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

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="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. No Hillary = No Obama

    Hillary was also called shrill why is it men think they can call woman sterotyped names and get away with it?

    September 4, 2008 01:02 am at 1:02 am |
  2. hick

    he's right. huckabee only one with integrity. and not much for him.

    September 4, 2008 01:03 am at 1:03 am |
  3. Beth

    You helped to het Obama and turned on Hillary.

    September 4, 2008 01:03 am at 1:03 am |
  4. Raymond

    I guess the lady at the check out counter in Wal Mart should be groomed to run for Secretary of State........ this is becoming pitiful and beyond a joke

    September 4, 2008 01:04 am at 1:04 am |
  5. ralph

    too much attack, but lacking in substance.

    September 4, 2008 01:05 am at 1:05 am |
  6. Mike O

    Was her speech a home run? Heck, she blasted it through the scoreboard and embedded it in the windshield of the opposing owner's car!

    I also like how the whole family was there to challenge the smear merchants. People in small town Alaska are tough, including the high schoolers. All this whining about what she’s doing to her family is laughable. They are expressing their unshakable faith in themselves as a unit, their town as a community, and their state to face anything to come. I wouldn’t face them without a brigade (or one of Biden’s ‘battalions’) of Marines. What a GREAT choice for VP!

    September 4, 2008 01:06 am at 1:06 am |
  7. Dready1Rasta

    So how is this going to fix the domestic and international problems we face? She brings to the table NOTHING. Quite pathetic.

    September 4, 2008 01:06 am at 1:06 am |
  8. Nana

    I don't think Senator Reid should dignify this parasite by responding to her laughable attacks.

    September 4, 2008 01:07 am at 1:07 am |
  9. LeeAnn

    I second that...And would extend it to the whole evening of speakers.

    Sarcasm over substance is covering up the real issues of this election...and exposing the true mindset and character of this ticket.

    They don't get it.

    September 4, 2008 01:07 am at 1:07 am |
  10. Rick K

    I saw Gloria and Campbell, both of whom I love, cringe at the word 'shrill' – OK, but you can't pick enough words to characterize – condescending, smug, nasty, mocking, sarcastic.

    I don't see how that performance should have allowed her to be protected from any words.

    She certainly did not seem to leave any unflattering words out of her vocabulary.

    I will say that the McCain camp would LOVE it if the discussion changed from HER tone, to the tone of the responses of the people who she's attacked. THAT WOULD BE A DREAM COME TRUE FOR STEVE SCHMIDT – VICTORY!!!!

    September 4, 2008 01:07 am at 1:07 am |
  11. Matt in CA

    Well Harry since sexism is on the table let's talk about "Shrill". Can you say Madame Nancy "Let Them Eat Cake" Pelosi!!! The Dems are toast! Palin Rocks!!!

    September 4, 2008 01:07 am at 1:07 am |
  12. pkb

    Sarah Palin is shrill and sarcastic. All blow and no go. If she and the Republicans think she will be handled gently, they are in for disappointment.

    September 4, 2008 01:07 am at 1:07 am |
  13. Sarah Palin wants to leave the Union

    It kept popping up in all the speeches tonight - Romney's, Guiliani's and of course Alaska Barbie's:

    I guess a small-town mayor is sort of like a "community organizer," except that you have actual responsibilities.

    On the face of it, it's a pretty weird repetitive theme. Obama's done lots of stuff - teaching, state legislature, writing books, etc. - but "community organizer" seems like an odd one to fixate on. The words themselves have generally positive connotations, particularly that first one: everybody is in favor of "community" (as long as its their community).

    * billmon's diary :: ::

    Which is exactly the point, I think. Used the way the GOP speakers used the words tonight (i.e. with a sneer), community = ghetto and organizer = activist.

    It essentially was a coded way of pointing out Obama's work in, with and for the black community (see? even I'm doing it) on the South Side of Chicago. Also the fact that his work involved helping low-income people stand up for their legal rights, as opposed to a GOP-sanctioned "real" job like business owner or career military officer (or moose hunter.) They were trying to put Obama back on the same level as Jesse Jackson - i.e., the black protest candidate - and mocking him for it.

    To cut right to the nasty, they were using "community organizer" as a euphemism for "poverty pimp."

    And, as a special bonus, to a GOP audience (country club division, at least) organizer = union. What could be worse than a black, radical activist union organizer from the South Side of the Chicago?

    Why, I bet some of those delegates won't sleep for a week - even with the double locks and the chain on the door.

    I gotta admit, I'm impressed in spite of myself. When it comes to playing the dog whistle, these guys are Mozarts.

    September 4, 2008 01:08 am at 1:08 am |
  14. ralph

    Sadly, Palin will only fire up the base, which wont be enough for McCain to win. Palin could scare off the moderates McCain needs to win.

    September 4, 2008 01:08 am at 1:08 am |
  15. Diane Dagenais Turbide

    Good evening,

    when you have no real ideas and do not want to answer questions and offer real vision and real solutions what do you do: you become the attack dog for everything and nothing!

    September 4, 2008 01:08 am at 1:08 am |
  16. Kevin C.

    And her comments were shrill and sarcastic....i'm just surprised by how women in the media are taking that it's an atack on womanhood or something....and that's what mccain and the repubs were hoping all goes with the promotion of palin as a woman first and foremost, and not as a qualified individual for vp.....that's all that matters...not that she's a woman...not that her kid is pregnant(people are having sex, so what)......all that matters is if she's qualified to be vp.....and the answer to that is no.....

    September 4, 2008 01:09 am at 1:09 am |
  17. twinkletoes

    Reid can stand up to anybody, including slow old McCain. And as for Obama, he has what no other politician in America, or on the world stage for that matter, has – statesmanship. Not doddery McCain nor shrill Palin can come close to his dignity and statesmanship. Not close.

    September 4, 2008 01:09 am at 1:09 am |
  18. Chi4Obama

    Poor Sara,
    Does she not realize that she is nothing more than a sacrificial lamb for the GOP this year.

    It's easy for anybody to "talk tough" when reading a "ready made" speech from a teleprompter.

    Just wait until the media starts grilling her about "real issues"
    Her nomination as VP is a joke.

    September 4, 2008 01:09 am at 1:09 am |
  19. casey

    "Shrill" might carry a gender bias as a descriptive, but what of all the buttons worn by loyal Republicans calling the VP hopeful a "hot chick"? Does anyone think this is undignified?

    September 4, 2008 01:09 am at 1:09 am |
  20. The Bush Twins : George and John

    Palin sold her soul (and family). You don't have what it takes Palin. You just ain't no Hillary. Hillary would clean your clock. You've stepped into the ring, I hope you can take whats coming.

    Obama/Biden "08

    September 4, 2008 01:09 am at 1:09 am |
  21. gwsulapas5

    The GOP had eight (8) candidates for president, they chose Sen.
    McCain, and as a Veep he chose Gov. Sarah Palin, she was more
    experienced than; Romny, Guliani, Thompson, Huckabee, Ron Paul,
    and Joe Leiberman.

    September 4, 2008 01:09 am at 1:09 am |
  22. Andrew, Chicago

    Wow. Shrill, huh? Seems after the Hillary sexism charges that the Dems would avoid this.

    September 4, 2008 01:10 am at 1:10 am |
  23. william


    September 4, 2008 01:10 am at 1:10 am |
  24. michele

    this is the most divise convention i ever heard, i hear nothing but angry, hatred, bitterness. i lost my job and thing are very hard for me i don't want to his attack. i want to heard what this lady can do for me. well i will not vote for mcain. mcane just pick a pitbull as his vice pick.

    September 4, 2008 01:10 am at 1:10 am |
  25. laura

    Always call the woman "shrill"

    I'm no Republican, but I know it when I see it: SEXISM.

    September 4, 2008 01:11 am at 1:11 am |
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