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Posted at 4:29 PM ET, 02/12/2011

Sarah Palin fuels talk with chief-of-staff hire

By Emi Kolawole

Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin has added fuel to the firestorm of speculation that she may launch a 2012 presidential bid.

Palin recently announced that she has hired Michael Glassner to serve as chief of staff to her political team. Glassner, whose hiring was first reported by CNN, will be responsible for managing Palin's small, loosely organized team across a number of states.

While Palin has not formally announced her 2012 plans, hiring Glassner signals that she may be considering a presidential bid more seriously than has been thought.

The announcement also comes during the annual Conservative Political Action Conference, a three-day meeting of Republican party establishment leaders and grass-roots conservatives. The conference is serving as the first opportunity for potential 2012 candidates to introduce (or re-introduce) themselves to the party's base.

Potential presidential candidates Mitt Romney, Tim Pawlenty, Newt Gingrich and Haley Barbour have brandished their conservative credentials during the meeting, even as Palin has remained notably absent (she has turned down a keynote speaker invitation four years in a row).

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By Emi Kolawole  | February 12, 2011; 4:29 PM ET
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rogue
–noun
1.a dishonest, knavish person; scoundrel.

Considerin­g the 1st definition of rogue, I must take Palin at her word when she says she's "going rogue." Palin has found that she's better suited to wave the flag, and repetitive­ly babble words like freedom, and the constituti­on, to hide her lack of leadership­, and vision. If there is one thing that I can respect, and makes me glad about Palin, it's that she doesn't pretend to like anyone, and that divisivene­ss will keep her sidelined, and fairly ineffectiv­e in shaping national policy, as the rest of America moves on without her, and her ilk. If she ever pretends to unite people, it's then when she'll be a little more dangerous, except the money's not as good then!

Posted by: woolleyworld1 | February 16, 2011 4:48 AM | Report abuse

If Palin were to be elected, would our country turn into the Wild West? Would there be mass exodus to Canada? I created a visual commentary about her role in the recent violent attacks on my artist's blog at http://dregstudiosart.blogspot.com/2011/01/sarah-palin-made-me-do-it.html Drop by and let me know what YOU think!

Posted by: dregstudios | February 14, 2011 4:47 PM | Report abuse

The thing about Palin is that she speaks the language of the poorly educated in America…that is a lot of the voters. The well educated, well spoken WaPo readers are making fun of her comments on Egypt and those comments are hard to read. Her style is not worthy of being written down and remembered except…she uses common phrases and she pauses with a “fill in the blank” style that allows people access. They can relate based on what they think is right, they can say in their own heads…”yea right”. So it’s not well written, it does not illustrate intelligence, but it does communicate to a large portion of our population. WE need to get America back to respecting education and taking pride in well thought out and well delivered comments from our politicians. Bottom line, the elite should not be feared, but nurtured to serve the society that afforded them their fancy credentials. I hope Palin and Trump run; it would be good for America.

Posted by: shredder1 | February 14, 2011 11:33 AM | Report abuse

The thing about Palin is that she speaks the language of the poorly educated in America…that is a lot of the voters. The well educated, well spoken WaPo readers are making fun of her comments on Egypt and those comments are hard to read. Her style is not worthy of being written down and remembered except…she uses common phrases and she pauses with a “fill in the blank” style that allows people access. They can relate based on what they think is right, they can say in their own heads…”yea right”. So it’s not well written, it does not illustrate intelligence, but it does communicate to a large portion of our population. WE need to get America back to respecting education and taking pride in well thought out and well delivered comments from our politicians. Bottom line, the elite should not be feared, but nurtured to serve the society that afforded them their fancy credentials. I hope Palin and Trump run; it would be good for America.

Posted by: shredder1 | February 14, 2011 11:33 AM | Report abuse

The thing about Palin is that she speaks the language of the poorly educated in America…that is a lot of the voters. The well educated, well spoken WaPo readers are making fun of her comments on Egypt and those comments are hard to read. Her style is not worthy of being written down and remembered except…she uses common phrases and she pauses with a “fill in the blank” style that allows people access. They can relate based on what they think is right, they can say in their own heads…”yea right”. So it’s not well written, it does not illustrate intelligence, but it does communicate to a large portion of our population. WE need to get America back to respecting education and taking pride in well thought out and well delivered comments from our politicians. Bottom line, the elite should not be feared, but nurtured to serve the society that afforded them their fancy credentials. I hope Palin and Trump run; it would be good for America.

Posted by: shredder1 | February 14, 2011 11:29 AM | Report abuse

Wouldn't a Trump/Palin ticket be a hoot. He has that thing on his head and she has nothing in her head.

Posted by: racam | February 14, 2011 12:16 AM | Report abuse

Never mind that she would be crushed in any debates against Obama, I doubt she could survive any debates in the Republican primaries. After those incoherent remarks on Egypt this week, she's obviously not the brightest light bulb in the GOP pack.

Posted by: lddoyle2002 | February 13, 2011 4:50 PM | Report abuse

She won't run. She can't win with only a few thousand supporters, and her skin is way too thin to not be completely devastated when the other candidates dredge up every stupid thing she's said and done in the last two years alone. Her political legacy alone will do her in - she accepted 97% of the US pork tossed to Alaska, and she cut the budget for special needs and domestic violence. While she was exonerated in many of the ethics charges, she was found guilty in more than one of them and was found to have abused her power of office. And let's not forget, she just up and quit after only two years. She knows no road too low that she won't take, has no intention of ever ignoring someone who dares speak ill of her no matter how trivial the subject, she can't communicate about one single issue without a lot of help - including the use of the terrible telepromptor - and she relies on other people to constantly explain what she means. (She herself can't keep track of her own explanations.)

She won't run. It's just too much work. She'd have to talk to everybody, not just the people who believe in her. She'd have to bone up on everything from geography to history. She'd have to be accountable. She'd have to be committed.

She won't run.

Posted by: ktvanw | February 13, 2011 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Run, Idiot, - we will have fun.

Posted by: lordmi | February 13, 2011 2:23 PM | Report abuse

I hope the Wasillabilly dingbat does run. I wouldn't vote for that snarky, big mouthed idiot for dog catcher.

Posted by: CorrineK | February 13, 2011 1:15 AM | Report abuse

Run Sarah B.S., run!
Don’t forget to pick either the morbidly obese, radio psychopath or Bill O’Dummy as your running mate. Man, what a pathetic combo for the GOP.

Posted by: analyst72 | February 12, 2011 10:45 PM | Report abuse

Bimbo for President....That's a good slogan.
she ought to go far.

Posted by: sameolddoc | February 12, 2011 9:57 PM | Report abuse

PLEASE run, Sarah! If you need a running mate, Dan Quayle is tanned, rested, and ready!

(Ought to be good for about 70-30 Obama...)

Posted by: A_Reader | February 12, 2011 9:16 PM | Report abuse

PLEASE run, Sarah! If you need a running mate, Dan Quayle is tanned, rested, and ready!

(Ought to be good for about 70-30 Obama...)

Posted by: A_Reader | February 12, 2011 9:15 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin America's laughing stock and swan song...an international disaster

Posted by: rkid1 | February 12, 2011 8:35 PM | Report abuse

For all the party supporters we are way past standing by our party...at this juncture
it would be best that the best man or woman win...the very best.
I am a Republican who finds not one redeeming factor about the Democratic party. However, the Republican party is just bloody awful right now.

Posted by: rkid1 | February 12, 2011 8:29 PM | Report abuse

The Wasilla Steamer is gonna turn out to be the Fred Thompson of 2012. She's even intelectualy lazier than he was, if that's possible.

Posted by: lenfercetlesautres1 | February 12, 2011 8:29 PM | Report abuse

It is true that virtually all public speakers blunder from time to time. However, those who are serious about assuming positions of top ranking national leadership are ofter very mindful and cognizant about what and how they say what they say.

Fitting leaders would be careful because their words, actions, affiliations and alliances are monitored, scrutinized, and measure and the oversight is a must.

So, some people might say they like Palin because she is outspoken but the leader we need now needs to be more than outspoken...the leader need to be impeccable.

Our nation is currently in the eye of a perfect storm and we need a well prepared, highly intelligent (not spunky or entertaining) formidable leader that can rally us together as one nation. I believe the eleventh hour has passed for us as a nation and thus we are doomed but for the grace of God.

Below are some bits on Palin and the reason she is getting the flack is because she courting the media. However, there are a tons of similar players from both parties who are ill prepared and would be disastrous as a next president..they just do not court the media like Palin and her family do (whether is is "Dancing with the Stars" or "The Palin Talk Show.") Our next president really should not be an ex-talk show host. Especially if the baby daddy for her teenage daughter keeps spilling all the beans.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/12/arts/television/12palin.html

http://www.entertainmedaily.com/2010/07/idiot-palin-misspeaks-again/

Sarah Palin did say "I can see Russia from my house!". SNL didn't invent the line, Tina Fey just took the original reply to Gibson and changed it to "I can see Russia from my house!" I watched it, and the original went like this: Gibson asked Palin about her lack of foreign relations experience. She replied by saying that "Well, Charlie, you know, we can see Russia from Alaska." He waited a beat, surely thinking there was a punchline, but none was forthcoming.

Then, when she interviewed with Couric, she got asked about this again. She not only repeated this nonsense, but then added the fact that "Putin flies overhead ya know." It was appallingly funny and frightening all at the same time.

What's even funnier is that some Republicans, who can't deny she said these things, just reply that she was right, Russia can be seen from Alaska. Forget the fact that she thinks that gives her foreign relations experience.

Posted by: rkid1 | February 12, 2011 8:21 PM | Report abuse

Well who else could she choose since Joe McCarthy's still dead just like Franco...

Posted by: affable100 | February 12, 2011 7:30 PM | Report abuse

GO SARAH !

Sincerely,
The Democratic Party

.

Posted by: DrainYou | February 12, 2011 7:08 PM | Report abuse


Go for it Sarah Palin in 2012 Your the ONE!

Posted by: Ralphinphnx | February 12, 2011 5:22 PM |
___________________________________________________________

NO... your the one.

Posted by: 5inchtaint | February 12, 2011 6:56 PM | Report abuse

Run, Sarah, run!

-B.H. Obama

Posted by: ajlerner1 | February 12, 2011 6:52 PM | Report abuse

Guessing the writers at SNL are sending her big donations. Her making public appearances during a campaign gives them lots of time off as she "writes" the material for them.

Posted by: John1263 | February 12, 2011 6:50 PM | Report abuse

Didn't know Wasilla needed a new mayor.

Posted by: John1263 | February 12, 2011 6:48 PM | Report abuse

I'm inclined to laugh, especially as this comes at the end of the annual CPAC comedy festival.

But I also remember what Mencken said about underestimating the intelligence of the American public.

Posted by: turningfool | February 12, 2011 6:39 PM | Report abuse

I thought the Washington Post planned to boycott giving Palin any press during the month of February. While she is a LONG SHOT to be the GOP candidate, she relies on free press to keep her name out there. Kind of sad giving her so much attention when we could be reading other substantive news.

Posted by: jeanne021556 | February 12, 2011 6:09 PM | Report abuse

Please, please sarah, run!!! This will be the most hysterical thing I've seen in a long time! Oh please!!! Unfortunately I think the GOP will crush you first, before you even get the chance, darn it!

Posted by: WasGOPnowFree | February 12, 2011 5:54 PM | Report abuse

@Ralphinphnx:

You're going to be wasting your vote. Sarah Palin does not have a snowball's chance in hell of getting elected POTUS. In case you haven't noticed, Ms. Palin is seriously lacking in her ability to do anything beyond lobbing silly junior high attacks at her political opponents. She is incapable of forming an intelligent thought, let alone forming the proper words to express the thought.

If you want to keep lying to yourself, go right ahead. But Republicans and Democrats alike realize that this woman is nothing more than a celebrity seeking, money grubbing mean girl who has no qualms about lying and/or twisting the truth to get what she wants -- which is money and power.

Next time you are thinking about who you want to vote for, start thinking with your brain instead of your "little head"

Posted by: MrsSixx | February 12, 2011 5:42 PM | Report abuse

I'm a conservative; always have been. I'd give REAL MONEY if Sarah Palin would GO AWAY> Please --- JUST GO AWAY!!!

Posted by: ArtOhio | February 12, 2011 5:31 PM | Report abuse

I'm a conservative; always have been. I'd give REAL MONEY if Sarah Palin would GO AWAY. Please --- JUST GO AWAY!!!

Posted by: ArtOhio | February 12, 2011 5:31 PM | Report abuse

Oh well,what would the liberals and Obamabot Democrats do with themslves if they couldn't bash Sarah Palin,and foam at
the mouth,while sitting quivering in fear,
at the very mention of Sarah Palin's name?
Well,you can add this Independent Voter to
the list of millions that also support her
and would gladly vote for Sarah Palin in
2012 for President and help drive the lefty
looney toons and Comrade from Kenya Messiah
Barack Hussein Obama totally insane! Go for
it Sarah Palin in 2012 Your the ONE!

Posted by: Ralphinphnx | February 12, 2011 5:22 PM | Report abuse

Ha! You're getting Milbank all excited!

Posted by: 2012frank | February 12, 2011 5:08 PM | Report abuse

If she's not running, why hire a political chief of staff? And leak the announcement during the CPAC conference? I look forward to the first debate where Witless from Wasilla kicks "Dog on Man Santorum" in the testicles as "Multiple Choice Mitt" explains why he supported individual health insurance mandates in Mass.

Posted by: BBear1 | February 12, 2011 5:00 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin for president is an oxymoron!

Posted by: jdman2 | February 12, 2011 4:53 PM | Report abuse

Thank you Jeebus!

Posted by: willandjansdad1 | February 12, 2011 4:52 PM | Report abuse

Thank you Jeebus!

Posted by: willandjansdad1 | February 12, 2011 4:52 PM | Report abuse

I'd like to see Palin and Coulter have a discussion. Can you imagine the amount of hyperbole and outright lies the two of them might spew? More likely, though, they would adore each other in that fawning fake Glen Beck way; sociopaths uniting for the common cause of self aggrandizement. Oh how I love the circus!

Posted by: greeenmtns | February 12, 2011 4:52 PM | Report abuse

Please run Sarah I might even help with your campaign to receive the GOP nomination then sit back and watch the ensuing Obama landslide.

Posted by: waxtraxs | February 12, 2011 4:45 PM | Report abuse

Bwohahahahahahahahaha!

Posted by: abigsam | February 12, 2011 4:45 PM | Report abuse

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