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Morning Fix: What's Next for Palin?

Alaska Gov. Sarah Paliin resigned on Sunday. AP Photo/Al Grillo

Sarah Palin entered the next stage of a political career defined by its unpredictability on Sunday as she formally stepped down as the governor of Alaska after two and a half years on the job.

The resignation was pure Palin -- unexpected and, to many Republican observers, inexplicable. "To me she has to give a compelling reason for quitting before I can listen to anything else," said a Republican strategist from a key early primary state.

Voters are equally perplexed by and passionate about Palin. A recent Washington Post/ABC News survey showed that 40 percent saw her in a favorable light while 53 percent viewed her unfavorably. And yet, she was FAR more popular among self-identified Republicans and conservatives -- the bloc of voters almost certain to choose the party's next presidential nominee.

Regardless of the reasons (or lack thereof) surrounding Palin's sudden departure -- she left office 23 days after announcing she would resign -- the central question surrounding her now is: What's next?

Given the arc of Palin's political career to date, attempting to answer that question definitively is impossible. But, the Fix spoke with a number of Republican operatives over the weekend and put to them the question of what they would advise Palin to do if she wants to become a serious national figure and be considered for the 2012 presidential race.

The best of those suggestions -- along with a few observations of our own -- are below. Have thoughts on the right next steps for Palin? Sound off in the comments section.

* Avoid the (Spot) Light: The common thread in nearly every conversation we had about Palin's next steps centered on the idea of lowering her profile -- particularly on matters like the back and forth between she and her former son-in-law Levi Johnston or her recent spat with late night talk show host David Letterman. "Get off the gossip pages and onto the opinion pages," advised Todd Harris, a former senior adviser to Sen. Fred Thompson's (Tenn.) presidential campaign. The more Palin makes herself and her family fodder for the tabloids, the less seriously she will be taken as a politician. She should avoid the press -- except for the Fix, of course -- like the plague for several months or until she has something substantive to say.

* Bone up on Policy: Palin won't get many more chances to change her images -- some people we talked to said she could do little to nothing to change how people perceive her -- so she needs to make sure that the next time she emerges in a real way on the national stage it is backed by a strong, detailed policy mission. One Republican we spoke to said Palin should either affiliate herself with or start a think tank; another suggested she set up informal policy counsels through her Sarah PAC. Another option could be the book Palin is planning to write -- salting her personal recollections and opinions with some informed policy heft could help debunk the "all hat, no cattle" reputation that dogs her today. No matter how she does it, it's clear that Palin needs to move rapidly to address the idea among elites in the party that she is intellectual lightweight dining out on a cult of personality at the moment. Palin is not now and will never be the candidacy of the policy heavyweights in the Republican party but she also can't be taken seriously on the national stage if she spends her time commenting on Miss California rather than the future of energy policy in this country.

* Campaign With Purpose: Palin's greatest gift politically is the energy she inspires and the crowds (and money) she can draw for Republican candidates. Remember that President Barack Obama spent much of 2006 campaigning for candidates and doling out cash through his Hopefund PAC. That strategy did three very important things for the president: it allowed him to hone his stump speech, build on the momentum from his 2004 address at the Democratic National Convention and accrue chits from aspiring candidates to be cashed in down the line. Palin needs to show that she can transfer the energy and excitement that she inspires among a certain segment of voters into real results and there is no better way to do that than campaign with and raise cash for candidates around the country.

* Slow and Steady....: Palin is already the most recognizable Republican politician in the country. Unlike Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty or even former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, Palin needs no introduction to Republican primary voters. She should use that to her advantage -- not allowing herself to get caught up in the day to day media blitz. The most important thing for Palin now is to pick her spots, to find places, events etc. where she can help the party and, slowly but surely, change the way she is regarded by many GOPers. "You can't build these credentials overnight," said one senior Republican consultant. "She needs to keep focused on changing perceptions over several years not months."

Whether Palin takes any of this advice -- or any advice at all -- is difficult to predict. She is clearly someone with ambition for the national stage (even if it is not clear yet whether she really wants to run for president) and yet she seems to swerve from serious to silly on a near-daily basis.

Can she slow down and put together the sort of policy and political resume that would make her a viable candidate in 2012? Yes, she can. Will she? Who knows.

Monday's Fix Picks: It's not the heat, it's the humidity.

1. Maureen Dowd on Gates-gate
2. Obama, the Clintons and health care reform
3. How much bipartisanship is enough?
4. A polling primer
5. Who is tweeting at the White House?

In Memoriam: Linton Weeks, a former Post reporter, lost his two sons -- Stone and Holt -- in a car accident late last week. Weeks, a Tennessean by birth, was a colleague and a friend before he lit out for National Public Radio to cover the 2008 campaign (among other things). Please keep he and his wife, Jan, in your thoughts and prayers.

Meet Sean Parnell: Sean Parnell (aka the 10th Governor of Alaska) is a perfect example of the political axiom that when one door closes, another opens. It was almost one year ago to the date that Parnell lost a primary to Rep. Don Young by 304 votes -- in spite the swirl of ethics problems around the incumbent, and an endorsement for Parnell's candidacy by Palin. Prior to being elected lieutenant governor in 2006, Parnell did stints in the Alaska state House and Senate during the 1990s. Of Parnell, the Anchorage Daily News wrote recently: "The soft-spoken Parnell is a far different personality from the larger-than-life governor he replaces. He can appear shy at times, more comfortable managing behind the scenes than rallying supporters."

Patrick In Dire Straits: In the space of two and a half years, Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick has gone from national Democratic star to embattled incumbent. A new poll conducted for the Boston Globe is full of bad news for Patrick as he prepares to run for a second term next November. Just 35 percent of voters approved of the job Patrick is doing while 56 percent disapproved. Among independents, a critical voting bloc in Massachusetts, less than three in ten (28 percent) approved of how Patrick was handling his job while 61 percent disapproved. Even among black voters, who are regarded as one of the pillars of Patrick's base thanks to his status as the first African-American governor in the state's history, more people disapproved (44 percent) than approved (56 percent) of the job he is doing. Patrick's personal ratings are also poor; 36 percent of voters see him in a favorable light while 52 percent view him unfavorably. State Treasurer Tim Cahill, who left the Democratic party earlier this month with an eye on an independent run for governor, is in much stronger shape with a 42 percent favorable/17 percent unfavorable rating. Former Obama campaign manager David Plouffe has called re-electing Patrick his top priority in 2010. These numbers show it is going to be a very tough task.

Giannoulias Is In: Illinois state Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias (D) made it official over the weekend -- he's running for the Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Roland Burris (D) next fall. Sounding very much like the man who held this seat before getting elected president last year, Giannoulias railed against "Washington politics as usual" in his announcement speech and hammered "those who controlled Washington systematically undermined the economic engine of the American middle class." That rhetoric is a direct shot at Rep. Mark Kirk, the near-certain Republican nominee, who has spent the last nine years in Washington. Giannoulias' announcement was a mere formality; he had already raised nearly $2 million for his candidacy over the first six months of 2009. It remains to be seen whether or not Giannoulias, who has the backing of Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (Ill.), will have the primary to himself. Merchandise Mart CEO Chris Kennedy continues to consider runs for Senate and governor and even those close to him insist they aren't sure which race he will take or or whether he will run at all.

Click It! : Americans United, a liberal outside group, will launch a new ad today on D.C. cable stations using a snail(!) to push back against the Republican messaging that the White House is moving too quickly on health care reform. As a snail crawls across the screen, the ad's narrator says that for the past fifteen years the health care debate has hardly moved at all; "that's because when something goes slow enough, it's easy to kill dead in its tracks," the narrator says as a black loafer crushes the unsuspecting snail. The ad buy is "five figures" according to a source close the group.

Anzalone, Liston (and Friends) Ride RAGBRAI: Wonder what political consultants do in off years? Wonder no more. Democratic consultants John Anzalone (Anzalone-Liszt Research), Ann Liston (Adelstein|Liston), Ed Peavey and Amy Pritchard (Mission Control) and Martin Hamburger (Laguens Hamburger Kully Klose) spent the last week riding across Iowa on bikes -- an annual pilgrimage known as the (Des Moines) Register's Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa or RAGBRAI for those in the know. The group rode more than 500 miles over the course of a week; "You have not lived until you have shared butt cream with consultant team members," said Anzalone. Um, we'll take your word for it.

Say What?: "I like the president, but he is out of control and he has been leading a stampede of more spending and debt and taxes and government takeovers." -- South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint (R) being honest during an interview with ABC's "This Week".

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 27, 2009; 6:00 AM ET
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Hey, chrisfox8, I've never lied here so I can't very well "stop" lying since I didn't "start". Next canard?

Posted by: JakeD | July 31, 2009 7:38 PM | Report abuse

You donot need actual vouchers or coupons to partipate in this program. All dealers are required and government will
reimburse the fees for the clunkers


Posted by: jhenry3107 | July 31, 2009 2:02 AM | Report abuse

Hey Jake don't you ever stop lying?

Posted by: chrisfox8 | July 28, 2009 11:35 AM | Report abuse

Although Chris has good advice, I can't see her taking it.

Laying low is unlikely, given her penchant for publicity. Boning up on policy? She's already had years to do that, but hasn't shown any inclination.

But I do hope she hires a speech therapist to help her sort out her words. Until this happens, we won't have a clue about where she stands on any issue.

Posted by: bulldog6 | July 28, 2009 9:07 AM | Report abuse

For the record, Gov. Palin's actual answer was that she reads ALL of the newspapers they give her (and she never said "I can see Russia from my house" as that was Tina Fey). One would think lying to be unnecessary if she were as bad as you say.

Posted by: JakeD | July 28, 2009 7:01 AM | Report abuse

Of course, mavis, Palin is just doing that she always does, playing to the conceits and insecurity of low-class people. You're great because you're Americans, those eastern elitists have to right to make fun of you, you're better than any lesser Americans (dog-whistle for dark-skinned people), we're proud to be fundamentalists, we don't read no books wit' no big words (nor newspapers), we're the real people here.

Gooble gobble, one of us.

Her decline to insignificance will be nice once it's done but the serial stunts between now and they are going to keep her in the news for a while, with CC gushing over her at least once a week.

What a horrid nasty woman. Thanks, McCain, we really needed this.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | July 28, 2009 1:01 AM | Report abuse

I'm from Montana, a state that's over-run with hunters. Let me tell you that this "hunting for food" myth applies to only a *very few* actual hunters. Hunting is a big-time SPORT that costs a LOT of money!

You gotta buy expensive guns, ammo, camo clothing, boots, tents, camping gear, 4-wheel drives, 4-wheelers... etc. Not to mention the dudes that come from out of state that need to hire a hunting guide. THEN, most hunters have to hire a butcher to cut up the kill; the expenses are endless!

That "we eat therefore we hunt" statement is a bunch of HOGWASH. It's a heck of a lot cheaper just to buy a cow and have it butchered than to go on a hunting trip!!

Posted by: mavisdarling | July 28, 2009 12:40 AM | Report abuse

She also riled up the rubes with a parting shot about a fictitous "anti-hunting" movement, and ended up with "we eat therefore we hunt" no doubt her audience clapping so hard the cigarette packs fell out of their shirtsleeves.

Talk about low class.

The Palins probably walk on all fours when the rreporters aren't around, and her idea of sportsmanship is to shoot animals from the air over ground that offers them nowhere to hide .. and leaving their carcasses, or leaving them wounded, in the snow. May her copter have engine failure and may the wolves she was shooting at finish her off.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | July 28, 2009 12:27 AM | Report abuse

Oh for heaven's sake. Sarah isn't going to run for president, she's going to muster up her own militia.

Posted by: mavisdarling | July 28, 2009 12:23 AM | Report abuse

In her farewell speech, Sarah Palin challenges the media to "stop makin' things up." I thought she liked Rush Limbaugh?

Posted by: blackmediawatch | July 28, 2009 12:13 AM | Report abuse

If you think Sarah Palin has the stature of Nixon in any way, or if you think Nixon's disgruntled reaction to losing is in any way comparable to Palin's deranged resignation stunt, you really need to get your head examined.

Of course, anyone with your incredible tolerance for repetition is probably beyond the help of modern psychiatry. Anyone else, in a civil manner, Next canard .. you have a brain like a short loop of punched paper tape.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | July 27, 2009 11:23 PM | Report abuse

"What's next for Palin?"

How about parenting? Don't she and First Dud have a family of 5 to raise.?

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

FDR did quit before his term as State Senator -- I will have to go back and double-check if RMN completed every other term of office -- the main point is that he flipped off the media in '62 too but still came back.

Posted by: JakeD | July 27, 2009 11:04 PM | Report abuse

She loves being in the lime light, I think she will likely pose for Playboy. She would make a great porn star.

Posted by: SWAMPYPD | July 27, 2009 10:40 PM | Report abuse

For everyone else (other than "chrisfox8") many politicians have "quit" (like FDR in 1913 or Nixon in 1962) but still have gone on to win the White House. In fact, the only Presidents with a "perfect" electoral record were those never elected to anything else


Nixon didn't quit in the middle of a term, until he resigned as a result of Watergate.

He was finished then.

Palin is finished now.

I guess it'll take you a few years to deal with this uh calamity, huh?

Take your time.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | July 27, 2009 10:07 PM | Report abuse

Fix, thanks for the latest GOP/Kristol "Phalin for 2012" talking points. Hadn't read them yet.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | July 27, 2009 7:43 PM | Report abuse

For everyone else (other than "chrisfox8") many politicians have "quit" (like FDR in 1913 or Nixon in 1962) but still have gone on to win the White House. In fact, the only Presidents with a "perfect" electoral record were those never elected to anything else ; )

Posted by: JakeD | July 27, 2009 7:38 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin may win at bingo but if you think she's ever going to win an election again you're even nuttier than your preoccupation with Obama's eligibility would indicate.

Palin is finished. She's a quitter and a nut.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | July 27, 2009 7:31 PM | Report abuse

First thing that former Governor Palin should do is release her LONG FORM birth certificate showing everyone how easy it is to prove where one was born. Once more people see how authentic she is (especially if the economy keeps faltering), she will win.

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

Hey Jake, let's see how far you'll crawl out on that thin limb.

Are you willing to post that Sarah Palin is intelligent?

I dare you.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | July 27, 2009 7:09 PM | Report abuse


Don't misunderestimate Gov. Palin. Intelligent candidates who are nonetheless pro-choice do not rate high with MILLIONS of voters. Somehow, Bush beat your "genius" candidates though, right?

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

Given JakeD's prior history of posts in support of Bush, and his statement here that he'd vote for a ticket with Palin at the top, it's clear that intelligence is not on his candidate checklist....

Posted by: pcpatterson | July 27, 2009 6:09 PM | Report abuse


Regarding what now-plain-citizen Sarah Palin SHOULD DO, I largely agree with your list:

Avoid the Spotlight, Bone Up on Policy, Campaign with Purpose, Slow and Steady.

My questionable (but remarkably accurate so far) read of Former Gov. Palin's behaviour and character is:

Avoid the Spotlight:
She is temperamentally incapable of doing this. If anyone has any doubts of this, view Gus van Sant's 'To Die For'. Her narcissism is vampiric in its need for sustinence.

Bone Up on Policy:
Studying is hard, largely solitary work--as those of us who swotted from morning to night in our Uni. days know. Although Palin's Neo-Cartesian parting shot, 'We eat, therefore we hunt', might lead supporters to hope, I'm rather convinced that her fairly effortless ascent to media stardom last September convinced her (erroneously) that 'policy-schmolicy I already got my supporters'.

Campaign with Purpose:

Unless Palin gets some truly top-notch handlers--and follows their good advice--it won't happen. Her entire approach is completely scattershot and, at least since she showed up on the national scene, always has been.

Slow and Steady:

Palin would do well to take a leaf from T-Paw's book and do just that--but she won't. She's a believer in the shooting star syndrome, but she ought to realise that (if she'd just do a bit of swotting) shooting stars only rarely have broad curves to their arcs; usually, it's straight up and straight back to dust.

Posted by: sverigegrabb | July 27, 2009 5:46 PM | Report abuse

In fact, I have in fact voted Alan Keyes for President before (proving yet again that I am not a racist ; )

Posted by: JakeD | July 27, 2009 5:26 PM | Report abuse

Everyone got that? Jake would vote for Palin/Keyes.

Wow I'm glad we got that cleared up.

Come on, CC, Palin isn't going to lay low, she'd not going to bone up on policy, if she found herself reading a book or a journal she would feel her identity eroding. Real Americans don't read books, Real Americans don't read journals with big words, Real Americans go to redneck rallies and chant slogans. Palin is nothing if not anti-intellectual and that is never going to change.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | July 27, 2009 4:58 PM | Report abuse

Sarah needs to return to college and study government policy, international relations, monetary policy, as she has never uttered a coherent word on issues and I voted for her. Yikes!

Posted by: mascmen7 | July 27, 2009 4:49 PM | Report abuse

I would vote for Palin-Keyes.

Posted by: JakeD | July 27, 2009 4:35 PM | Report abuse

Palin says "declared government spending can destroy ‘everything that is free.’”

As usual she can't cite any facts or stats. Alaska gets $1.84 back from every dollar sent to the feds.

Posted by: MerrillFrank | July 27, 2009 4:17 PM | Report abuse

"* Avoid the (Spot) Light:" (this from an advisor to Fred Thompson, whose campaign had all the energy of a Fiat 1500 with a blown sparkplug. Who else will give her advice, Guilliani? Tancredo?

"* Bone up on Policy:" Off the cuff and off the reservation Sarah? SHE thinks her cluelessness is her best characteristic. Taking a couple of years to learn something, (like going to college) isn't in her bag of tricks.

She WILL sort of avoid the spot light, as she goes from one carefully vetted venue to another, always insisting on having a true blue Palin audience to make it look like she is riding a wave.

I hope she succeeds, because everything she is going to do for the next three years will make her totally unready for the big time, after she gobbles up a nomination, and has to go out on her own and lead the Republican Ticket.

Still, perhaps the Republicans can go all the way this time.

Sarah Palin and Alan Keyes. or Steve Forbes.

Posted by: ceflynline | July 27, 2009 4:16 PM | Report abuse


Politics should not be a contact sport though ; )

Posted by: JakeD | July 27, 2009 3:46 PM | Report abuse

Wow a Palin post is like flypaper for the GOP kooks

Posted by: chrisfox8 | July 27, 2009 3:25 PM | Report abuse

"Or just fantasizing about her, period?"

It's amazing what difference a comma makes. I almost choked on my sandwich when I just glanced over that at first.


Yeah for Flakey Jake I bet that comma isn't there.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | July 27, 2009 3:14 PM | Report abuse

-- it's just a political blog, people -- calm down a bit. --
Posted by: JakeD

Jake, isn't that sorta like telling rugby players "its only a game", to calm down and play nice? There's a reason politics should not be discussed at parties. Calm down indeed...

Posted by: Fate1 | July 27, 2009 3:12 PM | Report abuse

For the record.

Posted by: nodebris | July 27, 2009 3:04 PM | Report abuse

For the record, I understood what Mr. Cillizza meant


Everyone got that? Jake understood what he meant.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | July 27, 2009 2:45 PM | Report abuse

For the record, I understood what Mr. Cillizza meant just fine re: "she and her former....." and "he and his wife......" -- it's just a political blog, people -- calm down a bit.

Posted by: JakeD | July 27, 2009 2:34 PM | Report abuse

Chris: in light of the issues of the day, this is minor - but please, get your pronouns right. "she and her former....." and "he and his wife......" are incorrect as used in your article.
If you can replace the compound phrase with the word them (objective voice) use him and her; if you can replace it with the word they (nominative voice) use he and she. It just isn't that difficult, and irritates the shrinking population of readers who still know and use proper grammar.

Posted by: steinway118 | July 27, 2009 2:26 PM | Report abuse

I think the Republicans are becoming increasing vulnerable on the stimulus as the economy starts to improve. Jus today housing sales are starting to rebound. I also think that the Republicans will vulnerable on the tax issue. A vote against the stimulus was a vote against a tax cut and vote for the Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT). I would hope that Democrats will point out that over a third of the stimulus was tax cuts and vote against it was a vote for higher taxes on the middle class.

I hope to see a web based tax calculator like Obama did d during the campaign so people can see how much money the stimulus saved them on their 2009 and 2010 taxes. This way legislatures who supported the stimulus can campaign against those who vote against it as some who voted to raise their taxes. They can then direct voters to see how much the anti-stimulus person caused their taxes to go up. For them subject to the AMT that could be substantial.

Posted by: bradcpa | July 27, 2009 1:41 PM | Report abuse

or this nugget:

"Please pass my government takover of health care. Otherwise your evil, greedy pediatrician will cut out your tonsils, just to make a buck."

Please pass the teleprompter. silly Obimbo is off message and lost his big claim to fame.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | July 27, 2009 1:09 PM | Report abuse

compare that to "I don't know the facts but when cops confront a black man, they are totally racist and stupid"

now you know the reason he is required to stay on teleprompter by his handlers.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | July 27, 2009 1:06 PM | Report abuse

too funny!

Memo to Birthers: Even Ann Coulter calls you a bunch of "cranks."

Appearing on Fox News this past Friday, Coulter further blamed the liberal media for using the Birthers to smear the political right, saying that multiple conservative publications looked at this issue last year and concluded that there's nothing there:

"So for CNN or MSNBC, or you Geraldo, the liberal on Fox, to be bringing this out as if it's an issue, you know, it's just a few cranks out there," said Coulter.

Posted by: drindl | July 27, 2009 1:05 PM | Report abuse

The rightwing MSM can do everything they want to be try to keep her out there, but's she not only old news, she freaking incoherent -- can't string more than 3 words togehter, can't manage a connected thought. Her synapsis seem to fire out of order:

"Sarah Palin officially stepped down as Alaska’s governor on Sunday, with a speech that “blamed the news media and declared government spending can destroy ‘everything that is free.’” Speaking to the press, Palin said that U.S. troops were fighting to protect their freedoms, adding, “So, how about, in honor of the American soldier, ya’ quit makin’ things up"

I wonder if she's heavily medicated?

Posted by: drindl | July 27, 2009 1:03 PM | Report abuse

It would seem by all measures in the press that everyone with an attention span longer than a knat (sorry drivl and chrissuxcox) that Palin in her quitting and so-called failure (in Lib terms) is more interesting than Obimbo's failure and continuing on.

According to Obimbo, it is the Repubs in the 60 seat dominated Senate that is stymying his march to socialism. Is there one Lib out there who can count to 60? I know math is a mystery and econolmics downright dumbfounding but I think even half-wits (Joe biden) understand that 9.5% is greater than 8.

Of course the halfwit, aka worst speaker in history is done blaming the CIa and is moving on to empty promises in the tradition of Dem candidates.

Still waiting for Korean consequences. gitmo plans. gays in the military, world peace, economic prosperity, lower unemployment, stimulus dollars, free health care, free cars, lower taxes, etc.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | July 27, 2009 12:57 PM | Report abuse

"Or just fantasizing about her, period?"

It's amazing what difference a comma makes. I almost choked on my sandwich when I just glanced over that at first.

Posted by: DDAWD | July 27, 2009 12:37 PM | Report abuse

5280sail wrote: "Well I sure wouldn't know it [that Palin is irrelevant] based on media coverage and liberal blogging drivel."

Off the top of your head name three public policies Palin is championing and a little about their details.

5280sail wrote: "Being so irrelevant must mean you are not focused, say on JIndal, Pawlenty, or Romney."

Unlike republicans the democrats can do more than one thing at a time.

5280sail wrote: "Obama has a real team out there! "Stupidily" focusing on the irrelvant."

Who in the Obama administration is focusing on Palin? Who is out there responding to what Palin is saying? Who is out there making sure her attacks and policies do not go unanswered? Who in the Obama administration are you saying thinks she is relevant?

And I tbought it was telling when at Palin's farewell that Palin scolded the media saying that the new governor has a nice family and the media should leave them alone. I immediately realized I knew nothing of Parnell's family because he did not drag them in front of the cameras to use them to help get elected, nor to bolster his political positions. She should ask herself why the media focused on her family and does not focus on Parnell's.

Posted by: Fate1 | July 27, 2009 12:31 PM | Report abuse

"Since her op-ed was about the Obama's plan for cap and trade and the financial and tax ramifications of the bill now in the Senate."

Sarah Palin discussing "ramifications"? LOLOL She can't even spell or define ramifications, never mind opine on the ramifications of anything.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | July 27, 2009 12:27 PM | Report abuse

"Guess you haven't read her drivelous Op-Ed..."
Posted by: chrisfox8 | July 27, 2009 12:03 PM

Obviousy neither has chrisfox8. Since her op-ed was about the Obama's plan for cap and trade and the financial and tax ramifications of the bill now in the Senate.

"Drivelous" is a good adjective from what I have seen so far from Mr. Fox8.

Posted by: 5280sail | July 27, 2009 12:20 PM | Report abuse

"Remember that it is always easier to go around an immovable object than through it."

Yes, that's about the level of advice Palin requires. You might want to add that dropped objects fall and hard pointy surfaces can hurt.

Posted by: nodebris | July 27, 2009 12:18 PM | Report abuse

"Palin is irrelevant. "
Posted by: jaxas | July 27, 2009 10:38 AM | Report abuse

Well I sure wouldn't know it based on media coverage and liberal blogging drivel.

Being so irrelevant must mean you are not focused, say on JIndal, Pawlenty, or Romney.

Obama has a real team out there! "Stupidily" focusing on the irrelvant.

Posted by: 5280sail | July 27, 2009 12:13 PM | Report abuse

@reason5: Palin an advocate of energy policy?

Guess you haven't read her drivelous Op-Ed from a few days ago. Sorry, but "drill baby drill" is all she's got. Nothing to see here.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | July 27, 2009 12:03 PM | Report abuse

chrisfox8..." donkey act in Tijuana"

This is pretty representative of the caliber of people that Obama attracts.

And we wonder why Obama says stupid things at stupid times.

Posted by: 5280sail | July 27, 2009 12:02 PM | Report abuse

Victor Davis Hanson, KKK member

Posted by: drivl

the moonbat in cheif continues her record setting posts. Over one million served without an inkling of content or intelligence. It is truly a wonder.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | July 27, 2009 11:59 AM | Report abuse

Hey, Jake. She isn't "Gov." Palin anymore.

She's "has-been" Palin. Still fantasizing about her being president?

Or just fantasizing about her, period?

Posted by: chrisfox8 | July 27, 2009 11:59 AM | Report abuse

advice...never worth much but here it is:

Remember that it is always easier to go around an immovable object than through it.

Open doors are an invitation to come in, and a door partly open is always worth a peek.

Your passion is the fuel that energizes and an energized person, energizes the world. Stoke the furnace!

Posted by: 5280sail | July 27, 2009 11:57 AM | Report abuse

Next for Palin? A series of unhinged stunts to keep her in the news. Ending up as a donkey act in Tijuana

Posted by: chrisfox8 | July 27, 2009 11:55 AM | Report abuse

kingof zouk is a mental patient, like scrivener. you may laugh at him as we all do, but do not try to 'discuss' anything with him as he has no mental capacity.

Posted by: drindl | July 27, 2009 11:45 AM | Report abuse

Victor Davis Hanson, KKK member

Posted by: drindl | July 27, 2009 11:41 AM | Report abuse

From the way you and past media prognositcators I would have though Sarah Palin was going off into oblivian. Apparently, that won't be happening or you would not have devoted somuch space. Ok! so what is happening?

Posted by: jackolantyrn356 | July 27, 2009 11:16 AM | Report abuse

None of us gets a pass once we evoke racial identity, not even the president of the United States, not even one of mixed racial heritage. Once we go down that road of racial self-aggrandizement, of seeing each other not by the content of our characters, but by the color of our skins, we invite nemesis — and there will be retribution. Because Barack Obama has consistently emphasized racial identity to further his own advantage, I fear others, both black and white, will be emboldened to follow his polarizing lead — in ways both novel and far more pernicious. We once trusted our uniquely qualified president to help lead us out of our racial morass, but so far he has only pushed us far deeper into it.

— Victor Davis Hanson

Posted by: king_of_zouk | July 27, 2009 11:16 AM | Report abuse

From time to time, a voice of near-antipathy in Obama erupted, as in his infamous “clingers” speech about the lower-middle-class supposed know-nothings of Pennsylvania, or in his dismissal of the grandmother who raised him as a “typical white person.” Before Michelle Obama grew silent, she managed to tell America that it was a “downright mean” country, where the bar was raised serially even on those as wealthy and privileged as the Obamas, and that, prior to her husband’s presidential campaign, she had not been especially proud of the United States — amplification of long-held views that can be seen as early as her Princeton undergraduate thesis.

No matter. The media and the liberal elite ignored these telltale signs, and instead were eager to accept the implicit pact that the soothing racial healer Barack Obama offered them. It was an unspoken understanding that might be paraphrased as something along the following lines: “Vote for me and I will offer you instant exemption from all prior racial guilt — and yet allow you to live your rather secluded lives as usual.”

In other words, the endowed professor, the corporate attorney, the green CEO, the endowment officer, and the high-school teacher could all continue to live in safe and separate neighborhoods, ensure their children went to mostly white and Asian schools (whether elite public or private), and through taxes for entitlements and abstract support for affirmative action still feel they were doing a great deal for race relations. As they saw it, they elected one comfortable and hip Barack Obama as their president — without living among, going to school with, or working alongside the Other.

The Cairo speech was full of historical falsehoods, and a textbook example of moral equivalence, as Islamic felonies were juxtaposed alongside American misdemeanors in the fashion of the Platonic “noble lie.” Time and time again, in both implicit and explicit fashion, our president has made it clear that he does not believe in American exceptionalism — despite assuming quite an exceptional pulpit to weigh in on global matters.

Now President Obama has passed judgment on the Professor Gates tragicomedy by deriding the Cambridge police force for acting “stupidly” in arresting and then releasing his friend. It mattered little that Obama, the Harvard Law graduate, knew nothing about the details of the case. A picture taken at the scene, and eyewitness accounts of bystanders — and who knows what the yet-unreleased transcript of the recorded exchange with Professor Gates could reveal — all seemed to suggest that Gates overreacted to a legitimate request for an ID. Americans, white and black, may lament someone being arrested in his own house, but they also do not think it a wise idea to insult and ridicule armed police arriving at their homes after being summoned to an apparent burglary in progress.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | July 27, 2009 11:12 AM | Report abuse

Someone tried to compare Palin now to Obama prior to the Presidential primary. They used this comparison to illustrate that Palin really does have a chance at ascending to the Presidency. There is one key difference between the two of them that makes this an invalid analysis. Barack Obama's message appealed to a broad range of voters, including a large majority of Independants and even some Republicans. He consistantly spoke about working together and bridging the partisan divide. Nothing in the polling surroundign Sarah Palin suggests that her message has broad appeal. She is a favorite amongst the hard right conservatives but beyond that her numbers lag. This might win her the primary, but she will never be able to win the general election.

Posted by: cmb1 | July 27, 2009 11:10 AM | Report abuse

advice...never worth much but here it is:

Remember that it is always easier to go around an immovable object than through it.

Open doors are an invitation to come in, and a door partly open is always worth a peek.

Your passion is the fuel that energizes and an energized person, energizes the world. Stoke the furnace!

Posted by: 5280sail | July 27, 2009 11:06 AM | Report abuse

Because most people see through this corrupt, smelly racists thugs for just what they are: Bellydragging bottomdwelling, scumsucking cowards!

Posted by: jaxas

the morons have been reduced to thier usual MO.

It wasn't out of a need for racial healing that President Barack Obama reached out to his old friend, Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr., and Cambridge Police Sgt. James Crowley.

"We were looking at House hearings on the matter moving fairly quickly, and that wasn't going to be good for us or for Gates," says a White House source. "We needed this thing to go away and go away fast."

there is a huge need to cover up what Libs really think and do these days.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | July 27, 2009 11:05 AM | Report abuse

"particularly on matters like the back and forth between she and her former son-in-law"??


My English teacher would've been up a wall about that one, but lots of speakers do the same thing.

Posted by: Maerzie | July 27, 2009 10:59 AM | Report abuse

People have such short memories. Back during the campaign, the media did pretty much the same thing it is doing now--carrying buckets of sewer sludge dredged up for them by the corrupt, stinking right wing.

Remember all of the nagative narratives peddled about Obama during the campaign? The Reverend Wright, Hogbaugh's odious "Barack the Magic Negro", the comical flap over the Pledge of Allegiance and flag lapels--all stinking crap just like the same feces they are hurling right now deriving from what is a transparent racial animus against this good and decent man.

None of it mattered just like none of this current Hogbaugh inspired sh!tsorm will matter. Because most people see through this corrupt, smelly racists thugs for just what they are: Bellydragging bottomdwelling, scumsucking cowards!

Posted by: jaxas | July 27, 2009 10:51 AM | Report abuse

I think Palin should form a PAC, travel this year & next raising money & getting support from national GOP candidates & work hard on her stump speech. I believe Palin's "big issue" has to be energy policy. She needs to push this policy until 2011 when she will be able to run for the GOP nomination. She can push energy policy while working hard to get familiar with alot of other issues. If Palin plans to run in 2012, that's what she has to do.

Posted by: reason5 | July 27, 2009 10:45 AM | Report abuse

What's funny now is that to have any future as a presidential candidate, Palin must now commence attacks on her fellow Republicans, who will have to respond in kind to prevent her from gaining traction. Her predictable, sophomoric attacks on Obama will gain her nothing. Get ready for the circular firing squad!

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | July 27, 2009 10:42 AM | Report abuse

Avoid the (Spot) Light:
Unlikely. She feeds off light as aggressively as a Kudzu vine. But she could tone it down, showing up for light hearted parties and charity events, keeping her face in the public but saying little of substance.

Bone up on Policy:
Impossible. This is not an intellectually curious woman. If being the VP nominee was not enough incentive to learn what the VP job was about, then how do you expect her to learn the mundane and boring aspects of US-Cuba relations, US-China relations, middle east policy, etc. She, like Bush, relies on gut feelings. If it feels wrong its wrong, if it feels right its right, the facts are as irrelevant as any potential consequences.

Campaign With Purpose:
First she should learn that whipping up anger is not campaigning, unless you are a radical. If all she has is anger to campaign on she will not do well. She needs to define her message in all areas of public policy. She has not done well in this regard (see "Bone up on policy).

Slow and Steady....:
Well, this is good advice for anyone who wants to win a long-term competition, but Palin has already proven that if she cannot go full-steam she will simply quit. Unlike Lance Armstrong and other great atheletes who pace themselves and understand their own strengths and weaknesses, and manage them during a race, Palin simply sprints out of the starting blocks complaining along the way about anything that slows her down, and then when she gets tired she quits and heads off to the sidelines complaining about the rock in her shoe and sun in her eyes but touts her speed saying how much faster it was than those who actually finished the race. Don't expect her to become responsible at this stage in life.

The problem as I see it is that there are many women in the GOP who have all the attributes this column says Palin should have, but they are ignored and sidelined by the GOP leadership. Women in general are not liked in political posts by the GOP. 22 percent of House Democrats are women, but only 9.5 percent of House Republicans are. 23 percent of the Senate Democrats are women, but only 10 percent of the Republicans are. If Palin runs in 2012 for anything her main problem will not be democrats, it will be those republican men who would never nominate a woman, no matter how qualified, to be president.

Posted by: Fate1 | July 27, 2009 10:40 AM | Report abuse

I see joked is still defending the honor and political future of his dream girl.

One day reality will smake joked right in the face.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | July 27, 2009 10:38 AM | Report abuse

king_of_zouk, to put it as succincly as possible: You're full of crap! Look. Palin is irrelevant. Even republicans know in the depths of their own psyches she is never going to be President.

And all of this other media-fabricated drama--Obama's birth certificate hoopla, the Gates arrest and the upcoming beer party, the manufactured dram concerning health care, the steady drumbeat of Obama-is-in-trouble claptrap--it is all chaff for all of you dumbed down Obama haters out there who whack off to every report telling you how awful he is.

None of it matters. When the dust clears, it will be just like WAR OF THE WORLDS when they dropped the bomb on the martians only to find that they were still in their protective bubbles. The point is: When the screeching stops, Obama is still going to be President. He is still going to be here for at least 4 years and probably more. Why? Because most of the people like him. They don't buy all of the hogwash Hogbaugh and his analwiping sycophants in the mainstream media peddle. And because economists know that we are in for a major boom at some point during his Presidency which he will rightly or wrongly get credit for.

None of this media manufactured carny show you see now is going to make any more difference than it did during the campaign.

Posted by: jaxas | July 27, 2009 10:38 AM | Report abuse

thank you jaxas. eloquently stated.

Zombies for Palin.

Posted by: drindl | July 27, 2009 10:35 AM | Report abuse

At least Nixon flew off in a helicopter.

Posted by: tony_in_Durham_NC | July 27, 2009 10:29 AM | Report abuse

Cripes, all you have to do is mention Sarah to get jaked all hot and bothered. Please stop, Fix.

Posted by: nodebris | July 27, 2009 10:29 AM | Report abuse

'Winners never quit and quitters never win.'

This is the end of Palin's career. Only the rightwing MSM is keeping her name out there. But only the usual loony trolls are interested in her now, and they're too stupid to figure out how to vote.

Posted by: drindl | July 27, 2009 10:29 AM | Report abuse


Now that Gov Palin has stepped down, what are your predictions for the next date of a Fix post with her as the subject?

I'll take Thursday, July 30.

Posted by: bsimon1 | July 27, 2009 10:27 AM | Report abuse

I wonder what Mrs. Fix thinks about The Fix's obsession with Sarah Palin.

Posted by: mnteng | July 27, 2009 10:25 AM | Report abuse

Of the 40% of American voters who support Sarah Palin, about half of them of of the garden variety crackpot types who are still trying to delegitimize Obama with this bogus story about his Kenyan birth. They are also the same collection of bizarre cranks that show up at these silly Tea Parties peddling Glenn Beck's weirdo theory that Obama is actual a fascist, a socialist and a communist all at the same time.

Palin connects with these nutzoids because she thinks, acts and talks in the same aggrieved, the-media-is-out-to-get-me, pity-poor-me rhetoric they do. Palin is emblematic of the Rush Hogbaugh dittohead types who just looooove the old culture wars and have never gotten over the fact that this black dude won the elction. It really sticks in their craw.

Look. These people aren't interested in governing. They have no policies other than simply reducing government to a size more appropriate to an 18th century agrarian economy. They are still fighting ancient enemies, old ghosts from the cold war days, still railing against FDR socialist programs that the American people have long accepted as a normal functioning of our governmental system.

Some of them quack about going back on the gold standard, getting rid of the FED, getting us out of the UN. They are nothing more than the worn out remnants of the old John Birch Society. They are dead people walking and don't even know it.

Posted by: jaxas | July 27, 2009 10:20 AM | Report abuse

What's next for Palin? I don't care!

Posted by: optimyst | July 27, 2009 10:15 AM | Report abuse

CORRECTION NEEDED : numbers mixed up

"Even among black voters, who are regarded as one of the pillars of Patrick's base thanks to his status as the first African-American governor in the state's history, more people disapproved (44 percent) than approved (56 percent) of the job he is doing."

I assume Chris means the opposite

Posted by: sfcpoll | July 27, 2009 10:10 AM | Report abuse

Last week we learned that cops are all racists, no matter what. That doctors are greedy and only care about money.

But mostly that our president is an arrogant elitist who thinks it's really cool he has a mansion, a jet, his own surgeon and an expensive vacation with hollywooders

still throws like a girl and can't even pass his agenda in a lib congress. What a joke.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | July 27, 2009 9:43 AM | Report abuse

She's an immature, narcissistic quitter. GOP, you are welcome to her.

Posted by: soonerthought | July 27, 2009 9:33 AM | Report abuse

So this week obambi has invited Castro and Chavez to the WH for a beer. They plan on having a good laugh at their attempt at taking over Hondures. I'm so happy these guys love us again.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | July 27, 2009 9:30 AM | Report abuse

To answer the question "What's Next" I believe that she is coming to California to speak at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum. I hope the press gets plenty of pictures of her standing at the door of Air Force One.

Posted by: JakeD | July 27, 2009 9:29 AM | Report abuse

Perhaps she could give messiah some lessons on speech making without the prompter, integrity in public service, fulfilling promises and basic morality.

Isn't he off to mv to rub elbows with his peeps. We can always telephone if we need him.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | July 27, 2009 9:20 AM | Report abuse


It's called a HYPOTHETICAL question.

Back to the main topic: Gov. Palin already is a "viable candidate" for 2012 -- only those who deny that want her to "slow down" Chris -- I would love for her to be the first woman to be a major party nominee for President of the United States.

Posted by: JakeD | July 27, 2009 9:19 AM | Report abuse

Jacked, Gates didn't beat anyone with his cane. He did a lot of shouting.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | July 27, 2009 9:04 AM | Report abuse

The resignation ceremony itself was dignified yet highly emotional.


Posted by: MikeLicht | July 27, 2009 9:04 AM | Report abuse


Great questions!

Registered "Independent" is the fastest growing "party" right now. It will only increase as Obama, Biden, and Pelosi keep screwing up,

Posted by: JakeD | July 27, 2009 8:59 AM | Report abuse

The better question is "What's next for Nancy Pelosi?" Her poll numbers are much lower than Palin's.

Good grief. Is Pelosi the best our Democratic Party can do?

Independent, here I come.

Posted by: auntmo9990 | July 27, 2009 8:51 AM | Report abuse


Kill yourself? Even better.

Posted by: JakeD | July 27, 2009 8:41 AM | Report abuse

P.S. Maureen Dowd is stupid. As the daughter of a policeman, she really thinks that Professor Gates should have not been arrested no matter how "confrontational" he became? What if he started beating someone with his cane? I wonder what that OpEd piece would have looked like if it had been one of Bush's friends a couple of years ago? At least I know I would be consistent. I protested in front of Gates's house Saturday with my sign "APOLOGIZE TO CROWLEY!"

Posted by: JakeD | July 27, 2009 8:39 AM | Report abuse

Dear Fix, you are terrific, but you must learn when to use and an objective pronoun and when to use the nominative. Two glaring errors this a.m.
1. "between she and her former son-in-law"

2."Please keep he and his wife Jan in your prayers.."

I couldn't read any more after that.

Posted by: Alabama2 | July 27, 2009 8:34 AM | Report abuse

Move overseas if Palin is elected? No I will pack my winter coat and move to Hades.

Posted by: AndyR3 | July 27, 2009 8:33 AM | Report abuse

May I suggest she begin by getting rid of the flying monkeys?

Posted by: dodsoal | July 27, 2009 8:33 AM | Report abuse

The problem for the GOP is that they have opened Palindora's box and once she is out they can't control her. Everytime she opens her mouth she drives one more Independent back into the Democratic party, while at the same time raising 100 bucks from an extreme right winger. But as a democrat I will take the voter over the 100 bucks anyday of the week and twice on sunday.

Posted by: AndyR3 | July 27, 2009 8:30 AM | Report abuse

You won't have Sarah Palin to kick around anymore.

Seriously, though, was Barack Obama given any such "advice" in July, 2005? Gov. Palin will do just fine, thank you very much. If she does become President, will those of you always threatening to move overseas finally do so? She'd get my vote for that.

Posted by: JakeD | July 27, 2009 8:22 AM | Report abuse

Well, let me try it again (abridged version)...


How about (another?) calendar?



Posted by: scrivener50 | July 27, 2009 8:21 AM | Report abuse

What's next? Hiring consultants, raising tons of money, smearing Mitt Romney... Lot's of fun stuff for her to do.

Posted by: parkerfl1 | July 27, 2009 8:14 AM | Report abuse


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Posted by: scrivener50 | July 27, 2009 8:10 AM | Report abuse

She's an irresponsible, silly flake. Period.

Why would anyone elect her to anything, when you have no idea what she'd do if she got there. If she can't give a reason why she's quitting now, you can't know if she simply do it again.

Posted by: drindl | July 27, 2009 6:59 AM | Report abuse

I think Bride of Frankenstein is a more apt comparison than My Fair Lady...

Hopefully she will go away for awhile and tend to her family. And she does need to stay off the gossip pages.

Chris: sorry to hear about your colleague. My thoughts are with him and his wife

Posted by: RickJ | July 27, 2009 6:58 AM | Report abuse

HIGGINS [carried away] Yes: in six months--in three if she has a good
ear and a quick tongue--I'll take her anywhere and pass her off as
anything. We'll start today: now! this moment! Take her away and clean
her, Mrs. Pearce.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | July 27, 2009 6:41 AM | Report abuse

I can't help wondering if Sarah Palin woke up this morning and said "what have I done?" Because she's just made herself the second most famous quitter in GOP history.

Posted by: truble2301 | July 27, 2009 6:36 AM | Report abuse

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