Is internal strife rippling through McCain-Palin campaign?

October 26, 2008
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WASHINGTON – As the 2008 U.S. presidential campaign enters its final week, reports are bubbling up about internal strife within the Republican ticket that suggest vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin is trying to distance herself from the top of the ticket, John McCain.

Palin over the last few weeks has publicly expressed her differences with McCain on issues such as a constitutional ban on gay marriage, the campaign’s decision to no longer contest Democrats in Michigan and her distaste for automated calls that have drawn scrutiny. reported this weekend that Palin has also cast aside advice from former George W. Bush aides assigned to help her on the campaign trail, citing their handling of her debut. She was roundly criticized for her poor performance in her initial national media interviews.

The report said:

Those Palin supporters, inside the campaign and out, said Palin blames her handlers for a botched rollout and a tarnished public image — even as others in McCain’s camp blame the pick of the relatively inexperienced Alaska governor, and her public performance, for McCain’s decline.

“She’s lost confidence in most of the people on the plane,” said a senior Republican who speaks to Palin, referring to her campaign jet. He said Palin had begun to “go rogue” in some of her public pronouncements and decisions.

After that story emerged, CNN reported that aides from the McCain side of the house were fighting back, including quoting one unnamed aide who described Palin as a “diva” and that she was looking out for her own political future in case they do not win the White House next week.

The report said:

McCain sources say Palin has gone off-message several times, and they privately wonder whether the incidents were deliberate. They cited an instance in which she labeled robocalls — recorded messages often used to attack a candidate’s opponent — “irritating” even as the campaign defended their use. Also, they pointed to her telling reporters she disagreed with the campaign’s decision to pull out of Michigan.

A second McCain source says she appears to be looking out for herself more than the McCain campaign.

“She is a diva. She takes no advice from anyone,” said this McCain adviser. “She does not have any relationships of trust with any of us, her family or anyone else.

The reports of the internal strife come as McCain and Palin have been for weeks trailing the Democratic ticket of Barack Obama and Joe Biden in national polls and in a tight battle for states that traditionally have been Republican strongholds like Colorado and Virginia.

However, the latest Reuters/Zogby/C-Span national poll shows that McCain has closed the gap on rival Barack Obama to five points after being down as much as 12 points.

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– Photo credit: Reuters/Brian Snyder (Palin and McCain get off their campaign bus last week in Ohio.)


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She’s a Natural that’s why she doesn’t need to take advice from the LOSERS who are advising McCain! She’s a Winner! I can’t wait to Volunteer for here 2012 Campaign. She won’t need robocalls for the 2012 campaign either – you know why? Because she has millions of people in the U.S. willing to volunteer for her. Even if you want to volunteer for the McCain Campaign it’s so effing disorganized it’s almost impossible to. The McCain Advisers are clueless. Why annoucnce you are pulling out of Michigan. That’s effing insane. Why did McCain go to Michigan and tell them “The jobs aren’t coming back!” That’s insane. Palin is a Natural. I can’t wait to vote for her in the 2012 Republican Primary and the 2012 General Election.

Posted by Tom | Report as abusive

she’s a natural idiot…she thinks she can win the presidency using the same tactics she used in beauty pagents…send caribou barbie back to alaska where she belongs…

Posted by whatever | Report as abusive

This article underscores a post-election question. If McCain does not win, what will become of Ms. Palin? Without answering that question, she appears to be preparing for a Republican loss. This is one possible interpretation and it seems to me to be the most likely since it is compatible with her very high personal ambition quotient…

Posted by Wayne | Report as abusive

I agree. Palin is awesome. If you know anyone in Alaska, as I do, they are 100% behind Palin. In fact, if McCain loses, virtually all Alaskans will be happy because she is an EXCELLENT governor–and just the type needed in any state right now. She works with the BEST people–regardless of political affiliation. She has fought corruption in her own party–which really ticks off some of the “old boys” who’ve been taking advantage of our tolerance for far too long. THAT is probably what irks McCain and his crew. They know she’ll call them on the carpet for any malfeasance in the next 4 years, even though she’ll only be the Vice President.

As for rejecting Bush aides’ advice, GREAT! I was appalled at her performance in those interviews. She improved in the V.P. debate, but they need to unleash her–literally. Putting Palin on the ticket was McCain’s best decision (though I understand he really wanted Joe L.). In fact, if he wins, it will be because of Palin. I know a lot of people who are actually going to vote for PALIN–even though they don’t necessarily like McCain! So go ahead and let her act as if she’s the candidate for President, instead of V.P. After all, there’s a good chance if McCain is elected she WILL become President!

Go Palin! Help save us from the return of the tax-and-spend liberals, their scandals and lack of true leadership!

Posted by Bill V. | Report as abusive

Damn the Republicans have got to start upping their game a little. With one failed partnership in the White House (Bush-Cheney) we don’t need another. Palin in 2012? Yikes. Make it easy for the Dems why don’t you. The issue isn’t with her being supposedly feisty or independent. It’s with her being a raging lunatic.

Posted by lisa | Report as abusive

What a surprise, she has the mentality of a pageant competitor, do whatever it takes to win, if it involves stabbing others in the back, so be it, she looks and acts her part of mean cheerleader who will try to use her looks to get ahead (with no brain) and whoever is in her way, watch out, she is not nice.

Posted by Sophia | Report as abusive

I think the McCain campaign chose Palin as a running mate for the wrong reasons; most notably, because they thought it would cleave a large segment of female and independent voters from Obama’s base.

It seems that her history and socio-political views have trumped her personality and gender in the minds of independents, and that wasn’t what McCain was hoping for.

Posted by GPR | Report as abusive


I was talking to Brittany over in PR and she said Wardrobe told her you said it was ok to keep discussing this issue. However, when I talked with Shawn in fundraising he said the big guy (you know Mc) told him this talk was killing the campaign on many levels not the least of which was fundraising. Shannon in the Spin Dept. said the big guy says your staff is running just a little off message with this. She said if you can’t remember the words SOCIALIST, TERRORIST, BILL AYERS, JOE THE PLUMBER AND REVEREND WRIGHT, he must have picked the wrong vp candidate.

All I know if this whole thing comes down around our ears on November 4th it will probably be my fault. Go figure.

Oh well, I’ve got to finish cleaning the plane’s toilets, collect all the empty Jagermeister bottles and get the pilot the Sarah Palin blow-up doll he asked for.

You supporter forever,

Trish the Cleanup Lady

Posted by MarkThisDown | Report as abusive

Mrs. Palin at times has good political instincts, she truely doesn’t know enough and isn’t a complex thinker on her feet. Her cartoon persona and slogan like talk is annoying and truely wears on one. Her lies and lack of integrity isn’t over only big spin topics, but also includes tiny petty things. Why? It boggles the mind.

If Mrs. Palin is truely going rogue, then I lose more respect for her. She shows her real stripes and what everyone suspects. She never should have been on the VP ticket. She is a neophyte and doesn’t have the integrity or the temperament. Her time in the governship of Alaska has shown her cronyism and vendatta-based personality. She has shown herself to be a small town amateur. She certainly has ambition and poltical sensitivities, but that’s not enough to make a good leader.

Posted by lucy2008 | Report as abusive

Yes, I agree with Tom… Palin’s a natural… a natural at being completely unqualified for President. The Republican Party courted, and got, the extreme fundamentalist Christian minority here in the U.S., and they’ve gotten it.

Now we get to see their true base colors as their whole party unravels at the seams. No longer will they be able to delude themselves that they are the ‘majority’ of America. They’ve become the party of the uneducated, ignorant, and secluded. In the next 10 to 20 years that it will take to become a creditable political party again, they should remember that it was the Americans of the original 13 colonies, who were well-read, and cognizant of the rest of the world…. not the pioneers who either escaped into the middle of the continent because their religious views were so extreme that the East Coast couldn’t handle them, or because they had no qualms about taking and home-steading land from the indigenous people that had already been greatly wronged by the first wave of Europeans. Either way… the founding fathers were not living in a sod hut on a prairie shooting ‘Indians’… they were intensely involved in creating a country based on justice and freedom for everyone. It will feel SO good when this racist, hateful, fanatically religious party is out of the White House, and we can again become a country that the rest of the world looks up to.

Posted by Aaron Lindahl | Report as abusive

To the person who said if you know anyone in Alaska, they’re 100% behind Palin, I have this to say: I don’t know anyone in Alaska, but I believe your main newspaper in Anchorage publicly endorsed Obama today…. the people who work there are Alaskans, aren’t they? :-)

Posted by Aaron Lindahl | Report as abusive

Hopefully Palin will shuffle off back to her moose hunting when this is over. I’d thought between her $200,000 makeover and her abuse of executive power for personal vendettas that I’d seen the worst of it, but her current call to spend tens of billions on ”special needs” while simultaneously getting rid of animal model research (Google ”Palin fruit flies”) was her most staggering, willfully ignorant pandering speech yet. If we get rid of animal research then we will have to experiment directly on the children. I suppose it’s the inconvenient truth that research into animal models illustrates more than anything else how closely related all life on earth is and how we all share common ancestors as a result of natural selection acting on Darwinian descent through modification that led her to this statement, which accord perfectly with her fundamentalist, Taliban-like rejection of knowledge and rationality in favor of superstition and ignorant know-nothingness. Good riddance.

Posted by rationalist | Report as abusive

Is she is such a great governor, then why was she found guilty of a ethics violation? Why has Alaska’s largest newspaper endorsed the Democratic ticket?

Posted by Lea | Report as abusive

^Alaska isn’t 100% behind Palin. Even the Alaskan newspaper supports Obama.

Sarah Palin is a joke. She has no understanding of any of the fundamental issues that a President needs to address. She doesn’t even know what a VP does! She has been found guilty of abuse of power and she has wasted ridiculous amounts of money. Her interview appearances were appalling and she has not demonstrated in any way her suitability for office.

If America elects Palin it will be the beginning of the end.

Posted by Steiner | Report as abusive

Bill V:
“Palin is awesome. If you know anyone in Alaska, as I do, they are 100% behind Palin. In fact, if McCain loses, virtually all Alaskans will be happy because she is an EXCELLENT governor–and just the type needed in any state right now.”
Sorry Bill – you couldn’t be further off the mark! I guess you don’t read very much – I’m an Alaskan of 30 years & with all the corrupt politicians AK has suffered, she is by the worst. She is facing charges on many fronts when she comes home, so keep an eye on your diva a little closer from now on as she will become a sinking ship. news/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id= 1003877945 08/sta_318131284.shtml ection2008/2008-10-26-palin-pipeline_N.h tm

I could fill the page, but for your benefit -don’t go spouting off what ALL Alaskans think as you have absolutely not a clue!

Posted by Alaska Jean | Report as abusive

I have relatives in Alaska — what they supported Palin for was that she wasn’t an obvious crook like the rest of the Republicans. However as governor they say she’s been inattentive to details, nationally ambitious, and egotistical–see the Vogue cover. They’re disturbed by the fact that she obviously used her power to pursue a private family matter–in a rather nasty way — even tho the brother-in-law is no model citizen. Her approval ratings were dropping after the tapes came out in “Troopergate” and they’re still dropping. They think she’ll be in for a rough two years after her comical failure on the national scene.

Posted by Will | Report as abusive

If you know anyone in Alaska, as I do, they are 100% behind Palin.

Bill V., it is obvious that you know NOTHING about Alaska. She has been a disgraceful governor and a national embarrassment. She is devious, deceitful, and petty, and there are thousands of us just waiting to sign a recall petition. If you don’t believe me, just google “Anti-Palin rally,” and you’ll get an idea. Or, you can try ly.asp and you’ll get an eyeful of Anti-Palin pictures as well.

Additionally, just in case you think I’m some far left loon (as Bill O’Reilly calls them), I’m not. I’m a registered “Non-Partisan” supervoter who has never voted for a Democrat in my life — and I won’t this time either. John McCain wasn’t my first choice (I preferred Giuliani or Romney), but I was ready to vote for him until he made his dismal choice for Vice President. My only option in this election will be a write-in candidate.

Posted by Amanda from Alaska | Report as abusive

100 percent behind Palin? Alaska’s leading newspaper just endorsed Obama, said Palin not ready for VP job. E3VGrFmvCidzkgUn_6gjy9wD942G8000

Posted by Caribou Ken | Report as abusive

It’s unfortunate for McCain that he chose to listen to Steve Schmidt rather than follow his instincts. Schmidt stuck him with Palin and a hate-based campaign, and America is tired of the latter and is realizing that the former is even more vapid than Bush.

So now conservatives are already looking forward to the next election, and to their delusions of the “liberal media” and big-spending Democrats they are adding a new one: “Palin 2012″.

Trust me, this will not happen. Unless the Republican party has totally lost its mind, they will not LET it happen. The last thing they want to do in 2012 is run with (and possibly put in office) a Republican candidate who so embodies everything that is wrong with their party: the emptiness of their message, the nastiness of their delivery, the obsequiousness to religious nut cases, the reality-distortion economic beliefs, the naked dishonesty of their arguments, and most of all the paucity of their character.

But she does look nice.

I’d love to be able to say that if she manages to somehow become a serious contender in 2012, that the Republican party will deserve everything that it gets. But that assumes that Sarah Palin will come within reaching distance of the Oval Office, and that’s too horrible a thing for even liberals to wish for, just to prove a point!

Posted by Tom Veil | Report as abusive

How odd, if “virtually all Alaskans” think so highly of Palin (as Bill V. claims), that the Anchorage Daily News, Alaska’s largest newspaper, just endorsed Obama. They conclude their editorial with: “putting her [Palin] one 72-year-old heartbeat from the leadership of the free world is just too risky at this time.”

Makes you wonder about all those Alaska mavericks. :)

Posted by Ted H. | Report as abusive

McCain has moved to the right to far with the Palin pick.He has lost the middle. Palin could win in the primaries in 2012, but is to far to the right to win in the general election.But she is losing support in Alaska even now so I think she is going to fade away.

Posted by Tom | Report as abusive

Bill V. said, “If you know anyone in Alaska, as I do, they are 100% behind Palin”.


You must be a lunatic –

Posted by Jake | Report as abusive

I think both parties are egomaniacs even by politician’s standards. McCain is slightly more centrist and Palin Is pushing the far right wall with a bull-dozer to see how far she can go. Their ideologies are very different and it is starting to show in a big way.

Posted by Franklin | Report as abusive

It is incredible that a person running to be the VP of our nation does not know what the constitution says about what his/her role is. Sarah Palin’s lack of substantive knowledge, or even the curiosity to find out, about the policies important to the voter, is why she is not qualified. A person who abuses power, and thinks she can get her way based on her charms…wink!…wink!, does not want to stay within the confines of McCain’s campaign, because she is ambitious, and is looking out for herself.

Posted by Ann et al | Report as abusive

Bill V—sorry but you are another American living in never never land–true a lot of Alaskans liked Palin, however, things have changed. My mother said yesterday “This is not the woman we voted for”. Many Palin supporters are really upset about how the McCain camp interferred with Troopergate (YES the McCain camp NOT the Obama camp) It is a lie that Obama sent people up there to spy/research/whatever. It was McCains camp who put their noses in Alaska’s business. I know a lot of people in Alaksa that were excited about Palin being on a national ticket. However, they are “Country First” therefore, they will be voting for Obama.

Posted by steve | Report as abusive

God…she’s the worst choice for the republican ticket. Everyone could see she’s white trash disguised as political royalty. She’s an idiot and I pray that America would never see the likes of this woman again ever!!

Posted by wendy | Report as abusive

As an Alaskan of 25 years I can state authoritatively Palin is NO LONGER universally popular here. Her popularity is to use an accurate term, PLUMMETING. In fact there is a loud clamor for her return so we can begin recall and impeachment proceedings for our disgrace of a Governor. She is a Liar. She is corrupt. And she is a hypocrite of the first water.

Posted by Disgusted Alaskan | Report as abusive

Latest polls in Alaska: Obama 40% McCain 53%
That’s a far cry from 100% support in Alaska. Or even the initial questionable reports 80% popularity.

Anchorage Daily News, Alaska’s largest newspaper, endorsement today: Barack Obama

As a rural Alaskan, I wish SP were the reformer she purports to be. But since the primary when she opposed the clean water initiative, did not support the clean election initiatives, and continues to have her administration shoot wolves from airplanes against the will of Alaskans–and worst of all had the wording on the ballot initiatives manipulated to achieve her agendas–it’s clear that she is no reformer. The McCain/Palin campaign tactics of smear attacks through literature, 100% negative ads, and robo calls are just sorry.

It’s Barack Obama who exemplifies ethics, integrity, vision, and real values. Furthermore he’s made his priorities clear that he is for working families, for jobs, for small businesses, for better health care, for access to higher education for all, for diplomacy and a more peaceful world.

Posted by Nana from Alaska | Report as abusive

if McCain loses this election, it will NOT BE because he was beaten by his Democratic rival, but rather by his own misjudgments….shame.

Posted by american guesser | Report as abusive

I am from Alaska. There is a HUGE majority who do NOT support this woman for VP. She can’t even do the governor’s job without ethics violations, lying, back stabbing and we all had bets on when she’d walk over the back of McPain

Posted by cooksie | Report as abusive

your quote ” Palin is awesome. If you know anyone in Alaska, as I do, they are 100% behind Palin.”

If they are 100% behind her WHY did the largest Alaska newspaper just come out with endorsement for Obama

Posted by sara | Report as abusive

Why is every blog so fixated on ZOGBY.
Zogby is notoriously GOP leaning and its poll model is about as bad as it can get.
His poll contains as many Republicans as Democrats in a political environment where Democrats have a 10-point generic ballot advantage…, forget Zogby results.

Posted by jay | Report as abusive

This is the first site I’ve been to where the responses have been intelligently worded and written in such a way that I haven’t had to guess at meaning because of spelling and grammar. Maybe the educational system isn’t a complete failure. I live in Alaska, and it is true. Not everyone here thinks that Sarah Palin is golden. Far from it. Be careful what you wish for….

Posted by klow | Report as abusive

I hope, they’ll bring back Palin in 2012. She’s the 2nd best candidate to have for the GOP behind McCain. Maybe they could both run again next time.

( I should note that I’m supporting Obama 😉

Posted by wolf | Report as abusive

McCain & Palin are desperately trying to flee from a
virus – Bush , but are unable , because they live in the same house with him.

Posted by phil | Report as abusive

Sarah Palin is looking out for herself more than for the McCain campaign. I predict that by the end of this week, certain of defeat, she will switch sides and back Obama in order to secure herself a place in Obama’s team.

Posted by Matt | Report as abusive

She’s a narcissist with delusions of grandeur. Be careful – she knows her power and she will embrace all the people with little education, money or power and make them feel big and important. Danger ahead with Palin. She’s got to have it all in order to feel important.

Posted by Ann | Report as abusive

If McCain wins, God help us all. John McCain will need a food taster and should not accept any beverages or anything from that woman, since she would do anything to take over as number one. Hopefully, McCain will not win.
It’s suprising how many top conservatives are now publicly stating voting for Obama because of the Sarah Palin pick.
Palin has a backup, though. She’ll have a very successful career in talk radio and pandering to the rabid minority that she speaks so well to and for after losing this election. She is a narcisist and will do well in that role, but success there will only distance her even more from the general electorate and if anyone thinks she’ll be anything other than a fringe candidate in 2012, I don’t know what they’re smoking.
Limbaugh and other talk radio jocks will jump on it too as it helps feeds their market, but if she is anywhere as aggressive as she appears to be, she could try to dominate and it’ll be interesting to see what happens when she starts to compete with Rush and cutting into his market share.

Posted by mike | Report as abusive

If Palin proves to be the best the Republican party can come up with for a 2012 election, they might as well throw in the towel Nov. 5, 2008. Their party is done, finished, dead. The woman has had more than her 15 minutes of fame, and she will disappear from all but the history books.

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Posted by Will | Report as abusive

LOL at Tom! The #1 reason the McCain campaign is so far behind right now is because of Sarah Palin. She’s an IDIOT! She told a 3rd grader that the job of the Vice Prez is to “run the Senate”….SHOW ME THAT IN THE CONSTITUTION! Sarah Palin’s political career is over after this election. You don’t completely ruin a presidential campaign and live to tell about it. (politically speaking). I’ll put money on it that after this debacle is over she’ll be lucky to retain her job in Alaska! Alaskan republican establishment along with help from congressional repubs will destroy her.

Posted by johnnycaffeine | Report as abusive

She will be 4 years older and there will be someone younger and prettier by 2012.

Posted by Ralph Barragan | Report as abusive

Great! With Palin as the Repub. candidate, the Dems can rule for the next 30 years! Bring the dummy on!

Posted by Brad | Report as abusive

On Palin: do a search on “Pebble Mine”, the demise of Beluga whales in Cook Inlet, and the collapsing salmon fisheries in the Pacific Northwest. Not to mention her disregard of global warming, and the diminishing polar bear population. She doesn’t understand how living things are all related.

Palin appears to have contempt for the natural world. We will all be in trouble if she remains a viable political force. Its bad enough that she might become a fascist-leaning talk show host, which I think is her likely fate. Do a search on “fascism” if you need more info.

Posted by Robert | Report as abusive

I can’t believe anyone even bellieves this story of total gossip. This is a last minute hatchet piece. First she was stupid, now she’s a diva. Name ONE source that will give you a real quote with a name attached.


Posted by stephani martin | Report as abusive

Just the thought that she would be a heartbeat away from the presidency convinced me and a lot of people I know that it is now impossible to consider voting for a 72 year old McCain.

What was he thinking?

Is this an indication of what his decision making ability has become at 72?

Posted by Paul | Report as abusive

Democrats should take cheer from the prospect of an ambitious Sarah Palin running for president in 2012. Republicans, on the other hand, had better figure out who they are and what they stand for. (Read that: Are they willing to finally throw off the bonds that tie them to the christian conservatives? If not, they doom themselves to a dismal future.)

Ms. Palin has shown a breathtaking lack of curiosity in foreign affairs and positively no core convictions save those that tie her to the religious wrong.

Katie Couric: “Are you a feminist?”
Sarah Palin: “Yes, I am…”

Brian Williams: “Are you a feminist?”
Sarah Palin: “I’m not going to label myself.”

Sarah Palin on Barack Obama: “He wants to spread the wealth!”

Sarah Palin on corporate oil revenues in Alaska: “I took on the big oil companies and increased their taxes so that every Alaskan could get a tax rebate.”

Without a trace of irony in her voice, she freely contradicts herself over and over again. Does she not understand that her own policies in Alaska are more socialist than those proposed by Obama’s changes in the tax code? And if she did understand, would she care? We’re simply talking about an average woman that follows populist trends and lacks the intellectual horsepower to lead. Americans deserve more from a president.

Thankfully, it appears that the majority of Americans have seen Sarah Palin for the unscrupulous and dangerously ambitious demagogue that she is. From that, they’ve rightfully judged John McCain as unfit for the office of President due to this awful display of his judgement.

Posted by Stephen G. Davis | Report as abusive

The author Sinclair Lewis once wrote: “When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross.” Enter Sarah Palin. To the delight of all true Americans, it appears that good conservatives are turning on John McCain for all the right reasons. Christopher Hitchens and Colin Powell rightly pointed to John McCain’s base pick of Sarah Palin as the central reason for their inability to be supportive.

Posted by Stephen G. Davis | Report as abusive

Republicans should have ran with Ron Paul.

Posted by jason | Report as abusive

As an Obama supporter, I urge you to please please please run Sarah Palin in 2012! However, as an American that thinks two parties are necessary for a healthy democracy, I urge to think with your brain before you push the Republican party towards complete irrelevance. Sarah Palin in 2012 would destroy the Republican party, which isn’t good.

Posted by Travis | Report as abusive

To those who say I’m out of touch with Alaska:

1) I’ve spoken with many people in Alaska, both in person and over the phone, and all of them were extremely supportive of Palin. Of COURSE there must be a few dissenters, but I suspect they are a small and VOCAL minority. I recommend those folks who have friends in Alaska should call them and get the facts from people who are already experiencing Sarah’s leadership.

2) The largest newspaper in Alaska, The Anchorage Daily News, is a left-leaning paper owned by the McClatchy syndicate–a group of “Outsiders” as those outside Alaska are called. Let me explain:

* Many years ago, there was another locally-owned paper called The Anchorage Times. It was conservative. Then, the McClatchy folks waged a circulation war to drive the Times out of business. They succeeded, because they had a huge warchest and could basically give away subscriptions for a while. Check out the BRIEF story here: imes aily_News

– So now the major paper in Alaska is controlled by liberals from out of state. I’d hesitate to even call it an “Alaskan” newspaper. Let me ask you a question: If the New York Times had a report on Chicago politics, and I bought an issue of the New York Times in Chicago, does that make the New York Times a Chicago newspaper?

3) Obama’s team thought they could have a chance in Alaska in 2008. That chance evaporated when Palin was named McCain’s running mate. I would guess from the rather one-sided discussion here that there are some Obama supporters who were originally hoping to swing Alaska his way, who now have little to do but try to spread anti-Palin propaganda.

4) It’s interesting to note that, having broken his promise to use public financing, Obama has raised $600 million. Even though McCain is abiding by the rules and thus is limited to less than $100 million, he’s STILL in the race. Wow! I would have thought a 6-to-1 funding advantage would have given Obama a landslide by now. Apparently, the citizens of our great country are beginning to see through Obama’s rhetoric, and realize that he would take the country in the wrong direction.

5) Would someone please remind Obama and his supporters that it’s not 2004?

Have a nice day!

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Posted by Bill V. | Report as abusive

What did they expect? Palin’s pick was a double edged sword for McCain. She’s a true maverick not a paper one! She’s looking out for her own butt and I don’t blame her. I think McCain picked her because it would be easy to blame her if he loses as well. But, then again it’s both McCains managers and Palins fault for the bad criticism. Afterall, it was Palin that interviewed poorly not McCain, but McCains organizers didn’t help Palin either. In the end, I don’t blame her for being a maverick, at least she’s consistent. In fact, I like her more now that I see her standing up to everyone!

Posted by Dean | Report as abusive

I like how every 5th person here seems to think stating the same thing is going to change the arguement.
Is Palin inexperienced… yes
Is Obama… yes
Is the Duty of the VP to preside over the senate… YES
Is it stupid to have chosen Palin for VP… NO
Is McCain going to win? no because the ipod nation that does whatever the advertisers say to do (and Obama has spent an almost record amount) the obamabot sheep LOVE to crawl like lemmings punching every republican in the way of their “beloved leader”.

I think obama will win, but I think he will be the worst person for president ever…

Posted by Ben | Report as abusive

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Posted by BLACK ENTERPRISE Politics » Blog Archive » McCain Pulls Away from Bush, Obama Pulls Away in the Polls | Report as abusive

Sarah Palin is the biggest joke this country has ever seen in a national election. She makes that stupid Dan Quayle look like a Rhodes Scholar. I have never heard the woman put together an intelligent sentence. Her followers are the lowest subset of the radical right. If the Republicans want to seriously challenge the Democrats, they need to aim much, much, higher than this.

Posted by Topper | Report as abusive

Did McCain REALLY make the right choice ? Here is a small list of current female senators and governors as possible candidates for VP.

Olympia Snowe Maine
Kay A. Orr Nebraska
Christine Todd Whitman New Jersey
Jane Dee Hull Arizona
Nancy P. Hollister Ohio
Jane Swift Massachusetts
Judy Martz Montana
Linda Lingle Hawaii
Olene Smith Walker Utah
M. Jodi Rell Connecticut
Nancy Kassebaum Kansas
Kay Bailey Hutchison Texas
Sheila Frahm Kansas
Susan Collins Maine
Lisa Murkowski Alaska
Elizabeth Dole North Carolina

Posted by Tom | Report as abusive

Sarah Palin is a breath of fresh air. She is real. You people are doing the same thing to Gov. Palin that you did to Senator Clinton. Both these women took your slurs and your hate and just went on to do their jobs.

The Anchorage newspaper is Democratic and would endorse Mickey Mouse if he were a democrat running for president.
This newspaper has been critical of Palin since she was mayor of Wasilla.

Yes, she is ambitious. All politicians are ambitious – goes with the breed. True, she did not do well in the Couric interview. The McCain campaign’s mistake was not letting her out to speak to reporters from the beginning. She would have made a few mistakes and then got into the routine and performed much better. They programmed her and did not let Sarah be Sarah.

The McCain campaign is apparently run by a much of macho men who can’t stand it that Gov. Palin is so popular. McCain probably will not win this election. That is not Sarah’s fault. It is the economy and the sudden crash of the market combined with a charismatic orator to whom truth is foreign – but one who has mesmerized many Americans.

You have not heard the last of Governor Sarah Palin. This is only the beginning of a successful political career on the national level.

Hold on to your wallets when he starts spreading the wealth.

Posted by Karolyn | Report as abusive

“She’s a Winner! I can’t wait to Volunteer for here 2012 Campaign.”

Ha. Thanks for the morning laugh.

Palin is a joke. Her approval rating is right down there with Bush’s.

Posted by ElizaDay | Report as abusive

when Palin was introduced, her blithering,incoherent answers and “deer in headlights” pauses when asked relatively simple questions by Gibson (and especially Couric) are nobody’s fault but her own.

Posted by malone | Report as abusive

Palin’s hometown newspaper endorses Obama…They must be a part of the vast left-wing conspiracy too…

Posted by malone | Report as abusive

The thought of “Queen Palin” being just a heartbeat away from running the whole shebang just gives me the willies. Just as Bush was picked by the far-right Christian conservatives, she’s just another empty (yet fashionably expensive) suit propped up behind the podium in order to further the evangelical agenda. Remember, current estimates show that these “real,” God-fearing evangelical Americans represent just 25% of our population, yet they want to legislate the morality of the rest of us. If the Palin/McCain ticket succeeds in this election, expect more of the same rollbacks of individual freedoms that we’ve been subjected to in the last eight years. And if Palin runs, and God forbid, wins in 2012, then perhaps all of those end-of-time nutjobs will be proven correct. Do you think Lahaye supports McCain/Palin? I’d bet on it! But if the Republicans lose, I have a suggestion for the disllusioned GOP right-wing-nutters here:

Posted by Brian Simpson | Report as abusive

I love hyperbole. 100% of Alaskan’s are behind her? I must draw your attention to the latest polls of her approval rating in Alaska (the most recent were taken October 1st or so). Her approval rating as of October 1 (the latest figures available) put her at 68%. Although this is still quite respectable, it is not reflective of “the most popular governor in the United States”, and it is a far cry from 100%. Please try to back up what you say with some actual data.

Posted by Raymond | Report as abusive

Palin is a total hick. I’m sorry, but is this the best this country has to offer? Why do people insist on supporting a VP candidate just because they think she’d be a pleasant person to strike up a conversation with in the Costco membership renewal line or something? While I’m disgusted by the he said/she said rhetoric from both sides in this campaign, and think the level of discourse is almost as simplistically sound-byte-based as what we heard in the W campaigns, I think by selecting Palin, McCain showed what he’s really made of. Some maverick!

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Sarah Palin is showing her true colors. Her only principle is personal ambition, and now that she thinks her team is losing, she’s “going rogue,” treacherously compromising John McCain’s candidacy to pursue her only goal all along – more power for herself.

Her public speeches and interviews are totally lacking in insight, analysis and candor. She’s as snaky as they come, pandering to those who mistake a homey accent for empathy with common people when she clearly has none.

If she’s so quick to throw McCain under his own bus, she can’t possibly be trusted with the public good. Alaska is an anomalous state because of its oil and low population density. What works in Alaska a will not work in the rest of America. She’s closer to Siberia than Alabama.

Don’t Drink the Kool-Aid.

Read the Transcripts.

Get Real.

Posted by Kombo | Report as abusive

If the polls show anything, there are not enough “real Americans” to elect someone like Palin in any future election. I know she doesn’t pay attention to the polls (which reflect the values, opinions, and concerns of Americans), but maybe she should. That might be kind of an important thing to do if you want to run for President. She ought to get out and see what people want and not just the people in rural America. Get to know “the rest of America,” which in all liklihood is the majority.

Posted by Carolyn B. | Report as abusive

In 2000 I would have voted for McCain, if he had survived the smear in SC.. Regardless his erratic mal-adroit discipline, he was honorable above and beyond all else. But now he has adopted the Rovian battle-plan and employed the same robo-smear that sunk his own campaign with lies. Add to that the unforgiveable choice of a running mate that has neither the experience nor the intellect to be successful as his VP, much less his replacement should the worst events prevail. And it would be absolute idiocy to support this man following the secretive and self-involved presidency that has held America prisoner for eight years.

It is clear already that a vote for McCain is a vote for perpetuation..

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