70% Say Sarah Palin Not Qualified

October 28, 2009

Seventy percent of “those polled” say Sarah Palin is not qualified to be President of the United States.

What’s wrong with thirty percent? Should the figure not be 100%?

What do you think?

Democrat Dave

Sarah Palin not leaving politics

July 12, 2009

The Associated Press is reporting today that Sarah Palin is not leaving politics. Now, I can truly say my prayer has been answered.

I can’t begin to tell you how happy this news makes me.  Ever since the ambiguities in her stunning July 3rd announcement, I’ve felt a lot of trepidation that she might be leaving politics all together.

Thankfully, we’ve learned today, that that is not the case.

Let’s do some quick math to really understand the impact of this news.  70% of Republicans like Sarah.  Impressive.

However, only 21% of the US population today identifies themselves as a Republican.  So, that means Sarah has the support of a little less than 15% of the US population.

Hmmm.  She’s going to need to pick up a few votes from Democrats to pull this off.   But, with her charm, charisma, eloquence and interviewing skills, it should be a piece of cake.  She’s magnetic.  All she needs to do is avoid contact with that mean ol’ main stream media, and, everything should be just fine.

Sarah’s staying in politics is great news for the US taxpayers as well. The comedy industry won’t be in need of stimulus package for the foreseeable future.

The contrast Sarah provides against the Democrats is dramatic!  Sarah Palin in 2012!!

What do you think?

Democrat Dave

Palin’s sexiness hurt her vote getting

March 5, 2009

From the L.A. Times blog “Top of the Ticket” comes the following:

“Newly released academic research suggests that Sarah Palin’s sexiness, while great for selling copies of Vogue magazine and political buttons about the hottest governor from the coldest state last fall, may actually have hurt her vote-getting ability, which seems to be what elections are about.”

Really?  I’d attribute her vote getting problems to her inability to put together coherent thoughts as evidenced by her media interviews.

Of course, Sarah blames the MSM for all her problems.  But, that’s a pretty consistent GOP trait as of late.   It’s a lot easier to blame “the evil MSM” than admit that America wanted someone with more than a fifth grade problem-solving level running the U.S.A.

I’m so grateful John McCain and Sarah Palin didn’t fool the American people. After 8 long years, we got one election right!

What do you think?

Democrat Dave

Sarah Palin pranked by Canadian radio DJ’s-complete audio

November 2, 2008

Congratulations to Sarah Palin’s staff for doing such an effective job protecting her from this prank.  That this happened is unbelievable. Enjoy!

Obama-Biden in 2008! Democrat Dave

Sarah Palin–the face of the Republican party in 2012

November 2, 2008

I say “hooray” to this idea.  Her brand is just what America needs to ensure there’s a Democrat in the White House.  Bring it on, Sarah!!

Democrat Dave

What to do with Sarah Palin’s $1200 energy check to Alaskans?

October 31, 2008

From my esteemed colleague at Mudflats (http://mudflats.wordpress.com) comes this gem:

I got my $1200 energy rebate check from Sarah Palin a couple weeks ago, and so did every other human being in Alaska.  This money, which came from the wealth of oil companies doing business in Alaska, got spread around by the Governor to help Alaskans defray the rising costs of energy that made the oil companies profitable enough to provide Alaska with the money for the rebate check that defrays the cost of energy…..(you get the circular idea).

At the Alaska Women Reject Palin rally here in Anchorage, a woman drove by as I was returning to my car. She leaned out of her window and said, “Are you going to get a $1200 check this year?” “You mean the rebate check? Yes,” I said. “So how can you hate Sarah Palin!?!” she quipped, looking angry and smug at the same time. “Are you going to SPEND it???” she spat. I said the first thing that came to mind, “Yes, I’ll probably donate it to the Obama campaign.” She screeched away.

And I didn’t tell her the whole truth. I’ve actually spread my wealth around to lots of good progressive candidates, both in Alaska and outside.

Priceless.  Democrat Dave

Dick Cheney supports Barack Obama

October 31, 2008

In the spirit of acknowledging all the disingenuous lies and distortions of the McCain-Palin campaign, I made up this headline.  But, unlike the McCain-Palin campaign, I acknowledge that it’s not true. 

One of the leading neo-conservatives has, indeed, thrown his support to Barack Obama.   This guy isn’t from the “liberal media.” From the Huffington Post on the 30th of October, 2008, comes the following:

Francis Fukuyama, the prominent academic and an early intellectual defender of neoconservatism, endorses Barack Obama in the pages of the American Conservative magazine:

I’m voting for Barack Obama this November for a very simple reason. It is hard to imagine a more disastrous presidency than that of George W. Bush. It was bad enough that he launched an unnecessary war and undermined the standing of the United States throughout the world in his first term. But in the waning days of his administration, he is presiding over a collapse of the American financial system and broader economy that will have consequences for years to come. As a general rule, democracies don’t work well if voters do not hold political parties accountable for failure. While John McCain is trying desperately to pretend that he never had anything to do with the Republican Party, I think it would a travesty to reward the Republicans for failure on such a grand scale.
McCain’s appeal was always that he could think for himself, but as the campaign has progressed, he has seemed simply erratic and hotheaded. His choice of Sarah Palin as a running mate was highly irresponsible; we have suffered under the current president who entered office without much knowledge of the world and was easily captured by the wrong advisers. McCain’s lurching from Reaganite free- marketer to populist tribune makes one wonder whether he has any underlying principles at all.

So, why is anyone voting for the McCain-Palin ticket at this point? This guy has nailed it.

Enough! Obama-Biden in 2008. Democrat Dave

McCain needs help with economy–his choice?

October 29, 2008

John McCain has always admitted that the economy is not his strength. Damn the bad luck–that’s where we need the most help right now. Check out this 30-second video clip:

Democrat Dave

Let’s put an end to McCain-Palin lies about Barack Obama’s tax plans

October 29, 2008

If you’re sick and tired of John McCain’s non-stop stream of lies about Barack Obama’s tax plan, this video can help you put an end to it.  From JedL over at DailyKos comes this gem.


As JedL says:

As the video shows, the fact is that under Obama’s plan, 95% of Americans — including Joe the Plumber — would get a tax cut. Income over $250,000 would be taxed at pre-Bush levels (same as during the Clinton years).

That’s not spreading the wealth — that’s a tax plan designed to create wealth by strengthening the middle class.

Don’t tell Matt Drudge or FOX News, but John McCain himself took the same basic approach to taxes as Barack Obama — at least until the 2008 presidential campaign brought about some changes in his views.

Now, with just six days to go, the only thing John McCain has left to run on is a bogus and hypocritical attack on Barack Obama’s tax cut plan. To the extent this video can help reveal that truth, getting it into enough hands could help put an end to John McCain’s lies about Obama’s tax cut plan.

Thanks! Democrat Dave

Is the election over yet?

October 25, 2008

If you believe the polls, the Obama-Biden ticket is going to have a resounding victory against the McCain-Palin ticket.  I believe the polls.  Why?  Obama is consistently ahead in the polls.  This mitigates the potential issue of a one-off polling result such as the AP poll we saw earlier this week.

Democrats can’t become complacent–we need to get out the vote to ensure that we close the deal for Barack Obama and Joe Biden.  Polls don’t win elections–it’s only the final vote tally that counts!!   Michele Obama reminds us yesterday that we can take nothing for granted.

I got really ill about 10 days ago and am well on the mend now.  I was so sick, I missed the final debate.  That’s sick!  The McCain-Palin tone hasn’t promoted better health for me.  It’s only made me crave an Obama-Biden victory and for us to “get this over with.”

I’ve now reached the point where, like George Bush, I don’t want to hear anything that John McCain or Sarah Palin have to say.   It’s all about bashing Obama-Biden, not telling us why they offer a better solution for America.

The McCain-Palin ticker only advances FUD (fear, uncertainty and doubt) about Barack Obama.  The American people aren’t buying it.  McCain-Palin aren’t mavericks, they aren’t for the middle class, and they really aren’t for change.  They are for pandering to their base.

The McCain-Palin campaign has become a travesty for them and good news for the Democrats–the GOP down-party races, e.g., House, Senate, etc., are suffering due to the McCain-Palin ticket.

Barack Obama and Joe Biden want a victory to help steer this country in a different direction.  McCain-Palin want to win to preserve the status quo.  In my mind, the choice is clear:  Obama-Biden is the ticket!!

Enough!  Obama-Biden in 2008!!  Democrat Dave

John McCain: horrible judgement about Sarah Palin

October 14, 2008

Conservatives continue to take issue with John McCain for his selection of Sarah Palin as his running mate.  In an article today titled Bush Strategist: McCain Knows He Put Country at Risk with Palin Pick  by Sam Stein of the Huffington Post:

Matthew Dowd, a prominent political consultant and chief strategist for George W. Bush’s reelection campaign eviscerated John McCain on Tuesday for his choice of Sarah Palin as vice president.

Dowd proclaimed that, in his heart of hearts, McCain knew he put the country at risk with his VP choice and that he would “have to live” with that fact for the rest of his career.

This isn’t the “liberal media” making this observation–this is a Conservative insider! How could any Conservatives still be thinking about voting for McCain-Palin? It is a puzzlement.

Enough! Obama-Biden in 2008!! Democrat Dave

Conservative media on McCain-Palin campaign

October 13, 2008

Conversatives are pretty upset with John McCain and the campaign he has run including the choice of Sarah Palin.  Let’s look at today’s media reports.

Here’s what Conservative, NeoCon media guru Bill Kristol says about McCain in a New York Times piece today:

It’s time for John McCain to fire his campaign. He has nothing to lose. His campaign is totally overmatched by Obama’s. The Obama team is well organized, flush with resources, and the candidate and the campaign are in sync. The McCain campaign, once merely problematic, is now close to being out-and-out dysfunctional. Its combination of strategic incoherence and operational incompetence has become toxic. If the race continues over the next three weeks to be a conventional one, McCain is doomed.
He may be anyway.

Here’s what Conservative, NeoCon media guru Christopher Hitchens says about the McCain-Palin campaign:

With McCain, the “experience” is subject to sharply diminishing returns, as is the rest of him, and with Palin the very word itself is a sick joke. One only wishes that the election could be over now and a proper and dignified verdict rendered, so as to spare democracy and civility the degradation to which they look like being subjected in the remaining days of a low, dishonest campaign.

RedState co-founder Joshua Trevino writes on his blog that:

…he can’t bring himself to vote for the Republican ticket. In the end, I couldn’t do it. My California ballot arrived in the mail today, and I opened it fully intending to vote for John McCain….Do I believe in John McCain? Not as much as I used to. Do I believe in Sarah Palin? Despite my early enthusiasm for her, now not at all. Do I believe in the national Republican Party? Not in the slightest — even though I see no meaningful alternative to it.

As you might imagine, John McCain doesn’t see it this way. But, then again, there’s a lot of things he’s not been able to see during this campaign.

Enough! Obama-Biden in 2008!! Democrat Dave

John McCain: suspend your campaign–it’s over

October 8, 2008

Dear John McCain: 

My friend, it’s over.  Please stop tearing down America, your party and yourself.  You’ve lost your integrity and a lot of respect over the past few months.  It’s too bad that you were willing to give that away.

We know what you’re about and the American people say “no thank you” to you being President of the United States. 

You are out of ideas and credible plans to help resolve 21st century issues.  You sound irritable, cranky and out of touch.  It’s time for you to get off the stage.

The American people deserve more from you than the crap you and Sarah Palin bring to the table. We don’t need 27 more days of this.  We can’t stand any more of your “maverick, reform” B.S.  It made for a great drinking game with all those Joe Six-Packs out there!

If you really are for “Country First,” suspend your campaign, go home to one of your homes (you choose which one) and relax.  Sure, the GOP and the NeoCons are going to be furious with you for screwing up your campaign.  But, it’s time for a change and you can’t fill the bill.  Neither can your VP choice.

You aren’t entitled to the Presidency of the United States simply because you were a POW.  Sorry. Thanks for your service to our country.  End your campaign honorably now.  

Enough!  Obama-Biden in 2008. 

Democrat Dave

Media under attack by Palin–why don’t they simply ignore her?

October 7, 2008

Why doesn’t the main stream media simply ignore Sarah Palin?   Without them, she is nothing.  Well, truth be told, she’s nothing anyway.

Don’t cover her events, don’t fly with her–ignore her.  Make her as irrelevant as she truly is!

Covering her just fuels the GOP B.S.  Enough!  Obama-Biden in 2008.  Democrat Dave

Obama-Biden lead grows; McCain-Palin attacks not working

October 6, 2008

The Obama-Biden lead continues to grow daily all across America–excellent news!!

The McCain-Palin campaign is becoming increasingly strident as they have no message that is resonating with the American people.  

  • Meanwhile, McCain-Palin will do everything they can to undermine Barack Obama’s campaign. 
  • Watch for the GOP to continue the FUD–fear, uncertainty and doubt–campaign.  
  • Look for Obama-Biden to continue to sharpen the differences between the respective visions of the 2 campaigns.

The American people are properly seeing that the McCain-Palin ticket lacks the talent, capacity, vision and leadership to bring the change America needs.

The GOP hold on the White House is about to be a distant memory.  I can’t wait!

Enough!  Obama-Biden in 2008.  Democrat Dave

I’m finding no support for McCain-Palin

October 5, 2008

I’ve travelled from the ‘left coast” to the East Coast yesterday to deliver a keynote address on Monday. I am presently awaiting a ferry in Savannah, Georgia, to take me to an island off the coast of South Carolina.

As I’ve travelled, I spoke often about my desire to see Barack Obama elected President of the United States. I’m happy to report that things are looking good!

I sat next to the CEO of a mid-sized company who self-identifies as a Republican on my flight to Dallas.  He’s a wealthy Republican–his last company was acquired by Oracle Corporation.  He told me John McCain made the decision pretty easy for him the moment he nominated Sarah Palin.  He’s strongly supporting Barack Obama.  Yes!

As I got my shoes shined in the Dallas-Fort Worth airport, I asked Mike what he was hearing.  [Afterall, you’d think more Republicans than Democrats are getting their shoes shined, right?]  Good news.  Mike tells me he’s hardly had anyone supporting McCain.   People are speaking enthusiastically about Barack Obama.  Mike did share one interesting thing with me.  He said the KKK is supporting Barack Obama as they dislike Palin more than Barack.  Fascinating!

My taxi drivers have confirmed that they are finding no support for John McCain here in Savannah–that may not be true amongst most residents in Georgia.  But, the people who are travelling here are supporting Barack.

Is my polling scientific?   No.  But, I sure like what I’m hearing!

Enough!  Obama-Biden in 2008!   Democrat Dave

Sarah Palin debate flow chart

October 3, 2008

Right from Sarah Palin’s podium!  I wish I could take credit for designing this, but, I can’t.  I hope the author won’t mind me sharing it with you.

Enough!  Obama-Biden in 2008!!   Democrat Dave

VP Debate: Sarah Palin proves she’s not ready

October 3, 2008

Last night, Joe Biden proved why he is qualified to be VP; Sarah Palin proved why she is not. 

At the GOP convention, Sarah proved she’s an effective actress–if you’re a devout Republican, you may have thought she was entertaining.  She had another reasonable acting performance last night.  But, that’s insufficient to persuade me she’s worthy of our serious consideration for VP. Here’s why I stand by my assertion she’s little more than an actress:

  • Sarah was able to learn a few scripted lines and use them over and over and over and over and over.
  • Sarah didn’t respect the VP debate process–by blowing off questions, she did what she needed to do to survive within the context of her fragile scripting. [What would the GOP be saying if Joe Biden had adopted the same strategy?  Does the word “outrageous” come to mind?]
  • She was able to offer little more than vague, partisan generalities.
  • Just like an actress, there’s no real depth to her understanding–she delivered the GOP script.
  • Sarah tells you that John McCain wants to go after the evil empire (Wall Street) and is suddenly solidly behind the middle class. How dumb do they think we are?  [They will say anything to win!]
  • Sarah Palin thinks the Constitutional authority for the VP should be expanded; as you would expect, she offered no specifics about this.  Has she ever even read the Constitution?  Doesn’t she understand we’ve been down that path with Dick Cheney and we’re not interested in replaying that movie?  [Note: Sarah Palin thinks the biggest mistake Dick Cheney made as VP was shooting his hunting partner in the face.  Really?  That tells me a lot about her!]

The GOP spinmeisters are all over the TV this morning “selling” the idea that Sarah won the debate last evening. Not!

The debate in no way changed my mind about her readiness and, based on post-debate polling, the American people who watched it reached the same conclusion.  Here’s why:

  • Life at the VP level isn’t about reciting talking points as she was able to do last night; the 21st century isn’t following a tight script.
  • Life is more spontaneous–more like the Katie Couric interviews we saw;  Sarah crumbled in that environment. Don’t ever forget that!!
  • Sarah couldn’t provide the names of anything she reads–anyone with any intellectual curiosity can tell you in a heartbeat what they look at on a daily or weekly basis.
  • Sarah Palin looks like a victim of the Bush “No Child Left Behind” program: it doesn’t teach kids how to think; it teaches them how to answer specific questions for the purpose of taking a test.
  • It took most of John McCain’s staff to script her for this debate; what seems natural about that? 

Sarah Palin is not a bad person.  She’s simply been thrust into a situation she’s incapable of rising to in spite of her claims and the GOP claims to the contrary.  I don’t want her one heart beat away from the Presidency.  She’s not ready.  The American people deserve better.

Joe Biden is ready.   Barack Obama is ready.

Enough!  Obama-Biden in 2008!!   Democrat Dave

Biden-Palin debate: post-debate GOP excuses

October 2, 2008
  1. Palin was intimidated by Biden
  2. Palin was a victim of sexism
  3. The moderator was biased–Karl Rove will announce “he’s never seen such partisan questions in his entire political life!”
  4. Biden threw her off balance with his knowledge of the world
  5. There was a rock in her shoe
  6. She stayed up late last night cramming
  7. The questions came too fast and furious
  8. They hadn’t covered that subject in the debate prep–“how could anyone be expected to know that?”
  9. She’s only going to be Vice President so the questions are largely irrelevant
  10. The liberal media prepared the questions and we all know how out of touch they are
  11. She’s had a heavy campaign schedule
  12. Her kid was ill last evening so she didn’t get proper rest
  13. John McCain was ill last night and she stayed up late reassuring him of her qualifications
  14. etc., etc., etc.

Get ready folks.  Get ready. 

I hope some of you don’t turn this into a post-debate drinking game–a lot of alcohol may be consumed.   Please don’t drink and drive. 

Democrat Dave

Sarah Palin’s success or failure in the debate is about Sarah Palin, Not All Women

October 1, 2008

Sarah Palin only represents herself in the debate tomorrow night, not all women.   I’m seeing some write that “she can’t let women down.”  She can only represent herself. 

If Joe Biden makes a gaffe, it’s not about all men–just about Joe Biden.

That being said, I’m really looking forward to the debate tomorrow night. 

Democrat Dave

10 Reasons McCain-Palin campaign is going down

October 1, 2008

1. John McCain

2. Sarah Palin validates John McCain has really bad judgement

3. Erratic campaign–out of touch; lack of consistency

4. Dishonesty and lack of integrity in ads and messaging

5. Country isn’t first; campaign is first

6. Lying about taking care of veterans

7. Taking credit for or declaring victory for things that ultimately fail

8. Demeanor and attitude

9. Conservatives abandoning the ticket in droves

10. American public is not stupid

What do you think?   Democrat Dave

First Presidential Debate–Can You Imagine Palin Up There?

September 27, 2008

Last night’s debate certainly covered a lot of highly detailed economic and foreign policy matters.  I couldn’t help but think about throughout the course of the entire debate how Sarah Palin will fare against Joe Biden given the same questions Barack and John McCain had to deal with.  It’s going to be a disaster for her and her party. 

Look for something to happen that precludes her participation in that debate up to and including leaving the ticket.  I read yesterday that her prepatory sessions for the debates is going so poorly, that the team prepping her can’t get through a session without stopping half-way through in utter dismay and frustration.

My hat is off to Barack Obama.  He performed extremely well against a cranky John McCain.  Bravo, Barack!

Since the college vote is so important in this election, I found it startling that John McCain started off the evening talking about President Eisenhower.   Most people in college would only have a memory of Clinton and Bush 43 Administrations.  This reference certainly made John McCain look old.

What do you think?  Democrat Dave

McCain-Palin campaign: R.I.P.

September 26, 2008

John McCain and Sarah Palin: Please stop embarrassing yourselves and our nation.  America deserves better.

Please suspend your campaign immediately and go back to what you were doing before you got yourselves into this mess.   We don’t need to hear from you in the debates.  We know who are you and, frankly, you both scare the cr_p out of us.

It’s time for the McCain-Palin campaign to quietly fade into the sunset.  You and your failed campaign has become too big a distraction in light of all the serious issues facing the nation. 

Conservative pundits as well as the main stream media are rejecting the erratic campaign that you’ve been running while at the same time acknowledging what many of us have known for weeks–Sarah Palin isn’t ready for anything at the level she’s been asked to play–a debate, an interview by the media, a discussion about serious issues, etc.  It’s time to end this. 

If you truly believe in “Country First,” do this for the country.

And, please, whatever you do, don’t replace Palin on the ticket.  It would merely be seen as a “sexist” attack of one of your own.  John McCain–your party made the choice for you and you need to live with it.

John McCain–you aren’t the man I knew back in 2000.   It’s too bad.   Thanks for your service to our country, John.    Sarah Palin–good luck with Alaska and your family.  Sorry you got drug into all this.

Enough!  Vote Obama-Biden in 2008.   Democrat Dave

Sarah Palin is an actress, not a viable VP candidate

September 26, 2008

For those of you who saw the Katie Couric interview last evening, it is all too obvious that Sarah Palin is incapable of being the Vice President.  She’s out of her element. God forbid something happens to John McCain and we have her step up to the Presidential role!

The “Peter principle” suggests that every employee rises to their level of incompetence.  We’re there folks with Sarah Palin–she’s incompetent for this new role.

Sarah Palin is able to deliver a tightly-scripted event very well.  I call that acting.  Sadly, leadership requires far more than executing within a script.

Sarah Palin may be capable of meeting the needs of Alaska quite well.  But, her skills aren’t translating well to the big stage she needs to be able play on.  Sarah Palin isn’t ready.  We can’t afford the risk.  John McCain’s judgement has to be questioned as to why he selected her. 

Enough!  Vote Obama-Biden.  Democrat Dave

McCain bailout on his own campaign

September 25, 2008

McCain has a number of problems that all center around his inability to tell the truth.  Let’s look at what happened with David Letterman. 

John McCain apparently called David to tell him that he wouldn’t be able to appear on this show yesterday as he had to “immediately return to Washington D.C. to work on the economic crisis.”   Except, he never left New York. 

Instead, he was found to be taping an interview with Katie Couric during the time he would have been on David’s show.  And, this morning, he’s on a panel with Bill Clinton in New York at the Clinton Global Initiative.  So, he won’t be back in Washington until Thursday afternoon.

Why did he lie again?   Why can’t McCain tell the truth?  Is this what we expect of a guy who wants to be President of the United States?

The Republicans in Congress are largely against him showing up.  The Democrats are adamantly against this grandstanding by McCain.  They feel his participation will only take the attention off the real issue at hand–reaching agreement on a bailout plan. 

No one asked McCain to suspend his campaign and come to Washington to help broker a solution–he’s interjecting himself into the process at the 11th hour.  It was only AFTER he suspended is campaign the President Bush summoned McCain and Obama to the White House.  McCain is looking for a sound-bite moment where he can appear to be “Presidential” in pulling together a solution.

Leadership is knowing when it is appropriate to interject yourself into a situation. McCain’s actions are inappropriate and largely unwelcome.  That’s not leadership; it’s grandstanding.

Why did he “suspend” his campaign?  It’s an act of desperation to try to slow Barack Obama’s growing momentum and deflect attention away from McCain’s campaign and all its problems of the past 2 weeks.  It’s also a way to get his campaign problems out of the news for a few hours.  And, it won’t work. 

The American people are tired of being lied to by McCain and Palin.   They are seeing clear indications that this is looking more and more like the Bush-Cheney third term.   Palin is looking more and more like “Dick Cheney with lipstick” judging by her avoidance of the press, refusing to participate in the “Troopergate” investigation just as she commited to doing before she joined the McCain ticket, etc.

Barack Obama is right:  McCain needs to be able to multi-task.  And, McCain needs to show up to the debate tomorrow night.

Enough!  Barack Obama for President.   Democrat Dave