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Obama Camp Response to Palin Speech

From Obama spokesman Bill Burton:

The speech that Governor Palin gave was well delivered, but it was written by George Bush's speechwriter and sounds exactly like the same divisive, partisan attacks we've heard from George Bush for the last eight years. If Governor Palin and John McCain want to define 'change' as voting with George Bush 90% of the time, that's their choice, but we don't think the American people are ready to take a 10% chance on change.

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This woman is evil. Our country is in danger. someone PLEASE stop this before our country gets out of control...oh wait..it has already been out of control for 8 years. Do I have to move to canada if Caribou Barbie gets elected?

Sent by eileen dorn | 2:26 AM | 9-4-2008

KINDA SOUNDED LIKE BIDEN'S ATTACK SPEECH ON MCCAIN? IS THIS WOMAN TO TOUGH FOR THE DEMOCRATS???

Sent by Kris in AL | 2:30 AM | 9-4-2008

McCain's choice for running-mate shows complete distain for the people outside his own party. Palin is no fence-builder who can be trusted to lead the entire nation; instead I fear she would dance gleefully around a fire upon which burned all the liberals and Democrats, environmentalists, women's rights advocates, and non-Christians of this nation. If Obama becomes President, I know he'll be respectful of the beliefs of those who now support McCain. It's not a mutual respect. If McCain wins, I'll be applying for citizenship in Canada as a political refugee.

Sent by Kathlean Wolf | 2:31 AM | 9-4-2008

It is so unfortunate that the Republicans have but one weapon: fear. Fear Obama because he's a Muslim; fear Obama because he's eloquent; fear Obama because he's got an Ivy League education; fear Obama because he speaks of hope and change! Um, I may be wrong, but arent' those the same qualities our forefathers possessed when they proposed our separation from England? Maybe the Republicans should take their own advice and be fearful of no change at all.

Sent by L. Schexnider | 2:32 AM | 9-4-2008

The forcefulness of the speech is notable. Force is not a good thing.

Sent by Sherrie Connelly | 2:56 AM | 9-4-2008

In considering Gov. Palin and her comments, bear in mind that if McCain is elected, she has a good chance of becoming president. The speech was professionally delivered and written by someone else. It was heavy on attacking Obama, with no new ideas (other than drill like a drunken sailor) or original thought. Country first, perhaps, but we are in a very interconnected world, with serious problems. We cannot ignore global warming any more than John McCain could opt to ignore his melanoma. When it comes to medicine we take scientific information seriously. Why not respect science in other cases? It can also be said for Obama that his aura of leadership really inspires. This is important, and I sensed no such inspiration in Palin's speech. Sorry, but I'm not ready to roll the dice on President Palin.

Sent by Michael Rich | 2:58 AM | 9-4-2008

Haven't we had enough "force", name calling and demeaning of people who do not agree with you? It has been 8 years of this and it hasn't worked. We need real change.

Sent by judy Smith | 3:14 AM | 9-4-2008

"Saint" Palin shoots wolves from the sky, guts moose publicly and gleefully, treats her opponents (Lydia Green) cruely and without regard, yields power abusively, wants to tear up the alaskan wildlife refuge, thinks global warming is the name of a beauty salon, lies about her political activities, beleives Alaskas proximity to Russia gives her foreign poicy expertise, and beleives no woman has any right what so ever to choose her reproductive destiny. And worst of all, she and MCinsane will probably win. It makes my heart sick. And by the way, how can she be so pro life and so hell bent on killing everything else?

Sent by Valle | 3:32 AM | 9-4-2008

Oh my goodness! Did anyone click over to see the Republican convention?

What a contrast. You had to squint your eyes and search for ten minutes to find a minority in the crowd! IT WAS SO HILARIOUS! I don't know about you, but that crowd didn't look anything like the America I see when I step outside my front door. It's actually quite sad.

They were all clearly grateful that Hurricane Gustav allowed them to keep George Bush in his cage and off center stage. What a lucky break, huh! And not one word about the last 8 years of misery! Not one word! No one mentioned $4 gasoline; the credit crunch; home foreclosures; 3,000 dead soldiers; our oil dependency; torture; the rape of the environment; illegal wiretaps; the politicization of the Justice Department or any other Bush tragedy. Is anybody, aside from Bushes oil buddies, better off than they were 8 years ago? Seriously...is anybody better off?

If Sarah Palin supposedly "energized the Republican base", I'd hate to see them get sedated! Oh my God! It was like the county morgue on a Tuesday night! ZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzz...ZZzzzzz...

The entire crowd looked like it was paid to show up and cheer on queue! They even had defibrillator-carrying paramedics checking vital signs at the door, just to make sure the audience members were in fact alive. Sadly, a few mummies were actually turned away, pacemakers in hand. "Gotta have a pulse to get in folks. Sorry." It was really something to see.

Then, get this, Joe "Sleepy-Speech" Lieberman walks out and does his best Ben Stein impression! Three minutes in to his...Uh? I don't know...I guess you could call it a speech. Anyway, three minutes in, an old woman in a red, white and blue blouse near center stage quietly collapsed into a deep snore, right there on live television! Her husband would have nudged her awake but he was too busy doing some nodding off of his own. Then, out of the blue, somebody yelled "23 Skadoo!" and everyone on the convention floor jumped! It was right about then that Cindy McCain cranked up that old chronograph hit "Camptown Races" and the entire crowd joined in for a heart-warming sing-a-long!

"The Camptown ladies sing this song,
Doo-da, Doo-da
The Camptown racetrack's five miles long
Oh, de doo-da day!

Goin' to run all night
Goin' to run all day
I bet my money on a bob-tailed nag
Somebody bet on the gray!"

Wow! Talk about a barn-burner! It must have been a hot time in the old town that night! I understand Ann "Bust-A-Move" Coulter threw one heck of an after-party in her suite at the airport Marriott. Oh yeah, I'm told Ms. Coulter and Carl "The Cynic" Rove got totally buck-wild after a few glasses of cheap champagne. That must have been something to see! Wow. I don't know how they're gonna top this one. Frankly, I don't think Minnesota can take much more of this Republican-style insanity. -- Steve Ford
These words came from Steve Ford. I couldnt have said it better!

Sent by ric fizer | 3:33 AM | 9-4-2008

Hey libs, the choice is up to you.
Socialism or freedom. Let me list all of the countries around the world where socialism has worked..........Sorry, can't think of one.
I'll take freedom thanks

Sent by W J Andrews | 3:34 AM | 9-4-2008

The press are so easily impressed my an actor...She should win an academy award not the Vice Presidency.

Sent by sue b | 3:52 AM | 9-4-2008

this is a letter i'm about to send via email and u.s. postal to high profile Dems and the Obama staff members, each of them:

As a voter of Obama in the primaries, I have a worry but also a hope:
that if he pays off Hillary's dept, he will further cement needed votes
that McCain plans to steal with Palin on his ticket.

After her speech, it now is paramount that Obama does so.

Women not wearing their thinking caps will be brain washed into voting for a ticket that will over turn their rights, not only a anti choice candidate BUT a potential VP (and president her self) that is even against choice in case of rape and incest.

as McCain has pointed out already,
he may be the one to replace 3 justices on the Supreme Court.

make a copy or send your own message to your senator....the time is now!

Sent by kyle | 3:54 AM | 9-4-2008

I thought the "left" was supposed to be the "Angry" ones

Sent by Ike | 4:03 AM | 9-4-2008

The McCain/Paulin 2008 Domestic and Foreign Policies

1) Economic plan--Sen. Obama is Evil
2) Energy Plan--Obama is a dumb blonde
3) Housing Crisis--Sen. Obama has horns
4) Unemployment-Democrats suck
5) Middle class tax--Obama is socialist
6) Foreign Dictators-Obama's too pretty to lead
7) Social security-Obama is not American, he graduated at the top of his law school class.
8) Medicare plan--Obama/Dems/Europe are the new axis of Evil
9) Global warming-Obama is a teacher's pet
10)Belief in Evolution-Obambi is a ZERO, get behind the McCain HERO
11) Sex Education, STD prevention: Did someone say sex? Sex should be banned, birth-control should be banned. Obstience only eduction.
12) Expansion of Executive Power--Obama is too skinny to lead
12) Religious Testing for Government positions-We are all Americans today (well, except Obambi)
13) Separation of church and state: We have no proof that Obama is NOT a terrorist
14) Role of Supreme court, Congress, and Declaration of War-He will sell Our country to Russia
15) Immigration: Obama hates baseball and says he's "allergic" to Apple pie!

Sent by Beth-Ann | 4:15 AM | 9-4-2008

Obama08 from start to finish!

practicle, respectful, patient, without wavering or backing down from big challenges.

do you want an energy race?

or do you want slow change run by oil?

Sent by joe kavadas | 4:24 AM | 9-4-2008

I'm so tired of the Republicans shaking their fingers at everyone and telling them how to live... people are calling this a Cultural War. And of course, that's just what we need... another war.

Sent by Shawn | 5:28 AM | 9-4-2008

Terrific speech.... She is a real slice of americana..... not big-city, but the "other" America... the one that scares elites like Barack and the Chicago machine. I love it. These Obama comments are, well, monotonous and boring.

Sent by harkless | 5:43 AM | 9-4-2008

Sarah Palin should be commended for properly following the "part" she is supposed to play in this convention "script". The problem is is that it was high on fluff and low on facts. She did a good job reading it but her words came across as "fingernails on chalkboard" in its tone.

Sent by Bill Cooper | 5:44 AM | 9-4-2008

Great and Exciting speech: this match is like a Packer-Bear game. You don't know the outcome until the last moment-Let the best "MAN" win-

Sent by Jeff Langer | 7:20 AM | 9-4-2008

Great comment from Michael Rich.

Sent by Don Jackson | 7:37 AM | 9-4-2008

The republican's decision to relentlessly pursue this "War on Terror" is one of the main reasons why our economy is so over stretched at the moment. I only pray that we do not have to live through 4 more years of a war that's costing the country12 billion a month.

Sent by Troy Smith | 7:39 AM | 9-4-2008

IT SHOWS WHAT TYPE OF FAMILY VALUES PALIN HAS AND TEACHES THIS IS AN EMBARRASEMENT TO AMERICA. HER DAUGHTER AND PALIN SHOULD GO BACK TO ALASKA! THIS IS AS DUMB AS OUR PRESIDENT BUSH

Sent by CALVIN DANIELS | 7:43 AM | 9-4-2008

First, George Bush doesn't vote in the Senate. Second, if you disregard unanimous votes and votes to honor Little League Baseball teams, you'll see McCain only votes 40-45% with Republicans.

This is all they could come up with?

Sent by Scott | 7:45 AM | 9-4-2008

Ms. Palin believes creationism should be taught as a legitimate alternative alongside evolution in our biology classes. Does she believe we should also teach Ptolemy's geo-centric view of the solar system as a legitimate alternative?

Sent by Gary Kirkpatrick | 7:48 AM | 9-4-2008

In hockey terms, Gov. Palin's acceptance speech earned her a "Gordie Howe" hat- trick. (a goal, an assist, and a fight)

Sent by Robert Hoen | 7:55 AM | 9-4-2008

Many Alaskans have called her "Sarah Barracuda" because of her acerbic tongue lashings. Sen. Biden better wear a jock strap when debating her. If he comes on too strong he's a bully (remember Hilary's senatorial opponent in New York?) If he holds back he's in trouble there and gets the "wimp factor" label. Biden has to challenge her with statistics, numbers and points of the law and current legislation. She is a very tough and capable speaker but because many extreme conservatives have minds like steel traps, they can be bested in a debate. Like most extreme conservatives, she attacks her opponent personally rather than his politics. Sarcasm is her stock and trade. Should we confront ONE Billion Moslem people in this world and initiate a new Christian Crusade and waste away our national treasury and our future generations? Remember the buzz word from Mayor Giuliani? "Islamic Terrorists". A Terrorist can be Christian, Islamic, Atheist and yes, even Jewish. The intent is to pulse the conservative and more devout Christians in the audience to stir the pot of religious anxiety, hatred and Xenophobia.

The Right Wing has already appointed 9 extremely conservative US Supreme Court Judges. If they prevail, they will put this nation in a Right Wing, ultra conservative bent for the next 50 years and our nation would flounder like a beached whale.

Can you imagine a conservative nation that would deny a visa to a woman who was pregnant out of wed lock? It happened here in the USA to actress Ingrid Bergman when she was invited to the Academy Awards back in the 1950's under a conservative Republican Administration. Will be go back to that? Will we go back to the days when young women used the coat hanger and often bled to death. (Back then the wealthy went to Sweden for the procedure).Will we allow a gov't. to turn itself upside down and the President to rush in on a weekend from Texas to sign into law, all within 48 hours, to prevent the family of a Terry Schivo from removing the life-support of a loved one? And yet let a major US city get flooded off the map with thousands of Americans dying, drowning and begging for help. Then to authorize US Army troops, with guns, to guard and contain the crowds of flood victims in a sports arena instead of bringing in drinking water, food and medical assistance. Is this the "America First" these Republicans had in mind? God help us all if McCain or Palin ever become President.

Sent by Ray Murray | 8:11 AM | 9-4-2008

I applaud all the comments above. My only fear now is that the eloquence of most of Obama's supporters is only shared amongst Obama's supporters.

If Democrats and other supporters of the Obama/Biden ticket are to learn anything from their presidential nominee, it is this: we must communicate clearly, concisely, and consistently with the public at large. Without name calling. Without diatribe.

If we have been inspired, me must in turn inspire others. We must discuss. We must hear and challenge, patiently but unrelentingly, the politics of a painfully broken state of fear. We cannot rest. We cannot forgive ourselves if we have not done all we can to return democracy to our own country.

Sent by Timothy Deenihan | 8:40 AM | 9-4-2008

It always amazes me that the Republicans proudly put on their family/ethical/morality hats but they are the first to redline any kind of help for econmomically strapped families..i.e. check out Palin's line item veto records..no to childrens extended health benefits, etc..even no to help for unwed teens..This is a huge disconnect. When are the American people going to realize the fact that their rhetoric and their voting records do not match.

Sent by Carol Goehring | 8:40 AM | 9-4-2008

I was disturbed by the debate on who has experience and who doesn't. The media attacked Palin for coming from a small town of a far distant state, while Palin attacked Obama and Biden for zero "executive" leadership experience. She then sold her roles as small-town mayor and governor as at least "executive" to best relate to being President. The whole debate seemed absurd to me, because President of the United States is too unique a position that will always be a job with a learning curve. Seldom does prior experience make a great President--it's the ideas you bring to the table. This means anyone can be President. Palin and Obama share a similar legacy as average hard-working backgrounds with no Washington connections and now on the national spotlight. The difference between the two is Obama was decided by millions of Americans, Palin was decided by one American.

Sent by Gary | 8:41 AM | 9-4-2008

Great comments. I agree with all of those who are leery of Palin. I am fearful too...but not of Obama. I think this lady is crazy. You can bet that she, McCain and her husband will benefit from drilling more than the American people. Communities are a great place to assist people, and for her to criticize Obama for the work he did...well to me that is just un-American.
We need to work together to elect Obama, cause we can't all move to Canada.

Sent by Judy Fitzgerald | 8:42 AM | 9-4-2008

She is even sicker than John

Sent by ron | 8:43 AM | 9-4-2008

Believing, as Barack Obama, that "We are not as divided as our politics suggest, that we are one people and One Nation," has never been more challenging than it was last night. As I listened to Sarah Palin's acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention, I became increasingly despairing of the power, the fear, the hate mongering and the delusional self-congratulatory platitudes that peppered her speech and gave comfort to a culturally and economically insecure public. Her words were cast out to embolden the xenophobia of a frightened country, words that were so irresponsible given the external and internal challenges we face. Clearly, the Republican Party has come out of the closet about their plan to exploit and deepen our traditional differences and create and shine light on ones lying beneath the surface.

On MSNBC Chris Matthews referred to Sarah Palin as a "torpedo that the Republican Party has aimed directly at Barack and Michelle Obama." Well, it was also aimed at me, my family, my friends and all that I hold dear today and the dreams I have for the future. Obama has warned us for nearly two years that this day would come, that the Republican Party will pull out the stale tactics and rhetorical strategies that have worked before. These ploys worked because the Republican Party's cooptation of the language of social change feeds into the "cynicism we feel about government." But I'm afraid their devices also feed into an isolationism and distain for "others" that is reminiscent of the post WWII and the "Eisenhower years" Palin referenced in her speech. The militaristic rhetoric of the extreme right satisfies a desire, a hunger for simple answers and familiar solutions tied up in a pretty bow that has razor-sharp edges. What can you say about a vice presidential candidate that scoffs at the idea of "healing the nation and repairing this world" and exalts the fact that she will send her eldest son to war to protect US interests in oil and gas? What can you say to people that believe as she does? They are indeed strangers to me and they appear formidable. I thought to myself "Oh no, not again and they have even gotten better at it." By the end of the speech I felt tears but I did not shed them.

So instead, I went online to listen to Barack Obama's 2004, 2008 DNC and "Yes We Can" speeches. I was especially restored by the "Don't Tell Me Words Don't Matter" address the eve of the Wisconsin primary. I listened and watched videos of these and others for about an hour as I wrote this response. I can't say that the lump in my throat has completely disappeared and that my despair at the prospect of not only a hard but dirty battle has completely dissipated. However, I no longer believe that Palin's words tonight had the power over me and others that they did two hours ago. And, I will continue to choose to believe that the Republican Party has chosen a wrong path toward a victory and those arrows the they will aim at Barack Obama using Sarah Palin as their quiver will not hit home with the number of Americans that they will need to win a majority of the electoral college. I have hope.

Palin asked this country last night to join the cause of electing John McCain to get us through the next 4 years. But we must counter by saying we are not interested in a lifeboat encircled by oil riggers, we are interested in learning to swim for a century in an ocean of prosperity and peace. So more than believing in the wrongness of John McCain's message, I believe in the rightness of Barack Obama's mission that he has asked us to join him in transforming America and make it and the world as it should be. For that I am still able and willing to "hold firm and without waiver" and state again that we are one nation, we are one people and . . . we choose hope over fear, and unity over divisions." This is Our America. Let's go get it. Yes We Can. We must.

Mary Washington

Sent by Mary L. Washington | 8:50 AM | 9-4-2008

One correction: Obama is not a Muslim.

Sent by Fay Ruhf | 8:53 AM | 9-4-2008

I am disappointed in Senator McCains judgement,how can you make an accurate assessment of a individuals character &beliefs when you have only met them twice? It appears that this appointment was a "hurry up & get it done" job.

Sent by Pat Miller | 8:56 AM | 9-4-2008

I am worried that my grandchildren might grow up in a country where the leaders do not believe in teaching birth control in the schools (or at home either) and where the leaders think it is okay to lie in public about your opponents, and deny global warming and think it is okay to brag about their viscous similarities to pit bulls. And did you notice how the family lined up like soldiers?...which brings me to another point...but I will save that one for another time...signed,
Another Voter for Peace, Anita Somers

Sent by Anita Somers | 9:01 AM | 9-4-2008

Reading these posts reminds me why I am not a liberal. Liberals fear strength. They are weak people huddled in masses hoping that the federal goverment will take care of them..weak...

Sent by Joe | 9:03 AM | 9-4-2008

As reported on NPR this morning, Palin mislead us on what actually happened with the money for "The Bridge to Nowhere". She says, "...I said 'thanks, but no thanks - If Alaskans want a bridge we'll build it ourselves'", but that's not what actually happened. As mayor of Wasilla, she actively sought Federal earmarks and the result was a DOUBLING of Federal funds spent on her constituents. While "the bridge" wasn't built, she did accept the Federal funds that were earmarked for it! While the "reformer" and "Maverick" labels appeal to the rabid base of conservatives, the real story shows a politician who says one thing and does another.
Early in her speech, she said that "the parents of special needs children will have an advocate in the White House." Of that, I have no doubt. But who among us believes that, as a "conservative cost cutter", she cared one iota for this overlooked constituency before recently giving birth to her new son? The difference between the Dems and the Reps is that the Dems care about issues like this WITHOUT having their own children affected. I fear that too many Americans will fall for her charisma without looking under the hood.

Sent by Jay Grabow | 9:04 AM | 9-4-2008

I am disturbed and disappointed as usual in the Republican party. Between Palin and Guiliani and the demeaning way in which they attacked Obama and the working class, they prove themselves as bullies once again. What was going on with Mr. Rudy's constant laughing after each knock against Obama. I felt like i was watching a group of old men taking shots about an outsider at the country club.

Sent by NKV | 9:14 AM | 9-4-2008

I know vice president candidates are traditionally the "attack dogs" of the campaign so the presential candidate can be "presidential". Despite my knowledge. I was completely put off by Sarah Palin's speech. I felt that George W was there in drag giving us that old, tired stuff. I was leaning toward McCain, but "President Palin" is just to scary for me.

Sent by JKB | 9:16 AM | 9-4-2008

Frustrating, Devisive lack of SUBSTANCE
STILL McCain didn't get it More of the SAME is not CHANGE To Start over would be smart. If Change is what Macain is looking for find another running MATE. This Time do the real vetting that was omitted on Palin

Sent by A Lamb | 9:17 AM | 9-4-2008

I too am ready to leave this country if McCain and Palin get elected. Country first?? I think not. Her speech was awful and her sneering attitude is not what we need- another Cheney!

Sent by Disgusted in NY | 9:19 AM | 9-4-2008

Last night speeches by Romney, Huckabbee, and Palin show how out of touch Republicans are. They don't have anything to offer but a message of fear. Romney equated liberals to Chavez!!! I find he is very similar to Hitler.

Sent by Agustina | 9:26 AM | 9-4-2008

My question for Kris in AL is, is this woman smart enough to know the difference between "to" and "too"? Is she too smart to have her opinion invalidated by her inability to know when the CapsLock key is engaged? Sadly, the uneducated and the uninformed will believe the rhetoric of mouth pieces such as Sarah Palin. We all know what McCain was thinking. "Many Dems voted for Hilary, and Palin is a woman. So obviously, women are too stupid to know the difference." Please, think for yourselves, people.

Sent by Jeff in TX | 9:26 AM | 9-4-2008

We don't need another four years of cock & bull arrogance in the White House. With last night's performance, McCain and Palin have proven that they are no different than the current administration.

Sent by alice in florida | 9:27 AM | 9-4-2008

I was undecided, But since all the revelations come out about Palin, I make my mind for Obama. Her daughter is a very bad example for all teenagers.

Sent by Alex S. in Lauderhill | 9:28 AM | 9-4-2008

The last thing this country needs is a war mungering "Pitbull with lipstick". If the Whitehouse has to have a dog give us one without lipstick.

Sent by A Davis | 9:32 AM | 9-4-2008

The speeches at this weeks RNC are in response to the inflamatory and derogatory speeches given at the DNC. When you throw down the gauntlet and the Dems did, you get the response you asked for.

Sent by L Doelker | 9:32 AM | 9-4-2008

In Lieu of repeating the same catch phrase we're all used to, I really don't like this woman.

Religious right, Pro-life, Anti Gay Marriage, Pro Oil drilling...

None of these match up with my beliefs... Sorry Palin, you don't fit my wants and needs.

Besides that, I can't stand to hear her talk... It's like listening to a mom yelling at the Ref of a little league game... on the League is America...

Sent by Nathan Affield | 9:33 AM | 9-4-2008

Don't know about the rest of you, but I am so tired of hearing fear and force it is pathetic!
She may have spoken fairly well with her teleprompter; but the speech was pure McShame/Bush...nothing new but bash the other guy because he has real ideas. As far as the energy policy, she will drill in your backyard just as she'll let polar bears die and drill in the Artic. Remember, her husband works with the oil interests and she has given tax breaks to oil in her home state!!! She will also endorse with McWar, more war. And she will enable women's rights to be taken away as she votes with MCSHAME on choice, equal pay, and equal rights for women - i.e. that means NONE!!! For all of you HRC voters, remember that when you cast your vote!!!

Sent by CarolN | 9:33 AM | 9-4-2008

There is little doubt Palin can stand up and belt it out, but sadly it was the same old vitriol of the last eight years from the Republican party. No ideas, no policy, no discussion of why the American public should trust the Republicans to lead us out of the mess they created. This Independent is now soundly in the Obama camp. Thank you Governess Palin for helping me make up my mind!

Sent by Greg Love | 9:35 AM | 9-4-2008

it actually doesn't matter which idiot team of candidates is elected - this country has already been sold out by greedy multinationals who are now invested internationally, leaving this country in a shambles. Thanks a pantload you pigs, you'll get yours up the wazoo some day

Sent by elise jones | 9:35 AM | 9-4-2008

I feel like I have yet to hear Obama/ Biden's opinions on anything besides how they feel about McCain/ Palin...

Sent by mw | 9:36 AM | 9-4-2008

I loved Sarah Palin's speech last night, and I am thoroughly enjoying the hand-wringing that she's caused among Democrats and the media over the past week. Everyone was counting on her to be less than adequate - a token woman to try to pick up disgruntled Clinton supporters. Last night demonstrated quite the opposite. She's going to ask Obama "where's the beef?" again and again, and the answer will continue to be that there is no substance to his message. If you want a "leadership aura", John McCain has it in abundance. As far as fear is concerned, I am very afraid to have Obama as president when he is clearly not qualified for the job. And as for Sarah Palin, if the best her critics can do is call her names and complain about her speech writer, the Obama camp should be afraid indeed.

Sent by Tim Henner | 9:37 AM | 9-4-2008

Right ON Palin, Obama is not qualified to be president, you cant even find out anything about the guy because he blocks all records from public view. When her is ready to be open and honest, then I can give him my time, otherwise let the Democrats die in the quest for honesty...First the Clintons, now the Obams--when will the lies stop?

Sent by dennis | 9:40 AM | 9-4-2008

I think the pit bull with lipstick needs a good soaking in some strong detergent. She's obviously been roaming the wild for quite a long time. This country does not need another pit bull in the White House. The one about to move back to Crawford successfully ripped our economy to shreds and undermined the world's trust and respect.
If Hillary's supporters run with Palin, they weren't really Hillary supporters. Palin is no Hillary. If conscious Americans let this election slip away without putting up a real fight to the finish, we deserve another 8 years of McBush.
Lisa Murad - Georgia

Sent by Lisa Murad | 9:41 AM | 9-4-2008

I heard drum beats of war when palin spoke. on and on christian soldiers. hoycrap!

Sent by scaredofneocons | 9:45 AM | 9-4-2008

Is this country need a "pitbull" in the white house.. I don't think so. This GOP ticket is so so wrong for the country and for the world. Palin's speech was full of lies and hypocries. Just a brief look at her record (it will be very brief because there is not much substance to it) will show the truth . I guess for this ticket it is OK to lie in the name of GOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!! because they are the only ones that are patriotic and care about this country.... It is a BIG FAT LIE. Another point I want to make is that just beacuse McCain was POW does it make him qualify to be the president!!!!!!!!!!!

Sent by Anita Hovsepian | 9:46 AM | 9-4-2008

Whew! I thought I was the only one who was considering fleeing to Canada as a political refugee. As I listened to her speech last night, I kept finding myself drawing further into the fetal position that I've been stuck in for the last 8 years. Once again - the politics of fear have overshadowed our nations airwaves and tv screens. Attack the other side, provide no solutions, repeat.

So....if she "passed the first step" as I have heard so many pundits say, what next? I say after her debate with Biden (a foreign policy expert), I would like to see her debate Vladimir Putin and Nouri al-Miliki (who supports Obama's timetable...). I am one of those "important independents" and can honostly say I'll take eloquence and solutions over scareful tactics anyday. I had enough of fear for one lifetime.

Sent by Nicholas Wojcik | 9:48 AM | 9-4-2008

Palin speech really left me guessing exactly who she is. From what I heard last night I heard nothing that would provide her with the experience that the Republicans say that Obama isn't ready for. Neither is she. Majority of her speech was taking personal attacks against Obama and proving no solid facts of her own. During the DNC the big focus was for Senator Barack Obama to tell us who he was and produce his character and his plans. Palin uses her introduction to bash the success of an underdog canidate. The tatics that the RNC are using to just shove down our throat some repeative history lesson about McCain's service to country. That we can understand. What can Palin offer us? Fear and insults? I'm expecting more out of country and anyone that is flocking to the McCain and Palin ticket where are your values? Palin's credentials do not match up to Hiliary's, so where exactly is the comparrison? We need real change and real issues to be address. Not an attack because they fear they are behind on the polls and can offer us nothing else. I frankly am not prepared for this country to continue to be enemies with others around the world and be in a country that isn't respected and may open ourselves up for more attacks. Countries all over the world are watching Obama and feel as though they can rebuild the relationship they had with us. Not against us. We need all the repair that we can get and that's the change we should believe in.

Sent by Michelle | 9:48 AM | 9-4-2008

I was so out done with the repulican. conv. or should I say the K.K.This was a disgrace the American people. I am praying hard that God will take care of these red neck they are out of touch with the world. Things is changing all around them and they think that only one race of people run this country. and they are white. I notice that the only person that was mention last nigth was Obama was it because he is black.
I will never for got all those red neck.Please get a life.
P.A.W

Sent by Patricia Washington | 9:49 AM | 9-4-2008

Governor Palin did a great job with the speech.She use much houmor and had much confidence!What a breath of fresh air.

Sent by louis risolio | 9:50 AM | 9-4-2008

I wanted to give her a fair chance with this speech, but
---when you brag about the "bridge" issue, which is definately not true, you are continuing the same Bush habit of hanging onto falsities. Integrity?
---when you demean others, as the republicans who favor Rush limbaugh, the party suffers. Alienation?
---and now i hear about her desire to ban books when she was mayor; that she fired the librarian, but had to rehire due to the backlash. Radical.

now i see how a BA in journalism with experience in sports newscasting is worthwhile for the campaign trail.

Now we all can appreciate how a BA in journalism and being a sports newscaster can provide excellent training for the campaign trail.

Sent by Gia | 9:50 AM | 9-4-2008

With every bit of hope in my body I pray that the undecided voters of America see the Palin speech as it truly is, tired fear that the Republican party has been force feeding our country for 8 years. In a time when our country is in a downward spiral Palin mentions nothing of the Republican plans to truly help the citizens of this country. We are a great nation and I believe we can lead the world in renewable energy, science, productivity, respectable health care for all, quality education for all Americans. You cannot crush the Hope of America that we have placed in Obama and you cannot make us feel dirty for expecting quality and integrity in our President. Palin, enjoy your moment, I look forward to your answers from the hip without the aid of your notes. For instance what exactly is your position on earmarks again?

Sent by Maloua Beck | 9:56 AM | 9-4-2008

Interesting that it was Bush's speech writer.

Sent by Nick | 10:00 AM | 9-4-2008

As others have noted Palin has the ability to deliver a speech written to excite the base, borrowing a few of Hillary Clintons hand gestures. However, not much original thought, it was written before she was selected and had to be re-worked a bit to fit her bio. As an Independent I did NOT feel welcomed by the content of the speech nor her delivery, in fact at times I felt rejected and degraded. She discounted community organizers as if it was do nothing position that required no leadership or managerial skills--seems like a good way to offend all those faith-based altruistic volunteers the Republicans expect to replace government intervention. Many average, working class, middle-class people who were hoodwinked by the Republican Party of "family values" and bought into their "liberal" bashing eight years ago are now being helped by those same community organizers and "liberals" at shelters across the country. "Just more hypocritical, divisive, partisan politics.

Sent by Ali Harrod | 10:03 AM | 9-4-2008

Here is what bothers me about Governor Palin's nomination as VP. She reminds me of the Governor of Texas 10 years ago. She's got a lot of grit, charisma and "political instinct" but beyond that there is no indication of serious or difficult leadership. It is not her right-wing conservatism (though troubling) that concerns me the most. It is the potential for incompetence at a time when we can absoluttely not afford it. The worst possible scenario after 8 years of George W. Bush is another incompetant administration. God forbid Sarah Palin finding herself in the White House that is exactly what we would have. This country can survive conservatism, it has before; it is incompetance, ignorance, bluster, oportunism and narrow-mindedness that would be devastating. John McCain made a political manouever when good judgement was called for. That is a big problem.

Sent by Peter | 10:08 AM | 9-4-2008

Ms. Palin's value's speech was well crafted by the Bush administration's speech writer, but she was lacking values and moral responsibility by using her line item veto to slash the budget of Alaska's Covenant House by 20%. Covenant House provides programs and a home for troubled pregnant teenage girls who don't have money and family to rely on. "According to Passage House a part of Covenant House , its purpose is to provide young mothers a place to live with their babies for up to eighteen months while they gain the necessary skills and resources to change their lives" and help teen moms "become productive, successful, independent adults who create and provide a stable environment for themselves and their families." Ms. Palin believes that it falls to the individual and parents to take 100%responsibility for their actions, without society or government's help. She sure does mean what she says. Burka anyone?

Sent by Kathy Tompkins | 10:11 AM | 9-4-2008

God I get sick of my fellow Democrats - one hitch & you're already threatening to move to Canada. A: It's a childish pout. B: You probably said the same thing back in 2004 yet here you are. I understand the sentiment, but you should be resolving to stay and work even harder to get this country back in the right direction. . . Our biggest weakness is a definite lack of spine. Luckily BO showed last week he doesn't suffer from that malady. . . @L. Schexnider: our forefathers were Muslim? Otherwise, good point.

Sent by NB | 10:19 AM | 9-4-2008

Enough about her leadership abilities and family. What is her education? Does she really feel we are on a mission from god in Iraq? This is more fear and hate mongering from the republican party! The sad thing is 90% of americans are stupid enough to go for another 8 years of this. My pay has decreased and the value of my home has dropped, but I guess I will just look forward to more of the same. Thanks red america!

Sent by j.mc | 10:23 AM | 9-4-2008

I liked Governor Palin's speech...until she started talking politics.

Sent by Dawn Pruit | 10:26 AM | 9-4-2008

the republicans are only interested in winning an election not improvising the country, although their campaign motto is country first, i dont think that is their goal if it was why would the economy be in such a bad shape, why is there no proper health care and why are there more job losses.if their first interest were country why is money meant for american citizens being spent on foreign land.

Sent by rean | 10:28 AM | 9-4-2008

I am also very afraid of what this woman would do to this country. Our freedoms are slipping away so quickly. McCain can't even think for himself let alone represent our country. Very scary!

Sent by rocker | 10:39 AM | 9-4-2008

I cannot express how much I agree with the comments above. This speech completely derailed my plans to vote with the Republicans for the first time--ever. This African-American woman will not succumb to the childish and will not be swayed by speeches comprised of 85% inaccurate attacks, 5% platform/ideas, and 10% praise for your party. Fear, force, and fact-skewing is not a way to evoke unity or encourage bipartisan leadership. McCain, I am disappointed.

Sent by LNB | 10:40 AM | 9-4-2008

Palin is a female version of Cheney--demonize and belitte the opposition to distract from your own failures and faults, both personal and political.

Someone should inform her that one of the REAL responsibilities of community organizers is to circulate recall petitions for incompetent mayors who leave their small towns in a mountain of debt.

Sent by Glenda | 10:44 AM | 9-4-2008

How does a speech written by a man who wrote speeches for both President Bush and Vice President Cheney from 2001 to 2004, arguably their most aggressive and jingoistically divisive period, constitue "change" for our national discourse? Using the same ugly rhetoric as the current administration and simply not mentioning them certainly isn't. The GOP must consider this if they want to go forward and continue to be credible, even amongst their own.
The stakes in our immediate future is far too high for catty putdowns and the tired, empty, transparently "on-message" response offered by the Obama campaign. Both parties deserve a better quality discussion, as the future demands answers, and they will not (and perhaps must not)come from only one side of the aisle.

Sent by George Ellsworth | 10:46 AM | 9-4-2008

I am a 74 yr. old lady. I was wishing whatever time I have left on this earth would see a government for the people, and by the people. McCain and Palin do not know what these words mean. Their hearts are full of hatred for mankind.
They only want to control people and whatever it takes to do so--so be it!!!

Sent by Patricia A. Anderson | 10:53 AM | 9-4-2008

Mrs. Palin supported earmarks to win her election. After she won; she went against these earmarks to advance her political future because she kept that 250+ million tax dollars. If she would have thought of our country, she would return this money.
This lady will not change Washington DC and will not put our country first.
We really need change which she will not offer.

Sent by Kim | 10:53 AM | 9-4-2008

When I heard "and you know the difference between a hockey mom and a pitt bull---one wears lipstick",I almost ran off the road. What was more sad was the RNC crowd's thunderous response of laughter and applause.The RNC didn't waste anytime once Gustav was downgraded to take off their "Country First hats" and put on their political theatre hats!

Sent by Michael J. Marshall | 10:55 AM | 9-4-2008

Palin is great for the GOP base, but that is all the punch she is worth. She was not vetted and I'm sure there will be more to follow, distracting from McCain's already weak appeal, even to his own party.

Sent by Francisco Meyer | 10:59 AM | 9-4-2008

This woman is just Dubya in a skirt. Same arrogence, same ignorance. And just where was this moral mother while her underage daughter was having unprotected sex?

Up to this point, I rather liked McCain. Unfortunately, McCain also comes with his party, and his party's values grow more surreal by the day.

Sent by Dee Loch | 11:00 AM | 9-4-2008

Exactly, Judy. She sounded just like a high school girl talking behind another girls back. I'm just so disappointed that the best thing she could come up with was making fun of Obama. Really classy.....

Sent by Davis | 11:02 AM | 9-4-2008

BOOOOOOOOOOO Democrats you proven that you are such chickens! you got all scared of a tought woman speach, she just started this is just a warm up for her, just wait and see chickens democrats!!!!!. You party didn't have the guts to elect a real american tought woman and instead elect a ROCK STAR MUSLIM with no exeperiENCE. run chickens run, and keep running.

Sent by Julie | 11:03 AM | 9-4-2008

Throughout Obama's campaign, change has been his theam.Then he selected the forth mos senior Washington insider.
McCain has most defineatly chose a course of change with Sara as his V.P.
How brilliant.

Sent by A.J.Kenyon | 11:04 AM | 9-4-2008

I am a mother of five, yet I will not trust the future of my children, grandchildren to 4 more years of the same tyrannical rule we have had to endure. I consider myself middle class and my children as well. If more of the same continues I believe that is what we should FEAR, we are a disappearing culture. The true back bone of this country. I pray the Obama-Bidden ticket makes it this fall for the sake of this country that my Dad fought for in World War II

Sent by Merri Ott | 11:04 AM | 9-4-2008

The comments from listeners reflect the literal attack launched on Palin from the get-go, yes I meant literal with a T. She was no harsher on Democrats than they are on Republicans. Her speech also contained something that I couldn't find in the Denver speeches: substance.

Sent by Tina Passarelli | 11:08 AM | 9-4-2008

It's clear that Obama has minimal experience at best if you want to call "community organizer" experience. Why do we want to roll the dice with someone who will have to learn on the job? Would you want to promote someone you just looks good and sounds good to run your company, but has not experience to do so? I think not. This isn't a right or left thing, it's more of a who's really qualified to lead and that's looking more and more like McCain/Palin to me.

Sent by H. Tatum | 11:10 AM | 9-4-2008

Keep running chicken democrats, keep running it only takes one woman to make you scared.....

Sent by Julie | 11:11 AM | 9-4-2008

It seems to me that the Republicans have a sense they will lose in November and because of that didn't want to 'waste' someone with actual skills as VP. So they threw red meat in the guise of Gov. Palin to the right wing religious crowd to placate them and keep them engaged until 2012. It's too bad because there are talented and sane Republican women who could have done the job without the rancor and baggage Palin has. Opportunity lost. Great for Democrats.

Sent by Vicki Walker | 11:14 AM | 9-4-2008

Palin will do what McCain needs her to do- solidify support among the Republican right wing. I could have voted for the John McCain of 2000, who denounced fundamentalist influence in the Republican Party. I can't stomach the McCain of 2008.

Sent by Linda Grimaldi | 11:18 AM | 9-4-2008

Was it just me or was anyone else offended by the claim from Gulliani that only republicans cling to religion. And I quote: "I'm sorry that Barack Obama feels that her hometown isn't cosmopolitan enough. I'm sorry, Barack that it's not flashy enough. Maybe they cling to religion there." Furthermore, mocking someone's job as a community organizer....LOW. Do they even realize that the people watching are community organizers and hold jobs of the same type...so if I am an hourly worker, do I not matter at all??? Oh ya...same old republicans...make money and keep it for ourselves...screw everyone else. SAD. Maybe they should read that Bible again and see how far they have strayed from the CORRECT morals and standards they should be living by. It's not an eye for an eye...and it's the meek will enherit the earth not the rich, oh and what happened to love your neighbor...maybe this all doesn't apply when you're republican...ODD. Lastly, stop comparing yourselves to Reagan...it's not a compliment.

Sent by Sharon | 11:23 AM | 9-4-2008

In trying to classify Gov. Palin's speech, what comes to mind is a precocious child who has been coached and fed lines by mean-spirited adults. In reciting the rhetoric, the child is spurred on by the erruptions of laughter by the audience who applauds the performance. However, in many cases, the child has no idea what he/she is actually saying or what it actually means, but merely enjoys being the center of attention. Let it suffice to say that this sort of "speech" had no appeal to me either as a former working mother or as a middle class voter; instead I felt it was delivered in a condescending and sarcastic manner that insulted my intelligence and demeaned my personal life experiences.

Sent by Rose Marie Stubbs | 11:24 AM | 9-4-2008

oh ya and W J Andrews......here ya go. CANADA. Reading, it's good for you, try it sometime.

Sent by Sharon | 11:26 AM | 9-4-2008

I'm appalled by the enthusiasm shown by all responding to Palin's speech. While listening last night (to NPR's coverage), it was patently clear that she was "reading" the speach, speaking condescendingly to the audience and there was no real connection with the message, other than the joke about pit bulls and lipstick (which denigrates pit bulls). If the republicans think that by having a woman on their ticket will satisfy the disaffected Clinton supporters, they can think again. Palin is 180 degrees out from Clinton supporters - her gender doesn't/shouldn't eclipse that.

Come on, people! Look at who is in the crowd at the republican convention. Listen to the words, hear the tone of voice and watch the body language. This is a person to be very afraid of.

Sent by Laura | 11:31 AM | 9-4-2008

Palin's sarcastic cruelty was shocking. I expected to be wowed by her charisma, but instead felt absolute terror that this woman could actually sway the undecided voters to the dark side. The speech may have been written by Bush's speechwriter, but the delivery was far more convincing because she did not falter or stumble or use the wrong words. I'm very, very worried.

For the record, I would also be questioning a man running for vice president with a 4 month old special needs baby.

Sent by Maggie | 11:31 AM | 9-4-2008

Can I run for President, I have no experience leading anything too? But then again, I don't have friends who have bombed America and talked down about it in church. Maybe next time.

Sent by Barrett | 11:32 AM | 9-4-2008

alaska has more "ear mark" spending than any other state. she tried to get librarian fired when she could not force librarian to remove books. she fired comissioner because he would not fire trooper. yeah she is pit bull who wants to make abortion illegal and preach about how God is directing her. sounds like jim jones, alaska better watch drinking the juice.

Sent by Mr. murphy | 11:33 AM | 9-4-2008

After reading the comments generated after Gov Sarah Palin's speech I am wondering--do only liberals frequent NPR? Is it time to switch radio allegiance? I can't believe how close minded and fearful most of you are that commented here. You should actually consider what Obama has actually governed, what experience he has and how much he is willing to negotiate/compromise, change his mind. Sarah Palin's speech served the purpose of VP. You are whining about the attacks? How are you going to survive the rest of the campaign. People need to know character and facts. I want experience and moral fiber. McCain and Palin have that.

Sent by Jeanne | 11:35 AM | 9-4-2008

I am so glad to learn Republicans use speech writers and Democrats do not. This is such an educational site. I am glad I found it. Now I know the experience of Barack Obama has nothing to do with being qualified to lead, but the experience of Sarah Palin is critical to her being elected. My logic was off. Where have you people been all my life?

Sent by No Brainer | 11:35 AM | 9-4-2008

It seems like it's back to Dirty Politics, and attack journalism. I just hope Barack doesn't get into the same gutter and engage in mud-wrestling. I'm now contributing to Barack's campaign.
Key issues keep me apart:
1. Nothing was said about the abysmal economy. Jobs lost. Homes lost. Debt, etc. etc.
2. Silence is their way of explaining the last 8 years with Bush, who was not invited to attend the convention!!!
3. While she gave a good speech, she's opposed to abortion under all circumstances, including the life of the mother.
4. I have a 15 year old son, and I don't want any more of our sons killed for a war that continues Bush's bad legacy.

Susan

Sent by Susan Tarvin | 11:36 AM | 9-4-2008

As I watched the Republican Convention I realized that there are indeed two America's, there is one that is focused on the future and one that is apperently stuck in the past. You can't ignore half of the country, irregardless of which candidate wins and if the Republicans continue to insult and throw out the same old stories, our divide will grow further appart. I'm afraid that they can't stop living in the past and simply cannot see that things have to be done differently in todays world. I wanted to hear something that would make me at least consider what they were saying, but there are no specific plans on what they will do about the economy, social security, education, the War etc. Wake up and smell the coffee! Catch up with the rest of the world Republicans!

Sent by Carlos Sotolongo | 11:38 AM | 9-4-2008

Female voters will stick with Obama because they are stuck with him. They let a great speaker with no substance wow them with words and it worked just long enough for them to forget what gender they are and hang Hillary out to dry. They screwed up the best chance they had to put a woman in the Oval office. If there ever was a Pied Piper...Obama is it, and the females that voted for him, are the rats following him down the road to their own demise. It took a long time for women to get the right to vote. I just wish the females that voted for Obama would have at least done right by the women who earned that right to vote by exercising it to vote for Hillary. It would have been poetic. I imagine the women that worked and fought for the right to vote would not like seeing Obama defeat a more qualified woman at the hands of other women. In my opinion, the females that voted for Obama have no right to criticize Palin. They had their shot to put a woman in the White House and they screwed it up. McCain picked someone who has governed not just talked about it. I do enjoy watching you democrats getting worked up over Palin. :)

Sent by Shawn | 11:45 AM | 9-4-2008

Gov. Palin's performance Wednesday evening in St. Paul certainly wowed her audience. Well done, Sarah! However, let us not forget that her audience was composed of "her people" and was but a slice of the American voting pie. And, that her performance was just that... a carefully rehearsed recitation of a scripted piece of rhetoric under tight direction and control from the wings. She was "on stage". Let's see how she'll perform when she campaigns in the real world and has to confront the real issues of ALL Americans.

Sent by K Andersen | 11:50 AM | 9-4-2008

Fact: Senator John McCain has voted with President Bush 100% of the time in 2008 and 95% of the time in 2007. Since Bush took office he has voted 90% of the time. See info on Fact Check.org

http://www.factcheck.org/askfactcheck/is_it_true_john_mccain_voted_with.html

Sent by Trudy | 11:54 AM | 9-4-2008

Look, the fact is most Americans are not into due diligence when it comes to fact checking a campaigners speech. Every politician I know stretches the truth, but Palin's speech was riddled with lies. Visit the url below for a full accounting by cbs news. http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2008/09/04/politics/animal/main4414049.shtml

Sent by Brad Dorsey | 11:59 AM | 9-4-2008

I guess Palin is waiting for the debates to give us her thoughts on the issues. You know, little things like the economy, the wars, our health care system...etc. I'm disappointed that she chose only to focus on poking fun at her opponents and the media. I hope she has more to offer us next time we hear from her.

Sent by A. Smith | 12:05 PM | 9-4-2008

All of this controversy over Palin will soon be forgotten. VP picks have never had a substantial impact on the general election, and there's no reason to believe things will be different his year. Ultimately, people will vote for Obama or McCain. Palin will soon be forgotten (even as Dan Quayle, Geraldine Ferarro, etc. were).

Sent by Greg | 12:10 PM | 9-4-2008

O.K. Let's address this Down Syndrome thing. As a parent of a son with Down Syndrome I am offended that all of a sudden Sarah Palin is going to advocate for persons with disabilities. I have been informed that she severely cut funding for disabilities in her state and now all of a sudden, when it is a personal issue for her she is going to champion the cause. I feel she used her infant to get votes from a population of parents who are truly vulnerable and will believe that by voting for her they will finally be able to get the services they need for their children. And I get sickened by the comments I have seen in interviews on tv, how wonderful she is that she chose to KEEP her child with Down Syndrome, as if somehow these beautiful people are less worthy of life as her other children. I am pro choice. I just don't appreciate the idea that some lives appear less worthy than others and how much a saint she is by not aborting her son! Obama is the real thing!

Sent by Susan Thiele | 12:14 PM | 9-4-2008

I found Palin's speech to be sophomoric, divisive, and frankly, terrifying. I stayed up to watch as I wanted to give her the benefit of the doubt, but do Republicans honestly think that women are so stupid and uninformed that we would ever consider her a substitute for Hillary? Enough of the partisan politics, enough of the Rove-style hate mongering, enough of the fear tactics, enough of the environmental terrorism, enough of the special interests, enough of the false values. Enough of the Republican Party. The past eight years have been an embarrassment and have threatened the principles our country was founded on. If these people can beat Obama/Biden, God help us all.

Sent by beth | 12:27 PM | 9-4-2008

If anybody that said they were a Hillary supporter votes for Palin, then the only thing they were supporting was her uterus. They have nothing in common, as different as night and day. Voting for Palin just because she is a woman and saying that she broke the glass ceiling takes away from the fact that Hillary actually got the votes and worked for where she got. She wasn't just a name added to a ticket. Come on people, think about what you are doing! It is not just about getting a woman in office. We need the right people in that will help us, not drag us in to war after war.

Sent by scaredinindiana | 12:32 PM | 9-4-2008

Yahoo reports that Sarah Palin states that the 'Iraq War is our task from God.' Did she REALLY say this?! If she did, this is no different from any other terrorist statement.

Sent by L. Read | 12:36 PM | 9-4-2008

This blog and its comments prove my biggest fear: Palin has unified a divided the Republican Party. Is it too late to bring back Hillary as VP?

Sent by Edmundo | 12:37 PM | 9-4-2008

Doesn't it matter, pretty much first and foremost, that whatever words Palin mouthed were written by somebody else? And a Bush speechwriter at that?

No wonder she came off as a shrill attack dog.

And even if it does matter that she delivered her speech with confidence and style, doesn't it matter more that she favors creationism over science, drilling over alternative energy, tax breaks for billionaires over supporting the middle class, and is a woman who is intent on having the federal government intrude into other women's reproductive rights?

And yet, all I read about on the major news sites is that she is a good performer, at least in a hall filled with supporters, who are not asking any questions.

Sent by bco | 12:39 PM | 9-4-2008

this morning, when i heard the replay of sarah palin saying that barack obama, "is against producing energy" i groaned at the misleading air of her whole speech. and HOPE that people are doing their homework and realizing what THE TRUTH is.
my THREE year old daughter heard me groan and asked what's wrong mama? and i said i didn't like to hear people NOT telling the truth. and she said,
"i think barack obama needs to teach her about peace."
i do too. it's what will save us ALL in the end. and that's right out of a three year old's mouth. thank goodness for her, and for hope that keeps moving.

Sent by elizabeth | 12:40 PM | 9-4-2008

When my daughter asked me what was the difference between Republicans and Democrats, I told her that Republicans were all insane. Needless to say, she sought clarification from her mother. Palin's nomination has confirmed one idea for me however: after eight years of fear mongering, the Republicans have proven themselves to be a genuine force for evil in America, and in the world.

Sent by K McKenzie | 12:40 PM | 9-4-2008

With the history made by this election and its prospects for female leadership at a national level, how incredibly ironic it is that THIS woman ends up on a ticket. A woman who does not believe in a woman's right to choose, who believes creationism should be taught in science class, who believes in abstinence-only S-ed (AKA=~Bush Global Gag rule) while her daughter is prime example of why it does not work, who belittles organizing & helping jobless steelworker families while her husband is a member of United Steelworkers. Ironic indeed.

I am a huge fan of recycling, but no nice re-packaging or transparent pandering will make more of this tired, bitter, fear and hate-based 'serve the top half of one half' rhetoric good for our country. But the joke's on all of US if we elect her & John "I preach but don't practice support for veterans" McSame...
It's in our hands my friends..

Sent by Luis Robert J | 12:50 PM | 9-4-2008

THE REPUBLICANS HAVE BECOME THE PARTY OF HATRED. I CAME TO THAT CONCLUSION MANY YEARS AGO. CHENEY AND BUSH HAVE SUCKED THE HEART AND SOUL OUT OF AMERICA!! PALIN IS FULL OF HATRED, YOU CAN SEE IT IN HER FACE AND HEAR IT IN HER VOICE. MAY GOD HAVE MERCY ON OUR SOUL'S. OBAMA/BIDEN IS OUR ONLY HOPE, NOT ONLY FOR AMERICA, BUT FOR THE WORLD.

Sent by Lois T. Geiger | 12:53 PM | 9-4-2008

Any hope for charting a new course in political discourse during presidential elections has been lost given Palin's speech. How disappointing!! Take the gloves off and let the rumble begin; what the heck, only America and its citizens will lose given that our "leasders" have lost the virtue of civililty in the public arena. As a Democrat, I only hope Obama and Biden respond proportionately and not travel the "high" road to another political defeat.

Sent by David Gary Smith | 12:54 PM | 9-4-2008

It seems amazing to me that both Obama and Biden can attack McCain, but if anyone on the right attacks Obama, then "hands off." Very typical self-righteous, pompous responses from the left. Obama spent the first part and last part of his speech on attacking McCain, Bush and the right. He is not a healer of any wounds. He has done nothing in his career of any benefit to anyone, except voting present at 133 votes.

Sent by C. Roberts | 12:55 PM | 9-4-2008

Great comments by WJ Andrews, I'll add.. Hey Libs, the choice is between Marxism and Democracy.. I'll choose freedom all day long! Prefer socialism? Sign up to be an ex-pat in Europe. Posto

Sent by Posto | 12:59 PM | 9-4-2008

The speech of the wannabe VP insulted community organizers everywhere. Who are these people?

They organize neighborhood watches with local authorities to help stop crime. They help raise funds for the creation of youth centers. They help initiate job-training programs to get people back to work. They also help organize voter-registration drives (OOPS!!). I'm sure there were community organizers who helped post 9/11 and Katrina.

These people typically work long hours, for little or no pay. Sometimes they don't even live in the community their helping. Palin and the entire GOP mocked these people on National TV. Palin just gave the Dems a gift that will keep on giving.

Sent by Vince S. | 1:02 PM | 9-4-2008

As an Alaskan resident I need to offer this. She uncritically thinks that the universe is 6,000 years old and our current 'conflict' in the middle east is the will of 'God'. This alone....

Please, Please, Please do not be taken in!

There are a SIZABLE number of Alaskans (especially in the Bush) who are NOT amused and are quite frankly terrified.

Sent by DeWaine Tolefsrud | 1:02 PM | 9-4-2008

What I want to know is how she can serve our country if she can not govern her own home.

She can deliver a speech, but can not speak freely without putting her foot in her mouth.

I believe the debate between Palin and Biden will be like taking candy from a lady.

Sent by Listen2Reason | 1:04 PM | 9-4-2008

I listened to Sarah Palin's speech last night and was very disappointed. I don't think we learned any more about Ms. Palin after her speech than we did before her speech, and she did not convince me that she was any more prepared to lead this country than Barack Obama.
I did find it interesting how political candidates on both sides of party lines are saying that family is off limits, yet the candidate herself decided to speak about her family. However, the family member she chose to speak about is her "special needs" child, and not her knocked up teenage child.
She made a point of saying that - as a special needs mom - families with special needs children would have a "friend in the White House" if she were elected. She made no mention of being the parent of a pregnant teenager and what she would offer to other families with pregnant teens however!!
Ms, Palin, you can't have it both ways!! You can't talk about the children you want to, and ignore the ones you don't want to talk about. Since you, yourself, opened up the discussion of family and made it no longer private - all bets are off!! We have an epidemic of teenage pregnancy in this country, and this is a perfect opprtunity for ALL candidates to address these issues.

Sent by Judith P. | 1:04 PM | 9-4-2008

This is how it went...imagine Sarah Palin's speechwriter thinking this...

Hmm, I need to write Palin's speech. While she's penned up for three days in a hotel, probably getting her hair done, I need to think of a speech that will spark this lame convention. Ok, she's from Alaska and eats moose burgers. Hmm, this might alienate the anti-cruelty people. Scratch that idea. Ok, she was a beauty contest winner, second place, and smoked marijuana, but did not like it, which means she inhaled. No, not good. Skip all that. Let's go to her political career. After she left her sports reporter job, she started her career in politics in 1992.

Ok, that's good. Finally we get to something worthwhile. As mayor she hired a lobbying firm which earned her, I mean her small town, millions. John Mccain criticized this back then, but I can't write that for the speech. I'll also skip the part where she refused to build a bigger library for her town. It would only had been filled up with liberal, anti-religious books like, say..."The Audacity of Hope," and "Frankenstein," because we all know only God can create life.
When she became governor in 2006, oh man, 2006? She's only been governor for less than two years. Ok, don't panic. I need to cheap-shot this speech for filler. Ok here I go...
Obama is wrong for America. Good.
I'm a bulldog, yes.
Obama hates small towns.
He's just a Community organizer. Martin Luther King Jr. was one also, but never mind.
Ok, more cheap shots,. Think, think. Obama and Biden sounds like Bin Laden. Yeah, that's good, but I'll let Coulter yell that one out.

Oh I forget, I'll mention her family over and over again, even though everyone else is supposed to keep that subject off limits. Can't meddle into private matters such as teen pregnancy by an unwed couple. I didn't know that was possible. Didn't God condemn that? I don't know. I'm getting distracted here. The TV is on and I'm watching a Seinfeld episode when I should be watching the convention, but it's so boring. I mean all these Reps clapping all the time when someone says USA. Are they really listening to anything? That's an idea. I should just write a speech that includes only these words USA USA USA USA and war veteran tortured and Obama is wrong.

It will be easier on me, anyway. I don't want to deal with anything pointless as budget proposals, and tax cuts, and health care, and ongoing war, and Katrina, and housing decline, and I don't even want to mention Osama Bin Laden. Just terrorists "here and abroad." Yes, that's pretty vague.
Boy, I'm tired. I'm gonna go for a walk. Why can't Sarah Palin write her own speech like Barack Obama did?

Sent by Jose From Chicago | 1:09 PM | 9-4-2008

And to think some people tried to characterize Michelle Obama as an angry black woman. Sarah Palin is the angry woman ready to further divide our country.

Sent by Lynn | 1:11 PM | 9-4-2008

Let me preface this by noting that I am an independent. I agree with the Democrats social policy while I support Republican fiscal policy. Sarah Palin is speaking out of both sides of her mouth. The truth is, she hasn't effected any of the outcomes that she takes credit for (bridge to nowhere, etc...). If she or McCain were to control our government, and essentially control our lives if the Republicans get what they want, we will have no rights and no control left. We will be living in a right-wing, abortion free, jobless, oil-lobbyist controlled, gun toting wild west style Christian only paradise.

Sent by Jason | 1:14 PM | 9-4-2008

Carribou Barbie reminded me of a classic "Mean Girl", snarky, and unnecessarily cruel, not a Presidential attitude at all, which any VP candidate should have, as a minimum requirement.

Sent by Voter777 | 1:24 PM | 9-4-2008

What is going on in this country that people can actually read about McCain and Palin's history and still feel confident in them leading our country? Even a significant amount of POW's wouldn't vote for McCain if you paid them, and what does that say? If these 2 are elected there will be a new age of division in this country that hasn't been seen in 60 years. Revolution is coming! All I hear in Palin's words are anger, force, disdain, fear. Do you want an angry leader who tries to scare you? Wake up America! Unless you like killing people and make millions you should understand that we are in danger! Who are these republicans behind these candidates? I don't know anyone this ignorant and hateful. Please rethink our future and do your research, my town can't afford another 4 years of tyranny.

Sent by thankgodi'minhawaii | 1:26 PM | 9-4-2008

Palin's speech was brilliant. She isn't trying to be better than everyone, she is trying to represent everyone. I was voting for Clinton and I even tried to support unity between Obama and Clinton supporters.

But honestly, we need real people who are able to make decisions. Obama will be campaigning for his next term in office while everyone twiddles their thumbs if he wins.

Sent by Gary Mack | 1:28 PM | 9-4-2008

Palin won the Academy awards for a passionate delivered speech last night written by someone else. How dare she compares herself to Obama? She's not even the presidential candidate, nor is she nearly at the same level of intellect as he is. Obama not only delivered an excellent speech at the DNC, he wrote most of it. Wouldn't you want your leader to be smarter than you? Being a hockey mom has no bearing whatsoever and I could care less about her family life. It's where she stands on the issues. Vote OBAMA/BIDEN!!

Sent by Helen | 1:28 PM | 9-4-2008

I'm wondering if the same group that vetted Sarah Palin and are now positioning her and pushing her transparent themes were the ones who came up with the idea for WMD's in Iraq. once again, Americans are being made to feel unpatriotic and lacking trust in our leaders for asking questions. "How dare us."

Sent by ajastoria | 1:35 PM | 9-4-2008

Sarah Palin's speach was a pretty powerful retort to the media, bloggers, and dubious public but I personally can't help but remain fearful of the fear-infused rhetoric and the hostility expressed toward Obama and the democratic party. I don't understand why she felt the need to bash Obama for his work as a community organizer-- and her Philadelphia vs. Scraton comment was tactless and in my opinion, underhandedly insulting and stereotypical...

I can't help but feel that the Republic speaches throughout this campaign have been far more divisive that the democratic speaches. We are ONE nation, one UNITED States of America and yet the Republican message has implied an "us or them" reality amongst our own countrymen.

As a registered independent, I've tried to stay neutral and see beyond party lines but I have to say, despite Palin being "new to the scene", she seems to have had no problem resorting to the same old Washington politics.

I seriously question the judgment and lack of foresight of John McCain and his campaign for choosing Gov. Sara Palin as a running mate and it sounds like a number of other Americans are doing the same.

"A nation of sheep will beget a government of wolves" -Edward R. Murrow

Sent by Cait | 1:38 PM | 9-4-2008

Jeanne wrote "I want experience and moral fiber. McCain and Palin have that."

I don't know what their definition of moral fiber means. Does it mean helping the poor? Does it mean making sure people have medical insurance so they don't go bankrupt? Does it mean making sure jobs stay in America? Does it mean looking at all options before starting a war with another country where thousands of innocent Americans and Iraqis are killed and displaced for no good reason? Where is the moral fiber of the Republican party? Please educate me.

Sent by Helen | 1:38 PM | 9-4-2008

Are you kidding me? I heard the speech last night and was hardly impressed. In fact, I found it misleading. She said she was against the Bridge to Nowhere, but she actually kept the Federal funds that went with it. Her speech was about attacking Obama and the Democrats than about proposing solutions for the current economic problems that Americans face. I have no confidence in this lady to be able to be V.P. although she is very good with populist talk. The Republicans loved her? That's beyond me.

Sent by Rodolfo B. | 1:44 PM | 9-4-2008

If Palin is any sign of what the Republicans have in store for our nation, we are flat out doomed. He speach was angry and without substance. I truly hope the american people are smarter than that. Sara Palin is a younger Bush/McCain with lipstick and heels. The Republican Party should be embarrassed about the entire convention last night.

Sent by Rod Hunter of Rialto California | 1:45 PM | 9-4-2008

I am ashamed of the Republicans. They are using the Governor kids for their benefit. Any
One will see the dram last night. Have you notice how money people holding the 5 months child. No matter what they say or what they show us. They cannot change American mind.

Ask yourself:
?? What happen August 28, Obama Speech.
?? The diversity of the people in the Democratic National Convention.
?? When Obama has world tour specifically in German Berlin, the people come to see him.
Barack Obama will be the President of the World not only America.
American is smarter than what Republicans think.

Sent by AA | 1:48 PM | 9-4-2008

Did anyone catch the part of Gov. Palin's speech last night that condemned Sen. Obama's support of reading detainees, prisoners, etc. their civil rights. Sounded like an endorsement for Torture to me. Anyone else?

Sent by Marlon Carrio | 1:48 PM | 9-4-2008

I AM the other America. I live in rural Wisconsin surrounded by trees and a river landscape. There is only one other residence that I can see from my house. I have never had any desire to kill a caribou or a moose... No desire to kill any of the geese, wild turkies or mourning doves that I see almost every day.

I do not identify with those who suggest that I should do as they say, but not as they do and that I certainly should not be allowed to comment on what they do.

This is hypocracy as it most disgusting.

I am not a fan of Obama and had almost come to the decision that I would aborgate a lifetime of liberal democracy and vote for McCain. Palin has cured me of that intent.

Sent by Inez | 2:00 PM | 9-4-2008

I feel comforted in seeing that so many other Americans feel the way I do about McCain and Palin. We (Obama supporters) are not afraid of strength we are afraid of McCain and Palin's outright stupidity and refusal to open their eyes! Frankly, McCain and Palin are acting more out of their egos with an "I'll show them" attitude, than one of proving factually why they would be a better choice than Obama and Biden. This Presidential Race should not be about "executive" experience but about Common Sense, Human Decency and Good Judgement. I think Obama and Biden show that they have all of these qualities.

I have been sending emails to all of my friends and family weekly to inspire them to tell others to consider all the facts. Check the facts about Palin, what she says and what she actually does are 2 totally different realities!

Sent by Malia Mahi | 2:02 PM | 9-4-2008

caribou barbie, comes with basketball uniform, pageant gown, shotguns (useful for bears, wolves and prospective son-in-law), and matronly skirt suits.

her intellect is that of a person who has been victimized by the flaws of patriarchy. She is a puppet on the hand of the man, the Right hand, not the correct hand. If she is elected, Mexico might have to set up border control against the US!

Sent by jennifer bloch | 2:04 PM | 9-4-2008

Liberals betray their fear when they get antsy about another republican presidency.

You must realize that the two parties both work for the same people. You have to overcome your irrational belief that these elections are legitimate. You must realize that you DO NOT HAVE A CHOICE in the matter of leadership.

The republican party has betrayed us. And the democratic party will betray us as well.

Our animal nature betrays us.

Focus on getting someone really TRUST-WORHTY elected in your local elections, and ignore the federal circus.

Sent by JodySol | 2:11 PM | 9-4-2008

What I find fascinating is when you go to Reuters.com and look at the articles for Palin's speech....all you see is republicans patting each other on the back.

I think the republicans are amazingly good at launching attacks without proof, or evidence to back it. The word hubris, comes to mind.

But I'm sure most have been practicing that way of debate since they were five, just like my child.

I'm dreaming of the day without Oil Pushing Political Puppets. (OPPP)

Thank you for reading my post.

Sent by JustTheFactsPlease | 2:12 PM | 9-4-2008

Just how much will Alaskans benefit finanically when Palin jumps into bed with Bush/Macain/Chaney and Big Oil?

Sent by Joyce | 2:16 PM | 9-4-2008

You sick liberals can't see beyond the pretty face of Obama...Does his middle name Hussein ring a bell? Have you looked at Obama's 4 yr voting record? Oh, I am sorry, he has no record since he refraned from voting half the time. How can he make changes if he doesn't vote like his consituents payed him to? You all fail to remember the 20 failed attacks on our country that Bush prevented with the Patriot Act & Anti-Terrorist Stance. Everyone fails to remember that Clinton had the chance to kill Osama Bin Ladin in 1998 and also closed half of the Military bases in the USA during his tenure. We were attacked by terrorists twice when he was president & nothing was done. Military didn't even get raises during those 8 years. Most made less than teachers & defend our country!! Apparently none of you are military!!!

Sent by Gloria Alvarado | 2:17 PM | 9-4-2008

At least the dems had a veneer of of civility.

Sent by indie lafou | 2:26 PM | 9-4-2008

I was about to write a comment. But than my eyes caught the editorial heading: "All comments will be read but not all will be posted". Right. Now I understand the overwhelming "democratic" tendency of all comments. Statistically this is impossible. This is not an exchange of ideas,it is censored guided propaganda. How stupid do you think the public is? Shame on you NPR.
PS: I assume this comment will fall into the category of "read" but not "posted:. Thank you !

Sent by Silvio Aladjem | 2:29 PM | 9-4-2008

What in Sam hell are you people thinking. Sara Palin is a pawn and a JOKE. John McCain is a drowing man grasping at straws. He and his advisors should be embarrassed. If you really want to know what he is about, find out what PLAN he has in store for the economy. It doesn't take a scholar to know that you could start reviving the economy be ending a SENSELESS Trillion dollar war.

Sent by Rod | 2:44 PM | 9-4-2008

I wasn't going to vote for McCain anyway, so maybe it doesn't matter. But I wonder what kind of mother accepts a nomination for vice president, knowing in advance that by doing so, she will expose her pregnant 17-year-old child to the type of media firestorm that has happened in this case? Being 17 and pregnant is plenty tough already--how much tougher must it be to know that your mother's political ambitions trump your need for privacy, stability and support in a very difficult time? Is this the Republican vision of family values--throwing your kid under the bus so you can perhaps attain an office that you're not ready for or fit for? I wonder what Abe Lincoln, or Dwight Eisenhower, or even Richard Nixon, would have made of these undignified shenanigans. . . .

Sent by Dick Carlson | 2:46 PM | 9-4-2008

All you liberals who plan to leave America if a McCain/Palin ticket wins just go ahead and leave and we will be on our way back to a really great America. You say Palin didn't mention $4.00 a gal. gasoline? Why do you think she wants to drill for oil? Duh.
You say she and her daughter are a bad example? No one in the history of America brought our morals down like Bill Clinton. What about Obama's Mom?
You say freedoms will slip away? Wait and see how many freedoms you lose if socialist Obama becomes president! With the help of his anti-American wife, pastor and friends it shouldn't take us long to be in the same boat the Russians and Chinese are in.

Sent by Carol Williams | 2:47 PM | 9-4-2008

I hope that one well-delivered speech by Sarah Palin won't lessen the tremendous energy and hope garnered at the Democratic National Convention last week. I have never felt so proud to be an American as I was those nights...energized by inspiring words from so many intelligent and insightful leaders. Brazilian, South African and European friends have expressed their wish to help elect Obama - you know how good that feels?! Let's keep fighting for a better future with a global leader who can help us gain real respect in the world.
"8 is enough!"

Sent by Amita | 2:50 PM | 9-4-2008

Silvio,

We publish the overwhelming majority of the comments submitted to VP. In the rare case that we don't post a comment, that decision is based on our discussion guidelines (which you can read here: http://www.npr.org/blogs/politics/2008/07/discussion_guidelines_for_vox.html ) -- not on any political agenda.

Sent by Evie Stone, NPR | 2:53 PM | 9-4-2008

While I am not a staunch party member of either side, I am one of the women watching what is unfolding at the RNC with disbelief. Do they really believe women will go with Palin just because McCain is too b o r i n g to capture enough attention to have a successful convention without pullin in a "old beauty queen" to create hype? I can't imagine a woman who is willing herself to jump ship from supporting Paul to - after 2 calls from McCain - now be his "soul mate" [anyone else wonder how "smiling Cindy" loved that kind of respect?]
I agree her talk was well-scripted Without her own depth of insight and wisdom and frankly she is so far away from demonstrating any ability to do what top level leaders need: ability to thoughtfully consider all sides/aspects of a situation, adapt to the best outcome and take proper action - not from a self-promoting ego and purchased agendas - but from a true sense of what is in the best interest of our country and standing in the world.
Can't see her doing it - nothing to do with her being a women, her current role (mother, govenor, etc. - although there is enough horror in her own ranks to make me take big notice) - she simply greatly lacks the qualities and characteristics necessary to gain my MY my trust - a fellow woman, a fellow American and a fellow seeker of what is in the best interest of our country. Stand up beauties - while ruthless to get what she wants - is not my idea of wise leadership.
We can do much better as a country - we just need to join together and remember that "If We Focus On What We Are For, Not What We Are Against - We Can Change The World." I hold daily the vision of seeing and watching and hearing and participating with President Barack Obama as he speaks to us from the Oval Office in 2008. Join together and hold this vision - hold true to what you want - and let all the rest drop away - keep the focus - let's get this to the finish line.
All the best...Nc

Sent by Nc | 2:57 PM | 9-4-2008

Here's what Obama should have said.

"It was well-delivered, but ultimately it was pathetic. Aside from the plan to drill for oil, there was no mention of any of the issues facing our nation: the economy, health care, foreign policy. It showed the utter dearth of plans for the country offered by the Republican ticket, and proved that under McCain-Palin, we'll have four more years of failed Bush policies."

That's all. Obama needs to take a stronger tone with the Republican party. "Pathetic" is a good word for him to use, in conjunction with their unwillingness to discuss plans to solve issues that matter most.

Sent by Marlon | 3:02 PM | 9-4-2008

We are not 'fearful' of Palin, aka Caribou Barbie, as some suggest. We are amused and dismayed by McCain's choice. Underlying this choice is the presumption that because she and I share the same type of genitalia, I will be motivated to vote Republican. No way, no how, how insulting and demeaining! I'm looking forward to the day when McCain and Palin go goose stepping off the national stage and back into obscurity, where they belong.

Sent by Sizemorpheus | 3:04 PM | 9-4-2008

Lots of Haters listening to NPR huh? Isn't it ironic that liberals are who they accuse others of being?

Sent by Chuck | 3:04 PM | 9-4-2008

Inez wrote "I AM the other America"

I feel bad that you feel like you are in a different America. We're all Americans regardless where we live. We all want to be able to support ourselves, our family and have security in our future. We want our country and government to continue to improve and help the people when they need it. We're a nation of multiple races, multiple religion, diverse educational and skill levels and political parties and views. As much as I'm unhappy with the thought there is a chance for McCain, this is still the best country in the world to live in. It truly is a land of opportunity. This is the message that Obama brings to us and he'll help ensure this opportunity will exist in years to come for our children and our grandchildren. I don't see any of this from the Republicans. Their message is that of fear, fear and fear. I can't subscribe to this type of thinking; my doctor tells me I have to be positive for my mental health.

Sent by Helen | 3:13 PM | 9-4-2008

I am very concerned that commentators and reporters are smitten with Gov. Palin's charm and beauty. They should not fall into the trap being set for them that demonizes the press. A free press is one of the foundations of our democracy. So close your eyes, look beyond the rhetoric, hear the divisive tone of her words, ask the hard questions, and report the facts. This is high drama. It is being touted as authenticity. It is not. It is artifice.

There is little diversity in the Republican party, particularly in the conservative base. There is a reason for that, and this speech spoke clearly to that constituency. Earlier speakers laid it out even more explicitly, so that she could be more charming and entertaining when it was her turn. (Actually, though, funny at times, I found her to be way too sarcastic and smug.) But we are a hugely diverse nation that is dynamically and dramatically changing. What does her conservative ideology mean in terms of serving this diversity and complexity? Likewise, our world is enormously diverse, complex and dynamic. How does this ideology serve our world? Campaign surrogates, moderates and progressives among them, are saying that her ideology shouldn't matter, but that her narrative should. That is a risky proposition, since Sen. McCain has inadvertently or intentionally anointed her as the heir apparent and new leader of the Republican party. Her ideology does matter.

Sent by Wes | 3:17 PM | 9-4-2008

This Presidential campaign is turning out to be the most colorful in memory.

Sent by KA | 3:21 PM | 9-4-2008

McCain is the one running for president and this election is about two things, the economy and the last 8 years. The Republicans want all Americans to forget this; don't take the bait.

Sent by Elizabeth | 3:22 PM | 9-4-2008

Will you try again on that link describing discussion guidelines. It takes me nowhere.

Sent by Chuck | 3:30 PM | 9-4-2008

seems that you shouldn't be aloud to hire someone to write your speech. If you want what you say to mean anything, it needs to be your own freakin' words.

What else can someone be who reads from a script but an actor.

Keep dancing puppet, the distraction from reality is working...

Sent by Sean Kinshella | 3:34 PM | 9-4-2008

This is what I heard, besides the clever comments pointing out Obama's weaknesses:

1. Become energy independent. Drill for now, continue to research other methods.
2. Lower taxes. Taxes are too high.
3. Smaller government. Less regulation means less spending. Republicans are great at cutting costs where its needed.
4. End of buddy-buddy deals in Washington, like Palin had ended with the big wigs back in Alaska.
5. A victory in the Middle East.
6. Life is at conception, not when we decide.
7. Unwavering decisions.

Democrats can poke fun of McCain for his old age or at Palin's daughter who is pregnant, but what she said was the truth and the Dems can handle the fact that their great leader has no background, experience, or moral convictions.

Sent by DC | 3:43 PM | 9-4-2008

I am sorry to break the news to all you hatefull libs, but b.hussein has no shot of winning. As eloquent as he is, he could barely win the nomination. lets face it, NO conservatives are going to vote for b. Hussein.

buy your tickets to Canada now!! maybe you can catch up with some of your relatives who never came back from Vietnam times!!!!!

Sent by Obamanation | 3:50 PM | 9-4-2008

In response to the few right-wingers who keep sniping at us "liberals" who like socialism...who bails out all of those unregulated companies that keep failing? Who would be there to shore up all of those banks that can't pay their bills? If you really believe in a free market then let the banks fail. Let the lenders fall. It's our socialism that keeps them from doing so and our economy has only managed to stay afloat because of that. You want the benefits of free trade with all the risk given to the public. (Personally, I'd rather get some profit for the risk my tax dollars are taking.) So which is it, Righty? Unregulated free trade with all the risk taken by the companies, or do we bail them out and have to call ourselves "socialists". You righties really should stop being so hypocritical. I think the righties can no longer recognize hypocrisy after so many years of bible study. They've learned to ignore it.

By the way...it is hypocrisy that defines the Republicans and Palin is the very personification of that.

Sent by NotMcCain | 3:57 PM | 9-4-2008

Carol Williams wrote "You say Palin didn't mention $4.00 a gal. gasoline? Why do you think she wants to drill for oil? Duh." Um, does Global Warming ring any bells. An ice chunk the size of Manhattan broke of the Polar Cap just yesterday.....but hey.....sure, lets keep drilling and using fossil fuels.....DUH!!!

McCain/Palin, same old politics, same old thought process, same old ideas, no matter whose face they put on their poster, its OLD!!

Gloria Alvarada wrote "Obama...Does his middle name Hussein ring a bell?" So, what, if his middle name was Abraham Lincoln you would vote for him? Stop living in fear Gloria, this country needs change!

Sent by Stella | 4:01 PM | 9-4-2008

I am a staunch liberal and I have no plans to leave for Canada, especially if McCain/Palin win. I would never abandon the country I love when she needs me most.

For myself, being a liberal means that I believe that my fellow human beings are, for the most part, good. I believe that they are deserving of programs and assistance that will enable them to live with dignity and to contribute meaningfully to their communities.

I think that most of my fellow citizens are intelligent enough to see through the garbage that is being passed off as political discussion. This fight about who has more experience or even what counts as relevant experience, is a distraction from the real issues. We need to focus on what each candidate says they think we need to do and how they think we can accomplish those objectives.

The passion on the part of both conservatives and liberals demonstrates that most of my fellow citizens realize that we are being faced with critically important decisions with respect to our economy, education, the environment, energy, healthcare and foreign policy.

Rather than wasting time calling each other names and participating in divisive arguments that serve no purpose, I challenge all of you to spend that time educating yourself on the issues. Participate in shaping a government that we can all be proud of and one that all of us can live with dignity under.

Make a list of the issues that you feel are most important and what you think needs to be done. Consider both the short and long term implications of those actions. Go to the candidate's websites and see what their stand is on those same issues. Does their view reflect your own, or do you just like the person and how they present themselves? Watch the debates, not just the speeches and do so with an open mind and some thoughtfulness.

With all this knowledge and understanding, you will be able to make persuasive arguments fleshed out with facts and figures. Such arguments will be much more effective in swaying an undecided voter to your way of thinking than hurling ugly names and harsh judgments. And who knows, the mind you may change could be your own. To have such involved, well informed people as my fellow citizens is something to be proud of, even if we don't agree on everything.

Sent by TCKL | 4:02 PM | 9-4-2008

McCain and Palin are a plague on the stupidity and fear of Americans!!!! They scare me. Thier vicious misguided remarks at the RNC only encourage the wave of fear. And remember fear will meet you half way...that which you fear the most will be perpetuated if thats what you preach. The paranoia will destroy you!

Sent by Gibson Rich | 4:03 PM | 9-4-2008

Eileen--

Caribou Barbie? Beautiful. How 'bout British Columbia? Think they'll let us in or see us as an infectious disease?

Sent by gregalbuto | 4:10 PM | 9-4-2008

I thought Palin's speech was excellent. However, I'm reserving judgment until the debates, where she is forced to think on her toes.

As for the presidential candidates, McCain is clearly the strongest leader. Obama will simply sway with the popular political winds, a very dangerous weakness in our current world.

For those prepared to move to Canada, if you want a socialistic government (rob from the rich to give to the poor), which has proven historically to be a failed philosophy, then maybe Canada is the best place for you.

Sent by Scot | 4:11 PM | 9-4-2008

From a BC citizen to those of you who would seek refuge here in Canada should McLame win: ever since our sleaziest panderer to Republican values (PM Mulroney) brought us together under NAFTA, much of this country (the big corporations, the rivers, the mines, the forests, the oil, etc.) has been bought up by American and other wealthy foreign interests. Our politics have likewise gone further to the right as demographics in the big cities and the west have gotten richer, and our jobs have also increasingly been outsourced. That, and Palin and BC premier Gordon Campbell are political bedfellows. Sorry folks, but aside from the improvement in your healthcare, you'd be moving up to the proverbial 51st state. Preach to the unconverted in the Lower 50 and turn this juggernaut around, or we're all going down with the ship--we're rooting for you!

Sent by Maria | 4:12 PM | 9-4-2008

This comment string shows the fear and desperation that Ms Palin inspires in big government democrats. She is exactly what Washington needs to bring the federal government back to serving the American people and not the politicians.

Sent by JR Pants | 4:14 PM | 9-4-2008

Too tough. we will see.

Sent by Bushed | 4:19 PM | 9-4-2008

I hope the women who were supporting Hillary will not be taken in by this republican ploy. McCain only picked her for 2 reasons 1. a women 2. an evangelical to get those voters. Use your head don't fall for this

Sent by T. Christense | 4:25 PM | 9-4-2008

Palin just does not appear to have the experience to be vice-president nor to step into the president job should McCain's health falter. McCain's judgement should be called into question here. He had six months to make an informed and good decision. He procrastinated and made what he called a last minute gut decision. For me, I would prefer a president to make more thougtgful and researched decisions.

Sent by e. brennan | 4:27 PM | 9-4-2008

I can't say anything that hasn't been touched on above other than, these are fear mongers and we're in a battle for the soul of our Nation. I heard a friend say that today and it's about the best summation I've heard to date.

Sent by TVH | 4:29 PM | 9-4-2008

It's interesting that so many accuse Palin of attacking Obama when the Obama campaign and the liberal media attacked Palin for days before she was able to say anything, even to the point of making up things that were no where near the truth.

I think Obama supporters are so angry with Palin's speech because with a single speech she very effectively exposed Obama's lack of substance. What is it she said about Obama that isn't true?

Sent by EthicalAndFreeAmerica | 4:33 PM | 9-4-2008

Dear John McCain

Did you really think that nominating just any woman could inspire the female followers of Sen. Hillary Clinton to now vote for you? As an avid supporter of Clinton I feel offended - do you really believe I am so stupid to just vote for anyone with boobs? Do you base your choices on the sexual organ of the contender?

Well, SURPRISE! This votress actually cares about the opinions the candidates have. I base my decision whom to vote for on the positions of the candidates, what they stand for. The candidates gender is not crucial - his or her idea on how to rule this country IS.

And after listening to the speech of Sarah Palin and after reading as much as I can on her opinions on subjects important to me I can tell you I was VERY quickly decided never to vote for anybody who will get this woman closer to the presidency.

So I would like to thank you. You have helped me make up my mind a lot quicker than I believed was possible.

Anna

Sent by Anna Desenberg | 4:34 PM | 9-4-2008

The McCain/ Palin ticket reminds me of the SAW movies where the young twisted female is the understudy for the white decrepit male. I shudder.

Sent by Concerned in Cali | 4:44 PM | 9-4-2008

Here we go again. The Democrats get whacked and they sit back on their haunches and let too much time go by before they respond and when they do it is anemic. Applaud her success? Are you crazy? Attack the lies.

Where is the response? And please when you do, Obama campaign, strike back with the same vitrioloc tone. She is a self described pitbull, please treat her as same. Do not defend, attack. Here's a few attack points: 1. bridge to nowhere, for it/against it, regardless took the money. 2. aligned with lobbiests strongly associated with Washington, how much money did her town get when she was mayor? More than was appropriated to Boise. 3. What are her opinions about creationism; teach to your children but not mine. Is that small gov't involvement or having the gov't in every aspect of your life. 4. How will does abstinence work as a primary education against unwanted teen pregnancy? Again, we pray for your daughter, it is your position that were interested in.

That's a starting point.

Do not let this slide, if we let the Sunday morning programs go without beating her down, we will be swiftboated by someone with only a couple of years of experience.

Please remember this isn't just about 4 years of the next presidency, it is about 3 supreme court justices. Please get this right, just this once.

Sent by Kathleen Clarke | 4:46 PM | 9-4-2008

Amen! From an Evangelical Christian who isn't buying Palin at all. She makes me feel like George W. is running again. And, with McCain's age and the stress being president involves, there's way too much possibility the Bushite could inherit the Oval Office.

Sent by Hubert Edgar | 5:07 PM | 9-4-2008

stinky cheese lotta white whine miles of rope dems don't go down that slippery slope
please

Sent by don stonesifer | 5:16 PM | 9-4-2008

I watched Palin's speech in its entirety. I wanted to learn more about her. By the end, I had not learned very much more than I already knew. This was not the speech she should have given, in my opinion. She needed to stay positive, talk about her attributes and strengths. Very little of that was discussed.

And why not a single word about the economy? I am a rural southern voter, and that in particular was very troubling to me.

What I did hear in the speech were non-specific compliments regarding McCain's resume, an attack on the press and the Washington elite (who are these elites, by the way? I have no idea), and snide attacks on the Democratic opponent. She told the crowd who they should fear and who they should hate. She mocked habeas corpus. She belittled community organizing, which is one way for people to pull themselves up by their bootstraps. It is not a government handout. Not only do the conservative posters here not understand that, neither does Sarah Palin. I thought Republicans loved that stuff, but I guess that is just lip service.

I have visited the websites of both candidates. I know what their plans are as those plans are written at this time. I have read the opinions of economists and other experts on different topics relevant to this campaign.

Armed with this information while listening to Sarah Palin's speech last night, I lost count after her 10th lie. It was just so depressing that she could lie about McCain and Obama and even her own record and the conservatives seem to have no problem with it. And then the conservatives perpetuate the lies and bully the press into not calling them out those lies. But what is the saddest thing is that there are people who will vote for McCain because she is a perceived firebrand with a particular extreme social agenda.

McCain made a hasty and impetuous decision in selecting his VP. How is he going to deal with other important decisions during his presidency? I cannot imagine that the revelation about how much time and care he DIDN'T take in this decision, coupled with Palin's far-right social views, will bring any independents or undecideds to his cause.

And why should we even be concerned with Sarah Palin as VP? Normally, this might be less than a major concern. But in this particular case, McCain's age and history of cancer may very well mean he will not be able to finish his 4-year term, if elected.

I am not going anywhere. I am not afraid of this disingenuous, out-of-touch, far-right extremist and the threat you conservatives gleefully think she brings. She isn't a threat to anyone but her own children and the citizens of Alaska.

Sent by Jackie | 5:23 PM | 9-4-2008

Palin's speech was hardly more 'divisive' or 'brutal' then what I've heard from Clinton and other Dems spew with their diatribes against President 'Evil Incarnate' Bush. This must be many people's first presidential election. The 'progressive' Left wonders "What's wrong with these crazy people?" Well, they're asking the same thing about you. There have been no new ideas out of the Democrats in over 30 years, it's the Republicans who (until fairly recently) had them. The Democrats just complained and usually offered old ideas that haven't worked the past but allowed them to patronize the public to a greater degree. Some of us aren't as worried about being liked so much as we about doing the responsible thing for our families and communities. The real tragedy is that both parties aren't fundamentally all that different. Aside from a few perrennial issues, both are generally aiming for the same goals it's in the 'how' where all the animosity comes from. For those who think that the Republican platform is all about onsciouslly raping the environment, brutalizing minorities, and smacking smaller nations around because we can then I think you need to grow up or wake up.

Sent by CCD | 5:25 PM | 9-4-2008

It's just amazing that McCain could come up with the idea that the women in U.S. that supported Hillary Clinton would swing to him because he chose a woman for a VP. This is not the middle ages man, women are not that nieve.

Sent by Shocked | 5:33 PM | 9-4-2008

The only decision we voters get to see a presidential candidate make before we decide to vote for them is their vice president. The VP choice is our only clue as to how a potential president will govern. After seeing their decision on running mate, the choice for the better President is clear. Obama made a well reasoned logical choice, where as McCain acted out of desperation (like Mondale in 84). This year the decision is easy, Obama has earned this independants vote.

Sent by Ross Rannells | 5:35 PM | 9-4-2008

Hey WJ and other reps:

Fascism or freedom. Let me list all of the countries around the world where fascism has worked..........Sorry, can't think of one of those.

I'll take freedom thanks... freedom to pick my religion; freedom to choose my future, my family, my partner; freedom to be educated; freedom to have healthcare; freedom to be paid a living wage; freedom to breath clean air; freedom to be free of debt; freedom be equal.

Sent by Debby Roseman | 5:45 PM | 9-4-2008

Watching both conventions, democratic and republican, I can clearly see where our vote should go. I am for a national health care system, but not at the expense of saving money on our country's defense system. Obama is a fair speaker and has gotten better at his game. I am a retired navy veteran and will not stand for anyone trying to be wishy washy with our national defense. Let's hear what McCain has to say tonight. Palin spoke well and I am sure she well continue without a writer or script as everyone suggests. Obama has flipped his thoughts alot. He is does not have our country's security at hand. If you read his book Obama (Dreams of my Father) you would see the loop holes in his trying to find himself. His speech did nothing for me but make me hope the republicans whould come with something better than opening up our doors to the threat of 3rd world domination. I truly believe McCain and Palin can affect the change we our going to need for the next 8 years, because this team is going to win. This is not Busch and Cheney. I am an Independent voter who will stand behind the republicans this time. I am not going to slam Obama because he will do that to himself. Example (Not honoring the flag) He does not believe in symbolism I would suggest everyone to read Obama Nation by Jerome R. Corsi. Read the authors preface and understand the danger of voting a democrat ticket at this time in our country's need for change. How far left are we willing to go. I believe God's hand is behind the duet of McCain and Palin.

Sent by Jeffrey D. Hooks | 5:56 PM | 9-4-2008

The Republician spin doctors are at it again! God help us all. 8 years ago and then again 4 years ago they pulled these attacking, half-truths, dirty politics and it worked. Why would they change anything?
Now they are at it again...Pee on my head and tell me it's raining! I kept thinking that America's voters are going to see through this embarassing display of idiocracy, but to no avail. This morning every talk show was buzzing about how Palin hit a grand slam and how she's a force to be dealt with. Are you KIDDING? Give me a speech to read and an audience that cheers at my every word and smurk, and I guess I could be president too. She even went so far as to ask for the votes of people who have" special needs children" because they'll have a "friend" in Washington. Using your baby as a political prop for votes? Wow, now there's someone with ethics!

Sent by Linda Wilson | 7:13 PM | 9-4-2008

Senator McCain has said many times that he sometimes makes impetuous choices, but that he has the will to live with the consequences. Unfortunately, if elected President, his impetuous choices will be ones with which we all have to live. John McCain is a great American - as a fellow Navy veteran of Vietnam, I salute him for his courage and his determination. Governor Palin - I know little about her, but I do wonder if she has reconsidered her insistence on abstinence-only programs in light of her own daughter's situation. As for her support of Creationism, her stated opposition to earmarks and wasteful spending after her own record in Wasila and in the state house, the possibility that she was so determined to fire a state trooper over personal animus (I have seen no reports of misconduct on the trooper's part), her apparent desire to exercise censorship over the public library when she was mayor - all of this speaks to me, but the effect is not a positive one.

What we need at this point in history - in America and around the world - is an effort to unite around common problems, not divisiveness and fear mongering. Frankly, I don't want a pit bull living at Number One Observatory Circle. We've had eight years of pit bull politics and it's time to move forward.

To all of you who have commented on the implied insult to women in assuming that Hillary Clinton supporters will flock to the McCain camp because of this choice, I couldn't agree more. And finally, the attempts to raise fears of Barack Obama because his middle name is Hussein are sophomoric.

Sent by Charlie Robinson | 7:27 PM | 9-4-2008

She can't be compared even to a governor in the lower forth-eight. She doesn't have to deal with the budget issues like the governors in any lower states. They pay people just to live in Alaska, also the States gets oil royalties pay to the people of Alaska. Alaska is a well to do state as far as income. I bet she would have a difficult time filling Brad Henry's shoes in Oklahoma. V.P. of the USA, you got to be kidding me. I'm sure she didn't even write her speech last night.

Sent by Daniel -Tulsa | 7:45 PM | 9-4-2008

Enough of the fault finding and cutting remarks by both political parties. If this country is ever going to move forward, this nonsense has to stop. Most Americans are sick and tired of the same old dirty politics from politicians and the bias by most of the media. If the Presidential candidates have so many shortcomings, why are they even being considered to hold the highest office in the land?

Sent by Mike | 8:35 PM | 9-4-2008

George W. Bush chose to lead this country into a Rage...

Almost 100,000 Iraqi civilians have died because of the war America started, over 4000 American soldiers have been killed, tens of thousands of soldiers have been injured...

The amount of innocent people that have died in Iraq equals to more than 30 9/11's!

This madness...this rage...this cushion of fear has to be let go of...

The GOP is trying to distract and provoke the American public from all the problems they have caused.

It will not happen this time.

Now is the time for forbearance, empathy and true wisdom; not anger, revenge and the mocking of the reality of the present.

As a prophet once said... "I don't want no peace, I want equal-rights and Justice."

Obama, I think would agree.

Sent by k.s. | 10:45 PM | 9-4-2008

I like Palin... and I am a born and raised 34 year old Berkeley activist... uh and former radical. I do not identify as a republican, nor as a democrat, although I've always voted dem or green.

I am drawn to the Palin for the very things for which I used protest and raise hell. Plain old not-elite people being voted into the top ranks of government by people. Back in the day, we believed that "the system" made it impossible that a State University graduate, woman with a family, "hockey mom" from nowheretown USA would ever see the Oval Office, let alone sit and wheel and deal in it.

I always thought that "the system" was misogynist and that a woman with guts, conviction (whatever her beliefs) and the voice to back it up would be kicked down and "put in her place".

And so... I fought, in my combat boots, piercings and inverted pink triangle t-shirts for this possibility.

It doesn't matter to me that her belief system isn't the same as my own. It only matters to me that her very presence gives me a sense that all those sit-ins, civil disobedience arrests and hours hand-cuffed to an anarcho-punk (who squats in buildings with no accessible water)... well that this all wasn't for nothing.

Obama represents the same to me as well.

If Palin were running for president, I'd might be in danger of breaking with the old status quo with a new face.

Sent by Joe Jackson | 3:40 AM | 9-5-2008

I think many of us miss the point when looking at our presidential hopefulls. We watch, listen and trust them to fullfill all the things we believe we hear. However, any president can only lead as well as those that follow. Meaning Obama, or McCain are only as good as those advisers they have around them. I'd love to see who the people that make up the adviserary panel for all 4 canidates are. Another point many voters I think miss, if you have a Dem president and a republican congress expect nothing to happen just as now with a republican president and a Dem congress nothing happens. I'd rather see something happening then the nothing these people are getting paid for now. Nothing that any politician or elected official does can not be undone.

Sent by Richard - Indiana | 12:33 PM | 9-5-2008

Whereas Hilary Clinton is a woman who is for women, Sarah Palin's slogan should be Women Against Women. She doesn't think we are capable of making our own reproductive decisions and is against teaching birth control methods in sex education. In addition, she is anti-science, anti-environment and would not even let adults choose the books they would like to read. She has tried to ban books with dirty words. Liberal is not a dirty word. It means being open-minded, questioning, listening, sharing and valuing the intelligence of the average human being. It means using our common sense as well as our faith, valuing our liberty as well as our compassion. The only dirty word in this election is oil. How tragic that so many have been killed and so much has been destroyed in the struggle for control of it. We need calm, thoughtful leaders, not ones embroiled in hatred, anger and distrust.

Sent by Krista | 5:37 PM | 9-5-2008