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Sarah Palin and Big Oil

Energy Wire talked to Gov. Sarah Palin in May about her views on Big Oil, offshore drilling and a long-awaited, expensive and controversial natural gas pipeline for which she has been pushing hard. With McCain's announcement Friday, suddenly her comments seem a lot more interesting.

Many environmental and Democratic activists attacked her yesterday for being too close to Big Oil. They dislike her support for drilling in environmentally sensitive areas, her skepticism about alternative energy sources, and her opposition to listing polar bears as an endangered species. "Sarah Palin reinforces John McCain's plan to continue the Bush-Cheney big oil energy policies," said Daniel J. Weiss, senior fellow at the Center for American Progress. "Palin may be new, but her big oil energy agenda is very old-fashioned."

However, back in May Palin portrayed herself as standing up to the biggest oil companies in discussions over a new $30 billion natural gas pipeline, talks that have drawn out over many years. (When I talked to her then, she already knew that McCain was considering her for the vice presidential spot on the Republican ticket.)

First, some important context: Palin represents one of the few real petro-states within the United States. Big Oil is big business in Alaska, and the state relies on oil and gas tax and royalty revenues for more than 80 percent of its budget. The state's coffers runneth over; every resident of Alaska gets a check from the state, a dividend for his or her share of the oil and gas extracted from the ground. Oh, and Palin's husband works as a field operator for BP, one of the main operators on the North Slope. Oil interests are largely Alaska's interests.

Palin is aligned with the oil industry on two key issues. She favors drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and many offshore areas. At the same time, she has bargained hard over the gas pipeline and seems to be pushing the long-stalled project forward. She has said that TransCanada can build the pipeline and has convinced the state legislature to back $500 million in grants and benefits for a company to get the permit and design process going.

Back in May, before Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz) changed his position to favor offshore drilling, I asked Palin if there were any place she would consider off-limits to drilling. She said she supports drilling in the Chukchi Sea, where oil companies such as Royal Dutch Shell earlier this year bid to drill, but she wavered on Bristol Bay, which President Bush opened up for drilling early last year. She said that "the fear would be that our very rich fish resources would be put in jeopardy."

Palin has tangled with several major oil companies over a construction strategy for a Trans-Alaska natural gas pipeline. Palin wants to construct a natural gas line big enough to be used not only by the handful of major companies that now dominate oil and gas extraction on Alaska's North Slope, but also by other smaller companies that might be interested in new exploration.

Earlier this year, Palin signed an agreement with a Canadian company, TransCanada, allowing it to start permitting and other work for construction of a pipeline despite opposition from some of the major oil companies - Exxon Mobil, Conoco Philips and BP -- working on Alaska's North Slope. Those companies have argued that the pipeline, which would cost an estimated $30 billion, was not economically feasible. Palin got the state of Alaska to give $500 million to start the process if TransCanada would put up the same amount to get started. The project will take more than a decade to complete.

That would come none too soon for Alaska. Oil production from the state's reservoirs has begun to decline.

As Palin said in May:

"Getting this huge supply flowing is key for our national security and energy independence. The key to that is the expandability of this pipeline. There are other companies besides our oil producers who want the opportunity and vehicle to get gas to market. We're going to open up the North Slope basin to these explorers and not just have the same few companies. We're going to allow more exploration and development this way which is what this country needs to survive."

Palin was initially unhappy with oil companies' proposed financial terms for building a gas pipeline. "Another condition that was unacceptable to me, unacceptable to Alaskans, that these companies were negotiating with the prior administration [was] to lock up [pipeline transit] rates for decades," said Palin. "There may need to be adjustments down the road. We can't bind or tie the hands of future legislators."

Palin insisted that she stood a safe distance from BP and other major integrated firms. "I'm not anti-industry, I'm not anti-production. The oil company chief executives I respect are doing what the shareholders have mandated that CEO to do: look out for their bottom line. My bottom line for the state is to do the same for Alaska's shareholders. The people of Alaska own the resources. I have to look after their interests."

Though her husband Todd works for BP, Palin said that, "BP is not my biggest fan." She said that the three big operators on the North Slope -- BP, Conoco Philips and Exxon Mobil - "had a sweet deal" with the prior Alaska state government when negotiating terms for the proposed natural gas line. She said she has changed those terms. "I want America's conditions to be met," she said.

Palin acknowledged that a lot is at stake for Alaska when it comes to oil and gas. "About 85 percent of our state budget hinges on that oil production," Palin said. But she said that "with oil at $130 a barrrel, it is a two-edged sword," one "resulting in the family pocketbooks evaporating while state coffers fill up."


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Comments (171)

proslaviy:

Hi, how I can send PM?

m.e.rosalia:

how can so many americans be so naive? oil prices are not goping to go down simply by drilling. we, canadians, and i as an albertan, know this first hand. we have been paying as much for some time and this in oil-rich alberta. i am mccain's age, have total healthcare coverage, low income but manage to save and go to central america to do volunteer work. macain's comment that american have the palm d'or when it comes to service truly upset me. we are few but i bet we do more per capita when it comes to help the less fortunate. as far as the bush doctrine, how does ,mcain justify the invasion of panama? i did nopt hear his voice then. there are many other pecedents of this disastrous policies. how would the us react if russia, or any other country, signed a missile defence pact with canada, mexico or any other central or south american country? we would be invaded in a second. barak obama has many thing right. his tax propopsals are good, no brainers for the working majority. choose mccain-palin and you will be whining for the next 4 years. be brave, choose good change, not the same old same that you have been griping about. we wish we had an obama here. love and , eventhough i d9on't often pray, i am praying these days for the american peoples.

Take Back America:

McCain – Palin and The Oil Industry

In 2006 , Bp Alaska, Exxon Mobile, Chevron and Conoco Phillips gave over 1.7 Million dollars to AK First Org. Inc. and to Alaska Oil and Gas Association to repeal Measure 2 of the Alaska Constitution. They succeeded with the help of Palin. By spreading the wealth their 1.7 Million dollar Investment created a windfall of profits only rivaled by Mr. Buffet himself.

With Palin’s help and under the watchful eye of the Bush. Cheney and Mc Cain administration the Oil Emirates will also receive credits against future taxation worth even more billions of dollars. It appears that Palin and the Bush administration are paying the oil companies back all the taxes they have paid since the inception of Measure 2.

These Cowboys, Mavericks and Hockey moms are and will continue be in the best positions to help the Oil Industry. Just as Cheney helped Bush it appears that Palin will help Bush help Cheney by helping McCain take on the world as he attempts to make sure oil maintains market share as the world finally wakes up to the need for alternative energy.

What do we know about Palin? Not much according to the Media. We do know Governor Palin is the Public Member for the Alaska Oil and Natural Gas Conservation Commission. What you should know is that the mission of Alaska Oil and Natural Gas Conservation Commission is to work hand in hand with the oil industry to help maximize production, improve resource recovery and to reduce the rights of land owners through its correlative rights mandate. They are task with overseeing the disposal of all toxic waste produced by companies such as Alaska Oil, Chevron, Exxon and BP Alaska.

According to the “ Inlet Keeper” these companies are “legally” pumping 2 Billion Gallons of toxic waste into the fisheries of Cook Inlet annually. Governor Pain is one of three controlling members of this group comprised of One Geologist, One Petroleum Engineer and one public member, ie Palin.

Three people with absolute power and the full authority over our own Environmental Protection Agency control the pumping of over 2 billion gallons annually of toxic waste being pumped into the ice and into the “rich” fisheries known as Cook Inlet , Alaska.

A public Member, Sara Palin, One Registered Petroleum Engineer and One Registered Geologist not only control that but they are charged with increasing productivity through the taking of property rights using their correlative rights mandate.

Wow! its no wonder they picked her for VP. The media chooses to ignore or not care about these facts. Just as with the mis-information they brought us with Iraq they have again been bought and paid for by special interest. Yes afraid of going against the powerful political machine of the Bush administrative and detrimental to the public of the United States and rest of the world; our news media is again not reporting the facts! Surprised; no I’m not but you should be!


According to data obtained from Alaska Oil and Gas Association the oil industry was responsible for 2.4 Billion in payroll for citizens of Alaska. In 2007 The State of Alaska collected royalties of over 10.2 Billion dollars from the Oil Industries.

Seventy Five Percent of the Voting population of Alaska are members of the Independent Party; yes the same party that does want to succeed from the Union. It’s obvious that Palin had to have support of the Independent Party of Alaska in order to be voted into office as Governor. Oil company employees make up 60% of the population, so it’s no wonder they only care about the Oil Industry and are allowing this toxic dumping to continue.

The oil companies are once again putting their own candidate into office. They are selling us a Miss America candidate with her cute little smile in a business suit. A candidate who is in charge of and has been responsible for saving oil companies billions by letting them pump two billion gallons of toxic waste into the Cook Inlet and Ice Fields of Alaska annually . You wonder why the Ice is melting maybe it’s the Billions of Gallons of toxic waste compliments of our own greed and unwillingness to reduce our dependence on oil!

Vote for Real Change vote against the Emirates of Alaska and their Palin Pawn, the Mavericks and Cowboys of Arizona, Texas and beyond!

Vote Obama! Make history Make a Difference!

Save our Legacy!

http://groups.google.com/group/mc-cain-palin-and-the-oil-industry?hl=en

Question :

I'm curious: the territory now occupied by the state of Alaska was purchased by the United States, but seemingly only Alaska residents get direct financial benefits from what should be national resources. How does that work?

Dimitry:

==Because she not just TALK the talk but walked the walk.==

Which part? Preventing her daughter from learning anything practical about the birds and the bees, so she can get knocked up by the first cad that comes along, then forcing her to keep the baby and marry the cad?

That's the "Walk", all right.

Dimitry:

A very funny spoof of our newest political celebrity:


http://mamimagazine.com/wordpress/?p=2708


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The bits about Palin being "Commander-in-Chief" of AK "National Guard" are just ridiculous.

Governors have literally no say in what their National Guard does on issues of National Security - National Guard has been under direct Pentagon command for decades.

Juan:

Is this the extent of her "taking on big oil" as we keep hearing?

Liz L:

I find it curious that journalists have not hopped on the fact that the Republican's VP candidate's husband is an employee of British Petroleum, whose majority stockholder is the Queen of England. I am a former employee of Standard Oil (Ohio) before BP bought it out for 51% ownership. His job is clearly a conflict of interest for HER. But, before telling him he's got to quit his job, check out how much money he makes a year from BP on the North Slope with a high school degree. Since it's unlikely he's going to make that kind of money anywhere else in the world, it's pretty unlikely he's going to quit working for BP.

Ike Solem:

Palin's Transcanada deal is intended to deliver natural gas to Alberta tar sand fields, where it will be used to fire the dirtiest fossil fuel process known: tar sand oil extraction.

That tar sand oil will then be piped south to BP and Exxon refineries in the U.S. via another pipeline. This is the project that Palin is pushing.

What more sane people are saying is that natural gas should NOT be used for tar sand extraction, but as a relatively clean energy source at the consumer end - until we can get off fossil fuels entirely.

Might want to take a look at what Alaska's previous governor, Wally Hickel, had to say:

"The oil producers want to use our gas to heat up the Alberta tar sands to produce crude oil, an environmental disaster in the making."

What we should do is ban tar sand development entirely, and use natural gas as is for heating and cooking, etc.

http://alaska-gas-pipeline.blogspot.com/2008/08/terrible-blunder.html

Seala:

Commonsense asks:
And just what are the rest of the world leaders saying about Traitor McBush's VP pick.

Not sure what the leaders think but the Mike Moreau cartoon of the day - The Dollhouse says what a lot of us think and were not laughing

From the Last Frontier:

Steven Mufson and many of the people on here writing what they think they know and really don't have made me sick to my stomach. Not looking into the issues they write about has turned this into blind leading the blind. Not to mention all the purely hateful posts full of lies and half truths. I am proud not to be a democrat! I'm not surprised some of you have stood up for the alcoholic that was a public safety official who was fired (Troopergate). Many of you don't even know half of the story.

peter sterling:

Palin is a gem of a woman and a wonderful candidate.

Palin understands that ‘Buy America Energy’ should be our focus for the future.
The world oil shortage is political, not geological.
In the U.S., the government prohibits drilling offshore, effectively blockading American companies from supplying oil to Americans so that foreigners can make obscene profits from our energy stupidity.

Low cost power is vital to an industrial economy, and we have ignored this vital infrastructure issue for 20 years or more. The entire economy and our communities are facing collapse because of the irrational ongoing attack on American Energy.

We can treat our oil addiction, but it's not going to disappear. U.S. consumption has started to ebb, but the U.S. still accounts for 24 percent of the 86 million barrels of oil consumed in the world every day. We buy about two-thirds of the oil we use from overseas. Much of it comes from lands that are engulfed in political turmoil.
Our Modern Economy Still Needs Oil and Gas Today.
You all have to wake up and smell the energy roses that oil and gas represent today.
If the much maligned oil companies went on strike, within a month half the population would be dead;

LIFE WITHOUT HYDROCARBONS
Our entire modern society is build on fossil fuels. Without hydrocarbons fuel the United States would quickly revert to an early 19th century type of country. Except that we would have 10 times as many people and no way to distribute food to most of them.

Without hydrocarbons fuel you would soon be walking. You couldn’t be driving cars, and it wouldn’t do any good to call the maintenance or repair people because they wouldn’t be able to get there, as they would be walking too.

The food distribution system would quickly grind to a halt as cold-storage warehouses stockpiling perishables went offline due to lack of electricity, (which is 20% powered by natural gas and 50% powered by coal) and by the lack of diesel fuels for trucks. Warehouses equipped with backup diesel generators would fail, because we wouldn’t be able get fuel for generators or trucks to distribute food.
Most of the things we depend upon would be gone, and we would literally be depending on our own food assets and those we could reach by walking to them.

America would begin to resemble the 2002 TV series, “Jeremiah,” which depicts a world bereft of law, infrastructure, and memory.

Without hydrocarbons fuel people in hospitals would be dying faster, because they depend on electrical power and natural gas for warming to stay alive. But then stoppages would soon include water, food, civil authority, emergency services. And we would end up with a country with many, many people not surviving.


msbond:

Any woman who votes for Palin will eventually regret it for generations. She will bring woman rights back to the dark ages. Your daughters, grand-daughters, and great grand-daughters will suffer. Her credentials, big oil, gun-tote'n mama who Abandons her own children for her own shelfish gain. No thank you. Like Pelosi, Palin is a disgrace to womenhood and motherhood. This country needs women in government positions, but not these women.

asoders22:

Sam henderson wrote:

McCain chose Palin for one simple reason. She is shorter than he is. He could not pick Romney because he would look like a shriveled gnome next to him. So he pretty much had to choose a woman or Vern Troyer.

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Thanks for the unexpected giggle - for once something funny on these gloomy threads!

Dwight:

reid and pelosi will, if YOU LET THEM, WEED AMERICANS OFF GASOLINE...
your children will probably never own a car and sooner or later they will take gasoline burning off the market...
how far away from work do you live? better be ready to bike it...

Schwartz1:

Palin is an airhead. Perfect for the skirt-chasing McCain.

s2ajwalk:

John McCain = John Son of Cain

Our destruction is in our brothers hands!

His war mongering will destroy the world.
If history has taught us anything is that wars only get bigger. Weapons evolve for greater destruction. There are more civilian casualties of war than anytime in the history of war. The evolution of war will enevitably end in the desrtuction of man. How can it not? We've evolved from arrows and slingshots; to biological and nuclear weapons. There are causes worth fighting for but not oil.

Human life is worth more than oil!

BrettL:

The economy is recovering and has been strong the past 8 years. Unemployment has been at an all time low for a decade in spite of out of control illegal immigration. We have not been attacked again since 9/11. The war in Iraq has lasted a long time but there have been fewer casualties than any war in American History. France and Russia are no longer funneling money to a crazed dictator through the UN. 27 millions Iraqis are free and the world is free of Hussein. We are in a much better position to deal with Iran than if Hussein were still in power. Al Qaeda is badly damaged. The Taliban don't control Afghanistan. The US has made an incredible stand against AIDS and hunger in Africa. Bush's policies there have made a real difference and selflessly saved millions of lives. Abortions are down. Drop-out rates are down. Test scores are up in our major cities because of No Child Left Behind.

The only thing that keeps America from rejoicing over the Bush presidency is 8 years of power hungry liberals telling the world how bad our president and country are.

Thank you Mr. President for doing a fine job for us all in spite of the polls, pundits, and press.

Peter Hoffman Atlanta GA:
AKEngineer:

Palin is a Tax & Spend Republican. http://alaska-gas-pipeline.blogspot.com/

AK Soldier:

Anti-terrorism. She has to keep the oil pipeline safe from terrorism. When they found pics of the Valdez oil pipeline and the port in a cave in Afganistan they sent us AK Army Guard troops to guard it, train on anti-terrorism measures, etc. She is our Commander and Chief and is ultimately responsible for anti-terrorism measures in AK.

Alaskan Soldier:

I often hear "never left the US" or "no foreign relations experience".

Commander and Chief Sarah Palin visiting her troops in the Middle East:

http://asecondhandconjecture.com/index.php/2008/08/30/sarah-palin-kuwait-gallery/

Foreign Relations:

Iraq/Kuwait/Afganistan/Kosovo (her troops get sent there, she gets briefed constantly on their mission, well being, and what is going on in that country that could affect her Alaskan troops)
Canada (gas pipeline; immigration/customs crack down at the border)
Russia (few miles off AK's coast)
Mongolia (her troops train Mongolian troops EVERY YEAR)
International Waters (Alaska has the biggest coast line and the best fishing waters on this side of the planet...foreign boats cruise around her waters all the time which can turn into an international situation if an emergency arises...she has to know what is going on not only in her state but around it)
N. Korea (her Ground Missile Defense system that her troops run protect the West from N. Korean nuclear attack...she is briefed on this by generals and thus probably briefs the President as well)

New Boston Yankee:

Here's a question for Sarah Palin. If a presidential candidate selects someone he has met only once, someone unqualified even to be governor much less vice-president, what does it say about the presidential candidate? Is he putting ambition before love of country, judgment, and ethics?

Oh and golly gee whiz, the prayers of those rightwing nut jobs were supposed to bring torrential rains to Denver. Whoops, they missed.

RoB:

All you liberal losers are just mad because you know damn well Obama will lose this election. Quit your whinning and go back to drinking koolaid and eatin granola.

Go John and Sarah!!!

Common Sense:

And just what are the rest of the world leaders saying about Traitor McBush's VP pick.


Wait.........just one short moment....any second now.........


Nope, sorry.....none of them have stopped laughing yet.

I can think of no better word to describe someone who puts their own self interest ahead of their country than TRAITOR. Traitor McBush falls under this definition. Not only is Traitor McBush a full blown TRAITOR, he's also an adulterer. I guess that is why Traitor Republican Evangelicals love him. They love to buy into the lies. Good Traitor Republican Sheep. Baaaa Baaaaa. Vote for Traitor McBush and his new sidekick.....Elaine from Seinfeld. I didn't even know Elaine was running for VP. But Traitor Republican Sheep will continue to buy into the lies and will vote for Traitor McBush and Elaine from Seinfeld because they must fullfill Revelations and destroy the world. The Traitor Republican Sheep must be stopped.

Anonymous:

"I mean...honestly...she's sweet. She's beautiful. But one has to ask if they'd be comfortable with PRESIDENT Palin."

YES. Because she not just TALK the talk but walked the walk.

Obama?
"I mean...honestly...he's eloquent. He's is a black. But one has to ask if they'd be comfortable with PRESIDENT Obama?"
NO!

Because what Obama talk about will not work. USA wants to be Africa?

Peter hoffman Atlanta GA:

10-4
PacificGatePost:

Peter Hoffman Atlanta GA:

10-4 John

John:

Hillary just got the double whammy.
Shown the door by Obama.
Then a new goddess strolls into town.
A beauty queen no less.
Hurricane Gustav is being powered by Hillary no doubt and I wouldn't want to be in Bill's shoes.

Her supporters bitterness is distorting their capacity to reason clearly.

Just realize that Hillary had her day, governor's wife, 1st lady for 8 years, US senator, massive adulation in presidental campaign, but the electorate doesn't want a radical feminist ruling the world because it's imbalanced.

Mrs Palin on the other hand seems more balanced in her ambition and not a bitter feminist. Her oil policies seem to be quite reasonable and it's hard to see where the extreme objections are coming from, liberals seem to be like barking dogs, they hear any noise and they start barking savagely. Relax people, Hillary isn't the only option in town.

PacificGatePost:


SARAH PALIN IS MORE THAN JUST ANOTHER STATE GOVERNOR.

She shook up Alaska to its political and financial core.

McCain has made a bold and telling move selecting someone with Chief Executive experience – the only one to have any - of the four running for the White House.

http://pacificgatepost.blogspot.com/2008/08/mccains-renewal-sarah-palin.html

Her EXPERIENCE, as short as it is, speaks volumes for her character. … Something many in Congress would do well to emulate.

J:

Good Lord.... I've just finished listening to Palin try to link herself in voters' minds by constantly saying 'Hillary Clinton' and "glass ceiling" over and over.

Palin was a sportscaster whose job as governor was to simply repeat the words "drill here" over and over to big oil. Her stance on everything from abortion and every other thing is the opposite of Hillary Clinton's.

To think Hillary supporters will flock to her because she doesn't have a penis is insulting.

artforhumans:

No analysis. No journalism. Palin is another extremist, fundamentalist Church and State advocate, willing to erase whatever Constitutional protections stand in the way of these torture-lovers' march to power. She's a bought and paid for big-oil advocate who is a crony gov't operator. She'll draft your and my kids to "liberate" Iran's oil. Take that flag pin off your blouse. That is disrespectful of the flag & those who have defended it. These people are traitors and warmongers who are in the employ of war profiteers.

write2bheard:

The past 8 years have demonstrated that the GOP cannot be trusted to operate in the interest of the country. John McCain, after years of disagreeing with the policies and fighting an uphill and admirable fight, has totally capitulated to the right wing of the party. I cannot vote for 4 more years of cowboy diplomacy and someone interested only in getting elected. His VP selection demonstrates that while he may have years of experience, he has neither the temperament nor the judgement to be President.

Deb Chatterjee:

Steveco wrote:

"Look at her stupid extremism on abortion: no abortions, and no exceptions for rape or incest."

Wow ! You want a Veep who would overrule anything against rapists/incestuous and child-killers ??

Showing off true Democratic colors !!

SteveCO:

"Do you really think Sarah Palin would not be an advocate of equal pay? equality? Or human rights?"

Of she wouldn't. As McCain's running mate, and an anti-abortionist and creationist on her own, Palin doesn't even understand compassion. Look at her stupid extremism on abortion: no abortions, and no exceptions for rape or incest.

Just signing on with McBush means she supports waterboarding - or, torture - or war prisoners, she stands for illegal invasions of countries based on intelligence made up by War Criminal Cheney, she supports attacking and shrinking the middle class and helping the rich, white and/or corporate like a whiny little lap dog. Look at her antics with the oil companies.

Don't get me wrong: I'm grateful to John McCain for picking Palin. Very grateful.

Steve Scott:

It's perfectly sane for Hemihead to contrast Obama's experience with Palin's. Palin could end up being the Vice President to the oldest President ever elected, a skin cancer survivor who just turned 72. She'll be one heartbeat away from the presidency...and note please that we've seen Vice Presidents take over for Presidents who died in office or who left in disgrace.

She's younger than two of McCain's children.

She's been governor of a state whose entire population is less that of Indianapolis, Indiana. The town of which she was mayor covers a scant twelve square miles and has a population of less than seven thousand (according to their website).

She's currently under investigation for an abuse of power for allegedly pushing for the firing of a state trooper who had divorced her sister.

I mean...honestly...she's sweet. She's beautiful. But one has to ask if they'd be comfortable with PRESIDENT Palin.

SteveCO:

"SORRY, I MAY BE PRO-CHOICE. BUT, COUNTRY FIRST AND FOREMOST!!"

Look, another stupid lying GOP-paid Blog Bug!


You were never pro-choice, gasbag. Get off mommy's computer.

Steve Scott:

It's perfectly sane for Hemihead to contrast Obama's experience with Palin's. Palin could end up being the Vice President to the oldest President ever elected, a skin cancer survivor who just turned 72. She'll be one heartbeat away from the presidency...and note please that we've seen Vice Presidents take over for Presidents who died in office or who left in disgrace.

She's younger than two of McCain's children.

She's been governor of a state whose entire population is less that of Indianapolis, Indiana. The town of which she was mayor covers a scant twelve square miles and has a population of less than seven thousand (according to their website).

She's currently under investigation for an abuse of power for allegedly pushing for the firing of a state trooper who had divorced her sister.

I mean...honestly...she's sweet. She's beautiful. But one has to ask if they'd be comfortable with PRESIDENT Palin.

Richard Donaldson-Alves:

What are the Republicans doing ?

Is John in Hospital having shot himself in the foot with Sarah's rifle?

Sarah Palin's meaningful experience :-
As Governor 1 year 8 months O7 >> Present.
Unemployed 2002>2006
Mayor of a village with 6 Councillors and a total population 6715 in 2008. http://www.cityofwasilla.com/index.aspx?page=51

It has to be a Hoax !! If not, John McCain
may need psychiatric help.

Marc Edward:

Stacey writes " Why would any woman be offended by the nomination?"

The nomination was a grab for supporters of Senator Clinton. I presume this because of the steady stream of advertising talking about "She won 18 Million Votes, but Senator Obama didn't even..." McCain know's he losing bigtime so he throws the dice on getting a woman to suck in the Hillary supporters. Palin mentioned Senator Clinton herself, saying "women still have a chance!" It's insulting to supporters of President Clinton because it's McCain saying "You are voting because of plumbing, and all cats are alike in the dark" Palin and Clinton have in common that they have no Y chromosome, and that's about it. Not to mention that Palin was damning Clinton as a "whiner" before she flip-floped and praised her.

Having said that the article certainly informs me that Palin is no empty suit. Biden better watch out in that debate - Palin looks tough.

Peter Hoffman Atlanta GA:

Labor Day weekend...Time to turn off the computers and turn on the grill folks...Please enjoy yourselves and all the people that tolerate you and your beliefs...The internet and all of us who care this much to comment with deep concern of where we are as a nation will be here later rest assured. Have a great weekend...Never stop loving this great land we are so blessed to have been born on or lucky enough to enter. We are an experiment called democracy. Hopefully we will continue for years to come. Get out there and spend a couple bucks at a mom and pop cafe and have some fun:-) I will be in one of my tow trucks over the weekend making sure folks get where they need to be allowing my help to enjoy themselves:-) That is what Labor Day really means.

Alaskan Soldier:

I recently was a computer technician for the State of Alaska. Before that I was a full time Alaska Army National Guardsman. I had the honor of meeting Gov Sarah Palin once. I was the driver for the Dep of Military and Veterans Affairs' management (directors, commish, etc). They had me drop them off at the capitol building to meet with their newly elected governor and they invited me to sit in on the meet and greet. I have to say that Gov Palin is a very good communicator by the fact that she really listens to you when you are talking. During the meeting she had to step out for a five minute prior arrangement. We continued our briefing with her chief of staff. She returned and apologized for the interuption. She had promised her youngest daughter that no matter if she became the governor or not she would still take the time to pick her up at the bus stop after school. That of course doesnt come from a power hungry politician.

This is the kinda rare person that you run across at school or work once or twice in your life and you say to them, "Someone like you should be the President." That person emits such an honest quality about them...caring yet very strong. The person we wish all our leaders would be. And of course they always just grin and say, "Me, President? Yeah, right." But now's our chance to have that kinda person in the White House, at least as OUR Vice President of the United States of America.

HemiHead:

Why would any woman be offended by the nomination? Sarah Palin is successful, strong and competent. She is a governor, not to mention a mother Not all women hinge their judgment on abortion. Do you really think Sarah Palin would not be an advocate of equal pay? equality? Or human rights? I have spoken with several of my friends and I am not alone; Regardless of your political alignment I encourage others to acknowledge the fact that she is the first woman v.p. nominee for the GOP, and she is a good example of a woman standing up and succeeding against men.

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She would probably make a good VP. But what if something were to happen to McCain. That's the issue here. She is not qualified to be president of the United States. We're in the middle of two wars. Israel is looking to bomb Iran. Bush is poking around in Russia's back yard. What would she do if something happened to John McCain. There are a lot more women better qualified to be McCain's VP. But then again, they may not be as honest as Palin. The republicans have a real problem with finding someone that hasn't got caught with their hands in the cookie jar.

HemiHead:

Harvard Girl:
I just love 'Hemiheads' lack of insight!

I love the fact he's comparing Obama's credentials with Palins.

Hmm, whos' running for President Obama or Palin!

If you hadn't read the newspapers or watched the news. I think it's a fact that it's MCCAIN vs OBAMA little boy!

This is too funny, LMOA!!

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Well ya see little girl, that was more or less a reply to someone that said Obama had no foreign policy experience. And if you would open you eyes, you'd see that the last time I posted Obama's education and experience was to counter McCain's claim that he had none. To be fair, I'll look up Biden's history so we can put it next to Palins. I love a fight. Maybe you can come over for tea and we can talk about it.

HemiHead:

SJan:
Now that both running mates have been chosen and the presidential election heats up American's are left to sort out which candidates will better address the ever burdening issue of the energy crisis in America. The energy crisis is directly linked to our economy. Foreclosures are on the rise as well as unemployment. With all the technology available it is incredible to believe we have not come together as a nation to devise a plan. We have become so dependant on foreign oil that we have neglected to fully utilize such natural sources of energy such wind power & solar power. Along with modern technology such as plug in cars, hybrid cars, v2g technology , regenerative braking, and Kwh/gal, MJ/gal technology we still seem to be floundering as a nation as to devising the best plan utilize all that is available to us and lift ourselves out of this mess we are in.

Some interesting sites to share should you be interested...
www.themanhattanprojectof2009.com
www.howmuchenergydoesmycaruse.com
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The nation is coming together, but our leaders are not. Bush hides EPA reports. The oil companies set automobile mileage standards. He forbids any kind of new car technology that competes with oil. They've been doing this for years. If John McCain is elected he will drag this out as long as possible. These rich people don't care if we're selling off the country because they have nothing to lose. We've been borrowing money from China to buy Saudi oil and it's put our country 10 trillion in the hole. There's no way we can continue like this. No matter how much drilling for oil we do it will never come close to supplying our country's needs. If we don't get a president that's looking out for this country's best interest, we're finished. They'll bankrupt us.

Harvard Girl:

I just love 'Hemiheads' lack of insight!

I love the fact he's comparing Obama's credentials with Palins.

Hmm, whos' running for President Obama or Palin!

If you hadn't read the newspapers or watched the news. I think it's a fact that it's MCCAIN vs OBAMA little boy!

This is too funny, LMOA!!

Stacey:

Why would any woman be offended by the nomination? Sarah Palin is successful, strong and competent. She is a governor, not to mention a mother Not all women hinge their judgment on abortion. Do you really think Sarah Palin would not be an advocate of equal pay? equality? Or human rights? I have spoken with several of my friends and I am not alone; Regardless of your political alignment I encourage others to acknowledge the fact that she is the first woman v.p. nominee for the GOP, and she is a good example of a woman standing up and succeeding against men.

FACTOLOGY:

It's a fact with Chavez coming into the country trying to give FREE OIL to HARLEM ... idiot boy! READ UP DUMMY!

Source: secret service personel working w/clintons. dum dum dum. Nice how they screw the country in and out of the office!! Rental payments/tax write offs stupid boy from Columbia. Dirty politicians!!

THANK GOD PALIN IS NOT TAINTED LIKE A BUNCH OF THE OTHERS! AT LEAST SHE'LL DO WHAT'S BEST FOR THE COUNTRY!

OBAMA is not a very clear thinker and does not look at the consequences very well! Hmm, it's called a ripple effect

It's already a FACT if he's elected the financial markets go down. If McCain is elected the financial markets go up. Hmmm, sounds like an easy decision.


TJMAN:

I am astounded by the stupidity of the things I read here. No one Republican or Democrat writing on these blogs has any clue as to reality. When I hear I am a life long ___________ (fill in the blank), I want to puke. Ronnie boy, Bush I, and Bush II will be looked on in history as utter failures for their economic policies. All were associated with scandalous behavior in their administrations, and all left the federal deficit significantly higher than it was prior to their initial inauguration. Carter and Clinton were real peaches too. Both for different issues. Both will likely be looked on in history as average at best. Clinton would have been a total failure if not for the computer boom that occurred on his watch. It saved his economic performance. Even so, both increased the federal deficit. Suprisingly, not as much as their republican counter parts.

The long and short of this diatribe is that, if you are to ignorant to understand the complexities of your choices and can't look past party affiliation to uncover them, you will at best be an uninformed voter. This is the reason government does not work for this country.

HemiHead:

OBAMA:

Lacks international experience. Wants to work with HUGO CHAVEZ. By the way did you know the communist Chavez gave free OIL money to the people of HARLEM, NY? Hmmm, sounds like the OUTSIDER wants to Buy the American People!

He wants to discontinue use of NAFTA. Hmm, how many South American, Canadians, and Mexicans who trade and invest in our country are offended

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Ya know what, your not to bright. NAFTA is killing Mexico. The only reason it's helps Canada is because they have oil. And is this what you mean when you say Obama lacks foreign policy experience.

**Columbia University**\\
B.A. Political Science with specialization in international relations \\
Thesis topic: Soviet nuclear disarmament

Like I said, not to bright.

Peter Baran age 81:


This is by far the most profound and interesting and confusing condition to be involved in our freedom and privilege to elect a president of our country......!!!!!!!

I think the Good Lord is having a chuckle at our predicament and our opportunity to use the privilege of the freedom of our choice...

Remember!! God is love.....


SJan:

Now that both running mates have been chosen and the presidential election heats up American's are left to sort out which candidates will better address the ever burdening issue of the energy crisis in America. The energy crisis is directly linked to our economy. Foreclosures are on the rise as well as unemployment. With all the technology available it is incredible to believe we have not come together as a nation to devise a plan. We have become so dependant on foreign oil that we have neglected to fully utilize such natural sources of energy such wind power & solar power. Along with modern technology such as plug in cars, hybrid cars, v2g technology , regenerative braking, and Kwh/gal, MJ/gal technology we still seem to be floundering as a nation as to devising the best plan utilize all that is available to us and lift ourselves out of this mess we are in.

Some interesting sites to share should you be interested...
www.themanhattanprojectof2009.com
www.howmuchenergydoesmycaruse.com

Factology:

The Clintons:

Fact: Hilary & Bill charge secret service rent in their homes and it just so happens to equal their monthly mortgage in NY. Hmm, this is all in their tax filing. Oh yes, let's remember that Hilary didn't show Obama her taxes.

Fact: Bill - First Year in Office - let's help the Bosnia/Serbs after 50K of rapes turning cities into Bordellos.
Year 7: after re-election, let's help end the war in Cosovo. Hmm, let's allow over 1Million people to die in Rwanda.

BIDEN:

Failure to executve his foreign policy and oh, yes, and "poor judgment"


OBAMA:

Lacks international experience. Wants to work with HUGO CHAVEZ. By the way did you know the communist Chavez gave free OIL money to the people of HARLEM, NY? Hmmm, sounds like the OUTSIDER wants to Buy the American People!

He wants to discontinue use of NAFTA. Hmm, how many South American, Canadians, and Mexicans who trade and invest in our country are offended?

DOES ANYONE REALIZE HOW MUCH MONEY IS INVESTED FROM FOREIGN INVESTMENTS? A LOT OF COMPANIES HAVE SHAREHOLDERS AND INVESTORS WHO ARE INVESTING $$$ INTO THE COUNTRY.

DO YOU REALIZE IF HE GETS HIS WAY HOW MANY JOBS, YOU'RE LIFESTYLE OF LIVING WILL BE HURT BY OBAMA.

HE DOES NOT UNDERSTAND HOW TO BUILD BUSINESS.

HE'LL ONLY TAKE AWAY WHAT YOU ALREADY HAVE.

WHAT THE HELL DID THE CLINTONS DO FOR THIS COUNTRY IN THE 8 YEARS THEY REIGNED? NOT A WHOLE HELL OF A LOT!!!

DO YOU REMEMBER WHAT THEY SAY THEY WANTED TO DO, AND HOW MUCH THEY DID NOT ACCOMPLISH. THE CLINTONS WILL RECEIVE A BIG "F" ON THEIR REPORT CARD!

*** LOOK NOT AT WHAT PEOPLE SAY, LOOK AT WHAT THEY HAVE DONE FOR THE PEOPLE THEY SUPPORT ***

THIS IS HOW YOU SHOULD VOTE IN THIS ELECTION. THEIR SUCCESSES ARE AN EXAMPLE OF WHAT YOU WILL SEE DONE IN OFFICE!!!

MCCAIN/PALIN HAVE MORE INTEGRITY AND WILL WORK HARD FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THAN obama/biden's team.

SORRY, I MAY BE PRO-CHOICE. BUT, COUNTRY FIRST AND FOREMOST!!

wolf:

I think, it's rather condescending of McCain to think, that women will just vote for any woman. Hillary was a qualified candidate with years of experience. Palin is the result of some Affirmative Action ploy by the Republican Party. ( There were other, better candidates - both men and women - in the Rep. Party, that he could have chosen instead. )

HemiHead:

I wish people would stop saying that Obama don't have foreign policy experience. Palin don't come close to the experience Obama has. Foreign or otherwise.


====== Education ======

===== Undergraduate =====
**Occidental College**, Los Angeles, CA\\
Undergraduate, 1981-1983

**Columbia University**\\
B.A. Political Science with specialization in international relations \\
Thesis topic: Soviet nuclear disarmament

===== Graduate =====
**Harvard Law School** \\
J.D. //magna cum laude//
1988-1991

President, Harvard Law Review

====== Organizing ======
* **1983-1988** Director of the Developing Communities Project (DCP), a church-based community organization originally comprising eight Catholic parishes in Greater Roseland on Chicago's South Side.

* **1992** Led Chicago's Project Vote! push. This effort resulted in a record number of voter registrations, over 600,000 in Chicago. ((http://www.chicagomag.com/Chicago-Magazine/January-1993/Vote-of-Confidence/))

====== Teaching ======

* **1993-2004** Visiting Law and Government Fellow, then Senior Lecturer, in Constitutional law at the University of Chicago Law School.

====== Law Practice =====
* **1993-2002** Worked as an associate attorney with Davis, Miner, Barnhill & Galland.

====== Illinois Senate 1996-2004 ======
* chairman, Health and Human Services Committee

====== United States Senate 2004-present ======
* Member, Senate Foreign Relations Committee
* Chairman, Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on European Affairs
* Member, Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
* Member, Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
* Member, Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs

===== Bills / Amendments Passed =====
* S.AMDT.1041 to S.1082 To improve the safety and efficacy of genetic tests.
* S.AMDT.3073 to H.R.1585 To provide for transparency and accountability in military and security contracting.
* S.AMDT.3078 to H.R.1585 Relating to administrative separations of members of the Armed Forces for personality disorder.
* S.AMDT.41 to S.1 To require lobbyists to disclose the candidates, leadership PACs, or political parties for whom they collect or arrange contributions, and the aggregate amount of the contributions collected or arranged.
* S.AMDT.524 to S.CON.RES.21 To provide $100 million for the Summer Term Education Program supporting summer learning opportunities for low-income students in the early grades to lessen summer learning losses that contribute to the achievement gaps separating low-income students from their middle-class peers.
* S.AMDT.599 to S.CON.RES.21 To add $200 million for Function 270 (Energy) for the demonstration and monitoring of carbon capture and sequestration technology by the Department of Energy.
* S.AMDT.905 to S.761 To require the Director of Mathematics, Science, and Engineering Education to establish a program to recruit and provide mentors for women and underrepresented minorities who are interested in careers in mathematics, science, and engineering.
* S.AMDT.923 to S.761 To expand the pipeline of individuals entering the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields to support United States innovation and competitiveness.
* S.AMDT.924 to S.761 To establish summer term education programs.
* S.AMDT.2519 to H.R.2638 To provide that one of the funds appropriated or otherwise made available by this Act may be used to enter into a contract in an amount greater than $5 million or to award a grant in excess of such amount unless the prospective contractor or grantee certifies in writing to the agency awarding the contract or grant that the contractor or grantee owes no past due Federal tax liability.
* S.AMDT.2588 to H.R.976 To provide certain employment protections for family members who are caring for members of the Armed Forces recovering from illnesses and injuries incurred on active duty.
* S.AMDT.2658 to H.R.2642 To provide that none of the funds appropriated or otherwise made available by this Act may be used to enter into a contract in an amount greater than $5,000,000 or to award a grant in excess of such amount unless the prospective contractor or grantee makes certain certifications regarding Federal tax liability.
* S.AMDT.2692 to H.R.2764 To require a comprehensive nuclear threat reduction and security plan.
* S.AMDT.2799 to H.R.3074 To provide that none of the funds appropriated or otherwise made available by this Act may be used to enter into a contract in an amount greater than $5,000,000 or to award a grant in excess of such amount unless the prospective contractor or grantee makes certain certifications regarding Federal tax liability.
* S.AMDT.3137 to H.R.3222 To provide that none of the funds appropriated or otherwise made available by this Act may be used to enter into a contract in an amount greater than $5,000,000 or to award a grant in excess of such amount unless the prospective contractor or grantee makes certain certifications regarding Federal tax liability.
* S.AMDT.3234 to H.R.3093 To provide that none of the funds appropriated or otherwise made available by this Act may be used to enter into a contract in an amount greater than $5,000,000 or to award a grant in excess of such amount unless the prospective contractor or grantee makes certain certifications regarding Federal tax liability.
* S.AMDT.3331 to H.R.3043 To provide that none of the funds appropriated or otherwise made available by this Act may be used to enter into a contract in an amount greater than $5,000,000 or to award a grant in excess of such amount unless the prospective contractor or grantee makes certain certifications regarding Federal tax liability.
* Senate Resolutions Passed:
* S.RES.133 : A resolution celebrating the life of Bishop Gilbert Earl Patterson.
* S.RES.268 : A resolution designating July 12, 2007, as "National Summer Learning Day".

===== Other Bills Introduced =====
* **S.J.RES.23:** A joint resolution clarifying that the use of force against Iran is not authorized by the Authorization for the Use of Military Force Against Iraq, any resolution previously adopted, or any other provision of law.
* **S. 453:** Deceptive Practices and Voter Intimidation Prevention Act of 2007. The Deceptive Practices and Voter Intimidation Prevention Act of 2007 (H.R.1281), (S.453), would establish criminal penalties for acts of voter deception. Those who knowingly disseminate false information with the intention of keeping others from voting would face up to five years in prison under the legislation. The Act was sponsored by Rep. Rahm Emanuel (D-Ill.) and 60 cosponsors in the House, and Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) and 15 cosponsors in the Senate. (20 Cosponsors)
* **S. 2030:** A bill to amend the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 to require reporting relating to bundled contributions made by persons other than registered lobbyists. (1 Cosponsor)
* **S. 2111:** Positive Behavior for Effective Schools Act. A bill to amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to allow State educational agencies, local educational agencies, and schools to increase implementation of early intervention services, particularly school-wide positive behavior supports. (3 Cosponsors)
* **S. 2066:** Back to School: Improving Standards for Nutrition and Physical Education in Schools Act of 2007. A bill to establish nutrition and physical education standards for schools.
* **S. Con. Res. 46:** A concurrent resolution supporting the goals and ideals of Sickle Cell Disease Awareness Month
* **S. 2044:** Independent Contractor Proper Classification Act of 2007. A bill to provide procedures for the proper classification of employees and independent contractors, and for other purposes. (6 Cosponsors)
* **S. 2519:** Contracting and Tax Accountability Act of 2007. A bill to prohibit the awarding of a contract or grant in excess of the simplified acquisition threshold unless the prospective contractor or grantee certifies in writing to the agency awarding the contract or grant that the contractor or grantee has no seriously delinquent tax debts, and for other purposes.
* **S. 2433:** Global Poverty Act of 2007. A bill to require the President to develop and implement a comprehensive strategy to further the United States foreign policy objective of promoting the reduction of global poverty, the elimination of extreme global poverty, and the achievement of the Millennium Development Goal of reducing by one-half the proportion of people worldwide, between 1990 and 2015, who live on less than $1 per day. (9 Cosponsors)
* **S. 2330:** Veterans Homelessness Prevention Act. A bill to authorize a pilot program within the Departments of Veterans Affairs and Housing and Urban Development with the goal of preventing at-risk veterans and veteran families from falling into homelessness, and for other purposes. (1 Cosponsor

Peter Hoffman Atlanta GA:

Do this now:
.Drill
.Close borders
.Drill somemore
.Build military
.Drill everywhere
.Reduce Government pork
.Drill sideways
.Stop NAFTA
.Drill standing on your head
.Tax all imports to death
.Give pelosi box seat tickets to Springsteen and Madonna concerts to keep her busy :-/

William :

James, you're an idiot! The newer bread of MDs lack intelligence.

Summit:

"DRILLING" anything (water, oil ...etc.) if done right the first time, protects the environment.

Look it up on line.

You can drill and not harm protective wildlife.

PALIN puts the environment and people first before the big oil companies.

THE STUPID (NON-INTELLGENT) comments from people, need to read up on what PALIN has done for the people she represents. NOT SPECULATION!!!

BLAME EXXON'S GREEDY MGMT FOR THE PROBLEMS YEARS PAST WITH ALASKA'S OIL TANKERS. READ HISTORY.

DON'T SPEAK WHAT YOU THINK YOU KNOW, READ UP!

"PALIN IS THE BEST CHOICE FOR VP"

She's done well for the Alaska people. She's cleaned corruption. She'll do well for the American people! She'll do what's right for this country!

James Schmidt, M.D.:

Robert Clothier:

Perhaps you need to review the Hippocratic Oath and your OB and get current with the times. I didn't say that it was automatic termination, I said it was within your scope of responsibility to offer genetic counseling. You well know parents over the age of 35-40 are advised of the risk and that these parent are offered options, which is most often pursued. If you don't and you are not providing such guidance, perhaps you should read the Hippocratic Oath or perhaps you are up for medical review. Perhaps you are the one who is without training? Sarah Palin, if she was indeed educated and intelligent, would have known the risks but instead chose to execute them irresponsibly. Is this the type of leadership we want to have running our country, where our future is up to chance and the risk of harm and suffering is so high?

Finally, you wrote, "She had four other children without any such genetic inheritance." That would be wrong. Her genetic inheritance stays biologically constant while the risk worsens with age. Genetic tests are standard, good medical care. If you are not providing them, you need to be under review. Mandatory reporting is legislated by law!

Let me assure you, it is not going to affect me one way or another who is elected, but, as a life-long Republican, I do have strong reservations about the McCain-Failin' ticket.

Peter Hoffman Atlanta GA:

Hoping James is typing from his crackberry at airport :-)

Jackie:

Sarah "BARACUDA" Palin will do a GREAT JOB as VP!

She'll put the people first. Who cares if she's managed a small town vs. Obama @ 160K.

People, please! I've worked at under top executives at 350K employees, now working at a much smaller firm. I can tell you this growing up in small town USA. SHE'S LESS TAINTED THAN OBAMA AND BIDEN with regards to BIG BUSINESS!

She'll do what's right for the American People. She's a mom, has a family, and even goes against the big oil companies in the USA to do what's right for the Alaskan people!!

Enough said!

How many politicians in the USA are not paid off by BIG BUSINESS??

LET'S GET REAL! SHE'S AS REAL AS ITS GOING TO GET WHEN IT COMES TO DOING WHAT IS BESTFOR THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES.

SHE HAS MORE EXECUTIVE EXPERIENCE THAN OBAMA.

BY THE WAY, WHO'S RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT PALIN OR OBAMA. Makes Obama look pretty bad!!

SHE WAS CHOSEN NOT BECAUSE SHE IS A WOMEN, BUT BECAUSE OF HER COMPASSION AND DRIVE TO DO WHAT IS BEST FOR THE PEOPLE SHE REPRESENTS. THE PIT OF VIPERS IN WASHINGTON IS NO PICNIC.

I'VE WORKED UNDER TOP EXECUTIVES FOR YEARS AND IT'S NOT EASY!! SHE'LL DO WELL.

'SARAH "BARACUDA" PALIN IS RUNNING FOR VP' not PRESIDENT OBAMA/BIDEN, boy they sure must be scared!!

IT'S A SLAM DUNK!

Mike M:

These oil companies are robbing this country of it's wealth. Not to mention the pristine land they destroy in the process. They also want to start mining operations in Alaska that will pump toxic chemicals right in to the water destroying the largest salmon fishing areas they have. It seems Palin is OK with the destruction as long as it's not in her back yard. These people have got to be stopped. They will destroy everything in their path for profit. Those mining operations will destroy large supplies of drinking water also. You can see the result of that in W. Virginia where the people are dieing of cancer from the toxic left overs of Mountain Top Mining. They have to have their drinking water trucked in and stored in a tank. Then the people can go pick it up in plastic containers. These oil companies don't care about the people that have to live here when their gone. If they keep getting their way water will be the next thing to cost 4 dollars a gallon.

Cecelia Finnegan:

I was heartbroken when Hillary lost the race. I was so proud of her when she showed great class and endorsed her party's candidate, Obama. Governor Palin is no Hillary Clinton. She embraces a viewpoint that makes Hillary lovers like me quake. Hillary has worked for a woman's right to choose. I am against abortion. However, I have never had to face the tragic decision to terminate a pregnancy. I have never been disadvantaged and would not dare to criticize my sisters who see no better solution to their problems. McCain and Palin would select judges that could roll back this basic right for all women. Hillary is aware that it would be a great loss to the DNC if McCain won. That is why she has agreed to support our party. This Palin woman is no heavyweight. Hillary, Biden or Obama would chew her up and spit her out in any debate.

Also, I don't like what I'm hearing about what happened to Monegan, the man, a former chief of police, being fired because he refused to fire the state trooper husband of her sister. What's going on here? Doesn't she respect the police? It sounds like Chief Monegan may have been treated very unfairly. It appears that there may have been a huge abuse of power. Would she fire the U.S. Attorney General if she disagreed with her?

thomas:

I sent a package to Wasilia, Alaska three weeks ago and it returned with the message: "undeliverable". I think Mr. McCain has chosen a package that will be undeliverable.

James Schmidt, M.D.:

Rollo:

It takes a doctor to carry out a late term abortion. Something you are not. Besides, it is illegal and I would never do it, nor would anyone else. Are you again displaying these roots, the evangelical hypocrisy? Nice try, but your views look misguided, just like those of McCain and Palin.

By the way, you forgot to pay your last medical bill and the bank that you have your mortgage with may soon be foreclosing on you or better yet going under. I'm sorry for your financial losses, but this is the Bush legacy, to rob you, who make under $5 million a year. :(

Karl Rove, my hero! We share three things in common, we're both rich, Republican, and we khow how to pat our rich privileged friends on the back for a job [orchestrated scam] well done!

Basil:

McCain made a good choice with Palin. Obama and Biden should be happy now that they do not have to waste time on a "no substance veep pick" by McCain. Just ignore this bimbo and i think the Democrats will win the election. McCain could have chosen Meg Whitman or Condi Rice but they are just not pretty enough. At least McCain will be happy with beauty queen company on the campaign trail. He just made his veep pick not from the heart or brains but with his reproductive glands.

to James schmidt MD:

I am not saying I will vote for McCaine/Polin. But your post is ridiculous. First of all, thost genetic tests are anything but STANDARD practice in all cases. She had four other children without any such genetic inheritance. She may of been at a slightly higher risk, but anyone in their 40's is.

Who are you to judge whether or not a person should or shouldn't abort a baby. I thought it was "pro choice" nor your an idiot and irresponsible if you don't.

I have a hard time believing that you are i fact a MD. If you are, you need to re read your Hippocratic oath.

Robert Clothier MD

positive force:

Governor Palin served as mayor of a town of 8000 people.

Senator Obama served as a state senator for a district of 160,000.

Governor Palin currently serves as the governor of state with a population smaller than the county I live in (Cobb County, GA: 2007 population estimate 690,000).

Senator Obama serves as senator of a state of almost 13 million.

I think Senator McCain is going to have to stop running those "Ready to Lead?" commercials...

He seems to sometimes go against prevailing wisdom, and, at others, just wisdom. Isn't Bush also known for making decisions from the gut? How'd that work out for us? (I thought he'd be a decent president back in 2000. Whoops.)

Governor Palin may someday be ready to lead at a national level, but if she is now, so is Karl Dean, democratic mayor of Nashville, population 600,000.


msb:

Honestly, I am still in shock after McCain's VP Pick. Sarah Palin? Really? With this blatant ploy to get women voters, I am dumbfounded to realize that John McCain could really be that stupid. Women didn't vote for Hillary because she's a woman. We voted for her because she has the experience and intelligence and stands for women's rights. Palin not only wants to drill in the Arctic Wildlife Refuge (they call it a "refuge" for a reason), but she also questions if global warming is legitimate! Good for her to add taxes on oil companies, but unfortunately, "alternative energy" is not something she contemplates. Not to mention overturning Roe v. Wade, creationism taught in schools, the ethics investigation on her currently underway...she is the furthest from Hillary Clinton you could possibly get. Women - esp. Hillary supporters - DO NOT BE FOOLED! Apparently, McCain thinks he can fool you with Palin.

RE: Palins Resume:

You need to check your facts, becuase you are wrong or misleading in several areas


-Belives Creationism should be taught in public schoola.-----She believes you can't ignore the possibility that there is a creation aspect to how the world began. Even evolution can't answer the question of "Where did the matter prior to the big bang come from".

-Pro-life - women of rape or incest arn't allowed to get abortions, even if their life is in peril.------ This is not true, she believes if a womans life is in peril abortions are acceptable. Although this is the only time she says it is ok.

-Being investigated for ethics violations for attempting to fire her sisters ex-husband from the state troopers.-------- Investigation started AFTER she was selected as VP. Reports about the officer that was fired are pretty outrageous, including using a tazer on a 10-yr old, physical abuse, alcoholism, DWI's that were dismissed because he was a police officer. Notice nobody is really saying much only that she is "being invesitigated". Don't be fooled, there is no smoking gun here. In fact, a full investigation will only make her look better. Count on this being a SLOW investigation that won't conclude until AFTER november elections.

-Has five kids, newborn with down syndrom although she was told it would very likely have the disease BEFORE she got pregnant, but she went ahead anyway.---------This you couldn't possibly know. It would be a violation of HIPPA laws and would be a crime for a doctor to disclose it.


-Husband works for oil company.-------She also angered this company by re-opening a bid for a gas line that went to her husbands competitor.


-supported Senator Ted Stevens' "bridge to nowhere" before she opposed it.-------She never openly supported it. She was Lt. Governor and as soon as she found out how corrupt the whole thing was she resigned and protested it. She later KILLED the projct.

-Stood up to big oil companies - Exxonmobile, conocco, and BP- but instead awarded an oil pipeline contract to one of Canada's largest oil companies.--------She awared it to the lowest bidder. How is this bad?


-No foreign policy experience.------True, but do you really want to use that against her? She has more than Obama.

No real economic experience (85% of state budget is oil revenue and royalties).-------Again, but neither does Obama.

-Has shaken up her own political party, mainly because her own party associates threratend her political hide.-------What does this even mean? Her own party threatened her if she didn't threaten her own party? Makes no sense....


Rollo:

James Schmidt, When are you stepping off? It will be like a real late term abortion. Good bye!

Rollo:

Dan,

Are you related to Al Gore?

loyalsys:

Forget the issues and all the campaign rhetoric and remember we live in the age of 'American Idol'.

McCain's prospects have really been boosted by his choice for VP. With enough TV exposure, women will grow to like Palin because of her independence and willingness to take on the old boy network. Men will grow to like her because she is foxy.

If you think this is too superficial, recall this:

1. Harry Truman 'did to the polls what every dog does to every pole" because he insisted on visiting his elderly mother towards the end of a heated campaign. His position on the issues had nothing to do with it.

2. Barack Obama was embraced by Oprah Winfrey who appeared with him at a couple of rallies just before his big wins early in the primary race. No mention of issues at that point, just some vague talk about unity and change.

3. The US reelected President Bush in 2004. The press in the UK reviewed his track record and questioned whether the US had lost its collective mind. Looks like they got it right.

4. Bill Clinton was reelected despite pushing the largest tax in history and losing support of Congressional leaders of his own party.

5. The brilliant Adlai Stevenson lost to a general with marital problems and no political experience but who projected an aura of a strong leader - despite a serious and costly military miscalculation late in 1944.

It seems that style trumps substance most every time.

Dan:

COUNTRY FIRST??!! HOW DARE YOU, JOHN MCCAIN!


HOW DARE YOU...support this administrations' agenda 95% of the time in their imperialistic-neocon drive toward global domination leading to the chaotic and destructive new cold war vice your 'New World Order'.

HOW DARE YOU...boast that you are better poised to guarantee the safety and security of the U.S. citizenry at your age, while on the brink of a nuclear confrontation, by selecting an ex-PTA president/socker mom as the 'commander-in-chief' in your stead in the event of your death.

HOW DARE YOU...offer "We the People" a candidate for the second most powerful political office on the face of the earth...one who has but 18 months experience as governor and no foreign policy experience whatsoever, but was, at least, an ex-PTA president, which should amply qualify her for attendance at National Security Council meetings.

HOW DARE YOU...select an ex-PTA president to preside over national security issues with the Joint Chiefs of Staff in your absence. Perhaps her hunting and fishing experiences will enhance her credentials as acting commander-in-chief while making military decisions with grave consequences in the global political theatre.

HOW DARE YOU...tout her credentials as a whistleblower when your very own 'commander-in-chief' has vowed throughout his tenure to veto all whistleblower legislation presented him, and with such notable whistleblowers as Sibel Edmonds, the fired District Attorneys, and others havIng been stonewalled by this administration.

HOW DARE YOU...tout her credentials as a whistleblower when the GOP-controlled Department of Justice has created loopholes in the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 through implementation of 'deferred prosecutorial agreements' thereby turning a blind eye to select cases of potential white-collar criminal wrongdoing.

HOW DARE YOU...base your decision to select her as a running mate after meeting her but one time.

HOW DARE YOU...play cheap-shot domestic politics in a time of national crisis by offering this nation a lightweight political candidate, while pandering to the extreme to your right-wing conservative Christian base in a last-shot desperate attempt for the office of the president. The political transparency is so profound as to be almost laughable, were it not so pathetic.

Your impairment of judgement should immediately be brought to center stage in the global political arena. The global populace is already aware of the facts that you are trigger-happy and obsessed with the perpetuation of war to the benefit of the military-industrial complex.

The selection of your vice-presidential candidate adds fear to the hearts of many in questioning the soundness of your judgement to lead one of the most militarily powerful nations on the face of the earth through political coordination with an ex-PTA president and socker coach.

May God Bless America!

Peter Hoffman Atlanta GA:

Telling us as Americans to get off of oil and switch to alternatives without an alternative is like telling your kids to eat something healthy from the veggie drawer with no veggies in the drawer? So they just starve until harvest time?

Crazy huh?

In response to: Experienced? Yes, Palin has experience supporting the mismanagement of retiree funds:

Uhmm, don't know where you have been, I know time passes different in Alaska then elsewhere. But, Palin killed that "Bridge to nowhere" project you are complaining about. She also led the fight to indict the former REPUBLICAN Senator responsible for it. I am not saying I am voting for her ticket yet, but you need to make sure you know your facts before posting.

Experienced? Yes, Palin has experience supporting the mismanagement of retiree funds. Look at the blog below describing Alaska's Supplemental Annuity retirement funds. NO conservative management of one's funds here! Invest with the big corporations and mutual funds and kiss your retirement funds good bye.

Alaskans love her because she has so much money surplus due to the high price of petroleum...but the lower 48 states pay for it...just like the "bridge to no where." Alaskans took the money funded for the bridge and put it in there state budget! A billion dollars wasted for Alaskans again!

Hillary2012:

Obama's new democrats.. sexism, lies and Hillary hate.

The incredible double standard of the Obama party and the liberal media is really horrible to watch. I can't believe I fell for their lies for so many years.

I am voting against Obama's sexist party. Got that "sweetie"?

Rob:

America won't be secure until we are off of oil.

There is not enough oil in the US to sustain us.

We should work as a country to produce clean renewable American-made energy. (might even be able to sell it!)

Forget race, gender, age, and bickering

I hope Obama does this, I know McCain won't even try.

Rollo:

Hillary Clinton is a lifelong stateswoman. Sarah Palin was the Mayor of an Alaskan village of 7-9K people, and the Governor of Alaska for 18months. Her first trip out of the US was in 2006. She most certainly does not have the record be in the same league as Hillary Clinton. Would I vote for her? No. Those of us who paved the way for her -- we who were lobbying for equal rights back in the 60s -- worked so that our daughters would vote for a candidate's credentials and character, not his/her sex, gender, color, or religious affiliation. John McCain -- in trying this political ploy to get women's votes -- clearly lacks the second qualification (character); Sarah Palin lacks the first (credentials)."

Blah Blah Blah, Hillary is a life long stateswomen??? Prior to running for the Senate she never held a political position except sleeping with the president when he wasn't busy. She spent most of her time enabling Bill so she could share the power a prestige of HIS office. Then there is her foreign service. dodging bullets as she ran from the helicopter!! I must say politics has been very profitable for Hillary & Biil but Hillary has never managed anything but Bill and she didn't do that well.

Hilary Smith:

Hey now, what’s a lady got if she ain’t hot? I tell you what, that Sarah Palin’s a real a looker. She’ll do a great job as VP. USA, USA, USA!!!

Jeannieb:

I like this Palin. She has it right on drilling and she has it right on natural gas. And what charisma. She is not a business as usual politician like McCain and Biden. I don't know where she's been, but she appears to have a very bright future.

Peter Hoffman Atlanta GA:

Abortion issue

If GOD wants a baby he is GOING to have a baby...PERIOD!!! We can't stop this. GOD will pick the mother on his own and does not need our help...PERIOD!!!

TJMAN:

First, to Democrats. Obama is not going to do what he promises. The agenda of a democrat politician has little to do with performance. The democrat platform is we oriented. Not always perfect. Politicians have done a very good job of getting you to look in the mirror and not see what is actually there.

Second to Republicans. McCain has no intention of doing anything to help you Republicans. His only interest lies in the top 1% of income in this country. Reagan started trickle and see how well that works. We have been trickling since 1980. The Republican party has been masterful at getting you to look in the mirror and not see what is actually there. I see people on SSI disability who are die hard republicans complain about entitlement programs. How do you explain that? Conservativism is extremely me oriented.

Neither candidate is going to do what they say they are going to do. Neither candidate will actually accomplish anything unless it is insignificant for the majority of the population. You see real change take big ideas and a lot of sacrifice. In America, we are not prepared for either. The question is who you do want to represent America. A 72 yo guy with early dementia, PTSD, and a hot temper? A 47 yo guy who is intelligent and articulate? Neither will destroy America nor make America great. Neither will do what they say they will do. Neither will do anything to help Mr. or Mrs. America. You can suppose all you want about what is going to happen in the next 4 years. You can predict what will happen based on your personal, religious, or political biases, but you will be wrong. It has happened in every election since 1800.

Davo:

McCain's pick is insulting to women (in that it presupposes they'll see someone in a dress -- even if it's not Hillary -- they'll swoon and vote for her). It's truly insulting -- and frightening -- to all Americans who can imagine the 72-year-old McCain not finishing his term, making this ultra-lightweight Palin the leader of the free world.

Ah, suddenly I get it! It's a plot to make Americans nostalgic for George W. Bush's term! Brilliant!

Jilery:

This may actually change mens ideas about voting for McCain"

You are probably right...It may also make the Women voters feel "played"...Did you see her speech...I am just a "hockey mom" from Alaska with no asperations for this public position...Basically stating that it isn't in her heart to be in the political front but it will be fun? She appears to not grasp the importance of the position? Watching her speech it made me think bubble head, pose for the camera, no thinking required...This is HORRABLE for Women...This is an insult to those Hillary supporters and I have a feeling that this will BACKFIRE BIG TIME...According to the polls it already is...The current poll asked the question "Who is most qualified to be president? Biden, Obama, McCain, Palin...Biden got 59%, Obama got 49% McCain got, 41% and Palin got 39%...It would appear that Biden is the MOST qualified in American's eyes and he is on the Democrat ticket...Do the math...Mr. McCain just "tanked" his own ticket!

Anonymous:

Experienced? Yes, Palin has experience supporting the mismanagement of retiree funds. Look at the blog below describing Alaska's Supplemental Annuity retirement funds. NO conservative management of one's funds here! Invest with the big corporations and mutual funds and kiss your retirement funds good bye.

Alaskans love her because she has so much money surplus due to the high price of petroleum...but the lower 48 states pay for it...just like the "bridge to no where." Alaskans took the money funded for the bridge and put it in there state budget! A billion dollars wasted for Alaskans again!

Meg:

In response to GOD's statement...

"You shall not murder"
-GOD (for real though, just ask Moses)
I think you were putting words in God's mouth there, which is not a good way to make a point.

Andy A.:

Did anyone see the old interview last night of Gov. Palin, I believe it was on CNN (I kept flipping around to all the news station so I might be wrong)? Her position on oil seems quite practical, namely we need it for the forseeable future, we are going to get it from somewhere, but it will run out soon and any oil including Alaskan oil is simply a stop-gap to renewables. I am very committed to the sustainable use of our planet, but we have to go from here today to wherever that is (ie. biodiesel from algae grown in deserts with sea water).
Between having two proven reformers on the same ticket promising to clean up government, and a desire to sensibly use oil to bridge us to renewables, it looks like Mr. McCain has created the opportunity to sharpen his message and focus on positive themes heading forward.
I find myself very much a liberal on social issues, but the practical streak in me makes me take care of economic issues in a more conservative fashion - I wish there would stop being so many practical matters!!

Liz:

Lets look at Palin's Resume:
-Beauty Queen
-High School basketball player
-Was once a sports newscaster.
-Served two terms on the Wasilla, Alaska, City Council from 1992 to 1996 - City of 7,000
-Elected Mayor of Wasilla in 1996 and 1999-again, city of 7,000
-Holds a BS in Journalism from Idaho University.
-Current Governor of Alaska (47th most populated state with 683,000)since December '06- 20 months on the job.
----Hmmm, seems a little light doesn't it, well lets look at her personal beliefs, she'll pick up there:

Personal Qualities:
-Lifetime member of the NRA
-Belives Creationism should be taught in public schools.
-Pro-life - women of rape or incest arn't allowed to get abortions, even if their life is in peril.
-Being investigated for ethics violations for attempting to fire her sisters ex-husband from the state troopers.
-Has five kids, newborn with down syndrom although she was told it would very likely have the disease BEFORE she got pregnant, but she went ahead anyway.
-Devout Christan-looks forward to judgement day so that she can join Christ in Heaven.
-Husband works for oil company.
-supported Senator Ted Stevens' "bridge to nowhere" before she opposed it.
-Stood up to big oil companies - Exxonmobile, conocco, and BP- but instead awarded an oil pipeline contract to one of Canada's largest oil companies.
-No foreign policy experience.
-No real economic experience (85% of state budget is oil revenue and royalties)
-Was quoted as saying she "hasn't really given a lot of though about Iraq," even though her son will be deployed next month.
-Has shaken up her own political party, mainly because her own party associates threratend her political hide.
-Met with John McCain only twice, EVER (1 in-person, 1-over the phone). Three times if you count the announcement speech yesterday.

Good pick John McCain. The republicans never fail to surprise me. And I was afriad he was going to pick someone qualified. That was a close one!

Joe:

This may actually change mens ideas about voting for McCain. A lot of independant voters may of voted for McCain if he moved into the middle way of thinking and then he picks a right wing woman for VP. More men will go to Obama and Biden now than what McCain will pick up of the Hillary people. I don't think the Hillary backers are that stupid and will not just vote for gender over the issues.

Anonymous:

Ed Corvin
"Palin on the other hand did not cry. She was radiant with energy and enthusiasm in her speech. She had a clear and sweet voice, unlike the harsh cackles we have come to hear from Hillary. She dressed impeccably, she did not need the pants to show she is man enough unlike Hillary."

Thanks for being superficial, Ed. Love the way you juxtapose "clear and sweet," "dressed impeccably" with "man enough." It really describes the male republican view that women just need to speak soft and look pretty. Judge women by what they SAY and not how they LOOK!

Palin quote, ""[A]s for that V.P. talk all the time, I’ll tell you, I still can’t answer that question until somebody answers for me what is it exactly that the V.P. does." I guess American Government wasn't a prerequisite class for her journalism degree at the Universtiy of Idaho.

How can we take ourselves seriously when we 'dumb down' our government? How does being a 'hockey mom' compare with (Biden) double major - history and political science- law degree?

michelle grace:

Boy did that democratic convention scare somebody!!!!

i can almost see the GOP all sitting around a table formulating a check list What We Need to Win
1-a woman
2-hard right stance(thats for the hard right consertatives)
3- got a family member in the military hopefully going to mid-east
4- totes and supports guns, guns, guns ( that for the NRA
5- got to have cute kids
6-got to support big oil, drill, drill, drill

CHECK 1-6, WELL SHE HAS IT ALL!!!! IF SHE COULD HAVE BEEN A BLACK WOMAN SHE THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN THE CHERRY ON TOP (cant have everything) as Hillary said "we were not so much voting for Hillary because she was a woman but what she belived in" so the GOP thinks that we women are so simple minded that we will vote for McCain just because she is a woman, i guess they think we are Stupid, well we are not!
This is the GOPs token, throw all those Hillary supporters a bone, Biden wont be too hard on her in the debates because it will make him look bad. This is an insult to all thinking women, knowledgable voters and i am not sure who i feel worse for Ms Palin who is being used, or the public who is thought of as blind and stupid. I guess if the GOP does not win then she can always run for senator of Alaska next go-round and i am sure they will give her that sort of a quid quo pro deal as done in florida 2000/2004 and you know how well that turned out. This is an insult, sad statement, and shows poor poor insight and judgement on McCains part, what could I have expected

gracefulboomer1:

The main stream media have done a dis-service to all who are just getting to know Sarah Palin.

Sarah Palin is described in every broadcast as 'someone who stands up to big oil'.
This is misleading, wrong, and hardly descriptive of her positions.

I hope someone in a TV studio somewhere will take the time to read your article.

Sarah Palin favors expanding exploration and drilling by letting other smaller companies join with big oil. That hardly is standing up to big oil, she is just actually advocating more players.

Peter Hoffman Atlanta, GA:

Raising five children and a husband? I am positive she will help us as Americans get back to reality. Maybe GOD is not as upset with America as we have previously thought. Great pick Mr McCain!!! As a small business owner and husband/father watching myself downsize and unemploy a few to keep myself and others alive until the tree hugging cycle (like watching disco and rap fade away) get's out of the realists way to protect American citizens as a whole!!! We are in this together but we are sick right now (Pelosi disease) and need a strong MOM to force us to get well :-)Nothing like a mothers love to put the kids back in line. I will be fine since I was raised working sixty hour weeks and never asking for sickpay, healthcare (44 yr old smoker paying $55 a week out of my own pocket!!!) just understanding if I show to work I will make it. My confidence is coming back now...whew what a relief :-) GOD HELP US ALL IF OBAMA WINS!!!

Alexandra:

Oh -- I think Cindy's safe. After all, without her, how will McCain pay for his lifestyle. Do you really think her family would have let a pretender like John McCain inherit the family fortune?

Jilery:

Wow, everyone keeps saying that Obama has the "same" qualifications as Palin...Okay, lets agree for arguments sake...Obama has been VETTED by the American people for the last 4 YEARS, we know who he is, what he stands for, this Palin is an UNKNOWN that McCain met ONCE before deciding that she would be a great running mate...does this worry anyone else? We don't know who she is, what she stands for (other than she is AGAINST a womans right to choose, thinks polar bears don't need the protection of the endangered species list because it may make drilling oil difficult) One person on another blog stated that she belongs to the same pro-life movement as Palin and they are AGAINST in-vetro fertilization for couples that are trying to have a baby:( Really? YIKES...She is also currently under investigation for "abusing her authority" and firing some guy that wouldn't do her dirty work and fire her former Brother-in-law?? What is up with McCain? I am SO dissapointed in him!

She was quoted last month stating when asked about being VP..."Well first someone needs to tell me what exactly the VP does and I need to be sure that it would be "fruitful for Alaska?" How about AMERICA LADY! Is this the person we want to put in charge if God forbid something happens to Mr. McCain? Americans are better than this, we all want women to make it to the top but PLEASE make that pick be someone who at LEAST knows what the job entails...I am not knocking her but I am very dissapointed in Mr. McCain...Everything that would have gotten my vote he threw away when he picked her and it seems like the polls agree with me...Today they announced the poll for the running mates Palin's polling numbers were lower than that of Qualye...McCain DID NOT put his country first when he picked her for VP so This is one Independant that will be casting my vote for Obama/Biden come November...I need to know who I am voting for and 60 days is just not enought time! Would you place your childs life (Military men/women) in the hands of someone you don't know?...I wouldn't and I won't do it to someone else's child either!

God:

Nancy said

"Well Lynn you have every right to control your own body when you spread those legs. But when God makes the decision to grow a small baby in your womb you do not control his decisions. Think of it this way. US has consolate offices in other countries. Even though the land on which the consulate office sits belongs to the host country they have no right to enter the consolate office and destroy the contents. The same way your womb is a consulate office of God. You can control who gets in, but you cannot control the work of God in his consulate. Leave that baby alone."

Why do you use my name in vain? I gave people free will to do what they want, not to control them. I do not make babies, people do. If they do not wish to have then that is their choice, not yours and not mine. And people have sacked Consulate Offices and Embassies because they wanted to and they will do it again. You can not control who get in. Get rid of your Religious Dogma and get a life while you still have it.

GOD

Meg:

In response to those insulted by McCain's choice of a female...why again? She's got more political experience than Obama (since 1992 she's been a city councilwoman, then mayor, made a bid for liuetenant governor, served on the ethics committee for oil and natural resources, and now since 2006 is governor). Here's someone who worked her way up our government system with real ethics! And someone mentioned her riding coattails,I think Hillary did this as well by sticking by her husband ugh! As a woman I'd much rather see a female on any ticket who has some personal integrity, the ability to stick up for her state (and ethics) and arrived there without her husband as a predecessor. She's someone who really understands our domestic oil issues at a time when we need to ACT on our energy crisis. Palin is not just a female slapped on the ticket, so all women let's not be insulted, this is an exciting time with Obama and a female in the race!

Jess Curious:

Is it true that Cindy McCain has hired a food tester, now that John has nominated a much younger attractive woman to be his running mate?

Anonymous:

Lets Face it ALL....Liberals are losers and have ruined this country. Why do you think the Muslims hate us? Because of the liberal way of thinking....anything goes and if it feels good do it. They think we are evil because you liberals allow anyone to do anything in this country no matter how DISGUSTING it is.

Obama hasn't got a chance and yes he "Doesn't look like all those guys on the Dollar Bill.
All those guys would be George Washington. Even Bill Clinton din't look like all those ONE guy on the dollar bill.

Mr Obama the other night you told us you were in Stlouis.....I just wanted to let you know that you were in Kansas City.

How many houses do you own? if your not sure where you were at last week I am not sure you know how many houses you own

mark:

I am a resident of Fairbanks, Alaska and have lived in Alaska since 1981. While I do not personally know Sarah Palin, I have noted her behavior since she entered into politics. She is one of the few politicians that I respect and even admire. She has consistently shown courage and honesty in her public life.

If anyone is honestly interested in knowing more about Sarah Palin, google newspapers for Fairbanks, Alaska and Anchorage, Alaska.

JCDay:

"Mary O'Connell said:

What scares me, really scares me, is if John McCain becomes incapacitated right after he gets into office. What would Sarah Paulin do? She has no national knowledge, No international knowledge, would not even know whom to appoint to the various cabinet posts because she has virtually no connection in the National government."

I guess she'll do the same thing Obama would do if he gets elected.

Duh, there are natural leaders who don't have to have experience to lead. Obama is one of them, and so is Sarah. The next question you ask is "which one has actually accomplished something with the leadership skills shown?"

Obama passed major reform legislation in his short stint as a senator. He totally changed the face of washington DC. 'Cause he's an agent of change, right? What? He didn't? Well, look at all the senate committees he led and all of the executive decisions he made. What? None? Well, still, he inspires many through his leadership. Sarah can't make a speech ANYWHERE near what like Obama can. Go Obama!

Independent:

It is an odd choice, Palin. McCain's handlers had to look long and hard to find someone younger and with less experience than Obama, but they did. But she does fit what McCain looks for; she's a former beauty queen. I do not think that this pick will siphon off women from the Democrats, especially the Hillary supporters as Palin is the direct opposite from Hillary.

One thing the McCain camp will not be able to do this election is run on "values". If they do, let's talk about the McCain "values"...an adulterer cheating on his wife and mother of his children with a much younger, much richer beauty queen. Then dumping his wife for this rich beauty queen. Those are the McCain "values".

Alexandra:

Oh yes...and has anyone mentioned that Palin supports aerial slaughter (no real hunter would call that "hunting") of wolves and bears in Alaska. And, ingnoring the valid research of federal and academic biologists, Palin does not believe the Polar Bear should received protection under the Endangered Species Act. So, what does this really say? Palin -- former Miss Congeniality and self-proclaimed hockey mom -- doesn't believe in listening to the experts on anything because SHE knows best about everything. Sound familiar? Sound like the last 8 years? Sound like Cheney/Bush?

Nate Lemmon:

Stan, using logic - and by definition, we will eventually run out of oil. The North Slope contains some of the last 'low hanging fruit' to 'harvest.'And the oil companies will probably be allowed to do it soon. But the oil will just go out on the open market. The people of Alaska will benefit, but the rest of us won't. The amount of oil extracted is actually going up, not down, world-wide because of increased demand in China and India. All of the oil will never be extracted because when it becomes scarce, the relative cost of extraction to price won't be economical for the oil companies to continue their business model.

As far as the bears go, well... there are many variables involved. 150,000 years ago you didn't have Eskimos (with snowmobiles and rifles) or mercury in the food chain either. It's a combination of factors and the decision to drill is a complicated question. Using your suggestion, why don't we ask people who are knowledgeable, like objective scientists. Leave the politicians, politically affiliated government appointees and oil companies out of the mix if you're concerned about bears...which it doesn't sound like you are.

Forrest Freeman:

Ok people. Let's put this all in perspective. The main argument from pundits and so called enlightened political watchers against Palin being vice-president is that she has no experience.

Think about this. You have George W. Bush in office for the past 8 years as our president who has had a lot of experience in politics. Look at where our country is at right now.

The "experienced" politicians in this country have given us runaway gas prices, a war, an economy that is failing, and an international community that hates us.

I think its time we need someone who doesn't drive the USA into the ground.

DB:

At 72 years old, Mr McCain is still trying to play games with the American people. If Obama does not have enough experience in his eyes, why did he pick someone that does not have any experience for his running mate? Wake up America!!

Anonymous:

Every time I look at NANCY PELOSI (Loser)
I thank God that we have attractive women like Sarah Palin, That have brains and want to cut spending so that all you liberals will have to work to get ahead instead of eating granola and moochin off the Government.

rick jones:

Big Oil is only big as long as we feed it.

Palin's comments about drilling in Alaska came while Governor - at least to a first approximation, one expects a State's Governor to be looking out for that State first. The real question is how being VP, where the expectation is to be looking-out for all 50 States, would change/alter/evolve her point of view.

With respect to her presumed point of view on resource conservation, I think there is something that is even more telling than speaking-out in favor of increased drilling in Alaska - her choice to have five children.

anonymous:

I would no more vote for Palin for any position. Why? She's an extremist. Ultra-right, evangelical, "pro-life," etc.

Good heavens, McCain is stupid or senile or both if he thinks women will jump to his side just to get a woman v.p. I guess he thinks that every Hillary Clinton supporter will just jump to vote for Palin. WRONG!

Palin's "pro-life" position is definitely one sided. Women like me with certain health issues and congenital defects, who if I had gotten pregnant before Roe vs. Wade, would have died trying to give birth.

Prolifers like Palin have no thoughts for the lives of WOMEN, what can happen to women when they cannot risk giving birth, no thoughts for the motherless chldren whose mother trying to give birth.

Palin belongs to the NRA. Well, my father who once belonged to the NRA until he dropped it when he saw it was becoming an extremist organization without any sense. (As he said more than once, Who needs a semi-automatic weapon to hunt defenseless deer, rabbits, etc?)

Palin is currently under investigation for the firing of a trooper when he and his wife (who is related to Palin) were involved in a divorce. Really an fine example of being an "ethical Christian!"

Her husband is with BP -- an oil company. Just what America doesn't need -- another vp with ties to the oil industry. What next McCain -- naming an oilman to be in charge of the EPA?

She was being interviewed with CNBC and asked "what does the vice president do?" Well, I know some children in middle school who can answer that question. They don't need to ask a reporter that. (Another fine example of McCain's ability to make good decisions.)

This woman can think and act for herself. She is voting for Obama!!!

Hilary Smith:

Let's be honest, McCain probably wouldn't have chosen Palin if she weren't so attractive, physically. What makes you think different? Look how he treats Cindy. It's easy to see that McCain is a "good old boy" and good old boys don't usually have much use for a woman unless she's a looker.

just joe:

to Independent:

Everyone hates us? What the French? who cares?
The Persians? who cares? You've been manipulated by the MSM into wrong headed thinking.

Anonymous:

It smells in here with all these LOSER LIBERALS....

I NEED CHANGE

But am not sure what that might be.

Does that sound familiar?

Anonymous:

Jessica you are really a democrat.....don't lie

BPM:

Sigh, goodbye Rowe vs. Wade. Hello creationism in schools. Hello military draft.

dig:

if the people of america decide to elect mcain/palin to office then the united states deserves every ounce of ridicule it will receive on the world stage. another four years of self-serving politics will result in the united states being marginalized to point that we will no longer be the superpower we once were. it's already started.

Jessica:

My mother raised I and my 3 brothers, but it doesn't make her qualified to be president. My local mayor oversees a town of 65,000, but he's not prepared to be president. The county I live in consists of 831,000 people, Alaska only has 683,000 people in the entire state, but my local county officials are not prepared to be President. Why the hell would she be?

For McCain to claim he puts country first then make a reckless decision such as Palin that is equally offensive to women. My REPUBLICAN vote is going to OBAMA. McCain is 72 years old and has battled with cancer nearly 3 times. Think about it. I put Country over party. I wish Mccain would do the same. What a glaring mistake!

Alexandra:

Hillary Clinton is a lifelong stateswoman. Sarah Palin was the Mayor of an Alaskan village of 7-9K people, and the Governor of Alaska for 18months. Her first trip out of the US was in 2006. She most certainly does not have the record be in the same league as Hillary Clinton. Would I vote for her? No. Those of us who paved the way for her -- we who were lobbying for equal rights back in the 60s -- worked so that our daughters would vote for a candidate's credentials and character, not his/her sex, gender, color, or religious affiliation. John McCain -- in trying this political ploy to get women's votes -- clearly lacks the second qualification (character); Sarah Palin lacks the first (credentials).

Chase:

Well stated Brigette! Imagine if Hillary and Obama had not flipped the script. Republicans and Converatives would continue down the same path that has worked for them over the years.

Many Republicans aren't so sure about casting their vote for a woman, but are forced to because they will not vote for Obama. Now, a pattern of "change" has begun for them. The next time, they may feel a bit more comfortable to vote for a female conservative. See how we are pulling them along in our wake?

It was the same as the struggle for Women's Right to Vote, the Civil Rights Movement, Brown v. Board, Roe v. Wade; we are slowly but surely pulling our stubborn brothers and sisters along to a better place; not only for we progressive thinkers, but for Republicans and Conservatives as well.

An Oklahoma Oil Company Executive:

As the owner of an independent oil company, I am a producer of crude oil. I go out to the field and bring sweet crude (the most lucrative) to the consumer.

What people do not get here is that this election is not going to change the supply, demand, and price of oil at the gas pump. It doesn't matter who wins! Oil prices are just beginning to reach the steady-state value for which they deserve, after decades of subsidized prices. It is ridiculous for anyone to assume that $4 gasoline or $5 diesel is going to go down any time in the future. The fact is that supply is down, consumption and demand are high. This will be forever. If consumers want lower prices, the only way this can occur is through newer energy resources.

The people to blame for the shifts in oil prices are the Wall Street brokers and middle men, not the producers! Not Exxon, not Conoco-Phillips, not BP. Drilling in Alaska or elsewhere is not going to change anything. I am personally against it and against McCain-Palin. You will definitely see more of the same and a worsening of our strength in the world. While people might think oil and gas companies are getting rich, the real people getting rich are the brokers on Wall Street. You cannot take greed out of the equation. Drilling here or there or voting McCain-Palin into office is not going to help anyone, including us independent producers.

I find it ridiculous that everyone is complaining about oil when a gallon of crude oil is still cheaper than a gallon of milk or Ozarka water. C'mon people, get real! We need better leadership with Obama-Biden. It is the strength of mind here, not a farce about gender, race, or Vietnam POW experience.

Wake up, stop being so ignorant. You are all being manipulated by the politicians. Who's are the real fools here?

Mickey:

It will take 8 to 10 years before any new oil and/or gas is delivered from the arctic region and with out a true plan that can be completed to get our cars and trucks off of oil with something else besides oil we will be right back here in 20 years or less. In the 1970's the United States had the best chance to rid the them selfs of middle east oil and they blew it and they will do the same now as "Big Oil" runs our government, Bush/Chaney/McCain and all the money that is thrown at them. Money needs to be placed in the hands of people and companies that have nothing to do with "Big Oil" in order to be successful. It is not in the best interest of oil companies to have hydrogen or some other energy source to become the primary source of energy.

Jayray:

Palin only seems to be good at making decisions based on negotiating with oil companies, what else is she good for? If McCain-Palin get elected I will no longer have faith in Government, the same feeling of hopelessness I felt when Bush-Cheney was elected. As much as i try to understand why people are willing to vote for these shmucks I cant find one reason to even consider them in the white house. What is wrong with half of America? I cant believe all the positive comments on this lady that wraps her lips around Big oils huge slimey pipes.

Anonymous:

Lynne Manley writes

Sarah Palin is not a champion of women - she suports taking away our most basic right to control our own bodies. I suppose we should be happy to be kept barefoot and pregnant since we'll be warm from all that oil. Or will it be from global warming?

Well Lynne if you controlled your own body you wouldn't get pregnant and then you wouldn't have to abort the living being so that you can go out and party with your friends. I bet you are not a supported of the death penalty. Its okay for someone to murder a child and not get death as the death penalty is sooooooo inhumane....but no problem sucking a live baby outta your womb as you were too irresponsible while you were out with your boyfriend.....what a JOKE...


Sorry for puncuation and spelling after all I am not an artistic, poetry writing, volvo driving, save the rocky mountain spotted ferret bat, tree hugging, free swinging, if it feels good do it, granola eating, socialist, communist. liberal.

CT:

Just a few days ago most of you hadn't even heard of Sarah Palin... now some are starting to say things like "you go girl!" and other so-called girl-power phrases. Of course there are many options that McCain could have chose from, but his strategic pick of a woman is nothing more than a strategy to win over those female voters. Face it, if the McCain/Palin ticket is elected, America will really be going down, just like when you all voted for Bush - 2 times!. Nice job!!!

Bob:

Let's see:

Govenor Clinton from Arkansas to President
Govenor Palin's from Alaska to Vice President

Who has more experience with foreign policy before being elected to the Executive Branch?

Did Governor Clinton make it?

ken:

Why does everyone hate "big oil" so much?
It must be that americans now only care about themselves as individuals and aren't looking at the big picture. Who actually owns "big oil"? I believe any one of us can go buy stock, right? how many people have 401k's with "big oil"? I bet their not worried about their retirement account like everyone else who relies on government run social security are. Wake up america! if you really think that socialism is better than the free market, then we truly are not a free nation

Nancy:

Lynn Manley said "Sarah Palin is not a champion of women - she suports taking away our most basic right to control our own bodies."

Well Lynn you have every right to control your own body when you spread those legs. But when God makes the decision to grow a small baby in your womb you do not control his decisions. Think of it this way. US has consolate offices in other countries. Even though the land on which the consulate office sits belongs to the host country they have no right to enter the consolate office and destroy the contents. The same way your womb is a consulate office of God. You can control who gets in, but you cannot control the work of God in his consulate. Leave that baby alone.

micron26:

I am a liberal who who never consider voting for the McCain/Palin ticket, as well as being a scientist who studies copy number/ploidy variation in humans (of which Down's syndrome is a gross and relatively common example).

But Johna, you should be ashamed for what you posted. I bet we'd find a few deleterious mutations in your genome...particularly in the genes that are involved in normal human emotional responses (e.g. compassion).

Don Hall:

Up until yesterday I had not heard of Sarah Palin. After reading of her accomplishments in her 12 year government career yesterday and today, I believe that John McCain picked her not because she is a Women but because she is a maverick that is not afraid to buck the establishment even in her own party. I am hoping that this means this is the first warning shot of the McCain camp that they intend to take on the corruption in Washington; corruption in both parties. We no longer have a government of the people but a government of the lobbyists and big business.
I find comments saying her 18 months as Governor does not qualify her to be vice president to be disingenuous. Most of our recent presidents came from the Governor's mansion not the Senate. Obama's time in the senate has been 144 days if you discount the time he has spent running for president. Can anyone point to 1 major accomplishment of Obama other than being a great orator. Sarah has shaken the establishment in Alaska and the people love her. (80-90% approval)

John Smith:

Government is like corporate America,no qualification is required if the person fits the right political mix. Lou Dobbs go for it.

R Singh:

McCain's choice of VP is spot on. It seems to have stopped the Obama camp showing off all the time. It reminds me of what happened to Neil Kinnock when his Labour Party celebrated victory even before the vote was cast and counted. They lost. The Democrats under Obama deserve to lose after the way they mistreat Hilary Clinton. All those preachers lining up to put the knife into her back. I hope McCain wins. It will be poetic justice!

Sam:

Odd McCain picks a VP who just recently has erupted in scandal. Weird how in a change election McCain picks a VP that is corrupt.
No one is going to like the fact that Palin is corrupt and politicizes government just like the Bush administration has done.
Another weird thing is that McCain has now proven that everything he's said about Obama was just political games and lies. Obama has enough experience; fact is Obama has more experience then Ronald Reagan had and Palin only has 2 years of experience. And in Plains tenor has Mayor she bankrupted the city and drove it into the ground.
Horrible choice McCain... Not to mention Palin is a staunch extremist right-winger who supports Bush 95% of the time, hates science, is bought by big oil (as proven by her executive decisions and bills), and is wants a theocracy (again proven by her positions on the issues).

ForRetirees:

Governor Palin's management of the Alaska's Supplemental Annuity retirement funds should be known to all Americans since she may be running a large amount of Social Security funds in the future...should she be President.

If Palin ever runs the U.S. Social Security system like she does the State of Alaska's Supplemental Annuity funds none of us will be getting what we put into the system.

Alaska state's Supplemental Annuity Plan for state employees supplements one's retirement since state employees do not contribute to the U.S. Social Security system. It acts like a 401K retirement plan; however, the choices for investment of one's funds has no real "conservative" investment option. A participate is forced to choose between bad and worse investment options. Most all involve mutual funds or playing the stock markets!
The "conservative" fund of Government/Credit Bond Index Fund (managed by Barclays Global Investors, N.A.) and supported by Palin yet still continues to lose money! If the U.S. government ran the Social Security Administration (SSA) like it runs these retirement investment money the SSA would be worth little before anyone reaches retirement age!

The Daily Govt/Corp Bond Fund in 2007 was worth $35,529,000, this was down from the 2006 value you listed as $39,615,000! Yet Palin's administration continues to call this a "conservative" fund investment option.

Governor Palin has also disconnected her contact email on her website; I guess she doesn't wish to respond to inquiries anymore:
http://www.gov.state.ak.us/govoffices/

RUFUS:

I thought they would pick Rice for her background in Chevron (on the board of directors), but they did better, they picked someone that was already doing their work for them by selling away Alaska's resources as well as selling her soul in the process. I am sickened that oil is so much thicker than our American blood. We need to protect our land and be true innovators going back to who and what we really stand for...growth, genius innovators and freedom seekers. This economy needs OBAMA to fix it and his forward thinking team to innovate. Freedom will ring from all AMERICA when OBAMA is elected.
OBAMA '08

Lynn Manley:

Sarah Palin is not a champion of women - she suports taking away our most basic right to control our own bodies. I suppose we should be happy to be kept barefoot and pregnant since we'll be warm from all that oil. Or will it be from global warming?

sam henderson:

McCain chose Palin for one simple reason. She is shorter than he is. He could not pick Rommney because he would look like a shriveled gnome next to him. So he pretty much had to choose a woman or Vern Troyer.

Chuck O'Brien:

Follow the money. The established economic interests of the oil industry will continue to spend public relations money advocating the development of alternative energy sources so as to appear green while, in fact, slowing an otherwise seriously funded commitment. They want first to exhaust the profits from available fossil fuels. As long as Alaskans share in these profits they will vote for oil and gas development. Is Palin standing up to big oil, or insuring a continued oil based economy by sweetening the deal for the voters? Who has been funding Palin’s past elections? Who will spend campaign advertising money on behalf of McCain because he did as they asked and put her in place to continue after his term as the bought leader of the “permanent majority”? We do not need to only move away from foreign oil, we need to move away from oil. Developing domestic supplies only delays that urgency.

Ed Corvin:

There was a stark contrast between the acceptance speeches of Biden and Palin.

Biden was emotional, he took his hankies from his pocket and wiped his tears off. The reason he got emotional is because he feels he was given a big favor by the democratic party by choosing him as the veep candidate. He basically was saying he got more than what he deserves.

Palin on the other hand did not cry. She was radiant with energy and enthusiasm in her speech. She had a clear and sweet voice, unlike the harsh cackles we have come to hear from Hillary. She dressed impeccably, she did not need the pants to show she is man enough unlike Hillary. She showed great confidence in herself.

Obama in his acceptance speech said a littany of things that he was going to do as president. 'We will do this, we will do that'. Not a single 'I did, except the one about 'I did ask Michelle out on a date'. Governor Palin could probably say 10 times as many things as 'I did as governor' than what Obama can say 'I did as senator' durig the same time frame of 18 months when she was governor.

I think McCain has a winner in Palin. She is not going to stand there and outsmart McCain. On the other hand Biden will be tempted to take matters in his own hands without consulting with Obama.

FreeTradeIsNotFree:

If her real reason for supporting the extraction of Alaska’s natural resources is for security and independence we should nationalized the pipeline and oil production, pay big oil a just barely enough to get by and pump every drop into the US strategic oil reserve. Don’t let it go to the market where doubles and triples in price by speculators that couldn’t even take physical possession of the oil from their Wall Street offices. It’s a hollow argument that its good for America to let these robber barons take our natural resources and sell them back to us for record profits, cut out the middle man and do it ourselves, perhaps let China by some to pay off our debt.

Jeff:

Just use the term "Big oil" and that somehow validates this useless article?

Roy Davis:

You say Sarah has no experience?

Make me a list of what Barrack (LORD GOD)Obama has done. And what kind of experince this joker has.

Aldi:

What is it that you folks don't get? We need more oil now to lower prices. Just the mention of 'Drill Here, Drill Now' dropped the price per barrel by 10%. At the same time we need desperately to put our Scientists to work on alternative fuel sources. If we can put a Man on the Moon in 10 years we can certainly come up with better sources of energy.

Conservation, B.O.'s solution, is more of the same nonsense from Jimmy Carter's years that had us at double digit inflation rates, as the price of oil increased, and a 17% mortgage rate. Perhaps, too many of you are too young to remember that painful economic period.

Sarah Palin will run for VP not President. She's been in Public Office for 16 years and has actually had to make executive decisions on a daily basis. She has more management experience and more common sense than B.O. who is running for President. At least her on the job training will be in the second chair not the first. I'd rather have the more experienced person making the final decision than the other way around. Which is what we get with Obama-Biden.

B.O. has served in the Senate for 142 days, has made NO DECISIONS and had NO MEETINGS, other than maybe I should run for President, and wants to promote the same failed liberal policies that didn't work during the Carter years.

Btw, what's HRC's resume? Everything she tried to accomplish in Bills first 4 years was a disaster and they put her out to pasture. Her diplomatic skills are and always have been in question as well. Although I must admit, bitterly, that I would have MUCH preferred her over B.O. The Devil I know syndrome. :)

Before knocking Sarah Palin. let's see who she really is over the next 2 months. And let's not forget, she doesn't follow anyones lead. She speaks out for what she believes in. She took on Big Oil as well as her own corrupt party. When she saw corruption she did what was right for her State and wouldn't go a long like so many would have. That's how she has gotten ahead and we should all have tremendous respect for her on that point alone.

B.O. listened to the bigoted, racist tirades of his minister for 20 years and got in bed with a domestic terrorist to get ahead.

Finally as a Father of three girls and a powerful, intuitive wife I can't wait to see what a women with Sarah Palins integrity and common sense can do.

skerns0301:

Something that the enviro's must come to terms with is that as time passes there will be NO drop of unharvested oil. The thought of leaving such a resource in the ground forever is simple ludicrous. The question then is summed up by Shakespeare "If 'twere done when 'twase done, then well 'twere done quickly".
Naturally with care and good practice.

Part two is that 150,000 years ago it was noticeably WARMER than it is today--polar bears DIDN"T go extent then, nor will they now. People who hold strongly to beliefs would do well to found them on knowledge rather than emotion.
Stan Kerns

Fowler:

Palin is what this country really needs. If California can elect a body builder as a governor, this country can elect miss congeniality as a veep. There are so many mom and pop shops run by people without a Harvard law or business degree or even without a high school diploma that have become very successful and have gone onto become fortune 500 companies. There are also many corporations that have top notch ivy league degree holders at the helm that have been run to the ground by them. Palin's experience of 18 months as a governor is probably more relevant than a fw years of senate experience. As a senator one is one in a hunderd, but a governor of a state is 1 out of 1.

If Palin could pop out 5 kids and run a state at the same time, she could learn the ropes while in the office of the veep and learn quickly what a president needs to do just in case the white haired dude croacks.

annabertie:

Anyone read a history book lately? Woodrow Wilson taught politcial science at Prineton, was governor of New Jersey for two years and then president. Franklin Roosevelt was was a New York state senator for about a minute and a half, Assistant Secretary of the Navy under Wilson for 18 months (during which time his major accomplishment was to rewrite Haiti's constitution), governor of New York for one term and then president. Think they did a good job?

Governor Palin's resume stands up to these--and she's done them one better. She's raised five children with no nannies in the process.

All the Founding Father's required to become president was to be 35 years old and a native born American, not x numbers of years in the halls of power getting more jaded and corrupt by the month.

You go, girl!

Craig:

I think McCain must have felt he had no real alternative. To pick Pawlenty, Lieberman, etc. would have been to go with the expected, and alienate many in his own party. This shakes things up quite a bit, gets his social conservatives interested and peels away some, probably not many, but some women who might have voted for Obama. I think we will know a lot more when we see her debate Biden in Missouri. I know I watch VP debates thinking "can I see a possible President in either of these people?" And that's what I hope everyone would do.

Independent:

As an Independent voter who has yet to make up his mind the comments on this blog scare me. Do you people not realize that in the last 7 1/2 years our country has gone to hell in a handbasket. Remember September 12,2001 when the whole world was behind us after that tragic attack. Now the whole world hates us. We have a record deficit, the crowning achievement of our countrys first MBA president. He also refuses to leave Iraq and now uses the same plan the Democratic nominee has been touting for over 6 months now. Also we have not tried to or captured the person responsible for the attack on our country. It pains me to hear people not voting on the issues but because of someones race, religion and gender. No wonder the world thinks we are stupid and they are right. The elections should be about what is happening to our country and how we get out of this mess.

John G.:

Yes, this is an interesting choice.What does it portend for the future. The previous blogs I have reviewedtypically are bias one way or the othe, dependant on the bloggers political or demografic leanings. Just suppose Mcain/Palin are elected. Just suppose the drilling is approved. Just suppose the gas pipeline is built. JUST SUPPOSE ALL THE INCREASED REVENUES ARE APPROPIATED IN A WAY THAT WOULD GIVE SOME OF IT TO THE ALASKANS,BUT ALSO THE LOW INCOME ELDERLY CITIZENS OF THE UNITED STATES. HMMMMMMM HMMMMM.But OH Well we all get to dream Eh

Chris:

McCain needs Palin for a lot of reasons. All the other candidates in his short list wouldnot have brought the type of excitement to the election process Palin has brought. For now McCain could use Palin to stand upto Biden. The funny thing is Biden would rather debate McCain than Palin, since he sees McCain to be in the same calibre as himself. Palin can be very forceful in countering Biden when it comes to energy policies since Biden does not have an energy policy. Also being such a junior Palin stands to lose almost nothing and can reap huge rewards after even a small war of words with Biden.

The second thing is due to their age difference McCain could easily treat Palin like a daughter or a running mate. And Palin will have no problem with McCain treating her like a daughter, since most women like to have a father figure around them.

Now on all these the biggest loser is Hillary. Hillary thinks she is the champion for women. Now Palin is holding that baton in this election. Whether the republicans win or lose, the baton to shatter the glass ceiling has already been passed onto the hands of Palin without the knowledge of Hillary. If Obama wins Hillary will have to wait 8 years to run again. If McCain wins, Hillary's run in four years will have less steam since some woman other than Hillary has broken the glass ceiling to occupy the veep post which is a heart beat away from the real presidency.

ACM:

John McCain has proven that he has the experience to run our country based on his accomplishments over time. Track records speak louder than words. McCain was not afraid to actually vote on issues and not use the "politically selfish" tactic of voting "present" on controversial issues. Some of Obama's ideas sound great but where is the substance? How exactly does he plan to fund all of his great ideas? Why doesn't he answer questions directly?

McCain's decision to nominate Palin is absolutely refreshing and shows that he is willing to step outside of the traditional Washington box and also demonstrates to me his desire for change. Both McCain's and Palin's directness in their beliefs and in answering questions makes me feel secure that they are strong leaders despite the fact that I do disagree on some of the issues. I do not believe that either McCain or Palin want the country to continue in our current state. Both want change too and have the qualities that I desire in a leader to make decisions that will help all of us in America. Palin has just as much experience as Obama and her gender is just a plus for the women of this country.

Senator Stevens' interest...:

McCain's choice of Palin is an odd favor for his friend Ted Stevens, whose re-election bid is taking a bath over an unfolding corruption investigation.
If voters cast a straight ticket there, the GOP stands a real chance of retaining their senate seat there, even if Stevens winds up being replaced.
Only if Alaskans split their ticket, voting for Palin as VP and the democrat for Senate, only with the split ticket will the GOP lose this seat, unless they somehow decide to vote for Obama.
The 2008 race is a whole lot about the SENATE as well folks, and these are part of the insider's calculations, beyond doubt.
The democrats have lots of work to do here if they are to make the changes in DC that they are seeking.
Alaska has been outside the mainstream media's attention forever, and to bring their uniquely oil financed culture, and a governor whose family income is directly dependent on the oil industry's success, we have yet another vice presidential pick with oil at the center of their personal lives...

JD:

It seems these days its more important to have a "position" on something than actually doing something. Give me someone who has actually done something in life rather than someone who talks about doing something. Palin's actually reformed government, Obama just talks about it. What has he actually reformed...can anyone point to a major law or something...he's had 3 years in congress to do something. I don't think simplying voting yes or no on bills counts...thats taking a position and anyone can do that.

Anonymous:

I'm sure Sarah Palin is an intelligent accomplished woman. America should be proud that we have a nation full of these women.

She is also a cynical stunt.

No thanks.

Katie Sanborn:

Sarah Palin is smart and overflowing with common sense, something that is completely lacking in the majority of politicians. The great thing about her is that she isn't so indoctrinated into politics as usual, that I believe she can actually get things done.

As far as experience goes, I will take her resume over Obama's any day of the week! Plus, she is more in tune with what the majority of Americans really want and need.

Go Sarah! Give me my yard sign now!

Dee:

First, has anyone READ this article, the ones who keep claiming Palin is "Big Oil"? She ditched her own husband's company to sign someone else. I hate drilling, but to tag her as "Big Oil" when the article has been about how companies dislike her is strange and about her having to defend the fact that she actually LIKES businesses doesn't seem fair.

Secondly, I hate to speak ill of my own sex, but not everyone voted for Hillary because of her views. Women are as smart as men; women are also as dumb as men. For the same reason some men voted against Hillary because she was THAT woman, there are women voting for Hillary because she is a woman. It's unbelievable how many college-educated women would say, "But you have to vote for Hillary--she's a woman like you!" as though, if I ever saw UFOs, I should put in my vote for Kucinich.

gwich:

there are going to be some real sad people out there come 11/5/08 when the votes are counted and she has been elected vp, ty

David:

Boy,these Republicans are very desperate. The went with "backs against the wall" choice to try and defeat Obama/Biden. Which is not a bad tactic which Rep. party is notorious for being, how would you say, professional and cut-throat. She looks like a very interesting and bright potential VP. Her background, as you mentioned, is very solid and positive results-driven, which I like. But, we don't need fours years of the same energy policy, which McCain would override Palin in his sllep. Hopefully we see light and elect Obama because I pray that he can at least get this economy, energy, foreign-relations, civil-rights rolling again. Good luck and we shall see

Mary O'Connell:

What scares me, really scares me, is if John McCain becomes incapacitated right after he gets into office. What would Sarah Paulin do? She has no national knowledge, No international knowledge, would not even know whom to appoint to the various cabinet posts because she has virtually no connection in the National government. Was John McCain really thinking about the country when he made this pick?

rma:

I agree, this is a insult to women who supported hillary. palin will have a future in our nation but the more people talk about her 18 months as governor being enough time to be president if necessay are the same people who rubber stamp our involvement into the iraq war.

bob:

McCain, Palin?

living in America permanently stuck in the 19 century!


BillR:

The choice of Palin, points to McCains vision of the energy future being: More of the same, more of the same. Our energy mix is 86% fossil fuels and it's McCains vision that we have a 50% reduction of fossil fuels in 40 years. Does choosing a running mate like this show any vision in achieving that goal. NO. It shows a tendency of the Republican party to pander to the needs of the fossil fuel industry. PERIOD.

dave:

As an undecided voter I applaud McCain for going outside the bounds of the "norm". In my own life experience, this has always worked out to be a plus. This woman has accomplished more than most in her life all while having and raising (successfully) 5 kids.

Bottom line is she has the tools and the McCain ticket will have my vote as a result of this decision.

Kevin Morgan:

Its Big Oil's Future vs The American People's future. It is our reliance on fossil fuel that is killing us, not our reliance on "foreign oil". Foreign or domestic, if we push using oil as our primary energy source down the raod another four years, we will pay with the death of the planet.

Aurora Liberalis:

Well put Ms. Oneil. Those who are real voters-ones that vote on issues and not for race or gender- will not succumb to Mr. McCian's offputting choice for VP. He wants to rally around the idea that Mr. Obama is not ready to lead this nation, yet he picks the most inexperienced choice as his running mate simply to garner support from dejected Hillary supporters.

He wants to call himself a maverick and give them impression that he is middle of the road on many hot button issues, then he calls upon a diehard social conservative to be his next-in-line.

I love irony.

grahamsw:

Palin's selection reeks of the superficiality, cronyism and disregard of qualification, of so many Republican appointments.

"Heck of a job Sarah"?

Jeff:

The selection of Governor Palin as the GOP vice-president candidate seems more a McCain shock and awe tactic rather than a logical move. Yet, she is in the same position that Obama was 4 years ago, a relatively unknown, but viable as an up and coming public servant. Frankly, I think the selection is unfair to her but it may position her to move ahead and take on a more major role in national politics.In light of McCain's obstinate stand on Iraq, unwilling to bend with the changes that are taking place, I can not vote for him. I'll break with my position in the ideological spectrum and vote against more war and economic uncertainty. Had McCain chosen Olympia Snowe or Susan Collins, I might have decided not to cross the aisle. They would have been excellent choices as primary leaders of the country and a balance for McCain's often strident positions. Palin is one to watch though and like Obama may break through to a prominent role in the country. I hope so.

Rick Drennan:

As an American and veteran I am concerned with the way the attacks on the credibility and qualifications of an admirable candidate have blossomed. Why is it that we do not embrace someone who comes along that has proven her ability to overcome adversity and ensure that the concerns of the people, not the big business money are adressed.

At the very least she must be recognized for fighting the battle for the residents of her home state. She has shown me a strength of purpose and and dependability that is to seldom seen today.

Where the thought of Hillary as my comander in chief was horrific. The notion that we may have a V.P. that will fight for us, not the opinions of the political machines supply of money is comforting.

Julie Weston:

I agree completely Bridgette. I was and am a Clinton supporter but not simply because HRC is female! Her position on the issues and demonstrated ability put her in a league to be seriously considered as a President regardless of whether or not she was female.

It says and confirms the Republicans long time attitude of women that when they sought a female running mate for McCain they couldn't find anyone who could demonstrate their ability. As a small-town mayor and governor for what..18 months, Sarah Palin is still in the learning curve of her current position much less ready to handle the mantle that VP would bestow in DC.

I'm all for shaking things up in DC but seeing as Ms. Palin would have little to no opportunity to even understand how things work up there... I can't imagine that she would be little more than cannon fodder.

Finally, it would be the height of irony for us to elect this WOMAN only so she could put the achievements of the feminist movement on a downward slide and take us back to what.. the 1950s or worse?

MB:

I completely agree with Ms. O'neil and find it terribly sad that this trick has been played on the American people. My only hope is reading posts such as Ms. O'neil's, in order to know that there are women and men out there that can look beyond the propaganda: to the truth beyond this ridiculous VP running mate choice.

rich Rosenthal:

Sounds like she likes big oil AND wants them to drill and succeed for the benefit of Alaskans etc.
However she does not promote non-fossil fuel solutions. So yes she is an enabler for big oil.
Energy independence can never be achieved with a finite resource. She clearly is more concerned with the oil kickback she and every other Alaskan gets than the long term energy/environmental solutions we needed to pursue decades ago.
Myopia.

Bridgette ONeil:

As a woman and a Democrat, I am insulted and angered by John McCain’s VP pick of Sarah Palin.

The fact that he chose the VP primarily because she is a woman is an insult to my intelligence. The equal rights movement is based on the empowerment of women. An integral part of empowerment is the ability to think and act freely not as a monolithic group. Truly independent women will see through this façade and vote for a president/VP based on the issues and one’s governing ability.

I admire Hillary Clinton’s contributions to the Democratic Party and to the Country. Her position on universal healthcare and women’s issues is unwavering. Supporters of Hillary Clinton did so NOT because of her sex, but because of her stances on the issues and her ability to govern. It angers me that Hillary Clinton or someone of her caliber may not be the first female President, but instead someone who is a right-wing conservative who is riding the coattails (coffin) of an elder statesman and who doesn’t value the sanctity of choice, equality, human rights, environment etc may. For those Clinton supporters who are considering voting for McCain based on his VP pick, please consider that you are not only undermining women everywhere, but you are also undermining Hillary Clinton and her message.

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