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Cable News Nets Awash with GOP Veep Choice

August 29, 2008 12:49 PM

PalinToday is GOP presidential candidate John McCain’s 72nd birthday and he gave TV newsgathering organizations a present when he announced his dark-horse candidate Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate.

The 44-year-old Palin is hardly a household word in political circles, having been governor of Alaska for just two years, after earlier serving as mayor of a suburb of Anchorage.

Palin, a card-carrying member of the NRA, is pro-life and took to the stage today with four of her five kids in tow. The fifth enlisted in the military and is shipping out to Iraq on Sept. 11.Wave-the-flag time here.

McCain’s maverick choice has reporters in a feeding frenzy, trying to learn more about her. From what we’re hearing, I sure wouldn’t throw her on stage with her opponent, Sen. Joe Biden, but I wouldn’t write her off, either.

While I think she will pick up few if any disenfranchised Hillary Clinton voters, because they’re liberal, Palin has her own strengths, despite her lack of experience.

She pounded through legislation for the creation of a $40 billion natural gas pipeline in the state as the country tries to find alternatives to imported crude oil. She’s also had some success in fighting the oil companies and battling statewide corruption.

Among Alaskans, she has an 80% approval rating. Does she have a chance?

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Comments (54)

Cruiser:

Yo, Blondie --

Gov. Palin is sort of like Dennis Kucinich: the real steel for the hard-core extremists in their respective parties. At least she's got some brains, judging from her TV interviews. Way better choice than Dan Quayle.

Cruisin not bruisin

Marianne Paskowski:

Cruiser,

Good to hear from you. What I really think the American public needs to hear is how energy policy really works in Alaska.

It's different there. I get some of the nuances, but not all.

Help!
Marianne

Jeff Mulligan:

Marianne,

What a roll of the dice for the GOP! Of course, the Dems are taking a big gamble with Obama, so they have to temper the risk with Mr. Reliability Biden.
Oddly enough, the GOP leadership, not content to match their war hero to a safe veep choice, somehow had to show they can take risks too. That's the definition of change in the White House, a veep who's a two-year governor whose prior political experience centered on getting the garbage picked up on time?

Jeff

Joe Guerin:

You might have hit the right nail, which as of Friday night the media pundits haven't figured out.
Ms. Palin has more energy policy experience than McCain. And more executive experience by far than either McCain, Obama, or Biden. When "that call" comes to the White House at 3am, McCain, if elected, would at least have good advice on fixing the potholes in Tbilisi.

Marianne Paskowski:

Hi Jeff,

I don't get McCain, just yesterday he said Americans were whining about the economy. Today he shows up in Ohio, saying he feels working people's economic pain.How bipolar is that?

And now Sarah. No secret the Bush administration is cozy with oil drillers and oil patch companies. Let alone promoting the war in Iraq.

This selection sounds desperate to me, will be interesting how the political reporters digest all of this. So far, they have been neutral, but the fangs will be out.

Thanks for your post,and let's not diminish Sarah's accomplishments, small, but a good step.

M

Marianne Paskowski:

Hi Joe,

McCain's choice is so interesting, and a gamble. Plenty of Americans, and more politicians, should be, more concerned about energy costs.

Sarah has done some wonderful stuff.I don't like a pro-life, gun toting NRA member, but I respect her personal choices and what she has accomplished.

Gonna, get interesting, she nailed Ted Stevens (R-Alaska).

Stay tuned,
M

eric:

thats exactly what it was desperate. women are their only chance and i wont work. its over!
mccain's choice makes little sense. it guts their obama inexperience argument. yes the republicans have been looking for their margaret thatcher for over 25 years. sarah may be her, but not for another 10 or 20 years. she needs experience and to lose the hard extremist edges. if mccain actually wins, all it would give us is hillary vs. jeb bush in 2012 and what kind of change is that. we seen both of those movies before and didnt really like either ending!!!

Marianne Paskowski:

Oh Eric,

You missed the whole point here. If Democrats are really smart, they will learn from Sarah Polin's energy policies and make it their own talking point, not hers.

Like I said earlier, I don't like her stand on pro-life and the NRA. That's not why she was picked. She's knows something about energy. That is the big reason why she is where she is right now, to appeal to corporate America and Wall Street.

Very disappointed with TV news coverage, the only news gathering outlet that made any sense tonight was an in depth interview with Sarah, where CNBC grilled her about her energy policies.That was revealing, the rest of the coverage today was blather.I found that CNBC interview informative, and learned what this political race is all about.
Oil.

Thanks for your post,
M

Jason:

Hey Marianne,
Not sure if she's the world's best choice in terms of experience but this girl's not afraid of anyone from what I've seen. I actually really like her independent attitude. Meshes really well with McCain's whole maverick image (or at least what's left of it). Everyone's sayin Biden will crush her in debates. I think she'll surprise a lot of people. She kept McCain's chances of getting my vote alive.
-Jason

Marianne Paskowski:

Jason,
I like Sarah too, and respect her personal choices, although they are not mine.

What I really like about her, for now, is what she has done for energy polices in Alaska. But that is a state that plays by different rules. I confess, I don't know why that is, because the news outlets are concentrating on her gender, conservative outlook, and now what is really happening in Alaska.

For now, I hope Obama gets on the energy topic as Gustav is ready to slam New Orleans.And Hannah is right behind Gustav, ripe to blow out what energy supplies we actually have.

Always great to hear from you,
M

Let's see a lot more about who Sarah Palin is and whether she can navigate through the next two months or so without a major gaffe.

What may evolve here is an odd crossover of comparisons between VP and Presidential candidates:

Palin vs Obama on lack of experience/executive responsibility
McCain vs Biden on foreign policy & the Iraq war.

The one thing this will do is if Obama (community organizer) is compared to Palin (small town mayor)...Obama is forced into an argument he must not fall into. Strategically, he must not run against the VP candidate. And that's what the Republicans will work toward.

Democrats will use the "heartbeat away" strategy they flew out of the box with before she was even formally announced. That may work...we'll see.

But they must be careful about ridiculing her small town America background....it will alienate a lot of people in PA, OH, and MI.

You're right on the reporting...only I felt only Van Susteren (and Maria Bartiromo who had recently interviewed her) really dug up live sources in Alaska who had worked directly with her. All the other coverage I saw split largely on partisan lines. Very partisan.

Marianne Paskowski:

Hi Scott,

Maria Bartiromo spent quite a bit of time with her in Alaska, really drilling into the energy policy issue, pun intended.

I also want to hear more about how she stomped out corruption in the state. We all have a lot of questions, and hopefully soon, some intelligent answers.

Thanks for the post,
M

Jason:

Hey M,
One other point I should add is that while you disagree with her on issues, you like her. That's what Republicans want to hear because it could very easily be enough to draw in at least 10 to 20 percent of those Hilary supporters. If she can successfully communicate to the people her energy policy stuff then Obama may really be in trouble. Only time will tell on this one.
-Jason

Marianne Paskowski:

Hi Jason,
For now at least, I do, much to my surprise. Let's see what she does in the months ahead. She better be a fast study or she's toast.

Very creative veep choice, though. She is electrifying the Republicans, and claimed energy policy as her issue. Will be interesting how the Dems go after her.

Doesn't she debate Biden, Oct.3?
M

Chi-Town Mike:

I must say that I was shocked as well. Somebody tell Joe Lieberman that he shouldn't be waiting by his phone to ring anymore. Lieberman must have really scared off the GOP being Pro-Choice. Palin could probably write her entire experience in politics on the other side of a cocktail napkin. Time will tell how Hillary supporters will react.

Seems like McCain can't make up his mind with a lot of things lately, and Jon Stewart broiled him on the Daily Show with clips of McCain saying that offshore drilling won't have any effect for 2 years, then 1 year in another clip, then 9 months, then 6 months, then 3 months, and finally it had a clip with McCain saying that offshore drilling could help the economy in as little as soon as a month.

Something tells me that IOUSA would have an interesting ride on the McCain express. :)

Marianne Paskowski:

Hi Chi,
Good to hear from you. I've been probing into Sarah Pelin's energy policies, especially her $40 billion project for natural gas in Alaska.

Just in early August, Alaska awarded TransCanadian the contract to build the pipeline. So I pulled a Yahoo finance page on this company, and there's not a lot of there, there. That bugs me.

I pray national big time TV journos will delve into what exactly she has done and will do so that her energy policy, her only major political card, will not be over played.

Sarah will never get female Hillary supporters, they are liberal, she is not. However, Sarah, is not to be dismissed, she has her accomplishments.

Obama and Biden are tiptoeing around this latest shocker, meanwhile, with Gustav intensifying, I'm wondering what the GOP will do with its convention.

This hurricane looks bad, Chi, and I hope your family members in New Orleans are safe and taking appropriate steps.

Always great to hear you weigh in,
M

Thurston Last:

She'll get SOME, particularly the PUMAs who are so pro-Hillary and even more so anti-Obama. Plus, and here's the 18 million voters that Hillary got weren't all women. There were the gays and lesbians, who won't back the homophobic policies of the Tina Fey-looking Alaskan governor (you know, they want marriage, legalized adoptions, and such, and Mrs. Palin has been against those policies), the pro-choicers (again, she's pro-life and won't get the NOW or Planned Parenthood endorsement), or the voters who actually heeded Senator Clinton's excellent speech that asked if they only voted for her just because who she was or what she believed in (needless to say, I think Senator Clinton will be more prominent on the campaign trail in the weeks ahead than she thought she would).

On the flipside, a lot of her voters were actually McCain supporters who didn't have to declare their true party line to vote in the primaries and, because they have feeble minds and such listening to blowhards like Rush, Sean, Glenn, Dennis, and Bill, who all told them to purposely cause chaos in the party. I actually saw news reporters interviewing some folks during the primaries, and this one guy actually said "I already know I'm supporting John McCain in the regular election, but I'm voting for Hillary Clinton in the primaries." That's why the whole primary process needs to be reexamined somehow.

I'd really, really like to believe the American people aren't that stupid. Then again, they did elect George W. Bush at least once.

Marianne Paskowski:

Thurston,

Politics for now is playing back stage to Gustav. Ironic isn't it, that the GOP convention will get disrupted because of Gustav?

Tell those right wing zealots that this is their sign from above.

Remember, Katrina, in New Orleans, and how the Republicans neglected all of the poor people there and still has not fixed that mess of three years ago.

Like you, I don't think American people are stupid, but many will vote for McCain and his NRA card carrying sidekick.

For many, I'm afraid Obama and Biden are just too sophisticated and actually know what they're talking about. Many Americans are sheep and just want to be told what to do, that's why they go to church. I respect that, but...only to a point.

M

If she is the "Maverick" they say she is then I would think she will balk at the Republican Spin Doctors "re-creating" her.

They'll have to for she has apparently left many messy tracks in Alaskan soil.

Let's watch and see just how ambitious she is...

What a freakin' circus...how far will this hyperbole go?

Remember...avoid the media rhetoric and the pundits...C-SPAN...gavel to gavel and NO BS!
Peter Bright

ADDENDUM to my last:

You STILL will get the BS coming from the podium...just no media filters on it!
PB

Marianne Paskowski:

Peter,
Yep, what a circus indeed. The GOP is desperate after Obama's rousing, pointed acceptance speech.

I feel like I'm watching a made-for-Tv movie, too bad it isn't one but our present reality.

I don't think the GOP is re-creating her, is so they would play down the NRA, not to mention her humble roots.

She's being portrayed as a heroine for the working class. While I don't share her values, I'm sure plenty of Americans do, or we wouldn't have gotten Bush twice.

What a country,
M

The Wordsmith:

OK...inexperience and all the other blather aside...McCain's choice of Palin as a running mate reeks of the accommodation and appeasement he has charged against Obama. Isn't a choice that secures two-thumbs-up from an ecstatic religious right and thereby gaining votes, putting politics ahead of the best interests of the country? Or am I missing something...

Marianne Paskowski:

Wordsmith,

The more I read, Sarah Palin is not a good choice. While she may have the highest gov scores, her state is the lowest in educational scores.

McCain didn't pick her, the GOP did, desperate. And I'm really trying to learn more about her energy policies, and I'm not impressed.

I also have a problem with her NRA and lifestyle choices. When I saw her being interviewed on TV with a bearskin hide and head, an animal her father shot, not for food, but sport, I was nauseated.

I don't care if her 17 year old daughter is pregnant, keeps the baby and marries the father. That's the family's choice, not ours.

With no offense to Lifetime, this race is looking like a made for movie for TV. And if that's what the American voters want, well, that's that.

Sarah is an impressive human being, but not fit to run the country, just a heartbeat away.

M

The Wordsmith:

Fodder for a Danielle Steele novel, I'd say.

Marianne Paskowski:

Yo Wordsmith,

Nope, more like a Tom Clancy novel, Republicans using Sarah to boost their energy positions. Like the GOP has one.

At least she didn't award the $40 billion nat gas contract in Alaska to British Petroleum, the company her husband works for, instead some Canadian company.
Ugh,
M

Dr. Foster K. Williamson, PhD:

Dear Ms. Paskowski --

At the Institute, we're thrilled at the surprise turns this election cycle is providing, offering myriad opportunities for unusual statistical analyses. Ms. Palin's selection as the GOP's vice presidential candidate is no exception.

Our computers are currently calculating the odds that a pro-life, creationist, gun-loving animal murderer would also have a 17-year old pregnant and unmarried daughter. Tough call. In conservative circles, such embarrassments are usually handled by shotgun, as members of the NRA well know. We need to work around the numerous intercollinearities presented by the raw data.

As for raw, a quick database cluster analysis finds that former mayors of small towns anywhere in America generally retire as real estate agents. Few go on to higher office. North of the 45th parallel, however, those data change radically. Former mayors, particularly those with a professed taste for moose stew, usually rely on others to "shoot the moose." It's instructive that Ms. Palin loves to shoot defenseless animals from helicopters. Nothing like a good sport who can't shoot well enough to have a fair hunt.

Sincerely yours,

Dr. Foster K. Williamson, PhD

Don Wolf:

The last thing real gun owners need in this world is news that Sarah Palin is an NRA member for life. Shame on the NRA: The woman has less environmental sensibility than any corporate polluter. More to the point, all responsible gun owners and hunters, who treat their responsibilities seriously, are appalled by the spectre of shooting defenseless animals from helicopters. If she wants to shoot living creatures, she should enlist in the Army and battle terrorists in Afganistan, who can at least return fire. As a law-abiding gun owner and hunter respectful of God's creatures, I'm disgusted by Sarah Palin.

Don

Marianne Paskowski:

Hi Doc,

As usual, I don't get your analysis, but I like the conclusion. I cannot possibly support a candidate who shoots animals from a helicopter for sport.

And that's the latest news, she is a bubba chick. Let the media dig in and shine the spotlight on her, I don't think I'll like what we shall all soon more learn about her character.

I don't think she's a bad person, but she's not presidential. Let's keep digging.
M

Marianne Paskowski:

Yo Don,

The thing that really ticks me off about Sarah is although she has the highest gov support in all the states, from her constituents, who are these people?

Think about this, I read Alaska scores the worst on all educational yardsticks. Thanks Sarah, couldn't you teach your own daughter about birth control, or is that too liberal for this nut job?

Don't get me going about the NRA. I believe people have a right to bear arms, but not for sport. She is a loose canon.

M

Raptor Ron:

Hey, Tootsie --

It's about time we had a vice president--or maybe president when McCain's ticker gives out--who's ready for a Playboy "Women of the White House" photo spread. I bet you'd look pretty good in it as well, doing an "interview" of the kind we guys like up here in snowmobile country. Elections are dull. Sarah is hot. Need I say more?

RaptorRon

Marianne Paskowski:

Raptor,

Yeah, Sarah is really hot, that fake school marm hairdo and glasses. I actually knew a woman in New York who subscribed to the magazine, "The Men in Alaska." She dated one. It didn't work out. Alaskan men would date a moose and not know the difference from a real woman.

I'm sure Sarah;s good at filleting fish, and in the name of God, pumping out babies, who we will all someday subsidize.

Hey, why doesn't she just come out and say welfare mothers are OK, because of their religion, or more realistically know how the system works?

Just what this country needs, which can't afford to feed the people already here.

Ugh to you,
M

Inspector:

Ms. Paskowski,

You and all the other liberal-rot media pundits ought to back off knocking Sarah Palin, a breath of sense and fresh air in the Washington election scene. She understands that traditions are transient--creationists know the world is only 6,000 years old, after all--and as temporary as the arctic ice cap is proving to be. Sarah Palin knows that environmental change is inevitable, according to God's will and not some silly anti-business "global warming" claptrap. She understands how Alaska represents a fossil fuel treasure trove available to enrich energy companies and investors. And, if elected, she'll enter office with no pre-conceived notions about foreign relations, the economy, immigration or health care. A blank slate at the start, she'll be ready to listen to the authoritative voices who've nurtured the Republican Party for the last 7-1/2 years.

Power to the people who can afford it and thus deserve it!

Marianne Paskowski:

Inspector,

Yep Sarah is a blank slate and you think that's a good thing?

I think I'm going to contribute to the GOP in Alaska and get every child a "Speak and Spell" program, judging from how poorly children in that state are doing.

Thanks, I think,
M

Inspector:

Ha, Ha!

More media claptrap.

Why does Sarah need to spell. Republicans hire grunts to do that kind of work.

Marianne Paskowski:

Inspector,
Yeah right, listen to George Bush, Mr. "Read my Lips," because he cannot spell. Poor Laura, a teacher, sure she tried her best with the frat boy, and now another one, McCain.

The Clap Trapper

The Wordsmith:

Inspector!

Pre-conceived notions are one thing; an informed professional that exudes confidence is another. Sarah Palin is a blank slate alright.

Marianne Paskowski:

Wordsmith,

Thanks for jumping back into the fray. I'm sick and tired of hearing how great Alaska is, when the state can't even educate its children.

I'm not being judgmental, but do they know anything about sex education?

My opinion, Sarah should let her child have the baby, but not let her kid get married and trapped at the tender age of 17 and subject that kid to a life of God knows what.

Sarah should just take the baby in and do whatever. it takes. People make mistakes, how well I personally know.

I question, really, really question, Sarah's judgment.

M

joe:

I didn't have time to go through all the previous posts so sorry if this is already said.

How many kids does she have? 5? Ok, that's fine. Then you throw a newborn with down-syndrome and a 17 year old who is pregnant. And she is trying to become vice president? Where are her priorities?

As a 27 year old male who does not have any children, that's not an issue that I can relate to. But I could see it being an issue with other mothers.

Marianne Paskowski:

Hi Joe,
According to today's NYT's it is a big issue with women. Having a baby with Down syndrome is an awesome responsibility.

Thanks for adding that point, that wasn't really addressed above.
M

Thurston Last:

Just finished digesting what I just saw. I didn't know much about Sarah Palin before watching her speak except for the fact that she's a mother of five, the governor of Alaska (large in size, small in population), NRA supporter, oil woman, hockey mom, was a sports anchor and Miss Alaska runner-up, a part of a group of Alaskans who wanted to secede from the United States (look it up while you can), and currently getting investigated on ethics charges and political corruption involving her brother-in-law and the Alaska state troopers (on a completely different tangent, as a cunning linguist, I grow frustrated that she, like many others in the Republican media machine, still confuses the word "soldier" with the word "troop." A troop is a group of soldiers, not one soldier. When I hear the world "troop" being used in place of the word "soldier," I scream because it's grammatically incorrect. I also feel the same way about the Republican media machine using the phrase "death tax" in place of the phrase "estate tax." The late, great George Carlin did an excellent dialogue about that particular phrase a few years ago. Give it a listen.)

Finished watching. Still don't know much about her. But I do get the suspicion that she doesn't like community activists and civic leaders, especially those that have a "D" by their name. Call me crazy, but isn't the likes of Pat Robertson, James Dobson, L. Brent Bozell, and a myriad of religious, social, and political individuals who influence communities civic leaders as well?

In closing, I want to leave with these four words whenever you talk about Sarah Palin:

Remember William Henry Harrison.

Thurston Last:

Addendum: I know she says that she's and McCain are the true change. I guess that means that they're a Republican duo replacing . . . a Republican duo. You know . . . he-who-shall-not-be-named. Voldemort. I mean George W. Bush and Dick Cheney.

Dave Sanders:

OMG the negativity when ALL should be positive about some type change in the "system"..either a Black ( well hopa) ( by the way have the courts ruled yet that he is or is not a citizen by birth?OBama) .....or we shall have the first woman VP and then maybe Pres by medical malfunction?
When I saw Sarah's speech I felt refreshed that someone would finally at least pretend to call it like it is.... The ONLY thing Obama has going for him is he is from Chicago and I admit I say that with bias..haha
ya'll take care/ stay dry and warm..
west coast Dave

Thurston Last:

Well, Senator Obama is an American citizen because he was born in an American state (Hawaii) and his mother is an American native, so I don't really understand the smokescreen you're trying to pull Dave. Just as thin as the one the other side had trying to claim that McCain was born in the Canal Zone to people born in territories with limited citizenship.

I don't have an issue with Governor Palin because of her family situation, because it's a non-factor. I don't have an issue with her being a woman, because, let's face it, we're going to have a female head of state sooner or later, whether it's because of medical malady or 2012's election. It's the other things, the things that matter, that concern me.

Also, it's still funny that he-who-shall-not-be-named was noticably absent from any discussion about this so-called convention, like they're embarrased by him or something.

Two more things. If you think being a civic leader and community activist doesn't entail leadership skills, try it sometimes. City and community does matter, whether it's a small township or a huge urban community.

The other thing: remember William Henry Harrison.

Karl Rove, Karl Rove, Karl Rove wore high heels and a wig last night!

Yeh, there were some things Governor Palin said that were uniquely her, but in the main that was a Karl Rove speech.

In a legal way that monster needs to be silenced. He has reaked enough collateral damage on our nation with his twisted "spin".
Peter Bright

Marianne Paskowski:

Hi guys,
I was stunned mostly by how nasty Rudy Giulia was last night. Loved Peter's comments about appearing last night in high heals and a wig. How true.

M

Thurston Last:

I was shocked by that as well.

The thing about Giuliani is that he's setting himself up for 2012, in case McCain doesn't get the job done this time. Every time he opened his mouth, he was sucking up to the base.

For someone who was once the mayor of the biggest city in the world, you'd think he wouldn't undermine the power of civic organizers and community leaders. He couldn't run the city without them, and he knows it.

You know, outside of the whole police corruption, the censorship of the arts, and the blatantly racist activities brought on by his administration,, I always felt Rudy was at least a good guy. Same deal with McCain, but once they want something, they'll go at no ends to please them and leave their own beliefs behind.

Pity you see the real face of somebody in an environment like this.

Marianne Paskowski:

Thurston,
I lived in NY during 9/11 and admired the work he did, even though many said it was his fault the first responders were so poorly prepared, the police and fire teams unable to connect because of his budget cuts.

But last night took the cake,
M

Remember, folks...Politicians...Never vote for them because all it does is encourage them!

This country needs to take a very real, long look at what we have done to the Presidential Election process.

Several years, a billion, (or more), dollars and our collective focus divided while we attempt to navigate through treacherous international and national waters...this can not continue.

All of us, the politicians, the media and John & Jane Doe need to stop it.
Peter Bright

Marianne Paskowski:

Peter,
Then what do you offer as an alternative? Personally, I think the conventions are outdated and that this whole process has been prolonged and expensive.

Yes, the process is flawed, but I would never tell anyone not to vote. That's giving up your voice and fundamental privilege.
M

(LOL)...I was being fascicious, to make the comment about politicians.

Of course we should all research, become informed and make the best choice we can in the Voting Booth.

With that in mind, I enclose the following:

Subject: Palin's list of books to ban

TIME magazine is running an article on Presidential VP nominee Sarah Palin, describing how she tried to fire librarian Mary Ellen Baker for not removing a list of "questionable books" from the shelves of the local
library.Apparently, Palin went to the library and made inquiries about the procedure for banning certain books, claiming that some voters thought they had "inappropriate language" in them.

"The librarian was aghast," claims the article.
The librarian, Mary Ellen Baker, couldn't be reached for comment, but news reports from the time show that Palin had threatened to fire Baker for not giving "full support" to the mayor.

A contributor to http://www.librarian.net/ (scan the
comments to the announcement of the TIME story) names the books Palin tried to ban from the library. The list includes:

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
Clockwork Orange, by Anthony Burgess
As I Lay Dying, by William Faulkner
The Canterbury Tales, by Geoffrey Chaucer
Confession, by Jean Jacques Rousseau
Death of a Salesman, by Arthur Miller
Flowers for Algernon, by Daniel Keyes
Lady Chatterley's Lover, by D.H. Lawrence
Leaves of Grass, by Walt Whitman
Little Red Riding Hood, by the Grimm Brothers
Lord of the Flies, by William Golding
Lysistrata, by Aristophanes
Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck
To Kill a Mocking Bird, by Harper Lee
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, by Ken Kesey
The Chocolate War, by Robert Cormier
Pigman, by Paul Zindel

Plus:

Anything by Stephen King
everything by J.K. Rowling
just about everything by Roald Dahl
both of Mark Twain's major works
most of Judy Blume
most of William Shakespeare
and (this is truly mind-boggling) Webster's
Ninth New Collegiate Dictionary by the
Merriam-Webster Editorial Staff


Marianne Paskowski:

Hi Peter,
I don't give a flying wallenda about Sara Palin, she is just a must needed side show to juice up the GOP. Unfortunately she is doing just that, for now. Thanks for supplying the link and list of books. What a moron.

This woman is not veep material, Christ, she spends very little time in Juneau, where she governs, because of the kids.

If she wants to play with the big dogs in the high grasses, all is fair, and I hope the Dems just crush her and not bend over backwards because she is a woman.

I'm a woman, and I fought my battles in corporate America, and so should she. Obviously, I can't stand her and what she stands for politically.

Grateful I don't know any women or men who buy her BS.

M

Andy G, ex-pat:

Greetings, MP!

Plain and simple, Sarah Palin was forced on McCain by evangelical Christian groups who had been lukewarm about his candidacy. What she has done for him is energize the base and get at least a few -- I emphasize "few" -- of the extreme Hillarastas to vote GOP instead of maybe staying home.

Basically she is a liar. She claims now to have been against the notorious "Bridge to Nowhere," but there are quotes all over the place about her supporting it back in 2006.

That is just one example of her about-face on many positions.

The funniest and most asinine storyline the GOP is peddling is that Palin has just as much experience as Obama. The best retort I've seen to that nonsense was a detailed comparison of their resumes at http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2008/9/2/1613/27485

Yes, Kos is slanted way left but this piece is not just propaganda but hard facts that make it painfully obvious how unprepared she is to become president, especially since McCain is 72 with a cancer background.

(P.S. I lost your email address in a hard-drive crash.)

Yesterday I posted a report regarding Governor Palin.
As you will see in the report from Snopes, there apparently was never a "list", but she did inquire about the process of how to remove books. (Asking the question in the first place raises a flag for me), however, I want to correct my miss-information and extend my apologies in that regard.

Thanks, Peter Bright
http://www.snopes.com/politics/palin/bannedbooks.asp

Marianne Paskowski:

Hi Andy,

Nice to know I'm getting read in Barnstable, England!

What do your new neighbors there think of the presidential campaign? My email is mpcable@verizon.net.

Palin will fall on her own petard, or shoot herself in the foot bigtime, if she hasn't already.

M

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