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Some more comments from contributors…

10:14 After Cheney, Palin wants MORE authority for the Vice President? (Blue Texan)

10:15 We can’t talk about Bush, Governor Palin keeps saying. Only we’re supposed to talk about McCain’s record, which shares 9 out of ten votes with Bush’s. Parenthetically, my kid just got Bingo. (Julia)

10:17 JB VP Cheney has been the most dangerous VP in American history. He works in the executive branch, he should understand that. The primary role is to give his and her best judgment when sought, and to preside over the Senate when there is a tie vote. The only legislative authority he has is to break a tie. The notion that he’s part of the legislative branch is bizarre and dangerous. 

10:18 GI Achilles heel?

10:18 SP Nah, I don’t have an achilles heel. Plus, I have a connection to the heartland of America [stashed away there in the attic, there, up in AK, huh?] More important is that world view, that I share with John McCain, shining city on the hill as St. Reagan said. We are not perfect, but together we represent a perfect ideal. Those things we stand for.

10:20 JB You were very kind that you said my only achilles heel is my lack of discipline.  Other say my weakness is my passion. Wrote the crime bill, put 100,000 cops in the street, wrote the Violence against Women act, McCain voted against twice. I’m must better off than most Americans, but the notion that somehow, because I’m a man, I don’t know what it’s like to raise two kids alone. I understand, as well as, with all due respect, what it’s like to those sitting around the kitchen table.

10:21 SP People aren’t looking for more of the same. Maverick maverick maverick maverick maverick. That’s what I’ve done as governor also. John McCain’s maverick position indicated by supporters he has: Lieberman, Romney, Giuliani. [In other words, Republicans love him] We have got to win the wars. We have got to not allow the greed and corruption any more. Entrenched partisanship.

10:21  Biden tears up, saying"I know what it’s like not to know if your child is going to make it."  Tender moment. (mommybrain)

[If partisanship is so bad, why won't you allow the Branchflower investigation go forward?]

10:23: JB John McCain has not been a maverick on the things that matter. the War, send your kids to college, anything that genuinely affects the things people talk about when they sit at the kitchen table. Maverick he is not on the important critical issues that affect people at the kitchen table. 

10:24 GI Long-held view to accommodate long-held circumstances. Judiciary. Used to believe that a nominee had a judicial temperment, no moral terpitude. It didn’t take me long to realize that the ideology against the judge matters. That’s why I led the fight against Judge Bork, that was one of the intellectual changes that took place. I was the first Chair of the JC that it matters what your judicial philosophy is.

10:26 SP Times I did not veto budgets, but knowing that was the right thing to do for that year. There were times I wanted to zero base budget. On the major principle things, I haven’t had to compromise, we have worked together, not caring about who gets the credit for what. That’s what we’re going to do. 

10:27 GI bipartisanship?

10:27 JB I think if McCain were here, he’d say this. (Tells a story, Joe, everyone’s sent here for a reason, don’t question their motive. I have not questioned a motive.) That’s the fundamental change Barack Obama and I will bring: not questioning other people’s motive. 

10:29 SP here’s how I would support bipartisanship. Tell you you can vote for us, who will create jobs, or them, who will end them.

10:29 SP I like being able to answer the tough questions without the mainstream media filtering. Assure you that John McCain and I will fight for the middle class. [Wow!! The Republicans have discovered the middle class!!] Freedom’s always just one generation away from extinction. There is only one man who has ever really fought for you: McCain.

10:31 JB Look folks. This is the most important election you’ve ever voted in your life. There’s a need for fundamental change in our economic and foreign policy. Barack and I don’t measure progress by how much regulation we cut and how many CEOs get rich. We measure progress by whether you can pay your mortgage, send your kids to college. In the neighborhood I grew up in, it was all about dignity and respect. Men and women who if they believed in themselves, they could succeed. When you get knocked down, get up. It’s time for America to get up together. May god bless all of you, and may god protect our troops.