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S.C. Democrat accuses Palin of being qualified, becasue she has not had an abortion.

Original post made by Gary, Downtown North, on Sep 10, 2008

"South Carolina Democratic chairwoman Carol Fowler sharply attacked Sarah Palin today, saying John McCain had chosen a running mate "whose primary qualification seems to be that she hasn’t had an abortion.”

It's not that I want to help Obama in this election (I clearly support McCain). However, I do support my country, and this stuff is almost as bad as the attack on Reagan, back in the day. We need better. Obama knew exactly what he was doing with his "lipstick on a pig" comment. Now this thing from a woman who is a major player in S.C. Democratic party politics.

Obama needs to do a few things, and do them fast:

1. Apolopize, and admit that his comment about lipstick and pigs was intended, but his judgement was bad.

2. Get this woman from S.C. fired, immediately. He never had an abortion either...does that make HIM qualified? Incredible sexism.

3. Try to get back on track by actually discussing speicifics on his plans in Iraq and Afghanistan and taxes. To date, Obama is a constantly shifting message.

4. Define "change". It is a meaningless term, unless defined in speicfic terms. For example, will he raise capital gains taxes, and when.

At this point, we are watching a big meltdown by Obama. Does he have the stuff, unscripted, to get back on his feet, and actually tell us where he REALLY wants to take us?

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Posted by Sharon
a resident of Midtown
on Sep 10, 2008 at 3:06 pm

Fowler's fellow South Carolinian Sen. Lindsey Graham, one of John McCain's closest associates, called on Barack Obama to publicly reject Fowler's comments.

"I think that would be incumbent upon him as the leader of his party," Graham said, calling Fowler's statement "completely out of bounds."
Continuing, Graham said, "I know Carol and Don Fowler fairly well, and I'm quite frankly shocked and surprised that she would say such a thing.
Very uncharacteristic…I think it has more to do with the fact that our Democratic colleagues and opponents are in a meltdown mode over Gov.
Palin…A threat exists that they did not see before."Web Link

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Posted by Elect McCain????
a resident of another community
on Sep 10, 2008 at 3:23 pm

Nice speech, gary.
Clearly any criticism of Palin and McCain is to be considered an attack on them and according to the republican playbook there is to be an immediate start up of whining on discussion groups and forums. People are to post under multiple identities to give the appearance that this really a big issue. Republicans are to claim that the comments are:
a) a low blow
b) smear tactics
c) worthy of an immediate apology
d) all of the above

Huckabee did not seem to think that Obama was referring to Palin with the lipstick comment (anyway if she wants to compare herself to a female dog, why can't she be compared to a pig?) and it seemed to be okay for McCain to use the same comment at an earlier date.

Maybe on the same tack Palin should start telling the truth about her stand on earmarks, the bridge to nowhere and other issues. Clearly her and the truth have no connection. Besides attacking Obama's work as a community organizer ( and in general the work that community organizers do) Palin has brought nothing to the table.

the hypocrisy and double standards of the republicans knows no bounds

BTW, Gary, it might behoove you to read the whole story regarding the comments from SC and the context in which they were stated.

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Posted by susanah
a resident of Midtown
on Sep 10, 2008 at 3:36 pm

Obama is doing a great job of mobilizing mainstream women----- AGAINST HIM

SCGOP’s Dawson: Obama & Fowler are eager to smear, not ready to lead

COLUMBIA, S.C. – South Carolina Republican Party Chairman Katon Dawson today released the following statement in response to Carol Fowler’s assertion that Sarah Palin’s “primary qualification [for Vice President] seems to be that she hasn’t had an abortion”:

“Carol Fowler’s statement is offensive, outrageous and - most importantly – dead wrong. Governor Sarah Palin is a strong pro-life, pro-family reform-minded conservative with meaningful experience whose message has resonated in South Carolina. Fowler’s statement is born out of desperation from a campaign that is sputtering across the South.

“Carol Fowler should immediately apologize. Her remarks are unbecoming of a party leader and demonstrate poor judgment. Carol Fowler and Barack Obama are eager to smear – not ready to lead.”

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Posted by Laura
a resident of another community
on Sep 10, 2008 at 3:57 pm

If this comment is true "whose primary qualification seems to be that she hasn’t had an abortion" and i have no reason to doubt it the democrats are just hurting themselves. Is this some type of self-destruction or a way to get abortion back in the news?

Carol sure looks like she suffering from Palin Derangement Syndrome (PDS).
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The leftist ladies just can’t handle the smart, savvy and sexy.

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Posted by Samuel
a resident of Stanford
on Sep 10, 2008 at 3:58 pm

On Sunday, David Axelrod appeared on News Sunday and declared that Team Barry wasn’t running against Sarah Palin.
This pronouncement signaled that the Obama campaign had finally realized that attacking John McCain’s running mate (not to mention the country’s most popular politician) was a loser of a strategy.

Coming after ten days of thrashing, Axelrod’s statement showed an awareness, however belated, of the Obama campaign’s glass jaw. – it’s amazing how easily the entire Obama apparatus has been thrown off stride not to mention off message.

With the campaign entering its homestretch, the Obama team has seemingly become incapable of doing anything other than nipping at Sarah Palin’s heels.

Here we have yet another day when the focus is on the GOP's youthful, smiling, attractive, witty, female vice-presidential nominee.

And for yet another day our ears are filled with the sounds of the Democratic nominee decrying how unfair the Republicans are - as if only one side hits below the belt.

– The only chance Obama campaign, and its angry contingent of frothing media supporters, had to make Sarah Palin a liability for the McCain campaign was to irrevocably damage her during her initial introduction to the country.

Despite the lunatic left’s best efforts and fondest wishes, Sarah Palin will not be a liability to the McCain campaign.
She will be an asset.
Since destroying her is now out of the question, she should be as relevant to the Obama campaign as Joe Biden is to the Republican campaign.

And yet Palin is all Team Barry can talk about.

If ever there was a sign that the Obama campaign has lost its bearings, that’s it.

So Team Barry and its supporters should forget about Palin and get back on message.

Assuming they have a message left.

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Posted by Gary
a resident of Downtown North
on Sep 10, 2008 at 3:58 pm


If Obama would simply say that he meant the "lipstick and pigs" as an attack on Palin (which it was...he is a bright guy, and thought that it would bring an applause line, which it was no "innocent remark" in the context that it was used), then he would begin to regain some credibility. All of you appologists for Obama are not helping him. Think about it in the other way: Obama had absoltely no intention of besmerching Palin, and his audience, who wildly cheered the remark, just misunderstood him...doesn't that make him politically stupid?

The only way for Obama to get beyond all of his self-inflicted wounds is to admit that his judgement was wrong, and that he will make his best effort to mature on such issues. He also needs to deep-six Carole Fowler...she should already be herstory.

He also needs to tell us SPECIFICALLY what he will do in Iraq and Afghanistan and taxes, etc.

I remember an old baseball pitching coach, who told my son, "slow body, fast arm". Obama, at this point, has a fast body, but a slow arm.

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Posted by Jane
a resident of Professorville
on Sep 10, 2008 at 4:15 pm

An op-ed piece bylined by Ajami is always cause for excitement.

You know you’re about to read something packed with original insights and expressed with great elegance.

Today’s work is no exception, as Ajami tackles the real weakness in Barack Obama’s campaign – he has rejected the notion of American exceptionalism that is unique to this country and cherished by the vast majority of its citizens who don’t live in too close a proximity to Harvard Yard:

Obama's Defeatist Foreign Policy

From the Wall Street Journal, “The Foreign Policy Difference” by Fouad Ajami Web Link

"The Obama candidacy must be judged on its own merits, and it can be reckoned as the sharpest break yet with the national consensus over American foreign policy after World War II.

This is not only a matter of Sen. Obama's own sensibility; the break with the consensus over American exceptionalism and America's claims and burdens abroad is the choice of the activists and elites of the Democratic Party who propelled Mr. Obama's rise…

The crowds in Berlin and Paris that took to him knew their man.

He had once presented his willingness to negotiate with Iran as the mark of his diplomacy, the break with the Bush years and the Bush style.

But he stepped back from that pledge, and in a blatant echo of President Bush's mantra on Iran, he was to say that "no options would be off the table" when dealing with Iran.

The change came on a visit to Israel, the conversion transparent and not particularly convincing.

Mr. Obama truly believes that he can offer the world beyond America's shores his biography, his sympathies with strangers.

In the great debate over anti-Americanism and its sources, the two candidates couldn't be more different.

Mr. Obama proceeds from the notion of American guilt: We called up the furies, he believes. Our war on terror and our war in Iraq triggered more animus.

He proposes to repair for that, and offers himself (again, the biography) as a bridge to the world."

You’ll want to read the whole thing in today's WSJ. excellent work!

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Posted by who's qualified?
a resident of Greater Miranda
on Sep 10, 2008 at 4:26 pm

It's not fair to say Obama is qualified because he's African-American.
What actually is his qualification? I don't hear much about that.

I hear that the Democratic party has the right way of thinking about war, economy, abortion, various illegal activities that should be legal, and that Obama's a Democrat, but what qualifies him to be President? Surely not state senate experience or being a political activist. Nor the ability the present a good speech - what are his real qualifications?

For that matter, enduring war prison doesn't qualify McCain, but driving bills through in spite of party politics is at least something.

If you look at these people and strip away Party politics, what's left?

Both claim they can be bipartisan; is there any there there?

Party Politics exacerbates group think and encourages unhealthy identity politics, but it's hard to get past it in this election.

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Posted by Whine worse than bite
a resident of Menlo Park
on Sep 10, 2008 at 5:23 pm

My, that pit bull in lipstick can really whine.

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Posted by Gary
a resident of Downtown North
on Sep 10, 2008 at 6:49 pm

Let me try to help you Obama supporters out there. If you want to attack Palin, forget the word "lipstick"...that works for her, but not you. May I also suggest that you avoid the acronym, "NRA"?

However, you are on solid ice, if you challenge her on how she field dressed a moose. I think she had male help with that one. I don't know this for a fact, but a moose is pretty heavy, and she is not quite qualified to haul that meat off the tundra, on her own...even if Piper helped her!

I haven't seen Palin whine, to this point. She attacks. She kills and eats red meat, yet she believes in protecting innocent unborn human babies. Perhaps you all should attack her on the fact that she is a hunter and an old-fahsioned pioneer woman, modern version, if that is your ideology.

My most sage advice to you is to simply ignore her. However, I doubt that you can avoid such red meat. I know I can't...but it works for me, and not you.

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Posted by Perspective
a resident of Midtown
on Sep 11, 2008 at 1:57 pm

Perspective is a registered user.

Well, not surprising she thinks this is true since for many years the only women accepted into Democrat Party politics have had to pass the litmus test of belief that abortion anytime for any reason was a fundamental right.

As a result of Palin ( my guess), N.O.W, an organization I left many years ago when it became apparent it was only for SOME women, has changed its mission statement on its website. At last, honesty in advertising.. ( link below)

Web Link

For a fantastic take on this anti-choice ( of how to live) crap coming from the left, read Camille Paglia ( link below)

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