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September 7, 2008

McCain Palin Agents of Change?

McCain and Palin are promoting themselves as the party of change. I would like to know how. At first their strategy was to attack Obama on experience, a tact that Hillary Clinton took, but when McCain took on Palin he lost that argument, so McCain has adopted Obama’s strategy of change in a speech at the RNC. That is not change that is a follow the leader strategy and if you have taken any business courses while in college the first thing they teach is that this of type strategy fails and then say nothing more about it as professors consider it a waste of time to teach it. So as the race for the White House officially gets underway the McCain Palin ticket does a flip flop on which approach to take, but it all adds up to a losing strategy: follow the leader.

McCain repeatedly says the economy is in great shape, yet no matter how many times he repeats this fallacy it still does not make it true. The facts remain the same the number of personal bankruptcies have soared this year along with business failures, bank failures, foreclosures, and a credit crisis. In the meantime, the unemployment rate, released just this week, is at 6.1 percent. The worst the unemployment rate has been in the last five years. The economy is shedding jobs, John, not creating them. Then just today the Federal government has announced a takeover of Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae, two mortgage giants. John, you sound just like Herbert Hoover, before you know it we all be living in McCainvilles.

As for his running mate Sarah Palin, she claims she was against the bridge to nowhere, yet in her gubernatorial campaign in 2006 she said was for it. Okay now she’s against it, another flip flop, and we’re all wondering what did she do with the money? She says she started the gas pipeline, but no one knows if it will ever get built with an anticipated construction start date of 2018 at least. Palin states she sold a plane on e-Bay at a profit, but she could not sell it on e-Bay, so she sold it to an Alaskan at a lose. Sarah likes to lie. Then to exacerbate things Palin likes to attack people, but refuses to be interviewed, so she runs and hides, just like McCain did after one of his spokespeople got questioned about Palin’s experience; he canceled his appearance on the Larry King Live show scheduled for the following night. That is a foreboding sign for their willingness to compromise, which is extremely bad in the international arena, and bad in the domestic arena. Remember “You are either with us or against us”? Just like their mentor George W. Bush.

The McCain Palin ticket is not a change ticket it is a recipe for another four years of a Bush administration.

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26 Comments »

  1. “McCain vows to have Democrats in Cabinet”

    Wow – who’s being presumptuous now? Talk about ego, Mccain is talking about staffing a Cabinet already. I think he has seriously overrated himself, and probably believes that he is a legend…. in his own mind.
    He has other things to worry about… like knowing the difference between Sunni and Shia… Lieberman isn’t going to be there for him in the debates… Palin might be… but Lieberman won’t be there.
    By the way – why was he taling about “fight” this and “fight” that at the end of his speech the otehr night? That should alarm every American voter. I do not want to fight anyone. Mccain is seriously senile, and seriously misrepresents the citizens of this country. One does not have to be a military person to be President, and I don’t know where this bull came from. They are oftentimes bellicose, belligerent, pugnacious people… so why the hell would I want someone like that making decisions that affect everyone in our country? Rediculous.

    Comment by Daniel — September 7, 2008 @ 8:52 pm

  2. Obama claims he’s all about change. Since he is a product of the Chicago political machine, he is owned by them! Is this the change we want in the USA? Look at his record while serving his state of record. Does this indecisive man deserve to be the next president of the U.S.? He is a fence sitter, teetering one side to the other, afraid to commit to any one decision. This man is incapable of leading and should not be given a job of such magnitude.

    Comment by Roya — September 7, 2008 @ 9:15 pm

  3. With regard to Gov. Palin’s selection as Sen. McCain’s vice presidential choice, there will be very little or no change. In addition to her general lack of qualifications for one who may be a heart beat away from the presidency, Gov. Palin’s ideologies and policies liken her to Bush & Cheney in lipstick. Further, the way in which Gov. Palin has taken on the “attack dog” (i.e. pitbull) role and her admirable moxie in carrying out that role solidifies to me that there will be no change in our beloved country with the McCain-Palin ticket. And finally, what is the difference between Vice President Cheney and Gov. Palin? — Lipstick! Eight years of Bush-Cheney is enough!

    Comment by Maria — September 7, 2008 @ 9:25 pm

  4. It’s funny that each nominee claims to be an agent of change. I’m waiting anxiously for one of them to tell me what they are going to change and how they will do it… A little detail they always seem to leave out. Obamma will provide change in the sense that he will come to Washington with a different set of beliefs than the current administration. “Change” is a great buzzword, however, if anyone honestly believes that either of them can or will change the way things are done in Washington they are kidding themselves.

    Comment by Jeff — September 7, 2008 @ 9:41 pm

  5. I find it funny how the RNC wants change now. I get it now you have your base following you, now you want change. Smart move McCain. If I was him I would want to change in my party as well. Listen people, Barack just did a speech and he broke down how he would implement some of the new changes this country deserves. I know I want the change because I cant stand the idea of being under another Republican rule for another 4 years. There are so many issues to look at.. The war, jobs that pay a decent livable wage, energy, housing, taking care of our troops. That is the change I want this country to have. Some inkling of hope and sacrafice for everyone to have a better tomorrow. That is the change I look forward too and quite frankly I dont think Mccain can deliver it. Obama/Biden08

    Comment by ANITA — September 7, 2008 @ 10:27 pm

  6. It’s kind of hollow coming from McCain, seeing how far he dived to the right.

    Remember us Independents, McCain?

    Comment by Toni — September 7, 2008 @ 10:40 pm

  7. THIEF!!! McCain is stealing Obama’s slogan and using it as his own. That way people can say, “Hey, McCain has a good message.” Yeah, right. Obama has beeen about change from day one!! McCain is stealing it because he can’t debate on the issues. McCAIN/PALIN CAN’T EVEN CHANGE THE SPEECHES THEY USED AT THE RNC TO A DIFFERENT ONE WHILE ON THE ROAD CAMPAIGNING! LOL!!! Listen to McCain/Palin rally speeches. They NEVER give specifics. Oh yeah, they did CHANGE their minds on letting Palin answers questions from the press and go out on her own.

    Comment by Obama/Biden's Change — September 8, 2008 @ 4:08 am

  8. Big news!!! Republicans listen to voters and take actions (Fannie/Freddie bailout) take positions (Timeline for Iraq withdrawal) and make promises (Bipartisan cabinet) that Democrats proposed months, years ago, and fought for ever since. Hey, once every four years or so, and that’s enough to fool just enough voters, added to the envy, hate- and greed-filled republican billionaires and their minions. It’s going to work again in 2008 like it did in 1980, 1984, 1988, 2000 and 2004 because Democrats won’t just come out and call the lying liars what they are: LIARS.

    Comment by Velocity X. Mass — September 8, 2008 @ 5:24 am

  9. My comment is about Campbell “BIG ASS THUMBS” Brown concerning her over the line interview with Tucker Bounds! TRULY BIASED LIBERAL MEDIA AS I LIVE AND BREATH!! Why doesn’t she GRILL OBAMA about why HE DOESN”T HAVE EXPERIENCE?!!! At least Palin has been a MAYOR and CURRENTLY a Governor. Obama is SKIPPING ALOT of rungs to get to Prez! He’s a bit over the top, I think. SHE SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF HERSELF. She calls herself a PROFESSIONAL journalist?! I think she needs to step away from the microphone PERMANENTLY!! She stinks BIGTIME!!! CNN is starting to irritate me in general but i’ll still watch because I like Wolf and Larry!! These new people make me sick! THIS SHOULN’T BE MTV NEWS!!! 😦

    Comment by Uliana Arrizza — September 8, 2008 @ 5:38 am

  10. Correct me if I’m wrong, but, I’m pretty sure McCain bit off Obama.

    Wasn’t it Obama who excited the nation with “Change”?
    If that’s so, then McCain is biting off of Obama. Why couldn’t McCain find his own campain slogan??? But, I guess that’s the way he is. I don’t think McCain can make his own decisions. He’s going to be Bush’s puppet.

    Comment by Nita — September 8, 2008 @ 10:35 am

  11. So McCain voted with GWB 90% of the time.

    Obama voted with Pelosi and Reid 97% of the time.

    GWB’s approval is at 30%, while congress, lead by Pelosi and Reid is at 9%.

    Your point is CHANGE what?

    Comment by ok — September 8, 2008 @ 11:27 am

  12. Uliana, I saw the interview with Campbell Brown. Tucker was trying to claim Palin has experience that she does not. Tucker kept trying to dodge the question and she kept trying to get him to answer.

    Comment by Julie P — September 8, 2008 @ 11:48 am

  13. I am a Football Mom of three boys. I was raised and raised my children in a tongue talking Holy Ghost filled church just like Sarah Palin. I own my own company, I am also a college student and I have worked on local political campaigns and even held an office within my community. I am a PTA Mom and I volunteer at my children’s schools at least one day a week. I am a busy Mom. My recently turned 18 year old is now in college with “NO” Babies on the way. I think Sarah’s selfish need to further her own career and her obvious pit-bull ego (with lipstick) got in the way of her parenting her child. There was never and is never one minute that I don’t know where and what my children are doing and yes I check and they know I will so they do what they say. She obviously let this child do as she pleased because had she been doing her job as a parent this “CHILD” would not have had the time or the freedom to engage in “UNPROTECTED SEX”. It is OVERWHELMINGLY apparent that there is a need for SEX EDUCATION in her home. She needs to introduce her Daughter to CONDOMS because she certainly did not allow Christ to be first in her life for if she had she would not have committed the sin of “FORNICATION”. Perhaps she needs to take her Maverick Reform Status and change the things in her own home before the next two Girls pop out in a family way.

    Comment by Soul Divia 47 — September 8, 2008 @ 11:58 am

  14. Sarah Palin as VP is another example of the exploitation of women. This is part of why I left the Republican Party and I am now an Independent because this pick is all about winning the election for McCain and not about what is right for our country. Women in America should be pissed off at the fact that she was chosen over other more qualified women for this position (By the way I am a Man making these comments). This pick was one of desperation and its payoff is temporary. As with all things, when the novelty wears off, people wont care about Sarah Palin. She’s a pretty face that brings nothing to the table but a persona of being tough. Note the word “persona”. The bottom line is all about McCain. He is to old to finish a term as president. Lets not forget the last years of Reagan and I’ll move to Canada if she’s my President. All of you thinking of pulling the lever for the Republicans here are some things to think about. This is not about our party affiliation, its about our country. Its not about our military record. Its not about the color of our skin. Its about restoring morals, restoring our economy and restoring our respect as a country.(which doesnt mean fighting another war). We had 8 years of Republican rule and yes I voted for him the first time but remember, Ignorance is doing something again and again while expecting a different result. I cant pull the Republican lever again and expect something different because I am far from Ignorant.

    Comment by Teedup — September 8, 2008 @ 12:52 pm

  15. I sure hope that people are not stupid enough to fall for this crap!
    If you have enjoyed and prospered off the last eight years, then vote for MCcain if not, and you want change? Vote for Obama! I do not want my rights taken away by conservative wack jobs!
    Sarah Palins conservative policy didn’t work with her daughter did it?
    I have one word………..HYPOCRITE!
    We have an important decision to make here,
    I will do everything in my power to keep Palin out of the white house!
    Let her stay in Alaska and continue her killing of endangered species!

    Comment by CHERYL FOR HILLARY — September 8, 2008 @ 1:26 pm

  16. http://www.thedailyshow.com/video/index.jhtml?videoId=184111&title=john-mccains-big-acceptance. If you take a look at this clip of a video by Jon Stewart(comedy central) it will show you a very disturbing side by side of McCain’s speech with word for word from bush’s 2000 speech

    Comment by Rick — September 8, 2008 @ 1:57 pm

  17. McCain didn’t pick Palin – his campaign manager did; he reluctantly went along with it. He wanted Leiberman.

    The POW emhpasis is far overdone. Palin was a surprise (not even vetted kind of surprise) and people like surprises – for a while!

    The most irritating thing about the Republicans is that they have taken the Democratic theme of Change and are trying to make it their message. Can’t they come up with their own slogan? It sounds like they think that Obama is onto something good, and they want it. So, why not take it????? Repulsive!

    Comment by Patricia — September 8, 2008 @ 2:32 pm

  18. First of all McCain did not vote with Bush 90% of the time. That is just spin. McCain opposed Bush and the GOP on numerous issues.
    That is why the far right still does not like him. Remember what Limbaugh and Coulter said about him throughout the primaries. Now all you free thinking open-minded liberals tell me when Obama went against his party. He hasn’t! The “Change” Obama wants is to go back to all the failed policys of the Johnson administration. That is “Change”??? I guess that is why young people fall for Obama. They are not old enough to know that the crap Obama is selling is old and tired democrat nonsense. I just hope Obama starts asking voters “are you better off now than you were 8 years ago”. The majority of Americans will say HELL YES!

    Comment by tim — September 8, 2008 @ 3:08 pm

  19. I agree! How can the McCain/Palin ticket claim change when there running the same campaign that Bush ran 4 years ago. fear, fear, fear, war, war, war, 9/11, 9/11, 9/11. If you want me to believe you are going to change then show me something in the campaign!

    It is amazing that anytime McCain is asked a tough question the first thing out his mouth is “When I was a POW”. Now I have a great deal of repect for anyone who was a POW I am tired of hearing about it all the time. I want to know what he plans to do for our country, not his biography all the time.

    Also as far as Sarah Palin and the press goes. Not only do they have the right to look into her background but we, as voters, have the right to know as much as we can about her. Afterall she running for the second highest office in the country

    Comment by mark — September 8, 2008 @ 3:53 pm

  20. It’s almost appalliing that people will be fooled by the Mccain/Palin rhetoric.
    Mccain is talking about he’s a maverick who has been fighting against his party to “change” the way Washington works. Well that is oxymoronic. If he’s for “change” and he’s been fighting his party and Washington for 26 years, what change is he proposing. He’s not changing anything if he’s already been fighting Washington and his party. His claim of “change” is nothing more than usurping Obama’s message and clouding the judgment of some voters who, undoubtedly are voting along racial lines only. If they think Mccain/Palin is possible of change when the republicans have been in the White House all this time, they ARE stupid.Some people sound ridiculous by saying Obama/Biden is in trouble. Believe me, he’s already factored in the “racists” votes. His plan goes beyond the conventional map and the race-based voters. But if people thiink Palin is a “savior” for the Mccain campaign you’re dillusional.
    Most importantly, its not Obama who’s in trouble, its the American people. $hit, Obama has $70million dollars and he’s a US Senator. If he loses the election he’s not going to suffer from it. But the American people will.
    What I don’t understand is this: After the 2000 elections, there were massive floods and tornados in the Ohio, Indiana, Iowa region. When the people there needed and wanted Federal assistance to recover, Bush refused to provide them with any disaster relief. Afterwards those people there were complaining because they had voted for Bush but he refused to help them when they needed it most. Mccain won’t be any different. All these folks thinking Mccain is for them will wake up terrorized after its too late. I will sit back and baske in the glow of watching them suffer. Of course Mccain’s policies won’t matter if you’re someone with $5million dollars in net worth. You’ll be happy to keep getting more and more tax cuts. But in the end, if you’re not $5million dollars in the black, you’ll be FIGHTING THE POWERS THAT BE after you wake from you stupor.

    Comment by AB — September 8, 2008 @ 5:57 pm

  21. If McCain is an agent of change, then why does have spokespersons like Nancy P. (senior adviser) making this statement on CNN yesterday about Obama “He’s never done anything but carry water for his political party”? Maybe she thought no one hear it.

    Comment by VJ — September 8, 2008 @ 6:28 pm

  22. This statement only goes back to Guiliani’s arrogant remarks at the convention. Change all of that rhetoric and maybe we can believe.

    Comment by VJ — September 8, 2008 @ 6:32 pm

  23. I think it is time for Mr. Obama to come out and declare what he intends to do with Ms. Clinton, unless he likes to slip further behind. If he introduces her as his chosen Secretary of State, then she will be able to do a much better job as if he would have picked her as his VP just to wait for something to happen to him in order for her to get into the presidency. This would not have been a good idea. I think both would make a perfect pair with the potential of returning sanity to this world, and honor back to the United States. She has the power to whip the masses at the last minute to bring Obama back on top again.
    Hans Zeunert

    Comment by Hans J Zeunert — September 9, 2008 @ 4:01 am

  24. It’s a healthy thing to see the candidates scramble to convince voters as to who’s qualified. I get a kick out of the Democrats–watching and reading how they’re stumbling over themselves while trying to put out the Sarah Palin forest fire. News flash, Sarah’s not running for the Presidency…Chuckles. And while Hilary is vainly choosing her wardrobe, what looks best on television, Sarah Palin humbly continues to run her visible campaign, as she is, but with integrity and honesty. Sarah Palin has never been self-serving; she’s actually served the people, what a marvelous contrast of reality. But, they continue to say Sarah’s not ready for the Whitehouse and Obama is…Oh really?! I happen to believe the men and women of this great country are more then able to see past the window dressing of the Democratic hype. It doesn’t take a law degree to see truth, just discernment. Status quo? Please! G.W.B. would have done well to have listened to McCain early on, but McCain is more then qualified to put American back on track, so don’t panic.

    Advocate4Good

    Comment by Advocate4Good — September 9, 2008 @ 3:44 pm

  25. Sarah Palin has been very self serving; she attacks and then hides setting herself above reproach and recrimination. She “grants” interviews, she does not give interviews. She is a public servant, not a monarchist, which is want she wants. She sets herself up as superior and above it all. What is more McCain is old, has gone through four bouts of cancer, and his health is not well; meaning, McCain may as well be running her for president. She needs to be put under the microspcope just as much as McCain; furthermore, McCain lives in fantasyland, he still has not accepted that the economy is in bad shape.

    Comment by Julie P — September 9, 2008 @ 3:57 pm

  26. Let’s not forget that the first Republican candidate to take this “change” idea from Obama was actually Romney! That was his last pathetic attempt at winning the nomination, and we all saw how well that worked out for him. Technically, McCain’s slogan is “Country First”…which isn’t working out too well either. Well, except for all of those people who didn’t get tired of hearing McCain’s well-known biography. Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing but respect & admiration for all of our men in uniform. And I am the proud wife of one of our men in uniform(yes, an Iraq Veteran) as well. However, you cannot base this whole election on feelings. McCain had NOTHING more than his bio to tell for a whole 4 days of his party’s convention…..really? That’s all you’ve got? Palin herself spent most of her speech telling her life story (which the media basically had drilled into our heads from the moment she was announced as VP pick). So, “change” is all they have got. It might not have been their idea, but what else can they do? I will give them this though…they have been able to change….their own party!!! Republicans have had to change their feelings about McCain, their feelings about women in the workforce (now they’ve got to defend Palin’s ability to be both VP & a mother), their feelings about teen pregnancies(really? It’s absolutely preposterous for Britney Spears’ little sis to get pregnant & marry her boyfriend….but Palin’s daughter is the new teen “role model” for doing the exact same thing), and best of all WE HAVE WON THE WAR!!!!! THANKS TO THE WONDERFUL SURGE!!!!! It doesn’t matter that we have had more of our American troops dying….now they have a reason for dying! Don’t get it twisted people…we are NOT getting KICKED OUT OF IRAQ…..we have” SUCCEEDED”!!!! Oh, and we have to thank the Republicans for that now. The only change coming from McCain is moving from a war in Iraq, to a war in Afghanistan….and of course Iran….and who knows where else.

    Comment by Claudia — September 10, 2008 @ 4:42 am


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