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Sarah Palin is everywhere -- and going nowhere

Sarah Palin has been everywhere since Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) made her his vice presidential nominee two years ago. But she has been in our faces even more lately. The Glenn Beck rally. The take-down of home-state nemesis Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska). Telling Dr. Laura Schlessinger to “reload.” Now comes word that Palin will speak at the Ronald Reagan Republican dinner in Iowa on Sept. 17. Of course, this has set off the usual will-she-won’t-she run for president in 2012 question. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: she won’t.

Palin is a true star. But she is a raw talent who refuses to do the necessary hard work that would catapult her to heights unknown. She also seems content being a latter-day mean girl who attacks President Obama, Democrats and other opponents with sarcasm, snark and smirks. Michael Joseph Gross writes in Vanity Fair about how the half-term governor has become increasingly isolated as her prominence has risen in “Sarah Palin: the sound and the fury.” There’s some good dish in it that ranges from the petty to the serious. None of it will stop her ascent. What will is Palin’s consistent low-standing with the public.

For all of Palin’s popularity within the Republican Party and the Tea Party movement, poll after poll shows that the American people don’t think she’s ready to be president of the United States. This was the case last February. Also last April. And now this week in the 60 Minutes/Vanity Fair poll, 59 percent of those surveyed said Palin would not “have the ability to be an effective president.” This chart from Pollster.com paints a picture of Palin’s ultimate problem.

Palin's favorable rating has not been higher than her unfavorable rating since October 2008. The gap between the two has been yawning since December 2009. Today, 52.7 percent of the American people have an unfavorable view of her. You can’t get from Wasilla to the White House with numbers like that. But she’s not running, so it doesn’t matter, right?

By Jonathan Capehart  | September 2, 2010; 11:02 AM ET
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Sarah Palin is just a spokesmodel for the radical right being foisted on the public by deep-pocketed media tycoon Rupert Murdoch and oil billionaires the Koch brothers. The quitter with the litter on Twitter is a charismatic figure being used to convince formerly working-class Americans to vote against their own interests by appealing to their prejudices.

Posted by: dnahatch1 | September 2, 2010 12:43 PM | Report abuse

For someone who you are sure is unelectable, Mr. Capeheart, you spend an inordinate amount of energy making the same case. My guess is that if we were to wire you to discover which areas of your brain were firing which suggested what we REALLY believed, there would be a disconnect between what you consciously believe is the case and what you unconsciously believe to be true.

(Check out "Hidden Motives" on PBS.)

Furthermore, your speculations two years out are meaningless.
The president has lost the middle, his ratings are sliding with Jews, protestants, and catholics, and worse still, he has spectacularly underdelivered.

Need proof? In a hypothetical matchup, the administration's human pinada, George Bush, would kick his butt in Ohio.

To your discredit, you seem ignorant of polls taken in 2006 to ascertain the electability ofBarack Obama.

From the Telegraph U.K. :

"One survey which questioned 30,000 voters around the country, forecast that the Democrat would win just two states – Illinois and his birth state Hawaii – and the District of Columbia, where Washington insiders had marked him as a rising star. Mr McCain was predicted to take all 48 remaining states, chalking up an electoral college victory of 510 to 28."

Similarly, a Time poll in 2006 had Obama losing to Rudy Guiliani
47-44 with 9% undecided.

A CNN poll likewise had Hillary Clinton 18 points up over Obama.

Take, then, what consolation you can in your clutching at polls which show Palin as a no-hoper.

It's not original but if i could bet on such a proposition I would empty my pockets on the likehihood that "Thou prostests too much."

Posted by: jcarpenter06 | September 2, 2010 12:59 PM | Report abuse

She walks softly and carries a big brick...
and may become a smashing success... that's what we do best these days...

Posted by: Wildthing1 | September 2, 2010 1:04 PM | Report abuse

I love t when the Palinistas compare Barack Obama in 2006 (when few of us knew who he was other than he gave a great speech at the 2004 convention) to Palin, who has barely been out of the news for two years. She is a sniper for the RNC, and they will drop her like a hot potato should her ego tell her to run. Obama's numbers have dropped because, thanks to Bush, we are in the worst economic times we have seen in decades, two wars, and still cleaning up his mess in New Orleans. He is also not a cheerleader, as Bush was, so many of his accomplishments are under the radar. For instance, the horror that was last year's swine flu had minimal effect in the US, because of Obama's quick work with the CDC. But that never made the news. Oh, no, we just hear the right's chants and cries of 'socialism.' Tell me, Mrs. Palin, how Alaska is NOT socialist, when they tax companies and take huge government handouts instead of relying on taxes from their citizens to maintain infrastructure. How is that democratic? I love to hear Joe MIller deride federal interference in state business, when his state would not survive without major cash from the rest of us. A bunch of hypocrites.

Posted by: smgess | September 2, 2010 1:36 PM | Report abuse

Please oh please oh please... if there IS a Santa Claus, he will give us Sister Sarah as the Republican nominee in 2012. She would not win and Obama would cruise to a second term. BRING. IT. ON.

Posted by: Victoria27 | September 2, 2010 1:41 PM | Report abuse

Jason, Jason, Jason,
Do you really take seriously what Gross wrote for Vanity Fair. Talk about a textbook case of a hit piece. Enough anonymous sources to think he was getting all his information from the CIA. Some subjects who could be identified have already come out to say it isn't true.

Even many on the left have said it is nothing but a thinly sourced attempted take down of Palin. And Gross previously wrote for The Nation.

Palin may or may not decide to run for President. She may or may not succeed. That will depend on how she performs on the stump and in candidate debates. (Can you imagine those ratings?)

And as far as "being our face", especially lately. Well, others have spoken at rallies, others have endorsed and campaigned without the attention. But when Palin speaks and endorses it gets much more coverage. Now I wonder why that would be.....

Posted by: LouBear | September 2, 2010 1:50 PM | Report abuse

Until the American White Male fixation with the GILF has ended, the rest of US will be subjected to the lowering of our collective IQ by the Trailer Trash from Wasilla. That's what they're called~no matter how rich.

Posted by: mommadona | September 2, 2010 1:51 PM | Report abuse

Until the American White Male fixation with the GILF has ended, the rest of US will be subjected to the lowering of our collective IQ by the Trailer Trash from Wasilla. That's what they're called~no matter how rich.

Posted by: mommadona | September 2, 2010 1:52 PM | Report abuse

That's how bad it has gotten for our young President...his diminishing minions are PRAYING that the GOP runs it's weakest and most divisive candidate, so he can win a "lesser of two evils" campaign.

Oh, how the mighty "One" has fallen.

Posted by: jpmenavich | September 2, 2010 2:11 PM | Report abuse

Palin is an "idiot" who had an 80% approval rating as Governor before she was picked, took down several powerful Republicans, and defeated the oil companies twice to pass her agenda. She left office with a 54% rating… poor Obama can only dream of.

Palin is an "idiot" like Ronald Reagan (president, 2 terms) and George W. Bush (defeated Ann Richardson for governor, president, 2 terms). And if you actually read Anne Kilkenny's widely circulated anti-Palin letter, Kilkenny, who knows but doesn't like Palin, says, "She's smart."

Palin is ‘dumber” than who ? Lisa Murkowski ? Barbara Boxer ? Nancy Pelosi ? Joe Biden ? Barak Hussein Obama ? Says who ?

Posted by: Petras123 | September 2, 2010 2:27 PM | Report abuse

She won't run for president because she won't take the paycut. She makes more money flitting around than she ever would being in public office. Bailing on Alaska proved that. Her bottom line is the almighty dollar.

Plus, she has done nothing to educate herself on any issue. She makes that obvious every time she opens her mouth.

Posted by: bawest | September 2, 2010 3:33 PM | Report abuse

Amen to Victoria27! Palin's candidacy and loss would be a gift of the first order to this nation.

Posted by: fpcsteve | September 2, 2010 3:36 PM | Report abuse

I work with a young man who is as conservative as anyone. Used to spend his entire lunch hour in the parking lot listening to Limbaugh on the car radio. Today he told me he doesn't much care for Rush anymore, "too full of himself, too boisterous" he said.

So I asked him about Palin. His eyes grew bright, he got a smile on his face, and said "She's still my girl." I asked why? He said because "she's still pretty".

So I agree with you completely mommadona. "A perdy face is all it takes."

Posted by: steve-2304 | September 2, 2010 3:41 PM | Report abuse

Another day, another vapid attack on Sarah Palin from a hack reporter at the Post.

The "content" of this newspaper -- if you can even call it that -- is getting more and more pathetic by the day.

Posted by: diehardlib | September 2, 2010 3:42 PM | Report abuse

Actually I think her place will be chairman of the RNC.......

Posted by: 2012anewstart | September 2, 2010 3:54 PM | Report abuse

Speaking of "protesting too much," it amazes me how quickly the Palinistas come out in force to complain about anything negative said about her. Maybe the comments are striking a bit too close to home for the nutty few who continue to see her as the second coming of Christ...

Posted by: exerda | September 2, 2010 4:02 PM | Report abuse

Palin is in our faces because the media shoves her down our throats. She'll go nowhere faster if you guys stop covering every little thing she says or does. That goes for her carnival-huckster family as well. Enough.

Posted by: jckdoors | September 2, 2010 4:13 PM | Report abuse

Stop covering every little thing she says and does, she'll go nowhere faster. She's in our faces because the media puts her there. Enough. That goes for her carnival-huckster family also.

Posted by: jckdoors | September 2, 2010 4:17 PM | Report abuse

Well, this is interesting. Ben Smith of Politico has a report up this afternoon that the opening anecdote of the Vanity Fair piece isn't true. Gross pictures Piper Palin with her baby brother Trig at Palin's speech in Kansas City. Oops! Trig was not there, according to the organizer of the event. That sure builds confidence in the accuracy of the rest of this mostly "anonymous" piece.

Posted by: LouBear | September 2, 2010 4:56 PM | Report abuse

In spite of her "polls" lower approval you guys are really scared of her. That's funny. She is so ignorant, so terrible, not a chance of being elected to dog catcher and you liberals are terrified of her. This is one of the best and most hilarious conditions I have ever seen. If you want her to go away quit wasting your OpEd space on her...but then she might becomer popular and then you would have to be really scared...really, really scared. This is so funny.

Posted by: staterighter | September 2, 2010 5:00 PM | Report abuse

In spite of her "polls" lower approval you guys are really scared of her. That's funny. She is so ignorant, so terrible, not a chance of being elected to dog catcher and you liberals are terrified of her. This is one of the best and most hilarious conditions I have ever seen. If you want her to go away quit wasting your OpEd space on her...but then she might becomer popular and then you would have to be really scared...really, really scared. This is so funny.

Posted by: staterighter | September 2, 2010 5:00 PM | Report abuse

This is the second hatchet job from Vanity Fair alone. Dee Dee Meyers husband did the last trash job article. Sometimes the Post has several links the same day about her. It does make me wonder who really is obsessed with Sarah Palin and why they are so afraid of the woman?

The left and the media hate Sarah Palin like the right used to vilify Hillary. Totally irrational. They just had to hear her name and they started foaming at the mouth.

Posted by: menopausequeen | September 2, 2010 5:26 PM | Report abuse

The only place Sarah Palin is going is to h@ll for all the lying and manipulating and hypocracy she dwells in.

Posted by: thecontributist | September 2, 2010 6:00 PM | Report abuse

The 'Jersey shore' is popular a popular TV show. No one is going to vote 'Snookie for President' though ...

It took 8 years, but Americans (hopefully) have leaned their lesson and know what happens when you allow someone who is under-qualified and perpetually uninformed to run this country.

Posted by: peter2001 | September 2, 2010 6:13 PM | Report abuse

An amazing fixation the liberal media has on the great Sarah Barracuda. They know whoever wins the Republican nomination in 2012 will be inaugurated on January 20th, 2013 as our 45th president.

And what if... oh HORRORS!!!.... that person will be Sarah?

Don't worry Jonathan. Sarah has proven to be very effective as the conservative cheerleader leading dozens of unknowns to the path of elected positions all over the country.

You are right to be worried Neo-Libs. The problem is that you are mixed up in what you should be worrying about.

See you in November, kids!

Posted by: bryanmcoleman | September 2, 2010 6:25 PM | Report abuse

Vanity Fair? Capehart you are a disgrace. Just a cog in the leftist media establishment.

Posted by: TitletownUSA | September 2, 2010 6:34 PM | Report abuse

I agree with the author, and many posts here that Sarah Palin is merely a willing tool for the far right. Hey, she likes the lucrative role. Other than the media and the far right -- she appeals to no one. She just will not be able to garner the votes to win a Presidency.

As for President Obama, contrary to many posts here and some media doomsdayers, he is extremely popular and the most popular politician in the world.

I am very enthusiastic about voting for democrats in the 2010 mid-terms. This year will be my first time ever voting in a mid-term. I am very happy with the job performance of President Obama, and millions of other people are too.

President has nearly 13 million fans on Facebook, over 5 million Twitter followers, and nearly 200,000 You Tube subcribers -- he is NOT UNPOPULAR!

There is no politician in the world more adored than President Obama -- and that's a fact!

Posted by: AndreaT1 | September 2, 2010 7:32 PM | Report abuse

There must be a few thinking political conservatives who feel honor bound to denounce the absurdity, inanity and ditsy yet vicious silliness (a good trick!) that is Sarah Palin. Where are they?

Posted by: jimsteinberg1 | September 2, 2010 8:59 PM | Report abuse

She'll be gone only after she loses big time in the primary. And she will. But if by some chance she was to be the Repub nominee I'd have to believe there is a Santa Clause after all. Obama and I couldn't be happier.

Posted by: bgormley1 | September 2, 2010 9:28 PM | Report abuse

She has no plans to run for president.. what she enjoys most of all is to be a thorn in the side of the left.. particularly the media. You guys made her who she is.. there she is in Alaska cutting a hole in the ice trying to catch supper and the entire MSNBC gang jump on her day in and day out, vicious attacks, some regarding her family. You catapulted her from Alaska to the national stage in a way she would never have been able to do on her own... You have no one to blame except Keith, Davie Schuster, Chris, Rachel et al.. I have written here before and I will restate it again.. I know many Liberal women here in Manhattan who now look favorably towards her. Why.. because some are mothers and some are not but they are all familiar from experience in their own lives of the bullying white guys in the navy blue suits showing the kind of vicious hostility that the gang and others listed above used against her... Womanhood outstrips politics with a lot of these women. So you may get hi fives at the cocktail parties thrown by the "mother ship" you are losing group out here with the un elites. look around the day after election day and see if all the attacks you have made on people, all the smears,all the patting yourselves on the back congratulating yourself on another smear and hate laced rant.. see if it paid off... The media, while riding high for awhile share much of the blame the dem losses in November. People resent being called "racists" if they disagree with the "party line" You have played Russian roulette but you forgot, you only leave one bullet in the chamber.. You guys were so tone deaf you only took one bullet out.. Opps !!

Posted by: james_m_reilly1 | September 2, 2010 9:40 PM | Report abuse

Jason... You say above that she has a 52.7 per cent unfavorable rating with the American people,, That leaves her with a 46 per cent favorable rating... The President has a rating of 45 per cent.. Holy Cow !!! Maybe she could beat him now....Be careful using numbers because we, the great unwashed can do basic math..

Posted by: james_m_reilly1 | September 2, 2010 9:51 PM | Report abuse

The overriding point of the Gross profile of Sarah Palin in Vanity Fair magazine is that Ms. Palin is on a path socially to become like Michael Jackson or Elvis Presley. Driven to heighten her fame, Ms. Palin - like Elvis and Michael - becomes more and more isolated in the private arena as she becomes more visible in the public eye. The anecdote about Ms. Palin trying to shop in a grocery store and then leaving immediately in disgust when she is compared to Tina Fey sounded eerily like the story of Michael Jackson planning after midnight trips to grocery shop so that he could "be like everybody else".

Ms. Palin just can't act like a normal person any more. Lots of high profile people have to deal with that problem, but it seems Ms. Palin is approaching Elvis territory, and that setup tends to remove folks from reality.

If anything, 24-hour television news and the internet seem to have accelerated the process for Ms. Palin.

Posted by: marks1940 | September 2, 2010 10:17 PM | Report abuse

The amusing thing about Sarah Palin, is that for all the handlers attributed to her entourage, she's still as inept as she was when she sat down with Katie Couric. A slow learner is a gentle way of describing her.

Posted by: Puller58 | September 2, 2010 10:48 PM | Report abuse

No, James, Palin's unfavorable rating of 52.7% doesn't leave her with a 46% favorable, it happens to be 35.4% with the remainder, neutral or undecided according to Pollster.com. Considering President Obama is actually governing and with it comes much more responsibility subjecting you to others approval/disapproval, it is impossible to compare that to Palin who is not an elected official.

Posted by: KATE1230 | September 2, 2010 11:00 PM | Report abuse

The Washington Post is now a joke among journalists at SERIOUS newspapers. The WP's headlines are always negative comments about Governor Jan Brewer's debate or where Sarah Palin is going - and they're always written by racist black "journalists" who got their positions through affirmative action - not competence. Ah, I long for the day when the Post was staffed by intelligent WHITE writers.

Posted by: georges2 | September 2, 2010 11:11 PM | Report abuse

Hey, georges2, racist much?

You just go to demonstrate that some supporters of wing-nuts like Palin and Brewer are in fact racists, all the while they deny it.

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | September 2, 2010 11:37 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin is a retard.

Posted by: motogp46 | September 2, 2010 11:47 PM | Report abuse

Look, it's all about keeping the Palin Brand in the Klieg lights that then translates into big bucks for her. And, she is going somewhere: she's becoming a multi-millionaire.

Posted by: dozas | September 2, 2010 11:48 PM | Report abuse

marks1940 @ 10:17 PM, you make a most astute point re celebrity. However, there's a striking difference between, on the one hand Elvis and especially MJ, and Sarah on the other hand.

MJ had essentially no choice about becoming world-famous, as he was groomed and promoted mercilessly without any choice in the matter from earliest childhood by his father to become the star of the Jackson 5. Thus his yearning for shreds of normalcy in his life (e.g., going out in disguise) is poignant, even to this non-fan of MJ.

Elvis hit the big-time at age 20 in 1955, back when comparatively few singers became such huge media sensations (OK, maybe Sinatra). However, I doubt Elvis or Frank ever anticipated such gross invasions of their privacy as what they experienced while their careers burgeoned.

OTOH, Sarah Palin was more than four times MJ's age and more than twice Elvis' when they first became world-famous, when she willfully began courting the public eye. She was already middle-aged, so plenty old enough to know exactly what she was letting herself in for, and she wanted it (and especially the accompanying $$ and perks) so-o-o-o badly. No sympathy for her here, none, nada, zip, zilch, bupkis. Palin's simply reaping what she sowed. And how many women would feel flattered to be likened to the talented and lovely Tina Fey?

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | September 3, 2010 12:00 AM | Report abuse

Jonathan Capehart is nearing an Andrew Sullivan type obsession with Mrs. Palin. Mr. Sullivan is obsessed with Mrs. Palin's uterus. I'm curious as to why Mr. Capehart is so obsessed with her.

Posted by: Rschrim1 | September 3, 2010 1:07 AM | Report abuse

"Of course, this has set off the usual will-she-won’t-she run for president in 2012 question. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: she won’t."

I use to believe Palin would not run but now I am beginning to think she may run to take the bullet for leaderless republicans.
Beck shot Romney in the head by attacking Obama's Christianity, I know Romney is next in line but that's it.
Republican will concentrate on congress to prove they can say "Hell No!" for two more years and then go the way of the Whig party.
If republicans do win in 2010 they will have to show what they can do ... the last 10 years is not a good sign for them.

Posted by: knjincvc | September 3, 2010 1:17 AM | Report abuse

@georges2: I am still in shock that you actually wrote such a blatantly racist comment. However, if you are using Jan Brewer as an example of competence and leadership in the Republican party, you might want to see the video of the gubernatorial debate in Arizona. The only person who was possibly beheaded in the desert was Jan Brewer. That is the only explanation for how incredibly stupid this woman is. If the people of Arizona re-elect this racist idiot, they shame their entire state. Now, just imagine if the entire US were stupid enough to elect someone just as incompetent as President. Oh wait, they did in 2004.

Posted by: tg_stock | September 3, 2010 2:32 AM | Report abuse

See you in tea, Sarah.

Posted by: TOMHERE | September 3, 2010 6:58 AM | Report abuse

The best use of Sarah is this article! YOU CAN'T STAND HER!! Not unlike my son who puts his finger sooooo close to his sister without actually touching her and watching her become HYSTERICAL. She is not a real threat so calm the bleep down and get a spine. (Might read Eugene's description of you too)
I will say, shame on me for the sick giggles I get watching you break down.

Posted by: dcjayhawk2 | September 3, 2010 7:21 AM | Report abuse

Poor persecuted Sarah. It's truly a shame when your own words and actions are brought to the public for scrutiny, isn't it? It's always the big bad librul medias fault. Is it their fault that palin is an ignorant idiot with the mental maturity of a spoiled 15 year old. Republican men crave woodies so badly that they'll support an empty headed nitwit so they can fantacize about her. It's pretty pathetic, but it works on the einsteins on the right.

Posted by: JilliB | September 3, 2010 7:45 AM | Report abuse

while its true sarah doesn't have the broad national popularity to be president or win a national election, she still remains hugely popular within the republican party and yields a lot of power there.
her endorsements in the republican primary have great value. she created the upset in alaska and could very well create an upset here in maryland with her endorsement of republican nominee Murphy over that previous loser ehrlich.
i dont think it matters to palin where she is popular, as long as she sells books and gets tv show deals.

Posted by: MarilynManson | September 3, 2010 8:08 AM | Report abuse

After two years of relentless savaging by the lamestream media — a carefully orchestrated smear campaign of unprecedented magnitude, ferocity, and viciousness — and her putative unfavorable rating is only 53%?

That data point merely exemplifies her great strength.

Posted by: thebump | September 3, 2010 8:11 AM | Report abuse

Those who are in favor of Palin does not mean they really favor her. They do it because they have no any other alternative. This also applies to animals. The lion goes for the grass if it can not find any fresh (meat)!

Posted by: fridamulindayahoocouk | September 3, 2010 8:57 AM | Report abuse

"Palin is a true star. But she is a raw talent who refuses to do the necessary hard work that would catapult her to heights unknown."

Or, in this age of the media creation, she may find, as Barack Obama did, that the necessary hard work is no longer necessary...

Posted by: MaryLouR | September 3, 2010 9:07 AM | Report abuse

She seems to be workin for you, dude.

Posted by: MikeMcLamara | September 3, 2010 9:16 AM | Report abuse

The increasing unfavorable view of Palin, even among the GOP, is not surprising at all. She just does not have a clue to government.

The article made me think about the various tea party candidates that she has endorsed, and I see the same thing happening. Her endorsement of Miller in Alaska puts the Senate seat in play for Democrats...still uphill battle but Murkowski was a slam dunk win. Angle is self destructing in Nevada. Rand Paul is in hiding. If Palin's fate is shared by the fringe candidates, this may not be such a bad year after all for DEMS. The House races are too nuanced to call at this point.

Posted by: LeftGuy | September 3, 2010 10:01 AM | Report abuse

"59 percent of those surveyed said Palin would not “have the ability to be an effective president.”

That would depend on who was VP.
Without cheney, GWB would "NEVER" have been elected POTUS.
Of course everything worked out just fine for the USA, yeah sure.

Posted by: knjincvc | September 3, 2010 10:04 AM | Report abuse

It's good for the Post to keep this grifter in the public eye. The more people see of her, the more people dislike her. And the Post is doing the nation a great service keeping this freak out of the White House.

Let her settle into the lucrative position of a Fox News hick hustler along side the likes of Glenn Beck. This is where she belongs - fooling gullible rubes in the south and midwest into voting against their own best interests.

Posted by: Miss_Fedelm | September 3, 2010 10:07 AM | Report abuse

Look. The media will carry Palin for only so long. The reason she has not declared is a pretty good indicator that she is milking the media because once she declares she is either running or not running, they will begin to treat her differently. If she says she is running, they will begin to scrutinize every corner of her life. If she is not running, they will treat her pretty much in the same company as Paris Hilton or the Octomom and that will get old quickly.

Posted by: jaxas70 | September 3, 2010 10:17 AM | Report abuse

I cannot speak for anyone but myself. I know that I would not vote for Mrs. Palin for the simple fact that she resigned as Governor when things got tough. Her constant sniping at critics belies a thin skin and a self esteem issue which would be a liability in a President. Her constant reliance on attack politics without providing serious vision for the country is also a turn off for me.

Mr. Obama may not be a good or effective President, he has definitely proved himself a poor leader, but Mrs. Palin is not the alternative choice I want for President.

I am hoping the GOP can come up with a decent candidate. So far, I have not been impressed with what I have seen.

Posted by: scooper1976 | September 3, 2010 10:19 AM | Report abuse

Excuse me but this woman is only marginally brighter and more educated than that moron w. But the fact is the teabagheads aka conservatives prefer their leaders to be ignorant and stupid: much like themselves.

Posted by: letemhaveit | September 3, 2010 10:22 AM | Report abuse

Unfortunately, Capehart presents only evidence that supports his negative view about Sarah Palin. He doesn't mention a well-known fact: If he uses her name, his column will be widely read.

Posted by: tina5 | September 3, 2010 10:23 AM | Report abuse

I love when you pansy liberals get your pink panties all balled up over SP. She really has you going. I can see November from my house, say bub bye Nancy.

Posted by: elcigaro1 | September 3, 2010 10:24 AM | Report abuse

Why do the pinhead liberals hate on Palin and then run around trying to pretend that that silver back in the White House is a fashion model? They just hate attractive women. That's why they like the buck toothed witch satan Clinton.

Posted by: carlbatey | September 3, 2010 10:41 AM | Report abuse

She can't run for president because to do so she would first have to debate other Republican candidates, then debate the Democrats. I don't think she can further hazard exposing to the American public what is behind her empty rhetoric. However, I don not put it past the Republicans and the American "regular" folk to elect the biggest moron that they possibly can. The GOP needs an empty shell to shill for our corporate overlords. The emptier the better.

Posted by: skinswitabullet | September 3, 2010 11:11 AM | Report abuse

So why all the press for her and that other Becking idiot?

Posted by: filfeit | September 3, 2010 11:29 AM | Report abuse

Please, oh please republicans: NOMINATE SARAH PALIN for President. ROTFLMAO!!!!!!!

Posted by: meowomon | September 3, 2010 11:50 AM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin is a retard.

Posted by: motogp46 | September 3, 2010 11:54 AM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin will never run for president. She is having a ball acting out the part but there is no way she will ever try it. Sarah Palin is a total fake and she knows this better than anyone else...

Posted by: Hawkestreet1 | September 3, 2010 12:00 PM | Report abuse

Palin won't run because it is too much work. It's very easy to spout off comments on Fox and have your staff send off Twitter pronouncements - it's quite another thing to be continually tested, interviewed, and questioned by primary voters and the entire press. She's making millions now zinging the President and has her own Fox studio so she doesn't have to venture out from Wasilla - much different than the 18 month grueling travel and event schedules required by real candidates.
And as for the one poster who's looking a polls on all the people who supposedly would win - now - against Obama, there is a lot of time for a variety of world and national issues to make looking that far out ridiculous. My personal view - the Repubs will make some good gains in the Fall, and then prove that they don't have any solutions other than give to the rich and corporations, all on the backs of the middle class which they so adore but provide little support for.

Posted by: ben16 | September 3, 2010 12:01 PM | Report abuse

Wow! This is a hoot! The WP and all the leftie readers are going nuts! And just because of Sarah Palin! Get a life, folks! Sarah Palin has had a great deal more success in life than probably most of you. So.... does that make her stupid? What does that make you? She has proven to be a great kingmaker for conservatives and I doubt that she wants to be more than that. She has probably had her fill of the vitriol that comes from the Libs and their media and the ugliness that comes when running for national office. I agree that she is probably not ready to be president, or even run for the office, but so what? She is doing what she wants to do (supporting Conservatives and annoying Liberals) and making a potful of money at it. Good for her!

Posted by: mrdocuman | September 3, 2010 12:11 PM | Report abuse


Love the way Sarah ruffles the feathers of liberals.

They must be afraid of her if they keep trying to find new issues to knit-pick.

BTW, compared to Obama who clings to his teleprompters, she's holding her own pretty good with the liberal barage of attacks.

Posted by: janet8 | September 3, 2010 12:17 PM | Report abuse

I think what success Palin has achieved, which is on the rapid decline, means a lot of other people have stupidly bought a lot of hot, empty air. But that free falling approval rating suggests that many are waking up. But there are some that drank the Koolade.

Posted by: withersb | September 3, 2010 12:18 PM | Report abuse

The "she's pretty" comment above confirms what I've thought for a long time. Although looks shouldn't matter, when it comes to women, they sure do: if Sarah Palin looked like Janet Reno, we wouldn't be discussing her at all these days.

Posted by: pattyc1 | September 3, 2010 12:18 PM | Report abuse

Hey, Capehart, cut the RACIST nonsense and see if you can help YOUR president figure out how to run this country in the few weeks he has left before we REPUBLICANS retake it and start dismantling his socialist programs!!! Do something useful. Nobody cares about your opinions of Sarah Palin!

Posted by: georges2 | September 3, 2010 12:39 PM | Report abuse

She attacked Scott Brown the other day. I'm wondering if he will invite her to Salem for the reenactment of a historical event.

Posted by: ejgallagher1 | September 3, 2010 12:44 PM | Report abuse

Palin is MORE than just a spokesperson for like minded voters... She's an entertainer.. One that has tapped into the interests of right leaning extremists.... The network she works for has made her a fixture as she travels around the nation like the runner of a weed that's main body is now firmly rooted in Fox News... Fox is intent on raising the noise level we are all exposed to, and does so by hiding behind the "ON AIR" personalities is sends out to shill for them... and the gullible fall for it every single time.

Posted by: BellsBlu2 | September 3, 2010 12:45 PM | Report abuse

Before this detailed comment in Vanity Fair, Steve Schmidt went on Sixty Minutes to tell Americans that Palin was "unfit." Tell-all books from the campaign have been describing bizarre behavior and anyone who listens to her knows she holds a grudge and has no respect for our elected officials. She is a media creation who is successfully manipulating base voters.

Posted by: ElinorMiller | September 3, 2010 1:05 PM | Report abuse

Just think, If MS.Palin was elected President we could look forward to her being the first President to abdicate.
She has quit every thing she ever started, why not quit as Prez and leave an indelible mark in the History books. She would be proud of herself.

Posted by: bpbando | September 3, 2010 1:10 PM | Report abuse

@dnahatch1: ROFLMAO at Quitter with the litter! On Twitter makes it even better! Funniest thing I've read online all week. Of course it's only funny because it's so, so true.

Posted by: bucinka8 | September 3, 2010 1:20 PM | Report abuse

Palin is going somewhere THE Bank.
She pulling in enormous sums of money making herself a very wealthy woman.

Posted by: handselsf | September 3, 2010 1:23 PM | Report abuse

The Republicans ran good old Bob Dole against Bill Clinton in 1996. Safe, and reliable, but boring and a loser, or did I forget about President Dole?

Likewise, Republicans chose safe Gerald Ford in 1976 instead of actor Ronald Regan. Everyone knows an actor can't be elected President. Likewise, if we elected an actor, the country would fall apart.

Media Liberals want Republicans to make the same mistake in 2012 as in 1976 and 1996- choose a safe boring Washington orientetd candidate who generates no enthusiasm and lacks leadership qualities.

Thank God Republicans didn't do that in 1980, when Regan beat Bush in the primaries.

Why not just cancel the primary elections and let the Wash Post/NYTs and Huff Post choose the Republican nominee? I'm sure they'll pick an old white guy, who they'll then proceed to crucify as not having inspirational leadership qualities.

I prefer to see what actual Republican primary voters say.

My own vote will be based on leadership qualities, not SAT scores. We've got a high SAT Ivy educated President now. He's clueless - just like Jimmy Carter.

2012 will be won by the person who demonstrates they can lead in a direction the country wants to follow, not by the person from the fanciest college. That may be Palin, or Jindal or Rubio, or an as yet unknown.

The voters will identify that person in the Republican primaries. When they do, they'll be no stopping him or her.

That's what Dems and the Wash Post are afraid of.

Posted by: jfv123 | September 3, 2010 1:28 PM | Report abuse

As you said, she is not running. No way, no how. A) To run for President she would have to do interviews with the MSM (Which she is part of), B) Debate C) Seem like she has a clue. She possesses none of these. She does however know how to rile up the Tea Klan and RepubliKlan's (as opposed to real Republicans which are a dying breed)and every time she does she gets richer and richer. In the end, maybe not these elections, Sarah Palin, Michele Bachmann , the Tea Klan and the RepubliKlan faction of the GOP will self destruct. They are too angry, paranoid, hateful and ignorant to last. Even the Nazi's eventually failed because of their similar world views (angry, paranoid, hateful and ignorant).

Posted by: rcc_2000 | September 3, 2010 1:34 PM | Report abuse

The movement might be a poor man's way of throwing the money changers out of the "temple" of truer conservative values as opposed to capitalist values. If the GOP of the 90s until now would have changed the official name of their party to the Capitalist party, would any voter have really noticed?

Posted by: deepthroat21 | September 3, 2010 1:39 PM | Report abuse

It may be important to note that she "might" have "regular" inside information about some members on the "right", specifically... sort of like A. Lincoln had access too.

Posted by: deepthroat21 | September 3, 2010 1:45 PM | Report abuse

I don't expect to run simply because when people start asking tough questions which she will not answer it nor have a clue to understanding it.

Posted by: beeker25 | September 3, 2010 1:48 PM | Report abuse

Capehart is in his Attack Women mode this week.

Earlier in the week he was calling Carreta King an Uncle Tom. Now it's Palin.

Capehart must just hate women.

Posted by: robtr | September 3, 2010 2:05 PM | Report abuse

I said it in front of three coworkers the morning after her unveiling at the GOP convention in '08 and will repeat it here: "She's not running for Vice President. She's auditioning for Fox News."

Mission Accomplished.

Now where's that danged remote?

Posted by: Ralphinjersey | September 3, 2010 2:09 PM | Report abuse

"She" was a Senator in captivity... But even D. Vader paid her respect for a time. The "Empire" and Princess Leia. ... STAR WARS

Posted by: deepthroat21 | September 3, 2010 2:12 PM | Report abuse

"Palin is a true star."

Palin is a true star, just like Michael Jackson, Britney Spears and Dolly Parton are all "true stars."

Except Sarah Palin is also an ignorant, illiterate bumpkin, and any one of the three, Jackson, Spears or Parton, have more intellect in their little finger than Palin will ever have.

Of course, this is a democracy and we have elected more than one ignorant, illiterate bumpkin to be president in the past.

That's why Palin still has a shot.

Posted by: jjedif | September 3, 2010 2:15 PM | Report abuse

Yes, and the most recent scenarios where Sarah has used emasculating terms in her sarcastic put-downs. Most women learn early in adulthood that these terms just slash their own throats, but Palin, as usual, is a little slow to catch on. I can imagine that her "Caspar Milquetoast" husband has heard these put-downs too, as terms like that just do not accidentally come rolling off a tongue without practice.

Posted by: Maerzie | September 3, 2010 2:59 PM | Report abuse

Another in the endless series "Palin is a nothing" articles.

You doth protest too much.

There's been a continuous stream of these since she made her speech 2 years ago, about 1 a day in the WaPo.

For somebody who is such a zero she sure seems to drive the Left insane.

Why's that?

She won't follow their script.

She plays them like a fiddle.

The can't figure her out.

She won't go away.

She grows more influential.

She terrifies them, hence the unseemly Palin-obsession.

You haven't seen anything yet, Lefties.

You betcha.

Posted by: drjcarlucci | September 3, 2010 3:08 PM | Report abuse

Yes, and the most recent scenarios where Sarah has used emasculating terms in her sarcastic put-downs. Most women learn early in adulthood that these terms just slash their own throats, but Palin, as usual, is a little slow to catch on. I can imagine that her "Caspar Milquetoast" husband has heard these put-downs too, as terms like that just do not accidentally come rolling off a tongue without practice.

Posted by: Maerzie | September 3, 2010 3:09 PM | Report abuse

sarah is as beautiful as she is stupid. It makes me wonder about the mental and moral state of the traitorous-teabagheads. Did they not see what that moron w did? I guess not they were asleep and now they have awakened and angry that there is not another right wing incompetent in power. sarah is smarter than that moron w but not by much.

Posted by: letemhaveit | September 3, 2010 3:13 PM | Report abuse

Why does the low intellect crowd not understand that there is no "fear" of Palin by the Democrats OR Republicans. She isn't "fearsome"at all. The only reason she concerns anyone who cares about our country is for the same reason an intelligent person uses protection from any contagious disease. Sarah is like a virus gone haywire, and the ones affected by her simply had no "protection" , called, a "thinking" mind. There is an enormous difference between a gullible person and a "thinking" person. Unfortunately, the gullible still haven't figured Sarah out because they are the same mentality level. Sarah is actually Glenn Beck's fraternal twin.

Posted by: Maerzie | September 3, 2010 3:22 PM | Report abuse

Palin is very very street smart and she doesn't want to be President. She just wants that redneck cash. And she's getting plenty of it.

Posted by: gposner | September 3, 2010 3:33 PM | Report abuse

Listening to her is like a combination of nails on a chalkboard & speaker feedback. I try to tune her out, but that is impossible due to all the old guys out there who want to see her naked; that's keeps her demand up.

She should go away and stop hurting my ears.

Posted by: ericroks | September 3, 2010 3:48 PM | Report abuse

Now that Sarah's knockers are sagging and her neck is ropy,
there is no reason whatsoever to pay attention to.

Posted by: euroguy | September 3, 2010 4:03 PM | Report abuse

Palin is the face and voice of the revolution that's swelling and will explode on Nov. 2.

And it is a revolution.

When you see hundreds of thousands of middle and upper middle class suburbanites attending rallies...

When you see a Gallup poll showing the GOP lead over Dems the highest in 60+ years...

When you see Scott Brown win and Murkowski upset...

Whe you see Obama's numbers drop like a rock and the public fiercly rejecting his agenda by overwhelming numbers...

That's a revolution in the making.

Rick Santelli, Sarah Palin... they didn't start it, they just gave voice to it.

9.6% unemployment.

GDP falling.

Triple Bush's deficits.

Cramming health care down our throats.

Out to lunch for the Gulf Spill.

The arrogance.

The incompetence.

The corruption.

That's what's driving the revolution.

Ignore it. Attack it. Mock it.

It's real and it will sweep Liberalism away like dust in 2 months.

Posted by: drjcarlucci | September 3, 2010 4:26 PM | Report abuse

Palin will never, ever, be ready to be President. She is incapable of governing. Her only talent is smirking, snearing, and making up new words that mean nothing to anyone but her. She is as dumb as her followers.

Posted by: Chagasman | September 3, 2010 4:34 PM | Report abuse

I am in agreement with mommadonna! I also think the same applies to the woman who runs the Wrestling business. Guys are liking the soft porn sort of entertainment that she offers up and so she gets loads of press attention.

Posted by: dorisbrady | September 3, 2010 4:44 PM | Report abuse

If the MSM didn't make it "news" every time Palin farts crosswise, no one would be paying any attention to her. I think the MSM is more entranced with her than the general public. The only place I've seen her running the last 2 years has been to the bank with all the money she's making. Like P.T. Barnum (or someone) said, there's a sucker born every minute.

Posted by: lddoyle2002 | September 3, 2010 4:53 PM | Report abuse

Another juvenile article from a reporter who just cannot seem to come up with something relevant for the American public. We have a myriad of problems, and here we go again with another Palin-bashing article.

We get it ... you don't like her, or her children, or her husband ... we get it. Can we move on to grown up writing now???

Posted by: playfair109 | September 3, 2010 5:13 PM | Report abuse

The corrupt, and frankly, dumb msm gave us Obama by relentlessly providing pro-Obama propaganda rather then objective analysis and reporting on Obama. The msm failed to vet Obama and when he made a mistake during the campaign covered for him. If Obama had dropped his pants and mooned the voters the WPO, NYT and the rest would have told us how refreshing it was and how magnificent his moons were. Chris matthews would have been tingling all over. Though he had never been so much as the night supervisor at McDonald's the msm just couldn't get enough of him.

They are trying the same thing all over again in reverse with Palin. If she found a cure for cancer tomorrow they would be telling us how she did it in isolation, and did you know her daughter got pregnant out of wed lock and she didn't get an abortion, there should be an investigation and she won't talk to the msm. Gee, I wonder why.

The leftist media just can't understand that they don't matter anymore but Palin understands. She is going around them and very successfully too. Success is the best revenge.

By the way I read the VF piece. Apparently the editorial standard there is that if the homeless drunk in the alley reads an article and doesn't throw up it's ok. Snarkiness? This is simply neurotic perversity. The guy did everything but sneak into her room lick the bottom of her 4'heels he was so fascinated by and sniff her dirty panties. A typical East Coast liberal.

Liberalism IS a dangerous mental illness.

Posted by: JoeDBrown | September 3, 2010 5:46 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin is someone who really loves campaigning, the speeches, the rallies, etc. She doesn't like doing the actual job she campained for.

She's now in a position where she can just keep campaigning without ever having to do the actual work of governing. She has her dream job. She's not actually going to run for office.

Posted by: lalalu1 | September 3, 2010 8:27 PM | Report abuse

Once again Capehart, a worthless piece. I don't know why I continue to check out your work.

Posted by: Jsuf | September 3, 2010 9:50 PM | Report abuse

Thank you Capeheart!
Sanity breaks through.
Relax folks it's the hype and fear they are using to manipiulate the citizens into being robbed again.
"Don't get fooled again!!!"

Posted by: crrobin | September 3, 2010 10:10 PM | Report abuse

Why must every politician have a goal to be President some day? Perhaps Palin is happy with her role she's in and it is the press that is pushing her to run.

Posted by: ahashburn | September 4, 2010 6:40 AM | Report abuse

"Palin is a true star. But she is a raw talent who refuses to do the necessary hard work that would catapult her to heights unknown."

If only Oblather had done ANY work before becoming elected we might not be in such a bad position now.


"She also seems content being a latter-day mean girl who attacks President Obama, Democrats and other opponents with sarcasm, snark and smirks. "

Hmm, seems to describe the MS media's response to her BEFORE she did anything but DARE to be a woman picked to be a running mate. Darkest piece of coal calling the kettle black me thinks... LOL

Posted by: illogicbuster | September 4, 2010 8:08 AM | Report abuse

Capehart, you need to discuss with a mental health professional your obsession with Palin. It's actually disturbing to see you write about her again and again and again. I guess we all know who you think about as you go to happyland before you fall asleep at night.

Posted by: WashingtonDame | September 4, 2010 8:55 AM | Report abuse

Due to the constant barrage of articles from the media, it does appear that Palin is everywhere. But, then, if she walks through the grocery store, the left-wing media would manage to write a critical article about the contents of her shopping cart.

Posted by: bethg1841 | September 4, 2010 9:25 AM | Report abuse

I am not shore I understand your point here. And this poll is saying that 41% of the people are in favor of Sara Palin becoming the next President of the United States. Now when you consider that there is no election on and that no one is even debating the issue. Most people are at zero when they start an election, now if you are starting at 41% that is a hell of a foundation to build on !

Posted by: nicklan | September 4, 2010 9:55 AM | Report abuse

Yep, Mr. Capehart President Obama is oh sooo very, very popular. And Dems will keep control of the House and Senate. And, Vanity Fair is certainly the authority on all things Palin.

As Barney Frank asked one of his Town Hall attendees "What Planet did you come from"?, MR.CAPEHART? All you left-wing extremists hate Palin because you fear her the most.
If not, why do you waste your time on her? Meanwhile our President, who has never run so much as a SNO-BALL stand is a disaster trying to run America. Go Figure!

What great/any work "experience" does Obama have from which to draw? Palin worked her way through college, knows what it is like to EARN her own money to pay her way through college, was a Mayor and defeated an incumbent Governor. President Obama had no real Job experience growing up---NONE. OOPS,sorry I forgot,he was a Community Organizer I'm Not sure about his grades or thesis in college because he won't share them with the public--Nothing strange there?How dare I these questions?

Mr. Capehart, how's about you thinking outside your left-wing extremism and read David Limbaughs book,"Crimes Against Liberty" and commenting on his "An indictment of President Barack Obama"! I presume your readers know you read the NEW YORK TIMES in addition to Vanity Fair.

Did you know Limbaughs book is #1, repeat #1 on the New York Times Best Seller List! FYI, everything in his book is documented! Please read these documented footnotes if you need verification of al his quotes before you tell your readers about his expose of the President. A Great read. Sure you will love it!

Oh I almost forgot that since all us Tea Party members are right wing extremists You are welcome to attend a few Tea -Parties to broaden your "work experience".

Posted by: passonfirstdown | September 4, 2010 12:06 PM | Report abuse

People love Palin for one reason ... she calls out the libs for what they are and it drives them NUTS ... in an instant turning intellectual piety into just so much lip smacking unadulerated hyperpartisn venom. It is HIGHLY entertaining ... and as the Republicans assume power next year will only continue unabated. Get your popcorn ready ... I can't wait.

Posted by: cunn9305 | September 4, 2010 12:26 PM | Report abuse

Reagans numbers in 1978 were much worse, he was ridiculed more hashly and had dedicated reporters to make fun of his gaffes throughout the 70s. That worked out well for the liberals. Same with George W Bush crica 2000. Keep it up libs!

"First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win. " -- Gandhi (and shortly, Palin).

Posted by: NoWeCant | September 4, 2010 4:14 PM | Report abuse

The media's fascination with Palin keeps her front and center.

Posted by: cassandra9 | September 4, 2010 4:16 PM | Report abuse

I love the way Palin just drives these liberals crazy. Who care if she runs except for this racist Jonathan Capehart. This guy is scared of white women putting a whoopin on his black ass, or should I say Obamas ass. I mean look hoe he cries about Sarah being mean well politic is mean just listen to the crap that come out of our presidents mout mr Capehart. Growup.

Posted by: loman920 | September 4, 2010 8:16 PM | Report abuse

I love the way Palin just drives these liberals crazy. Who care if she runs except for this racist Jonathan Capehart. This guy is scared of white women putting a whoopin on his black ass, or should I say Obamas ass. I mean look hoe he cries about Sarah being mean well politic is mean just listen to the crap that come out of our presidents mout mr Capehart. Growup.

Posted by: loman920 | September 4, 2010 8:17 PM | Report abuse

The problem with you haters is Sarah Palin has a higher IQ than the total of all of you. For all you DREAMERS Barry Obama will be a (1) One term President

Posted by: loman920 | September 4, 2010 8:25 PM | Report abuse

Palin can't be an effective president ?

Lets try a short list of issues the majority of Americans support Palin over Obama...

- illegal immigration
- border security
- BIG Government
- higher taxes
- Obamacare
- abortion
- gay marriage (most Dems actually think Obama is not serious about his position
- the Victory mosque in New York

On all of the above Palin sides with a majority of Americans.. Obama doesn't

Who would make a more effective President on these issues ? Obama or Palin ?

It wouldn't even be close.

Ask Lisa Murkowski.

Posted by: pvilso24 | September 4, 2010 10:52 PM | Report abuse

It's plain and simple - Palin is too intellectually lazy and mentally immature to be president of the US.

Posted by: JilliB | September 5, 2010 5:10 AM | Report abuse

If she is so "isolated" then why this column about mother Palin?

I know why, because anytime anyone writes about Palin readership jumps, "Palin" in the headline is exactly why I read this dribble.

Capehart sounds like one of those people at the office water cooler that demands an audience for all their grips all the while everyone listening is is just wishing the boss will finally fire them.

Posted by: Easleycpa | September 5, 2010 9:21 AM | Report abuse

So, WaPo thought that this meaningless article was important enough to keep running it. Arrogant. Daily Palin-trashing will not change votes.

Posted by: bethg1841 | September 5, 2010 9:37 AM | Report abuse

This is quite basic, what we have here is a case of kool-aid versus non kool-aid drinkers. The koolaid people have really done a bad number on this country while being un-Christ like(you know spreading lies calling people names and being just plain bitter). When the coolaid drinkers figure out they have been drinking garbage it will be too late, for they no longer serve good.

Posted by: Creedman71 | September 6, 2010 10:25 PM | Report abuse

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