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Obama Responses To Palin: Why So Mean & Petty?

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Thursday, Senator John McCain sent a personal message to Senator Barack Obama congratulating him on his historic nomination, and telling him: “Job well done!”

There is something pretty telling in Obama’s response, the responses of his surrogates and staff, (shown below) isn’t there?  Is this the “new politics” they speak of?  Is this the “change we need”?

Do they really think the American people want snide, wink-and-nod, smirking remarks meant to let us know McCain is old?  So was Ronald Reagan.  Are you ageists in addition to being misogynists?

It is also disturbing to see Obama’s chief operatives dissing small-population areas as well. It wasn’t a mis-speak either.  It directly relates to Barack Obama’s documented comments about bitter, religious, gun-owning rural Americans.  It is indicative as to how those closest to Obama, and how Obama really does feel.

  • CNN’s John Roberts, after briefly alluding to the issue of Republican  vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin’s experience he called into question earlier on Friday’s “Newsroom” program, asked correspondent Dana Bash about how the Alaska governor’s newborn son with Down’s syndrome might be affected if she were elected: “There’s also this issue that on April 18th, she gave birth to a baby with Down’s Syndrome…. Children with Down’s syndrome require an awful lot of attention. The role of Vice President, it seems to me, would take up an awful lot of her time, and it raises the issue of how much time will she have to dedicate to her newborn child?”Bash deftly answered this question, which has the implication that Palin could neglect her infant son, and made a possible counter-argument the McCain camp would use, that a question like Roberts’ would be sexist: “That’s a very good question, and I guess — my guess is that, perhaps, the line inside the McCain campaign would be, if it were a man being picked who also had a baby, but — you know, four months ago with Down’s Syndrome, would you ask the same question?The CNN correspondent continued by briefly describing the Palin’s family situation and the thinking that may have gone into the situation for both McCain and Palin herself. She concluded by reporting on the Alaska governor’s appeal to social conservatives because she is “very staunchly anti-abortion,” in Bash’s words.The full transcript of the exchange between John Roberts and Dana Bash, which began 7 minutes into the 11 am Eastern hour of CNN’s “Newsroom”

  • House Democratic Caucus Chairman Rahm Emanuel said the choice represented “political panic,” and the Obama campaign put out a quick dismissive statement, saying Mrs. Palin had “zero foreign policy experience.”


29 Aug 2008 11:58 am

From Obama spokesman Bill Burton:

“Today, John McCain put the former mayor of a town of 9,000 with zero foreign policy experience a heartbeat away from the presidency.  Governor Palin shares John McCain’s commitment to overturning Roe v. Wade, the agenda of Big Oil and continuing George Bush’s failed economic policies — that’s not the change we need, it’s just more of the same,” said Bill Burton, Obama Campaign Spokesman.


Governor Palin fought for large increases in taxes on the oil companies, and rebated the money to the people of Alaska!  Does that sound like a “friend” of big oil, or Bush’s economic policies?

More Obama Camp Reactions:

  • Ohio Democratic Party Executive Director Doug Kelly said that by putting the “former mayor of a town of 9,000 just a heartbeat away from the presidency,” McCain has undercut his entire campaign argument that experience matters. “Today’s announcement was an act of political desperation by the McCain campaign, but it does not alter the fact that the Republican ticket promises Ohioans more of the same,” Kelly said.
  • Palin: You’re no Hillary Clinton “None of my pro-Hillary female friends are falling for this obvious GOP pander. To the contrary, McCain’s selection of Sarah Palin as his VP is drawing hoots of derision. One female friend did some quick internet research and said, “Sarah Palin has a great deal of surface appeal, at first. But once America’s women look behind that cheerleader smile and see at her extreme social agenda, they will run the other direction.”Then she added, with a laugh, “The only thing he is going to let her do in the White House is teach him how to use the internet.”Another said, “It just seems desperate and calculated.”She added, “Palin makes McCain look ancient, out-of-touch and totally yesterday. McCain makes her look like a perky kid. Each one dramatically and perfectly underscores the other’s weakness. At least, nobody can criticize Obama’s alleged youth and inexperience now. But this is not the best team America could produce, by any stretch.”John McCain has gone from maverick to “me too” — trying to out-Democrat the Democrats and pick up some Hillary voters.But it ain’t working.
  • I’m Just Sayin’: Choice of Sarah Palin is an Insult to Women Voters

John McCain’s choice of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as a running mate is a searing insult to women.

Clearly, Palin was chosen in hopes of attracting women voters. There is virtually no other explanation for picking a right-wing leader of a state with a population of fewer than 680,000 people.

The decision argues that McCain has such a low opinion of women voters that they would overlook education, abortion, foreign policy, civil rights, health care, family leave and more simply to vote for a candidate with two x chromosomes.

As Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida said: “I know Hillary Clinton and Sarah Palin is no Hillary Clinton.”

More than an hour prior to laudatory statements, Obama spokesman Bill Burton implied the little known 44-year-old governor with less than two years in office was not qualified to be president and tied her to the Bush/McCain brand of politics.

  • Palin’s Age, Inexperience May Be Worse than Obama’s — If Obama is an empty suit, as McCain has suggested, is Palin suited for the Oval Office herself? She is younger and less experienced than the first-term Illinois senator… A governor for just 20 months, she was two-term mayor of Wasilla, Alaska, a town of 6,500 where the biggest civic worry is whether there will be enough snow for the Iditarod.


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  1. It certainly is disappointing to see people dissing small population areas:

    Karl Rove:

    Will all due respect again to Governor Kaine, he’s been a governor for three years,” Rove told Bob Schieffer. “He’s been able but undistinguished. I don’t think people could really name a big, important thing that he’s done.”

    Rove even dragged Richmond into his sights. “[Kaine] was mayor of the 105th largest city in America,” Rove said. “And again, with all due respect to Richmond, Virginia, it’s smaller than Chula Vista, California; Aurora, Colorado; Mesa, or Gilbert, Arizona; North Las Vegas, or Henderson, Nevada. It’s not a big town.”

    What does this say about Palin?


    Saturday, August 30, 2008 at 2:15:26 AM

  2. What it says is this:

    Sarah Palin is exactly the right compliment to John McCain in doing battle with the “business as usual” crowd, and Mr. Rove is part of that crowd. One has to acknowledge Karl Rove’s unmatched success in planning and executing winning election strategies. But no one, including the illustrious Mr. Rove, wins 100% of the time. Times change, what the American people expect from its government changes. The lefts fixation of Rove is a source of amusement for most of us. One person, one President, one political tactician, could never be responsible for all that is laid at Rove’s feet. But I do agree people in his position make a handy target to focus opposition upon. Rove is no different, by any significant measure, than David Plouffe.

    One cannot measure any person, Obama, Palin or McCain, by one benchmark alone. Historically our system of government lends itself to the individual fighting the good fight. Maligning someone for lack of experience is a slippery slope, and that is why the Obama Campaign, in the person of Barack Obama himself, reversed course mid-day on the 29th, in mocking Palin.

    In politics one can always discern a winning tactic by the amount of fury one drives the opposition to. In this case McCain’s people hit a grand-slam, forcing all talk of Obama’s acceptance speech off the front page. It is moronic, in the extreme, for the left to continue to focus on Rove. His client cannot run for the White House again, and Rove isn’t doing anything for McCain’s campaign other than to proffer suggestions now and then, same as I do.


    Saturday, August 30, 2008 at 2:56:51 AM

  3. Obama got completely punked! This woman is incredible. Truly an inspiration to women like myself, and definitely not just a pretty face. He will have a tough time trying to knock down someone who is so real and, frankly, classier than he will ever be.


    Saturday, August 30, 2008 at 6:18:38 AM

  4. Their attacks are small and petty because the people making them are small and petty. In fact, when you examine Obama’s talking points in general, what you see is smallness and severe lack of depth.


    Saturday, August 30, 2008 at 6:22:57 AM

  5. “House Democratic Caucus Chairman Rahm Emanuel said the choice represented “political panic,” and the Obama campaign put out a quick dismissive statement, saying Mrs. Palin had “zero foreign policy experience.”

    Emanuel got the words “political panic” right, but it’s not the Republicans that are panicking, its the Dem’s who know they’ve been out-foxed.

    As to Palin’s zero foreign policy experience, its worth noting that the same time the Anointed One was in Germany giving his speech, Sarah Palin was also there . . . visiting the troops that BHO couldn’t fit into his schedule.

    BTW, wasn’t the whole reason for Obama’s trip abroad to gain foreign policy experience? Hmmmm.


    Saturday, August 30, 2008 at 2:29:28 PM

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