Obama: Republicans focusing on lipstick and Britney, not issues

September 13, 2008

CONCORD, N.H. – Barack Obama accused Republicans on Friday of trying to shift the focus of the presidential debate away from serious issues such as the economy and toward frivolous subjects like lipstick, Britney Spears and Paris Hilton.rtx8oqq.jpg

Taking on a feistier tone, the Democratic presidential hopeful sought to show his supporters he wants to fight back aggressively against escalating attacks by his rival John McCain.

Democrats have become concerned about the momentum gained by McCain and his new running mate as polls have shown McCain has pulled even or slightly ahead of Obama, erasing the lead the Democratic presidential nominee held throughout the summer.

“You’ve seen the other side not want to spend any time talking about the issues,” Obama said. “I mean, what have they been talking about? They’ve been talking about lipstick. They’ve been talking about pigs. They’ve been talking about Britney. They’ve been talking about Paris.”

“These are serious times and it requires a serious debate,” he said. Obama was referring to a blitz of ads McCain has run, including one that likened him to celebrities such as Britney Spears and Paris Hilton.

In another ad, McCain accused Obama of trying to smear Palin, an Alaska governor and self-described “hockey mom,”  when he likened the Republican’s plans for government reform to putting “lipstick on a pig.”

rtx8prh.jpgThe McCain campaign has suggested that Obama was making reference to Palin’s joke that the only difference between a hockey mom and a pit bull was lipstick but Obama’s campaign denies his comment had anything to do with Palin.

Some of Obama’s backers worry that Obama won’t push back hard enough against the kind of “Swift Boat” attacks used against Democrat John Kerry in his failed 2004 White House bid.

But Obama has been emphasizing he is not going to shrink from the fight against tactics he compares to those of President George W. Bush’s strategist, Karl Rove.

“Here’s what I can guarantee you: We are going to be hitting back hard. We have been hitting back hard. We have been hitting back hard but we’re hitting back on the issues that matter to families,” Obama said earlier in the day at an event in Dover, N.H.

Obama was responding to a question at a town-hall style event from 39-year-old Glenn Grasso, who pressed the Democratic candidate on how he would respond to Republican “attack ads and the smear campaigns.” 

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- Photo credit: Reuters/Mike Segar (Obama at forum on national service in New York on Sept. 11). ABC handout (McCain appearance on The View).

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Every time I check a news story there is literally a mile of unresearched comments on both sides If you really want to be informed about Obama or have questions here are some links; and some advice don’t get caught up in these blog flame wars by people who have nothing better to do then post 20 times and check back just to see if they got a rise out of anyone. Do the research be informed.. The real American Way. If you support Obama Please Just copy and paste this. Spread the truth

Obama Fact Check (For anyone with questions about swiftboat tactics aimed at Obama)
http://my.barackobama.com/page/content/f ightthesmearshome

Obama’s Planned Policies Total (for anyone who thinks he doesn’t have a detailed plan ready)
http://www.barackobama.com/pdf/ObamaBlue printForChange.pdf

Obama’s Plan for National Defense (For Anyone who thinks he won’t protect us)
http://www.barackobama.com/issues/defens e/

Obama’s Plan on Taxes (For people who think Obama will tax the crap out of them (he won’t))
http://origin.barackobama.com/taxes/

Obama’s Senate Bills (A List of bills sponsored by Obama 136 in all for people who think he hasn’t done anything in the senate)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_bil ls_sponsored_by_Barack_Obama_in_the_Unit ed_States_Senate

Posted by dmc | Report as abusive

The reason people are focusing on Obama’s “Lipstick” comment is because Obama made similar Sexist and dismissive comments about Hillary Clinton. It seems that the good Senator has a problem with powerful and self reliant women.

Obama is a Sexist! He did the same thing to Hillary.

when Bush started slipping he stoked hysteria re: Iraq by fibbing, discreetly.
when mccain-pal want a rise they blurt out bald lies, completely.

what’s that portend??

Posted by don | Report as abusive

thank you for the info dmc. I think the mccain camp of 2008 has derived its strategy from the 2000 bush camp and still assume people dont know how to find facts from the internet.

Posted by mlv | Report as abusive

I am not a huge Obama fan, but I agree with him on this point at least. Some of McCain’s ads treat the voters like they are total idiots, motivated by hatred and fear. If he’s not careful, he’s going to lose some hold on those independents he’s been winning over.

Posted by Tee | Report as abusive

It is so painfully, GLARINGLY obvious here. The McCain campaign has made a blunder they won’t recover from. Don’t agree? Hear me out here…

-Did the McCain camp pick Palin because she was the best person for the job, with something powerful to bring to the table?

It just seems too obvious here, do they think we’re so stupid that we would not see this as a wantonly insincere ploy to try any trick just to get votes??? McCain thinks we are simple, because he and his camp are simple. Palin’s sorry inexperience is almost as pitiful as ther McCain camp thinking he would pull a fast one by picking a female just because she is a female…What a jerk.

Posted by GotAnyChange | Report as abusive

I am not an American citizen but have followed the campaigns with interest. The fact that the Mccain-Palin ticket can actually pull ahead shows that race is at the heart of this election. It beggars belief that so many Americans believe the Palin pick shows good judgement on the part of John Mccain. Country First – NEVER – only self interest. Many non Americans tremble at the thought of President Mccain-Palin.

Posted by yvonne Quahe | Report as abusive

McCain campaign is using Rovian tactics against Obama to distract from the issues.
It may have worked in 2000 when Clinton left a HUGE surplus, but it will not work
in 2008, when unemployment is 6.1%, homes have lost more than 20% in value, oil is at a record high, 47 million are uninsured, and McCain’s solution is to tax the middle class for their health care benefits.

Posted by Ni | Report as abusive

“Many non Americans tremble at the thought of President McCain-Palin”

Unfortunately, that’s what simple-minded, belligerent, bellicose Republicans want to hear. They LIKE the Bush Doctrine (even though Palin doesn’t know what that is) of being the neighborhood bully and thinking that fear and contempt equals respect.

To see how hypocritical, mean-spirited and deliberately stupid Republicans really are, check out this exerpt from the Daily Show. Nothing funny or satirical about it, it’s frighteningly real:

http://www.thedailyshow.com/video/index. jhtml?videoId=184086

Posted by D Nicol | Report as abusive

To Gerald D – Get your facts straight – it was McCAIN who said the lipstick on a pig comment about Hillary Clinton’s health care program. Utube it if you don’t believe me – unless you need lessons on how to use the internet. But don’t ask McCain, he’s just learning himself

Posted by chris Bell | Report as abusive

Senator Obama is focusing on portraing himself a victem of racial discrimination instead of addressing issues. Probably will vote present another 130 times.

Posted by Jake | Report as abusive

The lipstick on a pig comment is NOT sexist…it could be anything, socks, shoes a baseball cap… but the person that said it first MANY years ago used lipstick. Not to be sexist, but just so people could “see” the pig looking really silly with lipstick on it.
It is an OLD saying. The McCain campaign sure has a way of twisting stuff, don’t they… playing the sex card… smart.

I wonder what “card” they’re gonna invent next.

Posted by borderline | Report as abusive

Thanks Barack…..we are still here and proud of your focus on issues that matter!

Posted by Time for Change | Report as abusive

Is McCain running for president or Palin? Honestly, to hear her talk I would say the only difference between her and George Bush is lipstick. I am a Democrat, but have to admit that the Republican’s know how to play to the slight majority of Americans who are couch potatoes and suckle only at the television for their information sustenance. Let’s hope Obama and McCain can really start talking about the dismal state this nation is truly in.

Posted by Jayson | Report as abusive

To the guy who thinks Barack Obama is sexist, If my memory serves me right, it was Barack Obama who when everyone was telling Hillary that it was over, said that she can stay in the race for as long as she wants. I think at every turn, Barack Obama has played the game of politics the way it should be played. Mostly with honor and with a grain of sneakiness. It’s smart politics. And if you can come up with a documented, legitimate sexist remark I may give it to you. He gave your candidate a lot better than she got from the media drones like Chris ‘Hillary’s screeching voice’ Matthews, and Sean ‘Hillary would enjoy torturing detainees’ Hannity and their ilk. Maybe you should figure out who the real enemies of your candidate are.

This campaign is not about race. If it is, I am ashamed, as a white woman, that “the white ticket” is so shallow, so corrupt, so inept, so insulting to us, and so disrespectful of the needs of our nation that they are using everything other than presenting real solutions to the pressing issues we face as a nation and as a world.

Senator obama transcends race. I am a strong Hillary supporter and always will be. I also am crazy for Joe Biden and always have been. I do not know what Hillary and Barack decided between themselves but her character and her leadership is all I need to know that she was right to be trusted when she said, “Believe me, if support me, you can never support McCain.” He has put the exclamation point to that statement in the last month!

The Republicans have been using Hillary and spinning her throughout this entire cmpaign process, including during the primaries. Do not think for one minute they are her friend, nor or they the friend of women who support Hillary. One has only to listen to Babe Buchanan on CNN to see the ridiculousness of this choice for Vice President. People do not lose heart. All of you new millions of voters need to be sure and VOTE now, after all the hard work you have done. I received a mailing from McCain in today’s mail identifying me as “a Republican whom they have not heard from in a long time”. I have never been a Republican. They are trying to mass a huge “get out the vote” effort between now and November. They are co-opting everything Barack and his campaign have been doing and saying for the past 2 years.

They are a frightening choice and just what is needed to put us over the edge. They should continue their campaign of lies, distortions, and filth because everyone is on to them.

Posted by nana | Report as abusive

“-Did the McCain camp pick Palin because she was the best person for the job, with something powerful to bring to the table?”

Do you think the Democratic Party thought of “picking the best person for the job” when they decided to run out Obama? Don’t fool yourself. At least an inexperienced Palin is in the V.P slot as opposed to an inexperienced Obama aiming for the helm.

Posted by Chris | Report as abusive

I know the smartest thing senator Obama can do is let gov. Palin keep talking and stick to the issues. After listening to her she’ll do enough to hang herself, because is very uninformed. (stick to the issures).

Posted by Horace Mitchell | Report as abusive

you think what you read on the internet is all real?. I bet 80% of what you read is just what you read here. someones opinion and you take it for the truth. You can’t trust the media just like you can’t trust all these comments its all someone opinion and thats all it is. Just depends on who they are voting for on what they will say. If you believe all this stuff you read the slamming of each other then we are in trouble.

Posted by Sam | Report as abusive

Yes, I think it will back fire and yes, the mccain campaign thinks we’re just plain simple folks.
The words war and wars, scare this old veteran because to some its just a catch phrase, but to veterans, there’ anything but a catch phrase, because the veterans know, who will be paying the butcher’s bill.
I would advise Mr. Obama, to fight back on lies by telling us the truth.
This election should be about gender or race but on issues that we all face.

Semper Fidelis (Always Gaithful)
Ricardo

To the point – The ads against Obama have been lies. All the fact checkers, including real Republicans, agree. That’s right, McCain and Palin lie. They would do anything to get ahead. They and the arch conservatives that put them in power (by the way, those same people didn’t come forward until Palin was put up as the answer to the rapture)continue to accuse others of wrongdoings while they do wrong. It’s an effective tactic for people and plays well UNLESS people start to ask questions.

In China, 10,000 people do what they are told. The conservative talk shows are making headway to that goal. I have never heard, since the attacks on Bill and Hillary Clinton while in the White House, so many people repeat, word for word, the talking points given by right-wing radio and the McCain website. Did you know there’s a point system for getting rewards?

The American people need to rise up and ask questions. Pick whatever candidate you want, but don’t just swallow what you’re told. Do your research. Not just on one side. Keep you mind open. And come up with your own talking points.

Posted by Laura | Report as abusive

The McCain camp makes me sick!

He makes me hate politics and despise the political system at times.

I was really looking fwd to the debates to make my final decision – but this has really put a sour taste in my mouth. I cant EVEN LOOK @ MCCAIN. How can somebody lie this much and distort SO many things?

BTW Palin is clearly nervous and uncomfortable. I am betting she wishes she didnt choose to be Veep anymore

Posted by Erick | Report as abusive

In my local area, Jasper County, Missouri, the County Clerk (the entity charged with registering voters) has refused REFUSED to provide any more voter registration forms to anyone from the Obama campaign — including unpaid local volunteers — because they have given us “enough” already. Jasper County has traditionally been a Republican stronghold, but we’ve had a strong surge of support for Obama. This response by a petty local official exemplifies the kind of transparent disenfranchisement that the Republican party is willing to stoop to.

Posted by Nancy Crawford | Report as abusive

Hey! I’m Republicans. What I heard was a calculated insult by Obama that was supposed to divert attention from other issues…. Maybe it worked to well.

Posted by Carlton | Report as abusive

Too bad Obama has chosen failure. Had he bitten the bullet and chose Hillary as his VP it would be a terrific “lipstick against lipstick”. He put himself above the party’s interest and he will pay for it. Joe Biden is a skillful commando but he always lost the general battle. And he knows it. He has been confusing between “Wright an Wrong.”

Posted by nt | Report as abusive

The Republicans created the mess and will do nothing but create and even bigger mess given the opportunity. Obama is the answer to righting everything wrong with America right now, McCain is ALL TALK.

Posted by Democrats 08 | Report as abusive

Hmmm…. then I guess that McCain is a sexist too for saying the same phrase!!!! I used to think Sen. McCain was an honorable man, but after the latest blatant lies on his attack ads, I have wisened up. I understand that there is suppose to be spin on all attack ads, but to go out and LIE about raising taxes on the middle class, despite multiple sources stating the opposite, and then demanding an apology for what he calls a ‘sexist’ remark, one that he himself used, it is too much.

Posted by Chris | Report as abusive

McCain ia an outrageous LIAR! He has lost every bit of honor he might have had kept after collaborating with the North Vietnamese who tortured him. His ads prove the audacity of lying. His choice of a totally inept and power-driven beauty queen shows his utter cynicism and his dangerous placing of SELF before our beloved country. I am disgusted at his open manipulation of the truth to smear, slime, distort, deceive; he is not simply using the Rove playbook, his campaign has entered a new low in our nation’s politics. His admiral forefathers are writhing in their graves as he turns his family name into crap. Can decent Republicans really vote for this bare-faced liar?

Posted by lin | Report as abusive

In regards to that pig with lipstick charade, if anybody deserves an apology it is all those tasty pigs out there for being compared to Palin. Mccain/MILF ’08 is the same shit they served us in 2000, they just sprayed it with some perfume to make it smell different.

Posted by mischief099 | Report as abusive

Since there is no definitive proof that Obama was referring directly to Palin with his lipstick on a pig comment, it is unjust to claim that he was, since the context of his statement was about economic policy and not specifically about her. To make that claim, one has to know for sure that Obama was thinking about her, and no one can claim to that knowledge except Obama. He was talking about the old Bush policies being touted by McCain-Palin being touted as reform.

If our nation is attracted to leaders based on their attacks of the other candidates (as with Bush against Kerry in 2004), of course we end up with leaders who won’t serve their interests first, since attacking political competitors with falsehoods does not address the needs of most of the people. No one who destroys political opponents with false statements is a real humanitarian to begin with. If America falls for this yet again, it may continue sliding downward while those at the top enjoy their advantages. I hope this is not the case this time around, and that those who truly care for the peoples’ needs get elected. I do not see a lot of hope for the average American should the Republicans maintain power and continue with their policies of favoring the rich and big oil. McCain’s promise of stopping earmarks spending is unlikely to translate into jobs and more money for the average person, in my view. Maybe he’d do something to create jobs. Cutting spending under Republicans often translates into attempts to slash medical or social programs for the less fortunate. Under Bush, military spend is up and education spending is inadequate. Some Republicans also seem to prefer war to health care for all. I cannot find that to be a humanitarian value in the slightest.

Posted by DEStern | Report as abusive

More commentary at: http://whenelephantsfly.blogspot.com

If you know anyone in a critical swing state this election: Nevada, Colorado, New Mexico, Michigan, Ohio, New Hamphsire and Virginia — PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE talk to anyone you know to make sure they don’t cast a vote for McCain-Palin.

I can hardly imagine that God’s plan is to have these two in office!

McCain is employing the age old Republican tactic:

If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it.
– Joseph Goebbels

Well, I’m not exactly sure that following Joseph Goebbels’s example is where this country should be headed. Napoleon Bonaparte also has been quoted as saying that “History is just a set of lies agreed upon.” And look where it got him…

This is not the same John McCain of a few years back. McCain has lost his sense of honor and decency — he is not out there promoting the ideals that can make this country great again, but instead saying whatever it is he can to dupe the American people into voting for him. This campaign has become disgraceful and makes American the laughing stock of the world.

More commentary at: http://whenelephantsfly.blogspot.com

Lets focus on real isssues. Our future as a nation depends on it. Below are some real issues to focus on:

Women can kiss their reproductive rights goodbye if McCain and Palin win. So why would you vote for McCain and Palin if you are a woman?

McCain and Palin will nominate right wing conservative Supreme Court Justices who will destroy womens reproductive rights. They will also nominate Supreme Court Justices who destroy our rights to privacy and free speech. The conservative justics almost always rule in favor of the state or federal government and against the rights of the individual.

Barack Obama will give the middle class and poor a tax break, and only people who make over 250,000 dollars per year will get a tax increase.

Barack Obama, with the help of Hillary Clinton, will help reform our health care system so people from all walks of life will have quality and affordable health care.

Barack Obama will stop the big oil companies from exploiting oil profits and he will reward companies for keeping jobs here in our own country.

Barack Obama will responsibly end this disasterous war in Iraq. We spend 10 billion dollars a month in Iraq. Iraq has a 72 billion dollar surplus while the U.S. has record setting budget and trade deficits.

LETS FOCUS ON REAL ISSUES, AND VOTE ON REAL ISSUES THAT ARE IMPORTANT AND EFFECT US ALL. LETS STOP TALKING ABOUT FRIVOLOUS GOSSIP ISSUES THAT MEAN NOTHING.

IF WE TALK ABOUT REAL ISSUES THEN THE DEMOCRATS WILL WIN EVERY TIME!

VOTE FOR BARACK OBAMA AND LETS GET A DEMOCRAT WIN IN NOVEMBER!

Posted by Dan1967 | Report as abusive

I don’t come from USA but I love it to death. After a close analysis of Palin Mocking Obama community service, I couldn’t help but hate her to death. The fact is clear. Palin does not love America if she can mock the virtues that made America the best in the world. Again, we hear McCain defend Palin for that in a service forum in Columbia University. It now makes the case that these people are the worst presidential candidates in U.S history.

Imagine Palin who doesn’t have any foreign affairs credential threatens Russia a country with more nuclear weapons than any country in the world. Reagan used diplomacy and every other president has used diplomacy on Russia but I sure if McCain/Palin wins elections, let the world brace for unthinkable – a dumb war, a rash war with Russia. Of course this will bring the world war three and I bet many countries this time round will align with Russia even the closest friends of U.S will support Russia just because of McCain doesn’t know the world peace matter. Imagine a war on Iraq and no single terrorist has been caught. Imagine killing a president of a sovereign country without any evidence he was involved in 9/11.

Americans need to change these 20th century mindset people to 21st century mindset leaders who believe diplomacy has a place in our lives.

Posted by Gideon | Report as abusive

The lead-up to Obama’s remark about lipstick on a pig was almost word-for-word from this Toles cartoon in the Washington Post.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/opi nions/cartoonsandvideos/toles_main.html? name=Toles&date=09052008&type=c

Toles probably took it as a compliment, rather than plagiarism. The Obamessiah can do no wrong. And if he does, the media will ignore it on his behalf.

Posted by Avigdor | Report as abusive

The “lipstick” controversy was a creation by the McCain campaign fueled by the 24-hour news cycle. What makes it so sad is that this country is facing serious issues. Yet, we are debating trivia.

We are closer to a collapse of the economic system than anytime since the great depression. We are closer to major social upheaval than anytime since the 1960s. Yet, too many of our political leaders and the majority of the media treat the process as if it were a sporting event. Who is ahead? Who has the best strategy? Can the underdog pull ahead in the 4th quarter and pull off an upset? The news has become entertainment that has more in common with talk radio than legitimate journalism.

We are living the results of our failure to maintain an educated and informed electorate that thinks critically.

Posted by Bruce | Report as abusive

Obama has accused MCCain of not telling the truth in an ad. Obama says he will tell the truth. McCain.com explains McCains positions very clearly. Go there. Linking McCain to Bush, compares to linking Obama to the Chicago Democratic machine. McCain votes with his party, not Bush. Expecting McCain to denounce Bush is like asking Obama to denonce the Chicago democratic party machine, which he hasn’t done. Obama’s ideas are the same old democratic ideas. How is that change? The democrats have run the worst do nothing congress is years and he went along with them!

> They’ve been talking about pigs. They’ve been talking about
> Britney. They’ve been talking about Paris.

And a new Republican attack ad was born.

[ These types are sooo predictable ]

The twisted dunderheads that undermine the very values they profess to adulate are certainly getting enough time in the great clown show. As the economic structure of our country crumbles beneath the weight of its own bombastic self-servitude, I am not really surprised that these bizarre muppets continue to spew their virulent inanities as though they would somehow take precedent over said crisis.

You don’t have to talk to a McCain supporter very long to realize that they are either

(A) A self-serving possession collector

(B) A racist and/or bigot

(C) Just plain ignorant

(D) All of the above

Considering the world situation, any socially responsible individual would cringe at the very thought of these idiots running our country, much less their mouths.

Posted by David | Report as abusive

I think that Harry Truman is turning over in his grave at the prospect that Obama is the candidate for the Democratic Party. President Truman was a great man and true to his party and the United States of America. He had sound a great principles that guided his leadership. What Obama is…..is about as opposite to Truman as you can get.

Truman knew how to make tough decisions, even unpopular ones that saved America in some critical times. We are facing some very critical times again and Obama does not have the integrity, grit, or wisdom to be President of the United States. He looks to much to “image” and not enough about what is “right to for America.” Obama says he is the man for the people, but Truman has that title and at this point Obama pales in comparison. Party principles are changing…..it started with Kennedy and we have moved backwards ever since.

Posted by Susan | Report as abusive

Compare the GPAs of the two candidates, it would be no comparison (Obama & Biden are both J.D.s). When it comes to integrity, Obama has been completely ‘faithful’ to his first and only wife. McBush has cheated and lied all along with wives. In terms of Palin feeling ‘religious convictions’ about making abortion (choice) illegal, then make alcohol, cigarettes, porn and homosexuality illegal also. Hmmm… sounds like Iran now. As a Christian, I feel safe to say that God (Jesus Christ) also gives us a ‘choice’. Given these facts, I believe that anyone choosing McBush is merely afraid of a non-white President being good enough to lead you.

Posted by Jay | Report as abusive

Bottom line, folks, Obama is the best man for the job. He’s got the right ideas, plans, and judgment, and he’s got more honor in his little finger than his opposing ticket put together. He’ll be the best president we’ve had in 50 years.

Posted by stan | Report as abusive

McCain says Palin is the greatest vice presidential candidate in US history. What about the great Vice Presidents such as John Adams and Thomas Jefferson who became Presidents? Hmm, he sure knows his country’s history, doesn’t he?

Posted by Jason | Report as abusive

It’s very hard to find a blog topic that addresses the questions I have, so this one will do. I hope you publish it. I keep hearing about global warming and being environmentally sound. This candidate wants to change this, the other wants to change that… and everything will cost the consumer money to get tools, appliances, cars etc. replaced. If we cannot handle our economy now, if we cannot handle our mortgages now, how will we ever be able to not go further into debt will businesses, Republican or Democrat based capitalize on these consumer required investments? Going Green seems to be a Democratic initiative, but Republican business companies, even if not elected will benefit.
This leads to my point: everyone speaks to the melting of the polar ice cap; and, no doubt it is melting and conservation is in order; and oil will eventually run out, so change in living behavior and other forms of energy are needed even if it is for better air quality. But… why is anyone talking about the fact that while the North Pole is melting, the South Pole and its ice cap is getting increasing larger, and the temperature is dropping? There is scientific proof of this, and it is documented, just not publicized. Take a look… http://www.csmonitor.com/2008/0110/p14s0 1-sten.html

Here’s part of an article Friday, May 20, 2005
By Robert Lee Hotz, Los Angeles Times

“As glaciers from Greenland to Kilimanjaro recede at record rates, the central ice cap of Antarctica has steadily grown for the past 11 years, partially offsetting rising seas due to the melt waters of global warming, researchers said yesterday.
The vast East Antarctic Ice Sheet — a 2-mile-thick wasteland of ice larger than Australia, drier than the Sahara and as cold as a Martian spring — increased in mass every year between 1992 and 2003 due to additional annual snowfall, an analysis of satellite radar measurements showed…” http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/05140/507 684.stm

Posted by paul | Report as abusive

JUST ANOTHER INSTANCE OF THE SICKENING DOUBLE STANDARD. IF SENATOR McCAIN OR GOV. PALIN HAD MADE THE LIPSTICK ON A PIG COMMENT, IT WOULD BE WHINED AND CRIED THAT IT WAS A SECRET RACIAL SLUR, OR LOW BROW MEANESS. WAKE UP. BARACK HUSSIEN CAN SAY ANYTHING HE WANTS, AND THEN MAKE A STUPID EXCUSE THAT ONLY A BIGOT OR IDIOT(ONE IN THE SAME)WOULD BELIEVE.
COMPARE SENATOR McCAIN’S SUPPORTERS TO BARACK HUSSIEN’S.”GOV. PALIN HAS NO FORIEGN POLICY EXPERIENCE”. WHERE IS OBAMA’S? WHEN I LAST HEARD SOUTH CHICAGO, ILLINIOS, AND WASHINGTON D.C. ARE PART OF THE U.S.
GOV. PALIN AT LEAST HOLDS AN EXECUTIVE POSITION, IN A STATE WITH ONLY AN INTERNATIONAL BORDER. I GUESS BEING A COMMUNITY ORGANIZER, AND ABOUT 3 YEARS AS A SENATOR GIVES MORE EXPERIENCE. ITS PRETTY SAD WHEN THE DEMOCRATS PRESIDENTIAL CANIDATE, IS LESS QUALIFIED THEN THE REPUBLICANS V.P. CANIDATE.
SENATOR McCAIN IS A HERO,AND HAS REAL CHRACTER. ALL YOU OBAMA SUPPORTERS SHOULD READ THE CODE OF CONDUCT FOR U.S. POWS, THE ORIGINAL VERSION THAT SEN McCAIN WAS UNDER. NOT THE NEW ONE PRES. CARTER PUT INTO EFFECT. HE LIVED UP TO IT, UNDER HORRIFIC TORTURE. THAT HAS LEFT HIM PERMANENTLY INJURED. IT’S OK TO DO TO AMERICANS, BUT YOU LEFTISTS WILL WRING YOUR HANDS ABOUT WATERBOARDING SCUM THAT THINK THEY’LL GET 72 VIRGINS FOR BLOWING UP CHILDREN, AND MORMANISN IS WACKY? ISLAM IS GREAT FOR WOMAN’S RIGHTS TOO! NO CONTROL OVER A WOMANS MIND OR BODY THERE. OBAMA AND HIS TYPE(MEANING PEOPLE WHO THINK LIKE HIM, OF ANY RACE, CREED,COLOR, OR SEXUAL ORIENTATION, ETC…SORRY BIGOTS, THOUGHT YOU HAD ME). OBAMAISTS HAVE TAKEN EVERY ADVANTAGE, OF EVERY FREEDOM THIS COUNTRY PROVIDES(THANKS TO VETS, INCLUDING ME). FOR THIER OWN SELFISH PURPOSES. OLD BARACK MUST HAVE BLOOD LUST! HE DIDN’T JOIN UP BECAUSE WE WEREN’T AT WAR. WHAT ABOUT THE COLD WAR GENIUS? THE MEN AND WOMEN THAT SERVED HAD TO BE THERE READY TO GO. THINK ABOUT FREEDOM. THINK ABOUT ONE STANDARD OF BEING POLITE TO EACH OTHER, THAT INCLUDES EVERYONE. STOP PAYING ATTENTION TO PROFESSINAL BIGOTS AND HATE MONGERS. THE U.S. IS THE GREATEST COUNTRY ON EARTH, SO TO THE WHINERS, STOP WHINING.
EQUALITY MEANS EQUAL

Posted by Jon | Report as abusive

McCain served our great country as a warrior, and deserves the respect of all in this country. Especially all who prey off the freedom and liberties which our men and women in the Armed Services strive to maintain.

If we pick Obama, we turn our back on what this great nation was founded on; the citizen soldier.

Forget all the celebrities, Hollywood, and all media who back the Obama misguided party and distract the public with false hope and a lack of understanding of the international community. They do not keep America free, rather, they contribute to terrorism and the downfall of this great nation.

Posted by mike | Report as abusive

Forget all the bull, simple question at the end. Is america ready for socialism ? Many europian countries are already their. Is capitalism the best form for society ? it is a question that has nothing to do with the petty he said she said that both the dems and the rep are trying to use. Obama is more govt control and mccain is less. not a complex question but a hard ansewer.

Posted by steve | Report as abusive

Did people really watch Palin being interviewed ? This woman doesn’t know a hoot about the world, let alone world politics. She is worse than Dan Qualey. I am sorry she is not that smart. I mean common; high school or sophomoric answers from a prospective VP ? How did she even become a governor of a state ? This is the ultimate dambing down of America. America is supposed to lead this increasingly complex world; not retreating to heart-warming rhetorics.

Posted by Abraham | Report as abusive

Im sorry, but the republicans are nothing but a bunch of liars. They will say anything…anything to win this election. They lied us into a needless war and they continue to lie and distort Obama’s record to keep the Whitehouse. How stupid they must think we all are to believe they can get away with it. Wake up Amercia. This is not your Daddy’s republican party. These are facists who lead through lies and distortions. DON’T BE FOOLED AGAIN!!!

Posted by carey grayson | Report as abusive

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Please, Senator, tell us who Sarah would reform in Washington. What, what? OMG! This is too hard a question! I can’t think. I can’t think!

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I wonder why Republicans don’t want to discuss the issues?

Posted by ziadora | Report as abusive

Democrats should be concerned about the latest poll numbers. If only everyone were informed about the real obama…they would run away,, and take their $5 donations with them. Not only is Obama “green”, he’s dangerous. His associations, along with his own published words, and the bills he has supported were enough to send me into the McCain camp! Not that I’m a fan of McCain, but once again, as a voter, it comes down to choosing the lesser of two evils!

Posted by Wendy | Report as abusive

I think Sarah is more qualify than Hillary. So was Hillary’s rise to fame just because she was the first lady or womens’s libe. Come on Americans, We don’t need different parties we need qualified indivuals to represent America’s intrest. Most politicians don’t get it. They work for the tax payers and should be accountable. As an independant, I vote for who is the most qualified, as by their voting records, leadership, character, the company they keep, and their decision making ability. Obama’s voting record has been less than adaquate. He is supposed to be representing his people and making a decision, Yes or no. This seems to be hard for him to do, Why? Wright or wrong make a decision Obama. Joe Biden was a wrong decision, it shows you have no experience and are not for change by picking this dead beat politician. Joe himself, said Obama was not qualified to be president, as did Hillary. Buy the way Obama, tell your friend Oprah, to stay out of politics unless she is going to be fair and balance an have Sarah on her show. This is a slap in the face to all the women she has been representing and who has made Oprah what she is today.

Posted by Russell Avocato | Report as abusive

I think that anyone who doesn’t know how many states they are in the United States of America, is not qualified to be it’s leader. No matter how smart they are or how good of a speach they can memorize.

Posted by Tom | Report as abusive

Know matter what you say about Sarah’s qualifications as V.P. She has more experience & qualifications then Obama for President. Open your eyes. Get the chip off your shoulder form the past elections, that they were not stolen.

Posted by Russell | Report as abusive

I am afraid for the future of this country…not only because of this year’s election but because SOME of the posters here can’t put together a coherent sentence or spell simple words:

“I think Sarah is more qualify than Hillary. So was Hillary’s rise to fame just because she was the first lady or womens’s libe.” “Wright or wrong make a decision Obama”. “Senator Obama is focusing on portraing himself a victem…”

“We are living the results of our failure to maintain an EDUCATED and informed electorate that thinks critically”.

Posted by Joanne | Report as abusive

how much does the DNC pay you to post this swill? Are you paid by the word or the posting?

Posted by vet | Report as abusive

In all the comments I read here there is overwhelming opposition to any thought of a McCain Presidency, so why do the polls present a tie in voter support.

Could it be that Republicans don’t have computers so they spend all their time taking polls?

Posted by William | Report as abusive

They only intelligen responce I see on this entire blog is “sam”.
I love the democrat who says republicans are ” hypocritical, mean-spirited and deliberately stupid” Can’t you see the irony in that statement?! someone who would write that CAN’T be mean-spirited themselves. Just because republicans find most of these OPINIONS too rediculous to respond to by blogging all day, doesn’t mean you’re winning the race.
By the way I hear issues, issues, issue….Do you even know what they are?

Posted by mary johnson | Report as abusive

correction: Joanne, you made some very good points also.
Most of these bloggers are just venting out of anger or perhaps fear???

Posted by mary johnson | Report as abusive

To Russell Avacato, WELL SAID!

Posted by Amy | Report as abusive

I am a McCain supporter and no I dont need to bash Obama or blog what I know. I just want to say that both these men have applied for the hardest job there is with the hardest interviewing process there is. Their life is under a micro-scope and anyone around them. They both should be commended and respected, differences in some views and some things they agree on. As long as they stand by their word. Who ever wins or doesnt it sets a positive example for our children that anyone can be what they asspire to be. Male, female, black or white you can succeed. Isnt that what our country is about? Our future for our youth. This mud slinging doesnt set any example from either side.I hope this race gets back to the important issues. Our country and how its going to get out of this rutt.

Just an added note. Its a proven fact that in a time of crisis a woamn handles herself better than a man. Palin being a woman bothers people maybe even scares them. But us woman are tough now adays. I am a Republican, started my own buisiness with sacrifice and hard work, am married and also raising our son, and no he doesnt go to daycare. There is a song titled “The female species is more deadly than the male>” Dont underestimate Palin, I had hoped for Hillary and would have been the only time I voted Democratic. Yes with a woman it does change how woman vote.

Obama camp bashes Governor Palin’s 17-year-old daughter for being pregnant. I believe it’s the pot calling the kettle black!

THE JUNIOR SENATOR, BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA, WAS BORN TO A TEENAGE WHITE GIRL. SHE HAD BEEN MARRIED SIX MONTHS WHEN HE WAS BORN!

Check this out:

http://www.atlah.org/broadcast/ndnr09-03 -08.html

I wonder why Obama does not say anything about this man this Reverend Manning who keeps calling Obama’s mama trash.

Posted by REPLACE DO-NOTHING DEMS IN CONGRESS | Report as abusive