Condi Rice vs Sarah Palin: You Decide Issues Beyond Palo Alto, posted by What Was McCain Thinking?, a resident of the Midtown neighborhood, on Sep 23, 2008 at 12:37 pm
One is the nation's top diplomat with a doctorate in Russian studies who has visited more than 50 foreign countries this year alone. The other is the first-term governor of Alaska who may have seen Russia on a clear day and got her first passport just last year (and, I'll add: barely graduated, after attending 6 different colleges, with a BA in journalism from the University of Idaho, whose admission standards consist of making sure yout tuition check doesn't bounce.)
It's a veritable whirlwind world tour for a self-proclaimed "hockey mom" who had never before met a foreign head of state and whose previous experience abroad was limited to a brief trip to Kuwait and Germany to see Alaskan National Guard troops and visits to Mexico and Canada.
Meanwhile, Rice is closing in on the million mile mark in her overseas travels while secretary. As of July 30, she had flown 958,520 miles on 76 diplomatic missions to 79 different countries, according to the State Department.
Posted by Susan, a resident of the Midtown neighborhood, on Sep 23, 2008 at 1:43 pm
Perhaps Bill Clinton can help you, WWMT:
"I come from Arkansas, I get why she's hot out there," Clinton said. "Why she's doing well."
Speaking to reporters before his Clinton Global Initiative meeting, the former president described Palin's appeal by adding, "People look at her, and they say, 'All those kids. Something that happens in everybody's family. I'm glad she loves her daughter and she's not ashamed of her. Glad that girl's going around with her boyfriend. Glad they're going to get married.'"
Clinton said voters would think, "I like that little Down syndrome kid. One of them lives down the street. They're wonderful children. They're wonderful people. And I like the idea that this guy does those long-distance races. Stayed in the race for 500 miles with a broken arm. My kind of guy."
Posted by Here's Your Answer, a resident of the The Greenhouse neighborhood, on Sep 23, 2008 at 3:10 pm
From the Letters to the Editor in Sunday's Chron:
The Obvious Choice for Vice President
Editor- Let's face it...if the Republicans really wanted a woman to run for vice president who had the knowledge, skills and abilities to do the job, they would have selected Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.
But, since they didn't, I guess Condoleezza simple wasn't the right..."Republican"?
Posted by Sharon, a resident of the Midtown neighborhood, on Sep 23, 2008 at 3:27 pm
My understanding is that Condi did not want the job at this time.
She still has her job @ Stanford and is interested in being Football Commissioner.
Palin is great choice, she will shake thing up break up the corrupt old boy clubs, both Democratic and Republican.
She is a quick study and will be part of a great team.
That will give her 4 years to prepare for the job of POTUS.
I say 4 yrs because, in actuarial terms, McCains life expectancy is very good, his mother is 96yrs and still going strong --- good genetics dominate life expectancy if you do not do self destructive things like smoking.
Obamas mother died of cancer when she was 52yrs his father drank himself to death by his early 40s.
Obama continues to smoke, as he has for 30yrs, he is at risk for cancer, heart attack and stroke.
Biden has already had a very severe stroke, and given his behavior in the last 24hrs he is cognitively impaired
Posted by The Real Sharon, a resident of the Midtown neighborhood, on Sep 23, 2008 at 3:38 pm
Sharon--can't miss a chance to take a nasty swipe at the democratic candidate for VEEP. Your comments about Condi/Palin/McCain are your opinions and you are entitled to them--why, then, do you feel the need for a cheap shot. Are you that scared about Obama/Biden winning? Are you that insecure with McCain/Palin? or do you buy the Limbaugh Doctrine where all comments about Democrats have to be nasty? Which is it, Sharon?
Posted by mary, a member of the Gunn High School community, on Sep 23, 2008 at 3:55 pm
Obama has already brought up the issue of age and life expectancy vis a vis McCain therefore it is a legitimate issue for the other side to take up.
Given Obamas long term smoking habits and genetics McCain will probably outlive him.
Biden was close to death with his stroke, the long term consequences of a brain bleeding are severe and the chance of another high, Biden will not release his health records why? and Obama only released a 1 page summary of his health records why?
Posted by The Real Sharon, a resident of the Midtown neighborhood, on Sep 23, 2008 at 4:31 pm
Well, I think that is another issue that you can raise a stink about (Biden and Obama's health records)--I am sure the world will be waiting with baited breath to hear the result sof your investigation
Posted by Perspective, a resident of the Midtown neighborhood, on Sep 24, 2008 at 9:55 am Perspective is a member (registered user) of Palo Alto Online
What a stupid thing to say "How many Republicans would vote for a Black Woman"...The really smart thing to say would have been "How many Democrats would vote for an white man?"?/
Geez. You guys hurt your side SO MUCH with such ignorance! You have NO CLUE whatsoever who a Republican is and what a Republican believes. You probably don't even realize how many closet Republicans are your friends, in the closet because of the blatant bigotry in this area.
For a clue about what it is like to be a Republican in this area, see Jump Start cartoon in today's papers. Hilarious.