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This is why they don’t allow interviews

Remember when the Obama wagon started rolling and Chris Matthews embarassed a supporter who couldn’t name a single piece of legislation that the senator authored or sponsored? Well, that was just a supporter and, I believe, a regional campaigner.

In the upcoming Katie Couric-Sarah Palin interview, Couric presses Palin about what Senator McCain has done to fight to try and control out-of-control corporations. Here’s part of the transcript (video is after):

Palin: I’m all about the position that America is in and that we have to look at a $700 billion bailout. And as Sen. McCain has said unless this nearly trillion dollar bailout is what it may end up to be, unless there are amendments in Paulson’s proposal, really I don’t believe that Americans are going to support this and we will not support this. The interesting thing in the last couple of days that I have seen is that Americans are waiting to see what John McCain will do on this proposal. They’re not waiting to see what Barack Obama is going to do. Is he going to do this and see what way the political wind’s blowing? They’re waiting to see if John McCain will be able to see these amendments implemented in Paulson’s proposal.

Couric: Why do you say that? Why are they waiting for John McCain and not Barack Obama?

Palin: He’s got the track record of the leadership qualities and the pragmatism that’s needed at a crisis time like this.

Couric: But polls have shown that Sen. Obama has actually gotten a boost as a result of this latest crisis, with more people feeling that he can handle the situation better than John McCain.

Palin: 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?

Couric: If this doesn’t pass, do you think there’s a risk of another Great Depression?

Palin: Unfortunately, that is the road that America may find itself on. Not necessarily this, as it’s been proposed, has to pass or we’re going to find ourselves in another Great Depression. But, there has got to be action – bipartisan effort – Congress not pointing fingers at one another but finding the solution to this, taking action, and being serious about the reforms on Wall Street that are needed.

Couric: Would you support a moratorium on foreclosures to help average Americans keep their homes?

Palin: That’s something that John McCain and I have both been discussing – whether that … is part of the solution or not. You know, it’s going to be a multi-faceted solution that has to be found here.

Couric: So you haven’t decided whether you’ll support it or not?

Palin: I have not.

Couric: What are the pros and cons of it do you think?

Palin: Oh, well, some decisions that have been made poorly should not be rewarded, of course.

Couric: By consumers, you’re saying?

Palin: Consumers – and those who were predator lenders also. That’s, you know, that has to be considered also. But again, it’s got to be a comprehensive, long-term solution found … for this problem that America is facing today. As I say, we are getting into crisis mode here.

Couric: You’ve said, quote, “John McCain will reform the way Wall Street does business.” Other than supporting stricter regulations of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac two years ago, can you give us any more example of his leading the charge for more oversight?

Palin: I think that the example that you just cited, with his warnings two years ago about Fannie and Freddie – that, that’s paramount. That’s more than a heck of a lot of other senators and representatives did for us.

Couric: But he’s been in Congress for 26 years. He’s been chairman of the powerful Commerce Committee. And he has almost always sided with less regulation, not more.

Palin: He’s also known as the maverick though, taking shots from his own party, and certainly taking shots from the other party. Trying to get people to understand what he’s been talking about – the need to reform government.

Couric: But can you give me any other concrete examples? Because I know you’ve said Barack Obama is a lot of talk and no action. Can you give me any other examples in his 26 years of John McCain truly taking a stand on this?

Palin: I can give you examples of things that John McCain has done, that has shown his foresight, his pragmatism, and his leadership abilities. And that is what America needs today.

Couric: I’m just going to ask you one more time – not to belabor the point. Specific examples in his 26 years of pushing for more regulation.

Palin: I’ll try to find you some and I’ll bring them to you.

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Lost for words (so I use expletives)

I can truthfully say the following:

I can prove how radical Palin’s policies are by citing actual sources, but for many Americans, it won’t matter. “She’s just like me,” they’ll say.

What a fucking arrogant nation we live in in which the undecided voters want their candidate “to be like them.” They didn’t have that in John McCain, but they do have that in Sarah Palin.

If these idiots, which is what they are, want Sarah Palin to lead them, move to Alaska and secede from the union with her. But don’t fuck up my already fucked-up country.

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The REAL Sarah Palin: Religious fanatic, liar

After yesterday’s “rousing” speech in which she appealed to “hockey moms” and by extension “soccer moms,” the claims vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin have been vetted, not only by DNC members, but by Alaskan newspapers and other nationals publications. The results are in: Sarah Palin is a liar, a religious fanatic and has been known to abuse her power.

Sarah Palin: The Liar

Last night, I documented some of the lies I knew without researching that Palin made in her speech to the RNC. This morning, the Anchorage Daily News did a great job of detailing the lies I didn’t catch:

  1. Gas Pipeline – Palin claimed that construction has begun on the “largest private-sector enterprise project in U.S. history.” The paper refutes that claim saying that construction hasn’t begun and that the state hasn’t even received federal authorization to begin the project
  2. Earmarks – Palin claimed to be a champion in the fight against wasteful spending and earmarks. The ADN reported that “As mayor of Wasilla, Palin hired a lobbyist and traveled to Washington annually to support earmarks for the town totaling $27 million.

    In her two years as governor, Alaska has requested nearly $750 million in special federal spending, by far the largest per-capita request in the nation, although she has cut, by more than half, the amount the state sought from Washington this year. While Palin notes she rejected plans to build a $398 million bridge from Ketchikan to Gravina Island, that opposition came only after the plan was ridiculed nationally as a “bridge to nowhere.”

Sarah Palin: Religious fanatic

These two facts are already widely known:

  1. Palin supports abstinence-only sexual education programs. Sure, it’s best to believe that abstinence is the way to go if teenagers want to be 100 percent sure that they won’t have a baby. However, as Palin’s own daughter shows, teaching abstinence and preaching abstinence is not always effective. Studies show that abstinence-only programs are complete failures when it comes to keeping kids from having sex.
  2. Palin believes creationism should be taught in public schools. However, she did not push for this agenda as governor of Alaska because she had other things on her agenda… or so she says.
  3. This past June, Palin echoed some of the same sentiments President Bush let slip shortly after 9/11… that the war in Iraq is “God’s war.” Speaking before a Pentacostal church, Palin said, “Pray for our military men and women who are striving to do what is right. Also, for this country, that our leaders, our national leaders, are sending [U.S. soldiers] out on a task that is from God.” It looks like her pastor and Barack Obama’s pastor could have a good shouting match about who says more controversial things. (Palin now belongs to a branch of Christianity known as post-demoninational…)

She abuses her power

  1. She fired former Alaska State Trooper Commisioner Walt Monegan after he refused to fire Palin’s ex-brother-in-law. Palin is under investigation by Alaska’s ethics commission after the trooper union complained.
  2. Palin fired the town librarian after the librarian refused to censor books Palin found objectionable.

Overall, these are just a few tidbits of information I’ve seen in the last few days about Sarah Palin. The only thing clean about her is her hair. She is definitely not qualified to be president of the United States, and after reading these things about her, I question whether she should have been qualified to be mayor of Wasilla.

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Breaking down Palin’s speech

We all heard Governor Palin’s speech; now let’s analyze the bullshit.
Sickening quote No. 1:

I guess a small-town mayor is sort of like a “community organizer,” except that you have actual responsibilities. I might add that in small towns, we don’t quite know what to make of a candidate who lavishes praise on working people when they are listening, and then talks about how bitterly they cling to their religion and guns when those people aren’t listening.

– Community organizers don’t have responsibility? They are often the only ones who don’t speak up for the voiceless. While Palin was busy accepting earmarks as mayor that McCain criticized.

Really? Criticizing the “liberal elite” again? (By the way, Scranton? That’s where The Office is set! So Hollywood.)

We tend to prefer candidates who don’t talk about us one way in Scranton and another way in San Francisco.

Uh, didn’t you just mock the ground troops in the fight against poverty?

I pledge to all Americans that I will carry myself in this spirit as vice president of the United States. This was the spirit that brought me to the governor’s office, when I took on the old politics as usual in Juneau … when I stood up to the special interests, the lobbyists, big oil companies, and the good-ol’ boys network.

RepublicLie #1

I suspended the state fuel tax, and championed reform to end the abuses of earmark spending by Congress.

I told the Congress “thanks, but no thanks,” for that Bridge to Nowhere.

If our state wanted a bridge, we’d build it ourselves. When oil and gas prices went up dramatically, and filled up the state treasury, I sent a large share of that revenue back where it belonged – directly to the people of Alaska.

And despite fierce opposition from oil company lobbyists, who kind of liked things the way they were, we broke their monopoly on power and resources.

As governor, I insisted on competition and basic fairness to end their control of our state and return it to the people.

– Palin supported “Bridge to Nowhere.”

From Boston Herald: “The Alaska governor campaigned in 2006 on a build-the-bridge platform, telling Ketchikan residents she felt their pain when politicians called them “nowhere.” They’re still feeling pain today in Ketchikan, over Palin’s subsequent decision to use the bridge funds for other projects – and over the timing of her announcement, which they say came in a pre-dawn press release that seemed aimed at national news deadlines.”

The only answer to the energy crisis is drill:

I fought to bring about the largest private-sector infrastructure project in North American history.

And when that deal was struck, we began a nearly forty billion dollar natural gas pipeline to help lead America to energy independence.

That pipeline, when the last section is laid and its valves are opened, will lead America one step farther away from dependence on dangerous foreign powers that do not have our interests at heart.

The stakes for our nation could not be higher.

When a hurricane strikes in the Gulf of Mexico, this country should not be so dependent on imported oil that we are forced to draw from our Strategic Petroleum Reserve.

And families cannot throw away more and more of their paychecks on gas and heating oil.

With Russia wanting to control a vital pipeline in the Caucasus, and to divide and intimidate our European allies by using energy as a weapon, we cannot leave ourselves at the mercy of foreign suppliers.

To confront the threat that Iran might seek to cut off nearly a fifth of world energy supplies … or that terrorists might strike again at the Abqaiq facility in Saudi Arabia … or that Venezuela might shut off its oil deliveries … we Americans need to produce more of our own oil and gas.

And take it from a gal who knows the North Slope of Alaska: we’ve got lots of both.

Our opponents say, again and again, that drilling will not solve all of America’s energy problems – as if we all didn’t know that already.

But the fact that drilling won’t solve every problem is no excuse to do nothing at all.

Starting in January, in a McCain-Palin administration, we’re going to lay more pipelines … build more new-clear plants … create jobs with clean coal … and move forward on solar, wind, geothermal, and other alternative sources.

We need American energy resources, brought to you by American ingenuity, and produced by American workers. I’ve noticed a pattern with our opponent.

Maybe you have, too.

– Nevermind that Barack Obama said in his speech that drilling is OK for temporary relief, but it’s only a stopgap measure.

Really? Mocking Obama’s eloquence? That’s your plan? (btw, she ripped this off from Hillary.)

We’ve all heard his dramatic speeches before devoted followers.

And there is much to like and admire about our opponent.

But listening to him speak, it’s easy to forget that this is a man who has authored two memoirs but not a single major law or reform – not even in the state senate.

This is a man who can give an entire speech about the wars America is fighting, and never use the word “victory” except when he’s talking about his own campaign. But when the cloud of rhetoric has passed … when the roar of the crowd fades away … when the stadium lights go out, and those Styrofoam Greek columns are hauled back to some studio lot – what exactly is our opponent’s plan? What does he actually seek to accomplish, after he’s done turning back the waters and healing the planet? The answer is to make government bigger … take more of your money … give you more orders from Washington … and to reduce the strength of America in a dangerous world. America needs more energy … our opponent is against producing it.

RepublicLie #2

Victory in Iraq is finally in sight … he wants to forfeit.

Terrorist states are seeking new-clear weapons without delay … he wants to meet them without preconditions.

Al Qaeda terrorists still plot to inflict catastrophic harm on America … he’s worried that someone won’t read them their rights? Government is too big … he wants to grow it.

– Oops: Iraq and Bush Administration support Obama’s plan for troops out of Iraq

RepublicLie #3

Taxes are too high … he wants to raise them. His tax increases are the fine print in his economic plan, and let me be specific.

The Democratic nominee for president supports plans to raise income taxes … raise payroll taxes … raise investment income taxes … raise the death tax … raise business taxes … and increase the tax burden on the American people by hundreds of billions of dollars. My sister Heather and her husband have just built a service station that’s now opened for business – like millions of others who run small businesses.

– Oops again, Obama’s tax plan would actually cut taxes for nearly all Americans and small business owners.


And it’s a long way from the fear, and pain, and squalor of a six-by-four cell in Hanoi to the Oval Office.

But if Senator McCain is elected president, that is the journey he will have made. It’s the journey of an upright and honorable man, the kind of fellow whose name you will find on war memorials in small towns across this great country, only he was among those who came home.
To the most powerful office on Earth, he would bring the compassion that comes from having once been powerless, the wisdom that comes even to the captives by the grace of God, the special confidence of those who have seen evil and have seen how evil is overcome.

Missing from her speech? What is John McCain’s plan for America? Why is she qualified to be commander-in-chief if something happens to a President McCain? How can she explain her rejection of human-caused global warming and her support of teaching creationism in school?
It’s scary to think that this woman could be a heart attack or another cancer attack away from being president of the United States.

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