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Dudes For Palin? What the Times Is Saying About the GOP

You know how there are just some girls who always seem to have a pack of guy friends? According to the Times, Sarah Palin is the candidate equivalent of that. With crowds that seem to be tipping heavily male (I suppose the legendary Joe Six-Packs?) the vocal man-fans aren't afraid to be heard. With calls of, “You tell ’em baby,” and “You rock me out, Sarah,” Palin seems to be comfortable with the demographic saying, “I feel like I’m at home."

At one rally a female supporter taking a snapshot said of the ratio, “This is not a ladies campaign. There seem to be lots and lots of guys here. I’d guess 70-30, maybe 65-35, men to women. It’s quite noticeable to me.”

To see what the Times had to say about another woman on the trail, Cindy McCain, as well as Christopher Buckley,


This weekend also saw a piece on Cindy McCain the response to it has vacillated from "humanizing" to "gutter journalism." Touching on her challenges as the second wife in Washington, her substance problem, and ties to the Keating scandal, the piece also notes: "Mrs. McCain has exhibited the signal trait of the political spouse: a burning desire to win."

Christopher Buckley also got his time in the Times sun this weekend, with a feature on his now famous decision to back Obama. In the piece one friend says, “When you live in that Buckley bubble all those years, you’re not really allowed to say what you think. This is probably the last liberation for him. He put his flag in the sand.”

What do you think of the Times' coverage of the Republican Party recently?

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chancleta chancleta 8 years
good call pop to me the experience card is a mute point when you compare obama to palin (they're on basic equal footing with experience) the only thing obama has that palin doesn't is an excellent speaking ability and some amazing speech writers but then again with all that bank he's got - he's paying for the best so what can you expect
michlny michlny 8 years
No question the Times is biased.
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 8 years
aw, thanks haus. I'm blushing.
hausfrau hausfrau 8 years
pop you are just lovely! :)
I-am-The-Dude I-am-The-Dude 8 years
Right on, pop.
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 8 years
She is very charasmatic and she is cute. I'm sure that doesn't hurt her support with men. I'm sure being charasmatic and black doesn't hurt Obama's support with blacks either. In a way the fact that we are arguing about all this is pretty cool. For basically the first time in history, we GET to have the arugment about whether being black or female helps or hurts various campaigns. As for experience, I don't really want to travel down this road. But, I will say that I do not believe there is a single criterium that dictates whether someone will be a good or bad president. Schooling, executive experience, etc... neither of those is an end all be all. We have had good and bad presidents with BOTH. I don't pretend to know what the formula is, but we cannot place too much importance on the one thing that our opposing candidate lacks and call that the most important thing.
hausfrau hausfrau 8 years
John McCain was in charge of people in the Navy. That is executive expereince. And for the 1000th time, Palin is not running for President. THERE IS a difference.
Sticker1 Sticker1 8 years
Obama is definitely smarter than Palin. On paper, he doesn't have any more "executive" experience than Palin, but last time I checked, John McCain didn't have any either (executive). I think this whole "experience" argument should be taken with a grain of salt as one of many things to evaluate the candidates on.
hausfrau hausfrau 8 years
See I can understand why people like Obama, I just think that the experience argument is not a good one for him. If I was an Obama supporter, I'd just leave that part out of it entirely.
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
She is also coming off as a VP contender. Obama is as qualified to be VP as Palin. Obama comes off as forward thinking only if you like the direction he is leaning. I think his ideas will do more harm than good, just like BC's ideas to balance the budget.
girlA girlA 8 years
I do agree haus, that Obama doesn't have a lot of experience, but I do think he has more knowledge than Palin. The debates have really shown me that Obama is more of a forward thinker and has offered better solutions to Americans than Palin has. She comes off as a puppet.
hausfrau hausfrau 8 years
i really just don't get where people think Obama is soooo qualified. I mean, really?! If you take his charisma out of the equation and you just look at the facts on paper, they aren't that impressive. If he ran in 2012 or beyond, then yea, I'd def. be more open to the idea that he could actually be a qualified President. But now? No way.
hausfrau hausfrau 8 years
so history and business is a bad major for a president? and senator trumps governor?
girlA girlA 8 years
And if you want education AND experience...Obama and Palin are worlds apart.
girlA girlA 8 years
I wasn't talking about what schools they went to. I was talking about what they actually studied and what they did after college.
hausfrau hausfrau 8 years
Besides, you know what they call the last kid in class in medical school? Doctor.
hausfrau hausfrau 8 years
GirlA the idea that where someone goes to school is paramount is really flawed. There are plenty of idiots at ivy league schools, in fact, I might even argue that there are MORE at ivy league schools than regular schools. Qualification should be about education AND experience. Not one or the other.
girlA girlA 8 years
Just not as impressed...
girlA girlA 8 years
He got into Yale because of his daddy, got a degree in history, then couldn't even get into the University of Texas School of Law, the went into the Air National Guard and we all know what happened there...then an MBA from Harvard.
I-am-The-Dude I-am-The-Dude 8 years
That is a well thought out and valid argument girlA.
girlA girlA 8 years
Look at what GWB *cough* accomplished *cough* at those schools.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
Do you think Bush's education, oh, you know, yale, makes him A-OK too?
hausfrau hausfrau 8 years
Well if all you need is education then you must LOVE GWB, I mean he went to Yale and Harvard!
girlA girlA 8 years
Again, look at Obama's educational history and look at hers. He has more qualifications than her.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
Not you dude. You are a folk singer. You can't be fat, y'all smoke too much. :wink:
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