McCain source to Lowry: “Look, she wasn’t ready for this, obviously”

posted at 8:25 pm on November 13, 2008 by Allahpundit

A few more handfuls of dirt chucked at the ‘Cuda via the Corner, and one last shot at piecing together who the leaker(s) might be:

The split over Palin, of course, poisoned everything at the end. One of the dividing lines was between her communications team and the policy advisers. The communications team seemed to consider her a dolt, while the policy people—like Steve Biegun and Randy Scheunemann—were impressed with her and her potential. As one McCain aide told me, “It’s the difference between considering her someone who lacks knowledge and someone who is incompetent, and they [the communications aides] treated her as the latter.”

By many accounts, the relationship between Palin and the staff assigned by the campaign to travel with her on her plane was dysfunctional and even hostile from the beginning. “She would have been better served if she had asked a couple of people to be removed from her traveling staff,” says one McCain aide.

Some McCain loyalists think the Bushies assigned to Palin let her down and then turned on her. This is a representative quote from someone from McCain world holding that view: “Look, she wasn’t ready for this, obviously. Their job was to make her ready for this and they failed. So they unloaded on her. If they had an iota of loyalty to John McCain, they wouldn’t have done it.”

Were there any Bushies assigned to Palin? Indeed there were. Were any of them communications people? Indeed: Tucker Eskew and … Nicolle Wallace, who was absolved by Chris Wallace but accused by more than one Palin ally of backbiting. Another possibility is Tracey Schmitt, who’s not a Bushie as far as I know and who spoke up in defense of Palin recently (as did, er, Wallace), but who fits the profile of a communications person whose confidence in the ‘Cuda seems to have been less than optimal:

Reporters really began to notice the change last Sunday, when Palin strolled over to a local television crew in Colorado Springs.

“Get Tracey,” a staffer called out, according to The New York Times, summoning spokeswoman Tracey Schmitt, who reportedly “tried several times to cut it off with a terse ‘Thank you!’ in between questions, to no avail.” The moment may have caused ulcers in some precincts of the McCain campaign, but it was an account Palin’s admirers in Washington cheered.

Exit question: Time to stop blogging this soap opera? We’re never going to get closure so we might as well stop watching.


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I know Gov. Palin’s people will probably never read this, but just in case: If you really want to be prepared for interviews next time around, hire talk show host Lars Larson as a personal coach. He slices liberal illogic with the skill of a brain surgeon. You may also want to read books by Dennis Prager and essays by John Leo.

L.N. Smithee on November 14, 2008 at 7:34 AM

If she is the train wreck they allege, it speaks not only to McCain’s poor judgment in choosing her, it speaks to his poor judgment in hiring THEM.

L.N. Smithee on November 14, 2008 at 7:12 AM

I agree 100%, I am a McCainiac and I have only critisized the pick. It was a lousy impuslive decision by McCain.

Squid Shark on November 14, 2008 at 7:45 AM

Governor Sarah Palin was the only reason I voted for McCain, aside from the fact that Obama is a crypo-marxist.

McCain was a drag on the ticket and I don’t trust him at all.

Hey McCain how about “naming some names”, “make them famous”. Who are the Cudaphobes?

Geochelone on November 14, 2008 at 7:47 AM

Exit question: Time to stop blogging this soap opera?

Yes.

Jaibones on November 14, 2008 at 7:48 AM

Exit question: Time to stop blogging this soap opera?

Let the final post be the one that compellingly calls out these cowards name by name. Back stabbers need to be blackballed in coming campaigns. Let’s finish this job, for the sake of our future.

petefrt on November 14, 2008 at 7:51 AM

We need confirmation once and for all. Carl, get your Magic Lasso!

Mr. Wednesday Night on November 14, 2008 at 7:52 AM

The “ur-cell” permeating this fabricated whole cloth is McCain’s “communication staff” who faulted Palin with the opposite of her absolute, innate and professional talent: EFFECTIVE MESSAGING. Of the entire “McCain Team,” Palin was the most effective communicator. That McCain with his “communication staff” whom he personally assigned to Palin were miffed with her abilities and with her convictions is not news. That they went to such extraordinary measures VIA FOX NEWS to dump their own sewage on Palin proves again the low class Chief Executive material that comprises John McCain. The liability factor remains in effect, as Palin supporters will not forget the efforts of chief top level policy making “Republican Insiders” to sabotage CONSERVATISM and that movement’s virtuous standard bearer.

Carl Cameron is a fabricator. Chris Wallace is a mealy RINO Progressive mouthpiece. Nichole Wallace is a snake in the grass. I dare each of Palin’s critics individually to allow Gov. Sarah Palin to conduct her own recorded interrogation interviews of THEM for public viewing. We’ll see who actually practices responsible journalism out of their polished yet motley Progressive crew, asking the right questions without fabricating bullshit for public consumption.

All things considered, those “Republican insiders” defacing Palin have stamped 666 on their own political foreheads, effectively sorting themselves out as Progressive Elistists, not Conservatives aligning the Constitutional Platform. THEY are the ones who sabotaged the GOP via RNC leadership; they are the RNC leadership who just want to fit in with neo-liberals in power, the “don’t rock the boat of corruption” insiders, anything for power.

What else explains McCain’s legislation history and the cohorts he has collected along the way to insulate him from the conservative Republican party base? Yes, McCain selected Palin to be his VP; yes, McCain abused his party’s most stalwart members; yes, McCain did not effectively nip lies while in the bud as he perniciously savored the lies himself.

maverick muse on November 14, 2008 at 7:52 AM

Talk about pundits who determine the content of their columns by raising their finger to the wind! I think Rich Lowry and that whole “corner” gang have been incredibly inconsistant throughout this election- even Michelle Malkin was to a certain extent. You can’t bash both sides and then complain about the winner. More so than any other election I can remember, this was a lesser of two evils election. McCain was no more “conservative” than Ralph Nader, but Obama was the choice of anti-American lunatics. A choice had to be made and I’m still ticked at all the “pundits”, esp. smart ones like Krauthammer, who KNEW the danger Obama represented, and yet still chose to bash McCain/Palin every chance they got. Didn’t help, folks. But I guess they now have lots of juicy stuff for future columns. Good luck recapturing the conservative base, however.

anniekc on November 14, 2008 at 8:02 AM

Rich Lowery with Rick Davis:

According to Davis, 80% of the McCain campaign was Davis/Schmidt decision/accomplishment. They had a tight grip on every detail, yet profess absolute ignorance of any flaw. So the 80% campaign success was THEIR claim to fame, and the 20% campaign failure was NOT THEIR claim to fame. Pathetic self evaluation, self absolution, and self incrimination.

“Honestly,” 666Davis has no idea who leaked lies about Palin that “saddened” the loser boo-hoo-hoo cry baby liar. “No one had any idea” how much was being spent on Palin’s clothes–they never had a price tag attached prior to purchase and there were no receipts to read or pay; AS IF THE CLOTHES APPEARED FROM NOWHERE; yet SOMEONE broadcast lies about that, too, which Davis refused to repudiate in order to clear Palin of his own 80% blame.

There is absolutely nothing extraordinary about any asshole, particularly Davis. That Davis aligns his 666ass with Schmidt’s as a hole-in-one reveals that true to form, he won’t go down without taking Schmidt with him. So what has Schmidt to say about it, a happy brokeback mtn. camper?

maverick muse on November 14, 2008 at 8:21 AM

IDIOTIC comment in toto. Was Obama ready to be President? No executive experience, no military experience, no professional ACCOMPLISHMENTS & his campaign of “hope & change” a total fraud show the hypocrisy of criticizing Palin. McCain, Biden & Obama had less REAL executive experience than Palin. Criticizing Palin demonstrates buying the lies & ignorance of the 90% Democrat MEDIA.

Max47 on November 14, 2008 at 8:58 AM

Let’s face it, John McCain’s staff failed him, as Sarah Palin’s failed her. What a disaster of a campaign they ran. It would be good to find out all the staffers involved with prepping Sarah and John McCain and never let them near a Conservative politician in the future. The more they “leak” this garbage about Sarah Palin, the dumber they sound.

hogger03 on November 14, 2008 at 9:01 AM

Squid Shark on November 14, 2008 at 7:45 AM

See, there’s the problem Squdly. The fact that you’re a ’100% McCainiac’ means you have no judgement whatsoever therefore your opinion on Palin is irrelevant. She may not have been ready, but McCain should never have been given the nominiation. His commitment to the GOP was never strong enough to make him an effective messanger, and the fact that he is a backstabbing lowlife media loving hack with the charisma of a dead possum made him a awful choice to begin with. Anyone over 10 years old knew that any ticket with McCain would never win. It was my opinion that she should be left alone by McCain because 1) He sucked, and would only drag her down, and 2)She needed more experience. As bad as you may think she is Squd, she was 100 times better than McCain. He wouldn’t have gotten 100 electoral votes without her. Now, I think you need to take a lesson from the Carter voters, which is never admit you voted for Mcbum, find a new hobby and never allow yourself to vote again.

austinnelly on November 14, 2008 at 9:14 AM

So the “Bushies” consider Palin stupid and incompetent. That’s highly ironic considering the f–k-up they’ve been serving for the past eight years.

Bush, for his part, has never made a habit of hiring competent people. Look at Dana Perino – “What’s the Cuban Missile Crisis?”

Django on November 14, 2008 at 9:26 AM

Their staffs might have failed but the GOP electorate failed them too. Many voted Dem or sat out because either they hated McCain or bought into the Sarah’s not ready myth. We must lay the blame on ourselves too. But blame is a WASTE OF TIME. Let’s start looking for someone whom we all can embrace and do not expect them to be all things to all people. Then, let’s get behind this person 100%. We’ve only got a measly four years and, as this last election proved, that’s not a lot of time. All this RINO/conservative in-fighting is the root of much of this. We need them and they us. I’m becoming convinced that many of these so-called right wing purity provenders are Dems here to cause division and have done a good job of it. Did many fall for it? Looks as if.

jeanie on November 14, 2008 at 9:44 AM

John McCain a dispicable, arrogant, petty, dishonorable, mean little SENATOR who by the way is going to meet with “The One ” in Chigaco.

Hopefully “The One” will appoint McDumbass to a veterans affairs position somewhere deep inside his cabinet thus freeing up another Senate seat for the Dems to steal.

Whatever honor Mccain had in the distant past it has been noticably and persistantly AWOL in the last decade.

Good Riddance Old News!
Welcome aboard Sarah you are the future!
Palin/Plumber 2012

dhunter on November 14, 2008 at 9:57 AM

This needs to end.
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The leaks need to stop, fire those people if they can be and move on to the future, before we fly by 2012 before we know what happened. We look silly on an international stage.

indyrowe on November 14, 2008 at 10:26 AM

Sarah showed great potential in connecting with Joe six-pack and is great at delivering a great speech like Obama, she has great body language that projects self confidence, but what she lacks is a brain. That cannot be made up for. All that comes out of her mouth are folksy lines and words like ‘also‘, ‘also too‘, ‘gotchya‘, ‘betchya‘. I wish someone could just mute her every time she opens up her mouth (except when she’s reading of a teleprompter) and maybe Michelle Malkin could do a voice over. This woman is dumber than a box of rocks. She’s thick as a brick. What the GOP needs is not a BIMBO but a true Conservative with brains and who can put Liberalism to rest. We need NEWT GINGRICH. I would love to see Newt slap O’Dumbo silly during their debates. He’s the true pitbull and he’s a true visionary. Palin couldn’t name one thing or one new idea for the GOP when she was interviewed by Wolf Blizter.

Newt-Romney’2012

jacobnyc on November 14, 2008 at 10:33 AM

Gratitude.

BallisticBob on November 14, 2008 at 10:39 AM

Problem is McCain has a different message, liberalism which is not much different from Obama. It is very hard to contradict those ideas with Palin’s principles. The result is Palin was kept out of public ie. talk radio and get her polished. She also was thrown to the wolves like Couric whose intention was to make her look stupid. It would not have happened if McCain is a conservative. As Rush said let Palin be Palin. But McCain was scared because they would not be talking about the same agenda like drilling and global warming.

mariloubaker on November 14, 2008 at 10:41 AM

As far as I am concerned, either they identify the person quoted or shut the f— up. I am tired of the hiding behind “unnamed” sourcing.

If the whiners won’t even man up and be quoted now, then they had no business ever being part of a campaign.

So, put up or shut up Lowry. Identify WHO said WHAT, or shut up about it, and quit giving their spite an outlet.

Skywatcher44 on November 14, 2008 at 10:47 AM

I’m almost glad they lost now. If this is how they pick loyal staff who know how to behave with dignity and discretion, the administration would have been a nightmare. Leaks, backbiting, no coherent message.

And I blame McCain. Palin wanted to go on O’Reilly, she didn’t want to hide from the media, and SHE had a message. You have served your country, Senator McCain, now go retire please.

JustTruth101 on November 14, 2008 at 10:51 AM

Sarah showed great potential in connecting with Joe six-pack and is great at delivering a great speech like Obama, she has great body language that projects self confidence, but what she lacks is a brain. That cannot be made up for. All that comes out of her mouth are folksy lines and words like ‘also‘, ‘also too‘, ‘gotchya‘, ‘betchya‘. I wish someone could just mute her every time she opens up her mouth (except when she’s reading of a teleprompter) and maybe Michelle Malkin could do a voice over. This woman is dumber than a box of rocks. She’s thick as a brick. What the GOP needs is not a BIMBO but a true Conservative with brains and who can put Liberalism to rest. We need NEWT GINGRICH. I would love to see Newt slap O’Dumbo silly during their debates. He’s the true pitbull and he’s a true visionary. Palin couldn’t name one thing or one new idea for the GOP when she was interviewed by Wolf Blizter.

Newt-Romney’2012

jacobnyc on November 14, 2008 at 10:33 AM

That Reagan was pretty dumb too … I mean, look at his first debate in 1984, he was like a deer in headlights … we should have dumped him long ago

Ford – Lodge 84!

joey24007 on November 14, 2008 at 10:56 AM

Also, can we get over the implication that because somebody has a folksy speaking style that they are somehow stupid

or this one … because a women is attractive that she is a bimbo

Lets be honest here, Obama is a pretty smart guy but he can’t make it through a sentence without pausing and saying “uh um ah” 7 times

joey24007 on November 14, 2008 at 10:59 AM

Palin was the only reason I voted for McLame. If he had chosen another RINO like Romney for VP I would have sat this one out.

…and there are 10s of millions that feel the same way.

trainer on November 14, 2008 at 11:02 AM

Hot Air commenter to McCain: “Why don’t you reach across the aisle and see if you can borrow a mirror?”

And Palin’s dumb? I don’t know anyone in all 57 states who’d stand up out of his wheelchair to disagree with you after her comment about FDR going on TV to announce that France had kicked Hezbollah out of Lebanon. No way was she smart enough to be elected Vice President, I’ll betcha.

saint kansas on November 14, 2008 at 11:04 AM

Hot Air commenter to McCain: “Why don’t you reach across the aisle and see if you can borrow a mirror?”

And Palin’s dumb? I don’t know anyone in all 57 states who’d stand up out of his wheelchair to disagree with you after her comment about FDR going on TV to announce that France had kicked Hezbollah out of Lebanon. No way was she smart enough to be elected Vice President, I’ll betcha.

saint kansas on November 14, 2008 at 11:04 AM

and its not like this is the first time the Republican is “dumb”

every election cycle the Republican is always painted as dumb so whats the big freaking deal anyway?

the Republican candidate can be a rhode’s scholar and will still be called dumb

joey24007 on November 14, 2008 at 11:11 AM

We need NEWT GINGRICH.

After his global warming PSA with Nancy Pelosi (funded by Al Gore’s little group), I’d rather hold my nose and vote for McCain again in four years.

Hello? Is there one actual conservative left out there who’ll test free of Kool-Aid?

saint kansas on November 14, 2008 at 11:11 AM

I hear that Sarah Palin is looking for an earmark to study who is buried in Grant’s tomb.

I look forward to the results.

Vernon Hardapple on November 14, 2008 at 11:25 AM

I hear that Sarah Palin is looking for an earmark to study who is buried in Grant’s tomb.

I look forward to the results.

Vernon Hardapple on November 14, 2008 at 11:25 AM

I heard that “Comedy for dummies” was cheap on amazon these days

joey24007 on November 14, 2008 at 11:30 AM

If there is even one person, and I doubt that there is, who voted for Obama because Palin was on McCain’s ticket, that person chose clearly unfit over perhaps unready.

Palin would have grown in the job. Obama will need a character transformation in order to adequately perform the job of POTUS.

Basilsbest on November 14, 2008 at 11:44 AM

I hear that Sarah Palin is looking for an earmark to study who is buried in Grant’s tomb.

I hear that Biden thought President Roosevelt went on TV after the 1929 stock market crash… and I heard that straight from Biden’s mouth.

This is pretty much the entire campaign season in a nutshell, ladies and gentlemen. Obama has no experience? What? You mean Governor no, Mayor Palin the hockey mom has no experience! Obama himself said on video he’s been to all 57 states? No, that can’t be. You meant to say that the hockey mom thinks Africa’s a country! I read that on the ‘nets!

saint kansas on November 14, 2008 at 11:46 AM

The great John McCain: If anyone stood up to speak the cold truth about that scumbag B Hussein Obama, good ol’ righteous McStain would be among the first to disown them. Here is Sarah Palin who has is shown to be honorable (if she weren’t it would be all over our media) and I don’t see Johnny saying much in her defense. It’s getting to the point that I can’t stand to see his face anymore.

cjk on November 14, 2008 at 11:47 AM

“Sitting here in these chairs that I’m going to be proposing but in working with these governors who again on the front lines are forced to and it’s our privileged obligation to find solutions to the challenges facing our own states every day being held accountable, not being just one of many just casting votes or voting present every once in a while, we don’t get away with that. We have to balance budgets and we’re dealing with multibillion dollar budgets and tens of thousands of employees in our organizations.”

-Miss South Carolina – oops – I mean Sarah Palin.

Dave Rywall on November 14, 2008 at 11:59 AM

Wow, even Ben Smith over at Politico has noticed that because most of the smears about the ‘Cuda have been debunked (including many of those in the Newsweek article) it calls into question the veracity of basically all of the smears about her. He also has apparently noticed that his sources who defended her pre-emptively may have been onto something. Who woulda thunk?

meltenn on November 14, 2008 at 12:05 PM

I don’t understand why it is Palin’s fault that McCain couldn’t win.

Lawrence on November 14, 2008 at 12:21 PM

Put yourself in Sarah Palin’s shoes on August 28, 2008, the day McCain asked Sarah to be his VP. You are the sitting governor of Alaska with an 80% approval rating, and have recently completed a huge $40B energy deal to build a natural gas pipeline from Alaska to the Lower 48 and you have just signed into law a rebate allowing each Alaskan resident an extra $1200 to pay its fuel bills. You have been vetted for the VP slot several months earlier but until meeting with McCain’s chief advisors on August 27 never thought you had a hope in hell of getting the job; you know you’re young and healthy, capable of delivering a great speech to stir the hearts of the voters, and that the primary reason McCain chose you was twofold: to solidify the base so they’ll send more money in and work tirelessly by the thousands to GOTV and to perhaps attract some disaffected Hillary voters who pledged at the time they would never vote for Obama; you know politics is a bloodsport from taking down two former governors in the 2006 Governor’s election, but you don’t realize the venom and vitriol that’s going to be levelled at you and your family over the next two months. You are going to be accused of lying about the parentage of your newborn, of forcing Bristol to have her child and get married out of political considerations, of having an extra-marital affair, of being a religious whack job, of going Hitleresque in wanting to ban books, of being an American seccessionist, of needlessly killing wolves, of being ruthless in firing people,including being unethical in the dismissal of a cabinet member who was not doing his job in your estimation (Troopergate); you are going to be protrayed on SNL as a caricature of people that lived in Alaska 50-100 years ago; even though you are a governor and a university graduate you are going to be portrayed as a simpleton and a moron, implying that Alaskans who voted for you must be that way as well or that you hid your lack of intelligence well; you think nothing of having applied for your first passport to go to Kuwait just a year before; you never dream that the MSM would use that to imply that you were clueless about what was going on in the rest of the world, that you didn’t know Africa was a continent or who the members of NAFTA are. After all you are the head of the Alaskan National Guard and you are fully aware of the defense infrastructure present in Alaska that protects the USA from attacks from Russia and well read. You can’t believe the MSM would try to imply that a former oil and gas regulator and city mayor could be portrayed as a bimbo. But you are more astonished that the average American voter actually believes this hogwash. In spite of this the McCain staff tells Sarah not to worry or raise a fuss–it’s just the way national politics is played-this will all blow over after the people get to know you-in other words, play the good soldier, listen to us in regards to media availability, don’t go off script, ignore the criticism by not watching CNN and remain cheerful. At this point Sarah has no reason to question the judgment of McCain’s team-the McCain campaign is now ahead or tied in the polls, when prior to the Republican Convention they were trailing. Then the economic meltdown and the bailout hits-the McCain campaign goes up in smoke and rumors and smears abound about you, especially from so-called conservative journalists. You have sub-par interviews (MSM and pundit take on them) with Gibson and Couric although the one you had with Hannity you consider pretty good. You do not appear on right-wing talk radio. As October 2 approaches it’s deja vu all over again; before your Convention speech, all the media could talk about was the Eagleton option (Intrade was even taking bets when McCain would dump you)and now all the MSM can talk about is your debate with Joe Biden and whether your perceived inability to communicate, your incompetence in national and foreign affairs, and your status as a moron is going to re-ignite the Eagleton option. Then you have the debate of your life-the right-wing regular, down-to-earth people of the GOP will forever become your supporters-you aced your debut speech, gave a Convention speech that some compared to Reagan’s 1980 convention speech and went toe-to-toe and more than held your own with a Senator who had 35 years experience in Congress and was a supposed expert in foreign affairs. Finally there is no more talk of the Eagleton option. You take a moment to reflect. You realize that the stories written about you being mishandled or muzzled are basically true and that you can do more to get McCain elected if you could be unleashed to do your thing. That you do for the remainder of the campaign, getting stronger as the campaign comes to a close. The McCain advisors are in a snit and get their knives out for you: words like rogue and diva are thrown out there by anonymous sources and you’re basically accused of ‘wardrobe extravagance’ which you have no part of. However, despite all this you still believe that you and John will prevail. How could Americans choose a cipher for President that ‘palled around with a former domestic terrorist, had ties with a man who had strong ties to Palestinian viewpoints and hated Israel, was linked to a convicted felon (Rezko) and who spent 20 years as member of a church whose ‘Black Liberation’ minister who preached that racism was the main problem facing America and spewed hatred and antagonism towards white people but above all is a socialist/Marxist who believes in the principles of Saul Alinsky and Karl Marx and who is supported by Chavez, Castro and Gaddaffi? Like millions and millions of Americans, you misread the American voter-the hatred of George Bush and the lost savings incurred by millions of voters from the economic meltdown prove to be too much to overcome. And that even includes Pennsylvanians rejecting your message despite Obama’s comment on ‘clinging to your religion and guns’, his claim that he wants to ‘bankrupt the coal industry, and Murtha’s claim that his constituents were racist and rednecks. You appear in Phoenix ready to give your own concession speech but that is nixed by McCain’s staff. You are visibily upset at the loss-you show tears. You did not join the ticket to lose. Either at that moment or on the plane trip back to Alaska you realize that you are not the same person you were 2 months ago. You have a much higher profile; a few days later Rasmussen reports that you have a 91% approval rating with the GOP and that at that very moment in the wake of a devastating loss 64% of Republicans would vote for you to head the 2012 GOP ticket. You cannot go backwards. Your time is now. At the GOP RGA convention all the talk is about you. In the history of America no defeated GOP VP candidate has been as popular and has been as vilified. You resolve to move forward despite the attacks from anonymous sources and ‘insiders’. I will never yield, never abandon my principles, and will continue to fight for all that is right in America is what I believe. Tomorrow is another day, and what tomorrow holds only God knows.

technopeasant on November 14, 2008 at 12:44 PM

Exit question: Time to stop blogging this soap opera?

Can’t let it go until McCain steps up for Palin

I wavered back and forth about McCain’s treatment of the Vietnam era MIA’s, understanding the chances of resolution were slim, yet despising McCain’s rush to set up normalization (i.e. sweatshops) with Vietnam which depended on pretending there were no MIA’s.

Once McCain decides to forget you, you are forgotten

I am an elephant. John ‘My Friends’ McCain owes me on thi one. I voted for the mangy curr. He put the spotlight on Palin. It is up to him to take it down.

On the other hand, his silent treatment of Palin is helping cement the opinions of the Palin supporters which does not bode well for the Big Tent revival he and his buddies are planning

entagor on November 14, 2008 at 12:47 PM

-Miss South Carolina – oops – I mean Sarah Palin.

“Over the last 15 months, we’ve traveled to every corner of the United States. I’ve now been in 57 states? I think one left to go.”

- Senator Barack Obama, oops – I mean PRESIDENT-ELECT Obama

We can do this forever (since you’ve excused yourself from compiling that huge list of “proof Rush is a racist” quotes). Come on: before you trash Palin as stupid, show me these 58 states on a, uh, urr, ah, map.

saint kansas on November 14, 2008 at 1:06 PM

Good God, why would any intelligent, rational, decent person ever want to run for President? I hope Sarah makes a fortune from books and appearances to secure her beautiful family. I hope she creates an organization to work for special needs kids or other worthy causes where she can do some good and be fulfulled. I hope she speaks out on behalf of conservative causes and energy independence for the good of future generations. Right now, I just don’t think the Republican party or the majority of this country deserve her sacrifice.

littleguy on November 14, 2008 at 1:08 PM

Good God, why would any intelligent, rational, decent person ever want to run for President? I hope Sarah makes a fortune from books and appearances to secure her beautiful family. I hope she creates an organization to work for special needs kids or other worthy causes where she can do some good and be fulfulled. I hope she speaks out on behalf of conservative causes and energy independence for the good of future generations. Right now, I just don’t think the Republican party or the majority of this country deserve her sacrifice.

littleguy on November 14, 2008 at 1:08 PM

Palin’s history shows that she isn’t afraid of anything and if she decides to run for higher office, she will

but if she decides not to run, then that is kool too … I would love to read books by her on current issues or to watch her on television

but her history shows that she is willing to get into the fight

If Barry has a bad first 2 years and she campaigns for Congressional candidates and she draws in the crowds for them, then she will emerge as either the contender in 2012 or 2016

joey24007 on November 14, 2008 at 1:13 PM

I don’t see why anyone would say that us discussing the latest Palin info here is keeping the story alive. It seems like the media and the McCain campaign slugs are more than able to do that by themselves. IMO if we just all shut up and ignore it the Left will interpret that as meaning we believe the smears. Until the leakers are prepared to actually put their names to their comments I can dismiss them all as petty vindictive people looking to defend their own failures.

I have no problem admitting that her foreing policy experience was slim. Hover unlike Obama who had the same thin foriegn policy resume – she wasn’t running for President. The Republican campaign should have just owned up to those defeciencies and stressed her positives. The lack of doing that reflects on McCain and his campaign – they knew she was a Governor not a fp wonk.

I also agree that she needs to go back to Alaska and resume her duties as governor but she’s as entitled to try and remain nationally known as any of the other Governors.

katiejane on November 14, 2008 at 1:13 PM

Exit question: Time to stop blogging this soap opera? We’re never going to get closure so we might as well stop watching.

Yes, drop it.

Y-not on November 14, 2008 at 1:46 PM

If she is the train wreck they allege, it speaks not only to McCain’s poor judgment in choosing her, it speaks to his poor judgment in hiring THEM.

L.N. Smithee on November 14, 2008 at 7:12 AM

I agree 100%, I am a McCainiac and I have only critisized the pick. It was a lousy impuslive decision by McCain.

Squid Shark on November 14, 2008 at 7:45 AM

A lousy VP choice it was!

The Vet Who Did Not Vet:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=03fcGelz8Hw

Shelby on November 14, 2008 at 1:49 PM

“Sitting here in these chairs that I’m going to be proposing but in working with these governors who again on the front lines are forced to and it’s our privileged obligation to find solutions to the challenges facing our own states every day being held accountable, not being just one of many just casting votes or voting present every once in a while, we don’t get away with that. We have to balance budgets and we’re dealing with multibillion dollar budgets and tens of thousands of employees in our organizations.”

-Miss South Carolina – oops – I mean Sarah Palin.

Dave Rywall on November 14, 2008 at 11:59 AM

Thanks! LOL! God, what an Airhead she is!

Shelby on November 14, 2008 at 1:57 PM

Well you “McCainiacs” would have dealt with millions less in campaign donations and volunteers without that “lousy pick”

as well as seeing Tim Pawlenty drawing 200 people to rallies and further alienating the people who didn’t like McCain to begin with

joey24007 on November 14, 2008 at 2:01 PM

Thanks! LOL! God, what an Airhead she is!

Shelby on November 14, 2008 at 1:57 PM

she is committed to helping those with special needs so you might have made out better if she were elected Vice President

joey24007 on November 14, 2008 at 2:02 PM

RE: Squid Shark on November 14, 2008 at 7:45 AM

While I am a fan of Govenor Palin, I have to say that lousy impuslive decisions are a Maverick trademark. Maybe she was one, maybe she wasn’t. Time will tell.

el rey on November 14, 2008 at 2:05 PM

Talk about pundits who determine the content of their columns by raising their finger to the wind! I think Rich Lowry and that whole “corner” gang have been incredibly inconsistant throughout this election- even Michelle Malkin was to a certain extent. You can’t bash both sides and then complain about the winner. More so than any other election I can remember, this was a lesser of two evils election. McCain was no more “conservative” than Ralph Nader, but Obama was the choice of anti-American lunatics. A choice had to be made and I’m still ticked at all the “pundits”, esp. smart ones like Krauthammer, who KNEW the danger Obama represented, and yet still chose to bash McCain/Palin every chance they got. Didn’t help, folks. But I guess they now have lots of juicy stuff for future columns. Good luck recapturing the conservative base, however.

anniekc on November 14, 2008 at 8:02 AM

Oh that’s ripe! You complain about “smart ones like Krauthammer” speaking the TRUTH about Palin’s extreme lack of qualifications to be a heartbeat away from the presidency???!!!

Are not journalists supposed to report the FACTS???!!!–not just pleasing tidbits that you want to hear about your Ms. Right Wing Messiah!

Shelby on November 14, 2008 at 2:19 PM

Thanks! LOL! God, what an Airhead she is!

Shelby on November 14, 2008 at 1:57 PM

she is committed to helping those with special needs so you might have made out better if she were elected Vice President

joey24007 on November 14, 2008 at 2:02 PM

Dang! Just think how Sarah could have helped herself by enrolling in her own special-needs program! Real bummer she lost…

Shelby on November 14, 2008 at 2:31 PM

Hey, Dave Drywall, here’s one for ya:

Q. … I’m wondering what you’re doing to get ready. Have you spoke to (sic) any living ex-Presidents … ?

Mr. OBAMA: … Uh, in terms of, uh, speaking to former presidents, I have spoken to all of them, uh, that, uh, are, uh, living. Obviously, President Clinton, d-uh …

Yeah, that was a really tough “gotcha” question about which Presidents he’s talked to! What an AIRHEAD!

L.N. Smithee on November 14, 2008 at 2:50 PM

This line of thinking regarding, searching for “them” and their anonymous allegations/smears, is at the very least a distraction as to make these veterans of Mccains failed team, “eligible” to receive consideration for being hired in the 2012 run, by anybody but Palin. At its most lethal, an attempt to play into the left’s & the MSM “demand”, that Palin is unqualified and stillborn for consideration for future Presidential nomination. This vicious (news cycle)circle,investigating just who continues to poison Palin’s future; allegedly Mccain staffers and campaign strategists is pre-emptive character defamation, thematically being repeatedly hammered by collaborators embedded in the MSM. This ploy is a successor to the Bush Disorder Syndrome, a powerful tool used by the left to discourage the conservative base.

What needs to be taken from Mccain 2008, is that the campaign, its Presidential candidate and strategists, starting with Schmidt & Rick Davis, lost what could have been a winnable election.

The lessons need to be learned. And more importantly not repeated. These people were responsible for failing to effectively creating a Mccain “Message”.
One, that would naturally be recognized by both core voters and independents, as clear,positive,and invigorating.

Two positives events propelled Mccain ’08. First the bold choice of Gov.Palin, created momentum, contributions and rationale for conservatves to rally behind the ticket.
Secondly, Saddleback was the only time that Mccain was consistently conservative in message, dynamic and successful in overshadowing Obama. Here, with Rev. Rick Warren, directing meaningful questions to both candidates, Mccain exemplified a strong, candid leader with a sense of the issues founded upon conservative values. Contrast that with Obama who appeared unready and waffling at each attempt to nuance Warren’s questions. Who repeatedly deferred to Mccain while appearing weak and of less stature.

The remainder of the campaign was incoherent, inconsistent and allowed Obama to appear Presidential. Mccain & Co. foolishly helped Obama overcome the effective effort that up to the 1st Debate moderated by J.Lehrer, had Obama labeled as a novice and ambitious, Celebrity-in-Chief candidate.

Without efficiently crafting message, utilizing time, acquiring money, squandering capital and failing to build a grassroots network, both modern and competitive with that of his opponent; Mccain became a reactive target allowing Obama and the conspirators in the MSM, to tie the Maverick to Bush while effectively marketing himself not only as the real “Change” candidate but also as the one representing a positive message and amazingly allowed to steadily flip flop, reverse the radical policy and promises of his successful campaign to outflank Hillary on the left.

By the 2nd debate Mccain had abdicated all his deserved advantages. Mccain appeared both resigned to, & comfortable as the candidate trying not to lose, versus one rising to the occasion, boldly and steadily building his own case and image as the only real choice to lead the US, in this critical time, while at war and as of mid September in the “once in a century” financial crisis.

By now the base was going batty as our guy kept chanting “My Friends” over and over, again and again…

Save the Joe the Plumber event, when Obama was off his teleprompter, a real potential gamechanger, a bonafide question was directed to & answered by, “The One.”

Like all the big openings Mccain had had before, he failed to go for the jugular and get the knockout that appeared there for his taking.

It actually took not only precious time but rallys and speeches, drawn and given by Sarah Palin to really get a handle on this issue. Ironically Mccain failed affix the spread the wealth – Socialist label and maximize the vote potential by failing to articulate the conservative position and be identified as the Tax cut candidate.
So by default and ineptitude Mccain failed to be not only the champion of cutting taxes as the economy hurtles toward Recession, but was deemed unprepared to handle the challenge facing the Economy. Perhaps his worst mistake of the campaign was to volunteer that he was not real strong on economic matters. The media with great repetition continued to educate the public of that glaring weakness in th Republican campaign.

All the while Obama got a free pass on all his associations , admissions of radical marxist beliefs that were glorified in his two autobiographical books.
Yes, the media created a sense of inevitability for Obama, for this Emperor with no clothes. Simultaneously declaring the Democrats will swamp the polls with millions and millions of new voters energized to cast their votes for
Obama; knowing full and well this constant drumbeating was REALLY intended to demoralize the base and keep them home in droves on election day.

Thus, the Mccain’08 campaign, which failed to early and forcefully define Obama as a fraud,an inexperienced Radical Socialist,deceptively feigning centrist campaign promises, who was not of sound judgement and vision; a man unready and dangerous to lead the USA in such perilous times of war and financial crisis.

Ironically, these fools unilaterally abandoned winning, and may I add with emphasis, longtime core issues dear to the hearts of a center right nation of voters.
Spending,small government,a strong US dollar,private property,2nd Amendment rights,foreign policy founded upon peace through strength, missile strategy, immigration, right to life, marriage, job creation thru tax cuts, cutting capital gains taxes to spurs international competiveness of American business; just to name some of the untapped issues that are “owned by conservatives” – be they social, economic and national security.

Exit thought: the Maverick dropped the ball when he suspended his campaign, was smeared as being responsible for a deal not getting done and ultimately voting (like Obama) with the Washington insiders for the pork laden earmarked up the yingyang $850 BILLION, $weetened to pass = BAILOUT !!!!

He lost because he failed to convince millions of his base, that showed up in 2004.

RED.inca on November 14, 2008 at 3:37 PM

Dang! Just think how Sarah could have helped herself by enrolling in her own special-needs program! Real bummer she lost…

Shelby on November 14, 2008 at 2:31 PM

did you just take my joke and use it …

wow, that was terrible

joey24007 on November 14, 2008 at 4:16 PM

McCain lost the election because he has more guts than smarts.

why on earth he would let the press vandalize an honorable woman while he never said a peep as Obama lied through his teeth every time he opened his mouth is beyond cognition.

I don’t buy the cya story it was an unwinnable election. McCain’s campaign was a covey of idiots. PC doesn’t work in big-time politics. Obama’s criminals and thugs stole everything but McCains eye-teeth.

notagool on November 14, 2008 at 5:08 PM

The “Bushies” thought Palin was “incompetent.”

Where do we start… Let’s start with Mr Bushie himself. Mr Good Job Brownie. Mr I’m The Decider. Mr Can’t String Three Words Together. Mr Mission Accomplished. Mr Destroyer of the Republican Brand all by his Lonesome.

Eat it Bushies.

kevinkristy on November 14, 2008 at 5:50 PM

Obamaisms:

“I’m here with the Girardo family here in St. Louis.” –speaking via satellite to the Democratic National Convention, while in Kansas City, Missouri, Aug. 25, 2008

“Let me introduce to you the next President — the next Vice President of the United States of America, Joe Biden.” –slipping up while introducing Joe Biden at their first joint campaign rally, Springfield, Illinois, Aug. 23, 2008

“Just this past week, we passed out of the out of the U.S. Senate Banking Committee — which is my committee — a bill to call for divestment from Iran as way of ratcheting up the pressure to ensure that they don’t obtain a nuclear weapon.” –referring to a committee he is not on, Sderot, Israel, July 23, 2008

“Let me be absolutely clear. Israel is a strong friend of Israel’s. It will be a strong friend of Israel’s under a McCain…administration. It will be a strong friend of Israel’s under an Obama administration. So that policy is not going to change.” –Amman, Jordan, July 22, 2008

“How’s it going, Sunshine?” –campaigning in Sunrise, Florida

“On this Memorial Day, as our nation honors its unbroken line of fallen heroes — and I see many of them in the audience here today — our sense of patriotism is particularly strong.”

“Hold on one second, sweetie, we’re going to do — we’ll do a press avail.” –to a female reporter for ABC’s Detroit affiliate who asked about his plan to help American autoworkers (Watch video clip)

“I’ve now been in 57 states — I think one left to go.” –at a campaign event in Beaverton, Oregon (Watch video clip)

“Why can’t I just eat my waffle?” –after being asked a foreign policy question by a reporter while visiting a diner in Pennsylvania

“It’s not surprising, then, they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.” –explaining his troubles winning over some working-class voters

“The point I was making was not that Grandmother harbors any racial animosity. She doesn’t. But she is a typical white person, who, if she sees somebody on the street that she doesn’t know, you know, there’s a reaction that’s been bred in our experiences that don’t go away and that sometimes come out in the wrong way, and that’s just the nature of race in our society.”

“Come on! I just answered, like, eight questions.” –exasperated by reporters after a news conference

“You’re likeable enough, Hillary.” –during a Democratic debate

“In case you missed it, this week, there was a tragedy in Kansas. Ten thousand people died — an entire town destroyed.” –on a Kansas tornado that killed 12 people

portlandon on November 14, 2008 at 6:21 PM

More Obamaisms:

A good compromise, a good piece of legislation, is like a good sentence; or a good piece of music. Everybody can recognize it. They say, ‘Huh. It works. It makes sense.’
Barack Obama

Americans… still believe in an America where anything’s possible – they just don’t think their leaders do.
Barack Obama

Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.
Barack Obama

Community colleges play an important role in helping people transition between careers by providing the retooling they need to take on a new career.
Barack Obama

Focusing your life solely on making a buck shows a certain poverty of ambition. It asks too little of yourself. Because it’s only when you hitch your wagon to something larger than yourself that you realize your true potential.
Barack Obama

I cannot swallow whole the view of Lincoln as the Great Emancipator.
Barack Obama

I don’t oppose all wars. What I am opposed to is a dumb war. What I am opposed to is a rash war.
Barack Obama

I don’t take a dime of their [lobbyist] money, and when I am president, they won’t find a job in my White House.
Barack Obama

I know my country has not perfected itself. At times, we’ve struggled to keep the promise of liberty and equality for all of our people. We’ve made our share of mistakes, and there are times when our actions around the world have not lived up to our best intentions.
Barack Obama

I opposed the Defense of Marriage Act in 1996. It should be repealed and I will vote for its repeal on the Senate floor. I will also oppose any proposal to amend the U.S. Constitution to ban gays and lesbians from marrying.
Barack Obama

I think when you spread the wealth around it’s good for everybody.
Barack Obama

I’ve got two daughters. 9 years old and 6 years old. I am going to teach them first of all about values and morals. But if they make a mistake, I don’t want them punished with a baby.
Barack Obama

If the people cannot trust their government to do the job for which it exists – to protect them and to promote their common welfare – all else is lost.
Barack Obama

If you’re walking down the right path and you’re willing to keep walking, eventually you’ll make progress.
Barack Obama

In the end, that’s what this election is about. Do we participate in a politics of cynicism or a politics of hope?
Barack Obama

Issues are never simple. One thing IÕm proud of is that very rarely will you hear me simplify the issues.
Barack Obama

It took a lot of blood, sweat and tears to get to where we are today, but we have just begun. Today we begin in earnest the work of making sure that the world we leave our children is just a little bit better than the one we inhabit today.
Barack Obama

It’s not surprising, then, they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.
Barack Obama

John Kerry believes in an America where hard work is rewarded.
Barack Obama

Money is not the only answer, but it makes a difference.
Barack Obama

My job is not to represent Washington to you, but to represent you to Washington.
Barack Obama

My parents shared not only an improbable love, they shared an abiding faith in the possibilities of this nation. They would give me an African name, Barack, or blessed, believing that in a tolerant America your name is no barrier to success.
Barack Obama

No one is pro-abortion.
Barack Obama

Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan and the war on terrorism have reduced the pace of military transformation and have revealed our lack of preparation for defensive and stability operations. This Administration has overextended our military.
Barack Obama

Over the last 15 months, weÕve traveled to every corner of the United States. IÕve now been in 57 states? I think one left to go.
Barack Obama

People of Berlin – people of the world – this is our moment. This is our time.
Barack Obama

Poorly secured nuclear material in the former Soviet Union, or secrets from a scientist in Pakistan could help build a bomb that detonates in Paris. The poppies in Afghanistan become the heroin in Berlin. The poverty and violence in Somalia breeds the terror of tomorrow.
Barack Obama

The Bush Administration’s failure to be consistently involved in helping Israel achieve peace with the Palestinians has been both wrong for our friendship with Israel, as well as badly damaging to our standing in the Arab world.
Barack Obama

The fact that my 15 minutes of fame has extended a little longer than 15 minutes is somewhat surprising to me and completely baffling to my wife.
Barack Obama

The thing about hip-hop today is it’s smart, it’s insightful. The way they can communicate a complex message in a very short space is remarkable.
Barack Obama

There are patriots who opposed the war in Iraq and there are patriots who supported the war in Iraq. We are one people, all of us pledging allegiance to the stars and stripes, all of us defending the United States of America.
Barack Obama

There is not a liberal America and a conservative America – there is the United States of America. There is not a black America and a white America and latino America and asian America – there’s the United States of America.
Barack Obama

There’s not a liberal America and a conservative America – there’s the United States of America.
Barack Obama

This is the moment when we must build on the wealth that open markets have created, and share its benefits more equitably. Trade has been a cornerstone of our growth and global development. But we will not be able to sustain this growth if it favors the few, and not the many.
Barack Obama

This is the moment when we must come together to save this planet. Let us resolve that we will not leave our children a world where the oceans rise and famine spreads and terrible storms devastate our lands.
Barack Obama

Today we are engaged in a deadly global struggle for those who would intimidate, torture, and murder people for exercising the most basic freedoms. If we are to win this struggle and spread those freedoms, we must keep our own moral compass pointed in a true direction.
Barack Obama

Tonight, we gather to affirm the greatness of our nation – not because of the height of our skyscrapers, or the power of our military, or the size of our economy. Our pride is based on a very simple premise, summed up in a declaration made over two hundred years ago.
Barack Obama

We can’t drive our SUVs and eat as much as we want and keep our homes on 72 degrees at all times… and then just expect that other countries are going to say OK. That’s not leadership. That’s not going to happen.
Barack Obama

We have an obligation and a responsibility to be investing in our students and our schools. We must make sure that people who have the grades, the desire and the will, but not the money, can still get the best education possible.
Barack Obama

We have real enemies in the world. These enemies must be found. They must be pursued and they must be defeated.
Barack Obama

We need somebody who’s got the heart, the empathy, to recognize what it’s like to be a young teenage mom, the empathy to understand what it’s like to be poor or African-American or gay or disabled or old – and that’s the criterion by which I’ll be selecting my judges.
Barack Obama

We need to internalize this idea of excellence. Not many folks spend a lot of time trying to be excellent.
Barack Obama

We need to steer clear of this poverty of ambition, where people want to drive fancy cars and wear nice clothes and live in nice apartments but don’t want to work hard to accomplish these things. Everyone should try to realize their full potential.
Barack Obama

We worship an awesome God in the Blue States, and we don’t like federal agents poking around our libraries in the Red States. We coach Little League in the Blue States and have gay friends in the Red States.
Barack Obama

We’re not going to baby sit a civil war.
Barack Obama

What Washington needs is adult supervision.
Barack Obama

When we think of the major threats to our national security, the first to come to mind are nuclear proliferation, rogue states and global terrorism. But another kind of threat lurks beyond our shores, one from nature, not humans – an avian flu pandemic.
Barack Obama

Where the stakes are the highest, in the war on terror, we cannot possibly succeed without extraordinary international cooperation. Effective international police actions require the highest degree of intelligence sharing, planning and collaborative enforcement.
Barack Obama

Why can’t I just eat my waffle?
Barack Obama

With the changing economy, no one has lifetime employment. But community colleges provide lifetime employability.
Barack Obama

You know, my faith is one that admits some doubt.
Barack Obama

portlandon on November 14, 2008 at 6:27 PM

From Free Republic by way of Raymond Arroyo, a Roman Catholic (RC) scholar: 50%+ of RC bishops voted for Obama.

technopeasant on November 14, 2008 at 6:31 PM

Hey, the crazy trooper from Troopergate is being reassigned for his ‘safety’ following ‘threatening phone calls’ (I think ABC first reported this a few days ago). Cry me a river buddy. You know maybe in the future if you don’t taser your stepson and threaten to kill members of your wife’s family life will be more peaceful for everyone. Why, again, does that guy still have a job?

meltenn on November 14, 2008 at 7:14 PM

The “communications people” in the McCain campaign considered Sarah Palin a dolt? With all the lame ads coming out of the McCain campaign with a target-rich opponent, maybe they should look for dolts in the mirror.

After seeing her debate with Joe Biden, the best advice “communications people” can give Sarah Palin is to shut up and let ‘er rip. Let the policy people brief her if needed, she can handle communications herself.

Steve Z on November 14, 2008 at 7:28 PM

After seeing her debate with Joe Biden, the best advice “communications people” can give Sarah Palin is to shut up
Steve Z on November 14, 2008 at 7:28 PM

FTFY

benny shakar on November 14, 2008 at 7:39 PM

Exit question: Time to stop blogging this soap opera? We’re never going to get closure so we might as well stop watching.

We need to beat this like a dead horse, ready for the glue factory because that is exactly what it is. McCain was NOTHING without Palin and Palin was tired of being “handled”. This is a public soap opera of what is happening in the Republican party. Do we want the glue horse or the ‘Cuda? We are tired of being “handled” by RINOS and told to shut up and sit down. It is time to fight. We are not friends with the democrats and we are going to fight their absurd positions, regardless of what is said in the NY Times.
Page for Mr. McCain. You are needed on the factory…Mr. McCain, to the factory floor.

HornetSting on November 14, 2008 at 7:47 PM

We need to beat this like a dead horse, ready for the glue factory because that is exactly what it is. McCain was NOTHING without Palin and Palin was tired of being “handled”. This is a public soap opera of what is happening in the Republican party. Do we want the glue horse or the ‘Cuda? We are tired of being “handled” by RINOS and told to shut up and sit down. It is time to fight. We are not friends with the democrats and we are going to fight their absurd positions, regardless of what is said in the NY Times.
Page for Mr. McCain. You are needed on the factory…Mr. McCain, to the factory floor.

HornetSting on November 14, 2008 at 7:47 PM

Exactly … at least half of the McCain campaign knew that they made a mistake picking Palin because she didn’t want to play their games

The only thing I can give McCain credit for is that he introduced most of us to the Cuda

the Cuda is not the usual losing VP candidate … she is much much more

joey24007 on November 14, 2008 at 7:52 PM

Sorry to have missed out for several days. Been in mourning for a once-great nation. You gelatinous panty-stains that think Governor Palin hurt McCain need to come out of your fantasy world. She was the only part of the McCain campaign that kept it close. If we even have a free election (much reason to doubt) in four years, I look forward to supporting her or any other real conservative who steps up to reclaim America.
Until then, stock up on ammo and prepare for…?
Thus ever to tyrants, indeed.

SKYFOX on November 15, 2008 at 9:42 AM

What is it with bloggers named Andrew and the ‘Cuda? Andrew Sullivan (Why isn’t he in a padded room?) and Andrew Halcro (The Alaska blogger who ran against Palin in 2006, and who has since criticized her for anything and everything she does or doesn’t do. I’m pretty sure I saw a post about her breathing wrong.) are both so far overboard that it’s really not funny. Sort of like the McCain staffers who smeared Palin.

No one is perfect, and I expect all politicians to make mistakes, do things I disagree with, and generally act like politicians and human beings. Therefore, legitimate criticism of the ‘Cuda, as with any other politician is fine (good even), it would hopefully be listened to and learned from. But the stuff that has gone on since, and even before, election day is just insane. Almost makes one wonder if there’s someone named Andrew on staff.

meltenn on November 15, 2008 at 8:51 PM

Oh that’s ripe! You complain about “smart ones like Krauthammer” speaking the TRUTH about Palin’s extreme lack of qualifications to be a heartbeat away from the presidency???!!!

Shelby on November 14, 2008 at 2:19 PM

I’d like for someone to tell me what “extreme qualifications” would be. An Ivy League law degree? Some appearances on Meet the Press? A little more time on the DC cocktail circuit?

ddrintn on November 15, 2008 at 9:59 PM

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