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Diva whack job Palin, McCain’s pig in a poke and his buyer’s remorse

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October 26, 2008

Chris Mathews on the Palin is a “whack job” comment: He said that “a McCain senior top adviser” narrows it down to two or three people in the campaign. He said the person who reported this, Mike Allen, “is a serious reporter, Mike Allen is serious business”.

Palin was called a diva by people in the McCain campaign, advisers that the American Spectator reports are former Romney aides. It appears that John McCain is regretting selecting Sarah Palin as his running mate because she turned out to be a liability who thinks she’s the biggest baddest barracuda in the ocean and because intellectually while he’s listening to Wagner’s ‘Ride of the Valkyries’ on the “Apocalypse Now” soundtrack she’s humming the Miss America theme song.

Palin the diva thinks she’s the biggest baddest barricuda in the ocean

“I think she’s dumping John McCain and marrying Ronald Reagan.” Chris Mathews (10/28/08 on Hardball discussing Palin’s plans for her own future. after airing a new speech by Palin where she invokes the name of the gipper.)

Politico’s Mike Allen to David Gregory (10/28/08) on the dissension in the Palin campaign says it’s like “bad marriage, car wreck, everybody is trying to blame everybody else”.

Is the “whack job” out to whack her running mate?

By now the word is out thanks to traitors to the Palin cause in the McCain enclave. It’s isn’t about the wardrobe, the makeup or the hair stylist. I doubt the unnamed Republican source who talked to CNN and said the following was thinking of an opera star. “She is a diva. She takes no advice from anyone. She does not have any relationships of trust with any of us, her family or anyone else. Also, she is playing for her own future and sees herself as the next leader of the party. Remember: Divas trust only unto themselves, as they see themselves as the beginning and end of all wisdom.” (CNN article.)

I keep finding myself feeling compelled to write about Sarah Palin in part because I find it so appalling that she actually seems to have fans who will vote for her and McCain because they think she’s sexy. They cheer everything she says at her rallies with little comprehension of what it means, let alone that many of her talking points are distortions or lies about Obama’s positions. She intimates that he’s a terrorist sympathizer and has outright said he wants to redistrubute wealth, even today saying to “dole out” your money to some unspecified people, obviously not those in her audience. One wonders to whom she’s referring — perhaps, dare I say — undeserving lazy black people?

Someone must have suggested she use the word “dole” as if her audience even knows that “being on the dole” was a term dating back to England in WWI. “This derives from the ‘doling out’, i.e. ‘handing out’ of charitable gifts of food or money. This dates back to at least 1919, when it was recorded in The Daily Mail” (link) and commonly used during The Great Depression.

From the same CNN article we learn the following:

But two sources, one Palin associate and one McCain adviser, defended the decision to keep her media interaction limited after she was picked, both saying flatly that she was not ready and that the missteps could have been a lot worse.

They insisted that she needed time to be briefed on national and international issues and on McCain’s record.

“Her lack of fundamental understanding of some key issues was dramatic,” said another McCain source with direct knowledge of the process to prepare Palin after she was picked. The source said it was probably the “hardest” to get her “up to speed than any candidate in history.”

From Robert Draper (added 10/28/08)

I’m sympathetic to (advisers) Eskew and Wallace, and not just because they’re decent people. They’ve held their tongue from leaking what a couple of McCain higher-ups have told me—namely, that Palin simply knew nothing about national and international issues. Which meant, as one such adviser said to me: “Letting Sarah be Sarah may not be such a good thing.” It’s a grim binary choice, but apparently it came down to whether to make Palin look like a scripted robot or an unscripted ignoramus. I was told that Palin chafed at being defined by her discomfiting performances in the Couric, Charlie Gibson, and Sean Hannity interviews. She wanted to get back out there and do more. Well, if you’re Eskew and Wallace, what do you say to that? Your responsibility isn’t the care and feeding of Sarah Palin’s ego; it’s the furtherance of John McCain’s quest for the presidency.

—–

I’ve heard from one well-placed source that McCain has snubbed her on one long bus ride aboard the Straight Talk Express, to the embarrassment of those sitting nearby.

LINK

And this conservative’s heartthrob who used her ability exude pheromone (see “Palin’s Love Boats””) thinks she’s qualified to be a heartbeat away from the presidency, and if McCain looses, to be the leader of the Republican Party, no doubt heir to her hero, another grade B actor, Ronald Reagan.

McCain selects pig in a poke and has buyer’s remorse

McCain, it turns out is intellectually curious, widely and well read, and likes to have advisers with opposing views argue things out so he can hear both sides and make an informed decision. McCain is not only the un-Bush, he’s the un-Palin. No wonder he looked so uncomfortable in the joint interview with Brian Williams.

I think McCain has finally seen Palin unmasked, the Palin without (I can’t resist it) lipstick. I think he’s appalled by what he sees.

If McCain wanted to pick a woman he certainly could have done better. During his Senate career McCain has worked with many very bright female senators, women with incisive analytic minds, women who are well informed on many topics. During the campaign he’s selected female advisers like Carly Fiorina whose intellect, accomplishments and expertise is unquestioned.

Today on Meet the Press McCain extolled Sarah Palin as a vice presidential candidate. Notice that he didn’t bring up anything about her knowledge, intelligence, analytic mind and dare I say, wisdom.

She has more executive experience than Senator Biden and, and Senator Obama together. She took on the governor of her own party because she had seen what she’s thought was corruption. She’s been a mayor. She has 24,000 people underneath her. Her husband is a–works the third shift on a oil–in–facilities on the North Slope. He’s a–they, they have a–she has executive experience and has given back money to the taxpayers. She has taken Democrats as well as Republicans into her administration. It sounds like I’m, I’m "defending" her, but the fact is she is a dynamic person with executive experience, leadership, reform. She’s exactly what Washington needs. I’m so proud of the way she ignites the crowds. The way that she is–she has conducted herself is, in my view, incredibly admirable. I am–do we–do, do Sarah Palin and I disagree on a specific issue? Yeah, because we’re both mavericks. But we share the same goal of cleaning up Washington. You think some–we will clean up and reform Washington together, and she has the credentials and the vision and the dynamism and the strength to do that. I could not be more proud of her. Transcript page 4

These revelations about McCain being smarter and more well read and willing to hear both sides of an argument than I thought came from reading "John McCain, Flexible Aggression" by David Kirkpatrick, an excellent three page profile of McCain published today in The New York Times.

It verifies what we already know about McCain’s temper. We learn that he is known in the Senate for sending hand written notes of apology to fellow senators who he was rude to. Interesting tidbits here, but no astounding revelations.

What I found surprising is that McCain is the most unlike Bush and Palin in a way that has not come out in the campaign. He is both very well read and intellectually curious. He encourages advisers with opposing views to argue things out so he can hear both sides and make a more informed decision.

From the article:

 

He is often deliberative, self-critical and flexible, his advisers and fellow senators say, and has frequently corrected course during his 36 years in public life. “He is a much more supple mind than he is usually portrayed,” said Philip Bobbitt, an international relations scholar and Democrat the senator consulted this summer.

The cocky cocksman Naval Academy cellar dwelling graduate, it turns out is, while no gentleman, something of a scholar:

 

He reads widely, not only in public policy but also in fiction and history. An aide who looked in his briefcase in July found three books he was reading, two of which he has echoed in public statements since then. One was “The Return of History and the End of Dreams,” by the hawkish foreign policy thinker Robert Kagan, which posits a return to regional great power politics and arguably anticipated Russia’s recent incursion into Georgia. Another was “Tell Me How This Ends,” an admiring account of the troop “surge” in Iraq that Mr. McCain was among the first to embrace. A third book was “Paradise Lost: Smyrna 1922,” a popular history of a remote event, the sacking of an Aegean city.

(Added 10/28/08) Here’s an addition about my misjudging McCain’s intellect, knowledge and curiosity. It’s by Anne Applebaum, a Washington Post OpEd writer who is an independent who considered supporting McCain but is voting for Obama.

She writes this about McCain:

Far more important is his knowledge of foreign affairs, an understanding that goes well beyond an ability to name the Pakistani president. McCain knows not only the names, he knows the people; and by this I mean not just foreign presidents but foreign members of parliament, foreign journalists, foreign generals. He goes to Germany every year, visits Vietnam often. He can talk intelligently about Belarus and Uzbekistan; I’ve heard him do it. Let’s just say that’s one of the things that distinguish him from our current president, who once confessed that “this foreign policy stuff is a little frustrating.” “Why McCain lost me” (10/28/08 )

Perhaps it was thought that to reveal this "elite" side of McCain would undermine his efforts to mock Obama’s Harvard creds among the slathering Neanderthals who have only heard of Smyrna because it’s the name of towns in a dozen states, not an ancient Turkish city (pictured, The Agora of Smyrna, columns of the western stoa).

If Palin only needed cosmetic improvements to make her ready for prime time I think he could have shrugged it off. (We learn today from Maureen Dowd in "A Makeover With an Ugly Gloss" spending $10,000 for Palin’s hair stylist for the first two weeks of October and putting the expense of her pre-convention voice coach under Operating Expenditures and Get-Out-The-Vote consulting in the finance report.) But he discovered too late that she wasn’t intellectually ready for prime time. While McCain has to be happy, and perhaps relieved, that Arizona’s largest newspaper just endorsed him he must be disappointed about the Anchorage Daily News’ decision to endorse Obama. The Arizona Republic wrote:

Nowhere else in the country do voters know John McCain like Arizonans know John McCain. Voters here have sent McCain to Washington, D.C., on their behalf five times since his first election to Congress in 1982. As much as an electorate can, we know this man.

McCain has to be wondering why the Anchorage Daily News couldn’t say the same thing about Palin. Alaska’s largest paper just endorsed Obama. Here’s what they had to say about their favorite daughter:

Gov. Palin has shown the country why she has been so successful in her young political career. Passionate, charismatic and indefatigable, she draws huge crowds and sows excitement in her wake. She has made it clear she’s a force to be reckoned with, and you can be sure politicians and political professionals across the country have taken note. Her future, in Alaska and on the national stage, seems certain to be played out in the limelight. Yet despite her formidable gifts, few who have worked closely with the governor would argue she is truly ready to assume command of the most important, powerful nation on earth. To step in and juggle the demands of an economic meltdown, two deadly wars and a deteriorating climate crisis would stretch the governor beyond her range. Like picking Sen. McCain for president, putting her one 72-year-old heartbeat from the leadership of the free world is just too risky at this time.

He must be thinking he had a case of temporary insanity when he selected Palin. I wonder if he realizes that this will be as bad for his future as ignoring the warning buzzer when his jet was fired on over North Vietnam. Now that he has gotten to know her I can’t imagine him not having buyers remorse, which was evident in his body language in the Brian Williams interviews. New readers: Please consider registering as a poster on Capitol Hill Blue and commenting on this and other columns and blogs. If you came to this column directly from another website link, check out the other articles on our front page.


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57 Responses to Diva whack job Palin, McCain’s pig in a poke and his buyer’s remorse

  1. Hal Brown

    October 28, 2008 at 3:06 pm

    I went to the source , Politco Playbook hoping to find a bit more than just the description of Palin as a whack job.

    Halfway down the page between these two unrelated bits this is all they had:

    ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, on a “demoralized” McCain campaign: “Palin is going to be the most vivid chapter of the McCain campaign’s post-mortem. … Those loyal to McCain believe they have been unfairly blamed for over-handling Palin. They say they did the best they could with what they got.”

    ***In convo with Playbook, a top McCain adviser one-ups the priceless “diva” description, calling her “a whack job.”

    DRUDGE BANNER, illustrated by the carton to an Obama superhero doll, ASKS: “ABCCBSNBCNYT LATW SJCNNMSNBC APREUTERSAF PPOLITICOFT TIMEWASHPOST NEWSWEEK: CAN THEY ALL BE WRONG?” Links to a column about media bias.

    I really wish whoever got the quotes asked the person to elaborate. My view of someone who is a whack job is someone who is irrational, has lots of superstitions, isn’t able to engage in rational challenges to irrational beliefs…

    you know, someone who thinks the earth is 6,000 years old and that a pastor can cast out demons and witches.

  2. erika morgan

    October 28, 2008 at 2:59 pm

    The clothes are so obviously Cindy McCain’s choice, Cindy needs to buy them for Sarah and her family as a gift. Sarah should be keeping the outfits, I have a feeling she will be needing to “dress for success” for her future job interviews in the private sector.

  3. CaliforniaMike

    October 29, 2008 at 12:52 am

    Cut Ike a little slack. Except for the times he was wailing on Tina, he was a pretty good president.

  4. Hal Brown

    October 26, 2008 at 6:43 pm

    Another thought about his interview with Tom Brokaw on Meet the Press today. This makes me wonder about just how much of a racist he might be.

    Brokaw gave him a gift and McCain didn’t even recognize it. Brokaw showed him a short but noxious clip of Rush Limbaugh’s diatribe about Colin Powell’s endorsement of Obama being based only on race, and asked him if he agreed.

    This was a perfect opportunity for McCain to disavow Rush and his ilk. Instead he mumbled a barely audible “no” and changed the subject to all the secretaries of state and generals who have endorsed him.

    (Videotape)

    MR. RUSH LIMBAUGH: It was totally about race. The Powell nomination, or endorsement, total, totally about race.

    (End videotape)

    MR. BROKAW: Do you agree with Rush Limbaugh?

    SEN. McCAIN: No. I’m disappointed in General Powell, but I’m very, very happy to know that five former secretaries of state who I admire enormously–Henry Kissinger, Jim Baker, Larry Eagleburger, Al Hague–Jim Baker, Henry Kissinger, Al Hague, Larry Eagleburger and one other, and over 200 retired flag general–generals and admirals are supporting my campaign. I’m very proud of their support.

    Note he said “I’m disappointed in General Powell” rather than that he was disappointed in the general’s decision. He’s expressing his disappointment in Powell the person, and my hunch is his feelings about Powell are more extreme than mere disappointment.

    When McCain isn’t a presidential candidate and on his high horse surrounded by feverish fawning fans, General Powell, warts and all will stand far taller than he will. Powell is already and will remain a historic figure.

    McCain will be relegated to being merely another losing presidential candidate exiled back to the Senate like John Kerry. I doubt he’ll even be able to claimthe unofficial title of leader of the Republican Party.

    He’ll be a footnote in history unless he actually does something meaningful like Al Gore.

    McCain isn’t taking the advice I heard on one of the talk shows. That is that when a candidate knows he’s going to loose he at least should make the last weeks of his campaign one his grandchildren will be proud of.

  5. pollchecker

    October 26, 2008 at 6:57 pm

    That is that when a candidate knows he’s going to loose he at least should make the last weeks of his campaign one his grandchildren will be proud of.

    My point exactly. He doesn’t believe he is going to lose so why should he do anything different?

  6. Hal Brown

    October 26, 2008 at 7:14 pm

    Because he’s a classy person, if that is, he was a classy person. Another way of putting it, if he was a ‘Mentsh’ (the Yiddish-origin word meaning ‘a real human being’–a person who combines kindness, responsibility, and dignity.)

  7. pollchecker

    October 26, 2008 at 8:57 pm

    That is because John McCain is not a classy person. He has clearly demonstrated that over the past few months.

    I don’t consider him a patriot either. He might have been decades ago when he was in the military, but since he’s returned he has shown again and again, that he puts John McCain first and everyone else comes in 2nd.

    The only reason he is where he is because he married into money and money may buy a Senate seat but it does NOT buy class. Without Cindy’s Daddy’s money, I seriously doubt we’d have a clue who the hell John McCain was.

  8. Carl Nemo

    October 26, 2008 at 9:20 pm

    Hi to Hal Brown et al. …

    I really don’t buy into the story that John McCain is erudite as portrayed in this article.

    Anyone can read a host of books, but unless they are able to comprehend their content, then with their native intellects create synthesis of these proffered written thoughts, then it’s all for naught. I thought I’d supply two links that should clarify this issue with McCain.

    For one thing he’s technologically challenged in that he cannot use a computer or only do so minimally. In this age if you cannot do basic computing and surf the web to some level of competency or even use a “Blackberry” then they are basically “illiterate” plain and simple, not by my standards but the standards of the modern business paradigm itself.

    I know guys who couldn’t even get a job in a warehouse running a forklift because they couldn’t use a computer to simply locate and control inventory etc. They had to to purchase some Video Professor ROM’s on my reco or take a quickie course in basic computing to demonstrate to their “new age” warehouse owners that they could function beyond simply operating the forklift. It’s a Brave New World indeed! : |

    youtube.com/watch?v=48ipiTj2ymQ
    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mensch

    Please copy and paste: http://www. in front of the youtube link and http:// in front of the Wiki link to fetch them. To leave the strings complete; ie., “hot” puts me at risk of being blocked by CHB’s SPAM filter. If I get blocked it takes me quite a bit of time to get thrown back into the CHB tank. Thanks.

    In my book McCain is a “putz”; ie., yiddish for def 1. fool; jerk, idiot. I won’t mention def 2. on this site, but my Jewish friends will know what I’m referring to… :))

    Carl Nemo **==

  9. Hal Brown

    October 26, 2008 at 10:42 pm

    Here’s your YouTube:

    There’s a lot more to the meaning of mensch than in the Wiki definition. Here’s a far better definition.

    You can’t really decide if a person is a mensch unless you know them well. You can draw conclusions about public figures, though. In my opinion McCain doesn’t come close. I believe that Obama does.

    Oh, as far as MCain “erudite as portrayed in this article” I hardly think the author makes the case that he’s erudite, just smarter than at least I gave him credit for. As anyone who has read my columns about him knows, even in my added comments above, I have no respect for him whatsoever.

    (You shouldn’t have a problem using clickable hyperlinks but don’t try to put pictures or YouTubes on. Leave that to me.)

  10. Ladywolf55

    October 27, 2008 at 11:25 am

    John McCain and Class should not even be in the same sentence. The man is morally and ethically bankrupt–not challenged—BANKRUPT. He is the last person I would vote in for President… well, nearly last.. George W. Bush takes last place.. and I’m beginning to think John McCain would be even worse than W.!

  11. Hal Brown

    October 27, 2008 at 2:17 pm

    Ladywolf, I leave the house to go swimming and come back to see you’ve been howling… good for you!

    I am also starting to wonder whether if I was forced to choose between George W. Bush and John McCain, and that I’d have to choose Bush…

  12. KayT

    October 27, 2008 at 6:54 pm

    Sherry, You certainly do not seem to have looked into how Palin governed in Alaska. She took a small town of about 5000 people with zero debt and left it will a $22 million deficit at the end of her mayoral terms. She built a sport rec center outside of Wasilla that is used by very few people, and sits on land to which the town does not have the title. It is a subject of a lawsuit that will continue to be a drain on the finances of such a small town.

    As governor, she appointed people to jobs for which they had no qualifications, except they were her friends. You can look at her junior high yearbook to see her appointees in their younger years. Her greatest accomplishment, that pipeline that is supposed to bring natural gas to the lower 48 was rigged to allow a company with ties to one of her appointees win. That company, TransCanada isn’t even an American company. And it looks unlikely that it will ever be built.

    How’s that for governing???

  13. woody188

    October 27, 2008 at 7:13 pm

    Carly Fiorina?

    The same Carly Fiorina that illegally spied on her Board of Directors, failed to properly merge HP and Compaq, moved almost all of HP’s manufacturing to China, and nearly ruined HP but still walked away with $21 million in severance. That Carly Fiorina?

    Yes, she is likely smarter than Palin, but her track record is perhaps a bit more tarnished than you reported. I’m surprised you would promote a pro off-shoring, pro illegal spying choice Hal. I guess between bad and worse, she’s only bad.

  14. Hal Brown

    October 27, 2008 at 8:25 pm

    I didn’t mean to “promote” Carly Fiorina by writing “Carly Fiorina whose intellect, accomplishments and expertise is unquestioned”. I should have just said she was smarter than Palin and not anything about her accomplishments and experitise not being questioned.
    My purpose in writing this wasn’t to report on Carly Fiorina’s less than admirable track record, which I am most certainly quite familiar with. In fact her severance package from HP, an undeserved golden parachute, was widely reported and used as an example of McCain’s hypocrisy.

  15. Hal Brown

    October 27, 2008 at 9:29 pm

    Update: Newsflash: Palin the diva thinks she’s the biggest baddest barricuda in the ocean

    By now the word is out thanks to traitors to the Palin cause in the McCain enclave. It’s isn’t about the wardrobe, the makeup or the hair stylist. I doubt the unnamed Republican source who talked to CNN and said the following was thinking of an opera star. “She is a diva. She takes no advice from anyone. She does not have any relationships of trust with any of us, her family or anyone else. Also, she is playing for her own future and sees herself as the next leader of the party. Remember: Divas trust only unto themselves, as they see themselves as the beginning and end of all wisdom.” (CNN article.)

    I keep finding myself feeling compelled to write about Sarah Palin in part because I find it so appalling that she actually seems to have fans who will vote for her and McCain because they think she’s sexy. They cheer everything she says at her rallies with little comprehension of what it means, let alone that many of her talking points are distortions or lies about Obama’s positions. She intimates that he’s a terrorist sympathizer and has outright said he wants to redistrubute wealth, even today saying to “dole out” your money to some unspecified people, obviously not those in her audience. One wonders to whom she’s referring — perhaps, dare I say — undeserving lazy black people?

    Someone must have suggested she use the word “dole” as if her audience even knows that “being on the dole” was a term dating back to England in WWI. “This derives from the ‘doling out’, i.e. ‘handing out’ of charitable gifts of food or money. This dates back to at least 1919, when it was recorded in The Daily Mail” (link) and commonly used during The Great Depression.

    From the same CNN article we learn the following:

    But two sources, one Palin associate and one McCain adviser, defended the decision to keep her media interaction limited after she was picked, both saying flatly that she was not ready and that the missteps could have been a lot worse.

    They insisted that she needed time to be briefed on national and international issues and on McCain’s record.

    “Her lack of fundamental understanding of some key issues was dramatic,” said another McCain source with direct knowledge of the process to prepare Palin after she was picked. The source said it was probably the “hardest” to get her “up to speed than any candidate in history.”

  16. ekaton

    October 27, 2008 at 9:44 pm

    ” One wonders to whom she’s referring — perhaps, dare I say — undeserving lazy black people?”

    It must be more of those damned Reagan’s “welfare queens driving cadillacs”.

    — Kent Shaw

  17. pollchecker

    October 27, 2008 at 9:55 pm

    It must be more of those damned Reagan’s “welfare queens driving cadillacs”.

    Don’t get me started. I promised Hal I would behave and we only have 8 days left (wink).

  18. Warren

    October 28, 2008 at 12:01 am

    Hal, thanks for a good thoughtful article.
    -Warren

  19. ekaton

    October 28, 2008 at 2:00 am

    ;)

    Kent Shaw

  20. Hal Brown

    October 28, 2008 at 7:13 am

    McCain’s knowledge base: here’s an addition to the part of the column about my misjudging McCain’s intellect, knowledge and curiosity. It’s by Anne Applebaum, a Washington Post OpEd writer who is an independent who considered supporting McCain but is not voting for Obama.

    She writes this about McCain:

    Far more important is his knowledge of foreign affairs, an understanding that goes well beyond an ability to name the Pakistani president. McCain knows not only the names, he knows the people; and by this I mean not just foreign presidents but foreign members of parliament, foreign journalists, foreign generals. He goes to Germany every year, visits Vietnam often. He can talk intelligently about Belarus and Uzbekistan; I’ve heard him do it. Let’s just say that’s one of the things that distinguish him from our current president, who once confessed that “this foreign policy stuff is a little frustrating.” “Why McCain lost me” (10/28/08 )

  21. Hal Brown

    October 28, 2008 at 8:13 am

    This conservative’s heartthrob who used her ability exude pheromone (see “Palin’s Love Boats””) thinks she’s qualified to be a heartbeat away from the presidency, and if McCain looses, to be the leader of the Republican Party, no doubt heir to her hero, another grade B actor, Ronald Reagan.

    It is the height of chutzpah, you betcha, for a coterie of ideologues to accuse Palin’s critics of political snobbery. It is also somewhat sad for a movement once built on the power of ideas — I am speaking now of neoconservatism — to simply swoon for a pretty face and pheromone-powered charisma. But it is, I confess, just plain fun to see all these expense-account six-packers be so wrong. For some odd reason, most Americans are not finding, as Barnes wrote, that Palin “exudes a kind of middle-class magnetism.” Instead they find her out of her depth and exuding an unfathomable — not to mention unearned — self-confidence. If it weren’t for the Boys on the Boats, she’d be her biggest fan.

    Lincoln Steffens was so blinded by ideology that he mistook an immense criminal enterprise for a benevolent government. The Boys on the Boats were similarly blinded. They mistook personal magnetism for presidential qualities while Palin, clear-eyed in a manner depicted in countless movies, undoubtedly saw in them just what she wanted: a way out of Alaska. (from “Palin’s Love Boats”)

  22. pollchecker

    October 28, 2008 at 8:44 am

    I think the Republican Party has just totally lost it. Check out the latest referendum about Palin.

    Republicans Draw The Line: If You’re Against Palin, You’re Dead To The Party

    He said: “Win or lose, there is a ready made conservative candidate waiting in the wings. Sarah Palin is not the new Iain Duncan Smith, she is the new Ronald Reagan.”

    If Sarah Palin is the future of the GOP, may it rest in peace because it is dead to the vast majority of the country.

    Yowee. So, for the sake of Sarah Palin — who many conservatives correctly assessed as the candidate-born-yesterday — a whole slew of Republicans-in-good-standing are going to be thrown under the bus? That’s a serious civil war, or rather, a war betwixt the Serious and the Un-Serious. Keep in mind that Palin’s critics are not marginal figures in the conservative movement. We’re talking the aforementioned Brooks and Noonan and Frum, and we’re adding Christopher Buckley, George Will, Kathleen Parker, Colin Powell, Charles Krauthammer, Matthew Dowd, and for the sake of argument, we’ll throw in Chuck Hagel, Andrew Sullivan, and Christopher Hitchens, even though I hesitate to pin any of them to any sort of doctrinaire conservative group.

    This is, indeed, a “bloodbath,” and for what? A distinctly semi-pro Alaskan governor who’s more or less made the charisma-free Tim Pawlenty look like What Could Have Been?

    There’s more good stuff (like Romney aides involved in anti-Palin spin) but you’ll have to read the article.

  23. Hal Brown

    October 28, 2008 at 9:00 am

    Here’s the article from the American Spectator that alleges that the source of the leaks was former Romney staffers.

    As a resident of Massachusetts I am no fan of Romney because of how he governed our state, and I don’t agree with many of his policies. But he sure doesn’t believe in the 6,000 old earth (from Wiki: Romney graduated from a joint Juris Doctor/Master of Business Administration program coordinated between Harvard Law School and Harvard Business School. He graduated cum laude from the law school and was named a Baker Scholar for graduating in the top five percent of his business school class.) and despite politically expedient positions he’s taken on social issues, is more progressive than he admits to being.

    If he was running for president with, say Pawlenty as vice president, I wouldn’t have nightmares about the Republicans winning.

    If the Republicans had any sense they would make him the unofficial leader of the party.

  24. gazelle1929

    October 28, 2008 at 9:29 am

    “If the Republicans had any sense they would make him the unofficial leader of the party.”

    You answered your own surmise there. As I have said several times, we are witnessing the death rattles of the once-great Republican Party. They produced a bunch of great Presidents. There was Lincoln, there was Teddy Roosevelt, there was . . . hmmmm. Well, two out of nineteen isn’t THAT bad.

  25. Jim C

    October 28, 2008 at 10:00 am

    Your article is spot on , though I do disagree with one point , ” Carly Fiorina whose intellect, accomplishments and expertise is unquestioned “, that one . Unquestioned accomplishments , expertise , intellect , really ? Her main ” accomplishment ” ( besides managing to slither up the corporate ladder ) was to run Hewlett Packard into the ground , put tens of thousands of workers out of work then bail out of the mess she made on a golden parachute . I have listened to Fiorina and have not been impressed . It seems to me that her greatest asset is breathtaking arrogance and the ability to spew lies and distortions with impunity . If she represents ” expertise and intellect ” I would hate to see what incompetence and stupidity look like . In my humble opinion she is simply the corporate version of Sarah Palin , over paid , over rated and over her head . They both leave me scratching my head on just how they managed to get into the positions they did in the first place , many rungs above their ability , living proof of the ” Peter Principle ” on steriods .

  26. Hal Brown

    October 28, 2008 at 10:21 am

    My mea culpa to this was already posted:

    Submitted by woody188 on October 27, 2008 – 7:13pm.
    Carly Fiorina?

    The same Carly Fiorina that illegally spied on her Board of Directors, failed to properly merge HP and Compaq, moved almost all of HP’s manufacturing to China, and nearly ruined HP but still walked away with $21 million in severance. That Carly Fiorina?

    Yes, she is likely smarter than Palin, but her track record is perhaps a bit more tarnished than you reported. I’m surprised you would promote a pro off-shoring, pro illegal spying choice Hal. I guess between bad and worse, she’s only bad.

    » ———-
    I didn’t mean to “promote”…

    Submitted by Hal Brown on October 27, 2008 – 8:25pm.
    I didn’t mean to “promote” Carly Fiorina by writing “Carly Fiorina whose intellect, accomplishments and expertise is unquestioned”. I should have just said she was smarter than Palin and not anything about her accomplishments and experitise not being questioned.

    My purpose in writing this wasn’t to report on Carly Fiorina’s less than admirable track record, which I am most certainly quite familiar with. In fact her severance package from HP, an undeserved golden parachute, was widely reported and used as an example of McCain’s hypocrisy.

  27. pollchecker

    October 28, 2008 at 12:55 pm

    Palin A “Whack Job,” Top McCain Adviser Says

    One of John McCain’s advisers recently called his running mate Sarah Palin a “diva” after she went off-script at a rally, and suggested she was looking after her own political future over the current campaign. Now another adviser ups the ante in a conversation with the Politico’s Playbook, labeling Palin a “whack job.”

    When he used the term “whack job” I bet he was just being polite. If he called her a crazy bitch, he might not be able to find work in the future for a Republican.

  28. ekaton

    October 28, 2008 at 2:32 pm

    The New Yorker, The Political Scene, The Insiders, How John McCain came to pick Sarah Palin, by Jane Mayer, October 27, 2008.

    See article at:

    http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2008/10/27/081027fa_fact_mayer

    William Kristol, arch neoconservative, had a lot to do with it. Wow. What a surprise.

    — Kent Shaw

  29. pollchecker

    October 28, 2008 at 4:01 pm

    The McCain camp must be imploding. They are not only leaking nasty information about Palin but now they are being honest about some of McCain’s so-called fixes to our nation’s problems. Check this out.

    McCain Campaign: Our Health Plan Doesn’t Work

    According to Holtz-Eakin, John McCain doesn’t actually want to dismantle the employer-based health care system. But, McCain’s plan would tax any health benefits you’d get through work. So, if Holtz-Eakin is right in saying you’d get better coverage through work than you’d get with the tax credit on the individual market (and he probably is), and if he’s right in saying most workers won’t drop their employer-based insurance for the individual market because they’re getting a better deal at work, then John McCain is simply proposing a tax on your current health care benefits without giving you anything in return. That’s the worst kind of tax increase.

    …..John McCain’s health care plan won’t destroy the employer-based insurance system because McCain’s plan doesn’t work.

    There’s another campaign advisor that won’t be getting a Christmas card or a job reference from John McCain.

  30. DejaVuAllOver

    October 28, 2008 at 5:53 pm

    Every time I hear someone trying to defend Palin, I feel like I’m supposed to shout, Hallelujah! Ya’ gotta remember something. Most Republicans go to Church, which is a socially acceptable, weekly alternate-reality seminar taught by people who have little or no interest in facts, only in “teaching” using the principles of guilt, fear, self-inadequacy and lying. (since skillful lying generally helps their coffers.) You can learn everything you need to know about GOP doctrine and tactics by attending one of these seminars. In the case of Palin, it’s like the mentally-challenged alter boy who manages to get an “A” in playground etiquette; he’ll be the hero of the whole congregation, since it doesn’t take much to impress these people. Curiosity has little relevance, since they already have all the answers to all problems written down in their omniscient “handbooks.” And since they’re too busy worshiping themselves to be interested in anything outside their cozy little four-walled “it’s all about me” universe, the real world just doesn’t interest them, much.

    “It’s just the way we do things, here,” a Christian once told me when I dared to ask too many questions.

  31. MainstreamExtremist

    October 28, 2008 at 6:15 pm

    For all his social conservatism, McCain is “old school” when it comes to religion (he doesn’t where God on his sleeve); and he’s never been much of an overt culture warrior.

    I don’t think he had any idea the fire he was playing with when he chose Governor Palin. She’s about as abrasive, divisive and combative as they get. She would no doubt continue the same confrontational us-against-them politics that has been a major disservice to America.

    I don’t feel sorry for McCain, though. It was his decision and he has to live with. I only hope that we don’t have to live with it.

  32. Hal Brown

    October 28, 2008 at 6:37 pm

    Chris Mathews on “whack job” comment: He said that “a senior top advisor” narrows it down to two or three people in the campaign, and of the person who reported this, “Mike Allen is a serious reporter, Mike Allen is serious business”.

  33. Jim C

    October 28, 2008 at 7:25 pm

    I wish they would try one more ” hail Mary ” and turn her loose . Yep , turn her loose on the sunday talk shows and to do interviews where ever , when ever , let Palin be Palin . The resulting fountain of nonsense , ignorance , stupidity and idiotic babbling blather would be immensely entertaining plus the spectacle of the rightwing radio ranters trying to explain away the resulting gibberish would be priceless , you betcha .

  34. Hal Brown

    October 28, 2008 at 8:02 pm

    “I think she’s dumping John McCain and marrying Ronald Reagan.” Chris Mathews (10/28/08 on Hardball discussing Palin’s plans for her own future. after airing a new speech by Palin where she invokes the name of the gipper.)

    Politico’s Mike Allen to David Gregory (10/28/08) on the dissension in the Palin campaign says it’s like “bad marriage, car wreck, everybody is trying to blame everybody else”.

    Is the “whack job” out to whack her running mate?

  35. Hal Brown

    October 28, 2008 at 8:11 pm

    From Robert Draper:

    I’m sympathetic to (advisers) Eskew and Wallace, and not just because they’re decent people. They’ve held their tongue from leaking what a couple of McCain higher-ups have told me—namely, that Palin simply knew nothing about national and international issues. Which meant, as one such adviser said to me: “Letting Sarah be Sarah may not be such a good thing.” It’s a grim binary choice, but apparently it came down to whether to make Palin look like a scripted robot or an unscripted ignoramus. I was told that Palin chafed at being defined by her discomfiting performances in the Couric, Charlie Gibson, and Sean Hannity interviews. She wanted to get back out there and do more. Well, if you’re Eskew and Wallace, what do you say to that? Your responsibility isn’t the care and feeding of Sarah Palin’s ego; it’s the furtherance of John McCain’s quest for the presidency.

    —–

    I’ve heard from one well-placed source that McCain has snubbed her on one long bus ride aboard the Straight Talk Express, to the embarrassment of those sitting nearby.

    LINK

  36. pollchecker

    October 29, 2008 at 12:15 am

    BOOM! That’s the sound of the McCain camp imploding

    Top McCain Aides: ‘Palin Simply Knew Nothing About National And International Issues’

    Get that? They admit she didn’t JUST know anything about International issues, she ALSO doesn’t have a clue on National issues.

  37. Hal Brown

    October 29, 2008 at 7:52 am

    Dowd tries comedy – instead of being snarky she put together a comedy sketch she calls “The Maverick Wears Prada”. One complaint: I think Merrill Streep is absolutely fabulous as an actress and person and hate to see any allusion, even fictional, to her and Palin in the same sentence. I know from friends in the Berkshires where she has a summer place that she shops downtown and is very approachable.

    Last summer we saw her in person at Tanglewood as the guest star on a live performance of Prairie Home Companion there. She wore jeans and a shirt and little makeup and we could see her in the wings cracking up at everyone else’s jokes.

    That being said, read Maureen Dowd (here) and let’s hope like hell that Palin doens’t have the last laugh.

  38. Hal Brown

    October 29, 2008 at 8:00 am

    Just thought of a theme song for McCain –

    It appears that John McCain is regretting selecting Sarah Palin as his running mate because she turned out to be a liability who thinks she’s the biggest baddest barracuda in the ocean and because intellectually while he’s listening to Wagner’s ‘Ride of the Valkyries’ on the “Apocalypse Now” soundtrack she’s humming the Miss America theme song.

    Can you see it, McCain playing the unhinged Lt.Colonel Kilgore instead of Robert Duvall, a great actor but McCain could just be himself.

  39. keith

    October 26, 2008 at 11:33 am

    And your point…..?

  40. sherry

    October 26, 2008 at 11:02 am

    Rather than quoting Dowd, why not investigate how she governed Alaska?
    No one really talks about anything other than troopergate.
    People have looked at the wardrobe issue, despite no tax dollars being used, I believe you called it an ear mark.
    People looked at her deer in the headlight interview with Couric, but no one really looked at how she actually governed. She didn’t go to Harvard, therefore, she must be stupid.
    She is the VP, not the POTUS candidate which suggests to me McCain’s funeral has already been planned.
    People have shaped their ideas based on Tina Fey and Jon Stewart which represents a certain intellectual laziness on the part of the electorate.
    When I ask people what are Obama’s accomplishments, without fail, I have been told to read his books and listen to his ideas. We are not supposed to look at his racist preacher, his corrupt buddies or his unapologetic buddy Ayers.
    No one in the media is talking about Obama’s FISA vote. The fact he voted for every war spending bill, save one when he was running for POTUS. The fact that he promised a level playing field regarding public financing and he broke his promise. Only the Faux News is talking about Obama’s $800,000 gift to ACORN so they can get out the vote.
    They are doing a fantastic job. Two counties in Alabama have more registered voters than adults living there. Great job!
    No one is allowed to ask him the hard questions, for fear he draws the race card, or in the case of one Florida station, “no more interviews for you!”
    At the end of the day, this harping on Palin is rather pathetic. Unfortunately, it appears to be working.
    Hal, I respect you. You really are so much better than this.

  41. Hal Brown

    October 26, 2008 at 12:12 pm

    McCain on Meet the Press –

    I added this to the column after watching him this morning:

    During his Senate career McCain has worked with many very bright female senators, women with incisive analytic minds, women who are well informed on many topics. During the campaign he’s selected female advisers whose intellect, accomplishments and expertise is unquestioned.

    Today on Meet the Press McCain extolled Sarah Palin for her executive experience and accomplishments in public office, for being a reformer and maverick like him, even for being married to someone who works third shift.

    The only thing he left out, and I don’t think it’s an accident, is her brilliant intellect. I just don’t think he could bring himself to say the words.

  42. Malibu

    October 26, 2008 at 12:42 pm

    I believe that Senator McCain jinxed himself by realigning his campaign with the RNC whose religious right leaders insisted that a pro-life V.P. was essential. Many smart female Senators are pro-choice for obvious reasons. My wife is a member of “Republicans for Choice” and many of the Republican higher ups contribute to the organization.

    I too saw him on Meet the Press and found him nervous and unsure of his words.

    Sarah Palin is Sarah Palin and is not a complete airhead. She is like many very pretty women who often fake their intelligence by acting silly. It’s cute until the woman reaches 40. She is a personality and is the perfect person to work for a candidate, not be one. Her strong point for women is not her rigid pro-life agenda. Forcing a unwanted child should never be punishment but apparently it is to the religous folks.

    Malcolm

  43. Hal Brown

    October 26, 2008 at 12:45 pm

    Here’s more (added to the column):

    While McCain has to be happy, and perhaps relieved, that Arizona’s largest newspaper just endorsed him. They wrote:

    Nowhere else in the country do voters know John McCain like Arizonans know John McCain.

    Voters here have sent McCain to Washington, D.C., on their behalf five times since his first election to Congress in 1982. As much as an electorate can, we know this man.

    McCain has to be wondering why the Anchorage Daily News couldn’t say the same thing about Palin. Alaska’s largest paper just endorsed Obama. Here’s what they had to say about their favorite daughter:

    Gov. Palin has shown the country why she has been so successful in her young political career. Passionate, charismatic and indefatigable, she draws huge crowds and sows excitement in her wake. She has made it clear she’s a force to be reckoned with, and you can be sure politicians and political professionals across the country have taken note. Her future, in Alaska and on the national stage, seems certain to be played out in the limelight.

    Yet despite her formidable gifts, few who have worked closely with the governor would argue she is truly ready to assume command of the most important, powerful nation on earth. To step in and juggle the demands of an economic meltdown, two deadly wars and a deteriorating climate crisis would stretch the governor beyond her range. Like picking Sen. McCain for president, putting her one 72-year-old heartbeat from the leadership of the free world is just too risky at this time.

  44. Hal Brown

    October 26, 2008 at 11:00 am

    Even McCain has to know this woman is one bottle short of a full six-pack:

    She says that what belongs to you, under Obama, would collectively belong to everybody

    “They do this in other countries where people are not free.”

    This happens where?

    Sweden?
    Maybe two bottles.

  45. zuzumamu

    October 26, 2008 at 12:58 pm

    I’m afraid you have had the proverbial wool pulled over your eyes by the ever over correcting John McCain (thus five crashed airplanes). McCain bought in to the Rove Big Lie #3,852, that a huge voting block of religious extremists were out there. And he pandered to it. Then, he was too stupid to understand that there was no way in hell he was going to acquire any significant portion of the Hillary women just by selecting a person with a vagina. And thirdly, he tossed his one well spun asset (another lie of course), that he had “honor”, by not running intensely against Bushco, in 2004. So, he sucked up, and f__cked up, and it wasn’t because he’s secretly an intelligent mind. He’s a third rate neurotic ill tempered misfit, from a influential family and married to a miserable insecure wealthy heiress with the only apparent trait he looks for in a woman:a Beauty Queen style shell. The only sign of intelligence in the wretched fellow seems to be that all of his wrong moves and failings, affect him emotionally. I agree, he does seem to know he’s failed (at last), but I doubt it was because he’s secretly, bright.

  46. Hal Brown

    October 26, 2008 at 2:25 pm

    From the article, I think he’s more intelligent, more curious, more well-read, more open to hearing diverse opinions, than I thought. He’s no Bill or Hillary, no Barack Obama in any of these areas.

    He also isn’t able to think on his feet, demonstrated most recently on CNN today when asked whether he’d also be tested with an international crisis in the first six months.

    With no prepared talking point for that exact question he couldn’t wing it and answer simply “there’s no way to predict this but it’s certainly possible” and then explain why he’s more qualified than Obama.

    Instead he went into the attack talking lines he’s used ever since Biden made the unfortunate remark.

    Believe me zuzu, me saying he’s got more upstairs than I thought isn’t much of a compliment. The points made by cherkerboard below would make him unacceptable to me even if I agreed with his positions.

  47. CheckerboardStrangler

    October 26, 2008 at 1:43 pm

    The biggest reasons why I could not vote for McCain:

    1) His gambler mentality. He gambled on Palin, using chips supplied by American worry and nervousness, and embezzled the hopes and dreams of conservatives everywhere, even moderate ones like myself. He lost the gamble but more importantly, he should have known better than to gamble at all.

    2) His stubbornness. You made some very salient points about the man. He is widely read, he is introspective, he is sometimes flexible, but oftentimes that flexibility runs head on into his stubbornness and a great price is paid.
    The price of America’s future is too high. Having a stubborn streak can be good if it is an informed one. Having a stubborn streak that matches Bush isn’t. Look back. Look back eight long years, and tell me what that has wrought upon our economy, our foreign policy, our respect, our credibility and our national mental health.

    3) His JUDGEMENT.

    I’m voting for the skinny man with the funny name, and I hope he is up to the job. I hope that he will be moderate enough to respect conservative ideals along with his love of liberal adventures and bold thinking. I hope that he will temper his
    office with a broad scope in thinking and an even broader scope in his actions. I hope that he will work to earn the respect he needs and deserves from conservatives.
    I hope.

    Jeff H in Occupied TX

  48. acf

    October 26, 2008 at 3:27 pm

    The article sounds like an attempt to start rehabilitating McCain’s reputation after running the vilest campaign in recent memory. Either he is as desperate and unprincipled as his campaign makes him appear, or he is such an ineffectual, feckless leader, that he is not qualified to be president. In either case, he seems headed to a big loss next week and is trying to create a case that will allow him to be able to complete his term in the Senate with a minimum of self respect.

  49. Hal Brown

    October 26, 2008 at 4:34 pm

    I assume you mean the New York Times article by David Kirkpatrick, not mine since you’ve read me before and know where I stand on McCain.

    But I have to wonder if you read the Times piece carefully because as this pro-McCain blogger laments Kirkpatrick is hardly sympathetic to McCain.

    He also attacks the Times for publishing another article in their magazine section which I hadn’t noticed but plan to read: “The Making (and Remaking) of McCain”. It looks like a good one.

    The author of this blog, Freedom Eden, whoever it is, has one of the most ridiculous theories I’ve heard. Considering that the Republicans for years have been the masters of voter suppression in mostly Democratic leaning communities, this is how he spins his ridiculous story:

    I guess the New York Times couldn’t wait until every vote has been cast and counted before declaring Obama the next president of the United States.

    It aims to demoralize McCain-Palin supporters. It’s a psychological version of voter suppression.

  50. CheckerboardStrangler

    October 28, 2008 at 2:27 pm

    Feckless…
    My oldest brother used that word to describe his reaction to the New Yorker article that endorsed Obama.
    He said that what he got from the article was:

    “Obama walks on water, McCain is a feckless, cowardly boob, Bush is Satan.”

    I told him to insert “has become” between “McCain” and
    “a feckless, cowardly boob” and he’d have it about right.
    I also told him that I had no reservations about the latter sentence describing Bush but some rather slight reservations about the first sentence, but I also thought Obama would be smart enough to pack a surfboard in case the water got too deep.

    With Sarah Palin however, what we’re witnessing is similar to the reaction that occurred in “Star Trek III, the Search for Spock”, when Kirk’s son used “proto-matter” in the Genesis project to revive and remake a dying planet.

    McCain and his campaign remade Palin and they used proto-matter, and we’re witnessing the result.
    If I were a devout Creationist I would say that The God McCain
    has created a demon child that will not simply go away.
    If I believed in horror movie monsters, I’d say we’ve witnessed the creation of a vampire, and that a stake would have to be driven into her heart to make her cease frightening the thinking masses.

    What we have with McCain and Palin together is a simple algebraic equation:

    x =(- b ±√ b2 – 4 * a * c) / 2 * a

    where “x” equals FECKLESS, “a” equals dangerous and the square root of “b” equals the intelligence quotient of a small soap dish.

    Jeff H in Occupied TX

  51. pollchecker

    October 26, 2008 at 5:09 pm

    Hal, McCain may be everything that article says but there is one thing that he has made perfectly clear over the past few months and that is that this OLD MAN is obviously delusional with visions of grandeur. In my boook, that is very dangerous. Check out what AP reported he said today in Iowa.

    McCain dismisses poll numbers, insists he will win

    Questioned about his standing, McCain said the race is close and insisted he will emerge victorious on Nov. 4, Election Day.

    Interesting considering EVERYONE else thinks he is going to lose BIG time.

  52. Hal Brown

    October 26, 2008 at 6:33 pm

    The article is not complimentary. in fact it alludes to what could be considered visions of grandeur. Please, people, before you comment make sure you read the same article I am writing about.

    For example:

    He relishes conflict, his friends say, and would make a confrontational president. As Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina and a close friend put it: “The man will run across the street to get in a good fight.”

  53. Ladywolf55

    October 27, 2008 at 11:18 am

    Maybe he’s counting on Republican election theft like the last two Presidential elections, hmmm? The Repugs are capable of any and all evils you can think of, so don’t count them out. Perhaps McCain knows something we don’t.

  54. zuzumamu

    October 26, 2008 at 8:44 pm

    I believe without the scholarly filter of your article, and you had to sit down at a dinner with John McCain, you’d be frusterated mightily by the actual lack of brains at his disposal. They are encrusted by rage and defeat, loneliness,and frustration. Intelligence, I believe, is receptivity to Life, not a larger pile of pulsating cells donated by genetics. McCain’s best asset is his fury, it shows he’s still alive, but it’s not suited for any position of power.He needs a trip to India.

  55. Hal Brown

    October 26, 2008 at 10:31 pm

    A monastery in Nepal meditating with the monks sound about right?

    I still only have the article to go on, but if true that he’s smarter etc. than I gave him credit for, as described by Kirkpatrick, then I stand by what I wrote about how his realization that Palin doesn’t have the mental capacity for the job is effecting him.

  56. Malibu

    October 27, 2008 at 6:41 am

    I agree Mr. Brown that McCain is clever and shrewed but simply wrong about Governor Palin. He has been told for years to join the agenda of the religious right. At one time, he refused and lost favor with the voters. The RNC sets very strict requirments and moved him to locate an Evangelical Woman. He found one but did not get past her pretty face. Everyone who has interviewed her says she is far more attractive in person.

    It is an attraction for men and after listening to the strident Senator Clinton for so many months, Palin was a near opposite….Until, she too became strident in her approach to the public. I believe McCain is aware of her weakness to his campaign. But there is not a thing he can do about it. I would bet Cindy McCain is upset at Palin’s popularity. Watch her face when the pretty doll speaks. Ouch!

    Malcolm

  57. Hal Brown

    October 27, 2008 at 2:09 pm

    I read a column the other day about the two ways McCain could win. First, voter suppression works and once again the will of the majority is thwarted. The second is that there are a lot more racists out there than the polls are showing.

    The author wrote that he’d be more upset with the former because it showed just how broken our Democracy was. At least, he said, with the later we’d all know what kind of country we lived in.

    He made it clear that neither outcome would please him.