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Friday, October 03, 2008

PALIN/BIDEN DEBATE
I stayed up to watch the VP debate last night. I can't remember a time in my entire life when I've been this interested in politics, but it's been an interesting season. Sarah Palin totally blew it out of the water last night. She connects on a gut level with real people like me. I had to laugh this morning on Fox and Friends when Gretchen Carlson said it was like being in the 50's when she heard Sarah say, "Doggone it." I think Gretchen has spent too much time in NY. I live in the heartland and we've never STOPPED saying doggone it.

Another thing that struck me was how good of a liar Biden is. He lied with such passion and conviction. Takes a pathological liar to do it like that. He kept asserting that McCain had voted the same way as Obama on funding the troops and on a budget bill. He asserted it again with such conviction that I wondered if she was wrong about it. I checked it this morning and Biden had simply lied. He had to know the truth of it too but lied anyway. At least any gaffes Sarah had were because of misinformation, not malice. Another thing Biden said was that it was Bush's fault that we were in the financial crisis. Um no. Read here to find out where it really started. It was pressure by Clinton on Fannie Mae to give credit to people who had poor credit scores. The link I posted was originally published in 1999, before Bush took office.

I actually LIKE Obama when I hear him talk, but his politics are downright scary. He'd take us down the road to socialism. I've never before felt that our country was on such a cusp of either continuing to be the bastion for freedom or following where other countries have gone. I also liked what Palin had to say about taking personal responsibility for ourselves. I'm not ready to give over charge of my life to the government! The government can't run its own affairs, and I sure don't trust it with mine!

Any of you watch the debate? What did you think?
Colleen Coble  
posted at 9:13 AM  
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At 10:00 AM, Blogger Denise Hunter said...

Amen, C!! I was taken back by how easily and convincingly Biden lied through his teeth. I guess I shouldn't be surprised. It is politics. Sigh.

 
At 11:32 AM, Blogger Becky said...

I'm with you. I think Palin shines in really connecting with the average American family.

A friend of mine posted 14 lies Biden slipped into the debate last night. In confirming her list, I found he also embellishes his wife's death in a car accident by calling it a drunk driver's fault when it was not.

Politics have made me sick this year. I wish we had 3-4 choices instead of just 2 parties. But I really like Palin and trust her to keep McCain in check with the average American needs.

 
At 11:33 AM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

Very interesting, Becky! I didn't know that about his wife.

 
At 11:38 AM, Blogger Courtney Walsh said...

I'm with you, Colleen. I love Sarah Palin. In my world, she is a rock star. I cannot imagine an America where the government has as much control of our business as Obama is suggesting. Don't people realize socialism is NOT a good solution?

ugh.

Sometimes I think people forget to listen when these politicians speak. Instead, they are enamored by charisma and a cover on US Weekly.

ugh. Praying for our country. I have never felt freedom is so in jeopardy as I do this year.

 
At 12:39 PM, Blogger Georgiana said...

Been praying for Gov. Palin for days! She really pulled it out last night, and did so with a wink and a smile. She stood her ground and did a great job delivering McCain's stance on issues. I'm so glad she got to bypass the mainstream media and speak directly to us. Still amazed at how many commentators won't give her credit for a job well done.

 
At 1:41 PM, Blogger Winter Peck said...

I find it interesting how great of an oratory Obama is, and yet, so was Hitler. (No malice there, Colleen.) If someone like Hitler can sway an entire nation, what does that say about Obama?

Actually, there's speculation that most white male Dem's won't vote for him because of his race, but they won't say so.

 
At 1:56 PM, Blogger Julie Carobini said...

I've been obsessed with politics lately too. Haven't been this way in a loooong time. Anyway, I really admire Sarah Palin and, doggone it!, thought she did very, very well.

 
At 1:56 PM, Blogger Pam Meyers said...

I missed most of the debate, but caught the last half-hour. I did DVR it and will watch at least parts of it later. I prayed so hard for Sarah before I left home last night and when I got in my car and turned the debate on the radio I rejoiced at hearing the strength of conviction in her voice. Right away I knew she was nailing it.

I am always a political junky during presidential elections and this year I've been more than ever. I was never a huge fan of McCain but after I saw him during those interviews at Saddleback Church with Rick Warren I became very high on him. We need him for our country's defense, to keep our taxes down, and less government intervention. When he partnered with Palin I was super charged up.

Obama scares me. He wants to put less money toward defense, and wants to meet with terrorist supporting countries without any preconditions and ask them to play nice. And the ultimate is abortion. Here in Illinois a hospital called Christ Hospital was doing late term abortions and occasionally a baby that was supposed to be aborted managed to live through the horrible procedure. They would leave those babies to die instead of treating them. There were hearings on this and Obama, as a state rep, voted for allowing such a horrible act to be legal!!!! Even the most left wing politicians have said they couldn't vote to allow this, but he did.

Okay, I'm off my soapbox for the day. Great discussion going here, Colleen. Thanks for bringing this up!

 
At 5:11 PM, Blogger WK said...

I'm not that big into all the debates. Or watching the politics to closely. I knew early on I'd vote for McCain and haven't changed my mind. So for me it's over. I do get irked by the commericals they are running in NC. Some are out and out lies, others are half-truths targeted at people who won't check further to verify if they are correct.

Has anyone here seen a commerical from Obama targeting McCain's time as a POW? My mom has heard talk of it,but I haven't seen it and couldn't tell her any information about it. I think if Obama wins, well I may have to take DH's suggestions and move to Canada because I think the US will go downhill fast.
WendyK

 
At 5:13 PM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

I haven't seen that commercial, Wendy. It would tick me off if it makes light of his sacrifice though!

Pam, you'd know more about Obama than most, living in his stomping grounds.

 
At 7:18 PM, Blogger Krista Phillips said...

Ahhh! I didn't watch it but I listened to some of it on the radio (we weren't home)

My favorite part... "Say it ain't so, Joe"

She pretty much rocked. It's difficult, we are in a precarious time and our leader is going to be rediculously important.

I agree with what one other person noted. I don't elect a smooth talker. I want to elect a president who will represent the people and not drive us to a Socialist regime. I know Palin isn't running for president, but I think she solidified that she isn't there to serve the media or to the corrupted Washington, but the American people.

Uh, yeah, I'm not opinionated or anything though....

 
At 9:30 PM, Blogger Tracy Ruckman said...

Excellent post, Colleen, and excellent points in all the comments.

I watched our local noon news today - after following the debate last night and surfing all the news and polls (I'm a political junkie, too, Pam!) - and was appalled when the anchor said that Biden won the debate according to 2 polls. I immediately fired off an email to him, letting him know that his reporting was not accurate, and we expected unbiased reporting. I gave him links for 3 other polls that showed totally opposite results and suggested he do some research.

Within just a few minutes, the producer of the show sent me an email that said, "We just looked at an AP poll. Thanks for watching."

If the general population isn't aware of the TRUTH, they'll believe the lies. Incredible.

Thanks for sharing your thoughts and observances.

 
At 9:57 PM, Blogger Lynette Sowell said...

I didn't watch the debate, and I'm so tired of the biased liberal news reports. Even in the non-news media, it's like "Let's make Sarah Palin look as stupid as we can." Not a peep about the other side of course. Makes me want to scream, "Think for yourselves, people!" Look at facts, not twisted truth. But don't get me started. LOL.

A few years ago Obama was on Leno, and I had no idea who he was at the time. But within a few minutes, he had me hanging on his every word. That's scary, with the wrong people backing someone, how a slick deal can end up being just that. And back then, Leno was already asking him about if he was planning to run for President. He started his campaign the "right" way--in the popular media.

Please, we can't elect someone American Idol style. Really! Another interesting blog for political hounds... http://michellemalkin.com/

 
At 8:09 AM, Blogger Dawn said...

Sarah walked all over Joe, and did it in the most graceful way I've ever seen.
Hannity will be airing on Sunday night a special that will look into some of Obama's alliances that have been know for being shady.
Let's pray hard for the next 30 days!

 
At 9:32 AM, Blogger Rachel Hauck said...

Colleen, GREAT post. Thank you! I agree 100%. Tony's reading a book now about Progressives and Socialism that began back in the 1800s and came to America in the Teddy years.

Basically, they are the state, and they are on God's side. They want "state religion."

Same old ugly political head rearing that was around since Jesus's days.

Anyway, thanks for speaking out.

Pray everyone pray!

Whoever gets in, we are going to need prayer!

 
At 1:37 PM, Blogger Tiff (Amber Miller) Stockton said...

I watched it, but since it started at 7pm here, I didn't have to stay up too late. :)

And yes, Palin knocked it out of the park. She definitely won this one, even though the Obama camp claims a victory. I'm sorry, I don't count victories when you *cheat* and *lie* to get there.

As for Biden, I spent 30 years living in Delaware and under his political schemes. So, I no doubt have a radically different perspective than a lot of people who are in Biden's camp. He *is* a liar, a chronic one. He lies often about his family, policies of his opponents and even his own voting record. When Obama chose him as a running mate, that truly sealed the deal for me -- even though I was against Obama from the start.

I have tried to boot Biden out of office each time he comes up for re-election, but when the banks moved into Wilmington, we got the yuppies from the city who want gov't to do everything for them, and they outnumber the conservatives. (sigh)

Praying REAL hard that McCain/Palin win, as I feel Palin will do good keeping him in check. She speaks to the average person and seems to understand us.

 
At 3:53 PM, Blogger Rachel Holliday said...

Since McCain's announcement of Sarah Palin as his running mate, I have often thought of the verse in Esther which says, "For such a time as this." I agree with all of you that this election is critical. I believe that we as Christians MUST continue to lift up Sarah Palin, not because of her party, but because she is a believer who is under intense pressure and is trying to stand for what is right.

 
At 9:04 PM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

Thanks for weighing in, friends! I just saw that the race is tightening up. http://www.zogby.com/News/ReadNews.dbm?ID=1549

 
At 9:55 PM, Blogger Lauri said...

Colleen,
I saw on CBS that 70% said that Biden had won, then I saw on your Twitter comment that 70% said Palin won. How do they pick the people they interview?
I think this election is so important, and almost lost it this week in my Bible Study when everyone said they knew that God disapproved of Bush. That he couldn't provide the moral leadership Clinton did.

 
At 10:08 PM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

I never look at what mainstream media has to say, Lauri. They are way too biased. I look for independent online reports. I found that on the Drudge report which is very respected.

 
At 11:30 AM, Blogger Mi Young said...

I love your books, Colleen, but on this, we definitely disagree :)

Biden won hands-down. Palin's good at connecting with voters on an emotional level, as you've noted, but Biden has about 35 years of experience, and it shows. No contest there.

The thought of McCain/Palin makes me want to break out into hives. As indelicate as it is, McCain is 72 years old, and he's had a few health scares already. That, and he has a very hostile attitude toward deaf people (and yes, my friends found out the HARD way, up close and personal). Many deaf people I know, if not all of them, will never cast a vote for McCain in this election.

In short, I am incredibly ashamed McCain is my senator, and while I don't have a problem with Palin, she's not running for President.

So, yep, this pro-life Christian Democrat is casting a vote for Obama/Biden :)

 
At 8:11 PM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

You must live in AZ, Mi! Our daughter is in Goodyear and we own property in Peeples Valley.

I'm not afraid of McCain's age--Ronald Reagan was old too and he's the best president ever! :) I can't vote for someone who voted for partial birth abortion. Plus I live in Indiana and we well know the corrupt Illinois politics that birthed Obama.

But we can agree to disagree on it! I never fight about politics. :) The diversity of the U.S. is one thing I love about it.

 
At 11:18 PM, Blogger MYJ said...

Lincoln was way better than Reagan, so the "greatest president" mantle belongs to him ;)

Yep, I live in AZ, as you guessed, but I actually lived in Chicago for about 20 years before moving out, so I unfortunately know all about the corrupt politics there. Sigh.

McCain in 2000 was a fine choice, but we all know what happened, and ultimately it's his attitude toward deaf people (even deaf Republicans I know are voting Democrat this time) that did it for me. Nothing can explain that away.

So, as you've said, we're agreeing to disagree :)

I did want to ask you something else, though. I could have sworn there would be more Hawaiian/Firejumpers books coming out, or am I wrong? :)

 
At 9:59 AM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

I still like Reagan the best. LOL He was in my lifetime. :) It will be interesting to see what history has to say.

Nope, no more Firejumper or Hawaiian books. Fire Dancer was a standalone and there were four Hawaii books. Did you read all four of those? The fourth one came out after Fire Dancer. It's called Midnight Sea.

Where do you live in AZ, MYJ?

 
At 2:41 PM, Blogger Ruth said...

I thought Palin did an excellent job. I must admit, I'm a conservative, who at one point was willing to listen and was somewhat intrigued about what Obama had to say, now I just cringe about his socialist ideas and how people just think he's going to fix everything and please don't get me started about people likening him to Jesus!

 
At 11:59 PM, Blogger Kristin said...

Colleen, I love your books and have enjoyed reading this blog for several months!

I just wanted to point out that both VP candidates were loose and easy with the facts during the debate (see the link below).

http://www.factcheck.org/elections-2008/factchecking_biden-palin_debate.html

 
At 12:52 AM, Blogger MYJ said...

I'm in Phoenix :) Or rather, just about 10 to 15 minutes outside the city.

Yes, I have all the four Hawaiian books sitting on my shelf, along with almost all of your books, except Anathema, since I'm waiting for it to come out in trade paperback - sorry, Colleen, but I love trade pbs more than hardcovers and mass pbs ;) Just the right size, really.

 
At 8:29 AM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

MYI, you'll be glad to know I'm going back to trade paper size then! Lonestar Sanctuary is out in trade and Cry in the Night will debut in trade in Feb.

Kristin, thanks for the link! I think Palin's was more misinformation. Biden slammed his lies very vehemently.

 

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