The Remaking of a Candidate

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Thursday, October 23, 2008 at 12:38 pm
Gov. Sarah Palin at the Republican National Convention (WDCpix)

Gov. Sarah Palin at the Republican National Convention (WDCpix)

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Since Gov. Sarah Palin became the Republican vice presidential candidate, she’s been shaped to fit a new image.

From debate boot camp at Sen. John McCain’s Arizona ranch to a high-end makeover costing $150,000, the Palin on the national campaign trail is not the politician that voters here remember. The governor of Alaska seems transformed after a team of seasoned advisers helped craft a new political persona for her.

Standing on stage in red designer heels, her tone has sharpened and her partisan rhetoric has heightened.

Illustration by: Matt Mahurin

Illustration by: Matt Mahurin

In Alaska, Palin supporters and critics alike have said the woman they see stumping in swing states and being interviewed on national TV is not the hockey mom-turned politician they once knew.

In talking with voters around Alaska, from Anchorage shopkeepers to government employees, as well as lawmakers and political insiders over the last three weeks, it’s clear that Palin has been re-branded, both in message and style, for the national arena. Critics and supporters agree that they see a change.

Recent news coverage of Palin demonstrates that she didn’t reinvent herself, but that members of the McCain campaign shaped her. Palin was heavily coached in preparation for the vice presidential debate with Sen. Joe Biden. She was kept from the press for weeks before granting any interviews. Her first appearance with Katie Couric was marked by a series of canned, though often jumbled, talking points. Even her new sleek, pulled-together look was taken care of by McCain adviser Jeff Larson. Larson is also in charge of the campaign’s robocalls.

Over the next two weeks, it appears that Palin will be surrounded by more, not fewer, McCain staffers, according to an email from a campaign spokeswoman Caroline Gransee. Gransee noted that the Alaska governor’s campaign plane may start accommodating fewer members of the press to make room for more staff.

This thick insulation of strategists around Palin is something new for her.

Palin rose to power in Alaska with support from a small paid staff and an army of volunteers, but without the help of a robust strategy team. She relied on her own judgment and that of her closest adviser: Todd Palin.

Interviews with people close to the governor, political observers and long-time Alaska politicos found that Palin was never surrounded by an entourage of advisers and strategists. Instead, Palin relied on her own instincts and leaned on her husband for an outside perspective.

A former top political aide to Palin, who requested anonymity, said in an interview that the governor has an innate political sense and turns to her husband for advice. The adviser now works in the private sector, but says he is still a friend of the Palins.

“The two Alaskans that advise Sarah Palin are Sarah and Todd Palin,” the aide said in an conversation. “Her husband is her No. 1 adviser.”

The former aide also said that this is not so uncommon for politicians new to the political arena in Alaska, noting the absence of long-time political families or major think tanks.

Others involved in Alaska politics disagree.

Longtime GOP strategist Art Hackney has served as an adviser to both Sen. Ted Stevens and Rep. Don Young, the state’s lone House member. Stevens is on trial on charges of failing to disclose gifts worth $250,000 from the oil services firm, Veco Corp. The jury is currently deliberating. Young is under federal investigation for his ties to the same company, though he has not been charged with a crime.

Hackney, a Republican, is not a Palin supporter as either a state or national candidate. “Most of us [in Alaska politics] just scratch our heads as to who she gets her advice from,” Hackney said. “With Palin, it’s Todd Palin and some of her friends … that none of the rest of us would know.”

Palin hired several of her old friends from Wasilla to join her administration. She put one family friend, Debbie Richter, who attended college for one year, in charge of the state’s $40-billion oil and gas dividend fund program. A lawyer from the Wasilla area, Talis J. Colberg, serves as her attorney general.

One former aide, John Bitney, went to high school with Palin. He was fired abruptly after he began dating Richter, who had recently divorced her husband, a longtime friend of Todd Palin’s.

Bitney now serves as chief of staff to the state Senate president. In an email message, Bitney said he is not familiar with who Palin keeps in contact with from the campaign trail.

Palin ran as an insurgent candidate in 2006, just as the state was enveloped by a wide-ranging political scandal involving a federal probe into the dealings between lawmakers and the oil services firm, Veco Corp. A few weeks before the election, the FBI raided 12 legislative offices, including that of Stevens’ son, Ben Stevens, the president of the Alaska Senate at the time.

It’s not surprising that Palin would decide not to align herself with old-guard political advisers, though Hackney said she did approach him once about the possibility of working together. He said he turned her down because he did not believe she had enough experience to serve as governor of Alaska.

“Normally someone who rises to this kind of political career would have people around them with expertise who can advise them,” he said. “There isn’t such a defined group around her. Basically, the Palins shoot from the hip.”

Todd Palin’s role in the governor’s administration has become increasingly apparent.

According to a report released after an investigation into whether Sarah Palin abused her power in pressuring her commissioner of public safety to fire her former brother-in-law, Todd was present during official meetings, made requests of members of Palin’s administration and was copied on emails about state business.

“I have heard criticism that I am too involved with my wife’s administration,” Palin wrote in a statement he submitted as part of the investigation. “My wife and I are very close. We are each other’s best friend. I have helped her at every stage in her career the best I can, and she has helped me.”

Todd Palin is the only Alaskan traveling with Palin as part of her national campaign.

So in this stage of her career, it looks like he is still in his role as chief adviser.

Comments

399 Comments

Larry Linn
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 10:30 am

She spent more on clothing in two months than Joe the Plumber makes in three years. McCain, Obama and Biden pay for their own clothes.


Richard
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 11:47 am

The governor has been caught, Palin around with accessorists.


Barry Deep
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 12:04 pm

Pygmalion!


Barry Deep
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 12:04 pm

Rather, lipstick on a pygmalion!


elitist in DC
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 12:58 pm

ok Alaskan's, to be quite blunt, you have to take her back in twelve days! We don't want noone of that hangin' around the lower 48.


Kim R
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 12:59 pm

Sarah … Palin' around with stylists


psy11
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 1:00 pm

Pygmalian. Pygie. me. racebaiter.15 3 … ohgbayma.

shuffle fhfuffle deal deal. d

iq 101


Deanna
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 1:03 pm

Palin is frightening in so many ways one is not certain how to proceed.
If this woman wants to govern me? and my family? She is nuts, I prefer someone who is smarter than me! I want someone who knows their limitations because it means they will do their best to better their self! This woman is happy in her ignorance and that's fine for her if that's how she wants to liver her life but it isn't she wants to control MINE! Take away my rights! Burn books and consider anyone who does not agree with her a “hater”.
I, and millions of others, just want her gone and back to the people in Alaska who deserve her since they chose to over look her inabilities and elect her!


Blair
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 1:06 pm

Alaska created this monster, now Alaska can take her back and live with the Palins' skimming Alaska's money.

Y'all might want to look into the overpriced fees being paid to contractors for enhancements to the governor's mansion that Todd dreams up, and who built the Palins' $552,000 house and what it cost them.

After November 5 that sort of thing will not be our problem anymore – at least from the Palins. We're curious though, if you find out, will you let us in the lower 48 know?


nick
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 1:08 pm

that is great!!!! let's get it out there.


Munki
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 1:15 pm

Sarah Palin's new career can be Alaska's Political Commentator…
Just a thought…


Jeni
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 1:17 pm

This is an article well worth reading – written by a REAL Alaskan. Seems like they con't want her back at all.

http://www.alaskadispatch.com/tundra-talk/1-tal…

He sounds like someone worth sharing a cuppa coffee with!


nyboy47
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 1:19 pm

Sarah Palin…a reason to doubt the existence of God.


Jeni
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 1:19 pm

This is an article worth reading – written by a REAL Alaskan. Seems like they don't want her back at all.

http://www.alaskadispatch.com/tundra-talk/1-tal…

He sounds like someone worth sharing a cuppa coffee with!


Alaskim
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 1:22 pm

Please don't make us take her back!! We are suffering from many months of hangovers with the selection of Ms. Palin for the GOP ticket. It was appalling and unbelievable. The nomination has only highlighted her small town ethics and her narcissitic ambitious goals. It is sickening that this family is outfitted in $150,000 worth of clothing, but not surprising. Oh yes, what a good looking group. Never mind the juvenile delinquent son, the pregnant teenage daughter and the interference of an unelected, uneducated husband. What a great and normal family!!!

I am a REAL Alaskan woman and there is no way this woman and her husband represent me and my family.


Rob
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 1:22 pm

Disasterous, dangerous phoney. Practiced pageant hand wave. Head tilts meant to convey gravitas. Tightened mouth and swallowed vowels. Annoying, affected accent during podiem speeches. Gleeful pride taken in scurrilous slanders of opponents. A real piece of work.


Joe
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 1:24 pm

They say that this is not the Palin that came from Alaska, but I beg to disagree. The problem is no one was really looking at the details and it's very easy to keep the facts hidden when you control everything.


will3020
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 1:25 pm

Thank God there are only a few days left of this election b/c when it's over.. she needs to take a one way ticket to Alaska and not come back to the lower (48). Only in Alaska can you get away with this kind stuff. She doesn't have the smarts to aquire professional staffers to ehlp her make decisons just shows that she definitely “shoots from the hip”. And, to have Todd Palin give her advice about state affairs..OMG This guy thinks he is Santa Claus for heavens sake..lol He rides sleighs….


kris
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 1:27 pm

It is loud and clear if Mc Cain/Palin would get into the white house will be a complete disaster. They are both power hungry individuals and most likely will use their positions to be corrupt politicans and run this country further down.


Independent Mind
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 1:28 pm

You guys are funny, you bash this woman, and the sad reality is she has done nothing any of your candidates haven't done as well. Just part of politics. I could give a rats a$% who wins, it's all the same. That is the thing I love about you nit wits, you think it will make a difference. Your to stupid to realize we are being presented with two roads that lead to the same destination.

Oh – and on a note that is near and dear to my heart – Deanna – If you think Obama is gonna roll back some of those civil liberties Georgew Bush has taken, you need to put the crack pipe down It's not gonna happen. That is the change you can beleive in. He's just gonna take more mark my words. Like I said, it doesn't matter who you pick, your headed to the same place. Better wake up soon.


oldugly
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 1:29 pm

There is a lot of good info from Alaska and what Alaska thinks of the guv

http://www.grizzlybay.org/SarahPalinInfoPage.htm

And this is a site that might put a hole in the woman for Palin theory (warning, it is 170k+ letters from individual woman and what they think of Palin, it is powerful stuff)

http://womenagainstsarahpalin.blogspot.com/

here is a letter from just one women who has known Palin for years and years. this is how my mom would say it about Palin…

http://www.thepresidentialcandidates.us/about-s…

Alaska you created her now you folk up there have to decide if you want her. Speaking as just one down here in the other states, thanks but no thanks


jason
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 1:29 pm

this is horrifying beyond words. if she was to become president, we would loose countless allies & would probably asked to leave NATO–an allience founded by the US. no one would trust us. they won't even trust us if McCain were to become president.


brian
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 1:30 pm

This is great work. I never thought I'd feel sorry for Mrs. Palin, but it looks like she's not the person we see up on that stage every day after all.
But that doesn't means she is in any way ready to be the VP.
More importantly, her running mate is in no way ready to be the president. He is nuts.


Kevin in Minneapolis
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 1:32 pm

I am hoping (and praying) Alaska will have her back in the very near future!


Jana Fisher
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 1:32 pm

Oh god! It's more dysfunctional than we could have ever imagined.


U C
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 1:32 pm

I am suffering from election fatigue, and it's getting worse every day. This has been the longest and most strenuous election since I arrived here some 40 years ago. I think even my up and down marriage was less challenging then this. All I can say to all of you who feel the same way, lets take a lot of deeeeeeeep breaths, count to 100 and let it all go. Find something funny on TV, yes there still is a lot of silly stuff there, especially before you go to bed at night. Stay healthy people, take walks, read a good book, it's still 12 days til election day. Thanks for letting me rant a little, U C


U C
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 1:32 pm

I am suffering from election fatigue, and it's getting worse every day. This has been the longest and most strenuous election since I arrived here some 40 years ago. I think even my up and down marriage was less challenging then this. All I can say to all of you who feel the same way, lets take a lot of deeeeeeeep breaths, count to 100 and let it all go. Find something funny on TV, yes there still is a lot of silly stuff there, especially before you go to bed at night. Stay healthy people, take walks, read a good book, it's still 12 days til election day. Thanks for letting me rant a little, U C


suzanne
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 1:33 pm

This is all pretty obvious…. she may have gotten away with her 'gut instincts' in Alaska .. but she is in the big time now, and quite frankly she has proven that she isn't ready for Prime Time

…. you can dress her up, but you can't take her out !

Such a contrast with so many capable and informed OTHER WOMEN …

I had a sad moment for Hillary the other day when she said (paraphrasing) that nobody should
'assume' anything …. a lesson she learned the hard way, to be sure!

Hillary understands that while a candidate can be the frontrunner for a long time, at the end of the day, all that really counts, is the VOTE …. it would be a shame if Obama supporters took victory for granted, and stayed home on November 4.

GO VOTE EARLY if you can …. but VOTE ! Take NOTHING for granted, it aint over 'till it's OVER ….

GO VOTE EARLY if you can … you or someone you love might get sick on Nov 3 or 4 and you
might be unable to go!

GO VOTE EARLY if you can …. there may be problems at the precincts …. don't be caught out !

GO VOTE EARLY if you can … Obama has been working his butt off for 2 yrs, just for this one
DAY …. don't let him down, when he needs YOU

GO VOTE EARLY if you can …. elections are won one vote at a time, and the result lasts 4 yrs!


TJ
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 1:34 pm

From all accounts, politics in Alaska is very strange, the last outpost of “Anything Goes”. It sounds very corrupt and self serving, both for the individual politicians and for the state. It does not appear to identify with being a part of the USA.

I, frankly, cannot take any politician seriously from Alaska. This woman is the same woman, just in different clothes and stuff. But, it comes to easily for her to shoot her mouth off and to express an ideology that no Republican ever dare speak so publicly even if they believed it. One thing I can thank this woman for, however, is taking off the mask of the radical right wing Republican Party that has had an agenda they were implenting for the past 20 years “while America slept”. We are wide awake now, eyes wide open, and we are not standing for it anymore. I do not know, nor do I care, what Alaskans do with Palin on her return Nov 5th. I hope they will take inventory of their state and begin to clean it up. It must be the most corrupt state in the nation.


Ricardo
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 1:35 pm

I think the national attention of Palin, especially the negative, will have an impact on her political career when she returns to Alaska. She may recover, but it is going to take a while. Alaskans are going to see Palin in a new light and her activities now under a microscope are not going to look so good to Alaskan voters. Nixon was able to reinvent his political image after defeat, but I don't think national voters are going to ever think of Palin as a smart leader. Nixon, besides his many faults was pretty smart.


Karl
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 1:35 pm

Todd has a history of membership with the Alaskan Independence Party. He sat and listened for years to plans for Alaska to secede from the United States. He listened to Vogler spew hatred against America, and encouraged Sarah to tape a video to the AIP just recently. Todd is her closest friend and advisor? I find that more than a little scary.


HedgeBaby
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 1:36 pm

Very telling that Palin's “chief advisor” – her husband, was a member of the Alaskan secessionist party. And this woman has the nerve to judge who is pro-American and who isn't? Why are not Todd and Sarah Palin at the top of her anti-American list??? I hope the good citizens of Alaska have the courage to stand up and avail themselves of whatever mechanism their state constitution provides to boot this imposter out of office, once she and McCain have been passed over by the voice of America.


Lynda
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 1:39 pm

Shoot from the hip is the McCain synergy…we don't need two or three loose cannons to run the biggest office of our land…like Bush, she is an embarrassment and shame on McCain for putting her in that [position without vetting her brains (at least if she had any)

Thank God they are loosing…she is ambitious indeed…both her and Todd, John also…but honesty, she doesn't have a clue. I wish them well however, indeed, but not now, not this time…May all three go in peace…thank you, Lynda, Florida


Mike
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 1:40 pm

Doesn't this mean that she is a big part of the Alaska Independence Party!!

Her best friend (Todd) was or is involved!!!


newddle
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 1:41 pm

What I'm missing in this article is what Alaskans saw in her before compared with what they're seeing now:
1) What did the “hockey mom-turned politician” do that as candidate for VP she isn't doing?
2) What is she doing as candidate for VP that she didn't do as “hockey mom-turned politician”?
3) Sounds as if she was more available and less protected from the media and (others? if so who?) as governor.
4) There are times I see and hear her as someone who is used to being in charge of her own campaign. She speaks with some authority and does not defer to McCain. (Not that I like what she says, but she seems to be her own person, or at least tries to be.) Are Alaskans hearing and seeing someone who is somewhat throttled by the campaign?
Can someone say more about the differences between Gov. Palin and VP candidate Palin?


newddle
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 1:41 pm

What I'm missing in this article is what Alaskans saw in her before compared with what they're seeing now:
1) What did the “hockey mom-turned politician” do that as candidate for VP she isn't doing?
2) What is she doing as candidate for VP that she didn't do as “hockey mom-turned politician”?
3) Sounds as if she was more available and less protected from the media and (others? if so who?) as governor.
4) There are times I see and hear her as someone who is used to being in charge of her own campaign. She speaks with some authority and does not defer to McCain. (Not that I like what she says, but she seems to be her own person, or at least tries to be.) Are Alaskans hearing and seeing someone who is somewhat throttled by the campaign?
Can someone say more about the differences between Gov. Palin and VP candidate Palin?


david
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 1:42 pm

Who is watching the kids while the two of them are out zooming around???


david
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 1:42 pm

Who is watching the kids while the two of them are out zooming around???


cameron
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 1:44 pm

Reading the above makes it quite clear that Sarah shouldn't have Todd with her all the time. She must rely on her own experience, her own gut feelings.
Everyone discusses some things with their mate. Everyone that is close to their mates rely (at times).on each other For her to have him there all the time is NOT good, it intimidates
the people in the office. God gives us the wisdom to judge our problems and how we should handle them. Todd should have his own job and get his own salary. He should stand like a man…he looks like he is embarrassed of himself. He can win a snowmobile race…that's good, as a hobby. Take a correspondent course … something of your own.
Don't hang around the office all the time. People don't usually do this (just because someone before you did it, doesn't make it right. I would think that this is against the law. Government business is confidential.


Valdar
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 1:46 pm

What is Alaska does not want Ms. Palin back as their governor? After every Alaskan has learned so many secrets about their governor, it will or should be hard for Palin to look her friends and supporters in the eye and pretend that she is the same woman. She is not the woman that many friends and supporters believed her to be.

I almost feel sorry for Ms. Palin. Almost, but certainly I will not vote for her. Well she always has her pastor and together they can cast people into the water to see if they sink or float…that should be fun.


Sandra S
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 1:48 pm

As the old adage goes: “Power corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutely.” The same is true for the call of fame and money. Palin has been corrupted even beyond what she may have been in her state politics. Is she beyond redemption? Who knows. She will have to return to Alaska in disappointment, but I don't think she'll be happy there after having tasted the riches and adulation she has experienced in the rest of America.


teamrn
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 1:49 pm

SO? She's running for national office and is in the spotlight more. Something hit me that I heard on the news yesterday, something to the effect that , “If she'd NOT done anything, someone would have criticized her as white trash.”

Sarah Palin is damned if she does and damned if she doesn't. The liberal media has shown no END in it's contempt for your governor.


RepubsRRight
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 1:52 pm

LOL!!!!

More like that they finally see what their Governor is like!

C'mon theres only 600k people in alaska and only 100k voted for her.
Thats not many supporters for a state. Im sure 90% of them didnt have any idea what she was really like and they just saw her battle a republican once and liked it. They didnt realize a republican was just Low Hanging Fruit in Alaska to boost her career.
Heck most of their politicians are GOP, and most are corrupt. Its just logical she'd have to go after a REPUB to make a name for herself.


Sandra S
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 1:53 pm

oldugly: thank you for those links and for reminding me why I find Sarah Palin a detestable, disgusting example of a human being, let alone womanhood.


Bruce Vaughan
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 1:53 pm

This is not Deanna, This is a Democratic US Citizen. You are wrong about our civil liberties. We will regain them under Obama and a Democratic Congress. This will even help you poor souls that don't have the fortutide to stand up for yourself.


Joanne
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 1:53 pm

As an Alaskan, it is painful to watch what has happened nationally and how our state has been presented. She represents one side of Alaska, but shows nothing of the people who protect our environment here and truly live a down to earth lifestyle. Unfortunately many of us will lose either way here. If she loses, she'll come home to a truly disappointed group of people. We had hoped for much more in this woman, we were too intrigued with her persona but neglected to learn about her substance. For many of us, she will no longer be the governor we hoped for, for those of you who wanted her as a VP that should make you wonder.


MinorNPut
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 1:53 pm

Sarah Palin probably wants McCain to lose and Stevens to win but be convicted. She can then appoint HERSELF to replace Stevens in the US Senate.


VincPro
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 1:53 pm

The Palin's are TOTALLY out of their league. What worked in Wasilla, Alaska will NOT, and NEVER will work in the lower 48 population of millions. The Palin's intellectual mind set is incapable of comprehending the responsibilities and struggles the American lower 48 people encounter on a day to day basis.

The Alaska Economics and Politics is not going work. The vague language and dancing around the questionable issues is unintelligent. That is the reason why she desires to change Washington DC to hers and Todd mindset, so, they will be able to control the lower 48 in the matter in which they can understand it. But, how can you change what you don't understand…Chief Adviser Todd/ Gov Sarah Palin!?!?!?


Rusty Austin
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 1:54 pm

My guess is, if McCain loses, she will not be re-elected in Alaska but rather will concentrate on 2012. Again, if McCain loses, the republican party is going to retrench, with Palin at the head of the religious right and either Romney (most likely) or Guiliani out in front for what's left of the moderate wing. It remains to be seen which wing will prevail, again it's just a guess but it seems to me the religious right is on the wane, their hypocrisy cannot survive the youtube age. It also may be, god willing, that the religious right turns to the AIP or some other rump party and separates entirely from the republicans after 2012.

If McCain wins she becomes the odds on favorite for 2012. If that happens I plan to get drunk for a few nights, then roll up my sleeves and get back to work…


MinorNPut
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 1:55 pm

Did Sports Complex Contractors Build Palin's House for Free?

http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2008/10/11/111018/34...

This could be a nuclear warhead to the McCain/Palin campaign and Palin's political ambitions.


Kenji
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 1:55 pm

She would LOSE those allies, too, and LOOSE her fundie wingnut friends.
Anyway, it ain't gonna happen, by golly, so we can just enjoy the debacle.


Julianne
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 1:56 pm

I would have been more impressed with Palin if she would have turned down the nomination for someone that is actually qualified. She's so dim she doesn't even know what she doesn't know. I thought GWBush was our great national embarrassment – but Palin has him beat by a long-shot.


Kenji
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 1:57 pm

Maybe if you gave a rat's ass who won, this country — or the part around you anyway — would be a better place. Just sayin'…


Sharyn from AZ
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 2:00 pm

Sarah, Sarah, Sarah, What you don't know has been screaming to all of us since we met you. Cheer up,
this entire adventure may be your salvation. Now you can return to Alaska a wiser woman, mother, wife,
and politician. And the joy you will feel becoming a grandmother will astound you. Be upfront and loving
and cherish the ethics and honor you have seen in Barack Obama. As your children and grandchild grow, you'll become less judgemental and more open to the ideas that begin inside yourself. You will
be alright.


SarahImpalin
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 2:01 pm

I'm glad that this comment did not include profanity. So it's not as bad as it could have been.

1) She was criticized as white trash early on, because she is. Once she started opening her mouth, buying $150,000 of “anti-american” clothes, lying through her teeth about her ethics scandal, presiding over lynch mobs, and breaking down in a tangle of incoherent babble every time she tried to speak, people started criticizing her for what she did. Which is a lot, all stupid.


Palmer Resider
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 2:02 pm

You are absolutely right…I live in Palmer Alaska…the sister city to Palin's Hometown of Wasilla…and I can tell you that most of the non-crazy people I have talked to feel that Palin is not who they voted for. I for one, did not vote for, funny as it is, I didn't think she had the experience to be Governor and now I certainly don't think she has the experience to be VP. And althugh I was happy with Palin after she got elected…I would never vote for her again and I hope when she flies home on November 5th….Alaskans will keep a closer eye on her until she's out of office…and I hope she will be out of office the next go around!


2008FedUP
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 2:03 pm

When they return in 2 weeks, guess she will get the “cold” shoulder from her Alaskans. She showed them who she really is. The sufferers will surely be the kids for years to come. …and the WORST mom award goes to .. you know who!


SarahImpalin
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 2:03 pm

One kid pregnant, neither of the two oldest even contemplating college. For the sixteen hours a day when they're not asleep, they're watching themselves.


American
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 2:04 pm

I think Palin has disgraced the citizens of Alaska. Now everyone in the country knows they have extremists there calling for Alaska separation from the US. They are receiving more Federal tax dollars per capital than any state in America, and are receiving fat oil companies hand outs. What where they thinking when they elected her Governor? Where they thinking they would get more Federal money? Every heard of a welfare state? Someone needs to cut off that flow of money to Alaska, and start spreading the wealth to all Americans.


Palmer Resider
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 2:06 pm

I have to know…how much do you know about Palin and her family? Have you talked to anyone up in Alaska? She is from a small town and a small state (well just in people!). I am afraird that the mainstream media has painted an unrealistic picture of Palin and her family that is completely contray to the Palins who Alaskans have known since she was part of the school's PTA.


Gary
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 2:08 pm

Palin is a fake – she has never even seen a soccer field. Someone who spends money on clothing the way she did just disgusting. The least she could have done was buy it from businesses in her own state of Alaska. I feel sorry for those people, because she will be coming back as governer when she loses with McCain.


Independent voter
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 2:08 pm

the problem with Sarah Palin is that she is completely ignorant of issues outside of Alaska. I have no doubt this is a very smart woman, but she's completely lost on the stage as a candidate. I am deeply offended at her attacks as well since she apparently feels her 'executive' experience trumps the years of experience that Senator Obama has in the legislature. Interestingly enough I could have voted for Senator McCain – but after this selection of VP there is no way I could do it. This woman lies as easily as some folks change their socks and this frightens me after the Bush/Cheney reign. We can't tolerate another liar. I understand that all politicians 'stretch' the truth but she just can't say anything that passes the smell test.


B. Snyder
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 2:10 pm

These NRP's are the core of what needs to go if the Republican party wants to go main stream again someday. The moderates better take over and get rid of the good old boys. I changed to Independent status over the Bush folks. I have already coast my vote for Obama. Three years ago, it would have been for McCain. He lost me somewhere along the way. He lost his inyegrity. He'd do anything to be president. I'm betting if his dad and grand dad weren't admirals in the Navy, he never would have made it through Annapolis. Just a hunch. Their clout had to be worth something. Nothing will ever take away from his experience in the Hanoi Hilton and it never should. He was a courageous man. That doesn't make him presidential material.


Nathan
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 2:11 pm

I think she's going become and anchor on Fox News after she gets defeated in Alaska.


Lynne in Alabama
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 2:12 pm

I would be ashamed to claim her as my Governor if I were an Alaskan. Seems as if the Palins have gotten over on their own people! She has disgraced the State. It also seems that “anything goes” in Alaska which is why it is easy to think the Palins wanted to seceed from teh USA — have at it!


Roadeye
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 2:17 pm

Too bad they couldn't give her an intelligence transplant.

Like the old saying goes, you can polish a turd, but in the end, it is still a turd!


labman57
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 2:18 pm

Palin may very well return to a much more hostile Alaska. She was riding on the coattails of an over-inflated price for a barrel of oil that delivered huge profits to her state. People were willing to give her a pass with respect to her management style so long as they shared a piece of the profit pie.

Well, the price of oil has plummeted and as a result, the Alaskan economy will suffer. Her statewide ratings have already dropped 20 points, and the increased scrutiny of her conduct while governor has given many Alaskans another perspective of her leadership. I suspect we have only seen the tip of her “mismanagement” and “abuse of power” iceberg.

By the next election cycle, Sarah Palin will very likely no longer have the positive image or clout to contend for the presidency. In fact, she may be lucky to get re-elected as governor.


Dave
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 2:19 pm

The more I read about Sarah Palin, the more shocked I am. I didn't think it was possible to be this ignorant, uneducated and self righteous and have citizens in our country actually take you serious. Sarah Palin is a manifestation of the level of maturity in our country. Very shocking that if you just talk like 'Joe the plumber' it somehow makes you available to understand the average citizen and also lead them through very COMPLEX and difficult situations. Ask yourself, do you think you should be president of the USA? If the answer is no, then you just answered the question about Sarah Palin.


NorCalBred
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 2:25 pm

I love clowns like this guy: “Your to stupid to realize…” By no means did you mean to say 'you're', as in 'you are' right? Suggestion – read your post before you hit post, huh clown shoes.

“Better wake up soon” LOL!! You clueless schmuck, I would relish the opportunity to educate a no nothing filibustering moron like yourself.

It's called a “poliarchy” you uneducated idiot. Take a course in political theory then try to pass judgment on those who actually care about this country. People of your ilk fascinate me, so high and mighty, but literally have no knowledge/basis to support their own hot air.

Keep up the good work!


Dave
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 2:32 pm

Independent voter: Like you I am an independent voter too. But unlike you I don't think Sarah Palin is very smart. I also could have voted for John McCain, but after he chose her, I knew he was cable of making terrible choices. Also the Republican Party has turned into the Christian Party. I do not want to live in a Theocracy like Iran, Saudia Arabia, Pakistan, etc.. These are countries that are oppressed by religious 'believers'. Emphasis on belief and not truth or fact. I don't have an issue with religion, but it needs to be private, personal and kept out of government.


old jersey girl
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 2:36 pm

and with good reason.


PJC27
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 2:38 pm

Yepper, shoot from the hip, or rather out her ar'se.

We're sending her back to you Alaska, do with her what you will ;-)


Janine
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 2:39 pm

Todd Palin is playing Pygmalion to his wife's Galatea. He seems to be the real power behind the throne (or is he the wizard behind the curtain?).


Janine
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 2:39 pm

Todd Palin is playing Pygmalion to his wife's Galatea. He seems to be the real power behind the throne (or is he the wizard behind the curtain?).


Tom in Tennessee
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 2:39 pm

Sarah Palin is not smart at all…she's shrewd…she's ambitious…I'll even give that she's an attractive woman. But, if you take an objective and intelligent look at her past…her associations…her self-absorbed rise in the nasty and cut-throat world of politics, her Swengali, Todd Palin, who knew that his little Sarah had great potential in that world, well you have the makings of a canned but marketable politician. She is not very intelligent by any measurable means but shallow and opportunistic enough to know what her “audience” want to hear and sells it.


Palmer Resider
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 2:39 pm

I am an Alaskan…I did not vote for Palin in the Governor election…and I do not support her for the position of VP

When she ran for Governor…she was running against Frank Murkoski who many Alaskans felt was no longer representing our interest and was as corrupt as most of the other Alaskan Republicans. Palin presented herself very well in the debates and she did not have that silly ancent. She never had any real substance…but she was going against Murkoski who had a very low approval rating in the Primary and then in the general election she was going against Tony Knowles (D) who was a two time governor and Andrew Halcro (I) who had a very long shot at the office. Palin had a lot of supporters….crazy supporters who were very protective of her…most of them knew her on a “personal” level because they grew up and lived in the same town. The media and a lot of the public were caught up in her beauty queen/PTA mom past and never really held her feet to the fire. You can see some of the debate from the election on YouTube


Palmer Resider
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 2:39 pm

I am an Alaskan…I did not vote for Palin in the Governor election…and I do not support her for the position of VP

When she ran for Governor…she was running against Frank Murkoski who many Alaskans felt was no longer representing our interest and was as corrupt as most of the other Alaskan Republicans. Palin presented herself very well in the debates and she did not have that silly ancent. She never had any real substance…but she was going against Murkoski who had a very low approval rating in the Primary and then in the general election she was going against Tony Knowles (D) who was a two time governor and Andrew Halcro (I) who had a very long shot at the office. Palin had a lot of supporters….crazy supporters who were very protective of her…most of them knew her on a “personal” level because they grew up and lived in the same town. The media and a lot of the public were caught up in her beauty queen/PTA mom past and never really held her feet to the fire. You can see some of the debate from the election on YouTube


old jersey girl
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 2:40 pm

Sarah is a narcissist. She cannot see how her words and actions affects others. Todd is her enabler, flattering her constantly and calling it “advising”. Only a narcissist could believe they could govern with nothing to offer.


VotersUnite
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 2:41 pm

This is only the tip of the Gov. Palin iceberg (pun intended ;~) … check out the story on SarahPalinTruthSquad.wordpress.com about the long running resentments Sarah Palin's been building up for years against anyone she felt stood in her way …

http://sarahpalintruthsquad.wordpress.com/2008/…

It's really scary that this manipulative woman could become President of the United States either within the next four years if John MCCain were elected but was unable to serve out his term, or in 2012 when she is sure to run for president.


Janine
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 2:44 pm

My question is, why aren't the two middle daughters in school? I keep seeing them at campaign events. They'll be just like the older two with no chance of a college education.


beatrix
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 2:46 pm

Todd Palin is Rasputin . . . he is the puppet master pulling the strings . . . he actually scares me more than she does . . . always on stage, waving and smiling like he is the one running for office . . . I think we are getting a two-fer with this one . . . the secessionist and his celebrity-crazed wife . . . nice pick McCain . . . “Country First???”


TexasLou
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 2:47 pm

Hey Everyone!

I'm an out-of-work robocaller and personal shopper… Does anyone know of any openings?


dfronds
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 2:49 pm

Unfortunately Senator McCain couldn't get the VP pick he wanted (Liberman) so now he's stuck with Sarah. I wonder how much say Todd has had these days? I would guess that nothing will be the same for her, especially in Alsaka where every stinkey, underhanded action she did while Mayor and Governor made has been flashed on the national TV screen. Oh well, Alaskans are different and probably think she's great. Afterall they have a long list of crooked politicians that keep getting voted in year after year. Think Murkowski, Young, Stevens. And as long as those oil revenue checks keep coming in they'll love her because she stands up to those socialistic, terrorist lovers in the lower 48.


vernbvb
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 2:49 pm

I question the initial agenda of the Palin's within the Governor's administration. With the Palin's and close friends running the state, it would be easy to win over most of the citizens with ploys like yearly oil royalties which could increase as the Governor or Todd saw fit. After winning over most of the citizenry, the next step might be to convince them that they are a self sufficient state. Then the move toward secession although not attainable would be an easy sell. Todd Palin is the fly in the soup. Does he still want Alaska to secede from the United States?


afgail
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 2:53 pm

Todd Palin the family member who joined the Alaska Independent Party that wants to secede from the United States is her SOLE adivsor? Alaska is screwed. And the Republican party is finito. The demise of the Republican party is long overdue and much deserved.


siridyal
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 2:54 pm

It remains a mystery to me how any woman (and men for that matter) would believe anything she is saying… She is EMPTY, ILLITERATE, and simply is unfit to be a VP, let alone a President…..(I mean, Mc Cain can die in 2 years, either from old age or the possibility of his melanoma history) and then WHAT ON EARTH is America in for then? She is too ambitious, too willing to say anything to get in to office, and has no respect for women at all and especially our young generations of women to be (imagine being 15 and gang raped and Palin says you should keep that child, that is what God wanted, give me a break!!!!) She is truly backwards in her thinking and so UNFIT to run for a VP candidate position, this hopefully will become more and more clear as the next few days go on.


A. Roberts
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 2:56 pm

Gov. Palin hasn't done anything that noone else would have done if they had been chosen. Give me a break. These news people are always looking for the one person that will start crap like this. Gov. Palin is one of the most honest people I have ever seen. I have never seen so much jealousy in my life.


proudem
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 2:57 pm

I hope that when she returns to Alasksa, it is to a crowd with pitchforks and torches. I wonder if the folks “up there in Alaska” will remove her from office??


Duh Only
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 2:57 pm

I like her because she spends $150,000 a month on clothing, just like us normal Joes!


Tom Guba
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 2:58 pm

Sarah Pa;in has an agenda of her own. She stated last week that she has nothing to lose in critcizing Obama & Biden. She doesn't care about McCain… She only cares about her “stuck on myself” image..


Enless Winter
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 3:00 pm

Yeah, trust us on this! She is not a doofus, so don't pay any attention to how she speaks or answers questions! Betcha she was quite different when in Alaska—maverick, smart/sharp as the tip of a caribou's antler! You see, don't you, with or without glasses and hindsight is 20/20, if she was as dumb in Alaska as she has portrayed herself to be in this prez campaign, what does that say about Alaskans who voted for her? Slim pickens between Stevens and Palin, and Palin being the lesser of two eveils/dolts????????????


dragonlady52
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 3:01 pm

This is simply more evidence of how unqualified she is for office. The $150,000 sprending spree is more than just an affront to voters-it shows not only her sense of entitlement and her acquisitive streak but incredibly poor judgement. Did she really have no idea how that was going to play on the news?
The GOP claims she always intended to donate everything to charity after the election. (If you believe that I have a bridge to nowhere to sell you.) And how is she going to donate the $4700 haircut? Cut it off and sell it on eBay?


proudem
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 3:04 pm

Honest??? How honest is it to call her experienced on foriegn affairs because she can see Russia from her house? How honest is it to say that as Gov, she is in charge of the National Guard? How honest is it to call her an expert on energy? She is woefully underqualified and yet she puts her ambition about the best interests of this country. She's a bigot and a racist. But you are right….maybe she is an honest bigot.
Jealousy? You have that term confused with disgust.


Tom Guba
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 3:05 pm

Honest? Hmmmm… I don't think so…. Ethics violations in Alaska… Using her “power” to try and fire her ex brother-in-law.. and having her husband use her office to push it thru.. and then firing someone because he would fire the brother-in-law… When mayor of Wasila, having women who are raped charged for the rape kits… The Palin's are for Palin's.. Period!!!


AKBushyuppie
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 3:11 pm

I am an Alaskan, like Palmer gal, but in Fairbanks. Also did not vote for her. This whole process is like having a black sheep in the family with all its attendant dirty laundry ending up on the National Evening News. Many of us are ashamed, but mostly outraged. Her main qualification that got her elected as Governor was that she was NOT FRANK, as in Frank Murkowski, our least popular Governor in history. (Though she may end up going up against her own party for that title too.) You folks in the lower 48 might check out articles in the Anchorage Daily News or the Fairbanks Daily News Miner (newsminer.com, especially Dermot Cole column) for more info on our now infamous Governor.


Karen
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 3:13 pm

From watching Gov Palin these past two months, I believe she has advanced only on her looks and personality. I find her to be uninformed on the most basic issues, unable to articulate an intelligent opinion and lacking in good judgment (e.g. her appointments of unqualified people, her abuse of her office's power). No doubt after the election, the Republican Party will drop her like a rock.


alaskan4alaska
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 3:15 pm

Sarah Palin was elected to replace the least popular Governor in the nation. Alaska is traditionally so liberal that the GOP held up statehood for forty years as they did not want another west coast Democratic State. Women got the vote in America in 1920, in Alaska they got the vote in 1881.
When oil started being a big issue the city of Anchorage went from a small town to more than half of our population. Many are recent families following oil patch jobs. Wasilla is a bedroom suburb of Anchorage.
When McCain/Palin lose the election, she will be returning here. I can hardly wait to see what the “pitbull” will do to the liberal small towns in Alaska when she see how we voted.


Karen
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 3:19 pm

Have you watched how Cindy McCain keeps a hawk's eye on her hubby. Today, I actually saw her steering him through a crowd with a clenched jaw. Kinda scary looking.


OpinionsMatter
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 3:20 pm

“Todd Palin is the only Alaskan traveling with Palin as part of her national campaign.”

In that case, who's taking care of Trig, their special needs child?


Karen
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 3:21 pm

How smart can you be if you can't even name a newspaper or a magazine that you read?


ldb
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 3:24 pm

I echo your feelings about Todd. He isn't behaving as the normal spouse to a Governor. He was sitting in on her business as Governor. He is not sworn in. One person said he is acting as a lobbyist… Well it seems if Palin were to be elected VP we would have a co-VP or President in Todd and he is just not being looked at all for someone acting this way. If he had his own phone in her Governor's office and sat and worked at the table in her office… that's just crossing line!!!

Fortunately it doesn't look like McCain?Palin will win so it is just left for the people of Alaska to decide what to do with her.

I am very curious to see where the polls are in places like Alaska and Texas next week. As we get closer to election day, I think Sarah Palin's negative impact becomes stronger.


juneauismyhome
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 3:27 pm

Oh, I recognize her. Same self-serving, incurious, good-ole-girl that is our Gov. Only now the skin is off the onion. We'll see how she does on Nov 5th when she has to return to her “day” job minus the $2,500 jacket and crowd of make-up artists, speech writers and advisers. Because we have a few questions to ask her…


OPAL
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 3:34 pm

SCARY! Mr. Palin is not an employee of the State of Alaska, however, he is present at official meetings – why? Did not anyone question his presence? State business emails are going to him also? The company I work for, if any “business email” is forwarded to any person other than the individual(s) who has accountability for the work in reference, that individual is immediately terminated! Companies have an obligation of securing business information and government I believe too! Now, I could be in error, may be in Alaska, there is an “open-door” official policy that allows Mr. Palin to shadow the Governor, I doubt that!

Is it me, or do these differing actions not call the process of state business into question? Taking your spouse to work, come on!


Mark
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 3:35 pm

She is vacuous. What was McCain thinking?


Paul
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 3:38 pm

People should lay off the criticism.
She's raising five retarded children.


cheryl
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 3:39 pm

when i listened to the first interview with sarah palin, my gut feeling, which i shared with many friends, is that the power behind the throne, or the real governor of alaska, is todd palin.


Carol Bronder
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 3:40 pm

Excuse me, Alaska — what in the hell were you all thinking? Or was her election stolen? Please explain!


Pham Van Dhong
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 3:42 pm

Here is a joke from Vietnam:

Q. You know what has yellow teeth and can eat rice off the floor?

A. John McCain!


Carol Bronder
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 3:44 pm

They are NOT believing it. The MEDIA IS PLAYING THIS WOMAN UP and EXAGGERATING HER POPULARITY in order to PROVIDE AN EXCUSE for another STOLEN ELECTION? The polls show her negativity is CLIMBING. So they trot her out and fill our screens for another round of scripted “interviews” which she STILL manages to blow, and yet they continue to assault us with her. SHE IS THE HAND-PICKED PUPPET OF THE NEOCONS AND THEY WANT HER TO BE THE MUSE OF THEIR POLICE STATE. GOT IT? GOOD. NOW TRASH THEM AT THE POLLS. VOTE IN OVERWHELMING NUMBERS. AND IF THEY STEAL IT AGAIN, DO NOT LET THEM GET AWAY WITH IT. I DON'T CARE HOW MANY COPS THEY PUT IN THE STREET. THIS TIME WE FIGHT!!!!


Carol
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 3:46 pm

The media are pumping her up and exaggerating her appeal so the NEOCONS can steal the election. Vote in overwhelming numbers, poll watch, videotape the vote, and do not–repeat do NOT–let them have another stolen election in this country. If they DO steal it, FIGHT!


sloop
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 3:46 pm

when i saw sarah palin's first interview, my gut feeling, which i shared with many friends, was that the power behind the throne, or the real governor of alaska, is todd palin.


Carol
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 3:47 pm

This woman is a neocon puppet. She is very dangerous. They are using her to steal another election. Do not let them do it.


Mark
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 3:48 pm

This is obviously a left wing web site…. it's so obvious when partisian attitudes errupt. I'm so tired of it, on both sides. But is seems the comments on stronger on the left then the comments on the right.


Alison
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 3:48 pm

Of course Todd Palin is one of her best friends. You can see it. They are partners.

Sarah Palin is advised by Todd Palin. Todd Palin is a card carrying member of an Alaskan Separatist organization.

I appreciate Keith Olbermann's connection between Todd Palin and his Alaska Separatist roots. Why aren't more people asking her about this?

How can you run for VP if your husband, one of your top aides was in a group trying to SEPARATE from the US?

With all the complaints about Michelle Obama being un-american… PLEASE. Todd Palin actively participated in a SEPARATIST movement!


Ronald
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 3:51 pm

John McCain is so old, he has food in his ear hair.

It's true. I saw it with my own eyes in his own ears.


Dave
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 3:53 pm

I don't have a problem with her wearing nice clothes and looking nice, but when you sell yourself to middle America as a regular gal with a family, you better not make a mistake and go Hollywood elite. Her actions speak very loudly and they are not drowning out her ignorant ramblings. Once again, she has no business running for any office other than maybe PTA President. She still has not read the constitution so she knows what the VP role is suppose to be. Please read it so we don't have to keep hearing over and over again what you are going to do.

McCain and Palin are discussing what and who the elite are today… they only need to look in a mirror. Him with 7 houses and a multimillionaire wife and her with all the money she makes compared to the rest of us worker bees. Please.


alnc
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 3:53 pm

This woman is a joke I just heard her rambled answer to questions from Brian Willams and she is still rambling. It is brutal to try to listen to this woman. She just makes words……that never answer a question, nor come to a point, just BLATHER.

Please someone stop this and Alaska you can have this windbag back. Not now, nor in 08.


Independence in Ohio
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 3:56 pm

What kind of administration was she running in Alaska? This is a real-life Fargo! How do you give your friend with 1-year of college a job that is responsible for a $40 Billion oil & gas program?! That is ridiculous… This woman is not ready, nor should she be allowed in the White House. I think she will be voted out as Governor in Alaska. One thing that this national election has done is educate Alaskans on what Palin has been doing in Alaska. Also, why is her husband so involved in the governorship? The people did not elect Todd Palin!!!


ljbucar
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 3:57 pm

“Pa-lin-i-ty” : Toxic inanity


LOinAlaska
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 3:58 pm

I too am an Alaskan. I did not vote for her and will never do so. It wasn't that hard to look good in the eyes of Alaskans after the reign of tyranny, I mean Murkowski, was brought to an end. A monkey could've been the most popular Gov up here, and I wish it had, 'cause I don't want her back. I'm willing to take one for the country and have her come crawling back (with my fingers crossed for impeachment). Better for us 670,000 to suffer for the rest of her term than the world.

And don't believe for a second that we Alaskans aren't sick with disgust over our politicians. I still can't see how these folks get elected and more importantly, stay in office. I like to attribute our “red state” status it on the fact that Alaska is over run with military and self serving business owners. After the VP pick though, we also get to be terrified and embarrassed over what the country (and world) think of us. So I guess that sums it up….disgusted, terrified, and horribly embarrassed. Thanks Palin, Stevens, Young, dot dot dot


Annie Bryce
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 3:58 pm

I cannot stand to listen to the woman – she literally makes my head hurt. Sorta like listening to Dubya.


BlueCollarJane
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 4:00 pm

The chief adviser to the potential Vice President of the United States of America is a former member of an Anti-American Secessionist group that encourages it's members to 'infiltrate' major political parties. Am I the only one that has a huge problem with this?


Wazzucoug
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 4:01 pm

What a f***** u* couple!


timmmahhhh
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 4:06 pm

I didn't make the connection that it was Todd Palin but it was unclear it was not her. But after reading this I think you are correct.


onelove
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 4:06 pm

I spit my water out laughing


bahop
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 4:09 pm

where were you in 2000 & '04? some of the most vile hate filled words I've ever seen uttered against good americans from conservative trolls filling the blogs & airwaves. I see no hate (she's just a joke) in these anti McPain statements as oppossed to hanging a black presidential candidate in effigy or killing one of god's creatures (bear cub) to make a political statement against obama. there's a special place in hell for people who claim to have a monopoly on patriotism, family values, & the party of god- all while they hate those who believe differently. thank you karl rove for poisoning american politics…..


BlueCollarJane
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 4:10 pm

Might be those tasty checks the state hands out.

Personally, I think she's a construct, a beard for Ta-ad and his pals at the AIP. What's the story with the Palin's new crib? Did the Hockey Rink contractors really build it for them like VECO built Stevens' house?


SouthernYankee
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 4:13 pm

Not all military are republicans. I come from a long line of family members that have retired from the military and are die hard democrats who would never think to vote for republicans. Republicans are the party of corporations and the most wealthy. It has always been that way. Palin is a nightmare to the country. I have a niece that lives in AK and she can't stand her either and didn't vote for her. The best thing you AK's can do for the rest of the country is impeach her before she runs in 2012.


Mary Max Neely
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 4:13 pm

Answer a question please. I know her pitiful education level (for an officail such as VP!) and how long it took her. But, niether child, husband, mother, father, son-in-law to be even WENT to college? Not tooooo brainy if you ask me. Just think about it..
John McCain really did a job of vetting her and her educational background!!!!


Jennifer
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 4:15 pm

LoinAlaska: I couldn't agree with you more! I too am an Alaskan who is only willing to have her back because I don't want the whole country to suffer. And I am also sick of the “me, me, me!” attitudes that infect our state – people who only see Alaska as a place to get rich quick and strip its resources. They want no “gov't interference” and they don't want to pay taxes, but they still feel entitled to services those things provide. I doubt they turn down their PFD checks!

I hope the best thing that comes out of this is that Alaskans will be so disgusted with Palin and the pitiful state of integretity in AK politics that it inspires more decent, honest people who care about their state and their country more than power trips and money, to run for office. And maybe some of the more selfish voters will be embarrassed by the mirror that has been held up to Alaska by the national media to realize they should rethink their selfishness. Hope springs eternal!


Elitist Chicago MBA Liberal
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 4:16 pm

Maybe I'm incorrect, but isn't Todd a bit of an unemployed drunk driver? She's getting advice from THAT?


dragonlady52
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 4:18 pm

HONEST! Compared to WHAT? Bush/Cheney? A little research will show that at least half-if not more-of what comes out of her mouth is lies. She also comes off as being uninformed and uneducated-and while that certainly isn't a crime, I don't think it's a virtue in anyone holding public office. But she obviously IS ambitious-and with the above mentioned characterisitics it makes her dangerous.


WILLY
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 4:19 pm

IT'S ASHAME THAT PALIN FEELS LIKE SHE IS THE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE INSTEAD OF JUST THE VICE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE. I AM SURE IF McCAIN HAD IT TO DO OVER HE WOULD THINK TWICE. PALIN CAN NOT KEEP UP WITH MISS CUTIE PIE MRS. McCAIN AND ALL OF HER CLOTHES. WHAT ABOUT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WHO DON'T HAVE CLOTHES TO WEAR TO WORK OR FOOD ON THE TABLE LET ALONG SPEND $150,00000 SO SHE CAN LOOK LIKE SHE IS WALKING OUT OF NORDSTROMS . THE PEOPLE EXPECT HER TO DRESSED NICELY BUT NOT IN THE BEST DUDS IN THE BEST STORES. SHE NEEDS TO GO BACK TO WHERE SHE COME FROM AND TAKE CARE OF THE PEOPLE OF HER GREAT STATE AND WATCH FOR THE PLANE FLYING OVER FROM RUSSIA WITH THE FORMER PRESIDENT LOOKING DOWN ON ALASKA.


sickofitall
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 4:21 pm

his mother, Bristol.


Jack
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 4:22 pm

Bush/McCain/Palin – More of the sameeeeeeeeeee

Obama/Biden 08


Cheryl
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 4:23 pm

I wish you had kept her in Alaska – maybe you don't mind having an uneducated, inexperienced, lying, two-face b*tch in office, but WE do.

Go home barbie!


AlaskaSchatz
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 4:24 pm

An Alaskan's View of Sarah Palin:

When Sarah Palin was asked about the Ninth Circuit Court's ruling concerning the words 'under God' in the Pledge of Allegiance, she stated, “If it was good enough for the founding fathers, it's good enough for me.” (as reported in the Anchorage Daily News) The Governor seemed unaware that the pledge was written in the 1890s, and that the words 'under God' were added only in 1954. The founders would never have written such a pledge.

Ms Palin's ignorance of history was also made clear when she referred to wildlife officers as “brown shirts”, inadvertently comparing Alaska State Troopers to Hitler's Brownshirts, the Nazi paramilitary organization.

Worse than these gaffes, however, is the Governor's refusal to support an increase in the maximum family-income limit for children's health-care coverage in the SCHIP program, now set at 175% of the poverty level, one of the stingiest in the nation. This is an embarrassment for a state awash in oil money.

She claims to support families with special-needs children but slashed 60% of the special ed. budget and cut state support for the Special Olympics.

We Alaskans would be laughing our heads off about John McCain's pick if it weren't such an insult to this country.


dragonlady52
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 4:26 pm

Isn't it interesting that not ONE WORD about Todd's AIP affiliation has been mentioned on the MSM-they would rather concentrate on the ridiculous Ayers story.


Lynn
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 4:27 pm

You got to be kidding!!!!!!!!!!!! Sarah Palin is not qualified let alone her husband. What does he do? Let's see – he gets into snowmobile races, and he runs a fishing business. That sure qualifies him to run the country. If she becomes the president we sure are in trouble. I juess he also worked on the pipeline. And they both can see Russia from their home. Look at Sarah's interviews, she just is way over her head and really she should just bow out and put the Country First.


mojo jojo
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 4:30 pm

Art Hackney, lolololol, what a clown.


DRW
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 4:33 pm

Maybe Alaskans don't recognoize Sarah Palin because she isn't the person she portrayed herself to be when she was running her own version of the good old boy's club out of her Wassila home, just as she's not the maverick reformer she's trying to convince tus in the lower 48's that she claims to be. Fact is Sarah Palin is a fraud, a self invented demagogue who like a piece of aplastic silly putty becomes what ever is politically espedient to boost her conniving, cunning, self promoting agendas. Imagine how truly dangerous this woman could be if her intellect scored anywhere near the level of her dishonesty and deceit. God… just think of it… Dick Cheney in a skirt and makeup.


meskimo
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 4:35 pm

she was karl roves and the oil companies pick,she comes back a loser and her 40 billion dollar pipeline gets hung up in canadian courts,by tribal leaders,and the ” denali” line sneaks quietly by… and we are stuck with her for 2 more years,and knowing this state,4 after that, what a travesty.


jean
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 4:36 pm

many of us are seeing the light. for myself, i'm 66, white, educated and financially mius even with working 30 yrs at various jobs. many of which did NOT pay into social security and had NO retirement. of course. we all reach a point where ENOUGH fits! & yes, comments fit current situation. goodbye.


Appalled
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 4:39 pm

I cannot believe that NO ONE has brought up the fact that Sarah Palin's hubby was a member of an Alaskan group that wanted Alaska to secede from the United States!!! Talk about UNAMERICAN behavior!!


RiverwolfLV
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 4:41 pm

One heartbeat away….


ERW
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 4:46 pm

I would think, from watching her campaign, that her closest advisor is Piper.


Wendy Callaan
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 4:48 pm

Don't forget to add that he is a high school drop-out too!


Christa
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 4:53 pm

She is really an embarrassment to all women. She has set back what all women have faught for so far back… it is pitiful. My dear friend that is a Rep. tried to convince me she was like me because they showed her in her home eating the off brand peanut butter LOL.. I told her yea.. the reason she bought off brand peanut butter was to support her cloths habit.


Wicket
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 4:54 pm

Is it Mad Moose disease? From interviews in her home small values town, it appears everyone is infected. The people of Alaska need our help, let them become independent. They have gone from Seward's folly to Sarah & Todd's folly. If we leave them alone, will they leave us alone?


Jennifer
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 4:55 pm

One Alaskan's view: After the appalling term of the previous governor (Frank Murkowski) the broad sweeping FBI investigation into corruption in the AK legislature, and complete arrogance of old time Republicans up here, I think a moose could have won that election. Seriously. We didn't need to know a bunch about her because all we needed to know was Murkowski was horrible and on the surface she seemed like a decent straightforward reformer. Palin waged a clever campaign as a maverick (sound familiar?) and made a big deal about how she stood up to the “good ol' boys.” Which, to giver her credit, she did do. The state of AK politics at the time was just embarrassing to a lot of people (Rep and Dem) who were tired of the corruption. She didn't face the serious vetting and challenges while running for governor she has had to as a VP candidate. She's a lifelong AK who can talk about and his familiar with the issues facing our state (and let's face it: the expectation of your qualifications for being the governor of a state with 670,000 people vs. the V.P. of a nation of 300 million are lower). Another thing that worked in her favor when running for governor was her Democratic opponent had been governor of AK before. He would be more of the same her campaign claimed. Keep in mind too, that Alaska is still an overwhelmingly Republican state. Any Democrat running for statewide office has a heck of a time winning. Though I DEFINITELY DID NOT VOTE HER (THANK GOD!), I like many Democrats up here, felt at the time that she was the best selection of all the potential Republicans for governor. Those of us who are Democrats in AK need to think of the glass half-full whenever we can. Knowing Republicans will still run the state, we saw her as the lesser of evils. You've got to realize too that she ran a very non-partisian friendly campaign. Even though her views on family , religion, and marriage are conservative, she downplayed them and didn't make them a priority when she was elected. Democrats felt like she was genuinely reaching across the aisle. And until this summer she was. Then came Troopergate. Then McCain picking her for the nomination. Now we are seeing that “the emperor had no clothes” (guess that is why she spent $150,000 o the RNC money on clothes!) What is really ironic is that all of Palin's harshest critics here in AK when she was running for governor were the “good ol' boy” Republicans and independent conservatives. Damned if it didn't turn out to be they were the ones who got it right about her!


Wayshower
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 4:57 pm

As a former Alaskan, I understand that the fine people who live there are fiercely libertarian at heart. Having their beauty queen republican be so easily bought and sold like her “plane” on e-bay will be such a blow to them – I don't want to be her when this sham of a campaign ends and she'll have to answer to all of her constituents. Between Young, Stevens and now Sarah…. Oh boy! Watch out! There could be another spill and I'm not talking oil… (of course figuratively speaking).

I love Alaska… All the best to the last great frontier!


Stunned
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 4:58 pm

So its basically as if a high school clique were running a big state with a small population, but a lot of oil. That does not inspire confidence. Especially with the Palins association with the AIP.

We in the “Lower 48″ have been watching and listening to this person with disgust at her ignorance of everything as well as her race-baiting.

I hope the citizens of Alaska impeach Palin as soon as she returns.


Wendy
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 5:00 pm

DEon't believe you are from Alaska …just a dem dummy with dem dummy talking points…you are just spewing the talk.


Ridge Runner
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 5:02 pm

Your kidding right? Todd Palin her number one advisor??!! What a joke to have a simpleton boob for an advisor…Now we know why things are getting screwy in Alasaka. Oh wait a minute, things are actually better since they've left! “Don't go away mad…just go away…! and leave the real political landscape to folks who a reasonable amount of intelligence.


Tom Heutte
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 5:03 pm

I, a liberal democrat, was among the 80% of Alaskans who viewed Sarah Palin's tenure as governor favorably. All I knew was that she threw Frank Murkowski out of office, fired the GOP Chairman from his job as Oil and Gas commissioner, and in general was standing up to the entrenched oil and gas industry. Once she started running for VP she turned up the rhetoric in a way that we had never heard before, and at the same time we started hearing a lot of things about her that had not been reported in the local press (e.g. book banning, running gov campaign from mayors office). She is an embarrasment to the state, and while she has many supporters here still, not everyone loves her.


janie
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 5:03 pm

Michelle and Barak Obama own ONE house,ONE car,NO airplanes, NO vacation homes and she shops at my own favorite 2 places to shop,White House/Back Market where she and I both bought the same dress for under$150. and The Gap. She looks just as,if not MORE beautiful than fancy pants Palin and sends the right message. Hell,I don't have that much equity in my house as she's(Palin) spent on a Vuitton bag for her freakin 7 year old!
Go the hell back to Alaska adhave that baby named Zambonie you always wanted. Pitiful.


alice
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 5:03 pm

Well they can have her back come November 4th and do a make under on her for FREE !!!!! Bye Mooselini…go and never come back


tara
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 5:03 pm

Why no mention of his resume…it is quite impressive…heehehe


Casey
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 5:04 pm

Palin rose to power in Alaska with support from a small paid staff and an army of volunteers, but without the help of a robust strategy team. She relied on her own judgment and that of her closest adviser: Todd Palin.

Are you kidding? Palin rose to power with the help of the AIP's Mark Chryson and Steve Stoll as well as the religious right. Both powerful and savvy political groups. She hasn't changed. She simply has not been able to hide her true nature under the scrutiny of national media coverage. Palin was elected governor on a campaign platform that was exactly the opposite of her current positions. She did this with the aid of the AIP and the religious right. She is not smart enough to run a campaign by herself with only her husband as her advisor. Alaska is rather insulated from the lower 48 and itself so Palin's dealings and corruption wasn't widespread knowledge. Now more and more people are finding out about who she really is.


Wendy
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 5:05 pm

Speak for yourself ..I happen to be a very successful business woman and I can assure you that you are not speaking for me..as I am sure if I had her resume and yours.. I would choose her without a doubt. She has accomplished quite a bit at her young age along with managing a family with 5 young children…how do YOU measure up? I love criticism hiding behind the internet..


justme
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 5:05 pm

Todd's roll? ummm I guess you mean role. I wonder which word might be more appropriate. Maybe Todd DOES roll around in Sarah's administration… but wait, who's minding the store? The governor's not there to do her important job. Hubby isn't either. You know, she has ever so much more executive experience than Barack, and taking care of Alaska is her job…but they seem to be getting along without her. Hmmmmm. Do you suppose Barack's campaign is based on the idea of organizing communities….as in “community organizer?”


Disgusted
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 5:06 pm

And don't forget what hasn't made the news with such fanfare, how Palin spent 5 nights with her three daughters in a luxury hotel in New York courtesy of Alaskan taxpayers.

The reason?

To attend a FIVE HOUR conference.

Gee, when my spouse and I tack a few days onto a conference we pay for the extra days ourselves. And we pay the extra room-rate during the conference as well.

I guess Sarah and her daughters are real special though.

You betcha.


Roberto
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 5:06 pm

WAKE UP MARK ! ! ! The country is going to hell in a hand-basket & you sit there & complain about partisan attitudes? The fact that this marriage worked out O.K. and they are each others best friends is great. Gov. Palin was able to stratigically make her way through the Alaskan political turmoil & got elected ! more power to her.

I wag my finger at the Republican party for shamelessly selecting an unqualified candidate & then attempting to change / refine / mold her into a political savy and qualified candidate. It is sad to see how Alaskans post their comments & how truthfull they are when discribing before / after details on this article. Everything points back to her qualifications. She just does not have them.

RLM


Wicket
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 5:07 pm

OMG, Windy ate some bad moose too!


Disgusted
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 5:07 pm

Oh Yeah, and we pay the extra air-fare as well.


cdcoop
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 5:08 pm

She likes high school drop outs…remember her daughter is about to marry one and she approves!!!


jeffro
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 5:09 pm

What you don't believe does not matter. Do you have anything but speculation? No?

In that case then I believe that you are Sarah and Todd Palins bisexual lover and that you impregnated their daughter with a turkey baster.

See. I can spew shit too.

Cheers.


tina
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 5:11 pm

Tip of the iceberg.

Why won’t Palin ever give a Press Conference?

Why won’t Palin release her Medical Records?

Why has/is Palin stonewalling the Troopergate investigation?

Why won’t Palin release her Tax Returns for the past several years?

What is Sarah Palin covering up? WHAT IS SARAH PALIN HIDING?!

Where is the “Reform, Accountability and Transparency in Government” she keeps talking about?


jeffro
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 5:11 pm

I measure up very well thank you and she is an embarrassment. Just because she has rose to the top of a stinking heap doesn't make her king of the hill.


cdcoop
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 5:12 pm

Not even PTA President…she still has not taken the time to read the constitution to find out the job descriptions for the Vice President….such a stupid, dump woman.


jeffro
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 5:12 pm

Not to mention traitorous. I say he should be shot at dawn.

And given that the McHouses campaign seems to be throwing around guilt by association, then the entire ticket should be waken at dawn.


greta
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 5:14 pm

she is who she always was. unethical, thief, liar and a totally inept. as both mccain and palin love to invoke, check the record. if you check hers it is abysmal at best. over time the real sarah has been revealed, can't fool all americans. the people of alaska deserve better and are actively seeking the recall process.

hopefully the shadow governor will advise her better in the future…… including a location for them to move to. their 15 minutes of fame wasted all of our time and energy.

mccain's karma finally caught up with him.


jeffro
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 5:15 pm

Of course she does. That way she gets a fresh supply without leaving the house.


jeffro
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 5:18 pm

Nope. If they win then the secret service should do their patriotic job and protect the country.


simonesdad2008
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 5:19 pm

I've been dying to ask Alaskans….WTF. I know you had some corruption that created a political vacuum but damn! I've never been up there but I know this is not the best you have to offer. Do the lower 48 a favor and take her back and then work like heck to defeat her in the next election. She thinks she can be president and she will probably run the next time around. All of the republicans that are praising her now through clenched teeth will be savaging her in the next election cycle. They can't say what we all have come to see. Not yet anyway. I get the feeling that back home in Alaska there are some people who have been offended by what they have seen from the Gov. and I'm not just talking about political foes. Maybe this episode will awaken real political discourse in your state. The combination of corruption and the Palin experiment have not served you guys well. Boss Hog and Cooter style politics is so 1980's.


Stunned
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 5:20 pm

Heck, we don't need no eddycatshun. You betcha!


Stunned
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 5:24 pm

Thanks for your two examples of Palin's ignorance. Awful and funny at the same time, but dangerously ignorant.


Stunned
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 5:31 pm

“We call them snow machines”, says Palin.


Stunned
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 5:33 pm

Great! Please hire her for your successful business! Do your patriotic duty and get this person away for any kind of government.


alumahead
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 5:34 pm

Maybe she should read the Constitution of Alaska before she tries to tackle the U.S. Constitution.


Stunned
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 5:35 pm

And you are about as (un)educated as Palin.


fella
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 5:35 pm

What Alaskans don't recognize about Palin is what the lower 48 already knew.. Like Greta said.. she is who she always was!!


PSGOBSVR
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 5:36 pm

Like yours Dear Wendy. ..Look out.. “The Emperor has no clothes.” (You betcha.. wink, wink, ..click, click)


fiorastar
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 5:39 pm

Maverick=shoot from the hip.

True for both McCain and Palin…except McCain may need a hip replacement.


John Kellermeyer
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 5:40 pm

Palin's a lot like Hitler; a demon at heart who finally got a bigger stage she believes she's always deserved.

It's called pathologolical thinking, and it's been the Republcian trademark since Reagn taught the masses it was acceptable to be bastards in a society he forgot he belonged to, and abandoned as soon as possible.

They're not 'upper' class. They simply have no class, and don''t know the difference, as a result.


PSGOBSVR
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 5:41 pm

Or, as some of the McPalin followers say ..”Hang him”. (Hey ..not my words.)


Stunned
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 5:41 pm

I read that the McCain campaign had taken over the governing of Alaska while the “governor” is busy shopping, taking diction lessons, and whatever else she needs to make her “ready for primetime.”

NO PALIN IN '12!!!


John A. Smith
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 5:42 pm

THIS IS SPOOKY. TWO VP'S?


SUMBZ
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 5:44 pm

HOW CAN MCCAIN NAME HER AS VP. POOR JUDGMENT..


Stunned
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 5:44 pm

Didn't Alaskans also pay for the children's travel expenses?

Guess those kids don't attend school.


Tom
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 5:45 pm

Am mterestomg [piece, but don't think this is the whole story or that Palin is an innocent pawn prayed upon by McCain's “seasoned” handlers. Instead of comparing the Sarah Palin that became governor of Alaska to the Sarah Palin vice-presidential candidate, I think it is more instructive to think what she has been like through the entire political process from mayor to governor to veep candidate. We may find afte the election that Ms. Palin did not like her image created for the campaign, but don't think she didn' t readily accept what was happening to her as a means to further her political ambitions.


Consuela
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 5:52 pm

LET'S JUST VOTE FOR THE BEST PRESIDENT, AND SEND HER BACK TO ALASKA SO THEY CAN DEAL W/ HER AND TODDY!!

OBAMA-BIDEN 08


Frank
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 5:52 pm

So have I got this right? Obama's very thin association with the now-reformed education advocate Wm Ayers is something to be concerned with, and the Vice (one-heartbeat-away) President on the Republican ticket is MARRIED to and COUNSELED by her husband, a card-carrying member of an Alaskan secession movement ! and I should not be concerned about THAT?!?!?!?!?


Horace Ovidson
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 5:58 pm

The first thing Governor Palin should do on returning to Alaska is burn that wardrobe. What a bonfire it could make! And that could keep a lot of folks warm for just a little while, anyway.


simplysimon
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 11:06 pm

Why is McCain not being beaten up over being a COLLABORATOR IN VIET NAM. GOOGLE him: “John McCain Collaborator”. In there is the reason he didn’t come back early: only collaborators came home early. If he came home early, everyone would know that the admiral’s son soiled himself and his country by making at least 32 public announcements crapping on the US of A. And he sells himself as a hero and anyone who still thinks him a hero after his shoddy behavior as a soldier, is being made a fool of. Including the prior comment on “Nothing will ever take away from his experience in the Hanoi Hilton and it never should. He was a courageous man”. Sorry, he wasn’t. And the low level he’s flying at in this campaign, it will be the 4th plane he’s crashed.


Jim in Washington
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 6:12 pm

Doesn't Todd Palin have a job, or do the oil companies keep him on the payroll just for the influence?


Cpsan
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 6:14 pm

b*tch seems a little harsh.


Alaskansalmongirl
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 6:17 pm

I'm a 31 yr resident of Southeast Alaska (and yes SE Alaska is very different from Anchorage and the Interior) The reason Sarah Palin was elected Gov in Alaska was that she was NOT Frank Murkowski. I'm shocked by her accepting the invitation, but who wouldn't… Well I wouldn't , but everyone needs to know that Not all Alaskans voted for her and we are not just like her. Please know that there are a lot of Obama supporters here who are hoping for a strong Dem turnout on Nov 4th. I'm a bit worried what going to happen in Alaska when she returns on Nov 5th. But better her here than in DC…
Oh and FYI alot of Alaskan women think a Joe Sixpack is a buff commercial fisherman with incredible abs… not a six pack of beer!


Jesus
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 6:19 pm

Sarah sucks Moose dicks


Navy_VET_EOD
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 6:36 pm

Understood. It seems however that so few of you are up there. It looks like McCain will take Alaska by a huge margin. Why is that?


TheNoBullExpress
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 6:44 pm

A VP candidate who has probably never even been to Disneyland.
That's really un-American


jim
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 6:47 pm

I hope you are talking NO PALIN IN '12 as Alaska's governor.

As soon as this election is over, the gloves come off for attacking Palin. She will be treated like Hillary was. She's been given a free ride (literally and figuratively) so far.


jean
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 11:48 pm

1. how much have you seen her? if you just like watching her, then good luck on developing good judgment 2. i’m not one one of ‘news people’; i assume others making comments are not. even if we were, NOTHING is being started. it’s evident to the world and we’re commenting on it. 3. jealousy-WRONG term. will type for myself, as a female it’s embarassing when someone of same gender seeing her ONLY role as pretty (to whatever point she thinks/knows she is), liking/NEEDING a spotlight on her, microphone in hand! never mind, what comes out of her mouth for ALL to hear!?!?!? 4. maybe you could answer why she wore the red/blue scarf today with donkeys on it? as someone typed maybe she didn’t get the memo that she’s an elephant?


kelly
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 6:49 pm

dont forget the “subpoena” too !


Cathy
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 6:50 pm

I'm not surprised by this at all. McCain was able to hide a lot of his nastiness for all those years in the Senate. Believe me, most of America had no idea who the real McCain was. He's not that he's changed that much — it's who is always was and now he's in the spotlight. He was called McNasty in school.

And, BTW, who is mind the store in Alaska right now?


jim
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 6:52 pm

REPUBLICAN!!! Anything against your party is just spewing. Doesn't matter if it's true or not.


The Rubber Room Hotel
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 6:54 pm

Frozen Brains!


jim
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 6:59 pm

AMEN… now not only an embarrassment to all women, but all politicians.

I can't imagine being a top Republican politician and having been passed over for Sarah Palin.

I like to think she doesn't know the harm she is doing to AMERICA, not Barack Obama, but AMERICA. I like to think she is being told to say these things and she is so shameless she will in an attempt to be the VP. I like to think that they are not letting her see the reports on TV of what the rest of the country is saying about her. It's easy to imagine that when I see Sarah “being herself” in an interview like Katie Couric's.


Catherine
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 6:59 pm

God, I hope they rope her on something. She is the worst governor. Alaska is better than her. I cannot wait to vote her out. I hope she enjoys paying taxes on the all the freebies she has taken for herself, the cow.


jean
Comment posted October 24, 2008 @ 12:02 am

you really need a source to type something to the effect that “…………”. i’m not liberal media. it does NO good to use label such as that. esp in today’s world. it’s NOT WORKING ANYMORE.

she likes a camera, thinks of herself as pretty, likes a microphone and lights on for pictures. this part IS true. it’s the running for national office that seems to be a MAJOR problem with lots of people. qualifications are needed esp when she’s one 72 yr old heartbeat away from being president of U. S. A.


BRUCE LEE
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 7:03 pm

A famous writer once said: about HORTICULTURE ” You can lead a Whore to Culture–but you can't make her think”

Hmmm you can put lipstick on a pig, but, yes, it's still a pig.
Doesn't that remind you of Sarah Palin? it should bcos my goldfish is smarter than that moose hunter.


jim
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 7:03 pm

OOO, OOOO,,,, my neighbor is a mother of 13 and manages the family just fine… can she be the VP???? Can she get an interview for your “successful ” tupperware business???


Anonymous
Comment posted October 24, 2008 @ 12:10 am

Excellent site-very infromative.


jean
Comment posted October 24, 2008 @ 12:11 am

people in KENTUCKY can vote now IF you he/she is GOING TO BE OUT OF TOWN on nov 4. don’t lreally have early voting!? have to go to courthouse (i assume that’s in all counties; was in mine), fill out paper and vote! with thanks.


Stunned
Comment posted October 24, 2008 @ 12:13 am

LOL. All the more reason to go home, retire from any form of government, and never be seen or heard from again.


BRUCE LEE
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 7:19 pm

Watching Mad MAc mmccain and Mad cow Palin is like watching Hitler and Mussolini in tight underpants.
guns: check
War: check
Homophobia; check:
book burning: check.
There is a new sherriff in town and we are taking America back. Sheriff Obama has a brand new bag!

OBAMA 08/12/16/20/24


jim
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 7:21 pm

Do you mean managing her young “children” by having a 17 year old pregnent and a 10 year old carring around a Louis Vuitton bag???


Cmama
Comment posted October 24, 2008 @ 12:24 am

ALASKA is being run by a dictator. I have a 69 year old friend in Alaska, she admitted to me she voted for her. Is she sorry. you betcha, my friend was born and raised in Minnesota. I loved the Vietnam joke. I can still laugh. I have already voted! Hope and BARACK / JOE . No sarah and john.
When I lived in Alaska times were good and bad. Regan on to Clinton. Been there and done that.
I still have children and grandchildren in Alaska or I would suggest selling it to settle the national debt.


James
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 7:32 pm

This article makes Sarah Palin sound like Goldilocks, a sweet innocent child. Give me a break! Have you read anything about her association with the Alaska Independence Party (or about the AIP's association with right wing secessionist groups like the Neo Confederates)? Or how she won the mayors job by spreading rumors that the former mayor was Jewish, when he is actually Christian, because his last name is Stein? Or about demanding that the mayor produce a marriage license to prove he was married to his wife? Or about how she tried to position one of her AIP supporters in the City Council seat she vacated upon becoming mayor? Or about how, as Governor, she may have committed financial statement fraud in covering up losses in the state owned Mat Maid Dairy cooperative?

Let's get the record straight. This woman is a neo-con and a right-wing whore.


Diane
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 7:36 pm

Suddenly everybody's successful in business. I really do happen to be a modestly successful businesswoman and (very) small business co-owner and I wouldn't hire her because she's not qualified for our profession. If she were a good architect, I'd hire her. She might be terrific at something, and she may be a wonderful wife and mother, but that doesn't mean she's qualified for just any old thing like being vice president of the United States. Good Lord, people, raising a family is important and demanding (and exhausting), but even being really good at it doesn't make you qualified for anything else you decide you want to do like, say, being president or a brain surgeon.


robjira
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 7:38 pm

Oh give it a rest…you're as bad as Sharon Stone.


Begbie
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 7:39 pm

First, we need to send her back to AK… Then have a ''Moose-elini'' return welcoming party. The taxpayers of AK were scammed by Sarah and Todd.


KATHY
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 7:42 pm

PALIIN IS A JOKE. SHE HAS BEEN BRAIN WASHED AS TO WHAT SHE CAN SAY AND WHAT SHE CANNOT SAY. IF SHE DIDNT HAVE ANY COACHING, SHE WOULD BE THE DUMB DUMB THAT SHE IS. SHE IS IN NO WAY SHAPE OR FORM TO RUN THIS COUNTRY. I FEEL SO SORRY FOR HER CHILDREN. HER PREGNANT DAUGHTERS BOYFRIEND IS A HIGH SCHOOL DROPOUT. HOW DO YOU THING THAT THIS SHOT GUN WEDDING THAT HE DOESNT WANT IS GONNA WORK OUT. HOW DO YOU THING THAT A 17 YEAR OLD CAN RAISE A BABY; AND WHY WOULD YOU WANT HER TO? SHE IS TOO YOUNG…..AND LEVI DOESNT WANT MARRAIAGE, AND A CHILD. YOU SHOULD HAVE MADE HER GET RID OF IT, LIKE I WOULD IF MY 17 YEAR OLD DAUGHTER GOT PREGNANT. SHE ISNT READY, SHE HAS TO FINISH HIGH SCHOOL , AND GO TO COLLEGE DUH? YOU ARE WAY OUT THERE IN LEFT FIELD. YOUR ALASKANS ARE SHUNNING YOU HUNNY. I HOPE YOU ENJOY YOUR NEW WARDROBE BACK IN ALASKA, WHERE YOUR FELLOW FOLLOWERS ARE GONNA SHUN YOU. YOUR A FAKE, AND WAY , WAY OUT OF YOUR LEAGUE. GET BACK ON YOUR SNOWMOBILE, AND GET BACK TO YOUR HOCKEY GAMES WHERE YOU BELONG. GO BACK HOME.


Billy Delyon
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 7:43 pm

Fallin is so dense, light bends around her.

Seriously. Can't wait till Alaskans get a hold of her after Nov. 4th.


steveo
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 7:45 pm

Q – what do you call a “maverick” with no morals & who doesn't think?

A – a terrorist


SchucksOGolly
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 7:45 pm

Oh hummmmmmmmmmmmm. I knew if I just waited long enough this stew would overcook and, shucks all golly, get just so sticky to the hot pan and smell a whole lot. Wake me when she's over.


minnesotamama
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 7:51 pm

What bothers me the most is that she doesn't seem to have studied much about governing or systems of government. Palin says Obama is socialist, but we've had socialism for the rich for years — when people work a job or two jobs and then the taxpayers have to pay for foodstamps for them to feed their families or for healthcare for them and their families — that is socialism for the companies which employee these people and for their overpaid executives. But Palin has the gall to call Obama socialist? And she teams up with a man who has voted against providing healthcare for kids. Give me a break.


Anonymous
Comment posted October 24, 2008 @ 12:52 am

Give it a break with the evil liberal media….that ship has sailed. For every liberal media outlet there is an ultra neo-con right wing outlet. Palin is unqualified and a bigot that does nothing but spew hate. She is McCain’s albatross and he deserves the backlash that he is experiencing. There were pleanty of qualified women that he could have chosen but he gambled on an unknown and lost (or more accurately…will loose!).


Steve
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 7:58 pm

James – I'm interested in your claims re: Palin, but your language leaves me cold. If things are as you say, the facts would be bad enough. You don' t need to undermine your credibilty with a rant.


zackthehack
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 7:58 pm

“Fallin is so dense, light bends around her.”

I thought light went in a straight line unless….
Do you have to know general relativity theory to post here??


Rebecca S.
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 7:58 pm

As a grown woman, 24 year old Sarah Heath, was knocked up by her lover Todd who liked to pal
around with members of an organization whose members hated America. The American public has a right to know how many other lovers who hated America Sarah Heath “associated with between the ages of 19- 24? The fact that she approves shooting innocent animals from a helicopter reflects a cowardice she learned from her dim witted father. The fact that voters of Alaska elected this foolish woman (anti sex education advocate) and allowed Todd to serve as co-governor leads one to perceive Alaska as populated by voters who have low ethical, intellectual standards. McCain says she is the most popular Gov in our country, 80% approval rate? Who created that poll? When? How large was the sample and how representative was it in terms of representing all voters of Alaska? If the poll were taken today would Alaskans be as stupid as they seem to be after watching Sarah Palin act
like a buffoon during interviews with professional reporters?


Marriea
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 8:03 pm

Now that Sarah Palin has put herself 'out there' for all of Alaska to see, I wonder if she will be able to retain her status of governor if the Republican ticket fails.
I wonder if many Alaskans put a lot of thought into who they were electing as their governor when Palin ran. Really outside of town she served as mayor, who really knew her. And although Alaska is a state in area larger than Texas, it only has a population of about 700,000. Many cities in the mainland has more.
Now that Sarah Palin is known by that incidence/interview with Katie Curic, do the Alaskan really want someone with her expertise or lack there of.


lisa s.
Comment posted October 24, 2008 @ 1:04 am

I know people in my small New England town who are EXACTLY like Sarah Palin! They are bullies, tenacious, know-it-alls with limited education, well connected (in town and in state) and have no qualms about breaking laws to suit their purposes. I worked in this town’s government for 10 years and from my experience, I learned that it takes a lot of time and effort to see these “real” shams who runs things for themselves and their friends alone. They can make it sound as though they are for everyone, but they are seriously laughing behind their backs. And what still astounds me is the number of town residents who will bend over backwards for these people even when they are getting the shaft over and over and over again. Unfortunately, the town’s people simply can’t imagine that these truly nasty individuals would treat them so poorly, and can’t see it because their shenanigans are so easily hidden in the mires of meetings and paperwork.

Dear Alaska – you’ve now had your chance to see the real Sarah Palin and you should be sending thank you cards to John McCain. I only wish John McCain would have called one of the people that I know to be his vice presidential pick. I’m very jealous.


Dei
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 8:07 pm

One comment: $150,000?! Are you kidding me?!


Dei
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 8:07 pm

http://www.tissuesforourissues.blogspot.com


La Forest Faulkner
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 8:08 pm

Should McCain win the election, this would indicate that Second Dude will be privy to and involved in the decision-making process–without having been elected by the voters, and will pose a security threat. This is scary!!!!


deschl
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 8:13 pm

lmao


deschl
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 8:15 pm

good question, where does he work, i am gonna google that


Ivan
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 8:18 pm

Todd Palin *will* be voted for by the voters. We know he's there, so vote for him or not.

Merely because he doesn't have a title doesn't mean he doesn't work there. Maybe she'll appoint him to something, then he'll have a title.


mark steen
Comment posted October 24, 2008 @ 1:23 am

Hi Carol……Believe me, there are many here who are not Sarah fans. When I was a kid the State of Alaska was a Democratic state……there were few Republicans. The oil corruption changed all that, and we are reaping the reults now with Palin, Stevens, Young and all the locals who were on the take. Sarah is a religious nut who appealed to the wing-nuts, the Independents, and some Dems because former governor Frank Murkowski was totally insane! We had 8 good years with Democrat Tony Knowles as governor. Alaska, alas, has changed. Maybe we will swing back the other way. Sarah is NOT going to welcomed home with open arms, believe me. That 80% approval rating is sinking like a stone. You can check it all out online at the Anchorage Daily News, an enlightened paper that won a Pulitzer Prize.


Just Sayin'
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 8:27 pm

Wake up!


Ivan
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 8:29 pm

I travel to Juneau (no, I've never been to Denali). It's different than stereotypic 'Alaska.'

She was elected because she advertised herself as being just as good for the oil, govt and tourism industries as the next guy (Murkowski). Alaskans live on these monies, so a Republican is almost always more popular than a Democrat.


Ivan
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 8:32 pm

Be gracious winners. It's easy to tear someone apart.


prcleburne
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 8:32 pm

The blind leading the blind. Or the dumber leading the dumb.


prcleburne
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 8:32 pm

The blind leading the blind. Or the dumber leading the dumb.


Moderate Minneapolite
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 8:32 pm

I am not a fan of her either, but maybe it's time to chill out. You're coming off a little on the wackadoo side.


Moderate Minneapolite
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 8:32 pm

I am not a fan of her either, but maybe it's time to chill out. You're coming off a little on the wackadoo side.


madron
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 8:37 pm

$150,000 in clothes purchased in 2 months. That is more than the majority of Americans will spend in a life time. That's a typical middle class mortgage. We're talking judgement here, or the lack thereof. The only reason I bring it up is that Ms. Palin will most assuredly try for the Whitehouse in 2012.


Louise
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 8:47 pm

What a bunch of losers. Sarah Palin is dreaming if t she thinks she could run for President in the next election and actuaklly win. I hope they impeach her in Alaska once McCain loses this race & we won't have to hear or see her & motley crew family ever again. As for her speech tomorrow about the handicapped–someone with a Down's syndrome child for a few months has no idea what it's like to care for a handicapped child. oh, did I fail to mention a handicapped child cared for 24/7 by a nanny…what a joke!


Michael Alcantar
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 8:48 pm

Sara is in it for herself…She'll say anything and everything to get herself ahead…period.
I believe that she has NO REAL position on anything. She just WANTS to get more. More money, more fame, more power. Bottom line.


pink08
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 8:55 pm

The only thing “wackadoo” here is your reply.


BH
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 9:00 pm

I think she is the same person but most people are just now getting a national view of her like the rest of the world. As the one gentleman said. “He didn't think she was experienced enough to be the governor of Alaska” and now John McCain wants us to invite this woman into the White House as a person who is only a heartbeat away. I don't think so. The sad thing is that I believe John McCain has become just as much a danger to this country as Sarah Palin!


Steve
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 9:00 pm

There is a drive here. Sarah and Todd have teamed up to wank the system in Alaska. Under the scrutiny of the national stage and the New York and Washington punditry she was stripped to the bare intellect that she purports. Hence the knocking and whine at the of the intellectual “elite”. Three cheers for the run on sentence! I wouldn't let this woman near my Ford Aspire much less the tanking economy. As for John McCain, gramps can't keep it straight anymore. The wheels have come off the straight talk express and all he has left is a walker and a trophy wife to push him into his grave. So long John.


LAThinker
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 9:04 pm

Hi Alaskans.

Let me re-introduce your governor

http://www.ucubd.com/Index.aspx?id=776&cid=3165


bborg60
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 9:05 pm

God forbids that they win. There are still quite a number of morons out there think she is great.


MeDean
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 9:05 pm

Who's looking after the kids?????


Angela
Comment posted October 24, 2008 @ 2:13 am

Ronald, I am as serious about this campaign as any other Democrat/American/Citizen, HOWEVER, your comment was the funniest thing I have heard since the beginning of this campaign. Late Night talk show hosts, move over! You are hilarious!!!!


BH
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 9:13 pm

Good Post & people should keep in mind that when Palin returned to Alaska after the big announcement she was met by almost a thousand women protesters who support Obama. People need to lighten up on Alaska a bit. We get to send her back, they have to keep her. Okay, we hope you will keep her. Okay, we are begging, please keep her. LOL


Sammy
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 9:18 pm

James,

You forgot to mention that she was conducting secret Alaska State business on 2 separate Yahoo accounts: gov.sarah@ yahoo and gov.palin@yahoo, before the hackers know as Anonymous hacked into the accounts in September and gave the contents to the AP.

There is also the Troopergate affair, where the State independent investigator found that she was guilty of abusing her power as governor in pressuring (and the firing) the former Public Safety Commissioner for not firing Trooper Wooten, her ex-brother-in-law.

And now there are the more recent concerns that she has been flying her children and husband around the State and the country and billing the air fare to the State of Alaska's? She refuses to work in the Governor's mansion in Juneau (the 1st governor who refused to move to the capital) and has been charging the State per diem for living in her own home 40 miles outside of Anchorage each day that she works in her Anchorage office.

And how could you forgot the African Witchdoctor (as seen on YouTube) who cast the evil spirits from her in front of her fundamentalist congregation in Wasilla, AK? And everyone was worried about Reverend Wright!?!

So much to Sarah Palin, and more to know every day. Public vetting is such a harsh way to go.


Mlu
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 9:20 pm

Well, Alaska is different. Not only is it larger than Texas, it is spread out as far as population. Southeastern is made up of several little burgs on various islands along the strait. Ketchikan is probably the largest of those and it is shrinking, as are the other little burgs. In a recent conversation with my brother, he told me the largest employer in his burg is Community Services ( government services). His burg is also shrinking and although his wife was raised there, when they returned after a 15 year hiatus working and living in Juneau they are treated as outsiders. That translates to less than friendly and accepting. This is consistent with my experience when visiting family. In the 70s there was logging and lumber mills, most are now gone. The small burgs are shrinking as people get together the money to leave, jobs are scarce.

I have visited there over the years (starting in 1971) in part because my parents and brother moved there after I was married. My father often stated that the politicians in Alaska were 'corrupt' and he couldn't understand why people voted for them. He particularly disliked Ted Stevens and I am sure he would feel the same about Palin. BTW, the last I heard Palin's popularity had dropped to 68%… but even that is too high.
I have on several occasions been told by residents there that 'This is Alaska, not the lower 48.' And various other references to their difference from us. And yet, they quite happily are supported by the government in the lower 48. The towns on the mainland may be larger, but they have some of the same problems. Jobs are in construction and on the pipeline and often seasonal. Leisure time is hunting, fishing, and drinking.My point is, Alaskans are different. People go there for different reasons. To them, this is probably their day in the sun. God forbid we have a rerun of her and Todd in 2012.


Dave
Comment posted October 24, 2008 @ 2:21 am

I’m not a McCain fan and I disagree with him on all sorts of things including the Vietnam war, but he deserves respect and that joke was ugly from Pham Van Dhong. That is what I expect from ignorant people who don’t know suffering.


Liz Pintchuck
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 9:23 pm

Todd is Sara's best friend AND CO-CONSPIRATOR.

We Alaskans don't recognize Palin anymore, not because she has changed—she has NOT changed–but because we did not vet her like we should have. The national spotlight, however, IS revealing the real narcassist that was there all along.

We are thankful for what we have learned during her campaign because we can and will now use it to impeach her upon her return.

We don't like the kind of person she has been revealed to be anymore than the rest of the U.S.


paul94611
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 9:24 pm

If the good citizens of Alaska are so disturbed then they should run a recall election.


jpopplewell
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 9:24 pm

The far right have found the malleable tabula rosa they have sought. Never trusting McCain, they are splitting her off from him in hopes she will lead the 2012 ticket.


goose10
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 9:26 pm

Palin touts her desire to assist the special needs people when she is V.P.. But has the media checked her record in Alaska? How many special needs people work in her Governor's office & does she have a policy to ensure hiring of special needs people in her Government in Alaska??


kayakjackky
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 9:32 pm

Gov. Palin has every right to select her advisers, she just needs to be held accountable for the out come.
Remember FDR had Ellie, Jack had Bobby, and Ron had Nancy. It should be all about the quality of the advice, not the source.


Timothy Flanagan
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 9:34 pm

She will always have a job, “Saturday Night Live” needs a new BAD comic!!!! Her Husband is a big joke to, so it should work well.


Sue
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 9:39 pm

Do lighten up on the Alaskans. We just returned and while there found plenty of folks who are as outraged as all of us “Outside.” They're working hard to campaign for Obama. Problem is, national news isn't interested in telling their side of the story. Did you know that local Republicans tried every dirty trick they could think of to prevent the Women Against Palin demonstration in Anchorage, in early September? A local radio shock jock even broadcast the organizers' names, email addresses and phone numbers and encouraged his listeners to call and email them. They were called names and received death threats. When that didn't stop the women from going on with their plans, local Repubs then tried to get their permits pulled. And it goes on and on…

Don't underestimate Palin. She and her hanging-onto-the-apron-strings husband may not be sophisticated but they're clever and ambitious. And will stop at nothing to get what they think they should have.


Ruth
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 9:40 pm

Right on, James. Tell it like it is. Most people don't know the whole truth about this sociopath. She is evil and dangerous. It would be one thing if she was just stupid, but she takes the modicum of sense that she has and couples it with her shrewd sick ambition so she can drive the stake of her far right zeal into the heart of decent people EVERYWHERE (in the “American” and “Pro American” states)in this country. She should be exposed – every day, in every way, continually, until she goes back to the state that sadly was gullible enough to vote for her. Hopefully, they see the light now. I enjoy seeing her negatives soar, because that is exactly what she deserves, and far worse. She's a hypocrite who's willing to lie, cheat and steal for her own gain – and noone else's. If most people knew who she really was, they would not only not give her their vote, they'd come after her with everything they have. She is exactly what this country DOES NOT need right now, or ever.


dragonlady52
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 9:47 pm

Don't forget Medicare, Social Security and Unemployment-all fully socialized institutions. I think people don't realize that-at least not the people at McCain/Palin rallies.


JM
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 9:49 pm

You can not deny that this is one shrewd politician with quite an ego. She is quite an actress who can deliver. Eveyone raved about her convention speech. I was appalled at how sarcastic , mocking and saucy it was and how well she delivered it. Made me think she enjoys putting the knife in and turning it.
Is this something she learned or does it come natural? Hearing how she dismissed everyone when she became mayor because she demanded loyalty makes me think she is a bit ruthless. And the final nail in the coffin for me was her interview with Charlie Gibson when he asked her what she thought when Senator McCain asked her to be his vice president and she said SHE DIDN'T BLINK. I was as-
tonished at that. No humility, no common sense. What brashness. What brazenness. The audacity
of disbelief. No, this was something she wanted and worked behind the scenes to get. Guess who
just happened to take a cruise up to Alaska and met her and she entertained then at the governor's mansion. The idealogues. How interesting.


anghiari
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 9:57 pm

Folks…there are a lot of smart Alaskans who are still shaking their head at Palin's election. But the woman is not dumb, she is ignorant about most things that required any intellectual rigor. Give her a short term goal and she will go to it. What is remarkable is her and the first dude's membership in AIP the secessionist group. There is a YouTube video where Dexter Clark, the current Leader of AIP talks of Sarah Palin being a member and she stayed a member when she was Mayor or Wasilla because that was a non partisan job. But when she decided to run for Mayor, she knew she had to go along to get along and she became a Republican. He goes on to say that AIP encourages their members to join either of the political parties, they don't care which, they just need them to get themselves elected to offices and they can't do that as a known AIP member. Once they get in there, then the AIP has a friend. Can you imagine what AIP guys thought when she became Governor? And, they were over the moon with McCain's choice. This soccer mom is a Pitbull in sheep's clothing. Can't say wolf, she shoots them. But I think she may well be the manchurian candidate in this race. Just think about this article…she has no advisors that anybody knows of but Todd Palin, because they guys are still doing the business of AIP..who has the utter gall to create private email accounts to keep state business from being seen? She goes back to Alaska tomorrow (Friday) to testify about Troopergate to the State's Personnel board, all of whom she appointed and all of whom she can fire at will. We are sure they will listen to her testimony with an objective ear…NOT The other thing nobody is talking about is that fact that this troopergate issue is about her ex-brother in law Mike Wooten, who is a state trooper and she wanted him fired. BIG BUT, on January 1, 2000, she wrote Mike a glorious letter of recommendation to the State Troopers to get him that job. And she wrote it on Wasilla City letterhead. This is what I mean about being ignorant. What Mayor writes a letter of recommendation for a relative on official city letterhead??? You simply do not do such a thing! The letter was in a forum post by an Alaskan onwww.adn.com.The poster said members of the State Troopers wanted the public to see this glowing letter she wrote for Wooten. Seems Wooten began seeing another woman and dumped Palin's sister..thus he's reaped Palin's scorn.


anghiari
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 10:00 pm

Actually I meant to say in my previous post, “when she decided to run for Governor, rather than Mayor… apologies for the misspellings—writing too fast..but the gist of the idea is there


treetracker
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 10:01 pm

Palin opposes the CO legislation on the ballot to assist special needs individuals and their families

http://www.9news.com/news/article.aspx?storyid=…


strangelet
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 10:02 pm

How is that a rant? Oh, I guess 'cause he phrased the issues as questions?

Well, as it happens, she did campaign for mayor on the basis of “finally getting a Christian mayor for Wasilla”, even though the incumbent WAS a Christian. She did falsely allege that he wasn't legally married to his wife. She did try to get one of her AIP buddies onto the city council. And there was some pretty strange goings on with respect to the Matanuska Maid Dairy.

You can explore these matters further through the use of a remarkable technology called “google”. Try, e.g., “Palin Matanuska Maid” or “Palin Stein”, and glance through a few of the resulting links.

And you might google “rant” to see what the word actually means.


UNITEDBLUE
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 10:03 pm

You can not deny that this is one shrewd politician with quite an ego. She is quite an actress who can deliver. Eveyone raved about her convention speech. I was appalled at how sarcastic , mocking and saucy it was and how well she delivered it. Made me think she enjoys putting the knife in and turning it.
Is this something she learned or does it come natural? Hearing how she dismissed everyone when she became mayor because she demanded loyalty makes me think she is a bit ruthless. And the final nail in the coffin for me was her interview with Charlie Gibson when he asked her what she thought when Senator McCain asked her to be his vice president and she said SHE DIDN'T BLINK. I was as-
tonished at that. No humility, no common sense. What brashness. What brazenness. The audacity
of disbelief. No, this was something she wanted and worked behind the scenes to get. Guess who
just happened to take a cruise up to Alaska and met her and she entertained then at the governor's mansion. The idealogues. How interesting.


dragonlady52
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 10:06 pm

She still doen't even know what a VP does!


dragonlady52
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 10:08 pm

I agree-and that makes them dangerous.


Raven
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 10:08 pm

It is a sorry way to promote a political campaign, by using your special needs baby, as an advertisement to getting elected. This was not a campaign agenda, used in her elections in Alaska.


Leslie Wetter
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 10:19 pm

What is there to say? All I can say is that the woman has literally threatened the base-line of Democracy. Because of her Republicans from the Bush years, (i.e. Colin Powell, a former press secretary to President Bush etc.), the Mayor of London a staunch Conservative actually supports Obama. Most of the transfer of about 15 Newspapers that backed McCain have crossed the line to endorse Obama. Oh yeah, the economy had a lot to do with it including her $15,000 shopping spree to Saks and Nehman-Marcus. I think your Beauty Queen has forgotten she's not running for President she is only a fill in. She might understand if I said being VP is kind of like being the runner-up, she's only a fill in for the real Miss America.


Raven
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 10:19 pm

You betch we're workin'on it !!!


Politicallysavvy
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 10:20 pm

I pity Alaskan citizens who expect to have their Governor return and handle the important governance issues of their state. Yes, with McCain's upcoming loss, Governor Palin will return to Alaska but with bigger plans for her future and little time for the pressing issues of her state. She will be a big fish in a small bowl and will recoil from dimmed spotlight of Alaska. This woman is already branding herself for a 2012 run and will be busy over the next years building her coalition and financial backing from social conservatives, ditto heads and evangelicals for that future run. Governor Palin will be indeed busy but not with Alaska's business but with her ambitions. Do you really think she is going to be content returning to Alaska without her fawning Republican base cheering and screaming her name? The last two months have been exciting for her. With her new name recognition, cheering conservative base and Neiman Marcus wardrobe she thinks she is ready for prime time. Alaska will seem small and pedestrian for her newly-felt power. I never doubted this woman's confidence and ego. Let's hope she mercifully falls off the radar screen once she returns to the great state of Alaska. I suspect if McCain has anything to say about her at the campaign's end, it will be, “Woman, get thee gone!” McCain looks like he is sleep walking when he is around her. No doubt he resents her crowd appeal and her ability to eclipse his spotlight while she actually fails to add substantively to the campaign or his declining polling numbers.


Obama in Mississippi
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 10:24 pm

Sara Palin scares me, I do not see her as stupid at all. She very clearly has her own ajenda including I believe asperations for the next election. The future of our life as we know it will most certainly change with this election. A friend sent me this incredible website that has garnered over 400,000 hits since October 3rd. This 82 year old woman says it like it is. Some of our wisest citizens are elderly, they lived through the Depression and have no fear in saying what they feel whether we agree or not. Aside from the very frank language used by Margaret/Helen (friends of 60 years) and the responses, I find the comments inspiring, it crosses all ages, genders and race from several countries. 400,000 people think, reflect, and pass it on to their families, grandmothers, mothers and friends all over this great country. You are free to disagree, but it warms my heart to know that outside of this southern town people are thinking and trying to make the right choice for the right reasons, the issues. http://margaretandhelen.wordpress.com


Dave
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 10:30 pm

Her 15 minutes are almost up…..

Obama is going to trounce McPain on Nov. 4th!


Rachel
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 10:58 pm

Politicallysavvy, you are right on. She's already written off McCain and is readying for 2012.


William Joseph Miller
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 11:13 pm

Todd and Sarah. Everything I hear about Todd and Sarah,including Trooper Gate, sounds like a bad soap opera, called “As the Stomach Churns.” Both Todd and Sarah are ignorant bigots. Maybe Alaska like them – fine. Send them back to Alaska and keep them there.


wintermoon
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 11:23 pm

strangelet: finally getting a Christian mayor for Wasilla”, even though the incumbent WAS a Christian.

THIS


grandma jean
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 11:31 pm

If the Republican party is to survive they are going to have to reform. It is not possible for them to win with the base they have now. Sarah Palin will have to become a better informed candidate. Her fake, folksy manner soon becomes agravating and certainly does not appeal to those outside the base. She also needs to take voice lessons to improve that whiny voice. It will take more than designer outfits to win the Republican nomination.


Heather
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 11:45 pm

Where i come from, women leaders are really awed!! And i know this because they represent a consequential and significant percentage of the worlds most vulnerable species, I expected Sarah Palins endorsement to be even more revered she “might be the worlds no2 most powerful woman in the world” imagine the positive attributes that would come in this package, how wrong i was, i cry everyday for a worthy cause lost for us in the 3rd world.


Sacha
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 11:47 pm

William, not all Alaskans like or respect them. The most recent poll numbers here are McCain/Palin 53 to Obama/Biden 42. That may not sound like a landslide but for a democratic ticket to be so strong in this red, red state when the sitting governor is on the ticket, is nothing short of amazing. Trust me, I don't want her back (didn't vote for her to begin with) but I sure as heck don't want her to make it to the national level!!!!


Cheryl
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 11:47 pm

The whole thing minds me of Eliza Doolittle in the musical, My Fair Lady, adapted from Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw. Seems that the McCain camp got totally off track by trying remake Sarah Palin into the perfect woman. How ambitous of the RNC to choose as its subject a vulnerable married, mother of five (including a downs syndrome baby) who was facing a hearing (for abuse of power). While the nation became preocuppied with Sarah, a lot of things fell apart in Washington, like the economy. If we find John McCain joyfully singing, “We Did It” after this election, the whole nation needs analysis!


Sacha
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 11:49 pm

Go to mudflats.wordpress.com to see what 'real' alaskans are thinking.


Sacha
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 11:54 pm

darn tootin'!!!! Right there with you, Raven. Live from Fairbanks!


zbear
Comment posted October 24, 2008 @ 12:03 am

I know this may be a hot button comment but if both Palin parents are on the daily campaign trail, who is caring for the 6 month old infant? If choices include having children, as a feminist I find it disturbing that both parents appear to be quite far away for long stretches of time. This is about real family values. I know what raising healthy children requires and while we must pursue our adult careers, this just does not seem to be a balanced life. I had given them the benefit of the doubt and assumed Todd was covering as dad– if he is with Sarah every day and also consumed with this campaign, who is taking care of the baby? I realize the Obama family have two young children but an infant is a different story. I think its unfair to the infant if neither parent is there to wake up with it at night, etc. It's just another Palin paradox, eh?


Anonymous
Comment posted October 24, 2008 @ 5:04 am

_Except there isn’t anything even remotely Christian about their behavior.


Anonymous
Comment posted October 24, 2008 @ 5:04 am

_Except there isn’t anything even remotely Christian about their behavior.


Anonymous
Comment posted October 24, 2008 @ 5:04 am

_Except there isn’t anything even remotely Christian about their behavior.


GOLDEN
Comment posted October 24, 2008 @ 12:30 am

Thanks for the link. It was great!


Mari
Comment posted October 24, 2008 @ 12:31 am

Sarah Palin presents her case much as a spouse “First Lady” by dolling up, than as a Vice President. And when she speaks there is a real schizophrenic rant. She is a poor manager of her own personal life. And an oddity for a Generation X er. Those Flash Dance and Travolta days.


carol
Comment posted October 24, 2008 @ 12:41 am

For the people of Alaska. God help you all. And when you have the chance vote her and her flee bag husband out of office.These two people can't even run there own family let a loan a state.And thank God we will not have to see or hear about them much longer.Here in Ohio we call people like her and hubby Red necks


Sheila
Comment posted October 24, 2008 @ 12:53 am

It is not even clear if Todd has a high school diploma. He is a member of the secessiost party of Alaska who' s leader, Joe Volger has said he spits on the constitution of the United States and on the American flag. Sara Palin addressed this party at their convention in 2006 and expressed her support and told them to keep up the good work and keep the faith that they would be successful in seceding. Google Joe Volger or the Alaskan Independence party. Why the main stream media or the Obama campaign does not report this is mind boggling. All Alaskans are aware of it.


carol
Comment posted October 24, 2008 @ 12:57 am

And I agree. And she is not to bright to have a child at the age of 44.The older you are the chances of a handicap are higher.Or that really her or her daughter?


carol
Comment posted October 24, 2008 @ 12:59 am

I am rolling on the for laughing. Thanks


carol
Comment posted October 24, 2008 @ 1:00 am

Yes because they to are morons. Lets gather them all up and send them off to Alaska


crankshaft
Comment posted October 24, 2008 @ 1:22 am

Well you can see the result of their neglect with their 17 year old Bristol. What if the Obamas had the family narrative of the Palins? No double standard here right? Bristol would be “Baby Mama”. If the O's were taking per diem while at home it would be welfare queens. The kidde junkets to NYC? Well you get the point. What happened to this family values party?
Send the Palins back to Alaska to the ethics investigators and the IRS audit for all of the unreported freebies they are so busy sponging. That sow really knows how to belly up to the trough.


Pauly
Comment posted October 24, 2008 @ 1:36 am

She's a secessionist supporter. What do people expect? Enabling people who try to reject our constitution, our flag, our laws, it's likely one would be a bit extremist. And arguably be in violation of her oath. The part about protecting us from enemies foreign and domestic.

She's probably pallin around with militia members enough to have gotten her a foot in the door. Did someone tell McCain she was his running mate? She may have been more demure in Alaska but polititions don't say some of what she does in public unless thay have some conviction about what they say. At least, I would expect a secessionist to know people who would take unregulated arms against their own country.

I'd be surprised if such people would not.


pcvirginiabeach
Comment posted October 24, 2008 @ 1:39 am

Jesus. HELLO! Welcome to the big time Wasilla. Even if, she were to win as a “Hockey mom” that you “know” does anyone really think she has the stones to be POTUS?? REALLY! Obama was head of the Harvard Law review… ask yourself… could Sara ever, ever, match Obama? If you say… “YOU BETCHA” you might but be a dumb bastard that cries “elitism” while Palin spends hundreds of thousands on the clothes you love!!!

SUCKERS


pcvirginiabeach
Comment posted October 24, 2008 @ 1:42 am

uh… she is real smart…Wasilla style!

Welcome to the big time… where you actually have to know what you are doing!

Palin does not know anything…… not a damn thing!


Pauly
Comment posted October 24, 2008 @ 1:48 am

Zbear, John McCain probably can recommend a good nanny. He and his family had one when they went on vacations with Charles Keating before the scandal.

Funny thing; McCain claimed the Keating 5 scandal was the biggest mistake of his life. Yet for another 16 years or so he voted for exactly the same policies that cost the US 125 billion bailing out failed Savings and Loans. Yup, unregulated bank failures that put 21,000 people, most elderly, out of their homes and savings. I haven't heard any apologies from him about this collapse so far.

But I'm sure his campaign bought something nice for little Trig a few days ago.


Eric.
Comment posted October 24, 2008 @ 1:48 am

Thanks Cheryl.

This country does need therapy. The room is on fire but most people are mesmerized by the show on the stage. The puppets are carefully chosen according to the current focus group tested image of what most Americans “can identify with”. Add a few sparkles and ribbon to their costume and wave them in front of our eyes. “Don't mind that feeling of warmth behind you. Look! It has accessories!”
Meanwhile we ignore the puppet masters behind the scenes. Coaching, polishing, pulling the strings. Wake up America! The room is on fire!
The real power does not vacate the white house every four years. It just swaps puppets. The only challenge to them will come from an inspired, educated, independent, pumped up electorate. We have been in the dark ages for a long time. Maybe it starts with just a spark? Go Obama go!


rich
Comment posted October 24, 2008 @ 1:51 am

Palin is exactly what you see, ignorant and petty. Outside of Alaska, it is important to know something more than how to charge the state for staying in your own home and skin a moose. On the national stage, you have to be competent and Palin is not. Alaska may tolerate Todd Palin, but to the rest of the country, he is just so much added baggage.


pcvirginiabeach
Comment posted October 24, 2008 @ 1:52 am

Yeah right! Like this empty vessel could have been gov of MA???

Enjoy your free lunch AK… you are from the biggest welfare state in the union……

“The Palin Missile Crisis”…. Scared yet???????????!!!! You will be when the lower 48 takes you off the tit… WELFARE STATE


Anais
Comment posted October 24, 2008 @ 8:51 am

Oh shut up. If everyone were as disengaged and fatalistic as you we’d still be living in caves.


Anais
Comment posted October 24, 2008 @ 8:51 am

Oh shut up. If everyone were as disengaged and fatalistic as you we’d still be living in caves.


Anais
Comment posted October 24, 2008 @ 8:51 am

Oh shut up. If everyone were as disengaged and fatalistic as you we’d still be living in caves.


Elena
Comment posted October 24, 2008 @ 3:54 am

And people were worried about Bill Clinton being in the White House if Hillary became president? Well, here ya go y'all…you get a prize in Sara's First Dude! He'll keep her informed as to who's having an affair, advise her on which of their numerous barely literate relatives can hold key positions in the government and all in all, continue to be her number one advisor. Do you miss Bill now?


ScottPruden
Comment posted October 24, 2008 @ 4:10 am

She's a political shark; she saw the opening, smelled the blood in the water and jumped in the governor's race at the right time. The painful way she strings together conservative phrases betrays, I believe the central truth: She doesn't really HAVE an ideology of her own. Reagan BELIEVED this stuff, Palin just uses it as a springboard to power. If she was a true beleiver, she wouldn't need the 24/7 coaching to begin with, but even after months of intense coaching, she can't keep even the most simple campaign points straight.
I've known several very charismatic, popular people whom I learned later had real learning disablilities. It hit me like a ton of bricks two weeks ago watching Palin; I 've seen this before! I've worked with learning-diabled kids and have nothing but love and respect, but electing someone like that to the Oval Office… I don't know where else to go with this.


Np
Comment posted October 24, 2008 @ 4:16 am

Will Tod Palin get security clearance? since hewas the member of AIP


MW
Comment posted October 24, 2008 @ 5:14 am

The only Alaskan traveling with Palin as part of her national campaign? Funny, I thought I 'd seen a few Alaskan kids around, enjoying the applause. Do these youngsters go to school?


PJC27
Comment posted October 24, 2008 @ 5:25 am

Oh geez folks, when I come back I am gonna make sure you still get those welfae checks fer oil and gas there in Alaska, also though, we're goin to win another smowmachine race, and with you good Alaskans bein so kind as to pay for my kids to fly aroun to races there, also, I am gonna keep workin from home because I just love drivin to work, oh, oops, no I don't do that, and these clothes, no they didn't cost money, we didn't even buy em, we're gonna donate em, the whole cargo pit full of em, cause they are not even there. Hey, is that Russia?


MadasHelinVA
Comment posted October 24, 2008 @ 5:49 am

The fact that Todd feels the need to be glued to his wife's side as her advisor, to the point where he is attending government meetings, while having no official role in government. is simply an act that would be never be allowed to occur in the DC. [Why do you think so many people were dead set aganst HRC's winning the primaries? It was because they knew Bill rwould be roaming around getting into trouble while she was at work]. I suspect the real reason that Todd is ALWAYS at her side is because she has made it crystal clear that she does not possess the knowledge or ability to think and assess any issue without assistance in problem solving. She seems to think she can “memorize” material and provide those recitatations as “thoughtful” discussion [like in the VP debate].

She is COMPLETELY UNQUALIFIED to be in politics on a national level. [Even if she thinks she will wait until 2012 and try again, she will never make it since there is just no way she will possess the knowledge she should have been learning throughout her 44 years of life – 4 more years of study will never make up for that gap of general national and world knowledge. Once people saw her interviews with Gibson and Couric they formed an opinion and that opinion will not just disappear in 2012. Nothing she does between now and then will help her “appear” more informed or thoughtful.

It truly is a shame that she doesn't want to “bond with or take good care of her children”, but instead wants to further her political career regardless of the cost to her children. or anyone, It appears that Todd doesn't seem to mind her plans one bit! She is delusional to think that 2012 will be in play for her. What a shame that her children lose any way you look at their situation.


X-POLYGAMIST WIFE
Comment posted October 24, 2008 @ 5:59 am

John McCain and Sarah Palin are irresponsible trigger-happy mavericks shooting from the hip. Palin is in over her head, and McCain can't even stop the TALIBAN in his own backyard.

Watch the video:

http://www.bankingonheaven.com/

BANKING ON HEAVEN . COM


Maurizio
Comment posted October 24, 2008 @ 11:36 am

I wonder if John and Cindy will contribute to Palin’s 2012 run for the Presidency…..not! , he can’t tolerate being in the same room with her. McCain’s distain for Palin is huge.


Paul
Comment posted October 24, 2008 @ 6:37 am

If Obama's primary advisor was a member of a angry anti-American seperatist group, his policital career would be over. Why is this OK for her?


oregongranny
Comment posted October 24, 2008 @ 6:37 am

Hey Alaskans …
Sarah and Todd expect you to just bend over and smile while you get your “Palinoscopy”! Don't let them get away with it!


Katie
Comment posted October 24, 2008 @ 6:55 am

It's too bad that Alaskans “don't recognize” Sarah – because in about two and half short weeks she'll be back in Alaska….for good. This self-proclaimed DC outsider has had her 15 minutes of fame, and I don't ever expect to see her inside the beltway.


INFO
Comment posted October 24, 2008 @ 7:36 am

JUST LOCK THE DOOR & THROW AWAY THE KEY,PALINS RUN IS BOUT 2-B-OVER ALONG WITH SCANDELS THAT WILL ERUBT.HER & HUBBY WILL B- ON A SECRET RENDEZVOUS CLEANING ALL OF THE TROUBLE IN STORE 4-HER & FAMILY.C-U-WHEN I C-U ( :


gus smith
Comment posted October 24, 2008 @ 8:02 am

I just can't get passed the Palin family image. How can a mother of five justify any other role than assuring the education and upbringing of her offspring? Why was Treat(?), the oldest allowed to become a delinquent and Bristol to run around with the wild crowd? The Palins could afford the finest education to provide for the futures of their children. I'd love to know the status of the education funds for each. An Trig, just a sack to be schlepped around on her schedule, not what he requires for a babies schedule


quietlighttraveler
Comment posted October 24, 2008 @ 8:06 am

Palin is pathetic. Such blind ambition to the exclusion of all else. sometimes ambition can carry you further than your talents would explain. Obviously her ambtion and a pretty face allowed her to exploit a corrupt political system in Alaska to get elected as governor. But let's face it, Alaska is a cultural and political backwater where a thing like that can happen. But on a national stage, she just doesn't cut the mustard, even with our current low standards for politicians. It would be in the best interest of this country if Palin now disappears from the political scene altogether so that she can do no more harm, even in Alaska. As for Todd Palin, he is obviously just a puppet for his wife's use. But maybe he accepts that role in return for the money and perks Sahrah Palin brings in. Somehow I knew when I first heard Palin compare herself to a pit bull with lipstick that this candidate was going to be a bummer. I mean, she wasn't running for office at the world wrestling Federation.


Tom
Comment posted October 24, 2008 @ 8:39 am

This pathetic uneducated idiot can fool Alaskans but not the rest of the country. In a way I feel sorry for the Alaskan people having bought into such a fraud. We deserve people that can make decisions on their own merits not others. After the Presidential election is over the Rep. Party will be in a civil war and dissolve and Palin will dissappear. In any other state Governors would be impeached or asked to step down. I am tired of crownism. That poor Attorney General must serve under a person that went only one year to college.


Kathy, FL
Comment posted October 24, 2008 @ 8:54 am

I am gald for Alskans that they got a clear picture of their leader whom is a miniscule mind at best. They are being governed by coolege drop outs, friends and a snowmobile racer. She said she took on the oil companies? Think again. She is the one “drill baby drill” and who is drilling the oil crownies. Oil is corruption we had that for the last 8 years. I am also tired of that circus of babies, teenagers, pregnant daughter, disabled child and husband wherever she goes. Can you imaging the cost of flying and feeding them?? Now I have to kids of my own and especially with a pregnant daughter and a disabled child I would never subject my family to such scrutiny and rupture of their routine. She is a political shark and will do whatever it takes to win regardless of her family. Sick, selfish and egocentric. Wake up Alaska, wake up America, is this what you want??? Obama/Biden


Janet
Comment posted October 24, 2008 @ 9:01 am

Snowmobiling, moose hunting, firing disagreeing people, buying clothes for $150 000, having a pregnant daughter, a disabled infant, a high school drop out guy whom impregnated her daughter and stated he is not interested in marrying her. That's all anything else. Impeach or vote out of office.


Janis
Comment posted October 24, 2008 @ 9:08 am

Palin is an opportunist. When the dust settles she will probably move on from Alaska. she has gotten the taste for designer clothes and the celebrity life. I predict she will be offered a show on Fox. the Sarah Palin Hour where she can wear pretty clothes and talk nonsense to adoring uneducated ignorant bigots who will eat it all up. Star ratings and private plans – who needs the office of the VP . Yipee she is on her way….


Janis
Comment posted October 24, 2008 @ 9:09 am

Palin is an opportunist. When the dust settles she will probably move on from Alaska. she has gotten the taste for designer clothes and the celebrity life. I predict she will be offered a show on Fox. The Sarah Palin Hour where she can wear pretty clothes and talk nonsense to adoring uneducated ignorant bigots who will eat it all up. Star ratings and private planes – who needs the office of the VP . Yipee she is on her way….


Janet
Comment posted October 24, 2008 @ 9:53 am

I have been unemployed for over year now. Clothes are off the list. My mother came to visit from Europe and bought clothes for around $125. Now this fraud and liar spent it on her family NOT herself ONLY.
Her husband $5090 for suits and hair cuts.
Her baby: $295 for a toy.
McMoose: $4700 hair, $2500 glasses, $8000 on make up, $720 for a pair of shoes, thousands for her daughters. $21000 flying her family around. $17000 charged per diem to Alaska.
This person says she understands and wants to reform America. Whomever votes for that tickets needs to see psychiatrist. Oh by the way. Michelle Obama bought a skirt for $120. What a difference.


Dave
Comment posted October 24, 2008 @ 9:54 am

Thanks for the great link. I loved hearing someone speak clearly about real issues and not spinning it. You have to fool yourself and be willing to lie to be a 'good Republican' right now. That party has turned into the Christian Party and no one can make a move unless it is approved by them. Real conservatives need to start a new party if they want to make a difference. Let the fundamentalists in all religions go to their respectful hells and heavens and leave the rest of us alone.


Dave
Comment posted October 24, 2008 @ 10:23 am

Grandma Jean, I agree with you that the Republican Party needs to reform. The least that they need to do is stop allowing Christian fundamentalists to dictate to them and hold them hostage about issues that effect us all. They lost me years ago when the religion became part of the platform. Our founding fathers were brilliant with separation of church and state, but apparently not brilliant enough.
All of those out there that are not fundamentalists of religion do not appreciate the assumption that we are somehow less moral or have lower values. How arrogant and condescending. Value voters…Please!!


leonard
Comment posted October 24, 2008 @ 10:52 am

Obviously, Sarah will step over many dead bodies to obtain her goal. The next one will be McCain. It is already a strained relationship with McCain (who is starting to figure out he will lose BECAUSE she is on the ticket!) that she has now decided she is the power and should be at the top of the ticket instead of John. It may not work in this election, but she is sure gonna be around in four years (doggone it!) to be the challenger. Unfortunately, she will have to go back to Alaska to “slum around” as their Governor (unless they impeach her!). The danger is that she may slip back into oblivion, where she belongs.

There is an interesting article in the current New Yorker explaining how she got to her level as aspiring VP. Great read!


Dave
Comment posted October 24, 2008 @ 11:34 am

Janis, you are most likely correct. Fox or Fixed News will snap her up and those folks that only use that channel to get their self agreeing news will think she is just so real and honest. Wow, we actually have people in this country that only watch that crap and some of them are well educated.


Sophia Pistis
Comment posted October 24, 2008 @ 11:52 am

I'd like to see what would happen if I cc'd my husband on my work emails. *insert eye roll here*


Lindy
Comment posted October 24, 2008 @ 12:06 pm

Very nice and balanced article about Sarah Palin. The problem is, it doesn't match the heading again. Who is making up these headings. There is no quote of anyone saying they don't know her anymore. There was no quote or substantiation that Alaskans don't recognize her anymore as the heading suggests. Again, this is deceptive journalism.


khatts98178
Comment posted October 24, 2008 @ 12:35 pm

Well what's good for Sarah Drag Palin is very good for Todd Vampire Palin. Now she loves the silk and all expensive clothes and jeweries…..and her hubby loves them all too. No more shooting the mooses for clothing and whatever!


Tracy
Comment posted October 24, 2008 @ 12:41 pm

So what are we Alaskans going to do about this when she returns to us in November? I'd be first in line to sign a recall petition. I sure hope there is one up and running and if their isn't, I will probably start one myself.


Chas
Comment posted October 24, 2008 @ 12:55 pm

i HAD BEEN WONDERING ABOUT HER AND THE REPORTED 80% APPROVAL RATING SHE HAS FROM ALASKANS. Look at what we have learned about her.

She's been paid to sleep and eat in her own home and no one there seems to mind. (receiving a per diem to sleep at home)

She sold the executive pane, but has taken over the state police chopper for her use on demand (20% of the time?)

The patronage jobs she doled out to her high school pals.

Best, all the babble about energy independence, then applied for a waiver with the Dept of Energy to sell 100% of the natural gas coming in that magnificent pipeline, to Japan!

How does that help us achieve energy independence?

I'd be embarassed and was wondering how you people not only accept this, but encourage it.

Chas Gaynor
Pa


Karissa
Comment posted October 24, 2008 @ 1:05 pm

Janis
Right on target! What really concerns me is whether Palin's involvement in the high end political circle will be detirmental to other women politicians in the near future. She is creating a bad name for others, no matter what party they are with, who have the potential of making a difference in the future. Very sad situation.


rolandthick
Comment posted October 24, 2008 @ 1:11 pm

If you didnt see this coming 2 months ago you were blind. Palin was only in this to gain fame and recognition. Everything Palin does is for her own gain. Everything she fights for is personal to her. She fights for challenged kids because she has one, she fought against her own government just so she could be elected, she fought to have librarians fired for her church, she fought to fire a state trooper because her sister was divorcing him. Theres alot more CRAZY things she wants”fixed” but who has time. Im just wondering where a regular guy of color like me would fit into her scheme of things! LMAO–I mean, would she fight hard for my rights as well? (rhetorical) Next she will be saying “soccer moms need to run out and spend more money at the highest priced clothing stores in America , cuz gosh darnit thats what we women deserve!!!!LOL I can hear Todd now: Well honey, you may as well get as much as you can from these clowns, they use you for all the dirty work anyway!!! LOL Peace Sarah, you are a real pimp on middle America! I cant knock your hustle. If people are stupid enough to fall for your Don King trickery, so be it!!!


Schipperke
Comment posted October 24, 2008 @ 1:26 pm

Face it! John McCain chose Sarah Palin and now she's climbing over his back to place herself for a position in the National Republican Party. Way to go John! If you used your brain instead of your gut to think you wouldn't be in this mess now.


Hatchett
Comment posted October 24, 2008 @ 1:37 pm

Way to go! Get 'er done!!


Madeline
Comment posted October 24, 2008 @ 1:45 pm

As an Alaskan, you can guarantee that her approval rating is no where near 80%. She had a lot of people snowed because she is so secretive about what she does, and people are scared to talk about her because she is so vindictive. She has effectively outed herself! She is a “reformer” who gave over 100 state jobs to friends and supporters. If you didn't support her she tried to get you fired. She will be facing law suits from the Troopergate investigation, and possibly a recall election when she comes back to Alaska. We are also looking into McCain staffers breaking the law by advising people to ignore the subpeonas they were issued in the Troopergate investigation. We have gotten along quite well without her the past 2 months, I think she can go back to being a hockey Mom.


Madeline
Comment posted October 24, 2008 @ 1:48 pm

We will try VERY hard to make sure she slips into oblivion where she belongs!


alaskagirl
Comment posted October 24, 2008 @ 1:52 pm

This is the first time I have watched local events unfold and then heard the national spin. Most of what Gov. Palin has said has stretched the truth considerably. I did not vote for her, but I thought she was doing a pretty good job as Gov. The national stage called and she abandoned Alaska's interests. Alaskans are unhappy about her reversal on cooperating with the Troopergate investigation, claiming to say thanks, but no thanks to the feds for the Ketchikan bridge and still keeping the money, claiming she is building the gas pipeline which is still several years off and negotiations will require much skill and credibility before the gas will flow, claiming she cleaned up Alaskan politics. I give her credit for taking what most thought was a political career ending stand against the Republican State chairman, but the legislature and the FBI did all the leg work for those now in jail. She came in on the tail end of that. Billing the state for per diem costs while she stayed in her own home and travel costs for her children with retroactive adjustments to the spending reports is not playing well locally. People in Alaska are unhappy about these things. Gov. Palin does still have her fans here, but the last and only time she has returned to Alaska since McCain picked her her rally had 300 people max. The first anti Palin rally at the same time had 1500 people.
I can't speak for all Alaskans, but my husband and I were both born and raised here in Anchorage Alaska, we know a life time of people here and I personally know only 4 people who still like Gov. Palin. Many here agree she will probably end up on national TV with her own show. She should, she loves being on stage and she is very good at it. Nothing wrong with that, but we want more from a leader.


khatts98178
Comment posted October 24, 2008 @ 1:59 pm

NOW, IF SHE CAN GET THIS FAR TO BE THE VP….ANYBODY CAN DO THAT. WOULD YOU BLAME HER FOR GOING BESERK ON THE SHOPPING SPREE? SHE FINDS OUT THAT IT'S MUCH EASIER THAN SHOOTING THE MOOSES. WHAT A GAL! ANOTHER GOP JOINING THE BIG SPENDERS, and yet she called obama-biden, the big spenders.


Judy
Comment posted October 24, 2008 @ 2:09 pm

Sarah Palin did not even have enough experience to be the Governor of Alaska. She has little education, little experience and very little common sense. The Republicans that chose her to run as VP, chose her for her looks and the fact that she is a woman. She is being played to the hilt and won't have any say in what goes on in Washington, should John McCain get elected. She doesnt realize this now, but she will wish she had never left Alaska regardless of how this plays out on November 4th.


honesty
Comment posted October 24, 2008 @ 2:24 pm

paul, i am so glad someone else agrees with what i have been saying, i just would like to know why the people are not being told about this it is against the constitution and that same group want her to get into the whitehouse so they can run it. i have written emails , asking why the media does not tell the people about this. the media are constantly on barack about everything, since campaign started and he has had to defend himself for everything including rev wright, that he had nothing to do with his views, the head of that alaskan independence group spoke horrendous things about hating america and the flag and even worse things, than rev wright said. i also would like to know why palins kids are with her constantly, don't they have to go to school? this women has made a mockery of the american people, when are they going to realize it., and mccain says country first he didn't put country first when he picked palin. . i also wonder how people , who call themselves christian or catholics, won't vote for a man because of his skin clr, that is very hypocritical. i'm a catholic i raised my 5 children to love a person for the person they were not their clr creed or nationality, we are very proud they grew up believing that way.


smith
Comment posted October 24, 2008 @ 2:25 pm

Republican shoul look for another person for vp of their party befor is too late if it is litle know so called gov i dont think it can work if they insist that means they shuold go and prepaire for the next election


okaasan3
Comment posted October 24, 2008 @ 2:25 pm

Here, here! I agree wholeheartedly. I am a life-long Juneau, Alaska resident. I did not vote for her either, but to be honest I never heard the whole story about Palin until she hit the national scene. All I heard was that she was a reformer here in Alaska. Sound familiar? You have to admit she is a good opportunist. She started in Wasilla and worked her way up because people want change so, so badly. Problem is Palin is NOT change! She's the worst of the old time politician. I am overwhelmed with embarrassment for our wonderful Alaska. McCain keeps quoting she is the most popular governor. Not Anymore! Last I heard her approval rate went down to 47% from 80% in these last 2 months. I hope when she comes back to Alaska after her defeat, Alaskans have what it takes to impeach her!!!


NO NAME
Comment posted October 24, 2008 @ 2:37 pm

TAKE HER BARCK TO ALASKA WE DONT NEED HER LET HER GO AND TAKE CARE OF HER NEW BORN BABY


Quest44
Comment posted October 24, 2008 @ 2:47 pm

Seems to me Hackney was right when he said she was too inexperienced to be governor ,just as she is too experienced to be VP or god forbid President !
Her husband sitting in while she conducts government business sounds to me to be inapropriete and hiring a family friend to be in charge of the states !40 billion dollar oil and gas dividine fund program sounds like poor judgement and nephatism to me !


Linda
Comment posted October 24, 2008 @ 2:55 pm

I agree


Quest44
Comment posted October 24, 2008 @ 2:56 pm

Judy ,Palin is not totally stupid she somehow without education and good judgement managed to pull the wool over the people of Alaska's eyes and became governor and I would bet dollars to donuts she knows she is being used but figures this is her chance to become President should McCain win and not be able to fiunish his term because of health . Palin has more ambition than she has knowledge and education and she knows exactly what she's doing.
All the same its a joke pulled on the American people by the Republican party that seems to love their candidates to be dumb and easy to manipulate for their bemefit.


ANN H CSONKA
Comment posted October 24, 2008 @ 2:57 pm

From Virginia:
Thanks for this comment, Chas Gaynor: “…then applied for a waiver with the Dept of Energy to sell 100% of the natural gas coming in that magnificent pipeline, to Japan!”

I would like your source for this, any documentation, to add to our list of how DISqualified this woman is.
We have lost all respect for McCain, and this is very sad political end for him (i hope).

As a woman, I'm embarrassed and apalled because she demeans our gender.
As a citizen, I am actually scared silly. Are there enough evangelicals and simple-minded souls in out country to actually elect this pair? You just don't know for sure until Nov 5 — are there enough stupid people to fall for her bull (or “charm”?) ? . . . or enough biased people to just not be able to actually vote for Obama due to race?

The WORST Palin attribute is that the White House would be infiltrated by radicals who hate America.
Surely the media should not dwell on the “regular hockey mom” farce, the spouting about Joe six-pack, and the stupid bad-mouthing of Obama . . . or the UNregular wardrobe.

Isn't it time for both citizens AND the media to skip a few trivia items and endless polls and tell people about the PALINS' UNAMERICAN ACTIVITIES, bomber-buddies and radical associates?
Imagine the media attention if the Obamas were hooked up with a violently anti-American group that at one time even collaborated with the government of Iran.
Gov. Palin has A CURRENT, ACTIVE ASSOCIATION with the anti-American Alaska Independence Party (AIP). Obama has a topically unrelated association with an educator who was an angry Vietnam war-resister 40 years ago!
COMPARE:
(1) Palin accused Barack of “not seeing the same America…” But she promotes Alaska and divisive actions.
(2) Obama continually supports and promotes the UNITED States of America.

Because of AIP, the exciting VP candidate Palin could not even pass a low-level Federal employee security clearance. How could McCain do this? He has “lost it”, and diehard Repub. and evangelical voters would blindly send her to infiltrate the White House?

“You betcha”, huh?


Linda
Comment posted October 24, 2008 @ 3:02 pm

I also wonder why the media do not speak more about her and her husband relationship with the Alaskan Independent Party. Her African preacher friend that prayer for her and witchcraft.


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Comment posted October 24, 2008 @ 3:03 pm

PLEASE CAN SB WRIGHT ME IMMIDIETLY AND TELL ME WHAT SHE IS POINTING AT?


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Comment posted October 24, 2008 @ 3:06 pm

I agree Governor Palin is by no means dumb; this woman is very ambitious and have sacrificed her children.


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Comment posted October 24, 2008 @ 3:38 pm

This Alaskan will sign too! I see Les Gara as the the best one to lead the push. He has really impressed me these past few weeks with his role in not letting Palin off the hook. And the fact that the majoriity of the legislatures who voted to release the report are Republicans should give her notice: this ISN'T a partisan attack. It is good people from both parties who are disgusted with her unethical and opportunistic behavior!


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Comment posted October 24, 2008 @ 3:41 pm

As an Alaskan , I hope she does leave the state and go work for Fox. Good riddance, and maybe we can get a decent governor for our state, and Fox can get another frustrated wannabee political player who likes the sound of their own voice and their image on the tv screen.


honesty
Comment posted October 24, 2008 @ 3:49 pm

linda, you are right i neglected to mention about her preacher and the witchcraft. why isn't the media on these issues. the republicans all complain that she is being treated very badly with the media, how can they say that she won't even let anyone interview her, she has lots to hide i'm sure.i watch keith olberman and rachel maddow every night and they were the only ones who first brought up the troopergate and the alaskan independence movement, they even showed a video of her at one of those alaskan independence meeting, she was telling that organization to keep up the good work, after the head man spoke so horribly about the american flag and the americans and other horrible things about america,. i don't know why keith and rachel maddow are the only media that cares . they are on msnbc every night keith @8pm and rachel @9pm. that is where i hear about what she is getting away with. she makes me sick the way she talks about her being an american and ridacules barack. our country will be very fortunate if they are smart enough to elect barack obama because believe me he cares for the people and i am sure he will begin showing the people on day one


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Comment posted October 24, 2008 @ 5:20 pm

Palin is amazing! I had never heard of her until MaCain brought her out. I wasn't going to vote at all this year after Huckabee was out. I've voted ALL my life. I would NEVER vote for O'BOMB US! Can't you all tell he is fooling all of you? You all are like sheep following the Savior, but he is not the Savior! You throw stones at Sarah because you are afraid she has brought energy to John. Well give up! The Republican Base is charged and we are now joined! I'm proud she bought clothes to look the part, I am proud she trained for endless hours (shows how much this country means to her), I'm proud she stands strong for what she believes, and any Republican who leaves Sarah and Johns side- I will STONE! Not my vote will they get! SIGNED: A Woman, USCG Vet, Small Business Owner, Secretary, Mom of 4, Home Owner, Patriotic Christian who has been married twice and worked my way up from Welfare! PS Never got one dime from my X, through it was ordered that I get it. So don't try to fill my head with O'bama “LOVE” stories! I see right through them!


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Comment posted October 24, 2008 @ 10:53 pm

Thanks for coming to my state’s defense! I have been getting really tired of the stereotypes and shallow views of “Alaskans” being portrayed by the media and many individuals on these blogs. As if all Alaskans are like Sarah Palin and think like she does. We complain about right-wingers making broad sweeping statements such as that liberals are “anti-american,”, they are all “elitist” etc…. Is it any better when people put down all Alaskans like this without knowing anything about our state except the crap being spouted by Palin and her supporters? Now I know how people in the South feel when they are painted with the “all southerners are redneck, bible thumpers” labels.


Jennifer
Comment posted October 24, 2008 @ 10:59 pm

Thanks a lot! There are plenty of us Alaskans who DO NOT think she is great, and the last thing our state needs are more morons. How about sending more progressive liberal minded people up here! You only need to live in AK 30 days before claiming residency status to vote, then you can help us impeach and/or throw her and her cronies out of office.


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Comment posted October 24, 2008 @ 11:04 pm

She got elected because her Republican predecesor Frank Murkowski, was the most arrogant, worthless, SOB governor our state ever had. Until now of course. Paline was a good actress, and she didn’t have to face that much scrutiny because we were just so happy to get rid of Frank (I still didn’t vote for her though – thank God I don’t have that on my conscience!)


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Comment posted October 24, 2008 @ 11:08 pm

It has dropped to 60% according to the Anchorage Daily News, still too high I agree but better. Thanks for the perspective on my home state. I wonder how many people on these blogs who accuse Alaskans of rolling in wealth while the rest of the country struggles realizes that AK Native villages are some of the poorest, most struggling places in the country. Sure Alaska has got a lot of wealth, but just like the rest of the country it is being hoarded by a privileged few.


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Comment posted October 24, 2008 @ 8:12 pm

Read the article about the jobs and business deals that her campaign donors got from the State.

Today's LA Times.


Dave
Comment posted October 24, 2008 @ 9:38 pm

southernNJmom You're kidding aren't you? Please tell me that. What is it, and please use real facts and not made up stuff from Fox News, about Obama that the rest of us are not seeing that you can see. I have read as much information about all 4 of the candidates that I can. I'm an independent voter and have nothing to gain or lose by being partial to any of them without serious consideration. So far I see 3 men that I have great respect for. I can praise all of them, but since it's Obama you think is fooling us I will focus on him. He has spent his adult life doing service to our citizens and become educated through hard work and study. He has learned to deal with adverse situations, no parents other than his grandparents. He is intelligent and a devoted family man. McCain spent 5 horrible years in a prison camp and I give him immense credit for his strength. The rest of his life has been given to him, but that doesn't make him a bad man or not a good leader. Biden has pretty much done the same thing as Obama. Palin, well that's a horse of a different color. Four schools to get her 4 year degree, a beauty queen, fundamental Christian that would like force her beliefs on others and has been associated with a several scandals already in her brief career as a politician. Have you been reading anything about her or watching the news? McCain lost my vote when he picked her as VP and she lost my respect when she accepted because she should know that she isn't prepared for this job. She doesn't know that she doesn't know. Have you heard her explain what the VP job is? You couldn't have or you would know she hasn't a clue. Have you seen any of her interviews? Please study and read and not just Rush or Bill. It's our country and the world we are looking at here. This isn't a high school popularity contest. I do not want a man leading my country that would choose someone like her for the second most important job. If you don't consider and only go on, 'well gosh she's really nice and i like her a lot' you are fool and you hurt everyone with that mentality. Have you been following the events of our country for the past 8 years and seen what mediocre intelligence and understanding will get you. Not to mention that false macho cowboy swagger. I'm a cowboy and I grew up on a ranch. Bush is no cowboy. Please, study. Thank you


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Comment posted October 25, 2008 @ 8:43 am

I have to assume that you wrote this post to simply get a rise out of well-educated individuals, NJmom, because you cannot seriously believe the words that I just read. The person who replied above me covered the serious points necessary to add a bit of reality to your self-indulged fabrication so I won't try to one up him by adding to his points, but give us all a break and just say that you were laughing while you wrote that. I am an independent voter, father of 3, faithful taxpayer, small-business owner, born and raised in the South. The McCain ticket by no means has my vote or for that matter any realistic American's. You should be ashamed of yourself for being the sheep you so coyly remarked that we are.


Penina
Comment posted October 25, 2008 @ 9:59 am

Bravo Dave! I could not have said it better myself.


Jane
Comment posted October 25, 2008 @ 5:30 pm

I am so tired of being smarter than those who “lead” our country. Please let's vote for brains and deplomacy or we are going to have to learn to shoot moose for food.


Jane
Comment posted October 25, 2008 @ 5:32 pm

Oh, well, not so smart, can't even spell. Sorry, still I mean it.


Interested Observer
Comment posted October 26, 2008 @ 1:26 am

You see right through them do you? In case you haven't heard, Conservatives are drawing away from this pathetic shell of a human being in DROVES. She is not competent to be President thus she should not be VP–and this is the mistake that cost McCain the election.

It is you poor, uneducated Republicans messing up this country–you want to legislate morality for us all and so you will ignore everything else that is BAD for the country and has been for the past eight years. You claim to be God-fearing but you will allow lies, cheating, stealing, torture, murder and more so that you can pretend you are somehow pleasing God with your vote. You helped put Bush in power–Rove played to your ignorance and did it but he will not do it this time. Get used to the idea of a Democratic Black man as president, Missy, it's going to happen.

I see right through your proud story of “working your way up from welfare,” but you forgot to educate yourself in the process, choosing instead to band together in “Christian” ignorance and fear rather than analyzing facts and truth. You are racist. You fear other religions, other cultures–anything other, this is all due to ignorance and intolerance. Ask your God to forgive you–please. And stop destroying this country.


Independent Mind
Comment posted October 26, 2008 @ 7:54 pm

Like her or not, Jane I doubt you are that much smarter than her in person.

Rolandthick – Do you fight for dumbies because you are one? I think you debunked your point…..

Honesty- You are incredibly unaware of the state consitutions…they allow most states to go through succession if they so chose to remove themselves from the union . I'n really glad you were not my civics teacher.

Judy – Your comments are emotional, not factual based and uterly stupid. they have no place here. Stay home.

Linda – Do you wor5k? Then you have sacrificed your children too. Wow….I expected the women on the left to be a LOT smarter than this.

You guys are unbeleivable- – blofg after bolg, but the funny thing is – would you have acted any differently if you were in her place? I'm sure a few will have resounding “Yes”, but the majority of you who have some ability to be honest with youreslf will know the answer without having to say it outloud.


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