Thursday, September 11, 2008

Governor Palin on ABC

Watched the first ten minutes or so of Governor Palins interview with ABC News and was thoroughly impressed. From powerful campaigner to thoughtful and knowledgeable "diplomat," saying what she could say and, as professionals know, leaving certain things on the table without coming out and saying them (despite the Charles Gibson's inappropriate efforts to move her past the diplomatic) showed a great degree of sophistication in international diplomacy garnered through her face-to-face experience with international leaders bordering her state and elsewhere.

I thought Governor Palin was very smart to name the names of the leaders in each of the country's that Mr. Gibson asked about. It showed a depth of knowledge surely deeper than the number one man on the opposing ticket who thinks that America is comprised of 57 states and that World War II started with the Japanese dropping the atomic bomb on Hawaii.

I'm waiting to see the rest of the ABC interview but, early in the game, it's Palin One, Obama/Biden still zero.


cringing with embarassment said...

Mr. Integrity says...all very sincerely, I'm suuuuuuuuuuure..."I thought Governor Palin was very smart to name the names of the leaders in each of the country's that Mr. Gibson asked about."

lol...she sounded like a sixth grader fresh out of a rote session on geography...god, it was sheeeer embarassment seeing that transparent, puerile act anywhere outside of a brain bowl competition for elementary schoolers!!!!

If we're the world's laughing stock NOW, wait til they get a better look at the extremist bimbo this country is looking at to take over from McCorpse.

Anonymous said...

Strange. I don't remember Charley or any other journalist sans O'Reilly asking BHO anywhere near as tough questions.

And I don't EVER remember BHO answering tough questions without the um ah um ah um ah stalling.

Oh, but wait, BHO is running for PRESIDENT and Sarah is running for VICE PRESIDENT.

Why do I keep comparing our VP to their P?

Simple: BHO can't even come close to comparing against McCain.

All that's left is pitting BHO against Palin.

One thing's for sure: Palin demonstrated far more courage in expressing her conservative views in this interview that BHO EVER is in expressing his way-the-hell-left views on the camera.

Go Sarah!

Evan Sayet said...

Watch Joe Biden on any of the Sunday talk shows and tell me that Governor Palin didn't do a far superior job. Watch Obama offer his ums and errs in every answer as he struggles to come to some middle ground between his radical leftism and what he thinks the people will buy.

No ums-and-errs, no bogus, pseudo-intellectual replies, went far beyond mere sloganeering "hope" and "change."

I'd give her a B-plus. Not bad. Not bad at all.

Anonymous said...

What a wunnerful decent bitch...

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ashamed for my country said...

Ready to Lead US Resolutely Backward...or maybe just not at all:

Clueless Palin Peddles Cliches Under Gibson's Glare
Jeremy Gerard

Sept. 12 (Bloomberg) -- The question of experience came up again last
> night: Was the man of the moment prepared for the difficult task at
> hand? Did he have the chops?
> ABC News anchor Charles Gibson
got the get, the first mano- a-womano sit down with the Republican vice
> presidential nominee, Sarah Palin. He had the chops.
> Palin may not have blinked when John McCain
> asked her to be his running mate. Last night, however, found her frozen
> in the Klieg lights as the dogged interlocutor set his sights on his
> visitor.
> Peering down at Palin through reading glasses set at the tip of his
> nose, foot circling over knee ever more impatiently, Gibson, 65,
> wouldn't let her coast. Yes, she had mastered the pronunciation of
> Georgia president Mikhail Saakashvili
> name, not to mention that of Iran's Mahmud Ahmadinejad
And maybe that would have been good enough on ``Good Morning America.''
> But no-one had coached her in something called the Bush Doctrine.
> Doctrine? What doctrine would that be, Charlie?
> Palin, 44, apparently never heard of the Bush Doctrine until yesterday.
> She flashed a smile nearly as frozen as her running- mate's and did that
> tenth-grader thing of tap-dancing around the question, skittishly ad
> libbing her way with gibberish about Bush's ``global vision.''
> Gibson was having none of it, pressing her for specifics she didn't have
> at her command and finally -- his glare set to iceberg blue, foot
> circling like a lasso -- he impatiently explained what the doctrine is,
> when it was introduced, and gave her another chance to answer.
> Few Overseas Trips
> My sympathy for Palin lasted only as long as it took me to remember that
> it was Palin who had insisted, at the top of the interview, that she's
> ready to lead the country on a moment's notice. Asked whether she had
> ever been outside the U.S. before her recent trip to the Middle East,
> she answered, ``Canada. Mexico.'' Asked what heads of state she had
> dealt with, she referenced all those trade delegations that came to
Alaska looking to do some business.

When the interview turned to Iraq and Iran, Palin's innocence of diplomatic nuance, not to mention global politics, was something she
couldn't dance around. We're America, she said, we don't have to put up
with those uppity Eye-ranians.

Does she believe we are doing God's will in Iraq? ``I wouldn't presume
to know God's will, Charlie,'' she answered gamely. Gibson was ready
with a clip of her sermonizing not long ago in church and she danced
around that one, too.

Gibson didn't ask the candidate if she has any clue about the principle
of separation of church and state on which her beloved United States was
founded. I wish he had.

Evan Sayet said...

Barack Obama thinks that there are fifty-seven states in the union, that he is the chairman of a committee he doesn't even sit on and that World War II started when Japan dropped the bomb on Hawaii.

I do think I'm far more confident in the Governor of Alaska's abilities than the also ran junior senator who, himself, compares his entire executive experience to the Governor's previous job as mayor.

Anonymous said...

McCains Cheerleaders Begin to Turn:

Analysis: McCain's claims skirt facts, test voters
By CHARLES BABINGTON – 18 hours ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — The "Straight Talk Express" has detoured into doublespeak.

Republican presidential nominee John McCain, a self-proclaimed tell-it-like-it-is maverick, keeps saying his running mate, Sarah Palin, killed the federally funded Bridge to Nowhere when, in fact, she pulled her support only after the project became a political embarrassment. He accuses Democrat Barack Obama of calling Palin a pig, which did not happen. He says Obama would raise nearly everyone's taxes, when independent groups say 80 percent of families would get tax cuts instead.

Even in a political culture accustomed to truth-stretching, McCain's skirting of facts has stood out this week. It has infuriated and flustered Obama's campaign, and campaign pros are watching to see how much voters disregard news reports noting factual holes in the claims.

McCain's persistence in pushing dubious claims is all the more notable because many political insiders consider him one of the greatest living victims of underhanded campaigning. Locked in a tight race with George W. Bush for the Republican presidential nomination in 2000, McCain was rocked in South Carolina by a whisper campaign claiming he had fathered an illegitimate black child and was mentally unstable.

Shaken by the experience, McCain denounced less-than-truthful campaigning. Vowing to live up to his "straight talk" motto, he apologized for his reluctance to criticize the flying of the Confederate flag at South Carolina's state Capitol in a bid for votes. When the so-called Swift Boat Veterans for Truth attacked the military record of Democrat and fellow Navy officer John Kerry in 2004, McCain called the ads "dishonest and dishonorable."

Now, top aides to McCain include Steve Schmidt, who has close ties to Karl Rove, Bush's premier political adviser in 2000.

Politicians usually modify or drop claims when a string of newspaper and TV news accounts concludes they are untrue or greatly exaggerated. Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, for example, conceded she had not come under sniper fire in Bosnia after a batch of debunking articles subjected her to scorn during her primary contest against Obama.

But McCain and his running mate Palin, the Alaska governor, were defiant this week in the face of similar reports. Day after day she said she had told Congress "no thanks" to the so-called Bridge to Nowhere, a rural Alaska project that was abandoned when critics challenged its costs and usefulness. For nearly a week, major news outlets had documented that Palin supported the bridge when running for governor in 2006, noting that she turned against it only after it became an object of ridicule in Alaska and a symbol of Congress's out-of-control earmarking.

The McCain-Palin campaign made at least three other aggressive claims this week that omitted key details or made dubious assumptions to criticize Obama. It equated lawmakers' requests for money for special projects with corruption, even though Palin has sought nearly $200 million in such "earmarks" this year.

It produced an Internet ad implying that Obama had called Palin a pig when he used a familiar phrase, which McCain also has used, about putting "lipstick on a pig" to try to make a bad situation look better. McCain supporters said Obama was slyly alluding to Palin's description of herself as a pit bull in lipstick, but there was nothing in his remarks to support the claim. Obama accused the GOP campaign of "lies and phony outrage."

The lipstick wars were fully engaged when the McCain campaign produced another ad saying Obama favored "comprehensive sex education" for kindergartners. The charge triggered the sort of headlines becoming increasingly common in major newspapers and wire services monitoring the factual content of political ads and speeches.

"Ad on Sex Education Distorts Obama Policy," was the headline on a New York Times article Thursday. "McCain's 'Education' Spot is Dishonest, Deceptive," The Washington Post's "Fact Checker" article said.

Major news outlets have written such fact-checking articles for years. "But in the last two election cycles, the very notion that the facts matter seems to be under assault," said Michael X. Delli Carpini, an authority on political ads at the University of Pennsylvania's Annenberg School for Communication. "Candidates and their consultants seem to have learned that as long as you don't back down from your charges or claims, they will stick in the minds of voters regardless of their accuracy or at a minimum, what the truth is will remain murky, a matter of opinion rather than fact."

With Palin giving McCain's campaign a boost in the polls, Obama supporters are nervously watching to see what impact the latest claims will have. Surveys already show that most people believe Obama would raise their taxes — a regular McCain claim — even though independent groups such as the Tax Policy Center concluded that four out of five U.S. households would receive tax cuts under his proposals.

McCain spokesman Tucker Bounds defended the campaign's statements. "We include factual backup in every one of our TV spots," he said Thursday.

Obama, of course, has made exaggerated or questionable assertions as well. Earlier this year, for instance, he repeated a claim that more black men are in prison than in college, after news accounts refuted it. He also used a McCain remark about having troops in Iraq for "100 years" to exaggerate McCain's proposals for being fully engaged militarily in that country.

In general, however, Obama has been quicker to react to news accounts challenging his accuracy. Faced with skeptical reports this year, for instance, he stopped saying he "worked his way" through college, and instead credited hard work and scholarships.

Dan Schnur, a former McCain aide who now teaches politics at the University of Southern California, said McCain and Obama learned they must stretch the truth "when staying on the high road didn't work out to their benefit."

McCain, he said, "tried it his way. He had a poverty tour and nobody covered it. He had a national service tour, and everybody made fun of it. He proposed these joint town halls" with Obama, "and nothing come of it. Through the spring and early summer, that approach didn't work. You can't blame him for taking a step back and reassessing."

EDITOR'S NOTE _ Charles Babington covers national politics for The Associated Press.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, O thinks there are 57 morons don't even try anymore, do you?

obama 4 hypocrite-in-chief said...

Now is the time to keep the promise of equal pay for an equal day’s work,” Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama said August 28 in his convention acceptance speech. He told the crowd in Denver: “I want my daughters to have exactly the same opportunities as your sons.”

Obama’s campaign website is even more specific. Under the heading “Fighting for Pay Equity,” the women’s issues page laments that, “Despite decades of progress, women still make only 77 cents for every dollar a man makes. A recent study estimates it will take another 47 years for women to close the wage gap with men at Fortune 500 corporate offices. Barack Obama believes the government needs to take steps to better enforce the Equal Pay Act…”

Obama’s commitment to federally mandated pay equity stretches from the Rockies to Wall Street and beyond. And yet it seems to have eluded his United States Senate office. Compensation figures for his legislative staff reveal that Obama pays women just 83 cents for every dollar his men make.

Obama’s 28 male staffers divided among themselves total payroll expenditures of $1,523,120. Thus, Obama’s average male employee earned $54,397. Obama’s 30 female employees split $1,354,580 among themselves, or $45,152, on average.

McCain’s 17 male staffers split $916,914, thus averaging $53,936. His 25 female employees divided $1,396,958 and averaged $55,878.

On average, according to these data, women in John McCain’s office make $1.04 for every dollar a man makes. In fact, ceteris paribus, a typical female staffer could earn 21 cents more per dollar paid to her male counterpart — while adding $10,726 to her annual income — by leaving Barack Obama’s office and going to work for John McCain.

Anonymous said...

there are 57 Islamic states in the Organisation of the Islamic Conference or OIC.

pigwatcher said...

There are waaaaay more than 57 members in the Organization of Idiot Nincompoops and Klansmen, or OINK, otherwise known as the GOP.

That's no shit, mon.

John said...

Watch this, pig:

"PRINCETON, NJ -- A potential shift in fortunes for the Republicans in Congress is seen in the latest USA Today/Gallup survey, with the Democrats now leading the Republicans by just 3 percentage points, 48% to 45%, in voters' "generic ballot" preferences for Congress. This is down from consistent double-digit Democratic leads seen on this measure over the past year."

Mats said...

Palin looked a bit nervous, but she managed to handle that moonbat well.

Dora said...

her face-to-face experience with international leaders bordering her state and elsewhere.

Wait, yesterday she said she's never met an international leader. Is she contradicting yourself, or are you just making stuff up, Evan?

claude balls said...

Panic sets in for Obama, Democrats, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Barack Obama knows it. The election he had in the bag is slipping away.

The selection of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as John McCain’s running mate has so thrown him off stride, as it has most other Democrats, that all the momentum he had has vanished. He’s getting panicky advice from everywhere. He intends to launch more and sharper attacks, abandoning any pretense of a new and different, more civil campaign.

Democrats know something, and desperation is setting in. They have a novice campaigner who wanders off message. With every advantage in the primaries, Obama couldn’t win the big states — New York, New Jersey, Ohio and Pennsylvania — against Hillary Clinton, even when he got to define the rules for running against him. She could never risk alienating the base she’ll need in 2012; John McCain and Sarah Palin have no such constraints — hence the panic.

For a “change” candidate, Obama appears to be a man locked in time, unable to move past criticism, unable to move from the grip of the Democratic left, unable to adapt to the changed reality that the campaign is not the referendum on the war in Iraq or on the administration of George W. Bush that he’d envisioned.

He’s begun to sound dated. Last week, for example, he devoted valuable campaign days — less than two months remain — into explaining a silly “lipstick on a pig” line. The McCain campaign had reacted, accusing him of making the reference to Palin. “I don’t care what they say about me,” Obama responded. “But I love this country too much to let them take over another election with lies and phony outrage and ‘Swiftboat politics.’ Enough is enough,” he said. (The Swiftboat reference is from the 2004 campaign of John Kerry).

The Democratic left is still seething from the Kerry campaign’s loss and is determined to see Bush expelled from the White House in disgrace — the reason it is locked in to making this a referendum on the administration now ending.

It barely worked when the maverick McCain, no darling of the Bushites, got the nomination. With Palin, the Washington outsider, the “third term” argument is plainly absurd. But Obama can’t let go, just as the lefties can’t let go of the Swiftboat Veterans for Truth defeat of Kerry. He can’t move on.

Obama has the habit, too, of reminding voters of their doubts about him, as he did in reminding a Detroit audience that he’s been accused of being less interested in protecting you from terrorists than reading them their rights. And, when he professes love of country as his basis for refusing to allow the McCain campaign to attack his words, he raises questions about why he finds the affirmation of love necessary.

Obama will lose because with less than two months remaining voters won’t be able to get comfortable with him. He can’t stay on message and he can’t avoid sending signals that interfere with the message when he does.

McCain, on the other hand, has been superb going back at least to Obama’s European tour. Mainstream America is comfortable with him and, with Palin’s selection, conservatives who had their doubts are onboard. The GOP is energized and suddenly an unwinnable election is reversed.

Obama got this far by winning small states and Southern states he has no chance of carrying in November. In Georgia, for example, the latest Insider Advantage poll has McCain pulling 56 percent of the vote to 38 percent for Obama, numbers that are not likely to change more than 4 percentage points in November. The undecideds and those who intend to vote for third-party campaigns are at 6 percent.

In this election, voters will decide early. Obama’s been in a yearlong campaign; McCain’s familiar. The two are sufficiently exposed and known for voters to make a decision now.

It’s not over. But it’s getting there — and Obama knows it.

Evan Sayet said...

Gee, either Barry Obama who now goes by the name of Barack, a man who is indebted to Syrian-born mobster Antonio Rezko, was the longtime right hand man to terrorist William Ayers and the protege of multimillionire hate-peddler Jeremiah "God (should) Damn America" Wright who calls his grandmother a "typical white woman" to justify throwing her under a bus to protect Wright (and then, two weeks after saying he couldn't repudiate him...throws HIM under a bus) etc. is lying or John McCain -- the Democrats longtime favorite Republican, the maverick who, under torture, stayed true to his mates and his higher values, the guy who risked his own ambitions time and again ("I'd rather lose an election than have my country lose a war") is "lying."

I think that, given a choice between leftists who admit that they are voting for Obama because he gives them a sexual charge (folks like Chris Matthews) and the war hero, maverick, straight-arrow Senator with the long record of honesty versus the radical left, I'll take this fight.

Dora said...

omg, is that even a complete sentence?

i know what evan wants, it's to be the next sean hannity, but he's just too lazy for that job. hannity cleverly grafts lies onto truth, evan just makes stuff up. therein lies the difference.

view from down under said...

The essential problem coming to light is a profound disconnect between the Barack Obama of the candidate's speeches, and the Barack Obama who has been in politics for the past decade or so.

Speechmaker Obama has built his campaign on the promise of reform, the need to change the culture of American political life, to take on the special interests that undermine government's effectiveness and erode trust in the system itself.

Politician Obama rose through a Chicago machine that is notoriously the most corrupt in the country. As David Freddoso writes in a brilliantly cogent and measured book, The Case Against Barack Obama, the angel of deliverance from the old politics functioned like an old-time Democratic pol in Illinois. He refused repeatedly to side with those lonely voices that sought to challenge the old corrupt ways of the ruling party.

Speechmaker Obama talks about an era of bipartisanship, He speaks powerfully about the destructive politics of red and blue states.

Politician Obama has toed his party's line more reliably than almost any other Democrat in US politics. He has a near-perfect record of voting with his side. He has the most solidly left-wing voting history in the Senate. His one act of bipartisanship, a transparency bill co-sponsored with a Republican senator, was backed by everybody on both sides of the aisle. He has never challenged his party's line on any issue of substance.

Speechmaker Obama talks a lot about finding ways to move beyond the bloody battlegrounds of the culture wars in America; the urgent need to establish consensus on the emotive issue of abortion.

Politician Obama's support for abortion rights is the most extreme of any Democratic senator. In the Illinois legislature he refused to join Democrats and Republicans in supporting a bill that would require doctors to provide medical care for babies who survived abortions. No one in the US Senate - not the arch feminist Hillary Clinton nor the super-liberal Edward Kennedy - opposed this humane measure.

Here's the real problem with Obama: the jarring gap between his promises of change and his status quo performance.

There are just too many contradictions between the eloquent poetry of the man's stirring rhetoric and the dull, familiar prose of his political record.

It's been remarked that the biggest difference between Americans and Europeans is religion: ignorant Americans cling to faith; enlightened Europeans long ago embraced the liberating power of reason. Yet here's an odd thing about this election. Europeans are asking Americans to take a leap of faith, to break the chains of empiricism and embrace the possibility of the imagination.

The fact is that a vote for Obama demands uncritical subservience to the irrational, anti-empirical proposition that the past holds no clues about the future, that promise is wholly detached from experience. The second greatest story ever told, perhaps.

abama ebama bama bama o said...

Barry/Barack is everything he says he against and nothing he claims to be for.

Evan Sayet said...

The question asked of Governor Palin was about heads of state, not leaders of industry and higher-ups in business and government that I was referring to. Nope, no contradiction here.

FJ said...

I love how the NY Slimes will be profiling Palin on their front page tomorrow.

A more specious collection a hearsay and gossip has ne'er heretofore collected to use against political foe since the dawn of time.

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don o'time said...

Initial Lies on Foreign Travel Debunked...Twice...the first revision was a lie takes them a while to get this strange truth deal down:

"Sarah Palin's visit to Iraq in 2007 consisted of a brief stop at a border crossing between Iraq and Kuwait, the vice presidential candidate's campaign said yesterday, in the second official revision of her only trip outside North America."

simple sarah said...

Me, I been to Idyho. I felt real at home. It's a lot like Alaska.

fella tory said...


Sweet shit, aint we spose to be trying to REDUCE those?

And here yar bragging about big ones.

That aint rite, guy!

SS, no, not the kraut ss said...

You gotta crost Canady to git to Idyho...there's some good fishin in Canady...they got them inconnu down there...they're related to a Bull Trout ya know...that whole salmonid fambly...I like me a fambly...say them is a hard fightin feesh...good eatin, too...I likem in buttermilk and corn meal batter...ever try that?...I'll git out my recipe...I'm using it in the Whitehouse fer sure. John McCain's fancy wife said she couldn't wait to try it...I don't know why she was agigglin when she said John he kept elbowing her in the ribs...I'm startin to wonder about that guy...

bollywood barack world rockstar said...

The Left still thinks we're going to be electing the President of the World...

It doesn't go down well in the heartland, though.

DMSlaughter said...

Evan you continue to amaze me. Can you cite ONE instance where Palin met with a Russian or Canadian official? What "face-to-face experience with international leaders" has she had? Why is no one from her campaign (or hell, herself) dropping at least one name? Steve Doocey on Fox Noise, always the astute tool, said that her international experience stems from her being so close to Russia. Gee, I live right down the street from CVS (in fact I can see it from my apartment) so that makes me a qualified and competent pharmacist, right?

Your dishonesty doesn't stop at the international diplomacy myth peddled as a pathetic talking point by GOP propaganda outlets. What you and many others consistently fail to point out is how potentially dangerous Palin's religious convictions are for this country, not to mention how cynical McCain's selection process has been. The two go hand in hand in a way, because it's not shocking to realize that he picked her as a running mate so that he could court the religious right, the base of your party. This is a man who not too long ago denounced leaders like Jerry Falwell as "agents of intolerance" but who now embraces their followers and even their policies. McCain's stance on abortion, for instance, is one of his biggest flip flops. Upon picking Palin, McCain suddenly gains the endorsement of James Dobson, a man who before couldn't be seen in public with McCain lest he risk the indignation of the Republican base.

Perhaps I'm wrong about Palin's Dominionist faith. Maybe Palin as well as McCain are nothing more than pandering hypocrites though. After all, if Palin really were a true believer and supporter of evangelical Christians, maybe she (and McCain for that matter) would have showed up at the Value Voters summit in Washington D.C. a few days ago. But alas, even with an open schedule and he actually being in town, neither McCain or values candidate Palin could make an appearance.

Maybe they realize that to associate themselves too much in public with the base that they're so dependent upon is politically dangerous to their quest to pick up independents (the only way, short of election fraud) that this pathetic ticket needs to win the election.

But after all of this, maybe I just should have posted this amazing moment of McCain honesty, a tattered remnant of his former "Maverick" brand name:

kudzu gityoo said...

What's this shit?!! A guy who actually talks to these cretins like they were sentient?

Well, that's just WROOOONG.

Dora said...

The question asked of Governor Palin was about heads of state, not leaders of industry and higher-ups in business and government that I was referring to. Nope, no contradiction here.

Jesus god, Evan, just admit you've made a mistake.

You wrote that Palin has "face-to-face experience with international leaders bordering her state and elsewhere."

Yet Palin said she has not met a head of state:

GIBSON: I'm talking about somebody who's a head of state, who can negotiate for that country. Ever met one?

PALIN: I have not and I think if you go back in history and if you ask that question of many vice presidents, they may have the same answer that I just gave you.

Nobody says "international leaders bordering her state and elsewhere" to refer to "leaders of industry and higher-ups in business and government". Give it up.