’s experience was just fine.

One old creepy guy decided Palin was fine.

P.S.
Did anyone else see him checking out her ass? Watch out Cindy! I see a third marriage approaching…

29 08 2008
themikeyreport

Did Obama even give a speech last night? I can barely remember it… something about hope and change.

McCain just took the wind completely out of Obama’s coronation. And all the liberals can do is make jokes about Oalin’s looks and experience (which happens to be MORE executive experience than Obama ever has).

Obama made a huge tactical error by picking Biden over Clinton and he just got his butt handed to him by a senile old man. What’s that say about Obama? His first MAJOR decision – his VP selection – and he blows it. That just highlights his lack of expereince and judgement. Frankly, I don’t care if the hard corp liberals hate Palin. She has energized the base.

Biden better get his big boy pants on.

29 08 2008
Jean

More reason to support Barack Obama for President! http://acropolisreview.com/2008/04/top-reasons-to-give-barack-obama-your.html

29 08 2008
Max Regor

She has been out of the country.

29 08 2008
amberpeace

I’m going to cut a part of your article and link to you! This is excellent.

29 08 2008
Mary

What I mean is there was alot of talk as to who Obama should choose for VP. Mrs.Clinton being one option, followed by several commentaries on how that ticket would be to diverse and the American people were not ready for this. So, Obama chooses a white male. Was this to appease voters and gain votes?

What is insulting is that Sarah Palin is a grossly UNDERQUALIFIED woman. If McCain had picked Kay Bailey Hutchinson, Christine Todd Whitman or even Condoleezza Rice – a woman with real experience and qualifications – I would not feel nearly so disgusted with McCain.

Say whatever else you want about Joe Biden, the guy knows foreign policy like the back of his hand.

29 08 2008
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29 08 2008
batguano101

You give good back ground here.

What was McCain thinking?
He wants to win.

Palin gets the Knee Capping vote Hillary has developed to go for 2012.

Palin is all American, good family, popular in her state, successful governor, smart, and has a son in the Army.

Smartest move McCain has made in the campaign.
She is a good choice.

29 08 2008
plooger

Great overview; thanks.

And great catch re: Palin’s difficulty in adjusting priorities when she assumes positions with wider scope. (i.e. Wasilla and Alaska uber alles)

The only issue not mentioned, that I’ve found elsewhere, is Palin’s apparent channeling of Bush Administration scientific suppression and deception in reporting the results of the internal scientific review of polar bear studies.

See this 5/25 ADN article, ‘E-mail reveals state dispute over polar bear listing’

The state’s in-house dispute seems to refute later statements by Gov. Sarah Palin that a “comprehensive review” of the federal science by state wildlife officials found no reason to support an endangered-species listing for the northern bears. The governor invoked the state’s own scientific work both in a cover letter to the state’s official polar bear comments, and in an opinion piece published in the New York Times.

Any laws against a public official lying to the public?

29 08 2008
Bruce

To the person who wrote this post:

I did not read the multitude of comments, but am asking you as resident of Alaska: what is the active investigation involving this “Troopergate” thing. I posted on my blog from several sources, but is she REALLY REALLY under investigation? It’s mind-boggling to me that that’s really the case and McCain picked her. What’s the “Alaska” scoop on all this. And if you could come leave your perspective on my blog, I’d appreciate it. I’m trying to understand this. Does it not matter to McCain at all?

http://thebruceblog.wordpress.com/2008/08/29/interesting-mccain-chose-palin-when-she-is-under-scrutiny-and-investigation/

29 08 2008
VA Patriot

Does Palin have more Executive experience than Obama? Yes.
Is the gas pipeline “controversial.” No.
Does the American public agree with Palin on drilling in ANWR? Yes.
Will Palin help with women voters? Yes.
Will Palin help with men voters? Yes.
Is there any meat at all to this so called Trooper scandal? No.

It’s so great to see so many libs on here cheering your efforts as if you wrote something of persuasive substance. Back to the drawing board.

29 08 2008
angevon1

Hey, thanks for the insight. I was on the fence before, claiming my vote ‘independent’. If Palin is seriously in the VP slot, I’m definitely not voting for McCain now.

29 08 2008
Interesting McCain chose Palin when she is under scrutiny and investigation « the bruce blog

[...] readers, HERE’s a link to a post by another person – an Alaskan – on WordPress, who seems to be asking: What was [...]

29 08 2008
plooger

Oh, also… what’s her educational background?

Obama graduated from Harvard Law and was elected President of the Harvard Law Review, and was a constitutional law lecturer…. so I’m comfortable with Obama being capable of internalizing the complex issues he’ll face.

What is Palin’s level of education and field of study? And what did she do with that education?

29 08 2008
katmandu2u

Great article. I linked this commentary on my site. Thanks, great job.

29 08 2008
amberpeace

Plooger,
University of Idaho! Majored in Journalism!

29 08 2008
hmmmm

Reports are coming in that the little baby she just had is not hers, it’s her daughters.

29 08 2008
Mitchell Aboulafia

Mudflats,

Thank you. I am putting a link on a blog on my Blog to your blog.

“McCain Just Lost the Election with a Hail Mary”

http://msa4.wordpress.com/

29 08 2008
plooger

Macarthur: While Palin might be up to the task, I don’t know how the McCain Team can prove that she’s ready in just 60 days. The schedule is just too condensed, …

I expect that this is a factor the McCain campaign is counting on, that there won’t be sufficient time to scrutinize Palin and that she’ll be able to get through a single public debate with Biden without any major gaffes. (Look for some serious bar-lowering prior to the debate.)

29 08 2008
A very public vetting for Sarah Palin « SchizoFrenetic

[...] only major Palin news out of Alaska prior to her selection as VP was that of TrooperGate.  There’s currently an ongoing ethics investigating looking at a possible abuse of power by [...]

29 08 2008
hmmmm

Sen. Obama has 11yrs of legislature experience has a the Sen. of IL., he also has 2 yrs of US Sen. Experience. His experience totals 13 yrs. He has also written and co- sponsored many bills in the US Senate. He has traveled over seas to inspect and prevent countries from acquiring WMB and other missiles.

29 08 2008
McCain Just Lost the Election with a Hail Mary « UP@NIGHT

[...] For a picture of beautiful Wasilla, the town Palin was major of, and the scoop on the ethics case, see Mudflats. [...]

29 08 2008
Bruce

Hey, I linked to you from my blog, and accidentally linked to you on Huffington Post. Oh well, enjoy the traffic if it comes your way!

29 08 2008
Today’s WTF moment… » barelymyself.com

[...] like me, you woke up this morning wondering who this woman was, start here: What is McCain Thinking? One Alaskan’s Perspective. Share and [...]

29 08 2008
Missouri Liberal » Looking More Cynical

[...] daughter being mentioned at every turn to support that stance).  She’s not nearly the squeaky-clean politician she and the Republicans make her out to be.  She’s far from gay friendly. And her [...]

29 08 2008
autry06

Thanks MCsame!!!! This is the exclamation point! R.I.P. Republican Party Dictatorship. :)

29 08 2008
MJ "revoltingpawn"

I will admit that Sarah Palin has caused a media sensation and have posted three articles about her myself. The beauty pageant photo post has been the most poplar hit wise. LOL

http://ideasandrevolution.net/

She will not fair well under the microscope I am afraid and not really sure what McCain was thinking.

This has been the been post I have read so far since you are close to the situations in regards to her.

29 08 2008
teddy

Frederik: http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2008/2/21/164117/783?new=true

Learn how to use Google, then come back.

29 08 2008
Abe

This is a great story. Actually, I think many of us might remember this, maybe not but, early in the primaries, when John Mccain was asked by a supporter “How do we beat the b**ch?” John McCain responded “That’s an excellent question.”

http://tpmelectioncentral.talkingpointsmemo.com/2007/11/full_video_mccain_says_supporters_bitch_query_about_hillary_is_an_excellent_question.php

Well, he has no respect for women yet he shows this again by selecting a women for VP not because the quality of her work etc. but just because he is so desparate to be elected.

it is sad, I gave up on McCain long time ago when he hired Bush election advisors, lets not forget they are the advisor that trashed McCain in 2000 elections. He has no judgment, he is desperate.

29 08 2008
Geraldine

Her international experience is dealing with Canada. Ha Ha Ha. I am a Canadian. Believe me with Steven Harper as our limp Prime Minister (and sucking up to Bush) I would not count that as international experience.

29 08 2008
hmmmm

At least Obama had enough respect for Clinton to not choose another woman to put on his ticket!! McCheater is showing that his respect for women not only lacks in his personal life, but also in his professional life.

29 08 2008
Mark

I get the sense that there are alot of Obama Supporters/Spinners on this message board… Palin is exactly what McCain needs to steal the women vote away from Obama. What Palin is accused of pales in comparison to all of the murders, corruption, etc that the Clintons have been involved in over their time.

29 08 2008
jw

Is it just me, or does anyone else think “Walmart Cashier” (ok, maybe night manager) when seeing a picture of Palin?

29 08 2008
creeping

So what’s the problem?

Mark – not to mention the terrorists, racists, criminals, despots, and dictators that launched obama’s career and support him to this day…

she’s squeaky clean compared to obama y biden

29 08 2008
PatD

Thanks for the man in the street perspective from Wausilla. I had no idea it was as red as he describes it, wow.

29 08 2008
Neal Campbell

You sound like a liberal who doesn’t like her because she’s right. I’m registering to vote, just because she rocks!

29 08 2008
plenilune

First, thank you for this post. As a liberal dem from the lower 48, thank you SO MUCH for this information. The supposedly liberal media we have in the USA have absolutely no clue.

Now I’m gonna get snarky:

I’d like to welcome Republicans to 1984– not the George Orwell novel they’re trying to turn America into, but the actual year most of us lived (although I’d like to brag that I was a child far too young to vote). Sarah Palin criticized Hillary Clinton as a whiner during her presidential campaign, and now praises her by quoting her on “18 million cracks,” and also tries to co-opt the anniversary of women’s suffrage. Sorry, Ms. Palin, but if the type of men your beliefs fall in line with had held enough positions of power in 1920, you might still not be able to vote.

StainFreeMedia: Joe Biden was not chosen for the old white guy vote, he was chosen for his foreign policy and federal government experience. Besides, aren’t most old white guys Republicans anyway? ;)

fast eddie: I’m pretty sure Obama qualified his statement about ending US dependence on foreign oil in 10 years. I recall thinking about dependence on Venezuelan oil and that Citgo dictator Hugo Chavez. He declared independence from Middle Eastern oil… which has nothing to do with our dependence on South American and Canadian oil.

Frederik: Who is Barack Obama? Those of us who followed the DNC in 2004 know exactly who Obama is. We have followed Obama, whether just here & there or in great depth, over the past 4 years, and the only thing that has surprised us is how quickly he’s shown himself to be a national contender.

themikeyreport: let’s look at experience–Obama was elected to the US Senate in November 2004 and he served in the Illinois (pop: 12.85 million est. 2007) State Senate since 1996. In 1996, Palin was elected Mayor of Wasilla, AK; she was elected Governor of Alaska (pop: 683 thousand est. 2007): in 2006. I’m not sure in what universe these two things are equal, but I’m pretty sure it’s not this one. I’ve lived in Boston since 2000 and think Tom Menino has been a good mayor, but I’m sure as hell not ready to nominate him as MA governor, let alone VP.

29 08 2008
Abe

Creeping,
Is she really squeaky clean? if you say someone who orders to fire someone becuase of her own interests (actually, in another blog it was claimed that her husband was also involved in firing of another state official for some other reason) tells you she is squeaky clean but not corrupt and criminal than I think this country is in trouble.

29 08 2008
cindyinatl

I want to thank you for spelling out the story of the controversy around Sarah Palin. I hope these details come to light on a national scale! I’ve forwarded the link to our site to everyone I can think of encouraging them to read this first hand description.

I am particularly offended that the McCain campaign would think that they could gain votes from women just by sticking a woman in the VP slot (especially this woman.) I am enraged to think that they feel they can move Hillary Clinton votes over to the Republican ticket by doing this. I was a supporter of Clinton and would NEVER vote for McCain. His views are the polar opposite of mine. This just demonstrates a sexist, out of touch attitude about the American voters. That being said, I think the strategy is working as far as gaining him more support within his own party (the far right.)

29 08 2008
kathryn jones

thanks for adding the about me! It is a pleasure to “meet” you. I posted this blog on twitter hours ago…and have seen tons of links to it since then as well. So look forward to reading more.

all my best,
Kathryn

29 08 2008
Alaskan bloggers on Sarah Palin at Bene Diction Blogs On

[...] his post Local Reaction to the Palin bombshell he collects reacts from various [...]

29 08 2008
angelheadedhipster

I don’t know much about Palin’s politics actually I had never heard of Palin until she got the VP nomination, so it is good to hear some of that from someone who knows and is directly affected by her politics.

As a woman and as an American citizen I am deeply insulted by McCain’s choice. It is completely obvious that he only picked her because she is woman and he is trying to get women who supported Hillary to support him and that insults my intelligence and the intelligence of American women ALL of them Democratic and Republican women alike. It is demeaning to the maximum degree and I hope and know that this move will backfire on McCain.

Vote for Obama!!!!!!!

29 08 2008
McCain's VP choice is.... - Carrie Underwood Fans

[...] Originally Posted by AIgrl06 I heard that her youngest baby has Down Syndrome. I haven’t heard about any of that other stuff, I’ll definitely have to look it up. I need to find out a lot more about Palin because I need to be able to debate my dad about it, and he’s a hardcore Republican who was beyond thrilled that McCain chose Palin, for some reason. I don’t like her either, though. I didn’t like how she was using Hillary’s "Eighteen million cracks in the glass ceiling" thing. I stand by my initial claim that I think that it was a very good, strategic move by McCain, though. I will link you to the blog I read (it’s a very interesting, eye-opening read): What is McCain Thinking? One Alaskan’s Perspective. Mudflats [...]

29 08 2008
ginacoggio

I feel really bad for her. She’s a tool in his campaign and is totally unprepared. She cannot possibly face gigantic international politics. She will be destroyed in no time. McCain has no sensitivity to this and therefore has zero understanding or sensitivity to women’s issues at all. This one move has made light of all Hillary has done and all the progress women have made. I’m sad for Palin, sad that now that “women have come so far” any old woman will do to satisfy the “diversity” requirement. Poor thing, she’s getting swept away in this and has absolutely no idea. This will not fare well.

29 08 2008
Hey, there’s only one penis on that ticket! « Darren Abate | Photojournalist

[...] Check out some great insight on Palin from a fellow Alaskan. After reading this article, I’m pretty sure that McCain has made a big [...]

29 08 2008
Stefan

Very good article…I’m gonna make an article out of some of it.

For some valuable info on the leading men themselves, check out this article I wrote on them.

http://warofillusions.wordpress.com/2008/07/18/selection-08-buyer-beware-v2/

29 08 2008
29 08 2008
katbur

Really well stated, it’s good to hear from someone who lives up there. I thought it was, tacky seems like the wrong word but that’s really how it seemed. Does he think that we’re so stupid that as long as there’s a “skirt” up there we’re going to vote for him?

29 08 2008
Kate Dickman

Wow very interesting and fresh perspective. It IS insulting to those Hillary supporters. Just because she has a vagina means nothing in terms of my inclination to vote for her… McCain F*#&@! up with this one.

29 08 2008
Karl

As a Floridian who has visited Wasilla Alaska, That picture is not representative at all of this beautiful town, Sure there is a bar or 2 because it is Alaska, There is a Wal-mart, a Harley shop, McDonald’s but as I remember there was a beautiful city park in the center of town and many nice shops and many beautiful homes and a very nice high school.. That picture was meant to hurt the image of a good woman and a very nice American Town. Put up an accurate picture or just say it like it is .. It is a bar in Alaska..

29 08 2008
Steve

Thank you for this perspective.

Regarding the issue of experience for the VP I think all one needs to do is place Biden next to Palin. Its clear who has more experience.

29 08 2008
Aida

You really put it nicely for everybody to understand exactly who this woman is.
As Kate said: McCain really messed up with this one.
Thank You

29 08 2008
BrainMunchie.com ...food for thought » Blog Archive » Very Interesting Article on Sarah Palin

[...] What is McCain Thinking? One Alaskan’s Perspective. [...]

29 08 2008
embrownny

Wow. Thanks for the background information. I heard a little snippet about a scandal with the brother-in-law but there weren’t any details.

29 08 2008
beautysleeping

Interesting read, thanks. My first thought when I saw the headlines was that McCain was trying to lure Hillary’s votes–I just hope all women voters see through this slimeball move. It makes me even more confident that my vote for Obama will be well cast.

29 08 2008
F. ObaMcCain

You guys crack me up, especially Lisa. Like you were actually going to vote for McCain before he picked the MILF you shill. Lisa, you are as phoney as Obama and McCain put together. All you retards are out to lunch. None of you get it. This country’s destiny is pre-planned and it doesn’t matter what meat machine is in the oval office. Get a life people. Personally, I think McCain is going to win with the MILF but it just doesn’t matter.

29 08 2008
Dave

McCains vice presidential selection is more experienced and more qualified for the presidency than the Democratic nominee himself. That should tell you something and that is the line that should be used every time the dimwits start saying a word about “inexperience”. They’ve basically got a “I vote present” Illinois state senator running for the highest office in the land and they are complaining about a governor and, might I add, the only one on both tickets with actual governing experience. I say burn the naysayers and doomsayers at the stake, it was a bold and fine pick Mr. McCain. Palin is fiercely independent, strong minded, witty and has created her own success in life. Let the bully boys and the pit bulls circle and growl, but Palin should do you proud.

29 08 2008
29 08 2008
BigSkyGirl

Unfortunately, I think this pick has done what McCain intended: 1) it is energizing the Republican base (that he couldn’t convince he was religious enough, pro-life enough, so they may actually go out and vote in Nov, and 2) it kept the MSM from talking about Obama’s great speech and the DNC convention in general. So, as much as the Palin-pick seems like a bad SNL skit to me, McCain is already seeing benefit to his choices.

Another point that hasn’t been brought up is that by choosing Palin, he’s given some people (sadly, some white female dems in particular) who don’t feel comfortable having an African American President/family in the White House, an excuse to vote for McCain that they can actually voice. They can say they’re supporting the female candidate.

But, I agree with those above who point out that their were much better Repub women for this slot that were ignored. More poor judgment, McCain.

29 08 2008
*Coop*

Dude, I don’t know how many comments you normally get, but you’re busting at the seams right now!

This is great info. I’m a Southerner who’s been across the Atlantic several times, but never north of Ohio. I was totally ignorant to Palin (partly because I’m a grad student with no tv) but this post provides some good ‘insider’ information. It’s much appreciated.

I keep wondering who’s gonna breastfeed her baby. So wrong, I know. But honestly…

29 08 2008
The best of the week… with a great Charlie Rose Interview « Invest By Simplicity

[...] **Outside of finance** but the new V.P. of McCain is a weird choice. Here’s one of the best blog entry about Sarah Palin from an Alaskan point of view. [...]

29 08 2008
jimmy jamers

I once was married in a shotgun wedding in Las Vegas. I met this beautiful woman over the internets and we immediately got married after meeting one time.

We had the most amazing sex that first night. It was kind of good the second night. The third night she started to wear on me a bit and the sex was just ordinary. I woke up the fourth day after our wedding and thought, “what in the hell have I gotten myself into!”

We are no longer married.

29 08 2008
whichferret

I too am linking to this on my blog. people need to see this. It is so hard to know what is going on in other states, let alone in Alaska and Hawaii

29 08 2008
shonny

Maybe he hasn’t got a death wish?
Great background information. Was through Wasilla nearly 20 years ago, but I think I blinked, looking forward to visiting Denali and Otto Lake.

29 08 2008
McCain believes we are stupid. Is he correct? « Fabius Maximus

[...] “What is McCain Thinking? One Alaskan’s Perspective.“, by AKMuckraker, posted at Mudflats, 29 August 2008 – A seemingly fair look at Palin. [...]

29 08 2008
McBush and his sad attempt « WhichFerret

[...] people of Alaska are willing to share some of what they have been dealing with with Sarah Palin.  One such person is a fellow blogger.  Please follow the link and read the blog.  It is enlightening.  If there was any doubt in your [...]

29 08 2008
Alaska is a Big State with Big Opinions, Too « “That Girl” is Watching

[...] is a Big State with Big Opinions, Too Jump to Comments One Alaskan’s Perspective on McCain’s selection of Gov. Sarah Palin. A shot of Wasilla thanks to [...]

29 08 2008
Palin for VP? Is he on Crack?

[...] What is McCain Thinking? One Alaskan’s Perspective Tags: Alaska, drilling in anwr, governor of alaska, Hillary, hillary supporters, McCain, republicans, social agenda, vp, white house, woman [...]

29 08 2008
So, Who is Sarah Palin? « Embrownny’s Chat Room

[...] to help us answer the question, “Who is Sarah Palin?” Check out the article, “‘What is McCain Tinking? One Alaskan’s Perspective,” posted by [...]

29 08 2008
On Palin « Endi Thinks

[...] Mudflats Posted in Democracy, McCain, RNC, Sarah Palin, Vice President | [...]

29 08 2008
Ask them no questions, they'll tell you no lies

I have to say, I felt earlier today like John McCain, for all of his many, MANY, MANY flaws, was a shrewd political player. I mean, the experienced Senator with a rookie VP, or the Rookie Senator with the Experienced VP. Naturally the female angle was intriguing, although I still think this feels so manufactured – like a joke or something.

Another commentator made an excellent point when he stated that a man with similar experience (and no, I apologize, it’s not comparable to Sen. Obama’s in any way) would NEVER have been considered for this post. As a female voter who believes that it is HILLARY CLINTON to whom credit is due for the historic nature of her campaign and her trailblazing, I find it quite shocking that any self-respecting Dem or Independent who supported Hillary would fall in line behind McCain because of his attempt to make history and trivialize Hillary’s contribution as a last ditch effort to save his otherwise stale, outdated right-wing ideals. Probably just me though, those who intend to cast their vote out of spite for McCain had probably already decided.

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29 08 2008
treehugginglib

Dude!! That was an awesome post! I even called a friend and read it to her. Thank you for all of the info!

29 08 2008
Frankie

I just saw on the internet, unsure how old this interview was, but Carl Rove was telling how inexperienced Tim Kaine of Virginia. He said the following, “I think he’s going to make an intensely political choice, not a governing choice,” Rove said. “He’s going to view this through the prism of a candidate, not through the prism of president; that is to say, he’s going to pick somebody that he thinks will on the margin help him in a state like Indiana or Missouri or Virginia. He’s not going to be thinking big and broad about the responsibilities of president.

With all due respect again to Governor Kaine, he’s been a governor for three years.

I don’t think people could really name a big, important thing that he’s done. He was mayor of the 105th largest city in America.

So if he were to pick Governor Kaine, it would be an intensely political choice where he said, `You know what? I’m really not, first and foremost, concerned with, is this person capable of being president of the United States? What I’m concerned about is, can he bring me the electoral votes of the state of Virginia, the 13 electoral votes in Virginia?

Take out Governor Kaine’s name and replace it with Palin with less years governor to boot.

29 08 2008
MikeB

Obama’s and McCain’s choices for VP illustrate the stark contrasts between them. McCain’s chose a running mate who might make him a better candidate; Obama chose one who can make him a better president. Picking Palin may help McCain at the polls, but win or lose, her usefulness to him all but ends after November 4.

Biden, on the other hand, has impressive foreign policy experience that will be crucial to Obama as he winds down the war in Iraq and repairs America’s damaged reputation abroad. By picking Biden, Obama shows us that he will assemble a team with the experience and insight that he needs to govern wisely — the hallmark of great leadership.

By picking Palin, McCain shows us that he’ll do anything to win the prize, but hasn’t given much thought to what he’ll do with it if he wins it.

29 08 2008
Jay

Her nomination is bizarre. I can’t believe McCain picked someone with so little experience. To think a person that was mayor of a 5000 person town just two years ago could stumble into being president is just plain scary. Why pick her when the nation has a million mayors of small towns – some of whom actually had a passport before 2007 and even ran businesses? I think this is an example of McCains lack of judgement and his carelessness.

29 08 2008
hustleandfloe

wow.

29 08 2008
tspey

Bravo AKMuckraker.

To all Alaskans, unite and free ourselves of our mess. To the rest of America… read, watch and listen to your gut come November. Ours have been sliced open to bleed by greed.

http://tspey.wordpress.com/

29 08 2008
saycheeseworld

Thank you! I will definitely be passing your insights along.

29 08 2008
vmacandcheese

Echoing most of the other sentiments here, thanks so much for posting such an informative review on Ms. Palin. It’s great to have the insights of an Alaskan who has seen how she operates.

29 08 2008
McCain’s VP choice smacks of pandering… « Dis-Information Station

[...] I found this excellent blog entry that does a nice job of detailing the inside politics of Palin’s career in Alaska. I highly [...]

29 08 2008
Mason

Mudflats,
I won’t make a judgmental statement here about the election. I’m just glad I stumbled upon your site and read your excellent insightful writing.

29 08 2008
edward mycue

I’d like to hear more about the moose killing that her father and now ex-brother-in-law were charged with and the taser “test” mode used on the eleven year old boy who wanted to see how it felt and if Gov. Palin really is an former beauty queen and what of at what age and where? Is her husband really an oil company employee or executive? It’s so full of public interest and may have nothing to do with her gift to govern or “rule”. And what of her seeming ativistic aversion to the survival of polar bears? Does this matter to Americans and/or is that an attempt of McCain to go out with a bang? And what do each other’s spouses say? This all seems more a cartoon in the grislygloom verse tradition of Sam Magee living again at this hour. Of course inquiring minds may not be seduced by this apparantly manufactured tinny-gothic drama. Whe the Roman republic gave way to empire, wheat were the lessons we can learn and use to understand our time, or place, our cowardice? Is anybody listening? Edward Mycue

29 08 2008
laurapenpusher

Thank you, Mudflats! I appreciate hearing the same thoughts from someone who has a closer insight on the situation. Palin is allowing herself to be no more than a pawn (which doesn’t earn my respect) and a poor choice to earn any votes from Clinton supporters. In sleazy pandering for votes, does that make McCain a pimp??
Laura

29 08 2008
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29 08 2008
Odspan

Hey Fast Eddie. Ever hear of the Apollo Project? JFK said we would put a man on the moon and bring him back safely within NINE years. And guess what? We did it! And with 1960’s technology–computers that had less power than a cell phone does today! Energy INdependence in 10 years with 21st century technology? A SLAM-DUNK if we get behind it like we did Apollo!

29 08 2008
edward mycue

THE EARLY GRAPE

We are the early grape
flat, dry, and cloudy.
The time is short,
but some days never end.
There is no joyous lake.
There is no incantation
that can bend the moment back
into the patterns we may see too late.

Wait for tomorrow?
Tomorrow never comes.
Wait for tomorrow?
Tomorrow never comes.

Three’s a crowd.
The spunky one’s the cream in your coffee.
I know I know we said.
That’s the thing!
Do it. Do it now.

Early wine is flat, dry, and cloudy
and some days never end.
There is no joyous lake.
There is no incantation
that will bend the moment back
into patterns we have seen too late.
EDWARD MYCUE

29 08 2008
rowdy

i love “google earth”. i can see my car in my driveway, i can count the trees in my yard. google earth is not perfect, because when i look at “Wasilla, alaska”, most of it is a blurry picture. most of the places you have never heard of are blurry images on google earth. like sibera, the mountains of northern iraq, most of ossetia, georgia, is a blurry image. my point being, places with no importance, like wasilla, get poor images because they are meaningless wilderness; not even worthy of satellite pictures. who is this hick governor? what qualifies her to be the leader of anything other than the host of the local dog show or moose hunters society?

29 08 2008
Kevin Hayden

I’m registering to vote, just because she rocks!

A fine reason to do one’s civic duty and ensure the continuation of democracy. Because she gives you a stiffy.

Pretty much the motivational level of most Republicans I’ve known: “maybe I can get rich or laid.”

(I said ‘most’, not ‘all’, btw.)

And even in wedlock, with the priest peering over the footboard, one would expect someone 43 years old to be using contraceptives or her husband, precisely to eliminate the high risk of Down’s Syndrome in the offspring. I can fully respect her choice not to abort the fetus and raise and love the child as much as any child is loved. And I know people with the syndrome are often very affectionate and good natured in return. Yet many face other complications. Epilepsy. Other health disorders. Or their mental limitations pt them at higher risk of accident or victimization.

Rather than take such risks and justifying it afterward, it would seem more considerate and compassionate to utilize contraceptives responsibly.

That’s not someone I want as a role model for my daughters. I hate the glass ceilings with a passion, but there are some barriers that’re legit to being in charge of the most powerful nation in the world: demonstrated responsibility, common sense and a substantive record of experience as a public servant obedient to the law are all essential in my view. Palin’s failed at least a couple of those tests. Public service shouldn’t model itself after fictional TV show approaches to law and life.

I don’t ask my public officials for a purity test, but I expect performance above what a trailer park soap opera buff could achieve… without claiming some moral superiority that only exists in her mind.

Just as I think it dumb to hear John Edwards claim that unbeknownst to him, others were trying to keep his girlfriend out of the medioa’s eyes, Palin’s claim that her staff was pressuring the Trooper chief without her knowledge is hard to disprove, but gives good reason for reasonable people to be highly skeptical. Especially since her initial instinct was to lie and cover up some details.

No thank you. Once a public servant – like any person – violates that trust, the last thing that should be offered is a promotion. That mocks the public she’s supposed to serve.

If McCain wanted a woman for the office, I can think of at least a half dozen better qualified with more experience, and better records of personal and professional responsibility. A maverick corrupted only part time for her family’s convenience? This ain’t Hollywood, Senator McCain. Keeping our country safe and thriving is serious business to most of us.

29 08 2008
skippy

really great job, mudflats, i linked to you from skippy.

i must say, if mcmuffin had picked condi rice, or even mitt romney, obama would have had a run for his money.

but this looks like mcmuffin’s been thinking w/his little head, not his big head.

again.

29 08 2008
An Alaskan’s views on Palin « Epiphanyblog

[...] afternoon, there’s a whole lot of information that is just not available about her. But this blog from a fellow Alaskan provides so much non-published information about her background and the [...]

29 08 2008
An Alaskan’s view of Palin « Epiphanyblog

[...] afternoon, there’s a whole lot of information that is just not available about her. But this blog from a fellow Alaskan provides so much non-published information about her background and the [...]

29 08 2008
Joe

Nice try bub…

THIS is Wasilla, Alaska and you KNOW it:

29 08 2008
Joe

29 08 2008
Happy Mama

I can tell you as an Alaskan that his pick doesn’t shock most of us, in fact it validates what most of this state recognizes in an exceptional politician. When she gets out there I hope that anyone who’s trying to shoot her down now will take an honest look before they judge.

He may be looking for the female vote, but I don’t think he’s nearly as stupid as most of you. Just because you don’t like his politics doesn’t mean he’s not shrewed, or he would never have gotten as far as he has (and I’m not a supporter btw). He realizes what he’s doing and I now have a little more faith in the republican ticket because of his choice. She’s an amazing woman.

Let me reiterate – I’m not a republican. I just like one. :)

29 08 2008
And this is all I’ll say about that. « Smichovsky Compensation Syndrome

[...] Alaska, Barack Obama, Chicago, Joe Biden, John McCain, Sarah Palin — Kristoffer @ 3:22 am Go here for some good Alaska insight on the Sarah Palin experience — I’ve obviously got nothing I can add on any substantial front about who she is or why [...]

29 08 2008
George

This is the dumbest pick I have ever seen. In presidential elections, you act like this in the primary, not the general. Unless the American people are beyond hope, I think McCain just caused himself a whole lot of trouble.

29 08 2008
Jon

I am a supporter of the McCain-Palin ticket and I have been trying to find some good criticism to keep my own views in check and the liberal TV pundits have not been doing such a good job with that. Your views from within the state and elaboration on your governor is much appreciated — great post! I don’t care much for the opinion portion but the facts and issues brought up are great, thanks.

29 08 2008
McCain’s Choice « Zacca

[...] am Tags: Alaska, General Election 08, GOP, Governor Palin, John McCain, News, politics A Blogger Mudflats from Alaska posted [...]

30 08 2008
reportanddeport

The nonsense of your questions and the use of cliches like “trophy girl” demonstrate that you are NOT sincere in your criticism.

30 08 2008
JuneauBetter

Used to live there. She’ll do ok.

Some of you folks are sounding desperate – Obama fumbled his selection and Palin will do well for McCain.

If Obamessiah were not such an empty suited bumbler (lost without a teleprompter) he would have done the smart thing and taken Hillary instead of Plagarism Joe Biden — and this race would be over before it started no matter who McPain named as his VP candidate.

You guys ready for 4 years of McCain?

Assuming Gov Palin doenst make a Dan Quayle out of herself in office…

How about Hillary Vs Palin in 2012 ? Wouldn’t that be wild?

30 08 2008
Concerned in the Lower 48

I got to you site via HuffPo, but will now bookmark it because I am impressed by your intelligent presentation of this potentially contentious issue. I look forward to reading your commentary on a regular basis.

I shudder to think Palin could be President if McCain dies.

Thank you for cutting through all the hype for us.

30 08 2008
US politics « Chris Laycock’s Weblog

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30 08 2008
translated… « crack-a-lack-a-ding-dongs

[...] 30, 2008 by majorpaynes Here’s some interesting reading regarding politics- if this is not your thing, no biggie, its just a local POV.  My mom called [...]

30 08 2008
lifestartsnow

thanks for your insight. very interesting to read, especially for a european who is even further away from alaska than the lower 48.

franzi

30 08 2008
Aminul Islam Sajib

Boss, sorry to say, still haven’t read the full article. But before making the response ‘to this article’, I want to say another thing.

Yesterday night, I saw that program concerned live in CNN. People seemed to be happy getting her as a leader.

30 08 2008
junaidnavas

I think, McCain just wants to take advantage of Hillary’s wounds.

30 08 2008
adeavendetta

Thanks for your detailed post. Very enlightening for those of us living outside the US.
Greetings from Spain, where “red” = “progressive” :-)

30 08 2008
Rutabaga

I found you through HuffPo, and thanks for the insight…I will be passing this on via email to people who need to know. I just hope that the American public isn’t dumb enough to fall for this. The track record so far ain’t that great, though, so I can’t help but be a little cynical.

30 08 2008
Will the Real Sarah Palin Please Stand Up « Business Intelligence

[...] Mudflats I thought that I would keep their link alive for people who did not know Sarah Palin. [...]

30 08 2008
mike obama

Where’s Miss South Carolina these days.??????????? I believe that US Alaskans cannot find the US on a map such as they dont care where it is.

30 08 2008
millified

Finally, McCain’s own political judgment(s) got the BEST of him. :D
Informative.

30 08 2008
McCain Palin - Page 4 - Ajarn Forum - Living and Teaching In Thailand

[...] Re: McCain Palin oops!: Alaska Governor Sarah Palin doh!: adn.com | mat-su : Wasilla sees deal near on sports complex gee whiz!: What is McCain Thinking? One Alaskan’s Perspective. Mudflats [...]

30 08 2008
British Para

Hey, being European, our take on this is from a foreign affairs prospective, ‘how would the out come of your presidential elections effect us?’ Well it seems to me that if Senator McCain is elected president, Governor Palin would effectively be the most powerful woman in the world, a heart beat away from the president. This is a very scary prospect, since I get the impression that she hasn’t left the state of Alaska let alone the USA. It would be interesting to see her take on intricacies of Foreign affairs; Near East, Middle East, Far East, Africa, South America….Wow!! this IS going to be interesting. Peace

30 08 2008
cole55

I loved ‘Northern Exposure’ – this seems to bring it all back.

McCain looks desperate – on seeing Obama’s acceptance speech – McCain knew the celebrity jibs would no longer work – this was not an election – this was a revolt! Having announced that he had picked a VP – then announced that he hadn’t – he flung himself… ah… followed his d*ck to the Palin choice for VP.

It’s all about distraction – the use a beautiful woman is the oldest trick in the book – but by drilling for oil in Alaska – how would she bring jobs and reduce the costs of health care – across America?

30 08 2008
texan77

She still has more executive experience than well anyone else on either ticket. And since when do V.P.’s negotiate nuclear-non-proliferation treaties?

There is a great difference in serving a Nation’s senate for a couple of years or you are a queen of an icy island with small population (no disrespect Alaskans) for a couple of months.

With a president that just turned 72 years old, Sarah Palin is one stroke away from presidency. And yes she’d better be able to negotiate tough with guys like Putin or Ahmadinedschad.

30 08 2008
Ray

Your article brings out many salient points. My first two thoughts when I heard this pick were:

1) Ted Stevens probably doesn’t want that kind of spotlight on Alaskan politics right now.
2) McCain thinks some of those middle-of-the-road female Hillary supporters might see this as chance #2 to make this the year of the woman.

Truthfully, though, McCain must think this is going to be a close race and that Alaska could be the decider. This might be insurance against a potential loss of Alaska by Republican, well ever.

Very interesting and surprising choice. I’m not presently voting for Obama or McCain, but McCain showed himself to be somewhat unconventional with this choice.

30 08 2008
Below The Beltway » Blog Archive » The Risks Of Sarah Palin, Part III

[...] The Washington Post and MSNBC are already starting to look into the ongoing ethics investigation, some people in her native Alaska are wondering what the logic behind the pick actually is, and the issue of her relative inexperience has already become an [...]

30 08 2008
VA Patriot

Do keep in mind that Sarah Palin has more executive experience than Biden and Obama put together.

30 08 2008
philwynk

Above is a picture of lovely downtown Wasilla, for those of you unfamiliar with the area. Behind the Mug-Shot Saloon (the first bar I visited when I moved to Alaska long ago) is a little strip mall. There are street signs in Wasilla with bullet holes in them. Wasilla has a population of about 5500 people, and 1979 occupied housing units. This is where your potential Vice President was two short years ago.

All granted. However, given how little we know of Barry Obama, might it not be wise to stick him in Wasilla as Mayor for two terms, and see how well he does?

The point is, while Democrats are carping about how inexperienced is the Republican Vice Presidential choice, their choice for President has even less experience, as astounding as that might seem. That the comparison can even be made, says everything that needs to be said.

The only plausible response a politically aware adult can make to Barack Obama’s presidential bid is, “You can’t possibly be serious.”

30 08 2008
Dragonflower

Thank you for giving the rest of us some insight into Palin. It’s obvious McCain didn’t put much thought into a running mate. Who would pick someone who is an unknown and surrounded by so much controversy? I hope McCain wasn’t thinking, “If I can’t be black I can at least get the lesser of two evils by picking a woman”. Now, it’s disgusting to think McCain or the Republican party could be bigots, but …

We should all be insulted by the fact that Palin thinks she has a right to the VP nomination. She’s never been higher in the ranks than Governer! It’s insane to hear people say she has more experience. More experience with what, walking in political parades? There are well known Republican women who have high profiles and have more experience. We know that McCain couldn’t hitch any of those women to his campaign. Maybe with their age the Republican women can at least recognize a sinking ship when they see it.

It’s up to the people now. I see Palin as a pretty, right wing christian cheerleader with no real substance. I don’t have any faith in Americans who voted for Bush twice. I honestly believe that the people that still buy all the tripe that bush has sold them will vote for, “McCain and the Barracuda”. (Barracuda is Palin’s nickname given to her by her classmates because of her ruthless sports style.)

Please, give Obama the White House so America can start on the path of recovery from the hellish nightmare that were the bush years. America deserves to be put back on the path of rights and reason.

30 08 2008
cole55

texan77

It seems that even the Republicans think John McCain is likely on his way out !!

Wouldn’t Romney have been a better choice though?

McCain loves the beautiful girls – and like a kid in a candy shop – when given the choice he couldn’t resist groping at this one !!

The guy’s not real !!

And unlike the Obama pick – I am sure a lot of Republicans will feel insulted and let down by the McCain VP choice.

30 08 2008
Dragonflower

By the time the Republican party figures out that picking Palin is an insult, Obama will be moved into the White House and back from his first diplomatic trip.
Proof positive that the Republican Party is out of touch with reality. Come on 2009!

30 08 2008
noelcc

ha ha ha! lol McCain might have just lost…

~~Jon Lester – skill on!

30 08 2008
Owlette

Thanks for the enlightening post. It’s refreshing to have a local view and much appreciated as voters scramble to learn more about the candidates.

So far, the information I’ve read points to Sarah Palin as fiercely local and provincial in outlook with no demonstrable skill at seeing the big picture or how decisions might affect anyone other than her own personal interests. Add a refusal to acknowledge proven science, and the aim to merge church and state (as long as it’s HER church) and… well, you know.

I’ll keep reading up on her, but I give more credence to a local view than to any network reading off a bio sheet or pretending to be neutral. Liberal media? If only!

30 08 2008
Petroleum-coated Holy Hotties, Batman! | Twelfth Bough

[...] Here’s the lowdown from Alaska proper. Read the whole thing, because you need this information to inoculate yourself from the corporate media spin, and they will be spinning furiously to turn this into a good decision. “Is this a joke?” That seemed to be the question du jour when my phone started ringing off the hook at 6:45am here in Alaska. I mean, we’re sort of excited that our humble state has gotten some kind of national ‘nod’….but seriously? Sarah Palin for Vice President? Yes, she’s a popular governor. Her all time high approval rating hovered around 90% at one point. But bear in mind that the 90% approval rating came from one of the most conservative, and reddest-of-the-red states out there. And that approval rating came before a series of events that have lead many Alaskans to question the governor’s once pristine image. [...]

30 08 2008
[links] Link salad for a Saturday | jlake.com

[...] What is McCain Thinking? One Alaskan’s Perspective. — (Snurched from shsilver.) [...]

30 08 2008
lifesstory

No matter who McCain chose, everybody including their brother would pick them apart in like fashion. Everyone has skeletons in their closet. It’s the nature of the beast for pundits of all kinds to try and make a name for themselves by “exposing” peoples dark side without compassion of any kind.

30 08 2008
grouchow

Thank you for this well written post. I really enjoyed the read. Very informative. Certainly puts a different perspective on things when you hear from someone who lives in Alaska. :)

30 08 2008
Plumb Bob Blog » And Now, Meet the Democrats’ Response to Sarah Palin

[...] out loud, and still the Democrats’ slime machine has been hard at work all night, producing pictures of downtown Wasilla, AK (a two-story frame beer joint and a tiny strip mall), digging the dirt on the scandal that’s [...]

30 08 2008
Buffalo Pundit » Blog Archive » Executive Experience

[...] Here’s one Alaskan blogger’s take on the Palin pick. [...]

30 08 2008
alaskan blogger asks - "is this a joke?" - PoliticalGroove Forums

[...] blogger asks – "is this a joke?" Lovely Downtown Wasilla, Alaska What is McCain Thinking? One Alaskan’s Perspective. Mudflats Is this a joke? That seemed to be the question du jour when my phone started ringing off the [...]

30 08 2008
30 08 2008
Arturo

G.O.P. = Goofy Old Party
This is proof that the acid trip I took in 1979 has not ended yet, or maybe it’s “The Truman Show” with Dave Barry as the scriptwriter, pass me the the vodka please I need more.

30 08 2008
Mike C

These small town AG acts are nothing on a national scale. All politics is dirty…it just depends on how big of a mud hole you fall in.

For example, it is not as if she lied to a grand jury about the above situation….or had one of their top advisors go and stuff papers down his pants (woops, sorry; I mean “borrow” papers and the fact that he didn’t know he wasn’t allowed to take any of the documents) that dealt with the situation.

I think could go on and on, I think you get my drift.

God knows, we would NEVER want (or let) anyone in the White House that would do those types of things, would we?

End result: this may be a scandal in Alaska because she is the Gov., but in the CONUS, this is the same thing any mayor would do….this will result in no effect on the voting mass for this scandal.

30 08 2008
Nanci

Thanks for this. Please send this information to media outlets like CNN, Fox News, AP, MSNBC, Time, Newsweek, etc.

The media need to read this and to question the claims that she and McCain are making about her background. Clearly the 90% approval rating is not true. What else has been spun????

30 08 2008
ptc

The fact is, the Republicans are thin. They do not have the depth. That is why they cannot govern. The party at the federal level has been gutted. He should have picked Romney. This is a tough choice, and it is going to be very hard on Palin and her family. She received a lot of attention just being mentioned as a dark horse for this pick, and now, she is challenging feminists to a fight, by attempting to use their rhetoric and voters against them. This is going to get very ugly.

One could name about 20 or more Democrats off of the top of their heads who are young enough and have amazing abilities, to compete at this level… politics aside. How many Republicans are left that can compete on the National stage, that have fresh faces and ideas? Maybe the internals told them this was there only choice?

30 08 2008
Anonymous

B. Schweitzer, H. Clinton, B. Clinton, J. Kerry, Al Gore, Joe Biden and Barack Obama all threw fastballs right down the plate. John McCain swung at them all and missed. He tried to trick them with a curveball but it didn’t have enough spin. The next Dems pitch selection should be a combination of sliders and a game-ending sinkerball.

Oh, somewhere in this favored land the sun is shining bright;
The band is playing somewhere, and somewhere hearts are light,
And somewhere men are laughing, and somewhere children shout;
But there is no joy in Wassaville – mighty McCain has struck out.

30 08 2008
Arturo

Hey Mike,
Great to here from you, guess you were on the same acid trip. Did you mean to say lying to a grand jury about a blow-job? and I guess those papers in the pants was toilet paper from Larry Craig’s recently used airport bathroom stall, Qui? You right wing nut-jobs really know how to polish a turd don’t you.

30 08 2008
Captain Dan

Most people in the lower 48 live on either the East or West coast. We have to deal with large city urban issues, mass traffic jams, rail transits systems, infrastructure issues like the Intracoastal Waterway. etc. What does McCan’t or Pasty know about or understand these issues? The population is expected to double in the USA in the next 25 years. What does she know about infrastructure? I have children and grandchildren and Pasty wants to use up all our oil now so bonehead Republicans can drive around in their large SUVs at 90 mph. This woman should have had her tubes tied after her third kid. Over 40 and pregnant, how stupid… look at her offspring.

30 08 2008
Doug Bandow » Blog Archive » What Say Alaskans of Saran Palin?

[...] Thus proclaims the blog Mudflats: “Is this a joke?”  That seemed to be the question du jour when my phone started ringing off the hook at 6:45am here in Alaska.  I mean, we’re sort of excited that our humble state has gotten some kind of national ‘nod’….but seriously?  Sarah Palin for Vice President?  Yes, she’s a popular governor.  Her all time high approval rating hovered around 90% at one point.  But bear in mind that the 90% approval rating came from one of the most conservative, and reddest-of-the-red states out there.  And that approval rating came before a series of events that have lead many Alaskans to question the governor’s once pristine image. [...]

30 08 2008
30 08 2008
Arboriginal

This cynical move reeks of Rove.
McCain met her once.
It’s clear his pick was Leiberman but the powers prevailed.
How sad for the “maverick”.

30 08 2008
GOP08_DOA

This is going to backfire on McCain. BIG. TIME. The republicans and conservatives out there gushing about the Palin pick have now fully demonstrated their lack of seriousness and their willingness to toe the party line regardless. Thanks for this illuminating post.

30 08 2008
Amanda

When you’re hand-picked by a man to win votes simply because you are a woman, that doesn’t count, and it doesn’t break any kind of ceiling.

Exactly. The only thing Sarah Palin seems to have in common with Hillary Clinton is her gender. And frankly, that’s not much. You’re absolutely right– this isn’t a victory for women, it’s insulting to us.

Thanks for an informative post.

30 08 2008
Robert

I hope all the people who diss Sarah Palin based on her views on abortion, her values, and her small-town roots keep on talking, commenting, and blogging. It’s making regular voters in the US more fed up with the self-righteousness of the Democratic party faster than anything the GOP could have come up with on its own.

30 08 2008
Just li'l ole me

I think McCain is senile, and this whole thing is going to backfire on him.

30 08 2008
jdt

When Palin fired Walt Monegan, she shoved Alaskan women under the bus in her pursuit of the family vendetta. The rates of rape and domestic violence in Alaska are horrific, with Native Alaskans bearing the brunt. Monegan was actively and aggressively addressing the issue. His replacement? Chuck Kopp, who was reassigned after sexual harassment allegations.
As a mayor she could do little damage. As a governor, the Peter Principle was validated. As VP – please, Lord – just no.

30 08 2008
Dr. Sam

This is a splendid, well-written, well-researched blog! I am all for women’s right and full eqaulity demonstrated by choosing women for the highest offices in the land. But in Sarah Palin’s case, where is the “experience” McCain has been shouting about with respect to Obama? This chioce has opportunism and hypocrisy written in BOLD LEETERS all over it! McCain acts, as usual (see his abandonment of Maverick image and embrace of Karl Rove), not on principle but expediency. Democrats must remember that this woman is not a progressive, but will work to dismantle (especially through Supreme Court appointments) every right of women that really counts in the new century. McCain again has failed to make a prudent choice—clearly proving that he is not going to be a wise President. Women of America must take note and declare that this is not the kind of woman they have been waiting for to make history as a potential President.

30 08 2008
Linda

Well this should be an intersting read http://www.adn.com/opinion/story/295464.html

30 08 2008
Blue

It was obvious anyway, but became beat-you-over-the-head-with-a-two-by-four obvious when Palin referenced the ‘glass ceiling’ line, that this choice is a blatant pander to women. I would like to believe that women will actually feel insulted by this. Yes, it would have been historic if Hillary had gotten the nomination. It was historic that she made it as far as she did. Yes, it would be great to have a woman in the oval office, or in the VP slot if they are the right woman…a woman who got there with her own drive, grit, determination, intelligence, skill and merits. When you’re hand-picked by a man to win votes simply because you are a woman, that doesn’t count, and it doesn’t break any kind of ceiling. Would we have had a Stan Palin as our VP pick? No. So choosing a woman because you think her gender will get votes is insulting.

We would be if we could stop laughing. I fail to see how this helps McCain. He might win a few of the females on the religious right but he loses their spouses because not only do they not want to cast a vote for a female, they especially don’t want to do so on a ticket with a fundamentally unsound (in body and mind) fossil that places her less than a heartbeat away from the presidency. Some vetting process the Republicans have.

30 08 2008
James Windsor

It’s quite scary to think a woman who is governor of one of the countries least populated states and who holds such views on gay relationships and abortion could become the President if McCain drops dead.

30 08 2008
Jackie

Sounds like our Detroit Mayors quagmire. Do these people have any brains?

30 08 2008
lollybaby

I’ll tell you something though.From my side of the Pond it looks a little like this.All year the whole thing has looked like a soap opera which has been pretty good fun to watch but then as November approaches I have begun to think to myself ‘One of these people will soon be a leader of the ‘Free World’ !’ I don’t want to put a lot of pressure on you Americans or anything but as we fall further into recession all over the West it is kind of scary. I don’t know if now is the time to worry to much about the gender or sex of a person as to wether you vote them in. Could you just pick the best person for the job?!

30 08 2008
McCain’s Zinger « Coyotechaser’s Weblog

[...] http://mudflats.wordpress.com/2008/08/29/what-is-mccain-thinking-one-alaskans-perspective/ II just came across this blog about Sarah Palin. Its a good, and informative read. [...]

30 08 2008
earncow

What that was good question :)

30 08 2008
lollybaby

I know!! I said gender or sex.Note to self: you need to buy more note to self paper. I meant choose the best person for the job regardless of race or sex of course. I think Obama might be the right man for the right time.

30 08 2008
Marilyn

Thank you from Canada!

My daughter emailed me early this morning questioning this appointment so I’ll forward a link to this blog as an explanation.

I keep seeing this person in a helicopter shooting down wolves on the run for their lives, (shiver) refusing to protect polar bears, drilling in the arctic wilderness reserve.

Is this person the best that America has to offer McCain?

30 08 2008
texas buddha

It was hilarious listening to Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity yesterday… They were glowing with praise for McCain’s VP pick.

Makes you wonder exactly what they vetting process was that they would pick her even with an abuse of power investigation going on. Sounds like they just took her word for it that she didn’t do anything wrong. That or they just don’t care and intend to make it go away for her.

I think this might turn out like one of those drunken one night stands. She looked really good last night, and it seemed like a good idea at the time, but in the morning light and with a hangover things start to look a little differently.

30 08 2008
Regarding the phenomenon known as “Sarah Palin” | the otherwhirled

[...] greatest political advantage, that the governership of Alaska can and should be used as a method for exacting revenge against her former brother-in-law, and that control of her own uterus should be left in the hands of a shadowy cabal of men-folk [...]

30 08 2008
Wer ist Sarah Palin? « Denkraum

[...] hat das so treffend erläutert wie ein Blogger aus ihrer Heimatstadt Wasilla (Alaska). Hier ist der Link. Und hier weitere lokalen Reaktionen auf McCains überraschende [...]

30 08 2008
Danny Del Rossi

Thank you for ‘The REST of the story’ as Paul Harvey would say. I listened to the phone call. What a smarmy little buttlicker Frank Bailey sounds like. On the upside, somewhere in Hollywood, a writer is ‘pitching’ the next great sitcom to a studio prez.: “It’s like ‘Men In Trees’, only the Anne Heche character gets voted in as the Mayor, because everybody thinks she’s so cute. THEN, one day, some old guy who is running for Pesident, see’s her pic in a copy of Vogue and he calls her up…he is immediately smitten because she is ‘so cute’, and asks her to be his V.P. Just THINK of the story possibilities! He dies, she becomes the President, we could have her having Congressional trysts, moose on the White House lawn…I’m tellin ya, this is a WINNER!”

30 08 2008
shame on you mccain

McCain is making a mockery out of the electoral.

30 08 2008
shame on you mccain

Thanks Repubs for giving us all laughs. You are the ones who voted for McCain, and look how he repays you. This woman is a joke.

30 08 2008
John

Well…it didn’t take long to find someone to write a smear. Despite all that was said, she still has more executive experience than Oblama and he is running for President. If we are going to disqualify her because of a lack of experience we would have to eliminate Obama as well because he has less experience. Obama hasn’t finished his first term as a junior senator and he has spent most of that term running for President.

30 08 2008
2cireal

PTL. This is an outstanding piece. I appreciate the insight on the Republican V.P. nominee from a natives perspective. I, too, will pass this information on.
This is not a V.P. nomination, given McCain’s age and health history, but a presidential pick. It is also concerning that she has such a Micro viewpoint of the world. I am all for promoting Alaska but the V.P. has to have a perspective on the world vs. what’s fruitful for Wasilla via Alaska. And for those who can’t quite grasp the understanding that being a Constitutional Law Scholar/Professor, a State Senator of Illinois (pop. 12,832,000) and a U.S. Senator (impacting 301 million people) give you the experience to be president reference JFK. A Miss Alaskan runner-up, mayor of a town of approximately 5500, and a Governor of an iced over Ozark do not an equal to Biden make. (no offense to Alaskans…..these are comment strictly directed at Palin and McCain to emphasize incompetence…I am well aware of the beauty, solitude and majesty from above….just emphasizing a point)

30 08 2008
kizzy

Thanks for sharing this local insight with the rest of us. I vote independent, and wait until I see which candidate has the integrity I’m looking for, and a platform I can support.

I happened to be at home when the news broke on CNN about McCain’s VP pick, and at the same time they are announcing the choice, they are giving equal play to Troopergate. Who in their right mind would choose a candidate for VP that is actively being investigated for abuse of power? Does he not realize how foolish that looks? Not to mention all of the other reasons you have raised.

He lost more votes than he gained with that move.

30 08 2008
Sarah Palin (part 1) « View from the Middle

[...] What is McCain Thinking? One Alaskan’s Perspective [...]

30 08 2008
theguyblock

I don’t live in the US but I am fascinated by American politics. Your post was interesting, and I have been wondering how Americans would weigh in on the issue of choosing a woman as a running mate. No doubt the majority will see it as blatant pandering as I myself do. Based on your post it would seem she will make a great target for Biden, who seems to relish his attack dog role. All I can say is, the debates should be pretty interesting.

30 08 2008
Martha Davidson Vancouver B.C. Canada

I have just sent out your page to “Canadians for Obama”, thanks for the great insight! This nomination for Palin was meant to distact from the DNC convention, and Obamas’ acceptance speach. It certainly has worked, but at wht cost to McCain? By the way, what a beautiful state you live in! My husband and I travelled ther on our 32′ trawller, in 2001. It rained so hard, by the time we hit Ketchican, I was ready to drink the alcohol out of the compass! It got better after that, met some great people at the local dock, but we prefered Petersburg to the cruise ship towns. Would just love to go back, but on a bigger boat…lol! Thanks again.

Cheers,
your Canadian neighbour

30 08 2008
swineprincess

Wow. When she was introduced yesterday I did a quick Google to see if there was any info on her… hah!! Anyway, this ties it up nicely and is info that has only been hinted at by conventional media — although I did see a picture of the “marksman” candidate shooting an automatic weapon on the NBC this morning — sheeesh.

My spouse is a 25 year veteran of Alaska commercial fishing who decided to return to his native Kansas to be near his parents, I am especially glad to have found your blog — keep talking… We’re all listening.

30 08 2008
Maria

Thank you for the insight. This nomination really goes to the heart of the debate of McCain’s judgment. In selecting Palin, he did it to please and arouse his conservative base, the Rush Limbaugh’s of his party and religious right.
Does McCain really put his country first? I think not -if he put this country first, he would have considered his age and his health and nominated someone who had the experience and credentials to serve as VP and possibly as President. This is political ploy and will not resonate well with Hillary supporters- yes there may be a few who are prochoice, but the majority will not support this ticket and especially this woman. Its is a desperate move by the GOP that is degrading to Hillary supporters and degrading to all women in general

Unlike Obama, who selected a VP candidate with foreign policy experience and in the Senate for 29 years, MCain once again showed us – its not about the voters and what is best for America- its about me winning and appealing to my base. The hell with the future of America

30 08 2008
unruly1

John…

what smear? Seem to be a statement of the facts. Is there anything untrue? If you have a different take of events, I’d like to hear them. I’m truly interested.

30 08 2008
afrankangle

Thanks for the perspective & well done. Until yesterday I didn’t know much about her. True, I know more today, but still not as much as I need to know; thus why I appreciate this post.

30 08 2008
Joe

Thanks for this. I’m sending this to all of my friends/anybody I know who is still foolish enough to vote McCain after this announcement. They need to see this and realize what is at stake.

30 08 2008
coyotechaser

This blog doesn’t strike me as a smear, John. It strikes me as an honest appraisal of her political background. We DO have a right to know about the candidates that we are expected to elect as our leaders.

As a woman, no as an AMERICAN, I’m insulted that McCain thinks we are so stupid that we would vote for someone just because she’s a woman, any woman.

30 08 2008
xokcowboy

Thanks for the info mudflats. Expect a lot of traffic while Sarah is the MSM darling. I found out about you on DemoctaticUnderground and believe me there are thousands of people there looking for local info.

Once again, thanks!

30 08 2008
blage

Am sending your link every where. Why have’nt CNN or any of the other news stations given us the trooper story. I am so worried this woman could become president…..very little faith in the intelligence of the average American. God save us.

30 08 2008
AMERICAN NONSENSE » Your (Very Special Edition) Abbreviated Pundit Round-up

[...] state with a wild frontier. The photo above is from Palin’s hometown, Wasilla. Here’s a blog-post from a proud Alaskan who nonetheless is gob-smacked that McCain thought Palin suitable for high [...]

30 08 2008
Indecision 2008 « Cariskicker’s Weblog

[...] There will be all kinds of discussion taking place. And there is some interesting things to be said about Sarah Palin and her history. Here is one wordpress Alaskan blogger’s take on it: Mudflats. [...]

30 08 2008
Spinning Sarah Palin: Dick Cheney In A Dress | Literal Mayhem

[...] does not believe global warming is man-made, subverts science when it conflicts with policy, and uses the levers of government to protect the party as well as for personal vendettas (!)… albeit in a charming, small-town, [...]

30 08 2008
Tahoe Joe

The dark horse just got darker. McCain is blowing it, technicolor style. More proof that he is desperate to be elected but bewildered by the process.
Thanks for the insight. Now be prepared to be pilloried yourself, as self appointed media wags and the msm go digging into your life.

You say you are a pro choice lesbian gun controller who has solar panels on her house? My advice is to not try and hide anything.

Great reading. Reads like fiction, but funnier.

30 08 2008
Scott

Thanks a bunch for some perspective in Palin. Your writing is very insightful and imformative. I have to ask, however, do all politicians in Alaska speak with such a high tone? A tone that Jon Stewart claimed has already shattered “something” (his ear). Also, Palin claimed that she told Congress no thanks for the Bridge to Nowhere but MSNBC dug up evidence to the contrary. Can you explain this political flip flop?

30 08 2008
Bruce

Wow, you can see from the sheer number of comments that Palin is a “popular” choice.

30 08 2008
Alicia

I just looked at “Politifact” site to read up on Governor Palin and she has more experience in public office than Obama does and she has accomplished more while in public service. As a life-long Democratic woman I am pleased to see her enter the race. Millions of us “Disgruntled Democrate women” are already on board to vote for McCain in protest to our Party and Palin is icing on the cake. This is the most historic moment this year in this election and for all women in our countrys history. Obama must be trembling because he knows Palin is a “Game Changer”! We are just waiting for Obama and Biden to start making their sexist remarks again her. I have already heard people from the Obama camp say things like, “she should be home taking care of her kids”, making fun of her shoes she wore during her speech with McCain, etc. This upset me when I was supporting Hillary so when the Obama drones start making their comments about Palin, it will just make me commit to voting for McCain and Palin even more! The Obama Pundits on TV keep saying that the Democratic Party is now “Unified” after the DNC Convention and that Palin entering the race will not make women decide to vote for McCain? Being one of these women and talking with thousands more of us around the country I can tell you that we WANT to see Palin in the Whitehouse as our VP!

30 08 2008
Sarah Palin Revives McCain’s Pathetic Campaign « Kate’s Chosen

[...] #2 This person wrote their own perspective as an Alaskan on the VP pick of Sarah Palin. Possibly related posts: (automatically generated)McCain Is Said to Be Set to Unveil Running Mate [...]

30 08 2008
Patty

You all sound as shocked as many of us were in California when Reagan was announced that he would be running for President- And then he won with a landslide- He wasn’t a good Governor and he wasn’t a good President.

30 08 2008
loomisnews

Excellent post.

Clearly, they’re concerned that Obama, although a small forward, will guard the basket too well for McCain’s gorilla style of play, he’s already got 4 fouls on’em, and it ain’t even half-time yet. So McCain needed to put in a point guard to take the 3 point shot.

That’s the only explanation I can think of. It makes more sense than “Alicia the right wing stooge” above who’s forced to list the most ridiculous set of Republican talking points we’ve seen yet this season.

30 08 2008
Concerned

Jackie,

How can you say this is like the situation in Detroit???

Kwame Kilpatrick, the Mayor of Detroit, is under indictment for allegedly perjuring himself in court when he lied about an adulteorus affair he had with one of his aides. He then got himself in further trouble for allegedly assaulting a law enforcement official as the offical tried to serve a subpoena.

While it’s true that the underlying court case in which Kilpatrick allegedely pejured himself was a civil lawsuit brought against him for wrongful termination, that is not what has him facing possible removal from office by the Governor of Michigan, felony convictions and jail time. It’s his own stupid actions after the termination that are doing him in.

30 08 2008
The Raven

The whole claim of Palin’s executive experience strikes me as akin to claiming that because she can paddle a kayak, she can captain an aircraft carrier. Now, paddling a kayak is a demanding mental and physical skill, but it won’t teach you how to captain a carrier. It’s amazing how many people think it does, or at least that it might. For those of you who think she’s really cool–yeah, she’s a smart, tough religious fanatic, and haven’t we had enough of these in high office?

30 08 2008
david

Wow—this is very helpful. And scary. I’m linking to this on my blog.

30 08 2008
loomisnews

FYI, also an excellent blog post on Wasilla sprawl with Palin, “Sarah Palin was my mayor”

30 08 2008
30 08 2008
Hard Ware

1. There is executive experience and then there is executive experience. I’ve owned and operated a hardware store in Idaho for 30 years. I’ve made payroll, wrote schedules, directed personnel and etc.. That’s executive experience. Does that qualify me to be President or VP of The United States of America?
Maybe, but probably not. Running a hardware store, a rural county or a small state does not qualify one to run the most diverse and powerful country on earth.

2. I hear all this talk about executive experience but I don’t hear much about the quality of said experience. There are lot’s of CEO’s and former CEO’s out there with tons of experince at running businesses badly.
Would you hire one of those guys/gals to run your company? People do hire them, over and over again, and they continue to run businesses into the ground.
So, is that the treadmill we are on in this country? We don’t care about the quality of the work as long as the person has the time in service?

30 08 2008
MyAudacity

Very interesting article. McCain likes jokes, and the last laugh is on those who thought they could control him. Neither his life, nor her life is worth a dime, if they happen to get elected in November, because some fool will either try to rush to make history by having the 1st woman President, OR she will have served her purpose, and will be dispensable. I know that is dark….but, this pick is so machiavelian that you know there have to be an underlying plan, because there is no way she can be seriously considered to be ready on day one if something should happen to McCain.

30 08 2008
an alaskan’s perspective « david’s waste of bandwidth

[...] Saturday, August 30, 2008, 12:22 pm by dtoub Be afraid. Be very afraid. [...]

30 08 2008
Anita

What a gift to the Democrats this selection is. Thank you, John McCain!

Found Palin’s letter of recommendation for Mike Wooten:

http://extras.mnginteractive.com/live/media/site163/2008/0721/20080721_111415_PalinLetterofRecomend.pdf

30 08 2008
Blue Smirk » Blog Archive » So Tired

[...] An Alaskan resident writes… [...]

30 08 2008
More on Sarah Palin from an Alaskan blogger « DNCC ‘08 via Houston Texas

[...] August 30, 2008 What is McCain Thinking? One Alaskan’s Perspective. [...]

30 08 2008
RobinSeattle

Geez, is Wasilla a town or a religious cult? She almost sounds like the mother of the Children of the Corn. *lol

But more seriously, this quote from one of the above posts was interesting: “Palin said that members of her staff had made contact with public safety officials regarding the trooper, though she said that her staff’s contacts with the commission were not directed by her and she had little knowledge of them.”

Aside from the fact that this the first rule right out of the politico playbook, “blame staffers for stuff you actually ordered to be done in order to fend off having to take responsibility for it,” this is a continuation of Bush policy, using government staffers in abuses of executive power. And if they really did do this behind her back, that speaks ill of her managerial skills by allowing her subordinates to run amuck.

But like an earlier poster said about McCain wanting a “trophy Veep,” I think he wanted the political equivalent of a sideline reporter, his own version of Erin Andrews, to flatter his aging male ego and put some sex into the White House. Her great ambition, after all, was to work for ESPN. Maybe she will be seen dancing in the Miss Buffalo Chip contest at Sturgis next year.

30 08 2008
Kowie

You American are really weird and does not really like the sun to shine on somebody else – do you? I am very glad about the choice and think that is the best for your country. It is perhaps the one thing that can stop you going down the moral drain.

30 08 2008
compkiller

A comment from New York City:

What is McInsane thinking? Well….what was he thinking (as well as Bush) when last year he supported the sale of the 8 largest East Coast Shipping Ports to the Country of Dubai? Dubai: the place that provided the funding for the 9/11 hijackers….Dubai: the place that had a pro-Iranian rally with Ajmaninejaad last year in their soccer stadium

McInsane is a traitor who would sell his soul for lobbying $$$ and power….

30 08 2008
Oh baby!

Palin claiming ‘executive privilege’ over emails just like Bush!
Submitted by toniD on Sat, 08/30/2008 – 12:25pm.

Confidential Emails

http://www.andrewhalcro.com/shadow_governor

The most alarming indication of Todd Palin’s reach into state government came just yesterday.

Last month, a group of Alaskans filed a freedom of information act for emails sent from the computers of both Frank Bailey and Ivey Frye. Along with several boxes of documents, they received a cover letter along with 78 pages detailing the emails that were not released due to “Deliberative Process and Executive Privilege”. (Privilege log attached)

Page 1 of the list showed seven emails from both Governor Sarah Palin and Lt. Governor Sean Parnell within a three hour time frame on Feburary 1, 2008 that were described as “Email re Andrew Halcro”.

The serious concern about these emails is that they were prohibited from being released to the public due to executive privilege, even though Todd Palin was copied on these same emails.

Todd Palin is not a member of the executive branch, nor is he even a government employee. Todd Palin is a member of the general public.

So why in the world is Todd Palin getting copied on emails that his wife’s administration is classifying as confidential?

Furthermore there is something incredibly suspicious about these emails.

30 08 2008
Fr. John

What is McCain Thinking? He’s thinking he doesn’t stand a rat’s chance in hell with ANYONE to the right of Mao Tse Tung, and this woman sounds like JUST THE SORT OF SHOT IN THE ARM he needs to rescue the country from idiots like you all.

This ‘scandal’ is NOTHING, but ‘good old boy’ networking, which goes on in Democratic offices nationwide every day. At least Palin isn’t engaging in gay boy prostitution rings like Barney Frank, or killing travel agents, like “Jezebel” Hitlery!

Thanks. I was undecided about voting for a liberal like McCain. Now I know that behind the blathering warmonger at least is someone I can trust. Obama- I’d rather sell my soul to the devil than vote for him… oh, no, wait.

I WOULD sell my soul to the devil if I did vote for him- just like all the damned in my neighborhood are going to do, who neither have ‘eyes to see,’ or ‘ears to hear’ – the clearly genocidal death march by the unwanted hispanic invaders, and the filthy Somali muslims besmirching our once-great land.

30 08 2008
Gregory

OMG-First, having lived in Alaska, and knowing from whence she has come, this pick is ridiculous. First because she was a mayor in a tiny backwoods town does not give her VP credibility. Secondly, because she held the Gov position for 2 years does not make her this vault of exec experience. Bottom line, her experience is 2 years in office as Gov, during which she managed to get entangled in an investigation. 2 years allows you get get your mind around your current position, and thats about it! The pick was OBVIOUS pandering, and sexist exploitation. Women should not be so quick to buy in due to her gender, because IF he wins, and She succeeds him in an event of death or sickness, this could blow-up horribly!! The saddest part is that this is VERY likely! Sad day for the republiclan team.

30 08 2008
doo de doo do, doo de doo do...

“In a world much like ours,

but broken in unseemly and painful ways,

senile politicians indulge themselves

in bizarre electoral decisions

involving currupt beauty queens

and moose hunt dreams seen only in

“The Election from the Twilight Zone”.

30 08 2008
Andrew Slominski

Very interesting. I just learned more about this woman from you than I EVER would have learned from the mainstream media. Sigh.

Keep up the good work.

30 08 2008
M. Patterson

So she fired a guy for not firing a guy who really needed to be fired? That makes her…one of the good guys (gals?). I like her even more after reading this post. Thanks for the crap.

30 08 2008
AlisonS

Obama has shown exemplary executive experience in the running of his campaign. He has hired a talented group of people and has a well-oiled and principled machine. He has been innovative in his approach and incredibly successful given his built-in racial disadvantage. If that doesn’t show his capabilities, I don’t know what would.

The failed business ventures of the current so-called executive didn’t stop his election even though he showed zero apptitude for management. What executive experience does McCain have? Other than marrying money, I would be hard pressed to think of any example. Obama has McCain beat hands down. And that brings me to Palin. All I can say is huh! This is McCain’s idea of a good executive decision? Give me a break.

30 08 2008
Arturo

This is the most laughable current event imaginable, McCain has just thrown a depthcharge on his own submarine (I.E. sinking boat), and there’s some so called Democratic woman back there Alicia, applauding the choice. Yikes!!!! Perhaps the truth is every one else said no (including Alfred E. Nueman)

30 08 2008
Blerbs

Welcome Ms. Palin!
As mayor of the Munchkin city
That’s part of the land of Oz
We welcome you, most welcome you,
As the VP pick of the Wizard!

AND HOW!

Obama/Biden 08

30 08 2008
super dave’s mundanities » Blog Archive » mccain wanted joe-mentum?

[...] this blog post suggests that the McCain people didn’t know about Palin’s abuse-of-power issues. Hell, I knew about that, and I just read it on [...]

30 08 2008
The Mahablog » The Next Few Days

[...] picked up the photograph of beautiful downtown Wasilla from this site, which has a must-read background article on the new nominee for VPOTUS, Sarah Palin. Read it, and [...]

30 08 2008
Tee

Great to get an Alaskan’s point of view and “insider” information. I appreciate the time that went into writing this and thank you for the interesting read :)

30 08 2008
Mark

According to most liberal Democrats, women can do anything men can do and experience doesn’t make any difference, so all the posts on this board about her experience are irrelevant! The tables have now been turned on the Democratic Party and any attacks on her inexperience will just be viewed as bigotry and sexism.

30 08 2008
Chuck Norton

I see plenty of personal attacks here but not much real substance. I found the picture in the post combined with the attitude that the writer displays as insulting to small town America. It was the attitude I would expect from an elitist ivy East coaster who doesn’t win elections away from the East coast. I laughed when I clicked on the about and learned that the writer of this blog is one. By all means my leftist friends, keep insulting small town America. Obama’s numbers dropped when he said that you know those small town people “cling to their religion and guns” when times are tough. Keep it up.

Let us settle the lie that has already appeared in comments here. The lie that Palin did not know what the VP’s job was. You will find that the statement was carefully edited to change its meaning. This link gives you the statement, the explanation and the full context video so you can see for yourself. http://iusbvision.wordpress.com/2008/08/29/obama-campaign-already-lying-about-palins-previous-statements/

By the way, the police officer you are all the buzz about tasered an 11 year old child. So by all means trash Palin for not liking the guy. The more American women find out about what that cop was up to the more womens votes Palin will secure.

30 08 2008
steadycat

I firmly believe that the plan is not to use Palin as the VP. The plan is to get votes from the Hillary supporters that are still pissed off. If the plan works, when McCain takes office, Palin would become ill or get hurt in an accident. She will resign. The replacement will be the man that John McCain had chosen as his real candidate. Otherwise, selecting Palin makes zero logical sense for McCain.

I’m going to link this site. Thanks.

30 08 2008
Dear John McCain, « Project Open Letter

[...] P.s.  Any readers who would like to check out an Alaskan’s opinion of Palin should go here. [...]

30 08 2008
alegna75

Thanks for the post! I sent a link to my Economics instructor. He was dying to know yesterday who got chosen and I am sure he would enjoy seeing this article about her.

30 08 2008
Zooey

Great story. I linked it at TheZoo.

30 08 2008
An Alaskan Viewpoint «

[...] What is McCain Thinking? One Alaskan’s Perspective [...]

30 08 2008
Grateful Reader

Thanks for putting everything in perspective for us. Wasilla reminds me of the town in the TV series Northern Exposure and should not count as executive experience.

To the poster who called Georgia a small state in an attempt to equate Gov. Palin’s 2 years of experience with then Gov. Jimmy Carter’s 4 years in the Georgia State Senate and 4 years as governor: Alaska, has 600,000 residents today; the “small state of Georgia” had more than 5 million people 32 years ago when Jimmy Carter was elected President.

If I were a Hillary supporter, I’d be offended that the Republicans think any woman wearing a skirt is a suitable substitute for Hillary Clinton. Gov. Palin is no where near the qualifications of Hillary Clinton.

30 08 2008
michelle2005

I’m very grateful to have found your site and have ‘bookmarked’ it. I spent 30 years as a Humanitarian Aid Releif Coordinator and Educator for First Responders…this allowed me access to numerous nations across four continents. Do I consider myself a viable candidate to be the next VP? OF COURSE NOT! Sarah Palin…PULEEZE!

When we heard John McCain selection…we were shocked. One thing that was even more disturbing were the web sites popping up ‘praising’ all Palin’s achievements. Even we knew she was in the middle of being invesigated…so how could everyone not be aware of this fact. To make matters worse, I asked some legitimate questions that I would have like answers to…however, the web host…NEVER allowed my questions to be put on his site.

Once I went back to read the comments he had received…every single one was positive. Even that web host is “spinning” this to suit their own needs.

I posted on my blog “Why Punish Yourself” an hour ago and have already had 106 hits….no comments yet…but oh well, as long as it’s being read!

Keep up the good work and THANK YOU for shedding some light on this most peculiar “selection”

Michelle

30 08 2008
Sandy

Great post, and loaded with good background. Count me as one of those women who are INSULTED by this pick. Please! Pure tokenism. Does McCain’t (what us dems in Texas call him) really believe that women are collectively STUPID? Why in the name of heaven would we vote for someone JUST because she is female?
Another interesting factoid — Just why is no one reporting on the FIRST gaff of her ‘nomination?’ Namely — She broke operational military security by announcing the MOS of her son – – including the day and country her son’s unit will be deployed to. Did anyone notice that Senator McCain’t and Senator Biden DO NOT discuss the status of their sons’ military deployment? She has just jeopardized the safety of her son’s entire unit, and yet this is going unreported? SOMEONE please pick this up! It’s outrageous!!!

30 08 2008
Concerned

So what’s Obama’s and Biden’s training to “captain an aircraft carrier”?

Biden has represented a state that currently has about 850K residents (compared to roughly 684K in Alaska according to the U.S. Census estimate of 2007 population)

Obama as a State senator in Illinois only represented about 215K people when he served in that capacity. Now he is a U.S. Senator and represents about 12.5M Illinoisans, but only for a few years and he’s been away from the Senate for half of that time.

30 08 2008
brightlightwarriornika

“downright surreal” are the same words that came to mind as I watched also! Good Read enjoy your jiffy pop ;)

30 08 2008
Turkey

Sounds like our Detroit Mayors quagmire… Do these people have any brains?

30 08 2008
CJH

Isn’t the author of this site Andrew Halcro, who’s made a business out of trashing Sarah Palin since she beat him in the gubernatorial race in 2006??? Shame on you, Halcro. Look him up, everyone, under adn.com. He had to angle his camera very, very carefully to not include the nice things around that old bar which is one of the oldest buildings left in Wasilla, which is one of the fastest growing small cities in America.

30 08 2008
Kim from Michigan

All this talk all of a sudden about glass ceilings. What about glass ceilings for African Americans or is that something we just can’t speak of with out being accused of pulling the “race card.” Hillary Clinton said over and over again, “wouldn’t it be great to have a woman president?” My answer is, Wouldn’t be great to have a Great President. Now we have Sarah Palin on the scene trying to pick of Hillary Clinton’s slack and talking about shattering the glass ceiling for women. Not once has anyone ever heard Barak Obama say he’s running for president to break the glass ceiling African Americans have been striving to break through for years. He’s running for president to make everyone’s lives better. Now all the GOP’s are jumping on the bandwagon with the false belief that change is coming to Washington. so now McCain and his camp are concerned with change? Sarh Palin was picked because she has a fresh, pretty face, but be fooled. It’s just a facade for dirty old politics and that’s not new at all.

30 08 2008
paks2008

Great post!

I agree with the others in saying that it’s nice to get the perspective of an Alaskan on the situation. When I heard the news of Palin being the VP and that she was from Alaska, I had to stop and think about what I actually knew about your state besides the fact that it’s cold. Also, I agree with you on the obvious pandering towards women on picking a female candidate. When I saw this, I just thought, this is because Hillary didn’t make the nomination and the Republicans feel the need to one-up or at least match the Democrats on the diversity front. I think it’s ridiculous to pick a running mate for that reason. It’s insulting to us as constituents and it’s an insult to Palin. Pick someone because they’re the best choice, not because of the demographic group they belong to.

Truly, this is politics at its best.

30 08 2008
fixthebroken

Great article. Thanks! I think many people should read it.

I totally know from the bottom of my heart that Palin would not have been picked if either (1) Obama picked Clinton or (2) McCain had to choose first.

I hate it that VP picks can be made during different times in the process.

(P.S. Our blogs look amazingly alike :-) )

30 08 2008
Rachel

Great Blog — hope you don’t mind, I have passed this link along. As a female, I would never, ever, ever, ever vote for Sarah Palin. She’s a disgrace to women. I didn’t even support Clinton, but I can appreciate Clinton’s intelligence, her education, and the fact that she busted her ass to get where she was — Sarah Palin got hand picked by McCain to gather the votes of the bible thumpers. She would be an unmitigaged disaster if she were to ever inherit the presidency. Her “creationist” beliefs make me twitch, posing for pictures with her disabled baby to get a wring out of other dumb women makes me want to smack her (and why the Hell was she getting pregnant at 44? What did she think would happen? Everyone knows that the chances of having a baby with a genetic disorder are about 80% at that age), and her total lack of belief in global warming and support for the environment makes me want to drop her off a glacier.

30 08 2008
Spending Your Money

Did anyone mention that she proposed giving the wealth of the state back to the people that really own it. The oil & gas you are paying for, which Alaskans own, was given back to them and I will be spending the $1200 of my oil wealth in about 12 days. Owe, I didn’t mention the other $2000 either.

She didn’t horde it or pay for a pet project or grow government. She gave the state’s power (money) back to it’s rightful owners.

She knows who owns the place we call home.

30 08 2008
Project Openletter

Fr. John,

You said, ” the clearly genocidal death march by the unwanted hispanic invaders, and the filthy Somali muslims besmirching our once-great land.”

You aren’t voting for Obama because you are a racist right-wing pig. Yeah, I said it.

30 08 2008
Mark

IMO, this country would be better off picking a President on American Idol as opposed to selecting from one of the major candidates. My opinion is, the greener a candidate is, the better they will be for the country. This is a step in the right direction for the Republicans!

30 08 2008
Concerned

Turkey,

Are you really Joe Biden?

Your post is word for word the same (including all punctuation) as “Jackie” — post time: 06:36:08

30 08 2008
Arturo

Alicia,
I’m tired of you “pissed off Hillary women” trying to make credible arguments for McCain. It’s positively absurd.

Please read the follwing from CNN’s McCain Website.
Abortion
Opposes abortion rights except in cases of rape, incest or to protect the life of the mother.

Immigration
Co-sponsored Bush-backed immigration reform legislation, which would have increased funding and improved border security technology, improved enforcement of existing laws, and provided a legal path to citizenship for some illegal immigrants. Voted to authorize construction of a 700-mile fence along the U.S.-Mexican border.

Iraq
Voted for use of military force in Iraq. Supported Bush veto of war spending bill that would have withdrawn most U.S. troops by March 2008. Was an early proponent of sending additional American troops to Iraq.

Same-sex marriage
Supports definition of marriage as a union between a man and a woman, but opposes a constitutional amendment banning same sex-marriage. Says individual states should decide the issue. Says a federal marriage ban might be appropriate if courts overturned state marriage laws. Supports legal benefits for same-sex partners.

Social Security
Supports Bush plan to allow workers to divert some Social Security payroll taxes to private retirement accounts.

Taxes
Voted against 2001 and 2003 Bush tax cut laws, but later voted in favor of extending tax cuts through 2010.

Ok? Are these positions similar to Hillary’s? You are pissed off because a woman did’nt make it and now you desire to shoot yourself in the foot? Do us all a favor and aim a little higher, but before you do how about wikipedia McCain and read about his own reasoning for his poor performance at Annapolis (5th from bottom) – He had an inclination to go out boozing and womanizing, and had difficulty with authority. Does this sound presidentially preparational to you? perhaps if you are just a lying Republican freak, who was just as comfortable with George Jr. Boozing it up smashing up cars and running AWOL from the Alabama Air national guard. Are you all on crack or what?

30 08 2008
Mark

This is a great pick by McCain! The Republicans stole a page out of the Democratic playbook and bet it all to win!

30 08 2008
jeanrenoir

Thanks so much for your post from Alaska, the epicenter of Confederate Nation. Rove and Co. have truly thrown down the ultimate gauntlet for the duel with the liberal intelligentsia this time. (I’m a white college prof enthusiastically for Obama.) Either, as I fear, the Palin move will seduce the American mob just like the choices of the equally ludicrous Reagan and Bush, by offering them “somebody like us” to vote for, which will secure the rule of the Republican Party, Big Oil, and Likud behind the neocons, forever. OR by some miracle this will truly be a bridge to nowhere and a bridge too far, and people like you will call the bluff of these con artists and act the role of the kid who sees that these emperors NEVER have any new clothes and are simply the stupid tools used by the rich and powerful to use the taxes of the American mob to rule the world as best they can, by hook or by crook. If America finally says of Palin, “This is truly too stupid for words,” then Obama wins and this country is literally saved from this whole idiotic syndrome the Roves invented. And then we can actually come together to rebuild a once great country. But if the mob defends the stupidity because they “love” Palin, as if she were an especially winsome “ordinary” guest on Oprah, then Rove and Co. truly win forever, and this country is finished.

30 08 2008
RobinSeattle

Well, the fact of the matter is that the Palin nomination doesn’t crack any glass ceiling at all. It puts the Governor into a traditional sex role of helping the man, who will make all the decisions while she remains politically impotent with no constitutional power other than waiting for Crash McCain to croak. Really, there are administrative assistants all over America who will be making more day to day decisions in running an office than Palin.

In addition, her total lack of foreign policy experience means she will be shut out of the decision making process there by the males McCain will select to be Secretary of State and who run the U.S. Foreign Service.

She will look great at funerals and ribbon cutting ceremonies, though.

30 08 2008
Mark

Hillary and the rest of the liberal Democrats should be very happy with McCain’s pick – that is if they truly believe all the things they say! If they aren’t happy, that just means that they are full of hot air and don’t really believe in all of the things they are really fighting for.

30 08 2008
SE Jones

Well well well, Mr.McCain; was not one beauty enough for you. You have slapped women in the face once again (first) with your “greatest moral failure” in dealing with your former and current wives and now! And then you slapped seasoned, vetted, knowledgeable men in the face.

Ok, so she is pro choice – IS IT ENOUGH TO SAVE THEM IN THE WOMB ONLY TO KILL THEN ONCE THEY BECOME ADULTS BY SENDING THEM OFF TO DIE IN AN UNJUST WAR IN IRAQ?

Ok, so she is an NRA supporter – So are many Americans who also denouce some of the NRA politics. Defense of self and family are so much different than illegal weapons on the streets in the hands of criminals or poorly planned militia groups?

Ok, so she has a child off to that illegal unjust war in IRAQ; and so does the other presumptive VP, Mr. Biden. In fact he will be there during election time?

Ok, so she chose to keep her lovely moderately handicapped child? I would hope so! Downs Syndrome is nothing that cannot be successfully handled in this day and age but how many other struggling parents with other moderately handicapped children cannot even pay for their health care?

Ok, so she make a pretty picture? And so do the other political women of the race this year on both sides, the Dems and the GOP?

Ok, so she makes a position (strong or not??) over oil in Alaska? Isn’t that where it is? and Isn’t that what we need to get out of the pockets of the Middle East?

Ok, how many times has she been broad and can she even find Afghanistan on the map?

She governs an area no larger than my highly successful family reunion?

Are we women of America both Dems and GOP supporters and better yet, again AMERICAN SUPPORTERS not worth more than a token torch?

So, she has a lovely family and a lovely story to tell; Don’t they all?????????????????

Obama may not have chosen Senator Clinton but who is to say she will not play a major role after the election results are in? There are so many other roles for Mrs. Clinton to play that may have more press and power than VP actually. And Mrs. Clinton has what it takes to run again and win but does Mrs. Palin? I think not! We should be outraged at this ploy!

So Mrs. Palen fishes but what is her POLICY concerning clean waters and the environmental concerns. We did not even know her name until she was announced? And now she is the best thing since sliced bread for the GOP? But what is the best thing for America?

Maverick? He might be? Leader and forward thinker for the good of the county; now I surely have my doubts!

I was expecting a sound announcement not a star studded one!

I guess Johnny Boy showed me and you and us!
The proof is in the pudding and I personally don’t like pudding – MUCH TO SOFT!

Didn’t she, Mrs. Palin even say on National TV that she was sure she was not even in the running? Did she not have the confidence then; so what makes McCain so confident now?

Is she not as inexperienced as it gets? Where is her foreign policy experience, not to mention domestic policies. And what happened to all those strong, seasoned already known REPUBLICAN WOMEN?

Oh, I know where they are this weekend, either drafting the political crash course content for Mrs. Palin or at home scratching their heads in dismay.

WHAT IS MCCAIN THINKING INDEED?

Well the American people are thinking? OR AT LEAST THEY SURELY SHOULD BE.

My Lord, even Laura Bush would have been a sounder choice. Jeeze McCain. Get a mc-grip. You really don’t get it.

30 08 2008
earlyhtmhtm

Hahaha. Great post.

I agree with all of you. He could at least choose a woman like Carly Fiona or something!!!

30 08 2008
I Don't Like You Either

The Lower 48 Scratch Their Heads and Think, “The hell?” More Blogger Commentary on Palin…

by Damozel | We’ve already done one blogger round-up of the Palin pick here. At our sister blog, you can find a short piece on Palin’s connection to the oil industry (and the Malkin’s ringing endorsement of it). Former Bush…

30 08 2008
Kathy

As a woman, I am so insulted by the pick of Palin for VP. Evidently McDumbie thinks that we women will vote for a woman just because she shares our plumbing. Anyone who supported Hillary, likes experience in women, which is not Palin. At 72, doesn’t he think that the country deserves someone who could take over if he doesn’t live forever? Is he senile??? He just gave Obama the support for questionning his judgement. He needs a sign in his war room and on his mirror that says, “It’s the issues, stupid”

30 08 2008
lamarguerite

Thanks for a great post. Palin is a joke. But so was George Bush.

Do not underestimate the dumbness of a large number of Americans!

http://lamarguerite.wordpress.com/2008/08/29/the-environment-is-politics/

30 08 2008
Down in the South

McCain was definitely desperate. America, prepare for history….Obama getting 65% + of the popular vote and electoral vote. Can you say landslide? There is no need for dirty politics to be played in this election. Obama/Biden ticket will jus have to stay focused on the American people. The Alaskan Lt. Governor is packing boxes and getting ready to move into the big house. Let’s all pray for our country!!!!!

30 08 2008
jon, Huntsville, AL

“Why of course the people don’t want war. Why should some poor slob on a farm want to risk his life in a war when the best he can get out of it is to come back to his farm in one piece? Naturally the common people don’t want war: neither in Russia, nor in England, nor for that matter in Germany. That is understood. But, after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the peacemakers for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country.”

– Hermann Goerring

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“Beware the leader who bangs the drums of war in order to whip the citizenry into a patriotic fervor, for patriotism is indeed a double-edged sword. It both emboldens the blood, just as it narrows the mind. And when the drums of war have reached a fever pitch and the blood boils with hate and the mind has closed, the leader will have no need in seizing the rights of the citizenry. Rather, the citizenry, infused with fear and blinded by patriotism, will offer up all of their rights unto the leader and gladly so. How do I know? For this is what I have done. And I am Caesar.”

– Julius Caesar

30 08 2008
Mark

I think all the Democrats are jealous now because McCain stole a page out of their Liberal playbook and one-upped them! This is great! I love it! Love to see the Democrats writhing in agony over his pick!

30 08 2008
Mark

Democrats are jealous! bwahahahahahahahahahaha!!!

30 08 2008
Sarah Who?!?!

He’s not thinking. That’s the problem. Great blog…I’ll continue to check back in

Obama/Biden 08

30 08 2008
jollyrabbit

Why would a woman who was for Hillary vote for Sarah Palin?
They are nothing alike.
Any woman who is smart enough will see that.
It IS an insult to think that women vote for women just because they ARE women.
My opinion of McCain just went down – again.

One votes for the presidential candidate, with an eye to the VP. The way I see it the VP should strengthen the candidate. I don’t see McCain’s choice as strengthening his case at all.

30 08 2008
Mark

Republicans have finally learned to beat Democrats at their own game! Bwahahahahahahahahahahaha!!!

30 08 2008
Uncle Joe Mccarthy

come on…she was chosen cuz everyone wants to hit that smokin ass

watch her speech…mccain was mesmerized by that ass

nothing hotter than a gun toting, bible thumping, crazy with a hot ass

btw, how is it that her son was able to stay in the states for a full year after basic and amazingly is set to be shipped to iraq on 9/11?

and is that new baby really sarah’s…or her daughter’s??

come on….i want dirt

30 08 2008
Concerned

Lord knows Obama needs a lot of strengthening…

30 08 2008
Mark

Democrats are in denial now!!! They have been beaten at their own game by John McCain!

30 08 2008
Joko

Mark:

Thanks for being a moron. Bwahahahahaha!!!

30 08 2008
Earl Taylor, Baxter, TN

Please. Please. Please. All this negativity still continues. We had more than our fair share of all the mudslinging last week with the Democapic party convention and now we see more crap being dredged from whereever they can. Mrs Palin is NOT a token female. I didn’t hear anyone saying that about Hillary Clinton. After all, her ONLY experience has been as Sentaor and I haven’t seen her list of accomplishments and her time as first lady hardly qualifies as experience. Even Bill Clinton (who I have NO respect for whatsoever) dsaid that he didn’t think anyone is really ready to be President. But I feel that a woman is just as qualified as a man and Mrs Palin has proved that she can lead and manage. Your little commentary sounds like typical whiny crybaby Democrat negativity which by the way is more decisive than anything. Your article is NOT enlightening, its an insult to anyone’s intelligence. Apparently you have a bone to pick with Mrs Palin and its quite obvious since the venom you are spewing out is nasty and undeserved. I think John McCain made a very logical choice to NOT pick any of the old bastions of Washington DC, and selected a Pro-Life, Pro-Gun, Pro-Military and Pro-American choice who also happens to hold very Pro-Christian values. I can’t say that anything the Democrats are putting forth has any redeeming value worth Oooing and Awwing about. I’m sorry you feel like you do, I would stay away from all those lemons if I were you.

30 08 2008
Mark

Latest poll: McCain 53% – Obama 40%. Bwahahahahahahahahahaha!!!

30 08 2008
Abby

Thank you. Wasilla and Alaska seem like a very nice place to live or visit. Has Palin ever visited an urban city? Spent time with blacks, jews, puerto ricans or our other hispanic brothers or sisters? Does she know what “America” is really like? This pick is not only scary but insane.

30 08 2008
Obama Campaign Already Lying About Palin’s Previous Statements « The IUSB Vision Weblog

[...] such bloggers I have a question for you. You claim that Palin has no experience, a lie that we have already put [...]

30 08 2008
Mark

Democrats are turning into the party of bigots and sexists now! Bwahahahahahahahahahahahaha!!!

30 08 2008
Neenee

I am not going to mention Obama in this post because he is not germane to my comment. There were so many more qualified people in the Republican Party I cannot understand why he chose this woman. If he wanted a woman as a v.p why not go with Kay Bailey Hutchinson or Condolezza Rice or Elizabeth Dole or Olympia Snow. This is such an error in judgement and on top of everything she is under investigation. I did not want to think that he chose her based on her physical appearance, as some have suggested but it seems as if that may have been a factor. Finally, from news reports he barely knows this woman and with his advanced age he could die and we would have her, this is really a big blunder and it tells us a lot about McCain

30 08 2008
Mark

Obama now realizes he should have picked Paris Hilton to be his VP. Now he and the other Democrats are crying because it’s too late! Bwahahahahahahahahahahahaha!!!

30 08 2008
Abe

No body is “writhing in agony over his pick!” I think alot of people here would love to see a strong VP pick from McCain, so we could have had a chance to hear good debate between the Dems and Reps but this lady is nothing but a contraversy. I now strongly believe McCain is going “now or never” because he knows that he may not make it to the next election. Anyways, he is desperate and there is no more dengerous thing than a desperate man.
Enjoy!

30 08 2008
Longevity

To the writer of this article, why stay anonymous? You think a State Trooper can just do things and get away with it? He takes an oath! That oath is not to be above the law. Why did you miss in explaining that Trooper Wooten hit his ex-wife? Is that okay now. I guess tasering an 11 year old is okay, even if asks to have it done to him. Talk about a good judgement, that trooper is an imbecile. I don’t want that guy as a Trooper, cop or even a security guard. Some one like this should not handle a gun or tacer gun.
Folks keep drinking the Kool Aid. If Obama wins this country will go down so fast that generations will have to past to clean it up. Did you all forget what Clinton did to the military and how we had spend billions of dollars to bring it back up. How Americans will have to die for you Kool Aid drinkers to get it.

30 08 2008
Mark

The fact that Democrats are so upset with McCain’s pick just goes to confirm that it was a GREAT ONE!!! Bwahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!!!

30 08 2008
Mark

Obama just announced that Biden is out and Paris Hilton is in!!! Bwahahahahahahahahahahahaha!

30 08 2008
Mark

Hillary is a dog compared to Palin! Who would you rather wake up next to? Bwahahahahahahahahahahahaha!!!

30 08 2008
Concerned

Why is it so hard for people to believe that perhaps McCain chose Palin as an up-and-comer in the Republican party and sees her as someone with great possibilities and someone to mentor. Sort of like Bill Ayers did with Obama…

30 08 2008
Gary

Being President or Vice President is not rocket science obviously. Just look at the cabal of idiots found at all levels of our governmental bodies. Sarah Palin is as infinitely qualified as a VP pick as any other potential candidate. All she really needs to execute the office is good character, judgment and a superb BS detector in addition to surrounding herself with the highly specialized and intelligent advisers that every president and vice president is completely dependent on for policy and strategic decision making.

30 08 2008
“Who the fuck is Sara Palin?” « The Result of Perpetual Motion

[...] An Alaskan perspective of Sara Palin. [...]

30 08 2008
Mark

McCain took the high road and just blew right past Obama! Now Obama is all covered with dust! Bwahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!!!

30 08 2008
Joko

” Just look at the cabal of idiots found at all levels of our governmental bodies”

Gary, I’m not much of a Bush or his appointees fan either, but that’s just cold.

30 08 2008
Viv

As a women I am insulted at this selection as if “any woman will do”. Do they expect women to be bimbos that are going to run & vote for her. I cannot conceive of anyone voting and putting this women a step away from being president in an emergency with the lack of experience she has. She, by her own admission, does not really know much about the Iraq situation. This is a horrible mistake.

30 08 2008
Mark

Did you hear about the Little League that banned a 9 year old pitcher from playing because he is too good? Nobody can get any hits off of him and all the parents complained, so they kicked him out of the league… Kind of sounds like the Democratic Party! Bwahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!

30 08 2008
Abe

Dear Longevity,
did we really have to spend millions of dollars to bring the milatary back up. Clinton had 20million jobs created; he spend millions of dollors to prosper the USA. Infact when he left the US had a record surplus, not debt.
So, please think for your self and if you do not want to think for yourself think for your children. if you do not have children you should have one because you sound like a pro-life.
Enjoy!

30 08 2008
anomdeplume

And you, Project Openletter, aren’t voting for Palin because you are a sexist, left-wing bigot.

lol…it goes both ways.

I’m proud of McCain for this strong choice. Palin is a principled, highly talented individual who would do our country proud. The fact that Obama called her inexperienced is just a joke. Talk about people in glass houses. Sure she’ll get dissed…especially by people who really don’t want a woman in the White House, despite their talk about “progression”. But despite petty stabs and dirt from Internet places like this and the liberal media, I think we’ll see her still standing strong and showing the true colors of her opponents by not responding in kind (compare Biden’s McCain-bashing acceptance speech to her gracious one).

And for a guy who promises change to this whole country but can’t even get over his own nicotine addiction, I think someone like Palin, who has proven time and again that she walks her talk and practices what she preaches, is a breath of fresh air in this stale race. With grace, strength, and huge capability, Palin dwarfs Obama, not to waste words on BIDEN, and shows that once again, it’s the Republican party who really has America at its heart.

McCain/Palin 2008

30 08 2008
Rascalcat

DAMM, THAT WAS A WELL-WRITTEN ARTICLE! THIS PICK IS DAN QUAYLE IN A DRESS (he only does this himself at home and only on the weekends). STICK A FORK IN OLD LIVER SPOTS, HE’S DONE.

30 08 2008
Dav R

Is there any truth to the rumor that her last child is really her granddaughter?

30 08 2008
Joko

Say what you want, but when Palin stumbles over details and tries to bluff or bullshit her way through policy questions she can’t simply soundbite her way out of things are going to get interesting.

I actually feel a bit sorry for her.

30 08 2008
Mark

Why is it that the Republicans didn’t cry over Biden’s selection, but the Democrats are crying over Palin? If she isn’t a good pick, you Democrats should be happy then… What gives???

ARE YOU JEALOUS??????????

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

30 08 2008
Anonymous

Video showing Palin has been lyin!

30 08 2008
Just an observer

Video clearly shows Palin has been lyin!

30 08 2008
Julio

Thanks for the very informative info. Can someone please list some other qualified women that he could have chosen that support his platform. I mean, there has to be a looooong list of better choices… I am not sure what McCain is doing, but I just don’t trust him. It the voters of this country let this slide, I would really be disappointed.

30 08 2008
McCain appoints a woman as Vice President … a former beauty queen too. « Vivre Magazine.com

[...] If you don’t know anything about Palin, like most of us, read this Alaskans’ perspective. [...]

30 08 2008
v4vendetta

Great! Just what we need. We supplement blue-blood trash for white eskimo trash!!

30 08 2008
Susan

To the people saying the state trooper deserved what he got because he tasered a kid or abused his wife, the problem is if Palin bypassed legal procedures and abused her power. This is what I hate about Bush/Cheney! “Trust us. We’ll take care of everything even if we have to break the law.”

30 08 2008
Lou Charles/San Francisco

What a bunch of crap – some guy who lives at home does not like the Governor so he puts out a hit piece. Look at the links – Daily Kooks – that explains his bias.

The Dem’s are scared to death. The messiah does not know what to do – Palin will wipe the floor with Biden in the debates. Obama – Biden will soon be a footnote in history.

30 08 2008
Mark

Democrats are starting to show their true colors – CRYBABY WHINING LOSERS!!!

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

30 08 2008
Annie Fox

Thank you so much for the “local” perspective. Clearly she’s not ready to be President… sounds like she’s not doing much of a job as Gov. Maybe Wasilla was the top of her expertise level.

30 08 2008
Wasilla

She left the town 20 million in debt.

A perfect running partner for McSame!

30 08 2008
Concerned

Just an observer,

Is that you, Biden again, ’cause it’s another case of the same post appearing multiple times… That one extra word can’t fool us.

30 08 2008
Sheesh!

McCain Campaign Sending Investigators to Alaska to Check Into Palin’s Troopergate:

Did these idiots not vet her?

I would not be suprised if she quit by Monday.

Firedog Lake

http://firedoglake.com/2008/08/30/mccain-campaign-sending-investigators-to-alaska-to-check-into-palins-troopergate-did-these-idiots-not-vet-her/

“A very reliable source overheard Republican spokesperson McHugh Pierre state TODAY that he had spoken to the McCain Campaign. They are coming to Alaska tomorrow to check out the “Troopergate” investigation.

As she points out, this rather suggests that the campaign didn’t vet her properly. Troopergage has been ongoing for some time, even a cursory Google search would have told them they had a problem.

So much for either “judgement” or, given McCain’s inability to use the web, his staff choices. Who does he have advising him, and is it they who are incompetent, or did they warn him and he ignored them? Either way it’s not so much Palin whose fitness is in question, it’s the man who made the decision to make her his running mate: John McCain”

30 08 2008
One More View on Sarah « Nuclear and Indigenous Items of Interest

[...] What is McCain Thinking? One Alaskan’s Perspective. [...]

30 08 2008
Cheryl

Obama – Biden all the way!
Amen!

30 08 2008
Cody Williams

This was an excellent post, my friend, and very informative for us down here in the Lower 48.

In the mother of all Hail Marys John McCain this gun-toting, politically inexperienced Alaskan tart as his running mate.

Yes, the former Miss Alaska first-runner-up is a tart, bimbo, prime T & A.

She’s a looker, if nothing else, and a rabid Christian fanatic to boot.

Major points.

There’s nothing like having onward Christian soldiers marching on your behalf in a political campaign. Just ask W. Bush, or the now dead Ronald Reagan. But, you’ll have to wait until the ‘last trumpet’ sounds. Because that’s when the dead will rise again according to evangelical biblical interpretations.

McCain had a lot of well qualified republican women that he could have tagged, but none of them comes anywhere near the pin-up status of Governor Palin. Let’s not kid ourselves.

In that stinging response to McCain’s ad that linked Barack Obama to Paris Hilton and Britney Spears the hotel heiress reminded John just how old, unattractive and un-hip he is, his blond beer rich wife notwithstanding.

John saw that labeling Barack a ‘celebrity’ was not hurting the Democrat enough in the polls so what did he decide to do?

If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em.

Being the rich and powerful guy that he is, he decided to create a new celeb. The Angelina Jolie of the political evangelical conservative circuit. A pretty woman who can ice fish and spear chuck caribou in the morning, birth a baby that same afternoon, take on a state budget, perform her “wifely duties” with her husband and still not get her makeup messed up.

Republicans are not dumb and they love power.

In an American Idol age of star stuck wonder and celebrity worship this ploy just might work for them. They’ve noticed what’s it’s done for the Democrats.

This election campaign just got as interesting as Reuben Studdard’s final battle against Clay Akin.

http://www.codywilliams.com

30 08 2008
Carl

The reason Sarah Palin gave the oil and gas revenues back to the people of Alaska is BECAUSE THE LAW REQUIRES IT!!!! It’s called the Alaska Permanent Fund and Alaska has had it for 32 years. It was started in 1976, back when Sarah was 13 years old.

Next thing you know, you’ll be telling us she created the Northern Lights and warm running water.

30 08 2008
Eric D. Reavis

If that is in fact Downtown Wasilla, then it looks like an exciting place to be and live! Especially, if you miss the life of 1888!

30 08 2008
Mark

WAKE UP DEMOCRATS!!! Sarah Palin’s greatest asset is her inexperience! You will soon realize that when Obama loses in November! ROFLMAO!!! BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

30 08 2008
John Hendrick

This is a picture of just one building in Wasilla. The town is actually spread out and is bordered by Mountains and upper Cook Inlet. This picture is hardly one of “downtown” Wasilla. It is just another example of how ignorant folks are in the “lower 48″ when it comes to Alaska. We don’t all live in Igloos and eat Whale blubber for lunch either. It this website called Mudflats or Mudsling?

30 08 2008
ducknutz

I see alot of sour grapes and “oh noes!” here. You Liberals don’t get it and won’t get it until November 5th. Sarah Palin is a great choice for McCain and a great choice for America. Will she appeal to women and working class voters? You bet. Does she have enough executive experience to step in? More than Obama, the head of the Democratic ticket. Does she have enough foreign policy experience or knowledge? That remains to be seen, but I think she’s going to surprise every one. Word of warning, Libs, be careful how you attack her. You’re going to shoot your own foot if you’re not careful.

30 08 2008
Randy Shiner

Thank you, thank you, thank you, for writing what so many of us in the provinces (me, in California) are thinking and writing about this silliness. It’s just silliness. And the country hardly needs any more of that, after 8 years of damnation. Now we have a second-rate Annie Oakley (no offense to the real one) put in a position to be the POTUS the moment after old-man McCain, he of the wandering eye, kicks the bucket. At 72, having already beat cancer once, the odds are not long that he’ll survive. Though his mother is what? 95? I’d rather have HER as his VP – she probably shows better judgment than her little Johnny. This is just making a mockery of the whole election. I hope, I pray, that people will vote in droves against McCain just for making the process more of a joke than it already has proven itself capable of being.

30 08 2008
Lisa Quigley

A note from the other coast—thanks for the useful, refreshing info from someone who has a feel for what really is going on…hope your link gets passed around EVERYWHERE!!!

Lisa Quigley
Richmond, VA

30 08 2008
April

No Democrat is angry over this pick!:)

I find it funny that Mccain would think that Hillary supporters would actually follow this woman. Hillary is a highly educated woman with experience that Palin would pay for now. Why would I want a woman who has only managed the affairs of small towns who, by the way, knows nothing about law and politics. And seeing as how she has a Bachelors of Science in Communications (which makes me laugh, but offends the hell out of me as a woman) and had ambitions to be a sportscaster, lets me know she hasn’t spent much time learning about the affairs of an entire nation.

Who’s mad. All Democrats are now leaping with joy. Oh yeah, all the Hillary supporters (who weren’t voting for her just because of her gender) will be voting for Obama.

Palin…what a joke. LOL

30 08 2008
Mark

HELP WANTED: Vice President of the United States

Inexperience a plus! Experienced candidates need not apply!

ROFLMAO!!! The greener the better! Bring it on Democrats! McCain just assured himself victory in the November election. BWAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

30 08 2008
GLB3

Palin appears to have been doing a helluva lot more than Obama the past several years. If he’s the standard bearer for qualifications for the top job in our nation than, then Palin’s got him beat by a mile. Obama was probably still smoking dope while she was serving her community. I think she’ll mentored along in the areas she needs experience. Who will mentor Obama? All he’s done is posture for this eventual opportunity. He makes his stand on the one time he was even willing to commit to an oppinion about going to war. That’s it. In three years, that’s it. Great speaker and a smoozer. Not much else. I give Palin the nod. They’ve all got faults but I know more about her in one day than I do about Obama in the whole time he’s been running. Non committal, wish washy answers and constantly changing what he says and does.

30 08 2008
Carl

Clearly, she’s a remarkable person. In fact, all four of them are remarkable people and each has a remarkable story. But does just being remarkable qualify you to be president or to be minutes away from assuming the role of president? Clearly not in my opinion.

30 08 2008
Tristan

Thank you for your info and perspective. I think this is the most informative information I have found as I did my research for posting. I am linking you to Dare To Dream.

30 08 2008
Rascalcat

MARK, GET A LIFE. YOU’RE NOT THE LEAST BIT AMUSING AND YOU HAVE NOTHING WORTH WHILE TO BRING TO THE TABLE. SORT OF LIKE PRESIDENT SHRUB.

30 08 2008
sup

What if this is a move to energize the republican right and maybe steal a few Hillary votes. What if his voting record paints McCain as a maverick who doesn’t follow lock-step with the republican party. What if McCain is simply offering his VP as an olive branch to the disenfranchised republican right. An energized republican right is not what a disenfranchised Hillary loving left wants to see right now. Remember, this country was split right down the middle for 2 election cylcles. Polls in the past had Bush losing both times and now the polls are in a statistical heat. If the republican right shows up in droves this election will be over. You can talk about policy, campaign promises, experience, or anything else. National politics is just like high school politics. The team that is most popular will win. This is the game. I noticed that you only presented information that supported your view on this subject. It would take real guts to post a hyperlink on your site that offered a well written opposing view to yours. However, I support your right to present your version of this story. Isn’t this country great! No other government like it on the face of the earth. Where else can a woman or a minority end up on the team that leads the free world.

30 08 2008
gayler

Just like a republican, talks a whole lot about cutting taxes but nothing about debt.

Paylin left the town she was mayor of with 3,000$ per person debt.

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0808/12987.html

— Mayoral performance. Palin, who portrays herself as a fiscal conservative, racked up nearly $20 million in long-term debt as mayor of the tiny town of Wasilla — that amounts to $3,000 per resident. She argues that the debt was needed to fund improvements.

30 08 2008
Happy Birthday John McCain « Coastcontact’s Weblog

[...] most of America.  In addition she already has questionable record.  I am adding this interesting Alaskan perspective about Sarah [...]

30 08 2008
Mark

Watch for Obama to counter soon by pre-naming Hillary to some cabinet post. The man is getting desparate now! Watch for him to try to snatch back those Hillary supporters by naming her to something soon.

30 08 2008
Sarah Palin pregnancy

Here with pic:

http://askingwhy08.blogspot.com/

and here:

http://www.zimbio.com/Bristol+Palin/articles/2/Rumors+Sarah+Palin+Fifth+Child+Abound+Internet

and here:

http://www.ireport.com/docs/DOC-69834

Exerpts:

Sarah Palin went into labor in Dallas just before she was due to deliver a keynote address at the Republican Governors’ Energy Conference, and flew to Seattle, then Alaska while still in labor.

http://www.newsminer.com/news/2008/apr/22/palins-flight-labor-falls-under-scrutiny/

Supposedly, she was in labor during the 8 hour flight, and the crew and attendants did not know.

Quote from the Article Above:

“”Governor Palin was extremely pleasant to flight attendants and her
stage of pregnancy was not apparent by observation as she didn’t show
any signs of distress,” Boren said.”

This is extremely risky behavior, and you are advised by doctors, traditionally, not to fly once you are past 7 months pregnant. If airlines are made aware, sometimes they will prevent you from flying. Sarah Palin did not inform the flight.

Sarah has had four children before, and a prolonged labor that lasted a flight from Dallas to Alaska is extremely unlikely, as labor times usually decrease with the number of births.

There is also some rumor of an interview with a co-worker of Todd Palin at the oil fields in Prudhoe Bay (North Slope, where Todd Palin worked for BP), though I haven’t been able to verify this. The co-worker claims Todd told him of the situation, supposedly.

Likewise, there were at the time a few classmates of Bristol’s that claimed they had seen her pregnant.

30 08 2008
chicagonativeslikeobama

Mark (et al.), the reason this Democrat at least is crying over Gov. Palin is that this Democrat respects and values Conservatives and Republicans. This Democrat doesn’t like one-party rule, even if it is her own party. This Democrat believes that we can’t make it without Conservatives and Republicans in this country. This Democrat believes that Conservatives and Republicans make this nation and this world a better place (albeit not so much recently). This Democrat wants Conservatives and Republicans to be in a position to act from PRINCIPLE and GOOD FAITH and the GREATER GOOD — whether they win or lose any particular election, great or small.

I wouldn’t have voted for McCain in the upcoming election anyway — but I have supported him for many years, even through the Keating 5 mess, because I thought he was basically an honorable man. He has absolutely broken my heart with this campaign, and this cynical, contemptuous VP choice caps it. He is willing to risk putting the United States of America in the hands of — this? The betrayal is so stunning that I’m still having a hard time digesting it. Gov. Palin may well mature into a solid public servant (with whom I’d still probably disagree regarding, oh, just about everything), but “I’m sure she’ll catch on quickly” is, at the very minimum, a shocking lapse in judgment on Sen. McCain’s part. I’d catch on quickly. I’m not qualified to be veep.

It’s not because I think she’ll make such a strong running mate that I’m upset. I think she’s going to be a liability, and I guess I’m grateful for that, in a way, in a tight race that I’m not so sure is tight any more, thankfully. But what I wanted to see more than anything was Sen. McCain’s reasoned judgment, his patriotism, his hopes and his plan for America. If it’s different than mine, so be it. I very rarely get my way in elections. I’m used to working with the opposition. But what I got rammed down my throat was a dangerous ideologue neophyte who doesn’t seem too bright and looks ill-equipped to handle presiding over the Senate, let alone stepping into the President’s shoes should it be necessary. Why McCain did this to us I cannot fathom. I mean, sure, I can fathom it — he wanted to make a big splash, and he wanted to win, and devil take the consequences. I repeat: he has absolutely broken my heart. I thought he was better than that. I will pray for him personally. Politically — he’s finished.

30 08 2008
Mark

Watch for Obama to counter soon by pre-naming Hillary to some cabinet post. The man is getting desparate now! Watch for him to try to snatch back those Hillary supporters by naming her to something soon.

How about Secretary of Department of Aging? BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

30 08 2008
Becky

If McCain is using these kinds of gimmicks (Palin, the crazy ads) now, what would he do in office? I have been nervous about his seemingly decreasing mental functions and now he does this.

It is interesting watching the Republicans trying to justify this with their talking points.

No way would I vote for this disaster.

30 08 2008
Mr. Reality Check

Think about this: How much respect does John McCain truly have for this country’s office of the Presidency when he chooses someone of the caliber of…..SARAH PALIN? We are talking the second-most powerful position in the world! Sorry, but he needed to carefully select a fully-qualified person who can EASILY become the leader of the strongest country in the world in case the inevitable happens to him. This decision on McCain’s part shows NO RESPECT or dignity for the most critical positions in our country. Is this THE BEST he could do? Wow. And look at how the GOP is scrambling to validate and cheerlead his decision! “Oh, she has MORE EXPERIENCE than Obama.” Honestly people, please don’t be so ignorant and delusional. Your children are laughing at you.

30 08 2008
Mark

This country needs more greener candidates and American voters realize this… We need people who aren’t entrenched in the Washington political landscape. Without Palin, McCain would probably lose, with Palin, he wins!

30 08 2008
Rascalcat

MARK IS A VERY LONELY MAN-CHILD WHO LOVES TYPING bWAHAHAHAHAH AND SEEING HIS NAME IN PRINT.

30 08 2008
Mark

This election is going to be about change… The Democrats have two candidates who are Washington fixtures. The Republicans just changed that image with the selection of Palin.

30 08 2008
Rascalcat

HOW ABOUT “CHANGING” WEB-SITES, MARK?

30 08 2008
bolsonon

Wow, the desperation, demogougery, and delirium, is definitely up to the ceiling on this banal blog. How happy the juvenile jackals seem to be to hopefully find something, anything, that reflects negatively on Gov. Palin.

It is clear the Gov. Palin is more of a man that the majority of the misfits, malcontents, and Democratic Party mouthpieces that have flocked here to carry a crumb or two of nastiness back to their own nests.

If John McCain had chosen Mother Teresa as his running mate you pathetically partisan pinheads would now be attempting to rip her too to shreds. Fortunately, no one is buying it.

Have at it boys. Waller in your own misery and mean-spirited muck and mud. Clearly you’re at home there.

30 08 2008
chicagonativeslikeobama

(While I was venting I forgot to add my thanks to Mudflats for this well-written post with a local view of the matter — so consider yourself thanked yet again, Mudflats!)

30 08 2008
ReddingSue

Someone posted this link on our news site and it is so interesting to hear what the locals think of this surprising VP pick! I thought it was a joke at first (on McCain’s birthday), and that the real VP pick would be revealed at the GOP convention. I hardly think Gov. Palin has MORE experience and/or EDUCATION than Sen. Obama, but it’s too soon to know how all of this will play out. I’m a moderate senior voter and have never been that radical in my views on most issues, but do take a stand on a woman’s right to choose – which I feel is a PRIVATE matter and none of the government’s biz. Sen. Palin’s right to choose is her RIGHT, but hard to understand how it would “reform” much of anything for women!

I’ll keep posted on this site – it’s more interesting to know what is going on in the REAL world.

30 08 2008
Myron

Great story about this small town, right wing neocon. Funny how the right wing and scandal seem to go together. And thanks, John, for this November gift. I knew you had the right judgement in mind for this country… to help get Obama elected!

30 08 2008
Mark

Democrats are getting very desparate now. You know you picked a good one when all the Democratic Spinmeisters all start going to work, posting on every message board they can find, trying to smear your VP pick! GO AWAY LOSERS!!! BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

30 08 2008
Sarah Palin pregnancy

Article with photo of daughter:

http://askingwhy08.blogspot.com/

Another:

http://www.ireport.com/docs/DOC-69834

Exerpts:

“Sarah Palin went into labor in Dallas just before she was due to deliver a keynote address at the Republican Governors’ Energy Conference, and flew to Seattle, then Alaska while still in labor.

http://www.newsminer.com/news/2008/apr/22/palins-flight-labor-falls-under-scrutiny/

Supposedly, she was in labor during the 8 hour flight, and the crew and attendants did not know.

(Quote from the Article Above):

“”Governor Palin was extremely pleasant to flight attendants and her
stage of pregnancy was not apparent by observation as she didn’t show
any signs of distress,” Boren said.”

This is extremely risky behavior, and you are advised by doctors, traditionally, not to fly once you are past 7 months pregnant. If airlines are made aware, sometimes they will prevent you from flying. Sarah Palin did not inform the flight.

Sarah has had four children before, and a prolonged labor that lasted a flight from Dallas to Alaska is extremely unlikely, as labor times usually decrease with the number of births.

There is also some rumor of an interview with a co-worker of Todd Palin at the oil fields in Prudhoe Bay (North Slope, where Todd Palin worked for BP), though I haven’t been able to verify this. The co-worker claims Todd told him of the situation, supposedly.

Likewise, there were at the time a few classmates of Bristol’s that claimed they had seen her pregnant.”

—————-

So, she sheltered her daughter by claiming the pregnancy?

We’ve had enough lies from the current administration

to want another liar whatever their motivation is.

30 08 2008
MCCAIN selects Sarah Palin as VP - The Lounge Board

[...] MCCAIN selects Sarah Palin as VP – Today, 02:43 PM What is McCain Thinking? One Alaskan’s Perspective. Mudflats “Is this a joke?” That seemed to be the question du jour when my phone started ringing [...]

30 08 2008
E. A. Bookman

I’m shocked that McCain would select someone as inexperienced as the Governor of Alaska. I was going to vote for him but not now. If he dies in office, we would be left with a gun toting VP whose only political experience is very limited. As a woman, I wouldn’t vote for her. I want the best candidates.

30 08 2008
Rascalcat

“If John McCain had chosen Mother Teresa as his running mate you pathetically partisan pinheads would now be attempting to rip her too to shreds. Fortunately, no one is buying it. ” -BOLSONON

I KNOW MOTHER THERASA AND SARAH (DAN-QUAYLE-IN-A-DRESS) PALIN IS NO MOTHER THERASA!

30 08 2008
quills

thanks so much for this perspective. i’ve forwarded this link both to obama’s camp and cnn.

30 08 2008
Pat

This event has not changed the vote in my family. We are proud Republicans and know who we are voting for. We are a middle class family who have our moral beliefs . We find that what hurts us the most is being passed on funding (for college) because we are not in a lower income bracket. Sure McCain could have picked another running mate but choosing to go with the the liberals would be even worse.

30 08 2008
Libby from NC

Thank you for your blog – very well written and fair minded. I too have bookmarked you and will return many times.

I have had a strange thought all afternoon while I am reading the comments left by others. What if McCain has picked her, fully expecting (and hoping) that once they’re elected, she is found guilty of these charges in Troopergate. She resigns the VP job and McCain gets to hand pick his own favorite choice (Leiberman maybe?) and he doesn’t have to withstand the fighting at the Repub Convention….. all he has to do is get Leiberman approved through Congress. Chilling manipulations – very Rovian – very scary.

30 08 2008
jade

Thanks, like reading a trashy novel– and if you think this is funny just wait until she does into the lion den- DEBATE with Joe Biden- In two short weeks

YEAH!!!

30 08 2008
ReddingSue

Think we all can agree that this election is about change… ka ching, ka ching!! $:o)

30 08 2008
Mark

Let’s all stop posting and observe a moment of silence…

For the Democrats on this board who are now in denial because they realize that their Party has been beat by a tactic out of their Liberal playbook that they’ve been using for years. They now realize that they’re on the other side of the fence now. They have become the new party of bigotry, prejudice and sexism.

30 08 2008
Rascalcat

LIBBY FROM NC,

VERY INTERESTING THOUGHT. I TOO THINK SHE WILL NOT BE ON THE TICKET IN NOVEMBER. WATCH FOR HER TO RESIGN TO “SPEND MORE TIME WITH HER FAMILY” (AKA “SHOOT OUT MORE CHILDREN”)

30 08 2008
michael

hey your fudging the truth some there , i live here in wasilla ,your making us sound like a little hick town in the middle of no where , i think sarah will do great ,she will surprise alot of people, i have nothing but good things to say about here , mug shot you have your opions about here but i beg to differ
why did you mug shot up thats a terrible picture of us , what were you think there?? shes done alot of good for us alaskans i know she will do what ever she can for all americans!!!! she still has over a 80% rating up , i know she can stand up to biden ive seen here i action up here alaska. for all you that dont know here yet give here a chance to for you to make up your minds.

on wasilla were a up and comming community we have target ,fredmyeres, walmart , malls ,were a bigger place then my fellow alaskan makes us to be
sincerly
mike
wasilla, resident

30 08 2008
carolyn13

Thanks for the perspective from an Alaskan. I try not to judge any state level politician until I understand the local issues and this post heled me make up my mind. She’s too conservative for me on too many issues and signals McCain’s intentions to continue the pro business agenda and religious pandering that has been the Republican hallmark for too many years.

I also have an impression that she can come across as kind of goofy. I’ve only seen and heard brief excerpts of her so I could be wrong. Do you guys up there see her as a goofball like giggling at the wrong times and foot in mouth prone?

30 08 2008
willpen

I think that “MARK” is the same asshole “Bill K” from yesterday. You are such a weasel that you have to hide behind two different names. Come out of hiding and act like a man.

30 08 2008
Mike

I am a conservative, hard working tax paying Christian. I am not a Republican or a Democrat. I confess I actually goofed up once and voted for Jimmy Carter.

The blogs on this site have convinced me the supporters of Obama are nasty, deceitful and two-faced.

Kudos to McCain for choosing a conservative Christian as part of his team! The fact that she supports the energy-independence of America and pro-Life stance over the ultra-liberal save-the-bears-but-murder-babies agenda of the Democrats appeals to me and most American families.

McCain in ’08!!

30 08 2008
Mark

Biden will look like a cold, sexist, shovenist pig when he debates Palin! Can’t wait to see it! Wouldn’t surprise me if he tries backing out of a debate with her. Any debate between them will surely fire up all women voters and reflect negatively on him. He must be squirming now. It will be a no-win situation for him.

30 08 2008
SJ

Good analysis Libby from NC,

we were thinking the same thing.

30 08 2008
Rascalcat

MARK,

IT WAS A GOOD TACTIC TO GET THE MEDIA OFF OF THE DEMOCRATIC CONVENTION, WHICH WAS SPECTACULAR, BY THE WAY. IT WAS A “SHOCKINGLY” GOOD TACTIC. MARK, HAVE YOU READ “THE SHOCK DOCTRINE” I AM ASSUMING YOU CAN READ.

30 08 2008
mendoblather

the McSame campaign team knows the American people very well. They know the average yokel out there isn’t going to look beyond Palin’s mascara. They know the gun lover’s, cum Christian crazy party needs someone to counter Hillary’s draw on women even if their choice is as hollow as those hanging moose heads on her wall.

American’s are too easily influenced by their current emotions and fear of everything not like themselves.

30 08 2008
doctorwang

Thank you for the article…very well written and extremely informative.

30 08 2008
Alaskan4positivechange

The outcry of the naysayers in regard to Gov. Palin’s nomination is deafening, and yet you have to be amused at the aguments they belch up.
Governor Palin’s whole approach to government is to clear out the dead wood. If the Republican’s political platform gets back to its roots, then it is going to take a no nonsense, party reformer to take the lead. Palin may be a cataylist for the change. I would love for all the arm-chair quarterbacks (political experts) to declare a few weeks of silence, and listen to what this lady has to bring to the table. Lack of foreign policy experience not withstanding, she will, with the opportunity, silence many critics…

30 08 2008
Mike

“I am not proud of the state of this country…our kind of people have been oppressed too long by the rich of this country…vote for me and vote for CHANGE!”

A stance communicated by two camps, each represented by a relatively obscure politician with good public-speaking skills and charisma. Both politicians were born in a country foreign to the one they were seeking leadership of. Both were supported by a tightly-controlled Public Media.

One camp was Hitler for Chancellor. The other camp was Obama for President.

I will take experience over rhetoric anyday.

30 08 2008
Rascalcat

HEY YOU BUSH-mCcAIN SUPPORTERS, YOUR BRAIN HAS SPOKEN. FROM THE LIPS OF KARL ROVE:

With all due respect again to Governor Kaine, he’s been a governor for three years, he’s been able but undistinguished. I don’t think people could really name a big, important thing that he’s done. He was mayor of the 105th largest city in America. And again, with all due respect to Richmond, Virginia, it’s smaller than Chula Vista, California; Aurora, Colorado; Mesa or Gilbert, Arizona; north Las Vegas or Henderson, Nevada. It’s not a big town. So if he were to pick Governor Kaine, it would be an intensely political choice where he said, `You know what? I’m really not, first and foremost, concerned with, is this person capable of being president of the United States?

30 08 2008
AmericaninProtest

Great article. Very informative. Keep ‘em coming.

Thanks!

30 08 2008
Tujuana

What can I say…LOVE IT! Great article!!!

30 08 2008
doctorwang

MIKE: I am not a Republican or a Democrat.

Yeah right. How many points are you earning from the McCain camp?

30 08 2008
Rascalcat

IT WAS A PERFECT PICK! SARAH (I-DON’T-EVEN-KNOW-WHAT-A-VP-DOES – JULY 08) PALIN, BY JOHN (I-DON’T-UNDERSTAND-ECONOMICS-VERY-WELL) MCCAIN. JUST PERFECT!

30 08 2008
Ray Ray

James,

I cannot believe you compared Sarah Palin to Jimmy Carter (another first time Governor). Jimmy Carter was a navy academy graduate and an officer in the US Navy before serving 2 terms (4 years) in the Georgia state senate, being reelected to a second time in 1964. Carter was Governor of Georgia, which is one of the original 13 Colonies, from 1971-1975 and during the time of his service GA. Governors were not allowed to succeed themeselves. Carter experienced an intense gubernatorial tenure to say the least, being governor in GA in the wake of civil rights legislation and politics. Georgia is a state which is over 8 million. By the way, Carter also ran his own businesses before running for the senate and after his terms before becoming Gov.

Sarah Palin, on the other hand, was mayor of Wasilla when its population was probably less than 6,000 where she served two terms on the “city council” (position unknown). Her education includes a Bachelors degree in Journalism with a minor in Political Science. She was mayor of Wasilla from 1996-1999, an unremarkable tenure. She was then appointed to Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (2003-2004) where she was a whistle-blower who resigned.

Palin ran for Governor of Alaska in 2006 (pop. 643,000) upsetting Murkowski, who appointed her to the conservation commission, in the primary. She’s had a tenure as a first-time Govenor of two years; to compare her to Carter is an exercise in futility.

30 08 2008
The Conservative Deflator

This wasn’t a nomination as much as it was an act of vandalism. Like when gang members leave a “tag” on the side of a building – to indicate their territory. The gun-loving Christian Coalition just left some graffiti on the wall of American culture.

30 08 2008
WaltB

I’ve also been looking for an Alaskan’s perspective, especially since I was stationed up there twice for almost three years total. Loved it, but couldn’t handle the -65 degree Fairbanks winters! Anyway, your blog is great and does a much better job of documenting both the positives and negatives about your Governor. I’ve passed it on to several friends of mine as well. Thanks!

30 08 2008
D. Miller

So since you’re in Alaska, what are they saying up there about the baby with down syndrome? I’m hearing the baby actually belongs to her 16 year old daughter and that they hid the pregnancy. These pictures I’m seeing of her and her daughter seem to really clear to me. The daughter looked pregnant. The governor did not.

30 08 2008
Mark

I feel good about being a Republican again…

With this pick for VP, it has turned the Democratic Party into the Party of bigotry, sexism, shovenism, etc… Democrats that bash the selection of Palin for VP, such as the ones on this board, can no longer accuse Republicans of being the ones that are bigots.

30 08 2008
McCain puts his chips on the female vote « Splintered Sunrise

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30 08 2008
Jane from Wyoming

I’m a women in the western US, a staunch lifetime Republican, and I was all set to vote for John McCain in the fall. However, after his ill advised pick of this neophyte, Sarah Palin, I’ll be voting for Bob Barr. It’s obvious that she’s simply a token on the ticket and not ready to lead on Day One, if ever. If McCain doesn’t take our country’s security more seriously than to pick someone who said she’s never given Iraq much thought and has never even traveled abroad, screw him. Sad. So sad.

30 08 2008
maynard wisconsin

John McCain did the right thing…. He chose someone who has her head on straight and is’nt a fixture from Washington…. We need people like her in the whitehouse.

Maybe she doesn’t have all the experence that the other people do . Nobody else had experince when they started. So enough about experience okay. I feel more at ease with her in the whitehouse than i do with the guy who has a smirky face and cocky attitude that he aquired lately.

Palin will do just fine. news media back off and give her a chance. welcome aboard Gov. Palin

30 08 2008
Scott from Canada

One comment I read was that Mccain really thinks Americans are stupid. We are talking about the country that spewed the, and it’s now becomce redundant to say, ghastly nightmare that is Dubya. By the way stop using the word retard. It’s rude!

30 08 2008
Meggie

Thanks for the honesty and clarity in the midst of the whoopla about Sarah Palin.
The idea that she will appeal to me because we share the same anatomical parts is proof of the Republican Party’s opportunist and elitist understanding of what American women and families need or want. . .We want to keep our homes, feed our kids, be paid a decent wage and stop sending our sons and daughters to a war for which Bush should surely be tried for war crimes. We want health care that doesn’t kill us, water and air that doesn’t poison us, equal pay for equal work and a stop to the oil industry’s rape of America, and an end to a war that has made Bush/Cheney the leaders of “The Corrupt Bastards Club.” Thats’ what Sarah Palin stands for: George Bush and unbridled dehumanized greed!!

30 08 2008
Your (Very Special Edition) Abbreviated Pundit Round-up · Real Clear Politcs

[...] with a wild frontier. The picture above is from Palin’s hometown, Wasilla. Here’s a blog-post from a chesty dweller who nonetheless is gob-smacked that McCain thought Palin suitable for high [...]

30 08 2008
South of your boarder

WOW…sad you didn’t leave your name on this informative piece. Yep, you’re a man. Oh well, the big town reporters will find you and my hope is that this is NOT some biased piece of news from a member of hate group up there. Im always careful not to spout off on what someone has to say or drag it out in the light of day and call it gospel, you know? Time will tell. Im also sure that the republicans knew of this, did there own investigation and said “big deal”. I mean come on, is this all you got? Least you forget the massive government investigation of our wonderful senator clinton and her health care mess. Past-tense clinton on his numerous sex and rape messes. If this is all you got then I’ld tend to agree with the “big deal” consensus.
Hillary has had to clean up after her crap of a husband all her married life, deal with the shame of what he has done to her, raise a wonderful daughter and still bring 18 million people to stand behind her.
As a voting women, and mother of 4, I find it offensive that others (mostly men of the democrat party )want to tell me that I should be proud of one women but not the rise of another. Welp, “yaw” it’s a good thing you do not speak for me or for a number of women’s groups that are uniting behind Sarah because she is a woman. If she can manage her own home and your sparsely-unqualified state (the way you speak of it makes Alaska sound like this ) then my guess is she can handle this mess of a country that we call home.
I’m proud of BOTH these women and I say “You go girl”
Valerie

30 08 2008
Oh, look! « Tribelet of Hoodlums

[...] Update to post, 8/30:  Some interesting insights from a fellow blogger, and Alaskan resident.  See here. [...]

30 08 2008
maynard wisconsin

Besides that I also like that shes got the figure of a young woman and looks good (not like Hilary). So whats if theres no experience there? John McCain is a patriot and was in prison for five years. Shell be trained on what to do like anyone would when they start a new job. I dont see what the problem is shes a GOD fearing woman whos gonna put GOD back in our scools and kick our those darwin teaching hippys. Go get them Sara!!

30 08 2008
JANE

Sounds to me like just a squabble in the family but that trooper SHOULD have been fired. What was he thinking? Shooting a kid with a taser? I would have sued the pants off of him for negligence, mistreatment of a child, child endangerment! I could care less about any of that, sounds to me like he got what he deserved! Sarah Palin will be a go getter! I just think its hilarious that OBAMA and the dem party threw Hillary under the bus and now all the dems are shocked and crying foul when they too could have had a white woman. Their God leader they all bow down to was too sexist, petty and jealous to bring her on board! TO BAD SO SAD! GO SARAH!

30 08 2008
Mark

“This wasn’t a nomination as much as it was an act of vandalism. Like when gang members leave a “tag” on the side of a building – to indicate their territory. The gun-loving Christian Coalition just left some graffiti on the wall of American culture.”

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! The Democratic Party has been leaving graffiti on the wall of American Culture for the last 30 years! It’s about time you Democrats got a taste of your own medicine! ROFLMAO!!!

30 08 2008
30 08 2008
Leslie

TO BAD SO SAD! GO SARAH!

Spoken like a true idiot. Are you 12?

30 08 2008
JBK007

Great post! I love AK. Beautiful place.

But, I’m not conned by McCAIN and (un)ABEL. Johnny’s sacrificing her like a little white lamb because they know they can’t win and want to put the nail in their own coffin. They want Obama to get in at this point so the GOP can blame the next 4 years of Bush’s-hangover on the Dems and try again with another candidate in 2012….. just in time for the creationist wingnuts to usher in Armegeddon.

Not to mention……aside from Palin’s dearth of actual real-world experience, don’t you think the 2nd highest position in the country should require having a Master’s or Law degree?!?

30 08 2008
Char In Ohio

While I didn’t know who Sarah Palin was before the big decision….I quickly learned that her and her family give 100% and are “champions” at all they do….whether it be sports, budgets, approval ratings, ect….THIS IS CHARACTER….something Obama will never have. Yes, he has “foreign policy experience”….TERRORISTS, he knows, supports, and associates with, and wants to “talk to” them in MANY countries, I don’t think that is WHAT America MEANS BY foreign policy experience…..

Yes, he promises “change” and we will surely get it too….that is ALL that will left after he taxes you to death….”change” in your pockets….He said himself, he wants to tax businesses to “pay for all this”….when did YOU EVER get a JOB from a poor person folks? Then, he says, he will “keep jobs in America”….well from the FIRST thing you said, they are ALREADY GONE !!!! Then, he is “going to make sure Americans have good jobs and prosperity, reduce welfare ect”….ummmm okay….after the jobs are GONE….WE ARE GONNA BE ON YOUR SOCIAL PROGRAMS…..WHICH IS ….FROM the videos shown during your BIG SPEECH….ALL you AND Michelle are GOOD AT !!!!! Community Service, Community Service….Community Service….

The ONLY ones with TRUE job security will be YOU AND MICHELLE and those working in SOCIAL SERVICE…..what about the REST of America?

May I be one to inform you Mr. Obama….we ALL do not NEED or TAKE ADVANTAGE of…..and yes, I mean the second one quite literally….YOUR Community socialism….or your ideas of making it a WAY OF LIFE….not a temporary solution…..WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO FOR THE REST OF AMERICA????? OTHER THAN of course….tax the businesses so we lose our jobs and tax us to death to pay for your socialism?

That is nice…AS A BACKUP PLAN….but…You said yourself during your speech….”People say pull yourself up by your bootstraps….but you have no boots”…..So….in essence, you are telling folks….Hey…you were born into poverty…JUST STAY THERE? Yes….you did….

Well, I guess its good to know that after you DESTROY America either with your socialism or by disarming our military so your foreign “brothers” can make America its victim…..I MAY be able to take advantage of some of your Community Service programs….THIS REALLY IMPRESSES ME? NOT !!!!!

You promised people EVERYTHING…..don’t you know when you don’t deliver….and there is NO LOGICAL WAY YOU CAN deliver ALL you promised…People are going to see your “HOPE and CHANGE” as “JUST THE WORDS” they are? Eventually Mr. Obama its gonna be ACTION TIME…..not just TALKING TIME…..and people are gonna expect you to jump thru hoops and make good on these Utopian dreams you are having ?????

You speak of COMMUNITY AND FAMILY….and yet, you have brothers in Africa in 6×9 HUTS living on less than a dollar a month????? But I am to EVEN THINK….you REALLY care about a single mother trying to make it? When you DONT EVEN TAKE CARE OF YOUR OWN FAMILY LIVING IN DIRE POVERTY???????? You threw your OWN grandmother under the bus….Hillary under the bus…..your pastor whom you claimed you could NEVER disown (although his comments and idealogy were horrid) under the bus…..AND YOUR OWN ROOTS ….under the bus ….BLOOD…..and you would not DO THAT TO US?????? LOL?????? Sure……

Are you REALLY a US citizen and ELIGIBLE to run for President? Cause by YOUR OWN FAMILYS MOUTHS they said your mother gave birth TO YOU IN KENYA ….and took you to Hawaii to be registered 4 days later? And your mom had NOT been living in America for the 5 years she needed to be here to make you AUTOMATICALLY AN US CITIZEN….and both your parents were NOT US citizens….so you didn’t acclaim US citizenship that way either….and you never became one on your own either????? (FYI, the rules back then applied, not the ones now) NOONE WILL PROVIDE A REAL PAPER COPY of your birth certificate, and the “independent agency” that CLAIMS to have seen it….is actually owned by Ayers….who you have afflialiates with? Hardly ….”independent”? There is a copy online of your alledged B/C….which photoshop watermarks….showing its CLEARLY FAKE?

You attack Sarah Palin….but at least I see CHARACTER in her….while she may not be perfect….NO CANDIDATE IS EVER THAT !!!!! While she lacks SOME experience….at LEAST I HAVE HEARD OF TRUE ACCOMPLISHMENTS IN HER LIFE…..not just praise cause she is black, a woman, or did some Community Service projects…..or went to college….as ALOT of people do…..I have heard of the budgets she has done, how she was reduced waste and abuse in office…..I have heard of her approval ratings….AND AGAIN…YOU DISS SMALL TOWN AMERICA? Let me warn you about something Mr. Obama and your wife who can ONLY GIVE MS. AMERICA SPEECHES but from those killer looks at Hillary when she spoke on stage….will NEVER BE a pageant winner or win Ms. Congeniality….ANYWHERE OR ANYTIME…..You lack true grace and are NOT worthy of being the FIRST LADY….sorry !!!! Let me warn you that SMALL TOWN AMERICA, ALL OVER AMERICA …..takes offense to your comments….WE ARE WATCHING !!!!!

I will bet that….Sarah will be willing to HAND you her B/C to show you she is an American citizen….she will be willing to LISTEN to small town America…..not DISS IT like you do…..She is MUCH MORE REAL AND GENUINE….and there is ALOT LESS SECRECY about her, than YOU……alot of your past cannot even be proven…NOONE remembers you in college or anything….WHERE DID YOU ACTUALLY COME FROM ANYWAYS? Noone really knows !!!!! ????? At least….she has REFERENCES Mr. Obama….and its not the “Community Free Store”…..lol….

I tell you what Mr. Obama…..when YOUR WIFE Michelle achieves ALL that Sarah has….and with such grace and persistence….I WILL VOTE FOR YOU !!!!! You let me know WHEN this has happened okay? I have a feeling I will be waiting A LONG, LONG WHILE !!!!!

They say, whether its true or not remains a mystery but….McCain only met Sarah one time…..I have seen you for a LONG TIME NOW…..and I didn’t know Sarah at ALL either before she was chosen……BUT I REMEMBER MORE ABOUT HER….THAN YOU !!!!! I see her as MORE REAL….than you…..I TRUST HER MORE, than YOU !!!!! So that is a pretty powerful FIRST impression….maybe you should learn from her , not DISS her !!!!

I think its all about….Hillary COULD have been chosen…..BUT IT WAS STOLEN and given to Obama….Obama COULD have chosen Hillary to be VP….but was TOO VAIN, PREJUDICED, or whatever to do it…..and chose Biden….NOW…..McCain pulled a fast one….and chose a WOMAN who….REPRESENTS MOST OF WORKING AMERICA at least….maybe not the slackers and “oh woo with me, I have always been poor and will never be anything else” crowd….( the TRULY needy won’t get anything anyways, just the ones who don’t try)……

Obama made a MISTAKE…..and like most Democrats….HE IS A SORE LOSER….so now he attacks…..He HAD a woman who had ALL KINDS OF EXPERIENCE….but he threw her under the bus and is attacking McCain’s choice…..?????? AT LEAST….McCain sees Sarah’s potential….her persistence, and her record of getting things done….whether it be in small town Alaska….or America….. With Obama I hear the words “hope” and “change” over and over again….FEW SPECIFICS….and he AVOIDS anywhere that will ask him THE TOUGH QUESTIONS……Chicken lol !!!!! Lay down the teleprompter and let’s debate !!!!

Obama may win this….I know as I speak….dogs, cats, dead people, trees, kitchen sinks are being registered to vote ten times each….they did this last time too but Bush still won lol…..Not that I love Bush….but its still funny….

But….Sarah Palin is not a bad choice for America…..ITS HOPE FOR AMERICA….ALL these people have other experts ect behind them helping them…..they are not just thrown out there on their own…..Obama will be RELYING ON ALOT of those same people Sarah will be…..ONLY ONE DIFFERENCE…..Sarah will be VP…NOT PRESIDENT…..and that IS A HUGE DIFFERENCE……

Some say Sarah doesn’t have enough experience…..but tell me this……

Scenario….you are dying…..there are two people there…..a medical student of two years who gets straight “A” s in school…..or someone who…..eats popcorn and watches ER on tv…..which one will you choose to help you? Sarah is the one with the straight A’s….while not completed the training….still the better choice….Obama is the one watching ER….with his socialist programs…monitoring “how bad people have it”….but not really doing much to change it…..cause EVEN IF he is providing assistance….HE IS ALSO ENABLING THEM AND ENCOURAGING THEM TO REMAIN ON THE SAME ASSISTANCE HE IS PROVIDING……totally reliant on the government FOR LIFE…..

I THOUGHT the idea of America was for its citizens to be free and prosperous…..how is relying on the government from cradle to grave…prosperity? How is negotiating with terrorists FREEDOM? God , and YES I said God….help this country IF THIS man gets elected…..

McCain BEGAN from the get go making “changes” in America…..He did that by giving Sarah a chance of making America a better place and saving it from the likes of Mr. Obama….who specializes in handing out a free ham and a few cans of veggies in a box to someone who has never held a job in their lives…..AND HE PROMOTES THIS IS OKAY …..while everyone ELSES taxes skyrocket to pay for it all….and their health care also…..

His “Robin Hood” wealth distribution plan sucks….Take from those who have worked hard for it, or just because someone or a company has a few dollars…..rob it and give to those who HE FEELS deserve it for LIFE? He is a “trojan horse” waiting to take down America from within…..wakeup America !!!!! You had better pick the mom with the 5 kids, who goes to PTA meetings….WITH A PROVEN TRACK RECORD OF BEING A WINNER AT ALL SHE DOES……at least she has GOALS….CHARACTER…..She may be SMALL TOWN….but…..isn’t that what America is all about? Or is it all about…..being like some 3rd world country…..under rule by a communist and socialist government who wants you TOTALLY dependent on them? Who says we should “look to China” and be “more like them”……despite their MANY human rights violations and slave labor?

I will go with Sarah’s TRUE AND REAL accomplishments Mr. Obama….as insignificant or short lasting as they may seem to be….OVER YOURS …..

If you THINK things are bad now…you haven’t seen ANYTHING yet…..I will chose the Presidential Candidate and VP with REALISTIC goals….over one who HAS UTOPIAN ones…..get off the drugs Obama….and promise REAL things America WANTS AND NEEDS , REAL CHANGE , THAT WILL HAPPEN…..not just that we can “dream” about…..!!!!! I can buy a fairytale book anyplace and sit and dream…..

30 08 2008
clarkohrepub

I hear what you are saying…and will wait for the campaign to play out.
But I will tell you, as one who sat in the first row of that rally in Dayton….she was VERY IMPRESSIVE! She is passionate..you can feel it! She is determined…she has proven that! And she is LIKE US in middle America…not some stuffed shirt from an Ivy League school (I grew up in Princeton and know what I am talking about!) and she is not afraid to take on ANYONE regardless of party. And on that subject..she INCLUDES those in the opposition party in her decisions….more than Obama or Biden have EVER proven they could do!
You go Girl! Can’t wait to see you and John McCain back in Dayton for the Victory Lap!

30 08 2008
Janet

From Army Mom, Salt Lake City Tribune: “And another thought, also as a mom whose son has served two tours in Iraq, I am HIGHLY offended that Palin who previously stated that she doesn’t have an opinion about Iraq, hasn’t thought much about it (no newspapers in remote Alaska?) is now using her son, a soldier about to deploy to Iraq as a political prop in order to gain support, or sympathy, or as a misguided show of patriotism, what? Any thinking person, who truly studied and understood the issue would not be at a podium promoting the fact that their child is heading off to war in order to elicit applause. Another note….another bone of contention to me, and others in the ranks of the Blue Star Mothers…how dare she wear a blue star pin prior to her son actually being in harms way. This is a sisterhood who share a stark and life changing reality, our children are IN harms way, not about to be, or are going to be. She will be welcomed with open arms once his boots actually hit the ground in Iraq, but while he is safe at home, the tasteless display of the pin on her lapel is very very very disrespectful to those who are really living this nightmare on a minute to minute basis. Lets see how she feels once he is actually gone and is waiting for that email with her heart pounding in her throat hoping for news her child is okay. I so resent using our soldiers for political posturing. It is abhorent and unforgivable.”

30 08 2008
Abe

Char In Ohio, dont have anything better to do? Are you serious? Well,I can see you going nuts over Obama if he was the one to choose Palin as his VP pick. what would you say to that? how would you criticize him? before even he made his choice reps. assumed that his choice was the virginia governer and went on attacking how the governer didnt have enough experience. well, what do they have now, a governer picked to be VP that doesnt even know what VP do and see her self picked for the job. Obama made his choice in a very sound and logical way. he made the choice that he thought would be best for america not for himself if he were to care about only being elected he would pick clinton and wouldnt even have to look behind, it would have been an easy choice.
enjoy

30 08 2008
Maine FarmGirl

Yes, I’m another member of the thundering blogosphere herd who’s just discovered Mudflats through a link in someone else’s blog. Thank you so much for writing this. I appreciate the fact that you’re not engaging in hyperbole and the Sexist A**hole Treatment that I’ve been hearing from a lot of other bloggers, but simply relating the facts and history as you’ve seen them.

Even when I first heard about the nomination, I thought McCain had made a grievous political and strategical error in selecting Sarah Palin. I guess the McCain campaign can throw away the “inexperienced” meme now.

Frankly, I’d be just as shocked if Obama had selected the Democrat mayor of my hometown (pop. 6,500) to run as his vice president. Now, I like “Mayor Mike,” mind you, but I sure as hell don’t think he’s qualified to be the Vice President of the United States! This isn’t just another “ha ha, silly redneck rube!” comment; as a resident of a podunk town far (culturally if not so much geographically) from the epicenter of national politics I’m certainly not in any position to throw stones about that issue.

30 08 2008
Spiegel

I’m disappointed with your characterization of Wasilla. I lived up there for six months (albeit 10 years ago) and it was not the backhole of rednecks that you make it out to be at that time. The Palmer-Wasilla area was beautiful and I don’t remember the shotgun holes in the traffic signs.

30 08 2008
30 08 2008
Independant republican

It amazes me how people read someones elses opinion an takes it for fact. “I’m not voting for him or her because some blogger said this”. All information needs to be looked at from both sides and an intelligent mind can decide what seems to be hateful lies or bias and the truths. I wish that everyone would listen to both sides before making up their minds. Just use your brains and not take one bloggers opinion for your own.

30 08 2008
GOPsux.com

If McShame, the vietnamese collaborator, felt Palin was his best choice then the GOP are really going downhill or they’re proving a point. The point being there are very few female republicans to choose from that have had any political spotlight on them. Further indirect evidence that the GOP are way out of touch with their own followers.

30 08 2008
my kol

Sounds Desperate. Obama guy has 143 days in the Senate, a third item of community organizer at the top of the resume.

Comes from this BitchFest in Denver that looked like an old setup from the Star Trek series Apollo episode, running against a guy who is leaving office in a few months.

All this and then on top of it, the Obama spokesman came out same day and reported she has little experience. lol, I can’t stop.

30 08 2008
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30 08 2008
Char In Ohio

CLARK…..

There was some dissing on how many people showed up to hear her speak….some don’t realize that Dayton isn’t all that big of a place….there are much larger cities here in Ohio than Dayton…..so really…it was a pretty good turnout…..and they were THRILLED with her…..

I am in Butler County here….not that far from Dayton….would have loved to have heard her speak….!!!!! You GO SARAH !!!! They are just jealous and sore losers who made a POOR decision and are NOW paying the price lol…. :) So they are going to diss her….and after all…NO MATTER WHO McCain chose…they would still DISS them…. doesn’t matter….

Charolette

30 08 2008
JBK007

What’s our current VP doing now…… he’s on a diplomatic mission to Georgia (the former USSR) trying to avert WWIII with Russia (or bring it on depending on your perspective and level of cynicism). I just can’t picture Palin in this role no matter how the GOP tries to spin her “executive” experience!

30 08 2008
BRADY

Char In Ohio

After reading the first paragraph of your thesis- WE GET IT!! You will vote for McBush, good for you.

This ohio resident will be voting for obama, and I didn’t even write a thesis to tell you that.

30 08 2008
Mark

Thank you all for your great posts… I love to see the writings of panicking Democrats right before an election. It’s like a contrarian indicator… Makes me feel good about the chances of McCain winning in November.

30 08 2008
Char In Ohio

ABE….

I see Obama for WHO HE IS….and no, if HE chose Palin…..I would NOT vote for him…WHY? Because he is running FOR PRESIDENT….NOT VICE PRESIDENT…..and because his policies are SOCIALIST….I would NOT vote for Obama JUST cause he chose a woman…..NOR would I do that for McCain either….

I am choosing by the policies, the character of the person and other things….and no…I really DON’T have better things to do….I have an off day from MY JOB today…..something I probably won’t have when Obama is elected….I will be home on welfare watching Oprah and waiting for the welfare check to arrive and for Obama to come knocking on my door to give me reassurance everything is going to be just fine….and he is gonna do all he can for me ……

Char

30 08 2008
GOPsux.com

@ Char In Ohio

under bush we have had the biggest amount of layoffs, and unemployment since Reagan took office. The Bush administration has done everything in their power to loot the surplus in the treasury and destroy the value of the dollar, all the while fudging the federal statistics to make it look like we’re not in a recession. Add to that he has given the greatest amount of tax breaks to the energy companies during the largest energy boom in history. With less money in the treasury he has borrowed money to balance the budget, while he has increased the size of the gov’t to be the biggest employer in the nation.

McShame wants more of the same. Obama, has no intention of a free ride for the poor. In fact there’s no possible way he can do it.

And BTW you can’t claim to “Be free and prosperous” while enslaving the middle east for Big Oil and fundamentalist lobby groups.

30 08 2008
Meggie

Obama a socialist?
Poor baby, you drank the kool aid.

30 08 2008
stabellina

I really thought this was a fair article until you summed it up with that bizarre perspective on her executive experience. Tho her exec experiece is only 2 years, you chose to speak of Wasilla. The governership is where she got her executive experience. Let’s talk about that. And let’s talk about the fact that she managed to climb her way out of what you apparently think is a chithole town to become governor. She has also proven many times that she is not a bible toting fundamentalist simply because she grew up among them. Conservative? Yes. But we’re not all fundies by any realistic stretch, regardless of what the BFE we may have grown up in was made of. She has proven that she is her own person just by her long list of accomplishments. Maybe in your mind she’s been a big fish in a small pond for the last two years, but that still says a lot. She’s accomplished much more than Obama on every comparative level, I think trying to minimize her accomplishments is kind of a desperate move.

Other than that, I thought you gave a fair and seemingly objcetive assessment. Too bad you had to hit below the belt in the end.

30 08 2008
Meggie

Sarah Liar Pants on Fire!
90% is NOT her approval rating. It’s the percentage of people polled who think she is a LIAR!
See for yourself:

30 08 2008
JNYC

Fr. John – you sir and others like you – scare me more than any potential presidential or vice presidential candidate. It is the blind hatred that you display that allows our government to continue to fail its own people, year after year, by using scare tactics to push forward an agenda that we can no longer stomach.

Thanks to the author of this article. It was very informative.

To add to the converstation. I am not looking for a “Hockey mom” as a presidential standby. I want to trust that the president or the vice president is always the smartest person in the room. I will take a law degree over a degree in journalism any day of the week.

30 08 2008
Dudmeister

A women with four children at home, one of whom is five months old with Down Syndrome. Something about this doesn’t work. I worry about the viability of Democracy.

30 08 2008
Ricky

The fact remains that Palin still has more experience than Obama. Can anyone tell me what he has ever done to rise above Palin.

30 08 2008
samuel smith

Governor Palin still has more administrative experience in her little pinky than Obama does. What the writer fails to mention is that she is very, very media savvy since she was a tv reporter at one time. She will cut Biden to shreds over both foreign and domestic policy-she is a very quick study, certainly quicker on her feet than the addle-brained plagiarist extraordinaire from Delaware. Her selection has already energized the base and will be more than enough to turn the tide. I would sleep very well with her as Chief Executive if that were to happen. Let’s see Obama or Biden match her knowledge in military affairs or weaponry..

30 08 2008
stabellina

And April, she minored in politics. As one who enjoyed my own minor much more than my major, I can tell you that to assume she didn’t spend any time studying world events is horse manure. Please do some more reading.

30 08 2008
Char In Ohio

JBK…..Well if Obama was over there….he would be “talking” to them, making “friends” of them …cause afterall ….once he is elected….ALL those countries will just LOVE US….they will all disarm their missles….lay down their weapons…join hands in a huge circle, hold up American flags and chant USA …USA……Uh huh …SURE !!!!!

The only thing that can be negotiated with people whos very culture is for you TO CEASE TO EXIST is…..how do you want to die? Do you want it televised? And how stupid you were for THINKING we would be your friends……Dead is Dead people…..does the rest really matter? It doesn’t to them !!!!! WE have BEEN talking….Ms Rice went over there and Russia SAID it would pull back….BUT IT DIDNT……

You can TALK till you are BLUE in the face….they aren’t LISTENING…..The world IS NOT gonna be some UTOPIA IF Obama is elected….EVERYONE is the world is STILL NOT going to LOVE America……its just NOT gonna happen….

And well….on foreign policy like I said…..call me a redneck or whatever you want…..but….honestly….if it was me….alot of places over would resemble a piece of burnt toast…..you CANNOT rehabilitate terrorists…..Yes Michelle Obama…..”we are a mean country” hon….cause….we STAND UP FOR OURSELVES??????? Sarah will do JUST as good as Obama on foreign policy….He has NO foreign policy experience either other than selling America down the drain to the terrorists whom he knows , supports , and loves…..I would rather have a moose hunter “talking” to them….sorry lol….

Yes, that IS a joke….but honestly….Obama’s foreign policy is gonna be suck up to everyone….he wants to disarm our military and yet he claims…he is going to “keep America safe”……

I find it interesting that people want to “silence” those who speak TRUTH about Obama…or those who want him to answer “tough questions”……AT LEAST maybe Sarah won’t RUN when asked……AT LEAST SHE ADMITTED….she wanted to know what VP’S do…..while she may actually know SOME….I think she really wanted MORE info….and was not in TOTAL disknowledge…..that is being played up by those dissing her…..

Obama wants to become PRESIDENT, and does NOT admit he doesn’t know what he is doing…..which he doesn’t…..Hey I worked for welfare for 8 years…..perhaps I should run for President? Same difference…..sorry !!!!!

Char

30 08 2008
GOPsux.com

They must have a real big drug trade in ohio cause Char you have been smokin’ some real good $hit !

30 08 2008
cyndi t

what time is it go figure……

30 08 2008
stabellina

And last but not least, your state is situated between Canada and Russia. Are you saying you people live in such a bubble that she never had cause to speak to the leaders in either of these countries about anything? I’ll acknowledge she has very little foreign relations experience, but I have to think saying she has none at all would be incorrect. I am not well educated about the particulars of Alaska, but geez there must be associations pertaining to trade routes at least?

30 08 2008
rico

So what is it with republicans the past decade? Do they have a fetish for abuse and destruction? To even think republicans should have a third term is just insanity. They allowed 911 to happen, corruption to no end, katrina, loss of privacy, illegal wars, constant lying and stealing, sexual perversion on a scale that would make B. Clinton blush…it goes on and on. The whole world is laughing at american republicans. And McCain…he wasn’t good enough to beat Bush in 2000 but all of a sudden he’s viable now??? Republicans…if you really do love america, sit it out in November and let the adults take the helm. Quit cutting your nose off to spite your face. The wedge issues that the right wing is using to divide us makes you sick in the head.

30 08 2008
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30 08 2008
bigstarlet

““I am not proud of the state of this country…our kind of people have been oppressed too long by the rich of this country…vote for me and vote for CHANGE!”

A stance communicated by two camps, each represented by a relatively obscure politician with good public-speaking skills and charisma. Both politicians were born in a country foreign to the one they were seeking leadership of. Both were supported by a tightly-controlled Public Media.

One camp was Hitler for Chancellor. The other camp was Obama for President.”

Mike, you ignorant slut! Obama is not for the slaughter of races. Obama was also born in Hawaii! Do your research and try again, dumbass!

30 08 2008
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30 08 2008
rajoro

Republican pundits are saying Sarah Palin is a “brilliant choice for VP”?

That is the problem with Republicans it is all ideology, tribalism and group think. Mitt Romney an excellent executive (even if he is a sleazy pol) was passed over because he was a Mormon even though he is qualified as an executive, It is becuase of the religous bigotry by the right that he was excluded. This woman has never been tested, ever, on a national or even a global stage. Pawlenty, who made his case through his grasp of the issues and ideas and his executive experience as well as his grasp of the isues in a very forward looking way.

Sarah Palin seems to have been vetted by Monica Goodling!

This is what we can expect from a McCain Presidency? More of the same imperious idealogical near do wells running and ruining our government. The justice department was the model for this Rovian experiment in a Republican Reich. This absolutely more mof the same.

Obama earned his way through his legislative governmental experience and the crucible of running a 300 million dollar campaign garnering over 18 million votes along the way winning the nomination by the force of his intellect, policies, vision and organizational brilliance.

38 million Americans watched his acceptance speech, probaly tens of millions more globally. He has captured the imagination of untold millions around the world through his ideas and what he represents for an America that people thought they knew before George W. Bush, flawed but still the greatest hope for the free world.

Could Sarah Palin do that right now? Seriously, could she grasp the reins of the McCain multi -million dollar national campaign, lead the men and women within it and run it at this very moment? Could she mount a credible campaign for national office herself? If you don’t know the answer to these questions. How can you answer whether or not she is ready to be leader of the free world?

30 08 2008
MLM

I’ve always considered myself a Republican…but I think McCain has committed political suicide with his choice of Palin. I had planned to vote for him, but now I’m not sure if I will vote at all. Very poor choice….

Oh, and one correction for “James” (above) who made the following statement:

Carter only had one term as Gov. from a small state, and he became President.

As a former Georgian, I’ve got to set you straight…Georgia is NOT a small state. It ranks 10th in population and 24th in square miles.

30 08 2008
JBK007

Ricky, Sam Smith et. al – we don’t need an administrator now…. we need a leader with a fresh vision to give people hope again, to bring us together, to get this country back to having any moral authority whatsoever, to get our economy on track etc..

What we don’t need is someone to get into office for the sole purpose of further enriching Big Oil and shoving a conservative social agenda down the country’s throat that is at odds with half the population and as antiquated as McCain’s body.

To answer Ricky’s question, Obama rose above and was the first African American to ever head the Harvard Law Review. Even with his degree from this most prestigious university, he chose to stay in public service and work on grassroots issues effecting people in his community.

In terms of the VP spot, we are at an extremely crucial moment in history and this position cannot be handled by someone with no real-world experience, with no advanced degree, and no knowledge of how DC works. The VP has to be someone who brings significant experience to the table, compliments the President and can step into that role if necessary.

As I said above, no matter how much the GOP try to spin Palin’s “executive” experience…. she just doesn’t have the credentials or experience necessary for this role in this day in age. And logically, she couldn’t handle the Presidential role should McCain not last to the end of the term.

30 08 2008
thespiritdog

Politics is a very foreign world to me, so maybe someone with a little more brain capacity, can explain this to me. Are the Republicans admitting their defeat in the upcoming elections, with this choice. Or, are they hoping to polarize the woman voters, in hopes of carrying the ballot this November.

30 08 2008
Char In Ohio

HEY MARK…..

I agree….desperation….oh no !!!! We are between a rock and hard place….

If we diss Sarah too much, it will look like we don’t like women, cause we just threw Hillary under the bus…..

If we diss her being a mom ect….it will look the same way…..but let’s do it anyhow and take our chances…..

Let’s diss her “experience”…..while all Obama showed us on video during his speech was handing out freebies which he calls ….”Community Service”…..HAS HE REALLY DONE ANYTHING ELSE FOLKS? I have NOT heard of it IF he has…?????? AND he isn’t really putting it OUT THERE FOR US TO HEAR? Okay…I get it….he is great with the community……YET he DOESNT AND HASNT ACKNOWLEDGED HE WILL DO ANYTHING FOR HIS OWN BLOOD BROTHERS LIVING IN POVERTY IN AFRICA……so , NO I don’t beleive he really CARES about anyone ….He does it FOR A DOG AND PONY SHOW and looks “good” at election time ……that is about ALL I saw in his “resume video” for Presidency…..other than what a “wonderful family” he has…..as if…noone ELSE does? LOL? He acts like he and Michelle are the only ones who have “WORKED HARD” for anything….and they talk about student loans ect…when they KNOW FULL WELL….they went to COLLEGE FREE , IF they did at all, cause NOONE remembers Obama ….ON AFFIRMATIVE ACTION GRANTS….. Let’s face it …Michelle herself said…her mom was struggling to make it, her father had passed away…and there WOULD NOT have been the money for her to go to college….so its A LIE that she DID NOT go FREE…..

Obama puts on a good “show” like the ridiculous stage he “thought” looked good …..with the promises he makes…he should have had a few angels dropping from the sky and a few clouds overhead…..

And yes Obama is a SOCIALIST….that is all he friggen TALKED ABOUT in that video AND his OWN WORDS……I didn’t hear much more if ANYTHING? Poor little single mom, poor little welfare reciepient…..ect…..Yes, he mentioned factory workers ect….BUT….he is gonna tax the hades out of the businesses so there will be NO jobs for them anyhow……go figure?

THE ECONOMY …while not the BEST….is not in dire straights…this is yet ANOTHER misconception…..gas prices are high , yes….and they won’t come down much cause most of the price is NOT the gas itsself….but MASS taxes associated with it …..and yes, we are dependent on other countries for it….which is NOT a good move…..we need other ways….

Unemployment isn’t really terrible either….granted any is bad…..it could be MUCH worse…..and will be under Obama….Most businesses are already in bankruptcy….or have already moved overseas….and alot of that is due to pollution controls ect….environmental controls on them AND the fact they can get labor to work for pennies and pay no benefits…..Obama is NOT going to STOP that….they have a right to move if they wish….as sad as that is….ANY COMPANY that does not like America’s laws regarding pay, workers rights, or the environmental controls…..WILL MOVE…..

Most of the “new jobs” are at Walmart, or McDonalds, or some other low wage places…..which…..the people who CLAIM they cannot FIND WORK….are standing outside of holding up “Will Work For Food” signs cause its BENEATH them to work for McDonald’s or Burger King…..Alot of the rest of us began that way….but its BENEATH them to…..excuse me? Its beneath me….just hand me a welfare check and some food stamps and free medical !!!!! The VERY things OBAMA is experienced at…..SOCIALISM

Obama IS NOT America’s saviour…..he is going to be JUST ANOTHER politician like ANY OTHER…..big promises, little to no delivery…..so that being said…..I go with the person who I think has the MOST REALISTIC GOALS …..THAT CAN BE ACHEIVED….Obama has set the bar TOO HIGH for him to EVER be able to give people all the things he has promised….and I really think….its gonna come back and bite him on his backside……AND…cities will burn when that happens….cause people are gonna expect BIG THINGS from him….NEAR MIRACLES…..and he set himself up for it…..I cannot wait to see him BACKSTEP IT AND FLIP FLOP IT……

Char

30 08 2008
stabellina

Romney was passed over because conservs knew most libs wouldn’t allow anyone with an abundance of religion to lead. (A religion not common to their side of the fence, that is.) While I acknowledge that our extreme right is the thorn in our side (much like extremist on the left or any other extremists) I believe they would all have been happy with any Repub candidate whose religion acknowledged Jesus as the son of God over the possibility of a pro-choice or something. (Many of them would prefer to see a pro-life Dem in office before a pro-choice Repub.)

30 08 2008
Just an observer

Mark…you must of dropped your pacifier, be a good little boy and stay out of grown folks business.
Barack Obama leads John McCain 49% to 41%,

30 08 2008
CD McCurry

All I am going to say about this blog is that Beth Bragg is a flaming left leaning liberal.

30 08 2008
gizmo

Most of McCain’s potential VP picks didn’t want the job, because they consider going up against Obama-Biden to be a kamikaze mission.

I figure that since McCain stands only 5’7, he had to pick Palin. All the guys who might have been on the ticket would have towered over him and made it hard to imagine McCain as Commander-in-Chief.

30 08 2008
Mark

Char, great post!!! It’s good to see that there are others on this board who get it!

It’s funny to see all the Democrats contradicting themselves now all of a sudden…

30 08 2008
Char In Ohio

Rajoro….

Obama got those votes by promising the moon to people, who….many feel they are “disadvantged” and the world owes them everything….and he promised it to them…..oh and….he is black and would be America’s First Black President….never mind he is ACTUALLY Arab…not African American….his genetic makeup is actually more Arab than anything…..So he would America’s First Arab President….

AND….Obama got REVENGE votes….from all those who…hate Bush and think McCain is like him or whatever…they feel a vote AGAINST McCain…no matter WHO is running…is the “right” thing to do……never mind the fact it will all but destroy America as we know it….anything AGAINST BUSH…..!!!!!

AND THEN….there were the 3rd maybe….that voted for him because they ACTUALLY believed in him and his policies ect and liked them……

Anyways…..NOW….McCain is being said to have chosen Palin simply because she is a woman….as if ….the did not choose Obama for the same basic reasons…..him having a dark skin color? THEY SKIPPED OVER HILLARY cause….a dark man would make a bigger story…..and if he DID NOT get elected….we would be in racial riots again probably…..there would be recounts and all types of problems…..it was the most convienent and less problematic thing to do……overlook Hillary and choose Obama….

Its NOT that….that many people actually LOVE Obama……he is getting ALOT of votes by “default” more or less…….revenge votes….its not about his policies or much else…..

Char

30 08 2008
Char has lost it

Char:

Obviously you require medication. Your ranting and raving about subjects which your 8th grade education didn’t cover lowers the IQ of anyone unfortunate enough to read through all your crap. Please go cling to the nearest gun and put yourself out of your misery.

30 08 2008
Sophie

As a Vagina-American (and Texan), I would have been more impressed if McCain had chosen Kay Bailey Hutchison. I don’t back Hutchison’s politics, but she at least she would have earned the position. (I still wouldn’t have voted Republican, though.)

It seems like such a Hail Mary choice–but why?

30 08 2008
WeLuvAlaska

I would encourage you all to remember this is one “Transplanted Alaskan’s” opinion. I am a lifelong Alaskan which puts me here about 23 years before Mr. Mudflats and currently reside in Wasilla, Alaska. First off, if Mr. Mudflats had any clue, there would not be a picture of the Mugshot Saloon as beautiful downtown Wasilla. I would encourage you all to research these things out for yourselves. You will find better articles that give you all of the facts and not just one idiots opinion. I support Sarah Palin 100%. As far as her investigation goes, remember “innocent until proven guilty”. There is no proof whatsoever that “she” has done anything wrong in this case and I am confident that this will not change. She is being sorely underestimated!

30 08 2008
JBK007

Char – the more you write, the more people can see how out-of-touch you are with reality. You’re not helping your cause – which seems to be fascism.

30 08 2008
Char In Ohio

GOPSux….

NO….it must be the smoke from blogging too close to you…..

Char

30 08 2008
Char In Ohio

JBK….

At least I see the truth….its more than you are seeing….you are blinded by false promises….and few achievements…..other than of course….helping an old lady across a street, or working at the free store….

DID YOU see anything other THAN Community Service on Obama’s video….and IF so please give specifics…..OTHER than his education ect….like most others have also? And a wonderful family ect? And well we know he was a Senator? He said something about moving people from welfare to work…however…that was already in the agenda from another Presidency, in the works so to speak…not his actual idea?

Char

30 08 2008
rnyc

The whole world is watching. America IS better than this. I’m linking you to everyone everywhere.
I am that “White Older Woman w/ Low Fixed Income”. You know. The ones they keep telling us that the Democrats aren’t reaching? That’s me. I’m for Obama with gratitude. He’s the best thing that has happened to this country in my lifetime.
McCain has insulted 1/2 of the human race for the last time. Thank you for the post and the great writing.

30 08 2008
Mark

Panicking Democrat index is at an all time high… Paid Democrat Spinners have been dispatched in droves to hit the media and message boards with their scripted propoganda talking points to try to trash McCains VP pick (a female). I can see it just on this blog. “The man” must really be sweating bullets right now! There can be no denial that they are now The Party of sexist, shovenist hypocrites.

30 08 2008
chaze77

Thank you, thank you, thank you. You nailed it, and you are so correct! Don’t be surprised if I link to this post in the future. I posted twice about Sara Palin and what a poor choice this is, and I was getting crucified for it… nice to know I’m not the only one who thinks McCain’s choice wasn’t a good one.

30 08 2008
Brian

I think that most of you anti-McCain and Palin people are just scared that Obama is going to lose. Those that sound as negative as you, have aparently not looked at what she has done for her state and could do for the country. You sound negative against her from the start and don’t know her yet. You are being absent minded and probably looking for handouts from the Democratic party of Obama.

30 08 2008
WeLuvAlaska

Another thing, I doubt Mr. Mudflats is complaining about the $1200.00 check he will be receiving in the next couple weeks thanks to Sarah, I know I’m not.

30 08 2008
Former Alaskan

Interesting writing. I appreicate your insightful views however, it is apparent that you write with a slight slant. I lived in Alaska for 25 years, worked in state government and worked in Wasilla as well. If the Mug Shot Saloon is the best representation that you can come up with to depict Wasilla, then you are definately trying to pursuade your readers that Palin is just a hick from a bush community with a saloon as its landmark and focal point. So wrong.

The misdealings in Alsaka’s state government can be found in all other lower 48 states. I personally found so much good in the Alaskan government. It may be the largest state geographically but one of the best when it comes to working together for a common good. Alaskans know how small the community of Alaska really is.

That being said, one must take your views with a grain of salt. You certainly have your own agenda.

30 08 2008
The Good, the Bad, the Ugly « The Mississippifarian

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30 08 2008
fixthebroken

Folks, you cannot compare Obama to Palin when it comes to this election campaign. Period!

Obama was *elected* to his presidential nomination position by the voters of America. He *earned* his bid through a hard fought campaign. It doesn’t matter if he has 1 day or 50 years of experience. The voters chose him. It just so happens that he has no major executive experience, but many years of legislative experience.

Palin was *chosen* by John McCain. The voters had no say in the selection. Palin has 1.5 years of major executive experience and some time of minor executive experience (mayor).

So saying, well, Obama doesn’t have any experience either is a non-starter when comparing to Palin. Votes vs. one person choosing cannot be compared that way. You can compare Biden to Palin. And you can compare Obama to McCain. And you can compare who made the smarter choice for their selection, Obama or McCain given that the primary role of the VP is to step into the presidency without hesitation (i.e., no learning on the job) if something happened to the President.

I sure hope that in this day and age, our country’s electorate is smart enough to vote for the person who is actually going to be in the white house on Jan 20, 2009, not who is going to be sitting by his side.

And, I want to harp on the fact that I am 100% in firm belief that VPs must be chosen on the same day at the same time by presidential candidates. That way we avoid this type of pandering pick as much as possible.

30 08 2008
Char In Ohio

To Char Has Lost It….

I see by your hateful ranting in this message….that you are just like Obama….if they don’t agree with….do what his cousin did and burn down the church full of Christians who don’t agree with you….a terrorist act, Obama himself supported….

Hate was also evident in the church Obama himself attended….Hate in general is alive and well in the Democratic party….and they can NEVER seem to be gracious and accepting of anyone else’s opinion but THEIRS…..

When giving opinions….you do not NEED to call names and be nasty….but….then again….maybe YOU do…..its just like the attacking of Palin….sore losers ….often times ….get mean….

Char

30 08 2008
twc01

Interesting, thanks. The photo helps, too.

30 08 2008
clancop

Why all this talk about Palin being one step away from the Presidency when Obama is actually applying for the job. Ignore it all you want, questioning her experience puts the spotlight right on your guy, especially since he hasn’t done anything for Illinois in 8 years, while Palin has brought about major reform for her state in 2. Funny how the Dems ignore that, but what can we expect from a group of people who attacked her yesterday for having a child with Down syndrome (stay classy you tools). All this scrambling is a sign of desperation, and honestly, seeing this all from my position in Canada, it is pretty pathetic.

30 08 2008
Tilly

I think she is a great pick…the scandal you refer to is overblown. The “experience” problem is a brilliant political trap. If Obama continues to attack her experience as a VP, all McCain has to do is remind Obama of his lack of experience. If Obama makes experience an issue, he loses. McCain is the one with experience in this race. More on why Palin is a great pick:

http://practicalpolitik.wordpress.com/

30 08 2008
JBK007

Char – you don’t see the truth because you’re looking through the eyes of an uninformed bigot….yourself.

As for me, I’m not blinded by anything. I’ve been to over 60 countries on every continent, speak 10 languages, have a Master’s degree, served my country (the USA), know what DC is about (and am not impressed), and can see well beyond the Bush/McCain/GOP lies that you eat for breakfast everyday.

Community is at the heart of any society, and ours is being ripped apart by self-serving religious fundamentalists who forgot that the Constitution mandates a separation between church and state and seek to divide (and conquer) everyone according to their social agenda.

The ignorance you espouse is astounding!

30 08 2008
Mark

“Obama was *elected* to his presidential nomination position by the voters of America. He *earned* his bid through a hard fought campaign. It doesn’t matter if he has 1 day or 50 years of experience. The voters chose him. It just so happens that he has no major executive experience, but many years of legislative experience.”

Obama got a “free ride” in the media because he is black! That is how Obama was elected. He has no more experience than Palin. If Obama was scrutinized 1/10th the amount that Palin will be scrutinized by the media, he never would have won!

30 08 2008
Tim

The writer of this article sounds like a bewildered Clintonite, with a background in BS. Guess what? I don’t believe the author and I am a researcher.

30 08 2008
fixthebroken

Mark, please. I am all for debate and discussion, but that is either (1) the most ignorant (2) naive (3) troll-like statement I have ever heard.

I hope you are above that. I could go off and start saying, well, uh, John McCain got a free ride into the Senate and into this presidential nomination only because he was a POW. But that is demeaning and below any rational person’s intelligence level.

F-ing ridiculous Mark. Come hard with real debate, please.

30 08 2008
Mark

Obama gets a free ride in the media because he is black… I’ve noticed just on the late night comedy shows, they don’t take jabs at him like they do with white politicians because they don’t want to be accused of racism. It’s okay to take jabs at white people though. Obama is running on an uneven playing field. Level the playing field and he is a loser.

30 08 2008
fixthebroken

So Mark, Obama can’t play the race card (and gets slammedfor allegedly doing so by the media and the McCain campaign) but you can. Obama has been hit very hard in this election, you just have blinders on and haven’t been looking.

30 08 2008
Patriot

Excellent article.
Well written.

Impulsiveness + senility = John McCaint-Bush-Pollen. lol

The real reason behind McCaint’s pick is for the Republi-cons to play catch up with the dumb Dembs who picked frothy Ferraro, for some of the similar reasons, a couple decades ago.

30 08 2008
Char In Ohio

Yes Clanclop….

She had and KEPT her Down Syndrome son….more than I could say if one of Obama’s kids may have been born that way….as he has voted 3 times for partial/birth and late term abortion….NO matter WHAT you stand on abortion…I would think most agree….to wait THAT late….there is NO real excuse for other than medical emergency….many of the babies are born ALIVE and taken to DIE in hospital laundry rooms….how can ANY human think that is okay and vote OK on that one 3 times? You do not have to be any faith or anything to see, that is just plain wrong?

Then they diss Sarah for her handicapped child….yes, that shows REAL CLASS….let me tell ya !!!! You see, Sarah is a WORKING MOM ….NOT A WELFARE MOM…..so here is the difference…..!!!!! MOST OF AMERICA is not going to benefit from Obama being President….JUST SOME are…..and THOSE are the ones who are going to vote for him….IF I was going to get something OUT OF THE DEAL….I would vote for him also…..but, I am not…..

I have to select the guy who is at least acknowledging WE ALL exist…not just SOME OF US…..The elderly and the poor THINK Obama is going to help them….but they are going to be little/ no better off than now…..sad to say and maybe even , worse….. He makes good promises….but its NOT THE WORDS….its realistic goals and whether or not they can be achieved….and Obama has promised WWAAAYYY over what he can deliver…..

Char

30 08 2008
Ginger Kuhn

What is the matter with you people. I have read her whole history and I think she is wonderful. I think all you people that cannot see through Obama are not too sharp. This man is not even a US citizen and is such a creep that he makes me sick just to look at him. His wife has the jaw of a bulldog and looks as if she buys her clothes at K-Mart. She has absolutely no class and I hope they are both exposed for what they are soon.

30 08 2008
Doctor R

Thanks for the great article. I’ll pass it around.

I’m very concerned about Palin, as a potential president. McCain’s choice of her appears to have been a poor choice and an insult to many Americans.
r

30 08 2008
Gregory J. Curry

I can’t help but believe there is something sinister behind the choice John McCain and the Republican party made with choosing Palin. It was hilarious that many national news anchor persons did not know her or could not pronounce her name. I am a firm Obama supporter and am reminded of the Rev. Wright controversy and how it brought a wealth of media attention to the Obama campaign. The republican party wants national media attention. They also want America to lash out at this women so as to gain the sympathy of those voters who are non decided. Another writer suggested that McCain knows he is defeated and may have been turned down by his real choice so this could very well be a last ditch effort to flip flop through to the election. I believe this is a stunt to gain media attention. The way Obama has run his campaign alone tells me this is a brilliant leader who will make informed, responsable descisions as our next president. Obama/Biden 08!

30 08 2008
fixthebroken

Ginger, it is statements like that where you personally attack someone’s looks and character that remind me why I cannot vote the Republican party nowadays. It is kind of sickening, actually. I can’t believe you would attack his wife.

And on top of that you state ridiculous propaganda. Newsflash — if Obama weren’t a U.S. citizen, he wouldn’t be allowed to run for President. Read the constitution.

30 08 2008
Hyla

Hello,

I just copied this to my blog with a prominent link back to your blog.
People NEED this information. Thank you

Hyla

http://earthyfinds.blogspot.com

30 08 2008
Char In Ohio

JBK….

IF YOU WANT SOCIALISM….apparently you do, cause you have been in OTHER COUNTRIES apparently more than here lol……why don’t you STAY in one of those OTHER countries IF America is SO BAD and horrid? While you are at it….take along Michelle Obama with you lol….

Community to Obama and “real community” are two different topics…..I didn’t see him in ANY communities with anyone BUT black people pretty much in them……he pandered mostly to the black vote by doing so…..To SHOW ME Community….Please go to ALL Communities and show me what you have done there…..or at least a nice MIX of them….not JUST ones that are government federal housing ect…..THEN MAYBE I will BUY that part of you….but not now….

He claims he wants UNITY….but honestly….I am seeing him divide things down the middle pretty well !!!!!! I think you feel I am against Community Service? No…not really…..but represent ALL people…not just SOME people please !!!! ALL communities can use SOME type of help…..and the needs can be very different but STILL there…..

And FYI…no….I am not some rich white person….I have lived and went to schools that were predominately black all my life……so yes, I do know something about community service….I also worked for welfare for 8 years…..and took many classes in Social Service….you are not talking to ANYONE uneducated as the 8th grade education comment stated…..You are talking to someone COLLEGE educated…..and it wasn’t funded by anyone’s tax dollars….it was paid for by me and the employer….

Char

30 08 2008
Ky

I was born in Bethel, Alaska, raised in Fairbanks, am a mother, and am absolutely appalled by McCain’s pick. This woman doesn’t believe that global warming is man-made, is against the woman’s right to choose, didn’t want polar bears to be listed as endangered (not because she doesn’t believe it, but because it would likely cause more obstacles for future drilling), and is basically too far to the left to represent the majority of this country in a fair, just way.
I keep seeing “interesting” facts being posted about her. Things such as: She eats moose, hunts, fishes, rides snowmachines…etc.. Um…it’s called being Alaskan, and by our standards, she’s just your average woman. Once these novelties wear off, what is left?

30 08 2008
Mark

Why would anyone want to vote for Barack “my wife hates America” Obama?

30 08 2008
Mark

Democrat party is the party of hate… Just talk to Michelle Obama and his pastor… Those are usually the two most influential people in ones life.

30 08 2008
James P

I’ve seen enough of Governor Palin to be more then excited about her pick! I’m ecstatic! This is absolutely in my opinion the smartest thing McCain has done so far for this race!

30 08 2008
crazekp

Great post.

30 08 2008
BOJB

Vagina-American?

What continent in Vagina on? Or is it one of those tiny little islands in the South Pacific?

Seriously, though… It would have to be a Vagino-American or a Vaginal-American . (Both parts in the hyphenated construct must be adjetctives)

30 08 2008
maya

Only Republicans can reform the Republican cesspool that Washington has become!
Believe that and I’ve got the destination for your Bridge to Nowhere – Brooklyn.

30 08 2008
Bethany

hey Frederik, your google must not be working well since one the first things that pops up about Obama is his website, which has info about the legislation he has passed, and wikipedia, which has a link to a whole LIST of legislation Obama has passed during his time in the state and us senate.
Oh, I forgot. Repubs don’t like facts, they only like smears.

30 08 2008
Char In Ohio

FixTheBroken….

If you SAW Michelle Obama’s face during Hillary’s speech….you would see the bulldog…..lol….

The woman is NOT gracious….and that was appalling !!!!! They showed her many times on the station where I watched….and few times did I see her clap or even crack a smile…..she had this VERY MEAN look on her face nearly ALL the time…..I mean….MEAN !!!! She looked like she was ready to kill someone….

Now while its not nice to attack someone’s looks…..I think that maybe….she has done that once too many times and her face has just frozen in that position or something…dunno…..but she could soften up a bit for sure….be more feminine like….she looked WAY MEAN lol !!!!! That aside….I don’t think she is a bad looking lady….and its admirable she has good credentials ect….But her speech WAS too “Ms America” and other things….and that look could kill lol !!!!! Wheew girlfriend !!!!

Char

30 08 2008
Doug

Thanks for all of the info. I too can’t believe that McCain has gone this route. One thing that people aren’t really talking about is that the big loser in all of this is their 4 month old special needs child. It seems to me that this child would need more support and care than anybody. How in the world would Palin be able to meet the duties of a VP and give attention to a 4 month old. Isn’t family important to her? All other staunch republicans think so.
This whole thing is a scary proposition and an insult to women and especially to Hillary and all the other women who have worked hard to climb the political ladder. She is in way to deep!

30 08 2008
Ed

Thanks for the info we need!

If micain wins he wil say to Sarah ” Go back to Alaska and have a good liofe”

30 08 2008
Char In Ohio

KY….

Thanks KY !!!! She is an average woman….that is better than what I am seeing on the other side:) A great endorsement !!!! One of US !!!!

Char

30 08 2008
30 08 2008
O.P. Neon

The “Hail Sarah” pass by McCain explains desperation. It also shows horrible judgment of Gov. Palin who couldn’t wait to accept it. Is this Politics First, or COuntry First? Perhaps – Screw the nation first.

30 08 2008
Char In Ohio

From what I saw…Palin has some pretty much grown daughters who love their little brother very much and obviously help out with him…..and that is a GOOD thing…..This is typical in large families….older siblings helping with younger ones….and is nothing to throw darts at…..Many mothers outside of politics must work and do this exact same thing…..

I am sure that baby will be taken of care VERY WELL……I have heard Sarah’s parents also are still alive and live close by…..so the baby also has grandparents who love it very much also…..Yes, Sarah is still the mom….

Ky stated for us that all the stuff Sarah does is just a “typical mom in Alaska” and isnt much to be admired…..so…..I guess she will still have plenty of time for the baby ….since….this is typical of a mom….the moose hunting, snowmobiling, ect….things we see as time consuming perhaps are just normal there :) So….it doesn’t look like the baby will be ignored :)

I am sure Sarah can handle things….she has achieved alot in her life and still came out a winner….I can expect no less from her 100% all as a VP…..Someone who strives to be #1……and makes it time after time….is someone to be admired…..

Char

30 08 2008
JBK007

Char….no offense, but you bore me. I don’t care if the person is black, white, asian or otherwise, and whether they one or two X chromosomes – the VP spot is too important this day in age to have someone with her low level of experience and expertise. It was purely a political gimmick and you should be able to see that….. regardless of your ill feelings towards Obama and his wife.

Anyhow, I’d much rather read comments written here by Alaskans who know their own community and state, and can say something intelligent about Palin, the actual premise of this article. You come off as a bitter person whose work in welfare has turned you into a bigot, or has just reinforced your deep seated hatred of people who are different than you.

I love this country, and am sad to see what it’s become.

30 08 2008
jazzsinger

I think it is hilarious that McCain picked Palin and provides us with a much more interesting election than we expected. So much to satirize and poke fun at. As a member of the female gender I am truly enjoying the discussion regarding Ms.Palin claiming that her head is hitting the glass ceiling. Always puzzled me as to why Alaskans are so Conservative, yet are seemingly rugged individualists that say hands off in my personal life and being. So where does Palin’s anti-abortion and I assume anti-gay platform fit into that schematic?
Can’t say I am not intriqued by Ms. Palin, but nonetheless her dogma is crossing my dharma. Thanks for a well-written and researched Blog.

30 08 2008
Mark

McCain served our country while Obama and those he is close to slander it… Typical Democratic candidate!

30 08 2008
Mark

“It was purely a political gimmick and you should be able to see that”

Yes, it was a very good one which the Democrats have pulled off many times. It is good to see that we now have a Republican candidate that knows how to counter the tricks that the Democrats, who up until now have had a monopoly on, pull.

30 08 2008
pcat

thanks. for someone from overseas (the uk) that is really interesting – and as a woman, I agree totally with what you say about it being a patronising gesture…keep on blogging!

30 08 2008
JBK007

Mark…sadly this is not a game…it’s our future and the future of the world. Grow up!

30 08 2008
Cheryl

Beautifully written, thoughtful and thought provoking as well. THANK YOU! I’m going to retweet the link b/c I think there are others who need to think about what the choice of Sarah Palin really means. It sure *isn’t* a victorious crack in the glass ceiling from where I’m sitting.

Cheers,

Cheryl ~ (@Jasperblu)

30 08 2008
protus

Hes wasnt thinking thats the problem.

He was being told what todo.

30 08 2008
fixthebroken

OK, I have totally crossed Mark out as to anyone that I can respond to anymore. He is here just trolling and not even attempting to have a decent, intelligent debate.

Oh, and if you want an example, and take a look at Obama’s uncle and see what he has done for the country in the time of war. Patton, anyone?

30 08 2008
lmillerx

The economy is in the dumpster
We are at War with a country we have no business being part of
The Global positioning of the US has been compromised
and we’re sucking it up for oil

and McCain picks

Kelly Ripa?

Senility is a scary thing.

30 08 2008
fast eddie is an IDIOT

fast eddie:

You show your IGNORANCE, here with this gem:

“the man’s (sen obama’s) toughest decison (in his own words) was whether or not to vote for war in iraq (which, he did, of course). really? in your entire life, that vote in the senate was the toughest choice you’ve ever, ever made? ”

Uhm…Einstein–Sen. Obama WAS NOT YET A SENATOR, and so could not and DID NOT, vote to use force in Iraq, in 2003.

No doubt you are a Rethuglican–they seem to have problems with simple dates and facts-witness McCain saying “In the 21st Century, we don’t invade innocent nations….” (in reference to the Russian/Georgia debacle).

Does John McCain know what century it is?

Do YOU?

You don’t even know that:
a) Barack was not even a senator, in 2003.
b) Barack SPOKE OUT AGAINST USING FORCE IN IRAQ, in 2003.

Jeez…do you anuses just MAKE **** UP, or are you REALLY this ignorant?

Hey eddie?

Don’t forget to wipe–‘kay?

30 08 2008
kiki

Thanks for your post. I found it extremely interesting and enlightening.

What’s most frightening to me is the fact that McCain had met Palin ONCE before making this crucial decision. Is this how he intends to get things done as president? And did he really imagine her ethics violation would be overlooked by the national media?

As for experience, how could anyone possibly compare Obama’s eight years as an Illinois state senator to Palin’s time as mayor of a one-horse town? (No offense, I come from one myself.) It’s absolutely ridiculous! Can you imagine this woman meeting with Sarkozy, Putin–or Angela Merkel (a woman who came to power in Germany based on REAL qualifications)? How embarrassing it would be! How shameful!

I do find Palin’s story inspirational. And I do think she’s a cool lady in many respects. But PLEASE people–the world is far too dangerous and this country is in far too much trouble to start electing people we merely find “inspirational.”

(PS: I’m sick of hearing from morons who say Obama isn’t a US citizen. He was born in HAWAII. McCain was born in Panama, people. You might want to start watching what you say. Or pick up a paper once in a while.)

30 08 2008
Gregory J. Curry

To char in Ohio,

After reading your letter I must first state that you don’t write or speak like someone who is even fundamentally educated. Where did you go to college, Bill O’riley university? True social change begins with people recognizing the true need to correct social and economic injustice. You should be happy that you had the opportunity to go to college and have a job that paid for it. Education should be a fundamental right just like eating and drinking if the inividual who wants it and is willing to work for it. People see what they want to see. Obama made a differance in the community he worked in. He let his drive for education and opportunity as well as the belief that this system of government needed adjusting take him all the way to the United States senate and ultimately to the highest office in he land. He was’nt afraid to make a differance along the way. That’s what “real” education does for some of us. By the way I don’t have a college education yet but I’ll guarantee I’m smarter than most who claim they do. Obama/Biden 08!

30 08 2008
Richard Gordon

One of the best written and most amusing stories of political intrigue I’ve read in a long time. Thanks Tom

30 08 2008
Elizabeth

You all will get what you deserve if you vote for McCain..

30 08 2008
Sarah Palin: From the mouth of an Alaskan « Will Rhodes Portmanteau

[...] I, like so many others in the blogosphere, am amazed at whom John “Coat-hanger” McCain has picked as his running-mate. I still think it’s a joke and he will unveil the real one at the convention. But if this is not the case – I think we have to utilise a speaker from that State: here you can read what is said by a proud Alaskan. [...]

30 08 2008
Dan the man

This is a thoughtful, considerate evaluation. One like every American will have to make before going to the polls. Thank you for sharing.

30 08 2008
majutsu

Excellent article. I am a very conservative registered Republican. Palin is the singularly worst, most losing choice McCain could possibly have made. You actually had some details about her unknown to me, but there’s enough scum for all to see. My own post on Palin is coming from the other side, but equally convinced that McCain has all but tossed it to Obama. Palin is a faux conservative, corrupt, Washington insider of no brains or experience. I am so disappointed. Obama is actually more in line with conservative values at this point. Stunning! Bush has eroded the relevance of the Republican party with his stupidity, and I suppose McCain intends to finish it off. Have they printed the Republicans for Obama sticker yet? Because I guess I need one. . .

30 08 2008
lmillerx

Apparently,

she has only one speech and an increasingly annoying voice.

Watch CNN now – her stump speech in PA is a rewind of yesterday.

OMG.

30 08 2008
protus

“Have they printed the Republicans for Obama sticker yet? Because I guess I need one. . .”

Thats a 10-4 good buddy!! : )

http://store.barackobama.com/product_p/bs26958.htm

30 08 2008
Larry

I lived in Alaska for 30 years, and just moved to Oregon recently. This “mudflats” blog is EXACTLY how it is. All my Alaska friends were calling me on Friday moring asking me how McCain could had done such a stupic thing. I could say more, but this mudflats article about Palin says it all. The national press needs to find out more about “Troopergate”. Will Sara Palin baboozle her way into the Vice Presidency?

30 08 2008
Mark

“Mark…sadly this is not a game…it’s our future and the future of the world.”

JBK007,

If you’re so concerned about our future then you should be highly upset that you’re Democratic Party nominated a man for President whose two closest allies (pastor and wife) go around slandering this country! What has Sarah Palin done that warrants any red flags? Where are you’re priorities?

It’s about time that we elected a candidate that knows how to fight fire with fire! Yes, that man is John McCain!

Although I do agree his selection of Palin was largely a political maneuver, after seeing her and learning more about her, I couldn’t think of a better, more qualified, unknown, outsider chick for the position!

30 08 2008
Alaska Scratches its Head: “Really?” « Northwestlaw’s Weblog

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30 08 2008
Judy in Chicago

We can have different views people. Lets not call each other silly names.

I am insulted that McCain thinks that women will vote for ANY women. I’m enjoying reading about Pilan and hope that it all bites her in the butt!

I am sure she is a nice person. But as soon as she entered the ring- well lets just say, let the games begin. Biden will chew her up and spit her out.

30 08 2008
seanovan

Well written article, but how do you build a pipeline from Alaska to the lower 48 that doesn’t go through Canada?

30 08 2008
David H. Schleicher

Excellent post! Thanks for the “local” perspective on Palin. This is the most interesting information I have found on her yet. I will linking you to my post:

http://davethenovelist.wordpress.com/2008/02/05/super-tuesday-results/

Great job!

30 08 2008
Mark

ROFLMAO at all of the Democrats on this board who whine and cry when the tables are turned on them! How does it feel suckers? You’re candidate Barack has just been outdueled in a political chess game! BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

30 08 2008
Mamasan

I sincerely believe McCain has changed his mind about wanting to be president and this is his “way” out..without downright not accepting the nomination.

30 08 2008
Char In Ohio

Hey JBK….

What state did you say you were recieving benefits from?

Char

30 08 2008
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30 08 2008
Will Rhodes

Superb piece – I did use the link to link back to you because I do feel this and many other stories like this should get out.

Again, excellent piece!

30 08 2008
Mark

By the way, for all you Hillary supporters, Hillary told me that she wants Barack to lose so she can run again in 2012. Vote for McCain!

30 08 2008
ebdrummer

AK res since ’75. This is accurate and well written, if a little biased. We’re still waiting to see what kind of Gufner she’ll be. Quite refreshing after the horrid F. Murkowski and a tougher negotiator with our Big Oil Overlords.

I’d prefer to see her back in Juneau than in D.C., will not support this ticket, but hope she returns intact …thought she might replace the vile Don Young someday.

She’s blown one whistle at her own party and plays no role in the VECO/Corrupt Bastards Club, Ted Stevens indictment, etc. — that’s all F.B.I. investigations predating Palin.

Finally, The Mugshot IS downtown Wasilla, with character. There are other bars, all national fast-fooderies, sprawling car dealerships and such. In short, it’s the least “Alaskany” and attractive community in the state: uncontrolled growing suburb from Anywhere, U.S.A.

30 08 2008
majutsu

Thanks for the sticker link protus. It’s funny how many johnny-come-latelys have tacked themselves onto the Republican party without an awareness of Barry Goldwater and the origins of the conservative movement, any understanding of conservative economic principles, and a complete disregard for the importance of the true conservative platform to the survival of a strong and meaningful American state. Religious nut, welfare recipient, corporate welfare racists and ignorants ought to get out of my party. They didn’t steer it and don’t understand it. They need to make a marginal party tailored to their pointless views before they cause any more damage.

http://honestpoet.wordpress.com/2008/08/28/kay-bailey-hutchinson-will-be-mccains-vp/

30 08 2008
Char In Ohio

Greg….

Yes I went to college and my employer paid PARTIALLY for it….and no, I don’t think everyone should go for FREE …sorry….that is socialist….WHY? Cause…I have seen people given jobs JUST TO GET THEM OFF ASSISTANCE OR….JOB TRAINING AND OTHER PEOPLE DENIED THIS….only to have them go once or twice then QUIT….leaving whoever is paying to pay for the WHOLE YEAR OR WHOLE TERM without them getting ANY benefit from it…..such would be TRUE if everyone went to college for FREE…..you would have MANY there that would a disruption to those REALLY there to LEARN and BE SOMEONE……

What about the people who REALLY WOULD HAVE made GOOD use of this training or schooling? They were denied….Oh yeah, that will always happen sometimes I know…..but….doesn’t make it right….

And no…I didn’t go to Bill O Reilly University…..I went To University of Cincinnati , not that, its your business…..and well, you said you don’t even have that……and well…..?

You are obviously one of those people who do see beyond welfare, food stamps, free college, free health care , FREE EVERYTHING…..Social programs are nice for THOSE IN TRUE NEED…..sadly…America has become something else….and that isn’t how it TRULY IS ANY LONGER……its NOT the ones with TRUE NEEDS that get it….ask any working family who is $5.00 over their limit to recieve some of these benefits they NEED…..but yet…another family IS NOT WORKING ONE DAY AT ANYTHING….and they get MORE and DO NOTHING FOR IT !!!!! ?????? THIS is what I am talking about…I am NOT talking about doing away with all social programs….

Social programs ALONE does NOT make one a good President….nor does a good education….lots have that too….from what I understand ….he hasn’t done all that much for Illinois…..other than the community stuff which has been covered….AMERICA IS ALREADY FEEDING THE WORLD…..so that part of his job is pretty much done…..He hasn’t negotiated with the terrorists yet so they can all LOVE US….which is supposed to happen when he is elected…..that is about all ? Is that the foreign policy he speaks of? If so….we can do WITHOUT it….cause….it won’t help…..they got a mind of their own….much unlike some Americans nowdays…..

Other than that….I honestly DO NOT see much else there is to him?

Char

30 08 2008
Rebecka Justice

serena1313, McCain never planned to ask whoever he choose as VP for any advice. You didn’t know that he is always right? Ask the lady who was representing the POW/MIAs when they went before Congress. In front of one and all in that assembly, he blew his stack and had the lady in tears.

Which begs the question, why was he so hell bent on getting normalized relations with Vietnam??? So determined that he has made some extremely derogatory statements about the POW/MIA families, who were only asking that we not normalize relations until North Vietnam gave them a ‘realistic’ accounting of the whereabouts of their loved ones. I don’t know if you can put links on here so google ‘McCain and the POW/MIA families’ if you are interested.

For a man who uses the POW crutch so often, he doesn’t have much respect for the rest of them.

Someone may also be interested that 4 days after he was captured, he spilled the beans to the Vietcong. NO torture beforehand. How do I know? Simple, he wrote a 17 page account, titled “John McCain, Prisoner of War, A first person account, for US News& World Report in 1973. It is on the web. Read the 2nd page. In his own words, after seeing his knee was the size of a football told the guards to get the officer.

Later in the narrative he says he held out for 7 months, obviously forgetting he had already told us he held out for only 4 days. He also crows how he was better treated than the rest of the Prisoners, that he was just knocked around a little. Over and over for the whole 17 pages.

Another thing we learn from Johnny is that he has no shame. He is ENTITLED you see. While explaining he didn’t have the credentials or the Rank to receive Assignment after Assignment, he tells us how his daddy made sure he got them anyway.

Google and Read: ‘John McCain: War Hero or North Vietnam’s Go-To Collaborator?’ Lots of interesting remarks by Johnny. Including the fact that he was terribly worried daddy would find out he had collaborated. Turns out he needn’t have worried. Johnny was more important to daddy than all the rest of the guys in his fleet put together.

30 08 2008
Ron

One Alaskan’s Perspective… who is this idiot and what is his or her axe to grind? Everyone needs to a consult other media sources rather than this mindless drivel filled with innuendo. Maybe you might consider facts next time. By the way, the governor was well within her legal right to fire Monegan. What a waste of time reading this worthless trash!

30 08 2008
Char In Ohio

LOL Mark…..IF Obama is elected….Hillary won’t have to worry bout him winning another 4 years…..they will be PRAYING for the day he is OUT of office….just like they are doing to Bush now lol…..

Hillary is a sure shot for 2012 if she runs…..NObama then lol….

Probably the BEST thing for Republicans , although it would be a mess until he got out….would be for Obama to get in ……cause….after he CANNOT keep all those promises….and the fairies , unicorns, and rainbows cease to exist over America…..they would see HE IS JUST ANOTHER POLITICIAN FULL OF LIES HE CANNOT DELIVER…..that is…..If we aren’t wiped off the map by his terrorist friends and there EVEN IS a 2012 election OR UNLESS…..we are by then TOLD who we can VOTE FOR like other countries and BURNED IN CHURCHES OR WHEREVER WE GO TO HIDE IF WE DONT LIKE HIS COUSIN DID IN AFRICA WITH OBAMAS SUPPORT !!!!

Char

30 08 2008
Pete the Tree

Gov. Palin is AMAZING! I love her! Eat your hearts out nasty wimps! The more you complain, the more we know how good she is, so keep it up, you’re fun to watch. Whining, snibbling, complaining little idiots! I can’t wait to see you go nuts when McCain and beautiful Sarah kick your ass! ha ha losers!

30 08 2008
An Alaskan’s Perspective on the GOP VP Nomination « A Tale Told by an Idiot

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30 08 2008
ianheath653

Thank you for writing this. It’s the most thoughtful thing I’ve seen about a choice that’s baffling a lot of us in the lower 48 right now, and I’m linking to it in my blog.

30 08 2008
genogene

She’s from Wasilla? What a trip… Had the chance to pass through there on my way to Denali this summer.

I don’t get it, the conservative play is there, but as others have said, she doesn’t fit the mold.

Maybe the thought was to go with someone relatively unknown and figure no one would notice….

Awesome post thought, thanks for the info.

30 08 2008
Camaro

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30 08 2008
protus

As we can see some people listen to abit too much Hannity ‘Jane’.

I guess the Kool Aid over there makes you delusional.

Heck I knew that people lose their minds as they grew older…BUT….

I didnt know it happend on their 72nd BirthDay until yesterday!!! : D

30 08 2008
Andy

You need to look back just a year or two ago and ask the question “who is Barack Obamba?” did we know him? What has he been doing for his entire career but running for office.

There is a lot going around out there concerning her lack of experience.. What experience? Washington experience? she will have staff to help her nagotiate the washington landscape but her ideas will be fresh and real. Biden represents the washington i hate. Obama represents the washington i hate. The Clintons are the same.

Palin would be a some fresh aire in a very stuffy town!

Also Biden had better be very careful how he handles the debates. Too strong and he’s shot, not strong enough and Palin will take him out. I cant wait to see this one!

30 08 2008
protus

“beautiful Sarah kick your ass! ha ha losers!”

Well she did come in 2nd place against a Moose! : D

In the oh so famous Wasilla downtown beauty pageant!!

Anyhow shes a lameduck already and shes not even in office yet.

Change is coming get used it the people have had ENOUGH!

30 08 2008
fixthebroken

Andy, what are fresh about her ideas? Can you please provide a comprehensive list of her fresh ideas? I am not saying Obama’s are fresh, but if you are going to say her ideas are fresh, please list them out.

30 08 2008
samuel smith

“Troopergate”, you say. That pales in comparison and dimension to Rezco, and that dubious moniker may be repeated by me and many others in the GOP if need be. The argument about having a constitutional law degree as a prerequisite for the Executive Branch is preposterous. Lincoln read for the law but the argument against him was “Seward dined with the king.” Do you really want Obama as Commander-In Chief? As I say “Rezco, Rezco, Rezco!”

30 08 2008
usuajg0

I don’t have a problem with McCain or Barack as individuals. I believe they have both worked hard and have suffered difficult times. I think, though, that once one becomes a politician they are so engulfed in compromise and move in circles of those wanting their special interest served that they lose perspective. Certainly we could all point to many articles and news stories of politicians getting caught in a scandal. Considering this, I feel we make a big mistake as a society when we praise and defend a candidate so steadfastly that we ourselves lose perspective. We defend “our guy” at any cost and blast the opponent unmercifully. It becomse more like a home town football game when we cheer for our team. It’s fun, it’s entertaining but we’re talking about our country here and not just a football game.

As I said, nothing personal from me on any of the candidates but the current lot does not represent the best in America. I think we’re in big trouble. I think the lock-step, mindless devotion we demonstrate as a society will be our downfall. The politicians work for us, not the other way around but we have so many who have devoted every waking hour to propping up their candidate that they are working for their party – and not even getting paid!

Let’s clean all the bums out of Washington elect new people and tell them what we want them to do. Let’s hold them accountable at every level.

30 08 2008
Mark

Char,

Funny how all the Democrats on this board want to dis and dig up dirt on Sarah Palin even before they know anything about her… I thought the Democratic Party was about non-discrimination and non-sexist? I guess that’s starting to fall by the wayside, just like “no voter disenfranchisement”! ROFLMAO!!!

30 08 2008
bayted9

I found it quite ironic that you’d say you’d rather see a woman who got to where she is, through “self-merit”.. but I don’t see you complaining about Hillary, who only got to where she is, by milking her spousal connection to the popular, Bill Clinton. Without him, she was just an attorney.

Liberals are just bitter that Palin is not only smart, determined, strong, and has a secure sense of family, but she’s also pretty and speaks with a high spirited natural presence. Something that Hillary couldn’t even run to catch up to, with all of her fake mantras and thirst to get her foot back in the White House. She’ll be back again, unfortunately. But that’s another story. So, she lacks experience? So does Obama. But both of them have running mates who well over make up for any lack of experience, as McCain and Biden are veterans of the political arena.

If McCain was desperate for votes, he would’ve selected the safe choice, of Romney. As Obama did, with Biden. But rather, he went out on a limb, and found a candidate whose ideas and plans he supposedly admired. Just because Palin is a woman, does not mean that she will be snubbing Hillary’s votes. Palin and Clinton sit on opposing sides of the political spectrum. If people are voting for gender or race, then we, as a nation, have other problems.

As far as I’m concerned, Palin is not the safe choice. It makes me admire McCain even more, for choosing someone that he believes in. He didn’t end up choosing a guy whom he ran against in the primaries… and to put on a facade of how they’ve become best friends now! Or have Hillary try to put the pieces of their party back together again, after they practically hated each other just a couple of months ago. Now that’s desperate.

30 08 2008
Anonymous

This is one great story…and I sure enjoyed reading all the comment. I also live in Alaska and this lady knows what she is talking about. You all need to listen to her.

30 08 2008
Project Openletter

To: anomdeplume (09:50:30) :

“And you, Project Openletter, aren’t voting for Palin because you are a sexist, left-wing bigot.”

Wrong. Sorry. I may be “left wing,” but I’m hardly a sexist bigot. I’m female you see, and voted for HRC in the primaries. Try again.

30 08 2008
fixthebroken

bayted9, while I probably disagree with you on most of the political spectrum, I do agree with you when you said “If people are voting for gender or race, then we, as a nation, have other problems.”

30 08 2008
Patricia Gorman

The cynical pandering of this choice by the Republicans leaves me breathless. I love my country, I revere our constitution and this choice utterly disgusts me. McCain was NOT thinking about the well-being of our great country – only his chances at the polls.

And she’s allowing herself to be pimped by the Republican

30 08 2008
moronicdivergence

This is so sad… The woman doesn’t even believe that polar bears are endangered? To me, that said enough about her positions on any subject to know that she is sipping from the same batch of ignorant elixir that “conservative” Americans seem to be drunk on.

Why don’t we stop calling this conservatism and start admitting what it really is… stupidity, denial and the deterioration of the human race.

30 08 2008
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30 08 2008
mamaneeds2rant

Wow. Proof again that the Democrats pretend to be female friendly but all they can do is cut on them when they have a chance. Hmmm-the one comment about how a mother of five will be able to do her job. A little sexist, ya think?? Men do it all the time. And why did the Democrats not choose the more viable and very intelligent female candidate? Not quite ready for a woman President. You die-hard Democrats are so stupid and shallow, two-faced and gullible, that I can hardly believe we live in the same country, hearing the same stupid liberal lies and pandering.

30 08 2008
Jerry

Before anyone believes this boob I suggest you do some research into who he is and what he stands for. Dig deep.

30 08 2008
Scott Shultis

My wife figured it out..

It’s not about her experience, or gender. It’s not about her pro-life stance, or staunch religion.

It’s about her height. She’s the only one he could find that was shorter than he is.

Can you REALLY think of a better reason?

30 08 2008
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30 08 2008
Andy

hello fixthebroken,

You will notice that i said with anticipation. “her ideas will be fresh” I stand corrected if i came across as promoting ideas that she has not rolled out yet. What i do see in her is someone who seems to not be a product of the ongoing political machine or rather the washington incubator that just continues to crank out the same old stuff. She seems real, middle class, and can relate to a huge slice fo the pie!

As far as fresh ideas we will find that out on October 2nd when she debates Biden…..and we all know Biden:) by the end of that debate we hopefully have a good idea of her postiions. I thank that debate will make or break her chances.

30 08 2008
Anonymous

Any parent knows that you don’t hand over your children to someone you met only once. He met her once and then he offered her the VP slot. If McCain were to win and this 72 year old 4 time Cancer patient were to die in office, not much of a stretch, he would have handed over 300 million people and our country to a 44 year old mother whose oldest son is off to Iraq this month and she admitted that she hasn;t thought very much about the war. What the hell kind of mother is this?? and for a man who supposedly puts his country first what the hell kind of judgement and temperament does he have? HE chose her cause she has the same body parts as Hillary and he thinks that women are interchangeable and women will vote for her cause she has breasts.
Well we also have brains and refuse to stay barefoot and pregnant and stupid!!

30 08 2008
Mark

“Wow. Proof again that the Democrats pretend to be female friendly but all they can do is cut on them when they have a chance. Hmmm-the one comment about how a mother of five will be able to do her job. A little sexist, ya think?? Men do it all the time. And why did the Democrats not choose the more viable and very intelligent female candidate? Not quite ready for a woman President. You die-hard Democrats are so stupid and shallow, two-faced and gullible, that I can hardly believe we live in the same country, hearing the same stupid liberal lies and pandering.”

Good post mamaneeds2rant! This is right on! Democrats are definitely 2-faced! According to the logic on this board, Obama should have picked Hillary for VP since she got more votes than Biden and she “deserves” it because she came in 2nd. Now what I want to know is why aren’t the Dems dissing Obama for not picking Hillary as his running mate?

30 08 2008
Sarah Palin: An Embarassing VP Pick, a Gift to Democrats

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30 08 2008
Mark

“HE chose her cause she has the same body parts as Hillary and he thinks that women are interchangeable and women will vote for her cause she has breasts.
Well we also have brains and refuse to stay barefoot and pregnant and stupid!!”

This stupid post is proof that the Democrats are now the Party of sexism and bigotry!

30 08 2008
Northern Exposure: All About Sarah Palin « Lance Turner

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30 08 2008
The Truth About Sarah Palin « 1sunfight’s Weblog

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30 08 2008
outsider222

What really shocks me is that McCain was allowed any say in this choice. Bush reportedly had no input …why on earth would someone like McCain have any?

This choice is lunacy, and clearly an act of desperation.

Bad for the right — good for the nation.

30 08 2008
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30 08 2008
Karen Clark

No parent would entrust their children to someone they met only once yet McCain is willing to hand over the country and 300 million Americans to someone he met once.
That’s sure putting your country first from a man who is 72 and a 4 time cancer patient.

He chose her cause she has the same body parts as Hillary and thinks that women will vote for her cause she has breasts.
Sarah Palin has said that she hasn;t thought very much about Iraq even though her oldest son is gong there this month. What kind of a mother is this that hasn;t thought alot about the war her child is about to go fight?
Obama said he was ready to debate McCain’s temperament and judgement, I don’t think it’s up for debate anymore . McCain is too much of a gambler and too much of a risk to be Commander In Chief.

30 08 2008
xecorp

Palin is more qualified that Obama to be President. Obama can’t run a company, never made any big decisions, has only served months as a Senator. He has been running for office most of his term.

Palin is more of a human and a woman than Hillary. She has accomplished more in life – what matters in life. Raising 5 children is a lot more important and harder than anything Hillary has ever done in her life. What has Hillary done. She is a bitter, sour human being who is selfish and most of all, selfish.

Obama voted 97% with his party. He’s not a man of change in any sense. Just because he is black does not mean change. There are a thousand more qualified black men in America who have accomplished so much more.

McCain did not vote 90% of the time with party. If you go back and take a 7 year average, he’s voted less than 80%.

30 08 2008
Robert

Excuse me for being so blunt, but this woman that McCain has picked is disgusting. Her record and views on environmental issues are worse than Bush’s (I didn’t think that was possible). This current administration’s abuse of the environment has been horrendous enough. She’s against abortion even in extreme cases, wants Creation taught in schools, appears to hate gays and lesbians and also, upon closer evaluation, seems to be quite cozy with the oil companies. Haven’t we already seen enough abuse of power in which nearly all of Bush’s cabinet picks were heavily invested in oil. It was as though the American public elected an entire special interest group (oil). Do we really want more of that?

And don’t forget, this woman will not only be a (shaky) heartbeat away from Commander in Chief, but she would be casting tie breaking votes. YES, the VP is an important position. Just look at the current administration. The VP runs the country most of the time (especially since Bush was on vacation 1/3 of his time in office).

Perhaps the reason for this extremely odd pick is that McCain doesn’t really want to be president. He looks tired.

30 08 2008
discomidge

Thank you for giving an Alaskan perspective on this issue. Being originally from Texas, I understand the “other-worldliness” of certain states (AK, TX, CA). People need to understand ALL perspectives.
Lisa
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30 08 2008
Julie P

I linked you to my blog. Thanks for the insight.

30 08 2008
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30 08 2008
Catherine Seymour

You folks who keep saying “oh this is great coming from an Alaskan perspective”! You’re pretty ignorant. Alaska, unfortunately has some bleeding heart liberal hippies hanging around and this was written by one of them- duh

30 08 2008
prufrock

OK. Just why are Republicans such insufferable douchebags? really. I want to know.

30 08 2008
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30 08 2008
Former Alaskan

Yeah yeah, lets all throw darts at McCain for stepping out of the box and moving for a change by picking Palin. Isn’t that what both Democrats and Republicans are screaming for….change and a new direction? I suppose everyone would be satisfied had McCain picked someone from inside Washington more to the liking of our recent past Republican VP’s: Dan Quale, George B., Rockefeller, Agnew and Nixon.

Both parties now represent unique traits never seen before in a presidential race. It’s now an exciting race and I hope it gets more people to vote.

30 08 2008
ninjatube

I think John McCain just threw away his chances of winning the election

30 08 2008
Meike

Prufrock, the answer is simple.

Money.

30 08 2008
Election nominee not even trying to win «

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30 08 2008
So bizarre « The Poor Man Institute

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30 08 2008
Pam

If she’s so pro-life, why was the decision whether or not to keep her special needs baby/pregnancy even on the table?? They’re making her out to be a hero over that because she kept her baby even though they knew during the pregnancy that the baby was Down’s. Really? A pro-life’er considering abortion just because she found out her in-utero babe has Down’s… Hmmm.

Speaking of children, who is advocating for them? Who is taking care of them? I am a mother of one, and I know how time-consuming it is to be a good and present mother to just one, let alone five (not to mention a newborn with special needs). You only have one chance with kids – they’re only young once and there are no do-overs. Once they’re grown and gone, that’s it – your chance is over. She’s young, and once she’s followed through with her original committment – which is to her children – being present with them and raising them, then it would be more appropriate at that time to pursue a heavy-duty political career that takes a lot of time, energy and that means being gone a lot of the time. I’m sure her husband, the fisherman, is also gone quite a lot of the time. Who takes care of the children? The older ones? It wasn’t their decision to have all these kids – why rob them of their teenage years by having to play mother to their siblings. If she really believes that family and children come first, then she may want to re-think this decision.

Another visual I can’t seem to get out of my head is this – she’s in diplomatic talks with some foreign head of state at some high level meeting, and instead of pulling a notebook out of her briefcase, she pulls out a diaper. Or how about this one – she has to ask the foreign head of state to hold on a minute during an important phone call, she has to run over and retrieve her toddler, who has just taken off his poopy diaper and is getting it all over the carpet. It happens – I’ve been there as a mother while trying to run my own business. It’s very hard. And heaven forbid that this foreign head of state be from the Middle East, where they have very little respect for women in the first place! That would just really give the USA some good credibility, wouldn’t it!

In my opinion, as a mother and business owner (not even VP!), it would very hard to balance these two very important jobs effectively and professionally. Either she gets someone else to raise her darling children (a poor choice), or she does a poor job at VP while trying to keep her committment to her children herself (also a poor choice).

Think of your children, Sarah. They will pay for your choices now.

In her life right now, I would hope that she chooses to put her children first, knowing that she has many, many years ahead of her in which to hold high offices. Children are only young once, and they need their mother.

30 08 2008
Mary E Hale

The picture of Palin’s town that she was mayor of, is smaller that the village I live in, and that isn’t saying much. Thanks for the picture and the artical. I will send this to all I know. Thank you. Palin saying that H. Clinton is a whiner, she for sure isn’t she is a fighter. She also has strong convictions, health care , economy, enviroment, safity of our country. These are the things that Obama stands for also. McCain doesn’t, and from what I can find out about Palin she is another McCain only a little worse, as she is for herself only, not the country. She may be pro life, but not pro family. She chose to have a special child,knowing this was the case. Went back to work in three days, where is the bonding. Now the baby is 4 months old, how much bonding has he had with his mother.\? These special children need more love and teaching than a normal child. If they have the proper love of family they can learn to do many things, they also have a lot of love to give. She had the child that doesn’t make her the mother. She lost any respect I could ever have for her. McCain was looking for the female vote well I think he has lost it. This is one person and I know others that will not vote the McCain/palin ticket. Obama/Biden ticket for us, and H. Clinton will continue to work for the things she believes in in the senate and will help bring the things we need because she is a woman and a strong one.

30 08 2008
discomidge

Oh, and xecorp: McCain voted 90% of the time with Bush, not with his party. Raising children is not easy; you are correct. However, does that mean every mom and dad in America is qualified to lead America? I don’t think so. (Oh, and Obama understands the difficulty first-hand, as he was raised by a single mom.)
With regards to Obama’s experience — he’s had 8 years in the Illinois State Senate; according to his official US Senate page: “[He] serves on the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, which oversees our nation’s health care, schools, employment, and retirement programs. He is a member of the Foreign Relations Committee, which plays a vital role in shaping American policy around the world, including our policy in Iraq. … Senator Obama serves on the Veterans’ Affairs Committee, which is focused on providing our brave veterans with the care and services they deserve. In 2005 and 2006, he served on the Environment and Public Works Committee, which safeguards our environment and provides funding for our highways.” (Source: http://obama.senate.gov/about/) This is MUCH more than PTA, City Council (of a small, rural town), Mayor (of a small, rural town), and short-term Governor (again, of a sparsely populated rural state). Likewise, his B.A. was in international relations. What was Palin’s? Oh, yeah, JOURNALISM! (I have a j. degree; it prepares you for journalism.) And she wasn’t a national/international news reporter, either. She went into sports reporting. Do the research. Check the facts. You might think she’s cute, a great mom, a fantastic gov of Alaska, but is she really ready to represent us to the world? After the embarrassment of GW Bush and the bully tactics of Dick, we need a duo that can talk intelligently AND knowledgeably about national and international issues — not just hunting, riding snow mobiles, and living a rural life.

30 08 2008
GOPsux.com

Char in Ohio has been ranting on and on about nothing short of horsecrap.

“Unemployment isn’t really terrible either….granted any is bad…..it could be MUCH worse…..and will be under Obama….Most businesses are already in bankruptcy….or have already moved overseas….and alot of that is due to pollution controls ect….”

You sound like a massively constipated opiate junkie who just ran out of ex-lax. I suggest a do-it-yourself enima and stop ranting about the most illogical garbage that pops up in that empty head of yours. Remember it was under Bush that the greatest amount of offshoring occurred and it wasn’t because of pollution unless you count the crap coming out of mouth.

30 08 2008
protus

Guys let them think they did the right thing ok ;)

First off she has MOST of her experience as MAYOR of a town of what 6,000-7,000 people??

She also got elected to her recent governor post by being a narc about something most of them knew was going on.

Thats not leadership thats just someone working the system to get elected.

I DO NOT count any of the time she was a mayor of a town as experience otherwise we have a town of mayors of little bitty towns all over our country who are ready to lead the free world.

So she has less than 2 years experience as a??

Governor?? or a part time Governor/Soccer Mom?

Its quite obvious this pick was to manipulate the women vote and thats it. A Carl Rove kind of thing to do.

Which means McCain is not the leader of whats going on behind the scenes. Is that the kind of president we want?? who gets told by the ultra right who to pick and what to do???

Back to this Sarah Soccer Mom… Ok Hockey Mom…. What in anyones right mind does this women have even being considered for the #2 of leading this nation with 300,000,000+ people???

None Zlitch ZERO!!!

At least we can say Obama HAS met with WORLD LEADERS. He Has NATIONAL experience and MORE experience dealing with just about anything when in comparision to this Mother of 5.

Sorry but this pick for VP is so far out there that you cant even see where its coming from with the hubble telescope!!

Honestly I thank you Carl Rove for being so cocky and thinking that you could use Women the way you USED Gays to get a president elected.

The tactics are known and out dated the American people see through this sharade of a nomination with Eagle like clarity.

WooHOOO!!! yes WOOOHOOO!!!

Change is COMING!!! thanks to the arrogance of the repubilican croonies.

30 08 2008
What is McCain Thinking? One Alaskan’s Perspective. « Mudflats « tölvuóða tónskáldið

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30 08 2008
redriverpak

Great post! Thanks for the WHOLE story. I have an aunt who lives in Wasilla and you echo her thoughts. Thanks!
http://www.redriverpak.wordpress.com

30 08 2008
Sally in Texas

I can see by the photo of Wasilla, that they have had a great building boom since I was last there in 1964, they added a bar to the post office in their downtown. I loved living in Alaska, but face it, it’s governing Wasilla is not like being mayor of San Antonio, Houston or Dallas, it’s more like being the head of your local neighborhood association.

Gov. Palin’s nomination, is a slap in the face! I have been uncomfortable about this announcement and was so upset that I could not adequately verbalize my feelings. Thankful, after an email of your website (and personal comments from a friend), I can now put into words what I need to say.

Evidently the right-wingers and the Republicans have absolutely no respect for women, when they can even suggest that this woman, Gov. Palin, can stand up to Sen. Hillary Clinton. Mind you, I am an Obama supporter, but I do admire Hillary Clinton, and Ms. Palin is NO Hillary Clinton, nor Madeleine Albright, nor Barbara Boxer or even Barbara Milkuski. Why she would even presume to accept this job as VP nominee is beyond me. If she was a woman with brains and critical thinking skills, she would have declined the offer. Our nation is at stake, the very life-blood of our nation, and so we get grampy mcsame and a beauty queen who have now shown who owns them, and it’s not the American people! Let’s hear it for the fascist corporatocracy, our “dear leaders” of this nation. They own us and we are presumed to be their brainless slaves. Yes…give me more reality TV, give me CAKE! I’ll eat it, after all, aren’t most Americans watching the TV “news” which is basically just propaganda for our corporate masters?

I digress……I am just outraged, and I thank you for being informative and standing up to speak truth to power.

And hey….I am a liberal, but I learned to fish, shoot a gun, and “skin me some meat” when I lived in Alaska….do I count to the right-wingers? I know there are more women like me out there, independent, and able to take care of themselves, but God forbid the media ever showed powerful women. Oh wait, they probably think women like that are lesbians. Arrrggghhhh. Nope, I am the straight grandma of 5.

Go Obama!

30 08 2008
amy

Wow.

Great post; an intelligent, well-written report of the immediate reaction in your neck of the woods to the Palin announcement, and the background happenings, as you’ve observed them, that prefaced the nomination.

I didn’t feel a lot of spin in your account of this, but wow – reading the comments woke me up again to the spectrum of political opinion in this country, and the childish and sometimes cruel exchanges that ensue in discussing those differences between us. Wow. It’s disturbing.

But thank you, in any case, for your post. I look forward to reading more of your perspective in the coming weeks.

30 08 2008
scooter81

After having read about Gov. Palin, sounds like she does an OK job in Alaska, but being heart beat away from the Presidency is an entirely different situation and what is McCain thinking about ? Either as suggested in earlier posts, McCain wants to lose, or will replace her immediately after, SHOULD the American people be ignorant enough to vote them in. The Republicans had free reign from 2000-2006 and look at the mess we’re in. We need a new direction, and I am more than willing to give Obama and Biden a chance than to risk more of the same.

Oh, before I forget, Char, go get a refund for your education …..didn’t do you any good. What truly frightens me, that there are Americans that actually think like Char and Mark, God help us.

30 08 2008
GOPsux.com


Mcshame/Palin the new Dumb and Dumberer ticket for the GOP

I’m not even a fan of Biden or Obama, but this will be a landslide in favor the dems in november

30 08 2008
Pat C

The GOP must really be hard up, if this is the best person for VP.

30 08 2008
neil

If she believes in creationism for public schools, does that mean she believes the Earth was created a few years before McCain was born. This is a dangerous and reckless decision.

30 08 2008
IndependentThinker

Very interesting information. I don’t know about the rest of you, but I have already made up my mind on who i’m casting my vote for. Not McCan’t! This is the most insulting move to female voters in the history of American politics. In so many words, McCain is implying that we were voting for Hillary because of her “body parts” and not her “body of work”! How arrogant and COCKEY (no pun intended) can you be? I’m sure that Gov. Palin is a great mother, wife, PTO organizer, dresser and reader of provided speeches, but c’mon? To pick her as your VP nominee is to compare the votes of Americans that of a high school king and queen selection at the prom. This guy is truly showing his colors…that of a DIRTY OLD MAN who bases his judgement on which HEAD the blood if flowing to! This is REDiculous (ridiculous)!

30 08 2008
John

Abraham Lincoln was and still is lauded for coming from a log cabin to be president. So isn’t it very American actually for someone like Palin to come from
a place like little Wasilla to be Vice President? What’s wrong with that? All the bleeding heart liberals can talk about is their (imaginary) “blue collar roots” – Joe Biden who has earned over 100,000 dollars a year for 30 years likes to create the image that he is just a typical blue-collar working man. What a two-faced joke.

30 08 2008
GOPsux.com

I wonder what the clowns in AIPAC (American Islamic Public Affairs Committee) are thinking about McLame’s new running mate??

30 08 2008
JUST CHAR

hmmm is this blogger the only Democrat in Alaska?
I found this sounding more biased than informal.

I watched Obama give a speach that tens of thousands of Americans watched not because they were Democrats but because it was historic. He had a huge oportunity to show his “change” platfrom, not his politics as usual. Did he ever Blow it! Isnstead he spent the first 1/3 of his speach bashing the Republicans and his oponent, and the last 1/3 of it saying he will not be a politics as usual president????

Does any one realise that he will now have some heavy markers out there? The Clintons and every other major player in the Democratic party will be calling theirs in. But I guess if you have only been in office for a short time and half of that has been on the stumping trail you may not know what “politics as usual” really mean. Oh and by the way he voted with his party 97% of the time.

I say thank God for the Republican v.p. candidate, I am once again excited about this election!
Everyone is talking about expierience but no one talks about how senator Clinton had none, won her seat on her husbands coat tails and worked hard to take back the White House.

Etiher way you vote we may not end up with the “most expierinced” person in the White House but we will have people who want reform and that is what every Amercan citizen is asking for!
bring on the debates!!!!

30 08 2008
mizonglohong

I can hear the banjos playing in the background…….. dysfunction at its finest. Abuse of power is just what America needs more of, NOT!!!!!!!!!!!!

30 08 2008
des

First off, this sounds like the premise of a bad sitcom starring Jennifer Aniston.

The MSM is calling Pailn a “game changer”. Before the DNC, there were polls that had McCain and Obama in a virtual dead heat. If he was as close as the polls suggested, wouldn’t Pawlenty or Rommney be a logical choice for V.P. than this wild card? Based on this move, I submit that not only is McCain nowhere near Obama among Americans, but once again, the MSM has lied to the American public just for the sake of creating drama, because there’s no way a man with all the momentium on his side would make this risky a selection, maverick of not.

30 08 2008
fixthebroken

John, then by that Abraham Lincoln logic, you can say the same thing about Obama as well. Let’s call a spade a spade here and be fair.

30 08 2008
smile

You people make me sick

“Stark Darwinian proof” or whatever you said you are full of CRAP

where did you even get some of this info. about her when she was just picked last night? Most of it is probably rumors that obama supporters have just made up. She is a good person with her head on straight and heart in the right place. Oh, and btw about the creation thing, she fought for it to be taught ALONG WITH evolution, not to have it forced to be taught. Do more reasearch before you write people

30 08 2008
fixthebroken

Just Char,
You do remember that it was the McCain campaign that went negative first, right? So Obama had every right to defend himself from those attacks. It was the only proper thing to do.

30 08 2008
Sockie

I just read elsewhere that Palin is claiming to be the mother of the 5 month old baby boy with Down’s Syndrome when it is really her 16 year old daughter’s baby. Photographs of Palin on Super Tuesday in February, when she should have been almost 7 months pregnant, show her slim-waisted (The photo is available on the internet). I also read her daughter left school almost a year ago and never went back allegedly because she has mono. Does anyone know whether thisis true? If this is true, McCain is so stupid not to learn about this before picking her for the second most powerful job in the world. I don’t object to her raising her daughter’s baby – I object to dishonesty and to being asleep at the wheel as to child-rearing. Why would she lie about this? What message does it send that she is dishonest, and ashamed of her daughter? Women can have it all but should do it all well and the family should not suffer as a consequence. If Palin was too busy being mayor and Governor to notice her 15 year old daughter was having pre-marital sex, she is not doing it well.

30 08 2008
desertwillow

Obama has successfully managed an impressive primary campaign, defeating the previously insurmountable Clintons. He provided oversight of his Middle East and European tours, as well as direction in the organization of the Democratic Convention. More than 18 million people voted for him. (Thus far, Sarah Palin has amassed 150,000 votes.)

In addition, he has a deep understanding of and commitment to the U.S. Constitution. And, he knows history. Not only can he effectively deliver a speech, he also authors them.

Barack Obama is far more qualified than Sarah Palin to be President. He also is more qualified than George W. Bush.

One explanation for the Palin selection is McCain’s apparent obsession with beauty queens. Palin is simply an ideological cheerleader for him. If this really was about having a qualified woman on the Republican ticket, Kay Bailey Hutchison, Elisabeth Dole, or Olympia Snowe come to mind.

This certainly is NOT about “Country First.” The Cheney-Bush-McCain-Rove-Norquist-Reed-FOX Noise-Limbaugh slogan has been and continues to be “Ideology First.”

30 08 2008
Linda Collison

Germaine to the NY Times headline: “Can You Cross out Hillary and Write Sarah?”
Rhetoric question, of course. Does Palin represent my political views? No. Do I want her as VP of my country? No. Do I admire her for “walking her talk?” I have to admit, I do. But that doesn’t mean I would vote for her. She’s a very different person than Hillary, and a different politician. And we’re talking politics here, people; not a sporting event or an episode of Survivor. (Notice how both she and Obama are young and good-looking…)

I don’t vote out of spite, nor do I vote for someone because he’s young, Black, hip, a good orator, and nearly a rock star. It’s not a popularity contest or a man vs woman, Black vs White contest. The presidential election is about leadership, it’s about who we want to lead our country.

I’d probably write in Hillary — if I wasn’t afraid McCain would win because of it. So I’ll vote Democratic because I believe Biden has the experience that Obama lacks. But I still think we’ve passed over a great lady for the tall, younger man, who can deliver a good speech.

I hope Obama wins. I would like to see some changes in this country. One of the first changes I’d like to see is Hillary’s healthcare plan inititated…

End of scree

Linda Collison

30 08 2008
“MudFlats” on Palin | dailyrevolution.net

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30 08 2008
Mark

It’s good to see that the Obama damage control team is out in full force tonight on this message board. Maybe unemployment will go down now…

30 08 2008
R. King

You bleeding heart liberals make me sick. Your candidate was an active member of a racist church that has dedicated itself to Africa – as stated on the church website – and yet you commi bastards cheer everytime you here the name Obama.

I vote democrat for two straight elections trying to get the stink of George Bush and Dick “Show Me the Money’ Chaney out of our White House only to watch the election get handed to these pricks by a bunch of cock suckers who want to legislate the absoloution of their sins through the leaglization of Gay Marriage.

The majority of you seem to think that pocketbook issues is what drives people at the poles when the real driving force behind who will be the President of the United States is placed firmly on ideology.

Illegal Immigration, Gay Marriage, and Abortion Rights are the order of the day and your party is standing on the wrong side – once again.

30 08 2008
Alaskan Journalists Are Scratching Their Heads « The Political Fancier

[...] You can find an interesting perspective on Palin from an Alaskan blogger HERE. [...]

30 08 2008
willpen

I wonder who will be playing her on SNL. This lady is Lampoon Heaven.

30 08 2008
JUST CHAR

my point exactly! If you say you are not “old schooll” then because “he did it first” is no excuse. You want me to vote for you because you stand for “change” then walk the walk

30 08 2008
GOPsux.com

you bleeding hemroid republicans make me sick. You candidate was a vietamese collaborator while a POW in Vietnam. The US lost sixty percent more aircraft in 1968 and called off the bombing of North Vietnam, because of the information McCain had given to the vietnamese.

30 08 2008
asneutralaspossible

i find it utterly amazing that many on his board actually make the statement that Mrs. Palin has “more executive experience” than Mr. Obama – some even saying “Mr. Obama and Mr. Biden combined”. You mean to equate less than two years in a Govenors mansion in one of the least populous states in the union with the legislative experience Mr. Obama has? Or – to compare VP candidates – the experience that Mr. Biden has had in the US senate? Can you imagine Mrs. Palin standing up to someone like Slobodan Milosovich as Mr. Biden did? It truly scares me that this perons could be the President. Other than to be a puppet, I cannot imagine her actually having the knowledge needed to to the job!! She even exclaimed recently that she did not know what the job entailed. Wow!

30 08 2008
Mark

Obama = African American version of John Kerry and Al Gore! Wow, that’s a scary thought!

30 08 2008
sj

A stance communicated by two camps, each represented by a relatively obscure politician with good public-speaking skills and charisma. Both politicians were born in a country foreign to the one they were seeking leadership of. Both were supported by a tightly-controlled Public Media.

One camp was Hitler for Chancellor. The other camp was Obama for President.

You got proof for Obama being born outside of the country or for any association of Hitler with the “change” theme or “being supported by a tightly-controlled Public Media?” If not, then thank God for loose libel laws in the United States, or, better still, shut up until you have a shred of evidence.

30 08 2008
JUST CHAR

im sorry but i think Democrats were in the white house through most of the Vietnam years

30 08 2008
JUST CHAR

so in my humble opinion both sides of the aisle need to “own their failures”

30 08 2008
JUST CHAR

asneutralaspossible
did your mom ever stand up to a bully? She is the mother of 5 I doubt she lets any one bully her

30 08 2008
fixthebroken

Just Char, the peak of the U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War was at the end of the Johnson administration and then the Nixon administration. Granted the U.S. had a more passive hand in the war when it started in 1959, but our military didn’t really escalate things until I think like 1968. So what you are saying is a bit misleading.

30 08 2008
Mark

“You bleeding heart liberals make me sick. Your candidate was an active member of a racist church that has dedicated itself to Africa – as stated on the church website – and yet you commi bastards cheer everytime you here the name Obama.”

R. King:

That’s great!!! I love it!!! These Democrats are so stupid and overlooking it makes me sick… They talk about being the party of change, but as usual they spew hatred, promote gay rights and marriage, and abortion. Now out of desperation they are launching a compaign to try to dig up dirt and bash McCains VP pick just because they are jealous of her good looks, brains and because the Republicans are starting to show that they are really the Party of change.

30 08 2008
R. King

Accuasations of treason do not hold up against verfiable evidence of racism. The only factual evidence on John McCain is that the man served with distinction, valor, and courage as opposed to Mr. Obama whose only distinction is that when the heat is on he changes his story.

You can always count on the bleeding hearts on the left to resort to name calling when presented with facts.

30 08 2008
JUST CHAR

“advisors” were sent inby Kennedy in 1960 I believe the first combat troops arrived in 1965 during the Johnson administration. Not misleading fact

30 08 2008
mavsreader

Great discussion.

This does send a message John McCain thought he could insert any woman and it would be a ‘slam dunk’. Now really, is John that naive or is his party? Who exactly is pulling the strings? Either way it doesn’t scream “good decision making” to me.

Alicia-a lifelong democrat. I for one didn’t vote for Hillary for two reasons, her sense of entitlement and her lack of historical perpective. We should vote for her because she’s Hillary Clinton. Oh wait, we shouldn’t even HAVE a primary, she will just be the winner. And. that. is. that. [That is really how it played out in Texas.]

For me, Hillary seemed to lack a little political perspective. We should ‘overlook’ the fact she was our first lady. The whole combo, entitlement and “oh, no one’s going to notice I used to be the first lady and we left in the midst of a scandal”, wasn’t going to cut it.

I say the last paragraph mostly in frustration because I’ve watched a lot people my age, think if they earn X or if they are X, THAT makes them a republican. They can’t really articulate WHY they’re a republican except, “We make X money and our friends are all republican”. It was in fact en vogue to be a republican! After 8 years of this administration, everyone except the die hards are starting to ask questions. They are open to hearing another party platform.

Certainly people can disagree–but I don’t think a big segment of our population c/would “get over” Barack selecting Clinton as a VP. I don’t think Barack could have survived picking her as the VP. I suppose, some “life long democrats” would have preferred us pressing on selecting her rather than actually win a presidency? What party person wants THAT?

Alicia, I’m sure the republicans would be GLAD to have you, especially if you don’t think, don’t ask questions, and don’t hold THEM accountable. I urge you to join FastEddie and the republicans. Just fall into line. If you like what you’ve gotten the past eight years, I urge you to vote republican. “Delusional” would be ordering up more of the same. But the beauty is–that’s why we all get a vote.

M.Patterson–I don’t think anyone dislikes Palin for “firing someone who needed to be fired”. It just seems like she is keeping pace with her republican counterparts and interrfering with an investigation. I suppose some WILL applaud, she was at least (on the surface) “willing to face the music” unlike Bush, Rove, and Cheney. “I didn’t do it…” When have we heard that before?

Are you counting the hours until the RNC can parade G.W. Bush and Dick Cheney…telling Americans how great THEY have made AMERICA?

30 08 2008
fixthebroken

Advisors isn’t hard core military escalation. OK I will give you 1965 for the beginning of military operations. That would be 3 years with Johnson and 6+ years with Nixon.

30 08 2008
Paul

Romney would have been a far better pick for VP running mate. You could come up with thousands of people that would be a better choice for that matter. McCain clearly doesn’t care about the future of America. He picked her to get out the conservative vote and is only worried about the election not whether she can assume the Presidency. That means he’s gone and it won’t be his problem just ours. Thanks John!

30 08 2008
JUST CHAR

“As American servicemembers fought in Vietnam, a different kind of war was taking place for American citizens back home, where the struggle was between the American people and their opposition to the fighting in Vietnam; and the American presidency’s (beginning with J.F.K.) determination to halt the spread of communism. Incidents such as the police riot in Chicago during the 1968 Democratic National Convention became more common, and even became tragic with the shootings of Kent State University student protestors in 1970.”
vietnamwar.com

The next party always has to clean up the lasts parties mess. That is politics as usual in the U.S.

30 08 2008
asneutralaspossible

just char…
“just” my point – let’s compare a neighborhood bully with an individual who commited genocide on a massive scale. It amazes and concerns me to think that you can actually make that kind of comparison with a straight face. My mother – to answer your question directly – raised 7 children. That would not make her anywhere near “experienced” enough to represent this country on an international scale. I can only assume that you are kidding and making an attempt to keep the conversation lively – no reasonable, intelligent, thoughful person could ever make that kind of distinction and be taken seriously.

30 08 2008
juliechatterbox

Thanks for the most insightful opinion I’ve read since choking on my coffee when the announcement came! Here in New York we supported Hillary for her qualifications, not her beauty queen sash. Love Sarah’s hometown photo on your blog; it really puts things in perspective. As a life-long Democrat, (who votes across party lines for GOOD candidates), I can honestly say I feel sorry for Republicans right now. McCain must really think they’re idiots if he thinks they’ll be happy about this. Just what we need- another gun-totin’ dummy in the White House!

30 08 2008
Emily

Thank you so much for the candid info. As a So. California resident, I had never even heard of Ms. Palin. I am so beyond confused over this election… this info is great. It doesn’t help me make up my mind but it is good to know!

30 08 2008
Alex

ROFL at the guy who thinks Obama was born outside the US. You can’t even run for president if you were born outside the US.

John McCain is closer to being born outside the country than Obama. Obama was atleast born in a state.

30 08 2008
Emily

I find the choice, if purely based on gender, insulting also! It’s like their saying… “well, we Republicans don’t have a Hillary lying around… but what about what’s her name… the gal from Alaska… she seems nice.” What the heck?!?!? I find that both Obama and McCain are too focused on just winning over voters with these crazy political tactics and not actually giving us information on what they plan to do about our crazy mess of a country. Ok -that’s all now – I promise.

30 08 2008
30 08 2008
POWERSHAKER

I can’t believe that people are actually saying Sarah Palin is more of a risk than Senator Barack Hussein Obama! HELLO AMERICA!? BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA is a far more EVIL FOE than Governor Sarah Palin. He’s got more trash in his background, too, but you won’t see as much of it, because the media wants Senator Obama in office! He is their friend! He is going to make us know we are “politically correct” in voting for him because he’s black. They want us to totally forget about Reverend Jeremiah Wright, the Black Liberation Theology and the Tony Rezko mess. Oh yes! After that, they can laugh at how political saint Sarah Palin is a big bad witch, but it just won’t fit. I challenge Americans to see beyond this petty soap opera concerning the firing of an employee by a Governor.

30 08 2008
JUST CHAR

My point is to assume because she comes from Alaska she will not be able to stand up to the “tough” guys in politics is just silly. Just because we don’t know all there is to know about her doesn’t mean she isn’t smart enough or educated enough or have enough common sense to do the job. People are willing to give Obama the chance to prove him self yet very closed minded for Palin. Double standards run deep

I am a mother and I run a major business if I was aked to become CEO of my company I would not say “yes” with out making sure I was prepared for the job. I am sure that Gov. Palin did not take the nomination lightly

No I am not comaparing my job and saying I could be the V.P. I am saying that before anyone “moves up” in their field there are many things to consider personally and I am sure her and her family considered it all.

30 08 2008
lisa

As a woman from Kansas City, MO, I am extremely offended by McCain trying to buy my vote by putting ovaries on his ticket. I would love for one of my daughters to know that they can one day reach the Oval Office, but not this way. She should feel no more special than a hood ornament on a Buick!
And while McCain’s obvious lust for her looks may be a sexist invalidation of all that she’s accomplished professionally, he really doesn’t have to worry. Because she hasn’t really accomplished anything professionally.

30 08 2008
McCain’s VP choice « James McPherson’s Media & Politics Blog

[...] some of the things that have happened in the past couple of months to cut into her approval ratings even in Alaska and in part because John McCain had spent so much time with better-known candidates while [...]

30 08 2008
Danielle

I have to admit that I find the political season an interesting time for pure observation. Does anyone honestly believe there is going to be real change?! Just take a look at the comments going back and forth in this thread. I can assure you, that as long as people are involved in politics there is no hope for change. On a daily basis I listen to Barack fans rallying for his candidacy, then continuing their regular back-biting, sniping ways in the office. Who exactly is going to do the changing? Before anyone writes a vitriolic rebuttal, I’ll just let you know that I don’t trust the Republican politicians any more than the Democrats.

30 08 2008
asneutralaspossible

“tough guys in politics” – ’nuff said and all credibility gone.

30 08 2008
Rebecka Justice

smile, You might try reading some of the Alaskan Newspapers and more Alaskan blogs.

For instance, the investigation of her abouse of power, and the FACTS that she and her family members are the only ones complaining about the trooper are well documented.

The FACT that she was For ‘The Bridge to Nowhere’ until she finally realized it was going to work against her politically, is on the Net on unimpeachable sources.

The FACTthat she wants to make it legal shoot wolves is on the web from Interviews with her.

As is the FACT that she knows better than the experts and insists the Polar Bears be taken off the endangered Species list because that is causing a little inconvenience to the oil drilling.

Then, there is the FACT that she insisted that the pipeline construction be awarded to Canada. Not such hot news for her constituents.

So Fox News, The ‘WE Report, You don’t decide Network’ had this on their Website today:In the poll taken Friday, 39 percent said she is ready to serve as president if needed, 33 percent said she isn’t and 29 percent have no opinion.
That’s the lowest rating any running mate has had since then-Indiana Sen. Dan Quayle was selected in 1988 to join George H.W. Bush’s team.

Wow and most of the people who answered the poll hadn’t had time to learn of her negatives. And it just keeps getting worse..

But the oddest part is, links to pictures of Sarah on the Alaskan Gov. web site have ALL been disabled. There were 208 separate sites. All disabled.
Ifinally found one on another site, titled “Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, right, signs a Senate bill honoring the late Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race champion Susan Butcher before the ceremonial start of the race in Anchorage, Alaska Saturday, March 1, 2008″

She sure doesn’t look like she is 7 1/2 months pregnant, but then I kind of found her story of having her water break, then giving a 30 minute speech and following that by an 11 hour plane trip back to Alaska, before giving birth to the baby, a bit far fetched to say the least.

30 08 2008
Mr Ninaby

Mark, Please get a life.

30 08 2008
Parker

WoW! I can’t believe how low some people will go just to keep a black man out of the white house. She doesn’t have the foreign affairs experience something Barack was tormented about for months on end. I think she’s admitted to not even being interested. HelLO peoples!! What the hell are some of you thinking!?????? McFudd takes a dive tomorrow (God forbid. Just sayin….) and Mrs. Hooters moves into the highest office in the land–in the World actually!!!! What the heck was McFudd thinking? Obviously he was only thinking about himself and his agenda. And that is, to get into the White House, whatever it takes! Country First MY ASS!! I have lost ALL respect for him. Not that I had much for him before, but now? He’s putting the whole country at risk by choosing this unknown to be his running mate. He’s putting MY family at risk and our soldiers! Some of you are pathetic! You deserve what you get if this creep is elected!!!!

30 08 2008
samuel smith

Obama is not a plausible presidential candidate because he offers no real change at all-only warmed over McGovernism. No one on this blog has raised the fact that Obama, Biden, Pelosi and company have a 13per cent approval rating in comparison to Bush’s 30 percent. Palin would stand up to Hugo Chavez or Ahmenajaid while Biden would try the appeasement routine. If the news media does not have a question about Chavez in the Oct. 2 debate then you’ll know the likes of Olbermann, Matthews and Gregory are at sinister work.

30 08 2008
neil

Hey Smile, I did my research. Check out the constitution and separation of church and state. Bible teachings don’t belong in public schools. Thats why there are private religious schools. I don’t want my tax dollar teaching young minds that the Earth is only a few thousand years old.

30 08 2008
Lynn

Thanks for the insight

30 08 2008
LittleLovables

Wow, what a great read from an insider’s perspective. I agree that Romney woul dhave been a much wiser choice. This is frustrating.

30 08 2008
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