Thursday, October 30, 2008


Late Thursday, and the latest New York Times poll is out. Sen. Barack Obama maintains his apparent lead over Sen. John McCain (51-40 among likely voters in a head-to-head battle; 52-39 when third-party candidates are included). And the news for McCain goes downhill from there.

The poll also indicates Gov. Sarah Palin has become a millstone around McCain's neck. A couple interesting grafs to share:
Nearly a third of voters polled said that the vice-presidential selection would be a major factor influencing their vote for president, and those voters broadly favored Senator Barack Obama. ...

While a majority viewed Ms. Palin as unqualified for the vice presidency, about three quarters of voters saw Mr. Obama’s running mate, Senator Joseph R. Biden Jr. of Delaware, as qualified for the job. The increase in the number of voters who said that Ms. Palin was not prepared was driven almost entirely by Republicans and independents.

Overall, views of Ms. Palin were apparently shaped more by ideology and party than by gender. Ms. Palin was viewed as unprepared for the job by about 6 in 10 men and women alike. But 8 in 10 Democrats viewed her as unprepared, as well as more than 6 in 10 independents, and 3 in 10 Republicans.
You know you're in trouble when 30 percent of your party thinks your veep pick is inadequate. What seemed daring a month ago now looks desperate. But Sarah Palin is no Dan Quayle. She'll be back.


Chain Gang BBQ said...

Sarah Palin has been cast in the mainstream narrative as unprepared. She has been made to look the fool, but that is what liberals do to every conservative.

Joe "the walking gaffe machine" Biden is not only a millstone around Barackmadinejad's neck, but a doubt-planting P. Allen Smith. "Generated crisis" or that famous 3 letter word, J-O-B-S. And who could forget that wonderful TV address FDR gave in 1929 after Wall Street collapsed. Oh, and the offer to "Stand Up Chuck" to the wheelchair bound MO State Senator and "let 'em see ya."

I would place the ability and competence of Sarah Palin way above that of Barackmadinejad. After all, in southern California, they'd rather hang with Sarah.

I'd rather trust someone who could "see Russia from my house" than one who read the teachings of Russia in his house.

Anonymous said...

You mean the Sarah Palin who can't define what the job of the vice president is? Who can't identify one newspaper or magazine she reads regularly? Who can't provide any examples of how John McCain has pushed for more regulation in his 26 years in the Senate, after saying he's done so? Who says the bank bailout helps "those who are concerned about the healthcare reform that is needed to help shore up our economy?" Who can't pronounce the word "nuclear" correctly? Who can't name a single U. S. Supreme Court decision with which she disagrees, other than Roe v. Wade? Who's not sure if those who bomb abortion clinics are terrorists but is certain that a man who's never even threatened to bomb anything is one? Who thinks Afghanistan is our neighbor? Who thinks because Siberia is geographically close to Alaska means she has foreign policy experience? Who who was for the Bridge to Nowhere before she was against it? Who claims to have been "cleared of any legal wrongdoing ... any hint of any kind of unethical activity" when the Alaska legislature found she'd broken the state's ethics law an abused her power in the Troopergate scandal? Who one of John McCain's advisers called a "diva" and another adviser labeled a "whack job?" Who says she's looking forward to a "Palin/McCain" administration? That Sarah Palin?

The CDM said...

Anon, you also forgot to mention that she is a socialist governor. Alaska gets tax dollars from the oil industry and "redistributes" it to the rest of Alaska's citizens. Perhaps the american patriot forgot about those things you mentioned and the little hypocrasy of the "socialist" label. Seriously dude, american patriot?

Anonymous said...

Since the US bought Alaska and I have not seen evidence that the Alaskans have bought it back, why isn't its wealth redistributed to all Americans?

Anonymous said...

I am THRILLED to have a woman with the same qualifications as a cocktail waitress emerge as a candidate for Vice President of the United States (wink, wink).

Chain Gang BBQ said...

How about being THRILLED to have a man with the same qualifications as a shoe shine boy to be your nominee?

How's it feel, Anon 3:06? Maybe that'll make you think before you shoot your dumb ass mouth off again.

"I'm mad as hell, and I'm not going to take it anymore."

Anonymous said...

Why ampat, how unpatriotically racist of you. I'm sure your hero John Wayne there would prefer you not connect him with your racist comments.

Chain Gang BBQ said...

How in the name of God can you look at a shoe shine guy or gal and connect that to racism?

That's the crap we'll be able to look forward to if your worthless wind bag wins. God help us.

You know, Ann Coulter was right..."If Democrats had brains, they'd be Republicans."

Anonymous said...

But ampat, you didn't write shoe shine guy or gal. You wrote "shoe shine boy." You call all Negroes "boy" right?

Anonymous said...

If Ann didn't have an adam's apple she would be a girl.

Sky Girl said...

Ampat's been ranting for days on this blog, and now we see his true motive for what it is. Racism rears it's ugly head again. I read the "shoe shine boy" comment exactly like anon did.

Chain Gang BBQ said...

Hey, Sky Girl. I'm no more a racist than you are level headed. My motive is obviously not your motive. You would love to see Obama in the White House, oh, I said white. Shoot, there's that ugly head thing again.

You liberals make me want to puke. You're slugs in need of salt.

Sky Girl said...

You call a black man "boy," and I say that's racist. So you call me a slug. Your profound verbal skills astound me.

Anonymous said...

Honey, leave that American Patriot alone. He's nearly blind from watching videos of Sarah Palin. I told him he would go blind one day, and apparently it's happening.

Bette Noire

Chain Gang BBQ said...

Hey, Bette or anon 12:36, There's a Sarah Palin video you've missed: She's just been cleared of any wrong doing in the so-called Troopergate scandal.

Ain't that a shame.

tom said...

Shoeshiner is a profession in which a person polishes shoes with shoe polish. They are often known as shoeshine boys because the job is traditionally that of a male child. While the role is deprecated in much of Western civilization there are children that earn an important wage for their family in many countries throughout the world. Some shoe shiners offer extra services, such as shoe repairs and general tailoring. Many well-known and high profile people started their working life as shoe shiners, including singers and presidents.

# Mahmoud Ahmed
# James Brown
# José Asunción Flores
# Oscar Micheaux
# Dick Rowland
# Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva
# Alejandro Toledo
# Lee Trevino
# Malcolm X

To this list I'll also add a couple more "white boys" to the list.

Jud and Zig Ziglar born and raised poor in Yazoo City, MS both went on to phenomenal success in the sales profession and later on the motivational speech circuit.

Perhaps one should do some research before assuming the worst of an individual.

Chain Gang BBQ said...

Thank you, Tom.

tom said...

No Problem !!!!

It has become common place to accuse people of something that we so desire for it to be true. Normally this occurs in people who are so strident in their beliefs that even after they have been shown to be wrong they will continue down the path of superiority.
I have noticed this occurs quite a bit in religious people and those who predominately vote democrat.
Another problem is either changing the subject so you have completely changed the topic of conversation or changing the meaning of what was said so you can lash out and attack the individual who said it.

People don't read what is written they read what they want to see in the words.

Anonymous said...

I think the rantings of the neo-cons are to be expected and they don't really bother me because guess what? My candidate won this year (even though my candidate also won in 2004 but wasn't allowed to take office). Let them rant. Obama has a powerful mandate. And yeah, I'd like to see Todd Palin and family re-group in their efforts to secede from the United States. I wonder how they think they'd survive without all of the lovely federal funding and earmarks that the state of Alaska receives? Permanent Fund, anyone? To me Palin is a ridiculous joke, but unfortunately she deliberately and loudly speaks to the disenfranchised and bitter "values voters". I'm sure they enjoyed having a "misunderestimated" President in office. "See, you don't have to smart to be President!" That please some people, and those are the same people who feel bitter now that their "power" has been taken away from them, even though I'm sure most of them didn't benefit from the policies of the Bush Administration one iota. Tough luck, losers. You had your eight years and look at what a freaking mess you made.

tom said...

Actually anon 1:36 they had six years so if your going to try to sound as if you have some intelligence get the story straight. Since 2004 the democrats have controlled congress and therefore the purse strings of the nation and yet our economy is being flushed down the toilet by a government system that believes paying bills means just turning up the printing presses. Yep that is right the democrat party has given us the Wall Street Bailout, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, were still in Iraq even though promises were made to get us out. Gas prices which damn near hit $4.oo a gallon here in the Ozarks which have now dropped to $1.81 but since NO one is employed no one can afford to purchase the stuff *sarcasm intended*

Anonymous said...

tom, Democrats did not take control of Congress in 2004! Republicans held majorities in both the House and Senate until the midterm election of 2006. Then Democrats had a clear majority in the House, but a near tie in the Senate.

Since both the House and the Senate must pass legislation, a near tie of both parties in the Senate is sufficient to ignore or halt legislation supported by the other party.

The purse strings have ultimately been controlled by the Republicans for 8 years since Bush has veto power and Senate Republicans can guarantee a veto will be sustained.

The financial mess the nation finds itself in did NOT come about in two years. Look a bit deeper and you'll discover Republicans deregulated the financial industry allowing for this boondoggle.

Congressional Republicans and a Republican president have increased the national debt to its highest point ever. They've also conveniently left the Iraq war costs out of the annual budgets.

And if you wish to indicate your intellectual ability, please do try to spell "you're" correctly, and use the proper party name...the Democratic Party. Or should we all now refer to the Republic party?

tom said...

My apologies for the date screw up. Our financial mess goes quite a bit further back then you suggest however. Deregulating an industry hasn't been effectively done in my 40+ years of living on planet earth. How can anyone proclaim an industry is being deregulated when it is still the federal government calling the shots on how the business must operate. Remember back in the 90's when mortgage lenders were all but forced by the fed to handle loans of people who were borderline eligible and then the invent of the "interest only" loans which allowed people to gobble up property of which they couldn't afford trying to flip it before they got to far in debt. This scenario is being played out today in the mortgage market as balloon payments and ARM's were negotiated for the NO or low down payments of these properties.

I agree with your statement on Bush and the repub leadership doubling our debt even without the cost of the Iraq war included. I'm not a defender of Bush or many of his socialistic policies nor am I a defender of the dems and their socialist policies.
I need government to defend my liberties, my freedoms and to defend the nation, nothing more nothing less. I don't need cradle to grave government approved or endorsed liberties and freedoms I'm quite capable of providing for myself and for being charitable to those who truly can't do for themselves.

Chain Gang BBQ said...

Amen, Tom. Amen.

The only reason Democrats launch these cradle to grave social programs is to ensure they'll get a devoted voting block. Every four years, Democrats use Social Security as an alarm bell claiming Republicans will alter or destroy the program.

If this "spread the wealth around" gets started, you'll hear it again in 2012; don't vote for the Republican, he or she will take your checks from you.

I hope Washington doesn't bailout the auto industry. Let them file Chapter 11, nullify those UAW contracts and hire people that'll work for a competitive wage, lower the cost of an automobile and make that industry competitive again. If anything, the auto industry is highly regulated by Congress and that's one of the big problems.