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Susan Collins dismisses Palin presidential bid

By Rachel Weiner

On Tuesday, Rep. Spencer Bachus (R-Ala.) made headlines for saying Sarah Palin cost Republicans the Senate. (Some analysis of that claim here.) Now Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) is throwing cold water on the idea of a Palin 2012 run. She told the Kennebec Journal:

"I think she likes being a celebrity commentator for Fox and a speaker and being able to provide for her family," Collins said. "I think that life appeals to her. It's a lot easier to charge people up than to actually govern."

Collins also argues that moderates like herself will still have power in the new Congress. She says that as soon as he won, Senator-elect Mark Kirk (R-Illinois) called her up to say, "I can't wait to join your Mod Squad."

By Rachel Weiner  | November 10, 2010; 12:13 PM ET
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Posted by: itkonlyyou371 | November 11, 2010 8:43 PM | Report abuse

What we have here is a senator who stands for very little, but runs as a Republican to get elected. Now, she wants to belittle Palin who is a conservative.

The problems with Collins is she is a Republican in name only, or RINO. So we true Republicans will never listen to RINO Collins about who we need to run for president.

Collins when you stand for nothing, you fall for anything. You lost your credibility years ago. Don't bother wasting your breath criticizing a Republican of character.

Posted by: RonKH | November 11, 2010 4:54 PM | Report abuse

Palin is a moron. But, in America even a moron can become President. In fact, morons tend to succeed in all facets of American life. Look at the successful talk radio phenoms--all of them barely qualify as sentient beings but have large followings in this country.

Is there any wonder that America is fast becoming one of the dumbest countries on the planet? We have had Presidents who declare that trees cause pollution, congressmen who believe that there cannot possibly be global warming because God promised Noah he would not destroy the earth again, A Senator who apologized to BP's Chief Executive for the "heartless" way he had been treated over such a minor incident as the Gulf Oil spill, A Senate Minority leader who says that the number one priority the nation should be concerned about is making President Obama a one term President--Does anyone other than me see a pattern here?

And it isn't just our Congress and our President--they are merely reflecting the ingnorance of our citizens. Across the breadth of this land people complain about the debt, the deficit, jobs, health care, the soaring cost of education. But, the instant a proposal is made to do something about any of these problems it becomes quickly apparent that what the people are really saying is they don't want to be a part of the solution. Let everyone else make sacrifices but not me!

Posted by: jaxas70 | November 11, 2010 10:16 AM | Report abuse

Dmax1, you're so easily manipulated and sooo gullible. Just look at the "Manchurian Candidate" buzzwords that light up your pathetic, synapse challenged little brain--"community organizer", "Acorn lawyer", "Reverend Wright" and the rest of those tireless favorites from the campaign of 2008, none of which the voters bought into.

Look. Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, Sarah Palin,--they have precisely the same effect on you when they utter these little Frank Luntz focus group tested gems that the Queen of Hearts had on Raymond Shaw from that classic movie. Your eyes go glassy, everything around you brightens into a white haze and suddenly, your silly, hapless little brain can be prompted to say or do anything no matter how idiotic.

Just as Shaw was inadvertently prompted to jump in the lake from an accidental suggestion made in a bar, Glenn Beck could whisper in your ear that if you were to take a bucket out in the middle of Times Square and defecate into it, Barack Obama would be impeached within a year.

And after all, that is the fantasy of you Tea Party anal sucks isn't it?

Posted by: jaxas70 | November 11, 2010 9:56 AM | Report abuse

Some who says that it's easier to charge people up than it is to govern should be aware of who is in the W.H. now. A community organizer, rabble rouser, ACORN lawyer, etc. I guess that the above job titles are qualifications to be President. Tell me again how the Reverend Wright figures into his past twenty years or so and how that benefits the nation?

Posted by: dmax1 | November 11, 2010 8:53 AM | Report abuse

Collins is right! Complaining is easy. Solving is hard.

Posted by: jmacomber | November 11, 2010 7:43 AM | Report abuse

Before running for higher office, Palin needs to run for another half-term as Governor of Alaska. Maybe by then, the Palin-supported Alaska separatist movement might succeed in having Alaska secede from the union. Would Palin then become an illegal alien...?

Posted by: ProudFlagwaver | November 11, 2010 7:25 AM | Report abuse

The three most dangerous words in America:
President Sarah Palin..

Posted by: ners1507 | November 10, 2010 10:25 PM | Report abuse

What do you expect from a RINO?

Posted by: Rotbart | November 10, 2010 9:05 PM | Report abuse

And IF anyone would know about charging people up without actually governing it is the Republicans!

Posted by: easysoul | November 10, 2010 8:25 PM | Report abuse

And IF anyone would know about charging people up without actually governing it is the Republicans!

Posted by: easysoul | November 10, 2010 8:24 PM | Report abuse

Collins IS smart! We in Alaska call Palin SBS for short (sound-byte sarah). One can see that she certainly found it easier to charge 'em up, rather than govern. After all.....she's a quitter!

Posted by: mfoley1 | November 10, 2010 8:05 PM | Report abuse

Maybe we do have a few republican senators with some common sense. Palin is a loud mouth quitter who will say anything the dollar bill tells her to say. After all she hired all of the Bush speech writers. Lord knows he could not do anything harder than open a booze bottle.

Posted by: SWAMPYPD | November 10, 2010 7:55 PM | Report abuse

As a Democrat, I pray she makes a run for the Presidency. She'll split the GOP vote and we'll walk back in with a slam dunk. She's a spotlight hound. She's unintelligent and relies on her hokey phrases such as "hockey mom" to endear herself to the easily led astray crowd. Make her provide a detailed plan on any ONE issue and all you get in return is another One Liner. One Liners won't make it in a room of scholars and economists not to mention world leaders.

Posted by: MCunningham122 | November 10, 2010 5:38 PM | Report abuse

2012anewstart

I'm fairly certain that a Bachmann/Palin ticket would make it necessary for many Americans to go on anti-depressants that aren't covered by their current health plans.

I'm not worried though since the 2012 hand writing is on the wall as far as the Republican nominee goes. George Bush is busy doing the talk show circuit to disspell the image of a failed Bush presidency. That's the precursor to the announcement that Jeb Bush will be the next Bush to run for president.

That, come to think of it, may cause a surge in anti-depressant use as well.

Posted by: exco | November 10, 2010 4:58 PM | Report abuse

Collins is an intelligent woman and a smart legislator.

Posted by: lcarter0311 | November 10, 2010 4:49 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin is in great company as far as her "celebrity status. Paris HIlton and she might want to consider doing a reality TV show.

Posted by: fmamstyle | November 10, 2010 4:42 PM | Report abuse

DaveinCall....maybe I didn't articulate my posting enough...I'm not saying Sarah should be president...I'm just saying our country is broken and we need to focus our attention on positive solutions instead of what Sarah is doing today or who said what about her. Our population & politicians have a tendency to focus on everything but the positive solutions to fix our country. It doesn't really matter who gets into office since we as a nation will rip them apart anyway. It's we the people that need to back whomever we intelligently elect and it's we the people that are the only hope our country may have. If Sarah is stirring the pot...then I say let her stir it, let her get people thinking, fired up, and help us to get involved. After all, I believe Sarah is just a diversion and everyone is making too much of it all. From what I've seen in government... intelligence doesn't have much to do with anything. I'll take a logical no-BS person over intelligence any day. But I'm still not saying that Sarah should be President...just in case this "stupid" person such as myself or others like me that can't understand the statements I've made.

Posted by: sticks50 | November 10, 2010 3:29 PM | Report abuse

In the end, the people of this country will have to decide what kind of country and what kind of leadership they want. Used to be that both parties were on the same sheet of music when it came to traditional American values and it was a matter of how much gov't control we should have. Now, the Republican party has been taken over by people whose policies, at least, are anti-American and will cause a dismantling of our country as we know it. If that's what the people want, then we will see more "Knuckle-dragging Cavemen" candidates whose policies are antithetical to the principles our country was founded upon. Many young people won't even know what they gave up or why we fought wars for liberty, etc.

Posted by: awunsch | November 10, 2010 3:23 PM
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Well Said!

Posted by: kishorgala | November 10, 2010 3:28 PM | Report abuse

dbw1: "And yet, the very uncomfortable and awkward reality for Democrats remains that Sarah Palin has more applicable experience to be President than Barack Obama had when you nominated him."
Um - dbw1, folks like you, using that argument, are mystifying to me. Hm-m... Let's see: a couple of years in the US Senate, several years in the IL state senate, stints as a lawyer and constitutional scholar, and yes, community organizer (Obama) vs PTA mom, city council member of tiny village in Alaska, mayor of same tiny village, and half term of smallest state, pop.-wise, in the country (Palin). Top-notch Ivy-league education, law review, etc. (Obama) vs 6 years in 5 state colleges to get a plain-vanilla BS (Palin). Super-articulate and great orator (Obama) vs word-salad master and word-coiner (Palin). REFUDIATE this, if you dare.

Posted by: Opus3 | November 10, 2010 3:25 PM | Report abuse

In the end, the people of this country will have to decide what kind of country and what kind of leadership they want. Used to be that both parties were on the same sheet of music when it came to traditional American values and it was a matter of how much gov't control we should have. Now, the democrat party has been taken over by people whose policies, at least, are anti-American and will cause a dismantling of our country as we know it. If that's what the people want, then we will see more "elite intellectual" candidates whose policies are antithetical to the principles our country was founded upon. Many young people won't even know what they gave up or why we fought wars for liberty, etc.

Posted by: awunsch | November 10, 2010 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Regardless of anything and everything...the Republicans need her on their side.

She tempered the Loon Uprising against the Republican Establishment and actually made the winning Locos count as "Republicans" in the House Numbers game.

The Gullible Goober GOPers eat out of her hand, and these Lost Souls from the Medieval Era constitute a significant portion of the Republican Base!

There may be an alternative or two to Sarah Palin, though! Angle, Bachmann and O'Donnell are also Superstars with the Knuckle-draggers.

Posted by: kishorgala | November 10, 2010 3:20 PM | Report abuse

Collins is not wrong, and she doesn't have much to worry about with the Tea Party, her being from Maine. In fact after the blood bath and the Tea Baggers getting booted next election, Collins will be in a safe place.

Posted by: PatrickNYC1 | November 10, 2010 3:19 PM | Report abuse

Even as a liberal, I must admit it's a good thing to have moderates in Congress no matter what side of the aisle they're on. If Palin aims to discredit Collins and Snowe when they're up for reelection, I will gladly contribute to their reelection campaigns to keep them in the Senate.

Posted by: cags777 | November 10, 2010 3:15 PM | Report abuse

Collins is not wrong, and she doesn't have much to worry about with the Tea Party, her being from Maine. In fact after the blood bath and the Tea Baggers getting booted next election, Collins will be in a safe place.

Posted by: PatrickNYC1 | November 10, 2010 3:14 PM | Report abuse

daveincali:
"...the person running this country needs to be an elite intellectual. shame on us as a country that we've allowed the highest and most important office in the land to be soiled with the mere notion that someone like her can run for it."


And yet, the very uncomfortable and awkward reality for Democrats remains that Sarah Palin has more applicable experience to be President than Barack Obama had when you nominated him.

Hate on Palin as much as you want (and I'm sure you will!), but Obama's prior experience set the bar so low Democrats will never again be able to criticize a GOP presidential candidate for "lack of experience"....including if I decide to run.

And if you think Obama qualifies as an "elite intellectual", just ask him to discuss something...anything...related to economics, sans a teleprompter. Count the ratio of ummm's to actual words, and you'll understand what I'm talking about.

How refreshing to hear George Bush this week discussing business and economic issues during his presidency. A President who was actually able to string coherent thoughts together about economic problems, the reasons for them...and all without having to rely on freshly-prepared cue-cards from the Center for American Progress.

Posted by: dbw1 | November 10, 2010 3:08 PM | Report abuse

I don't know about Sarah Palin's prospects would be in a presidential race but I do know that Susan Collins is a RINO and needs to go. She votes as a Democrat so why doesn't she run as a Democrat?

Posted by: kdjkdj | November 10, 2010 3:05 PM | Report abuse

"I think she likes being a celebrity commentator for Fox and a speaker and being able to provide for her family," Collins said. "I think that life appeals to her. It's a lot easier to charge people up than to actually govern."
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Oh, how simply the truth!

But no one but no one goes unscathed after putting Sarah in her place!

Expect some reciprocating refudiation of Sen. Collins by tomorrow AM at the latest.

Posted by: kishorgala | November 10, 2010 3:05 PM | Report abuse

sticks50, your argument is ridiculous. the problem we have with sara running for president is that she is somehow able (thanks to stupid people like you!) to even make a run for it! THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA?!?!?! i'll tell you what "sticks", the person running this country needs to be an elite intellectual. shame on us as a country that we've allowed the highest and most important office in the land to be soiled with the mere notion that someone like her can run for it.

Posted by: daveincali | November 10, 2010 2:52 PM | Report abuse

I think too many underestimate Sarah. She has great influence over a large number of people and one position that comes to mind is her replacing Steele as Chairman of the RNC. But this will probably not happen as she will probably become the vice presidential running mate of Michelle Bachmann, our next president. It will be wonderful having these two ladies in office, ladies that are not afraid to speak their mind and unafraid to take on the old boys club. In addition it will be great to have people in office that are not going to bow and apologize to every other country in the world. These two are proud of our country and realize what the federal governments function is suppose to be, to provide national security and to keep its nose out of the states and citizens business. Bachmann-Palin 2012!!!!!

Posted by: 2012anewstart | November 10, 2010 2:41 PM | Report abuse

One thing that I keep in mind isn't that Sarah might run for president in 2012...it's that she's making the country think and start to take action. I think the point that Sarah is bringing to the table is that the public is tired of our government and we have completely lost faith in those that claim to "lead". Our country is broken folks..and I can't voice this enough. Can Sarah fix it?...probably not. But she can lead a band of those that can...if not Sarah...then who? Let's get away from focusing on Sarah and focus on what's right for the country, for our country. If those of you feel threatened by her...maybe you should re-evaluate your actions. I challenge you to find the solutions to make our country great once again. We need jobs, affordable health care, and the ability to live without fear of foreclosures...we need to get out of this feudalistic society that others call government. You can't tax your way out of a recession, it's time to think outside the box...to find positive solutions (not Band-Aids)....find the solution if you want to keep your job and let Sarah take care of herself.

Posted by: sticks50 | November 10, 2010 2:31 PM | Report abuse

One thing that I keep in mind isn't that Sarah might run for president in 2012...it's that she's making the country think and start to take action. I think the point that Sarah is bringing to the table is that the public is tired of our government and we have completely lost faith in those that claim to "lead". Our country is broken folks..and I can't voice this enough. Can Sarah fix it?...probably not. But she can lead a band of those that can...if not Sarah...then who? Let's get away from focusing on Sarah and focus on what's right for the country, for our country. If those of you feel threatened by her...maybe you should re-evaluate your actions. I challenge you to find the solutions to make our country great once again. We need jobs, affordable health care, and the ability to live without fear of foreclosures...we need to get out of this feudalistic society that others call government. You can't tax your way out of a recession, it's time to think outside the box...to find positive solutions (not Band-Aids)....find the solution if you want to keep your job and let Sarah take care of herself.

Posted by: sticks50 | November 10, 2010 2:18 PM | Report abuse

Rest assured that when Collins is up for re-election, Palin will have a Tea Partier ready to challenge her--especially if Murkowski beats Miller. Palin never fails to nurse a grudge forever.

Posted by: bitterblogger | November 10, 2010 2:16 PM | Report abuse

Rest assured that when Collins is up for re-election, Palin will have a Tea Partier ready to challenge her--especially if Murkowski beats Miller. Palin never fails to nurse a grudge forever.

Posted by: bitterblogger | November 10, 2010 2:13 PM | Report abuse

One thing that I keep in mind isn't that Sarah might run for president in 2012...it's that she's making the country think and start to take action. I think the point that Sarah is bringing to the table is that the public is tired of our goverment and we have completely lost faith in those that claim to "lead". Our country is broken folks..and I can't voice this enough. Can Sarah fix it?...probably not. But she can lead a band of those that can...if not Sarah...then who? Let's get away from focusing on Sarah and focus on what's right for the country, for our country. If those of you feel threatened by her...maybe you should re-evaluate your actions. I challenge you to find the solutions to make our country great once again. We need jobs, affordable health care, and the ability to live without fear of foreclosures...we need to get out of this feudalistic society that others call government. You can't tax your way out of a recession, it's time to think outside the box...to find positive solutions (not bandaids)....find the solution if you want to keep your job and let Sarah take care of herself.

Posted by: sticks50 | November 10, 2010 2:11 PM | Report abuse

Americans await the strong CLEAN pragmatic and proven leadership of Mitt Romney, the most qualified candidate to ever run for POTUS in American history.

In 2012 WE need to hire the "most qualified" candidate.........NOT a candidate based on his/her 1. color of their skin, 2. Gender, or 3. their sexual orientation.......

Mitt Romney / Marco Rubio 2012.........

Posted by: allenridge | November 10, 2010 2:03 PM | Report abuse

Somebody better advise Senator collins that the make-up of the Republican freshmen class coming into the Senate is far from moderate.
By the way, moderates will have less power in the upcoming Congress; Senator Collins better get used to that fact.

Posted by: pielusztcontractor | November 10, 2010 1:51 PM | Report abuse

Somebody better advise Senator collins that the make-up of the Republican freshmen class coming into the Senate is far from moderate.
By the way, moderates will have less power in the upcoming Congress; Senator Collins better get used to that fact.

Posted by: pielusztcontractor | November 10, 2010 1:47 PM | Report abuse

Don't worry, Sen. Collins, some billionaire right winger will gift Palin millions not to spoil Karl Rove's plans to run the Republican he wants for President, and Palin will then not run for President. After all, she does love money more than the responsibilities of governing, and Karl Rove knows that. And so does Palin.

Posted by: MaryCarmela | November 10, 2010 1:42 PM | Report abuse

Agreed. By cat sound I mean anyone who criticizes Palin goes on her "enemies" list. And I LOVE intra-party squabbling. Palin is trying to take over the repuggy party and the repuggies are not happy about the race to the bottom. I LOVE DeMint using a shiv on McConnell.... I look forward to Paul throwing a dead possum into McConnells yard, etc...

Posted by: WmLaney | November 10, 2010 1:35 PM | Report abuse

After she has been dumb enough to report their conversation to the news media, the new Senator may not be so enthused to join a Mod Squad that includes anyone as loose-lipped as Collins.

Posted by: jimhale2 | November 10, 2010 1:30 PM | Report abuse

I hope that Sarah is banking some of those millions. Now that she is picking fights with Republicans and the WSJ (a Fox paper), her "star appeal" will fade quickly.

Posted by: OldUncleTom | November 10, 2010 1:23 PM | Report abuse

I hope that Sarah is banking some of those millions. Now that she is picking fights with Republicans and the WSJ (a Fox paper), her "star appeal" will fade quickly.

Posted by: OldUncleTom | November 10, 2010 1:22 PM | Report abuse

To: WmLaney--the cat sound: your own I assume?

Actually many of us hope that the nitwit runs for prez. Should she get the primary nod the 'pube/tea-bagger party would be giving the gift that keeps on giving to the democratic party and other progressives.

I say-run palin run. The tie in to the simpleton Gump is extraordinarily appropriate by the way.

Posted by: spike591011 | November 10, 2010 1:12 PM | Report abuse

Collins is right, and Palin knows it. She is a quitter after all.

Posted by: bookworm333 | November 10, 2010 1:07 PM | Report abuse

{cat sound]

Posted by: WmLaney | November 10, 2010 1:02 PM | Report abuse

Wow, Susan Collins is the only GOP member you can come up with to dis Sarah Palin? Collins is as much a conservative as Obama is humble.

Posted by: coffeetime | November 10, 2010 12:54 PM | Report abuse

Wow, Susan Collins is the only GOP member you can come up with to dis Sarah Palin? Collins is as much a conservative as Obama is humble.

Posted by: coffeetime | November 10, 2010 12:52 PM | Report abuse

I hope that moderate Senators like Snowe and Collins still will have some power in the new Congress.

I hope they will both show that power in the lame duck session by approving the repeal of DADT. The time for that is now and they can be the heroes the LGBT community needs. Large percentages of the American people agree with repeal and it has the backing of Secretary Gates and people like Guilliani, Bloomberg, O'Reilly and others who have come out for repeal now. Move this issue now, pass repeal, and finally take it off the table as a distraction so other issues can be dealt with.

Posted by: peterdc | November 10, 2010 12:28 PM | Report abuse

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