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REAL American Moms AGAINST Governor Sarah Palin For VP (Video)

Check out this wonderful video created by American Moms who are AGAINST Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin becoming the next vice president, only ONE 72-year-old heart beat away from becoming leader of the United States!!  Also, visit their website at VoterMoms.com in order to view additional segments of this video on important issues such as the economy, the war, choice and abstinence, freedoms, special needs, healthcare, the environment, experience, and McCain’s judgement.

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Palin Clothes Spending Has Dems Salivating, Republicans Disgusted

Laurie Serino, left, talks about the high food prices with Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin in Barrow, Alaska on Monday, June 30, 2008.

BEFORE the Makeover: Laurie Serino, left, talks about the high food prices with Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin in Barrow, Alaska on Monday, June 30, 2008.

Republicans hammered on Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards’ $400 haircut (which he paid for himself) all during the primaries, yet GOP spokesperson Tracey Schmitt and others on the McCain-Palin campaign think America’s voters aren’t interested to learn about the over $150,000 spent in ONE MONTH on clothes and accessories for the Republican’s everyday “hockey mom” who is the friend of “Joe Six-Packs” around the country and relates to “Joe the Plumber” during these hard economic times? Sam Stein, writing for the Huffington Post, has a great piece on reaction from both Democrats and Republicans alike in this latest blunder by John McCain and the Republican National Committee.

Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin at an October 18th rally.

AFTER the Makeover: Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin at an October 18th rally.

Since her selection as John McCain’s running mate, the Republican National Committee spent more than $150,000 on clothing and make-up for Gov. Sarah Palin, her husband, and even her infant son, it was reported on Tuesday evening.

That entertaining scoop — which came by way of Politico — sent almost immediate reverberations through the presidential race. A statement from McCain headquarters released hours after the article bemoaned the triviality of the whole affair.

“With all of the important issues facing the country right now, it’s remarkable that we’re spending time talking about pantsuits and blouses,” said spokesperson Tracey Schmitt. “It was always the intent that the clothing go to a charitable purpose after the campaign.”

But even the most timid of Democrats are unlikely to heed this call for civility. For starters, the story has the potential to dampen enthusiasm among GOP activists and donors at a critical point in the presidential race. It also creates a huge PR headache for the McCain ticket as it seeks to make inroads among voters worried about the current economic crisis.

Mainly, however, Democrats (in this scenario) are not prone to forgiveness. After all, it was during this same campaign cycle that Republicans belittled the $400 haircut that former Sen. John Edwards had paid for with his own campaign money (the funds were later reimbursed). And yet, the comparison to that once-dominant news story is hardly close: if Edwards had gotten one of his legendary haircuts every singe week, it would still take him 7.2 years to spend what Palin has spent. Palin has received the equivalent of $2,500 in clothes per day from places such as Saks Fifth Avenue (where RNC expenditures totaled nearly $50,000) and Neiman Marcus (where the governor had a $75,000 spree).

Beyond the political tit-for-tat, however, the revelation of the clothing expenditures offers what some Democrats see as a chance not just to win several news cycles during the campaign’s waning days but to severely damage Palin’s image as a small-town, ‘Joe Six-Pack’ American.

“It shows that Palin ain’t like the rest of us,” Tom Matzzie, a Democratic strategist told the Huffington Post, when asked how the party would or could use the issue. “It can help deflate her cultural populism with the Republican base. The plumber’s wife doesn’t go to Nieman’s or Saks.”

Indeed, the story could not come at a more inopportune time for the McCain campaign. During a week in which the Republican ticket is trying to highlight its connection to the working class — and, by extension, promoting its newest campaign tool, Joe the Plumber — it was revealed that Palin’s fashion budget for several weeks was more than four times the median salary of an American plumber ($37,514). To put it another way: Palin received more valuable clothes in one month than the average American household spends on clothes in 80 years. A Democrat put it in even blunter terms: her clothes were the cost of health care for 15 or so people.

There are, in these cases, legal questions surrounding campaign expenditures. Though, on this front, Palin and the RNC seem to be in the clear.

“I don’t think it’s taxed,” said David Donnelly of Campaign Money Watch. “I don’t think she can keep it. It’s owned by the RNC. They had to use coordinated funds to pay for the clothes.”

And certainly the possibility exists that this issue can be effectively swept under the rug. Palin is not known for taking impromptu questions from the press. Moreover, the media, at this juncture, has other major story lines (see: upcoming election) to grapple with, thus denying the piece the relative vacuum that accompanied the Edwards story. Finally, there is little desire among conservative writers or pundits to litigate the matter, even if they were more than happy to jump on board when a Democrat was in the spotlight.

Several hours after Politico posted its findings, the topic remained nearly untouched by the major right-wing outlets. Though as Marc Ambinder at the Atlantic opined:

“Republicans, RNC donors and at least one RNC staff member have e-mailed me tonight to share their utter (and not-for-attribution) disgust at the expenditures. … The heat for this story will come from Republicans who cannot understand how their party would do something this stupid … particularly (and, it must be said, viewed retroactively) during the collapse of the financial system and the probable beginning of a recession.”

Palin Clothes Spending Has Dems Salivating, Republicans Disgusted

New McCain Mailer Pushes Palin As Ticket-Head And Moderate

It is never too early to brace ourselves for Governor Sarah Palin’s 2012 run for the presidency, should she and John McCain be defeated in this November 4th presidential election. The RNC is already gearing up for just such a possibility, with a new mailer promoting Gov. Palin as someone who “GOVERNED FROM THE CENTER” and the tag line “McCain-Palin. Change is Coming.” above a smaller, darker photo of McCain and opposite a larger, brighter picture of Palin looking determined and presidential.

The McCain campaign and the RNC are sending out a mailer that pushes Gov. Sarah Palin as both the figurehead of the GOP ticket and a centrist.

A reader in Pennsylvania sends over a four-page pamphlet titled “McCain-Palin Solutions for Our Family,” which labels as priorities for the Republican team non-traditional conservative positions such as climate change and stem cell research. The inset includes a copy of a USA Today article with the headline: “In targeting big oil, Palin ‘governed from the center’: She didn’t press conservative views on lawmakers.”

The next page includes a campaign statement on how “John McCain and Sarah Palin will work with Democrats and Republicans for sensible solutions.” And underneath is a graph about how Palin “as the mother of a special needs child… knows first hand the value of advanced medical treatments research.”

The final page is a photo of McCain and Palin which noticeably features the vice presidential candidate in a more prominent placement than the presidential candidate himself.

What’s noteworthy here is not just the push to feature Palin — whose popularity and favorability ratings have fallen drastically over the past few weeks — in a leading role. It’s also how consciously the campaign is trying to track away from conservative orthodoxy. The pamphlet was sent from a reader in Philadelphia — obviously not the state’s Republican stronghold. And it is tradition for presidential tickets to move towards the center as the election approaches.

But the desire to break from the party has really become a defining feature for McCain-Palin. Over the last few days, some of the loudest applause lines at their rallies have come when McCain declares that he is not George W. Bush.

New McCain Mailer Pushes Palin As Ticket-Head And Moderate

Alaska Gov. Palin Pushed Exporting U.S. Oil Reserves To Japan

Jim Bowles, president of ConocoPhillips Alaska Inc. center, answers questions during a news conference in Anchorage, Alaska, where Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin announced an agreement between the state of Alaska and the oil industry to extend the federal export license for the LNG plant on the Kenai Peninsula. Steven Hinchmann, senior VP of worldwide production for Marathon Oil Corp., back, left, Tom Irwin Department of Natural Resources commissioner, and Gov. Sarah Palin, right, listen in the back. On the campaign trail, Palin says repeatedly that America must tap its own natural gas and oil reserves to become energy independent. But she has pushed the federal government to allow a liquefied natural gas plant to continue exporting to Asia, the only such plant in the United States that sends the product overseas.

Jim Bowles, president of ConocoPhillips Alaska Inc. center, answers questions during a news conference in Anchorage, Alaska, where Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin announced an agreement between the state of Alaska and the oil industry to extend the federal export license for the LNG plant on the Kenai Peninsula. Steven Hinchmann, senior VP of worldwide production for Marathon Oil Corp., back, left, Tom Irwin Department of Natural Resources commissioner, and Gov. Sarah Palin, right, listen in the back. On the campaign trail, Palin says repeatedly that America must tap its own natural gas and oil reserves to become energy independent. But she has pushed the federal government to allow a liquefied natural gas plant to continue exporting to Asia, the only such plant in the United States that sends the product overseas.

Alaska Governor Sarah Palin can’t have it both ways … is she for America’s energy independence, with Alaskan pipelines built to carry natural gas and oil down to the lower 48 states, or does she want to continue EXPORTING natural gas to foreign countries at a time when the United States is IMPORTING natural gas from the Middle East and Africa?

On the campaign trail, Sarah Palin says repeatedly that America must tap its own natural gas and oil reserves to become energy-independent.

But the Alaska governor and GOP vice presidential candidate has pushed the federal government to allow a liquefied natural gas plant to continue exporting to Asia – the only such plant in the United States that sends the product overseas.

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Utah’s Salt Lake Tribune Endorses OBAMA!! Finds Palin “Grievously Underequipped”

The Salt Lake Tribune endorses Sen. Barack Obama for president

The Salt Lake Tribune endorses Senator Barack Obama for president

A Simple Choice: The Nation Needs Barack Obama in the White House

The next U.S. president will lead a nation that remains embroiled in two wars and is beset by an economic meltdown more severe than any since the Great Depression.

By necessity, the country’s next commander in chief must also be its mender in chief, capable of inspiring his angry and divided constituents to join together in a recovery project to restore the peace, prosperity and self-confidence we once knew.

We fear that a lesser effort may be insufficient to reverse America’s slide toward economic, political and societal chaos. The times require dramatic and comprehensive change.

The presidential candidates know it, and have made it their mantra.

Most Americans know it, and, in growing numbers, are demanding it.

The countries that have long depended upon the United States for enlightened global leadership long for it.

For the sake of all, and for those who follow us, we must have it.

The editorial board of The Salt Lake Tribune believes that Barack Obama can deliver it.

Over the 22 months since announcing his improbable candidacy, Obama has transcended his image as a mere political and racial phenomenon. Though blessed with uncommon skills as a writer and orator, he was mistakenly thought to possess too little political experience, too little backbone and too little evidence of the tangible, and intangible, qualities we ascribe to the best of our leaders. Democrats and Republicans alike thought Hillary Clinton would make short work of him.

Admittedly, we thought so, too, and endorsed Clinton, not Obama, for the party’s nomination.

Yet, Obama mounted an extraordinary grass-roots campaign, raised gobs of cash, and showed great fortitude and equanimity in the face of the Clinton juggernaut. He endured, and once the nomination was his, he set about uniting his divided party with an impressive display of magnanimity and diplomacy.

John McCain, meanwhile, crushed Mitt Romney to gain his party’s nomination, but then blundered badly by not bringing the business-savvy Romney onto the ticket. Romney would have shored up McCain’s poor grasp of economic policy.

Then, out of nowhere, and without proper vetting, the impetuous McCain picked Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate. She quickly proved grievously underequipped to step into the presidency should McCain, at 72 and with a history of health problems, die in office. More than any single factor, McCain’s bad judgment in choosing the inarticulate, insular and ethically challenged Palin disqualifies him for the presidency.

Still, we have compelling reasons for endorsing Obama on his merits alone. Under the most intense scrutiny and attacks from both parties, Obama has shown the temperament, judgment, intellect and political acumen that are essential in a president that would lead the United States out of the crises created by President Bush, a complicit Congress and our own apathy.

The candidates’ positions on issues are, in most cases, distinctly different, and no more so than in health care reform. McCain would make a bad system worse by deregulating an insurance industry that is the root of the problem.

He would give every family a $5,000 refundable tax credit for purchasing the insurance of their choice, but would tax employer-provided health benefits. Obama’s plan would require large employers to offer insurance, or contribute a percentage of payroll to offset the cost of taxpayer subsidies. People could buy into a private or a government-run plan, and the premiums would be subsidized by tax credits based on income.

On tax policy, Obama would sensibly increase taxes for individuals making more than $250,000 a year, while cutting taxes for everyone else. He also would send money to the states for public works improvements that would generate jobs. His intent to increase the capital gains tax, however, is foolhardy while businesses struggle to weather the economic meltdown.

McCain would cut taxes for people in all income brackets, as well as mandate big reductions in corporate income taxes. It is a trickle-down plan that would do little to reduce the deficit.

McCain’s foreign policy objectives virtually replicate Bush’s disastrous course. His disdain for diplomacy is troubling, and his faith in eventual U.S. “victory” in Iraq is ill-defined. We simply cannot afford perpetual war. Obama knows this. And his nuanced approach would help America recover it’s global prestige.

Indeed, we see too many of Bush’s failed policies in McCain’s recipe for recovery. The country desperately needs a new and well-defined road map for the 21st century and leadership that can unite the country behind it.

We believe that Barack Obama can give us both.

A Simple Choice: The Nation Needs Barack Obama in the White House

Sarah Palin: Positions on Civil Rights

Sarah Palin Civil Rights Positions

Non-support of anything but traditional marriage

Q:  Do you support, as they do in Alaska, granting same-sex benefits to couples?

BIDEN:  Absolutely positively.  Absolutely no distinction from a legal standpoint between a same-sex and a heterosexual couple. That’s only fair.

Q:   Would you support expanding that beyond Alaska to the rest of the nation?

PALIN:  Well, not if it goes closer and closer towards redefining the traditional definition of marriage between one man and one woman.  And unfortunately that’s sometimes where those steps lead. I don’t support defining marriage as anything but between one man and one woman, and I think through nuances we can go round and round about what that actually means. I’m being as straight up with Americans as I can in my non- support for anything but a traditional definition of marriage.

Q:  Let’s try to avoid nuance. Do you support gay marriage?

BIDEN:  No. We do not support that. That is a decision to be able to be left to faiths.

PALIN:  My answer is the same as his and it is that I do not.

Source: 2008 Vice Presidential debate against Sen. Joe Biden Oct 2, 2008

I’m a feminist; equal rights for women

Q:  Do you consider yourself a feminist?

A:  I do. I’m a feminist who believes in equal rights and I believe that women certainly today have every opportunity that a man has to succeed and to try to do it all anyway. And I’m very, very thankful that I’ve been brought up in a family where gender hasn’t been an issue.

Q:  What is your definition of a feminist?

A:  Someone who believes in equal rights. Someone who would not stand for oppression against women.

Source: 2008 CBS News presidential interview with Katie Couric Sep 30, 2008

Equal pay for equal work; but not Ledbetter Act

Q:  Where do you stand on the Ledbetter Fair Pay Act?

A:  I’m absolutely for equal pay for equal work. The Ledbetter pay act — it was gonna turn into a boon for trial lawyers who, I believe, could have taken advantage of women who [would] allege discrimination many, many years ago. Thankfully, there are laws on the books, there have been since 1963, that no woman could be discriminated against in the workplace in terms of anything, but especially in terms of pay. So, thankfully we have the laws on the books and they better be enforced.

Q: Why should a fear of lawsuits trump a woman’s ability to do something about the fact that women make 77 cents for every dollar a man makes?

A: There should be no fear of a lawsuit prohibiting a woman from making sure that the laws that are on the books today are enforced. I know in a McCain-Palin administration we will not stand for any measure that would result in a woman being paid less than a man for equal work.

Source: 2008 CBS News presidential interview with Katie Couric Sep 30, 2008

Hillary put 18 million cracks in glass ceiling

I think Sen. Clinton showed a lot of determination and stick-to-itiveness in her campaigns and I have to respect that. I don’t have to agree with all that she tried to push through and parts of her agenda. In fact, I don’t agree with all of it. But there are some things that Hillary Clinton did that nobody can take away from her. And that is the 18 million cracks that she put there in that highest and hardest glass ceiling in America’s political scene. She was able to affect that and I respect that.

Source: 2008 Fox News interview on “Hannity & Colmes” Sep 17, 2008

Would like support from women’s groups, but won’t woo them

Q:  Why do you think that some prominent women’s groups have not supported you? You’ve even been attacked by some of them.

A:  I don’t know, that’s their prerogative though. Again, this campaign is about very important issues that are not necessarily gender specific. Certainly, I would love to have their support, but I’m not going to change my positions in order to try to woo them over. Don’t have time to do that. We’re moving forward on a ticket of reform.

Source: 2008 Fox News interview on “Hannity & Colmes” Sep 17, 2008

Vetoed bill denying benefits to gays, as unconstitutional

Ms. Palin said she supported Alaska’s decision to amend its Constitution to ban same-sex marriage. But she used her first veto as governor to block a bill that would have prohibited the state from granting health benefits to same-sex partners of public employees. Ms. Palin said she vetoed the bill because it was unconstitutional, but raised the possibility of amending the state Constitution so the ban could pass muster.

Source: New York Times, pp. A1 & A10, “An Outsider Who Charms” Aug 29, 2008

ADA brings expanded freedom to Americans with disabilities

  • WHEREAS, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) is one of the most compassionate and successful civil rights laws in American history. In the 18 years since the ADA was signed into law, more people with disabilities are participating fully in our society than ever before.
  • WHEREAS, for the last 18 years the ADA has sought to ensure that people with disabilities are respected as equal citizens with equal opportunities: to access inclusive education, achieve gainful employment, and fully participate in the recreational, leisure, and social activities of our communities.
  • NOW, THEREFORE, I, Sarah Palin, Governor of the state of Alaska, do hereby proclaim July 26, 2008, as 18th Anniversary of the ADA in Alaska, and encourage public officials, business leaders, people with disabilities, and all Alaskans to pursue the ADA’s full promise of equal opportunity and to celebrate the expanded freedom that the ADA has brought to our way of life.

Source: Alaska Governor’s Office: Proclamation, “ADA” Jul 28, 2008

Recognized Juneteenth 2008 to celebrate the end of slavery

  • WHEREAS, Juneteenth is an annual holiday commemorating the ending of slavery–the oldest celebration of its kind. Its roots go back to June 19, 1865, when Union soldiers arrived in Galveston, Texas to announce the war’s end and that all slaves were now free. That news took two and a half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, which had become official January 1, 1863.
  • WHEREAS, today, Juneteenth is a day, a week, and in some areas, a month that is set aside to celebrate African American freedom.
  • WHEREAS, in cities across the country, people of all races, nationalities, & religions are joining together to celebrate this extremely important historical event.
  • NOW, THEREFORE, I, Sarah Palin, Governor of the state of Alaska, do hereby proclaim June 21, 2008, as Juneteenth Day in Alaska, and encourage all Alaskans to reflect on the importance of this celebration, and encourage citizens to take part in the events taking place in your communities.

Source: Alaska Governor’s Office: Proclamation, “Juneteenth” Jun 17, 2008

HIV/AIDS among Alaska Natives is public health crisis  

  • WHEREAS, American Indians and Alaska Natives have experienced a long history of a lower health status, which includes a lower life expectancy and higher disease occurrence than other racial/ethnic groups due to inadequate health education, disproportionate poverty, discrimination in the delivery of health care services, and access to quality health care.
  • WHEREAS, the spread of HIV/AIDS virus among American Indians & Alaska Natives poses a significant risk to the public health and well-being of these communities.
  • WHEREAS, the status of HIV/AIDS epidemic among American Indians & Alaska Natives is a public health crisis that requires a focused national effort as well as tribal effort to bring attention to the prevention needs of Indigenous people.
  • NOW THEREFORE, I, Gov. Sarah Palin, do hereby proclaim March 20, 2008, as: Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day in Alaska, and ask the residents of Alaska to observe this day with appropriate programs and activities.

Source: Alaska Governor’s Office: Proclamation, “Native HIV” Mar 4, 2008

Recognized Martin Luther King holiday

  •  
    • WHEREAS, as we observe the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., we remember the dream of a great man–an American hero–and his message of social change through nonviolence.
    • WHEREAS, Dr. King dedicated his life to empowering people, no matter their circumstances, and challenged them to lift up their neighbors and communities. He broke down barriers within our society by encouraging Americans to look past their differences and refused to rest until our Nation fulfilled its pledge of liberty & justice for all.
    • WHEREAS, Alaskans will join volunteers across the nation who will celebrate Dr. King’s life & teachings by converting the holiday into a day of service, dedicated to meeting community needs.
    • WHEREAS, yet more work remains In the words of Dr. King, “We will not be satisfied until ‘justice rolls down like waters & righteousness like a mighty stream.'”
    • NOW, THEREFORE, I, Gov. Sarah Palin, do hereby proclaim Jan. 21, 2008, as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in Alaska.

Source: Alaska Governor’s Office: Proclamation, “MLK Day” Jan 14, 2008

Comply with same-sex partner benefits despite disagreement

Governor Sarah Palin today announced that, per the recent ruling of the Supreme Court of Alaska, the State of Alaska’s regulations are in effect to begin providing state benefits to same sex partners beginning January 1, 2007. “The Supreme Court has ordered adoption of the regulations by the State of Alaska to begin providing benefits January 1,” said Governor Palin. “We have no more judicial options. We may disagree with the rationale behind the ruling, but our responsibility is to proceed forward with the law and follow the Constitution.”

In addition to adoption of the regulations, Governor Palin signed HB4002 today, which calls for a statewide advisory vote, proposed by the Legislature during its November special session. “I disagree with the recent court decision because I feel as though Alaskans spoke on this issue with its overwhelming support for a Constitutional Amendment in 1998 which defined marriage as between a man and woman. But the Supreme Court has spoken and the state will abide.

Source: Alaska Governor’s Office: Press release 06-012, “Same Sex” Dec 20, 2006

Marriage only be between and man and a woman

I am pro-life and I believe that marriage should only be between and man and a woman. I am opposed to any expansion of gambling in Alaska.

Source: Campaign website, http://www.palinforgovernor.com, “Issues” Nov 7, 2006

Value our cultural diversity

Sarah Palin and Sean Parnell are a New Team with New Energy for Alaska who value our cultural diversity and will provide opportunities for all Alaskans.

Source: Palin-Parnell campaign booklet: New Energy for Alaska Nov 3, 2006

Prefers term “anti-rural” to “anti-Native”

Things got ugly in the final round when former state Sen. Georgianna Lincoln called in, steamed about a first-round jab aimed at Knowles. Near the beginning of the debate, a caller had asked Knowles about a flier circulating in rural Alaska that describes Palin as “anti-Native.” When Knowles denied such a flier, Palin told the caller: “I think you’re referring to the anti-Native e-mails” being sent by paid Knowles staff members. She mentioned Lincoln, who doesn’t work for Knowles, by name.

When challenged by Lincoln, Palin changed her description of the e-mails from “anti-Native” to “anti-rural.”

“You’re changing your story right now!” Knowles said, tasting blood. The hour ended with Knowles saying Palin owed Lincoln an apology.

Source: Alaska 2006 Governor Debate: ADN coverage of radio debate Nov 3, 2006

Special legislative session on same-sex health benefits

Asked about Gov. Frank Murkowski’s call for a special legislative session on same-sex health benefits, Knowles said the session is unnecessary. But Palin said the question was not simply about health care benefits, it was an extension of voters’ definition of marriage as between a man and a woman.

Source: Alaska 2006 Governor Debate: AP coverage of public TV debate Nov 3, 2006

Ok to deny benefits to homosexual couples

Here’s what Sarah Palin has to say about same-sex marriage. Palin said she’s not out to judge anyone and has good friends who are gay, but that she supported the 1998 constitutional amendment.

Elected officials can’t defy the court when it comes to how rights are applied, she said, but she would support a ballot question that would deny benefits to homosexual couples. “I believe that honoring the family structure is that important,” Palin said. She said she doesn’t know if people choose to be gay.

Source: Anchorage Daily News, “Little play,” by K. Hopkins Aug 6, 2006

No spousal benefits for same-sex couples

Q: Do you support the Alaska Supreme Court’s ruling that spousal benefits for state employees should be given to same-sex couples?

A: No, I believe spousal benefits are reserved for married citizens as defined in our constitution.

Source: Eagle Forum 2006 Gubernatorial Candidate Questionnaire Jul 31, 2006

Top priorities include preserving definition of “marriage”

Q: In relationship to families, what are your top three priorities if elected governor?

A:  1. Creating an atmosphere where parents feel welcome to choose the venues of education for their children.
     2. Preserving the definition of “marriage” as defined in our constitution.
     3. Cracking down on the things that harm family life: gangs, drug use, and infringement of our liberties including attacks on our 2nd Amendment rights.

Source: Eagle Forum 2006 Gubernatorial Candidate Questionnaire Jul 31, 2006

Readers Write: 12 Stomach-Turning Revelations About Sarah Palin

AlterNet readers respond to the latest evidence of just how bad Sarah Palin is for an office that puts her a heartbeat away from the presidency.  Most of these issues have been covered extensively here on the Sarah Palin Trust Squad, but certainly bear re-examination.

Over the weekend, a perfectly good PR opportunity was ruined for Sarah Palin when the audience at a Philadelphia hockey game booed the Alaska governor during the ceremonial dropping of the puck.

Philly hockey fans have not been the only ones to loudly express their disapproval of Palin in recent weeks. The VP candidate’s spiraling drop in popularity is reflected in polls, in the press and among prominent conservatives — by everyone, that is, but the die-hard fans who still eat up Palin’s forced folksiness at campaign events.

Palin’s drastic loss of support has been driven in large part by the endless revelations about her competence and character that have emerged since her nomination — revelations that can’t be glossed over with frantic winks and “you betchas.”

Last week, AlterNet compiled yet another list of stomach-turning new facts about Palin, ranging from her attempts to undermine trust in Obama with racially tinged rhetoric to her shady history as governor of Alaska.

AlterNet’s readers had a lot to say about the latest evidence of just how bad Sarah Palin is for an office that puts her a heartbeat away from the presidency. We’ve compiled some of the best reader comments below.

Many of our commenters were especially incensed by Palin’s recent character assaults on Barack Obama. Several readers attacked the unfathomably skewed logic used by both Palin and McCain in their attempts to paint Obama as dangerous:

Bgroat makes the point that by McCain and Palin’s standards, McCain would be considered a “terrorist”:

… the fact that McCain has worked with Obama for the past four years puts him in the same boat. In other words, they can’t paint Obama as a terrorist using their logic without simultaneously painting McCain as one, as McCain, through working in the Senate with Obama, has done exactly the same thing they accuse Obama of doing (associating with former member of the Weather Underground Bill Ayers).

Waimea Witch agrees, pointing out that if we judge politicians by their “associates,” we should be deeply concerned that every Washington senator is on the verge of lobbing bombs at federal buildings:

… Senator Robert Byrd is an ex-KKK member, so, does that make every member of the Senate a domestic terrorist by association?

Purple Girl invokes yet another fine illustration of the maxim about stones and glass houses, pointing out that unlike Barack Obama, Sarah Palin actually shares the ideologies of many domestic terrorists:

Sarah has some Ideologies which are akin to some rather notorious Domestic Terrorists — McVeigh (hated U.S. Govt too), Charlie Manson (End Of Dayer, with Death Valley as the “Refuge”), and of course the “Pro Lifers” who thought nothing of Bombing Planned Parenthood Clinics, assassinating MD and Blowing a Pipe bomb Off in the middle of the Atlanta Olympics. Strike 3 Sarah, YOU ARE A BONAFIDE SOCIOPATH. Terrorist Doctrines spew out your mouth, and have been unearthed from your Recent History.

Jest2007 highlights another worrisome aspect of Palin’s history: her connection to the Alaskan Independence Party, a radical organization that calls for Alaska’s succession from the United States:

Maybe this would be a good time to examine Palin’s association with the AIP. The AIP’s creation was inspired by the rabidly violent anti-Americanism of its founding father Joe Vogler. The central purpose of the AIP is to drive Alaska’s secession from the United States. In 1992 Vogler renounced his allegiance to the United States explaining that, “The fires of hell are frozen glaciers compared to my hatred for the American government.” He cursed the stars and stripes, promising, “I won’t be buried under their damned flag … when Alaska is an independent nation they can bring my bones home.” Palin has never denounced Vogler or his detestable anti-Americanism.

dayahka optimistically argues that all the recent revelations about Palin are essentially irrelevant, since soon enough the Alaska governor will disappear from the national spotlight:

Palin will shortly return to Alaska and will probably be recalled, impeached, censured, and/or jailed. But what of the reckless fool who put this scum on the national scene?

But Truthteller is less optimistic, writing that despite Palin’s recent embarrassments, she could still help the Republican ticket pull in a last-minute win:

I’ve been saying for a long time that I believe the fix is in and McCain is going to “win” another stolen election. I just couldn’t see how they could get it close enough to steal before the Palin selection. Now, I can. All the arguments are in place to explain away the theft like they were four years ago — religious voters make last-minute turnout surge, they don’t like talking to exit pollers, or lie to them to f*** with the results.

Tom Degan agrees, pointing out that there’s nothing new about Republicans appealing to their base with incompetent candidates:

Twenty years ago, Poppy Bush nominated a man who had all the substance of a department store mannequin — and yet the GOP won that election! The Democrats have every reason to be cautious. Given the American people’s absolute genius for doing the wrong thing in the voting booth, anything can happen between now and Election Day — and probably will.

Lreal also argues that while Palin’s methods are detestable, they may turn out to be effective:

The history books of the future will show that the Republicans from 1980 to present and probably at least 10 years into the future is a party of dangerous demagoguery. Sarah Palin, and the acceptance by the majority of people in her own party shows that a demagogue mentality can get you far within this sector of the population no matter your true and obvious intellect. This also shows that if you can magnify this demagogue quality, then it can replace intelligence as a matter of accepted quality; and any opponent with a bit of intelligence is a liberal elite, no matter how much more humble they are than the subject.

Spritgirl writes that McCain and Palin are resorting to the usual Republican tactics: using Rovian character assaults to get bad candidates into office:

… the McShame/Failin ticket should not be rewarded for their efforts! These tactics of appealing thru peoples fears are straight out of the Lee Atwater/Karl Rove book, they are despicable and dangerous! Since they cannot run on the issues, they should both just sit down and shut up!!! These are extremely desperate attempts by two very unqualified individuals to get into the Oval Office! Their theory of divide (the body politic) and conquer appeals to those sheeple that want to be led around, and hopefully they will lead themselves and their sheeple off a cliff!Whether or not the McCain campaign’s tactics will be successful in swaying voters, McCain’s desperate gambit to include and keep Palin on the ticket — despite the unending stream of revelations throwing her character into question — has added a terrifying component to the election.

As John Orford writes: “AlterNet is giving me sleep problems … I keep dreaming McCain died and then I can’t get back to sleep.”

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