Palin's cheer

  • Matthew Price
  • 13 Oct 08, 03:18 PM GMT

Who's running? The rally here at Virginia Beach is just starting, and Thelma Drake - the Republican Congresswoman for Virginia's 2nd district - has announced who'll be on stage in a bit.

John McCain got a good cheer. Then there was a slightly longer one for Hank Williams Jnr who'll be on stage shortly.

"And of course," (pause for dramatic effect) "the Governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin."

The cheer was twice as long as either of the past two.

Now Thelma Drake has just said: "Sarah Palin is a breath of fresh air." The crowd love it.

Oh, and on that subject of how many will wear red? It's about half of the crowd. Which we're estimating at around 25,000 - but I'm useless at working out crowd sizes!


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  • 1. At 5:06pm on 13 Oct 2008, dennisjunior1 wrote:

    Maybe Thelma Drake comments are relevant and accurate!

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  • 2. At 6:18pm on 13 Oct 2008, lacerniagigante wrote:

    Should we conclude that Hugo Chavez, with his trademark red shirt, roots for Sarah Palin?

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  • 3. At 6:35pm on 13 Oct 2008, Pat Jack wrote:

    and this is McCain's biggest problem - he isn't the story and more...

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  • 4. At 6:44pm on 13 Oct 2008, earthLiza3 wrote:

    Unfortunately for civil discourse, the "breath of fresh air" Palin brings seems to be fanning the flames of racial mistrust.

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  • 5. At 7:50pm on 13 Oct 2008, icetayoa wrote:

    Palin haters..diss her as mush as you like, but she is still going to be the next veepee. player haters who cant stand a woman with ambition..

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  • 6. At 9:26pm on 13 Oct 2008, Richard Naef wrote:

    #5, I guess u see things a bit differently down at " Da Thugs 4 Palin" ;-) but I think you will find it is Mrs Palin that has introduced Hate into the campaign.

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  • 7. At 9:52pm on 13 Oct 2008, Mike wrote:

    #5 It's not about 'a women with ambition', it's about a person who's totally clueless, unqualified for the job and in the middle of investigations about power abuse and breach of regulations (not keeping full public records of official state business by using personal and undeclared email accounts to do that business).

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  • 8. At 9:53pm on 13 Oct 2008, salamsm wrote:

    what breath of fresh air?
    The campaign is about the president and not the vice president? When did vice presidents become the centre of attention?
    Says alot about McCain dosen't it.

    Where else in the world has the vice president been the centre of attraction? If palin is tha good why didn't she contest as one of the republican nominees in the primaries

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  • 9. At 11:20pm on 13 Oct 2008, Robert Underwoode wrote:

    Who is running?

    People from outside the USA may not realize this, but 50 states have their own set of rules as towho is on the ballot.

    I live in Massachusetts, where there will be six candidates for President on the ballot

    And then the states do not really vote for president. They elect "electors" who will vote for president when they meet.

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  • 10. At 04:28am on 14 Oct 2008, Y_K_Hui wrote:

    Why is that when someone does not support the Obama ticket, then she or he is at once accused to be a racist, as earthLiza3 did here?

    What Palin is doing is just pointing to the fact that Obama has a background of getting close with extremists--Wright, Ayers and so forth.

    Please do some independent research on Obama's background, don't just rely upon the popular media.

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  • 11. At 07:40am on 14 Oct 2008, SanDiegoDude wrote:

    Exactly who are these "Palin haters" you refer to?

    Obama supporters may feel very strongly that she is grossly unqualified to be VP, but we don't "hate". All the hating is coming from the angry, irrational McCain/Palin supporters. It is they who have been heard chanting "terrorist", and have sunk to a new low by yelling "kill him". Disgusting. Inexcusable.

    McCain and Palin have fanned the flames of anger, distrust, and hatred more than any presidential campaign in the modern era.

    Also, how do you conclude that we "can't stand a woman with ambition"? Our party nearly nominated a woman...a first in US presidential campaign history.

    San Diego

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  • 12. At 08:23am on 14 Oct 2008, Canden_Zain wrote:

    Y K Hui said "Why is that when someone does not support the Obama ticket, then she or he is at once accused to be a racist, as earthLiza3 did here?"

    Actually, what she said was that Palin was 'fanning the flames of racial mistrust'. Plenty of people who vote Republican are tolerant individuals who believe in small government etc. Some of them, as evidenced on the news, won't vote Obama because they are scared he's an arab. That's a consequence of the McCain campaign and the 'reporting' of Fox and the like.

    Palin described Obama as 'palling around with terrorists'. If she was willing to actually give interviews (after Katie Courik, I'd be amazed if she goes near a journalist ever again), someone could challenge her to explain what she means since to the best of my knowledge, Ayers has never been convicted of a terrorist act.

    Indeed, if Ayers is everything she would have you believe, why is it that he's happily plying his trade as a teacher, in full view of everyone? I can't help noticing that Bin Laden is still hiding in Pakistan.

    I suggest that you do some independent research, and stop spouting the Republican party line as if it was a balanced opinion based on the facts.

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  • 13. At 3:48pm on 14 Oct 2008, newUSAman wrote:

    Sarah Palin's administration approved an initiative to pay a $150 bounty to hunters who killed a wolf from an airplane in certain areas, hacked off the left foreleg, and brought in the appendage.

    Sarah Palin has a brutal record of slaughtering wildlife, and she hopes to continue in her killing ways in particular, her very active and extensive promotion of aerial hunting of not just wolves, but bears also.

    YouTube "Brutal: Sarah Palin's Record on Aerial Wolf Hunting"

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  • 14. At 12:57pm on 20 Oct 2008, ukcowgirl wrote:

    I am an independent who has only just made up my mind. I am voting for Obama because:

    a) I do not think Palin is qualified to be VP.

    b) I do not like the negative attacks which have taken away from the important issues at stake here.

    c) I have watched the whole campaign from England and Obama has run an organized consistent campaign, whereas Mc Cain has been all over the place. The nail in his coffin's campain was Palin.

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  • 15. At 12:20pm on 23 Oct 2008, mailman2 wrote:


    So explain to me how you think a senator with only 142 days in office, who has never held down a long term job (fact, if he gets through to the end of his first term, this will be the longest job Obama has ever held), who is part and parcel of political corruption in chicago, who actively seeks out radical black hate preachers, unrepentent terrorists, slum lords and lord knows what other exactly does that qualify Obama for the presidency?

    Oh, and lets not forget that Obama has NEVER voted against his own party and has NEVER taken any steps to weed out corruption within his own party.

    So come on, lets here it. What has Obama done in the past that convinces you he is qualified for the most powerful position on the planet (yet somehow someone running for the VP position who has a history of fighting against entrenched party politics and corruption isnt qualified to be even the VP).

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