SEPTEMBER 18, 2008
Will McCain Waste Palin?
By DANIEL HENNINGER
You say Palin doesn't have enough "experience" to run Washington? Washingtonâ€™s barely fit to be run.
The problem is the $2.8 trillion federal budget is a vast ocean of Beltway pilot fish feeding off scraps from the whale -- lawyers, lobbyists, ex-Members of Congress. No one runs the Sea of Washington. It's too big/deep.
Obama wants to dig a deeper hole. McCain should ask the American people if they want this to go on...
Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, who was to star at two major California fundraisers and an Orange County rally for 15,000 next week, has canceled her two-day swing through the Golden State, campaign sources said.
The change is a shocker, because Palin's presence had electrified the GOP base in California. Party insiders were distributing 15,000 tickets to her Sept. 26 rally in Orange County -- and fundraisers reported an almost instantaneous sell-out of her two $1,000-a-head Sept. 25 fundraising events in Orange County
Not a good sign
No worries, folks... likely it's just a blocked mammary gland.
(somebody had to say it).
You know what? It doesn't matter. All 4 of Maine's electoral votes will go to Obama.
Have a nice day.
You mean that closet communist racist terrorist sympathizer who thinks children are punishment and guns and religion are for the "little people?"
I just thought I should ask in terms you can relate to.
Dave, it's irrelevant.
Maine will vote all 4 electorate votes to Obama. Get over it.
Yeah, that's right. McCain has no chance here. That's why you have to come in here and tell us all the time he has no chance. And again. And again.
Dead you assume that all earmarks are pork. There are legitimate infastructure projects for federal funding. Isn't part of the cost of gasoline (the federal tax on each gallon) intended for bridge and highway contruction and maintainence? Isn't it just possilbe that Palin went through the list and said we can live without some of them, thus reducing the pork?
Based on my years in the defense business, where budgets were key, I would say there are two distinquishing factors for what is called an "earmark."
The first is that it funds an item that was not requested by the responsible agency in the budget requests submitted through the executive branch budget workup process.
The Defense Dept submits a defense budget request, and the other departments do the same. The federal highway budget request is submitted annually like all the other departmetns.
If the legislative branch adds an item that was not asked for, and it is in their district, that would tend to label it an earmark.
More important, the item added may appear in a budget bill that has nothing to do with it. For example, when Murtha ran the Defense Appropriations bill, it would include earmarks for breast cancer research, etc. There was lots of quid pro quo going on across the various committees responsible for what I believe are 13 appropriations bills. And more than quid pro quo, these items were used in the reverse sense, as something to hold over a members head to get him to vote as moneybags wanted him to.
"Legitimate" infrastructure projects should be there up front in the budget bill that covers that area.
Two great websites for earmarks research.
Good luck. Have fun.
Pretty simple Mike - McCain isn't going to win California, so why waste time there?
If you liked Jerry Falwell or Pat Robertson, you'll love Lipstick Palin.
She's just another narrow-minded bigot who thinks marriage should only be between a man and a woman.
Wow! I have to give it to you, Lamaine, you've won me over with your clear logic and well-honed debating skills! What wit! What insight!
I certainly will not be voting for her this year!
(I'm wondering if the reason we haven't seen you since your brilliant wordsmithing is because the Obama campaign has scooped you up and whisked you off write speeches for the candidate.)
I never cease to be amazed at the "cognitive ability" and analysis of the liberal brain, as so very well demonstrated by the likes of LA and CC. You claim to support the disenfrancised and minorities, but only when they wear the same stripes as you.
You chastise Sarah Palin when she dares to take the banner of "change" away from the Candy Man. He who has associated himself with criminals, terrorists, and bigots. What in the world has Barrack Obama done in his life to demonstrate that he can lead or change anything?
She took on corruption in her own party in Alaska! That's a hell of a lot more than your guy did in Illinois. Your guy made a career out of associating with corrupt politicians and their political machine.
I'm glad LA and CC are back in the mix and being so vocal on Sarah Palin. It means they are worried and they should be! You backed the wrong horse boys! :lol: :lol:
I'm still betting that there are a few more indictments waiting to fall in Illinois. That will be the biggest October surprise of all!
They don't need him writing speeches for Biden.
He's a true environmentalist... he recycles.
Mentos- she suppported a referendum to deny state benefits for same sex couples. You're typing rubbish. She's just another narrow-minded bigot who thinks marriage should only be between a man and a woman.
I must be a bigot too !!! :D
I'm glad LA and CC are back in the mix and being so vocal on Sarah Palin.
I think I have one post of 61 pages on this thread.
Chris - I was merely exercising the "Bush Doctrine" with a pre-emptive strike! :lol:
I KNOW Sarah Palin, and so does my wife.
Neither of us ever actually met the governor of Alaska, but we grew up with her - in the small-town America despised by the leftwing elite.
rest of story
Best quote from the piece...
"The opinion-maker elites see Sarah Palin clearly every time they look up from another sneering article in The New Yorker: She's a country-bumpkin chumpette from a hick state with low latte availability. She's not one of them and never will be. That's the real disqualifier in this race.
Now let me tell you what those postmodern bigots with their multiple vacation homes and their disappointing trust-fund kids don't see:
Sarah Palin's one of us. She actually represents the American people"
Actually, ..., if you want to vote for a small town woman, you'd vote for this one. She's raised livestock and veggies, lived in a town much smaller than Wasilla, and started a business that employed local people. Of course, she also has far more legislative experience and Washington experience than Palin.
Or what about Snowe or Collins? They have small town backgrounds, too.
Apparently, you're more impressed with "average" than "accomplished".
Or how about this one: a 44 year old "hockey mom" who ran a family business and then runs for office only to find the "good old boy" network of her own party working against her. Pro-life. Fiscal conservative. It was 1970. After 30 years, she would have more legislative experience in the legislature than all but three in Maine's history. She NEVER received support from so-called feminists in the Democratic Party. And she was a Democrat.
It's not about any particular gender getting elected. It's about policies. On both sides of the aisle.
Florida: Palin draws crowd of 70,000 in The Villages
I really like Sarah, but watching her on TV yesterday she didn't strike me as "presidential". It could be that she's just so different it would take seeing her up front to get used to it.
As far as Snowe or Collins; IMO they're too old (no offense) to offset the McCaine age problem.
This stinks - There was a youtube video being passed around with an attempt to make it "go viral" (catch on with the public so it would be passed around millions of times) that contained false claims and smears against Sarah Palin.
Turns out the video apparently had been produced by Obama's PR firm - who also brags about their ability to create grass-roots campaigns (read: astro-turf.)
See: Hope, Change, & Lies: Orchestrated "Grassroots" Smear Campaigns & the People that Run Them
(Good read into the inside of this smear campaign. )
As soon as some bloggers discovered the link between the video and the PR firm - the video was immediately taken down.
Looks like some world-class sleeze going on in the Obama campaign.
Oh, and the PR firm involved in this? Also represented Valerie Plame.
I guess like they make a lot of kool-aid for the leftie kool-aid drinkers.
The 60,000 people who showed up for a Palin campaign rally in Florida didn't seem to be too affected by the You Tube video.
I don't have a source, but I was listening to one of her campaign speeches and I swear she made reference to a Palin - McCain administration. I even ran the TiVo back to confirm that I had heard what I thought I heard. I had.
Freudian slip? Proper way to label the administration? Blind ambition? Change in ticket position?
Freudian slip? Proper way to label the administration? Blind ambition? Change in ticket position?
What was your reaction last month when Obama introduced his running mate as "the next President...uh, the next Vice President of the United States, Joe Biden!"
The point is that when you're giving a speech with or with a piece of paper in front of you, sometimes you jump ahead accidentally. That was probably the case with both Obama and Palin.
You're probably right, Claude. I didn't attach too much significance to the utterance -- just thought it kind of funny.
This is just one of the many items floating around the e-mail net. Maybe some should consider it when asking if Sarah can be VP.
(Sorry if it scares anyone or turns their stomach)
Here is the perfect comeback to the Democrats constant barrage about McCains age!
Much is made of McCain's age. Has anyone brought up the fact that Obama smokes and both of his parents died at an early age. Plus Biden has had two brain aneurysms which could have killed him. If (God forbid) they both died while in office that would leave Nancy Pelosi as president. I can't think of a better reason to vote for McCain & Palin.
Angler I'm going to put that in an email to everyone.
Much is made of McCain's age.
Uh-huh. Possibly with good reason. People are speculating about dementia, and it's not a stretch.
He lives in a world where Czechoslovakia and the Pakistan-Iraq border exist, Spain is in Latin America,
and Venezuela is in the Middle East.
McCain on Geography
At the very least, he's exhausted and slipping a cog because of it, which would go
a long way toward explaining his pinball behavior of the last couple of weeks. Face it;
he's too far past his prime to hold the top political job in the world.
I bet McCain knows how many states there are.
and it will be the last time any news show is on CBS on my t.v.
McCain letting her go on CBS was a mistake , once again McCain cows down to what he thinks will win him the election .
Independents wont ....................
Conservatives know him for who he is and he will pay for it election day ...................