Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Release McCain's Medical Records

This is why the Palin VP choice is relevant when voting for the next president of the United States.

1998 McCain Interview: Is bin Laden "really that bad?"

Not that many people were ahead of the curve on al-Qaeda in the 1990s, and we see here that John McCain was no exception. 9/11 made a lot of people think, though, that we should get more serious about fighting al-Qaeda. It made McCain think that we should invade Iraq. -Mathew Yglesias

This is from the November/December 1998 issue of Mother Jones magazine:

Mother Jones: You not only have had combat experience in Vietnam, but you were also a prisoner of war. When you look at terrorism right now, with people like Osama bin Laden, do you have any reservations about watching strikes like that?

McCain: You could say, Look, is this guy, Laden, really the bad guy that's depicted? Most of us have never heard of him before. And where there is a parallel with Vietnam is: What's plan B? What do we do next? We sent our troops into Vietnam to protect the bases. Lyndon Johnson said, Only to protect the bases. Next thing you know.... Well, we've declared to the terrorists that we're going to strike them wherever they live. That's fine. But what's next? That's where there might be some comparison.

Palin is a good debater

Here are highlights from 2006. This will not be a cakewalk.

Palin Makes Case for Obama

"Experience" vs. "New Ideas." I think she forgot she was running for vice president.

Watch CBS Videos Online

"A shattering moment in America's fall from power"

"The fate of empires is very often sealed by the interaction of war and debt. That was true of the British Empire, whose finances deteriorated from the First World War onwards, and of the Soviet Union. Defeat in Afghanistan and the economic burden of trying to respond to Reagan's technically flawed but politically extremely effective Star Wars program were vital factors in triggering the Soviet collapse. Despite its insistent exceptionalism, America is no different," - John Gray.

"The Sarah Palin pity party"

Rebecca Traister is on fire

Sarah Palin is no wilting flower. She is a politician who took the national stage and sneered at the work of community activists. She boldly tries to pass off incuriosity and lassitude as regular-people qualities, thereby doing a disservice to all those Americans who also work two jobs and do not come from families that hand out passports and backpacking trips, yet still manage to pick up a paper and read about their government and seek out experience and knowledge.

When you stage a train wreck of this magnitude -- trying to pass one underqualified chick off as another highly qualified chick with the lame hope that no one will notice -- well, then, I don't feel bad for you.

When you treat women as your toys, as gullible and insensate pawns in your Big Fat Presidential Bid -- or in Palin's case, in your Big Fat Chance to Be the First Woman Vice President Thanks to All the Cracks Hillary Put in the Ceiling -- I don't feel bad for you.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Hold Kerry states and focus on Iowa, Colorado, and New Mexico

All that Obama needs to win is to hold the Kerry states and keep his leads in Iowa, Colorado and New Mexico. That seems the most likely scenario.

- Daniel Larison

2004 Final Electoral Count

Here's an electoral calculator:

Electoral Map Calculator with state polls:

Cafferty and Palin

Couric Interviews Palin and McCain

This will blow you away! They really do think the American people are that stupid. . .

Watch CBS Videos Online

My Simple Message to Obama

Stay on the offensive! Don't back down. It's that simple.

Quote of the Day

"This bill would not have been agreed to had it not been for John McCain... This is a bipartisan accomplishment, a bipartisan success. And if people want to get something done in Washington, they just watch John McCain. He's been the guy whose name is at the top of major pieces of legislation for a long time."
-- Mitt Romney, NBC's Today show, 9/29/08

Sunday, September 28, 2008

The Verve - Bittersweet Symphony

A perfect song for these uncertain times.

'Cause it's a bittersweet symphony, this life
Trying to make ends meet
You're a slave to money then you die
I'll take you down the only road I've ever been down
You know the one that takes you to the places
where all the veins meet yeah. . .

Putin Rears His Head Over Alaska

You can't make this stuff up!


SNL - Couric Interviews Palin Again

"There is no way Saturday Night Live could make more fun of Palin than she made of herself. How does McCain win an election with a national joke as his running-mate?" - Andrew Sullivan

What McCain Will Cut In Spending

He's the real maverick!

Friday, September 26, 2008

Bad Ways To Start A Party Political Broadcast

This is funny. . .

Lifelong Conservative Is Done With GOP

An email to James Pethokoukis of US NEWS:

I am a lifelong ( 51 years old) "rock-ribbed" conservative.... What an eye opener this week has been! I now realize what a blowhard Newt truly is by advocating the GOP bail on the Paulson Plan. As a professional money manager I can tell you I am shocked, dismayed and depressed that the Speaker would excoriate the GOP to abandon this plan which is URGENT and necessary to avoid a financial catastrophe that once commenced may be irreversible. The level of ignorance of financial and economic reality displayed by the Speaker , Rep. Boehner, Sen. Shelby , et al, has been frightening and sad. I thought the GOP had a better grasp of such matters than the Dems. Apparently not. And if this has been pure election gamesmanship as I suspect? The willingness to play politics with the U.S. financial markets is appalling and disgusting.

I am a huge Reagan fan and admirer.I have voted GOP every election since 1976. Until now. Today. September 25, 2008. As soon as I finish this email I am going to try and get my $1000 McCain/Palin credit card donation back as I will not be voting GOP this year after watching this circus and the theatres passing as leadership displayed by the GOP. I am embarrassed to have been an erstwhile supporter of this gaggle of self-serving jerks. I hope the GOP lose their asses come November. They shall deserve it.

McCain Cartoon

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Subprime loan crisis explained by cartoon stick figures

Venetians Appeal to American Voters:

Amazing 11 Year Old Athlete

This is for you Quiroz!

Obama's One Minute Ad On the Economy

CBS News - Interview with Palin

"Does she think Putin is a groundhog?" - My Wife

I almost feel sorry for her. I really do!

"Great Leadership"


"The GOP loyalist response to McCain’s stunt has been predictable (right down to Gingrich’s Romneyesque call for a “workout, not a bailout”), and it says a great deal about what these people think constitutes leadership: opportunism, trying to hog the credit for other people’s work and, above all, a mindless dedication to taking action. No doubt, if these were what made for great leaders McCain would be the new Augustus.

Laughably, Gingrich likens this to Eisenhower’s “I will go to Korea,” but unlike Eisenhower and the Korean war McCain has no credibility concerning the crisis he is supposedly addressing. In the end, knowing when you can contribute something and knowing when to avoid complicating an already difficult situation by intruding on ongoing negotiations is what separates grandstanding from leadership. It is what separates the simple egomaniacs from the ambitious pols who nonetheless have some idea what public service is. McCain’s belief that he is indispensable in a time of crisis is the surest sign that he is unfit for any office in republican government, much less the chief magistracy of the Republic"

Quote of the Day

"The Couric interview reminded me of an episode in the 5th grade when I tried to fake my way through an oral presentation on a book I hadn’t read. Neither of us pulled it off. "
- Anonymous

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

The Beatles - Money (That's What I Want)

"Now give me money. . . that's what I want."

Letterman Reacts to McCain's Cancellation

This is worth 9 minutes of your time. It gets hilarious at the 6:15 mark. Enjoy.

The Daily Show - "Debt to America!"

2,000 Apple Pies!!

Colbert Report - "OhMyGodSocietyIsCollapsing. . . "

A little perspective here. . .

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

John McCain: The Deregulator!

"Campbell Brown: McCain Sexist For Sequestering"

The Daily Show - FOX News Infomercial for Palin

"Cost of Bailout (A Perspective)"

This from MSNBC's blog page:

- - 700 billion: proposed Wall St. bailout
-- $695.4 billion: GDP of Taiwan. If the bailout were a country it would be the 21st largest GDP, larger than most nations.
-- $653 billion: cost of Iraq war (so far)
-- $515.4 billion: proposed 2009 Pentagon budget
-- $315 billion: McCain's nuclear energy plan
-- $295 billion: amount Pentagon overspent original budgets by.
-- $150 billion: Obama's energy plan
-- $50-$65 billion: Obama's health care plan, per year
-- $59.2 billion: proposed 2009 U.S. education budget
-- $10 billion: McCain health care proposals, per year
-- $38 million: Hank Paulson's post-2004 salary as Chairman, CEO of Goldman Sachs
-- 16.1 million: number of median Ohio household incomes ($43,371 as of 2004) that would add up to the bailout -- or about THREE Ohios.

"Obama’s Opening"


For McCain, by contrast, the two prime areas of weakness are his judgment and temperament—both of which Obama singled out for criticism at the convention. “What Obama needs to make clear in the debate is McCain has no larger strategic vision, that he responds viscerally to every immediate situation with the same level of anxiety,” says a Democratic strategist. “Georgia-Russia is only the most recent example. He said that was the first serious crisis since the Cold War. Really? What happened to 9/11? The threat of Muslim extremism? He usually says that is the most significant issue since World War II! So? Which is it? The guy can’t distinguish between the moderately serious (Georgia is such a case, just a classic big-power landgrab), the important, and the world-changing. He’s just a hotheaded fighter pilot: a nicer but still pointed way should be found for Obama to say that, right in his face.”

Moving Pass the "Surge"


“The public is giving McCain some credit for it, but they still want to get the fuck out of Iraq, and with him, that’s no sure thing.  The surge is a book, but it’s a book we’ve read. Obama needs to turn the page.”
GOP Operative

Sunday, September 21, 2008

ABC This Week Tears Into McCain

Remember, George Will is a TRUE conservative.

"New Republican Slogan"

Thanks to Atomictata for this one!

See more Adam "Ghost Panther" McKay videos at Funny or Die

SNL - McCain Approves This Message


Saturday, September 20, 2008

Miss USA Teen

Part 1

Part 2

McCain's Bad Week

From Rachel Maddow:

Egyptian Blogger Thoughts On U.S. Politics


"Security moms, soccer moms, white moms, moms with sons at war, moms with bastard sons, moms with sons going to college, now Wal-Mart moms, moms. Just pick a mom. "I wonder if this kind of effort went into to profiling Egyptian moms what are the pseudo labels we would come up with…?" she asks.

Zeinab, another member of the Egyptian blogging team, is amazed by what she calls the "media mind-twisting" that American voters are being exposed to.

"The media are bombarding the American viewer with 'expert opinions'so fast and so hard that no one has the time or brain capacity to come up with their own.

Friday, September 19, 2008

A major founding father of the Zionist settler movement comes out for Obama.

Link from Politico:

Settler Rabbi Endorses… Obama?
September 19th, 2008 by ck
I know… not what you’d expect right? But here it is - Rabbi Menachem Frohman, one of the founders of the Zionist settler movement in Israel and the Chief Rabbi of the settlement of Tekoa stating that he believes Barack Obama is the only hope for peace in the Middle East…

"Meanwhile, the Other No. 2 (Biden) Keeps On Punching"

From the New York Times:

Mr. Biden’s venues are, in many cases, economically challenged areas of swing states. His crowds are up-and-down in number and enthusiasm — some loud and in the thousands, others sleepier and small. But his reviews are generally good from voters, some who came in unconvinced about Mr. Obama.

“Biden is a guy who I really believe, who really seems like he is going to help us out,” said Sheryl Kline, a loader for the United Parcel Service who attended a rally in Maumee, Ohio. “He sounds like someone who knows how we’re struggling.”

McCain on banking and health

From Paul Krugman's blog (New York Times)

OK, a correspondent directs me to John McCain’s article, Better Health Care at Lower Cost for Every American, in the Sept./Oct. issue of Contingencies, the magazine of the American Academy of Actuaries. You might want to be seated before reading this.
Here’s what McCain has to say about the wonders of market-based health reform:

Opening up the health insurance market to more vigorous nationwide competition, as we have done over the last decade in banking, would provide more choices of innovative products less burdened by the worst excesses of state-based regulation.

So McCain, who now poses as the scourge of Wall Street, was praising financial deregulation like 10 seconds ago — and promising that if we marketize health care, it will perform as well as the financial industry!

The Contrast: Obama vs. McCain


Obama on McCain's "Sad" Attacks

"One thought pushes fence-sitters to the left: Palin"

Good article!  Must read. . . 

Independent voter Bill Chever, 56, another Air Force veteran from St. Petersburg, said he has voted Republican four times and Democrat three times in the last seven presidential races. He likes and trusts Obama but not Obama's party. Democrats have done nothing of consequence while controlling Congress, Chever said, but he's particularly bothered that the Palins are not cooperating in the "Troopergate" investigation into whether she fired the state police chief for not firing her former brother-in-law from the Alaska state police.

"Here we go with Dick Cheney and his group that's not going to talk to anybody," Chever said. "She is Dick Cheney with a dress on."

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Got work?

So much for the "mental health break." Hopefully this election will come down to issues.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Pearl Jam - Gone (live AOL Sessions 06)

A nice "mental health break."

No more upset mornings
No more trying evenings
This American Dream I am disbelieving
When the gas in my tank feels like money in the bank
Gonna blow it all this time, take me one last ride
For the lights of this city, they only look good when I'm speeding
I wanna leave em all behind me cause this time I'm gone
Long gone,
This time I'm letting go of it all
So long,
This time I'm gone

If nothing is everything
If nothing is everything I'll have it all
If nothing is everything then I will have it all

I.O.U.S.A. Movie Trailer

This is the scariest trailer I've seen in a long time. . .

"Obama's Opportunity On The Economy"

Andrew Sullivan makes a very good point. I hope Obama is listening!

From his blog: Andrew Romano makes an important point about the economic crisis:

Now that the press and the public are finally paying attention, Obama can't just say that McCain is out of touch and call it a day. He has to explain what he would do differently--and better. He has to sell his plan for righting an economy still reeling from the real estate and mortgage crises--something he shied away from doing today, preferring instead to rely on the "same vague... pitc[h] he has sounded over the past few months for fixing what ails the country.”

My advice: give a speech offering concrete solutions followed by a press conference. I think Obama and Biden should be giving many more press conferences. It is bizarre, to my mind, that one vice-presidential candidate has never given a national one - and we have only six weeks to go. More than bizarre: outrageous.

McCain Gets BarackRoll'd

Funny stuff. . .

Google "Rick Roll'd" if you don't get this. . .

Mini Me!

Monday, September 15, 2008

2004 Bush Ad

This needs to be an anti-McCain ad! Right now!

Obama - "He's Even Started Using My Lines"

Principles & Virtues

Every September I show "The Emperor's Club" to my World History students. Today the ending had a deeper meaning for me. In this clip, Mr. Hundert (Kevin Kline) confronts his old student, Sedgewick Bell (Joel Gretsch), for cheating again. Mr. Hundert realizes the mistake he made 25 years before when he did not confront Sedgewick's bad behavior as a kid. Listen to Sedgewick Bell's response. It sent chills down my spine thinking about the man who could be our next president. The kid who hears the confrontation is Sedgewick's son.

Sedgewick's son reminded me of our kids who will one day read about the last eight years of American history. And we'll be confronted by them with questions that will be easy to understand: ABU GHRAIB, HALIBURTON, CLIMATE CHANGE, BLACKWATER, EXECUTIVE POWER, BODY ARMOR, KATRINA, GUANTANAMO, WATER BOARDING, MILTARY TRIBUNALS, KYOTO, THREAT LEVEL-ORANGE, RECOUNT, REDEPLOYMENT, 5 MILLION MISSING EMAILS, WARRANTLESS WIRETAPPING, TORA BORA, PAT TILLMAN, HABEAS CORPUS, DOWNING STREET MEMO, FEMA TRAILERS, PLUMMETTING DOLLAR, THE PET GOAT, GAS PRICES, VALERIE PLAME, BUDGET DEFICIT, ROLLING BLACKOUTS, UNILATERALISM, SWIFT BOAT, WAR PROFITEERING, RUBBER STAMP CONGRESS, IRAQ STUDY GROUP, and of course CURVEBALL. The next question will be, "After eight years of that, how did John McCain become president?" And I will be as honest as I can be, "America, my son, lost its soul."

Biden on McCain - "The Sequel Is Always Worse"

Awesome speech given by Joe Biden.

McCain's Dishonor

Pass it around. . .

Lies, Tell Me Sweet Little Lies

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Making America Stupid


By THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN (New York Times Columnist)
Imagine for a minute that attending the Republican convention in St. Paul, sitting in a skybox overlooking the convention floor, were observers from Russia, Iran and Venezuela. And imagine for a minute what these observers would have been doing when Rudy Giuliani led the delegates in a chant of “drill, baby, drill!”

I’ll tell you what they would have been doing: the Russian, Iranian and Venezuelan observers would have been up out of their seats, exchanging high-fives and joining in the chant louder than anyone in the hall — “Yes! Yes! Drill, America, drill!” — because an America that is focused first and foremost on drilling for oil is an America more focused on feeding its oil habit than kicking it.

Why would Republicans, the party of business, want to focus our country on breathing life into a 19th-century technology — fossil fuels — rather than giving birth to a 21st-century technology — renewable energy? As I have argued before, it reminds me of someone who, on the eve of the I.T. revolution — on the eve of PCs and the Internet — is pounding the table for America to make more I.B.M. typewriters and carbon paper. “Typewriters, baby, typewriters.”


To: John McCain / From: John Lennon

"Gimme Some Truth!" - John Lennon

NY Times Editorial on Palin

Atomictata emailed me this editorial. Thanks!

Editorial (New York Times)
Gov. Palin’s Worldview


This nation has suffered through eight years of an ill-prepared and unblinkingly obstinate president. One who didn’t pause to think before he started a disastrous war of choice in Iraq. One who blithely looked the other way as the Taliban and Al Qaeda regrouped in Afghanistan. One who obstinately cut taxes and undercut all efforts at regulation, unleashing today’s profound economic crisis.

In a dangerous world, Americans need a president who knows that real strength requires serious thought and preparation.

You can find the rest of the editorial here: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/13/opinion/13sat1.html?_r=1&ei=5070&emc=eta1&pagewanted=print&oref=slogin

Saturday Night Live - Palin & Clinton

Hilarious. . .

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Quote of the Day

"No one should ever sit in this office over 70 years old, and that I know." - Dwight D. Eisenhower

Bush Warned Us In January 2000

Watching Palin discuss the prospect of going to war with Russia was frightening. She's being "briefed" by Bush men (neocons). So we must take her word for it. . . These people are absolutely crazy!! WE'VE BEEN WARNED!



Gibson Interviews Palin

Wow. If McCain wins we are truly the UNITED STATES OF AMNESIA. This woman is GEORGE W. PALIN.

America 2008

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Obama on McCain's Phony Outrage

THE American people will see throught this. I HOPE. . .

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

The 4 McCain Videos Everyone Needs to See





Quote from the Past

“I’d love to see a point where it [Roe] is irrelevant and could be repealed because abortion is no longer necessary…But certainly in the short term, or even the long term, I would not support repeal of Roe vs. Wade, which would then force X number of women in America to (undergo) illegal and dangerous operations."
-John McCain (August 19, 1999)

Monday, September 8, 2008

Massive Voter Purges by Republicans



"Kansas, Michigan and Louisiana are purging their voter lists.

Colorado dumped ONE FIFTH of all voter registrations -- the largest in history
Florida is refusing to accept 85,000 new registrants -- overwhelmingly blacks.
New Mexico: purged half of the democrats in Mora county (Hispanics) and 600.000 mailers were returned
Ohio & Nevada are scrubbing tens of 1000s of voters who lost their homes to foreclosures (Kerry lost by a mere 10-votes per district in Ohio)


We have got to get this information out. To all of the folks distracted by the she-devil, get your head out of Palin's ass and help us alert the media and everyone we know.

Fox News Wallace Drilling McCain's Campaign Leader

This is a good one.

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Catholic View on Palin

Scott Richert of the Chronicles Magazine makes some interesting observations. I don't agree with some of his remarks. But, it does raise a question the mainstream media is ignoring: How many Christians are offended by Palin's nomination?

That doesn’t mean, however, that it is sexist to raise them. Instead, it points to the very heart of the problem: From a Catholic understanding of the complementarity of the sexes, should a woman ever find herself in the position where she has to choose between her vocation as a wife and mother and political service? Even considering this a choice that needs to be made implies that, at best, motherhood and political service are of equal value.

But they aren’t—not in the eyes of the Church. That is not to demean wives and mothers, but to raise their vocation to its proper dignity—a dignity that dwarfs any that may once have been attached to politics.

Is Palin a Conservative Christian?

Thomas Fleming of the Chronicles Magazine makes an interesting point. It raises some interesting questions for Christians who are drinking the "Palin" kool-aide:

If Ms. Palin is a truly a Christian conservative, she is
certainly not a conservative Christian. Christians are supposed to understand the implications of “male and female created He them” and, at the very least, realize that a mother’s primary obligation is not to the taxpayers but to her children and husband. It is all very well to celebrate her prowess as a politician and moose-hunter, but I do not recall these as feminine qualities in the Scriptures. I or we are not saying that we cannot vote for a woman who did not stay home to take care of her family, but only that this decision is incompatible with traditional Christian morality.

"We Have Failed Completely, But Next Time Will Be Different"

Daniel Larson gets it:

During his completely forgettable acceptance speech, McCain said:

I fight to restore the pride and principles of our party. We [Republicans] were elected to change Washington, and we let Washington change us.
In other words, it was the same reform mantra that you are hearing today that was used to propel his party into power, whereupon the party mostly failed to do any of the things the voters expected it to do and instead ushered in an era of corruption, government expansion, unnecessary war and subversion of constitutional liberties, so we should give them another chance to do all of it to us again. I am not sure that we can endure another such era of reform and restoration.

The Daily Show - Reformed Maverick / Big Acceptance Speech

Friday's "Daily Show" gave me HOPE! :) Send these two videos to every McCain supporter. . . Funny stuff!



Friday, September 5, 2008

Thursday, September 4, 2008

The Daily Show - Republican Spin

Republicans really think Americans are that stupid. . .

Obama on the O'Reilly Factor

How can anyone compare Palin to Obama?

Iraq, a task "from God"

The Vetting Continues


"Her pastor speaks after her of the "last days" when the lower 48 states may have to seek refuge in Alaska. This governor is on a path, by her own testimony, that is being guided by God."

Thanks Sarah

Sarah Palin Speech Inspires $10 Million Fundraising Day (So Far)

Sarah Palin is the new fundraising weapon -- for the good guys.

Update: The GOP raised $1 million after the speech.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Almost There

"First they ignore you. Then they laugh at you. Then they fight you. Then you win."

Quote of the Day

The one moment that stays with me tonight, oddly enough, was not Palin's speech. It was a line from Giuliani, a New York mayor with a young third wife and gay friends, mocking a "cosmopolitan" who was brought up by a single mother. It was that Barack Obama's rise could "only happen in America." And it was designed to mock him, the first African-American candidate for the presidency of the United States.

I won't forget that.

-Andrew Sullivan


Live-Blogging Palin from Andrew Sullivan

Here's the rest of the live-blogging from Sullivan. A MUST READ!

11.10 pm. Reality television has become our politics.

11.06 pm. Both Huckabee and Palin have used the t-word. Of course, they are not criminally liable, as Bush is.

11.05 pm. Every time the camera pans to McCain's mother, she seems mortified. I don't really blame her. Can you imagine what she was thinking as a tiny special needs baby is passed from person to person for the cable news.

11.03 pm. However admirable it is to be a mayor, is it really necessary to drip contempt for people who work as community organizers? It seems to me that Palin doesn't quite have the stature to be putting down someone who has won millions of people's votes. This is a much more partisan speech than I was expecting.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008


Wew. Good sh*t!

CBS News Reports On McCain's VP Vetting

"George W. Bush Has Kept This Country Safe" - Laura Bush

I thought W. Bush was our president on September 11, 2001. Hmmm. . . maybe they're hoping we forgot.

Palin Slashed Funding for Teen Moms


ST. PAUL -- Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, the Republican
vice-presidential nominee who revealed Monday that her 17-year-old daughter is pregnant, earlier this year used her line-item veto to slash funding for a state program benefiting teen mothers in need of a place to live.

HERE'S THE REST OF THE ARTICLE: http://voices.washingtonpost.com/the-trail/2008/09/02/palin_slashed_funding_to_help.html

Monday, September 1, 2008

McCain Camp Mum On Palin's Role In Alaska Secession Party




So it turns out that in the 1990s, Sarah Palin was a member of the Alaskan Independence Party whose primary objective is to secure a vote on whether Alaska should secede from the United States. Their party's motto? "Alaska First - Alaska First Always."

I'm sure McCain will eventually have to comment, but according to Marc Ambinder: "A McCain spokesperson did not respond to a request for comment." I'll guarantee you that we know more about Sarah Palin than does McCain or his campaign.

For more background, see Jake Tapper and Marc Ambinder, as well as this post and this post at Daily Kos.

Update (5:06PM): Here's a video of Palin, when she was governor, addressing the Alaskan Independence Party convention. By this point, she was a Republican, but it's not often you hear of a member of one political party addressing members of another political party, is it? She emphasizes what they have in common, including her vision for a "self-sufficient" Alaska, which surely sounds like a code word for secession, does it not?

Alaska Independence Party Meeting

Here's a video of an Alaska Independence Party meeting. I can't believe the McCain team had 5 months to pick their VP. Now they have to deal with this and much more.

From Marc Ambinder's blog:

At the AIP's meeting, the AIP's vice chairman, Dexter Carter, extols Gov. Palin's virtues. He recalls Palin's service as a member of the party at about six minutes in to this clip.

Mr, Carter says that AIP members must "infiltrate" -- his words -- the other two parties and push for the cause of Alaskan independence.

McCain Aide Stumped on PalIn's Security

A MUST SEE INTERVIEW! Campbell Brown drops the gauntlet. . .

ABC News - GOP Partying During Gustavo

I guess you can do whatever you want when you have God on your side. . .

The Daily Show - McCain Chooses a Running Mate

McCain - Let Them Eat Cake

There's not much to add here. . .