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Day 3: Countdown to Sarah Palin's Big Speech at the Arena

Day 3: Countdown to Sarah Palin's Big Speech at the Arena

The video feed in the arena says there are still four hours to go until Sarah Palin's speech, but already the place is zinging with more energy and bold names than it has been all week!

Spotted so far: Samantha Bee from The Daily Show, David Brooks (swoon), Gary Bauer, Karl Rove (he was very friendly, smiling at everyone and in a big hurry), the folks of the upcoming movie, An American Carol, and more wildly dressed delegates than you can imagine. Everyone is pumped up for tonight — with Mitt, Mike, Rudy, and Sarah, I am too! I'm grabbing my seat now and I'll keep you posted!


Karl Rove! First one out the door. He seemed friendly!

Samantha Bee from the Daily Show

A proud delegate.

Gary Bauer.

David Brooks and Gary Bauer.

To watch all the action live, from the floor, including all of tonight's speeches,

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piper23 piper23 7 years
Oh! And did I mention that I'm a little on the dark side? Not neccessarily latino but I could pass. And they let me join anyway!! I love America!
piper23 piper23 7 years
"The republican party seems like an exclusive and rigid club." I don't get this. I use to be a democrat and they still accepted me. I mean some could say I was damaged goods but I didn't get black balled or anything. I feel quite welcomed actually. And the people in the club are so nice.
Jazz-Z Jazz-Z 7 years
I particularly liked [sarcasm] the parts of the testimonial [Referenced in comment 38] that states: "..During her six years as mayor, she increased general government expenditures by more than 33 percent. During those same six years, the amount of taxes collected by the city increased by 38 percent.." "..She inherited a city [Wasilla] with zero debt but left it with indebtedness of more than $22 million." "She's not very tolerant of divergent opinions or open to outside ideas or compromise. As mayor, she fought ideas that weren't generated by her or her staff. Ideas weren't evaluated on their merits but on the basis of who proposed them." "While Sarah was mayor of Wasilla, she tried to fire our highly respected city librarian because the librarian refused to consider removing from the library some books that Sarah wanted removed." [unsuccessfully] She sounds like a female (nightmare) version of Bush...except she appears to have the ability to speak in public while having her brain work at the same time.
True-Song True-Song 7 years
I thought both she and Giuliani seemed smug and savage in their speeches. I was way turned off.
liliblu liliblu 7 years
Her is Palin the "reformer": "Wasilla had received few if any earmarks before Palin became mayor. She actively sought federal funds -- a campaign that began to pay off only after she hired a lobbyist with close ties to Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska), who long controlled federal spending as chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee. He made funneling money to Alaska his hallmark. Steven Silver was a former chief of staff for Stevens. After he was hired, Wasilla obtained funding for several projects in 2002, including an additional $600,000 in transportation funding." http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/la-na-earmarks3-2008sep03,0,5932587.story
liliblu liliblu 7 years
"WASILLA, ALASKA - For much of his long career in Washington, John McCain has been throwing darts at the special spending system known as earmarking, through which powerful members of Congress can deliver federal cash for pet projects back home with little or no public scrutiny. He's even gone so far as to publish "pork lists" detailing these financial favors. Three times in recent years, McCain's catalogs of "objectionable" spending have included earmarks for this small Alaska town, requested by its mayor at the time -- Sarah Palin. Now, McCain, the likely Republican presidential nominee, has chosen Palin as his running mate, touting her as a reformer just like him." http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/la-na-earmarks3-2008sep03,0,5932587.story
Michelann Michelann 7 years
"He doesn't let situations or comments control him"But as Palin pointed out, he lets the crowd he's talking to change his words completely.
Michelann Michelann 7 years
"He doesn't let situations or comments control him" But as Palin pointed out, he lets the crowd he's talking to change his words completely.
liliblu liliblu 7 years
The problem a lot of republicans have with Obama is that he does know who he is. He doesn't let situations or comments control him. McCain and Palin both pimp their personal stories but criticize Obama's. Palin claims that she and McCain are reformers. But she lobbyied for ear marks and McCain's staff is loaded with lobbyists. I don't know how sh got through that speech with a straight face.
liliblu liliblu 7 years
I'm watching Palin's speech. I knew better but did it any way. If I could reach through the tv I would slap her. If people really believe half the bs coming out of this liars mouth, this country will forever remain divided.
Jazz-Z Jazz-Z 7 years
Thanks liliblu. Wow, that was a very informative and scary illumination about Palin. I can see why they picked her. She fits right in with the republican party. Even if Obama can't backup some of his claims, at least he doesn't have a history like that. Somehow I can picture her on an episode of 'The FBI Files'.
liliblu liliblu 7 years
I believe this is the same information but a different source.About Sarah Palin: an e-mail from WasillaA suburban Anchorage homemaker and activist — who once did battle with the Alaska governor when Palin was mayor — recounts what she knows of Palin's history.By Anne KilkennyEditor's note: The writer is a homemaker and education advocate in Wasilla, Alaska. Late last week, Anne Kilkenny penned an e-mail for her friends about vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, whom she personally knows, that has since circulated across comment forums and blogs nationwide. Here is her e-mail in its entirety, posted with her permission.http://www.crosscut.com/politics-government/17341
liliblu liliblu 7 years
I believe this is the same information but a different source. About Sarah Palin: an e-mail from Wasilla A suburban Anchorage homemaker and activist — who once did battle with the Alaska governor when Palin was mayor — recounts what she knows of Palin's history. By Anne Kilkenny Editor's note: The writer is a homemaker and education advocate in Wasilla, Alaska. Late last week, Anne Kilkenny penned an e-mail for her friends about vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, whom she personally knows, that has since circulated across comment forums and blogs nationwide. Here is her e-mail in its entirety, posted with her permission. http://www.crosscut.com/politics-government/17341
liliblu liliblu 7 years
My mother read an article that stated Palin hired a city administrator during her term as mayor. I lot of the work of running Wasilla was done by this adminsitrator. I'll have to check my email to see where the info came from.
liliblu liliblu 7 years
Steph it's a small world.
liliblu liliblu 7 years
Steph it's a small world.
stephley stephley 7 years
I spent many happy years in PG County, just at the SE DC border. The convention certainly doesn't portray a racially diverse party and in 2008 that's not a good thing, IMO.
stephley stephley 7 years
I spent many happy years in PG County, just at the SE DC border.The convention certainly doesn't portray a racially diverse party and in 2008 that's not a good thing, IMO.
liliblu liliblu 7 years
Icterp, Fellow University of MD grad. Go Terps! We need a turtle emotican. I'm from the Fort Wash/Accokeek area of PG County. Is it your Birthday? If it is then HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!: g i f t :
liliblu liliblu 7 years
Icterp, Fellow University of MD grad. Go Terps! We need a turtle emotican. I'm from the Fort Wash/Accokeek area of PG County. Is it your Birthday? If it is then HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!: g i f t :
Michelann Michelann 7 years
Sidenote, Huckabee's speech is pretty great.
raciccarone raciccarone 7 years
Correction: "Or we're all the people who killed Kennedy."
raciccarone raciccarone 7 years
Icterp, first of all HAPPY BIRTHDAY! And second of all, you can say I'm wrong, I can say you're wrong, in the end, Bush and Nixon didn't invent racism, they exploited it. As long as we continue to mistrust each other, politicians will continue to exploit that. We are ALL Willie Horton! Or we'll all the people who killed Kennedy. Or something. The point is, we're the problem. I love all of you as I would my children.
lcterp lcterp 7 years
Raci: Since I have never seen the ad nor was I around in that period (I'm 22, actually 23 tomorrow) I'm not going to say that you're wrong. I can only say what I know (which is very little) and that is my opinion but I'm sure it was different being in the period and actually seeing it.liliblu: I am from about 30 min North of Baltimore, Har. Co. I graduated in '07 from Univ of Maryland and I currently am in my second year of law school in Pittsburgh, where in MD are you from?
lcterp lcterp 7 years
Raci: Since I have never seen the ad nor was I around in that period (I'm 22, actually 23 tomorrow) I'm not going to say that you're wrong. I can only say what I know (which is very little) and that is my opinion but I'm sure it was different being in the period and actually seeing it. liliblu: I am from about 30 min North of Baltimore, Har. Co. I graduated in '07 from Univ of Maryland and I currently am in my second year of law school in Pittsburgh, where in MD are you from?
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