So a woman running mate is a crutch?

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On Sept. 16, Mr. Kevin Palmer wrote a letter that brought up some interesting accusations.

First, he wrote that Sen. John McCain uses women as a "crutch" because his wife is often by his side during public appearances. And Mr. Palmer claimed that Mrs. Palin is Sen. McCain's "surrogate crutch" when his wife is unavailable.

Secondly, Mr. Palmer wrote that because of his age Sen. McCain does not have the "mental or physical wherewithal to assume the duties of the presidency." His "shelf life for the presidency has expired."

So according to Mr. Palmer, if you are a woman and a man chooses you to be his second-in-command it isn't because you are just as competent as a man for the job, it is because he is using you (when his wife isn't around) as a "crutch." And if you are a senior citizen you are both mentally and physically useless as a leader.

I seriously doubt that Mr. Palmer would have written this letter if Mrs. Palin had been Mr. Palin and Sen. McCain had been 45 instead of 72. Then they wouldn't have been an "old man" and a "female religious hypocrite."

Mrs. Obama often appears in public with her husband, and Mr. Biden often appears in public with his running mate. Are they "crutches" too?

This is yet another example of blatant sexism and age discrimination from a follower of a political philosophy that ostensibly supports women's rights and the rights of the elderly. I don't have to "resuscitate my conservative brain" to see that. Sorry!

Candice D. Blanton

Hephzibah

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jack234
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jack234 09/16/08 - 11:13 pm
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As an independent I am

As an independent I am becoming more and reluctant to vote for this Palin lady for president. This fellow Jim Martin seems to make a lot of sense to me from his commercial. This is speaking as an independent who votes for the candidate and not the party. I wish more people would get on the independent train before it leaves the station. Now, have a blessed day speaking as an independent.

SisterAbdullahX_
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SisterAbdullahX_ 09/17/08 - 03:52 am
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As an "independent", jack234

As an "independent", jack234 shows noting but support for Democrats.

justus4
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justus4 09/17/08 - 04:40 am
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The writer refers to "blatant
Unpublished

The writer refers to "blatant sexism" which is difficult to actually prove, so it's just a hallow charge. Sexism does happen because thats the primary reason McCain chose Palin, her gender. So is that sexist? Would he tell the truth, if asked? And yes, she is a crutch for McCain, because her gender is the only thing holding up his campaign.

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 09/17/08 - 04:55 am
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McCain impressed his

McCain impressed his constituency and terrified his opponents with the Palin pick. It seems he's flogging the Dems with his crutch.

christian134
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christian134 09/17/08 - 04:56 am
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Many of you would have proven

Many of you would have proven just how much you adhere to the old adage that women should be seen but not heard and now I would like to say "Stuff it out your ear"...Cretins like yourselves need to crawl back into the slime pit where you emerged...McCain has shown wisdom and great insight when he chose a woman of Gov. Palin's strength and over-all knowledge to become his running partner and the next Vice-President of the United States...

jsterett
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jsterett 09/17/08 - 05:07 am
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The VP selection is always a

The VP selection is always a "crutch" to some degree. Biden is B.Ho's foreign policy crutch because he is weak in that area. McCain picked a running mate that would help his campaign and his choice has worked very well. She has captured the attention of the nation and completely changed the dynamics of the race to the point that Biden has been all but forgotten.

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factchecker 09/17/08 - 05:11 am
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Thank you Ms. Blanton. When

Thank you Ms. Blanton. When it is a democrat like Hilliary the dems want her treated with respect and dignity. This party that is so forward thinking and inclusive cannot stick to their open-mindedness if it's a 40 something female republican. Talk about dual standards. On The View - During the McCains' appearance, they were asked about everything from Gov. Sarah Palin to their houses to the separation of church and state.
At one point, co-host Joy Behar told McCain that two of his campaign ads are "untrue ... they're lies." Later, when McCain mentioned that he wanted to appoint Supreme Court justices who "strictly interpret" and "enforce" the Constitution, moderator Whoopi Goldberg asked: "Do I have to be worried about becoming a slave again?" When was Whoopi ever a slave? Talk about fear mongering, the Dems have it down to a science. You can tell they are scared to death that they are beginning to lose and guess what? They are right.

CH
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CH 09/17/08 - 05:30 am
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Thanks, Ms. Blanton, I

Thanks, Ms. Blanton, I couldn't agree more. As the father of daughters, I want every opportunity afforded to them that males have. Perhaps Mr. Palmer is one of the same at the Augusta National that want to keep female members out. Women are good enough to cook our meals, clean our homes, and sleep with, but not good enough to run for office? Perhaps it is that Governor Palin has the audacity to be a woman and Republican? Yeah, that's gotta be it because we all know only the Democrats really support women. After all, we hear that on The View everyday from giants of intellect like Joy Behar and Whoppie Goldberg. By the way, did any of you see Goldberg's asking McCain on the show when he said he wanted judges that would go strickly by the constitution, and she said, "Does that mean I should be worried about being a slave again?" Can you imagine her asking that of a Democrat? Never!

wise
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wise 09/17/08 - 06:05 am
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obama 08

obama 08

JohnQPublic
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JohnQPublic 09/17/08 - 06:14 am
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As gov of Alaska, Palin was

As gov of Alaska, Palin was off the chain. She fired folks if they had they ever disagreed with her. All she wants is to be surrounded by "yes" men and women rather than consider any other views. Troopergate is going to blow up in her face. She is on an ego trip and is hardly capable of being a VP let alone President. Palin cannot be even considered the same caliber as Hillary Clinton or other women in public office. The quality is just not there and the lack of depth and knowledge is apparent. She's attained celebrity status because she is attractive and has thrown her weight around through her own special interests, but she is full of herself and conceited. She will do us no good at all. If McCain thought he could "shore up" the GOP ticket with the likes of her, then he had a weak platform to begin with. Consider the scenario if McCain dies in office and she is at the helm! Lord help us! Think people! Think!

paulwietherspoons
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paulwietherspoons 09/17/08 - 06:31 am
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Run Democrats, run!!!!

Run Democrats, run!!!!

JohnQPublic
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JohnQPublic 09/17/08 - 06:38 am
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The GOP thought that

The GOP thought that feminists want any woman in the W. H.
If that were true then Brittany Spears would be running. Pseudo feminists like Palin emulate men's worst traits. The GOP men are so shallow that they think a pretty face who throws temper tantrums when she doesn't get her way, will help cure the ills of this country. I wonder if they would be singing the same tune if Palin were ugly. Just a bunch of "Shallow Hals". I even heard one guy say he was voting Republican because Palin was "hot". Good grief!

2tired2argueanymore
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2tired2argueanymore 09/17/08 - 06:47 am
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Jack234 is a broken record.

Jack234 is a broken record. He has been exposed as an Obama supporter but he keeps posting the same BS daily. I guess this is there campaign plan to try to put doubt into the McCain/Palin voters by posting it daily in thier posts.

factchecker
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factchecker 09/17/08 - 07:03 am
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What's the difference with

What's the difference with someone voting republican because "she's hot" and someone voting democrat because "I'm tired of being poor"? Good God, if you are tired of being poor get a job or get education to get a better job. The point is there are shallow people on both sides.

brinehart7
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brinehart7 09/17/08 - 07:04 am
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NoBama '08

NoBama '08

dani
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dani 09/17/08 - 07:17 am
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So many men admit to "being

So many men admit to "being in love with Sarah Palin". Go get 'em Sarah! The best thing in this country since Reagan.

stillamazed
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stillamazed 09/17/08 - 07:31 am
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Hillary would not dog out

Hillary would not dog out Palin in her interview, I really was proud of her for that. Coalminerpa, I can't believe your remark since we all know that alot of people are going to vote for Obama
just because he is black, is there any differnce there? When we are choosing a candidate it should be based on experience not sex or race or age... funny how thoughts here are so very one sided.....

PLAYLIKETHUNDER4
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PLAYLIKETHUNDER4 09/17/08 - 07:58 am
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coalminerpa....are you

coalminerpa....are you talking about bill clinton ?????

jsterett
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jsterett 09/17/08 - 08:00 am
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Choosing a candidate "based

Choosing a candidate "based on experience" sounds good but that's not really how or why we choose to support a particular candidate. "Based on experience" Obama comes in dead last. He has an almost 100% do-nothing record as a legislator except for his 100% record in supporting abortion, killing infants while still in the birth canal and opposing treatment for infants who have survived abortion attempts.

Palin is a compelling VP candidate, not because of experience but because of her pro-life, pro-family and conservative ideology. Palin not only talks "pro-life" but she demonstrated her courage and committment by choosing life for her down syndrome baby. Liberal democrats have good reason to fear Palin.

factchecker
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factchecker 09/17/08 - 08:03 am
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Be afraid Democrats....be

Be afraid Democrats....be very afraid.

dontunderstand
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dontunderstand 09/17/08 - 08:11 am
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5:00smwhr: FYI - Black people

5:00smwhr:
FYI - Black people have, overwhelmingly, voted democrat since the 60s. . If Hillary Clinton had won the nomination, then I betcha she would have gotten 90% of the black vote. Bill Clinton got 90% of the black vote and John Kerry got something like 87%. So saying that black people are only voting for Barack Obama vs. McCain because of the formers race is disingenous. There are plenty of black people who are thrilled that a black man has a chance to be president: I don't see anything wrong with that. I am thrilled that a woman is on the ticket as well, as much as I disagree with her politics. I feel the same way about Palin as I do Condoleeza Rice; can't stand what she stands for, but am proud that women have come this far. We only got the less than a hundred years ago. Its amazing.

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donnymack 09/17/08 - 08:19 am
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Mcain cannot get any of his

Mcain cannot get any of his senile points across by speaking solo. That is why he hired Sarah Putin. Talk about smoking mirrors,Mcain is a desperate old man wanting to live a childhood dream at any cost. He is a true American hero but is caught up in desperation and if you look at him and Putin in Ohio yesterday his expressions in the background showed a man who is ashamed of himself for needing someone else to do his talking for him. Why is every Repukelican voting for the Vice Pres and not the Pres? Is it that you don't think that Mcain will last through the innaugeration ceremony? What kind of coal,anthracite or bituminus?

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GnipGnop 09/17/08 - 08:26 am
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Hey jerk234 is that the same

Hey jerk234 is that the same Obama train that you espoused in your posts months ago? Oh yeah and have a blessed day! LOL!

stillamazed
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stillamazed 09/17/08 - 08:28 am
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Apparently, donthunderstand

Apparently, donthunderstand missed my point completely, I am aware of the fact that blacks historically vote democrat. My point is that someone was making a big deal out of people voting for Palin because she is pretty or a woman and we all know that there are people who will vote Obama simply because he is black.....so what is the real difference here? If anyone is ignorant enough to vote for someone simply for either or those reasons then they should not even bother to vote.....vote for a person because you feel they will help this country, whether democrat or republican, not because she is a woman or he is black, that is simply not reason enough to vote.

GnipGnop
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GnipGnop 09/17/08 - 08:35 am
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I try to make that point all

I try to make that point all the time 5:00. It seems a waste of time.

factchecker
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factchecker 09/17/08 - 08:38 am
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donnymack - the republicans

donnymack - the republicans didn't make Sarah the phenomenon she has become. It is the Dems that did that by their open and public attacks of her. Once that started - she had to come to the forefront to defend. I'm sorry your little and old vp candidate became so irrelevant that you had to start bashing someone else's reputation and integrity.

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jsterett 09/17/08 - 08:41 am
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"Smoking mirrors"? I've

"Smoking mirrors"? I've smoked a lot of stuff but that's a new one.

jsterett
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jsterett 09/17/08 - 08:43 am
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"Smoking mirrors" must fall

"Smoking mirrors" must fall in the same catagory as "Chester Drawers".

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HYPOCRITES 08 09/17/08 - 08:44 am
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christian what bull you and

christian what bull you and your ILK are spreading. I believe that it was the Democrats that made over 18 million votes for Hillary. I believe the last time I checked she was a female. So you all can spread all of this junk if you like but the fact is Palin, who happens to be female does not have the trust of million of Americans and it does not have a thing to do with her sex.

dashiel
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dashiel 09/17/08 - 08:44 am
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Palin was great in Fargo,

Palin was great in Fargo, Ay?!

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