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Palin Camp Takes on Levi Johnston


Just when you thought the plot couldn't possibly thicken more in the Days of Our Lives in Alaska, it has. Outgoing Gov. Sarah Palin is now fighting back against claims made by her daughter's ex-boyfriend that she bailed out on Alaska in order to cash in on her fame.

Asked if Levi Johnston's accusation bore any truth, Palin spokeswoman Meghan Stapleton said in an e-mail to The Sleuth, "Absolutely not. She is taking a leap of faith that all will be well personally. This is about what is best for Alaska and not what is best for her personally."

Johnston, the 19-year-old father of Palin's grandson and ex-fiance of the governor's daughter Bristol, said at a news conference Thursday that he personally had heard Palin discuss the possibility of leaving her state behind to go capitalize off her quick rise to fame.

"She had talked about how nice it would be to take some of this money people had been offering us and you know just run with it, say 'forget everything else,'" Johnston said of the one-time GOP vice presidential nominee.

Johnston, who spent time living with the Palin family this past winter before splitting with Bristol, is reportedly seeking to do the very thing he accuses Palin of doing. The high school drop-out, who became famous on the stage of last summer's Republican National Convention, is said to be peddling a book and movie deal.

"It is interesting to learn Levi is working on a piece of fiction while honing his acting skills," Stapleton added in her e-mail.

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The woman can't let anything slide off her - she reacts to every little thing as if it matters. No wonder she's overwhelmed. Another sign of immaturity and insecurity. She needs thicker skin if she wants to play.

Posted by: chicago11 | July 10, 2009 5:08 PM | Report abuse

Levi Johnston statement confirms the very same sentiments expressed by many in the mainstream media. These statements will be verified in the near-term as news of Sarah Palin's schedule after July 31st becomes public knowledge. Only a naive fool believes that Sarah Palin's decision was based solely on what is good for Alaska.

Posted by: Lavinsr4207 | July 10, 2009 5:12 PM | Report abuse

Only a naive fool believes that Sarah Palin's decision to resign the governorship has anything whatsoever to do with what's good for Alaska. Palin is a narcissist, and will do whatever she thinks will bring her the most fame and fortune. She doesn't really care about Alaska, as 'the bridge to nowhere' and other such projects should have told us.

Posted by: Kaelinda1 | July 10, 2009 5:17 PM | Report abuse

I've often wondered if Sarah Palin ate her young. Now I know. Four more years!

Posted by: queenofromania | July 10, 2009 5:27 PM | Report abuse

Although, I tend to agree, I can't follow Palin's logic that it is best for Alaska if she doesn't represent them? Is this a personal no confidence vote? Could anyone explain? She surely could not.

Posted by: bamaporch | July 10, 2009 5:28 PM | Report abuse

So he's said to be "*pedaling* a book and movie deal"? I wonder how you do that?

Posted by: yrral | July 10, 2009 5:28 PM | Report abuse

I'm sensing a Wrestlemania steel cage match between Levi and Sarah.

Posted by: ajlerner1 | July 10, 2009 5:30 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin is out for the money and all of the publicity she can generate. The best thing to do is to IGNORE HER COMPLETELY and she can go back to her fishing and think about " Hankering " down and what a fool she has made of herself AND THE good people OF Alaska.

Posted by: papay41734 | July 10, 2009 5:30 PM | Report abuse

Why is the media even paying attention to this guy? Maybe he should attempt to get into college, get a degtree and get a real job. Isn't there any real news out there today? How about the two women in prison in North Korea? Any coverage about that today? How about cuts in Medicaid directly impacting uninsured children's health and well being? Not as important as Ms Palin's ex I guess.

Posted by: Jazzman47 | July 10, 2009 5:31 PM | Report abuse

I'm glad to see Mr Johnston is remaining athletic and *pedaling* his book and movie but I think you mean "peddling".

Posted by: bicycle_racer | July 10, 2009 5:35 PM | Report abuse

I posted a comment more than 8 months ago on here or some other site that Palin would step down as governor after she lost the national election and would pursue a career in Hollywood. I still believe this to be true.

Posted by: jimfid100 | July 10, 2009 5:36 PM | Report abuse

To the 3 clowns above,

Only gullible pathological Palin haters like you three believe what the high school drop-out and self-described "red-neck", Levi Johnston, said. If anyone is trying to cash in on his brief moment in spotlight, it's Levi. And to think that clown fancies himself as an actor? HA!

Posted by: Nightstalker1 | July 10, 2009 5:36 PM | Report abuse

The best thing Palin and her group can do is to keep quiet and not respond to every little thing. It makes her seem more stupid and petty than she already is.

Posted by: eodjim001 | July 10, 2009 5:37 PM | Report abuse

This is why you have to laugh when people claim Sarah Palin is unfairly attacked. If there is any double standard regarding Sarah Palin it is her belief that she should be able to say anything, anytime, about anyone and not be held accountable while taking offense at the tiniest slight (real or imagined). They call her "Sarah Barracuda" for a reason.

Posted by: MarcMyWords | July 10, 2009 5:38 PM | Report abuse

you can have whatever opinion about Palin or whoever else. But the fact that a high school dropout and a heartless boyfriend who abandons a pregnant fiancee is given as much publicity in the media and so many people believe in his version of story (factual or not) without any reservation tells you why this nation is in deeper trouble than just the huge debt and deficit. In fact, that's the source of problem. People, leave Oprah, leave TV, get smart, on things that are more important.

Posted by: jerryh1 | July 10, 2009 5:39 PM | Report abuse

Toadie1, you peddle a book deal. You pedal a bike.

Posted by: cid1 | July 10, 2009 5:40 PM | Report abuse

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure this one out. Neither Levi nor Sarah are scientist but at least Levi is keeping it real. This is an example of her wanting to project this perfect image that everything she does is in the best interest of the people of Alaska (they know this is not true) she need and want the money. For her to engage tit for tat with a high school drop out that is probably telling the truth because he has nothing to lose is silly (on her behalf). Sarah does not want her hockey mom image replaced with a star struck greedy grandma image. Levi is trying to earn a living (which is difficult to do for a drop out) and if he want to write about his life experience up to this point so be it, Sarah has certainly given him enough to write about fact/fiction.

Posted by: Lynn18 | July 10, 2009 5:42 PM | Report abuse

The best thing she could have done. You are talking about her again, aren't you??

Someone in the know once said, "Good or bad, just stay in the news. When they stop talking about you, it's time to worry.

Posted by: wly34 | July 10, 2009 5:43 PM | Report abuse

your saying you don't trust anyone who runs from responsibility yet you believe someone who did. Levi found out he would not be going to be in front of the media after palin lost he did what all worms do he ran he ran from his responsibility, his child is without a father. do you think he pays child support

Posted by: getsix1 | July 10, 2009 5:43 PM | Report abuse

Why won't dingbat Palin just go away? Just another case of some nobody who got a taste of the national spotlight, and just can't give it up, it's as simple as that. She should stay in the land of the grizz and moose.

Posted by: Cliff10 | July 10, 2009 5:46 PM | Report abuse

I suspect Levi could drop all kinds of bombshells on the Palins -- really creepy, icky ones. You betcha.

Posted by: htimothyjones | July 10, 2009 5:47 PM | Report abuse

All these icky people deserve each other.

Posted by: AnnArborGuy | July 10, 2009 5:48 PM | Report abuse

And you thought "white trash" was only in the south, and poor.

Kinda funny that a stupid redneck kid should be the one to spill the beans on Barbie.

Sarah going to the "pry-vit secter," huh?

Posted by: chrisfox8 | July 10, 2009 5:48 PM | Report abuse

Of course Levi's an ignorant redneck, who else would date Palin's daughter? It's all part of the Palins' Jerry Springer white trash lifestyle - pulling strings to get her ex brother-in law fired, saying Obama is "Palin' around with terrorists," being the wife of a secessionist, belonging to a church that fears witchcraft, being against sex ed even after her teen unwed daughter gets pregnant, having a crack addict burglar sister in law, getting freebies out of a government contractor, etc. It's all a circus.

Posted by: steelsil2 | July 10, 2009 5:48 PM | Report abuse

Stapleton's snarky remarks about working on a piece of fiction while honing his acting skills is more applicable to MS Palin than to the 19 year old. Since as reported in the Anchorage paper every word from Sarah Palin's resignation address was total fiction, perhaps Palin would be better served not addressing Levi Johnston remarks.

Although there is little doubt that Alaska will benefit from freedom from Palin's drama, addressing her volume of ethics complaints filed by citizens did not add additional cost to the "Department of Law" who would have been paid regardless and the state did recover $8,000 from Palin for travel expenses she charged to the state for her children.

She abandoned her constitutional duty to the state of Alaska because the oil revenues are not coming in and governing the state had gotten hard. Her list of enemies within her own party grew daily and supporters were jumping ship. Palin is out for Palin with no regard for whom she exploits to promote herself particularly her children. She is beginning to look every minute of being a 45 year old grandmother. Now any good surgeon can make adjustments to that but time will continue to march across her face and her relevance will continue to erode. She has always followed the money so Johnston's statement is quite credible.

Posted by: xclntcat | July 10, 2009 5:48 PM | Report abuse

To Nightstalker1,

I posted my comment regarding Sarah Palins Hollywood dream of becoming an actress before Nov. of 2008. Also at that time I never heard of Levi Whomever. If I find the site I posted my original comment in(before Nov. 2008), I will provide the link here.

Posted by: jimfid100 | July 10, 2009 5:50 PM | Report abuse

I agree with Jazzman47. What is wrong with you people anyway? What? Everyone has to think like you because "you know" the truth? Look at what you're reading and listening to! The media's out to get ratings and power! You're all so wrapped up into what the media tells you! For crying out loud! What a bunch of whiners! You have nothing better to do than to get on here and "tell" us what you think?! Why? Because you're so right?! Gotta hear yourself? Gotta "find" something to talk about that gossip? I'll tell you why I got on here! Because Palin is smart! That's what. She says it like it is. No BS. No lies. No excuses. She's clean as a whistle. You're all just followers. You do what 'EVERYONE' else says and does. No mind of your own. You jump on the loudest, most obnoxious, hyprocitical wagon that comes by and just "Chew" it up! Gossip. Gossip. Gossip. Yakkity-yakkity-yakkers! Shut-up!

Posted by: kimmiegirgus | July 10, 2009 5:50 PM | Report abuse

Palin has to understand. If she hopes to stand for further office, it will be because of her celebrity status, not because she completed a successful term as Alaska governor. She resigned from that.

Celebrities have all kinds of things said about them. Levi is entitled to his opinion of why she quit. He may not be right (or he may be), but in any case, he is entitled to his opinion.

He is trading on his celebrity just as she is. They are birds of a feather. Celebrity is really the only thing either of them have which would commend them to the public.

Posted by: tinyjab40 | July 10, 2009 5:52 PM | Report abuse

I can't believe that Palin finds the time, energy or inclination to RESPOND to EVERY negative comment that is thrown her way! Good grief...is this how she would have spent her/our valuable time and intellect on the worlds stage as a vice president? Is it any wonder that she claims that she is unable (time-wise, etc.) to effectively govern her own state? Thank God (yes, her God) that she is not the VP of our great country! Please Mrs. Palin, take your ego off of your sleeve and stop whining. Your children deserve better (and so does the American public.)

Posted by: lillyannb | July 10, 2009 5:53 PM | Report abuse

Stop teasing us, Levi -- answer the question all of America wants answered. Does Bristol's mom has it going on?

Posted by: htimothyjones | July 10, 2009 5:53 PM | Report abuse

Fighting with Levi is good practice for Putin, Kim Il Song, and that Iran guy.

Speaking of going away - let's all find something better to do with our time.

Posted by: Arizona70 | July 10, 2009 5:54 PM | Report abuse

The woman & her family are "trash" Anyone who gives her a dime is crazy. She had reasons to resign from being Governor, now they're starting to surface. I think the "Store Bought" clothes that the Republican party gave her created a monster ... no more Moose skin pants for Sarah

Posted by: wasaUFO | July 10, 2009 5:57 PM | Report abuse

Where's Jerry Springer when we need him?

Posted by: ogyu | July 10, 2009 5:58 PM | Report abuse

So lets see in the next year if Sarah Palin stays out of the spotlight, or if Sarah Palin cashes in.

My money is on cashing in...

Posted by: beenthere3 | July 10, 2009 6:01 PM | Report abuse

Leaving office "trusting that everything will magically work out" is insanity. Leaving office to increase your income tenfold or more is change ($$$$) we can believe in. There's no shame in revealing that you're economically shrewd - that's a plus when running for office these days. Reaching for the brass ring is the only plausible excuse for bailing halfway through her freshman term in the Governor's mansion; why deny it?

I suppose she'd push the button to launch all the nukes and pray everything would turn out all right... I thank God every day she's not in charge of me - who said there's no such thing as miracles?

Posted by: bayowulf | July 10, 2009 6:02 PM | Report abuse

Believe me, I dislike Palin as much as the next rational human being - but this article and its headline seem grossly misleading.

"Palin Camp Takes on Levi Johnston" makes it sound like they're on the offensive, taking the first shot.

But, when you read the article, it seems that Johnston started it with his press conference, and they reacted to his accusatory statements - which as good PR people they should; his comments struck at the heart of the Palin persona.

Thanks, Post, for giving Palin a reason to whine about "Mainstream media smears," and her mindless sycophants a reason to scream endlessly about the "MSM" (don't people sound so much knowledgeable when they use buzzwords and abbreviations?) in any forum that will have them.

Posted by: MrJack | July 10, 2009 6:03 PM | Report abuse

Arizona70,

Despite Palins interest in Hollywood your post is very funny. In keeping with that spirit I found a link to pronounce that iran dudes name. MAHMOUD AHMADINEJAD
http://names.voa.gov/DailyAction.cfm

Posted by: jimfid100 | July 10, 2009 6:03 PM | Report abuse

Only fools couldn't understand that the state of Alaska wouldn't be better off without the turmoil of the assassinate Palin campaign. You think we really want to slog through 18 months like Nixon and Clinton put the country through? Levi is a 15min attention seeker, obvious from his exploits... and exploits they are. Why shouldn't she rebuff all this B.S? Get a clue. None of you would have stayed as long and done much better. You wouldn't have refused the national spotlight and wouldn't have suffered the mountain of slings and arrows any better. Judge not lest ye be judged. Great minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events, and small minds discuss people -Eleanor Roosevelt. Discuss the idea of leaving off someone who's doing everyone a favor. Give it a rest. And yes she should rebuke the foolish cast of Lettermen and Levi.

Posted by: RaDaRR | July 10, 2009 6:03 PM | Report abuse

would be

Posted by: RaDaRR | July 10, 2009 6:04 PM | Report abuse

I don't get it...........the nastiness and yes, even hate here, is palpable. Why not just be quiet, you are feeding this beast. If you actually ignored it, it would die from starvation, alone and unloved (or un-hated, as the case may be).

Posted by: OregonStorm | July 10, 2009 6:05 PM | Report abuse

OMG! What a revelation. Of course I'm not serious as no one else should take any comments from this loser serious. Look at his resume ... dropped out of H.S., started boinking a girl who thought she found love... practiced unprotected sex (as she did} had a child and no money to support a family. Probably used the Child as meal ticket ..then when "Rollo" got pressure to be a man So inspite of this dude never accomplishing anything ....the Press takes this guys "Sour Grapes" and makes it a revelation. Duh ..the Michael Jackson story is running out of steam so the press will grab anything

Posted by: ivntrr | July 10, 2009 6:05 PM | Report abuse

I find it quite interesting that the loudest critics of Gov. Palin are the urbane-snobs who believe that their form of socialist quasi-democracy should be the rule of the land. Guess what? Living outside of the eastern corridor or in a major city like Chicago, Houston, Los Angles, D.C or New York does not make the rest of us too ignorant to spot the unique brands of malice that appear in the media.

Has anyone noticed that the only thing that qualifies as news any more revolves almost exclusively around politics, politicians and government? There is a big wide world out there and for those of us who do not need to endure an hour's commute into work or a dank office lit only by florescent lighting we find other issues of importance.

The decay of the Roman Civilization started in Rome. Where do you think the corrosive effects upon our culture and civilization are starting? Not in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Minnesota or Alabama. The founding of our nation was the result of continual oppression by our lords and masters across the Atlantic ocean. Now, the silent majority of Americans endure the unrelenting pokes and prods of ideologues and the cacophony of endless diatribes.

Was Sarah Palin the best choice for a VP running mate? Maybe not but she did strike a resonance with a great many people. Every time the effete liberals in our society took a jab at her we all took it personally.

The warnings of a one party government junta Obama/Pelozi/Reid and the idea of a bottomless credit card to re-create the illusions of Roosevelt's "New Deal" or Johnson's "Great Society" are driving our nation into the poorhouse.

Amorality is now celebrated, Hollywood celebrities now claim the wisdom of Plato and claim the attention over millions and have become the opiate of the masses.

Maybe the "rest of us" should just cut-off all financial assistance (through taxes) to the US government. Let Washington D.C. sink back into the malaria infested swamp it came from. It is clear that the critters that have climbed out of the mud and mire now sit upon the thrones of power.

Posted by: Tishers | July 10, 2009 6:07 PM | Report abuse

I hope a large faction of the pubs keep supporting Palin, because by doing so it will just keep weakening their party. Palin is and will always be a carbunkle on their a** and that's just fine by me.

Posted by: blarsen1 | July 10, 2009 6:10 PM | Report abuse

Hey you aaalll - easy on Leeevi !
At least he never tried to run for vice president *_*

Posted by: fredman10 | July 10, 2009 6:11 PM | Report abuse

The future will tell if Palin is lying or not....

Let's just see how hard she works for Alaska (what ever that means).

And, then let's just see how hard she works for her own pocketbook.

Unless, she's going to give all her future earnings to the state of Alaska.

It's going to be interesting....Thanks Levi!

A teenager slaying a GOV. Who'd a thunk it?

Posted by: whsmhrth1 | July 10, 2009 6:13 PM | Report abuse

Is it really fighting back to have a spokesperson answer a question?

"Palin camp takes on Levi Johnson"? It's not like she held a press conference to ridicule the youngster. Best I can tell, the press asked a question, and the Palin camp answered. Ms Akers, it seems like you have your own personal agenda here.

Posted by: gdogs | July 10, 2009 6:19 PM | Report abuse

First off, consider the source, a high school dropout who is looking to make a quick buck. That's it, pure and simple.

I want to know when the american public stopped thinking for themselves? We sit and listen to stories reported in the press and then accept them as gospel. "Just wait until what comes out July 31", to cite one post. Our founding fathers would turn in their graves.

Wake up people. The press have their own agenda they're pushing. Hence, their so called reporting, which is better defined as opining is shaped by that. I want facts, I'll form my own opinions.

Sarah Palin is not one I would support for President, but then again, I would not and did not support Mr. Obama. Both lack the experience to manage all the affairs of state. However, between the two, only Ms. Palin has governed anything, and did so successfully, something we tend to ignore because it is not as juicy as the gossip mill.

As much as the press has torn Palin down is how much the press has built up Obama. Without the media, he would not be where he is. Unfortunately, for him, and for us, he now has to perform, and, frankly, he hasn't, and I don't believe he can. He is another Jimmy Carter. His stimulus package has done nothing, as even the CBO said it would not, and now they're talking about another one. Why? That's simple, the voting masses like getting something for nothing. However, it's never for nothing. The piper must always be paid, and we, our children and their children will be the ones paying. Mr. Obama now owns this economy. He's had too much input and impact on it to lay on Mr. Bush anymore.

The 2010 elections will be telling, and given his drop in popularity and job approval that we now see, his elected followers may not find any coat tails to cling to when the time comes.

So, let's all wake up and put party affiliations aside. Let's not let the press divide and conquer us and we can get this country back to the position of greatness it deserves.

Get involved, don't expect anyone to do anything for you. Do it yourself, run for office, actively support a candidate you can has the real qualifications to do the job and make a personal difference for yourselves, your children and future generations. We can do it. We must do it, and together we can do anything.

Posted by: hndygad | July 10, 2009 6:19 PM | Report abuse

Why is Levi Johnston so biased against Sarah Palin?

Why isn't he saying that he heard the same things over at Obama's house?

This is typical liberal bias in the mainstream media.

Posted by: HumanSimpleton | July 10, 2009 6:29 PM | Report abuse

Levi Johnston, a 19 year old high school dropout, has a news conference, and it's reported by the media? Have we lost our minds?

Posted by: bubba31138 | July 10, 2009 6:30 PM | Report abuse

Saying that her quitting is good for her state is foolish if she intends to go for a higher office. It's like admitting one's incompetence. Time will tell.

Posted by: Bartolo1 | July 10, 2009 6:38 PM | Report abuse

This Palin story is becoming simply surreal. I just have to add that nearly everyone who thinks they saw "Willow Palin" at that Yankeee game is actually pointing at Giuliani's wife in the pictures. Will nobody ever just do the legwork and see if Willow was actually at that game? It's a chance to catch SP in a plain, flat-out, public lie, which would put the right spin on everything else she has said about everything from the Bridge to Nowhere to the "free" house in Wasilla to Troopergate. I just have the feeling that when this whole story actually breaks, it will be amazing.

Posted by: NomoStew | July 10, 2009 6:43 PM | Report abuse

She had talked about how nice it would be to take some of this money people had been offering us and you know just run with it, say 'forget everything else,'" Johnston said of the one-time GOP vice presidential nominee.

IMHO this is the smartest thing this women could ever do.

Posted by: mabash97 | July 10, 2009 6:48 PM | Report abuse

hndygad writes this:

As much as the press has torn Palin down is how much the press has built up Obama. Without the media, he would not be where he is. Unfortunately, for him, and for us, he now has to perform, and, frankly, he hasn't, and I don't believe he can. He is another Jimmy Carter. His stimulus package has done nothing
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See, the RusHannity droppings cannot discuss the topic at hand, so what do they do? When talking about Levi Johnston and Palin, they shift the conversation.

But let's look at the crying game that is being played.

When 9/11 struck, that was some eight months AFTER Bush had taken office, and yet the RusHannity droppings blamed the previous President.

The stimulus bill (which I do not think will work, but that is not the point) was passed in February. It has not been deployed to any serious level in the last five months (FIVE months is less than EIGHT months for the benefit of the RusHannity droppings), and yet they have NO problems judging it to be a failure. This is precisely what these same droppings did early in March when they hauled out the DJIA and lamented how badly it had fallen since Obama took office (which at the time was all of 45 days or so). Then the DJIA recovered, and these vermin slid back under the rock till the unemployment figures showed 9.5.

Speaking of Carter, first check the data here from 1976 to 1983:

http://data.bls.gov/PDQ/servlet/SurveyOutputServlet

That will show that under Carter unemployment went down from 7.6 to 6.3 over his term. It was rising just a tad when he left office. Under Bush the unemployment rose from 4.0 to 7.6 and was rising at the end of his term massively.

But that's not even the best part. Reagan who took office and did all these GREAT things, took over in a much better position than Obama, and under him the unemployment ROSE FOR THE FIRST THREE YEARS, not just five months after which the RusHannity droppings are exhaling their foul odors.

Under Reagan, unemployment continued to rise till end of 1983, reaching a whopping 10.8%

That is higher than what it is under Obama today, and unlike in Obama's case where the rate had been rising for the last two years, Reagan had a relatively good history left over from Carter.

And the top tax rates under Reagan for the first six years? 50%

These same RusHannity droppings are claiming high taxes under Obama, when the rate is EXACTLY what it has been under Bush, and way less than 50%

It is one thing when you guys are stupid, it is a lot worse when you are shameless, and dishonest. I am ashamed to have such liars as my compatriots!!!

Go back to praising that nutjob from Alaska.

Heck, blame Levi Johnston.

Anything but accept the facts.

Posted by: HumanSimpleton | July 10, 2009 6:49 PM | Report abuse

Watching and listening to Sarah Palin's televised statement regarding her resignation from the office of Governor of the state of Alaska, I was stunned by the ignorance underlying her statement. It was among the most irrational, unreasoned statements ever made by any human being. As I watched, a chill ran up my spine as I thought about where our country would be today, if McMoron had won the election, died, and Sarah Palin had become President of the United States. It's one of the most frightening thoughts I've ever had in my entire life. Without hesitation, I will state my belief that our country would have ceased to exist under this scenario unless Congress had taken immediate action to remove her from office on the ground of insanity. Personally, I don't care what this lunatic does in the future as long as she doesn't run for public office.

Posted by: Caliguy55 | July 10, 2009 6:51 PM | Report abuse

Levi Johnston, a 19 year old high school dropout, has a news conference, and it's reported by the media? Have we lost our minds?

Posted by: bubba31138
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No we lost it earlier covering Sarah Palin's news conferences.

Posted by: HumanSimpleton | July 10, 2009 6:51 PM | Report abuse

It doesn't sound like she went out attacking the guy in retaliation for what he said. They asked her what she thought about what Levi said and her spokeswoman responded.

But she does have a habit of responding to every single little insult and that just doesn't make her look very professional. That's probably why people are reacting so vehemently. It's her modus operandi. A comment made by a fame hungry teenager (or even a comedian like letterman) isn't something that a politician should be getting riled up about. I think dropping this habit will serve her well.

Posted by: lucylives | July 10, 2009 6:56 PM | Report abuse

wow.
let's give everyone a break. Palin has spent $500K of her own money defending herself against ethics complaints. not chump change for me. With the prospect of more complaints down the line, getting more money and more attention. In that context, why not quit, to get out of that situation (can't do the state's business and defend too, at least not very well), allow someone else a fresh start to do the state's business, and then try to recoup your own $500K lost, spend some time figuring out what you want to do, if anything, on the national scene, and if so, position yourself in the lower 48 to do so (can't campaign well from AK). I mean, this isn't stupid: it may not be what we would have done, but it isn't unreasonable. Now, would I vote for Palin? heck, no: she isn't qualified, and I really doubt she could ever be. But is what she did reasonable, both for Alaska and her family? I would say yes. Through partisan eyes, she's either stupid or she's an angel: the way I look at it, what she has done makes sense, however inarticulate she may be in expressing it.

Posted by: bozozozo | July 10, 2009 6:58 PM | Report abuse

Is it really fighting back to have a spokesperson answer a question?

"Palin camp takes on Levi Johnson"? It's not like she held a press conference to ridicule the youngster. Best I can tell, the press asked a question, and the Palin camp answered. Ms Akers, it seems like you have your own personal agenda here.

Posted by: gdogs | July 10, 2009 6:19 PM |

Yes, in fact it is. Just like the whole Letterman fiasco, which really was the straw that broke the camel's back. Politicians and their spokespeople need to be smarter than to get into a war of words with a 19 year old or a late night comedian. That's part of being a public figure - knowing when you need to blow something off, rather than confront it head on. Sarah Palin never learned this and has paid dearly for it.
Evidence of this phenomena can be found from the campaign when she wanted to respond to the "Todd is a Secessionist" talk. Steve Schmitt told her "hell no" and even had to tell her how to respond in a non-combative, professional manner to questions like that. Sarah is just too emotional to let unimportant charges roll off her back, which is why she'll never be President.

Posted by: NMModerate1 | July 10, 2009 6:59 PM | Report abuse

She can dish it but she can't take it.

Posted by: joecairo | July 10, 2009 7:08 PM | Report abuse

Another day, another painin story. Oh hum !

Posted by: whocares666 | July 10, 2009 7:10 PM | Report abuse

No surprise. The shopping allowance she received as John McCain's running mate gave her a taste of things she could not afford as governor of Alaska. Then there was the adulation of her fans (I recall seeing on TV a guy jumping up and down with a banner that read "Hoosiers for the Hot Chick" at the Republican Convention. Heady stuff.

Whether Republicans would still want her as a presidential candidate in 2012 is to be seen. Stranger things have happened in politics. But, in the meantime, there is no doubt that she will make money. Good for her and the first dude.

Posted by: probashi | July 10, 2009 7:13 PM | Report abuse

Is it really fighting back to have a spokesperson answer a question?

"Palin camp takes on Levi Johnson"? It's not like she held a press conference to ridicule the youngster. Best I can tell, the press asked a question, and the Palin camp answered. Ms Akers, it seems like you have your own personal agenda here.

Posted by: gdogs | July 10, 2009 6:19 PM |

Yes, in fact it is. Just like the whole Letterman fiasco, which really was the straw that broke the camel's back. Politicians and their spokespeople need to be smarter than to get into a war of words with a 19 year old or a late night comedian. That's part of being a public figure - knowing when you need to blow something off, rather than confront it head on. Sarah Palin never learned this and has paid dearly for it.
Posted by: NMModerate1
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au contraire

Palin is not doing this for any other purpose but to keep herself in the limelight. ANY controversy, scandal, fight, discussion that is focused on her, good or bad, is EXACTLY what she wants.

She seeks the attention, so that she can remain on the radar.

Posted by: HumanSimpleton | July 10, 2009 7:17 PM | Report abuse

Palin's quick response to Johnston's comments aside, neither Palin nor Johnston are anybody to brag about.

Both will sell their souls (if they have souls) to the highest bidder.

Palin will do anything for fame, money, and power.

Johnston will do anything for money.

So, let them go at it.... Just leave America out of it.

The media (of all sorts) would do America a huge favor by just stop reporting on their antics....

Posted by: abby0802 | July 10, 2009 7:18 PM | Report abuse

Foolish and Sarah Palin go hand and glove.

As soon as she goes on the speaking circuit or some other media, Levi's will be seen as telling the truth. Palin apparently is not smart enough to realize that she will be making Levi look smart. Just shoot me.

Posted by: oldgeek143 | July 10, 2009 7:23 PM | Report abuse

The Palin camp takes on Levi? Are you kidding me? I can't believe how slanted this article is. Although I'm not sure WHY i'm surprised when we have NBC, CBS and ABC SLOBBERING over Obama.

I can't believe the media and many Americans don't recognize that their slanted view isn't doing ANY GOOD! How many presidents were able to have 1 hour specials on why their healthcare plan should be passed? How many presidents have INSISTED that BAILOUT bills should be passed QUICKLY.

Does no one wonder why this president wants things passed quickly? Why does he want us all to "trust" his judgment? I'm sorry I am an adult and I make my own decisions. I'm not a government drone who is just going to allow the government to intrude on my life.

THe American People need to wake up. Sure Sarah Palin may not be everyone's favorite but the hateful and spiteful and UNTRUE things that are published are unbelievable. If anyone were to publish anything 1/2 as bad about Michele Obama they would be vilified over and over and over again.

Wake up people - you need to start asking these questions...why did all the networks (BESIDES FOX NEWS) broadcast hours and hours of the Michael Jackson story instead of reporting on the cap and trade bill that will increase energy costs FOR EVERYONE.

There are way more important issues and until the american people stand up and let these networks know that we are onto them and we are not interested in a Marxist state, they will continue to broadcast stories that will only benefit them!

Start doing your homework - why do you think NBC wants the cap & trade bill passed? Hmm...because they're little fingers are in the pot too...they're all in cahoots with one anohter - NBC, GE, Al Gore and many MANY others.

Instead of putting energy into hating Sarah Palin, let's work on making this country great once again.

Posted by: jasno1girl | July 10, 2009 7:27 PM | Report abuse

The unemployment rate under Carter went down from start to finish and was about flat when Reagan took over. It then increased to 10.8 over the NEXT THREE years.
The unemployment rate under Bush went up from start to finish and was rising sharply when Obama took over. It is being castigated for reaching 9.5 over the first five months.
Instead of putting energy into hating Sarah Palin, let's work on making this country great once again.

Posted by: jasno1girl
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Let us. But do explain why you are calling to work together while denigrating an administration that has been in power less than six months, with the RusHannity urinated thought of Marxism.

McCain and Palin lost. Americans did not want them. So if you want to work together, work with the ones who won. That'd be Obama and the Democrats.

Some things you should look up before you regurgigate your RusHannity rants:

Top tax bracket under Reagan for first six years: 50%
Top tax bracket under Obama = same as it was under Bush, but people are complaining.

Sources http://data.bls.gov/PDQ/servlet/SurveyOutputServlet and http://www.ntu.org/main/page.php?PageID=19


Based on those figures (since that is what you appear to believe is marxistic), please tell me why you haul out the label of Marxism, if not out of sheer ignorance?

The only socialism/marxism in the US is IN ALASKA where the oil is owned by the state and the profits distributed to the people.

So, do you really want to work together, or just want to rant what RusHannity are ranting?

Posted by: HumanSimpleton | July 10, 2009 7:44 PM | Report abuse

Could it be that her brief moment of glam on the national stage has awakened that old narcissism engendered by all those beauty pageants of not so long ago? Sarah is, face it, a Babe, and maybe she's decided to parlay her Babe factor into some nice paydays, which would be alot more lucrative and 'funner' than battling state legislators and ethics inquiries. And while the notion of a President Palin is beyond ludicrous--at the moment--I would caution moderate and liberal thinkers not to dismiss this scary idea out of hand. Weird things have happened recently in politics, e.g., George Dubya Bush. Twice.

Posted by: ctenwith | July 10, 2009 7:46 PM | Report abuse

Aren't the Palin/Johnston clans' 15 minutes up yet??

Posted by: 7900rmc | July 10, 2009 7:47 PM | Report abuse

"She is taking a leap of faith that all will be well personally. This is about what is best for Alaska and not what is best for her personally."

I will bet you gold nuggets to fish heads that Sarah will come out of this better "personally" than the people of Alaska -- no "leap of faith" required.

Posted by: Honest_Abe | July 10, 2009 7:49 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin is not the problem. People that find reason to defend and support her are a much bigger problem. Even Sarah herself recognizes she is not fit for high poilitical office,she quit! But there are still people that think she is great! The question is; what is wrong with these people???

Posted by: idallasj11 | July 10, 2009 7:49 PM | Report abuse

I would like to see her detractors walk in her shoes for about a month or so, and then come back and offer up their opinions about her. Like her or not, this woman has been subject to an insane-like hatred and vitriol from those that disagree with her politically, and she has not received very much support from those that should be coming to her defense, namely the Republican leadership. As far as Levi Johnston goes, he looks like a dead-beat dad from a home of questionable ethics and drug abuse, so, it does throw in question anything he has to say about the future ex-governor of Alaska. Enjoy.

Posted by: DL13 | July 10, 2009 7:50 PM | Report abuse

Has any1 here thought that maybe Palin put Levi up to this, so can continue being in the press?!!!. Reagan vs. Gorvachev__/Bush vs. Putin_/ Palin vs. Levi how comical is that. As a stateperson, politician are called to debate important matters with other world leaders-- is this what palin present to the American public as logical/ thoughtful debating skills.. what a crock plain can you please go away..your 15 minutes were done about 6months ago

Posted by: morefiyah2001 | July 10, 2009 7:52 PM | Report abuse

I would like to see her detractors walk in her shoes for about a month or so, and then come back and offer up their opinions about her. Like her or not, this woman has been subject to an insane-like hatred and vitriol from those that disagree with her politically, and she has not received very much support from those that should be coming to her defense, namely the Republican leadership. As far as Levi Johnston goes, he looks like a dead-beat dad from a home of questionable ethics and drug abuse, so, it does throw in question anything he has to say about the future ex-governor of Alaska. Enjoy.

Posted by: DL13
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Nah, I don't want to preach abstinence-only and let a high school drop-out knock my daughter up, in my house, under my eyes, have my husband belong to a party that wants to secede from the Union, target all those who opposed me in Wasilla, lie shamelessly on national media, avoid questions to answers I should but do not know, and then claim to be a victim.

I have more self-respect and wisdom than that. More importantly I find it difficult to be so blatantly hypocritical.

How hypocritical?

When SNL says this:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IRXQ2ZueP5c

I would not keep quiet, I would fight it tooth and nail.

The last thing I would do is THEN make an appearance on SNL

http://www.hulu.com/watch/39808/saturday-night-live-update-palin-rap

I have some principles, and cannot show fake outrage when Letterman says something a lot less tamer.


Maybe because I cannot see Russia from my house.

Posted by: HumanSimpleton | July 10, 2009 7:58 PM | Report abuse

RE: Steelsil2

I guess the difference between Palin's crack addict sister in law and Al Gore's son is the silver spoon he uses to shoot up with.

Posted by: JASB4 | July 10, 2009 8:02 PM | Report abuse

Maybe the campaign made Sarah realize how intellectually deficient and unqualified she is for higher office and she has decided to change direction, building a new career based on the celebrity she gained from the campaign. I say go for it, Sarah, get rich while you can! Only in America.

Posted by: corporatemediawatcher | July 10, 2009 8:10 PM | Report abuse

"This is about what is best for Alaska and not what is best for her personally."

True, but only in the sense that Alaska is better off without a braindead diva for a Governor. But really, please, Palin's every move since entering politics has been all about what's best for HER.

She will make a lot of money, but here's the best part: she'll get paid by conservatives, and in return, she'll make the Republican party look ridiculous with her tabloid antics and incoherent babbling. It's perfect!

Posted by: War4Sale | July 10, 2009 8:40 PM | Report abuse

I'm just happy Ms. Palin has found a fair fight. This one's a toss-up.

Posted by: Leofwine | July 10, 2009 8:53 PM | Report abuse

Geez - talk about a meeting of the minds: sarah Palin vs. Levi Johnston. It's more like a meeting of the half-wits. I can't understand why anything these two say could be construed as "news", but we have a penchant for politics as blood sport.

Besides - it is funny.

Which is one of many reasons why Palin isn't qualified - her skin isn't thick enough. If she had to endure the barbs that Clinton or Cheney had to endure (rightly or wrongly), she'd blow a gasket.

BTW; JASB4 - You dolt; Gore's kid was caught with marijuana, Xanax, Valium and Vicodin. That's what Fox News reported. He wasn't shooting anything up. And since we talking "holier than thou", how about some of the crazy Palins, or even Levi's Mom?

Posted by: header | July 10, 2009 8:58 PM | Report abuse

No Comment.........

Posted by: ryan_heart | July 10, 2009 9:01 PM | Report abuse

said palin, "i am going to kick his 19 year old tail all the way to the lower 48..by golly i'll have him respecting me, or else..."

Posted by: w04equals666 | July 10, 2009 9:01 PM | Report abuse

your saying you don't trust anyone who runs from responsibility yet you believe someone who did. Levi found out he would not be going to be in front of the media after palin lost he did what all worms do he ran he ran from his responsibility, his child is without a father. do you think he pays child support

Posted by: getsix1 | July 10, 2009 5:43 PM

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Ran from his responsibility? From what I hear, and what Sarah Palin's spokesperson is saying, Levi is going to court to stay in his son's life. Considering how Republicans bash fathers who walk away from their responsibilities I would think that social conservatives would appreciate how he is trying to stay involved in his son's life.

I admire the fact that Levi seems to be trying to be real. Let's be honest here. Levi's original Facebook page said he didn't want kids. That only changed after Sarah Palin was nominated with an unwed, pregnant, teenage daughter. Anyone with a bit of common sense could have told you that the marriage would not happen, even if Sarah had won the Vice Presidency. And the fact that Levi is going to screw up three lives (his son's, Bristol's, and his) even less by not going through with the marriage...Way to go Levi!

Posted by: alysheba_3 | July 10, 2009 9:20 PM | Report abuse

No surprises here. She sold out Alaska. Sara is a simpleton in a pretty face. Man, did we all get lucky..............

Posted by: ohohBoB | July 10, 2009 9:22 PM | Report abuse

Wow, trailer trash Sarah is at it again. The old saying that hell hath no fury like a woman scored is certainly true in this case. Especially when it is the mother in law who is being scorned. Let the comedy continue. Each time she opens her mouth she digs her political grave a bit deeper.

Posted by: dsrobins | July 10, 2009 9:26 PM | Report abuse

Liberal here...but I have to say, I don't get it. Why the fuss?? I think if Sarah Palin did make those remarks, they are very normal things to say. Particulary in the privacy of her home... After a long day of dealing with kids and work, who wouldn't say something like that? ( Of course for me I speak wistfully of winning the lottery or killing my husband for the insurance money.) And honestly, I didn't hear Levi's tone of voice when he made those comments. The words themselves are not particularly hatefilled or accusatory. My concern with her is her politics and her lack of experience. This is a big deal about absolutely nothing. I will save my outrage for the real issues. ( But I will never give up an opportunity to post a comment!)

Posted by: iamson | July 10, 2009 9:28 PM | Report abuse

You folks just break me up. Isn't it great to find out that you don't have the only dis-functional family around.

Don't lie to me, you know that it is in your family too.

Posted by: wly34 | July 10, 2009 9:33 PM | Report abuse

Every political job she has taken she has quit before her time was up. If she runs for President will she quit in her third year. I sure wish George W. would have followed suit with Sarah.

Posted by: rymp | July 10, 2009 9:34 PM | Report abuse

For cripes sake - talk about the kettle calling the pot black when Levi Johnson, seeking his OWN publicity gold mine criticizes Palin's. For cripes sake she is $500,000 in debt. How many law suits or ethical 'investigations' has he endured? How many lawyer bills has HE got? None all I bet. (But I also wouldn't put it past that sad excuse for a 'responsible' male - fathering a child then flaking out - that he was one source of digging up something to be 'investigated on her.')

It is clear to me that the source of most, if not ALL the official complaints on her, which have to be investigated were launched by her political enemies - MOST of whom are NOT Alaskans.

The more I see the female Democrats who are terrified of her getting into National Office with her conservative values, and doing anything by fair means or foul to discredit her, the better I like her for a future candidate - Senate or President. Any woman who as hated by the left as she is, must be really worth considering and supporting!

Posted by: dave19 | July 10, 2009 9:38 PM | Report abuse

Read it and weep, all you Palin bashers. LOL. The latest from the polls after she resigned as governor or Alaska:

The media wouldn’t admit that they have an anti-Palin bias, of course. But the public sees it. A recent Gallup poll showed a majority of Americans (53 percent) feel news media coverage of her was “unfairly negative.”

The Gallup poll also found that 43 percent of respondents said they were either “very likely” (19 percent) or somewhat likely” (24 percent) to vote for her for president in 2012 if she were to run. While those may not be great numbers, they’re not bad -- 43 percent is exactly the percentage of voters Bill Clinton received in winning the 1992 presidential election.

Posted by: wly34 | July 10, 2009 9:38 PM | Report abuse

Oh no, it's a meth-fuelled trailer park spat.

Can't someone take out the white trash?

Posted by: bourassa1 | July 10, 2009 9:56 PM | Report abuse

Bad news. Some time later, Palin still thinks the elections are going on.

We should all be relieved to know, however, that she has won... against a highschool drop-out.

Let the entire world know.

Posted by: kogejoe | July 10, 2009 9:59 PM | Report abuse

Women love emotional gossip rather than rational thought...
Sarah Palin's leaving the governorship is brilliant, courageous, and exudes overwhelming personal integrity, exclamation point!!
She should write a book.
She should do speaking engagements.
She is the spokesperson conservative Americans revere.
The majority of Americans are conservative.
Socialist's are very AFRAID of conservative values she represents!
Thankfully she is a God fearing woman!
She has integrity, whereas BHO has none!
She is transparent,
whereas BHO is opaque!
1.) No birth certificate
2.) No kindergarten records
3.) No Punahou school records
4.) No Occidental College records
5.) No Columbia University records
6.) No Columbia Thesis
7.) No Harvard Law School records
8.) No Harvard Law Review records
9.) No Indonesian Passport records
10.) No Scholarly articles from Univ of Chicago
11.) No Medical files
12.) No Illinois State Senator records
13.) No Baptism record
14.) No Adoption records
15.) NO Illinois State Bar records
She is a mother of five!
She is honest, not deceitful like BHO!
She is an American citizen, unlike BHO!
She knows the value of a dollar and has worked for it, whereas BHO does not!
There's no real estate issues, whereas BHO was helped buy his house by crooks!
Sarah Palin is a better public speaker than ignorant BHO!
Sarah Palin has far more common sense than BHO!
Sarah Palin works for taxpayers, BHO works against taxpayers!
Sarah Palin respects the US Constitution, BHO does not.
Sarah Palin is not a criminal, BHO felony forged his COLB.
Sarah Palin provides straight forward info, BHO mockingly smears Americans posting a forged COLB on a mockingly named 'fightthesmears' website! (which COLB was pulled y'stday after I vigorously blogged about it).
BHO's COLB is under investigation by Joint Chief of Staff General Counsel since enlisted men's legal responsibility is to obey the Constitution before obeying a usurping POTUS!
As far as I am concerned BHO can take his forged COLB and stick it where the sun doesn't shine!

And, if you like gossip so much, research what happened to the plethora of gay men associated with BHO in the months just before he declared he was running for POTUS, if the net hasn't been wiped clean!

Posted by: Archarito | July 10, 2009 10:23 PM | Report abuse

the low life fools who idolize levi,a jerk who gave up on his girlfriend and his child,are part of what is wrong with america today. i see so many of you selfrighteous condesending jerks who believe anything the leftist tell you,and i do not wonder why this country is so messed up.
palin has done so much for her state,and outside of texas,hers is the only state that is not in trouble,but if she stayed in,then the ethics groups would keep eating away the money,over chickencrap things like a logo on a used jacket she wore?
she stepped down,and still you socialistic hypnobamatized fools cannot stop attacking her. where is your patriotism? answer,you have none. you are like obambi,whose plan is to destroy the greatest nation on earth,and soon this will resemble iran.
you cannot think too much about your children if this is what you want to leave behind.

Posted by: silusdogood | July 10, 2009 10:32 PM | Report abuse

The best way to avoid having to deal with accusations by your teenage daughter's baby daddy is to bring that teenage daughter up not to have premarital sex!

So what will we all say if Willow Palin also gets pregnant as a teen? It is typical in rural white communities that if one child is involved in premarital sex and/or teen pregnancy, it makes it more likely the others will too.

Posted by: Nicester | July 10, 2009 10:36 PM | Report abuse

"It is clear to me that the source of most, if not ALL the official complaints on her, which have to be investigated were launched by her political enemies - MOST of whom are NOT Alaskans."
dave19

Really? I tend to feel that things are 'clear to me' when I've actually checked the facts (you know, by reading?).

If you'd done that, you would know that in fact a large majority of the complaints WERE made by native Alaskans.

You might even learn that Sarah Palin's definition of ethics complaints getting "dismissed" is not quite what people might think. One of the cases she refers to was indeed officially 'dismissed', for example, but only after she agreed to reimburse the state for six sets of plane tickets where she'd flown her children around and billed the public.

I'd say that if someone accuses you of pocketing public money, and you have to pay that money back to the state to get the complaint 'dismissed', that kind of proves that the complaint was true.

Posted by: bourassa1 | July 10, 2009 10:53 PM | Report abuse

No one believed Palin's reasons to resign her office mid-term. Her resignation has nothing to do with Alaska, and everything to do with cashing in on her "fame". She has a very lucrative book contract, and she's likely hoping to be a TV personality on Fox News, and going on the lecture circuit where she'll be paid to spout her incoherent nonsense to adoring crowds of crassly ignorant dimwits.

Levi's behavior is just par for the course. The Palins and the Johnstons deserve one another. Same trash, different outcomes.

Posted by: Gatsby10 | July 10, 2009 11:19 PM | Report abuse

How can you people believe what this gold-digging punk has to say ? You progressive types will believe anyone who parrots your vile rhetoric. How much clearer could she have been as to why she quit ? What she said about the constant stream of groundless ethics accusations against her by people like you were costing Alaska time and money and hindering her from focusing on the business of the state are perfectly logical. And how can she be criticized for not wanting her children attacked by the media ? How sad that you people take a slanderous statement by a nineteen year old high school dropout and call it gospel. Idiots ..

Posted by: FMWhite | July 10, 2009 11:26 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin is an idiot that is and was way over her head...she speaks gobblygoop-jibberjabber.

News Flash, she responded to remarks made by a 19 year old kid!

Posted by: ThatsCrazy | July 10, 2009 11:27 PM | Report abuse

Women love emotional gossip rather than rational thought...

And, if you like gossip so much, research what happened to the plethora of gay men associated with BHO in the months just before he declared he was running for POTUS, if the net hasn't been wiped clean!

Posted by: Archarito the homosexual homophobe and misogynist
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Yup, you are all that.

Posted by: HumanSimpleton | July 10, 2009 11:40 PM | Report abuse

To the many people whose blood is running cold at the thought of Sarah Palin as President if McCain had won and died...read Philip Roth's, "The Plot Against America," a "what if" Lindbergh had run against Roosevelt, been elected and put the country under marshall law, built concentration camps and allowed the Nazis to take over. I don't know who the Nazis would be this time, but the "what if" ain't so far off. Since facts don't concern the right, it doesn't matter if Sarah says irrational things. She can be (and is) a complete nut job and might still get elected because she is super charismatic, plays with the truth like a baby with a pacifier. She uses buzz words that inflame and anger people who think they are patriots and everyone who disagrees isn't. She will run for President and every talk show host in this country will back her. Why? Because Rush Limbaugh will back her and what he says, goes. The only possible shift in this scenario is that Mitt Romney will get the nomination and the right will swing his way because he projects a safer image, but people will suffer like never before. Well, maybe like gay men suffered (and an entire generation died) after Reagan didn't mention AIDS for several years after becoming President, or like the mentally ill suffered when he closed all of CA's mental hospitals, promised to fund half-way houses and then cut funding for mental health. Now, the mentally ill homeless are all over the streets of San Francisco. Probably more than anyone else, Reagan is responsible for homelessness as a way of life because of the cuts he instituted once he deregulated everything and cut funding for all social programs in the 80's. It's interesting that Nancy Reagan became friends with the left (those who advocated for stem cell research) after Ronnie got Alzheimer's disease. Now, the family could use the kind of help they outlawed for everyone else. Very sad. I know I'm off on a tangent here, but I think it's all connected. Be very careful of thinking Sarah is going away. I doubt it, unless her kids start falling apart from the exposure. Then we'll see what kind of mom she is, to boot. We already have a clue. A hypercritical one. So much for abstinence and no sex ed before marriage..let's keep pushing agendas that don't work and cause more suffering because IT'S THE RIGHT THING TO DO.

Posted by: museum2 | July 10, 2009 11:42 PM | Report abuse

How can you people believe what this gold-digging punk has to say ?
Posted by: FMWhit

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Yes, I am with you. I do not believe the gold-digging punk one bit.

At the same time, I would not call Palin a gold-digging punk. She is simply an incurious, undereducated, hypocritical, insincere, quitter who wants to cash in on her notoriety and the gullibility of her retarded "base".

Posted by: HumanSimpleton | July 10, 2009 11:44 PM | Report abuse

Looks like just another hit piece by a left wing partisan hack to me. When I go to FoxNews I see news reports that you wont find on any other network, including the lies and vicious attacks on Sarah Palin; They will have people on that disagree with her, which is one of the reasons why they are the number one cable network. People want the truth, "Fair and Balanced;" not some spin that could have come from the DNC.

Posted by: DL13 | July 11, 2009 12:00 AM | Report abuse

well if baby daddy levi is lying on the the ex-gov grandmother time will tell.if she stays in wasilla and takes care of her growing brood and do not go on the rubber chicken speaking circuit, or "write" a book with considerable help. or become a talking head on fox news.then levi lied, but if granny does any of these things,then oh well.finally, stop knocking the high school dropout daddy, he was good enough to live in the palin's family home, with their unmarried teen-age daughter, and to be trotted out on the national stage for the whole world to see they get what they deserve.

Posted by: ninnafaye | July 11, 2009 12:05 AM | Report abuse

See, I guess that's where people differ. Most people think that when you enter a life of public service, campaign, ask voters for their trust & offer to be their voice, you're doing it because you want to become a "force for change". THEIR force. THEIR voice. Do you think anyone would vote for them if they said "I want to be Governor because it pays better than Mayor, but if something that pays better than Gov comes along I'm going to quit & do that."

What kind of "higher calling is THAT?"

Posted by: fedupinfla | July 11, 2009 12:11 AM | Report abuse

Palin provides living proof that championship legs and high intelligence don't necessarily go leg in leg.

Posted by: ronaldoroso | July 11, 2009 12:19 AM | Report abuse

PALIN GOT "PUNKED"...!

Posted by: ryan_heart | July 11, 2009 12:22 AM | Report abuse

Gov. Palin has her eye set on bigger things, for sure. But rest assured her ambition will never include a campaign for the highest office in the land. For two reasons: One, she appeals to a narrow political base oriented more to social tests to determine a worthy candidate, instead of to important matters of governance. Two, the Republican Party bosses now realize fully the political disaster Gov. Palin visited on the party in the recent election. These heavyweights will have nothing to do with this lightweight. They want the party to return to power, and she cannot deliver. She may make a splash for a while, but the news media will never take her seriously. Her name and antics may continually come up in the news, only on a slow news day to generate audience to please advertisers whose revenue supports the news outlet business. Her past as an intellectual juvenile will haunt her, not unlike that of Caroline Kennedy when she tried but failed to springboard a weak celebrity to something of substance. Gov. Palin will continue to embarrass herself as little more than public popcorn.

Posted by: anotherview | July 11, 2009 12:29 AM | Report abuse

The New American Fascist Party was born in Clearwater Florida in the fall of 2009. It was there that Sarah Palin tasted the dark sweetness of the angry mob. They beat reporters and called for the death of the opposition presidential candidate. They cheered as she insisted that only white gun-owning evangelical Christians from rural America were "real" Americans. Everyone else was suspect, socialists and pals with terrorists.

Our only hope is that she will devolve into the Ralph Nader of the far right, sucking just enough votes from moderate Republican candidates to ensure Democratic victory in the next three campaigns. The alternative isn't pretty.

Posted by: thebobbob | July 11, 2009 12:51 AM | Report abuse

The article states:
Asked if Levi Johnston's accusation bore any truth, Palin spokeswoman Meghan Stapleton said in an e-mail to The Sleuth, "Absolutely not. She is taking a leap of faith that all will be well personally. This is about what is best for Alaska and not what is best for her personally."

Your premise of Palin "taking on Levi Johnston" is ridiculous. Her office was asked a question - Palin did not call and make a statement on her own. This pettiness toward this woman is bearing on a sickness for some of you who just can't seem to contain your hatred.

Posted by: justmyvoice | July 11, 2009 1:04 AM | Report abuse

Levi's coming. Hide your heart girl. You better, better hide your heart.

Posted by: AlanGoldberg54 | July 11, 2009 1:08 AM | Report abuse

I do not like Sarah Palin in public office. She has not demonstrated leadership ability to my satisfaction. As for her managerial expertise, I cannot comment on that, not having observed it. Having been in the military and lived in America for five decades I have learned that the two are different.

Still, I cannot fault her for resigning her position as Alaska’s governor. Her methods of informing the public may be open to question, but the basic action has a sound rationale.

It is the job of all Americans who believe in our capitalistic society to maximize their income within the boundaries of the law to achieve the level of comfort they desire. Many of us buy lottery tickets with this hope in mind. Secondly, we must accept that unemployed homeless people who live a difficult lifestyle by choice have accepted a much lower comfort level than most of us would desire. Finally, we are irritated at Wall Street executives and their ilk because they achieve this goal by skirting the grey areas of the law to gain power and money and achieve the enactment of legislation which allows them to further skirt the grey areas of the law in a vicious feedback cycle in which they are unconcerned as to what destructive amplitudes their actions might build to.

Sarah Palin is currently making a fraction of what she is worth in an often thankless and usually mundane job as a public servant. Also, she is a part of a system that has built-in mechanisms for dealing with breaks in continuity without question as to the reason why. With the lead time she is granting the lieutenant governor there should be little impact on the people’s business in Alaska. She can make far more money elsewhere as a commentator and her opinions, for those of you who disagree with her, would be only that, opinions, and not policy.

Most of us would quit our jobs tomorrow if we could make more money, live a better life, and pass all of this along to our children. Give Mrs. Palin this benefit of the doubt. She may realize that she has a gift as an able social commentator and even more, though sycophants may say the next step is easy (or “pre-ordained”), realize that the ability to be a public servant does not automatically follow from there. If this came to pass we would all be grateful to this woman. And we would wish her well the millions she had earned.

Posted by: tankboy | July 11, 2009 1:31 AM | Report abuse

Palin is right. Alaska is better off w/o her, but she wouldn't care about that. I don't know whether to believe Levi or not. But it is safe to say that Palin did not quit for altruistic reasons. It's not clear exactly what she has in mind for her future and, more importantly, for her family. This will all play out soon enough. That is either Sarah or Levi could get major book and/or movie deals is a bit laughable...neither has much to write about, and a movie would be very boring.

As for the right-wing nutcase Archarito's comment, why just we assume that Obama is some guy from the ghetto who made it big, and is far smarter and capable than George W. Bush AND Sarah Palin (even if she does read "all" the magazines).

Posted by: ptgrunner | July 11, 2009 1:40 AM | Report abuse

I wonder are all of you stooges set up in like one room, just spouting this democratic Bull Shi..... posting these insane comments to every story written about Palin?

Do you get like minimum wage for this?
Maybe your part of the stimulus package...

Do yourselves a favor get a life.

Just keep repeating to yourselves I'll never be famous, I have NO money.... I have NO money....

If nothing else Palin will make more money then any of you will ever see.

Keep writing this shi...

Then start writing "would you like fries with that". It will help with you next job interview...

Hey maybe Levi, will be your boss....LOL

Posted by: Jeffetc | July 11, 2009 2:17 AM | Report abuse

Levi Johnston is the only one of that white trash clan that's ever told the truth about anything. I believe him.

Posted by: MagicDog1 | July 11, 2009 2:56 AM | Report abuse

We all know Levi could not make that up and he heard it from the horse herself.

If Levi is smart he will spill all the beans because if he don't they will lie and they allready mistreated him and used him and paraded him in front of the world of his potential wedding but only .....IF....Sara won the vice presidency. And since Levi is not running for any political office then he can capitalize all he wants. IMO the Palins used and abused him and kicked him aside when they lost the election.

Posted by: mac7 | July 11, 2009 9:45 AM | Report abuse

What ever happened to families that quietly do the job right?

People who fall in love and stay in love? Who raise children who don't do drugs, don't have babies, who go to college, get jobs, move out on their own, love their parents? Young women who don't "do" a guy because he bought her dinner? Young men who don't view a woman entirely as body parts? Who don't consider females as "hoes" and "dumpsters"? Kids who make their parents proud?

I guess if I have to ask I'm too old to understand.

Posted by: toritto | July 11, 2009 11:09 AM | Report abuse

Why does she respond at all to Levi Johnston let alone in a high school snarky way.

It is undignified and says a lot about Palin and her mentality. She was incapable of putting those ethics complaints into perspective and allowed them to paralyze her (her words). She is incapable of just ignoring Johnston or just saying "Johnston has a right to his viewpoint."

The Right likes to say Liberals are scared of Palin but they're wrong. We worry about the type of people who believe she could possibly be President of the United States.

Posted by: FauxReal | July 11, 2009 12:05 PM | Report abuse

it seems like your dear lord obama not only quit his job left the senate just after promising he would put his full term in he wrote a book wile he was senator raised millions of dollars for the democrats did not show up to vote he did nothing for his state as senator so the state of ill payed him to run for president and you fools follow him he wont deliver the goods he promised you just like he didn't deliver as a state senator

Posted by: getsix1 | July 11, 2009 1:56 PM | Report abuse

you cant blame her for higher food prices or higher taxes or if you got laid off and cant find a job so you can vent but its not going to change a thing exept aig will get there million dollar bonuses the car company will continue to rake in your tax dollars everyone will be getting there share of the money but you you know out of all the stimulus money less ten one percent has gone to the poorest and highest unemployed areas the schools had to cut teachers and programs with the money has been used for turtle crossing side walks for casinos and a personal airport for one senator from pa and the list grows

Posted by: getsix1 | July 11, 2009 2:12 PM | Report abuse

The Right likes to say Liberals are scared of Palin but they're wrong. We worry about the type of people who believe she could possibly be President of the United States.

Posted by: FauxReal
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Except that Palin is also a member of that type of people :-)

Have they uploaded the Levi-Sarah sex tape yet?

Posted by: HumanSimpleton | July 11, 2009 3:48 PM | Report abuse

it seems like your dear lord obama not ...
Posted by: getsix1
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It seems like you are really bitter than McCain and Palin lost.

It is not your fault that more people do not think as you do.

So you have a choice of worrying whether there's something wrong with you, or that you are a maverick and because of your mavericky behavior doing and saying all those mavericky things that no one but a maverick like Palin would say unless another maverick like yourself said.

Have you downloaded the Levi-Sarah sex tape yet?

Posted by: HumanSimpleton | July 11, 2009 3:52 PM | Report abuse

Was Sarah Palin the best choice for a VP running mate? Maybe not but she did strike a resonance with a great many people. Every time the effete liberals in our society took a jab at her we all took it personally.

The warnings of a one party government junta Obama/Pelozi/Reid and the idea of a bottomless credit card to re-create the illusions of Roosevelt's "New Deal" or Johnson's "Great Society" are driving our nation into the poorhouse.

Amorality is now celebrated, Hollywood celebrities now claim the wisdom of Plato and claim the attention over millions and have become the opiate of the masses.

Maybe the "rest of us" should just cut-off all financial assistance (through taxes) to the US government. Let Washington D.C. sink back into the malaria infested swamp it came from. It is clear that the critters that have climbed out of the mud and mire now sit upon the thrones of power.

Posted by: Tishers
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Wow! Such outpour of feigned outrage has not been seen...since McCain/Palin got spanked like a foster child in the last elections.

Speaking of spanking, have you downloaded the Levi-Sarah sex tapes?

Posted by: HumanSimpleton | July 11, 2009 3:56 PM | Report abuse

Then start writing "would you like fries with that". It will help with you next job interview...

Hey maybe Levi, will be your boss....LOL

Posted by: Jeffetc
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You had to write that down for yours?

LOL

Posted by: HumanSimpleton | July 11, 2009 3:59 PM | Report abuse

Nice to see John McCain standing up for his great pick for VP. (Not)

What we have here is a failure to add 2 and 2 together.

Two fools who, if elected, would have made fools of all of us.

Imagine, Palin meeting with the G8. OMG!

Levi is a kid, but he's more believable than "Sarah-coulda".

In the long run, it's Sarah on weekday mornings at 9am, chatting with other idiots over endless cups of coffee. Maybe it'll be the Sarah and Todd Hour!

Posted by: HairOnFire | July 11, 2009 4:13 PM | Report abuse

Sarah's claims at her incoherent resignation news conference-- that ethics complaints against her cost Alaska two million dollars and that they cost her personally more than $500,000, have been proved to be false.

Palin's own press secretary reported costs of less than $300,000, the majority of which arose from Palin's own ethics complaint against herself.

Another spokesperson, meanwhile, has stated that all Palin's lawyer fees and the travel money for her kids she agreed to pay back, were all paid from contributions to her legal fund trust. Sarach has paid nothing for her own defense.

These Palin lies can be contrasted with Levi Johnson's press conference in which he said he thought she quit to take advantage of all the money offers she has received for books and TV as she had talked about doing just that.

Unlike Sarah at her own resignation press conference, Levi talked in complete sentences, used subjects and verbs correctly, stayed on topic and was completely understandable.

Palin pulled Levi out of obscurity to use as a campaign prop, then she turned on him when he was no longer of use.

Levi is now using the opportunity presented by Palin make some money. Serves Palin right that it turns out that Levi is more truthful and qualified to address the public than she is.

Posted by: JustinaJustice | July 11, 2009 4:21 PM | Report abuse

Everyone seems to focus on the fact that Levi dropped out of school without giving credit for the reason he dropped out of school. He quit school to get a job to support his child and the girl he intended to marry. Before any of that could happen, the McCain/Palin campaign sucked him onto the national stage and used both Levi and a pregnant Bristol as political props. It was a great strain on their relationship. When the stage show was over, the Palins waited until the media glitz quieted down and then they made Levi unwelcome and then made it nearly impossible for him to see his son. That's when Levi went on national TV and the result was reasonable time with his child. He got a job in the oil fields, but national attention caused him to lose it. So yes, Levi is probably upset with the treatment he received from Sarah Palin and yes, he would like to make some money. He doesn't have any. Sarah is supposed to be the adult. We all know that Levi is a kid. She looks very bad indeed when she goes after him with the anger and cuts that she uses on professional politicians. The Palins involved Levi in their intimate lives for their own purposes. Now they're angry that he talks about the kind of people he knew them to be because Sarah has a need to be idolized by the far right. Too bad. They had a great deal to do with turning this young man's life on it's head. He has a right to try to build a life too. Contrary to what she thinks, it is not all about Sarah. She has run her entire political career on the currency of the cute, bubbly beauty queen. I don't think she has any room to throw rocks at a kid who is trying to make it on his looks and on the connection they forced on him.

Posted by: karela | July 11, 2009 4:30 PM | Report abuse

Once again I say: Sarah Palin is a legend in her own mind.
And yes, the thought of her as VP, or worse, as President, is THE most frightening thought my mind has ever had to process!!

Posted by: jimmykraktov | July 11, 2009 5:16 PM | Report abuse

1. He is a high school dropout, but Palin wasn't concerned about the kids education when she had them on the campaign trail.
2. I thought bashing the children was a no.no.
3. Levi may be doing the same thing with a book deal and all, but he didn't say he quit being governor for the good of Alaska.

Posted by: pxgabriel | July 11, 2009 6:51 PM | Report abuse

I can't blame Sarah Palin for going for the money. I would too. She probably realized that holding national office wasn't in her future nor was being elected to a second term as governor. It a sense she was correct. She is a lame duck. Given that her shelf life is limited, it's time to cash in now before opportunity slips away from her. She should have done what most politicians do and said she is resigning to spend more time with her family.

Posted by: Frazil | July 11, 2009 7:58 PM | Report abuse

What?? No comment on the latest Gallup poll??

Read it and weep, all you Palin bashers. LOL. The latest from the polls after she resigned as governor or Alaska:

The media wouldn’t admit that they have an anti-Palin bias, of course. But the public sees it. A recent Gallup poll showed a majority of Americans (53 percent) feel news media coverage of her was “unfairly negative.”

The Gallup poll also found that 43 percent of respondents said they were either “very likely” (19 percent) or somewhat likely” (24 percent) to vote for her for president in 2012 if she were to run. While those may not be great numbers, they’re not bad -- 43 percent is exactly the percentage of voters Bill Clinton received in winning the 1992 presidential election.

Posted by: wly34 | July 11, 2009 8:25 PM | Report abuse

BTW, Gallup polls include both Democrats and Republicans. Hmmmm?

Posted by: wly34 | July 11, 2009 8:27 PM | Report abuse

Tough call, this one. It's like trying to choose between the Hatfields and the McCoys.

Posted by: labman57 | July 11, 2009 10:00 PM | Report abuse

When you ignore all the politics behind this topic what you are left with is the classic hatred that ugly men have towards beautiful women. Since most liberals and journalists tend to be ugly men it is but natural that they are vehemently against the beautiful, talented, intelligent, not to mention sexy Sarah. Her intellectual acumen is way beyond any average Obama Joe. In 2012 the Beatles song will be reworked to sing "Sexy Sarah what have you done, you made a fool of everyone." The "you" of course refers to the ugly liberals.

Palin/Plumber 2012

Posted by: teferet | July 12, 2009 11:49 AM | Report abuse

Did anyone get a count of the number of media in her fishing boat plotting against her during her escape from quitting because the media are out to get her and ruin her costing her bunches of bucks and making it plain that it was best that this not distract her from her job as Governor like it could distract her from her new job not getting rich from book deals, movie deals, speaking deals, and all those other deals her new public will shower on her with their fawning?

Posted by: tigman_2 | July 13, 2009 5:28 AM | Report abuse

Regardless of whether Palin cares about Alaska or just capitalizing on making money at least she is doing it the right way....by resigning. The Clintons sprent 8 years making money and setting the stage for making more money while indulging their narcisistic desires. They certainly cared about themselves much more than the country (Selling defense secrets for Chinese campaign donations for example). This was worse than anything Palin has or is supposedly doing. We all know why the press obsessively focuses on Palin however.

Posted by: sreid1 | July 13, 2009 9:41 AM | Report abuse

Regardless of whether Palin cares about Alaska or just capitalizing on making money at least she is doing it the right way....by resigning. The Clintons sprent 8 years making money and setting the stage for making more money while indulging their narcisistic desires. They certainly cared about themselves much more than the country (Selling defense secrets for Chinese campaign donations for example). This was worse than anything Palin has or is supposedly doing. We all know why the press obsessively focuses on Palin however.

Posted by: sreid1 | July 13, 2009 9:42 AM | Report abuse

Let this be a lesson to any other women out there who dare to not embrace the pro-abortion, liberal views of the feminist movement. You will only be protected by the 'sisterhood' as long as you subscribe to their leftist ideology. If you try to express your own views and they don't fit the feminist template, you will be harrassed, skewered, and belittled...and it will never end until they run you out of town.

I wonder...if Matt Lauer said "Yes Ma'am" to Palin during an interview, and she looked at him bitterly and coldly asked him to "call me 'Governer', I've worked hard for that title", I just wonder how the press would have covered that. I'm sure there would have been a short piece tomorrow and then it would just blow over.

Yours,
B. Boxer

Posted by: dbw1 | July 13, 2009 9:59 AM | Report abuse

I think this author, Mary Ann, is a pretty good bellweather for how feminists in the media will handle stories about conservative women vs. liberal women in the political sphere.

Search "Palin", and you will find a fairly substantial list of posts rendered by Mary Ann who always seems at the ready to post something belittling, demeaning, and disparaging of Sarah Palin, for any and all reasons.

Now, search "Boxer", and see how Mary Ann handled Barbara Boxer's egotistical rant after being deeply offended by a military officer daring to call her "ma'am" (which is military protocall). If you wonder how Mary Ann handled the unabashed arrogance of a liberal feminist, imagine the sound of crickets chirping as you wait to see what the 'search' will return.

Posted by: dbw1 | July 13, 2009 10:10 AM | Report abuse

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Posted by: ChatAboutIt | July 13, 2009 11:06 AM | Report abuse

If Palin needs her whole machine to battle the allegations of a high-school dropout, what's she going to do when she has some college-educated opponents?

Posted by: nodebris | July 13, 2009 11:28 AM | Report abuse

All of you are proving just how smart Palin really is as a politician. You are all giving her all the publicity she could possibly hope for, keeping her in your thoughts every minute. As any politician will tell you ALL publicity, good or bad,
is what is required to win elections. If
people recognize your name, you're half
way home. If you look at the poll results
in the midwest, you'll find that Palin
is getting VERY popular and Obama has
dropped to less than 50% favorability.
There goes the jobless rustbelt voters
that love the way Palin takes on both
Republicans and Democrats. She may never
make the White House, but don't sell her
short.

Posted by: depoulins | July 13, 2009 11:50 AM | Report abuse

I think they are two of a kind , they both keep back and forth at each other like children, but hey, Levi still is , but he is not saying anything her actions do not prove. She has quit every job she has held in Alaska. And I do believe she is money hungry and will do anything to get it. Same with Levi, but he is 19! She is 45 and a Governor, we expect much more from her!

And as to the poster who said she shows the family values that the GOP value so highly as Obama has none ...they should do more research because by drinking the GOP kool aide ,hook line and sinker they show some policial ignorance. This family values stuff in the GOP is crap , I know Dems that have more values and faith than many in the GOP have in their little toe! This is so hypocritical and laughable that the GOP is finally trying to move away from these catch phases...still only works with the far right wing who do no thinking or reseach on their own!

Posted by: carrieg2 | July 13, 2009 12:13 PM | Report abuse

Since Bush II destroyed the Republican Party, many millions have left the party and left the weirdos who support Palin in a 73% amount which is scary as I was a Republican for 40 years but this is asking too much to vote for another uninformed president similar to Bush II who also never read anything and had no idea black people were dying in New Orleans as he turned down Castro's offer of 1,600 doctors during the Katrina fiasco.

Posted by: mascmen7 | July 13, 2009 12:25 PM | Report abuse

This woman needs to shut her mouth. She performs damage control by setting off additional explosions. Sad.

Posted by: trident420 | July 13, 2009 12:37 PM | Report abuse

The Vanity Fair profile had a great description for this type of kerfuffle that Palin repeatedly gets herself into: "two-bit blood feuds."

It's very statesmanlike, getting into a p--sing match with a teenage dropout. Good training for the Presidency.

Posted by: bpai_99 | July 13, 2009 1:42 PM | Report abuse

Let's look at this from another angle. How many govenors in US history simply resigned because they couldn't take the heat? In the 230+ years: Palin is the only one. I, too, am thankful that she never got close to the White House, and now we know her cowardace and lack of qualificatins, I hope she never gets elected as dogcatcher. Things get too tough in Washington? Gee, i'll just quit because it will help everything. News flash from the Department Of Duh: that is the philosophy of an idiot. Here's who quit the governors office in US history. It was a quick unscientific survey, but close enough. About 46 people quit. Out of likely a thousand or so. Of the 46, about 26 or so quit because they were offerred a better job, in government, like Judge, senator, congressman, committe head or member. The rest? There was a clown in 1913 who quit after 1 month in office because he didn't like the wages. Maybe 5 or 6 quit over health reasons. Three of so quit over sex scandals. Several were forced out after the civil war for failing to follow reconstructin policies. Several more wer booted out for criminal activity and/or impeached. But only one quit because she couldn't take the heat. She claims she is being judged differently than the rest who quit, and she's right, all the rest quit for better jobs or were thrown out. She is the historic first to quit from cowardace and no experience. She has no business in politics, hopefully will never ever be in them again. And this might bite McCAin in the ass if he runs again, for such a horribly poor judgement call. What else do you call somebody who quits if not a quitter? I'd call her also a danger to the USA.

big kahuna

Posted by: sgtrichusmfc | July 13, 2009 2:46 PM | Report abuse

Everyone should thank their lucky stars that Sarah Palin is not our vice president, one heartbeat away from being president. How anyone with any intelligence could have voted for her is beyond comprehension.

The Republicans do not have the best interests of our country at heart but only their insatiable desire for power.

Posted by: BettyW1 | July 13, 2009 3:19 PM | Report abuse

Look anytime for her to ink a deal with Faux News. Maybe she will replace Hannity as everyone is sick of his lies. I still can't get over his show telling that the republicans won the last two debates 86% to 12% and then O'Reilly coming on and saying the only reason the democrats won was because the Lipstick had no experience in foreign affairs. She said she did have experience because after all she could see Russia from Alaska.

Posted by: SWAMPYPD | July 13, 2009 3:21 PM | Report abuse

Palin/Limbaugh '12!

Posted by: dlbucs | July 13, 2009 3:42 PM | Report abuse

The idolatry of air-head Sarah Palin is yet another display of the collective madness that has disgraced human society since time immemorial. As Nietzsche noted: "Insanity in individuals is something rare, but in groups, parties, nations, and epochs it is the rule."-- Beyond Good and Evil

Posted by: Carlossss | July 13, 2009 8:11 PM | Report abuse

The idolatry of air-head Sarah Palin is yet another display of the collective madness that has disgraced human society since time immemorial. As Nietzsche noted: "Insanity in individuals is something rare, but in groups, parties, nations, and epochs it is the rule."-- Beyond Good and Evil

Posted by: Carlossss | July 13, 2009 8:12 PM | Report abuse

The GOP needs to step in and do some damage control before Palin gets the Russians to take Levi out to Siberia where he won't be heard from again. You bet cha she's able to dial up Putin ... she can see him from her back porch, don't cha know. Does Levi know who he's messin' with? And by the way, wonder who will be Levi's ghost writer since he doesn't read or write ... just how to do the deed and work in the oil fields once in a while. Can't wait for NY Times to review that piece of literature! They all need to go on Jerry Springer or Dr. Phil and work thru their problems and set some realistic goals. And who's scrambling for the movie rights??

Posted by: rallen311 | July 13, 2009 10:58 PM | Report abuse

tishers, could you be anymore racist? c'mon try, your not so subtle statement about the critters from the swamp sitting on the throne of power insults our intelligence with it's easy read. Just like the arlington,va question on yesterday's Post chat, trying to say that his indy friends are pissed off at the Prez for not fixing the economy already. NOBODY, other than the 25% who are the base, believes crap like you are spewing, in fact it probably pushes people harder away from you and your cause. How scared you must be, everything is changing, whites don't own and run everything anymore. And as far as talking about amorality ruling, it wasn't the Dem. senator of Nevada having an affair, and it wasn't the Governor of Michegan going down to Argentina for hanky panky, and Mary Landrieu didn't have phone number in a madam's client list. Your little code words will reach your minority, but that's it, it just reinforces the stigma of racism that has permeated the GOP. How unfortunate for the moderates in the party, but you dance with the base that brought you.

Posted by: katem1 | July 14, 2009 9:03 AM | Report abuse

What is Jazzman47 whining about?. She/he read the article didn't it?|

Posted by: gcooper1 | July 14, 2009 9:28 AM | Report abuse

What's good for the goose Palin is good for the gander Alaska. Alaskans no longer have to pay her to commute, speak in non-Alaskan locales or embarrass the state by feuding with 19 yo boys. She gets to make money being the Paris Hilton of Politics and appealing to America's lowest common denominator. It's all good.

Posted by: Outside_Beltway | July 14, 2009 9:29 AM | Report abuse

Coming from a high school kid of dubious character (did he even finish high school?) an obvious lack of responsibility and from what I have heard and seen eternally immature, I have to wonder why anyone would consider his remarks with any seriousness. Palin's emotional response might be excusable but why in heavens' name is this getting ink in the Washington Post?

Posted by: Capobiancof | July 14, 2009 9:35 AM | Report abuse

How could she schedule the calendar with all this controversy? I take it that's why she resigned, it was taking up too much civil service time, Smart!

Posted by: edtroyhampton | July 14, 2009 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Even for an immature boy barely out of high school, Levi Johnston now has FAR more credibility than does Sarah Palin.

Posted by: ilovebulldogs | July 14, 2009 3:16 PM | Report abuse

"Only gullible pathological Palin haters like you three believe what the high school drop-out and self-described "red-neck", Levi Johnston"

And yet the entire Palin bunch seemed only too happy to have this Dead Beat around to make an honest woman of Ms. Bristol. No surprise he bailed and dumped the girl at the first opportunity either.

He was being pressured into a marriage he probably never wanted anyway. I guess after making sure the baby could not be legally classifed as a "Ba@!*&d" they probably would have paid him off and a quick and quiet divorce arranged.

Now Ms. Bristol is free to marry some senator's son or Oil company CEO's nephew who will then help Ms. Sarah's career along, in retire for politcal favors and everybody lives happily ever after.

Of course, no guarantee poor old Levi will not be coming back for more... especially if his film career is less than glorious. Well, there is always the WWW federation or the Jerry Falwell clone circuit.

Posted by: aries4 | July 14, 2009 3:43 PM | Report abuse

I believe there is a law in Alaska that says any office holder can't take on outside money interests. So, what would you do if someone offered you $4 million for a book deal, and the chance to increase your wealth and fame with paid talking engagements; which runs deeper? Your interest in loyality to the State of Alaska or The Almighty Dollar? Sarah has just shown you the answer to that question. Wonder if she has the same sense of loyality to her Country? Something to think about, huh? Listening to her talk, and trying to figure out what she's saying, is like listening to a Double talker on the Comedy circuit.

Posted by: irishfamily | July 14, 2009 4:21 PM | Report abuse

Levi is a little twerp! I am taking her at her word. She has been caught up in this mud fling because the media and the left are fearful of her and what she stands for. Washington is filled with SNOBS. Of course she should make money to pay her legal expenses...The state of Alaska has spent over 2m while responding to these false alegations against her. Why can't people believe her? Is it because we as a whole are no longer a noble people???? and therefore can not recognize it in others?

Posted by: BillieS | July 15, 2009 10:01 AM | Report abuse

Reading all the comments on this site, I can now understand why our Great Country is in such bad shape.
My great grandma use to say there is no greater "fool" than a highly educated "fool".
Now what happened to just plain "common sense"?
Even an idiot would get out of the rain if he/she did not want to get wet.
lindle31

Posted by: lindle31 | July 15, 2009 10:47 AM | Report abuse

Last week not one, but TWO Palin slam-dunks by Wall Street Journal editorial and opinion writers to the effect that she is the last thing the Republican party needs. Her appeal is to a narrow slice of the republican party's right wing...that's it. She'll flame out long before 2012...at least that's the hope of the mainstream Repbulicans. How ironic if she hangs on and scuppers the republican's chances in future congressional and presidential races.

Posted by: skiloypet | July 15, 2009 11:11 AM | Report abuse

Who is this woman -- Palin's spokesperson -- Meghan Stapleton? A next-door neighbor? A fishing buddy? Surely not a trained, professional communications specialist. Her e-mails to the media always seem a bit, well, snarky, a bit amateurish. She certainly is not serving Palin well by allowing Palin to respond to every fly as though it were a vulture. If Palin wants to succeed in a national venue, whether politics or otherwise, she is going to need to get someone who's better as this than Ms Stapleton. She will never be taken seriously by serious people until she learns to control this problem. But, then again, maybe that's not what she's after.

Posted by: FloridaPat | July 15, 2009 11:21 AM | Report abuse

Send her to Kabul as Governor of Afghanistan.

She can use her skills to field-dress some Taliban insurgents.

From her back porch she can see Putin rearing his head across Tadjikistan, and fight for some Democrats at the same time.

After all that additional experience, she will be unbeatable in '12.

Posted by: RamBam | July 15, 2009 12:51 PM | Report abuse

Levi Johnston is a little fool who is of use only until the crooked media has squeezed the last bit of juice out of him and, then, they'll tell him to get lost. Bristol did the right thing by dumping this punk.

Posted by: pincheruco | July 16, 2009 1:13 AM | Report abuse

I posted a comment more than 8 months ago on here or some other site that Palin would step down as governor after she lost the national election and would pursue a career in Hollywood. I still believe this to be true.

Posted by: jimfid100 | July 10, 2009 5:36 PM | Report abuse

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She'd have a GREAT career in low budget porn.

Then Kristol and Barnes would never be heard from again as they would be a little busy.

And this stupid rednecked kid should at least get SOMETHING for having had John McCain grab him by the arms onstage. Yuck.

Posted by: dennissuper | July 16, 2009 10:15 AM | Report abuse

I posted a comment more than 8 months ago on here or some other site that Palin would step down as governor after she lost the national election and would pursue a career in Hollywood. I still believe this to be true.

Posted by: jimfid100 | July 10, 2009 5:36 PM | Report abuse

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She'd have a GREAT career in low budget porn.

Then Kristol and Barnes would never be heard from again as they would be a little busy.

And this stupid rednecked kid should at least get SOMETHING for having had John McCain grab him by the arms onstage. Yuck.

Posted by: dennissuper | July 16, 2009 10:16 AM | Report abuse

The combined salaries of Sarah Palin and her husband don't approach the annual cost of the frivolous and failed ethics complaints filed against her. She was spending too much time defending herself against these politically motivated complaints to be able to serve the Alaskan people properly. Alaska's Lt. Gov. is a good conservative who will carry on her work without the distractions and costs that faced Sarah Palin. She made a good decision for the state of Alaska. For those who would love to see her out of politics, I would ask what governor has a record stronger than hers. She cleaned up corruption in her own party going against the "good old boys". She cut Alaska's budget by 10 percent. She returned tax dollars to the Alaskan people. She got the contract completed to start a natural gas pipeline from Alaska to the "lower 48" after 30 years of failure by her predecessors. She has lived her pro-life beliefs instead of just giving lip service as so many Republican politicians do. Sarah Palin is a leftist's worst nightmare, and she will be back despite the efforts of establishment Republicans because the working people who are the back bone of this country like and admire her.

Posted by: Buffal0Bill | July 16, 2009 11:07 AM | Report abuse

Someone said that Sarah Palin quit her job as Alaska governor to pursue a Hollywood job. She can't do much of anything well except wink so far as I can tell. What would she do? Oh well, if she can't even take criticism from Levi Johnston, a 19 year old high school drop-out who is supposedly the father of her grandson, how will she survive in any place but that little town in Alaska where she sometimes resides???? Plus, who cares!! Flash in the pan at best. Go back to fishing with your husband before he dumps you, Sarah!!

Posted by: wwdmvician | July 16, 2009 7:01 PM | Report abuse

Maybe the "rest of us" should just cut-off all financial assistance (through taxes) to the US government. Let Washington D.C. sink back into the malaria infested swamp it came from. It is clear that the critters that have climbed out of the mud and mire now sit upon the thrones of power.

Posted by: Tishers | July 10, 2009 6:07 PM | Report abuse

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Yes, please do. Then immediately stop using any publicly funded institutions, such as road, libraries, public schools, universities, courts, unemployment benefits, social securiy benefits, parks, anything funded by the stimulus package, fire department, police department, public works, legal aid, public defenders. Let us know when you're flying so we can tell the air traffic controllers not to monitor your flight and the TSA not supply any security. Also we'll call call off the National Guard, the Coast Guard, and all our military when you need them. Yes, please stop paying your taxes.

Posted by: baltimoremom | July 17, 2009 10:14 AM | Report abuse

Johnston will do anything for money.

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Yes, but Levi never set himself as a prince of a guy who wants to do what's best for Alaska and the USA and the world. So you can take shots at what a low-life he is, but he never set himself up to be anything more than he is, a teenager who got a girl pregnant, dropped out of school, and is now unemployed. His mom has been accused of selling drugs. He never claimed he was Prince Valiant.

Posted by: baltimoremom | July 17, 2009 10:22 AM | Report abuse

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