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Palin Does Georgia: What Does It Mean?

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin used some of her star power at campaign appearances for Sen. Saxby Chambliss (right) yesterday. The Ga. Senate runoff is today. (AP Photo/Jenni Girtman)

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. -- As the Fix prepared to head back east to the frigid and snowy east (booo!) yesterday, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin was barnstorming the state of Georgia on behalf of Sen. Saxby Chambliss, whose political fate hangs in the balance of today's runoff.

Palin completed a four-stop swing through the Peach State Monday designed to rally the base of the party to turn out on behalf of Chambliss who is up against former state Rep. Jim Martin in the runoff, after Chambliss just failed to reach 50 percent of the vote in the Nov. 4 general election.

The crowds were robust for each event; the Atlanta Journal Constitution estimated that between 3,000 and 4,000 people were in attendance at her event in Augusta.

Palin's decision to blanket the state with appearances -- and the rock-star reception she is receiving -- speaks to two basic facts about the former vice presidential nominee: she is beloved by the base of the party and she has absolutely no intention of stepping off the national stage any time soon.

While Palin has been widely derided by many political commentators and many Democrats, it's hard to dispute that there is no more appealing face for the party faithful at the moment than her's.

Though few in the GOP base would admit it publicly, there is a significant weariness with President George W. Bush and, to a lesser extent, Sen. John McCain. Palin represents something totally different -- in the way she looks, the way she talks and in her résumé.

"She's a very, very fresh face for every Republican, and some independents, said Fred Davis, the lead media consultant for McCain's presidential race. "She is a breath of fresh air."

And, remember, that runoff elections are fundamentally a fight between the two parties' bases; turnout is a HUGE problem for both sides in runoffs so any politician who can provide a jolt of energy to the base -- a la Palin -- is a hugely valuable commodity for a politician like Chambliss.

John Weaver, a former senior adviser to McCain's presidential campaign, called the Palin visit in Georgia "relatively risk free" for both the Alaska governor and Chambliss.

But, Weaver added that the decision may not be so easy in the future.

"True general election campaigns will have to make a hard decision if her appeal to certain conservatives is worth losing moderates and independents," said Weaver.

The interest in Palin from those who count themselves loyal Republican footsoldiers is compounded by the Alaska governor's clear desire to remain a player (and potential candidate) in the party for years to come.

Palin's series of media interviews following McCain's loss coupled with her high profile appearance at the Republican Governors Association meeting last month in Florida made that clear. But, if there was any doubt, it should be cleared up by her willingness to demonstrate her political appeal on behalf of Chambliss.

"She's been bitten hard by the political bug and is willing to endure long plane rides to stay in the national game," said Phil Musser, a former executive director at the RGA and now a GOP media consultant.

Appearances like yesterday's are only part of the puzzle for Palin as she seeks to make herself viable on the national scene in 2012. "Today, her political strength is like unfocused electromagnetic energy: fascinating, cool to watch, very powerful but very unstable," added Musser. "If she can focus this energy into a laser beam, she can greatly improve her own long term prospects. If she can't and continues to makes gaffes, and appears overeager in terms of ambition, her power will fizzle out."

It's clear from the last month that whether Palin's national aspirations take off or crash land in the coming months, she will have ample runway on which to make the effort. (Bad metaphor alert! Maybe it's because the Fix just spent a lot of time in airports.)

If Chambliss wins, as he is expected to, watch to see how credit is doled out and whether -- or how much -- Palin gets.

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 2, 2008; 5:50 AM ET
Categories:  Republican Party , Senate  
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This is a sign to the democrats that they will have to work very hard to energize voters in the midterm election 2 years from now. The midterm elections lack all the fanfare of the general election, but are no less as important. Remember what happened in 1994. That chronically low congressional approval rating was by no means vindicated on Nov. 11, 2008.

Posted by: star_key2 | December 3, 2008 3:46 PM | Report abuse

Palin does Georgia????

This title is nothing if not mysogynistic and sexist. Would you have titled the story Obama does Georgia if 'the one' had deemed to travel to that state?

I'll bet not...

Posted by: Justmy02 | December 3, 2008 2:43 PM | Report abuse

Excuse me....but isn't your title just a little bit too cute? And a little bit too suggestive? And a little bit too demeaning to Governor Palin?
Sign me somewhere between "Disappointed" and "Disgusted," but sadly, "Not Surprised."

Posted by: AnnP1 | December 3, 2008 1:45 PM | Report abuse

Palin/Jindal 2012, Jindal/Palin 2012- Either way, people will be voting GOP in droves once they see what a fraud "Obamamania" really is... get ready for the blow-back- it's coming.
You people are certainly going to guarantee Obama another 4 years if Palin is on the ticket in 2012. Some of you repubs just don't get it!! The only people that were impressed with her as a candidate this go around was you all -and that was just some (certainly not all) repubs.

Posted by: LindaElliott | December 3, 2008 9:46 AM | Report abuse

I would appreciate your explanation of the title of this article. It's offensive and I am surprised that either no one is editing you or whoever you editor is - he/she thought it equally amusing. I find it offensive.

Posted by: qurys | December 3, 2008 9:41 AM | Report abuse

Palin/Jindal 2012, Jindal/Palin 2012- Either way, people will be voting GOP in droves once they see what a fraud "Obamamania" really is... get ready for the blow-back- it's coming.
It appears that you people are certainly going to guarantee Obama another 4 years if Palin is on the ticket. Some of you repubs just don't get it!!

Posted by: LindaElliott | December 3, 2008 9:40 AM | Report abuse

Ok it is time to take the Washington Post at its word - On the "Palin Does Georgia" blog by Chris Cillizza.

The Washington Post comments section: "User reviews and comments that include profanity or personal attacks or other inappropriate comments or material will be removed from the site."

Well - what about blog posts, written by a staff member of the Washington Post, which include personal attacks and inappropriate attacks and border on profanity?? I am talking about the subtitle which smugly smears a campaign appearance by a state governor who happens to be female. Let's repeat it to get the full effect:

-- Palin does Georgia --

When is this type of language used about a woman - any woman? What are the implications? What if she had been campaigning in Dallas? What if it had been Hillary Clinton campaigning in Dallas? Or even Condolezza Rice? Wait - are you saying that only Sarah Palin conjures up the image implied? Why is that? Is it because of other smug and slurring remarks that have already been scratched on the public comment wall hosted by the media? Is this some sort of agenda?

The Washington Post comments section: We encourage users to analyze, comment on and even challenge's articles, blogs, reviews and multimedia features.

I CHALLENGE this Washington Post blog post.

The reasons are numerous and I go into them in more detail here:

Posted by: alaneason | December 3, 2008 8:16 AM | Report abuse

Uh, Mr Cillizza...

You said in last week's column that it was "hard to imagine how she intends to stay in the public eye from her far-flung outpost" in Alaska... remember?

Now you can see that the answer is TV, new media, and plane rides. You might have noticed Bin Laden has no trouble obtaining media access from his cave in the Pakistani tribal boonies.

You also intriguingly left her off your list of "10 Republicans to Watch"... but now she's clearly emerged a week later as the party's most marketable item- hmmm

Another insight you brought us last week was that the "party leadership ...regard her VERY lightly"- does that still appear true to you when the GOP brought her in as the closer in GA?

Are you sure you're a good-faith Republican? Not a shill for the Democrats? Seems like someone wants you to focus on Palin... and in as negative a light as possible.

Palin/Jindal 2012, Jindal/Palin 2012- Either way, people will be voting GOP in droves once they see what a fraud "Obamamania" really is... get ready for the blow-back- it's coming.

Posted by: ReaganiteRepublican | December 3, 2008 3:34 AM | Report abuse

Palin does Georgia! r u kidding?
what rock did you crawl out of Chris?
agree?? then...
check this out, a blog called the Wapo HR dept and discovered that saying such a thing in the work place would be considered sexual harassment!

"What the Washington Post Dishes up to readers would be sexual harassment if it was uttered in its newsroom."

Posted by: JOE24 | December 3, 2008 12:04 AM | Report abuse

What a piggish title for this article.

There is no "Office of the President Elect". The president elect is fighting an expensive and time consuming battle in court to avoid producing his birth certificate that will prove he is an American citizen, therefore eligible to be President. The president elect is hiring Bill's team and his wife because he really does not know how to be president so he is hiring people who do know how to do the job.

And this is the best professional newspaper journalists can do?

Oh Please!

Posted by: letscheck | December 2, 2008 11:56 PM | Report abuse

Wait a minute. What is Palin doing paling around with the "Terrorist President Elect Obama" at the Governor's meeting?

Posted by: juljag2000 | December 2, 2008 10:25 PM | Report abuse

Palin more of Republicans in love with medocrity and no ideas. She shows the intellectual curiosity of Bush not a good sign for her.

Posted by: swal3711 | December 2, 2008 9:07 PM | Report abuse

So disappointed in your title of this article. LOW. Also, Sarah Palin is a hockey mom amongst other titles and positions. Governor, two term Mayor, etc.

Signed a very disappointed Democrat.

Posted by: mjno | December 2, 2008 8:08 PM | Report abuse

Let me ask a simple question? If Hillary Clinton were not marrried to Bill Clinton, would we have ever heard of her? Maybe, but I doubt it.

On the other hand Gov Sarah Palin is a totally self-made person. Which is why I admire, rspect and support her. Sarah is the real thing. Hillary is a counterfeit currency.

Posted by: GeneCar | December 2, 2008 8:07 PM | Report abuse

GeneCar wrote: I have a PH.d but I would prefer to place may fate in the fate of the common sense and gut instincts of the hockey Mum from Warsilla that to the crude 'intellectualizers' taking over at Washington.
GeneCar if it's hockey mum you want -go to a hockey show and pick one up. Our country should not be run by a no nothing hockey mum. Are you cognizant of the type of statement that you're saying here? You're saying that our country would be better off with this type of individual -than the more qualified intellectuals, mainly because there's some personal qualities you like about this individual. I'm sorry but being nice doesn't qualify her to be commander in chief.

PS:) People on this posting needs to stop with all the sexism name calling. Just because we're calling it as we see it (and you don't like it) doesn't mean that we're sexist. I am a female myself.

Posted by: LindaElliott | December 2, 2008 7:27 PM | Report abuse

Having carefully examined the 60+ negative allegations against Gov Sarah Palin, I remain convinced that they are, either verifiably false, based on half-truths, are politically motivated, are utterly trivial, or if they were leveled at her democratic rivals, would be overlooked or excused.

So why they hate/slime/snear fest aginst her. Accusations of lack of intelligence are belied by her accomplishments in the short period as Gov of Alaska. Could it possibly be that she has offended against the core orthodoxy of the 'enlghtened liberal' cuture? She has refused to abort her down syndrome child. In other words, she has refused to crush its skull and suck his brains out? Admit it liberals, this is why you hate the ground she walks on. This is why you want her to disappear, 'go back to Alaska! Don't disturb our poisoned and corrupted conciences! Admit it! It is not her clothes. It is not her campaign themes against Obama. Abortion is the real litmus test. In all this I am reminded of the outburst of no less a person as the Marquis DeSade. Observing the ferocious 'progessiveness' of the terroristic Jacobins during the French revolution, the Divine Marquis exclaimed:

"Pedantic louts, hangmen, scribblers, legislators, tonsured scum, what are you going to do once we are here. What will happen to your laws, your morality, your false religion, your pradise, yours gods, your hell, when it is demonstrated that such and such as flow of humours, a certain type of fibres, a specific degree of acidityin the blood . . . are sufficient to make aman the object of your punishments or your rewards?

I have a PH.d but I would prefer to place may fate in the fate of the common sense and gut instincts of the hockey Mum from Warsilla that to the crude 'intellectualizers' taking over at Washington.

Posted by: GeneCar | December 2, 2008 7:00 PM | Report abuse

I, too, resent the title of this article. Furthermore, I resent the implication that all of us who love Sarah Palin are uneducated and even stupid. Sarah is beautiful both on the outside and on the inside. She is "the real deal". My husband tells me a politician can not win by being honest and must lie in a political fight as in Obama's derogatory remarks about Hillary Clinton and then reversing himself and naming her as part of his cabinet. I have argued that it is not necessary to be dishonest. I love the fact that Sarah is very open and forthright - genuine! As for gaffes, why are Obama's overlooked (as in 57 states) but Sarah's draws howls from the dems and the media. I look forward to watching her as she studies and learns over the next four years. She is wholesome, warm, and refreshing and that is why so many people love her and are drawn to her.

Posted by: MoFoxtrot | December 2, 2008 6:55 PM | Report abuse

Let me make one thing clear, my presence in Georgia has nothing to do with the fact that I would make a great presidential candidate in 2012.

Posted by: saraf2 | December 2, 2008 6:25 PM | Report abuse

There's no such word in the English language as her's, Chris. It's his and hers (not to mention its), just like on personalized towel sets.

Nonetheless, I consistently enjoy your posts.

Posted by: jkw1 | December 2, 2008 6:17 PM | Report abuse

Why is it sexism for the Dems/Media to speak poorly of her but perfectly fine for the Repubs to wear large buttons i'm for the hot chick & i'm for the beauty queen seen at the convention/ralloes?

Posted by: katerinaDeligiannis | December 2, 2008 6:06 PM | Report abuse

Misogyny mmm, I saw many a button at the repub convention/rallies with "I'm for the Hot Chick"& "I'm for the Beauty Queen".

The repubs can do this because she is one of them?
For Dems/Media it is wrong?

Give it up already.

Posted by: katerinaDeligiannis | December 2, 2008 6:00 PM | Report abuse

I am sick and tired of the sexism card being played in regards to Gov Palin. It was not the Democrats who put a completely unqualified, incurious, unknown from Alaska in the political forefront without giving her an adequate vetting for that role. That goes directly to Senator McCain and the Republicans. It was not the Democrats who thought it was necessary to dress the hockey mom from Wasila as an Ice Queen clone. It was the Republicans. Democratic and most Republican women candidates run on platforms of ideas and have a knowledge of the issues and concerns that surround the office they are seeking. Gov. Palin showed no interest outside of attacking the character and intellect of the Democratic candidate. She may be a remarkable person, but that person is completely lost in the hockey mom persona she presented to the American people.

Perhaps President Elect Obama has never served as mayor of a small town. But while running for President of the United States he took the time and effort to learn what the job description entailed. He was not several months into the campaign and still did not know the job description. Can anyone say the same about Gov Palin?

As far as NOW, they did not support Gov Palin because her statements and the platform of the Republican party are at complete odds with their goals. Why would they support anyone who is against women's reproductive rights, protecting victims of sexual assault, education and other goals of the organization? That does not make any sense. But the propulsion of Gov Palin to the forefront of the Republican party did not make any sense either.

Gov Palin as a candidate was far from radical. Her desire in 2008 was the same desire as held by Senator McCain, not a better America for all Americans, no their only desire was to get elected. They had no ideas, solutions or plans for America. It was Elect Me. Nothing more. That is all they had to offer.

Gov. Palin was the butt of a lot of jokes because she allowed herself to be put on the firing line with nothing more than really good speech writers as protection.

Posted by: Charming1 | December 2, 2008 5:35 PM | Report abuse

Is the title of this blog sexist?

You betcha!

Posted by: sjbartlett | December 2, 2008 5:14 PM | Report abuse

All in all, Palin may not even be in the running in 2012. It is my understanding that she has not even been back at her office in Juneau (did I spell that right? )since August which means that she has not been running Alaska. Maybe her Lt Governor has and will get elected himself the next time . I also understand that she is not as popular as she was in alaska and there's still 4 years to go. Is she still dragging her kids around to Georgia? and is she still charging the State of Alaska for her family?. Things can get old.

Posted by: goldenwren | December 2, 2008 4:38 PM | Report abuse

The inference to 'Debbie Does Dallas' is duly noted,Chris.'Palin does Georgia' gives pornographers a bad name.Yet,the correlation between Palin and 'Debbie' can be drawn by their mutual need to profit from their fleshly lusts.The only difference is that one does it politically and one does it sexually.
God help us.

Posted by: klowry57 | December 2, 2008 4:33 PM | Report abuse

I wonder why it's STILL the case that no one in the "liberal" media has asked Mr. Chambliss how those "bum knees" that kept him out of Vietnam are holding up for his 5 mile jogs.....

Posted by: pcpatterson | December 2, 2008 4:31 PM | Report abuse

It's so adorable to watch the petulant Red Meat Right take umbrage at the way their darling Caribou Barbie is being mistreated by the evil liberal media. These knuckleheads hate it when others play the victim, but can't wait to assume the mantle themselves. No surprise, really -- it's all part of the mythos they live by. You know, the same "stabbed in the back/it's all somebody else's fault/it's all a big conspiracy" crap that idiot losers have been using forever.

Never mind that their little rock star is campaigning for an unscrupulous sleazeball who slandered and slimed real American hero Max Cleland in '02. But then, why shouldn't a bubbleheaded beauty queen who compared Obama to socialists join forces with a vicious lowlife who compared Cleland to bin Laden? All in a day's work for a movement that has no ideas except attack, attack, attack.

If this is the best the GOP can do, then they deserve to be cast into the wilderness for a generation, just on general principles. May they form their own little wingnut echo chamber out there, and leave the rest of us alone.

Posted by: WaitingForGodot | December 2, 2008 4:12 PM | Report abuse

Not sure who is making the decisions among Republicans to fly Palin around the country as the face of the party.. but as long as she is propped up to this position it will ensure Dem control for quite some time. Palin= Rove politics, shallow understanding of the issues, playing to the base, etc. If Republicans want to be taken seriously again after the Bush fiasco they need to return to the center and focus on reasonable conservative POLICIES-- not one-liners,a pretty face and this "I'm a true American" BS they've been playing up for the last couple elections..

Posted by: NC_Hoosier | December 2, 2008 4:08 PM | Report abuse

apparently the "base" is not tired of Bush, since Palin is essentially an even more dumbed-down version of him in a skirt....

Posted by: pcpatterson | December 2, 2008 4:04 PM | Report abuse

It does not mean anything. This so-called beauty Queen Srah Pelin is only intrested in her free publicity and showing American people her so-called beauty, She is not worth of anything. She only love free $$$$$

Posted by: akber_kassam | December 2, 2008 4:02 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the bad metaphor alert...feels like Plane Palin is just taxiing though..not really going anywhere...she is like Bush ..a symbol of something... but what ..sound bytes and simple aphorisms and then NOTHING ! Keep on running Sarah..oh and lighten up folks about the suggested 'misogyny' i am just glad Palin did not have an opportunity to DO to the nation what Bush DID to it for eight years !!!

Posted by: jakaileb | December 2, 2008 3:47 PM | Report abuse

In most occupations there are specific requirements for education and experience.
To be a heart or brain surgeon someone must
Graduate in the top of the high school class
Make a high score on MSAT
Graduate from college with a pre medicine degree
Graduate from Medical School
Pass state board exams.
Work 80 hours a week in a hospital
Go back to school for specialty training
Go back to work in a hospital to get experince
in the specialty
It will take at least 12 years to complete all
of the requirements.
For president of the United States a B.S. degree
with mediocre grades is good enough.
A history of personal failure and drug/alcohol
abuse is no problem.
Lack of experience is no problem.
I think way of picking presidents needs to
be changed so that there are specific requirements and very high standards.
To be elected president a background check should
be done to verify that someone meets the requirements for education/experience/integrity.

Posted by: p_komisky | December 2, 2008 3:33 PM | Report abuse

This message board is evidence as to how people really get fired up for Palin. You never saw this kind of emotion for McCain.

Too bad they all seem to be lunatics.

Posted by: DDAWD | December 2, 2008 3:30 PM | Report abuse

What it means is more lies (like Obama wanting to repeal the 2nd amendment) from a nit-wit with a voice like a bandsaw.

Posted by: JRM2 | December 2, 2008 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Misogyny rules! Your frat-boy headliners can't even resist using a pornographic reference when it comes to referring to Gov. Palin. I do not agree with 90% of her ideological positions; however, I want to defend her right to be treated with respect by your misogynist media boys. Grow up!

Posted by: MSakel | December 2, 2008 3:06 PM | Report abuse

eastcomom wrote: And as such Sarah Palin should have to play by the same dem game rules that outed Hillary from ever ruling from the White House. Are you all lucid?

Sarah Palin is no Hillary Clinton by far. The only rules that she will be judged by is her own. And this means that her failures are her own (not the dems). She does not have what it takes to become president right now -and with her it goes far beyond the experience thing. It's the head knowledge thing that she can't compete with. Her worldview appears to have been shaped around Alaska for the last few years. She needs to get a lot more interest and knowledge in foreign affairs before taking this step. Americans will excuse the lack of experience (it's been said that no president really has experience before taking office) -but they will never excuse the lack of knowledge period.

Oops!! I forgot George Bush.

Posted by: LindaElliott | December 2, 2008 3:02 PM | Report abuse

Barack Obama will be fine. I was a Hillary Clinton supporter in the beginning -but I don't think anything is lost with an Obama win (as a matter of fact it might be some gains). The problem that I see is that a lot of people continue to underestimate him. They underestimated him through the primaries... through the general election... and still underestimating him now through his potential presidency. I think you all will be proven wrong once again!

Also it appears that a lot of repubs think that it's going to one day be Sarah Palin on the throne. I don't know if (or think)it ever will be, but right now the only ones that seem to be smitten with her is the base and she needs more than the base to win the presidency.

Posted by: LindaElliott | December 2, 2008 2:40 PM | Report abuse

And you all have yourselves to fault for Hillary Clinton now not being considered for Presidency perhaps forever.

I would have liked to hear her concede as much this week when she accepted Obama's invitation to be his Secretary of State nominee - but you guys in the dem party turned away from her - and chose the consummate inexperienced one. And as such Hillary again will probably never, ever be your dem choice for the top spot. Happy with that, everyone?

And as such Sarah Palin should have to play by the same dem game rules that outed Hillary from ever ruling from the White House. Are you all lucid?

Or not until some date in the future when people who settled for a no experience, done nothing president elect are to be satisfied that somehow in 10 years or more Sarah Palin will have "proved" herself to each of them?

If America learned anything from this election it will be - forevermore - that "rules" don't apply anymore. Nor does fear mongering away consummately prepared, here to stay Governor Palin.

Gee whiz...

Posted by: eastcomom | December 2, 2008 2:20 PM | Report abuse

Tartanmarine wrote: Palin needs to come to Washington, to the senate build a resume on national issues, and a reputation for knowledge and hard work. The media gave Obama a pass on his lack of experience; a Republican won't get that pass, as she should know. She needs to look at 2016 or even 2020, not 2012.

As a Republican, I predict she will not be the nominee in 2012.
One only has to look at our current president for the no experience pass for the repubs. Anyway Palin did not pass because she didn't know anything!! People were very excited about her (democrats, independents, and repubs) when she first hit the scene during and shortly after the republican convention. She lost a lot of that support after the interviews with Katie Couric and others. You can talk about Barack Obama's lack of experience, but he carried himself well when talking about foreign affairs and other matters on the world stage. Sarah Palin, on the other hand, did not!! During the campaign her supporters liked to argue how much more experience she had than Barack Obama, and then would point out her resume as an example. But in the end she did not demonstrate that she was more knowlegeable (in a number of areas) nor experienced... that's why he won!

Posted by: LindaElliott | December 2, 2008 2:11 PM | Report abuse

Check your own unwarranted fascination with the - insert name here - "historical" figure that is Barack Obama, people. And check the dem dictated cabinet he has managed so very "dem like" to put together. Yet he was elected on a platform of "change" and "hope" and "promises, promises, promises" - all wrapped up (of course) for a stupid, settling for ivy league credentialed America.

And that appears to be all they settled for. In the end. Critique Sarah Palin all you want. She governs. She calls it like it is - not as she "elitely" sees it to be... She calls it like it is in regard to her own party. A challenge I have yet to see Barack Obama ever do - even when his own dem dictated actions on behalf of Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae have been so "familially" exposed.

She is the real deal. Not a liberal fear mongering KKK voice or a "fringe" runner with some (again) "fear" motivated agenda. And she is here to stay. Rightfully so.

So says all of you who blindly voted in consummately inexperienced "intellect" (for whatever "intellect" is worth) Barack Obama. You of all people should take a hard, cold look in the mirror before continuing on with the blind and unjust characterizations of Sarah Palin.

Posted by: eastcomom | December 2, 2008 2:01 PM | Report abuse

It means that her celebrity status continues to appeal to the conservative and still further right of the GOP (Gobsmacked On Palin). Those fringies in Georgia (and everywhere else) have had little to rally them this election season, so they follow their rock star. Palin graduated from the University of Idaho on the fifth try (she attended several different colleges before Idaho granted her a degree -- maybe to get rid of her?). Will Obama, superbly educated in the Ivy League, highly articulate, smart as a fox and the incumbent president have anything to fear from a beauty pageant bunny? Oh, please, please don't throw Sarah Palin into that political briar patch. PLEASE!!

Posted by: boomerconsumer | December 2, 2008 1:50 PM | Report abuse

Good article to read on Palin as political philosopher:

There was a recent study done at one of our academic institutions, that found Republicans to be sensitized to any suggestion of bias in the media against conservatives. Democrats were found to be equally sensitive to bias against liberals.

Big surprise, huh? Conservatives flying into high dudgeon over a headline like "Palin Does Georgia." And oblivious to the implications of a sudden upswing in Ku Klux Klan memberships and semiautomatic gun purchases since Obama's victory.

The really dangerous potential terrorists may be in our own territory. Check the fringe of the crowd at a Palin rally.

Posted by: Samson151 | December 2, 2008 1:24 PM | Report abuse

Despite the media and the left, America remains fascinated with Palin - whether it's helping to stop a veto-proof Democratic Senate or upstaging the vice president elect at the governor's meeting. It's almost as if the harder they try to dismiss her and send her back permanently to the frigid north, the stronger and more resilient she becomes. She's like Santa, her neighbor to the north. No matter how hard the politically correct try to do him in, he's still beloved by millions.

Posted by: kenpasadena | December 2, 2008 1:23 PM | Report abuse

" Palin DOES Georgia" ??? NICE.
Well aren't you the nasty little mysogynist! Only a scribbling pathetic little liberal who had been fixed" would resort to such misogyny. If you get MY drift.

Posted by: Kateliz | December 2, 2008 1:02 PM | Report abuse

We have a relative unknown - albeit ivy league educated "intellect" heading to the White House in a little over a month and you all are still not wanting to acknowledge that Sarah Palin - as new to the national scene as Obama (really and truly) is here to stay.

Unapologetically so. Relevantly so. Again - IF a junior senator (less than one term served in the U.S. Senate - and before that only a professional occupation as a "community organizer") can become our next president of the whole entire UNited States you all had better enlighten yourselves as to the probability that the graduate from the University of Idaho (again unapologetically so) will soon follow him into national office.

I can hardly wait.

Arrogant elite (no solution offering up - just promises, promises, promises) America - wake up!

Posted by: eastcomom | December 2, 2008 12:54 PM | Report abuse

Problem is, listening to Sarah Palin is like listening to Casey Stengal or Yogi Bera. I think I understand more listening to them rather than her!

Posted by: nwsjnky1 | December 2, 2008 12:42 PM | Report abuse

You nailed it, wesfromGA. She has nothing new to add to the discussion just attack, attack, attack. Which should fit in nicely with Chambliss previous campaign tactics.

Posted by: Charming1 | December 2, 2008 12:40 PM | Report abuse

So is Palin, like, done being governor?

Posted by: DDAWD | December 2, 2008 12:20 PM | Report abuse

What does Georgia mean?

Means, in part, this column may want to revisit its dubious view articulated on or about 11/20/08, where it posited that Gov. Palin was not among the top ten Republicans in terms of relevency--"because it is not yet clear how she will find a way to remain in the national dialogue from her far-away outpost in the Last Frontier".

In the last 10 days, she remains the focus of the global media for appearing at a dinky turkey farm, a run-off election and, will likely be news in Philly.

Can she crack that top 10 yet, Chris? -:)

Thanks for the form WaPost.

Posted by: VPL8751 | December 2, 2008 12:10 PM | Report abuse

Obviously she can draw a crowd who loves her. She certainly did better than all the other political surrogates who campaigned for Chambliss and Martin. Talk about a ridiculous looking picture of Martin standing next to Ludicrius (sp)last night.

Posted by: ca67klein | December 2, 2008 12:03 PM | Report abuse

Your ideas are OK, Chris, but "her" doesn't take an apostrophe (her's).

Posted by: hlf101 | December 2, 2008 11:55 AM | Report abuse

"If so, "Palin Does Georgia" is a bit too evocative of the 1978 pornographic movie starring Bambi Woods and Christie Ford titled "Debbie Does Dallas".

Your headline is both in bad taste and anti-feminist!

remitrom knows a bit too much about this movie to really be worried about taste and feminism.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | December 2, 2008 11:34 AM | Report abuse

Chris: What did Gov. Palin say when she was in Georgia? Other than bring her 'star power' to the state, did she have anything of substance to say? Did she comment on the foreclosure crisis, the retention of Sec. Gates at Defense, the terrorism in Mumbai? Did she -say- anything of note, or is this star power of hers a free and abundant natural resource that prevents her from having to comment substantively on any issue? On a political level, who exactly was in these crowds she was speaking to? Which part of the 'base' came out to see her? What did she tell them, and why? It seems Palin's 'star power' keeps her in the news without really being held to account for what she believes and does.

Posted by: wesfromGA | December 2, 2008 11:30 AM | Report abuse

Palin will fade just like any shiny, new toy.

Her time would be better spent taking care of the home front in Alaska, both personally and politically, for the next 8 years. Only then, with some real accomplishments in her resume, would she have something of substance to package and sell.

Posted by: rjs_donal | December 2, 2008 11:27 AM | Report abuse

Is this "Witch from Hell' ever going to disappear! She is not a "Hockey Mom" except in the fact that she built a hockey stadium for her son with tax payers money who subsequently was sent to fight in Iraq because of drugs and robbery and who knows what else - She proudly presented a pregnant teenage daughter who she was so proud of for being pro-life, then hid her away as if she was ashamed of her I doubt if Bristol was pregnant at all. Firmly announces she is Trigs mother after a twenty two hour labour that spanned a speech, two airflights, a tedious layover and a long trip to a local hospital in Wasilla and no admittance record of her ever actually giving birth to the Down Syndrome Baby she uses as a banner or a shield depending on what mood she is in. Her husband is involved in a dubious and disloyal political group AIG and she wore their lapel pin through most of her "performances" when backing John MacCain. She feels no guilt whatsover at spending tax payers money on her family and herself ($2.500) purse for a seven year old! Give me a break this women is stupid, greedy and a con. What on earth do the nice women who are real Hockey Moms and Loving Mothers see in her? This simpering, brainless, beauty queen is not my idea of wholesome American females and she should not be encouraged to think she is.

Posted by: Argylle | December 2, 2008 11:24 AM | Report abuse

I find the title choice to this blog offensive, and typical of the double standards afforded woman Democrats vs Republican of the same gender. Palin has been the target of SNL, Comedy Central, Latenight TV, and why? Because she is a progressive figure, but she is from the "wrong" party. Bu the jokes dig a little too deep and go after her for her sex.

I have heard more sexist comments thrown at Palin and there is no watchdog protecting women's interests. NOW (Organization for Women) could have assumed that mantle, and emerged as a reasoned voice for all woman-kind, and instead chose politics in the latest election. Shame on them. Palin, like it or not, is one of the most successful politicians of her gender, but one gets the sense that nobody wants to give her credit because she is the WRONG woman from the WRONG party. No public credit for her truman and reagan like qualities, just jokes and titles suggesting 1970 porn movies.

In the card game of politics: Race trumps Sexism, Pro-choice trumps Right to Life, Media Savy trumps straight talk, Political Correctness trumps Traditional Values. Sara Palin can't help it, she is too traditional, prolife, and let's face it, REAL! AND THESE FACTS EAT AT THE DEMOCRATS.

THE WAY THINGS ARE GOING...We will never have a female president, because women will never agree on which party should be the first. And they will devour their own like nobody's business before they let someone in from the OTHER party.

Posted by: keeshen | December 2, 2008 11:21 AM | Report abuse


Since this is your blog and not a Post article, I'm assuming you choose your own headlines. If so, "Palin Does Georgia" is a bit too evocative of the 1978 pornographic movie starring Bambi Woods and Christie Ford titled "Debbie Does Dallas".

Your headline is both in bad taste and anti-feminist!

Posted by: REMITROM | December 2, 2008 11:09 AM | Report abuse

Not everyone in Georgia is a racist moron; in fact, there are many, many transplants from other, less reactionary regions of the country, as well as some homegrown people of reason. Having said that, I must say that when my husband, daughter, and I went to vote early for Martin, the crowd was overwhelmingly white and elderly-- i.e., the Saxby vote. When we voted early for Obama, it was about a 50-50 split, black/white. The right-wing rag here in Augusta does nothing but promulgate the socialist tag, which always catches me by surprise. It seems I live in the city time forgot. Whatever. Just remember that there's a decent bunch of Democrats down here...even if most of them were born in other parts of the country.

Posted by: subterraneanne | December 2, 2008 11:08 AM | Report abuse

The woman is simply passive agressive, holier than thou, evil. Keep in mind that Georgia has a secessionist history. Could that be the real reason for her visit there?

Posted by: 2Funny | December 2, 2008 11:06 AM | Report abuse

i was really hoping that this woman would just go away.
she so gets under my skin with that voice of hers... man crap... how much of her must i have to keep on putting up with

Posted by: rnorth2 | December 2, 2008 10:54 AM | Report abuse

Palin needs to come to Washington, to the senate build a resume on national issues, and a reputation for knowledge and hard work. The media gave Obama a pass on his lack of experience; a Republican won't get that pass, as she should know. She needs to look at 2016 or even 2020, not 2012.

As a Republican, I predict she will not be the nominee in 2012.

Posted by: tartanmarine | December 2, 2008 10:53 AM | Report abuse

Chris Cillizza wrote:"Though few in the GOP base would admit it publicly, there is a significant weariness with President George W. Bush and, to a lesser extent, Sen. John McCain."

Huh? Just about everyone in the GOP base will certainly tell you they have grown weary with Bush and McCain. Neither are the face of the party, neither are what the party needs now, and both are what is wrong with the party.

Posted by: tony19 | December 2, 2008 10:51 AM | Report abuse

I appreciate the thoughtful comments about Klondike Barbie's toxic appeal for the "real America", and I also appreciate the humor supplied by such masters of irony as Pam of the Poconos. But all in all it's a sad day: Georgia, for all its pretensions to sophistication, culture, and progress, remains a showcase of early 20th century American populism and bigotry. Saddest of all is that Martin would have been a wonderful senator for his state and the nation, a quiet classy hardworking gentleman.

Posted by: rocks18 | December 2, 2008 10:37 AM | Report abuse


Democrat Jim Martin is in a runoff against Bush Republican Saxby Chambliss for the Senate seat from Georgia. Bush's Saxby Chambliss voted against spending a few measly dollars to provide health care coverage for Georgia, and Americas needy children. But he supported wasting hundreds of billions of your dollars, and the life BLOOD of Americas finest on an unnecessary war in Iraq.

At a time when 47 million of you have no health insurance coverage, and over 100 million of you with insurance are just one major illness away from complete financial destruction. Bush and Saxby Chambliss voted to make the heart break of bankruptcy relief even harder for all of you to use.

You see, Bush and Saxby Chambliss, and his family don't have to worry about their health care coverage. They have the finest health care coverage your tax money can buy for them. Courtesy of you. The American Tax payer. In fact, no one but the super rich can afford the health care coverage you the tax payer provide for Saxby Chambliss, and his family for FREE! with your tax dollars.

He supposedly works for you. But he doesn't think you and your family should have access to the type of taxpayer supported FREE health care that you provide for him, and his loved ones for FREE!. Doesn't that just make you BURRING MAD!

Vote for JIM MARTIN for US senator from Georgia. Vote for JIM Martin who will be on your side. Vote for JIM MARTIN who will work with President Obama and a majority congress for you. Vote for JIM MARTIN most of all for your-self, your family's, friends, and loved ones. Vote for JIM MARTIN for a better America, and a better World.

Don't let Saxby Chambliss make a chump out of you by tricking you into voting against your own best interest. Saxby chambliss is NOT! on your side. He's not one of you. He is on George Bush's side. And we all know what a catastrophe the Bush Chambliss administration has been the past 8 years.

Contact all your family and friends and do every thing you can to see to it that JIM MARTIN and GEORGIANS! take that senate seat back for Georgia, and America. No matter where you live in America. This is important to you. President Obama will need all the help, and power you can give him to try and fix this catastrophic mess that the Corrupt Bush Chambliss administration has created.

As I said before you will have to vote in overwhelming numbers to overcome the Bush Chambliss "Let Them Eat Cake" vote fraud machine. Vote early if you can. Then help everyone you can get to the polls and vote for JIM MARTIN. You and your loved ones don't have to be Saxby Chambliss's victims anymore.

I know you will get it done. Just like you did for President Obama.

God bless all of you

jacksmith - WORKING CLASS... :-)

Posted by: JackSmith1 | December 2, 2008 10:35 AM | Report abuse

The Fix writes
"John Weaver, a former senior adviser to McCain's presidential campaign, called the Palin visit in Georgia "relatively risk free" for both the Alaska governor and Chambliss."

Weaver is right. What's the risk to Palin here? Surely she'll be popular on the fundraising circuit for the next two years. If she is effective at 1) helping other candidates raise money and 2) helping them enthuse the base & get elected, she will accrue political chits that will serve her well, should she again pursue higher office. Here in MN, that's how Al Franken won the endorsement relatively pain-free - he spent a lot of time helping local politicians raise money & established a base of his own within the party - his opponents for the party's nomination couldn't compete. In that regard, Palin is playing her cards right. Having said that, at this point she does not have the kind of appeal it takes to get elected - that takes moderates.

Posted by: bsimon1 | December 2, 2008 10:32 AM | Report abuse

Just goes to show how desperate the republican party has become. She lost McCaine the election so maybe she can help lose this election.

Posted by: SWAMPYPD | December 2, 2008 9:57 AM | Report abuse

Oh pah-leese...spare us the hokey rhetoric of Sarah Palin. If she is the best the republican base can produce, they are in dire need of cultivating new crop. Sarah Palin is so wrong on so many levels there is not enough time nor space to write it all. This much I will say, as a woman I am embarassed to even entertain the thought of her as a representative for my gender, let alone leader of the free world. As a "hockey mom" she barely passes. As any mom, she leaves much to be desired.

Posted by: moonglowsun | December 2, 2008 9:51 AM | Report abuse

It means that the GOP has not figured out what is wrong with their party. .............

Posted by: glclark4750 | December 2, 2008 9:48 AM | Report abuse

If Chambliss returns to the senate, then he will be a bright spot in the Republican horizon this dismal election season. He and not Palin will be in a good position for a 2012 presidential run. Not much substance for all his years in Congress, but then LBJ didn't introduce too many bills himself and he made it.
Palin, for all her hype, is a populist/grass-root candidate and not one of the party loyalist. And then there is Todd's influence which may turn away some backers.

Posted by: jccrandell | December 2, 2008 9:33 AM | Report abuse

Oh, more Georgians turn out to see the bearded lady at the State Fair.

Posted by: oldmagnolia | December 2, 2008 9:32 AM | Report abuse

For many, Sarah is the hope and change that Obama purported to be. In the past I supported Hillary, and I'd have no problem supporting Sarah as well. This country has a huge problem because those in power are formulating priorities and policies; we've become a paternalistic nation. Washington no longer cares what 'we the people' think. Except at election time of course, and then it most shamelessly does whatever is necessary to win. At all other times, Washington decides 'what's best for the people'....

Posted by: PamelaofthePoconos | December 2, 2008 6:53 AM | Report abuse

You lost it when you stated that Palin is the hope and change that Obama purported to be. She was a continuation of George Bush's religious tinged, incurious, stupid as cute personna. Winking and saying things like "You betcha" may work with less than intelligent people for only so long, and if that is what the Republicans want to consider their base, then let them. My firm belief is that there aren't that many stupid people in this country.

Chambliss and the Republicans are some of the most evil people God put on this earth. There is something sick about a bunch of draft dodging people sending our sons and daughters off to an ill-conceived war and trashing our Constitution in the process. When politicians like Palin are in the limelight, it causes me to re-examine my previous statement about there not being that many stupid people left in this country.

Posted by: dennissuper | December 2, 2008 9:29 AM | Report abuse

I guess this sets the stage for a crappy remake: Palin Does Georgia 2000

Posted by: DDAWD | December 2, 2008 8:59 AM | Report abuse

Pam of the Poconos- being from PA myself- your location makes it obvious why you think Palin is the "hope and the change"- saying yes to bad education, lack of intellect, racism and general smallmindedness- that is why in Pa,we all know outside of Philly and Pittsburgh, PA is Georgia or Alaska.

Posted by: silverspring25 | December 2, 2008 8:55 AM | Report abuse

I think Sarah should worry about the country club Rebublicans more if she is serious about running for President. The money men in the GOP don't like her and I don't see them signing off on her as a candidate at this point.

The GOP is really made up of two main groups, the social conservatives who love Palin and the fiscal conservatives who don't. And right now Barack is making all the right moves (treasury pick, Hillary at SoS, economic team approach etc) to court those fiscal conservatives. If he accomplishs that then folks like Huckabee and Palin will take the reigns of the GOP and lead it further and further to the right.
If Obama loses that fiscal conservative group, which he very well may do, then I would look for someone like Mark Sanford, or Bobby Jindal (who I am not sold on yet at all) to take the lead in four years.

Either way I like Obama's chances to keep the white house for 8 years. The wild card after that may be what Jeb Bush decides to do.

Posted by: AndyR3 | December 2, 2008 8:39 AM | Report abuse

Somewhere in 2012 there will be a Palin/Saxby Presidential Ticket..

..and Satan will be pleased

Posted by: AlexP1 | December 2, 2008 8:30 AM | Report abuse

What do you get when you put Chambliss and Palin on the same stage? "Cracker and Whack Job". Seriously, this is a sick joke. Chambliss can get reelected and enter the diminished ranks of the GOP in Washington. What he is able to do for Georgia is another matter.

Posted by: NotBubba | December 2, 2008 8:26 AM | Report abuse

Hey Chris i also think it would be a smart move for Sarah to go on the Oprah show and let America see her. These groups will get to know and love her.

Posted by: mattadamsdietmanager1014 | December 2, 2008 8:15 AM | Report abuse

Hey Chris I think most liberals like myself like her and believe she supports the idea of "Change". Sarah should have attacked Joe Biden/Hillary during their debate on why they voted on the War in Iraq. Liberals, latinos', gays and African Americans would love and can welcome her in a positive way. I think the McCain people handled her in a poor negative way.

Posted by: mattadamsdietmanager1014 | December 2, 2008 8:06 AM | Report abuse

I think there's a lot of Republicans and conservatives who would express distaste for Bush and McCain now.

As for Palin, this is exactly the kind of base-mobilizing she's great at.

Posted by: Simon23p | December 2, 2008 7:32 AM | Report abuse

The reality about Sarah Palin is that if you put her on a stage with Mike Huckabee and they are talking religion, she loses in a landslide! If you put her on a stage with any generic Texas Republican (Kay Bailey Hutchinson, John Cornyn)and they are talking energy, she loses in a landslide! If you put her on a stage with any generic conservative and have them talk about generic conservative principles and policies, she'll lose in a landslide. Republicans forget that Palin only ran in a general election where she was compared to Barack Obama, Joe Biden and ultimately for the base, John McCain; compared to those guys, she was conservative catnip, but compared to the rest of the loony right-wing, she's just another spokesmodel pushing conservative catch phrases like the spokesmodels at the local carshow!

Posted by: SinnedNoir | December 2, 2008 7:13 AM | Report abuse

"Relatively Risk Free" is likely an understatement. In the national campaign Palin was not able to sway more voters than she lost. Why would a local election pan out any differently? Even Bush had to come to the middle to gain enough votes to con America... twice. Palin has not demonstrated that she even knows what the middle is. She seems to detached from reality, she may not even understand WHY so many people dislike her. It's not fear of her gaining power. Even now... it's EMBARRASSMENT of her. The only "fear" many of us have is the "fear" that other nations think that Americans are like Sarah Palin. The majority of us are NOT. What defines "real" American? THE MAJORITY... which is NOT Sarah Palin or her ilk.

Posted by: kellyp | December 2, 2008 7:10 AM | Report abuse

For many, Sarah is the hope and change that Obama purported to be. In the past I supported Hillary, and I'd have no problem supporting Sarah as well. This country has a huge problem because those in power are formulating priorities and policies; we've become a paternalistic nation. Washington no longer cares what 'we the people' think. Except at election time of course, and then it most shamelessly does whatever is necessary to win. At all other times, Washington decides 'what's best for the people'....

Posted by: PamelaofthePoconos | December 2, 2008 6:53 AM | Report abuse

Seriously, Sarah. America was suckered by the George Bush "aw shucks" mentality twice before. Please, for the sake of our country, quit politics, go back to Alaska and stop whipping up hatred. You are all that is wrong with America.

Posted by: chaupo | December 2, 2008 6:49 AM | Report abuse

Her appeal will most likely be transitory in the coming months to all but the rabid right wingers. If the Republicans want to stay in the minority and appeal only to that group, then Palin will stay at the fore.

However, she has no appeal to moderates in either party or among independents. And Republicans running against her in 2012 will have more than enough ammo to shoot her with.

(And in relation to Chambliss, I don't think she'll have mnuch affect as it's the party faithful who will most likely turn out for the run-off..)

Posted by: RickJ | December 2, 2008 6:07 AM | Report abuse

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