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August 29, 2008
By: Charles Homans

"NO THANKS"? REALLY?...In addition to what Steve and Bradhave already said re: the Bridge to Nowhere line in Palin's speech, it's worth noting that while she said "no thanks" to the bridge, she didn't have a problem keeping the money:

Under mounting political pressure over pork projects, Congress stripped the earmark -- or stipulation -- that the money be used for the airport, but still sent the money to the state for any use it deemed appropriate.

I think AP meant "bridge," not "airport," but point taken.

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"Airport" is correct.

The bridge was to link an airport to the town it serves.

Posted by: JC on August 29, 2008 at 3:43 PM | PERMALINK

Anyone else getting a little irritated? ;-)

Orange

Posted by: Dale on August 29, 2008 at 4:01 PM | PERMALINK

I don't mean this as sexist, but isn't it weird a mother of 5 with a 6 month old baby with downs syndrome is planning on being vice president for 8 years?

What does that say about the priority you place on your infant with downs syndrome? She isn't going to have any time to spend with her baby or give her baby the special attention it will need..

Its a very different job than being governor of Alaska...You'll be travelling a lot, working 14 hour days, etc etc.

Posted by: exhuming mccarthy on August 29, 2008 at 4:11 PM | PERMALINK

I wondered the same thing, about Palin and her baby. What kind of family values does this indicate? Country First, yeah great, but sometimes your kids have to come first. VP is way different than governor of Alaska. Also I don't see how Palin is going to attract women to McCain. They both are completely anti-choice. And she's an anti-science Creationist! But what the hell, Obama and Biden are heading toward an amazing victory.

Posted by: pixie on August 29, 2008 at 4:54 PM | PERMALINK

OMG! What do you think an earmark is? It isn't money, it is something to do with money already going to an area. That is why the Don Young thing was so dumb, the locals didn't want it, they had the money and the earmark was spending it on something they didn't want.

Probably McCain doesn't understand that fact either.

Posted by: tomj on August 29, 2008 at 5:10 PM | PERMALINK

A woman with kids can be a candidate, just like a man with kids can. Palin is wrong for lots of reasons, but this isn't one of them. Being a sexist ass isn't progressive.

Posted by: Steph Mineart on August 29, 2008 at 5:29 PM | PERMALINK

They asked if a Catholic president would overrule his pope. And they asked if a Mormon president would overrule the elders. Would a Fundamental Christianist woman overrule her husband?

Dale
That's Just What I Said

Posted by: Dale on August 29, 2008 at 5:41 PM | PERMALINK

Steph,

I don't think it's the mere fact of having children the some people find off-putting. It's having an infant, especially a special needs infant.

I'm not passing judgment one way or another, but realize that it may be a problem for some people.

I don't think it is sexist, either. I think most of the same people would be equally offended by a man if they did the same thing.

Posted by: doubtful on August 29, 2008 at 5:42 PM | PERMALINK


Just curious: do contemporary American women 'identify with' a mother of FIVE?

--TP

Posted by: Tony P. on August 29, 2008 at 5:52 PM | PERMALINK

As an anti-abortionist she is simply modeling one of the pro-life options: keep your child and hire people to raise it for you.

That's Just What I Said

Posted by: Dale on August 29, 2008 at 6:34 PM | PERMALINK
i don't mean this as sexist, but isn't it weird a mother of 5 with a 6 month old baby with downs syndrome is planning on being vice president for 8 years?

nasty, dirty rumor alert: don't worry, it's not her baby, it's her daughter's. didn't you notice the older daughter came out holding the baby thru-out the whole acceptance in dayton today?

more at the moderate voice

Posted by: skippy on August 29, 2008 at 9:55 PM | PERMALINK

I can't believe the ads the McCain campaign is running; out of desperation, they combined two separate portraints of McCain and Palin together in one banner ad, producing a grotesque mix of backgrounds, lighting, and poses.

Additionally, I don't understand how people think this woman looks remotely like Tina Fey. They look nothing alike to me, except for the bookish glasses, which from my dating experience over the past ten years seems to be how legions of relatively dumb women are posing as interesting, intelligent women.

Posted by: F'in Librul on August 30, 2008 at 1:46 AM | PERMALINK




 

 

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