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GOP upholds Palin, victims of hurricane in show of unity

Cindy McCain, wife of Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., left, speaks as first lady Laura Bush listens Monday during the opening session of the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minn.

Cindy McCain, wife of Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., left, speaks as first lady Laura Bush listens Monday during the opening session of the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minn.

September 2, 2008

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— Republican convention delegates rallied Monday around presumptive vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin as they made the first day of their gathering a subdued show of sympathy for Hurricane Gustav's victims.

First lady Laura Bush and Cindy McCain, the wife of the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, addressed the convention, staying away from partisan politics.

"As we gather in Minnesota, a great storm afflicts our country," Cindy McCain said. "And when one of us is threatened, we are all threatened. As Americans, we all rise to the challenge."

Party Chairman Mike Duncan opened the session by asking delegates to make donations to the Red Cross by hitting a text message code. Web sites for state relief funds ringed the hall.

Outside the convention hall, an estimated 8,000 to 10,000 antiwar protesters marched down St. Paul's streets, sometimes smashing windows, blocking roads and tossing bottles. Police used pepper spray to subdue them.

Inside the Xcel Energy Center, the site of the Republican gathering, delegates were eager to promote political unity. Delegates had scarcely settled into their seats when it was disclosed a lawyer had been hired to represent the Alaska governor in an investigation of her firing of the state's public safety commissioner. The other disclosure was personal, not political - the pregnancy of her 17-year-old unmarried daughter.

McCain's staff said he'd known about the pregnancy before he announced Palin as his choice for vice president, and had judged it irrelevant.

Few were disturbed at the idea that John McCain may not have thoroughly checked Palin's background.

"If McCain had been inclined to pick Palin and then changed his mind because of this, I'd have thought less of him," said Gary Bauer, the chairman of the Campaign for Working Families, which promotes family values.

President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney had been scheduled to address the convention Monday night, but the program was canceled Sunday because of Gustav.

The last-minute additions of Laura Bush and Cindy McCain, however, were a signal Monday that the convention could be inching back to promoting the Republican ticket.

McCain campaign manager Rick Davis refused to discuss his boss' process for vetting Palin, but was more upbeat about plans for getting the convention back on track today.

McCain is scheduled to make his acceptance speech Thursday, and Davis said "there's no contingency planning at this point that would have him outside the city" to make that address.

Keynote speaker Rudy Giuliani, the former New York mayor, is scheduled to appear today, resuming the convention's regular business.

Comments

logicsound04 5 years, 7 months ago

"but to look at polls and base an opinion right after one party's convention:weak."----------------First of all, I was not basing my opinion off of one poll. Since I've been bombarded with Obama's shrinking poll numbers over the last week or two as evidence that McCain is swinging the election in his favor, I was curious how much stock was being put in those numbers now that they look much less promising for McCain.Second, I didn't say his degree in IR gives him experience. His degree gives him knowledge. His time in the Senate gives him experience.Finally, the bump in the polls, imho, has as much to do with the Democratic convention as it does with McCain's absurd selection for a VP. The only people who were impressed by McCain's initial decision were by and large people who were already voting for him.

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scott3460 5 years, 7 months ago

"perhaps they will swing the other way after the GOP convention, which would not be a shock, but this is the democrats' election to lose. but to look at polls and base an opinion right after one party's convention:weak."If you watched any of the Republican convention you saw a moribund event where the average attendant was an 85 year old fossil (McCain's peeps, no doubt) And what about old snake eyes sitting up in her own private reviewing stand like Queen Mary or something. Two speechs by dusty old Thompson and Leibermann and a remote from your failed President are not likely to produce much of a bounce. Tonight the beauty queen is going to have to come on and fill 15 or 20 minutes. What in God's name is she going to say. She'll trot out the political prop of the baby yet again (her's not her unmarried daughter's) and make sure everyone knows how brave she was to stand by her pro-life convictions while enjoying free housing, food and medical coverage as Governor of Alaska. Will she talk about her supposed expertise in the oil and gas industry. That'll only invite press scrutiny in to her dealings in the cesspool of Alaska's political atmosphere. Maybe she can explain her thoughts on creationism, or her extreme pro-life intentions (those are going to be real popular) or how she was a Buchanan backer (according to Pat.)What do you call a negative bounce?

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UFC_FAN 5 years, 7 months ago

the polls have really swung in BO's favor lately. perhaps they will swing the other way after the GOP convention, which would not be a shock, but this is the democrats' election to lose. but to look at polls and base an opinion right after one party's convention...weak. BO has no experience in IR. saying that he learned it in IR class is funny. not only do u apparently have no prior election cycle experience (15 years old or so?) but to say that someone has a degree in IR gives them real world exprience? that is funny. the IR courses give you theory. not experience. BO will probably win this election. he would have to make a major gaffe or something would have to come out in the news cycle to derail him. MAJOR. as a GOP person, this is just not our time. i wish we could take back congress. the outlook on the House looks bleak. not for sure about the Senate but i doubt that looks too good now. BO and biden (biden is a jerk) will have 4 years. i hope they do well and America does well likewise. i'm more American than Republican. but if they don't do so well, we will get 'em in 2012 (or Billary will).

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logicsound04 5 years, 7 months ago

"The Messiah is qualified to be president, but Palin is not? That's a laugh."------------------Not nearly as funny as the fact that you think these two resumes are equal:Resume #1 -- BA in Communications from Univ. of Idaho, Mayor of 6,500, 20-months as governor of 4th-smallest populated state. Foreign policy experience by proximity (Russia).Resume #2 -- BA in International Relations from Columbia, JD from Harvard, 8-year State legislator and 4-year U.S. Senator of 5th-most populous state. Foreign policy experience by...er...well...experience.It's amusing to watch the numerous ways in which the Usual Suspects have been spinning their wheels trying to stay optimistic about McCain's rapidly dwindling chances of victory in November.Did anyone happen to see the most recent Gallup trends?http://www.gallup.com/poll/109960/Gallup-Daily-Obama-Hits-50-First-Time.aspxPrior to the convention, all the righties could talk about was the shrinking gap between Obama and McCain in the polls. Wonder if those numbers mean as much now....

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UFC_FAN 5 years, 7 months ago

i don't know the answers max, it is "above my pay grade". did you vote for gore in 2000?

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max1 5 years, 7 months ago

"The last desperate acts of a far-left zealot."Speaking of zealots and acts -- how's the Armageddonite convention going? I saw that old hump Lieberman blathering away as I flipped through the channels. Did he bring his old buddy John Hagee with him? Lieberman has described Hagee as a modern day Moses, so why didn't they give Moses a time-slot?I can see why GOPers are disgruntled with Democrats, what with all the talks they gave at their convention about a brighter future. Those Democrats just don't get it -- there is no future. "The end of the world as we know it is rapidly approaching:. Rejoice and be exceeding glad - the best is yet to be." -John Hagee, Jerusalem Countdown

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UFC_FAN 5 years, 7 months ago

as are the other todd epp entries. daily. do you have nothing else to do but blog. the same stuff every day? we get the point. go do something productive today pal. blog blog blog blog blog. cut and paste cut and paste cust and paste. that must take skill.

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Agnostick 5 years, 7 months ago

Todd, the whole "Northern Exposure" thing is kinda... tired.right_thinker, I see what you mean about LJW moving down several notches. It's moved down so far that trolls like you and RestoreReason keep coming back with one new username after another... like flies to the dung heap, huh? Suckin' it in by the mouthful...Still laughing over here, Nancy_Boy...--Ag

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Tom Shewmon 5 years, 7 months ago

You must be short on work as an attorney Todd Epps......lotsa time on your hands? The last desperate acts of a far-left zealot. I think LJW has moved down several notches in many's eyes. Get over your hostility, anger and fear.

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scott3460 5 years, 7 months ago

"You repeated dontcallmedan's lie about Palin and the AIP after it had already been debunked."Not so. I very clearly stated it was the Beauty Queen husband that was (is?) the secessionist and drew a parallel to the flak Michelle Obama received for far less egregious acts.

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RestoreReason 5 years, 7 months ago

Scott3460:You repeated dontcallmedan's lie about Palin and the AIP after it had already been debunked.http://newsbusters.org/blogs/john-stephenson/2008/09/02/accusations-sarah-palin-was-member-alaska-independence-party-are-faI guess it's an indication of how scared the Democrats are of Palin that they have resorted to lying about her so early. The GOP is in quite a different position. We just have to tell the truth about the Messiah and his plagiarist running mate.

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RestoreReason 5 years, 7 months ago

Scott3460:As Rush Limbaugh noted today, those criticizing GOP women are mostly effeminate men who get manicures. I bet you're in that category.

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scott3460 5 years, 7 months ago

And now to the embarrasingly mundane...check out the neck on old snake eyes. That sucker's nearly as wide as her shoulders. And what's with the wings 1/2 of the way up, are they for stability. Somewhere back in her family someone had some fun with a giraffe.

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RestoreReason 5 years, 7 months ago

Logicsound04:The Messiah is qualified to be president, but Palin is not? That's a laugh. List three or four accomplishments of the Messiah's that make him qualified to serve as president.

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scott3460 5 years, 7 months ago

Brilliant? Nah, just paying attention. By the way, I like this insight better:Seems to me I recall quit a lot of who-haw about the patriotism of Michelle Obama. She hated her country, it was said, because she erred in the way she described her pride in the country. A scary, black militant, etc. It went on for weeks. Yet today we discover the Beauty Queen (is that a celebrity, by the way, I understood Johnnie was more serious) husband was (is?) a member of the Alaskan Independence Party, which calls for secession from the United States and return of federal lands. I am sure the concerned posts from the righties will commence soon. This is an avowed secessionist, after all. And I fully expect a multi week examination of the issue in the corporate press.

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Bob Forer 5 years, 7 months ago

Scott wrote: Mr. McCain was still holding out the hope that he could choose a good friend, Senator Joseph I. Lieberman"Mr. Mccain was holding out hope?!!!!?!! Who's calling the shots? Clearly it's not McCain. Will these behind the scenes manipulators be disclosed before the public is asked to vote. If McCain cannot make his own decisions, of what relevance are any of McCain's record and personal traits. If some other entity is going to dictate what he may or may not do, why the heck would anyone vote for him?__________Brilliant insight. Very simple, and correct logic. But still, its absolutely brilliant. So much for McCain's "maverick" leadership. He's just another Republican sidekick, and they've done enough damage to this world. time for change.

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Agnostick 5 years, 7 months ago

Search Snopes for "palin"... this list only has a couple of entries... now...http://search.atomz.com/search/?sp-q=palin&getit=Go&sp-a=00062d45-sp00000000&sp-advanced=1&sp-p=all&sp-w-control=1&sp-w=alike&sp-date-range=-1&sp-x=any&sp-c=100&sp-m=1&sp-s=0I'll bet it grows to more than two dozen by the end of the month!--Ag

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 7 months ago

BTW, according to members of the Alaska Independence Party both she and her husband attended the 1996 convention.

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 7 months ago

As mayor of Wasilla, she hired Ted Stevens's former chief of staff to be a Washington lobbyist-- to lobby the committee chaired by Ted Stevens that controlled earmarks. Unsurprisingly, he was very successful, and got Wasilla earmarks in excess of $20 million.Flippity floppity.

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dontcallmedan 5 years, 7 months ago

restore reason--well vet the bed! I'm spreading lies or information? Google it PALIN ALASKAN INDEPENDENCE PARTY for more of whatever you want to call it from ABC, the Atlantic.........

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logicsound04 5 years, 7 months ago

"so, many Obama supporters on this board and throughout america ARE racists."-----------------Wow, that's a pretty wild inference from my comments.It someone is voting for Obama based on no other reason than the color of his skin, then yes, I would agree that is a racist motive.However, Obama--unlike Palin--is qualified to hold the office for which he is nominated. If you judge Obama without looking at his race, you would have an damn fine candidate for President. If you judge Palin without looking at her sex, you have someone who has served minimally, and done so questionably.

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Agnostick 5 years, 7 months ago

right_thinker says:"I don't know about this right thinker character, but I Tom Shewmon like her because I like the idea of a highly competent woman for a 'change'and not to steal the Democrats word of the year, I like this 'change.'"Lieberman would've been a great pick too."I'm like you and your left-wing fellows, I want some 'change' too and I am not sexist."We'll await this right thinkers answer::must be a real tool!"________We already have right_thinker's answer... so I'll respond...I like the idea of a highly-competent individual running the show--regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, faith, church attendance, first name, middle name, last name, marital status.The sad truth of the matter, however, is that "competence" doesn't necessarily equate to "electability." Or vice versa.Perhaps the only thing we'll agree on this millenium: We both like Lieberman.Which is why I'm not sure I understand the strategy of choosing Palin.If you look at the primary election stats (I think I posted about this a couple of days ago), McCain largely won the nomination on the backs (and votes) of unregistered, unaffiliated independents... voting in open primary states.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Open_pri...... couple that with what Lieberman pulled off in 2006...http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joe_Lieb... is the potential electoral juggernaut that we'll never see in action... simply because McCain is confusing his "base" with the theocrats.The theocrats didn't vote for McCain this spring--yet he was able to win the nomination, largely without their support.So why is he kowtowing to them now, through Palin?Strange. Very strange.--Ag

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Navin_R_Johnson 5 years, 7 months ago

beatrice (Anonymous) says: Tom: "Palin was thoroughly vetted."beatrice: "Well, not according to recent sources:"well, let's take a closer look at the quoted sources from this prime example of modern scholastic MSM journalism:"Aides to McCain""Republican close to the campaign"man, that's some hotshot journalism. the MSM is relegated to reporting hearsay. beatrice, you're the reason Putin's opinion is given a voice in this election. he and Lenin know how "useful" you are.Wingnuts of the World, Unite!

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Navin_R_Johnson 5 years, 7 months ago

logicsound04:"And contrary to your belief, the fact that your sole stated reason for like Palin is that she's a competent WOMAN makes you a sexist."so, many Obama supporters on this board and throughout america ARE racists. would you please share this point of logic with anxious atheist, pywacket and various and sundry other wingnuts. it still eludes them.i'm glad we agree on something.

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scott3460 5 years, 7 months ago

"Mr. McCain was still holding out the hope that he could choose a good friend, Senator Joseph I. Lieberman"Mr. Mccain was holding out hope?!!!!?!!Who's calling the shots? Clearly it's not McCain. Will these behind the scenes manipulators be disclosed before the public is asked to vote. If McCain cannot make his own decisions, of what relevance are any of McCain's record and personal traits. If some other entity is going to dictate what he may or may not do, why the heck would anyone vote for him?

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RestoreReason 5 years, 7 months ago

Jim Geraghty at the Campaign Spot:"In 72 hours, the media has subjected Bristol Palin to more scrutiny than they've given to Barack Obama in two years."

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RestoreReason 5 years, 7 months ago

I knew they were wrong then, but now we have confirmation that the liberals were wrong in 1998 when they said everyone lies about sex.

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dontcallmedan 5 years, 7 months ago

Palin, not her children, was a member of the Alaskan Independence Party, which calls for secession from the United States and return of federal lands. A true patriot.

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Confrontation 5 years, 7 months ago

I can't even imagine how much hairspray was wasted during the taking of that photo.

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Bob Forer 5 years, 7 months ago

Tom: "Palin was thoroughly vetted."Nonsense. If that were the case, why is a team of McCain insiders in Alaska right this minute flyspecking Palin's record. Those actions are a tacit admission it wasn't done right the first time. McCain's first "Presidential" decision?????? NO way. No how. No McCain. I am voting for Barack.

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beatrice 5 years, 7 months ago

Tom: "Palin was thoroughly vetted."Well, not according to recent sources:"At the least, Republicans close to the campaign said it was increasingly apparent that Ms. Palin had been selected as Mr. McCain's running mate with more haste than McCain advisers initially described.Up until midweek last week, some 48 to 72 hours before Mr. McCain introduced Ms. Palin at a Friday rally in Dayton, Ohio, Mr. McCain was still holding out the hope that he could choose a good friend, Senator Joseph I. Lieberman, independent of Connecticut, a Republican close to the campaign said. Mr. McCain had also been interested in another favorite, former Gov. Tom Ridge of Pennsylvania."http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/02/us/politics/02vetting.html?_r=1&hp&oref=slogin

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BigDog 5 years, 7 months ago

If we want to discuss family members ..... why not discuss Joe Biden's son and brother .... who recently were brought suit against for ripping off business partners in a shady hedge fund ripoff ..http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/08/23/AR2008082302200.html

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logicsound04 5 years, 7 months ago

"I Tom Shewmon like her because I like the idea of a highly competent woman for a "change""----------------So we are to assume you had intended on voting for Hillary Clinton had she won the nomination, correct?And contrary to your belief, the fact that your sole stated reason for like Palin is that she's a competent WOMAN makes you a sexist.Here's a clue--if you aren't a sexist, you can give reasons for wanting Palin as the VP that don't include any mention of her sex. Now try again....

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compmd 5 years, 7 months ago

I can't believe how much they focused on this stupid hurricane. Katrina killed 1800, which was a terrible tragedy. In the US, Gustav killed...7. Yes, a "great storm" threatening our country taking out a Dodge Caravan worth of people.

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Tom Shewmon 5 years, 7 months ago

I don't know about this right thinker character, but I Tom Shewmon like her because I like the idea of a highly competent woman for a "change"------and not to steal the Democrats word of the year, I like this "change".Lieberman would've been a great pick too. I'm like you and your left-wing fellows, I want some "change" too and I am not sexist. We'll await this right thinkers answer......must be a real tool!

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75x55 5 years, 7 months ago

This info about Edwards was known among media and ignored long before the convention, and even before his withdrawal from the race. The point (that someone else was making) was that he got the pass - until a rag like the National Enquirer had to be the ones to actually do the job that 'respected journalists' would not. Again - you equated the two candidates based on the term "family member", which isn't valid. There's no blurring of lines in my observation.

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Confrontation 5 years, 7 months ago

Joanna Eberhart: Bobbie! Bobbie... this isn't you... Bobbie Markowitz: That's right, Joanna! This isn't me, it's a whole new me. I'm happy, and I'm healthy, because I understand what's important in life. Joanna Eberhart: Yes, your new book! Bobbie Markowitz: [starts advancing on Joanna] That's right! That's what's important, my new cookbook. And my husband, and my family, and making a perfect home. It's a lesson every gal needs to learn, especially you. I'm your friend, Joanna, I'm going to help you. You need me. Joanna Eberhart: You stay away from me! Bobbie Markowitz: You are driven. Joanna Eberhart: Well, sometimes - Bobbie Markowitz: And you're selfish! You wanna rule the world! I can fix you. I can change you. Joanna Eberhart: [notices Bobbie's hand is resting upon the lit stove, yet she doesn't burn] What... have... they... done to you? Bobbie Markowitz: Let's get busy! --The Stepford Wives

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Agnostick 5 years, 7 months ago

Good points, sfjayhawk:Here's a softball question for right_thinker:Given McCain's political history, the legislation he's supported, and even the "armchair analysis" of the folks that voted for him in the primaries...Why do you think Sarah Palin is a better choice for VP than a more "experienced" person like Tom Ridge or Joe Lieberman?--Ag

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Agnostick 5 years, 7 months ago

right_thinker, there are plenty of real conservatives on this and other forums that are not extremist crackpots like yourself.I vote for the person... not the party. Not that I owe you or anyone else, any explanation about my voting history. Your own rhetoric, under more than one username, clearly displays your extremist rhetoric. 'Nuff said.************75x55, maybe you've not been keeping up with current events, bud, but the Democratic National Convention ended last week. The whole issue about "delegates" is pretty meaningless at this point. Do you know of any states that will print his name on the ballots used this November?Talk about "blurring lines." Yeah. Uh-huh.I will agree with both you and Senator Obama that this difficult situation should be left out of the political arena; unfortunately, as you probably know, some bloggers make decisions about as well as some teenage girls do. All that you and I can do is choose to argue more relevant points of policy.And considering Palin's short resume... a handful of questionable decisions... and the mushrooming "Troopergate" or whatever they call it... I dare say there will be plenty to talk about, without directly involving anyone in Palin's family.And yes... the (in)effectiveness of "abstinence-only" education is always a worthy topic. ;)--Ag

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sfjayhawk 5 years, 7 months ago

It is hard not to concede that this Palin pick is fairly off the wall. To me it comes off as a desperate and reckless move. At a minimum it was poorly vetted and impulsive. I must say that I admire her for selling the governors jet and getting rid of the full time cook at the governors mansion (and other cost cutting moves). However I am deeply suspicious of her position as a 'social conservative' and dont think any of hillarys undecided will be fooled by her. The Mccain camp also lost their 'inexperienced' argument against Obama - so all in all I would say this pic cost more than it was worth.

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75x55 5 years, 7 months ago

Because, autie - it proves there is a God (according to MM and others), since, clearly, the left wouldn't dare try to make political hay on the misfortunes of hurricane victims....Less factiously, it might be that people learn from their mistakes - you know, like certain VP candidates daughter's are clearly learning hard lessons now....

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Tom Shewmon 5 years, 7 months ago

Palin was thoroughly vetted. She supplied piles of docs., answered more than 70 questions on a questionaire and was engaged in at least one 5 hr interview.......among meetings with McCain and his people. This goes back to January. Agnostick, please be more accurate with your information and admit you're a Democrat? Why do call any conservatives on this forum extremists?

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autie 5 years, 7 months ago

What is interesting is how much attention is heaped on Gustav..yes, some damage. When in 05, the admininstration and fema are staring at a category five storm smacking the gulf coast and did little or nothing..but now with an election year, they are all over a category two storm like ants on a spilled snow cone.

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75x55 5 years, 7 months ago

"In each case, you have a family member that has demonstrated a lapse in moral judgement."In Edwards' case, he was the candidate, and has been the candidate, and still had delegates, iirc. He was the 'family member' in question. In Palin's case, she is not the "family member" in question, who is still a minor child. Nice blurring of the lines there - like when the line moves more to the left than the center?

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max1 5 years, 7 months ago

September 2, 2008http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/dc/2008/09/bumping-along-1.htmlLooks like the Hillary Clinton voters are coming back to the Democratic fold, according to Gallup.They were 70% for Barack Obama before the convention. It's 81% after.McCain's unfavorable rating of 38% is just about the highest of his career, and his favorable is down to 54%, for a still healthy positive spread 16 points.Obama is much better, though. His favorability is 61%; his unfavorability is 32%, for a 29-point spread.And he gets a 55% to 36% edge on handling the economy; edges McCain for the first time on Iraq, 47-46%; has passed him as a strong leader, 46-44%; leads on sharing values 52-39%, and tops McCain on being honest and trustworthy, 45-37%.September 2nd, 2008http://www.gantdaily.com/news/35/ARTICLE/29656/2008-09-02.htmlThe latest USA Today/Gallup poll has Obama ahead of Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), 50-43 percent. The Democrat is up from a four-point lead before the convention.

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Agnostick 5 years, 7 months ago

jmadison, 75x55:If you want to wax poetic and fetishistic about John Edwards, you might try starting your own blogs. RestoreReason has devoted countless hours and dollars to his Clinton fetish--he can probably tell y'all what that's like.Interestingly, the Palin and Edwards situations share some remarkable similarities:1) In each case, you have a family member that has demonstrated a lapse in moral judgement.2) In each case, the family matriarch made a decision to keep the situation a secret, from the world-at-large.3) In each case, the world-at-large was informed, not by the mainstream media or "RPM"... but by tabloids and/or bloggers.4) In each case, it seems that one or more children will be affected by this.5) In each case, it seems the "future" or "Where do we go from here?"... is being determined by the family matriarch.The big difference here?John Edwards is not a candidate for elected office.Sarah Palin is a candidate for elected office.Hindsight being 20/20 and all that... I'll bet that if you go back a few months, and research some of the articles/reports about Obama's choice for veep, you'll not only find Edwards missing from his "short list," but from the longer lists, as well. I think you have to at least acknowledge the possibility... that Obama's search committee at least suspected Edwards' affair, and steered clear.McCain, it's being reported, first met Governor Palin at a conference this past spring; he met with her, the second time, at his Arizona home, 5-7 days before last Friday's big announcement.Strategically... did McCain really make a "winning choice?"Voters will decide in a little more than two months.Agnostickagnostick@excite.comhttp://www.uscentrist.orghttp://marciaford.blogspot.com

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scott3460 5 years, 7 months ago

"Of course, there is a difference. Going 100 mph in a 55 mph zone and smoking marijuana are illegal activities. Being pregnant is not, even if the Messiah believes it is a punishment."The other difference, of course, is that Ms. Palin is a zealot who want to make her religious doctrine the required path for young women in her daughter's position. And a hypocrite because while she has the State's taxpayers to support her daughter and the eventual child with food, housing and medical care and make her choice possible, the vast majority of women who she would outlaw abortion for do not. If Ms. Palin truly had the courage of her convictions, it's not the Governor's airplane that she'd make the show of selling off, it would be to say that she accepts the results of her "no choice" position and supports her family without state assistance.

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75x55 5 years, 7 months ago

And this surprises anyone? The left continues to show exactly what they are - and when political power is the goal, the means justifies the end.

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jmadison 5 years, 7 months ago

The media seems more interested in Sarah Palin's daughter than in Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards' indiscretions.

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RestoreReason 5 years, 7 months ago

The MSM have already devoted more time to Palin's daughter than they did to Al Gore III's speeding tickets and drug bust. Of course, there is a difference. Going 100 mph in a 55 mph zone and smoking marijuana are illegal activities. Being pregnant is not, even if the Messiah believes it is a punishment.The MSM, which has always purported to support feminism, never once suggested that Al Gore should end his pursuit of the presidency to take care of his family. Gore III's first arrest occurred during the Democrats' convention in 2000, yet the MSM barely covered it. Why the double standard with Palin?http://abcnews.go.com/US/story?id=3345350&page=1

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