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Update of September 3

GOP women saying it as well (to think, if only Dean had cable, we might have heard Hillary defended by the party too)

Rudy is saying it too

It’s reported that mcCain finally said it:

One of GOP presidential candidate John McCain’s high-level surrogates lashed out against their rival campaign’s assessment their candidate had more experience than McCain’s newly-minted vice president, calling their attacks “sexist.”

From Politico

a top McCain aide expressed incredulity when asked by a reporter whether Palin could be vice-president with an infant and her 17-year-old daughter due to give birth this fall.

“Frankly, I can’t imagine that question being asked of a man,” McCain’s Steve Schmidt told reporters who mobbed him as he arrived at the convention hall. “A lot of women will find it offensive.”

And they didn’t even get to Clyburn’s trash

“Now Mondale tried to shake things up by going with Geraldine Ferraro, she proved to be a disaster as a running mate. And as a campaigner, she was absolutely awful.”

but rightfully stated

“I am appalled by the Obama campaign’s attempts to belittle Governor Sarah Palin’s experience,” Republican National Committee Victory Chair Carly Fiorina said a statement released Tuesday. “The facts are that Sarah Palin has made more executive decisions as a Mayor and Governor than Barack Obama has made in his life. Because of Hillary Clinton’s historic run for the Presidency and the treatment she received, American women are more highly tuned than ever to recognize and decry sexism in all its forms. They will not tolerate sexist treatment of Governor Palin.”

You bet!

And since some people seem shocked about such a notion, here’s a reference link I just stumbled upon.

The good news? Palin is up to the fight! her response to being warned about what’s in store:

Palin: “Thanks for the warning. By the way, do you know what they say the difference is between a hockey mom and a Pit Bull?”

McCain aide: “No, Governor.”

Palin: “A hockey mom wears lipstick.

here’s my Labor Day topical contribution:

Parturient montes, nascetur ridiculus mus – The mountanins were in labor – but gave birth to a ridicuous mouse.

The Obama campaign (subreptitiously), its paid bloggers – ostensibly , their surrogate media following them – all laboured this weekend to find smears on Sara Palin – and only came with ridiculous “Pregnancygate”

PUMAs who still watch TV, over at Capital Hill reported

On The Today Show, this morning.

She (McCain spokesperson) was talking about how disgusting and vile the liberal blogs were in discussing Palin’s family, over the last 48 hrs, and she made a point of telling Vierra that many of the bloggers mentioned Obama.

They have completely discredited themselves. Anyone who takes a peek at KOS or DU out of curiosity will see that of which she spoke.

Not sure if I agree that a trap was set for them to fall in, or merely there no way to introduce your VP

“and by the way, her daughter didn’t have her period in the last 5 months”

But the new puritan left showed its mettle’

Apparently, progressives do not agree with those ideas. As evidenced by the recent behavior of the “progressive blogosphere” regarding Governor Sarah Palin, her infant son and her teenage daughter, morality will now be investigated and controlled by the Progressive Puritans of the Left

We hear now a lot of noise about ” not enough vetting”

Strangely enough, it’s not about the candidate with undisclosed Rezko, Ayers and Wright connections.

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WaPo patronizes us on 3 teeth gritting pages – don’t recommend reading on a full stomach.

But the first sentence is illuminating as it repeats Donna’s meme:

I get the part about feeling disappointed and bitter. I can even understand their impulse to sit this one out. After all, this was supposed to be Hillary Clinton‘s time

He is “stumped” by the possibility that we vote McCain. You know what, Colbert? Stay stumped!

I am not gonna quote anymore of your insulting talking points except to note that you call us racist too

“So what’s drawing Hillary Clinton’s die-hard fans to John McCain? Is the attraction only skin-deep?”

. Instead, i’ll take my cues from katiebird at the Confluence:

But Spite — Ah: This might be the first time I cast a vote almost wholly based on spite. It sounds absurd; could I really do it? Could I cast an important vote based on my frustration with Barack Obama’s disgusting supporters?

(gagging) At the rate this campaign is going, I’d say it’s a nearly sure bet.

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I actually did hear this astounding statement myself: in the interview with Anderson Cooper

“My understanding is that Gov. Palin’s town, Wassilla, has I think 50 employees. We’ve got 2500 in this campaign. I think their budget is maybe 12 million dollars a year – we have a budget of about three times that just for the month,” Obama responded.

I don’t have the time and space to count all the ways this is wrong.

Goldie at Capital Hill Forum went and checked these numbers

Governor Palin’s Executive Management:
The State of Alaska employs approximately 15,000 employees statewide. These employees work primarily for the Executive Branch of State Government.

Alaska Fiscal Year 2009
General Fund Budget Totals $4.4 Billion
Plus $1.9 Billion in Savings and Investments

In all fairness, there’s one way this is right: campaigning is the one thing Obama can claim he did.

But this statement very much reminds me of that first reaction of his campaign to the Palin anoincement.

“Today, John McCain put the former mayor of a town of 9,000 with zero foreign policy experience a heartbeat away from the presidency,” campaign spokesman Bill Burton said.

You know, the one he blamed on his staff?. The one Halperin thought

What’s amazing about this statement is not just that it was so stupid but that it was part of a PREPARED statement.

Just as I predicted then

And we know, that just like Bush, he eventually blurted those things himself, again, after denouncing them on the campaign trail.

Obama too does the “staffer” mistake again, comparing his perpetual campaigning experience not to Palin’s Governor job she’s been holding at the time, but the one she held before. You know, during his own state senate job in which he voted “present” 130 times.

As to Obama’s claim of executive experience from being a perpetual campaigner – I am afraid the credit for running a campaign would have to go to Axelrod!

And speaking of credit, Charles Lemos reminds me that

In the interview, Obama takes credit for the recommendations that led to reforms at FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency).

and the whole set up was to make Obama appear THERE and in charge

But let’s be fair: how many candidates got delegates in races they were not even on the ticket? Not even W did that! Hmmm…maybe there’s something to his claim!

Not Your Sweetie

September 2008