September 4th, 2008
10:24 AM ET
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Palin attacks 'shrill and sarcastic,' says Reid spokesman

Palin called out Reid Wednesday.
Palin called out Reid Wednesday.

(CNN) - A spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is hitting back hard at Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin's speech Wednesday night, calling it "shrill and sarcastic."

"Anyone who knows Senator Reid knows he never backs down when he's fighting for what's right and that he always stands up to John McCain when he is wrong," Jim Manley, Reid's press secretary, told CNN. "Shrill and sarcastic political attacks may fire up the Republican base, but they don't change the fact that a McCain-Palin administration would mean four more years of failed bush-Cheney policies."

The reaction came after Palin specifically called out Reid during her address to the Republican National Convention, saying the Nevada Democrat "can't stand up to John McCain."

"Harry Reid, the Majority Leader of the current do-nothing Senate, not long ago summed up his feelings about our nominee. He said, quote, 'I can't stand John McCain,'" Palin said to roaring applause from the crowd. "Clearly what the Majority Leader was driving at is that he can't stand up to John McCain."


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  1. Joyce

    She will not go over well with most independent voters. Even Ben Stein doesn't approve of her and said so on CNN.

    September 4, 2008 03:27 am at 3:27 am |
  2. Omari

    Speeches were great.

    I believe it was Obama that brought up "experience" issue and got slammed for it. Community organizer is ready to lead the country and a sitting governor isn't? Who are you kidding?!

    Imagine you are on a battlefield, are getting flanked by an enemy and you know if you ask for help your commander will have one of two answers:

    1. "I believe that is above my paigrade"

    2. "I gave a speech about that issue..."

    Would you want him as a commander-in-chief?

    Finaly someone had the guts to shatter Obamas smoke and mirrors. All I hear from democrats is "economy". I hope you don't concider $150 bilion towards alternative energy research an economic plan!

    Churchill was right "if you aren't liberal before age 25 you have no heart, if you are liberal after age 25 you have no brain."

    GO GOP!!!!!! Sarah convinced me today to send Republican party my hard earned money, first time in long time! Too bad my vote won't count in California, but my money sure will help a lot more than my vote.

    September 4, 2008 03:27 am at 3:27 am |
  3. Marina

    The Republicans have a new, prettier Ann Coulter. But at least Coulter writes her own material. Palin has to have hers written for her.

    September 4, 2008 03:28 am at 3:28 am |
  4. Bern

    I do respect Sen. McCain for his service to the nation. With due respect to all our service men, does being a POW makes you most qualify to be president of this great nation? Does every soldier qualify to be president?

    September 4, 2008 03:28 am at 3:28 am |
  5. maria

    Gov. Palin was amazing.

    This Democrat is NOW ready to cross over and support Palin.

    Although she's no HIllary....NEITHER................. is Obama!

    September 4, 2008 03:29 am at 3:29 am |
  6. david

    As demonstrated by John McCain’s selection of Sarah Palin to be his Vice President and by her acceptance speech, the radical evangelical right wing of the Republican party has shown that they have succeeded where the North Vietnamese failed: they have broken John McCain’s “maverick” spirit and captured his soul. McCain’s pretense of still being an outsider and “maverick” is nothing more than the self delusions of an old man who is reduced to being a mere shadow of his former self. McCain clearly shows that he intends to win the election by avoiding issues and continuing the divisive partisan politics of Carl Rove and George Bush that he once eschewed. He and Palin now take a ticket into the election that is clearly more extreme and ideologically tied to the radical conservative right than was Bush-Cheney. Personal ambition has trumped his love of country. What a shame for someone with such a distinguished past to end his career and perhaps life on this note.

    September 4, 2008 03:29 am at 3:29 am |
  7. john

    She missed the mark entirely. She may have fired up the right wingnuts, but everyone else is scratching their heads wondering why someone who is supposed to be so "different" and embody "change" sounds just as divisive and mean-spirited as the next politician.

    What ALL of Obama's opponents seem to miss is that, the real reason why he embodies "change" are not so much his policies, but how he carries himself. He doesn't attack on a personal level. He runs a cleaner campaign than most.

    His opponents, however, seem to miss that each and every time. Hillary missed it, McCain missed it and now Palin.

    September 4, 2008 03:30 am at 3:30 am |
  8. Mary

    She was so condescending. I took offense at her mockery of community orgainizing as if it's only valuable to represent people if you have all the power. Helping those who have less is for us despicable democrats I guess. But her work as mayor of a small town is tremendous experience. She even hired a city administrator just after becoming the mayor so she didn't have to be bothered with all that, y'know, work.

    September 4, 2008 03:30 am at 3:30 am |
  9. AB

    It's remarkable how quickly the liberals spring up with torches blazing when they're called out for their own abject failngs. You couldn't have found Harry Reid last week in Denver if he had had a flashing pink neon hat on his head. But lo and behold, he's taken to task for managing half of the worst Congress in American history, and it only takes him minutes to spew sexist soundbytes that don't in the least refute the facts.

    The DNC was an exercise in showmanship that would have made Cirque du Soleil proud. When all those on the left get finished with their hero worship and send the Parthenon set back to Hollywood, all that's left is a party whose platform is, "Vote for us because we're not them." Remember how well that strategy worked for John Kerry four years ago?

    Sarah Palin was fantastic tonight – the fact that the left is doing little more than name-calling proves it. If the woman was blabbering nonsense, you wouldn't have to say a thing – she'd hang herself. Maybe you're just a little scared of her. Maybe she's just right. Maybe she's exactly what your worst fears were – a strong, competent, energized candidate who isn't afraid to take the left's best shots and hit right back.

    September 4, 2008 03:30 am at 3:30 am |
  10. Scott

    Good grief, people. Does anyone even try to listen with an open mind anymore? Everyone posting comments here had their mind made up before the speech ever began. Stop pretending that you're suddenly offended.

    Reid's spokesman is an idiot. Using terms like "shrill" to describe a female opponent's comments make him look sexist. Whether you agree with him or not, the choice of words loses the message.

    Both campaigns have been less than honest. Both bend truth and fact to fit their ends. Stop acting like this is a shock. The only difference in tone between conventions is how it sounds filtered through your personal politics. Grow up people! There's virtually no difference in the campaigns if you really look at what they propose fiscally.

    September 4, 2008 03:30 am at 3:30 am |
  11. velmeezee

    I take one statement back! Sending your son to Iraq is very patriotic. But not speaking out against this horrible war we are in is doing a disservice to your son. I'd be totally anguished at the prospect of sending my child off to possibly die for the benefit of no one. Our people are struggling and dying in war, and those people are just going to continue warring regardless of US intervention. I'd feel a little better about sending our people to Afghanistan because that is who our real beef is with. But republicans seem to have conveniently forgotten that fact, along with many many others.

    September 4, 2008 03:31 am at 3:31 am |
  12. jonwa

    At least sarah palins children don't have to worry about being neglected by their mother after november. She will be back governing nowereland – population zero in no time.

    September 4, 2008 03:32 am at 3:32 am |
  13. wh01z1t

    Palin insulted community organizers everywhere. Who are these people?

    They help organize neighborhood watches with local authorities to keep guns and drugs off the streets. They help raise funds for the creation of youth centers. They help initiate job-training programs to get people back to work. They also help organize voter-registration drives (OOPS!!). I'm sure there were community organizers who helped post 9/11 and Katrina.

    These people typically work long hours, for little or no pay. Palin and the entire GOP laughed at these people on National TV (hmmm who's the elitist now?). I can't wait to see how the Repugs try to spin this one. Good luck in Nov, and THANKS.

    September 4, 2008 03:32 am at 3:32 am |
  14. DE Stern

    I hope we are witnessing the last throes of the Republican personal attacks swaying the public to vote against its own interests, and that positive change will come. Do we want the new Republican promise of "reformers" to shake up Washington or "change" to address the real needs and priorities of the American people? War is a great tool for creating poverty. If we put the people's needs first over international power games (and needless war), if we had not gone to Iraq, our nation would be so much better off, and safer due to greater military readiness, and a better standing in the world. Fewer people antagonized against us due to inappropriate overuse of military. God bless America! Hope we can recover from the last 8 years soon!

    September 4, 2008 03:32 am at 3:32 am |
  15. Jen

    Dear Astrid,

    This is not a lucha libre. Everyone is looking for a candidate that can critical think over the REAL PROBLEMS that this country is facing right now and possibly help to solve them in the next 4 years.

    The speech tonight from Mrs Palin definitely showed that McCain can not be the ONE.

    September 4, 2008 03:33 am at 3:33 am |
  16. Frank

    Sarah showed what she's made of – arrogance, venom and bile. No wonder she appeals to the base of the republican party.

    Democrats have to sharpen their knives a bit. Not four more years of Bush, but four years far worse than Bush. Two ill-tempered, sarcastic, angry people running the country would be a nightmare.

    I don't trust these folks as far as I can throw them. They're enchanted with guns and armies, and will put us in more wars with less reason for them.

    The American Crusade... Bush started it, McCain is going to finish it – and armageddon is its logical end.

    September 4, 2008 03:33 am at 3:33 am |
  17. Robert

    Senator McCain and Sarah Pailn are going to be different than President Bush then why was his speech writters and staff with Palin all week helping her with her speech at the RNC. Please not another four more years of Bush / Cheney sorry I mean McCain / Palin

    September 4, 2008 03:33 am at 3:33 am |
  18. Mike

    The GOP goons prepped her for days, handed her a speech to read, wound her up, switched her into "attack mode," and pushed her out onto the stage tonight to deliver a smug, mean-spirited recitation that was appallingly short on either facts about the Obama record & plan for America or her own qualifications to be vice president. And where in the entire night of GOP rhetoric was there one single mention of their own plan for America? Or even a recognition that most Americans (their own company excluded) are hurting out there? Attacking your opponent is always the last resort of a party that has no ideas of their own and/ or feels that it is losing and has nothing left but to go negative. Her mocking of Obama and Biden was especially tasteless as both men have gone out of their way this week to stick up for her and her family against media attacks on her character and her children. So much for that idea. I guess the gloves are off now, though the GOP will do everything in their power to keep her away from real reporters' questions. But if she wants to pick a fight, I'm sure the Dems will be happy to give it to her. Then we'll get to hear her and the GOP whine about how the dreaded "media" isn't treating this poor mother and her children fairly. She better not expect to have everyone "play nice" now. In the immortal words of her party's exalted leader, George Bush, in his invitation to terrorists to target and kill our troops in Iraq (which they proceeded to do): "Bring 'em on!"

    September 4, 2008 03:33 am at 3:33 am |
  19. Mary Robertson, Australia

    Americans will choose their next President but the rest of the world is aghast at the Republicans – McCain is old and Bushmanlike enough to filll the world with dread but Palin's image as a gun toting, Bible bashing, anti abortionist, moose hunting, part time mother, appals us. USA is in dreadful straits, you have lost all respect and affection and the confidence of your allies and you achingly need a change to the Democrats and Obama – intelligent, prepared, trustworthy. How does Palin think she is going to get rid of all the old GOP administrators in Washington – there are alot more established Republicans there than small town Alaska! We all fear a McCain win, surely the majority of Americans are clever and rational enough to vote Obama? We all certainly pray so.

    September 4, 2008 03:34 am at 3:34 am |
  20. htowntribeguy

    Conservatives and Angry Liberals:

    America has just seen the "Female version of Obama"............more to come from a Governor from Alaska with more executive experience then the whole Liberal ticket combined. Palin vs Biden and I am ready for the bell to ring!!!!!!!

    GO McCain/Palin "Historical Change America Will Believe In"!!!!!!!

    September 4, 2008 03:35 am at 3:35 am |
  21. MaryBeth

    I thought her speech was terrific! She isn't afraid to tell it like it is and refuses to be intimidated by the good old boy coalition. I have one piece of advice for Obama and his juggernaut...never underestimate a hockey mom. We're made of some pretty tough stuff.

    September 4, 2008 03:36 am at 3:36 am |
  22. Tom, Studio City CA

    Cracking wise about community organizers will cost them in the short and long run. But it's not surprising – she didn't know what the VP does (as she herself asked a month ago in a TV interview), so why would she know what a community organizer does either? Just more evidence of how out of fouch the Republicans are with 'real' people. Sad.

    September 4, 2008 03:36 am at 3:36 am |
  23. Wesley

    This woman disgusts me. She makes me think of Dick Cheney with breasts and hair, except worse. I'm more scared of McCain/Palin than I was/am of Bush/Cheney. Her attacks on Senator Obama were appalling. He is a respectful man who has waged a respectful campaign in both the primary and the general election. He defended her family's privacy, and she turns around and trashes him with lies and poor comparisons.

    He was a community organizer for a period of time, then he became a state senator and then a senator on the national level. Thats more than she has ever done. All her speech did was fire up democrats more and help us independent voters realize that Obama is the only good choice for America.

    She may be a woman, but she is no Hillary Clinton. Senator Clinton would never stoop to her level.

    Obama/Biden 08

    September 4, 2008 03:39 am at 3:39 am |
  24. Robert R Larocque

    PALIN's speech was right on! I'm a Clinton fan but she's the best of the best and do not need the media junkies to support her. Great!

    September 4, 2008 03:40 am at 3:40 am |
  25. Josh Maloney

    Palin was not specific on anything. It was divisive rhetoric.

    September 4, 2008 03:41 am at 3:41 am |
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