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. R.Deezy

    My main concern is a 3 month old baby with down syndrome being exposed to a 45,000+ watt public address system in addition to 20000 screaming adults. All in the name of scoring political mileage!!!! I doubt if he had ear plugs on!

    September 4, 2008 03:12 am at 3:12 am |
  2. Loyal Jane

    Community organizers. Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King Jr., Ghandi, Cesaer Chevez (Yes we can). Obama is in good company

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

    Palin was channeling Tracy Flick from "Election".

    September 4, 2008 03:13 am at 3:13 am |
  4. Kevin, Evansville IN

    What's the difference between George Bush and Sarah Palin? Lipstick.

    September 4, 2008 03:13 am at 3:13 am |
  5. Crispus

    Palin's executive experience argument against Obama overlooks the fact she is being investigated for "Abuse of Power" violations by the DOJ. As a small town mayor you can get away with firing people for no reason but you are not supposed to. When she became gov. of AK her small bureaucratic decision making caught up with her and she was spotted by the feds. So much for her executive decision making experience, at least Obama is not being investigated.

    Obama 08

    September 4, 2008 03:14 am at 3:14 am |
  6. Nic

    Politics 101 by Karl Rove

    When the party does not have a clear platform to run on or is undisputedly unpopular on issues relevant to the majority public, attack the character of the opponent and create as much fear as possible.

    It's this politics of fear that has plagued our country for 8 years and despite all the anger and blame from the GOP they cannot escape the fact that their ticket is tightly linked to the Bush Administration (the most unpopular president in US history). McCain and Palin had a chance to separate themselves from this but it looks like they caved in to the good ol boy tactics. It really is sad because I actually like these two.

    I'm sorry but this independent sees the republican ultra right as myopic and so out of touch with today's American issues that this will be their downfall no matter how much they instill fear. 8 is enough!

    September 4, 2008 03:15 am at 3:15 am |
  7. Will

    CNN whether this gets posted or not, the Mccain campaign has got ALL the reports shook. They blamed the media and now CNN is all "SARAH PALIN IS GREAT"
    Just funny...

    September 4, 2008 03:15 am at 3:15 am |
  8. johnny

    I like how y'all didnt captitalize bush.


    September 4, 2008 03:15 am at 3:15 am |
  9. Mark

    It's so true what Obama says. The republicans truly don't have anything of substance to say.

    McCain is like Bush in his policies.

    Palin is like Bush in her policies AND in her entire approach to politics.

    They're finished. 8 is enough.

    September 4, 2008 03:15 am at 3:15 am |
  10. Independent Thinker

    She' s full of a bunch of hot air. What a horrible, negative woman.

    September 4, 2008 03:15 am at 3:15 am |
  11. MT, Texas

    She's going to wipe the floor with Biden in the debates.

    Obama just met his match in speech delivery ... and Palin has actually made decisions in her career. What will Obama lean on now ... his vote on state senate vote #2543?

    Obama is a nice young man ... but he really is an empty suit ... I hear the "Closet Store" is looking for some "organizers"

    I guess Obama/Biden remarks on the size of Wasilla backfired ... "Palin got more votes for maor of Wasilla than Biden did for President!!!"

    September 4, 2008 03:15 am at 3:15 am |
  12. Brooklyn Guy

    Anita Bryant!!!

    That's just about as apt a comparison as I've seen anywhere.

    She'll be the better candidate on the GOP ticket. McCain is flopping all over the place. This woman is another Bush. Very gifted at staying on message, smirking and charming people who love to hate Dems.

    Best to ignore her.

    September 4, 2008 03:16 am at 3:16 am |
  13. Bea

    The Anita Bryant comparison is right!

    September 4, 2008 03:16 am at 3:16 am |
  14. An Unbiased View From the Sidelines

    Reading the first 20 or so comments, I'm overwhelmed by the sheer contradiction shown by Obama supporters. An example? "Kate from Vancouver" says "she's a good speaker. She didn't have anything to say tho [sic]." That pretty much sums up Obama, if one is really willing to say the truth.

    Or how about Wooten, who claims "Obama has the judgment." Really? What evidence exists for that claim? That fact that he believed the surge was a loser (along with Harry "White Flag" Reid)? Seriously, what evidence of "judgment" can you cite?

    Or best yet, "Yen" saying the following: "She is full of contradictions, conflicts and double standards." You mean, like Obama on May 18th mocking McCain's fears about Iran, specifically saying Iran is not a threat, and then just a few days later acknowledging that Iran is a "grave" threat to this country and to world peace. How's that for "contradictions and conflicts."

    There is so much anger on the part of Obama supporters, particularly when the candidate is exposed for the empty suit he is. He has no record to stand on, and as one person notes, he is running against Bush, not McCain. BECAUSE HE CANNOT. Obama has no similar experience from which to draw good judgment.

    Obama may yet win, but if he does not, it will be fun to come back to the myriad comments like the ones above, and just laugh. . .and laugh. . .and laugh.

    September 4, 2008 03:17 am at 3:17 am |
  15. SBS

    Ms. Palin's delivery was good, but not great, and it certainly was not enough to mask her featherweight qualifications for office. It is not just that she was mayor of a village and governor of the least populated state. (But remember, Karl Rove scoffed at the prospect of Tim Kaine, the governor of Virginia, as a vice president nominee, because he had held that office for only three years and, before that, was mayor of a small town (Richmond, Virginia) and on its city council.)

    Palin has thought so little about the major issues of our time, once denying that she thought much about the war in Iraq but, when pressed, said that she viewed the war as our mission from God. She has no thoughts about the economy and, on social issues, is out-of-step with most Americans.

    The GOP's effort to portray this 20-month governor as more qualified to be president than are Obama and Biden, because they spent only decades as legislators and never "governed" (and, by unsaid extension, more qualified than McCain as well), is ironic and sad. Abraham Lincoln, the founder of the Republican Party, served one term in the House of Representatives in 1846-1848, and lost a Senate race to Stephen Douglas in 1858, before being elected President.

    By GOP standards (talking points) today, Palin is more qualified to be President than Abraham Lincoln.

    September 4, 2008 03:17 am at 3:17 am |
  16. K, Florida

    Andy W: They're running against Hillary instead of McCain! Shrill is old and used. Read the dictionary and find a new word! She hit a home run. Time to fight the big boys!
    Lets talk about what we're going to DO and HOW we're going to do it! Neither party is giving me the answers.
    If you want my vote, give me the meat!!!!!

    September 4, 2008 03:17 am at 3:17 am |
  17. Pray for us

    Shrill and sarcastic is just the beginning – blatantly hypocritical, divisive, false..... I could go on.
    She doesn't know what a Community Organizer does? Has she heard of Martin Luther King, Cesar Chavez, the suffragettes? Talk about responsibility.
    This woman is terrifying. She does not represent me and I fear for my daughters' future if is anywhere near the white house. God save us all.

    September 4, 2008 03:17 am at 3:17 am |
  18. Kephani-el bin Yehudah

    Let me get this straight a woman whose goverance currently is over a populace roughly the size of Torrance, Ca. is popping off on the supposed unfitness of a U.S. Senator to be President, Sounds like more born again Roveian witchcraft to deflect the blackness of MS. Palin's own kettle. She comes off as just another uppity elitist christian right snob who has no clue what regular folks like myself have to deal with on a daily basis. It is no surprise that overpaid talking heads on your payroll slurped up her shrill nonsense like it was the gravy of the gods, grading her with and "A" while the respondents – us hoi-polloi – gave her a resounding "F." At the risk of sounding sexist, Ms. Pallin, go back to taping ankles.

    September 4, 2008 03:18 am at 3:18 am |
  19. Anonymous

    Am a european and i feel sorry for you americans. I listened to the republicans who had nothing to say, no visions nothing, nothing about the economy.Now today is Mccain who will come with his Military Uniform! Americans this is your future and the future of your children go for something better, you decerve something better than the talk of a beauty queen. I have a 20 year old girl studying at the university yet i feel she is not ready to have a baby!What a morals? Now its ok for babys having babys, that its ok for 17 year old girls to have babies? That its ok to have sex without protection cause you will get married anyway, what happened to HIV etc.Mrs Palin you are playing a dangerous game. I can`t vote as am a european but as a world citizen you have lost my vote for your double standards.

    September 4, 2008 03:18 am at 3:18 am |
  20. pamela

    Is this what Americans want? Or need? This was Don Rickles in drag. How pathetic. And how very sad that John McCain has to rely on a mean-mouthed nobody from nowhere to stir up his "base". Base is the word for it, all right.

    September 4, 2008 03:18 am at 3:18 am |
  21. tigerakabj

    Palin thinks she's big and bad demeaning Barack's record of serving this country. If she wants to talk experience, then Barack will gladly lay out her entire record for all the world to see. Oh my bad, the media is already doing that to McCain's detriment.

    Talking like that won't make Putin back down. She needs to cool it before Obama has to smack her down south-side Chicago style. Ask the Daley and Clinton machines about that.

    Obama/Biden 2008/2012.

    September 4, 2008 03:18 am at 3:18 am |
  22. John

    Disturbing speeches. The tone was arrogant and condesending. I can't beleive how negative and hatefull the GOP is. They just lost my vote.

    September 4, 2008 03:19 am at 3:19 am |
  23. Loyal Jane

    The terrorists were at the RNC convention tonight. They are terrified of you, terrified of me, shoot before they ask questions, are an exclusive club and train each other to kill the enemy. Use fear as a tactical weapon and lies and propaganda as political clout.

    Americans (real Americans) are not afraid anymore of any terrorist.
    Keep in mind before 9-11 there was oklahoma, and that dude was home bred. United we stand (divided as the RNC suggests we must be- to our demise)

    September 4, 2008 03:19 am at 3:19 am |
  24. velmeezee

    Ha ha, I gave Palin a B for effort, but the 3000 or so other people didn't even give her that. Hey, she is a great liar and I bet she won in all the "yo mama" contests in high school. To bad millions of American moms say NO to putting career before their children. To bad they realize that being a mother to a 5 month old infant with downs syndrome is WAY MORE IMPORTANT than haggling with men about an Alaskan oil pipeline. To bad they realize that providing support for your pregnant 17 year old is MORE important than sending your SON to possibly die in Iraq over power and oil. Thank you Sarah Palin for being the poster woman for what's WRONG with republican "American" values. I , and the majority of American women put my kids FIRST because I know that they are the future of America. Sarah Palin seems to think there is something wrong with that.

    September 4, 2008 03:19 am at 3:19 am |
  25. Lisa

    Yeah.. She's a good speaker and that's it!!!! She didn't say anything worth anything!!!!! And since she wants to talk that smack... When Biden digs into her tail from here on out.. I don't want to hear one whining woman say that this is SEXIST.. and I'M A WOMAN!!!

    AND CAMPBELL BROWN.. You have always drove me NUTS!! But I was so proud of you for taking Tucker to task the other day.. But today you were so meek and mild that it was Pathetic.. What happened??? Did you get in trouble?? And the comment by Harry Reid with "Shrill" in it.. I mean shut up already...Palin is tough.. She's the "Barracuda" remember??? Every little word is going to be Sexist from here on out..this is ridiculous!

    September 4, 2008 03:19 am at 3:19 am |
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