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Palin's Political Problems Persist



Gov. Sarah Palin continues to struggle to blend her official and political staffs. AP Photo by Chris Miller.

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin continues to suffer growing pains as she attempts to build a national political operation in hopes of positioning herself as a viable presidential candidate in 2012.

The latest bump in the road comes in the form of a Politico article -- headlined "Staff Infection: Allies Rip Palin Team" -- that features any number of juicy quotes that all point to one fundamental problem: there appears to be a significant disconnect between Palin's official governor's staff and the group of advisers that have grown up around her new leadership PAC.

At the heart of the problem, according to Politico, is John Coale, who, as the Fix first reported, is serving as an informal adviser to Palin. Coale, an affluent trial attorney who has given significant sums to Democrats in the past, also happens to be the husband of Fox News Channel's Greta Van Susteren.

In interviews with the Fix and Politico, Coale said he and Palin speak by phone regularly and email back and forth roughly once a week.

That's not the case, according to Meg Stapleton, a spokeswoman for the governor.

"He met the Governor because of a Greta interview," said Stapleton of Coale in an email exchange with the Fix. "He has spoken to her maybe a half dozen times, including on the campaign trail. They have exchanged emails less than half a dozen times."

Coale responded in a voicemail message that he had met with the Alaska governor roughly ten times, and that half of those encounters lasted for at least an hour. Of the emails, Coale said that "a lot of the emails were without [Stapleton] around."

But Coale also pointed to Stapleton's message as evidence that he is not as involved with Palin's campaign apparatus as some, including us, have maintained. Stapelton "proves the point that I told you [that] I was not the big power that you with your unnamed sources said I was," said Coale. "As I said before, the extent to my 'advising Sarah Palin' has been limited to friendship [and] helping her set up the PAC to help her personally so she could do what she wanted politically and that's it."

(To be clear, the initial Fix item simply listed Coale as one of Palin's advisers -- a role he himself has acknowledged -- and noted that he had suggested she set up a leadership PAC to manage her political future.)

Van Susteren herself has weighed in several times on her husband's role -- writing initially on her "Gretawire" blog that her husband had given Palin advice but was not a paid (or formal) adviser.

Then, in response to the Politico article, Van Susteren told that organization's media blogger: "I have never given Governor Palin advice -- she does not need it from me. I don't even have her phone number or her e-mail address."

The back and forth over Coale's role -- or lack thereof -- highlight the difficulties Palin has had in melding her governor's staff with a national political team.

Before she was picked as Sen. John McCain's vice presidential running mate last fall, Palin had almost no national political apparatus and, during the campaign, used aides on loan from the Arizona senator.

Those aides have largely been left behind as Palin has reorganized her political team to point toward a potential 2012 election. While Palin has struggled in the early days of 2009 to stay on track toward that goal, she still remains the hottest commodity on the GOP fundraising circuit and a beloved figure within the base of the party.

In short: Palin still has potential. But, she needs to quickly get her political team arranged and on the same page before any more damage is done.

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 30, 2009; 1:20 PM ET
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Comments

Chris: When, oh when will you treat this woman as nothing more that a political laughing stock? The media covering her every move no matter how inane gives her the attention she needs to continue. Perhaps, as a liberal, I should cheer you on, but that reasoning has too often blown up in my face. Let's just ignore her, OK?

Posted by: nwsjnky1 | April 4, 2009 8:23 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin has only two problems.

1. She's not very smart.
2. She's an idiot.

Posted by: agolembe | March 31, 2009 10:59 PM | Report abuse

wait. Greta Van Susteren is married? to a man? Seriously! She was up Sarah's backside that it made you wonder what was really going on.

Posted by: drindl It was a PONZI type scheme & Greta was also involved through Scientologists. She was on Leno saying she was going to fight. She & her husband had to pay back their profits to investors. She claimed she had no idea it was a Ponzi scheme. Please, she was a trial lawyer & investigative reporter for CNN.

Posted by: katerinaDeligiannis | March 31, 2009 7:37 PM | Report abuse

Who is this Palin person?

Is she the CEO of a major firm asking for handouts like all the other corporate welfare cheats?

Posted by: WillSeattle | March 31, 2009 6:42 PM | Report abuse

This is a piece of news?????

Posted by: skyjord | March 31, 2009 4:37 PM | Report abuse

I heard that the attorney general appointed by Palin wrote an essay called "KKK ' Art' Project Gets' A' For Courage."

It would really be great to get some more coverage on that story.

Source: http://www.pamshouseblend.com/showDiary.do?diaryId=10144

Posted by: Smooth_Jazz | March 31, 2009 4:32 PM | Report abuse

Where's the story? This is what generated the headline?

Posted by: llrllr | March 31, 2009 4:14 PM | Report abuse

That's it? That's your argument that Team Palin is disintegrating? What a weak story. If this were WaPo's poster boys - Obama/Biden, it wouldn't be a story. Please if you're going to try and portray someone as on the down-and-out, give us more substantive meat. This is a nothing story.

Posted by: timmeh5564 | March 31, 2009 3:53 PM | Report abuse

Palin represents the old NeoCon-Bush-Christian coalition of the Republican Party. ALong with Limbaugh and Hannidy, she is marginalized and will go nowhere. The future is with the Beck's, the populist anti-outsourcing, anti-free trade, anti-immigrant wing of the party and they are going to clean the Democrat's clocks come next election
Posted by: mibrooks27 | March 30, 2009 4:24 PM

Wait a second, aren't Limbaugh's rating about 4 times that of Beck's?

Personally, having heard snippets from both, I don't really see the difference between the two- except maybe Rush is fatter. Beck has nothing new to say.

Posted by: beverlytarlow | March 31, 2009 3:37 PM | Report abuse

Palin represents the old NeoCon-Bush-Christian coalition of the Republican Party. ALong with Limbaugh and Hannidy, she is marginalized and will go nowhere. The future is with the Beck's, the populist anti-outsourcing, anti-free trade, anti-immigrant wing of the party and they are going to clean the Democrat's clocks come next election
Posted by: mibrooks27 | March 30, 2009 4:24 PM

Wait a second, aren't Limbaugh's rating about 4 times that of Beck's?

Personally, having heard snippets from both, I don't really see the difference between the two- except maybe Rush is fatter. Beck has nothing new to say.

Posted by: beverlytarlow | March 31, 2009 3:37 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin is utterly unfit to be president. The fact that so Republicans still support her in the face of all the evidence is really an indictment of the Republican Party.

Posted by: jwoods3 | March 31, 2009 3:14 PM | Report abuse

I'll be surprised if she is ever promoted beyond that role. She will remain popular on the fundraising circuit, but is going to have a hard time getting traction as a viable nationwide candidate.

Posted by: bsimon1 | March 30, 2009 1:54 PM

I think you better tell Palin that, because she doesn't believe that. SarahPac is robo-calling Iowans. She thinks she is going to be President.

I don't think she knows who Dan Quayle is.

Posted by: beverlytarlow | March 31, 2009 3:11 PM | Report abuse

What's with the bloodshot eyes??? Was I the only one that noticed??? As a feminist, she is an embarrassment to all women!

Posted by: mettarose49 | March 31, 2009 3:07 PM | Report abuse

It is amusing to read the vitriol about this woman when our constitution is being rewritten by our President and Congress. The results of the rewrite will hurt everyone in this country-conservatives, liberals, libertarians and those who don't care.

Posted by: pegfrommn | March 31, 2009 9:28 AM

You are an observer? I would call you a revisionist, and not a very original one at that.

Our Constitution is being rewritten? I think that was done by the last administration- they called it the Patriot and the FISA Acts.

We won't even discuss issues like torture and rendition. After all, those people aren't American citizens.

You don't like what you see? Too bad-I lived through 8 years of an administration that may or may have been elected, and managed to destroy this country both in image and economically. Let's see how you do in 2012.

Let me tell you, run Palin, and Obama will have 4 more years.

Posted by: beverlytarlow | March 31, 2009 3:06 PM | Report abuse

It is fun to interject a little reality orientation into blog sites that seem to be inhabited by bloggers with agendas that transcend common sense and have a paucity of knowledge of current events and history. I am not a fan of any politician. I am an observer of politics and I do not like what is happening to our country.

Posted by: pegfrommn | March 31, 2009 2:45 PM | Report abuse

The only viable candidate, with the right stuff, the GOP had in 2008 was Mitt Romney, a Mormon, who had no chance of getting the nomination due to the overt religious predjudice from the conservative evangelical religious right.

The "wink" "wink" Sarah Palin may have ambitions to run for President, but she will never be POTUS. Haven't we had enough of Republicans who can't walk and chew gum at the same time? As the old saying goes, "If you can't run with the big dogs, stay on the porch".

Posted by: Leathnm | March 31, 2009 2:36 PM | Report abuse

I gave money four times to the http://www.SARAHPAC.COM and I am Catholic. I am trying to make Sarah Catholic. Oh wait, she already was one.

Posted by: MaryLouWelz | March 31, 2009 10:37 AM

LOL- Apparently the Ditz is embracing Scientology right now. But hey, you keep contributing.

Posted by: beverlytarlow | March 31, 2009 2:25 PM | Report abuse

@ pegfromm,

Based upon your comments of how urgent the war in Afghanistan is, and given that Bush completely botched the war in Afghanistan, how do you justify being a Republican?

Posted by: Smooth_Jazz | March 31, 2009 2:17 PM | Report abuse

@ pegfromm,

Back before the first Vice Presidential debate, Palin was at the McCain training camp. The McCain staff later commented that her knowledge of the issues was appalling and incredibly ignorant. Do you really want to send her out as the representative of your party?

Posted by: Smooth_Jazz | March 31, 2009 2:15 PM | Report abuse

While you are arguing about Sarah Palin-- your government is worrying about the renaming the war on terror to make it more PC, refusing to enforce immigration laws, reducing our military budget and giving money to ACORN -meanwhile the Taliban says-

"Soon we will launch an attack in Washington that will amaze everyone in the world," Mehsud told The Associated Press by phone. He provided no details.

As I said previously Sara Palin must be quite a woman.

Posted by: pegfrommn | March 31, 2009 1:55 PM | Report abuse

Americans are reeling from the effect of the 8 years under their unintelligent but compasionate conservative Republican President and now their best hope to recapture the White House is another unintelligent conservative - Sarah Pallin. Conservative Republicans just want to conserve wealth and power among themselves. Americans are tired of greedy power hungery conservatives.

Posted by: Nevadaandy | March 31, 2009 1:23 PM | Report abuse

Media Pimps + Ignorant Electorate = the Obamination of America

smooth jazz is like most ignorant Obama voters and is someone to be pitied for his comments. Whenever he sits down he puts a lot of pressure on the few brain cells he has down there.

Posted by: ekim53 | March 30, 2009 9:13 PM | Report abuse

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I think you got that brain cell thing backwards. It is Palin who is missing 99.9% of hers, not Obama.

Don't believe me? Who's sitting in the White House?

You can also ask John McCain why he's not sitting in the White House. Even he will contort his face trying hard to refrain from blaming her. Asked if he would support her running in 2012, he did NOT say, "Absolutely! I think she would make a fine president." NO ... but what he did say is, "I'll have to see who the other candidates are first," and it pained him to even admit she could possibly be running for any office other than chief moose hunter.

By the way, that's PRESIDENT Barack Obama to you.

Posted by: luvmynaturalhair | March 31, 2009 12:52 PM | Report abuse

Another WaPo non-story with a misleading title/headline. I recommend the WaPo writers attend several classes in remedial journalism, then take Journalism 101 before authoring any more articles.

Posted by: DoTheRightThing | March 31, 2009 12:49 PM | Report abuse

I think Govenor Sara Palin is struggling to find herself in the midst of the controversies surrounding her leadership style. She seem bent on a course of self destruction. If she is the "bright spot" of the Republican party I pity the party and only hope that the party will soon come together to give some sort of message that will be less vicious and more germane to the needs of the people. That is why Obama won so handily in the election.

Posted by: wmaclean | March 31, 2009 12:35 PM | Report abuse

The fact that Governor Palin is the best hope for the GOP, shows how far the party has slipped. Once the party of ideas, the GOP is now the party of "how do we get power back?". Enough bickering about Palins problems, the nation is in serious trouble that we all need to work toward solving instead of being distracted by a circus side show.

Posted by: dutterback2000 | March 31, 2009 11:37 AM | Report abuse

Chefra, It is fun to interject a little reality orientation into blog sites that seem to be inhabited by bloggers with agendas that transcend common sense and have a paucity of knowledge of current events and history. I am not a fan of any politician. I am an observer of politics and I do not like what is happening to our country.

Posted by: pegfrommn | March 31, 2009 10:51 AM | Report abuse

Chefra, your comment is amazing. Sarah Palin is "one of the most destructive influences in our country". More destructive then 1) the government spending the country into bankruptcy, 2) government takeover of private industry, 3)our southern border being a war zone, 4)North Korea has a missle on the launching pad, and 5)our Congress s full of bloviating inside the beltway politicians that have prostituted themselves for money and power who pass bills without reading them and then lie about the contents? Sarah Palin is more influential then those issues-she must be quite a woman.

Posted by: pegfrommn | March 31, 2009 9:46 AM | Report abuse

---Um...yeah...we were in bankruptcy well before Obama came into power...its the cost of a two front war..one of which we never needed to fight.

2) government takeover of private industry
Show me an instance where the government has replaced a CEO with a government bureacrat? The fact is that each company has an option to accept funds from the government under government rules or walk away. BTW..Wagoner was in charge for 7 years and failed...he should have been fired before the government asked GM to let him go.

3)our southern border being a war zone
How is this Obama's fault? He has only been in office for what 90 days if that.

4)North Korea has a missle on the launching pad
Again..how is this Obama's fault? N. Korea has been toying with us since the Clinton era..this includes W's 8 yrs.


5)our Congress s full of bloviating inside the beltway politicians that have prostituted themselves for money and power who pass bills without reading them and then lie about the contents?
I do agree with you here...but both parties are to blame. The fact is that 40% of all earmarks went to Republicans (something I am not proud of)...they are the minority party. when they were the majority the percentage was swapped.

Palin is not quite a woman. There are plenty of great female leaders that can very easily take the mantle of President. I just don't think she is it. I'm sorry but comments that divide our country from an individual (eg: the comment around "real America") does not resonate with me and makes me feel that she WOULD be a destructive influence in the end.

I am not a fan of Obama but I am most certainly not a fan of Palin.

Posted by: chefra | March 31, 2009 10:44 AM | Report abuse

Hey fellas! Stop the war. This column is not very spot on so do not get all excited.

Anyway, The preponderance of anti- Plain comments show the bama fan club is scared of her.

I gave money four times to the http://www.SARAHPAC.COM and I am Catholic. I am trying to make Sarah Catholic. Oh wait, she already was one.

Posted by: MaryLouWelz | March 31, 2009 10:37 AM | Report abuse

While you are arguing about Sarah Palin-- your government is worrying about the renaming the war on terror to make it more PC, refusing to enforce immigration laws, reducing our military budget and giving money to ACORN -meanwhile the Taliban says-

"Soon we will launch an attack in Washington that will amaze everyone in the world," Mehsud told The Associated Press by phone. He provided no details.

As I said previously Sara Palin must be quite a woman.

Posted by: pegfrommn | March 31, 2009 10:32 AM | Report abuse

"Chefra, your comment is amazing. Sarah Palin is "one of the most destructive influences in our country"."

That's not what chefra said. Chefra said Palin WOULD be that destructive if she were elected president.

Fortunately, it will never happen!

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | March 31, 2009 10:11 AM | Report abuse

Who cares about Palin.

Posted by: rlj1 | March 31, 2009 10:09 AM | Report abuse

Who cares about Palin.

Posted by: rlj1 | March 31, 2009 10:09 AM | Report abuse

No, dude, "would be." English has these things called "tenses," you know?

Rarely is the question asked . . .

Posted by: mattintx | March 31, 2009 9:56 AM | Report abuse

Chefra, your comment is amazing. Sarah Palin is "one of the most destructive influences in our country". More destructive then 1) the government spending the country into bankruptcy, 2) government takeover of private industry, 3)our southern border being a war zone, 4)North Korea has a missle on the launching pad, and 5)our Congress s full of bloviating inside the beltway politicians that have prostituted themselves for money and power who pass bills without reading them and then lie about the contents? Sarah Palin is more influential then those issues-she must be quite a woman.

Posted by: pegfrommn | March 31, 2009 9:46 AM | Report abuse

Memo to GOP:

Date Palin. Marry Romney. Have Huckabee officiate. Hire Jindal as the wedding planner. Make sure all the "antis" (immigration, taxes, gays) and "uncles" (Rush, Bill, Sean) are invited. Plan for an alcohol-free reception, and expect the heavy drinking to be out in the parking lot (you know that wacky family of yours -- say one thing, and do another.) Arrange for an outdoor ceremony, and pray to God for no rain. Get rained out anyways. Blame that Obama kid. Learn nothing. Rinse, lather, repeat.....

Posted by: WaitingForGodot | March 31, 2009 9:38 AM | Report abuse

As a Republican...I will NOT cast my my vote for that twit Sarah Palin. She would end up being one of the most destructive influences on our country!

Posted by: chefra | March 31, 2009 9:33 AM | Report abuse

"Sticks and stones may break my bones but names will never hurt me." Sarah Palin's life does not depend on what Republicans, Democrat, internet junkies etc. say about her. It is amusing to read the vitriol about this woman when our constitution is being rewritten by our President and Congress. The results of the rewrite will hurt everyone in this country-conservatives, liberals, libertarians and those who don't care.

Posted by: pegfrommn | March 31, 2009 9:28 AM | Report abuse

ekim53 -- Are you in the DC area? Because I would be happy to come down from Brooklyn specifically to kick your ass. Just post your address, as I make house calls.

Posted by: Pupster | March 31, 2009 9:19 AM | Report abuse

Palin has two major problems, among many others we already know about:
1. She refused most of Obama's stimulus money that would have actually helped struggling Alaskans. Dems in the legislature had to step in and do an end run around her to get much-needed funds. Palin's claim that this was pork is hogwash (no pun intended).

2. Her unwed daughter's "breakup" with the baby's father goes against Palin's evangelical spouting about the sanctity of marriage. Won't sit well with the wing-nuts.

Of course, Palin won't look as good as she did last year by the time 2012 roles around. Her beauty queen antics will fall flat with horny Republican men. As for Republican women, Bristol's messed up life will be a turn off. Can't see Palin improving on her "performance" in 2008.

Posted by: shapiromarilyn | March 31, 2009 8:33 AM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin, like Joe the Plumber, is something that John McCain thrust onto the American political stage that will unfortunately last way longer than the 15-minutes of media fame. The real problem with Palin is that she doesn't get it. Most people know what an air-head she really is. She believes that acting cute and flirting with the camera is all it takes to win elections and to be seen as competent -- maybe in beauty pageants. This sideshow should end. The times are too demanding of true intellectual wisdom.

To start a campaign with three lies and two disastrous interviews was an indication of her blatant incompetence. Please keep her in Alaska so she can keep an eye on Putin. What a joke!

Posted by: EarlC | March 31, 2009 7:09 AM | Report abuse

You did your civic duty, Chris, and got in the media's daily duty of bashing Governor Palin.

Now you can get back to covering the real newsworthy items - like Michelle Obama's super awesome buff arms.

Posted by: klick99 | March 31, 2009 5:17 AM | Report abuse

Wow, only a day or so after reports surfaced detailing how Democrats have decided to stop attacking Rush Limbaugh (seemingly because he's too strong responding to the attacks) and start going after Sarah Palin, this brilliant piece appears on the front page of this once-great paper.

I guess we know Chris Cillizza got the memo and did his duty.

Misogyny once again rules with Obama's Democrats. Shameful.

Posted by: klick99 | March 31, 2009 5:13 AM | Report abuse

If Palin is the only potential candidate in the next election...then what a pathetic state the GOP is in.

Even a casual review of her qual's indicate a dysfunctional government individual.

It was pathetic that she even was placed on the ticket with McCain. One could easily see..and know he really had no idea of what was going on...

Posted by: LTC-11A | March 31, 2009 4:42 AM | Report abuse

A Palin-Limbaugh or a Palin-anyone ticket would be the greatest gift imaginable for Obama and the Democrats in 2012. Obama would win at least 60% of vote and the Grand OLD party would be flirting with following in the footsteps of the Federalist party after the war of 1812, especially after the Clintons return to the White House for two terms 2017-2025.

Posted by: Aprogressiveindependent | March 31, 2009 2:49 AM | Report abuse

ekim is really angry about pimps. Angry about the so-called "media pimps" and even more at the pimps who send his mom out to work the streets. That's why he hates the government so much, mainly because he lives at home with him mom and the government is always trying to put him mom out of work.

ekim likes Sarah Palin and Bush because given that they're both idiots, ekim can relate to them. Bush and Palin can't read and they have no future, just like ekim. ekim want Palin to be President because he believes that America has really become far more prosperous in the last eight years. ekim would like to see the Constitution burned, all civil liberties revoked, the government being given massive rights to spy on all Americans, and to have a theocracy created. ekim also wants to see more wars, but of course he's too much of a coward to go and fight in them.

ekim is a 40 year old virgin who lives in his mom's trailer. He wants candidates who most resemble his simian mental capacities: namely Bush and Palin.

Posted by: Smooth_Jazz | March 31, 2009 2:27 AM | Report abuse

It says so much about a certain type of American that they could still support Palin in light of all her gaffes and manipulative behavior. My favorite was how she was punked by the Sarkozy imitator. I don't think she was merely being "Alaska nice."
Drill baby drill, lest we forget.
The Republicans have turned into the party of D'oh!

Posted by: bdunn1 | March 31, 2009 12:16 AM | Report abuse

"The voting system in the US is undemocratic , because it doesn't consider the will of the majority ( the popular vote ), Obama won the popular vote by a slight margin"

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If by "slight" margin you mean that he won by more than 9.5 million votes, or 7.3 percent of the voting population, then yeah, Obama won by a "slight" margin.

Claiming, as you do, that such is not the will of the majority is pure gibberish, though. Put down the crayons.

Posted by: castanea | March 30, 2009 11:54 PM | Report abuse

I for one am delighted to have people like ekim53, king_of_zouk, and JakeD representing the conservative point of view. Egg them on. Every word they utter is priceless.

Posted by: nodebris | March 30, 2009 11:32 PM | Report abuse

Kimmy, you're missing a comma and a question mark.

Other than that, good one! Ha ha!

Posted by: mattintx | March 30, 2009 11:09 PM | Report abuse

I for one, do hope Palin will run... I actually had more laughs when she was on the ticket than any other election I'm being involved in...she definitely kept it interesting b/c I looked forward to a laugh everyday. Especially when John McCain had to appear with her to clean up her jibberish mess after interviews! LoL

With all jokes beside, Palin will not make it against the others of her own party. They will destroy her one by one - Palin no longer has the protection of the party... she was pretty much over when she couldn't answer "softball" questions. Again, I still enjoyed the laughs during the campagine, afterwards since she still likes the spotlight. Yeah, the John McCain handlers and William Kristol created a monster...

Posted by: 2mtsenie | March 30, 2009 10:42 PM | Report abuse

michel1835 wrote:
"The voting system in the US is undemocratic , because it doesn't consider the will of the majority ( the popular vote )..."

NEWS FLASH! The USA is a Democratic Republic! Not a pure democracy!

michel1835, you seem to not only fail to understand the difference, but you fail to understand why it makes a difference, or why the founding fathers chose to avoid a pure democracy. Please take a civics class.

dee150586 wrote:
"i almost feel bad for her. She is just trying to govern her state, and has to put up with so much drama."

All Palin's drama's are self-inflicted. A Drama Queen as President --yeah, that's just what we need.

Posted by: plaza04433 | March 30, 2009 10:38 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: mattintx

I heard wittier taunts in junior high. What else you got, kimmy?

____________________________


Who's joking dumbo

Posted by: ekim53 | March 30, 2009 10:14 PM | Report abuse

The voting system in the US is undemocratic , because it doesn't consider the will of the majority ( the popular vote ), Obama won the popular vote by a slight margin , and again , remember the credit crunch occured in the midst of the campaign trail ,the hurricane alert also during the GOP convention ,all this ,a set of circumstances that favored him winning the election , just sheer luck , not a fair and square victory
Sarah Palin has enormous potential , I hope she wins in 2012

Posted by: michel1835 | March 30, 2009 10:08 PM | Report abuse

I heard wittier taunts in junior high. What else you got, kimmy?

Posted by: mattintx | March 30, 2009 9:30 PM | Report abuse

Media Pimps + Ignorant Electorate = the Obamination of America

smooth jazz is like most ignorant Obama voters and is someone to be pitied for his comments. Whenever he sits down he puts a lot of pressure on the few brain cells he has down there.

I understand the distraction of Palin. When the Obamination is doing serious damage and stinking up the place the Palin derangement syndrome shows up.

Posted by: ekim53 | March 30, 2009 9:13 PM | Report abuse

Palin has NO potential as a President of this great country. She is lost in the ocean and without a paddle. Those far Right Repugnents are the only ones pushing her and her agenda (what ever that is. "Tougher down the road" does not make up for intelligence, reasoning and good decision making.
My opinion: LOST!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: beachbum1938 | March 30, 2009 8:39 PM | Report abuse

Can you say "Deadbang Loser"?

Posted by: davidscott1 | March 30, 2009 8:21 PM | Report abuse

Palin is entertainment for political junkies. It will be fascinating to see her run for the Presidency in 2012 if she decides to go for it. I just hope that Huckabee won't run, then she'll definitely win the GOP nomination and Obama will get another 4 years in office. :)

Posted by: Smooth_Jazz | March 30, 2009 7:33 PM | Report abuse

ekim,

The only pimp here is the one who sends your mom to go run on the streets. Perhaps you out to concern yourself more with that kind of pimping.

Posted by: Smooth_Jazz | March 30, 2009 7:31 PM | Report abuse

The most incompetent administration in the history of American is right now trashing the Constitution and putting all tax paying Americans in bondage for the foreseeable future with irresponsible trillion dollar spending and the worthless media pimp Chris Cillizza is talking about Palin.
The only Americans you will distract are the ignorant Obama voters who don't mind giving up their freedoms just to trash Palin.

Posted by: ekim53 | March 30, 2009 6:55 PM | Report abuse

WOLF BLITZER'S SIN OF OMISSION

Wolf interviewed Seymour Hersh on "The Situation Room" today about his claim that former VP Dick Cheney ran an "executive assassination ring" (Sy says he said "wing") out of the White House.


Hersh stuck by the story, reaffirming the substance of his claim -- but he pedaled back on his language, saying perhaps he shouldn't have used the phrase "executive assassination wing." (Sure sounded like "ring" on the tape...)


He also indicated to Blitzer that he was talking about foreign operations.


BUT -- Wolf NEVER asked Hersh about the truly explosive part of his remarks during that recent seminar in Minneapolis...


...that the CIA and the military have been involved in what Hersh described in Minneapolis as "DOMESTIC" operations against American citizens -- and he had added that such operations are still going on.


The audio is available at:


http://www.minnpost.com/ericblackblog/2009/03/11/7310/investigative_reporter_seymour_hersh_describes_executive_assassination_ring


Why did neither Blitzer nor Hersh elaborate on the domestic angle? Was this omission purposeful?


Will Hersh elaborate in another forum, perhaps in the New Yorker magazine? I am curious, because his reference to domestic ops could have something to do with what is reported in this article:


http://www.nowpublic.com/world/gestapo-usa-govt-funded-vigilante-network-terrorizes-america


OR (if link is corrupted):


http://NowPublic.com/scrivener

Posted by: scrivener50 | March 30, 2009 5:51 PM | Report abuse

Now explain "Polsi."

If clear writing is a product of clear thinking, what about sloppy writing?

Posted by: mattintx | March 30, 2009 5:38 PM | Report abuse

edit 2
grimesman
"It looks like your [sic] one of them."

Speaks for itself.
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ROFL, I can correct my unedited speed typing between jobs but if you're still an Obama supporter to this day, you're stuck on stupid. Now that's sic or rather sick.

Posted by: ekim53 | March 30, 2009 5:27 PM | Report abuse


grimesman
"It looks like your [sic] one of them."

Speaks for itself.
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ROFL, I can correct my unedited speed typing between jobs but I'm if you're still an Obama supporter to this day, you're stuck on stupid.

Posted by: ekim53 | March 30, 2009 5:22 PM | Report abuse

Sounds like Team Palin also has a problem getting "the official truth" out.

She's basically George Bush all over again, now that we've already learned the lesson the hard way: NOT READY FOR PRIME TIME.

Posted by: gce1356 | March 30, 2009 4:59 PM | Report abuse

TO: mattintx

Thanks for the tip. Great idea.

Here's one for you:

slowkillhitsquads.com

Posted by: scrivener50 | March 30, 2009 4:55 PM | Report abuse

ekim53--Before you update your Facebook page, you may want to take a grammar course. Dude, its "you're one of them" not "your one of them."

Posted by: mysammy | March 30, 2009 4:53 PM | Report abuse

I thought they left for the wilderness when they lost in 2008 ... how can we miss them for 40 years if they won't GO?

Posted by: WillSeattle | March 30, 2009 4:50 PM | Report abuse

Nice picture Chris! One of these days you'll break a big, full smile. I know you will. :)

Still waiting for my Fix t-shirt...

Posted by: AsperGirl | March 30, 2009 4:45 PM | Report abuse

"wait. Greta Van Susteren is married? to a man?

Posted by: nfbindc | March 30, 2009 1:42 PM | Report abuse"

LOL. I thought this was the relevant point of the blog post.

Posted by: AsperGirl | March 30, 2009 4:44 PM | Report abuse

Palin represents the old NeoCon-Bush-Christian coalition of the Republican Party. ALong with Limbaugh and Hannidy, she is marginalized and will go nowhere. The future is with the Beck's, the populist anti-outsourcing, anti-free trade, anti-immigrant wing of the party and they are going to clean the Democrat's clocks come next election. If nothing else, this depression has rid most voters of any notion that free trade, the global economy, big business, banks, and Wall Street are in their favor. I had hoped that the Democrat's would come to their senses and take this position instead, albeit more moderately, but it's now way too late. Obama and virtually all of the Democratic leadership has drank from the trough set by Bush's funding machine and it has poisoned him and his Presidency.

Posted by: mibrooks27 | March 30, 2009 4:24 PM | Report abuse

ekim53... It's "dumber than a stump" not "dumber than a stomp." Maybe you should just leave the rational discussion to the adults and you just go back to playing Tetris or updating your Facebook profile.

Posted by: clintatl | March 30, 2009 4:24 PM | Report abuse

In short: Palin still has potential. But, she needs to quickly get her political team arranged and on the same page before any more damage is done.
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Read this twice and while I'm not a supporter for Palin for President I fail to see the damage.. It's 2009 for pete's sake.. and there is a question on how many times she talked to Greta's husband?? WHO CARES?? In 3 years who will remember??? This sounds like article just to to give another dig at Palin. But to me these complaints are getting weaker and weaker.. No matter.. Romney in 2012

Posted by: sovine08 | March 30, 2009 4:21 PM | Report abuse

Palin might have appeal within the base of her party, but I don't think that's enough for a general election. She'll have to overcome the stigma of being used as a tool the last time around, and even an aggressive and highly organized grassroots GOP would have trouble winning over fair number of independents.

Also, I don't think she could come across as half qualified to deal with the economic crisis we're in the midst of right now, and I'm positive she couldn't navigate the tumultuous aftermath that will resonate for years after we start to climb out of it.

Hopefully, sans Palin, we can turn this economy around and actually focus on solving the deeper, systemic issues for why we're in this situation. Obviously bad banking's a good place to start, but there are other issues, like global poverty, that have huge economic and geopolitical ramifications.

The Borgen Project (www.borgenproject.org) has some interesting insight into addressing the issues of global poverty, something we can remedy easily and sustainably.

Some interesting figures to ponder:
$30 billion USD: The annual shortfall to end global poverty.
$550 billion USD: The annual US defense budget.

Posted by: concernedcitizen1111 | March 30, 2009 4:19 PM | Report abuse

I wonder what Palin thought of Bobby Jindal's comment on that Obama was wasting money by funding "something called volcano monitoring"?

It was the USGS volcano monitoring service who warned Palin that Mt Redoubt was about to erupt. The US has the second-highest number of active volcanos in the world, and half of them are in Alaska.

Posted by: kevrobb | March 30, 2009 4:18 PM | Report abuse

"It looks like your [sic] one of them."

Speaks for itself.

Posted by: grimesman | March 30, 2009 4:10 PM | Report abuse

BFranklin

What are you, ekim53, 5 years old? Is that funny

Seriously, what an idiot.
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You're the idiot, seriously. Didn't you vote for the Obamination of America and the complete disaster of the Polsi/Obamination co-presidency in the White House? The economic engines of our country are screaming NO Pelosi/Obama.
The incompetents dropped a trillion dollar unread Pork Package on America and you call me an idiot. The Zogby survey of Obama voters showed that most were dumber than a stomp. It looks like your one of them.

Posted by: ekim53 | March 30, 2009 4:04 PM | Report abuse

Without reading the other commentsposted so far, let me just say it's way too early for any faction to be predicting who a 2012 candidate from any party will be. There are simply too many variables, and candidates emerge from relative obscurity all the time. In 2004, Sarah Palin and Bobby Jindal were known to few people outside their respective constituencies. Someone new will certainly emerge for 2012.

In June 2005, I made a bet (for $100) with a friend over who the major party nominees would be in 2008. I predicted Hillary Clinton vs. Liddy Dole, thereby virtually insuring a woman president; my friend predicted Hillary vs. Jeb Bush. You see what happened: someone came out of nowhere to win the thing. Good thing, too; I didn't have $100.

Posted by: bucinka8 | March 30, 2009 3:56 PM | Report abuse

"I am on a crusade to count how many personal names libs use against Palin...
In this one: "undereducated, rube, hypocrite, ditz, ideologue, glazed expression." They cannot argue the facts.
Only Obama is perfect."

You just keep on that crusade, sport. The Democrats wish you the best of luck in making Sarah Palin the GOP nominee in 2012.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | March 30, 2009 3:56 PM | Report abuse

Like it matters who the gop nominates to run against President Obama in 2012. Losers one and all. Obama will do to whoever the gop nominates in 2012 what he did to gramps McCain last November. May I suggest Mexico to those of you who find the thought too much to stomach. Ta ta....

Posted by: dem4life1 | March 30, 2009 3:53 PM | Report abuse

Palin's stupid volcanic eruptions are messing up the cap and trade for the U.S.

Posted by: newbeeboy | March 30, 2009 3:39 PM | Report abuse

Hey, dzenius, if liberals are "libs," what does make you conservatives?

Posted by: mattintx | March 30, 2009 3:35 PM | Report abuse

Hey dzimmerman77... the sad truth is that when it comes to Palin "undereducated, rube, hypocrite, ditz, ideologue, glazed expression" are the facts. Sorry dude. Find a better candidate and maybe we can talk.

Posted by: hiberniantears | March 30, 2009 3:30 PM | Report abuse

What are you, ekim53, 5 years old? Is that funny to you?

You're only reinforcing the notion that the only ones left in the Republican Party are open-mouth breathing simpletons.

Seriously, what an idiot.

Posted by: BFranklin | March 30, 2009 3:25 PM | Report abuse

I am on a crusade to count how many personal names libs use against Palin...
In this one: "undereducated, rube, hypocrite, ditz, ideologue, glazed expression." They cannot argue the facts.
Only Obama is perfect.

Posted by: dzimmerman77 | March 30, 2009 3:19 PM | Report abuse

Van Susteren's husband has emailed, called, and met in person with Palin, yet Van Susteren maintains she does not have access to Palin's email or phone number? What, are you kidding me? Maybe it isn't in your rolodex, but is in a rolodex that is in your house. The blurred personal and professional lives for so many Washington insiders and media figures (i.e. Van Susteren, or Howard Kurtz) is a total professional disgrace. Nobody buys that people like that can reasonably be objective. In order for that set up to work, Van Susteren or Kurtz have to be either terrible at marriage, terrible at work, or some combination of the two.

Posted by: hiberniantears | March 30, 2009 3:18 PM | Report abuse

I so want Sarah Palin to at the top of the gop ticket that I might even contribute to her PAC. I can't imagine anyone better equipped to hand President Obama a 60% plus plurality next time out and move the repiglican party another notch closer to extinction

Posted by: joelpalmer | March 30, 2009 3:18 PM | Report abuse

I am on a crusade to count how many personal names libs use against Palin...
In this one: "undereducated, rube, hypocrite, ditz, ideologue, glazed expression." They cannot argue the facts.
Only Obama is perfect.

Posted by: dzimmerman77 | March 30, 2009 3:18 PM | Report abuse

Tip for scriverer50: innocentbuttargeted.com is available for $9.99 a year from GoDaddy.

Posted by: mattintx | March 30, 2009 3:17 PM | Report abuse

Anything to divert the ignorant Obama voters from the disaster they put in the White House, right Cillzaa?

BTW were you farting when your headshot was taken?

Posted by: ekim53 | March 30, 2009 3:11 PM | Report abuse

Princess Sarah- I cannot wait until she starts her campaign for President. Greta Von S is married to a Scientologist? that must be fun.

Posted by: silverspring25 | March 30, 2009 3:09 PM | Report abuse

Scientologists, Lawyers, Bimbos, Out-of-wedlock birth, seccesionists...

If they wrote this as an HBO series, we would scoff that it was not believable.

Run, Sarah run!

Posted by: willandjansdad1 | March 30, 2009 3:06 PM | Report abuse

"THE FIX" AND "POLITICO" ARE THE ONLY ONES WHO THINK PALIN IS STILL NEWS...


...and Politico is the Fox News of political journalism.


Something to think about before you pen the next Palin missive...


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INNOCENT BUT TARGETED.


"Google" it.


YOU -- or someone else to you -- could be next.


This is un-American.


This is the American Gestapo.

http://NowPublic.com/scrivener

Posted by: scrivener50 | March 30, 2009 3:05 PM | Report abuse

ekim53 posted | March 30, 2009 2:47 PM |
“The stock market heads south every time the incompetent community organizer opens his mouth….”

Hey Moe, Where’s Larry and Curly??

American’s elected a black man as POTUS!!!

Get over it!!

Posted by: knjincvc | March 30, 2009 3:04 PM | Report abuse

She's either a directed-energy weapon or proof of one.

Posted by: mattintx | March 30, 2009 3:03 PM | Report abuse

"In short: Palin still has potential...."

Potential for what??? Completely Destroying the GOP???

Posted by: knjincvc | March 30, 2009 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Would someone please compare the number of stories of Palin or her daughter with the stories of Sen. Dodd since the news came out that he manipulated the stimulus bill to allow for his AIG pals to sipher millions for their personal gain!

The Palin stories are of no national importance, but Dodd is a U.S. senator with obvious influence who helped hoodwink the public funds. But for him...NOTHING!

Posted by: familynet | March 30, 2009 2:53 PM | Report abuse

The stock market heads south every time the incompetent community organizer opens his mouth, a government takeover of a private company and firing of the CEO is under way, his accomplices passed an unread trillion dollar pork package that will put Americans in bondage for the foreseeable future, and the Democrats who turned the FNMA mortgage program into a welfare program providing the catalyst for this credit crisis are still doing more damage AND all the media pimps can talk about is Palin who is NOT even in the Federal Government.

Wow, I guess if I was a Media Pimp I would not want to look at the huge stench from the Obamination of America either.
A great diversion for the ignorant Obama voters.

Posted by: ekim53 | March 30, 2009 2:47 PM | Report abuse

As Drindl notes, John Coale isn't just a Beltway politico, he's a Clear in good standing with L. Ron's minions.

He's not just trying to help Palin advance her PAC, he's most likely helping her achieve Clear status as well...

And if you ask me, there are wonderful ramifications for the whole Palin family!

http://rumorsontheinternets.org/2009/03/30/will-palins-next-kid-be-named-l-ron/

Posted by: Venicemenace | March 30, 2009 2:44 PM | Report abuse

This article seems to read as the Fix being embarrassed by trying to overstate a person's role in a political operation. The person called the Fix out on it and since it can't save face and sort out the truth, it would rather say it points to Sarah Palin's operational failures rather than the poor attempts to make a story out of nothing. I am not a Repub, and I am not defending Palin in anyway, just calling it as I see it.


Poor journalism!

Posted by: Just_An_Observer | March 30, 2009 2:43 PM | Report abuse

The sad part is that she still thinks she has Presidential potential- like a 12-year old who still has an imaginary friend.

Posted by: poppysue85 | March 30, 2009 2:37 PM | Report abuse

Palin...potential? Dude, what are you smoking?

Posted by: bigbrother1 | March 30, 2009 2:32 PM | Report abuse

Palin is an ideologue, is extremely and willfully uninformed, a abstinence-only hypocrite, a violator of the seperation of church and State, believes in banning books, and is an under-educated rube.

I hope the republicans run her for the general election in 8 years so we can have 16 years of uninterrupted good government - when she can run again.

Then I'll have the pleasure of watching her brand of political idiocy go down in flames, once more.

The best part about Palin? Her supporters unmask themselves as idiologues who are easily won over by "looks-and-hooks", and care more about sound-bite statements than they do in bringing back American values of ethics, honesty, and opportunity for all, growing industry in a way that cashes in on the benefits of a healthy environment while leveraging science for new energy technologies, leading the globe in education (if you're a Palin supporter perhaps you should be reminded that we once had the finest education sysatem in the world), and massively expanding the middle class via hard work and opportunity for all.

Posted by: onestring | March 30, 2009 2:22 PM | Report abuse

Sunshine, the great cleanser...
or
The rats run away where the light shines.

Posted by: JRM2 | March 30, 2009 2:16 PM | Report abuse

The poor woman has such a blank, glazed expression, I almost feel sorry for her.

Posted by: drindl | March 30, 2009 2:15 PM | Report abuse

@dlanet:

I don't know whether Palin hurt or helped McCain more. Personally I think he picked her so he'd at least get the rapid right wing vote.

He ensured he'd lose, but he also ensured it wouldn't be a complete blowout either. He lost sure, but he did get a respectable showing. Without Palin I don't know that he would have even gotten that.

Posted by: rpixley220 | March 30, 2009 2:11 PM | Report abuse

i almost feel bad for her. She is just trying to govern her state, and has to put up with so much drama.

Posted by: dee150586 | March 30, 2009 2:09 PM | Report abuse

Talk about the gift that keeps on giving. This woman is a godsend to the Dems.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | March 30, 2009 2:02 PM | Report abuse

As usual, republicans can't keep their stories straight... and there's more you should know about Coale.

"John Coale, currently advising Sarah Palin on running for president in 2012, is a Scientologist. And Coale once plotted to use friendly politicians to advance the power-hungry cult’s agenda.

In 1986, he masterminded a plan—which was never executed—for Scientology to get into the “MONEY and VOTES game” in order to “create power” for Scientology and win influence Washington, D.C.

If anything is a cult, it is scientology...

Read his letter...

http://gawker.com/5185546/

Posted by: drindl | March 30, 2009 2:02 PM | Report abuse

I'm not sure why she would actually try to run for President. It has been proven Palin hurt McCain's ticket and the majority of Americans have seen what a ditz she is. They aren't going to forget this. If she runs she is toast and so is the GOP. As a Democrat, I applaud her running!

Posted by: dlanet | March 30, 2009 2:00 PM | Report abuse

Isn't there something important Cillizza can write about? This is trash.

Posted by: dougd1 | March 30, 2009 1:54 PM | Report abuse

The Fix writes
"[Governor Palin] still remains the hottest commodity on the GOP fundraising circuit and a beloved figure within the base of the party."

I'll be surprised if she is ever promoted beyond that role. She will remain popular on the fundraising circuit, but is going to have a hard time getting traction as a viable nationwide candidate.

Posted by: bsimon1 | March 30, 2009 1:54 PM | Report abuse

Okay, so maybe I can understand how the Politico sees this as an issue on which to report. But how on earth does the Washington Post see this as reportable news??

Posted by: tennesseemoonshiner | March 30, 2009 1:51 PM | Report abuse

You don't succeed by getting everything right the first time. If she is learning her lessons now, and assuming they don't sink her, that will just make her tougher down the road. It's the golden boys and girls who only face adversity for the first time when it is too late who go down in beautiful flames.

Posted by: caribis | March 30, 2009 1:50 PM | Report abuse

wait. Greta Van Susteren is married? to a man?

Posted by: nfbindc | March 30, 2009 1:42 PM | Report abuse

A trial lawyer! When they supported John Edwards, they were the lowest life form on earth. But I guess they're A-OK when they are on your side, right Sarah?

Posted by: fmjk | March 30, 2009 1:42 PM | Report abuse

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