Pro-Palin Boys, Anti-Palin Bear

Posted by Katherine | Friday, October 10th, 2008

M. David Lehner caught these young Palin fans at a post-VP-debate rally in Saint Louis University's Chaifetz Arena. (Thanks, Ann Raber.) [lehnermd / Flickr] Damon D'Amato captured a less enthusiastic polar bear who, he explained via Flickrmail, was protesting at a Palin rally at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California -- ...

Advice for Palin from a Fan

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, October 7th, 2008

[andrewjking87 / Flickr] Barb is a grandmother, homemaker, and former teacher in Toledo, Ohio. She describes herself as a "disciple of Jesus's" and a socially conservative Republican. She supports Palin, and after Palin's interview with Charlie Gibson, Barb had some advice and encouragement for her. (Thanks, Sarolta Cump): Sarah, you just relax ...

Palin Debate Prep

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, October 7th, 2008

Tina Fey isn't the only Palin wannabe. Just check YouTube and you might find Lisa Nova. Or maybe Marni. Here Marni satirizes Palin's debate prep by suggesting that, among other things, she took pointers from Cheney's 2004 performance. (Thanks, Sue Salinger.) Do you think there was bubble wrap under that voodoo ...

Watching the VP Debate

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, October 7th, 2008

Since the vice-presidential debate was so widely watched, it seems worth noting how a few of the roughly 70 million viewers did it. Gary Ku lives in New Haven, likes avocados, and made a poster for a VP-debate party at his friend Jerome's. His graphic suggests he was handicapping the debate ...

Vice Presidential Debate

Posted by Katherine | Sunday, October 5th, 2008

[Bright_Star / Flickr] If you weren't among the 70 million or so who watched the blockbuster VP debate live (not counting those who streamed it), you can see or read it here. By all accounts the night was primarily a referendum on Sarah Palin, so these comments focus largely on her: The ...

Palin: The Katie Couric Interview

Posted by Katherine | Friday, September 26th, 2008

[Notraces Flip Side / Flickr] Mainstream media winced a lot (even on the conservative side) over Palin's two-part interview this week with Katie Couric. The blogosphere today served up very similar reactions. (Help us dig up the smart contrarians here!) Timothy Burke teaches African history, among other things, at Swarthmore. He felt ...

Was Charlie Gibson Unfair to Palin?

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, September 18th, 2008

Before his glasses went on [matthewnstoller / Flickr] Sarah Palin did her first big network interview last week with ABC's Charlie Gibson. Here's one blogger's take on the way Gibson conducted the interview. John Orlando is an evangelical Christian and a student at Westminster Seminary in Philadelphia. Before returning to school, he ...

Some Alaskans Protest Palin

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, September 18th, 2008

Sarah Palin's job approval rating in Alaska is a robust 80 percent, and it seems she has also attracted many of her fellow Alaskans to the McCain ticket. She hasn't persuaded them all, though: Palin skeptics protested last Saturday in Anchorage. Frsbdg was on hand to interview a bunch of ...

Lipstick on a Map

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, September 17th, 2008

OK one more lipstick thing. Aroma Cucina slyly combined the lipstick smears with her skepticism about Sarah Palin's mastery of foreign policy. Aroma says, "Had to look at a map so that I could understand the depth of Palin's knowledge about Russia." (Thanks, James Mills.) [Aroma Cucina / Flickr] It looks ...

Drilling Psychedelic

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, September 11th, 2008

James Mills found this psychedelic "drill, baby, drill" mashup. It incorporates footage of the GOP convention, the interview in which Palin asks what the VP does every day, and dead birds, among other things. Set to music and "drill, baby, drill" soundbites. The video was made by BriareusTheYeti, a ...

Against Palin… Before He Was (Sort Of) For Her

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, September 10th, 2008

On the fence [slavetothemusic / Flickr] Ann Raber just discovered an interesting new blogger. He writes anonymously at Black Men for McCain. He says he's a black Republican and a Christian who dislikes Obama and intended his month-old blog to support McCain. Until, at least, McCain picked Palin: I’m a Republican because this ...

Sarah Palin’s Convention Speech

Posted by Katherine | Friday, September 5th, 2008

[Tom LeGro, NewsHour / Flickr] There were lots of favorable headlines in the mainstream media about Sarah Palin's convention speech. Here, from the blogosphere, is some of that same feeling as well as some edge. Jeff from Elk Grove, California, is going to vote for Obama, but he thought Palin nailed her ...

McCain-Palin Announcement Rally

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, September 3rd, 2008

Emily is a political-science major at the University of Dayton. She spent last autumn in DC, and it seems to have cemented her political bug; she was on hand at the McCain-Palin announcement rally in Dayton, Ohio, last Friday. Emily caught the candidates here in a flurry of flags: [er3465 / ...

Bristol Palin’s Pregnancy

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, September 3rd, 2008

Bristol Palin with family at VP announcement in Dayton [er3465 / Flickr] Elle is a Texas-based group blogger who thinks it's no one's "business" that 17-year-old Bristol Palin is five months pregnant. Elle was a pregnant teen herself, once. But she does take aim at the coverage of Bristol's pregnancy. Elle "can't ...

Does Selecting Palin Put America First?

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, September 3rd, 2008

[horizontal.integration / Flickr] Jack Wood -- retired lawyer from Nye County, Nevada, and Obama supporter -- thinks McCain was right to suspend the first day of the GOP's convention; he was placing America first. He also thinks Obama did the decent thing in condemning commentary about Bristol Palin's pregnancy. What impressed him ...

The Bidens at the Convention

Posted by Katherine | Saturday, August 30th, 2008

[talkradionews / Flickr] We didn't come across anything superquotable on Joe Biden's convention speech in a first pass at Google Blog Search, but what we have is here, and we'll add to the list if we find more. Lots of people seemed to be 'fessing up online, though, that his son ...

McCain Picks Palin

Posted by Katherine | Friday, August 29th, 2008

In Alaska [triciaward / Flickr] Impeccably timed to eclipse the Obama-convention-speech headlines, McCain has chosen Alaska's Governor Sarah Palin as the GOP's vice-presidential candidate. Archbishop Cranmer, who blogs about religion and politics with sixteenth-century wisdom, feels this spells "Barack who?": Governor Palin is a Protestant Evangelical Christian. Moreover, she is strongly ‘pro-life’, ...

Biden Takes a Bite

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, August 26th, 2008

Biden speaking in Springfield [aka Kath / Flickr] McCain is now ahead of Obama in the national polls, and one of Joe Biden's new roles -- at least judging by his Springfield speech -- is to play bad cop to counter McCain's recent offensive. Mary, who lives "in a Blue State, in ...

Obama and Lincoln

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, August 26th, 2008

Obama introduced Joe Biden as his running mate at Springfield's Old State Capitol, the same place he declared his candidacy in February 2007 -- the spot where Abraham Lincoln gave his "House Divided" speech. Obama referred to Lincoln liberally during his 07 announcement and counts him as a political hero. ...

Obama and Biden in Springfield

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, August 26th, 2008

These two photographs show Obama and Biden onstage at their VP-announcement rally. Race has obviously been in the subtext and the overt conversation about Campaign 08, so what I like about this juxtaposition is the white hand waving at Barack and the black hand giving Joe a victory sign. The ...