Tales from the Trail

McCain finds it tough without Palin

September 10, 2008

PHILADELPHIA – Republican presidential candidate John McCain cut short his first public appearance without running-mate Sarah Palin after chanting supporters of Democratic rival Barack Obama interrupted his speech.

After lunching with a roundtable of women at Philadelphia’s Down Home Diner, McCain shook hands with supporters and strode up to a podium to deliver a statement. But as he spoke, chants of “Obama, Obama, Obama” filled the room.

Reporters craned forward trying to hear the Arizona senator. Unfortunately for McCain — and possibly overlooked by aides who planned the event — a section of the diner opened up to a market where a crowd had gathered behind a cordon.

A large contingent of Obama supporters showed up, mixed with some who had bumper stickers reading “Democrats for McCain”.

“It’s time to leave the talk behind and start shaking up Washington and fixing our economy, taking care of the problems facing our families. We’re going to give a tax cut to every family with a child,” he said.

His words were barely audible.

McCain’s supporters shouted “John McCain”, “John McCain,” “John McCain”. The duelling chants nearly drowned out the presidential hopeful’s voice.

“Pennsylvania is a battleground state as we can tell,” McCain said.

Meanwhile Palin, the Alaska governor, was on a flight back to her state. 

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Kelly. Right on! It’s such a shame that McCain and Palin seem to have no facts at their disposal. I can handle a bit of spin – humans do that, BUT…100% spin? C’mon. I don’t believe there is really much of a choice here and if somehow McCain wins in November, I give up. Truly. The only way they can possibly win is to lie their way there – or to pull a Bush and steal the election (remember 2000?). It’s all so depressing. I guess if they say something enough, people will believe it. Sort of like how Bush continuously mispronounced the word nuclear. Now, Palin says it the same way. Unbelieveable. I thought they were alike, but jeez!

Posted by Steve | Report as abusive
 

If McCain is so interested in change, why does he not join Obama’s campaign

 

I gotta tell ya…I’m starting to worry about the mentality of people in this country. When you ask Repubs just WHAT it is they like about Palin, I hear stuff like…”she hunts, she fishes, she shops at Wal-mart just like regular moms, and she’s REAL.” “She could’ve had an abortion but gave birth to a DS baby anyway.” “She comes from a small town & understands small town values” But when you ask them what policies she supports that they approve of, all I get is, “she wants drilling & she’s against abortion”. THAT’S IT!!! With all thats facing this country after 8yrs under Bush, the fact that she bring NOTHING to the table other than a beauty queen smile, the ability to read a prepared speech & a questionable record as mayor/govenor (which somehow qualifies her to potentially lead our nation). Since the RNC, she’s made a few campaign stops with McCain, where she’s trotted out to make a 15min version of the speech she already gave at the RNC (complete with the same lies I might add) then MCain takes over and repeats HIS same lies about Obama raising their taxes and these people cheer like the sheep they are. Of course, when the camera pans the crowd, you see mostly older white men & women (the kind that don’t use the internet to check the facts & get most of their information from Fox/Fix news & Bill O’Reilly.) Don’t believe me?

Check this out: http://foxattacks.com/

We are being cheated people. Cheated out our 1 chance to REALLY make a difference in our children’s lives. McCain talks about change then turns around and hires Steve Schmidt to head his campaign. The same man who ran Bush’s campaign in ’00. The same man who was behind the smear campaign AGAINST MCCAIN in SC by suggesting his adopted black daughter was really his illegitimate love child!!! Does that matter to McShame? HELL NO!!! Its all about winning now and ALL the stops are being pulled out. Lets face it, at his age (72) this is his last shot at the Oval office and he’s going to do EVERYTHING to acheive his goal. Even run the kind of negative campaign he swore he wouldn’t. Even if it means using Karl Rove behind the scenes. After all, “Bush’s Brain” did such a great job beating him before, didn’t he???

Matter of fact, I think its time to take this criminal out of the equation don’t you?!?

http://sendkarlrovetojail.com

Wake up people…Our country needs you to make the right choice! Eight is Enough!!!!!!

Posted by fed up in fla | Report as abusive
 

TUTORING SARAH PALIN

Dear Editor:

To borrow a choice word from the Republican Representative in Atlanta; John McCain, Sarah Palin, Rudy Guiliani and the laughing conventioneers are a bit too “uppity” for me. In both her St. Paul speech and now on the stump, Sarah Palin sarcastically mocks community organizers to beef up her small town mayor experience. While Bush aids and an ex FEMA attorney tutor Sarah Palin in foreign policy, the may want to add American History to the curriculum.

Clearly Sarah Palin does not get the American Revolution or the Abolitionist, Environmentalist and Civil Rights movements. She has no grasp of the Suffragettes and most certainly does not understand American Labor. She mocks Americans including John Adams, Frederick Douglass, John Muir, Eleanor Roosevelt, the Reverend Martin Luther King and Cesar Chavez. She also makes fun of my grandfather, Andrew Reeder, the first President of the Shipbuilders Union at Sun Ships in Philadelphia. This is personal and I take profound offense. There is a little “Norma Rae” in each of us.

I still have the edition of “The Philadelphia Inquirer” with my grandfather’s name in the headline and the photo of him being sworn in from a hospital bed. The officials never determined whether it was a workplace accident or attempted murder the day before the election but he survived. Following their victory, my grandfather and many others from their Local organized in their community again and created the neighborhood youth center. He always stressed the dignity of work and the pride of being working class.

We are an industrious, open-hearted and generous people. This is our American Spirit and the tie that binds our nation regardless of collar, race, sex, religion, orientation, education and job status. Americans work, so America works. My family and my public school teachers taught me well and this is just not how we roll in the lower 48. Sarah Palin scorns the very people that labored, at great risk, to give her husband a Union to join and the PTA that she claims launched her career. Republicans laugh at us for putting in a hard days work and then pitching in to improve our neighborhoods. With our Armed Forces serving in brutal conditions and milk over $5.50 a gallon stateside, that is elitist.

I am a white, Christian woman, with a college degree and snappy eyeglasses, too, and I have never encountered a woman less like me. I will never forget my American roots and Sarah Palin is no sister of mine. In this election, I am my brother’s keeper. I completely agree with Hillary Clinton, “No way, No how, No McCain/Palin.” My vote goes to Barack Obama and Joe Biden. That is how we put America first.

Solidarity!

Kim Reeder
United States of America

Posted by Kim R | Report as abusive
 

McCain has gone from milking the POW card to using the sexism card. Obama spoke about this months ago instead of talking about the issues McCain chooses to make a big stink about nothing, and that new smear ad is the absolute lowest of the low. I thought that conservatives were all big on faith and family values, instead all they do is name call and ridicule anyone who disagrees with there warped values.

Posted by Ericka | Report as abusive
 

I am so glad that Democrats as well as other Obama supporters united and spoke up. McCain is running a negative campaign and people are tired of him spewing his lies. Obama/Biden 2008

Posted by Renata Nicole | Report as abusive
 

Just another example of leftists acting like rude pigs. Pigs without lipstick I might add. You pretty much never see Republicans interrupting Democrat candidates. Why? Because Republicans for the most part have manners. How many times was McCain interrupted by disgusting Code Pink “chicks” during his acceptance speech? Palin was bothered too as well. Of course, she kept her compsure and delivered a perfect speech. Can you imagine if someone dared to heckle The One? He would start stammering and stuttering, “uh…ummm…you know…” But then if anyone ever distracted The Messiah from his teleprompter, they’d be accused of being racist.

Posted by David H | Report as abusive
 

“You pretty much never see Republicans interrupting Democrat candidates. Why? Because Republicans for the most part have manners.” —posted by David H.

Hey David! I have a question. You infer that Republicans have better manners than Democrats. How then can you explain all of the ugly vituperative comments so many Right Wingers post both here and on countless other websites?

Your argument is an empty one at best.

Posted by IEB | Report as abusive
 

Jane, (you posted at 4:34 GMT), did you not read the article? Obama and McCain supporters were drowning each other (and McCain) out. You should retract the last statement in your post.

Posted by terri | Report as abusive
 

How is that a reflection on Obama. You act like he told those people to go out and do that. People do what they want to do regardless of what others say. You must be a part of McCains hick clain. Don’t play yourself. If you don’t like Obama who cares. There maybe plenty of people who don’t like you. You don’t have to vote for him. Vote McCain so the world can be in even worse shape.

Posted by Ashely | Report as abusive
 

Good idea to yell USA! USA! USA! that works for me.

Barack would not approve of such behavior.

Sad that it’s all about star power now. Will anyone watch the debates? I’m going to. But, I thought Bush was a total idiot in the debates and he won … crazy nation this turned into. Wish we could turn off TVs.

Posted by Bud | Report as abusive
 

Is Sarah Palin a pathological liar? She lied in her first speech to the American people as VP nominee and she keeps repeating the lies:

Lie #1: “I said Thanks for no Thanks” to the bridge to nowhere. (this lie has been debunked in a zillion media outlets)

Lie #2: I posted the jet on ebay! (this is more misleading than an outright lie. The audiences assumes she sold the plane on ebay. Nope, no buyers. pulled it off ebay and sold it to a crony.

Lie #2a: Sold plane at a profit. (Nope, sold plane at aloss)

Lie #3: I’m a PTA mom. (No record of her ever being a PTA member. )

Posted by Sarah | Report as abusive
 

The main stream media will not hold McCain and Palin to the truth. They continue to tell outright lies on the trail and no one stops them.

The little people are frustrated and feel used by the republican party. Obama must prevail or we are doomed to 8 more years of incompetent government.

 

Jane, you must be kidding. The McCain Palin supporters have been rude. The entire GOP playbook is dirty tricks.
Get real…
Obama has to get dirty now because Mac went back on his word about “rancor” and keeping it clean. If he doesn’t he will get the same criticism that Kerry got for not responding strong enough to the Swift Boat debacle – another GOP high water mark… gimme a break.

Posted by Mark | Report as abusive
 

McCain himself has stated that he supports upholding the constitution as one of his top priorities. Freedom of speech and the right to protest is one of those freedoms outlined in the constitution, McCain fought for and is expected to defend as president. I can’t imagine why anyone, especially republicans, would complain, unless they don’t agree with constitutionally protected rights, and thus their own republican nominated candidate.

Posted by Stacey | Report as abusive
 

If America does the worst thing it could do and actually sees Palin and McCain as serious contenders for the big Whitehouse job – then the US is sunk!

Age and beauty are fast becoming the dotage and malice ticket as we learn that the sack race was won by Sarah via her underhand treatment of her brother-in-law. :-)

Can we trust her to be VP? No way! Can we trust him to make more stupid decisions and keep pumping out gut-rot lies and more damned lies? You bet!

The show, folks is becoming increasingly grotesque, bizarre and ridiculous.

Why on earth would any sane person wish for another 4 years of the same old rubbish?

Could it be people’s weakness in being incapable of rousing some spiritual and constitutional inner strength and overcome their fear of people with darker skins?

The irony of those who claim to be Christian but break the tenets of Jesus Christ so easily is not lost on anyone with some kind of intelligence.

I say if you do not vote for Obama then you have NO grasp of reality at all. And you will therefore end-up with the President and VP that you so richly desire.

Posted by AwfulTruth | Report as abusive
 

uh…yeah…McCain supporters are completely rational…as evidenced by those who still believe Obama is Muslim…and the cops who maced and gassed the neutral media and democratic supporters at the RNC….Dems better be prepared to fight for this one….

Posted by adam | Report as abusive
 

No matter what you say, you democrats will do anything even to the point of rudeness and evil acts to mess up good people. Sorry, goog triumphs over evil and the victors will be McCain-Palin ticket. Your vicious attacks and lies about Sarah will only gain her the favors of the silent majority and from a being who rewards the good.

Posted by Carla | Report as abusive
 

It is TERRIBLE what these EVIL Democrats do. The next thing, they’ll claim that because Sarah has been hiding for a week with her handlers and puppeteers she is not ready to appear in public, let alone lead the nation!
I thought she has settled all doubts when she said that her expertise in international affairs has been acquired with painstaking gazing at Russia from Alaska. Just because the National Guard general said she has not been accurate when she said she has victoriously gone a whole quarter of a mile into Iraq,these Democrats now doubt she actually went repulsing the invading Russian ice floes.

Posted by ehudmos | Report as abusive
 

Do you really think Obama had control over those people? I cannot and will not believe the blatant lies being told by the Republican party. I do think it was rude what the Obama supporters did, but you cannot blame Obama for what happened. Obama gives the rest of us hope that is something better in this dismal world we live in that grows darker each day. It makes me sick to my stomach when I hear and see people believing the out right lies about him. It’s sad what our country has come to…USA USA USA!

Posted by Jazzy | Report as abusive
 

Hey Carla -

You say “lies”, yet EVERYTHING HAS BEEN PROVEN. Good WILL win. And Obama is the good one. Read conservative publication “Economy”. Consult MSM. You’ll find that your side is the side who is lying. And you’re going down.

Sarah Palin good… a woman who says the war is good and holy and graced by God. You and I have a different interpretation of good, my backward friend.

Posted by Abel Adams | Report as abusive
 

I was at the event. It was a small venue and McCain supporters were lined up begging to get in. The O-ba-ma chants were quickly drowned out by chants of John-Mc-Cain. McCain supporters outnumbered Obama, but the latter were much more in your face, rude and boisterous. Unfortunately the D’s are much more organized with their street teams, handing out stickers and whipping up impressionable voters into a frenzy about how evil the R’s are.

Posted by jb | Report as abusive
 

Change you can trust, a slogan that could turn around McCain’s campaign?

Change you can trust contrasts beautifully with change you can believe in.

Everyone wants change, only with a team that we can trust to implement it.
If you’re in a tough spot, you want someone to come to help you that you can trust, not someone you believe may want to help you.

John McCain, polls show, is rated as highly qualified and highly trusted. This slogan, change you can trust, reinforces this message.

It can even be added on to John McCain’s current slogan. Country first, change you can trust. Or perhaps Change you can trust that puts Country first. Or how about Change you can trust that puts America first

It implies without directly saying it that the other side is perhaps a little less trustworthy.

It also reinforces the message that in a time we were facing battle with Al Qaeda worldwide and two conventional wars, John McCain is a commander in chief you can trust to lead us to victory.

There are 30 days left before Election Day. Sarah Palin’s debate performance was good, but it’s really up to John McCain to win.

CHANGE You Can TRUST

CHANGE You Can TRUST to put COUNTRY FIRST

CHANGE You Can TRUST to put AMERICA FIRST

CHANGE – TRUST
COUNTRY FIRST

John, are you listening???

http://strategicthought-charles77.blogsp ot.com/2008/10/change-you-can-trust-slog an-that-could.html

 

Average Americans can’t tell lies form the truth and vice versa. Call the truth lies and the lies truth, how interesting. Just for one example, check out the Senate Bills Record website on which senators voted YES or NO on every issue. See for yourself who are liars.

People are ignorant or stupid enough to be manipulated by media. Time to do some research for yourself.

Posted by Zekeria | Report as abusive
 

Zekeria, Just because people look at the same set of facts and come to a different conclusion. Does not mean they’re stupid. Its nuts like you who are dangerous. Who are you to judge the average the average American??? Don’t forget this is America one man or woman one vote.

 

Lets stop the hating,trading of insults and out right lying. We are not red states and blue states, we are the United States OF America. We’re white, black, yellow, red and every shade in between. We’re male, female,straight
bisexual, gay and what ever we are “The United States Of America”.

Now some of you think that you have ownership on who runs for office and who is qualified and who is not. If someone runs for office who is different from you and who does does not support your views, the bigot in you starts to sweat & form beads on your forehead. The Gov. George Wallace in you starts to take over and you try to hide it in hateful & ignorant blogs.

I voted for Bush twice againt my wife’s advice. Bush and the Republican Party has run this country down. Now its time for them to go to the back of the room and sit down. Its time for Barack and Biden to give it a go. And make no mistake about it. They will win,and you closet bigots
will boil over with hate. But thats okay because its time that you move on to hell. Let the young folks run this country and restore it to its greatness.

 

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