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

His opponents? He knows. Any Republican.

Anonymous

McCain was captured & kept in a POW camp because he was obviously a PI*S-POOR soldier, or he would've NEVER been captured in the first place! And THIS qualifies him to RUN OUR COUNTRY?? Excuse me, but his being a former POW does NOT automatically qualify him to be president! As for his running mate, her every MOVE is "choreographed" to make her more appealing, even though she's even less qualified than HE is. The press has even dubbed her "look" as the "sexy librarian." Talk about a calculating woman. . . hmm.

Anonymous

just WHO is qualified??? hmm!!!

Anonymous

his lipstick remark will send him home packing in november. mark my words...

Anonymous

She is one hot babe. She's got my vote!

Chung Lee

Chung Lee confused. It wrong to tell young children about sex? No be graphic just say certain area adults touch on each other and not with child. Chung Lee brother used to play "pool" with adult neighbors in their basement. Brother see no problem until I tell my father..... my father go to house and I hear yelling and my brother no play pool with them again and they sell house. I was child but something about guys being gay made my father mad. I think my father gave brother education and he stopped playing games and nobody call him Twinkie no more.

No talk leads to bigger problem. Maybe if Palin's daughter would have received education........ she no have baby?

Anonymous

Haven't the people in Ohio had enough? No jobs, high gas..hmm thinks McCain is thinking of you people?? I dont think so.. So if you people in Ohio vote the republicans back into office then you will get exactly what I told all of you you would get eight years ago..So go ahead Vote McCain and see if anyone stays in that state..Good Luck!!! Glad I no longer live there!

Anonymous

My feelings on Sarah Palin is that she appears to be a woman, mother, wife. But that does make her a good
candidate for Vice President, why? Because she is a woman.. No she is NOT Hillary Clinton, and he wouldnt of chosen a woman if it werent for the votes he wanted from Hillary Clinton's fans. So would he of chosen this Sarah Palin--hmmm I dont think so..McCain has no intentions of making any changes he is Bush all over again. VOTE YOUR POCKET BOOK VOTE OBAMA HE IS FOR REAL!!!!

MHL

CM: You keep typing stuff but you really aren`t saying much.Typical republican platform. The fact that John McCain is 72 years old surviving 4 bouts of cancer and 5 years in "The Hanoi Hilton makes his VP pick very important

The fact that he picked Palin shows lack of leadership. He picked her 1) because she is a woman. 2) She is a christian (nazi)conservative.Smart move politically, to try to get the female vote and to bring back the Nazi christian base which he didn`t have.But not a responsible pick.

Obama on the other hand picked Joe Biden. dull choice experienced choice.A man that knows his country and has been author of many a bill. Aman who has been on many oversight commitees. A man who knows foreign affairs. a man who will look him in the eye when he disagrees. I haven`t always agreed with Joe Biden such as when he coauthored rhat terrible bankruptcy bill favoring credit card companies but it was a responsible choice.

Anonymous

When Sarah Palin told the federal gov't she did'nt want their MONEY to build a bridge to nowhere...the Senate tried to pass a bill to shift the money to the victims of KATRINA.

BOTH OBAMA AND OBIDEN VOTED NO AND THE BILL FAILED TO PASS.

OH YEAH THEY FEEL OUR PAIN! Hypocrisy at its finest!

Anonymous

You can look up most of the real scoop on all candidates on:

www.factcheck.org

Anonymous

Obama is right (if that is what he really meant) she IS a PIG! with tramp and tard kids

Anonymous

My friends, stand with me and together, we will change Washington. My friends, I spent five years as a POW in Hanoi, after being careless and dumb enough to be captured. I can't really remember how many jets I crashed before that. But, stand with me, my friends, and we will FIGHT, FIGHT, FIGHT to change Washington ...oh, and I just can't wait to introduce Gov. Palin to Washington, she's prettier than my rich millioniaress wife. I can't seem to remember how many houses I have either, but, no matter. WE will Change,, oh, ( what's that Cindy, time for my medication. Allright ,dear........GOODNIGHT, JOHN-BOY!!!

Anonymous

You know what mister, I don't care what side of the political fence your on, your out of line. If you don't agree with his policies then vote against his ticket, but you sir would not make a pimple on this mans behind as far as his service to his nation.

Anonymous

You are to report to your 4th grade teacher tomorrow and immediately wear the dunce cap for the balance of the morning. I wish the children would get off this site and go to bed. Us grown-ups can then visit the web sites of the respective candidates, click on the issues that are most important to us, listen to the upcomming debates and cast our votes in 54 days. In the meantime, if somebody has slung some mud at your candidate, check out www.factcheck.org for the real information. There is nothing else to dispute on this blog.

Anonymous

I van vouch for both McSame & Palin they are just like myself they always tell the truth.John may have alziemers & Sarah may not remember that she kept the earmarked money that was to go for the bridge to no where but what the heck it is only a couple hundred million and besides i stand for change all the change i can steal.My running mate John has enough money and houses his wife and he have about seven houses give or take a few.And John can not help it that is not real smart he was fifth from the bottom of his naval academy then went out and crashed five planes not in battle.He spent alot of time drinking and playing around on his first wife then found a billion aire to replace her.Then her daddy financed him in to polotics this is the american way LIE,DRINK,STEAL,then lie some more.John McSame probably cant change his under wear let alone washington.You folks can believe me Richard M.Nixon I after all never lied.As for John &Sarah they sure are alot of fun to watch my with her stupid one liners and his pointing and giving thumbs up all the time they can not lose.So all of you middle income far right wingers go ahead vote for those two clowns and you will not have one home to live in let alone seven.Send him back to arizona and her back to alaska for the good of the country.GO OBAMA & BIDEN 2008

MHL

Riddle me this ? Yes maybe John McCain was out of line but why please tell me why the republicans are allowed to get away with dirty politics and BS.
Do you not remember 4 years ago when they swiftboated war hero John Kerry!!

Anonymous (not ...

In order to broaden his appeal, Sen. Obama is tacking his political message toward the center and is beginning to lose the support of his leftie base. (Nader anyone?)

He's even backtracking on his pledge to tax the rich.

See: http://online.wsj.com/public/art...

McCain, with his pick of Palin is helping to shore up the Repub conservative base.

Liberal San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown writes that the Dems are in trouble:

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/ar...

Anonymous

But those civilians had sticks and wooden rakes! He surrendered but he won't give in to terrorists!

Anonymous

How many troops do you know that had their own "film crew" follow them where ever they went and photograph their 'exploits and heroic deeds?' Riddle me that. How many months did Kerry spend in the Hanoi Hilton, or did he evn do one full tour 'in country'?

MHL

Winston Winston Winston: You are a silly old fool.

I ask you to give me a info on this toaster candidate you proudly promoted this morning. You tell me to read a book on how to be a libertarian. I take it that the libertarians are running a toaster candidate. Sounds silly but I love to read I`ll check it out.

I rarely watch tv( Busy working and raising a family,0 but I do love to watch Real Time with Bill Maher who is libertarian and if you missed his show last week he endorsed Obama.

I have also heard many interviews with libertarian Jesse Ventura and he has asked many serious questions about Bush policies. Hard questions about 9-11 and this insane war.

I`m very open to libertarianism. Hell even Howard Stern ran briefly for governor of NY under the libertarian ticket.

But hear is where you lose me. You tell me not to believe democrats promises.

OK check this out. I was born in 65. During that span there have been 4 democratic presidents, 5 republicans. Kennedy was killed , I was too young to remember Johnson ,Nixon who was impeached . All I recall about Ford was the SNL skits where he kept falling down and hitting his head. I hear Carter was a weak president and our economy was a disaster but I also know he was a great humanitarian and won a Nobel peace prize.Reagan already won before I was allowed to vote for the first time which brings me up to date.

I remember Reagan spent most of his second term with Alzheimers. His wife and her astronomer were making political decisions. During this time we sold arms to the contras, and gave Sadam Hussein chemical and biological weapons.

Then came Bush 41 and he brought us a thousand points of light and a recession. He also got us into war. At least he had sense to build a coalition.

Then came Clinton who pretty much fulfilled his promises and we had a great 8 years.

Along came W prez 43.I very much remember his first debate with Gore. And 2 thing stick out.
1) America should not be in the business of Nation building.
2)Gas is almost 2 dollars a gallon actually it was 1.82. That is outrageous. If I were president I would look OPEC in the eye and say "Open up them Spiggots."

Now you tell me who`s Bs I should listen to.

Also check out Obama`s vision.
1) He said we should sit down and talk to Iran. GOP said you can`t negotiate with terrorist . A few weeks later they opened negotiations.
2)We should begina troop withdrawel from Iran. This week Bush followed his leadandwithdrew 8000 troops.
3) We need to deploy more troops to the real war in Afghanistan. Bush followed suit and is now deploying more troops in Aphganistan.Too little too late.
4) we need to change Washington!!! This is suddenly the MCain Palin theme.

Yes I know this is long and boring but it is real and it is fact.Not one liners like 9-11. Evil doers. Tax and spend. Earmarks . Lipstick. Pitbulls, Pigs.War hero.

Winston please tell me why I shouls ever trust republicans?

Anonymous

go take a pill grampa, Btw dufus, I'm not a guy, --if you can't handle the truth too bad... he cheated on his first wife and was an idiot when he wrecked how many planes?? He is really playing the POW card isn't he...he was a POW and now he thinks he is "owed" the presidency..don't think so...you're gonna have to do better than that , moron. McCain is an idiotic politician...just cuz he was a POW doesn't mean he would be a good prez, hell , his health won't last that long...BTW: regarding my other post, don't you know sarcasm when you read it?? Hell his wifey bought him this running mate.

MHL

To :Ref MHL

I think it is unfair of you to accuse our soldiers fighting in Iraq of bringing their own film crews!!!

They are just carrying out their patriotic orders of their Commander in Chief.The film crews belong to Bush and the right wing media that are selling America this farce of a war.

I do not believe Kerry served any time in the Hanoi Hilton. (Your point?)

Anonymous

Sir, I hate to be the one to tell you this but if you were born in 1965, you arrived after JFK was killed (11/1963-Unless your talking about Bobby and he was never president, only running for the nomination). With all your comments about contemporary history you need to get your time lines correct. If your politics is no better than your recall of history, I think I'll vote for the the "other guy".

Anonymous

why does McCain say that so much? It sounds so phoney.

Anonymous

a tramp what does that make McSame, after all he married a rich woman, 15 years junior.

Can you tell I don't like Republicans, not too crazy about those Dems either. They all LIE!!

Anonymous (not ...

MHL wrote: ‘Winston please tell me why I shouls ever trust republicans?’

You shouldn’t. But likewise, your faith in the Democrats except for their desire for an expansion of a more intrusive government into the lives of U.S. citizens is wholly misplaced.

Libertarians are essentially social liberals and fiscal conservatives. Do as you wish, but I don’t want to pay for it.

A more serious candidate than Stern was Kinky Freedman who ran for Texas governor as a Libertarian. Maher ain’t no Libertarian.

The Yippies presidential candidate in 1968 was Pigasus. Maybe that's to whom Obama was referring.

See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pig...(politics).

MHL

To Ref Mhl: Ok you got me like I stated I was too young to remember. ( Hell I wasn`t even born.) So I have lived under evil republican rule longer. Your point??

MHL

To Winston: You love to point out my typos don`t you? Yes my spelling needs improvement and my typing stinks but I do get my point across.

So I gather from your last statement you are endorsing Obama,much like fellow libertarian Bill Maher.Thanks for your support.I`m starting to like this whole libertarian idea!!!!!!!!!!!

After all Obama is certainly much more a social liberal than the McCain-Palin ticket.

And as far as fiscal conservatives and against intrusive government. Bush -Cheney have built up the largest deficit in our nations history. And this big intrusive government he has built with the whole Homeland Security , FEMA, wiretapping stuff. McCaine-Palin plan more of the same.Another endorsement for Obama.

Good to see your coming around . This whole libertarian thing might work.

MHL- Winston Smith 2012. That is if you keep up the good work as I`m Looking hard at that toaster also!!

MHL

If the eight years Clinton was in office were so great, why did the Dems get booted out of the White House in the next election? Gore should have won easily...and please, don't tell me that Republicans stole the election.

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