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Sarah Palin Prompts former NYC Mayor Koch to Endorse Obama

Koch3Former NYC Mayor Ed Koch, who supported Bush in 2004, is endorsing Obama today.

Politico's Ben Smith asked Koch what prompted the Obama endorsement: "The designation of Palin to be vice president. She's scary...Any time someone goes to the library and says, 'I want to ban books,' and the librarian says 'no,' and she threatens to fire them -- that's scary."

Read Koch's statement, AFTER THE JUMP...


I have concluded that the country is safer in the hands of Barack Obama, leader of the Democratic Party and protector of the philosophy of that party. Protecting and defending the U.S. means more than defending us from foreign attacks. It includes defending the public with respect to their civil rights, civil liberties and other needs, e.g., national health insurance, the right of abortion, the continuation of Social Security, gay rights, other rights of privacy, fair progressive taxation and a host of other needs and rights.

If the vice president were ever called on to lead the country, there is no question in my mind that the experience and demonstrated judgment of Joe Biden is superior to that of Sarah Palin. Sarah Palin is a plucky, exciting candidate, but when her record is examined, she fails miserably with respect to her views on the domestic issues that are so important to the people of the U.S., and to me. Frankly, it would scare me if she were to succeed John McCain in the presidency.


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  1. That's exactly right, 100%. It's scary and people should be very afraid of that. Religious extremists want to keep people ignorant so that they can promote their own agendas. You "gay republicans" that post on this site cannot deny that wanting to ban books should knock her completely out of contention for any type of political office in THIS country, let alone the vice presidency.

    Posted by: Michael W. | Sep 9, 2008 10:43:57 AM

  2. Palin is such an extreme freak that even closeted homosexual Ed Koch is spooked by her.

    Posted by: John in Manhattan | Sep 9, 2008 10:54:14 AM

  3. I hope that Koch's endorsement proves much more important for Obama than folks realize. There may be a chance in Florida afterall.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Sep 9, 2008 10:59:34 AM

  4. I hate Ed Koch with a fiery passion that feels like flames up and down the sides of my face...but I'm glad he at least has THIS much sense.

    Posted by: Matthew Rettenmund | Sep 9, 2008 10:59:37 AM

  5. Well this should certainly push Obama over the top! Really, let's not get too excited just yet. Koch hardly has national appeal. Not to mention that he is a little crazy himself.

    And Michael W, what sounds "scary" on a liberal blog is hardly scary to the middle of the road American that will place the next president in the whitehouse.

    Palin is an anomaly and represents the real middle class. Even the not so middle Billie Jean King is smitten with her! The far right, Pat Buchanan, and the far left, Ted Kennedy and their followers do not elect presidents. Centrist middle of the road people get elected. Obama and Biden, the third most liberal senator, are hardly middle of the road. Obama is beginning to crack and make serious mistakes. His "muslim faith" comment for example will galvanize middle America whether there is a shred of truth to or not. Those are the facts. The masses elect a president not the extremes.

    Love her or hate her she has mass appeal. I know that everyone has these lofty ideals but when the rubber hits the road it is small town USA, Walmart custotmers that go to the polls religeously and vote for those that do not "scare" them. Palin not only does not scare them she excites them!

    Posted by: RB | Sep 9, 2008 11:04:12 AM

  6. not being from NYC, what part affiliation is Ed Koch, and what was he when he was mayor, if different?

    Posted by: Dan B | Sep 9, 2008 11:09:03 AM

  7. it saddens me that bigotry, shooting polar bears from helicopters, anti-choice, anti-sex ed (which results in teenage pregnancy), anti-science and censorship are values the "masses" celebrate in this country.

    since when did intelligence and common decency become fringe values?

    i am fed up with this country lately. i cannot believe most people cannot see Sarah Palin and John McCain for what they really are.

    Posted by: Alex | Sep 9, 2008 11:13:06 AM

  8. "The designation of Palin to be vice president. She's scary...Any time someone goes to the library and says, 'I want to ban books,' and the librarian says 'no,' and she threatens to fire them -- that's scary."

    ONLY, she didn't. Sorry Ed.


    Posted by: Robert | Sep 9, 2008 11:14:37 AM

  9. Robert this is from the LA Times:

    Here's what the Valley Frontiersman says: "Emmons said Palin asked her outright if she could live with censorship of library books. This was during a weak [sic] when Palin was requesting resignations from all the city's department heads as a way of expressing loyalty."

    The article continues: " 'This is different than a normal book-selection procedure or a book-challenge policy,' Emmons stressed Saturday. 'She was asking me how I would deal with her saying a book can't be in the library.'"

    Palin described her inquiries as "rhetorical" and told the paper, in a written statement issued in 1996, that "she was only trying to get acquainted with her staff at the time."

    Rhetorical? Well, OK ... if she says so. Still, it seems like an odd getting-to-know-you question to me. — Carolyn Kellogg

    Posted by: soulbrotha | Sep 9, 2008 11:21:15 AM

  10. This lady is the 'smoke and mirrors' that the GOP is using to hide another term of Bush. Don't take the bait...Let's hope that she will finally answer some questions from the press so we can see what kind of freak-job she really is!

    Posted by: Steve | Sep 9, 2008 11:22:53 AM

  11. Unfortunately Robert, there are many a judge and jury right here that do NOT want to hear the truth. They have tried and convicted Palin on the rumors of the Daily Kos. And I might mention that the National Enquirer is often more accurate!

    Posted by: RB | Sep 9, 2008 11:24:28 AM

  12. Unfortunately Robert, there are many a judge and jury right here that do NOT want to hear the truth. They have tried and convicted Palin on the rumors of the Daily Kos. And I might mention that the National Enquirer is often more accurate!

    Posted by: RB | Sep 9, 2008 11:27:09 AM

  13. Go, Ed!

    That is the kind of sensible analysis I hope more people do during this election. It's time we go beyond the spun rhetoric and subterfuge that has closely guarded the Bush (and now McCain) agenda.

    Bring out the spotlights!

    Posted by: Rad | Sep 9, 2008 11:30:19 AM

  14. soulbrotha: or the LA Times as an authoritative source.

    I'm going with the one not known for being in the tank for Obama, thank you very much.

    RB: true, but I am going to try anyway. There are a lot of folks that read and don't comment - those are the ones that probably care about the truth a little more.

    Posted by: Robert | Sep 9, 2008 11:34:00 AM

  15. RE: ALEX.

    "Shooting polar bears from helicopters"???

    Although I am no Palin fan, this is a perfect example of how the blogs are going to affect this election. Rumor and innuendo will go 'viral', which is why Obama's 'muslim' gaffe will be the smoking gun that ended his campaign.

    As a responsible voter, I feel like I am a librarian- fact checking and triangulating every piece of information to get to the facts. Sarah Palin did not shoot POLAR BEARS from a helicopter, a humvee or from a jet she bought on e-bay.

    Posted by: dc8stretch | Sep 9, 2008 11:43:25 AM

  16. But the "truth" is the woman is still aligned with the Republican party, thinks the war in Iraq is a mission from God (imagine if someone sent thousands of soldiers to die somewhere because a leprechaun told them to! Imagine!), is anti-choice, is married to big oil, and is a member of a church that likes to "pray the gay away."

    Never mind that no matter how the McCain campaign wants to spin it, someone who was mayor of a podunk town in Alaska and then governor for less than 2 years (and in the midst of a big economic surplus in Alaska that she had nothing to do with) is not qualified to be the president of the United States.

    Posted by: Alex | Sep 9, 2008 11:47:23 AM

  17. As far as I know Palin supports shooting game from helicopters. She is a hunter herself.

    I find this reprehensible. Shooting a defenceless animal from a helicopter. Never mind her lack of concern for the enviornment with her desire to drill for oil on preserved land.

    Posted by: Alex | Sep 9, 2008 11:49:32 AM

  18. Robert, if you had taken the time to read what I posted instead of trying to be a pompous ass, you would see that it actually supports the Newsweek article but at the same times gives a FIRST HAND account.

    Posted by: soulbrotha | Sep 9, 2008 11:56:27 AM

  19. RB and Robert: What is it exactly about the Republican party that entices you so? It certainly can't be fiscal responsibility, not with the current budget situation. Are you simply rich and don't want the government to tax you too much? Honestly, that's the only legitimate excuse I can see for voting Republican. The GOP is the party of rich people, and since there aren't enough rich people in the country to vote Republican, they've duped stupid Christians into thinking their's is the party of morality. Well that's great. While the whole country goes to hell, at least we can be sure that gays can't marry and women can't choose to have an abortion. Brilliant.

    Posted by: Michael W. | Sep 9, 2008 11:57:57 AM

  20. "The masses elect a president not the extremes.

    Love her or hate her she has mass appeal."

    ... except that she IS extreme. Extreme right.

    Posted by: Wes | Sep 9, 2008 12:02:02 PM

  21. I found the part of his statement interesting where he talked about protecting "gay rights, other rights of privacy [...]." This makes it seem as if he thought of gay rights as the right to be private about being gay. I guess that could be true (freedom from public governmental legislation of sexuality) but when it comes from a public official long rumored to be closeted, that phrasing takes on another resonance.

    Anyway, I'm glad whenever anyone speaks out in favor of Obama.

    Posted by: Marc | Sep 9, 2008 12:16:01 PM

  22. MICHAEL W: Just one of the many, many reasons that have nothing to do with being rich or gay marriage.

    That, and a lack of overwhelming desire to be accepted by "The Gay Community".

    Posted by: Robert | Sep 9, 2008 12:36:12 PM

  23. the devil wears jc penney

    Posted by: alguien | Sep 9, 2008 12:41:08 PM

  24. She's not remotely prepared to assume the Vice Presidency. She's just the most cynical ploy the GOP have ever played to take our eyes of Bush's woeful eight years.

    She's a Trojan Moose. A sop to the Religious Right. And a contradiction of everything John McCain once said he stood for.

    McCain supported Bush 90% of the time, Sarah supported him 97% of the time, that would mean four more years that sucked as hard as the last eight.

    Vote her back to the frozen north.

    Posted by: FASTLAD | Sep 9, 2008 12:41:26 PM

  25. Robert, I fail to see how relevant an individual pollster with a decade of experience and poor English skills ("Most American voters (60%) agrees and says the Supreme Court should make decisions based on what is written in the constitution...") have to do with your GOP dogma.

    But your second point is even sadder. Though I live in San Francisco, I have few gay friends and no burning desire to be accepted by any community, gay or straight. I choose friends based on what type of people they are. But I also like having rights and respect---two things that will never come from the GOP.

    How about we liberals decide to stop claiming that Palin banned books as long as we can ban conservative posters from Towleroad? Because you guys really get tiresome.

    Posted by: Paul R | Sep 9, 2008 12:48:06 PM

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