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Heads up to Barack Obama from Sarah Palin: Be afraid, be very afraid, when Joe Biden speaks

Hanging out with the "Saturday Night Live" comedy crew seems to have benefitted Sarah Palin (and her speechwriters). Speaking in Nevada today, the Republican vice presidential candidate got off the quip of the day.

As John McCain has been doing, Palin called attention to a behind-closed-doors comment by Joe Biden that was recorded and quickly surfaced (The Ticket had seen this coming).

Biden, while raising money in Seattle on Sunday, had this to say: "Mark my words. It will not be six months before the world tests Barack Obama like they did John Kennedy. ... Watch, we're going to have an international crisis, a generated crisis, to test the mettle of this guy." (See video below.)

Biden went on to vouch for Obama's readiness to meet such a challenge. But that, not surprisingly, has gotten lost in the GOP shuffle. The Republican ticket has responded that America, especially at this moment, doesn't need a White House occupant who would invite a "test" from the nation's adversaries.

In pressing that case in Reno, Palin noted that Biden, before he curbed his tongue, had said he could envision "four or five" scenarios for the international threat to an Obama administration to emerge. She offered her guesses on some of them -- featuring Iran or Pakistan or Iraq or the nation of Georgia.

Then she cracked: "But I guess the looming crisis that most worries the Obama campaign right now is Joe Biden's next speaking engagement."

Later in the day, the Democratic ticket survived a Biden appearance in Greeley, Colo. During it, as he discussed whether Obama has the pedigree for the presidency, Biden had an easy retort: Colin Powell thinks so.

-- Don Frederick

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I'm afraid of what McCain and Palin are saying every day, all day! I can not vote for people who continue to terrorize america with their hate and lies.

Don't the Republican leaders even care about honesty or morals anymore?

A "generated crisis." Get it? Generated. Manufactured.
The Biden comment is much ado about nothing. And I guess the GOP doesn't remember this one:

Puerile Palin.

Guess I don't have to worry about whether or not America is tested, as apparently I don't qualify as American, according to that bunch.

I'm one of those coastal interlopers....

Maybe, as long as we are at it, Times reporter Robin Abcarian can do a story to counter her story on Palin's college years with one on loose-mouth Biden's college years:

From the NY Times in September 1987. Pay special attention to the last paragraph:

Senator Joseph R. Biden Jr., fighting to salvage his Presidential campaign, today acknowledged ''a mistake'' in his youth, when he plagiarized a law review article for a paper he wrote in his first year at law school.

Mr. Biden insisted, however, that he had done nothing ''malevolent,'' that he had simply misunderstood the need to cite sources carefully. And he asserted that another controversy, concerning recent reports of his using material from others' speeches without attribution, was ''much ado about nothing.''

Mr. Biden, the 44-year-old Delaware Democrat who heads the Senate Judiciary Committee, addressed these issues at the Capitol in a morning news conference he had called expressly for that purpose. The news conference was held just before he presided over the third day of hearings on the nomination of Judge Robert H. Bork to the Supreme Court.

To buttress his assertions of sincerity and openness, Mr. Biden released a 65-page file, obtained by the Senator from the Syracuse University College of Law, that he said contained all the records of his years there. It disclosed relatively poor grades in college and law school, mixed evaluations from teachers and details of the plagiarism.

Finally, I guess when the nutjob "world leaders" start testing Obama the president in June or July of next year, Mr. President Obama can look around and say, "Why is everybody picking on me?"

You know why? Because they know we will have a weak president, that's why.

God helps us.

MCCain really needs to put a muzzle on Palin as she is really causing him to lose this election. It's comments like that which is causing the American People to look for real change. This is the kind of stuff we did in HIGH SCHOOL. What happen to the rel issues that the american people are concerned about?

Sit Palin down and shut her up or MCCain will go down!

Then she cracked: "But I guess the looming crisis that most worries the Obama campaign right now is Joe Biden's next speaking engagement."

--Have fun,Sarah. Before you disappear.

Since she's so versed on foreign policy threats, maybe Sarah Palin's time would be better spent addressing why her running mate just hit up the "Evil Empire" for money. Both Palin and McCain harshly denounced Russia's actions in Georgia and painted the country as a bully. Yet, McCain is now soliciting Russia for campaign funds, based on the letter their ambassador just released. It's almost certain the "Evil Empire" is getting a good laugh out of this bumbling misstep.

The Crisis Biden alluded to would be in effect whoever is president, Obama, or McCain, Biden, or Palin.

The Bush administration has left our country in shambles and Biden is saying it is not if there will be a crisis, but when.

When the fire starts, Obama will reach for the extinguisher as will Biden, McCain will look for fuel to add to the fire, and Palin will recite Republican platitudes to it.

Palin seems to be talking alot about Obama. She should be embarassed of her own self if you seen the vice presidential debate then u know what i am talking about. This woman could not even answer simple questions that a vice president should be able to answer and if she cant do that how are her and McCain going to prepare themselves for an international crisis? There is a huge amount of publicity about Sarah Palin and she’s definitely no typical woman. Yet there is a lot about her that people don’t know about. has a lot of evidence on Palin’s current political views and actions, which presents her high and low career points as Alaskan Governor. Go to to see it.

The media have dismissed her, and are not typically ignoring her. That is fine, it will come even more of a surprise when obama loses. Sarah Palin is packing them in whereever she goes. Last Tuesday in Scranton she drew a full house of 12,000, where at the same arena on a Sunday afternoon, Biden with Bill and Hillary only drew less than 4,000. And Scranton is supposed to be Biden's special place, they didn't even want to take their Sunday afternoon to go see him.

Attention Republicans....

Close your eyes then click your heels together three times and say...

There is no truth but the Republican truth
There is no truth but the Republican truth
There is no truth...

Biden made the comment, not the Republicans. There are so many questions marks behind Obama's character and history that I cannot believe that many American's are dismissing them all. McCain doesn't have any strange relationships and he kept his word on Campaign finance. Obama lied and did not keep his, this trying ot buy the Presidency. What a waste of money. Almost $250K! The most ever spent on a campaign! If he cared so much about "spreading the wealth" he should of kept with his promise and gave the rest of hte money to those who need it. What a hypocrite! Why do you think the leaders in the Middle East want Obama to win? It is pretty scary when that is the case. They know he is so weak and he will be tested jsut as Biden stated.

I am AFRAID, VERY AFRAID of McCain/Palin. The more sleeze you put out the more I donate to OBAMA/BIDEN

Question: What is America's first line of missile interceptor defense that protects the entire United States?
Answer: 49th Missile Defense Battalion of Alaska National Guard.

Question: What is the ONLY National Guard unit on permanent active duty?
Answer: 49th Missile Defense Battalion of Alaska National Guard.

Question: Who is the Commander in Chief of the 49th Missile Defense Battalion of Alaska National Guard?
Answer: Governor Sarah Palin, Alaska.

Question: What U.S. governor is routinely briefed on highly classified military issues, homeland security, and counter terrorism?
Answer: Governor Sarah Palin, Alaska.

Question: What U.S. governor has a higher classified security rating than either candidate of the Democrat Party?
Answer: Governor Sarah Palin, Alaska.

According to the Washington Post, she first met with McCain in February, but nobody ever found out. This is a woman used to keeping secrets. She can be entrusted with our national security, because she already is.

@ Alaska Girl

That just shows how out of touch you are. The Enemies of Democracy and the West by-passed Alaska completely on 9/11. The missile interceptor defense is a cold-war left-over. McCain/Palin policies are completey irrelevant to Americans and their ticket is a vote for the surrender and defeat of America and American Values.

Obama/Biden might have flaws but nothing compared to McCain/Palin who themselves are nothing but left-overs from a by-gone time and not fit to lead America into Glory in the 21st Century.

PlankBob, Generated does not mean it wouldn't be a crisis. It would mean that the crisis is deliberately engineered. Something manufactured can be very dangerous, indeed. Your logic is puerile, not Palin's!

I'm voting Democrat because I believe the government will do a
better job of spending MY MONEY than I would. I think when you spread the
wealth around it is good for everybody! It's Patriotic!

I'm voting Democrat because I believe that business should not
be allowed to make profits for themselves. All profits are evil and
should be confiscated for Government Redistribution.

I'm voting Democrat because I believe that MORE Government
regulations and higher taxes on Business will stop Business from
exporting their jobs to Countries with LESS Government regulations and
lower taxes.

I'm voting Democrat because I believe terrorists should be
allowed to have trials in American courts. And be able to subpoena top
secret documents, soldiers, government officials, etc. to cross examine
for their defense. They should have ACLU lawyers who can help
intimidate Americans who serve on the juries!

I'm voting Democrat because I believe in a FREE government
health care system. I believe doctors, nurses, hospitals, and drug
companies, etc. will gladly donate their time, products, services,
facilities, etc. for FREE and that will be a better system.

I'm voting Democrat because I believe in and support trial
lawyers, frivolous lawsuits and outrageous jury verdicts.

I'm voting Democrat because I believe 9/11 was an inside job to
con the American people to go to war for oil.

I'm voting Democrat because I believe social security is solvent
and that there is a social security lock box and I don't believe social
security is a Ponzi scheme.

I'm voting Democrat because I believe Gay Marriage should be the
law of the land and will probably produce better children.

I'm voting Democrat because I believe English should not be the
official language of the United States. I don't mind pushing one for
English when I use the phone.

I'm voting Democrat because I believe partial birth abortion is
okay but water boarding a terrorist is disgusting.

I'm voting Democrat because I believe having a domestic
terrorist like Bill Ayers as a close friend is a good thing. It allows
for great relations with foreign terrorists.

I'm voting Democrat because I believe MOST AMERICANS are bitter
and cling to their guns and religion. Let's rid our country of guns and

I'm voting Democrat because I believe illegal aliens deserve all
the rights of ordinary Americans plus some additional rights Americans
do not have.

I'm voting Democrat because I believe groups like ACORN who
register felons, drug addicts, winos, and homeless drifters, illegal
aliens, dead people, children, fictional Disney characters, etc. makes
my vote counts more.

I'm voting Democrat because I believe celebrating the winter
solstice shows compassion for the small minority of people that do not
celebrate Christmas.

I'm voting Democrat because I believe hard core criminal murders
and rapists deserve life and that the innocent unborn deserve death.
It's a choice I can live with.

I'm voting Democrat because I believe Bush caused Hurricane
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I'm voting Democrat because I believe our soldiers are AIR
RAIDING villages and killing innocent people.

I'm voting Democrat because I believe sex in the Oval Office
with an intern is a private matter and that everybody lies under oath about

I'm votin Demokrat becuse I wus edumkated at a publick sckrool.
I lik da NEA!

I'm voting Democrat because I believe that any one who is not
partaking in one of the many wonderful government programs obviously
has too much money and should pay higher taxes.

I'm voting Democrat because when we pull out of Iraq the
terrorists will be happy and now think of us as good people.

I'm voting Democrat because freedom of speech is fine as long as
it does not offend people. Can't we all just get along?

I'm voting Democrat because I believe oil companies' profits are
wrong. I believe higher taxes on oil companies will produce lower
prices at the pump.

I'm voting Democrat because I believe we need to rid ourselves
of dependency on foreign oil, BUT I AM AGAINST offshore drilling for
oil and natural gas, drilling in ANWR, building nuclear power plants
and clean coal technology.

And finally, I'm voting Democrat because I believe Reverend
Hey let's make a comfortable nest for those chickens!

Why are you voting Democrat?

It doesn't surprise me that Sarah Palin and John McCain regularly misrepresent the facts because it's hard to tell the truth when you're ethically and morally challenged.


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