So, what do you think of Palin?

Tom Jackson
Mar 23, 2010

Well, the pick of Sarah Palin as McCain's running mate has given everyone something to talk about, hasn't it?

In my Aug. 13 blog posting, "A Woman for Vice President?" I explained why I thought it seemed quite possible that at least one of the candidates for vice president would turn out to be a woman, even though national pundits were mostly mentioning men.

I wrote, "If Obama picks a white male as his running mate, I would think pressure would build on McCain to pick a woman."

My blog also pointed to Sarah Palin, although that didn't come from me -- it came from a reader comment. On my August 4 blog posting, someone posting as "Sarah Palin" wrote, "Come on McCain, give Sarah Palin a look." My wife spotted the comment and asked if I'd noticed the governor of Alaska posted on my blog. Of course, you can use any name you like when you post a comment here.

It's too early to judge the wisdom of McCain's pick, but the early attack line by the Obama camp that Palin lacks experience rings false. After all, she's the governor of a state, and has more executive experience than Obama, Biden or McCain. My boss, a woman, wants me to point out she has more experience hunting moose than the other three.

The consensus so far seems to be that Palin was a risky pick. We'll see how she does when she speaks in prime time tonight.

Comments

Anonymous (not ...

brainless followers:

Leaving out the stock mkt. tech wreck which began in Mar. 2000, in addition to the worst terrorist attack and the worst natural disaster in U.S. history; I'd say that nationally that the last eight yrs. ain't been that bad.

Due to the extreme magnitude of each, I don't quite know how any POTUS could have prevented any of 'em.

Let's just hope that the next few yrs. don't have any repeats of the above events or worse, regardless of who's POTUS.

Anonymous

I think that Palin will be great. If McCain were to be unable to complete his term, Palin would become President. Palin is much better than Obama, Clinton and Biden put together. Obama, Clinton and Biden are also lawyers who would just mess up the country big time. The lawyers are all talk. Palin just makes too much common sense to me. Because McCain picked Palin, I have decided to vote for McCain instead of staying home and not voting at all.

Anonymous

I think it's wonderful that she is totally opposed to abortion, even in cases of rape or incest. It's great that she's willing to make women and girls unwilling breeding stock for rapists and child molesters. It shows that she has true family values. Plus, she looks just like Tina Fey, and that chick is hilarious! She also looks like Peggy Hill, and King of the Hill is one of my favorite shows. She's got my vote for sure!

Anonymous (not ...

Roe v. Wade has made abortion rights a minor issue due to the fact that it's essentially a non voted on amendment to the Constitution. Any politician can have an opinion, but they ain't gonna be able to change diddley on a national scale.

Wickard v. Filburn is collectivist in nature, unconstitutional in its scope and is far more insidious. It is the Supreme Court decision that needs desperately to be overturned in order to help restore economic and political freedom to the U.S.

See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wic...

Get to know this little ‘gem’ from the era of FDR.

Anonymous

TO BRAINLESS FOLLOWERS, I assume you are refering to yourself or Obama followers

reader

Honestly, don't you think Obama supporters are proud to be Americans too ?

As mentioned below, Republicans have no monopoly on patriotism.

To suggest your fellow citizens who have a differing political viewpoint are not patriotic is Unamerican. Seems more like Russia or China.

Anonymous

Thanks for proving my points, yall.

Yeah...I have children - one a special needs child for whom I quit my job to care for because my wife's income and insurance were better. Oh yeah...that was more than a quarter century ago - probably before you were born.

I didn't say who takes a 'healthy' 5 month-old into a large crowd. I asked what parent takes a health-challenged child into those enviroments. Have you ever had a health- or development-challenged child?

Yes..PARADED the bump on the tarmac with the father, at the convention not once but three times. Send her away? Of course not. But don't stand on your Pentecostal stump and discuss family values and abstinence-only sex education until AFTER you perform the marriage ceremony.

I'm not afraid of Sarah. I REJOICE the barracuda is on the ballot. And her latest actions in 'Troopergate' are making me even surer she'll be off the ballot. She already admitted a member of her administration repeatedly called the guy she fired and said "Todd and Sarah want to know why this is taking so long?" She can be impeached!!! She can be shown as a criminal...and cannot be on the national ballot.

Of course, I was around in 84 when the media and GOoP virtually crucified Geraldine Ferraro - who never, like Palin, refused to talk with media.

Palin is a desperation move.

Anonymous

The GOoP owes a huge apology to thousands of men and women in this country. The GOoP said on more than one occasion this week that organizing and operating community action agencies does not involve executive skill.

On behal of the GOoP, I apologize to the directors of United Way, Red Cross, Meals on Wheels, agencies that serve millions of Seniors, Camp Fire directors, food pantry directors, directors of homeless shelters - and all those who organize services for millions of Americans.

Many of the people I just mentioned raise and supervise millions of dollars - per agency - and coordinate volunteers and others.

Unlike governors, these people don't have a bevy of assistants, secretaries, and others.

Governors don't have to write and administer grants to keep their states afloat.

Governors have 'people' to go among the people.

Have any of you ever worked, at any time, in a guaranteed government postion and at any other time in a community agency that depends on others for survival?

When is the last time you saw a governor stuffing envelopes?

You think a community organizer doesn't know how to talk to government; doesn't spend time on the phone talking to government?

Again...the GOoP never will...so I apologize for their elitist comments.

A Sovereign American

She's just another puppet, Can't you see her strings?

Anonymous

You spoke truthful volumes!

Anonymous

Not very much after she is standing there with her husband in Iowa and the reporter asks "How do you feel marriage in Alaska is different than in the lower 48" And she smiled and grabbed her husbands crotch and said "I worry about my lower 11 (inches???) here, girls in Alaska like everything big and do not come home to any less". How is any man supposed to feel knowing our VP is a size queen. This is sick, something right out of ancient stories in the bible of the depravity of rulers. I am so humiliated, I am told I am just average or normal in that dpartment and my wife is up all night googling stuff about big ones now and her eyes light up when she see the first dude Todd.

Anonymous

I'm from Missouri-refer me to a network, show,date and time, so I can see this myself. If she had actually said/and done this, the networks would be all over this like flies on dog dung. Grow up and come up with a little more plausible lie would you? And don't even try to tell me that the "networks" are 'right wing' and would not show this, or that the republicans "got to them". That would even be a bigger lie than what you have already purported here.

Anonymous

Fa-UhhhCCCKKKK YOU!

Contango

U stink

Anonymous

I think she is attractive.

digger nick

the most important thing is that she is white .

Anonymous

Here is good evidence that ArcXIX, the blogger the received national attention for his attack on 17-year-old Bristol Palin, is a poll worker at the Franklin County Board of Elections.

ArcXIX blog that attacked Bristol Palin: (copy of google cache)
http://ingrimayne.com/spp/sarahP...

ArcXIX self-incrimination that he works as a poll worker:
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http://www.dailykos.com/search?o...

Poll Worker Here (0+ / 0-)

This was my first year working for the Board of Elections. I wanted some more hands on training, but the two hundred page manual was quite good.

We had 275 people turnout at our location (twice the amount as last November), and all of them were surprised by the lack of lines. An emphasis on early voting helped relieve the actual day of election by a large margin.

Wish my candidate carried the state, but that is an entirely different can of worms that does not involve the Boards fine execution this year (so far).

by ArcXIX on Wed Mar 05, 2008 at 05:23:30 PM PDT
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ArcXIX self-incrimination that he is on the Franklin County Voter list:
http://www.dailykos.com/story/20...

And Check Your County Board (2+ / 0-)

Didn't find my name through that link, but the Franklin County BoE website has me listed as always. Found two friends not listed. Time to see what is going on here.

by ArcXIX on Wed Oct 18, 2006 at 09:36:29 AM PDT
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Why I connected ArcXIX is likely a person by the name of "Charles Hartley" of Columbus, Ohio:
I Googled "arcxix -palin -dailykos -kos" and started trying to find out who ArcXIX was.
On only the second page of the less than 500 matches, I found:

http://74.125.95.104/search?q=ca...
It has several identity pieces of information on it:
Name: Charles Hartley
alias: "AgentArc"
AIM Name: ArcXIX
Last Visit: Feb 24 2008
Sex: M
Age: 24
Location: Columbus, Ohio

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Why the alias AgentArc makes the idea of choice of ArcXIX by the 1UP account owner too incriminating to be a just a coincidence:
Google "palin agentarc -hartley"
What this shows are several hits which reference pictures of Palin that are kept in a photobucket account of "AgentArc".
Note that all these pictures are now removed by the owner. To me, this is highly convincing evidence that the owner of the 1UP account is the person who created the ArcXIX blog on Daily Kos. It is possible that the name, age and location are a falsehood perpetrated by the 1UP.com account owner, but I do not consider that likely.

Both the ArcXIX and the AgentArc are evident in a few different web sites, but the personalities represented by those accounts are completely consistent with each other.

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Is this sufficient information for a reporter that covers the Franklin County election processs to consider making inquiries about?

I guess that is up to you to decide.

Anonymous

Sir, your eloquence is only exceeded by your mental capacity. You are brilliant, and beyond my wildest expectations. NOT!!!! Either grow up or go talk to your street thugs where you undoubtedly originated from.

Anonymous

No guessing here my mind is made up.

Anonymous

Your name is contango - got your IP. Just tell the truth.

Anonymous

" for 19 months. That does NOT add up to experience. He has been lead by top Dem speech writers and those in the know but that does NOT add up to ability.

Personally, I consider a MILLIONAIRE to be WEALTHY. He IS a MILLIONAIRE. Why hasn't he offered or given his excess worth to the community or his church. His ACTIONS are void of committment to those less fortunate.

He is all talk folks..he knows all the right BUZZ WORDS but is void no substance and action. Look at his Voting record.....oops thats right he doesn't have one! He registered "Present" or "NO (i don't care to) VOTE".

What about US Obama? What about US?? "

Talk about a POSER!

Anonymous

I think she is a lier and a pretty bad actress alot of the things she said in her speech are a lie.She stated she was apposed to earmarks she lobbied for more earmarked money and recieved it than any other state in the u.s.a.She is nothing but the g.o.p. puppet and smoke screen send her packing back to alaska she is as phoney as john mcsame.

Anonymous

is a poser

Anonymous

Thanks to John McCain for helping me decide who to vote for in November. It will now be Obama! Also thanks for sending us the absent voter registration cards in the mail, I'll pass it on to the kids in college, they too are voting for Obama.

Anonymous

was already pregnant when she eloped with her hubby Todd....personally, I think, that her hubby is a wuss..and none of us know whether or not she has cheated on him or vise versa, people keep posting "well at least her husband hasn't cheated on her", but how do we know?? And why is it that they take a newborn out in a crowd of 15,000 people, this woman is a media w*ore, for sure.

Anonymous

So...With all that 19 months of coaching and a congressional 143 days of "Present" or "NO (I don't care enough to) VOTE" that makes him a seasoned POSER and a puppet.

He's another phoney MILLIONAIRE Democrat!

Anonymous

So, based on your line of thinking, then Mr. Obama must also be rejected, because he was born out of wedlock, hugh???

Anonymous

Even though I'm a Democrat she dresses better than Pantsuit Hillary. She looks good & that's about it.

Anonymous

what is hugh? No I didn't say anything about Mr. Obama, I do no recall him ever preaching abstinance, either.

Anonymous

I didn't say who takes a 'healthy' 5 month-old into a large crowd. I asked what parent takes a health-challenged child into those enviroments. Have you ever had a health- or development-challenged child?

I am the parent of a developmentally delayed child. I also think that you are an idiot for acting like her child's health was going to be compromised at the convention. I have never heard or read any news account about her little boy being sick. He has Downs. That does not mean he isn't healthy. You obviously have no idea what you are talking about.

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