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Sarah Palin

Palin: Why We Lost

By Howard Schneider
To Gov. Sarah Palin, last week's election loss to the Democratic ticket boiled down to a trio of problems: money, the Hispanic vote and "that 'R' by our name."

In an interview with NBC Today Show host Matt Lauer that aired today, Palin gave a her postgame analysis of why she and Republican presidential candidate John McCain did not do better against President-elect Barack Obama and Vice President-elect Joe Biden.

"I thought it would be closer," Palin told Lauer, continuing a series of national television interviews that aired beginning yesterday on Fox, NBC and CNN. "But then take a step back ... it makes sense. We did not get the Hispanic vote, and that was very significant. And when you consider that we were outspent so tremendously, it make sense there also," said Palin, who prepared a salmon-and-halibut casserole for the visiting television personality.

"And just that anti-incumbency sentiment that was spread across the land, and our ticket representing the incumbency. ... It was really not so much a surprise after all that the margin was as great as it was."

And what about Obama?

"He did a great job in articulating his ability to usher in change -- the change that American voters have been seeking. And perhaps our ticket represented too much of the status quo.

"You know we got that 'R' by our name."

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Posted by: virginiaharris1 | November 12, 2008 9:52 AM

Palin is a superficial, narcissistic dunce. There's no there there. Praise
the Lord! the USA saw through her phony beauty queen facade in time. The
world is rejoicing at this choice of new leadership. The GOP has been
dragging the world back to the "traditional values" of medieval feudalism.
Their undoing is the inevitable endgame of Reagonomics that made it
patriotic to be a greedy pig. Everone tried to tell them but their greed
blinded them. The GOP has made their bed and now they must lay in it.

Posted by: RAtkinson | November 11, 2008 8:13 PM

Yes, tgarton, I also noted how she managed 'Pipe' and pushed her to say it was be ok to do again when she had just said she didn't like being at all those rallys (what kid would? and what real Mom would make her go to them just for display purposes?). "Sister" also said she had missed a LOT of school and it was hard to make up (what real Mom would allow her kid to miss so much school?), but then education doesn't seem to be a Palin-values-voter's value.

Also, a pediatrician friend told me that the first yr in a Down baby's life is critical to their future and they need all kinds of therapies, etc. that Trig clearly wasn't getting. They watched in horror every time she held him up under the bright camera lights for a photo op (I too wanted to cry) because they often have fragile immune systems and shouldn't be at big gatherings, you know- like the RNC and rallies... She is no Mother and no leader either. Her poor kids.

Posted by: asprey | November 11, 2008 6:45 PM

I am still dogged by the queaziness I felt upon first hearing of Sarah Palin. That 'bullet' grazed us, we barely dodged it! Half the electorate were swayed into voting ideology over good governance - and the Repubs who displayed their misogyny with their parody of Palin as 'Modern Woman' scare the bejesus out of me.

We have four years to determine how to educate and inoculate our citizenry against such exploitation or, one day, a Palin clone will be giving that acceptance speech and we'll be weeping, but not for joy.

Posted by: asprey | November 11, 2008 6:23 PM

Did you notice how she treated her daughter?

Matt had the girl in a conversation about how much school she missed, and how hard it was to catch up. She also mentioned that she didn't know whether she wanted to do it again if Mom ran for president in 2012.

Until Mom stepped in, and immediately the tone is switched to an enthusiastic yes.

I'm very uncomfortable with the way she uses (and I do mean USES) her kids in her campaigns. Not only the expense she apparently has been charging to the campaigns and the state of Alaska, but she doesn't seem to consider the childs needs in all of this.

Posted by: tgarton | November 11, 2008 6:23 PM

I disagree with Governor Palin's opinions on why the Republican ticket lost. Here are mine.

1. Palin herself. Many moderates, like myself, were on the fence before the Palin pick. The choice of someone who is such an obvious lightweight and who represents the extreme right fringe of the party drove moderates away in huge numbers.

2. The economy. The timing of the economic meltdown was terrible for the Republican ticket headed by a man who admitted that he was weak on economics and said that the fundamentals of the American economy are strong.

3. The W factor. It is hard to divorce yourself from an extremely unpopular president if you don't show specifically how your policies will be different. Attacking Obama repeatedly just didn't get it.

4. No excitement. I would guess that maybe 5-10% of the McCain/Palin ticket were really excited about the ticket. The Obama supporters were much more enthusiastic and thus more likely to actually vote.

Posted by: thelastmoderate | November 11, 2008 5:55 PM

All of the carping and nit-picking is rediculous. The Democrats won because they represent more people than the Republicans. The platform articulated (and published in great detail) by Barack Obama was a reflection of what the majority of the people want for the nation. How well he executes his plan over the next four years should determine what people decide in 2012.

We are not a center right country. We are a center left country and we have far more progressive and (dare I say it) liberals than we do neo-cons and hard-line conservatives.

So let's move forward and help get this country out of the mess the neo-cons and their religouis extremist allies have made of it.

We can now put the final nails in the coffin of Reagonomics and Nixon's Southern Strategy. The Atwater / Rove / Schmidt politics of fear, smear, and slander are gone. It's time to turn the page (but not in a Mark Foley way) and more forward into a better future.

Posted by: bizecology | November 11, 2008 5:30 PM

The 'uglycans achieved something I thought was impossible: they underestimated the intelligence of the American people.

They lost because a sufficient fraction of the voters realized that palin is just
george bush with a hole in the middle, except that:

-- She's more ignorant.

-- She's a little less stupid.

-- She's crazy, whereas bush was just a frat-boy drunk, over his head and out of his league.

-- Bush is incompetent, but he's a nice person who actually wants what's good for the country. Palin is mean-spirited, attention-seeking, selfish, and evil.

BUT... they lost, and now I can capitalize "America" again.

-- faye kane, homeless brain
See more of my smartmouth opinions at

Posted by: FayeKane_HomelessSmartypants | November 11, 2008 5:19 PM

Where to begin? First, I vehemently opposed Obama, but he's the President-elect so I will now be the respectful "loyal opposition." I will disagree in a civil manner and might even be passionate about it, but I refuse to engage in the hateful, profane, anti-intellectual berating of a sitting President -- you can justify it in any way you like but it's just wrong. As to the "rejection" of Palin and/or McCain, all I know is that their ticket received about 48% of the popular vote [and got creamed in the Electoral College]. In 2004, Kerry won 48% of the popular vote. Obama won a majority of about 52% and Bush 43 won 50.7%. I'm not sure whether there's a mandate in either election. So, making statements about sweeping change and rejecting this and that is suspect. The real funny thing is demeaning Bush's intellect. I'm not saying he's a genius, but his grades at Yale were better than Kerry's. According to Wikipedia [for what it's worth], Biden graduated in the lower third of his class in undergrad at Univ. of Delaware. Either he's a "mental midget" as I've seen Bush 43 called here or he did ok with what he had. I digress -- the main reason I jumped in was the exchange about whether Obama's campaign sent staffers to Palin rallies to heckle her. Certainly, there have been anti-Bush hecklers at numerous events and they most likely weren't there at the behest of any organized group. What I do know is that, to this day, no one has ever produced a tape of the "kill him" shout[s] supposedly made at Palin's October 7 rally in Clearwater, FL. There have been no arrests. There was never any contemporaneous local coverage of the alleged incident. The only report was in Dana Milbank's WP blog, and that was repeated 2 days later by AP and 4 days later by the Tampa Tribune. Isn't that odd? Yet, that report led to an eruption in the blogosphere about the inciteful nature of Palin's campaigning, etc. When two guys in Hollywood, CA hung a life size effigy of Palin fron their roof, it was almost laughed off by the press as if it was ok or understandable. Here's the truth -- regardless of the First Amendment or your support or lack thereof for Palin, it's really not ok, it's not laughable, and it's not understandable. And if it happened on the Republican side, it's just as wrong but neither justifies the other. Instead, it leads to the same vitriolic exchanges we see here in the blogs that take on a life of their own. I'm sure this will receive more of the same.

Posted by: tampalawyer | November 11, 2008 5:16 PM

Well sure Obama had more money - he and the DNC didn't have the entire Wasilla Hillbilly clan to feed and clothe!

Posted by: Annab1 | November 11, 2008 4:44 PM

Palin is the political equivalent of that old band "The Knack" and their one-hit wonder "My Sharonna".
Palin will forever by 'my' 'Sharonna'...

Yeah, but Cheap Trick is the other band that comes to mind -- she wants you to want her --

Dude, let's do a mix. Is she really going out with him? I want to be sedated. You're all I've got tonight. (Bye bye love). Pump it up.

I've been shattered. Sha doo bee.
"Mr. Gorbachev, I paid for this microphone." No wait... it was... Sheesh. I forget.

Some girls give me money, some girls buy me clothes, some girls take the shirt off my back and leave me with a lethal dose

i miss you

Posted by: pressF1 | November 11, 2008 4:30 PM

The scary thing is that her ticket came so close.

Despite being Republican in a nonrepublican election, despite swimming against an anti-Bush tide and desite Palin not being considered qualified by a high percentage of voters, the Republican ticket remained competitive.

Posted by: bulldog6 | November 11, 2008 3:37 PM

"Obama sending supporters across the nation to chant "You're Not Qualified" during Palin speeches was the most hateful public display of prejudice that I ever witnessed."
Right, because all the Republicans at the Palin rallies shouting racial epithets in response to Obama's name wasn't at all hateful.

The Democrats are Pro-Abortion and Anti-Women.
And do you care to prove how the Democrats are "anti-Woman?"
Just because they didn't want Sarah Palin?
You forget two important things -
1) Democrats aren't anti-Woman, they're anti-The WRONG Woman...and Palin was clearly it.
2) Hillary Clinton nearly beat Obama for the primary. In case you haven't checked, she's a woman (or so I think).

and we now have a president elect who ran a campaign based on bigotry
Please share with us direct quotes from Obama being a bigot, or encouraging his followers to discriminate against others.
Please show us how Obama was elected because one group hates another group.
Please point us to articles, clips, whatever that show Obama preaching hatred and fear, slandering his opponent.
Go ahead, we'll wait.

While we're waiting, you might want to book your return flight to La-La Land, because you have no business trying to survive in the real world.

Posted by: JMGinPDX | November 11, 2008 3:28 PM

The Republican Party no longer has any serious interest in domestic and foreign policy issues. It has become just the "Anti-Sex League" described by George Orwell in '1984' — opposed not only to abortion, but also to contraception, stem-cell research, scientific sex education for kids, teaching evolution, gay rights, you name it — wheeeeee!! Onwards to the dustbin of history!!

Posted by: cwh2 | November 11, 2008 3:25 PM

Well, the Anchorage Daily News is reporting the following:

"Republican National Committee lawyers are still trying to determine exactly what clothing was bought for Palin, what was returned and what has become of the rest."

Hmmm, now you would think that Sarah could tell them which clothes were hers and which were not hers. Why do you need lawyers for this? Something tells me there is a lot more to this than meets the eye. I mean, supposedly smart people involved in buying $150K worth of clothes? Palin's diva-ness may have been part of it, but I'm thinking there is more going on and more people involved.

I would not be surprised in the coming weeks to see law enforcement become involved. Grand larceny's limits are in the hundreds of dollars, and we're talking about tens of thousands of dollars unaccounted for. I'm smelling a warrant for some house searches. This story looks like it is about to grow.

Posted by: bevjims1 | November 11, 2008 3:12 PM

FINALLY the woman says something that makes sense.
But she still scares the living bejeezus out of me. Anyone who's scared of a "socialist" country under Obama, imagine the "fascist" regime we'd get under Palin.....

Posted by: JMGinPDX | November 11, 2008 3:11 PM

The dumb(ing) down of America started with Ronald Reagan, continued with Bush1&Quayle then Bush2 but thankfully the American people saw Alaska's First Idiot for what she is. People don't want an ignoramus for a President. If you're going to pretend to understand the Harry Truman/Mark Twain folksy style of populist politics then you better know that these 2 weren't the backwoods simpletons that they tried to project. They were smart in the ways of human behavior and Sarah P ain't that...

Posted by: Mitchavery7 | November 11, 2008 2:58 PM

Palin is the political equivalent of that old band "The Knack" and their one-hit wonder "My Sharonna".

Palin will forever by 'my' 'Sharonna'...

Posted by: Heerman532 | November 11, 2008 2:57 PM

She lost because there are more voters in the fake parts of America than there are in Real America.

And also, according to her pre-election rhetoric, because the change we fake Americans are seeking is socialism. Glad to hear that she's now looking forward to working with President Obama in implementing his socialist, crypto-terrorist agenda.

Posted by: pennycentury | November 11, 2008 2:46 PM

Palin will likely end up as a Governess level radio/TV pundit ala Limbaugh/Savage; She will be the newest, and shrillest voice of fundamentalist Ameryca.

Posted by: defwheezer | November 11, 2008 2:44 PM

Posted by: Rick30 "Is that why she is the most popular Gov in the United States who has over a 80% approval rating in Alaska? She has record of getting things done and even going after corruption in her own party. I would bet she will be back in 2012."

I'm not too sure that we can really trust those folks up in Alaska, considering they possibly will be sending a convicted felon back to the Senate...that is if they ever finish counting the votes a week later and still counting.

Posted by: kdinsd | November 11, 2008 2:42 PM

Personally for me Sarah it was you rejoicing in your daughters teenage pregnancy to the point where you brought out the boy who "did it" onto the campaign stage that turned this "libural" off to you. You are either completely devoid of morals or just plain stupid, my guess is both.

Anyway, here are just a few reasons why you lost the rest of America, from your own big mouth:

"But ultimately what the bailout does is help those who are concerned about the healthcare reform that is needed to help shore up our economy." --Sarah Palin, explaining the $700 billion government bailout of Wall Street to Karie Couric, CBS News interview, Sept. 24, 2008

"You'll be there to defend the innocents from the enemies who planned and carried out and rejoiced in the deaths of thousands of Americans." --Sarah Palin, linking the Iraq war with the 9/11 attacks while addressing U.S. soldiers shipping off to Iraq, Fairbanks, Alaska, Sept. 11, 2008

"[T]hey're in charge of the U.S. Senate so if they want to they can really get in there with the senators and make a lot of good policy changes that will make life better for Brandon and his family and his classroom." --Sarah Palin, getting the vice president's constitutional role wrong after being asked by a third grader what the vice president does, interview with NBC affiliate KUSA in Colorado, Oct. 21, 2008

"All of 'em, any of 'em that have been in front of me over all these years." --Sarah Palin, unable to name a single newspaper or magazine she reads, interview with Katie Couric, CBS News, Oct. 1, 2008

"We believe that the best of America is not all in Washington, D.C. ... We believe that the best of America is in these small towns that we get to visit, and in these wonderful little pockets of what I call the real America, being here with all of you hard working very patriotic, um, very, um, pro-America areas of this great nation." --Sarah Palin, speaking at a fundraiser in Greensoboro, N.C., Oct. 16, 2008

Posted by: bevjims1 | November 11, 2008 2:37 PM

Sarah Palin could have explained why the "R's" lost with a single reason: more people voted Democratic.

Obviously she's clueless.

Posted by: hughfrere | November 11, 2008 2:32 PM

She fails to understand that the American public is tired of our leaders dumbing down the government. There is no prerequisite for being president other than age but for most people, we expect our leaders to be smarter and brighter than us. Palin's interviews showed us that she is as bright as the person we expected her to be given her lack of world view or even general constitutional knowledge The dangerous thing is, she doesn't think she is incapable of performing the duties of POTUS.

We've had 8 years with a president who is intellectually incurious and hates to hear opposing views. We certainly didn't need another 4. And for those who think she'll represent the GOP in 2012, good luck. The other GOP candidates who'll also be running will eat her alive.

As for why McCain lost; choices. Bad choices. He chose a worthless running mate. He chose to do nothing for the period in which he was the presumptive nominee and when Clinton and Obama were dukeing it out. He chose to keep his base happy which meant paralleling Bush's platform. McCain chose to show the American public that Obama was more presidential than he was when it came listening, addressing someone, and shrugging off pointless comments by other people. Basically, McCain was outclassed.

Posted by: cheez | November 11, 2008 2:27 PM

One of the reasons the Republicans lost is because Palin opened her mouth and words that does not make sense came out. The lady was and is not good for this country. She only spewed hatred and bad feelings in an underhanded way. She showed she cannot be trusted to do or say the right things to bring the country together.

Posted by: ponderena | November 11, 2008 2:22 PM

John McCain passed on Joe Lieberman and Tom Ridge and chose Sarah Palin because the McCain campaign needed to maximize the votes of the bible belt religious and their diaspora in such states as South Dakota, Wyoming, Colorado, etc. Many of these white Christian conservatives would probably prefer a prolife dictatorship to a prochoice democracy and for these people Sarah Palin was a perfect choice otherwise it was thought they might stay home on election day. Other than being pro-gun, whatever other pluses or minuses Sarah Palin might have were immaterial to these conservatives. Had she flip-flopped on abortion they would have thrown her under the nearest campaign bus. However, her other pluses and minuses did matter to independent voters like myself who saw the McCain choice as impulsive and irresponsible. That's my point of view in a nutshell.

Posted by: dino_saurus | November 11, 2008 2:21 PM

Ummm, you lost because you've got that "S" by your name (for stupid).

59% of voters felt you were not qualified to be the Vice President. Hello!

I sure hope she runs again. My dream ticket, Palin-Schwarzenegger.

Posted by: obama_08 | November 11, 2008 2:20 PM

Palin is taking up the spin of her handlers; she wasn't to blame for the collapse of the McCain campaign, it was the economy. No doubt the economy played a significant role, but Palin's own ignorance was a key factor. For example, my neighbor who has never voted Democratic in his life (he's in his early 60's) voted for Obama. Why? It was because of Palin. He said she was too ill prepared, too narrow minded, too ill informed to be president. This from a Vietnam veteran, and life long Republican. He was a typical McCain supporter, except that McCain selected Palin. So, while only anecdotal, it suggests that Palin was a central reason why many would not vote for McCain.

Posted by: atidwell | November 11, 2008 2:18 PM

hamishdad: I'd put money on that being the best selling issue ever - if it would ever happen.

Posted by: beaversrus | November 11, 2008 2:14 PM

What about all those polls that showed that Palin was a DRAG on the GOP ticket and not an assett (the very same polls that consistently predicted Obama's victory)? She and the GOP both don't realize how much her social and religious values alienate millions of Americans. And after they lose, the next thing the GOP does is hail her as the future of the party? Not only is she delusional, as shown by her complete lack of understanding regarding why she and McCain lost, but so is the Republican party! Why lean even more to the extreme right and forget about the moderates? Don't you realize you need MORE supporters, not less? Don't you also realize that God doesn't ordain every little thing that the US does, or every decision an individual makes, and that claiming he does falsely legitimizes everything you say and do? The Republican party is stuck in the past--if they have any chance of surviving, they need to stray away from radicals who don't know ANYTHING, ie Palin, and stop vilifying candidates with high intelligence. They need to look to the future and re-think and re-tool the message of their party.

Posted by: erin5 | November 11, 2008 2:10 PM

Is this woman for real? She is so full of herself she can't see that her limited capability to talk rationally is one of the main reasons 53% of the electorate- you know, the remaining part that is able to think in full sentences- chose her opponent. Also, can anybody tell her the 15 minutes of fame is up.

Posted by: Rwilks3328 | November 11, 2008 2:09 PM

Is it possible that she is so completely clueless? I can't think of anyone more qualified to represent the nut wing of the Republican party.

Posted by: buddecj | November 11, 2008 2:08 PM

I'm hoping that we haven't seen the last of Sarah. Maybe Playboy will get her to pose on a Polar Bear rug.

Posted by: hamishdad | November 11, 2008 2:07 PM

Why did McCain/Palin lose? Let's see. They pandered to the "base" instead of trying to go after the independents. The base is primarily made up of people who believe the universe is 6000 years old, that banning abortion is the most important thing anyone could do, and that America should be a White Christian country. So, having Palin on the ticket sure did energize the base. Unfortunately (for them), there just aren't enough people who think that way. Without attracting those people who might have voted for the McCain of 2000, they got the base and a few others who couldn't vote for a person of color, or believed that time on the job trumped intelligence. If the GOP persists in cultivating this minority, extremist base, it will become as irrelevant as Nader and his party (whatever they call it these days). The one thing the majority of voters hitched their votes to was a need to change, to broaden, to work together. There's no place in this majority for extremists of right or left. So, don't slam the door on your way out.

Posted by: rob15 | November 11, 2008 2:05 PM

Palin's analysis demonstrates her inability to self-evaluate. She is wallowing in self-pity, trying to keep the public eye through a soap opera narrative in which she is always the victim. Nonsense. McCain and Palin lost because Barack Obama and Joe Biden were the better candidates. They listened to all the voters. McCain and Palin had no vision. They tried to run on wedge issues appealing only to white evangelical voters. Palin has neither the intelligence nor the education nor the ability to be President or Vice President. I expect her to wear shorter skirts, try again, and get tossed again.

Posted by: AKwatchman | November 11, 2008 2:03 PM

Biggest reason they lost: Sarah Palin. She mobilized the Democratic base and scared moderate independents to death. More than any other single factor, it was Palin's radical nature that put Obama over the top.

She may not have won Miss Alaska or even Miss Congeniality, but she's the proud holder of at least one title: Miss Controversy 2008.

Posted by: Samson151 | November 11, 2008 2:02 PM

Nobody's peddling anything ugly about Sarah Palin except Sarah Palin. It appears that by the end of her whirlwind visit with the media this week, we'll know what she thinks about what we think about her pitiful performance during the campaign...but we'll know nothing new or useful about Sarah Palin, except that she hasn't learned much and apparently doesn't have enough to do in Alaska.

People who don't know what they don't know are really annoying!

Posted by: las100 | November 11, 2008 2:02 PM

"I never cease to be amazed by the hate and stupidity of the souls inhabiting Maryland and the DC suburbs. It is no wonder with dumbies like these posters that our government can not do anything correctly"

Uh, do you not think that other people outside of the DC area (or the US for that matter) can post comments? Or are you on the same page as that convicted felon Sen. Stevens thinking that the Internet is just a series of tubes?

Posted by: cheez | November 11, 2008 1:56 PM

Palin added at least 14 states to the GOP column that should have gone to Obama. A brillant addition to the ticket. By rights, the GOP deserved to win 0 states.

Posted by: llrllr | November 11, 2008 1:53 PM

Earth to Governor Palin: The main reason that your ticket lost was because your name was on it. I was undecided, leaning to McCain until I observed her performance in the debate and in other venues. If she thinks that she has a future in national politics, she is seriously delusional. Anyone w/ more than a 10th grade education can see that she's intellectually challenged. She's the female Nixon w/o the brains.

Posted by: randysbailin | November 11, 2008 1:51 PM

Palin? Palin who?

Posted by: OldManTalking | November 11, 2008 1:39 PM

Palin? Palin who?

Posted by: OldManTalking | November 11, 2008 1:38 PM

Why are we still talking about her?????

Posted by: nwattsrivera | November 11, 2008 1:30 PM

Sarah Palin has no concept of law and the rule of law, it was most apparent when she talked about the role of a Vice President. Simple civics class knowledge.

But I suggest the Republicans pick her to run now until she can no longer physically run. By then the whole country will be blue.

Posted by: AverageJane | November 11, 2008 1:16 PM

Change of heart here.

Sarah Palin should certainly be the GOP candidate for President in 2012.

And 2016.

And 2020.

And 2024--whatever it takes!



Filthy secessionists!

Posted by: tony_in_Durham_NC | November 11, 2008 12:48 PM

That, and Palin was on the GOP ticket, also.

Posted by: lmidgarden | November 11, 2008 12:40 PM

finally proof that Fox news is definately gone too far.

Huckabee Getting Ready To Announce his Intent to Run in 2012?

Posted by: pastor123 | November 11, 2008 12:23 PM

Did the poster of this blog do so from his parents basement wearing his pajamas? I thought the post paid better, or is it just comfortable in that basement.

Posted by: J_thinks | November 11, 2008 12:01 PM

I never cease to be amazed by the hate and stupidity of the souls inhabiting Maryland and the DC suburbs. It is no wonder with dumbies like these posters that our government can not do anything correctly.

Posted by: mascmen7 | November 11, 2008 11:54 AM

The biggest reason Sarah Palin's campaign lost was Sarah Palin.

Posted by: euroguy | November 11, 2008 11:52 AM

Sarah Palin @ the RNC: "I guess being the mayor of a small town is sorta like a 'COMMUNITY ORGANIZER' except you have actual responsibilities!"

Hmmmm... Gov. Palin learned exactly what a "community organizer" could do. She is surely eating her words now and I'll bet she never underestimate the power of community organizing again.

Posted by: ford2 | November 11, 2008 11:51 AM

Palin is showing her shallow (mis)understanding of the election. Her statements are barely more than "We lost because they got more votes." She has identified 3 symptoms of McCain's bad campaign. What are the underlying causes?

1. They lost the Hispanic vote because McCain changed his position of immigration. He originally proposed reform that made sense, and backed away from the right wing attacks instead of standing up on principle.

2. They were outspent because they could not raise money from anyone beyond their fundamentalist base. Obama received record amounts from donors across the political spectrum (well, liberals to moderate independents, anyway).

3. They were identified with the incumbent party because McCain never made any proposals that were distinct from what Bush would have said.

Now she is going to have to try to remain popular in Alaska without the oil taxes that allowed her to buy popularity with $1200 grants to all residents.
If Palin is not smart enough to recognize her (vast) limitations, she will have future losses to analyze.

Posted by: amatsumoto | November 11, 2008 11:48 AM

Sarah Palin represents all that is wrong with America. ............

Posted by: glclark4750 | November 11, 2008 11:46 AM

ssshhhhh......let her think that she is going to be the Republican nominee in 2012.. I am looking forward to it..the infighting is so refreshing. It comes from years and years of having to walk lock step with amoral leadership.

Posted by: goodcake4u | November 11, 2008 11:28 AM

As a person who would have happily voted for Senator McCain in 2000 and 2004, I am continually non-plussed by Governor Palin's apparent inability to recognize how her own behavior on the campaign trail contributed to her ticket's loss. It was insulting enough that Senator McCain cynically hoped to pander to disappointed Hillary Clinton supporters by choosing Governor Palin as his running mate. But when a campaign's rhetoric rises to the level of open viciousness--which Governor Palin engaged in with relish--that results in whipping supporters up into such a frenzy that they openly call for the death of a presidential candidate, then something is terribly wrong. What was even more disturbing was Governor Palin's failure to immediately reject and disovow that kind of behavior. Rather than moderate her attacks, Governor Palin only increased them by impugning Senator Obama's character. It is one thing if Governor Palin really believes that Senator Obama is "anti-American," a "socialist," or a "communist." However, if she was only using this inflammatory language to garner votes, then it tells me a lot about her own character. Not to mention that she had very little actual understanding about the job for which she was applying.

I was greatly disappointed in Senator McCain and believe he ran one of the most dishonorable campaigns I can remember. When people like Joe the Plumber and Tito became surrogates, then the campaign crossed over into a traveling circus complete with cartoon characters whose 15 minutes of fame should have been up a long time ago. I didn't necessarily agree with all of Senator McCain's positions but always felt he was principled and admired the way he was able to reach across the aisle. How does he even begin to recover his reputation after this?

Posted by: jrobinson3 | November 11, 2008 11:25 AM

"Obama sending supporters across the nation to chant "You're Not Qualified" during Palin speeches was the most hateful public display of prejudice that I ever witnessed."

Really? The most hateful ever? You must be no more than, oh, three months old.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | November 11, 2008 11:18 AM

Can this person express herself in correct English??? "so tremendously", "and our ticket representing the incumbency"!!!
She speaks in sentence fragments and incomplete thoughts that reveal an incomplete mind. Hard to believe even from someone who graduated from a third tier university after six years.

Posted by: ScienceMan | November 11, 2008 11:17 AM

It's one thing to try to avoid reality.
but don't try to lead the country while you do it!

The ticket said McCain-Palin.
They are to blam!

Posted by: vicbennettnet | November 11, 2008 11:16 AM

Leave it to the woman bashing Post and Liberals.

Obama sending supporters across the nation to chant "You're Not Qualified" during Palin speeches was the most hateful public display of prejudice that I ever witnessed.

The Democrats are Pro-Abortion and Anti-Women and we now have a president elect who ran a campaign based on bigotry. Just read the Post.

Posted by: mgd1 | November 11, 2008 11:14 AM

Again, I believe that Palin knows how to win a Miss Congeniality contest - and she did as Governor of Alaska, which I don't think she will be elected again for Senate or Gov. She is clearly not intelligent, but clearly a bit stupid. Even now, her comments are stupid. She is a good cheerleader, but she got quite vicious with her continued lies during the campaign. Hopefully, her nasty actions and accusations will not ever be forgotten. Oh, by the way, selfish Palin, please give back the $150,000 to the GOP or donate the clothes to charity.

Posted by: msreginacomcastnet | November 11, 2008 11:13 AM

Hey Sarah-
Given your limited ability to reason, it may be difficult for you to comprehend, but YOU are reason #1 the Republicans lost the election. You can blame Bush, Katie Couric, the McCain staff, SNL, and those pesky media types who ask all of those "tough" questions. The election was over the moment YOU opened your mouth. You are so completely clueless that you don't even realize that the more you talk, the more ridiculous you look. Please, for the sake of the country, go back to Alaska, stay there, and shut the hell up. Thanks, and have a nice day.

Posted by: bretb | November 11, 2008 11:08 AM

I didn't watch this interview, but reading about it made me pause. Why does she avoid the character assassinations that she enjoyed campaigning on when listing the reasons that her ticket lost? I would have voted for John McCain had he actually run on a recognizable platform, with integrity. Instead, his "maverickness" has left the nation to consider this ill-qualified candidate not just once, but possibly again. She lost because she cannot understand what it takes to win. She lost because winning, for her, did not entail the requisite knowledge, awareness and understanding of the founding documents in our democracy. Enough voters recognized this, and said no.

Posted by: tanya_smith | November 11, 2008 10:45 AM

It was Palin's own happy cluelessness, vanity and rabble-rousing that lost it for her. But trust people like her to make her own massive failures "all somebody else's fault really, not my responsibility" so she can parade herself as a victim and be excused her incompetence and nastiness: Anything to keep up that self-adoration. But I suppose the Obama camp do have to be grateful that she is who she is, a grasping drama queen who messed up badly for the umpteenth time, and is too stupid to acknowledge even that.

Posted by: jochebed | November 11, 2008 10:37 AM

Actually, Two Major Gaffes!

First was foremost! I said it(Loudly) many times. I DEMANDED a Presidential Candidate who was going to Crack Down on Illegal Employment that encourages Millions of Illegal Invaders to sneak in and grab the jobs, that then EMBOLDENS La-Raza Types!

Instead, we get a Pathetic weak-kneed RINO kissing up to La-Raza!

Even with Rueben Navarrett's Endorsement, the Socialism Abusing and Promoting Masses of New Hispanics-Ran to O'Bomba! While MILLIONS of Legally Residing Wage Destroyed Americans felt BETRAYED!

Now, add to that, Sarah's inadequacies for becoming Commander in Chief, or even 51Rst Senator, and you seal the Fate of an Election!

Not even all the Baggage Barack Carried, could stop his Victory-Against such an IDIOTIC GOP Game-plan/ Campaign! :-(

Posted by: SAINT---The | November 11, 2008 10:32 AM

Tell us what she has she done?Is it the bridge to nowhere, is it her firing of someone who would not cowtow to her demands, is it her inability to get one cent for her pipeline, is it the perks to her family she never admitted to,is it the ebay plane sale that never happened,tell us, we are waiting to hear.

Posted by: jbrubin | November 11, 2008 10:31 AM

That the race was even as close as it ended was an amazing feat. This was Obama's race to lose. Change was in the air and it did not even needed to be said. People wanted change after 8 years of Bush. McCain-Palin did a remarkable job and might have even pulled it off if not for the Wall Street crisis. That event turned out the be the turning point that sealed the race for Obama.

Posted by: Verrazzano | November 11, 2008 10:28 AM

"Is that why she is the most popular Gov in the United States who has over a 80% approval rating in Alaska? She has record of getting things done and even going after corruption in her own party. I would bet she will be back in 2012."

We can only hope!


The Democrats

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | November 11, 2008 10:27 AM

"It was offensive and arrogant
for her to be considered presidential timber when she had limited world affair knowledge, amongst other shortcomings. To attempt to bamboozle the public to accept her was the height of the base's arrogance.
The public was not buying a simplistic, under achieving,know nothing candidate that
only the hateful base could love"

Is that why she is the most popular Gov in the United States who has over a 80% approval rating in Alaska? She has record of getting things done and even going after corruption in her own party. I would bet she will be back in 2012.

Posted by: Rick30 | November 11, 2008 10:04 AM

It wasn't the "R" next to the Palin/McCain ticket that did them in. It was the "V" for vicious, the "A" for arrogant, the "I" for idiotic, the "N" for nonsense that caused them to lose so convincingly. Put all of those letters together and you get?

Posted by: hyjanks | November 11, 2008 10:03 AM

She will slowly but surely drift back to obscurity and remain largely irrelevant. I bet Tina Fey is breathing a sigh of relief!

Posted by: sarc04 | November 11, 2008 9:52 AM

To say "we were outspent" is an easy out that ignores the larger truth behind why Obama had more money to spend: Voter enthusiasm. He rallied his troops to donate, volunteer, and organize in unprecedented numbers.
McCain-Palin couldn't generate nearly that level of commitment. They were fairly adept at stirring up anger, bitterness and suspicion, but those emotions don't translate well to enthusiasm. When you're trying to convince people to open their hearts and wallets, hope and inspiration always trump nay-saying. As long as conservatives keep defining themselves by what they oppose, rather than what they support, they'll keep losing to opponents that actually offer solutions.

Posted by: DanielF1 | November 11, 2008 9:43 AM

Someone needs to get to her face and tell her " it is the economy, stupid!".

She and McCain never had any grip on common economic issues people are facing everyday. Nothing could have helped her, even zillions of dollars were not enough.

Posted by: yeda924 | November 11, 2008 9:42 AM

It is amazing to me that she thinks that their ticket lost because of the "R" beside their name..they lost because they were negative, they never presented, at least not to me, what they would do had they won.

Posted by: anais43 | November 11, 2008 9:41 AM

She still does not get it, and never will. One of the major reasons the republicans lost was her. It was offensive and arrogant
for her to be considered presidential timber when she had limited world affair knowledge, amongst other shortcomings. To attempt to bamboozle the public to accept her was the height of the base's arrogance.
The public was not buying a simplistic, under achieving,know nothing candidate that
only the hateful base could love.

Posted by: jbrubin | November 11, 2008 9:37 AM

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