Here We Go… RNC Watch Open Thread.

3 09 2008

Here we go everyone.  I’m sitting here in Anchorage with  my cocktail, my bucket of popcorn, and my Pepto Bismol.

Rudy is taking the stage.  Did anyone at the DNC have to wait for the applause on applause lines?

Did you guys know that John McCain was a POW?

I see what we’re in for.  Barack Obama bashing, line by line down his resume.  Community Organizer (laughter), celebrity Senator, no executive experience.  Never had to lead people in crisis…. is he going to say 9/11?

He just actually said, “This is no time for on the job training.”  Ummm…. what about Sarah?

Lots of reform talk, but no specifics.   Put government on the side of the people, shook things up, …

Oh Good God.  They’re chanting “Drill Baby Drill”. And they won’t stop.

September 11th!  He said it!  Everyone take a drink!

Terrorists, Islamic extremism, ….more terrorists, surge, Democrats afraid to insult terrorists.

He just said Joe Biden should get ‘that VP thing’ in writing.  In case Obama flip flops.  That’ll be a great clip to play back if Palin is asked to leave. leaves gracefully.

Obscure negative references to the U.N.  Tries to start the U-S-A chant…semi-successfully.

HA!  The spin:  Obama looked back by choosing experience.  McCain “looked to the future” when he picked young and inexperienced.

He’s “sorry that her home town isn’t cosmopolitan enough” for Barack Obama.  “The first day she was mayor she had more executive experience” than Barack Obama and Joe Biden combined.  Where’s my drink?

 Here we go. Palin is on.  Crowd goes wild.

Why does she keep saying John” S”. McCain??   Mom of a troop.  Deployment on 9/11.  More U-S-A chanting.  Family introductions. We’re just like you.  Special needs children need special love. (*Note to self.  make a post about how she cut funding in Alaska for special needs education).

Lukewarm applause for Todd being a steelworker.  Intro of parents.  Hardworking small town people are always proud of America. (as opposed to whom?)

The difference between a hockey mom and a pitbull?  Lipstick.

Piper is licking her hand and wiping it on Trig’s head.  Ew.

“A small town mayor is something like a community organizer except that you have actual responsibilities”.  The ‘bitter’ comment is resurrected.  Big boo for ‘the media’ who thinks she’s unqualified.  Doesn’t care about their opinion, she’s going to Washington to serve the country.  (Pepto Bismol)

She talked about putting Murkowski’s luxury jet on Ebay and selling it.  (OK, that was a good move).

Talked about her vetoes.  Didn’t mention that it included housing for unwed mothers in crisis and special ed. 

For the THIRD TIME she’s taken credit for scuttling the bridge to nowhere, even though it’s completely untrue.  Also says Alaska has a budget surplus.  Don’t think we’ve ever NOT had one.  Lots of oil $ here.

Iran sabre rattling and energy independence.  Take it from a “gal who knows the North Slope of Alaska”, we’ve got plenty of oil.

Obama only uses the word “victory” when talking about his own campaign.  Talks about the dreaded “columns” at the DNC convention. “What does he do after holding back the waters and saving the planet?” Big government.  (more Pepto Bismol)

“Al Qaeda is plotting to inflict catastrophic harm, and [Obama] is worried that someone won’t read them their rights”.  (pounding head on desk) Now lots of tax talk.

“Some use change to promote their careers.  Others, like John McCain use their careers to promote change.”  High flown speechmaking, self-created presidential seals….

Hey, did you guys know that John McCain was a P.O.W.?

Whew.  We survived.   And here’s the whole family.  And that’s one ginormous flag.

And here’s John McCain.  “Don’t you think we made the right choice for the next Vice President of the United States?”   Ummm….


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3 09 2008
Judy in Chicago

I don’t see people of any color- other than white…….ooops I take it back
There is one asain woman.

3 09 2008
Bren

I’m sitting here in New Zealand having to watch Fox News (as that’s the only US news channel I can actually get)… but I’m joining you. Thanks so much for the blog!

wait… did the crowd just laugh at “community organizer”?? What a load of cr-p!

3 09 2008
BJA

Stay classy, Rudy.

3 09 2008
T-Bone

I enjoyed M. Huckabee’s speech, which I will admit… I alway have. His little stories were either funny and/or inspiring. But I will tell you that everyone that I’ve heard yesterday and today have been boring (with the exception of F. Thompson).

3 09 2008
raingods

I can’t bring myself to watch it, so I’ll stay here and read the comments. I’ve had stomach problems all day, and don’t want anymore…

3 09 2008
Tammy

I saw a stat one time that said the average voter 46 years old. Think about that. I am only 44 and I don’t remember the vietnam war. So your average voter will not remember it. And from what I recall on history , that was another war we shouldn’t had been involved in. No wonder they are having so many protests in St. Paul.

3 09 2008
Liberrian

Can’t believe Rudy is slamming Obama’s resume … puh-leeze.

3 09 2008
Wondering_Lake

I’d kill for a Black Butte Porter right about now.

Rudi : Noun, verb, 911.
McCain: Noun, verb, POW.
Palin: Noun, verb, you’re fired!

3 09 2008
wvfurandroot

I thought the “open mic incident” of Peggy Noonan and Mike Murphy regarding Palin was very revealing. “I think they went for this – excuse me- political bulls-t about narratives,” Noonan also said.
“Every time the Republicans do that, because that’s not where they live and it’s not what they’re good at, they blow it. “http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2008/09/03/hot-mic-catches-gop-strategists-trashing-palin-pick/

3 09 2008
BJA

So, really. They’re going to run with the “present” thing? Knowing full well that it’s bullshit?

He’s lying. Obama sponsored 823 bills in the IL Senate.

3 09 2008
Amanda

They need to have one of those light-up “Applause” signs for the audience. You know, like the ones they have on sitcoms that are filmed in front of a live audience. That would eliminate those awkward pauses before applause.

3 09 2008
AHiredGun

Is Rudy wearing a dress?

3 09 2008
Judy in Chicago

whats a black butte porter?

3 09 2008
Sue

Is my bias showing or are Rudy and the crowd particularly mocking?

I need a drink and we haven’t even gotten to the main event…

3 09 2008
T-Bone

Oh, did you just hear….. Obama has never lead anyone during a crisis….. But Rudy, he has…. A little pat on the on the back for him with his overblown participation in 9-11.

3 09 2008
raingods

I remember the Vietnam War, and I’m 43. I remember it on the news, the POW bracelets, the nightly death count; all of it. From Vietnam to Watergate, to Reagonmics and the Bushes; is it any wonder I’m a Democrat?

3 09 2008
Tammy

Rudy said Obama has never had to lead people in a crisis? What do you think community organizers do? They help people after they lose their job, especially after that job is outsourced.

Romney brought up in his speech Reagan. Hummmm, I don’t remember a major bridge in the U.S. collapsing during his term. And we all saw how trickle down economics work.

Does the republicans really realize how google and the internet works? Maybe someone should send McCain google for dummies book.

3 09 2008
Cathy

I am watching, with the MUTE button on.

3 09 2008
Bren

My eldest brother was a US Marine during the Vietnam War, so I may be 44, but I certainly remember it. And I’m a lifelong Democrat.

3 09 2008
Liberrian

The crowd is mocking but they were showing shots of bored folks not applauding, during Hawaii Gov’s speech … I’m watching PBS coverage. Very interesting to contract this crowd with the folks in mile-high stadium, during the Dem convention. This bunch: older, whiter.

3 09 2008
raingods

ooh, good idea Cathy! I can do that and listen to podcasts from NPR.

3 09 2008
Meleana

Hmmm, I thought leading the nation through a crisis was exactly what Obama’s been doing for the last year! This is BORRRINGGG, think I’ll head to the bookstore for some elitist reading material.

3 09 2008
Plwalsh

Interesting things I’m hearing today:

The swing states are swinging so far to Obama that McCain can’t lose any more of them. In Iowa, Obama is 15 points ahead; he’s 13 points ahead in Minnesota. Ohio is tied. CNN is saying that McCain is going to have a really hard time getting to 270 electoral votes.

Palin is playing well with Republican women but not independent women, white women, Hillary Clinton supporters, or even white men.

People have pretty much made up their minds about Palin.

Nationally, Obama is consistently polling over 50% now.

David Gergen: McCain has switched the campaign from a referendum on Obama, which was starting to work for him, to a referendum on Palin.

3 09 2008
in a valley further south

drill baby drill.

will they ever live that one down?

3 09 2008
jwb

Did you notice that Rudy looks like he’s floating in a sea of oil! Drill, baby, drill indeed.

3 09 2008
Bay City Roller

Isn’t the Gustav crisis over? Where’s our President?

3 09 2008
BJA

Anyone else see that article today where McCain’s campaign is threatening to sue the National Enquirer if they go forward with a planned story regarding an affair Sarah had with her husband’s business partner?

WTF? Is that for real? Is that a common Alaska rumor?

3 09 2008
in a valley further south

there it is the ‘issue’ perpetual war

3 09 2008
Plwalsh

Guiliani sure skipped past the economy pretty quickly.

3 09 2008
watching

I got on this website hoping people would be watching and talking. I’m home with sleeping kids and it’s hard to stomach this alone.

They do seem mocking.

We’re up to 9/11 now …

3 09 2008
Susan

“Did you guys know that John McCain was a POW?”

Good one!😉

3 09 2008
Songbird

MSNBC has misidentified Willow Palin as her sister Bristol a couple of times and keeps zooming in on her…sigh.

3 09 2008
Plwalsh

Ooh, that didn’t come out right. Guiliani just said calling terrorists “Muslim” insults terrorists.

3 09 2008
Cathy

With my mute on, I can’t hear, but at least the hall is filling up. You go, you repubs.

3 09 2008
wvfurandroot

I’m 49, my dad was a Marine and did 4 tours in ‘Nam. I remember, all-too-vividly. And garbage like “bomb, bomb Iran” is what makes McCain so very dangerous.

3 09 2008
in a valley further south

yes, we have met the enemy and it is US!

3 09 2008
cmac

I’m watching, muted, but with closed caption on. Don’t need to be yelled at by the hypocritical ones.

3 09 2008
Austin

As Joe Biden once stated: the main rhetoric of Rudy is a noun, a verb, and 9/11.

3 09 2008
Susan

Let’s invade Russia! Remember 9/11!🙂

Let’s see…how many other new wars can we start by invoking 9/11…hmmmmm…..

3 09 2008
HamletsMill

I just posted this at the top of the thread on HuffPo. At least maybe you can pick up some new readers tonight AKM. I’m here. I’m ready now to experience this. I just have tea. But some serious medication may be needed at some point. But I will try to be strong.

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“Well Rudy911 just used the Big Two: the evil Hollywood Elite and Left Wing Media Elite.

The same old, same old Joseph Goebbels baloney after THEY have been in power for EIGHT YEARS!

This guy’s little Blog up in Alaska broke many of the facts on the ground that the MSM only found out about 3 days later! Many people WORLDWIDE knew more than the MSM and the Republican “vetters” on Saturday morning! Is this Alaskan the “Elite Left Wing Media”?

Bookmark this blog with the entire worldwide audience:

https://mudflats.wordpress.com/

3 09 2008
drchill

Giving up on Iraq means giving up on America?

Iraq=America?

3 09 2008
ReaderInMD

Am I the only one who thinks “Country First” is seriously scary slogan. The whole world is watching, folks.

3 09 2008
Plwalsh

The National Enquirer has been promising big news on dark stuff in Palin’s past.

They seem to love being sued. I think their in-house legal staff must be the size of a medium-sized law firm.

3 09 2008
Tammy

http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/09/03/palin.transcript/index.html

Transcript for Palin’s speech.

Obama was the only one right on Iraq. And wasn’t the purpose of the surge to give the Iraqi government time to basically get their act together? And I haven’t heard anything about them getting their act together yet. Wasn’t the oil in Iraq suppose to pay for the war? Why is it that Iraq has a huge surplus and they just made a deal on their oil with China?

3 09 2008
Liberrian

Pollster: great summaries of various polls, complete with scattergraphs:
http://www.pollster.com/polls/us/08-us-pres-ge-mvo.php

3 09 2008
Cathy

Why is Cindy McCain holding the baby?

3 09 2008
Wondering_Lake

Black Butte Porter is my favorite beer.

“Black Butte Porter, crafted from chocolate and crystal malts, is Deschutes Brewery’s flagship brand. With a rich and distinctive flavor, this porter has enjoyed a loyal and passionate following since its first pint in 1988.”

3 09 2008
ReaderInMD

Cathy..to make her more sympathetic. Will we see daughter Bridget tonight?

3 09 2008
Wondering_Lake

Cindy always takes in babies in need of a mother.

(Sorry. Was that too snarky? Rudy makes me crazy!)

3 09 2008
TheraP

Our household is an RNC convention FREE zone. My mental health can’t take hearing or seeing these folks.

3 09 2008
Judy in Chicago

Thanks Wondering L. ummmmmmmmmm
now I want one

3 09 2008
Gerry

Remember what Joe Biden said about Rudy………”all of his sentences contain a noun, a verb and 9/11″.

3 09 2008
Maggie

Oh…It’s for the “future”
I guess that makes it all okay…..NOT!

3 09 2008
Liberrian

Snarky good! We need comic relief to get through this!

3 09 2008
Camie

Can someone tell me why the HUSBAND IS NEVER HOLDING HIS SON. And we are to believe that HE will be taking care of all of these kids while Sarah Palin is running for VP. I think those girls will be taking care of little Trig.

3 09 2008
Bren

I live in a small town, and I’m sorry but our mayor is no more qualified to be VP than I am.

3 09 2008
prettybrown

lol I refuse to give them my ratings I will just enjoy reading the blogs.

3 09 2008
in a valley further south

timely

just in case you are not as much of an idiot as you would need to be
to be duped by what Juliani is spewing,

here’s a few ways to understand how
easy it is for many to be.

http://www.skeptic.com/eskeptic/08-09-03.html

if anything that he has said so far makes sense to you don’t bother to go there

3 09 2008
Cathy

Great comment, Camie. Never seen him holding his “son”.

3 09 2008
Gina

Just wanted to say thanks for keeping it real. I can’t watch, but I tune into this blog religiously.

3 09 2008
VA Democrat

I totally agree – why isn’t Todd holding the baby? When I was 5 months pregnant, I didn’t want to carry anything heavier than a bottle of water. That poor girl. What’s the deal with the Huffington/National Enquirer thing about the affair? Huffington had it very prominently on the site a half hour ago and now it’s down lower. We need another scandal – it’s been, what, 2 hours?

3 09 2008
Liberrian

Great … lauding Palin’s “executive experience” as Mayor of Wasilla … yeah right.

3 09 2008
Judy in Chicago

someone please tell him to sit down

3 09 2008
Austin

McCain opening the Party to new people by choosing Palin?!? Yes, opening the Republican party to social conservatives and book banning, pro-life Evangelicals.

That’s change I can believe in…..

3 09 2008
Camie

Oh, I forgot, her boyfriend sure does clean up nice. The other pictures on the net, did not paint him as such a clean cut guy. But if they want so much privacy, why fly him out here to parade them around as the perfect couple? I am confused.

Now Cindy McCain is holding the baby instead of TODD. DOES ANYONE ELSE NOT THINK THAT IS REALLY WEIRD.

3 09 2008
Plwalsh

As I listen to Guiliani, I’m remember another thing I heard today: McCain has pretty much thrown away his bipartisan reputation with his choice of Palin.

3 09 2008
ReaderInMD

I’m watching streaming video on washington Post.com

3 09 2008
Maggie

Did the earth just move in AK?
Apparently it will be moving in DC soon!

3 09 2008
Liberrian

They’re the party who has “expanded freedom” !!! What a hoot!

3 09 2008
David

Are the Banana Republicans not aware that they are making themselves look incredibly ignorant and uneducated? This whole farce resembles a small-town election for head cheerleader of a bowling team. Is there an intelligent American who is not squirming under this bright, international spotlight? This is just awful. The difference between the decorum of Mr. Obama’s leadership and the gutter-trash-talk of Mr. McCain’s foul-mouthed name-calling of women is astonishing. Is half of the United States really just a poor imitation of the Stepford wives?

3 09 2008
Austin

YES! Rudy wants to know when we’ll stop asking about the Mommy Wars?!? I’ll stop asking the minute I see TODD holding the baby.

3 09 2008
watching

Why do they have that wavy background behind Rudy?

3 09 2008
in a valley further south

here it is, the grand finale

rearranging the deck chairs

you go rudy?

3 09 2008
raingods

Cindy’s used to changing diapers; she’s being changing her husband’s for years now :p

3 09 2008
Nightmare in America

Here’s a website that will cheer you up about Biden promising to bring criminal charges against the Bush administration:

http://dailykos.com/storyonly/2008/9/3/11624/73765/234/584551

3 09 2008
Camie

So parents can choose where their children go to school, but can’t choose if their children can get an abortion? I am sooo lost. And I am so ashamed to say that he is from my state. God help us. We are really in trouble.

3 09 2008
Liberrian

I think that is not the boyfriend, but the son, Track …

3 09 2008
Bren

Oooh, here we go!!!

3 09 2008
bwilder

I was so amused for the first hour of this circus but now I want to
kick some Rudy Guliani ass.

Parents should choose where there students should go to school
and we can ccoose what you can read at the library and on the interntet! Yea Us!
Oh but you can’t choose to have an abortion- that’s a no-no.

3 09 2008
Plwalsh

Guiliani looks just like Klaus Kinski playing Nosferatu.

3 09 2008
HamletsMill

Here she come…

3 09 2008
Sue

Plwalsh:

you know, I heard what he said about “Islamic terrorists being an insult to terrorists” (I was in the kitchen pouring myself another glass of wine) – I was going to say he couldn’t have possibly meant that, but yup, that’s what he said….

3 09 2008
Laurie

lol..Rudy is funny when he is trying to rouse the crowd. A bunch of old wrinkly white dudes…( lol..I am old and wrinkly too I think)….who I am sure are watching someone on the stage holding up an applause sign.

oh boy…here she comes

3 09 2008
Maggie

Here we go!

3 09 2008
bwilder

and here’ssssss Sarah!

3 09 2008
Liberrian

THE HUSBAND IS HOLDING THE BABY!!

3 09 2008
Tammy

Is it just me or does the Xcel Center look awful empty compared to when Obama gave his speech in this same center?

3 09 2008
watching

Wow. That was fast.

Do you think she’ll stay on script?

3 09 2008
marti

This is sick, sick, sick. Oh my god – it is hateful. What kind of country do i live in – oh i need to donate to barak now! she is starting her speech.

3 09 2008
Intrigued

Story about SP’s alleged AFFAIR: NE threatened with lawsuit

http://www.cbsnews.com/blogs/2008/09/03/politics/fromtheroad/entry4413030.shtml

3 09 2008
bwilder

I LOVE how these drones are applauding wildly for this woman they don’t know,
or have ever seen or hear before- other than 3 minutes last Friday?

Where’s the Kool Aide stand.

3 09 2008
Wondering_Lake

Little Piper is as cute as a bunny!

On a different note, which Palin do I have to knock up to win a free trip to the RNC?

3 09 2008
Stacie B

Mommy dearest has just taken the stage, with any luck CPS is lurking in the wings ready to pounce.

Awesome blog by the way. I can’t get enough, I even read it at work, hopefully they won’t figure it out and block it.

3 09 2008
Wavelength

Sara: “Todd will be taking care of the children while I am governating.”
Todd: “Uh, whaaat?”
Sara: “Oh, sorry Todd. Guess I forgot to tell you that part of the story.”

3 09 2008
fredrik

That’s a lot of white folks!

3 09 2008
misskae

Okay, I just went to the Obama site and contributed. Anyone else?

3 09 2008
Alaskan Woman

I can’t believe that every Republican speaker now and always talks about John McCain being a P.O.W.! That was 40 years ago, folks! Remember when everyone was talking about “Rudy’s” speeches being nothing but a noun, a verb, and 911? It’s getting to be that all of the talk about McCain is also a noun, a verb, and P.O.W. weather it’s him speaking or his minions?

I honestly believe that there is something wrong with John McCain! I wouldn’t doubt that he was mentally and emotionally damaged while he was tortured and frying his brains out in that tin shack in Viet Nam almost half a century ago!

3 09 2008
ReaderInMD

she looks dowdy, not so hot….

3 09 2008
Plwalsh

She actually looks sedated. I’m suprised.

3 09 2008
Liberrian

A big bell in the background??

3 09 2008
in a valley further south

it’s times like that Juliani (can’t call it a speech) whatever,
that it really feels embarrassing to be an american

3 09 2008
Gina

Palin bashing aside, I am truly concerned that there are people who, never having been involved in politics, will relate to her and get out to vote. I grew up in small town America where the teen girls had babies and the first day of hunting season was a school holiday. I think we underestimate the danger. It boils down to a popularity contest. Mike Huckabee said today that we’ve never looked for superior intelligence in a candidate.

3 09 2008
BJA

Why don’t they just have an oil derrick in the background?

3 09 2008
Plwalsh

Did she get McCain’s middle initial right?

3 09 2008
ReaderInMD

which I am sure is on purpose…she’s being handled, made over….got give her gravitas

3 09 2008
VA Democrat

I just donated too! And it made me really happy. The applause here is so tepid compared to the applause for Michelle and Barack.

3 09 2008
David

Did she just say “pundints”? Lol

3 09 2008
Let'sGetReal

I can’t stomach to watch the RNC…I am watching Obama’s Acceptance Speech! Don’t forget to go to http://www.barackobama.com to donate, when Sara starts to speak.

3 09 2008
Songbird

How about a time to put your family first?

3 09 2008
cmac

gina: yes i agree

she is very relate-able – looks like a nice person. Really. This is the scary part, the part where people will just see the sounds bite and say “oh but she looks so nice”

3 09 2008
Wondering_Lake

Palin looks terrified.

3 09 2008
watching

The big bell was the Liberty Bell.

I don’t like them appropriating that image.

Oh well. Philadelphia is a Democratic city.

3 09 2008
fredrik

When is she going to demand secession for Alaska?

3 09 2008
misskae

In addition to writing the speech for her, they also gave her lessons in modulating her voice to a lower pitch. Now she’s emulating Ecclesiastes: “a time to this, and a time to that…”

3 09 2008
Sue

okay, I just went to Obama’s website and donated $$.

3 09 2008
Sara P

Not watching the speech (9iu11ani gets me really wound up), watching George Carlin on HBO and following along with the speeches on various blogs. Fro what I’m reading though, this can’t possibly work, can it?

3 09 2008
Plwalsh

She is not as good as I thought she would be.

3 09 2008
Liberrian

Oil derrick comment … good one!!

3 09 2008
Maggie

She said it – 9/11

3 09 2008
Plwalsh

The speech is not so great either.

3 09 2008
Wondering_Lake

OMG — they just showed Humpy’s on CNN!

3 09 2008
Laurie

Well…she can read well. Its obvious she is using a teleprompter..very good sarah

3 09 2008
Plwalsh

She sounds like someone speaking at the PTA of a small town elementary school.

3 09 2008
cmac

She is not that dynamic.

Wow as much as I dreaded watching this, its very underwhelming so far.

3 09 2008
Liberrian

Ok, introducing the kids?? Isn’t the family off limits??

3 09 2008
Bren

Doesn’t Levi look so embarrassed??

3 09 2008
bwilder

misskae (18:31:42) :

Okay, I just went to the Obama site and contributed. Anyone else?

Did that two days ago but now must add to it!

3 09 2008
Sydney

I thought the kids were off limits. I don’t remember Biden going on about his kids or his son going to Iraq. I don’t care about her damn kids. A billion people on this planet have kids. That doesn’t mean she can lead a country.

3 09 2008
Stacie B

I thouht she was suppose to be something special when she talked…blah, blah, blah. She is about as mesmerizing as a rock!

3 09 2008
Wondering_Lake

Oh – now Todd takes Trig for the photo-op.

3 09 2008
cmac

I am going to donate as soon as its over.

For the 3rd time.

3 09 2008
Plwalsh

Oh, this is getting embarrassing.

3 09 2008
raingods

I jusr donated to Obama as well. And will donate more on Friday.

3 09 2008
bwilder

Is she gonna talk about the pregnancy- pleaaaaaase dont’t do that!

3 09 2008
Plwalsh

Her whole family is acting like hicks at the Country Club.

3 09 2008
How Insane Is John McCain

She really looks and sounds terrified and overwhelmed.

3 09 2008
Liberrian

What’s with the nose wrinkles ??

3 09 2008
VP, Flat Earth Society

Eye-raq. What more can one say?

Next I suppose that we’ll see these Stepford wives sporting John McCain bumper stickers which read “C…s for McCain” Isn’t that his name for women, what he called his wife? Never will I forget that!

3 09 2008
cmac

“to the families of special needs children…I have a message for you……

I cut funding for special needs kids in Alaska”….

3 09 2008
wvfurandroot

She’s not a very good speaker. I’m kind of surprised. Did the Repubs give ANY thought to picking a VP that would shore up McCain’s weaknesses?

3 09 2008
bwilder

For all you special needs parents- did I tell you I just cut funding in Alaska
for teen mothers. So if you are a grown up with a special needs child give
a holler in D.C. otherwise, you are on your own.

3 09 2008
Bren

Wait, special needs?? Didn’t she just cut Alaska’s special needs education budget by 62%?? http://www.dailykos.com/story/2008/9/3/163229/8631

3 09 2008
vic

America First Has a familiar ring to it. And nasty historical associations.

With all the talk of Plain’s executive experience as mayor, didn’t her VILLAGE have a “Town Manager” to do the managing? Would be worth a blog.

Vic in NC

3 09 2008
Camie

I agree with Gina. We should all be very afraid. This is EXACTLY how we got stuck with Bush. I am from New York, but I know that this election like the last election will be decided by small town people who for whatever reason do not vote their economic interests, rather vote because they like the person.

Again, if the family issue is off limits, WHY DO YOU KEEP BRINGING IT UP!!!!

So I guess he was only supposed to hold the baby for the photo op. Now the little girl is holding the baby.

I can’t take much more of this.

3 09 2008
HamletsMill

bad move – The Todd just passed the baby off to the little daughter…

3 09 2008
Judy in Chicago

Can’t wait to see who plays her on SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE

3 09 2008
ReaderInMD

he passed the baby. and if I have to hear the snowmobiling thing again I’m going to hur.

did she just say he’s quite a package?!!!!

3 09 2008
nauseated

I have to join you. I can’t take any more. I kept it on mute till Sarah came on and am trying to stomach this. The introduction to her family is too much.

3 09 2008
Laurie

This gal is so NOT impressive…sorry republicans…no pizzaz

3 09 2008
Deb from Seattle

Blah! Blah! Blah! Same ol’ Republican /%$!&%……. Seriously, I usually don’t get into this that much, but I couldn’t resist the pepto mismol remark. This is the most entertaining (and really sad) situtation I have seen in politics in a long time. Wow! Something told me that when I first saw Palin ( and said WHAT? WHO THE H is THIS?????) that this was going to me interesting. I just hope and pray that too many people don’t buy all this hypocrisy and vote for these total idiots, or I am seriously going to leave the country. Maybe I will go to the “other” country — Alaska (just kidding). But, at least Palin won’t be THERE. Love your website!

3 09 2008
misskae

“That’s long enough, here’s Trig, Piper. You hold him.”
This is reminding me of that old show, “Queen for a Day.” Like some #$%)$ coronation or something.

3 09 2008
Bren

You know, I’m married, I have kids, I’m a woman… hey! I can be VP too!

3 09 2008
Stacie B

Now all of the sudden she cares about families with special needs. She cuts the special education budget by 62% (which incidently is the most underfunded field in education). You have a friend in me, my ass.

3 09 2008
raingods

I think it wah he has QUITE a package-that would explain all the kids they have …

3 09 2008
misskae

sorry, I can’t help it. she just said ‘sin-SEER-ity’

3 09 2008
Haley

I just contributed another 50.00 to Obama.
My fourth 50.00 contribution.
I try too whenever I can.
I really could not afford it right now, but I did it anyway.
We can not afford not too.
Great Idea ! Obama money bomb !

3 09 2008
Wondering_Lake

Tiny Fey is already working on her impression, I’m sure!

3 09 2008
HamletsMill

a speech for junior high class President…now she is comparing herself to…Harry S. Truman! OMG I hope she never has to face what he had to face…

3 09 2008
Jim

I’m loving your blog! Keep up the good work and keep bringing us the truth. -Jim

3 09 2008
Gina

Did she just say special needs kids would have an advocate in the WH?
Didn’t she cut 5 million from the annual budget for special needs kids in AK?

3 09 2008
VP, Flat Earth Society

Somewhere in Alaska, a village is missing its idiot.

3 09 2008
watching

This is a horrible speech.

Also, did you see her husband gave Trig to Piper?

I hope he doesn’t fall out of her arms.

Such playing to stereotypes ….

3 09 2008
Cynthia, TX

what a joke!!!!

I just can’t stomach Palin flower!!!

3 09 2008
Li

The crowd looks incredibly unenthusiastic. And her husband and kids look like they’re standing in front of a firing squad.

3 09 2008
Maggie

I feel soooooooo sorry for her family!
They all look like dear in the headlights…

3 09 2008
LaughingAt...

nah. sorry,
oh theyre just gonna have to gush about it,
ya you can put lipstick on a pig too

3 09 2008
watching

Just think. She could be president.

3 09 2008
cmac

OMG this is such a PTA speech

3 09 2008
shstl

This lady has absolutely no shame. Kids, babies, fetuses, soldiers…..is there nothing she will not drag out for a vote? I keep waiting for the crippled people, AIDS patients, nuns, and homeless puppies.

3 09 2008
Laurie

You know, I just realized something. Sometimes my American friends laugh at the way we Canadians speak…some of us anyway. The way sarah sounds, is similar to how I have always imagined we sounded. I will certainly work on my voice intonation from now on.

3 09 2008
raingods

Haley, exactly! Money is tight, as it is for everyone, but I can forego eating lunch out for a couple of weeks.

3 09 2008
bwilder

Aw little Piper just licked her hand and rubbed her baby brother’s head- cute/

3 09 2008
fredrik

“Doesn’t Levi look so embarrassed??”

No, it’s just the barrel of a shotgun in his back that makes him a bit uncomfortable.

3 09 2008
Let'sGetReal

I just gave my contirbution!

3 09 2008
pimpbot

She’s kinda hot, in a wound-up librarian in a porno movie kinda way… just waiting for that stud to come along and loosen her hair bun. Man, that chick needs some heavy defiling.

3 09 2008
ReaderInMD

do I see empty seats in the bleachers?

3 09 2008
LaughingAt...

YAY CODE PINK

3 09 2008
bwilder

Uh oh- the Pink folks are there and one just got yanked out of the
stadium.

3 09 2008
Josh

SHE KEEPS SAYING JOHN S MCCAIN TO REMIND VOTERS IMPLICITLY OF BARACK’S MIDDLE NAME, A BRILLIANT AND HORRIBLE AND ABHORRENT STRATEGY

3 09 2008
Cynthia, TX

god awful speech!!!

I really thought she was going to be better than this! I really did!!!

3 09 2008
Liberrian

They just escorted a protester out … showing TONS of empty seats!

3 09 2008
Austin

Opponets look down on her experience???? Both Biden and Obama have stated that they will debate her on the issues NOT on her experience.

3 09 2008
Tammy

I read in her speech where she is going to say we will build more nuclear plants. She does realize most people don’t want a nuclear plant near them.

3 09 2008
LaughingAt...

lol many empty seats. hall holds about 5000?

3 09 2008
lib_maia

What was the disruption about? I have it on mute and only saw as they took a woman away?

3 09 2008
jdsrfjiew

ummm CNN just showed them dragging someone out anyone know what that was?

3 09 2008
Wondering_Lake

Lady, you’ve never even been to Scranton OR San Francisco!

3 09 2008
raingods

Okay so I’m watching it a bit-it’s safe to say this isn’t going to be the homerun the repubs were hoping for. I don’t think this will convince anyone other than those palin-drones who would vote for her anyway.

3 09 2008
watching

Look at her eyes …

3 09 2008
Wondering_Lake

Looked like a code pink protester. Google it if you’ve never heard of them.

3 09 2008
sarah

love your blog!
palin is a f*ckin’ nutcase…
mccain is a bit off his nut too…
and is it appropriate to have a baby at the event?
i just donated to obama…
YES WE CAN!!! AND YES WE WILL!!!

3 09 2008
Liberrian

Explain the pink folks comment … some type of protestor?

3 09 2008
Sydney

Mainstream America loves these folksy people – that’s how Bush got in. They love having leaders in the White House that speak at their level even while they go and destroy everything else. Remember Jimmy Carter was a good ol’ boy from Georgia who had that folksiness as well as Clinton from Arkansas. God, her voice annoys me.

3 09 2008
Ada

On the radio they’re talking about how shocked everyone was when Monegan was fired because he was doing great work. Palin campaigned on open, honest, transparent government, and now she wants a board appointed by her to investigate the case. She also vetoed funding for a home for unwed mothers.
It’d make me too aggravated to watch the speech so the radio is a great alternative!

3 09 2008
cmac

I agree. She is not going to win over anybody who was not already going to agree with her.

3 09 2008
Austin

I almost feel bad. Biden is going to butcher her in the VP debate.

3 09 2008
Cynthia, TX

this is just tooo scary!!! my god let’s work hard to not put this nut case in the white house!!!!

3 09 2008
LaughingAt...

no. i agree.
this + national enquirer

3 09 2008
Chindi

uhm.. excuse me.. where is the discussion of issues by the VP nominee?? oh wait, she doesn’t KNOW the issues… I have to say- I am very underwhelmed…

donated to Obama today!

3 09 2008
sarah
3 09 2008
Crap

OMG she is like a puppet . She speaks like a retarded person. Maybe she has the Down Syndrome? Baby, you won’t be in Washington , you will stay at home hunting the polar bear:)))))))))))))))

3 09 2008
Cynthia, TX

code pink women against the war I believe

3 09 2008
ReaderInMD

“servants heart”….dog whistle to the fundementalists

3 09 2008
Stacie B

Heading over to donate know, going to post it on other blogs as well!

3 09 2008
misskae

She accused Obama of not having real responsibilities as a community organizer – sets herself up as being responsible and trustworthy, and trashes him as being the opposite – ‘irresponsible’ and ‘untrustworthy’.

3 09 2008
LaughingAt...

ada- was moneghan explicity told to fire the x-BIL?

3 09 2008
VA Democrat

I’m afraid middle america will think she’s cute. It worked for Dan Quayle… I’m terrified! People don’t want someone smart (a Harvard Law degree is a negative for half of america) – they want someone they can have a beer with. Or a mooseburger.

3 09 2008
kevin

the groups shut up when she said “good old boys”.

3 09 2008
lib_maia

thanks re: code pink

3 09 2008
Sydney

Check this out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CrG8w4bb3kg

She just said ebay – so she must know what the googles are for.

3 09 2008
jamie

She sounds like the female police officer character from the move Fargo.

What a dumb hick, but I guess she’s got the dumb hick vote locked up. If they can find the polling place, figure out what day to vote on and read the ballot that is. Good luck with all of that.

3 09 2008
raingods

They thought they were being called to the trough most likely😛

3 09 2008
cmac

VA democrat….i agree. it’s scary, but I can see her being touted as “america’s sweetheart”……

I don’t want her in the white house no way

3 09 2008
Tammy

The Xcel Center is actually a hockey arena. MInnesota Wild play there. And I know when Obama had his speech there, they had over 18,000 inside. And quite a few more outside.

3 09 2008
watching

Her unscripted? speech in Dayton, Ohio, was much better than this.

3 09 2008
Deb

i just can’t watch it! makes me ill! now, we not only have a “good ole boys” party…they have finally let in the “good ole girls”!!!

3 09 2008
bwilder

Hey Mudflats,
Can you come down? We need you to set the record straight.

3 09 2008
ktaylor

My household is all saying “Really, honestly, I thought she’d be better.” Wow. McCain didn’t even bother to find out that she’s not a very compelling speaker.

3 09 2008
Sue

Is she really not doing well? I worry that I’m seeing what I want to see. REALITY CHECK, please?

3 09 2008
GiGi

So she is a pit bull with lipstick on “Holy &%$# !”
Now if only Obama had picked Hillary for VP..we could see a fair fight here.
Biden doesn’t have a chance, there is no way he can go after a woman like this, with out getting her sympathy, id there??

I can’t watch any listen anymore..just muted the sound.

3 09 2008
cmac

Oh no…..she is not going to bring up the bridge

3 09 2008
nauseated

OK, I just donated again too.

3 09 2008
kevin

ohh, she said “no thanks” to the bridge. good to know!

3 09 2008
ReaderInMD

not the damn bridge again….

3 09 2008
Liberrian

I can’t wait to see the first press conference … and the debate with Biden …

3 09 2008
Tammy

Omg!! She is still lying about the bridge to nowhere. Biden will eat her alive, just for a snack.

3 09 2008
kevin

ALASKA FIRST!

3 09 2008
Gerry

You MUST go to The Jed Report and see the new DNC ad entitled 90% Bush (click on box at header of page). The best ever

3 09 2008
nauseated

Didn’t I read that the jet never did sell on ebay beacuse it didn’t meet the reserve?

3 09 2008
Crap

She speaks about ethics? What a lame speech, even the dumb rednecks won’t vote for this couple of retarded chimps. The bridge …… LOL

3 09 2008
LaughingAt...

bad actor alert
uh-oh!

3 09 2008
Wondering_Lake

She needs to stop lying about her “opposition” to the “bridge to nowhere”.

She was FOR that project. The MSM has already called her on it. They’re gonna do it again the SECOND she stops talking.

Serves her right.

3 09 2008
bwilder

notice how the crowd likes it much better- yell and scream etc when her comments
are insults or rude?

still clapping for all the other lies, but they do love their red-meat

3 09 2008
lookingglass

Just donated!

She didn’t bring up the bridge again did she? Can Obama please make this a campaign add?

3 09 2008
Stacie B

On the bridge to no-where “We were gonna build it ourselves”…with federal funds of course!

3 09 2008
Bay City Roller

Isn’t Levi Johnston guilty of statutory rape?

Shouldn’t he be on the run, not in box seats at the RNC?

3 09 2008
Liberrian

I think she is doing OK … not spectacular … but OK. (I’m horrified by McCain’s pick, btw…) I think she’s giving some reporters great grist for the first press conference …

3 09 2008
Cynthia, TX

when the reporters start getting all in her alaska business in the next couple days she will hide!!! She has pissed the media off and they are not going to be too nice to her in the coming days!!! I can’t wait see them skin her alive!!!

3 09 2008
Gina

I agree with VA Democrat – cute and feisty is what they want. Hey – I played basketball in high school, took care of my widower husband’s kids and had some of my own – maybe I should run for office!

3 09 2008
Tammy

Nauseated I thought I read the same thing.

3 09 2008
Camie

Why is she using the same talking points from the last speech. THey already showed the facts that she does and actually lobbied for earmarks both when she was the mayor of Waisala and as Govenor. She also campaigend for the bridge to nowhere. I saw her with a t-shirt on advocating for it. What is going on!!!!!

3 09 2008
jamie

Oh, and that crap about the personal chef and driving herself to work better be 100 percent true. Actually there is a video on the web that shows the governor’s mansion in Juneau is within a couple blocks walking distance of the state “capitol” — actually little more than an office building.

She’s lying again about the bridge to nowhere. Yeah, you said “thanks but no thanks.” Not exactly.

3 09 2008
Laurie

I havent seen too much made of the protesters that have been outside the hall on and off since Monday night. The police and national guard used teargas last night.

3 09 2008
cmac

Oh weird. People aren’t clapping at points I thought they would……

3 09 2008
watching

She needs to pause between sentences/topics more often.

3 09 2008
sarah

can’t she just go hunting with dick “dead eye” cheney???

3 09 2008
VA Democrat

I’m cracking up – my husband just said he hopes America is more sexist than racist. I can’t stand it! I’m a lifelong feminist and I hope so too! Aarrggh!!

3 09 2008
T-Bone

Is it just me or does she seem a little bit uncomfortable?

3 09 2008
kate

Yep, just donated to Obama! I’m not even American yet (green card) but this is scaring the hell out of me!

Love this site-has kept me sane here in the ‘burbs for 6 days.

I can only watch so much. So obvious she didn’t write this and has been holed up practicing for days.

3 09 2008
Tammy

I donated and got the Obama rally sign.

3 09 2008
jamie

Why Camie? Because she and the republicans 1) don’t have anything else and 2) are stupid. Look at the hall. It’s barely half full.

3 09 2008
HamletsMill

I think Amy Poehler on SNL with a brunette wig can devastate her with that high nasal tone. Or maybe BOTH Amy Poehler AND Tina Fey in a ” the two Sarah’s” skit. The “Good Mommy Sarah” vs the “Mommy Dearest Sarah”. The duplicity on very issue.

“The Voice” is starting to wear on me now. The speech is on the level of a Mayoral Campaign. OMG. Does this woman have any idea what it is like out there in the world between nations? Does she know what is out there? She is trafficking in the currency of state government.

Not ideas of Universe and ideas of World Ages.

Does she know what is out there between the nations?

Does she understand the weapons of war?

3 09 2008
CRFLATS

Hey! Heating oil is 5 bucks in my Alaska town. She didn’t do anything to help us–our votes don’t count squat!

3 09 2008
Gina

She does seem to be faltering.

3 09 2008
Crap

Oil , oil, gas, gas, drill, drill, mercy, pipeline, terrorists, venzuela, more oil and gas. Do i hear POW ? yes drill, drill LOL

3 09 2008
NoCalGal

The RNC is all about fear tactics.. they are really playing the FEAR of terrorism card… as for the bridge, she said no to th ebridge, but kept the $$$.. how is that any different???

3 09 2008
Austin

Did she just acknowledge Georgia as a an ally?!?

The military that doesn’t even have night vision capabilities and soldiers that abandon their posts in the face of Putin’s cronies as an ALLY?!?

I’m appalled.

3 09 2008
Nels

Keep it up, keep it up, keep it up. You are fighting the good fight!!

3 09 2008
Let'sGetReal

Text your family & friends and see if they will go to Obama’s website now and make a donation. We need to send a strong message.

We also need to donate tomorrow when John MsShame makes his acceptance speech.

3 09 2008
Laurie

lol…you can sure tell someone else wrote the speech. I dont think the poor thing knows what she is saying.

3 09 2008
jamie

I do not even think she reads well. Everyone on the stage in the entire convention has been reading. She’s no Fred Thompson in the ‘promter reading department.

3 09 2008
Liberrian

the nasality is creeping back …

3 09 2008
watching

I dislike her the most when she talks against Obama.

3 09 2008
kevin

i like them showing her reading

3 09 2008
Austin

meant to say “an ally”

3 09 2008
Wondering_Lake

She sure can lie like a Republican, huh?

3 09 2008
Tammy

Obama in the state senate help pass the bill where police must tape interrogations.

3 09 2008
misskae

she just trashed Obama’s books, saying he authored two books but never a major bill.

3 09 2008
Reality Check

Sarah Palin is scary, she really is.

3 09 2008
vic

Love it. The Republicans are running against themselves. As an old New Yorker I understand that when the young turks want to unseat the old guard they call themselves reformers. Surprisingly weak speaker. The Hawaiian Governor was more dynamic. A little research will show why she was not considered.

Vic in NC

3 09 2008
fawnskin

i contributed to obama…yes , i did

3 09 2008
VA Democrat

I can’t believe how icky she’s being to obama, who has been SO CLASSY to her.

3 09 2008
kevin

what the hell was the parting the waters?

3 09 2008
watching

Wow. That was mean. That messiah cut ….

3 09 2008
Rene

Sounds like Marge from “Fargo”.

3 09 2008
misskae

Lies lies lies.

3 09 2008
VA Democrat

Michelle could take her.

3 09 2008
cmac

I can just see it – ….will she just wag her finger and scold at iran “now you guys stop it, you are being bad” in the mom voice?

3 09 2008
Austin

“Turning back the waters and healing the planet.” Please, I’d like to hear a real argument.

3 09 2008
Barb from Illinois

Anybody else thinking that nails on a blackboard would be better than this?

3 09 2008
Cynthia, TX

I am going to go and donate!!! I can’t handle this!! our country deserves better!!!

3 09 2008
Siege

Here is one of the little lies that England was talking about…it is little, but…I have been waiting for her to say this again. In her speech Friday, she said she joined the PTA, THEN ran for City Council, then Mayor, etc. (you can find the transcript on line- cannot remember where I got it). The clear implication was that this cute hockey mom was relatable because so many moms serve through the PTA. I was looking at her chronology, just curious about how old she was when she married, had kids, became mayor, for how long, etc. It turns out she became a Wasilla councilmember when her oldest two were about 1 and 2 years old…My point is just that usually you work in the PTA when your children enter school at five or so. It makes her bio much cuter if she starts with PTA, and she may have served in the PTA, but her political aspirations (they would say desire to serve) began when Track was 2 and Bristol was 1. When she became Mayor, Track would have been about 6 and Bristol about 5 and Willow was 1. Not sure how you have much time for the PTA when you are Mayor and have a 6, 5, and 1 year old but then again, as her husband said in People magazine interview, she is not “wired normal.”
Her speech is making me sick.

3 09 2008
Jessica

Does her voice remind anyone else of Marge Gunderson from the movie Fargo? Except more annoying and less entertaining.

3 09 2008
Wondering_Lake

SHE DID NOT SAY NO TO THAT BRIDGE!!!! Google it!

3 09 2008
Judy in Chicago

Up until now, the Obama campaign has not commented on her. I hope they chew her up and spit her out.

3 09 2008
Enjay

I do believe they’ve been telling “mis-statements” again.

3 09 2008
nauseated

She has the nerve to insult Obama for writing 2 books!? How many politicians actually write their own books? How many even write their own speeches? And it shows in the delivery.

3 09 2008
VA Democrat

You know what – you can be in the PTA by paying your $25 annual dues. She wasn’t president of the PTA, was she? I’m really active in my PTA (hey – I’ll run for VP, I guess), but you can be in it and not do anything at all.

3 09 2008
jamie

Where is EYE-rack?

3 09 2008
Gina

Whew! I donated. I feel better.

3 09 2008
Krissy Poopyhands

Why should we be concerned about people being read their rights? Just shoot ’em all and let God sort ’em out, right?

Also, anyone who has a high-needs child has an advocate in Washington, unless you’re uninsured. Then you and your kids are completely screwed. Wish you were me!

VOTE RED!

The single good line so far is the ebay line. She’d totally lead her high school debate team.

3 09 2008
wvfurandroot

I can’t believe the reading them their rights statement. I just can’t.

3 09 2008
Camie

That is why I am scared because people will fall for this. I remember when Bush got elected. It was the same thing. People will be engaged by her, especially the lines that she dropped.
And what isn’t fair is that if Obama says anything rebutting this, it will be sexists and they are beating up on her, etc…
I want to give the american people more credit but I just don’t know. 8 years of Bush will do that to you.

3 09 2008
Enjay

Grrrr McShame has had over 20 yrs in the Senate – and what has he done???

3 09 2008
Reality Check

She is all flash, no substance. She will get torn apart in the next few weeks, when she actually has to answer difficult questions and defend her lies.

3 09 2008
T-Bone

Or she is priceless!

3 09 2008
bwilder

10:49PM
She’s skipping over that stuff about supporting and campaigning on the Bridge to Nowhere.

10:50PM
She’s also skipping the stuff about how her administration is responsible for more earmarks than any other state. But why should that matter for a party that still insists, “We don’t torture,” and, “The WMDs are in the area around Tikrit and Baghdad and east, west, south and north.”

3 09 2008
misskae

re. the books – She said they didn’t matter because he was talking about himself in them – and he never authored what would really matter, that is a major bill.

3 09 2008
Tammy

I thought they got rid of the death tax? I guess she didn’t do her research for Minnesota. There was a case where, even though the guy had a will, the state came in and took the property. And a republican is in charge in MInnesota.

3 09 2008
CRFLATS

Donated AGAIN. Obama/Biden!!!!

3 09 2008
sherry

So much lying. Watching her I just donated to Obama during the speech.

3 09 2008
Haley

She has literally made me sick to my stomach….for real.
I had to turn it of

3 09 2008
Plwalsh

She has certainly picked up speed now.

It is the usual nasty, sneering right-wing line though. Wonder how this will play outside the hall.

3 09 2008
Sydney

To the usual American out there they will love her. I can understand that – she’s charismatic enough and it does scare me because I know how ridiculous voters are in this country. I’m watching the Daily Show now. I need the humor.

3 09 2008
AJ in Florida

I just went online and donated to Obama/Biden ticket as well. The RNC is sickening.

3 09 2008
cmac

Does this lady realize, that by insulting Obama, she is insulting over 50% of the population who are supporting him?

3 09 2008
fredrik

This speech sucks! Isn’t McCain a politician?

3 09 2008
bwilder

Reality Check (19:00:27) :

She is all flash, no substance. She will get torn apart in the next few weeks, when she actually has to answer difficult questions and defend her lies.

Yes, without the telepromtpers or speech writers.

3 09 2008
VA Democrat

She won’t get ripped apart fast enough for us. It will happen slowly, as she’s exposed to unscripted interviews (if they let her out). It will be an excruciating next few weeks.

3 09 2008
3 09 2008
watching

This is realllly boring.

3 09 2008
Palmdale, CA

Does anyone have an idea of what’s on HER lapel pin? It’s certainly not the requisite American flag, nor is it the Alaska flag.

I wasn’t impressed with her before, and I’m less so now. She comes off like a catty teenager.

3 09 2008
BJA

Oh my gawd. Alaskans have been living with this for 20 months. No wonder they want her to run. They want her GONE.

3 09 2008
Camie

But I will say that whoever wrote that speech, wrote a great speech with lots of digs at Obama. He has about 1 million knives in his back right now. I really hope that he comes back with something. This was sooo much nastier than Obama and the Republicans.

And does she know that more than 1/2 of the people in that room didn’t vote for McCain and did not want him as the nominee and ONLY got on board because of Palin being a right wing conservative. If he had picked Lieberman like he wanted to, they would have totally disowned the party.

3 09 2008
T-Bone

I bet she doesn’t know not one of these people that she is talking about.

3 09 2008
Plwalsh

Oh, that is the other thing I realized today. She can’t give a press conference but neither can McCain. She will be asked about all the lies; he will be asked if he knew all this stuff before he chose her.

3 09 2008
nauseated

Cindy McCain had the gall to claim she was offended by Obama’s speech last week. This speech is almost childish with it’s insults which are coming one after another.

3 09 2008
jamie

I head my own department, manage a budget, hire and fire (though not as freely as Ms. Sarah), and create strategic policy. Does this mean I have “executive experience?” Goody. I wanna be vice president too. I’ve even been to more countries than Sarah and I already have a passport. Oh, except I don’t have a pregnant kid. Oh well. I’ll work on that.

3 09 2008
Fighting Words

Re Code Pink,

I live in Berkeley and work in SF. I am at work right now, and did not have the opportunity to watch Governor Palin’s speech. However, I will bet money that the Code Pink person escorted out is Medea Benjamin. A former Green Party candidate for Vice President or something.

Hey, I am as liberal as they come, but I would stay away from the Code Pink people. Their hearts are in the right place, but they cause more problems than solutions.

3 09 2008
Jan Arnold

Considering the enormous contract Iraq made with China this past week to sell China their oil, I do not think we did “win” the Iraq war. I think China was the winner (along with Haliburton and a few other corporations). God, I really hate the Republican mentality. AUGHHHHHHH I can’t stand it!

3 09 2008
Krissy Poopyhands

cmac, yeah, the thing is they don’t care about the folks who are already supporting Obama. They want folks who aren’t sure. They want good sound bytes. All style, no substance. Please, god, let most people see it for what it is. She is saying nothing, loudly.

3 09 2008
Dish it

Why is Peggy Hill speaking at the RNC?

3 09 2008
Judy in Chicago

She sounded flat when she was reading about things she was clueless about, Argentina, EYE rack……. She is fine slamming people, What about HER ACCOMPISHES.

3 09 2008
misskae

Now she’s playing the veteran card

3 09 2008
mike obama

Husband is a world champion snowmachine racer??????? Funny ive been around “snowmachines” 40 years and never heard of this stiff.. How about Jaques villeneuve, Brad Hulings, The Decker boys, John Wicht III, Chad Gueco (fellow alaskan), somehow a 20 day ride in the woods in a drunken stupor does not constitute a world champion. Why doesnt he bring his “package” to the Soo 500????????? He would need his “package” rebuilt after a saturday around that place. Oh by the way Wicht won it 4 times alone with no backup driver………………….

3 09 2008
cmac

Palmdale, CA: yes, catty teenager indeed.

Nowhere near the powerhouse they needed her to be.

3 09 2008
Crap

They don’t look very enthusiastic the republicans. There are a lot of sad figures in the crowd . They already know that they lost?

3 09 2008
Mil

Hey look! Palin got hairstyle tips from Amy Winehouse!

3 09 2008
Proud2BUSA

I’m 48, and I vividly remember the VietNam War. . . it was horrific as it touched every family and we just could not extricate ourselves, and Nixon/Kissinger could not negotiate us out. No one ever mentions that we LOST that war; beautiful lives were lost for naught. No one mentions that Senator McCain has voted AGAINST HIS VERY OWN VETERANS and the VHA. That’s nothing short of shameful. I’m old enough to remember, and we still have them, the homeless veterans who cannot just get that one lucky chance. Sure haven’t seen them walking around that elitist floor. A couple of observations:

– Did Sarah actually say that women can “…walk through any door…” yet we can’t control our own bodies and make personal decisions like abortion?
– Did Sarah actually say that “…our guns and freedoms….” Guys, “gun toting and pro-life” cannot go in the same sentence. These people are crazy.
– That “Bridge to Nowhere – No Thanks” thing is going to come back to haunt her. Either Shut Up or admit that you supported it until you decided you needed more money.
– the tax increases that the Obama Camp is recommending are more for the wealthy and yes, companies, to help carry the load. She needs to read her facts as this was a very important point to me. Obama’s proposal is to REDUCE the tax load on the middle and lower class.
– I respect McCain’s service and that he was a POW. . . but they keep bringing this up and up and up and up and up. Enough already – what has he done the other 50 years of his life?

This is a hate-filled, arrogant group of white people (and I’m Caucasian!) who are divisive, judgmental and elitist. I am disappointed, as I keep trying to keep an open mind but they obviously believe they are the only way. I’m here for the American People – I want to maintain and preserve Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Choice, and Separation between Church and State. I’m personally scared of these people – they are reminding me of the speeches coming from Hitler’s Germany in the 1930’s. This is not what our Founding Fathers imagined.

3 09 2008
Tammy

Fighting Words, what is Code Pink exactly? I try to read on the different groups but I don’t think I have read anything on them.

3 09 2008
Plwalsh

This seems to be the Sarah Baracuda side. I’ve seen her be much, much more charming that this Nurse Ratchet mode.

You can really see her firing all those people back in Wasilla.

3 09 2008
Liberrian

“catty teenager” comment is right on. What a great contrast, to reflect back on the Dem convention.

3 09 2008
bwilder

What? McCain was a POW?

3 09 2008
T-Bone

What do you call a girl(s) that hypes of the crowd, but does really know what is going on on the field? A cheerleader….Oh wait, bad analogy, they ususally sleep witht the football team.

3 09 2008
shstl

WHEE! We’re so giddy that we can’t remember we’ve supported a draft dodger for 8 years!

3 09 2008
kate

she’s not as good now…losing it a bit.

3 09 2008
cjones

for someone so new to the game, with such little experience, and in the middle of so many gates…they sure have made her combative. i’m speechless.

and here we go again…yes we know he is a pow.

3 09 2008
Plwalsh

Tammy:

Code Pink is a protest group of left-wing women who go around and do political theatre at hearings. They are really funny.

3 09 2008
bwilder

Tammy (19:04:56) :

Fighting Words, what is Code Pink exactly? I try to read on the different groups but I don’t think I have read anything on them.

http://www.codepink4peace.org/

3 09 2008
Judy in Chicago

Lets see how many times she says OHIO. THEY really need OHIO accoring to cnn

3 09 2008
CRFLATS

We know now what she has been doing the past couple of days–she has had her hair re-dyed–lost the over-streaked Wasilla girl look. Wearing a new “do”, they got rid of the be-hive.

Somewhere I heard she is “Phyllis Shafly, only better packaged”.

The packaging begins….

Meanwhile, this is the longest speech of her life, and she is beginning to wane….Sarah, flash in the pan, has outlived her 15 minutes….

3 09 2008
Sphinx

No she didn’t!!! Bashing her “opponent’s” experience. Unbelieveable. I guess she’s playing the attack dog role. We’ll see how she does in a knife fight with Biden.

3 09 2008
Sue

Imagine, for one second, that we are listening to the POTUS…..really.

3 09 2008
T-Bone

She is leaving a bad taste in my mouth….this convention is too ugly…. the Dems had better heed, and come right back at ’em!

3 09 2008
fredrik

What did McCain actually do in Vietnam? Was he a POW?

3 09 2008
misskae

new eyeglasses too.

3 09 2008
independent woman

You know as a Marine during Reagan and Clinton administrations if I didn’t worked a second job I would’ve never been able to save a dime and buy my own home. We got retroactive raises when Clinton came in because Reagan had us starving. Most Marines that had a family had to work two jobs as well as count on their spouses income to get by. While serving this great country. Where is her military experience?

OMG she is out and out LYING! OMG I can’t take it.

Have you noticed that she sneers and has this self-righteous air about her. I promised I would listen with an air of objectivity but she just makes me wanna take a big crap. These words don’t seem like her and it so diingenuous that I need to stop so I can puke… brb.

I can’t wait for the Democratic rebuttal. It is all about her ataacking the Dems and McCain applause lines. But have you noticed that many people are lackluster in their response. They are beating this POW thing to death. I am doing a dry run of my first Anti-Palin ad in Flash right now. I can’t wait til it’s done.

Anybody have any ad ideas please contact me @ notopalin@yahoo.com.

3 09 2008
ReaderInMD

Imagine her in the house, giving the state of the union….

3 09 2008
BJA

She doesn’t ever mention that she was 8 years old when the other vp candidate starting writing legislation for this country. Wonder why.

3 09 2008
Plwalsh

This will not play at all with Hillary supporters. I would guess not with women either but I am not one so I don’t know.

This is really a right-winger ringer-dinger.

Gag. Can you imagine her giving the State of the Union address?

3 09 2008
Crap

Yes!!! McShame was a POW, i knew it!!! Did you?

3 09 2008
misskae

I’m totally ill

3 09 2008
HamletsMill

I just got it. It just came to me. Her voice and the substance of her speech is like an endless taunt speech of a wrestler on the WWF. And then the promoters increased the playback speed to make it sound higher in a teenage girls voice register range before those hormones settle down. Another three notches up and she would sound like “Alvina” of “Alvina and the Chipmunks”.

Amy Poehler and Tina Fey will need method actor counseling if they have to do a recurring skit for the next 60 days.

3 09 2008
Corie

I have a feeling that after this we’re going to see more brave Republicans speaking their minds on this travesty. We already had Meg Whitman say that the coverage has NOT been sexist and Peggy Noonan saying she’s not experienced.

3 09 2008
Liberrian

Yeah, whatever… she’s done.

3 09 2008
cmac

“join our cause, and buy a cupcake”

weak sauce, lady
I feel a lot better now

3 09 2008
VA Democrat

So Obama is being criticized for being a good speaker? Isn’t the President SUPPOSED to be a good speaker???

3 09 2008
misskae

did she really just bow her head and pray?

3 09 2008
Leesaann

SARAH PALIN FOR WASILLA PTA PRESIDENT!!!

What? she is running for VP of the U.S.???

Uh oh…not this “Oh I feel like could have a beer (or in this case a coke) with her” stuff again…

No substance whatsoever….

Yikes!!

3 09 2008
BJA

ReaderInMD (19:07:58) :
Imagine her in the house, giving the state of the union….

Or in dealing with the Security Council. Or the UN.

3 09 2008
vic

Mc Cain’s cell seems to get smaller with each retelling. I am beginning to doubt the story that his suffering exceeded that of his fellow POWs.

Vi in NC

3 09 2008
Austin

THANK GOD! IT’S OVER!

now time for bed. “Dear Lord, please protect us from Sarah Palin….”

3 09 2008
Andy

Wow. Sarah Palin is a nasty, nasty person.

3 09 2008
watching

Terrible speech. She needs to get off the ticket.

3 09 2008
Let'sGetReal

Biden shouldn’t be intimidated because she is a female! She entered this race, so…she is fair game. Only the women that will feel sorry for her, are the women who already support her. What did Bill Clinto say, “If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.”

I refuse to watch this woman, she is not a lady in my view!

Biden need to rip her a new one!

3 09 2008
ReaderInMD

oh they’re bringing out the fam..

3 09 2008
independent woman

I give her a C-. I am biased?

3 09 2008
kimbers

I have never sworn outloud this much in my entire 53 years.

My sister just emailed me and suggested that we all start pooling our money now, so that in the event she does find her way to the WH, we can buy Air Force One when she puts that on eBay.

3 09 2008
Bay City Roller

double yawn

3 09 2008
ReaderInMD

holding that little down baby loaf. Idiots are going to soak this up…

3 09 2008
SD Surfchick

I’m old enough to remember how we thought Ronald Reagan, a has-been B movie actor, could never be elected U.S.President. Then there was Bush, who wasn’t even really a Texan, pretending to be one, and not much else. What terrifies me is that this woman doesn’t know how unprepared, how absurdly undereducated and inexperienced she is. Bush knows how dumb he is and doesn’t give a damn. But this chick thinks she’s the greatest thing to happen to John McCain, Alaska, and EyeRaq. Accepting the nomination proves her lack of intelligence and understanding.

3 09 2008
in a valley further south

she’s got the gift

very very impressive public speaking skills

not very good at paying attention but

great at public speaking.

3 09 2008
Leesaann

Parading the baby daddy….

for shame!!!

3 09 2008
DS

@ Mil: ROFL! Amy Winehouse hairdo!

3 09 2008
watching

I think Levi is chewing gum

3 09 2008
Haley

As on ” Just for laughs ” or ” Juste pour rire ” if you live in Montreal,
the little green ugly guy cartoon is running across the stage
whining ” Mommy….its over ! “

3 09 2008
Plwalsh

Well, I must say it doesn’t make her seem very likeable. Nasty, nasty speech. And about as partisan as you can get.

3 09 2008
ReaderInMD

baby daddy is up there…. Jeez, when you think what his life was a week ago!

3 09 2008
cjones

so did we hear anything about issues or she just spend the whole time bashing obama?

3 09 2008
T-Bone

John McCain just couldn’t do it. It had to (at least he knows how to follow the lead)!

3 09 2008
LaughingAt...

they have no chemistry at all

3 09 2008
cmac

McCain: “i’m comong out to remind you it is ME that you are voting for……not her……”

damage control

3 09 2008
CRFLATS

OMG. This is Dr. Strangelove on acid.

3 09 2008
DPN

Hey, if she goes to the WH, can I come to Alaska?

3 09 2008
Camie

They are such bitters. Now McCain is on stage just like Obama did. Can they even pretend to be original??????

I will say, she is not backing down and she gave a good performance. Right wing radio and talk show host are going to have a field day praising her tomorrow. Trust Me!!!!

Please, please let Obama comeback strong with the facts. This has to be about the facts and the issues.

3 09 2008
watching

Surfchick: Your comment is right on target …

3 09 2008
independent woman

OMG John McCain reminds me of Ed Sullivan. Look at his stiff neck.

3 09 2008
rachelbirds

I had to wash the
dishes so I could slam things —
gag me with a spoon.

http://www.thehaikudiaries.wordpress.com

3 09 2008
Songbird

Is Levi chewing gum?

3 09 2008
shstl

Really? Great at public speaking? I’ve seen local politicians give a better speech than that.

3 09 2008
Liberrian

Does anybody else think left side of McCain’s face (his left) looks swollen ???

3 09 2008
HamletsMill

Thank God it is over. I survived.

3 09 2008
Jessica

You guys have inspired me — I just donated to Obama/Biden!

3 09 2008
raingods

Wait, Mccain was a POW? How come no one said so before now?

3 09 2008
nauseated

Proud2BUSA, I’ve got 10 years on you so I certainly remember Viet Nam. I’m also a white woman and mother and I agree with everything you said. I’m truly terrified of this group. They have now managed to swing further right than Bush and are headed toward their goal of a theocracy. Heaven help us all.

3 09 2008
Krissy Poopyhands

Well I’m just horrified.

3 09 2008
fredrik

I’m just worried that Biden’s going to cut her into pieces and land her the sympathy vote.

3 09 2008
A.P.

I just saw a brown face in the crowd!

3 09 2008
cmac

OMG noone is clapping any more. I feel bad for them standing out there.

3 09 2008
Liberrian

Cluelessly wandering around the stage … lol

3 09 2008
watching

McCain seems so old and dottering.

3 09 2008
Stacie B

Be sure and parade your kids around…it reminds us all how bad of a mother you really are!

3 09 2008
Plwalsh

Yeah, she is going to be big time on rightwing radio.

She won’t get quite so much sympathy when the next wave of scandal breaks, though.

3 09 2008
White Agate

Same old GOP script, can’t believe people get so rabid about social issues while bad policies and the ‘starve the beasters’ bring the backbone of this country, the middle class, to the brink!

3 09 2008
Crap

She is exposing her family like a trophy, that poor baby should be in bed not on tv. They make me sick , and they dare attack the democrats and the press because they show interest in her family.

3 09 2008
Tammy

Liberrian I always thought that and the way he holds one of his arms could be from the injuries he suffered while being a POW.

3 09 2008
Sphinx

On MSNBC, Olbermann just said that she clearly knows how to give a good speech. WHAT?

Does anyone else feel creeped out when McCain smiles?

3 09 2008
raingods

I feel so dirty after watching that-I need to take a shower.

3 09 2008
watching

David Brooks is on acid. He says “she surpassed expectations” and was “pretty wonky on Iran.” Also said she criticized Obama in a cheery way.

3 09 2008
J T

I don’t like Palin’s politics, yet she is a much better speaker than our current President.

3 09 2008
DoOver

I just donated to Obama….

3 09 2008
Groundhogday

I can’t believe that McCain’s camp decided to unveil her as a snarling, sneering attack dog. The ONE thing she had going for her was a potential Likability, the hockey mom thing. No one except the reddest of red staters is going to find this attractive.

3 09 2008
Krissy Poopyhands

Also, McCain was a POW! How come nobody told me??

3 09 2008
ReaderInMD

Commentators I’m listening to are panning her…

3 09 2008
Debbie

Well double Yuk! Did any body count how many times she lied? I missed part of it but I heard at least two. I see where they are going with this they are after rural voters. They think we are stupid enough to fall for it, got news for them they are WRONG🙂 .

3 09 2008
Plwalsh

They are saying she gave the most macho speech of the evening on CNN. I’d say they were right about that.

3 09 2008
akmuckraker

Phew. We made it.

3 09 2008
fredrik

A black guy on stage!

3 09 2008
AJ in Florida

It is terrifying to think that they actually might make it to the whitehouse. She seemed so cutthroat and nasty, no substance at all, but people will fall for it. Scary thought.

3 09 2008
Enjay

Made my Obama/Biden donation – No Way No How No McCain

3 09 2008
Plwalsh

ReaderINMD: who are you listening to? She is getting raves on CNN.

3 09 2008
raingods

Perhaps mcCain can borrow her balls for his speech tomorrow.

3 09 2008
Sydney

I bet Levi is loving this – all the attention, fame, etc. etc.

Well, Daily Show is ripping all of them a new one, though they’re a day before the speech tonight. Tomorrow they should be really ripping them up. Look for this tomorrow – videos are usually posted on the Daily Show the next day.

3 09 2008
Sydney

The repubs sure have the worst taste in music. Not that all country is bad but yipes!

3 09 2008
HamletsMill

Plwalsh (19:11:16) :

Well, I must say it doesn’t make her seem very likeable. Nasty, nasty speech. And about as partisan as you can get.
———————————————–

Yep. Her mind is limited.

She has no conception of the world.

An extremely petty speech.

It will play amid the Kool Aid drinkers and right wing talk radio. She did not fall off the stage. But the spin will fade very fast. She does not have the chops. She doesn’t.

I survived. I am grateful to the Universe.

3 09 2008
ADAMS OFF OX

John Stewart has taken the gloves off. The war is on.

As the GOP self destructed.

3 09 2008
Plwalsh

I really couldn’t believe she brought up the “Bridge to Nowhere” lie again. She is obviously shameless.

One of the first things I heard about her was that she could look you right in the eye and tell you black was white.

3 09 2008
prettybrown

why is the media kissing her butt. I dont get it.

3 09 2008
akmuckraker

watching,
Of course they’re saying she’s “wonky on Iran”. She didn’t write the speech!

3 09 2008
marti

I think you guys are right – she looked sedated, and she was condescending, this woman is a sham and the approval rating in alaska – is WAY overstated.

3 09 2008
watching

She’s poised, calm cool, collected … Another commentator’s thoughts …

Yuck!

3 09 2008
fredrik

Good night, Time to get some sleep! The music really sucks by the way.

3 09 2008
Deb from Seattle

Kinda of thinking that she reminds me of Peggy on King of the Hill. Yikes!

3 09 2008
cmac

ok I donated. again.

3 09 2008
J T

I love country music….but this is making me hate it :-(((

3 09 2008
Plwalsh

What is Stewart saying?

3 09 2008
Intrigued

Yes, isn’t that INTERESTING — suddenly, Sarah and Todd are INTERESTED in “their own” infant!!!

SOMEBODY has been reading the comments on the Internet.

3 09 2008
halcrow

Thank you, AKM and your fellow Americans, for showing the world that there is reality; it’s just mighty scarce at the RNC.

I can hardly wait to wake up in the morning and see the “victory in Iraq”.

3 09 2008
Krissy Poopyhands

Good lord this reminds me of 2000. Bush looked like a wooden monkey on crack. “Strategery!”

I was absolutely sure he was too nutsowacko to win.

He won. Twice.

This is so reminiscent of that it makes my skin crawl.

3 09 2008
Camie

She represents all of america!!!! What!!!!!! SHe doesn’t represent me!!!!!

3 09 2008
Let'sGetReal

I can’t believe KO would say that! Of course I couldn’t stomach to watch the speech, so I will just have take everyone’s word here.

3 09 2008
Gina

Good night, and good luck.

3 09 2008
Plwalsh

God, Peggy Hill is SO much nicer than the Barracuda. She reminds me of Lily Tomlin playing Ernestine.

3 09 2008
callatelavaca

Okay. I’m cracking up. My roommate is a Republican. Sooner or later, she’s going to ask what’s so funny, and I’m going to have to tell her… something.

But I completely agree with everything in this post. And I did know John McCain was a P.O.W.!

3 09 2008
Debbie

I feel so dirty after watching that-I need to take a shower.

No kidding. I’ve been at work all day but my niece in law called me this afternoon to tell me the my nephew who is in the navy went to work yesterday and didn’t come back they were informed this morning that his ship had been deployed, no warning not normal in fact unheard of. I wonder if while we are all distracted by Sleazy Sara our war monger and chief is off attcaking someone else.

3 09 2008
sosad

I now believe in reincarnation ,, Hitlers back as a woman

3 09 2008
Micheal

I have to first say that it’s refreshing to see a site like this that doesn’t sound like it’s written by someone on the far right or the far left. As an Independent who will be voting for Barack Obama, I was curious about Palin and it’s pretty scary some of the stuff that has come out.

I do have a question for the bloggers. She said that she will be an advocate for special needs when she gets to the White House. Has she ever been an advocate as Mayor or as Governor?

3 09 2008
Sydney

Wolf Blitzer claims, “a star is born…”

Jon Stewart is interviewing Newt Gringrich…

3 09 2008
Tammy

Why are they asking the conservative delegates about her speech? Why not go out into the streets of St. Paul and ask the people what they really thought of her speech?

3 09 2008
Baroness of Zen

How very convenient that there “wasn’t enough time” to roll the bio video. Not one person tonight can tell me specifically what McCain nor SP has “reformed” or done for that matter.

3 09 2008
All I Saw

She signed a nice little law about the Gasline – but as far as I know nothing – not one single aspect – has been put out to bid – let alone started construction on.

I hope Obama doesn’t treat us like a redheaded stepchild when he gets office because her mouth just overran her ass.

3 09 2008
Tammy

Michael she did cut the special education budget in her state by 62% I believe.

3 09 2008
drchill

The party of Change… (Who knew?)
but can they Change the -they’ll raise your taxes line?

3 09 2008
raingods

Well she cut funding for special needs students by 62% so I’d say no.

3 09 2008
Austin

I’m with DPN. She’s makes it to Washington I’m moving to Alaska and joining the AIP so we can secede from her.

3 09 2008
Barb from Illinois

If Alaska leaves the USA, and the McShame/Palin ticket wins, the population of Alaska will go up by 15 million!

3 09 2008
Camie

I agree because when she was first introduced, she never held that baby once!!! Willow held the baby the entire time.
Do you guys thinks she will hold up as more things dribble out about her?
I love that she is very qualified to be VP because she is an american woman.

3 09 2008
halcrow

CNN

From CNN Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider

ST. PAUL (CNN) – This speech is about mockery – and I wonder whether that’s appealing to voters. I really think this tone is going to turn a lot of voters off – it’s ugly, it’s bitter, it’s nasty. There is a bullying tone to this speech, and to Romney’s speech, and I just don’t think it works.

3 09 2008
akmuckraker

They keep quoting the 80% approval rating. The latest was 67% after Troopergate started breaking.

And they keep saying she took out the legend and icon Frank Murkowski to win the governor’s election. He was despised. An easy take down for any other Republican. He lost his primary with 19%. It wasn’t her…it was the “Anyone But Murkowski” vote.

3 09 2008
Palmdale, CA

Count me in as having donated again to Obama.

This spectacle makes me ashamed of my country. We CAN do better. We MUST do better. No more. No way. No McCain. And definitely NO PALIN!

The thought of her possibly being in the Oval Office is absolutely terrifying. I don’t care if McCain’s mom is 97; his father died relatively young and he wasn’t tortured.

Hockey mom = pit bull with lipstick. Arrrrrrgh!

3 09 2008
Carol

I just tuned in here–first went to HuffPo. ABC’s reporting McCain’s threatening to sue to National Enquirer. They’re reporting Gov. Palin had affair w/ husband’s business partner. Does this ever stop?

3 09 2008
sosad

I herd she has a detachable penis ,, there passing it around right now ..

3 09 2008
Camie

I agree. I am an Independent and wasn’t voting for anyone, but after tonight, I am sooo going for Obama. This woman cannot become our next vice president or maybe president.

3 09 2008
prettybrown

Go CNN someone is finally speaking truth. I though they were all being paid off for a moment there

3 09 2008
SD Surfchick

I tuned in late (out of fear) and the video stream I was watching seemed to show them on the stage long after the applause had stopped, like they didn’t know what to do. McCain looked just kind of fed-up when he exited, like it was past his bedtime. Is that just white Republican lack of energy/steam/emotion? Or did the cheering really peter out? Did she do the little flirty pause thing that the letter-writer-lady said she would? (But yes, I did see Levi chewing gum. These are by God natural wilderness people who do what they feel like whenever they feel like it!)

3 09 2008
Sydney

Stewart just brought up the point – Palin is against abortion but then said that Palin asked to respect her daughter’s decision to keep the child – yet, Palin doesn’t want other families to be able to make a choice for themselves by taking that issue of choice away. What if her daughter wanted to abort the baby? What would they have done? Forced her to have the child?

3 09 2008
nauseated

I have to mute it when Mr 9/11 comes on. I just want to cry. It’s all so awful. I’ll be curious to see what the polls indicate.

3 09 2008
Plwalsh

I expected her to be much more appealing. She is nastier than Ann Coulter. I wonder how this will play outside the party.

3 09 2008
Smitty

The gloves are off. The corp media will without doubt declare it a victory that she lied her way through the acceptance speech.

What can we do to lift the veil? Constant pressure on the corp media about her ethics, defunding special ed kids in AK, lobbying for the “bridge to nowhere”, leaving Wasilla with a deficit and a costly arena etc etc etc.

Mediamatters.org has the email addresses and names of all the media so it is time to start emailing folks. This ain’t going to be pretty and we can’t sit on our hands.

3 09 2008
Teresa

Did anyone else notice how Cindy McCain was wearing her hair down like a teenager, as she held SP’s 6 month old? All part of the staging so SP could wear hers down too … less of the school marmy look. Oh how I hate hate hate this hateful marketing. Yuck.

3 09 2008
Plwalsh

Oh, that is another thing I heard to day: this is back to the culture wars.

3 09 2008
CRFLATS

At $6/ga. gas, $5 heating oil where I live in Alaska, I can’t afford a lot of things this long, long dark winter, but I’ll be damned if I won’t invest in Obama/Biden.

Just dipped into the kid’s PFD, and made another donation.

3 09 2008
LaughingAt...

hey small town america-
is she a spokesman for you?
cnn p.u.

3 09 2008
Susan

Well. She did well on the speech they wrote. She does have confidence I will give her that.

Like someone else here said earlier, I do worry that there are people that are easily swayed and dismiss facts and rational thinking. People that don’t place a lot of importance on exceptional intelligence and deliberate decisions. You know, prefer the more “no thought, shoot from the hip…let’s going kick their ass!” Strategy? We don’t need no strategy! We’re sheep and won’t question anything the government says!

It is scary I must admit. Let’s see how it plays out.

3 09 2008
Regi

I grew up white in a predominanty black area. Knocking and mocking a “community organizer” is ugly stuff. Community organizers are the people that “made it” and came back but couldn’t get traditionally “white” positions. It’s a very proud position in a minority community and super ugly to downplay it as a joke. People really need to read up on some of this stuff before they run with it. Obama worked with some rough types, sure, but for the better of the people, not his pocket.

3 09 2008
Laurie

As a woman…I am pleading with Joe Biden to debate with Palin in exactly the same fashion as he would with a Mitt, Joe or Tim. She got into this…she loves it….she thinks she knows what she is doing…..she deserves to be held to the same standard. If Biden goes easy on her….THAT would be sexism.

3 09 2008
Crap

Bomb, Bomb, Bomb Iran!!! I’m kidding, but those chimps are capable to do it just to stay in charge! Did you know McLame was a POW?

3 09 2008
bwilder

10:54PM
Now she’s lying about Senator Obama’s Senate record. She says he hasn’t introduced a single piece of important legislation. Oh well, I guess she’s right– oh wait! Look! Headline: “Lugar-Obama Bill to Keep Weapons Out of Terrorists’ Hands Passes Congress.” In his first two years in the Senate, from 2004 to 2006, Senator Obama authored more than 150 bills. Here’s more:

Introduced a bill (S.1194) directing the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to establish guidelines for tracking spent fuel rods.
Introduced a bill (S.1426) extending provisions in the Safe Drinking Water Act that relate to preventing and detecting contamination.

Introduced a bill (S.1920) amending the Clean Air Act to establish a renewable diesel standard.

Introduced a bill (S.3988) improving benefits and services for members of the armed forces and veterans.

3 09 2008
Susan

One more thing…why do you think she thinks she can get away the lie about the “Bridge to Nowhere?” That’s not too bright is it?

3 09 2008
Eeecee

Gum. How CLASSY. I was waiting for McCain to hold out his hand and say, “Spit it out right here, son.”
But wait, who was that guy? I swear he wasn’t introduced, just the candidate’s kids. (Maybe I missed it.)

3 09 2008
Deb from Seattle

Okay. I read some the comments. They are good! Palin did not mention that those people that benefitted from Obama’s community organizing are the very people who were supposed to benefit from the the famous NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND, but were not funded by the Republicans. I guess she is in line with the cuts to education — special ed for example, for the poor and the people who need it the most. When she has lived with a raised her Down syndrome son for about 30 years like I have, then I will think she has something to say about “family” values. The sarcasm was very unpresidential and not attractive at all.

3 09 2008
short term memory

ummm….how is it America has forgotten or never put together that Rudy Guiliani placed NYC’s emergency command station IN the twin towers which had already been a terrorist target, and refused after much pleading to improve firemens radios so they could communicate with police and get out of the towers??? That under Rudy G people were ordered back to their desks because the towers were safe? He should be ashamed and embarrassed by his performance. I cannot believe he even utters the word.
Ripshit in NYC

3 09 2008
sarah

if after that you need a good laugh… governor sarah palin vlog #1

3 09 2008
Sydney

McSame was a POW? Wow. I had no idea. That meant he didn’t have a chair, right?

Seriously, though, being a POW is pretty horrendous and I do admire him for his service to this country. But that doesn’t make him a good leader, if anything, I would think it would make someone insane…

She did get a good dig in on Obama’s stage setup. I did think that was over the top. But… he filled an 80,000 seat stadium. The repubs had a hockey arena and some of it looked pretty empty.

Still… I’m nervous…

3 09 2008
drchill

RE: her/their -fibs… One might say that she hope in audacity … : )

3 09 2008
Judy in Chicago

I want to see an ad campaign with some of the people he helped as a community organizer. She slammed it, and that is just rude.

3 09 2008
jamie

I’m back. I was away making an online donation at the Obama website. Had not planned to, since I figured he had enough money but this fired me up.

Based on the enthusiasm of the CNN folks, the speech seems to have played better in the hall than on TV.

3 09 2008
A.P.

Bristol Palin doesn’t look pregnant. More like a post delivery look.

3 09 2008
cjones

I want to know what her husband really does for BP. She keeps saying he works in production but I’ve also heard he’s an executive.

3 09 2008
Corie

I hope Obama hits back on this culture wars angle. Obama’s campaign is all about coming together to solve our problems, and now McCain’s is all about pitting us against each other.

3 09 2008
kimbers

Interesting final comment from Andrew Sullivan:

One Very Off Moment
03 Sep 2008 11:20 pm

The one moment that stays with me tonight, oddly enough, was not Palin’s speech. It was a line from Giuliani, a New York mayor with a young second wife and gay friends, mocking a “cosmopolitan” who was brought up by a single mother. It was that Barack Obama’s rise could “only happen in America.” And it was designed to mock him, the first African-American candidate for the presidency of the United States.

I won’t forget that.

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Me either.

3 09 2008
PJ

Ugh. Let’s put her on a Bridge to Nowhere.

3 09 2008
Laurie

Wolf Blitzer just reminded everyone, that the real work for palin is just starting. She has yet to give off the cuff interviews, and the biggie…the debate

3 09 2008
cmac

From andrew sullivan’s blog, the daily dish
&&&&&&&&&&&&&
The one moment that stays with me tonight, oddly enough, was not Palin’s speech. It was a line from Giuliani, a New York mayor with a young second wife and gay friends, mocking a “cosmopolitan” who was brought up by a single mother. It was that Barack Obama’s rise could “only happen in America.” And it was designed to mock him, the first African-American candidate for the presidency of the United States.

I won’t forget that.
&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&
http://andrewsullivan.theatlantic.com/the_daily_dish/

Yea, I won’t forget that either.

3 09 2008
Sydney

Susan Eisenhower is on The Colbert Report…

3 09 2008
Ky

OMG, Sarah held her own child! I’m so proud. Then she said, “Will you please hold the baby?” to Todd, and cut my celebration short.

Thank you for making a specific point about her reaching out to parents of special needs children, when she herself cut funding for resources in Alaska. The fact her sister has a 12 y/o with special needs makes it even worse!
She looked right in the camera, and asked them to trust her. Scary.

3 09 2008
ChuckFree

Somebody needs to tell “America’s Mayor” that many Hollywood celebrities are “citizens” and as such, have the right to vote and therefore, will help to decide this election.

Bristol holding the baby; has anyone seen Todd holding his new son even once?

I missed his speech but Mike Huckabee sure looks uncomfortable during Palin’s speech. The look on his face said (to me anyway) “He picked her?”

After Rudy G’s speech, Obama and Biden had better be ready to come out swinging from their heels.

Speaking of Rudy G’s speech, full of fire and brimstone and belittling of both Obama and Biden, while it played quite well inside the hall, I really wonder how it was received in living rooms across the country.

7:30 – Palin’s hair & make-up are less coquettish than in her previous campaign appearances. First part of her speech was a tribute to McCain.

EVERYBODY but Todd held the baby, even the youngest child! Why hasn’t this man/father been seen holding his child even once? Something’s weird about that.

Lies once again despite writeen proof about “The Bridge To Nowhere” – in acutality, she was for it until she was against it. PolitiFact | As candidate, yes; as governor, no

7:55 – Crowd not as enthusiastic as earlier; looks like they’re tiring out.

It’s very easy to tell that the Obama bashing sections of the speech were written for her.

8:05 – Finally, the end of the speech.

8:10 – Todd FINALLY holding the baby.

God, I HATE the Republicans!

3 09 2008
Haley

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3 09 2008
sam

Palin’s speech made me ill and the constant “USA” and “Drill Baby Drill” chants sent chills through me. I found all of her sarcastic comments and jabs at Obama very off-putting and unprofessional and I do hope the MSM will mention that.

This is scary and I really hope that Obama supporters out there do everything we can to get Obama/Biden elected.

Great blog – I haven’t stopped reading it since the big announcement and will continue to check in as this “Lifetime Movie” of a republican race unfolds.

3 09 2008
madbluedog

Ack! I feel sick. Show your opposition to these lies spread tonight by donating whatever you can to Barack Obama. We have to show that this night has only strengthened our support! http://www.barackobama.com

If nothing else, it made me feel better…

3 09 2008
BobbyG

Gotta say, she delivered.

Never mind all the outright lies and half-truths. She’s a low-information voter’s dream.

3 09 2008
wolfy

wow – she is a frightening beast, a real mean b!*ch- i hate to say it, but the repubs are going to love her – the gloves are off people. Biden is going to have to let that chick do herself in, cause if he touches one little hair on her perfect little head, he’s going to pull back a stump.

3 09 2008
Eeecee

A friend sent me this and I wanted to share with you fellow bloggers. MoveOn’s giving out Obama T-shirts if you make a small donation to their young-voter registration program, aimed at registering half a million young voters in swing states.

I just ordered one, and wanted to share the opportunity with you.

Click this link to get your Obama T-shirt:

http://pol.moveon.org/obamatshirts/index13.html

3 09 2008
John Henry

why is the media kissing her butt. I dont get it.

Because they’re working. We only get hear what they really think if there are technical difficulties.

3 09 2008
Crap

Hey, did you know that Mclame was a POW ?

3 09 2008
Gerri

NOW I GET IT!!!!

Palin’s speech was written by Bush’s speech writer. Now tell me how they aren’t more of the same???

3 09 2008
Cathy

Can’t wait to see Barack’s response tomorrow to all this S__t. I had mute on for most of the speeches but have listened to msnbc’s talking. I gave to Barack twice today. Will probaly to the same tomorrow.
Go Barack-Joe.

3 09 2008
Gerri

LOL everyone else wrote their own speeches but Sarah needed help😐

So she will need help if McCain crokes and she gets pres spot?

3 09 2008
cheez

Why did that baby have no headphones on – or anything to block his ears? WIth all the hoopla combined with the echo and reverb of a hall like that – the noise must’ve been awful for infant ears.

3 09 2008
Mil

Daaaaaaaaaaaamn. The RNC is just palin mean compared to the DNC.

I’ll stick with the civl people any day.

3 09 2008
Mil

lol, I meant to put plain not palin….. freudian slip!!

Mwahahaha

3 09 2008
misskae

good point cheez

3 09 2008
Proud2BUSA

Thanks, Nauseated. . . I’m beginning to feel like the only senior member out here!

Guiliani needs to remember it was Osama and Afghanistan who caused 9/11, not Iraq. Wrong targets today, Rudy.

The overall assessment by the various news sources (with the exception of Fox which couldn’t stop effusive praise). I’m watching the Colbert Report now just to lighten the load a bit. he’s really calling them on it!!! “Yes, the Republicans have changed things….like the word ‘freedom,’ ‘war,’ etc.” Thank goodness for Jon Stewart and the Colbert Report.

ALL OF YOU ARE SO BRIGHT AND HAVE GREAT THOUGHTS – IT IS KEY WE GET THE WORD AND FACTS OUT. One of you stated that it’s the small towns that will win or lose this election. We have to help the Obama/Biden volunteers get the message out. Please! Donate. Volunteer. Keep this wonderful blog alive!

3 09 2008
nauseated

I was very glad to hear Brian Williams read from Joe Klein’s blog post:
“There is a tendency in the media to kick ourselves, cringe and withdraw, when we are criticized. But I hope my colleagues stand strong in this case: it is important for the public to know that Palin raised taxes as governor, supported the Bridge to Nowhere before she opposed it, pursued pork-barrel projects as mayor, tried to ban books at the local library and thinks the war in Iraq is “a task from God.” The attempts by the McCain campaign to bully us into not reporting such things are not only stupidly aggressive, but unprofessional in the extreme.”

3 09 2008
washe really

OMG….IT CANT BE!!!!

IS IT REALLY TRUE -I MEAN IT WAS SOMETHING THAT PEOPLE SPOKE OF IN HUSHED TONES, BUT NOW IT REALLY IS OUT THERE FOR ALL TO SEE!!

I HEARD RUMORS OF IT BEFORE, BUT CANT REALLY COMPREHEND WHAT IT ALL MEANS NOW!!

I MEAN (love that word whisker) – ITS NOT THAT THERE ARE ANY ISSUES TO REALLY PAY ATTENTION TO…LIKE THE ECONOMY (it’s the economy, stupid)

BUT I SIMPLY CANT BELIEVE WHAT I JUST HEARD…

McCain is a POW?????????

3 09 2008
Tammy

Time’s Joe Klein: Stand strong in this case (talking about the attacks on the media.) It is important to know while Palin was governor she raised taxes, supported the bridge to nowhere before she opposed it. , pursued pork barrel projects as mayor, tried to ban books at the local library and thinks the war in Iraq is “a task from God”. The attempts of the McCain campaign to bully us in to not reporting such things is not only stupidly aggressive but unprofessional in the extreme.

3 09 2008
Corejay

Just listened to the Obama-Bashing soundbites again and tried to count the lies, distortions and faux accusations in it – impossible, there were too many of them.

3 09 2008
Sydney

Hey – to the one who mentioned the cut against community organizers – they’re talking about it on CNN right now and they are PISSED that she was so nasty to them. They do agree on CNN that the Republican Right is running the election.

3 09 2008
Eeecee

Hmmm. I didn’t see my last comment posted…trying again. Anyway, if you’d like an Obama t-shirt from MoveOn.org, it’s only $12 and profits go to registering young voters.

Go to:
http://pol.moveon.org/obamatshirts/index13/html

3 09 2008
Laurie

Wow…Roland Martin just flipped out! He wants biden to go after palin hard. He says she opened the door with all her mockery re: community organizers etc. He has smoke coming out his nose and his ears.

3 09 2008
bwilder

So — here’s a little newsflash for Sarah Palin, to paraphrase her speech: The media isn’t writing about you to seek your good opinion — they’re writing about you to serve the people of this country. Americans expect the media to investigate their candidates for office for the right reasons, not just to get the right access. If you really want to serve the people — as opposed to just your party, or yourself — then you’ll do well to remember that.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/09/03/buck-up-media-if-youre-th_n_123759.html

3 09 2008
Sockeye

whew…..

folks, in all honesty…Sarah Palin did a phenomenal job tonight. Her speech was very well delivered. The content was totally dishonest in places, snide, smug, and shallow but also personable, relaxed and expertly delivered for what it was…She did a great job, no doubt. It would be foolish not to acknowledge this.

The dishonesty and lack of substance won’t matter if she continues to be allowed to make protected speeches and not opened up to substantive debate and critique.

Smitty is right on!

Please, if you oppose the McCain/Palin ticket, support a relentless drive to to attack her substantive flaws. There are so many and she needs to be held accountable.

Chasing after small time smut is small time. Sarah Palin just kicked off the big leagues.

She won’t bother to focus on the small stuff. She won’t bother to defend it and people who support her won’t care about the details.

She is going for the jugular and she is doing a good job.

It is time to wake up and step up. We need to relentlessly attack on substantive issues to develop an offensive strategy that keeps McCain and Palin scrambling for positions.

3 09 2008
Judy in Chicago

Here in Chicago, he helped alot of people.

3 09 2008
Mollys Mum

I agree with VA Democrat–this is very scary. I think her down-home, one-of-the-people act is going to appeal to a great swatch of the anti-intellectual populace. She’s charming, in a kind of fresh-faced on-the-surface country-girl way, but what a contemptuous, lying viper underneath. Boy do these people fight dirty.

I felt so sorry watching the Palin girls. Those poor kids, they look so innocent and vulnerable. Talk about caught in the trap. I even felt sorry for Cindy McCain.

I thought Guiliani was absolutely despicable. The snarkiness, the forced laughter. It made me physically ill.

My Dad, rest his soul, used to say “The country gets the government it deserves.” I only pray we deserve–and get–better than Palin and McCain.

I donated to Obama again tonight too.

3 09 2008
Austin

Short term memory: thank you.

As a fireman’s daughter I am appalled that Rudy sent in so many honorable individuals without the ability to properly communicate within the Towers.

And then had the nerve to tell the 9/11 commission that proper communication couldn’t have saved more lives.

I don’t care if you’ve got a made up background on terrorism Rudy, working radios that would have allowed individual units to communicate with each other, as well as having a proper chain of command, could have saved countless lives.

And while Rudy touts himself and the Bush admin as the heroes of 9/11 countless NYC emergency responders can’t even get the medical care they need for the lasting effects of that day. The real heroes of 9/11 are left on their own.

3 09 2008
Laurie

omg. her speech did her in with the media…at least with jeff toobin and a few others. She is going to be very sorry.

3 09 2008
BobbyG

@Sockeye –

I hear ya loud and clear. You nailed it.

3 09 2008
Let'sGetReal

Judy in Chicago….I would love to see a TV AD from the people Obama helped when he was a community organizer! That would be a excellent way to hit back!

If anyone from Obama’s campaign can see this, please do it!

3 09 2008
sosad

Austin
don’t worry about them the McLame plan will let them pay for there own insurance .. oh wait ,, they can do that now .

3 09 2008
lynn

re. Andrew Sullivan and Rudy Giuliani’s meanest moment–Rudy is actually on wife # 3 now.

Oh, and the Sara Benincasa vlogs? Hilarious. I especially like when she tells Bristol to shut up and go breastfeed your brother.

3 09 2008
bwilder

Usually, Republicans hate affirmative action. A core Republican message is that they are the sole protectors of embattled white men against the forces of entitled minorities and aggressive women unfairly going after their turf. This message is picked up and amplified by Rush Limbaugh, Lou Dobbs, and the like.

Republicans hate affirmative action. Until they think it will work for them. Then they just love it, in a big way. Look at Sarah Palin.

Usually, Republicans hate affirmative action. A core Republican message is that they are the sole protectors of embattled white men against the forces of entitled minorities and aggressive women unfairly going after their turf. This message is picked up and amplified by Rush Limbaugh, Lou Dobbs, and the like.

Republicans hate affirmative action. Until they think it will work for them. Then they just love it, in a big way. Look at Sarah Palin.

3 09 2008
bwilder

Out of all the Republican speeches at their convention, Mitt Romney delivered perhaps the most disingenuous, malicious pile of garbage so far. The phoney Reagan look-alike spent 20 minutes bashing ‘Washington’, calling it liberal, and arguing McCain and Palin would offer ‘real change’

His entire argument was so specious, even he didn’t really believe it.

Romney’s main points:

1. Washington is Liberal. Activist judges,Teacher’s Union’s destroying education, out of control spending.
2. Democrats want to destroy the economy with higher taxes and more regulation
3. Democrats won’t call ‘Islamic Terrorists’ evil.
4. Democrats want to lose the war in Iraq

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ben-cohen/romney-talking-out-of-his_b_123760.html

3 09 2008
Sphinx

Poor Levi. They flew him all the way out the Twin Cities and he didn’t even get an intro.

3 09 2008
Laurie

Sockeye….by tomorrow morning, sarah palin will know exactly what pressure really is. She set the tone and now she will have to live with it. It was easy for her to stand in front of people that she KNEW would applaud and cheer. She knew they wouldnt ask questions.

The fireworks begin now. As jeff toobin said….game on

3 09 2008
Judy in Chicago

I am making a sign for my front yard thanks to an earlier post I can not find:

I’m married
I have kids
I’m a woman
HEY I CAN BE VP!

3 09 2008
nauseated

The commentators are all saying that after her performance, the gloves will come off the Democrats – lets hope so. Then watch the Repubs yell sexism.

3 09 2008
raingods

Washington Post has emails Sarah wrote about the trooper not being fired.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/09/03/AR2008090303210_pf.html

3 09 2008
Cynthia, TX

America don’t get caught up in the hype of Palin flower hold her accountable!!!

3 09 2008
Camie

You are right. She does not look pregnant. She does look post pregnant. Her breast are huge like when you just deliver because you are breast feeding. Contrast that with Palin who does not look as though she is breast feeding. Also she has almost no baby bump as if she is pregnant.
I don’t know, I really think the jury is still out on that one.
The site is down now, but I saw the pictures on Levi’s sister’s myspace page and it really gave the impression that baby Trig was her nephew, not her brother’s girlfriends little brother.
Plus the fact that Sarah and Todd are NEVER holding the kid. Since we have been introduced to them it has been Bristol holding the baby, or someone else, not his parents.

3 09 2008
Cynthia, TX

I am woman
I have Kids
I have raised 1,000s of dollars for non profits

I can be VP!!!

3 09 2008
Proud2BUSA

I do not feel sorry for Cindy McCain – she is reveling this spotlight, although I have to admit that holding that baby was almost surreal and odd in a submissive sort of way. I personally am disturbed by how she is using her children as props….as a mother, I didn’t “feel” the “maternal bonding” that CNN is talking about. I would NEVER put my children on that kind of stage and use them this way. Am I off-base here? Did y’all feel bonded to her as a mom? Did you feel her maternal relationship?

3 09 2008
Plwalsh

Yeah, they are saying on CNN she has completely lost her “victim” status and the gloves are going to come off now. The probably means the rest of the campaign is going to be the “Sarah Show.”

You know, I think this speech is her revenge for what she was put through over the last week. She came out spitting venom. So America saw the nasty side first, which will probably be a good thing down the road. I suspect this whole reform thing in Alaska was really another bout of vengeance for not getting the nod for Murkowski’s senate seat from the “old boy network.”

I saw some videos of her last week that made her seem like the most charming, unassuming politician on the planet. I don’t think she is going to be able to get that image back now.

3 09 2008
Deb

yes, she will be the republican “sweetheart” that everyone will be “defending” the undecided voters that I talk to are not interested in the attacks, they want to hear ISSUES…I was not able to stomach listening to much of what was “speechified” tonight…but my impression was that it was 95% attack and maybe 5% issues??
also, was it just me,or was the spirit of the DNC I kinder, more hopeful, message, than this mean-spirited, angry one?

3 09 2008
Debbie

LaughingAt… (19:30:55) :

hey small town america-
is she a spokesman for you?

Not on your life. My brother who is a rather conservitive Alaska fishermen (but lives in Oregon)just emailed me telling me she made him want to puke. Ah! this is progress he’s 56 and never voted for a democrat perhaps there is hope.

3 09 2008
Lesa

I truly have heartburn now. She really made me (as a democrat) feel like an outsider in my own country. That’s scary. Romney and Giuliani too. They acted like we are just second-class citizens who don’t really matter. It’s on now.

3 09 2008
Cynthia, TX

attack her on her polices

attack her on her record

3 09 2008
Austin

Wolf Blitzer said Palin “hit it out of the park.”

She sure did, waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay out in left field where all the base has bought tickets while the rest of America sits waiting for to bring up an issue or an actually argument.

She can leave the one liners for comedians……and bloggers.

3 09 2008
bns

No more kid gloves with this lady. She needs to be publicly broken down till she’s back emptying quarters from her car wash.

3 09 2008
madbluedog

That’s why we need to donate to Obama-Biden tonight. Even if it’s just $5. We need to answer these lies with our show of measurable support. My word – I do not work for the Obama campaign. I am simply, absolutely disgusted with what I witnessed tonight. Unfortunately I think it could play well with the uniformed and want to do everything I can to send a message of support.

3 09 2008
Justa Boare

Here’s the National Enquire coming out tonight with a doozy!!
Sarah Palin is accused of having an affair with the business partner of her husband says an admited enemy of hers….. oh boy. Fasten your seatbelts, the ride is going to get really bumpy now!

3 09 2008
Crap

Did you heard that lady in blue on CNN ? Spooky :))))

3 09 2008
Let'sGetReal

Justa,

Do you have the link? Are they really coming out with this story?

3 09 2008
halcrow

This is from Vancouver (the only comment in the paper about the meet-the-Palins show so far)

http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/story.html?id=db968bd2-69c9-467b-9ad8-4b5ff6e22d7e

Moose hunter Palin draws U.S. comedians’ fire
Steve Gorman, Reuters

“The Palin family crisis that we were talking about on Sunday and Monday … has been solved now, and today the baby is being adopted by Angelina Jolie,” CBS “Late Show” host David Letterman deadpanned on Tuesday.

Jay Leno, star of NBC’s “The Tonight Show,” put his spin on Palin’s daughter’s pregnancy, joking: “Apparently she told McCain about this a week ago, but what happened was she said it into his bad ear.”

“Another vice president who’s a hunter. What could go wrong there?” Leno joked.

3 09 2008
Proud2BUSA

This is interesting. CNN is talking about if the Obama camp knows how to deal with Sarah Palin. . . huh. . . as a woman, I’m personally offended. I want any candidate to be treated the same, regardless of women. So glad it got out that it’s obvious that the FAAAAAAAAAAAAAAR Religious Right is running the show.

I think this night was very heavy handed, and a lot of misquoted data. I almost felt like we were experiencing communism tonight…you know, 1/2 truth so it’s hard to dispute. The media is missing the point. We want CHANGE. We want the Religious Right to walk out of our bedrooms. We want to get our FREEDOM OF SPEECH BACK. We want the economy on the right path, and the Iraqi war (and God forbid, an Iranian War) to STOP. McCain voted with Bush 90% of the time. McCain has cast Palin as “…one of his own…” which means more of the same. Is that what we really want? Did the Republican Party get that at all? Did the media get that at all? I mean, it’s a lot more than just having a woman or an African-American on the ticket. BTW, I was offended by the way they treated Obama. It made me sad that humans believed they could treat someone who has raised himself up from the bootstraps against all odds in the way they did. If they think that’s (a) entertaining, and (b) persuasive, I hope they are wrong.

3 09 2008
Sydney

Larry King has the Democrats on for reaction in a moment.

3 09 2008
HamletsMill

Laurie (19:31:38) :

As a woman…I am pleading with Joe Biden to debate with Palin in exactly the same fashion as he would with a Mitt, Joe or Tim. She got into this…she loves it….she thinks she knows what she is doing…..she deserves to be held to the same standard. If Biden goes easy on her….THAT would be sexism.
————————————–

Laurie,

Your comment here is the most perceptive comment of the night. No one here has the heart to ever destroy someone who is a deer in the headlights. That is why so many people here could not watch this or felt ill about it. That is certainly how I felt. But now she has come out with self confidence and given a nasty, petty, and mocking speech. She belittled the “executive experience” of a person who was President of the Harvard Law Review who went door to door on the Southside of Chicago for 3 years. She belittled the “executive experience” of a U.S. Senator!

So now I say the gloves are off. Joe Biden should absolutely destroy her now in that VP debate. Bring up the nuanced history of Shia and Sunni Islam which GWB was an absolute dolt on which consequently led to eight years of debacle. Get Juan Cole to brief Joe Biden on what to bring up. They know each other. Rip her to absolute shreds in front of millions of people and send her packing back to Alaska. So THAT is what will come out of this going forward. She better do her homework now. She is in the game now. This aint’t the preseason now. It is welcome to the NFL now. That is what was materialized tonight. It is good for the Dem ticket.

Fighting Joe can now have a license to absolutely mop the floor with her.

I feel better.

3 09 2008
Half Sigma

To shamelessly repeat what I wrote on my blog:

She’s a better speaker than your average PTA president, and she only stumbled once or twice reading from the teleprompter. Because expectations were so low, people will say she came through and gave a great speech.

The Palin family is pretty good looking for rednecks. Brilliant idea bringing Bristol’s boyfriend down from Alaska.

They had Todd take his turn holding the baby this time. I get the impression that in Alaska, the women take care of the babies exclusively while the men do manly stuff like hunt moose and drill for oil.

She might have been an OK pick if it wasn’t for all the tabloid drama in her family.

* * *

While on the topic of speeches, I should say that Mitt Romney gave the best and most intellectual speech of the night. Mitt Romney’s speech best represents the reasons why I’m a Republican.

3 09 2008
VA Democrat

Proud2BUSA, I totally agree. I wouldn’t put a newborn on that stage, with the noise and lights. I think the family is weird and dysfunctional. Criticism is fair because she’s using them as a credential. I keep coming back to what if Obama had a pregnant teenage daughter. They’d crucify him.

3 09 2008
3 09 2008
nauseated

No, I don’t feel any maternal warmth from her. I only see someone using her children as props. I frankly can’t comprehend any mother going back to work 3 days after giving birth to a special needs infant. I think he was an inconvenience on her road to power.

3 09 2008
LaughingAt...

cool debbie- seems theres lots around these days
is he gonna vote?

did chuck todd really say she’s their obama? he’s a looser. eeew,
apologize now!

3 09 2008
Tammy

Proud2BUSA, speaking as a mom of two special needs kids, I would never parade my kids around like that. Especially a baby that is special needs. She does not represent any of my views. She cut the special ed budget by 62%. Would she try to eliminate it altogether if she is vp?

3 09 2008
wvfurandroot

I will never ever buy another Big & Rich cd – no matter how fun it is to dance to. That song is going to do more for the McCain campaign than either McCain or Palin.

3 09 2008
Austin

Anyone catch that CNN’s ticker caught a GOP analyst saying “it’s over” on a hot mic????

3 09 2008
Plwalsh

Yes, this National Enquirer Palin affair story seems to be true. There’s a story on Huffington Post about it that McCain is threatening to sue for slander, which would not be a good idea.

3 09 2008
LaughingAt...

she kissed her kids like a brief lip in the air.
no mom kisses like that.
barracuda indeed

3 09 2008
Justa Boare

Just came out a few hours before her speech tonight. Wow.
An affair with the husband’s friend/business partner, whatever… is just not going to make the fundamentalist cheerleaders happy…

3 09 2008
tspey

Junior U.S. Senator and yes, spawn of former gov Frank Murkowski, Lisa Murkowski was just interviewed on local channel 2 at the convention with these eloquent words:

“Don’t you be dissing Wasilla!” Ahhh like father like daughter. We are so proud of our politicians.

Boy the ‘diverse’ crowd was ready to cheer when called upon tonight. Love the quick pans of the other daughter as she looked like the one who was preggers or at the dentist’s office at best. Where was BrisLev by the way? Oh there they were at the end. Oh they are holding hands. Love the gum. So Britneyesque.

Speech overall had several errors (Bridge to Nowhere (she supported it), advocate for special needs children (cut over 80%), commercial fishing supporter (supports foreign mining of Bristol Bay over salmon)) and the 80% approval was many months ago before all the mess of Troopergate, Babygate, Pebbleminegate, and on and on…

So what did I get from the speeches this evening?
1. Drill baby drill. Again with the dentistry thing come on?
2. Instill fear in terror. That is so Bush 2000. There is a reason Dick-Bush did not show.
3. Go nuclear. Go non-renewables. Off-shore, on-shore, open-pit mining its all good.
4. John McCain looks more frail than I thought. President Palin? I think not.
5. Republicans have uber white teeth. Especially when they fake smile.

3 09 2008
CHCH

Two words: Remember Reagan.

If you want Obama to win, don’t underestimate a gifted populist politician.

Admire the handiwork that was displayed on a stage viewed by millions. Palin has old white Republicans jumping up and down in their chairs to cheer her family–including the redneck Baby Daddy and uneducated five months pregnant TEENAGER.

Palin has launched the Culture War into another poli-sphere.

Biden will struggle. She’s the popular girl in high school with the sharp wit and the fiery stance. In a nod to her feminism, let’s admit that Biden has never had to debate a sexy and fiery opponent. There isn’t another female politician like her.

Although I don’t like her politics at all, props to her for putting herself on that rocket to the White House and through the glass ceiling.

Believe the Alaskans. Do not underestimate her.

Remember Reagan.

3 09 2008
bwilder

Rachel Maddow mentioning that the “big words” in the speech were spelled out pho-net-i-cal-ly on the prompter.

3 09 2008
Justa Boare
3 09 2008
ChuckFree

I guess I missed Todd holding his son during the speech. It must have happened when I had to sneeze.

Diane Sawyer pointed out that the jet she sold for 2.1 million, it cost 2.7. Good thing she had that “executive experience” as mayor to fall back on otherwise, she might have sold it at an even bigger loss.

Cindy held the Palin’s baby but couldn’t bring herself to kiss her daughter Bridgett last night. Was it just me or did it seem like she treated Bridgett more like a “pet” than daughter? And, that guy who spoke with HIS dark-skinned daughter last night was a bit creepy to me.

Oh yeah, Governor “Open and Transparent” is trying to delay the “Troopergate” investigation by filing an ethics violation claim against…herself! Check the Anchorage Daily News for details. Also, go to YouTube, type in Mike Murphy and Peggy Noonan to hear their negative “hot mic” Palin comments from Wednesday.

One last thing; say what you will about the National Enquirer but they got the John Edwards story right when NOBODY else had it and more people read and believe it than you can imagine. And, if they are lying about Sarah Palin having an affair BEFORE she became the VP nominee of the new Nazi Party, why is the McCain campaign threatening to sue? Shouldn’t it be her and the “First Dude” doing the suing?

3 09 2008
Plwalsh

Oops. I mean that the story that the National Enquirer is coming out with the affair story is true. I have no idea whether it is true she had the affair.

I’m starting to realize why, when Palin has enemies, they are bitter, rabid enemies who will do almost anything to rip her to shreads. There may be some chickens coming home to roost with this stuff.

3 09 2008
Jeri

I just donated $ to Obama Biden ticket. Stop the insanity!!!!!!

3 09 2008
marvelthemustang

What is this Victory in Iraq that they keep referring to? What Victory is “in view”? Are we going to wipe out Al Kaeda? Bin ladin? Stablize Iraq? The entire point is that there IS no victory there, and we should never have been there.

She’s appealing to ignorance and fear, and provincialism. No substance at all. Wait ’til America hears about her anti-choice stance, her pro-creationism, her cronyism and abuse of power.

Sigh… glad you guys are out there with the Pepto-‘tinis….

3 09 2008
Hilary

Not gum, it’s………….moose jerky!

(Sorry, couldn’t help it…)

3 09 2008
Justa Boare

Damn! I’m going to miss Miss Sarah when she’s gone! She is a reality show times ten.

3 09 2008
LaughingAt...

pebblemine-gate?
what did i miss?

3 09 2008
Dean - Wisconsin

wow, a female Ronald Reagan……you lefty nuts must be wetting yourself. A political satr is born tonight…….

3 09 2008
Austin

Never mind. Found the story.

Oh, Peggy Noonan…you’re one crazy woman.

3 09 2008
Justa Boare

Satyr?

3 09 2008
LaughingAt...

yeah dean, too bad our guys not on the front of the national enquirer

3 09 2008
Ennealogic

Lies, misleading statements, deceptions, and more lies from the Repub VP candidate. It really does not make me proud to be American.

Sarah’s voice does grate on the eardrums, at least to me.

But it’s late and I can’t stay … don’t do anything too interesting until I can get back in the morning!

(Donated to Obama during the Barracuda’s speech, hope they make note of it!)

3 09 2008
BobbyG

Think about the implications of this ticket winning.

SCOTUS alone – the overturn of Roe, and validation of the Unitary Executive who can order torture, spying, and unilateral military action on his own (bomb, bomb Iran)

Treasury Secretary Phil Gramm. Everyone health-insured by the ER, creationism in the skools, “free trade” (a.k.a ship more jobs abroad, and give those businesses doing so even more tax breaks)…

Depressing.

3 09 2008
nauseated

Here it goes already – Harry Reid issued a statement referring to Palin’s speech and used the word shrill and Campbell Brown is calling it as sexist.

3 09 2008
Alaskan Republican

I just want you all to know that we don’t have state taxes in Alaska, so could someone tell me what taxes it was that Sarah cut?

3 09 2008
VB

I’m a white hardworking tax paying female green card holder. Obama has inspired me. I have filed for citizenship after 40 years in the USA. Tonight I donated to the Obama/Biden campaign even though I can’t vote yet. I’ll be telling all the americans I know to vote for Obama. McCain and Palin scare me.

3 09 2008
Plwalsh

Problem for Palin is that people are just sick to death of the culture war. As John Stewart said, everyone knows the Republicans love America. They just hate half of the people who live there.

It would be a big mistake for McCain or the Palins to sue the Enquirer. Like a red flag. Remember how Edwards’ denials went?

3 09 2008
Corie

Actually, I think the Dems are going to deploy their best weapon against Palin: Hillary Clinton.

3 09 2008
tspey

Laughing at: Pebbleminegate =

Check it:

http://tspey.wordpress.com/

‘Down but not out’

‘Troubling News’

3 09 2008
willpen

You guys have been sooo entertaining tonight. This was way better than watching. I chose America’s Got Talent over listening to Palin’s whine all night.

3 09 2008
bwilder

Austin (20:09:31)
“Anyone catch that CNN’s ticker caught a GOP analyst saying “it’s over” on a hot mic????”

you can find the video/audio on HuffingtonPost.com
Hilarious and Noonan just today had all nice-nice to say – before she didn’t!

3 09 2008
Justa Boare

So who is this business partner of her husbands that the Enquirer has the goods on??? What business is he in anyway?

3 09 2008
Tammy

Okay this might sound cynical but…………my opinion on why the McCain camp wants to sue the NE is because of McCains track record when it comes to women. I bet his current wife is not too happy with this story. And it could make her insecure. If the story is true and she did screw around with her hubby’s business partner, what’s to stop her from screwing around with the old man there? Remember McCain has a reputation as a womanizer.

3 09 2008
LaughingAt...

sooo many dentures in there

3 09 2008
Hilary

One more observation: Excuse me, but who’s keeping the story abt the 17 y/o pregnant dtr front and center? Not the Dems!

Mommy Sarah and her handlers decided to invite Levi to the ball. Sure are a purty family.

When Mommy Sarah announced Track (Truck, whatever) was being deployed to I-Rack, the cameras panned on him and I swear he looked like “Uh oh. This is the first I’m hearing about this.”

3 09 2008
J T

Is it my computer…or did 90% of the blog entry for these comments vanish??

3 09 2008
Tammy

Alaskan I read or heard her say at one point that she cut property taxes?

3 09 2008
Let'sGetReal

VB,

Can you tell everyone you know, and if they can afford to donate to Obama tomorrow night, when John McShame gives his speech of some sort.

Everyone get the word out….text, email, call your friends, family, and neighbors…go to http://www.barackobama.com and give a donation tomorrow night.

We have to send a strong message to McShame/Plain, and their followers!

3 09 2008
siren

WaPost and National Enquierer are reporting an affair between Palin and one of her hubby’s business partners. it has something to do with why she waited so long to tell anyone she was pregnant. McCain Camp threatened a suit. this has legs. NE is going with it despite the threat, they got the Edwards thing right. Rarely are sued.

3 09 2008
Justa Boare

This is going to be the biggest disaster since Eagleton….

3 09 2008
Speedy

What an absolute horrorshow. Rudy was so bughumping nuts that I almost expected him to eat a live Iraqi baby to top off his speech , the sad thing is , the crowd would have loved it. And I was waiting for Palin to start rolling on the floor while speaking in tongues.
The GOP are putting all their chips on the extremist nutter base this time. I’m pretty sure that quite a few moderates are getting turned off watching this glorified Klan rally . Maybe if the GOP gets their asses handed to them , they’ll finally kick the Talibangelicals to the curb and return to some level of respectability.

3 09 2008
Plwalsh

Well, no Palin is nothing like Reagan. Reagan always came across as a gentleman and everybody’s grandfather. Even people who hated him loved him.

Palin comes across as the meanest, nastiest teacher you had in eight grade. The one who stood kids up in front of the class and made them stand there while she told them how stupid they were.

3 09 2008
Tammy

Wasn’t the only successful lawsuit against the NE the one that Carol Burnett filed years ago?

3 09 2008
gwbimpeached

Last week I was glued to C-SPAN watching the DNC day and night so happy and so proud. Unfortunately, I woke up last Friday morning to the horror of Palin. This joke isn’t funny-it’s scary! I’m convinced that Palin is being used by the GOP to secure the PWT (poor-white-trash) vote. I’m just hoping that the PWT’s of our country will be all locked in their trailers, face down in their vomit while clutching their huntin’ rifle’s on Nov. 4th as Obama wins! Thank you Mudflats for the public service you’ve provided. It’s been very enlightening!

3 09 2008
pupule

Donated in the MIDDLE of her speech!

Whoops! Can’t use the word “shrill” according to CNN!

How about sarcastic, mocking, deceptive?

3 09 2008
cheez

As much as the majority of posters here are skeptical of Palin (in so many ways) – make no mistake – a Republican star was definitely born tonight. Be very afraid of the realities of how this shifts sympathy and the ‘everyman’ attitude in favor of McLame/Palin. Unless she errs very badly (not likely, as she is obviously kept on a short leash) or a huge smoking gun appears, she WILL be a force to contend with.

Face it, the majority of people aren’t as updated on all this as we seem to be. I was at a party tonight and I brought up the Palin subject several times… no one’s up to date. They don’t have the scoop on troopergate info, the bridge to “somewhere,” earmarks, etc. Meanwhile, she is rallying the base like no one’s business and these people campaign like nobody’s business in their towns, churches, etc.

3 09 2008
Groundhogday

Bottom line: Sarah Palin has introduced herself as a sneering, catty, angry, and vindictive woman.

Huge, HUGE tactical mistake by the McCain campaign. The point of this speech SHOULD have been to present her as stable, nice and reasonable. They blew it. Absolutely blew it.

3 09 2008
White Trash for VP

Don’t worry about the debates. Biden is getting coached by the best, so I am sure in one month he will be ready. Biden has done this for three decades, so I am not worried. However, Tracy Flick is the one to watch. This is someone that thinks that she has been choosen by God, so will she use the next month to prep for the debate or will she let the cheers of the crowd fill her head with a false sense of self?

I would give Palin a C on the whole. However, she didn’t hit it out of the park. in 2004, the GOP was giving Obama praise for his keynote. That is not happening, to the point that many centrist Repubs are saying WTF was she doing attacking? Yes it firmed the base, but the base isn’t going to win this election. If Gramps and the Milf turn out the GOP base, the only that that would be good for is to stop Obama from getting 400 electoral votes.

To win, it’s about the middle, and the GOP didn’t hit they. It will be easy to call the GOP on their bullshit. No we will not raise taxes. No we will not make government bigger. McCain is going to get slaughtered in the debates. Biden just needs to let Palin hang herself. Engage Palin in some “what if” scenarios on the problems on the economy (Do we really need to drill if price of oil is driven by speculation?), domestic issues (Let’s fix and fund NCLB, right Palin?), Gov. Palin, I know that your running mate didn’t support Senator Webb’s GI reform, but don’t you like that your son and other mother’s childern that served will be taken care of by this country when they return from their honorable tours of duty? What is this mother of five going to say? All Joe need to do is to get her to agree with him. Ethics reform, Governor you were right on the mark that transparency is the key, and isn’t it great that Senator Obama already drove legislation that requires all reporting to be done real-time on the Internet?

3 09 2008
Let'sGetReal

I hate to leave good company…I’m going to try and get some sleep now…I will be reading the post tomorrow, and chiming in when I get home from work. For some reason when I’m at work, my laptop doesn’t post my comments. I wait until I get home and use my personal laptop to post my comments.

3 09 2008
siren

Tammy, Ewww, screwing around with McSame at his age. Does the equipment even exist ? I thought as he got meaner, lied more, it got smaller.

3 09 2008
Plwalsh

My god, does that mean Trig is not Todd’s baby?

3 09 2008
Justa Boare

Siren-

OMG!!! That is why she waited to tell people she was pregnant?!!! This affair happened while she was Gov.?!!!! Oh, this is too rich…. She has a pair. No denying that. I would have run for the hills with that in my closet if asked to run for the second highest office in the land.

3 09 2008
LaughingAt...

omg.. its probably the kid of the guy that out on admin paid leave

3 09 2008
Plwalsh

Groundhogday:

Yes, I tend to agree. It gives you two eratic hotheads on the same ticket.

3 09 2008
Groundhogday

“a Republican star was definitely born tonight”

Not if McCain/Palin get clobbered in November. If the Republicans continue to embrace the hard right wing, they will cast themselves into the desert for a couple of decades.

3 09 2008
GiGi

Siren? where can we find those articles?/

3 09 2008
Of course it's Mad Skillz

Wow … over 120 responses since my last visit. A good speech – but not stellar. Still, even with good talk and Bushies writing your speeches, it’s still negative – and no mention of the economy in a recession – no mention of how to cure the foreclosure crisis – no mention of how they are going to restart the U.S. brand around the world.

Sad, just sad. While I enjoyed watching her and wishing I could be Todd tonight, I am convinced after her pathetic attempt to sling salvos at Obama and crew, she just decided to play with the big boys.

My pappy had a saying – if you are going to sling mud, prepare to get muddy.

3 09 2008
Ky

pupule – How about mosquito-esque? It is the “Alaskan state bird”. =)
Siren, if the NE is correct, it would explain why Todd never holds Trig. It’s actually the first compelling argument I’ve heard to explain all the weirdness we’ve been feeling in regards to how the family treats that dear baby.

3 09 2008
Proud2BUSA

I agree about the Reagan comment. She will play well in some areas of the South. And some women will quietly believe they have “found” their candidate that will speak for them in the White House. It will be so important for those who have lived under Palin’s leadership to speak up and out about the truths, e.g. the special needs cuts, bridge to nowhere, selling the plane at a loss, etc.

This is going to sound petty, but her hair will have to go if she wants to “play” to executive women in the South. We also separate our personal lives from our professional lives – not for any other reason but that we had worked so hard to get where we are today as you can imagine. She will have to be careful with the “executive” thing as most executives are clearly driven about budgets, receivables and losses; how you attained them, and what’s your plan to improve the spreadsheet…if you don’t know your topic, you best be careful to bring it up.

Thanks for y’all’s affirmation about the children thing. My mom even mentioned this and she’s almost 80! She said something like “…those poor kids being paraded about like placards…” or something to that point, and she is just downright “put out” by promoting her teenage daughter’s pregnancy.

We have to help the media understand that as women we want EQUAL TREATMENT – don’t treat a candidate with kid gloves just because she is a woman. I can’t believe we are having this conversation.

3 09 2008
Justa Boare

This will end it quick…. so who is McCain going to pick as V.P? I say he goes with the ex-preacher-Huckabee. At least he’s got a good sense of humor.

3 09 2008
J T

cheez…I am afraid you may be right. That is scary.

3 09 2008
Plwalsh

Gergen is making good points on CNN about the tone here.

3 09 2008
VP, Flat Earth Society

Just 5 days and she’s as old as McCain – but the ‘base’ will eat it up. I just wonder what the actual intelligent and concerned Republicans think of this 3-ring-circus. No mistaking anything tonight for dignity.

3 09 2008
pupule

cheez (20:22:12),

Spot on and well said!

3 09 2008
ChuckFree

This is tha capiton for a picture taken on Wednesday morning. Is there any reason why EVERYONE but Bridgette is identified with a first AND last name?

Stephan Savoia / The Associated Press

The families of Republican presidential candidate, Sen., John McCain, R-Ariz., and his running mate, Alaska Gov., Sarah Palin, pose for a photograph at the airport in Minneapolis, Minn., after McCain arrived for the Republican National Convention Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2008. Left to right: Track Palin; Piper Palin; Willow Palin, holding Trig Palin; Levi Johnston, Bristol Palin, Todd Palin, Gov. Palin, Sen. McCain, Andy McCain, Cindy McCain, Jimmy McCain, Jack McCain, Sidney McCain, Meghan McCain, Bridgette, Doug McCain.

3 09 2008
Austin

Palin’s speech was definately equal to a myspace rant not a presidential campaign.

3 09 2008
independent woman

MSNBC Poll
Does Sarah Palin make you;

More likely to vote for McCain – 19%

Less likely to vote for McCain – 66%

No difference – 15%

3 09 2008
Proud2BUSA

Wait, wait, wait!!!!!! What’s the story about an affair? I keep trying to go through all of your posts.. . . and it’s late here, so I’m missing something! please update me!! Thx.

3 09 2008
Justa Boare

Anyone have any more links to the breaking Sarah Palin affair/with husband’s business partner story?
http://www.cbsnews.com/blogs/2008/09/03/politics/fromtheroad/entry4413030.shtml

There has got to be more even if it just broke a few hours ago. Someone must have some more….

3 09 2008
Jennifer

I just donated to Obama for the first time. And there will be more! Was going to vote for him anyway, but reading about Palin’s snide and disrespectful speech has really pissed me off. I’m hoping there are a lot more people like me out there who won’t let the Republicans get away with crap like this.

3 09 2008
Alaskan Republican

RE:
Ky (19:39:45) :

OMG, Sarah held her own child! I’m so proud. Then she said, “Will you please hold the baby?” to Todd, and cut my celebration short.

Thank you for making a specific point about her reaching out to parents of special needs children, when she herself cut funding for resources in Alaska. The fact her sister has a 12 y/o with special needs makes it even worse!
She looked right in the camera, and asked them to trust her. Scary.

You know what is bad, she cut spending for special education in Alaska! I am a teacher and I am having to live with that!

3 09 2008
madbluedog

Yes! Let’s counter thier “drill baby drill” with “donate, donate, donate.” How great if over the next two days Obama/Biden have record donations?! Let’s respond to this night with our support. We can bitch all we want, and btw – go Enquirer go – but that can not match us putting our money where our support is. You can donate $5 if that’s all you have. Please, on this great blog, post away – but also pledge to donate! Thank you!!!

3 09 2008
dongshow

ok, some alaskan perspective. If you work on the slope, you figure the chances of your wife sleeping around a bit are higher then you want to know about. A Wasilla proverb I was taught goes like this: you don’t lose your girl, you lose your turn.

3 09 2008
Haley

good night everyone…..I hate to leave all you good folks

I have spent a week or more here since discovering this blog LOL

I need sleep, but I will rest tonight with a lighter heart because of all of you

Go Obama / Biden !!!

3 09 2008
Justa Boare

I think John Edwards should ring Sarah and give her some advice…..

3 09 2008
LaughingAt...

yes, and she slashed the budget for covenant house and TEENAGE MOM support.

3 09 2008
nauseated

The WaPo has excerts from 2 of her emails in the TrooperGate scandal. I think that after listening to her tonight it might be easier for people to believe the charges against her. Everyone has heard how petty and vindictive she is.

3 09 2008
madbluedog

aww crap I spelled “their” wrong. boo. maybe I’m qualified to be the next VP???

3 09 2008
Justa Boare

I think the story has Sarah fooling around with this business partner of her husband’s recently….. I doubt he was on the north slope…. Hell, she’s the freaking Gov. can’t she keep it zipped?

3 09 2008
Parker CA

Hopefully tomorrow morning will greet the media and the country with a nice BIG headline from National Enquirer about this “incredible” affair and “vicious” fight between she and her daughter.

Obama/Biden ’08

3 09 2008
LEXUSOAKLAND

Alaskans, Came across something I cannot locate again…is it true that Gov. Palin refused emergency funds to the city of Juneau after the avalanches damaged the power system?

3 09 2008
Justa Boare

She’s more like a certain democrat who was gov. of another state that begins with an A.

3 09 2008
independent woman

I am about to max out my personal donation.
I am going to donate to the campaign in others names instead of giving birthday gifts to all my Virgo and Libra friends.

That will be the gift that keeps on giving.

3 09 2008
Glenn2008

In what way is it positive to roll out the husband, a member of the Alaskan Independence Party? After all this event is about “Country First”. Presumably we are talking about the USA.

Sarah ad Todd’s past or present affiliation with that party should be a strong enough eye opener even for the most hardline republicans who are proud of their patriotism.

I wonder whether scattering attention over so many issues is unhelpful for the average followers of politics, who are not (yet) making the effort to seek information via the net. Concentrating on a few, really relevant points may be a better way to highlight the Palin problems:
1. Independence party membership
2. One single foreign trip, last year

Do we need more to question whether this VP is right for the country?

3 09 2008
Proud2BUSA

oh my! Thanks for the link, and I bet McCain is PAYING for this story to go away. Well, at least she fits in nicely with the Republican Party. I lost count of all the adulterers up on stage tonight, who are so Pro-Life and aiming at taking away a couple’s right to choose, but when it comes to their Personal Lives – – – “hey! I’m a Republican! I play by different rules!” I don’t get it. The religious right is supporting these people???? I don’t get it. It just seems like a big war against women’s rights. Will they feel better if I wear a burka?

3 09 2008
LaughingAt...

how long will the press give her to not talk to them.
plus, they know they’re gonna lose, so i think they’ll get tough

3 09 2008
Tammy

What i find interesting is those emails came from a yahoo email address. Now maybe she thought she could say anything she wanted in those emails. Considering they wasn’t a government email address. But shouldn’t the same saying go for governors and government officials as it does for firemen and police? That even if you are off duty you are still a cop or firefighter? Even if she used a private email address she is still acting as the governor.

3 09 2008
Presbyterian Gal

This is who Sarah Palin reminded me of tonight:

though her delivery slipped back into her thin, nasal voice at the end.

and, no way….McCain is a POW?? Wow. Who knew?

3 09 2008
Plwalsh

That’s a good one, dongshow.

3 09 2008
Groundhogday

I disagree about the Reagan comparison. Wanna know who is like Reagan: Barack Obama. People LIKE him, even many of the folks that don’t plan to vote for him. Attacking him in a mean way will kill the Republicans.

3 09 2008
Presbyterian Gal

Er, um, that would be Evita…..NOT Madonna. Madonna would probably make a far better VP.

3 09 2008
Ky

Alaskan Republican, it’s horrible, I agree! Sarah and I both received a good education in Alaska, and I think that every child deserves the same, heck, even better than we did!
Out of pure curiosity, did she make these cuts before she got pregnant with Trig? I’m wondering if she would do the same thing, now. She doesn’t strike me as the type of person who truly cares for other people and their welfare.
My hat is off to you!♥

3 09 2008
booch221

ohn McCain’s top strategist today denounced a report in the National Enquirer, hours after it was published, as “disgraceful.”

“The smearing of the Palin family must end,” spokesman Steve Schmidt said in an e-mail distributed to journalists.

The Enquirer, which exposed John Edwards’s extramarital affair, cited unnamed sources in alleging that the Alaska governor had an affair with a business associate of her “fisherman husband,” Todd Palin — the story doesn’t say when — and that he found out and severed relations with the man.
http://voices.washingtonpost.com/the-trail/2008/09/03/mccain_aide_rips_tabloid_repor.html

3 09 2008
Justa Boare

This is really going to go down fast. I’ll tell you what- the National Enquire is going to be the best watchdog for both parties politicos. They have the job market cornered on this stuff. Palin is toast.

3 09 2008
Cynthia, TX

that crowd is going to get a rude awakening! I just can feel it.

3 09 2008
dongshow

LEXUSOAKLAND: yea, that is correct. it should be available in the anchorage daily news archives from this winter. http://www.adn.com look out though, a lot of nut jobs at that paper who have it in for avalanche victims. but that is a personal story for another day and site.

3 09 2008
Plwalsh

I said Palin was nothing like Reagan. Reagan was a class act, even though his politics were terrible. Palin did not come across as a class act to me.

The CNN discussion is now concentrating on the nastiness and mean spirit of the speech (the dems are on).

3 09 2008
Of course it's Mad Skillz

I thought I had posted this – guess not.

Nancy Reagan ‘Very impressed’ by Obama.

Former First Lady Nancy Reagan is not attending this week’s Republican convention but her son, Ron, is. Newsweek.com’s Tammy Haddad and her TamCam caught up with the son of the Republican icon. You can watch it HERE and hear Reagan describe his mother’s fondness for the current Democratic nominee.

“John McCain and my mother have known each for years and years. Her parents, and Cindy McCain’s parents go way back in Phoenix, Arizona. She’s grateful to John McCain for standing with her on the issue of stem cells and, of course, has officially endorsed him. She’s fine with John McCain, as I said, they’ve been friends for a long time.”

“I can tell you though that she’s also very impressed with Barack Obama…she’s just impressed by his demeanor, is not just that he’s an eloquent guy and a guy who gives a good speech, a lot of people said that about my father too. But she sees through that. She’s been around a long time and she looks at Barack Obama and she sees the words, hears the words and she perceives character there. She thinks this is a good guy, a guy who means well and is a strong character,” Reagan said.

And Ron, who has rarely shared the political perspective of his parents, had this to say about Sarah Palin, “Sarah Palin is in no way qualified to be vice president or certainly president. John McCain is a 72 year old cancer survivor, not just any cancer, melanoma. Not just any melanoma, melanoma above the neck. It was his obligation to choose somebody who could realistically step into the big chair and Sarah Palin is not that person.”

Haddad, always quick with the follow up, added: “What does your mom think of her?

But on that one, Reagan did not have a comment from his mother. “I haven’t spoken to her about Sarah Palin. I have no idea.”

Source: http://blogs.abcnews.com/liveblogging/2008/09/nancy-reagan-ve.html

3 09 2008
Justa Boare

I don’t think this Palin woman can even come close to the fascist Evita Peron. She’s more like some crazed bingo playing harpie. At least from the speech she gave tonight….

3 09 2008
Justa Boare

Nothing against Bingo btw…. or harpies. Hell, I can be a harpie sometimes. But I’m not running for V.P.

3 09 2008
Plwalsh

CNN’s panel has now brought up the “kids as props” thing. They called it “distasteful.”

For my money, this makes the kids and Palin fair game now.

3 09 2008
Sydney

Mudflats – you are a lifesaver. Watching the speeches tonight and visiting this site and reading all the comments kept the heart burn at a minimum. I thank you all. God bless.

3 09 2008
dongshow

she’s my friends angry mom that would show up at my parents door if her kid got in trouble

3 09 2008
Justa Boare

What is going to be fair game is her personal life now that the affair has been outed by the N.E!

3 09 2008
Proud2BUSA

http://www.nationalenquirer.com/celebrity/64989

http://www.nationalenquirer.com/sarah_palin_at_war_with_her_daughter_over_pregnancy_wedding/celebrity/65370

These are the only links I could find on the Enquirer’s site. . . and if Johnny is cheating again, well, well, well, isn’t that convenient? I have a feeling these two individuals are going to get what they deserve.

3 09 2008
madbluedog

Justa Bore – I agree! Go Enquirer!! Isn’t it pathetic that they are the only ones not afraid of right wing criticism? Can you believe this is what our Country’s politics have come to? Investigation from the tabloids?? Whatever, I’ll take it.

3 09 2008
YellowDog

Completely horrified and frightened by tonight’s Republican horror show. I do hope that Americans will wake up and think about what the consequences of another 4 years of Republican idiocy will mean. I have been talking to everyone I know who may be undecided. I also donated to Obama’s campaign tonight. We MUST stop these people and take back our country!!!

3 09 2008
HamletsMill

On Larry King right now the Dem women are fighting back masterfully!

Taking on the mean spiritedness of her rather petty speech. That it was all personal attack political theater and not issues.

I am feel better by the minute.

They rolled this woman out in a persona attack role. The election is about issues. I think she will never arise beyond that one role. She has no chops. She is not formidable. Her own spirit is now setting her up for karmic slaughter.

I have been on this planet a fairly long time. Formidable people NEVER show you their entire game on the first series of downs. Right now I think she has no other game. We shall see. But to me her background and path in life does not indicate that level of development.

3 09 2008
Tammy

Now I just love this from the wp story on the affair thing.

The mainstream media might well have ignored the unsubstantiated allegation, as they did for eight months in the Edwards saga. But the McCain’s team quick response in defending the Arizona senator’s running mate had the effect, intentionally or otherwise, of giving the story more prominence.

3 09 2008
Parker CA

The repub’s will just deny everything and call the Enquirer’s reporting lies.

This speech is going to carry an enormous amount of momentum for the McCain/Palin ticket, have no doubt about that.

Obama/Biden/Clintons et al on the dem’s side must come out in full force and begin refuting the blatant lies spewed tonight in these speeches. They also need to strongly frame the repub’s in regards to their views on abortion and the environment, especially in the younger demographic of voters.

The Dems need to help push the repubs in the direction they aimed their convention this evening, to the extreme right. Neo-con extreme views will not play favorably across the nation with anyone but that specific base, but unless that is stated and accentuated from now until November 4th.

There are some serious contradictions in Palin’s speech this evening, and if the Dems are on top of it, they can pick apart the hypocrisy very easily.

Obama/Biden ’08

3 09 2008
Micheal

I didn’t vote for Hillary, but I have a lot of respect for her. I really want to see her reaction to Palin acting as if Hillary’s passed on the torch to her to break that glass ceiling.

3 09 2008
GlitterGirl

This blog is awesome and I love reading all of you have donated to Obama-gonna do the same and email others-a great idea! I am surprised they let her throw so many punches at Obama-she has just leveled the playing field so Biden can take the gloves off. There will be cries of sexism but she has just made them invalid.

3 09 2008
Tammy

Votevets.org is now coming after her.

Is the McCain-Palin Campaign Violating Operational Security?
by: Jon Soltz
Wed Sep 03, 2008 at 16:40:50 PM EDT
When Sarah Palin was announced as John McCain’s Vice Presidential pick, I found it a little disturbing that she told the public that her oldest son, Track, would be deploying to Iraq on September 11. Generally, disclosing the date of deployment is against Operational Security (OPSEC) and illegal.

Calling around to a couple of Public Affairs Officers (PAO) who would be handling the flow of information about Track and his unit, VoteVets.org found out that, first, Track is not deploying on September 11. He may be part of a deployment ceremony that day, before going to Kuwait, though one Public Affairs Officer said that any details of the upcoming ceremony hadn’t been made public yet by the military.

Governor Palin may have spilled the beans on that one, while showing she doesn’t know the difference between a soldier deploying to Iraq vs. one preparing to deploy to Iraq. And while not illegal, if she really did believe that’s when he’s deploying to Iraq, then she didn’t know enough to keep quiet about that to keep from violating OPSEC – something a potential Commander in Chief should know.

But, more disturbing, and definitely in violation of security, are an explosion of stories that say specifically where in Iraq Track is deploying to, which have been dutifully eaten up by right wing websites, and reprinted. I will not reprint it here, because I would only be compounding the issue. But, unfortunately, it is very easy to find on the web at this point.

It is simply impossible that any reporter could figure this out on their own. Just by knowing Track’s name and the date he is heading to Kuwait, one could not figure out specifically where Track and his company would be going in Iraq. There’s a reason it’s impossible to figure that out – because the military doesn’t want that information out there. It only serves to aid the enemy to know where are troops are moving.

Did the Pentagon release that information to the press?

No, according to another PAO that VoteVets.org talked with. In fact, this PAO said, the military was actively trying to quash this story, and keep reporters from repeating all these details, because it was a clear OPSEC violation. The PAO was adamant that the military has no idea how these details got out there and doesn’t want them out there.

So where is this information coming from, if not the military? Certainly not the Obama campaign, which would not gain anything by promoting Track’s service. The only people who I can think of would be those in the McCain-Palin campaign.

If the McCain-Palin campaign has disclosed details about Track’s company’s movements to gain stories in the press about it, they will have put many American lives in danger – not the least of which would be Track’s.

Senator McCain and Governor Palin need to immediately find out if someone in the campaign violated OPSEC by giving a reporter these details, and if they did, the campaign needs to find out where the source got this information from. Whoever that is, is in it deep.

3 09 2008
DS

Keith Olbermann just said it’s illegal in some cases to reveal the date of deployment and location of deployment for troops going to Iraq. So Palin should not be advertising the Sept 11 deployment of her son, Track, so openly. So I guess no military consultants helped with Palin’s speech.

3 09 2008
Alaskan Republican

Ky,
She doesn’t care about other people. You should google “rural alaska” and look at some pictures. See how she lets the rest of her state live!

3 09 2008
kimbers

I’m in agreement with the National Enquirer???

I AM officially in the Twilight Zone.

ENQURIER RESPONDS TO MCCAIN/PALIN
Wed Sep 03 2008 18:19:21 ET

“The National Enquirer’s coverage of a vicious war within Sarah Palin’s extended family includes several newsworthy revelations, including the resulting incredible charge of an affair plus details of family strife when the Governor’s daughter revealed her pregnancy. Following our John Edwards’ exclusives, our political reporting has obviously proven to be more detail-oriented than the McCain campaign’s vetting process. Despite the McCain camp’s attempts to control press coverage they find unfavorable, The Enquirer will continue to pursue news on both sides of the political spectrum.”

3 09 2008
Justa Boare

Tammy- I think the McCain camp HAD to pre-empt the N.E affair story. Which leads me to believe that it must be a strong story.

3 09 2008
DrinkingHeavily

I’ve never heard so many outright bald-faced lies and bullshit all strung together in my whole life. I’m sick.

She’s slick though, with her cute gal below the belt attacks. It scares me to death. I can see a whole lot of low info voters in rural white America loving her to death and believing all that shite that they refuse to know anything about. Just wave the flag and call the media and Washington “angry libruls.” Right. Those damn liberals in charge of the white house the last 8 years are really dumb, eh? And those hurtful media, all run by such liberal mega corporations, like Rupert Murdoch. How dare they ask questions in between all that fawning over that totally mavericky ticket?

Not one iota of substance about the issues. Who is going to notice? Ony those angry liberals who actually care about issues. The republicans will love her anyway, because they obviously don’t know anything about any single issue like the economy or foreign relations – they just think if she looks good, and somebody says she’s good, then she must be good. Hey, they said we’re winning in Eyerack. It must be so. What are we winning again? The oil contracts? Oh yeah, well then we HAVE almost won it all. Yup yup.

3 09 2008
Pamela Picard

Pass the Pepto, bud. I’m really sick. This is deja vu all over again – being Bush-whacked by liars and losers.

3 09 2008
Plwalsh

I think she can’t play the sexism card now. Especially now that the Repubs are touting her as “the hottest vp choice from the coolest state.” After a speech like that, she has no cause to cry foul.

3 09 2008
Justa Boare

HAHAHA!! I want to see those Hottest V.P buttons go in the trash bins after the the details of her affair come out!!

3 09 2008
VP, Flat Earth Society

Could someone please point out to bimbo-brain that she was not ‘nominated’ as she said tonight. she was selected

3 09 2008
dongshow

where is everyone from on here tonight? I agree with the sentiment above, that after tonight the heat is only going to get turned up, and she’ll have it coming.

3 09 2008
DS

Wouldn’t it be funny if someone discovered Todd Palin had a vasectomy?

3 09 2008
CRFLATS

I have been watching the re-run clips, and it has reinforced my first impression: Sarah knows this is her swan song. She looks forlorn at the end of the speech, and wandering the stage. The body language is stunning. He gives her a hug, she looks a bit sad, and pulls away. I think the hand writing is on the wall, and she knows the end game doesn’t include her.

3 09 2008
Plwalsh

The Enquirer is out for blood now. McCain sounds a lot like Edwards a few months ago.

3 09 2008
krassen

independent woman
I am pretty sure that what you are planning to do is illegal
(to give money on behalf of others) If you have maxed out, you have done good!

3 09 2008
Plwalsh

CRFLATS:

Interesting observation. Maybe she is thinking of that Enquirer article. She probably knows who the sources are, why they hate her, and what else is coming.

3 09 2008
Cynthia, TX

CRFlats, I was thinking the same thing after watching it a couple more times. I think something is up. The body language was just not there.

I wonder if they just used her to sure up the base and place baseless attacks against Obama.

3 09 2008
Alaskan Republican

My husband just informed me that I have lost my mind and that I need to come up for air. It is just that I am so frustrated. Living in Alaska and knowing what I know and seeing people support her makes me crazy! I was in tears this morning watching the news and seeing that people actually like her. Then I discovered this blog and I realized that there are educated people out there! THANK YOU! Please tell your friends about rural Alaska!

3 09 2008
dongshow

I feel and agree with you Alaskan Republican. but rural alaska isn’t all bad. there are plenty of people out there because they are educated, and know only too well about Sarah. its a haven for us too!

3 09 2008
Groundhogday

CRFLATS:

Your observation might explain the attack dog speech. It didn’t make ANY sense if they wanted to portray her as presidential. But if she is taking one for the team, it makes perfect sense. She gets to go down swinging, look strong, then decide to focus on family.

3 09 2008
Plwalsh

Ed Schultz is ripping up Palin’s speech on CNN.

3 09 2008
Parker CA

Cynthia and CRFlats –

I think you can be certain that tomorrow will be a devastating day for the Palin family if this article the Enquirer is reporting actually breaks into the MSM and into the view of our country.

They can deny, and they will deny, but NE now has clout and legitimacy from the Edwards saga.

Very interesting interpretation of the body language. I noticed the same thing, and I was half-expecting her to start crying. She may have only been overwhelmed because of the response, but i wouldn’t be surprised if there are some serious underlying issues.

On that note, when they camera panned to her parents, her father looked almost disinterested. No smile, no energy. He seemed to be a man who knows that the shit-fan is about to blow really hard on his family.

Obama/Biden ’08

3 09 2008
Plwalsh

Schultz says: “O.K. She can read a teleprompter. Big Deal.”

Others are saying “we’ll see how she holds up under the bright lights.”

3 09 2008
Cynthia, TX

why does she have such a high approval rating in alaska? see we are on the outside looking in and have not a clue. I was so shocked at the pick it just didn’t make any sense at all.

3 09 2008
madbluedog

Here’s something to think about… what holds more weight with the “uninformed,” The cover of US Weekly and the National Enquirer, or a speech at the RNC? I think, for the first time in my life, I am rooting for the tabloids.

3 09 2008
Sue

It bothers me a great deal that the Republicans keep on lying about things that can easily be checked for accuracy. The Bush administration has done this for 8 years, and now McCain and his cronies are doing it, too. And the audience is swallowing it, hook, line, and sinker. Are they that stupid? Or are they that desperate to believe? Tonight’s speeches reminded me of that story, The Emperor’s New Clothes. You remember it–the one where there weren’t acutally any clothes, and the emperor paraded naked in front of the entire kingdom…and nobody spoke up. And these people want to (again) lead our nation. Terrifying!

3 09 2008
Plwalsh

The Enquirer story is already in the MSM, e.g., the Washington Post.

The Post is playing it as a story about McCain threating to sue the Enquirer, which I suppose makes it legitimate news. Of course, it also means that the Post can repeat the main points of the Enquirer’s story.

There’s been this strange, subdued tone to many of the Republican pundits today, which makes the viciousness of the speeches tonight even odder. Maybe they are thinking this is their last chance.

3 09 2008
Alaskan Republican

dongshow,
Please don’t misunderstand me. I do not think rural Alaska is bad. I lived there for four years and LOVED every minute of it. What I think is bad is the picture that has been painted of Sarah. She hasn’t done a thing for rural Alaska. Everyone keeps talking about how great she is. I love rural Alaska, that is where my heart is. That is why I am so mad! Someone please tell Sarah that 75% of her state is not on the road system.

3 09 2008
AlwaysAmazed1

Doesn’t matter what the repugs said tonight or any other time. It will never be about the issues that matter to the majority of Americans.

Just donate to Obama/Biden and do all that you can to get our team elected.

We can take nothing for granted in light of how the last 2 elections played out! Donate. Now. Over and Over. Then get as many folks registered and out to vote!

3 09 2008
ReneND

Jeez, Don’t you people ever sleep? Me either. Just took a cruise through the righty blogs.
Calling her (wait for it..) SarAmerica (trademark)

Gack

3 09 2008
DS

The Nat’l Enquirer adultery story will have a worse impact on Sarah Palin than it did on John Edwards. There’s a double-standard when it comes to women and sexual impropriety. Especially when there are young children involved. This will not go down well for her.

3 09 2008
pupule

Mudflats…Thank YOU!

To all the rest of you sanity saving good humans…STOP!

I need to hit the sack!😉

3 09 2008
madbluedog

Yes, AlwaysAmazed1, donating is really the best thing we can do to fight the smear and distortion of the mccain/palin campaign. Both my husband and I donated, as well as my mother and father. It really is the best message we can send.

3 09 2008
Plwalsh

Cynthia:

I have seen videos of Palin as governor and she is absolutely loveable. You can’t imagine more charm. She seems like the nicest, kindest, most sensible person on the planet.

I was fairly shocked by the tone of this speech. It seems she has two sides to her personality. Problem is, with the nasty Sarah out on view no one will believe the nice one.

3 09 2008
Alaskan Republican

RE: Cynthia, TX (21:17:18) :

why does she have such a high approval rating in alaska? see we are on the outside looking in and have not a clue. I was so shocked at the pick it just didn’t make any sense at all.

She has such a high approval rating because no one asks people off the road system. No one goes out to rural Alaska and asks us how we feel. When you are only talking to part of the state the numbers are going to be skewed. No one is taking that into consideration. Alaska is very different from any other state. No one travels to the bush! No one has any idea what the rest of the state feels like. So I am telling you, those numbers are not accurate!

3 09 2008
palin rnc

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3 09 2008
Tammy

Alaskan, 75%? Wow , that’s alot!!

DS I thought the media went after Edwards hard. I know some people were saying in some of the stories that Elizabeth was also in the wrong. You know by not telling everyone all of the family secrets.

3 09 2008
Corie

I’m feeling more optimistic now than I have been in days. I think people – and the MSM – are going to be speaking up. The MSM can be often be lazy, just parroting back the Republican line. But journalists LIVE for this kind of story. It’s real reporting as opposed to sitting in a press conference hoping someone is going to call on you. And the McCain camp has basically excoriated them for doing their jobs, and they are not going to take kindly to that.

The truth will be set free!

3 09 2008
Estric

Some of us down here in Minnesota reading your blog. You people know her and so do we. Keep us posted on this liar/psycho.

3 09 2008
Estric

Should have read and we want to know about her too… late night.

3 09 2008
Parker CA

Plwalsh –

The rough idea of this story is out, but the real nitty-gritty details are what can break this woman and this ticket. I’m very interested to see what kind of impact this really has once this story hits tomorrow.

Obama/Biden ’08

3 09 2008
HamletsMill

As AKM posted “Phew. We made it.”

That sums it up for me. Time for bed. Like some other folks posted, I also say thanks to all for helping me get through it. I guess we are all going through some kind of bonding experience.

I love every one of you!

3 09 2008
Corie

You know, Palin majored in journalism. Didn’t she understand what kind of media onslaught she would unleash? How can she complain about it?

3 09 2008
portland oregon native

And who did her hair??? She looked like a pin head.
Oh wait… she IS a pin head! That condition is really hard to cover up.
I donated to Obama tonight too.
Thanks everyone it is good to know that youare all out there.

3 09 2008
Rhett O'Rical

If you guys have not seen this Charlie Rose interview you should check it out because I think her inability to answer questions here is a preview of the veep debate.

http://www.charlierose.com/shows/2007/10/12/2/a-conversation-with-governors-janet-napolitano-sarah-palin

3 09 2008
gwbimpeached

Ahhh, DrinkingHeavily (20:59:34), you’re a blogger after my own heart! I love the humor and cynicism…yup, yup! See 20:22:10 for my cynicism, too😉

3 09 2008
Plwalsh

Just in from Reuters:

ST. PAUL (Reuters) – U.S. Republican presidential nominee John McCain has a new attack dog. Her name is Sarah Palin, and she bites hard.

Palin’s mocking critique of Democrat Barack Obama and the Washington elite charged up Republicans looking for signs of hope that she and McCain can win the White House on November 4.

3 09 2008
Reality Check

Like her or not people, she hit a grand slam with her speech tonight.

We need to quit underestimating her, she is formidable.

I certainly do not agree with her on the issues, do not believe she is truly qualified, but don’t kid yourselves, she connected in a big way tonight. Her speech will resonate with a lot of people. At the very least, McCain will get a bump out of this.

3 09 2008
Proud2BUSA

Alaskan Republican – I think I would not vote for the Party if they were going to ignore me.

That Kyra (can’t remember her last name) reporter from CNN is certainly enamored with Sarah Palin, and even said on national TV that this was “…someone [I] could be friends with….” She has definitely sailed past objective reporting, but I don’t hear the Republicans clamoring on about her.
I’m eager to see the actual NE article. The Edwards articles were D-A-M-N-I-N-G, and it will be a long day before John Edwards will be able to count on NC again…it’s good to see folks get caught after they have played up their “holier than thou” routine.

I think Palin’s speech played well to the Republican base. I think she probably made some ties to some women, although definitely not Hillary supporters although I don’t know if that is what the Republicans were counting on. She came across okay – but certainly not as polished or as specific as Clinton or even Meg Whitman this evening. It is going to be so interesting to see how they or if they can keep the lid on all this stuff that is going on. Just because she is a woman does not mean she is off-limits, and if McCain picked her for that reason, well then NO WONDER no smart and talented feminist wants to vote for him!!!! (except Mary Matalin – Golly, you’d think Carville could convert her by now…..)

Since I’m from the Carolinas, I can tell you that people here are pretty pi## ed at Edwards because if knew this and had dropped out sooner, Hillary would have taken Iowa and won the nomination. Water under the Bridge Now, but goes to show that ego can have significant impacts when one least expects it.

3 09 2008
Plwalsh

Too bad for McCain that the Enquirer is coming out the day of his speech.

The big problem with Sarah is that she is totally stealing the show. McCain is going to look like the warm up act that got lost on the way to the theatre. Then the Enquirer is going to step right on his speech before he even gives it. Look for copies of the paper in the audience tomorrow night.

The significance of the Washington Post story is that it took months before the MSM even mentioned the Edwards story. They were really embarassed by the Enquirer and the blogs. I would guess the cycle is going to be quicker this time.

3 09 2008
dongshow

wow, attack dog, pit bull, I’m worried. although that women in eagle river did get attacked…

3 09 2008
Plwalsh

I think the MSM media feels guilty about not covering the Edwards story for exactly that reason. If they hadn’t held back, the outcome of the primaries might have been completely different.

3 09 2008
Cynthia, TX

omg!!! look at what Roger Simon wrote at Politico about Palin Flower!!!! He is apologizing about criticizing her.

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0908/13143.html

the sad part is this was done to Obama and I don’t recall many apologies if any at all

3 09 2008
AZ Michelle

This “football mom” missed the speech because I had to take my son to practice. But after watching the recorded version on PBS, I finally donated a large sum to Barack. I think she succeeded in driving every independent running into the Obama camp. Thank you, Sara Palin, for putting the nail in McCain’s coffin. And I’m from Scottsdale, AZ.

3 09 2008
Sockeye

I just donated to the Obama campaign and updated my voter registration. Feels good.

And…coincidently, I’m drinking a nice Alaskan IPA right now to help calm me down after watching the RNC. It feels good too.

Cheers, goodnight everyone, and lets fight the good fight tomorrow.

3 09 2008
mde

Cynthia, TX (21:56:37)

I think he’s kidding.

3 09 2008
DS
3 09 2008
Plwalsh

O.K., it looks like the National Enquirer flap is hitting the MSM bigtime. I’ve even seen it in the Australian papers. They are all making the lead the fact that McCain is denying and calling it a “vicious lie.” Whoa. Could be another whole week of the Sarah Show.

3 09 2008
SeattleObamaSupporter

First, keep up the great work, Mudflats folks! Like many others, I’ve found myself checking this site repeatedly over the past few days.

I’ve checked the National Enquirer site several times this evening, and it’s been down for several hours. (And, believe me, it pains me to type that last sentence – I don’t even look at the cover at the checkout stand. Who knows, maybe it will become my new “trusted” source for information!) In any case, is anyone else seeing this? What exactly does the article(s) say?

Btw, what percentage of Alaskan voters are registered Republicans? My understanding is that Alaska is a very red state, so reading that Palin won the governor race with less than 50% of the vote, struck me as odd.

Keep the info coming. Those of us in the lower 49 (ya, we’re including Hawaii with us) are loving it!

3 09 2008
Alexander Rose

http://thehedonistperspective.wordpress.com/2008/09/04/republicans-versus/

The satirical version of the convention tonight…

I don’t know about anyone else but I just got drunk and found the whole thing hilarious.

3 09 2008
madbluedog

Thank you all for fighting the good fight. Thank you to this great blog for not only informing us, but for writing in such a way that this has become a comfortable community of “like-minds.” I am on vacation this week. As a result, the garage sale I had planned for Saturday will not happen, and the mccain/palin bs is at fault – I am obsessed with it. Please let the truth come out loud and clear about this campaign of smear and lies; be it the NE or MSM, it has to come out. Good night all. I appreciate knowing that I am not alone in my absolute belief that right will win over might once and for all.

3 09 2008
Rabbler

kool blog

3 09 2008
Mikal

Sadly, I agree that she gets off on it .. she’s cocky and self-righteous.
As an Alaskan (woman) I am horrified that this joke has been taken seriously. Unfortunately, Alaskans don’t have much say in the election results .. and she’ll give us away to oil and resource development. Hey you all … Prop 2&4 .. what happened?
No matter .. it’s way wildly absurd and thanks for your access and me not feeling soooooooo … umm… alone in what I see as so obvious.
Ummm … where to go from here? Iceland’s looking good ……… it’ll be warm soon.

3 09 2008
Keystone

I don’t know if this is fake, but if it’s not, Levi’s just a tad po’d:

http://blog.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.ListAll&friendID=410406221

Note that he likes Steven King which future mom in law wanted to ban (or so I’ve read).

3 09 2008
jen

Let’s see how she does in a Press Conference. Quite a bit different than reading a TelePrompter.

3 09 2008
gizmo

I just set ‘Mudflats’ as my home page. At the rate Sarah Palin is generating muck I figured that it was the best way to keep up…

3 09 2008
Plwalsh

Uh oh. The National Enquirer flap is all over the place now. McCain’s impulse to to sue was not good judgment, once again. This from one of the blogs:

“The Washington Post’s Howard Kurtz raised a good point about this matter a few minutes ago:

The mainstream media might well have ignored the unsubstantiated allegation, as they did for eight months in the Edwards saga. But the McCain’s team quick response in defending the Arizona senator’s running mate had the effect, intentionally or otherwise, of giving the story more prominence.”

The cover of the Enquirer is posted a few places. This isn’t going to look too good for the Republican ticket in the supermarkets this week.

3 09 2008
Rhett O'Rical

First, I would like to thank you guys for your nice, insightful posts. I have lost track of the number of times I have read posts here the last few days. Didn’t that kid’s web site have an Obama banner a few days ago? One of his clan did. Maybe it was goof by somebody who saved it.

i have no idea what sort of lawsuit the McCain campaign people could file about the National Enquirer story. In a defamation case, if the plaintiff is a public figure, they have the burden of proving the story is false.

I just heard (on my post above for Charlie Rose?) some place her having a hard time explaining why her husband switched jobs. I have read so much about Palin I think it has become one giant mudlded thought.

3 09 2008
Rhett O'Rical

Is it just me, or did she look puzzled when she read the part about Harry Reid. It was almost like she had no idea who he was. Did any other person notice this?

3 09 2008
Phil

I thought I had heard a comment (I think from Chris Matthews or one of them on MSNBC, I was walking in and out of the living room at the time)-something about her and her church wanting to kill all Jews because they don’t believe in Christ? I couldn’t believe my ears! Could someone who knows more about this elaborate-like I say-I didn’t catch the whole thing. This is some pretty appalling stuff if it is true!!!

3 09 2008
JD

Wow….I am still sitting in my sofa, lost for words….looking at my TV and saying…what the f%%¤# WAS THAT

P.O.W….well, let me tell you a story…Oh, sorry McScam already told that one, with the cross in the dirt, no table, no sofa and no $500.00 shoes, oh and the 7 or 8 houses,…You know, that old grey hair dude (ref Paris Hilton) McScam….he is just like your good old neighbor…well he could be your neighbor with all the houses he owns but doesn’t know where they are.

Anyway, was her name Sarah Barracuda, well she does look like a librarian and one heck of a MILF…but I am still going what the …well…you know….the f word.

Is it just me or did it sound like the same speech for the past 20 some years, different version, BUT same rhetoric…..them against us and no more taxes.

I am still looking at the TV and saying…well, …you know the word by now.

3 09 2008
GH

I love this blog. Been glued here since Friday. My wife says I’m obsessed.

I need to go to bed but I Just had to share this. Levi’s blog is back up on MySpace.

http://www.myspace.com/levilovesbristol

This is in Levi’s blog

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

ENOUGH, already!!!

I wont be run out of myspace just because of some fuckin newspaper people working for obama. What my future mother-in-law is doing has nothing to do with me or Bristol, but I want everyone who reads this to know, every time they attack us for being human, they show why America needs leaders like Sarah Palin.

If you came to my page just to be political, you are wasting your time. But if you came and want to throw a shout out for support, bring it on!

-Levi.

Save a copy before the McCain’s goons take it down again.

3 09 2008
Plwalsh

As I understand it, the preacher at Sarah Palin’s church that the Jews in Israel deserved the terrorists because they had refused to be converted to Christ. This was, I think, a couple of weeks ago and Sarah was in the congregation at the time.

3 09 2008
fawnskin

that in no way was written by levi…just look at the phrasing
and what happened to his pics of drinking with his sister, etc.

3 09 2008
Phil

Thanks, PlWalsh! And they think Rev. Wright is off the deep end?

3 09 2008
fawnskin

the more i analyze that supposed myspace, the more i am appalled at the puppetmasters.
they could have at least found a nearer to 18 yr old to make those things up!

3 09 2008
Rhett O'Rical
3 09 2008
Phil

Rhett, thanks for the link!!!

3 09 2008
GH

I don’t know. It looks pretty believable. At this point I’d believe just about anything.

3 09 2008
LaughingAt...

phil its on andrew sullivans blog…

3 09 2008
fawnskin

no it doesn’t in anyway look believable, gh.
perhaps you should re do it.

3 09 2008
LaughingAt...

that myspace is the campaign
it was down fri by 3.

3 09 2008
JD

Wait…the show is over and I am still sitting in my sofa…..DID she say “I accept your nomination”

Wait…dumfuck…you were not nominated, you were selected …I think you are one step ahead of your own mind

Scary, she is preparing her 2012 speach……….

3 09 2008
GH

You’re probably right that it’s fake. I searched and found a number of other obviously fake Levi myspace pages.

3 09 2008
fawnskin

and i’m beginning to think there are trolls beginning to show up on this website

3 09 2008
in a valley further south

hey cynthia, that is sarcasm in that simon piece. hello???

after watching that performance and then re watching the Obama speech and reading all the MSM reports and blogs,

it all becomes clear to me what the game plan is here with the McCain/Palin fundamentalist bible believin’ program.

here’s the background that sets it all up:

the earth and everything on it was created in seven days 6000 years ago.
by a guy named god.

how do we know this? well, it says it right here in the book.

and god is in charge of everything.

how do we know this? well, it says it right here in the book.

for the 2000 years since the book was written, has anyone been able to prove or disprove the existence or non existence of the god guy who
said all the stuff that is in the book? or that it was actually the god guy who said all of the stuff in the book?

no of course not.

is the god guy business alive and well?

yup yup. you bet it is

apparently, it’s the biggest business in Wassilla and no worries about raising or lowering taxes from the folks in the business because they pay none.

what does a good life long student of this business learn?

say anything you like with authority and a smile on your face and
many are going to believe it. particularly when there is no
way to prove or disprove what you claim. and when you bear a striking resemblance to patty fields ‘the flying nun’ you’re in business!!!

organizing is laughable. you have no responsibility, make no decisions, do absolutely nothing even remotely connected with the incredibly complicated and enormously challenging task of running a very small town much less a very large country. see, i said it. it must be true.

Obama is going to raise taxes on 95% of americans. i said it. it’s true.

(who cares that the video is available on the internet for anyone to watch where he says that he is going to lower taxes) he does not make reality, we do!!!!

too many people in this country are too young to have read Orwell’s 1984

doublespeak, doublethink. only big bother speaks the truth.

there are only two months to go here and people all over the place are
all over these pointless ‘issues’ that can not make a difference because the ‘issue’ is: does Ms Palin have judgement and

when you ask Ms Palin the answer will be: yup yup every time.

why? well you ninny, because Ms Palin says it it must be true.

why would it ever be different. her days as a hockey mom are over. no one cares about hockey grandmoms. she needs something new to get her teeth into. this is the thing right here. creating reality for 6.7 billion people.

the one thing that works against Ms Palin, the one thing that makes her the least qualified to be the candidate and the one thing that she would never deny is the one thing that they left out of her extraordinarily delivered speech this evening.

the fact that she gets her directions from the god guy. the fact that she is a fundamentalist bible believer which for all intents and purposes says that she is not a rational thinker. just a reality creator, like ‘the creator himself’.

it’s not about what she did not do, or why

it’s got to be about what she does.

get it?

3 09 2008
deuce2

Can’t remember where, but it is out there.
“Palin–a breath of fresh air”
>>>>>>>>whew?>>>>whoosh?>>>>>>whail?>>>>>>
OH, WTF [ makes noise like wind blowing].
Ain’t never gonna be that, CAUSE……….
If it doesn’t have the strength to blow your dress up!!!!!!!!!!!
It’ll never be able to dry your drawyers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

3 09 2008
Mil

http://cagle.com/

Some humor for everybody. Go the the updating daily cartoons link. You’ll have to scroll a bit to get to it. It’s just under a bid ad in the midst of the cartoon headers. Palin is getting skewered. *gleeful giggle*

3 09 2008
deuce2

Graduated high school in ’69. Remember the VietNam conflict well.
Lost a lot of good friends died in that scuffle.
Was in college at the time. Was at Marshall Univ. when the Kent Massacre
occurred. Had my share of beatings by the law. Remember losing
the football team there as well. Seen what that war did to many 20 year
old men. What the hell does she know about war. Put her ass on the
line and see what she is made of.
Obama/Biden 08

3 09 2008
Reality Check

Memo to “In a valley further south”: Excellent post.

3 09 2008
GJ in Idaho

The late nite shows are having lots of fun with SarAmerica….only trouble folks get elected just because small town folks hear the name on late night shows…not having ever watch a NDC or a NRC.

3 09 2008
LadyPrism

I just wanted to share this photo with you guys… figured you would appreciate it! A good friend of mine created it while watching the RNC, and I thought it was very fitting… it kindof says it all!
[IMG]http://i283.photobucket.com/albums/kk309/LadyPrism/palin_copy2.jpg[/IMG]

3 09 2008
devistatedcanadian

Holy Crap! If this is all the Republicans have to offer the U.S. and the world, I’m devistated as a Canadian.

Please tell me that this election race is closer to the Obama/Biden ticket than this posse of McCain/Palin

I’m rooting for the U.S. that it’s going to get back on it’s feet.

Don’t let the rest of the world down, democrats! We are counting on you. Wish Canada could vote on your election, you’d win with a landslide!

3 09 2008
ADAMS OFF OX

Tonights Republican agenda: God, morality, our country and hatred.

“There is an invisible evil among us, and if you look you can see it. You can see it when you go to the convention and just look, it is all around you. you just have to look to see it. That is the evil God has warned you of and you must not fear it. It is called the Republicans. They are that evil in solid form, the form it takes as it walks around us, all around us. It is every were. That is the evil we must defeat. That is gods will and gods plan. This is gods true war.”
(a play on the sermons ‘Sister Sara’ grew up with)

That was not pride in there party or there new leader, belief in the new agenda, pride in the work ahead, it was hate. Hate in the name of God, Country, self and the call to rid them selfs of the plague among them….any one that dose not see things there way.

I felt like the ‘Humans’ in the plant of the apes. I am not one of them so I must be the other.

This is a extreme reaction, so they got just what they wanted from the event. If it worked on me a non-party believer just think what the true believers feel right now.
________________________________________________________________________

I am an American, an Atheist, bitter and many hear would call me (rightfully) one of those ‘Second amendment gun nuts’.

This must be stopped. I am sick of being hated and feared by so much of the world, the loss of life, the waste, the stupidity, the hypocrisy, the incompetence. The total lack of any moral compass.

I hope Obama can back his play.

(It is not my intent to mock God, and apologies if/for any offense. Please do not take my lack of faith as a lack of respect for yours.)

3 09 2008
Nebalaskan

Palin is now calling herself a “pitbull with lipstick”. She must have missed the the story about the poor little girl in Anchorage that was killed by a pitbull. Funny it was on all the local channels. It just happened a few weeks ago. Its notable because there are so few dog attack deaths in Alaska. Its especially tragic because a child was involved. Once again….Sarah your soooo classy.

3 09 2008
devistatedcanadian

I just can’t believe the atrocities of the speeches tonight, and how blatently liars they were. I’m totally disaloushened with the politics of the rupublicans for 8 years now. It’s such hypocracy with some kind of a delusional addage.

This woman, Palin, I hope she will be scorned for the obvious front she is pulling for the McCain party. She is a joke, and so is her family for going along with it.

3 09 2008
protus

Flag wrapping, terrorist flapping, 9/11 rapping, right wing, white supremacist, conservatives.

ENOUGH!!

They had their chance and they blew it.

We dont even need to go over the last 8 years because the results are staring us in the face daily.

From what I could tell their slogan should be BS first, Country Last.

We are watching now and will be envolved more and more as the days edge closer to nov 4th.

We remember how things worked out the last 2 elections and we have lived through the results.

We see clearly through this propaganda and fear mongering with eagle like clarity.

We will not let this country fall into your hands again you can bet on that.

We the people…………will make change happen.

4 09 2008
Mil

I don’t think her family got a choice. I know that if I were Bristol, I would have done anything to not be put in the spotlight, but I think Sarah was just like ‘we’re doing this and that’s final’.

4 09 2008
protus

anyone else notice how the bush admin always does things behind the scenes when the country is occupiedwith an election??

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/26522492/

check this out.

4 09 2008
Charles

Where will the next shoe drop? Say, Mike Wooten was a swell, calm guy, said Sarah in 2000: http://extras.mnginteractive.com/live/media/site163/2008/0721/20080721_111415_PalinLetterofRecomend.pdf. What went wrong?

4 09 2008
Dish it

So about this alleged affair with this alleged business partner.

Remember that carwash that the Palin’s owned, well, co-owned with another couple. I wonder if that’s the business partner in question?

They dissolved that business in 2007 after they got nailed for not paying taxes (carwashgate).

The couple’s name is Wells, Ray and Carolin.

4 09 2008
dongshow

wow, I stopped back by here after reading the french reaction to all this absurdity and there is so much new stuff I’ll never get to bed. this place is amazing.

4 09 2008
christright

I thought she was laughable but i’m a democrat. I’m wondering what the swing voters say. Here’s one woman’s opinion…is this an indicator?

http://www.100differentthings.com/2008/09/04/palin-rouses-crowd-but-was-speech-a-lie/

4 09 2008
DL Landry

Someone wanted to know if Juneau was declared a disaster area after the avalanche and power outage. No it wasn’t:
http://www.juneauempire.com/stories/050208/loc_274733501.shtml

4 09 2008
protus

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and her Republican supporters held back little Wednesday as they issued dismissive attacks on Barack Obama and flattering praise on her credentials to be vice president. In some cases, the reproach and the praise stretched the truth.

Some examples:

PALIN: “I have protected the taxpayers by vetoing wasteful spending … and championed reform to end the abuses of earmark spending by Congress. I told the Congress ‘thanks but no thanks’ for that Bridge to Nowhere.”

THE FACTS: As mayor of Wasilla, Palin hired a lobbyist and traveled to Washington annually to support earmarks for the town totaling $27 million. In her two years as governor, Alaska has requested nearly $750 million in special federal spending, by far the largest per-capita request in the nation. While Palin notes she rejected plans to build a $398 million bridge from Ketchikan to an island with 50 residents and an airport, that opposition came only after the plan was ridiculed nationally as a “bridge to nowhere.”

PALIN: “There is much to like and admire about our opponent. But listening to him speak, it’s easy to forget that this is a man who has authored two memoirs but not a single major law or reform _ not even in the state senate.”

THE FACTS: Compared to McCain and his two decades in the Senate, Obama does have a more meager record. But he has worked with Republicans to pass legislation that expanded efforts to intercept illegal shipments of weapons of mass destruction and to help destroy conventional weapons stockpiles. The legislation became law last year. To demean that accomplishment would be to also demean the work of Republican Sen. Richard Lugar of Indiana, a respected foreign policy voice in the Senate. In Illinois, he was the leader on two big, contentious measures in Illinois: studying racial profiling by police and requiring recordings of interrogations in potential death penalty cases. He also successfully co-sponsored major ethics reform legislation.

PALIN: “The Democratic nominee for president supports plans to raise income taxes, raise payroll taxes, raise investment income taxes, raise the death tax, raise business taxes, and increase the tax burden on the American people by hundreds of billions of dollars.”

THE FACTS: The Tax Policy Center, a think tank run jointly by the Brookings Institution and the Urban Institute, concluded that Obama’s plan would increase after-tax income for middle-income taxpayers by about 5 percent by 2012, or nearly $2,200 annually. McCain’s plan, which cuts taxes across all income levels, would raise after tax-income for middle-income taxpayers by 3 percent, the center concluded.

Obama would provide $80 billion in tax breaks, mainly for poor workers and the elderly, including tripling the Earned Income Tax Credit for minimum-wage workers and higher credits for larger families.

He also would raise income taxes, capital gains and dividend taxes on the wealthiest. He would raise payroll taxes on taxpayers with incomes above $250,000, and he would raise corporate taxes. Small businesses that make more than $250,000 a year would see taxes rise.

MCCAIN: “She’s been governor of our largest state, in charge of 20 percent of America’s energy supply … She’s responsible for 20 percent of the nation’s energy supply. I’m entertained by the comparison and I hope we can keep making that comparison that running a political campaign is somehow comparable to being the executive of the largest state in America,” he said in an interview with ABC News’ Charles Gibson.

THE FACTS: McCain’s phrasing exaggerates both claims. Palin is governor of a state that ranks second nationally in crude oil production, but she’s no more “responsible” for that resource than President Bush was when he was governor of Texas, another oil-producing state. In fact, her primary power is the ability to tax oil, which she did in concert with the Alaska Legislature. And where Alaska is the largest state in America, McCain could as easily have called it the 47th largest state _ by population.

MCCAIN: “She’s the commander of the Alaska National Guard. … She has been in charge, and she has had national security as one of her primary responsibilities,” he said on ABC.

THE FACTS: While governors are in charge of their state guard units, that authority ends whenever those units are called to actual military service. When guard units are deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan, for example, they assume those duties under “federal status,” which means they report to the Defense Department, not their governors. Alaska’s national guard units have a total of about 4,200 personnel, among the smallest of state guard organizations.

FORMER ARKANSAS GOV. MIKE HUCKABEE: Palin “got more votes running for mayor of Wasilla, Alaska than Joe Biden got running for president of the United States.”

THE FACTS: A whopper. Palin got 616 votes in the 1996 mayor’s election, and got 909 in her 1999 re-election race, for a total of 1,525. Biden dropped out of the race after the Iowa caucuses, but he still got 76,165 votes in 23 states and the District of Columbia where he was on the ballot during the 2008 presidential primaries.

FORMER MASSACHUSETTS GOV. MITT ROMNEY: “We need change, all right _ change from a liberal Washington to a conservative Washington! We have a prescription for every American who wants change in Washington _ throw out the big-government liberals, and elect John McCain and Sarah Palin.”

THE FACTS: A Back-to-the-Future moment. George W. Bush, a conservative Republican, has been president for nearly eight years. And until last year, Republicans controlled Congress. Only since January 2007 have Democrats have been in charge of the House and Senate.

Associated Press Writer Jim Drinkard in Washington contributed to this report.

4 09 2008
CHCH

Hair by Ivana

Sarah Palin, a commercial fisherman from Wasilla, told her husband on Tuesday she was driving to Anchorage to shop at Costco. Instead, she headed straight for Ivana (at Costco).

And there, at J.C. Penney’s cosmetic department, was Ivana, the former Mrs. Donald Trump, sitting at a table next to a photograph of herself. She wore a light-colored pantsuit and pink fingernail polish. Her blonde hair was coiffed in a bouffant French twist. ‘We want to see Ivana,’ said Palin, who admittedly smells like salmon for a large part of the summer, ‘because we are so desperate in Alaska for any semblance of glamour and culture.'” [Anchorage Daily News (Alaska), 4/3/96]

Possibly Baby Daddy’s sister’s Myspace http://www.myspace.com/mercedemarie

More possible Palin Family Photos from Possible Baby Daddy sister http://cajunboy.tumblr.com/page/2

4 09 2008
John Doe

As laughable as both McCain and Palin are, don’t ever discount what the Right will do to retain the increasing powers of their police state. From all accounts, we’ll be at war with Iran within the next couple of weeks, straight out of the Rove playbook. Be afraid, be VERY afraid.

4 09 2008
Catherine

I really thought she was way too nasty for someone the american people don’t even know. She came off as very nasty, smug and very condescending. I think it was a mistake. I personallly believe that once this convention is over, and pundits are out of their little bubble where they are only getting feedback from whacks who are there, you are going to see a big backlash, or, rejection of this from the people. This reminds me of nothing so much as 1992, the first election I paid attention to and voted in. I remember being horrified by the republican convention, as were my young friends. Embarrassed too.

Bad economy. People suffering. Republicans fighting the culture wars and being real nasty. And a choice – that, or a guy who is talking about hope, about change, about tomorrow.

I don’t see this going well for the pitbulls, no matter how much lipstick they slap on their pigs.

4 09 2008
deuce2

O’Reilly interviews Obama tonight during the repub. conv. Wonder which
channel will have the most viewers. I vote for fox news.

4 09 2008
Miemaw from Texas

Didn’t watch the speech she gave. I’m in my mid-seventies, and I don’t waste my time on inconsequential stuff.

From what I read, all she did was remind people why we could never go through four to eight more “Bush” years.

I did make a modest donation to the Obama campaign this morning.

Love this blog. Will be a faithful reader, until we return your Governor to your state.

“Red Meat” indeed. (Worked well for Hillary –wot?)

4 09 2008
From England

finally, coffee break and I could get my fix (11.30am here)…..lots of very interesting comments from last night. Acouple of points
1. we (I know I’m a brit but I’m right with you) really have to be on our guard, make sure everyone gets out the vote for the dems. There could be a mass of regular folks out there who aren’t following as ardently as you guys, and who will not know that she said yes please before no thanks, who will not know that she cut special ed budget by 62%, who will not know that she received under 1000 votes when she was voted mayor, who will not know about trooper gate, baby gate (Trig???) and anyothergates that arise. She gave an excellent and rousing speech absent the facts……
2. WHY HAS NATIONAL ENQUIRER site been down for past 24hours or so??

4 09 2008
From England

From politico….
“Palin’s teleprompter text showed the word nuclear spelled phonetically: new-clear. That word will follow the GOPers forever.”
http://www.politico.com/blogs/anneschroeder

4 09 2008
Catherine

The National Enquirer site probably went down from overload. It’ll be back up.

4 09 2008
From England

another GEM from the same politico

“Overheard from Trent Lott, talking on a cell phone by the Saint Paul Hotel: “Her speech was a little long.”

This has to end soon……America’s/global economic productivity is really going to take a hit during this festive season come early…LOL

4 09 2008
bluevillage

Great blog on this event — I’ll be following you in the future.

4 09 2008
neil

“‘put the plane on eBay.’ OK that was a good move.” haha I love your blog! I hope you’ll keep blogging about national issues after the focus leaves Alaska — a national blog from an Alaskan perspective. Would be great.

4 09 2008
Susan

I’m a 63 yr old retired special ed teacher and I’d like to slap the shit outta Ms Sarah. The Democrats should run an ad showcasing how rich Alaska is and how Ms Palin cut funding to special needs children. That in itself will knock her to her knees. I’ve never gotten involved in politics, but boy I am pissed right now so I AM getting involved. As special ed. teachers we fight tooth and toenail for those kids. You mess with them, you mess with us!

4 09 2008
Bozzy

A snark attack to the Palins and once again their family values on parade…any others have babes they PURPOSELY expose to large NOISY crowds which overloads their tiny senses and causes distress ? ANd noted how others “noted” Daddy P seems rarely to be nestling the little guy yet we are told he happily stays home to nurture all the kids and make sure all is going along fine…UH, REALLY ? The teens boyfriend likes the hoopla and has gotten to meet and greet celebs of various ranks (mostly politicals but will be something he can retell in HIS old age to others etc, etc, etc…so manythink they WANT celbrityhood but not all are able to handle and OH, teen daughter does try but WOW, there is indeed a “sadness” and wonder if she has figured out forced marriages to accomodate unexpected birthings do NOT always work out no matter who enforces the priciple/etc….The look on her face when Mom was mentioning the care and feeding /surture of the famly….mmmm, stressful when young to figure out how parents find you disappointing and bets are she was indeed so informed…in a loving way or at least with good intentions most likely, yeah , right and sure and finding NOT really so taken with this family and sure wish this was but a tv movie so could really turn off before it plays to a destined dreadful exploitible ending !!!

4 09 2008
Brenda

I just noticed that you have the #1 WordPress.com blog for today.🙂

4 09 2008
King Baeksu

“WHY HAS NATIONAL ENQUIRER site been down for past 24hours or so??”

Somebody must have invoked the Patriot Act!

Ahmurica the Bootyful — entertaining the rest of the world since 1776!

— KB, Seoul, ROK

4 09 2008
OMG!!!

What is wrong with our country? Geez, MSM is in love with this wack job!!!
They are comparing her speech to Obama’s speech, cut me a freakin’ break, I just about can’t stand to watch this.
I am terrified that the rest of the idiots are going to fall for this charade.
Please someone wake me from this nightmare!!!!!!

4 09 2008
neil

Just finished watching Palin’s convention speech in its entirety on YouTube. My gosh that woman is good! She’s like the Republican’s Barack Obama in terms of her speaking abilities. Just amazing. And when you compare her to McCain and his ineptness in speaking, the contrast is just astounding. I don’t think “night and day” even comes close as a metaphor.

At the end of the speech, when she was on stage with her family, I thought, “Oh, what a nice-looking family.” Then McCain came out and greeted them, and I was like, “And here’s grandpa.” I mean, I knew it was McCain; but her youth, compounded by her very young family, just made him look that much older. And when he bent over slowly to greet the young daughter, it made his age even that much more apparent. “Hold on there, grandpa. Don’t wanna hurt yourself.” But then I realized that he was the one running for president.

So, honestly, if she had a bunch more experience and a bunch fewer skeletons, I think she could be the Republican nominee for president — and win. But those are big “if”s. In the meantime, she’ll suffice as VP and give McCain the boost he needs. But, as noted, there’s also that side effect of making him seem “that much older.”

So, whatever happens in this election; and provided that she doesn’t have any really serious skeletons in her closet; I think she a big future with the Republican Party. I think she can be their Land O Lakes girl. Or their Little Debbie Snacks girl. Or something like that.

And, while she certainly doesn’t have Hillary’s politics, she does have her chutzpah, is a better speaker, and is far more personable than Hillary. That was something that I think kept many people from embracing Hillary (no pun intended) — her coldness and lack of personableness. No lack there with Palin.

So there are some thoughts on Palin. I’m extremely impressed with her ability to present herself and communicate. I think if John McCain had given the same speech she gave, not only would he have flubbed up half of it, he would have put half the audience to sleep as well.

And here’s an interesting thing re. the candidates: with both parties we have: 1 old, experienced person who’s spent many years in the senate; and 1 young, inexperienced person, who hasn’t spent a lot of years in politics, but is great at making speeches and can motivate a crowd. Interesting.

4 09 2008
Proud2BUSA

okay – y’all, I just had coffee with some of my Southern friends who think Sarah Palin “..knocked it out of the park..” last night. Yes, I know – I think that was the exact phrase one of the TV stations used so we’re not the most original or independent thinkers down here.

I am trying to get people to your site. I am trying to pull together a fact-based one-pager on Sarah Palin and why she is not Hillary Clinton or even Elizabeth Dole, for that matter. I’m with an earlier post. I’ve worked in the PTSA, I’ve been active in my HOA, and I work daily with a budget that hovers a little under $100MM in my job. IT DOES NOT QUALIFY ME FOR VICE PRESIDENT. Giuliani was a little mis-guided last night – he forgot that the enemy was bin Laden and was in Afghanistan, but let’s forget that for a moment. The reality is that his mayoral experience in NYC was vastly different than Palin’s. Her budgeting is at the level that our junior resources do in the banking industry. I am concerned that people like her because they are making the ASSUMPTION that the Republican Party fully vetted her and that she must be qualified to serve. This is precisely what they want people to believe. Mudflats, please keep the facts coming. What can we do to help you?

4 09 2008
White Agate

Watched a litttle and fell asleep…boy we have our work cut out for us, it can’t come down to the National Enquirer, bless them nonetheless.

Mitt Romney comments were rich, the vast ‘liberal’ state, where is it after the past 8 years? So all of the mismanagement and bad policy, graft, corruption, etc. is the fault of the ‘liberals’? Wow. I have to say, I don’t even consider myself ‘liberal,’ but ‘progressive.’ All of the usual neo-Republican narratives were on display last night, and they are old, old, old and totally false.

Sarah Palin is firing up the base, she is the avatar of the far right side of the cultural divide in our country. And she is pretty effective, as we saw last night, from diverting everyone from the real issues with a tent revival meeting. The whole speech could have happened in her church, but with better hair, lighting and makeup. Except it was like ‘FIght Club,’ too. The language was full of violence and bullying, too, did you notice?

I’m telling you, a lot of people don’t care about good policy or the fact that things need major improvement, particularly for the middle class, in our country. They think with their lizard brains and think, ‘I want my side to win.’ That is what we are up against. They will not drop her now, no way.

Meanwhile, where are these troops going? I keep reading that navy units are surreptitiously heading to Iran. Wag the dog, or convenient wag the dog, you decide.

I did see them passing the baby around last night, it’s too late to correct the unscripted body language, folks.

TIme to get to work.

4 09 2008
Memphis, NY

I can’t wait for factcheck.org to tear her up

4 09 2008
White Agate

Oh, and I guess Jamie Lynn Spears sent Bristol Palin a baby gift telling her to ‘hang in there.’ So now teenage pregnancies have a certain celebrity status, if, of course, you are the right kind of teenager. Sheesh. Let’s hope this doesn’t encourage more to try it.

4 09 2008
Catherine

I didn’t think that she was a good speaker at all. She actually sounded scripted. Now, they’re all scripted, but she let it show. To compare her with Obama’s oratory skills I think is really way out of it.

4 09 2008
Corie

Analysis of the speech by James Fallows:

Sarah Palin

04 Sep 2008 12:05 am
Twice in modern history very strong convention speeches have elevated politicians to an entirely different level of future potential and prominence. One, of course, was Barack Obama’s keynote at the convention in Boston four years ago. The other, which I remember watching as a schoolboy Goldwaterite, was Ronald Reagan’s speech supporting Goldwater at the San Francisco convention in 1964.

I don’t think Sarah Palin’s speech will be in that category.

http://jamesfallows.theatlantic.com/

He compares her to Rush Limbaugh!

4 09 2008
Corie

Another clip from James Fallows:

“…both Reagan in 1964 and Obama in 2004 were effective because, apart from their personal skills, they added something to their party’s constituency that had not been there before. Reagan began recruiting the “Reagan Democrats,” starting with white Southerners. Obama tried to recruit people tired of divisive partisanship.”

I think the last sentence is an important idea; people really are tired of this divisive, culture wars stuff. It’s not going to fly. Bill Clinton was right when he said Obama is “on the right side of history.”

Keep the faith…

4 09 2008
Sean Menefee

@Deb from Seattle (19:20:31) : Kinda of thinking that she reminds me of Peggy on King of the Hill. Yikes!

You’re not the only one my friend. After seeing your comment, I was inspired by a bottle of tums and my copy of Photoshop, to create a one off master piece:

If it wasn’t for a giant bottle of tums and this blog, I might have tossed my my flat screen out of the living room window this evening. Muddflats and the people who post here give me faith in common sense.

Regards from Sacramento, CA

-Sean Menefee

4 09 2008
Matt-Man

McCain was a POW? Holy Crap, how did I miss that? Cheers!!

4 09 2008
Proud2BUSA

Fact-Check, I consider myself a moderate and even I’m having problems with the RNC this year. The problems, fear, unstability of the Country, terrorists hating countries ALL LIE AT THE FEET OF THE REPUBLICANS. Moms of teens should be outraged that the RNC has placed us all in the same boat – let’s get our girls pregnant, knock a son’s voice out of MySpace, and let’s announce when our now drafted sons and daughters are shipped out to Iran, Iraq and God knows where else these “Holy War” hatemongers want to send them. I have to be with the majority. The majority of Americans believe we are on the WRONG TRACK. I fully, fully embrace that. If we don’t forget the issues, McCain has voted with Bush 90% of the time. DON’T FORGET – the Republicans are TRYING to make this election about the social issues that have already been resolved: pro-choice (right to choose), gun rights (right to bear arms), freedom of religion, and the separation of church and state. Make no mistake that the Religious Right are trying to quietly set the agenda and win on FEAR. REMEMBER THE ADAGE: HOPE KICKS FEAR’S ASS EVERYTIME!

McCain was a POW? Huh? Interesting that we’ve never heard that before. . . that was 50 years ago. What has he been doing since? Oh, that’s right – having problems keeping his pants on. . .

4 09 2008
RB-Chicago

It’s amazing how quickly Rove wrote this speech! He’s so busy now days with Fox news and his smear tour that finding the time must be a stretch..It must be a new mixture of the KoolAide supplement!

IF this dweeb from AK has a clue, a SINGLE clue, what shes getting herself into with the likes of the Republican smear machine she’ll run away as fast as she can…or be eaten alive and tossed aside like the rest of the non-insiders.

She has no plan, no experience in world affairs, no plan other than Newt’s on energy, no plan for education other than what Dobson tells her, no plan on health care, and no plan to re-build the country’s infrastructure. IF the republicans want to run on the issues rather than a beauty contest the game is over, but the media still seems to be dwelling on the money teet where they’re comfortable with no accountability.

If anyone looks past the smoke and mirrors and thinks of the implications these lunatics can have over our lives for generations, maybe centuries by appointing three judges on the Supreme Court to overturn most of laws from the last 50-80 years then they may think twice. But Rove is counting on everyone loosing sight of that small issue.

VERY dangerous folks…..

4 09 2008
rachelbirds

What did Palin’s speech
show us? We need to hear her
without prepared talk.

http://thehaikudiaries.wordpress.com/2008/09/04/september-4-2008/

4 09 2008
buy'embooks1956

My brother said the GOP had come up with a slogan that the Palin women had come up with…Drill me here, Drill me now!

4 09 2008
Pat

If you’re still there……..Code Pink, a group of activists and protesters, formed 7 ? 8 years ago. Being retired I get to watch cspan during the day, and they re always present in the Capital Hill for important hearings etc. At one point they presented ( held up ) a giant pink slip to the WH, Desiree (?) painted her hands red, and managed to get right up in Condolizza Rice’s face with them before being escorted out.( I think that was Desiree escorted out last night) Medea Benjamin is a tiny little thing.)
The whole evening was like a Monty Python Movie!

4 09 2008
mgoliak

Isn’t being in the PTA kind of like being a community organizer?

4 09 2008
From England

ha ha ha…on your alaska radio, they’re hillarious….”I’m ducking these guys…saw Karl Rove and scared he’d recognise me and shake my hand….then I’d get some republican on me”….-chuckle- Ah dear, and I thought Americans lacked a GSOH

4 09 2008
Lynne

I’ve been lurking on this site for DAYS and finally decided to post. Tonight on my way home, I’m buying a copy of the Enquirer whether it has the Palin story in it or not. I want to reward them for their work. Never thought I’d be saying that, but there it is.

I’m also sending in another donation to Obama tonight, while I watch him on O’Reilly. I am really hoping he does good things there.

This attempted meme that Palin is the Republican equivalent of Obama is completely surreal to me and turns my stomach. She’s mean, shrill, not terribly bright, and reading (sometimes phonetically) a speech written weeks ago before anyone knew if the nominee would even be male or female. Obama, on the other hand, is one of the smartest candidates we’ve ever had, he’s gracious, he’s incredibly articulate, and he actually knows how to talk WITH people, not AT them. There is no comparison between them. None.

I really hate resume inflaters, and that’s exactly what Palin and her cheerleaders are. Foreign policy experience because she lives next to Russia? Defense experience because she has a largely ceremonial role as the “commander in chief” of the Alaska National Guard? What a crock!

4 09 2008
Bellaboo

Ms. Palin,
As a 40 something year old Mom who likes to think she still is somewhat attractive: never, ever refer to yourself as a dog- even with lipstick.

4 09 2008
From England

Also…to all your sniggering about the POW status…according to Faux news, Mccain is very reticent on speaking about his POW status/experience. He is so modest you know.

I would describe myself as a centrist politically, conservative on the economy, but with the more liberal values of respect for others….I’m surprised at how your republican party and even Mac the Maverick has completely disgusted me.

Have you guys thought of going after Ron Paul supporters for Obama? Or is that too inconceivable?

4 09 2008
Proud2BUSA

I agree! I thought it was like the pot calling the kettle black last night when the likes of Romney and McCain tried to call Obama an elitist. . . and they are not. So, let me get this straight? Obama is an elitist because he was raised by a single mom (I get that part), worked his way through school, and was accepted into one of the most coveted, respected and esteemed universities in the world??? huh….I have two thoughts:

– Didn’t Bush go to Yale?
– So now is the RNC telling me that our children don’t NEED or DESERVE a good education because shoot, then they’ll be taught to think and that just won’t do….?

huh. McCain was a POW? WOW. I know some REAL POW’s and I can tell you that DON’T BRING THIS UP every half-hour on the half-hour.

4 09 2008
CK

Wasilla?

No. After tonight it’s ‘Wodzilla.’

4 09 2008
Proud2BUSA

To FROM ENGLAND –

McCain has been capitalizing on this for the past 8 years. He has not been modest about it at all when comparing him with other POW’s who like to keep this part of their lives quiet and honorable. I so respect McCain for doing this, but let’s face it. His dad and granddad were admirals, and McCain knew they would be working on his behalf. Several POWs were never found unfortunately became MIA’s – – – I’ll never forget when my POW bracelet had to change to MIA for the guy’s name I carried. It was a horrid, horrid time, and for the RNC to try and celebrate this is really unfortunate.

4 09 2008
kimbers

‘From what I read, all she did was remind people why we could never go through four to eight more “Bush” years.’

From your typing fingers to God’s ears, Miemaw.

4 09 2008
fixthebroken

The Obama campain needs to look at this article and find much of the fodder it needs. I caught at least 3 out and out lies in her speech. And the way she belittle community organizers and community volunteers was just plain wrong — I hope she rues the day she agreed to say that.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/09/04/ap-attacks-praise-stretch_n_123771.html

4 09 2008
Proud2BUSA

I have a question. I have a meeting but will be back shortly.

If this Party is so concerned about morals and Pro-Life, why aren’t they FOCUSED ON THE SANCTITY of marriage first? We know at least the top of the ticket is a known adulterer. There are rumors (and I don’t know if it is substantiated) that she is an adulterer. Giuliani is a known adulterer. Heck, who else on that platform? It befuddles me that they want to take away people’s rights who are completely unknown to them. This just smacks of hyprocrisy and hate. I still go back to the 10 Commandments. These fundamentalists were taught the same message I was taught – all commandments are equal in sin in God’s eyes with the exception of blasphemy, and God does not forgive blasphemy. So. . . when do adultery and premarital sex become okay but deciding to have an abortion did not? (I’m pro-Choice. I’m not pro-Late Term Abortion, and don’t know anybody who is. . . I’m just stating that if I had a 13 year old girl who was raped and got pregnant, I don’t think I could make her do this to her life and body. . . )

4 09 2008
Proud2BUSA

….and by the way, that Pit Bull comment…weren’t Pit Bulls banned in most states because they were unpredictable?

4 09 2008
JenaGG

You know the Republicans have a low opinion of Americans when Palin can continue to lie about the Bridge to Nowhere … after it has been proven that she originally supported it. What is the deal with removing this sentence from her speech? Does the teleprompter not have a delete button?

4 09 2008
panpet
4 09 2008
Susan

You know, I read somewhere that often it is the person that gets the most attention that wins in elections…regardless of whether it’s good or bad attention.

I’m thinking about laying off for a while. Still reading this fantastic blog of course😉

But no more emails to my conservative and/or undecided friends and family. Well, knowing me, that would be a stretch…”no more?” who am I a kidding?

Maybe I’ll set a limit….none for two weeks and then two a month…yeah, that sounds good!

4 09 2008
DrinkingHeavily

They can put all the lipstick they want on that pig pitbull, but she’s never gonna be veep material.

I’m still trying to wrap my head around Rudy Guiliani’s statement that Sarah Palin has more experience than Obama and Biden together. After sleeping on it, I think he meant more experience not in governing or life, but in lying and denial. That must be it.

4 09 2008
Susan

RE: Bridge to Nowhere

I wish the talking heads and even people here refine their rebuttal to the BTN claim she makes.

Why give only half the picture with the common phrase, “she was for it before she was against it?” For the uninformed, that sounds like we’re making a flimsy rebuttal based on a technicality.

When THE REAL TRUTH is that: SHE TOOK THE MONEY!!! She took the $220 MILLION from the U.S. taxpayers. She just didn’t build the bridge and instead used it for other Alaskan projects. That’s the fact. So let’s say so! Spell it out.

4 09 2008
yourinfo

raingods (18:43:05) :

Haley, exactly! Money is tight, as it is for everyone, but I can forego eating lunch out for a couple of weeks.

Haley, I totally agree with you…money is very tight right now…but I will go without to make another donation to O’bama/Biden

My husband and I don’t have much extra money right now … but I have made one donation of $10 and I gave for the Red Cross effort of $5…

I am going to make a $10 donation today! and I will make another donation before the end of the month…

I can see from the comments here that we all understand what we are up against with the McCain/Palin ticket to run our country…they will appeal to some people and …

They will appeal to those persons that are too busy trying to provide for their family they don’t do the research many of us here are doing…and they will just make up there minds to vote for the McCain/Palin ticket…this is very scary…for my childs future and others..and the future of our daily life if these individual win the election on 4 Nov 08

I feel like one of the other person that made the comment that “she would want to leave the country” I felt like I would want to die!

I am worried but I also remember my strong mother…and the person she help raised me to be…I will not give up…that is what they want us to do…

We all need to pull together…and get the message out there…we need to volunteer, work the phone banks, give donation if nothing more then $5, we have our work cut out for ourselves…they will try to steel votes like they have since 2000…

That is why we need a 3-1 turn out of Obama/Biden voter to counter the efforts to discount our vote…and steal them

I am very hopefull from the comments here…

I say go thur your phone books, email addresses, family…and walk the streets…we have alot of work to do…

I will keep making donation…even if I have to go without…

I will go to http://www.barackobama.com website and make phone calls to give support…

I volumteer for the first time for John Kerry…I had a chance to go back to the projects were I was born…and knock on the very door were I lived and was borned…I was born at home…that is on my births certificate…my chance to give something back…

The speech was hard to stomach…but some American will fall for it…

Let’s get to work…place ads to help get the message out…

http://www.craigslist.org
http://www.adlandpro.com

I will place ads…do everything possible…I am blessed to be retired from the Army…I do have more free time right now…I recently completed my Accounting Degree…and I am very busy writing a tax guide for my clients …for the up coming tax season..I am self-employed as a tax preparer…plus a independent contract worker…I basically have worked part-time in the Security Officer field and contract driver…

I just wanted to tell a little about myself…I have been very blessed in my life…I have had up’s and down like the next person…but I am better off then most Americans worrying about food and jobs and a home…

I just want to give back and help others in any way possible…I only charged $30 and $45 to do my clients taxes…everyone that came to me could not believe my low price…I told them..I want to charge a fair fee that I would want to be charged…my mother always said “treat others the way you want to be treated”

I say thank you to everyone here that is making a donation…and going without…we know we have a hard job ahead…

Let’s turn their words on them…Palin in her speech be-little Obama job as a “Community Organizers” … if you give Republican enough rope they will hang themselves everytime…

So all of us here need to repeat these words over and over – Palin “think” a “Community Organizers Job” is not important…this should tell people how much they care about everyday people…they are out touch with our suffering…Obama care enough to help people who lost their jobs…

Obama have and always will fight for everyone…no matter how much money you make…

4 09 2008
Darina Rasbury

I love this blog! Keep up the great work. I have been e-mailing the link to everyone I know.

I just went and donated to Obama. WE NEED TO MAKE A STATEMENT. I can’t afford to donate right now, but I did it anyway. I only have $10 to my name right now, so I gave $5. I know it’s not much, but I figure if there are enough people like me out there… Well, what would it look like if Obama raises over $10 million yesterday and today from ordinary americans?

Please join me and show the republicans we didn’t buy any of the crap they were selling last night.

4 09 2008
Thencamebronson

So, now she’s been on the scene for a week now and has yet to be interviewed by the national press? I’m betting that she’ll be cloistered like a nun, only being allowed out occasionally for a stint with the Faux Gnus.

I live in Portage, MI where Trackman was sent to attend high school in his senior year(2006) ostensibly because we have such a fine hockey program here. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot??? There isn’t even an ice rink in Portage, let alone a hockey program!! Methinks that Trackman was exiled to Michigan to avoid embarrassment to his mom during the campaign for governor. Evidently this is what hockey moms do with problem children, trade ’em to another team and ship ’em out.

4 09 2008
ms whitaker

What a heartwarming experience it’s been to meet the Palin Family. Just a few questions….is Trig Track’s or Sarah’s? Does Trig ever wake up? Will John S. McCain sue the National Enquirer re an alleged affair Sarah had with her husband’s business associate? Will God let us know how to handle the Iraq situation sometime soon….and they said the Republicans didn’t have any meaty issues.
As the World Turns

4 09 2008
timc

Regarding media praise for Palin:

Just remember their job is to boost ratings. If she sucked the election would be over. The networks have a vested interest in keeping this thing close. I am independent but will vote for Obama because I am disgusted by the religious right.

4 09 2008
yourinfo

BTN-Bridge to Nowhere..

You are so right…we need to spell things out in clear words…or we are just wasting our time…here with our words…

———-Sarah Palin’s Voting Record—–

1. Sarah Palin – voted against a increase in minimum wage…

2. Sarah Palin cut special education funding by 62%

3. Sarah Palin lobby for and hired a law firm to get earmarks for the state of Alaska…these earmarks – equal $300 per resident…while IL receive $24 per residents with a larger population…

Now this morning I here on CNN…that residents don’t pay income taxes in Alaska…each resident get $2000 and up $3200 as a rebate each year of their life…after being resident of Alaska after one year…

So it is easy to see why Sarah Palin ….don’t understand how much suffering most American are feeling…

This kinda make you want move to Alaska…no not for me…I am from NC…but have been living in Lansing,MI …BUT will be returning to my home …Fayetteville, NC very soon…

4 09 2008
unastronaut.

It wasn’t a bad speech for Palin. Too bad in order to have a decent speech it had to be mostly lies and crass attacks.

Rudy is the scum of the earth as far as I’m concerned. There are few people who piss me off as quickly as this snake oil salesman.

4 09 2008
TH-WV

This person scares the daylights out of me. I live in one of the republican voting redneck states (Wv) and people here have a history of not thinking for themselves. They want a shake-up in Washington and to boot there are a lot of racist here. People are already trying to identify with Palin and when the press and Biden rip into her it is only going to get worse. After the speech last night my 65 y/o father called me and said the he was impressed. He, like a lot of other people don’t have Mudflats (btw, thank you mudflats!) or cyber-space. People here point out that she still has an 80% approval rating in Alaska and they are unaware as to why. McCain’s crew will hide her as much as possible and point fingers back at the Democrats and media for attacking her. They have proven to use any means possible to keep their power in Washington and I think if that means starting another blood bath war, they will. I have two sons. One is putting himself through veterinary school and the other is 16. Over the past two weeks we have received numerous telephone calls from military recruiters. They ask for my 16 y/o and when we say “he is not available” they hang up. This is verified through reverse number look up. Most of his school mates have received the same calls. I’m talking about a few hundred 16 year-olds in my rural area. What’s up with this? Is this a ploy or some kind of escalation. Ether way, this scares the hell out of me! After her speech last night I couldn’t sleep. My stomach is still turning and my heart is still pounding very, very fast. My wife wants me to go on Xanax, but I know that is not the answer. Pailin’s true identity needs to be shown to the people of my state and the rest of the world. I think the existence of man kind depends on it. Yes I donated $25 dollars to Obama when she started her speech last night. I am so, so sorry that I can’t give more.

4 09 2008
Rolltide

Is that all they got? All they did was bash Obama. After all the crap their party has dumped on us ….The party of responsibility has taken ZERO accountability of the past 8 years. Disgusting!

Somebody needs to remind Palin that Obama has thus far received donations from 4x the population of her ENTIRE state. You cannot seriously dismiss that fact unless you are a complete idiot. This is going to be a LOOOOOONG 60 days. I’ll have to dig out my Jack Daniels….

4 09 2008
flatlander

On the plane selling:

The state has tried selling its unwanted jet online four times and failed. So last week, the Palin administration signed a contract with an Anchorage aircraft broker who thinks he can succeed where eBay couldn’t The eBay thing didn’t work out very well, said Dan Spencer, director of administrative services for the Department of Public Safety. He’s the person charged with trying to get rid of the infamous Westwind II.

The administration made a deal last week with Turbo North Aviation, promising the broker a 1.49 percent cut of the selling price.

http://www.adn.com/sarah-palin/story/203814.html

4 09 2008
TwinpeaksnikkiSF

She can’t pronounce new-clear. Can she pronounce Ahmadinejad? Can she even point to Georgia on a map?

Does she know yet what a VP does every day?

I am sending $50 to Obama/Biden.

4 09 2008
Snoskred

Hey all, get your bet on – how many times will we hear about the POW experience and “my friends” during John McCain’s speech tonight?

http://www.sephyroth.net/2008/09/my-friends-i-would-like-to-propose-a-wager/

BTW I was lucky enough to find mudflats a few days ago, congrats to all the newcomers finding it today.🙂 Here’s hoping for a liveblog of the speech tonight too? I have heartily enjoyed todays post and the comments have been brilliant, let’s do it again my friends!😉

4 09 2008
incidefteri

İslam dini yani dinimiz çok büyük bir dindir. İşte sana fırsat gel bu dine gir kardeş olalım sana araştırma fırsatı.

http://www.lastprophet.info/en/?lang=en

4 09 2008
Charles

Thanks for your great work, AKmuckraker!

But you need taller boots for speeches like that.

4 09 2008
Patrick Alcatraz

AMATEUR HOUR!

checkout:

http://www.BadChili.blogspot.com

4 09 2008
Ana Gama

“Can she even point to Georgia on a map?”

Did you mean the state or the country? Any idea if she knows there are two Georgias?

4 09 2008
tammy

Proud2BUSA (04:53:30) :

….and by the way, that Pit Bull comment…weren’t Pit Bulls banned in most states because they were unpredictable?

___________________

I don’t know about St. Paul but Minneapolis has a dangerous dog ordinance.

4 09 2008
yourinfo

I just made my $10 donation…it was hard because money is tight but just had to do…this election is to important…

and McCain/Palin are scary …

Thanks again to everyone that is going without to make their donation…

4 09 2008
mongoliangirl

Thanks AKmuckraker. Hope you had enough Pepto last night. I’m afraid we’re going to have to invest in a case of the stuff to make it through the week.

Palin is just the kind of gal who would show up at a restaurant and hear the host call out, “Bitter! Party of one! Bitter! Your table is ready! Bitter!”

4 09 2008
Cynthia, TX

wait wait a minute here…are you saying she did not sell the plan? What is all that talk about selling the plan on ebay? I am confused.

4 09 2008
locutus

Great blog. Keep getting the truth about Palin out there!

4 09 2008
mongoliangirl
4 09 2008
From England

@proud2bUSA….I am so sorry about what you went through (btw I was being cynical about faux news). And that’s why this whole shenanigans is making a mockery of the honour and suffering of Americans and their families.

What a travesty this is…..I keep on thinking that this can’t be happening, I am totally mindboggled by all this….it’s the twighlight zone. As a non American, my greatest concern is to have team MacPalin destroy the already shaky (post Bush) integrity and moral authority of a country that could have such standing and power in the world…..standing that would enable you to shape the world for peace and prosperity. This is not just about America, it’s about (as the beauty queens are so fond of saying), “world peace”.

I’m not sure if I’m being too idealistic…but really, this is just too shocking.

4 09 2008
Abdul Kargbo

Great blog post!!

I’m really worried that Obama’s poll figures might not make the difference in November. Remember Ohio 2004? The exit polls strongly favored Kerry in Ohio but at the end of the night, thanks to electronic ballot machines, Ohio ended up in the Bush camp.

There’s a great new documentary out now (Stealing America: Vote by Vote) on this subject: http://www.stealingamericathemovie.org/

4 09 2008
tammy

“That luxury jet was over the top. I put it on eBay.”

Sarah Palin on Wednesday, September 3rd, 2008 in St. Paul, Minn.
No bidders on eBay; sold it offline
True

In her acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention, vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin talked about her record as governor of Alaska.

She talked about ethics reform and cutting the state budget.

“While I was at it, I got rid of a few things in the governor’s office that I didn’t believe our citizens should have to pay for,” Palin said. “That luxury jet was over the top. I put it on eBay.”

The state’s jet plane was a major issue in the 2006 election, which Palin won. Then-incumbent Frank Murkowski had defied protests from members of the state Legislature and the public when he bought the jet in 2005 to travel around the state. His political opponents said the jet symbolized his arrogance and free-spending ways.

Palin defeated Murkowski in the Republican primary and then won the general election. She said during the campaign she would sell the jet, and one of her first orders on taking office was putting the it up for sale. And yep, the state decided to list it on eBay for an asking price of $2.5-million. (The state had paid just under $2.7-million for it in 2005.)

It wasn’t as wacky as it sounds. The state had sold smaller aircraft previously on eBay. (Alaska is a large, rural state, and state officials do use aircraft to get around. But typically they use smaller, more rugged planes than Murkowski’s jet.)

But the jet’s eBay listing did not prove effective, and the state never got its asking price. Instead, in 2007, the state turned to an aircraft broker, Turbo North Aviation. The jet was purchased that year by businessman Larry Reynolds, the owner of a sporting goods store and marine supply store in Valdez. Reynolds paid $2.1-million.

So it’s true that Palin put the plane up for sale on eBay, but it didn’t sell on eBay. That’s not a huge point, but it is worth noting. We rate Palin’s statement True.

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That is from politifact.com It is not outright false but it is misleading. Everyone would assume if you put it up on ebay, you sold it on ebay.

4 09 2008
From England

My friends, I’m off for a meeting…see you later, by which time I hope Muckraker and the folks on the west side will be up with more scoops for us. BTW just heard on the Alaska radio station, someone called in saying his brother is an investigator for NE…and that they have a tonne of stuff about miss SP….:(!

4 09 2008
KC

Hilarious post!

Wait… John McCain was a POW? Rudy “Broken Windows” Giuliani was in NY during 9/11? I would have never known…

4 09 2008
peter

TAKE A LOOK AT THIS BLOG, IS THIS THE SAME SO CONSERVATIVE WOMEN ??? WOWWWW

http://hottiesinthenews.blogspot.com/2008/08/sarah-palin-hot-pics-you-cant-afford-to.html

I’M NOT A PARTISAN BUT, READING THIS BLOG I BECAME WONDERING WHAT ELSE SARAH PALIN DIDN’T TOLD ABOUT HER PASTED LIFE ?

BECAUSE AS THEY (REPS) SAY TO OTHERS WE SHOULD ALSO KNOW THAT BEFORE VOTE ON HER TO “GUIDE” ALL OUR FUTURE LIFES !

A WOMAN WHO SAYS THAT DOESN’T AGREE WITH SX RELATIONS BEFORE MARIAGE SHOUL REMEBER THAT THOSE KIND OF “MORAL” PROHIBITIONS WHERE ESSENCIALLY IMPOSED TO OPRESS WOMEM FREEDON (BECAUSE SINCE WESTERN TIMES MAN’S HAD THE PREVILEGE TO MEET SALLON’S GIRL’S).

THAT’S WY ALL WOMEN MUST SERIOUSLY THINK ABOUT THAT BEFORE VOTE ON MACCAIN/SARAH PALIN BECAUSE WOMEN HAVE FITTED FOR CENTURIES AGAINST THOSE KIND OF “SARAH PALIN FAKE MORAL OPRESSIVE IDEAS”.

4 09 2008
PalinGate

I’m not trying to start any rumors, but just wondering… did anybody else notice that Bristol’s stomach looked a lot bigger last night than it did for the people Magazine shoot? I do believe shes preggo, don’t get me wrong. Just thought it was weird.

4 09 2008
Cynthia, TX

Thanks Tammy for the clarification on the plane.

4 09 2008
tammy

Your welcome Cynthia. Politifact also has some other stuff on what the republicans were saying. Gotta love their truth o meter.

4 09 2008
TH-WV

Yahoo news and the Associated Press are running this story
Palin: Iraq war ‘a task that is from God’
http://news.yahoo.com/story//ap/20080903/ap_on_el_pr/cvn_palin_iraq_war

Bookmarks Print By GENE JOHNSON, Associated Press Writer Gene Johnson, Associated Press Writer – Wed Sep 3, 7:23 pm ET

4 09 2008
wyogal

My fellow Americans,
I you believed everything Sarah Palin had to say, then I have a bridge to sell you in Alaska….
Oh d**n! We already bought that!

4 09 2008
J T

I just heard on Good Morning America that Palin did sell the plane on eBay? Thought it didn’t sell??

4 09 2008
Cynthia, TX

Ben Stein rips Palin decesion last night on CNN!! You gotta watch!

4 09 2008
TH-WV

Fox news has an interview with Kaylene Johnson about her book, (Palin) ‘She Is Who She Says She Is’ .The book is becoming a top (25) seller at Amazon. I’m telling you people believe this garbage. We have a fight on our hands!

4 09 2008
kirsty815

I’m so glad that your site has popped up on the radar! I love it! Like Biden said this morning it was an excellent speech to rally the base but it was all oil and fluff.

4 09 2008
kirsty815

Which makes for a sticky mess I might add.

4 09 2008
Sydney

Had to do it…

4 09 2008
TH-WV

What is the intelligence level of the average pit bull?

4 09 2008
DemsAreNotAfraid

Well, I’m still traumatized from watching the speech. My husband refused to watch the RNC because it nauseates him, so I watched it after midnight on my computer. First I sent Obama a donation, then I wrote the following observations on my own blog:

1. She was preaching to the choir just to rally the base – probably a wasted opportunity to reach out to other groups.

2. She didn’t try at all to appeal to Hillary supporters – as Chris Matthews said “There’s nothing there.”

3. After Jeff Toobin on CNN asked the other night if they are the “party of old men,” they brought in a bunch of “White Students for McCain” to cheer loudly and keep all the elderly white people awake – good call!

4. She made “community organizer” a dirty word (or code word for “uppity inner-city negro” – the crowd got that, too).

5. Palin’s kids were very cute, and the youngest licked her hand to smooth the baby’s hair – nice Kodak moment.

6. She kept talking about McCain wanting to “win” in Iraq as he did in Vietnam. I forget – did we actually “win” Vietnam? Um, no.

7. As I predicted, she thinks her strengths are being a hockey mom, a PTA Mom, and mayor of a small town.

8. She avoided mentioning all her scandals, or her aspirations to be a book burner at the local library.

9. She attacked the Media over and over again – obviously she feels besieged, but who does she think will be covering her campaign? This isn’t about glowing write-ups in small town newspapers. Welcome to a national campaign in the Lower 48. Good luck with the Chicago Newspapers. Good luck with Oprah.

4 09 2008
independent woman

Here is the info on the failed business, could this be the partner that she had the alleged affair with.

They said they didn’t pay their taxes and had to close down.

Filing Number: 86579D
Company Name: ANCHORAGE CAR WASH LLC
Business Address:

950 JOHAM CIR
ANCHORAGE, AK 99515

Type: LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY
Status: INVOLUNTARILY DISSOLVED
Filing Date: 5/5/2004
Duration: PERPETUAL
State or Country of Incorporation: ALASKA
Registered Agent: CAROLIN L. WELLS
Registered Office:

950 JOHAM CIR
ANCHORAGE, AK 99515

Members, Managers, Partners:

Todd Palin Sarah Palin
1140 W Parks Hwy 1140 W Parks Hwy
Wasilla, AK 99654 Wasilla, AK 99654
MEMBER MEMBER

Ray Wells Carolin L. Wells
950 Joham Cir 950 Joham Cir
Anchorage, AK 99515 Anchorage, AK 99515
MEMBER MEMBER

History:

File Date: 4/3/2007
Type: MISCELLANEOUS
Comments: INVOLUNTARY DISSOLUTION

File Date: 11/9/2004
Type: MISCELLANEOUS
Comments: INITIAL BIENNIAL REPORT LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY

File Date: 5/5/2004
Type: MISCELLANEOUS
Comments: ARTICLES OF ORGANIZATION LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY

4 09 2008
Laurie

I feel very sad this morning. I stayed on this blog all night, and I watched the speeches too. I was fired up, angry….sick to my stomach at sarah palins vitriol and raw anger.

I took comfort in the fact that all of you…these readers, and so many others in the vast United States, would stand up. You did..I did. Will millions of Americans who dont read blogs? Who dont read all kinds of newspapers…or who dont care to or know how to research things for themselves.

The saddest and most frightening thing for me, was this. So many commentators went around that RNC hall last night interviewing women. Women like me and like many of the posters here. They had a glazed look in their eyes. They all answered the question exactly the same way.

When asked what it is about Sarah Palin that excited them it was this. “she is a woman just like me…she gets it” When the person talking to them asked for clarification…there was none.

I want to state here and now.

Sarah Palin…is not like me. Sarah Palin doesnt have any qualities that I look for in a strong woman. She acted like one of the students in the Mean Girl movie. I bet she was a treat in highschool.

I dont even have the energy to feel angry right now…just sad.

I will regroup today….and I will be angry all over again later on.

If there is justice in this world…the DEMS will win this election. I WILL believe this is going to happen.

Mudflats…thank you for being here. All of you, make me feel so much less crazy.

4 09 2008
chunkalove

write to Lyda Green, Andrew Halcro, and every clear and honest legislative and/or public figure in Alaska – let them know you support them. Let them know you are a concerned American and are counting on them to not allow bullies to scare the truth away from them.

4 09 2008
Ky

I’m confused about this plane.
Does she actually travel to rural Alaska, and if so, how does she get there?

4 09 2008
PalinGate

I just donated $100 to Obama. With every punch she tries to throw at him, I’ll throw more money at Obama to punch back. I hope all of you do the same.

4 09 2008
Jim S.

To All Who Volunteer, Who Work For Volunteer or Non-Profits, most of the time these jobs are lower wage than the private sector, Who Do Community Service of Any Type, Who are Advocates and Activists of Better Community and World, Who Volunteer For Military Service::

You All Have Been Royally Slammed and Spit On!!

Just like myself and all my brother and sister ‘Nam Vets but Especially All Who Have Served And Have Been Awarded ‘The Purple Heart’, in the last gathering of this so called political party!!!!

I have a quick post at my site on this: http://imagineaworldof.blogspot.com/2008/09/gop-campaign-themes.html#links and others are as Royally Pissed as I am and writing their feelings, found around the web and even in the MSM!!

4 09 2008
JD

DemsAreNotAfraid: Good Blog, very good. Enligth me on the book part.

4 09 2008
Regi

“really worried that Obama’s poll figures might not make the difference in November. Remember Ohio 2004? The exit polls strongly favored Kerry in Ohio but at the end of the night, thanks to electronic ballot machines, Ohio ended up in the Bush camp.”

See if this stuff happened then why isn’t every Democrat making it a priority to keep voting fair and fraud free? Supposedly this happened in 2000 too yet Gore stepped back for the ‘good’ of the country (probably on LIEberman’s advice). Is it because the odds really are slim or all they all cheating at the ballots?

4 09 2008
Ana Gama

Re: the Community Organizer smear

The gloves will come off on that one next week, just watch. The Obama campaign sent out an email last night addressing it. Here it is:
——————————————————

I wasn’t planning on sending you something tonight. But if you saw what I saw from the Republican convention, you know that it demands a response.

I saw John McCain’s attack squad of negative, cynical politicians. They lied about Barack Obama and Joe Biden, and they attacked you for being a part of this campaign.

But worst of all — and this deserves to be noted — they insulted the very idea that ordinary people have a role to play in our political process.

You know that despite what John McCain and his attack squad say, everyday people have the power to build something extraordinary when we come together. Will you make a donation of $25 or more right now to remind them?

Both Rudy Giuliani and Sarah Palin specifically mocked Barack’s experience as a community organizer on the South Side of Chicago more than two decades ago, where he worked with people who had lost jobs and been left behind when the local steel plants closed.

Let’s clarify something for them right now.

Community organizing is how ordinary people respond to out-of-touch politicians and their failed policies.

And it’s no surprise that, after eight years of George Bush, millions of people have found that by coming together in their local communities they can change the course of history. That promise is what our campaign has been about from the beginning.

Throughout our history, ordinary people have made good on America’s promise by organizing for change from the bottom up. Community organizing is the foundation of the civil rights movement, the women’s suffrage movement, labor rights, and the 40-hour workweek. And it’s happening today in church basements and community centers and living rooms across America.

Meanwhile, we still haven’t gotten a single idea during the entire Republican convention about the economy and how to lift a middle class so harmed by the Bush-McCain policies.

It’s now clear that John McCain’s campaign has decided that desperate lies and personal attacks — on Barack Obama and on you — are the only way they can earn a third term for the Bush policies that McCain has supported more than 90 percent of the time.

But you can send a crystal clear message.

Enough is enough. Make your voice heard loud and clear by making a $25 donation right now:

https://donate.barackobama.com/fightback

Thank you for joining more than 2 million ordinary Americans who refuse to be silenced.

David

David Plouffe
Campaign Manager
Obama for America

4 09 2008
tammy

I thought football was the most popular sport in America?

I am watching msnbc and they flashed on the screen that she said she vetoed over a billion dollars in wasteful spending. So by cutting back the funding in special ed and other programs for children, did she consider that also as wasteful spending? I did call the Obama campaign about this. Their phones are ringing alot. You could hear it in the background.

4 09 2008
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4 09 2008
Jim S.

Regi:

Visit this site http://www.blackboxvoting.org/ and while there, up in the left hand corner you’ll find a link for a booklet you may want to get, it’s free, but also find out what Bev has been doing, and apparently Bev is going to be on the Radio Show today that Mud Flats gave the link to yesterday.

It’s Up To Us, the Bosses who Hire the Reps, to Fix the Systems!!

4 09 2008
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4 09 2008
sethkahn

If Sarah Palin advocated building a pipeline for Black Butte Porter into my house, I’d think about voting for her.

See my blog (sethkahn.wordpress.com) today for an entry on the “community organizer” riff.

4 09 2008
TwinpeaksnikkiSF

Re: Harry Reid, she called him the majority of the senate. Wow, if that is the case, we can pass anything Harry wants and Bush can’t veto it.

4 09 2008
DemsAreNotAfraid

By JD: DemsAreNotAfraid: Good Blog, very good. Enligth me on the book part.

Thank you🙂 ~ Palin tried to get some books banned at the Wasilla Public Library. It is on Time Magazine’s website:

http://www.time.com/time/politics/article/0,8599,1837918,00.html

“Palin continued to inject religious beliefs into her policy at times. “She asked the library how she could go about banning books,” he says, because some voters thought they had inappropriate language in them. “The librarian was aghast.” That woman, Mary Ellen Baker, couldn’t be reached for comment, but news reports from the time show that Palin had threatened to fire Baker for not giving “full support” to the mayor.”

4 09 2008
Wolf

I’m 35, a Marine and I remember Viet Nam.

By the way, McCain? There’s more to being a President than constantly saying you were a POW. The Viet Nam ‘Police Action’ *coughs*war*coughs* ended in 1975. Come back to 2008 now, ok?

This whole fiasco gives me a headache.

4 09 2008
Jim S.

sethkahn:

Great writeup, and you’re right, not just you but Everyone who does even a small part in community service, because of time constraints, could write and write and write about the Experience Of ‘Community Service’!!!!

4 09 2008
Jim S.

On ‘Spitting’ as to us ‘Nam Vets, that was the Spin coming out of the Nixon administration, same as spin now, the Actual ‘Spitting’ was of the Verbal Variety from the Same Type of Mind Control Folks as Now!!!

4 09 2008
pvdugas

Ok, she sold the plane and prefers to drive around….I’d imagine that can’t be too hard in Alasaka. But as a hardworking woman, I was appauled that she got rid of the Chef! LOL! So what you’re telling me is that you want to govern all day long and then go home and cook hamburger helper?? I AM WOMAN HEAR ME ROAR. GTFOH! Sarah Palin is a wannabe who if you ask me doesn’t give a shit about John S. McCain. She loves the spotlight. How many times now have we heard the comment about “fighting the good ol’ boys?” I put this on my blog and I’ll say it again: Her vetting is like meeting someone on match.com, going out on a few dates and then getting married. THE TRUTH WILL COME TO LIGHT REAL SOON ABOUT WHO SHE REALLY IS!

And when it comes to light it will be just like that Progressive insurance commercial where the lady yells: “Surprise”

4 09 2008
Glenn2008

Let me check with you some of the points she said yesterday:

-She is an outsider to Washington
Facts: She hired a lobbyist to go for earmarks and was proud of getting them.

-Opposed the bridge to nowhere
Facts: It turns out she was for it. She even took $220m funds and was allowed to use it for other projects. (Was good to hear NPR radio state this clearly this morning).

-Will be the champion of special needs mums and kids (looking right into your face in the camera…)
Facts: It turns out she cut the special ed budget by 62% (see entries above)
She also cut support funds for teenage mothers

-Sold the governors plane on e-bay
It turns out the e-bay thing did not happen, instead an agent was/is dealing with it. (does anyone know whether it ihas been sold by now?)

-Puts country first
Both she and her husband were members of the separatist Alaskan Independence party. She addressed their party conference as a governor. Several videos refer to her membership. How can you put the family on stage under the “Country first” slogan?

-Experienced executive
Has been once abroad. Created a deficit for Wasilla. Having been picked a few days ago has obviously no plan and vision for the country. Does not know what a VP does. Met McCain twice before being chosen.

When will the list end ? Could someone help grow this in a short format? Dou you think guys this might be a good list for Wikipedia?

I feel sorry for her and for her family for the level of criticism coming to her. Unfortunately, both McCain and she showed bad judgement to offer/accept this ticket. She should have considered “Family first” in her situation, which would have been a noble enough action.

At the end of the day, I am most sorry for the country and concerned about its embarrassment on the entire world stage. It has been enough to watch events of the past eight years. Would you like to see this ticket be hushed away in four years time just as the current Bush/McCain ticket is locked away from the convention?

4 09 2008