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Palin, at RGA, Says She's Not Interested in Rehashing Campaign

By Robert Barnes
MIAMI -- Since last they met, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin told her fellow Republican governors today, she's had a baby, done some traveling, briefly expanded her wardrobe and met a lot of famous people, including Tina Fey.

"Aside from that, it was the same-ole, same-ole," she said.

The former vice presidential nominee was the star attraction at the Republican Governors Association, although there were signs that she was trying a bit to play down her celebrity.

What was supposed to be a formal news conference at which Palin would answer about 20 minutes of questions from reporters turned into a briefing session that included 12 other governors and where Palin took only four queries.

After a week of television interviews in which she defended herself against anonymous charges from within the McCain campaign that she was ill-prepared and even a drag on the ticket, Palin said she had no interest in rehashing the campaign.

Asked why she had held no news conferences during the election season, Palin responded that "I don't even want to talk about strategy within a campaign that's over."

To each of the three other questions -- about how she would use her political celebrity, why the ticket didn't do better with women and Hispanic voters and what the message would be going forward -- Palin turned each answer into a comment on Republican governors.

"There's something different about this group," Palin said. "We don't let obsessive, extreme partisanship get in the way of doing what's right."

Afterwards, Palin told her colleagues that it was a "hard and honorable defeat" and she took pride that "tens of millions of Americans shared our convictions."

"For us, it was not our time and our moment," she said.

She praised President-elect Barack Obama for his campaign, and said he "has achieved a great thing for himself and our country."

Like all who have addressed this meeting of what conservative columnist William Kristol called the "Republican Presidential Candidates Association," she said Republican governors must take the lead in defining a party that has suffered a devastating national loss, and said they should not wait for Washington in taking on energy policy and health care reform.

But she said they should not obsess about 2012.

"Let the pundits go on with their idle talk about the next election," she said.

By Web Politics Editor  |  November 13, 2008; 11:31 AM ET
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Comments

In response to the comment posted by can8tiv who said: "Sarah Palin is glib but that shouldn't be confused with being very intelligent." I want to change it to: Sarah Palin is glib but that shouldn't be confused with being not stupid.

Posted by: steviana | November 13, 2008 7:56 PM | Report abuse

Palin would be tenable as a national GOP figure. She maybe could be Alaska's senator or some other visible role in the party. I would never vote for her for Presidency. She's just too anti-intellectual (not saying she is dumb). This is a better start to rehabiliate her self. She should be humble. She should avoid personal boasting, deflect some attention and just move on. This past week was a bad start with all the interviews. Today, is a better.

Plus, I hope to God she runs and wins the Repub nomination in 2012. Obama would crush her.

Posted by: jabreal00 | November 13, 2008 6:26 PM | Report abuse

jgeneric, I must disagree with your premise: it's quite possible to be very intelligent and do extremely stupid things (Bill Clinton, Ted Stevens and Bill Ayers the Younger as cases in point).

Sarah Palin is glib but that shouldn't be confused with being very intelligent.

Posted by: can8tiv | November 13, 2008 6:21 PM | Report abuse

VMR1, Alaska may be the last frontier but they do have plastic surgeons there, many in fact, including one whose name is Sarah. The latter serves the needful in Anchorage, Palmer, and Fairbanks, Alaska.

So, even though gravity may not be as strong way up there in alaska, they do have ways of takin' care of the fallen (the non-religious variety).

Posted by: can8tiv | November 13, 2008 6:11 PM | Report abuse

For the first time since finding out who Sarah Palin was, I agree with something she's said. "Let the pundits go on with their idle talk about the next election..."

For example, using the phrase in this column, "there were signs that she was trying a bit to play down her celebrity." What kind of empty, vacuous journalist sentence is that?

Posted by: johnc_80 | November 13, 2008 6:02 PM | Report abuse

She is a veritable Tower of Babble-On.

So unsophisticated she has never heard of the phenomenon called OVEREXPOSURE. Surely her negatives will continue to increase but will she get the message? Nobetcha!

And soon falling oil revenues will require her to tap into Alaska's rainy day fund. As it moves towards empty she will have to do something she has never had to before - raise taxes or cut spending, including the annual bonus sent to each living person in AK. That'll put a Noah-sized rain on her parade.

Oh, and Costco just decided not to build a huge store in Wasilla - she'll have to use her Alaska State Credit Card in ordinary stores (pity, no Neiman-Marcus or Sach's Fifth Avenue in Anchorage) for clothes, nappies and other daily essentials.

Posted by: can8tiv | November 13, 2008 6:00 PM | Report abuse

Palin says she doesn't want to 'rehash' the campaign....she NOT a rehasherator, she a decider.

Posted by: bgreen2224 | November 13, 2008 5:49 PM | Report abuse

Hey, anybody seen my spit cup?

Posted by: bgreen2224 | November 13, 2008 5:46 PM | Report abuse

This is just soooo hard.
Tryin' to thin' whether she should run agin in 2012 and be the Republican darlin' and perfect example of the conservative value party,
OR
whether she should run agin in 2012 and be the Republican darlin' and PERFECT example of the conservative value party.....

Sooooo tough.

Jest hav'ta git in my truk and thin' about it all.

Posted by: bgreen2224 | November 13, 2008 5:45 PM | Report abuse

I'd like to congratulate all the folks who voted Obama/Biden. Just think what we could've done to ourselves if we'd voted McCain/Palin. Today she appointed herself as "leader" of the Republican party but even the Republican govs have had it up to here with the continued stumping and "rehashing" that she says she won't do.

Posted by: RodneyK | November 13, 2008 5:40 PM | Report abuse

Heard Mark on talk radio say the reason for the economic collapse was because of Fannie Mae & Freddie Mac and Bill Clinton. He also said he just couldn't understand how folks in this country ever vote "Democratic". He wept nostalgic for the past 8 years.

Posted by: RodneyK | November 13, 2008 5:33 PM | Report abuse

Wow... D-ya think her comments were carefully scripted and rehearsed?
You Betcha!

Posted by: TerrifiedAmerican | November 13, 2008 5:06 PM | Report abuse

RE Davebronx:
"Leave the country, go to Alaska, shoot moose or caribou but get over yourselves." And too that I would like to add please go with Dick Cheney.

Posted by: busdriver420 | November 13, 2008 5:00 PM | Report abuse

May I repeat that in case Palin didn't hear you?

Congratulation Ms. Palin. You are now officially a member of the Paris Hilton, Britney Spear, and Lindsay Lohan club. As a member of this group, you are free to say whatever you want without fear of being taken seriously.

Posted by: itsagreatday1 | November 13, 2008 4:47 PM | Report abuse

Congratulation Ms. Palin. You are now officially a member of the Paris Hilton, Britney Spear, and Lindsay Lohan club. As a member of this group, you are free to say whatever you want without fear of being taken seriously.

Posted by: lancedal | November 13, 2008 4:22 PM | Report abuse

Or for God's sake, here are more examples of the poor losers that the Republicans are. Obama won fair and square which is more than I could say for Bush in 2000 and I'm not sure 2004 was on the up and up either. If you do not like Obama than leave the country, go to Alaska, shoot moose or caribou but get over yourselves. If any of the drivel that's being espoused here about Obama were true, we would have known by now because the GOP is great at finding dirt and subsequent slinging. Obama is as real an American as the rest of us despite the sour and dour postings on this website and Palin accusing those of us who don't belong to the NRA and live in a podunk town of not being American has infected too many of you garbage swilling sorry losers. Instead of wallowing in self-pity step up to the plate and help the new administration bring this country out of the 1950s into the new millennium away from the KKK and people denying and ignoring an illegal war, global warming and the failed conservative policies that brought us a newly tanked economy, policies put in place by the conservatives by the way.

Posted by: DaveBronx | November 13, 2008 4:21 PM | Report abuse

MarkinJC and donaldwcorbeil, you probably still think she didn't know Africa was a continent too.

Posted by: MarkInAustin

Nah, but Two Fools for Sister Sarah told Fox News that "Austin, I know Austin's, like, the bionic man. You betcha."

Posted by: MarkinJC | November 13, 2008 4:16 PM | Report abuse

Palin would not take substantive questions?

You betcha!

Why, she has no substantive answers to any meaningful question on any relevant issue. Doggone it!

It's all moose-stew, tripe soup and dirtbread muffins with that one!

Posted by: Heerman532 | November 13, 2008 4:13 PM | Report abuse

Palin is what you get when the words 'bimbo' and 'republitard' have a baby.

Posted by: Heerman532 | November 13, 2008 4:08 PM | Report abuse

Archarito, what the heck are you trying to say here —
"Governor Palin is among a handful of Governors who can realistically advince the goodness that is America."

Please clarify "advince".

Every time you post you show your ignorance.

Palin will be a dead issue in 2 weeks!

Posted by: tinkabell1 | November 13, 2008 3:57 PM | Report abuse

Hawaii would say they have "a" birth certificate for Obama, even is that birth certificate was from Kenya. They issued a "Certification of Live Birth" via a vis "Certificate of Live Birth."

The "Certification of Live Birth" would be issued based on a birth certificate issued from Kenya when a parent was a American citizen. A "Certificate of Live Birth" would be issued when the child was born in a hawaiian hosptial.

Obama's (modified, altered or forged) 'Certification of Live Birth' proves absolutely nothing vis a vis an original "BIRTH CERTIFICATE."

The Hawaiian registar's proclamation means absolutely nothing other than they may have Obama's Kenyan birth certificate on file.

Posted by: Archarito | November 13, 2008 3:50 PM | Report abuse

She reminds me of the quick '15 min' fame people out in reality TV land.

Now we can't get rid of her (but it's 14 1/2 mins...she'll be gone soon enough).

Posted by: ssanford00 | November 13, 2008 3:44 PM | Report abuse

Never a surprise to see a Republican who would rather not be reminded of the past eight years.

They were not exactly shining beacons of the future of neoconservatism.

I can't be surprised at the sheer effrontery of Sarah Palin railing against negativism, when she herself was responsible for much of it during the past six months.

Then again, Pastor John Hagee is on cable railing against Iran's 'theocracy' when everyone knows he would like nothing more than to institute his own right here in the US.

Posted by: Samson151 | November 13, 2008 3:43 PM | Report abuse

justadad56, I thought you were Canadian? Why don't you just leave our elected officials up to us? At least she she that Africa was a continent. Will there be ANY apologies from Washington Post readers who falsely claimed otherwise? No, I didn't think so.

Posted by: MarkInAustin | November 13, 2008 12:36 PM
We are intwined as two Countries like nowhere else on earth, And may I add we will need each other forever. So Missy, keep the dam cloths and go away. Bless you all America.

Posted by: justada56 | November 13, 2008 2:47 PM | Report abuse

What everyone fails to mention is that Palin excited many un-educated, un-traveled, repressed, unhappily-married conservative men because they thought she was "hot".

Never mind that she wouldn't even merit a passing glance in any country with a majority caucasian population. However, in 4 years she'll be pushing what, 49? I "betcha" should wouldn't look as "fresh" and "desirable" then.

Also, after four long years of gaining more political experience and, one hopes, general knowledge, she will lose her newness and her fake aura of a happy-stupid maverick, and become more cynical and world-weary.

I "betcha" she wouldn't be able to "excite the base" as much then.

Posted by: VMR1 | November 13, 2008 2:37 PM | Report abuse

Hey Archarito you need to read something besides a cereal box stop watching fox news and listening to Rush & Sean. Thank god for birth control

Posted by: pragman | November 13, 2008 2:08 PM | Report abuse

Arharito said (no surprise here): NO LEGAL ENTITY HAS EVER REVIEWED OBAMA'S QUALIFICATIONS (in re natural born citizen)
-------------------------------------------
Uh, Archarito, try Hawaii's State Health Director, and Hawaii's Registrar of Vital Statistics. Both of them have declared his certificate of birth in Hawaii valid. End of story. Please stop wasting everyone's time. Please start using your loud and prolific voice to address real issues and problems facing us as a whole. Don't like Obama, fine. Say something productive about why you don't like his policies then, and how we can work towards bettering the nation. STFU already about Birthgate, we're sick of it. It's a dead issue. Comments on WAPO will do NOTHING to change that. NOTHING. NOTHING. NOTHING.

Posted by: tcg6 | November 13, 2008 2:08 PM | Report abuse

So if this is how she conducts herself when she is not re-hashing the campaign, what will it look like when she does? She is out there telling and retelling the clothing story and the Katie Couric story (She's so MEAN! She asked essay questions and gave me unlimited time to answer!) and even the why my ticket lost story. This is not re-hashing?

Posted by: fmjk | November 13, 2008 2:02 PM | Report abuse

WAPO and others should stop reporting this nonsense. Hey What is our Government trying to HIDE now? Our feerless leader is going to tell us to Ben Dover again at 2 pm today. You guys need to stop quibbling about a wanna-bea who lost and start educating yourselves on the next move your government is going to pull on you. Or maybe you guys are independently wealthy, and are immune to the moves of the federal reserve, congers and big business like Bear Stearns/AIG/GM etc and have all the time in the world for useless banter. Why don't you spend the time contacting your congersperson of your senators? I did.

Posted by: yard80197 | November 13, 2008 1:58 PM | Report abuse

Americans love being right and not wrong. Americans were:
* defrauded by Obama's middle east money,
* lying about taxes,
* lying about Rev Wright,
* lying about his ancestry, (arab)
* lying about Bill Ayres
* lying by running for potus knowing he is NOT qualified.

Americans know Obama is nothing but a flash in the pan...
A dishonest wanna-be usurper of the American Constitution!

People remind your friends that Obama is not a natural born citizen qualified to be Potus.
NO LEGAL ENTITY HAS EVER REVIEWED OBAMA'S QUALIFICATIONS ALONG WITH CONTRARY EVIDENCE AND DECLARED HIM TO BE A NATURAL BORN CITIZEN, BECAUSE HE IS NOT PROVE HE IS.
TELL YOU FRIENDS.

BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA -- YOUR SILENCE IS DEAFENING

Posted by: Archarito | November 13, 2008 1:25 PM | Report abuse

Obama Fraud is in the drivers seat for now. How long will that last? Until the US Supreme Court disqualifies him for NOT BEING A NATURAL BORN CITIZEN.

Governor Palin is among a handful of Governors who can realistically advince the goodness that is America.

Americanswere defrauded in the last election by a dishonest Obama who is not qualified to be POTUS as the world will soon understand.

BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA -- ARE YOU THE TRAITOR?

Posted by: Archarito | November 13, 2008 1:16 PM | Report abuse

My lunch break is over, so have fun trashing Mrs. Palin.

Posted by: MarkInAustin | November 13, 2008 12:56 PM | Report abuse

What a delusional ignorant piece of self absorbed crap this women is not to mention extremely dangerous, should she ever be given authority beyond her governorship in Alaska witch no one has seen the damage of because it is to soon for any of her policies to bare their consequences. This psycho should be relegated to the backwoods from where she came from.

Posted by: pragman | November 13, 2008 12:47 PM | Report abuse

Ms. Palin is now speaking with all she's got. It's pathetic to watch and sadly not enough to convince any of us that she has become highly competent since the election's idiocy. She spewed forth such divisiveness and subtle hatred to her adoring crowds with great glee. Now, she's telling the new crowds she's hanging with, Oh, jus forGET bout those old campaign speeches, we have to work TOGETHER, so ignore every single attack I've said against Mr. Obama in the past 6 weeks...we LOVE Mr. Obama now!
Sorry, but rehashing the past is your specialty as you've shown us so eloquently in the fun month of October, Ms. Palin who-doesn't-believe-in-scientific-research-if-it-has anything-to-do-with-fruit-flies-I-kid-you-not.

Posted by: cindymarie | November 13, 2008 12:46 PM | Report abuse

Thank you, jgeneric.

Posted by: MarkInAustin | November 13, 2008 12:42 PM | Report abuse

"It's insulting to anyone who has some semblance of intelligence to continue to listen to her ramblings" is a curious statement.

If this were true, then why would an intelligent person such as yourself continually submit yourself to being continally insulted as evidenced by participation with this story? Are you a victim of your own intelligence? Or just a victim? In the words of Tina Fey, is it frustrating to you that others try to "figure out what your words mean and why ya put them in that order?"

At some point, you may need to reconcile the fact that many intelligent people voted for and very much approve of Gov. Palin. It may be hard to wrap your head around that one, but keep trying, it'll come to you.

Posted by: jgeneric | November 13, 2008 12:37 PM | Report abuse

justadad56, I thought you were Canadian? Why don't you just leave our elected officials up to us? At least she she that Africa was a continent. Will there be ANY apologies from Washington Post readers who falsely claimed otherwise? No, I didn't think so.

Posted by: MarkInAustin | November 13, 2008 12:36 PM | Report abuse

Why does she not go away, and stay away. Keep the dam cloths, but spare us our sanity, for Americas sake. Please Missy. Please don't hex me.

Posted by: justada56 | November 13, 2008 12:32 PM | Report abuse

The Hollander case was dismissed prior to the election. There are claims that Obama is not a natural born citizen as well.

Posted by: MarkInAustin | November 13, 2008 12:31 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: MarkInAustin | November 13, 2008 12:30 PM | Report abuse

People forget that Palin came very close to being President because McCain was not a natural born citizen. People were waiting in the wings to challenge McCain in the Supreme Court, electorial College and House.
If you do not believe me look at the lawsuit in U.S. District Court of New Hamphsire 1:08-cv-00099JL case between
Fred Hollander v. McCain and RNC. Document 20 contains A certified copy of McCain's birth certificate from Hospital in Colon Panama and one of the rulings of court was that McCain was a native born citizen of Panama.
Copies of the certified birth certificate
has been seen by millions across the internet.

Posted by: swittlake | November 13, 2008 12:29 PM | Report abuse

Thank God that Matt Lauer is no Katie Couric. He's actually got healthy ratings still!

Posted by: MarkInAustin | November 13, 2008 12:27 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: MarkInAustin | November 13, 2008 12:25 PM | Report abuse

Palin has been rehashing the campaign
all week using the same soundbites in
response to questions from reporters who
sadly are no Katie Couric.

Posted by: srhodes1 | November 13, 2008 12:24 PM | Report abuse

MarkinJC and donaldwcorbeil, you probably still think she didn't know Africa was a continent too.

Posted by: MarkInAustin | November 13, 2008 12:17 PM | Report abuse

Also, the formal news was supposed to be ALL the Governors taking questions, but it was obvious after the first four queries that the reporters had no intention of questioning the other Governors. I'm glad Rick Perry stepped in a cut them off.

Posted by: MarkInAustin | November 13, 2008 12:16 PM | Report abuse

TWO WORDS:

NORTHERN OVER-EXPOSURE.

BUT WILL THE ELECTION EVEN MATTER?

Not as long as government-supported extrajudicial targeting squads are "community stalking" American citizens, making a mockery of the rule of law:

http://www.nowpublic.com/world/american-gestapo-state-supported-terrorism-targets-u-s-citizens

OR members.nowpublic.com/scrivener

Posted by: scrivener50 | November 13, 2008 12:13 PM | Report abuse

HA HA! News media punk'd by Palin once again. The woman is unable to handle questions. Print that. Not her staged commercials.

Posted by: Dorothy1 | November 13, 2008 12:11 PM | Report abuse

"We don't let obsessive, extreme partisanship get in the way of doing what's right."

Except when we accuse more than half of America of not being real, true and patriotic Americans. Except when we insist that 'those people' like Barack Obama aren't like you and me, that they are dangerous and somehow don't love their country like right-wingnut "christian" bigots. Any wonder why the Republicans got their heads handed to them this election?

Posted by: thebobbob | November 13, 2008 12:10 PM | Report abuse

Please - let's just let this vacuous empty headed bimbo just fade into history. It's insulting to anyone who has some semblance of intelligence to continue to listen to her ramblings.

Posted by: donaldwcorbeil | November 13, 2008 12:09 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, Two Fools for Sister Sarah adores Obama so much that she still brought up the "paling around with terrorists" line and Bill Ayers on her Rupert Murdoch-Roger Ailes Public Relations Makeover at the Faux News Channel.

Posted by: MarkinJC | November 13, 2008 12:07 PM | Report abuse

I look forward to voting for Mrs. Palin again soon.

Posted by: MarkInAustin | November 13, 2008 12:05 PM | Report abuse

"There's something different about this group," Palin said. "We don't let obsessive, extreme partisanship get in the way of doing what's right."
---------------
EXCUSE ME??
Is this not the same woman who claimed that some parts of the country are more American than others?
Is this not the same woman who railed on her opponent, using "socialist" as a dirty word, when all the facts present show he is not?
Is this not the same woman who gave support to a group so extreme, they want to secede from the USA and were ready to commit terrorist acts to enforce it?

Someone needs to take a hard look in the mirror and redefine the phrase "obsessive, extreme partisanship."
If anyone played the extremist card in this election, it was Palin and the GOP.

Posted by: JMGinPDX | November 13, 2008 11:53 AM | Report abuse

I mean Really WaPo, and others. Stop kicking the Horse when it's down!

Then, since said Libbie Rags refuse to address the Reality involved;

Allow ME!

The World Labor Party Socialists, ran on Socialism!

Not every wealthy Person is a Capitalist. But every Capitalist WANTS to be Wealthy!

WE, the Capitalists, DID NOT have a Candidate. The Middle of the Road RINO, almost pulled it off, except for the FACT, that he was WAAAYYYYY too old, to be thinking about a Vice President-NOT having to be ready to assume the Presidency!

Mitt Romney, is by Profession a "Venture Capitalist".

Mormon?

Morons, so is Harry Reid-Sooooo WHAT?!

Posted by: SAINT---The | November 13, 2008 11:52 AM | Report abuse

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