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This from a supposed "main-stream" Democrat
Posted by: McQ on Saturday, September 13, 2008

You remember Paul Hackett don't you? The great Democratic hope in the 2nd Congressional Distict in Ohio special election? A telegenic, Marine vet of Iraq and trial lawyer, he lost a close race to Republican Jeanne Schmidt in 2005. He later announced for a Senate seat run and then dropped out of that race earlier this year.

He writes a post at Daily Kos, which, until you get near the end, seems to provide a pretty good analysis of the problems the Obama campaign is facing in Ohio (his thesis is they're worse than they appear in Obama's internal polling).

One of the more telling things, however, is his referral to the Republican national ticket throughout his piece as "Palin/McCain".

How deeply inside their heads has this woman gotten and why do they seem so damn afraid of her?

But rhetorical questions aside, his analysis is fine. But then we get to his jaw dropping advice. How can Democrats succeed in Ohio?

Attack both Sarah Palin and John McCain personally.

Hackett's advice on Palin:
"Sarah Palin? Can't keep her solemn oath of devotion to her husband and had sex with his employee. Sarah Palin? Accidentally got pregnant at age 43 and the tax payers of Alaska have to pay for the care of her disabled child. Sarah Palin? Unable to teach her 16 year old daughter right from wrong and now another teenager is pregnant. Sarah Palin?
Good lord.

Would someone please email the Obama campaign and pass this along - please, please, with sugar on it.

PDS.
 
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With keen insight like that, I’m absolutely shocked that he didn’t win his election race...
 
Written By: shark
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While using that tactic is sure to backfire against 0bama...its just sad to see that the Marine Corps lost another Marine to the corruption of politics. Either that, or that Marine never had honor to begin with.....

Attack the issues. Question her decisions in office. Leave the family alone. That goes for Obama too. Family members are only targets if they get involved in the actual politics.

 
Written By: Cargosquid
URL: http://unitedconservatives.blogspot.com/
Sounds like he’s been dwelling in the DKos echo chamber too long. Even a Marine can lose touch with reality in that environment.
 
Written By: Bob
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Every so often I wander into the fever swamps of DKos and DU just to see what the inmates are up to, and this kind of "strategy" is pretty much par for the course. Their one-solution-fits-all idea for reversing their political fortunes always revolves around turning the hyperbole volume up to eleven. They really believe that most Americans are too dumb to understand the truth unless it’s shrieked at them.
 
Written By: Randy R
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The latest lie from the McCain Campaign is that wingnut Sarah visited Iraq.

She didn’t. The McCain campaign lied.

Will McQ care? Nope.
 
Written By: mkultra
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Yeah, mk, I saw the latest shrieking attempt to make Palin look bad. The whole controversy is over whether she was at the border or a few hundred yards inside of the border. Given that she was being shepherded around by others and talking to various folks nonstop (that’s what politicians do, ya know), I doubt that she was even sure herself until someone else chimed in.

Now do you want to talk about, you know, actual issues or something? Or do you just want to play the DU dunderhead role and dredge up more meaningless pseudo-dirt so you can shriek about how your ideological opponents are lying, ignorant, malicious hypocrites, or whatever warped view you have. If it’s as far off as the nonsense you posited about QandO denizens on this thread, it’s off in la-la land.
 
Written By: Billy Hollis
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Yeah, mk, I saw the latest shrieking attempt to make Palin look bad. The whole controversy is over whether she was at the border or a few hundred yards inside of the border. Given that she was being shepherded around by others and talking to various folks nonstop (that’s what politicians do, ya know), I doubt that she was even sure herself until someone else chimed in.
Nice defense. I could say something, but you have proved my point.
Now do you want to talk about, you know, actual issues or something?
Sure. Sarah believes that the government should have the final say over whether a woman decides to have an abortion.

Sarah is a big government thug.

If this was a site where freedom loving people posted, that would end the discussion. But it’s not.

Those who post here believe that the government, not the individual, should have the final say on whether a woman should have the power to have an abortion.
 
Written By: mkultra
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McCains ia liar. You wingnuts know it. But you don’t care. You support him.

End of discussion.
 
Written By: mkultra
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Desperate is as desperate does, MK. That will play well in southern Ohio. Hackett’s diagnosis and demographic analysis is pretty accurate.

His prescription is pathetic. As is MK’s guerilla warfare on this and other similar sites.
 
Written By: vnjagvet
URL: http://www.yargb.blogspot.com
Every so often I wander into the fever swamps of DKos and DU just to see what the inmates are up to, and this kind of "strategy" is pretty much par for the course.
Actually you don’t have to soil yourself by wondering into those cesspools - all you have to do is read mkultra or Glasnost comments here. They bring their own sh*t with them.
 
Written By: SShiell
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People are afraid of Palin because she is simply isn’t qualified for the job, and is ignorant about the basics of world affairs. That will come out, and ultimately sink the McCain campaign. Conservatives support her from emotion, not logic, it’s a gut reaction thing. Meanwhile, Iraq is ready to explode:
 
Written By: Scott Erb
URL: http://faculty.umf.maine.edu/~erb/blog.htm
People are afraid of Palin because she is simply isn’t qualified for the job
There’s no doubt the Republicans have lowered the bar on the experience standard for Vice President to a level only slighly higher than the level the Democrat party have lowered the same standard for President.



 
Written By: Augustus
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People are afraid of Palin because she is simply isn’t qualified for the job, and is ignorant about the basics of world affairs. Here in the faculty lounge, I see genuine terror in the eyes of my fellow wise leftists when they see the current polls, because we just can’t imagine such an unqualified person being elected. Why, with our godlike powers of political science, any one of us would be a better choice than Palin!

We know all about world affairs, and we’re certainly not ignorant. Well, I mean, yes, we are ignorant about anything but political science and other assorted leftist dogma, and maybe how to get the perfect fruit and wine to go with our brie, but that’s really all you need to be a perfect decision maker. And average Americans intuitively understand that. The "executive experience" thing you dense righties keep pushing is just pointless. Much better to study the great masters like Marx, Chomsky, and Derrida. That makes a person ready to lead in a complex, unpredictable world.

Her unqualified nature will definitely come out, and ultimately sink the McCain campaign. I’m telling you, it’s going to happen any day now. There are hundreds of dedicated leftists who have put aside all their devotion to Foucault in order to dig up dirt on Palin, and you can be they’ll find some. And our colleagues in the media will report it, of course, because they’re just as scared of Palin getting elected as we are.

Conservatives support her from emotion, not logic, it’s a gut reaction thing. And we wise leftists support Obama from a high-minded, intellectual decision making process that isn’t the least bit emotional, no sir! I mean, look at all the reasons to support Obama, purely from an objective point of view: he is such a terrific speaker, and he has organized communities, which we leftists know is one of the most important things anyone can do with their lives. And he has... well, I can’t think of anything else tangible that he’s done, but HIS ELECTION WILL BE HISTORIC AND YOU DENSE RIGHTIES JUST CAN’T GET IN THE WAY, DO YOU HEAR!! YOU JUST CAN’T!!

Meanwhile, Iraq is ready to explode. I’ve predicted fifteen of the last one times violence has gone up there, so you know I’m an expert on it. I don’t care about the all the "al Queda is defeated" stuff and the fact that casualty figures are dropping to the point that even the New York Times doesn’t want to talk about them. Iraq is going to explode, I tell you. It just has to...

{whimper}
 
Written By: Ott Scerb
URL: http://cluelessprof.maine.edu
Erb, you are laughable. If experience is so important for the bottom of the ticket on the Republican side, why isn’t it important for the top of the ticket on the Democrat side?

The Dems are running scared. It’s painfully obvious looking at the way they attack Palin.
 
Written By: Steverino
URL: http://
Oh sh*t....Erb came out from under his rock.

Nice to see you sweetie.
 
Written By: shark
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BTW memo to the left: McCAIN is running for Pres, not Palin.

Kthxbye
 
Written By: shark
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So, mk, serious question. I have not actually heard Palin say that she is pro-life, but everything I’ve seen seems to indicate that she is in fact pro-life. I’ll take that as a given. But not only have I not heard her say that "government should have the final say over whether a woman decides to have an abortion", I haven’t heard anything close to that from her or her supporters. Now, clearly, I am not necessarily digging deeply into Palin’s views (just as I’m not digging deeply into Biden’s), but I would be interested in seeing any links to Palin saying anything of the kind. (Note, not links people saying that about her, but her saying it.)

 
Written By: Jeff Medcalf
URL: http://www.caerdroia.org/blog
Russert: “When we talked back in November of ‘04 after your election, I said, ‘There’s been enormous speculation about your political future. Will you serve your six-year term as United States senator from Illinois?’”
Obama: “I will serve out my full six-year term. You know, Tim, if you get asked enough, sooner or later you get weary and you start looking for new ways of saying things. But my thinking has not changed.”
Russert: “So you will not run for president or vice president in 2008?”
Obama: “I will not.”

Obama said he would filibuster the FISA telecom immunity bill. And then he voted for it.
Obama promised he would use public financing, and then reneged on that promise.
Obama agreed to a series of townhall debates with McCain. Then backed down on it.


’Obamas ia liar. Moonbat You know it. But you don’t care. You support him.

End of discussion.’
 
Written By: Anon
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Palin is under attack for reasons beyond her value to the McCain campaign.

Palin is a woman who’s successful, but she’s unabashedly a mother and wife. When confronted with a special needs child late in life and teen daughter with a pregnancy early in life, they failed to use abortion to remedy the situation. She’s definitely strayed from the Democrat Plantation. She’s not aloud to show women they can be successful without the helping hand of big Democrat government.

She also has political life beyond this election, whether McCain wins or loses. They are trying to nip that in bud.
 
Written By: jpm100
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I have not actually heard Palin say that she is pro-life...but I would be interested in seeing any links to Palin saying anything of the kind.
Jeff, I tried to find a better source for the transcript of Gibson’s interview with Palin. This is from ABC New’s "Excerpts" from the interview, and just the relevant snip they’ve made available here seems to have typos, but it does basically jibe with what I saw the other night:
GIBSON: Roe v. Wade, do you think it should be reversed?

PALIN: I think it should and I think that states should be able to decide that issue... I am pro-life. I do respect other people’s opinion on this, also, and I think that a culture of life is best for America... What I want to do, when elected vice president, with John McCain, hopefully, be able to reach out and work with those who are on the other side of this issue, because I know that we can all agree on the need for and the desire for fewer abortions in America and greater support for adoption, for other alternatives that women can and should be empowered to embrace, to allow that culture of life. That’s my personal opinion on this, Charlie.

GIBSON: John McCain would allow abortion in cases of rape and incest. Do you believe in it only in the case where the life of the mother is in danger?

PALIN: That is my personal opinion.

GIBSON: Would you change and accept it in rape and incest?

PALIN: My personal opinion is that abortion allowed if the life of the mother is endangered. Please understand me on this. I do understand McCain’s position on this. I do understand others who are very passionate about this issue who have a differing.
Obviously, throwing the decisions back to the states isn’t to aver that "government should have the final say" any more than is the case under Roe v. Wade, but would rather take away inviolable, nationwide blanket protection of the so-called right to abortion on demand.
 
Written By: Linda Morgan
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People are afraid of Palin because she is simply isn’t qualified for the job, and is ignorant about the basics of world affairs. That will come out, and ultimately sink the McCain campaign. Conservatives support her from emotion, not logic, it’s a gut reaction thing. Meanwhile, Iraq is ready to explode:
Erb, only the left is afraid of her, and they are afraid because she’s more qualified than Obama. Tiy know, Obama, the guy with no executive experience and no accomplishments.
 
Written By: Don
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The nice thing is that we now all know—for certain—that Scott Erb is nothing but a political hack. The mask has fallen all the way to the floor.

 
Written By: Don
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The nice thing is that we now all know—for certain—that Scott Erb is nothing but a political hack.
Yes, a leftist one. I’m glad the mask is gone. That faux moderate shtick was one of the most grating aspects of his inane comments.
 
Written By: Grocky
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Boris Erb:
People are afraid of Palin because she is simply isn’t qualified for the job, and is ignorant about the basics of world affairs.
"People," Boris? That’s a pretty broad category. Wouldn’t you like to narrow that down to, perhaps, Leftists?

Leftists are "afraid" of Palin because she has clear values with real edges, instead of the cloudy, evanescent feelings that pass for values on the Left. That is what the Left is afraid of and why they’ve gone batty.

And Palin is a quick study, Boris. She’ll learm enough about "world affairs" in the next six weeks to be able to understand the conversation. You, however, are unteachable. You simply don’t know your own field, and when you’re backed into a corner because of it you plead "But I specialize in German politics!"
Meanwhile, Iraq is ready to explode.
Never give up hope, Boris.
 
Written By: Martin McPhillips
URL: http://newpaltzjournal.com
Everyone’s been a little rough on Erb, so here’s a special sentiment that’s sure to cheer him up.
 
Written By: Martin McPhillips
URL: http://newpaltzjournal.com
What the Marxists can’t stand about Sarah Palin is how inadequate the Democratic (Vanguard) Party’s ticket now looks in comparison, and how their not-so-carefully concealed fifth column in the fourth estate has blown its cover. As Michelle Malkin wrote, the Obama campaign and their media/celebrity fellow travellers will infantilize, sexualize, demonize, and dehumanize Sarah Palin. So far, they have over-reached and exceeded their grasp. The mighty of media are becoming "Rather" irrelevant to more people every day.
 
Written By: twolaneflash
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I must admit I was ’on the fence’ with who to vote for in Nov, but after the events of the last two weeks, (announcement of Palin on GOP ticket and the vitriolic reaction by the Dems) I am solidly in the McCain/Palin camp. The Dems have sunk to new lows, and this lifelong Democrat and former union member is sick to death of it.

I thought the Dems were for all people, but now I find that they only support women candidates who spew the liberal agenda. The pro-abortion debate only worked when there was little a woman could to do prevent becoming pregnant. Now, with all the preventive measures available, any woman is either lazy or a fool who finds herself with an unwanted pregnancy. In matters of rape or incest, however, I think it should be a woman’s choice to abort or carry full term, since she is the victim, the one who was violated.
 
Written By: Former Dem
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I must admit I was ’on the fence’ with who to vote for in Nov, but after the events of the last two weeks, (announcement of Palin on GOP ticket and the vitriolic reaction by the Dems) I am solidly in the McCain/Palin camp. The Dems have sunk to new lows, and this lifelong Democrat and former union member is sick to death of it.

I thought the Dems were for all people, but now I find that they only support women candidates who spew the liberal agenda. The pro-abortion debate only worked when there was little a woman could to do prevent becoming pregnant. Now, with all the preventive measures available, any woman is either lazy or a fool who finds herself with an unwanted pregnancy. In matters of rape or incest, however, I think it should be a woman’s choice to abort or carry full term, since she is the victim, the one who was violated.
 
Written By: Former Dem
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