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McCain Campaign: Palin Doesn't Know What She's Talking About

Governor Sarah Palin was asked another spontaneous question on the road over the weekend, from a Temple University graduate student in Philadelphia, while at a campaign stop at a Philly Cheesesteak restaurant.

After being asked about crossing the border into Pakistan to strike at terrorists if need be, Palin replied: "If that's what we have to do to stop the terrorists from coming any further in, absolutely, we should!"

Palin's reply, of course, sounds familiar to something Obama said in the recent debate: "Nobody talked about attacking Pakistan. Here's what I said. And if John wants to disagree with this, he can let me know, that, if the United States has al Qaeda, bin Laden, top-level lieutenants in our sights, and Pakistan is unable or unwilling to act, then we should take them out. Now, I think that's the right strategy; I think that's the right policy."

McCain almost can't contain himself in the clip above, when responding to George Stephanopoulos about the comment, and taking back what Palin said.

The McCain campaign is scared to death to let this woman speak out on her own. Check the clip on the right above. A McCain aide is already saying that Thursday's debate will be unfairly stacked against her, and moderator Gwen Ifill will "have to answer" to someone if she asks tough questions.

Why? Because Palin has demonstrated in the last two weeks that she can't answer them.

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  1. Stacking the questions against her? Moderator will have some answering to do themselves if they do ask so many questions on Foreign Policy? OMG. Fox Noise will say anything! So she has a dumb reply and it will be the moderator's fault? Obviously it has finally occurred to Fox that Sarah Pallin is a functioning illiterate. Can't wait to see them stomp their feet feet and scream "Unfair - Unfair"!!!!

    The debate should be a real hoot!

    Posted by: Philbert | Sep 29, 2008 11:54:36 AM

  2. Having worked with Gwen Ifill in the not too distant past, I can tell you that she and Condoleezza Rice are personal best friends and socialize often. Gwen is quite sympathetic to the GOP and the Bush Crime Family. I'd say if Thursday's debate is stacked, it will more likely be in favor of Palin, rather than against.

    Posted by: John in Manhattan | Sep 29, 2008 11:55:05 AM

  3. I love how McCain lambastes the so-called "citizen journalism" trend of off-the-cuff remarks being picked up and then used as though they were "policy positions"... I think I remember one of those remarks being made by Senator Obama, and the Republicans have been brining it up over and over again... I'm choking on double-standards.

    Posted by: JORDY | Sep 29, 2008 12:00:37 PM

  4. Wow! McCain was doing a pretty good Dick Cheney impression!

    Countdown to the next "urgent event!" that will make some chaos so Sarah will have something to hide behind when the hard questions come out. T-minus 2 days and counting folks! I can almost taste the anticipation!

    Will Putin fly over Alaska?

    Baby Turdbud will get sick?

    Preggers daughter will need serious Mommy Time?

    Hubby will be indicted? Oh, wait, that has happened.

    Posted by: Rad | Sep 29, 2008 12:01:22 PM

  5. THE QUEEN: Well, personally, I think Palin's going to do all right in the debates. Whatya think Countess? COUNTESS: Yeah, me too. But what I find interesting is that nobody calls Obama on his stance (not too wide I hope) on gay marriage. Nobody questions him about it. I mean the queers jump on anybody else who doesn't support gay marriage but Obama doesn't support it and he's being supported by the queers. THE QUEEN: It's doesn't make sense does it? COUNTESS: No, it certainly does not. But whenever I bring up the subject, the queers get all defensive and won't answer the question. THE QUEEN: Maybe they can't. COUNTESS: Yeah, perhaps. For once I'd like to get a straight (pun intended) answer on this.

    Posted by: the queen with the countess de gooch | Sep 29, 2008 12:03:49 PM

  6. No one's claiming that Obama's stance on gay marriage is perfect--far from it. But Obama's position on GLBT issues is lightyears ahead of McCain's. Obama scored an 89% on the last HRC Congressional scorecard; McCain had 33%. And while point-to-point comparisons aren't possible before that (since Obama hadn't served in the Congress yet), McCain's scores for the two preceding Congresses were 25% and 14%. McCain's not exactly a real advocate for GLBT issues, despite his "maverick" stance. Do they both need some work? Absolutely. But there are other issues that are important to the GLBT community besides same-sex marriage, and Obama is a better advocate on those than McCain.

    Posted by: Joel | Sep 29, 2008 12:25:44 PM

  7. The Queen,

    Obama is not on board with gay marriage but supports civil unions. He has also demonstrated the ability to be reasonable and consider all viewpoints in making decision. He would be a strong ally for equality.

    Any number of Republicans, including Sarah Palin for sure, would have us exterminated.

    The Queens

    Posted by: duh | Sep 29, 2008 12:27:58 PM

  8. You really shouldn't agitate the mentally ill, Joel. Schizophrenia is a real disease :)

    Posted by: Dan | Sep 29, 2008 12:31:59 PM

  9. Queen, I am fairly certain you know the answer to your question but what the hell. Obama is on board with the gays on every issue with the large and glaring exception of full marriage equality. I won't pretend that the politics of the stituation don't piss me off, pragmatic though I may be, but there is simply no way you can compare Obama's public stance on gay rights to McCain's without concluding Obama has your best social interests at heart - unless of course you are completely batshit.

    Consuela, what do you think?

    Si, Senora is compeltely bat guano!

    Posted by: Giovanni | Sep 29, 2008 12:37:45 PM

  10. Maybe they should just pay Tina Fey to take her place. At least then the comedy will be intentional.

    Posted by: David D. | Sep 29, 2008 12:38:19 PM

  11. People - especially Queen - the gay marriage fight isn't about a president who supports giving us that right (because the federal gov. should have nothing to do with anyone's state marriage -- and Obama knows this. Unlike republicans, he understands federalism).

    What matters are our leaders' views and policies regarding the laws that PREVENT US from exercising our rights, and also prevent the several states from allowing same-sex marriage.
    Obama favors the repeal of DOMA, which is a huge hurdle standing between many of us and marriage. Other (lesser) hurdles include state laws, constitutional amendments, and fear of monogamy.

    Posted by: Tobethatguy | Sep 29, 2008 1:24:53 PM

  12. Dan

    Good point, but your diagnosis is off. The queen/ countess/ counsela is suffering from multiple personality disorder.

    Anyway; I say Biden better have some jaming equipment built into his watch. When they shake hands he needs to fire an em pulse to fry whatever radio devices she is going to be wearing. Bush's was so obvious in the debates with kerry.

    Posted by: Jimmyboyo | Sep 29, 2008 2:01:36 PM

  13. I love it how the Log Cabinettes throw the fact that Obama doesn't support gay marriage around.

    WELL NEITHER DO MCCAIN AND PALIN! So why should we not vote for Obama just because of one thing when the opposing side shares that stance? In fact, McCain is MUCH WORSE. He's prepared to revoke already existing LGBT rights and legislation!

    Posted by: Philip Wester | Sep 29, 2008 2:09:58 PM

  14. She'll answer to someone?! So the questions to Palin should be:

    1. What is your name?
    2. What state are you from?
    3. When is your birth day?
    4. How much do you not like Obama?

    Posted by: Sean | Sep 29, 2008 2:21:42 PM

  15. Umm... isn't there a clip of McLame saying he'd follow Osama to the *Gates of Hell* ?

    Hmmm. Where's this clip?

    Posted by: Chapeau | Sep 29, 2008 2:41:40 PM

  16. LOL SEAN, "how much do you not like obama?"

    actually that would make a great SNL skit next week: Ifill asking Palin totally simple questions (like "okay please show me where Anchorage is on the state map of Alaska?"). I'm sure SNL will have a ton of material to work with for the next show - i mean 90 minutes of Palin rambling will make for some good tv!
    i'm having a debate watching party for sure!

    Posted by: Bobby | Sep 29, 2008 2:59:36 PM

  17. Is Palin campaigning for Obama? Someone should tell her she is on McCain's ticket. Her fuck ups are great. I want to thank John McCain for choosing Sarah Palin and helping to elect Barack Obama.

    Posted by: Mark | Sep 30, 2008 5:59:21 PM

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