Sarah Palin’s Acceptance Speech

Millions of Hillary Clinton supporters will forego policy and issue disgust with the Republican Party and vote for McCain/Palin.

This website has not endorsed McCain/Palin but we understand why millions upon millions upon millions of Hillary Clinton supporters will vote for McCain/Palin.

Millions upon millions of Hillary Clinton supporters will vote for McCain/Palin because they have no alternative but to vote for McCain/Palin. Millions of Hillary Clinton supporters know that Barack Obama is NOT QUALIFIED to be president. Millions of Hillary Clinton supporters know that Barack Obama cannot be trusted. Obama cannot be trusted by friend nor foe.

Tonight Governor Sarah Palin will speak to the nation. Americans will be able to judge this woman based on her own words and presentation.

Tonight Governor Palin will discuss her beliefs and position on the issues, most of which we will likely disagree with. Governor Palin will have many things to say and an agenda to present which we will discuss after her presentation.

What we write below is some of what Governor Sarah Palin could say tonight:

Good evening delegates and my fellow Americans.

Tonight I speak to you with great humility and ask for your vote based on the content of my character and the qualifications I bring to the job.

Two generations ago, a Republican, Dr. Martin Luther King, spoke of his dream for an America in which we are not judged by the color of our skin but by the content of our character.

This election season we have seen the Democratic leadership disenfranchise their grassroots voters and select a nominee based on skin color. Whether from the mouth of Big Democrat John Kerry or sleezy writers like Andrew Sullivan the word went forth that the nominee of the Democratic Party would either be the African-American man or there would be riots and blood in the streets. Not since the heyday of the most vicious racists, imposing segregation, has an American political candidate utilized race-baiting for personal political profit to such great effect.

I am reminded tonight of Dr. King’s admonition: In the process of gaining our rightful place, we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds. Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred. We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline.

But that’s not all.

A few months ago I suggested that women candidates had to be made of stern stuff. I stated: with all due respect to Hillary Clinton…but when I hear a statement like that coming from a woman candidate with any kind of perceived whine about that excess criticism or you know maybe a sharper microscope put on her, I think you know that doesn’t do us any good – women in politics, women in general wanting to progress this country.

I did not understand then what I understand now. Hillary Clinton: I now understand only a little bit what you have had to withstand for decades. I know and understand because for the past few days I have been subjected to much of what you have endured for several decades.

And let me say dear delegates much of the ugliness of the past few days, the character assasination and the sexism and misogyny, has come from the mouths of women. Women bloggers who talk left and those who tailor their words to favor sexist misogyny have been as bad if not worse than males insecure at the thought of a strong woman.

These female misogynists and male sexists have accused me of faking a pregnancy and substituting myself for the real mother – my daughter. Some of these “progressive” bloggers also accused my husband of being the incestuous father of the child conjured by their imaginations.

Some of these “progressive” female misogynists and male sexists years ago objected to Senator Frist making a diagnosis of Terri Schiavo without benefit of evidence or examination but felt no compunction when they shouted their “findings” based on nothing more than misdated pictures and wishful thinking.

These “progressive” female misogynists and male sexists also decided, like gossipy intrusive neighbors, to question the private decisions of myself and my family.

But it was not only the “progressive” female misogynists and male sexists who assaulted my family. Big Media joined Big Blogs in the assault on myself and my family. The intrusive “questions” by Big Blogs and Big Media were as ugly as they get. The intrusive “questions” by Big Blogs and Big Media were questions and topics never suggested about male candidates.

Why would a 43 year old woman, on her fifth pregnancy, with a Down Syndrome child, after her amniotic fluid has started to leak, not go to the nearest hospital immediately, even if she was in Texas for a speech? Why would she not only not go to the hospital in Texas, but take an eight-hour plane flight to Seattle and then Anchorage? Why would she choose to deliver the baby not in the nearest major facility in Anchorage but at a much smaller hospital near her home-town? Why did the flight attendants on the trip home say she bore no signs of being pregnant?’ (Andrew Sullivan, “Things That Make You Go Hmmm,” The Atlantic’s “The Daily Dish” Blog, Posted 8/31/08)

Us magazine, whose publisher Jann Wenner supports Barack Obama, published a cover story about me called Babies, Lies & Scandals. Us magazine had earlier published a glowing article about Michelle and Barack Obama called “Why Barack Loves Her“.

As with Hillary Clinton, mainline women’s organizations and Big Democrats, including Howard Dean, have remained silently cheering the sexism and the misogyny.

On CNN John Roberts Questioned Whether I Would Be Able To Care For A Child With Down Syndrome As Vice President. Dana Bash was forced to reply That’s a very good question, and I guess my guess is that perhaps the line inside the McCain campaign would be, if it were a man being picked who also had a baby 4 months ago with Down Syndrome, would you ask the same question?

“The Washington Post’s Sally Quinn Questioned Whether A Woman With Five Children And One Having Down Syndrome Would Be Able To Make Her Family A Priority If She Were Vice President. SALLY QUINN: “And I do think, too, that you have to weigh the situation. It’s one thing to have one or two or three children, especially if they are healthy children. And everyone knows that women and men are different and that moms and dads are different and that women — the burden of child care almost always falls on the woman. But I think, when you have five children, one a 4-month-old Down syndrome baby, and a daughter who is 17, who is also a child and who is going to need her mother very much in the next few months and years with her own baby coming, that I don’t see how you cannot make your family your first priority. And I think if you are going to be president of the United States, which she may well be, I think that’s going to be a real stretch for her.” (CNN’s “Newsroom,” 9/2/08)

Joe Biden was not asked about his familiy priorities when he was the sole parent after a horrid accident took his wife and child.

On MSNBC, Headlines Beneath The Live Coverage Included “SOME WORKING MOTHERS WORRY THAT PALIN IS TAKING ON TOO MUCH” And “SOME VOTERS CONCERNED IF PALIN, A MOTHER OF FIVE HAS TIME TO BE VP.” “Two recent headlines underneath the talking heads at MSNBC:’SOME WORKING MOTHERS WORRY THAT PALIN IS TAKING ON TOO MUCH.’ Moments later, it changed to, ‘SOME VOTERS CONCERNED IF PALIN, A MOTHER OF FIVE HAS TIME TO BE VP.’

Big Democrats joined in, on behalf of Barack Obama, whose campaigns typically employ smears and investigations to destroy oppoinents. Rep. Robert Wexler of Maryland, Florida Said That Governor Palin Was A Supporter Of Pat Buchanan Who He Called A “Nazi Sympathizer.” “Here’s Rep. Robert Wexler of Florida: John McCain’s decision to select a vice presidential running mate that endorsed Pat Buchanan for President in 2000 is a direct affront to all Jewish Americans. Pat Buchanan is a Nazi sympathizer with a uniquely atrocious record on Israel, even going as far as to denounce bringing former Nazi soldiers to justice and praising Adolf Hilter for his ‘great courage.‘” (Ben Smith, “Palin On Israel,” Politico, Posted 8/29/08)

The Obama Campaign joined in the smear by sending out an email loaded with typical Obama innuendo slime: Palin was a supporter of [MSNBC analyst] Pat Buchanan, a right-winger or as many Jews call him: a Nazi sympathizer,’ Obama spokesman Mark Bubriski wrote in an email.” (Marc Caputo, “Obama Camp Connects The Dots For Jews: McCain…Palin…Buchanan…Nazis,” The Miami Herald’s “Naked Politics” Blog, http://miamiherald.typepad.com <> , Posted 8/30/08)

Big Democrats joined in the smears, fearful that Joe Lieberman would campaign for McCain/Palin in Florida and New York, effectively garnering jewish votes. James Carville Claimed That Because Governor Palin Was A Supporter Of Pat Buchanan She Would Not Be Attractive To Democrats. CARVILLE: “Again, when they find out, when they find out — I man, when people find out that Sarah Palin supported Pat Buchanan, that she supports teaching creationism, they’re not — she’s not a person that’s going to be very attractive to Democrats.” (CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360 Degrees,” 8/29/08)

James Carville Said That Governor Palin Would Appeal To “Pat Buchanan Kind Of Republicans.” CARVILLE: “I think, among social conservatives, she’s going to be fine. She endorsed Pat Buchanan for president in 2000. And he’s a hero to social conservatives. She’s for teaching creationism in the public schools in Alaska, something that is sort of number one on the social conservative agenda. So, yes, I think, to the kind of Pat Buchanan kind of Republicans, she’s going to have some appeal.” (CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360 Degrees,” 8/29/08)

Joe Biden joined in the misogyny and sexism. In Toledo, OH, Sen. Joe Biden Said One Of The Differences Between Him And Governor Palin Was “She’s Good Looking.” “In his introduction of Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., just now on the rooftop of the Toldeo Public Library, Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del., commented on the pulchritude of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, Sen. John McCain’s newly-named running mate. … ‘From our perspective the whole deal is how does the government help you get back up without getting in the way?’ Biden asked. ‘There’s a gigantic – gigantic — difference between John McCain and Barack Obama, and between me and I suspect my vice presidential opponent. And that is that – ‘ The crowd laughed. ‘Well there’s obvious differences,’ Biden said, beginning to ham it up. ‘She’s good looking,’ he said, laughing. ‘You know there’s obvious differences. But there’s a whole lot – ‘” (Jake Tapper and Matt Jaffe, “Oh, That Joe! (Number 4 in a Series) — Biden on Difference Between Him And Palin: ‘She’s Good Looking’,” ABC News’ “Political Punch” Blog, Posted 8/31/08)

Hillary Haters made the connection between myself and Hillary Clinton explicit by referencing the famous Hillary “Pantsuit”.

Liberal Radio Host Ed Schultz Said That Governor Palin Was An “Empty Pantsuit” Who Had Started A “Bimbo Alert.” “Liberal radio host Ed Schultz was telling listeners Monday that Palin was an ’empty pantsuit’ who had set off a ‘bimbo alert.'” (Howard Kurtz, “A Blogger, A Baby, A Cry Of Concern,” The Washington Post, 9/2/08)

Sherrod Brown who poses as a progressive but voted for torture in the congress joined in the sexism and misogyny. Sherrod Brown Criticized Governor Palin For Being Mayor Of A Small Town. “U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown urged the pro-Democratic crowd at the Cincinnati AFL-CIO Council’s annual Labor Day Picnic today not to be shy about promoting the Barack Obama-Joe Biden presidential ticket in their personal sphere of contacts. … ‘She’s been mayor of a city half the size of Blue Ash and governor of a state with half the population of Hamilton County,’ Brown said. ‘John McCain failed in his first big decision as a potential president. He chose somebody with no experience to be a heartbeat away from being the U.S. president.'” (Steve Kemme, “At Picnic, Brown Slams Palin,” Cincinnati Enquirer, 9/2/08)

Big Media and Big Blogs have also questioned the church I attend and my religious beliefs. The same Big Media and Big Blogs that excused Obama when his pastor and mentor of more than 20 years said on the Sunday immediately after September 11, 2001 “God Damn America” now question my church and my beliefs.

Big Media and Big Blogs that never vetted the Rezko/Auchi/Ayers entanglements of Barack Obama now worry about vetting me. The Big Media and Big Blogs that excuse Obama and his illegal cocaine use as a young man pillory my husband for drinking beer and driving down lonely Alaska roads.

The same Big Media and Big Blogs that never quoted Barack Obama admitting he is not qualified to be president and would feel uncomfortable running for president with such a meager record dares to queston my EXECUTIVE experience as a governor who oversees 24,000 state employees, 14 statewide cabinet agencies and a 10 billion dollar budget.

Dear delegates and American voters, I know that fear has seized the unqualified Barack Obama. Obama knows that I have executive experience which compares favorably with his sole career of running for office and doing nothing for his constitutents unless they are called Rezko. My blue collar union husband, my own union membership, the fact that Obama snubbed Hillary Clinton as his VP choice, the fact that the Democratic Party committed suicide when it selected Obama, the fact that Ron Axtell, a vice-president of the 1,500 member Laborers Union local said about me to the Los Angeles Times “We see eye-to-eye on a lot of stuff.” “She is an excellent pick. Most of the people in the state are shocked and pretty jubilant.” all these facts scare Obama.

But, delegates and American voters, do not buy into the fear that Obama and his cohorts have. If you are sick of Big Media vote against Big Media tool Barack Obama.

I, and my family, are an American story. Our problems are your problems. Our small town America is also your small town America.

Democrats and Americans, I am more qualified than Barack Obama and I will actually try to reform American government not bring in Chicago ward heelers into the Federal government. Fight Big Media. Fight the Fears.

You have nothing to fear, but fear itself.

Thank you and God Bless America.

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699 thoughts on “Sarah Palin’s Acceptance Speech

  1. This period of history is so painful; the misogyny and sexism which has been unleashed is only one aspect – I was just reading RD’s summary of the sham of a roll call vote and the very tepid followup, if any, by CA news outlets of why the CA delegation “passed,” and why so many of us who worked so hard to get out the vote in multiple states for the Clinton campaign worked in vain to uphold the principles of Democracy.

    Frankly, I acknowledge the part of me that wants McCain/Palin to win if only so the dirty unDemocratic tactics of the BO campaign and the DNC will be exposed. If a BO Presidency, then, our voices will be further supressed. The truth will never come out.

  2. Rasmussen did a new poll:

    Twelve percent (12%) of Americans now say that Palin is Very Likely to be the first woman elected President of the United States. Another 26% say that outcome is somewhat likely. For comparison, 14% say Hillary Clinton is very likely to become the first woman President and another 34% say it is somewhat likely. In a head-to-head match-up, Clinton leads Palin by eleven.

    I myself would love to help Palin bust that glass ceiling this year, and then see she and Hillary BOTH top of their tickets in 2012. As a woman, I would be BURSTING with pride. Imagine – would that not be the biggest blow ever to the misogyny haters, if BOTH tickets were women, and there was no man they could prop up with sexism?

  3. gretawire.foxnews.com/2008/09/03/your-big-chance-what-would-you-ask/
    September 3rd, 2008 11:04 AM Eastern
    YOUR BIG CHANCE! WHAT WOULD YOU ASK?
    by Greta Van Susteren

  4. Ahuh, you couldnt make it up

    http://www.riehlworldview.com/carnivorous_conservative/2008/09/obama-thats-jus.html

    “Obama: “That’s Just How White Folks Will Do You” A 1995 piece in the liberal Chicago Reader basically refutes Obama’s statements that he never heard Pastor Jeremiah Wright invoke his racist rants and also provides some additional insight into Obama’s early years in politics.

    “That’s just how white folks will do you,” Obama writes. “It wasn’t merely the cruelty involved; I was learning that black people could be mean and then some. It was a particular brand of arrogance, an obtuseness in otherwise sane people that brought forth our bitter laughter. It was as if whites didn’t know they were being cruel in the first place. Or at least thought you deserving of their scorn.”

    Obama on the rhetoric of Jeremiah Wright this year:

    The statements that Rev. Wright made that are the cause of this controversy were not statements I personally heard him preach while I sat in the pews of Trinity or heard him utter in private conversation. When these statements first came to my attention, it was at the beginning of my presidential campaign.”

  5. H4T,

    I would love to see that happen, I’m just in a very negative frame of mind at the moment about all that has taken place and see things only getting worse before/if at all they get better.

  6. Re: McCain’s new ad comparing Palin and Obama’s experience, I would LOVE for there to be a mocking voiceover at the very end:

    “Oh, and by the way: She’s our second string. He’s their starter.”

  7. John Bolton

    “I think you put your strength at the number one position and groom your successor in the number two position,” Bolton said. “You don’t do it the other way around.”

    ST. PAUL, Minn. – Former U.N. ambassador John Bolton says Sen. Barack Obama’s criticism of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s lack of foreign policy experience could backfire, insisting the presumptive vice-presidential nominee’s executive experience would serve her well in the White House.

    “I don’t understand why the Obama campaign would want to make that an issue, which to me just calls attention to his own lack of experience in foreign policy,” Bolton said at the Republican National Convention.

  8. lil ole grape, admin said the other day that the filters are wonky, shutting people out randomly.

    It did that to me the other day.

  9. I just cant believe what I just heard Chris Wallace say.
    “What can this speech tonight really say, she read it off a TELEPROMPER and it was written by speech writer’s, so really what does it say about her”.
    OMG, they have the unmitigated gaul to say this, Bambi is the king of the telepromter!!! These Media assholes need to be thrown out!!

  10. But, admin has already said that something with the board is wonky. It’s hit several different posters over the last few days. Don’t take it personally…the computer gremlins are just out in force.

  11. marie3548 – I saw this post of yours on another site, and hope you don’t mind that I post this…I had a similar thought about creating a site where people rate the accuracy of specific journalists, and I think this is a good idea. The Republicans certainly have the money to do it – I hope they follow through:

    marie3548 // September 3, 2008 at 11:04 am

    Comment on PUMA
    #138 scarlet on 09.03.08 at 10:47 am
    A poster on a Republican group wrote this:
    After seeing the perverted coverage of Sarah Palin, it is time to give the media and their left wing bloggers a taste of their own medicine. We need to establish and fund a web site that compiles information about the personal lives of the major media and the left wing bloggers in a consolidated place.
    It should be modeled on YouTube so that anyone can submit a video of past predictions, compromising pictures and other embarrassing items in their past. We all remember how Larry Flynt offered to pay a $1,000,000 bonuty for Republican dirt. We don’t need to go that far, just provide a forum for them.
    The Web Site could be called MediaHypocrites.Com (if this is not already used). Since the media controls much of it’s own destiny (except the ad revenue flow), the best way to get back at them is through humiliation. Make them look like the Emperor Without Clothes to the average American.
    And the beauty of this is that they also fall under the ‘Public Figure’ category, making them less able to sue for defamation.

  12. “What can this speech tonight really say, she read it off a TELEPROMPER and it was written by speech writer’s, so really what does it say about her”.

    Well Chris, Sarah Palin has also run a state. ALL Obama has is his teleprompter speeches, so what the hell does that say about HIM??!!

  13. yes, I’m finding some quirks too on the board before my posts go up – like Bill Clinton’s five second delay on his speech at the DNC – like the little gremlins are reviewing what I’m saying first.

  14. marie 3548 had found a gem on another site:

    marie3548 // September 3, 2008 at 11:04 am

    Comment on PUMA
    #138 scarlet on 09.03.08 at 10:47 am
    A poster on a Republican group wrote this:
    After seeing the perverted coverage of Sarah Palin, it is time to give the media and their left wing bloggers a taste of their own medicine. We need to establish and fund a web site that compiles information about the personal lives of the major media and the left wing bloggers in a consolidated place.
    It should be modeled on YouTube so that anyone can submit a video of past predictions, compromising pictures and other embarrassing items in their past. We all remember how Larry Flynt offered to pay a $1,000,000 bonuty for Republican dirt. We don’t need to go that far, just provide a forum for them.
    The Web Site could be called MediaHypocrites.Com (if this is not already used). Since the media controls much of it’s own destiny (except the ad revenue flow), the best way to get back at them is through humiliation. Make them look like the Emperor Without Clothes to the average American.
    And the beauty of this is that they also fall under the ‘Public Figure’ category, making them less able to sue for defamation.

  15. Wow, NY Post strongly defends Palin

    A Time warped Sexism Assault

    http://www.nypost.com/seven/09032008/postopinion/opedcolumnists/a_time_warped_sexist_assault_127183.htm

    HOLY hoop skirts: When did the clock tick back to 1958? When Joe Biden tragically lost his wife and infant daughter in a car wreck in 1972, not a single colleague, friend or competitor advised him to quit his newly won Senate seat to raise his two little surviving sons. Rather, he was sworn into office from the injured boys’ bedside, and took to commuting an hour and a half each way from Delaware to Washington.

  16. Whats going on, this is good.

    WSJ goes off on one with Obama, finally they are digging.

    online.wsj.com/article/SB122005063234084813.html?mod=opinion_main_commentaries

    Obama Should Come Clean On Ayers, Rezko And the Iraqi Billionaire

    ven as Barack Obama gave his soaring speech Thursday night, his campaign was playing hardball with its critics.

    Team Obama has launched an offensive against WGN, the Chicago Tribune’s radio station, for interviewing Stanley Kurtz. Mr. Kurtz is a conservative writer who this week forced the University of Illinois to finally open its records on Sen. Obama’s association with William Ayers, the unrepentant 1970s Weather Underground terrorist.

    An Obama campaign email to supporters called Mr. Kurtz a “slimy character assassin” whose “divisive, destructive ranting” should be confronted. WGN producer Zack Christenson says the outpouring of negative calls and emails is “unprecedented.” He also notes that it is curious — because “we wanted the Obama campaign’s take” on Mr. Kurtz’s findings, but the campaign declined to put anyone on air….

  17. Well, lets hope some normal media outlets will come to Sarah’s defense. I see this defense of Sarah’s as a defense for all women that have been abused by others in all walks of life. I have had the brunt of this leveled at me during my career, so I can sympathize.

  18. An Obama campaign email to supporters called Mr. Kurtz a “slimy character assassin” whose “divisive, destructive ranting”

    Wow “divisive” sure is Flippers go-to word, huh?

  19. Let Chris Wallace and the rest of ’em continue bashing Governor Palin. They must have all taken Stupid Pills. At this point, the Dems and their media lackeys have trashed Palin that, if she comes out for her speech without Hannibel Lector’s mask, she’ll exceed expectations.

    I mean, American must be expecting her to melt into a molten puddle of wicked witch goo if they throw water on her, right? This is, from all that we have been told by the media, the most evil person since Adolf Hitler.

  20. Chris Wallace must be overwhelmed by his own misogyny, enough so that it would override his Republican-favoritism.

    How conveniently he doesn’t point to BO using a teleprompter to deliver his speeches written by a 27 year old white guy. Republicans know this well enough – Chris Wallace is doing this deliberately.

  21. Chris Wallace was the one from Fox that gave him the cush interview. He also belongs to the Church of Christ, so he felt some kind of kinship to the fraud.

    I know many, many Church of CHrist people and I never heard any of them speak as Reverend Wright does!

    Does anyone know where Wallace lives, does he have any ties to Chicago, relative, friends, etc.???

  22. Someone mentioned Women Count Too. I received this e-mail from them:

    “It started Friday afternoon with John Roberts on CNN, and then in a slow build over the weekend it became clear what the leading sexist charge would be against Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin: Is it appropriate for her to accept the vice presidential nomination given the magnitude of her current family responsibilities?
    The question came not just from members of the media but also from voters around the country who wrote in to news organizations and on blogs. The obvious retort is whether anyone would ask the same question of the father of a four-month-old with Down Syndrome and a pregnant teenager. We think not.

    Radio talk host Ed Schultz on CNN Monday night took things even further by declaring that Palin would not be able to focus on her job given her family distractions. And Washington Post columnist Sally Quinn wrote: “Of course, women can be good mothers and have careers at the same time. I’ve done both. Other women in public office have children…but…a mother’s role is different from a father’s.”

    The message? Sarah Palin: bad mother.

    On that count we have no doubt these accusations would never be made about a man. In that sense, Sally Quinn is right – and that’s why things have got to change. The very notion that Sarah Palin should not have accepted this nomination because she is a mother with demanding challenges underscores just how far we have to go.

    WomenCount has promised that we would jump on these examples of sexism. Here’s where YOU come in. Tell the media to back off, and we’ll forward your messages to the right places.

    Stamping out sexism is about shifting the culture. It will be good for America to watch Sarah Palin on the campaign trail – bouncing from parenting to politics. That’s how most women function – multi-tasking, leaning on friends and family, and waking up each morning and doing it all again.

    Throughout the weekend, we have been asked about WomenCount’s views on Sarah Palin as the Republican nominee. It is important to distinguish between the broader issue of sexism and the ideology of an individual. WomenCount was born of the passion its founders had for Hillary Clinton’s clear view of social issues and progressive values. We cannot pretend that Governor Palin meets any standard of progressive politics or social values.

    But regardless of the candidates’ ideology, we will work to stamp out sexism when we see it on the campaign trail. To paraphrase the words of one blogger who said it best over the weekend: We will defend Sarah Palin against misogynist smears not because we like her or support her, but because that’s how feminism works.

    Warmly,Rosemary Camposano, Jehmu Greene, Stacy Mason and the WomenCount Team”

  23. It amazes me that the messiah’s campaign can come out with such crap as saying the other side is devisive and puts out slimey character assassinations.

    This is the pot calling the kettle black or it takes one to know one.

    What the hell, are we having a school yard shouting match or a freaking election and a very important one at that!!

  24. Birdgal – thank you for posting re: Women Count Pac..

    Jehmu Greene was a surrogate for Clinton and now when she speaks on the news, they says she’s an “Obama supporter” which I think she is tepid about.

    The rest of the women traveled from state to state to campaign for Clinton.

    I am glad that they are standing up for Women…unlike the despicably hypocritical Emily’s List, NOW, etc.

  25. OMG, I have to go take my drug test for my new job. Please someone e-mail FOX and give them a piece of our minds over this sexiest bastard that has a thing for Bambi. My blood pressure is going up, I am turning the station!!

  26. I posted something on a different board about the sexism towards Palin, and I received a nasty reply: “It’s not sexism. It’s politics. You’re naive.” Well, I think it is both. You know, the liberal elite are very arrogant, snobby, and nasty. This came from a PR person.

  27. God, she’s clever, she has nothing to hide.

    Gov. Sarah Palin today asked a state board to review the circumstances surrounding the dismissal of Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan — taking the unusual step of making an ethics complaint against herself.

    Her lawyer sent an “ethics disclosure” Monday night to Attorney General Talis Colberg. The governor asked that it go to the three-person Personnel Board as a complaint. While ethics complaints are usually confidential, Palin wants the matter open.

    The lawyer, Thomas Van Flein, also asked the state Legislature to drop its own investigation into the Monegan matter. He says the Personnel Board has jurisdiction over ethics.

    A senator running the investigation immediately refused.

    The 13-page document gives Palin’s view of a controversy that’s dogged her for weeks in Alaska. Questions about whether she or others in her family or administration pressured Monegan to fire her ex-brother-in-law, state Trooper Mike Wooten, are now getting intense national attention with her newfound prominence on the national stage. Republican Sen. John McCain announced Friday that she’s his pick to be vice president.

    Under state law, the board must hire an independent counsel for complaints against the governor to determine whether evidence of a violation of the state ethics act exists.

    “Governor Palin believes it will find no conceivable violation of the Ethics Act,” her complaint says. She wants the investigation “to put these matters to rest.”

  28. Gingrich “bitch-Slaps” MSNBC’s Allen Over Palin

    An MSNBC Reporter tonight learned a very important lesson about political Journalism, you don’t mess with Gingrich. Fresh from the evenings activities Gingrich was approached on the convention floor by MSNBC’s Ron Allen who said to the former Speaker, “But to be fair, her resume is not something we’re familiar seeing with presidential candidates.”

    This didn’t sit well with Gingrich who strongly replied (video embedded above):

    It’s stronger than Barack Obama’s. I don’t know why you guys walk around saying this baloney. She has a stronger resume than Obama. She’s been a real mayor, he hasn’t. She has been a real governor, he hasn’t. She’s been in charge of the Alaskan National Guard, he hasn’t. She was a whistleblower who defeated an incumbent mayor. He has never once shown that kind of courage. She’s a whistleblower who turned in the chairman of her own party and got him fined $12,000. I’ve never seen Obama do one thing like that. She took on the incumbent governor of her own party and beat him, and then she beat a former Democratic governor in the general election. I don’t know of a single thing Obama’s done except talk and write.

    Newt then challenged Allen:

    I’d like you to tell me one thing Sen. Obama’s done.

    With that, Allen retreated, and said:

    Thanks very much, Mr. Speaker. I’m going to leave it there. I’m not going to argue the case. Thanks very much.

    Hmmm. Imagine that. I guess folks like Allen are only willing to argue the case when there’s nobody playing the part of the defense attorney.

    How convenient.

  29. Her Majesty in Trouble?

    http://www.cqpolitics.com/wmspage.cfm?docID=news-000002943391

    Grassley Seeks Information on Michelle Obama’s Hospital Job
    By Richard Rubin and Joseph J. Schatz, CQ Staff

    The top Republican on the Senate Finance Committee is raising questions about Michelle Obama’s job at a Chicago hospital, using his oversight power on nonprofit institutions.

    Charles E. Grassley , R-Iowa, on Tuesday released a letter he sent Aug. 29 to the chief executive of the University of Chicago Medical Center, where Obama, the wife of Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama , worked as vice president of community and external relations until going on leave.

    Without naming Obama, the letter asks for information on the hiring and selection process for her post and on how her compensation package, reported at $317,000 annually, was determined. The questions are among dozens Grassley addressed to Dr. James L. Madara regarding the medical center’s operations.

    Grassley has been examining nonprofits and tax-exemption policies for several years, raising concerns about abuses.

    Citing a newspaper report, Grassley said the center “appears to be culling the least profitable patients from its emergency room.” The Aug. 22 Washington Post article said Michelle Obama launched a program to send patients with non-urgent conditions to neighborhood clinics. The hospital provided some of the clinics with part-time medical personnel.

    Grassley wants to hear back by the end of September. That would force the hospital to respond before the election, even though the 110th Congress is expected to be adjourned by that point.

    In a statement, the center said “we have received Senator Grassley’s Aug. 29 letter and we are beginning the process of providing thoughtful and thorough answers to his questions. Much of the information he has requested is already a matter of public record and offers evidence of our vigorous pursuit and commitment to our patient care, education, research, and community missions.”

    Grassley spokeswoman Jill Gerber said that the letter included Michelle Obama “only to the extent that she’s involved. But it’s not targeted at her. It’s targeted at the hospital.”
    Durbin Weighs In

    Senate Majority Whip Richard J. Durbin , D-Ill., a close ally of Obama, strongly defended the hospital.

    “The fact that Sen. Grassley is questioning the work of the University of Chicago Medical Center — especially those programs aimed at reducing emergency department overcrowding and promoting preventive health — is troubling and shows that he simply doesn’t understand the problems facing our hospitals today,” Durbin said in a statement. “Far too many of the 1.1 million people who live on Chicago’s South Side depend on the emergency room for their primary medical care, rather than getting the health care they truly need.”

    He added: “Residents of the South Side have rates of diabetes, asthma, hypertension and other debilitating chronic conditions that are as much as five times higher than the rest of Illinois. UCMC is providing more than $64 million a year in charity and unreimbursed care and has received high marks from everyone from community groups to the Illinois Attorney General for their efforts. I am proud to have helped secure federal funds in support of that work.”

    Michelle Obama has worked for the university or its medical center for nearly a decade. She took a pay cut when she started working part-time and is currently on unpaid leave.
    Grassley Seeks Information on Michelle Obama’s Hospital Job

    Grassley’s letter is “not meant to be a political issue,” Gerber said, noting that he is “obviously very careful to be nonpartisan in his oversight work.” The letter was copied to Finance Chairman Max Baucus , D-Mont.

    “Tax-exempt hospitals absolutely should be expected to provide charitable care, but many facilities can be overwhelmed by the call for such care, particularly when they serve local low-income populations that may be less healthy, Medicaid-dependent, or entirely uninsured,” Baucus said in a statement.
    Questioning Connections

    Grassley, a long-time critic of tax-exempt hospitals that he thinks do not adequately merit the tax advantage, referenced the Post article that detailed various connections among the Obamas, their friends and associates, and the hospital. The article, which discusses the hospital’s level of charity care and its use of the public-opinion firm of Barack Obama adviser David Axelrod, was “troubling” to Grassley, according to the letter.

    The article cites a report from a bipartisan center noting that the hospital provided less charity care as a percentage of its expenses than other hospitals in the Chicago region and that it received five times as much in tax breaks than it provided in charity care.

    Grassley is also seeking information about the employment of Axelrod’s firm, other Obama associates and the Urban Health Initiative spearheaded by Michelle Obama. That program aims to use community health centers to treat patients who might otherwise go to the emergency room and receive more expensive care.
    Houston Hospital Targeted

    Grassley also wrote to the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, regarding billing of a leukemia patient that Grassley called “exorbitant.”

    “The answers to the questions I’m asking are critical to understanding whether these hospitals are setting standards for their peers,” he said in a written statement. “Those standards might include losing sight of the public service that comes with tax-exempt status.”

    Baucus linked the issue to broader issues facing the U.S. health care system.

    “As more Americans struggle to get health care, and as hospitals are asked to serve communities increasingly in need, I intend for the Finance Committee to focus on the root causes of the huge spike in uncompensated care — the facts that 46 million Americans live without health insurance, and millions more don’t have sufficient coverage — and to seek universal health coverage that will allow every American to get the quality health care they need at the facility that’s best for them,” he said.

    First posted Sept. 2, 2008 5:34 p.m.

  30. Republicans have decided to play hardball, they are going to take Obama apart now, i understand the word has come down RNC, green light go out and destroy.

  31. moononpluto Says:
    September 3rd, 2008 at 12:26 pm

    Gingrich “bitch-Slaps” MSNBC’s Allen Over Palin

    An MSNBC Reporter tonight learned a very important lesson about political Journalism, you don’t mess with Gingrich. Fresh from the evenings activities Gingrich was approached on the convention floor by MSNBC’s Ron Allen who said to the former Speaker, “But to be fair, her resume is not something we’re familiar seeing with presidential candidates.”
    &&&&&&&&&

    And again, can’t anyone in MSM keep track of who is running for pres and who is running for veep???

    Granted, veeps should be qualified and ready to take over. I happen to think that while Palin does not have “tons” of experience, being a sitting governor doesn’t just happen to you. And looking at her overall record, I do not see her as underqualified.

    Obama is not qualified even to be a veep pick. Not enough “accomplishments”.

  32. Oh, right, Obama’s main proof of “managerial experience” is that he’s managed a “successful” winning of a nomination, and is running for president. Circular logic.

    I am qualified, therefore, I am.

    Let’s forget that Axlerod/Plouffe manage his campaign. Obama’s role has been shaky. See him in the debates…”umm, er, uh, whatever Hillary said…”? In interviews? Without a teleprompter?

    He’s said he’ll debate John McCain “anytime”. Except if McCain promises to show up.

  33. # moononpluto Says:
    September 3rd, 2008 at 12:32 pm

    Republicans have decided to play hardball, they are going to take Obama apart now, i understand the word has come down RNC, green light go out and destroy.
    &&&&

    I’m buying extra popcorn now. I’m going to love this movie.

  34. Shit, I still want to know if that Palin story on KOS can be traced to AKP Media. I know zip about tracing ISP’s, but I hope like hell someone else is on that.

  35. All things on the internet leave a trace, even when deleted, pages are stored and they will if its true easily trace it back to AKP.

  36. Hooray, I want this man and his henchman on the unemployment line. ThankGod they are finally going to do it. I think it going to start on Friday!

  37. Looks like somebody is coming up with the same idea that you have to give them a taste of thier own medicine.

    CountTheVotes Says:

    September 3rd, 2008 at 11:51 am
    marie3548 – I saw this post of yours on another site, and hope you don’t mind that I post this…I had a similar thought about creating a site where people rate the accuracy of specific journalists, and I think this is a good idea. The Republicans certainly have the money to do it – I hope they follow through:

    Repost I posted this downstairs in response to Hillaryfor Texas said it wasnt my post just passing info on there is so much but it was ironic that HillaryForTexas and Scarlet from PUMA and now you(Countthevotes)were talking about the same thing so that means this must b a gr8t idea.

    Let them taste the bitter pill.

  38. Giuliani will tear it up tonight I hear he is the one who had the tape on Michelle-O rumor has it he was really good at investigative work who else could have gotten Bernard Kerik a security job in Iraq.

  39. I’m just waiting for Obama and his hacks to cry foul or this investigation into M.O.’s position. They seem to think they are above being investigated for anything at all.

  40. IDunn – Media Matters does a piss poor job with the exception of a few great analytical pieces…I don’t blame the organization so much, it is after all a non-profit and therefore doesn’t have the infrastructure of money. I’m thinking Republican financed website which goes after individual journalists and their own hypocrisy and their own political leanings and calls them out – sounds great. This would mean lots of oppo research as only the republicans can do.

  41. I wunder if the teflon is wearing thin.

    I have to tell you, seeing women come out for women really makes me feel good. However, I thought I would see this in the Democratic party, but for sure from the women’s organization.

    Sometimes help comes from where you least expect it.

  42. Michelle is fair game, she has injected herself in the campaign she is part of it, she is totally fair game, all spouses are.

  43. I wonder if this Charles Hartley is one of Obama’s paid bloggers. Hmmmm…are those bloggers paid through AKP Media?

  44. http://www.hillaryclintonforum.net/discussion/showthread.php?p=336158
    The experience argument
    The Corner
    Sep 02, 2008 11:56 AM EST

    Quote:
    It’s interesting that Barack Obama is publicly making the argument that he has more political experience than Sarah Palin. Why does the top of the Dem ticket feel the need to run against the bottom of the GOP ticket? It diminishes him. And by stressing experience as a metric, isn’t Obama setting himself up for the inevitable losing battle of his time in office versus John McCain’s? Anyway wasn’t this election all about ‘change?’ Didn’t Hillary lose the nomination by stressing experience? They must really feel threatened by Ms. Palin.

    http://www.precisenews.us/tags/relat…speech%20obama

    Why is the top running against the bottom of a ticket?
    AWWEEEEE scared of the wimmin folks what a wimp.

    Now I know he was terrified of Hillary it always brings me back to Kudlow:

    corner.nationalreview.com/post/?q=ODkzNWI4YmIwN2NmMWIxYWRlNmE3MDM1OGJlMWZkYjI=
    That’s a Relief [Larry Kudlow]
    Whew. I’m glad McCain’s not running against Hillary. She gave a stemwinder. Sure, plenty of Democratic pap. I’ll read the transcript for details to be rebutted. Absolutely, she gave Obama a minimal endorsement. Her speech was about her, not him. And as I wrote this afternoon, only he can make the sale for his candidacy. No one else can do it for him. But the last quarter of her speech had a lot of optimism and confidence about America’s future. No hardships or obstacles can stop America. I like that a lot. Obama never does it; he’s a pessimist. Sometimes John McCain borders on cranky pessimism. But Hillary gave a very strong speech, an American leadership speech, very close to an American exceptionalism speech. Dems never do that. Reagan taught us all how powerful it can be. Hillary has come a long way.

  45. The RNC needs to UNLEASH THE DOGS – where to start, oh me oh my?

    Ayers…….Annenberg Board for salary in exchange for federal grants for Ayers (kickback scheme)…………..slum-lord numerous kick-back schemes…..part of Chicago Combine & Operation Board Games……….Bribery & Extortion…………..Dohrn……..MO connection to Dohrn………Wright…………..Farrakhan…………..Meeks…………..Nation of Islam staff members in IL Senate, US Senate and throughout current campaign staff…………………Donald Young…………Donald Young hit job…………other gay black men associated with TUCC murdered within 40-day-period around Iowa caucus…………….whistle-blower Larry Sinclair………..abuse of power DE AG Beau Biden’s arrest of Larry SInclair………..Joe Biden’s conflict of interests over sons’ positions……………Almassarae………all Middle-Easterners associated with BHO and War inIraq…………………..Campaign money fraud & Dirty Money from the Middle East.Rezko……….MO’s connection to Daley………….MO’s hospital not-for-profit abuse of federal money……………….REZKO…………kickback scheme concerning shady house purchase……….Axelrod connection to BHO connections……………prominence of BHO in “down-low” Chicago lifestyle…………..DNC “fix” in for 4 years…………stolen roll-call vote last week in Denver…………..Caucus fraud rampant across USA…………fraudulent voter registration…………BHO drug use past & present……………..Bought and sold illegal drugs…………..fraudulent posting of birth certificate on web site………..not furnished COLB in United States………….Father not citizen & mother did not meet criteria for BHO to be natural-born citizen, thus not eligle for the presidency…………..Indonesian legal name & Indonesian citizenship……….not eligible for presidency as described in Article II of Constitution…………falsifications of law licenses (he & MO have let their law licenses lapse,wonder why?) and falsifications of FEC filings……………Odinga connection to extremist Muslim rule (makes pro-life look like a walk-in-the-park)………………..New World Order & Citizen of the World………using percentage of GDP to send to rest of world, not USA…………..race-baiting and wedge within the DNC……………disenfranchisement of millions of voters through selection of DNC, not election…………………..roll of Kennedy family, Schwarzenner/Shriver, Oprah in turning the USA into a socialist/Marxist regime……..

    AND THE LIST GOES ON AND ON……………….CAN’T EVEN IMAGINE WHAT WE HAVEN’T HEARD YET………………………….BUT WE ANXIOUSLY AWAIT………………………………….

  46. Gr8t pictuere on Foxnews with MCcain greeting and talking to Palins family with him talking to Bristol Palins daughter looking like he was giving her some encouraging talk gave her a big hug (oh I think )2 times and her boyfriend was with her.

    Good for Palin she showed up with everyone.

  47. Idunn Says:

    September 3rd, 2008 at 1:02 pm
    I wonder if this Charles Hartley is one of Obama’s paid bloggers. Hmmmm…are those bloggers paid through AKP Media?

    Well if Redstate.com is on to Mr. Harltey I know the republican party has his number and will be looking into it.

    Imagine that the Obama camp thought they could fight MCcain they same way that they fought Hillary this is insane.

  48. sry for typos typing tooooo fast and nails.
    Pictures.

    marie3548 Says:

    September 3rd, 2008 at 1:09 pm
    Gr8t pictuere on Foxnews

  49. Yes, I heard the boyfriend is with her daughter, and that is just great. The kids made a mistake and both sets of parents are helping them out. I am happy the boys parents are cooperating! This should put this nasty commentary to rest!

  50. confloyd,

    they are going after the daughter with blood in their eyes. It’s disgusting. One reporter checked on the boyfriend’s myspace. According to him, the boyfriend wrote that he never wanted kids and now the press is going with it.

  51. JanH

    What teen age people say on myspace and what they actually do, or think might be two different things. I think the same might be true of people on some blogs (not this one of course).

  52. Someone also snagged pics of a young girl drinking from Levi Johnstons myspace page. The are now flaoting it around with the story that Bristol Palin is caught on film drunk off her ass.

    Is the pic Bristol? No. It’s Levi’s sister (who may actually be of age to drink). Is the girl in the photo “drunk off her ass”? Doesn’t appear to be.

    But why let the truth get in the way of a good smear, right?

  53. BHO spokeswoman and Andrea Bitchell stomping mad saying that Palin’s record IS a matter for inspection, that her stand, all her actions as an elected official should be scrutinized………….then where are The One’s records – his voting record in IL and US, his record of associations with Ayers, Rezko, Middle-Eastern connections………….

    They also said that “getting this ino” is not sexist……………then why was asking The Messiah racist……………………

    HUGE DOUBLE STANDARD…………..THAT IS WHY WE WILL SUPPORT MCCAIN/PALIN

    IT’S ALL ABOUT FAIRNESS PEOPLE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  54. confloyd Says:

    September 3rd, 2008 at 1:17 pm
    Yes, I heard the boyfriend is with her daughter, and that is just great. The kids made a mistake and both sets of parents are helping them out. I am happy the boys parents are cooperating! This should put this nasty commentary to rest!

    Thats right come on out and HOLD YOUR HEAD UP HIGH

  55. Idunn

    We use to put people in stocks for malicious untrue rumor spreading Maybe we should go back to that custom.

  56. Wait a second…we were out of line to bring up Wright, isn’t THAT what the Hypocritical One said? We were admonished to keep Mish out of things, isn’t THAT what the Hypocritical One said? We weren’t even allowed to say that AA’s might actually be supporting him only because he’s black…wasn’t THAT the theme the Hypocritical One floated? We weren’t even supposed to look at his past associations and judge the Hypocritical One on THAT, right?

    But now, all of a sudden , everything is fair game when it comes to Sarah Palin, right?

    GO FUCK YOURSELF, KING OBAMA!!!

  57. Ayers soulamtes planned to kidnap and kill GOP Delegates

    The Pioneer Press reports that the Ramsey County, Minnesota, Sheriff’s office investigated an anarchist group that was considering kidnapping delegates to the Republican Party’s convention in St. Paul.

    The would-be terrorists, who called themselves the “Republican National Convention Welcoming Committee,” planned to shut down the convention. The group bears a striking resemblance to the Weathermen, a violent terrorist group founded by Barack Obama’s unrepentant terrorist associate William Ayers.

    According to the news report:

    # The self-described anarchist group – whose main goal was to “crash” the Republican National Convention,” according to its Web site – traveled to or communicated with affinity groups in 67 cities to recruit members and raise money.

    # Group members discussed the possibility of kidnapping delegates, blockading bridges, using liquid sprayers filled with urine or chemicals on police and throwing marbles to trip police and their horses.

    # At an “action camp” held from July 31 to Aug. 3 in Lake Geneva, Minn., one member talked of concealing inside giant puppets “materials” that could be used on the street. Others discussed the need for Molotov cocktails, paint, caltrops (devices used to puncture tires), bricks and lockboxes for protesters to lock themselves together.

    # Erik Oseland, one of the six group members arrested here, produced a video called “Video Map of the St. Paul Points of Interest.” It included such major companies as Travelers Insurance and Qwest, hotels such as the Embassy Suites and the Crowne Plaza. Also included: the Pioneer Press building.

    Not surprisingly, the communist National Lawyers Guild is representing many of the accused.

  58. It will be interesting to see O’Reilly/Obama. OReilly has said that Obama was never really asked anything. He also wants to appear to be ‘fair and balanced’. Strangely enough in this bizarre year, he has, by elimination, seemed fairer than most.

    I would like to ask those of you who will not vote for O, but cannot vote for McCain, if there has been any change in your thinking. That is, if it is very close at the end, would you vote McCain to keep O away from the WH?

    If O is linked to the Palin smears, would that change your mind? I’m curious.

  59. Gallop Daily Tracker
    Obama 49% MCcain 43%

    Obama dropped 1
    Mccain gained 1

    Hope MCcain keeps chopping away at his azz.

  60. Jamal Simmons is one guy i would love to stick in a boxing ring with 100 women and let them loose, he is a sexist annoying hateful man.

  61. Gallop Daily Tracker
    Obama 49% MCcain 43%

    Obama dropped 1
    Mccain gained 1

    Hope MCcain keeps chopping away at his azz.
    ======================================
    No

    McCain went up 2, and Obama dropped one. It was 50/41 yesterday.

  62. You make feel like dancing! Thank you for another great article keep up the good work administrators. A+++++++

    We won’t vote for Crazy Emperor Obama and we don’t want his cult aide. No Obama dictatorship in the USA . Obama keep the change and your communist ideas to yourself.

  63. Ever since I hear that Ed Ames song “My Cup Runneth Over,” I haven’t been able to get it out my head. LOL.

  64. O’Reilly has competing interests: To ask the questions the rest of the media have ignored and/or to seem objective and fair.

    Who knows what he’ll do but I suspect he will be ultra gracious but hope to stump O.

  65. I don’t know why they Democratic? Taliban Party decided to go after the vp candidate and compare their Presidential candidate to the vp….what stupid politics.

    Now for the rest of the race…WEAK Obama/Biden will be compared to Palin, while McCain looks Strong, Secure and Presidential.

  66. LOL

    Us Magazine Takes Down Palin Poll Becasuse 71% Supported Palin

    Should Sarah Palin step down as the Republican vice presidential candidate? Yes Votes 28.95%, 120206, No Votes 71.05%, 295058, Total 415264 votes.

    They’ve reset it numerous times, hoping to get the results they want. This morning, they’d wiped off the prior results again. It only had about 20,000 votes and 89% were on Palin’s side.

    lol, it backfired on them, i’m pissing myself.

  67. FRECKLES:

    You’ve heard the old saying,”If you can’t lick them, join them?” Well, after living through the trouncing of Hillary by the DNC, Big Media and the race-baiting BHO camp – this PUMA advocate will vote for MCain/Palin NO MATTER WHAT.

    I have said that the Obamabots would support The One even if they personally witnessed him perform the most heinous crime in the world…………

    Well, I wouldn’t care at this point if McCain had ten ex-wives, wasn’t a war hero, and was a Bush kiss-ass. I wouldn’t care if Palin built Ten Bridges to Nowhere, had quintuplets or chased her ex-brother in-law off a cliff in a trooper’s car – I’d still vote for them.

    For me – it’s still and always will be about the way the DNC kicked Hillary and Bill Clinton to the curb. Hell hath no fury like a woman’s revenge…………………………
    and I’m out for the demise of the corrupt Marxist DNC, BHO and BIG MEDIA.

  68. Great news!!(with Sara’s daughter and her boyfriends embracing John McCain on tarmac!!)

    h t t p : / / http://www.startribune.com/politics/state/27810774.html?elr=KArksLckD8EQDUoaEyqyP4O:DW3ckUiD3aPc:_Yyc:aULPQL7PQLanchO7DiUs

    McCain arrives, greets Palin daughter, father-to-be
    The Republican candidate landed at about noon and was greeted by his wife, vice presidential running mate Gov. Sarah Palin and members of her family.

    Sarah Palin, the Republicans’ surprise choice for the vice-presidential slot on the presidential ticket, will go before her party’s national convention and her fellow Americans tonight and make her first major address since presumptive presidential nominee John McCain chose her for the No. 2 spot.

    Meanwhile, McCain flew into the Twin Cities, arriving about noon at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. He was met on the tarmac by among others his wife, Cindy, and Palin and her family.

    That included Palin’s pregnant teenage daughter, Bristol, and father-to-be Levi Johnston. McCain gave Bristol numerous hugs, patted Johnston on the arm and spoke with the couple longer than any of the others in the greeting line.

    McCain arrived on his Straight Talk Express, a white, gold and blue Boeing 737. He was en route to the Minneapolis Hilton Hotel, where he will make an appearance and spend the night. The motorcade also stopped at the Minneapolis Convention Center.

    Palin, the first-term Alaska governor, will accept her party’s nomination at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul starting at about 9:30 p.m. CDT, said McCain campaign manager Rick Davis, noting that “I’m sure everybody is excited about” what she has to say.

    In a humorous nod to the talkative ways of an earlier speaker, Davis said that former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s turn at the podium earlier in the evening might back up the schedule a bit on Day 3 of the four-day convention.

    “Anytime you have Rudy Giuliani at a convention you never know,” Davis said of the former GOP presidential candidate whose campaign failed to gain traction.

    Minnesota Sen. Norm Coleman also will speak, addressing the theme of the night, “Country First.”

    The man Palin hopes to succeed, Dick Cheney, will not have a role in the convention, which ends Thursday, Davis said. Cheney had been scheduled to speak Monday, but that appearance was scuttled as the convention scaled back while Hurricane Gustav approached the Gulf Coast. Now that the convention is back on track, Davis said that Cheney already had plans to travel to Italy or Eastern Europe “on official business.”

    Since Palin was added to the ticket last week, the 44-year-old’s selection has been the hottest topic for convention coverage. Fueling the attention has been a debate about her short political resume, how much homework the McCain camp did on Palin and her family’s disclosure of Bristol’s pregnancy.

    As Palin prepared for her speech amid questions about her family, four leading Republicans defended her today in St. Paul: Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former Hewlett-Packard executive Carly Fiorina, all widely seen last week as possible choices as a McCain running mate.

    “I think she is the hit of the Republican convention,” said Romney, who spoke with the others at a meeting of the Minnesota delegation.

    Said former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge: “The criticism has not been justified and warranted,” who added that the media’s treatment of Palin amounted to “subtle sexism.”

    Palin arrived in St. Paul Sunday night, but for the most part, has been huddling with McCain’s advisers prepping for her much-anticipated speech.

    Davis said the media scrutiny of recent days of Palin has been “frenzied, and probably could be dialed back a bit.”

    He defended the McCain campaign’s background work on Palin, and he said he thinks much of the criticism is motivated by the fact that the media had no idea that Palin was on McCain’s VP short list.

    “Honestly, I think all this stuff about the vetting process is just bunk,” Davis said. “Every one of our candidates was fully vetted. Everyone went through the same process. I think it’s much ado about nothing.

    “Certainly her record deserves scrutiny. But we ought to look at her record. The salicious way in which these outlets have tried to throw dirt at our candidate are obviously inappropriate.”

    Early this morning, Palin stopped down on the convention floor to walk the stage, check the lighting and test the sound system.

    Along with Giuliani, two other former presidential candidates will speak this evening: former Govs. Romney and Mike Huckabee of Arkansas.

    Then, after Giuliani speaks, Palin will be introduced by Hawaii Gov. Linda Lingle.

    Meanwhile, Davis said that McCain is anxious to “get around [today] and say ‘hello’ to people. He’s itching to see how the convention is going.”

    Davis said McCain watched Tuesday night’s convention coverage on TV, and “really loved it. He just thought it was very inspirational.”

    —————————–

    The DNCmedia and Obamabots want to destroy Sarah Palin’s family. I’m so glad their family appears to be unfazed. This is exactly the tone they need to send out to voters. They’re tough minded people, not some fragile dolls.

    I salute to her daughter and b/f’s courage! Don’t misunderestimate 17-year-old Alaskan kids!

    I personally never believe age is a big factor in assessing a human beging’ inner strength. When I was 17, I was stubborn, and tough.

  69. I don’t know about you guys, but if Sarah pulls this off she will be my new female hero. She will have accomplished what Hillary couldn’t do –Stand up to her own party and for women.

    I am still bothered that Hillary didn’t do this and was rather complacent about the whole thing, but like someone posted before there comes a time to say “enough is enough”. My respect for her has lessened. She wasn’t like the same Hillary that existed before the primaries. I know that she can throw some zingers and really should have went negative on Obama when she AND her husband was attacked, but she didn’t.

    I still think that she makes a good senator, though and was glad that she was the first “first lady” to really get involved in politics and not just shrink away into obscurity after Bill’s presidency ended. But beyond that, I don’t know……………..

  70. independent2008,

    please don’t be too hard on Hillary. Palin have the whole GOP plus us behind her. Hillary has both right wing and left wing and the media against her.

  71. Independent: Hillary could not go negative on BO. Everytime she did, her own party blasted her. She was fighting, with one hand tied behind her back. Palin HAS THE SUPPORT OF HER PARTY. HILLARY DID NOT, WHICH MAKES IT MORE DIFFICULT.

  72. Sorry if I wasn’t clear in yesterday’s posts.

    My husband died in 2001. He started out as a magician, created a magic magazine at 18 which is still in print, became a real estate broker in San Francisco, became an internationally known photogrqapher in Hollywood, talked Marilyn Monroe into doffing her swimsuit for those famous nude shots on the front page of most newspapers and magazines like the LIFE cover.

    He was at Marilyn’s house the night she died and followed her to the morgue. He investigated what happened.

    Before that he investigated the Caryl Chessman case and got a stay of execution but the judge’s secretary misdialed and they killed him. That’s in a book called Ninth Life.

    After being an investigative reporter, he started writing scripts for TV. He then became a producer-writer, wrote for Seahunt (his and Burt Reynolds first jobs) and lots of movies and series, among them Satan’s Triangle, Shaft, Mission:Impossible and Columbo.

    He was very bright, loyal, principled and honorable.
    Because his father was Imperial Potentate of the Shriners, he knew Truman, Nixon, and most celebrities. He then photographed nearly every star in the 50s and early 60s. Almost all stayed friends.

    I have spent 10 years starting his biography and now that I’ve written this, and if I get off His44, I may get started again.

    Sorry for the off-topic post.

  73. The biggest difference between Palin and O — and there are very many — is that when she saw corruption in her party or community, she went after it and beat it back. When he saw rife corruption in Chicago, not to mention Washington, he joined it, aided it, profited from it and never said a word.

    Game. Set. Match.

  74. meiyingsu,

    I agree completely. I would also say that she is still being thrown to the sharks by her party and the media. It will never end until she lies down on a train track for the false one and lets a train roll over her.

  75. Been trying to post this since this morning. My reply to an email yesterday from Kathryn at People for the American Way
    Subject: Your attack on Palin

    In the first place the only alternative to McCain/Palin is Obama/Biden. Obama cannot be trusted to keep to his platform on anything, he has questionable associates, his judgement is very poor, he’s terribly inexperienced. All he can do is speechify in sophomoric platitudes designed for adolescents with cheerleader mentalities. I’m not stupid. I can’t vote for Obama.

    2. Palin is not running for pres — it’s VP Joe Biden is the Dems VP and he too has a load of baggage. He also has unfortunate personal traits — can’t trust him, either.

    3. I experienced first hand the misogyny in the Dem Party. It’s not the Dem Party I knew. These current leaders treated Senator Hillary Clinton very badly. Now they are trashing Palin and Palin’s young daughter. I loathe the ugly sexist attitude of the Dems and of the MSM and you should, too.

    4. The Dems trashed the voters and rigged the nomination in order to choose a man without qualifications for the job of president. They were cruelly unjust to a woman whom history might very well regard as one of the great leaders of our time — brilliant, astonishingly well-informed, offering solutions to serious problems, etc. I am so disgusted and repulsed by the current powers in the Democratic Party I want only to see them destroyed and a new Democratic Party created based upon the values and integrity of the Clintons. Until that happens, don’t bother me with your whining about Republican platforms. Never thought I’d say it but the Dems are worse!

    5. It’s turned out to be a bad election year. The choices are nearly all bad from the top down.

    My God, we could have had a return to the prosperity of Bill Clinton’s years!

    You say you have done your homework — what you emailed looks pretty shallow to me. I have done my homework, too — thoroughly, everyday for the past year — and I am very very angry.
    I have to vote Republican for the first time in my life unless by some miracle our nominee is Senator Clinton.
    Now don’t bother me with your trivia again.

  76. freckles:

    Wow…that’s awesome. What an interesting and rewarding life for you and he. Which means (don’t expect you to acknowledge of course) the insight he had into the Kennedy’s, Lawford, Camelot (more like MacBeth), tec.

    And for him to have been able to compare the personalitites of Truman (talk about straight-talk) and Nixon (brooding, dark intelligent)…I am enthralled. Taught World, American History, World Geography – so I am definitely a student of history.

    So, knowing all you do, what is you historical perspective on what is occuring in this “overthrow” or “coup d’etat” our country is experiencing that the citizen on the street is unaware of? Quite the social experiment, granted. What a case study indeed. But the lasting ramnifications are scary.

    Have written before about the ninety year-old patient (I’m also a registered nurse) from Dresden who fled Germany following the end of WWII. She told me all about the virtues of Hitler. What really struck me was that she said her family was obedient, therefore were awarded enough “stamps” so that they filled a book, and were awarded a volkswagen, the car Hitler created for the common “folks.” With the gas/diesel prices, emphasis on new electric cars, and Michelle Obama’s speech stating that we would do what Obama says, that he would require Americans to blah,blah, blah……..this has all become too uncomfortable for me

  77. carly spoke up for Hillary….she kicked butt!!!!

    Admin …get that tape….there was an AA woman from Pa who was great!!!!!

  78. They just don’t get it — we are so hoppin mad at the dems we just will not vote for them. They just keep on making themselves more and more disgusting.

  79. This is the letter I wrote yesterday in response to an email from people for the american way — the subect was their attack on Palin. Been trying to poat this all day.
    In the first place the only alternative to McCain/Palin is Obama/Biden. Obama cannot be trusted to keep to his platform on anything, he has questionable associates, his judgement is very poor, he’s terribly inexperienced. All he can do is speechify in sophomoric platitudes designed for adolescents with cheerleader mentalities. I’m not stupid. I can’t vote for Obama.

    Palin is not running for pres — it’s VP Joe Biden is the Dems VP and he too has a load of baggage. He also has unfortunate personal traits — can’t trust him, either.

    I experienced first hand the misogyny in the Dem Party. It’s not the Dem Party I knew. These current leaders treated Senator Hillary Clinton very badly. Now they are trashing Palin and Palin’s young daughter. I loathe the ugly sexist attitude of the Dems and of the MSM and you should, too.

    The Dems trashed the voters and rigged the nomination in order to choose a man without qualifications for the job of president. They were cruelly unjust to a woman whom history might very well regard as one of the great leaders of our time — brilliant, astonishingly well-informed, offering solutions to serious problems, etc. I am so disgusted and repulsed by the current powers in the Democratic Party I want only to see them destroyed and a new Democratic Party created based upon the values and integrity of the Clintons. Until that happens, don’t bother me with your whining about Republican platforms. Never thought I’d say it but the Dems are worse!

    My God, we could have had a return to the prosperity of Bill Clinton’s years!

    You say you have done your homework — what you emailed looks pretty shallow to me. I have done my homework, too — thoroughly, everyday for the past year — and I am very very angry.
    I have to vote Republican for the first time in my life unless by some miracle our nominee is Senator Clinton.
    Now don’t bother me with your trivia again.

  80. McCain and Palin need beefed up Secret Service as they threaten the organized crime in America.

    Look at what happened to RFK, speaking of Hoover, when he turned on the Mob (the Daley machine that had catapulted Joe Kennedy to his coveted place within the Machine) during the 100 days of “Camelot.” Naming him as the AG may have hastened JFK and RFK assasinations, for all we know. Obviousle Ted is still a part of…therefore Caroline, Maria & other Kennedys.

  81. meiyingsu Says:

    September 3rd, 2008 at 2:10 pm
    independent2008,

    please don’t be too hard on Hillary. Palin have the whole GOP plus us behind her. Hillary has both right wing and left wing and the media against her.

    ***************************************************

    truer words were never spoken…it is amazing Hillary accomplished what she did due to the support of the dem base with all the threats and sabotoging going on against her from HER OWN PARTY behind the scenes…

  82. Someone says that all the Republican women today at the convention opened up a can of WHOOP ASS on the sexism against Palin. Said they were NOT going to stand for it.

    RD blog is trying to find video.

  83. Independent, this is not a good place to undervalue Hillary Clinton.

    SHe had no-one in power to stand up for her — she was out there all alone, except for her family. Her party was not supportive because she’s a woman and her brilliance frightened them. You have got to understand the sexism in the Dem Party. Hillary is a GREAt hero — Palin has the whole Repub Party behind her. Palion wouldn’t get anywhere if she were a Democrat.

  84. S,

    besides, Hillary doesn’t run for the president because she is a women but because she is well prepare and can move the country forward which is needed right now.

  85. # HillaryforTexas Says:
    September 3rd, 2008 at 2:55 pm

    Someone says that all the Republican women today at the convention opened up a can of WHOOP ASS on the sexism against Palin. Said they were NOT going to stand for it.

    RD blog is trying to find video.
    ————————–

    More egg on female legislators on the Dem side for not standing up for Hillary.

  86. Hillary did it all by herself. IF her party had had her back like the Repubs have Sarah’s back, it would have been different.

    But the fact that people, esp women, are so mad now at what is happening to Sarah is a DIRECT RESULT of what Hillary accomplished putting those cracks in that ceiling.

  87. We have a business here in a pocket of Obama-mania. Everyday we lay it out to customers when they start it with a comment on our O’Reilly buttons. Today, feeling especially energized (translate to “mad as hell) we delivered the case to nearly 30 people and the day isn’t over. We’ve got to keep talking to people — it’s amazing how many democrats do not know what happened at the convention and wouldn’t know a sexist line if ripped own loved ones!

  88. The GOP protects its own. Where was Pooplosi when Hillary was getting trashed? Palin’s so lucky to have those Repub women standing up for her.

  89. TWO THINGS ARE INFINITE. THE UNIVERSE AND HUMAN STUPIDITY. AND I AM NOT SURE ABOUT THE UNIVERSE.–EINSTEIN

    I AM SURE ABOUT HUMAN STUPIDITY–JUST LOOK AT THE BOTS–WB

  90. Paula, did any top Democratic women stand up, hold a press conference, and say “We won’t stand for this!”? Nope.

    Tell me again which party supports women?

  91. Pictured: Sarah Palin’s pregnant teenage daughter and redneck lover together ahead of make-or-break speech

    By David Gardner and Chris Johnson

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worldnews/article-1051911/Pictured-Sarah-Palins-pregnant-teenage-daughter-redneck-lover-ahead-make-break-speech.html

    Obama friends in the media is the gift that keep on giving. The media keeps saying they are not attacking the family but time and time again the media has push SEXISM, MYSOGINY, RACISM and now CHILD ABUSE!

  92. Speaking of the Kennedys – Where is Special Olympics in all of this? What about standing up for the value of Special Needs Children, Eunice and Maria?

    The HUGE DOUBLE STANDARD is unbelievable.

    The way Caroline dissed the legacy of Jackie (the only parent she really had) as a former First Lady by not supporting another former First Lady Hillary Clinton, is unforgivable.

    Caroline, Maria and Oprah undermined and denegrated women in this country collectively more that entire populations put together. For her to have compared her father JFK to BHO was insulting, incredulous.

    No matter that was her father – she had no right to speak on behalf of a father who hasn’t been able to speak for himself for 45 years, dying when she was 6 years old. That strained credibility to the breaking point for millions.

    Talk about tarnishing the entire Kennedy mystique. That did it for me and millions of Americans. Thought she cared more about her entire families’ lasting legacies than that.

    If you ask me, Oprah and Maria used her big time. At any rate – what a lightweight. Also trying to pave the way for Arnie in 2016, speaking of not a natural-born citizen. This entire orchestrated effort by the New Democratic Party and the New Republican Party (not yet activated?) is so transparent. Wonder if the RNC has realized “the fix” yet? No wonder Arnie “had to stay in Caleefornya for state budget reasons.”

    Horse$#!+.

  93. O’Reilly better be as tough on Obama as he was on Hillary.
    —————————————————————–
    RIGHT JAN.

  94. “You did it to Hillary and we’re not gonna let you do it to Sarah.” A quote from Renee Amorre (African-American woman) Republican party official from Pennsylvania on a Fox panel.

    This is what the Democrats should have done during the primaries.

    The mainline Women’s organizations also need to be destroyed unless they do their job. The news that the new WomenCount PAC is defending Governor Palin is exciting news. These are the types of people we need to help and join up with. Screw NARAL.

  95. If this lady pulls this off, she will be my new heroine, period.
    —————————–

    Palin working nonstop in lead up to her big speech

    ST. PAUL, Minnesota (CNN) – Gov. Sarah Palin has been working around the clock on a speech that will focus on introducing herself to voters, proving she has what it takes to handle the economy and making the case for John McCain, two McCain aides told CNN Wednesday.

    The Alaska governor has spent most of the past 48 hours working in a hotel room with speechwriter Matt Scully and adviser Nicolle Wallace. On Tuesday, they worked nonstop from 11 a.m. until 1 a.m. She also did a read-through with the prompter at 10 p.m. – exactly 24 hours before the real speech, the aides said.

    The Republican vice presidential candidate will continue practicing and tweaking all day, working up until the last minute before she leaves for the convention hall.

    Palin has been educating Scully and Wallace on her experience and record as they have been helping her put the message into words. The governor has been “co-writing” with Scully, according to a source involved in the process.

    According to a senior McCain adviser, the speech has three main goals:

    First, Palin wants to leave no question about which ticket has a better hold on the economy.

    Palin will emphasize her experience and understanding of the energy economy and talk about how Alaska is the “intersection of global energy markets and domestic production.” Here, she’ll try to combat questions regarding her experience.

    Palin will also pit John McCain against Barack Obama, making the case for the Arizona senator on the basis of policy and character.

    “After she delivers these lines, McCain’s decision to choose her will be much more obvious,” said the aide who has been working with her on the speech.

    Finally, Palin will introduce herself to voters as a likable, funny and smart person.

    “Every one in the staff has fallen in love with her,” insisted this aide.

    Regarding expectations for the night, another senior adviser said, “The Democrats and the media have done a great job lowering expectations. We’re going to raise some expectations tonight. The elites will never give her her due, or middle America its due.”

    “She is going to really going to connect with blue collar voters — illustrate that she has a common touch with an executive presence,” the aide said.

  96. kostner,

    Palin’s family are so luck to have so many support ( right wing radio talk shows, the whole gop, foxnews, and some blog), all they need to do is stand firm. However, Hillary had to fight attack coming from every corners by herself.

  97. lil ole grape, apologies for the gremlins. And, what you are doing – talking to people – is what we need to all do by email and every other communication. Get the truth out to Democrats about Obama. That is where are strengths are. BTW, what is O’Reilly’s postiion on Hillary v. Obama and when is the primary (is it the 26th?)

    Freckles, great bio stuff. Get that biography written.

  98. Now that the women are vocally taking them head on, the more difficult it will be for msm and womens groups to take bambi’s side.

  99. I hate to say this both H4T that video you posted with the Republican women STANDING TALL and FIGHTING BACK is really, really impressive and bring questions to my continue support of the DEMOCRATIC? Taliban PARTY after November.

    I’m a firm believer that when you are shown the door, don’t go back begging to be let in, but go to another door and open that one.

    The DEMOCRATIC? Taliban PARTY considers me DISOISABLE and beneath RESPECT.

  100. The Repub women brought out the sistah and the fighting latina!

    Um, here in San Antonio, where it is 80% hispanic and VERY baby and family-oriented, the latinas are SPITTING MAD over this.

    BTW, everyone go give kudoes to WomenCountpac. They STOOD UP – the only leftist womens group to really do so.

  101. BREAKING: Michael Steele Says Attacks On Palin DNC Conspiracy

    A few moments ago on FOX, Michael Steele alleged that there is a coordinated effort by the DNC and major Democratic operatives to tarnish the image of Sarah Palin to the point where by this time next week, she is forced to withdraw.

    “We know that her social security number has been hacked and the DNC are using it. They are spreading lies that Palin was not properly vetted. I’ve been following her story for months and tried to highlight every McCain vetting visit to Alaska, and there have been several. US Magazine is owned by The Rolling Stone, which is in the tank for Barack Obama. The MSM is going along with the whole campaign to destroy Palin.

    Barack Obama needs to come out and completely denounce the smears against Sarah Palin. He also should be held accountable for what is going on within the DNC. When one considers that Obama has basically moved the DNC to Chicago and is controlling it like a puppet-master, one must question his role in all of this.

  102. Freckles,

    What an interesting life you’ve led. The story of your hisband and Marilyn is intriguing.
    Please do get back to that autobiography you’re working on after the GE.

    Moon,
    I gotta question for you. Thought you couldn’t get youtube?

  103. Well that video by itself has brought shame to the DNC and especially to it’s women players, i.e. Brazille, Caroline, etc… like nothing else could!

    Way to go Dems! You’ve just shown how shallow and disgusting your behavior truly was to Former First Lady and present Senator of New York: Hillary Rodham Clinton.

    You all need to be kicked to the curb and spit upon.

  104. OK, my direct link to the Republican’s women’s press conference video got eaten by the spam filter. Until it appears, you can find the video here, near the bottom of the page under “Recent Programs”:

    http://www.c-span.org/

  105. carby,

    I’m a member of the ‘when-one-door-closes-another-one-opens’, too.

    “I’m a firm believer that when you are shown the door, don’t go back begging to be let in, but go to another door and open that one.”

    😀

  106. admin

    Heidi Li Feldman had lunch with Ed O’Reilly and reported that he is strong on all the main points — she very much enjoyed her lunch with him. Ed is real man of the people — former fireman,fisherman, and went to law school the hard way — not given to him. We need him for many reasons here in MA — the fisherman need him to fight for them as Kerry has NOT. S. Carolina fisherman can come to our waters and take all the fish they want then sell it back to us! Kerry Kennedy have been stomping on the proposal for windmills way out in the water — wind power is an important green thing, as everyone knows. Kennedy and Kerry have not listened to their constituents for years. It’s long past time to be rid of them both.

  107. I do not care..

    if Gov. Palin has horns under her head of hair,
    BM and democrats can say what they want about her
    I dont care what they say…throw the $hit at me

    Obaabaa will not get my vote.

  108. ok frmr hillary and obama supporters are claiming palin is a nazi. forget about obama’s wright problem. i jsut posted this on alegre’s corner to rebut an attack on palin about this issue-
    Wrongon Palin and the Jews- (0.00 / 0)
    obamanot-would appreciate some extensive sourcing on whagt you just posted due tot he gravityof the charge. i have culle dthrough most of palin’s records via the ak govt online and as a jew focused on israel, holocaust, jewish matter. i found
    -she is part of the lubavich civic center’s jewish programs and has close relationships with the jews of ak.
    -she has assisted the contruction of a jewish museum in ak.
    -she has signe d into law many items that promote holocaust education. one mandates a day to focus on wllenberg’s efforts to save jews
    -aipac, inthe jerusalem post, has stated hercommtment toisrael. the headofaipc for the ak region, who is a dem, stated that she is a great friend and promoter of israel.
    -if yall i wish i can complie a diary with further evidence and commentary from key members of the ak and natl jewish community who know palin
    – as a jew who is very active i will obama is deeply mistrusted inthe community.id say half of jews ehre are supporting mccain. part of it is the wirght deal. before the holocaust few walked out of their churhes which preached jew hate for centuries. obama sat in a hurch for 20yrs which ran hamas supporting op-eds, a paster who derided jews. obama himself attended fundraisers for palesitnian groups ties to radical plo supporters khalidi and said. as a jew i will not support obama.

  109. birdgal,

    Did you know Ed Ames played the part of Mingo in the original Gunsmoke series?

    (I had to research Ames after hearing that song)

  110. I don’t know about you guys, but if Sarah pulls this off she will be my new female hero. She will have accomplished what Hillary couldn’t do –Stand up to her own party and for women.

    I am still bothered that Hillary didn’t do this and was rather complacent about the whole thing, but like someone posted before there comes a time to say “enough is enough”. My respect for her has lessened. She wasn’t like the same Hillary that existed before the primaries. I know that she can throw some zingers and really should have went negative on Obama when she AND her husband was attacked, but she didn’t.

    I still think that she makes a good senator, though and was glad that she was the first “first lady” to really get involved in politics and not just shrink away into obscurity after Bill’s presidency ended. But beyond that, I don’t know……………..
    —————————————————————–
    Independent: will bower just posted what I wrote the other day which I presented here for comment first before I go anywhere else. This will help answer the doubts you feel in your own mind about Hillary. The party was too far gone and the media was too corrupt for her to save it in this election cycle. The democratic party did not stand up for her and ADMIN has explained the situation in the lead posting for today far better than I ever could. But here is what you need to understand about Hillary in order to realize what she has been through and what a great leader she really is.

    WE ARE THINKING DEMOCRATS—NOT YELLOW DOGS-

    Hillary’s speech answers the burning question that has been on the minds of her supporters since that Saturday afternoon when she suspended her candidacy—quo vadis? (i.e. dear girl whither go’est thou?). Are you still the war goddess we saw on the night of the South Dakota victory just waiting for the right opportunity to launch a counteroffensive; or have you abandoned the quest and if so why? The answer is neither. Instead, Hillary has decided to wrap herself in the tattered principles of the party, and the highest ideals of our nation, and to dare the rest of us friend and foe alike to follow her lead. In this safe haven, she finds personal and political salvation. She knows who Obama is and supports him only to that extent.

    The more I think about it the more I realize that this is the right answer for Hillary. Consider the matter from her perspective: you have given everything you have to this ship of fools called the Democratic Party–everything. During the past eighteen months you made a clear, cogent and convincing case for your candidacy, your party and this nation. It resonated with the American People. You made them feel that they were a part of something wonderful which was about them and more than them. Big Media dismissed the historic nature of your candidacy but we did not. You re-energized women and caused conservative men to rethink the whole issue of women’s rights at a time when this country needs all heads in the game. You connected with real people and changed the world for the better.

    At the same time, what you have done for this country has come at a high personal cost– in terms of heartbreak, betrayal, and disappointment. We admire your commitment to duty and the self discipline it requires. But no human being is immune from such sentiments. Thus, we can only imagine how it broke your heart to see two of your closest friends and allies suffer tragic deaths in the days leading up to the Convention. Or to see your beloved daughter savaged by sadistic pundits like David Schuster and his MSNBC cronies. Likewise, we can only imagine how it felt to see people like Bill Richardson forget all you have done for them and turn their backs on you in your hour of political need—after they promised to support you. Or to be targeted by traitors like Dean, Pelosi and Brazille who conspired with the likes of Karl Rove to undermine your candidacy, and the standing of centrist Democrats in the party. Or insiders like Patty Solis Doyle who betrayed your confidence and made you wonder who you can trust. Finally we understand the bitter disappointment of winning the popular vote only to be cheated out of the nomination by the forces of corruption, and thus deprived of the rightful opportunity to do great things for the country you love.

    The Democratic Party has made a fatal mistake in nominating Barack Obama to be President of the United States. Now they will do everything fair and foul to foist that mistake on the American People. They will hack voting machines in key states, they will lie cheat and steal, and they will launch the same misogynistic attacks against Palin that they did against you while Obama maintains plausible deniability. No doubt, you will do what you can to prevent this but it is not in your hands. Rather it is in the hands of people like Axelrod who are devoid of moral scruples and in the primary we saw the lengths to which they would go to disenfranchise voters. They are left wing ideologues of various stripes, their goal is to take over the country as they have the party and if they fail then they will try to make you a scapegoat.
    These people cannot connect with the traditional base of the party and they know it. Therefore, they will cast you into the breach. They will ask you to sell their candidate to the same audiences who previously rejected him in favor of you. Then they will ask you to spearhead the attack against Palin to neutralize the gender issue. I hope you will tell them that Obama and Biden must sell themselves to these audiences—it cannot be done by proxy. Furthermore, I hope you refuse to attack Palin personally and confine the discussion to policy related issues. Everyone knows your candidacy is what made hers possible. And, you know that if you attack her on behalf of Obama then you will diminish the good will you have worked hard to establish with those audiences. Lest we forget, it is Biden’s job as vice presidential nominee to handle any attack on Palin. If he is sane, sensible and sober, then he will keep it to a bare minimum. There are plenty of snarling hyenas in the press who are chomping at the bit to destroy any opponent of Obama for a Pulitzer, a promotion and a passport to hell.

    We are your supporters and we are thinking Democrats—not yellow dogs. The party of Barack Obama is no place for centrist democrats. When Howard Dean calls the Republican Party the white peoples party; when the Chairman of the North Carolina Democratic Party tells black voters to not support white candidates; when the former black Governor of Virginia predicts riots if the superdelegates who are supposed to exercise independent judgment fail to select Obama; when Obama himself claims that people who live in small town America are bitter, cling to guns and religion; and when former Democratic Chairman Don Fowler hopes a hurricane will hit New Orleans during the Republican Convention something is clearly amiss. Furthermore, we know who is running the party now and what their real agenda is. Finally, we know who Obama is, and who he is not. If he is elected then woe betide the country. We need leaders within the party who remember how things were before he took over and continue to fight for the American People. But the Obama cancer is metastasizing throughout the party and the only way it will be cured is through a resounding defeat at the ballot box.

    It is clear to us that this train is headed in the wrong direction. Therefore, we must step off and switch to another train for the time being. Yes, Obama talks a good game but if past is prologue then he will break his promises to the American people, and honor the ones he makes to big business and to a new coalition that does not include us. We are freer than you are in this respect, because we do not have a constituent base to serve, or a senate position to protect. We can flatly state that an Obama presidency would be an unmitigated disaster for the country. Consequently, we cannot possibly vote for him. So keep the torch lit dear girl, fight for us as best you can and Lord willing we will rendezvous with you after the election when Barack is beaten and this fever has passed. Until then we bid you a fond adieu.

  111. basil: No, I didn’t. I was just a kid back then.

    Moon: have a link for that Michael Steele statement? Doesn’t surprise me, that the DNC Mob is behind it.

  112. moononpluto,

    Barack needs to have a couple latte and think on it for a few days before he decides to denounce this smear campaign. After all, it has to do all of it’s damage before he can show up to save the day.

  113. Also…notice how The One has never said one single word about sexism? Not one. I’ll kiss Michael Steele right on the mouth if he can force Bambi to even mention to words “sexism” and “misogyny”.

  114. Admin
    forgot the last part of your question .. primary day Sept 16 — go Ed O’Reilly! check out his website — also BOston Globe did a poll when he first announced and I think it was something like 70% said time for Kerry to retire.

    BTW, I have to enforce the comments on previous threads about Romney. HE was elected gov of MA on the strength of his ability re finance — expected to do great things for MA — what a great flop he was.

  115. Idunn,

    That is what I despise the most about him. It’s as if he’s completely unaware of its existence,
    just like his buddies Piddy and ludacruz. We all know their opinion of women and I’d bet BO’s is similar.

    BO’s sexism is the primary reason I could never support him.

  116. “If you’re asking me if we’re going to be in the tank for you, like MSNBC and CNN, the answer is no,” Ailes recalls saying. Executives at the rival cable networks say it is Fox’s political coverage that has been unfair.

    Woah Okieatty!

  117. wbboei

    She will have accomplished what Hillary couldn’t do –Stand up to her own party and for women.

    Bullshit. Palin is not having to “stand up to her own party”. She is getting the FULL BACKING of her party in this fight – something Hillary never got.

    Don’t you DARE diminish what Hillary accomplished, that made what Palin is doing even possible. Don’t you DARE shit on that.

  118. freckles Says:

    September 3rd, 2008 at 2:37 pm
    The biggest difference between Palin and O — and there are very many — is that when she saw corruption in her party or community, she went after it and beat it back. When he saw rife corruption in Chicago, not to mention Washington, he joined it, aided it, profited from it and never said a word.

    Game. Set. Match.
    ********************

    we are seeing this becoming the R’s talking point
    (gingrich)…. expect to see it in a National AD coming to a tv near you!

    get the popcorn poppin!! 😀

  119. independent: an important after thought to what I posted.

    This is NOT a retreat by Hillary. On the contrary she has moved to the place where the grand climeratic of this war will be fought. It is not about a single election but the soul of the party. The shorthand I use for this is roosevelt values vs radical globalism. The former is about growth where all boats rise with the tide. The second is the flotsam and jetisome of the old british empire which has passed into history but the financial structures are still in place and it portends of a have and have not distribution of wealth throughout the world.

  120. Interesting. His interview is one day after Palin’s speech and on the same night as McCain’s speech. Coincidence? I think not.

  121. If we can prove that barack is secretly behind the attack on palin all the while he publicly deplores it, we can knock his jockstrap off politically speaking. We will find out today and tomorrow.

  122. From Yuval Levin of The Corner (National Review Blog)

    A Shameful Week for the Press [Yuval Levin]

    I have always tended to think that conservative complaints about the media are a little exaggerated. There are occasionally obvious instances of bias and clear examples of a double standard, but most reporters don’t want to fall into those and some conservatives are surely too sensitive to them. But this week has changed my view. I have never seen, and I admit that I could never have imagined, such shameful, out-of-control, frenzied, angry, condescending, and pathetic journalistic malpractice. The ignorant assault on Palin’s accomplishments and experience, the breathless careless airing of deranged rumors about her private life, the staggeringly indecent mistreatment of her teenage daughter in a difficult time, the ill-informed piling on about the vetting process, the self-intensifying circle of tisking nodding heads utterly detached from a straightforward political event, have been amazing and eye-opening.

    The reigning emotion of it all has been anger—anger at being surprised, anger at being denied the spectacle of a Republican circular firing squad, anger that a conservative pro-life Republican could also be a woman and might represent the aspirations of other women, anger at being handed a person they did not know and who did not know them, anger that this upstart thinks she can ruin their coronation party. And the anger was fed by, and was indicative of, a profound elitism—a sense that we were dealing with some redneck moron from a state with no decent restaurants. The Republican candidate for president chose as his running mate a young, charismatic, female Republican governor—probably the most popular governor in the country—whose attitude and resume ring precisely of McCain’s kind of politics, and who has been on most people’s short-list since he won the nomination, and the press treats it as a symptom of some terrible and reckless madness.

    Part of the fault was surely with the McCain campaign’s own press strategy. They kept the secret a little too well to begin with (in part surely because the idea that it might leak out in advance was declared to be disrespectful of the Democrats’ convention), so reporters were thoroughly surprised. And after revealing the pick, they chose not to have Palin do a round of press interviews right away, making some reporters so angry and hungry they began to eat the furniture. As Palin could no-doubt inform McCain’s press team, you should never surprise or anger a wild beast.

    But inadequate animal husbandry cannot finally be blamed for the shocking stampede we have been witness to this week. The spectacle reveals a deep rot at the heart of the political press, and has been among the most shameful chapters in the history of modern American journalism. Not everyone has joined in, of course, but essentially all of the important institutions of our political press have played their part in one way or another. We can only hope those involved have begun to come to their senses, and that they recognize the magnitude of their failure this week. That doesn’t mean they should go easy on Palin: it makes sense to look into her past (as it would make sense to look into Obama’s past at some point before November too), and she certainly needs to prove herself tonight and beyond, as any vice presidential candidate has to. But the treatment she has received is not what just any VP candidate would get, and the attitude and assumptions underlying this week’s amazing assault raise very troubling questions about the cream of the crop of political reporters. They have shown themselves to be too insulated and too solipsistic to help the public better understand our politics, and too self-important to report on events as they happen. This is far more than media bias. Let us hope it is a passing episode.

    09/03 02:30 PM

  123. one other thing, I don’t think anything in politics is ethical. It’s not like, there is a political ethics committee.

  124. You guys Obama never had an original idea in his life…don’t you think McCain is aware of this and he knew Obama would do something like this.

    The problem for Obama right now is Gov. Sarah Palin. When McCain chose her as his VP choice…Obama became the “typical Corrupted Chicago Politician.”

    For what ever reason Obama has place himself against Palin, thinking she is the weakest link. The race is no longer Obama vs McCain but Obama vs Palin…what idiots.

    Obama is a true narcissist who doesn’t like sharing the spotlight.

  125. BASIL-

    IT WAS THE LOVE LETTER I HAVENT GOT THE GUTS TO SEND, BUT WILL TELL HER THIS IN PERSON WHEN THE OPPORTUNITY ARISES.

  126. confloyd Says:
    September 3rd, 2008 at 12:11 pm

    Chris Wallace was the one from Fox that gave him the cush interview. He also belongs to the Church of Christ, so he felt some kind of kinship to the fraud.

    I know many, many Church of CHrist people and I never heard any of them speak as Reverend Wright does!
    *************************

    Be sure not to confuse Wright’s — “United Church of Christ” with the “Church of Christ”. They are very different.

  127. carbynew: I love it. He says typical white person. We say typical corrupt chicago pol. Tomaeto Tomahto/ Lets call the whole thing off.

  128. That doesn’t mean they should go easy on Palin: It makes sense to look into her past (as it would make sense to look into Obama’s past at some point before November too).

    Ouch!

  129. “The problem for Obama right now is Gov. Sarah Palin. When McCain chose her as his VP choice…Obama became the “typical Corrupted Chicago Politician.”

    WOW! Carby, you are dead-on today. You’re sooooo right and it speaks
    volumes about McCain’s brilliant strategy!

    Wbboei,
    You should send it. It’s beautiful.

  130. all i hear from my dem friends is how unready palin would be if mccain died. and she will be crsuhed by biden. these are frmr hillary delegates. msm has pciked obama. mccain underestimated the media hate for women in office and deep love of obama. i don t know ho w mccain can stop this

  131. mccain must get around msm to vet obama. hillary couldnt. how canhe do that in time?

    FOX. Maybe ABC. That’s all I can think of.

  132. 527 group will do that for Mccain once the convention ends.

    I don’t think the audience is big enough for 527’s to make enough of a difference. It has to be some msm outlet, imo.

  133. texan: There seems to be some people speaking out against the media bias and sexism, which did not happen very much with Hillary. She was hung out to dry. Supposedly, Palin is a good debater, according to some other posters from Alaska. We’ll see. If Biden acts like a jerk, it will show.

  134. ADMIN! Oh HOW I WISH Palin would be so bold in her speech!

    I was THRILLED to hear the Republican Women standing by Palin today. Made me feel even more asheamed and ANGRY at the Dem Leadership WOMEN like Pelosi, Brazille, McCaskill, et al. They are SUCH FRAUDS and it has become very clear this election year that we have been “hoodwinked and bamboozled’ by the Dem Leadership for years. They could give two shits about WOMEN, that is, unless it was Nancy herself, who has turned out to be the MOST EMBARRASSING “woman in Leadership” in my lifetime. We gave the Dems all we had and jumped with joy at a WOMAN SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE, and she ALONE squandered that good will. She is exactly like BO. Accusatory, does not take responsibility for her bad judgment and FAILURE and then walks around like Queen of the Rodeo PRETENDING that she rode that bull to the 08 second mark, when in fact, she was thrown off right out of the gate and was protected by clowns.

    It’s a great day for Republican Women. Too bad
    we couldn’t get there first.

    Screw the Female Democratic Leadersshoi
    p like H4T
    NANCY PELOSI. YOU ARE A DISGRACE
    here’s another version of not ready to make nice.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1kLrnEVq9R0

  135. texan4hillary,

    Ask your friends, what about O, he is not ready period. Everyone is so worried about what if McCain died, yet they want this inexperience person to be president. If anything happened to McCain God for bid, she would have experience people around her. Case in point look at the cabinet Bush pick. Althought a bad example you get the point.

  136. ooops

    this was to read

    “Screw the Female Democratic Leadersship

    NANCY PELOSI. YOU ARE A DISGRACE

    H4T
    here’s another version of not ready to make nice.

  137. all i hear from my dem friends is how unready palin would be if mccain died. and she will be crsuhed by biden. these are frmr hillary delegates. msm has pciked obama. mccain underestimated the media hate for women in office and deep love of obama. i don t know ho w mccain can stop this
    ——————————————————————
    This too shall pass.

    Today the speech, soon the debates, nature abhors a vacuum. One more vacuous platitude: seeing is believing. (OMG: if I keep this up I will begin to sound like the king of platitudes: Bwwwaaaakkkkk.

  138. McCain is going to have to tear The One down not just in normal people’s eyes, but in the Obama sheep’s eyes. That’s a TALL order.

  139. people arent seeing that calling palin inexperienced when she is and obama experienced which he isnt is hypocsrsy. they arent asking gee what has obama done. i thought this would happen. instead its the reverse.

  140. No, McCain waited till Friday the day AFTER the convention. That is the way it’s been done — the other party keeps low.

  141. T4H,

    Those are delegates, they are not the average voter…most MSM think Sarah Palin will drop out because she won’t be able to handle the pressure and the base will abandon her and her family.

    These people don’t have a clue about their own base, so how can they speak to the strength of Gov. Sarah Palin. The MSM has lost credibility with the voters…only those who are truly delusional believes them right now.

    What is important is how Sarah Palin handle this because the DUMBA** Dems have set the bar so low, the media is going to look like HYPOCRITES they are.

    Also I don’t know why people think Joe Biden is such an excellent debator? He makes Gaffes after Gaffes everytime he speak..it’s amazing to me how he get away with all the crap that comes out of his mouth repeatedly.

  142. And, as that aide to McCain said in the article about Palin preparing for her speech, attacks by the Dems and the MSM have made expectations for Palin so ridiculously low she can’t help but look good in comparison.

  143. GOPs can easily take down BHO but they wil do it after convention. I truly believe that McCain will win in Nov.

  144. wbboei, sorry. I get really mad when people trash Hillary and expect more of her than is even humanly possible. Sorry.

  145. I am watching the press conference on C-Span with republican women. I am so ashamed of Democrats that there were not 5 Democratic women who could have thrown a presser like this one in support of Hillary. Shame on them, all of them!

    BTW, Carly is superb.

  146. birdgal Says:

    September 3rd, 2008 at 4:07 pm
    Interesting. His interview is one day after Palin’s speech and on the same night as McCain’s speech. Coincidence? I think not.

    ************

    that’s not a coincidence….. it’s strategic.. like making an announcement on a late friday afternoon or a holiday……hoping to drop a bomb while no one is looking…..

    ha! it will be taped and replayed over and over again on you tube!

    so i sincerely hope oreilly is BRAVE enough to ask the questions that no other “journalists/pundit?” has . he better inquire about ACORN, and the Ayers Foundations that hired him for 8 years!

    but i am pretty sure bill O will only try to pin him down on policy stances and not get into the “relationship” issues. Zzzzzzz

    we should start a pressure campaign on Bill O to ask the tough questions we want answers too

    that way he can show the BHO show the people requested it 😀

  147. Now how would they like this is this really Joe Bidens baby

    LOL

    townhall.com/blog/g/0c570e49-607f-4aae-85f9-3bd7599e2fe2
    Wednesday, September 03, 2008 Hunter Biden’s Baby? Posted by: Amanda Carpenter at 2:25 PM

  148. H4T,

    I am entitled to my opinion as you are to yours, so I am not attacking anyone else’s opinion here. I read them all whether I agree with them or not. After all, this is a democracy. I still think that if Hillary would have taken a stronger and more forceful stand, the media wouldn’t have been able to run away with the way it has. Supporters usually take clues from their leaders. I feel that since she didn’t really speak out much against media bias, then her supporters wouldn’t as well.

    I don’t feel that she COULDN’T have taken them on; she just didn’t. Ultimately, she may have still gone down but at least gone down fighting.

    Liked the way Billl Clinton defended his presidency during the impeachment trial when people was making a loud noise about him resigning. Bill said that they would have to drag him out and he meant it! He still left with a high rating though. That’s why he hasn’t gone into obscurity today like some other politicians had to and many people still love him.

    Misss that fighting spirit.

  149. H4T,

    I am entitled to my opinion as you are to yours, so I am not attacking anyone else’s opinion here. I read them all whether I agree with them or not. After all, this is a democracy. I still think that if Hillary would have taken a stronger and more forceful stand, the media wouldn’t have been able to run away with the way it has. Supporters usually take clues from their leaders. I feel that since she didn’t really speak out much against media bias, then her supporters wouldn’t as well.

    I don’t feel that she COULDN’T have taken them on; she just didn’t. Ultimately, she may have still gone down but at least gone down fighting.

    Liked the way Billl Clinton defended his presidency during the impeachment trial when people was making a loud noise about him resigning. Bill said that they would have to drag him out and he meant it! He still left with a high rating though. That’s why he hasn’t gone into obscurity today like some other politicians had to and many people still love him.

    Misss that fighting spirit. Curious to see how Sarah Palin handles all of this and see if she is as much a “bulldog” as some say she is. I hope so.

  150. carbynew Says:

    September 3rd, 2008 at 4:17 pm
    You guys Obama never had an original idea in his life…don’t you think McCain is aware of this and he knew Obama would do something like this.

    SNIP

    The race is no longer Obama vs McCain but Obama vs Palin…

    *************

    And it’s brilliant strategy too, McCain needed the focus off from him and Pres Bush…Dems are no longer focused 100% on painting the picture of McCain bush’s lll term
    but are allowing BHO to paint himself as the 3rd term of inexperience……BRILLIANT!!!

  151. People fight in different ways. If HRC hadn’t gone along with the unity theme, si would have been screwed come 2012. Maybe she felt THAT was more important than taking a stand on a lost cause.

    If you knew anything about Hillary, you would know that she has ALWAYS believed you fight the system from within the system. How the hell do you think she’s managed to get so much real good done for people? By making everything all about her own aspirations and ambitions??

  152. independent2008,

    when Bill Clinton fought the impeachment, he had his party behind him. Palin has her party behind, I am sure she will do great.

  153. BREAKING NEWS: (Detroit) Mayor to Plead Guilty

    Another of Obama’s friends goes down.

    (WXYZ) From the Wayne County Prosecutor:

    A plea may be imminent in the Kilpatrick text scandal case. It is expected that Defendant Kwame Kilpatrick will plead guilty today at 5:15 p.m.

    The plea will be take place before Judge Edward Ewell in Frank Murphy Hall of Justice Courtroom 302.

    Prosecutor Kym L. Worthy will be making a brief statement and a press release will be sent out after the plea is entered on the record. On the date of sentencing she will hold a press conference.

  154. indy, Hillary fought like hell. Remember, the media and Dem elites were trying to get her to drop out in February. It took guts to stay in as long as she did, and she did it for us, not her.

    Palin has the nearly monolithic support of the Repub Party. Hillary had squat.

  155. from jm-

    Posted at 3:52 PM on 9/3/2008 by Michael Goldfarb

    The Claw Hammer Endorsement

    ABC reports on an Obama campaign conference call:
    [Obama senior adviser Robert Gibbs] also attacked the Alaska governor for her one-time support for the so-called “bridge to nowhere,” for employing a lobbying firm to get earmarks for the town of Wasilla, Alaska, and for receiving a vice presidential endorsement from indicted Republican Sen. Ted Stevens.
    Governor Palin pulled the plug on the “bridge to nowhere,” no one disputes this. What is less well known is that Barack Obama voted in support of the “bridge to nowhere.” Still, when Governor Palin joined John McCain on the Republican ticket, before the press resolved to belittle her every achievement and tear apart her family, the Washington Post praised her role in fighting earmarks, battling the abuses of her state’s Congressional indignation, and killing the bridge to nowhere:
    “But she has angered two of Alaska’s leading Republicans — Sen. Ted Stevens and Rep. Don Young — by refusing to support their decades-long practice of securing federal money for the state, including Young’s effort to obtain $233 million for a structure dubbed the ‘Bridge to Nowhere’ by critics because it would have connected a small town with an island populated with 50 people.”
    As far as the charge that Governor Palin received the endorsement of Senator Stevens. It’s stunning that Gibbs would make an issue out of this, given that Senator Obama’s political career was launched at the home of unrepentant terrorist William Ayers. Nor has Senator Obama distanced himself from the endorsement of indicted Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick. And then there’s Rep. William Jefferson, who endorsed Obama while facing 16-counts of corruption in federal court–though perhaps Senator Obama would have distanced himself from that endorsement if he hadn’t been busy with the conviction of Tony Rezko on the very same day.

    And who could ever forget Dale Leo Bishop. Bishop bludgeoned his friend to death with a claw hammer, and, moments before he was executed for the crime, endorsed Senator Obama for President. Don’t throw stones if your candidate has been endorsed by a claw hammer murderer, Mr. Gibbs.

    Update: McCain Report readers would have us note the Phil Spector endorsement as well.

  156. It’s not a secret….his name was Wm Read Woodfield.

    He was dismissive of Truman….thought Nixon was a disaster….was not a big fan of Kennedy, although he killed the Bobby Kennedy part of the Marilyn story on principle…he was very anti-war but thought Johnson was smart……

    He and Clinton (and I) met about 1980 and there were two VERY smart men discussing computers and education for hours. He was impressed and I predicted that Clinton would soon be the Dem nominee.

    He wrote some Death Valley Days and knew the people who worked with Reagan. Want to hear Reagan tales?

    I’m sure he would think that Hillary was at least as smart as Bill and far more competent than anyone else on either side. Since I experienced endless sexism in show biz, he would have recognized it early and, loyal to me but also on its own demerit would have been incensed at it.

    Since he knew the Chicago mob and its tentacles into politics, including the Kennedys, he would know Obama rather well. He would be amused at the pretzels the Dems and the MSM have become, trying not to bring up any of this stuff. Has anyone ever asked, “What did you accomplish as an organizer?”

    He wouldn’t vote for Obama. I don’t know if he could bring himself to vote for McCain or not, but if I asked, he would.

    I expect many women will ask their husbands to vote for McC to support of their wives and daughters.

  157. independent2008,

    No disrespect intended, but I guess I watched a different primary than you did (all in a personal perspective I guess). I saw an extremely strong and valiant Hillary fighting tooth and nail for as long as she could. I saw evil close in on her the likes that I have never seen before. She stood tall and dignified for me and that is all that matters. I will never know and can probably not even imagine what she went through, the threats she received, and the pressure she was under to survive.

    I don’t believe that she could have done more than she has. It would take superhuman efforts to do more than she did.jmo

  158. John McCain spoke to staff and advisers working in the campaign War Room at the Minneapolis Hilton this afternoon, and forcefully vowed to fight hard to defend his runningmate Sarah Palin against attacks from the media and Democrats. “They’re not doing right by our vice president, they’re not doing right by the American people,” McCain said, according to a source in the room. “We’re gonna fight back, we’re gonna get ‘em.” McCain pounded his fist into his hand as he spoke, the source said, and made clear that he would be aggressively challenging those who are attacking Palin. McCain advisers expect that he will address the issue in his speech to the convention tomorrow evening.

  159. funny-they cream mccain wil take away your uterus. obama says women cant have abortions if they feel blue. mental health isnt a qualification for abortion! that is the scalia arguement to overturn roe. im sick of it all. so mccain pound your fist. hillary did. but u better find a way

  160. The straight liberal men got, and continue to get what they want from the Democratic party. The MOST they ever give the gays and wimminz is lip-service, and this year they have not even done much of that.

    We have been played for YEARS now, with threats and fear of “the other side”, not with them actually OFFERING us anything.

    I am seriously considering voting for every single female or gay candidate I can find who even resembles a fair and decent human being, regardless of party or ideology. Because they are not going to fucking listen to “us” until “us” has the reins of power in bigger numbers. They will continue to blow smoke and toss bones, and expect our full support for that.

    Nope. No more. I am hereby lowering the bar for teh gayz and teh wimminz by MILES. I will vote for ANY gay man or woman over a straight male unless they are caught embezzling millions, running cocaine, and beating small children in the public square. Minimal standards, baybee.

    When the number of women and gay men in office begins to even remotely resemble the makeup of this country, THEN and only then will I start getting picky. I want the POWER and RESPECT first, and I have lately discovered that that comes with getting them IN THERE, not in this or that bill. Do that, then we will talk policy and legislation.

  161. Man, I gotta say yet again, I really really like and respect John McCain. Might be on totally opposite sides of the issues, but if you don’t respect this guy, something is just wrong with you.

    By the way, when I listened to fred Thompson talking about how JM’s teeth were broken off in that POW camp…how he can no longer salute the soldiers he respects because his arms are permanently disabbled…I cried. John McCain has earned the right to bring up his POW experience until the cows come home as far as I’m concerned. In fact, I might even smack someone’s teeth right out of their heads if they make fun of that in my presence.

  162. this is the headline I saw on the web
    does this not reinforce media is way over the line in this election.

    “What Palin needs to say”
    ST. PAUL, Minnesota (CNN)

    no matter the content of the story, CNN thinks with this headline it is somehow the end all be all for information on what should take place.

    I want so badly to hurt them…!!! Can I still support freedom of speech and censor these jerks?
    At the very least everyone of these shows should have a disclaimer like… ” for entertainment purposes only” “the opinions expressed here do not represent the the general view of Americans” “DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME”

  163. I often railed about the press to my husband, who had been a great investigative reporter. He thought that I was too hard on them and often said that the main thing about the press was that they were very very lazy. “Give them a handout and they will go with it.”

    As head of PR for our TV shows and then for campaigns, I found out he was right.

    Now, with huge salaries for commentators and reporters, they have added the need for controversy. If anyone says anything really stupid, someone will cover it. It’s how to get noticed, or talked about.

    Remember when the Clinton Admin shut the door between the press room and the WH offices? The press went ballistic and started a never-ending assault on Clinton. No 100 days honeymoon. They hired Gergen to mollify the press.

    The press is once again infuriated that “this was a surprise”, that McC didn’t check with them before he made his pick. Thus we get “improperly vetted”, “desperate gamble”, “not her real son”, “Nazi sympathizer”, “what happens when she is forced to resign” and on and on.

    Notice how often the Dems repeat that Obama has claimed innocence of the attacks. I don’t believe it.
    God help him if the country doesn’t believe it.

  164. Don’t throw stones if your candidate has been endorsed by a claw hammer murderer, Mr. Gibbs

    LMAO! Go, McCain! I hope they dig up every last one of this fool’s nasty shady Chicago associations.

    And birdgal, no. I said fair and decent human beings, regardless of ideology.

  165. oh shit-gop bigwigs caught on live mike trashing palin saying the race is over-
    GOP bigs caught on open mic trashing Palin choice on MSNBC.
    Former McCain strategist Mike Murphy: “It’s not going to work!”

    Conservative columnist Peggy Noonan: “It’s over… They went for this, excuse me, political bull**** about narratives. Every time Republicans do that… they blow it.”

    Murphy: “You know what’s really the worst thing about it? The greatest of McCain is no cynicism, and it is cynical.”
    thepage

  166. new time poll-thepage
    OHIO: Obama 47, McCain 45
    More breakdowns by gender, age, income here.
    MINNESOTA: Obama 53, McCain 41
    More breakdowns by gender, age, income here.
    IOWA: Obama 55, McCain 40
    More breakdowns by gender, age, income here.
    Dates conducted: Aug. 31-Sept. 2. Error

  167. September 3, 2008, 2:57 pm
    G.O.P. Women Call Palin Criticism ‘Sexist’
    By Monica Davey
    NYTimes

    ST. PAUL — With only hours left before the nation hears from Gov. Sarah Palin, the vice presidential candidate most know little about, six Republican women angrily spoke out on her behalf on Wednesday, portraying the media’s coverage of her as “an outrageous smear campaign,” in the words of one, Jane Swift, the former governor of Massachusetts.

    “She is more prepared than Barack Obama to be the president of the United States,” said Ms. Swift, who along with the others at a news conference here argued that the discussions about Ms. Palin should be focused on her energy and economic policies and her efforts in Alaska to root out corruption, not on the swirl of rumors surrounding her personal life.

    The women likened what they described as “sexist attacks” against Ms. Palin to those launched against Hillary Rodham Clinton, the former Democratic Party hopeful, and fervently said that they would not stand by and watch now.

    Carly Fiorina, one of Senator John McCain’s top leaders, said Ms. Palin was being subjected to treatment many women had experienced: being portrayed as though she is a “show horse not a workhorse.”

    “Every woman up here welcomes a discussion about her track record,” Ms. Fiorina said, but it was not, she went on, all right to paint her as a “nice little girl, a good show horse, but not qualified.” Noting tabloid reports which, she said, included screaming headlines about “sex and babies and lies,” Ms. Fiorina said, “It is not legitimate to smear her with falsehoods.”

    Rosario Marin, a former United States treasurer, said she was “absolutely incensed, offended, insulted” that stories had addressed Ms. Palin’s infant son, Trig, and his Down Syndrome, suggesting, she said, that someone with a child with special needs should not seek the vice presidency. “Shame on them,” she said of the media’s portrait of Ms. Palin.

    “Who better than her to understand the challenges we have as career women trying to balance career and family?” said Ms. Marin, who said she, too, was the parent of a child (now grown) with Down Syndrome. “They would never dare to say that about a man.”

  168. Actually, I thought that she fought hard during the primaries but just gave up surprisingly too quickly. Besides I don’t think that a person has to have their party’s backing just to speak out against against an injustice.

    What make you guys think that she would do any better in 2012? You say that she would be the front-runner then, but she was also the front-runner in 2008. We see what happened, so that don’t guarantee anything. Personally, I think that it would be the same old, same old because they know exactly how to defeat her now. I think that it would be best if she stays in the senate or maybe take Nancy Pelosi place.

    After this fiasco and especially if Sarah Palin goes down, I don’t see any woman wanting to run again. Of course, this is my opinion and I certainly don’t mind expresslng them nor do I mind people expressing their own thoughts. Everyone never all agree on everything. I haven’t attacked anyone’s opinion here about the primaries or the election because it’s just that, an opinion.

    But the only thing that we ALL seem to agree is that we want Obama for presiden. It just a difference of how we want to get there and how the heck did Obama get the high position that he did in the first place.

  169. texan4hillary, they just don’t get it.

    Make no mistake, many in the Repub party have no love of McCain. Many of the good-old-boys club who got fat and happy under Bush do NOT want McCain and his reformer sidekick to take over their party. They want the moderate, bi-partisan, fiscally responsible Repubs gone.

    Guys, we are fighting for our country here, against the worst elements in BOTH parties.

  170. Funniest thing I’ve read all day — excerpt from NYT:

    ———
    The Obama campaign also wants everyone to know that the National Journal’s ranking of Mr. Obama as “most liberal” is based on the 2007 sessions when he was campaigning much of the time and not in the Senate for many votes.

  171. new time poll-thepage
    OHIO: Obama 47, McCain 45
    More breakdowns by gender, age, income here.
    MINNESOTA: Obama 53, McCain 41
    More breakdowns by gender, age, income here.
    IOWA: Obama 55, McCain 40
    More breakdowns by gender, age, income here.
    Dates conducted: Aug. 31-Sept. 2. Error

    ———————————

    Again i stopped when you said it was a time poll. laughable.

  172. when they aren’t trashing you on the web..they are here!!

    blog.wired.com/27bstroke6/2008/09/footage-of-clas.html

  173. gov lingle speaks primetime. lingle extremely popular gov of hawaii. a liberal repub. a very active jew and well liked there. bet she will cont the sexist meme and anti msm. anit msm often works-bill did it. gov swift was a very mod gov of ma better than romney-much. she was pregnant and delvered as guv. decent bunch out today.

  174. # filbertsf Says:
    September 2nd, 2008 at 7:41 pm

    Berkeley, did you graduate from Boalt Hall or just a Berkeley grad and went to another law school?
    —————-

    I went there for undergrad but went to law school back east in the Boston area. I presume you’re from San Francisco filbert? So many bay area folks on here, it seems! Good stuff.

  175. Never thought i’d ever agree with Dick Morris but he’s got it on the head here.

    http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/political_commentary/commentary_by_dick_morris/stand_by_sarah_she_s_still_a_winning_pick

    Understand: Palin is under attack because she was such a good choice.

    Remember the Democrats’ central charge on McCain – “He’s a Bush clone.” By choosing Palin, something George Bush would never have done, McCain showed how really different he is.

    The old ground rule for picking a running mate was to help the ticket carry a particular state. But Bill Clinton changed the rules when he tapped Al Gore in 1992. Clinton likely would’ve carried Tennessee anyway, but the choice of Gore emphasized the most important feature of Clinton’s candidacy: He was from a new generation and represented a new outlook.

    And so Sarah Palin reinforces the most important aspect of the McCain candidacy: Despite 30 years in Washington, he’s an outsider and a dedicated foe of corruption and conflict of interest in government. He’s the one who stands up against pork, earmarks and lobbyists and backs campaign-finance reform.

    Palin brings the same kind of credentials to the ticket. When she speaks tonight and emphasizes her record of reform and her commitment to bring ethical standards to Washington, she’ll strike a deeply resonant chord throughout the nation.

    None of the “scandal” reflects ill on Sarah herself. They’re the kind of family issues that bedevil many American women. That the media accords such prominence to them shows how fundamentally differently we treat women and men in politics.

  176. Hot Mic in St Paul
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    It seems that Republicans Peggy Noonan and Mike Murphy were caught in a bit of unguarded conversation today and someone posted the moment to YouTube. Watch the clip HERE.

    Noonan, a former speechwriter to Ronald Reagan and a Wall Street Journal columnist, and Murphy, a longtime GOP campaign strategist, had been guests on MSNBC when host Chuck Todd breaks for a commercial. The camera cuts to a wideshot, but the audio continues for another couple of minutes, as the GOPers debate the selection of Sarah Palin as John McCain’s running mate, including:

    Murphy: It’s not going to work.

    Noonan: It’s over.

    Murphy: But still McCain can give a version of the Lieberman speech to do himself some good.

    Todd: I think this was insulting to Kay Bailey Hutchinson… She’s never looked comfortable with this.

    Murphy: they’re all bummed out

    Todd: I mean is she really the most qualified woman they could have turned to?

    Noonan: The most qualified? No. I would think they went for the, excuse me, political bulls**t about narratives…

    Noonan: Every time Republicans do that, because that’s not where they live and it’s not what they’re good at, they blow it.

    Murphy: You know what’s really the worst thing about it? The greatness of McCain is no cynicism and this is cynical.

  177. So if Palin doesn’t say what the media aka CNN wants her to say…then it’s over? God has spoken?

    What a flipping joke!

  178. Idunn
    I have heard a number of times the talking heads saying McCain needs to give the POW meme a rest. However scum bucket is permitted to go on endlessly about being a community organizer. Does anyone even know who he worked for? i made the mistake of working for PENPIRG in PA for two days. Went door to door with a speech about utility prices and asking mostly seniors or housewives for donations. The group maintained a small office in Harrisburg(capitol) and Dc but most of the donations simply went to sustain the organization itself. But as I did work as a community organizer I am qualified to lead.

  179. He only drones on about being a community organizer because there is nothing else in his resume.

    Anybody remember the song: “Is that all their is?

  180. mike murphy-one fo the oens in that gaffe was mccain campaign manager in 2000 against bush. not a good headline going into tonight. thsi is sooo fucked up

  181. henry –

    Bambi worked for ACORN as a community organizer.

    check out this for more interesting details:
    americanpowerblog.blogspot.com/2008/07/obamas-community-organization-of-power.html

  182. When the number of women and gay men in office begins to even remotely resemble the makeup of this country, THEN and only then will I start getting picky. I want the POWER and RESPECT first, and I have lately discovered that that comes with getting them IN THERE, not in this or that bill. Do that, then we will talk policy and legislation.

    That’s how I’m gonna roll, too. I’m supporting straight party tickets of the party that supports women candidates. Once we’ve elected a few women VP and Prez, the Dems might figure out that they need to participate. Then, I’ll worry about which one matches all of my views on the issues.

  183. The Debate between Ed O’Reilly and Senator John Kerry will be shown on WBZ TV4 at 8:30 AM this Sunday, September 7th! An earlier release incorrectly stated the time as 10 AM. We apologize for this error.
    Please tune in to see the Debate at 8:30 AM this Sunday with WBZ TV 4’s Jon Keller as moderator.

  184. um where is the media on this doosey?
    Biden’s Daughter Arrested in Drunken Craze After Throwing Bottle at Police
    Sen.
    Biden’s Daughter Arrested

    CHICAGO (AP) – The daughter of Sen. Joseph Biden, D-Del., was arrested on a misdemeanor charge of obstructing a police officer early Saturday, police said.

    Ashley Blazer Biden, 21, of Wilmington, Del., was with a group of people on a North Side street where several bars are located when someone else threw a bottle at a police officer, police said.

    When offic More..ers went to arrest another person, Biden blocked the officer’s path and made intimidating statements, Officer JoAnn Taylor said.

    Biden was arrested on suspicion of obstructing a police officer. She was released from custody and is scheduled to appear in court Sept. 20.

    Sen. Biden’s spokeswoman, Margaret Aitken, declined to comment Saturday, calling it a private, family matter.

  185. What a difference a year makes.

    Drudge links to a Newsweek story from eleven months ago (Oct 2007) before they let Obama write all their political coverage. The story is a glowing profile of…guess who? Yep. Governor Palin of Alaska. Rising super star. Successful reformer.

    http://www.newsweek.com/id/42534/

    Now, of course, she’s chopped liver.

  186. # Berkeley Vox Says:
    September 3rd, 2008 at 5:55 pm

    Funniest thing I’ve read all day — excerpt from NYT:

    ———
    The Obama campaign also wants everyone to know that the National Journal’s ranking of Mr. Obama as “most liberal” is based on the 2007 sessions when he was campaigning much of the time and not in the Senate for many votes.

    ****

    If you do the math – Obama was in the U.S. senate for 143 days…and has spent roughly 570+ days campaigning for President.

  187. Sen. Biden’s spokeswoman, Margaret Aitken, declined to comment Saturday, calling it a private, family matter.

    ——————————————————————————-

    Maybe, Palin needs to use that response.

  188. Well if they can go after a 20 year old dui charge for Palin’s husband, I think a 6 year old charge against Biden’s daughter is fair play.jmo

  189. gop neevr has lvoed mcain. he is biartisian. doesnt wear christ on his sleve etc.. but he united his base with palin.

  190. for a start Peggy Noonan is a turncoat for Bambi and Murphy, well he just lost his ticket, that guy will be removed, what an idiot.

  191. Personally i’d love to see Noonan cut off now and this just did it, McCain will have her head on a platter now, couldnt happen to a nicer person.

  192. Rush said this earlier

    As of today, it looks like we’re running against the entire Washington Government Machine, folks.

    ————————————————

    I’ve been saying this for a while, the good ole boys want a puppet in Obama and they do not want reform.

  193. Great Post admin as always, do you mind if I send some excerpts viral? With credit of course

    Noonan is a jealous pig, lipstick and all. so glad she got caught.

  194. moononpluto Says:

    September 3rd, 2008 at 6:46 pm
    for a start Peggy Noonan is a turncoat for Bambi

    didn’t know that. wow

  195. When Hillary was in the game, she consistently took every bambi position over Hillary, she has a strong dislike of strong women, i think she feels inferior.

  196. Have not read upthread–book club today and Peggy Whitson in 45 minutes at our HS. This is her hometown and class reunion…yeah for us.

    Peggy Noonan and Mike Murphy finally slip in the hog lot, fall down, and have to eat their own crap– from a live microphone…couldn’t have happened to two more deserving dishers of crap…

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/politico/20080903/pl_politico/20576

    Luv, and later….

  197. mp Says:

    September 3rd, 2008 at 6:40 pm
    Ouch…looks like the GOP does not want McCain to win either!!!

    Guys and gals….we have a big problem!

    * * * * * * *
    mp, others: what has happened?

    PS: Noonan and her little wannabe, Maureen Dowd can go straight to hell – you know that “special place in hell for women who don’t support other women.” (Madeleine Albright)

  198. Does anyone else get the feeling the MSM and Obama camp are in the midst of trying to make another woman walk to the guilliotine…

    this is beginning to feel very unamerican…so every woman that gets within striking distance of real power gets pummeled like this?

    and if that story is true about biden’s daughter why are we not hearing one word about that? that is unbelievable…if true send it to greta at fox…

  199. By the way, isn’t it possible that Noonan/Murphy gaffe was on purpose so what they said could go viral?

  200. S, the Biden story was from 2002. But I don’t recall anyone shouting that he should leave his senate seat over it, go home and tend to his family.

  201. Fox just read some quotes from Palin’s speech for tonight. I think she’s going to knock it out of the ballpark! 🙂

  202. ok – i just went to my car briefly and was listening to radio, and it was some AM station liberal radio station – and they’re already talking about the alleged affair palin had which will come out in the Enquirer, and then are making fun of palin that’s she’s going to “read her speech” prepared by someone else…

    the hypocrisy is beyond ridiculous at this point –

    the liberal media suddenly give the Enquirer creedence when they themselves made nothing out of the Edwards affair for months (until it was too late for Clinton, basically)

    and Barack Obama reads his “historic speeches” from teleprompters and his speechwriter is a 27 year old white man.

    JEEESH

  203. Palins speech, some good digs in here.

    On her experience as a public servant:

    “I had the privilege of living most of my life in a small town. I was just your average hockey mom, and signed up for the PTA because I wanted to make my kids’ public education better. When I ran for city council, I didn’t need focus groups and voter profiles because I knew those voters, and knew their families, too. Before I became governor of the great state of Alaska, I was mayor of my hometown. And since our opponents in this presidential election seem to look down on that experience, let me explain to them what the job involves. I guess a small-town mayor is sort of like a ‘community organizer,’ except that you have actual responsibilities.”

    On why she is going to Washington, D.C.:

    “I’m not a member of the permanent political establishment. And I’ve learned quickly, these past few days, that if you’re not a member in good standing of the Washington elite, then some in the media consider a candidate unqualified for that reason alone. But here’s a little news flash for all those reporters and commentators: I’m not going to Washington to seek their good opinion – I’m going to Washington to serve the people of this country.”

    On energy policies that the McCain-Palin administration will implement:

    “Our opponents say, again and again, that drilling will not solve all of America’s energy problems – as if we all didn’t know that already. But the fact that drilling won’t solve every problem is no excuse to do nothing at all. Starting in January, in a McCain-Palin administration, we’re going to lay more pipelines…build more nuclear plants…create jobs with clean coal…and move forward on solar, wind, geothermal, and other alternative sources. We need American energy resources, brought to you by American ingenuity, and produced by American workers.”

    On John McCain:

    “Here’s how I look at the choice Americans face in this election. In politics, there are some candidates who use change to promote their careers. And then there are those, like John McCain, who use their careers to promote change.”

  204. ROFLPMSL

    And since our opponents in this presidential election seem to look down on that experience, let me explain to them what the job involves. I guess a small-town mayor is sort of like a ‘community organizer,’ except that you have actual responsibilities.”

  205. Campbell Brown/CNN has already weighed in on how Palin will take a shot at the media in order to create a distraction to buy more time to build her case. Huh?

    Sorry but this cow needs taking down

  206. And since our opponents in this presidential election seem to look down on that experience, let me explain to them what the job involves. I guess a small-town mayor is sort of like a ‘community organizer,’ except that you have actual responsibilities.”

    ————————————————————————————–

    I just about spit out my water reading that. ROFL.

    BTW, someone on another board told me, this was not sexism, but politics. Any thoughts? I think it is both.

  207. Seriously, what else can they fling at her. They’ve already made her out to be a liar, a whore, an adultress, a nazi, a jew hater and bigotted.

    What else can they honestly throw at her.

  208. I’d like to caution all of you Hillary supporters voting for McCain/Palin as I am.

    The democrats have lost their way I know, but the republicans STILL do not believe in a womans right;

    to chose birth over abortion and vice versa, to have equal pay, to be free from domestic violence, to promoting laws and fair sentencing for woman abusers, etc. etc.

    there are a lot of issues that are important, and while we applaud and support the current stand by Sen. McCain in his selection of Gov. Palin, we must never forget..the republicans also that have held woman back in this country.

    I encourage all of you not to get swept off your feet during this election, but to fight like hell for what is right. That includes telling the republicans to clean up their act too.

  209. Moononpluto – i just heard that on television and laughed my ass off too!

    I think Hillary knew that JSMcC would do “something” to upset the applecart. It’s interesting she isn’t out there with her armed thugs being made to say horrible things.

    One can only hope she took a page from the Republican Women’s leadership and actually told the DNC to kiss her ass

  210. I love this,

    “Here’s how I look at the choice Americans face in this election. In politics, there are some candidates who use change to promote their careers. And then there are those, like John McCain, who use their careers to promote change.”

  211. Debbie Here!here!

    I have said this for days and weeks…

    we MUST HOLD ALL PARTIES to a higher standard. It is clear we have lost the DNC THIS YEAR, but it gives us great leverage for 2010 – and in fact – November.

    Also, just because the Republicans are running a woman, her social stance is not mine on MANY issues. We can and we must demand that the SOCIAL OPINIONS of all our leaders be kept out of Government in general and make them deal with the business of RUNNING THE GOVERNMENT for ALL the people.

    I am leaning to (gasp!) Leibermans’s plea, as I believe MANY Americans are. MOST people are tired as crap of all the Far Left Far Right shit

  212. # meiyingsu Says:
    September 3rd, 2008 at 7:35 pm

    Norma Desmond,

    but Mrs. Palin may turn out to be “Far Right Shit”.

    ————————————————-

    Look at the other option, the lying cheating piece of shit known as BO.

  213. As soon as I heard the excerpts from Gov. Palin’s speech, I e-mailed my yellow dog Democrat daughter and strongly suggested that she shouldn’t tune in at 10:30 to hear the speech, that it would probably just upset her.

    Now we know why they call her Sarah Barracuda and what she meant when she said the difference between a hockey mom and a pit bull is that a hockey mom wears lipstick.

    It sure sounds to me like she’s “pulling a Bullworth” tonight. Speaking the truth to the American people. Clinch those seatbelts tight. If she pulls it off, the whole country is going be shouting “Sarah! Sarah! Sarah!”

  214. gonzotx, not a problem.

    BTW, John King spoke to the teleprompter issue and reminded viewers that Obama uses a teleprompter too.

    Too bad Governor Palin is not using the speech we provided. 🙂 Hers is pretty good. Good relevatory digs.

  215. Probably already been mentioned but worth repeating.

    Oh, That Joe! (No. 7 in a Series) — … the Inevitable Obama/Osama Slip-up

    At a town hall meeting at the Palm Beach County Convention Center in West Palm Beach, Florida, Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del, ignored pleas from his staff to wrap up, and riffed for an hour and 15 minutes (windbag alert, poor floridians).

    The evening was full of Biden-isms, including the inevitable Obama/Osama slip, made when Biden was discussing the mountainous Afghanistan-Pakistan border “where Obama, Osama Bin Laden lives, and Obama wants to go to get him.”

    The ebullient son of Scranton did not disappoint, telling one questioner concerned with how the Democratic ticket would withstand “Swift boat-style” attacks that they would respond with “a straight left and a right hook. Hey baby, I want to tell ya, we ain’t laying down, We are not going to lay down. Period. If you know anything about me, that’s what worries people. We are not going to lay down.”

  216. admin, your speech is better, but, well, she is a republican. I do want to see her with the gloves off, though. Her own party tied Hillary’s hands, so for me, tonight is for Hill.

  217. Norma Desmond

    I have never struggled with a decision more in my life than the one to vote for McCain/Palin.

    I reconcile this with the need to shake the hell out of MY democratic party and tell them, they better straighten up.

    The republicans are not bad people, they too need to listen up and change their ways.

    I’m at fault for following blindly without question for a very long time.

    so I asked myself..if not now, when? if not me, who?

  218. Anyone have Chris Matthews email address? Can’t find email address at MessNBC.

    Couldn’t believe my ears when he said “It is our job in the media to investigate these stories.”

    CAN YOU BELIEVE THIS SHIT???????????

    John King with his Playskool Jigsaw puzzle INTENT on GIVING EVERY LEANING STATE TO BHO. Foaming at the mouth stating new polls show how McCain will have to “run the board.”

    That’s it. Can’t watch either BHO Propoganda Tokyo Rose channels tonight. Only Fox and C-Span. Especially C-Span to see all videos/speakers, without commentary.

    I feel like I could crawl into my TV and beat the ever lovin’s $#!+ out of Campbell Soup, Gloria Bugger, Keith Ogreman and Chris Mattress.

  219. Who knew Guiliani could be funny!

    In what could be dubbed a warm up act before his big address to the Republican National Convention tonight, Rudy Giuliani defended Gov Sarah Palin and sharply attacked democratic rivals Sen. Barack Obama and Sen. Joe Biden at the New York delegate luncheon in Minneapolis.

    The former New York Mayor said the “unrelenting attacks” on republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin are “in the gutter” and “below the standards of journalism.”

    “I’ve never seen attacks like that, even in all my time in New York City,” Giuliani said.

    Giuliani touted Palin’s experience as Mayor and Gov of Alaska adding, “Sorry Senator Obama if the city’s not big enough for you.”

    He added with sarcasm, “They’re probably part of that group of people that clings to religion and guns. That’s part of the group that doesn’t count–small town America. You don’t study about them at Harvard I guess.”

    Giuliani said the “vicious attacks” and questions about Gov. Palin’s family “in all decency should be off limits.”

    “What do her children have anything to do with what kind of vice president she’s gonna make?” he asked. “What does anybody’s children have to do with that?”

    Giuliani also questioned feminists who he believes aren’t defending Palin like they defended past female officials.

    “Where are the liberal feminist groups. Where are they? I think they’re really liberal groups. Take the second part out,” Giuliani said. “Because how do you raise questions like this: ‘Does Sarah Palin have the time to be a mother and vice president?’ Well I don’t know, does Barack Obama have the time to be a father and president? John McCain? George Bush? Al Gore? John Kerry? I can go on and on. I never remember that question being asked.”

    Giuliani then launched sharp attacks on Sen. Barack Obama and Sen. Joe Biden.

    He counted the times Obama voted present in the Illinois legislature saying, “You don’t get to walk into the Oval Office when Russia is bombing Georgia and vote present and say ‘gee guys, I’m here. You gotta tell me what to do.'”

    Giuliani also criticized Joe Biden for talking too much practically calling him a Washington wind bag. “Joe’s got a lot of experience–talking, and talking, and talking,” Giuliani said adding that Gov Palin “she has experience doing.”

  220. Biden will lay down for you if you have a credit card to swipe in his ass.

    The mans probably got an MBNA terminal for processing in his office.

  221. By the way, Nothing Gov Palin does or says tonight will be well received by the MSM. The speech will be declared a failure period. Expect it.

  222. Debbie,

    I agree with you but let me say this, when African Americans left the Republican party in droves and flip over to the Democrats they were fully aware they were going over to the dark side but we’d decided that their lack of help for MLK down in Mississippi Jail was the straw that broke the camel back.

    You have to earn respect and this year I saw clearly that the Democratic? Taliban Party had contempt for women and had no intention of sharing real power with the majority of their base. In fact they cynically played divide and conquer with those jealous of Hillary’s success.

    The problem is Nancy Pelosi will forever be Benedict Arnold for women and Claire McCaskell is just silly because Obama will place someone else in her spot that he can trust when her usefulness is done.

    Again, women think that the Democratic? Taliban Party can be trusted to fight for your issue but when I see movement to move towards the right on Roe vs Wade and Obama’s promises to all his new religious friends on the left who are pro-life and will get more and more prominant positions in the Democratic Party don’t say you where not warn.

    The Democrats are moving to make abortions rare and since they have co-opt the FFL (Feminist For Life) positions in their platform be warned.

  223. Noonan doing damage control, backtracking.

    corner.nationalreview.com/post/?q=M2IyOTRlNGIxNTY4OTZkZjllZWYzYzkwNDRhOTYwYTc=

  224. OMG OMG OMG~~~ HillaryforTexas – you just transported me back thirty years with the Heart video! WOW!!!

    My first girlfriend and I went and saw tham when they played at Ga Tech. Then on the “Dog and Butterfly” tour they came to Atlanta and parked their plane at Peachtree-Dekalb Airport, where I was working in a transmission shop! LOL!

    I met their pilot, a guy names Greg Smith. Patti and I had tickets for their concert that night and lo and behold, there was work being done at or near Atlanta’s Omni where they were supposed to play and someone cut through a huge electrical cable, rendering the place useless for the show. The next morning, I realized they would still be in town and managed to wrangle myself an invite to go do the SE D&B tour with them, courtesy of the pilot Greg, and as I figured I would NEVER have the opportunity to go on the road with a rock and roll band again, I jumped at the opportunity. I was gone about a week and had a BLAST! When Ann and Nancy came back to Atlanta for their rescheduled concert, we had drinks together in the restaurant at the Omni Hotel FOR HOURS! It was AMAZING!

    What is also amazing is how good Ann looked then – she still can sing like hell, but she, as the rest of us, have lost that girlish figure.!

    Thanks for the memories.

  225. the world is still upside down: Ann Coulter is funny:

    THE BEST MAN TURNED OUT TO BE A WOMAN
    September 3, 2008

    John McCain’s choice of Sarah Palin, governor of Alaska, as his running mate finally gave Republicans a reason to vote for him — a reason, that is, other than B. Hussein Obama.

    The media are hopping mad about McCain’s vice presidential selection, but they’re really furious over at MSNBC. After drawing “Keith + Obama” hearts on their denim notebooks, Keith Olbermann and Chris Matthews stayed up all night last Thursday, writing jokes about Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, the presumed vice presidential pick. Now they can’t use any of them.

    So the media are taking it out on our brave Sarah and her 17-year-old daughter.

    They claimed Palin was chosen only because she’s a woman. In fact, Palin was chosen because she’s pro-life, pro-gun, pro-drilling and pro-tax cuts. She’s fought both Republicans and Democrats on public corruption and does not have hair plugs like some other vice presidential candidate I could mention. In other words, she’s a “Republican.”

    anncoulter.com/

  226. BTW, I can’t stand Peggy Noonan. I’m glad she looks like an ass, lol.

    moon, You’re right about media reaction to Palin’s speech. The people might see it very differently, however.

  227. carbynew

    I understand most everything you said except this gem!!!!

    “Again, women think that the Democratic? Taliban Party can be trusted to fight for your issue ”

    I doubt that many women in here feel that now including me.

    I will not switch party’s at this time. Frankly it makes no sense. I want the democratic party to see how many democrats voted against them in NOvember, and I want the republicans to see that haven’t won me over.

    That the clearest message I can send

  228. I am keeping my Dem registration. Like you, debbie, I want those exit polls to SHOW that another Dem deserted Obama, but I am NOT a Republican.

  229. Me too ladies…still a registered Dem – after seven years an indie and Dem since Carter before that. Gonna be NOBama NOVember for me too…another Registered Democrat.

    Also, Meyingsu, I know Palin is the further right than I would care for by a mile, but the Dems are further Left than I care for. I have made NO decisions, albeit one: NObama NOvember. NO WAY

  230. It’s really disgusting that the MEDIA has now made this election about THEM. Talk about ELITISTS! They don;t feel the gas and food prices, the joblessness and the stress of bills etc.

    That the PRESS who is TOTALLY IN THE TANK FOR OBAMA, the MOST UNVETTED POLITICIAN IN MODERN HISTORY, does not discuss the issues important to Americans today or the war, or the energy issues or anything else is mind-boggling. NOW they are elevating Palin to Commander-in-Chief – they have killed off McCain (but dare mention Bobby Kennedy in the same breath as Obama, unless you are the Obama campaign)

    They make me sick. Sick. Sick.

    Are there NO reliable journalists anymore who can get above this din?

  231. Sally Quinn is a fucking idiot. I want to know what her qualifications are to be working as a journalist or whatever the fuck she is. She was on O’Reilly pontificating and I left so I could save my TV.

  232. IT GETS WORSE:

    Michigan’s Democratic Gov. Jennifer Granholm says “it would be incredibly cynical and wrong” for the GOP to take advantage of the scandal surrounding Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, who has been charged with conspiracy, perjury, obstruction of justice, misconduct in office, and felony assault.

    Kilpatrick is a Democratic super-delegate whom Barack Obama has praised as “doing an outstanding job”

    I think the phrase is fuck off.

  233. Incredibly cynical and wrong?

    HAHAHAHAHAHA

    this from the woman who allowed this fucking asshole Obama to steal Michigan’s votes.

  234. pm317, I saw that too.

    HOW DARE SHE!

    I am so sick of these women. What the hell DO they know? NOTHING. They are SO MAD because “we were not allowed to vet Palin”

    My hat’s off to McCain. He can keep a secret. Obama, on the otherhand, announces he will announce by text at 3AM. At 11 pm, everyone knoew, and the ass STILL sends the stupid text message…and it’s Biden!

  235. http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0908/13129.html

    ST. PAUL, Minn. — Sarah Palin found some unlikely allies Wednesday as leading academics and even former top aides to Hillary Rodham Clinton endorsed the Republican charge that John McCain’s running mate has been subject to a sexist double standard by the news media and Democrats.

    Georgetown University professor Deborah Tannen, who has written best-selling books on gender differences, said she agrees with complaints that Palin skeptics — including prominent voices in the news media — have crossed a line by speculating about whether the Alaska governor is neglecting her family in pursuit of national office.

    “What we’re dealing with now, there’s nothing subtle about it,” said Tannen. “We’re dealing with the assumption that child-rearing is the job of women and not men. Is it sexist? Yes.”

    “There’s no way those questions would be asked of a male candidate,” said Howard Wolfson a former top strategist for Clinton’s presidential campaign.

    The sexism charge was hurled with new intensity Wednesday afternoon by McCain surrogates, all women, at a news conference just hours before she was to make her acceptance speech here.

    The tense encounter with reporters showed how McCain’s team has abandoned all pretense that this convention is about anything but Palin, her thin résumé and her wildly unexpected ascension to the GOP ticket.

    ——————

    • A spokeswoman for the National Organization for Women, noting Palin’s opposition to abortion rights and support of other parts of the social conservative agenda, told Politico, “She’s more a conservative man than she is a woman on women’s issues. Very disappointing.”

    —————————–

    • Liberal radio host Ed Schultz used the words “bimbo alert” to refer to Palin, and the Huffington Post featured a photo montage of Palin with the headline, “Former Beauty Queen, Future VP?”

    ———————————

    This line of inquiry was echoed by writer Sally Quinn, who in her “On Faith” column for washingtonpost.com agreed that Palin is a “bright, attractive, impressive person,” but also asked, “is she prepared for the all-consuming nature of the job?”

    “Her first priority has to be her children,” Quinn wrote. “When the phone rings at 3 in the morning and one of her children is really sick what choice will she make?”

    ————————————

    Phil Singer, who worked with Wolfson on Clinton’s campaign, said the news media tend to focus on different sets of subjects when covering women candidates. He noted articles on Clinton’s cleavage, and whether she had the personality of a “bitch.”

    “There’s no question that the issues a woman has to deal with are different,” Singer said, adding that, “The real indictment that needs to be prosecuted is about her views, not her personal life.”

    Rep. Tom Cole of Oklahoma, chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, said in a Politico interview Wednesday that a double standard was being applied against Palin, in part because she is unknown to Washington reporters. “It’s always a dangerous thing to surprise the press,” he said. “When you’re unorthodox and unpredictable, you pay a price.”

    He also noted a subject that “I probably shouldn’t get into” on the record, before deciding to plunge in: Historically, Cole, said “to be a leader in the women’s movement, you have to be a liberal. This is clearly a very liberated woman who is not a liberal. And I think there is some tension with that because again, she breaks a lot of stereotypes and molds.”

  236. “It’s always a dangerous thing to surprise the press,” he said. “When you’re unorthodox and unpredictable, you pay a price.”

    Well said.

  237. My greatest disappointment has been with the women… women legislators, women journalists and women organizations.

    First their failure to stand up for Hillary not as a candidate but as a woman besieged with sexism, and degradation.

    then now, these same women are attacking the republican VP candidate Gov. Palin.

    What the hell happened???

    This is truly baffling to me. Since when did we as women stop fight for women and turn to fighting with them?

  238. We HAVE TO completely INUNDATE the swing states to blunt the (many lillegally/deceased) YOUNG ETC. registered voters and blanket the small towns, churches, womens groups, and pull out all stops in OHIO, MICHIGAN, PENNSYLVANIA, MISSOURI, VIRGINIA, COLORADO, NEVADA, NEW MEXICO.

    ALSO – VERY IMPORTANT – FOR ALL OF US THAT VOTED FOR HILLARY – WE MUST CHECK OUR EACH INDIVIDUAL STATES AND DO WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE NOW TO MAKE SURE WE CAN VOTE ON OTHER TICKET. MEANING, WE CAN’T ASSUME THAT WE CAN NECESSARILY GO TO THE SAME POLLING PLACES AND AUTOMATICALLY CROSS INTO THE OTHER PARTY. EACH STATE IS DEIIFERENT. LET’S NOT GET CAUGHT IN THAT WEB.

    WE MUST ALL DO THE WORK NOW TO MAKE SURE WE DEFEAT BHO – WE MAY NEED TO CHANGE PARTIES NOW IN ORDER TO VOTE MCCAIN/PALIN. WE MUST DRIVE THIS HOME TO ALL PUMA, AND THOSE OF US WHO WILL NOT REST UNTIL BHO IS DEFEATED.

  239. I fully intend to email Dean/Donna/Pelosi, just after McCain/Palin win the presidency. I will give them a piece of my mind. They could have had the first woman candidate and instead chose the wrong person at the top of the ticket. I do hope they suffer during the 4 years that McCain is in office. They deserve it. They never once stood for Hillary and everyday I hope they realize what they have done and I hope it will be career ending for these folks. The republicans noticed how much the women in this country wanted a woman and it willbe the republicans that give us one.
    THE DEMOCRATS COULD HAVE GIVEN US THE FIRST WOMAN AND THE FIRST BLACK MAN and I hope they never forget what they have done!!!

  240. curiosityhasme

    in the general election all parties are on the ballot I believe, but it’s a good idea to check if one is unsure

    I would suspect (at least this time) that each party will want the maximum turnout and will do whatever they can to get voters to vote with them. The information campaign will be immense, but we must remain vigil of fraud and deception

  241. NOW disgusts me. They called Palin a man? How very sexist of them. And trotted out the old choice scare card.

    BOTH sides use choice as a political tool to bludgeon women, and have for decades. NOW is chief among them.

    So I am finally stepping outside that abuse and saying to both: “You know what? PUT UP OR SHUT UP. You Repubs want to outlaw abortion? Then BRING IT ON MOFOS and let’s throw down in the streets. You Dems want to stand up for women? Then STAND THE FUCK UP ALREADY and make it safe.”

    I am NOT playing this game anymore. Stop the Kabuki dance.

  242. I still cannot believe that a NOW spokesperson not only had jack to say about the misogyny, but she outright said that a pro-life woman IS NOT EVEN A REAL WOMAN.

    I am giving NOW a call first thing tomorrow. I am canceling my membership and giving them an earful.

  243. I think we are experiencing some of what the sufferagetts went though. Their Mothers, father, husbands, brothers and many times friends turned against them.

    Then was it Woodrow Wilson wanted the ring leader declared insane.

  244. NMF: Reminds you of Iron Jawed Angels, doesn’t it?

    And the psychiatrist response to Wilson was:

    “Courage in a woman is often times mistaken for insanity.”

    He did not declare Alice Paul insane.

    We haven’t come very far, have we? We are fighting the same battles. 🙁

  245. # Paula Says:
    September 3rd, 2008 at 8:35 pm

    “It’s always a dangerous thing to surprise the press,” he said. “When you’re unorthodox and unpredictable, you pay a price.”

    Well said.
    ————————–

    Not sure that is well said. Why give a wayward biased press so much power? Palin is paying a price for being a woman and that is not right and McCain is paying a price for having chosen a woman.

  246. Just got home, and was listening to the Republican convention in the background. Carly sounded great. Michael Steele was great. At the end, he said: “Drill now, Drill now, Drill now Baby.” He said this several times. I felt myself cringe, but the crowd was roaring. What a different sphere.

    I want to hear Governor Palin. BTW, C-span is great; no commentary.

  247. Calling Governor Palin a man is pretty damn sickening for the National Organization of Women. These people have really gone off the deep end.

  248. i cannot talk to many dems anymore. raninto yet another dem neighbor tonight. big hilary supporter. will vote obama. she doesnt like palin bc of her anti roe stance etc. i sadi he didnt pick palin for you he picked her to get those regana and casey dems whoarent big on abortion. that is how u win. obama would be a lock with hillary and now he will pay. or we hope

  249. There needs to be a women’s group that fights sexism, misogyny, and gender bias, for all woman, not just “liberal” women. NOW should be ashamed of themselves. Women Count Pac seems to be on the right path.

  250. HillaryforTexas Says:

    September 3rd, 2008 at 8:10 pm
    I am keeping my Dem registration. Like you, debbie, I want those exit polls to SHOW that another Dem deserted Obama, but I am NOT a Republican.

    Me TOO

  251. pm317, I also think the media is going after her because McCain fooled them. Her being a woman just makes it a helluva lot worse.

  252. LMAO!

    Ouch!
    Palin got more votes running for Mayor of Wasillah, AK that Joe Biden got running for president of the US!!

  253. huckabee is a very talented politician. I actually liked him the best among those Republician candidates in primary. He can really connect with average voters. Too bad, his social views are sort of extreme.

    Great speech.

  254. Hey all

    I was in the air returning from Denver when BO spoke to his crowd. Did Keith Olberman have a “fact check” after each Stanza of Obama’s speech as he is on MSNBC?

    Fox, unfortunately, is not showing the speeches, that is why I have been watching the Obama Network.

  255. Noticed that when I turned to CSpan, MSNBC was AGAIN dissing another woman pol (Hawaii Gov) by having their pundits on and not showing her. That wasn’t the case when the men were speaking.

  256. BTW, the entire Alaskan delegation is wearing orange, as Hillary did in her speech. They did it deliberately as a shout out to PUMAs. Orange is PUMA color.

  257. Hey folks-

    Back from a community mtng w/ Peggy Whitson.

    Got two really neat autographs from her personally TO OUR GIRL- who has said often she wrote NASA about becoming an astronaut and got turned down. She spoke of it again last Wednesday.

    will tell more after Sarah’s speech.

  258. How many times, do you think Giuliani will say “911?” LOL!

    I really liked the Governor from HI.

    The family looks very happy. They are easy on the eyes.

  259. GOd knows when HI elected a R governor in this most Dem of states. But Linda Lingle is fabulous.

    I saw the interview and the speech. “Alaska has the same delegates as Delaware” — very funny.
    And she added you can fit 250 Dels in Alaska. She is very very effective. Get out there, Linda, and go to Colorado, NV, Ohio, Fla and MI. You’ll win it for McC.

  260. i sorry if this has already been posted, i just have to laugh, just say no deal, is starting a campaign to replace nancy pelosi with hillary…

    hillary for senate leader… i like it!!!!
    ******************************************
    Let Democratic Senators Know that You Expect Them to Join Us in Supporting Senator Clinton for Senator Majority Leader
    Contact the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, a group that claims “their mission is to elect Democrats to the United States Senate.” Let them know about our letter and suggest they encourage the candidates they support to contact us at marshamc55@gmail.com

    Tell the DSCC what we know: that any candidate who affirms Senator Clinton for Majority Leader will fare better in fundraising and better in the November Elections.

    Contact the twelve Democratic Senators up for election in November to make sure they realize they could benefit tremendously from making common cause with us. Since John Kerry is one of these Senators and he has a challenger in a primary for spot on the ballot in November, please also contact Ed O’Reilly, the other potential Senatorial candidate from Massachusetts this year, and let Ed know that he could make a mighty big splash by being among the first to step forward and support Senator Clinton for Majority Leader.

    Contact the sitting Democratic Senators who are not running this year but will be soon enough, and let them know about this opportunity to show their support for their colleague Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton. Make sure to include Senator Obama, who could return the favor of showing Senator Clinton the support she’s shown him.

    When contacting the above groups and individuals, please write to them as you would want to be written to yourself. Courteous persuasion, that’s the ticket.

    Coming soon – More Steps Rank and File Voters Can Take to Support the HRC for Majority Leader Effort
    Under development – check back tonight (Tuesday, August 2)

  261. Rudy’s going good now. “He worked as a community organizer……” He said it straight and the whole place laughed.

    Now he’s on to execs can’t vote present.

    Very effective.

  262. I posted something on a different board about the sexism towards Palin, and I received a nasty reply: “It’s not sexism. It’s politics. You’re naive.”

    When BHO got a reply from the Clintons during primary the media and the lot cried foul and called it racist. Well, how about – the same reply then? The double standards is glaring. These people need to be taught a befitting reply.

  263. LOL Rudy and 9/11

    It REALLY sunk into his psyche – I was there with Red Cross afterwards – it did mine too – and I believe Hillary’s

  264. it will be interesting to see how palin positions the party against big media, bambi and our girl.

    in re. the dems-if they had just been honest about it and told the voters their primary vote did not count we would not be angry. They led us to believe that our votes would be counted and would be determinative of the nominee but obviously that was a lie.

    if elites were determined to have bambi then just tell us so we could wait until the ge to tank him whereas the way they did it here with all cheating has put an indelible stain on their brand.

  265. LMAO! Hits Obama hard on flip flops, FISA,

    “If I were Joe Biden, I’d want to get that VP thing in writing” LOL!

  266. HAHAHAHAHA!~

    woooohoooo

    it’s about time SOMEONE grabbed this man by the short hairs and swung him around the room!

    I could not stand Rudy as Prez, but he is great in this role

  267. From the National Review Online — thought it was well written.
    —————————————————————
    A Shameful Week for the Press [Yuval Levin]

    I have always tended to think that conservative complaints about the media are a little exaggerated. There are occasionally obvious instances of bias and clear examples of a double standard, but most reporters don’t want to fall into those and some conservatives are surely too sensitive to them. But this week has changed my view. I have never seen, and I admit that I could never have imagined, such shameful, out-of-control, frenzied, angry, condescending, and pathetic journalistic malpractice. The ignorant assault on Palin’s accomplishments and experience, the breathless careless airing of deranged rumors about her private life, the staggeringly indecent mistreatment of her teenage daughter in a difficult time, the ill-informed piling on about the vetting process, the self-intensifying circle of tisking nodding heads utterly detached from a straightforward political event, have been amazing and eye-opening.

    The reigning emotion of it all has been anger—anger at being surprised, anger at being denied the spectacle of a Republican circular firing squad, anger that a conservative pro-life Republican could also be a woman and might represent the aspirations of other women, anger at being handed a person they did not know and who did not know them, anger that this upstart thinks she can ruin their coronation party. And the anger was fed by, and was indicative of, a profound elitism—a sense that we were dealing with some redneck moron from a state with no decent restaurants. The Republican candidate for president chose as his running mate a young, charismatic, female Republican governor—probably the most popular governor in the country—whose attitude and resume ring precisely of McCain’s kind of politics, and who has been on most people’s short-list since he won the nomination, and the press treats it as a symptom of some terrible and reckless madness.

    Part of the fault was surely with the McCain campaign’s own press strategy. They kept the secret a little too well to begin with (in part surely because the idea that it might leak out in advance was declared to be disrespectful of the Democrats’ convention), so reporters were thoroughly surprised. And after revealing the pick, they chose not to have Palin do a round of press interviews right away, making some reporters so angry and hungry they began to eat the furniture. As Palin could no-doubt inform McCain’s press team, you should never surprise or anger a wild beast.

    But inadequate animal husbandry cannot finally be blamed for the shocking stampede we have been witness to this week. The spectacle reveals a deep rot at the heart of the political press, and has been among the most shameful chapters in the history of modern American journalism. Not everyone has joined in, of course, but essentially all of the important institutions of our political press have played their part in one way or another. We can only hope those involved have begun to come to their senses, and that they recognize the magnitude of their failure this week. That doesn’t mean they should go easy on Palin: it makes sense to look into her past (as it would make sense to look into Obama’s past at some point before November too), and she certainly needs to prove herself tonight and beyond, as any vice presidential candidate has to. But the treatment she has received is not what just any VP candidate would get, and the attitude and assumptions underlying this week’s amazing assault raise very troubling questions about the cream of the crop of political reporters. They have shown themselves to be too insulated and too solipsistic to help the public better understand our politics, and too self-important to report on events as they happen. This is far more than media bias. Let us hope it is a passing episode.

  268. Norma Desmond Says:

    September 3rd, 2008 at 10:23 pm
    ———————————————
    I did not either. Hindsight is 20-20. But I was being facetious/

    Coward Dean was musing about this at one point. Somebody said it was a close election and he said well we first we will see what the voters want then what the supers want then what the dnc wants. Sounds more like an obligarchy than a democracy to me.

    Fuggggggggetttttttttabout it. Just ask: first what does soros want and then what does kennedy want. Forutantely he will be st. peters problem to deal with soon. I will file an amicus brief of behalf of mary jo kopeckne/

  269. Yeah, JohhnyMac is going to throw this one off the ticket. Dream on, media boyz
    She reminds me of the schoolteacher president, Laura Roslin, On Battlestar Galactica.

  270. She’s stealing Hillary’s moderate voters right now. The values Democrats who put country ahead of partisanship.

    Showing she’s every woman. PTA. Hockey mom… damn lipstick joke is getting overplayed, but it plays well to the North.

  271. The Media Elites will HATE that she is so NORMAL…it IS refreshing to hear someone who is not so pontificating

    although NO ONE can touch HRC with style, content, KNOWLWDGE and sincerity

  272. killing them on experience and reform BO is dead. He’s a self-aggrandizing celebutard running on someone’s else’s dime.

    EBAY!!!! Awesome. So perfect on delivery.

  273. I’m not going to washington to seek their approval-

    she can sure stick them in their eye-

    Bob Scheiffer is laughing

  274. And a lousy cook? Wow. Soccer moms love her.

    Budget surplus and vetos on wasteful spending? Winning fiscal conservatives.

  275. And WHAT has Obama done!

    LMAO!!!!

    i BET they will march Hillary out tomorrow!

    ROFLPIMP!~

    She and Bill are probably laughing their asses off

  276. Competition, basic fairness. Government for the people and by the people. Constitutionalists, libertarians are creaming themselves now.

  277. I can just hear the MSM…complain about her “delivery” or her voice, or her pauses….they will not get her on ACHIEVEMENT

  278. Okie, I am sure, but with hope this will lift her spirits a bit. It takes a woman to understand just how sexist Obama is

  279. And truth to the rumor Biden just threw himself into the Delaware?

    LMAO! Biden has to debate THIS???? OMFG LMAO!

  280. Stealing Reagan’s unabashed enthusiasm for Americanism. Now effortlessly moving into reform in DC.

    Oh, yeah. The beltway boyz will hate her.

  281. styrofoam greek colums, what is his plan?

    peel back the waters and heal the planet.

    this bitch is not going to take any shit from anybody,,, yay!!!!

  282. Anyone spot the pols in the audience congratulating each other on how well she is kicking ass?

    Ooooo- taxes now. Red meat for the masses….

  283. admin…are you loving this as much as we are?

    I KNOW we still have to seal with her being a right of center republican, but MY GOODNESS, she makes him look petty and unaccomplished and a real out of touch pol

  284. Leftist MEdia will come out with both barrels blazing for the rest of the week…

    and this is a precursor to the RNC attacks on Obama

  285. Memo to BO:

    And if the real thing don’t do the trick
    You better make up something quick
    You’re gonna burn, burn, burn down to the wick
    Oo! BarraCUda!

  286. # freckles Says:
    September 3rd, 2008 at 11:01 pm

    They didn’t think she’d be an attack dog? She’s an attack bull!

    LOL. Personal discovery line is good. So many good lines.

  287. “The American Presidency is not supposed to be a journey of personal discovery”

    YESYES YES YES!!!!! GO, GIRL! EXPOSE THAT SHAM!

  288. They didn’t need Peggy Noonan to write this speech. Whoever helped her, found her true voice and added some fabulous lines. That’s what makes it work so well.

  289. If Hillary didn’t have to worry about the AA backlash from the democrat party, she would have done the same thing to Obama! Sarah is strong like Hillary but supported by her party! She called out the Drive By Media for what they are hypocrites in Barry’s pocket! If Hillary doesn’t run in 2012, I’m voting for this woman!

  290. The littlest daughter is a star!! Adorable and waves to everyone. If 5 children proves too much, I’ll adopt the little girl.

  291. Obama’s loss in November may rival Carter’s in 1980 and wouldn’t that be sweet, ending his career for good along with Dean, Brazille and Pelosi’s careers.

  292. CNN praising her, absolutely hit out off the park, McCain got his attack dog.

    She put asny doubts to rest. Do not mess with this woman. Biden must be shitting himself.

  293. Did the Dems ever say the pledge? Sing the anthem? I never remember seeing any of that…. Or seeing the flag for that matter.

  294. Wolf had the grace to stand for the Star Spangled Banner. David Gregory never shut up. Nor did the geniuses at Fox.

  295. Emjay, who cares if he tops this speech. We know who he is. Now we KNOW who she is.

    Exactly.

    BTW, Olbermann thought her speech was condescending. Like she gives a f___ what he thinks, lol.

  296. I saw Piper first! She is a pistol and a natural politician, if I have ever seen one. I could see it, just in the pictures from Meghan McCain’s blog postings. I love this family. They are so real.

    Governor Palin did what Hillary could not do. I hope, Hillary is laughing about how she stuck it to Mr. and Mrs. Narcissists.

    I like, how she said special needs children have an advocate in the WH.

  297. I think she just turned this election on its head. She outstarred Obama.

    I’m even thinking she can charm the media around, i think she did tonight.

    The media men fell in love with her tonight. I think she’ll win this for McCain, she can no way be compared to Hillary.

    What i saw was pure class, the disabled promise, the jokes, the fight in her. She’s going to take America by absolute storm. We just saw a future President.

  298. The rebuttal by Bill Burton, BO’s spokesman, is crap. Her speech wasn’t partisan or divisive. It attacked the Precious. Boo fucking who, you cock smoking sycophant.

  299. Okie, I watched MSNBC yesterday for the FIRST time in MANY months

    they suck moose balls

    tonight, for about five minutes

    CHANGE you can believe in is a remote control with MSNBC on

  300. I have to admit the Bristol story depressed me but after tonight, I can see this woman is a fighter. She’s almost like a conservative version of Hillary!

  301. Man, it was Burn-fest.

    The overt digs, the sly digs, the elbows up against the boards…this woman knows how to play full contact hockey.

    She was really fucking awesome.

    I had a feeling she’d do way better than the deer-in-the-headlights, this “girl” is way out of her league, assessment that the Maureen Dowd type misogynists were building her down to be.

    Ahem…more good judgment from John McCain.

    The burns were priceless, and unremitting.

    Woooo-hooooooooo.

  302. David Gergen bringing up someone else’s comparison to Ann Richards. Says she is rallying the base. Says she is authentic and substantively grounded.

  303. Folks, she’s a fighter, I bet Bambi is thanking his lucky stars he doesn’t have to debate her. LOL!!

    Was that Wolfson that said Sarah was not afraid to stick the knife in Barack Obama??

    He was impressed!! I bet Hillary is laughing her ass off and Bambi is on the phone to Axelrod crying his eyes out and saying “Axe what the hell do we do now”!!

  304. rjk, I’d throw anything with a hockey bent their way, too. (Is it me or does she have a slightly Minnesotan accent?)

  305. Reaction from the blogzzz

    I watched with my parents and my aunt and uncle, and they were “undecided” – they were leaning McCain, but they are centrists who all supported Hillary, and they like Biden, and got worried about Palin…well, she won them ALL over. My dad was laughing, hooting, and hollering, and thought it was fantastic. He turned to me and said that woman can handle Putin.

    Almost very blue-collar worker in America just fell in love with Sarah Palin. Obama is toast.

  306. So now I understand. Sarah Palin has the exact same dry humor and delivery as McCain…ala Burns and Allen but with political honesty. Just as McCain asked drolly if Obama was sure he wanted to get into a debate about houses…lol…well I honestly think this election is going to put Obama and his hicks on defense permanently.

  307. Amazing the republicans count all the votes! I can’t wait to watch Nancy Pelosi pack her shit and move back to California!

    Did Brazoid get tazered yet???LOL!!

  308. She’s awesomely what we call a bad ass.

    Todd better start measuring the curtains at Cheney’s house. They’re moving on up…and Alaskan’s better start figuring our who their new governor will be.

  309. I’m telling you guys and gals, the postings I have read from Alaska, say she is a great debator, and do not underestimate her. She is great, and has a great future in politics. I am thoroughly impressed, and as a rule, I do not like politicians (the Clintons excepted).

  310. wbboei, American Dream personified? No???
    ———————————————-
    OkieAtty: great lines, great delivery, just caught snippets of it

    Everybody here is elated. Several calls same reaction. And best of all Andre Mitchell is despondent.

    A friend who is a world class speechwriter and author who was sceptical at first was very impressed. She called sara an attack dog with lipstick–effective and elegant.

    Becha Biden is climbing into a gin bottle right now.

  311. “CHANGE you can believe in is a remote control with MSNBC on”………well done!

    The people on CNN tried “well it was written for her”….someone pointed out that every single speech is written for politicians.

    Was her speech written by Bush’s speechwriter?

  312. Arrogance and narcissism may have sunk the dems. If Hillary was on the ticket, the dems would win, but now, the Republicans may have a chance.

  313. wbboei, her delivery was earnest and understated at the same time. Authentic at almost every turn except the POW stuff. Not her story and not comfortable retelling it yet.

  314. bird – expect the really dorty politics now – from the Chicago Machine

    but she has insulated herself on personality alone

  315. birdgal: agreed–quick thinker–very articulate. How many pro-obama dems tonight are wishing he had picked Hillary instead of Joe.

    (Joe’s bartender in the clubcar of the Amtrack Special aint complaining though)

  316. The northeast as solid blue is not a given either. Remember Republicans always has some sort of “October Surprise” and my guess it is another tape this time of Obama or Michelle.

  317. bird, if Hillary were the nominee, Dems attack on McSame. Not now. He gets to be Maverick and the issues become secondary to perceptions of people’s character and values.

    The DNC seriously fucked up by giving McCain this opening for this VP pick. Seriously fucked up….

  318. Amazing, CNN say Barack has huge problems, talking how Sarah is a smiling assassin and that she can stick the knife in and you wouldnt even know it.

    I think she’s charmed everyone over. Saying she’s probably going to pull in a massive womens vote after that.

  319. One more thing I would like to say about the McCain/Palin ticket. THey at least know which position each of them is running for! Biden keeps telling everyone that he is running for President, maybe Bambi hasn’t told him that Sarah got more votes as a mayorial candidate than he did as a presidential candidate!

  320. Long time lurker. First time poster.

    She really hit it out of the park. It’s a whole new ball game now.

    There were so many great one liners but I especially appreciated the comment about the presidency not being a voyage in personal discovery.

    And I loved the mention about being an advocate for special needs children and their families which seems to me like a subtle but effective rebuttal to criticisms about choosing the VP position to the detriment of her children, Trig in particular.

    How about that family? They certainly raise the cuteness quotient.

    Thanks for all of the information and moral support everyone.

    BTW, henry, I totally agree about Levi’s gum chewing.

  321. I cant spoil my evening by watching Donna “Oh my god they’ve got me, i’ve been pepper-sprayed” Brazile

  322. That was a triple punch i have to say, i was not sure but Huckabee came off good, Guiliani brilliant but Sarah, my god that was perfection.

  323. Okie: The dems deserve to be beaten by McCain and Palin. The leadership needs to be thrown out. The party is so corrupt and rotten to the core. The DNC was extremely arrogant, and if the Repubs win with Palin, it may be better for the country in the long run. What I am surprised about, no one is talking about how much taxes will go up to finance the Global Poverty Act. It has the potential to bankrupt the country. 850 Billion dollars in aid, to mostly Africa.

  324. ROTFLMTWAO, Con…

    Bo has so far been insulated by his personality. No more. Sarah has more personality and will be better like by average Americans. He can attack all he wants to no avail. Unless he catches her in a swinger’s club and has pictures of her in a strap-on, there is nothing he can do to attack her effectively. Folks will rally to her defense.

    He’s too short on issues to overcome putting all his eggs in that basket.

  325. I have never seen ANYONE take the Messiah apart the way Sarah Palin did. Not even fucking close!!

    I loved every single minute of it!!

    GO SARAH GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  326. MSNBC is sh!tting in their pants. They promised this election to Obama and now they can’t deliver.

    From RD blog:

    I think Palin v. Hillary in 2012 would completely change the political conversation in this country. I think only good can come from it.

    HILLARY 2012!!

  327. Roland Martin saying community organizers are going to feel insulted. Why Am i fucking listening to this dicks.

  328. # moononpluto Says:
    September 3rd, 2008 at 11:48 pm

    Brazille talking complete shit.

    at least we know she is consistent

  329. Sarah has the quality that Hillary has- she can connect to everyday people. Hillary could have knifed BO, if she wasn’t fighting with one hand tied behind her back. Sarah is the American dream. Small town girl, makes good. Wow. I see a movie in the future. And Piper, she has a lot of spunk and potential. It is written all over her.

  330. The more obnoxious the cable news station pundits become, the better. They may need a change in their pampers. Glad to see, they are worried or minimizing Palin’s impact.

  331. Roland Martin saying community organizers are going to feel insulted. Why Am i fucking listening to this dicks.

    —————————————————————————————-

    Who the f*** cares what Martin thinks??

    I hope Kennedy, Kerry, Axelrod, Dasche, Pelosi, and Reid are having to change their Pampers.

  332. Bird, the media is calling out the media. I’ve spoken to a lot of people. Yellow dogs, Republicans, Hill supporters, Paulies- everyone says hands off her family and the media and blogger boyz are disgusting.

    They have finally gone too far.

  333. What a great speech and you know she hit it out the park by all the sad faces on MSNBC and CNN….I LOVE IT!

    Roland and Donna that that other white reporter looked sick and angry because she was the attack dog and she sliced them all up.

    Obama supporter in the media are soooooo full of shit!!!

    That was one of the best political speeches I heard for a very long time…way better then Obama.

    Obama/Biden is TOAST!!!

  334. She is born to rule…

    Democratic politicians’ speeches are always full of laundry list, and there’s no theme. GOP, the opposite, there’s no policy initiatives, but all about characters, values, trust…

    She definitely has the potential to become America’s Magarate Thatcher.

    I also liked the HI governor, very impressive, different style.

  335. On second thought, good thing they went too far. They will now expend all their energy trying to protect themselves instead of the Precious.

    Self preservation is the first rule of politics. Just ask Hillary after last week.

  336. Roland Martin saying community organizers are going to feel insulted. Why Am i fucking listening to this dicks.

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    Community organizers always vote for democrats. Yeah, they’ll feel insulted, so what? LOL.

  337. Community organizer means ‘I smoked a lot of pot, knocked on doors and faked some voter registration cards in between keggers.’

  338. Obama’s people know that Mrs. Palin destroyed Obama tonight. She methodically quoted her experience and took apart his alleged experience while energizing the republican base.

  339. Okie: so true. They did go too far. Hillary was definitely in the self-preservation mode. Palin would not be VP nominee, if it wasn’t for all the s*** that Hillary went through.

    BTW, I finally received my Hillary poster. I will have it framed, and put it up in my bedroom.

  340. Okay, Wolfie. Stop making BO’s case for him. Remember he has 2600 paid staffers as part of his “experience.”

  341. Hi, all! Whatta night! Sarah ROCKS! (And, Rude Rudy was pretty fun to watch, too.) But, Hillfriends, I’m watching the roll call of the states and feeling sad – we were ROBBED. DEMOCRACY FIRST!

  342. well, from one of the bitter working class, i can tell you, i aint never seen any community organizer at my door, when i couldnt afford to feed my kid… although they might be in the african american community, they have never been anywhere else…
    since we already lost the aa’s, who gives a fuck!

  343. The DNC seriously fucked up by giving McCain this opening for this VP pick. Seriously fucked up….
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    OakieAtty: I knew McCain had an advantage because he got a look at bambis hand first before he had to ante up. But he sure made ad great pick. I think her speech made alot of people feel good tonight and as someone said the other night they may not remember your words but people will always remember the way you made them feel. Much harder to label McCain an old man now. Its like that old Sinatra song Young At Heart-or 2 Mavericks/Reformers for the price of one. And isnt that really what people want now is reform–isnt that the real zeitgeist and if it is then a young Chicago Machine Pol is not what the Doctor ordered–even with his American Idol sticht.

  344. LMAO! The bots are spinning as fast as they can, but they know they are doomed.

    The only votes Obama gets now are hard-core bots and the “vote anything with a D” laggers.

    McCain/Palin have all the rest. Obama is going to get creamed in swing states, and slaughtered in the Red.

  345. I think the biggest tragety is that if Hillary was a Republican, she would have probably become the president already.

    The reason is actually pretty simple. Voters expect far more toughness,intelligence from a woman candidate than a man. Hillary is tough, but her hawkish view on defense put her at odds with the most liberal wing of the democratic party. She can win general election but unfortunately it’s hard for her to win a primary full of move-on democrats.

  346. We’ll post the video of the Palin speech as soon as it is available.

    We’ll post the transcript of the speech in the new article.

    NEW ARTICLE IS UP. 🙂

  347. wbboei: REFORM has always been the zeitgeist – but no one has had the real chops to deliver, perhaps until now. It will be delicious to see how this plays out several moves forward on the chess board.

    And, PS – I really, really admired your essay, far above. Bravo/a!

  348. A reminder of what a cry baby Obama is – From Back in May

    worth the read

    I am sure Michelle is pulling her best Linda Blair about now
    or reaming Bambi and Axelrod

  349. THe only thing that can save the democratic party in this election is if the two numnuts that were the selected twins, suddenly have major family business that desparately needs their full attention and drop out and let the candidate that actually won step up to take on McCain/Palin!

  350. I think the biggest tragety is that if Hillary was a Republican, she would have probably become the president already.

    The reason is actually pretty simple. Voters expect far more toughness,intelligence from a woman candidate than a man. Hillary is tough, but her hawkish view on defense put her at odds with the most liberal wing of the democratic party. She can win general election but unfortunately it’s hard for her to win a primary full of move-on democrats.
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    oh tis true tis true—-but if we can get the centrist back in control of the party then it will come to pass–I just know it.

  351. Best two digs of the night….the seal and the styrofoam temple!! I was actually up on my feet cheering.

    Sarah, I could kiss you right on the mouth, Doll!!

  352. Another interesting thing is that I don’t recall her uttering anything about abortion, gay marriage, culture wars etc…

  353. skmf12 Says:

    September 4th, 2008 at 12:04 am
    well, from one of the bitter working class, i can tell you, i aint never seen any community organizer at my door, when i couldnt afford to feed my kid… although they might be in the african american community, they have never been anywhere else…
    since we already lost the aa’s, who gives a fuck!

    Whoa, i am an AA, i have never seen one at my door either. All community organizers do is try to fill their pockets. Don’t be surprised if John McCain get some AA votes. The ones O get is the not so informed ones or they just want an AA for president. For them they can see O shoot someone they will still vote for him.

  354. James Pickens is typical of those who have been inspired by the black senator from Illinois. A reformed crack cocaine dealer, he is now peddling Obama T-shirts.

    Mr Pickens, 50, has served three prison terms totalling 13 years, but vowed to change his ways after hearing Mr Obama speak.

    He said: “I never voted for a president before. He’s for change, which is something I need in my life. Until recently I was selling drugs, and now I’m selling T-shirts.”
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    The Messiah does it again. Excellent character reference. If I were his probation officer I would worry about recidivism.

  355. wbboei – Hillary should have stayed in the Republican Party
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    Illinois: you are right. And she could have humanized them a long time ago. If this John and Sara win I think it will produce the domino effect we need to get Hillary in the Oval Office. But Bambi must be crushed to the point that those who supported him lose all crediblity in the party.

  356. OK folks…you can have Piper while her Mum is doing our country a service.
    I will be happy to take care of 4mth old Baby Palin for minimum pay for 4 yrs
    to help them get to washington to work for me.

    I am serious!!!!

    I was so proud of her husband holding the baby…”You go Mr. Mom”!!!!

    What a great family!!!

  357. folks not in defense of BHO but community organizers work damn hard at least the ones I know. its not an easy job and requires long hours and weekends.
    They are the tireless army that fight the good fight and I have been proud to be one of them.

    having said that it does not reach the level of qualification for POTUS.

    can I hear an AMEN!

  358. Hi Debbie-

    I agree it is a tough job, sometimes rewarding, often frustrating. Good ones who work conscientiously like you do are a real asset.

    I have a hunch that Barack was not there to serve the people so much as to build a political base and then move on. He seldom stays in one place for too long.

    Any clues or insights on that? Seems like nobody he “helped” during those years is around today to attest to it. That makes me a little suspicious/

  359. Rudy was terrific as well tonight. He absolutely decimated bambi.
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    He was a very good prosecutor. Same style as Vincent Buglioi. Tough and persistent.

    Bugliosi preceded Gil Garcetti who hired Marcia Clark and Darden in OJ case. Bugliosi put Manson away. Rudi convicted bosses of 5 mob families and filed rico action against IBT. Benito Romano did work. Justice Alito was active on other side of Hudson. Followed in footsteps of Herb Stern greatest trial lawyer I ever met. Tiger in Court.

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