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Palin's Online Army Unbowed by Her Resignation

Updated 11:14 a.m.
By Jose Antonio Vargas
Wherever Sarah Palin goes, supporters such as Mariann Benway will follow -- online.

Since Palin's stunning announcement that she is resigning her Alaskan governorship, Benway has been glued to her computer, reading everything she can about the former Republican vice presidential candidate. Yesterday afternoon, the 63-year-old retired court reporter was among the throng of online-enabled, Facebook-connected supporters who posted a comment on Palin's official fan page.

"Congratulations, Sarah, for a courageous move! You accomplished a great deal for your State in 2 1/2 years. I commend your courage in making a difficult decision. You know the East and West Coast elites will criticize, but they will no matter what. God is bigger than the MSM," Benway, of Whispering Pines, N.C., wrote on Palin's page. "There are many of us out here in Real America who see what's going on and are grateful you are speaking out. Now that you're not the Governor, the ethics b.s. can stop. I am praying for you, dear Sarah, and totally support you in whatever the future holds!""

Among rank-and-file Republicans, there is simply no one quite like Palin on the Web. That was the case the moment Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) picked her as his running mate on the GOP presidential ticket, and Palin's Wikipedia article became the most viewed on the edit-it-yourself site for a whole month.

It was still the case once her resignation hit the blogosphere and social networking sites. Google searches for Palin have spike to their highest levels since the election, Galen Panger, a Google spokesperson, told The Post. Naturally, her team is capitalizing on the attention. Type "Sarah Palin" on Google and you will mostly see a Google ad for SarahPAC, her political action committee that is collecting e-mail addresses and donations.

She is, no doubt, a singular online attraction. Palin's supporters are just as ubiquitous and vocal as that of Rep. Ron Paul, who surprised the inside-the-Beltway establishment by raising millions of dollars online during his Republican presidential run last year.

If Facebook popularity is one measurement, no other national Republican figure comes close to Palin in sheer numbers. Within 36 hours, her Facebook fan page added nearly 110,000 new fans. (A handful of them, it must be said, are not exactly fans. Wrote a decidedly non-fan on the fan page: "Sarah you now appear as crazy as a march hare. But I do applaud you for your continued entertainment value! So long and thanks for all the fish.") Still, most of the comments on her page are encouraging and supportive, echoing those of Benway. A typical comment, from men and women alike, reads: "I'll cast my lot with people like Sarah Palin any day of the week."

Palin's page lists more than 605,000 fans -- more than what Paul (131,400), Mike Huckabee (97,400) and Mitt Romney (65,300) have combined.

No surprise, then, that Palin has taken to Facebook and Twitter to get out her message. Palin has posted 19 tweets on her Twitter account since Friday's announcement. More than 80,800 people follow Palin on the micro-blogging site.

"I am thrilled that she's going on Facebook to directly communicate with her supporters. The mainstream media can't filter, they can't edit, what she says. She can talk directly to us," Benway told The Post in a phone interview.

Benway gave about $500 online to the McCain-Palin ticket last year, "and I only donated because of Sarah," said the mother-of-two. Her 32-year-old son, Rob, is a veteran of the Iraq war and has been in Afghanistan six times, Benway said, and she supports Palin because of the governor's stance on national security and other issues.

"Savage" is the word Benway repeatedly uses in describing how Palin has been treated by the mainstream media and the D.C.-based political class. She watched Palin's speech live -- "The speech she gave was not on a teleprompter," Benway said, a dig to President Obama's regular use of the device -- and she didn't understand why commentators on TV called it "rambling." Quipped Benway: "I understood everything she was saying. And I suspect all of us online who support her understood it just fine, too."

In a way, Palin's national profile rose with the help of the conservative blogosphere. In February 2007, months before the 45-year-old mother of five became a household name, a college student named Adam Brickley created the Draft Palin for Vice President blog. Brickley's blog soon became a Facebook group, attracting dozens of members, and he received a personal call from Palin after McCain named her as his vice presidential choice.

"Her decision to step down didn't really surprise or confused me -- the way it surprised and confused other people," said Brickley, 22, who lives in Washington. Though he hasn't updated his Palin blog since April, he's been writing on the blog Conservatives for Palin for the past two months. He's still a Palin supporter and, as he demonstrates in a brief phone interview, he remains a walking encyclopedia of all things Palin.

"Very few people realize that her state career was launched by her resignation from the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, a government agency in Alaska," Brickley added. "She was appointed to that position and she resigned a couple of months into the job. After she resigned, she became a critic, a whistleblower of sorts. This propelled her to the governorship. People across Alaska got to know her because of this."

We'll see how Palin continues to use the Web when she leaves office. Memo to Palin (and her team): It may be time to get an official YouTube channel.

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Republicans thought Sarah Palin would be the ONE to get McCain elected, BUT, she spoke, we listened, and WE REJECTED HER, McCain and the Republicans.

Sarah Palin was a UNKNOWN governor, even by most Republicans, as they could ONLY talk about her through talking points. What made her so ABOVE other considerations Mitt Romney or Jeb BUSH the MONARCHISTS', Gov.Tim Pawlenty, Oh, what about Mr. anti-gay Guliani, or Mr. Allen Keyes?

Then, Senator Hillary Clinton supposedly won 18 million votes, not to mention the numerous Republicans that crossed over to interfere with the Democratic elections that did not work, however, Sarah was supposed to pick some if not All of Hillary's hardened supporters and be the "Eye Candy for the Good Ol Boys", and be the fighting "pitbull with lipstick' that will show All the "hockey moms" Sarah is just like them.

Well, 12 years of POOR Republican stewardship has come, through their lack of leadership and LOGICAL thinking our country is FIGHTING to not fall into the EXACT SAME internal causes to the fall of Roman Empire. (research cliff notes for the causes of the 'Fall of the Roman Empire."

Sarah you go ahead and be a QUITTER, because that is what you are, you quit on those that voted for you in Alaska, you can not work with your own legislative branch in Alaska, you are riddled with corruption & scandal, you don't know what the latest crises is. OH, Sarah how would you and McCain have handled the Iranian crises, open your BIG MOUTHS and blabber exactly what the Iranian or N. Korea government expects, STUPIDITY or how about the continued pathetic thinking of the Bush admin on screwing our allies and friends .

Republicans are NOW saying they don't want you anymore and We DEMS. especially DON'T want you Sarah! BYE,BYE, NOW!!!!

Posted by: corrupt_goverment | July 12, 2009 7:03 PM | Report abuse

Taken together, the phrases "East and West Coast elites," "Mainstream Media" and "Real America" sound uncomfortably like Jew-bashing. Like Bill O'Reilly's "War on Christmas," they invoke longstanding myths about the alleged Jewish domination of the media and academia. No, I'm not accusing Mariann Benway of secretly being an anti-Semite, although I don't rule out that possibility. I'm saying that the myths are so rooted in American culture that the context often goes missing. It's similar to how many people talk about "Southern heritage" without realizing that the phrase originated as code for segregation. The larger problem is the poisonous concept of the Other. What Palin and many of her supporters are claiming is that they're being victimized by an Other precisely because they're not an Other.

Posted by: Carstonio | July 8, 2009 8:53 AM | Report abuse

Only 22% of the voters now admit they are republicans so let them gloat. The blind leading the blind. {No offense to the blind, just and old saying}

Posted by: SWAMPYPD | July 7, 2009 11:32 PM | Report abuse

There is little to report about Sarah Palin that is positive. Really, I can't name a single accomplishment by Sarah, not one reported by the MSM or brought up by her supporters. Resigning her governorship of Alaska is _not_ an accomplishment, it's an abandonment of a basic responsibility she asked for and got.

During the presidential campaign, she treated Obama like a baby treats her diapers. She accused him of all kinds of things that were simply not true. Yet Obama remained unfailingly polite to her when he mentioned her at all, and he demanded others do the same. Who took the high road during the campaign? It was Obama and Biden. And it certainly wasn't their fault that Palin couldn't answer the most basic softball questions regarding national issues or international affairs. It's doubtful that she could do any better now. Her family life is indeed a train-wreck, which many, perhaps all, conservatives can, no doubt, relate to.

I don't know what her plans are now. I don't know if she wants to be POTUS. I know I don't want her to be POTUS, VP, or hold any government position with real responsibilities. She can write her memoirs, a short story indeed, and not worth the 7 figure advance she is asking for. She can have her talk show...I don't have to listen.

Time to say goodbye Sarah.

Posted by: ptgrunner | July 7, 2009 7:36 PM | Report abuse

I used to accept that the two party system was important to the welfare of the country. Checks and balance you know.

However, as one of the parties is today's weird, antiscience, hyper religious, cult like GOP I no longer hold that view.

Besides the Democrats in Congress are quite diverse and do not goose step in lockstep as Obama is finding out.

Until another party evolves that is more rational and does not kowtow to high priests such as Limbaugh, Hannity, Beck, Savage et al, I am OK with one party dominance for a long time. The Dem rank and file also do not goosestep with their leadership.

Today's GOP is just absolutely wrong for today's problems as they demonstrated when they had control over the WH and Congress for much of the past 30 years.

Palin is a great example of where the GOP is at this junture. Much to admire about the lady, but anyone who can envision her as president of anything but the PTA, is in desperate need of a reality check.

Posted by: mcafla | July 7, 2009 4:25 PM | Report abuse

So, about-to-be ex-Governor Palin will energize the right wing base.

The right wing (or left wing) base has nowhere to go so. to win an election in the USA, the candidates and parties must attract moderates and independents.

If Ms. Palin cares about her - and my - party, she will vanish into obscurity. If she runs in 2012, she will condemn the Republican Party to fifty years in the wilderness. The experience of Japan (50 years of Liberal Democrats) or the UK (only 12 ydears of the Labor Party) tells us that one party government has a very limited shelf life.

We need a thoughtful and constructive opposition - regardless of the party affiliation of the President or of the majorities in the House and Senate.

Posted by: HughElliot1 | July 7, 2009 3:06 PM | Report abuse

sarah palin is an megalomaniacal idiot, and her supporters are just plain-old idiots. the whole situation would be hilariously funny if it wasn't a terribly sad comment on the prevalence of anti-intellectualism in this country. i am stupefied that anyone would have the misguided gumption to criticize obama for being well-educated! also, since when did being a black man named "barack" make you part of the elite?

bottom-line: we need smart people leading this country, not former beauty queens who quit when the going gets tough. play her off keyboard cat!...

Posted by: dfunkt | July 7, 2009 1:48 PM | Report abuse

Go Sarah! A lot of elites and the MSM hate that she's such a maverick. They hate that there is a such a sexy woman who is pro-life, pro-gun and a champion of real values. What they don't get is that we love her because she's one of US. Believe me, a lot more of know what it's like to have a pregnant teenage daughter than went to Harvard or Yale or whereever Barack Hussein Obama went to school. She is just such a maverick and I just know God has a plan for her. Sarah 2012!

Posted by: CountryFirst | July 7, 2009 1:21 PM | Report abuse

Palin's a classic populist, depending mainly on her popularity with a segment of disenchanted voters to propel her ever higher in politics. These folks get elected to offices all the time, though hardly ever to anything as high as Veep. In that respect, she has more in common with Jesse Ventura than with your typical GOP governor. Like Ventura, she found the rigors and responsibilities of office quite burdensome. She never liked being Governor. She would have preferred to be Queen.

In terms of personality, Sarah is not a model of discipline. She went to five undergraduate institutions. If you can believe the McCain staffers, she couldn't be bothered to prepare for campaign appearances, or bone up on issues. She remained a lightweight not because she's dumb, but because she's intellectually lazy. Complex issues bore her. She wants to stand in front of crowds and listen to them cheer.

She's better at getting elected than at governing. In this, she has a lot in common with Marion Barry. Devoted core constituency, canny political sense, ability to ingratiate herself with native charm -- they've got that in common. But govern? It's too much work.

She's a media propagandist, soul sister to Rush, Hannity and Glenn Beck. And that's where she'll wind up.

Posted by: Samson151 | July 7, 2009 1:12 PM | Report abuse

My last words on Sarah Palin:

To all Sarah Palin supporters- I applaud your steadfast faith in the candidate of your choice, Sarah Palin. You stand unbowed, while elistists, MSM, Democrats, Republicans, independents, and most of the American public simultaneously ridicule and are horrified by your candidate.

To which I say, here's to you, Palin supporters. I urge you to open your wallets and give to Ms. Palin. Give... and give and give.

Give til it hurts, then give some more.

Sell all your possessions. Convince others to sell theirs.

And after you've given every penny and you reach the mountain top of your aspirations -- or the mountain top of your debt (same thing), listen.

Because I'm sure, if the wind is just right, you'll be able to hear Ms. Palin laughing all the way to the bank.

Posted by: kban495 | July 7, 2009 1:01 PM | Report abuse

Maybe she'll use her time off to read a book..or a map. Of course, if she is anything like her supporters she will probably consider any sort of learning as 'elitist.'

Conservatives: Answer quickly now - is Africa a country or a continent?

Posted by: EnemyOfTheState | July 7, 2009 12:55 PM | Report abuse

"The speech she gave was not on a teleprompter," Benway said
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LOL. You could have fooled me!

How in the world can people like Benway NOT think the speech rambled? She kept coming back to the same phrases "not politics as usual" over and over...

Amazing.

Posted by: lightgrw | July 7, 2009 12:37 PM | Report abuse

Goggle Dawn Stafanowicz Out from under
A must read for every parent, politician and Judge. How strange is it that one would even consider a woman for the J.S.C. that has never considered if an unborn baby has any rights to life. I believe as people we are losing our moral compassion that makes us human.

Posted by: boski66 | July 7, 2009 11:32 AM | Report abuse

Obama
Biden
McCain
Palin


What do they ALL have in common? They are ALL PROGRESSIVES!

That means that none of them would have represented Americans interests.

They ALL WANT the Global New Deal

They ALL WANT to increase taxes through government regulations.

They ALL WANT illegals to be granted Amnesty to not only shore up our tax base, but also to create an equivalent of the EU on this continent.

Bottom line is, until we get real Americans to vote for, with REAL NON-Progressive Values, nothing will change. In the end the USA will no longer be the same country that you grew up in...

Enjoy your "change". Everyone sure voted for it...

Posted by: indep2 | July 7, 2009 11:15 AM | Report abuse

Benway and others like her/him who thinks this woman accomplished something in the third least populated state in the U.S. have issues. Good grief! It is frightening that so many Americans wanted to vote this woman into the VP position. Are people really that stupid? Her press conference announcing her resignation was typical of her jibberish when seriously interviewed concerning the issues facing America.

Posted by: ajackson3 | July 7, 2009 10:57 AM | Report abuse

Just look at what the liberals what all of us to pay for, including the innocent children!

http://www.massresistance.org
http://www.drjudithreisman.org
Goggle Boston Children's Hospital Sex Change Clinic
http://www.silentscream.org
Goggle Planned Parent Hood

See what a wonderful and glorious life they have planned for our youths

Posted by: boski66 | July 7, 2009 10:56 AM | Report abuse

My two favorite PALIN-related comments of July 6 --

(1), In PALIN's own words -- "I am not a quitter..."

(Hmmm... kind of reminiscent of Nixon's "I am not a crook"...)

Look it up in the dictionary, SARAH, which likely soon will include the name "PALIN" as a synonym for "QUITTER."

Sorry, lady (and I use that term loosely) -- You are an unadulterated, undeniable QUITTER now, thanks to YOUR actions of July 3, 2009. But we can count on you to blame that on the MSM (main-stream media), too, any moment now...

(2), My other favorite comment of Monday, July 6, was this one, courtesy of PALIN's lawyer, explaining why PALIN became a QUITTER on July 3: "The governor needed a break after being on duty now for two and a half years solid," he said.

Wow, two and a half years solid... that sure explains it! Anyone would QUIT after a solid two and a half years on the job, no doubt! That sure makes her a "REAL American" -- NOT!

Again, one medical diagnosis explains PALIN -- narcissistic personality disorder -- and likely the DSM will soon include the name "PALIN" as an example of it.

Posted by: clouburns | July 7, 2009 10:47 AM | Report abuse

Yes- If one understands what Sarah is about, they can appreciate her heart, as I see it the liberals say let's take away from the children, the sports, the after school games, swimming pools, let's stop them from running and playing, laughing and living. We need more money, we need to provide birth control, abortions and we need to fund comprehensive sex education in all schools. Conservatives say lets have sports, let the children run and have fun, let's teach them honesty, respect and morals. Let's provide a climate that they can thrive in, grow and learn. It takes less money in the long run, like teaching a kid to fish, a skill that can lead to great the great catch. Let's teach our children the skills that will sustain them to grow into healthy and sound people. The life one chooses is their own and the children that they encourage with faith and a real hope of living life to the fullest.

Posted by: boski66 | July 7, 2009 10:45 AM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin is a world class moron. Most people who think otherwise are idiots.

Posted by: diesel4 | July 7, 2009 9:22 AM
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Especially Bill Kristol.

Posted by: billy8 | July 7, 2009 10:36 AM | Report abuse

Once again....

Palin appeals to a narrow sector of the republican party's right-wing. She's inexperienced at this time, and time will only tell whether or not she can develop her thoughts on various issues and appeal to MODERATE America. Having an enthusiastic base is one thing...but if it's a narrow, marginalized base, then she's made no significant progress with MODERATE America.

Not finishing her term of office is, I'm afraid, an extremely damaging blow to her reputation and leaves her open to easy attacks not easily defended.

Not the sharpest tool in the drawer....

Posted by: skiloypet | July 7, 2009 10:15 AM | Report abuse

I hope Palin is taking a step back to get some experience and experienced people on her staff. She is in way over her head for the national stage at this point in time. I'm very surprised how many people truly think she is a viable candidate on the national level.

2 people at work automatically pointed to the "left-wing media" as reason for my opinion rather than the fact that I read and listen to her speak myself to form an opinion. Palin is unqualified on the national level! Her quitting is not what I would accept either as a candidate worthy of my vote. You don't "pass the ball", you play until the end even when you lose.

Posted by: aow0526 | July 7, 2009 9:54 AM | Report abuse

Republican preach family values, abstinence, and demonize unwed mothers but when the media points out the irony of one of their leaders having an unwed teenage daughter knocked up by the son of a drug dealer conservatives cry foul. What would Rush, Hannity, O'Reilly et al have said if when Obama accepted his party's nomination he had his pregnant underage teenage daughter and the baby's daddy on stage with him? Conservatives love to play the victim and cry media bias when there is none. The media did not report any negative stories about Obama's children because there was nothing worth reporting.

Posted by: exbrown | July 7, 2009 9:43 AM | Report abuse

"Heck, if Palin died her supporters wouldn't understand how a silly thing like that would make a difference. It didn't stop Jesus, why should it stop Sarah?"
Posted by: bigbrother1

It hasn't stopped them from wanting Reagan back either. Funny though, no calls for Bush to come back, dad or son. And they are alive! I think secretly they know what everyone else knows about the Bush family. No calls for Jeb anymore, the one Bush who actually has a brain. Maybe that was his problem though and explains why Sarah is soooo appealing.

Posted by: bevjims1 | July 7, 2009 9:31 AM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin is a world class moron. Most people who think otherwise are idiots.

Posted by: diesel4 | July 7, 2009 9:22 AM | Report abuse

"There are many of us out here in Real America who see what's going on and are grateful you are speaking out. Now that you're not the Governor, the ethics b.s. can stop. I am praying for you, dear Sarah, and totally support you in whatever the future holds!"

"Now that you're not the Governor, the ethics b.s. can stop. I am praying for you, dear Sarah, and totally support you in whatever the future holds!"

"Now that you're not the Governor, the ethics b.s. can stop."

"...the ethics b.s. can stop."

"ethics b.s."

I think we've found the source of her appeal to the rabid right. What kind of wimp puts up with b.s. like 'ethics'?

Posted by: irae | July 7, 2009 9:11 AM | Report abuse

No wonder the republican conservative base is considered not too bright. The republicans continue to be laughing stocks. Having lost the election they have lost their minds. "Real Americans" ? What a joke. Let them follow Palin into the wilderness and off of a cliff while the rest of America remain in the "reality based community".

Posted by: exbrown | July 7, 2009 9:10 AM | Report abuse

aalamaram: for starters, Michelle left her children in the care of their grandmother, and except for a very few occasions, made it home every night. Both McCain and Obama continued being senators while they were campaigning. Dragging your kids around the country to learn how democracy works wasn't neccessary, and no kids should be listening to the horrible things some were saying at her rallies. all of this howling about the liberal left media going after her, some of the most critical articles I have read are from Conservatives like David Frum, Peggy Noonan, David Gergen, Kathleen Parker, Chris Buckley, Anne Coulter. So go along with her, and be as unrealistic as she is, the moderates in the GOP know the writing on the wall, and it sure doesn't spell her name. Here's an example of media REALLY going after someone: three tradtionally married women with kids with no surgically enhanced body parts, get professionally ostarsized to the degree that they receive death threats, get called wh@res and sl&ts and traitors, all because they said they were ashamed the President (no nick names or racial slurs) was from Texas. So let's try and keep things in perspective, shall we? 'cause it certainly wasn't "liberal" southern media going after the Dixie Chicks, cause there isn't any. Death threats for one sentence? Did the Dixie Chicks quit? No, it took a few years, but they came back bigger and better than ever, and by then the fog had lifted and they were vindicated, cause everyone saw the tragedy and stupidity of the Iraq invasion. So maybe shut up about poor Palin getting trashed in the press, she hasn't received death threats like the D.C's., hopfully she won't, but quit with the hypocrisy. For me, Palin lost my vote when I discovered she had made the VERY POOR decision to travel when her amniotic fluid was leaking. Are Alaska's hospitals better than Seattle's? Not likely. That was about a poor decision as a mother can make for her yet unborn child.

Posted by: katem1 | July 7, 2009 9:09 AM | Report abuse

For Sarah Palin so loves Alaska that she's sacrificing her valuable TITLE.


See:


http://notionscapital.wordpress.com/2009/07/07/sarahs-sacrifice/

Posted by: MikeLicht | July 7, 2009 8:45 AM | Report abuse

If Mariann Benway understood Palin's rambling and seemingly meth-induced speech this past Friday, why didn't the reporter ask her to explain what it meant? That would have been enlightening. But I suspect what Ms Benway thought it meant and what Palin actually says will be two different things.

Posted by: dre7861 | July 7, 2009 8:43 AM | Report abuse

So many moronic posts by "Syzygy7", so little time. Most Palin threads are polluted by something called "JakeD"; this one is polluted by "Syzygy7".

Those who bother to reply to these things are wasting your time. Have you not figured it out? "JakeD" and "Syzygy7", along with some other screen names that they use, are not real posters at all! These are both disruptive online autobots programmed by the Palin camp to inject incendiary, absurd comments at random intervals in order to "stir the pot" for the Twitterer-In-Chief.

A warning, though. It is *possible* that these programs contain malware that will attack your computer in some way after they have been onscreen. (I am not saying this *is* the case, only that it *could* be.) To be on the safe side, I'd make sure your virus software is up-to-date before reading any Palin threads that these autobots are currently running on. Why take a chance?

Posted by: MarkFromOhio | July 7, 2009 7:43 AM | Report abuse

bigbrother1:

I thought you were fed up with all of the "favorable" coverage of Gov. Palin by the WaPo and therefore leaving for good? As I told you on the prior thread: don't let the door hit you on the way out.

Posted by: JakeD | July 7, 2009 7:24 AM | Report abuse

I hate that she is called "Caribou Barbie" it is demeaning and hurtful to Caribou.

Posted by: rcc_2000 | July 7, 2009 7:22 AM | Report abuse

You are right, we are the elites of this country and we laugh at Sarah Palin and her trailer-trash, Wal-Mart loving fans. You people have never controlled politics and never will!

Lay-ze-Boy forever!

Posted by: DC2Amsterdam | July 7, 2009 7:19 AM | Report abuse

When an experienced, strong, independent woman runs for office then she will get my vote. So far, no potential candidate has fit the bill.

Posted by: Mommy2Many | July 7, 2009 7:06 AM | Report abuse

The snarky nickname "Caribou Barbie" was always a bit too much. Looking at the legion of devoted online fangirls and fanboys, perhaps she needs a new one. How about "Alaska Montana"?

Posted by: steveboyington | July 7, 2009 7:04 AM | Report abuse

Morons of a feather can go flock themselves. ;^)

Posted by: LeftCoastNative | July 7, 2009 7:00 AM | Report abuse

4 colleges, the Alaska Oil and Gas Commission, and the Governorship.

Quitter Palin in 2012!

Posted by: margaretmeyers | July 7, 2009 6:32 AM | Report abuse

Nothing Palin does has any effect her supporters. Their support isn't based on anything she says or does, just on who she is.

Heck, if Palin died her supporters wouldn't understand how a silly thing like that would make a difference. It didn't stop Jesus, why should it stop Sarah?

Posted by: bigbrother1 | July 7, 2009 6:27 AM | Report abuse

Well of course Palin supporters would find her move brillant. Let's not forget many of them still think that the world is six thousand years old so they're not exactly very big on critical thinking skills.

I honestly think that many Palin supporters are drawn to her precisely because she is so dim witted. Many feel very insecure about their intelligence and/or lack of education and feel threatened, whether they realize it or not, by people perceived as being more intelligent. They can relate to Palin in this way, they see themselves in her. Bush played that sentiment up as well but the thing is that in comparision to Palin, Bush positively comes off as a genius.

Posted by: cjpotter19 | July 7, 2009 5:48 AM | Report abuse

You have to feel bad for Benley. Palin's speech was written beforehand just like every other politician's, but she used pieces of paper instead of a teleprompter. How sad to not be able to understand that. Even sadder to think other people will be fooled by this teleprompter line.

Posted by: Hopeful9 | July 7, 2009 2:59 AM | Report abuse

@Syzygy7: Franken didn't "push and shove and sue and threaten" his way into anything. The closeness of the vote automatically triggered a recount, under Minnesota law, during which Franken admirably kept his mouth pretty much shut. It was Coleman who brought suit to challenge the result, which was affirmed at every level of the Minnesota judiciary. count. To paraphrase the Republican mantra of 9 1/2 years ago, Coleman lost. Get used to it.

Posted by: asmarkowitz | July 7, 2009 1:37 AM | Report abuse

I am very sad to see the way Palin was treated by the Left. No one, especially a woman with children should go thru this [....] At least Michelle should speak up against this kind of attack on woman and children.

Posted by: aalamaram | July 6, 2009 9:11 PM

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what a hypocrite-- i don't see you crying about the treatment of hillary clinton by the repuke attack dogs for the last 2 decades. hillary is a mother too and in 1992 chelsea was 12.

it's politics, it's a tough business, she is completely unprepared for it-- and as someone posted earlier, "she is a dumbass, ignorant lady with a penchant for stirring up a crowd". exactly! and let's just add her unrealistically high sense of herself.

she can't take reality hitting her in the face every time she thinks she's a leader of any kind-- let her sick ego feed on the throng of facebook time-wasters-- goodbye and good riddance!

Posted by: alarico | July 7, 2009 12:38 AM | Report abuse

Hey, they can't teabag 24 hours a day!

Posted by: filmex | July 7, 2009 12:38 AM | Report abuse

John McCain is responsible for a lot of Sarah Palin's troubles because he selfishly picked her before she was ready in an effort to give his campaign a boost. If you recall, McCain was also considereing Bobby Jindall who was just beginning his term as governor of Louisiana.

Palin did get up to speed and made the McCain campaign less of a funeral march than it would have been without her. But it is pretty hard to win when McCain is saying that he does not know much about economics in the midst of an economic crisis. McCain lost because of McCain not because of Palin.

That being said, I think that Palin is just sick of the process and I doubt if she will run for office in the future. She could get a gig on Fox News or MSNBC and be another Newt Gingrich who by the way would be crazy to give up his position to have his life run through the mud by running for president. Palin probably feels the same way.

Posted by: danielhancock | July 7, 2009 12:20 AM | Report abuse

"You accomplished a great deal for your State in 2 1/2 years."
- Really? Like... what?

"I commend your courage in making a difficult decision."
- Strangely, that 'difficult decision' makes Palin's life much easier and her state's life harder. Nice of her to volunteer to quit the job she ran for and was elected to carry out.

"God is bigger than the MSM,"
-....so?


We don't need to make voting easier, we need to make it harder... let's bring back voting tests. Just make sure they're not racial. Being prejudiced against people who can't understand basic logic should be a GOOD thing when it comes to a republic.

Posted by: myfakeid | July 7, 2009 12:14 AM | Report abuse

angie12106 brilliantly observed: "What's the difference in Obama's kids and Palin's kids?
Obama kids were OFF LIMITS from the gitgo!"

Exactly. So the next question is ... WHY?


Posted by: Syzygy7
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Why? Because he didn't make them a central part of his campaign as Mrs. Palin did.

If you recall, and I know this is tough, Candidate Obama called for the press to leave Mrs. Palin's kids out of it. That was AFTER she called him a terrorist. What a good man.

Posted by: arancia12 | July 7, 2009 12:09 AM | Report abuse

It's clear to me that we're about to see a fleecing of hard-earned money from Palin's naive flock of followers for a vaporware candidacy that will make the old southern tent revival scams look on the up-and-up by comparison.

She already started the solicitation during her resignation speech. She put up this persecution face about all those mean ethics investigations, and played the Christian Martyr to the hilt. I really feel sorry for the innocent lambs she's about to take to the cleaners.

Posted by: B2O2 | July 7, 2009 12:05 AM | Report abuse

I hear the Taliban has lots of fervent, back-flogging supporters as well. Unfortunately there are lots of fundamentalist fruitcakes all around the globe. That those here know how to surf the web doesn't make them any different.

Allah al Akbar, Palinites, you're as nutty as the Paulites were. And your candidate will go just as far.

Posted by: B2O2 | July 6, 2009 11:56 PM | Report abuse

angie12106 brilliantly observed: "What's the difference in Obama's kids and Palin's kids?
Obama kids were OFF LIMITS from the gitgo!"

Exactly. So the next question is ... WHY?

Posted by: Syzygy7 | July 6, 2009 11:53 PM | Report abuse

arancia12 wrote: "Must suck to have your collective asses kicked by Stewart Smalley. Losers."

Yeah, really KICKED THEM THERE, DIDN'T HE! Only took ... what ... 10 months past the election for him to push and shove and sue and threaten his way into office ... really looking out for the people there! Amazing.

Posted by: Syzygy7 | July 6, 2009 11:48 PM | Report abuse

paris1969 wrote: "I think Palin quitting the Commission after 2 months and now quitting at Governor, is evidence that she does not listen to anyone and that she is so delusional that she thinks she knows everything better than anyone else."

WOW, you got ALL OF THAT from her resignation? Evidence that she
- does not listen to ANYONE
- knows everything better than ANYONE

You're brilliant. I'll bet you think you're more brilliant that ANYONE and smarter than ANYONE and are the bestest most amazingest person EVERY ANYWHERE.

But I really don't think children younger than 6 should be online this late at night. That's what EVERYONE thinks.

Posted by: Syzygy7 | July 6, 2009 11:45 PM | Report abuse

Palin is popular.
Successful though? That's another story.

4-6 undergrad colleges to finish 1 degree that wasn't exactly Harvard or Yale.

Very popular last Fall, but didn't help McCain win one state he would not have otherwise won.

Back and forth with the media, that never ends.

Confused on the Katie C. interview.

Confused over a country versus a continent.

Unwed daughter drama played out on tv.

Now a quitter to the very Alaskan citizens that elected her to complete a term, that she promised she'd do called campaign promises.

Again, popular lady.
Successful though? That's another story.

Posted by: kedavis | July 6, 2009 11:45 PM | Report abuse

Even after the 2008 election was over....even after Palin resigned from the governorship - Obamamedia and Obots are still trashing her and her family.
Proving over and over how scared they are of her.
LOL

What's the difference in Obama's kids and Palin's kids?
Obama kids were OFF LIMITS from the gitgo!

Posted by: angie12106 | July 6, 2009 11:40 PM | Report abuse

>>>>she is so delusional that she thinks she knows everything better than anyone else

Obama was elected because he sold his soul to Wall Street.
Palin won't.

Posted by: angie12106 | July 6, 2009 11:36 PM | Report abuse

Dumb Repub leaders are paving the way for another white male prez candidate in 2012.
They're mad, so mad, that Palin is popular.

We're with you, Sarah!

Posted by: angie12106 | July 6, 2009 11:32 PM | Report abuse

Nothing scary or mysterious here.

I'm guessing Rupert Murdock made her an offer she can't refuse. She's up to her eyeballs in legal bills, and can barely feed her family on her present salary.

I expect she'll be either an anchor or a commentator on Faux News within a month or 2. No big deal. Pat Buchanan made almost the same decision, to get out of politics and go for the gold.

At least she will have found a use for her journalism degree.

Posted by: seattle_wa | July 6, 2009 11:32 PM | Report abuse

By now most of us should know enough about Sarah Palin's qualifications to lead. We should know if she posses the basic decision making capabilities, if she understands our country's history and its place in the world today, if she really cares more of our country than herself. Or simpler, if she can write a complete sentence without aid, and then make a decision to attack another country or not, then soon thereafter resign in mystery.

Posted by: 1234xyz | July 6, 2009 11:30 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin will become the first presidential candidate to run for office using twittering and tweeting as her only communication medium.

It's the only one that allows her to voice her thoughts in short bursts of words, thus successfully masking the incoherence of anything longer than a paragraph.

Posted by: OldManTalking | July 6, 2009 11:29 PM | Report abuse

SO LET ME GET THIS STRAIGHT:

YOU GUYS just elected a comedian from Saturday Night Live to the Senate ...

... but the Governor of Alaska isn't qualified to go to Washington?

Is this the Twilight Zone or something?

Posted by: Syzygy7 |
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Must suck to have your collective asses kicked by Stewart Smalley. Losers.

Posted by: arancia12 | July 6, 2009 11:27 PM | Report abuse

I think Palin quitting the Commission after 2 months and now quitting at Governor, is evidence that she does not listen to anyone and that she is so delusional that she thinks she knows everything better than anyone else. In reality, I don't think even her supporters would like her much if they had to work with her or deal with her one-on-one.

Posted by: paris1969 | July 6, 2009 11:27 PM | Report abuse

THE BIGGEST PROBLEM WITH SARAH PALIN is that her followers have style, grace, and dignity, while her opponents are low-life trash.

The result: Obama is critiqued graciously on issues; Palin is attacked with malevolent name-calling based on ... nothing, really.

Posted by: Syzygy7
________________

You are referring to Brilliantbutflawed? Yeah, what are you smoking dude?

Posted by: arancia12 | July 6, 2009 11:25 PM | Report abuse

ChooseBestCandidate wrote: "It's also why we'll never know if Sarah is really Trig's birth mother :-)"

So what? Let's say Sarah IS Trig's birth mother - so what?

As usual, Palin bashers dodge the issues and bash family instead. As usual.

Posted by: Syzygy7
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Earth to Szzgyzyzyzy. The previous poster was alluding to the possibility that Palin is NOT Trigs mother. I know it's hard to follow since all the males in the Palin household are called Track or Tank but pay attention. Fire up that last brain cell...

Posted by: arancia12 | July 6, 2009 11:23 PM | Report abuse

Don't preach to me. arancia12

Kiss my ass punk-unless that's the kind of thing you like.

I'm sure Al Franken has many hidden issues that could stand a good airing. Maybe someone from his days at SNL will come forward and let us know about what role drug usage played in his life, how many criminal laws he broke, whether he ever had inappropriate relations with underage pages, you know, just stuff that needs to be asked about. Has he paid his taxes? Has he ever been thoroughly vetted for the position he holds? As a service to the voters I think these inquiries need to be made. What about financial ties to Air America? Any improper financial transactions that were not revealed in his campaign filings? What about his health? Is he up for the job? He owes it to the people of Minnesota to come clean. What is he hiding? I think it's time people found that out. These are questions that must be asked and we must demand answers. Are there any rumors about him? Where there's smoke there' fire. What are the rumors? Maybe someone should set up a web site devoted to collecting them so they can be addressed.

Posted by: brilliantbutflawed |
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Another fine example of a deranged and whining conservative. I'm sure you do have a "punk ass" but let your sister kiss it. So much for your kumbaya moment, eh?

Posted by: arancia12 | July 6, 2009 11:18 PM | Report abuse

SO LET ME GET THIS STRAIGHT:

YOU GUYS just elected a comedian from Saturday Night Live to the Senate ...

... but the Governor of Alaska isn't qualified to go to Washington?

Is this the Twilight Zone or something?

Posted by: Syzygy7 | July 6, 2009 11:18 PM | Report abuse

Palin scares me. During the campaign, she incited the crowds with hateful, discrimanatory remarks and made no effort to calm the crowd down. So much for being a good "Christian". She appears to react without thought to any situation-something we don't need in the most powerful position in the country. I also don't want someone to force feed their religous affiliations down my throat. Too often her approach seems to be "its my way or the highway". She doesn't belong in politics. Perhaps she should be a prison guard.

Posted by: mem0 | July 6, 2009 11:15 PM | Report abuse

keller1 quoted me: "Obama is critiqued graciously on issues"

... and then added "Really?"

TO WHICH I SAY ... OK, you're right, what I should've said is that he isn't critiqued at ALL.

Thank you, I stand corrected.

Posted by: Syzygy7 | July 6, 2009 11:13 PM | Report abuse

Don't preach to me. arancia12

Kiss my ass punk-unless that's the kind of thing you like.

I'm sure Al Franken has many hidden issues that could stand a good airing. Maybe someone from his days at SNL will come forward and let us know about what role drug usage played in his life, how many criminal laws he broke, whether he ever had inappropriate relations with underage pages, you know, just stuff that needs to be asked about. Has he paid his taxes? Has he ever been thoroughly vetted for the position he holds? As a service to the voters I think these inquiries need to be made. What about financial ties to Air America? Any improper financial transactions that were not revealed in his campaign filings? What about his health? Is he up for the job? He owes it to the people of Minnesota to come clean. What is he hiding? I think it's time people found that out. These are questions that must be asked and we must demand answers. Are there any rumors about him? Where there's smoke there' fire. What are the rumors? Maybe someone should set up a web site devoted to collecting them so they can be addressed.

Posted by: brilliantbutflawed | July 6, 2009 11:11 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin is like a reality tv show. People watch reality shows because nothing good is on television.

Posted by: COWENS99 | July 6, 2009 11:06 PM | Report abuse

Syzygy7-
I'd love a hit off the 12" doobie you must smoking, if there's anything left of it of course. "Obama is critiqued graciously on issues". Really? Why don't you google about for photos from some of the weekend's tea party events and see the gracious manner in which Obama is compared to everything from lower primates to fascist dictators. Don't forget to pass the joint.

Posted by: keller1 | July 6, 2009 11:05 PM | Report abuse

Google searches for Palin have spiked to their highest levels since the election -- yeah half of them want to know what dagger they will find next in their backs.

Those who support Palin are the ones that most want to use the policeman's gun to impose their "moral authority" over others who don't believe in their religious dogma.

Speaking of morals, have we noticed that no one lies and slanders their opponents like Republicans, and Palin is one of the best.

Palin has already proven she's not the sharpest tool in the shed. In the next three years, she might cramp enough into her poor little head to look like she knows something about politics, but she will still be dumb.

Posted by: Here2day | July 6, 2009 11:00 PM | Report abuse

ChooseBestCandidate wrote: "It's also why we'll never know if Sarah is really Trig's birth mother :-)"

So what? Let's say Sarah IS Trig's birth mother - so what?

As usual, Palin bashers dodge the issues and bash family instead. As usual.

Posted by: Syzygy7 | July 6, 2009 10:57 PM | Report abuse

ChooseBestCandidate-
Ah, you're a "birther". Explains a lot. The regulation the hospital is operating under is called HIPAA, which protects the confidentiality of an individual's medical records. It's also why we'll never know if Sarah is really Trig's birth mother :-)
But really what's the point? If the hospital confirmed the location of Obama's birth (as the state already has done)you wouldn't believe it anyway.

Posted by: keller1 | July 6, 2009 10:51 PM | Report abuse

THE BIGGEST PROBLEM WITH SARAH PALIN is that her followers have style, grace, and dignity, while her opponents are low-life trash.

The result: Obama is critiqued graciously on issues; Palin is attacked with malevolent name-calling based on ... nothing, really.

Posted by: Syzygy7 | July 6, 2009 10:47 PM | Report abuse

HOWEVER, the hospital spokeswoman, Kristy Watanabe says she is not confirming or denying ANYTHING about whether obama was or was ont born at that hospital!!! THAT'S REALLY FUNNY.

can you imagine ANY hospital that wont BRAG about being the birthplace of a PRESIDENT????????????????????

this gets more hilarious by the week!

Anyone ever hear of HIPAA? No hospital or physician can comment on the details of any patient or file.

The level of critical thinking in many of these comments is so low as to be frightening.

Posted by: ponderer | July 6, 2009 10:46 PM | Report abuse

I think that these people are not favorably impressed with Governor Palin:

http://static.open.salon.com/files/the_future_of_america1223916145.jpg

Posted by: sasquatchbigfoot | July 6, 2009 10:43 PM | Report abuse

[Written by Obama] .. "As a beneficiary of the excellence of Kapi'olani Medical Center – the place of my birth – I am pleased to add my voice to your chorus of supporters."


====================

HOWEVER, the hospital spokeswoman, Kristy Watanabe says she is not confirming or denying ANYTHING about whether obama was or was ont born at that hospital!!! THAT'S REALLY FUNNY.

can you imagine ANY hospital that wont BRAG about being the birthplace of a PRESIDENT????????????????????

this gets more hilarious by the week!

Posted by: ChooseBestCandidate | July 6, 2009 10:32 PM | Report abuse

Col. Powell RESIGNED in the middle of a WAR!

just a reminder to all those talking about the speck in Palin's eye before removeing the LOG in their own eyes?

Obama did not finish his term before he began a quest for another and so did Clinton.

Posted by: ChooseBestCandidate
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You CANNOT be serious! Powell is a Republican! So you're saying they are all quitters?

Obama was elected President, for heaven's sake. He didn't quit, he was elected President, can't do both jobs at once.

If you can't see the difference between resigning because you are elected President and quitting because you feel like it then it's small wonder the GOP is falling apart at the seams.

Posted by: arancia12 | July 6, 2009 10:27 PM | Report abuse

The republicans are lusting over her twits.

Posted by: whocares666 | July 6, 2009 10:25 PM | Report abuse

ChooseBestCandidate-
First of all, Powell's a general not a colonel. He served all of W's first term and, as is common for appointees, decided not to stay on for the second (no doubt with Bush's agreement). He was also Sec of State, not of Defense, and so while there was a war going on, he was not executing it. False comparisons will not change the fact that, absent extraordinary circumstances, quitting high office before finishing your term is a betrayal of the public trust. That's what Palin did.

Posted by: keller1 | July 6, 2009 10:25 PM | Report abuse

Col. Powell RESIGNED in the middle of a WAR!

=========== IS THAT A GOOD PLACE FOR US TO BEGIN COMPARISONS?

=========== OR IS THERE A SEPARATE STANDARD THAT APPLIES TO PALIN BUT NOT TO OTHERS?

Posted by: ChooseBestCandidate | July 6, 2009 10:24 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin connects with her base.

Tweet Tweet!! Coo coo! Coo coo!

Posted by: DrWho2 | July 6, 2009 10:24 PM | Report abuse

I think too many people have too much time on their hands. They spend it spewing vile epithets against Ms. Palin. Perhaps they would find their time more scarce if one of their heroes on the liberal side of things was singled out for the defamation treatment just to see how he or she would like it.
Brilliantbutflawed.
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Let's pick out Bill Clinton. Oh yeah, the Republicans already made a national pasttime out of a BJ and a stained dress. We had to listen to that night after night after night after night.

Don't preach to me. Remember the saying, "be careful what you ask for, you just might get it." Republicans made it their sole reason for living to hound Clinton. They are getting back what they have given.

Posted by: arancia12 | July 6, 2009 10:22 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin connecting to her followers.

Tweet Tweet!! Coo coo Coo coo!

Posted by: DrWho2 | July 6, 2009 10:21 PM | Report abuse

Goodbye, Sweetie, Don't want to hear from you again, Quitter!

Posted by: Classic60 | July 6, 2009 10:18 PM | Report abuse

So her MO is cut and run. Perfect. She'll fit right in with the Republican cowards.

Posted by: NotNowMooky | July 6, 2009 10:07 PM
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a view only from a selfish mean person.... look around and compare her to others, and ask God to allow you to be honest this time in your life.

the stuff coming from some of you reeks of lies, hatred and downright meanness. is that how you see yourself? because that is exactly who you are.

Posted by: ChooseBestCandidate | July 6, 2009 10:14 PM | Report abuse

I think too many people have too much time on their hands. They spend it spewing vile epithets against Ms. Palin. Perhaps they would find their time more scarce if one of their heroes on the liberal side of things was singled out for the defamation treatment just to see how he or she would like it. I heartily suggest it. Come on folks, pick a liberal of your choice and begin a cyber campaign to destroy them. It can be just as much fun as watching a conservative's family being attacked. Conservatives have been too nice for too long. Rumors? False charges? Jokes about their children? I think it would be splendid to watch them twist in the wind. Don't like the idea? Too late. It's been done to Palin, so now it is your turn.

Posted by: brilliantbutflawed | July 6, 2009 10:12 PM | Report abuse

Col. Powell RESIGNED in the middle of a WAR!

just a reminder to all those talking about the speck in Palin's eye before removeing the LOG in their own eyes?

Obama did not finish his term before he began a quest for another and so did Clinton.

Posted by: ChooseBestCandidate | July 6, 2009 10:10 PM | Report abuse

A 22 year-old (!) said: "Very few people realize that her state career was launched by her resignation from the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission"

So her MO is cut and run. Perfect. She'll fit right in with the Republican cowards.

Posted by: NotNowMooky | July 6, 2009 10:07 PM | Report abuse

COnservatives who blame mckane's loss on palin are really politically clueless. COnservatives were not going to give mclame a dime, and no one in the conservative movement would givce him the time of day until he picked caribou barbie. That mindless gun totting naught miilf act was pure gold in repressed conservative male circles.

Posted by: John1263 | July 6, 2009 10:06 PM | Report abuse

And the idiot children shall lead them -(right to another 8 years of BUSHIES in skirts) DumbA.S.S. puppets in a position where the ELDERS run the country from behind the lines
ROVE RETURNS as PALINS BRAIN

LOOK OUT MIDDLE EAST

Posted by: kare1 | July 6, 2009 10:06 PM | Report abuse

This "article" acts like America should be proud that a small percentage of its citizens are ignorant knuckle-draggers.

Anybody who would support Sarah Palin at this point is an idiot who should not be allowed to vote.

She's a pathological liar, incompetent, corrupt, and now... a quitter. In other words, she's perfect for Fox "news".

Posted by: losthorizon10 | July 6, 2009 10:04 PM | Report abuse

Palin 2012! As a Democrat nothing would make me happier than running Palin in 2012. We could run McNamara's corpse and win.

Posted by: NotNowMooky | July 6, 2009 10:04 PM | Report abuse

So she uses the internets to connect up with the .001% of the population who think she has something to say. BFD. She will be nothing but a distant memory by the time the next election cycle begins. In case you palin followers have not figured it out, and one suspects that since you think her incoherent ramblings mean something, she quit because she knew very wekk that she was going to lose the governors race, and may not even have gotten through the primary. Duh. Alaska is the 47th in size in the nation and she can't even run that once the ocean of oil tax dollars ran dry temporarily. GOverning is no fun when there are actual decisions to make beyond how big to write the tax refund checks. ALaskans were apparently none to hapy with her antics lately and so she decided better to bail now which makes her a quitter rather than do the job she was elected to do then lose which would prove her even more incompetent than people already think and a loser. I know that there are conservative men who are enthralled by the naughty miilf librarian act she puts on, and some really woefully undereducated women who think she is da bomb, but the rest of the nation, from right to left, recognize her as an empty headed phony baloney.

Posted by: John1263 | July 6, 2009 10:03 PM | Report abuse

I understand that there is an "army" behind Sarah Palin, but as a Christian woman, you won't catch me being a part of it. There are a few very good reasons why she both 1) should not have been chosen as the VP nomination last year, and 2) should seriously rethink her power and what she does with it.

She does a good job at whipping all her fans up into a froth; and you can bet, whatever her "big" reason is for resigning, she'll make it a good one with lots of loud, obnoxious fanfare - and you'll all lap it up like honey.

Sarah's radical version of conservative Christianity is on it's way out, and it is being replaced by an informed electorate of all faiths (and not) that base their voting decisions on something other than forcing the entire country to bow to what they "think" their god wants.

I can't believe any observant, intelligent Republican politician would publicly endorse her after last year's election fiasco. You would think the fact that Obama got elected would give them all a clue - after all, President Obama would not be in office now without the votes of the majority of (surprise) Christians... Sorry other religions, atheists, and agnostics, there just aren't enough of you all to have put him in that seat without us rebels.

On a side note... It really is a shame that McCain didn't get his shot at being president, he should have been instead of George W.; and he certainly could have been had he not chosen Mrs. Palin as his running mate.

Rally all you want - it will never happen. And if you really want to make a difference in this country, I'd put my energy and efforts towards something constructive that will actually make a difference instead of supporting this incredibly divisive woman's ego. We don't need the next election to be like the last one.

Posted by: faithinflight | July 6, 2009 10:03 PM | Report abuse

There's probably about 35 percent of the people who would vote for her.
That's the same 35 percent that said they would vote for Bush "NO MATTER WHAT".
That's the same 35 percent that keeps showing up for all the kook business, watching Faux, supporting Bush, voting republican.
Yawn...........

Posted by: Tomcat3 | July 6, 2009 9:59 PM | Report abuse

"The REAL divide over Sarah Palin...was those that Believe the Bible is God's Word, means what it says, and personally seek God's will in the Bible........." Posted by: JaxMax | July 6, 2009 9:19 PM


No guts to finish it? (have never been able to decide which is the lower and more reprehensible, playing the race card or playing the Christian card)

The neocons, in an act of supreme short sightedness (gotta love their consistency), fostered this woman on John McCain, the party and the country with no better vetting than her religious affiliation and intensity of devotion.

Posted by: EuroAm | July 6, 2009 9:56 PM | Report abuse

Dear Sarah,
I've got a little Monkey-on-a-Stick doll that looks just like (you know who!) Maybe you noticed me in the crowd at that McCain rally back in October of last year?
Anyway, I'm STILL here, despite the fact that our once great nation is now ruined by the socialist-communist-elites-what-pals-with-terrorists National Dam-o-crapic LIBRULS.
Anyway, me and little "Bammy" are gonna send you some money as soon as we can, and we'll come see you when you come stumpin'.
Love,
Your biggest fan

Posted by: Tomcat3 | July 6, 2009 9:52 PM | Report abuse

FOR THOSE WHO ARE JUST JOINING US ... a clarification on terminology.

QUITTER: When you resign as Alaska governor to protect your family.

HERO: When you keep your job in the Senate but never go so you can still collect your paycheck and live off it while ignoring your duties, never showing up for a vote, all the while campaigning for a different job.

BAD: A mother who takes her children out of Alaskan schools for two months to travel with her on the campaign trail so the children can learn more about how the nation's political system works that any field trip could possibly teach them.

GOOD: A mother who abandons her children in Chicago while going off on an extended road trip without them.

POOR EXECUTIVE EXPERIENCE: Serving as governor of one of the largest states in the United States.

OUTSTANDING EXECUTIVE EXPERIENCE: Running your own campaign, serving as a "community organizer".

PARADING YOUR FAMILY AROUND: Anytime Sarah Palin's family appears with her.

SERVING AS OUTSTANDING ROLE MODELS: Anytime Barak Obama's family appears with him.

HATE: Anything a right-winger says or does.

LOVE: Anything a left-winger says and does.

Got it? We now return you to coverage of the circus, already in progress ...

Posted by: Syzygy7 | July 6, 2009 9:51 PM | Report abuse

How anyone can follow Sarah Palin after this latest fiasco is beyond me. She is weak, very weak. She quit because she could not handle the pressure of the big stage and the national media. How do you quit as Governor and then entertain the idea of running for President? How? Talk about a dimwit.

Posted by: TheTruthTeller | July 6, 2009 9:45 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin's so-called social networking presence on Facebook is pretty much bogus... more like astroturf than grassroots. To write on her wall, one must first become a "fan." What this means is that only the hagiographers are commenting on her recent "smooth moves (Exlax). Sarah says she doesn't play "politics as usual." Not exactly. She's becoming more lower 48 by the second... As if she ever was so "different" (which I sincerely doubt).

Posted by: leland3 | July 6, 2009 9:45 PM | Report abuse

She will keep separating those fools from their money and her imagined candidacy will go nowhere. I pity the people who think she has something to offer.

Posted by: msame | July 6, 2009 9:44 PM | Report abuse

A twit using twitter. It does fit nicely.

Posted by: orange3 | July 6, 2009 9:42 PM | Report abuse

I listened to her attacks on Obama during the election. She is not a good candidate for any elected office. She is a divider, not a uniter. America is better off with her out of office.

Posted by: KD11 | July 6, 2009 9:42 PM | Report abuse

"The speech she gave was not on a teleprompter," Benway said

Palin used notes. What's the difference? She still couldn't make the speech sound coherent with notes. Perhaps a telepromter might help.

Posted by: arancia12 | July 6, 2009 9:41 PM | Report abuse

Now Sarah is free to collect money for her 500,000 dollar legal fees as they continue to mount up. I'm sure Sarah's supporters will be willing to give her money to cover her expenses and life style. Just think as millions are out of work, lost their homes and life saving they will be more then willing to give Sarah money because she's so folksy. Now the criminal cases are said to be over for Sarah but I notice the FBI didn't say anything about Todd Palin and his criminal activities. Bristol was a no show and who knows with her new boyfriend she might be with child again.

Posted by: qqbDEyZW | July 6, 2009 9:37 PM | Report abuse

Does Rush Limbah know his dittoheads are out in force here?

Posted by: jrw1 | July 6, 2009 9:35 PM | Report abuse

Obama had to go through far worse and he did it with style.

Posted by: seemstome | July 6, 2009 9:08 PM

umm, what liberal potion are you under right now. Obama underwent no..that is NO...NONE...NOTTA... challenge from any source of media what so ever. So WTF are you referring to?? This is the most un-vetted president in history. The state run propaganda (i.e WaPo, NY Times, etc)did not question this empty suit a lick.


As far as I know, nobody yelled death threats
at democratic rallies like they did at hers.

This was oure liberal propaganda, compacted like feces in the colon (i.e the liberal blogs) to be reported as the mis-truth it is.
To be dumb is excusable, to be a liberally impaired is not. Id**t.

Posted by: 65apr | July 6, 2009 9:34 PM | Report abuse

Why were the Libs obsessed with Gov. Palin?

She was a one term (half term) Governor of a small remote state. Not one DC pundit predicted she would be the Rep VP nominee, much less predicted her success.

Posted by JaxMax

I keep answering you Jax and you keep running away. Here's my answer from over on Kristol's site.

arancia12 wrote:
JaxMax wrote:
SPIRITUAL OPPOSITION

Why were the Libs obsessed with Gov. Palin?

_________________

Jax I've answered this for you a couple of times but you're doing you Sarah impression and ignoring what you don't like.

I am not obsessed with Palin. I'm obsessed with you. I'm obsessed with voters who would sell there country down the drain for an air-headed wink and some peep-toe pumps.

I'm obsessed with ensuring you don't ruin my country for another eight years by electing someone totally and completely incomptent just because she is a celeb. It's not like you Reps haven't done that before, eh?

Posted by: arancia12 | July 6, 2009 9:28 PM | Report abuse

JaxMax,

Me thinks you give others too much credit and are overthinking this... it's not the fear of her garbled ideas and quitter mentality (a pattern throughout her life of leaving things unfinished, serial college attendance, etc., etc.) that keeps those you call Libs (I am not one of them fwiw) paying attention to her.

No ... it's the trainwreck fascination of watching yet another pathologically narcissistic politician act out in public thinking that the world revolves around them (see Bill Clinton, Mark Sanford, & so many others) ... it's entertainment, not fear baby!

Posted by: fendertweed | July 6, 2009 9:25 PM | Report abuse

PRAISE JESUS...SHE BELIEVES THE WORD.....OH LAWDY LAWD BRUTHER....SHE IS ONE OF US....

Posted by: andio76 | July 6, 2009 9:23 PM | Report abuse

facebook & twitter are perfect for her malformed ideas since neither one requires any hint of coherent thought or complex and rational understanding of complicated issues to appeal to her loyal base of the 20% or so of voters who are as clueless as she is.

She's become a sort of less intelligent and consitently inconsistent (just read her own confused mixed metaphors and convoluted syntax) right wing religious fascist manipulative version of the left wing fringe candidates ...

Posted by: fendertweed | July 6, 2009 9:21 PM | Report abuse

Why were the Libs obsessed with Gov. Palin?

She was a one term (half term) Governor of a small remote state. Not one DC pundit predicted she would be the Rep VP nominee, much less predicted her success.

At the risk of casting pearls before swine, it is precisely the very limitations of Gov. Palin, which instilled fear at her achievements. It is precisely because David should not have killed Goliath that the victory was the Lord’s.

Each and every criticism and mockery of Gov. Palin is in reality a praise to the spiritual power that propelled her victories.

Gov. Palin has earned a rest. But whether she comes back or not, someone else may be called and rise just as rapidly as she did.

And thats the REAL liberal fear.

Posted by: JaxMax | July 6, 2009 9:21 PM | Report abuse

THE REAL PALIN BATTLE LINES

The REAL divide over Sarah Palin

is NOT Dem vs. Republican, as many Republicans despised her and many Dems loved her.........

is NOT Conservative vs. Liberal, even though she was undoubtedly Conservative, many Conservatives did and do oppose her.....

No, the real divide was those that Believe the Bible is God's Word, means what it says, and personally seek God's will in the Bible.........

Posted by: JaxMax | July 6, 2009 9:19 PM | Report abuse

I'm taken aback to realize pollsters are interpreting all the googling of Sarah Palin news as support for her. I'm enthralled by her like everybody else, but only because she's a continuing train wreck and enormously entertaining. Did you see that Levi's done a half-clothed spread for GQ to go with Sarah's for Running World?

Posted by: dmc5 | July 6, 2009 9:15 PM | Report abuse

There's no "gotcha'" moments on Facebook & Twitter. Well ... not until the late night comics humorously unscramble her incoherent, fact-less ramblings. Let the fun and games begin.

Posted by: JaneB08 | July 6, 2009 9:13 PM | Report abuse

I am very sad to see the way Palin was treated by the Left. No one, especially a woman with children should go thru this. This country is sinking to the bottom in decency. Letterman was the last straw. Everybody has their right for their opinion. I do not agree with her also on all her views. But I will treat her like a person. The Left attack her ever since she came on the political scene. Nobody should HATE another person like this. I am ashamed that there are people in my country who will go this low and viciously say things against her and her family. Bottom line children are out of bounds, especially 13 year old. I have traveled the world, and lived several months abroad, no where I have seen this kind of people who have no decency at all. I hope my country will some day will come back to what it was. I wish Obama says something about all this. He has children too. At least Michelle should speak up against this kind of attack on woman and children.

Posted by: aalamaram | July 6, 2009 9:11 PM | Report abuse

Yes, Palin had it tough during the campaign.
Mainly because, and let's be honest here, she is a dumbass, ignorant lady with a penchant for stirring up a crowd. So when, Joan of Alaska says she has needlessly suffered, she needs to do some introspection to find the real cause.
As far as I know, nobody yelled death threats
at democratic rallies like they did at hers.
Obama had to go through far worse and he did it with style.

Posted by: seemstome | July 6, 2009 9:08 PM | Report abuse

Alaska can be run just fine...she must have seen what a disasterous direction this country is heading with this Socialist dictator empty suit mistake of a president. Maybe she wants to help end the Obamanation and total decline of our country. Buyer's remorse towards this fool is mounting beware of Palin you libtards. hee-hee

Posted by: 65apr | July 6, 2009 9:05 PM | Report abuse

That's Palin's admirers for you: undereducated, incoherent, unemployed, trailer trash.

I, for one, am not happy she resigned her post. She was a boon for Democrats! Well, who knows what her "higher calling" is... Preacher? Head of the GOP? Who knows? One thing for sure, though. The girl has too much of a narcissistic personality to stay away from the spotlight for too long.

I can't wait for the next episode in the Palin's saga.

Posted by: Gatsby1 | July 6, 2009 8:59 PM | Report abuse

It's quite amazing that all these lower class trailer trash people can afford computers or other devices that enable them to do Facebook and Twitter. Of course, they live in rusty trailers and don't feed their children well, so they do have some extra money to spend on frivolities like drugs, alcohol and cigarettes. They are definitely Sarah Palin's groupies.

Posted by: dsrobins | July 6, 2009 8:52 PM | Report abuse

Of course Mrs. Palin has taken her presidential campaign to Facebook and Twitter! No one can ask her those mean questions there!

Posted by: arancia12 | July 6, 2009 8:50 PM | Report abuse

"corageous move"? contratulations??

Yeah-- CONGRATULATIONS TO ALASKA ON BEING DUMPED BY MS QUITTER.

if you can't take the heat, get out of the kitchen-- she did!

Posted by: alarico | July 6, 2009 8:45 PM | Report abuse

Quipped Benway: "I understood everything she was saying. And I suspect all of us online who support her understood it just fine, too."
OK, sure. Maybe someone will break the code and publish a Palin translation guide for those of us limited to speaking English.

Posted by: keller1 | July 6, 2009 8:41 PM | Report abuse

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