“When it came time for choosing, somehow Barack Obama just couldn’t bring himself to pick the woman who got 18 million votes in his primary, and that seems to be too familiar a story isn’t it?” Palin said at a rally in Henderson, NV yesterday. “How it is for so many American women that the qualifications are there, but for some reason the promotion never comes?
In stronger language than Palin has used on the campaign trail before, the comments were part of a broader attempt to sell herself as an advocate for women and working numbers at a time when Palin’s support among women has slipped dramatically in national polls since becoming the Republican vice presidential nominee.
“You’ve got to ask yourself why was Senator Hillary Clinton not even vetted by the Obama campaign?” Palin continued. “Why did it take 24 years, an entire generation from the time Geraldine Ferraro made her pioneering bid until the next time that a woman was asked to join a national ticket?”
“In the long history of our country, 74 people have held the position of President or Vice-President, and why have the major parties given America only two chances to even consider a woman for either office?” Palin asked. “This glass ceiling, it is still there, but it’s about time that we shattered that glass ceiling once and for all.”
Joe Biden’s 14 Lies
1. TAX VOTE: Biden said McCain voted “the exact same way” as Obama to increase taxes on Americans earning just $42,000, but McCain DID NOT VOTE THAT WAY.
2. AHMEDINIJAD MEETING: Joe Biden lied when he said that Barack Obama never said that he would sit down unconditionally with Mahmoud Ahmedinijad of Iran. Barack Obama did say specifically, and Joe Biden attacked him for it.
3. OFFSHORE OIL DRILLING: Biden said, “Drill we must.” But Biden has opposed offshore drilling and even compared offshore drilling to “raping” the Outer Continental Shelf.”
4. TROOP FUNDING: Joe Biden lied when he indicated that John McCain and Barack Obama voted the same way against funding the troops in the field. John McCain opposed a bill that included a timeline, that the President of the United States had already said he would veto regardless of it’s passage.
5. OPPOSING CLEAN COAL: Biden says he’s always been for clean coal, but he just told a voter that he is against clean coal and any new coal plants in America and has a record of voting against clean coal and coal in the U.S. Senate.
6. ALERNATIVE ENERGY VOTES: According to FactCheck.org, Biden is exaggerating and overstating John McCain’s record voting for alternative energy when he says he voted against it 23 times.
7. HEALTH INSURANCE: Biden falsely said McCain will raise taxes on people’s health insurance coverage — they get a tax credit to offset any tax hike. Independent fact checkers have confirmed this attack is false
8. OIL TAXES: Biden falsely said Palin supported a windfall profits tax in Alaska — she reformed the state tax and revenue system, it’s not a windfall profits tax.
9. AFGHANISTAN / GEN. MCKIERNAN COMMENTS: Biden said that top military commander in Iraq said the principles of the surge could not be applied to Afghanistan, but the commander of NATO’s International Security Assistance Force Gen. David D. McKiernan said that there were principles of the surge strategy, including working with tribes, that could be applied in Afghanistan.
10. REGULATION: Biden falsely said McCain weakened regulation — he actually called for more regulation on Fannie and Freddie.
11. IRAQ: When Joe Biden lied when he said that John McCain was “dead wrong on Iraq”, because Joe Biden shared the same vote to authorize the war and differed on the surge strategy where they John McCain has been proven right.
12. TAX INCREASES: Biden said Americans earning less than $250,000 wouldn’t see higher taxes, but the Obama-Biden tax plan would raise taxes on individuals making $200,000 or more.
13. BAILOUT: Biden said the economic rescue legislation matches the four principles that Obama laid out, but in reality it doesn’t meet two of the four principles that Obama outlined on Sept. 19, which were that it include an emergency economic stimulus package, and that it be part of “part of a globally coordinated effort with our partners in the G-20.”
14. REAGAN TAX RATES: Biden is wrong in saying that under Obama, Americans won’t pay any more in taxes then they did under Reagan.
An example from the Weekly Standard
The moment when Sarah Palin knew she was winning last night’s debate with her vice presidential opponent Joe Biden came after the subject had turned to nuclear weapons. Palin had talked about nukes as a deterrent and said it was important to keep them out of the hands of dictators who are enemies of America. Then she turned to moderator Gwen Ifill and asked, “Can we talk about Afghanistan real quick?”….
by that point in the debate–two-thirds the way through–Palin was brimming with self-confidence. She knew she could handle any issue likely to be thrown at her by Ifill. She knew Biden would not outmatch her. So she purposely tackled an issue on which he was expected to have an advantage. He didn’t….
If that episode didn’t demoralize Biden, a senator from Delaware for 35 years, it should have. For it showed she had passed the biggest test any vice presidential candidate faces–a test the media was ready to declare she’d failed. Was she capable of being vice president? Based on her debate performance, the answer was yes.
Not that she came close to matching Biden’s experience or extensive knowledge of issues, especially foreign policy issues. But she was conversant with every issue, domestic and foreign, that came up in the 90-minute debate and talked with seeming confidence about them….
For sure, she did one remarkable thing aside from handling Biden with ease. She undid the negative impression that had been created by her avoidance of most of the media and hardened when the two TV interviews went poorly.
Please be sure to read the rest of the article…. The point is… that she did well.
And From WSJ
She killed. She had him at “Nice to meet you. Hey, can I call you Joe?” She was the star. He was the second male lead, the good-natured best friend of the leading man. She was not petrified but peppy.
The whole debate was about Sarah Palin. She is not a person of thought but of action. Interviews are about thinking, about reflecting, marshaling data and integrating it into an answer. Debates are more active, more propelled—they are thrust and parry. They are for campaigners. She is a campaigner. Her syntax did not hold, but her magnetism did. At one point she literally winked at the nation.
As far as Mrs. Palin was concerned, Gwen Ifill was not there, and Joe Biden was not there. Sarah and the camera were there. This was classic “talk over the heads of the media straight to the people,” and it is a long time since I’ve seen it done so well, though so transparently. There were moments when she seemed to be doing an infomercial pitch for charm in politics. But it was an effective infomercial.
Joe Biden seems to have walked in thinking that she was an idiot and that he only had to patiently wait for this fact to reveal itself. This was a miscalculation. He showed great forbearance. Too much forbearance. She said of his intentions on Iraq, “Your plan is a white flag of surrender.” This deserved an indignant response, or at least a small bop on the head, from Mr. Biden, who has been for five years righter on Iraq than the Republican administration. He was instead mild….
The strategy and goal for Biden was to tie McCain to the status quo and all of the issues that engenders as well as tearing down John McCain.
The strategy and goal for Palin was to repair her image and re-assert her strong personality.
Biden was the consumate statesman, an elder Washington insider… and yet a bit annoyed and angry at times.
Palin, on the other hand, came off very competent, knowledgeable and down to earth… a breath of fresh air.
Biden did an ok job accomplishing his goal, not super though… he got a bit stale and wonky at times… lost the connection. Biden’s best moment was at the end when he was talking about his kids. That was THE connection moment.
Palin did a very good job accomplishing her goal. Very good. She pointed out that she was an outsider, and that she didn’t understand all the Washington doublespeak, was approachable and folksy, and all the while knew the names, places and policies. Her best moment is when she was talking about talking to the American public without the filter of the mainstream media. This was an essential statement because it brings into question all of the pundits opinions and the framing of all her interviews. Great line.
In my opinion, this is a Palin win. And a big one.
It has been disclosed that Gwen Ifill, the moderator at the upcoming VP debate, is going to be releasing a book that is EXTREMELY pro-Obama on January 20, 2009… Inaguration Day.
She has been a strong Obama supporter for a long time and has been more than highly critical of Palin.
How is this even fair? How can they seriously allow someone so obviously and completely biased moderate a debate???
I am truly disgusted.
Updates galore to come.
Michelle Malkin has all the updates…. Click Here
As a side note, I have to say that I have never in my life seen anything as disgusting as the media this election cycle. They are no longer reporting the news, they are chosing the news and have become direct partisan players.
I am repulsed.
I will no longer be supporting PBS until Gwen Ifill is no longer an employee. I am sorry, but my tax dollars pay her salary too and I want her unhired.
People make the excuse that the Debate board did not vett her properly and that is a poor excuse. She should have informed them upfront and avoided even the appearance of impropriety.
Every Lawyer I know is REVOLTED.
DAYTON, Ohio – Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain introduced his running mate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, at a raucous rally Friday in Ohio, praising her “tenacity” and “skill” in tackling tough problems.
Palin becomes the first woman to serve on a GOP presidential ticket and the first Alaskan to appear on a national ticket.
“She is exactly who this country needs to help us fight the same old Washington politics of me first and country second,” McCain told his Dayton, Ohio, audience.
You know how most candidates get a bounce after they name their VP and during their convention…
Apparently that is not working out so well for Barack…
The newest Gallup daily tracking poll has it at McCain 46, Obama 44.
Not good news.
So, now that Obama has had his cards inadvertantly shown before he could “text” all his little obots the news first so they could be cool and involved and insiders… the next question is “Who is McCain going to pick?”
There is certainly going to be outrage in the Democratic party that it was not Hillary. Half her supporters are already saying they aren’t voting for Obama… now, maybe the other half won’t either as reports leak out that the Obama campaign didn’t even bother to vett her… at all!!!
The pundits are trying to push the meme that the next few days are going to be all about Biden… they’re wrong. The next few days are going to be ALL ABOUT Hillary… why she was snubbed and why she wasn’t chosen.
How do you not pick the person that was only 49 delegates behind you? I can tell you this, it’s a surefire way to piss them off and have a rumble at the Convention.
So, now that we know that Obama is an idiot who chooses to continue to split the party and insult the Clintons, we turn our attention to McCain.
McCain has 2 options… go with the standard conservative white male OR he could very well go for the shocker…
option 1 – conservative white male
romney… and that’s about it.
option 2 – the shocker, and here is where it gets interesting…
A. Lieberman – great way to solidify the middle, he reaches into the Democratic Party, would probably sew up New Hampshire, it reaches out to Indys big time… and offers an olive branch to the pro-choice community, not to mention the extremely influential and donation heavy Jewish community.
B. Palin – the Governor of Alaska. Female. A McCain style fiscal conservative (spending controls are key), great on the environment, great on energy, very intelligent, charming, quick witted, and a clinger to guns and religion. Also a former Miss Alaska, and still a very attractive woman (which does not hurt.) She is the closest person to McCain policy wise that I can think of. This is also a HUGE reachout to the disaffected Clintonistas, and would pose none of the problems with the rnc base that someone like Lieberman would.
I know he is probably going to pick Romney… But I am certainly hoping for Palin, I must admit.
While Lieberman would be a big middle finger to the DNC (especially since they tried to get McCain to crossover in 2004), it would really stick in Obama’s craw if McCain picked Palin. And I would find that much more satisfying.
Sen. Barack Obama’s choice for running mate will be announced to supporters in a text message Saturday morning, senior Obama campaign officials told CNN on Friday night, and a senior party official said it won’t be Sen. Hillary Clinton.
Sen. Barack Obama says he has decided on his running mate but is not yet ready to reveal the name….
I read an article about Romney… and it said that Romney had loaned his campaign $45 million dollars, which he is filing to change from a loan to a contribution, essentially forgiving the debt.
The article also said by doing this that he cleared the “legal deck” for him to be able to be a VP candidate…
Former Gov. Mitt Romney, who’s increasingly visible on the campaign trail on behalf of the man who beat him for the Republican presidential nomination, Sen. John McCain, is about to forgive the $45 million he loaned himself for the primary struggles.
The legal move of filing papers with the Federal Election Commission re-declaring Romney’s loans as contributions is imminent, according to a report by Michael Kranish on the Boston Globe website. It would clear the legal deck for Romney to become a candidate again as, oh, say, the vice presidential Republican running mate of McCain.
To be honest, I had not even thought about campaign debt being a roadblock on the path to the Vice Presidency in the legal sense… I mean, I would have just thought it would have made that pick that much less attractive… but a legal roadblock? Wow, ok…
So, anyway, I suspect that Hillary’s pay off the debt effort is because she wants to clear her “legal deck” just in case… especially given the fact that she is not asking for any of her personal loans to be paid back. I suspect she will file similar paperwork to what Romney has soon.
And that maybe it could be why Obama is draggin his damn feet, refusing to send an email blast on her behalf and “forgetting” to ask for people to help her?
He wants the reason she can’t be VP because of a legal technicality so he doesn’t have to take the blame perhaps?
I might just bet on it.
Mr. Webb’s statement from TPM
“Last week I communicated to Senator Obama and his presidential campaign my firm intention to remain in the United States Senate, where I believe I am best equipped to serve the people of Virginia and this country. Under no circumstances will I be a candidate for Vice President.”
I am not surprised that a great number of good Democrats are turning down the VP slot… Usually it is just rhetoric, all of them say stuff like this when we all know it’s a lie, but this is a SERIOUS rejection of Obama’s overtures.
Why so strong Jim? Reading the writing on the wall perhaps?