Sarah Palin: Cheerleader for the Grand White Party

In the first 15 minutes of her “speech” last night- Sarah talked about her favorite subject: her. In stark contrast to Obama- who specifically said “It’s never been about me, it’s about you.”

She also quickly attacked his credentials as an “organizer” compared to her position of Mayor in “her hometown” (forgetting she was born in Idaho) where she had “real responsibility.”

Looking around the hall- I saw a lot of white people. With suits and ties. With signs. Without a remote hint of the many flavors of our country. I must hand it to Palin though- she had no problem reaching out to pander to the parents of “special needs” children. That vote- along with the State of Alaska, is sure to put John McCain over the top, not.

The stiffness of her delivery can be chalked up to her inexperience as a speaker. However, the lack of substance can not. For a person who is about to be judged as suitable for the number 2 person in our Country, she sounded more like a cheerleader than a quarterback or coach.

And, if being an organizer isn’t enough of a quality to lead our country- then I wonder why Barack Obama’s organized, grassroots political machine, which has out-raised any candidate from small donations- has won more states, and received more votes- than a whole bevy of “experienced candidates” who weren’t the long shots- is the envy of every politician, and the text book example of how to run a campaign?

I’m sorry I’m writing this before seeing the whole thing- but, I had to go to work, to pay the governor.

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77 Responses

  1. Gene September 5, 2008 / 12:12 pm
    What is your point about AA delegates?

    Most Blacks in America are going to vote or Obama bc he is black. They have said so. You would hate it if a white guy said he’ll vote for McCain bc he is white. Liberals just can’t see the double standard.

  2. Pam September 5, 2008 / 1:01 pm
    Maybe they will vote for Obama because he’s not going to write them off or “exploit” them just because they fit a certain demographic.
  3. Gene September 5, 2008 / 1:20 pm
    Maybe. But many black people have stated they are voting for him bc he is black. BTW, each party “exploits” certain demographics. I think you are adult enough to understand that, otherwise we would have a little more equality in this country. Even Democrats want to keep people down. That is how they maintain their base.

    It is funny bc AA and Latinos have traditional values (a conservative thing) yet vote Democrat. Once they make it out from poor to middle class, or middle class to upper mc or wealthy, they become Republicans. These two segments of the American Population are the two most notorious for being against homosexuals. And throw in Asian Americans and these three groups are the most racist in America. ( all three of the groups trust whites 3 times as much as the round robin above, ie each other) I think it is interesting who Democrats are trying to appeal to.

  4. NKA September 5, 2008 / 3:17 pm
    Larkin, darlin’

    What makes you think I care WHAT my kids think?? I made it, I’ll spend it. Love David E lots :-)

  5. Larkin September 5, 2008 / 5:16 pm
    NKA You ought to care what your kids think. They’re your only meaningful contribution to the world, and who they turn out to be reflects directly upon you.
  6. J.R. Locke September 6, 2008 / 3:08 am
    Blacks have conservative values too (hence all the church’s) but they don’t vote Republican. Why is that? Didn’t the Republicans free the slaves too?

    I know very many folk who are voting strictly on race I will likely be one of them.

  7. Pam September 6, 2008 / 7:44 am
    Obama is biracial, so I guess any racist can vote for him and feel good about it (unless they’re Asian, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, or American Indian/Alaskan Native). The Asians ought to vote for him too, since McCain has been quoted as saying “I hated the gooks. I will hate them as long as I live.” And since Obama grew up in Hawaii, he should have the Polynesian vote locked up (after all, he’s the hometown boy).

    So that leaves the Alaskan Natives, all 5,000 of them, to vote for Palin, and the Constipated Albinos to vote for McCain. :-)

  8. Gene September 6, 2008 / 10:21 am
    Why won’t Obama release his birth certificate? I think he was not born in the United States and I also think the sh*t will hit the fan when he wins and someone reveals this.
  9. David Esrati September 6, 2008 / 10:39 am

    What are you talking about? He couldn’t be a Senator and not have this be checked.

  10. NKA September 6, 2008 / 11:26 am

    I know my kids are my most important contribution to the world. They are caring, wonderful people and I am so proud of them! I am also proud of the legacy that my husband and I will leave to the Dayton community. Because we have been so successful, we are able to leave resources to many deserving institutions.
    Most of us “working rich” are not at home eating bon-bons. We understand the concept of charity.
    I do not have any personal “beef” with Obama and his supporters. I’m sure he is a fine man, he has a beautiful family. I just like the McCain-Palin ticket better.
    Peace out.

  11. Amazing Grace September 6, 2008 / 8:06 pm
    Background of our Pres candidates.

    JOHN AND CINDY MCCAIN: Family values and how much do you have in common with them?

    Though born in Panama John McCain is considered a natural-born U.S. citizen. His father was an admiral in the U.S. Navy (as was his grandfather) who was stationed in Panama in 1936, when McCain was born. (This also means McCain was part of the ruling class from birth…He’s never wanted for anything in his whole life.)

    John McCain: Husband:

    John McCain courted his current wife, Cindy, for months before divorcing his first wife, Carol Shepp who was confined to a wheel chair after a car accident in 1980.

    Cindy McCain is the heiress of the Anehauser-Busch fortune. Her wealth is estimated at approximately $100 million. John McCain’s wealth is about $405,000 per year.

    And although she is no longer a user, Cindy McCain, in 1992 she stole drugs from a medical charity that she helped fund and she used her employees’ names to obtain drugs, and even enlisted some her her staff to pick up those prescriptions on her behalf. She also used the DEA numbers of multiple physicians who worked for the American Voluntary Medical Team to obtain drugs, often without the doctors’ knowledge.

    Clothes and Houses: Own about 8 – 9 houses

    Cindy’s outfit for the RNC cost $313,100, Vanity Fair estimates


    Barrack was born in Hawaii to an American woman from Kansas named Ann Durham and a man from Kenya named Obarck Obama Sr.

    Divorced a few years later, Ann married Lolo Soetoro, from Indonesia and Barack Jr. lived with his stepfather and mother in Indonesia from age 6 – 10. He then lived with his grandparents back in Hawaii until his mom returned to Hawaii. After a few years she had to go back East to finish her PhD work and he remianed with his grandparents.

    Obama and Michele paid for college with loans. Last year they brought in income of approximately $4 million. Obama made most of his money off of a book.

    They own one big home. Michelle Obama’s Outfit for the DNC cost around $1,500. (as near as I can find.)

    Why does this matter? We are today what we are because of our past decisions and our past advantages. Which of these people were given everything from birth and which have had to work for it? Who IS more for your every day Joe trying to make a better life for self and others? And as part of the working rich, kindly consider, who’s life and works have been more like your own? The real ruling class elites, the McCain’s and Bushes and Cheney’s or the upstart Obamas who’ve worked hard and created hope for America?

    When I watched Obama give his acceptance speech at the DNC – as much as voting for him is a bit of a compromise of some of my own wishes – I cried. That a black man had a chance to actually be president in the USA finally did make me proud to be an American.

    For checking facts about the candidates I suggest you go to:

    And google your questions and go to dozens of sites before forming an opinion.

    Or to get a feeling for all the candidates go to their websites and compare what they say.

    And as for Sarah Palin – she is so high school cheerleader. I am so dismayed that anyone would think she was an intelligent, responsible choice for VP

    Amazing Grace

  12. Greg Hunter September 7, 2008 / 5:07 pm
    Jeff nails it. Palin energized the base as the RTLrs (Right to Lifers) have cranked it up. I am sitting in a coffee shop in Petersburg Alaska and yes the politics of Alaska fit perfectly with the White, self proclaimed Christians.

    “Forgive them for they no not what they do.” – Jesus

    “Mad Men on both sides of the Fence” – Atmosphere by Son Volt

    I would like to point out to all those supposed Christians out there that God is working both sides, so the decisions you think you are making after prayer are really the wrong ones. NKA I had my only prayer answered as a Child – I prayed to understand the Bible – My prayer was answered and YOU do not get it. American Christians have helped saddle the riders of the Apocalypse and will be judged harshly for their decisions.

  13. Gandhi September 7, 2008 / 5:31 pm
    I like your Christ. I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.
  14. Jeff September 7, 2008 / 9:40 pm
    Son Volt is a great band, or was back in the ’90s.
  15. tg September 7, 2008 / 10:44 pm
    @Gene – stumbled upon this tonight (in response to your comment about Obama presenting his birth certificate).

    Born in the U.S.A.
    August 21, 2008
    Updated: August 26, 2008
    The truth about Obama’s birth certificate.
    In June, the Obama campaign released a digitally scanned image of his birth certificate to quell speculative charges that he might not be a natural-born citizen. But the image prompted more blog-based skepticism about the document’s authenticity. And recently, author Jerome Corsi, whose book attacks Obama, said in a TV interview that the birth certificate the campaign has is “fake.”

    We beg to differ. staffers have now seen, touched, examined and photographed the original birth certificate. We conclude that it meets all of the requirements from the State Department for proving U.S. citizenship. Claims that the document lacks a raised seal or a signature are false. We have posted high-resolution photographs of the document as “supporting documents” to this article. Our conclusion: Obama was born in the U.S.A. just as he has always said.

    There’s a lot more, but this should get you started.

  16. John Ise September 8, 2008 / 7:42 am
    Another Andrew Sullivan op-ed. Money quote:”you have permission to be afraid”.

    The fright begins as John McCain reveals his reckless side
    Sarah Palin has opposed his key policies, so why did he pick her?
    Andrew Sullivan
    There is one reason the job of vice-president exists. In a system with a single executive, you need someone to fill in if the president is incapacitated or dies. In war time this is especially important. More salient: McCain just turned 72 and would be the oldest first term president in American history with four cancer scares and the awful residue of Vietnamese torture in his bones.

    The pick is also the first presidential-level decision a candidate has to make. You learn a lot about the candidate. And with Obama and McCain, we have two men who have never been executives – just legislators, book-writers and celebrities. So the decision is the first time we can compare the two men on a presidential decision level.

    In Joe Biden, Obama revealed his core temperamental conservatism. It was a safe choice of someone deeply versed in foreign policy, and with roots that connected to the working class white ethnics he needed. It wasn’t flashy; and was even a little underwhelming; but it was highly professional.

    What we have learned about John McCain from his selection of Sarah Palin is that he is as impulsive and reckless a decision-maker as George W. Bush. We know this not because of what we have learned about this Pentecostalist populist since she exploded on the scene last Friday morning (and God knows we have learned more than we ever wanted). We know it because of how McCain made the decision. He wanted his best friend, Joe Lieberman, the former Democratic vice-presidential candidate for Al Gore. That pick would have been remarkable for its bipartisan nature, would have impressed independents, and signaled a centrist presidency centered on foreign policy. It would have been bold while not being rash.

    But McCain is in charge of a party that is now, at its core, religiously motivated. Joe Lieberman, for all his political talents, is Jewish, pro-choice on abortion, gay-inclusive, and domestically liberal. McCain faced an insurrection in his party base if he picked him. Without the evangelical base, he wasn’t going to win.

    So last week, McCain picked someone he had only met once before. I repeat: he picked someone he had only met once before. His vetting chief sat Palin down for a face-to-face interview the Wednesday before last. It’s very hard to overstate how nutty and irresponsible this is. Would any corporate chieftain pick a number two on those grounds and not be dismissed by his board for recklessness?

    The recklessness was much more fatal in the new media world than in the old one. In the old media world, the Republicans could try to control the flow of information, browbeat the press and prevent the entire weird family background and series of scandals and rumors of quite incredible events from getting into the mainstream. But those days are over. Within minutes of the announcement, everyone reached for Google. I recommend for starters the two following stories that appeared in the Anchorage Daily News last March and April. Story 1 / Story 2

    WIthin hours, the McCain campaign was under siege, as the vetting process the professionals didn’t do was done by thousands of bloggers and citizen journalists. Palin’s reality show family life, her vendetta against her ex brother-in-law, her endorsement of a mayoral candidate who ran against her own mother-in-law, her attempt to ban books in her local library, her friendship with one of her husband’s former business partners, and on and on: this was the first major campaign event that was covered by the underground media before it reached the mainstream. The American mainstream press spent a large part of last week wondering how much truth the public could bear to hear.

    McCain’s entire campaign, moreover, was based on his superior experience to Obama, who was allegedly too unknown and risky for the Oval Office, and too jejune on foreign policy. And then McCain turned around and picked a total unknown who had been a mayor of a town in Alaska of a few thousand and then had only just got elected as governor of a very strange state with 700,000 people. More to the point, there is virtually no record anywhere of her views on foreign policy in the public record.

    There is one documented instance. It came in an interview with the Alaskan Business Monthly in December 2006. She was asked about the central issue of McCain’s campaign: the surge in Iraq, which he championed. She said she hadn’t focused on the war with Iraq but had heard about the surge “on the news.” She then said that she hoped there was an “exit plan.” That was it. So on the central issue of McCain’s campaign, Palin took the opposite position to John McCain.

    McCain’s major domestic issue in the election, moreover, is the economy and the rocky time many middle class Americans are having. All the polls show that he needs to offer something tangible to counter Obama’s reconstructed Clintonomics and universal healthcare. By his own admission, he has never been that interested in economic issues. And his vulnerability is the sense that he doesn’t get how distressed many Americans feel. So who does he pick? A governor whose state is essentially an oil company and whose major problem in the two mintes she has been in office has been what to do with a $5 billion oil surplus! She decided to send half a billion dollars’ worth of checks to every Alaskan this summer. And people wonder why she’s popular in her state.

    It would be very hard to pick a governor in America who knows less about the struggles of most Americans in the current economy. Alaska’s economy is currently like Russia’s: booming because of commodity prices. And her one key policy issue in Alaska has been drilling for oil in the protected Alaskan National Wilderness Reserve – a policy McCain, against most of his Republican colleagues, has always opposed! Oh, and she’s against protecting the polar bears as well. This is McCain’s green conservatism: building pipelines, drilling in protected wildernesses and screwing the polar bears.

    There are other obvious liabilities with Palin. To say the very least, her private life and family are colorful. The rumors about them do not stop coming, and the tabloid press has only just arrived in what can only be called Arkansas with penguins. Palin, moreover, currently has two ethics investigations into her conduct in the 18 months she has been in office – and one report is scheduled to go public days before the election. What was McCain thinking? And Palin’s edcuation? Six colleges in five years ending in a degree in sports journalism from the University of Idaho. That’s the background of someone who could be president of the United States at any moment after next January.

    Who does John McCain think he’s kidding? And what on earth was he thinking? This was a rash, impulsive, reckless pick. We have no idea where it’s headed – and i wouldn’t hazard a wild guess what we will have found out about Palin in a week’s time. Maybe it will win some votes from evangelicals. Maybe Palin will reveal herself as something more than a former sportscaster who can deliver a speech. But it shows a deep unseriousness about governing the most powerful nation on earth at a time of great peril.

    If you thought a president who went to war on flawed intelligence with no plan for the aftermath was reckless, then I have news for you. You haven’t seen anything yet. Imagine the kind of decision-making McCain has just demonstrated applied to ife-and-death decisions with respect to Iran and Russia.

    Yes, you have permission to be afraid.

    Read for daily updates

  17. David Esrati September 8, 2008 / 1:46 pm

    @Billy- note: “According to the Anchorage Daily News, around the time Sarah Palin first assumed the mayorship of Wasilla back in 1996, she initiated some speculative discussions with the city’s librarian about the possibility of removing some “objectionable” books from the public library:In December 1996, [city librarian Mary Ellen] Emmons told her hometown newspaper, the Frontiersman, that Palin three times asked her — starting before she was sworn in — about possibly removing objectionable books from the library if the need arose.”

  18. Billy Jackson September 8, 2008 / 2:01 pm
    Did palin ever actually ban a book? Does anyone know the name of any objectionable books that she wanted to ban? I believe the answer to these questions is no.
  19. David Esrati September 8, 2008 / 2:20 pm

    @Billy- I find the idea of even thinking of asking to ban books is a problem. Doesn’t matter- the rest of the e-mail paints a picture of someone that I’m pretty sure I don’t want running our country.

  20. Jeff September 8, 2008 / 3:53 pm
    Id like to remind everybody that we really dont have a chance to actually vote on Palin yet.

    Unless the GOPers are really voting for Palin, and McCain is sloppy seconds. Upside-down ticket? I guess thats like McKinley/Roosvelt, where the more popular, charismatic perrson was veep.

  21. Bruce Kettelle September 8, 2008 / 9:23 pm
    I akin Palin to that great one night stand from the Foundry. Looked good on the dance floor but it was a different story when you woke up in the morning handcuffed to her bed!
  22. Gene September 9, 2008 / 7:51 pm
    funny – Liberals want to ban the bible and other religious scripture. Just ask Bill Maher.
  23. tg September 9, 2008 / 8:20 pm
    Anyone else intrigued by the fact that McCain’s camp went after Obama’s inexperience, then selected an experienced running mate? Republicans flipped about Obama’s preacher, now they’re saying Palin’s faith is a non-issue? Palin makes a big deal of Obama’s & Biden’s lack of “executive” experience – which McCain doesn’t have either?
  24. greg hunter September 9, 2008 / 8:43 pm
    I love the Bible, but I am a Republican. I also like Bill Maher.
  25. David Esrati September 9, 2008 / 8:59 pm

    “Executive Experience”- isn’t that what George Bush had?
    I can do without more of that.

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