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The Protecters of the Palin Brand

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has put together a group of "brand managers" as she prepares for 2012. (AP Photo/Al Grillo)

There is no brand in Republican politics as powerful -- or as tenuous -- as that of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.

She is simultaneously the hottest commodity on the Republican fundraising circuit and a figure of ridicule among Democrats (and even many Independents) who believe that her status as a national figure is entirely undeserved.

Even Palin and her political team seem to be struggling somewhat with how much or little to expose her at the national level.

Witness the odd back and forth over the past 24 hours regarding her involvement in the annual Republican House-Senate fundraising dinner in June.

Yesterday afternoon the National Republican Congressional Committee and National Republican Senatorial Committee issued a joint press release touting Palin as the keynote speaker at their fundraising dinner on June 8 in Washington. Then the governor's spokesman told the Anchorage Daily News that the NRSC and NRCC were mistaken in announcing Palin as the keynoter, insisting that she had agreed to no such thing.

The misunderstanding appeared to be the result of a miscommunication (or lack of communication) between Palin's office in Alaska and her still-forming political team running Sarah PAC. (The dinner, as we understand it, is on.)

"A lot of people may be able to overlook the campaign, because the McCain team was calling the shots," said one D.C.-based source familiar with Palin's political operation. "But even since the election she has not been served well by her inner circle. Going forward, there needs to be a seamless operation if they want to position her as a serious contender for 2012."

So, who are the figures charged with guiding Palin's political image in Washington? Here's the lineup based on our conversations with informed strategists.

John Coale: Coale, a well-known Washington lawyer and the husband of Fox News Channel's Greta Van Susteren, drew national media attention when he endorsed Sen. John McCain's presidential bid in protest of the way in which Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, who he backed in the primary, was treated. Coale, in an interview with the Fix, described himself simply as a "friend" of the Alaska governor but acknowledged that he suggested she start a leadership PAC and helped her navigate through some of the questions surrounding her family that lingered after the campaign. Others familiar with Palin's political team insist that Coale has far more power than he is letting on -- essentially helping to run Sarah PAC. Coale demurred on that front, noting only that he talks to Palin regularly and that she is a "fascinating person" who is "definitely not what the right thinks or the left thinks."

Meg Stapleton: Stapleton serves as the Alaska spokeswoman for Sarah PAC after having played a similar role for the governor during the vice presidential campaign and in the governor's office. Stapleton has been the lead defender of Palin from barbs thrown at her -- often from those allied with McCain -- in the aftermath of the 2008 campaign and, generally, wins positive reviews from Washington insiders not directly allied with the governor.

Pam Pryor: Pryor is the Washington spokesperson for Sarah PAC after serving as a senior adviser to the Republican National Committee during last year's general election campaign. Pryor has previously served in a variety of political jobs in Washington including as press secretary and chief of staff to former Oklahoma Rep. J.C. Watts.

Becki Donatelli: Donatelli, as we reported a few weeks ago, is officially running Sarah PAC. She is the chairman of Campaign Solutions, a fundraising and Internet strategy firm based in Virginia.

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 17, 2009; 12:25 PM ET
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is that the same Jay Leno, that did the handycap skit with Obama


Posted by: nerdscomebacks | March 22, 2009 2:28 AM | Report abuse

Definition of "political marketing"
Marketing 101 Increase your number of clients
Liberal clients… the poor and a few elite to fund projects.
Conservative clients… entrepreneurs, self sufficient and capitalist.
Which one do you think is doing a better job of marketing??

Posted by: nerdscomebacks | March 21, 2009 9:53 PM | Report abuse

*Sigh ...* Who honestly cares about this? It was a press release/communications snafu -- I don't see where Palin is at fault, really.
Come to think of it, who cares about this woman? She's not in the national spotlight. Give a rest, will you, Chris?

dzimmerman77 -- in regards to your love letter to Palin: I'd suggest you start thinking with your brain, as opposed to your crotch.

Posted by: vegasgirl1 | March 20, 2009 6:37 PM | Report abuse

*Sigh ...* Who honestly cares about this? It was a press release/communications snafu -- I don't see where Palin is at fault, really.
Come to think of it, who cares about this woman? She's not in the national spotlight. Give a rest, will you, Chris?

dzimmerman77 -- in regards to your love letter to Palin: I'd suggest you start thinking with your brain, as opposed to your crotch.

Posted by: vegasgirl1 | March 20, 2009 6:37 PM | Report abuse

Ohh and to note also Greta and her hubby are scientologists. In other words include the Palin family and her extreme right views and its the Adams family of weirdos!!!

Posted by: silentbat | March 20, 2009 2:30 PM | Report abuse

Where in the world is Botox Pelosi?? Oh, that's right. She is telling all of the illegal aliens that we (the real true Americans) are being UN American for trying to get illegal aliens to go home. What a wonderful secretary of state. Wouldn't you agree??? Good Lord what a mess.

Posted by: sprayadhesive | March 19, 2009 9:13 PM | Report abuse

Oh LOOK, Turbo Tax Tim AND Dodd are lying again. But please don't fret, BHO is on top of it. No, wait a minute he is in California doing a talk show. Good Lord, this country is in trouble.

Posted by: sprayadhesive | March 19, 2009 9:07 PM | Report abuse

Speaking of Alaska Daily News: If you check the posts that are focusing on Palin. One thing is very noticeable: The anti-Palin posts are 3 to 1 to the pro-Palin posts. Very interesting phenomenon. Even in her own state, she is a joke!

Posted by: mollymac1 | March 19, 2009 8:52 PM | Report abuse

hey mollymac, your nothing but a liberal kook as most are here and most who read wp, and who gives a s--t if GRETA's husband is doing this chris, we know where you stand, your love of obama as all the koolaid drinkers here blinds you to anything else, and shame on you, GRETA treats you very well when you have been on her show, you sickos here who have villified GRETA here just can't stand it that her ratings are so good on FOX NEWS and beats anyone at obamas network msnbc especially matthews and olbermann, now talk about crazies , those are two that need to be either locked up or in an insane asylum along with shuster and the rest of that network. WAY TO GO GRETA, WE ALL LOVE TO WATCH YOU AND JUST LOVEEEEEEEEEEE FOX NEWSSSSSSSSSSSS, cnn and msnbc would die for their ratings!!!!!!!!

Posted by: scristanti | March 19, 2009 7:46 PM | Report abuse

The majority of these comments are not worth taking time to read. The vile snipes from the ADN have infiltrated this site. They are everywhere spreading their lies and vermin. I tried to report abuse on several of the depraved remarks; but, received a gobbledy gook response from the computer. The statements that most reflect the loathsome mentality of the people who chose to waste their time writing idiotic remarks are the commentaries concerning Greta VanSusteren's relationship to Sarah Palin. Personal attacks are the lowest, most despicable misrepresentation of another's character. Obviously, you folks don't have a clue about Sarah and her many attributes as described in Gary4205's excellent portrait of the Governor. He has the class and intellect to discuss the accomplishments of this extraordinary example of the American fabric of honesty and integrity.

Posted by: asah34na | March 19, 2009 4:45 PM | Report abuse

I have lived in Alaska since 1972. She is a fraud and a moron. I wouldn't trust her with my state, my $ or my wildlife. I believe she is one of the most disingenuous people alive. As for Greta and hubby-they are scientologists! You know those whacks who believe that spaceships are a-comin'? Good luck with their credibility.

Posted by: mollymac1 | March 19, 2009 11:55 AM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin has more than enough responsibility with the State of Alaska to mind. As a national political player, she would only be somebody's puppet. Whose?

Posted by: SarahBB | March 19, 2009 11:12 AM | Report abuse

I think Greta and her hubby have a threesome on their mind.

At least Greta does. Seriously, it's pretty obvious that Greta wants to be Sara's new BFF and has a serious girl crush on her.

Seems a bit of a conflict of interest for Greta to continue these love-fest...err...interviews with Palin. But, then again, it's Fox so no surprise.

Posted by: trisha4 | March 19, 2009 10:43 AM | Report abuse

Scott Murphy is going to rubber stamp all the bills that Nancy Pelosi tells him to.

He's a product of a Washington DC slick campaign with nice commercials but don't get
fooled folks. He'll vote yes for the mortgage bailout bill and yes on a second stimulus package.

The people who got us into this mess with AIG was Barney Frank and Dodd, and it was rushed
through without thought and voted on. Exactly what Scotty Murphy did when he said he'd vote
for the first stimulus bill without reflecting on it or reading the bill.

I'm voting Tedisco for congress for fiscal responsibility.

Posted by: johncaputilla | March 19, 2009 10:13 AM | Report abuse

So, I would definitely say that it is somewhat disingenuous, dishonest, deceiving and a conflict of interest for Van Susteran to keep doing these news segments on Palin. It turns out that her husband is being paid to promote Palin's interests and so we are supposed to believe that it is just a coincidence that Greta is giving a softball interview to Palin every time we turn around. Van Susteran sacrificed the OJ case so that she could make a buck off the book. Now she gives us this.BOOOO!

Posted by: majorteddy | March 19, 2009 10:09 AM | Report abuse

Someone on this post say that Sarah must scare the pants off of PRESIDENT OBAMA? How do you arrive at that conclusion? The only ones Sarah scares is the GOP everytime she opens her mouth, and everytime she and her family does something in public. As for Greta Van Sustern, she has such a big crush on Palin she has convinced her husband to guide Palin so she can be near her.What a sick affair.

Posted by: pokeymompokey | March 19, 2009 9:53 AM | Report abuse

Palin and Greata sort of a gay situation dont you think. Greata was to Alaska rtoo often not to be afterPalin and her ugly body

Posted by: texasman5000 | March 19, 2009 9:19 AM | Report abuse

Palin is a fool so is Greta ad Hubby they match each other now she can quit going to Alaska because of conflict of intrest ,most ppeople dont watch FAUX NEWSD any way 3 JERK Palin,s Hubby makes 4 Jerks all more corrupt than the other

Posted by: texasman5000 | March 19, 2009 9:18 AM | Report abuse

Has anyone ever been known to say anything but positive things about the person they were hired to positively "brand" and who is paying them? Yes, all these people think Palin "The Client" has potential at the moment and is wonderful, but when she is found out not to have "shelf life", they will move on to the next "product".

Posted by: Tampa614yahoocom | March 19, 2009 7:05 AM | Report abuse

In times of stability you can market an image and marginally qualified candidate. When there are serious times the voters will more carefully chose their leaders and look for competency, qualifications matter.
Sarah Palin is obviously an attractive package, however when unwrapped has shown herself to be shallow with little to no substance. Her lack of education, knowledge and experience is beyond obvious.
It is a sad state of affairs that some within the GOP feel they have to turn to form over substance and dilute what has been one of the strong attractions of the Republican Party, mature, stable and level headed leadership.

Ronald Reagan and George H Bush had the qualities that voters of both parties could support and defend their choice based on distinctive qualities. Other Republicans such as George H Bush ran against the other candidate, having no vision or qualities of their own, a tactic that can only work in limited times.

Sarah Palin is George W. Bush in a dress and if the GOP continues to try and sell that package they will not only continue to lose national prominence and continue to do damage to the Republican brand.

There is nothing I respect about Sarah Palin other than her ability to in a limited and window of opportunity convince the voters of Alaska to vote for her. The thought she can be sold to the American public is naïve and a bridge to nowhere.

Posted by: oldgeek143 | March 19, 2009 6:24 AM | Report abuse

Hey Chris -

Palin is still being poorly served by her inner circle because she is an effing idiot who is impossible to defend.

A great sideshow, though.

Posted by: kathleen_oconnor | March 19, 2009 5:52 AM | Report abuse

Palin/Limbaugh 2012! OR Palin/Bachmann 2012! How 'bout Palin/Coulter 2012?

Posted by: lijja | March 19, 2009 3:29 AM | Report abuse

That explains Greta's fascination with Palin.

Posted by: nana4 | March 19, 2009 1:23 AM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin is a ...

"Hollow, Floating, Bubble"

But with natural gas selling for less than $2 per million British thermal units, or MMBtu—which it had been for about 50 years—there was no way to make money building a $40 billion pipeline to carry it all the way from the North Slope of the Brooks Range in Alaska to Chicago, or Green Bay, Wisconsin, or Burnt Chitlin, Louisiana.

Only in the past 10 years did the price climb above $3 per MMBtu, the lowest possible number at which an Alaskan pipeline might be feasible, according to experts in the natural-gas sector. (After spiking to more than $12 last summer, by February gas was down to about $4.75.)

In Alaska, another factor came into play. The gas was controlled by the same three companies—Exxon Mobil, BP, and ConocoPhillips—that were producing the oil at Prudhoe Bay.

By injecting it into their oil wells to increase pressure, they’d been using the gas to up the production of oil, a far more valuable commodity. Only in the past several years, as the North Slope fields began to run dry—production at Prudhoe in 2008 was only one-third of its peak output, in 1979—had the three companies begun to consider selling their natural gas.

That was when Sarah Palin reared her head.

She saw the launching of a natural-gas-pipeline project as a God-given opportunity to prove herself bigger than Big Oil.

Thus was born, in the spring of 2007, the Alaska Gasline Inducement Act, or AGIA, under the terms of which the state would pay up to $500 million in startup money to the company it selected to build the pipeline.

The chosen company would have to comply with AGIA’s stringent, inflexible terms. Certain provisions, such as the state’s refusal to set tax rates in advance or even specify the formula by which they would be calculated, seemed designed specifically to discourage Exxon Mobil, BP, and Conoco­Phillips from participating.

In fact, the terms discouraged almost everybody. In the end, the only bidder to meet AGIA’s requirements was the Calgary-based pipeline-construction company TransCanada. Nonetheless, Palin was thrilled.

She felt that with AGIA, she’d stuck her thumb in the eye of Big Oil as no governor before her ever had. She was good, and they were bad, and she’d defeated them. She was Joan of Arc at Orleans.

There was only one problem: Trans­Canada didn’t have any gas. Exxon Mobil, BP, and ConocoPhillips had the gas. In her populist fervor, what Palin had done—aided and abetted by the state legislature—was contrive to pay as much as $500 million to a foreign company to look into the possibility of someday building a line.

Posted by: omaarsblade | March 19, 2009 1:23 AM | Report abuse

Palin is "the hottest commodity on the Republican fundraising circuit"? Wow. How low the GOP has sunk for this to be true.

I want to know who the D.C. source is who thinks that "A lot of people may be able to overlook the campaign, because the McCain team was calling the shots."

Did the McCain campaign put those astonishing circular English sentences into her mouth or disable her from remembering what she reads? Did they cause her to stumble over what the Republican platform is when interviewed by softball interviewer James Dodson who only wanted her to talk about anti-abortion beliefs anyway? Did the RNC force her to join an End of Days Church or advocate the teaching of creationism in science classrooms or imply credentials in foreign relations that were reduced to a threat about what would happen if Putin flew over AK air space? Did McCain's team force her to hire Wasilla H.S. cronies for important state posts for which they were unqualified or make a move to make her commissioner of corrections 3rd in line of succession after her and the lt. governor?

How can the GOP defend, let alone feature, this narcissistic nincompoop? They are masters of their own doom: sinking to remain a regional party of Right-wing bigots.

Posted by: bweyand1 | March 18, 2009 10:44 PM | Report abuse

That explains Greta's endless interviews and obsession with Sarah Palin. And I thought it was true love, silly me.

Posted by: quilchena | March 18, 2009 10:23 PM | Report abuse

Source: The Portfolio Magazine, Coming Soon....

There is a considerable gap between the image Sarah Palin tries to project and the reality that underlies it.

In sometimes startling fashion, her deeds often belie her words.

And as I learned on a recent visit to Alaska, nowhere is this more evident than in the story of the still-chimerical gas pipeline.

There are certain basic facts about Alaska:

Beautiful, it’s far away, the winters are cold and dark, and it far exceeds the National Average in such Categories as Suicides, Alcoholism, Wife Beating, Child Abuse, School Dropouts, and Percentage of the Population likely to be found bearing one or more Loaded Firearms at any given hour of the day.

Translation: [[A Hill Billy Haven]]

But the most important fact about Alaska—the one that has done more to determine its destiny than all the others—is that underneath it Lies a Whole Hell of a Lot of Oil !!

Posted by: omaarsblade | March 18, 2009 9:29 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin is a...

"Hollow, Floating Bubble"

There's Absolutely Nothing There !!

Posted by: omaarsblade | March 18, 2009 9:25 PM | Report abuse

To mawheelz:

So Sarah Palin has a media person in her corner? Are you saying that with all the MSM kissing Obama's feet that Sarah Palin should not have at least one person supporting her? How unfair and unbalanced is that?

So far, we've not experienced any conservative media types having tingles up and down their legs like someone we know a MSNBC.

Posted by: MSSpahr | March 18, 2009 8:35 PM | Report abuse

John Choale is Van Sustern's husband, eh? No wonder Greta was such a rabid supporter and promoter of Sarah Palin during the election and had so many "specials" on the Palins on her Fox TV program. So much for the Fox News "fair and balanced" garbage that they have been handing out for the last 7 months. Has Greta ever put out a disclaimer that her husband is also a Palin groupie? Disgusting. The Choales' are profiting directly or indirectly from the Palin Associations. These people are tabloid journalists and belong on TMZ.

Posted by: mawheelz | March 18, 2009 8:27 PM | Report abuse

The anger that the very mention of Sarah Palin's name causes you liberals is suggestive of the fact that she scares the living pants off you for the 2012 election. I sense that you definitely don't want a head to head confrontation between Emperor Obama and Gov. Palin.

Posted by: MSSpahr | March 18, 2009 8:27 PM | Report abuse

Is it just me, or is the sockpuppetry painfully obvious?

Posted by: douglasfactors | March 18, 2009 8:25 PM | Report abuse

I have made many contributions to Sarah's campaign. She is getting more and more people wanting her to run in 2012 after seeing what is going on in Washington since BO took office. I for one, do NOT want socialism. Sarah would NEVER allow that, nor would she put us in this much debt. She is a very level headed individual. Go Sarah 2012 You got my vote!

Posted by: sprayadhesive | March 18, 2009 8:13 PM | Report abuse

GeneCar at 4:53

Who do you think you're fooling?

Posted by: douglasfactors | March 18, 2009 8:10 PM | Report abuse

More misinformation. The treads in the Anchorage Daily News are not a reliable guage of how much Governor Palin is respected in Alaska. The lastest Hayes poll on the other hand give her approval level of 64%, which is as high as, if not higher than, any other Governor. And this is after two years. One would expect the voters of Alaska to know their Governor's record better than the rest of us.

Posted by: GeneCar | March 18, 2009 8:09 PM | Report abuse

There is no way that this woman is the Republican nomination in 2012.

Even Alaskans are starting to see the light.

I note that most of the people that call her "fiscally conservative," or claim she has common sense are unfamiliar with her record and even Alaska.

Those of you that think she has common sense need to check in with the Anchorage Daily News- the majority of the posts want her out of office and recall is being suggested.

Progressive or Conservative aside- we do not elect mediocre minds to the Presidency. I don't believe we did it in 2000 either- it was the SCOTUS that circumvented the people's voice.

The truth is- Sarah Palin is probably the reason that McCain lost the presidency. So if Republicans need to resurrect a losing candidate in 2012- obviously they will lose again.

Posted by: beverlytarlow | March 18, 2009 7:17 PM | Report abuse

As a member of the Democratic Party, I could not be more thrilled than to have Sarah Palin running as the republican nominee for president in 2012. It guarantees four more years of a Democrat in the White House.

Posted by: jimcummings | March 18, 2009 6:47 PM | Report abuse

As a non-American, I at first accepted the common view of Sarah Palin, as painted by most of the US media. That is as someone, poorly educated, who appealed to a narrow right-wing fringe and to whaco religious conservatives. I was surprised therefore to dicover, on closer study, that she was elected Governor and retains such high approval in State that has a very high proportion of middle-of-the-road independents (43%). I was more surprised to find that her bitterest enemies were on the conservative Right rather than on the left, and that she has a strong record of bi-partisanship. Her closest allies on many issues such as ethics reform or on the gas pipeline were as often Democrats as Republicans. I was also surprised to discover that this alledgedly 'fundamentalist' Christian had vetoed an attempted to rescind the benefits accorded to same-sex couples, thus faithfully upholding a strict interpretation of the constitution. And I was unable to find any convincing evidence for the more colourful negatives memes about her such as book banning, holding to 'abstinance only' sex education (she believes that contraception should be taught as well), or that any properly appointed body has ever found her guilty of any legal, tax or ethics violations. On her religious faith, far from being an extremist, she has been most influenced by the the Bristish classical scholar and literary giant, CS Lewis. Needless to say, I did not glean any of these facts from the principal US media outlets (with some noble exceptions). I therefore would reserve judgement on Palin's prospects as a candidate for the Presidency.

Posted by: GeneCar | March 18, 2009 4:53 PM | Report abuse

Democrats for Palin 2012! You go, Girl. I'll even send in a $10.00 contribution.

Posted by: Skye1er | March 18, 2009 4:09 PM | Report abuse

"Do Republicans not understand that running America is a hard job that requires a high IQ and A LOT of education?"

I take some good ole common sense over book learn'n anyday.

Posted by: leapin | March 18, 2009 3:15 PM | Report abuse

The anti-science beliefs of Sarah Palin. She doesn’t believe that you can print tons of money and your problems go away. What does the media think of these anti-science beliefs?

Posted by: leapin | March 18, 2009 3:07 PM | Report abuse

Wow, the anti-Palinites really lined up a lot of trolls to post on this board. I'm impressed.

Posted by: leapin | March 18, 2009 3:04 PM | Report abuse

Please.Please. Please.
Sarah Palin lacks the ability to be analytical, which is what is needed to run this country, (I bet her IQ is about 112) and she works from her "gut", just like our last intellectual president did and we all saw what happened with that. She "reads what everybody else is reading", (that wowed the crowds), her family values are just words, her family does not practice what they preach. She is a great cheerleader, but truly that is what she is, a cheerleader. Remember them from school? She's a cheerleader.

Posted by: ncarvill1 | March 18, 2009 2:09 PM | Report abuse

Difference between communist USSR Media and USA "mainstraim" Media

In Russia government make media say what they want - even if lie. In USA mainstream media try to make government what they want - even if lie. Eventually they become same thing?!

I Igor produce Obama vault birth certificate at

Posted by: igormarxo | March 18, 2009 2:00 PM | Report abuse

George W was roundly held up to ridicule for his supposed attack on scientific issues form stem cell research to being supportive of creationisn or intelligent
design. Whet about Gov. Palin? Why has
she gotten a pass for her anti-science belief system that claims the world was created about 6000 years ago? All of the
science that her beliefs refutes should be
enough for her to be relegated to the decidedly growing list of crackpot theorists who would vie for the leadership
of the free world. Don't her beliefs scare anyone in the media? Are we all
to believe as she does that man and dinosaurs simultaneously inhabited the
earth? Does her repudiation of geology, biology, and anthropology bother anyone
enough to dicredit her as a legitamite
or serious candidate for public office at any level? Or are we all to just ignore the science that allowed us to land on the
moon? Wake up America. The press has a real obligation to let the public know
these anti-science beliefs of hers.

Posted by: 85thstposter | March 18, 2009 1:49 PM | Report abuse

I'm a little confused as to what the big deal is that warrented this column. So Palin has 3 people working in support of her political career. Are we supposed to think that no politician has ever had political advisors before? Everyone can't have the corrupt Chicago Democratic Machine running things for them.

Posted by: briehl | March 18, 2009 1:49 PM | Report abuse

Palin/Jindal in 2012 ! go paleo-conservatives.
Greta is about as liberal as family friend J. McCarthy.

Posted by: tedri50 | March 18, 2009 1:29 PM | Report abuse

AkCoyote, Please explain how asking someone what they read can be considered "bushwacked"?????

Posted by: daler1 | March 18, 2009 12:55 PM | Report abuse

To all of you who HATE Sarah Palin, please, please please keep up your attacks!! You see what you don't understand about her is that unlike liberals, she happens to learn from her mistakes. She allowed herself to get bushwacked by cutie Katie and she allowed John McCain to dictate how she presented herself. Both were HUGE mistakes that won't happen again. Underestimating Sarah is the absolute BEST thing that you can do for her.

Posted by: AkCoyote | March 18, 2009 12:00 PM | Report abuse

Wow, the Palinites really lined up a lot of trolls to post on this board. I'm impressed.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | March 18, 2009 11:39 AM | Report abuse

I also agree that Greta has great respect and believes in the merits of Governor Palin, but as a reporter, tries not to show it. However, this speaks volumns for Governor Palin's appeal. Remember that Greta and her husband have always been hard core liberals. Their support for Palin severly contradicts the left wingers claim that Palin only appeals to the right wing base.

Posted by: NormaJeane | March 18, 2009 11:32 AM | Report abuse

In addition to her husband, you should have added Greta Van Susteren herself. Under the guise of her show, she is the biggest Palin & family apologist, campaigner, and suck-up around.

Posted by: mhjohnson1 | March 18, 2009 11:24 AM | Report abuse

Gotta laugh at the Palinistas who are all excited about the latest Hayes Research Poll (a poll of 404 Alaskans). Yes, apparently there are about 254 people in Alaska who think she is okay ...... um, wow. However, if you take a look at past Hayes Research polls, her popularity is dropping like a rock. Back in 8/1/07, she has 56%/28% very favorable/favorable and a positive/negative index of 55. But as of 3/13/09, she is at 40.5%/23.8% and with a positive/negative index of 20. That's a drop of 28% in popularity and a PLUNGE of 63% in the positive/negative index. You betcha!

Posted by: CrabbyPatty | March 18, 2009 10:56 AM | Report abuse

WOOOOOOOT! Sure would like to see a Palin/Petraeus ticket in 2012!

Posted by: hsp918 | March 18, 2009 9:53 AM | Report abuse

I,m pretty sure Octo mom would be a liberal, based on the way she abuses welfare benefits and makes bogus disability claims. She is most likely also a tax cheat since she seems to be able to afford a 500 K home while on welfare. Welfare abuser plus tax cheat- definately a liberal.

Posted by: NormaJeane | March 18, 2009 9:51 AM | Report abuse

"January 20,2013, the day Sarah Palin takes the Oath of Office, of the President of the United States, will be the day our long nightmare will end."

Please Dear Lord; take me 5 minutes before this happens. amen

Posted by: Thatsnuts | March 18, 2009 9:47 AM | Report abuse

FIRST - LEARN HOW TO SPELL ! ! "Protecters" is CORRECTLY spelled "protectors" .

SECOND - on the "empty suit", W G A S ! ! ! !

There is nothing else to say.

Posted by: swanieaz | March 18, 2009 8:44 AM | Report abuse

Why I was just wondering the other day what the wolf killer was doing.
Thanks for reminding us why Obama won the election.
Now how about a McCain recap?

Posted by: seemstome | March 18, 2009 5:41 AM | Report abuse

PALIN/OCTO-MOM 2012 !!! An unbeatable ticket !!

Posted by: Pursang | March 18, 2009 3:01 AM | Report abuse

Beautiful photo! Nice write. Very surprised! Good job, Chris! Thanks!

Posted by: 4mimi | March 18, 2009 1:13 AM | Report abuse

Please give Gov. Palin the respect she deserves. She is a successful governor. NPR ran a "gush" piece about her anti-corruption efforts in her state before they figured out that she can be perceived as a "threat" to their liberal agenda. John McCain received 46% of the popular vote after 8 years of an atrocious Republican presidency. Gov. Palin was given less than adequate notice of her inclusion as the VEEP candidate. Nevertheless, she more than held her own in the debate against Sen. and now-VEEP Biden. Please cover matters of substance when reporting about her!

Posted by: blanddiegan | March 18, 2009 12:36 AM | Report abuse

Attention Grissom1001:
I am sorry to hear that you suffer from dyslexia. Her voter approval rating from her voters in Alaska is actually 64%. Proof
Look it up.....
Unlike Barry McBama, once working in office his numbers go down, and Governor Palin's go up. That is just a fact.......

Posted by: rprblog | March 18, 2009 12:19 AM | Report abuse

I think that when Obama has bankrupted us and we are all wondering around in shock, Gov. Palin will look good to everyone, because she knows how to be fiscal and she is a great conservative, Alaska is in the black, what are we in? the red. So say what ever you want there are millions and growing each day who want Gov. Palin to run in 2012, Obama does not care what happens to America, he only wants to take away Veterns medical insurance and kill seniors. Might want to really think about those thinks because you let someone pay you to smear Gov. Palin!

Posted by: Ironjawangel | March 18, 2009 12:15 AM | Report abuse

We do not need a stupid person running this country.

Posted by: Grissom1001 | March 17, 2009 11:41 PM
You have an unqualified person running the country now!

Tell me what your taxes will be next year? I know what harm my retirement has received in the last 2 months!

Tell me why you are comfortable with a tax cheat running the treasury dept? Or, for that matter, any of the tax cheats that have been placed in seats of power?

It's ok, I'm safe and secure in Alaska, and happy as a salt water clam! We care about our fellow residents and all will help each other out if need be.

Posted by: Piney1 | March 18, 2009 12:13 AM | Report abuse

Good Lord, Yet another article on Sarah Palin??? I for one, appreciate you keeping her name out there. She is very very popular in the Republican Party. The liberal dems are soooo scared of her. They don't like anyone that is honest, descent, family oriented, etc. They would rather have all the crooks that BHO is putting in his cabinet. Why don't you ever report on what a pitiful job the chosen one is doing?

Posted by: sprayadhesive | March 17, 2009 11:58 PM | Report abuse

How EXCITED the American public is to see her run? LOL that why at the last polling she came in at 26% approval rating amoung all voters? or was it her coming in 3rd in line when just Republicans were polled? As a Republican? I can tell you now that I and millions of other Republicans and Independents won't vote the Republican ticket is she is attached. Women will come out in droves against her. We do not need a stupid person running this country.

Posted by: Grissom1001 | March 17, 2009 11:41 PM | Report abuse

I have to laugh at the liberals. None can talk issues, just insults and hate.

Governor Palin is the future of America. She is the most successful Governor in America. The most ethical Governor in America.

One of the liberals here brought up the natural gas pipeline and how it had been in the works. Well yeah, that's the point people. Alaskans had wanted that for 50 years! And it would start and stop, but go nowhere.

When Governor Palin came in, after reforming her regulatory agency, the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, the largest of it's kind in America, she went to work on the pipeline.

The Governor basically started with a clean sheet of paper, and told people that weren't being helpful to move out of the way. And in a few short years, she has a signed license with Trans-Canada.

This is what leaders do.

Her approval numbers are sky high (a lot higher than Obama's) and her disapproval numbers are low (way lower than Obama's)

And while Chris is usually spot on, which is why I read the Fix, he has it wrong on Independents and moderates (both Republican and democrats) Now that people have actually investigated her record, they have found her to be very competent, her approval numbers are high with them, as well.

In fact, most Republicans, and all conservatives (the two are mutually exclusive of one another) wish the party was more like Sarah Palin.

One thing about it, after 4 years of the train wreck that is the Obama presidency, the folks will be screaming for Sarah Palin to come in and fix it.

January 20,2013, the day Sarah Palin takes the Oath of Office, of the President of the United States, will be the day our long nightmare will end.

Posted by: gary4205 | March 17, 2009 11:37 PM | Report abuse

I hold my Governor in very high regard. She has guided our state quite well, to the point we may be the only state operating in the black, without benefit of state sales or income tax.

The 4 fine folks assisting Sarah are top notch.

If, and when, Sarah makes a decision, she will let us all know.

Have a wonderful day :)

Posted by: Piney1 | March 17, 2009 11:30 PM | Report abuse

It is amazing to see how excited people in the "lower 48" are about Governor Palin leaving Alaska for a few outings. She will be in Evansville Indiana for a 'right to life' meeting in April and then the GOP meting in June. The excitement is evident by the crowds expected in Evansville and the statements by the organizers in the GOP meeting. Governor Palin is a unique politician who is commonly and mistakenly underestimated by some but there is a growing grass roots constituency who could easily propel her to national candidacy in 2012

Posted by: tkmmd | March 17, 2009 11:20 PM | Report abuse

O.K...who opened the gate for the ACORN GROUP? Or are the posters from MSNBC or perhaps Huffington Post? I have never seen people so afraid of this skilled, intelligent woman who is going to kick their ass in a few short years. PALIN 2012!

Posted by: rightway2 | March 17, 2009 11:18 PM | Report abuse

It is amazing to see how excited people in the "lower 48" are about Governor Palin leaving Alaska for a few outings. She will be in Evansville Indiana for a 'right to life' meeting in April and then the GOP meting in June. The excitement is evident by the crowds expected in Evansville and the statements by the organizers in the GOP meeting. Governor Palin is a unique politician who is commonly and mistakenly underestimated by some but there is a growing grass roots constituency who could easily propel her to national candidacy in 2012

Posted by: tkmmd | March 17, 2009 11:15 PM | Report abuse

This article demonstrates, yet again, just how out of touch the Washington Post is with the pulse of public opinion!

Americans are enthused by the GOP's pick of Governor Palin as keynote speaker. Yet the Washington Post focuses only on who handles the event's bureaucratic details, and who is handling the governor's publicity at the moment.

Frankly, nobody cares. People are fed up with bureaucratic minutiae posing as issues that actually matter. News outlets would do well to take notice. Witness Obama's wonky health "summit" last week. All talk, no action. It's not new and it's not news.

What IS news, is that more and more Americans are realizing that Governor Palin's fiscal conservatism -- along with her "suffer no fools" approach to corrupt insiders -- are just what the country needs. A balanced article would have reported on this grass-roots enthusiasm for Governor Palin, and also on its recognition by GOP party leaders at the national level.

Posted by: Pamplun786 | March 17, 2009 10:30 PM | Report abuse

Underestimate her, and you'll be christened the Titanic. Start swimming.

Posted by: Karen_Allen | March 17, 2009 10:22 PM | Report abuse


WOW NormaJeane sounds so mavericky too! Let’s make her President.


Posted by: lzpdghondifb | March 17, 2009 10:15 PM | Report abuse

Whether or not Governor Palin runs in 2012, on thing is clear. The left's astroturf campaign to smear Palin is failing in Alaska. See here:

Despite the daily negative assault by the Alaskan Daily News and their coordinated efforts with anti-Palin bloggers, the Governor still has poll numbers better than President Obama.

When new national polls on Governor Palin are taken, I think we may all be surprised that her popularity has not been diminished in the slightest. I also believe that should the left continue its tasteless assault on the Governor, they may very well find a huge backlash against them for it.

Posted by: klyphton | March 17, 2009 10:13 PM | Report abuse

No wonder gets all those interviews and no wonder those interview are so softball and fawning.

Greta has big time conflict of interest considering her husband's involvement with Palin.

Posted by: FauxReal | March 17, 2009 10:07 PM | Report abuse

I think all of you making smug comments on here about Governor Palin and her credentials are going to be very shocked to see what transpires in the political climate in this country in the next 4 years. You elitist can insist that Obama is so intelligent and Harvard educated. Guess what! It's not working. People are seeing through this empty suit and want a real leader, that has a real approach to the problems facing this country, and whose first priority is not throwing lavish partys for the Washington/Hollywood elites, appearing on magazine covers and Leno,and fueling childish attacks on people like Rush. People also do not believe in Obama's agenda. People want the real deal, and they are starting to say keep the chump change.

Posted by: NormaJeane | March 17, 2009 9:37 PM | Report abuse

Judging from the number of comments on this post, Palin remains a popular subject for one and all.

I think she was just being coy about not appearing as the keynoter in June. She is so tickled to be singled out, she is beside herself! So I hope she is a smashing success, and when she wins the GOP nomination in 2012, let's hope she will pick Joe the Plumber as her running mate!

Posted by: jbleenyc | March 17, 2009 8:58 PM | Report abuse

That Coale guy Getya Some Plasters husband
I didn't know he is blind

Posted by: Cincana | March 17, 2009 8:49 PM | Report abuse

"This is just my take on a 2012 Palin run for the Presidency. She'll be about 48-50, prime menapausal age. Just imagine how much more she will incite during a hot flash or crying spell. The thoughts that can go through your mind she could possibly say out loud."

Apparently she's not the only one who can't keep her idiotic thoughts to herself.

Posted by: DDAWD | March 17, 2009 8:36 PM | Report abuse

This is just my take on a 2012 Palin run for the Presidency. She'll be about 48-50, prime menapausal age. Just imagine how much more she will incite during a hot flash or crying spell. The thoughts that can go through your mind she could possibly say out loud.

Would be great for Democrats.

Posted by: babyboomerorig | March 17, 2009 8:24 PM | Report abuse

I cannot WAIT for Palin to begin her run in 2012! There is no one more entertaining in politics. It would be even better if she were elected Pres. Can you imagine the hilarity that would ensure as she traipses across the world in her red peep-toe pumps? She can talk about how we can see Cuba from the Florida beach and Canada from Grand Forks ND and Mexico from...well she wouldn't actually get close to Mexico.

It would simply be the topping on the Republican cake to get that bimba elected. Why the heck not.

Posted by: agolembe | March 17, 2009 8:00 PM | Report abuse

I get cold chills just thinking what trouble this country would be in right now if she was president.

And now I know why Van Susteren is so chummy with her. Her bias couldn't be anymore obvious.

Posted by: AverageJane | March 17, 2009 6:29 PM | Report abuse

Lipstick on a pig is hard to rub off,isn't it? LOL

Posted by: klowry57 | March 17, 2009 6:08 PM | Report abuse

Palin better watch out, Glenn Beck is a real up-and-comer.

Posted by: nodebris | March 17, 2009 6:06 PM | Report abuse

Do Republicans not understand that running America is a hard job that requires a high IQ and A LOT of education?
Oh? Assuming that "The One" has all the credentials that he claims (but fails to back up), it either takes more than that, or you are on the wrong track. Actually, I think education and IQ are only starters - try adding common sense, historical perspective, ethics, and moral values (and I am NOT talking about abortion or religion).

Posted by: tnvret | March 17, 2009 5:59 PM | Report abuse

Thank goodness the Palin braintrust is so weak and in ill repute. That matches the character of their star. No need to worry. No more plastic surgery either for the spouse of one of them, please, too.

Posted by: axolotl | March 17, 2009 5:47 PM | Report abuse

This is a spot on reflection of the way Palin has done bidness in Alaska for over two years now. I'm just guessing, but I think there is probably a huge storm front behind asking her in the first place and now she's trying to look like she said no in the first place. Alaskans were "palined" when we elected her....looks like she's "Palined" the GOP. This lady is a divisive magnet without even trying and Angry Meg Stapleton is as big a joke in Alaska as Palin. Bad Beans the both of em'.

Posted by: xango_xango | March 17, 2009 5:40 PM | Report abuse

OMG! Greta van Sustern is married! I just thought that the way she looked at Palin so hungrily... This is not an anti-gay comment, by the way. I believe gays should have the same rights and privileges as heterosexuals. I just thought van Sustern was perhaps in the closet, but this Fox "News" relationship with Palin and van Sustern's husband's involvement leaves me with my mouth hanging open--yet another lesson that there's usually some ulterior motive when Fox is involved. I owe an apology to the gay community for thinking that van Sustern was just someone who hadn't come out. How stupid of me! Perhaps this was van Sustern's husband's heterosexual infatuation... OMG! That's even scarier--both of them are infatuated with Palin!

Posted by: lcmartin1 | March 17, 2009 5:39 PM | Report abuse

willandjansdad1, that's some brilliant snark you got! Do you also post on the Post's Celebritology blog under another name? If not, come join us on Lizard Island sometime. The water's warm, and the Tiki Bar's open for business.

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | March 17, 2009 5:31 PM | Report abuse

For years Alaskans have received more federal tax monies than they have paid. Sen. Stevens was a big force behind this. Did Gov. Palin complain until Stevens was indicted? Did she complain about $10 bilion plus a month spent in Iraq and Afghanistan? Did she tell Alaskans they would have to do without ANY services in order to have lower taxes? I don't think so.

Posted by: Sutter | March 17, 2009 5:30 PM | Report abuse

Folks...Read any investigative critique of Scientology and you will not want any Scientologist within 50 miles of any Governmental official.

Greta Van Sustern's Sarah worship was creepy to say the least. L. Ron must be watching from his spaceship with glee to see how close his minions have come to a potential Presidential candidate.

All the pre-persons must not have made "clear" yet.

If you don't know what that means, use the Google.

Posted by: willandjansdad1 | March 17, 2009 5:20 PM | Report abuse

Make that "academic"!

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | March 17, 2009 5:18 PM | Report abuse

Obama's acaddemic prowess? How about Bachelor's degree from Columbia? And editor of Harvard Law Review?

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | March 17, 2009 5:17 PM | Report abuse

If I had started raising my two while they were still pre-persons, I might be done by now.

Posted by: willandjansdad1 | March 17, 2009 5:11 PM | Report abuse

Scrutinizing Palin's inner sanctum is a great way to get a feel for what kind of leader she is. For one thing, she has a history of hiring high school buddies and cronies who are not qualified or competent to do their jobs. Her attorney general, Tavis Colberg, is already history partly for his role in hindering subpoenas issued by the Legislature.

Meg Stapleton's reputation in Alaska is crap. She teamed up with a McCain operative named Ed O'Callahan during the campaign to hold press conferences called "Truth Squads" in which they trashed anyone who they thought was in Palin's way. At one point, all state business that would go to the governor went through O'Callahan first, which is truly outrageous.

Since her return, she has been stellar at taking credit for actions she had nothing to do with (including taking "aid" to villages in trouble), flaming out her previously good relationship with Democrats in the Legislature (who once extended her more help than the Republicans did) and letting her partisanship cloud her better judgment--taking snide potshots at a Democratic legislator who was just appointed to the Department of Interior, for example. She's petty, vindictive, and now incredibly ambitious for that national job, and it shows in her work as a governor.

I am glad I finally understand why Greta Van Susteran seems to be living in Palin's spare least all that sucking up has a goal to it.

Posted by: BlueDog1 | March 17, 2009 5:11 PM | Report abuse

I too came out of my seat when I heard Sarah Palin speak at McCain's nominating conventionl. However, it was to SUPPORT McCain, a rather disappointing candidate.
All the negative comments about Palin seem to have no substance in fact. It was much the same as the Obama-mania in reverse.
I teach at a community college and highly respect those adults that fight their way toward getting their degree!
She has so much more experience than Obama.
Since Obama's college transcripts (like his birth certificate) remain secret, you cannot point to his academic prowess, nor to his highly touted, but unsubstantiated IQ.
Your comments appear to be more emotional than factual.

Posted by: dzimmerman77 | March 17, 2009 5:10 PM | Report abuse

// Coale demurred on that front, noting only that he talks to Palin regularly and that she is a "fascinating person" who is "definitely not what the right thinks or the left thinks." //

I'd be interested to know what Mr. Coale is referring to here, but I don't really hold out much hope.

I do, however, like the picture that accompanies this article. She is nothing if not photogenic. And that fur!

Posted by: MarkFromOhio | March 17, 2009 4:56 PM | Report abuse

The chairmen of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, Texas Sen. John Cornyn, and the National Republican Congressional Committee, Texas Rep. Pete Sessions, sent out a press release Monday announcing Palin as keynote speaker for the June 8 event. It's the annual fundraiser for the Republican Party's congressional re-election efforts. The NRSC and NRCC announcement of Palin's leading role in the event made national news. The Associated Press distributed the story and it appeared on the Web sites of the Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Dallas Morning News and USA Today, among many others. McAllister said Palin asked him why The Associated Press was reporting that she was going to do this. "I pointed out the (National Republican Senatorial Committee) press release and she was like, no," he said.

NRSC spokesman Brian Walsh said Monday night that the staff of the governor's national political action committee, SarahPAC, had confirmed Palin would indeed speak at the Senate-House dinner.

Which way did they go Ralph, which way did they go???

Posted by: willandjansdad1 | March 17, 2009 4:53 PM | Report abuse

willandjansdad1, why not store those frozen pre-persons in Alaska's permafrost? Since Sarah denies global warming, they should be safe there, right?

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | March 17, 2009 4:37 PM | Report abuse

In re the gas pipeline: this proposal has been on the table since the mid '70s. At one point El Paso Natural Gas was issued a permit to build it. The problem? The project is so expensive and so unwieldy that any gas recovered will be 9 times more expensive than gas from the lower 48 or imported. Is anyone willing to pay a gas bill nine times higher than what they pay now?

This project was over $8 billion in 1970s dollars, it'll be more like $25 or $30 billion now. The project is impractical and will likely never be built, environmental issues aside. For Gov. Palin to take credit for it is little more than another puff of hot air.

Posted by: jumpnjoe | March 17, 2009 4:36 PM | Report abuse

Van Susteren and Coale are SCIENTOLOGISTS - and that really says it all.

Posted by: cinesimon | March 17, 2009 4:35 PM | Report abuse

What an angle..."America's Mom...Sarah 2012". The GOP can arrange to have Sarah adopt all the frozen pre-persons that the Georgia politicians are about to give full civil rights. Since there is really nothing in the GWB Library, they can arrange a convoy of reefers to the newly named George W. Bush Perpetual Pre-person Repository. Sarah can ride shotgun in the lead truck with choppers overhead giving live I-reports and twittering. There will be birthday cake for all as the frozen pre-persons are eased into their little micro-igloos for the forseeable future.

Run Sarah Run!!!

Posted by: willandjansdad1 | March 17, 2009 4:30 PM | Report abuse

The Republican party must have other women which it can promote for President. The Republican party must have other women who are well educated, intelligent and qualified. It seems so sad to me that the Republican party is even considering pinning their hopes for the 2012 election on Sarah Palin. She is a foolish waste of time and energy for a party which needs to be realistic and to work on repairing the damage which 8 years of G.W Bush has wrought. The Republican party needs to look to intelligent well educated and experienced candidates who can restore the party.
It's odd how Republican presidential candidates are selected by their parties on their precieved charisma not their character or their ability to govern well.

Posted by: OhMy | March 17, 2009 4:21 PM | Report abuse

2012: Willow Palin pregnant out of wedlock from following her mother's abstinence-only birth control agenda? Check.

2016: Piper Palin pregnant out of wedlock from following her mother's abstinence-only birth control agenda? Check.

2020: Trig Palin gets a teenager pregnant out of wedlock from following his mother's abstinence-only birth control agenda? Check.

Sarah sez: Thank God my kids aren't gay. (How many of you knew that she addressed a "cure-the-gays" in Alaska, at which Anne Heche's mother was a featured speaker?).

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | March 17, 2009 4:17 PM | Report abuse

commonsensemom writes:
Why do Republicans encourage, celebrate and reward ignorance?

Because they are aliens.
They all have ONLY English LIT degrees.
They live in 1948.
They think Reagan was God.
They are prejudice to anything NEW.
They are selfish.
They think they are right in all circumstances - EVEN with factual data and scientifically-based research staring them in the face.
they are all on percocettes and heavily armed.

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | March 17, 2009 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Hooray, CommonSenseMom1!!!

I'm with you all the way. Let the repubs bring on this airheaded babe with the even dumber husband. We'll have such great fun with them. Can hardly wait!

Posted by: kjohnson3 | March 17, 2009 4:10 PM | Report abuse

Gov. Palin is proof positive that celebrity in any form seems to work for Republicans. The party of no ideas and character assassination should fold its tent if Palin is indeed taken seriously. I mean no harm to the woman, but a person who starts off a campaign with three big lies and thinks nothing of it has a real problem. I do not care how born-again she is. Obviously the preacher who chased the "witches" out of her allowed her to keep telling lies.

She reminds me of a candidate for Jay Leno's jaywalking segment. Sad, sad, and sad. You can make her look pretty, but it still doesn't mean that there is anything between the ears. You know her inane answers to the easiest of questions. The wardrobe problem speaks volumes about her thinking ability.

Posted by: EarlC | March 17, 2009 4:08 PM | Report abuse

New article out says it all. Visit some alaskan sites and blogs if you really want to get the feel for how well she does her job. Try the most popular Alaskan site In the meantime this can get you started:

Portfolio article is now available. Headline says:

Forget “Drill, baby, drill.” Sarah Palin says she’s building a $40 billion gas pipeline, which even President Obama wants. The only problem: It isn’t there. And it’s her fault.

Posted by: Madcitychick | March 17, 2009 4:07 PM | Report abuse

Inspired notion, willandjansdad1! Sarah probably doesn't have too many fresh eggs of her own left, and a womb is a terrible thing to waste.

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | March 17, 2009 3:58 PM | Report abuse

Sarah can be the surrogate mom to all those frozen pre-persons down in Georgia. That'll knock the octomom out of her 15 minute slot.

Posted by: willandjansdad1 | March 17, 2009 3:54 PM | Report abuse

drindl, fear not. Sarah's looks will quickly fade.

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | March 17, 2009 3:43 PM | Report abuse

"Sarah, you are our light, power to you, you go girl!"

you poor sad people.

Posted by: drindl | March 17, 2009 3:40 PM | Report abuse

Let's hope they aren't as annoying as all those protectors of the Reagan brand out there.

Posted by: DDAWD | March 17, 2009 3:39 PM | Report abuse

John Coale: Coale, a well-known Washington lawyer and the husband of Fox News Channel's Greta Van Susteren....
and prominent Scientologist. Combine that with Sarah's exorcism, Todd's seccesionist sentiments and Bristols trailerville saga and you got more fun than the Geek Pit at the circus.

Posted by: willandjansdad1 | March 17, 2009 3:32 PM | Report abuse

You only hate her because she is beautiful! Sarah, you are our light, power to you, you go girl!

Posted by: moemongo | March 17, 2009 3:23 PM | Report abuse

"protecter" is not incorrect, as I thought upon seeing it. The spelling is merely "variant."

Posted by: mark_in_austin | March 17, 2009 3:21 PM | Report abuse

Chris omits a significant fact about John Coale.

He's a prominent Scientology lawyer.

Here's a quick rundown of his Scientology training:

.. and another writeup about his involvement with SarahPAC:

Sarah Palin -- the candidate of Scientology

Who knew? I'll bet her multitude of Christian evangelical supporters would be interested to find out about this.

But now her babbling all makes sense.

Posted by: tbetz | March 17, 2009 3:20 PM | Report abuse

Brand? BRAND???

What ever happened to substance, not image, as the most desirable quality in a candidate (of any political persuasion)?

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

So GOPers and Dems can finally agree on one thing: Sarah Palin should run for president in 2012!

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | March 17, 2009 3:16 PM | Report abuse

Is is just impossible for the Republican party to find a candidate with more than a measly 4 year journalism degree?

Do Republicans not care that Sarah Palin needed 6 years and 5 (community) colleges to achieve this paltry little degree?

Do Republicans not understand that running America is a hard job that requires a high IQ and A LOT of education?

Why do Republicans worship a man who was too dumb and too lazy to earn more than a high school diploma? "Rush is Right!"

Why do Republicans encourage, celebrate and reward ignorance?

Posted by: CommonSenseMom1 | March 17, 2009 3:00 PM | Report abuse

hey, i like Anne Coulter.
Give her a gun too. Why not?

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | March 17, 2009 2:58 PM | Report abuse

"At least Palin knows that in the face of a financial crisis you don't massively increase spending. She cut her states budget, and imposed a hiring freeze."

The classic Know-Nothing approach. Do exactly the opposite of what's needed -- and then brag about it. So incredibly clueless it staggers the imagination.

Even conservatives support a stimulus bill. They may disagree on what it should be spent on, but they support the idea. You should try to read more.

Posted by: drindl | March 17, 2009 2:56 PM | Report abuse

Please yes by all means choose this horrid woman as your next presidential candidate. Come on, GOP, shoot off your other foot too.

This woman doesn't have the brains of a dead flashlight battery so yeah absolutely put her on the ticket.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | March 17, 2009 2:49 PM | Report abuse

Let the Palin ball keep rolling and keep gaining speed. I would LOVE to see her run in 2012. When I first saw Palin in '08 that was the day I got up from my couch and started campaigning for Barack Obama. Every single phone call and every single inch I pavement I covered for Obama was to FIGHT SARAH PALIN. I met hundreds of educated women who reacted the same way: NO WAY NOT PALIN!

I have no problem with the fact that she is christian, I have minimal problems with her stance on abortion but I HAVE EVERY PROBLEM with the fact that Sarah Palin is UNDEREDUCATED, OVEREGOED and INARTICULATE and SMALL MINDED. She is a female George W. Bush. America has not waited this long for a female President/Vice President to have a ignoramous like Sarah Palin win the honor.

So keep on comin' Sarah. There is an army of Bi-partisan American women with more education and more emotional intelligence than you just waiting for another opportunity to fight you.

Posted by: CommonSenseMom1 | March 17, 2009 2:48 PM | Report abuse

Hey, let's go with Palin/Limbaugh 2012! Or what about Palin/Coulter 2012 - an all white female ticket. Maybe the GOP can win with that one! C'mon Palin, how can you be "pro life" when you shoot God's creatures from the air?

Posted by: lijja | March 17, 2009 2:34 PM | Report abuse

yeppers......get ready for 2012
Rush Limburger will be on percocettes nodding out somewhere on his lounge chair at the pool (or other venue).
Sarah will come along, with a gun, think he's a moose and shoot him.

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | March 17, 2009 2:34 PM | Report abuse

Is there a fund for this brain trust? I would like to contribute, as nothing would please me more then to see this empty shell of a woman representing the empty shell of the party that destroyed the United States.

Posted by: normanx | March 17, 2009 2:28 PM | Report abuse

I see the Palin Derangement Syndrome support group has started its meeting.

At least Palin knows that in the face of a financial crisis you don't massively increase spending. She cut her states budget, and imposed a hiring freeze. She also signed a $500 million deal with a multinational company to build a natural gas pipeline through Canada to the lower 48, and has laid out plans to build an in-state gas pipeline as well. At least she is taking common sense actions, something that is needed in Washington.

As for Palin's standing with independent voters, a Rasmussen poll conducted in January found that her favorability rating among independents has increased substantially with 61 percent having a favorable opinion, 35 percent having a Very Favorable opinion.

Overall nationwide, her favorable rating has increased from 49 percent right after the election to 52 percent. As Palin travels more, and speaks at more events, her favorability rating will increase.

It should be noted that the right to life event she is attending in April has already sold out the usual 2,000+ tickets. With demand still very high they are making 2,500 more tickets available to those who want to watch the even via simucast. The Down Syndrome event, also in April has sold out.

Over 4 months since the the election and the Soros/Axelrod/0bama team continue to attack her, with a heavy concentration through media outlets in Alaska. They aren't getting much bang for their buck up there either. A poll released this morning shows that her approval rating in Alaska is 61 percent, a rating any governor would be glad to have.

Posted by: gatshanson1 | March 17, 2009 2:27 PM | Report abuse

I think it is funny how the libs immediately start attacking when anyone mentions Palin or any other Republican politician. And by the way the democratic party was on the way out 8 years ago. Please pay more attention to history.

Posted by: mburton325 | March 17, 2009 1:40 PM | Report abuse


Quite the contrary, Asshat. We WANT Palin to be the candidate, especially after seeing how well she did in the McCain campaign.

I liken her debating Obama to clubbing baby seals - not very much to look at but at least the seal is put down quickly.

As for paying attention to history, maybe you should take your own advice, Sparky. It will show you that the Dems have been cleaning up Republican messes for a long time now, and the current situation is nothing new except for the scope of the damage that President Cheney and his puppet did, along with the likes of the rest of the Repubs.

I haven't spoken to one single Democrat that doesn't want that ignorant piece of humanity to be the Republican candidate in 2012. As for Jindal, he's as big a twit as she is, only better educated.

Jesus, you guys don't have much of a bench, do you ? Oh, well, maybe you could persuade Rush the Magic Addict to put aside his duties running your party long enough to screw the country for 4 years. After all, they do have the same breast size.

Sound like a plan ?

Posted by: dennissuper | March 17, 2009 2:24 PM | Report abuse

So this is what it comes to. There is no longer any attempt to rationalize any candidate's political credentials. You have only to look at president monkey boy. He was an absolute nincompoop whose appeal was his down home, aw shucks, I'm just like you demeanor, yet he was elected twice, but was manipulated by the real powers such as Cheney and Rumsfeld. Palin is just another variation. Her appeal is sex, but you can be certain that if she were elected, the puppetmasters would be gleefully continuing their evil plan to dismantle the US.

Posted by: adrienne_najjar | March 17, 2009 2:22 PM | Report abuse

Broad minded: tolerant of different views and standards of behavior in others.

Progressive politically or socially: favoring gradual reform, especially political reforms that extend democracy, distribute wealth more evenly, and protect the personal freedom of the individual.

Not literal: not limited to the literal meaning in translation or interpretation

Reluctant to accept change: in favor of preserving the status quo and traditional values and customs, and against abrupt change.

Cautious and on low side: cautiously moderate and therefore often less than the final outcome.

Traditionalist: a supporter or advocate of traditional ideas and behavior.
this last one - traditionalist.
What is traditional? And what is being a traditionalist?
Everything has changed dramatically to the point that we cannot EVEN DEFINE tradition any longer.
What is the conservative tradition????
I want to know.

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | March 17, 2009 2:18 PM | Report abuse

The conservatives and their base are so desperate in their hopes for Palin. She appears to represent "all that is good."

But Palin is like a movie poster for a famous leading lady. The poster represents beauty, charm and allure of all that the image can conjure up for the masses.

Yet Palin the real person is very shallow and very iffy at best. Behind the facade she shows few skills or experience to comprehend or be effective in national politics.

So if the Republicans want to run this faux image as their best effort for a candidate then I feel sorry for them but bring it on none the less.

What is really sad is is Palin was snookered once by McCain but she believed the hype. And now she wants to be believe it all the more that she really is their golden child.

Oh well, game on if that's what they want to do.

Posted by: patrick10 | March 17, 2009 2:13 PM | Report abuse

The Fix writes
"There is no brand in Republican politics as powerful -- or as tenuous -- as that of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin... She is simultaneously the hottest commodity on the Republican fundraising circuit and a figure of ridicule among Democrats (and even many Independents)"

And that wholly encompasses the Palin brand as we know it. Boiled down to the essense, that doesn't seem like much of a foundation on which to build a run for national office - being a 'hot' fundraiser and a subject of ridicule.

If there is going to be an exploitable opening in 2012, it will be because the Obama is seen as a failure. If Obama is seen as a failure, his 'inexperience' is likely to be seen as a critical factor. To effectively attack on that angle, the GOP will have to nominate a candidate who has more experience, a proven ability to solve difficult problems and some ideas for how to approach problems differently than the Dems. Gov Palin does not seem to fit any of those criteria at this time. Will she be able to in 2 years? Likely not.

Posted by: bsimon1 | March 17, 2009 2:06 PM | Report abuse


and Bullwinkle (((hearty smiles))))

Tina Fey will have a comedy routine for LIFE !!!

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | March 17, 2009 2:05 PM | Report abuse

I think it's a scream that conservatives use the term "lib" in the first place.

Liberal : lib :: conservative : ???

Posted by: mattintx | March 17, 2009 2:02 PM | Report abuse

Please, oh please Zeus, permit Sarah Palin to keep her "brand" intact and receive the nomination for the Presidency in 2012. The only thing better would be Rush Limbaugh for Vice-President on this dream ticket.

Richard Nixon and Spiro Agnew may not have been able to sink the mean old Republican party but this dynamic duo just could be the ticket--no pun intended.

Posted by: explorers100 | March 17, 2009 1:51 PM | Report abuse

Chris, big typo there, should read "protectors" not protecters.

Posted by: onehitwonder | March 17, 2009 1:48 PM | Report abuse

And what exactly does the Palin 'brand' stand for?

•The Bridge to Nowhere she championed?

•Shooting wolves from helicopters?

•Sweetheart deals for oil companies

•The welfare state of Alaska?

•Shooting endangered polar bears?

•Inability to answer basic questions about government and history?

•Family values?

Posted by: drindl | March 17, 2009 1:47 PM | Report abuse

hey, i love The Fix here.
even with scriveners posts....
just keep on scrollin' folks...

Sarah Palin. I like her but not as President in the next 10 years.

You know she killed Bullwinkle.

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | March 17, 2009 1:40 PM | Report abuse

I think it is funny how the libs immediately start attacking when anyone mentions Palin or any other Republican politician. And by the way the democratic party was on the way out 8 years ago. Please pay more attention to history.

Posted by: mburton325 | March 17, 2009 1:40 PM | Report abuse

Jenfidel, it is truly comical that you would compare the intellects of Obama and Palin. It didn't take Obama six years to get an undergraduate degree from college (in journalism, no less!)!

You just exemplify how desperate and foolish republicans have become; it's going to be a long eight years for you guys.

Posted by: jasperanselm | March 17, 2009 1:36 PM | Report abuse

TO: All intel analysts/agents/operatives [EYES ONLY]

RE: "Target" surveillance/profiling

For cautionary example of what unrepentant dissidents term "lame psy ops," you are directed to recent entries in "comments" section of internet "blog" "articles" linked below.

When analyzing said humint responses to "target" postings, reference this exigent statement of inquiry:

Is this statecraft?

OR (if links are corrupted / disabled):

Posted by: scrivener50 | March 17, 2009 1:31 PM | Report abuse


This Fix thing, Chris, has turned into a place where only scrivner50 thinks people are interested.

No one cares about what is left of the Republican party, just thought I would clue you in.

Posted by: shrink2 | March 17, 2009 1:27 PM | Report abuse

What kind of world do we live in that an even dimmer bulb than Gov. Palin is now President?
The Democrats are obviously so destitute of ideas, ideals and leadership that they chose an ignorant pol with a darker pigmented face.

Posted by: Jenfidel | March 17, 2009 1:26 PM | Report abuse

She will be able to guide us in the ways of the moose hunt and field-stripping weapons. At our current rate of economic implosion, those could be very important qualifications come 2012.

Posted by: micron26 | March 17, 2009 1:07 PM | Report abuse

When do the Palin-tologists sign up Randy, the "ShamWow!" guy?






* Silent, covert microwave radiation weapons (D.E.W.) assaults on innocent but "targeted" U.S. citizens;

* Terroristic vigilante community gang stalking, surreptitious home entry, police-tolerated vandalism;

* Secret federal "programs of personal financial destruction" that have used the IRS as an ideological tool of "social cleansing."

OR (if links are corrupted / disabled):

Posted by: scrivener50 | March 17, 2009 1:05 PM | Report abuse

I think 'Reagan' is probably the strongest Republican brand: 30 years later GOP candidates are still trying to wrap themselves with memories of him.

If Palin is a brand, it'll be as fleeting as Enron. At moment, she's nothing more than an over-exposed celebrity along the lines of Madonna, Victoria Beckham and Lindsay Lohan. All pose and no substance..

Posted by: RickJ | March 17, 2009 12:53 PM | Report abuse

What kind of world do we live in where this dim bulb (all due respect Governor) is a serious contender for President? Are the Republicans so acutely destitute of leadership, ideas and ideals that they turn to an ignorant pol with a "pretty" face?

Posted by: soonerthought | March 17, 2009 12:49 PM | Report abuse

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