Wednesday, September 3, 2008 11:47:32 PM
Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin wrote in her line-item veto changes by hand in this copy of a 2008 spending bill obtained by The Washington Post.
ST. PAUL -- Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, the Republican vice-presidential nominee who revealed Monday that her 17-year-old daughter is pregnant, earlier this year used her line-item veto to slash funding for a state program benefiting teen mothers in need of a place to live.
After the legislature passed a spending bill in April, Palin went through the measure reducing and eliminating funds for programs she opposed. Inking her initials on the legislation -- "SP" -- Palin reduced funding for Covenant House Alaska by more than 20 percent, cutting funds from $5 million to $3.9 million. Covenant House is a mix of programs and shelters for troubled youths, including Passage House, which is a transitional home for teenage mothers.
According to Passage House's web site, its purpose is to provide "young mothers a place to live with their babies for up to eighteen months while they gain the necessary skills and resources to change their lives" and help teen moms "become productive, successful, independent adults who create and provide a stable environment for themselves and their families."
Palin's own daughter, Bristol, is five months pregnant and has plans to wed.
"Bristol and the young man she will marry are going to realize very quickly the difficulties of raising a child, which is why they will have the love and support of our entire family," Palin said in a statement released by the McCain campaign. "We ask the media to respect our daughter and Levi's privacy, as has always been the tradition of children of candidates."
Earlier today the Associated Press reported that Sen. John McCain (Ariz.), the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, opposed funding to prevent teen pregnancies, a position that Palin also took as governor. "The explicit sex-ed programs will not find my support," she wrote in a 2006 questionnaire distributed among gubernatorial candidates.
Reporters asked McCain in November 2007 whether he supported grants for sex education in the United States, whether such programs should include directions for using contraceptives and whether he supports President Bush's policy of promoting abstinence.
"Ahhh, I think I support the president's policy," McCain said.
Source: Washington Post
Tuesday, September 2, 2008 9:47:21 PM
Rove tries to define the debate - by setting out areas Democrats should and shouldn't talk about !!
They (Democrats) over played this from the first moment. When they put out that statement bashing her. This is everyone. This is mom, the successful small business operator, union member, outdoors woman, coach, mom of five, active in her community and takes on the big boys and becomes Governor. And they run a real risk of looking condescending, just as they did, the same crowd played these cards against Hillary Clinton, and it was a mistake.
This is a positive thing for McCain. It's a bold move, but it's also a smart political move. Now, it's a different kind of decision. ... Both candidates this year, ironically enough made not a governing decision but a campaign decision.
Correction Karl - McCain's decision for VP was a campaign decision - Obama's decision for VP was a governing decision - Obama is actually planning to lead - we are all wondering what a McCain of 70 odd plans to do if he falls ill in office - and Palin is left to govern.
Tuesday, September 2, 2008 3:18:43 PM
Not surprisingly, the Republicans have created a few talking points for high-profile delegates and surrogates who are asked about Gov. Palin's family.
Note, too, that the Alaska delegation underwent four hours of media training on Sunday night.
These delegates are more savvy and more on-message than we might think.
Here are the talking points:
> INTERNAL DOCUMENT - NOT TO BE EMAILED BEYOND CURRENT
> DISTRIBUTION LIST
> Please see the following points on Gov. Palin's family.
> * Governor Palin and her husband Todd have a loving family
> and their children mean everything to them. When their
> oldest daughter Bristol came to them with news that she was
> expecting a child they embraced her and gave her nothing but
> unconditional love and support.
> * This is a very personal matter for the family. We should
> all respect the love they have for the child and the desire
> all parents would have for their children's privacy.
> * The media should respect Bristol's privacy.
> That's always been the tradition and practice when it
> comes to the children of candidates.
> * (If pressed) The children of candidates do not choose to
> run for office and be thrust into the spotlight.
[/COLOR][/SIZE]Source: Marc Ambinder
Tuesday, September 2, 2008 12:54:30 AM
The writer seems shocked at Karl Rove's involvement in this campaign - I just assumed - that he was involved. He’s at the DMC convention – he’s on Fox News - Assuming that Karl has given up the reigns of behind the scenes influence - is assuming that there is a cure for what Karl Rove has got!!
It was remarkable enough when word spread that Republican presidential nominee-in-waiting John McCain was thinking of naming ex-Democrat Joe Lieberman as his running mate. Lieberman was a Democrat for most of his life. In fact, he actually was Al Gore's choice for vice president in 2000. But after a brush with political death in 2006, the Connecticut senator switched to Independent and won reelection. Lately, he's been campaigning for McCain.
Now comes word that Karl Rove, the political guru of the Bush presidency, is making calls trying to discourage the Arizona senator from giving in to these maverick instincts to blow up the political landscape by naming an ex-Democrat.
According to Politico, Rove called Lieberman and asked him to dissuade McCain from such a scheme. And according to the article, Lieberman "laughed at the suggestion and certainly did not call." Later, Rove told Fox that he did not ask Lieberman to corral his pal McCain. But he did not deny calling Lieberman.
Which means, if true, that Rove -- the architect of two Bush victories, sometimes called "Bush's Brain," the man who leaked a CIA agent's name to discredit her antiwar husband, a staffer who left the White House in 2007 and is supposed to be sitting out this election -- is in the thick of it.
-- Johanna Neuman
Sunday, August 31, 2008 9:34:40 PM
Karl Rove the brain behind the Republican party's campaign machine - when John McCain's campaign was going south in a variety of fading and dull images of himself - McCain shook up the camp and hired Rove's boys - since then we have had the Britney and Paris ad and now the hiring of Palin - as his running mate (which may have had little to do with Rove).
I say Karl earlier today on Fox - seeming deliberately misleading the audience. For example if you want to argue that there is a problem with Palin coming from a small town - then he will argue that with you - where the real issue in his mind could be something else - like the fact Palin brings with her a successful oil pipeline deal through Canada/Alaska. As governor Palin has been busy challenging scientist and the Federal government - to overturn the placement of polar bears on the endangered list. If she is successful this will clear the way - for the oil pipeline or more drilling in her state - but also more importantly later - if the Republicans can gain power - in the Anwar wildlife reserve and protected area.
Karl will happily argue with you on a distraction - while of course he advances real cause - with all focusing on the distraction.
Distraction of the day -
Fascination with the Palin's life - little different from others who have risen to political position and who are woman.
New Broom always sweeps clean - Once the press hurrah dies down - the real issues will begin to emerge - so be patient.
After seeing Obama’s speech and convention/revolt Republicans need time to recover !!