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No, America. It's not Groundhog Day. But you'd be forgiven for thinking so if you suffered through Gov. Sarah Palin's speech this morning before the Republican Governors Association. (And don't get me started about her three-question "press conference" that was like a Seinfeld episode: about nothing.)

Even though the election was nine days ago, the failed vice presidential nominee tweaked President-elect Barack Obama for lacking executive experience and offered up the help of her fellow Republican governors to guide him. She praised her running mate, Sen. John McCain. She trotted out Joe the Plumber, Tito the Builder, the families of special needs children, Barney Frank and veterans, rhetorically speaking. And when Palin got around to the future of the Republican Party, she fell back on her well-worn ideas of lower taxes, efficient bureaucracy, production of U.S. energy supplies and changing Washington.

If Palin is the future of the party of Lincoln today, the party of Lincoln is in trouble. She could be, one day. But that would require her to duck the lights and cameras, stop talking and start learning. More thoughtfulness about the future of the GOP has been expressed at the Miami gathering by two very able governors, Tim Pawlenty (Minn.) and Bobby Jindal (La.). Palin would do well to watch, listen and learn from the wealth of talent around her.

By Jonathan Capehart  | November 13, 2008; 10:55 AM ET
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If you want her to stop, then you have to start writing about her. There are more stories about Palin than about our President-Elect!

Seriously. This woman is a phenomena we have not seen since -- Barack Obama... We are all fascinated. Let her have her 15 days of fame. We love it!

Posted by: RoseL1 | November 13, 2008 11:11 AM | Report abuse

I agree Pawlenty, Jindal, and Romney are the brains of the GOP but the party is buried in the brain dead nonsense of the Reagan years - paraded around in the vessel called Sarah Palin.

We didn't know what the consequences were 20 years ago and everything seemed like it was fixed under Clinton but little did we know.

But now it is clear that there are some inviolate mathematical laws that one are prefixed to the global economy. If you cross them your economy dies eventually.

The Bushes and Reagan violated them and now the economy is choking.

Posted by: agapn9 | November 13, 2008 11:13 AM | Report abuse

Capehart, Please Go Away

And take the rest of the bitter partisans on either side with you. Your petty nastiness is a poor excuse for analysis.

Posted by: bobmoses | November 13, 2008 11:14 AM | Report abuse

There is only one way to stop Sarah Palin from running her big mouth.... duct tape!

Posted by: bdschwartz71 | November 13, 2008 11:22 AM | Report abuse

I think Jindal is the future of the Repuplican party. Just like the Democrats went far left after they lost big, and got a beating again before they woke up. The GOP went more right after their their first beating at the mid-terms and then got beat up some more last week. I don't think they have quite hit bottom yet, but when they do I think guys like Jindal and former Md. Lt Gov. Michael Steele will lead them into the light. Jindal is a leader. He is intelligent, pragmatic, and a good communicator. He is popular in his own state even across racial boundries.

Posted by: akmzrazor | November 13, 2008 11:23 AM | Report abuse

Sarah didn't know the countries involved in NAFTA, whether Africa was a country or continent, and could not mention a single newspaper by name that she reads regularly.

What can she learn in four years that would qualify her for the most powerful and prestigious position in the world? Her incompetence, ignorance and religious faith litmus test for secular policies is George W. repackaged. Haven't we had enough of Bush, Cheney, and Rove?

Posted by: wlarry8115 | November 13, 2008 11:35 AM | Report abuse

I could imagine a press conference held by Palin on some Caucasus showdown between US/NATO forces and Russia: "So Putin says he wants to take back the rebel areas but I'm like, No you cant! They're independent and they rule themselves! If you try anything, you betcha we're going to be stopping you. And then he was like..."

Really, Obama's spent most of his life studying and preparing for this job. It's obvious, and whether you agree with him or not, you've got to admit he's a pretty thoughtful guy with plenty of ideas, and above all, he seems not to consider himself to be overly important to the solution. Said another way, he believes the outcome is much more important than his involvement with it. (Those of us who admire and support him look at his appointment of Rahm Emanuel as chief of staff as a recognition that he needs a pragmatic enforcer to make up for one of his own areas of lack. In other words, he's off to a great start.)

Palin, I think, like Bush, is uninterested in what needs to be done, and doesn't devote a moment's thought to it. All she knows is, she wants to be in charge of whatever's happening. She couldn't be more opposite to Obama. And I agree with Capehart: if she's seriously plotting a future in national politics, she needs to drop the diva bit and start learning about the things that concern the nation. That means more than rehearsing the same old principles. I can guarantee that if, in four years, she makes a run and she's saying the same things she is now, she'll run aground in the primaries and be finished.

Posted by: whizbang9a | November 13, 2008 11:47 AM | Report abuse

Can't we make her just STOP? I am sooooo sick of this woman!!!

Posted by: Tootsumi | November 13, 2008 11:49 AM | Report abuse

The woman is like a roach. Just when you thought she was gone, damn there she is again!

Posted by: tydicea | November 13, 2008 11:54 AM | Report abuse

If Palin is the future of the party of Lincoln today, the party of Lincoln is in trouble
Thank you. I can't believe that even Republican primary voters are dumb enough to put Palin on a national ticket again. But I wouldnt put it past Alaskans to inflict her on the Senate. If you'll elect a crook, you'll elect an airhead.

Posted by: davidscott1 | November 13, 2008 11:57 AM | Report abuse


Those allegations have been debunked by the people who were actually there when the briefings occured. Maybe the source is the one that MSNBC cited on the air yesterday (before finally admitting that it was a hoax). Don't believe all you hear/read, especially from those who don't want to be cited.

It is normal that Palin, as a governor who was not running for national office, would not have much foreign policy experience when she came onto the national stage. However, to dismiss her as some of you do is to underestimate her and her connection to many Americans. Why is it that people cannot simply disagree without wanting to censor and shut up opposition? Kind of reminds me of the gay marriage debate. Agree with us or die!

The same people who want Palin to shut up and disappear were the ones protesting that she was not available to the media during the campaign. You don't like her fine but no need to denigrate, insult and censor.

Posted by: RoseL1 | November 13, 2008 11:57 AM | Report abuse

If the media would stop seeking her out, and giving her so much air time, she's quietly go back to Alaska. Let's hope.

Posted by: betty1522 | November 13, 2008 11:59 AM | Report abuse

We Democrats can only hope the Republican party looks to Palin to be their leader for years to come.

Posted by: rclab | November 13, 2008 12:00 PM | Report abuse

You go, girl. Talk, talk, talk. Go up and talk any time you see a camera.

And RePubs? This is your gal. This is the woman to lead you. Take Sarah Palin, please.

And please don't let anyone teach her rhetoric, or even sentence structure.

She was thoroughly rejected by the American people, and the more you push her forward, the better for America.

"We are now the minority party. Let us not be the negative party" I just heard her say. LOL.

What is the opposite of self-awareness? She is self-clueless.

Posted by: RealCalGal | November 13, 2008 12:03 PM | Report abuse

Please stop writing about her is the best way for her to go away.

Posted by: jrubin1 | November 13, 2008 12:05 PM | Report abuse

Thank you, Jonathan! I'm not crazy! I'm not the only person in America that sits open mouthed at the television everytime this woman speaks wondering if I'm crazy or being punked by the media.

Posted by: NMP1 | November 13, 2008 12:07 PM | Report abuse

Aside from Bush, Palin has to be the 2nd Most stupidest person in politics.

Please shut the F up, Sarah.

She can't even speak english, she can't answer questions in a sentence or two, but in full paragraphs that go in circles over the circles she's just talked about, with a whole lots of "also's" and "there, too's" used to join one incoherent rambling with another.

Dumber than a box of rocks.

Posted by: jfern03 | November 13, 2008 12:25 PM | Report abuse

No, the only way to make her stop is to STOP writing about her. This woman must NEVER be president. Even of the PTA.

Posted by: martimr1 | November 13, 2008 12:26 PM | Report abuse

No! No! No! I love her! She so sexy!!! She's the futore of the party! She love G-d!! She must be on my TV every day!!! I love her.....

Posted by: MajorMelFunkshion | November 13, 2008 12:26 PM | Report abuse

"Guys like Jindal and former Md. Lt Gov. Michael Steele will lead them into the light."

Trust me, Steele isn't up to the job. His four years in Maryland proved that. He seems pleasant enough on the outside, but he isn't very bright.

Posted by: kjohnson3 | November 13, 2008 12:29 PM | Report abuse

Sarah continues to show her maverick spirit. The speech that she gave this morning was the speech that she wanted to give on election night before she was informed that the VP candidate was not the person in the spotlight and she would not be able to speak. Sarah continues to get out the message that she wants to convey.

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

I don't think Palin stands a chance of rising in the Republican party. She's too dumb, too polarizing, and too partisan.

This round of TV spots and interviews she's been doing is just an effort to extend her 15 minutes of fame into a full half-hour sit-com.

Don't worrry. She'll get cancelled.

Posted by: kjohnson3 | November 13, 2008 12:34 PM | Report abuse

Do you want her to go away? Then remember this little verse.

"Sticks and stones can break on bones aimed with an angry art.
Words can sting like anything but silence breaks the heart."

Just ignore her. Some of us aren't happy going away in good style. We have to milk the issue till it's as dry and tasteless as possible.

Posted by: Annie008 | November 13, 2008 12:55 PM | Report abuse

I agree that Sarah Palin might actually one day have something to contribute, but she definitely does have a lot to learn. She barely knows what she thinks about anything, and, if all she does, is regurgitate the current Republican right-wing, she and the Republicans will both find out just how few people really feel that way.

Posted by: jm817 | November 13, 2008 12:57 PM | Report abuse


How stupid do Republicans have to be allow this unrivaled MORON to continue to define their party??


You have allowed her brand of Redneck ignorance and hate to take over the Republican airwaves.....WHY?!!!!!!

She is like a jilted teenager, trying to regain her popularity, and has hijacked your party's platform in order to reek vengence on those who voted against her!!


Isn't there one intelligent Republican left in this country??

Posted by: misssymoto | November 13, 2008 1:00 PM | Report abuse

Even though I'm a Dem, I was very impressed w/Pawlenty and have been with Jindal during Hurrican Ike. Palin is a mystery to me. I understand why she might want to redress some of the comments coming from the McCain campaign, but she really added nothing to her stump speech. She's still concerned about Pres.-elect Obama palling around with terrorists, though she wishes him well. There are some very bright lights among the GOP governors; Palim doesn't seem to be one of them. In a time of crisis, it would be helpful to hear from the Romneys, Pawlentys, Jindals, et als. Obama himself has said the Dems have no premium on good ideas, Palin, however, seemed stumped when asked about the auto bailout. McCain did not do the GOP any favors by bringing someone this provincial and unready to the national stage too soon. She's an embarassment to the GOP.

Posted by: Aegirlish34 | November 13, 2008 1:00 PM | Report abuse

I question why the media went after Sarah so ruthlessly after a terrific intro at the republican convention. If I just listen and watch her I think she seems so authentic whether I agree with her or not. Listening to the media she is stupid, an unfit mom, totally unqualified for anything, you name it. What are you scared of? More babies with DS will be born instead of aborted? Having a baby with DS takes a lot of courage and one must be totaly true to their beliefs to happily look forward to such a task. Sarah is someone we should take seriously. I did not vote for McCain because the country needed to move left but after 8 years of Obama we may need to go back right. If that is true then I have not discounted Sarah.

Posted by: questioner3 | November 13, 2008 1:06 PM | Report abuse

While Sarah Palin is bad enough...what i am really doing is holding my ears while screaming "MAKE THEM STOP, MAKE THEM STOP!" The media!!! Find something else or someone else to write about. If Matt Lauer, wolf Blitzer, Greta, and all the other TV people stop asking for interviews and the print people stop doing columns, may be Sarah will slink off back to Alaska and leave us alone.

Posted by: susanr1 | November 13, 2008 1:16 PM | Report abuse

Can Sarah Palin be so clueless as to imagine she has anything substantive to offer her constituents other than an Alaskan welfare check? I think not. I also think that the decline in oil prices will also challenge her limited capacity to govern with fiscal responsibility. She will soon be on her own bridge to nowhere.

Posted by: fjcarbone1 | November 13, 2008 1:18 PM | Report abuse

Questioner3, sounds authentic? Have you listened for content? She does not say a single thing except, "clothes", "jerks", "God", and "mean-spirited". Throw in "also", "therefore" and "here again" and you have a Palin speech. I'm waiting for something erudite to come out of her mouth that addresses issues and tells me she can apply logic!

I'm afraid of a woman who is furthering the idea that stupid women can get ahead if they just look good and sound authentic.

Look at Palin's answer to this question:

BLITZER: Let's talk about affirmative action right now. It's a sensitive subject. Now that there is a president-elect who is African-American, do you believe it is time to get rid of affirmative action in our country?

PALIN: I am one to believe in equal opportunity for everyone. And there probably are some specific policies that it is time that America can kind of turn that page, understanding that with the intent of treating everybody equally and providing equal opportunity in the work place and in education, there are some specific policies that I'm sure we can move beyond. And here again, as Barack Obama prepares to take this office of Washington and of Lincoln, what progress our nation has made in not allowing race to be prohibitive at all -- a prohibitive factor in an election.

I'm so proud of America and very happy to see what Barack Obama -- he has accomplished this for himself, but also for our nation, for our children to know that race is not a factor, cannot be a factor, cannot be a ceiling or a prohibition towards progress.

Now tell me what the heck she said? Did she answer that simple question? No. I'll tell you what she said. "I DON'T KNOW. And I'm waiting for someone else to float a solution so I can ride on their coattails."

She is authentic all right. Authentically uninformed. Authentically empty-headed. Authentically useless. Authenically ambitious. Authentically unqualified.

Posted by: agolembe | November 13, 2008 1:27 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin may not be going away any time soon but her light will eventually die out like all outspoken politicians, if you can call her one. Take a look at Howard Dean in the 2004 Campaign with his yelling and "for the people" slogans. Where is he now? Palin's riding on her cute-cheekiness, but honestly if we wanted that we would have elected a bunny.

Posted by: snguyenm | November 13, 2008 1:36 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin is the female version of George W. Bush.
I've never heard her speak without lying.
Unrepentant - her word - describes both her and Bush.
Palin/Joe the Plumber 2012
You Betcha!

Posted by: chucky-el | November 13, 2008 1:43 PM | Report abuse

Questioner3 wrote:

More babies with DS will be born instead of aborted? Having a baby with DS takes a lot of courage and one must be totaly true to their beliefs to happily look forward to such a task.

Fair enough, but maybe you'd like to explain why Sarah Palin cut the budget for Special Needs Children in Alaska by 62% BEFORE she had one of her own????

Palin takes audacity (and stupidity) to an entire new frontier.

Posted by: owiz | November 13, 2008 1:47 PM | Report abuse

The aftermath of elections are always especially interesting: the media and politicians let their hair down a bit, and this is when the best unfiltered assessments come out.

It's apparent that many in the media -- including Capehart -- truly hate Sarah Palin. Like many liberals, Capehart probably hates Palin because she's a prominent Republican and because liberals are supposed to "own" women (just as they do African-Americans). Philosopical bondage is just wrong, and it should not be expected.

Posted by: diehardlib | November 13, 2008 1:48 PM | Report abuse

I am so SICK of this woman. She is joke on so many levels. How can anyone take her seriously. She continues to promote decisiveness at a time like this in our country. What could be more dangerous??? I'd like to ask her what 'special' programs did she have in place for 'special needs' kids in her state BEFORE she had one???? Is this her new platform based solely on her PERSONAL life?? What does that say about her. She touts how 'America’s special needs families will have someone in the White House to speak for them'. What kind of crap is that? Does she have a brain? this makes her sound like an idiot. So in other words you have to be a special needs parent in order to fight for them and SHE only started this fight after she had a special needs kids...otherwise she would not been an advocate for them.

Posted by: SJean | November 13, 2008 1:50 PM | Report abuse

Open letter to Sarah Palin from an Alaska voter:


Posted by: yksin | November 13, 2008 1:52 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: SJean | November 13, 2008 1:54 PM | Report abuse

I find the abysmally small lack of criticism from the Republican leadership extremely telling. Sarah Palin energized a sagging GOP base so what can the intelligent leaders such as Pawlenty and Jindal do? They smile through clenched teeth, offer platitudes and talk about the issues. The leader of their party chose unwisely and lest it reflect badly on them by association, best not to say anything negative. Party unity is the enviable outcome of a sweeping Democratic victory. The Republicans do not want Momma Elephant accidentally squashing their little baby Dumbos.

Posted by: drgerbils | November 13, 2008 2:19 PM | Report abuse


Palin,,,, is all a Marxist Minion, like you can right about.
Because there is nothing, good to write Obama about. Is there ?

Palin keeps Obama brown nosers, like you, BLOW-bermann, Eugene Slob-binson, Rachel Madd-cow, Cris Gas-thews, In employed.

Posted by: dashriprock | November 13, 2008 2:32 PM | Report abuse

All the other Governors wish this ditz would go away.

man, I should have moved to alaska years ago and gotten into politics....

Here's a typical rambling of Palin that leaves one asking SAY WHAT?:

"...there, too, as I would be so blessed to serve the constituents, also, with other governors... on the frontlines of making things better for our citizens and this great country that we are blessed to reside in during our lifetimes, also... and reform there too, the things which make things better for all our children in this time of leadership, that we have been called upon to also reform for the constituents, as we are wishing Obama well in the office of Washington and Lincoln"

Posted by: jfern03 | November 13, 2008 2:41 PM | Report abuse

It is sad and amazing that in the Palin debate and interviews, nobody confronted her that she is out of touch with the independent/moderate voter who does not belong to either major party. Before her selection I was sitting on the fence. After I heard her speak there was no doubt that I would vote against any ticket that featured her. I am so sick of hearing her say the same things over and over. I wish she would fade away for at least a few months.

Posted by: mikeshore | November 13, 2008 2:45 PM | Report abuse

There sure seems to be a lot said about this Republican Governor. I wonder if it is because she is a threat to the Dems and their press elite?

Posted by: opditch | November 13, 2008 3:15 PM | Report abuse

It really is quite unbecoming for Palin to have her mug all over the place. This woman has no respect for protocol and tradition. She even showed up with her own concession speech for crying out loud! Although, I do suppose it possible (likely?) that this is just one more thing she is ignorant about.

Posted by: Gorbe67 | November 13, 2008 3:22 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin what a big AIR HEAD.

Posted by: root66m | November 13, 2008 3:44 PM | Report abuse


There sure seems to be a lot said about this Republican Governor. I wonder if it is because she is a threat to the Dems and their press elite?
She is a threat to everybody.

About the long rambling answer to the question whether there is still need for affirmative action, though - I read through it thoroughly, and it seems she is saying there are certain policies we can move beyond, by which she must mean affirmative action.

She is connecting to a lot of people, obviously, but that doesn't mean she can lead or figure out what is good for those people.

Posted by: asoders22 | November 13, 2008 3:48 PM | Report abuse

bobmoses why would democrats be "bitter partisans?" we just spanked that repthuglicon a$$ all the way across the board. We're running it now son, we ain't bitter, and we ain't even gotten started yet. As to palin, I don't understand why she's in the news at all. It's over. She needs to shut up, go away and crawl back under that rock she belongs under. What I will say is if this idiot bimbo is the best the repukes have to offer, the Dems will be in charge for a long time to come.

Posted by: red2million | November 13, 2008 3:54 PM | Report abuse

Hey Crapheart, why don't you go away. Maybe you should move to San Fransisco.....

Posted by: tcdifla | November 13, 2008 4:23 PM | Report abuse

I just glad to hear someone else say that it feels like ground hog day every time Sarah Palin opens her mouth. I said it before and can't help pointing backward by saying it again, but Sarah Palin is an empty dress with 3 inch heels.

Posted by: lindarj | November 13, 2008 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Here's a novel idea. For the past 8 years we've increasingly had a news blackout of everything that's going on around the world. I realize that near-tabloid coverage of insta-celebrities like Sarah Palin is a way to rake in dough, but how about... instead... COVERING WORLD NEWS, not just American news.

Who knows, even Sarah Palin might hear about a few things happening in the rest of the world!

It's sad that I have to go to bbcnews to find out what's going on... even in America, sometimes!

While discussing media bias, I'd love to see U.S. media discussing and self-examining in terms of how to present world news to its ever-so-insular audience in ways that are "sexy" enough to compete with another Sarah Palin glamour shot.

Posted by: Hypatia3 | November 13, 2008 5:16 PM | Report abuse

"Like many liberals, Capehart probably hates Palin because she's a prominent Republican and because liberals are supposed to "own" women (just as they do African-Americans). Philosopical bondage is just wrong, and it should not be expected."

enough of the psychobabble, numbnutz. No one hates Palin. In fact, most libs would love to see her stick around until 2012. Who wouldn't want to see the other GOP contenders have to deal with Palin? It would be a laff riot!

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | November 13, 2008 5:18 PM | Report abuse

Palin is the sweetheart of the Republican party. She projects that image of the family that the Republicans have. She continues still to bash Barack even though he has been elected. She is urging them to keep the Democrats in check. Be real. Who kept the rogue Republican party in check between 2000-2006. What is good for the goose is good for the gander.
Sarah Palin is not going to fade out into the sunset as so many of wish she would unfortunately. I do look for her to have a role in reshaping the Republican party.
But if they want to appeal to voters again they need to be reach out to minorities. They need to come out of the box. Just having token minorities like Bobby Jindal and Michael Steele just are not going to make it.
Less government and less taxes is good but you need to make cuts to programs that are not working, not to social programs. With the economy the way it is these days and will be quite some time this is not the time to be cutting programs that help people who are in need. This includes many of the tax payers who have lost their jobs and are facing foreclosure. They need to become a party that cares for all of America and not act like only they have the exclusive rights to God. I wish them well.
In the meantime it is the Democrats turn to be in control, my hope is that they will not let the power go to their heads like the Republicans did when they were one party rule.

Posted by: bjlopez1130 | November 13, 2008 5:25 PM | Report abuse

Please media, stop covering this no-brained sloth. She is an insult to anyone with an IQ over 80.

Posted by: BigR1 | November 13, 2008 5:30 PM | Report abuse

Thank you Jonathan. The media have been too kind to her actually. The woman has not yet formed a coherent paragraph in any interview that I have heard. She has very capably read things off a teleprompter, but that alone shouldn't qualify her for high office. She's an embarrassment to her teachers in high school and college - journalism major? Concise meaningful prose tightly edited? I doubt it.

Posted by: utec | November 13, 2008 5:34 PM | Report abuse

Re: GOP should toss Palin overboard ?

Rasmussen Polls on Nov. 7th:

69% of the 56 million GOP Voters say Palin Helped McCain.

Re: Palin is stupid ?

Rasmussen Polling shows: 30% of Democrats Don't Know Who Harry Reid Is

Maybe they think he is a wizard at Hogwarts ? : )

Hint for the 30% ... think Senator with glasses and bad haircut.

Posted by: pvilso24 | November 13, 2008 5:43 PM | Report abuse

RealCalGaL wrote You go, girl. Talk, talk, talk. Go up and talk any time you see a camera.

And RePubs? This is your gal. This is the woman to lead you. Take Sarah Palin, please.

My sentiments exactly. Listen up Republican leaders. Ive seen the future of Republican politics and it is named Sarah. Give her attention and money. Get her on TV shows and interviews. Give her charge cards. Sarah will bring you people back.

Way back.

Posted by: davidscott1 | November 13, 2008 5:47 PM | Report abuse

hey jonathan gov palin is correct. obama has NO experience or qualifications. thats a fact and i do know this , i'm from illinois and know just what obama has done and it's NOTHING !! face it jonathan , this country is going down fast. obama and his welfare programs and amnesty for illegals and included in that is healthcare that WE Americans work and pay for !! take from the rich and give to the poor and your gonna did gov palin. my god man... wake up jonathan !!if obama get 20% of this CHANGE he so advertises ... you'll be wishing you had supported palin and mccain.. that is if you truely care about what goes on. and let me tell you this... people with special needs.. dont go there my friend because i tried to get special needs to the great obama and after a year and a half he still never replied me. he could care less.. he's a phoney plain and simple and we will see it . the new benedict arnold !!

Posted by: carcrazy7 | November 13, 2008 5:52 PM | Report abuse

If we really want change we should have Michael Steele and Sarah Palin on the ticket for 2012. Rush and Hannity could really get behind this ticket—without a doubt…

We could replace Ms.Palin; after all, the party has a lock on the Joe the Plummer, Hockey Moms and Joe Six Packs of the world. Let us not forget we only had thirty-six blacks at our last convention.

We have to do something.

Posted by: msgbill | November 13, 2008 6:06 PM | Report abuse

I wonder when Capehart will go away. We are tired of his virulent partisan attacks. He needs to sthut up and start learning to be a fair and objective reporter. I think Sarah Palin has twice as many chances of becoming a great leader than Capehart becoming a mediocre writer.

Posted by: rafaelh | November 13, 2008 6:37 PM | Report abuse

Thank God someone finally said it! She is the most nothing candidate that has ever been on the national stage and received the attention of a star. The way to make her go away is for the news organizations to stop paying attention to her. She makes me sleepy.

Posted by: carmened | November 13, 2008 6:43 PM | Report abuse


Capehart, please go away.

And take the rest of the bitter partisans on either side with you. Your petty nastiness is indeed a poor excuse for analysis.

Posted by: HookInMouth | November 13, 2008 7:08 PM | Report abuse

Extreme, ongoing Op-Ed critiques of Sarah Palin in the defense of the world from the threats of possible Sarah Palin national political leadership is no vice.

Posted by: LWittgenstein2 | November 13, 2008 7:20 PM | Report abuse

There was a post on HuffPost earlier that said:

"...watching her speak is fascinating. It's like watching five hands with wool and knitting needles attempting to knit a sweater, scarf, mittens all at the same time."

This is my take:

Yup, yup, you betcha…and if God in his magnificancy also allows me to progress to five hands as He did also under the umbrella of five wonderful children then, yes I will make myself available to help the “Main Street Media” more balanced there also and again I’ll just knit that mess right into a picture of that Putin fella right over there in our neighbor that is Russia which I can see right there also from my house. Let’s give a big shout out for Putin, bless his heart.

In other words...let her's entertaining and will drive any sane person far away from the Republican Party!

Posted by: PHM1949 | November 13, 2008 7:27 PM | Report abuse

What's this partisan whining? Palin's biggest detractors are from her own Party.

Jonathan Capehart's comments aren't bitter or partisan...they are what they are...a sane and intelligent person's take on an insane and paramountly unintelligent person.

Now, don't get me wrong...Palin is not stupid, she's just incurious, narrow and inarticulate. On the plus side, she is calculating, perky and a babe...what Republican would want more than that?

Posted by: PHM1949 | November 13, 2008 7:35 PM | Report abuse

What stuns me is that African Americans love Obama, but can't understand why women love Hillary and Sarah. Just admit that you belittle these women because they threaten the re-election of Obama. But your words are cowardly and sexist.

Posted by: BettyM47 | November 13, 2008 8:41 PM | Report abuse

Governor Sarah Palin seem much more confident and stronger than ever after the election. She is tough and determined.
Too bad the media did not focus on her reputation as a fighter against corruption, an expert on energy, and a voice
for modern American women balancing work and family. She's wonderful, and I know we haven't seen the last of her!

Posted by: lynnL123 | November 13, 2008 8:53 PM | Report abuse

Yes PLEASE Jonathan, if you can, MAKE HER GO AWAY!


IGNORE HER, or none of us will be responsible for our actions!

STOP already.

Posted by: Cookie100 | November 13, 2008 9:01 PM | Report abuse

I hate to be "contrary".... but.... Most women I know LOVE Hillary,(An intelligent, confident, well spoken woman) and NOT Sarah (A woman who can converse with up to and not to exceed 12 year olds) I mean really.... Besides being a total and complete embarrasment to the Republican party, she offers NOTHING else. NOTHING. (Pawlenty is the smart way to go, acutally)

Have you heard her speak? She's one of these fast talkers that ramble on and razzle/dazzle you without saying a word of importance.

Perhaps it take more than an 8th grade education to see past her shortcummings.

But hey.... If the Republican party wants to hook their star to her.... sobeit. I'm looking forward to Democratic RULE for at least 8 years if thats all they can manage.

Posted by: ShellupNorth | November 13, 2008 9:07 PM | Report abuse

You're not called RETHUGS for nothing.
Anyone who thinks Palin is competent is a fool.
NO DEPTH, NO INTELLECTUAL CURIOSITY, oh, but then I forgot, you Repugnicans look down your nose a book lernin'!!
ha ha ha ha, that is the TRUTH! It's already goin' and you can see it. That's the only reason you like her, that, and you voted for Bush twice, now that's STUPID!

Posted by: Cookie100 | November 13, 2008 9:23 PM | Report abuse

Let her talk! Keep her the center of attention! The more she does and the longer she stays there, the more people will get totally sick and tired of her con job!

Posted by: emptysee | November 13, 2008 10:29 PM | Report abuse

I, too, have had more than enough about Sarah Palin. I almost didn't read this article because I really think the best way to make her stop is to stop paying attention to her. Okay, now that I have that off my chest, I promise not to click on another article with her name in the title even if it is something I agree with.

Posted by: pam_leitterman | November 13, 2008 10:50 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Capehart...get off your high horse and do some investigative reporting.

Find out how many reports about Palin were false.

Find out how many reports about Obama were false.

Then compare notes. I am so fed up with so called journalists like you spewing at the opponent. Trying to determine the news outcomes instead of simply anlyzing it. Palin's not going away just because you're bored with her. Deal with it.

Posted by: ustimes | November 13, 2008 11:57 PM | Report abuse

Holy Jumping Gibberish!! Does anyone understand half of the nonsense she tries to articulate? Bible Spice needs to check her ego at the door and satisfy her political aspirations in a smaller space.

Posted by: 10emlet | November 14, 2008 2:04 AM | Report abuse

We have a political Paris Hilton here. That original had, what, three years in the intense media limeight before becoming a tabloid fifth rater? Glad I don't belong to the GOP. The association is going to become excruciating.

Posted by: bubbuh | November 14, 2008 5:25 AM | Report abuse

She's spending her political capital. Please don't stop her. A few weeks of cable appearances and the country will be happy enough to see her go back to Alaska for good.
Without the benefit of RNC clothes, hair, and make-up, she already looks like a lesser version of herself, and every time she opens her mouth, well, you know.

Posted by: martymar123 | November 14, 2008 7:49 AM | Report abuse

Why is it that people think that if you don't like a woman as a politician, you must be sexist? Not all people, regardless of gender and/or color of skin, are qualified to be a leader. In this case Palin is a dolt...plain and simple! McCain could have picked anyone to be his running mate. There are lots of qualified women to run that would have given his ticket a greater chance of winning. And he chose this woman? The GOP has every reason to be in the position they are in.

Someone here wrote something like she is a great person when not being interviewed? What?? You mean she can't talk unless she has a script? This is not someone I feel is worthy of being a leader.

Wise up people. Palin is too poisonous of a person, in my mind, to run this country...3 times as bad as W. The sooner we stop talking about her, the sooner she will just go away.

FWIW, I was voting for Clinton before she lost the nomination.

Posted by: cheez | November 14, 2008 8:30 AM | Report abuse

dashriprock, so how is that turrets problem? Or are you having trouble getting out of 6th grade?

Posted by: cheez | November 14, 2008 8:39 AM | Report abuse

"Hey Crapheart, why don't you go away. Maybe you should move to San Fransisco....."
See, this is why the GOP is now a regional party of the Ozarks/unpopulated upper mountain west/deep South. It is now a party of low information, uneducated rural white older people. Why do you think the West Coast, all of New England, Midwest, Florida, and populated Mountain States ALL voted Obama/Dem? If you keep insulting all these regions of the country, the educated, minorities, and the young, what do you have left? Joe the Plumber? Geez... Good luck with GOP rebuilding if that's their attitude. You can't win elections with just Appalachia, "my friends". LOL

Posted by: happydayz | November 14, 2008 9:31 AM | Report abuse

Palin is leaving a video trail with all of these interviews she is participating in. She will soon cause herself media burn out as she wears her welcome out.

Posted by: dsoulplane | November 14, 2008 9:53 AM | Report abuse

It actually might have worked out better for the GOP if Jindal had gotten the nod for Veep. I'm pretty sure the Vice Presidential Mansion is in dire need of an exorcism...

Posted by: irae | November 14, 2008 10:28 AM | Report abuse

To LynnL123 -- Look again at Sarah Palin with unbiased eyes. I thought she seemed much LESS confident, reading haltingly from her own notes and stumbling over a stump speech she gave many times before. That's confidence?

She is in her mid-forties and still knows nothing about the world. Even if some people claim that governors don't have foreign policy experience, most intelligent and curious people in all walks of life know something about the world outside America. And have traveled. She didn't even have a passport. That's isolated.

Sarah Palin is embarrassingly unsophisticated intellectually. I teach composition to college freshmen and would blush for a student (age 18) who spoke so badly.

Sarah Palin can only help Democrats. Keep putting her on TV!

Meanwhile, I'll be listening to someone intelligent AND educated. President Obama!

Posted by: cturtle1 | November 14, 2008 10:46 AM | Report abuse

To BettyM47 -- Are you seriously comparing Palin to Hillary Clinton? Being female is ALL they share in common. Thank God women were not manipulated into thinking Hillary could be replaced by the empty-headedness of Sarah Palin. Get serious -- if she'd been unattractive, overweight or from the Northeast instead of Alaska -- do you think the Republicans would have chosen her? Without any vetting? Ha! If you believe that, I know of a Bridge to Nowhere . . . . etc etc.

Posted by: cturtle1 | November 14, 2008 10:52 AM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin loves the limelight and now that she's had a taste of it she will not go quietly into the night.

As moderate who has voted for both republicans and democrats I am flabbergasted that this woman would even be considered for any position of leadership.

She is obviously street smart but she does not have the intellect or the wisdom to be in public office.

I see Bobby Jindall, Charlie Crist and Mitt Romney as the future leaders of the party. If they let Palin become the face and the voice of the party then they will lose even more voters in 2010 and 2012.

Posted by: Saramee | November 14, 2008 11:35 AM | Report abuse

snguyenm writes Nov. 13, 2008 1:36 PM
Take a look at Howard Dean in the 2004 Campaign with his yelling and "for the people" slogans. Where is he now?

Ahhh.. Howard Dean working in the background set up Dem's 50 state strategy which seems to have worked very well.

Republican governors appearing with Sarah Palin appeared to be in pain as they listened to her speak but I suspect they will continue to use her to draw attention to their rising stars and their hopes for 2010.

Between now and 2010 republican's must develop a philosophy the American people will accept.

Cutting taxes while bridges collapse, claiming affordable health care can be had with a $5000 tax credit and pandering to single issue voter will not help them in 2010 or 2012.

Posted by: knjincvc | November 14, 2008 11:45 AM | Report abuse

Bobmoses: You have the nerve to call anyone else a bitter partisan?
Maybe you need to go back and read most of the garbage you've spewed on these forums.
(Interesting that now that your side has lost, you want to end the partisanship.)
How typical lame.

Posted by: vegasgirl1 | November 14, 2008 5:11 PM | Report abuse

all you ney sayers crpping on palin< i was sooooooooo sick of hearing"the One" talk about change, hope change hope! well i hope to god that he went and changed his damn under wear, i wouldn't want the "dude" to out do him! sarah has t he same right to run for office as that nit wit" he is going to help all the illegals become citizens, then he is going to tjrow a big bash for all his family from kenya at the white house! then after that he will go in the basement of the white house to play "One on One" with the fruit of the loom basketball teams! man after he gets done partying and spending all your tax money he will have to raise taxes so he can party some more! i will take sarah pain any day! I am not into Barack or Michelle, and if they put their 2 kids in private school, then they will become elitists just like their parents! now that is how much i like Barack Obama and his gang!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: JBRACALE | November 14, 2008 5:48 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin thinks she is gifted in seeing "open doors" that she can, sometimes prematurely, barge through.

The only open door she must see now is the one above which there is a flashing, lighted sign that says "EXIT". If the glare of her self-delusions renders her incapable of recognizing this "EXIT" sign, the Republican party must, as I believe they used to say in Vaudeville,

Posted by: danielrlayman | November 14, 2008 5:55 PM | Report abuse

I think a great deal of the focus on Palin has to do with men who turn to their buds and say "See, I TOLD YOU SO!" Women are STILL too dumb to be out of the kitchen!

Posted by: dutchess2 | November 15, 2008 12:21 AM | Report abuse

More partisan blather. Who else do you want to deprive of their rights? Just Republicans?

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Posted by: prudencerussell | November 15, 2008 5:56 PM | Report abuse

did you ever go to a gathering and there is always a person who spouts nonsense and goes from one group to another and when exhausting the groups, starts all over again? that's palin. it seems to me and many others that she ought to have the sense to shut up and eat her moose.

Posted by: bernedroy | November 15, 2008 7:00 PM | Report abuse

Let's be honest - all of those folks who were so excited about Sarah - their excitement obviously being generated by the fact that John McCain could not rally up a sizeable crowd on his own. Along came Sarah - and the "lipstick on a pig" thing - the "you betcha" - the "first dude" - the "Joe-the Plumber"...etc etc and the other nonstop rambling... What on earth made anyone think, even for a moment, that she was ready to be President of the United States? Was anyone really listening or just caught up in the excitement? I'll submit that names and photographs should be taken, along with the video(s) of all of those people who can say - with a straight face - that she is ready. Now - even Sarah thinks she is capable and that really IS a problem for the Republicans many of whom would like her to quietly go back to Alaska and maybe just be a "Hockey Mom" while she governs those "good old boys".

Posted by: changehopeusa | November 15, 2008 9:14 PM | Report abuse


How stupid do Republicans have to be allow this unrivaled MORON to continue to define their party??


You have allowed her brand of Redneck ignorance and hate to take over the Republican airwaves.....WHY?!!!!!!

She is like a jilted teenager, trying to regain her popularity, and has hijacked your party's platform in order to reek vengence on those who voted against her!!


You spew a bunch of lame and hateful ad-hominem attacks, shout in caps and use tons of exclamation points and have the audacity to ask where the adults are?

Maybe you should worry about acting like an adult yourself first.

Posted by: bobmoses | November 15, 2008 11:27 PM | Report abuse

Let her talk. Heh heh.

Posted by: Logans1 | November 15, 2008 11:40 PM | Report abuse

We need brains to lead our country with the complex issues not high school thinking and popularity contests. Perhaps she should stay in Alaska. In time she will even show them her true unreadiness. GOP should look to vetted leaders not beauty queens that are not in touch with the real problems.

Posted by: candacetate | November 16, 2008 6:39 AM | Report abuse

So journalists could use "experts" such as Martin Eisenstadt and anonymous sources to demean her, but she should slink off now that they have elected their candidate? I say she should have chance to say what she wants to.

I'm so disappointed in John McCain for plucking her out of Alaska and then basically throwing her to the wolves in the press, with his staff assigned to her helping those wolves. She won't get recognition from the ones who trashed her, so give her a chance to explain herself.

She doesn't have the advantage or polish gained through an Ivy League education; she got her degree like millions of others in America who got their degrees by working at their own pace and paying their own way as they went. She didn't have the help of people willing to groom her for office, people who were really interested in her welfare. But, she's got guts and grit and given a chance could have played an even bigger part in the election.

She didn't lose the race for McCain; if anything she did more than he should have expected when she was given so little support from the campaign. She was thrown in the deep end and she swam with all her might. Let's give her a break.

Posted by: annetta3 | November 17, 2008 2:32 AM | Report abuse

Would YOU please stop?

If you are tired of her, STOP WRITING ABOUT HER!

Posted by: grunk | November 17, 2008 9:56 AM | Report abuse

SIX reasons why Palin should go back to Alaska and TRY governing for the remainder of her term: 1) She has inadvertantly revealed that she lacks the intellect and vision to govern (anywhere); 2) her own record in Alaska smacks of needing to clean house (cronyism, ethical lapses, taking 'gifts' like those Ted Stevens received); 3) WEIRD religion of Wasilla Assemblies of God has no place in the White House; 4) her own state leads in per capita statistics like dropouts from high school, rape and special-needs kids. 5)Palin gave $1200 to each AK resident earlier this year, but now with oil prices plummeting, she will have to manage a sagging budget like the rest of us. 6) We need better leadership than anything she has blathered about during and after the campaign. Sound bytes from the RNC do not cover up a lack of insight about how to govern in the economic and international morass of George W.'s legacy.

There is much to do in Alaska before Palin can claim "management experience" SO PUT YOUR OWN HOUSE IN ORDER FIRST, Sarah. The spotlight has moved from you to the Democrats who are not looking for you to help them. GO HOME and desist from the self-seeking, spotlight-grabbing behavior that has characterized your 15 minutes of fame.

Posted by: bweyand1 | November 17, 2008 10:56 AM | Report abuse

I don't know why you're complaining. This could be so much more fun, if you'd stop taking it seriously. You could probably walk into her office, get her to believe you're the president of Siberia, and ask her about tanning beds. Get a few more "Sarkozy phone calls" while you can, because this sort of opportunity for fun and games won't last long.

Posted by: Rozinante2 | November 17, 2008 12:11 PM | Report abuse

I wish people would stop making unnecessary false claims about Sarah Palin such as the one below about her not knowing which countries are included in NAFTA and whether Africa is a continent or country. See this link for truth on Africa comment . I can't believe what mocklescum Gov. Palin has had to endure.

Posted by: notatallaknowitall | November 17, 2008 12:31 PM | Report abuse

By all means; keep writing about the wasilla hillbilly.

Please; inquiring minds want to know;

Which transvestite drag queen is wearing her expensive duds on Hollywood Blvd?

What is palin's recipe for moose tripe stew?

What does she add to her dirtbread muffins to get them SO fluffy?

Do tell!

Posted by: Heerman532 | November 17, 2008 3:05 PM | Report abuse

anyone who gives credence to the nasty little comments made by anonymous campaign staffers should consider the source. we're talking about political bottomfeeders with no integrity or courage, the type of people who scatter like cockroaches in sunlight

Posted by: maricopajoe | November 17, 2008 5:33 PM | Report abuse

bobmoses: YOU go away.

Palin is so dumb that a new definition for it has to be written for her in the dictionary.

You must be equally as dumb to not see that, and "try" to support the mouthing moron.


We like Mr. Capeheart's honesty, and clarity.

Posted by: dematheart | November 17, 2008 8:13 PM | Report abuse

Hmm, well better Palin keeps to the tundra. Even beneath the warm Floridian skies, she hasn't thawed. Three questions about "nothing," eh? I hope your WAPO expense account was more substantive!

What's more interesting than Dan Quayle's VEEP counterpart is Piyush "Bobby" Jindal. An American born of PunjabiIndians in Weezeana. He's young and dark-skinned, once Hindu, now Catholic. What is the GOP thinking!? Of course, Obama will run in 4 more years. Let's put up a person of color, too. Are they thinking nemesis? They are playing a game. But Jindal may backfire and put the final nail in the GOP's coffers. Their base supporters don't want a "them" for "thou."

Was Palin the experiment then? Of the GOP's attempt at forward thinking? I smell Rove and his metapolitics. But, hey, Jindal is a smarty pants in comparison to those worn by Palin. And he's an elistist!
Brown graduate and Rhodes scholar are his credentials. You can hear the gears slipping as Rove reengineers his dream machine into manufacturing across-the-board majority GOP rule.

Posted by: boredwell | November 18, 2008 10:10 PM | Report abuse

Sarah's credentials were and are self-evident in comparison to the president-elect's. Many years ago I assigned Marines to their specialty Schools, and you just elected a man I could not have sent to anything requiring a Private's low-end "Secret" clearance, like any Radio school or Aviation mechanics school. Congrats, Demos, we have met the enmy, and he is us.

Posted by: dmgalla49 | November 18, 2008 10:59 PM | Report abuse

If Pawlenty represents the "brains" of the Republican party they are in serious trouble. He has never won a majority of the votes in his two runs for governor -- there's always been a third-party candidate (from Jesse Ventura's party) who steals votes from the party hacks the Democrats always seem to run for governor.

Tim always has some hare-brained scheme to finance road construction or retooling government computer systems that essentially boils down to companies paying bribes to get a foot in the door. Surprisingly, no companies have taken a bite of these poisonous apples.

He also appointed his lieutenant governor to head the Department of Transportation. This was emblematic of the stupid penny-pinching attitude that resulted in thirteen deaths when the I35 bridge collapsed in Minneapolis. Though the government review has spared him the guillotine and blamed the original design, the engineers maintaining the bridge had seen the corrosion, measured its sag, and proposed fixes but abandoned them for fear they would bring the bridge down. Instead of fixing the problem or closing the bridge, they put hundreds of tons of gravel and equipment on a structure they KNEW was failing. Because the bridge needed work and the budget allowed nothing else. And Pawlenty was in charge of that budget.

Though Pawlenty is not directly responsible for those deaths, he created an environment that made them inevitable. The philosophy of putting off necessary expenditures in favor of tax cuts and other goodies is what brought us to the terrible crossroads the country is now at. The bridge disaster illustrates how Pawlenty's vision is fundamentally flawed, and this nation would be wise to avoid him.

Posted by: bkvam | November 18, 2008 11:44 PM | Report abuse

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