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Posted on Aug 31, 2008

By E.J. Dionne, Jr.

    ST. PAUL, Minn.—By all rights, there should be a revolt at this week’s Republican convention against John McCain’s selection of Sarah Palin as his running mate—for the very same reasons so many Republicans opposed President Bush’s selection of Harriet Miers for the Supreme Court.

    Palin is, if anything, less qualified for the vice presidency (and the presidency) than Miers was for the court. But there is one big difference: Palin passes all the right-wing litmus tests, which means she is unlikely to suffer Miers’ fate.

    It’s amusing to watch Republicans play gender politics. At the time Bush chose Miers, he was under pressure to pick a woman to replace retiring Justice Sandra Day O’Connor. But most of the plausible women jurists were either too moderate to satisfy conservatives or so right-wing that they faced serious confirmation problems.

    So Bush picked his close White House aide, hoping that his own standing with the right would push her through. Conservatives would have none of it. They assailed Miers’ lack of judicial grounding. And they certainly had a case. But what really bothered them was that they had no idea how she would vote on the court. Fearing she was a closet moderate, they blocked her.

    McCain, it appears, also wanted a woman, and so he went with Alaska’s young governor with strongly conservative views. How do Palin and Miers compare?

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    Miers, at least, had been a lawyer for 35 years, the head of the state bar in Texas and White House counsel. Palin’s experience comes down to a couple of years as governor and six years as mayor of Wasilla, Alaska, a town with a population of under 10,000.

    Where Miers definitely tops Palin is on the question of whether her patron can vouch for her. Bush knew Miers well, worked with her closely, trusted her deeply. You can question Bush’s judgment in pushing her for the court—for the record, at the time I called the choice “too clever” and thus “dangerous”—but at least he had good reason to believe in the person he was asking others to count on.

    McCain, as far as anyone can tell, met Palin only once before considering her for vice president, and once more before settling on her, which is to say he barely knows her. For the purpose of courting disaffected Hillary Clinton voters and satisfying the social conservatives, McCain is willing to place someone he knows mostly from press clippings in the direct line of succession to the presidency. There is a breathtaking recklessness about this choice.

    There are many who say that in choosing Palin, McCain has taken the issue of experience off the table. I disagree. Now, the balance on experience shifts toward the Democrats, and it’s not just for the obvious reason that Joe Biden is manifestly more qualified than Palin.

    Conservatives have complained that we barely know Obama. This is nonsense. Obama has been thoroughly vetted over the four years since he entered the public spotlight. We have been given fewer than 70 days to get to know Palin.

    In particular, we know Obama’s foreign policy views in great detail. About Palin’s opinions on foreign policy, we know absolutely nothing. According to a 1999 Associated Press report, she sported a Pat Buchanan button when Buchanan visited Wasilla during his campaign for the 2000 Republican nomination. Does this mean she shares Buchanan’s isolationist foreign policy views? Who can say? There is no record.

    That only a handful of conservatives have so far expressed doubts about Palin demonstrates that ideology is what drove them during the Miers fight, and drives them still. Miers’ lack of experience was, for many conservatives, a convenient rationale for opposing someone they worried might become another [liberal-to-moderate Supreme Court Justice] David Souter. Palin’s lack of experience is irrelevant because she is right—actually, quite far right—on the conservatives’ issues.

    As a purely political matter, McCain’s choice of Palin will overshadow this week’s convention. The Republicans once hoped to use their gathering to persuade Americans not to trust Obama. But as the speakers here make their case, the media will rightly be doing their job, trying to figure out who Palin is. Palin, not Obama, will be the issue, in a way that Mitt Romney, Tim Pawlenty or some other well-known figure would not have been.

    But there is also the question of principle. In picking Biden as his running mate, it’s Obama who made the prudent choice. McCain is asking us to roll the dice. You’d think that people who call themselves conservative would have a problem with that. 
   
    E.J. Dionne’s e-mail address is postchat(at)aol.com.
   
    © 2008, Washington Post Writers Group


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By Stan, September 3, 2008 at 12:22 pm Link to this comment
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Everyone think about this!
Who would you rather have with their thumb on the nuclear button, Joe Biden or Sarah Palin. Think with your brain and not with your heart.

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By stinky pants, oh boy!, September 2, 2008 at 4:30 pm Link to this comment
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no matter how you look at it, 17, pregnant, and not married is horribly irresponsible. It is a parents responsibility to guide their children. In a country where we are trying to teach our kids to be responsible the palin family is paving the wave for teenage pregnancy to be acceptable.

the palin family failed their own family values which by the way they are trying to force on everyone else. would you want your daughter to idolize the palin’s daughter? lol i won’t answer that.

the palins have proved that evangelical principles are flawed. I don’t think palin’s daughter wanted to marry her boyfriend. it the political spot light that is forcing that.

what’s worst is that the palins represent the right wing churches assault on government. I hope that women are not fooled by the political spin the republicans are trying to do. i see flip flopping like a fish out of water.

republicans have showed once again flawed judgement. especially since there are other republican women that are far more qualified than this christian extremist.

it’s sad to see women try to make this about sexism when the face are the facts oh wait, the republicans are trying to twist those up.

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By Linda, September 2, 2008 at 2:22 pm Link to this comment
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Sorry Native, don’t see that at all.  You have implicated that Palin was a woman that McCain could “control.”  I seriously doubt that…and have to laugh at your opinion.

We are talking about a former basketball star, who owned her own commercial fishing company (one of the most difficult industries in the world,) who hunts and fishes and practices weapons firing of automatic weapons as Commander in Chief of the Alaska Army National Guard….who was a city council member and knew the problems of small communities, who moved up to Mayor who ran a small town and knew what the everyday people needed to sitting on the Commission of Oil and Gas and standing up to the oil folk, to becoming governor of her state with an 80% approval rating.  This is no woman that can be controlled…

However your statements about women being controlled and even considering it is very sexist as is most of the article, especially with stories you can’t collaborate.

It shows extreme desperation…do research to make your points…read, learn, rather than make things up….

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By decatur_mama, September 2, 2008 at 2:20 pm Link to this comment
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but she’s so exciting!  everyone’s so excited!  she’s a big hit! 
maybe if they keep telling everyone that they can convince themselves.

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By LINDA, September 2, 2008 at 2:15 pm Link to this comment
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By cyrena, September 2 at 9:29 am #


Linda writes (in response to my comment which was a response to someone else:

• “Do you propose the Democrats legislate the number of children one in America can have?”

IN MY OPINION…irresponsible behavior in engaging in unprotected sex beyond the age of 40 when we know the scientific odds of such a conception resulting is something like Down Syndrome or other genetic abnormalities. As far as I’m concerned, it’s as reckless, careless, and morally reprehensible as anyone with HIV making the same decision, and making it knowingly. She takes it even further by choosing to continue the pregnancy once it’s been determined that the fetus IS so afflicted.

SO YOU BELIEVE ALL BABIES IN THE WOMB SHOULD BE ABORTED IF THERE ARE DISABILITIES, DESPITE WHAT THE PARENTS OF THE CHILD DESIRE?

THERE ARE MANY WOMEN TODAY HAVING CHILDREN AFTER THE AGE OF FORTY.  WITH YOUR PASSIONATE VIEW THAT WOMEN SHOULD NOT HAVE CHILDREN AFTER THE AGE OF FORTY WITHOUT CONCEPTION, THEN, THEREFORE, YOU WOULDN’T HAVE ANY PROBLEM WITH LEGISLATING IT, HUH?  MORE CONTROL OVER A WOMAN’S BODY….MORE TAKING AWAY OF CHOICE FOR WOMEN?

IN RESPECT TO YOUR JUDGMENTAL STATEMENTS ABOUT HAVING LARGE FAMILIES:
I’m not proposing ANY legislation by ANY political party that would restrict the number of children that a citizen can have. What *am* pointing to is the very poor judgment on the part of Sarah Palin, and the same applies to all of these so-called pro-life whackos.

IT IS APPARENT YOU SHARE THE ATTITUDE OF COMMUNIST CHINA WHERE THE NUMBER OF CHILDREN SHOULD BE LIMITED.


I STILL believe it to be an inherently selfish decision, but if individuals are prepared to deal with the consequences and both willing and ABLE to provide for the needs of such a child throughout the rest of their natural lives, then so be it.

SO YOU BELIEVE PEOPLE WHO WANT LARGE FAMILIES ARE SELFISH?

WHOA…..................DEMOCRATS HAVE TAKEN SUCH A STRONG TURN AT JUDGMENTALISM. SCARY STUFF…..

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By nativechef, September 2, 2008 at 2:06 pm Link to this comment

Linda wrote…..

I see. Is it a Democrat standard that all women can and will be controlled.

My dear you seem to have missed the train.  I made an observation based upon Senator McCain’s previous actions over his tenure as a “Representative” of the “People”.  I implore you to please do just a bit of research (google is a wonderful tool) before you attempt to draw conclusions.  I also add that had you read the ENTIRE context of my post I laid forth you might have seen that I provided several examples of my said observation.

In conclusion I never said “all” women I said “this woman”.

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By 3PV, September 2, 2008 at 1:07 pm Link to this comment
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The title of the article is a work of art.

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By yellowbird2525, September 2, 2008 at 12:22 pm Link to this comment

You are always given a “choice”; in REALITY what is going on today was long preplanned in the making going back to when Congress forced the PEOPLE to pay taxes; REAGAN then stated: Corps should not HAVE to pay taxes! (they are not today: oh, the LINE is “we have to do it” in reality THEY started it cuz they were bought & paid for & this is how our country is run folks: and they are taking it globally cuz they have gotten away with it in the USA for so long); they have stolen billions of billions of $: and folks STILL think “you can trust them”; DO YOU HAVE A BRAIN? EVERYTHING they accused Hussain of doing: they do & have done thousands of times worse folks! WHY do you think this country does not have health care? I can tell you: THE PEOPLE GET NOTHING: except poisoned: deliberately, diabolically, in every even beyond comprehensible way: to cause HEALTH problems so the docs get PAID for prescription quotas, and mega prizes for pill of the month; and the LAWYERS collect over 2/3’s of $ collected & keep the rest not given out; already dead; and the FDA keeps the folks believing (by deceiving) that it has okayed it; and if you ARE covered with insurance: Fed law says your coverage STOPS the moment you get ill; cuz if it EFFECTS their profits; they do NOT have to cover; even if it is on the plan you PAY for; SEE why “having” a “new” President will NEVER fix the problem in this country folks? its as bad or worse in every other area including financial folks;

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By JimM, September 2, 2008 at 11:40 am Link to this comment

The senile, raging old fool has once again put his election ahead of the country’s welfare.

Remember the Republican Newspeak- what’s bad is good and what’s good is bad

Only a total asshole could support her. Republicans, anyone?

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By cyrena, September 2, 2008 at 10:29 am Link to this comment

Linda writes (in response to my comment which was a response to someone else:

•  “Do you propose the Democrats legislate the number of children one in America can have?”

No! That isn’t what I propose at all, and my own comments weren’t about democrat, or republican, or anything that SHOULD be political. In my comments, (in line with the tune of the article) I ACKNOWLEDGED that the comments were both opinion, (mine) and judgmental, but the POINT was in reference to whether or not Palin has the good JUDGMENT to make the right decisions for the US, in the possible event that she would assume the role of president; A statistically, empirically greater chance, given McCains age and rapidly decreasing mental stability.

IN MY OPINION, (something that all people are entitled to, regardless of political persuasion) she does NOT have the kind of judgment that I would trust for a person in such a position, as evidenced by her irresponsible behavior in engaging in unprotected sex beyond the age of 40 when we know the scientific odds of such a conception resulting is something like Down Syndrome or other genetic abnormalities. As far as I’m concerned, it’s as reckless, careless, and morally reprehensible as anyone with HIV making the same decision, and making it knowingly. She takes it even further by choosing to continue the pregnancy once it’s been determined that the fetus IS so afflicted.

What I STATED in respect to the numbers of children, (and it was perfectly clear in the context of my post) was that I could understand such a decision more easily in the circumstances of the woman or couple who had no children, and had desperately wanted children for a very long time. I STILL believe it to be an inherently selfish decision, but if individuals are prepared to deal with the consequences and both willing and ABLE to provide for the needs of such a child throughout the rest of their natural lives, then so be it.

So no. I’m not proposing ANY legislation by ANY political party that would restrict the number of children that a citizen can have. What *am* pointing to is the very poor judgment on the part of Sarah Palin, and the same applies to all of these so-called pro-life whackos. The ‘pro-life’ handle is the cruelest of ironies with these people, because they are NOT ‘pro-LIFE’. They are pro-embryo, pro-fetus, but NOT pro-LIFE, since they give not a whit for life once life (in the form of humanity) is actually a reality outside the womb. Sarah Palin apparently shares the standard war-mongering, environment destroying, animal hunting proclivities as the rest of the whackos, and so that is not pro-life. It’s pro-destruction. Based on that, she does not have the good judgment required to make decisions for the common good.

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By Virginia777, September 2, 2008 at 9:30 am Link to this comment

The choice says a lot about the Far Right.

This choice is a “media-move”. The Far Right is confident their hold over our media, will let Palin work her simplistic-pretty-mom package as a great selling tool.

they might be right.

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By Fab, September 2, 2008 at 7:11 am Link to this comment
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Here’s a copy of the GOP Convention Schedule….FUNNY!!! LMAO

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2008/09/01/opinion/20080901_opart.html?ei=5070&emc=eta3

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By Big B, September 2, 2008 at 5:18 am Link to this comment

Don’t be hatin’ on the Keiser! He felt that history would ultimately show that he was right!

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By cyclezealot, September 2, 2008 at 2:05 am Link to this comment

McCain wants to kick Russia out of the G8. Further Isolate Russia. The US has been fueling Georgia into attacking Osstetia first(Aug. 8 and now we know they used cluster bombs). ...Now, Palin a re-constructioist Christain ( Assembly of God.) who wants to establish a theorcatic state. If Obama is reckless then McCain is about as welcome to the world scene as would be resurrecting the Kaiser.

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By todd, September 1, 2008 at 11:06 pm Link to this comment
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Electing Obama would be reckless.

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By Marshall K, September 1, 2008 at 6:56 pm Link to this comment

This election season has been pretty slim pickins for the GOP.  Who else do they have that would be any better?  So many of their leaders have been shown to be a corrupt bunch of hypocrites and liars.  They have moved on the greener pastures of lobbying or fighting indictments.  Palin reflects the Christian right wingnuts’ values and she is young, fresh and pretty.  That’s about all she is, but hey, that’s better than the rest of the goobers.  Too bad they didn’t look closer at her problems at home both professionally and personally.  I’d almost feel sorry for them if they weren’t such a bunch of slimy weasels.

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By JonathanU, September 1, 2008 at 6:49 pm Link to this comment
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If the Republicans are smart, they will convince Palin to bow out of the race. She can cite family considerations and say the choice was hers alone. Then they can nominate Kay Bailey Hutchison, or Elizabeth Dole, if they want a female VP, or else someone like Romney, if they decide to forgo the female thing. No matter how you look at it, they need someone who evinces experience, not tokenism.

It is a pity for Sarah Palin, and the VP nomination may turn out more a curse than a blessing for her. She may be or she may yet become a capable conservative politician, but with the focus on her lack of experience, she may instead be remembered only as the token female VP nominee whose selection sank the Republican ticket.

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By Linda, September 1, 2008 at 6:45 pm Link to this comment
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Wildflower, I apologize if you felt the response was to you, however it was responsive to and relevant to the article, not to your short paragraph on the bridge to nowhere which wasn’t even addressed in the article.

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By cyclezealot, September 1, 2008 at 6:18 pm Link to this comment

that is what the choice says.
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Ultra-Secretive Right-Wing Group Met In Minn. To Vet Palin posted by Max Blumenthal on 09/01/2008 @ 08:37am

http://www.thenation.com/blogs/campaignmatters/352178

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By wildflower, September 1, 2008 at 5:59 pm Link to this comment

Re: Linda

What does an informational post about McCain’s staff finally going to Alaska to conduct the vetting of his VP and their possible visit to Palin’s memorial for the Bridge to Nowhere have to do with sexism?

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By Allan J Krueger, September 1, 2008 at 4:53 pm Link to this comment
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Any Clinton supporter who votes for McWORSE - Palin is brain dead, anyway!

Reality check: After the convention, when Palin has to withdraw, McWORSE will pick Lieberman as a replacement without needing the approval of anyone.

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By Linda, September 1, 2008 at 4:40 pm Link to this comment
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One writer wrote: “Instead he has chosen someone he can control be means of intimidation.  Palin is the best candidate for McCain in that she won’t question his thinking process and will pander to his every decision and walk in lock step.  She’s safe and controllable especially knowing how McCain likes to think of women in general.”

I see. Is it a Democrat standard that all women can and will be controlled.


One writer wrote:  “IF the woman had no other children, and had been desperately attempting to bring a child into the world, no matter what the consequences. But, she had FOUR!!! And yet, KNOWING that the odds of having a down syndrome child increase rapidly with each year over the age of about 35 -36, (and the risk factors begin to nearly double with each year thereafter) she still had one at age 42 or 43. This is criminal, and it is incredibly selfish.”


Do you propose the Democrats legislate the number of children one in America can have?

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By R in Colorado, September 1, 2008 at 4:38 pm Link to this comment
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Can you imagine the Republican Rights’ outrage if a democratic candidate had a pregnant unwed teenage daughter? It would be declared proof positive that the dem’s were immoral, could not teach their own children ‘values’, and therefor were not fit to lead the nation! Can you image a democratic female candidate for any office saying she was going to leave her four-month old infant and unwed teenage daughter at home so that she could follow her career ambitions? There would be hellfire and condemation to pay! What about holding up the example of all the glory and praise that are going to be heaped on this young girl for experiementing with sex without any birthcontrol and having a baby? Is this the new standard and example the right wants to hold up to all the preteens in their congregations; glorifying unwed sex, pregnancy and all the attention they get after that? If all of this is spun, glorified and honored by the Moral Majority the hipocrisy will sound to the highest reaches of heaven. Sarah should stay home and take care of her family.

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By RUMCSwan, September 1, 2008 at 4:35 pm Link to this comment

anne amous, (September 1 at 12:49 am)
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~~folks: it is IMMATERIAL who gets in the White House; it has ALREADY been decided WHAT change there is going to be. The Pres is a PUPPET for the big corps & Pentagon: he is briefed on everything he does; BOTH parties have the same agenda; they “pretend’ to be different cuz if they can get you to thing YOU have a choice: you will NOT recognize dictatorship; ~~

Well said, anne, but don’t appear many are listening, or care, or perhaps prefer denial.

Whats that quote: None are more enslaved than those who believe themselves to be free..

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By Linda Bruzzone, September 1, 2008 at 4:32 pm Link to this comment
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One writer wrote: “With the breaking news that Sarah Palin’s 17-year-old unmarried daughter is pregnant, John McCain’s selection may get into deep trouble among “family values” voters.” John McCain’s cynical choice has created a dilemma for many women.”

Apparently, it seems the Democrats are far more judgmental and distressed with this, than Republicans.

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By ted tun, September 1, 2008 at 4:28 pm Link to this comment
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Imagine if the democrats had nominated someone as inexperienced as Palin or as dogmatic. And god forbid that one of the children, a minor, were pregnant and out of wedlock. We might hear about immorality and bad parenting. I think the most fascinating aspect of this is watching conservatives’ contortions in logic when justifying and supporting Palin as VP pick. You never see that sort of tolerance and moral relativism when applied to democrats. Of course Obama won’t cast judgment Because he really is compassionate, lucky for the right wingers.

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By Double U, September 1, 2008 at 3:47 pm Link to this comment

Cyrena, I’m in complete agreement with you on this one.  In fact, I’m more judgmental in my opinions.  Of course I wouldn’t make reproductive choices for a woman, even if I could, could I can have an opinion, and a judgmental one at that.  I won’t even go into the issue of over-population or the stress this puts on a world with plenty of unwanted and hungry children with more coming along every minute. Nor will I go too far into the sad issue of sad monkeys wanting to give themselves little monkey presents that look like themselves.  I will, however, quote a friend from another site: “It’s a vagina, for Pete’s sake, it’s not a Clown Car!!  You know, a little levity with my judgmental views.

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By cyrena, September 1, 2008 at 3:19 pm Link to this comment

By ocjim, September 1 at 11:00 am

•  “I think this is purely judgmental. It reveals no character flaw on Palin’s part.”

Ocjim,

You may be 100% percent that this is a ‘judgment’ call on my behalf, and I can accept that. I’ll only say in my own defense, that it is not one that I just sort of jumped at out of the blue, and only in reference to this particular woman. It’s position that I have ‘in general’ in regard to responsible family planning, so I’ve spent tons and tons of time doing some pretty deep thinking on the subject, in terms of ethics and the American Culture.

I received similar sort of ‘counseling’ myself many, many, years ago from our family physician, because I carry the genetic sickle cell anemia TRAIT. Now the trait is not the same as the disease, since only a small portion of the blood cells are abnormal. But in terms of family planning, it is wise (or at least my doctor thought it was) to know what the numbers and consequences would be of bearing a child with the disease.

Now the doc is an avowed Catholic with 5 children himself, but his advise was purely professional. He gave me the ‘odds’ so to speak, and made it clear that I might choose to bear 5 children (just like his wife did – not him) despite those odds. And of course I would, although I would have tried to limit those odds in my choice of a spouse. (like…it would be better if the spouse didn’t ALSO have the trait or the disease…I might have re-considered at that point – maybe not the spouse, (though that would have been prudent as well) but I may have opted for adoption instead.

All of that said, I did not have my first child until I was 34 years old. (she wasn’t due until I was 35, but arrived far too early). Because I was that old, and because she was my first, I did opt for the amniocentesis procedure which can check for various abnormalities early on in the pregnancy. There again, I received counseling. In short the doctor explained that such a procedure would provide for a couple of options. It could tell a parent/parents whether or not there might be reason to consider terminating the pregnancy. But for many, (like Palin here) it wouldn’t provide that particular use. And, he described a patient he’d had who was older, and had been trying to conceive and/or maintain a full term pregnancy for years, and unsuccessfully. In HER case, it wouldn’t have mattered if the kid was ill, or would be likely to suffer a lifetime, (short or long) from some disease or other abnormality, because she wanted a child!

And, I respect all of that. However, it *is* my judgment that it is basically irresponsible, (and yes – SELFISH) for people to have children (or become pregnant to begin with) when they already have a full compliment of them, and they are over 40 years old. Even if the child is perfectly healthy, you’re pretty much guaranteeing that when you’re 50, and the kid is ten, you’re not gonna have the kind of energy to devote that you otherwise would. And with every year added to that, the science says that you aren’t going to be around to provide for this kid as long as would be optimal.

So I admit it. I’ve had a few of my own friends who have decided to have 2nd and 3rd ‘families’ well into their 40’s, and I tell them the same thing. You’ve got 2 already, the new husband has 3 that he’s contributing, and now your old ass is gonna have ANOTHER one? WHY? Just because you’re both employed today, doesn’t mean you will be tomorrow.

So yes. I’m guilty of judgment on this. And I do think it reflects on how Palin might make important decisions on behalf of the country, if McCain kicks the bucket, (or his Alzheimer’s continues) and she is in that position.

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By Double U, September 1, 2008 at 2:44 pm Link to this comment

Not if the Pres croaks, Vinnie.

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By VinnieTheSnake, September 1, 2008 at 2:42 pm Link to this comment

Why compare the presidential candidate to the vice presidential candidate?  Two different offices.

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By Steve, September 1, 2008 at 2:32 pm Link to this comment
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McCain has no credibility with this choice.Talk about bad judgement!I don’t even care about her lack of experience, she believes in creationism and doesn’t believe mankind has something to do with global warming!This is not someone we should have as a leader. Very scary times we are living in.

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By Double U, September 1, 2008 at 2:30 pm Link to this comment

Rowman, just because you’re writing about “experience” don’t assume everybody else is, and don’t tell me to shut up, pal!!, heh heh.  I, for one, am not talking about “experience.”  I am referring to blood-drenched, anti-environmental, anti-choice, anti-intellectual, hacks.  The juxtaposition is clear enough: If Obama croaks, Biden takes the helm, if he doesn’t, he still has Biden’s experience in his cabinet.  Do I have to kick the dead horse of the same scenario if McCain buys the farm?

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By Leefeller, September 1, 2008 at 2:29 pm Link to this comment

nativechef,

Good post, your comments being to mind, Palin could dress as a Geisha and walk ten paces behind McCain as women should. The control thing may be on the money.

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By nativechef, September 1, 2008 at 2:13 pm Link to this comment

PK

You touched on something here that may have fallen through the cracks.  Had McCain truly been a maverick he would have chosen Ron Paul to be his running mate.  Instead he has chosen someone he can control be means of intimidation.  Palin is the best candidate for McCain in that she won’t question his thinking process and will pander to his every decision and walk in lock step.  She’s safe and controllable especially knowing how McCain likes to think of women in general.  McCain is old school in that underneath all his bluster he continues to think of women as weak and helpless and that they are incapable of making decisions on there own. He’s already shown his true colors by referring to Cindy as a “cunt” and did absolutely nothing when one of his supporters called Hillary “That Bitch”.  McCain can’t control Paul and he knows it.  Just like he knows he can’t control Rommney, Pawlenty or any other more qualified candidate be it male or female.

McCain isn’t looking for a running mate that can help him lead, he’s looking for someone that won’t stand in his way.  Pawlenty and Rommney pose a threat to him and had he chosen another Republican women that is more qualified he wouldn’t have the control he’s looking for.  The man is a chauvinist from the word go.  He has no respect for women and he’s proven that time and again.  The choice of Palin wasn’t because she’s a women or even that she’s anti-abortion or pro gun, pro oil or even a creationist.  It’s because she posses no threat to his thinking.  Palin will walk in step one pace behind and one pace to the left of McCain, right where McCain thinks women should be.  We all know he won’t come out and admit it, but watch him when he interacts with Cindy or any other women for that matter.  He carries that old school, women belong barefoot, pregnant and in the kitchen attitude.  Look at his track record and how he interacts with women.  The Senate hearing in the 80’s when families were trying to get closure on the MIA’s in Vietnam and how he treated the mother of one MIA soldier.  He was beyond rude, he was downright hurtful to her and her feelings.

Now I may very well be wrong, but I doubt it.  And if I am I will humbly apologize to everyone on this site.  But McCain isn’t about country first, he’s about himself first and everyone and everything else be damned.

Thanks for the shot….....

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By WARIS SHERE, September 1, 2008 at 12:45 pm Link to this comment
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It is indeed very obvious that John McCain has selected a running mate because she happens to be a woman and appeals to the Republican’s conservative evangelical base. With the breaking news that Sarah Palin’s 17-year-old unmarried daughter is pregnant, John McCain’s selection may get into deep trouble among “family values” voters. John McCain’s cynical choice has created a dilemma for many women. As has been pointed out the pick is insulting to vast majority of women and will certainly raise eyebrows among the evangelical base. At the same time, Sarah Palin lacks no national political experience, especially in the area of foreign policy along with her family values which will undoubtedly play a vital role when she will be running with a 72-year-old John McCain who has suffered several bouts of a deadly cancer. In the final analysis the world is witnessing trying times and it will be very unwise for John McCain to play gender politics. The stakes in this election are very high for the United States of America.

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By rowman, September 1, 2008 at 12:23 pm Link to this comment

Your leader instructed you to not launch these attacks. He will be disappointed and when he is president he will banish you from the land of laws (former land of freedom).

How do you reconcile her being unfit and somehow Obama is. It does not compute and any attack on her creates such a problem. Obama was wise enough to realize it…

Leave the public manipulation to Obama and keep your day job (if you have one).

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By ocjim, September 1, 2008 at 12:06 pm Link to this comment

Then again perhaps this is relevant concerning Palin’s judgment. I didn’t check its authenticity:

http://img364.imageshack.us/img364/4628/sarahpalinla4.png

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By ocjim, September 1, 2008 at 12:00 pm Link to this comment

Cyrena,

We usually agree but the opinion below is one I can’t agree with:

“There is little that can be MORE irresponsible than this. One might honestly be willing to look at it differently, IF the woman had no other children, and had been desperately attempting to bring a child into the world, no matter what the consequences. But, she had FOUR!!! And yet, KNOWING that the odds of having a down syndrome child increase rapidly with each year over the age of about 35 -36, (and the risk factors begin to nearly double with each year thereafter) she still had one at age 42 or 43. This is criminal, and it is incredibly selfish.”

I think this is purely judgmental. It reveals no character flaw on Palin’s part.

What is relevant is that McSame is playing his own political, cynical game, demeaning two offices—VP and Pres (although Shrub has done much for the latter)—by providing a political, bold-move-to-grab-media-attention, and cynical to grab votes from what he considers a dumbed-down voter to select an unqualified VP.

McSame’s number one priority is getting elected, a Machiavellian move worthy of Rove.

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By cyrena, September 1, 2008 at 11:35 am Link to this comment

By Big B, September 1 at 10:08 am

•  “Next, do not underestimate the potential for abject cruelty that Sarah posesses. Anyone who knowingly brings a downs syndrome child into the world must have limitless tolerance for torture.”

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You’ve hit on something really important here Big B, at least it’s something that scared the bjesus out of me as soon as I heard the brief bio.

There is little that can be MORE irresponsible than this. One might honestly be willing to look at it differently, IF the woman had no other children, and had been desperately attempting to bring a child into the world, no matter what the consequences. But, she had FOUR!!! And yet, KNOWING that the odds of having a down syndrome child increase rapidly with each year over the age of about 35 -36, (and the risk factors begin to nearly double with each year thereafter) she still had one at age 42 or 43. This is criminal, and it is incredibly selfish.

That kind of judgment would finish us off which her anywhere close to the cockpit.

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By Double U, September 1, 2008 at 11:16 am Link to this comment

Oops (again and again), that’s the Council for National Policy.  It’s the first article at the top right of thenation’s home page.

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By Double U, September 1, 2008 at 11:09 am Link to this comment

The Council on National Security, an utra-secretive, super-wealthy group of neo-cons met in Minnesota to vet Palin.  The group includes such shining lights of sanity as Tim LeHaye (gag).  See the article at http://www.thenation.com  It’s titled something similar to this comment’s first sentence.  See it now!  Please!

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By Big B, September 1, 2008 at 11:08 am Link to this comment

First, for those of you out there who think this is a bad choice, I remind you of another blithering idiot VP, Dan Quayle.
Next, do not underestimate the potential for abject cruelty that Sarah posesses. Anyone who knowingly brings a downs syndrome child into the world must have limitless tolerance for torture.
Third, don’t think for a minute that Mcsame is out of this thing. This nation voted for two lying draft dodgers in a row. A “war hero” always has chance, especially in a nation that worships hero’s.
A word about our “hero worship” complex. A man jumps on a grenade to save his platoon, is a hero. A fireman that runs into a burning building to save an infant, is a hero. A cop that shoots an assailant before he stabs a hostage, is a hero. Everybody else is just doing their jobs.
Are we all so empty that we need to assign the mantra “hero” to every day people doing every day things? What are we, fucking children?
No wonder we keep electing morons!

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By xyzaffair, September 1, 2008 at 11:07 am Link to this comment
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It’s disheartening that some disgruntled Clinton supporters will support McCain out of bitterness and their cult-like devotion to having a woman on the ticket.

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By G.Anderson, September 1, 2008 at 10:58 am Link to this comment

It was also interesting to listen to Conservatives defending Palin’s national security expertise, her rediness to assume the presidency if she has to, and her experience as an executive.

I’d like to force them to look into a mirror and watch themselves as they tell their tall tales.

There is not doubt that the conservative base will eat it up, and do their best to compare her qualifications to Obama’s.

At this point in time, after 8 years of president Bush, it’s unlikely that the conservative faithful are going to stop supporting the conservative agenda, what ever the reasons.

What is important to them is not so much the right wing fairy tales told by their leaders, but rather that they detest liberals, and liberalism. They won’t be voting for Palin, as much as voting against, Gay Marriage, and abortion rights.

They could care less that conservatives choices don’t make any sense, or are hypocritical. That’s what conservative politics is all about, stopping the liberals, Gay marriage and abortion, and putting fundamentalist Christians in charge. 

Conservative politics is a Religion, and as such it does not require reason, only faith.

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By Leefeller, September 1, 2008 at 10:55 am Link to this comment

Anyone remember queen for a day? All over again.

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By BobZ, September 1, 2008 at 10:52 am Link to this comment

McCain has now subjected all of us to a real live soap opera. This is beginning to look like zero vetting was done on this candidate other than to make sure she passed the right wing litmus tests on abortion, global warming, gun control, and evolution. Letterman, Leno, Stewart, Colbert, and Maher are going to have a field day with Sarah Palin. What is fascinating and appalling at the same time are how gullible the Republican’s think the American people are. I was watching Lindsey Graham on Sunday talk about how qualified Sandra Palin was to become vice president based on her tenure as mayor of a town of less than 8000 and governor of a small state for less than two years. That amounts to zero knowledge of foreign affairs - so much for putting America’s security first which is what McCain claims. Graham was saying all of this with a straight face and all I could think of was boy am I glad I don’t live in South Carolina. McCain’s other surrogates said much of the same ad nauseam. Reading between the lines, it also appears Palin has some of the same management characteristics of Dick Cheney in her “my way or the highway” governing style. She seems to hire and fire based on pure whim, rather than competence.

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By wildflower, September 1, 2008 at 10:47 am Link to this comment

Wonder what McCain thoughts on this are? I doubt anyone has vetted his views on this complex health related subject in regard to Alaska, but we do know his views in regard to Africa:

“McCain initially replied that he preferred a program of abstinence education but would provide condoms in places where abstinence “was not being followed,” that is, where sex is happening. .  .

“Let me think about it a little bit ... I don’t know if I would use taxpayers’ money ... I’m not informed enough on it. Let me find out ... I’m sure I have taken a position on it in the past ... I have to find out my position on it ... I am sure I am opposed to government funding. I am sure I support the president’s policy on it.”

http://www.salon.com/opinion/conason/2008/04/11/mccain_abortion/

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By Ed Harges, September 1, 2008 at 10:15 am Link to this comment

Her-McCain Sarah is a category five lunatic.

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By Blackspeare, September 1, 2008 at 9:55 am Link to this comment

This just flashed——Palin’s daughter is pregnant, but unmarried——well so much for family values!!!  The good news is that she will marry the father; however, no word from the father!!!

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By wildflower, September 1, 2008 at 9:42 am Link to this comment

Re: Leefeller

But there is a runaway bus heading toward the Bridge to Nowhere.  Its captain is asleep at the wheel, its adult passengers are drunk, its next generation has no seat belts, and its co-captain can’t find her “how to” driving manual.

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By PK, September 1, 2008 at 9:32 am Link to this comment
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The tempo and theme of the election has changed. 

Bad for the GOP, bad for America.  The circumstances wherein the Republican party could have made a difference were at hand, the GOP instead opted to promote the good ‘ol boy network.

If they paraded Govenor Palin before the voting public prior to the primaries, do you doubt that she would be a contender in today’s contest…  I don’t.  I look at the options before us at that time and found only one realistic choice out of a field of pretenders and posers—Ron Paul.  The reality is, he “had” the right answers, but he “lacked” the glamour, the name recognition and the right listeners.

Were Palin in the race then, one can assume that she may not have had all of the answers, but one would equally have to assume that she would have garnered the attention of the American public, and where there is attention their are open minds willing to listen…

The short of this missive is simply this.  While I like Gov. Palin, I sincerely believe that as a VP, she was a wasted choice for this campaign…  While it may propel her “recognition wise” to attempt a run in four or eight years time, at the moment all it shows is that McCain and the GOP played this hand poorly, and would have been better served to have chosen less dramatically, and more thoughtfully…

There is that too—McCain is currently speaking of Gov. Palin as a long lost soul-mate.  Reality check!  He met her once and spoke to her once before that over the phone.  That is either a case of being naive and trusting, or talking crud to an expectant audiance.  I tend to think we deserve better from an elder-statesman. 

Message for Senator McCain, don’t lose the plot now, find the values that made you an icon and bring them back to the foreground.  The old McCain is the McCain your public deeply misses…

PK sends…

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By keepyourheaddown, September 1, 2008 at 9:27 am Link to this comment
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McDumber than a rock, what a pandering moron…

McLoser… hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!!!!!

he couldn’t win if he was running by himself…

it’s all over now…

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By NancieLea, September 1, 2008 at 9:12 am Link to this comment
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Imagine Cheney with a skirt and you have Sarah Palin.

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By purplewolf, September 1, 2008 at 9:01 am Link to this comment

McCain = pro war/aerial killing of human enemies = people killer, out of touch with reality that women are individuals and not some piece of property too ignorant to choose their own pathway in life without being ordered into a narrow view of the religious right doing it for them, stalker(?)of beauty pageant contestants, Keating 5 scandal, wants to deny a woman’s right to govern her own body, flip-flops on needed spending for veterans, doesn’t believe in evolution.
Palin = pro big oil corps/aerial killing of wolves = animal killer/out of touch with reality that women are individuals and not some piece of property too ignorant to choose their own pathway in life without being ordered into a narrow view of the religious right doing it for them, former beauty pageant contestant, trooper gate scandal, wants to deny a woman’s right to govern her own body, flip-flops on spending of wasteful projects, doesn’t believe in evolution(even though father was a science teacher).

Just like to peas in a pod. Puppet answers for today’s problems. With these two at the helm of America, the world doesn’t need to worry long, as these two could achieve total annihilation of every living thing on the planet before the end of their term if handed another stolen election, as they both see nothing wrong with destroying life, be it human or animals, all in the name of greed.

No need to worry about the asteroid heading toward Earth or the predicted date of 12-21-2012 as being the end of the world. These two could achieve it much sooner.

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By Ed Harges, September 1, 2008 at 8:58 am Link to this comment

People bemoan her lack of experience, but the single worst thing there is to know about her is this:

She advocates the mandatory teaching of creationism in public schools alongside evolution as an equally valid scientific alternative.

To me, there is only one kind of person who can get a college degree, serve as governor of a state, live to the age of 44, and still hold onto such an outrageously anti-rational, anti-intellectual, infantile ideological position:

A stark, raving lunatic.

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By mackTN, September 1, 2008 at 8:38 am Link to this comment

Obama and Biden have been vetted by voters, their records analyzed and overanalyzed, their views and characters tested in a range of governmental scenarios. 

Now McCain hides behind Gustav and cancels his convention to keep a lid on media stories about his vp choice, to avoid the cameras and videos of him between Sarah & Cindy, cindy & sarah. 

Notice how cindy has purtied up since sarah came aboard, pulling out her tightest dresses and her highest heels? 

McCain exited a plane in MS for photo ops in the gulf coast—he reminded me of Bruce Wayne walking into one of his parties with babes on both arms!  First came Sarah, dressed to the nines for a disaster shot, then came proud John, then Cindy with her metallic dress and 10-inch heels and cover girl makeup.  I notice cindy is hovering even closer to John than ever.  She’s not about to take a back seat in this, realizing John’s penchant for the younger women.  After all, it’s her money. 

Really, does John deserve all of this?  He must have some truly hidden assets! What better way to portray himself as virile than to escort two babes around the world with him.

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By Paul_GA, September 1, 2008 at 8:24 am Link to this comment

I suppose the choice of Ms. Palin is intended to make disillusioned former conservatives like me return to the fold, eh? Well, as things now stand, I’ll be voting for either Bob Barr or Cynthia McKinney. Both of the major parties are too war-like to suit me.

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By Leefeller, September 1, 2008 at 8:02 am Link to this comment

Well the genius of selecting Palin seems to be working, she is all we talk about, the issues be damned. They are anyway.

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By Fahrenheit 451, September 1, 2008 at 7:02 am Link to this comment

Oh, for crying out loud; get over Palin!  She will or will not be okay.  There are far more important things going on in the world than PALIN!!!  She’ll be vetted one way or the other.  The situation in Georgia is far more important than this petty shit!  Check out this link in “The International Herald Tribune”;

Would-be Georgian soldiers, in over their heads
By Michael Schwirtz
Published: September 1, 2008
http://www.iht.com/articles/2008/09/01/europe/warriors.php

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By roadkill, September 1, 2008 at 6:49 am Link to this comment

Reckless for whom?  WE think it’s a reckless choice because we cannot envision her in the White House. For reasons obvious to most. But, although not what anyone expected, she is nevertheless the consummate Rovian proto-candidate (very much like GW).  As such, her nomination has nothing to do with what is best for “America” (republican or democrat) but how well she fits the “type”. 

Still, my sense is that it is less than a perfect scenario for the Repubs.  They desperately needed to re-infuse the campaign with a prototypical, right wing avatar, to re-invigorate their ideological base.  And she fit the bill.

And like GW, should they win and should McCain die, we are in a shit load of trouble.

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By VietnamVet, September 1, 2008 at 6:39 am Link to this comment

I am McCain’s age myself, and in all my 70 plus years, I have never seen a more ignorant selection for a major party! It makes Dan Quayle look like an expert in comparison. I predict that Obama will win handily, if not by a landslide!

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By hugh harvey, September 1, 2008 at 6:30 am Link to this comment
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I think John showed his lack of judgement in this pick, while I didn’t like Rommney, he would have been a much more capable and experienced person to be available to step in , even Mike Huckabee would have been a more reliable choice.

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By basho, September 1, 2008 at 3:43 am Link to this comment

anyone out there really think johnnie mac chose this candidate?

maybe the question should be -if the gop winds up in the white house again, who will she choose (or have chosen for her) as her vp?

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By Double U, September 1, 2008 at 2:46 am Link to this comment

Hear Hear!! Cyrena.

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By anne amous, September 1, 2008 at 1:49 am Link to this comment
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folks: it is IMMATERIAL who gets in the White House; it has ALREADY been decided WHAT change there is going to be. The Pres is a PUPPET for the big corps & Pentagon: he is briefed on everything he does; BOTH parties have the same agenda; they “pretend’ to be different cuz if they can get you to thing YOU have a choice: you will NOT recognize dictatorship; THIS is how they cleverly do it; in Oregon: remember all the Gov’s meeting with Bush? ours is Democrat; from Fed, to St, to county, to city: in Oregon; and I am sure in your state; the LAW protecting Oregon’s water “expired” this year; couldn’t delete or add to THAT one so had to claim “expired”; so easy to do isn’t it? Kinda like the usury laws that have been around as long as banking to PROTECT citizesn; don’t know what LIES Congress passed out but yes indeed, those existed; and also for loan sharking & Predator laws; but ha ha ha; down the drain; HOW can you NOT know this is DICTATORSHIP folks?????? Get a CLUE! THEY own the land; and will decide what will be done to it; THEY own the water; and passed all kinds of county & city laws on it including wells; THIS is how it will be DONE! and folks just need to get a new MINDSET! (hello Nazi’s) and of course an ss #; oh excuse me, a FED ID bracelet! *******FYI, town hall meeting 3 st reps: Alan Bates, Peter Buckley, and Sal Escaval; 1/28 & 1/29 08; openly stated any undocumenteds will be given Drivers licenses (8 years) no 2nd class citizens HERE! in July 08 citizens have to show Birth Certs to get one; is the PICTURE getting CLEARER?

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By cyrena, August 31, 2008 at 11:04 pm Link to this comment

EJ makes the scariest point right here:

•  “That only a handful of conservatives have so far expressed doubts about Palin demonstrates that ideology is what drove them during the Miers fight, and drives them still….Palin’s lack of experience is irrelevant because she is right—actually, quite far right—on the conservatives’ issues.”

Doesn’t matter a whit about ‘experience’ or knowledge, or ANY of that. We should have figured that out when they elected GW, who had absolutely no more experience than this woman has.

Then this…

•  “But there is also the question of principle. In picking Biden as his running mate, it’s Obama who made the prudent choice. McCain is asking us to roll the dice. You’d think that people who call themselves conservative would have a problem with that.

Yes, we would expect people who call themselves conservative to have a problem with that. But, they AREN’T ‘conservative’, any more than the current batch are ‘conservative’ in the true meaning of the term. It’s about the IDEOLOGY, and nothing more. Principle? Since when have the repugs stood on principle? These crazy RADICALS wouldn’t know ‘principle’ if it kicked them in the ass.

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By mackTN, August 31, 2008 at 10:58 pm Link to this comment

I haven’t seen any interviews with Republican female legislators like Olympia Snowe, Elizabeth Dole, Kay Hutchinson.  Seems only the guys are praising wolfgal.  Fred Thompson said that once he learned her history, he felt that she was uniquely qualified to be a commander in chief, that she was more qualified than any other Republican!!! 

Must be those pheromes.

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By ocjim, August 31, 2008 at 10:57 pm Link to this comment

Republican cynicism and reckless choices go back to Nixon.

Quayle was chosen to appeal to a younger generation of Americans and his looks were praised at the time by Senator John McCain, who said, “I can’t believe a guy that handsome wouldn’t have some impact.”

Perhaps that is what McCain had in mind when he chose Alaska Governor Sara Palin as his running mate last Friday, an obscure, in-her second-year governor of Alaska. She is a white, attractive 44 year-old mother of five with no foreign policy experience, who shares McCain’s conservative views on the big oil agenda, abortion, and advocates the Bush failed economic policies.

Her initial statements standing beside McCain reveal no self-contradictory, illogical statements that were credited to Dan Quayle like “The future will be better tomorrow,” or “I love California. I practically grew up in Phoenix.”

But still the abject cynicism is there for John McCain, as well as an in-your-face, people-be-damned attitude. It is the same George W. Bush/Karl Rove trademark: be bold, seem daring, steal headlines, and shock the pundits.

Rolling out of the dunghill of Rove’s (Turd Blossom’s) reactionary cynicism, McCain advisors must believe that because Palin is a woman, most women voters – all starved for a female leader and who were Hillary-jilted—will turn to McCain-Palin. McCain must believe that Palin’s maverick reputation will re-energize a false maverick status he so carefully forged over the years. He must believe that a 44 year old attractive newcomer will make their ticket young again.

Never mind the obscenity of putting the former mayor of a town of 9,000 with zero foreign policy experience a heartbeat away from the presidency of a 72 year old man with a history of cancer, and one who has also been characterized with mood swings. After all, they share the trite and worn-out ideas borrowed from a failed president.

She vehemently supports the war, she loves guns, is anti-abortion, supports big oil companies, and favors drilling for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge over saving polar bears. That is Republican and serious John McCain material. Republican is that?

By virtue of not being born into a political family and not allowing corruption from her own party members in Alaska, Palin is considered a maverick. Her issue of prominence in Alaska is ethics.

Ethics is not something she will carry into the McCain camp, for his past ethics battles involving lobbyist advisors, flip-flopping on many issues for conservative appeal, character assassination of Obama and McCain’s dark past role in the S&L;Scandal, the Keating Five.

Probably the biggest ethical question is why McCain chose Sara Palin in the first place. It has all the ingredients of putting his politics ahead of the people, a Bush-McCain trademark, believing the people fickle and ignorant, and last of all, demeaning, not only the office of Vice President, but also the office of President.

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By Nino, August 31, 2008 at 10:16 pm Link to this comment
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Strange,I have lived a long life,,active in more thngs worthwhile then this new kid on the block who wrote this childish piece..I have never met a ‘conservative’ what ever that means,who had or has any influence on a national level…not state senators,local town board members,school board members etc etc..not one neighbor that I know would pick McCain to watch our pet while we went away for a few weeks,much less as presidential candidate.and so this corporation run party chose a woman with a family who just does not like to stay home with that family…so what,we are now supposed to be lampooned as this writer does..thats the name of the game..the role of a veep is mostly to attend funerals anyway..and since these are high stakes..mucho money involved with the military-industrial complex that runs our nation..I am sure they have stuff on this gal thats why they have picked her and can poop-press on her when ever they feel the urge..soon another 9-11 anniversery..sad 8 former students of mine paid with their lives on that fatefull day and their deaths have never been revenged….....

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By Linda, August 31, 2008 at 10:12 pm Link to this comment
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Your comments are consistent with the escalating sexism within the Democrat Party and which ocurred with Hillary Clinton, as well.

I have to laugh because you’re getting a reality check…Palin has MORE experience than Barack Obama and most likely bigger cajones.

While he has spent a total of three days in Iraq, cutting short his first visit and only staying one and one half days (pretty scary place for him) and only staying a day, the second visit—she has spent a week there, assessing the entire situation.  Further, not mentioned by you, she has a son who is active Army and scheduled to be deployed in Iraq as well, she is currently the Commander in Chief of the Alaska Army National Guard.  She knows the military in and out, even able to shoot the automatic weapons, which I am certain has Barack Obama shuddering.  She also knows the oil industry well and was able to get them to give rebates to everyone in the state.

But what I think bothers him more, rather than her years in local civic government as a representative, then her years as a mayor and her time as a governor, which exceeds the total time he has spent on the Senate floor, is that she is strong enough to stand up and confront corruption while he never did so in Chicago, where it was ever so rampant.

I think it also bothers him that she is an ace basketball player (his biggest claim to fame) and she could probably beat his arse, but is also a hunter and a fisherman, has owned her business and been able to do all of this while having and raising five children.

Oh and another thing, she owns a modest home, not like like the million dollar mansion Obama bought with the help of convicted felon Rezko.

I would think you would be more concerned about the qualifications of those running for president than those running for vice president and I find it amazing you insist that women have higher qualifications than men…..

Very interesting how very sexist the Dems have gotten the past ten years and no wonder women are leaving the party in droves.

Now, the question, will this post remain, or will you remove it?  LOL!

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By wildflower, August 31, 2008 at 10:02 pm Link to this comment

Word is McCain’s staff has finally gone to Alaska to conduct a background check on his VP of choice, Governor Palin:

http://www.andrewhalcro.com/vetting_the_veep_post_announcement

Guess we will just have to wait and see what their vetting reveals.  No one seems to know if McCain’s staff is planning to visit Palin’s Memorial for that Bridge to Nowhere during their stay. But if they opt to do so, it should be easy to locate since it has it’s own road.

Apparently, Palin is using our tax dollars to go ahead and build a road to the Bridge to Nowhere even though there is no Bridge to Nowhere. If she hadn’t, she would have had to return the money to the Federal Government, which, of course, would conflict with her “sentiments on wasteful spending” that Senator McCain referenced when he introduced his VP of choice.

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