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Sun May 6, 2018, 03:52 PM

How do you think Sarah Palin is reacting to the news she's in McCain's regret column?

McCain says he regrets picking Palin as running mate

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said he regrets choosing former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) to be his running mate during the 2008 presidential campaign.

The New York Times reported on Saturday that McCain, while still defending Palin’s performance, said in his upcoming book, “The Restless Wave: Good Times, Just Causes, Great Fights, and other Appreciations,” that he wishes he had instead selected former Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.)

His advisers reportedly had warned against choosing Lieberman, who was once a Democrat, stating that Lieberman’s support of abortion rights could divide Republicans.

“It was sound advice that I could reason for myself,” he writes. “But my gut told me to ignore it and I wish I had.”

http://thehill.com/homenews/news/386392-mccain-i-regret-picking-palin-as-my-vice-presidential-nominee

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Reply How do you think Sarah Palin is reacting to the news she's in McCain's regret column? (Original post)
Siwsan May 2018 OP
PJMcK May 2018 #1
3catwoman3 May 2018 #39
PJMcK May 2018 #43
OneBlueDotBama May 2018 #2
underpants May 2018 #3
SummerSnow May 2018 #4
Different Drummer May 2018 #6
SummerSnow May 2018 #10
Different Drummer May 2018 #12
vi5 May 2018 #5
Power 2 the People May 2018 #20
irisblue May 2018 #22
Aristus May 2018 #32
dameatball May 2018 #7
3catwoman3 May 2018 #36
dameatball May 2018 #38
quartz007 May 2018 #8
mercuryblues May 2018 #41
Wellstone ruled May 2018 #9
PJMcK May 2018 #11
Collimator May 2018 #13
shanny May 2018 #25
lame54 May 2018 #14
procon May 2018 #15
karynnj May 2018 #18
Raine May 2018 #21
Cha May 2018 #40
Scurrilous May 2018 #16
Mr. Ected May 2018 #17
Ohiogal May 2018 #19
yortsed snacilbuper May 2018 #23
msongs May 2018 #24
FakeNoose May 2018 #26
tammywammy May 2018 #28
kskiska May 2018 #42
JNelson6563 May 2018 #27
mac56 May 2018 #33
Turbineguy May 2018 #29
Mike Nelson May 2018 #30
dembotoz May 2018 #31
kacekwl May 2018 #34
JI7 May 2018 #35
struggle4progress May 2018 #37
KG May 2018 #44

Response to Siwsan (Original post)

Sun May 6, 2018, 03:55 PM

1. Like she gives a shit

She's probably still pissed that she couldn't give her election night "concession" speech.



ETA: Here's the clip from the movie, "Game Change."

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Response to PJMcK (Reply #1)

Sun May 6, 2018, 09:29 PM

39. One of my favorite scenes...

...from that movie.

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Response to 3catwoman3 (Reply #39)

Mon May 7, 2018, 05:51 AM

43. Me, too!

Sarah gets appropriately slapped down.

Additionally, Steve Schmidt gave her an American civics lesson, not that she understood it.

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Response to Siwsan (Original post)

Sun May 6, 2018, 03:55 PM

2. More Dents...

In the fridge, from cans being tossed at it.
This is the DU member formerly known as OneBlueDotBama.

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Response to OneBlueDotBama (Reply #2)

Sun May 6, 2018, 04:00 PM

3. Pfft

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Response to Siwsan (Original post)

Sun May 6, 2018, 04:01 PM

4. her voice alone makes her unqualified

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Response to SummerSnow (Reply #4)

Sun May 6, 2018, 04:03 PM

6. Combine the voice and the word salad and...

you have an awful combination.

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Response to Different Drummer (Reply #6)

Sun May 6, 2018, 04:06 PM

10. you can get hostages released by just playing her voice

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Response to SummerSnow (Reply #10)

Sun May 6, 2018, 04:12 PM

12. ...

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Response to Siwsan (Original post)

Sun May 6, 2018, 04:03 PM

5. Oh brother.....is it all starting now?

 

I know McCain is dying, and while he doesn't rise to the level of someone who I will gravedance for (unlike Scalia, Brietbart, and a few others), I"m also not going to be willing to rewrite history to play into this completely false notion of him being some kind of "maverick" or independent thinker. He's been a party line Republican for at least 95% of the votes he's cast.

He's repeatedly sold out his dignity and self respect by supporting and backing and providing cover for cowardly men who have denigrated him (both Bush and Trump).

I'll feel bad for him and his family, but let's not also make him out to be something he wasn't.

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Response to vi5 (Reply #5)

Sun May 6, 2018, 05:27 PM

20. So true

Couldn't have said it better.

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Response to vi5 (Reply #5)

Sun May 6, 2018, 05:53 PM

22. Vi5 is telling it for me.

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Response to vi5 (Reply #5)

Sun May 6, 2018, 06:43 PM

32. Well said.

I agree.

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Response to Siwsan (Original post)

Sun May 6, 2018, 04:04 PM

7. Just my reaction, but for what it's worth:

I may be a person that is less well read about Republican politics than many others on DU and elsewhere. But I vividly recall my thoughts when Palin came to be a possible option. When I first heard that there was a female governor from Alaska that was being touted I was sort of impressed. I assumed that it would be a new face and a good direction for the GOP and it sort of worried me. I wanted them to stay old white fogies. Up until then I was not familiar with her at all.
Then, after the first two or three times I heard her speak I could only think to myself "WTF has he done???" The woman was obviously a horrendous choice. Maybe she appeased a certain portion of the party, but certainly not the country. I still don't think he would have won if he picked someone else. The terrible thing is that he (McCain) helped elevate that idiotic voice into the general discourse and gave it even greater "normalcy."
His choice is one of the things that eventually contributed to where we are now.

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Response to dameatball (Reply #7)

Sun May 6, 2018, 08:41 PM

36. "His choice...

...is one of the things that eventually contributed to where we are now."

While I do not wish him ill in his final time on the planet, I will never forgive him for releasing that harpy on the country. She most definitely contributed to the decline of civility that has spread like a plague.

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Response to 3catwoman3 (Reply #36)

Sun May 6, 2018, 09:05 PM

38. The town hall meetings prior to this had gotten progressively bolder and uglier. She made it worse.

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Response to Siwsan (Original post)

Sun May 6, 2018, 04:04 PM

8. Why would she care in 2018?

 

She exploited the limelight provided as VP nominee, and already made tons of money. What McCain thinks now doesn't mean much now, does it? She is washed up.

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Response to quartz007 (Reply #8)

Sun May 6, 2018, 10:41 PM

41. I think they blew through

a ton of that money. Paying off people to not press charges, lawyers, keeping Trail out of jail. Building homes for the kids. All of that does not come cheap.

She shut down her super pac last year. I suspect she was using it as a slush fund to pay her friends and family. She was spending 10x the amount on operations and "consultants" than donations to candidates. IBTimes claims only 4% went towards candidates in the last year it was in operation. She spent 5x more on travel than donations. alone.

When was the last time she was invited to CPAC?

The only press the Palins get now is in the police blotter.

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Response to Siwsan (Original post)

Sun May 6, 2018, 04:05 PM

9. Sarah and Merry Band of Grifters

 

are still grifting in Wasilla from what we hear. Like most have said,she could care less what John McCain says. She walked away with plenty of Retirement Money.
This is the DU member formerly known as Wellstone ruled.

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Response to Siwsan (Original post)

Sun May 6, 2018, 04:11 PM

11. Will she want to give a eulogy?

See my post #1 above.

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Response to Siwsan (Original post)

Sun May 6, 2018, 04:34 PM

13. This was my summation in 2008:

Palin is Bush in a skirt.

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Response to Collimator (Reply #13)

Sun May 6, 2018, 06:16 PM

25. She was never even that capable.

 

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Response to Siwsan (Original post)

Sun May 6, 2018, 04:37 PM

14. He regrets he didn't make the other horrible choice

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Response to Siwsan (Original post)

Sun May 6, 2018, 04:37 PM

15. Lieberman would not have been a good choice either.

Further proof that McCain was off his game. He should never had run. Lieberman would have caused him almost as much grief as Palin, and for what? Was he likely to bring in millions of voters when he was a relatively unknown politician whose only claim to fame was that he was a Democrat who aspires to be the Vice President.

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Response to procon (Reply #15)

Sun May 6, 2018, 05:01 PM

18. Actually, he might have been a genius choice -- even though Lieberman is terrible

Why?

It would have reinforced that McCain was a maverick and was looking to unite the country by creating a bipartisan ticket. He could argue that there were enough things they agreed on - including national security, climate change and the environment (that until then McCain was decent on). The media, which had loved McCain, would have been entranced by the idea that Lieberman, 8 short years before was on the Democratic ticket - where he then cheered by Democrats.

I think they still would have lost because the country was against the Iraq war by 2008 and the economic collapse would still have been a negative because McCain seemed completely unable to convey that they could lead on that.

If McCain would have picked up that the economy was going to crater, his best choice might have been Romney, who might have been able to look like someone who could lead the country through that.

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Response to karynnj (Reply #18)

Sun May 6, 2018, 05:36 PM

21. It certainly would've been a bold choice

I don't like Lieberman and still don't think they would've won but it wouldn't have been as disastrous as Palin.

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Response to procon (Reply #15)

Sun May 6, 2018, 09:55 PM

40. I know, right! Are those the only two choices

he had?!

I was worried at first, too, when I heard he had a female gov as his running mate.

I was so grateful when it turned out to be who she is. Sure didn't say much for the majority in Alaska.. and she couldn't even finish that.

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Response to Siwsan (Original post)

Sun May 6, 2018, 04:43 PM

16. She's busy smacking the bottom of her PAC tip jar, hoping more change drops out.

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Response to Siwsan (Original post)

Sun May 6, 2018, 04:46 PM

17. Sending her hopes and prayers for an early demise, that's how. -eom

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Response to Siwsan (Original post)

Sun May 6, 2018, 05:08 PM

19. She has no class.

Has she gone to visit him out at his ranch since he's been ill, like Joe Biden and Jeff Flake have done? I'll bet not.

I wonder if she'll even show up at his funeral.

Yet she sure was happy to come visit Trumpy at his new digs, bring two crazy kooks along with her, (Nugent and Kid Rock) and mug for the cameras under Hillary's portrait. She is just a low class nobody.

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Response to Siwsan (Original post)

Sun May 6, 2018, 05:57 PM

23. She's with tRump now.

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Response to Siwsan (Original post)

Sun May 6, 2018, 06:08 PM

24. choosing palin was proof mccain was unfit to be president nt

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Response to msongs (Reply #24)

Sun May 6, 2018, 06:21 PM

26. I thought McCain got his arm twisted

I seem to recall reading or hearing that Palin wasn't his choice, but other Republicans wanted her. They wanted a woman, any RWNJ would do. They didn't expect her to contribute much to the ticket, she just had to look good next to him.

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Response to FakeNoose (Reply #26)

Sun May 6, 2018, 06:23 PM

28. I believe you're correct.

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Response to FakeNoose (Reply #26)

Sun May 6, 2018, 10:53 PM

42. Bill Kristol had a lot to do with it.

I believe she was his "discovery."

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Response to Siwsan (Original post)

Sun May 6, 2018, 06:22 PM

27. I find it gratifying.

In my mind it buys him a sliver of redemption for his sins against humanity. He does have a decent showing in the redemption column, perhaps though not quite enough...

No doubt more painful realizations coming his way before all is said and done. His time of reckoning.

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Response to JNelson6563 (Reply #27)

Sun May 6, 2018, 06:46 PM

33. This.

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Response to Siwsan (Original post)

Sun May 6, 2018, 06:23 PM

29. It helps her.

The GOP is looking for the most unqualified person they can find. Getting dissed by McCain is a good thing for her.

It's a school where if you get a solid string of "F"s, you make the Dean's List.

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Response to Siwsan (Original post)

Sun May 6, 2018, 06:28 PM

30. He would have...

...lost with Lieberman, also. His best bet would have been to pick someone very plain, safe, nondescript... by the way, his real shot at the Presidency was stopped by GWB... that would have been McCain's best shot, in my opinion.

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Response to Siwsan (Original post)

Sun May 6, 2018, 06:31 PM

31. it printed in a newspaper she will never know

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Response to Siwsan (Original post)

Sun May 6, 2018, 07:50 PM

34. She loves it. Might

get her a couple of faux news appearances.

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Response to Siwsan (Original post)

Sun May 6, 2018, 07:52 PM

35. She probably already knew during the 2008 campaign

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Response to Siwsan (Original post)

Sun May 6, 2018, 08:42 PM

37. "Yay! My name's in the news again!"

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Response to Siwsan (Original post)

Mon May 7, 2018, 07:49 AM

44. remember when there was a lieberman group on DU?

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