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Sarah Palin will be missing from action Sunday a.m.

As is The Ticket's custom, a post listing the entire roster of appearances on this Sunday's interview programs will pop up Saturday at noon PDT (3 p.m. EDT).

But here's an advance heads up, in part because of who WON'T be found on any of the chat shows.

Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin campaigning with the top of the Republican ticket, John McCain Three of the four now-official candidates on the major-party presidential tickets are scheduled to sit down for questions: Democrat Barack Obama on ABC's "This Week," his running mate, Joe Biden, on NBC's "Meet the Press" and Republican John McCain on CBS' "Face the Nation."

Absent from this list, of course, is the GOP's star of the moment, the not-so-long-ago obscure governor of Alaska who is McCain's running mate, Sarah Palin.

Since she was thrust onto the national stage a week ago, her appearances on it have been tightly regulated by the McCain campaign: a few side-by-side campaign stops with him and, of course, her big speech to the GOP's convention Wednesday night.

Today, top McCain aide Rick Davis indicated the campaign isn't in any hurry to slot Palin for a Sunday show appearance -- and will do so only if he and other strategists determine it serves the ticket's purposes, not because some may view it as a required initiation for a major political player.

Appearing on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" show, Davis said, "I'd never commit to anything in the future. ... Our strategy is in our hands, not the media's. We're going to do what's in our best interests to try to win the election. If we think going on TV news shows are [sic] in our best interests, we'll do it. If we don't, we won't."

Palin still will be busy this weekend. She'll campaign Saturday with McCain in two key states -- Colorado and New Mexico -- and she'll deliver his campaign's weekly radio address. That's one of those trappings of the presidency McCain has borrowed (notwithstanding the barbs his forces like to sling at Obama along these lines).

-- Don Frederick

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I respectfully disagree with the posts I have read. Supporters of one political party and the media (in a coordinated effort) often "over-play their hand" and fall into a trap set by brilliant campaign strategists. This is not the first trap I've seen your group take the bate on. This time, strategists are allowing non-substantive personal attacks on Sarah Palin's abbilites on the talk-show circuit; then when all eyes are on the candidate, she will "knock it out of the park" on these "news" shows. The expectations will be set so low, and her performance will be so excellent that people will be blown away.

Which is better for America? A pot smoking, coke snorting, failed community organizer socilaist, who's projects had to be taken over by the Feds or a person who is from outside Washington. The media doesn't have a clue how to handle this lady except attack attack and attack some more. I can't waite for Mr. Hardball to run for the senate and see how he likes to be insulted every nite, while his familty is dragged through the gutter. Are you demos scared that Mr. Obama is not living up to your dreams of becoming a EU nation? Answer me this: are the Clintons enjoying the Mr.Obama melt down or are they scared that Mrs. Clinton may have to run against Sarah Palin? A Hockey Dad for Sarah.

Sarah Palin is a hoax and the biggest fraud right now. She is an empty barrel who can only read from Carl Rove's script. The press should not let her off the hook because our country is in dire need of wise and knowlegeable leaders after 8 years of dummies in the White House.

I'm not surprised at the fact that Palin will not be appearing on any of the political talk shows this weekend or in the near future. Im looking forward to the debates, something she will not be able to dismiss herself away from. When at this time in history Amercia looks for the beginning of change to meet the challenges which lay ahead, you would think the Republicans VP choice would step up to the plate and hit a home run showing her profound executive skills to bring comfort to Amercia knowing someone is there for them. The simple truth is, McCain thinks by throwing in the mix of politics someone who is but a facade without firmly attached and grounded to politics would be so UNKNOWN, we would doubt ourselves saying, I just dont get it, but I will go along with it because, surely, i cant be this wrong about the most obvious. God help Amercia

For myself, I am just going to dismiss all of this and stay on the path of change with someone I do understand, OBAMA.

If she's ready to be VP, she's ready to talk to the press.

McCain has chosen. We have seen her act. We now can choose ourselves. There is nothing in the background or the future of this "team" to give us expectations for bring about change or refrom in government. It's a different dog but, lying in the same bed , he has the same fleas. Being cute and flippant isn't a criteria for leadership. I, for one, am sick and tired of the divisiveness being offered by the GOP yet again. Congress has been deadlocked because of their lack of leadership and now McCain says he veto anything that doesn't meet his litmus test of reform. Bull !!! The only reform we can hope for is to kick these self righteous, arrogant special interest puppets in the butt.

Come out come out wherever you are Sarah. Maybe you can convince them to let you mouth the same talking points you have been trained to say. For all the latent racists who make up excuses like they are scared of Sen. Obama, I have this to say. Sarah Palin may be the anti-Christ, she may be the Manchurian candidate that a mentally fading old man was convinced to pick. Gramps better watch his back becauser they will eliminate him soon and put this empty pant suit where they want her.


The American people tolerated this behavior in 2004 from Bush Jr. Look how well that turned out. Does anyone out there know how to start an online petition to demand she give interviews NOW to the national media.

We need to send a message that Bush Rove tactics will not be tolerated again. We are smarter than this.

Oh, I can't wait to "see" her in the next couple of months. Better yet, I can't wait to "hear" what she has to say when there is no one around coaching her or laying out word for word what to say. For someone who had so much to say during the republican convention, why avoid any opportunity to put to rest any doubt that she is capable of standing on her own and possibly be put in a position to lead this country someday? Maybe it's because she has no clue. She was so arogant when she was attacking senator Obama, but if I were in her shoes, I would definitely be worried about her upcoming debate with Biden. I can't wait until she exposes how little she knows about anything. Im sure it won't be long before she opens her big mouth and sticks her big foot right in it.

I love how everyone here thinks Palin will be validated by meeting with the same press that has done nothing but try to demagogue her about the so called "Troopergate" and others in the press demanding a paternity test to make sure the baby is hers. That's substantive? Truth is, you liberals are scared to death of her and if you can't find anything wrong with her, you'll just make stuff up.

And, as far as her parroting talking points or delivering finely crafted words written by others, since when did that become an issue. Every major politician in the past has had speech writers, including (gasp) Mr. Obama. No, he wasn't filled with inspirational rhetoric by Zeus as he stood between the Greek columns during his speech.

The hypocrisy literally cracks me up.

It is so ironic or maybe just palin-- I mean plain justice, that the Republicans have exactly in Sarah Palin what they falsely accused Barack Obama of. From day one, Republicans loved to say that Barack was a "Roll of the Dice" a "Celebrity"! However, the hand of Karma is swift and the chickens have come home to roost in the guise of Sarah Palin who is the real risk and Roll of the Dice (no foreign or national experience, under ethics investigation for abuse of power, possible member of the AIP) and Sarah, like Britney Spears and Paris Hilton is a Celebrity now (glosses the the covers of US Weekly, People, National Enquirer, etc.). What you Sow you shall Reap!

Maverick McCain who truly loves to gamble, loves Las Vegas, just risked the safety and welfare of this nation with his risky, roll of the dice VP pick, Sarah Palin. However, this is not Las Vegas or Atlantic City, this the United States of America. We cannot afford a Gambler in the White House and his first true test, Sarah Palin, is not even ready to go on Meet the Press (her first true test)! Tim Russert must be rolling around in his anchor seat in heaven.

By the way, it seems that our Republican Vice Presidential candidate, Sarah Palin, who could be a heartbeat away from the Presidency seems, to have switched colleges at least six times in six years.

Not to worry, if McPain becomes seriously ill while serving as President the first move will be her resignation so he and his advisers can replace her. Come to think of it, that might be one of the first things that happens right after he's sworn in.

I keep reading "news" about the current political situation, and it is little different than what I've heard during every election campaign. Obama preaches change, and his promised are the same heard during every campaign. Mostly promises to do things that the President has no power to do. If we want change in Washington, we will have to elect someone to Congress who has the publics wellfare in mind.

It is hard to understand why we have so much trouble in our government. No matter what the situation is, our great "unbiased?" media comes up with an expert in that area. They seem to think that the media is the only ones that know how to run a country, and are trying their best to do so. They should stick to selling books, and stay out of something they know nothing about.

Sarah Palin is nothing special. She has to deal with everything the other three candidates have to deal with. John Mccain is counting on the prejudices of a few Americans to get him elected. This wont work America is changing , look at the crowds of each parties convention as proof of that fact. Right now its good for ratings and Mccain thinks its good for him but in the end Sarah Palin will be a joke and she may have ruined what could hv been a successful career in the republican party. Message to Palin PATIENCE IS A VIRTUE!!!!!!!!

Donna how could she not be ready for the media but be ready for VP? Please respond.

Not only is Palin pathetically unqualified to be a heartbeat away from the U.S. Presidency, but her extreme, far-right ideas are not in keeping with the vast majority of this country -- even with many Republicans, I'd wager. I just hope her fans will wake up from their honeymoon with her before November. Otherwise, I can't even begin to imagine how much worse the mess we're currently in will be!

I should say that I once truly respected John McCain. However, based on what I have learned and observed of him In the last 12 months, I now believe he would be a terrible President. He is a mean, vindictive, shoot-from-the-hip, economically-challenged, disloyal, contemptuous, rules-are-for-the-little-people, oil-industry-shilling bully who thinks graduating close to the bottom of his class, losing his plane FIVE times and spending years as a POW somehow entitle him to occupy the office of President.

Bush may be incompetent, but McCain is scary.

It would be nice if some of the other media would use the Fox propaganda network's tactic of keeping a countdown until Palin appears on their show.
I don't wish the woman any bad fortune, but the voters need to know the extent of damage that could be done if she were to become vice president. Did McCain put the country first or was he doing anything to get elected when he chose her as VP?
Something else that has been ignored by the media is Mrs. Palin's religious affiliation. This is a big attraction to the ultra right evangelicals so I can't imagine the press would not inform the public in detail just what her church, the Assembly of God believes. This church believes that "speaking in tongues" is a sign that a person has the Holy Spirit. When in a tongue speaking trance the spirit will often give them revelations which they will act upon without question. Who can argue with the spirit? What if in a not so unlikely scenario McCain doesn't live long enough to serve out his term, Mrs. Palin become President and the spirit tells her to launch nuclear missiles?

Be very worried!

Come on folks. Has anyone checked FoxNews this morning. They're up in arms because OPRAH won't have Palin on. Important issues, adhoc discussion on the economy, credit crisis, home foreclosures, healthcare, foreign policy, national security.

Just in from FoxNews, "Oprah snubs Sarah!"

Other reports have indicated that the reason she'll be absent this weekend is because she's going back to Alaska to see her son off to Iraq. Why didn't you "blog" that, hack?

Sarah Palin is scheduled to be on Charlie Rose on Saturday.

Yes media, please do make much more of this. Don't be cowed by the hypocritical complaints of bias. This is ridiculous, to bring someone on so unknown and unprepared, so late in the game, and to try to claim that due scrutiny is sexist bias! You know that some people (the swinging idiots) are buying this. Demand Palin submit to media scrutiny, now.

Missing from the Sunday Morning incestuous inside the beltway pontificating.
Ohhhh - The Horror.

I'm sure the 50 viewers of these programs who actually care will be outraged. I know I am.

Country first???? Ticket first, Repubs first. What ever is in their best interest. Brought to you by the same Conservative media establishment that brought you Bush and Cheney, not once but twice.

They caused massive problem which they are now trying to convince us that they are the best solution.

What is the Texas man with limited mental capacity say? "Fool me once shame on you. Fool me twice (how does that go?) Fool me three times... Well after that you are definitely not going to fool me a fourth time. Fool me again.... Now I'm confused,"

These same guys sold the gullible American public these guys not once but twice and are shooting for 3 times.

Did anyone see McCain and Palin on tv campaigning today? She was reading from a paper using her finger to keep her place and not looking at the audience.
It was rather pathetic.

No, she would have to have an earpiece with someone feeding her what to say to be able to be on one of the "talk" shows.

And has anyone else found her voice very annoying?

Wake up America and expose GOP. They believe we all are fools and they can feed us anything. It appears they want to give her crash courses and scripted answers before they will put her on any show. Shame on this corrupt party who cares only about making money for them self at our expense.

Palin is a puppet with no credentials.

Keep going people. The more you put her down and judge her before you know how she will do, the better her chances will be when she finally does!

So many pundits and commentators on networks that are losing their audiences have done this before they even gave her a chance, now they have to eat their words after her speech.

Obama and his campaign are so stumped by her, they have to call on Hillary to rescue them! If I were Hillary, I would tell Obama, "you didn't think I was even good enough be to your VP, so you take care of her yourself". BUT knowing Obama and his DNC bullies, they will force her to confront Palin for them. Bullies are the biggest cowards.

Here is the REAL reason why McCain chose Palin. He has no shame... Check it out, it's a pretty unique perspective from a religious point of view - surprising.

The reason Palin won't appear is that they don't want her to sound like the silly, vindictive person she is. Look at her previous "leadership" interviews when she allows shock jocks to call a cancer survivor a "cancer and a b****" :

The Anchorage Daily news reported this on January 25th, 2008

I agree with the decision for Palin to skip the Sunday morning hack-job shows. Those blowhards are so full of themselves, they can't conceive of a canidate being elected without their approval. In fact, I think it would be best if all the canidates stopped appearing on these self-inflated talk shows. I get so tired of the "talking-heads" trying to influence the outcome of elections for their own personal gain. When we went to Iraq, they were riding along and praising the effort. When things got tough and they thought they could sell more air time by pandering to the angst of the America people, they turned tail and ran the other way. Now, concerned their historic candidate might not win, they are attacking Palin and her family like rabid dogs. Anything to get the canidate they want into office eIected. I hope she never goes on a single Sunday morning show, so we can watch the blowhards, consumed with their own egos, continue to twist in the wind.

And what happens when you take away Obama's teleprompter, "You know, you know, you know....."

I believe John McCain knows what he is doing - he'll use Ms Palin as his campaign requires, not to satisfy the curiosity of Democrats. BTW, if you read the above comments, you can't help but notice how mean spirited and small minded the Democrats are!

McCain's choice of Palin for V.P. was absolutely brilliant. Barack Hussein was totally blindsided by this move and may not recover. McCain took all of the hype and steam from a much anticipated, scripted speech prepared by a team of speech writers from Barack Hussein. McCain is a brawler. Barack Hussein's oratory skills may not bail him out from a brilliant V.P. to be - Sarah Palin!

Isn't She Wonderful....

If your against her... You just want to work for Washington
If your with her... You want Washington to work for you.

Let's get the old Washington Political Thieves out,
all of them and get Legislators in Washington
who haven't learned to steal our money yet.

So everyone wants to have her on media talk abouts for what reason? Is she going to say anything? A single thing that will change the venom that most of you are injecting?

Put your efforts into raising who you believe and less time in trying to take down who you dont.

Silly Rabbits. We have our mind made up and so do you. Go find a hobby that helps you shed some of this anger.

Please, she is a new mother and has many other children. She is a Christian and will be praying for direction and spending time with family.
Thank God someone who is normal in politics.
It's about time

Keep it going.... Lets continue to slam the unknown. Don't forget, Obama was an unkown just 2.5 years ago. He is only a puppet and if you think otherwise, it only shows how easily you are swayed by the media. By the way, the only reason the media is upset about Palin is because the media did not invent her. The media and the rest of the country was taken aback because everyone thought they knew who McCain was going to pick. Well, I was suprised as well but after thinking about it, I too was scared at the first announcement but since I like to think I am open minded, I think she has something that the rest of you clowns are to scared of. Somebody NEW!!! Well so was Obama....COME ON PEOPLE... Start using your mind and stop following the media hype.

Let's face it - as much as the Republicans would like to say Sarah Palin is more experienced in those areas that presidents and vice-presidents should be proficient at, she knows very little about national and international policy decisions and is probably spending this weekend in a crash course on those things so that she doesn't give way how ill informed and unprepared she is to be a heart beat away from the presidency. In the meantime, this woman with a BS in Communications and a minor in Political Science will be trotted out for those controlled speeches that McCain doesn't do so well - sort of like a Stepford wife V.P. :)

Palin''s refusal to step out from behind her handlers and speak publicly with other adults should be a huge concern to all Americans. Someone a stroke away from the Presidency, hiding from the citizenry? Frantically being "packaged," maybe, by anonymous hacks? My god, who could possibly consider making such a person our President?

This is terrifying. If this potential Leader of the Free World lacks the courage or skill to have a conversation with a reporter in public without others having to program her first, she is not in control, she is in no way a leader, and she has absolutely no business running for this office. She needs to stop hiding NOW!

Wow.... So many sexist liberals and their feminist hypocrites. Feel the hate....

Boggles the mind. Who would have known.

Sarah Palin is not meant to do or be anything-but retain the White House for the Republicans. If Senator McCain were to die they would deal with her exactly as they have dealt with George Bush-limited exposure-not included in high level meetings(he had other things to do) and whoever ran George would run Sarah. That gives them the Supreme Court and the Supreme Court gives them total power. And if you think differently you are probably an enemy combatant and need to be questioned somewhere privately.

She's McCain's VP pick. If you don't like the way her interviews are being handled, don't vote for McCain. Otherwise, get over it.

Did you not listen to her speech? She's not interested in pandering to the media... Sunday talk shows are NOT the end-all-be-all. Pomp and circumstance is not what the vice presidency is all about. Action, experience, substance -- that's what it's about.

Besides, how many of you even really watch them? I've watched many sleezy politicians charm their way on a Sunday talk show. Making it through one of those interviews is not my first concern. Sorry.

"Ok... she is not ready for the media." Think about what you're saying. If she's not ready for the media what possible leap of logic would make you feel she's ready to take over for McCain if something should happen to him. You dismiss this so cavalierly. And try to imagine if this was the situation with the Dems. You just know your reaction would be 180 degrees different.

America will not reward complete Republican failure.

Not this time.

Personally (and I'll ignore the anti-republican bias on this blog), I don't think she should go on Sunday AM and neither should McCain. The media has dropped even the appearance of objectivity and is 'All Obama, All Time'.

When Tim Russert died we lost the last real journalist in the Main Stream Media... The rest (Including Charles Gibson) are Partisan Hacks...

Apparently, McCain thinks that women should be seen but not heard.

Actually, he doesn't seem to have an issue with her reading canned speeches written by someone else. So maybe the best analogy is that she's the campaign's "spokesmodel."

Women deserve a better representative than Sarah Palin. And republicans deserve better leaders.

Personally (and I'll ignore the anti-republican bias on this blog), I don't think she should go on Sunday AM and neither should McCain. The media has dropped even the appearance of objectivity and is 'All Obama, All Time'.

When Tim Russert died we lost the last real journalist in the Main Stream Media... The rest (Including Charles Gibson) are Partisan Hacks...

Palin has an obligation to voters and more importantly to herself to tell the public what she intends to do in terms of policy to improve our standing. Avoiding the media is a coward move and exposes Palin to criticism and scrutiny, and possibly investigations into her background.

Now that Hockey Moms and pit bulls are only differentiated by lipstick...seems like McSame & Co are now trying to convince us that just by putting lipstick on the pig we'll fall in love and in line.

Sure there are people you can fool some of the time, but as good ol' Abe once said, "You can't fool all of the people all of the time…." Lipstick on a barracuda, a pit bull, or a pig does not qualify as an extreme make-over.

Sarah Palin just doesn’t have what it takes and her canned speeches won’t carry the day for her. Horrors! What will the McSame/Rove advisers do when she needs to look as if she can think? What’s next? A photo op in front of a library with a banner stating “Mission Accomplished?”

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