After six years of things like Terry Schaivo, an appropriate comment, and a true one. One echoed recently by the GOP leadership, as I recall. Absolutely irrelevant, however, insofar as she often went out of her way as speaker to give Republicans the chance to contribute. In the last two congresses, they decided they wanted nothing to do with anything Democrats were doing, good for the country or not. Instead of working with Democrats on healthcare, they talked about "Death Panels" - an idea spawned by a Republican (Johnny Isaakson) who then ran away from it in terror. I'm tired of hearing how Nancy Pelosi never reaches across the aisle but Republicans always do. This is, if anything, the opposite of the real situation. Democrats are always offering Republicans chances at compromise - Republicans are never interested in anything but getting 100% of their way.
I think it was due to her far left leanings
She's not far left. I mean, she just isn't. I'm sorry but she's not a Marxist or any of the other things she's been called. Her record is moderate, her views are moderate, and her statements are moderate. In fact, one of my main criticisms of her is that she was not liberal enough
- and therefore a bad choice for progressives.
she passed a bill the majority of the country opposed and it followed her to 2010.
Except that a majority of the country supported it, and in fact, many who opposed it did so not because they felt it went to far (as conservatives would have you believe) but because they wanted single payer healthcare, which the Democrats knew the Republicans would not agree to, and so they sacrificed it in a vain attempt at compromise. In fact, the Republicans aren't interested in any healthcare reform at all, so compromise was never their intention. Delay and eventual denial was.
Was Barack Obama ever asked "what he reads?"
Would any up and comer from the Democratic party be asked if they agree with Doctrines?
Which doctrines? From where? Who's doctrines?
The fact that she utterly flubbed what was really a softball question is one of the things that has led to her being a joke to many people. She honestly had no idea what Charles Gibson was talking about. That is not acceptable in a Vice Presidential Candidate - just as it was not acceptable when Dan Quayle was in the same position and seriously unacceptable when it was Admiral Stockdale. I would argue, in fact, that like Sarah Palin did to the McCain candidacy in 2008, Admiral Stockdale's presence on the ticket seriously undermined H. Ross Perot.
She was a half term governor who was completely new to the national scene. It was not at all unreasonable to ask her the questions she was asked - questions which had already been put to Barack Obama during his rise to the national scene. Admiral Stockdale gave poor answers and poor performances too - and was roundly pilloried for it.
She didn't have any good answers - because she is incompetent. And now, if you ask the very Alaskans who elected her, many will tell you that they wish she'd just go away forever.
I mean she was handled quite differently by the left media outlets.
What are the "left" media outlets? Anything but Fox News? You may not like what the media says, that doesn't give you license to shoot the messenger or, as right wing news sources do, muddy the waters until there is no qualitative standard in reporting for people who believe what the right wing says.
Sure but a left candidate would never get that treatment.
If a left wing candidate gave such ridiculous answers and such a poor performance, they'd be laughed off the stage and would never get beyond that interview. But for some reason, it's okay when it's Sarah Palin or Jan Breuer. Perhaps you don't remember Michael Dukakis, but he flubbed alot of things - and the media repeated everything he said ad nauseum.
She wouldn't be my first choice but she has proven to be a decent executive as long as she doesn't quit
You're obviously unfamiliar with her long trail of messes in Alaska - an astonishing number of scandals for just two and a half years in office, and a record of doing exactly the things she decries now - spending tons of cash and hitting up the feds for pet projects whenever possible.
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