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Republicans Calling for Palin to Step Down

sarah-palin-thumb.jpgA few days after McCain announced his pick of Sarah Palin as Vice-President, just before Palin was to accept the nomination, John McCain had an opportunity to fix his mistake, drop Palin, and select someone more qualified.

Will John McCain act in the best interests of this country? Or has John McCain the Maverick already become John McCain the Sidekick - kowtowing to the extremists on the right that would rather have a social conservative like Palin as President than John McCain himself?

Those are the people John McCain is placating with the Palin pick - the religious extremists on the right who can't stand McCain to begin with.

It's time to fix this mistake, Mr. McCain, and give America viable choices in November election. Obama and Biden represent the very best of the Democratic Party. Sarah Palin is not the very best that the Republican Party has to offer, and the United States of America deserves better.

Following the Republican convention the polls showed a bounce for McCain, but within 10 days the bounce had fully dissipated, and for the last week we've seen a steady erosion of the measure of support Palin brings to the Republican ticket.

A CNN/Opinion Research Corp. survey released yesterday found that while 47 percent of likely voters believed that Palin had the personality and leadership qualities a president should have, 49 percent said she didn't.

Compare that with her Democratic counterpart Joe Biden: 55 percent said he had the necessary qualities, while only 39 percent said he did not. Both Barack Obama and John McCain had 62 percent of voters believing they have what it takes to be president.

McCain's campaign did their best to keep Palin away from the press, refusing to offer interviews and ignoring reporters in the field asking questions. They knew they had someone who was largely unqualfied, and they hoped that with enough time they could bring her up to speed as a candidate and make her at least appear to be qualified.

They've failed, as the Couric interview shows. So it should be no surprise that conservative writer Kathleen Parker, who initially praised McCain's selection of Palin, is now calling for Palin to step down and remove herself from the ticket.

Syndicated columnist Kathleen Parker, who had praised McCain's surprise selection of Palin, called yesterday for her to step aside from the ticket.

As we've seen and heard more from John McCain's running mate, it is increasingly clear that Palin is a problem. Quick study or not, she doesn't know enough about economics and foreign policy to make Americans comfortable with a President Palin should conditions warrant her promotion," Parker wrote yesterday on National Review's website.

"It was fun while it lasted. Palin's recent interviews with Charles Gibson, Sean Hannity, and now Katie Couric have all revealed an attractive, earnest, confident candidate. Who Is Clearly Out Of Her League.

No one hates saying that more than I do. Like so many women, I've been pulling for Palin, wishing her the best, hoping she will perform brilliantly. I've also noticed that I watch her interviews with the held breath of an anxious parent, my finger poised over the mute button in case it gets too painful. Unfortunately, it often does. My cringe reflex is exhausted.

Palin filibusters. She repeats words, filling space with deadwood. Cut the verbiage and there's not much content there....

If BS were currency, Palin could bail out Wall Street herself.

If Palin were a man, we'd all be guffawing, just as we do every time Joe Biden tickles the back of his throat with his toes. But because she's a woman -- and the first ever on a Republican presidential ticket -- we are reluctant to say what is painfully true.

What to do?

McCain can't repudiate his choice for running mate. He not only risks the wrath of the GOP's unforgiving base, but he invites others to second-guess his executive decision-making ability. Barack Obama faces the same problem with Biden.

Only Palin can save McCain, her party, and the country she loves. She can bow out for personal reasons, perhaps because she wants to spend more time with her newborn. No one would criticize a mother who puts her family first.

Do it for your country.

We've come through a full arc, and looming ahead is the Vice-Presidential debate. Given McCain's lackluster performance in his first debate with Obama he clearly cannot afford to have his Veep do poorly in the VP debate, now just a few days away.

A better time to fix this mistake was back before Palin accepted the nomination. McCain failed there. If he fails again and allows Palin to go through with the debate with Biden and she tanks -- as all close watchers expect that she will -- it'll seal the end of his campaign.

As a Democrat, do I care? Absolutely. America deserves a better choice than Palin as VP. It was a cynical, calculated decision by McCain that only drags our electoral process down further. Our federal government has been a charade of calculated lies and manipulations for far too long. America deserves better.

On September 3rd I implored McCain to fix his mistake. Here we are three weeks later, and despite the damage down to the Republican ticket and the turmoil that would result from changing out Palin for someone else now, dropping Sarah Palin from the ticket is still a better option than keeping her, going forward. Will he? I fear not.

We've seen this same kind of of determined, stubborn allegiance to failed strategies in George Bush's unfailing support of Donald Rumsfeld and Alberto Gonzales, and we've seen the damage such a strategy brought on the Bush administration as a result.

John McCain has a chance to do better, and America deserves better. If McCain doesn't deliver a better decision now, the nation will hand the election to Obama. It's just that simple.

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Forget it Lee, your opinion means zero on this. You don't have even a dead horse in this race. There is not a single thing McCain could do do win your vote so please just give up on this. I have no problem with Wizbang Blue being exactly that - blue, but if an independent were looking for thoughtful discourse from the liberal side, this site is without a shred of doubt not the place to be.

Lee Ward[TypeKey Profile Page]:

I'm not asking for myself, Dave. I'm asking for America.

Give America a valid choice beside Grandpa and Barbie...


You can say anything you want, any one is better than having a president who will not put his hand over his heart when the Pledge of Alliange is being said. And who is the Anti-American who took the flag off of the plane and put his own logo on it. I have been praying very hard (something I have never done before) that that anti-Christ, anti-American, Anti-white is not elected.
I hope that the people that are undecided will remember this and MAYBE will vote for McCain. If nothing else he is an American, and Palin is more worthy of being a VP, than the anti-American, Anti-Christ and anti-white is being the President.


And I am asking for you, Lee. I never seem to be up on the issues as much as I would like to be. Your partisan, I'm partisan, but I felt that when you took on this venue you had an opportunity. Wizbang Classic is obviously more conservative than not but most of the posters there are much more inclined to give a nod to the opposition when appropriate. Read the headlines to any of your posts and you will find you are incapable of that and the unwavering trend essentially wipes out any credibility you have. You are being quite disingenuous and almost as sanctimonious as Obama himself to say that you are asking for America. I have been watching Sarah Palin for 6 months and I fear her less as a VP than I do Obama as president. And, sorry, I'm not a racist. In the event a McCain administration becomes a reality, I fear Palin less as president that I do Obama should Palin ever have to assume that role. I don't believe in an elite governing class in this country and as fresh and new as he wants to be Mr. Obama is fooling himself into thinking he is. Ms. Palin could be less than impressive on Thursday night and I would still support her. She and McCain would come to office owing less favors than Obama and Biden and I am very comfortable with that start. It's one thing to be the opposition to the extent you were when you were regularly posting on Wizbang, but given this oppoertunity on Blue, I think you are wasting it.


I don't hate Sarah Palin. I only know what I've seen and heard in the very few opportunities she has been given to speak in public not counting, of course, the love fests that I'm sure go on at her campaign stops. To me she seems shallow and clueless, incapable of even doing even a passable job of evading the issues that she clearly has not even a passing knowledge of. McCain's choice of someone so ill-qualified is an insult to the people of this country and a telling glimpse into his cynical calculating decision making process. She should excuse herself for personal reasons, and soon. The McCain camp has got to be sweating bullets about her upcoming debate.


Sarah Palin is the best thing that has happened to politics in the last 30 years. She is refreshing and honest and would make an excellent Vice President. And in 2012 she WILL be the first female in history to become the President. God Bless America and Sarah Palin.


I guess it is not important that the Sarah Palin thinks "Russian President Putin(Ouch = Not Russian President)" flies from Moscow, which means he flies over the Atlantic Ocean(Ouch = He does not fly over the Bering Straight into Alaska) and not into Alaska to come to Washington.
You Decide: Sorry the Jury is out. JURY FINDS HER TO BE INCOMPETENT FOR THE VICE PRESIDENTIAL POSITION. OH RIGHT SHE HAD A LAY-OVER IN Ireland. I wonder if she knows what Airport in Ireland she refueled in.


Poster #7 - Get a grip; you're foaming at the mouth.


Here's the thing, Gov Palin is the only candidate running who is

1) not a current member of the most corrupt Congress in US history and,

2) actually experienced in outting government fraud whereas the other three candidates are experienced in hiding, protecting and defending their fraud.

That said: YouDecide obviously does not know that Russian Jet fighters have been flying into Alaskan Air Space( which means they have been flying inside America's boundries) for some time now; what an anal doofus to talk about Ireland and such.


Obama is anti-white? I didn't realize the racist cliche was actually real! Anne-Marie, I don't think that's an argument that serves you well.

The problem with politics being a game is that we end up in a situation like the one we're in, where things have gone miserably wrong, where one party controlled all three branches of government for six years (and two out of three branches for even longer), and people still play the game. People care more about the personality of the other side than they do about actual policy.

I'm not a Democrat. I'm an American citizen whom has kids and I'm concerned for the future for my children. The Republicans haven't offered me a choice. They've made it very clear that they are unwilling to modify their platforms when the ones they have, the ones they've successfully been able to put into place because they've held more unified power than any party has since the 1960s, isn't working. We are a country in crisis. The hell with issues like abortion. That's a luxury issue that countries can afford to bicker about (despite the policies ever shifting one way or another) when they're stable and strong. I'm concerned about the children that I already have.

America didn't become the greatest country on the planet because we had the best flag, or because we pledge allegiance. Those are just symbols and the best of what they represent are generations that faced adversity, and rose to the challenge. Our patriotism needs to be to our country before our political parties.

Sarah Palin was a political choice, obviously a reaction to Hilary Clinton not being offered the Democratic Vice Presidential nomination, and whom doesn't appear to be knowledgeable enough to be the President.

The problem with partisan politics is that we can't have an intellectually honest dialog. The problem is that there isn't one side whom has all the answers. For our nation to reach its greatest potential, we need more than two sets of talking points from the two unbending, unreasonable philosophies. We need a more expansive dialog with more ideas than the three or four that dominate the political diatribe. We need our positions to be more dynamic because the problems in this world are beyond red and blue, and being locked into static arguments, doesn't find us solutions.

This has to be about more than beating the other side. We have to listen to different ideas and give them their due before we let our old divisions, prejudices, and talking points, taint an honest exploration of concerns and ideas.

Lee Ward[TypeKey Profile Page]:

Very well said, Todd.

"The Republicans haven't offered me a choice."

Exactly my point as well. It's another gimmick, another stunt.

When the Republican party props up candidates like Palin -- who are wholly unqualified for the job -- you have to ask yourself who (or what) you're really voting for in pulling the lever for McCain/Palin?

Is it McCain and Palin?

Or is it a group of influential neoconservatives in the background -- the ones are making the decisions and who've decided that picking Palin as Veep will win more votes then a candidate who actually is qualified to be Vice-President, and even more importantly is qualified to be President should our noble 72-year old solider pass away?

Palin is, by no stretch of the imagination, qualified to be President or Vice-President, but the GOP has the nerve to prop her up and give America no real choice.

Apparently it doesn't matter to the GOP if Palin should eventually be in the Oval Office because as long as there is a pro-life hand selecting the next Supreme Court justices, the rest doesn't matter.

Our lives don't matter -- the people of the United States (all except the rich of course) our lives don't matter as long as a pro-life candidate gets into the White House. That's what it boils down to.

Sorry to get onto another rant, but I was inspired by Todd's words. Thanks again for commenting, Todd. Keep the faith.


The communists (ooops!), the dems must be
having constipation fits over Sarah.
They're trying everything despicable to get
Gov. Palin off the ticket. She truly is
getting to those left-wing nuts!
They fully understand that if McCain takes
her off he looses the conservative base, and
also looses the election.

Bob A.:

I disagree, Lee. As a Democrat and a liberal, I have to be honest and say that I think Sarah Palin was an inspired choice. I couldn't have been more delighted. As I read the comments from the Republican base who love Sarah and fully support her, I say, right on! Stick to your guns! Let Sarah speak her mind! She never ceases to astound me, and her interviews have been absolutely eye-opening. Along with my Republican friends here, I can't wait to see Sarah perform this Thursday night.

Lee Ward:

...her interviews have been absolutely eye-opening.

Nothing less than jaw-dropping...


Sam, I'm not a Democrat nor a communist. The idea that an American citizen has to choose a party, to me, defies the spirit of democracy. I am a progressive, much in the same vein as Teddy Roosevelt. I'm a man, I think like a man. I'm not a feminist. I'm left in some ways, but right in others. But I do believe that our government has come to serve rich corporations more than the average citizen. I am concerned about jobs disappearing. And I think that there is a lack of loyalty and honor in the way that business is done. There is nothing patriotic about American Girl dolls being made in China. Because I have a problem with doing business with communist governments that don't allow their people the rights we take for granted.

Calling someone a pinko because they disagree with you is cheap and easy. But, when Reagan competed with the Russians, the commies couldn't compete because communism couldn't compete with a progressive democracy, so the Soviet Union outspent themselves, and they no longer had the power to enslave the region. What our dealings with China has done is that it has made communism profitable. They're eating off of our freedom because corporations have to compete with each other to save every penny. China has become powerful off of our consumers, while our workforce suffers. So the commie talk has whole new applications now.

There is a reason that old Teddy fought for rules and rights for workers. There is a balance to everything. I believe is best suited when there is a balance to power. The problem is that we're out of balance. Until a crisis occurs, global warming, banking disaster, the party in power, the Republicans, don't acknowledge there is a problem. We, and by that I don't mean Democrats, I mean all of us, the citizens, deserve leadership that isn't so partisan and divisive, but actually are focused on being responsible managers.

The Democrats are the people I have to vote for because they're the only ones whom want my vote. But I am not a Democrat. I am a husband and parent from Wisconsin.


I don't see how ANYONE can possibly view the several recent interviews Sarah Palin has given and logically conclude that she is at all ready to be VP...let alone very possibly end up in the top job in the free world.

Regardless of any of your other views - that's really simply preposterous. The woman cannot answer directly or honestly a single question posed to her. She does not even know what the Bush Doctrine is or where she stands on the issue of bombing radical islamic camps in Pakistan. She evidently didn't even bother to consult with her running mate on where HE stood on the issue so the would at least be able to parrot back an intelligent answer. Then there's the issue of mistruths which she stubbornly refuses to let die. "I told congress "no thanks to that bridge to nowhere". It is publicly documented - in writing and on tape that she fervently lobbied for the bridge to nowhere. She didn't even argue with Charlie Gibson about that fact. She even confirmed that she didn't let go of the idea until congress had said no. Then, she obviously unknowingly continued by defending a Governors right to lobby for such projects... so - where do you stand Governor Palin? It is within your right to ask for such preposterous and overpriced/unnecessary projects... or it is unethical pork barrel spending. She sided on both within the same interview. Talk about an instantantaneous flip-flop.

Let's not even delve into the issues of use of public power for revenge - or that she believes our war in Iraq is "God's will". How about the fact that she believes all the scientists and archeologists are downright wrong about when the dinosaurs existed, because it was merely 4,000 years ago.

This woman may be "fresh", but that's only because no one in their right mind would voice such views publicly while running for the position of Vice President of the United States. It's not fresh...it's crazy.

But let's just stick to the point alone that she cant answer a single foreign policy question directly...or correctly. For that reason alone she is not qualified to be #2...and a 72-year old heartbeat away from President of the United States.

Who could possibly be blind to this fact?


I'd rather have a Palin influence in Washington to help undo the extreme overspending. She and her daughter, Willow, is it(?) seem to be a package deal.

OK, so she had to have the funds pay for both their plane tickets... but, at least she took a commercial airline instead of that corporate jet our other Alaska governor always used, which she sold and put the money back in the pot.

Barack, on the other hand, has had a long affiliation with dark Chicago warlords like Bill Ayers. Barack started out with no funds, now he is suddenly VERY wealthy, bank-rolled by those with their hands in other people's pockets. I think it could be a bit scary to find all that he is hiding from us. After all his long-term pastor said, "God d-mm America". Michelle Obama said of hubby's nomination, "For the first time in my adult life, I am proud of my country". Well, really? America isn't perfect, but there is MUCH to be proud of, both here at home as well as overseas. ~Carol


Republican Paradigm: is when you can get pregnant at seventeen like Bristol Palin and everyone is quick to insist that your life and that of your family is a personal matter, and that no one has a right to judge you or your parents, because "every family has challenges," even as black and Latino families with similar "challenges" are regularly typified as irresponsible, pathological and arbiters of social decay.
Republican Paradigm is when you can attend four different colleges in six years like Sarah Palin did (one of which you basically failed out of, then returned to after making up some coursework at a community college), and no one questions your intelligence or commitment to achievement, whereas a person of color who did this would be viewed as unfit for college, and probably someone who only got in in the first place because of affirmative action.
Republican Paradigm is when you can claim that being mayor of a town smaller than most medium-sized colleges, and then Governor of a state with about the same number of people as the lower fifth of the island of Manhattan, makes you ready to potentially be president, and people don't all piss on themselves with laughter, while being a black U.S. Senator, two-term state Senator, and constitutional law scholar, means you're "untested."
Republican Paradigm is being able to say that you support the words "under God" in the pledge of allegiance because "if it was good enough for the founding fathers, it's good enough for me," and not be immediately disqualified from holding office--since, after all, the pledge was written in the late 1800s and the "under God" part wasn't added until the 1950s--while believing that reading accused criminals and terrorists their rights (because, ya know, the Constitution, which you used to teach at a prestigious law school requires it), is a dangerous and silly idea only supported by mushy liberals.Republican Paradigm is being able to be a gun enthusiast and not make people immediately scared of you. Republican Paradigm is being able to have a husband who was a member of an extremist political party that wants your state to secede from the Union, and whose motto was "Alaska first," and no one questions your patriotism or that of your family, while if you're black and your spouse merely fails to come to a 9/11 memorial so she can be home with her kids on the first day of school, people immediately think she's being disrespectful.
Republican Paradigm is being able to make fun of community organizers and the work they do--like, among other things, fight for the right of women to vote, or for civil rights, or the 8-hour workday, or an end to child labor--and people think you're being pithy and tough, but if you merely question the experience of a small town mayor and 18-month governor with no foreign policy expertise beyond a class she took in college--you're somehow being mean, or even sexist.
Republican Paradigm is being able to convince white women who don't even agree with you on any substantive issue to vote for you and your running mate anyway, because all of a sudden your presence on the ticket has inspired confidence in these same white women, and made them give your party a "second look."
Republican Paradigm is being able to fire people who didn't support your political campaigns and not be accused of abusing your power or being a typical politician who engages in favoritism, while being black and merely knowing some folks from the old-line political machines in Chicago means you must be corrupt.
Republican Paradigm is being able to attend churches over the years whose pastors say that people who voted for John Kerry or merely criticize George W. Bush are going to hell, and that the U.S. is an explicitly Christian nation and the job of Christians is to bring Christian theological principles into government, and who bring in speakers who say the conflict in the Middle East is God's punishment on Jews for rejecting Jesus, and everyone can still think you're just a good church-going Christian, but if you're black and friends with a black pastor who has noted (as have Colin Powell and the U.S. Department of Defense) that terrorist attacks are often the result of U.S. foreign policy and who talks about the history of racism and its effect on black people, you're an extremist who probably hates America.
Republican Paradigm is not knowing what the Bush Doctrine is when asked by a reporter, and then people get angry at the reporter for asking you such a "trick question," while being black and merely refusing to give one-word answers to the queries of Bill O'Reilly means you're dodging the question, or trying to seem overly intellectual and nuanced.
White privilege is being able to claim your experience as a POW has anything at all to do with your fitness for president, while being black and experiencing racism is, as Sarah Palin has referred to it a "light" burden.
And finally, Republican Paradigm is the only thing that could possibly allow someone to become president when he has voted with George W. Bush 90 percent of the time, even as unemployment is skyrocketing, people are losing their homes, inflation is rising, and the U.S. is increasingly isolated from world opinion, just because voters aren't sure about that whole "change" thing. Ya know, it's just too vague and ill-defined, unlike, say, four more years of the same, which is very concrete and certain.


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