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Sarah Palin's first 15 minutes of fame on John McCain's GOP ticket

It's a long ways from the deck of one of Sen. John McCain's uncountable houses in Sedona, Ariz., to the modest city of Wasilla, Alaska, that Gov. Sarah Palin calls home with her fisherman husband Todd and their five children to the Buckeye Corner sporting goods store in West Columbus, Ohio.

And to the home pages and front pages of a nation seemingly fascinated by the sudden explosion onto the political stage of a fresh, bespectacled face among a crowd of too-familiar folks who've been yada-yada-ing about the same old stuff for nearly 20 months now.

Alaska Governor and new Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin with her husband Todd and their fifth child, Trig

Now, just in time for Labor Day, a new drama series to follow.

But in a matter of hours the dramatic selection of the 44-year-old reform Republican woman with the sharp elbows under the basketball hoops as McCain's running mate suddenly changed the subject away from last night's immense Democratic evangelical gathering at Denver's Invesco Field.

And it instantly energized much of the GOP's conservative base that has been yawning its way through the summer with the aging Arizona heir to its party nomination.

Charlie Black, a senior McCain advisor, told The Times' Maeve Reston that he was just in a room with 300 conservatives where James Dobson, the Focus on the Family founder who reaches millions of evangelicals daily with his radio broadcasts and was once threatening....

...not even to vote he was so underwhelmed by McCain, walked in and announced that Palin had done the trick and he was gonna endorse the GOP candidate.

And the seas parted!

The Ticket reported this morning that Dobson wasn't thAlaska Governor Sarah Palin presiding. She's John McCain's vice presidential running mate on the Republican tickete only conservative pleased with the surprise VP selection, which McCain revealed at midweek to the self-described hockey mom.

And suddenly there she was this afternoon on center stage with her running mate visiting one of those souvenir shrines to the Ohio State Buckeyes and bumping into Joan McCann, a 61-year-old independent voter who called Palin's choice "brilliant, inspiring" and said she was now leaning toward McCain.

"Thank you so much," Palin replied before plunging into the sea of red gear to purchase a fleece hoodie for herself, a sleeper for her newborn Trig, and a cheerleader's outfit for her excited daughter Piper, who might be excused for thinking this sudden fame business has its perks.

Even Rush Limbaugh, the maestro of McCain skepticism on the right, reported to his millions of listeners and online subscribers an overwhelmingly enthusiastic response to the selection of a governor with a compelling personal narrative who cut taxes as a mayor and successfully stood up to a corrupt party establishment to become chief executive of the nation's largest state.

And the new energy couldn't come -- not accidentally, of course -- at a better time for the Republican's campaign as it heads into its national convention in St. Paul starting Monday, unless the German hurricane called Gustav changes the schedule.

At organizational convention meetings in St. Paul this afternoon, word was passed that about $2 million in new donations had poured into the campaign and Republican National Committee within three hours of Palin's announcement.

Scott Reed, who managed former Sen. Bob Dole's unsuccessful presidential run in 1996, told The Times' Michael Finnegan that the choice of Palin was a "bold and imaginative move" that "totally restructured the race. She brings McCain back to being a true reformer and an agent of change."

Reed said she's a good campaigner who upset a Republican incumbent and beat a better-known returning Democratic gubernatorial candidate. She advocates energy independence. Her husband works on an oil rig and belongs to a union. "The movement conservatives are ecstatic," Reed said.

Then, he added, "Her two years of executive-level decision-making as the governor are two more than Biden and Obama have combined."

It's a long way to Nov. 4. Many potential potholes for the national neophyte. But the first few hours were good. Then, as she left the Buckeye souvenir shop with her purchases, the Republican Party's newest national star turned to her daughter with concern.

"Are you sure we paid for it?" she asked, worried about shoplifting on her first day as the party's vice presidential nominee-to-be. There were no arrests.

--Andrew Malcolm

Photo credit: Al Grillo / Associated Press

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McCain/Palin - Gender Gap Bridge to Nowhere

Okay, what does her husband do? Is he a fisherman or does he work on an oil rig? People are falling all over themselves about the "boldness" of this pick and they know about as much about her and her family as McCain does. The guy works for an oil company - she's disqualified as a serious contender for national office. End of story.

Stellar choice! McCain hit a home run with this one.

She's to the right of Bush, believes that creationism should be taught, and got pregnant after getting elected Governor. If this is such an important position (that's pretty much her entire experience), than obviously she won't mind having another baby in the White House. Of course, in her own words, she's not too sure what a VP does, and thinks we ought to have "some sort of a plan" in Iraq. What's not to like?

I mean, it's not like we can possibly go wrong with an inexperienced Governor beloved by the religious right with no apparent interest in foreign policy.

Let's forget about gender and experience issues.

Sarah Palin's positions on the environment, big oil, abortion, gun control, and just about everything else is enough for me to vigorously oppose this ticket. She and John McCain are diametrically opposed to the positions and policies proposed by Obama / Biden. This is an ideoligical fight on which direction our nation will travel over the next eight years. The choice can not be more clear cut based upon the positions of the candidates.

kaddie,

I've met plenty of glib fools with Ivy League educations and I've met many intelligent, curious, high-achieving people from state schools. The median (*) Ivy League graduate probably has an objective edge over the median state schooler. However, there are plenty of great people out there who could not or chose not to associate with the elitist, self-promoting Ivy League machine.

In fact, I give "extra points" to those without connections who make it, since they had to work harder and smarter.

* In terms of "intelligence" or some other somewhat measurable parameter

Lynn, and the rest of the religionists here: Please stop calling people who support a women's right to choose as "Pro-abortion". We are PRO CHOICE. If you want to have a civil discussion then stop with the nonsense. Would you like me to call you "Pro Hate" because you can't accept people with a different lifestyle?
Radicals like Palin want to force a women to bear a child even in cases of rape and incest, and that's despicable and unrealistic. Women have performed abortions since the days of the ancients, and they will continue to assert control over their own body whether it is legal or not. That you want to make it illegal just means you have no connection with reality, only to your Bible with it's magic man in the sky.

James said:"I think Washington DC and the entire United States of America will be just fine with people like Sarah Palin calling the shots."

Fat chance, people "like Sarah Palin" (right wing extremists) have been calling the shots for 8 years and the country has gone down the toilet.
Palin doesn't believe in science, she believes in Creationism. I wonder where she thinks all that oil she wants to drill came from. No thanks, most Americans would rather not have a science-denying right-wing nut one heartbeat from the Presidency. McCain is an old and ailing man, Sarah Palin sitting in the Oval Office makes me cringe.

Well, I wonder if Sarah Palin thinks america is a MEAN country, or if this is the FIRST time in her life that she feels proud of her country. People who think like that should never live at the white house.

Experience??? Name OBAMAS. She is smart, & pisses off you LIBERALS. Scrutinize OBAMA. A quote from his book. AUDACITY OF HOPE. WOW LISTEN. I will stand with the MUSLIMS should the Political winds shift in an ugly direction. Hear AMERICANS ???? Presidential Material, are you that insane. YES HE SAID THIS. As for Palin !! Way to go McCain & sorry Hillary but had he picked you would have to have wife wear a chasity belt. As former screw up Clinton would ruin him. Ask Obama what G.I. stands for. For you college rich yuppies & loud mouth
fools with an Education(Oh Obama & Wife got theirs on a Scholarship as Minorities) Means Government Issued. LikeEverything after college will be from the taxpayers. WELCOME ALASKA & WELCOME V.P. & never back down to our corrupt officials.

You know what I most love about Sarah Palin? That she drives liberals crazy.

She has a wealth of executive experience in her young life, that balances and mellows our ticket. McCain did exactly what he was supposed to do -- he energised Republicans.

You lose again, Democrats. Why did you pick the one Democrat who could lose it all in this election year, when you had a sure thing in Hillary?

McCain has mad a mockery of this election. I certainly belief that a woman can lead this country, but not Palin. There are far more qualified women in th Republican Party that could fill the spot of VP. Palin's child will need to have a great deal of motherly attention. I am a mother that had a child born with a disability and it takes a great dieal of time and attention. Does she plan for the tax payers to hire a nanny to deal with her responsibilites while she VP's? McCain needs to look at other qualified candidates for VP (women). We are fighting three wars and probably more to come. This woman has no experience with handling responsiblity on such a large scale. We have no time for OJT. Was this done just to make a point? This woman cannot be compared to Hiliary Clinton. Hillary could not be a candidate simply because she and Bill still has skeltons in the closet as it relates to personal finances, lobbyist, etc. I do believe that she will have a key position in the cabinet if Senator Obama is elected. I sincerely support women in politics but Palin needs to stay in Alaska.

Chris,

Bravo!

"A word to the wise ain't necessary - it's the stupid ones that need the advice."

Bill Cosby

So experience is the new decision metric? Peter Wallsten, Tim Rutten, James Rainey, and the rest of the LAT hive-mind are all complaining today that Palin does not have enough experience. Objectively she has more relevant executive-level experience than Obama and no less foreign policy experience, and she is the Vice Presidential candidate on her ticket.

It is certainly legitimate to object that Palin does not have enough experience yet to enter national politics. I agree with that. But to raise that objection against Sarah Palin, but not Barack Obama, as the LAT hive-mind does, is a double standard, or at least a glaring inconsistency.

Dan Rains says "If I hear "soccer mom" "9-11" "basketball player" or some other such stupidity mentioned one more time by the people that are going to decide whether or not to send our children to die in wars or make policy decisions on who should be nominated to the bar of the Supreme Court, I'll scream!"

Her son is deploying to Iraq. Doesn't that give her absolute moral authority? It did by the Left's standards up until recently.

It's amazing that Americans overlook the wisdom of multi-cultural awareness when polling for our next leader. Such an ethnocentric lot here. Palin is a dangerous choice for international relations.

Chris,
Being "Pro-Choice" means giving the pregnant woman the right to destroy her child, a separate being within her who she is already responsible for to cherish, nurture and care for, just like a Mom with a child already born.
So, I say, HURRAY, HURRAY, HURRAY FOR PALIN!!!

It's funny how the democrats want to turn this into a "McCain's VP has no experience argument." I believe we will be addressing President McCain or President Obama, willl we not? THe only thing Obama has proven is that he can read a teleprompter well. This whole experience comparison is laughable.

Laura, you said:
"Being "Pro-Choice" means giving the pregnant woman the right to destroy her child, a separate being within her"

SEPARATE BEING WITHIN HER??? Your own words don't even make sense Laura. It is not separate...it is connected by tissues,cords,sacs, fluids, blah blah blah. It cannot sustain its own life. It is a fetus. Get a grip. Does your refusal of science, belief in a magic sky god, and desire to impose your beliefs on other people completely blind you to the problems with Palin? Don't you GET it? We have to consider other things! The security of the nation should McCain become incapable!

The woman is not capable of handling the foreign relations issues critical to our time. She will be a heartbeat away from the presidency when the president is 72-76 years old and had cancer 4 times! What is wrong with you religious ideologues? An Alaska hockey mom sparring wits and knowledge with world leaders of China and Russia!! It is absurd. Beyond absurd. Stop putting your personal beliefs over the importance of keeping this nation secure in case 72-76 year old McCain becomes incapacitated.

Sarah Palin was the mayor of a town whose population is less than my immediate neighborhood. She knows nothing about foreign affairs and is quoted as having asked what the Vice President even does.

People like you, who vote on abortion at the expense of the safety of everyone, born AND unborn, are simply ridiculous and not worth having a dialogue with.

Still, we have to answer these silly posts so that the Christian radicals aren't monopolizing these boards with their superstitious rubbish.

Maria makes the silly comparison of OBAMA's experience to Palin...she makes him look like Samuel Adams!!!!

She was mayor of a HAMLET...and a hockey mom...then governed one of the least populous states for a year and a half.

OBAMA is A UNITED STATES SENATOR,
- In the US Senate served on the FOREIGN RELATIONS COMMITTEE, HOMELAND SECURITY COMMITTEE, VETERANS AFFAIRS COMMITTEE, HEALTH, EDUCATION, LABOR & PENSION COMMITTEE.

- Before getting to the US Senate Obama served 11 years in the Illinois State Senate.ILLINOIS is a HUGE state with a diverse population, like America. Alaska has 670,000 people in the whole state, #47 in all of America it is so tiny.

- Barack Obama is a graduate TOP of his class at Harvard Law School. Barack Obama also has a degree in Political science specializing in International Relations. He is a Constitutional scholar.

Palin is qualified to be little more than a hockey referee. Again, Sarah Palin makes Barack Obama look like Samuel Adams so don't even try to compare their experience.

And let me tell you something Maria, it isn't the number of years of experience that matters anyway, it is the QUALITY of the experience that is important. Palin fails every test in that regard.

I eagerly await the Alaska newspapers to inform the rest of us of what has really been going on up there in Alaska under her administration.

"aldo" wrote Palin has no less foreign policy experience, "than Obama. What planet are you living on? She has Zero. He is a US Senator that has worked on major International issues. Stop with the LIES Aldo, or are you just terribly misinformed?

Chris,
I am sorry you feel that I am not worth your having a conversation with. Dialogue and communication are very important. Respect for those who defer from you are also important.
I also am concerned, very concerned, about the war, and have been against it, adamantly, from the start. I had already decided I could not vote for McCain.
However, if you take a moment to google under images and look, really look, at images of aborted babies, I think that if you are truly honest with what you see, then maybe you could understand why "radical Christians" like me are making this issue the decisive one. Yes, I care strongly about all the issues, and I am actually quite liberal in most of my views. I do not share many of the perspectives of the republican candidates, and I would prefer to vote for Obama. However, Roe vs. Wade must, must, must be overturned. The rights of the unborn need to be heard. Every other issue, as vital as it is, is not as vital as this one (in my view, and yes, my view is important, too).

wow - listen to all the whining about experience... "she'll be a heartbeat away from being President..." How about the Dems choice- he WILL be the heartbeat and look at all his experience. Oh wait, there isn't any. I'll take 2 years of Executive leadership over 2 years of campaigning for President. The campaign itself doesn't qualify to you be President, nor does being in the IL state senate voting "present", nor do his 290 missed votes in the US Senate.. And exactly what "international issues" has Obama been involved with? You mean his dealings with Kenya, I guess?? Take a look at who he deals with there... And I guess Obama's vast global experience is what has him believe they speak Arabic in Afgahnistan, too? (ok, 5,000 do out of the population of about 28.5 million). And where has Obama been on cleaning up corruption in politics? I think most will agree that IL isn't known for being the cleanest political town so did Obama fight his own party's corruption? Fight to fire those doing improprities? No, in fact many of his "present" votes were to play party politics. And how did Obama run unopposed for the IL State Senate.... hmmm??
By the way, here are the duties for the Govenor of Alaska:
SECTION 1. EXECUTIVE POWER.
The executive power of the State is vested in the governor.

SECTION 2. GOVERNOR'S QUALIFICATIONS.
The governor shall be at least thirty years of age and a qualified voter of the State. He shall have been a resident of Alaska at least seven years immediately preceding his filing for office, and he shall have been a citizen of the United States for at least seven years.

SECTION 3. ELECTION.
The governor shall be chosen by the qualified voters of the State at a general election. The candidate receiving the greatest number of votes shall be governor.

SECTION 4. TERM OF OFFICE.
The term of office of the governor is four years, beginning at noon on the first Monday in December following his election and ending at noon on the first Monday in December four years later.

SECTION 5. LIMIT ON TENURE.
No person who has been elected governor for two full successive terms shall be again eligible to hold that office until one full term has intervened.

SECTION 6. DUAL OFFICE HOLDING.
The governor shall not hold any other office or position of profit under the United States, the State, or its political subdivisions.

SECTION 7. LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR DUTIES.
There shall be a lieutenant governor. He shall have the same qualifications as the governor and serve for the same term. He shall perform such duties as may be prescribed by law and as may be delegated to him by the governor.

SECTION 8. SAME - ELECTION.
The lieutenant governor shall be nominated in the manner provided by law for nominating candidates for other elective offices. In the general election the votes cast for a candidate for governor shall be considered as cast also for the candidate for lieutenant governor running jointly with him. The candidate whose name appears on the ballot jointly with that of the successful candidate for governor shall be elected lieutenant governor.

SECTION 9. ACTING GOVERNOR.
In case of the temporary absence of the governor from office, the lieutenant governor shall serve as acting governor.

SECTION 10. SUCCESSION; FAILURE TO QUALIFY.
If the governor-elect dies, resigns, or is disqualified, the lieutenant governor elected with him shall succeed to the office of governor for the full term. If the governor- elect fails to assume office for any other reason, the lieutenant governor elected with him shall serve as acting governor, and shall succeed to the office if the governor-elect does not assume his office within six months of the beginning of the term.

SECTION 11. VACANCY.
In case of a vacancy in the office of governor for any reason, the lieutenant governor shall succeed to the office for the remainder of the term.

SECTION 12. ABSENCE.
Whenever for a period of six months, a governor has been continuously absent from office or has been unable to discharge the duties of his office by reason of mental or physical disability, the office shall be deemed vacant. The procedure for determining absence and disability shall be prescribed by law.

SECTION 13. FURTHER SUCCESSION.
Provision shall be made by law for succession to the office of governor and for an acting governor in the event that the lieutenant governor is unable to succeed to the office or act as governor. No election of a lieutenant governor shall be held except at the time of electing a governor.

SECTION 14. TITLE AND AUTHORITY OF SUCCESSOR.
When the lieutenant governor succeeds to the office of governor, he shall have the title, powers, duties and emoluments of that office.

SECTION 15. COMPENSATION.
The compensation of the governor and the lieutenant governor shall be prescribed by law and shall not be diminished during their term of office, unless by general law applying to all salaried officers of the State.

SECTION 16. GOVERNOR'S AUTHORITY.
The governor shall be responsible for the faithful execution of the laws. He may, by appropriate court action or proceeding brought in the name of the State, enforce compliance with any constitutional or legislative mandate, or restrain violation of any constitutional or legislative power, duty, or right by any officer, department, or agency of the State or any of its political subdivisions. This authority shall not be construed to authorize any action or proceeding against the legislature.

SECTION 17. CONVENING LEGISLATURE.
Whenever the governor considers it in the public interest, he may convene the legislature, either house, or the two houses in joint session.

SECTION 18. MESSAGES TO LEGISLATURE.
The governor shall, at the beginning of each session, and may at other times, give the legislature information concerning the affairs of the State and recommend the measures he considers necessary.

SECTION 19. MILITARY AUTHORITY.
The governor is commander-in-chief of the armed forces of the State. He may call out these forces to execute the laws, suppress or prevent insurrection or lawless violence, or repel invasion. The governor, as provided by law, shall appoint all general and flag officers of the armed forces of the State, subject to confirmation by a majority of the members of the legislature in joint session. He shall appoint and commission all other officers.

SECTION 20. MARTIAL LAW.
The governor may proclaim martial law when the public safety requires it in case of rebellion or actual or imminent invasion. Martial law shall not continue for longer than twenty days without the approval of a majority of the members of the legislature in joint session.

SECTION 21. EXECUTIVE CLEMENCY.
Subject to procedure prescribed by law, the governor may grant pardons, commutations, and reprieves, and may suspend and remit fines and forfeitures. This power shall not extend to impeachment. A parole system shall be provided by law.

SECTION 22. EXECUTIVE BRANCH.
All executive and administrative offices, departments, and agencies of the state government and their respective functions, powers, and duties shall be allocated by law among and within not more than twenty principal departments, so as to group them as far as practicable according to major purposes. Regulatory, quasi-judicial, and temporary agencies may be established by law and need not be allocated within a principal department.

SECTION 23. REORGANIZATION.
The governor may make changes in the organization of the executive branch or in the assignment of functions among its units which he considers necessary for efficient administration. Where these changes require the force of law, they shall be set forth in executive orders. The legislature shall have sixty days of a regular session, or a full session if of shorter duration, to disapprove these executive orders. Unless disapproved by resolution concurred in by a majority of the members in joint session, these orders become effective at a date thereafter to be designated by the governor.

SECTION 24. SUPERVISION.
Each principal department shall be under the supervision of the governor.

SECTION 25. DEPARTMENT HEADS.
The head of each principal department shall be a single executive unless otherwise provided by law. He shall be appointed by the governor, subject to confirmation by a majority of the members of the legislature in joint session, and shall serve at the pleasure of the governor, except as otherwise provided in this article with respect to the secretary of state. The heads of all principal departments shall be citizens of the United States.

SECTION 26. BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS.
When a board or commission is at the head of a principal department or a regulatory or quasi-judicial agency, its members shall be appointed by the governor, subject to confirmation by a majority of the members of the legislature in joint session, and may be removed as provided by law. They shall be citizens of the United States. The board or commission may appoint a principal executive officer when authorized by law, but the appointment shall be subject to the approval of the governor.

SECTION 27. RECESS APPOINTMENTS.
The governor may make appointments to fill vacancies occurring during a recess of the legislature, in offices requiring confirmation by the legislature. The duration of such appointments shall be prescribed by law.

And isn't interesting that everyone is comparing Palin to Obama? Isn't she the VP candidate? Let's compare apples to apples. That's right. We can't because the two line resume of Obama can't compare to McCain's two volumes.

Pacaderm:
Listing the executive duties of the Governor was desperate and hilarious. She held the position for less than 2 years and the state's population is LESS THAN 700,000! That is tinier than a very small city.

You are just a shameless liar by saying Obama had only 2 years of a campaign as experience. Do you even know how to read?
Count them...13 YEARS in Government. Palin was probably still putting on her fake eyelashes for a beauty pageant at the time Obama was dealing with serious issues in a state with a real population, Illinois.

Again, in case you didn't read:

OBAMA is A UNITED STATES SENATOR,
- In the US Senate served on the FOREIGN RELATIONS COMMITTEE, HOMELAND SECURITY COMMITTEE, VETERANS AFFAIRS COMMITTEE, HEALTH, EDUCATION, LABOR & PENSION COMMITTEE.
Last time I checked, the FOREIGN RELATIONS COMMITTEE and HOMELAND SECURITY COMMITTEE deal with FOREIGN POLICY, you right wing nuts. Palin never dealt meaningfully with foreign policy ONE DAY IN HER LIFE. Let's face it, Joe Biden is going to wipe the floor with her inexperience, and Obama is just plain smarter than a woman who doesn't even believe in basic science.

I wonder where she thinks all that oil came from, since she believes in Creationism instead of evolution. Yeah, that's who we need as Vice-President a heartbeat from the Presidency: a woman who can't even grasp simple science. Its funny and absurd, just like the Republicans who can't admit she isn't qualified to shine Barack Obama's shoes.

- Before getting to the US Senate Obama served 11 years in the Illinois State Senate.ILLINOIS is a HUGE state with a diverse population, like America. Alaska has 670,000 people in the whole state, #47 in all of America it is so tiny.

- Barack Obama is a graduate TOP of his class at Harvard Law School. Barack Obama also has a degree in Political science specializing in International Relations. He is a Constitutional scholar. Palin is expert at little more than changing diapers and pushing for oil drilling, so she can give out more $1200 bribery checks to her state's residents.

Pacaderm cracked me up with this: "I think most will agree that IL isn't known for being the cleanest political town so did Obama fight his own party's corruption?"

You dare mention corruption in the same breath as Obama when it is Palin who is CURRENTLY BEING INVESTIGATED FOR ETHICS VIOLATIONS. That''s priceless. Typical Republican trying to turn the tables and reverse the truth. LOL. Alaska is full of corrupt politicians, and Palin is evidently one of them.
You guys are too easy.

Wow! I've been reading quite a bit about Sarah Palin since I hadn't heard of her before Friday. From what I've read, I'm not sure I'd mind having her in office as President, should the need arise. Her views are much the same as mine on the major issues.

Chris, I hope you're still reading these posts. My heart really goes out to you - you're so full of hate that you must be miserable and I'm sorry for that. I hope you'll find peace - and hopefully learn more about that "magic man in the sky," as you call Him.

McCain's choice is certainly a surprise, but not one that I am unhappy with. Truthfully, I've been having a very difficult time with throwing my support behind him, but think it has just become easier with his choice for VP. It will be interesting to see what unfolds over the next few months.

Donna, indeed I am, and let me tell you to save the fake piety. My life is filled with joy and love, the only real aggravation seems to be that the political process of this country is being distorted to accomplish the goals of a right wing religious minority that cares only about abortion, and everything else...not so much.
You will be the ruin of this great nation. Do I hate you? No. But I feel sorry for your ignorance and the way your organized religion blinds you to facts. Sarah Palin attends a strict Fundamentalist church that preaches disapproval of people who follow other religions, lifestyles, and values. This is a pluralistic nation.
Fundamentalsists like her believe in Creationism. Sarah Palin wants to teach it in school. How utterly absurd that our children should waste their time reading fables when the children of other competitive nations are in their public schools learning real science and useful skills. That stuff belongs in church. Got it? Her wish to deny rights to women to control their own bodies and push her religion on everyone else, is shameful.

Now,DONNA, to get to something more important than RELIGION, such as national security, I just read something that sheds more insight on how unqualified this woman is. Her only education is a bachelors degree in Sports Journalism? Is this a joke? Just as long as she has good child bearing hips, I suppose, right? She asked, less than a month ago:
“As for that VP 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 VP does every day?"

Do you get that? Donna, you've got to be kidding me. Wake up and open your eyes. Don't assume that you know anything about me except this: I am tired of people like you thinking anyone who doesn't share your religious beliefs can't know joy, and if we stand up to your beliefs getting in the way of good government, we are somehow full of hate. Not full of hate, just HAD ENOUGH and speaking out against your nonsense. In fact, I am tolerant and loving of all different lifestyles and nationalities, unlike the religious right wing with their anti-muslim, anti-gay, anti-immigrant, anti- everybody HATE. These anti-American ideas that dishonor diversity are plainly coming from the right, not the left.
The only people I cannot tolerate are those that would push their beliefs and particular form of religion on others.
They must be denounced and discredited, and that is what I'm here to do right now.

Get a clue, and learn to take an adult, responsible position when entering the voting booth. Sarah Palin doesn't even know basic things about the Constitution, like what the duties of the Vice President even are, and you think it would be fine to have her as President if 72 year old MCCain becomes ill. A person with no knowledge of foreign relations, who has only ever left the united states ONCE to take photos with soldiers. What a scary prospect, her leading this nation in the 21st century.

I'm haven't been that thrilled about McCain but was planning on voting for him because I do not believe with Obama's viewpoints on abortion, homosexuality, or the war. But now I am very excited about Sarah Palin!! She seems to be a woman with integrity, courage, and boldness... who is not afraid to stand up for her beliefs. I admire her for many reasons, and I think she'll be a great V.P.! I think she is far more capable than people might think. Experience doesn't necessarily make a great leader. Character makes a great leader. Look at all the experienced policians, etc. who've failed in the area of character. Plus, she does not lack experience; she just isn't as expeirenced as soem others, but again... that doesn't mean she's not fully capable and competent, because like I said, there's been alot of expeirenced leaders who've ended up hurting the country and the citizens of this country as a result of the choices they made.

"haven't been that thrilled about McCain but was planning on voting for him because I do not believe with Obama's viewpoints on abortion, homosexuality, or the war."

So let me get this straight... you believe you have the right to judge others with a different lifestyle, and then deny them equal rights. You believe women should be forced to carry a fetus in cases of rape and incest, like Sarah Palin. You believe in war without justification and based on lies. You approve of continuing to send young men and women into a war that has been PROVEN to have been perpetrated by the party YOU want to empower. Those are the signs of a wicked soul. Amazing that you can go to church every week, and yet you are filled with so many hateful ambitions, ignorance, and intolerance.

You are not a Christian...these things make you a worshipper of Satan, whether you realize it or not. The devil depends on folks like you. If Jesus came down today, he would not even recognize you as a Christian. You have been propagandized and brainwashed into following false prophets. Jesus preached love and peace, yet you follow liars and warmongers. I hope one day you find true salvation, instead of this path of the Devil that you seem to be following.

To Steve Willson and others like him. I wonder why people like you still think the way you think. IGNORANT. I have no doubt to believe that a lot you voted Bush in and Palin as Rep Gov in Alaska. Only one eyed person can guide the rest of the blinds like you. I bet you need a lot of sunshine to be able to see and understand what's the world about. So get out of Alaska a litte bit. USA Presidency is far more than your little thinking of governancy. All I can tell you now is that US presidency is about world presidency not just Alaska. Think about it before you open the gut again.

I am dumbfounded by the whole thing. Did someone simply pick a name out of a hat or is someone trying to sabotage McCain? I agree with everything that Chris has said. Where are all the feminists and why aren't they protesting? Having Sarah Palin as our VP and potential President sets women back 50 years. But she sure has got the vote of all those anti gay, anti abortion, bible thumping, gun toting rednecks and extreme conservatives, especially when they get a load of the picture of her in that red, white and blue bikini toting a rifle with that crazed look on her face (and the guy drinking a schlitz in the background), or the picture of her in the black leather mini, and when I say mini, I mean realllly mini with the hooker stilletos and the satin shirt unbutton so that you could see her bra. No, I'm not jealous, matter of fact I recorded the bit on Inside Edition with the bikini shot for my husbands viewing pleasure. The same reason most of those people will vote for her.
My idea as a role model for teen girls (God knows her daughter is following in her footsteps), not so much. I prefer Hillary (and I don't even like her).

 
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