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Sarah Palin and Elisabeth Hasselbeck double-team Florida audience

As The Ticket reported last week, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, one of the star hosts on ABC's "The View," campaigned in Florida on Sunday for Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, the Republican vice presidential nominee.

And the TV host boasted that for a change she finally got to talk for five minutes without being interrupted by her co-hosts who appear to be supporting the other fellow. (Actually, Hasselbeck talked for more like nine minutes, but there was a lot of applause from the enthusiastic Tampa audience.)

We'll just let you see for yourself what Hasselbeck said, so you'll know what she's going to be interrupted trying to describe to her "View" colleagues such as Joy Behar on-air later this morning.

We actually have two videos. This one is Hasselbeck's speech and introduction of Palin. Click on the Read more line to see a second, shorter version of Hasselbeck's remarks, plus a few words from Palin herself, speaking about The Clothing Affair.

--Andrew Malcolm

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Sunday, October 26, 2008
Maverick Personality Disorder

Palin may reject complicated scientific definitions.

Despite this, McCain and Palin have managed to make a contribution to the scientific literature.

Before this campaign, the term "maverick" was used loosely, imprecisely.

Now, on the basis of extensive behavioral observations and study, we can firmly say what a "maverick" actually is.

It's a personality disorder:

Maverick Personality Disorder 400.00 (Cluster B)

Maverick Personality Disorder is defined by a tendency to make rash, impulsive decisions that are regarded as both bold and correct--even if the decision directly contradicts another "bold" and "correct" decision that has been made only moments before. This impulsivity is to be distinguished from that seen in Borderline Personality Disorder in that in the latter disorder, self-destructive behavior is overt and intentional, whereas in Maverick Personality Disorder, the impulsive behavior is largely self-destructive, but the individual is rarely aware of it, instead thinking that they are acting "from their gut" in a reasonable fashion.

Sharp mood swings, dramatic gestures, and statements that reflect poor judgment and at times reduced perception of reality (e.g. "the fundamentals of the economy are sound") often occur in the disorder.

A. Three of the following symptoms, displayed in a persistent fashion over a period of 1 year, are necessary for the disorder:

a) Impulsive, rash thoughts and decision-making, often on matters of considerable long-term importance, the impact of which may have major deterimental effects on the individual or others. The impulsive decisions are often justified by such statements as being a "courageous thinker", and by disavowing thought and deliberation as negative characteristics. Notably, despite repeated negative outcomes of this impulsive decision making, the individual still maintains that this behavioral style is correct, and will become testy and irritable when challenged, or when reminded of previous negative outcomes. Ideas that are entirely at odds with each other may be seen concurrently, and such contradictions may be presented by the individual as entirely rational.

2) Dramatic, sweeping, impulsive and grandiose gestures that are meant to change a situation in its entirety, yet are often poorly thought through. The individual may present these acts as gallant and heroic, yet the individual often appears desperate, and provides only a paper-thin rationale for the efficacy of the actions.

3) Extreme mood swings or changes in affect, from apparently happy, to extreme anger and rage. Often these emotions will occur simultaneously, as in the "angry grimacing smile."

4) Binges, sprees or reckless/dangerous behavior without recognizing the potential consequences of such behavior, such as shopping sprees, entering interviews without knowledge of the subject at hand, or naming Vice Presidential candidates without sufficient vetting.

5) "Going Rogue": The tendency to stray from previous professional, social and personal commitments in an effort to protect the self.

6) Dissociative Speech Disturbances: The marked tendency to speak for extensive period of time without any apparent linkage between speech centers and centers of actual thought. The individual may appear entirely confident in what they are saying, speaking at length without pause, without displaying any deliberation, cerebration, contemplation or any other forms of thought whatsoever. With these speech disturbances may occur various accompanying behaviors, such as winking, thumb-raising, etc.

7) Dissociative Changes in Ideation: The individual may disavow major aspects of what they claimed to be the center of their beliefs--e.g., the viability of major tax cuts for the wealthy.

8) Verbal Echolalia: The seemingly uncontrollable repetition of certain words and phrases, even when they appear to have ritualistic meaning or have little or no purpose, remaining utility, or underlying truth. E.g., "My friends", "Socialist", "Joe the Plumber".

B. These behaviors must cause marked impairment in one's professional activities or campaign, and are obsessively maintained even when their destructive impact is clear.

C. These behaviors cannot occur exclusively during a period of Bipolar/Manic Depressive Illness, Major Depression, or political inactivity.

Codes for severity:

MPD Mild 400.01: Mutters to self and wanders grumpily during debate; threatens to attack Russia because it is in view;

MPD Moderate 400.02: Races to "save economy" that he claims is fundamentally sound; Appeals to others as "Average Mom", then wears $150,000 in wardrobe and makeup;

MPD Severe 400.03: Invokes "Joe the Plumber" despite long past sell-by date; Sits down in interview with Katie Couric.

Head of State

These two need to get their egos in check. This election is not Harper Valley PTA.

I wonder if the RNC paid for Hasselbeck's travel/wardrobe/makeup expenses for this event too?

It comes down to this, If McCain/Palin win the White House which magazine do you expect to cover the crisis du jour, Vogue?

I find it rather humorous that while Hasselback is calling out the media for the sexism, Palin on the other hand is stoking it with her off the cuff comments about where she shops.

Does Gov. Palin understand that Hasselback threw her a pass to NOT have to degrade herself any further by perptuating the obvious sexism?

Does she not have brain?

The L.A. Times Suppresses Obama’s Khalidi Bash Tape
Obama, Ayers, and PLO supporters toast Edward Said’s successor, but the press doesn’t think it’s quite as newsworthy as Sarah Palin’s wardrobe.

By Andrew C. McCarthy

Let’s try a thought experiment. Say John McCain attended a party at which known racists and terror mongers were in attendance. Say testimonials were given, including a glowing one by McCain for the benefit of the guest of honor ... who happened to be a top apologist for terrorists. Say McCain not only gave a speech but stood by, in tacit approval and solidarity, while other racists and terror mongers gave speeches that reeked of hatred for an American ally and rationalizations of terror attacks.

I find it humorless that the media and Obama camp keep saying stay with the issues! But you obviously don't! I resent it and an offended by your portrayal of Sarah Palin!

I want to know why your paper is withholding the truth to Americans. I want you to release the video of Obama and friends at a going away bash. It is very relevant to this election and you are doing the people a great disservice!

Why is the Los Angeles Times sitting on a videotape of the 2003 farewell bash in Chicago at which Barack Obama lavished praise on the guest of honor, Rashid Khalidi — former mouthpiece for master terrorist Yasser Arafat?

I also want to know why suppressing news is now your business.

It looks like Hasselbeck has her own agenda. She is definitely using Palin for her success. Maybe she wants to run for the President of U.S. in 2012. She reminds me of the bad FBI agent in the movie, "Along came a Spider".
You can smell it from miles away when it stinks.

I wonder if Hasselbeck knows how and why Sarah Palin was picked as John McCain's running-mate. The answer is quite revealing:

Of all the women the republicans could highlight, they had to choose these two geniuses.

Now they roll out a former Survivor contestant as their best representative? That's the best they can do? Good luck GOP.

Both of these empty skirts need a life....and an infusion of brain matter. I can't believe grandpa McCain picked such an unqualified running mate..until he picked her I thought he might be an option...all he has done with his pick is sell his soul to the right wing bible thumpers...I am so done with the both of them ... I can't wait until this is over and she goes back to Alaska to account for her actions.....

What confuses me is if they are such mavericks why not be yourself. Why buy expensive clothes that don't represent who you are (supposedly). If you shop at consignment stores, why not wear that? Why waste your campaign supports hard earned money on things that are false. If Gov. Palin is such a maverick, why didn't she refuse the shopping spree.

Why isn't anyone asking where Obama's $ 600 million war chest is coming from? Aides say 3 million people have donated an average of $ 80 online -- great, now that explains $ 240 million -- all of it unreportable by the way, as it's under the mandatory limit of $ 200.

Where's the other $ 360 million coming from? The Teamsters, who Obama has said he thinks no longer require oversight? Why are the press asleep at the wheel and not asking any questions about this?

Instead, we have Wardrobegate.

Hasselbeck disagrees just to disagree. She has no substance. The only reason she is supporting Palin is ONLY because everyone is against her on "The View." The only thing that makes sense to her is to join Palin, because no one else wants to hear what EITHER of them has to say.

And I thought "Dumb and Dumberer" was a big flop.

I hope Elizabeth realizes that by supporting Sarah Palin, she's never going to be able to drink a glass of Chardonnay or munch on a piece of Brie again for the rest of her life without being mocked as a hypocrite.

Palin is the big Republican winner. Especially if recently convicted Sen. Steves is re-elected, then Palin as governor gets to name a successor, even herself. She then gets to finish out his term or run in a special election, in Alaska. This sets her up to run in 2012 or more likely 2016.

Say whatever you want, but anybody that has ever been friendly with unrepentant domestic terrorist bill ayers is not Presidential material and that's all there is to it. Cut and dry. End of story, cannot make up for it, or erase it, too risky.

The men have made a mess of the Republican party. Its time for a change.

This is why intellectual republicans left the party. I cannot believe McCain's campaign put these two together. Stupid + Stupid = .....? OMG!!!!

Who is Elisabeth Hasselbeck again and why does her opinion matter? I mean if she is someone important like a Colin Powell or someone to that degree, than I apologize.

Perfect! One empty-headed fluffball supporting another. Those two deserve each other.

That is all Palin needs, another nitwit standing on the stage with her making stupid comments. The McCain camp has really screwed themselves.

she makes me puke. hard. this woman is a shill for the Republican party the same way Palin is.


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