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What is your opinion of Sarah Palin?

Asked at Borders, 700 N.H. on September 12, 2008

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“She seems a little detached from mainland America to me. She’s only been in office during an economic boom up there while we’re having a recession down here.”

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“I’ve been reading a lot about her. I’m glad he picked a woman to run with, and I’m glad she’s a feisty one. She seems like she’s pretty smart, but I’m a little worried that she doesn’t have a ton of experience.”

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“I think she’s definitely a strong woman and must have some qualities that led her to be chosen. She is breaking down a lot of barriers for women and girls in America. She has certainly shattered the glass ceiling.”

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“She delivers a great speech, but I’m not sure she wrote it. And I’m leery of the fact that the campaign has been so hesitant about her speaking to the media. It seems they have her on script and don’t want her to get off.”

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Satirical 6 years, 3 months ago

Just for reference "layers" are what "lawyers" are called in Alaska : )

BigDog 6 years, 3 months ago

Well so far ...... unlike Biden ... you haven't heard Sarah Palin say someone else should have been picked for the VP on the ticket.

Daytrader23 6 years, 3 months ago

She believes we are fighting gods war in Iraq. Which is why she has no problem sending her son there.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LAlxUC...

FreshAirFanatic 6 years, 3 months ago

I say what until the end of today, then go back thru the comments that will soon be listed on this question. Look at how upset the liberals will be. Notice the hate-filled language. Watch how many times they throw out false accusations with nothing other than liberal blog sites to back them up. The reactions from liberals around the country should have conservatives elated about Gov Palin. Has anyone else noticed how Obama's oration skills have begun to break down. it's almost like he's worried...distracted. Like a runner who is in the lead, rounding the final turn, only to hear footsteps closing...and slowly but surely starting to pass.

Flap Doodle 6 years, 3 months ago

PDS is replacing BDS as the mal de jure of the Left.I suspect that today we will see some of these accusations on this thread:http://www.factcheck.org/elections-2008/sliming_palin.html

jakeoliver84 6 years, 3 months ago

My opinion is that she needs to make us all some cookies....

Deja Coffin 6 years, 3 months ago

You guys are all missing the point. The real question is can she speak eskimo and just how many different words are there for snow???? If the next VP is going to be from Alaska then I expect her to eat whale blubber and kiss with her nose!

KansasPerson 6 years, 3 months ago

While watching the Charlie Gibson -- Sarah Palin interview last night, it occurred to me that the things that a lot of Palin supporters like about her (she's different, fresh, not a Washington insider, not a typical politician, etc.) are going to get worn away pretty quickly as she proceeds through her political crash-course. She's only been cramming for what, a couple of weeks, and already she's sounding less like a "maverick" and more like a typical politician..... not giving direct answers, etc.I have to wonder if anyone watched the actual presidential candidates talk on their forum last night. Seems that should have been more in the forefront of news this morning, but I hardly saw it mentioned.

LloydDobbler 6 years, 3 months ago

Vision without action is a daydream; action without vision is a nightmare.That's Sarah Palin.

jonas_opines 6 years, 3 months ago

Daytrader: Ah, I see. I guess I was too quick this morning, but I had places to be. My apologies for the misconstruement.

XEPCT 6 years, 3 months ago

I think that she has done an excellent job, coming from nowhere, in filling out those stereotypes people from the rest of the world hold against Americans.

wysiwyg69 6 years, 3 months ago

I would like to have her over for a sleepover, and talk about her ideas.

jaywalker 6 years, 3 months ago

"(she failed to return the money)"Out of the country, daytrader, so you get a pass for not getting all the facts, but she wasn't supposed to return the money, Congress allocated it for use toward other projects.She's a good choice in the sense that she energized a sluggish campaign. With her history and record, I think she was on her way to being a player on the national stage, but this may be a little premature, which is exactly how I feel about Obama as well. She is a fresh face and fresh voice, though jonas is correct in wondering if the excitement of infatuation will last two more months. I've got no problems with her views, excepting the creationist stance and opposition to abortion when the result of rape.

dminear60 6 years, 3 months ago

She worries me. I saw the piece on CNN where she bagged on Hillary Clinton for saying she was the victim of sexism during the campaign. She said Hillary was a whiner and that she had set the women's movement back...but now she is crying the "listick on a pig" comment makes her the victim of sexism??? Can't have it both ways toots.

sunflower_sue 6 years, 3 months ago

I think it's horribly insulting to women that McCain would pick just anyone...as long as she was female...regardless of the fact that there were much better options. I'm outta here. This is only going to get uglier.

BuffyloGal 6 years, 3 months ago

Sarah's shoelace will come untied soon. Not to worry.

Satirical 6 years, 3 months ago

Camper...You might want to also know what some in the liberal media have been hiding.Her expenses were 1/5 of her predecessors. Imagine if the wasteful govenment was 1/5 the size it is now.

ralphralph 6 years, 3 months ago

At least she's not another old, white, male, owned-by-lobbyists, Senator. What a bold choice, and - for better or worse - the campaign just got a lot more interesting.

coltrane 6 years, 3 months ago

a better soccer mom than vice president !

Satirical 6 years, 3 months ago

Beatrice:"Seriously, is there any proof at all that Obama has a team of lawyers in Alaska trying to dig up dirt?"The Wall Street Journal reported that the Obama camp sent a bunch of layers to Alaska "dig into her record and background." Read between the lines. Both sides do this, it is politics as usual for Obama."What else suggests she is qualified?" - beaBeatrice, you are clearly a hypocrite on this issue. You have stated numerous times that there is no set of qualifications to be POTUS. Lincoln, etc:. Palin is more qualified than Obama who doesn't have any executive experience. How many "present" votes did he submit in the Illinois state legislature? Can't make a decision? Maybe it is because when he does (the Surge in Iraq) he is wrong.

labmonkey 6 years, 3 months ago

Everytime I see her on TV, I still expect Van Halen's "Hot for Teacher" to start playing.

slang4d 6 years, 3 months ago

Until I hear something real come out of her mouth I'll think this is a horrible choice. I definitely don't agree with Billie that any glass ceilings are being shattered when every other thing I hear about her involves how hot she is. She also doesn't strike me as pro-woman with all of this fundie nonsense. If the Repubs wanted to shatter some actual glass ceilings instead of imaginary ones, they should have picked Kay Bailey Hutchinson instead of the former beauty queen with questionable political experience. Show me what Palin can do and will do and maybe I'll consider this "glass ceiling" theory.

Daytrader23 6 years, 3 months ago

jonas_opines (Anonymous) says:Whoops. Well okay, I missed Daytrader's dig against middle America, so now we have a matched set of collective demographic insulting. Gotta be fair. And balanced.------------------------------------------------I was not attacking middle America or small town America. I was just reiterating that during the RNC the term "small town America" was brought up over and over and over again. Saying things like "small town America is where real people with real values comes from" WTF? So people who live in cities are fake with no values??

Richard Heckler 6 years, 3 months ago

Former Rhode Island Senator Lincoln Chafee, who left the GOP after being defeated for re-election in 2006, called Sarah Palin a "cocky wacko," but admitted that she has told a Washington audience Tuesday that while Sarah Palin has revived a "lackluster McCain candidacy," the AP reports. (To see the video, click here).Speaking to the New American Foundation, Chafee was asked about Palin by an audience member and he responded by saying that her candidacy has "thrown this firestorm, this tornado, into the whole presidential election." Chafee, who is supporting Barack Obama, said that he speech to the GOP convention also energized Democrats. "People were coming into my office, phone calls were flooding in, e-mails were coming in, 'I just sent money to Obama, I couldn't sleep last night' from the left. To see this cocky wacko up there."In an interview with the AP Thursday, Chafee said that he "found much of Palin's convention speech objectionable, particularly her 'mocking' assertion that Obama was overly concerned with al-Qaeda terrorists getting" their rights read to them. That "got to the core of everything wrong with the last eight years," said Chafee. "I consider that wacky, and certainly her tone was very, very cocky," he added. ================================In todays news Palin says war with Russia is not off the table. This lady is a "stay the course of war" thinker .Palin does not think clearly before talking. The republican war machine is taking our economy down the tubes. It is not our job to be a war machine thank you.

gogoplata 6 years, 3 months ago

I could care less about how she dresses, delivers a speech, how much experience she has, how smart she seems, or the fact that she is a woman.What is her economic policy, foreign policy, domestic policy, etc. ?These are the things that really matter. And these are the things that there is not much difference between McCain/Palin, and Obama/Biden.

trinity 6 years, 3 months ago

ah, tob-you've given me a couple items to add to my grocery list! i'm well stocked on beer, liquor, and the like but am woefully low on Klondike bars&pizza! my heart's with snap, i hope him and the critters have evacuated to safe surroundings. katie in a rowboat, this rain is crazazy! i'z in ur cozy house eetin ur cookeez and wachin the waterz ryz!

Satirical 6 years, 3 months ago

Dear Libs....I think regardless of what Obama's special ops team, sent to Alaska to dig up dirt, ultimately finds and twists out of context (thanks for the "change" Obama), the "undecided" group will Palin her appealing.Most Americans decide based on the issues, and a candidate's experience, character and leadership abilities. The "undecided" group who ultimately decide the election usually don't follow the issues very closely and vote based on someone they like (see Bush in '00 and '04 and Clinton in '96). Since Palin is an average soccer (hockey) mom with strong values, is attractive, liable and a good public speaker; she is very appealing to this "undecided" group. Therefore most of the leftist, who are on the biggest smear campaign since Clarence Thomas who also shattered their self deluded stereotypes of what is a conservative, will be futile.But please, keep it up, I think the utter hatred and hypocritical attacks against Palin are entertaining. Remember, if she is popular use the tactic "everyone votes for the top of the ticket." If she gets any criticism use the tactic "she is one heart-beat away from the Presidency."

Satirical 6 years, 3 months ago

Correction of major typos from my 10:08 post:"the 'undecided' group will (find) her appealing""Since Palin is an average soccer (hockey) mom with strong values, is attractive, (likable) and a good public speaker; she is very appealing to this 'undecided' group."

beatrice 6 years, 3 months ago

"When quoting facts about a person you don't know, don't choose far left blogs for those facts."Or far right blogs.

blindrabbit 6 years, 3 months ago

Palin has become the Pied Piper of the Republican Party; further evidence of the "dumbing of America". Evidence of her shorthcomings have already been exposed; there are plenty more on the horizon. I spent some time in Alaska during the past 2 years; things are not a rosy as she portrays them: Helped clean-up the Republican Party in Alaska; things were such a mess with Stevens and Murkowski that there was no way to go but up. Alaska replaced Rhode Island as the most politically corrupt state several years ago. There are other Republican problems at the State level that we have not heard about yet.Have you been to Wasilla?; it's on the map, but that's about it! No big shake being the mayor other than getting big earmarks for some dubious local projects. Does not match-up to McCain's supposed "earmark" claims. Alaska leads the lower 49 in per capita earmarks; she did nothing to discourage this during the past 1 1/2 years as gov.We've heard about the per diem issue; also, it was common knowledge that Sarah misappropriated Alaska funds by mis-using State vehicle (planes) during her run for governor.The whole issue of dealing with State employees; there is a lot more here than the attempted firing of the ex-brother-in-law state trooper. The "don't cross her" stories are well known in The North Country.I've got many more but don't want to "hog" the blog. Boy, I'm in trouble for mentioning that!!

gphawk89 6 years, 3 months ago

"She delivers a great speech, but I'm not sure she wrote it"Maybe not, but do you think Obama writes his own speeches? I seriously doubt it. Ever notice that when Obama's asked a question he's not prepared for he's all "Well, I... uhh... umm...".

Satirical 6 years, 3 months ago

http://www.factcheck.org/elections-2008/factchecking_obama.htmlWe checked the accuracy of Obama's speech accepting the Democratic nomination, and noted the following:Obama said he could "pay for every dime" of his spending and tax cut proposals "by closing corporate loopholes and tax havens." That's wrong his proposed tax increases on upper-income individuals are key components of paying for his program, as well. And his plan, like McCain's, would leave the U.S. facing big budget deficits, according to independent experts. He twisted McCain's words about Afghanistan, saying, "When John McCain said we could just 'muddle through' in Afghanistan, I argued for more resources." Actually, McCain said in 2003 we "may" muddle through, and he recently also called for more troops there.He said McCain would fail to lower taxes for 100 million Americans while his own plan would cut taxes for 95 percent of "working" families. But an independent analysis puts the number who would see no benefit from McCain's plan at 66 million and finds that Obama's plan would benefit 81 percent of all households when retirees and those without children are figured in. Obama asked why McCain would "define middle-class as someone making under five million dollars a year"? Actually, McCain meant that comment as a joke, getting a laugh and following up by saying, "But seriously ..." Obama noted that McCain's health care plan would "tax people's benefits" but didn't say that it also would provide up to a $5,000 tax credit for families.He said McCain, far from being a maverick who's "broken with his party," has voted to support Bush policies 90 percent of the time. True enough, but by the same measure Obama has voted with fellow Democrats in the Senate 97 percent of the time.Obama said "average family income" went down $2,000 under Bush, which isn't correct. An aide said he was really talking only about "working" families and not retired couples. And math teachers, please note he meant median (or midpoint) and not really the mean or average. Median family income actually has inched up slightly under Bush.

jonas_opines 6 years, 3 months ago

I don't think she's a very good choice (in the same way that I'm not entirely sure Obama is a very good choice). Neutralizes the experience issue, seems to me to just be a case of putting a XX chromosome on the ticket, and her viewpoints on some of the issues in most cases are the opposite of what I think are good or helpful. It finally gave the Republicans something noteworthy to talk about for awhile, but that leaves the question of whether interest will hold for 2 more months until the election. (Again, not so different from Obama, but granted, less time for us to lose our infatuation with her)Surprisingly, though, is still seems to me that regardless of the VP choice, most of the voices here have not lost the opinion that they had going in, in regards to which ticket that they're voting for.Surprising.

Daytrader23 6 years, 3 months ago

She also agrees that we are fighting "God's war" in Iraq, and this is "God's Plan" for us to be there.Now that scares the H-E- double hockey sticks out of me. Plus, she gives governmental jobs to friends and co-investors (think Bush, Brown, FEMA) Reform?? She was for the bridge to nowhere before she was against it after it was considered a national disgrace. (she failed to return the money) Reform?? She also hired a lobbyist to oversee a contract worth billions with the same company that the lobbyist was representing (an oil company) Reform?? She billed personal expenses to the government. Reform?? She secured 27 million dollars worth of earmarks for a town of 9,000. Reform?? During the convention they tried to rally small town America. Why? Maybe because they believe that only small town America would be dumb enough to buy this crap.In order to be a reformer you must first reform yourself. I also find it beyond moronic that they have now adopted the "Change" campaign. What a bunch of jerks.

sgtwolverine 6 years, 3 months ago

TOB, don't worry; I don't think it's contagious in an election year.

tangential_reasoners_anonymous 6 years, 3 months ago

RET: "12-1/3 years from now, after she finishes her 9-2/3 year run as president:Many people will be forced to eat the words they said today."So, RET, how do you like your words? Sunny side up, or over easy?

JSpizias 6 years, 3 months ago

Daytrader says:"She also agrees that we are fighting "God's war" in Iraq, and this is "God's Plan" for us to be there." Jim Lindgren, professor of law at Northwestern, posted what was actually said on a law blog:http://volokh.com/posts/1221187681.shtml " DID PALIN ACTUALLY SAY THAT IRAQ IS "A TASK . . . FROM GOD"? While searching for CNN's story on Troopergate, I came across a surprising statement of Palin's quoted by Anderson Cooper: that the war in Iraq was "a task that is from God": [Palin] also talked to church members about "being saved" at the Assembly of God and suggested to them that the war in Iraq is a mission from God. Palin said, "our national leaders are sending them out on a task that is from God. That's what we have to make sure that we are praying for, that there is a plan and that that plan is God's plan." Wow! CNN caught Palin saying on tape that Iraq was a task from God. Ouch! But then I listened to the clip. Palin actually said: "Pray for our military. He's [Palin's son Trask] going to be deployed in September to Iraq. Pray for our military men and women who are striving to do also what is right for this country that our leaders, our national leaders are sending them out on a task that is from God. That's what we have to make sure we are praying for, that there is a plan and that that plan is God's plan." . . . I'm an atheist, but I'm not so old or out of touch that I don't know that Palin was doing what Christians often do: praying that what the country was doing was God's will. It's not strange for a Christian to hope that what you want to do or think is right is indeed God's will. . . . Lindgren also posted this on the Gibson-Palin interview GIBSON: You said recently, in your old church, "Our national leaders are sending U.S. soldiers on a task that is from God." Are we fighting a holy war? PALIN: You know, I don't know if that was my exact quote. GIBSON: Exact words. PALIN: But the reference there is a repeat of Abraham Lincoln's words when he said - first, he suggested never presume to know what God's will is, and I would never presume to know God's will or to speak God's words. But what Abraham Lincoln had said, and that's a repeat in my comments, was let us not pray that God is on our side in a war or any other time, but let us pray that we are on God's side. That's what that comment was all about, Charlie. . . . GIBSON: But you went on and said, "There is a plan and it is God's plan." No, Charlie, she prayed that that was true.The more I look at this, the more it looks intentional. How could Gibson and the staff have blown both quotes (not just one as Anderson Cooper did on CNN)?Clearly, not enough is being done to debunk the myths that the press is spreading, and these debunkings are not being spread widely enough if the staff of ABC hasn't learned that what they are saying is not true."

coolmom 6 years, 3 months ago

i havent decided who i will vote for but i am glad they put someone on the ticket that can do a lot of things. whats not to like that she can shoot, be active, and live in what i would consider as one of the worst places to live? (before everyone goes crazy i am not against alaska or anyplace else cold i just have found that my personal old bones dont like it) probably do it all and not break a nail. lol.

Chris Ogle 6 years, 3 months ago

She is a person of interest to dems. She must have something going for her. Sooner, than later, she will reveal who she really is. Time will tell.

camper 6 years, 3 months ago

I don't really have an opinion one way or the other. One thing that bothers me a little are the expense reports (per diem). Just about everyone I know (or atleast believe) knows that expense reports and employee reimbursements are monitored closely and usually audited. Thought Pallin's per diem may have been allowable some of her receipts may have been in that grey area. Sometimes these type of charges are called back by the employer and the employee pays it back. Most often there is no reprimand, but it is generally embarrassing. Real loyal employees use the per diem, but they generally don't max it out. Sometimes they rent an economy car and/or eat a light breakfeast like a cup of coffee and egg McMuffin. But here I go. I'm probably talkin small potatos. Is the media making a big deal about this? It is hard to tell the accuracy of what has come out.

Doug Fisher 6 years, 3 months ago

Well using the words "war" in the same sentence with "Russia" doesn't go over very well with me. Nope, she's scary and completely out of touch with reality. If you people want World War III then by all means vote for Mccain/Palin. I prefer the sensible ticket.

snoozey 6 years, 3 months ago

If you look back at our presidents over the last few decades it would seem obvious that the job doesn't require a rocket scientist or saintly ethics. The current candidates all have the intellectual ability and none have the real experience which only comes with the position. It is not a question of qualifications but one of belief - which political hack do you prefer in the White House?

stuckinthemiddle 6 years, 3 months ago

Sarah Palin is an excellent example of nearly everything that is wrong with politics and government...and... the way that the public, both Republicans and Democrats, and the media have reacted to her is the epitome of what's wrong with this country... it's all pathetic... very nearly sickening...

subtlety 6 years, 3 months ago

Obama does indeed write his own speeches. Always has. This man is brilliant. You don't have to like him to recognize his talent. He was the editor of the Harvard Law Review. Palin's speech had been completed two weeks prior to her selection. This isn't a comment on her speaking ability or intellect. It's just how the McCain campaign chose to do things. I like Obama's policy positions. I have actually read them. McCain will continue to benefit the very wealthy at the expense of average Americans. We can't afford him.

Shane Garrett 6 years, 3 months ago

Did I actually read a comment where people who would have voted for Obama and Hillary are now going to vote for McCain and Palin "just because he picked a VP with boobs". Wow! What a low opinion of the american voter. I think I have heard more discussion about policy during this election then the last. Let us listen. Obama..... change. Change for change sake is pretty much a communist party solgan through out europe. McCain, years of expierance, his own man, fighting hard against special intrest. Hmmm... I am sure it depended upon whose special interest and for how much. Some earmarked money does do public good. We all know what a tax and spend democrate whould do for this country. My opinion.... McCain over Obama. Whoops, the question was what does one think of Palin. She is a well thought out conservative. Personally I cannot afford to be a democrate. I work for a living.

jonas_opines 6 years, 3 months ago

"Notice the hate-filled language."Well, so far your post definitely qualifies to the greatest extent so far, doesn't it? Are you a liberal?

camper 6 years, 3 months ago

Satirical, your probably right. I'm looking forward to her FOX interview. In general I have avoided both conventions because I view them as merely preaching and reading from the speech writers composition. To me speeches don't mean much....unless they are written by the speaker.As far as executive experience goes, I don't view this as critical. Kennedy had some funny things to say about this. When he was selecting cabinet members, one had strong reservations (I think it was McNamara). Kennedy assured him by saying that he didn't think there was a training manual for the job. Ronald Reagen was an actor. While I would not have voted for him, I respect his integrity greatly. I liked him.

RedwoodCoast 6 years, 3 months ago

Well maybe it is a personality war after all. I'm glad that our country is finally waking up to reality. All we need is some feistiness in Washington. Nevermind the fact that Palin would not be the one running the country. John McCain would.Obama is inexperienced, and Palin is...Abstinence-only sex ed is the best and only sex ed, as evidenced by Palin...The cognitive dissonance is killing me...

camper 6 years, 3 months ago

I'm not sure. I have not seen hear speech (or preach if you will). I think it is interesting though. Her selection as VP may provide a sample of the decision making we could expect from McCain if elected. If you like the choice you might want to consider voting for McCain. If you don't like the choice, you may be wary of supporting McCain.All I can say is I look forward to seeing her on TV. I think she will be on FOX tonight. I hope she sounds better than she does on radio. Her voice does not project very well audio-wise.

beatrice 6 years, 3 months ago

I think she is currently under investigation for abuse of power as governor. I'm glad people can relate to her, but personally, I don't want an average Jane or Joe to be in charge of our government. The person in this position shouldn't be "ordinary" like the rest of us, but extraordinary. We have seen where ordinary has taken us over the last eight years.

woodenfleaeater 6 years, 3 months ago

In March 2007, John McCain's vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin said: "I've been so focused on state government, I haven't really focused much on the war in Iraq. I heard on the news about the new deploymentshttp://thinkprogress.org/2008/08/30/palin-wasnt-really-focused-much-on-the-iraq-war-wanted-an-exit-plan-in-place/___________Is this someone you want as VP only a year after not "focusing on Iraq" and getting her information from the local news?

dminear60 6 years, 3 months ago

I am not afraid of Palin at all because she is a conservative. What I am afraid of is the possibility that Sarah Palin, someone who is so woefully unqualified and unaware of national issues, could be our president. logicsound04 is correct in that McCain is the candidate but we all know that the VP is the next in line should the president be unable to carry out his or her duties. You cannot ignore the fact that with his health problems, she could very well be president if the republicans win in November.

M. Lindeman 6 years, 3 months ago

I am truly amazed on how many liberals here a freaking out about Palin. It is quite entertaining to say the least, just a word of advice. When quoting facts about a person you don't know, don't choose far left blogs for those facts. Here are a few corrections that you may research. 1. She never said she would go to war with Russia. What she said was, the United States has an obligation to defend any nation that is part of the U.N, if they were attacked or invaded. 2. Bush doctrine, that was one of those damned if you do and damned if you don't deals. I'm really glad she wasn't able to quote it. I only want to hear what McCain and Palin's doctrine is going to be. We all know that if she was able to fully discuss the Bush doctrine, people here would have had a cow about that. We know people are going to find fault no matter what she says. Most here figure if they can't interpret info on her the way they want to see it, they will just make it up. "Never let emotion over rule common sense."

beatrice 6 years, 3 months ago

Satirical, I don't believe my question was at all hypocritical. Outside of time spent in Wasilla city government -- a very small town -- and 20 months as governor, what else suggests Palin is qualified? Certainly, as I've argued about Obama, there is no specific set of experiences that demonstrate ones ability to be an effective leader. You must look at the whole package. With Obama, I do think his education and what he did with that education is telling. Political Science at Columbia, and then he worked to help others in an impoverished neighborhood in Chicago -- that thing called "Service" that the Republicans surprisingly belittled at their convention. Then on to Harvard Law, not just because his father and grandfather and greatgrandfather had all done so, but on his own merit, where he excelled. Then he taught Constitutional law. Then he worked in the Ill. State Legislature, then to the Senate, as you know. I've made that case for Obama, now, I'd like you to make the case, the whole case, for Palin. Palin has a Bachelors in Communication -- worked as a sportscaster. Worked in private business with husband and time as a mother, then time on the Wasilla City Council and Mayor of Wasilla, then gov. for past 20 months. It is true that unlike her running mate John McCain, she has made executive decisions. These include raising the city taxes to build a hockey rink (think of all the times that has been mentioned on this board and the very thought gets shot down because such a thing should be coming from the private sector) and then she left the city $20 million in debt. As governor, she has made decisions that have her under investigation for abuse of power!I am able to show why I think Obama shows a pattern throughout his adult life of being able to lead. Where is that with Palin?

Sigmund 6 years, 3 months ago

"The quintessential woman was pro-choice, interchangeable with any man - and her name was Hillary Rodham Clinton. Feminists necessarily have viewed Clinton's defeat as a sexist manifestation of patriarchal betrayal because, really, what other explanation could there be? Clinton was perfectly molded according to the feminist template. Clearly, she lost because she's a woman, disappointed women told themselves.""But the greatest insult was yet to come. Republicans - those anti-woman, patriarchal Neanderthalian gun-clingers - nominated a woman whom Democrats would call a "Stepford wife," except she'd beat them to a bloody pulp with a moose antler.""The irony is almost too on-the-nose to be enjoyable, but there is other cause for satisfaction. Even if Sarah Palin ultimately fails to prove herself worthy of second-in-command, her enthusiastic reception has proved that there are other kinds of women in the USA - lots of them - who have a different idea about what's best for womankind.""The sisterhood has been put on notice. "http://blogs.usatoday.com/oped/2008/09/feminist-templa.htmlFeminist template obliterated: Palin pick corrects America's perception of the 'quintessential woman'" by Kathleen Parker, USAToday, September 11, 2008

mom_of_three 6 years, 3 months ago

I am not attached to either party, but Sarah Palin scares me. From what I have heard about her views, it would be a backwards step for the country. As I have said before, with her family situation, I would have turned down the VP nomination - period. And I would have expected a man to turn it down, too.

trinity 6 years, 3 months ago

i agree with matt damon. and this whole thing will make a wonderful "Lifetime Network" story one day.it's getting really treacherous out here in the boonies of east central kansas; katietornadie where be ye???

sgtwolverine 6 years, 3 months ago

I think she's like most other political candidates: if you want to like her, you'll find reasons to like her; if you want to dislike her, you'll find reasons to dislike her.

Satirical 6 years, 3 months ago

beatice..."Satirical, do you have any proof of this phantom group of people from Obama's camp being sent to Alaska? The person who wrote about the theiving per diem claims was a local reporter based in Alaska."You are intelligent, but sometimes naive. Who do you think gives the reporters the information? Both sides do the same stuff.

crohan1978 6 years, 3 months ago

You people want to talk about her experience, but how much experience does Obama have? NO EXECUTIVE EXPERIENCE! Someone who votes present all the time because he can't make a decision! No one writes their own speeches, do you honestly think Obama wrote his own speech? That is all Obama can do is read speeches, because if you put him in a townhall session or in front of an interviewer that is actually going to ask him tough questions, he stumbles, stutters, and struggles to come up with an answer.

Satirical 6 years, 3 months ago

Mr_Nancy_Boy:.Wait:.are you saying Obama is just using rhetoric and political tactics in order to gain power?That would be impossible. Obamanation (Abomination) is going to bring the country together and we will all live in a world without hunger, disease, poverty and malice. The lion will lie down with the lamb and peace will reign on the earth.

beatrice 6 years, 3 months ago

Tom: "Yes, the "heartbeat away" is more far-left spawned garbage."Actually, she would be a heartbeat away from the presidency. That is true of every vice president. How can that argument be a far-left argument if it is simply the truth? If McCain is elected, he will be 72 years old -- the oldest incumbent president ever. His father died of a heart attack at age 70, and his grandfather at age 61. Those are the facts. Sorry if you think the facts are garbage. Satirical, do you have any proof of this phantom group of people from Obama's camp being sent to Alaska? The person who wrote about the theiving per diem claims was a local reporter based in Alaska. And why haven't we heard more about Palin's husband, someone who hates America so much that until 2002 he was a member of a successionist political party that wants Alaska to seek independance from the union!? Talk about lacking pride in one's country!

beatrice 6 years, 3 months ago

Satirical, again, any proof on your claim that Obama's "team" that is supposedly in Alaska trying to dig up dirt actually discovered the per diem issue, rather than the local reporter who wrote the story actually discovering this himself? Or, to spin the small town issue back your way, do you just think that small town people aren't good enough to do things on their own? Seriously, is there any proof at all that Obama has a team of lawyers in Alaska trying to dig up dirt? Sounds like conspiracy theory stuff to me. And if there are and they do dig up dirt, do we blame the messanger rather than pay attention to the message?Tom, you can't really have more than one mantra. If you have more than one, they are just phrases. However, even if "heartbeat away" is the "mantra" on Palin, that doesn't mean it isn't true. Four years ago, the Republican mantra on Kerry was "flip-flopper," just as now it has been to call Obama "The Messiah." The Democrats have used "More of the Same" repeatedly to describe McCain. No doubts. The "flip-flopper" and "more of the same" lines are questionable, however, but not the "heartbeat away" line. If elected, it would be true, any way you slice it.The current Democratic mantra on Palin, as you claim, is based on a simple truth that goes to the "heart" of the matter that Palin appears to be woefully unqualified to step in as our President should the situation arise. Given that McCain is 72, that seems quite possible. This isn't a slam on her as a person, just on her skill set learned from being governor for 20 months and mayor of a very small town and her rather extreme views on social issues. What else suggests she is qualified? Sorry, but for most of us "hockeymom" just doesn't cut it.

jonas_opines 6 years, 3 months ago

Whoops. Well okay, I missed Daytrader's dig against middle America, so now we have a matched set of collective demographic insulting. Gotta be fair. And balanced.

beatrice 6 years, 3 months ago

Tom, don't you think it amazing and rather telling that McCain made his pick without doing the digging himself?

Deja Coffin 6 years, 3 months ago

Why compare Obama to Palin? Shouldn't it be Obama to McCain? Or Palin to Biden?

gccs14r 6 years, 3 months ago

We do not need Caribou Barbie anywhere near the Football.

beatrice 6 years, 3 months ago

Wally: "We all know what a tax and spend democrate whould do for this country."Um, we wouldn't buy into silly catch-phrases like "tax and spend democrat." Look at how much money George Bush has spent, and how far he has driven up the national debt. His tax cuts have gone to the wealthiest of the wealthy, yet you bought into the program. Believe, if you wish, that the rich really do let the money trickle down to you, but the economic truth is it doesn't. The one thing we can't afford is another Republican in office, because their interests are those of the wealthiest Americans, plain and simple. With Obama, the tax cuts would go to help those who need it -- working poor and middle class.John McCain thinks you need to make $5 million a year before you are considered rich. And his support of Bush's tax cuts actually help those who make much more than that. Time to rethink your reasons for voting there, Wally. Unless, of course, you do make more than $5 million a year, then of course I see your point.

Bob Forer 6 years, 3 months ago

Like Jesse Ventura, Sarah Palin will get her fifteen minutes of fame. Fortunately, the gap between now and November is much longer than fifteen minutes. What that means, in plain English, Sarah, is that you are going to lose. The upside,: I am sure you will take the opportunity to line your pockets. Knock yourself out. ,

slang4d 6 years, 3 months ago

gccs14r "Rather than answer the question, she repeats a campaign talking point that she thinks comes closest to the topic. It's very much like listening to a high school student try to b.s. her way through a test."Agreed. It made me squirm a little, she obviously wasn't comfortable answering those questions.

Godot 6 years, 3 months ago

Gibson was unsuccessful in getting Palin to accept his left-wing interpretation of the world.Why should Palin be expected to know the answer to the "Bush Doctrine" question when the "Bush doctrine" is an invention of the left wing bloggers that changes on a minute-to-minute basis, depending on what they most recently hate about Bush?

tangential_reasoners_anonymous 6 years, 3 months ago

OK: saw the interview: can't hate Sarah Palin: tho' can't see her in a national leadership role, either.When were all the leaders in this country replaced with scripted automatons pandering to pseudo-public opinion?

RedwoodCoast 6 years, 3 months ago

Sarah Palin, to me, is the world's biggest celebrity. From what I've heard on television, that means she isn't ready to lead the country. Not now, anyway.

RedwoodCoast 6 years, 3 months ago

Wasn't the 'Bush Doctrine' a major break with international will and policy? I would say that when it comes to waging military campaigns, you had better know what you're talking about.

slang4d 6 years, 3 months ago

"With Obama, the tax cuts would go to help those who need it - working poor and middle class."Wow, someone speaking the truth! Check out your future tax cut here: http://alchemytoday.com/obamataxcut/

RedwoodCoast 6 years, 3 months ago

Experience has some caveats now, does it?

Newell_Post 6 years, 3 months ago

The religious political right would vote for a ham sandwich if it was anti-choice. That's all there really is to this. Former VP John Nance Garner said the Vice Presidency is "not worth a bucket of warm piss." (That's right. Reporters Bowdlerized it to read "spit", but that's not what he really said.) If the President makes it through the term, the VP is completely irrelevant. But in this case, McCain's odds of survival have been estimated at only 50/50, due to age, cancer history, and family history of fatal heart attacks. McCain making a purely political choice for VP in this situation is unconscionable. He needs someone highly experienced and competent to step in, just in case.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Nan...

slang4d 6 years, 3 months ago

"Watch 20/20 tonight !!"Lynn- I watched 20/20 tonight and had an open mind going into it. Unfortunately it shut when she attempted to answer the question about economics. I say "attempted" because she couldn't dig deep and define what she meant by cutting government spending. Maybe I'm wrong here, but I don't think she knows what entitlements are. She skirted the issue of homosexuality, she stated the words "personal opinion" instead of stating what her policy and appointment decisions would be if she had to make them, and she completely redirected a foreign policy question by talking about energy independence. Sure, that's one piece of the pie, but she missed the mark. Part of me wants to give her the benefit of the doubt- maybe she was nervous, maybe they've coached her so much she's afraid to be bold, etc. The other part of me just wanted some answers!I suppose we'll have to wait for the debate...

numhale 6 years, 3 months ago

Vice President duties: No. 1. go hunting!

gccs14r 6 years, 3 months ago

Slang, What I've noticed about Palin's answers is that they're scripted. Rather than answer the question, she repeats a campaign talking point that she thinks comes closest to the topic. It's very much like listening to a high school student try to b.s. her way through a test.

RedwoodCoast 6 years, 3 months ago

Newell, I agree. Palin as president is a scary thought. She'll put Airforce One on e-bay--and make a profit!

RedwoodCoast 6 years, 3 months ago

I'll say it again, Palin is the Republican response to the 'celebrity' of Barack Obama. They continually try to attack Obama on things such as experience and celebrity status, all the while making complete hypocrites of themselves.

slang4d 6 years, 3 months ago

"palin ROCKS, and omaba sucks."I don't know who this OMABA person is and if you mean "rocks" as in -is really good at throwing rocks at wildlife such as wolves and polar bears- I think you're probably right. I hear she's a great hunter.

Godot 6 years, 3 months ago

Sarah Palin is strong, capable, intelligent, and 1000 times smarter than ABC's Charles Gibson. She demonstrated amazing restraint and composure when she answered Gibson in a civil tone rather than reaching across and punching him, as she had every right to do, in his oversized, misognyst, jaw.

enima18 6 years, 3 months ago

I think its funny, that nobady here thinks the USA will be better off no matter who gets elected this November. All of you rightwingers and leftwingers need to be thanking whatever you worship and be glad that things will get better.

bevos 6 years, 3 months ago

One heartbeat away. That , I think, will scare this Republican to the Democratic side this time. And I am a woman. And I am a woman, that believes that any woman that votes for a woman, just because she is a woman, is a disgrace to womanhood. And any man, that votes for a woman, just because he thinks she is hot, needs to put his brain back on it's shoulders where it belongs.

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