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"Pitbull Palin" sinks teeth into Obama

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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- So this is "Pit bull Palin."

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin --in the GOP convention's most anticipated appearance -- asked the delegates Wednesday night who got their first look at John McCain's surprise pick as a running mate if they knew "the difference between a hockey mom and a pit bull."

"Lipstick," said Palin.


"Pitbull Palin" was talking about herself as she made history by becoming the second female in U.S. history to be part of a major party presidential ticket.

Palin did not flinch as she sliced, diced and mocked Barack Obama in her debut speech on a major stage. "I guess a small-town mayor is sort of like a 'community organizer,' except that you have actual responsibilities," she said to a roar.

The hockey mom needled Obama for writing two memoirs and not passing much major legislation. The presidency, she dryly noted later, getting back to an important chapter in the Obama story, "is not supposed to be a journey of personal discovery. This world of threats and dangers, it's not just a community, and it doesn't just need an organizer."

"Don't you think we made the right choice," said McCain, beaming when he popped on stage at the end of Palin's speech, in a stage visit the night before he makes his acceptance speech.

With steely grit and humored determination, Palin started the job of righting her turbulent political launch -- capped with the sensational news of an unwed pregnant daughter. That teen, Bristol, her fiance and her siblings -- her father holding baby Trig -- joined Palin and McCain on stage as the nation figures out if it wants to hang in the White House this family picture.

Before Palin spoke, a string of speakers warmed up the crowd in the Xcel Center to boost her thin credentials. The skeptical media, daring to raise questions if she was qualified, was denounced as a bunch of "Washington elites." I'm writing this sitting in one of the press stands at the side of the stage, and at one point the crowd started hooting and pointing at the press boxes with unfriendly gestures. We'll be seeing more of this.

Cranking up the audience -- the most important not in the hall but those watching on television -- former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani showed that he was able and willing to throw grenades at Obama that Hillary Clinton could only dream of lobbing during the long and at times bitter primary.

The Clinton operation expected the press to cut down Obama. Never happened. The McCain team showed Wednesday it will run against the press and simply say what they think needs to be said about Obama, who is on track to beat McCain as things stand now.

Said Giuliani, "I'm sorry that Barack Obama feels that her hometown isn't cosmopolitan enough. I'm sorry, Barack, that it's not flashy enough. Maybe they cling to religion there."

12 Comments

I certainly don't want a pit bull in my house or my neighborhood. Why would I want one helping direct our foreign policy. We have had enough of attack first and ask questions latter.

Both McCain and Palin are dangerous for America and her people in terms of foreign policy, womens' rights, education, our economy and the example they set for our children.

I can only hope for the sake of our country that the media continues to do their job and ask Gov. Palin the tough questions. It's obvious that she was not properly vetted, and we need to know the truth about her. She has already been exposed in several lies regarding her record as a mayor and governor.

And I found her speech last night very smug and sarcastic, divisive for someone who says she wants to be a reformer. How can such tactics help to accomplish things in the polarized atmosphere in Washington? Not exactly conducive to "working across the aisle."

SHE MAY HAVE SOUNDED TUFF, BUT SHE CAME OFF VERY
DISRESPECTFUL TO ALOT OF AMERICANS!
SHE IS A VIRTUAL UNKNOWN AND SHE COMES OUT
SWINGING, POOR DEMONSTRATION IN MANNERS, SHE
INTRODUCES HERSELF TO US AND THEN SHE SWEARS AT
US, THE GOP MAY LIKE HER BUT THE ECONOMY ISN'T
ANY BETTER TODAY BECAUSE OF HER TIRADE!
DON'T TELL ME THAT MCCAIN NEEDS A WOMAN TO SPIT
VENOM ON AMERICA THE NEXT TWO MONTHS, DON'T TELL
ME A WOMAN THAT LEFT THE TOWN SHE WAS MAYOR, SHE
LEFT THAT TOWN IN DEBT, IS A DISRESPECTFUL
PERSON, DON'T TELL ME A MOTHER OF FIVE AND A
GRANDMA TO BE IS SETTING THIS EXAMPLE AT THE
HOMESTEAD!
OBAMA AND BIDEN ALL THE WAY BEFORE THIS LADY IS
INDICTED WITH KARL ROVE!

These whiny, self-absorbed blog articles are getting funnier and funnier to read.
Too bad none of you journalists were ever schooled that it really isn't all about YOU!

Palin is exposing how thin and non-substantive your Messiah really is. Too bad you were too busy (after hours of self-absorbed reflection on how pithy you can be) trying to be cute about delegates hooting and pointing at you. OOOOHHH.

Palin is a horrid person, regardless of her gender. First read about her a few years ago. Can't stand her. In addition, her husband works for an oil company, and serving greedy oil minions is her priority. She is certainly not a conservationist and this poor planet is getting weary of being raped and abused. Time for change and she and McCain are definitely not it.

In addition, it's insulting to pitbulls to compare her to them. They are loving, loyal dogs with a bad rap caused by bad people. Other than that, I agree with Chris McClum's last sentence.


GIULIANI REMINDS US OF WHAT POLITICIANS SHOULD BE DOING

The restrictive shackles strapped to politicians when running for office too often hide the personality.

http://pacificgatepost.blogspot.com/2008/09/rudolph-giuliani-reborn.html

Thanks Rudolph.

This lady, Sarah Palin, exemplifies independence. She made her choice and she did not do it on someone elses dime.
The cadre of weak minded people that tell us we must always kill our unborn if circumstances are not perfect are shown for the callow and brutal people that they are. I try to be objective, but I respect the individual too much. To say she scares me, or she'll infrige on my rights...jeez some on here are so hysterical.

GIULIANI IS A LOSER, AND HIS CLAIM TO FAME IS
9-11!
HE ISN'T PRESIDENTIAL MATERIAL AND NEITHER IS
MCCAIN, MCCAIN HAS FALLEN SHORT ALL HIS LIFE!
MCCAIN AND OBAMA AS STUDENTS!
OBAMA WAS THE BETTER STUDENT!
MCCAIN AND OBAMA AS THINKERS!
OBAMA IS THE BETTER THINKER!
OBAMA AND MCCAIN AS FUNDRAISERS!
OBAMA IS THE BETTER FUNDRAISER!
OBAMA AND MCCAIN AS LEADERS!
OBAMA IS THE BETTER LEADER!
AMERICA WE HAVE OUR MAN, SEE YOU AT THE
INAUGURATION!

Seriously, if Mrs. Palin is so tough and reform minded why isn't she on the top of the the ticket. As an American I'm proud of her, but do you think if she had run for president in this cycle that she would have got 18 Million votes and been just a few delegates short of grasping her party's nomination. In short, NO.
In my Opinion she was only picked because she is a beautiful, charismatic Woman. Shame on you John McCain. Maverick my A@@. Strategic Politician Yes.....

Anonymous, I agree with you that she is NOT off-limits for tough questions. But neither is Biden. I'm willing to bet that 90% of Americans under 40 don't know Biden has not once, but twice, been caught for PLAGERISM. I bet nobody realizes he defended many lobbyists, including Asbestos contractors. And that he is NOT from a blue-collar background. He's anything but change.

This woman is nothing but a liar. She lied about the "bridge to no where", selling the jet on Ebay and making a profit, neither happened, they lost $600,000 on the sale, she doesn't know what the VP does, no foreign policy experience and no, being next to Russia does not count. She went to 6 colleges in 7 years before graduating. What's up with that? She didn't even tell her own kids that the baby was down syndrome before he was born. Announces to the world that her 17 year old daughter is pregnant and then parades out the boyfriend. Is being investigated by the state legislature. Why would anyone want to vote for her and McCain? Talk about incompetence, this would be 4 more years of George W. Bush.

WAY TO GO CAROLYN, IT'S GOOD TO SEE SOMEONE IS
AWAKE AND ISN'T FALLING FOR THE MCCAIN HUSTLE!
MCCAIN AND PALIN DON'T HAVE A CLUE HOW TO RUN A
COUNTRY!
MCCAIN IS AN OLD DOG, OLD DOGS DON'T LEARN NEW
TRICKS, A LEOPARD CAN'T CHANGE ITS SPOTS!
AMERICA WAKE UP AND VOTE FOR OBAMA AND BIDEN!

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