Category Archives: US Presidential Race 2008

“Sarah From Alaska” Book: McCain Turned Lights Out On Palin In “Civil War” (VIDEO)

In Sarah From Alaska, two campaign reporters share the behind-the-scenes story of Sarah Palin‘s rise to national stardom and surprising resignation.

On the “Early Show” on CBS, authors Scott Conroy and Shushannah Walshe said Tuesday there was a “remarkable internal war” at the end of the campaign between Palin and McCain’s teams when the VP candidate was told she could not deliver a concession speech. “Governor Palin tried to create some confusion” so that she would be able to speak, but she ultimately failed. “It really turned into an all-out civil war,” Walshe said. On election night, Palin went back out onstage to take pictures with her family and McCain’s staff was so terrified that she would give a speech after all that they turned out the lights on her.

According to a copy of the book obtained by Huffington Post, when senior McCain aide Carla Eudy heard the news, she immediately called campaign manager Steve Schmidt, who barked, “Take the set down. Unplug it.”

The McCain staff didn’t believe Palin’s claim that she just wanted to take pictures with her family on stage – to one aide, it sounded like a “dubious cover story.”

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Sarah Palin’s Obama Obsession

Sarah Palin during her speech at the Republican National Convention.

Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin ranting to the crowds during her speech at the 2008 Republican National Convention.

Today [Saturday] marks the one-year anniversary of John McCain’s introduction of Sarah Palin to the international stage, in Dayton, Ohio, a political battleground that the Republicans desperately needed for another shot at the White House. They lost Ohio big (by more than 300,000 votes), and they lost the election even bigger–mostly thanks to Palin’s erratic, if not downright bizarre, performance as the vice-presidential nominee.

In many ways, it seems longer than a year. Much longer. Palin went back to Alaska, where her life turned into a nasty soap opera. There were revelations from McCain’s staff about her behavior on the campaign trail; she was hit with a myriad of ethics charges (some of which, contrary to Palin’s claims otherwise, stuck); she bailed on her relationship with the state’s legislators and played politics with the federal stimulus plan; she got into a dog fight with Levi Johnston; she began a series of odd Twitterings, replete with a six-part ramble on Mommy Bear; she resigned amid chaos and deception, only to return as a diva on Facebook.

And through it all she has been obsessed with Barack Obama.

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Alaskans Wonder What the Hell Were They Thinking With Sarah Palin?

The pattern is inescapable: Sarah Palin takes disagreements personally, and swiftly deals vengeance on enemies, real or perceived.

The pattern is inescapable: Sarah Palin takes disagreements personally, and swiftly deals vengeance on enemies, real or perceived.

What a difference a year makes. A year ago today, after being stunned by McCain’s VP pick, I had finished writing a piece called “What Is McCain Thinking? One Alaskan’s Perspective.” It’s hard to imagine a time when the country was asking “Sarah Who?” but it was only one short year ago.

One of the selling features of Sarah Palin was her astronomically high approval ratings in the state of Alaska. After all, how could a governor have positives in the high 80s or low 90s and be anything less than an ace in the hole? So, McCain must have thought. The answer became obvious, and embarrassing to those of us in the Last Frontier. We weren’t paying attention.

During the gubernatorial debates in Alaska in 2006, Palin said to her opponent, the infinitely smarter and more qualified Andrew Halcro, “Andrew, I watch you at these debates with no notes, no papers and yet when asked questions you spout off facts, figures and policies and I’m amazed. But then I look out into the audience and I ask myself, ‘Does any of this really matter?’ ” That may have been her shrewdest political statement. To Alaskans at that moment in time, it didn’t matter. She was cute, she was spunky, she was gonna take it to the man, she had a scrumptious family, she was an underdog, she was one of us, and she had….charisma! That’s all we needed to know.

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Peggy Noonan Goes Off On Sarah Palin In Column: “Horrifying”

Peggy Noonan is a columnist for The Wall Street Journal and the best selling author of seven books on American politics, history and culture.  She is considered a political conservative.

Peggy Noonan is a columnist for The Wall Street Journal and the best selling author of seven books on American politics, history and culture. She is considered a political conservative.

One of the most refreshingly honest moments of the 2008 campaign came when Peggy Noonan, a columnist and former Republican speechwriter, was caught on a live mike calling the choice of Sarah Palin to run on the Republican ticket “political bullshit.” She smoothed over her harsh remarks in a subsequent column, saying she liked Palin even if she wasn’t sure the selection would be successful. But now that Palin has announced her plan to resign as Alaska Governor, Noonan apparently feels free to speak openly.

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Actor Tim Robbins Turned Away from the Polls!! Many Provisional Ballots are NEVER Counted!! Go to Your Election Board!! Be the Squeaky Wheel!!

Here was a great comment I saw on another blog … “Provisional ballots are useless. Most never get authenticated or counted. Don’t accept a substitute today. Be the squeaky wheel until you get the vote millions died to protect!”

Checkout below the voting experience of actor Tim Robbins, whose name had been removed from the voter register in New York and was then told he would have to vote a “provisional” ballot.  Provisional ballots are rarely counted or if counted, it’s days after the election is over and the results have been announced.  This is happening ALL over the country!!  Don’t let this happen to you!!  Call the nationwide hotline for assistance and/or go to your local election board BEFORE the polls close!!

Voters who experience problems voting are advised to not leave your polling station but to call a hotline 866-OUR-VOTE (866-687-8683) instead to get advice. The hotline will be staffed with legal experts who can help you determine your voting rights. The Election Protection group running the hotline will also have legal experts in the field monitoring situations at the polls. If you don’t have a legal question but simply want to report a problem you had, you can call a separate hotline 866-MYVOTE1 (866-698-6831) and leave a recorded message. Be sure to leave your name and phone number on the recording if you want someone to investigate your problem.]

Tim Robbins’ Polling Place Nightmare: He’s Turned Away! (VIDEO)

Politically active actor Tim Robbins almost didn’t get to vote in New York.

TMZ reports Robbins was turned away at his polling place.

There was some kind of ruckus and the cops were called.

Apparently Robbins has been voting at that polling place for more than a decade, but today his name wasn’t on the register. They told Robbins he had to fill out a provisional ballot but he didn’t want to do it. An argument erupted between Robbins and the poll worker. Robbins allegedly got loud and the poll worker said he was calling the cops.

Robbins accused the poll worker of trying to intimidate him so he wouldn’t vote.

Robbins went downtown to the City Board of Elections to get proof he was good to vote.

That’s where a TMZ camera caught up with him. Robbins held up his papers and told the camera:

“This is what you have to do to vote… I had to go down to see a judge… My name was not on the roll, and I’m not the only one. According to workers, 30 people in 5 hours had been taking off the rolls. You can do the math on that. 6 per hour, per district across America…”

Video of Tim Robbins speaking with TMZ reporter

Sarah Palin’s Release Only a “Summary” of Her Medical Records

Just hours before the first election polls opened across the United States, Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin finally released a two-page “summary” of her medical records.  Obviously, there appears to be something in her full medical records she didn’t want American voters to know and at this late date, many of us don’t care anymore.  We just want her to pack up her bags and go back home to Alaska on Wednesday.

Throughout this race, Gov. Palin has been playing by her own rules, thumbing her nose at those in the media who sought honest answers to the questions and concerns of American citizens.  Although medical privacy is an extremely important right, Gov. Palin knew going into the campaign that the release of her medical records was one of the expectations for the job of VP.  So if there are issues in her medical background Palin wished to keep private, then she shouldn’t have accepted the vice presidential nomination. 

Thoughts for Governor Palin … next time (and we sincerely hope there isn’t) don’t run such a hypocritical campaign, demanding “full disclosure” from your opponents and questioning their patriotism, when your own closet is so overflowing with skeletons you can’t even close the door.

The following is from Shannyn Moore for the Huffington Post.

The McCain/Palin camp has released Governor Palin’s medical records. Well, that’s what they are calling a two page letter from Sarah Palin’s doctor… yep, that’s it. Read it for yourself. Does she think this is releasing your medical records? That’s like saying a book report is the same as the book. The letter was written by a friend and doctor of Governor Palin. The 48-year-old doctor, Cathy Baldwin-Johnson was nominated by the Alaska Chapter of AAFP, which had presented her with the Alaska Family Physician of the Year award for 2001.” Letters of recommendation came from a variety of people, including the mayor of Wasilla and a commissioner for the state of Alaska.”

A few babies later…Dr. Cathy Baldwin-Johnson of Wasilla is a private practice family physician and the 2002 National Family Physician of the Year from the American Academy of Family Physicians. In 1999, Baldwin-Johnson co-founded and is the volunteer medical director of The Children’s Place, and since 2005 has served as a consultant and trainer on child abuse issues. Baldwin-Johnson graduated from the University of Washington School of Medicine where she participated in the WWAMI Medical School program.Governor Palin appointed Baldwin-Johnson in May of 2007 to Alaska Health Care Strategies Planning Council.

This story just keeps getting weirder. The fascination with her healthrecords stems from the rumor/cover-up birthof her fifth son. Frankly, Sarah Palin’s official story has always been more disturbing than the conspiracy. Last spring there was the big announcement of Sarah Palin’s 5thpregnancy. I’m pro-choice, happy she was able to make whatever choice was best for her family. With her oldest child in the military, three more at home, and one on the way, she was getting quite a bit done. I would have wanted a nap and a spa, but that’s just me. In the last few weeks of her pregnancy she was flying all over the country. She flew to Washington D.C. then off to a conference of Republican Governors in Dallas. Her water broke in Texas.

 She decided to fly back to Alaska to have her 5th child that she knew had Downs Syndrome.

She passed up some of the finest children’s hospitals in Dallas, Seattle and Anchorage. She flew several hours and then drove 50 miles to her home town and had her baby. I admire her ability to hold a child in during all those hours and miles above the Earthwhile she was in labor. I’m impressed with her staunch Alaskan loyalty to deliver her baby on Native Soil. Her explanation of coming home while in labor was a joke. No, a real one. “You can’t have a fish picker from Texas,” said Todd Palin. But had I been traveling on the way to take a loved one off life support, or attend a wedding, or job interview, or any of the other major life events that we commute on planes for, and was diverted by a woman who knowingly got on board after her water broke, I may not admire her uterine control so much. Her lack of judgment for fellow passengers seems obvious, but for someone who is so “pro-life” it seems reckless.

The two page report from Palin’s doctor is an example of how she keeps a promise to “release her medical records.” Just think what she would do to uphold her oath to the Constitution.

Palin’s “Medical Records” Released