Read 3 responses at end of blog - Quebec, Canada, Bangor, Maine and Virginia and follow up story from BBCNews
Dear Ms. Palin, Forget about your near win as a beauty contest winner and your stellar credentials as a devoted mother. Governor Palin, with all your beauty, reformer intentions and compassion, you are simply unqualified to be our American Commander in Chief. If your resume came across my desk for the position of Vice-President of the United States of America, I'd write you a polite rejection letter with the stamp "unqualified" on the return address label.
Is Ms. Palin actually a Trojan Horse candidate? Is she really a Karl Rove trick? Say it ain't so, John. By creating a sympathy candidate for Vice-President of the United States, a Barbie Doll mirror image with brown hair to Ms. Cindy McCain, I'd say, "Watch Out". It looks to me like the Trojans are going to sneak out in the middle of the night and steal away the thoughtfully serious intentions at risk in this November's election.
Senator John McCain talks a lot about patriotism and loving this USA but he picks a Vice-Presidential candidate who is totally unqualified to be our nation's Commander-in-Chief.
Talk about who has better judgment? Maybe Senator McCain should have a psychological test run along with all those cancer screenings he regularly has for his Melanoma.
Perhaps Ms. Beautiful Palin will be well qualified to be the Vice-President of the United States of America. Yeah, some day. But, if she is a serious candidate for this powerful position today, she must do better than nearly win a beauty contest, show leadership on a city council in a place with about 6,000 people and be the default first term governor of Alaska.
Shame on John McCain for co-opting the Presidency by putting this unlikely woman candidate's gender before country.
From Rita Drouin
in Temiscaming in Quebec, Canada - She asks, "What About Powell?": "From way up here in Quebec, Ms. Palin looks very token; and doesn't McCain looked subdued next to her? Not his choice, I'm sure and he's certainly not comfortable next to her. Not a ticket made in heaven. Still, I'm wondering if it will satisfy the Dem Feminists????? Moreover, Ms. Palin was chosen for one reason only. To reassure the Republican's a VICTORY. But, it will not help him. He needed the backing of an experienced and strong vice president due to his age and health history of cancer. Colin Powell would have been the best and would have reassured the Republicans a victory."
From Caroline Hartzler
in Virginia: "Governor Palin's success in local politics for ten years is limited to small town. Perhaps someone will report her accomplishments since she was elected governor. John Podesta in a letter to the Washington Post described her well today: 'A potential vice president with the ideology of Dick Cheney and fewer qualifications than Dan Quayle should send arctic shivers up our spines.'"
From Joe Pickering
in Bangor, Maine: "Frankly Julie...I am damn tired of hearing about the need for a Commander in chief from any party. I want to vote for a President who will observe and not warp the U.S. Constitution....sure one part is
Commander in Chief and the other is to Promote Domestic Tranquility...and allegedly only Congress can declare war..and they have been doing a damn poor job of that along with the President. Joe"
From Andrea Imbriaco
in Massachusetts: Sarah Palin is an interesting choice...shortsighted though, I think. I really question, as many, her level of experience. If she's lived in Alaska her entire life, how many times has she been to NYC, Boston, Miami, and out of our country? Why is it necessary for us to know about her high school basketball career or that she was a beauty queen. Is that the best they can do for resume filler? Is McCain and company foolish enough to think that women will vote for just any woman? Hillary, she's not. Regarding her daughter, Bristol...my heart goes out to that 17 year old girl. She never asked to be on the national stage. Either Mom was too naive to think her daughter wouldn't be front page news...if so, wake up girl, this isn't Kansas anymore...or she put her own personal ambitions ahead of her daughter...that, I think is shameful.
Palin's teenage daughter pregnant - from BBCNews (note from Julie - here's the first brigade out of the Trojan Horse - go after those trailer park moms.....go gettem, giddyup, Karl! They're waitin' for ya! It's a real ho-down!)
Sarah Palin with daughter Bristol and husband Todd, 30 Aug
Mrs Palin has brought her family on stage for several campaign events
Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, newly picked as Republican John McCain's running mate, has revealed that her 17-year-old daughter is pregnant.
Mrs Palin, a social conservative who is opposed to abortion, said in a statement her daughter Bristol would keep the child and marry its father.
The Alaska governor, a mother-of-five, was presented three days ago as her party's vice-presidential candidate.
The news comes as the Republicans' national convention is about to begin.
The McCain campaign and Palin family asked for respect for the young couple's privacy.
Mrs Palin and her husband Todd said in a statement: "Bristol and the young man she will marry are going to realise very quickly the difficulties of raising a child, which is why they will have the love and support of our entire family."
Bristol is reportedly five months pregnant and is due to give birth in late December.
Advisers to the McCain campaign said they had known about the pregnancy before offering Mrs Palin the vice-presidential nomination.
"Senator McCain's view is this is a private family matter," said McCain spokesman Steve Schmidt.
As parents, [the Palins] love their daughter unconditionally and are going to support their daughter. Life happens."
The announcement of Bristol's pregnancy followed rumours on internet blog sites over the weekend suggesting that Mrs Palin's youngest child, Trig, born in April, had actually been born to Bristol. The boy has Down's Syndrome.
The National Journal reported that a spokesman for Mrs Palin had also confirmed that her husband had been arrested for driving under the influence in 1986.
The BBC's Justin Webb in St Paul, Minnesota, where the Republicans' national convention is taking place this week, says the news will certainly be a talking point but may not damage Mrs Palin's standing.
She was brought on board to appeal to social conservatives, our correspondent says, and they may respect the decision by her daughter to keep the baby and to marry the father.
However, some people in the party who already had concerns about the lack of knowledge about Mrs Palin's record may fear what other revelations lie in wait, our correspondent adds.
The party's four-day convention opens on Monday but its schedule has been curtailed because of the threat of Hurricane Gustav to states on the southern US coast.
Mrs Palin is due to be formally nominated by delegates as the party's vice-presidential choice later this week.
She was elected governor of Alaska in 2006 and before that was mayor of the small town of Wasilla, Alaska.
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