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Posted on Sep 2, 2008
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Unconventional, Indeed: John McCain and his running mate, Sarah Palin.

John McCain wanted to shake things up with his unexpected nomination of an unknown “outsider,” at least when it came to the political scene in Washington—but by Tuesday, as reports about issues from Sarah Palin’s home life and professional past circulated in the media, some McCain allies (and certainly many detractors) wondered how much his unconventional move might cost his campaign.


The New York Times:

At the least, Republicans close to the campaign said it was increasingly apparent that Ms. Palin had been selected as Mr. McCain’s running mate with more haste than McCain advisers initially described.

Up until midweek last week, some 48 to 72 hours before Mr. McCain introduced Ms. Palin at a Friday rally in Dayton, Ohio, Mr. McCain was still holding out the hope that he could choose a good friend, Senator Joseph I. Lieberman, independent of Connecticut, a Republican close to the campaign said. Mr. McCain had also been interested in another favorite, former Gov. Tom Ridge of Pennsylvania.

But both men favor abortion rights, anathema to the Christian conservatives who make up a crucial base of the Republican Party. As word leaked out that Mr. McCain was seriously considering the men, the campaign was bombarded by outrage from influential conservatives who predicted an explosive floor fight at the convention and vowed rejection of Mr. Ridge or Mr. Lieberman by the delegates.

Perhaps more important, several Republicans said, Mr. McCain was getting advice that if he did not do something to shake up the race, his campaign would be stuck on a potentially losing trajectory.

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By troublesum, September 2, 2008 at 9:28 pm Link to this comment

Maybe this is McCain’s way of getting Liberman or Ridge on the ticket.  Give the neo-cons a chance to make fools of themselves and then when Palin is forced to withdraw he gets the right to choose his own man.

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By rage, September 2, 2008 at 4:02 pm Link to this comment
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This Grampers - Caribou Barbie 2008 ticket raises a lot of red flags. For one thing, the Party of Family Values needs to steer clear of that Grampa-plays-with-dolls quagmire. Gramps’ plate is piled high enough with the fruits of the adultery connected to Beer Baroness Barbie. In a minute, Mattel is going to sue Gramps! This latest GOP knock-off is giving the Barbie brand a bad rep. After all, Mattel’s VP Barbie is at least minimally qualified to become a Congressional page right out of the box! Seriously, what was so wrong with tapping Magic Drawers Romney, or Slim Fast Huckabee, or Thompson, or Pawlentey, or Keane, or even Jeb Bush? Was is that the rational selection of one these SENSIBLE candidates was not that needed spectacle of that impulsive flat-lined brain-dead senior moment the God-guns-fear voting demographic has to see before turning off Dancing with the Star ten minutes a night to watch Grampers on NaziCon08?

Caribou Barbie was a gift from big oil on the senile old weasel’s 72nd birthday! Team Gramps needs to make that clear to the old pinhead! I mean, Grand Dude can keep the gift and what-not, but he needs to be firmly discouraged from making his birthday present his VEEP running mate in this election. I don’t care how mean a tune this contending Flautist blows for the GOP. Seriously, ol’ girl must have blown Gramps quite a toot on that old flute during that single 15-minute vetting session. The old heathen’s eyes are obviously still rolled up to the back of his lust-struck head! I can clearly appreciate beer baroness Barbie’s apoplexy about all this! Had it not been for Obama’s brilliant acceptance speech, Gramps’ unbridled desperation would never have brought him to such a precarious pass this close to November!!!

Roll back that tape from when Gramps intros Caribou Barbie as his VEEP mate, and check out Gramps checking out the booty on his cutey! No, he ain’t looking at the telepromter! SaraCuda’s crack is about to kill that ol’ buzzard. I’m telling you, that old rascal needs to stop it. His health record is the only thing worse than his Senate record. Gramps is not a well man! If McLascivious keeps this letchery up, Palin is going to wind up running for Prez for the Party of Grizzly Obnoxious Perverts after the Navy folds that geezer’s flag on behalf of a grateful Nation. Then the Dems will have to fight feigned national grief when RoveCo tries to overwork a bogus sympathy trip the GOP will surely rachet up for this irritating old jerk every last one of these neo-con jokers know they HATE with a passion! Gramps’ surrogates need to wake and whiff some uncut ammonia! Turdblossom and his neo-Whig religio-fascist cohorts don’t have Grand Dude’s best interest at heart. SaraCuda is not the political blessing Rove is saying she is.

On the real tip, November will definitively mark Gramps’ very last election strike before he strikes out of the Presidential pursuits FOREVER. He’s 72 years OLD!  McCain will be doing well to keep 2012 off his grave marker. Thus, a 2012 run for the Presidency is totally out of the question! This 2008 run is it. So, Gramps seriously needs to be battling to at least go out on a glorious wave of honor and respectability. McCain has nothing to lose from calling up Walter Mondale for a sit-down chat on the up-side of begging shamelessly for a do-over on that ridiculous VEEP selection! Minnesota is Mondale’s home state. Mondale can tell Gramps exactly what reacting rashly to an opponent’s brilliant speeches and campaign success can make a beleagured candidate do in haste. The unknown Geraldine Ferraro did Walter Mondale NO favors against the Great Communicator and Poppy41 in 1980! NONE!!! Even though Gerri was infinitely more accomplished and qualified to be VEEP in 1980 than Palin is in 2008.

Obama - Biden 2008! Because 1 Dirty Old Arizonan + 1 Alaskan MILF = Grotty Obscene Puerile CROCKERY

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By Carlos, September 2, 2008 at 2:59 pm Link to this comment
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Let`s not linger on what has already been said about this McCain-Palin-GOP ticket,here are some basic suggestions for both of them as to save this upcoming “Comedy Road Show”.

John McCain should stop using this boring,silly :“My Friends” when starting a speech,worse when combining it with ” let me tell you ” ....seriously.
Reason:his phrase is typically used in someones High School time “after getting laid for the first time” and then only as to “acclaim the obvious ” !

And as for Palin,who according to various sources,has zero experiences in foreign affairs,except being told “that Alaska is next door to Russia”,this advise:
gain some experience by learning that there is in fact “some distinct difference between (Vladimir) Putin, the Russian Minister and the quite familiar “Put in”,that she has shown so well by “putting out”
some five (5) children !
McCain : but my Friends…...

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By Big B, September 2, 2008 at 1:53 pm Link to this comment

KenDar

If you liked “american Facists” try “American Theocracy” by former nixonian Kevin Phillips. He’s a bit long on stats, but it’s a great read, and perhaps a harbinger of things to come.

On that particular subject, I think Gov Sarah should be the top of the ticket! She approprietly meets all of the stereotypes that other people around the world have of americans. A stupid, gun toting, bible thumping, flag sucker that failed science class.
Barry would be the perfect VP. A slick talking lawyer in a $1200 suit, that would bleed you dry, and make you feel good about it.
I’m just a little surley today.

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By Ed Harges, September 2, 2008 at 1:19 pm Link to this comment

God, it is a surreal nightmare that this dingbat women could soon be our President, given the GOP’s election-grabbing dirty tricks and McCain’s teetering health.

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By Aegrus, September 2, 2008 at 1:16 pm Link to this comment

VietnamVet, McCain now has his Harriet Myers. hahaha

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By VietnamVet, September 2, 2008 at 1:03 pm Link to this comment

RE: By Aegrus, September 2 at 10:46 am

You are absolutely right! She was picked by that ultra conservative, bible slapping, in your face crowd in the Republican party. Anyone who really believes, again really believes, that she is qualified to step in as President is living in another world. I am as old as McCain myself, and in all those hard years, I have never seen a more idiotic pick even for a cabinet or advisor position, let alone VP. The Republicans really outdid themselves on this one!

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By dicl, September 2, 2008 at 12:13 pm Link to this comment
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Laura Bush has an unsavory past, but for some reason it is seldom mentioned, while all other women in politics are subject to much inquiry and speculation concerning their past.

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By Reubenesque, September 2, 2008 at 12:10 pm Link to this comment

In the photograph she doesn’t look so fresh and preened.  Bad sleepless night maybe?  The stock of her enduring til November is declining by the minute.

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By Reubenesque, September 2, 2008 at 12:05 pm Link to this comment

Stupid, incompetent pandering.  Gives new meaning to McSame!

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By KenDen, September 2, 2008 at 11:57 am Link to this comment

The thought that this far right, evangelical christian nut case, with a family that is more suited to living in the back woods of the Ozarks, could someday become president of the US is a total embarrassment.  What must the rest of the world think now?  We have the chance of going from Bush to Palin.  When Reagan was president I thought that was a low as it could ever get, but no, the republicans have no shame and keep finding the most unqualified people and then finding a way to get them elected.

Palin is the type of politician Chris Hedges warns us about in his book American Fascists.  Read it and be forewarned.

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By Aegrus, September 2, 2008 at 11:46 am Link to this comment

Let’s stop perpetuating the myth about McCain picking Palin. He didn’t have a choice in the matter as far as I’m concerned. Why would you pick someone you only met briefly on one occasion?

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By JimM, September 2, 2008 at 11:28 am Link to this comment

Laura Bush says Palin “was a brilliant choice.” Yeah lady, compared to you and your war criminal old man it is brilliant

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