The Day I Met Sarah Palin…and the Liberal Media

20 Nov

REUNION UPDATE: Last night (March 5) I went to the Ohio Right to Life Rally with Sarah Palin.  While I was sitting in my seats I looked up at the stage and saw a familiar face!  It was the man that was interviewed by Norah O’Donnell with me at the book signing back in November.  We talked for a few seconds then got a picture.  If only Norah could’ve been there to make the reunion complete!

I would also like to say that football player Chris Spielman scored a major touchdown with his speech at the event.  Awesome.


Where on earth do I begin? This all started as me, a young 17 year old American going to see a woman I admire and turned into this crazy event hah I’ll start at the very beginning.

My dad and I arrived at the Barnes and Noble at 11 pmTuesday evening. There were 2 tents in front of us; we were probably number 15 or so in line. It was a chilly evening but I enjoyed some good conversation from several Palin fans. We talked about Obama, Palin and just some other stuff. We sat outside in the cold, bundled up until 5:30 am. At that time they ushered us inside where we had to sit outside the B&N entrance until 7am. We received our bracelets at 7am and were told if we’d like to be guaranteed to see Palin we should remain in line all day. So I did.  I was not about to lose a chance at seeing Sarah Palin after sitting in line out in the freezing cold for hours. So I sat, and sat… I read some of her book and then the media circus began. I spotted Norah O’Donnell and Andrea Mitchell right off the bat and couldn’t believe they were there.. I mean I thought they hated Sarah Palin. I thought Sarah Palin had no impact, she was a nobody yet they send their 2 big guns to cover her book tour..but I digress.

There were 3 young girls-college aged who arrived first and they got tons and tons of interviews. After the media covered them they started walking the rope line. One by one I saw them interview people left and right of me. The day went on and then we were given the warning- 1 hour til she arrives! We were told the only thing we could bring in was our book. If we had coats they had to remain on. So I figured it was going to get hot in there with all us people crammed so I took it off…who knew that move would land me all the media buzz it did. I knew they went after people who were all decked out but I did not think my t-shirt would get much attention. I was first approached by a New York Times writer who wrote what my shirt said and then asked me a couple questions. She asked me what it was I liked about Sarah Palin. I said, “As a young female she is someone I can look up to, before her the only prominent female in politics I had known about was Hilary Clinton, whom I respect don’t get me wrong, I respect her but when you don’t agree with someone it’s hard to really look up to them. I like how Sarah Palin will speak her mind, regardless of what the media will say about it.” After that I just stood in line eagerly waiting for Sarah Palin to arrive. I then see Norah O’Donnell approach a man all decked out in Palin garb. She asked him a few questions (camera not rolling) then said she’d like to have a woman in the shot. She asked a woman who refused then pointed at me and said “Hey talk to her” So I walked over. I knew I was walking into hot water with MSNBC- thought I was prepared….Seconds later I met her… One of the many faces of liberal media bias. She asked me my name and then before going on air asked me why I liked Sarah Palin, I repeated what I told the NYT reporter. Norah didn’t seem to like that much. So what did she do? I mean she couldn’t ask me that question on television, heaven forbid her not have a biting response.. I noticed her look down at my shirt then, she turned around blackberry in hand spoke to a man, thumbs tapping the blackberry (I don’t remember if she called or not, she may have. But she was on her blackberry), then jotted down a quick note. Little did I know that note would be used against me. She told us she’d be walking up to us. You know like she just stumbled upon us. The shot began… I kept telling myself answer her question well, don’t freak out. Well, I thought she’d ask me the same question. She asked the man beside me (who by the way is NOT my dad) the same question she had before we went on air. Myself on the other hand, not the same story. She had me read my shirt and then proceeded to ask me “Did you know Sarah Palin supported the bailout” to be 100% honest I was like, are you kidding me? She is trying to use my shirt against me. I was so shocked by the craftiness she had that I was truly stumped. I asked her where she got her fact and she read her little note. Then she asked me what I liked about Sarah, and I talked about the Constitution. Immediately after the interview I said to my dad “Oh man, I have so many great responses now about my shirt” I could have said, well my shirt doesn’t say anything about Sarah Palin supporting the bailout or “Hey Norah, have you read the book? She talks about how during her debate prep she was handed a list of note cards that had questions and ‘non-answers'” Of course they told Sarah Palin to support everything McCain did. Call me crazy but it would have looked pretty bad had Sarah Palin been against something John McCain was against while they were running together. Norah also claims I told her I voted (on her twitter). That is not true. She never asked my age or if I voted. I’m 17 I couldn’t have voted…and I don’t live in an ACORN district so I didn’t have a chance to even register illegally. Making that statement by Norah completely false.

Well, the interview was over and it was time for me to meet Sarah Palin. We were taken upstairs and stood for about a half hour. And all of a sudden, the music began playing. “Red High Heels” by Kellie Pickler started blasting; I thought it was a perfect song. Then off in the distance I saw Sarah Palin make her way to the table. Before I knew it there she was. My dad went ahead of me and Sarah welcomed him by saying “Well, hey there sir how are you doing” and being the goofball he is said to her “I’ve haven’t been this excited since I visited Graceland.” Sarah responded “Oh thank you so much!” He also told her that the girl behind him was his daughter and that I had just been interviewed by MSNBC and would’ve made her proud. Sarah smiled and said “aww well good we need that!” I was up, it all happened so fast I didn’t have much time to take it in. But to my surprise she added my name when she signed my book. I’m going to back track for a second, when we arrived we were handed a pink slip with rules for the event and one read “There will be NO personalizing of books.” That is why I was so shocked. She looked at me and said “Sweetie, what is your name?” I told her and watched her sign my name in the book and then hers. I told her “Thank you so much.” and she said “No, thank YOU so much!” She was so kind and personal. She looked me directly in the eyes and looked so happy to see everyone. And just like that it was over. I had met the woman who had inspired me to become interested in politics and is one of the huge factors in my interest for learning about our countries great history. Meeting Sarah has been the highlight of my senior year so far, that is for sure!

So today. I thought about my interview and thought there was a slight chance someone; somewhere would pick up on it. Never did I think I would be featured on Glenn Beck, Bill O’Reilly, Hot Air, Associated Content, Media Matters, Newsbusters and the Fox Nation. I found out about Glenn Beck because during school I have my twitter updates turned on on my phone and I check them in between classes. After 3rd hour I looked at my phone and click on a tweet and it said that Glenn was airing my interview. After school, I went to work; I left my twitter updates on just to see what else might happen. I got tweets about Newsbusters and MediaMatters while at work. When I got home I began looking online and kept receiving tweets and the more they came the more surprised I became. Then as I’m sitting at the computer I get a TweetDeck notification alerting me of an @ mention, I clicked it and I read “HOLY CRAP YOU’RE ON O’REILLY” luckily I had it recording because I knew Sarah Palin would be on, but really I was stunned O’Reilly showed it. I’ve been sitting at the computer now for a couple of hours now reading articles and comments and I even got to see video from Glenn Beck’s radio show of them discussing it, which made me laugh hysterically. It was not the first time I’d been mistaken for being much younger than I actually am (still get offered a kids menu).  It was nice to see/hear someone like Glenn Beck defending me. I will clear up some of the stuff he said about me. I am 17, the man next to me was not my father and I cannot stand Miley Cyrus. He was right, however, in 2 areas. I do attend a private school (parochial-Christian school) and my dad is a Bible thumping, gun toting man. I wish I could have thought quicker on my feet for that interview and threw it right back into O’Donnell’s face but I was caught off guard I had no time to think clearly, you can also add in nerves of being on live television for the first time. That certainly did not help.

In one day I met a role model, and met the liberal media and their crafty schemes. I fell prey to liberal bias, but I’d like to think I did an okay job. We always want do-overs, and I can assure you if I had a do-over with Miss O’Donnell you’d see a much more prepared (well rested) and ready to go at it side of this 17 year old. But unlike Norah I didnt have my note cards with me. I was forced to think on the spot and answer a gotcha question. Her goal was clear, make this teenager look like an uneducated Palin supporting buffoon. To liberals, and the 5 people who watch MSNBC she succeeded. To conservatives, she was the only buffoon during that interview.

Here are some photos from the event:

Andrea Mitchell

Norah, Right before the interview


some links to check out:


769 Responses to “The Day I Met Sarah Palin…and the Liberal Media”

  1. JustPlainBill November 20, 2009 at 4:22 am #

    Sometimes it is hard to be prepared for the ambush. Having said that, your response was good. You challenged her opinion, and quite frankly, the quote does not indicate that Sarah in fact supports the bail out.
    Kudos to you for sticking up for yourself and Sarah.

    • Alex November 24, 2009 at 3:37 am #

      What ambush ? She was asked a few simple questions she couldn’t answer … If you support a politician at least know why your doing it ! Being 17 isn’t an excuse next year she’ll be old enough to vote she needs get informed. This isn’t liberal or conservative issue its about being uninformed.

    • John Hitchcock November 25, 2009 at 5:09 am #


      This is OFF TOPIC but very important for you new commenters with zero patience to understand. And that’s why I’m putting this near the top of the thread.

      JACKIE IS USING THE “first comment moderation” device wordpress offers. Overall, Jackie allows “freedom of speech” on her blog despite her not having to do so (try being a Conservative on liberal blogs and see how long you last), and your comments will most likely appear once she gets around to clearing up that email and blog spam she’s getting. Learn a little patience, children.

    • Kristina November 25, 2009 at 9:59 pm #

      The issue is not Nora’s note card or whether your shirt mentions Sarah Palin. The issue is that when asked if you were aware Palin’s support of the bailout you had no answer. Don’t cry “foul” – learn a lesson. Nora didn’t keep you from giving a better answer, so don’t blame her or the media. (“Yes, Sarah Palin did support the bailout. We don’t agree on every issue, but I still admire her as a politician and role model” would have sufficed.) Why were you “targeted” on this one issue? Because you chose to wear a T-shirt commenting on that one issue to a Sarah Palin event. You aren’t the only American who is outspoken about political positions they are not very informed about, and it stings to get caught, in reality the majority of the crowd at any politcal rally or event – Republican or Democrat – is in your boat. I would have to say I would be too – there’s a lot to learn adn keep up with. How many people are reading this blog and watching the O’Reilly coverage but haven’t read the coverage or basic tennants of the health care reform bill that is before Congress right now? but it’s not the “liberal media – it’s both sides.

      Take care

    • kristina November 25, 2009 at 11:47 pm #

      The fact your t-shirt was in opposition to Palin’s position gives a clearer picture than just dialogue with a supporter in the crowd who makes contradictory statements. This wasn’t about 17 year old Jackie, but about a trend in our country, on both sides of the political fence, where people know very little but yell really loudly – on bumper stickers, blogs, etc.

      Norah went after you a bit because she gave you the quote, yes from a notecard, specifying the exact statement where Sarah Palin supported the bailout, and you still didn’t believe Palin supported it. New information didn’t appear to affect your opinion of what Palin stood for on that issue.
      She did get snippy though. To say, “specifically”, as she was reading off a notecard herself was funny.

  2. Rokinlamb November 20, 2009 at 4:49 am #

    I saw you on tv tonight from my home in Texas. You handled yourself very well – much better than you may think. I am very proud of you. Your parents have obviously done a lot of things right.

  3. Elsie November 20, 2009 at 5:07 am #

    Good for you! You did pretty good despite Ms. O’Donnell’s ambush. She anchors on MSNBC but can’t keep her distain for Sarah Palin off her pretty little face while dissing Sarah with her “elite” guests. She came off looking like a biased fool.

  4. Jessica November 20, 2009 at 5:08 am #

    You did really well. My husband sent me a link to the video earlier today and asked why, on Earth, would that reporter need to use notes in order to attack someone standing in line at a Palin book signing (he doesn’t quite get the mainstream media, but he’s starting to!). We all wish we had do-overs, but I think you’ll get yours, eventually, and show them what a strong young lady you really are! Keep fighting the good fight, it’s nice to know we’ve got smart, confident young people like you coming up in the world…

  5. Lorie Byrd November 20, 2009 at 5:09 am #

    Thanks so much for sharing the behind the scenes story. I have a feeling you are going to get your “do over” — if you don’t get at least a couple of invitations to do live talk radio and even some cable news I will be shocked.

  6. SueDi November 20, 2009 at 5:13 am #

    As someone old enough to be your mom, I sure would have been proud. Well, in fact, I am proud of you. You stood up to a “professional” and a professional liberal at that! Congratulations!

  7. Conservativegal November 20, 2009 at 5:23 am #

    I think you did a fantastic job! Everyone with a brain knows what her intent was. I hope to see Sarah as well when she comes to our state. Who knows, maybe someday you’ll be president!

    • Snarkfest November 21, 2009 at 1:08 am #

      Um, she wore a t-shirt and mis-represented Sarah Palin’s position to a news reporter, and this somehow qualifies hers as presidential material?

      Just how low do you repubs intend to set the bar, anyway? Low enough for Palin to trip over, perhaps?

      • SARAHSUPPORT November 21, 2009 at 4:53 am #

        Just as long as it’s not low enough for you to get over, NITWIT.

      • UpNorth November 21, 2009 at 3:48 pm #

        We don’t have to set the bar low, you did it already with Obama/Biden.

  8. Patriot Czar November 20, 2009 at 6:09 am #

    What an inspiration you are! Congratulations on your memory of a lifetime, and THANK YOU for sharing. America is Blessed to have you; a True Patriot and an inspirational citizen 🙂

  9. celladrella November 20, 2009 at 6:15 am #

    I’m sorry for you to be used by The Capitalism.
    The networks want ratings! For me that’s like a kind of profit .
    Shara Palin took how much of time and money from you.
    You write with passion that burns for truth.
    The image that Sara Palin presents to the citizens
    is outstanding Mrs Palin gives hope where there is none. Look,learn,and lead. You go girl. Health Care Reform is the issue. GBA

  10. gcotharn November 20, 2009 at 6:42 am #

    You did just fine. I was impressed with the way you stood your ground and did not shrink. I’m proud to be a conservative with you.

  11. OBAMANATION at NOTRE DAME November 20, 2009 at 7:11 am #

    Good job. We all know the agenda of MESSNBC.

  12. Capri November 20, 2009 at 8:13 am #

    Congrats. And although I don’t agree with everything Sarah Palin says, I’m closer to the right on politics than the left in many areas. I’ll make sure to link this article to one of my sites. So Norah O’Donnell had to use crib note cards for her typical sleezy lib media trick of trying to bully you, a teen at that, via word-twist – all to get back at a politician she and her pals at the rest of the left media hate. In contrast, Ms. Palin gave you an honest and proper welcome, treating you like a warm-blooded human being. Way to go Sarah. Shame on you Norah.

  13. klsouth November 20, 2009 at 9:06 am #

    Great job Jackie!

    Everyone is there own worst critic but you came across knowledgeable and smart. Just great! I wish I could have been there but I am not sure what I would have done if the TV camera’s were rolling. I think you handled it in awesome fashion. Much better than I could have… that’s for sure.

    Great writing by the way. I felt like I was there in line with you guys. The liberal media is so bias, its disgusting. Ha Ha, Norah’s little card. We will see you on TV. One of the shows will want to interview you, I bet. We are all very proud of you.

    Best of luck and Go Sarah!.

  14. June November 20, 2009 at 9:13 am #

    Nice story. I wish someone would tell Andrea Mitchell the blond thing does not work on her.

  15. rightwingrarelywrong November 20, 2009 at 11:39 am #

    I was struck by your last paragraph, seeing a bright young girl like yourself supporting Sarah will do more to warm less adoring republicans to Sarah Palin.

    While seeing Norah O’Donnel’s attempted portrayal of you as the “typical dumbass Palin supporter” may give the typical liberal Democrat a giggle and make them feel good about themselves.

    But that’s all. Who wins from that… we do. Keep it up. It’s people like you who are the future of this country. And get in contact with Sarah again and show her what you’ve done. I’m sure she would love this.

  16. Mike November 20, 2009 at 11:56 am #

    It seems that a lot of people (including Norah O’Donnell) are a little confused about what has transpired over the past year. The bailout was initiated under Bush and McCain eventually supported that move. As McCain’s Vice Presidential running mate, Palin supported him and his decision.

    On the other hand, the $787 billion dollar stimulus bill was strictly the creation of Obama, Pelosi and Reid. It was an incredibly unfocused piece of legislation that concentrated more on political paybacks and less on job creation. Palin did not support that bill and as Governor she rejected much of the federal dollars, because too many strings were attached.

    If my memory serves me correctly, your T-Shirt made reference to the $787 billion dollars our government borrowed from foreign lands and continues to flush down the toilet to this day.

    The “bailout” and the “stimulus bill” are two completely different animals. Norah O’Donnell is a badgering fool with an agenda.

    • Jesus's Son November 20, 2009 at 7:29 pm #


      Your memory is very poor.

      The girl herself said “$700 billion to Wall Street” +bailouts. Not the stimulus package.


    • SARAHSUPPORT November 21, 2009 at 5:18 am #

      Thanks for the clarity, Mike.

  17. Alo Konsen November 20, 2009 at 12:34 pm #

    Well done, young lady. You handled yourself with much more poise than I’d have been able to muster at 17. I look forward to seeing you on Beck and O’Reilly (believe me, they’ll call you), and hearing you on every talk radio show imaginable.

    When it comes to arguing with idiots, just keep the questions simple. They hate being forced to give straight answers.

  18. Cole November 20, 2009 at 12:56 pm #

    Wow! So sorry things went that way, but it looks like things are turning in your favor. Keep up the good work!

  19. JJ November 20, 2009 at 12:57 pm #

    I agree with Mike. Your T-shirt alluded to the stimulus not to the bailout. Furthermore, there is a big difference between the bailout and the stimulus. The bailout was intended to be a loan that has to be paid back, the stimulus is not. As a matter of fact, some companies that wanted to pay back the money were not allowed to do so.

    Sarah Palin was for the bailout but she also stated that she did not want to see another one.

  20. Real Prick November 20, 2009 at 1:01 pm #

    Fox News & Sarah Palin – the active talking point distribution arm of the Republican Christian Terrorist which has long since lost any regard for reality, much less what’s good for anything other then putting money in their own bank accounts. Fox News – Raping America 1 viewer at a time.

    • SARAHSUPPORT November 21, 2009 at 5:20 am #

      Your code name says it all!

    • zeusiswatching November 23, 2009 at 3:43 am #

      Why don’t you use a handle instead of your real name?

    • John November 23, 2009 at 8:09 am #

      I’m sorry, miss. That’s not the best introduction to the MSM, but it will be a memorable one.

      I’d find Norah’s confrontation with you a lot more useful if she did half the fact checking that she did with your t-shirt on the current administration.
      Or maybe it has to be on a t-shirt for her to fact check it?

      “Mr. Obama… .according to your t-shirt, you’re for deficit reduction. However…”

  21. Mike November 20, 2009 at 1:21 pm #

    You rocked! Let’s face it – to be caught off guard on live TV by a libral journalist will produce the effect they are manufacturing. Let me repeat, my dear, they are manufacturing news. You just have to shake your head. But hey, you’re in good company. Katie did it to Sarah!

    (Your mom and dad should be proud parents. God’s best blessings for you in Christ.)

    • DoneWithDemagogues November 23, 2009 at 7:26 pm #

      So this may be the “wrong” site for me to post on, as I am a liberal but I see the frightening situation our country is to be partially a factor of our refusal to listen to one another. So, that’s why I’m here.

      I think this case is a great example of how little tolerance we have for other points of view. I linked to this article from another about you I read on the the uber-liberal Huffington Post.

      If I stayed on that site all I would have read were comments that re-enforced my view, and studies have shown that in groups of like minded people individual’s views shift towards the extreme. (

      All of this is to say that journalism OUGHT to be based on facts. The fact that the reporter checked her blackberry before questioning the girl isn’t a sign of craftiness, it means she was doing the leg-work to ensure what she reported was facts.

      With the extreme market fragmentation brought to us by cable news, the internet, and talk radio most of us are unused to experiencing objective journalism. And this is true of the left as much as the right–Fox is as absurdly biased as MSNBC and CNN reports opinion as fact as often as anything else.

      However, it was irresponsible of MSNBC to imply that because this particular girl was uninformed (and that is not the journalist’s fault, just like it wasn’t Katie Couric’s fault that Sarah Palin was uninformed) that all Palin supporters are uninformed.

      The vast majority of the American populace is uninformed. As a nation we no longer trust media sources to give us accurate and unbiased information (note how the girl in this article’s first response to the reporter’s question was to question the accuracy of the facts.) Without journalistic integrity there is no reason to believe what we’re told and if we’re going to choose what we believe why not only choose to believe facts that support the views we already have, right? Or, why bother learning facts at all? I know as many liberals who support health care without understanding the details of the finances as I do conservatives who shout about fiscal policy after eight years of supporting Bush through record (and unneccesary) deficits (and the cost of the war wasn’t included in the general budget but placed on a separate multi-billion dollar budget).

      So, my point is: please (everyone, right and left) think critically about why you believe what you believe and how much of what you believe is based on what you feel and what you know.

      As one American to another, I love you all.


      • Treas_Sh November 25, 2009 at 2:40 pm #

        Well said, Tia. Reading the young woman’s blog shows she’s not stupid. She puts together her story well, but is none-the-less ignorant of the actual FACTS that Sarah Palin was in favor of the bailout, before she was against it!

        She (Jackie) CHOSE to wear a t-shirt that was wrong in respect to Palin’s comments at the time (I’m sure she was “well-rested” whenever she bought it and if she had bothered to follow anything other than right-wing talk show hosts or Fox news, she would have known it was wrong). Also, Jackie was or should have been well-aware that the media would be there and might talk to her because of her provocative t-shirt.

        If Palin now wants to denounce those comments after a year, then it’s her responsibility to explain why. And whining about the McCain staff “controlling” her is not an excuse. Just as being a 17-year-old is not an excuse for Jackie’s lack of knowledge of the facts since she IS a smart young woman.

  22. Big Fan November 20, 2009 at 1:29 pm #

    Great job! Very articulate. I can’t wait for you to vote next time.

  23. Linda November 20, 2009 at 1:41 pm #

    Girl, you were awesome! Norah O’Donnell looked like the fool she is.

    • Snarkfest November 21, 2009 at 1:10 am #

      Is it true that Fox News ran footage from Woodstock today, and tried to pass it off as the Palin book signing?

      • SARAHSUPPORT November 21, 2009 at 5:24 am #

        At least Sean Hannity had the guts to apologize on air. I don’t expect that from Pres. Obama or the libs.

  24. Texas Mom November 20, 2009 at 1:47 pm #

    Very proud of you. You held your ground when attacked. I have faith for the future of our Republic.

  25. Navy wife November 20, 2009 at 1:47 pm #

    Jackie – you did brilliantly. I watched your interview live on the news channel that has more letters in its name than viewers, and had to disinfect my tv afterwards!!
    I saw first hand what N*whore*a did to you, and it was disgusting. Kudos to the guy next to you putting N*whore*a in her place. What a shame he was edited out of the other broadcasts. The guy may not have been your Dad, but he was A Dad watching out for you. That`s what real Sarah Palin supporters do….watch out for each other.
    We need more youngsters like you – you are our future. I`m proud to have known you before ‘you became famous’ and it was an absolute delight to see your tweets while you were waiting in line to see Sarah Palin. You are an inspiration to young and old. God Bless You
    Wendy xx

    • singmaster November 24, 2009 at 7:23 pm #

      Navy wife, there is absolutely no reason to spell the reporter’s name like that. Classy Republicans? I think not. Stick to the issue.

      And Jackie, how is Nora asking about your clearly stated political opinion “crafty”? Crafty enough to read? Is that what you mean?

  26. section9 November 20, 2009 at 1:48 pm #

    Well done, young lady. You did your family, and Governor Palin, proud.

    Don’t worry, you’ll get the chance to vote for her.

  27. Speakup November 20, 2009 at 1:51 pm #

    Its great to see such an involved young person, keep up the good work!

  28. Carol E Crawford, RN November 20, 2009 at 1:52 pm #

    The “lamestream media” just continued to make themselves look bad.
    Your did a great job. Sure that anyone who saw this was cheering for you.
    As a person old enough to be your grandmother with a lot of discouragement over the last year for our country, you have really boosted my morale! As my peers say, “aren’t you glad we are old enough that we won’t live to see the damage that is being done”.
    However, we all pray for young people like you and hope for the best for you.

  29. sanjuro November 20, 2009 at 1:52 pm #

    What clinched it for me about the stupidity and bias of O’Donnell was hearing a prior interview she did with young obama supporters where she gushed and praised them, never once challenging their support for “The King of the whole wide world.” Chalk it up to experience and carry on, you and young people like you are the REAL hope for this nation.

  30. David November 20, 2009 at 1:52 pm #

    You are truly an inspiring young woman, and you and other young people like yourself are what is giving me faith in the next generation behind me! God Bless you, and I’ll be saying a prayer for you!!!! This is a very well written piece! You should consider a career in writing.

  31. TheRealExTex November 20, 2009 at 1:53 pm #

    You did fabulous, honey! We (conservatives) are so very proud of you- well done.

    Norah looked like an ass.

  32. Bell November 20, 2009 at 1:56 pm #

    You did good, sweetie. You are smart and cute and I have an 18 year old son who is politically conservative and wants to be a naval aviator. I think you two need to meet. 😉

  33. Sue November 20, 2009 at 2:00 pm #

    You did well and reading what you wrote brought tears to my eyes to think this woman Sarah Palin can bring so much to this country yet so many fail to see it.

  34. Martha November 20, 2009 at 2:04 pm #

    I saw the interview and thought you did a great job. Thank you for representing the conservative movement so well. You came across as strong, smart and not at all intimidated. Norah came across as smug, superior and sounded foolish. Good job.

  35. Fred November 20, 2009 at 2:06 pm #

    I was inspired by you young lady. It is inspiring to know that some of the young in America understands our Consitution was written to LIMIT THE POWERS OF GOVERNMENT!! Which is out of control at the present time.

  36. Anthony Andolino November 20, 2009 at 2:09 pm #

    I absolutley love your website and your story. I am a 33-yr old married conservative with 2 daughters and a very strong conservative wife. This is a fantastic story and God Bless You. Come vist my site as I am trying to do what I can as well!

    In my opinion, there is only 1 ticket in 2012. Sarah Palin and Fred Thompson, They would kick liberal a$S!

  37. Al November 20, 2009 at 2:11 pm #

    Way to go! The liberal media will distort and will never let facts get in the way of anyone they want to destroy. As long as you didn’t let them humiliate you, you’re a winner! Look what they do with Sarah, Rush Limbaugh they’ll make stuff up and still keep on reporting it even when proved untrue. They have an agenda but so do we and Sarah is the face of the grassroots majority that they despise. Again, way to go!

  38. Desiree November 20, 2009 at 2:13 pm #

    Great job!!!!!!! It is so cool you were able to meet Sarah Palin.

    This Nora idiot needs to use note cards, a blackberry and a teleprompter to ambush people with her stupid questions. That tells you a whole lot about the lamestream media. Nora and her ilk are totally afraid of Sarah Palin. Sarah Palin is so above these trolls. I hope the next time this Nora person tries doing this to a minor or perhaps someone who happens to be in just the right mood, that person politely tells her to get lost or they will take that microphone and turn her into a popsicle.

  39. cookcountyconservative November 20, 2009 at 2:18 pm #

    You GO GIRL!!! You were awesome. Norah looked like a fool. It got even worse on Hardball when Norah & Chris determined you were not only a bunch of bible thumping, gun toting idiots but a big fat crowd of stark raving racists hiding in plain sight right there in Grand Rapids.

    Good Lord!

    “Let us be thankful for fools. But for them the rest of us could not succeed. ” Mark Twain

  40. jay warden November 20, 2009 at 2:20 pm #

    If your Dad is totin’ his gun he better keep it away from his chest area lest the buttons bursting from pride in you accidently sets it off ! Nice Job !

  41. Norm Shanahan November 20, 2009 at 2:20 pm #

    Hang in there,you did fine.

  42. jgreene November 20, 2009 at 2:21 pm #

    You were terrific, Jackie! Bless you and your family. They and we are all proud of you.

  43. A Decker November 20, 2009 at 2:22 pm #

    Well done kiddo. You will meet people like Nora your entire life. Keep thinking for yourself.

  44. mevans November 20, 2009 at 2:31 pm #

    Good for you. It takes guts in this day and age for a young person to stand up for conservative values. No matter how much the left demonizes her, Sarah is a great role model for ambitious young woman.

  45. jdflorida November 20, 2009 at 2:32 pm #

    Norah O’Donnell is not exactly a rocket scientist. Do people actually take her seriously?

  46. MaryContrary November 20, 2009 at 2:32 pm #

    I think you did very well in that interview! Against a blatantly biased “reporter”? With notes? Not at all a bad showing. I cheered a bit the first time I saw the footage!

    I’m going to agree with something someone else here mentioned. Why would a reporter needs notes? What for? Aren’t you there to simply ask a question and share the response with your audience? Doesn’t the fact that she had notes handy make clear she saw the whole thing as some kind of competition? One she wanted an unfair advantage over you in?

    What the heck kinda journalism is that?

  47. ern November 20, 2009 at 2:35 pm #

    I’ve had my own experiences with the media (thankfully not on the national stage), and with that same bias. It’s amazing. I would often read paragraphs directly from my prepared notes on telephone interviews, then read the articles: often the reporters would make stuff up whole cloth, often to try to make me look stupid or to frame out a point they wanted to make. Despite always being careful (and having a lot more advantages than you did in your interview) I was nearly always misquoted, and often quotes had no bearing at all to what I said. I think you did a fine job. Ambush is the primary media tactic these days, especially with conservatives. She knew she could get away with it because you are young and not experienced with the media. Thank God we have blogs to get the truth out.

  48. soozer November 20, 2009 at 2:37 pm #

    The only one that needs a “do over” is Nora (where are my notes?) O’Donnell.

  49. Milo November 20, 2009 at 2:45 pm #

    Niiiiice job! I’m in Grand Rapids myself, and was thrilled to have Mrs. Palin visit. Saw your MSNBC “interview” on Fox, and was impressed with your response. The correspondent looked like a hulking gargoyle screeching at a tiny (yet self-possessed) young woman. I liked how you challenged her assertion. Good luck in the future!

  50. Joshua in NC November 20, 2009 at 2:45 pm #

    Jackie, you did a great job! Having a microphone put in your face with a camera rolling will unnerve anyone, but you kept your cool and answered the question well.

    I’m glad your parents have obviously raised you to think for yourself and have instilled self-confidence. I’m glad your dad is a Bible-thumping, gun-loving man! God gave us our ability to reason and then said, “Come now, let us reason together.”

    I encourage you to continue your reasoning! Continue reading God’s word and reason with Him, because His word holds the truths of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. True freedom comes from God the Father!

    Also, encourage your friends to reason, to think, to ask questions and evaluate answers (How I wish more people could think! How I wish more people would think!).

    Anyway, I about got myself going into a sermon!

    Though we’ve never met, I’m proud of you.

    Love in Christ,

  51. Heidi Thiess November 20, 2009 at 2:54 pm #

    You are in excellent company – they ambushed you in the same manner they do Sarah Palin. They cannot handle her – or you – otherwise. 😉

    As a female who has also been ambushed by two condescending male media figures, I can appreciate your experience. Consider it a badge of honor.

    Of course, after the fact, we always think of 10 more really sharp things we could’ve said. But that is more a measure of how MUCH we know, not how little. There’s so much to be said, and none of us are used to speaking in sound bytes.

    It’s a nerve-wracking experience, to be sure. I so admire the folks who have spoken their minds at the townhalls and on-the-street interviews.

    I wish you well, hon. I know your folks are mighty proud of you, because I am too.

  52. Mister Person November 20, 2009 at 2:57 pm #

    Great job in the interview, and great blog post! What’s Norah O’Donnell’s problem, anyway? Oh yeah! No one watches her show!

    Great blog, and great post! I’ll be reading regularly!

  53. mariner November 20, 2009 at 3:08 pm #

    I saw the interview, and I thought you held up well.

    Yes, it WOULD have been better had you known what she was up to, but now you know — and forewarned is forearmed.

    Next time you wear that shirt I’m sure you’ll be able to deliver a proper smackdown to any leftist who tries something like this.

  54. Blad_Rnr November 20, 2009 at 3:08 pm #

    I also saw your interview on Fox last night. As the father of a teenage daughter I would have proud had my daughter responded as you did. Listen: these people are pros at manipulating their interviewees. They are dishonest in their approach and they have an agenda. You did great, and no one cares what Norah thinks. She just came off as another jerk within the lame stream media. We are proud of you!!!

  55. JT November 20, 2009 at 3:09 pm #

    Saw the video and you did GREAT! Just remember, O’Donnell needed notes to argue a point with you, a 17 year old, about Sarah Palin!

    Agreeing with the bailout package is one thing. Remember that at the time, this was not corp welfare like it’s turning out to be now. It was supposed to be a loan(s) to be paid back. This was to help a select few of the biggest companies bolster their finances until the economy turned around so they did not have to go out of busniess and cost tens of thousands of jobs. That was the sell job. I still say they should have been allowed to go into bankruptcy, reorg, and learn a lesson.

    The stimulus spending porkulus bill was a totally different thing and ALL on the DEMS/LIBS shoulders for what it did to the economy, debt, and deficit for years to come! They will pay at the polls!

    I could not agree with you more on your after-the-ambush assessment of your own performance. You did GREAT! You’ll dop better next time. But you did GREAT!


    Palin/{Whoever} 2012! Can she start early?

  56. Norah O'Donnell Tweeted This November 20, 2009 at 3:09 pm #

    Here is what Norah O’Donnell put on her twitter account, saying the girl voted last year:

    Norah: YOU LIE!!!

  57. Jerry November 20, 2009 at 3:10 pm #

    Hey, I’m a political nut and you probably did better than I would have with that MSDNC reporter. Only 17? Our future is bright if there are more young people like you. I am sure you are looking forward to voting in next year’s elections and voting for PALIN for PRESIDENT in 2012.

  58. USAFDave November 20, 2009 at 3:12 pm #

    Your Dad sounds like my kind of guy. I’m an over 40-year old, gun loving, bible thumping, red, white and blue veteran of 12-years of service in the USAF. Norah’s day in the sun is rapidly fading. Sunset is rapidly approaching for the liberal media, and many of them probably know it. A new dawn is coming where people like you, who seek the truth and fact, are waking up and making their voice be heard. You did a fantastic job and your story personifies the way we all fee. A do-over? No way…let the buffoons use ambush tactics, and let Americans see it with their own eyes. Great story, thanks for sharing.

  59. KansasGirl November 20, 2009 at 3:17 pm #

    Young lady, you are nothing but the best.

  60. Mike K November 20, 2009 at 3:18 pm #

    Good work. Your blog post will now be seen by more people than Nora’s interview on MSNBC.

  61. AlmightyJB November 20, 2009 at 3:22 pm #

    You rock Jackie!

  62. William November 20, 2009 at 3:24 pm #

    Thanks so much for writing your side of the story. While it’s obvious you were being ambushed, I had no idea how sneaky Norah was being.

    It’s people like you that inspire the rest of us to keep fighting for our country and its future!

  63. girlpower November 20, 2009 at 3:31 pm #

    Hey girl, You made my day! I am so happy to hear you young uns are getting it! As a former bra burning liberal from the 60’s, it took me 4 years of Jimmy Carter before I understood the truth. I am just so happy that maybe this generation will wake up sooner than mine did. Well, at least some of us did. The radicals ruining our country will not wake up until they are burning in hell.
    You rock Julie!

  64. Rogue123 November 20, 2009 at 3:32 pm #

    I see a very bright future for you! You were poised and stood true to your convictions. It is wonderful to see a young conservative like yourself. You are exactly what this country needs and I hope you have tons of friends who are as enlightened as you. Sarah is great and an inspiration to me as well. I wish you the very best! Sharon

  65. wannabe November 20, 2009 at 3:33 pm #

    You were awesome, considering everything, cool as a cucumber. You pwn3d the crooked bitch considering they’re not used to having their methods exposed like this. If only you’d had a hidden camera to record the previous setup. Someone buy this girl the same equipment used by Giles and O’Keefe. Let’s keep exposing these lying scum.

  66. blaze November 20, 2009 at 3:34 pm #

    Great job, love the line about the constitution. Stay strong to your conservative beliefs and you could be the next Sarah Palin, God knows we could use more.

  67. Sunny Black November 20, 2009 at 3:35 pm #

    I feel so bad for what MSNBC tried to pull on you. So despicable. I’m just appalled at that whole network. I don’t understand what is wrong with these people.

    I commend you for your efforts. I hope you still had a great time and that the experience with the media didn’t ruin it even slightly. You’re a really bright young lady. You had great insights into that day and a great outlook. Best of luck.

  68. Jody from NYC November 20, 2009 at 3:36 pm #

    I am so jealous that you got to meet Palin and be part of this wonderful event. She is not coming to NYC and yes she is smart to stay away from these wackos that live here. MSNBC is disgusting. And yes, it was a gotcha question and she was prepared with her notes. Buy the way, was the reporter aware that Palin did NOT vote for the bailout? But don’t worry, we have Fox News to tell the truth.
    Cheers to that!

  69. red November 20, 2009 at 3:36 pm #

    Sweetheart you did very well! My daughter is also 17 and loves Sarah (hates Miley too lol). The person who came off badly in all this is O’Donnell. The lamestream media types are a vindictive bunch and cowards, that’s why they chose you because they thought you were really young and would be easy to trip up. They were wrong. You have a bright future young lady and God Bless you and your family.

  70. Tom Keating November 20, 2009 at 3:37 pm #

    Wow, what a day! Meet Sarah Palin, the liberal MSM, your interview lands all over the blogosphere, TV cable news shows, etc.

    You handled yourself very well. Amazing how the MSM would stoop so low as to try and trip up a 17 year old with gotcha questions.

    So glad to hear you are getting into politics. If you are ever in my state or district, you’ll have my vote for your Constitutional and conservative values! 🙂

    As Mark Levin said, conservatism is on the ascendancy!

  71. edh November 20, 2009 at 3:41 pm #

    Reminded me of “I want an official Red Ryder, carbine action, 200-shot range model air rifle!”

    “You’ll shoot your eye out, kid.”

  72. keninanchorage November 20, 2009 at 3:42 pm #

    I recall several years ago when Sarah was running in the Republican Primary for Governor. They had a Republican party cookout at the Kincaid chalet here in Anchorage. The primary was pretty nasty in personal attacks against Sarah from her opponent and the party machinery. No signs were to be allowed at the picnic. Sarah’s supporters were fed up with the vile attacks and brought some signs as a protest.
    Needless to say the party chairman wasn’t pleased with these rabblerousers. Literally push comes to shove, people ended up outside and as I recall off the top of my head,the cops, I think the State Troopers, had to show up. Her Dad, Chuck was ready to rumble on the party guys for shoving his daughter and the other girls.
    Ever since, her supporters were locally called Sarah’s Girls, and people knew best not mess with Sarah’s Girls because they won’t stand for it.
    I think Sarah would be very proud to call you one of her girls.

  73. Ric November 20, 2009 at 3:42 pm #

    Wow, you handled yourself well all things considered!

    Norah came off looking aggressive – like she was trying to intimidate you by leaning into you, and that made her look like a bully. You sounded confident, and answered the question well by asking where the fact came from, and that if you asked Sarah today, she’d say she was against it – that, in a way, inferred what you pointed out – that it was something she had to say to be in line with John McCain.

  74. h.j.koehler 4 November 20, 2009 at 3:42 pm #

    The world is proud of you, Julie! You stood up for all of us that the liberal media wants to dis-regard. Thank you!

  75. greg November 20, 2009 at 3:44 pm #

    Great job handling Norah. I watched the video of it several times, it just goes to show us how unprofessional and desparate the media are. Then they wonder how come their ratings are so low.

    Again, great job.

  76. dorkafork November 20, 2009 at 3:45 pm #

    “I wish I could have thought quicker on my feet for that interview”

    Reporters with decency don’t sandbag 17 year old girls. There’s no shame in not being prepared for Norah O’Donnell utter lack of class.

  77. Jim November 20, 2009 at 3:45 pm #

    Norah O”Donnell is a fool with bad breath.
    I meet her once. she should see a doctor concerning her bad breath.

  78. A conservative mom November 20, 2009 at 3:48 pm #

    You did extremely well! Your parents should be very proud of you. You were completely composed, you have a great speaking voice, and you were able to answer her (and even throw a question right back at her!) very articulately. No do-over is necessary. Good job!

  79. flipside November 20, 2009 at 3:49 pm #

    Great job. People can see through the media’s bias. Hey,let’s pick on a 17 year old….you got set up.
    If you need a date for the prom, let me know!

  80. kansas November 20, 2009 at 3:49 pm #

    What you did was expose the liberal media for what they are. Great job.

  81. Ric November 20, 2009 at 3:50 pm #

    Follow-up.. Actually, she may have addressed the bailout issue in a recent interview – she said we’ve learned from experience that the bailouts don’t work; so, if she was indeed for it, she’s done something unpresidented for a politician – admitted she was wrong based on actual evidence and changed her stance!

    I don’t think she was ever truly for the bailouts though because of her other views.

  82. RonPaulRocks November 20, 2009 at 3:56 pm #

    In other News:

    Asking a question directly related to a t-shirt you are wearing is now considered “crafty.”

  83. Bob G November 20, 2009 at 3:56 pm #

    If you were my daughter, I would be so proud. As it is, I am glad you are on our side. Well written, your honesty, sincerity and humility shine through.

    I am your fan:
    Bob Grindod
    Syracuse, NY

  84. mphs09 November 20, 2009 at 3:57 pm #

    Isn’t Norah the one who can’t tell Jessie Jackson from Al Sharpton? Don’t worry young lady, the people are on your side and the “lame-stream media” is on their way out.

  85. Mansquatch November 20, 2009 at 3:59 pm #

    Good job standing your ground.

  86. Elektra November 20, 2009 at 4:03 pm #

    Hi, Julie! I was very impressed with you to begin with but I’m really impressed now! O’Donnell thought she would embarrass you and make you self conscious about meeting Sarah and you stood above her and have shown millions how clueless MSNBC is. Way to go!

    Going Rogue
    An American Teen” 🙂

  87. Lisa November 20, 2009 at 4:04 pm #

    You did great! As I watched that clip I was totally outraged at Norah for attacking a young girl, and so amazed at how well you did by standing your ground on Sarah and your own opinons, which you did not have to read from notes. Way to go Julie!!!

  88. Janet Ney November 20, 2009 at 4:09 pm #

    i’m so proud of you…and i have a feeling that most Americans are too…

  89. Jason November 20, 2009 at 4:13 pm #

    Norah McDonald works out at my gym and she wears her huge diamond wedding ring while doing pushups. She’s a woman who gets paid to talk, and she wonders why SHE isn’t the one that women look up to.

  90. OverRuled November 20, 2009 at 4:25 pm #

    Sarah Palin is right by calling them “Lame Stream Media”. I think we should call them that instead of “Main Stream Media” from now on.

  91. Colorado Mom November 20, 2009 at 4:28 pm #

    OMG, Norah O’Donnell gives a “Gotcha” question to a 17 year old girl??

    How desperate is she? That just shows how low and how much of a vulture the liberal media and O’Donnell is.

    Seriously, a gotcha question for a child?

    You represented yourself very well. It is encouraging to see such a young, bright and intelligent lady. You should be proud!

  92. ddmeyers November 20, 2009 at 4:30 pm #

    I saw O’Donnell’s ambush questioning of you on Billy O’Reilly’s show. You handled it beautifully! Your response was intelligent and confident. Your blog and Pic’s about your experience is terrific. Thanks for sharing!

  93. CHRI$ DODD November 20, 2009 at 4:34 pm #

    I’m really NOT looking forward to 2010. Look –

  94. Mike November 20, 2009 at 4:38 pm #

    You were asked a question about Sarah Palin and the bailout (because of your shirt) and why you liked Sarah Palin. I don’t see how you were “ambushed” or “attacked” as some have put it. Or how it is some conspiracy by the liberal media.

    • sybilll November 21, 2009 at 5:30 am #

      Because she is there to report, not push an agenda? Jackie did fabulous!

    • Just Plain Bill November 22, 2009 at 7:49 pm #

      Because the Bail Out and the (failed) Stimulus bills are two seperate items.
      The shirt clearly refers to the (failed) Stimulus package.

      Try to keep up with the rest of us that pay attention.

  95. Tim in MIchigan November 20, 2009 at 4:43 pm #

    Face it, my dear. You didn’t have your facts straight about Palin and her support. Don’t blame the media because you were uninformed. I know the Palinites are famous for putting blame on someone else, and also being proud of Ignorance, but this isn’t gonna fly.

  96. Sara November 20, 2009 at 4:43 pm #

    Way to go and thanks for documenting the event so well! The gottcha reporting style of liberals on a mission of hate is always obvious and you managed to hold your own under the circumstances. Glad you were pleased with your meeting with Gov. Palin after waiting so long to see her.

    What a difference between the grace of successful and smart conservative women versus what you experienced of the dishonest liberal reporter, huh? It is like that in all of life.

  97. Rabbit November 20, 2009 at 4:46 pm #

    Thanks for the story.
    You did a great job by being real.
    So does Sarah.
    That is what they don’t get and can’t stand.
    God Bless & keep fighting the good fight!

  98. TugboatPhil November 20, 2009 at 4:46 pm #

    Congratulations for your handling of the situation and for being able to meet a great American!

    Perhaps if this is tried in the future, enough of the people being ambushed will respond with questions about the lack of vetting that our current President had during the campaign. Maybe they’d have no footage to be usable (to them) for their broadcast.

  99. BKLYNMIKE November 20, 2009 at 4:51 pm #

    No regrets! Lessons learned, you will be stronger for it! Move forward, prepare yourself every day to fight for your GOD-given rights! God Bless You and your family, you made this American proud!!

  100. Matt November 20, 2009 at 4:52 pm #

    We need to stop the tranny that is taking place in this contry! Great job Sarah!

    • Amused November 21, 2009 at 11:45 am #

      Um, the word is tyranny-not tranny; different connotation between a despot versus a cross-dresser…

  101. Floyd November 20, 2009 at 4:53 pm #

    Yeah except your t-shirt specifically mentions “the Wall St. bailout” and a figure of $700B. Your t-shirt says nothing about the stimulus. You got owned on national teevee and it’ll be on the internets forever.

  102. jeckelmyhyde November 20, 2009 at 4:54 pm #

    You are a shining star amid all the hoopla that is politics today. I worry every day for the future of my children and grandchildren. You young lady have given me hope, and I know that your parents must be beaming with pride.

  103. Truth November 20, 2009 at 4:57 pm #

    Julie, You did a great job.

    Here is Gov. Palin on-record saying veto the Stimulus bill.

    Norah is part of the lamemedia and an airhead.

  104. J from California November 20, 2009 at 4:57 pm #

    I’m not sure if Norah is married to Larry O’Donnell or not but he is even worse. Though she pretends to be none partisan so that makes her more dangerous IMO.

  105. mardam November 20, 2009 at 4:58 pm #

    Yes, you handled yourself well. That deer in the headlights look was especially impressive.

    And why is it that whenever conservatives (red, white or whatever color) are asked to think on their feet, it’s because of a “gotcha” question? You’d think that you would know about your Sarah’s positions. Or don’t they really matter?

  106. Mark B. November 20, 2009 at 5:01 pm #

    YOU have made me proud to be a fellow American. It is people like YOU who make this the greatest country on earth. You have an amazing future ahead and may God bless you in all your endeavors.

  107. ACG November 20, 2009 at 5:02 pm #

    You know… Palin did advocate for the bailout. Admittedly the bailout and stimulus are different, but that’s (1) not something you knew, (2) not something you argued, and (3) demonstrates that you’re willing to tolerate some bailout-like animals. I’d say she still won.

    • alessandromachi November 21, 2009 at 6:37 pm #

      In the beginning McCain and Palin were for caution, not rushing into anything. It was MSNBC that rushed in to support the bailout bill.

  108. PatriotLibertyConstitutionCapitalism November 20, 2009 at 5:05 pm #


  109. margaret November 20, 2009 at 5:08 pm #

    I’m completely on the other side of your beliefs politically, but good for you for standing up for your beliefs in the media at such a young age! It sounds exciting to meet someone you admire, and what a great experience to have at 17. Remember this event when you are putting together your college admission essays!

  110. rbrtdowney November 20, 2009 at 5:09 pm #

    oh yeah, facts have such a “liberal bias.” you are pathetic.

    • alessandromachi November 21, 2009 at 6:38 pm #

      If the “facts” come from MSNBC, they DO have a liberal bias.

  111. helenk November 20, 2009 at 5:14 pm #

    Although I am not a conservative and I am more moderate, it gives me great pleasure to see young people who think and investigate and take the time to see someone they admire.
    You did a good job standing up for yourself and I hope someday you will be in politics. We really need people who care. Maybe someday we will get the ERA with intelligence young ladies like you voting.



  112. mayann November 20, 2009 at 5:15 pm #

    I thought you were great when I saw it. Reading your story makes me that much more impressed. It was obvious that you did not believe what you were being told and knew there was more to the story. That woman is no jounalist. I was very impressed with your story and hope to hear from you again.

  113. John Bibb November 20, 2009 at 5:15 pm #

    Young people are a lot smarter than many people think. Many think clearly and come up with the correct answers. And many sign up for our military at this age.
    Good Job!

  114. James Peterson November 20, 2009 at 5:16 pm #

    Bush’s leadership and spending led the United States into this economic disaster. In 2008 the country just barely avoided a complete melt down. Yes John McCain and Sara Palin both supported spending vast amounts of Tax payer money during this time frame to support Bush’s failure.

  115. SHARON November 20, 2009 at 5:19 pm #

    Good Job!

    you deserve a trip to Disney Land!!!!

    don’t worry about what you “could or should” have said. O’Donnell’s little plan has seemed to backfire on her.

    again – great job!

  116. Voyoucharmant November 20, 2009 at 5:23 pm #

    Are you complaining about the “liberal bias” of facts?

    Policy positions and false dichotomy of left vs right aside, facts are facts. They have no bias. They are simply facts. Sometimes the facts don’t agree with your beliefs, but they are no less factual. Simply saying something is or is not so, doesn’t actually mean that it is, or is not so.

  117. DSVet November 20, 2009 at 5:25 pm #

    It’s nice to see someone of your age (yeah, I sound all old fogie-ish) who is interested in the process of how the goverment works and who’s running it et cetera. I don’t at all agree with you or some of the other characters commenting here but that’s not necessary is it? Intelligent people can agree to disagree. I would however like to caution you about how open the comments section is in your blog, and that because some national media types seem to be using you as a flag to wave in promoting their agenda you may want shut it down or close/privatize(sp?) it in some fashion. I hope you don’t get cybernetically assaulted but it may happen. Best of luck, kiddo.

  118. Faldo November 20, 2009 at 5:27 pm #

    Keep up the good work! I wish all 17 year olds in the US had your composure and good sense.

  119. Harold November 20, 2009 at 5:30 pm #

    Don’t worry. You did great!

  120. A Liberal November 20, 2009 at 5:30 pm #

    I find your article pretty fascinating. Your description of the events was very well done – especially for a high school senior (and fantastic for a 13 year old! Lol)

    I think the way you came across on television was very unfortunate and does not at all demonstrate your intelligence and emerging understanding of the issues involved as are obviously present in your article. Nice job.

  121. OxyCon November 20, 2009 at 5:33 pm #

    I’d bet it was David Shyster who texted Noron O’Donnell with the gotcha question. That’s his style of “journalism”. That’s how they roll at MessNBC.

    Pretty sad that Noron O’Donnell most likely didn’t even know the information herself that she used for the gotcha question since someone texted it to her and she had to read it off of her notes.

  122. Ted November 20, 2009 at 5:39 pm #

    Great job, kid. Way to expose the State Run Media (in this case, Norah O’Donnell) for the liberal hacks they really are.

  123. Jimmy November 20, 2009 at 5:39 pm #

    I don’t think you did that well on TV, if you are opposed to the bailout you’re opposed to the McCain / Palin position. That is perfectly noble and patriotic, O’Donnell simply pointed that out to you.

    Stand by your convictions: oppose McCain / Palin and all those spend and borrow politicians! Don’t back down!

  124. Andrew November 20, 2009 at 5:41 pm #

    O’Donnell garbled the facts. McCain favored a bailout of lenders, made necessary by stupid fed policies that pushed down borrowing requirements, and presumably that plan is what Palin supported. The Obama stimulus was a different animal, a grab-bag of gov’t spending. As the commenter above states, it was a different animal. Yes indeed, and you were right to say you didn’t believe Palin supported it. O’Donnell seems to want to say that since Palin supported lender bailout, she therefore supports all Obama’s wealth-redistribution schemes. So, who’s the ignorant one here? A biased MSNBC professional, or a 17-year old patriot who defends the Constitution?

  125. Tim November 20, 2009 at 5:41 pm #

    I wonder if Norah’s behavior sent any chills running up Matthews spine?

    I bet their all high-fiving each other on Norah’s “great” takedown of another conservative woman.

    Keep it up, there’s more of you than their are of them.

  126. Wonkette Conservative November 20, 2009 at 5:43 pm #

    Um, Norah O’Donnell actually did make a fool out of you. Even if that was her invidious aim, you still had the opportunity to deflect the question. The angle was that the base of the Republican party is deeply detached from the reality of their leaders’ decisions and the practicalities of governance. Vis-a-vis the bailout, your display of idealized ignorance on national television only goes to further that stereotype and entrench our already disadvantaged national position.

    The answer to the constitutional question was even worse, if only because that has become the most common ground for criticism of the Obama administration. Conservatives need to get away from this point; it drives educated moderates away in a heartbeat. Article I contains the “Commerce Clause,” which empowers Congress to “regulate commerce between the several states.” The Supreme Court – recently led by Justice Scalia – has interpreted this to stretch to regulation of any activity that may affect interstate commerce when aggregated, even if it is entirely intrastate in isolation. The Commerce Clause forms the constitutional basis for the bailout, health care reform, cap-and-tax, virtually every piece of national economic regulations, and we simply have no constitutional argument there. Now, if the Obama administration exceeds the text of legislation in *executing* the law, which it arguably has done in distributing the bailout, then we have a solid argument. But until that becomes clear, we need to drop this awful talking point, educate ourselves through fora other than Drudge and talk radio, and make a serious effort at appealing to moderates in this country. Until then, we will be off in the wilderness.

    • Kirstin November 20, 2009 at 10:55 pm #

      Give the girl a break. I wonder how you would do in the same situation.

    • alessandromachi November 21, 2009 at 6:39 am #

      bla bla bla. It is a money grab giveaway in exchange for future votes, it’s called bribery.

      Why not just waive interest rate charges on existing credit card debt to any consumer who is trying to pay down their credit card debt.

      That would provide an instant economic stimulus to local economies all over the country and would not require tax money.

      Barack Obama is a tool of the banking industry.

      Ironically, I think most republican politicians fall into that category as well.

    • Dave November 24, 2009 at 10:52 pm #

      Thank you.

  127. topshelfdogfood November 20, 2009 at 5:43 pm #

    Sorry they made you look like a moron. Better luck next time.

  128. Snake Plissken November 20, 2009 at 5:43 pm #

    “And we all know reality has a well-known liberal bias”

    – S. Colbert

  129. D.P. November 20, 2009 at 5:45 pm #

    The only person that came out looking like a nitwit, braindead, wannabe, was the reporter, Norah.

    You have every reason to hold your head high, today, and tomorrow.

  130. Cary P. November 20, 2009 at 5:45 pm #

    I agree with the other commenters. You’re being too hard on yourself. Norah looked like the fool. Not you.

    Unlike Norah, who has been covering politics for years, you knew that the entire foundation of this country’s based on the Constitution, which was written to limit government.

    Kudos to you for not shrinking when an angry liberal came at you with a blind swing.

  131. Kristin November 20, 2009 at 5:48 pm #

    Good point by Mike.

  132. Simona November 20, 2009 at 5:50 pm #

    Hey – I saw this interview and I was immediately impressed by how intelligent you both sounded. Norah O’Donnel might think she “gotch ya” by being sneaky, but my impression was ‘wow, she is so incredibly unprofessional, she’s getting in an argument with an interviewee and lecturing them/trying to debate them on camera. She is really embarrassing herself and her network here’. In fact, I thought the point of it being posted at all was to show how unprofessional she was – it was Susan Roesgen all over. Were she not as msnbc, I’m sure she would have severely damaged her career with the way she questioned you. I’m not surprised she lied about you – it’s obviously her character.

    You should be proud of yourself, you did a good job, and never in a million years would I have guessed you are only 17!

  133. Tom November 20, 2009 at 5:50 pm #

    Jackie, you did an excellent job. You didn’t freeze up, you didn’t back down from your support of Palin when she asked you, and you knew exactly what you were talking about in regards to the Constitution.

    And what’s more…you were basically right on the bailouts issue and Palin.

    Sarah Palin on Hannity & Colmes, Sept. 17, 2008
    “Taxpayers cannot be looked to as the bailout,
    as the solution, to the problems on Wall Street.”

    Sarah Palin on Sept. 17, 2008, as reported by…NBC:
    Palin said Wednesday that she is “disappointed that taxpayers are called upon to bail out another one” in response to the AIG loan by the Federal Reserve.

    So when you said to Norah “I think if you asked her today, she was not for the bailout”, I think you were more right then you realize. Even a novice political observer, which one would think Norah O’Donnell might at least be, would understand that Palin also had to toe the McCain-Palin campaign line esp. since it was McCain who voted for the bailout.

    • Patrick Chester November 21, 2009 at 11:55 am #

      You have noticed something. “Facts” aren’t biased towards leftists, as a few on this thread have already smugly proclaimed. Carefully selected facts are.

      Once more facts on the same subject comes in, the picture tends to change a bit from what the narrative the leftists are trying to spread.

  134. rdale November 20, 2009 at 5:51 pm #

    I watched the whole interview and just like your heroine, Sarah, you just revealed your own ignorance and then blamed it on the “gotcha media.” Anyone with access to Google could know that Sarah supported the stimulus because it was Bush’s idea; it only became a bad thing when Obama was elected because he’s, you know, one of them!

    • A. November 22, 2009 at 2:42 am #

      Bush wasn’t in office when the “stimulus” was enacted. I think you are confusing it with the bailouts. Pesky facts can be hard to hold onto.

  135. Curmudgeon November 20, 2009 at 5:52 pm #

    Good for you. Norah O’Donnell is such a–well, I won’t type it….

  136. Pamela Dawson November 20, 2009 at 5:53 pm #

    Way to go! You make me proud to be a conservative. Let’s all stick together and win back America.

  137. gr8audioguy November 20, 2009 at 5:54 pm #

    Excellent job Jackie;

    Your journey to a career in national politics is set. The libs are running scared because they bought a defective product and want to blame it on you, me and my Daughters. Good Luck!


  138. Tony November 20, 2009 at 5:54 pm #

    “… And I don’t live in an ACORN district so I didn’t have a chance to even register illegally.”

    “and I cannot stand Miley Cyrus.”

    …”the 5 people who watch MSNBC…”

    I think I love you… 😉

  139. Jamie November 20, 2009 at 5:57 pm #

    Damn liberals with their damn facts. I for one have never let facts get in the way of my opinion.

    • A. November 22, 2009 at 2:40 am #

      Switch the two end words of your sentences, and you describe a liberal perfectly.

      • SarahH November 22, 2009 at 2:53 pm #

        I think he was being rightly sarcastic. Y’all (yes, I am from the Deep South) are just absolutely cracked.
        The girl made a mockery of the conservative “movement”, but then conservatives do it every day.
        You can’t watch only Fox, and read only right wing blogs and get any semblance of what is really going on- same as if you watched nothing but Olbermann and left wing blogs.
        The REALITY is that there is no liberal bias. Thats the pacifier y’all suck on to make yourselves feel better than your party is broken in pieces.

  140. jay arlington condos November 20, 2009 at 5:57 pm #

    Very cool. You might consider challenging Norah to a debate about Palin vs. Obama’s policies on twitter and your blog and on tv/radio interviews….

    she’d refuse and that would speak for itself. Amazes me that people like her are proud of a hugely devalued dollar, skyrocketing deficits, Ft. Hood, and 10.2%+ unemployment with no prospects for job growth. That is what elitists fools like Norah are thinking.

    And Chris Matthews blamed the palin popularity on white tribalism. These people are so out of touch and ignorant that it is amazing.

    The Bible speaks to it well–“being wise in their own eyes they became fools.” Sadly they are mostly likely eternal fools….

    ChampionCitizen (twitter)

  141. concerned November 20, 2009 at 5:59 pm #

    Why don’t you let any differing opinions be posted on your blog. Your just like Sarah, play the victim, silence all critics.

    • rusty schuklefurd November 21, 2009 at 3:43 am #

      “concerned”- I don’t think you’ve read all the posts. There are several snide, insulting, and irrelevant responses just like yours on her blog. Do more reading please.

  142. Melinda November 20, 2009 at 5:59 pm #

    Just watched the interview and wanted to commend you on your poise under ambush. Seeing someone like you gives me hope for future generations. Also, congratulations on meeting Sarah and getting your book autographed!

    Norah O’Donnell acted like a fool. I can’t believe any news organization, even MSNBC, would employ her as a journalist.

    The difference in class between O’Donnell and Palin is telling.

  143. Debbie November 20, 2009 at 6:03 pm #

    You are one very impressive 17 year old. I watched your interview and thought you did a great job responding. She looked like a complete moron using that quote. No where in the quote did it mention support for the stimulus, but support for McCain taking action in that time of crisis and putting the country first. I normally don’t take the time to comment on articles, but I’m very impressed with both your interview and this article. You have a very bright future ahead of you and I wish you all the best. Keep standing up for what you believe!!

  144. undercover4liberty November 20, 2009 at 6:04 pm #

    Good Job Soldier !!! It is nice to know that we still have a youth in this country that are interested in politics and the truth, and kudos to your Bible Thumping, Gun Toting Dad for raising such a well spoken, respectful young lady.
    Hold your head high, because you made the MSM look like fools without even getting the last word.

  145. Delma November 20, 2009 at 6:08 pm #

    Why can’t we get rid of these good for nothing to our country liberal reporters. The liberal media is close to destroying our country and there are fewer of them than us conservatives. Shouldn’t they have some type of ethics and responsibiltiy? So this is proof that they don’t, Nora O’Donnell should embrace that fact that this little girl is aspiring to something constructive than being out doing drugs or becoming some kind of menace to society. Just because this little girl has conservative values she was attacked by this bully. How does Nora live with herself. Liberals can’t help themselves, and they just don’t care. I hope america starts seeing the true color of “all liberals”. They are nasty and just mean!!! We all have to stand up to these awful liberal medias. Remember we come in bigger numbers and we can do something about this. By the way I have never been so proud to be an american when I saw this teen stand up for the true principals of our beloved america. God bless america!

  146. JolietJake November 20, 2009 at 6:12 pm #

    Julie, you seem like a terrific young woman. I’m really sorry you had to have this experience. Norah O’Donnel should be ashamed of her herself. Never let people make you feel little for daring to think critically and independently.

  147. MOG November 20, 2009 at 6:14 pm #

    The point of educating yourself is to be ready to answer questions on your “role model’s” position. Clearly you have some work to do. Gotcha questions? Really? That one was pretty simple, comparatively speaking. The fact that you didn’t know the answer is interesting.
    On the other hand, you have plenty of time to work on this, since Sarah’s says the 2012 race is not on her radar. Yet. Be ready to answer the tough ones or don’t speak into the microphone. Republicans all over the country are cringing.

  148. Paliniac November 20, 2009 at 6:14 pm #

    They are just mad at Sarah because she beats them all with her brains, brawn, wit and knowledge. Also she is a Christian of the first order who does not buy the hype that the founding fathers (and mothers! rock on mothers!) intended so-called separation of church and state. If God had intended church and state to be separate he would not have created Inquisitions and witch trials for instance. Sarah will always have my vote no matter what, mainly because she observes the first rule of modern christo-conservatism mainly: Drive Liberals Crazy! Drive, baby, drive!

    • Amazed November 22, 2009 at 5:52 pm #

      “If God had intended church and state to be separate he would not have created Inquisitions and witch trials for instance”

      You’ve got to be kidding, right? Right?

  149. PaleoSapiens November 20, 2009 at 6:17 pm #


    Your writing and response to a reprehensible ambush are outstanding.

    I’m over 50, with a B.A. Degree in Military History; minors in Computer Systems, Engineering Science, Geology, and Mathematics.

    You should be proud that you’ve done something better than this ‘old man’ ever has…

  150. John Carpenter November 20, 2009 at 6:17 pm #

    A friend once told me after I had been clipped by a similar shot from the tall grass, “I’d wear such contempt as a badge of honor.”

    As you go through life, if you haven’t discovered it already, being the object of contempt by some can be a much more empowering and ennobling thing than the adoration of others.

    You acquitted yourself well and beter than many have under similar circumstances.

  151. opalunderground November 20, 2009 at 6:21 pm #

    That liberal media ploy was so obvious I can’t believe anyone would try it. Who goes to a book signing and then picks a fight like that? You did a good job. I’m not even a huge Palin fan (I’m not really an anything fan) but I’m on your side here.
    And I agree with the guy above me here, you should challenge her to a fair debate! If you had a chance to gather notes and prepare your argument you would have whipped her soundly.

  152. Karen Celinski November 20, 2009 at 6:21 pm #

    Good for you, you did fine. There’s a reason why the MSM’s numbers are plummeting. They set out to prove what they think is true. If you don’t fit what they want to portray, they’ll pass on you. They thought you came across badly( I didn’t), so they used you. Typical.

  153. Austin November 20, 2009 at 6:22 pm #

    Palin during the Katie Couric interview: “Ultimately, what the bailout does is help those who are concerned about the health care reform that is needed to help shore up the economy.”

    Summary: The bailout will shore up the economy, according to Sarah Palin. And she throws in how the bailout would help healthcare, which is bizarre.

    And O’Donnell didn’t say Palin supported the stimulus, because that wouldn’t be factual, so I don’t see how she’s confused. She even differentiates the two in the interview. We have to hold elected officials accountable for what they do and say in the moment and not what they say after, for their own benefit.

    It may have been an unnecessary gotcha-question, which Norah O’Donnell loves doing – I guess it makes her feel like she’s applying rigor – almost all media doesn’t do anymore, but it remains factual.

  154. mark l. November 20, 2009 at 6:22 pm #

    norah was trolling?

    I would write more, but I want I’m too busy writng the wh so that I can get my free gas and mortgage payments.

    obama said getting 250 billion bailout for mortgages was his top priority, 5 months ago.

  155. RedWhiteAndNunShaped November 20, 2009 at 6:23 pm #

    Everyone is saying how well you responded to the gotcha journalism, but no one is mentioning that the question she asked you is valid. What do all of you conservatives think about all of your conservative hero governors taking the stimulus money? Also, in the long run, which will do more to harm the country, an unorganized group of religious fanatics, or a complete economic collapse? If you say the latter, then you really should encourage your congressman to stop financing the fiascoes in the middle east with borrowed Chinese money.

  156. Nancy Graham November 20, 2009 at 6:27 pm #

    Perhaps this is what Ms. O’Donnell was referring to?

    On 9/25/08, on the CBS Early Show, Katie Couric previewed the second half of her interview with Gov. Sarah Palin (R-AK). During the interview, Couric asked Palin why she believes the Wall Street bailout is needed.

    Palin responded incoherently by claiming that the bailout would “help those who are concerned about health care reform.” Palin then appeared to look down at her notes and says, “Oh, it’s got to be all about job creation”:

    COURIC: Why isn’t it better, Governor Palin, to spend $700 billion helping middle-class families struggling with health care, housing, gas and groceries? … Instead of helping these big financial institutions that played a role in creating this mess?

    PALIN: Ultimately, what the bailout does is help those who are concerned about the health care reform that is needed to help shore up the economy– Oh, it’s got to be about job creation too. So health care reform and reducing taxes and reining in spending has got to accompany tax reductions.

    The clip is widely available on You Tube and on CBS. Hope this helps provide some needed perspective on the views held by Ms. Palin at that point in the campaign/last year.

    • rusty schuklefurd November 21, 2009 at 5:10 am #


      You do remember, of course, that Obama, Reid, Pelosi, and all the Democrat host demended the bailout of the “big financial institutions”, too? Right? And that Bush unfortunately caved?

      You also must remember that Obama urged Bush to support a bailout of the auto industry? Right?

      You also remember during the campaign that McCain wanted to take more time debating the financial bailout in congress, but was reamed by the media and the Democrats for attempting to obstruct this needed rescue? That the country was on the brink of fiancial collapse?

      You probably remember too that Palin was McCain’s VP, and that she had to publicly support McCain’s positions? I’m sure you also remember that Palin did not support the auto bailout nor did she support Obama’s “porkulus” bill – right?

      So, I guess you can now understand how this 17 year old girl may be not gotten all the facts straight about Sarah and the bailout because Palin has been outspoken in her criticisim of the auto bailout, the “stimulus” debacle, and now the proposed government takeover of the healthcare industry?

      Calling into question Sarah Palin’s consistency regarding the bailout is kind of like calling into question Al Gore’s support of Bill Clinton during the Lewinsky fiasco. I guess we could say Gore was in support of adultery with White House interns because he supported Clinton during all that mess?

  157. TW November 20, 2009 at 6:28 pm #

    You were awesome! Even made El Rushbo get all ramped up. You should be proud, I know your parents are and so are many Americans who think you handled yourself very well, and have a very bright future. As an old veteran, I also have a comment that hasn’t been made. You made (and are making) the best use of the rights (especially free speech and expression) that have been ensured through the sacrifice of millions of Americans. You are intelligent, articulate and right on! Hmmmm, maybe by the time you graduate from college there will be a place in a Palin Administration for a bright, critical thinking, great American woman, much like her mentor! Good luck to you and your family and keep the faith, you give me plenty!

  158. Alessandro Machi November 20, 2009 at 6:31 pm #

    Norah O’Donnell has a lot of explaining to do. Norah O’Donnell and MSNBC were the ringleaders in getting the bailout passed last year.

    On top of that, when John McCain said he wanted to stop the debates to go back to Washington to be involved in the bailout talks, Barack Obama, Keith Olbermann, and MSNBC just hammered John McCain for wanting to put more thought into the bailout plan.

    No Norah McDonnell wants to accuse Sarah Palin of being for something that MSNBC publicly ridiculed them for wanting to discuss before any votes were taken.

  159. jamielorance November 20, 2009 at 6:31 pm #

    You sounded like an fool that was randomly boasting her approval for a larger fool. You sounded uneducated about what you were advertising on your shirt.

    The reporter simply asked you if you were aware of Palin’s position on the matter, and you feel you were wronged? Why? It’s a valid question when you openly express your sentiments for a person who was for the very thing you advertised against.

    You were coming off as confusing and uneducated, and she was asking you about that. Go ahead and delete this comment like countless others that criticize you and fill up your comment box with praise.

    Or, learn how to be a responsible person, and take criticism for what it is, and try to better yourself.

    • alessandromachi November 20, 2009 at 11:35 pm #

      Read my comment up above yours. It was staged. MSNBC was the biggest proponent of the bailout last year.

      McCain and Palin wanted to discuss it before rushing in and they were ridiculed for taking that position.

  160. John S. November 20, 2009 at 6:32 pm #

    Great blog! Way to hold your own there. I have a feeling that Nora will have a few more things to say about this if only to save face if this gets any more exposure.

  161. Alessandro Machi November 20, 2009 at 6:32 pm #

    Norah O’Donnell has a lot of explaining to do. Norah O’Donnell and MSNBC were the ringleaders in getting the bailout passed last year.

    On top of that, when John McCain said he wanted to stop the debates to go back to Washington to be involved in the bailout talks, Barack Obama, Keith Olbermann, and MSNBC just hammered John McCain for wanting to put more thought into the bailout plan.

    Now Norah McDonnell wants to accuse Sarah Palin of being for something that MSNBC publicly ridiculed them for wanting to discuss before any votes were taken.

  162. Meadow November 20, 2009 at 6:32 pm #

    I believe the intent was to overwhelm a teen, make them look foolish and uninformed. You turned the tables on her, and did it very nicely!

    Rokinlamb said the magic words, “Your parents have obviously done a lot of things right”.

    Enjoy the book, keep on with your education, and never forget how you felt when you met Sarah Palin!

  163. bill November 20, 2009 at 6:34 pm #

    I guess it was probably too much to ask for you to actually think on your feet.
    Sooo… are you enjoying the book?

    • John S. November 20, 2009 at 10:10 pm #

      Bill, that looks very much like a cheap shot.

    • A. November 22, 2009 at 2:44 am #

      The current president can’t think on his feet, just ask Joe the plumber.

  164. Greg November 20, 2009 at 6:35 pm #

    Jackie, I first saw your interview last night and thought you handled yourself very well. I actually thought you were at least college age to have such a learned response.
    Knowing my disdain for MSNBC and their ilk, I’d have probably told Norah to “get lost, O’Donnell, your hate isn’t wanted around here”, or something along those lines.
    Hope you get some more interviews and good luck to you in the future; we need more smart conservative women like yourself to get this country back on track.

  165. Jean Deaux November 20, 2009 at 6:39 pm #

    You are following in Palin’s footsteps very well. You had no idea what you were talking about, got caught and embarrassed, and wrote a little hissy fit in retaliation. At least you didn’t use a ghostwriter. Kudos!

    • sybilll November 21, 2009 at 5:43 am #

      Honestly, where do you slugs hang out, in anticipation of your next marching orders from Holder? To attack a 17 year old, really? The amount of rock salt American’s would have to buy to cover you all would be REAL stimulus. Never mind, Sarah sold 300,000 books in ONE day. Now THAT is stimulus!

    • A. November 22, 2009 at 2:45 am #

      You’re right, Bill Ayers must have already been booked, so she had to write on her own.

  166. Buck November 20, 2009 at 6:40 pm #

    You’re getting mad at Nora because you couldn’t defend your statements? Sounds like you’re Parasailin’ with Sarah Palin too…

    • alessandromachi November 20, 2009 at 11:39 pm #

      sigh, MSNBC should be investigated for actually taking a position on the bailout bill and for attacking Palin and McCain over being cautious.

      You are being such a tool if you think Norah was being ethical in her line of questioning. I saw MSNBC pull this same stunt against Hillary Clinton.

      MSNBC helped created the mess we are in by attacking Hillary Clinton on an almost hour by hour basis. Now MSNBC is trying to obfuscate their role by claiming Palin and McCain were the ringleaders.

      Will somebody fine that station enough money so they care about telling the truth in the future.

  167. B November 20, 2009 at 6:41 pm #

    It’s great to see you getting so much support here! All of these comments are wonderful. I bet if that reporter blogged about this, she’d censor any criticisms just like the MSM censors any news that doesn’t support their agenda! You go girl!

  168. careylenn November 20, 2009 at 6:42 pm #

    Hey you were great…Norah showed her posterior…GO GIRL!

  169. Jasse November 20, 2009 at 6:49 pm #

    You expressed a political opinion pretty publicly, don’t whine about being called on it.

  170. Jesus's Son November 20, 2009 at 6:51 pm #

    It sucks when someone ambushes you with facts.

  171. Annie Fields November 20, 2009 at 6:53 pm #

    Norah is stunningly beautiful, but clearly picked the wrong minute and the wrong person to actually commit journalism on this year. Fortunately for us, she’s not likely to be motivated to commit journalism (research & ask questions) again anytime soon, unless there are more unsuspecting teenagers around that she can get a cheap shot off on and turn that brief, shining second of investigative work into advocacy reporting…

  172. Bryan November 20, 2009 at 6:53 pm #

    Jackie, you did fine! And those of us who have tried to research the supposed quotation of Sarah Palin that O’Donnell used during your interview are coming up empty. Palin apparently said nothing of the kind during the VP debate.
    Whoever was at the other end of the Blackberry flubbed up.

    • Amazed November 22, 2009 at 9:04 pm #

      “Coming up empty” ??? Look it up on YouTube: less than 3 minutes work and you’ll have the full vice presidential debate. The quote O’Donnell refers to is at about 25:40 into the debate.

  173. Scott November 20, 2009 at 6:54 pm #

    God bless you. America was watching and it loved what it saw. Get ready for the real change in 2010!

  174. Chuck from Tacoma November 20, 2009 at 6:57 pm #

    God bless you girl. I could not be prouder of you if I were your father. Heck, I am a little jealous of him at the moment.
    I was watching Fox News with my 12 year old grand daughter as she laughed at that lady trying to trick you. You did very well.

  175. Jess November 20, 2009 at 7:01 pm #

    You expressed a political opinion publicly, don’t whine about being called on it.

    • alessandromachi November 20, 2009 at 11:41 pm #

      Do some research Jess before you Blabberon on like Keith, MSNBC should be fined for the role they played in getting the first bailout passed.

      The gall of Norah thinking McCain and Palin were the ringleaders just shows why MSNBC’s ratings keep going lower and lower, they do stupid things, then blame others for what they helped cause.

  176. Francis Beckwith November 20, 2009 at 7:04 pm #

    Norah O’Donnell’s question to you was unfair, since every VP candidate will automatically support the top of the ticket even if they disagree in private. This was the case when Bush Sr. joined the Reagan ticket and Leiberman joined the Gore ticket.

    So, O’Donnell’s question was intended to trip you up and embarrass you rather than to get an answer to a legitimate question.

    BTW, have you applied to college yet? We would love for you to consider Baylor University, where I am on the faculty.

    Best wishes to you and yours.


    • Patrick Chester November 21, 2009 at 12:07 pm #

      Francis wrote:
      “Norah O’Donnell’s question to you was unfair, since every VP candidate will automatically support the top of the ticket even if they disagree in private.”

      Francis: Oh dear, is that another fact that is going against the leftist narrative?

      Funny how the folks proclaiming the “ignorance” of Jackie here are oddly not mentioning that little bit.

      (I’m also a bit disgusted a the “you weren’t prepared to debate” excuse being used against her. Like everyone has a notebook or memorized talking points on whatever topic just in case they get badgered by a reporter with an agenda. Or is even comfortable speaking publicly.)

  177. theprecinctproject November 20, 2009 at 7:09 pm #

    Great job!
    As soon as you turn 18, become a Republican Party precinct committeeman and get all your conservative friends to do the same!
    Cold Warrior

  178. Dave November 20, 2009 at 7:10 pm #

    You got totally owned. Totally.

    • alessandromachi November 20, 2009 at 11:43 pm #

      MSNBC went on and on about how the bailout bill MUST pass. You should do your home work before babbling on.

      • Dave November 22, 2009 at 3:22 pm #

        Oh wait. I am not defending MSNBC; I don’t watch any cable news. My comment is about knee-jerk activism (on the left and the right), where people completely ignore facts and boil all issues down to stupid slogans. In this case, the slogan is naive and the sloganeer is revealed as clueless.

        The bailout was a complicated issue, despite all of the slogans. It isn’t clear what conservatives on this blog think we should have done when the banking industry was crashing. Would we just let them all fail like we did to LB? I’m still not sure what we should have done. Unfortunately, that position doesn’t make a good t-shirt.

  179. teri November 20, 2009 at 7:11 pm #

    hahahahaha! You’re ignorant of the facts and now the world knows it!!!


    • GOPhack November 20, 2009 at 10:41 pm #

      There’s that liberal maturity coming through again..

  180. TallDave November 20, 2009 at 7:13 pm #

    We’re all proud of you.

    Don’t worry about it too much, if you had made Norah look bad they just wouldn’t have aired it. Instead your intervierw is blowing up in their faces gloriously.

    Best of luck in your life.

  181. Aschlie November 20, 2009 at 7:13 pm #

    Good for you for standing up! I am very proud to see a young intellectual, such as yourself, be able to defend herself against such disgustingly liberal bias. You don’t even need a do-over…you showed the world what kind of “person” Norah is, and why MSNBC can’t keep a viewer! Good for you & God bless you and your family.

  182. Michelle N November 20, 2009 at 7:13 pm #

    You did great against the liberal trash media. I’m betting you get your second chance real soon!

    Keep the faith!

  183. brenton fletcher November 20, 2009 at 7:14 pm #

    How dare the liberal media attack you with their “Facts”

    We all know that just because something happened, doesn’t make it true. Keep believing in your beliefs, and don’t let reality get in your way!

    • Tony November 20, 2009 at 11:12 pm #

      Hey, how about you try reading her post, where she acknowledges and explains the facts brilliantly, before you go and show what a galloping idiot you are by posting your delusional crap on a girls blog who’s already more important and informed at 17 than you’ll ever be. We all get that you had a rough childhood with a name like brenton fletcher but you don’t have to compensate by projecting the anger you feel when you look at the mirror on a girl who won’t remember you exist by tomorrow. But who am I kidding, that’s why you’re a liberal…

    • alessandromachi November 20, 2009 at 11:45 pm #

      I can’t believe I used to watch MSNBC. Do some research before you think Norah had her “facts” straight.

      I watched the bailout coverage on MSNBC and was shocked at how biased they were in their coverage.

  184. CK MacLeod November 20, 2009 at 7:20 pm #

    What a “teachable moment” – well-taught. If I were a couple of centuries younger, it would be permissible for me to have a huge crush on you now. Instead, I’ll just offer an attagirl – or maybe an attagrrrl or attawoman… whichever you prefer.

  185. Lib November 20, 2009 at 7:21 pm #

    haha you got busted for being stupid just like your hero! you and palin are both dumb bitches!

    • rusty schuklefurd November 21, 2009 at 4:32 am #

      Dear Lib,

      I just had to respond to your lovely post. Of course you recall that Obama, Reid, MSNBC and the rest of the Democrats railed against McCain for wanting to take more time to debate the “bailout” plan. Obama and Reid all claimed that this had to be passed NOW or the country would collapse. Yes, McCain bowed to the pressure and Palin as his VP went along with it.

      So, now this MSMBC reporter tried to “trip up” this 17 year old who had a shirt with an anti-bailout message as being “stupid” because Palin – as McCain’s VP- supported the bailout? This is kind of like Al Gore supporting Clinton during the Lewinsky debacle. I guess to be consistent, you would have to say Al Gore supports adultery with White House interns?

  186. jane November 20, 2009 at 7:25 pm #

    Darn those liberal facts.

    • rusty schuklefurd November 21, 2009 at 4:52 am #

      re: Jane’s “Darn those liberal facts.”

      Yeah – I do darn those liberal “facts”. I guess you are so glad for the fact that Obama, Reid, Pelosi (as well as MSNBC) all demanded the bailout. They screamed that the country was going to collapse if it wasn’t passed immediately. Bush, unfortunately, caved to the pressure.

      I guess you’re glad too for the fact that Obama asked Bush to push for a bailout of the auto industry? Unfortunately, Bush caved on that disaster, too. Of coure you remember the fact that Sarah Palin did not support the bailout of the auto industry or the “porkulus” bill passed by the Democrat congress under Obama – right?

      So, now, because Palin, as McCain’s VP (who supported the banking bailout), had to follow McCain’s lead during the campaign, she is now hypocritical for being critical of the whole bailout/stimulus fiasco?

      It was so “courageous” of Norah McDonnell to bravely confront this 17 year old. I’m so glad we have this MSNBC reporter on the job to keep America aware of all the dangerous Palin supporters out there.

  187. DEO November 20, 2009 at 7:26 pm #

    Sarah Palin/Fabio 2012!!!!

  188. Anne November 20, 2009 at 7:26 pm #

    You did a fabulous job in a nerve wracking and difficult situation. Keep it up!

  189. JoAnne November 20, 2009 at 7:30 pm #

    Bless you, you are one of the reasons this great country may survive.

    Proud of you, girl!

  190. thepoliticalmemo November 20, 2009 at 7:31 pm #

    You handled yourself really well there, young lady. Keep up the good work!

    -D.R.L., of The political memo.

  191. thefrontpage November 20, 2009 at 7:33 pm #

    Gawd almighty, all of you are psycho delusional, including “Jackie.” There was no “ambush.” There was no unprofessionalism. There was nothing but a top-quality reporter doing her job. If you’re not smart enough to answer simple-shit questions, then don’t agree to be interviewed. O’Donnell was just doing her job, and the girl failed by making some moronic statements. This girl has a lot to learn about journalism, government, politics, civics, issues, interviewing–and reality.

    • Kevin T. McGing November 20, 2009 at 10:57 pm #

      Try decaf.

  192. lazlo toth November 20, 2009 at 7:34 pm #

    Norah has always been unprofessional. You did yourself and your parents proud and you also write well – and from that writing it’s obvious that you also think clearly and well. Best of luck!

  193. LoneWolfArcher November 20, 2009 at 7:34 pm #

    Don’t let Norah and her jealousy get to you! Stick to your guns, that is what Sarah would do.

    Norah should be ashamed of her self, but then again, the liberal media have no shame.

  194. Jim Cox November 20, 2009 at 7:36 pm #

    Trust me. Fair minded and intellectually honest folks fully understand Norah O’Donnell’s agenda, motivations, and biases. She only hurt herself by using “gotcha” journalism, just as the liberal media merely demonstrate their foolishness by gratuitously and unfairly attaching Sarah Palin.

  195. marsha ross November 20, 2009 at 7:36 pm #

    I am so amazed at your poise. You show such a depth of understanding and savvy about the deceptive liberal media that I believe you will be a good warrior in helping take back our country. With helpers like you Sarah Palin will be encouraged and strengthened in her fight for the constitution and the freedoms we are defending. You go girl.

  196. Miles November 20, 2009 at 7:36 pm #

    You are an inspiration to this 70 year old man. Just keep on learning about the history of our great country and standing on your principles.

    I think you did great in the interview and Norah came across as what she is…..a shill for the left-wing media with no interest in reporting the truth.

  197. Jim Cox November 20, 2009 at 7:38 pm #

    In my prior post I meant, of course, “attacking” rather than “attaching”.

  198. Katy November 20, 2009 at 7:43 pm #

    While I agree with the other commenters that you did a good job responding to a question you were obviously not prepared for, this might be a lesson to you. If you are passionate enough about something to have a bumper sticker about it or to wear it on your shirt, perhaps you should be educated enough about that topic that you *can* discuss it offhand, when you are not prepared.

  199. Molly November 20, 2009 at 7:43 pm #

    Good for you! I wish I’d had my wits about me as a 17 year old as you clearly do. You have lots of promise for your future – and are starting out on the right foot. Heck, maybe you’ll be inspired to go into journalism and add a conservative voice to the mainstream media!

  200. wnaegele November 20, 2009 at 7:45 pm #

    You go, girl!

  201. Johnathan November 20, 2009 at 7:47 pm #

    Sweetheart, you did excellent in that interview. I have a 14 year old daughter also in parochial school and she also shares my conservative views. I’m absolutely sure your father is proud of you as I am of my daughter. I’m proud of you for standing your ground in the interview, you did just fine. I’ve watched the clip on the internet and it puts a grin on my face every time I watch it!
    Sarah is a great role model, has a solid Christian belief and is a refreshing personality in the political realm.
    Stand your ground, stand up for your rights, and stand against wrongs.

    Best of Luck!

  202. SkiptToMyLou November 20, 2009 at 7:49 pm #

    So you stand in line to have a book signed by an ignorant fool, you get questioned by a professional whose job it is to call out the ignorant folls who run for office and you were ill-prepared to answer a question about those simple policies Palin can actually articulate and that’s being attacked?

    Why the victim stance, Jackie. You were wrong, were gently corrected and yet, here you are claiming you were victimized by the evil liberal media. To be honest, anyone stupid enough to spend money on trash like Palin deserves every ounce of mockery and scorn that gets thrown your way.

    You support a quitter, a wannabe beauty queen who is to intellectual thought what FOX news is to news. Stop your whining already, just because you chose to be a fool and to support a fool doesn’t mean you’ get a free ride on the no-criticism bus.

    And yes, please contact O’Donnell and ask her to debate you about policy issues regarding the President and the quitter. That would make for some fun TV watching.

    • JerryC November 20, 2009 at 10:07 pm #

      Hey Lou! You are an idiot! Sarah served as much time in office as Bambi did, with better results. You can’t spell or punctuate correctly. You obviously hang at Kos in the idiot bubble. This young lady is worth ten of you. Nobody likes you, and everything you think you know is wrong. Go away, pest.

    • GOPhack November 20, 2009 at 10:40 pm #

      Wow, and I thought liberals were tolerant or something… well, I guess only towards people who agree with them.

      Jackie might be 17, but you have the maturity of a 6 year old.

  203. Donna November 20, 2009 at 7:50 pm #

    Good for you! I am glad that Glenn Beck and others in the fair media are drawing attention to Norah O’Donnell’s obnoxious antics. Palinphobes like her are close-minded twits. Jonah Goldberg wrote an excellent article today about Palin bashers and how they hate first and ask questions later. Enjoy!

  204. Jmurphy November 20, 2009 at 7:51 pm #

    You won that one on points, Jackie. It is pretty sad when a network correspondence ambushes a 17 year old, and then loses the debate after having the advantage of surprise. It is Norah who should be wishing for a “do over.”

  205. Mark November 20, 2009 at 7:52 pm #

    This post got an Instalanche! Congrats!

    And thanks for the info on how this went down. I thought just from the video she had previously seen your shirt and dug up info to hit you with.

    Next time I’m sure you will be prepared or even bait them with whatever you have with you.

    God Bless

  206. Marilyn November 20, 2009 at 7:54 pm #

    Way to go! You did a fantastic job with Ms. O’Donnel. She ended up making herself look foolish, and you have shown America what a teenage patriot looks like. God bless you. Thanks for your important contribution to the battle we are in for America’s future.

  207. charlotte v. November 20, 2009 at 8:00 pm #

    You didn’t get asked a gotcha question – you simply didn’t know what you were talking about and displayed your ignorance on national TV. You can whine about being a victim of the mean “liberal media” or you can educate yourself. Why do conservatives blame everyone else for their own inadequacies? Just like Sarah Palin blaming Katie Couric when SP showed herself to be a moron in that interview…
    Grow up and stop being a victim!!!

    • Mark November 21, 2009 at 10:23 pm #

      Except that the obviously biased news reporterette didn’t even have her prepared facts straight. Should I list them for you or will it be a waste of my time?

      Palin has also said she shouldnt have been so flippant or let her irritation show in that interview so she has not avoided her responsibility.

      If you compare how Couric dealt with Palin and with Biden in interviews the difference and bias is obvious.

  208. Dave November 20, 2009 at 8:02 pm #

    I hope my twin daughters grow up to be as cool as you someday. Keep being free.

  209. Ron November 20, 2009 at 8:08 pm #

    What an absolutely genius backstory . They picked on the wrong kid. They look dumb, dumb, dumb.
    I guess Norah is now officially …Norah O’Dumbell!

  210. VC776 November 20, 2009 at 8:17 pm #

    I think you did quite well in the interview considering the circumstances and of that you should be proud That said, it was a fair question and not an “ambush” to question you about what was on your t-shirt and Sarah Palin’s position regarding same. And the snarky comments in your blog post on “ACORN Districts” and MSBC, etc. do not serve you well.

    Still , all and all, a good job with the interview.

  211. rayty November 20, 2009 at 8:18 pm #

    Well Done! It is good to see that not all young Americans are blinded by the liberal messages enforced by the rather biased media that is dominating your countries international voice. It is only shame that the true message gets clipped, pasted and twisted until it says what ever the supposed reporter wants it to say.

    I find it amazing that Reporters ccreate a story instead of reporting it these days. At one time facts were checked, stories confirmed. Now it is a race to get out the message the particular editor/owner/reporter wants out no matter the consequences.

    Just ask Dan Rather about consequences

  212. sue l. November 20, 2009 at 8:19 pm #

    Great job! You handled yourself extremely well.

  213. Ian November 20, 2009 at 8:20 pm #

    Lucky, getting to meet Mrs. Palin. That Norah character is a real jerk, watched the interview and I would have had a few choice words for her, but that is why I will never be put on TV. Love that last paragraph.


  214. Sean November 20, 2009 at 8:23 pm #

    Little lady, don’t fret too much about it. O’Donnell mischaracterzed what Palin had supported.

    When the legislation was getting rammed through Congress, everyone was told that the money was going to be used to buy up “toxic” bad-mortgage-backed securities and get them off the companies balance sheets to free up cash to keep credit markets healthy. Additionally, folks swore up and down there would be controls, checks and balances and accountability even though requirements for such things were left out of the legislation. It was too urgent to put those things in the bill *eyeroll* .

    However, since the checks and balances weren’t there, the plan to unwind healthy mortgages from sub-prime mortgages was scrapped, and instead the money was used to buy stock/take control of financial companies and car companies.

    McCain and, by proxy, Palin supported the oginal goals/intentions of the drafted bill, to free up credit to keep our economy going. They did not support the abonimation the legislation turned out to be in practice.

  215. airforcemom November 20, 2009 at 8:24 pm #

    You did great! I am so proud of young patriots like yourself! Best of luck to you and I hope Glenn or O’Reilly interviews you!

  216. Jason Lambourghini November 20, 2009 at 8:28 pm #

    “If my memory serves me correctly, your T-Shirt made reference to the $787 billion dollars our government borrowed from foreign lands and continues to flush down the toilet to this day.”

    Actually, her shirt did in fact reference the $700 bailout and Norah O’Donnell is right and Jackie was wrong. The irony was palpable: She wore a shirt CRITICIZING what Palin backed to a book signing of Palin’s book. I think that was legitimate fodder for the reporter to challenge.

  217. Frank Piskolich November 20, 2009 at 8:29 pm #

    I read this before I saw the video and you definitely came off well. Your answers were well-spoken and perfectly appropriate, despite the snakiness of Norah’s journalistic style. Dealing with this tilted playing field is part of the burden of being a conservative. Norah could have stumped everyone at the inauguration, but she never would. The idea that Palin supporters are uninformed on the issues, especially considering that Obama leads the real uninformed cult of personality is absurd. I am very glad you are on our side. Nicely handled.

  218. James November 20, 2009 at 8:34 pm #

    Why was it a gotcha question? It was straightforward and not posed in a threatening way.

  219. David Dawson November 20, 2009 at 8:35 pm #

    “It bothers them that you perceive the web they weave”…Moody Blues
    Very proud of you young lady! Stick your guns.

  220. kelly November 20, 2009 at 8:35 pm #

    Guess what, I have 3 daughters (ages 20, 18, and 15) and now they all look up to YOU! Your parents should be proud of you-you are a credit to your upbinging.

    Shame on Nora’s parents, they raised a snide, petty little bully.

    You go, girl!

  221. Deborah November 20, 2009 at 8:36 pm #

    You did a fine job. I’m proud of you (and old enough to be your grandmother).

    I’m bookmarking your blog. I wish you well, know you will do well, and look forward to keeping up with how you rock the world.

    This may very well be a fork in the road for you, and I’m glad you’re on the right fork!

  222. Mark November 20, 2009 at 8:38 pm #

    Darn, those darn pesky facts just had to get in the way of your borderline idolatry, heaven forbid someone else be able to bring up a fact that disagrees with your well-intentioned yet mis-informed ideas.

    Although, you and the rest of the Republican party can just keep getting more and more conservative, that will help you sooooooo much with getting the votes of independents in the next election cycle. Democrats are giving Republicans every opportunity to take back Congress but the Republicans have their heads too far up their butts to take advantage of it.

    • Mark November 21, 2009 at 10:26 pm #

      It’s obvious this^ Mark does not live up to my name very well.

      Apparently he hasn’t seen the polls showing Obama and Democrats having trouble with Independents.

      I will agree that the GOP has problems. It isn’t called the stupid party by Conservatives for no good reason. NY-23 being a prime example.

  223. John Frary November 20, 2009 at 8:39 pm #

    The way this is playing out it looks as if you have effectively turned the tables on this media sneak. She came prepared, caught you unprepared, but now she has become the object of ridicule.

    If she runs into you again, you’ll be ready. The pity is she’ll go after someone else.

  224. David Dawson November 20, 2009 at 8:39 pm #

    A slight correction if I may: It should have read, “Stick to your guns!” All The Best.

  225. GM November 20, 2009 at 8:47 pm #

    You did a great job. Thanks for standing up for America and your views.

  226. nswbbk November 20, 2009 at 8:54 pm #

    I want to thank you for speaking up for the patriots in this country. You went up against a liberal machine (liberal database via blackberry) and on the spot answered the liberal question to the riddle. True statesmen (Mrs. Palin) do not need political antics, but choose values and integrity. The liberal media is figuring out the fact that we don’t believe everything out of their mouth. This they cannot comprehend, and are trying like hell to change us, into them. No matter, you were great and give me hope for the future generations. Truth will always prevail, God-speed.

  227. Montese November 20, 2009 at 9:01 pm #

    woo hoo. Get that Norah a broom. Talk about ugly. Nice going, kid.

  228. thiacyn November 20, 2009 at 9:08 pm #

    Just awesome gurl! Always look for the truth and it will lead you to great things!

  229. Stella E November 20, 2009 at 9:09 pm #

    Loved your last comment about Acorn . Norah O’Donnell shows her true colors or liberal leanings every time she opens her mouth . If you had been a Liberal she would have given you a soft ball question . Just remember the AP had 11 fact checkers on Palin book and press had none on Obama. We would have been suprised if she had not been trying to trip you on something . When press approaches always be prepared to zinger back because they will always try to trip if they think you are conservative in any form . Yoou did great in that this was your first interview so be proud of yourself

  230. Hillary November 20, 2009 at 9:10 pm #

    Take responsibility for what you said. Stop blaming your bad answer on “liberal media,” “crafty schemes,” “liberal bias,” and “gotcha questions.” She asked you a perfectly legitimate question and you are the one who couldn’t answer it.

  231. DrCordell November 20, 2009 at 9:17 pm #

    You really showed a great grasp of the topics at hand. Mentioning the Constitution AND Big Government in your answer. With knowledge like that you are a SHOE IN for a big conservative radio deal, or maybe even a shot at a GOP seat in Congress. YOU GO GIRL!

  232. Mark November 20, 2009 at 9:20 pm #

    Hang in there. You and the growing number of young people like you give me hope for the future of this country.

    On twitter: Mark_HaseldenMN

  233. Stephen November 20, 2009 at 9:23 pm #

    As a young conservative I thought you knocked all the questions out of the park! I’ve had run ins with the media, nobody on the national level, and it’s always hard to think of the best response on the spot. I thought you did a great job!


  234. momromp November 20, 2009 at 9:27 pm #

    I actually watch MSNBC and prefer it to Fox, but I will say that I say that Norah O’Donnell interview with you and described it to my husband later that night. I thought it was quite distasteful for a seasoned reporter like Norah to basically attack a young woman. I think you spoke very well (better than most people twice your age) and, though I don’t agree with most conservative politics, I think you deserve praise for your calm demeanor during a difficult situation.

  235. momromp November 20, 2009 at 9:28 pm #

    Oops – meant “I will say that I SAW”. Sorry.

  236. Jim November 20, 2009 at 9:31 pm #

    Great job!!!

  237. hami November 20, 2009 at 9:32 pm #

    i dunno it sounds like you are flip-flopping to me. i thought we conservatives stuck to our guns. next time just punch the liberal in the face.

  238. Henry November 20, 2009 at 9:34 pm #

    Jackie, I commend you for being civicly engaged and also being able to describe the events in YOUR own words. This is something that would not be possible before Web 2.0. and I appreciated reading them.

    However, as your initial answer referenced the Constitution, I am curious as to what your feelings on torture would be. You do know that McCain/Palin supported the torture of innocent men who were given no trial, lawyer or due process. According the the Intl Red Cross, almost 100 men have died in our custody while being tortured.

    You may already know the US has a no-torture policy. In 1988 we signed our name to the “UN Convention Against Torture.”

    The president? Ronald Reagan.

    [PS Don’t try the tired, old “enemy combatant” excuse. It specifically addressed that: “No exceptional circumstances whatsoever, whether a state of war or a threat or war, internal political instability or any other public emergency, may be invoked as a justification of torture” and “an order from a superior officer or a public authority may not be invoked as a justification of torture” (Art. 2 (2-3)).”]

    • Linda Mae November 20, 2009 at 11:03 pm #

      Henry: Google the torture museum located in Iraq before you ask about american “torture.” In America, we had someone on a board having @ a hundred pours of water splashed on his face. It is like being thrown into a swimming pool or being pulled under while in a pool, you gasp but YOU LIVE. In Iraq, torure included having your genitals electrically shocked, eyelids removed, as well as assorted toes and fingers, electric shocks around other parts of your body, broken legs, arms, teeth, watching your wife, daughter or mother being raped by 5 men, or if you are a woman, listening to your baby scream in starvation, —these are among the descriptions of torture in Iraq during the time of Suddam. We won’t forget the number of his advisors and mentors he just murdered in cold blood. Or the people he gassed. That, my dear, is torture. These people died. Or, think of the Irani young dissidents who were thrown into prisons to be raped and then murdered, their bodies found in the desert. That is torture and that you claim waterboarding as such, is a travesty. There was a Japanese soldier who was put up for war crimes. Among the several other things he did to his victims, he did “waterboard” according to some liberal pundits – but when you do a fact check, you learn that he used sand not water and it was pushed into your nose, eyes, and mouth. A little difference. So, let’s not quibble about the Art. 2, etc. When a person leaves the torture chamber and is able to go on with his life physically complete, it is NOT torture. Torture is when you die at the hands of the torturer. That has not happened in the US. How dare you put waterboarding into the same category as the atrocities other countries have used? Go jump into a pool.

      • SarahH November 22, 2009 at 7:14 pm #

        How many innocent Iraqi’s did we kill?? 90,000??
        Please, go jump in a pool, you conservative POS.

      • capri November 25, 2009 at 9:04 am #

        Obviously I didn’t see all the comments before, including this one and it needs to be corrected. Linda Mae you are wrong about torture. Just because somebody survives does not discount what was done to them as being torture! By that definition of yours, even rape wouldn’t be considered torture if the victim survives. And they may be physically able to recover, but you’re forgetting about the psychological effects. Any deliberate act that puts someone in agony and it is not a medical procedure to benefit the sufferer, or an act that makes the person come close to dying or at least have to fight for their life, and yes, you do fight for your life when you come close to drowning, is torture. When that torture brings about a death, then it is called torture and murder!

      • John Hitchcock November 25, 2009 at 9:10 am #

        capri, here’s where you and I part company. Waterboarding in the fashion used by the US military under strict guidelines on terrorists is not torture. SERE training is more severe than what these terrorists faced. And that was US military doing to US military “not so nice” things, for standard training of certain personnel.

      • John Hitchcock November 25, 2009 at 9:13 am #

        And, SarahH, that 90k number is more accurate in the number of Iraqi deaths than the “hundreds of thousands” meme I’ve seen in some lib circles. But you adamantly refuse to admit that the VAST MAJORITY of those civilians killed were killed by insurgents (look up the definition) and terrorists.

        If you’re at all interested, and I know you’re not, I could lead you to a book written by a liberal who’s been there. I could also lead you to my own daughter’s words. And she’s been there, too.

  239. Cindy N November 20, 2009 at 9:34 pm #

    Great Job. I am so proud of you! I have a 12 year old daughter (who is a big fan of Sarah Palin) and I would hope if encountered by the Lame Stream Media, would respond like you! It is wonderful seeing a bright, considerate young woman as yourself speak up.

    • capri November 25, 2009 at 9:28 am #

      The reply button just under your name in that post disappeared again 🙂 so…John H, I don’t know just how severe waterboarding is, but believe military training is very severe. But my issue really was with the notion that no matter how cruel the act is, if the person survives, it isn’t torture. And that was how Linda Mae’s comment came off. It is definitely possible to torture someone without killing them.

      • capri November 25, 2009 at 9:37 am #

        And I’m glad you pointed out one of the liberal memes. Know what a meme is? Get ready for it –

        A chain letter!

      • John Hitchcock November 25, 2009 at 9:43 am #

        (This is why threaded commentary gets blown up in big comment threads.)

        Capri, when I find a threaded comment that is at its limit (no reply button), I go to the reply button next up the line to continue that thread-within-the-thread.

        Anyway, I will agree Linda Mae was overly simplistic in her argument. But you were as well, as I tried to point out.

  240. Al & Ardie November 20, 2009 at 9:35 pm #

    We love the young Conservatives you are our future. Keep up the fight, you have a long fight ahead of you. Don’t ever give up.

  241. myna November 20, 2009 at 9:36 pm #

    Congrats. You did well.

  242. Tom Cox November 20, 2009 at 9:37 pm #

    You make me so proud! Please keep your energy and your optimism. Don’t let the negativism drag you down or dispirit you. We are going to take this country back to its constitutional base and we are going to need plenty of aware, thinking young people. By golly if you decide to run for office anywhere, contact me. I’d be proud to work on your campaign.

  243. Maripo November 20, 2009 at 9:38 pm #

    You go, girl!

  244. Steel Turman November 20, 2009 at 9:38 pm #

    It was for you this nation was founded.

    I think freedom might just survive in your hands.

    Stay strong. Never stop learning. Teach your children well.

    And watch your back young lady.

    They don’t have the courage of your convictions and they hate you for that.

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  246. conservativethinkers November 20, 2009 at 9:41 pm #

    Good for you Jackie. I re-posted your story on my blog here: I hope you get a lot of great publicity. All the best!

  247. Mike R November 20, 2009 at 9:42 pm #

    Wow! For an on the spot response, you knocked it out of the park. I am so gratified that we have young people like yourself who are obviously intelligent, informed and bold enough not to be intimidated by the likes of Nora O’Donnell who, unfortunately, shows how uninformed, biased, and pondscumish(my own brand new word) the liberal media has become.

  248. Neil November 20, 2009 at 9:42 pm #

    Good for you! Glad to see so many bloggers picking up on the gross media bias of O’Donnell. It is so helpful to have the background. Blessings to you and your family.

  249. Doris November 20, 2009 at 9:43 pm #

    Thank you for telling about your encounter with Sarah and Norah. Andrea looks lonely in that picture. No one wanted to see her.

    I thought you did great. Norah was prepared to ambush a young girl. She didn’t like your first answer off camera, so she changed it to throw you off- guard.. I thought that Norah was going to follow Sarah all around the country, but I see today that she is back in the studio. Maybe her boss pulled her off the road because a young, teenager made her look like a fool. Way to go!

  250. SK November 20, 2009 at 9:55 pm #

    I saw you on TV and I thought you were wonderfully poised. You made O’Donnell look the fool, not you!

  251. Smilla November 20, 2009 at 9:57 pm #

    You are a very impressive young woman, Julie. You did so well in that ambush interview and exposed the bias just by answering the questions honestly. Best wishes from another Palin admirer in Australia.

  252. Smilla November 20, 2009 at 10:00 pm #

    Sorry, Jackie, to get your name wrong. Not as young as I used to be!

  253. JC November 20, 2009 at 10:11 pm #

    Hey, caught a link to your blog from the ‘Rush in a Hurry’ email sent out by Rush Limbaugh that condenses what he talked about the day of his show. I didn’t catch you on TV, but I wanted to let you know that my mom (who’s over 65) echoed your sentiments when I asked her about Palin during the election. She said, “finally, a woman in politics that I can look up to.”

    Keep blogging! Yesterday, MSNBC, tomorrow, the world!

  254. Paul November 20, 2009 at 10:12 pm #

    Great story and great respect for her stand. If I might comment to Henry about torture. Three enemy combatants were taken up in a helo. The first was given an opportunity to ‘tell what he knows’. He would not respond so they threw him out of the helo. The second was given an opportunity to talk and would not. He also was thrown out to his death. The third told his captors all they wanted to know. Which one was tortured?

  255. Hillary November 20, 2009 at 10:15 pm #

    I love that you are so darn quick to criticize the “liberal media” but surprisingly, won’t allow for any opposing viewpoints on your very own blog! Very thoughtful of you. =)

    • GOPhack November 20, 2009 at 10:30 pm #

      Yup, which is why she didnt approve your comment… oh wait.

      • Patrick Chester November 21, 2009 at 12:15 pm #

        Now, now… don’t let things like, oh the comment being approved, get the way of the pre-martyrdom whinge.

  256. ruffedge November 20, 2009 at 10:18 pm #

    Jackie, you’re awesome. You held your ground well and your response to Ms. O’Donnell shows that you are quick on your feet.

  257. Karin November 20, 2009 at 10:20 pm #

    All Palin supporters are as dumb as you, so you’re in great company, honey. Just continue watching FOX and whatever else it is you do to fill that vacuous space between your ears. You’ll be pregnant soon and well, what the hell. It won’t matter. Just don’t go on public assistance. That would be supporting the socialist agenda.

  258. DruggyBear November 20, 2009 at 10:23 pm #

    let’s see, you are ignorant, idolize Sarah Palin and live your life according to a 2000 y.o. fairy tale…..

    there is a job waiting for you at FOX News

  259. Fay November 20, 2009 at 10:23 pm #

    You were super cool! You did not shrink away from the liberal mouthpiece. I did watch your clip–you will go far.

    You made your parents proud!

    The Lone Star State salutes you.

  260. Stephanie November 20, 2009 at 10:25 pm #

    Julie — You are amazing!!! I enjoyed reading your post, and am VERY jealous that you were able to meet Sarah!!! (I attended a Palin/McCain rally in my hometown, but unfortunately didn’t get to meet her!

    I’m so proud of you for sticking to your beliefs and standing up for yourself. You are quite mature beyond your years. Stay focused and positive! It’s refreshing to know there are young people out there who see the troubles of the government and want to make a true change!!

  261. Debbie November 20, 2009 at 10:27 pm #

    You write so beautifully. You might be writing Gov. Palin’s book next time instead of reading it!
    Thanks for standing up to the media. If we’re all diligent, they won’t be able to behave this way much longer. We have to stay one step ahead of them. YOU are a smart young woman!

  262. Keith November 20, 2009 at 10:28 pm #

    As an old combat Veteran who has seen his share of ambushes. You handled yourself very well on your first one. Good luck to you and God Bless You.

  263. Kevin T. McGing November 20, 2009 at 10:28 pm #

    You were the picture of poise and courage. It’s no wonder that so many news outlets ran the interview – it was a delight to watch. Your family should be very proud. Now that you have your name out in front of the public, think about running for office. You’ll get my vote.

  264. Redss November 20, 2009 at 10:30 pm #

    Awesome job! Hold your head up HIGH.

  265. FWIW November 20, 2009 at 10:32 pm #

    “She [N. O’D. ]asked me what it was I liked about Sarah Palin. I said, ‘As a young female she is someone I can look up to …’ ”

    Actually, Palin is not all that young.

  266. mac November 20, 2009 at 10:34 pm #

    You made one big mistake at the start. When anyone from MSNBC speaks to you, the proper answer is, “You work for MSNBC? That means you lie for a living. I despise people like you. Get away from me or I’ll call the cops.”

    I wouldn’t give those traitors the time of day, much less debate with them. They are devoid of anything even vaguely resembling honor or integrity and can’t be trusted to tell the truth any further than you can throw the White House.

  267. KarenJ November 20, 2009 at 10:34 pm #

    Really — if you’re going to wear a t-shirt with a Statement on it, you better be ready to defend that Statement, or at least show you know what the Statement means…

    Even if the Statement is, “I’m with Stupid”.

    • GOPhack November 20, 2009 at 10:52 pm #

      The statement didn’t say “Sarah Palin rocks for not supporting the Wall Street bailout”, therefore probably didn’t feel compelled to check up on Palin’s views.

    • Patrick Chester November 21, 2009 at 12:19 pm #

      So… if I wear one of my Schlock Mercenary T-shirts I’d better be ready to defend whatever rule from the “Seven Habits of Highly Effective Pirates” is on it?

  268. ZombieRichardFeynman November 20, 2009 at 10:35 pm #

    I’m happy to see a youngster taking interest in politics. I figure you’ll get over this wingnut stuff once you get to college and away from the suffocating embrace of the Talibangelicals. Don’t forget to blog about your 6-week infatuation with Ayn Rand which usually comes mid-freshman year.

  269. sp macdonald November 20, 2009 at 10:43 pm #

    “I was forced to think on the spot”
    It must have been terrible for you to actually have to think “on the spot” about something you chose to wear out in public.
    Do your teachers send, before you get to school, you a list of all questions you might be asked in class?
    I hope your head has stopped hurting from all the thinking.

  270. Christopher Davis November 20, 2009 at 10:44 pm #

    Jackie, you sound like a very thoughtful and wise young woman. Here’s hoping what started out as something to look forward to doesn’t become a bnad memory. Enjoy Thanksgiving and, I presume, your senior year!

  271. derek johnson November 20, 2009 at 10:46 pm #


    You did a great job writing that piece and I enjoyed it very much. Good for you!


  272. Natalie November 20, 2009 at 10:47 pm #

    The story here is NOT that 17 Y/O Jackie may not have known the particulars about the bailout/stimulus, it’s that a supposed news professional DIDN’T.

    She had to google it. Or phone a friend.

    So the perfect comeback to her, in hindsight which is easy of course, would have been:

    “Well, apparently you didn’t know it either, Ms. O’Donnell, until you just now googled it and wrote it on your paper there. I don’t do this kind of thing for living, but I thought you did.”

    And behold the level of awareness on issues and positions displayed by your typical Obama voter, most of whom are much older than 17:

    And of course the other thing to take away from this is that I think we all know that Nora wouldn’t have behaved this way for a liberal book signing — calling into question the media’s claim to be unbiased and even-handed.

    You did fine, Jackie. Nora exposed her bias and her own google-dependent level of awareness, which is NOT fine for a “reporter”.

  273. Linda Mae November 20, 2009 at 10:47 pm #

    I am so proud of you. You make me hopeful.

  274. Big Bad Guy November 20, 2009 at 10:58 pm #

    I salute you for sticking to your guns…..

  275. Kraig November 20, 2009 at 11:05 pm #

    It’s all right, maybe next time you’ll be armed with some of your own “facts.” And unlike Norah and her wily need to actual research and use real facts, you can make up your own, just like Palin! Ah, you’ve got a bright, embarrassing career ahead of you, kid. Hope it goes as well as Palin’s election bid (and hopefully, her future election bid)!

  276. Mister Person November 20, 2009 at 11:07 pm #

    I love the libs with their personal attacks on a seventeen-year-old. Stay classy!

  277. Michael November 20, 2009 at 11:09 pm #

    What does this remind me of…..?

    Oh, yeah:

  278. Taryn November 20, 2009 at 11:18 pm #

    I saw your story linked from newbusters & just wanted to that I think you handled yourself REALLY well in the interview… Much better than you give yourself credit for. Of course we all wish we had thought of that ‘perfect witty response’ at times, but just look at all the attention you’re getting now!! – Your responses are definitely being heard. Keep standing up for what you think is right.. and enjoy your gigs!!

  279. Alice November 20, 2009 at 11:19 pm #

    I had no idea you were only 17 when I saw that interview on Hot Air! There was a mention of O’Donnell ‘attacking the child’ or something to that effect, but I thought it was a mistake by the time your part of the interview was over. I thought you were an adult in your 20s.

    And you looked O’Donnell in the eye, and remained calm, and she had no comeback.

    At the end of the clip I saw she made some lame accusation of people not being specific, which was not only wrong, but amusing when I remember how pathetic Obama supporters are in on-the-street interviews.

    Have a Happy Thanksgiving and enjoy your 15 minutes of fame! Maybe there’ll be more some day 🙂

  280. Kevin Cox November 20, 2009 at 11:30 pm #

    You did great! Under the circumstances, I’d say you blew her away because you wouldn’t back down, or be intimidated because she was from the “news.”

  281. Kimmy November 20, 2009 at 11:31 pm #

    Great job on the interview and your writeup. I’ll be having my teenage daughter see all this information. Knowledge is power and you have it!! Keep learning!

  282. Leland Cantrell November 20, 2009 at 11:32 pm #

    Proud of you Jackie!
    Ms O’Donnel is a poor excuse as a news coorespondant, she sort of reminds one of a shark slashing and destroying without cause or reason. Feel sorry for her as someday she will wake up to her wicked ways but it will be too late and she will be facing her end without hope!

  283. George Goeke November 20, 2009 at 11:47 pm #

    Given your age, I think you did better than fine. You were cool and collected while facing a shark, who couldn’t even resist a final insult by claiming that the interviewees couldn’t handle specific issues.

    Julie, you can’t know how much of an inspiration you give to people see this video and read your blog. The last sentence tells me you have a future in journalism.
    I’m convinced that the future of our country lies in the hands of Hockey Moms and teenagers who believe in our Constitution. It’s gratifying to know that you guys are ready to get actively involved in our political process. You go girl!

  284. Ashleigh November 20, 2009 at 11:49 pm #

    Awesome! Your blog is spectacular as always and it was so awesome seeing and hearing you on all my favorite people’s shows! Anyway, keep the good blogs coming, you rock!!

  285. George Goeke November 20, 2009 at 11:51 pm #

    Given your age, I think you did just fine. You were cool and collected while facing a shark, who couldn’t resist a final insult by claiming that the interviewees couldn’t handle specific issues.
    Julie, you can’t know how much of an inspiration you have given to people after seeing this video (and, especially reading your blog). I’m amazed that the future of our country lies in the hands of Hockey Moms and teenagers who believe in our Constitution. It’s gratifying to know that you guys are ready to get actively involved in our political process. You go girl!

  286. rrpjr November 21, 2009 at 12:08 am #

    You were poised and articulate. I doubt I would have done half as well in that circumstance. And you did us all a service by drawing out the bitter and petty media once again. You’ve earned a purple heart.

    Good work, and thank you.

  287. cathy November 21, 2009 at 12:10 am #

    Hey good goin’ gurrl! Have no regrets: had you responded any better to bottom-feeder O’Donnell you would have never gotten on air. This way you did and everyone sees what an ASS she is! And MSNBC’s pathetic propaganda.

    They should be ASS- SHAMED of themselves!

    (hey and I usually never swear!)

    you’re cool. Thanks for the firsthand account!

  288. WakeUpAmerica November 21, 2009 at 12:10 am #

    You seem to be a very bright and thoughtful young lady. That being said, I wonder really just how much deep and broad research you have done on Sarah Palin. Had you searched her well and with objectivity, you would have found that she lies frequently and unashamedly. Yes, she does speak her mind, but that mind seems to be filled with bitterness, vengeance, gross ignorance, and prevarication. That being said, I wonder truly why someone as bright as you would admire this woman.
    Second, I do believe that while not tactful, it was completely fair of O’Donnell to engage you in discourse about your shirt. You will be an eligible voter in the next presidential election, will you not? If you are old enough to wear your political opinion on your shirt, then you are old enough to have political discussions with the news media. And by the way, surely you’re too intelligent to think that Fox News is “fair and balanced”. All news media leave something to be desired in the depth and scope of their reporting.

  289. Adam R. November 21, 2009 at 12:16 am #

    Ron Paul is really the only 2012 candidate who has been against the bailouts on principle from the start. I’m not sold on Palin, that she isn’t part of the McCain wing of the party overall.

  290. WakeUpAmerica November 21, 2009 at 12:19 am #

    To be “fair”, you have to admit that you have no idea why Nora O’Donnell was on her Blackberry. She may have Googled the info, or she may have been responding to a text that had nothing to do with talking to you. Some people here have made huge assumptions about your remark about her using her Blackberry while talking to you. You have a very nice blog here; keep it classy and as unbiased as you can if you want to be taken seriously. Alternatively, you can pander to the conservatives. There is a plethora of biased news people; you can develop this into a unique political blog that stands head and shoulders above the rest of the steaming pile of blogs if you can keep your objectivity. So ask yourself, what is your real purpose with this blog.

  291. tjproudamerican November 21, 2009 at 12:28 am #

    Kudos to you for believing in Sarah!!!! Yes, Sarah Lies and yes, you are uninformed!!!!!

    You will only grow more ignorant!!!

    But even if Sarah did support the Bailout, making you a liar, you are a VICTIM!!!!! All SARAH Worshippers are Victims.

    Palin really did endorse the bailout at the time, and did so again in “Going Rogue” (page 270).


    If truth mattered, conservatives would be liberals. You go, Young Liar!!!! You have Sarah as a Role Model and it shows…..

    • Patrick Chester November 21, 2009 at 12:24 pm #

      Wow, a whole lexicon of words you keep using but do not know the meaning of.

      Keep spreading the narrative. If you think it’ll lead to people not supporting the person/people/cause you hate so much then you are the one who is uninformed.

  292. tjproudamerican November 21, 2009 at 12:30 am #

    Since “Palin really did endorse the bailout at the time, and did so again in “Going Rogue” (page 270),”

    You are a great Conservative!!!!

    Lies are truth!!!!
    UP is down!!!

    Please keep whining and feeling sorry for yourself and repeating what Rush Tells you to say: that is Thinking!!!!

    • Jim McCall November 21, 2009 at 12:57 am #

      Did you have to wait in line long to buy the book?

  293. conservativeme November 21, 2009 at 12:31 am #

    Well done! I posted your story on my FB after hearing about you on Rush’s program this afternoon and said that you schooled Norah O’Donnell. Seriously, you kicked her a**!

    I’m proud of you! And at 17 years old, you give me more hope for the future of our country than any fraud in the White House ever could.

  294. John November 21, 2009 at 12:32 am #

    Way to go young lady! You should be proud of the way you handled yourself at this ambush.

    God bless

  295. Nick November 21, 2009 at 12:33 am #

    I don’t think it’s very Republican to support an unemployed grifter like Sarah Palin.

    • David November 21, 2009 at 12:48 am #

      I don’t think it’s very Democratic to support a rookie senator who didn’t craft any legislation, didn’t finish his first term, and only experienced things at state level only a few years earlier. What were you people thinking?

      At least Palin actually has accomplishments that made a difference. That’s true experience, on a grander scale.

  296. Marty November 21, 2009 at 12:35 am #

    To point out to a Palin supporter who is wearing an anti bailout tee shirt that thier Godess supported the bailout before she was a tea-party supporter is fair. It just shows the sheer ingorance of the Palin supports that they don’t know her record. So, to point out that she supported the AIG bailout is sleezy? How? Do you people want to live your life in ignorance?

  297. David November 21, 2009 at 12:45 am #

    Awesome job, Jackie. It’s nice to see you hand it right back to Norah and make her look bad. She deserved it. Trying to ambush you in an opportunity to make the event look dumb.

    Soooooo glad to see young people like you well informed and ready to speak the truth, because you know it and believe it. And yes, you had no notes. 😉

  298. Monica November 21, 2009 at 12:48 am #

    Congratulations! When a 17 year old can hold her own with a seasoned interviewer who is obviously biased, then I know the USA will survive as the great nation I know it is. Keep up the great work. I am sure there are many more like you out there. You gave a superior interview. Thanks.

  299. Beth November 21, 2009 at 12:49 am #

    Hey, you did a great job. O’Donnell was being particularly provocative, but you stuck to your guns. Sarah never did support the bailout, but she couldn’t speak contrary to the McCain party platform. Anyone with sense knew that at the time, and she has confirmed it since.

  300. Jim McCall November 21, 2009 at 12:49 am #

    Wow, I was very impressed with your ‘Constitution’ answer! Matter of fact, the whole interview was astounding, I see there is still hope for us in the youth of America. I am as proud of you as your parents surely are!

  301. 2tts November 21, 2009 at 12:55 am #

    It is good to see that there are young conservatives.

  302. DoubleR November 21, 2009 at 12:57 am #

    I am an Obama supporter and have serious issues with Sarah Palin. That being said, I am also the mother of two teenage girls (ages 18 & 16), and I was absolutely appalled at the way you were treated by Nora O’Donell. What have we become as a country when it is acceptable for well-heeled, well-connected adults to belittle teenagers on national TV? You ought to be applauded for your civic-mindedness and political passion. Just because I don’t agree with you, doesn’t mean I don’t admire you. Keep doing what you’re doing, kid.

  303. cathy November 21, 2009 at 1:02 am #

    If I ever get asked why I like Sarah by one of those twit MSNBC freaks I will look straight into the camera and say:

    “Because she didn’t buy her house with the help of a FELON!”

  304. Natalie November 21, 2009 at 1:09 am #

    We might consider looking on it as “fair” what Nora did — IF she ever did the same kind of thing, with the same level of zeal — to that theoretical someone in line to get that theoretical liberal author’s signature.

    The thing that struck me was her enthusiasm in pointing out to Jackie her new-found factoid. Like she was getting her Katie Couric moment and won’t Keith, Rachel and Chris be impressed with me when they see THIS?

    She’s probably already done it numerous times, but she really exposed herself here as just another one of the 95% of the media who votes for, and stealth campaigns for — Democrats.

    Must be nice.

  305. Che November 21, 2009 at 1:18 am #

    Thank you for the other side of the story! It doesn’t surprise me how low these liberals go to try and marginalize opposing views. It’s pretty much a straw man argument, liberals like to put a face to “conservativism” and they will cry and whine and throw stones to try and prove that anyone conservative is stupid, backwards, or ignorant. It’s just sad to watch them drown in the kool-aid that is liberal fascism in American “journalism”.
    To all the haters posting on this blog:
    How do you like a president that opposses gay marriage?
    Is he a bigot?
    Is he ignorant?
    …..go ahead, ignore the truth liberals. LOL! :o)

    And to WAKEUPAMERICA who posted above:
    -You don’t know that she DIDN’T get a text regarding the fact either. What is good to know is that she approached you first, (“played” with her BB) and then wanted to interview you again. The apparent switch shows her complete liberal bias.

    Wanna see something funny? Youtube:
    “John Ziegler discusses with Norah O’Donnell on media bias”

    seems like the ol’ cat got little norah’s tongue…. she’s probably still mad about john she had to take it out on a 17 year old.

    Crazy libs are so proud to “think” for themselves while they eat the spoon fed spin by the lies that is NBC,MSNBC, CNN et al.

    You were great! Loved you in San Diego!!

  306. Ralph Woods November 21, 2009 at 1:25 am #

    You are a “Great American”. Norah on the other hand is …… well let’s just say she works at MSNBC. Enough said.

  307. Melinda November 21, 2009 at 1:38 am #

    Keep writin’ Girlfriend! These are historic times and the battle between Reason and the New Dark Age may yet be won thru discourse.

    Liberty’s the thing. The recognition and protection of Individual Rights is America’s moral achievement. Learn how to defend that fact and learn why Capitalism is the only economic system that supports it. Go to the sources. Use your own reasoning mind.

    And remember to keep your joy about you along with your wits. Keep fightin’ the good fight. Stand proud. You’re an American woman. Don’t you love the sound of that? It means so much.

  308. Vicky November 21, 2009 at 1:42 am #

    You did an awesome job! 🙂

  309. Anthony November 21, 2009 at 1:43 am #

    I hope you will have the courage to go on shows like O’Reilly, Hannity, Beck, Fox and Friends and tell your story. A reporter going after a 17-year old like that is pretty ridiculous and then trying to use you as a broad brush to paint Palin supporters as uninformed. Obviously you were tired from being on line for so many hours, not prepared for an ambush interview, and not comfortable being questioned on national TV. If it had been me with a camera and reporter in my face like that I would have crumbled far worse. It takes a lot of guts to even go on TV let alone with a vicious anti-conservative network. Let’s face it Chris Matthews and company probably think it’s a bigger crime to buy Sarah Palin’s book than it is to call al-Qaeda.

    You didn’t do as badly as liberals would like to claim. Norah dismissed your comments about the Constitution as a nonsensical response and demeaned your support of Palin as just being based on “emotion,” but I think you made a good point. Despite MSNBC’s protests otherwise the liberals ruling the country today do not believe in the Constitution and they desire to fundamentally transform this nation. Sarah Palin is a traditionalist, a conservative, who believes in the values of this country and our Constitution and that is why you support her. You do not support Palin based solely on emotion and that should be clear to anyone who heard your words.

    MSNBC went on to describe the event you attended as a “tribal” gathering of “whites vs. others.” They pointed out numerous times that the book signing consisted of predominantly white people and referred to it as a “monochromatic” crowd. I honestly believe that MSNBC hates America, middle America in particular. They have no respect for average Americans such as yourself and they will demean and put you down at every chance they get.

    If I had been interviewed by MSNBC I think I would have ignored their stupid questions and just insulted their network. Perhaps I would have brought up Chris Matthews tingly leg when Obama speaks and the fact that he thinks there’s nothing wrong with Major Hasan contacting al-Qaeda.

  310. Jennifer November 21, 2009 at 1:46 am #


    I think you handled the “interview” (if that’s what you want to call it) wonderfully. Don’t let anything untrue said by O’Donnell squelch your enthusiasm for standing up for your convictions. I am glad that you were able to meet Sarah; I bet it was a wonderful experience!

    Take care,

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  312. Nicky November 21, 2009 at 2:07 am #

    You did excellent. It’s kids like you that give me hope for the future of America.

    Stick to your convictions!

    Also, I’m jealous you got to meet Sarah. 🙂

  313. Northern_run November 21, 2009 at 2:13 am #

    America needs young conservatives like you. Good job. Carry on the good fight.

  314. David November 21, 2009 at 2:18 am #

    this is why I block MSNBC from my tv. so i don’t have to see this hateful stuff even when I’m just flipping.

    WAY TO GO!! you made them look really pathetic!

  315. palin2012c November 21, 2009 at 2:28 am #

    The Centrist here at
    I’ve created a video posting to express my sentiment towards how badly Msnbc treated a fellow American for her views.
    You can view it at:
    Regards and May God Bless The Young Adult Supporter of Whats Good In America
    The Centrist

  316. NY Conservative November 21, 2009 at 2:31 am #

    Your Dad should be proud, seems he has raised a fine intelligent young lady, kudos to the both of you! My kids are several years younger than you but I can only hope (boy does that word irritate me)that they grow to be as pragmatic and inquisitive as yourself. It is very heartening to see that not ALL of the youth of America are a lost cause in an ideological sense.

  317. Freemon SandleWould November 21, 2009 at 2:36 am #


    nice voices and good with words….

    TERRIBLE with ideas.

    DUH! Sarah was the VICE presidential candidate Norah! Get a clue.

  318. scooter November 21, 2009 at 2:41 am #

    Way to go Jackie! The liberal media needs more people like you to show them up and let their pathetic viewers know what real Americans want: the Constitution and no Big Government. Just like Sarah, you are a true testament to conservative real Americans! It’s outrageous that those liberals expect someone to know what their heroes actually say and do or silly little details about policy and governing. You go girl!

  319. Southpaw November 21, 2009 at 2:56 am #

    Ya done good ma’am. It was an ambush cause she set you up for one question in the pre-interview (just like the man before you) and then asked you something entirely different while on live t.v. (and yet she had a note card for herself…go figure). She is a coward and the female equivalent of a knave…you stood your ground and did not concede an inch to your opponent…I like your style.

  320. guy November 21, 2009 at 2:56 am #

    you are an idiot

    • alessandromachi November 21, 2009 at 6:48 am #

      hey guy, I noticed your link goes to the Zimbabwe Benefit Foundation. Nice. Nice way to represent yourself to the rest of the world.

  321. jazzycmk November 21, 2009 at 3:12 am #

    I liked your description of the brief conversation Sarah had with your father. (“Well, hey there sir how are you doing”). That is so Sarah.

    My father (also a goofball) and I tried going to see Sarah in Columbus, OH tonight but we were not as dedicated as you and your father. We both went after work, and by that point the wristbands were long gone and the line was around the block.

    I honestly don’t know what kind of President Sarah would make, and I don’t know that she wants to run for President, but I think I know what kind of person she is, and goodness knows we need more like her.

    You handled yourself admirably with Norah O’Donnell who is building quite a resume for ambushing people after her performance at the Tea Parties over the summer.

    Congratulations on gathering your autograph.

  322. Bill Shipp November 21, 2009 at 3:14 am #

    Couldn’t tell if it was Nora or Rosie O’Donnell. they are the same in every aspect. You were super! She sowed the wind and reaped a whirlwind

  323. Brook November 21, 2009 at 3:16 am #

    You did good!

    I heard about this on Rush Limbaugh’s show today, and had to look you up and give you a pat on the back.

    Thank you for posting your story, i enjoyed it!

  324. Linda LaFianza November 21, 2009 at 3:27 am #

    Miss Seal, you did an incredible job on camera. You held your own, were very articulate, and thought fast on your feet. Dittos for the stranger in line behind you. Never fear another encounter with a Washington Bureau Chief–you are SO READY to bring the fight to them! Congratulations for making the most of being in the right place at the right time.

  325. timeforthorns November 21, 2009 at 3:54 am #

    Few people are ever prepared for a liberal ambush, but now you are, and next time you will do brilliantly.

  326. Yorkshire November 21, 2009 at 3:59 am #

    Smackdown of Norah – Beautiful

  327. Jeannine S. November 21, 2009 at 4:15 am #

    I don’t agree that what happened here was an ambush. I think it was simply an embarrassing situation where you were put in a position to defend Palin’s inconsistent public statements about an issue. You choose to defend Palin, and you have every right to that choice, but it is also “on you” to take responsibility for that choice.

    You are still quite young, and as you have now quickly learned, making political statements in this climate (via t-shirt, sign, or blog) opens you up to criticism and sometimes ugly backlash. I think that’s unfortunate, but it goes both ways. It’s the same way liberals feel when they are told they don’t love America or are “communists” or “Nazis” b/c they want more affordable healthcare.

    Anyway, in hindsight, I hope the nasty remarks here calm down and people stop and realize that you are a teenager and don’t deserve to be ridiculed.

    It takes all kinds to make the world go round, folks. Learn some civility, both sides.

    • alessandromachi November 21, 2009 at 6:49 am #

      MSNBC lead the charge to get the bailout bill passed. For them to imply it was others who were leading the way is a LIE.

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  329. Thomas S Schmitz in Los Angeles November 21, 2009 at 4:23 am #

    Jackie you handled the gotcha question beautifully ! Good for you ! Thank you for taking a stand.

  330. Jayne November 21, 2009 at 4:24 am #

    Even before I read your explanation of events, I was impressed with how you handled yourself in the interview. I think your solid, clear thinking and rationale on Sarah and the Constitution overcame the bailout question, and your answer to Sarah supporting the bailout was good too – that you didn’t think that was exactly correct and if you asked Sarah today she would not support it. Also, which bailout was Norah talking about?

  331. tjproudamerican November 21, 2009 at 4:25 am #

    Ambush, n., when a Conservative lies and whines.

    Conservative, n., a person who feels great anger on behalf of the rich and powerful, feels great self-pity, memorizes opinions dictated by her masters like Rush and thinks by chanting “Mega-ditto’s Master Rush!!!” “Mega-dittos’s Master Glenn!!!”

    Oh poor you, liar Sarah!!! While Sarah said one thing, she meant another. See? It depends on what the meaning of “is” is, said Sarah. “Mega-ditto’s Master Sarah!”

  332. tjproudamerican November 21, 2009 at 4:26 am #

    “Palin really did endorse the bailout at the time, and did so again in “Going Rogue” (page 270),”

    Yeah Sarah!!!

    Yeah Liars!!!!

  333. proud of you November 21, 2009 at 4:31 am #

    Julie, bravo. You are an amazing young lady with I hope a future in politics. I know under the same circumstances that I wouldn’t have handled the situation nearly as good as you did, and I am three times your age. Thank you for making my day. Hope to hear much more from you. I know you’re obviously a strong individual, but be wary. The modus operandi of the left is to attack someone such as you. So be vigilent, and remember there are many out there who have your back.

  334. Erick Brockway November 21, 2009 at 4:35 am #

    Good job girl, I’m not even your dad and I’m proud of ya.

  335. proud of you November 21, 2009 at 4:49 am #

    Sorry, Jackie, for calling you by the wrong name. You still rock!!

  336. Cathy November 21, 2009 at 4:55 am #

    Hello from Toronto, Canada. You did a great job with that interviewer. She definitely seems like someone with a big ole chip on her shoulder and you handled her like a pro even though you’re just a kid.

  337. Count Crash November 21, 2009 at 5:16 am #

    Consider the follwing Julie: A woman who is paid by a major cable news channel (well sort of major , ok bottom of the pile) had to use crib notes to try and stump a young inexperienced woman on a very specific and loaded question! You did as well as any of us regular Americans would have done. And shame on that poor excuse of a journalist. Maybe her next interview will be with people she doesn’t have to cheat to be on par with like a preschool or something.

  338. velvethammer November 21, 2009 at 5:25 am #

    I think you are an amazing young lady. It does my patriotic heart proud to know there are kids like you out there.
    You have a bright future ahead of you kiddo!
    God Bless you and your family.

  339. John Brooks November 21, 2009 at 5:44 am #

    Job well done. MSNBC will resort to the lowest of low tactics to smear anyone who disagrees with them. I admire Sarah Palin for being the strong individual she is and you handled O’Donnell with facts and grace. We are proud of you, something O’Donnell doesnt have.

  340. sybilll November 21, 2009 at 5:50 am #

    Now I know why my cable provider took MSNBC off of their basic package. Jackie, you did great. Norah is supposed to be a reporter, not one pushing an agenda. My daughter’s birthday fell 2 weeks short of being eligible to vote for Sarah, but, you betch’a she will next time!

  341. capri November 21, 2009 at 5:51 am #

    Ambush: n., when a liberal cherrypicks, twists, schemes, lies, shows up just to cause trouble and get ratings, misleads the public and calls it news. Liberal: n., a person who feels great anger on behalf of Planet Earth, believes it is only wrong for conservatives to be rich and powerful, believes only conservatives are rich and powerful, and is willing to make misanthropic extremist groups rich and powerful. The liberal feels great self-righteousness, memorizes opinions dictated by his or her masters like Al Gore and Ingrid Newkirk, Peter Singer and Wayne Pacelle, Gary Yourofsky, Dave Forman, and Oprah, O’Donnell etc.
    She or he thinks by chanting “Mega-ditto’s Master Gore!!!” “Mega-dittos’s Mistress Oprah!!! Down with Sarah!!!” You poor, hateful liberal extremists.
    “What we’ve got to do in energy conservation is try to ride the global warming issue. Even if the theory of global warming is wrong, to have approached global warming as if it is real means energy conservation, so we will be doing the right thing anyway in terms of economic policy and environmental policy.” — Timothy Wirth, former U.S. Senator (D-Colorado) “Ditto’s Master Tim!”
    “I think the whole concept of private property as an ultimate ‘good’ has got to be replaced. There’s a higher good out there than private property….” & “Phasing out the human race will solve every problem on earth, social and environmental.” “Mega-ditto’s Master Dave!” “We would be foolish and silly not to unite with people in the public health sector, the environmental community, and unions, to try to challenge corporate agriculture.”
    & “We have no ethical obligation to preserve the different breeds of livestock produced through selective breeding. … One generation and out. We have no problem with the extinction of domestic animals. They are creations of human selective breeding.” “Mega mega dittos and more ditto’s Master Wayne!”
    “Six million Jews died in concentration camps, but six billion broiler chickens will die this year in slaughter houses.” &
    “Our nonviolent tactics are not as effective. We ask nicely for years and get nothing. Someone makes a threat, and it works.” “Mega mega mega ditto’s Ingrid!”

    All that, and yet the libs just about crap themselves over Sarah Palin and that anyone could agree with her on anything!

  342. Tootie November 21, 2009 at 5:52 am #

    Clearly Sarah Palin has snowed you much like she’s baffled many others. She supported the TARP Bank bailout. She should have done that, too – we had to have that to keep the whole world’s economies from going into a Depression. For the same reason, we had to have the Stimulus bill. Govt spending is sometimes necessary, and these were two cases where spending was an imperative. Now, when George Bush went to war in Iraq? Not necessary. When he gave the richest of the rich a second round of tax cuts while we were at war? Another bad mistake, and the first President to ever give Americans a tax cut during wartime. He made many voluntary expenditures and tax cuts that were unwise. Obama has not done the same thing. Yet you don’t understand that. Please read up some before you vote for any candidate.

  343. DarcsFalcon November 21, 2009 at 6:23 am #

    Sweetie, you did an awesome job. 🙂

  344. palin rawks! November 21, 2009 at 6:33 am #

    omg! you did soo great!! you didnt come off as an asshat at all!!!

  345. lewwaters November 21, 2009 at 6:34 am #

    Jackie, you did really great. I feel confident America will survive and hope your generation will correct the massive screw-ups mine has allowed.

    Sarah Palin is the very embodiment of what the so-called feminist movement claimed they were about.

    This 61 year-old Viet Nam Veteran thanks you with all I can for restoring my faith in young people and showing me America will survive and be better than ever when your generation takes over.

  346. Ashleigh November 21, 2009 at 6:35 am #

    I really enjoyed reading your blog. I just read your story on Newsbusters. GOOD FOR YOU! I am a 40 year old woman, and I admire you for being such a young woman and facing down the liberal media w/o fear! I’m sure it was nerve-wracking with the way that they twist things and badger and all that.

    I hope you continue with your interest in politics. We need more women in politics like you- Christians with conservative values who aren’t taken in by popular culture and media.

    Sarah Palin is a role model for me as well, even though I am only 5 years younger than here, and I am so jealous that you met her!! Reading about how she called you “Sweetie” and signed your name and was so gracious practically brings tears to my eyes because she is one of the few people in this world who has stared down the liberal media and won!! And she’s just amazing!

    Don’t worry a bit about all the mean people who will write mean things about you, who will insult you, etc. They don’t even know you, but they will do that because their hate for Palin consumes them to the point that anyone who supports her is their enemy and they hate them, too. If I were you, I’d just delete their comments and wipe the dust from your feet!

    Well, I haven’t seen your interview but I’m sure you did awesome. Not many 17 year olds could’ve handled her “gotcha” question. And the liberals think that all young people like you are liberal Democrats who voted for Obama, so I’m sure you were intriguing to her because of your age.

    Well, again, I enjoyed your blog and hope you keep up the good work of standing strong in your life and learning about the nation and politics. Sarah Palin is a great role model and you can’t go wrong if you follow her example.

    God bless!

  347. Ashleigh November 21, 2009 at 6:49 am #

    P.S. I don’t watch MSNBC news or CNN or any of the liberal “lamestream” media sites, so I guess that’s why I didn’t hear of this story til I went to Newsbusters today.

    But I’ve read a few comments since I posted and can’t believe the liberals who have written angry, virulent, condescending things to you simply for one reason and one reason alone- you support Sarah.

    They ought to be ashamed of themselves for speaking this way to a young 17 year old girl who simply answered some questions and then wrote about her experience.

    There is a lot of bullying that liberals are dolling out these days, esp. towards Palin supporters. And I just want to encourage you to not take them personally! They don’t know you from Adam, and they are angry and hateful. I’m not talking about all liberals, but the ones who would come here just so that they can “scream” at you with sarcasm, hate, and mockery.

    It’s so wrong, and again, if I were you, I’d just delete their comments. Maybe read them once, then shake your head with pity because obviously these are not people with hearts at peace or filled with love, maybe say a prayer for them because clearly they are in need of it, and then just delete their comments so you do not give into any temptation to revisit them which might only end up causing you to feel very badly.

    I have written comments on various blogs in response to things and have also been “attacked” by angry, mean people because I support and like Sarah Palin and/or because I am not pro-Obama.

    The internet can be a very, VERY ugly place, and the viciousness with which some people comment is horrible, and I’d hate for you to get down at all by any of the vicious comments written here. Think about it– what would cause adults to come here so that they can be rude, snarky, and cruel towards a young 17 year old girl simply for supporting Palin?

    It’s not about you… it’s about her, and they truly, truly HATE and despise her with everything within them. This is YOUR blog, and you do not have to keep their comments here. You own it, not anyone else. It’s like letting someone in your house just so they can insult and abuse you, becasuse that is what they are doing here… verbally abusing you.

    If someone left me a nasty phone message or wrote me a vicious email, I’d delete it and not revisit it. We don’t need the cruelty and hate of others to bring us down. You don’t need that.

    Well, that’s it. Be strong and courageous, and God bless!!

  348. Lya November 21, 2009 at 7:04 am #

    Jackie, sweetheart, you did great! You stood your ground, you spoke from your heart. Way to go!

  349. Daniel Chapman November 21, 2009 at 7:37 am #

    Wow! What an awesome post. Just a shame that it had to come from such a double-crossing experience on the part of the

  350. rblrdr November 21, 2009 at 7:39 am #

    Why do you need to look up to a Woman (Palin) you don’t even know, a stranger. Don’t you have any female role models? Sweet heart she’s just a Celebrity. There are accomplished Teachers and Nurses and real heroes all around you.

  351. Daniel Chapman November 21, 2009 at 7:58 am #

    Wow! What a great post! It’s just a shame it mainly came about because of arrogant, elitist double-crossing on the part of Norah O’Donnell and the elitist Lame Stream Media. Let me tell you this: you handled those circumstances amazingly, better than you may think. As a Conservative teenager myself, living in the UK, it gives me confidence to see my counterparts like you “across the pond” not caving in, but standing strong even if the steamroller of the leftist media is coming full throttle towards you.

    You have done Conservatism and Sarah Palin, a service- and definitely not a disservice!


  352. JR November 21, 2009 at 8:31 am #

    17 years old & bawling about the liberal media already! You have some promise as a conservative.

  353. Juliano November 21, 2009 at 9:55 am #

    Greetings from Brazil. Yeah! There’s some conservatives down here! LOL! Amazing interview, great job!

  354. matilda November 21, 2009 at 10:10 am #

    You scare me, because you’re smart enough to come off as informed, and you’re evidently not.

    The liberal media is no craftier or manipulative than the conservative media, and your assertion that you were confronted by a ‘gotcha question’ irritates me. The purpose of journalism to expose and highlight factual information. A question to which you have no answer, because you’ve suddenly realised your information is wrong, is a good question. It’s highlighting ignorance, and hopefully correcting it.
    And on the same note: ‘Her goal was clear, make this teenager look like an uneducated Palin supporting buffoon.’
    Actually, I was rather under the impression her goal was to gain your opinion on political policy, or to understand your reasoning – she was querying your apparently ardent support for a politician who had expressed opposing views to those emblazoned across your t-shirt. It’s not a gotcha question. It’s a previously researched question, intended to illuminate.
    You might feel hard done by, having been screwed over by the nasty, mean, liberally biased media, but don’t worry – you’ve got your chance to air your (hopefully better researched and articulated) views now.
    And please, before anybody goes ape-shit with the ‘Jackie’s only seventeen, she’s better informed than most, at least she’s expressing an opinion,’ be aware I’m sixteen and Australian, and find it disturbing that many of my peers seem to be more aware of the nuances of American politics than American adults do.

    • akw November 21, 2009 at 7:31 pm #

      You don’t know what the hell you’re talking about. Sarah Palin supported the bailout during the campaign because she had to….her running mate supported it. After the campaign, she was free to speak her real opinion. This reporter intentionally picked on someone she thought she could “get” by making her look like she didn’t know anything about Palin. Then, she lied about her on her tweet and said the young girl had voted for Palin and didn’t even know what Palin stands for. The reporter didn’t just happen to have that quote memorized…..she saw that this young girl had a shirt on that said something opposite of what Palin had said in the campaign, so she got on her blackberry and had her research dept find a quote to throw in her face. I find your arrogance and lack of social skills appalling, and I don’t care how old you are. You need to learn all of the facts before you spout off and attack another person.

  355. tysmwest November 21, 2009 at 11:18 am #

    You did well, miss.

    Good for you. Stand Tall. Stand Proud.

    You are not alone.

    A soldier.

  356. John Hitchcock November 21, 2009 at 11:27 am #

    Girlie, you did a masterful job! You don’t need no stinkin’ do-over. I heard you on Glenn Beck and heard about you on Rush. You beat on the PMSNBC babe but good.

    I’ll be adding you to my “worthwhile links.” And mail me (if you even read all these hundreds of comments). I’d love to have you as an author on my little site.

    You rock (except for not liking Miley).

  357. Patrick Chester November 21, 2009 at 12:33 pm #

    You did fine. As some others pointed out, you were a bit closer to the truth than the so-called reporter.

    You also seem to have attracted the attention of a few of the generic trolls posting the usual talking points and insults. An old saying goes something like this: you know you’re over the target when you start taking flak.

  358. Mike Hurley November 21, 2009 at 1:24 pm #

    I just watched the video of your interview. You gave a great answer to her question when you referred to Sara Palin’s respect for the Constitution and the limited government that it established as a major reason why you support her. Fantastic job! I wish I had been as bright as you obviously are when I was 17.

  359. George Patton November 21, 2009 at 1:51 pm #

    You were fantastic. The liberal media has a template and an agenda. O’Donnell is part of the liberal elite media. Go on the Matt Drudge site sometime and see how few people watch MSNBC. It is shocking how few people watch that network. O’Donnell has kooky eyes. I would never talk to her. She use to read the news on NBC. She was one of the morning news readers. She had zero personality. When she went to MSNBC, she became a “star.” She is very unprofessional. The liberal elite do not like to be challenged. They will lie in order to try to fool the unwary. You did very well when you challenged her facts. Liberals hate facts. That is why O’Donnell said that you voted in the last election. Listen to Rush, Savage, Sean, O’Reilly, Bortz, and Beck. Read and learn. Always be prepared to challenge the left.

  360. John K. November 21, 2009 at 2:23 pm #

    Just sayin….

    Re: Norah O’Donnell intvu – You may think that your shirt and Sarah Palin’s views are not related, but Norah’s followup question ties it all in and asks “Does that change your view of Sarah Palin?” – and you said no it doesn’t. (You have your reasons, as you say, that in the book she says she was told to support whatever McCain campaign says…but I ask you: What does she believe now? You won’t find it in that book…publicly she has spoken out against the stimulus but not against the bailout) That’s a perfectly fine question, and a perfectly fine answer. That’s why people are interviewed. The problem with a lot of people is that they think asking is a form of accusing. Norah’s question was tough and fair….

    GOD forbid we ask why someone supports something or someone …

    Also I doubt MSNBC has a TEAM of researchers….When you are on a remote site like that – your resources are very limited. Norah is a smart reporter who covered the debates and the 2008 campaign…give her a little more credit than that.

  361. Erin November 21, 2009 at 3:08 pm #

    Why is it that we only see young conservatives making a difference. With all the media odds against them these young people somehow rise above it all and blast the libs with honesty and bravery. The only young people I see championing Obama’s ideas are handed script cards and told to make a false advertisement for government healthcare. Their parents should be ashamed of themselves.

    • Heather November 21, 2009 at 5:46 pm #

      you’re an idiot.

  362. Tim November 21, 2009 at 3:13 pm #

    I too am proud of you Jackie… It was a pleasure to read your behind the scenes stuff… Having a 17 year old myself, I know how your father must feel… Its so good to know there are young ladies like you in this world!

  363. The_Gadfly November 21, 2009 at 4:37 pm #

    I have found that no matter how old or how well practiced you are at dealing with debates or ambushes, and no matter how good your answer, about 10 minutes after the event is over you will think of at least three responses that are better than the one you gave. The real key is to not be intimidated and you weren’t. You did exceptionally well.

  364. Kelley November 21, 2009 at 4:51 pm #

    You may know this by now, because I didn’t read all the comments, but Rush Limbaugh also had your interview on his radio show. You did great. 🙂

  365. Perseve November 21, 2009 at 5:00 pm #


    I commend you on your political involvement & encourage you to continue. I thought you sounded intelligent in the interview, if a bit conflated about the bailout and the stimulus. You have learned the hard way that the media’s job is not to be your friend, they are suppose to fact check, and they did that here. (And accurate facts, i.e. that the bailout and stimulus are different, is not gotcha journalism. It’s just journalism.) Instead of playing a victim, simply arm yourself with more thorough knowledge for your next encounter. Good luck and stay involved.

    • joe riverby November 21, 2009 at 10:13 pm #

      Excellent post Jeff! Couldn’t agree more.

  366. Bugler November 21, 2009 at 5:06 pm #

    You go, girl!

  367. Greg B. November 21, 2009 at 5:12 pm #

    Nice job. I’m proud of you.

  368. John Cooper November 21, 2009 at 5:36 pm #

    I watched the video of Norah whats-her-name and you did great!

  369. jellytoast November 21, 2009 at 5:41 pm #

    Hey! You did great! Nora, a high paid media elite backed by a world wide media empire, had to prepare to confront you, a normal conservative teenager.
    She had to try to trick you because you were in fact smarter than she was. You did great! God bless you! Thanks for standing up!

  370. Argus November 21, 2009 at 6:19 pm #

    Jackie 1 O’Donnell 0

    I’ll look forward to Miss O’Donnell’s now mandatory, face-saving pseudo-ambush of a yet-to-be-determined leftist.

    When it happens (and it WILL happen), you can declare your remarkable victory complete.

    Well done !

  371. Jerry November 21, 2009 at 6:37 pm #

    Kudos Jackie, under attack and in challenging circumstances, you handled yourself better than many older adults could have against the onslaught of the unconscionably condescending, Obama-loving Norah O’Donnell who was obviously suffering from PMS (Palin Malignment Syndrome) at the time.

    BTW: You have a very nicely done blog.

  372. LOVEAMERICA November 21, 2009 at 6:40 pm #

    Trust me, right now Norah O’Donnell would like to have a do-over.

  373. akw November 21, 2009 at 7:21 pm #

    .” I wish I could have thought quicker on my feet for that interview and threw it right back into O’Donnell’s face but I was caught off guard I had no time to think clearly, you can also add in nerves of being on live television for the first time.”

    Oh, honey, you did a fantastic job!!! Kudos, and I’m so glad you had a good time.

  374. Shawn S November 21, 2009 at 7:31 pm #

    Do did a good job, Julie
    After reading this post, I hope O’Reilly has you on to let the peeps know your story.

  375. Alcove-One November 21, 2009 at 7:32 pm #

    No worries…you did good. Today at least you get a chance to give a blog response and describe the nature of the ambush interview.
    Norah has lost several debates to Palin defender John Ziegler so she picks on you instead. What a coward Norah is.

  376. Jaime P. de Guzman November 21, 2009 at 7:44 pm #

    Way to go, girl! Good job. Do not worry so much about the “I should have said this and this…” after the interview. You did a good one the first time around.

  377. Ken W. November 21, 2009 at 7:47 pm #

    Finding out about you and what you did gives me hope for the future of our country. There is a groundswell developing. Thanks for being a part of it. God bless you.

  378. ParisParamus November 21, 2009 at 7:55 pm #

    Dear Ms. Seal:

    Thank you for standing up to what is, in effect, a low-grade of evil.

    (to say anything more would be patronizing)

    PP/Steven in Brooklyn, NY

  379. Richard November 21, 2009 at 8:03 pm #

    Young folks like you are our hope for the future. Stay true to your ideals and know that old folks and vets (like me) are counting on you.

  380. Christine O'Shaugnnessy November 21, 2009 at 8:04 pm #

    I am so proud of you, young lady!! Don’t you let them tear you down like they’re trying to do at They’re only jealous of your outspoken patriotism.

  381. JJ174 November 21, 2009 at 8:11 pm #

    U did fine, dob’t let the liberal Media get u down. Nice to see younger people taking a interest in whats happening in out country and u could not have a better role model then Sarah Palin, shes a great women.

  382. Eric den Biesen November 21, 2009 at 8:23 pm #

    I’m a Canuck, and I’M proud of you!
    Young people, such as yourself, give
    me some hope for the future of the
    Republic, and for my own Canada.
    Plus, it was nice to see a MSM reporter
    shown for the ignorant lefty she is. Heh.


  383. Fat Libertarian November 21, 2009 at 8:25 pm #

    Very well written post. Very descriptive, which is always a positive. Confirms all we (conservatives) suspected about MSNBC. I am not a Palin fan, I am a Ron Paul fan. But let’s face it – you never would have seen MSNBC do that to an Obama fan, on air like that. I like when the media asks tough questions, but of accountable politicians. Instead, Norah only asks tough questions of 17 year old Palin supporters.

  384. Jake Rutherford November 21, 2009 at 8:32 pm #

    not bad jackie not bad at all.

  385. Frank November 21, 2009 at 8:33 pm #

    I just sat my 6 yr old daughter down to show her what a 17 yr old role model looks like. Your dad should be proud, you should be more proud.

  386. Big J November 21, 2009 at 8:36 pm #


    For what it’s worth, do not ask for a do-over. In my opinion, you could not have done a better job if you had note cards, a prepared speech and a teleprompter. Apparently, there are many others that agree with me.

    If your knowledge and values are any indication of the current graduating class in America, my heart is lifted. There is hope yet!

    I wonder how good Norah O’donnell feels about herself today? It’s a shame that these nuts feel the need to basically attack a teenager in order to justify their disdain for Sarah Palin. It was obvious that you were not intimidated by this “professional media personality”, and you should be proud.

    I know I am.

  387. VLWH Paul November 21, 2009 at 8:46 pm #

    Congrats, you’re this week’s “Joe The Plumber!” Just keep an eye on your trash cans — there will probably be 11 AP “fact checkers” scouring through them, looking for dirt on you and you’re family. That’s what happens to those who don’t follow the Party Line.

  388. just a regular guy November 21, 2009 at 8:57 pm #

    It is amusing how the lefties are so proud of msnbc for pulling a gotcha on a young lady who hasn’t quite hit voting age but what happens when we take a look at the clueless braindead ADULT goofs who blindly support the disaster occupying our White House?

    • Pat November 22, 2009 at 8:31 am #

      You wanna know why that socialist NEGRO got elected???

      I’ll tell you why!

      1. ACORN

      2. Because he was black!

      That’s why!

      Anyone want to see what America is gonna be like in 4 years from now? Look no further than DETROIT!

      It’s a NEGRO infested WASTELAND!

  389. Jim L. November 21, 2009 at 9:28 pm #

    Typing through tears in my eyes child as I just watched you and your dad do the conservative movement proud. You both handled yourself extremely well and stated your opinions in an honest, clear-headed fashion.

    When I see this, my faith in the people of this great country ticks up a notch and I’m – as always – proud to be an American. Continue to learn as you obviously already have. You too dad! It’s never too late for us to learn as I have discovered over the years.

    I think it’s great that you have started a blog and I bookmarked it so I can learn what you have to say about politics in America. Encourage all your young friends to get involved and get ready to vote when you turn 18.

    God bless you and God Bless the United States!

  390. Jim L. November 21, 2009 at 9:31 pm #

    Sorry, I just read that was not your dad. Well, he handled himself well anyway!

  391. brad November 21, 2009 at 9:47 pm #

    jackie…..your experience showed you the good, the bad, and the ugly of humankind! i think it goes without saying who represented the good, and who represented the bad and ugly……ahhhh, norah, if you are by chance listening……that is your phone ringing on the bad and ugly part! your dad told me about the graceland line….but with all due resprect to the king……graceland “palins” in comparison to the to sarah!

  392. Mary November 21, 2009 at 11:26 pm #

    You were great on the constitutional point! Keep in mind your dad sent you to a private school even though he is forced to pay for the public school first and you received zero benefit for your education. It’s just like the health care proposals–everyone will be forced to pay for public healthcare even though they don’t want it or go to jail!!!! Just as public education has dumbed down our culture, public healthcare will “dumb down” our healthcare sytem. Unfortunately, people and babies will actually die.
    Thank your Dad and don’t think about what you might have said to Norah. Most everyone who watched it knew what she was up to. You were T-rrrrific!!!

  393. David November 21, 2009 at 11:44 pm #

    * “… my dad is a Bible thumping, gun toting man.”

    Is he also a cross-burning man?

  394. David P Redmond November 22, 2009 at 12:54 am #

    You came off even better in the transcript of the interview. While it’s understandable you wish you had an even stronger response, you held your own. Thanks for the blog post exposing the full truth about that encounter!

  395. The_Game November 22, 2009 at 2:14 am #

    Again, as I stated before, and apparently you didn’t like what I had to say and chose not to approve of my comment, but I’ll reiterate….”a reporter’s job is to collect facts and seek the truth.”

    That’s all.

  396. Renee November 22, 2009 at 3:13 am #

    You go, girl! There are a lot of us older ladies who are right there with you!

  397. David Marks November 22, 2009 at 3:34 am #

    You did very well! Especially in blogging about it. Your account shows how unbelievably biased, devious and unprofessional the media have become. Obama’s had two books out. You think Norah O’Donnell showed up at Obama’s book signings with opposition talking points scrawled on a card in her hand to ambush Obama fans with? Of course not. Kudos to you and thanks for blogging about this.

  398. David Marks November 22, 2009 at 3:36 am #

    This reminds me of the way CNN’ Susan Rosegen treated the Tea Party protestors in Chicago. Norah O’Donnell should be fired the same way, and for the same reason, Susan Rosegen was fired.

  399. Greg @Camano November 22, 2009 at 3:37 am #

    You did Great!Don’t worry about the Haters,it’s just awesome to see a young person who cares and is willing to stand up for her beliefs,MSNBC must be desperate to tear down the Gov.

  400. Lorraine November 22, 2009 at 3:41 am #

    You did very well, Jackie, congratulations!
    You held your own on a playing field where the liberal media person held an unfair advantage. You came across as intelligent and articulate.
    You give me hope for the future of our country.
    Jackie = 1
    Liberal media = 0

  401. Katie November 22, 2009 at 5:37 am #

    It’s great to see young, intelligent Americans like yourself standing up for conservative values. I like Sarah Palin too. I love her fighting spirit! I loved your answer about the Constitution. Don’t worry, you did fine. Norah looked like the fool, not you.

    It looks like the liberal trolls are out once AGAIN to tell us how they are not afraid of Sarah and do NOT consider her a threat. HA! Don’t worry about the hateful comments. Just remember all bullies are cowards. You are doing something right to rile them up like this. Stay strong!

  402. Die Sarah Palin Die November 22, 2009 at 5:38 am #

    She’s a hero!

  403. capri November 22, 2009 at 6:17 am #

    Sheesh, seriously I think you should nix at least some of these low-downing bigoted bullying comments. It’s bad enough a few gits came on here to whine in Norah’s defense, but that one above by a “David”? I think – where he thinks that because your dad believes in the bible that he must also be a cross-burner – oh please!? And the left claim not to hate and be all about peace and love, bullshart! If you choose to delete any comments here, please get rid of that one! You don’t need anti-Christian hate-monging polluting this space. You can’t be a Christian and be a cross-burner. You can’t be a Christian and be prejudiced against skin color. It’s time to get that through people’s heads, unfortunately some of them are voluntarily thick.

  404. Kristen November 22, 2009 at 6:18 am #

    You handled this situation beautifully. At 17 I was mindlessly supporting the liberal views I heard from my public school teachers – I wish I’d been as smart as you are 🙂 Keep speaking up for what you know is right! God bless!

    • Amazed November 22, 2009 at 7:41 pm #

      Whereas now you are thoughtfully reproducing the deep insights of truly ‘smart’ people like Limbaugh, Beck and Palin, right?

  405. Dennis November 22, 2009 at 6:19 am #

    The best come back would have been, “Did you know that Obama supported the bailout?”

  406. Mike M November 22, 2009 at 6:35 am #

    Hey Jackie, You were GREAT, trust me. I have also been interviewed by my local liberal media outlets and I have seen firsthand how “gotcha” they can be. It has gotten to the point where they almost don’t even care that their bias is so blatant. You threw it back at McDonnell and held your ground well. I am always a little concerned that someone on our side will say something really out there during an interview and give us all a bad name. You did a much better job than you realize so hold your head high! You are a young intelligent person that the liberal media can’t stand! They want you to buy all their nonsense so your father did something right. Take care and good luck with everything. PS I’ll be checking your blog now.

  407. Jimmy November 22, 2009 at 6:57 am #

    Just watched your interview on MSNBC. I think you are confusing Limited government with Big government. Limited government deals with things like stopping the government from wire tapping. Big government was Reagen buzz word. It gave us deregulation under this ruse. The beginning of our financial crisis we are in now.

  408. TFMo November 22, 2009 at 7:14 am #

    Welcome to the big time, miss. And bravo to you for handling yourself so well against that wretch.

    My advice: next time some dink shoves a microphone in your face, ask what network she is affiliated with. If it’s one of the lefties, then just smile and tell her you’re sorry, but you’re saving your comments for a REAL journalist.

    God bless you, miss.

  409. Natalie November 22, 2009 at 7:43 am #

    I wonder if David @11:44 even knows that the cross burners were all Democrats.

    Ask Bobby Byrd and the ghost of Al Gore’s Dad.

  410. scribethis November 22, 2009 at 8:01 am #

    yes, capri.. she should delete all blog posts that are not positive. because censorship is so not communist at all!

  411. capri November 22, 2009 at 8:21 am #

    Yeah right…Har har har…

  412. psychonauticalmindbloom November 22, 2009 at 8:24 am #

    capri // November 22, 2009 at 6:17 am | Reply

    Sheesh, seriously I think you should nix at least some of these low-downing bigoted bullying comments. It’s bad enough a few gits came on here to whine in Norah’s defense, but that one above by a “David”? I think – where he thinks that because your dad believes in the bible that he must also be a cross-burner – oh please!? And the left claim not to hate and be all about peace and love, bullshart! If you choose to delete any comments here, please get rid of that one! You don’t need anti-Christian hate-monging polluting this space. You can’t be a Christian and be a cross-burner. You can’t be a Christian and be prejudiced against skin color. It’s time to get that through people’s heads, unfortunately some of them are voluntarily thick.


  413. Pat November 22, 2009 at 8:27 am #

    Good Job Gal. Norah O’Donald is a liberal tramp.

    Just followed you on twitter too. I’m @rightbloggerpat on there.

    Be Well and lucky you to be so popular. 😉


  414. David November 22, 2009 at 10:36 am #

    Natalie seems ignorant of history … the cross-burning democrats abandoned the party en masse following the Civil Rights Act/ This is the reason why Republicans owned the South for decades after LBJ.

    The Republican “Southern Strategy” was all about racism and race-baiting and it worked very well until recently. Not that it wasn’t tried … remember the Birther controversy and all of the racism spewing forth from Republicans since President Barack Obama won the election?

    Whenever I hear anyone proclaiming their status as a “gun-toting Bible-thumper” I cannot help but conclude that such a person is a member of the Neanderthal South, a racist Christian fundamentalist warmonger who is xenophobic, prejudiced, and scared of anyone slightly less white than himself.

    Sarah Palin appealed to such people … the uneducated, the ignorant, the shoot-first-think-later warmongers, the bigots, the prejudiced, the fundamentalists … the low information voters.

    Such as this poor pathetic palin drone complaining about gotcha questions from the news media, “I’m only 17 years old, how am I supposed to know anything? ”

    Sarah Palin supporters are proud of their ignorance. Sarah Palin supporters are proud of Sarah Palin’s ignorance.

    The Real Americans voted for Barack Hussein Obama. Stop weeping like a sore loser, conservatives. You lost for a reason.

    • Tony Moreno November 23, 2009 at 9:58 pm #

      David, you are quite ignorant of the facts. One can’t help but wonder if your visceral hatred for Christians or conservatives may be obscuring your ability to reason. The fact is, over 80% of Republicans, including Southern Republicans, supported the Civil Righs Act of 1964 while only approximately 60% of Democrats supported it, in both the House and Senate. As far as “cross-burning Democrats” abandoning the party in masse, that is simply an intentional prevarication or an oversight on your part. Senator Robert Byrd, Democrat Senator from West Virginia…yes, that Byrd, the former Exalted Cyclops from the Ku Klux Klan and grand orator who used the term “white ni**er” is still proudly and infamously serving as a Democrat. Democrats seemingly never tend to run from controversy, nay, they embrace it in an attempt to define down deviancy, while insisting on running Republicans out of town.

      If Obama being the Left’s Messiah, Clinton must be his prophet. Clinton’s political mentor and hero, J. William Fulbright voted AGAINST the Civil Rights Acts. The Democrats have done more to impede racial progress than any other group. Is it any wonder that race-baiters Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton are aligned with the Democrats? They keep the blacks from becoming self-reliant and releasing the shackles of government dependency.

      Lastly, your beloved liberal Democrats can hardly take a pass on the current military situations in Iraq and Afghanistan. In fact, your Democrats, Kennedy and Johnson, were responsible for escalating the conflict in Viet Nam and sending my father there for two tours of duty. You and your ilk wanted to always draw parallels between the current Middle East conflicts and Viet Nam while conveniently and deliberately omitting the Democrats role in each.

      Try to be fair and balanced David.

      Peace and God’s blessings to you!

  415. capri November 22, 2009 at 10:59 am #

    No, David, you are the most narrow-minded, bigoted, ignorant troll so far on this site. You can’t even figure out that Natalie may have been writing satire against both the libs and the repubs with that one little comment. You can’t be a cross-burner and a Christian. You can’t be a KKK member and be a Christian. You can’t be a birther and be a Christian. You can’t be a racist and be a Christian. But you can be an idiot and be a racist, birther, anti-Christian and a skewed politician. But you’re too blinded by your anti-Christian hatred and your voluntary stupidity to grasp that. I suppose you believe all brunettes love blonde jokes too. Simply put, Davie, you stink.

    • psychonauticalmindbloom November 22, 2009 at 11:59 am #

      I just don’t understand your “you can’t be a christian talk” Most christians I know are racist and don’t even know it. They all act like their hearts are so full of love, but at the same time they exclude all other worldviews in favor of their own. their are many racist christians

  416. David November 22, 2009 at 11:25 am #

    Hey, Capri, there are a lot of Christians racists, bigots and xenophobes.

    You can find plenty of them on Fox News and Talk Radio.

    Sarah Palin claims to be a Christian and she is also a racist, bigot, xenophobe and warmonger.

    Those who cling to their guns and their Bibles blaspheme Jesus and trample on the gospel message. Christians have committed enough acts of violence already so put the guns and Bibles down.

  417. Andre November 22, 2009 at 11:49 am #

    I saw that interview. I think you did a very good job. You should be proud of yourself. Norah thought she got you, but she was totally wrong. The way you answered her after that amazed me. My hat is off to you. All the best.

  418. capri November 22, 2009 at 12:31 pm #

    Put your own gun and your own poor excuse of a bible (anti-Christian liberal propaganda” down, Davie. You’re still as hateful as any of the shills fighting for media attention, including your pals that stage and plant idiotics in any place the media wants to blast. Christian does not = racist. Christian does not = violent. Christian does not even = gun owner. So you’re probably all for women giving up their guns and letting themselves get assaulted w/o some means of defense too, I suppose. There is no excuse for your moronic anti-Christian crap. You are a xenophobe. You are a racist because you keep the racism going by playing the race card. You’ve bought the ultra-left, anti-Christian bilje, hook, line and sinker, and you simply don’t want to not hate Sarah Palin. So you so nobly and courageously (sarcasm) get on this site and blast Jackie’s father as a cross-burner, and you have the obnoxiousness to judge all Christians as racist because you are such an insufferable closed-minded idiot drunk on the ultra-liberal koolaid. If you can’t disagree with Palin’s politics w/o lumping real Christians in with blithering racists who are actually idiots and not Christians, shut it and take your dumb trolling butt elsewhere where your ultra-left-wing pals will stroke your ego until it explodes. You are voluntarily stupid and you have no excuse for it. Shame on you Dave for bullying Jackie and insulting her father via that stupid (I’m biting my tongue here) cross-burning bullcrap! Disagree with Palin if you want, but don’t be so utterly fatuous and hateful about it, and yes, you are hateful, you are no different from any other racist, birther, xenophobe etc. You stink.

  419. David November 22, 2009 at 1:03 pm #

    Hello Capri,

    You must be suffering some sort of meltdown. I guess that the truth is painful, isn’t it? Shine a light on the conservatives and they scurry away from their evil associations.

    Of course, not all Christians are racists … there are plenty of Christians who are liberals and who have rejected fundamentalism, racism, bigotry, xenophobia, warmongering and gun-toting happiness-is-a-warm-gun sentimentality.

    Sarah Palin doesn’t represent all Christians. She represented low-information uneducated fundamentalist bigots like this poor young conservative who was victimized by her own ignorance.

    Any time a journalist asks Sarah Palin or her followers a question it is always a gotcha! question simply because these people aren’t educated or intellectual enough to even know what they believe. They wait for the latest installment of talking points from Talk Radio and Fox News to parrot.

    The racist gun-loving fundamentalist Christians who hate President Barack Hussein Obama because he isn’t white enough flock to Sarah Palin and the self-proclaimed “real Americans” who are so patriotic that they promote secession and open rebellion from the federal government.

    What a bag of self-contradiction among these violence loving followers of Jesus who proclaim their own love of peace, especially peace attained by perpetual warfare and violence against the non-white non-Christian portion of the world.

    They loved George W. Bush and his wars but cannot tolerate providing medical care for impoverished Americans. They complain about the national debt after George W. Bush added $5 trillion during his presidency.

    What a mess of contradictions among the ignorant palinistas.

  420. capri November 22, 2009 at 1:45 pm #

    What a mess of whinging. Your game is to gripe about the Bush administration as if your arms got cut off, I suppose you will snivel about Bush for the next century, and whine about every republican government no matter what. Because…You…Just…Hate…Them… It’s not as if there ever was such thing as a perfect government that did everything perfectly, and it would be a hopeless screwup if you ran the country!

    The fact remains, you hate Christians. You judge Christians as racists, which real Christians are not. No matter what happens with the government, David…Hates…Christians…

    And left-wingers hate Sarah Palin too.
    But they don’t rail like this about Ingrid Newkirk or Al Gore. Hmm, must be blissful ignorance living in Davie’s world, thinking it’s okay to harass a 17 year old on her blog via pants-on-fire insults at her father just to satisfy his bloodlust against a politician he hates, and flaming judgements against Christians in the very same spirit as the chain letter hoaxter who calls you a heartless, selfish person who doesn’t love children if you fail to pass on that Amy Bruce dying kid hoax. The same emotional blackmailing bullying that says:
    “You didn’t support Obama, you’re a racist!” “If you don’t pass on that sappy chain poem about drinking and driving, you are selfish!” “You’re a Christian. Therefore you are a birther!” “If you don’t forward this email, little Jessica Mydek will die and it’ll be your fault, child killer!” “You aren’t praising Obama, so you must be a racist!” “If you don’t pass on this story, you’ll get bad luck and you’ll deserve it!” “If you don’t stop agreeing with Sarah Palin on absolutely everything, you are a racist xenophobic Christian republican and Christians are all idiots!” “If you pass on this chain, you are a great friend and if you get it back, you know you have friends.” “If you join with me in saying that all republicans are racist birther hicks and that they are all Christians, I will consider you as the most learned, most intelligent person on the planet! If you say anything in support of republican anything, and especially Sarah Palin, I’ll judge you as the worst scum of the earth and you deserve to be slammed as a racist forever!”

    That’s how the these bully tactics work, the anti-Christian contingent have this giant chain letter going, where they spew the same dumb crap all over the net, and they use the same tactics as a manipulative chain letter hoax to coerce people into not saying anything in agreement with anything remotely republican at all, or simply shutting up.

  421. capri November 22, 2009 at 2:10 pm #

    To try bringing things back on track, regardless of politics, who comes out looking more sincere? Jackie. She was honestly a fan of someone, it could have been Stephenie Meyer or J. K. Rowling, but this time the new book was by Sarah Palin.

    Then there was Norah, with an alterior motive for being there in the first place. What other reporters go out of their way to attend a book-signing event by an author they don’t like so they can try to make things uncomfortable for fans of the author? I heard no such thing happening with the Twilight or Harry Potter books.

    Jackie was an honest young person who was a fan of someone.

    Norah was a reporter out for TV ratings and brownie points, and any fan of Palin was fair game for target-practice.

  422. Atiem November 22, 2009 at 2:15 pm #

    Hey, did anyone notice that fat butt Nora has. It’s to go with her fat head. What a tool. She should hang out with Andrea Mitchell, the Hag Support Group.

  423. PaMom4Palin November 22, 2009 at 2:20 pm #

    It is young ppl like you that give me hope that America is going to be o.k.! To put it simply YOU ROCKED and my husband and I actually clapped and cheered for you when Nora was trying to get you in a “got’cha” moment! Your parents should be so proud of the wonderful young lady you grew up to be. God Bless!!

  424. JEM November 22, 2009 at 2:33 pm #

    I am so proud of you! And you are featured on Rush Limbaugh’s website! Plus, you feature is one of the top hits on his site!
    Way to go girl!
    And God bless you for being honest and courageous in the face of antagonistic people.
    Check out his page with you on it!!!!

  425. richard mcenroe November 22, 2009 at 2:45 pm #

    You handled yourself like a champ and you have any excellent blog. If you needed any further proof just look at the outrage from the bigoted lefties swarming here.

    It will be my pleasure to link to you.

  426. Stefan November 22, 2009 at 4:06 pm #

    Well done, young lady, you handled that ambush with style. In the end it just showed up the interviewer as a biased leftist. And as you are already seventeen, you will get your “do-over” within a year, when you are allowed to vote. I hope that you will help us take back our country and return it to what the Founding Fathers intended it to be.

  427. TommyMac November 22, 2009 at 4:25 pm #

    Waaah! Waaah! I’m only 17 and the reporter asked me a question! Waaaah! My beliefs were challenged by factual data! Waaaah! I’m only 17. Waaah! It’s the same “gotcha media” tactics that asked Palin about reading newspapers! Waaaaah!

    • John Hitchcock November 22, 2009 at 7:56 pm #

      Do you have anything grown-up to say? I thought not. Now go back to the kiddie table and eat your fish sticks.

  428. Mr. BILL ETHERIDGE November 22, 2009 at 5:05 pm #

    What a refreshing view of America’s youth. This young lady and her father restore so much confidence in the Good Ole’ USA that I have lived in for 75 years. Served in the military through three Wars. (Korea and Vietnam were In Country Tours.) Thanks America…such a warm feeling for our Nation again.

  429. C. J. November 22, 2009 at 5:10 pm #

    You did fantastic kid. I live in Muskegon only 40 mi. from you. Unfortunately I did not get to see Sarah. Hang tough dear because the communist liberal media may come after you and your family like they did Joe the plummer. However in this pathetic democrat state its good to see people like you.

  430. Larry D.Crumbley November 22, 2009 at 5:17 pm #

    I do not care what the liberal-talking heads from CBS, MSPMC, ABC, NBC, CNN, ETc. have got to say, or as far as that goes the demo-crap party. This young lady has a solid future in store for her. She has my vote as “TEENAGER” of the yr. May God Bless her and her family.

    Thank you,
    Larry D. Crumbley

  431. Mary Quite-Contrary November 22, 2009 at 5:54 pm #

    Your responses were outstanding!!!

    Knowing the ‘back story’ now…you did an awesome job. As a mom, I am proud of you!!!

    Norah (and AndreaMitchellNBCNews) got a sample of ‘real’ America (flyover country). Ouch!!! They’ll no doubt tell their fellow workers at the Peacock Network of allll their travails ‘out there’ in Palin Country.

    Best of wishes for much academic success as you approach college!!!

  432. Bill Salokar November 22, 2009 at 6:29 pm #

    You go girl! At least someone knows the purpose of the US Constitution – well said!

  433. Brian November 22, 2009 at 6:34 pm #

    You did a good job, and you came off looking better than Norah.

  434. Ian November 22, 2009 at 7:01 pm #

    David, you poor man. The libtards have successfully brainwashed you. You are no nothing more than an empty suit. Please stop wasting MY air go slit your wrist or whatever you whining liberals do when you got no Conservative to smear. If you call yourself a Christian it is in name only, because God will send you to Hell without a second thought.

    I found your defense of Byrd and Al I-Make-Lies-Gore’s daddy laughable. The Democratic party has its roots in the blood of Africans. They are still washing in their blood, along with the blood of dozens of other minorities, including Muslims, Jews, Gays, young mothers, and, despicably, Americans. They have obviously baptized you in this blood because you are ignorant to their ever so obvious actions.

    If you must attack a conservative go attack big names. You are lowering yourself to Norah and Olbermann’s status by smearing Jackie’s name and cause. You simply fear the youth, because, well I would too if I wasn’t one of them.

    Capri is right though, you steer us from the meaning of this blog post. Jackie is the victor in the eyes of all but the O-bots and the Olbermann junkies. She should be held up for defending her beliefs in the face of liberalism and national television cameras. And she has undoubtedly become the victor over scum like David who persist in defacing her.

  435. John Hitchcock November 22, 2009 at 7:15 pm #

    About those Democrats and their “race” lies… I don’t expect David to have the courage to read that link. He has his story and he’s sticking to it despite all the history in that link (over 100 years’ worth).

    Here are a few facts:
    NAACP was started by a couple black REPUBLICANS. All over the south, DEMOCRATS were throwing black REPUBLICANS out of legislatures into which the blacks were voted, and REPUBLICAN federal government stepped in and stopped that nonsense.
    Martin Luther King, Jr was a REPUBLICAN.
    Susan B Anthony, a REPUBLICAN, was abused and all other crap by DEMOCRATS.
    Margaret Sanger, founder of Planned Parenthood, was a eugenicist and wanted abortion to help end the “negro problem”.
    Today’s liberals call non-whites race-traitors if they vote REPUBLICAN.

    It’s all in the link. So tell me, David, who is the racist again?

  436. Nancy November 22, 2009 at 7:16 pm #

    I love the way you handled the impromptu interview. I cringed when a seasoned media professional hit you with a question written on a piece of paper. You are right. It was deliberate and calculated but you handled her beautifully. I hope she recognizes how the interchange diminished her credibility. It was certainly obvious to me.

  437. David November 22, 2009 at 7:17 pm #

    Hello Ian & Capri,

    Poor Jackie is suffering because of the lack of intelligence and extraordinary anger & bitterness exhibited by her equally ignorant uninformed defenders.

    If you two people represent Christianity, poor Jesus!

    Christianity is blasphemed by the Christians!

    No one fears Jackie’s youth. No one fears Jackie at all. Conservatives are rallying around Jackie because they all feel like powerless victimized minorities.

    All Jackie says is … “I’m only 17 so don’t blame me for being ignorant!”

    If proclaiming her ignorance and victimhood makes Jackie a victor, well that’s a sad comment on the powerlessness and irrelevance of the Palinistas.

    Which, of course, was obvious to begin with as you idolize a bubbleheaded blogger former governor failed presidential candidate who felt victimized by the question, “What newspapers do you read?” She answered that gotcha! question by saying, “All of them!”

    The Republican party is dead and Christianity a farce. You people have destroyed both with your ignorance, intolerance, xenophobia and hatred.

    Keep on hugging and kissing your guns, though! Keep on teabagging, too!

  438. David November 22, 2009 at 7:21 pm #

    Hello John Hitchcock,

    * “It’s all in the link. So tell me, David, who is the racist again? ”

    You people are the racists, John. The political world before the Civil Rights Act was substantially different from the politcal world after.

    There is a reason why the Republican party owned the South for decades after LBJ. All those racists who were betrayed by LBJ’s granting of civil rights to minorities left the Democratic party en masse and joined the Republican party.

    If there is any doubt about the racism of the Republicans, observe all of the racists signs that the Republican teabagging parties.

    Conservatives are so devoted to teabagging that they cannot conceal their hatred, prejudice and bitterness against a non-white person in the White House.

    • Cole November 22, 2009 at 7:47 pm #

      Wow, yet another lib argument that dances around race. Yup, because I believe in small government I automatically am a racist.

      Listen bud, my best friend is black, and guess what? I go to teapartys, a a conservative, and I do not hate black people. I do not hate Asians. I do not hate minorities.

      You seem to have it in your head that because, golly, there were racist republicans way back when, we have all inherited it. You need to study up on genetics, my friend, because that is what we call a “nurture” trait.

      And hey, let’s inject a bit of history here too! Guess what? It was a democrat who filibustered civil rights legislation. And guess how many democrats voted against it?

      103 in the House, 21 in the Senate.

      Am I saying that there are no racist Republicans? No, of course not. Am I saying there are no racist democrats? No, of course not.

      It’s pathetic that you come to the conclusion that we are racists for disagreeing with President Obama.

      • David November 22, 2009 at 7:57 pm #

        Hello Cole,

        * “Listen bud, my best friend is black … ”

        Funny how many racists say this as if it exempts their own words from testifying against them.

        * “And hey, let’s inject a bit of history here too! Guess what? It was a democrat who filibustered civil rights legislation. And guess how many democrats voted against it? ”

        You are right. These are the same democrats who left the Democratic party en masse to join the Republican party, transforming the South into solid red Republican territory for an entire generation which is just now ending.

        The South wasn’t so red in the November 2008 election. That’s why there is President Barack Hussein Obama in the White House and the teabaggers with their white hoods demanding a birth certificate and other racist nonsense.

        * “It’s pathetic that you come to the conclusion that we are racists for disagreeing with President Obama. ”

        You aren’t racists simply for disagreeing with President Barack Hussein Obama. It is everything else which you are saying which makes you into a racist.

    • John Hitchcock November 22, 2009 at 8:05 pm #

      You obviously didn’t bother to check out all the facts, David. You didn’t bother to read all the info in the link. You didn’t bother to link-surf (reference-checking) in the link. You didn’t bother to examine the anti-Israeli left’s false attack against Conservatives being somehow anti-Jewish. You didn’t bother to answer up to all the leftist vitriol against prominent black Conservatives (they’re race-traitors and Uncle Toms, doncha know?). You didn’t bother to mention “Mr Hush Money” Jesse Jackson’s outrageous demand that any black who votes against ObamaCare cannot be black. And you also chose to use that blue ennuendo for people who attend the Tea Parties.

      It is you who have no class. It is you who are the racist. It is you who have no ability to control your tongue. As evidenced by what you write.

  439. Justin November 22, 2009 at 7:28 pm #

    posting in would-be epic thread

  440. ParisParamus November 22, 2009 at 7:45 pm #

    Oh, gosh, why are there people so soulless as to say horrible things on a young woman’s blog?

    Ms. Seal, you are getting a very real lesson in what good people are up against.

    You should be very proud of yourself. G-d bless you.

    Steven/ParisParamus (on twitter)

  441. SallyW November 22, 2009 at 7:58 pm #

    Your articulate honesty is truly refreshing!!! Most adults could only wish for the class that you respectfully showed in responding to the annoying ‘reporter!’
    If you’re this sure footed as a teen, I can’t wait to see you storm your young adulthood!

  442. David November 22, 2009 at 7:59 pm #

    Hello Paris,

    * “Oh, gosh, why are there people so soulless as to say horrible things on a young woman’s blog? ”

    I think it is because the young lady is a mindless Palin drone who plays a victim simply because a journalist asked her a question which revealed her own extraordinary near-infinite ignorance.

    This “poor little conservative woman” seems proud of her ignorance and the conservatives are patting her on the head and telling her that she won a battle which any objective thought would reveal that she lost.

    Then again, Sarah Palin is the Queen of Ignorance and the Republican party’s Quitter-in-Chief.

  443. Cole November 22, 2009 at 8:05 pm #


    I was making a point that, guess what, I am not a racist.

    It seems that you cannot handle a black president yet, just an observation.

    What actions, what things have I said that make me racist?

    How do you know that every teapartier, or at least the majority is racist?

    You don’t.

    Are there racists? Yeah. And that’s wrong.

    Racism is dependent on the political party, or where your beliefs are. If you say that being a conservative makes you a racist, well, it sounds like you have been drinking the Kool-Aid. Can I offer you some tea?

    Believing in small govt doesnt mean you automatically hate black people.

    And if you believe that it does, then you sir need some help.

  444. Cole November 22, 2009 at 8:07 pm #

    Oh, and by the way, the majority of Republicans were in favor of civil rights.

    LBJ praised them for overwhelming support.

    • David November 22, 2009 at 8:10 pm #

      Hello Cole,

      Northern Republicans did support the Civil Rights Act. Southern Republicans were 100% opposed.

      But all of this is irrelevant since the Republican party has degenerated from its character in the 1960’s.

      There were actual intellectual leaders of the Republican party back then … not the Sarah Palins, Glenn Becks and Rush Limbaughs of today.

      Republicans have become the Rapid Racist Teabagger party. This is not a winning strategy in a multiracial multicultural country.

  445. Cole November 22, 2009 at 8:09 pm #

    David, really, if all you can speil is “in the past there were Republican racists so all republicans now must be racists” you need to grow up.

    Good bye

  446. Ian November 22, 2009 at 8:31 pm #

    I do find it funny, every time you put Republican and racist together you contradict yourself. Why? Easy, you see the Republican Party was founded on the ideals of the Constitution, The Republic, and Abolitionists. The Republican Party was started by ABOLITIONISTS, the guys against slavery. So, what does that mean? They were AGAINST slavery.

    Obviously any Republican who voted against civil rights for blacks is a RINO. An 18 year old, teabagging, redneck, bible-humping, gun-totting, hatemonger, racist, two-bit, publicly educated person such as myself can come up with this conclusion, than obviously an astute liberal like yourself would easily come to the same one. Unless… no, you couldn’t be faking your smart semblance, your “I-Know-ever-So-Much-About-History” persona… No liberals don’t lie… Psh…

    psshhh, Cole, this David guy must be missing his RIGHT brain…

    • David November 22, 2009 at 8:39 pm #

      Hello Ian,

      * ” Easy, you see the Republican Party was founded on the ideals of the Constitution, The Republic, and Abolitionists. The Republican Party was started by ABOLITIONISTS, the guys against slavery. So, what does that mean? They were AGAINST slavery. ”

      The Republican party of the 19th century is a hell of a lot different from the teabagger party today. The South went solid Republican for a reason and it wasn’t because of the Republican party’s love for minorities.

      * “Obviously any Republican who voted against civil rights for blacks is a RINO. ”

      This is pure plain ignorance and stupidity. Implicit and explicit racism has characterized the Republican party ever since it adopted the Southern strategy pandering to ignorant racists of the South.

      * “An 18 year old, teabagging … ”

      So you are in faovr of gay rights? The Republican party has become the bigotry party against homosexuals, you know. The Republicans don’t tolerate teabagging even when they teabag publicly for political reasons.

      Isn’t it ironic?

      • John Hitchcock November 22, 2009 at 8:45 pm #

        David, while I’m all for the First Amendment and I’m all for allowing dissenting opinions on other people’s blogsites (including my own), I wouldn’t shed a tear if this young lady scrubbed her comment section of everything you wrote and every response to your hateful vitriolic pornographic commentary. Beyond all disgusting crapola you’ve been spreading, you’ve been doing it on a MINOR’S site. And you think you’re being all cute and stuff.

        You, sir, are a poison to society.

      • John Hitchcock November 22, 2009 at 8:50 pm #

        David, why are you so afraid to actually do some research into your beloved Democrat Party? Why are you so afraid to confront the abject racism that has been ever-present in the Democrat Party for over 150 years and continues to this day?

    • John Hitchcock November 22, 2009 at 8:40 pm #

      Ian, people like David don’t need to bother with the facts. They have their own version of events.

      And, by the way, don’t use the term “teabagger” because that is a very homoerotic term. Especially, don’t use it on a minor’s blogsite.

      • David November 22, 2009 at 8:42 pm #

        I didn’t create the term “teabagging” … it was a common and proud term adopted by conservatives everywhere, including Talk Radio and Fox News.

        I’m certain that Sarah Palin is into teabagging, too. Glenn Beck has made a great cause out of teabagging in public.

        Without the teabaggers who would the Republicans have left?

  447. Anim8me2 November 22, 2009 at 8:40 pm #

    I find it fascinating that salient, well thought out liberal responses seem to disappear from the comments, and only the more glib posts are left.

    Like the one I posted earlier.

  448. Ian November 22, 2009 at 8:48 pm #

    Gonna leave you to it David. You are a liberal, as such you speak against war. You are Pro-peace. Well you are attacking an American girl who stood up for her rights, exercised her 1st right as an American. I understand you are exercising your 1st as well, and more power to you. But with our Constitution came the unwritten rule of personal responsibility, you are responsible for your words, and you should feel ashamed of what you speak now.

    On the “teabag” remark, David, you obviously did not work for your education or you would understand sarcasm when you see it. If you cannot gather my point from that statement than I am sorry, but I am no longer wasting my time on your ignorance.

    Jackie, don’t delete his comments, let his ignorance shine as bright as your truth does!

    • David November 22, 2009 at 8:55 pm #

      Hello Ian,

      * “Well you are attacking an American girl who stood up for her rights … ”

      What the hell? The American girl stood up for her rights to look like a fool on national tv because of her own ignorance and stupidity?

      What a hero! Thank you, Sarah Palin!

      * “On the “teabag” remark, David, you obviously did not work for your education or you would understand sarcasm when you see it. ”

      Are you in favor of or opposed to gay rights, Ian?

      I would think that a teabagger would, by definition, have to support gay rights. Yet the conservatives had Mark Foley, Larry Craig and Ted Haggard opposing the rights of people to commit the very acts which they enjoyed committing.

  449. elena November 22, 2009 at 9:00 pm #

    You go, girl! Next time you will be old enough to vote!

  450. 3mily November 22, 2009 at 9:03 pm #

    Great job keeping poised and voicing your opinion. Be sure to study politics or public policy in college.

  451. Jan November 22, 2009 at 9:20 pm #

    Sad that a female mainstream media reporter would go after a teenaged girl and try to make her look stupid. Well, it defintely backfired! Norah O’Donnell looked like a witch as she read her “notes” and came up with the Sarah Palin supported the bailout theory just because McCain did. Palin could not have said anything to discredit McCain during the campaign……The man in the white shirt’s comments about what the bailout and stimulus changed into was correct. That made Norah look really uninformed.
    I loved it that teenager Jackie remained calm and respectful and stood her ground against the reporter. Of course, the video has been edited and this showed only what they wanted America to see on television. The best moments were probably off camera or edited out of the video.

    Jackie, you were awesome!

  452. Rick November 22, 2009 at 9:24 pm #

    Just an FYI to all you government stimulus haters out there-When Limbaugh was interviewed by Wallace recently, he claimed that 85% of the stimulus money has Not been spent yet. In other words, we should only be seeing at most a 15% stimulus effect up to now and therefore, any claims of the stimulus being a failure are extremely premature.

  453. Ian November 22, 2009 at 9:30 pm #

    You liberal scum. You and your spin created the name in hatred of peacful protesting by groups of freedom loving Americans. They called their protests Tea Parties in honor of the brave Americans who revolted against the British tyranny and gave us a Republic we could be proud of. Every time you say teabagger you insult the Founders and the lives of everyone who gave their life to create a country in which you can whine all day long.

    Your head should be lulling in shame and self-loathing. As stated before you need to go slit wrists are something and leave Jackie and all the rest of us alone because we do not want your smear comments and ignorant remarks that deface the brave and the history of this country.

    John, leave this gay loving Liberal to wallow in his own tears of self pity and ignorance. He is not worth any of our words, nor could he ever comprehend what we stand for. I commend your defense of Jackie’s minor status but lets face facts, it is spoken on national television on a daily basis by the leftist Commies at CNN, MSNBC, Comedy Central, CBS, NBC, and countless online “news” sources.

    The best offense sometimes is silence and ignoring him. He shall claim victory over us in his viral battle against the Conservative movement, and undoubtedly out Founders and the Constitution, but we all know he is a loser.

    • David November 22, 2009 at 9:38 pm #

      Hello Ian,

      * “Your head should be lulling in shame and self-loathing. As stated before you need to go slit wrists … ”

      I suppose that you aren’t a pro-life conservative. You are a pro-suicide conservative. Sarah Palin’s ignorant followers are a mess of self-contradiction.

      * “John, leave this gay loving Liberal … ”

      So you are a bigot, aren’t you? The Sarah Palin movement is composed by racists, bigots, xenophobes and warmongers. Your anti-homosexual bigotry reveals that Sarah Palin’s followers are united in their hatred.

      * “The best offense sometimes is silence and ignoring him. He shall claim victory over us in his viral battle against the Conservative movement, and undoubtedly out Founders and the Constitution, but we all know he is a loser. ”

      It doesn’t take much to be a winner if all the accolades given to the ignorant young woman indicates the conservative standard of victory.

      Poor pitiful conservatives … bitter losers, all!

    • John Hitchcock November 22, 2009 at 9:38 pm #

      It’s a shame my own daughter (my site, look for all the entries and the side-bar concerning her) has to spend time without her First Amendment rights to protect David’s First Amendment rights (that he constantly abuses).

      • David November 22, 2009 at 9:56 pm #

        It is a shame that your daughter has such a bigoted angry white male father. Undoubtedly she regrets that ….

  454. David November 22, 2009 at 9:34 pm #

    Are you suggesting that the teabagger movement — as promoted by Glenn Beck, Dick Armey, FreedomWorks and Fox News — is a pornographic movement?

    I didn’t know that Fox News would engage in peddling pornography … but certainly wouldn’t exclude the possibility.

  455. Ian November 22, 2009 at 9:40 pm #

    A shame, but it should be no other way. Thanks to her she gives the majority of us the right to speak in her favor and in favor of this entire country.

    • David November 22, 2009 at 9:57 pm #

      Hello Ian,

      If you people think that you constitute a majority you are seriously deluded. The reason why you so weepily proclaim your victimhood because you are a powerless politically irrelevant extremist minority of uneducated ignoramuses.

  456. Matt Klinghammer November 22, 2009 at 10:19 pm #

    This girl showed a guts and determination you do not see in Liberals. Her article, well thought out and writen shows someone who has a mind of her own and thinks outside the brainwashing that MSNBC and that ilk push on Americans.
    Well Done, your father, I am sure, is very proud of you, as are conservative Americans.

  457. Ian November 22, 2009 at 10:20 pm #

    Only 21 Senators have ever changed parties and maintained their Senate seat. A flopping Senator is no good, he needs to stick to one side because otherwise he goes with the flow and not his beliefs. Of the 21 Senators who did switch parties only three were even from the South. Byrd, a KKK member, switched to the Independent Party after critics called him on his KKK membership. Thurmond, as stated above me. And the last of the three was Shelby, he had nothing to do with Civil rights. The earliest Southern switch was in 1964, so there goes this idea of racist Democrat Senators switching to the Republican party WAAAY back in the day, as you were saying.

    Do not falsify history, it will come back to bite you in the ass, although you may like that…

    Majority? I think I am in the majority actually. 55 million Americans identify themselves as Republicans. 42 million Identify themselves as Independents. That is 97 million people. 77 million identify with Democrats. Of those 42 million Independents are are Libertarians, Constitutionalists, Greens, and a variety of others, but the majority of Independents lean to the right. The Liberal makeup of the Democratic party is less than 20%, meaning the majority of Democrats are right leaning, middle of the road voters who historically vote based on party and not issues.

    I am in the majority. Trust me on this one. Furthermore, the majority I spoke of when I was talking to John, and not you, were the Americans who do not abuse their rights and who respect our soldiers and our country’s cause and goals.

  458. Ian November 22, 2009 at 10:35 pm #

    David, David, David…

    The South is now mostly red, sure. But racism is not the issue that brought that path to be.

    Most Southerners are Christians, they despise the idea of the Democratic party trashing Christians and at the same time upholding other religions, so they vote Republican.

    Most Southerners are against gay-marriage, because a marriage is historically, you are big into this “historic” bit so you will like this, a union between a man and a woman, not a man and a man or a woman and a woman. This is not being a bigot David, this is being “historic”. Give the gays all the unions they want, just do not tarnish the “historic” context of marriages.

    Most Southerners are good people who are against murder, as all Americans should be. They do not support abortions, that is the killing of innocent babys simply because the parents did not exercise personal responsibility, as the Constitution outlines.

    Most Southerners work for their money, and as such they do not want to pay HUGE taxes to give money to people who choose not to work.

    Most Southerners understand Our Republic is the greatest gift God could give us and they do not want to see bail outs, stimulus packages, and public healthcare destroy the foundations of this country.

    Most Southerners understand American functions best when people in it are American citizens. Apply for citizenship, than by all means, when you get your green card, come join us in America, but not before.

    Most Southerners realize that war is a required evil before peace can ever prosper. Talks shall get you no where if your enemy is hell bent on destruction.

    Most Southerners understand America got what it has today through struggles, and sacrifices like the kind David and his daughter make for us daily. They do not want our government to give our money to other countries, let them struggle the way we did, they shall be better for it.

    Most Southerners understand murderers are useless to society, and in fact a danger, death penalty is a gift to society and them, who wants to get gang raped in prison for the rest of their lives?

    Most Southerners know drugs are bad, they need to be stopped, not promoted.

    Most Southerners know why the 2nd amendment gives us guns, do you?

    • David November 22, 2009 at 10:48 pm #

      Hello Ian,

      * “The South is now mostly red, sure. But racism is not the issue that brought that path to be. ”

      Too bad for you that the South’s racism is documented on a daily basis by their words and actions.

      * “Most Southerners are Christians, they despise the idea of the Democratic party trashing Christians and at the same time upholding other religions, so they vote Republican. ”

      So the South is the Christian Fundamentalist Taliban. Pretty much everyone knew this already with the South’s prejudice, bigotry and xenophobia.

      * “Most Southerners are against gay-marriage, because a marriage is historically, you are big into this “historic” bit so you will like this, a union between a man and a woman, not a man and a man or a woman and a woman. This is not being a bigot David, this is being “historic”. Give the gays all the unions they want, just do not tarnish the “historic” context of marriages. ”

      If that is the case … to hell with history! You people need to stop living in the 19th century. The rest of the world has moved on … it is the 21st century.

      * “Most Southerners are good people who are against murder, as all Americans should be. They do not support abortions, that is the killing of innocent babys simply because the parents did not exercise personal responsibility, as the Constitution outlines. ”

      Don’t you mean “babies” not “babys”? What’s your first language?

      * “Most Southerners work for their money, and as such they do not want to pay HUGE taxes to give money to people who choose not to work. ”

      Taxes are the price people pay for civilization. This is historic, too, just like marriage.

      * “Most Southerners understand Our Republic is the greatest gift God could give us and they do not want to see bail outs, stimulus packages, and public healthcare destroy the foundations of this country. ”

      Too bad your side lost, then … at least Sarah Palin still has Facebook, though!

      * “Most Southerners understand American functions best when people in it are American citizens. Apply for citizenship, than by all means, when you get your green card, come join us in America, but not before. ”

      Too bad the Native Americans weren’t so strict … they could have avoided the genocide committed by the Europeans who stole their land, resources and deprived them of dignity of impoverished isolated reservations.

      * “Most Southerners realize that war is a required evil before peace can ever prosper. Talks shall get you no where if your enemy is hell bent on destruction. ”

      So Southerners are warmongers. Too bad their leaders are draft dodging chickenhawks!

      * “Most Southerners understand America got what it has today through struggles, and sacrifices like the kind David and his daughter make for us daily. They do not want our government to give our money to other countries, let them struggle the way we did, they shall be better for it. ”

      So you people are bitter about American foreign aid to foreign countries. Perhaps you would have empathy for other nations if you people ever happened to leave the country and travel the world.

      * “Most Southerners understand murderers are useless to society, and in fact a danger, death penalty is a gift to society and them, who wants to get gang raped in prison for the rest of their lives? ”

      The Death Penality is a gift? Jesus wept!

      * “Most Southerners know drugs are bad, they need to be stopped, not promoted. ”

      Rush Limbaugh hates all drugs except oxycontin.

      * “Most Southerners know why the 2nd amendment gives us guns, do you? ”

      I’m opposed to xenophobic lunatics owning guns.

  459. John Hitchcock November 22, 2009 at 10:39 pm #

    David, you inadvertantly heaped praises on me. Thank you for tieing me to the largest signature on the Declaration. Other than that, you have again proven you have not done any research into me at all. I already showed you I am an open book (240+ articles on the ‘net this year) and I already gave you loads of research info. But you have your lies, the truth be darned.

  460. Jenn November 22, 2009 at 10:41 pm #

    Way to go!!! It is wonderful to see not all young people drank the Kool-Aid. MSNBC has no class and they don’t bother to check their facts, and you being a well informed person didn&#