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Sarah Palin Trains for Debate at McCain Ranch in Sedona


The McCain campaign released this photo of Sarah Palin training for Thursday's debate with top foreign policy adviser Randy Schuemann at McCain's ranch in Sedona, Arizona.

Certainly the Biden v. Palin debate is the political unknown that will have audiences fixated on TV screens Thursday night. John McCain responded to chatter about bias on the part of moderator Gwen Ifill (she has a book coming out on 'emerging young African American politicians' which partly features Obama) by saying that he has complete faith she'll do an objective job as moderator.

Here are some of the expectations for Palin and Biden:

road.jpg NYT: Past debates show a "fluent" Palin who speaks in generalities and can't develop arguments, and a Joe Biden who gets tripped up by his spontaneity and verbal gaffes.
road.jpg What to expect from Palin in the VP debate. [daily kos]
road.jpg Boston Globe: Should she be asked about banning rape kits?
road.jpg Obama-Biden campaign plays up Palin's debating skills.
road.jpg AP on what to expect: high risk, big rewards.
road.jpg James Zogby: Listen to Sarah Palin!
road.jpg An independent candidate who debated Palin in 2006 speaks: "When he faces off against Sarah Palin Thursday night, Joe Biden will have his hands full. I should know. I've debated Governor Palin more than two dozen times. And she's a master, not of facts, figures, or insightful policy recommendations, but at the fine art of the nonanswer, the glittering generality. Against such charms there is little Senator Biden, or anyone, can do."

CBS released more of Katie Couric's interview with Palin this evening. In this clip, Couric asks Palin if there are any other Supreme Court decisions she disagrees with aside from Roe v. Wade.

And, you guessed it! She can't think of any. Biden was asked close to the same question:

And now the talent portion of the competition, AFTER THE JUMP...

Sarah Palin's flute performance from the 1984 Miss Alaska pageant.

Sarah Palin in 1984 Miss Alaska Pageant [tr]

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  1. I was just a few months old when she was doing that performance and yet in the 24 years since then I have somehow achieved a modest understanding of foreign affairs, read a handful of different American newspapers and magazines, figured out that sexual orientation is not a choice, and learnt how to construct a coherent sentence.

    What the feck was Palin doing in the 80s and 90s?!

    Posted by: sexyback | Oct 1, 2008 8:25:01 PM

  2. Is it just me or does anybody else think that no amount of training in the world is going to help this lady appear intelligent in a debate (unless someone else speaks for her)?

    Posted by: Discotheque GQ | Oct 1, 2008 8:28:53 PM

  3. She is good at dodging questions she has no answer to. Considering that Ms. Couric is asking very specific questions. She just rambles on and on without actually saying anything and I think most of Americans are going to eat it up. Would it be so bad as to respond 'I don't know!'
    This is terrible. John McCain has no respect for Americans.

    Posted by: Bob | Oct 1, 2008 8:34:20 PM

  4. She's obviously not bad at blow jobs. :-) I wonder if that's how she got the 'position' on the GOP ticket? 'Cause we KNOW it's not because of her wealth of knowledge of the issues!!!!

    I hate this bitch soooooooooo much......she is the epitome of ignorance and narrow-mindedness that (unfortunately) pervades this country. And when she wins the VP seat, she'll make sure such backwardness blossoms!

    I'm extremely angry at John McCain - not because he's Republican, but because he made a shitty decision regarding his VP pick that could send the country (socially) back to the 1950s.

    I predict that tomorrow's debate will come out in her favor......(and I hope to GOD I'm wrong)...

    Posted by: CARIBTONY | Oct 1, 2008 9:17:25 PM

  5. Someone please kill the trumpeter in that band.

    Posted by: Gabriel | Oct 1, 2008 9:18:31 PM

  6. I am afraid that this debate will go very similarly to the smugness that was Cheney in the Edwards/Cheney debate. Cheney just sat there and smiled his bastard of a grin and turned every question into one of his scheduled talking points whether it related to the question or not.

    That is the training Palin will be getting. Spread the agenda, use this as a speech event.

    Posted by: AED | Oct 1, 2008 9:21:48 PM

  7. The sad truth is, the same idiots who voted for Bush twice, will blindly vote for the McCain/Palin ticket. The dumbing down of America has increased considerably during the "reign" of Bush. Bush can't complete a sentence, and Palin can't answer a simple question like "what papers do you read? It's no wonder the rest of the world looks at what is happening here and laughs. Let's hope the American public isn't as stupid in this election as they have been in the past two.

    Posted by: Alex | Oct 1, 2008 9:42:08 PM

  8. "That's hot."

    Posted by: Jason87 | Oct 1, 2008 10:54:37 PM

  9. What's scary is that this isn't the first vice presidential debate between unqualified Repub and a qualified Dem candidate. Remember Quayle/Bensten in '88? Let's hope this one has a different result come November.

    Posted by: Mark in NYC | Oct 2, 2008 12:20:58 AM

  10. This is what I want Sarah to say to Joe Biden:

    We conservatives are honest in our attitude to gays. We go by the Bible. You liberals, on the other hand, go according to your masturbatory fantasies. You accept into the mainstream the "hot lesbians" but not the "not-so-hot gay guys". You use the liberal media to push your views, including Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair and People magazines, not to mention the porn industry. Your real views on gays can be summed up as a "phony acceptance based on titillation and segregation".

    Your attitude to bisexuality is even worse. You've got a bisexual double standard. This double standard is the defining hypocrisy of liberalism. Bi females are celebrated in the mainstream, bi males are considered unnecessary or non-existent. Just do a Google search and you'll find the differing treatments. Straight liberal males are enabled in this hypocrisy by liberal females who wish to corner the market on bisexuality for reasons of vanity and free drinks.

    Together, you liberal straight guys and your female enablers are contributing to a phony acceptance of gay/bi people which is based on titillation and segregation. We conservatives are at least consistent and honest.

    Posted by: jason | Oct 2, 2008 1:08:00 AM

  11. JASON: I'm so sorry that you feel so slighted by the world and that you suffer more discrimination than ANYBODY else. Perhaps someday you and your kind will be accepted. Sniff, sniff. Please get your head out of your bisexual double standard ass. Or at least try out some new words and get to work on your very important PhD thesis that I can't 'til it's published to great fanfare.

    Posted by: David R. | Oct 2, 2008 1:29:31 AM

  12. I can't get enough of these daily doses of Joe-six pack, intellectually illiterate, mental mediocrity.

    Her lack of knowledge at this point is no surprise and is beyond embarassing, in fact, painfully so.

    What I do find brilliant is her way of making herself out to be this folksy, down home "I'm just like you," everyman/woman schtick. Uh yeah, I have heard of these things being asked to me but I don't really know them, Bush Doctrine..umm huh? Supreme Court, yeah like Judge Judy only with more people right? Reading, yeah I read, I read everything. I am well informed in my microcosm of America up in Alaska.

    This is a fantastic tactic to enthuse the base but I dare hope it does not work on the undecideds. While I am sure many people can relate to her, I for one demand more of any leader, albeit my expectations have dropped considerably during the Bush Dynasty, the bar has not been lowered it is just laying on the floor.

    The sad thing is many people WILL relate to her in such a way as to blindly cast away a vote, a vote which will help to cement the US's growing lack of significance as a global player.

    Being a US citizen having lived abroad the last 8 years and have seen first-hand the downward spiral the US has taken, I had seriously thought it could get no worse. Boy was I wrong.

    All I can do is hope she fails fantastically tonight and hangs herself but something inside me says her strange way of speaking in generalities will somehow work to her advantage.

    Her expectations are so low all she has to do really is show up, cough and victory will be declared by Mccain, not hard to move up when you are at the bottom already.

    Another tidbit of strategic spin is how she is accusing the Liberal media of trying to catch her off guard with questions. Huh? excuse me? How can you be caught off guard, none of the questions posed should have been a surprise. What the fuck did she think was going to be asked? How many States are in the US? Who is our current President? I mean for fuck's sake questions were asked that she should have been prepared for.

    It is not only the "liberal " media as she puts it, it is conservative media alike.

    Face it bitch everyone thinks you are a moronic imbecile...oh wait or is that only the elites?

    And what would a Palin defintion for elite/elitest be? She probably thinks anyone with two brain cells which is one and a half more than she has.

    I feel as if my IQ drops just watching her and listening to the drivel which spews from her.

    Change is in the air but not blowing hard enough. Here is a bit more rope Ms. Palin, in the meantime get back to reading EVERYTHING.

    Posted by: Sean | Oct 2, 2008 3:27:47 AM

  13. Andy,

    Thank you for your dedication to publishing information on McCain/Palin. This election is VITAL to protecting established rights and providing a receptive environment for new laws or judicial verdicts favorable for the American LGBT community.

    Equally so, this election is also about repairing the damage done by GOP rule and laying a solid foundation for a better future for all Americans. I fear that many people will fall into the same trap as 2004 and let their bigotry get in the way of examining all of the facts.


    Can you please take your sh@t elsewhere?

    When you insult liberals, you are insulting 99% of the readers of this site, not to mention the site's author who regularly expresses himself as a liberal/ progressive!

    You're bi. Great! Lovely. Cool. Hooray for you! You feel disenfranchised by the majority culture? Shocking! As if the rest of the gay folks on this site don't? As if people of color in America don't? As if the disabled don't? What makes your pain any greater than the rest of the gay folks on this site? Quick, are you more likely to get your faced kicked in holding a girl's or guy's hand? Do you think the homophobe who kicks your ass will be liberal or a conservative?

    If you are concerned about bi-men, why not create your own blog to discuss issues they face? Why not write an article for Andy to publish with evidence to support your positions?


    Posted by: noah | Oct 2, 2008 3:31:15 AM

  14. She is dumber than a potted plant. This is outrageous...

    Posted by: Anonymous | Oct 2, 2008 7:13:46 AM

  15. Since when did being from a small town or Alaska be a free pass to having intellect and integrity for the second most powerful position in the United States?

    The best comments I am hearing are "She's just like me, and >II< am not qualified to be Vice President of the United Stated!"

    I hope to Hell she fries out tonight! In the pubic forum, no teleprompter, though I suspect she will have an ear piece.

    Posted by: Rad | Oct 2, 2008 7:45:34 AM

  16. Obama is rising sharply in the polls and McCain is falling fast.

    Could the reason be Sarah Palin?

    Well DUH!!!!!

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Oct 2, 2008 9:07:04 AM

  17. Wow, poor Jason. Ugly and bisexual and rejected by both sexes. My impression of you is you're as ugly on the inside as you are on the outside and there in is the problem. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and even if you're physically hideously ugly, someone (maybe a blind person) would find you attractive if your personality wasn't so vile. Conservative and bisexual too. Have you tried calling Larry Craig for advice?

    Posted by: Bob R | Oct 2, 2008 9:27:52 AM

  18. Palin is a doofus.

    But I didn't like Biden's answer either. Asked what SCOTUS decisions he disagrees with and he cites their striking down a bill that he championed, for what really were legitimate reasons (they didn't agree that there was an effect on interstate commerce). I'm sorry, but whether you agree with that decision or not, it's hardely one of the more controversial or outrageous SCOTUS decisions. What about Bush v. Gore, or Bowers V. Hardwick.

    Posted by: darb | Oct 2, 2008 9:50:27 AM

  19. McSame's home is in Cornville, a much less glamorous locale that Sedona. It's 40 miles or so south of Sedona, so not really in the same neighborhood.

    He can't even tell the truth about where his extra homes are.

    By the way, this comment thread is not complete without all of us being told to hold onto our Tampons®.

    Posted by: TikiHead | Oct 2, 2008 10:09:43 AM

  20. Jason: It appears as though you are a bisexual man, although you don't fully "come out" and say it above, I don't think. But assuming that you are, I have to say that I find it shocking that you, as a bisexual person, paint straight liberal men, or bisexual liberal females, or conservative whoever, with such a broad brush. My two best friends are bisexual, and they have given me quite an education about what that means and how it feels to have a "betwixt and between" feeling imposed upon them, when they just kinda go about their days like everyone else, as well as a slew of other issues that arise in their lives constantly. One thing I must say about them, however, is that they have become more sensitive, more attuned, to the idea of individual interactions and judgments rather than categorization into large groups.

    I will be the last person who would say that a bisexual woman or man should not read this site, partake in the discussions, etc., because I believe all queer people are, or should be, in the proverbial "it" together.

    I do take issue with your painting of others into broad categories, which is the root of all prejudice; and, additionally, your support of the conservative candidates, whose policies very clearly will undermine the ability for queer people (yourself included) to achieve success, happiness and legally defined equality in the U.S., and will harden the lines between an empowered heteronormative class of people (and all those who affiliate with it) and the queer disenfranchised. You need to rethink your position, it seems to me; and might I recommend putting down that Bible and start looking at modern reality? The last is just my opinion, not anything that speaks to "T"ruth.

    Posted by: Andalusian Dog | Oct 2, 2008 10:41:55 AM

  21. Might I add that until the day when there is COMPLETE equality between queer and non-queer people (a day which I doubt will come in any of our lifetimes, if ever), we should all ponder Genet's statement carefully and seriously:

    "I would like the world, and pay attention to the way I'm saying it, I would like the world not to change so that I can be against the world."

    Is that radical or hardheaded, or is it simply realistic and proactive? Read your Genet, read your Foucault, read your Nietzsche. There can only be struggle until that day when all people stop scrutinizing our lives and worth based on preconceptions of who we "must" be because of whom we love; and if that is the case, then we must be prepared to fight for what is, as we know, right. Remember: society made queers, or rather, society made us make ourselves. Struggle is our history and it is who we are, no matter how much we would like to tell ourselves that we have the right to individual self-determination.

    Posted by: Andalusian Dog | Oct 2, 2008 10:55:31 AM

  22. I love the sentence in the New York Times article, "On paper, her sentence would have been difficult to diagram." Hilarious!

    Posted by: peterparker | Oct 2, 2008 11:32:08 AM

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