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Palin ignites plenty of excitement; and media busy digging the dirt

Posted Friday, September 5, 2008, at 2:54 PM

No matter what political party you claim your allegiance to, you've got to admit that hearing and seeing Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin speak Wednesday night was a pretty big and historic deal.

Palin is the first female to be nominated as a vice presidential candidate on the Grand Old Party (GOP) ticket.

To be real honest, in my view of her first speech on the national front, the lady flat knocked it out of the park for a home run in the Minnesota arena packed by cheering partisan Republican backers.

Her message to the "hometown crowd" wasn't just watched by Republicans.

There were millions of TV viewers across this great land.

More than 40 million people watched as Palin -- the vice presidential candidate -- introduced herself to voters for the first time.

That TV audience rivaled the one for Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama a week earlier, The Associated Press reports.

Nielsen Media Research estimated 37.2 million people watched Palin on either ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, Fox News Channel or MSNBC. PBS estimated it had four million viewers for the speech.

A week earlier Obama had 38.4 million viewers on the commercial networks, topping 40 million with PBS and C-SPAN added in.

Those are bigger TV audiences than last year's "American Idol" finale or the Academy Awards, AP reported, but far less than last year's upset victory by the New York Giants over the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl that attracted 97.5 million viewers.

The numbers show that viewers were far more interested in Palin than Democratic vice presidential candidate Joe Biden. Biden's speech to Democrats last week was seen by an estimated 24 million people.

How many conventions of either party have you ever seen where the speech by the vice presidential candidate was a bigger thing than the talk given by the party's nominee for president?

But then this is a different election year partly because of all the hype and speculation about the 72-year-old age of John McCain, the GOP's presidential pick.

Palin -- the no longer unknown woman from Alaska -- is young, just 44.

She's attractive, intelligent, articulate and witty.

Palin gave a good example of that during her speech when the Republican vice-presidential candidate asked, "Do you know what the difference is between a hockey mom and a pit bull?"

"Lipstick" was her reply.

She's different from the normal run of the mill VP selection and is getting much more attention than normal running mate picks usually get.

She's known as a reformer, even called a "rebel" by some from her own party and a "maverick" by others.

From hearing her Wednesday night I can understand why she attained the nickname "Barracuda" during her high school basketball playing days.

She's pretty tough.

She's not a mainstream Washington-tainted politician and doesn't want to be one of the "boys" who have been doing things the same way for way too long.

The message she delivered was refreshing and clear.

She wasn't applying for membership into the "good old boy's club" in our nation's capital. She wants no part of the Nancy Pelosi-controlled halls of Congress with one of the lowest public approval ratings in history.

She didn't make any apologies for that.

Yes, her speech was political and there was plenty of "red meat" attacks in the words that Palin voiced.

But that's what you expect from any political convention.

As I recall, the Demos lashed out at their own convention with some pretty bloody flesh gnashing barbs of their own at GOP presidential nominee McCain and the Bush administration.

And you've got to like any politician who isn't afraid to take on the national news media when she knows that her disdain is just going to fuel more fact-less attacks and will ignite another character digging expedition.

You can bet hordes of those big city newshounds are dumpster diving all over the Alaskan tundra and in places where Palin has walked, hunted, fished, played basketball, served as a small town mayor and around the capital city where she's been the state's governor in search of dirt.

As a long-time journalist, I find this kind of attack-at-al- costs mentality -- even to family members -- pretty disgusting.

The mainstream media and Internet bloggers are looking to dredge up anything to trash these presidential and vice presidential candidates for anything and everything imaginable.

When they can't find anything they shake mythical skeletons from the closet and run with it.

Why?

Because each of the candidates want to serve their country and improve it?

Truth doesn't really matter it seems in these head-hunting ventures.

That's a real shame.

I have to wonder why in the world anyone from either political party would ever want to put their families through this kind of character rape.

It should be interesting for the next nine weeks leading up to the Nov. 4 General Election and I'll be listening.

What do you think?

Nick is the assistant editor for the Greene County Daily World. He can be reached by telephone at 847-4487 or 1-800-947-4487 or by e-mail at schneider.nick@gmail.com or nschneider@gcdailyworld.com


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ToADHop:

I could not agree with you more; and, history has proven us both to be correct. I was with the

9th. Marines (The Walking Dead).

My concern now is the present and the future. And, I am concerned that we are going to lose the second war of my lifetime due to ineffective, inefficient, and incompetent politicians.

-- Posted by Globe&Anchor on Thu, Sep 11, 2008, at 12:17 PM

You are right ToADHop! Because of politicians,the CIA and all who thought they could be better than any soldier or special forces operator!

We couldnt do our best and were not allowed to perform our best tactics because of the superthinkers who "KNEW ALL"

I love the fact that I am a sheep dog! Read LTC Dave Grossman book " On Combat".

-- Posted by SEAL on Thu, Sep 11, 2008, at 11:16 AM

Globe and Anchor: As a Viet Nam Combat vet...we didn't lose the war, the politicans did!

-- Posted by T0ADH0P on Thu, Sep 11, 2008, at 10:56 AM

Globe and Anchor: As a Viet Nam Combat vet...we didn't lose the war, the politicans did!

-- Posted by T0ADH0P on Thu, Sep 11, 2008, at 10:56 AM

I respect opinion as long as it is based on honesty and accuracy. John McCain was a Naval Aviator - over 30 years ago. Thousands of Navy and Marine Officers have been Naval Aviators and thousands of them have flown more combat missions than Senator McCain. That does not make them exceptional, nor unique. Today John McCain is a

politician with an abysmal record. George Bush was a Texas Air Guard (whatever that is) Aviator and he did a great job. Not one VietCong ever made it to Dallas, Texas to my knowledge. But his military strategies in Iraq and Afghanistan have been a series of futile efforts and terribly ineffective. John McCain has supported President Bush in his futility at every opportunity.

We lost the Viet-Nam war and we are not experiencing a great deal of success in Iraq or in Afghanistan. Our economy is in chaos, we have

an energy crisis on our hands, our public education system is growing weaker and weaker as we speak and we have some really important issues with health care and illegal immigration that we need to address.

We really do need to stop the soap opera. Force our leaders to address the issues - Democrat or Republican. American men and women are dying in Iraq and Afghanistan while John McCain, Barrack Obama, and Joe Biden are talking about lipstick and Sarah Palin is too uncomfortable to talk about anything except eBay and her last moose safari.

The poor moose could not shoot back! Believe me

the terrorists in Iraq and Afghanistan will shoot back - whether she is wearing lipstick or not.

-- Posted by Globe&Anchor on Wed, Sep 10, 2008, at 8:42 PM

Wordmaster: Since you are so well informed you know perfectly well that United States Marine Corps Officers are prohibited from participating in politics by the Hatch Act. The same is true for Army, Navy & Air Force Commissioned Officers.

Americans, including you, would be well advised to "groom" their political candidates prior to nomination; not afterwards.

Pit Bulls & lipstick and Pigs & lipstick may hold your interest, but it has been my honor and duty to fight my country's wars for my entire adult life. I would prefer some attention to the war in Iraq, the economy, energy, health care, and education.

I don't know anything about the "Demo" troops, but I can assure you the troops of the United States Military Services are substantially "restless and worried".

Thank you for your commentary, no matter how misdirected it may have been. Semper Fi!

-- Posted by Globe&Anchor on Wed, Sep 10, 2008, at 6:50 PM

Globe and Anchor: You must not have been around politics very much. The grooming that is going on in the McCain camp is exactly the same as the Obama troops were doing with their VP pick Joe Biden. It's normal and nothing that you could call a conspiracy. Candidates from both political parties have to "come" , "set" and "roll-over" to the party talking points. I find it strange that Obama has spent a lot of time in the last few days taking shots at Palin when his prime competition you would think is coming from his GOP opponent -- John McCain. Are the Demo troops getting a little restless and worried? I think so.

-- Posted by Wordmaster on Wed, Sep 10, 2008, at 5:44 PM

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is attractive, but not as attractive as 20,000,000 other American women. She is intelligent, but not as intelligent as 21,000,000 other American women.

Her refusal or inability to answer questions is an American tragedy. But as soon as Senator McBush gets her broken to the collar and leash and train her to "come", "set", and "roll-over" she will indeed be a viable Republican candidate.

-- Posted by Globe&Anchor on Wed, Sep 10, 2008, at 5:20 PM

Get him GC Patriot! Community organizer?!! Haha Oh wait, I just came out of my cave and saw some community organizers cleaning up my neighborhood and getting people back to work. Not sure what is funny about their work anymore.

Look, this whole debate really comes down to the direction you believe our country needs to go and who you believe is going to take us there. I truly don't believe McCain nor Obama wants to make things worse, but I do believe that one is truly an agent of change and the other is merely a reformer of the failed policies of the last eight years.

-- Posted by inquisitive on Wed, Sep 10, 2008, at 5:02 PM

It appears that dairyman thinks that this a place to post "organic fertilizer".

-- Posted by T0ADH0P on Tue, Sep 9, 2008, at 2:54 PM

The first adjective used in this column to describe the GOP VP candidate is "attractive." How far have we REALLY come?

-- Posted by circle on Tue, Sep 9, 2008, at 8:57 AM

I would like to see Gov. Palin come out on the national talk shows. The American public has, more or less, seen Gov. Palin give one thirty minute speech. I don't think that can be denied by either party.

As far as the media vetting the candidate, there is no doubt that she will come under constant scrutiny. She is not running for the mayor of a town but rather the vice-presidency of the United States. IF there is a problem (whether you are a Demo or Rep), wouldn't you want to know?

-- Posted by Gene Hall68 on Mon, Sep 8, 2008, at 6:56 AM

Thanks B ball fan, I think you're a pretty awesome dude, and your sharp, penatrating mind provides some of the best posts to read here. And your honesty and passion are breaths of fresh air. I always enjoy reading them. Keep 'em coming.

And I agree with you, again; politics and religion are the meat and potatoes of conversation. Without them conversation gets old fast. I would be bored to tears with this if everyone posted comments that I agreed with. And in the larger scheme of things, polarization is what stabilizes us..it's the force that holds us together. Funny how that works. I suppose name calling and condescension are natural side effects to the stresses of polarization, so we should never take it personally. Didn't Ruiz instruct us to do that? Yes,in The Four Agreements, a book he wrote about four agreements we should make with ourselves in order to live a truly sucessful life, he said:

1)Be Impeccable With Your Word.

2)Don't Take Anything Personally.

3)Don't Make Assumptions.

4)Always Do Your Best.

A code to live by if there ever was one.

-- Posted by hopeanddust on Mon, Sep 8, 2008, at 6:33 AM

I agree hopeanddust, and I'm sorry if I've come across as rude to anyone. Political debate definitely gets people all riled up, that's for sure. But at the end of the day, we are all Americans and we need to remember that! We are not each other's enemy. We've got to stay strong and stick together against the many foes we as a country do have.

Have a nice week everyone!

-- Posted by PinkMarie on Sun, Sep 7, 2008, at 7:49 PM

The thing that makes our country great is our ability to peacefully disagree. I just don't understand where the mean and condescending folks are coming from, or what they're trying to accomplish here. Granted, this is just a blog for entertainment, but it could be so much more...I guess politics and religion can bring out the worst in all of us.

-- Posted by hopeanddust on Sun, Sep 7, 2008, at 6:19 PM

That first link is not working.....try this one instead. This one puts her right at 80%.

http://www.haysresearch.com/oc072508.htm

-- Posted by PinkMarie on Sat, Sep 6, 2008, at 9:08 PM

Here ya go:

http://www.ktuu.com/Global/story.asp?s=7...

This article from KTUU in Alaska describes her approval ratings ranging from 70 to 90%.

By the way, here's a link to some more rumors that have been debunked about this lady:

http://explorations.chasrmartin.com/2008...

Not that it would make any difference to you. You've already made up your mind to hate her, and nothing anyone could say would make a lick of difference. I love how liberals are always whining about how closed minded conservatives are. You people need to take a good long look in the mirror.

-- Posted by PinkMarie on Sat, Sep 6, 2008, at 8:50 PM

Garth,relax. You'll be in good company.

May I suggest you go to beliefnet.com and then click on to belief-o-matic. Take the 20 question quiz and find out what belief system best fits you.

-- Posted by hopeanddust on Sat, Sep 6, 2008, at 8:33 PM

It was only exciting if you already had your mind made up to vote for McCain BEFORE the speech. As an undecided voter it was a big turnoff for the McCain/Palin ticket. They have some work to do during the debates if they want my vote now.

-- Posted by Vote4NewCouncil on Sat, Sep 6, 2008, at 7:14 PM

needgod.com,

I went to your website. I was bored, so I took the quiz. I figured that even though I admitted to having lustful thoughts that maybe my fondness for charities would cancel that out.

Here was my quiz evaluation:

"CORRECT: You would go to Hell."

Needless to say my day is now ruined.

Maybe the entire weekend.

-- Posted by GarthHudson on Sat, Sep 6, 2008, at 6:40 PM

Who DOESN'T inquire about the responsibilities that a job entails before accepting said job?

The U.S. constitution is very vague about the position of V.P. Their main responsibility is to be the tie breaker in the Senate.

Since you quoted her out of context, let me fill in your gaps. She was inquiring about the day to day work of the vice president. She said she's used to working very hard and being productive. She doesn't want to just sit around and wait for the president to die.

This woman is NOT a MORON. She is a governor for God's sake. She has an 80-90% approval rating in Alaska. She must be doing something right.

-- Posted by PinkMarie on Sat, Sep 6, 2008, at 12:02 PM

Is that a fact? Then why is Obama dragging Hillary out to campaign for him, after the way they turned on her like the dogs they are?

If anyone is on the defensive, it's the Obama camp.

-- Posted by PinkMarie on Sat, Sep 6, 2008, at 10:33 AM

You're so quick to assume she's lying, but you give the brother in law the benefit of the doubt.

Nice.

It wasn't just Sarah Palin saying he made those threats. It was the rest of her family as well. I suppose they're liars, too.

You say this country deserves better, Dairyman?

Like what? A socialist like Obama? A product of the Chicago Machine with known shady ties?

-- Posted by PinkMarie on Sat, Sep 6, 2008, at 7:47 AM

She said she put the plane on Ebay. It didn't end up selling there, so they sold it elsewhere. She never said she sold it on Ebay, just that she put it on Ebay.

Her ex brother in law tasered his own 11 year old son and threatened to kill Sarah Palin's father. Of course she would want him fired for that. It would have been irresponsible NOT to have. By the way, her brother in law came out today IN FAVOR of John McCain and Sarah winning the election. So that's a NON STORY.

The liberal media is trying their best to bring this woman down by spreading lies and misinformation.

-- Posted by PinkMarie on Fri, Sep 5, 2008, at 10:49 PM

The civil debate has ended. The name calling has begun. I'm out of here.

-- Posted by hopeanddust on Fri, Sep 5, 2008, at 9:08 PM

One more thing....I just love how people are trying to demean this woman by calling her a beauty queen. She was in a couple of pageants twenty five years ago. She's been in politics for 16 years. But all the sexist jerks can talk about is her being a "beauty queen".

-- Posted by PinkMarie on Fri, Sep 5, 2008, at 8:19 PM

Gee, how does the world look from way up there on your perch? It must get pretty lonely.

Oh, and "Dairyman" is such an intelligent sounding name, too. *Not*

-- Posted by PinkMarie on Fri, Sep 5, 2008, at 8:07 PM

I noticed that in McCain's mom, too! She looks very spry and energetic! When they introduced her, she jumped right up, lol! My husband and I both noticed that.

That family must have some good genes. I bet McCain lives another 30 years.

-- Posted by PinkMarie on Fri, Sep 5, 2008, at 6:47 PM

So then I guess we should vote for a inexperienced senator? By the way, have you noticed McCain's 96 year old mother? That lady has a lot of snap in her step. Maybe it runs in the family?

-- Posted by hopeanddust on Fri, Sep 5, 2008, at 6:41 PM

I ask you, how much executive experience do either one of the Democrat candidates -- President or VP -- have? Zero!!! I don't think the Democrats can play the experience card and hope to come out on top. I agree someone with more experience might be a little more assuring. McCain without question has much more legislative, military, foreign policy experience than his Democrat rival when you are talking about experience for the top job. That's not a knock on Obama, just the facts.

-- Posted by Wordmaster on Fri, Sep 5, 2008, at 4:26 PM

Picking a Gov. for V.P.? What's the big deal? Clinton was a Gov., and so was Reagan, and so was...etc.

The hard left will make issue with her, the hard right will celebrate her.

Those of us in the middle will have to decide: Obama/Biden, or McCain/Palin.

Simple as that.

I have to add, I like her so far...she's a breath of fresh air.

-- Posted by hopeanddust on Fri, Sep 5, 2008, at 4:22 PM

I want to vote for McCain. I really do. But picking someone with so little experience scares me. After all she would be a 72 year old breath away from the grown up table. I really don't care about her family problems. That could happen to just about any family, but the fact that she was the equivalent in position to Mayor Jones only 20 months ago (No offense Mayor), It doesn't give me a good feeling about her.

I realize he picked her to get elected, understandable, just scary.

OK go ahead and tell me that she is more qualified than Obama. That makes it even more troubling. It just seems like we could get someone unquestionably qualified for the most powerful position in the world.

-- Posted by instigator474 on Fri, Sep 5, 2008, at 4:05 PM


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