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Post political writer Michael Leahy suggests that things aren't going all that smoothly back home in Alaska for Gov. Sarah Palin, the former Republican vice presidential nominee. Leahy's article this morning has energized our Readers Who Comment in ways I haven't seen since the votes were counted.

Readers cheer or boo. Many -- apparently from both sides of aisle -- wonder why we wrote the story.

There are predictable cheap shots ("She can stay in Alaska forever looking at Russia from her home," Diori wrote). But the fact remains Palin energized the Republican base and may well be a force to be reckoned with in the future. I expect we'll read some more about her, here and elsewhere.

We'll start with cornelius_thalmudge who asked, "Why is this even news? Why is this person even relevant? Why did I read this article?"

But jd5024 wrote, "Articles about Sarah, any articles, are great. She's a complete non-entity, but the mere mention of her name can cause apoplexy among the losers of the left. You go, girl!"

And markandbeth said, "Sarah Palin did more to boost McCains poll numbers than anthing McCain ever did. She will be a factor for democrats to contend with for a long time because unlike them, she is the real thing."

kedavis wrote, "slow news day"

mcleangirl wondered, "How long is she going to use the "You're picking on me" excuse for not knowing what to say?"

playfair109 wrote, "I love Palin, but I have absolutely no idea what the point of this article was except that it illustrates the effect (love her or hate her) that Sarah Palin has on the media."

Phil6 predicted , "[Louisiana Gov.] Bobby Jindal - 2012!!"

markst wrote, "As a Democrat I certainly hope Ms. Palin runs for, and wins the Republic Party nomination for the Presidency in 2012. She is the one person on the political horizon who has an outside shot at making the late unlamented Mr. Bush look like something resembling a competent President."

TaxpayerWP said, "The Post should be deeply ashamed of its "reporting" on Gov. Palin during and after the campaign. Driven by deep cultural bias, ignorance, intolerance, and fear - you did a poor job. Some of this was probably unintentional, but one has to believe that most of it was quite intentional."

jbleenyc wrote, "It has taken quite a long time for Palin to lose some of that "self assurance"... Her ills were largely self inflicted, and the McCain people used her. That is the reality of big time politics."

Nanookofthenorth said, "The pit-bull in lipstick is feeling beaten up? What? I imagine that's how attack dogs feel after a beat down like that election. She ought to stay in Alaska where she clearly belongs..."

tcdifla wrote, "I have to tell you, you media types are "Johnny on the spot" when it comes to Sarah Palin. But, enter the Messiah, and all your curiousity seems to just disappear."

1Alaskan said, "I was surprised when Sarah Palin was elected governor, shocked when she was selected as John McCain's running mate, and remain truly baffled that anyone would trust her with control over aspects of their lives. Is there something people can see from afar that is not visible here in Alaska?"

snowy2 wrote, "What a perfect time for a Sarah Palin article- just in time to deflect attention from yet another Democrat (Burris) in the news for shady dealings... So, yes, lets all hate Sarah. She is all that is wrong and the Dems are all that is right."

We'll close with fstone, who said, "She has a flair, and an adversarial mode that appeals to those who have little else to cheer for... But if she has the intellect to be a leader when is she going to step up and show it?... One has to be able to meet the outside world, especially including the media, and be able to intelligently discuss natonal issues... Now she has so much to undo, it is doubtful if some will be able to see beyond the woeful image she made when not scripted in front of friendly audiences."

All comments on this article are here.

By Doug Feaver  |  February 18, 2009; 6:49 AM ET
Categories:  Palin , Republicans  | Tags: Alaska, Palin, Republicans  
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The GOP needs to get with the program, and presuming they're willing, give us the real thing in 2012, a Limbaugh-Coulter ticket.

I'm only serious. Talk about energizing the base! Forget Gov. Palin - she'll have too much experience by then. With Newt, Delay, and Bush a bust, does not the GOP look almost exclusively to Rush for rules and to Ann for guidance on what's au courant in hate?

Yes, they love as well as hate, just like all of us, but only the GOP hates the federal government, which Reagan dubbed the problem not the solution. Republicans are notoriously on record as wanting to "reduce it to a size to be drowned in a bathtub".

So why worry about experience and intellectual gravitas? Who needs it to run the fed into the ground?

Posted by: jhbyer | February 23, 2009 5:08 PM | Report abuse

Only "true believers" are left in the Republican party anyway, so it's not unexpected that "Republicans" would love her.

But face it, she cannot string together one complete understandable sentence. She's all ambition and no substance, and it shows. She's the Britney Spears of politics.

Posted by: RealCalGal | February 20, 2009 2:00 PM | Report abuse

She sets my teeth on edge; her whiny voice, her mean mouth, her provincial mindset. If she is the darling of the Republican base then no wonder they are a dwindling minority in American politics.

Posted by: Katy5 | February 19, 2009 6:42 PM | Report abuse

MAKE IT STOP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: sugarstreet | February 18, 2009 9:47 PM | Report abuse

We're not so much energized as scared. She might be a force, but so is a hand grenade. She is jaw-droppingly unfit for national and international politics. If she ever got a more important post, she┬┤d be dangerous to the world.

Posted by: asoders22 | February 18, 2009 5:37 PM | Report abuse

Like Bob ~Dylan sang,
When you got nothing, you got nothing to lose
You're invisible now, you got no secrets to conceal.

The Republicans

Posted by: edlharris | February 18, 2009 10:44 AM | Report abuse

We are energised only because she is always courting the media and then is whining all the time. I am a mother of three very strong young ladies who feel she is a disservice to women and is an embarrassment. I totaly agree with them.

If she cannot take the heat then she should not court them so blatantly and aggressively.

Posted by: sithole | February 18, 2009 10:34 AM | Report abuse

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