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A pitiful showing at McCain/Palin GOP convention (Barf Alert)
Newsday ^ | 9/8/2008 | Les Payne

Posted on 09/08/2008 3:01:48 AM PDT by markomalley

Upstaging the GOP presidential candidate who can't read a speech, the exuberant Gov. Sarah Palin exposed the nominee as a listless, 72-year-old senior citizen taking a tricky handoff from the nation's most unpopular commander-in-chief and likely its most incompetent.

John McCain's GOP convention, lest we forget, was blessed at the outset with Hurricane Gustav offering a handy excuse for President George W. Bush to steer clear of St. Paul. The titular head of the party and his fearsome vice president had formed a Category 5 storm taking dead-aim at the Republican National Convention. The McCain-Palin team took to the attic, armed with their hatchets, in case the Bush-Cheney storm surge forced them to hack through the Xcel Center roof.

Under cover of Gustav, the White House duo diverted from the Twin Cities and the GOP Convention was spared last week.

The maneuvering was staged because McCain needed to free himself as a prisoner of Bush's disastrous policy after embracing the president to get the nomination. So the Gulf hurricanes, with the news media in tow, churned up just in time to bail out the convention, sparing the embarrassment of another set of arm-in-arm photos with Bush. Instead, he accepted the handoff from the president safely in the White House, some 1,100 miles away.

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TOPICS: Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2008rncconvention; mccainpalin; pantload
Yup...a pitiful showing...only a 14 point bump...pitiful...
1 posted on 09/08/2008 3:01:48 AM PDT by markomalley
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To: markomalley
Instead, he accepted the handoff from the president safely in the White House, some 1,100 miles away.

President Bush wasn't at the convention, OK, WE GET IT!

I've never seen one idea so relentlessly pummeled home in the first paragraphs of an article.

2 posted on 09/08/2008 3:03:55 AM PDT by Darkwolf377 (Sarah Palin--the man Biden and Obama wish they could be.)
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To: markomalley

Les Payne???? FAUX NAME or a MEAN mother.


3 posted on 09/08/2008 3:05:09 AM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion.....The Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: markomalley

Lol, with a good bounce articles like this look ridiculous.


4 posted on 09/08/2008 3:05:37 AM PDT by Anti-Bubba182
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To: markomalley

The writer is a PITIFUL excuse for a human being!


5 posted on 09/08/2008 3:05:48 AM PDT by Coldwater Creek ("Read my lipstick")
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To: markomalley

Newsday is still in business? Their finest hour was when the fictional character “Ray Barone” worked there on “Everyone Loves Raymond” wasn’t it?


6 posted on 09/08/2008 3:06:12 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (Barack Obama: In Error and arrogant -- he's errogant!)
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To: Ann Archy

I think we need more Sarah Palin and Les Payne. A lot less.


7 posted on 09/08/2008 3:06:21 AM PDT by BelegStrongbow (what part of 'mias gunaikos andra' do Episcopalians not understand?)
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To: markomalley
Is this moonbat, Payne, a member of MoveOn? Bet he blogs with the Dummy Underground or Daily Kossacks too.

Yep, just another "objective" story in an "unbiased" weekly.

8 posted on 09/08/2008 3:06:31 AM PDT by Conservative Vermont Vet ((One of ONLY 37 Conservatives in the People's Republic of Vermont. Socialists and Progressives All))
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To: Ann Archy

It’s his BDSM porno name...


9 posted on 09/08/2008 3:06:51 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (Barack Obama: In Error and arrogant -- he's errogant!)
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To: markomalley

Fortunately, this angry sentiment was located in the Opinion section, rather than masquerading as Real News™.


10 posted on 09/08/2008 3:08:34 AM PDT by NautiNurse (Palin won more votes in her Wasilla Mayoral race than Biden got in his 2008 Pres run)
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To: Ann Archy
Les Payne???? FAUX NAME or a MEAN mother.

He is Newsday's angry black voice.

This fish wrapper/bird cage liner is my home town paper. Ergo, I don't read papers.

11 posted on 09/08/2008 3:14:13 AM PDT by Vaquero (" an armed society is a polite society" Heinlein "MOLON LABE!" Leonidas of Sparta)
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To: markomalley

...and a bigger TV audience than Obama had in Denver!


12 posted on 09/08/2008 3:25:19 AM PDT by Virginia Ridgerunner (Sarah Palin is a smart missile aimed at the heart of the left!)
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To: Vaquero

Well, there’s always “The New York Post.”


13 posted on 09/08/2008 3:32:13 AM PDT by july4thfreedomfoundation (McCain - Palin......May they win in a landslide on November 4th !)
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To: Coldwater Creek

RACIST!


14 posted on 09/08/2008 3:35:33 AM PDT by bolobaby
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To: Conservative Vermont Vet
He's an old radical lefty that Newsday took out of the mothballs for this very special occasion.
He drove Long Islanders crazy for decades.
15 posted on 09/08/2008 3:36:40 AM PDT by CaptainK (...please make it stop. Shake a can of pennies at it.)
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To: Ann Archy
Les Payne

Obviously a second child.

16 posted on 09/08/2008 3:40:32 AM PDT by jimfree (Dems beat up girls who don't toe the line.)
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To: markomalley

Nothing irritates a Liberal as much as when his fantasy is not fulfilled.

Listening to Democrats cackle in the days leading up to the Republican convention that dead bodies floating in the water were going to make great video footage to contrast with a partying John McCain, one could not help but be impressed by their degree of heartlessness and their deranged hate of the Republican Party. They were laughing at the prospect that large numbers of people were going to die, and how much fun they were going to have beating up on John McCain as a result.

But things didn’t work out that way. In fact, in a stunning act of political Judo, the Republicans turned the possible negative into a soaring positive, demonstrating compassion and competence, and the positive change that has happened in the party in the past three years. They also gracefully defused the potential time bomb of having a unpopular President at the convention. Of course, the storm cooperated by sparing New Orleans a second thrashing.

Clearly Les Payne already had his column written in his mind, about how the Republicans were fiddling while New Orleans burned. Surely he had already picked out stock phrases to decorate his righteous indignation, and was looking forward to blaming McCain for the mess following Katrina. This would be grossly unfair, of course, but since when is Les Payne fair?

But then reality intruded. New Orleans did not drown. The Republicans did not fail to show concern and compassion. The Republican Governor of Louisiana, in marked contrast to the previous Democrat Governor, performed brilliantly in office and did not have to threaten to punch out anybody. And Les Payne was denied his opportunity to tie an unpopular President to an increasingly popular nominee.

Which meant that Les Payne had to write a new column, which is this piece of dreck, filed five days after the convention closed, instead of the one he had written in his mind, which he had all but filed two days before it opened. Having to do this extra work is what Les Payne resents most of all.


17 posted on 09/08/2008 3:42:07 AM PDT by gridlock (HIX IN STIX DIG MCCAIN CHICK PICK)
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To: markomalley
Keep digging that hole, media. Just keep on digging.

Your agenda has been exposed and you haven't caught on to that yet. Heh!

18 posted on 09/08/2008 3:43:37 AM PDT by Allegra (Prayers up for all in Ike's path. Please be safe.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Newsday is still in business?

Surprising, when you consider they will pay somebody big bucks to do such a pitiful job rehashing a convention that closed five days ago. How much money does Les Payne make to turn out one dumb-assed column a week?

I mean, I would buy this paper just for the pleasure of listening to this idiot cry like a baby because somebody took his candy, because those Waskally Wepubwicans noticed that they were walking into a trap. But how many people as petty and vindictive as me are there?

19 posted on 09/08/2008 3:47:07 AM PDT by gridlock (HIX IN STIX DIG MCCAIN CHICK PICK)
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To: july4thfreedomfoundation

I hate the NY Post. Not for its politics but for its general stupidity.

Beside I live far enough from NY City so that the NY Post is not relevant to where I live.


20 posted on 09/08/2008 3:53:27 AM PDT by Vaquero (" an armed society is a polite society" Heinlein "MOLON LABE!" Leonidas of Sparta)
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To: markomalley

pitiful showing but GREAT ratings


21 posted on 09/08/2008 4:00:28 AM PDT by blueyon (Every one should get their 15 mins under the bus)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Newsday has just been fined big time for cheating it’s advertisers. They lied about their circulation and along with the fine they have to return dollars to their advertisers.

Not sure why they are still in business. For the most part they print nothing but monkey business bologna.


22 posted on 09/08/2008 4:11:37 AM PDT by Carley (she's all out of caribou.............)
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To: Conservative Vermont Vet
Bet he blogs with the Dummy Underground or Daily Kossacks too.

That's a sucker bet. He probably lifted this straight from one of those websites.

23 posted on 09/08/2008 4:12:22 AM PDT by Hardastarboard (I have Zero Tolerance for Zero Tolerance policies.)
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To: markomalley
BOTH PALIN AND MCCAIN DREW MORE VIEWERS for a political convention, THAN AT ANY OTHER TIME IN OUR HISTORY! barry soetero only held the record for a few days. AMERICA WAKE UP!!! The dims have nominated a SELF ADMITTED muzzie as their candidate! His Freudian slip is the only thing barry has ever stated that I ACTUALLY BELIEVE!!!!!

LLS

24 posted on 09/08/2008 4:23:58 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (GOD, Country, Family... except for dims!)
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To: Ann Archy

Les Payne???? FAUX NAME or a MEAN mother.
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Obviously an assumed name, his real first name has to be Max!


25 posted on 09/08/2008 4:32:06 AM PDT by RipSawyer (What's black and white and red all over? Barack Hussein Obama)
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To: markomalley

Les Payne is a joke. He’s been writing crap for years. He’s a payne in the butt.


26 posted on 09/08/2008 4:48:52 AM PDT by beagleone (It's no contest - Obama and Biden "Palin" comparison)
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To: markomalley

Les you’ve always been an ash hole and I’m glad you have stepped up to remind the world of who you really are: an ash hole.


27 posted on 09/08/2008 4:56:37 AM PDT by jmaroneps37 (Conservatism is truth. Liberalism is lies.)
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To: Coldwater Creek
The writer is a PITIFUL excuse for a human being!

Not only is he that, but the man is an unbelievable bigot. I live on LI and get two papers...Newsday (to keep an eye on the enemy) and the NY Post so I can stay sane after reading Newsday. In any event, this columnist is as racist and liberal as they come. He sees the whole world in black and white...and if you are white you have a strike against you...If you are white and conservative he attacks you like only a bigot can. Of course, Newsday has no problem with his racist, I hate America ideology as it follows their left wing thinking. I have little doubt Mr. Payne is a huge supporter of Rev Wright....They are cut from the same bigoted mold.

28 posted on 09/08/2008 4:56:48 AM PDT by never4get (We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid)
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To: markomalley

And the DBM wonders why more and more people are turning away from their “product”. Perhaps they should read their drivel more carefully before publishing it.


29 posted on 09/08/2008 6:01:33 AM PDT by DustyMoment (FloriDUH - proud inventors of pregnant/hanging chads and judicide!!)
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To: markomalley

What we need is more unbiased reporting and Les Payne.


30 posted on 09/08/2008 6:04:28 AM PDT by reagan_fanatic ("And how can this be? For I am the Kwisatz Haderach! " - Barack Obama)
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To: markomalley

Did the author mean to say “a pit bull showing”?


31 posted on 09/08/2008 6:10:26 AM PDT by Fresh Wind (Tom Manion USMC '08!!)
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To: markomalley

What’s that yo had for breakfast? Oh, yes. Sour grapes.


32 posted on 09/08/2008 6:34:45 AM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (G-d is not a Republican. But Satan is definitely a Democrat.)
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To: markomalley

Les Payne...any relation to Max Payne?


33 posted on 09/08/2008 8:53:01 AM PDT by Darren McCarty (Palin in 08)
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