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GOP stalwarts blame media for Palin uproar


ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Republicans at their convention here are blaming the lefty media for the political travails Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin may face.

After John McCain surprised everyone by tapping her to be his running mate on Saturday, Palin's been kept sequestered someplace here as news outlets raise questions about whether Palin has been properly vetted, if McCain knew her unwed teen daughter was pregnant before he picked her or if McCain's most important decision as a presidential candidate was somehow botched.

I had not seen Phyllis Schlafly for years, and when I ran into the president of the Eagle Forum --one of the nation's leading anti-abortion conservatives -- in the halls of the Xcel Center on Day Two of the GOP convention, I of course wanted to know her take on Palin.

"I think Sarah Palin is the smartest thing that John McCain has done. She has revitalized the grass roots of the Republican Party across the board, all segments," said Schlafly.

Does the seeming chaos surrounding the Palin appointment reflect on McCain's management style?

"The press has tried to dream up some objections," Schlafly replied.

And about Bristol Palin, the 17-year old unwed daughter of the Alaska governor thrust into the limelight?

"Well, I think if it had happened to a Democrat, they would not have carried on like that and have a lot of stories on the front page."

Schlafly, who knows star quality conservative talent, two months ago booked Palin to keynote a reception Tuesday she organized with the Republican National Coalition for Life at the convention headlined "Life of the Party Party."

Palin's handlers canceled her visit. Why?

"It's unclear," Schlafly said Tuesday. "They said she had to rest up for her big speech tomorrow night."

Palin is speaking tonight at the GOP convention, and her debut on the big stage will be a defining moment for her. McCain spokesman Tucker Bounds said she is going to discuss bipartisanship in her speech. Palin has a tricky challenge.

She has to introduce herself, tell her life story and decide if her daughter's situation gets mentioned. At the same time she will push her main calling card -- taking on the GOP establishment in Alaska -- with McCain's long record as a party rebel on big issues to Barack Obama's shorter record of working across the aisle on smaller issues.

The message about the left press was buttressed when former Sen. Fred Thompson (R-Tenn.), the actor, threw red meat to the hungry delegates last night.

Said Thompson, "Some -- some Washington pundits and media -- media big shots are at a frenzy over the selection of a woman who has governed rather than just talked a good game on the Sunday talk shows and hit the Washington cocktail circuit."

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God, I look forward to the day when the old white men of the GOP will finally be thrown out of power and America can live up to it ideal of a free, pluralistic society that welcomes diversity and change, where the Constitution and bill of rights is honored, and that time is not too far off.

CRY ME A RIVER GOP!
WHY DON'T THE GOP LET ANY AFRICAN-AMERICANS
SPEAK AT THEIR CONVENTION?
WHY ARE THEY ACTING LIKE EVERYONE IS ATTACKING
GOVERNOR PALIN, SHE BROUGHT THIS ON HERSELF!
FRED THOMPSON WAS REHEARSING FOR A NEW TELEVISION
SHOW LAST NIGHT AT THE CONVENTION!
JOE LIEBERMAN IS SPEAKING AT RON PAUL'S
CONVENTION TONIGHT, HE WILL BE THE FIRST MAN TO
SPEAK AT A DEMOCRATIC CONVENTION, REPUBLICAN
CONVENTION, AND RON PAUL'S CONVENTION, A HAT
TRICK FOR LIEBERMAN!
OBAMA AND BIDEN IN A LANDSLIDE!

Is it better for society for these teens to view sex as a recreational sport or a celebration of two people's undying love for one another?

Abstinence education is focused on building self-esteem & pride in teens so that they are more likely to connect their virginity with undying love.

Both the Spears & Palin teens have what it takes for marriage: undying love & financial security. They don't need college before motherhood but that is what society thinks is best.

Palin doesn't need to mention this. She should stick to the economy & her battle vs corp America in Alaska. A battle she won on many front

Interesting how Phyllis Schlafly will villify women on the otherside for being feminists, but it's suddenly ok for Conservative women?

The GOP needs to get their stories straight and stop bamboozling the voting public, we are not stupid and we do not want to be treated like we are.

I am done with the GOP, this Palin nomination is it for me. The fact that John McCain would take a 360 degree turn against everything they have been saying about Obama and the Dems and did not properly vet and then pick someone with no experience is disgusting.

The GOP has been running around for the last 8 years talking about security and he picks her?

This Independent has had enough of their lies and garbage.

Juan: I'm afraid that reformer fantasy is about to fall to the reality of earmarks and insider dealings within her adminstration.

On top of all that, she's just a really poor mother - trying to say we should elect her because she's a good mom. I know many many women who care far more for their children than to use them as political accessories. She cares about her own ambition - not her kids.

I think the media has been pretty restrained on Palin. Democratic bloggers are slobbering all over themselves, but I don't think Fred Thompson can blame the mainstream media for that.

When I first read about Palin (wanting to allow creationism teaching in schools, declining to abort her Down syndrome daughter, but unable to fully raise her herself, a "family values" hockey mother with a 17-year pregnant unmarried daughter), I figured McCain was basically tossing the election. But maybe her convention speech will change some minds, and maybe there will be enough Evangelicals / pro-Life / NRA moose hunters in Florida and other borderline states to justify the election calculus. I doubt it.

This is so refreshing. The Godless democrats have found a way to lose another election. It is sad to see so many so-called bright minds led astray by a false idea. I have fought for this country and would fight again if it were not for age. But there are very few democrats that can say the same. All they seem to want to do is tell everyone else how they know whats best for everyone. If this were not America no telling how they would be treated. Democrats should learn from history; communisum did not work and neither does socialism. Thank god I live in a country were I can earn my own way and not have it given to me as a handout from a democrat.

On NPR's "Talk of the Nation" Monday afternoon, Phyllis Schlafly said that if a Democrat had found herself pregnant with a Downs Syndrome child, as Sarah Palin did, she would have aborted the pregnancy. But since reports reveal 90% of all such pregnancies are aborted, presumably more than a few Republican women have also chosen to terminate such pregnancies.

In remarks on the Democratic Party platform position on abortion, Ms. Schlafly ignored the inclusion of support for measures that have been shown in the past to reduce the number of abortions. These measures have been praised by other pro-life leaders, some of whom will vote Democratic in November.

What happened to shame? According to the conservatives, family values require us to be ashamed when we break the hard and fast rules, with no exceptions allowed. If a Democratic candidate had the misfortune to be in this predicament, the Republicans would have screamed about the lack of family values, and look at what sex education had wrought. Instead, we are expected to respect privacy, and nod knowingly about how even though we believe in abstinence-only education, kids will be kids, and mistakes happen. I don't hear anyone talking about the implications of kids having kids, and what kind of future awaits these young people without an education. This sounds like a double standard.

PALIN TALKED REAL TOUGH TONIGHT, I HOPE SHE
CLEANS HER BABY UP AFTER THE YOUNGEST DAUGHTER
SPIT ON HER HAND AND WIPED IT ON THE BABY'S HEAD!
WHY DOES EVERYONE IN THE FAMILY ACT LIKE THEY
DON'T WANT TO DEAL WITH THE BABY!
HER ARMS ARE TO SHORT TO BOX WITH BIDEN!
HE IS GOING TO TAKE HER TO TASK FOR BRINGING UP
HIS NAME, OBAMA KNEW IT WAS COMING, BUT BIDEN
IS GOING TO TAKE HER OVER HIS KNEE AND GIVE HER
A SPANKING!
WILL SOMEONE TELL THE DUMMIES IN THE GOP THAT
DRILLING WON'T START FOR 10 YEARS!
HARRY REID SAYS YOU ARE NOW APART OF THE FAILED
BUSH POLICIES, BECAUSE MCCAIN IS THE THIRD TERM
OF GEORGE BUSH!

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