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. KMAN

    Looks like the Democrats might just get a good bump from the GOP hate-fest! McCain/Palin ... "Reaching for a new low in American politics!"

    September 4, 2008 05:35 am at 5:35 am |
  2. John

    I see that party don't need and don't want John McCain, he should not be on the ticket. It is clear he will not run the country. She will be the right wing branch that always run the white house. McCain better watch out. They never like him.

    September 4, 2008 05:36 am at 5:36 am |
  3. lexie

    wait...... They earned their own approval ratings!!

    September 4, 2008 05:37 am at 5:37 am |
  4. marc

    Margret Thatcher modern day=Palin

    home run–it is how you play in the 4th quarter that counts! Palin wins–2012 it will be hillary and palin. SO please keep Hillary on the sideline now. Her turn will come .....

    September 4, 2008 05:40 am at 5:40 am |
  5. Jim

    Well I didn't hear any specifics about how to fix health care, to fix the economy, or clean up the environment. But, that Palin gave a good speech. Seriously, Obama deserves to lose for shunning Hillary.

    September 4, 2008 05:42 am at 5:42 am |
  6. Bob

    We all realize that we vote for the lesser of two evils in an election over the past many years. I like John McCain, not 100%, but no one candidate is perfect. As far as Palin is concerned, she is a maverick, much more so than McCain and I feel that calling out Harry Reid on her part is great. Reid is a "Mr. Do-nothing" just like most politicians and Pelosi's congress has the lowest approval rating in history. We cannot lose in Iraq and we are doing better and winning with the surge. The democratic candidate wants to pull out and if we do that Iran will move in and take over and start the probability of another 9/11.

    September 4, 2008 05:43 am at 5:43 am |
  7. Lisa

    Has anyone ever heard a man be referred to as "shrill?" If the comments that came out of Sarah Palin's mouth last night came from a man's mouth, he would have been called "tough." The double standard is disgusting.

    September 4, 2008 05:44 am at 5:44 am |
  8. Tomhere

    and SARCASTIC.
    A typical arrogant republican. Look how she's tried to use her power for personal vendetta and gain.

    September 4, 2008 05:45 am at 5:45 am |
  9. Natasha

    It was surreal just watching those people cheer for the nasal wonder. I blame it on social conditioning. Kids are programmed at a young age to obey and not ask questions. No critical thinking taught in school. So eventually as adults they automatically cheer bullies like Palin and not for one second ask themselves why the alaskan governor feels she has to use sarcasm, lies, and insults instead of facts and reason to explain why her party has the better candidate.

    September 4, 2008 05:46 am at 5:46 am |
  10. Aaron

    I'm just wondering, does it really not bother Obama supporters that he has never accomplished anything remotely close to what he is promising you. Promising people somthing and delivering are 2 different things. He wants you to think that McCain is the same as Bush and that Obama can solve all our problems, life doesn't work that way. As for Palin's speech, I thought it was alright, but don't talk to me about the wonderful tone in the democratic convention, I turned Joe Biden off, couldn't listen to him anymore.

    September 4, 2008 05:46 am at 5:46 am |
  11. MargaretWu

    Sarah Palin is looking and finding praise for her attacks on the Democrats in her first public speech. Should she not have offered her stance on real issues like the economy, health, poverty and the general well being of US citizens instead of rabble-rousing. She needs to get the attention off her absence of knowlege and her great mothering skills, so she goes on the offensive.
    It would be interesting to see if she can answer off the cuff:
    What is Dafur?
    Is New Zealand off the west or east coast of Europe?
    Is Cape Town near Rome or nearer Saudi Arabia?
    Is the present Prime minister of U.K. Tony Blair or Winston Churchill?
    Don't you get the impression that most of the answers will be 'duh'?

    September 4, 2008 05:48 am at 5:48 am |
  12. GARedNeck

    The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. If anyone votes for McCain/Palin in November expecting something different because Palin is on the ticket they are fooling themselves. Look at what they are saying – if you like the way things are going vote for us, because we are not going to change!

    September 4, 2008 05:49 am at 5:49 am |
  13. Alan

    What are her actual positions on Bush's policies? One would think, listening to her speech, that the Democrats had been in the White House and in control of congress for the past 7+ years. Palin actually seems to agree with Bush on most issues. What "change" would she bring? What "change" could she bring? I bet the pariah Bush was sitting in DC agreeing with just about everything in her speech.

    This convention has been so schizo. The Republicans were for George W Bush before they were against him. But they want to keep going with his policies. No wait – now they're saying they want change.

    Wow, what a confused bunch of people – McCain, Palin, all the failed Republican primary candidates – the whole lot. They seem to actually think they can have it both ways.

    September 4, 2008 05:49 am at 5:49 am |
  14. JM

    Astrid – your need to shout out your message speaks volumes about your intelligence. No doubt you're a Bush supporter. Let's see. He came to Washington to clean it up. 8 years later (6 of which the Republicans controlled both houses), this country is a big mess on all levels. And you somehow believe another 4 years of Republican rule will change this insanity.

    Dems would be smart to focus on the distorted views put forth by the Republicans in areas of Global Warming, Energy, Economy, Taxes and Health Care. Those are areas the Republicans would rather avoid, focusing instead on meaningless issues of personality and perceived experience.

    September 4, 2008 05:50 am at 5:50 am |
  15. Willy

    Tell Harry "leaderless" Reid to shut up and sit down. Harry you had you're one chance to do great things for america but you chose to go lefty liberal and fly with the loons.

    September 4, 2008 05:50 am at 5:50 am |
  16. Chikk On Lit

    The spirit in that place was so negative. Even watching it on television.... Everyone seemed so bitter and negative. I'm sorry for America if they let these devils back in the white house....

    And I think it's pretty sad that they are flaunting her daughter and her lil boy toy around like it's a good thing that she's 17 and pregnant. It's not just the fact that Palin is a mom who apparently has failed..... She's a Moose-billy.... and the sound of her voice is punishment.... worse than McBush's clinched dentures delivery....

    I wish we had more time with the DNC.. that was so uplifting.

    Obabma/Biden 2008-2016

    September 4, 2008 05:51 am at 5:51 am |
  17. Mase

    Saying Reid "can't stand up to John McCain." only shows that McCain will ignore the senate and is gonna push his policies like Bush did and won't let democracy do its job.

    September 4, 2008 05:51 am at 5:51 am |
  18. Tom in Delaware

    The fact that both Fred Thompson (straight A's) and Sarah Palin (4 A's and a B) were highly rated by CNN's political pundits, yet received an F from the general public is a ringing endorsement of effectiveness.

    She's the Grim Reaper for the Liberal Left...time to pay the boatman.

    September 4, 2008 05:51 am at 5:51 am |
  19. lea

    The only hope I have left is that I see many of my fellow citizens on websites like NYT express the same revulsion and sadness I felt tonight watching the Republicans. Such a shame that the Republican party has devolved to such mean-spirited, empty-headed leadership. This is the petty, mean tone John McCain has driven from the beginning.

    Media pundits– why are you talking her speech up as a "homerun"– have you talked to real people out here?t This was a hate-filled evening that offered no vision of unity or working across party lines for the benefit of our country. After George Bush, Newt Gengrich and Bob Barr, I don't know how much more of this our country can tak.

    If we don't change course, i fear our country is doomed. Please help us get back to a discussion of the issues facing us. We don't need "hockey mom" jokes and "moose-hunting" leaders when we face the critical issues in front of us.

    A free, honest, and vocal press may be our only reprieve.

    September 4, 2008 05:52 am at 5:52 am |
  20. Dave

    Obama will lose this time. But the anti-christ will be back !

    September 4, 2008 05:52 am at 5:52 am |
  21. Rickster

    All I know is there will be many sad liberals on Nov. 5TH.

    September 4, 2008 05:54 am at 5:54 am |
  22. Redbug-OHIO for OBAMA

    Well sounds like more of the mcsame. Rip up OBAMA and his ideas for change. She is a puppet for the republicans. Uses her family for polictial gain. She is not showing women anything of value (which seems to be a big word for gop). All the speaks Wednesday night were mean spirited. I guess that is what you do when you don't have any good ideas for change and just want more of the same. The only thing the republicans can talk about is war. No talk of peace, lets just go start more wars and make more enemies. It is truely sad. NO MORE OF THE mcbush/mcpalin.

    OBAMA/BIDEN ALL THE WAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 4, 2008 05:54 am at 5:54 am |
  23. Maddie, Hartford, Ct.

    What Plans??????Absolutely nothing was said! And I stayed up late to listen to a "shrill shrew" scream and point her finger!

    September 4, 2008 05:55 am at 5:55 am |
  24. RH

    All those "prosperity" signs were printed and set on chairs to be waived by attendees.

    Kind of ironic...

    I'm suprised people picked them up. By the way, did you hear anything about "prosperity"?

    September 4, 2008 05:57 am at 5:57 am |
  25. axlsm

    hey you dem snivelers, especially you Harry, welcome to your worst nightmare! And I really appreciate your buddies in the MSM helping the cause. Enjoy!

    September 4, 2008 05:57 am at 5:57 am |
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