September 3rd, 2008
06:50 PM ET

Should McCain consider replacing Palin?

The Washington Post reports that the head of McCain's vetting team didn't do an in-depth interview with Palin until the day before she was offered the number two slot. Click the play button to see what Jack and our viewers had to say. (PHOTO CREDIT: GETTY IMAGES)

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

When it comes to Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, the hits just keep on coming.

Some of the latest revelations surrounding John McCain's surprise choice of a running mate: The Associated Press reports a private lawyer has been authorized to spend $95,000 dollars of state money to defend Palin in the trooper ethics probe. Contrary to her message of reform, Palin worked to get pork barrel projects for her city and state. Also, according to the A.P., her husband was once a member of the Alaska Independence Party, some members in that group advocate that Alaska secede from the Union. Also, the boyfriend of Palin's 17-year-old unmarried pregnant daughter is expected to join the family at the GOP convention.

Watch: Cafferty: Replace Palin as VP?

The McCain camp is pushing back hard, calling questions about Palin's background a "faux media scandal designed to destroy the first female Republican nominee" for V.P. and suggesting Palin is a victim of gender bias in the media. Where have we heard that before? They insist Palin was subject to a "long and thorough" vetting process. Really? The Washington Post reports that the head of McCain's vetting team didn't do an in-depth interview with Palin until the day before she was offered the number two slot.

Some are wondering if Sarah Palin could turn out to be another Harriet Miers, a vastly underqualified woman who was nominated by President Bush to become a Supreme Court Justice. Miers later had to withdraw her name from consideration. Gee… there's that parallel again.

No presidential candidate has withdrawn his V.P. pick since Democrat George McGovern in 1972. McGovern dropped Thomas Eagleton after 18 days as revelations surfaced about his mental health. Eagleton, too, had been a last minute pick.

Here’s my question to you: Should John McCain consider replacing Sarah Palin on the GOP ticket?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Tony from Connecticut writes:
No do-overs! If McCain took advice from those bumbling fools who found her, he has to live with losing the election. He would have lost anyway, but he’s going down hard now.

Berta writes:
Quite a conundrum, eh Jack? A) He replaces her and looks like the foolish, impulsive, misogynistic goofball that he is. B) He keeps her and he looks like the foolish, impulsive, misogynistic goofball that he is. I vote for all of the above and then I'm voting for Obama and Biden!

Daryl writes:
Ha! Wouldn't you love that? Not a chance! She will put him over the top. Wait ‘til the polls come out next week!

Michael writes:
It seems to me that the Republicans are the ones exploiting the pregnant daughter of Sarah Palin… they are marching her around the convention like she’s some kind of trophy. These people are just way too hypocritical for me, and within the next 10 days I believe Sarah Palin will step down due to "family matters".

Jason from Illinois writes:
This pick has one major benefit for Republicans in that she energizes the right-wing base. The problem is, that base isn't enough to win anymore. Dumping her would say that this was a cynical political pick to begin with, further damaging McCain's increasingly shaky image as someone who wants to reform Washington. He's made his bed, now he's got to sleep in it.

Keith writes:
He should, but I hope he doesn't yet. I hate the fact that I cannot turn away from a train wreck.

Paul writes:
Not at all. It’s just what the liberals want. She is more qualified than Obama to be president.

Anna from New York writes:
No! This plays out better than "Desperate Housewives" or any of the soaps.

Filed under: GOP Ticket • John McCain • Sarah Palin
soundoff (317 Responses)
  1. kishen c.rao

    yes....but it is too late..she has no experience...no education, nothing...

    September 3, 2008 at 1:44 pm |
  2. Jim in Puyallup

    No No No No No She's the best thing to happen since churned butter!!

    September 3, 2008 at 1:45 pm |
  3. Deb from Mill Valley, CA

    And invalidate the well-scripted party-line response to every inquiry? And lost the opportunity to cry foul about the media feeding frenzy? Here we have a person who has been governor of the most culturally isolated state in the union for 20 months, a state whose economy is solely based on natural gas and oil, who is extremely socially conservative, and who HAD TO GET A PASSPORT to visit the Alaskan National Guard troops in Kuwait in 2007 – apparently she also visited guardsmen in Germany as well. We can either subscribe to the Obama vision of One America, or we can continue to drive the ideological wedge deeper into the heart of the union. Anyone who spouts the party line that she is ready day 1 and more experienced than Obama will lose all credibility with me. Maybe we should start a website to keep a list of these folks for future reference.

    September 3, 2008 at 1:45 pm |
  4. Bill in PA

    No, Jack, Senator McCain should not replace Gov. Palin.
    He might just do worse.

    September 3, 2008 at 1:45 pm |
  5. Karen - TN

    Hi Jack,
    Do you think Sarah Palin is part of a GOP bait-and-switch operation? McCain has the far right in paroxysms of joy now that he has demonstated how "conservative" he is, but I can't imagine this woman is his idea of an appropriate running-mate.

    September 3, 2008 at 1:45 pm |
  6. Lucas in Pawling, NY

    No he should not. As an avid Obama supporter I quite like his pick.

    September 3, 2008 at 1:46 pm |
  7. Darlene PA

    No I see keep her cause it doesn't really matter. Johnny boy could pick Jesus as his running mate and would still lose.

    September 3, 2008 at 1:47 pm |
  8. Bill Goverman

    Studio City, CA....Jack it would be a horrible blow to all of us if she were replaced and went away.. As we all wait for the fall Television season to start Sarah pallin fills the void and gives us a new version of Wysteria Lane...i for one would miss the entertainment

    September 3, 2008 at 1:47 pm |
  9. m lee

    No Jack,
    She is the gift that keeps on giving. We need her and her Clampett Family to stay.

    September 3, 2008 at 1:47 pm |
  10. Mark - Asheville, NC

    You would love that, wouldn't you? Just like when McGovern replaced Eagleton, and it was thought by some as reason he lost to Nixon.

    It amazes me that liberals are being so harsh on a woman whose daughter got pregnant out of wedlock – you might think this is something that religious conservatives would do!

    Having said that, I do think that Bobby Jindal or Michael Steele would have been better picks, but it's too late now. We will have to see how Palin does tonight. The speech will make or break her.

    September 3, 2008 at 1:48 pm |
  11. N'Tara Hendrix

    I don't think he should replace her and I do think that she could be a good candidate for the VP spot. The Republicans are getting nervous because everyone is saying she has no experience but yet this is the same argument that everyone had about Barack Obama. Futhermore, let me remind you he is still ahead in the polls and moving up slowly.
    She does have a lot of baggage though. If they try to replace her now they can forget about winning the White House because they will have other Republicans feeling the heat of a shaky campaign. John McCain's advisers didn't know what they were doing in the beginning and everyone is just now beginning to see that.

    September 3, 2008 at 1:48 pm |
  12. Bernard

    Here's a question for you. Are the McCain childern at the airport wearing the same clothes form the Convention last night? I find that odd with people that ahve that kind of money. My second question or observation deals with Bristol's baby dddy being at the airport. What kind of message does the send. Why weren't his parents present at the airport. Both of these kids are minors.

    September 3, 2008 at 1:49 pm |
  13. Caroline, Hamer SC

    Yes if he does not he won't have a chance to win.

    September 3, 2008 at 1:49 pm |
  14. Bill

    Everyone is saying how the Vice Presidential nominee needs to be ready to take over the Presidency on day one. My question is this: What would be the procedure if McCain were to pass away BEFORE the election? Also, say he becomes the President Elect and then passes away, what would happen then? Would Palin automatically be the new President elect?

    September 3, 2008 at 1:49 pm |
  15. Asriel from Richmond, VA

    I hope McCain leaves her on the ticket. The Palin "reality show" is more entertaining than "Survivor" and "Big Brother" put together!

    September 3, 2008 at 1:49 pm |
  16. Ken in NC

    McCain should not give consideration to replacing Palin. He should have someone else to do it for him. He has had his turn at VP selecting. Maybe Jay Leno could help him. My ex-wife is only 45 and has only one grown child plus she is shorter than he is so he would have someone he can look down on.

    September 3, 2008 at 1:49 pm |
  17. Todd / NYC

    McCain should replace Palin and while he's at it why doesn't he replace himself too? Perhaps the McCain of '00 would be a fitting replacement. His calculated political pandering of nominating Palin really cements his image as Bush III.

    September 3, 2008 at 1:49 pm |
  18. Festus, Montana

    Yes Jack, lest they become known as Boris and Natasha from the
    Rocky and Bullwinkle cartooon.

    September 3, 2008 at 1:50 pm |
  19. Maggie Muggins From Selwyn

    McCain can't be the person to advocate Palin be replaced as it would indicate he had poor judgement and acted irrationally. Two qualities most informed people know John has but also it's also information best kept from those who are less informed.

    The smart money is on Sara backing out of the nomination citing family obligations and concerns then McCain can come up with a quick stand in for VP that people won't have time to Vett.

    September 3, 2008 at 1:50 pm |
  20. Michele

    He won't choose another veep candiate because that would be tantamount to admitting a mistake in choosing Palin to begin with.

    September 3, 2008 at 1:51 pm |
  21. Lanny R. North, Honolulu Hawaii

    No way! There is not a better example of what the crazy right has been about since Nixon and McCarthy arose in the fifties. I want that true cast to come to the fore, outlined and underscored for all to see. My father also fought in Patton's Army, had been exploited by the Big Wigs of Industry during the depression and was able to build a home and a business via the G.I. bill. He never lived beyond 26 but he would not have ever wished Nazism, bookburning, croneyism, and the me-first ethic to ever color the America he was hauled away to fight. It's time to drive the plague makers from the public temples and restore democracy and our civil liberties. My father would not act out of fear and I will not have fear define our course either.

    September 3, 2008 at 1:51 pm |
  22. Wayne in Goffstown NH

    Jack, It's not like the McCain campaign spent a lot of time vetting their pick. If the dartboard is still on the wall then why not just go for it.

    September 3, 2008 at 1:51 pm |
  23. george tiwari

    Hey Cafferty, Maybe you should Ask the democrats to consider switching Biden for pres and Obama for Vice pres?

    george tiwari 29, rancho cucamonga

    September 3, 2008 at 1:51 pm |
  24. Stacy from Sunny Loudoun, VA

    Jack, if nominee McCain thinks she is qualified, then leave her on the ticket and let the media, the pundits, and the American voter have a crack at her. But he knows that politics is a collision sport, don’t sequester her and don’t get upset if people say things you don’t like.

    September 3, 2008 at 1:51 pm |
  25. Doug From Toronto

    Why should he consider replacing Sarah Palin? Is it because she's an open book and hides nothing? Witness her daughter and fiance travelling with her. She, unlike some names on the Democratic ticket (remember Reverand Wright), allows her skeletons to emerge from the closet. What a breath of fresh air!

    September 3, 2008 at 1:51 pm |
  26. Kin

    Of course not! We desperately need reformers to shake-up DC and career politicians who put self interests above the public interests. McCain, as a reformer, made the right choice. Bravo!!!

    September 3, 2008 at 1:51 pm |
  27. AverageMan

    This sexism thing is a joke. You don't make someone CEO because a bunch of people call her a beauty queen. She pursues these type of images for herself. Are you people nuts!

    September 3, 2008 at 1:52 pm |
  28. Winston

    He has already made a bad decision choosing a questionable canindate for Vice President, but if he were to replace Palin at this stage of the game would self destruct his campaign. Sometime when you make a bad choice the only thing you can do is ride it out. This is one of those situations.

    September 3, 2008 at 1:52 pm |
  29. Dianne Haynes

    YES!, Especially since she is totally unqualified and his only claim to fame is being a POW.

    September 3, 2008 at 1:52 pm |
  30. Patti

    It appears McCain has made yet another bad decision. Just when you thought the hoohaw would claim down, Palin parades not only her 17 year old pregnant daughter across the tarmack to meet McCain's plane, she brings Levi. Can't you just hear the conversations behind closed doors on this one. "Hey, we got so much press coverage with Bristol's pregnancy, let's crank it up a notch and throw Levi to the media."

    September 3, 2008 at 1:52 pm |
  31. Lynn Lange


    I believe that McCain should keep Palin on the ticket so that she continues to attract negativity. The Dems should vigorously point out the hypocrisy associated with Palin, for example, applying for "abstinence only" funds from the federal government which implies Palin's disdain for actual education and then exposing her own seventeen year old daughter as a test case for why "abstinence only" does not work. The hypocrisy in the republican party is breathtaking but this one is especially heinous.

    September 3, 2008 at 1:52 pm |
  32. gordon

    they can have who ever they want if i don't think there good for this country i will not vote for them
    may be she will be a good vp but as a mother of the year! last place
    baby need there mother and one with a handy cap needs her more then the gop,

    September 3, 2008 at 1:53 pm |
  33. Chris from Philadelphia

    No. As long McCain has Palin on his side, Barack Obama is guaranteed to be the next president of the United States.

    September 3, 2008 at 1:53 pm |
  34. Dave from NYC

    I think that if Sarah Palin really stood by her "family values" platform, she would put more time into caring for her Downs Syndrome baby, pregnant teenage daughter and her other children. Perhaps if she could move beyond her own narcissism, she would recognize that the balance between family and career can also be "out-of-balance" and the consequences can often be your teenage daughter seeking attention and validation from her teenage boyfriend. I hope McCain doesn't replace her. It's like a gift that keeps on giving. Have you seen the bikini picture, yet? Brilliant choice, John. You now have lost my vote, for sure.

    September 3, 2008 at 1:53 pm |
  35. Jad in NH

    As an Obama supporter, I say no. This is the gift that keeps on giving. McCain must be entirely clueless to believe putting any old woman on the ticket would garner undecided female voters. If he wanted a woman who would have been taken seriously, he could have chosen either of the 2 Maine senators or maybe Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison. There are many qualified Republican women, but Palin isn't one of them. Guess he's got a thing for beauty queens.

    September 3, 2008 at 1:54 pm |
  36. Raphael in New York

    Absolutely not, Jack. I am sure you would want this because of the new wave of energy in the GOP, and is much more qualified than Obama, but I and many others stand behind her in spite of all the sexists who attack her.

    September 3, 2008 at 1:54 pm |
  37. Carol Florence MA

    If he has any chance of winning he must. But, his judgment has proven to be so reckless already that the damage is done.

    September 3, 2008 at 1:54 pm |
  38. Sue -Idaho

    McCain should consider replacing her and himself!

    September 3, 2008 at 1:54 pm |
  39. J Lewis

    No. Close your eyes and ask the question what if McCane's VP pick had been a one term Governor of Idaho (for example a small state) and was male. It would not have been considered a bad pick. This removes some of the scare. So forget the fact that she is a mother of 5 and grandmother of 5/9 th and ask instead about her world view. Where did her education come from? Major University or bible U? Is she a reader? Who taught her? Does she have legal training?

    But.. MaCane (not a typo) will come into office with the same Republican administration hacks that currently populate our government. That is reason enough to vote for Donald Duck if he was running.

    September 3, 2008 at 1:54 pm |
  40. kinsley

    Not at all- this is great for the democrats , and it's all but cinched the election for Obama ! Thanks John ! lol!!

    September 3, 2008 at 1:55 pm |
  41. Susie R., Atlanta, Ga

    No... the hail mary pass has been thrown. No do overs here without looking more desperate than they already are.

    September 3, 2008 at 1:55 pm |
  42. Aaron in San Francisco

    Why Jack? Should the Democrats consider replacing Obama? Just curious what reason you have for even posting this question? She's been nominated for less than a week. Is it because she doesn't fit your profile as a VP. What is that profile Jack? Please list the qualifications for running for the highest two offices in this nation and why the pick of a Governor of Alaska with 80% approval rating should be considered to be pulled from the ticket.

    September 3, 2008 at 1:56 pm |
  43. AverageMan

    I think Republicans are trying to box women up into a secretary image and reduce the powers of V.P. What will she be able to do as V.P. for women? It is terrible how a few women can really hurt the progress that women have made that is truly meaningful. This is not a meaningful gesture, but we will all learn this soon enough.

    September 3, 2008 at 1:56 pm |
  44. Nathan

    As a Democrat, I say, "No! Let's let them continue to run this campaign into the ground." However, as an American, I say, "Yes. She's entirely too risky for a man of his advanced years to choose as a running mate."

    Frankly, it scares me that the governor of a state smaller than Jacksonville (where I live) could be our president in a few years.

    September 3, 2008 at 1:56 pm |
  45. cy gardner

    The lobbyists who run McCain's campaign don't care that Palin's selection smacks of the most cynical hypocrisy. The party that villified Hillary Clinton for years now wants the media to leave "their" woman alone. The right wing anti-abortion zealots who stand outside clinics screaming at young women now want everyone to regard Bristol Palin's pregnancy as "a private family matter". If that cute oldest daughter of Barack and Michelle Obama were 17 and pregnant would Sean Hannitty and Rush Limbaugh treat it as a "private family matter"? If Michelle or her husband had belonged to something as radical as the Alaska Independent Party would the GOP Noise Machine consider that off limits. Please. The GOP is the party of hypocrisy. She is EXACTLY the sort of candidate they deserve.
    cy arlington va

    September 3, 2008 at 1:56 pm |
  46. Cindi-NE

    Jack, he should not only consider it-he should do it but you know he won't because he is already in to deep. He doesn't want to look like he makes rash decisions although it is well know that he does. Palin was picked in a last ditch desperation attempt to garner votes with no thought what so ever for the American people or the security of our country. The whole situation is a disgrace.

    September 3, 2008 at 1:56 pm |
  47. susan, pa

    He picked her for two reasons.
    1. to shore up the Christian right vote,
    They could care less about troopergate or her lobbyist connections, she is anti abortion , anti contraception, that's all they care about. They love her and he will not let her go for that reason alone.

    2. to somehow attract Clinton supporters by having a female on the ticket. Most of us are insulted that he would think any female would do. particularily one completely against everything Hillary stood for.

    I have to tell you, Obama didn't convince me to vote for Obama , but McCain just did..
    The funny thing is , the very people who blasted Hillary are now crying sexism at anyone who questions Palin's readiness.

    Now some advice to the media, leave her pregnant daughter, and the fact that she has a new baby out of it. But please do your homework and check out just how connected she really is to Washington, and
    the Bridge to nowhere. Report about asking the towns librarian if she would ban books. Or how she wants creationism taught
    in schools as "scientific theory".
    That's the scary stuff.

    September 3, 2008 at 1:56 pm |
  48. Kerry Diehl

    Absolutely not!!!!

    Given the panicked response of brutal attacks on her and her family by the far left liberals, many Dems and biased media, I'd say he picked a true winner.

    GO SARAH!!!

    September 3, 2008 at 1:56 pm |
  49. Mike

    Unfortunately, it doesn't matter because voters stay loyal to their party. How else could George Bush win a second term. Either that or the American voter is stupid! I was floored when Bush won a second term. McCain and Palin can win this election – just listen to the idiots trying to convince America that she is ready to lead this country. It is insane man! If McCain and Palin win I'm going where it's hot all the time and the people don't vote or be idiots. Puerto rico!!!!

    September 3, 2008 at 1:56 pm |
  50. Reno


    Yes, this is a Thomas Eagleton situation if I ever saw one, except that Eagleton was qualified and this woman is not. The McCain campaign should dump her now, but I think the damage is already done. We've seen deicsion making at its very best. I somehow can't see this woman staring down Vladimir Putin if McCain is not around.

    September 3, 2008 at 1:56 pm |
  51. Kelly, PA

    He can't replace her at this point or it would make him look like a "doofus". The damage is already done. As usual, the GOP will spin all of the issues that accompany Palin like a merry go round until the American people say enough already and demand to get off the ride.

    September 3, 2008 at 1:56 pm |
  52. Mandy, Birmingham, AL

    McCain doesn't seem to be happy with her – review the tape of his face as she's talking after his announcement of her selection

    I'm sure the Obama campaign hopes she stays on the ticket. Not only does McCain = Bush, but Palin = Cheney. For example, she's been avoiding giving a deposition under oath in the trooper-gate issue and she has strong ties with the oil industry.

    Hey, if she's vp and Alaska gets countryhood, as her Alaska Indepencence party wants, will that make her an illegal alien? Or if, God forbid, anything should happen to Pres McCain and she becomes president, will the United States of America become the "United States of Alaska"?

    September 3, 2008 at 2:12 pm |
  53. Joan in Canada

    There is only one way to answer this question – YES!! and at the same time maybe someone should consider replacing McCain!!

    September 3, 2008 at 2:12 pm |
  54. Keith - Cleveland, OH

    No, Jack. If McCain replaced Sara Palin NOW, it would make him look even worse as the flip-flopper he is.

    Look on the bright side... at least she's not another lawyer; she has a head on her shoulders. It's just too bad she doesn't have more political miles on her...

    September 3, 2008 at 2:12 pm |
  55. Bert

    Jack, . . .Faster than an empty toilet paper roll!

    September 3, 2008 at 2:12 pm |
  56. Kay Davison

    No, don't replace her she is helping the Democratics,
    from South Dakota

    September 3, 2008 at 2:12 pm |
  57. Heather in D.C.

    Changing his nominee would be the ultimate flip-flop, and a welcome opportunity for the Democrats. If McCain admits that he used bad judgment in selecting Palin, he's done for. He may as well nominate a new Presidential candidate.

    September 3, 2008 at 2:12 pm |
  58. angry left from Michigan

    No. She had him at hello...she completes him.

    September 3, 2008 at 2:12 pm |
  59. Bill Sweeney

    I say let her stay on the ticket at this point. Although I'm glad she's coming under fire regarding her teen daughter's pregnancy. Gov. Palin's outdated stance against sex education in school is dramatically highlighted by her personal circumstance. Perhaps if her daughter was properly educated on contraception and family planning, she wouldn't be knocked up at 17 yrs old. Gov. Palin is for teaching "intelligent design" to our kids however. Go figure...

    September 3, 2008 at 2:12 pm |
  60. Ed Reed

    No, he's stuck with her now. He should have learned one thing from President Bush: making decisions from your "gut" isn't smart.

    Ed Reed
    Port Aransas, TX

    September 3, 2008 at 2:12 pm |
  61. Alison Kent

    Personally I don't think she is what this country needs to get back on its feet and would love to see him try to get his V.P. choice right. McCain showed how much of a follower not a leader he is. He knew he was desperate for the Republican Conservative vote and he bowed down to their political and religious views that throw equality in this country right out the window. Unfortunately, I think it worked. Our country is in desperate need of help for the poor and the middle class and I can tell you she's not the help we need. I keep hearing that she has just as much experience as Barack Obama so she's qualified. But, they are missing one fact. Barack Obama wasn't given this chance to rally a base. He was voted by the American people after a long battle because he does represent change that millions believe we need in this country. As a Hillary voter I was not behind him in the begining, but as an American that believes in this country, the change we desperately need, and the words equality for all, I am voicing my support for him and his ideas for change all the way.

    Fayetteville, N.C.

    September 3, 2008 at 2:13 pm |
  62. Gretchen from Bucks County PA

    Please, not yet – let's wait until she is really vetted!!!!

    September 3, 2008 at 2:13 pm |
  63. Todd

    Palin should be replaced. Look for a made up scandal that gives McCain's team a reason to get rid of her.

    September 3, 2008 at 2:13 pm |
  64. Paul from Parry Sound, Ontario

    What? Replace her and deprive us two months of wonderful entertainment? Don't even consider it.

    September 3, 2008 at 2:13 pm |
  65. Uche, Harrisburg, PA

    Consider? No Jack. He should replace her outrightly Sarah Palin 'Pales' out in comparison to whatever McCain may have thought she would bring to the ticket. What a pity!

    September 3, 2008 at 2:13 pm |
  66. Peg

    Probably too late to do that but she should never had been the pick in first place. I could care less about her daughter being pregnant or the other family issues. However what does concern me besides her lack of true experience in foreign policy ( and no FNC and Cindy McCain..governing a state near Russia doesn't count!) is her position on abortion, gays, environment, evolution, Iraq war etc. About the vetting. Either they are lying and didn't do a complete and thorough vetting or even scarier they did and he still chose her!

    Peg, Ontario Canada

    September 3, 2008 at 2:13 pm |
  67. ray carlson; florence, SC

    Without question, it shows just how far down the "totem pole" they had to go before they found someone willing to take the losong side.

    September 3, 2008 at 2:13 pm |
  68. Dave

    Why would he want to do that? She speaks directly to the heartland of America. This is GOP Populism. This woman has been criticized for being the mayor of a small town in Alaska. Well there are thousands of small towns just like that all across America. The people who live in them identify with her and her family. The Democrat Party has become the party of large cities, in particular those areas next to the college campus and the black communities. I am a life-long Democrat who has been left-out by his party. I will be voting for McCain in November.

    September 3, 2008 at 2:13 pm |
  69. Tellis Williams

    No. McCain shouldn't replace her. Just like the decisions, that will be made in the oval office, he doesn't get a do-over. They will just try to change the justifications for her pick, (i.e. Like the justifications for the war in Iraq). Nothing about McCain's campaign passes the laugh test. Perhaps we should make them pass a lie detector test prior to their speeches. Of course, it will be the media's fault when they don't pass the test!!! It is also interesting that we're being told to critique Gov. Palin, based on her ability to give a speech tonight. Isn't that one of their criticisms of Senator Obama? The Republican Party has no credibilty!!!!!!!

    Tellis Williams

    September 3, 2008 at 2:13 pm |
  70. Diane, Barneveld, NY

    The comedy routine the republicans are having at their convention has me so amused that if Sarah Palin was dumped now, the fun would be all gone.
    Pass the popcorn, please.

    September 3, 2008 at 2:13 pm |
  71. Susan Edmands

    I'd say not really because I want him to lose.
    The hypocrisy of the republican party and John McCain is astounding.
    But , the bottom line is John McCain is old and has a history of multiple cancer encounters. The real questions should be... Are we ready for a President Palin, if McCain drops dead? That is a scary thought! A woman who didn't learn anything about birth control and obviously couldn't pass this onto her 17 year old daughter. Yikes! Maybe she was too busy running the state of Alaska to think about her personal life and family to think about contraception. Maybe this was her daughters way of getting her attention. WOW! Just what I want to take a chance on running our country.

    September 3, 2008 at 2:13 pm |
  72. Tim from Houston

    Well...let's see. We've got Troopergate, husband's membership in the Alaskan Independence Party, membership at a church that sponsors anti-semetic groups as speakers, being before the Bridge to Nowhere before she was against it, lobbying for earmarks, and who knows what else. As an Obama supporter, I sure hope she doesn't get dumped from the ticket!

    September 3, 2008 at 2:13 pm |
  73. Fem, Knoxville, Tenn.


    He should not only replace Palin but also drop out of this race for more serious candidate. He prouds himself as someone who puts country first while subtuly questioning his opponent's patriotism and now see what he has done, buckled at the roaring of people like Rush, and the extremists in his party and ended up puting politics first in one of the most important decision that concerns the nation.

    September 3, 2008 at 2:14 pm |
  74. Bill Strock

    This is John McCain the mavrick at his best. He was not allowed to name either of the picks he wanted so he said to the base, I pick Palin now you right wingers go defend her. My prediction, if Obama is still in the lead on 10 Sep she is gone back to Alaska for "personal reasons".
    McCain is telling the right wingers to stick it where the sun doesn't shine.

    September 3, 2008 at 2:14 pm |
  75. Ed

    No I think he should keep her.

    I also would like to hear one of these two guys say they are going re-pay the Social Security fund back the money that Congress LOOTED from it.

    That would make them a sure winner.

    September 3, 2008 at 2:14 pm |
  76. Susan - TX

    I would beg McCain to keep the McPain ticket. This is so entertaining – better than any Hollywood Reality Show, and the best of all, McCain is putting the Country First by handing over the presidency to Obama.

    Go Obama. Yes, we can.

    September 3, 2008 at 2:14 pm |
  77. Jenny Rome Ga

    I agree with Lucus in New York. I quite like his pick. She is going to have to give the speech of a lifetime to convince most people that she was not approached just because she is a woman.

    September 3, 2008 at 2:14 pm |
  78. brian vaugh

    NO, she is the best. WHO could possibly replace her.


    September 3, 2008 at 2:14 pm |
  79. Deb, Allentown, PA

    No Jack, we Obama supporters like her being on the ticket.

    September 3, 2008 at 2:15 pm |
  80. Michael from Montreal

    Replace her? Please, NO.......I cannot think of anything more entertaining this side of Knots Landing meets the Beverly Hillbillies.

    September 3, 2008 at 2:15 pm |
  81. Seana- Ocean Beach

    Should he drop her? If he doesn't want anyone to question her he should....

    I don't get it when conservatives and traditionalists are so excited to use the picture of the perfect family to get their candidate elected, but they cry foul if the surface of the pretty picture is scratched.

    Can you imagine if Hillary Clinton or any other progressive woman was running for office with a pregnant teenage daughter and a developmentally disabled infant, as well as several other minor children, left 'without their mother'? We would not be able to hear her speech over the din of criticisms saying that the candidate had abandoned her primary role as a mother to seek out fame and power, and the daughter's pregnancy would be blamed directly on the candidate's 'neglect'.

    If you are voting on gender and family issues, Obama and Biden are far more feminist than is Palin.

    September 3, 2008 at 2:15 pm |
  82. Mark H. Sacramento, CA

    I think removing Palin from the ticket would prove disasterous to McCain. It would show to the world how the GOP is in distress and seem to be grasping at straws. It would only prove what all Dems already know – McCain is not the right man for the Presidency if he can't get this task right. On second thought yes, yes he should remove Palin. Did I mention I'm voting for Obama?

    September 3, 2008 at 2:15 pm |
  83. Rob

    As a democrat my answer is: NO! This isn't practice. We need some that can make real decisions that require sound judgment. McCain doesn't get a do over! Everyone should be able to see what a foolish decision McCain made. He is pandering to women and to hell with country first. If Palin were male, she would be laughed off of the stage. Just imagine what outrage there would be if Obama made this blunder.

    And... my response to your question if I were republican, I would want to impeach him already for making such an outrageously ridiculous selection. I wouldn't want McCain to select a new VP... I would want to select a new candidate for President.

    September 3, 2008 at 2:15 pm |
  84. jimmie brenner

    YES! I say that because he recuited her for the wrong reasons. I'm an independant, an OLD, white woman and no where in my excellent reasoning would I vote for a woman (or man) just because of their gender. Now how many of US do you think are running around the earth? Mr. McCain, I really do believe that you've shot yourself and your party in the foot.

    September 3, 2008 at 2:15 pm |
  85. robert gourdine

    Hi Jack,

    A number of "analysts" have suggested that the inclusion of Palin on the Republican ticket is an effort by McCain to get support(votes) from the 18 milllion or so Hillary supporters, who, they say, will vote for her because she's a woman. What a crock that is.

    Aren't all these 18 million women Democrats?

    Do the analysts honestly believe that these women are so upset that Hillary didn't win that they will abandon their own party and vote Republican just because there's a woman on the ticket? Some might...but I'd bet a bundle that the majority won't........especially since she's no Hillary......

    Robert Gourdine
    Cowichan Bay, B.C.

    PS. Love your stuff. You've got a lot of fans up here. Keep it up..!

    September 3, 2008 at 2:15 pm |
  86. nick, brooklyn n.y.

    He can't now. He made his bed and now he has to lie in it. Imagine if he made a dicision like this (which most people seem to disagree with but can't do anything about it) as president. Sound's alot like the trouble we're in now with bush. I wouldn't want to lie in that bed for another four years. This relationship is over!

    September 3, 2008 at 2:15 pm |
  87. Matthew Philadelphia

    I think that Paline is not ready to lead she said herself that's she's a soccer mom, if McCain god forbid pass, she will be lost. she's not 2nd best. McCain said she a PTA mom, whats the point of being
    active in that if your not active in your daughter life, to find out whats going on in her life, why haven't I heard anything about her husband and his associations with Rev. Wright type political figures. Roland
    Martin has the facts.

    This is the Republician Party meltdown, they talk about change but
    the convention looks like a large group of grumpy old men, a handful of American Americans & perhaps 2 dozen women.

    Good Bless America Freedom of Speech

    September 3, 2008 at 2:15 pm |
  88. Paul

    No she is one person McCain could find to run with him. The others must think he is going to lose anyway so why get on board. As for her problems with her family as Obama has said should be off limits. If she had to take over for McCain she would be much better than Bush.
    Round Rock, Texas

    September 3, 2008 at 2:15 pm |
  89. Wendy, San Rafael

    No. I support Obama and I want McCain to keep Palin right where she is at center stage. Couldn't be a better pick for any woman who supports choice or who supports women who actually care for their children.

    Her decision to protect her political ambitions by throwing Bristol under the proverbial bus speaks to the kind of mother this is. Given the choice of exposing my teen daughter's pregnancy to the world or stepping back from a political appointment, she chose ambition over her daughter.

    She is no role model for so-called :"family values".

    September 3, 2008 at 2:15 pm |

    There is a betting pool where you can bet on the day or hour when Mrs. Palin will step down because of (a) She will soon be a grandmother and must care for the new mom/baby. (b) While she is conducting her investigation of herself, she finds some serious problem with past statements about money laundering and "gifts "and her own last pregnancy.
    (c) Every body is picking on her.

    September 3, 2008 at 2:15 pm |
  91. leevaughn brown

    Hey Jack
    The GOP says that she has military experience of commanding 4000 troops as Gov., that's like turning over a Brigade to someone who has only two years experience. We don't do that because it is stupid. Gov. Palin and her Husband should go home and take care of their family, because they need both parents now more than ever. She should have said 6 months before or after I would have said "yes", but now thanks but, no thanks Sen McCain, my family needs me now!
    I think but of them are lousey parents. So much for family values!
    Cinti, Ohio

    September 3, 2008 at 2:16 pm |
  92. Ally

    No! It's her decision to drop out now. If the vetting process was ligitimate she should be in it to win it. Hopefully when Palin gets into the White House she will get rid of all those corrupt Republicans and keep them out!

    September 3, 2008 at 2:16 pm |
  93. Gina C

    No, that's the best thing that happened to this election. As you said, it is like Christmas mornig for the Democrats. Allow the republicans to self-destruct the way they have been doing the past 8 years.

    September 3, 2008 at 2:16 pm |
  94. Morlene Sanford

    What an insult to parade Palin's unwed pregnant daughter and
    her boyfriend in front of our nation. What does this say to teenagers
    who want to have unprotected sex? This is a sin. It makes me
    When she stands on the stage tonight with her mother & McCain
    are we being told this act has been condoned by the Republican

    Columbus, OH

    September 3, 2008 at 2:16 pm |
  95. Tom, Avon, Maine, The Heart of Democracy

    If he did, that would put the lie to all his denials that he hadn't vetted her properly, or that he demonstrated poor judgment.

    September 3, 2008 at 2:16 pm |
  96. Yasmin laupus

    Replacing or not replacing her is not the question.
    The real question is :
    Does McCain have the judgement to become the highest most important decision maker in the country? His rushed decision to select Palin reflects his recklessness and lack thereof.

    September 3, 2008 at 2:16 pm |
  97. Robert Tudor

    How about Miss October for now, and then someone significant in November?

    September 3, 2008 at 2:16 pm |
  98. Marie Canada

    John McCain shouldn't have to worry about replacing Sara Palin as his VP pick. You probably haven't heard this Jack but John McCain was a Prisoner of War and supported the Surge. Surely that's enough to get him elected with all else of very little importance.

    September 3, 2008 at 2:17 pm |
  99. Jon from Colorado

    He might want to replace her given that she and her husband were part of the AIP, an organization that wants Alaska to secede from the USA.

    September 3, 2008 at 2:17 pm |
  100. David

    I do not believe McCain should replace Palin. First, he had plenty of opportunity to find a person and he choose Palin.
    I see two real things that send up red flags: DWI and teenage pregency. Both republicans hate.

    September 3, 2008 at 2:17 pm |
  101. Marvin, Lexington MA

    No, not yet. Wait, she has not been fully vetted by the media. Why spoil all the fun. It has not been so enjoyable since the Clintons left the primary.

    September 3, 2008 at 2:17 pm |
  102. Tom in Desoto Texas

    McCain definitely should not replace her, that would leave the door open for someone even less qualified. (As difficult as could be imagined.)

    September 3, 2008 at 2:17 pm |
  103. Ernest Morgan

    No it just makes Obama/Biden look even better

    September 3, 2008 at 2:18 pm |
  104. Mike

    Let's call it for what it is. she was put on the ticket to rally the GOP base. Just google her name and see that she is as far right as it gets.
    So as for taking her off the ticket. that what sure stir up the bee hive (meaning the GOP right wing base)

    September 3, 2008 at 2:18 pm |
  105. Anthony Sims

    Jack, I would like to know what heroic things John Mccain did during the war. They keep saying that he's a war hero, But I cant find one single thing he did. Now If getting shot and locked up is heroic, then we lots of hero's in jail right now. So can someone please direct me to his military resume. Thanks

    September 3, 2008 at 2:20 pm |
  106. Craig

    Heck no Jack, this is just getting started. Let the Republicans have all the rope they want with this one. Next thing you know SP will have morphed into a blend of Joan of Arc, Wonder Woman and a dash of Rambo. What a compelling fantasy the Repubs have concocted for the faithful. Delusional anyone? You bet.
    Hiram Rapids, Oh.

    September 3, 2008 at 2:21 pm |
  107. paul m.

    Either way he loses. If he keeps her, he will forever be known as the sheep who followed idiotic advisors to pick her instead of actual qualified people who unfortuanely for GOP are pro choice. If he replaces her, she would voluntarily step down of course, he looks like an idiot who doesn't have the guts to standy by his decision. It's all about abortion and getting future supreme court nominees to overturn Roe vs Wade. That's all the right wing evangelical base cares about. screw the rest of the country and the world.

    September 3, 2008 at 2:21 pm |
  108. Carvin

    McCain seems to have a Napolean complex and would only make a worst decision. ....Which is scary .

    September 3, 2008 at 2:22 pm |
  109. Irene

    No, Jack..........she's good for the Party.........the Democratic Party!

    September 3, 2008 at 2:23 pm |
  110. Jeff, FL

    I think he will, on January 22nd, that way he can appoint any old cronie he wants to.

    September 3, 2008 at 2:24 pm |
  111. Bob

    He should but he won't. The"story" has gone too far for him to do so.

    His standing with the "republican base", whose support he needs to have a chance, was shaky when he appointed her. The appoinment was made to solidify the "base". If he dumped her now he would lose the "base" completely and wouldn't have a prayer.

    It would take the revelation of something very damaging in her past for him to dump her in the next 24 hours.

    Bob Fleming
    Louisville, Ky

    September 3, 2008 at 2:24 pm |
  112. Ray Lawson from Danville, VA

    No, I think Governor Sarah Palin is a great pick. She is smarter and has more experience than either Biden or Obama. She is decent and caring and she has a great family. She can set an example to many of the people in Congress about how the country should be run by representing the people rather than special interests. The news media can learn from her about how people should be treated. I don't think she will attack people if she is elected the way the news media has attacked her.

    September 3, 2008 at 2:24 pm |
  113. Sandy

    Jack, this is hilarious. I see a Saturday Night Live skit on the horizon.

    The question is about McCain's temperment and judgement. He just doesn't get it. Let's get back to the issues...economy, etc.

    She is his pick...let's settle down. She is, I am sure, a wonderful person, but not ready to be the president and that has to be a real concern considering McCain's age.

    Would you feel comfortable with her experience...if she had to step up to be commander in chief?

    I feel more comfortable with the Obama/Biden ticket, both top of the ticket and bottom.


    September 3, 2008 at 2:24 pm |
  114. Kim Whaley

    It is too late now to change. Why should they? The Republican party is now setting rules on what the media and Democrates can talk about and question. I am just waiting to see if the media buys into this like they did the Iraq war. Remember Jack, to question that was unpatriotic. The media fell right in line.

    September 3, 2008 at 2:24 pm |
  115. Carrie Dugan

    Should he replace her? Im still trying to figure out if this is some type of joke. You mean he really picked her? I can't believe that she was the only option for the job. She is already covered in scandal, she has no experience, and a woman that would want to leave her special needs infant is just crazy to me. The Republicans are always trying to play themselves as the family values party and she is a stark contrast to that. She named her kids after Nascar for crying out loud. You want us to trust her judgement to lead us. This is ridiculous, I was a strong Hillary Clinton Supporter. Listen up Republicans, I was voting for Hillary Clinton because she was Hillary Clinton. I was not voting for her because she was a woman, I was voting for her because I knew that we would have a health care program and be a fighter for our children. Your candidate is choosing to run for the most time consuming job in the middle of a family crisis. I would never vote for your V.P. choice. Pro-gun, Anti-Choice, non parenting candidate. And stop telling me about her approval rating! Approval Ratings are how we pick a Prom Queen, it is not how we pick a Vice President. Approval rating is not experience. I wouldn't allow this woman on my PTA. However, I was once the Treasurer of Student Health Council in High School and I am pretty. So, put me on the ticket.

    September 3, 2008 at 2:24 pm |
  116. Jack Ross

    Bristol Palin's child is not a justifiable political target. However, the Republican attempt to deceive the American public is. Bringing Bristol on stage, covered by a blanket and holding a baby to hide her pregnancy without stating the issue first is a clear attempt at deception. Fortunately for us, and particularly unfortunately for Bristol it didn't work. It is obvious the McCain intends to treat us to four more years of the same lies and deception that are the hallmark of the Bush Administration

    McCain comment that he is satisfied with Palin's vetting is right up there with Bush's "You're doing a good job, Brownie" during Katrina.

    Enough, I've been a Republican for my entire life, 64 years, and I say we can't take any more of the this Razzel Dazzel Representation. Get the Republicans out of the White House and keep them out.

    Jack Ross
    Easley, South Carolina

    September 3, 2008 at 2:24 pm |
  117. Tony, Columbia MO

    Why have we not heard about why McCain picked Palin in the first place. It's not because of her experience (obviously) but because she is a woman. The only reason McCain picked her is to try & get some of the Hillary votes. This is a sad political move by McCain for votes nothing else. This should show people what McCain's moral's really are – do whatever you have to do to get elected regardless of whether or not it is the best thing for the country. There were plenty of more qualified people he could of picked for V.P. but they were not female – sad.

    September 3, 2008 at 2:25 pm |
  118. Phyllis/PA

    Why? She not only has far more Experience than Obama but also a proven record of bring about change. She is a true Reformer and is exactly the person to support McCain make change in Washington.

    Gee Jack, you should be happy. After being elected you will continue to have a female to attack.

    Media, Pa

    September 3, 2008 at 2:25 pm |
  119. Adam

    Absolutely not! As a nation, we are about to witness history in the making with this election. And now that we are seeing something new and refreshing, the media feels the need to question this woman's capability in regards to her being a working mother. How hypocritcal! Why is the question even posed.

    September 3, 2008 at 2:25 pm |
  120. HD

    How about replacing John?

    Keep Palin and go with Romney at the top of the ticket.

    Romney / Palin

    September 3, 2008 at 2:25 pm |
  121. Mike, NY

    It is too late now the nail is in the coffin. If McCain wanted to be considered a "maverick" and independent of party influence he would have selected Ron Paul, a man that is a true maverick, is pro-life, pro-gun, and has a cult of personality following that would have really gave McCain a bump in the polls. But McCain and his advisors botched this opputunity with a superficial VP pick which is aimed at rivaling the historic nature of Obama's campaign and shows that he would rather pander than make good sound judgement.

    September 3, 2008 at 2:25 pm |
  122. Rosalynd Florida

    McCain made a dumb -decision picking Palin and now he has to live with it. Replacing her or keeping her is all the same when it comes to his judgment. May as well stay the course like his buddy Bush.

    September 3, 2008 at 2:25 pm |
  123. Kim, Oregon

    Maybe if Governor Palin was out we might get down to where the GOP stands on the issues...I am tired of the Republican party's accusations of sexism (man what a set back) in order to shield their candidate from being researched by the media- it would be sexist NOT to go after her history and background. Are they insinuating that she can't handle the heat? I am tired of hearing about her daughter's problems- all i see is a politician exploiting her daughter (with this morning's display at the airport) in order to further her career with the GOP and the church. How sad. Is this the same woman who called Senator Clinton a "whiner"? Oh, sorry, Governor Palin's not whining- she's just hiding behind her party, letting them do the whining.

    September 3, 2008 at 2:25 pm |
  124. Fred May Sr

    No Jack I think The republicans should replace McCain. He has shown he is Lost in Space. He picked a trophy item for the VP.
    God HELP the USA.


    September 3, 2008 at 2:26 pm |
  125. Mickie in Philadelphia, PA

    Why? He would only end up picking another beauty queen. After all, that's what happened when he got tired of his first wife and he didn't even wait to divorce her before he ran around with Cindy. He dumped his wife and children, called Sen. Obama's children "brats" and now says we should leave Sarah Palin's family out of it. I agree we should leave all the children out of it, but not Sarah Palin's record of using undue influence to attempt to get her former brother-in-law fired. But, after all, that is the republican way.

    September 3, 2008 at 2:26 pm |
  126. Kristoffer

    I think the question is, should we consider not hiring McCain and Palin to run our government? They are now canceling interviews and stating that they'll no longer speak to press that asks tough questions.

    If I was interviewing someone for a job and they told me they weren't going to answer any more of my questions because they were too tough... then the next question I'd ask is if they see the door behind them.

    September 3, 2008 at 2:26 pm |
  127. lori

    As a mother I wonder where is her judgement. I would have passed on the VP spot for my family. she knows how brutal the media can be how did she think a 17 year old could deal with this and there are adults that cannot deal with that kind of attention. i am glad she choose to have her baby but her mother did not think about her in her decision. shame on her

    September 3, 2008 at 2:26 pm |
  128. Emily, Alabama

    I would bet he already has. The endless sea of look-alikes at this Republican Convention is a testament to an out-dated, small-minded segment of the population in its final, panicked throws. When you go for small town values, what you may just get instead is small town ignorance. George W. was the kind of guy you could drink a beer with. That worked out well.

    September 3, 2008 at 2:26 pm |
  129. Christine

    That, won't happen. Of course all families have their individual “issues”. But whatever happened to the highest office, at least representing the best of who we are AND setting an example? Just imagine if it was one of Obama’s daughters dealing with this…All sorts of potential “baby momma” comments come to mind. Oops…they already did that with his educated, much accomplished wife who built her family the traditional way...education AND marriage first! If our first families can't represent those ideals, then who?

    September 3, 2008 at 2:26 pm |
  130. John C. in Littleton, Colorado


    The Bush years have been characterized by a stubborn refusal to ever admit error.

    If McCain really wants us to believe he is not McBush–and that "Country First" isn't just a cynical slogan–he should concede that Palin was a mistake.

    He should replace her with someone who–politics aside–leaves no doubt about competence to assume the presidency if necessary.

    September 3, 2008 at 2:26 pm |
  131. Aria

    Dear Jack,
    I don't have anything against Sarah Palin. Any woman with an oversized ego would of course take the position. What bothers me is that there are so, so many other more qualified women and men who have given much more of their lives to the "calling" than Gov. Palin.

    Her family obviously needs her more at home than as Vice President. Sure she will have a nanny to take care of the baby, but what about the other four children and a husband. I am not saying she can't do it; women are amazing. I believe she has let her ego get the best of her. As Vice President, she will have no power! Who will benefit? Her baby? Her husband? This is about ego plain and simple.

    Phil Graham and Joe Lieberman will be at McCain's right and left – Sarah Palin.

    Dallas, TX

    September 3, 2008 at 2:26 pm |
  132. tom

    Gee, Jack, what happened to all those "Values Voters" who now seem to think that teen pregnancy is just ducky?

    September 3, 2008 at 2:26 pm |
  133. lou

    The 'maverick' will surely not back down now. I want to know how the republican yackers on TV justifying this selection can continue to call McCain a maverick for this choice when all he did was buckle to the right conservative base.

    September 3, 2008 at 2:27 pm |
  134. Howard M. Bolingbrook IL

    I think the McCain group should consider replacing Ms. Palin, but they won't no matter what happens. It is obvious to any thinking person that she was not truly vetted. The McCain campaign now realizes they are not fooling anyone on that subject, but they can't afford to appear incorrect on their first major decision. Americans should be truly frighten to think this is how decisions would be made in a McCain administration.

    September 3, 2008 at 2:27 pm |
  135. R Keene

    John MCains claim "county first "is so boggus.why would he pass over so many qualified people for vp and put ms. palin above all? Is it to counter the obvious , that the dems could win? If mrs. Palin thinks that the good old boys are going to let her clean house with them on the national lever she is soooo mistaken. she will be put at the bottom of everything. that the repulican way..

    September 3, 2008 at 2:27 pm |
  136. Donny

    Absolutely not! She is the perfect candidate for the Obama/Biden ticket to win the election.

    September 3, 2008 at 2:27 pm |
  137. Julie, TX

    You know Jack, it really doesn't matter now, McCains credibility has been destroyed.

    Come to think of it... he can't replace her – that would be the equivalent of admitting you screwed up – and we all know that's not an option in the GOP. If she had any sense, she would have turned down the original offer – she, of everyone, should realize that she's way over her head here.

    Country first? Yeah, right.

    September 3, 2008 at 2:27 pm |
  138. Diane, Atlanta, GA

    Yes, this would be the best thing McCain could do for the American people.........."Country First"! I will not cast my vote for McCain with Palin as the VP candidate.

    September 3, 2008 at 2:27 pm |
  139. Ray, Florida

    Too late now Jack!

    McCain just jumped out of the plane with Palin. Either the shute will open, and the'll have the time of their life, or the shute will fail, and they'll be really bummed out for the rest of the ride.
    Either way there is no turning back!

    September 3, 2008 at 2:27 pm |

    Lets really compare experience starting with education.
    Sarah has a BA in journalism.
    Obama graduated Magna Cum Laude with a law degree from Harvard.

    No comparison!


    September 3, 2008 at 2:27 pm |
  141. Maurice

    This question is unanswerable. Or rather, the answer is yes but you can't stop there. If she's not supposed to be on the ticket then the same goes for the guy who put her there. And it does.

    All good wishes from
    The Netherlands

    September 3, 2008 at 2:27 pm |
  142. Fernando Campos

    Yes sir ! We need Bullwinkle the moose instead. We already have all the clowns in Washington D.C..

    September 3, 2008 at 2:28 pm |
  143. pat tennessee

    Yes. If this campaign continues to be about her, not McCain and the issues, that will be a fatal distraction. Apparently moderate Republicans are none-too happy about McCain's reason for picking her at the last minute, but he's effectively refueled the Christian Conservative agenda and given it new life which is not good for the rest of the Party.

    September 3, 2008 at 2:28 pm |
  144. Annie, Atlanta

    She should have never been put on the ticket. This was political pandering to the extreme, at the expense of a pregnant teenager and a special needs child! Shame on you, John McCain.

    September 3, 2008 at 2:28 pm |
  145. hal

    Jack Ilive in AZ> Iam 66 years old retired and iam mad as hell 40 years at one job married 36 years raised three sons, helped put them and my wife through college me and the bank own are home owe a ton of money And still cnn and all the news media has not ask or got an answer about witch canadate is going to get us out of this stinking mess we are all faceing what happened to (We the the people by the people for the people) insted we the wealthy buy;the wealthy for the wealthy;

    September 3, 2008 at 2:28 pm |
  146. Donny

    I love your blog Jack. I haven't seen you since I left NYC.

    September 3, 2008 at 2:28 pm |
  147. Bobby, Triangle, VA

    No, I think he should keep her so the world can see this idiot's good judgement he claims to have!

    September 3, 2008 at 2:28 pm |
  148. Mark

    Wow...this is fantastic. Pretty interesting excerpt from Karl Rove's appearance on "Face the Nation" last month.

    Republican strategist Karl Rove said on Face The Nation Sunday that he expects presumptive Democratic nominee Barack Obama to choose a running mate based on political calculations, not the person's readiness for the job.

    "I think he's going to make an intensely political choice, not a governing choice," Rove said. "He's going to view this through the prism of a candidate, not through the prism of president; that is to say, he's going to pick somebody that he thinks will on the margin help him in a state like Indiana or Missouri or Virginia. He's not going to be thinking big and broad about the responsibilities of president."

    Rove singled out Virginia governor Tim Kaine, also a Face The Nation guest, as an example of such a pick.

    "With all due respect again to Governor Kaine, he's been a governor for three years, he's been able but undistinguished," Rove said. "I don't think people could really name a big, important thing that he's done. He was mayor of the 105th largest city in America."

    Rove continued: "So if he were to pick Governor Kaine, it would be an intensely political choice where he said, `You know what? I'm really not, first and foremost, concerned with, is this person capable of being president of the United States? What I'm concerned about is, can he bring me the electoral votes of the state of Virginia, the 13 electoral votes in Virginia?'"

    Here's the rest of the article...http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2008/08/10/ftn/main4336134.shtml . Just replace the he's with she's and this sounds a lot like a certain REPUBLICAN VP candidate..

    September 3, 2008 at 2:28 pm |
  149. Greg in Bullhead City

    Probably not. His handlers (McCain's) have succeeded in what they were trying to achieve, which was nothing more than shocking most intelligent voters. They should have never put her in the middle of this mess to begin with and no reasonable Presidential Candidate should have ever done this. Here we are all talking about her (the day after the Democratic Convention...just a coincidence I guess), but the Country has bigger problems than this to deal with. Senator Obama hit it right on the head when he said the Republicans were masters at politics, but were not very good at governing. Pandering at it's very worst to say the least and Americans by now should be tiring of this. Fool me once (Bush) shame on you...fool me twice (McCain) shame on me!

    September 3, 2008 at 2:29 pm |
  150. Frank

    Absolutely! Why do party leaders tout the Republican Party as the party of family values and then all but dismiss family values as having any relevance when it pertains to them and their families?

    September 3, 2008 at 2:29 pm |
  151. Cassandra South Orange , New Jersey


    Yes they should. It would show he is a true Maverick by assessing a situation and making a change. She has too much baggage and since she is such an outsider, America does not really have enough time to assess her especially since she is a heart beat away for the presidency. It is obvious that McCain did not vet this women properly. Its a disgrace. When I heard she said that "Going into Iraq was God's plan" McCain lost my vote. When I heard she tired to fire a librarian because the Palin did not like some of the book in the library this is called censorship. It was only because of outcry from the locals did she stop. When I read she is anti-environment and left Wasilla in debt. I said no thanks. Go home Palin......

    September 3, 2008 at 2:29 pm |
  152. Scott, Oregon.

    If McCain does that, he is monumentally screwed. This has already been a bad decision, but reversing it will only ensure his defeat.

    September 3, 2008 at 2:29 pm |
  153. Doug in New Mexico

    McCain already makes me very nervous. His temper does not belong in the Oval Office. Now comes Palin. Despite what she says with her conservative jargon, why is she not taking care of this child who has developmental issues. I would think that any mother worth their salt would take care of family first. But then maybe she does not walk that talk. Her brashness, her support of big oil, her support of killing off wolves and bears to that a few rich dudes can collect a hunting trophy are still more issues. Oh yes she wants more assault weapons. Is that what we really need. I would think that everyone here should be tired of the violence in our culture. I believe strongly in gun ownership but come one who needs an assault rifle? If you can't kill an animal in one shot you don't deserve two. She appears pretty but uneducated and not overly smart. But then McCain graduated 5th from the bottom of his academy graduating class. They whole thing stinks to high heavens. Together they are a scary couple. I am already losing sleep hoping that they are not elected. Should he really replace her? Maybe he should be replaced also for picking her. I don't think that they have a clue between them.

    September 3, 2008 at 2:29 pm |
  154. RKing

    Early in her tenure as mayor, Palin fired the Police Chief, Irl Stambaugh, and his lawyer said the real reason was that he tried to move up the closing hours of local bars from 5:00a.m. to 2:00a.m. after driving accidents and arrests. It was said the change was not appreciated by her and and her contributors including bar owners and the National Rifle Association. This was a newspaper report and whether it has merit, she has some very unusual stories surrounding her. The fact that she may possibly be capable in her job as governor, she was only mayor of a very small town of between 8,000 and 9,000 people and in office as governor of Alaska for not that long a period of time. Taking a closer look at this it doesn't seem likely that she has nearly enough experience. McCain's campaign wants to compare her experience to Obama's experience to cover up the possible mistake they have made, but looking at both I find hers lacking. It would make me very uneasy to have her as Vice President and she is definitely not ready to be President.

    September 3, 2008 at 2:29 pm |
  155. Gina Simpson in Racine, Wi

    Heck no, Jack. I am an Obama supporter and trust me.....McCain not only handed Barack the Presidency.....he also gift wrapped it.

    September 3, 2008 at 2:29 pm |
  156. Julie, NY

    Hey Jack, I bet you think so. I know it bothers you to see women in power.

    September 3, 2008 at 2:29 pm |
  157. joni

    He should not replace Palin she is a breath of fresh air.
    Lets talk about your past your good clean life style.
    The media even where Hillary was concerned is just plan pond scum.

    September 3, 2008 at 2:30 pm |
  158. Ron

    Hi Jack
    If the lady from Alaska was, and is so concerned about her family,
    I'd like to know, and I believe everyone watching the tube can see.
    Why is her children, always holding the new baby? You never see the Dad or Mother, giving much attention to the new born, they said they cared , so much for. I haven't yet seen the father hold or kiss the new baby. Seems like, if they cared so much, That the Dad should be holding, the baby, Not the children.. Doesn't seem to be the American
    family, that they say they are!

    September 3, 2008 at 2:30 pm |
  159. Thomas, Yo.town, OH

    Yes. Opposed to those who say she has more experience then Obama, I say more experience then what? Obama has been vetted not only by his party, but by millions (36 million) of Democratic voters over the past year and a half. (and yes some Republican and Independents)
    His family, father,mother,grandparents,half-brothers and sisters, and minister as well have been vetted. He not only defeated all other Democratic nominees, he took on the mighty Clinton machine and beat them. Remember too, the Clintons beat a Bush out for the General Election in 1993. Also keep in mind, McCain lost to GW so GW's speech last night about the mighty McCain is dwarfed by the fact that Bush beat out McCain. Obama, regardless, is an elected candidate by millions who put their trust in his leadership.........Palin was selected by McCain to go along for the ride. McCain better rethink his strategy.

    September 3, 2008 at 2:30 pm |
  160. Tina (Texas)

    Nope. He picked her thinking she was something special and he picked a lump of coal with many problems and how many times does the party get re-elected after 8 years? And especially since what Bush has done to the party?

    September 3, 2008 at 2:30 pm |
  161. HD Dunn-Barr

    Are you kidding Jack. As a Democrat, I worry that they would replace her with Tom Ridge who would really be a bonafide threat to the Obama/Biden ticket. For over 20 years we have had the Republicans ranting about Democrats being the party of cowards, lesbians, gays, etc. Now they come along and offer us glorification of pre-martial sex, of teen pregnancy, and the lowest form of moral behavior. What a joke - these delegates and their leaders are the lowest form of moral degeneracy.

    September 3, 2008 at 2:30 pm |
  162. Angela

    I think this Palin selection is not as much about teenage pregnancy and/or female progression. I think this is more about Senator McCain and his lack of decision making skills. To me, the Democrats hit the nail on the head last week when they compared twins McCain and Bush. I feel that McCain needed some media attraction and an issue they felt Hillary supporters or undecided women would "sympathize" with. He used the Palin family for his political agenda. Sound familiar? Yes. We are now wondering what Bush was thinking when he invaded Iraq, and took is into a multibillion dollar deficit. Thank God we do have a choice to make in this election process. One that will not be spinned around by the Republican agenda.

    Angela – Atlanta, Georgia

    September 3, 2008 at 2:30 pm |
  163. Kristin, Texas City TX

    The damage is already done, it is clear to everyone that this was not a well thought out choice and any changes made would highlight that fact, including her stepping down. Everyone would see it for what it is. Their best bet right from here on out is to stick to the script, keep on saying they knew all of this all along and they really really really do think she is the best choice for the ticket. I was waffling about my vote this fall, McCain made the choice for me. Obama '08

    September 3, 2008 at 2:30 pm |
  164. Steve Lopez

    Yes. Good thing Sarah"s NRA, she can hold the shotgun at her daughter's wedding. White trash rules.

    Campbell, CA

    September 3, 2008 at 2:30 pm |
  165. Tim Kamer

    No. Palin thinks the burning of fossil fuels does not impact the environment. This is exactly what we need – backward thinking people to lead this country forward. Maverick indeed.

    September 3, 2008 at 2:30 pm |
  166. Fred Ray

    Are you kidding me! The reason the democrats and yourself are trying to discredit everything about her is proof that the dems are scared to death of her.


    September 3, 2008 at 2:34 pm |
  167. Pam

    He should replace her but only if he can get the "Men In Trees" writers to rescript his Republican Party. This whole farce is so not – Country First!

    September 3, 2008 at 2:35 pm |
  168. Neal Witkin (Marion, Connecticut)

    Replace Palin? Nonsense. Why? Because she's not experienced enough? None of the candidates are "experienced" enough because not one of the candidates have been elected to the job of President or Vice President. What experience did then Governor Bush have for the Presidency or, then Gov. Clinton or then Gov. Reagan? Just exactly what experience is needed to be President or Vice President? What exactly is the test for experience for these two offices? Experience I'm afraid, is mostly on the job. Many could argue the present administration with all its experience, has not done a good job. See the President's public approval ratings in the polls to verify my comment.
    Both tickets seem pretty balanced to me, one young candidate (Obama) and an older runningmate (Biden) and one older candidate (McCain) and a younger runningmate (Palin). Let's just vote in November and see who wins.

    September 3, 2008 at 2:36 pm |
  169. mitchell ,arkansaw

    he should,but, i hope he doesn't. this is a no-brainer. barack wins!

    September 3, 2008 at 2:37 pm |
  170. William


    Removal of Gov. Palin from the McCain ticket would be an outrageous example of the left leaning media's ability to influence public opinion in spite of journalistic ethics. Gov. Palin by all accounts is a well liked, respected and effective governor of Alaska. By no means does this alone qualify her to be Vice President, but then again neither does being a US Senator. The American people have tended to vote their conscious when it comes to Presidential elections; however the advent of the "free media" has lead to a clouding of modern News reporting. While the news may be more transparent, it certainly is not more effective at presenting "valid" policy differences between candidates. I hope that one might consider a Candidate based on his/her effective nature rather than his/her ability to present the squeaky clean image demanded by today’s gutter politics.

    September 3, 2008 at 2:37 pm |
  171. Bridget in Chicago

    Hi Jack,
    I honestly believe Palin should NOT be kicked off, rather she should remove herself citing her need to use her time with the new at-home situations.
    Aside from which, McCain's new ad on experience is about to backfire BIG TIME-
    as we currently HAVE a president who was a former governor with "executive experience" and we see how well that worked out!
    Palin is about to be compared to Bush and McCain needs to reserve his finances for the next VP pick and get back to the issues that really matter to Americans.

    September 3, 2008 at 2:38 pm |
  172. Tony, CT

    No do-overs! If McCain took advice from those bumbling fools who found her, he has to live with losing the election. He would have lost anyway, but he’s going down hard now.

    September 3, 2008 at 2:38 pm |
  173. Daryl

    Ha! Wouldn't you love that! Not a chance! She will put him over the top!
    Wait til the polls come out next week! The Republicans have already derailed the Dems to comparing her experience with Obamas. That's just what Republicans want! Let McCain stay above it all looking more and more presidential everyday while the Dems compare their pick with our VICE nominee.

    September 3, 2008 at 2:38 pm |
  174. Linda in Indiana

    No he shouldn't replace her. The choice has been made, now let the Republican Party deal with it! She may be a breath of fresh air after John McCain. The whole convention seems to be in disarray.

    September 3, 2008 at 2:40 pm |
  175. Russell

    McCain needs to return the focus of his campaign to himself and his issues or this will swamp his ship. I was always under the "mistaken" idea that this election was about the presidency all be it complicated by his age and his health record. If it takes dumping her he should do it sooner rather than later if he expects to win...god forbid!

    September 3, 2008 at 3:05 pm |
  176. Denis Johnson

    John McCain picked a woman because Barrack Obama didn't and that is the only reason. Had Barrack Obama chose Hillary Clinton we'd be looking a man running with McCain. His pick was purely political and had nothing to do with forthought or our nations best interest in mind.
    His pick was a shot from the hip and now he and the Republican Party are trying to put the best spin on a huge mistake! If that is how his presidency will be we CANNOT put our nation in the hands of such an irrational man!!

    September 3, 2008 at 3:05 pm |
  177. dwight colllins

    Yes he should! but we all know he won't. All these woman are talking about is how every one is being sexiest. But men don't have kids. And if you wanted to have 5 kids then you should think about being part of their life and not having them post drunken pics of themselves on Myspace! She wants to preach family values then she needs to live them. Its obvious her husband can't handle them by himself. And now she has one with a cerebral palsy. I mean they both have to be there for that child. Can't keep having them if your going to throw them on your husband!

    September 3, 2008 at 3:05 pm |
  178. Rick Hendersonville,N.C.

    Jack. I really don’t think it matter anymore only because we will see and understand that he cannot make the right and good choices to lead this nation.. If you want the same ;vote Mccain.. If you want to stop the drama, vote OBAMA.

    September 3, 2008 at 3:05 pm |
  179. Bill

    Why? He should live with his choice. What would his explanation be, "He had a 'senior' moment in selecting Palin and wants a 'do over' ?" It should be clear that the straight talk express has derailed again and needs to be taken out of service. Way to go Republicans!!!

    September 3, 2008 at 3:05 pm |
  180. mitchell ,arkansaw

    no. i like everything about her. except her policies on social issues ,family values,foriegn policy,national defense, the economy,environement,global warming,religion,seccessionist states ,ethics ,taxes, big oil,and women's rights. so,basically, i like her because she's from alaska,and i never been there. however ,i'll be voting for bo and joe.

    September 3, 2008 at 3:26 pm |
  181. Lacy Lady/ IOWA

    Let her stay Jack-it won't be long before the Republican party finds theirselves up the well know estuary without means of propulsion.
    Just wait until they find out about Miss America's pastor thinks the Jews deserve Punishment.

    September 3, 2008 at 4:00 pm |
  182. K. Matthews

    I don't see how the Republicans can compare her to Obama when she doesn't have the education that he does or years of experience as Illinois State Senator and United States Senator. She does not need to be possibly put in the position of President of the United States. I think McCain has made a very big mistake that the Republicans are trying to cover up by their comparison. Imagine him making decisions even bigger than this.

    September 3, 2008 at 4:00 pm |
  183. julian

    I can not believe as a complete independent how Bias the media is with regards to this election.

    Barack Obama is a God and no one can ask questions about his judgement but Sarah is fair game.
    Of all the bias reporting I have seen Mr Cafferty is by far the worse,
    How can cnn allow this kind of nonsense.

    September 3, 2008 at 4:00 pm |
  184. meme

    Micthell that was genius, I'll be stealing that! That was great...

    September 3, 2008 at 4:00 pm |
  185. Macguyver

    As a democrat, I don't think McCain shoul replace Palin. She seems to be working out quite well for us.

    September 3, 2008 at 4:00 pm |
  186. Troy from Springfield IL

    I think the GOP just might be protesting a little too much. Take away the pregnancy, the misappropriation of funds, and her husands political affiliation. These things do not affect her ability to do the job of VP. Her blatant inexperience is the reason she's not the person for this job.

    How can the GOP tell me she has more experience to run this country than Obama? This is a serious straw grab, and an obviously desparate move from a party whose power is quickly falling thru their fingers. The Republicans are seriously insulting my intelligence. In the last few hours, I've decided to vote Dem.

    September 3, 2008 at 4:01 pm |
  187. Tommy, Chicago IL

    Maybe McCain should consider replacing himself as the nominee! That's just my opinion.

    September 3, 2008 at 4:01 pm |
  188. Karl in CA

    Why replace her? She is the best pick for the Democratic ticket to win. Picking her was pathetic judgement, replacing her would be even more so. I do not see anything resembling good judgment in John McCain.

    September 3, 2008 at 4:01 pm |
  189. John

    Keep her on the ticket, I want them to lose.

    Correct me if I am wrong, but have the Republicans been in office for a long time? 12 of the last 20 years.

    "Country First", what a joke. How about China, Mexico and others first?

    Bush was the uniter, then the decider, however all he has been is a divider.

    Bush wanted to change Washington, and boy has he. We have had more corruption and loss of our personal rights and personal income than ever in history.

    The Republicans always cry foul, however it appears they are the party of "Dirty Politics"!

    Whe have the Republicans ever put the country first??????

    September 3, 2008 at 4:01 pm |
  190. C from GA

    I hope not. Watching the Republicans fall all over themselves to endorse a woman who can't manage her family without making them public and who supports her state becoming a separate country is too entertaining.

    I can't wait to see what new scandal shows up.

    September 3, 2008 at 4:01 pm |
  191. herb

    I won't be going out on election day with Palin on the ticket

    September 3, 2008 at 4:01 pm |
  192. sheila, littleton, colorado

    Why? She not only has far more Experience than Obama but also a proven record of bring about change. She is a true Reformer and is exactly the person to support McCain make change in Washington.


    September 3, 2008 at 4:01 pm |
  193. judy

    No way, The Republicans have put together a better package.
    Gov. Palin has more experience then the Democrate's president choice.

    I would never consider voting for someone who 96-97 times only voted "present". That is the cowards way out. If Obama can't make a decision in the senate, I can't have the faith he could make good decisions as president. In his speeches he acts like he has all the answers then why couldn't he vote "yea" or "ney", or is he too busy campaigning that he doesn't know the issues in the senate and how to vote. (I'm mean he is still getting a salary as a senator) , Give me a break. He needs to do the first job we hired him for, before we continue for 19 months paying him to seek out another job. What other company besides the US goverment continue to get paid while looking for another job. He was only there for what a matter of months as a junior senator. Where is his experience compare to Gov. Palin. She was working and managing a state and he was campaigning. If you want something to be said get a man....if you want some done get a women.

    September 3, 2008 at 4:01 pm |
  194. Mary Ryan

    I do not as a women think that this governor is qualified because she sent the Alaska guard to a wild fire. She would be in close because of health reason with Mr. McCain to send our sons and daughters to war zones. She also has 2 children who need her complete attention right now. McCain has really shown that his judgement is not up to par. I'm a senior citizen and my judgement is not what it should be on heavy subjects. McCain was a war hero, but not a general who makes these judgement calls. Obama wil be young and ready to go and will have the best around him in Senator Biden who has been tested by his struggles. The republican party are crazy is they think Hillary supporters will cross to this women. Hillary we hope will lead the health care program forward and we are praying for this. The democrate have shown there grasp of what we all need in these trying times.It was a great convention. I will also be asking our indipendants and republicans to come on board. We will be proud of our government once again.

    September 3, 2008 at 4:01 pm |
  195. Jeffrey, Fort Lauderdale

    He so should, but he so can't. There are no do-overs in politics and, God forbid, the war hero would admit to a mistake. He's going to have to carry this one to term through November.

    September 3, 2008 at 4:01 pm |
  196. Hans J.M. Nolet

    Yes, he should drop her and then retire himself.
    From a European perspective his handling of this VP choice appears to be so political, hasty, and naive.
    After 8 years of presidential incompetence with our American allies, we have seen more than we can stomach.
    Europe, the world, longs, yearns for USA competence and wisdom.
    It is the general belief over here that Sen. Obama has far more of this on offer.

    Hans Nolet (Haarlem, The Netherlands)

    September 3, 2008 at 4:01 pm |
  197. Betsy (California)

    As the evangelical right LOVES her, hypocrates that they are, I doubt he would remove her from the ticket because he needs their votes AND THEIR MONEY. I think she'll give a great speech and the republicans will believe they have a great chance at winning BUT I think they and the media is underestimating the power of the college, young educated young people in this election of whom thousands registered to vote.

    They are not so easily fooled and they will likely tip the balance in Barack Obama's favor.

    It will be interesting to see.

    September 3, 2008 at 4:01 pm |
  198. Scot

    YES! Absolutely! The worst is yet to come with her and hers. She should respectfully withdraw citing family reasons.

    September 3, 2008 at 4:01 pm |
  199. Erik

    I'm a USNA alum like McCain, and my vote was his to lose - and he lost it. His overt play for the female and evangelical vote is an insult to both groups, and the "Spin Talk Express's" attempts to portray Governor Palin as a well qualified VP candidate are an insult to anyone with a brain. I admired Senator McCain as someone who put practical solutions ahead of ideology, but his VP pick is straight out of the Bush administration playbook of picking political "yes" men ahead of more qualified applicants. Meanwhile, everyone who can get on camera at the RNC is whining about unfair press coverage and sexist attacks that don't even exist. It is all very un-heroic. It is so much less than I expected.

    September 3, 2008 at 4:02 pm |
  200. l. storm turner

    mccain has given the catch phrase: "decision '08" a new meaning. he's damned if he does and damned if he doesnt. either way, it helps the obama campaign.

    September 3, 2008 at 4:02 pm |
  201. Danny, Florida

    Gov. Palin has proven what terrible judgement John McCain has. She left the town of Wasilla 22 Million in debt, fired people who didn't support her campaign, tried to have books banned, and was a part of Sen. Stevens' 527 group in order to get him elected. Reformer?

    September 3, 2008 at 4:02 pm |
  202. Doug - Sioux Falls, SD

    Absolutely not. Anything that has all these liberals frothing at the mouth and spewing nonsense such as this has to be a great choice for the more common sense conservative agenda.

    September 3, 2008 at 4:02 pm |
  203. Myra

    Gosh no! Sarah should not withdraw. John did the Democrats a gigantic favor and I personally think that he had no idea all of these things would be revealed. In addition, I do not think the Palins were going to tell the public about the 17 year old daughter being pregnant. It is why they draped her entire stomach in a lap towel and allow her to hold her 4 month old sibling. Then when the rumors began, they had no choice. I am saddened because the mother has placed her daughter in this spotlight.

    September 3, 2008 at 4:02 pm |
  204. Jackie

    No, Jack – he shouldn't. It's too late. By selecting Sarah Palin, he has already created serious doubt about his judgement, if elected as President.

    North Carolina

    September 3, 2008 at 4:02 pm |
  205. Sheryl D


    Truly a question for the GOP, whoops they don't admit to mistakes so probably won't happen. I enjoy NASCAR and thought all her kids names kept sounding familar. Maybe she can name her new grandchild "DRAFT Thompson" !

    Keep Up the Great Reporting !!!

    Obama/Biden see you Nov 4.

    Sheryl, Avon Park Florida

    September 3, 2008 at 4:02 pm |
  206. Michael, Toronto, Canada

    Yes Jack, he should drop her from the Republican ticket.

    It is frightening to think that she could become the leader of the free world. As a Canadian who appreciates having strong global leadership in the US (notwithstanding Bush), it provides little comfort to us to consider that she could become Commander-in-Chief!

    September 3, 2008 at 4:02 pm |
  207. Ryan- Champaign, IL

    They lose if they replace her; they lose if they don't. On the bright side, at least they don't have to talk about any real issues, nor would like to.

    September 3, 2008 at 4:02 pm |
  208. Steph Sofka Bethlehem, PA

    He really doesn't need to worry about his poor choice, the Dems will take the "high road" and are afraid to question her personally or professionally. It's interesting to me that the GOP suddenly feels that personal lives of our politicians are not relevant. Clinton's personal life was fair game. They didn't worry about the psychological turmoil they were causing Chelsea, why does poor Bristol gets such handling with kid gloves? She's a joke and an obvious desperate choice.

    September 3, 2008 at 4:02 pm |
  209. DWG

    As an Obama supporter I think Palin is great. The pick has completely unbalanced the McCain campaign as they go into defense mode to put out all of the fires surrounding the terrible vetting by his team. Replacing her at this stage would look worse, and the only way it could even conceivably work would be if were perceived that she bowed out on her own. McCain stuck it in the eye of the republican elite who would not sit still for Leiberman, but his haste may have ruined his chances in November. At least he will get the extreme right wing vote, and the inevitable turn toward negative campaigning that will be necessary to give him a shot in the polls will finish the process of polarization that seems to occur in advance of all of our general elections.

    September 3, 2008 at 4:02 pm |
  210. JJ, NJ

    Jack, No, he should keep her on the ticket. If he replaced her now his judgement and decision will be questioned and he would surely lose the election. She is what she is. We as Americans have to try to determine who she really is and if she can do the job. I don't think a lot of the republican really knows who she is and what she stand for... If nothing else it is sure going to be interesting.....

    September 3, 2008 at 4:02 pm |
  211. Terry

    No, not McCain, Palin should consider dropping from the race due in part for the health, safety and concern of her young son, who may require 24 hour care from both parents. It would appear to be impossible for her to care for this baby while on the campaign trail anyway. Almost embarrassing to show this child during her recent photo shoots. Please stop it!

    September 3, 2008 at 4:02 pm |
  212. Larry

    No.It is amusing to see the elitist left wing and their media puppets attack someone that will appeal to the independent voter who has faced the stresses of the real world as has Gov.Palin.Eventually there will be a backlash against the sexist attitudes of those whose words proclaim support of equality in contrast to their actions

    September 3, 2008 at 4:02 pm |
  213. Patricia

    Only if he wants to win. The first time she addressed the American public, she said she told Congress no thanks concerning the "Bridge to Nowhere". But in 2006, wasn't she supporting it. Why bring it up if you are not going to be honest with the American public. We didn't ask a question, it was HER speech.

    September 3, 2008 at 4:02 pm |
  214. Joe

    No, McCain has made the best choice for VP. The only reason this is even a question is because the Media will did up any thing to discredit this women. Biden should be the one under fire. What kind of change does Biden bring?

    September 3, 2008 at 4:02 pm |
  215. Brian T (Brooklyn)

    I'm not speaking as a Dem. or Rep. but as an American. McCain needs to replace Palin in the event that he does win the nomination because I don't think she would be the type of President we need in these crucial times if something happens to McCain. I understand the entertainment value of Palin being involved in the campaign but the times are too serious for games and gimmicks.

    September 3, 2008 at 4:02 pm |
  216. Roberson in Georgia

    John McCain will not drop Palin unless the majority of the Republican Party tell him to do it. He does what he is told to do, when he is told to do it.

    This is another one of John McCain's bad decision based on bad judgment. He was trying to pander to the Clinton supporters, that he found the first female he could find.

    But, John McCain is a Republican, therefore he will stick with his decision eventhough it is a bad one, because he is a Republican, a Bush Twin. Remember, Bush stuck to all his bad decisions, regardless of what others said and we are in war, the economy is in the toilet and the world hates us.

    John McCain is bringing up gender, but if the democrats attack her because of her non-qualifications, ethics violations and her performance as the Governor of Alaska, then he would say they are doing it because she is a woman, not because all of it is true.

    Quite frankly, I think Gov. Palin is not being truthful to the American Public. Who let their daughter date at the age of 13 or 14? Stay away from my daughter.

    September 3, 2008 at 4:02 pm |
  217. robc

    "Crash and burn, Mav. Crash and burn." – Top Gun

    Reston, VA

    September 3, 2008 at 4:02 pm |
  218. Keith R., from Tucson, AZ


    Once again, the "Republican Plan for Life, The Universe, and Everything" has produced its "42" – that is, a number derived from absolutely nothing but hailed as holy.

    Or in this case, a governor from Alaska who would be a step away from leading our country. A governor of a state that has a total less population than the city I live in, and who obviously has no problem with "mavericking" the system for her own personal gain.

    I only regret that she's going to sweep her daughter up in it too.

    September 3, 2008 at 4:02 pm |
  219. Cliff from Canada

    What with Troopergate, daughter's pregnancy, husband's DUI and all the other tidbits we're going to learn about, the family sounds like something we might see on COPS. No Jack, McCain should keep her.
    If his memory holds out, he'll have lots to time to think about where he went wrong.

    September 3, 2008 at 4:02 pm |
  220. Bill

    The teen children are off limits to the media but can be displayed as props on the stage of the convention?? Surely privacy= non display at such events. Logic and common sense seem to be missing from the McCain campaign handlers.

    September 3, 2008 at 4:03 pm |
  221. ST

    It's too late. McCain has made his bad decision and will now have to deal with it. As a Dem, I love it!

    September 3, 2008 at 4:03 pm |
  222. DERRICK


    If we don`t replace her and she gets in the White House, How will other countries look at the leadership in the united states when there is a teenage parent in the white house. I would like to know how she gets a pass for being a bad parent when any other family with a pregnant teenager are labeled bad parents. We don`t need these type of distractions in the White House. by the way your show rocks

    September 3, 2008 at 4:03 pm |
  223. Ed from New Jersey

    McCain can't replace Palin on the ticket, because it will really show how bad his judgement is. If he were to replace her now it would send shockwaves through the country and I don't think anyone would trust his judgement again. For better or for worse this is the choice he is stuck with, and all he can do is hope for the best.

    September 3, 2008 at 4:03 pm |
  224. Tony from Boston, MA

    Democrats would love Palin to withdraw so she doesn't attract the Hillary voters. It hasn't even been a week and she's abused worse than Hillary ever was, and Hillary voters that are tired with the media's misogyny will vote for McCain and Palin in November.

    September 3, 2008 at 4:03 pm |
  225. Adam - Fort Worth


    Did anyone, I mean anyone, in the McCain Camp ask what happens if the investigation turns out that she did abuse her power?

    Can we actually elect someone for VP who is under investigation for possible corruption?

    September 3, 2008 at 4:03 pm |
  226. 5-foot-nothing, oceanside, ca

    Heck, no! Keep her in. She has serious entertainment value.

    Anyway, he cemented his fate with this. Choosing her is causing serious backlash already, visible in national polls. If he tosses her, he looks like he can't make a good decision to begin with and will seem wishy-washy for not standing by his original choice.

    September 3, 2008 at 4:03 pm |
  227. john ............................. Marlton NJ

    No, but I bet there are many Democrats wishing for a do-over of their convention. .

    September 3, 2008 at 4:03 pm |
  228. Sharon

    The Republicans decry reporting on Sarah Palin as "attacks by the liberal media". Many of us voters are counting on the media to give us information on Sarah Palin since it is apparent that the McCain campaign did such a poor job of vetting her. Remembers me of the refrain form President Truman: "I am telling them the truth and they just think it is hell."

    September 3, 2008 at 4:03 pm |
  229. Roma Peters

    Yes I believe she should be replaced. My position on this is I have two daughters and are we saying that it is okay for our 17 year old daughters to be pregnant ? what we are saying to these two teenagers when we accept the situation in the party as change. The young man looks like a child on the television, why would you want two children to get married. Another thing for our tax dollars to take care off because we would have to take care of not two but three children. I sure would like to give her my vote but as a parent I am telling my young daughters it is okay to practice unsafe sex. Palin needs to clean up her house before trying to clean up our country.

    September 3, 2008 at 4:03 pm |
  230. Bud from Wisconsin

    Mrs. Palin should stay on the ticket. Her biggest issue is not this minor stuff coming out. Her problem is she is not from Scranton! Once Mrs. Clinton claimed Scranton her home, she started winning big. Now, after an eternity representing Delaware, just a notch up on the population ladder from Alaska, Mr. Biden now claims his Scranton roots and the press just loves him. So my advice is this; Sarah, dump Alaska like Joe dumped Delaware, like Hillary dumped New York, Illinois, and Arkansas and start claiming your from Scranton. You'll will then be on the Democratic road to success!!

    September 3, 2008 at 4:03 pm |
  231. Diane Dagenais Turbide

    What do you think! 🙂

    September 3, 2008 at 4:03 pm |
  232. Jeff Davis

    Well Jack, it seems that it has become more than obvious that the media needs to feed their hunger for dirt... with you leading the pack. Your commentary certainly is biased toward the Obama camp and he only has one more year (in politics) experience than Sarah Palin.

    At least her experience involves fiscal matters that serve to better her state... Note the "action" versus the "eloquent speeches" delivered by Obama. Nobody can name a single thing he has actually done... besides talk.

    Good for her! McCain/Palin in 08.

    September 3, 2008 at 4:03 pm |
  233. Kel in Auburn, AL

    As a democrat, I think he should wait another two weeks, then drop her and make another rushed decision to find a running mate. That would be really bad for the GOP.

    As an American, I wish he never picked her in the first place because she has ZERO foreign policy experience or interest, and would be a downright scary commander in chief. Scary because she has no experience. That's a risk I'm not willing to take.

    September 3, 2008 at 4:03 pm |
  234. aileen

    This women scares the hell out of me!!! Everything I' ve read about her so far, I find her to be manipulative, controlling, paranoid and very crafty. Much like what we have in that office now! I think America better open their eyes to this women. And God help Joe Biden in his debate!

    September 3, 2008 at 4:03 pm |
  235. Pat, Pa.

    No, I think he should keep her. From what I heard last night she is a good running partner because they BOTH have military experience. Oh yes, they said that she deployed the Alaska National Guard to fight a forest fire and that counts. Heaven help us if he should get elected and then something happens to him and she becomes president.
    Go Obama and Biden.

    September 3, 2008 at 4:03 pm |
  236. Bruce in Oregon

    Yes, for the sake of the country and any semblance of credibility for the "Country First" claims. The problem is how large (or small) the definition of "greater good" is – McCain's soulmate is, at best, good for a small group of now-energized Republicans. The larger Republican party is rolling its eyes. Democrats are licking their chops. The country, including lots of unaffiliated voters, is ill-served by these narrow-minded, if not desparate, selections of leadership qualities. In five months past, or two months left, couldn't McCain do much better, for everyone's sake?

    September 3, 2008 at 4:03 pm |
  237. Deena

    Yes. She was a bad choice. And why would a parent accept the VP nomination knowing their pregnant 17 year old daughter could become the focus of a national discussion? As a mother, I would never have done that to my child. So much for family values.

    September 3, 2008 at 4:03 pm |
  238. Peg

    It doesn't matter if he replaces her (which I suspect he will as more and more scandals become available).

    It doesn't matter who he chooses now, people can see that he used absolutely NO JUDGEMENT at all with this pick. And they will question everything else he does from this point on.

    September 3, 2008 at 4:03 pm |
  239. Jack from Lombard, IL

    What is the difference? Either way he is sunk. He made a critical decision in 15 minutes and it was shaky at best. We can't afford that kind of decision making anymore.

    September 3, 2008 at 4:03 pm |
  240. Rich S

    I believe he wants her to fail and withdraw so he can then say that he wanted her for the ticket...and since she had all these issues that he was not aware of...due to the short time frame...he has to pick Traitor Joe...

    September 3, 2008 at 4:03 pm |
  241. Daniel, Germany

    I am deeply concerned about someone being a heart-beat away and potentially becoming the most powerful person in the world who has no credentials whatsoever. In a globalized world, where cultural understanding, science and knowledge are becoming more important on a daily basis, McCain will easily find a better alternative.

    September 3, 2008 at 4:03 pm |
  242. Wordsmith, St. Paul

    No. This is the best comedy on TV today. The Larry King Live show would be dull when Bill Mahre is on his show if the GOP were to remove Palin from the ticket. We all need a good laugh.

    September 3, 2008 at 4:03 pm |
  243. Alexandra

    Absoluety. I feel McCain will lose the Presidency if he does not replace her. Americans do not think she is ready to be our leader if something should happen to McCain. She looks and acts like a cheerleader/hockey mom. Let her manage the small town she is used to. She is not capable of being the leader of the U.S.

    September 3, 2008 at 4:03 pm |
  244. Robin Norman

    What happened to country first? I thought that meant putting the security, needs and concerns of the American people before himself. Palen’s nomination is totally irrational. At least Obama has a law degree and taught Constitutional Law; not a bachelors degree of journalism. Obama has shown he has the sound judgement to lead this country. How is that Country First? Remove her.

    September 3, 2008 at 4:04 pm |
  245. Heather

    I also went to the University of Idaho. I too, was born in Sandpoint Idaho. McCain's campaign has listed her PTA experience as an example of her leadership history. I was the president of my son's preschool. I hope she drops out! Pick me! Pick me! Obviously, I am just as qualified!

    She seems like a nice person, but SO OUT OF HER LEAGUE! I loved Hillary, but my vote is for Obama/Biden!

    September 3, 2008 at 4:04 pm |
  246. Brian


    All liberal critiques.

    I'm curious – to the author and everyone writing responses – the woman hasn't given a news conference, you haven't heard her tell her own life story, you have heard her rebut any charges – and yet you all have become judge and jury before hearing one serious piece of testimony from the one who stands accused.

    How about you wait until after the speech? If she blows you away – it is going to be hard to retract – which means you will just keep at it, even in the face of facts.

    Curious... as to why Democrats don't hail this pick with some humility. Feel free to tear her down in due time, but for the moment – how about embracing history that is similar to that of Obama reaching the milestone of a "first" black candidate?

    September 3, 2008 at 4:04 pm |
  247. Kevin,Aberdeen,nj

    Hey Jack,
    Was she on Northern Exposure?

    September 3, 2008 at 4:04 pm |
  248. Curtis, Oxnard, CA

    Drop Palin or stop saying she is more qualified than Obama. Stop crying sexism every time she has a tough question to confront. She wants to play on the world stage. It’s a rough neighborhood. Will she expect other heads of state be more gentle when confronting her because she is a woman? Maggie Thatcher, Golda Meir and others ask and were given no quarter because they were female. McCain failed his first presidential test.

    September 3, 2008 at 4:04 pm |
  249. SY, Oviedo, FL

    Of course not. She's precisely what the GOP has been searching for...a scapegoat for an intended (Get out before the consequences come home.) loss!

    September 3, 2008 at 4:04 pm |
  250. Jack in Georgia

    Let's give the woman a chance before saddling McCain with a bummer. Don't know how much bummer one can get than Obama having to identify with his female cadre....Pelosi, Boxer, Feinstein and did I mention..... Hillary?

    September 3, 2008 at 4:04 pm |
  251. Democrat Abroad

    Jack – If they were smart, they'd get her to bow out on her own due to family responsibilities and respect for the GOP. Then, he could still pander to the far right and make his "second" choice.

    September 3, 2008 at 4:05 pm |
  252. Felix- TX

    Based on judgement, I would like McCain to drop out first. Paris Hilton can do better than McCain in terms of judgement.

    September 3, 2008 at 4:05 pm |
  253. carrie

    by all means YES I have a saying and i have heard other woman say it also.
    any woman can be a mother
    but not just anyone can be a mom
    and a mon would not hurt her childern the way she is using that baby of hers. and her son going to irag to keep us free.
    mccain my as well get a freshman in high school to run this country.

    September 3, 2008 at 4:07 pm |
  254. Jeff Ruben

    No he should keep her. It just reinforces how out of touch the republicans are. More negatives will come out and Obama will get elected.
    Jeff R

    September 3, 2008 at 4:08 pm |
  255. Amy

    Frankly, it doesn't matter whether or not he replaces her; the damage has been done. It's been made very clear to intelligent women that McCain believes our gender to be so superficial and, well I believe the appropriate word is dithering, that female supporters of Senator Clinton will think to themselves "Well hey, you know, it's true that Gov. Palin holds a completely different set of values and policies from the woman I hitherto supported, but gosh darn it, she has a vagina, so count me in!"

    While this kind of backwards, 1950's, highly insulting mentality isn't surprising from an elderly gentleman who doesn't even know how to use email and would be unable to post a response to this story himself, it certainly isn't reflective of the type of leader that America is going to need during the next four years.

    September 3, 2008 at 4:08 pm |
  256. Matt Pittsburgh, PA

    NO. why should he replace her? just because you jack ass media types who are in the tank for Barry Obama say so?

    Go vet Obama for a while and see the closets full of dirt he's got hiding.

    September 3, 2008 at 4:09 pm |
  257. CA

    I'm an American living abroad in Ghana. I can't even begin to tell you how ridiculous the republicans look from this vantage point...and how stupid we as Americans will look if we let the republicans win this election. It will be the biggest joke ever and a true indication of how easily americans are fooled into making terrible decisions. It is not unreasonable to think that McCain could die in office...then Palin is suppose to lead the country?? Anyone who thinks this is acceptable does not have a brain. I mean honestly...are we going to let our country go down the toilet? McCain should keep Palin as I'm anxious to see if he can really pull this off. What Obama needs to do is step up his attacks and stop playin Mr. Nice Guy before he loses this election!

    September 3, 2008 at 4:09 pm |
  258. Erico 33139

    McCain will not drop her. But the chances that Sarah will bow out appear to be in the horizon. In any case, the extremists and the media are doing a pretty good (volture) job. That is, circling overhead awaiting their prey to fall.

    September 3, 2008 at 4:09 pm |
  259. Elias

    Are you asking such a question because you really are looking for an answer, or because you are trying to belittle Sarah Palin? If it's the latter of the two, tough luck, Jack. She's got about the same amount of experience, more or less, as Barack Obama. May be he is the one that should be replaced.

    September 3, 2008 at 4:10 pm |
  260. Michael, Stamford, Ct

    My issue is a mother leaving her special-needs newborn and pregnant unmarried teen to further her own career. Family values? Really! Her response should have been "thanks, but my family needs me right now". Keep her on the ticket; she's a major drag.

    September 3, 2008 at 4:10 pm |
  261. Marie

    This is to the women who say women that are saying negative comments about McCains pick are envious of her.
    Most of us know that if she is not there physically caring for her children someone eles is doing that job. I can tell you as a teenage mom once is that we know it is not in our best interest to get pregnant and if it happens at this day and age it's because something is missing at home. Kids today are a lot smarter than when I became pregnant so there is a reason why this happened, that is the question this lady should be asking herself beecause she still has two daughters at home. Instead she chooses to take a job that will take her away from her newborn and the rest of her small children. This shows me that McCains judgement needs to be questioned but he is a man cannot realize the tremendous time and effort it takes to raise a family that size. He has to know there is 50/50 chance that his health will fail in the next four years, to leave this lady in charge is not thinking of his country first. He is only thinking about winning this election at any cost. Please America give these children their mother back they need her more than we do. There are so many other Republican women that are more qualified and have grown children that could have been a better choice. Why? Is it because they want to drill in Alaska? God help us all.

    September 3, 2008 at 4:11 pm |
  262. sola Atlanta

    No, she should not be replaced. Every information about her is news and enjoy it. If Americans have not known enough about Obama after almost two years of campaign, I believe we can not now her enough in two months.

    September 3, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  263. Marvin of Oma, Mississippi

    No. McCain need to keep her. If he gets rid of her, it will appear as if he was using Palin. Besides, who's bottom looks better... Palin or another man? Hmmmm.... let those eyes keep wandering down, Johnny!

    September 3, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  264. Bryan

    Yes. He should replace her. She is unqualified, undermines his whole message, and is unfit to be President, should something happen to McCain. I'm surprised she has put her family through this... If I had 5 children, one a newborn with down syndrome and another a 17 year old who is 5 months pregnant, there is absolutely no way I would ever run for a job like Vice President of the United States. No way. If she doesn't do the right thing and step down, he should replace her.

    September 3, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  265. Steve - southern Illinois

    I don't think I can remember a VP candidate who never gave an interview. Keep her or not. There isn't a flag pin big enough to make me vote for this lady for Vice President.

    September 3, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  266. Jay Carlton - Ortonville, Michigan

    No, he shouldn't consider replacing her. McCain's had much more time than Obama to choose his v.p., and if he can't get it right after all this time, changing now only will make him look unsure of his decisions. She's articulate, attractive, has a few years of experience in office, and has the "mom" and "one of us" factors going for her – all will help McCain get the votes of the superficial, uninformed and inane who don't pay attention to their actual track records.

    September 3, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  267. Katie, Georgia

    Maybe he should replace her, but won't because to do so would be campaign suicide (if he hasn't already done that yet). He actually made the best pick he could because now the uber-conservative right have their imperfect, "type-of-person-I'd-like-to-have-a-beer-with" candidate on the ticket to rally around. Sounds familiar, eh? Like a female George Bush perhaps?

    But about all of this media coverage... as the candidates always like to say, "let's be clear..." this is a woman who once called Hillary's camp "whiners" for their claims of sexism. This woman is in line for the second-highest position in the country. Just like the overblown drama of Obama's so-called "pastor problem," anything and everything about this woman is now fair game and is legitimately under scrutiny. To suggest that we should "back off" because she's a woman is the sexist thing to do, not the other way around. She put herself out there and now she must show she's strong enough to handle it. It will only get worse if she does indeed get the job.

    September 3, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  268. Roger Etzig

    Are you kidding? Gov. Palin's experience governing Seward's icebox will be a real asset to President McCain when he spits in Russia's face and annexs Antarctica.

    September 3, 2008 at 4:25 pm |
  269. Jeff in Michigan

    Jack, Why would you replace someone who is going to win the election for him? So far, nothing has come out of the woodwork except for angry liberals who are panicing about his choice. If the media had spent this much time vetting Barack, the election would be over. I have been a Democrat for 20 years and have no intention on voting for someone with no experience in the primary positin on the ticket. If there was one vote that I wish I could have back, it would be voting for Kerry. This will be my first Republican vote. I guess there is a first time for everything.

    September 3, 2008 at 4:25 pm |
  270. Me

    The reason she was picked- no one else wanted the job- she was the only one to say Yes!

    September 3, 2008 at 4:25 pm |
  271. Carol

    I pray that McCain doesn't replace Palin on the GOP tickets, because she's exactly who he needs to help him lose the election! It's obvious that John does not have any insight regarding today's woman. He's made one blunder after another, and Palin is his latest gift to the Democrats.

    September 3, 2008 at 4:25 pm |
  272. A former Republican- Laurel MD

    My God no.....as much as I think she is cute, and I wouldn't hesitate to hire her for a multitude of jobs, if they dumped her they might become competitive and have to pick from a number of qualified Republican female and male congressmen or politicians.

    McCain's selection was an indirect vote against the infamous "base", by the electorate- we are sick and tired of it. He embraced this base the least. Until the Republican Party is exorcized of its cancerous, bigoted, rightious base, the Republican party- as constituted will never win another election.

    McCain should have signed on as Kerry's veep, strike one, he was not allowed to sign on his man, Lieberman by the base- strike 2, now he selects a totally unqualified person as his veep. Strike 3- you're out.

    it's sad to see someone I admired lose his principle!

    Keep her on!

    September 3, 2008 at 4:25 pm |
  273. George W. Bush

    No, because it would make the Republican Party, which already looks rattled in the presence of surging Democrats, look even weaker. The Republicans strength under George W. came from the Party's aggressive confidence that they could not be shaken. But McCain is now desperate, and the Palin gamble is a testament to that.

    However, if McCain is really putting "country first", then he would not have picked a dangerously unqualified, if in fact very likable, candidate for the vice-presidency in the first place and will quickly replace her with someone more appropriate.

    September 3, 2008 at 4:25 pm |
  274. rufair

    I can't believe you guys. I don't believe you. She better not be removed or step down. "What a breath of fresh air she is. Hang in there girl

    September 3, 2008 at 4:25 pm |
  275. Mrs. H. Thompson

    No way! Sarah Palin is great for the Democratic Party in this election. Her sex may well win over some people who make their decisions based on shallow issues but her extreme social ideology will alienate far more voters. And McCains decision to stick stubbornly to his knee jerk choice will further tie him to Bush and his refusal to admit when he is wrong.

    September 3, 2008 at 4:25 pm |
  276. robbie

    I feel McCain has put himself in a lose lose situation, he can either admit that Palin was a bad choice and in so doing open himself up to attacks about his judgement. Or he can refuse to admit he was wrong, and in so doing show a similarity to our current President in his failure to admit a mistake. The only way out of this would be for Palin to step down of her own accord.

    September 3, 2008 at 4:25 pm |
  277. Ben

    Mccain by picking Sarah as his running mate has lowered the standard for the #2 job so much that he better do something now or repent later.

    In any case, its good for the nation as obama/can cruise along, so my answer is NO. Let McCain/Sarah go down in history without a fight.

    September 3, 2008 at 4:25 pm |
  278. fwmfgf

    i say yes , he should .

    September 3, 2008 at 4:25 pm |
  279. james gandy

    After all of the arguments that someone didnt have the expierience from the mc cain campaign they pick someone that has the expirence of running a city three times as small as my high school. and a state that is hardly even desireous to be apart of the USA. man this shows one of two things either Mc Cain Knows somthing that we dont that will make everyone love this lady or he wanted to get in the history books with G.W. Bush the 2nd as the next dumbest politician to ever Run for president Mc Cain you couldve Done BETTER!!!!

    September 3, 2008 at 4:25 pm |
  280. Steve

    Jack, McCain has no choice but to stay with Palin, if he dumps her it will be seen as a bad decision from the beginning. He chose her for the Clinton women voters. The McCain campaign is a joke to the American intelligence.

    Steve, NYC.

    September 3, 2008 at 4:25 pm |
  281. janjan

    In 2000 we elected someone because we were concerned with being comfortable, and having a beer with the president. In 2004, we repeated the error, because we are quite frankly slow learners. Collectively we are a group of C students thanks to our crumbling educational system.
    Unfortunately it appears that Americans elect people who make us feel warm and fuzzy. Thats what consumer mentalities do.
    I dont want anyone who is just like me to run this country. I appreciate brilliant thinkers, and creative minds. But thanks to No Child Left Behind, no one wants to think too hard about who will run the free world.
    Now that I have depressed myself I'll go get myself a glass of wine.
    cherry hill, new jersey

    September 3, 2008 at 4:25 pm |
  282. Cecil B Arnold

    I do not believe one person should have the power to select a possible a future president without one vote of the American people

    Cecil B Arnold
    Lancaster, KY

    September 3, 2008 at 4:26 pm |
  283. Fran Greicius

    The question isn't if Palin is a good or bad choice. What's startling is McCain's decision-making process or lack thereof. We don't need McCain's cavalier approach to problem solving. Now that is truly scary.

    September 3, 2008 at 4:26 pm |
  284. Waldo Rodriguez

    Yes, she should be replaced. Bubby Jindal or many other qualifed men and women from the rRepublican party will be a more responsible choice.
    She does not have the required experience. Mayor of of a town with less than 10,000 people in Alaska does not sounds like VP level executive experience. She had less than 2 years as a governor. Deploying the national guard to fight fires does not prepare her for being the commander in chief.
    Of course she will look good tonigth at the convention the RNC prepared her speech and she spent several days learning it. She can fake it but American people are smarter than that.
    Waldo (Oregon)

    September 3, 2008 at 4:26 pm |
  285. Maryann

    In my opinion, Sarah Palin should have declined the invitation for the Vice-presidency because of her family crisis. It appears that McCain has bad judgment and Sarah is power hungry.

    September 3, 2008 at 4:26 pm |
  286. Esra Gulec

    I think he must change his VP pick because, he has nothing to compete against Obama after choosing Palin as a VP. I was totally undecided but after his VP choice I am definetly voting for Obama, being her female did not attract me at all. How can they compare her to Hillary Clinton. Are they think Clinton voters are not smart enough to fall for this???? Actually if he changes his VP pick after all this, he is going to lose his credibility at all?? He is choosing VP for the United States, not a vegetable from the market!

    September 3, 2008 at 4:26 pm |
  287. Mac

    McCain should replace Palin only if he wants to win the election. I'm a Republican and since Palin joined the ticket, I'm planning to vote for Obama/Biden. She is not the right person to be a 72-year-old heartbeat away from the presidency.

    September 3, 2008 at 4:26 pm |
  288. Jen & Manny

    Absolutely not. McCain and his bunch swear by her and her record and so we the public must take him by his word after all his acting in our own best interest right?

    Just give them enough rope and in time just watch their own public hanging, or better yet watch them hang their own.

    September 3, 2008 at 4:26 pm |
  289. Sam

    Family should be left out of any political discussion. They belong in celebrations and introductions but as far as fodder, absolutely not. However, when a candidate's Family is used as an Advocacy or Promoting the agenda, they have opened a door for the media to jump in. Reverse the scenario for a minute, imagine without going into all the details- the same scenario on a liberal Democrat candidate's family, the Religious Right would be jumping all over the candidate as an example of their "values" or lack thereof.
    You open a viscious can of worms when you use your Family as advocates for your political views, you open the window for scrutiny. I believe fully they are off limits, but you can't have it both ways and these recent events only show the hypocrisy of politics in general. You can't use your Family to push your agenda and then expect privacy!

    September 3, 2008 at 4:26 pm |
  290. emc

    The campaigns for both parties feature political blowhards who will only accomplish what congress allows them to accomplish. Ms. Palin is as qualified as any of them. All of them have inconsistencies. All of them have skeletons. None of them have the inspirational qualities to make changes to our misguided government. It's a shame that we don't have any real choices. May the best team win...

    New Hampshire

    September 3, 2008 at 4:26 pm |
  291. alice in ohio

    All you dems are just shakening in your shoes that Sarah will show up your so call "leader of the world" candidate. Get over it..........she's staying and will be the first female vice president . GO SARAH.............

    September 3, 2008 at 4:26 pm |
  292. Courtney, Tampa,Fl

    Too late late now. The VP decision has been decided, which makes me even more frightened of McCain's judgement/behavior especially if (and that is a very big if) he makes it to the White House.

    September 3, 2008 at 4:26 pm |
  293. Paul Jackson Cosat Mesa, CA

    Yes, he should replace her. I have never heard of family values where a parent does not take responsibility for their child’s action. Where was Sarah when her daughter was running around out of control? A Christian family with strong values does not have this happen. It is an embarrassment. I expect more than just support after the announcement. I expect you to be a parent and educate you child prior to her becoming pregnant.
    If you cannot keep your own house in order, then I don't think you can guide a nation.

    September 3, 2008 at 4:26 pm |
  294. dingo

    Who cares? McCain's going to lose so it's a moot point.

    September 3, 2008 at 4:26 pm |
  295. Susan

    Why are we being told Gov. Palin made a "brave decision "reguarding her last pregnancy? What DECISION? The very same decision she wants to take away from ME?! Hey, My choice, 100 million women's right to choose, will be, taken away by a woman if she has her way.. Oh . it's a private matter; it's a family matter? You bet your ass it's private, so don't infringe on it.

    September 3, 2008 at 4:26 pm |
  296. Billie Briggs

    It would be wonderful to have a well qualified female candidate selected to the VP elect position for either party. To insult the woman voter with a woman who is not well qualified and also has views which are far to the right of most Americans; was not a wise decision. Most women do not care if the candidate is male or female but rather, what are they going to do for the rebuilding and repair of our economy of our country. They want to know how they are going to get health care for their families and how they are going to keep their jobs that are currently being outsourced.
    I don't believe that media is doing anything but their JOB. Why do they (republicans) think they should be handled with kid gloves. She is running for VP and she is going to be under scrutiny. I really feel they should leave her family out of it...but what she has done throughout her public life must be told. I am very impressed with the media's coverage of Sarah Palin. It has been in-depth and it has been fair.
    Thank you CNN for giving "straight talk."

    September 3, 2008 at 4:26 pm |
  297. Tim in Syracuse


    If she is found to be wrong about the issue with the State Trooper in Alaska then yes...he should replace her or more accurately, she should withdraw. If she has misused power at the State level then that doesn't really do much to dispel the 'Culture of Corruption' that is dogging the Republicans right now.

    Next...the issue of 'Commander in Chief' experience. Jack, I was in the Army and National Guard for over 20 years. A Governor can call troops up to deal with State issues like civil unrest and natural disasters. Now, I'm a bit weak on Alaskan history but when was the last civil disturbance in that state? When were they called up for a natural disaster? A Governor does not have any say about his or her National Guard being deployed, where it will be deployed, what it will be doing there when it is deployed OR even when it will come home. They need to give this bit of 'experience' a rest because to those who know better.....its an insult.

    If Sarah Pallin is going to be the VP Nominee then she needs to get out there and show us who she really is and not this parody that we are seeing.

    September 3, 2008 at 4:26 pm |
  298. Shay

    Jack , No McCain created the mess. So let him wallow in it. Let's see how he is going to get out of this one.

    September 3, 2008 at 4:26 pm |
  299. Mark Barnett

    NO. John McCain and the rest of the country should stick by and with this extraordinary woman. Her life experiences make her more qualified to be a leader than the life-long politicians she opposes.

    Sarah Pallin doesn't have the hollywood glitz and glamour of O'Bama. But she has the real world experience working actively to improve her local community, serving as the executive leader of her state, all the while dealing with the challenges of raising a family and standing by her convictions.

    Sarah Pallin should be commended for her outstanding accomplishments, not demonized by the liberal media who are simply upset she isn't a Democrat.

    Were she a Democrat or a white male, no one would question her ability to lead.

    September 3, 2008 at 4:26 pm |
  300. Carla Barone

    I find it reprehensible that the media has "gone after" Sarah Palin before she's even had a chance to state her case before the American people tonight. As an independent, and someone considering a vote for Obama, I nonetheless cannot endorse a process that tars and feathers a candidate in such a below-the-belt manner before they have had an opportunity to communicate their substantive message. If the media is to be trusted at all, we need the sensationalism to end immediately, and to let the woman speak.

    Carla Barone
    Mendham, NJ

    September 3, 2008 at 4:26 pm |
  301. vinodh

    Why should he replace her?? She might replace him 4 yrs from now!! she is that good....Great going!! Keep it up!!

    September 3, 2008 at 4:26 pm |
  302. Candace from Richmond

    For the sake of our future I say no. The more things come out about her the better Obama/Biden looks and as a democrat I'm happy. At the same time McCain is banking on women feeling bad for her and they are attacking the media because they are inquiring about her...I think it will backfire. People don't know her and it's the media job to find out things about her and the more they do the more it looks like she'll have to drop out if things continue to come out about her the aren't favorable. That will go against McCain judgement but I think it already is.

    September 3, 2008 at 4:26 pm |
  303. Moody

    It doesnt matter. Keep her and McCain will lose. Get rid of her and he will lose. I personally love this pick! It basically secured Obama to win.

    September 3, 2008 at 4:26 pm |
  304. Lisa from Washington

    As if he has a choice. We all know that the president, and now the Republican presidential nominee, does not run the show.

    September 3, 2008 at 4:26 pm |
  305. E in Kansas

    No, just in case McCain starts a war with Russia, China, or whomever, Sarah can take her gun and hockey stick and win the war single handed. As irrational as McCain has become, it is bound to happen.

    September 3, 2008 at 4:26 pm |
  306. Scott

    No he shouldn't, I say put her at the top of the ticket. Get rid of the insiders and put somebody in there with a little common sense that hasn't been corrupted yet.

    September 3, 2008 at 4:26 pm |
  307. orlando leake from benson north carolina

    yes i think he should because she has trouble written all over her.if he wants to be a contender in november he would consider replaceing her

    September 3, 2008 at 4:26 pm |
  308. David Sands

    I think Palin should do the honarable thing and drop out. A parent of a special needs child and a teen who is pregnant needs the flexibility to focus their attention on the family at any given moment. I would not want a father or a mother with that heavy of a personal load to be in the White House. Their attention can not and should not be on the gigantic task of running the USA government. One might think anyone who does take on the VP job with such extradonary personal families issues is either running from the issues or so self absorbed they put themselves first before their family.

    September 3, 2008 at 4:26 pm |
  309. Mark

    Jack, I did some reading on the internet, and about her climb to where she is, and it seems she has a complex, that people are out to get her, and or that people who work for her are not supportive of some of her decision, which is why there is free speech.

    But then decides that because they are supposedly Not supporting her, she fire's them.

    I dunno if I would like someone who as VP will have the power to start firing people, because she feels they aren't supportive of her.

    Sounds like a wild card to me, something they might want to consider as she could possibly destroy the party by firing senior party member's cause they have a different thought then her, but, I guess that's something no one has considered, or thought about.

    Now should he replace her,? well you know the saying, you make your bed now you lie in it.

    September 3, 2008 at 4:26 pm |
  310. Will in Colorado Springs

    McCain should NOT replace Palin. Let the campaign run it's course. She has more experience than Obama and offers more of a chance for real change than Obama or Biden. Give the people a chance to see her for themselves as opposed to seeing her through the lens of a media machine that would actually prefer the Republicans run on a "more of the same" ticket.

    We wanted excitement in this campaign, and now we have it. Let the chips fall where they may.

    September 3, 2008 at 4:26 pm |
  311. betty

    JACK: Senator McCain's temper and judgment scare me. I have watched him operate in the Senate on C-Span and have seen how hot-headed he is. Here again, his judgement regarding Governor Palin is troubling and I think all America should wake up and be concerned.

    September 3, 2008 at 4:26 pm |
  312. Kristi


    Lets say that Palin and Obama were equally (or unequally) qualified...what should the tie breaker be..perhaps a vote??? Well Obama has gotten over 18 million.

    Since when does an education not count? Last I checked Obama is the most educated and intelligent nominee we have had on either side of the isle in a long time....compared to a sports caster and a guy that graduated in the bottom 3% of his class 100 years ago....

    September 3, 2008 at 4:26 pm |
  313. maryann, rhode island

    What a grotesque parody of a VP candidate. That McCain put her forward is a slap in the face to any self-respecting woman who was hoping that 'the glass ceiling' would be shattered. Also, to borrow a quotation from another pol, "she's no Hillary Clinton." McCain is helping elect Barack Obama with this bizarre choice of somebody who is to the right of the John Birch society, and who, no doubt, has a closet full of skeletons. He should replace her ASAP.

    September 3, 2008 at 4:26 pm |
  314. Mark from MA

    NO WAY should McCain replace her. If the media is THIS twisted in knots over her than the gamble is paying off for McCain. She is a breath of fresh air.

    September 3, 2008 at 4:26 pm |
  315. Norm

    Forget about Palin, John McCain should consider replacing John McCain.

    September 3, 2008 at 4:26 pm |
  316. Val

    Absolutely NO. This is the most refreshing thing that could happen to Washington. I am sick and tired of the same politicians who continue to be controlled by lobbyists. The average American has not been represented in a very long time. Give the woman a chance. I am very disappointed that you are even asking such a question. I was an Obama fan, but my mind is changing. The media is starting to take on the role of the lobbyists as far as controlling votes. Just report the facts....

    September 3, 2008 at 4:26 pm |
  317. Christine Barton Cadillac MI

    Jack, I think that it would be a shame if McCain removed Sarah from the ticket. We would lose our chance to see the results of one of the biggest political blunders the "straight talker" could have made. This is the only bright spot in a lackluster and repetitive campaign. McCain has been languishing and now the neocons have something to rally around. This was a stupid move on his part. Not talking about issues and ending up with a candidate who sounds like a walking soap opera.
    Really love your work Jack. Keep on the move!

    September 3, 2008 at 4:26 pm |