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. YOLANDA

    Greg, if Obama is a joke then the joke's on YOU! You are so transparent.

    September 4, 2008 05:20 am at 5:20 am |
  2. Bryan

    Palin is an empty pants suit and a joke. How could it have been a sincere speech when advisors had to cram to brief her on a lot of stuff she doesn't know jack about. You can cram for an exam and memorize a bunch of info for the test but that doesn't make you an expert on the subject. Being a community organizer is a great thing. Hmmm...if you can bring your community together perhaps you can do the same on a national and international level. Palin's "gonna clean up washington". What a joke! You're governor of Alaska! She doesn't know swat outside of Alaska!

    September 4, 2008 05:20 am at 5:20 am |
  3. Lisa Lee Erikson

    I think she should go back to sports casting.....really!

    September 4, 2008 05:20 am at 5:20 am |
  4. Mark

    Palin is an idiot. A complete fool w no experience, completely out of her leqague.

    September 4, 2008 05:20 am at 5:20 am |
  5. Randy

    Typical attack-dog style speech that lacked real substance and only satisfied partisan supporters of the GOP. The speech was so lacking that it failed to define who she is and why she deserves to be one heart beat from the presidency.

    September 4, 2008 05:21 am at 5:21 am |
  6. Richard from Knoxville

    A Shrill and Sarcastic Pit Bull Dog who wears lipstick and can field dress a moose, A person who is also an ultra-right wingnut that believes in choices - Her Choices on everything - As in: If you don't believe the way I do you are going to Hell (like those people who voted for Kerry in 2004) -

    Wasn't there something about her working for a political party that wants Alaska become an independent country (Guess who would be in charge) -

    My, My, My, of COURSE Palin is just the thing McCain/McBush needs as VP - The question is, does the country want someone with those and other qualifications

    September 4, 2008 05:21 am at 5:21 am |
  7. Anthony, Ontario

    Not conservative myself but last night’s speakers certainly were interesting.

    Many of the delegates were clearly delighted by the toothy and pit bull diatribes. However, some seemed to have expressions of sadness and/or anxiety and/or resignation and even some of the laughter seemed nervous. (I’m not an expert on body language; perhaps you can help out here, CNN?)

    Maybe they were thinking GOP defeat was inevitable, and one or more of the following:

    - OMG, they’re [Dems] gonna raise my taxes and I won’t be able to buy that third boat

    - just about every state has a visible minority delegate; that should have worked, darn it

    - good war industry funding is gonna get wasted on sick, uneducated, liberal welfare bums

    - they won’t get our last few years of oil out of our “protected“ lands and that means we’ll have to put up with More Gore

    - we won’t be able to keep our troops in Iraq until it’s time to move them to Iran and Georgia

    - I’ll bet the Dems create thousands of community organizer jobs – BIG GOVERNMENT

    - I just don’t care anymore, Palin is my kind of HOT!

    But, as the great right-wing intellectual D. Miller always said: “That’s just my opinion; I could be wrong.”

    September 4, 2008 05:21 am at 5:21 am |
  8. dr nyongesa protus

    Am not an American but i do follow their politics. The republican convention, and particularly the speech given by Mrs Palin was extremely childish with alot of cynism, abuses and anger. Why?

    September 4, 2008 05:22 am at 5:22 am |
  9. Rob

    All the democrats ever do is cry and complain. They rep some loser obama that just talks trash and makes horrible promises he won't even keep. Your whole country will suffer if you make that atheist liberal pretending to love god just to get votes your president. No one in canada or asia or the middle east like him and if you want to go from the number 1 country in the world to number 55 then elect obama and watch all successful entrepreneurs and businesses move out of your country when he raises all your taxes and your unemployment rate goes skyrocketing.
    Obama has no experience, Palin has way more, and she's just vice president so quit crying democtrats...and quit trying to bring communism back. LOSERS!!

    September 4, 2008 05:22 am at 5:22 am |
  10. Mumba, Helsinki

    America will be a huge joke to the rest of the world if John and Sarah are elected to the white house...they a scary couple even to those of us who have nothing to do with America...

    September 4, 2008 05:23 am at 5:23 am |
  11. Richard from Knoxville

    A Shrill and Sarcastic - A self-described Pit Bull Dog Who Wears Lipstick and can field dress a moose, A person who is also an ultra-right wingnut that believes in choices — Her Choices on everything — As in: If you don't believe the way I do you are going to Hell (like those people who voted for Kerry in 2004) —

    Wasn't there something about her working for the political party that wants Alaska become an independent country (Guess who would be in charge) —

    My, My, My, of COURSE Palin is just the thing McCain/McBush needs as VP — The question is, does the country want someone with those and other qualifications to be a heartbeat away from the presidency –

    September 4, 2008 05:25 am at 5:25 am |
  12. mb

    McCain comes off as Bush's creepy uncle and Palin's speech writers use the same model they've always used: attack, be overly aggressive, with a large dose of mean spirited sarcasm. And what's with all those "hottie in the white house" buttons at the GOP convention? Doesn't that echo Paris Hilton's ubiquitous "that's hot!" phrase? Talk about an ick factor. Let's bring some intelligence, calm, and reason back to the white house. Go Obama.

    September 4, 2008 05:27 am at 5:27 am |
  13. Bitter in Texas

    So, so speach from the Governor, sounds like she was speaking to the base and not the Independent voters...full of sarcastic remarks and treading to fear and hate...what did I ever expect from the Rethugs. I'm still waiting to hear their plans for the country and just how they are going to change anything...or do they have any plans for change???????

    September 4, 2008 05:28 am at 5:28 am |
  14. wow!!!!!!!!!

    even the most ignorant of the ignorants are laughing.....good family values they practice

    September 4, 2008 05:28 am at 5:28 am |
  15. dh

    I am a Democrat. I am a woman. I disagree with Sarah Palin on may things, but how does it help Democrats for this type of comment to be made.

    This is sexist tripe. Senator Reid's office needs to apologize.

    September 4, 2008 05:29 am at 5:29 am |
  16. a regurgitation of talking points...

    I am still very much looking forward to watching the new vp nominee INTERVIEWED.....

    no prepared speech.... no mccain looking over her shoulder reading her cue cards with her....

    i want to HEAR her talk about troopergate, her 20 million dollar deficit, her supporting the bridge to nowhere.

    ASK YOURSELVES WHY THEY WILL NOT LET HER TALK TO THE MEDIA ????

    Palin is not qualified. Period.

    September 4, 2008 05:30 am at 5:30 am |
  17. Jeff

    The community organizer attacks were beyond stupid. In so doing, the GOP attacked the very notion of bottom-up change and, hell, the entire civil rights movement. Who are the elitist now? I thought the GOP was about people getting things done on a local level. By attacking the idea of community organizing, they just proved which party represents more of the same Washington elitism. Big, big, tactical mistake. Just watch - this is going to be grist for the mill for Barack's stump speech. At every community he goes into, I want him to be indignant, and say, by attacking community organizers, what are they attacking - voting rights registrations, fighting corrupt landlords, people standing up for themselves and standing up to government. What an incredible act of desperate arrogance and out of touch stupidity by her speechwriter.

    September 4, 2008 05:31 am at 5:31 am |
  18. Penn Voter

    An excellent speech by Palin, she made her point and exposed her opponents' weaknesses and lack of substance.

    Palin is a serious threat to Obama and he knows it.

    McCain/Palin 08

    September 4, 2008 05:31 am at 5:31 am |
  19. Independant

    Obama discusses the issues and solutions. McCain / Palin runs away.

    September 4, 2008 05:31 am at 5:31 am |
  20. indy4palin

    Lifelong Democrat here, absolutely disgusted with "my" party. From the objective, unaffiliated view, it was Obama's speech last week that had zero substance. Palin (and McCain) have clear records of reform and attempting to right wrongs, while Obama has nothing. Nothing. I'm through with the Democrats (at least for this election!) and say - McCain/Palin 2008!

    September 4, 2008 05:32 am at 5:32 am |
  21. HOW DO I GET 'THAT' JOB, LEVI....

    How do you get the job of knocking up a nominee's daughter, and holding her hand on stage at events...

    life.....is.... GOOD.....

    September 4, 2008 05:32 am at 5:32 am |
  22. Tim

    Lets just put the facts about her in line. She is the earmark queen. She got $15 million for a rail line between her town and a ski resort. About $27 million for her small town in total.

    What about the bridge to nowhere. She supported it until it became a dead issue. She spent money to build roads to it. She cancelled it after it was apperent that congress wasn't going to spend more money on it and she kept the money they already gave the state for it, using that money for other projects. Doesn't sound like she said "thanks but no thanks".

    What about the gas pipeline. She pushed for the terms and gave the contract to a foreign company to build it.

    Shes for open government, but she told her city department heads that they had to get her approvel before talking to the press. From her bio, there are at least 3 times that she fired or replace people who disagree with her. Right or wrong, its her way or the highway. Sorry Sahah, but you can't fire foreign leaders who disagree with you.

    This doesn't seem consistant with what Mc Cain was trying to sell us.
    Mc Cain didn't put america first when picking Palin.

    September 4, 2008 05:33 am at 5:33 am |
  23. Kevin Louisville KY

    How utterly sad the democrats have become! If they don't like you, you're "like Bush". Pathetic until the biter end.

    September 4, 2008 05:34 am at 5:34 am |
  24. common sense

    Isn’t it funny how politicians always start their speeches by trying to relate to small town upbringing and blue collar roots? In Palin, we have the real deal.

    When a Democratic Presidential nominee has to defend his total executive experience (running a campaign) against a Republican VICE Presidential nominee, it makes you wonder how and who got hoodwinked.

    There’s change coming alright…in the form of two Mavericks!

    Yes we will!

    McCain/Palin 2008

    September 4, 2008 05:34 am at 5:34 am |
  25. Andrew

    The Republican Party consists of three types of people. People who are Type A personalities. People who think they are Type A personalities. And finally, people who wish they were Type A personalities. NOBODY LIKES TYPE A PERSONALITIES. Not even themselves.

    1. The Democrats do not want to take your guns away.
    2. The Democrats do not enjoy "killing babies."
    3. The Democrats do not care what anyone does in the privacy of their own homes, be it gays or married Christian conservatives with their boring, pasty, missionary position sex.

    Unless you're in the top two tax brackets, it's probably time to get real and get on board.

    September 4, 2008 05:34 am at 5:34 am |
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