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Palin's PAC First Step to 2012


Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin took a major step toward a 2012 bid today. Photo by Jim Young of Reuters

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has started a federal political action committee -- called Sarahpac -- that will allow her to raise money for and donate cash to candidates for office over the coming years, a move that should be seen as a precursor to a run for president in 2012.

The PAC has a website and a post office box in Arlington, Virginia but has not yet formally filed its incorporation papers with the Federal Election Commission. According to an official with Sarahpac, papers were filed last night around 5 pm with the FEC and the PAC should be official by later today.

Sarahpac is "dedicated to building America's future, supporting fresh ideas and candidates who share our vision for reform and innovation," according to a statement on the PAC's website.

The PAC's mission statement also highlights the importance of energy independence to the future of the Republican Party and the country at-large, a signal that Palin's likely 2012 bid will have energy policy at its foundation. (Putting energy at the center of Palin 2012 is a smart move, wethinks, given that energy was one of the few issues where Palin seemed entirely at ease during her vice presidential candidacy last year.)

It's not immediately clear who will run Palin's PAC or handle her political operations between now and 2012. Most of the political operatives affiliated with Palin during the vice presidential race have scattered. Two who haven't are Kris Perry, Palin's closest aide, and Meghan Stapleton who served as a senior adviser to Palin during the vice presidential race.

Palin's decision to form a PAC follows on the heels of similar announcements by former Gov. Mitt Romney (Free and Strong America PAC) and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (Huckpac) -- both of whom are considered potential candidates in 2012.

The goal of all these endeavors is simple. A PAC allows each of these politicians to dish out campaign contributions to states like Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina (to pick three states at random -- not!) and remain in the public eye while doing so.

When it comes to Palin, two things are undeniably true about her political future. First, she remains extremely popular among the conservative base of the party who tend to have an outsized say in the identity of GOP presidential nominee. Second, she is widely dismissed by the professional political class within the party -- a problem she must find a way to solve between now and 2011 (or so).

Establishing a PAC is a step in the right direction for Palin -- assuming she raises the necessary money to fund it and dole out contributions to up and coming candidates. She has considerable work to do if she wants to be a viable candidate for the GOP nod in 2012 but the formation of Sarahpac shows she remains VERY interested in being a player on the national scene for years to come.

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 27, 2009; 3:13 PM ET
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Comments

UNDERCOVER-hon: Don't be too sure. Remember that the combination of ignorance and power is a very dangerous thing.

Chris: I disagree with your comment that energy policy is her strong suit because she seems more at ease with it. It's easy to be at "ease" with something you don't know anything about. In Palin's case, ignorance is bliss.

Posted by: nwsjnky1 | January 29, 2009 3:37 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin's fan base has grown significantly since Obama took office. Thank goodness. So many people are so disappointed with this ridiculous stimulus package, that they want their vote back. Haha too late now. Sarah will continue to grow and in 2012 she will hopefully be our next President. All we can do hope and pray. Go Sarah 2012

Posted by: sprayadhesive | January 29, 2009 1:10 PM | Report abuse

katerinaDeligiannis:

I'm at least an "idiot" who can answer simply hypothetical questions ; )

Posted by: JakeD | January 28, 2009 7:28 PM | Report abuse

What if Palin single-handedly PROVED that Obama is not a "natural-born" citizen and rode in on a white horse to pick up the pieces from that Constitutional crisis?

Posted by: JakeD

If wishes were fishes we would have them fried
If moose sh!t were biscuits we would eat until we died.
Idiot!!

Posted by: katerinaDeligiannis | January 28, 2009 6:17 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin is an ignoramus who would probably run amok no matter how well she's handled. Ego will out.

I'd like to think the GOP would not make THAT mistake again, but then I remember what's left of the GOP and all bets are off.

Posted by: 321j | January 28, 2009 5:30 PM | Report abuse

Because of course Jake your votes make and break elections. And your opinions are the only ones that matter to the world.

Frankly I wouldn't vote with Lieberman as VP either but I wish he had picked someone more intelligent and worldly than Little Miss Sheltered there.

Posted by: mtcooley | January 28, 2009 3:51 PM | Report abuse

I think Palin has about as much chance of a re-run as Senator Evan Bayh does of becoming president - he's eternally mentioned as a possible running mate, and universally admired as handsome and moderate, but nothing ever happens.

Palin was invited into the ring. Her trial run didn't take. She'll fade away. Once you fail on the national stage, you rarely can build up the momentum to return in these days of expensive - and short attention-spanned - politics. Sorry peeps.

I think she should gracefully go back and govern the heck out of Alaska. With actual experience and display of dedication on her resume, she could have a chance, or at least acquit herself honorably in the job she was elected to. But she's seen the VIP room, and is now fighting to get back into the club...

Posted by: undercover_hon | January 28, 2009 3:49 PM | Report abuse

julir7:

My wife and I (among many of our friends) would not have voted for McCain had he selected Lieberman as VP.

Posted by: JakeD | January 28, 2009 2:13 PM | Report abuse

McCain gambled on her big-time, and lost. In the end, once the hype died down and people got a good look at Palin, she cost him far more votes than she ever won.

I believe both the press and the public would have reacted less savagely to her, had she not come out the gate like such a smart-aleck.

From her first speech at the convention, she mocked Obama relentlessly, at a time when much of the country had already decided they liked him. Instead of taking a humble approach, she acted cocky and tried to substitute certitude for knowledge.

Little wonder, then, that the media took pleasure in seeing her trip up. It's great ratings for them, which, truth be told, drives far more of media behavior than any hidden ideology.

While I doubt Palin would survive the primaries, I also never thought George W. would beat a popular, experienced governor like Ann Richards.

I agree with other posters, it will depend if Obama's first term is successful. If it is, the Republicans will have trouble fielding serious candidates in 2012.

Posted by: julir7 | January 28, 2009 1:52 PM | Report abuse

"ddawd writes
"Best predictor for GOP nomination is the second place winner of the previous nomination battle. This started with Reagan who came in second in 1976. The only exception since then was Bush in 2000."

So... Are we talking Romney or Huckabee? "

It would have to be Romney, no?

As for the PAC, remember that this isn't going to fund Palin's own elections. She is raising money for the purpose of dishing it out to other people. Yeah, she will benefit, but not directly.

Posted by: DDAWD | January 28, 2009 11:15 AM | Report abuse

Will this woman never go away? Whenever I see a headline or news item about her I cringe. After the last disastrous eight years of Republican fool, er, I mean 'rule', why would anyone in their right mind ever vote Republican again? Sarah Palin for President? Get real, Sarah, finally. Get your head out of that place the sun does not shine; and that Nazi Rush Limbaugh and loser minority leader Boehner can join you...

Posted by: tony_regusters | January 28, 2009 10:45 AM | Report abuse

ddawd writes:
"So . . . we talking Romney or Huckabee?"

Romney or Huckabee. What a choice. Maybe we'll get them together on the same ticket, except then there will ensue an argument about what the new textbooks in school will teach, will it be the King James Bible, or the Book of Moron. One thing to be said for both, they ran a state, although the Repubicans have a problem, because Huckabee raised taxes and publicized the fact, and Romney set up universal health care in Massachussetts, which is anathema to the Neocons. If you can't afford health care, get a job, right? Many Republicans have raised taxes, but they kept it quiet because they want you to believe that they can increase spending and lower taxes at the same time, and because they're now proposing to cut our way to prosperity. What scares me about Huckabee is he actually BELIEVES the s#@^. I supposed we begin news conferences with an invocation or a prayer. To me, Romney is just a slimy VC type, but he at least, being a Mormon, could work the politics. And, he did run an Olympic Games, so he's qualified like Michael Brown who ran FEMA during Katrina. I guess I'd have to go buy a skiff for my house.

Posted by: Yehudahellcares | January 28, 2009 10:34 AM | Report abuse

ddawd writes
"Best predictor for GOP nomination is the second place winner of the previous nomination battle. This started with Reagan who came in second in 1976. The only exception since then was Bush in 2000."

So... Are we talking Romney or Huckabee?

Even then, given the state of the GOP, it is not unlikely that they'll break that pattern again for the 2012 nomination. If you look at their success rate recently, there's a strong argument for NOT selecting the prior election's runner up. i.e. McCain & Dole lost, while Bush 43 won 2 terms. Going back further, Bush 41 only went one term, making Reagan's the last successful candidacy of a former runner-up.

Posted by: bsimon1 | January 28, 2009 9:40 AM | Report abuse

"I believe Sarah Palin was the right choice for VP and for those that disagree what are your chances of becoming a senator or governor of a state."

Looking at Sarah Palin...probably a fairly decent chance. She sets a low bar for us to follow. I would just have to want to and frankly I don't.

Also marianne honey I'd love to see you do my job. Seriously you wouldn't last 3 minutes and neither would Palin. It involves actually doing some work. And the cute little attacks on people using big words against your beloved Sarah are beyond entertaining. Totally we're all jealous of her sexy winks and vapid stares. I mean we want leaders that are totally out of touch with what the majority of people want. We're using big words because we flunked out of college and not because we don't buy into her hype which is frankly worse than any of Obama's. With him there was a legitimate question of substance, with her we know she just doesn't have any. And keeps proving it by blaming the media for making her look so stupid and not taking a hard look at how she acts.

Posted by: mtcooley | January 28, 2009 9:35 AM | Report abuse

Palin is an freakin' idiot.

At some point, one can figure out what children and pets are trying to tell us; no such luck with the winking race baiter palin.

**********
"countryfirst wrote:
...The elitists and intellectuals may scorn us, but they have not yet seen the power of righteousness and sex appeal...."
***********

The above comment is pure mcpalinbot nonsense. Palin is a Righteous MORON.

And, who in the MF hel* cares about sex appeal you stupid freak. Does reading, writing, and arithmatic, mean ANYTHING to you.

God's speed to President Obama!


Posted by: dematheart | January 28, 2009 9:31 AM | Report abuse

Palin..is that the best the Republican Party can do? No wonder the party is in disarray. Until the Self Rightous Right loses its power and it get back to fiscal conservativism with insight and inclusion, the Republican Party will be doomed for the next 10 years or more. They will become the Obstructionist Party. At best they could split apart and form a more conservative moderate party that people could vote for.
As for Palin, BAH HUMBUG!!!

Posted by: beachbum1938 | January 28, 2009 9:29 AM | Report abuse

"Interesting how the party of "tolerance" and "acceptability" and "compassion" is oh so rude and loud-mouthed. Instead of celebrating the win of Obama, they're already attacking a potential candidate when it's only EARLY 2009. Gotta ask where the priorities and how short-sighted for a party who holds both houses of the legislative branch AND executive branch. Seriously, all this Palin bashing when you've just won is a little tiring, not to mention childlike, and a lack of life outside small thoughts/talks.

Posted by: KAustin1"

Now you know exactly how alot of us felt over the last 8 years. How does it feel? Do you long for "compassionate conservatism". Do you still "reach out to those who believe in our approach".

Now you know, we can be just as small minded as you guys. Classic American politics.

Posted by: Thatsnuts | January 28, 2009 8:25 AM | Report abuse

OHIOCITIZEN:

Good points to keep in mind. I would be interested in your thoughts on my questions #1-4 below.

Posted by: JakeD | January 28, 2009 6:00 AM | Report abuse

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Posted by: scrivener50 | January 28, 2009 2:01 AM | Report abuse

Palin's chances at the 2012 Republican Presidential nomination likely depend upon the extent of the Obama Administration's success. If Obama enjoys success over the next three years, and remains popular as 2011 becomes 2012, that enhances the prospect that the Republicans will nominate a far-right sacrificial lamb-style candidate like Palin as their best options will choose not to seek the nomination to run a losing race.

If however, Obama is struggling and his poll numbers are flagging, the Republican field will be more expansive and will include all their strongest possible candidates, thereby limiting the possibility of Palin being nominated. Everyone, including Republican professional politicians, realize Palin is completely unelectable.

In short, if Obama looks like a sure-thing for reelection, expect the Republicans to gladly nominate Palin and watch her kill her career in a landslide loss. If it looks as though Republicans actually might have a chance to defeat Obama, they will run a much stronger challenger.

Posted by: OHIOCITIZEN | January 28, 2009 1:15 AM | Report abuse

Excellent. Every dollar sent to Palin is a dollar that won't go to support any candidate who might be taken seriously.

Since Palin apparently wants to be taken seriously on national issues, can we expect the media to seek out her in-depth views on national and international issues over the next four years? That should be fun.

Posted by: FlownOver | January 28, 2009 1:05 AM | Report abuse

"Only three losing VP candidates later secured their party's presidential nomination. The only one to do capture the nod in the next election was Walter Mondale, who had actually been the incumbant veep. The last outside nominee to take the top of the ticket was Bob Dole who waited 20 years from 1976 until 1996 for the promotion."

Best predictor for GOP nomination is the second place winner of the previous nomination battle. This started with Reagan who came in second in 1976. The only exception since then was Bush in 2000.

Posted by: DDAWD | January 28, 2009 12:36 AM | Report abuse

Ignoring the debate which is starting to have all the intellectual vigor of the Jerry Springer Show, I will offer a fact that suggests history does not bode well for Governor Palin:

Only three losing VP candidates later secured their party's presidential nomination. The only one to do capture the nod in the next election was Walter Mondale, who had actually been the incumbant veep. The last outside nominee to take the top of the ticket was Bob Dole who waited 20 years from 1976 until 1996 for the promotion.

The only losing VP candidate who later became president was FDR, who was on the bottom of the losing ticket in 1920 and who won the first of four terms in 1932.

Posted by: CapitalCat | January 28, 2009 12:02 AM | Report abuse

Palin is a freeloader.


$150,000 shopping sprees (at all the best "elitist" shops, no less), on the Republican National Committee tab.
http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1008/14805.html


$21,012 worth of free flights for her daughters, charged to the state.
http://www.boston.com/news/politics/2008/articles/2008/10/22/alaska_paid_for_palin_daughters_to_travel/


All this, when she already makes $125,000 a year as governor and pockets an extra $22,883 in energy extraction royalties.


Sarah Palin is a chisler supreme.


All of which makes the fact that she charged $16,951 in expenses charged to the state, including 312 per diem allowances for staying in her own home just that much more amazing.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/09/08/AR2008090803088.html


A dual income family, with Sarah earning $125K. Free travel (even for the family), and now free clothes, hair and makeup. They can actually go out in her backyard and shoot a moose, keeping her family in free mooseburger for a year. And still she feels the need to cheat. Shoot that moose for free and still charge the state $60 per burger. And she claims she deserves every bit of it.


Now that's what I call a perverse sense of entitlement.


"Sounds like socialism to me," to borrow a phrase.


Just another fake "bootstrapper" Republican. What a shocker.


Meanwhile, we all have to endure the indignity of Palin turning the campaign for the Vice Presidency into some kind of FOX reality TV makeover show, where they take some ridiculously not-ready-for-prime-time pol and dress her up, push her out on the stage, and see if they can turn her into a VP in 10 weeks.


What the heck, right? It was just being second in line to the nuclear launch codes. No big thing. We could even do a whole copromotional deal with moose sandwiches at Subway.


Maybe Palin ought to be more worried about the people who are starving and have no heating oil in her state and not so worried about selling her GOP PAC to the low IQ Reublican hordes who don't know any better and are more than willing to buy anything she's selling because of it.


Is she having attention withdrawals because nobody has interviewed her in a couple weeks or what?


Thanks, Republicans. You sure do love our country n' stuff.

Posted by: DrainYou | January 27, 2009 10:50 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: officermancuso | January 27, 2009 10:47 PM | Report abuse

JakeD wrote,

officermancuso:

Those two clauses of the Constitution that you cited were extinguished by the 13th and 14th Amendments.

---------------------

Those amendments cost a few lives, eh? Probably lives of many men who didn't agree with the amendments.

Now the south lost that war, eh? And they didn't go on, like you, about birth certificates, did they?

Posted by: officermancuso | January 27, 2009 10:27 PM | Report abuse

Can we get JakeD to be her running mate on the no talent a$$ clown ticket? I'd love to hear the endless harping on abortion while ignoring everything else. What a world view....sheesh

Seriously if she runs it'll just be a gift to the Dems. Let her finish of the party so we can have some reasonable people act as opposition.

Posted by: theobserver4 | January 27, 2009 10:17 PM | Report abuse

Alas, I must abscond, preserving my aging strength for rooting during the Super Bowl, when I will certainly not be cheering on perenially losing Cardinals much though I might like Whisenhunt and Grimm.

Palin? For the sake of my fellow citizens, I hope she is, and remains, a bad joke.

Posted by: officermancuso | January 27, 2009 10:15 PM | Report abuse

This is not a surprise. This is one of the most ruthlessly ambitious politicians I have ever seen. One would think after her pathetic performance during this past campaign that she would concern herself with running Alaska and perhaps spending time with her children who seem to need a motherly influence. Her children are the ones I feel sorry for. If this is what the Republican party is looking for in new leaders, then good luck. Sarah Palin appeals to very few people.

Posted by: sharronkm | January 27, 2009 10:11 PM | Report abuse

kathycox869 wrote, "I have never been as apalled by a candidate...this woman is ignorant, trashy, and her family of high school drop-outs, dopers, illegitimate babies, high school educated husband runs as assistant Gov??? Good grief... I used to consider my a Republican, but after Dubya, and now this... Hell No."

What are you doing for breakfast tomorrow?

Posted by: officermancuso | January 27, 2009 10:05 PM | Report abuse

I have never been as apaled by a canidate...this woman is ignorant, trashy, and her family of high school drop-outs, dopers, illegiate babies, high school educated husband runs as assistant Gov??? Good grief... I used to consider my a Republican, but after Dubya, and now this... Hell No.

Posted by: kathycox869 | January 27, 2009 9:45 PM | Report abuse

As a liberal, I would gladly contribute to this PAC. LOL

Posted by: sgtpepper23 | January 27, 2009 9:42 PM | Report abuse

Woohoo! Go Sarah! If she runs in 2012 I'm going to register Republican and vote for her in the primary. The Republicans need a good wilderness girl.

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Posted by: scrivener50 | January 27, 2009 8:37 PM | Report abuse

Just an outsider's perspective on comments I have read:

officermancuso owns JakeD.

Posted by: Grant_x | January 27, 2009 8:32 PM | Report abuse

JakeD might have written: "How come no one will answer my questions except the people who have already answered them? Go Cardinals!"

Posted by: officermancuso | January 27, 2009 8:31 PM | Report abuse

Could someone offer me one or more than one reason to vote for Sarah Palin for dog catcher which does not involve delusions about birth certificates?

Posted by: officermancuso | January 27, 2009 8:28 PM | Report abuse

come on folks..she is a flippin' imbecile..no way she can be elected..ooops..forgot about little bush beating gore and then getting re-elected..

Posted by: w04equals666 | January 27, 2009 8:19 PM | Report abuse

Election Day 2012 (the topic of this thread).

Posted by: JakeD | January 27, 2009 8:17 PM | Report abuse

"1) She would probably win against President Biden (unless he picked a woman as VP)."

Win what?

Posted by: DDAWD | January 27, 2009 8:15 PM | Report abuse

DDAWD:

Allow me to supply you with some clues then.

1) She would probably win against President Biden (unless he picked a woman as VP).

2) Slam-dunk for Palin.

4) None.

Posted by: JakeD | January 27, 2009 8:12 PM | Report abuse

For everyone else, other than officermancuso, my questions are always serious. If you'd rather not return the common courtesy of answering them, please don't expect me to keep answering your questions.

Posted by: JakeD | January 27, 2009 8:10 PM | Report abuse

1,2,4 - no clue
3 - no

Posted by: DDAWD | January 27, 2009 8:07 PM | Report abuse

DDAWD:

Not in Alaska, where the State's National Guard is not federalized but working in conjuction with the U.S. Air Force to monitor Russia. Here are the questions (one last time):

1) What if Palin single-handedly PROVED that Obama is not a "natural-born" citizen and rode in on a white horse to pick up the pieces from that Constitutional crisis?

2) How about if it was the next October Surprise, AFTER the Dems renominated Obama who is then proven to be not legally qualified?

3) Do YOU have better foreign-policy experience with Russia [than Gov. Palin does]?

4) What better foreign-policy experience with Russia did Governor Ronald Reagan have?

Again, if you don't want to answer the questions, fine by me.

Posted by: JakeD | January 27, 2009 8:05 PM | Report abuse

JakeD wrote, "A more relevant question: what better foreign-policy experience with Russia did Governor Ronald Reagan have?"

This is not a serious question. Ronald Reagan had been a national political figure, traveling the USA and addressing national and international political issues, since 1964 at the latest. So when he challenged Gerald Ford in 1976 he'd been at it for 12 years. When he won the Republican nomination for president he'd been at it for 16 years.

Sarah Palin's first show of a little leg on the national political stage was subsequent to her selection by John McCain to be his veep candidate. She has now been a national political figure, traveling the USA and addressing national and international political issues, since about August 2008.

By my reckoning, that's about five months.

Oh - and Reagan *never* made a fool of himself in interviews.

Posted by: officermancuso | January 27, 2009 8:05 PM | Report abuse

"Care to answer my questions now?"

What questions?

Posted by: DDAWD | January 27, 2009 8:01 PM | Report abuse

"She is Commander-in-Chief of the Alaska Air National Guard tasked with keeping an eye on Russia aggression."

Dude, a governor can only mobilize the national guard for duty within the state. Any mobilization for work outside the state must be done at a federal level such as the President.

Posted by: DDAWD | January 27, 2009 8:00 PM | Report abuse

DDAWD:

Care to answer my questions now?

Posted by: JakeD | January 27, 2009 7:57 PM | Report abuse

She is Commander-in-Chief of the Alaska Air National Guard tasked with keeping an eye on Russia aggression. If she only had contact with ONE trade mission from Russia, that's still better than no experience.

Posted by: JakeD | January 27, 2009 7:55 PM | Report abuse

mariannpepitone,

I find it laughable that you criticize the media in one comment and then cite them as your source for the supposedly rampant drug and alcohol abuse among the nation's youth in another (you must be citing the Crazytown express over at Fox News). But what am I talking about?? I must have misunderstood your comments because of the alcohol and drug-induced haze I'm in while I smoke my way to a third college degree at the age of 25. You're right about on thing though, many of us could never hope to even become a mayor. Why? Because most people have no desire to enter politics. Contrary to what you may believe, it is possible to be driven and not be a politician. My drive has led me to degrees in marine science and biology, as well as a minor in chemistry. Meanwhile, it's leading me towards a masters in engineering, marrying my girlfriend, settling down and starting a family and a career. One last thing. It's convenient that you're forgetting that Bush's administration was filled with his daddy's cronies and that it took Clinton almost 8 years to balance a deficit that didn't come close to the one we're facing now. But I guess this is all just the ramblings of a young person who can never hope to succeed.

Posted by: SharkMan2 | January 27, 2009 7:54 PM | Report abuse

"Her experience as Governor "enhances your foreign-policy credentials" more than if she hadn't had that experience -- that seems like common-sense to me"

not to me. explain, please.

Posted by: DDAWD | January 27, 2009 7:51 PM | Report abuse

A more relevant question: what better foreign-policy experience with Russia did Governor Ronald Reagan have?

Posted by: JakeD | January 27, 2009 7:50 PM | Report abuse

http://www.176wg.ang.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123128597

I suppose YOU have better foreign-policy experience with Russia?

Posted by: JakeD | January 27, 2009 7:47 PM | Report abuse

DDAWD:

Her experience as Governor "enhances your foreign-policy credentials" more than if she hadn't had that experience -- that seems like common-sense to me -- maybe you will have to explain better what exactly you are mocking.

Posted by: JakeD | January 27, 2009 7:44 PM | Report abuse

officermancuso:

Those two clauses of the Constitution that you cited were extinguished by the 13th and 14th Amendments. Have a nice (pro) life while Obama goes about killing the unborn.

Posted by: JakeD | January 27, 2009 7:42 PM | Report abuse

"Couric: Well, explain to me why that enhances your foreign-policy credentials.

Palin: Well, it certainly does, because our, our next-door neighbors are foreign countries, there in the state that I am the executive of. And there…

Couric: Have you ever been involved in any negotiations, for example, with the Russians?

Palin: We have trade missions back and forth, we do. It's very important when you consider even national security issues with Russia. As Putin rears his head and comes into the air space of the United States of America, where do they go? It's Alaska. It's just right over the border. It is from Alaska that we send those out to make sure that an eye is being kept on this very powerful nation, Russia, because they are right there, they are right next to our state. "


At the very least, she claimed it bolstered her foreign policy credentials. THen she froze up when trying to explain it. Hell, even I would freeze up trying to think of plausible support for something so ridiculous.

She would have been better off just saying that she is no foreign policy expert. People would reach that conclusion anyways, but at least she wouldn't have come across as disingenuous and mockable.

Posted by: DDAWD | January 27, 2009 7:41 PM | Report abuse

I am pro-life, have been since 1984. I'm on their mailing lists because I asked to be on them, and until 2008 I have always voted for the most pro-life candidate in any given election.

I finally wearied of watching approved pro-lifers like Al Gore turn pro-choice as opportunity beckoned, and watching genuine pro-lifers like Dubya insult human dignity in a variety of fashions.

I am still pro-life, but I am not a single-issue voter. I am also pro-union, pro-national health care, anti-death penalty, and extraordinarily grumpy.

And on the death penalty, I'm not opposed because I can't find candidates for the penalty who deserve it. I'm opposed because I don't trust the government to make irrevocable decisions well.

And Jake, those two clauses of the Constitution that I cited 1) allowed continued importation of slaves until 1808, and 2) direct census takers to count one black slave as 3/5 of one human being. Not exactly a document to illuminate humanity on its path through the hallways of freedom and human dignity.

Posted by: officermancuso | January 27, 2009 7:38 PM | Report abuse

Keep in mind that it doesn't have to be a lawsuit. How about if it was the next October Surprise, AFTER the Dems renominated Obama who is then proven to be not legally qualified? If you don't want to answer the question, fine by me.

Posted by: JakeD | January 27, 2009 7:37 PM | Report abuse

Jake - I'm sorry - but single-handedly? I'm not sure she even knows the constitution well enough to do that!

Posted by: jerzygrl | January 27, 2009 7:34 PM | Report abuse

DDAWD:

She never pretended that she was an expert on Russia (c.f. that didn't help Condi Rice any ; )

Posted by: JakeD | January 27, 2009 7:28 PM | Report abuse

Everyone else (other than officermancuso):

What if Palin single-handedly PROVED that Obama is not a "natural-born" citizen and rode in on a white horse to pick up the pieces from that Constitutional crisis?

Posted by: JakeD | January 27, 2009 7:26 PM | Report abuse

Yes, she got him many more votes in the bible belt red states like Alabama, Mississippi, Oklahoma, and Texas. Who cares?? She also LOST McCain a very large amount of votes where it counted. The suburban counties of the purple states where a large number of voters were absolutely dumbfounded and appalled by the choice of Palin. Ohio, Pennsylvania, Florida, Virginia, Colorado, etc. She has NO change of winning in these areas and these are the states that will decide future election. Republicans would be crazy to run her again.

Posted by: Midknight | January 27, 2009 7:25 PM | Report abuse

"I would gladly take a "mind-numbingly stupid" pro-lifer over a "brilliant" pro-choicer any day of the week."

No one will argue with the statement that she is more pro-life than Obama. If that is the one and only issue that is important, that's fair.

But why the rush to tout her non-existent qualifications? Don't you think Republicans would have been better off if they just admitted that she didn't have foreign policy experience rather than put her in a position where she had to pretend that she is some expert on Russia?

Posted by: DDAWD | January 27, 2009 7:22 PM | Report abuse

I am not mentally ill, and the Constitutional "natural-born" citizenship requirement has not been amended (if that's what you were implying).

Posted by: JakeD | January 27, 2009 7:20 PM | Report abuse

JakeD wrote, "officermancuso: Maybe instead of the Bible, you should read the Constitution someday."

I read them both. So as not to throw pearls before swine I will confine this comment to the latter.

Here are two parts of your Constitution, Jake:

First:

"The Migration or Importation of such Persons as any of the States now existing shall think proper to admit, shall not be prohibited by the Congress prior to the Year one thousand eight hundred and eight, but a Tax or duty may be imposed on such Importation, not exceeding ten dollars for each Person."

Second:

"Representatives and direct Taxes shall be apportioned among the several States which may be included within this Union, according to their respective Numbers, which shall be determined by adding to the whole Number of free Persons, including those bound to Service for a Term of Years, and excluding Indians not taxed, three fifths of all other Persons."

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I love the USA as well as any of its sons or daughters love it, but I know it in an honest manner, for all it is and has been - and it hasn't always been "shining city on a hill" stuff.

You, Jake, should be ashamed of yourself, if you're not mentally ill. If you're mentally ill, I apologize, since in that case you're not morally responsible for the things you type.

Posted by: officermancuso | January 27, 2009 7:18 PM | Report abuse

If Palin decides to run (and I hope she does), she'll never make it out of the primaries. It will be fun to see the Repubs gang up on her and believe me.

Posted by: jerzygrl | January 27, 2009 7:18 PM | Report abuse

OMG! Please spare us 4 more years of her inane remarks that have nothing to do with any questions asked of her. The GOP used to be my party but I say bye-bye to y'all. Keep Palin quiet please - with the economic crisis, we don't need her "brilliant comments"! LOL.

Posted by: knittingnutvi | January 27, 2009 7:15 PM | Report abuse

DDAWD:

I would gladly take a "mind-numbingly stupid" pro-lifer over a "brilliant" pro-choicer any day of the week.

Posted by: JakeD | January 27, 2009 7:13 PM | Report abuse

"Thanks. I know my wife and I (and several friends) only voted for McCain because he added Palin. If he would have gone with a pro-choice VP, we would have all voted for Chuck Baldwin."

I don't think I'll ever understand the appeal of Palin. She just seems to mind-numbingly stupid. Do people find that appealing? Then again, I never really understood the appeal of George Bush. Supposedly the guy is likable, but that never really seemed to come through while watching him on TV. Although I think Bush's stupidity was only apparent to people who followed and understood the issues. I am sure he could at least make up some newspapers he would hypothetically read.

Posted by: DDAWD | January 27, 2009 7:08 PM | Report abuse

You people know nothing. Bill Kristol is a communist.

Posted by: username | January 27, 2009 7:06 PM | Report abuse

to johnc_80: The reason the country just suffered a coup d'etat under the oligarch foreign bankers with their Puppet OBAMA is because people like you were more worried about turkeys being killed for Thanksgiving.

This is how low our country has sunk!
Her family acted just fine thank you.
And this time we will have our own press to talk about all her accomplishments which are many many more than Obama's -- his campaign head could not even think of ONE! LOL

Now THAT was the laughingstock of the campaign. We have someone in the White House that can't pass security clearance and is not just the butt of many jokes but who has a despicable and sordid background and who is working for foreign interests such as the bankers, Soros, Brzezinski and that evil Henry Kissinger who says Obama will use this crisis they created to bring in the "new world order, one world government" Go look it up -- he said it last week on the NYSE.

People in this country are stupid and all they care about is looks and personality -- they never look at the men behind the curtain.

Sarah I want you to kick the feds in the a**.

Posted by: username | January 27, 2009 7:05 PM | Report abuse

johnc_80 wrote, "How many turkeys have to be executed on live television before Sarah Palin is satisfied?"

I generally frown on political executions, but Limbaugh on an Al Sharpton type hunger strike, or Hannity observing a vow of silence for a week would shiver my timbers.

So what's with Bill Kristol leaving the NYT? Did he get the boot, is he signing up for Sarahpac, or just fleeing to Aruba?

Posted by: officermancuso | January 27, 2009 7:02 PM | Report abuse

Well let's hope she isn't schooled by Henry Kissinger and by the time she's ready, people will have had enough of Obama working to destroy America by handing over all our money to the foreign bankers. She's going to have to clean up the mess he's already made. First thing he did was send $500M to Kenya... ya that's gonna help our economy a lot eh?

Here's hoping Sarah is IN for 2012 and the first thing she will do is KILL THE FEDERAL RESERVE.... from my fingers to Sarah's ears. This is what we want and need, our own LEGAL monetary system under the Constitution. Kick these robber baron oligarchs out of the country for GOOD!

Posted by: username | January 27, 2009 6:58 PM | Report abuse

DDAWD:

Thanks. I know my wife and I (and several friends) only voted for McCain because he added Palin. If he would have gone with a pro-choice VP, we would have all voted for Chuck Baldwin.

Posted by: JakeD | January 27, 2009 6:57 PM | Report abuse

DonalDonutz, heh heh, she's a gold mine of humorous material.

Posted by: officermancuso | January 27, 2009 6:57 PM | Report abuse

Of course, the liberal press won't ever investigate The One. How do we know he is a "natural-born" citizen? The most likely scenario is that Obama was not born in Hawaii -- although there are other legal arguments as well -- I just hope that finally someone convinces Biden (and a majority of the Cabinet) that Obama is not legally qualified to even be President. I have posted many times the links to evidence that he was not born in Hawaii. There is also evidence by HIS OWN GRANDMOTHER (I can't even keep straight all of his half-brothers and sisters) that Obama was born in what is now Kenya. The Constitution, of course, requires the President to be a "natural born" citizen, regardless of electoral or popular vote.

So, given those circumstances it is REASONABLE to at least have some suspicion about his legal qualifications for the position of Commander-in-Chief.

Further, Hawaii Revised Statute 338-178 at the time allowed for registration of birth in Hawaii of any child that was born outside of Hawaii to parents who, for a year preceding the child’s birth, claimed Hawaii as their place of residence. In addition, between December 24, 1952 and November 13, 1986, the law specified that if you were born outside of the United States and only one of your parents was a citizen, that parent must have resided in the United States for at least 10 years, at least 5 of which were after the age of 16.

READ: http://travel.state.gov/law/info/info_609.html

“Short-form by declaration” fraud is therefore a plausible explanation that seems to fit the known facts. If Obama was born in Kenya, and if his mother simply traveled back to Hawaii with him shortly thereafter, and falsely declared his birth (including the newspaper announcements), then she alone broke the law, without the assistance of any co-conspirators. He may not even know the truth -- although given his own legal actions, I doubt that -- the original LONG FORM vault record in Hawaii, if it exists, has not been examined, and Obama has refused to allow it to be examined. The Government of Hawaii has stated that the “Certificate of Live Birth” (which appeared on Obama’s website) is valid, and it may be valid, if it was produced from short-form database records. However, if the short form records were fraudulently established by declaration, in the absence of a long-form witness of live birth, then a fraud has been perpetrated.

Posted by: JakeD | January 27, 2009 6:55 PM | Report abuse

"For the last time, I would venture to guess she got McCain MORE votes than she lost."

I don't agree with the conclusion, but I do think its a reasonable conjecture. She did seem to fire up the base.

Posted by: DDAWD | January 27, 2009 6:55 PM | Report abuse

officermancuso:

Maybe instead of the Bible, you should read the Constitution someday.

Posted by: JakeD | January 27, 2009 6:49 PM | Report abuse

Thanx, officermancuso for "Sarah Palin has led to more citizens of the USA learning a quote from the Bible (Proverbs 17:28) than the combined efforts of ordained priests and ministers since her date of birth."

Not being versed on Biblical quotes, I turned to Google for elucidation and you are Soooo right! LoL

Posted by: DonalDonutz | January 27, 2009 6:46 PM | Report abuse

officermancuso:

"Natural-born" citizenship is one of the legal requirements to become President. Read the Constitution someday.

Posted by: JakeD | January 27, 2009 6:46 PM | Report abuse

"Can we see the positive side here? Who have we got to laugh at now?"

I think Biden will be a gold mine. Jon Stewart had a hilarious bit about Biden making a stupid comment and Obama displaying his "shut the f* up" expression.

I mean, it honestly looked like Obama was kind of irritated with Biden's joking around at the time.

Posted by: DDAWD | January 27, 2009 6:44 PM | Report abuse

Can she really continue to deny any interest in running for president in 2012 with tens of millions of dollars in a book deal and now a flashy PAC? It would be a bizarre flop if she didn’t run…

http://www.political-buzz.com/

Posted by: parkerfl1 | January 27, 2009 6:42 PM | Report abuse

JakeD wrote, "What if she could prove that Bill Ayers is still funding terrorists and that Barack Obama is not a "natural-born" citizen?"

So, was he unnaturally born? Pathetic, Jake. You need a new gig. By the way, I haven't checked National Review Online since November, but I wonder if former U.S. Attorney Andrew McCarthy is still over there arguing that Bill Ayers wrote Obama's autobiography.

Kinda scary that a nut of that flavor once held the powers of US attorney.

Posted by: officermancuso | January 27, 2009 6:42 PM | Report abuse

What if she could prove that Bill Ayers is still funding terrorists and that Barack Obama is not a "natural-born" citizen?

Posted by: JakeD | January 27, 2009 6:35 PM | Report abuse

The pitbull hockey mom is lip-sticking and high-sticking it to us. She deserves some time in the penalty box.

Posted by: optimyst | January 27, 2009 6:33 PM | Report abuse

DonalDonutz wrote, among many other things, "Better to keep one's mouth shut and be thought a fool than to go shooting your yap off thinking you sound intelligent when, in fact, you're showing the world what an uneducated, slack-jaw you really are."

Sarah Palin has led to more citizens of the USA learning a quote from the Bible (Proverbs 17:28) than the combined efforts of ordained priests and ministers since her date of birth.

Posted by: officermancuso | January 27, 2009 6:30 PM | Report abuse

How many turkeys have to be executed on live television before Sarah Palin is satisfied?

Posted by: johnc_80 | January 27, 2009 6:28 PM | Report abuse

Dragging out her quarter hour
In her hapless lust for power
Tick tock paddy whack
Party hack Sarahpac
Just give the pit bull a bone
But stay in Wasilla and leave us alone!

The cat's in the cradle and the silver spoon
From my front yard I can see the moon
When you comin' back Sarah?
Round about 2012 you'll be seeing me son
You know our time together has just begun

Posted by: optimyst | January 27, 2009 6:25 PM | Report abuse

P.S. to tommariner: Obama is not legally President of the United States. Palin should pick up that mantle and prove it.

Posted by: JakeD | January 27, 2009 6:24 PM | Report abuse

CountryFirst - Can I ask what is wrong with being intellectual? How can you possibly cast being smart as a negative attribute? I'm glad you guys are out in the wilderness. Any society which scorns its brightest is doomed to suffer mediocrity. The time of anti-intellectualism is over, and the nation is far better off.

Posted by: dan_of_dc | January 27, 2009 6:20 PM | Report abuse

SilverSpring8:

As I said, my wife and I are registered Independents, and we wouldn't have voted for McCain if Palin had not also been selected as VP. For the last time, I would venture to guess she got McCain MORE votes than she lost.

Posted by: JakeD | January 27, 2009 6:19 PM | Report abuse

mariannpepitone,

maybe it is time for you to stand up and leave the keyboard for a while. You're really getting wound up and are risking heart attack here. Your arguments are so full of holes that everyone's jumping through them like hoops. And laughing at your feeble (-minded) attempts to defend your weak knowledge of the situation with proven untruths and innuendos from the fa-a-ar right. Better to keep one's mouth shut and be thought a fool than to go shooting your yap off thinking you sound intelligent when, in fact, you're showing the world what an uneducated, slack-jaw you really are.

Posted by: DonalDonutz | January 27, 2009 6:19 PM | Report abuse

Oh, goody. I may contribute myself. I can't think of a better way to keep the Republicans out of the White House than having Winking Caribou Barbie on the ticket.

Posted by: SilverSpring8 | January 27, 2009 6:17 PM | Report abuse

SophiefromPasadena:

Good thing that Ronald Reagan didn't wait to get his Master of Public Administration or Master of Professional Studies in Political Management before going for office. As for the alleged "damage" my wife and I are registered Independents, and we wouldn't have voted for McCain if Palin had not also been selected as VP. Again, I would venture to guess she got McCain MORE votes than she lost.

Posted by: JakeD | January 27, 2009 6:16 PM | Report abuse

As a Republican, I am irritated with Sarah Palin. She is only doing damage to the GOP Party. I hope that Gov. Mitt Romney goes for it! Sarah needs to get her Master of Public Administration or Master of Professional Studies in Political Management before going for office. The best thing she can do for all the Republicans is go away before she does more damage!

Posted by: SophiefromPasadena | January 27, 2009 6:12 PM | Report abuse

TheBabeNemo, try as you might, you will never be able to approach my record for typos on The Fix. I am the Babe Ruth of that particular realm of accomplishments.

Posted by: officermancuso | January 27, 2009 6:12 PM | Report abuse

sheehanjc:

I guess I'm one of the "idiots" who donated.

gerardpapa:

I would venture to guess she got McCain MORE votes than she lost.

Posted by: JakeD | January 27, 2009 6:05 PM | Report abuse

Sorry Sarah, but I'm supporting Jim DeMint in 2012. He's the guy on the hill who "Walks it as he talks it."

You're a great governor, but lack the experience in dealing with the land sharks up on Capitol Hill.

Let's all get refreshed with Sen. Jim DeMint in 2012.

Posted by: Computer_Forensics_Expert_Computer_Expert_Witness | January 27, 2009 6:05 PM | Report abuse

marianpepitone, Sadly, as I stated before, none of those connections are of any consequence. They have no influence over the type of leader Obama has been and will continue to be. The Acorn deal was blown out of proportion by GOP operatives. You probably don't even understand what happened with Acorn, or you'd end that stupid line of reasoning right now.

Just to remind you, ACORN workers separate registration forms into three piles, ones that are complete and legit, ones that are incomplete and legit, and ones that are completely illegitimate (like the ones with mickey mouse and the Dallas Cowboys). While processing these registrations, an ACORN worker described to the news how they separated the forms into different piles. The news reported this truthfully, then the GOP went crazy with it and began to use rumor (I heard they are trying to rig the election in favor of Obama) and innuendo (Doesn't this stack of registrations look suspicious?). Funny thing is, the only way these registrations would affect the election would be if A) the forms were put into the complete and legitimate pile by ACORN workers and B) Mickey Mouse actually showed up at the polling place to vote. So again, this is a non-argument...part of a plot devised by the GOP to steer sheep like you away from rational thought.

Posted by: Grant_x | January 27, 2009 6:04 PM | Report abuse

Can't wait to watch the Republican primary season in 2012. It will be just like watching Beverly Hillbilly reruns. We've got Chucklehound playing Jethro, Pink Lipstick Palin playing Ellie May and Romney playing Mr. Drysdale. What a riot. Get out the popcorn and caliope music. It's gonna be a real three ring circus with these 3 bozo's.

Posted by: Midknight | January 27, 2009 6:02 PM | Report abuse

Bloody Hell! Her 15 minutes of fame were up months ago. It will be interesting to see the idiots who actually donate to the damned thing. Walter Mondale could beat Palin, and that's saying something.

Posted by: sheehanjc | January 27, 2009 6:00 PM | Report abuse

"she remains extremely popular among the conservative base of the party who tend to have an outsized say in the identity of GOP presidential nominee"

They also loved George Bush, the Worst President Ever and the one singularly responsible for bringing on the current economic crisis.

Let her stir up the New American fascist party, we'll be watching.

Posted by: thebobbob | January 27, 2009 5:56 PM | Report abuse

I want the GOP to nominate an attractive dummy who believes that "The Flintstones" is a view into the how man and dinosaurs co-existed 6,000 years ago.

Posted by: sperrico | January 27, 2009 5:55 PM | Report abuse

Grant_x wrote: "mariannpepitone...the problem that kjohnson and I noted makes it impossible to understand what you are saying."

Well, obviously: she's speaking Palinese.

Posted by: nodebris | January 27, 2009 5:53 PM | Report abuse

grant_x: I believe your the one that's nuts. Obama gave Acorn $75,000 and Ayer's was co-chairman of Acorn. We all know what Acorn did with the ballots. Who are you kidding. And yes, Wright's statements were played on television and Obama said he never heard them when he was sitting in the pew. Get real. Of course he had ties to Ayers, Wright and Rezko. He worked for Rezko's law firm before he ran for the senate only to lose to black panther Bobby rush. Campaigning for senator the second time he got donations from Ayers and they had meetings at his house. He also damaged the woman running against him, took her to court and won the case. You should read his biography sometime, it was printed in the NYT.

Posted by: mariannpepitone | January 27, 2009 5:51 PM | Report abuse

mariannpepitone...the problem that kjohnson and I noted makes it impossible to understand what you are saying. It's like you have no clue that we (the other posters here) can't just read your mind. Because of this, we are asking that you write in complete sentences, and maybe even try to limit your posts to one thought.

Posted by: Grant_x | January 27, 2009 5:50 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin is Sarah Palin's own worst enemy. Her 15 minutes runneth over....its time to move on. She can't even manage her own family, how does she seriously expect people to think we should entrust her nationally?
Alaska can love her all they want. She's an embarrassment on the national front and she will be relegated to the fringe lunatics, better known as the social conservatives.

Posted by: SYWanda | January 27, 2009 5:50 PM | Report abuse

This is great news. I guess they can call it DuncePAC.

Posted by: Bob22003 | January 27, 2009 5:50 PM | Report abuse

let the games begin

Posted by: dmls2000 | January 27, 2009 5:49 PM | Report abuse

geez louise....it's late.

forgiving her....

Senate Bill 181 folks. Read it at THOMAS.gov

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | January 27, 2009 5:47 PM | Report abuse

more power to Sarah Palin. I like her.
But I am never forgiven her for shooting Bullwinkle.

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | January 27, 2009 5:45 PM | Report abuse

KAustin1 wrote: "Interesting how the party of "tolerance" and "acceptability" and "compassion" is oh so rude and loud-mouthed. Instead of celebrating the win of Obama, they're already attacking a potential candidate when it's only EARLY 2009."

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KAustin1, Tolerance, acceptability, and compassion are important to the Dems for sure, but you can't teach tolerance, teach acceptance of other cultures and ways of life, or teach compassion if you aren't in a position to teach it. That was a painful lesson that we learned the hard way over the last eight years. NEVER AGAIN!

We will never again let the likes of Palin or any other GOP tool ruin our country again. We will be proactive, and go on the offensive early and often against this terror from the north. Get used to it.

The nice kid on the playground isn't taking **** from the bullies anymore.

Posted by: Grant_x | January 27, 2009 5:43 PM | Report abuse

Good luck with that, Sarah. But remember we'll always have Youtube and the hours of invaluable footage of you and your idiocy.

Posted by: jneill7854 | January 27, 2009 5:43 PM | Report abuse

kjohnson: I am not putting off any comments. Read them and answer them if you can. It appears that the dummycrats are the majority of people that are making the comments about Sarah because what she accomplished what they will never do in their lifetime and neither will you. Win or lose being chosen for the VP spot is an accomplishment. McCain should not have agreed to the bailout. He ran to Washington and should have kept his appointment on Dave Letterman's show plus he limited Sarah in talking to the press. He had a bad campaign manager whereas Obama had Clinton's.

Posted by: mariannpepitone | January 27, 2009 5:41 PM | Report abuse

Can we see the positive side here? Who have we got to laugh at now? You can't laugh at Rush, he's just an idiot with a big brown . . . cigar in his mouth. Sean Hannity isn't funny, he's scary. I was becoming really despondent at the thought of not having a political figure head who's not just a moron, but does and says stuff to make fun of. GW was just stupid, and that's not really that funny, even his half-assed attempts at sounding like Yogi Berra were getting old. I was thinking that if Hillary got elected, we'd have Slick Willy to joke about, as I'm sure we had not exhausted the Monica Lewinski joke section. My hopes there were dashed when she had to bow out of the nomination process. And after the election, I was disappointed that Governor Dum-Dum was going to fade into obscurity.

But no, she's back! Now we really have some stuff to laugh at. How about Huckabee/Palin in 2012? I've already got my Bible ready, because as much as I thought I knew about economics, I'll have to trash all that and start reading Leviticus, and just pray that the greedy rat-bas$%^ds on Wall Street don't take my money. Just like the Republicans in congress who want us to tax cut our way to prosperity, with Huckabee/Palin, taxes or no taxes, we can just pray our way to prosperity. Wow, just the thought takes my breath away. My kid already got a "Travel Alaska" guide from the Governor. Obviously she's already trying to get a head start on future voters, because my kid will be of age for voting right about then. Or maybe she can't read the part of the law in most states where someone under 18 can't sign a contract. Or maybe she's just a pedophile, and isn't really interested in blowing up helpless wildlife with a ridiculously overpowered firearm, but is into young boys. (Maybe she figures her hubby contributed the extra chromosome last time around, so she'll try something different this time.) Wacky zany pathetic and uneducated (and being from Idaho) can by definition be funny, but it's even funnier knowing that there are people who seriously think she's qualified to be President. At least Huckabee finished a degree.

Thanks Governor. I'm looking forward to reading your blog. I'm particularly interested in your take on energy independence, given your stand during the election (drill baby drill!). I'm sure it will be as much fun as having to learn Ebonics, just to be able to understand what you're saying.

Posted by: Yehudahellcares | January 27, 2009 5:41 PM | Report abuse

Although I have no problem with Governor Palin starting from the beginning of the campaign trail the next time (in fact that is now an absolute prerequisite), the worry is that there is a permanent negative perception. And since the media war was so effective the last time, you can expect both parties to be going negative from the first nanosecond.

And the only organization that could shield her from attacks on her gender actually attacked her gender. The NODW (previously known as NOW), abandoned their stance as the advocacy organization for women and instead signed on with the Democratic Party.

But, right now I want to concentrate on helping my President get settled in and getting his Administration working. Because our electoral system only elects the best; Did with the previous President, did with the present.

But you have to know that the SNL folks are breaking out champagne for the best target since Chevy Chase mocked President Ford. (Made as much sense too -- Chevy's big impression was falling down, which seems ridiculous since Ford was the only All American Football player to occupy the White House.)

Posted by: tommariner | January 27, 2009 5:38 PM | Report abuse

Interesting how the party of "tolerance" and "acceptability" and "compassion" is oh so rude and loud-mouthed. Instead of celebrating the win of Obama, they're already attacking a potential candidate when it's only EARLY 2009. Gotta ask where the priorities and how short-sighted for a party who holds both houses of the legislative branch AND executive branch. Seriously, all this Palin bashing when you've just won is a little tiring, not to mention childlike, and a lack of life outside small thoughts/talks.

Posted by: KAustin1 | January 27, 2009 5:37 PM | Report abuse

The Borgen Project has some good info on the cost of addressing global poverty.

$30 billion: Annual shortfall to end world hunger.
$550 billion: U.S. Defense budget

Posted by: atsegga | January 27, 2009 5:34 PM | Report abuse


mariannpepitone, Your arguments about Obama's ties are silly. Those have been shown to be inconsequential by the mainstream media and independent investigators alike. Even the GOP sees these connections as dead ends...a HUGE reason they were all so mad that Palin tried to drudge them up again after Hillary failed with them the first time.

Your next argument about college and Obama drinking or using drugs...WHAT??? Are you even sober yourself? Are you trying to say that Palin is qualified because she graduated college along with 25% of the US? President is not a top 25% job, it's for the top two people! We need someone who graduated at that top of his class at a school that can teach them and expose them to world views and ideas that are cutting edge. Some place like Harvard...not Hawaii-Pacific University!

You're so crazy it hurts to type, huh?

Posted by: Grant_x | January 27, 2009 5:34 PM | Report abuse

Two words: Tina Fey

Posted by: NewEngland2 | January 27, 2009 5:32 PM | Report abuse

It's difficult to decide which is scarier...the thought of Blamey Whinehouse actually being president or the right-wing whack jobs who support her.

Posted by: checkered1 | January 27, 2009 5:30 PM | Report abuse

Well, if the palin’s are not using drugs please explain the Youtube- sarah getting protection from witches? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jl4HIc-yfgM

Posted by: greatest_x | January 27, 2009 5:30 PM | Report abuse

Please pass the antacids.

Posted by: officermancuso | January 27, 2009 5:29 PM | Report abuse

This is good news for Romney and Huckabee, for sure.

Sarah Palin makes Mike Huckabee look like Leon Trotsky.

Posted by: JohninMpls | January 27, 2009 5:29 PM | Report abuse

grant_x: Obama may have graduated Harvard Law but it certainly didn't teach him to distance himself from corrupt friends. With close ties to Ayers, Farrakhan, Wright, Father P and Rezko he has the worst background of any candidate that ran for president. Sarah Palin doesn't have that background. And at least she did graduate college where there are others who have to drop out because they are too stupid to go on. According to the media there is a big problem with booze and that doesn't surprise me. Didn't Obama booze and take drugs in his day? Let's get real. We all know that Hillary was doublecrossed by Pelosi, Dean and Reid in getting the nomination. You reap what you sow and the Dems will be reaping.

Posted by: mariannpepitone | January 27, 2009 5:23 PM | Report abuse

mariannpepitone wrote: "greatest_x: Apparently you can't read or don't understand what your reading. Doesn't she have a son named Twig? That's the child she refused to abort. Good for her. And most people don't adopt if they have their own children. I don't believe in abortion and Obama does otherwise he wouldn't give those clinic's funding."

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I think the point of his comment was that Palin had the RIGHT to CHOOSE whether to give birth to Trig or not. People who are pro-choice do not want this RIGHT to be taken away. People who are pro-life want to deny women this right.

You should also know that the vast majority of pro-choice people would never, EVER get an abortion.

Posted by: Grant_x | January 27, 2009 5:22 PM | Report abuse

"lawgirlguru:If you don't understand what I said you have to be in Couric's class. For the commentor's who don't like Sarah Palin like you also, what are their and your chances of becoming governor of a state, mayor, alderman or senator. Since they talk so big I wonder if their one of the college student's that couldn't pass the exams and dropped out. And there are many of them. Also read what I said about Couric who the public thinks is so great. She is lucky to be working for CBS. Obama made a big mistake in wanting to fund abortion clinic's. He doesn't care about life but he has two daughter's.
Posted by: mariannpepitone | January 27, 2009 4:48 PM"

Ms. Pepitone,

Perhaps you should hold off commenting in public forums until you've mastered the basics of sentence structure and punctuation. Then, perhaps, people will understand what you have to say.

Here are a couple of hints to get you started:

Nonpossessive plurals don't take apostrophes (e.g., commentators, students, clinics, daughters).

"Their" does not mean the same thing as "they're" or "there"; they can't be used interchangeably.

It's useful to put question marks at the ends of questions; it helps readers to know if you're stating something or asking something.

For sentence structure, you're going to need a tutor.

Posted by: kjohnson3 | January 27, 2009 5:18 PM | Report abuse

She will never survive the primary process if she runs. Please don't contribute to this PAC as a bit. She needs to be far away from the world stage.

Posted by: yearight | January 27, 2009 5:17 PM | Report abuse

greatest_x: Apparently you can't read or don't understand what your reading. Doesn't she have a son named Twig? That's the child she refused to abort. Good for her. And most people don't adopt if they have their own children. I don't believe in abortion and Obama does otherwise he wouldn't give those clinic's funding.

Posted by: mariannpepitone | January 27, 2009 5:14 PM | Report abuse

"Sarah Palin is the one who can put this country back onto a moral path."

Of course she can! With an illegitimate grandchild, born to her (evidently neglected) daughter and some dude...

(...a dude who had to lie about having a high school diploma (!) to get a job...a dude whose mother awaits narcotics trafficking charges...)

...and a track record of abusing her powers of office to exact retribution on her ex-brother-in-law...

...she'd bring back exactly the kind of morality we endured with the power-abusing criminal megalomaniacs who just vacated the White House.

It's hard to believe, but power abusing aside, this woman is even less intelligent or even intellectually curious than Bush. I know you right wingers love that, but I'm pretty sure us sane folk have about had enough letting children run the household.

Posted by: dgblues | January 27, 2009 5:13 PM | Report abuse

mariannpepitone wrote: "For the commentor's who don't like Sarah Palin like you also, what are their and your chances of becoming governor of a state, mayor, alderman or senator. Since they talk so big I wonder if their one of the college student's that couldn't pass the exams and dropped out."
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This is a very childish argument. It's like asking all the people who listen to and like/dislike certain kinds of music their chances of becoming a rock star when they don't like your favorite band. Just childish and plain ignorant. Remember, Palin dropped our of four schools before she finally graduated from the fifth...but that is not what made her governor. Palin was a hot, 30 something mom who schmoozed and backstabbed her way to the top of the Alaskan political scene...not too difficult a task in a state known for trusting others. Palin was trusted, then she turned on those who trusted her. You don't need a college edumacation to do that.

Posted by: Grant_x | January 27, 2009 5:11 PM | Report abuse

In the interest of bipartisan comity, I would like to join with mariannpepitone in hoping that Ms Palin is the Republican candidate in 2012.

Posted by: nodebris | January 27, 2009 5:09 PM | Report abuse

CountryFirst, did you really say this with a straight face? "The elitists and intellectuals may scorn us, but they have not yet seen the power of righteousness and sex appeal." It doesn't really help the cause to point out that twisted wankers wait drooling for any new news (and pictures) of your lovely (but vapid) airhead, Sarah P.

Posted by: DonalDonutz | January 27, 2009 5:09 PM | Report abuse

Without reading the other comments so far, let me point out that virtually no one outside of Alaska knew who this woman was in 2004. In 2012 so it will also be. Someone will come out of nowhere, just as she did this year. Or, more possibly, another name that wasn't involved in this year's GOP ticket will float to the top. I'm thinking Bobby Jindal, but I'm a libertarian, so the GOP doesn't care what I think.

The same thing happens with sports predictions every year. Think about how many sportswriters predicted the Red Sox would repeat. Who knew, let alone said in public, the Rays would win the AL pennant last year? In 2012, it's going to be someone no one is talking about right now.

Posted by: bucinka8 | January 27, 2009 5:07 PM | Report abuse

lalady: I wish Sarah would campaign for president in 2012 so we can rid ourselves of all the dummycrats in the senate including Pelosi, Reid and Durbin. The three stooges for Obama. Yes, he picked Clinton's administration because he needs extensive help in politics and foreign policy. Secondly, he will never balance the budget because he is no Bill Clinton. Hillary was the right choice for Sec. of State because she knows what he still has to learn and Biden is just a leaning post behind Obama. Wrong choices are Napolitano, Emanuel and the one who didn't pay his taxes for about four years and got sworn in. If that isn't a joke. Burris had a hard time getting sworn in with a clean record.

Posted by: mariannpepitone | January 27, 2009 5:07 PM | Report abuse

Marianpepitone,
How many colleges did sarah attend (dropout)? I’m also tired of hearing the Left wing, communist (republican – do as I say party) hide behind abortion. Why don’t you people be part of the solution not the problem. Adopt a kid! Oh yea, I like your comment that sarah made the right “choice” in having her kids. You mean it was in question? Oh!

Posted by: greatest_x | January 27, 2009 5:05 PM | Report abuse

"The comments against her are no doubt by young people that don't care about themselves, will never accomplish a future plus drugs and booze will always be their first choice."

Ha, that's funny. Talk about a keen political mind...equating dislike of Palin with being druggies and boozers. Why not call them baby-eaters too?

It seems to me most of the comments against her are well-reasoned and show more intelligence than those in favor. Though I suppose that must be my young, drugged-out, drunk liberal elite mind playing tricks on me again, LOL!

Posted by: jookyg | January 27, 2009 5:01 PM | Report abuse

dgblues...hilarious! And so true!

Posted by: Grant_x | January 27, 2009 5:01 PM | Report abuse

Sorry Dems, but primary voters tend to be a little bit serious. They would never nominate her.

Posted by: frankjomama | January 27, 2009 4:59 PM | Report abuse

Leveraging of her in-depth marine science expertise, Governor Palin weighed in agsint the beluga whale recently.

Look for more anti-environment, anti-health, anti-wildlife, pro-oil, pro-gun, anti-child, pro-zygote gubenatorial headbutting with those effite unAmerican Volvo-driving baby killers back east as she earns her cred with the big money fat cats between now and then.

OK, we had a Palin story. It's Joe the Plumber's turn for more unwarranted media attention.

Back and forth, back and forth, to and fro, like some terrifying grotesque pendulum, mesmerizing the tobacco-chawing suds-swilling wife-beating dog-kicking Wal-Mart Republican set as would a shiny pocket watch on a chain: Palin ... Plumber ... Palin ... Plumber ... back and forth ... "You are now getting sleepy..."

Posted by: dgblues | January 27, 2009 4:57 PM | Report abuse

I love how Republicans hate on Couric and Gibson for asking Palin simple straightforward questions that anyone running for federal office should know. I mean, you don't know what the Bush doctrine is? Maybe Tom and Henrietta on the farm don't...but YOU must. It was the backbone of our foreign policy at the time. Also, how could you not know where you get your information about world affairs from? AMAZING! The fact that republicans hate on these questions is absurd.

Think about it like this. If you and Palin were in your living room and you asked her these questions...would you have let her get away with the insane answers she gave? No audience, just you and her. Would you trust her? Would you believe her after that?

You blind Republican supporters are truly stupid people.

Posted by: Grant_x | January 27, 2009 4:55 PM | Report abuse

The truly sad thing about this is that Obama's choices for Cabinet and agency heads, combined with is belief that we can spend our way out of the hole we're in, makes it highly likely that Palin, if nominated, might win! Barack only won with a 4% plurality of the popular vote, and that was against a geezer, and Ms. Palin, and with the majority of Conservative voters absenting themselves from the polls.

Posted by: edweirdness | January 27, 2009 4:53 PM | Report abuse

Yes, thank you sweet lovin' Jesus and Mary. Please, oh please let Sarah run and win the 2012 nomination. I promise God, I'll quite smoking if you get Sarah in the mix.

This is GREAT news.

Posted by: willandjansdad1 | January 27, 2009 4:49 PM | Report abuse

lawgirlguru:If you don't understand what I said you have to be in Couric's class. For the commentor's who don't like Sarah Palin like you also, what are their and your chances of becoming governor of a state, mayor, alderman or senator. Since they talk so big I wonder if their one of the college student's that couldn't pass the exams and dropped out. And there are many of them. Also read what I said about Couric who the public thinks is so great. She is lucky to be working for CBS. Obama made a big mistake in wanting to fund abortion clinic's. He doesn't care about life but he has two daughter's.

Posted by: mariannpepitone | January 27, 2009 4:48 PM | Report abuse

This is the problem with Republican Party leadership, they are delusional. Their arrogance in in ignoring the fact that Conservatives abandoned the party, opting to stay home on election day, is palpable. Rather than focus on identifying a "new" candidate, someone representative of conservatives and independents, the party powers that be, are once again focusing on dragging out candidates who didn't even come close to captivating the electorate. Sarah Palin would be well served to focus on being a better governor than waste her time in a bid for President. Seriously, Republican voters should focus their energy of removing the RINO's in Congress, and in cultivating and encouraging a new crop of candidates from outside the world of politics. Experience in politics should automatically disqualify anyone from seeking the presidency!

Posted by: edweirdness | January 27, 2009 4:46 PM | Report abuse

Make that "parody." Fumble fingers.

Posted by: nodebris | January 27, 2009 4:45 PM | Report abuse

Isn't CountryFirst a paradoy? I swear, it's hard to tell with the religious right.

Posted by: nodebris | January 27, 2009 4:44 PM | Report abuse

Rush Limbaugh and Sarah Palin the new hope of the Republican Party. Please quit while you are behind.

Posted by: Hoffmann1 | January 27, 2009 4:44 PM | Report abuse

Just remember, somehow, someway, this country elected George W. Bush twice. Well, almost twice, actually his first one was a mulligan! Nothing would surprise me.

Posted by: bullwinkle77 | January 27, 2009 4:43 PM | Report abuse

Me for Sarah. She be good president. I talk to God other day. He told me vote for Sarah. Book lear'n is bad. Facts have liberal bias.

Posted by: jvbutcher | January 27, 2009 4:39 PM | Report abuse

gmcnab: And just what is your title on your job. I am sure your not in politics. Probably just a regular job that anyone can do. Numerous college student's didn't like Sarah because she was what they will never be in their lifetime, a governor of a state. That's what being aggressive does for you. So, just how aggressive are you? And let me go on record about Couric who worked for ABC, fired from CNN, left NBC Today show because ratings fell and CBS was going to release her. If she has talent, anyone can get that job. Why don't you apply for it.

Posted by: mariannpepitone | January 27, 2009 4:39 PM | Report abuse

I bet Tina Fey is excited! Seriously mentioning Sarah Palin in the same article with Romney and Huckabee shows how far the Republican Party has fallen. If there is any hope the GOP will recover they better hope Sarah rethinks her candidacy and the party picks someone like Mike to run.

Posted by: robinsonrd | January 27, 2009 4:38 PM | Report abuse

mariannpepitone,

You wrote, "I believe Sarah Palin was the right choice for VP and for those that disagree what are your chances of becoming a senator or governor of a state."

-Is this a question to us (or even a complete sentence)? I'm afraid I don't understand...

What do you mean when you say that Obama will make several MORE mishaps? What mishaps has he taken in the one week he has been president? If you mean his mishaps to be any ideas that disagree with your own beliefs, I don't think you should label them as "mishaps."

Also, his administration is not all leftover Clintonites. Just saying.

Posted by: lawgirlguru | January 27, 2009 4:37 PM | Report abuse

If I hear God used one more time by this half wit, I'm gonna put a hole in the wall. If people think that there is a God and he tells them what to do, then they are really quite stupid. People make there own decisions and the outcome of things is based on the natural world. God has nothing to do with it and if you want a candidate that places so much in the hands of a made up invisible person in the sky, then you will get another disaster like Bush!

Posted by: mgbethesda | January 27, 2009 4:36 PM | Report abuse

All good Democrats should hope and pray that this ignorant joke of a woman will run against President Obama in 2012. Go ahead and run, Sarah. Then our President can continue to concentrate on getting our country out of the ditch that the Republicans have been digging for the past eight years. President Obama won't even have to campaign. Just stay out of sight until 2012,Mrs. Palin. It's the least you can do after the damage you did to Sen. McCain. One suggestion. Please place Rush Dumbbell on your ticket. There's a
dream ticket (for the Dems)that is.

Posted by: Lalady | January 27, 2009 4:33 PM | Report abuse

countryfirst: You are so right in your statement. The comments against her are no doubt by young people that don't care about themselves, will never accomplish a future plus drugs and booze will always be their first choice. At least Sarah didn't abort her child and could run a state that some politicans couldn't do. Many people are jealous of Sarah Palin because she accomplished being a mother and governor which many couldn't even accomplish being an alderman or mayor. I hope she runs in 2012 and wins.

Posted by: mariannpepitone | January 27, 2009 4:32 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin was shaky even on questions for which she had been extensively prebriefed. Granted, she was catapulted from virtual obscurity to kleig-light city overnight, but the woman couldn't stay on topic or follow a coherent thought for a whole sentence. People considering her for the nation's highest office are likely to remember gems like "Putin, I mean, where's his head?" (Hint: at the top of his neck), her crazy shopping binges on the party's nickel and her assertion that she reads all newspapers. She might, but she certainly doesn't remember anything she reads.

Ms. Palin tries very hard to be likable, and with a certain audience (who think mostly with their groin) she enjoys great success. Those people don't mind much if their president is a laughingstock to the rest of the world, as long as they like him/her personally.

I don't much care for the Republicans, so it would suit me fine if they ran Palin for President, but they should give it serious thought before they make themselves look any more addled than they have already.

Posted by: marknesop | January 27, 2009 4:32 PM | Report abuse

I simply cannot believe anyone thinks Sarah Palin has a chance to ever be President. She was the torpedo which exploded the McCain campaign into smithereens. Time and again in interviews she came across as naive, ignorant and plain stupid. She didn't just become a laughing stock across America, she became a laughing stock across the world. A President Palin would set the United States of America back by decades.Decades.

Posted by: gmcnab | January 27, 2009 4:32 PM | Report abuse

I'm a Republican and I just wish for her to go away. She cost McCain the election, IMHO. For the sake of the party and the COUNTRY, go take care of Alaska business and let that be your be-all-and-all.

Posted by: gerardpapa | January 27, 2009 4:32 PM | Report abuse

One of the things poor Sarah doesn't understand is that people were so interested in her during the recent campaign because they couldn't wait to see what inane, trailer-park-trashy or just-plain-idiotic thing she/her family would say/do next. If she's elected, I'm out of here -- and headed for Canada, or maybe Russia, which is actually closer. (On second thought, that's why I'll make it Canada.)

Posted by: AZANNE | January 27, 2009 4:29 PM | Report abuse

A saw a little doggie down the street and when I showed him Sarah's pic it said, "For some reason I just want to punch her in the face after peeing on her". Hmmmm..

Posted by: jzjz | January 27, 2009 4:29 PM | Report abuse

I am not sure why the Republican party
keeps putting party before patriotism. If
the Democrats offered such an incompetent
candidate to run for President, I would
resign the party. I have done this before
during the Viet Nam War. It is very un-patriotic to offer a candidate lacking any
knowledge of World affairs etc. Haven't you
learned after 8 years of Bush. Ray

Posted by: deranieri | January 27, 2009 4:27 PM | Report abuse

I believe Sarah Palin was the right choice for VP and for those that disagree what are your chances of becoming a senator or governor of a state. Didn't Obama pick Clinton's administration because he doesn't have the experience to run the country and make right decisions. I hope she does decide to run in 2012. She is pro-life and Obama is for funding abortion clinic's called "The Killers". Obama is going to make several more mishaps yet before his 100 days are up. And he will never balance the deficit like Bill Clinton.

Posted by: mariannpepitone | January 27, 2009 4:25 PM | Report abuse

God and sex appeal in the same comment - brillant!

I just wish she would go away. I think McCain's lack of comments on her speaks volumes.

Posted by: suzannepdc | January 27, 2009 4:24 PM | Report abuse

Glad to hear god sent her. god's judgement to date has not been exactly flawless, seeing how this god talked to Bush and 100,000 Iraqis and 4000 American military personnel died. Is there a return to sender stamp for stuff like this??

Posted by: rpmcestmoicoxnet | January 27, 2009 4:23 PM | Report abuse

Would someone please ask Larry Flynt to throw this bimbo a couple of million to do a centerfold in Hustler magazine? Poor, pathetic, needy, insider-wannabe Sarah is truly the Jennifer Aniston of politics, doing anything to get attention and keep herself in front of her moronic fan base.

Posted by: concernedpeep | January 27, 2009 4:20 PM | Report abuse

She'll do anything other than spend time being a mother and grandmother. Maybe it'll be a painless primary for the other candidates.

Posted by: MissV | January 27, 2009 4:14 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin is the one who can put this country back onto a moral path. God may have sent us out to the wilderness with this past election, but the future has a voice in Sarah Palin. The elitists and intellectuals may scorn us, but they have not yet seen the power of righteousness and sex appeal. If you thought Sarah Palin was popular as vice-presidential candidate, just wait until 2012.

Posted by: CountryFirst | January 27, 2009 4:11 PM | Report abuse

OMG! Please spare us 4 more years of her inane remarks that have nothing to do with any questions asked of her. The GOP used to be my party but I say bye-bye to y'all. Keep Palin quiet please - with the economic crisis, we don't need her "brilliant comments"! LOL.

Posted by: knittingnutvi | January 27, 2009 4:08 PM | Report abuse

If Sarah could win the nomination what a joke this country would become. Wow she is ignorant ,not up on issues, knows the buzzz words, and should have taught her daughter to use condoms but did'nt what a perfect republicon she would be!

Posted by: lildg54 | January 27, 2009 4:07 PM | Report abuse

OMG! Please spare us 4 more years of her inane remarks that have nothing to do with any questions asked of her. The GOP used to be my party but I say bye-bye to y'all. Keep Palin quiet please - with the economic crisis, we don't need her "brilliant comments"! LOL.

Posted by: knittingnutvi | January 27, 2009 4:07 PM | Report abuse

and Tina Fey for Vice President........

Posted by: hobsry7350 | January 27, 2009 4:06 PM | Report abuse

Run Sarah Run!

You halfwit turkey. I hope you take the Repos down with you.

Posted by: scientist1 | January 27, 2009 4:05 PM | Report abuse

Every good Democrat should contribute to this PAC, early and often.

Posted by: Hans1924 | January 27, 2009 4:00 PM | Report abuse

Her little friend, Billy Kristol, has time on his hands since his departure from the NY Times. Perhaps he'll offer his beloved Sarah some advice. He is, after all, the one who brought her to the Republicans' attention in the first place.

Posted by: Outfielder | January 27, 2009 3:59 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin is like Manta from Heaven for us liberals. If the GOP nominate her for 2012 then Obama won't even have to run a campaign.
But even if she doesn't win she will suck most of the air out of the media room because she makes for a better soundbite than Romney or Huckabee.

BTW, what is Romney thinking trying to run in 2012? He got smoked by Huckabee in Iowa and McCain in NH. What makes him think that 4 years will change everyone's mind. Especially since most GOP primary (or caucus) voters in those states most likely met him once or twice.

Posted by: AndyR3 | January 27, 2009 3:52 PM | Report abuse

In four years her foreign policy experience may include beyond the Aleutian Islands .. but just as Dan Quail couldn't spell potato without an "e" I don't think she'll be able to move beyond the highly rehearsed answer to something more thought provoking.

I look forward to her running because it will provide large amounts of comedic material.

Posted by: boblas | January 27, 2009 3:50 PM | Report abuse

"...energy was one of the few issues where Palin seemed entirely at ease..."

Well, perhaps she was *at ease*, but she was still pretty ignorant.

Posted by: sstackwick | January 27, 2009 3:49 PM | Report abuse

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