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September 3, 2008


Palin the Panderer

After listening to Sarah Palin's speech tonight, all can say is that she is the perfect choice for those loyal to the Republican Party. She is just mean, and it shows. Perhaps the way to win elections is the way the GOP run them - and they do win them. But as far as running a nation, well, let's just say they leave something to be desired.

Truth is a casualty when the GOP run for office, and Governor Palin is no exception.

The following exchange came after a talking-head session hosted by NBC-MSNBC's political expert Chuck Todd. As Todd was telling his viewers what was coming up next, unsuspecting Peggy Noonan and Mike Murphy were caught in the act of "G-O-P-trayal" (GOP Betrayal) on an open microphone. For those of you who might not know, Noonan is a columnist for The Wall Street Journal, owned by Fox News' Rupert Murdoch, and was a primary speech writer and Special Assistant to President Ronald Reagan; Murphy is a Republican talking head listed as a "Republican Consultant". What you will read below is what real Republicans really think:

MURPHY: I come out of a blue swing state governor world. (former Michigan Governor John) Engler, (former New Jersey Governor Christie Todd) Whitman, (former Wisconsin Governor) Tommy Thompson, (former Massachusetts Governor) Mitt Romney and (former Florida Governor) Jeb Bush, and these guys - this is all like 'I want a Texas race' - run it up and - it's not going to work, but...

NOONAN: It's Over.

MURPHY: ...but McCain can give a version of the Lieberman speech and do himself some good.

(Third voice, nearly undistinguishable, possibly Todd's): ...Kay Bailey Hutchinson...

NOONAN: I saw Kay this morning...

(Third Voice): She's never looked comfortable about this...

MURPHY: She's all bugged out.

(Third Voice): Is she the most qualified woman they could have picked?

NOONAN: Qualified? No! I think they went for this — excuse me — political bullshit about narratives. Every time the Republicans do that, because that's not where they live and it's not what they're good at, they blow it."

MURPHY: Do you know what's really the worst thing about it? The greatness of McCain is no cynicism... and this is cynical, and as you told me, "gimmicky".

"Gimmicky indeed. Certainly those who even have a passing interest in American politics realize by now that the only reason that Governor Sarah Palin of Alaska was chosen by John McCain as the second most qualified person to lead our nation is because of the lesser intangibles she brings. Those intangibles are centered around the wedge issue of morals and how they are perceived by one-issue voters, with the help of Right-side manipulation

The names mentioned above were the choices McCain could have made. One has to believe that any one of those former "Blue State Governor World" members would have been a better choice than one-year Governor Palin.

Former New York City Mayor (and failed presidential challenger to McCain) Rudy Giuliani believes that Palin's "experience" as Mayor of Wasilla, Alaska qualifies her to run the nation. "America's Mayor" appeared as a McCain-Palin ambassador on Good Morning America this morning. This is part of that interview:

GMA: If she were the president on 9/11, you would have been confident?

GIULIANI: I'd be confident that she'd be able to handle it. She's been a governor of a state, she's been mayor of a city.

What a break that this guy (Rudy) didn't gain the GOP nod. No wonder why his own children wouldn't vote for him.

What I noted during the time I watched the Republican National Convention last night and tonight was the message of "Change" that the Republicans have been trying to hijack from the Democrats. Senator Obama has been running as the "Change Candidate" and the Republicans are so taken by it that they've attempted to remake the career of John McCain in that light.

Talk about a poor-fitting suit! McCain was first elected to the US House of Representatives in November, 1982 where he served two terms. He was elected to the US Senate by the people of Arizona in 1986, taking the seat of another former GOP presidential candidate, Barry Goldwater. Although called "The Maverick" by some who focus on his earlier days rather than these George W. Bush years, McCain has voted with the current administration 95 percent of the time. his rating as with the American Conservative Union in 2007 was a staggering 80 (out of 100) - and that was with missing 14 of 25 measured votes. During that year, McCain only voted against President Bush one time. he has an 82.16 lifetime rating by the ACU.

And in his Vice Presidential choice, he has chosen a woman who apparently lacks complete understanding about the rest of the nation. Not only is she a mystery to those in the media like Noonan and Murphy, she is a mystery to McCain and his staff as well.

There are women in the Republican party who might have fit the McCain bill AND have some kind of understanding about how our nation works. The state of Maine alone has two Republican US Senators in Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins. Both have experience and both are moderate and real mavericks as shown in their voting records: Both have around a 50 percent rating from the ACU for their lifetime votes and have had their ratings go down as they voted against many bad Bush policies.

But that wasn't good enough for McCain.

John McCain must feel that in order to win this election, he needed a woman who would insult the feelings of most Amrican women and embrace the policies which they have fought against since our nation was founded; policies which they are still fighting against today! And that says something about "The-Candidate-Formerly-Known-as-the-Maverick".

The things Palin says that keep coming out are astonishing. Just yesterday we reported the undisputed fact that Palin spoke at the Alaska Independence Party's 1994 Convention. For those of you who might have missed it, the AIP advocate and exist for Alaska's succession from the US and its taking over the oil fields which reside on that land.

Palin the Panderer knows no limits. And to that end, it was reported today that she is not only a supporter of the Bush war for oil in Iraq, but deems it as a Crusade In remarks made to ministry students at her former church, Palin made the following statement:

"Our national leaders are sending them (our soldiers to Iraq) out on a task that is from God,"

And if that weren't enough, her pandering to Big Oil and the millions of dollars they can contribute to her campaign coffers had her asking those ministry student to pray for those very same companies stating that a $30 billion gas pipeline is "God's will."

"God's will has to be done in unifying people and companies to get that gas line built, so pray for that,"

Each and every political candidate has to do their fair share of pandering and butt-kissing. It's just a part of the game. But the choice of Palin, and Palin herself, has been nothing but pandering for votes. It's the same 50 percent plus one strategy which George Bush used in gaining the White House (although he didn't get the 50 percent part done in 2000). The ideas is to solidify the base (in this case, the Religious Right, not the true McBush "base of haves and have mores who will benefit in the short and long run) and just win. After that the plan is to keep them scared, on the edge of their seats and truly afraid of any "Change" whatsoever.

And that lack of "change", as they misuse the word, is what they're attempting to hijack.

When Sarah Palin said tonight she will be "honored to accept your nomination for Vice President of the United States", shouldn't she have thought about it for a minute or two? Surely not even she believes that she's the most qualified person for that job.

-Noah Greenberg

The "P" in "POW" Doesn't Stand for "President"

Now, being a POW doesn't qualify anyone to be president, but it does reveal character,"
-Fred Thompson speaking at the Republican National Convention

"I don't think riding in a fighter plane and getting shot down is a qualification to be president,"
-Former General and NATO Commander Wesley Clark On CBS' Face the Nation

Didn’t Thompson say in his speech the same thing Gen. Clark said? Clark said being stuck in a cell does not qualify you for president. They applaud Thompson and skewer Clark. The Republicans are a treat.

-Keith A. Dewey

On Off-Shore Drilling

I read Madman on occasion and know you support drilling. I think your readers should know that this is just another sham of the right wing corporate issues machine and will do little to solve the problem. This article reveals some important facts.

From: Dean Baker, Truthout: "A month ago, I wrote a column saying that John McCain wants to drill in your toilet. I was joking at the time, but that comment turned out to be pretty much accurate. The Republicans' top slogan going into the fall elections is 'drill here, drill now.' It all depends on your definition of 'here.' There is very little oil potentially available in the areas in which the Republicans are anxious to drill here and now. The Energy Information Agency (EIA) - remember, these people work for President Bush - tells us that the oil in the offshore protected areas will eventually add about 0.2 percent to world's oil output. This would be sufficient to lower the price of gas by 3-4 cents a gallon."

-Arthur Cheliotes, President, Local 1180


In response, Madman writes:

I don't necessarily support drilling - my support for drilling comes only after these conditions have been met:

1) Begin drilling on land that has already been leased - Why some major opponent in the House or Senate hasn't come out with a map and dots representing all of the areas Big Oil has already leased is beyond me. Certainly it would make for a good presentation by the Democrats who are, by and large, correct on the issue

2) Truly begin funding alternative fuels, not just as a concept but for production

3) Force Big Oil to offer alternative fuels at their gas stations - This would create an environment which would force auto manufacturers hand and make them begin building cars that take alternative fuels. Combined with the idea of the plug-in hybrid, one could also argue that these stations should offer, for profit, electricity for these cars (some of which are going to make their debut in 2010).

4) Begin offering real cash incentives for those of us who would put solar panels on our homes (including me) and promote it - make sure that we know it exists and that it's accessible

5) REAL CAFÉ standards of 30, then 40, then 50 MPG over the next seven years

I realize that off shore drilling doesn't mean a thing for at least ten years. Much like other bull-issues on the Right, they are using off shore drilling as a wedge issue. We've seen them do it with religion, sex, gay marriage, immigration and many other issues which take the real focus off making our nation as it once was not so ling ago: Great. -NG

More on Palin

Less than two years experience as governor; no foreign policy experience; membership in the Alaska Independence Party which can easily be described as unpatriotic; big earmark grabber for her home town and Alaska; probable use of political influence in firing law enforcement employees; woman who decided to have five children, yet may be lacking in the typical definition the NeoCons have of family values (since she has three teenagers, one pregnant and another just thirteen, with a seven year old and an infant) while she has chosen to take on the responsibility of being VP and possibly President (over the role of being a mother and who knows, she might even decide to have another child) - I hope this beauty queen, cheerleader, hockey mom doesn't fool the American people!

Think eight years of Bush was bad, with either McCain or her we "ain't seen nothing yet!" Oh and Hillary Clinton female supporters voting for her - what a joke!


Even More on Palin

I have been reading about Sarah Palin. This is truly an incredibly poor choice. Besides being ethically challenged as in Trooper gate where she used her political influence in a police matter, she is a religious right extremist. She believes that creationism should be taught in schools. She tried to ban books from a public library while mayor of a small town.

Now, I just read this: Her church holds extreme evangelical points of view that preach all Jewish people must convert to evangelical Christianity. Here's the link.

Palin in Her Church's Pews When Jews for Jesus Founder Spoke - Two Weeks Ago

-Robert Scardapane

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