Obama backer takes musical aim at Palin as VP pick

October 17, 2008

ROANOKE, Va. – Warming up a crowd for Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama in the Blue Ridge mountain region of Virginia, Sen. Jim Webb on Friday took aim at Republican vice presidential pick Sarah Palin’s qualifications.

Webb, who has deep roots in the Appalachian region, invoked a popular country music song about a romantic encounter gone bad to suggest that John McCain may regret his selection of the Alaska governor as his running mate.

rtx9nve.jpgAt a convention center before 8,000 supporters, Webb praised the judgment of Obama, a first-term Illinois senator.

Then he asked rhetorically, “What is the one decision that a candidate makes before he or she is elected that clearly indicates what their judgment is?”

Webb responded that it was the pick of a running mate and went on to laud Obama’s choice of Delaware Sen. Joe Biden as his No. 2.

He cited Biden’s role as chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and his past role as chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee to argue that he was fully ready to serve as president should the need arise.

“John McCain chose Sarah Palin,” Webb said to loud boos. “Do you really think that Sarah Palin is the most qualified person in the Republican party?”

Webb made a reference to the lyrics of a country music song by Dierks Bentley that includes the refrain, “I know what I was feeling but what was I thinking?”

But the Virginia senator’s quotation of the lyrics was slightly off. “I know what I was doing, but what was I thinking?” he said.

Webb said that “John McCain is probably singing that song right now.” 

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McCain’s judgement has always been flawed. He attended Annapolis out of family obligation, then finished near the bottom of his class, almost didn’t graduate, he was flying where he shouldn’t have been when shot down, cheated on wife while she was in hospital, Keating 5, flip-flops, hot headedness. What exactly has he done right, except marry into a fortune?

Posted by RB | Report as abusive

It seems that Sara Palin would benefit from a little education; I recommend Kant’s “Copernican Revolution” where she will learn that “is the representation that makes the object possible rather than the object that makes the representation possible” Then, she would be able to call herself a learned Kant agitator. Amen.

Posted by Hug | Report as abusive

Absolutely true. I bet there is going to be actual songs written about her soon enough.

There are already websites letting you play interview her (and get the same random babble she provides): http://mypalininterview.com

And somewhere there is a flash game floating around.

Soon there will be some sad country tunes!

Posted by JakeD | Report as abusive

Jimmy Webb has written a lot of good music. Perhaps he should leave it at that. Because his comments on this subject raise serious issues regarding his sense. Really, he praised Biden as a choice and was derogatory on Palin? Really? One wonders how these people who are so talented in some areas can be so utterly stupid in other areas.

Posted by Phil157 | Report as abusive

Don’t forget that McCain sold America out in Vietnam to save his own life. He let thousands of our soldiers died while he feed secrets to the communist. Country First.. what country?

Posted by Kay | Report as abusive

Phil 157: Senator Jim Webb and Songwriter Jimmy Webb [Wichita Lineman, Galveston] are not the same person. If you were making a joke… then, cool.

Posted by joe phillips | Report as abusive

I understand that the North Vietnamese had a policy of keeping only officers alive. Their theory being that the officers had families that were more likely to influence government policy than those of enlisted. McCain had no say. But it’s Better to be a prisoner of war who lived than a prisoner of war who died.

Posted by Jackie Aldridge | Report as abusive

I don’t like McCain or Palin but, that post by Kay shows what an idiot you are. McCain served this country proudly and never denounced it. It just shows that you don’t know history or simple facts.

Posted by Mike | Report as abusive

put the politicians in jail

Posted by Stephanie | Report as abusive

We can be grateful to Sarah Palin for transparently showing us how the Republican shell-game actually works.

She finances her re-election budget, and distributes immensely popular thousand-dollar-checks to Alaskan voters each year, from state oil revenues.

Alaska is a state that has no sales tax and no income tax to pay for their schools, roads or bridges! So where to get that money for roads, schools and bridges, after sending out the checks to guarantee her re-election?

Well, she and McCain do fling at us their zingy, “mavericky” promise to end the earmark-system of pork-barrel-politics.

But a look at their actual record proves they are the QUEEN and KING of PORK, picking the pockets and wallets of taxpayers around the country on behalf of their corporate friends and allies.

Palin just covers what Alaskans don’t pay in taxes by using lobbyists to help her grab Federal tax revenues instead:
–to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars as Alaskan Gov., which includes pocketing the many millions earmarked for the Bridge to Nowhere (flip-flopping for it before she was against it),
–-and even to the tune of millions in US taxpayers’ money harvested in Washington by hiring a D.C. lobbying firm while she was the small-town mayor of Wasilla (pop. 7,000)!

Boondoggling taxpayers from New York to Florida to California for hundreds of millions in Federal money, while babbling about “government get out of my way” in the debate with Joe Biden – aren’t those the credentials of a shameless serial liar?

And isn’t this the old “welfare-and socialism”-for-Republicans (and zip for everyone else) –scheme we’ve seen from Cheney and Bush these past 8 years (welfare for big oil and Halliburton, while everyone else foots the bill)?

They’ve been playing this game on us for ages – it’s the same old story of power-hungry Republican politicians serving the big oil companies, and taking a cut of the proceeds for to finance their election campaigns!!!


Does anyone in the country think McCain/Palin have even one honest or Christian word to say about any topic of importance to the American people?

Americans – the future of our country hangs in the balance! In 15 days, we can put an end to this sickening era of Rove-style ploys, stunts, slime, sleaze, and culture wars, and begin the hard work of repairing the immense damage these thieves and scoundrels have done to our country and our people.

However, we must go to the trouble of actually voting! So, people, please vote early, or plan and allocate enough time to vote on Election Day, Tues., Nov. 4th!

Remember, we need a massive turnout of citizens, and a landslide victory, because we know the Republicans will again try to steal this election at the polling stations, just like in 2000 and 2004.

People, find the strength and courage to vote Obama/Biden into office, and return honesty, decency, and integrity to American politics!

Posted by fbla1805 | Report as abusive

if Obama is elected and this country goes to hell, i will be the first to stand up and say, I told you so.

Posted by Eddie Fowler | Report as abusive

Jim Webb is a turncoat republican.

Posted by Eddie Fowler | Report as abusive

Lyndon Johnson lost 50,000+ young men an women in Viet Nam to help his rich industrialist friends get richer.
Richard Nixon got us out of Viet Nam.

Posted by Eddie Fowler | Report as abusive