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Analysis: McCain sidekick grabs the limelight
AP via SFGate ^ | 9/12/8 | JENNIFER LOVEN, Associated Press Writer

Posted on 09/12/2008 1:15:22 PM PDT by SmithL

If there were any doubts that the sidekick was stealing the show, they were put to rest when Sarah Palin took off for Alaska with a wave from the tarmac by John McCain.

His crowds suddenly dwindled. The exuberant cheering heard day after day during two weeks of joint appearances went away. And the Republican presidential candidate's schedule began to resemble the lightness of May instead of the full throttle of September.

Meantime, Palin's campaign plane taking her home to Alaska was so crowded it had to let off some cargo to get the weight down.

This was a striking week to see the contrast between McCain and Palin together and the dimmed wattage around the nominee when they are apart.

(Excerpt) Read more at sfgate.com ...


TOPICS: Editorial; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: asspressbias; mccainpalin; sarahcuda; sarahnioa; sarahpalin
AssPress Bias Alert!
1 posted on 09/12/2008 1:15:22 PM PDT by SmithL
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To: SmithL

McCain doesn’t care. He’s probably having fun with it. I’d bet that Sarah has told McCain to let them hammer at her and take the pressure off of him. The press is just dumb enough to fall for it.


2 posted on 09/12/2008 1:17:37 PM PDT by RC2
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To: SmithL
Yes, you are right, of course. Maybe my memory is faulty, but I do not recall the lamestream media reporting that Ferraro "stole the spotlight" from Mondale back in 1984.

I do recall them gushing about how important and gutsy it was for Mondale to pick a woman for VP, even though (by her own admission at the time) she was not ready to step into the Presidency, if it was so needed. The press did quickly cover that over, though . . . .

3 posted on 09/12/2008 1:20:36 PM PDT by jeffc (They're coming to take me away! Ha-ha, he-he, ho-ho!)
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To: SmithL

I won’t hold my breath to see if they report on the sparseness of Biden’s crowds when “The One” isn’t with him.


4 posted on 09/12/2008 1:20:59 PM PDT by mrsmel
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To: SmithL
This also explains why McCain hit the TV circuit today. Even with the adversarial questioning on the shows, keep expanding his lead with the independents.
5 posted on 09/12/2008 1:21:50 PM PDT by CatOwner
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To: SmithL
It's pretty breathtaking how deeply in the tank for Obama the press is.
6 posted on 09/12/2008 1:22:48 PM PDT by wideawake (Why is it that those who like to be called Constitutionalists know the least about the Constitution?)
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To: SmithL; Miss Marple

Someone here on FR (Miss Marple I believe) predicted this exact story!!


7 posted on 09/12/2008 1:23:09 PM PDT by KansasGirl (READ MY LIPSTICK!!!)
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To: SmithL

Before I read the article, I need to post this:

Jennifer Loven is a DNC hack!

Now, I’ll read the article and see if she disappoints.


8 posted on 09/12/2008 1:23:21 PM PDT by rightinthemiddle (Without the Mainstream Media, the Left is Nothing.)
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To: SmithL

She did NOT “stumble on foreign policy” in her ABC interview!

Asking Charlie to clarify his question about the Bush Doctrine was wise and clear.


9 posted on 09/12/2008 1:23:21 PM PDT by b9 ("Maybe you should revisit your assumption..." ~ Sarah Palin)
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To: SmithL
Functions of a VP candidate: Lightning rod for press attacks, attack dog so that the Presidential candidate can stand back and look Presidential. It seems to be working just fine. With the added advantage that Zero is wasting time on our #2 pick, and has lost sight of the battle, not to mention the war.

Inside the OODA loop, indeed.

/johnny

10 posted on 09/12/2008 1:23:37 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Bless us all, each, and every one.)
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To: mrsmel
I won’t hold my breath to see if they report on the sparseness of Biden’s crowds when “The One” isn’t with him.

Biden has already taken a course in making animals from ballooons so he can hit the birthday/bar mitzvah circuit.

11 posted on 09/12/2008 1:24:46 PM PDT by N. Theknow (Obama without a teleprompter speaks in tongues.)
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To: N. Theknow

maybe the media are counting reporters as part of the crowd. When Palin left, the army of reporters followed her


12 posted on 09/12/2008 1:27:56 PM PDT by 4rcane
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To: SmithL

The AP and San Francisco Chronicle still call Loven a “writer” and “reporter.”

All she does is editorialize. She’s not a professional journalist. She is a Liberal Commentator.


13 posted on 09/12/2008 1:28:11 PM PDT by rightinthemiddle (Without the Mainstream Media, the Left is Nothing.)
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To: SmithL
Meanwhile, Obama spoke to a throng of 200 people today in New Hampshire.

0bama will spend two days in New Hampshire which has...hold on...are you ready...4 Electoral votes.

14 posted on 09/12/2008 1:29:16 PM PDT by N. Theknow (Obama without a teleprompter speaks in tongues.)
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To: SmithL
Meanwhile, Obama spoke to a throng of 200 people today in New Hampshire.

0bama will spend two days in New Hampshire which has...hold on...are you ready...4 Electoral votes.

15 posted on 09/12/2008 1:29:54 PM PDT by N. Theknow (Obama without a teleprompter speaks in tongues.)
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To: RC2

She’s not his Side kick she is an woman who was promoted because of her abilties and talents.

Experience with small town and running a state. She is the would be the VP an executive second only to the President.

Would be the actual President if John McCain was under anestetia or some other way unable to function.

This is an important pick for someone. Not to be taken lightly as you might been in a situation where for a little while they are the POTUS and Commander and chief.

So the trust and respect he shows her tells me he can recognize some one with leadership ability and managing a tough situation well no matter what fisnish the job.

SO off all the people he could of picked he picked a Lesser known person who shows Great potential.

Obama picked Biden. While he has experience it’s not in a Leadership psition with any responsibility.

Neither of them have any. I would be scared /worried to have either in charge.


16 posted on 09/12/2008 1:29:54 PM PDT by jakerobins
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To: SmithL

This isn’t her first liberal rodeo:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1227206/posts


17 posted on 09/12/2008 1:30:36 PM PDT by rightinthemiddle (Without the Mainstream Media, the Left is Nothing.)
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To: timbuck2

Loven ping


18 posted on 09/12/2008 1:30:58 PM PDT by rightinthemiddle (Without the Mainstream Media, the Left is Nothing.)
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To: N. Theknow
Meanwhile, Obama spoke to a throng of 200 people today in New Hampshire.

Palin will bring in 12000 in new hampshire
19 posted on 09/12/2008 1:33:30 PM PDT by TheRedSoxWinThePennant
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To: SmithL

I have no doubt that Mrs. Palin will be President some day. She has the sense, poise and charisma to gain the office and be a very successful Chief Executive and Leader of the Free World.


20 posted on 09/12/2008 1:34:18 PM PDT by FFranco
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To: SmithL

Excerpted from an old thread:

Jennifer Loven is the AP reporter responsible for the over-the-top biased article “Bush, Kerry Twisting Each Other’s Words” filed today.
As noted in that thread, she is also author of a hit piece back in June pretending that the Bush Administration was being damaged by Richard (Yellowcake Fraud) Clarke:

“Bush not able to dispel questions”

What is not known is that she has NO BUSINESS covering the Presidential campaign or the Presidency in general for the following reasons (hat tip to PowerLine Blog):

1. Her husband, Roger Ballentine, has donated over $7000 to various Democrat candidates and the DNC in the past 10-plus years, including $1250 to the Kerry campaign:

2. Her husband is not only a Democrat contributor, but also a former Clinton Administration official(!):

Washington Life Magazine-May 2003: Real Estate News (scroll down):

Extract:
Roger Ballentine is president of Green Strategies, a consulting firm specializing in energy and environmental issues, and was previously deputy assistant to President Clinton for environmental initiatives and chairman of the White House Climate Change Task Force. He also sits on the board of directors of Solar Electric Light Fund (SELF)along with actors Ed Begley, Jr. and Larry Hagman.


21 posted on 09/12/2008 1:35:19 PM PDT by rightinthemiddle (Without the Mainstream Media, the Left is Nothing.)
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To: SmithL

Yup, time to let McCain go..

he’s a drag on the ticket.

Palin / Coulter ‘08


22 posted on 09/12/2008 1:37:46 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed ... ICE’s toll-free tip hotline—1-866-DHS-2-ICE ... 9/11 .. Never FoRget!)
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To: FFranco

Meanwhile, has anyone seen either Joe Biden or Michelle Obama? Would Joe or Michelle please pick up the white courtesy phone? Joe? Michelle? ....Buhler? Anyone?

(crickets).


23 posted on 09/12/2008 1:38:55 PM PDT by johnnycap
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To: SmithL

I was wondering when they would get around to this angle. In reality, however, Palin has been doing exactly what a good VP pick should do, namely, draw fire away from the top of the ticket.


24 posted on 09/12/2008 1:41:51 PM PDT by FlipWilson
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To: wideawake

Quote “It’s pretty breathtaking how deeply in the tank for Obama the press is.”

And even more breathtaking that the press doesn’t think anyone notices.


25 posted on 09/12/2008 1:42:57 PM PDT by FlipWilson
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To: N. Theknow

I just got word from a NY DNC insider that O will be on Saturday Night live tomorrow. Should be fun.


26 posted on 09/12/2008 2:05:39 PM PDT by crymeariver (Good news...in a way)
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To: JRandomFreeper
Inside the OODA loop, indeed.

Thanks for making me look it up! Check it out Boyd's OODA Loop

Regards,

TS

27 posted on 09/12/2008 2:07:37 PM PDT by The Shrew (www.ToSetTheRecordStraight.com/www.swiftvets.com/www.wintersoldier.com-The Truth Shall Set YOU Free!)
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To: The Shrew
I grew up on it. ;) McCain's campaign is doing a wonderful job managing the battlespace.

/johnny

28 posted on 09/12/2008 2:10:24 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Bless us all, each, and every one.)
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To: JRandomFreeper
It was a little after "my time". While I have used "Decision making Circle" in conversation it's very nice to have such an eloquent summary.

Regards,

TS

29 posted on 09/12/2008 2:17:04 PM PDT by The Shrew (www.ToSetTheRecordStraight.com/www.swiftvets.com/www.wintersoldier.com-The Truth Shall Set YOU Free!)
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To: The Shrew

One sign of a good leader is that they select good people and recognize them. If McCain does his job right she will be prepared to take over.


30 posted on 09/12/2008 3:11:12 PM PDT by Oldexpat (Drill Here, Drill There..we must drill everywhere.)
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To: Oldexpat
One sign of a good leader is that they select good people and recognize them. If McCain does his job right she will be prepared to take over.

Great point! The confidence of a truly great leader is show in the quality of his/her subordinates. That's the ideal of what our military does. The opposite is "Darwinian Staffing" which is what the Democrats and many businesses practice.

31 posted on 09/12/2008 3:48:25 PM PDT by The Shrew (www.ToSetTheRecordStraight.com/www.swiftvets.com/www.wintersoldier.com-The Truth Shall Set YOU Free!)
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To: KansasGirl

Yes, I did! I made a point of saying so on the Sunday Talk Show thread, and encouraging people to go to wherever he is appearing. Otherwise, this will be the meme over the next few weeks.

I would like to point out that when they separated, McCain’s appearances were at Shanksville, Pennsylvania (pretty big crowd there for 9/11 ceremonies), New York to visit Ground Zero (again big crowds because of 9/11), and an appearance on The View today (tickets pre-sold and a full house).

So where, exactly, did Miss Loven spot these dwindling crowds? Today is September 12. McCain and Palin separated on the evening of the 10th, he went to a hotel, and she went to Alaska. The next day contained the events I listed above. There was nowhere that he appeared that there wasn’t a crowd. I do believe Miss Loven has jumped the gun on her narrative, allowing us to see that FACTS won’t get in the way of her determined effort to portray McCain as unpopular.

By gosh, the media and the democrats have done something I never thought possible: they have made me LIKE John McCain! In fact, I feel very affectionate towards him, and somewhat protective. And so, Miss Loven is going to hear from me.


32 posted on 09/12/2008 5:26:33 PM PDT by Miss Marple
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To: SmithL
Jennifer Loven admits Sarah is no lightweight.... I thought the MSM thought she much ado about nothing when she was announced as the McCain veep pick? Yeah, right! (laughing)

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus

33 posted on 09/12/2008 7:06:33 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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