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The Palin Problem
Townhall.com ^ | 9/26/08 | Kathleen Parker

Posted on 09/26/2008 3:24:39 AM PDT by acsuc99

WASHINGTON -- If at one time women were considered heretical for swimming upstream against feminist orthodoxy, they now face condemnation for swimming downstream -- away from Sarah Palin.

To express reservations about her qualifications to be vice president -- and possibly president -- is to risk being labeled anti-woman.

Or, as I am guilty of charging her early critics, supporting only a certain kind of woman.

Some of the passionately feminist critics of Palin who attacked her personally deserved some of the backlash they received. But circumstances have changed since Palin was introduced as just a hockey mom with lipstick -- what a difference a financial crisis makes -- and a more complicated picture has emerged.

As we've seen and heard more from John McCain's running mate, it is increasingly clear that Palin is a problem. Quick study or not, she doesn't know enough about economics and foreign policy to make Americans comfortable with a President Palin should conditions warrant her promotion.

Yes, she recently met and turned several heads of state as the United Nations General Assembly convened in New York. She was gracious, charming and disarming. Men swooned. Pakistan's president wanted to hug her. (Perhaps Osama bin Laden is dying to meet her?)

And, yes, she has common sense, something we value. And she's had executive experience as a mayor and a governor, though of relatively small constituencies (about 6,000 and 680,000, respectively).

Finally, Palin's narrative is fun, inspiring and all-American in that frontier way we seem to admire. When Palin first emerged as John McCain's running mate, I confess I was delighted. She was the antithesis and nemesis of the hirsute, Birkenstock-wearing sisterhood -- a refreshing feminist of a different order who personified the modern successful working mother.

Palin didn't make a mess cracking the glass ceiling. She simply glided through it.

It was fun while it lasted.

Palin's recent interviews with Charles Gibson, Sean Hannity and now Katie Couric have all revealed an attractive, earnest, confident candidate. Who Is Clearly Out Of Her League.

No one hates saying that more than I do. Like so many women, I've been pulling for Palin, wishing her the best, hoping she will perform brilliantly. I've also noticed that I watch her interviews with the held breath of an anxious parent, my finger poised over the mute button in case it gets too painful. Unfortunately, it often does. My cringe reflex is exhausted.

Palin filibusters. She repeats words, filling space with deadwood. Cut the verbiage and there's not much content there. Here's but one example of many from her interview with Hannity "Well, there is a danger in allowing some obsessive partisanship to get into the issue that we're talking about today. And that's something that John McCain, too, his track record, proving that he can work both sides of the aisle, he can surpass the partisanship that must be surpassed to deal with an issue like this."

When Couric pointed to polls showing that the financial crisis had boosted Obama's numbers, Palin blustered wordily: "I'm not looking at poll numbers. What I think Americans at the end of the day are going to be able to go back and look at track records and see who's more apt to be talking about solutions and wishing for and hoping for solutions for some opportunity to change, and who's actually done it?"

If BS were currency, Palin could bail out Wall Street herself.

If Palin were a man, we'd all be guffawing, just as we do every time Joe Biden tickles the back of his throat with his toes. But because she's a woman -- and the first ever on a Republican presidential ticket -- we are reluctant to say what is painfully true.

What to do?

McCain can't repudiate his choice for running mate. He not only risks the wrath of the GOP's unforgiving base, but he invites others to second-guess his executive decision-making ability. Barack Obama faces the same problem with Biden.

Only Palin can save McCain, her party and the country she loves. She can bow out for personal reasons, perhaps because she wants to spend more time with her newborn. No one would criticize a mother who puts her family first.

Do it for your country.


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Congratulations Kathleen Parker. You will be the new darling of the mainstream media and left for the next 48 hours as they use your hysterical knife in the back article against Palin. Hope you can live with yourself.

Some of these "conservatives" make me sick.

1 posted on 09/26/2008 3:24:44 AM PDT by acsuc99
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To: acsuc99

What a Joke.


2 posted on 09/26/2008 3:27:21 AM PDT by scooby321 (Cai)
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To: acsuc99

WTF?


3 posted on 09/26/2008 3:27:21 AM PDT by JusPasenThru (The only thing Obama's been running for 4 years is his mouth.)
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To: acsuc99

Why didn’t this have a “barf alert”?


4 posted on 09/26/2008 3:27:41 AM PDT by Aussiebabe
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To: acsuc99
filibusters...repeats words, filling space with deadwood. Cut the verbiage and there's not much content there

Gee that sounds like a description of Obama to me!

5 posted on 09/26/2008 3:30:06 AM PDT by Dawn531
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To: acsuc99

For the record, Kathleen Parker, the author, is supposed to be a conservative and writes for the conservative site Townhall.com.

She’s already being mentioned for this hit job on Morning Smoe on MSDNC. Im sure all the other drive by media cant get ready fast enough to get her on.

Get ready for your close up Kathleen. And hope you can live with yourself for being a pawn.


6 posted on 09/26/2008 3:30:27 AM PDT by acsuc99
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To: acsuc99

I like Kathleen Parker. She is usually spot on with her observations. And, while Sarah doesn’t overtly display the “gravitas” so many in today’s journalistic society demand, she clearly is no lightweight.

Sarah does need to change her stump speech, though, because she is just re-hashing her convention performance and it is getting stale.


7 posted on 09/26/2008 3:31:56 AM PDT by ought-six ( Multiculturalism is national suicide, and political correctness is the cyanide capsule.)
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To: acsuc99

If she claims that Senator Biden is laughable, where is her call for him to step down? Has she ever seen Senator Obama without a teleprompter? He’s not running for Vice President, he’s the head of the democratic ticket! By the time that they’re elected and sworn in, Vice President-elect Palin will have had almost six months of briefings, instruction and seasoning that she didn’t have in late August. I’d feel much better with her as understudy than with empty suit actually running the country, wouldn’t you?


8 posted on 09/26/2008 3:32:11 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (Barack Obama: In Error and arrogant -- he's errogant!)
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To: acsuc99

Unfortunately Kathleen is too often sucked into the vortex of the media elite. People are looking past the media in this election and seeing the character of this fine governor and next vice president. Impressing Katie Couric is not a high priority.


9 posted on 09/26/2008 3:32:22 AM PDT by scottinoc
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To: acsuc99
So, Parker wants someone who is 'ready' to handle the Wallstreet problem? Aren't there thousands of smart people with PhDs and JDs from Ivy-League universities work in Wallstreet itself? If the idea that it has to be someone who knows Wallstreet to clean-up the mess, why haven't those smart, intellegent people done anything? Or rather, why did they start this mess in the first place?

Sometimes, an outsider without any 'insider' knowledge can be better than the seasoned one. Especially if the outsider has access to those insider brains that need some fresh leaderships.

10 posted on 09/26/2008 3:32:31 AM PDT by paudio (Nobody cried 'racism' when Swann, Blackwell, and Steele lost to white guys in 2006)
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To: Dawn531
filibusters...repeats words, filling space with deadwood. Cut the verbiage and there's not much content there.

Gee that sounds like a description of Obama to me!

Sounds a lot like "Cryin' Joe" Biden, too!

11 posted on 09/26/2008 3:35:44 AM PDT by Former Dodger ( "Insanity: Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results." --Einstein)
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To: acsuc99
Palin filibusters. She repeats words, filling space with deadwood. Cut the verbiage and there's not much content there. Here's but one example of many from her interview with Hannity "Well, there is a danger in allowing some obsessive partisanship to get into the issue that we're talking about today. And that's something that John McCain, too, his track record, proving that he can work both sides of the aisle, he can surpass the partisanship that must be surpassed to deal with an issue like this."

When Couric pointed to polls showing that the financial crisis had boosted Obama's numbers, Palin blustered wordily: "I'm not looking at poll numbers. What I think Americans at the end of the day are going to be able to go back and look at track records and see who's more apt to be talking about solutions and wishing for and hoping for solutions for some opportunity to change, and who's actually done it?" ********************************************************

Yeah, compared to the "ones" answers to questions..."uhh...uhmmm..uhh...errr...uhhmm, lost my teleprompter, heh,heh..uhhh..." Palins answers were fine. She's a politician and they are wordy. Her answer to the "polls" question was especially good, in my view and frankly I'm at a loss to see what exactly this writer is trying to point out with this article.

12 posted on 09/26/2008 3:35:44 AM PDT by 101voodoo
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To: acsuc99

The only difference between Biden and Palen in this regard is that the media, including many on the right just assume that Biden has all the answers at his fingertips, even though there is absolutely no evidence to suggest this. The same with Obama. For example when Obama gets any tough question he gets the deer in the headlights look. Biden may be quicker on his feet, but he still spews nonsense. But let Palin hesitate on even one of the hundred gotcha questions she gets during an interview and she is called lightweight.

I kinda doubt a man would get the same treatment.


13 posted on 09/26/2008 3:36:45 AM PDT by NavVet ( If you don't defend Conservatism in the Primaries, you won't have it to defend in November)
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To: acsuc99

she was always a romney for VP fan


14 posted on 09/26/2008 3:37:17 AM PDT by ari-freedom (We never hide from history. We make history!)
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To: acsuc99
Ms. Parker who did you say you wanted to be McCain's running mate?..oh
Guess when Obiden finally cracks up and melts down on national TV and is on his way to the “cookie farm” he might be available.....
Ms.Parker write another senseless article when you finally discover what the man child candidate is really all about after 18 months of vetting by the MSM....where does he stand on.....???...ok pick one, and check your archives on what he has said in the past.
15 posted on 09/26/2008 3:37:19 AM PDT by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: acsuc99

(Parker is out of her mind with fear that Gov. Palin will make the difference on Nov. 4.) Parker writes drivel while McCain’s in DC tending to the country’s business, and voters can see that he and republicans are the ones guarding the henhouse. Expect to see a lot more MSM hate and venom in the next few weeks.


16 posted on 09/26/2008 3:38:54 AM PDT by hershey
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To: acsuc99

“Hi..Sarah..it’s me John..listen..I know you had over 60,000 people show up to see you campaign last week..and you alone energized my base and put the dems on the defensive..but just read kathleen parker..you gotta go..for women’s sake..I hope you understand..I am reaching out and picking hillary..take care my friend..”


17 posted on 09/26/2008 3:40:22 AM PDT by BerniesFriend
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To: acsuc99
I agree with her observations, such as "I've also noticed that I watch her interviews with the held breath of an anxious parent, my finger poised over the mute button in case it gets too painful."

But she lost me when she called on Palin to pull out of the race.

How stupid. To misquote Ronald Reagan, there's nothing wrong with Palin that can't be fixed by what is right with Palin.

18 posted on 09/26/2008 3:41:50 AM PDT by Darkwolf377 (Fearing an Obama planet :()
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To: ought-six
I had never heard of her before, so I looked her up on Wikipedia. It only mentioned two TV shows that she appears on “Chris Matthews and O’Reilly”. I think your term “supposedly” fit her perfectly.
19 posted on 09/26/2008 3:43:36 AM PDT by Aussiebabe
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To: acsuc99

Kathleen Parker has lost me. I will never respect her or read any more of her crap. I can find that stuff at the Kooks or the Huff Post.


20 posted on 09/26/2008 3:43:52 AM PDT by pollyg107
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To: acsuc99
Odd...

So what happened just prior to Kathleen's "major transfrmantion"..oh yea, Sarah shook hands with a bunch of really...really high profile guys and even hugged a few. ABC News flattered her with a shower of great photo ops and carefully title their article "Palin "takes" NY. Can you say jealously on the left and now jealousy on the right? I knew you could.

Kathleen will get over it....well maybe not, but that's tough.

21 posted on 09/26/2008 3:44:13 AM PDT by Earthdweller (Socialism makes you feel better about oppressing people.....)
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To: acsuc99

And, yes, she has common sense, something we value. And she’s had executive experience as a mayor and a governor, though of relatively small constituencies (about 6,000 and 680,000, respectively).

Those “relatively small constituencies” are only about
686,000 more than Obama has ever dreamed about.
Parker is off base by a mile here.


22 posted on 09/26/2008 3:45:17 AM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: acsuc99
Palin needs to spend more time doing spontaneous interviews like she did yesterday in NYC. There is nothing to be gained from these sit down interviews with the MSM. These vermin are dedicated to destroying her. And they don't even try to hide that fact. Palin needs to campaign, campaign, campaign. She needs to convince the people, not the MSM. This BS about no foreign affairs experience; the only people with any true experience in that field would be some creature of the State Dept. And anybody, in their right mind, would trust only a handful of them with anything. And economic experience? Frank? Dodd?
23 posted on 09/26/2008 3:45:23 AM PDT by webrover
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To: Dawn531

“Gee that sounds like a description of Obama to me!”

That’s my exact reaction. And frankly, the author is right in characterizing these statement by Palin. There’s just not that much “there” there. But it read like a typical Barack Obama transcript.

It’s one of the things I miss about Romney. That guy had a very pragmatic, usually well-organized and structured way of addressing the issues, his conservative bona fides left out of the picture so as not to go too far off course here.

Anyway, Obama never faces this sort of criticism when he says things like, “We shouldn’t even be in this mess in the first place....” and then never explains exactly how we’re going to get out of it. He just rambles.


24 posted on 09/26/2008 3:45:23 AM PDT by CaspersGh0sts
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To: acsuc99

Any criticism of Palin’s experience can be easily thrown over at Obama. That’s one of the reasons I suspect they picked her for the VP spot, and I think it’ll turn out to have been a smart choice indeed. Basically, there is more executive experience at the bottom of the republican ticket than at the top of the democrat.


25 posted on 09/26/2008 3:45:48 AM PDT by SwedishConservative
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To: ari-freedom

That explains everything. Allahpundit was also a Romney worshiper and has been posting negative Palin stuff over on Hotair.com ever since Palin was named.

Thats why I have great respect for Hugh Hewitt. He was a huge Romney fanboy but didnt allow him being passed over for the VP to make him bitter like some others.


26 posted on 09/26/2008 3:47:03 AM PDT by acsuc99
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To: 101voodoo

Her Wikipedia bio indicates she appears on the Chris Matthews show. That should tell you all you need to know about Kathleen Parker, faux conservative.

I for one have never heard of her and, once she enjoys her 15 minutes of fame from Chrissie, Olberman and the rest of that pack, she will disappear again. Is Townhall so hard up they have to print junk like his? No wonder Mary Katherine Hamm left.

By the way, Kathleen, Sarah Palin has managed to get elected to the City Council, Mayor, drive a state Party Chairman (who was doing party work at taxpayers’ expense) out of office, drive an ethically challenged Attorney General from office and defeat a sitting governor and former governor to become the first woman governor of the largest state in the Union. All while raising five children. What have you done with your life other than to print your miserable little columns and wallow in obscurity? Oh, I forgot. you go on the Chris Matthews show.

To paraphrase Mark Levin, “Get off the web, ya big dope.” Your 20 second liberal clock has expired.


27 posted on 09/26/2008 3:47:07 AM PDT by Brices Crossroads
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To: acsuc99

Her pompous and tedious writing style reminds me of Peggy Noonan.


28 posted on 09/26/2008 3:47:18 AM PDT by Chet 99
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To: acsuc99
If Palin were a man, we'd all be guffawing

Waiting for the Kathleen Parker column about obama's lack of qualifications. Sometimes character is more important than experience (lending comes to mind).

29 posted on 09/26/2008 3:47:53 AM PDT by gotribe (The right pick!)
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To: acsuc99
Quick study or not, she doesn't know enough about economics and foreign policy to make Americans comfortable with a President Palin should conditions warrant her promotion.

O.K., Ms. Parker, let's talk about a certain junior Senator and former community organizer from Illinois and what he knows about economics and foreign policy then.

30 posted on 09/26/2008 3:48:02 AM PDT by Virginia Ridgerunner (Sarah Palin is a smart missile aimed at the heart of the left!)
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To: acsuc99
Obama is out of his league. And he is running for President.
31 posted on 09/26/2008 3:52:10 AM PDT by syriacus (Under Bush, Dems controlled the Senate for MOST of the 107th Congress and for ALL of the 110th)
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To: acsuc99

Why is this not being written about the danger of having a stealth marxist and an incompetent idiot running on the dem ticket.


32 posted on 09/26/2008 3:52:23 AM PDT by Carley (she's all out of caribou.............)
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To: acsuc99
Frankly, I couldn't believe what I was reading! I had to check the source three times!! Did the folks at Townhall read this before they posted it or did it just kinda slip past ‘em? OR have they TOTALLY lost their collective minds? Knock!Knock! Anybody in there?

I read MOST of this trash bag's article, but I must confess the nausea set in before I could finish. If this is supposed to pass for objective journalism, young lady, you just failed, no passing grade for you! This lightweight nitwit is supposed to be a “conservative”? Please!

When was the last time Obama had to answer questions as hard, and/or obtuse, as ANY of those on the venues she mentioned? The short answer: HE NEVER HAS! Some of the questions Couric asked were so stupid and capricious, she may as well have asked what size shoes McCain wears, then maybe what is Cindy's favorite brand of toilet tissue?!!

Drivel. Just drivel! I will be giving Townhall a piece of my mind when I tell them to cancel my email subscription!

33 posted on 09/26/2008 3:52:43 AM PDT by singfreedom
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To: acsuc99
Just another pimp of the election industry! When did Parker put her name a ballot for the taxpayers to show what they think of her, ANY BALLOT FOR PUBLIC OFFICE?
34 posted on 09/26/2008 3:53:16 AM PDT by leprechaun9
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To: acsuc99; All

Parker misses the all-important bottom-line:

Its what a politician does, not what they say:

obama:
says:’I represent the people, hope, change’
etc empty suit talk

does: represents the left

Palin:
says ‘I am for fiscal restraint, helping folks’, and “empty suit stuff”

does: exhibit fiscal restraint, supports traditional values

Palin DOES what she says NObama does NOT


35 posted on 09/26/2008 3:54:36 AM PDT by jbp1 (be nice now)
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To: CaspersGh0sts

I would have picked Gov Mark Sanford. He was governor for much longer and also served in the House during the Newt years

but he also slipped during a Wolf Blitzer interview. I’m more interested in whether he or she will do the right thing than how they perform during an interview.

And I’m sure those on the left feel the same way since they have no problem when Obama or biden slip up.


36 posted on 09/26/2008 3:55:28 AM PDT by ari-freedom (We never hide from history. We make history!)
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To: Aussiebabe; SkyDancer
Palin's recent interviews with Charles Gibson, Sean Hannity and now Katie Couric have all revealed an attractive, earnest, confident candidate. Who Is Clearly Out Of Her League.

Clearly out of her league? Where the hell has Kathleen Parker been? I thought her answers to Gibson and Hannity were clear and concise, even with Gibson's smarmy attitude.

Has Parker not even looked at the absolute baffoonish Obama and Biden?! My Goodness... we are not dealing with rocket scientists when it comes to the democratic ticket!!!

Parker continues to disappoint. She's become useless!

37 posted on 09/26/2008 3:56:15 AM PDT by Northern Yankee (Freedom Needs A Soldier)
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To: CaspersGh0sts

They all ramble with the exception of a very few. Yet Palin get’s crucified for it.


38 posted on 09/26/2008 3:57:37 AM PDT by Dawn531
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Absolutely. Ideally, what you look for in a VP is potential. Sarah has potential in spades. She'll be great because she is also very motivated to do a good job!

This broad, on the other hand, I don't know what, if anything she's got going for her. To much Kool Aide tends to have that effect.

39 posted on 09/26/2008 3:58:50 AM PDT by singfreedom
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To: ari-freedom

“she was always a romney for VP fan”

I have seen a very few other female columnists who also write negative stuff about Palin but absolutely swooned over Romney. I really believe some of them had a crush on him and are taking their frustration out on Sarah Palin.

Romney would have been a terrible selection, would have ruined the morale at the convention and would probably have led to McCain either losing the election or winning by only a razor thin margin. Sarah Palin personifies authenticity. Mitt Romney is so inauthentic that it is embarassing. The American people know the difference between the real and the ersatz. His lack of prior electoral success is evidence of this handicap. McCain was wise to pass over him.


40 posted on 09/26/2008 3:58:57 AM PDT by Brices Crossroads
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Absolutely. Ideally, what you look for in a VP is potential. Sarah has potential in spades. She'll be great because she is also very motivated to do a good job!

This broad, on the other hand, I don't know what, if anything she's got going for her. To much Kool Aide tends to have that effect.

41 posted on 09/26/2008 3:59:14 AM PDT by singfreedom
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

>If she claims that Senator Biden is laughable, where is her call for him to step down?

Are you kidding? Biden is the underperforming chimp who keeps on giving us the rope to hang him with.

While I don’t completely agree with Parker about Palin, I’m not very happy with her performance lately. The answers on Katie Couric, especially the one about Russia and Putin... ouch.


42 posted on 09/26/2008 3:59:21 AM PDT by VictoryGal (Never give up, never surrender!)
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To: Dawn531

because she can’t get over her beloved romney...who would have fallen straight into Obama’s class envy trap.


43 posted on 09/26/2008 4:00:15 AM PDT by ari-freedom (We never hide from history. We make history!)
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To: acsuc99
WHAT A JERK/STUPID TOOL! It is beyond STUPID to give your sworn, mortal enemies ammo to help kill your side!!!
44 posted on 09/26/2008 4:01:09 AM PDT by AmericaUnited
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To: AmericaUnited

especially when that enemy is a total socialist who wants to give up national defense and give in to iran.


45 posted on 09/26/2008 4:03:04 AM PDT by ari-freedom (We never hide from history. We make history!)
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To: singfreedom
Bingo, you nailed it —potential is the keyword about Palin. Yours was the best comment so far on this thread!
46 posted on 09/26/2008 4:03:36 AM PDT by Aussiebabe
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To: acsuc99

Given what Sarah Palin has had to put up with, the fact that she’s taken it all with grace and is still standing says a lot. I really don’t know who else could possibly take this abuse and not break down or lash back. I admire her strength, and stand by her all the way. Your misguided article will only feed the vicious haters on the left.


47 posted on 09/26/2008 4:04:03 AM PDT by jporcus
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To: acsuc99
Palin's recent interviews with Charles Gibson, Sean Hannity and now Katie Couric have all revealed an attractive, earnest, confident candidate. Who Is Clearly Out Of Her League.

My guess is that Kathleen Parker is very young and inexperienced and an example of the quality of education today in our ineffective government schools. I say this because having common sense, guided by a strong moral compass is EXACTLY what this country needs in a Vice President and a President.

I guessed that Parker is young and historically challenged because she does not seem to know about President Truman, one of our great Presidents who also had common sense, and was guided by a strong moral compass. He made some tough decisions. He accepted the responsibility of his office, "the buck stops here." In contrast, Clinton said the "buck never got here," figuratively speaking after the Waco fiasco.

48 posted on 09/26/2008 4:05:07 AM PDT by olezip
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To: acsuc99
Palin Obama filibusters. She He repeats words, filling space with deadwood. Cut the verbiage and there's not much content there.

Mindless drivel from another "journalist" desperate to make her chops and score a "gotcha" coup on Palin, while completely ignoring that her criticisms apply even more directly to Obama.

Further, she deliberately attempts to side-step and avoid the fact that it is Obama and McCain who are at the tops of their respective tickets, and who are the ones responsible for laying out the principles and specifics of their plans. The proper roles of their VP running mates is to simply be supportive of their candidates while avoiding any contradictory gotcha traps laid by a media out to destroy them. Palin is doing a much better job of this than shoot-from-the-lip Biden, and the media is simply livid about it.

49 posted on 09/26/2008 4:07:38 AM PDT by tarheelswamprat
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To: acsuc99

Governor Palin will be fine.
Yes, we all wish Mitt was standing there right now, but for me as the Prez, not McCain.
Saracudda will be just fine.


50 posted on 09/26/2008 4:09:18 AM PDT by libbylu
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