Tales from the Trail

McCain, Palin draw large crowd in battleground of Virginia

September 10, 2008

FAIRFAX, Va. – It was Republican John McCain’s turn on Wednesday to relish the kind rock-star treatment usually associated with his Democratic rival, Barack Obama, in the tightening race for the White House.

rtx8mop.jpgUnder burning sunshine at a park in a suburb outside Washington, D.C., McCain and his newly minted running-mate Sarah Palin drew a crowd of approximately 23,000, which his campaign said was his biggest on the presidential trail.

Campaigns are notorious for inflating crowd estimates. But a McCain’s aide stressed the number was the real thing — provided by a fire marshal no less.

It could very well be accurate. Supporters by the thousands poured onto the grassy slopes of Fairfax’s Van Dyke Park waving blue and yellow McCain-Palin placards and chanting slogans (“Sarah, Sarah, Sarah” ranks among the loudest). Some chastised the media for “picking on” Palin.

The pair did not diverge from speeches they’ve delivered all week, almost to a word, threading a folksy narrative of their lives with the bread-and-butter assertions of their campaign: the Iraq war can be won, drilling for oil in the United States to secure energy independence and that their ticket would bring reform to Washington.

Much of the crowd was a sea of red shirts, courtesy of the Virginia Republican Party, which exhorted on its Web site for supporters to wear red, the party’s color, to keep the battleground state Republican.

After backing President George W, Bush in the 2000 and 2004 elections, Virginia is now a swing state, according to an average of statewide polls by Real Clear Politics which has McCain up a slender 0.7 percent in the state.

The growing turnout at McCain’s events has followed his surprise pick of the little-known Alaska governor as his vice-presidential nominee. Attesting to her draw, one supporter shouted her name holding aloft a sign that read “Palin power”. 

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McCain-Palin-08!!!! Then if we could only get rid of Pelosi, we may have a chance at turning around the mess the Democrat Senate and House has created.

Posted by Pamela | Report as abusive
 

Of course there’s a big crowd. This is Federal Govmt land – govmt bureaucrats and govmt contractors who already get healthcare, pensions, free childcare, endless paid days off, short work hours, and more…. will be more than happy to show up for a rally on taxpayer time to support a candidate who will continue their benefits while the true private sector suffocates under the burden of supporting this elite govmt/investment/lobbyist class. Vetoing ear marks won’t help this….ear marks at least return federal $ to the states….structural change is needed – fairer taxes, government run to provide services, not run for profit as the republicans do.

Posted by cmsns | Report as abusive
 

I am now for McCain. I’m going full bore for Mccain-Palin.

Posted by eric | Report as abusive
 

I was part of this crowd, and it was awesome!!! McCain and Palin are the TRUE “agents of change” — with the records to prove it — who will reform Washington, cut wasteful spending and programs, and restore America’s economic growth and keep America strong and free!

Posted by KStewart | Report as abusive
 

Sad to have the VP nominee drawing the crowd. Maybe the evangelicals love her clothes, or her glasses, or all those kids and grandkids out wedlock that she has. It confuses me but I am patient, and she will be exposed as someone unworthy of the white house. And I’m an independent disgusted by a politician with American Idol stardom. What has she done? Why is she making the same speech? Good thing is, the election is not tomorrow.

Posted by fubar | Report as abusive
 

Fairfax is a bastion of Democrats. They even voted for a Democrat for the State Legislature who the Washington Post reported was grossly unqualified. She refused to debate her opponent (as she would glorify her incompetence), and still lost by only a handful of votes.

For John McCain to rally 23,000 in Fairfax is nothing short of a miracle! Just more evidence that America is finally realizing that Obama is nothing more than hot air? Or he is someone who has benefited tremendously in the last 8 years. He has been a Senator for 4 years, of which he has spent three running for President. He has taken no stand in 4 years on any legislation, so he could not be tagged to any ideology. Now he says he was for this or that, but no vote to verify his stand. A thinly veiled politician who is not qualified to be where is is today, and certainly not qualified to be the heartbeat of the President!

Posted by Don S | Report as abusive
 

The desperate Obama campaign is like a crippled ship, belching smoke, taking on water, and shuddering from one devastating hit after another as McCain and Palin torpedo the socialist dreams of the ultra-liberal left political machine. Take a deep breath there Baracko; it’s a long plung to the bottom.
==McCAIN*PALIN 08==

Posted by OIFVetsForMcCain | Report as abusive
 

Maybe at some point before the election the McCain campaign will let Palin actually talk to reporters or answer some questions herself. The (very) few unscripted comments she has made so far have confirmed the Republican leadership’s biggest fears – she just doesn’t know very much.

Posted by DS | Report as abusive
 

“Change (lipstick) is coming! Change (lipstick) is coming! Change (lipstick) is coming!” shouts 72-year old John McCain gleefully from the religious pulpit of his political campaign rally, while 44-year old Sarah Palin stands next to him smiling from ear to ear (she, the church going, heavily makeup adorned, half-term governor–who recently sought to enlist her church congregation’s cumulative prayer efforts toward the materialistic objective of enlisting the direct intercession of God Almighty in facilitating the construction of a NATURAL GAS pipeline in her native Alaska).

Elsewhere, oil billionaire, T-Bone Pickens, talks up the “clean” NATURAL GAS “bridge” to U.S. energy independence and “green” energy from “dirty” oil (which would include independence from his “dirty” oil interests as well). He says that we can start driving “clean” natural gas powered automobiles right now if we wish. This would not only make pipeline-minded Alaskans wealthy beyond their wildest dreams (they already get a share of Alaska’s “dirty” oil profits every year)…but would make Mr. Pickens “green” and even wealthier than he is now. How much wealth can one man ever possibly use? Of course, it might result in new automobile manufacturing jobs in Detroit, which is also a goal of the democrats as well.

Mr. McCain is the former paid senate confidante and personal friend of Charles Keating, a convicted felon and exposed financial exploiter of the goodwill of Mother Theresa, who in 1989 ripped off the taxpayers of this country to the tune of $3 billion and wiped out elderly investors in his S&L to the tune of $285 million, to wit:

“In 1989, American Continental Corporation, the parent of Lincoln Savings, went bankrupt. More than 21,000 investors, most of them elderly, lost their life savings (in total about $285 million.) This occurred largely because they held securities backed by the parent company rather than deposits in the federally-insured institution — a distinction apparently lost on many if not most depositors until it was too late. The federal government covered almost $3 billion of Lincoln’s losses when it seized the institution…McCain and Keating had become personal friends following their initial contacts in 1981. Between 1982 and 1987, McCain had received $112,000 in political contributions from Keating and his associates. In addition, McCain’s wife Cindy McCain and her father Jim Hensley had invested $359,100 in a Keating shopping center in April 1986, a year before McCain met with the regulators. McCain, his family, and their baby-sitter had made nine trips at Keating’s expense, sometimes aboard Keating’s jet. Three of the trips were made during vacations to Keating’s opulent Bahamas retreat at Cat Cay. McCain did not pay Keating (in the amount of $13,433) for some of the trips until years after they were taken, when he learned that Keating was in trouble over Lincoln.” – Source: Wikipedia where if incorrect, the preceding information can easily be changed by the subject person of the article or his designee.

Let’s face it folks, Mrs. Palin has taken the rural, white, working class, armed & church going Americans where they may never have gone before. These are the members of the U.S. electorate who apparently believe that King James I of England (d. 1625) managed the translation of the Holy Bible into English EXACTLY & LITERALLY as God had intended that it be translated from the Greek, Latin and Hebrew (which may have been translated to those languages from…well…only God knows how & where).

The James I translation was begun in 1604 (published 1611) on behalf of the (Protestant) Church of England, which had broken from the Roman Catholic Church and the Catholic Holy Bible so that King Henry VIII (d. 1547) could revel in INIQUITY while having his way with as many women (and wives) as he desired…while beheading or otherwise disposing of the spouses and mistresses who couldn’t bear him a son.

In the end of course, Queen Elizabeth I (d. 1603) succeeded to the throne of England…even though she was the bastard child of the second of Henry’s six wives, Anne Boleyn (but only a bastard because Henry dumped Anne for Jane Seymour and then had Anne beheaded to make sure that she didn’t try and make a comeback at the English court).

Said another way, the King James translation of the Holy Bible that is literally and absolutely adhered to by Mrs. Palin and by those of like ilk originated in a DEN OF INIQUITY. Why every English word of this translation is clung to in the literal extreme by folks such as Mrs. Palin doesn’t really make a lot of common sense. Yet, if she were to become president after Mr. McCain, she would apparently be guided by her unwavering allegiance to a version of the Holy Bible whose early 17th Century translation was more than likely manipulated to suit the POLITICAL DESIRES of the English royalty…a group of Protestant monarchs who regularly engaged in premarital sex, the birth of illegitimate children, intrigue and uxoricidal, fratricidal, etc. killing.

OK Jack

 

Don S said:

“Fairfax is a bastion of Democrats. They even voted for a Democrat for the State Legislature who the Washington Post reported was grossly unqualified. She refused to debate her opponent (as she would glorify her incompetence), and still lost by only a handful of votes.

Hmmmm…grossly unqualified…refused to debate…You described Palin to a T!

You people are either duplicitous or duped – but in your case I’d say it is both. And by you people I mean “lying idiots”.

Posted by joel | Report as abusive
 

its a city park…

Posted by Robert | Report as abusive
 

fubar said:
“It confuses me but I am patient, and she will be exposed as someone unworthy of the white house. And I’m an independent disgusted by a politician with American Idol stardom. What has she done? Why is she making the same speech? Good thing is, the election is not tomorrow.”

Sure you’re not talking about Obama here? Wassa matter? Afraid the media has another darling now? Obama has accomplished NOTHING of consequence in his “career” as a community organizer and been a lazy do-nothing senator.
Perhaps Palin doesn’t have the experience of McCain or Biden, but she’s running for VP. Whereas the Dems are running their inexperienced ‘American Idol’ for the top job. And she isn’t a beltway insider, but that seems to be a big plus in this election where people are tired of the same old washington BS no matter which side of the aisle it comes from.

Posted by Russ | Report as abusive
 

I think Palin’s extreme conservative views arent going to matter, none of this is going to matter, I just read an arcticle of a child (6 years old) was forced to blow into his mother’s antilock so that she could drive drunk with him in the car… this type of thing needs to stop! can someone please help this country to be responsible like it used t be? That is who will get my vote… who cares about crowds and who says what about who… GROW UP AMERICA!

Posted by Josh | Report as abusive
 

So many of us do not have enough to put our children through college.
So many of us do not have enough to pay our mortgage.
So many of us do not have enough to pay our bills.
So many of us do not have enough for health care.
So many of us do not have enough for gas.
So many of us do not have enough.

But there is something we have had enough of.
Enough of Bush.
Enough of McCain.

Enough is enough.


Kevin B

I’m saying it now: President Barack H. Obama, Jr., 2009 – 2017

Posted by Kb | Report as abusive
 

I find it ever so humerous that Obama (and his believers) are so upset over Palin’s selection. You were all convinceed that he would pick “just another Washington insider, with the same old Washignton beliefs” like Joe Biden. McCain selects a woman, which trumps Obama because he did not select Hillary. The public emberaces her and the ticket. Dem’s are furious because they were trumped. Now all they can do is try and bad mouth her and attempt to put her down.

What happened to the debate on the “issues” and not resorting to the same old politics? It sounded like such a lovely ide at the time; until Obama fell in the polls. Now he resorts to “the same old politics” that he eschewed for so long in order to try and right (sic) the ship.

Why do McCain/Palin’s detractors have to resort to personal attacks against the candidates and their supporters? Why can’t they just be civil in their discourse?

Posted by Don S | Report as abusive
 

I was there. The crowd was huge and energized. There were many women of all ages and large numbers of young people present. I have lived in Virginia for almost 30 years and have seen it slowly become a liberal quagmire. Based on what I saw today there is hope for the future.

Posted by bob | Report as abusive
 

People are still stuck on stupid. We are so behind in the times, still, that we are ready to critize and reject someone that doesn’t have the skin color of our own and not listen to anything that they have to say, even if he’s willing to benefit our families.

Why can’t we just come together and try to help one another and stop being selfish and unconcerned for others. Do you have a heart? We all need to stop and help someone else because whether you believe it or not someone have helped you.

Posted by Constantly4use | Report as abusive
 

McCain is a WASHINGTON INSIDER. Joe Biden is a WASHINGTON INSIDER. Obama is an OUTSIDER/INSIDER MIX. Palin is an OUTSIDER, but she’s also new to the national game, so she’s no expert. As for Palin? She’s sexy. So is Obama.

Bravo for The One (whether it’s him or her!)

Posted by Rohmaya | Report as abusive
 

Fact: Republicans were badmouthing Democrats at first.
Fact: The Democrats had to parry that threat.
Fact: The younger candidates are the ones with the sex appeal.
Fact: The older candidates are the Washington insiders.

Posted by Rohmaya | Report as abusive
 

Pamela, you are oblivious of the true issues in today’s American Life – Gas prices at record high, bigeest budget deficit in history, tanking of giants like Freddie, Fannie, Bear Stearns, Lehman, lowest high education numbers in history, higest foreclosure rate since great depression and the list goes on and on. AND ALL YOU COULD TALK ABOUT IS LIPSCTIK ISSUE?!?? McCain is a sexist, he has proved that time and time again. Obama camp will soon start to air negative ads as well and the truth will be
clear. But if you are an American like me, should you not talk about the REAL ISSUES?!? Or you also got bought by the republican mantra that this election is NOT ABOUT ISSUES, BUT ABOUT A COMPOSITE VIEW OF THE CANDIDATES!!! If so, please say so LOUD AND CLEAR. Else please open up the dialogue. You will do all Americans a favor.

Posted by Guy From LA | Report as abusive
 

Don’t take it to heart Don. Voters who are informed just get tired of people like you who swallow the lies your candidates feed you rather than taking the time to be informed. The reality is that Palin is unqualified to serve as VP or as president. Her lack of legislative experience coupled with her outsider status will get her laughed out of DC? Do a little research and you to will discover her reformer record is paper thin, and unfortunately, she can’t seem to stop telling the lies even after she is called on them. Does the bridge to nowhere ring a bell? How about the millions in earmarks she got as mayor? How much respect do you think she will get if she has to become the commander of our troops? Pick a number between zero and zero… World leaders are smart people who have a depth of knowledge that starts with a quality education. It took her 5 years at six different obscure schools to get her BA, so while she may be a great speaker-does she have the intelligence to deal with the world? However, this isn’t about her-it’s about him and frankly, this military family is not interested in voting for a man who makes such risky choices or in rewarding a party that is so greedy and has served its country so poorly. America deserves an informed vote, please try to be one!

Posted by 1armywife | Report as abusive
 

So many of us do not have enough to put our children through college.
So many of us do not have enough to pay our mortgage.
So many of us do not have enough to pay our bills.
So many of us do not have enough for health care.
So many of us do not have enough for gas.
So many of us do not have enough.

But there is something we have had enough of.
Enough of Bush.
Enough of McCain.

A note to Kevin B – I am far better off now than 8 years ago. This country offers unlimited opportunity – IF you want to take advantage of it. I resent that the democrats think they have a right to take more of my hard earned money and give it to people who don’t want to take advantage of opportunity or even work. It’s my choice where to make charitable donations and assist – not the governments.

Enough is enough.

Posted by Donna Noris | Report as abusive
 

Palin is a doer, Obama is a talker. I LOVE PALIN, and am voting McCain. And I’m a Democrat!

Posted by J. Johnson | Report as abusive
 

I am finally proud of the Republicans.

 

Didn’t McCain fair well in Fairfax during the primaries? I seem to recall he did, however he came in second in Hampton Roads to Gov. Mike Huckabee, I feel the choice of Palin for his vice president is going to cost him the election. I know I won’t be voting for him.

Posted by Dixie | Report as abusive
 

Don S said:

“Fairfax is a bastion of Democrats. They even voted for a Democrat for the State Legislature who the Washington Post reported was grossly unqualified. She refused to debate her opponent (as she would glorify her incompetence), and still lost by only a handful of votes.

Hmmmm…grossly unqualified…refused to debate…You described Palin to a T!

You people are either duplicitous or duped – but in your case I’d say it is both. And by you people I mean “lying idiots”.

- Posted by joel

Grossly unqualified…refused to debate… sounds a lot more like Obama than Palin. So we’re either liars or stupid in thinking that Palin is qualified. How about naming ONE accomplishment Obama can claim. I’ll help you. There are none. He has a record number of “Present” votes in the Illinois State Senate, has done absolutely nothing in the US Senate, all of his associates are criminals or as bad (Rezko, Ayers, Wright, Jim Johnson), his so called “community organizing” was to help develop housing projects with the help of slumlord Rezko, that are now boarded up. Great work!

As far as the debating issue? Obama refused to do the town hall debates McCain had proposed because he is embarrassingly weak when he doesn’t have a prepared speech. Rest assured, Palin will trounce Biden in the VP debate.

Posted by Matt | Report as abusive
 

Race is a strong undercurrent in this election. That’s such a shame. Mr. Obama describes himself as a mama’s boy. He loved his mother as we all love our mothers. He lived with his grandparents and they sacraficed for him because they loved him so. I was looking at a TV special where people who knew Mr. Obama growing up kept commenting on how close his relationship was with his grandfather. Mr. Obama’s father visited him once while he was growing up and he was not raised around other Blacks. Otherwise, he was raised by three strong and loving WHITE people who instilled in him all that you see when you look at him, today, an exceptional PERSON. When he looks at older White women, he has to see in them his mother and grandmother. When he looks at older White men, he has to see in them the image of the only man in his life – the one who taught him what it was to be a man. Together, these three wonderful White people gave the world Barak Obama. And after all of that, White women will not vote for him because his COLOR is not White. I hope he understands and I hope he does not feel betrayed.

Posted by defer2karma | Report as abusive
 

It is amazing to see Obama and his supporters resorting to personal attackes against anyone who does not blindly support his candidicay. Watch the comments of the vast majority of writers who are Obama supporters. Instead of trying to intelligently put forth their reasons for supporting him, they personally attack and try to portray McCain supporters as just stupid, uninformed and ignoratnt people. No one has said that about you that I have seen.
I have heard no one accuse Obama of being just another John Kerry, or another George McGovern, or Jimmy Carter but his politics appear to be the same to me. That is my opinion.
I don’t resort to calling you stupid, or uninformed, or just people who swallow the lies of your candidate. I merely say I have a different view than you. I was taught early in my life that people who call you insidious names are just like people who use profanity; simply too uneducated to be able to express themselves in an inteligent manner.
Grow up people. Don’t use these blogs to hide in anonymity and toss knives into the backs of those who disagree with you. State your case, but don’t use inuendo, or what you want to believe is truth to attack others.
This morning I heard Paul Begala state on The Today Show that George Bush was reaponsible for tainted jalapeno peppers that came in from Mexico. Because John McCain voted with George Bush 90% of the time, he inferred that McCain was just as responsible! It is apparent that Obama’s camp is in turnoil, and all of the hitmen have been brought out to try and viliify him. It appears to me that Obama says he is not going to get cought up in the “politics of swift boaters”, but has his hitmen out doing the same thing on his behalf. He can’t have it both ways. He cannot talk the high road, while having his hitmen take the low road.
All my opinion of course, and my opinion is offered without accusations about my detractors character. The longer I live, the more I believe that the “definition of a bigot is anyone who disagrees with a liberal”

Posted by Don S | Report as abusive
 
 

Enough is enough! Palin can not even speak unless she’s totally scripted. I guess Charlie Gibson is going to ask her pressing questions like ‘how do you live through all the negative attacks?’ ‘what is your best remembrance as governor of Alaska’?
The Obama camp is not in turmoil; they have the best campaign strategists and managers in history. Ms. Palin will fizzle quicker than a cold moose stew.

Posted by Joyce | Report as abusive
 

Funny one should say that about Ms. Palin, as Obama’s problems this week with the lipstick comment came when he was not scripted on his teleprompter. What will he do in the debates?
I did not come up with the phrase that “Obama’s camp was in turmoil.” THat was spoken by a Democratic Strategist for the Party on the mornign news shows this week.
Let the games begin…………………….

Posted by don s | Report as abusive
 

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