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September 17th, 2008
05:02 PM ET

Palin is more popular than McCain and Obama

A self-titled 'hockey-mom' is getting all the attention.
A self-titled 'hockey-mom' is getting all the attention.

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Politics is a popularity contest and if you are keeping count on the blogs, V.P. candidate Governor Sarah Palin is the belle of the ball. On a single page of an ABC news blog, Palin's name appears 24 times, McCain's twice, Biden's once and Barack obama's– not at all. It's not scientific, but it's indicative of something bizarre.

And she's a big hit offline too.

When Palin and her running-mate John McCain– he's the one running for president by the way– appear together, people cheer for her. Then when he speaks they begin to file out. Ouch! When they campaign separately, her crowds dwarf his. What's wrong with this picture? He has all the experience and she has very little.

In today's New York Times, columnist Maureen Dowd suggests the Palin phenomenon is like a trip back to junior high school...Where the popular girl gets all the attention.

Here’s my question to you: What does it say about us that Sarah Palin is attracting more attention than the two men who would be president?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Marc writes:
Gov. Palin is a real feminist phenomenon. She has broken into the 'old boys club' and done the job instead of just talking about it. Yet, she didn't try to imitate a man when doing so. This flies in the face of many American feminists and they hate it. Despite her flaws, she is genuine, decent and not pretentious. And the coffee house intelligentsia hate that. It is these very same attributes that draw Middle America to her.

John from Boca Raton, Florida writes:
By us, I hope you mean the news media. I doubt anyone else is interested in Palin. You guys are causing all the problems in her regard.

Paul writes:
It says we are shallow and stupid, an infantile bunch of American Idol watchers who ought to be taking a little more seriously the responsibility of choosing the leader of the Free World.

Rob from South Bend, Indiana writes:
It’s very easy, Jack, people realize a vote for a 72 year-old candidate with a history of health problems is very possibly a vote for the VP, which happens to be her. Oh and it does not hurt that he has the personality of a thumb tack.

John from Levittown, N.Y. writes:
I think her 80% popularity with Alaskans has something to do with it. She is likable and the first thing she did was clean up her own party. Someone must be truly special to have such backing. I defer to ordinary Alaskans. They know her better than anyone.

Bill writes:
Alaska Barbie's popularity? It says that we'd rather talk about Brittany than the economy, two wars, a failed President, and our bleak future. Is that a bad thing? I don't think so. Her popularity is like stopping to watch EMTs and ambulances and firetrucks and wreckers clean up after a bad fender-bender.

Frank writes:
Since she has been on the ticket I haven't heard McCain remind eveybody that he was a POW. That's change I can live with.


Filed under: Barack Obama • John McCain • Sarah Palin
soundoff (228 Responses)
  1. Jackie in Dallas

    That anything new and different piques curiosity. Her newness is already starting to wear off, and that McCain's camp can no longer accuse Obama's of trading in on the cult of celebrity.

    September 17, 2008 at 2:10 pm |
  2. Darlene Phila, PA

    I believe her star is eroding. She was new and attrative however now that people see she is a pathological liar and embarassingly clueless she will be old news by next week and by november voters will be wondering the same thing i am wondering now, What the heck was john mccain thinking?

    September 17, 2008 at 2:11 pm |
  3. Debbie Rupnick, Illinois

    I certainly hope the bubble is ready to burst. She is not more popular. People are just curious. I can't imagine the people going to rallys are for her, just curious. I for one am tired of her same old same old lines like "thanks, but no thanks." I certainly believe more people are appalled at McCain's pick than believe in her. I certainly don't ever want her finger on that button.

    September 17, 2008 at 2:13 pm |
  4. Dave, Brooklyn, NY

    I can only assume that people are as dumb as ever and have learned nothing in the last eight years. At best she is eye candy, nothing more. He interview on ABC exposed her ineptitude and shallowness.

    September 17, 2008 at 2:14 pm |
  5. Laurie in Lawrence, KS

    It says that we are easily distracted. We are a nation suffering from ADD

    September 17, 2008 at 2:14 pm |
  6. Lynn Lahman

    The only inference that I can draw from this phenomenon is that we must all be sick of seeing and listening to the other candidates after all these months! I know I am.

    Lynn
    Phoenix

    September 17, 2008 at 2:14 pm |
  7. Sandra fromTexas

    Sarah Palin falls into the same category as Anna Nicole Smith, Britiany Spears, and Paris Hilton. A flash in the pan. It will be so over in no time at all. As a matter of fact, I think the economy is taking care of that as we speak.

    September 17, 2008 at 2:14 pm |
  8. Elle

    Is she?
    I can't stand her!

    September 17, 2008 at 2:14 pm |
  9. Donna Colorado Springs,Co

    I don't think she's as popular as she was last week, as I read that she's lost 10 points overall. Her 15 minutes of fame are thankfully over. That's what happens when you continually lie to the american people while pretending to be part of the "party of change"

    September 17, 2008 at 2:16 pm |
  10. Ron Christman

    Jack,

    The crash that everyone who has been paying attention knew was coming, finally hit and a big change is about to occur. The Palin popularity is all media driven but fortunately for the future of the country, the fiasco that has been the Bush administration couldn't hide their sins any longer. Issues will move to the top and stay there from now until the election and the result will be a landslide victory for Barack Obama.

    Ron
    Washington, Pa.

    September 17, 2008 at 2:17 pm |
  11. Colleen, Charlotte, NC

    It's kind of like an unbelievable shock movie....makes you uncomfortable but you gotta watch it!

    September 17, 2008 at 2:17 pm |
  12. Jayne

    The McCain campaign, which has consistently taken jabs at Obama for his popularity, went out and found a celebrity for themselves. Too bad for them the bloom is off the rose. Her favorable ratings dropped a net of 10 points in 3 days. As soon as the public is given information, it makes a more logical decision on whether or not someone should be a heartbeat away from the presidency.

    September 17, 2008 at 2:18 pm |
  13. Carol c.

    It says that people get enthusiastic when they see an attractive face. A nicely wrapped package is always chosen first to unwrap, but that doesn't mean when you open the package it has in it what you need.

    What is sad is that she first was willing to answer the troopergate investigation and they have told her NO. Even if she is innocent she looks guilty and since Bush and his hiding things have come back to bite the American people, people will watch the debates and see a nice package isn't what this country needs at this critical time.

    Knoxville, TN

    September 17, 2008 at 2:18 pm |
  14. Katiec Pekin, IL

    Well, Jack, that popularity is now turning towards the
    negative. Thank goodness the press/ap have finally
    started doing their job and are exposing her for the
    phoney she is.
    She was intially unique, however you cannot continue
    to lie, distort, slander without it catching up with you.
    She is going to self destruct, Jack.

    September 17, 2008 at 2:19 pm |
  15. AndyZ Fairfax, VA

    The answer is quite simple. It means that an attractive woman, with a pixie smile, that looks good in a straight skirt and heels will garner more votes and attention than either a middle aged man or a senior citizen. I believe that is as it should be!

    September 17, 2008 at 2:19 pm |
  16. Valentina

    It says that a lot of people in this country are stupid. And that the Republicans are good at making said stupid people believe them. But we already knew that, since Bush was elected to the presidency – twice.

    September 17, 2008 at 2:19 pm |
  17. Michael - Las Vegas

    Sadly, it says that people don't care about the important issues that face this country and its future, or the future of their children and grandchildren. They seem more enthralled that "she's just like me". My daughter, who is a Dr. put it best to me last week, she said "I don't want someone in or near the presidency who is just like me, I want someone who is a great deal smarter than me". Apparently, most people don't share that rather insightful sentiment.

    September 17, 2008 at 2:19 pm |
  18. Jay-Mississippi

    It does say that we are hungry for change. It has been business as ususal to some degree. Now enter a Woman who is a governor. She may in fact be unqualified for a host of reasons to be VP never the less she is different and like Obama represents a hopr for the future that may not be realized now but will be realized sooner rather than later. I dont support McCain or Palin, but i certainly admire the door that has been opened on the Republican side. I also appreciate Hillary Clinton for also making Palin possible.

    September 17, 2008 at 2:19 pm |
  19. Julie - Kentucky

    That popularity is fading.

    September 17, 2008 at 2:19 pm |
  20. Lorenzo in Atlanta

    Jack,

    For someone that has not been vetted properly, has no idea what her job description would be for VP, has no idea what the Bush Doctrine is, has been called out for lying about the bridge to nowhere and ear marks, has not had a press conference since being announced as vp candidate, and is getting all of this positive attention shows only one thing.

    America is stuck on stupid!

    September 17, 2008 at 2:20 pm |
  21. Ed Reed

    So did Paris Hilton, Britney Spears and Lindsay Lohan and just as it did with those celebretards, this too shall pass.

    Ed Reed
    Port Aransas, TX

    September 17, 2008 at 2:20 pm |
  22. Lorna, Jamestown, TN

    Yes, and I can't understand WHY? She's a self described "pit bull with lipstick", has a dysfunctional family, lies and keeps on lying and the people "love" her. Is anyone (47% of the public) really listening to her? She could be our president! Doesn't that scare ANY Republicans?

    September 17, 2008 at 2:20 pm |
  23. Geeta, Eden Prairie MN

    I think the republicans must be concerned about this because an over-inflated bubble is bound to burst.

    September 17, 2008 at 2:20 pm |
  24. mariel,sc

    Popularity can be a good or a bad thing, Jack. The interesting thing, is that it is fluid – A person can go from being the most watched to the most despised in a heartbeat.

    If I were putting all my money on it, I'd go with earned attributes like 'Integrity', 'Respected' and 'Trusted' every time..

    September 17, 2008 at 2:21 pm |
  25. Toni

    It says that people are in love with her simply because she is a WOMAN

    She is dumb as a doorknob which is why she is being shielded from the media yet the American people will still fall for her crap.

    September 17, 2008 at 2:21 pm |
  26. shirley thibodeaux

    Jack,
    The world has become a reality tv series and Gov. Palin reminds them of one of the characters. She will soon become the thing of the past.

    September 17, 2008 at 2:21 pm |
  27. Phil from Canada

    She isn't more popular, just more entertaining. Like watching a train wreck, you can't take your eyes off of it, but feel a little uncomfortable watching none the less.
    It's almost time for "Bread and Circuses"

    September 17, 2008 at 2:21 pm |
  28. Scott - Wichita, Kansas

    It means that McCain picked the right candidate to get the media's spotlight off of Obama for a while.

    September 17, 2008 at 2:22 pm |
  29. garrick

    hi jack
    it says we dont know enough about her and women dont care just as long as a woman can be in the white house,just think she dosent talk about polices she dont have any and McCain dont care just as long as she bring the women voters over to the GOP.
    clearwater,fl

    September 17, 2008 at 2:23 pm |
  30. Fred, Las Vegas, NV

    Sarah Palin has good looks and hence attractive, a perfect distraction! Who says looks don't matter? She doesn't even have to know how to pronounce nuclear, all she has to is to be able to come close, like say "nucular". This is a very creative pick by the McSame campaign.

    September 17, 2008 at 2:23 pm |
  31. Judie

    Jack,
    It says that we have no common sense. It says we can't see the forest for the trees. What the heck are we looking at anyway? A PTA Mom, by the way the PTA has it's own lobbiest office in Washington DC. Maybe this is where her traing started. The premise that she is just your average "Hockey Mom" and just like your next door neighbor is also very telling, I reallly like my next door neighbor but I would like to see someone in office that has a little bit more on the ball than my average neighbor. Are we having a popularity contest ? What the heck are the American people thinking.............. Maybe that is the problem they are not thinking.it appears that we are trying to focus on trivia/Palin and not the nations problems. Shame on Us!

    Judie
    St. Augustine, Fl

    September 17, 2008 at 2:23 pm |
  32. Dennis, Cleveland ,Ohio

    It proves that 90% of Americans are SHEEP! Most Americans don't even take the time to thoroughly investigate an issue. Instead they go with their guts. Well HEY,didn't that work for all of you who voted for the guy you wanted to have a BEER with. When will Americans STOP wanting the guy/gal next door? and vote for an INTELLIGENT candidate who is the BEST for the job of President???? WAKE UP AMERICA or we will be a 3rd world JOKE of a Country!

    September 17, 2008 at 2:24 pm |
  33. David

    it says that despite all of the hack jod reporting by the MSM, CNN included, we the poeple feel like she is one of us and that she is enough of an outsider to maybe,just maybe do so good in DC.

    September 17, 2008 at 2:24 pm |
  34. Precious Coker

    She is more popular than McCain!! Please do not mention Sarah Palin in the same breath with either Joe Biden or Obama.
    McCain wanted a beauty queen, he's got one.
    Americans want solution to the middle class problems, they have Obama-Biden!!!

    September 17, 2008 at 2:24 pm |
  35. JR in Norfolk VA

    It says less about her gender than it does about her being a fresh face in a sea of career politicians. Why can't ordinary people who are smart and have strong values aspire to lead this nation, too?

    September 17, 2008 at 2:24 pm |
  36. Gina in Racine, Wi

    Jack- She lost 10 positive points in 3 days.....her 15 minutes of fame is about up.

    Just like with the prospect of a Woman President when Hillary was running.....and the thrill of an African American President with Obama....it is exciting to see a woman (finally) on the Republican ticket.

    But alas....Palin is just a gimmick for the Mccain Campaign....there were clearly Republican women that were experienced and ready for the VP position.....wonder why McSame passed them up?

    Poor judgement maybe???

    September 17, 2008 at 2:24 pm |
  37. Deb n Texas

    Palin is more popular that McCain and Obama. That is ridiculous, this is the first time in my life that a mother becomes popular with a teenage pregnant daughter. My have things changed for the worst in this country. This country is really making me sick. People have no more scruples, integrity, morals, nothing. Everything is just going down the tubes and everybody seems to be happy. Not smart – HAPPY!

    September 17, 2008 at 2:24 pm |
  38. Steven V

    We the people are so gullible. If she were a man the this would be a different question. Like why in the world would McCain choose this person to be his running mate? But instead they prop her up as a conservative, (which she is not!!) and sell here as a new face for the republican party. What part of conservative in ideology or practice allows someone to take money earmarked for a bridge and use it for some other purpose. Isn't that more of a liberal idea? I think the Republican party better start self examining who they are and what they stand for because what I see is liberal ideas, liberal actions and liberal ideology being sold as conservative. This election we loose either way. Enjoy the bumpy ride.

    September 17, 2008 at 2:25 pm |
  39. Helen

    It says: if you are a democrat and you are popular you are and elitist.

    September 17, 2008 at 2:30 pm |
  40. Jane M, S.Orange NJ

    It says that as Americans we don't care that everything is falling apart in our country and that we only care about the new kid on the block. I just don't understand why the people don't really care about the issues when our country is at the brink! If McSame and Palin win, then we truly deserve what we get (as hard as that is for me to say).

    September 17, 2008 at 2:30 pm |
  41. Clare

    Only because she is a mystery....everyone likes a good novel. Once you have started to read it, it gets boring and you put the book down, never to read it again.

    September 17, 2008 at 2:31 pm |
  42. Steve

    Pretty sad. Especially when she admitted to not knowing what a vice-president does.
    So I guess John McCain will take her around the country and hope she learns about the job. A little. And he'll get more attention. Sounds like "Take your daughter to work" day.

    September 17, 2008 at 2:31 pm |
  43. Larry from Georgetown, Texas

    Because dogs are man's best friend, even if it's a Pit Bull than wears
    lipstick.

    September 17, 2008 at 2:31 pm |
  44. Mike Cassidy, Cleveland, Ohio

    It says we're more interested in beauty than brains!

    September 17, 2008 at 2:31 pm |
  45. Wake Up America!

    It means the same people who voted for Bush, will vote for McCain because of Palin. And England will rerun their headline, "How can 6 million people be so stupid!"

    September 17, 2008 at 2:31 pm |
  46. Caryn, Washington DC

    I hate to say this because I love this country but it says pretty clearly that Americans are stupid and will bite their noses to spite their face.

    Everyone now finally admits that Bush is inept but it's too late the damage is done. What will we be saying two years from now or eight years from now.

    America truly is a land of opportunity...anyone can be president and I mean anyone.

    September 17, 2008 at 2:32 pm |
  47. Mike, San Diego

    It says that McCain needed a shinny object to distract the American voters from the economy, and he found her!

    September 17, 2008 at 2:32 pm |
  48. MW / Newman, CA

    Not all attention is good attention. I am horrified at the thought of Palin as our V.P. I am so embarrassed that a crazy extremist like Palin is even on the ballot.. People from other countries are wondering how half of America could be so ignorant. She WAS only the flavor of the week because of her extremist views and because she is playing hard to get with journalists, the public, and the investigators of troopergate. The interest has dropped already and she now just looks like a dishonest, unintelligent prom queen.

    September 17, 2008 at 2:32 pm |
  49. Helen

    If you are a democrat and you are popular means you are elitist
    if yeu are a republican and you are popular means you connect with regular people. I am glad the republican got their celebrity. Good Luck!

    September 17, 2008 at 2:32 pm |
  50. Beverley, Fredricksburg Va

    Jack,

    I'm a smart girl but even I can't figure this one out! From one elitist to another – God help us all!

    September 17, 2008 at 2:32 pm |
  51. Frank from Peterborough

    Well from what I can tell her popularity was only to one segment of society that is commonly referred to as the righteous right.

    I myself don't favour abortion but would never let that one issue cloud my judgement to the point I would risk the futures of myself and my children.

    I don't personally like alchol or what it does to some people but I also recognize that prohibition of this in the roaring 20's didn't help eliminate it's use but merely created a huge business for the underworld. It is my belief banning abortions would have the same affect on society and they would still be performed but under less than sterile circumstances by less than qualified practioners.

    Sooner or later these pro life activists have to come to grips with the fact killing babies over in Iraq is not all that holy as well as the fact if they keep going on the same path they will eventually end up going to hell in hand basket.

    September 17, 2008 at 2:33 pm |
  52. Jason, Koloa, HI

    Palin is simply this election's WMD.

    Woman of Mass Distraction.

    Republicans will do anything to try and distract the voting public from thinking about how our country stands after nearly eight years of Republican't leadership. It's been one catastrophic disaster after another, but look she's got cute glasses! awww

    September 17, 2008 at 2:33 pm |
  53. Karen in Fairfax, CA

    It says that uninformed voters identify with her down-to-earth personality, just like they did with Bush. It's the same old resentment and envy of anyone too smart for their own good. Unfortunately, they're the ones who will decide the election.

    September 17, 2008 at 2:33 pm |
  54. Amy

    Let's make this clear Jack! She is popular among the right wings and conservatives and according to a hotline diego survey, she lost 10% in her favorability ratings in just 3 days! people were excited about her because they believed a story that was made up, i don't blame them! But you know if polls find that she is still popular, it will mean that Americans don't mind people lyiing at their face in spite of evidence!

    September 17, 2008 at 2:34 pm |
  55. Caryn, Washington DC

    It means that "Country First" is a load of bull. It's clearly McCain first. I bet McCain and his lobbyist advisors sit back laughing at how stupid the American people are. Wave a shiny nickel and everyone gets excited. Well done.

    September 17, 2008 at 2:34 pm |
  56. Thomas, Yo.town, OH

    It says the general public has their heads up where the sun doesn't shine. It's says the general public is looking for miracles as no one likes what's in front of them, but are too afraid to take any other chances. Reminds me of a deer in front of oncoming headlights. Deer standing frozen thinking,"what the hell is that?" Looks like it's going to take a REVOLUTION to get us out of this mess.

    September 17, 2008 at 2:34 pm |
  57. Tina (Fort Worth)

    She is only eye candy and she is using her so called beauty queen imagine to get her places. If she was any type of good polictian she would have sent the money back to D. C for the bridge to no where instead of keeping it.

    September 17, 2008 at 2:34 pm |
  58. Victoria Anderson Seattle, Washington

    Oh please, more popular to who? ( some white people who can relate to her!) I'm trying not sound racist but this is crazy. I am a woman and I have nothing in common with Palin.
    Let's be honest because around the world people love Obama. -NOT McShame nor Palin, heck, they don't even know her. Half of the United States doesn't even know her that well. You would think we should since she is running for V.P. Heck, she is limited to interviews – are you kidding me! Sarah Who?

    September 17, 2008 at 2:34 pm |
  59. Richard B.C. Canada

    America is giddy with campaign fatigue. Sarah Palin is a brief respite of vitality which inspires John McCain's waning enthusiasm.

    September 17, 2008 at 2:34 pm |
  60. Jan Davis, Knoxville, TN

    It shows that certain elements in this country are crazy–only looking at the outward appearance and not making themselves aware of just where this woman stands on religion, personal rights, war, etc. It is a disgrace that she was picked as the Republican VP candidate. The press cannot say anything negative about her for fear of being called "sexist." She would be a very dangerous person to have in the White House, not to mention that she would set women's rights back at least a century.

    That is why people need to listen up and vote for Obama/Biden!

    September 17, 2008 at 2:34 pm |
  61. Heather in PA

    Who cares if she is popular? She might sell more magazines, but the only thing that matters when you vote should be whether you agree with what the candidates and their party have done and what they will do.

    Only quetion that people need to ask is if they think that America can survive another four years of McSame! Houses – gone, jobs – gone, 401K – gone, international respect – gone.

    September 17, 2008 at 2:34 pm |
  62. Ellen Brundige

    It says that mainstream news media thinks Americans are more interested in tabloid sensationalism than in-depth coverage of the candidates' plans for the economy, the Middle-east, energy, and health care. It says that the division between paparazzi and mainstream news coverage has broken down.

    It also shows that the McCain campaign is shrewdly banking on Palin's paparazzi effect to sweep him into office. The irony of McCain attacking Obama as a celebrity by comparing him to Britney Spears and Paris Hilton is hard to miss.

    September 17, 2008 at 2:35 pm |
  63. Leonard-Goldsboro, North Carolina

    To Obama, nothing. To McCain, he'd rather screw up a governor's life just to win an election. Now that Palin has electrified the republican base and is starting to ware out her usefulness, John McCain is going to throw her aside like day old trash. McCain knew of the baggage that came along with Palin but yet saw someone who could bring the republican party together. Well, she has! But he could not shield her from the media and he knew he couldn't do it for but so long...I truly feel sorry for Ms Palin, she was a pawn that only saw her future going places.

    September 17, 2008 at 2:36 pm |
  64. Frank

    It tells me that sex-appeal is the driving force in the world as I always tought for the majority of the people.

    Most people are like dogs : they prefer the warmth of easy emotions than having to understand each other and this is why more people like dogs than cats because cats are not as stupids as dogs, they have a real personality...

    September 17, 2008 at 2:37 pm |
  65. Rodney

    What it says that you and your buddies on the Dem side are a easy sell. Tell me what quifies Obamma to be pres.

    September 17, 2008 at 2:37 pm |
  66. Susan in Kona HI

    She has the beauty but not the brains. John has the age but not the know how. Of course the crowds are coming to see Palin and then leave when John starts to talk. What does that say?? Who is the top of this ticket anyway?

    September 17, 2008 at 2:37 pm |
  67. LaWanda from S.C.

    Of course she is
    When would a pitbull not stand out against a group of men. Through all her barking, she's not saying anything that can really help the average american.The one thing she is doing well is kissing and licking up to her master McCain, while snipping at the ones who crums fall from his table.

    September 17, 2008 at 2:37 pm |
  68. Lesa from Jackson TN

    Jack,

    I've grown tired of Sarah Palin now. The last three weeks belonged to her and now it's all over. She had her fame time and now let's get back to business. It's up to McCain and Obama to win over the American votes.

    Lesa, TN

    September 17, 2008 at 2:37 pm |
  69. Glenn in California

    Just ask Paul Begala about "shiny objects."

    It's shameful how naive and gullible we as Americans are to fall for McSame's gimmick of putting Palin on the ticket to put winning the election above his integrity.

    We can only hope that when we get to November 4th that "we" will see through the gimmicks and sleight of hand and actually vote on the issues and change we need.

    Just say NO to Bush 44.

    September 17, 2008 at 2:37 pm |
  70. mitchell ,arkansaw

    of course. guys dont like big ears.

    September 17, 2008 at 2:38 pm |
  71. Robert From Alabama

    It says that we don't know her yet. Familiarity breeds contempt. We know McCain, Obama (and Biden). When we get to know her better, she will not be liked any better than anyother politician.

    September 17, 2008 at 2:38 pm |
  72. Adam

    Unfortunately it shows that we are more concerned with the real "celebrity" of this campaign and how disassociated we have become with real world issues. Her pick as VP was purely political and I hate to say it but it worked flawlessly for the McCain campaign. Attention has been diverted from the issues that Obama was offering answers to while McCain launch a smear tactic campaign. Maybe her newness will wear thin and we will be able to come back to the reality of our broken country.

    September 17, 2008 at 2:38 pm |
  73. Stephanie

    I don't think she's popular. I think because no one knows her, folks are interested in finding out more about her. Like, What she stands for and if she has what it takes to be vp or president.
    BTW (by the way), she doesn't. The VP debate will confirm that.

    Stephanie
    Phila, PA

    September 17, 2008 at 2:38 pm |
  74. Linda Wolff

    Jack, It says to me that many Americans are incredibly indifferent to animals being hunted down and shot from an airplane. It says to me that many Americans don't care if a woman has the right to choose how to control her own body. It also says that many Americans are shallow, apathetic, self-absorbed and, frankly, just plain stupid.

    Linda
    Sarasota, FL

    September 17, 2008 at 2:38 pm |
  75. Sunday Pavlock

    The Media attention to Sarah Palin is welcome,since we knew nothing about her. The more we learn,the less we like!
    Bear skins on her sofa,dead moose with Palin holding a gun,with her young daughter looking on,and her inhumane killing of wolves in Alaska,asking for one of their severed legs to coolect a bounty.This womam appears to be more"man" than John McCain.

    September 17, 2008 at 2:39 pm |
  76. RI form Santa Rosa Ca

    It proves that there are a lot of scared, angry people in America.

    People are scared of big government, immigrants, globalization, diversity: anything that they think threatens their way of life.

    Sarah Palin is their "small town values" champion, but she would be a disaster worse than Bush if elected.

    September 17, 2008 at 2:39 pm |
  77. just a voter in Kansas

    It says that Americans have been spoiled by too much attention to celebrities in entertainment, sports, and news, that they have been brainwashed by consumer marketing, and that the ones who buy into all this glitz can no longer make a reasoned decision.

    September 17, 2008 at 2:39 pm |
  78. Chris from NY

    It is mind boggling to see how people fluctuate like the waves of the ocean in the election. I am an Obama supporter and black but I would not have voted for him if he's not selling the ideas I wish buy. To see people flock to Palin for the so called celebrity status than substance is not only disgusting but also says less about the American people than meets the eye.

    September 17, 2008 at 2:39 pm |
  79. nora CC TXAS

    It says nothing to Obama, he is still filling stadiums. To McCain it should mean take her to all the rallies or you will be talking to empy seats. I would think he would be embarrased by the fact that she is attracting people in a way he never has and never will. He is always making fun of Obama,,calling him a celebrity, now he has one on the ticket with him, what is Mr. McCain to do with that?

    September 17, 2008 at 2:39 pm |
  80. carol

    I guess we'll just have to look at the poles to find the answer to that question. We can scream, pout and swear but we still have to look at the poles. And then again look at the faces of Mcain, Obama and Biden. A picture is worth a thousand words.

    carol
    Springfield, Oregon

    September 17, 2008 at 2:40 pm |
  81. Bill - Bealeton VA

    It means there are more dumb people in America than I thought, somebody please help us.

    September 17, 2008 at 2:40 pm |
  82. Doug From Toronto

    It says that the American tax payers have had enough of politics as usual. They are tired of the lobbyists, ear marks, innuendo and lies. McCain doesn't have a clue on the economy and only removes his foot from his mouth long enough to insert the other one. People are also beginning to see through Obama as an agent of change. He's proven in the last couple of weeks that he is capable of twisting words and getting down in the mud as well as any other Washington politician, apparently forgetting his campaign slogan in the process. I feel sorry for our American friends that they don't have a presidential candidate to take the bull by the horns during these hard times. Perhaps the voters see Palin as a breath of fresh air, and to be one of them in spite of some of her shortcomings. She certainly does "cling to her guns and religion" and Hockey Mom status if nothing else.

    September 17, 2008 at 2:40 pm |
  83. S. Tracy

    Sarah Palin has attracted everyone because neither candidate has actually said what they would do about policy. Obama is too busy criticizing without telling what this big change is. McCain has been a loyal Republican since 2000. Maybe he'll remember how to be a maverick. Palin has more experience then the Democratic candidate and appears to be a change. Biden is very quiet since he is not a change in politics as usual. Personally, I wish there was another choice. Tracy From Illinois

    September 17, 2008 at 2:40 pm |
  84. pete in hamilton ont

    what's not to like about ms palin, pro guns, anti abortion, even in the case of incest or rape, believes the universe is 4000 years old, shoots polar bears for fun, uses her power to "get even" with relatives, can see russia from her house, tours iraq and ireland, giving her international experience. man, this candidate has it all, she should forget about being vp and run for president. seriously, take away the outward "fluff" and ms palin is indeed a very shallow person and for the love of money, i can't understand the american obsession with her.

    September 17, 2008 at 2:41 pm |
  85. Mike, Syracuse NY

    It says we really want change and neither McCain nor Obama is it.

    September 17, 2008 at 2:41 pm |
  86. George McCarthy

    Why is such a thing possible? Because the people have been dumbed down by the very institutions of our society: our news media,
    our educational system and our government for the last 40 years or more. So here's to all those fools who voted for our first MBA president
    because they though he'd be a great guy to share a beer with. They
    often agreed he was a bit dense, " but
    here's to the fools

    September 17, 2008 at 2:41 pm |
  87. Linda from Seattle

    When will she release the last ten years of their tax returns?

    September 17, 2008 at 2:41 pm |
  88. Rex in Portland, Ore.

    It says to me that the national media is distorting the truth and presenting opinion as fact. Stop it.

    September 17, 2008 at 2:43 pm |
  89. Vivian Fauntleroy, Largo, MD

    Jack,
    It says that every time the media slaps us upside the forehead with a new label, we crawl all over each other fitting ourselves into the description, the latest of which is “low information voters.” With our economy in the toilet, the last thing the American people should want or have time for is a political popularity contest. And lets stop with the euphemistic terms. Low information voters are simply persons who won’t pay enough attention to the issues to pour the [water] out the political boot with the directions on the heel.

    September 17, 2008 at 2:43 pm |
  90. Ajree

    It is amazing to me the outright hate some of you people have for Palin. For those who do not know, the job description of the VP is to preside over the Senate. For the nay sayers who say it is the same old thing over again. Please rethink. Where has Biden been for the past few decades? In addition, the claim that Obama has done so much is upheld by what? The fact that he signed his name to various legislative pieces of writing? At the very least, she has held a position of governance.

    September 17, 2008 at 2:43 pm |
  91. less media more issues

    If there wasn't so much news to merchandise, the candidates wouldn't have to keep repackaging themselves for the news cycle. Palin's entertainment. And not much good at that.

    September 17, 2008 at 2:43 pm |
  92. Jerry from Jacksonville

    Idiot republicans would vote for the Boston Strangler if he was an evangelical, did not believed in abortions and was a moose hunter, what a damn joke.

    September 17, 2008 at 2:43 pm |
  93. LaVerne E Brison from Los Angeles, Ca.

    We have a lot of people in this country who like to be entertained more then they actually care about the problems we are facing. Look at how many people who are enthralled with American Idol and all those other idiotic reality shows. John McCain needs to put her at the top of the ticket. Personally I think she needs belongs in a carnival freak show.

    September 17, 2008 at 2:43 pm |
  94. CULLEN DORN - FL

    Mainstream media has protracted Andy Warhol's 'fifteen minutes of fame,' to fifteen weeks of fame when apply to Sarah Palin and others of dubious bios. I have to say mainstream media still loves a cartoon character that should be relegated to Saturday mornings for viewing by children. But like children when tired of their toys, mainstream media will soon destroy what they had feverishly built up, mainly, nothing.

    September 17, 2008 at 2:43 pm |
  95. Tyne from Colorado

    Jack,
    I really hate to admit it but it is the media that controls politics. If the media continues to focus on Sarah Palin and leaves the American people in ignorance, then we end up with another Bush term, another "War in Iraq", and another "Katrina injustice." The media needs to give the power back to the people and let us make an informed choice.

    P.S. I of course am excluding the best political team on television from that group of negligent media reporters.

    September 17, 2008 at 2:44 pm |
  96. kimbers minneapolis minnesota

    That Sarah Palin is attracting more attention than the two people who are actually running for President tells me two things:

    1) The media has the same kind of attention span as my cat. A new toy is only the focus for a few days before the entertainment value to the cat is gone and she's looking for new conquests and that toys sits idle

    or

    2) the MSM does not believe Mr. McCain will make it to the end of his first term, making Palin much more important than any other VP candidate in history.

    September 17, 2008 at 2:44 pm |
  97. Eric Fitzpatrick

    Palin supporters are so enamored with "Palin the Story" that they do not wish to pull back the curtain to see "Palin the Person." Her supporters have projected their ideal female candidate onto what is a less than ideal candidate, and have happily admired their own fictional creation. This self-delusion is so powerful that it is overwhelming the desire for self-preservation; otherwise, these people would vote the Republicans out of office for getting us in the mess we are in.

    McCain-Palin supporters, instead of leaving the table while they still have some money left, are doubling-down with their savings while the Republicans are giving them "free drinks."

    September 17, 2008 at 2:44 pm |
  98. Gary of El Centro, Ca

    She is a "curiosity" and people want to see what she's all about. They are now starting to get a clear picture of who she is and her popularity is fading fast. That bubble has already burst Jack.

    September 17, 2008 at 2:44 pm |
  99. JD in NC

    People always slow down and gawk at car accidents. This is the same principle.

    September 17, 2008 at 2:44 pm |
  100. JImmy in California

    Like the new girl in school, she is cute and hot and just plain old fresh meat. The glow of the new light will soon fade once she begins to open her mouth and people realize she is just another politician and not a so smart one at that.

    September 17, 2008 at 2:44 pm |
  101. andrea from las vegas, nv

    It just goes to show how voters can easily be distracted from the real issues and from the real purpose in this election – who is going to lead America out of or through the mess we are in. If you want to someone to lead us out of the mess then the choice is clear it's Obama. If you like the mess we're in then you'll vote McCain.

    September 17, 2008 at 2:44 pm |
  102. Michelle in Florida

    Says you!

    September 17, 2008 at 2:45 pm |
  103. Karen - Nashville

    Face it, Jack. Most people don't understand how the government even works, but they do respond to what they see and hear. Palin looks good, tells fun stories, and makes encouraging noises. I'm just afraid the election will be over before the novelty wears off and it becomes clear that she is seriously lacking in substance.

    September 17, 2008 at 2:45 pm |
  104. steve from Lake Placid

    It's simple Jack:

    Sarah Palin exemplyfies the heartland of America, what the liberals and the media dismiss as "fly-over country."

    The silent majority will come out in force and make the difference in November. It's over.

    September 17, 2008 at 2:45 pm |
  105. Jerry,OK

    Jack, Who is Sarah Palin?

    Jerry N/Tulsa

    September 17, 2008 at 2:55 pm |
  106. Leith

    The vice-president's job is simply to break tie votes in congress. That's all. So why all this attention going to Palin as if she will have much to do McCain's presidency? How is she saving McCain's campaign? America is supposed to vote for a President...not a Vice-President.

    Peoria, AZ

    September 17, 2008 at 2:55 pm |
  107. Page Sausman

    Jack,
    If Sarah Palin can bring so much attention to the Republican Party, with little experience on the National or International Stage, then perhaps the Democratic Party needs to assess the fact that we are at a time in history that requires a unique change: Barack should bring Hillary Clinton on board as the VP candidate and respectfully request Senator Biden to step down. There is still time...
    Glad your back!
    Page in Boise, Idaho

    September 17, 2008 at 2:56 pm |
  108. Scott in Oregon.

    It tells me that even if Obama is elected, we are in store for an idiocracy in these United States. The morons of the country will demand candidates similar to Palin and they'll get them in the future.

    September 17, 2008 at 2:56 pm |
  109. Jim

    Jack,

    It says that if Obama had picked Kermit the Frog to be his running mate, he'd be 10 points up by now.

    September 17, 2008 at 2:56 pm |
  110. Rob in Jacksonville, FL

    You have to admit that a politician who opposes abortion even if a teenage girl is raped by her troglodytic uncle, is someone that is newsworthy.

    September 17, 2008 at 2:56 pm |
  111. Marty

    It means she is a fad. There are tons of people in America who are eager to jump on any bandwagon that happens to go by and she is the latest.

    I think that when it comes to the voting booth, most informed voters and logical thinkers will consider the top of the ticket and real issues when casting their vote. It's the informationly-challenged that could be lethal to either side in this election.

    September 17, 2008 at 2:56 pm |
  112. Betty from Riverview, FL

    I hope it doesn't mean that the republican party has been bought and paid for by the religious right but I'm not so sure. I'm beginning to think that all the marching I did when I was a young woman for women's rights (I am now a kicking senior) was for nothing if my sisters are so blinded by a bunch of hot air that's tied up in ribbons and bows!

    September 17, 2008 at 2:56 pm |
  113. Jason - Orlando

    People put more efforts into their American Idol votes than they do the Presidential election. How else could a physically attractive candidate with a very sketchy track record become this popular in three weeks? I smell an E! True Hollywood Story coming up.

    September 17, 2008 at 2:57 pm |
  114. Eric VanSickle (Cedar Falls, Iowa)

    Actually, Jack, Palin's popularity numbers have waned even since Saturday. Last night, another network (MSNBC) reported Palin's unpopularity rose by six points and her popularity dropped by 4 percent to only a 48% favorable rating. The real trend is that people are finally figuring out Sarah Palin is a hypocrite. She supports abstenence-only education, yet her daughter Bristol, 17, is pregnant. She says she's an advocate for children with special needs, yet she vetoed $275,000 in funding for the Alaska Special Olympics. She said she had problems with a malfunctioning TelePromTer, but reporters at the RNC who had angles to see the TelePromTer said that was absolutely not true. She said she "killed" the "Bridge to Nowhere," but she advocated it when she first ran for governor, then gave back the money after Congress axed the earmark. Like the man occupying the top of the ticket, Gov. Palin is a hypocrite.

    September 17, 2008 at 2:57 pm |
  115. Barbara - 65 yr old white female in NC

    That she's a novelty. Once people see her and hear how she bad-mouths people (and the fact that her voice is so abrasive after the first two sentences) the shine will go away.

    The country's in trouble and needs more than a "cutie" with a dubious history in her home state to fix the problems.

    September 17, 2008 at 2:57 pm |
  116. LaVerne E Brison from Los Angeles, Ca.

    We have a lot of people in this country who like to be entertained more then they actually care about the problems we are facing. Look at how many people who are enthralled with American Idol and all those other idiotic reality shows. John McCain needs to put her at the top of the ticket. Personally I think she belongs in a carnival freak show.

    September 17, 2008 at 2:57 pm |
  117. Lucas - Pawling, NY

    I don't know about you Jack but I think this rising star is fading fast.
    As a nation that builds opinion on soundbites and magazine covers it is no surprise that Sarah Palin hit the scene like a rock star.
    But we are also a nation that likes to dig a little deeper if we suspect dirt or a hidden agenda and that will eventually lead to a decisive Obama/Biden win.

    September 17, 2008 at 2:57 pm |
  118. Kent Fitzsimmons,Kewanee, IL

    The fact that you can hear crickets in the background of a McCain event without Palin sums it up completely. The fact that Palin is a serious VP choice tells me that we are all idiots..............

    September 17, 2008 at 2:57 pm |
  119. Larry from Georgetown, Texas

    It's because people are hungry for new lies and have turned a deaf ear to issues. This race is about personalities not principles. I'd bet she wouldn't draw this much attention from white men or the Hillary women if she was black.

    September 17, 2008 at 2:58 pm |
  120. Gia in Los Angeles, CA

    The Republicans plan to distract is playing well to the press and the public.

    September 17, 2008 at 2:58 pm |
  121. DA- Atlanta

    It means people are more willing to let their prejudice and insecurities trump their reality. People who love Palin because she seems to have a great personality also loved Bush because they thought they could have a beer with him. When the election is over she may still have a great personality but she will still not be qualified to run a country.

    September 17, 2008 at 2:58 pm |
  122. Sandra --Cordell, Oklahoma

    Pay close attention, Jack. The glow is going off the pumkin. She was a great surprise, but, there is no substance there. Between her lies and McSame's her popularity is going down the tubes fast. Pretty may get it in Hollywood, but, hopefully the citizens of our country can see past pretty.

    September 17, 2008 at 2:58 pm |
  123. Steve

    Shiny new object.

    September 17, 2008 at 2:59 pm |
  124. Bill, Palm Springs

    Jack, it begs the question: Are Americans stupid or what?The republicans were in the white house when the terrorists attacked
    this country, How are they going to protect us.? John McCain chose
    a country first mantra, then he selects a hard headed woman(like bush) with no foreign policy experience whatsoever, and who proclaims to have no interest in the Iraq war. How is SHE going to protect us? John McCain's claim to fame is being a POW. I respect that. But Jack, if John McCain is captured again while he is asleep in the white house, How are they going to protect us? Jack, this says to us that Americans had better think long and hard before they allow the republicans to fool this country again.

    September 17, 2008 at 2:59 pm |
  125. Donna, Wisconsin

    It means we are a nation of bubble heads, Jack. She's great to take out to a Moose hunt and have a couple of beers and shoot the crap with. And since she won't answer direct reporter's questions without her scrip and won't turn over her tax returns and now is not cooperating with the investigation into her conduct in Alaska on the firing of a person on her staff, MAYBE Americans will finally say Enough! Let's get back to an intelligent conversation about the issues!

    September 17, 2008 at 2:59 pm |
  126. Karl in CA

    It says many of us are as stupid as ever. If she is the answer to our prayers, as some say, what God were we praying to?

    September 17, 2008 at 3:00 pm |
  127. oldsoldierboy

    Sara Palin's 15 minutes is just about up. Let me pull a McCain and steal a slogan.

    Thanks but no thanks, she can go back to Alaska and jump in her tanning bed now.

    September 17, 2008 at 3:00 pm |
  128. BKoi

    Jack , ROME IS BURNING , we are dancing to the fiddle , I'll leave it up to you , who recognizes NERO ? IF PEOPLE DO NOT KNOW BY NOW WHAT IS HAPPENING , I"D BE AFRAID , VERY , VERY, AFRAID !!

    September 17, 2008 at 3:00 pm |
  129. Kent Fitzsimmons,Kewanee, IL

    I want to look away Jack............But I just cannot stop watching a train wreck in progress.

    September 17, 2008 at 3:00 pm |
  130. Shirley fromVirginia

    Jack,
    It proves that sexism and hypocrisy are alive and well in the GOP and Palin is flauting it every chance she gets in her 2,000 silk shantung jacket and false eyelashes! What's worse, no ones seems to care she's dumber than Florida's 2000 voting machines!

    September 17, 2008 at 3:00 pm |
  131. Dennis, Ama.,TX

    Jack,

    It really doesn't say much for the American voter, but then again a pretty face has always drawn more attention. Americans are pretty vain when comes to looks, a pretty smile and a fairly nice figure. CNN reports that men are more attracted to her than women, thank God there are more women than men, who seem to be thinking with the wrong head.

    September 17, 2008 at 3:01 pm |
  132. Nancy, Tennessee

    Americans are grasping at straws trying to find someone in this election that they think can help restore the great American way of life. We feel it slipping away and if anyone new on the scene shows us that they have that "can do spirit", then they are who we want to know about. We want the news media to tell us all about this person and show us a fresh side to politics. Sarah Palin comes with some baggage, but still represents someone with crisp clear ideas that are not so new, only delivered in a new light with conviction. It is still a two-sided coin though. On one hand we want to turn power over to the Democrats and on the other here is this person promising to shake up Washington. Election night coverage should prove interesting when we see who will lead us to the promised land.

    September 17, 2008 at 3:01 pm |
  133. Goldie

    WAS Jack WAS. The " lies" have made her not so shiny anymore.

    September 17, 2008 at 3:01 pm |
  134. Harvey from Mt Holly Spgs Pa.

    We are a shallow society-–what else can I say

    September 17, 2008 at 3:01 pm |
  135. Nancy fromTucson

    Sarah Palins shining star is starting to fade. At first it was just pure curiosity.After hearing her same old lies at every event she is getting old. Why won't she interview with journalists? If you are running for the 2nd highest office in the world you should be able to talk and answer questions from anyone. Makes you wonder what she is hiding or better yet what she really doesn't know.This troopergate makes her look like a liar. If she isn't hiding anything then why won't her and her staff speak?

    September 17, 2008 at 3:01 pm |
  136. James S. Lenon - Chuckey TN

    Palin's features, fixed smile, up-pitched voice, remind me of the old "chatty cathy" doll my sister owned. Like Palin, it was popular at first but anyone with an education beyond third grade soon realized that no matter how many times the string was pulled, only the same tired inanities, lacking wisdom and substance were heard.

    September 17, 2008 at 3:01 pm |
  137. Erika (New Mexico)

    I'll go out on a limb here, Jack, and be willing to bet my paycheck that you could hold a rally where Pamela Anderson sat on a stool and read the phone book from cover to cover and it would pull in more people than an appearance by Sarah Palin, but that wouldn't make Pamela Anderson qualified to be Vice President either.

    September 17, 2008 at 3:01 pm |
  138. Michele Marion, Ohio

    It says basically that enquiring minds...no one knew much about her, still don't since she will not answer questions, and a few women actually believe she means what she lies about! Being a woman I am not that foolish to believe the hype.

    September 17, 2008 at 3:02 pm |
  139. Greg Lancaster, Tx

    It means that we should ask god to bless America but please save us from ourselves first.

    September 17, 2008 at 3:02 pm |
  140. Alvena Ferreira

    All I hear the old men down at the local burger joint talking about is how good she looks. These guys are about McCain's age so I guess they aren't working their fingers to the bone trying to make ends meet like us ordinary folks. As for the women who adore her, I always heard that you can fool some of the people all of the time.
    Alvena, Paducah, KY

    September 17, 2008 at 3:02 pm |
  141. Bob S Philadelphia, PA

    Jack,
    I think she is the most popular person in the country right now, with the way she is getting media attention you would think she is running for president not McCain or Obama

    September 17, 2008 at 3:02 pm |
  142. Russ in PA

    It shows that the American public pays no attention to issues, and pays less attention to the candidates. They've learned they can scam the system, and demand socialized bail-outs and money. We need Ron Paul...

    September 17, 2008 at 3:14 pm |
  143. hilde schildgen

    isn't it amazing that the polls show that more men like Palin than women.their brainwashed because she just reminds them of what they have a home, and they can't think for themselves.

    September 17, 2008 at 3:30 pm |
  144. Ted Ostrowka

    Palin's popularity over both McCain & Obama, proves that this has become a populist election, not one based on rational sound reasoning. It scares any person of average intelligence to think that the America voting public can be so shallow & simple,but it seems that they are. How can you present a rational substantive argument to people with this low an IQ??? If this type of thinking doesn't turn around before November 4, America is doomed

    Ted(From Canada)

    September 17, 2008 at 3:30 pm |
  145. Ankur from Michigan City, IN

    It says that we are a nation that loves to see a good political train wreck in progress.

    September 17, 2008 at 3:30 pm |
  146. Jim Bailey

    Eh, Boomers love MILF's?

    September 17, 2008 at 3:30 pm |
  147. Jasmine in Germany

    It shows that the mainstream U. S. lives in the Middle Ages.

    September 17, 2008 at 3:31 pm |
  148. Janice

    It says that anything and anyone new always gets attention from the press.

    However – I see her popularity is starting to head downhill pretty fast as of last weekend as the facts about her don't square with anything she and McCain's campaign has said.

    It appears she's a bridge to no where.....

    Janice
    Aberdeen, SD

    September 17, 2008 at 3:31 pm |
  149. Bruce

    Tallahassee, FL

    Isn't it ironic that Palin has actually fulfilled Obama's descriptive of a pig wearing lipstick? When he said that, I didn't associate "her" as McCain tried to imply. Ironically, she's manifested this description by virtue of all the information thats continually surfacing regarding her deceptiveness and corruption in her own state's executive branch.
    This election will mirror the '06 congressional elections where Foley was the stake in the GOPs congressionally dominant heart. The wheels are falling OFF...

    September 17, 2008 at 3:32 pm |
  150. Mike, Naples.FL

    She is a woman. Men are naturally attracted to women. we are the stupid ones looking at her.Nobody cares about her policies..because she has none. all she has is a female body with a loud mouth.

    September 17, 2008 at 3:32 pm |
  151. Diane, Barneveld, NY

    Sarah Palin is attracting more attention with whom? Men? I agree with that, but she is definitely not getting that kind of attention with women. I haven't met any women that like her and they seem to agree with me that: In the first place, we can't listening to that voice and in the second place, she's a complete airhead. She's as clueless as McCain. They care more about lipstick on pigs and hockey pucks than they do about issues. We have had that kind of administration for eight years. We don't need more of the same.

    September 17, 2008 at 3:46 pm |
  152. D. Mitchell Ford Washington, DC

    Jack,
    It says that Right Wing Conservatism is on its death bed and looking for a savior and celebrity to embody their extremist positions and they thought they had found her in Palin. Problem is, she is a figment of their wildest imaginations and not the authentic expression that McCain made her out to be. In other words, a counterfeit. Like a political ponzi scheme, only, time is running out on the pay out .

    September 17, 2008 at 3:46 pm |
  153. mr.singh

    That woman is disgusting! I'd take Hillary any day to that monstrosity McCain chose & you can tell he doesn't like her either; he just picked her cause she has a vagina!

    All you have to ask yourself is, "Is this pig w/lipstick ready to be president should anything happen to McCain?" Absolutely Not therefore McCain cannot be president!

    And more fundamental question: "Do you trust these two stinkbombs with your money?" Absolutely Not therefore McCain/Palin cannot be elected!

    September 17, 2008 at 3:46 pm |
  154. Laura from Willis, TX.

    I think she is a disgrace to womanhood. She certainly isn't the person that I'd like leading me ANYWHERE. Her religious claims, I find offensive, and I'm a 63 yr.old Catholic from the old school. All of that hoopla about her beliefs is sad, sad, sad. What kind of woman, much less a mother would make such spectacles of her children? And brag on that husband of hers? Oh, my, I could go on and on...But, I'll spare you my whining. Her celebrity is limited! Just give it a little more time. She continues to open mouth and insert boot!

    September 17, 2008 at 3:47 pm |
  155. Mary M.

    This country suffers from boredom and loves a gimmick. I guess Palin is the flavor of the month. Fortunately, we also suffer from short attention spans. Just please wake up in time before you actually elect this buffoon to the vice presidency.

    September 17, 2008 at 3:47 pm |
  156. Debby

    Jack it means that the Republicans are going to win again. My condolence's to you and your family on your loss.

    September 17, 2008 at 3:47 pm |
  157. Ron, Centennial, Colorado

    Too many people are like lemmings. They want someone to follow and will often follow anyone. Becoming a lemming leader is easy since lemmings are born to follow. Just look at the direction the herd is going and then run like h___ and get out in front of them. Once in the front just yell "Follow me." and you are automatically a leader. If you want them to change direction, no problem. They will follow. No questions asked.

    September 17, 2008 at 3:48 pm |
  158. Mk

    Its American Idol , The Politics version.
    This is a very sad state if affairs.

    September 17, 2008 at 3:48 pm |
  159. PW, Arizona

    It's very telling that, according to an article published the other day (Fortune, I think), Sarah Palin is driving the search engines, but people are looking for photos, not information.

    She's hitting the exact demographic they were hoping for: Stupid people who will vote for the pretty one.

    September 17, 2008 at 3:48 pm |
  160. nick, brooklyn n.y.

    I think Palin gets alot of attention becuase everyone knows she shouldn't be there and smart americans are dumbfounded and insulted that he would pick her and even more sick that it's working on some americans. Do they realize that she could end up as the PRESIDENT? sheeeesh!

    September 17, 2008 at 3:48 pm |
  161. Deb in Lancaster, PA

    Palin's popularity is testament to the foolishness of the American people. She's just plain weird.
    I can't stand it.

    September 17, 2008 at 3:48 pm |
  162. Lorena

    I really think that Palin is the exact distraction that the Republican party needed. Let's face it most Americans do not take the time to study the issues. Palin is attractive therefore she in turn makes McCain more attractive. This adds up to another four years of distractions for the U.S.

    September 17, 2008 at 3:48 pm |
  163. Bob (Illinois)

    I am appalled at the way the press (written and electronic) continue to "play nice" with Palin. You folks are perpetuating the myth that she is qualified for ANY national job.

    Why do you folks let her get away with parroting the McCain line while she says nothing of substance. As Dennis Kucinic said: Wake up America!"

    September 17, 2008 at 3:49 pm |
  164. Cliff Dick

    It worries me somewhat about what the electorate is focused on and why the Media has latched on to it. What also worries me is why people even care what Maureen Dowd suggests.

    September 17, 2008 at 3:49 pm |
  165. Joe, Boston

    It's simple. Americans like the "regular" people type and not ones who hold their nose up to others. We can relate to her as much as we cannot relate to Obama. Two different styles and I for one prefer Palin's style over Obama's "greater than thou" style.

    September 17, 2008 at 3:49 pm |
  166. Bullwinkle says no to Palin

    I think she recieve more NEGATIVE attention. The nore we learn about her the more we (Americans) dislike her.

    Her popularity is fizzling out as people began to look at the Economy and othe issues again.

    Obama-Biden 08

    September 17, 2008 at 3:49 pm |
  167. helen miller

    It speaks to how juvenile as a nation we have become. We lionize people based upon their looks, not their qualities or even talent. That we would somehow believe that a woman who ran a town of 8,000 people and has been a governor for less than two years would be ready to take on the enormous challenges of our time is ridiculous. But then, she looks like the mom next door and thus she's highly qualified and acceptable to the American people. I say the American people get what they deserve. We fell for this when George Bush was running. He was a likeable guy who went to the Nascar races and drank beer. Somehow he was ready to lead the nation and here we are with the nation crumbling financially and our standing in the world in question.

    September 17, 2008 at 3:49 pm |
  168. stacy

    lets see how she does tonight in Sean Hannity interview on Fox,
    2 part series.

    September 17, 2008 at 3:49 pm |
  169. Carlos

    It says that she's a very effective distraction.

    September 17, 2008 at 3:49 pm |
  170. Ex-Republican for Obama

    Charles Manson was popular too!

    She's popular like an accident on the freeway, or flames on a mountain, or a disaster zone on tv, or a war scene in a movie. It's sad that so many are hurt, but you have to watch it anyways.

    Hitler was also popular!

    Palin is a neo-con that endorses the loss of American values, secession and policies that have deregulated us into this GOP mess. She has committed more crimes then she has made executive decisions.

    If she has nothing to hide, then don't sue back, hand over the documents. An innocent person can prove it, someone corrupt must sue to avoid being found out as a corrupt politician.

    September 17, 2008 at 3:50 pm |
  171. corin

    Jack: she is popular for her dumbness and scandals....... as an american i am not proud of that!

    corin
    washington ,dc

    September 17, 2008 at 3:50 pm |
  172. Spencer, Newport News, VA

    She's more popular because she is the biggest political joke ever.

    September 17, 2008 at 3:50 pm |
  173. Matt from Albuquerque

    If the people in the Lower 48 knew more about Troopergate & how Palin & the GOP is trying to thwart the investigation into the scandal, I think her popularity would drop so low, it would make Pres Bush look like a rockstar.

    September 17, 2008 at 3:50 pm |
  174. Orlando in KS

    Jack,

    Sarah Palin is popular for all the wrong reason. She dishonest, she repeat those lies about her support for the Bridge to No Where. She's not a dime piece so what's the fuss.

    September 17, 2008 at 3:50 pm |
  175. Kim Gibbs for Obama 08*

    I only watch her to see if she messes up to the point of no redemption. If she could talk to the press without a script on an index card,this would be over already. I value education in highly political offices and I don't want a lady with a journalism degree speaking with legislatures about things she can't possibly understand.

    September 17, 2008 at 3:50 pm |
  176. Heather

    Jack...it says America is desperate for a hero and they are looking for it in all the wrong places..

    September 17, 2008 at 3:51 pm |
  177. Peter E, Boulder, CO

    It means we're racists and Obama is being the victim of our hate. Or isn't that the excuse you keep telling us to believe why Obama's numbers keep dropping?

    September 17, 2008 at 3:51 pm |
  178. Dave in Indy

    I don't get it Jack. Just record one of her speeches and just hit play and you will have her next rally. Some say she's attractive, got me on that one. Her voice...gawd....let me jab the nearest pencil in my ear, it has to be more enjoyable than listening to her speak.

    September 17, 2008 at 3:51 pm |
  179. D from Asburn

    Jack

    It's just like a new car... nice and shiny, everyone wants to drive it but once the seat smells, the engine makes funny noises and the hood gets dirty it goes into the garage and is replaced by something else.

    OR

    The media is in love with her because no real issues were being covered but that has changed over the past couple of days. It's time to put her in the garage

    September 17, 2008 at 3:51 pm |
  180. Pat in Hampstead , Maryland

    Jack – If Palin is more popular than Obama or McCain than its your fault. You give us the news dont you? you give us the access and the medias attention to this woman is baffling. She's not that hot and she's not that smart. She certainly cant run this country. Maybe into the ground, if thats even possible at this point. Lets thank the Republicans by voting them out.

    September 17, 2008 at 3:51 pm |
  181. Happy in Oregon

    It means we're the type of people that would spend more on a movie than a cause. We need to be dazzled and have no substance to our lives.

    What is happening in the US today is so horrific that some people want an escape. But this escape has no substance and when it comes down to the real issues she has nothing to offer.

    When she really begins to open her mouth and answer questions people will hopefully see her for who she is and it won't be so pretty!

    September 17, 2008 at 3:52 pm |
  182. Wayne Phillips

    It means Americans aren't that bright. No one, not the media nor the politicians want to shed light on the fact that the American voter and how they make their decisions is at the root of the problem. This is an electorate who voted for Bush TWICE and hurt THEMSELVES in the process. The fact that they are even considering another Republican president underscores the problem with America. It's the voters.

    September 17, 2008 at 3:52 pm |
  183. MT

    Hi Jack,

    I believe the "popularity" is due to the fact that she was an "unknown". Now that the facts about her are coming out, we will see her star fading.

    It is a very very sad state of affairs that the majority of Americans are not concerned with the issues.

    Michael, North Las Vegas

    September 17, 2008 at 3:52 pm |
  184. nancy from cape girardeau, mo

    I assume Jack that when you state "us" in your question you are talking about the press? If this assumtion is correct, I have no comment.
    If "us" means the American People... then my reply would be; This does not surprise me... it the same American People who elected George W. Bush for a second term (out of fear) without being fulling informed on the issues of this country. Most people are more concern about the two "Gs" issues... Guns and God. They are not concern about jobs, education, health care, world issues, ecomomy, and our record nation dept. "By godly, I may not have a job but I still have my gun!"
    Don't get me wrong Jack, I am not an anti gun person... I own 5 shotguns and one rifle. I still have my first 4-10 shot gun my daddy gave me when I was 12 years old and have been an active hunter since I was 10 years old (I'm 52 now).

    September 17, 2008 at 3:52 pm |
  185. Frank (Ohio)

    We'd vote for her as Prom Queen, but not for Government.

    September 17, 2008 at 3:52 pm |
  186. Normal Girl In Honolulu

    Everyone wants to talk about the Antichrist. There is a lot of interest around her because people know she is the worst thing to hit the news since gas prices. We do indeed need to save ourselves if she makes the election get even more screwed up than the last one.

    September 17, 2008 at 3:52 pm |
  187. Peter E, Boulder, CO

    Look in the mirror, sir! I'm the audience. You are the journalist (or a sorry excuse for that, at least). Why ask the audience the reason why YOU decide to keep plastering the news with Palin?

    September 17, 2008 at 3:52 pm |
  188. Lucy, Maryland

    Curiosity and nothing more. Her lies has started turning most people off. She has created a enough distraction, and now it is time we start looking seriously as to who can bring about the change we so desparately need.

    September 17, 2008 at 3:52 pm |
  189. Matt

    Well golly gee willickers Jack, she did answer two questions from the media "off the cuff" today dontcha know? Yessireeebob, she's a big girl now.

    Applauding her for this is like throwing a kindergartener into college and giving her a cookie when she learns to read her first words a month before finals. Sickening.

    September 17, 2008 at 3:52 pm |
  190. Gigi in Alabama

    She's just that "hottie for VP" on the McCain ticket. That's a novelty that will wear thin before November 4th. To quote her . . . "Thanks but no thanks Gov. Palin". Go back to Alaska and your pipe line that has not even been built.

    September 17, 2008 at 3:53 pm |
  191. mayahh

    I think she's tainted, enough said, I can smell the same rotten salmon in her bucket ... more I don't recall is on it way...

    September 17, 2008 at 3:53 pm |
  192. Cheryl - Illinois

    It says that the people aren't really interested in the real issues. The men like her because she is good looking and the women like her because she is a woman running for a powerful position in government. This is all feeding Palin's ego and she will forget herself and try to take over as the lead instead of VP. She is one of those people who feed off of adoration of her servants. Too bad they can't trust her out on her own to campaign OR to take questions from the media, because we would REALLY find out what she is about. They are obviously scared she can't answer questions without having the puppet strings attached.

    September 17, 2008 at 4:57 pm |
  193. Bill Summerfield Fl

    Her selection as V. P. use to be funny. Now it is scary. I cannot imagine this country run by McCain-Palin decisions.

    September 17, 2008 at 4:57 pm |
  194. Jasmine in Germany

    It shows that the USA is backward, behind the times and living in the Middle ages, Jack. Women have been successful leaders worldwide for centuries. These female leaders were chosen because of qualifications; not because of a TV soap opera, monkey business, let's see how dumb U. S. Americans really are contest, campaign gimmick, corruption prevails contest, etc. The Republican Campaign in the USA is an insult and a step backwards to women world wide.

    How can anyone believe that McCain made a sound decision in choosing Palin for VP? It was not even McCain's decision, he agreed to it with a heavy heart. And that's the guy you want running the country? Guess what, Johnny, the world doesn't revolve around your misconceptions.

    September 17, 2008 at 4:57 pm |
  195. james in florida

    Dear Jack

    There is a saying in Alaska about Palin, the saying is.

    That dog wont hunt

    That says it all

    September 17, 2008 at 4:57 pm |
  196. Victoria from Cleveland

    Her popularity in Alaska seems to be fading. Just read the Anchorage paper. Here is a quote from today:

    "GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin is effectively turning over questions about her record as Alaska's governor to John McCain's political campaign, part of an ambitious Republican strategy to limit embarrassing disclosures and carefully shape her image for voters in the rest of the country."

    September 17, 2008 at 4:57 pm |
  197. Suzan

    This is not a popularity contest, we are doomed as a Country if this is what we have been reduced to. Palin is not running for president and for people to give her these accolades is disastrous for this Country.
    The republicans have almost destroyed this Country with they're deregulation of everything. Yes the Foxes have been in the chicken house for 8 long years when are the chickens going to figure this out.

    September 17, 2008 at 4:57 pm |
  198. Sammy

    Madonna would attract more attention than these two men if they were all in the same room together. That doesnt mean I want her to decide how to handle the economic meltdown. It's all about media stardom.

    Also, another poll says she is now the least popular among the four. So if you want to say its a wash then she is no more popular or unpopular than the others.

    September 17, 2008 at 4:58 pm |
  199. PoliticoMike

    Give it time Jack, it'll wear out. If you guys at CNN actually give her as much crap as you did Obama and Clinton, the fame would fade much quicker.

    September 17, 2008 at 4:59 pm |
  200. Tony

    This is a media driven country. If the media (you included) would lay off her and maybe cover some news related to the actual issues her popularity would fade. Of course that wouldn't sell, so never mind. Way to keep the distractions going though!

    September 17, 2008 at 4:59 pm |
  201. Stephanie G

    Palin's the flavor du jour because she was a surprise choice for the Rep. ticket and nobody knows her outside of Alaska l. People are fascinated because they want to know more about her and because she is being marketed by the McCain campaign just like a newly- launched product would be – carefully packaged and labeled, with lots of ads and promotions. Everyone else is labeling her as well when what she deserves as a candidate is to be evaluated based on her resume and her actions – just like all of them.

    Stephanie G.
    Washington, NJ

    September 17, 2008 at 4:59 pm |
  202. Thelma

    What a choice, Obama or McCain?
    I am a registered democrat, and I honestly don't know who to vote for.
    I am tired of hearing you,and some other reporters praise Obama .

    September 17, 2008 at 5:00 pm |
  203. Barbara Middletown, NY

    I keep wondering when Palin's actually going to say something that's not all generic fluff. How stupid do the Republicans think Americans are? Don't answer that–Bush won twice.

    September 17, 2008 at 5:00 pm |
  204. Jan Illinois

    It's stupidity run amuck, People better get their heads out of this "dream world" full of personalities and he said she said crap. We need a Hero to get us out of this mess and Im beginning to believe these two guys do not have any answers. What in this world are we going to do?

    September 17, 2008 at 5:00 pm |
  205. Lisa

    Because she is new to the campaign. I am glad that her lies are catching up with her because people are finally getting it and I hope her popularity continues to fall! Obama '08 Lisa MI

    September 17, 2008 at 5:01 pm |
  206. Yvonne in GA

    At first glance a counterfeit may appear to be more popular than the real thing until you find out it's a counterfeit.

    September 17, 2008 at 5:02 pm |
  207. Buster in Poughkeepsie, NY

    What it really says is that the mainstream media mob realizes that we have basically become a bunch of tabloid-watching nincompoops who would rather watch a train wreck than cloud our collective consciousness with relevant information, and the media is more than willing to feed us as much as our insatiable appetites for junk journalism can accomodate. Just ask the likes of Paris, Lindsey and Britney, whose very existence in our dopey databases is based solely upon this phenomenon. By the way Jack, is Anna Nichole Smith still dead???

    September 17, 2008 at 5:02 pm |
  208. Christine from Lee's Summit

    It says we all enjoy a good joke when we see one!

    September 17, 2008 at 5:02 pm |
  209. Stella

    I don't think she's so popular right now. To be honest, I don't know what folks see in her. She's so extreme. She's downright weird to me. Sorry, but I don't see the excitement in her.

    Stella
    Stamford, CT

    September 17, 2008 at 5:02 pm |
  210. Kelly, PA

    In this culture, how wouldn't a woman from Alaska who prances around in bikinis while holding a loaded rifle be popular Jack! Our country did vote Bush into office not once but twice for goodness' sake. Come to think of it, Palin is like a female version of Bush. They both took forever to graduate from college, have difficulty pronouncing the names of foreign heads of state, and do whatever the heck they want to do.

    September 17, 2008 at 5:02 pm |
  211. Norm, Elizabethtown, KY

    That primarily men are still just a bunch of sexest animals on the prowl.

    September 17, 2008 at 5:03 pm |
  212. Frank Gilroy, CA

    Her shine will quickliy fade Jack . As soon as they peel the onion back and discover who she really is her appeal will fade . Like any one hit wonder. The last thing this country needs is a Palin Theocracy.

    September 17, 2008 at 5:03 pm |
  213. K. Burke Ontario

    It says that the Republican Party knows they do not have a good candidate so they are trying to "out shine" the celebrity of Obama. It only works as long as she does not open her mouth with anything off the cuff. As with most "celebrities" she has to be scripted. You may have noticed her star is starting to tarnish a little. By the way, I am a white female over 60, ex hockey mom who thinks she is a bimbo and I am a U.S. citizen registered to vote. Nobody polled me!

    September 17, 2008 at 5:03 pm |
  214. Al (Toronto, Canada)

    there are two paths: focus on the issues at hand and on who can best resolve these issues and put the nation back on the path of prosperity and abundance....or face the prospect of going one way on the bridge to nowhere...

    September 17, 2008 at 5:03 pm |
  215. joey in NC

    As a retired Military it saddened me to see Palin flant in a pose wrapped with our sacred Flag. How more anti-American can one be? That Flag now and should of be burned because of her desecration and utter disregard of those who fought, bleed, and died to keep this country free.

    And they question Obama on his patriotism

    September 17, 2008 at 5:03 pm |
  216. Kevin Kris

    Thanks but not thanks Gov. Palin..

    September 17, 2008 at 5:03 pm |
  217. Republican Christians for Obama!

    Here's something else Sarah Palin is: She's a liar. Search Sarah Palin's lies on the internet and read up. We don't need another pair of liars in the Whitehouse like we've had the last 8 years. We need a leader with solutions. We need Obama. Truly put country first and vote for Obama.

    September 17, 2008 at 5:04 pm |
  218. Dennis

    Since Palin is more conservative than McCain or O'Bama, her popularity shows that Americans want a conservative administration in the White House.

    September 17, 2008 at 5:04 pm |
  219. Buster in Poughkeepsie, NY

    What it really says is that the mainstream media mob realizes that we have basically become a bunch of tabloid-watching nincompoops who would rather watch a train wreck than cloud our collective consciousness with relevant information, and the media is more than willing to feed us as much as our insatiable appetites for junk journalism can accomodate. Just ask the likes of Paris, Lindsey and Britney, whose very existence in our dopey databases is based solely upon this phenomenon. By the way Jack, is Anna Nichole Smith still dead???

    September 17, 2008 at 5:04 pm |
  220. Joe the Troll

    Oooh, shiny!

    September 17, 2008 at 5:05 pm |
  221. Vern M

    Out here in the Arkansas' Ozarks, Mr. Cafferty, where the sun is shining and the temperatures coolin' a bit, we sit on our porches and sip a bit, enjoy the view, and smile a lot. Why? Cause none of the noise you or them politicians is makin' really makes a heck of a lot of difference. It'll all shake out in November. Then, we'll all go on with our goings on.

    Vern M.
    Marion County, Arkansas

    September 17, 2008 at 5:05 pm |
  222. Jon

    Jack – Well, Obama's bubble of fame lasted 19 months...find it ironic that liberals and dems are hoping Palin's only lasts 19 days....wishful thinking on their part.

    September 17, 2008 at 5:05 pm |
  223. Deb in Pennsylvania

    It tells us that main stream media has the attention span of two-years old ,and are distracted by her shiny red shoes and her $400.00 glasses(which are courtesy of the tax payers of her state,along with her tanning bed).
    When the truth of how empty the "pretty little vessel" becomes clearer (thanks mostly to the bloggers),I think that she'll be less interesting as something new.
    McSame screwed the pooch with this pick,trying to please the evangelicals,and the pick of the "pit bull in lipstick" is going to bite him in the butt!

    September 17, 2008 at 5:05 pm |
  224. john .......... marlton nj

    She is better qualified, has more executive experience, and will probably govern somewhere midway between McCains GI Joe and Obama's Robin Hood approach to government. .

    September 17, 2008 at 5:05 pm |
  225. Eric

    The only reason people are following her is because MC Cain picked a no name canidate. People want to know who she is and the more they get to know the more they dont like. Why do you think the campain keeps her from questions. HELLO! Anynone can figure this out for themselves.

    September 17, 2008 at 5:05 pm |
  226. Herbert Keltsch

    Jack;
    It doesn't matter to me. Since McCain wants us to vote for someone who is unknown...well, I had a bumper sticker that says; "McCain for President, Tony Soprano for Vice President". At least I know more about Soprano than I do about Palin. At least with Soprano, everyone obeys the rules, anyone who steps out of line is retired early and Tony is always asking everyone to look at the big picture. Go Tony!

    September 17, 2008 at 5:05 pm |
  227. Andi

    It doesn't say anything good, that's for sure. She's new, men think she's attractive, she's a novelty right now, and that entertains people. The American public is either too uneducated or too lazy to follow the substantive issues in a long presidential campaign.

    September 17, 2008 at 5:05 pm |
  228. ralff

    .... its no wonder, people surely wont flock into mccains' campaign events , simply because most of his old tricks have been used up , somehow, i feel the mccain campaign wanted her on the ticket just to revamp the dwindling crowds the republicans had been experiencing for a on the trail and finally, he first played the ' celebrity politician ' ad and thats affecting his outings. im sure he could get more creative in the long run...

    September 17, 2008 at 5:05 pm |