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Without a doubt for me it was Sarah Palin, a very colorfull figure, and for a while she sure shook up the race. As a personality she by far stole the show, as a candidate for VP of course not, but given the cards she was dealt I think she did an outstanding job. And don't forget, for the first week or so she turned the polls around, I doubt anyone else could have done that. Good sport on that prank call and Saturday Night Live. For now she's back to Alaska. My only concern... Did she miss the season? Still time to get her moose?

http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/11/05/palin-says-goodbye/

More on her later.

Votes are still trickling in, the percentages are high, over 60% voted, some statisticians claim as high as 64% will be the final total, higher than 1960, forcing us to go all the way back 100 years to find a higher percentage. Others say we might only reach 135m or so, equal to 1964.

22% of the counties in the US increased their percentage of Republicans, a swath stretching down the southern appalachians out through OK to the panhandle, (Oh Ardmore and Elk City) The rest of the country increased in Democrats Blue and more blue.

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http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2008/11/05/us/politics/20081104_ELECT...

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I think a low point was the way Sarah Palin has been treated -- those of us in Alaska that know her are certainly disgusted. And the amazing thing is that the bashing is continuing after the election. She's charasmatic and energizes the conservative base -- so therefore must be destroyed at all costs. It's not about the election anymore -- they're still going after her to make sure she's never heard from again.

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The media in general was a definite low point. I agree the treatment of Sarah Palin was downright cruel.

Saw a brief interview with Sarah Palin last night. She stated that she's very saddened by what the media has done to her. I hope this doesn't keep her from national politics. This country needs her energy and spunk.

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The media in general was a definite low point. I agree the treatment of Sarah Palin was downright cruel.

Saw a brief interview with Sarah Palin last night. She stated that she's very saddened by what the media has done to her. I hope this doesn't keep her from national politics. This country needs her energy and spunk.

If one can't handle the heat one needs to stay out of the kitchen. The business of politics isn't for "oh, you're such meanie to me," types. The things limbaugh, coulter, hannity, have said about any and all Dems over the last eight years has been far more vitriolic, hostile, and or cruel, then anything said about Palin.

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If one can't handle the heat one needs to stay out of the kitchen. The business of politics isn't for "oh, you're such meanie to me," types. The things limbaugh, coulter, hannity, have said about any and all Dems over the last eight years has been far more vitriolic, hostile, and or cruel, then anything said about Palin.

If that's the case, then why did the Obama campaign freak out whenever anyone asked a tough question? Why is it that they whined that any sort of criticism was "unfair?" The difference is that Palin took it and fought back. The Obama campaign whined about and did things like kick critical newspapers off the plane and blacklist news stations.

Oh, yeah...all the conservative pundits going after Democrats? I don't see them hacking into their personal email accounts like what happened to Palin, or questioning the paternity of their children. I didn't see McCain try to force media outlets to take ads off the air or pressure stations to suppress pundits. And then there's the Joe the Plumber case -- the guy was a regular citizen who had the temerity to ask Obama a tough question on the street, and return he got a public rectal exam.

Pundits going after elected officials is one thing. As you said, they're politicians and that goes with the territory. But politicians going after citizens and reporters that ask tough questions? That's not right. In America politicians work for the people and the people have the right to demand answers.

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And then there's the Joe the Plumber case -- the guy was a regular citizen who had the temerity to ask Obama a tough question on the street, and return he got a public rectal exam.

Joe misrepresented himself and Obama's tax plan. Joe wasn't buying any plumbing business and has no idea of the difference between gross reciepts and net. Besides he was a tax scoflaw. Skinhead. Had absolutely no idea what he was talking about. When McCain made him part of his traveling road show he became a spokesperson, at the same time Obama had a Nobel Laureate and ex VP traveling with him.

My favorite Joe moment below. More on Sarah later.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EASpPlcVbdI

Joe's question wasn't tough, just ininformed, no understanding of tax laws or Obama's platform, appears McCain was also unfamiliar.

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See what I mean? The guy raises a question, and look at all the personal attacks. That's how they work -- destroy the person who dares to say the emperor is naked. Our country isn't supposed to work that way.

Skinhead? So every white guy who shaves his head is a violent racist? And your link isn't a "Joe" moment -- it's a McCain moment. The "deer in the headlights" look is out of incredulity that Obama would have the nerve to contradict his own statements.

So now all of a sudden you think we should judge Obama by his associations because he hung out with a Nobel winning an ex-VP during the campaign? And yet we're supposed to ignore his 20 year relationship with Wright and his associations with people like Ayers and Rezko? I'm confused...do associations matter or not? Oh yeah...the ones that reflect good on Obama count, and the ones that don't are to be ignored. I sure wish I had the power over people's minds to control what they saw and what they didn't.

And as for your Nobel-winning ex-VP, check the weather trends over the past few years. The warming trend has been reversing. His snake-oil global warming religion is starting to unravel and more and more scientists are tugging at the threads. But I can see how they're kindred spirits...those who question global warming are dealt with just as harshly as those who question Obama.

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snake-oil global warming religion

Science isn't really a religion per se, but more a way of understanding the world around us. I certainly respect your right to any belief sytem you care to have. I understand some people think dinosaurs walked the earth with people 6000 years ago. I've spent some time with peoples who believe the body has 26 spirits who can get lost and wander as ghosts called pii, the body of the person missing the pii becomes sick. I like science myself.

But back on politics.

It seems as if the mainstream Republican Party are the ones pushing the Africa as country not continent, doesn't know countries of North American Palin story.
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20081107/ap_on_el_pr/palin_clothing#full
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z17cZv-hmFQ

I know the liberal blogs think she's the greatest thing since sliced bread, she can't do anything but help.

You know the Republican Party used to be the Whigs didn't it? Perhaps you all will become the "Southern Appalachian Party" or something and a new national party will evolve (whoops, sorry, didn't mean to use that word) in it's stead. Angry against it all party?

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Geez that's nice civetcat. I thought you were Mr. Use-only-reliable-sources and get your facts straight kind of guy. Its not the Repubs pushing these lies about Palin, its ANONYMOUS sources that CLAIM to be Republicans. Nice... This isn't news, its nothing but rumors.

And you missed the point Expat was trying to make about global warming. Fine we won't call it a religion, must be a cult then.

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She didn't do much for Neiman Marcus
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/07/business/07retail.html?_r=2&hp&oref=sl...

I think from the vid, Ms Palin has her suspicions about anonymity, probably compiling an enemies list right now. The Washington Post had an earlier story, it's all from the newsweek backgrounder from both campaigns not to be released until after the elections, and the Fox news release the other night. I mean Fox doesn't just release that kind of stuff by mistake.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j0IUJhiduV8

Carl Cameron chief political correspondent Fox News, this is a planned rehearsed knife in back.

The country club Republicans can be just as bad as the latte sipping Volvo drivers.

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Geez that's nice civetcat. I thought you were Mr. Use-only-reliable-sources and get your facts straight kind of guy. Its not the Repubs pushing these lies about Palin, its ANONYMOUS sources that CLAIM to be Republicans. Nice... This isn't news, its nothing but rumors.

And you missed the point Expat was trying to make about global warming. Fine we won't call it a religion, must be a cult then.

Good grief, it's common knowledge that the negative info in regard to Palin about Africa and her spending spree on clothes is coming from within the Mccain camp. Claiming to be republicans!!! So, if you are certain it's really anonymous (dem) sources where's your proof of this?

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