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Palin-ology: The Image Reclamation Tour Begins

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin answers questions after returning to Anchorage, Alaska, Wednesday Nov. 5, 2008. Her brother Chuck Heath Jr. is in the back. (AP Photo/Al Grillo)

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is in the midst of a whirlwind media tour aimed at answering her critics and positioning herself for a possible run for president in four years time.

By Thursday of this week, Palin will have sat for interviews with Fox News Channel's Greta Van Susteren, NBC's Matt Lauer and CNN's Wolf Blitzer. Her week will culminate that day with a press conference (novel idea!) and a speech entitled "Looking Toward the Future" at the Republican Governors Association meeting in Miami.

The goal of Palin's busy week is clear: for her to remain a national player in the Republican party and a legitimate contender in 2012, she must beat back the various negative stories about her being peddled to the media.

Palin remains a darling of conservatives for her "regular gal" appeal, but she is a savvy enough politician to know that if the GOP smart set completely sours on her (the result of the $150,000 clothes story and the rumors about her decided lack of knowledge of foreign affairs), she will struggle to overcome the conventional wisdom that she was a mistake-pick by John McCain and nothing more than a national flash in the political pan.

In her interview last night with Van Susteren, Palin laid out the framework for how she will handle the various questions sure to come her way over the next few days and weeks.

* On the $150,000 in clothes: "I did not order the clothes," said Palin. "Did not ask for the clothes. I would have been happy to have worn my own clothes from day one." And, she added, the whole issue is largely "irrelevant" when compared to the huge and historic changes happening in country.

* On whether Africa is a country or a continent: It was all a big misunderstanding because, of course, she knew Africa was a continent. "I don't know how they took our one discussion on Africa and turned that into what they turned it into," she said.

* On her lack of media interviews during the campaign: It was a decision made by the McCain team that she disagreed with. Asked by Van Susteren what she would have changed, Palin said: "I would have preferred more opportunity to speak to the media more often, because there were a lot of things that I think it could have, should have said that could have, would have helped John McCain."

But, by far the most important element (for political junkies at least) of Van Susteren's interview came when the FNC anchor asked the Alaska Governor about her future plans.

Palin responded (and we are excerpting the whole thing because it's important):

"I can't predict what's going to happen a day from now, much less four years from now. You know, I have -- faith is a very big part of my life. And putting my life in my creator's hands -- this is what I always do. I'm like, OK, God, if there is an open door for me somewhere, this is what I always pray, I'm like, don't let me miss the open door. Show me where the open door is. Even if it's cracked up a little bit, maybe I'll plow right on through that and maybe prematurely plow through it, but don't let me miss an open door. And if there is an open door in '12 or four years later, and if it is something that is going to be good for my family, for my state, for my nation, an opportunity for me, then I'll plow through that door."

The key phrase? "Plow through that door". As we have written in this space before, Palin, plucked from relative obscurity by McCain in late August, has absolutely no plans to go quietly into that good night.

Her media tour this week and her speech at the RGA on Thursday are all aimed at a single thing: establishing herself as a power player in the party over the next four years.

Expect Palin to make some appearances in key races -- maybe as soon as this month for Sen. Saxby Chambliss in his Georgia runoff -- to show her drawing power and popularity among grassroots Republicans.

For Palin's future prospects, the next few months are crucial. Will she be remembered as a blip in the Republican history books or a force to be reckoned with in 2012?

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 11, 2008; 11:16 AM ET
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My full sized anatomically correct Palin doll arrived in the mail today.
I read the instructions, installed the battery pack, and inserted the program chip provided. It immediately started talking and would not stop. When it saw the front door ajar it said it was a sign from God and plowed through it. I haven't seen it since.
Now I can't get a refund and I may be responsible for whatever this thing does before the battery runs down.
I do not recommend this model, it is unfortunately too lifelike to be practical.

Posted by: seemstome | November 12, 2008 8:43 PM | Report abuse

As a liberal, I am SO SCARED of Sarah Palin. I SURE HOPE the Republicans RUN SARAH PALIN for president in 2012, and 2016, etc. We don't stand a chance against FUTURE PRESIDENT SARAH PALIN.

Posted by: light_bearer | November 12, 2008 7:00 PM | Report abuse

Real Brother here.

Please, please(pretty please) let these Idiots put Sarah Palin against Barack Obama in 2012. McCain was the best they had and Obama defeated him soundly. Palin is as DUMB as the day is long and Obama will rip her to shreads.

You mean to tell me the Republicans are really planning to make the SAME mistake that they made in this election four years from now? They want to fool themselves into thinking Obama's victory was because he was Black and that if they come up with a gimmick of their own(A woman) then their gimmick will match Obama's gimmick.

There's one problem though, Obama's victory was NOT because he was Black, Obama's victory was because he's intelligent, a genius, a Constitutional Law Professor, an expert on the Delegate and Electoral College process.

As long as these Idiots think that by insulting the American populace by thinking we are stupid enough to vote for Alan Keys(Cynthia McKinney, Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton) simply because they are Black then Obama will have a clear path to a second term.

Just as I said when the Republican Idiots wanted to trout out Rev. Wright and Bill Ayers and launch a smear campaign I said GO FOR IT, I say again(to the Idiots on the right) GO FO IT(pretty please)!!!


Posted by: Realbrother0003 | November 12, 2008 6:33 PM | Report abuse


Thanks for the link. I haven't seen that one.

So. . .put Palin in a skimpy slip, show a little cleavage (God knows she can't show her brains), aim a wind machine on her hair. . .Too bad she couldn't have done a Demi Moore shot during her last pregnancy. . .

The contrast between the two parties and their handling of the election just gets greater and greater. . .Palin and McCain go on SNL to "entertain" America. . .and Obama makes a serious attempt to explain his beliefs in a 30-minute infomercial.

At this point, I feel if the rightwingers want Sarah, they can have her. I think she should give as many interviews as she possibly can. . .NOBODY on SNL can come anywhere near writing stuff as funny as Sarah REALLY says.

And next election, we the people will get to see if she's learned anything at all, because there will be absolutely no quarter given by the press. The media will be under no obligation to "treat her with kid gloves" or '"set low expectations."
Put her up against the best in the party--Condoleeza Rice, Peggy Noonan, Keegan, et al, not to mention Democratic female candidates--and Sarah won't stand a chance.

The male candidates may get thrown off the track by her pheremones, but the women won't!

Posted by: sboulaisforfun | November 12, 2008 4:12 PM | Report abuse

If the talking heads are forbidden to mention it, let us not forget every Gov. Palin is mentioned in the press - Alaskan Independence Party.

Alaskan Independence Party

Alaskan Independence Party

Seems the taling heads were not allowed to discuss it during the election, lest it might take some of the sting out of the "pallin around comments."

Posted by: Charming1 | November 12, 2008 9:43 AM | Report abuse

On the clothes issue - that blame goes directly to the GOP and the campaign's sexist or snobbish belief that Palin and her family did not have the "right" clothes or project the "right" image for a Republican candidate.

I found it ludicrus Matt Lauer interviewed her at home cooking - as if she did it every day - the State of Alaska pays for their cook.

I have to agree with the poster who mentioned how low she would allow herself to sink and what she would allow herself to say in order to get elected.

I love love love!!!!

That she is now talking about having her comments taken out of context and used against her. When I heard that one - I had to wipe coffee off television screen. Pot to kettle!

Posted by: Charming1 | November 12, 2008 9:34 AM | Report abuse





NOOO no one ever said during the campaign that Obama ever flirted with terrorists....

NOO not our precious Obama who can do no wrong in the eyes of the liberal media.

Hamas Claims Secret Relationship with Obama Aides

by Hana Levi Julian

( Hamas is claiming close and ongoing ties with America's upcoming Obama Administration, according to a report published Tuesday in the Arabic-language newspaper Al-Hayat. The relationship was kept under wraps until after the U.S. elections so as not to harm Obama’s election prospects. The U.S. has classified Hamas a terrorist organization.

The London-based publication interviewed Gaza-based political chief Ahmad Yousuf, advisor to Ismail Haniyeh, the head of the Hamas regime in Gaza, which seized power in a bloody coup d’etat in 2007. Yousuf declared that Hamas has been in regular contact with President-elect Barack Obama’s advisers for months.

"We were in contact with a number of Obama's aides through the internet, and later met with some of them in Gaza," the Hamas official was quoted as saying, "but they advised us not to come out with any statements, as that may have had a negative effect on his election campaign





Posted by: 37thOSt | November 12, 2008 8:30 AM | Report abuse

Thank you PUMA girls for tricking McCain into picking this ridiculous woman! Hillary and Obama dangled you out as bait and the Republicans snapped you up, thinking there would be a lot more of you. Not only did you cause McCain to forfeit an election he'd have lost anyway by picking Palin, but by making her the superstar of the Republican Party you've probably killed them in 2012.

Thanks PUMA's! You're the most loyal Obama Democrats of all, whether you know it or not.

Posted by: light_bearer | November 12, 2008 3:19 AM | Report abuse

"Liberals are just afraid of stupid women like Sarah Palin."
(might be paraphrasing the above just a tad)

Yes we are. And we should be, 'cause there are actually people who would vote for her.

Posted by: Cyclopsina | November 11, 2008 11:44 PM | Report abuse

Palin-ology: The Image Reclamation Tour Begins

This is the continued episode of Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz. Palin is Dorothy visiting the wizard, then clapping her heels together, saying there's no place like home, there's no place like home...until she finally gets back to Alaska. Then signing "Whew". (((lol)))

Posted by: Nisey01 | November 11, 2008 11:31 PM | Report abuse

Palin-ology: The Image Reclamation Tour Begins

Palin is a want to be, problem is, she don't know how to be. As it goes, be all you can be, but be you.

Posted by: Nisey01 | November 11, 2008 11:28 PM | Report abuse

One person whose image is beyond redemption is Joe Lieberman.

Check out the short, 2-minute video by Brave New Films.

"Lieberman Must Go"

Posted by: scootmandubious | November 11, 2008 11:21 PM | Report abuse

If she wasn't female, and wasn't pretty, she wouldn't even be governor of Alaska, let alone "the great white hope". Could you say that about Indira Gandhi? Golda Meir? Margaret Thatcher?

If this is the future of the Republican Party, it may explain why I've been having visions of a tiny Franklin D. Roosevelt tap-dancing on George W. Bush's nose.

Posted by: officermancuso | November 11, 2008 10:41 PM | Report abuse

Palin's popularity is largely tied to the permanent fund dividend check. This year the oil companies kicked in 1200 dollars more due to windfall profits caused by the spike in crude prices. Palin negotiated this increase in return for what?
If she got elected she would push for opening ANWR. Drill, baby, drill.
Oil prices have since dropped below 60 dollars a barrel. Alaska's budget requires it to average 74 dollars over a 12 month period to break even. Palin will be forced to make cuts. The dividend check might be less than 2000 next year. So much for the most popular governor.
Demagogues come and go, but Palin is far from gone, and God has told her that Washington is in her future. If he opens a door just a crack she will plow through.
Hillary might be waiting on the other side.

Posted by: seemstome | November 11, 2008 9:42 PM | Report abuse

Liberals are just afraid of strong women like Sarah Palin.

Posted by: Phil6 | November 11, 2008 9:37 PM | Report abuse

Palin-ology: The Image Reclamation Tour Begins

I sort of figured that she would be in the spotlight afterwards, because is\t wasn't all her doing as to why she was in the race. However, she tried to follow protocol and work with what she had, which just wasn't enough nor the right time for her to do so. Maybe somewhere in the future. Good luck and best wishes.

Posted by: Nisey01 | November 11, 2008 8:48 PM | Report abuse

Miss Sarah takes the prize for NutCake of the year! Will someone please tell us how she can spend so much time away from her job in the Alaska statehouse? Who is running the store up there? If she can be away from her duties so much, it must not be much of a job and has not given her much experience in governing. If the Republican Party hitches its wagon to that star, it is certainly in for destruction!

Posted by: central1942 | November 11, 2008 7:41 PM | Report abuse

Who knows if Palin will be a serious player? She has the intelligence,energy and charisma to be a welcome addition to the GOP national bench.She is tough and resilient as the campaign proved.She will gain additional experience as Gov/Alaska and has the name recognition which saves time and money if she wants to run in 2012.

Posted by: bowspray | November 11, 2008 6:40 PM | Report abuse

"No he is now a warmed-over Christian. A requisite, but clearly artificial conversion by a politico pandering smartaleck."

Jindal made the conversion when he was in high school. Actually Obama was farther along in his life when he started attending Trinity.

Posted by: DDAWD | November 11, 2008 5:56 PM | Report abuse

While post-pres-election Palin interviews are available, watch them -- watch for comments by the 'First Dude.' I've lived in Alaska for many years and can get past the macho/outdoors persona (believe me) to see that this one, her 'First Dude,' is not too bright. Another truly bad sign. Watch and see for yourselves.

Wake up, folks! There are a lot of explanations for Palin's election as gov of Alaska (unfortunately) but brilliance, heck, even intelligence of the hubby aren't on the list. She's just the weird outcome of a very corrupt state.

Posted by: uhoh | November 11, 2008 5:40 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: BaxterJ | November 11, 2008 5:19 PM | Report abuse

Well I'm a Canadian and even I know a few things about the erstwhile Republican VP;

1). Todd Palin was a registered member of the Alaskan Independence party (A.I.P.) and his wife the governor has sent many greetings and good wishes to them between 1995~2002. Four years before Todd joined their core the founder Joe Vogler was quoted as saying; "The fires of hell are glaciers compared to my hatred for the American Government". Sounds a little like Palin's stump speech about William Ayers (Chicago's Citizen of the year 2007) doesn't it? You would think Obama's aids could run a robo call or something since they have had this material on Palin before McCain realized her daughter was expecting! She was bombarding Obama every chance she had until their mob was crying out "Terrorist" "Traitor" "Kill him". Nope, the dems stayed the high road and as it turned out that was the road to victory!

2). Palin came out against Ballot measure 4, a clean water initiative against the "Pebble mine" in the face of all feedback from the country's best environmental minds. The foreign owners of the mine have an abysmal environmental record and are under investigation on many charges in connection with their business ethics. If the mine goes through it is believed that it would produce the worst environmental disaster in American history. The mine tailings and runoff would pollute the Bristol basin; the worlds largest Salmon spawning ground. Both she and Todd were registered as "Commercial fishermen" and held a licence. Their pregnant daughter was named after the Basin. There seems to be a disconnect when it comes to "good" development.

There's tons more on "Bible Spice" that is far more incriminating than hillbilly shopping sprees at Nieman Markus, nowhere bridges and troopergates. The point is she is unfit to be in public office much less telling the world that "God" is opening the doors for her. This final statement demonstrates the "depth" of her character more than any other.

Posted by: Tradlog2 | November 11, 2008 5:18 PM | Report abuse

As far as Jindal is concerned, he's a Hindu, isn't he...?

Posted by: LeroyTheRoadie | November 11, 2008 3:42 PM | Report abuse
No he is now a warmed-over Christian. A requisite, but clearly artificial conversion by a politico pandering smartaleck.

Posted by: hayden1 | November 11, 2008 5:13 PM | Report abuse

Palin would have been more believable if her GOP Convention speech began, "Hello, I'm Sarah Palin. I don't know jack about being Vice President, but I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night."

Posted by: labman57 | November 11, 2008 5:09 PM | Report abuse

Do we really want a national leader that has the vocabulary of a 16 year old school girl?

Posted by: xconservative

That comment is an insult to 16 year old school girls.

I have a 15 year old daughter who could whip stupid-sarah's dumb a$$ in a political debate any day of the week. Not only that, my daughter can speak in complete sentences, state a thesis position, present both sides of the issue and then tell you, with some sort of reason, why she supports the side she does. And she can tell you where she got her information. Pi$$ant-palin can do none of those things. Oh, and my 15 year-old is WAAAAY better looking that that old thunder-thigh, cellulite-ridden, broodmare of a hag.

Posted by: Heerman532 | November 11, 2008 4:39 PM | Report abuse

"Had the Democratic Party funded $150,000 for Michelle Obama's wardrobe the Democratic Party--controlled MSM wouldn't have noticed a thing."

Oh, you mean the way a MSM Rupert Murdoch-controlled rag outright LIED and claimed that Michelle Obama was gorging on lobster and ordering room service while in a New York City hotel despite the fact the woman wasn't even in New York at the time?

The Obamas, from what I can tell, purchase their own clothing and none of it was purchased with campaign funds. As unseemly as it appeared, Cindy McCain's convention outfit, which cost $300,000, was at least purchased with her own money. Now, why did approx. $40,000 worth of clothes need to be purchased for Todd Palin, down to silken drawers even? Why did the rest of Gov. Palin's family need new outfits and accessories? Given that Senator McCain's campaign created a narrative where the Obamas are considered "elitist," the $150,000-and-climbing shopping spree is even more appalling. Oh, and it wasn't the MSM media that reportedly referred to Governor Palin and her family as Wasilla Hillbillies--it was someone within Senator McCain's campaign.

Posted by: jrobinson3 | November 11, 2008 4:28 PM | Report abuse

A Jindal/Palin ticket would be fascinating from a spiritual perspective...

Jindal can call upon the Voodoo spirits, and Palin's spiritual warriors can banish them.

Palin is a perfect icon for so much of what has been wrong with America. The election is just SO 5 minutes ago, it's time to begin running for 2012! Can we say Attention Deficit Disorder children, or perhaps crass opportunism?

Posted by: ethanquern | November 11, 2008 4:20 PM | Report abuse

The best anti-Palin strategy is for Obama to set this country back on track, and for all of us citizens to pay attention and hold our government accountable to the will of the people. The only reason she got any traction at all this year is because people were frightened, angry, and divided. It would be very hard for Palin's far right-wing rhetoric to succeed in a nation that was heading back toward peace and prosperity under its new management.

Posted by: n_mcguire | November 11, 2008 4:18 PM | Report abuse

Archarito, please go take your meds.

Posted by: beachykeen02 | November 11, 2008 4:10 PM | Report abuse

I don't think she'll be a mere "blip", but neither do I believe she'll be the republican candidate.
If she is the next candidate, it will be affirmation that the republican party failed to learn any lessons from this election.

Posted by: jeffc6578 | November 11, 2008 3:57 PM | Report abuse

No, Jindal is a Catholic.

Posted by: herzliebster | November 11, 2008 3:55 PM | Report abuse

Cassk1 wrote:



Posted by: cassk1 | November 11, 2008 3:34 PM


Not my mother, but probably yours Cass.

Posted by: Roofelstoon | November 11, 2008 3:51 PM | Report abuse

Who is it that she's trying to reclaim her image from?

The right (make that the extreme right) loves her, and always will. The left (meaning anyone from the left of John McCain) thinks she's a dolt and always will. Never the twain shall meet.

Posted by: Roofelstoon | November 11, 2008 3:42 PM | Report abuse


Great post, although it does break my little Louisiana heart that Alaska has now overtaken us as "the best politicians that money can buy..."

Where's Edwin Edwards when you need him to defend a title...?

My peeps "downair" are already hopin' fer a Jindal/Palin ticket, but she wants the top slot, and she's said so... Maybe The Man upstairs even told her so...

As far as Jindal is concerned, he's a Hindu, isn't he...?

Posted by: LeroyTheRoadie | November 11, 2008 3:42 PM | Report abuse



Posted by: cassk1 | November 11, 2008 3:34 PM | Report abuse

Reclamation...of what? Her stupidity? Seems like she is reinforcing what people have said about her. She thinks she's above all the criticism and refuses to take any blame. Sincere, my axx! She's just playing up to her supporters...the right wing nuts. Frankly, I don't see why the media wants her interviews...we have much more important issues to address, instead of revisiting the Wasilla Hillbillies! Greta VanSusteren for one...why didn't she devote this week to veterans instead of Silly Sickening Sarah?
These are the heroes that should be focused upon this week as well as everyday.
God Bless our Veterans!

Posted by: alleycattoo2000 | November 11, 2008 3:29 PM | Report abuse

We are all fools if we underestimate this woman. In practical terms, she may not seem like the brightest bulb in the bunch and destined for failure. But Palin is also a woman who won the governor's office with few political handlers to help her. She took advantage of a low point in Alaska politics. Now that she is out of the McCain campaign's clutches, she is playing to her base and weighing her options. Let's not forget that Palin's base of support controlled the White House for the past 8 years. Many believe that Obama's win is a moral disaster for our country. Palin is the self-styled Pentacostal Esther of our day and many evangelicals with whom I am acquainted are praying for her to play that role.

Posted by: nstaylor75 | November 11, 2008 3:29 PM | Report abuse

After having shown herself as a vicious racist, I see her as a hypocrite, given her supposed Christian views. Apparently they don't teach the commandments, "Love thy neighbor as thyself." or "Thou shalt not bear false witness." in her church.

Fortunately grace, and therefore forgiveness, is available to all.

Combined with her anti-intellectualism, I, as a moderate, educated Republican, would never vote for her.

Posted by: jwallace1 | November 11, 2008 3:27 PM | Report abuse

I do not understand how this woman got on a US presidential ticket or why she is still making so much useless and angry noise

Posted by: frayedcat | November 11, 2008 3:23 PM | Report abuse

The Africa smear is false; here's the guy who spent dozens of hours briefing Palin to explain how much of a smear it was:

And, there's a partial list of some of the lies the WaPo told about Palin here:

You just can't trust the WaPo.

Posted by: LonewackoDotCom | November 11, 2008 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Everyone has it wrong and should be encouraging Palin to run in 2012. And she should get Dan Quayle to be her running mate. The two bright stars in the GOP galaxy. It would provide endless laughs for years! The Idiot and Moron comedy team! Bwaaahaaaa.

Posted by: checkered1 | November 11, 2008 3:22 PM | Report abuse

--"The Christian backbone of this country will re-assert itself in 4 years, and we will be back!

Posted by: CountryFirst | November 11, 2008 2:13 PM | Report abuse "--

An honest opinion, and one we should respect.

I think that 9/11 froze the political process for years - and it's an accident of history that the Evangelicals happened to be in power at that time. I think without 9/11 the federal government doesn't get involved with Terri Schiavo.
During that time of fear some people confused 'Republican' with 'American', 'Democrat' with 'terrorist', 'conservative' with 'patriot', 'liberal' with 'traitor', fear' with 'merit'.

This 'fear' versus 'merit' distinction was made clear to non-Republican voters by Katrina. In 2006 they sent a message by giving Democrats control of the House. The Republican's didn't get the memo - and proceeded to pack the Justice Department with 'loyal Bushies'.

It remains to be seen what sort of memo the Republican's got in 2008 - if any. A large (and I would argue controlling) segment of the party doesn't mind losing elections if it's in the cause of some higher power. This puts the amateurs in direct conflict with the professionals. The amateurs see an Evangelical elected as governor. The professionals see the state re-elect a convicted felon for senator - something not likely to occur anywhere else in the union. The amateurs have no problems applying a litmus test before deciding is someone is a ‘real American’ or ‘anti-American’. The professionals see that both kinds of Americans get one vote each.

It may take more than one election for the message that I sent in 2008 to sink it: "I respect your faith, but when religion and government mix - we get involved in too many wars, re-elect the worst president in history, and the economy fails. Other than a firm belief in your own salvation - what else do you bring?"

If Sarah Palin is a force in 2012 then answer is: “-silence-”. Which I is code for “You’re anti-American, clearly don’t have a brain – which means you’re a Democrat – so aligned with the terrorists and Satan.” Actually I’m not a Democrat – but in Ann Coulter’s world of angels and demons, I think the heathen outnumber the saints – and would expect the saints to lose general elections time and again. I think if the saint’s would ponder what ‘mainstream’ means – then they might come to understand that Fox, Rush and Coulter are pandering, and the whole concept of ‘bias’ is, in fact, their own.

Posted by: DonJasper | November 11, 2008 3:21 PM | Report abuse

Just curious if the following are included in The Media: The New York Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Times, Fox Network, Rush Limbaugh, The Chicago Tribune, The San Francisco Chronicle, Matt Drudge. If they are not part of The Media, what are they?

Posted by: PotomacBob | November 11, 2008 3:20 PM | Report abuse

I hope Palin stays around. She helped Saturday Night Live's ratings, and as a Democrat, she would be a blessing. It's not often you find 2 idiots in politics such as Palin and Bush.

Posted by: COLEBRACKETT | November 11, 2008 3:18 PM | Report abuse

It never ceases to amaze me how incredibly nasty people can be. Whether she was qualified to be vice president or not (and I don't think she was), she IS the governor of a state, which is more than can be said for the dolts trashing her. There isn't any reason I can think of to be so malicious except for the fact that some people seem to have an over-inflated sense of self importance. I assume many of them are the same people who resent any negative murmurings about Obama or Biden.

Posted by: Lilycat1 | November 11, 2008 3:17 PM | Report abuse

"You don't like the way she speaks so that means you voted for Obama because he is a smooth talker?"


Actually, I voted for Obama because of WHAT he said, not the way he said it.

The fact that he did not sound like a cheerleader turned street walker was icing on the cake.

Posted by: trenda | November 11, 2008 3:16 PM | Report abuse

Sometimes, when you see an open door, it doesn't mean God wants you to go through it. I've had offers myself -- once there was this fifteen-year-old girl, and I was a little bit older, and -- well, not to go into details, but, what coulda happened didn't happen, and that was probably good. I'm saying -- Job had his trials, even Jesus was tempted -- you can say no. I'm not your Mom, Sarah, but, listen -- yes, you can blink, and sometimes you should blink. Like, kids should wait til they are married sometimes, and governors, well, they're not all Presidential material. You can blink. Yes you can. Not every door that is open is a door you should walk into.

If you do go ahead -- I'm advising you not to, but if you do, being as this is a free country -- use protection. Ask your doctor about protection. It protects your partners too, not just you.

Posted by: pressF1 | November 11, 2008 3:14 PM | Report abuse

It's not a wise move. The characterization of being corrupted, or unethical, or other bad behaviors should and must be addressed ASAP. But you can not fix the "stupid" label. Americans are decent people. It took a lot for them think you are stupid. So an interview here and there won't cut it. It may make it worse. So Ms. Palin: My advise is to lay low. Contact Mr. Kristol. He will set you up for 2012. But don't be stupid by going on national TV. That makes you look, well, stupid.

Posted by: lancedal | November 11, 2008 3:14 PM | Report abuse

In hindsight, it doesn't reflect well on Alaskans that they elected this chowder head as their governor. She must have a contract with late night talk show hosts that they'll pay her x dollars if she'll stay in the news. Remember the scene in Citizen Kane where Kane hires a voice coach to train his hopelessly untalented voice to sing? That's how the briefing sessions on foreign policy probably went w/ Governor Palin. Henry Kissinger in a room w/ Sarah, McCain and some of his staff. Kissinger: "Impossible, impossible. Some people can be taught, some can't". McCain: "It's not your job to judge her, your job is to at least train her to the level where she can fool enough of the American people". Palin: "I love Israel. I love Israel... NAFTA, uh, let's see, is the USA part of it? Africa, is that part of the United States?"

Posted by: randysbailin | November 11, 2008 3:13 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone REALLY take this f-cking moron seriously? Just listen to her - everything is someone elses fault, everything that made her look bad was taken out of context. Do we really want a national leader that has the vocabulary of a 16 year old school girl?

I hope the left is planning a strategy to keep this cretin far away from any office of importance. Let her screw up Alaska.

Posted by: xconservative | November 11, 2008 3:12 PM | Report abuse

"Palin said: 'I would have preferred more opportunity to speak to the media more often, because there were a lot of things that I think it could have, should have said that could have, would have helped John McCain.'"

The few interviews she did have definitely didn't help him out much, which is probably why they kept her either as far away from the MSM as possible or only allowed her to speak to friendly talk show hosts, like Hannity. Her real interviews and VP debate performance only provided fodder for Tina Fey/SNL to ridicule.

Posted by: kdinsd | November 11, 2008 3:12 PM | Report abuse

Enough of Palin. She's evil. I thought she said she would concentrate on her family and their needs when she got back to Alaska? Now, she's ready to "plow" through doors? If she didn't want those clothes, then why did she go on those shopping sprees? Ha! Just like she said "no" to the bridge to nowhere...after the fact! I must say she is a master at lying and covering up. She still hasn't released her medical records...what's up with that?

Posted by: alleycattoo2000 | November 11, 2008 3:08 PM | Report abuse

Oh God no...why she can't she focus on the job she already has: "running" Alaska? Thanks
to McCain and his misguided GOP handlers for opening Pandora's Box and unleashing Caribou Barbie. Yikes!

Posted by: laurabunny | November 11, 2008 3:08 PM | Report abuse

Let's see...

It was the mainstream media's fault that Sarah Palin was exposed as the utter rube that she is. Therefore, she indicates that what she would have liked to have done differently is to speak more with the "MSM", in spite of her complaining during her debate that she was going to "talk [wink] straight to the American people without the filter of the media." Riiiiiiiiight.

Honorswar26, perhaps you can explain why it was such an injustice to describe Palin, who hadn't served two years as governor of a federal welfare state yet, as a "former mayor", yet it was perfectly OK for the bulldog in lipstick to continually trash Obama for being a "community organizer", conveniently omitting his 8 years in the Illinois State senate and 3 1/2 in the U.S. Senate? No, I didn't think so...

Posted by: pcpatterson | November 11, 2008 3:07 PM | Report abuse

Love the comments that all the attack on Palin is coming from the left. Actually, in every way, it has come from the moderates, those such as myself who have voted Republican most of their lives.

Gov. Palin and her extreme shortcomings, hatemongering and lying mobilized many of us to truly vote our conscience and vote Country First.

Palin has gone V-I-C-T-I-M - big time. She is feverishly trying to undo what we all saw during the campaign. The worst thing that would happen to her now is if we all ignored her.

There will be more that will come out on the inner workings of this campaign. She will be caught in several more lies. Those assigned to support her were likely in shock at how unqualified she was. They will be the ones cashing in on books that tell-all.

Much, much more to come.

Posted by: ConcernedVoter2008 | November 11, 2008 3:05 PM | Report abuse

Gov. Palin can't be a serious contender for president in 2012 without character and intellect transplants. She needs to be ushered off the national stage. Maybe President-elect Obama could send her a new pair of binoculars and tell her she can serve her country best by staying in her backyard keeping an eye on Russia.

Posted by: BarbarainFlorida | November 11, 2008 2:57 PM | Report abuse

Palin is, as Norah Vincent said in today's LA Times, a belligerent ignoramus. Presumably, before she decides whether or not to run for president, she will at least consult her Nigerian witch doctor.

Posted by: No11 | November 11, 2008 2:57 PM | Report abuse

Dont the people who are :bank rolling" this effort of a makeover (and there are) understand that she is shooting their load with each interview she gives? Kristol, Gerson, Dobson et guys are dolts!! You need the indies...and she didnt make a very good impression with most of them I hear.

Posted by: mendonsa | November 11, 2008 2:53 PM | Report abuse

True or not, most Americans believe that Palin was the reason why the Republicans lost. Only a person as naive as Palin could dream that she has a chance.

Posted by: dunnhaupt | November 11, 2008 2:53 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin is the leader of a new wave of Republicans: the T-W-A-T faction.

Posted by: angelos_peter | November 11, 2008 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Someone show her the exit door please.

Her comments are so self-absorbed and off topic - her hubris is offensive. She is a danger in any public service because she really is blind to any needs but her own, and any facts that aren't convenient to her speech of the moment. Big Ick.

Posted by: frayedcat | November 11, 2008 2:50 PM | Report abuse

Uhmmmm guess what goofball:

My mother had 5 kids too AND belonged to the Assemblies of God church where she practiced (past tense); faith healing, speaking in tongues, rapture-awaiting etc.

Having recovered from that cult, MY MOM DID NOT VOTE FOR PALIN FOR THAT EXACT REASON.

Like MY MOM said; it takes one to know one. "Palin is nuts".

Any member of a church that dwells on Armageddon, the Rapture or any of that other nonsense has NO BUSINESS leading this country. It defines them as weird!

Posted by: Heerman532 | November 11, 2008 2:50 PM | Report abuse

The interviews so far have been as soft as room-temperature butter and just about as greasy on the part of the interviewers. I haven't heard one hard question or one targeted follow-up to Palin's many puffy answers. Seems like right after Palin listed her *reasons* for the McCain-Palin loss would have been perfect timing for a Matt Lauer follow-up question asking about her unfavorability ratings and the majority opinion that she is not qualified to be president. Surely she must have thoughts about these factors.

Posted by: millerwen | November 11, 2008 2:49 PM | Report abuse

While I harbor no ill will toward Ms Palin, I would sooner vote for a Barr-Nader ticket than one with Palin. I have no desire to see her know-nothing, anti-intellectual brand of conservatism take over the Republican party. That said, I don't think she is helping herself with this media tour. The longer voters are reminder of the shopping spree, 'diva' and 'whack-job' remarks, and her foreign policy expertise, the more difficult it will be to forget.

If she really wants a national career, she would do better to go home and demonstrate she can govern Alaska in lean times. She might try reading rather than moose hunting and snowmobiling in her free time. I suggest a subscription to Foreign Affairs.

Posted by: wmw4 | November 11, 2008 2:46 PM | Report abuse

It will be quite simple to derail the entire 'Palin-Train'.

Here is the plan:
Just send a bunch of hard liquor, preferably 'white lighning' - in jelly jars, to Palin's house.

Her hillbilly clan will, in hillbilly fashion, commence to drink every last drop of the stuff.

Naturally, like all hillbillies, they will be standing around barefoot wearing overalls.

In all probability, they will:
- Get frostbite on their feet as they will soon forget the ground is frozen.
- Ignore all the babies crawling around which will give CPS (child protective services) an entree.
- Make for some great photo spreads in the Enquirer.
- Allow Levi Johnston to escape from the compound.

Anonymous donors can simply repeat this cycle until Palin gets impeached for failing to ever show up for her governor job.

This plan simply cannot fail! Like anything Palin encounters that works out for her - it has to be idiot proof!

Posted by: Heerman532 | November 11, 2008 2:45 PM | Report abuse


LOL. That's a good one! I know my mother and Sarah Palin is no mother of mine. If you can't take the heat, get out of the kitchen.

Posted by: SarahBB | November 11, 2008 2:43 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin is retarded.

Posted by: GeorgHerbet | November 11, 2008 2:43 PM | Report abuse

All these comments were a refreshing read vis-a-vis the economy and the market...

Palin is very dangerous --- she is a snake...

Posted by: jhuscha | November 11, 2008 2:41 PM | Report abuse

"Had the Democratic Party funded $150,000 for Michelle Obama's wardrobe"

But they didn't...

The Obamas buy their own clothes...

They don't expect the taxpayers or the RNC to buy them anything...

Oh, I'm sorry... Did I not ask Rupert Murdoch if it was ok to run the story...?

Amazing... Flag-waving "real Americans" getting their spin from a non-national, accusing others of not being "real"...

Posted by: LeroyTheRoadie | November 11, 2008 2:38 PM | Report abuse

What in God's name are the paid magoo posters still doing out here on the WaPo's comment pages?

I mean really, enough is enough!

Either present some authoritative evidence that the hillbilly queen is something other than, well, a hillbilly in new 'duds', or shut, the F&^%, up!

- Hillbilly spending spree
- didn't know Africa was a continent.

This is not MSM screed folks, this is what the people who LIKED her had to say.

The way you blame the MSM for everything is a non sequitor. You do not have a prima facie case as evidenced by the FACT that the wasilla-whackjob DID take her message "directly to the A-mur-i-kan people" as your 'tard, lard@ss limbaugh, likes to say.

Honestly you F-heads, enough is enough!

Posted by: Heerman532 | November 11, 2008 2:35 PM | Report abuse

Maybe someone has already said it, but Palin's full quote to Van Sustern on future plans has echoes of Miss South Carolina's exposition on geography. Like, you know what I mean?...and things like that...

Posted by: Bluefish2012 | November 11, 2008 2:34 PM | Report abuse

My goodness, how much of a boastful ignoramus does an individual need to be, before the Republicans finally recognize it? Even if they don't, the moderates of our population do. And, what exactly DO the Republicans stand for? At his core, George Bush, except for his inept response to Katrina and his mishandling of the Iraq war, is by and large, precisely what the right has asked for (tax custs for rich, deregulation, ruinous war abroad in Iraq for the interests of domestic corporate oil). Their fundamental platform has not worked.

If Sarah Palin represents the Republicans' future, then they can and rightfully should expect to remain in the wilderness for a long, long, long time.

Posted by: jswietli | November 11, 2008 2:34 PM | Report abuse

Spectator, you asked if she "Will she stooge for the corporates?"

She's proven she will... Mining interests in Alaska... Oil interests in Alaska...

She talks so glowingly about Wasilla, but she's done more than a little to turn it into a strip mall...

Appropriate that the lake by her house (where a photo op showed her "fishing") cannot support much life...

Talk about more of the same...

Posted by: LeroyTheRoadie | November 11, 2008 2:31 PM | Report abuse

i guess my post was too insulting, but I didn't know insulting a moron was possible. a moron and a crybaby, running and crying to wapo. "he called me a name!" actually I didn't, just pointed out that some on here and one in particular is insane in the membrane and needs a brain. truth hurts I guess.
i think palin should never be seen or heard from again. she may be even more dumb, pathetic and unqualified than bush, but it's close. if she's the best the repukes have to offer that's fantastic news for America.

Posted by: red2million | November 11, 2008 2:30 PM | Report abuse

Palin believes that God is on her side, and that everything she does is "God's will". Therefore, in her mind, she can do no wrong. She also follows the extreme right-wing Machiavellian mantra of "if it gets us elected, it's all good."

This is a very dangerous mindset to have when in a position to shape social and foreign policy at the national level, and for these reasons, I pray that Alaskans will have enough sense to prevent her from being elected to the Senate. I have every confidence that the American people will prevent her from ever residing in the White House.

Posted by: labman57 | November 11, 2008 2:29 PM | Report abuse

How seriously is the GOP interested in Governor Palin? I can't begin to list all of the negatives that are associated with her running for anything outside of Alaska. They must have a different standard of expectation for their elected officials from the lower 48. I just can't imagine that she is going to be able to move beyond that "first" impression.

Posted by: oliver6 | November 11, 2008 2:26 PM | Report abuse

It is so disappointing to hear so much of the disrespectful and inconsiderate comments about Gov. Palin being expressed here. It is clear that her qualifications and her character have been misrepresented by both the mainstream media and the Democratic Party. If you are so upset about the ads and speeches run by the McCain campaign attacking Obama's character, please remember just how much the Obama campaign and its surrogates attacked Gov. Palin's character from the very beginning, calling her a former mayor without even acknowledging that she is currently a state governor. I hope that Gov. Palin will be able to correct the lies that were told about her and perhaps successfully run for President in 2012. By then, the aura of Obamamania will have worn off and people will learn the real price of voting for change without seeing what kind of change that they would be getting.

Posted by: honorswar26 | November 11, 2008 2:26 PM | Report abuse

Had the Democratic Party funded $150,000 for Michelle Obama's wardrobe the Democratic Party--controlled MSM wouldn't have noticed a thing. As it was conservative Republican VP candidate Sarah Palin though, the MSM made it a big deal to try to discredit her and to slime her. What they didn't report, surprise, surprise, was the fact that it wasn't Sarah who was going crazy shopping at high class stores, but a couple of GOP feminists who believed she needed a more modern clothing style. These feminists purchased several different style outfits in various sizes and gave them to Sarah for her choosing. After she made her choices, all the other outfits not chosen were returned to the stores for refunds. What the deviously dishonest Democratic Party--controlled MSM reported in order to slime Sarah, was the total prices of all the outfits and not the return adjusted price, which was much, much less. Had Michelle Obama had had this media slime done her by a conservative news report, I'm sure the MSM would have explained it that way. It's too bad that America's MSM are not journalists anymore, but nothing more than the Democrats propaganda arm.

Posted by: armpeg | November 11, 2008 2:25 PM | Report abuse

The Romper Room comparison did a disservice to Miss Nancy, who unfailingly understood that sentences require both subjects and verbs and when she spoke, always had something to say.

Posted by: fmjk | November 11, 2008 2:24 PM | Report abuse

She's a purposefully divisive, polarizing figure. We've had enough of fundamentalist zeal trying to take over the world from the Bush White House.

I really think Palin represents the politics of the fat, dumb, and happy past, when we thought we could afford to squander our substance in so-called "culture wars." I deeply hope we've learned better by now.

Posted by: lonquest | November 11, 2008 2:24 PM | Report abuse


I am going to hope, and perhaps even PRAY, that the GOP embraces the nutjob Palin and moves her to the very front of the line in their leadership! That would be the best thing to ever happen for the Democrats other than having chimpie or shooter-cheney hold the reins. If Palin becomes the de facto leader of the GOP, they won't win an election as long as I live.

Oh, and didn't she donate those clothes yet?

The funniest part of this whole GOP 'leadership' story is this:

Has anybody taken a look at the senior GOP leaders? Codgers SOOO old, they, literally, make magoo look young?

Ralph "too senile to function" Hall - 84, would be the senior guy on ANY committee - he's been in congress since the 1960's.

Sam "Rubber Stamp" Johnson - 78, senior reptard on Ways and Means, has been in congress 20 or 30 years.

Oh yes GOP, Palin would be a GREAT choice to lead your flat-earth party.

Posted by: Heerman532 | November 11, 2008 2:24 PM | Report abuse

This image can not be reclaimed.

The raccoon is dead and flat on the highway.

Hugh Heffner however, might be interested in a new centerfold model...she would fit the bill for the new "Cougar" edition.

Posted by: misssymoto | November 11, 2008 2:24 PM | Report abuse

Wow, a lot of the comments against Palin here are just ridiculous.

Unfortunately for her, the people who support her are just plain insane.

Posted by: DDAWD | November 11, 2008 2:22 PM | Report abuse

Line up for the Magical History Tour, step right this way!

or if you are a Rutles fan,
Line up for the Tragical History Tour.

Posted by: edlharris | November 11, 2008 2:21 PM | Report abuse

She is part of the dangerous group of people that "don't know they don't know". For them knowing is detail and they aren't bother by details. To make it easy for her, she is now in the "politician" world where reality is blurred by "You betcha" speeches and value is measured by false images. Although she and some of GOP strategists considered her "having a shot" the crude reality is that she is having the same shot on winning a gold medal at Winter Olympics at biathlon, considering that she can shoot and ski(?).

Posted by: eulupu | November 11, 2008 2:20 PM | Report abuse

those weren't rumors about her supposed lack of knowledge of foreign affairs. that was her ignorance screaming.
her inner clothes horse has been on display.
her lies are everywhere.

Posted by: axolotl | November 11, 2008 2:19 PM | Report abuse

With all due respect, Palin must explain:

1. Why her husband has belonged to a secessionist organization (for 7 years no less);

2. Her philosophy on expenses and backdating expense reports. I don't know (nor care about) Alaska law, but the practice is unethical;

3. Her comments about 'real America', 'anti-American' and the like. Who needs one more politician who caters to only 30% of the country?

She should also explain why is has been as petty and vindictive as she was towards her brother-in-law. But the fact is that considering her family skills (son had to join the military; teenage daughter is pregnant; went to work 3 days after giving birth) I really have little respect and regard for her opinions on the family unit.

Posted by: AMviennaVA | November 11, 2008 2:18 PM | Report abuse

Tick, tick, tick..... I hear the clock ticking. Palin's fifteen minutes of fame is just about up.

Posted by: casey11 | November 11, 2008 2:17 PM | Report abuse

Palin said: "I'm like, don't let me miss the open door. Show me where the open door is. Even if it's cracked up a little bit, maybe I'll plow right on through that..."

Like maybe the open door for her to plow through is right back to Alaska...home to her family and friends????

Posted by: las100 | November 11, 2008 2:13 PM | Report abuse

I firmly believe that Sarah Palin is the future of the Republican Party and that God let her lose this election as a test. Remember, Jesus spent 40 days in the wilderness before beginning his real work here on earth. Sarah will be back in 2012, and she will be the one who leads this country back onto a righteous path. Barack Obama is a good man and an intelligent man, but he does not represent the values of the average American like Sarah Palin does. The Christian backbone of this country will re-assert itself in 4 years, and we will be back!

Posted by: CountryFirst | November 11, 2008 2:13 PM | Report abuse

This Hillbillie from Wasilla just digs herself deeper and deeper into the anals of DUMB every time she opens her YAPPER!!!

She is so clearly not qualified for anything other than the swimsuit competititon in the MRS MOOSE contest in Wasila.

NUTJOB doesnt even cover it.

Posted by: misssymoto | November 11, 2008 2:12 PM | Report abuse

before i get to failin palin, archarita it's fairly obvious that you're at least somewhat insane, but you should still check with Oz to see if he can hook you up with a brain. you're obviously deluded and living in a fantasy world, but I understand your desperation. must be so disappointing that bush didn't get a vicaroius third term through the election of john mcbush and american hating, bible thumping sarah i'm retarded palin. i agree with most of the posters here. why am i still hearing about this brainless bimbo who is wholly devoid of any morals, scruples or integrity? bury the bit*h already!

Posted by: red2million | November 11, 2008 2:11 PM | Report abuse

"Sarah Palin speaks in a simplistic style reminiscent of Miss Nancy of Romper Room."

I use to watch Romper Room. Ms. Nancy was a friend of mine and I learned a lot from her. Sarah, you are no Nancy of Romper Room!

Posted by: bevjims1 | November 11, 2008 2:09 PM | Report abuse

Palin won't be a force to be reckoned with in 2012...and it has nothing to do with her level of ignorance on all things related to governance.

Rather, she is a follower not a leader. As a follower, her compass is set on the old GOP ideological path--one that doesn't lead into the 21st century. She spouts the ideology of yore because she doesn't have the knowledge and imagination to create a vision for the future.

Palin spouts last century's gut government, eliminate all regulations, cut taxes for corporations and the rich, and free trade at all costs propaganda.

Reagan is dead. Supply side economics is dead. The old conservative anti-government, anti-tax vs. liberal big government, big spenders debate is dead.

Americans want smart people to run a smart government. Americans want a focus on middle class expansion. Americans want a government that works toward real solutions. But most of all, Americans want to spend for peace and prosperity, rather than endless wars and bankruptcy. Americans booted out the republicans because they have nothing to show for the more than $10 trillion debt they racked up.

The republicans spend like crazy, but didn’t create any new booming industries; they didn’t refurbish our crumbling infrastructures; they didn’t improved education for our children; they didn’t help Americans acquire affordable healthcare. Hell, they couldn’t even manage to shore up our failing economy. Instead, they gave Wall Street our money to buy facials and massages; and pay bonuses and multi-million dollar golden parachutes for incompetent executives. And they keep throwing good money after bad—AIG executives are sticking their greedy paws into our pockets for the third time in less than 3 months!

On November 4, 2008, the American people finally stood up and said, “We’ve had enough of incompetence and being ripped off blind by the republicans!”

Finally, Palin, like so many die-hard republicans, plays to the exclusion of all moderates. She doesn't realize the majority of Americans are moderates...moderates who refuse to follow demagogues like her through the gates of hell.

Posted by: jandcgall1 | November 11, 2008 2:09 PM | Report abuse

It seems to me the key for Sarah is how much money she can raise from the Republican faithful--the religious myopics, and the corporates.

Will she stooge for the corporates?

I think so...

Posted by: Spectator | November 11, 2008 2:08 PM | Report abuse

Incompetence, as we've seen, can be overlooked in our country, but Palin's toxic blend of meanness and incompetence seems a pretty high hurdle at this point. Like David Brooks said, she's a cancer. Her ideas are poison. Even more than Hillary for the Democrats, her presence on a ticket would invigorate the opposition more than her allies. Go ahead, Republicans, make our day.

Posted by: jennandgus | November 11, 2008 2:07 PM | Report abuse





Posted by: ELLISLIZA | November 11, 2008 2:07 PM | Report abuse

Nobody's peddling anything ugly about Sarah Palin except Sarah Palin. It appears that by the end of her whirlwind visit with the media this week, we'll know what she thinks about what we think about her pitiful performance during the campaign...but we'll know nothing new or useful about Sarah Palin, except that she hasn't learned much and apparently doesn't have enough to do in Alaska.

People who don't know what they don't know are really annoying!

Posted by: las100 | November 11, 2008 2:07 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: juarezernesto | November 11, 2008 2:07 PM | Report abuse

McCain and Palin couldn't sell their platform because even they realized that they had no substantive policies to present which differed significantly from those of the Bush years.

So instead they relied on instilling fear and hatred of somebody who is "different", a philosophy that is consistent with the history of the extreme right of the GOP. They were all about morality, but cared nothing about ethics.

The GOP lost because the American public rapidly became turned off by the McCain campaign's continual character attacks on Obama. First he was labeled a "celebrity", then an "elitist", and finally a "socialist", a "terrorist sympathizer" and "unpatriotic". McCain also lost because, once the luster wore off, the public realized that Palin was woefully unqualified for the office of Vice President, and her selection spoke volumes about the executive judgement of McCain.

The McCain camp claimed that their motivation behind attacking Obama had been to question his character, integrity, judgement, and leadership potential.

Well, if you examine the conduct of both candidates during the campaign, there is no question about who has shown and still shows the character, integrity, judgement, and leadership potential necessary to restore our nation's standing in the world, resurrect our economic vitality, fix the broken health care system, and motivate industry to shift from fossil fuel to non-polluting, renewable energy technologies.

It took Bush and Cheney eight long, arduous years to cause severe damage to our nation's reputation abroad and economic stability at home. I'll be eternally grateful if Obama and the Democratic Congress can repair most of the damage during the next four years.

Posted by: labman57 | November 11, 2008 2:06 PM | Report abuse

Anyone who would have Americans believe that "The Flintstones" are a documentary on anthropology is either a sham-artist, appealing to the dumbest of voters, or an idiot.
Palin probably is both a pathological liar and very stupid, except for a certain reptilian shrewdness.

Posted by: sperrico | November 11, 2008 2:00 PM | Report abuse

After reading thru the comments I cannot believe or perhaps I can the vicious attacks that continue against this women. Must she look like Hillary and shrill like Pelosi? $6,000. pantsuits don't make Hillary look any better. What do you think the speakers clothes cost? You don't like the way she speaks so that means you voted for Obama because he is a smooth talker? You just elected someone with the thinnest of resumes, has not offered a piece of legislation and never ran anything. Aren't we a bright people?

Posted by: dianamtimmons | November 11, 2008 1:57 PM | Report abuse

"Maybe Gov. Palin should take the time and identify everything in the early 1990's Billy Joel song "We didn't start the Fire"

Do you think she can answer "British Politician sex"???


"California Baseball"???"

jmurphy: Knowing the stuff in that song would require Palin to read books. Since she doesn't read newspapers, it's highly unlikely she reads books.

Heck, quiz her on the bible. I'd bet she flunks that too. To call her shallow would be an insult to shallow people.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | November 11, 2008 1:56 PM | Report abuse

A possible run for Presidency? It's the most ludicrous thing I've ever heard. Sarah, please, for the good of the country go back to Alaska, stay there, and be grateful for what you have. We know you are too dim witted to realize it, but you are a HUGE embarrassment to the rest of the country. The more you talk the worse you look. Your future DOES not include the Presidency and if you don't shut up soon the only future you can look forward is some side modeling for Nieman-Marcus. Please. Go. Away.

Posted by: bretb | November 11, 2008 1:55 PM | Report abuse

By all means, let Sarah be her ambitious divinely-led self. The Republican Party needs her wisdom and charisma in this bleak winter. However, if the GOP does embrace Sarah Palin it will just confirm how out of it that group has become. Look at the map (which might benefit Sarah) and see how all that is left is the deep south, Oklahoma and sparsely populated states west of the Mississippi. This last bastion of "traditional" America loves Palin, is terrified by Obama (the socialist, the Marxist, the terrorist, the Arab, the Muslim, the other)and also demographically is white, poorly educated, lower middle class,xenophobic (and if you can explain how Obama underperformed John Kerry in many of these counties, also racist).
Making Palin your standard bearer just confirms how bankrupt and lost the GOP has shown itself.
Bring on the future!

Posted by: gratianus | November 11, 2008 1:54 PM | Report abuse

Some people are already hinting at a Palin run for the presidency in 2012. I suspect these people are giving her too much credit.

True, she is a moderately savvy politician, but she also is blissfully ignorant about the inner-workings of anything beyond the borders of Alaska. She has the faux folksy charm and lack of intellectual curiosity of George W. Bush and the Machiavellian mindset of Dick Cheney. Do we really want to relive the nightmare of the past 8 years?

Palin may very well return to a much more hostile Alaska. (The Alaska Daily News is already in "You got a lot of 'splaining to do, Lucy" mode.) She was riding on the coattails of an over-inflated price for a barrel of oil that delivered huge profits to her state. People were willing to give her a pass with respect to her management style so long as they shared a piece of the profit pie.

Well, the price of oil has plummeted and as a result, the Alaskan economy will suffer. Her statewide ratings have already dropped 20 points, and the increased scrutiny of her conduct while governor has given many Alaskans another perspective of her leadership. I suspect we have only seen the tip of her "mismanagement" and "abuse of power" iceberg.

By the next election cycle, Sarah Palin will very likely no longer have the positive image or clout to contend for the presidency. In fact, she may be lucky to get re-elected as governor.

Posted by: labman57 | November 11, 2008 1:53 PM | Report abuse

I'm like, God, please just make Sarah Palin go, like, away. Please God, please.

Posted by: wsealsjr | November 11, 2008 1:53 PM | Report abuse

Please stop giving this awful person free publicity. She needs to stay in the dustbin of history.
It's bad enough that Matt Lauer was her PR shill on the Today show this morning.

Posted by: fluxgirl | November 11, 2008 1:53 PM | Report abuse

archarito -- for your claims to be valid the entire united states congress, including a whole bunch of republicans who would really, really like to find a reason to keep mr obama from taking office, have to be participating in a gigantic coverup.

sorry, doesn't compute.

Oh, and mr obama's birth certificate is public, open, avaialble at, in high definition images, along with newspaper clippings verifying the correct birth.

so, please, get a life.

Posted by: summicron1 | November 11, 2008 1:53 PM | Report abuse

May the GOP continue to be peopled with fools like the most devoted supporters here, and be led by morons like Sarah Palin.

Posted by: Attucks | November 11, 2008 1:52 PM | Report abuse

This lady has a college education in journalism. So she did not get this at Harvard or Yale but she did attend four years of college. I will bet you that you can take many forty-something ladies in this country with the same education and set them down for a week-end at best and they will be better informed and able to deal with things than this clunker was. How in hell did she graduate from college and lacked the skills to deal with the likes of Kathie Courick. Unbelievable! And this klutz thinks she can run for President? Well let her run in 2012 when the Republicans probably will need a sacrificial lamb like they did in '96 when Bob Dole took one on the chin for the party.

Posted by: Opa2 | November 11, 2008 1:52 PM | Report abuse

Enough already, the US doesn't need Alaska's idiot; please stop pushing this brainless moron on us; she's apart of history that we need to forget..........

Posted by: imiga | November 11, 2008 1:48 PM | Report abuse

OMG!!! ENOUGH with this woman!! it is embarrassing. first, the media derides her as the empty suit that she is and now everyone is clamoring for an interview. there is no comparison between her and obama. he is a great intellect and she is more than lacking in that department. i hope she fades to the background soon, very soon.

Posted by: auntpajamy1 | November 11, 2008 1:45 PM | Report abuse

In some ways, Palin was the perfect running mate. Because she has no ethical boundaries, she was willing to do ANYTHING that the RNC strategists asked of her.

"Sarah, we need you to accuse Obama of being a foreign-born, christian-hating, terrorist sympathizer. Will do you this?" "You betcha!"

"Sarah, we need you to convince America that they should be afraid of a black man living in the White House. Can we count on you to sell this message?" "You're darn right you can!"

Well, fortunately the American people did not buy the hate-filled rhetoric that Palin was selling.

To borrow a famous line by Aaron Sorkin used in "The American President": "We've got serious problems, and we need serious people.....this is a time for serious people, (Sarah), and your fifteen minutes are up."

Posted by: labman57 | November 11, 2008 1:44 PM | Report abuse

I did not order those clothes, nor did i not wear those clothes also.
I apologize for tearing down the GOP, But I did not lose the election also.
I want to be in the real America also.
Bush is bad, but i can be bad also.
In order for you to vote for me you must also be knowing God will be pleased also.

Keep 'em coming, Sarah, also.

Posted by: cassk1 | November 11, 2008 1:44 PM | Report abuse

I would take it that most of you did not see the complete interview or any of the interview with Greta last night. You would have heard that she did not choose the clothes did not walk into a store and pick them out. I don't understand why you continue to be so vicious and mean regarding this women. Does she have to look like Hillary and wear $6,000. pantsuits? You just elected Obama with the thinnest of resumes - never ran anything, never brought forth a piece of legistation and you called him qualified. One would think it is second coming of Christ. I hope he and you prove me wrong, if not we are in real trouble

Posted by: dianamtimmons | November 11, 2008 1:44 PM | Report abuse

Archarito: Go **** yourself you sore loser! Oh and go and join the rest of the losers who lost the election.

Posted by: BethesdaMD | November 11, 2008 1:43 PM | Report abuse

" Palin...has absolutely no plans to go quietly into that good night."

If my calculations about Alaska are correct that's about 4 months of darkness she'll be facing as, whether she likes it or not , is dictated by the calendar and not her ambition.

Is Alaska a continent or am I confusing Alaska with Africa.
Africa is a state. Alaska is...well, it's simply Alaska.

bye bye tootsie.
See you again at sunup...when's that...March?

Posted by: jato1 | November 11, 2008 1:41 PM | Report abuse

I pray Governor Palin will be elevated to national prominence in the very near future.

There is every expectation that votes for Barack Hussein Obama will be found Constitutionally IRRELEVANT since he is expected to be found CONSTITUTIONALLY Unqualified to serve as POTUS.

Barack Obama's refusal to prove he is a 'natural born citizen' is a SCAM TO THE LARGEST POSSIBLE DEGREE - IN THE HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.

BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA IS NOT QUALIFIED TO BE POTUS and even his own GRANDMOTHER says he was BORN IN KENYA. The TAPE RECORDING and TRANSLATED TRANSCRIPT of her statement are in the hands of SCOTUS in conjunction with the lawsuit BERG vs OBAMA.

Barack Obama, the DNC and the FEC have until December 1, 2008 to respond to the application for Writ of Certiorari to the Supreme Court of the USA.

Will Obama respond, or; will he STONEWALL the Supreme Court?

Would the Supreme Court look favorably on a potus candidate who REFUSES to comply with the constitutional requirement potus MUST BE A NATURAL BORN CITIZEN?


Posted by: Archarito | November 11, 2008 1:38 PM | Report abuse

Maybe Gov. Palin should take the time and identify everything in the early 1990's Billy Joel song "We didn't start the Fire"

Do you think she can answer "British Politician sex"???


"California Baseball"???

Posted by: jmurphy2 | November 11, 2008 1:37 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin speaks in a simplistic style reminiscent of Miss Nancy of Romper Room. Her comprehension of the complexities of foreign relations is appallingly lacking, as though she attained her knowledge of world affairs from a comic book. (Good guys vs. bad guys? Really?)

And her inability to speak extemporaneously on matters of domestic or foreign policy is frightening. Every time she went off script during a stump speech or interview, the McCain campaign had to go into damage control mode.

A Palin run for the Presidency in 2012 would be the best possible decision...for the Democrats.

Posted by: labman57 | November 11, 2008 1:35 PM | Report abuse

Palinology, Chris?

Or Northern Over-Exposure?

BUT WILL THE ELECTION REALLY MATTER? Not as long as government-supported extrajudicial targeting "vigilante squads" are "community/gang stalking" American citizens, making a mockery of the rule of law:

Posted by: scrivener50 | November 11, 2008 1:34 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin is dumber than a sack of hair.

The fact that the dwindling doofuses of the Republican extreme right are considering her for the presidency speaks to their utter dearth of ideas or inspiration.

She will continue to be catnip to the media for her inane comments and mindblowing ignorance. Palin will continue to make herself a laughingstock across the Lower 48.

I truly hope that Palin is nominated by the GOP in 2012 so that she can complete her taks of driving that party into the obscurity they so richly deserve.

Posted by: dee5 | November 11, 2008 1:32 PM | Report abuse

Unless the governor of Alaska is calling a seafood processor or an oil company, their calls go unreturned. Unless of course you make a huge splash with a VP run. Then you can get invites and good speaking slots at all the political gigs no one who is not a major Republican donor ever hears about. That is what governor Palin now has and she can work it until she decides what to do.

As for her folksy, semi-literate, charm, I have no doubt she is more intelligent than our current President. Sure his first term was a technicality, but he actually won the second one. Bush II had the advantage that the Republicans were in the ascendancy his first time, something Palin probably won't have, but others have overcome more. So she can actually start to read all of those news sources she told Katie about and make a real speech and answer real policy questions in a few years. Then choose either 2012 or 2016 and see what happens. I do have one piece of advice for her though: the President of the United States of America should not use 'I'm like' twice in the same interview/speech much less twice in the same sentence. It is one thing to sound like the village idiot (see Bush, George W) and another to sound like my friend's teenage daughters.

Posted by: caribis | November 11, 2008 1:32 PM | Report abuse

We can take heart in the fact that every year that passes she'll be a year less "hot".

Posted by: dbuskirk7 | November 11, 2008 1:32 PM | Report abuse


One hell of a Freudian slip.

Posted by: mickey4 | November 11, 2008 1:32 PM | Report abuse

The Peter Principle combined with a love of the camera equals many more delightful, uncomfortable TV moments. She's got "Talk Soup clip" written all over her.

Posted by: jaynashvil | November 11, 2008 1:32 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin is a Dan Quayle wannabe. Ken, meet Barbie. Barbie, meet Ken.

Posted by: labman57 | November 11, 2008 1:30 PM | Report abuse

Dear made the dinosaurs go away, now please make Sarah Palin go away. Amen.

Posted by: dmahon | November 11, 2008 1:29 PM | Report abuse

Gov Palin was given a golden educational opportunity - to learn firsthand what the differences are between national politics & state politics while running on someone else's ticket. She was pretty clearly unprepared for the campaign and uninformed on national issues.

What remains to be seen is whether she learns from this experience. Thus far it appears that she will not - she says she was surprised at the margin of victory for Obama-Biden. A thinking person might ask "why did I get bad information?" It should be clear to her that what sells in Alaska does not necessarily sell elsewhere. If she learns that lesson & figures out how to appeal to moderate voters, she could be a national political force. At this point, such an outcome looks unlikely.

Posted by: bsimon1 | November 11, 2008 1:28 PM | Report abuse

"I don't blame her for the clothes. The fact is, women in politics are judged by their appearance far more than men are. The GOP did what they had to do, which was make her glamorous and sexy -- a celebrity who could eclipse even Obama. When you're selling questionable goods, you'd better package them nicely. The Repubs knew they couldn't stick her up there in normal duds and expect some great intellect to just shine on through."

Cmon, now. $150,000?? I'm not a woman, but I can't imagine that you can't look good for a LOT less money.

Posted by: DDAWD | November 11, 2008 1:28 PM | Report abuse

She doesn't know when to lay low, she doesn't know when to shut up, she has no sense to step back, she demonstrates no real capacity towards self reflection, or introspection, she doesn't seem to have the tools for evaluation of what she said and did -- what worked, what didn't work...all of this, in aggregate, could be the reason why she has such special appeal to other zealots.

Posted by: whoo_whoo | November 11, 2008 1:27 PM | Report abuse

When is the clueless nutcase going to end the circus act?

Posted by: BethesdaMD | November 11, 2008 1:25 PM | Report abuse

"Do you not listen to this woman speak? She can not speak spontaneously in complete and coherent sentences. Face it. The woman is D-U-M-B. Sorry. It's true."

Dude, she stammers on complex topics. Yeah, she isn't much for someone looking to be Vice President, but to not know that Africa is a continent is REAL idiocy, not politician idiocy.

Posted by: DDAWD | November 11, 2008 1:23 PM | Report abuse

I love it, this is like watching a train wreck, in slow motion, on IMAX.

Sarah's 15 minutes of fame are *over* but she's hooked on the attention (not to mention the warm weather) so she can't stand to go back to Alaska in November.

Who can blame her? And yet, who can *stand* her?

You got your one shot, Fancy, and you let us down....

Posted by: rwolf01 | November 11, 2008 1:22 PM | Report abuse

If Sarah Palin picked Jesus Christ for her running mate, I still couldn't vote for her.

Posted by: wheels979 | November 11, 2008 1:21 PM | Report abuse

Lets put this into perspective...

Gov. Palin is:

Executive of the largest County by area in the United States..

Alaska Population.. just under 700,000
Fairfax County just over 1,000,000

That she governs so few, is hardly reason to extend or pass the torch to little more than a glorified county supervisor....

Alaska only trumps Wyoming, Vermont and No. Dakota... and DC by tiny margins...

Fact is.. her selection to the Republican Ticket was ill conceived... Its that simple...

Posted by: talontbo | November 11, 2008 1:19 PM | Report abuse

Not knowing anything about the geography of Africa is only one small example of Palin's dearth of knowledge. Her apparent lack of intellectual curiosity is extremely disconcerting for someone who aspires to be a future POTUS. Her inflated ego is at least twice her IQ.

For example:
How about not being able to answer simple questions in an interview, such as which newspapers she regularly reads to find out what's happening in the world.
Or 5 colleges in 6 years to get a Journalism/Communications degree--not exactly a high-brow major.
Or not knowing that fruit fly research is not about fruit flies, but is a fundamental model for studying human genetics.
Or not realizing that the VP is NOT in charge of the U.S. Senate, apparently not understanding what the term "presides" means in this context.
Or having no clue about the nature of the "Bush Doctrine".
Or not even knowing that you cannot see mainland Russia from mainland Alaska, let alone her back yard.

Posted by: labman57 | November 11, 2008 1:19 PM | Report abuse

She generated a lot of excitement amongst a narrow swath of the Republican base. However, her lack of substance, and the vociferousness of the crowds she did attract (Sit down, boy!) will, I suspect, have poisoned her chances with independents, and indeed the moderates in her own party. The $150,000 clothing debacle was just another nail in the coffin. In a way she "Quayle'd" herself, creating a better caricature of herself than the comedians could.

Posted by: pdech | November 11, 2008 1:19 PM | Report abuse

Ha ha, she doesn't need to plow through any openings nor get her gods permission. I'll gladly hold the door WIDE open. I want to see as many narrow minded neo-cons on board her train as possible when it plummets over the cliff.

Posted by: MikeMcNally | November 11, 2008 1:18 PM | Report abuse

Welcome to the blame game. It'll last for the next four years.

Posted by: philmphile | November 11, 2008 1:17 PM | Report abuse

I think the supporters of Ms. Palin (king of zouk comes to mind) has aptly demonstrated the real angry loser. they leap at any false rumor (oh those false rumors) or innudendo (and I do mean innudendo) that advances their cause, only later to be revealed for idiots as they are because they say things like:

"for once we have an actual qualified woman who made it on her own and the left is shakin in their guccis. but then again, level playing fields were never their home turf."

Hemingway, move over... Or go play on some unlevel playing fields... For Mohammed's sake, don't suggest that you or your candidate should perhaps take a long hard look at yourself... Maybe read your words... Listen to your interview... Just keep on a plowin into those cracked up open doors 'cause even little ole me, dumb cracker that I am, git a kick out of people who have such an appalling lack of self awareness...

Combine such hatred for people who have actually educated themselves with the 2nd Amendment and you've gotta hope their electricity gets shut off before Fox News issues the clarion call to kill anyone who doesn't agree with you...

Posted by: LeroyTheRoadie | November 11, 2008 1:16 PM | Report abuse

Part of me wants the Republicans to wise up and correct themselves by getting rid of the anti-intellectual wingnuts like Sarah, so they can challenge & sharpen & and keep honest the Democrats.

And part of me can't wait to see the 2012 Palin Train Wreck and deeper decline of America's Southern-Fried political party.

Plus, the sheer comedy of endless, nonsensical Palin quotes -- no other politician can supply that like Sarah!

Posted by: sw7104 | November 11, 2008 1:16 PM | Report abuse

If American journalists could muster one spoonful of gumption, one testicle's worth of fortitude between them, they would do the obvious thing.

The thing that any British journalist would immediately do.

The thing that any journalist from a country with a serious, questioning media, rather than a celebrity freakshow posing as media, would do.

And that is of course to ask this ridiculous woman: "So, Ms Palin, you know Africa is composed of many different countries."

"Can you name three of them for us?"

Sadly, there isn't a journalist in America with the balls to simply test Palin's knowledge. It wouldn't be showing what Palin calls the proper "deference".

Posted by: kenonwenu | November 11, 2008 1:15 PM | Report abuse

I sincerely HOPE Sarie is chosen as the republican nominee for President in both "'12 or four years later". lol

Democrats can relax for the next decade -- knowing that the only way Palin could win is if:

1.) Everyone in the USA with an IQ larger than their shoe-size died, or;
2.) All the voting machines were rigged, or;
3.) Cheney & Co. staged a successful, armed coup.

Posted by: saj_pratt | November 11, 2008 1:15 PM | Report abuse

In four years she still won't be prepared to have enough substantive answers for the interviews and debates you have to participate in if you're a serious candidate.

Posted by: johnc_80 | November 11, 2008 1:14 PM | Report abuse

Why is it that the Republican Party has recently committed itself to running anti-intellectual mental midgets? Reagan was probably good fun at a cocktail party, but not genius. "W" was probably fun in some local bar, but hasn't been known for his intellectual acumen. Palin barely reads.

What's next from the Republican Party, a Taliban cast off?

Posted by: atidwell | November 11, 2008 1:12 PM | Report abuse

Please run Sarah. In fact, start your campaign now. In these hard times we need you to laugh at for the next four years while Obama and the Democrats are busy doing the serious and hard work of trying to repair the damage done to this country by 30 years of republican rule. You betcha!

Posted by: cfeher | November 11, 2008 1:11 PM | Report abuse

Ha ha ha. She's a total skank who will completely divide the Republican party. She's the best thing that ever happened to Barack Obama.

I'm going to cut Sarah the Ditz a check right now for her 2012 campaign.


Take the GOP right straight to HELL!

Posted by: trenda | November 11, 2008 1:11 PM | Report abuse

I really like how Palin has tried to spin the story of her clothing. Well, she didn't pay for them.... She didn't buy them.... She didn't choose them.....


Posted by: atidwell | November 11, 2008 1:09 PM | Report abuse

Get a clue, America!

That which has been seen cannot be unseen -unless, of course you've got alzheimer's disease.

Is there more lipstick being prepared for the old pig ?

I'm not surprised; the GOP insisted that GWB would be "Just the thing" for America, so it goes without really having to say it that a makeover will include major DECEPTION and a makeover will be more of a re-invent.

I've already seen enough. Extremism has no home in American Politics.

Posted by: pgibson1 | November 11, 2008 1:09 PM | Report abuse

God created us in his own image. As one who has god within him, I tell you Mrs. Palin, please stay home, don’t make a run for the presidency… I am not sure I can handle your annoying voice nor can I be pushed around as the culprit for your bid to the White House. And one more thing, as God, I created man, not countries. Men/women (people) always come first and before countries, so change your slogan to people first if you want to have a shot at the presidency.

Posted by: Shanan1 | November 11, 2008 1:06 PM | Report abuse

"I'm like....I'm like...." am I listening to my 12 year old talk? Enough already! Unfortunately the media will continue to cover her because they didn't have access to her during the campaign so they need to vent their frustrations somehow but please ask real hard questions and demand real answers and stop her when she starts embroiling herself in her "also" and "you know" and "I'm like"....

Posted by: LisaWhite1 | November 11, 2008 1:06 PM | Report abuse

If Palin is, as reported, giving a press conference later in the week, I hope some enterprising reporter will attempt to pin her down on her and her husband's associations with the Alaska Independence Party.

Posted by: birdcrash | November 11, 2008 1:05 PM | Report abuse

I don't blame her for the clothes. The fact is, women in politics are judged by their appearance far more than men are. The GOP did what they had to do, which was make her glamorous and sexy -- a celebrity who could eclipse even Obama. When you're selling questionable goods, you'd better package them nicely. The Repubs knew they couldn't stick her up there in normal duds and expect some great intellect to just shine on through.

The much bigger issue is her lack of qualifications. I agree with edarden1 on the mother wit thing. It only gets you so far. Palin simply hasn't demonstrated the capacity or inclination to learn issues (and I don't mean just how to pronounce "Ahmedinejad"!), absorb nuances, think critically, and communicate the way that Obama has. And personally, I'm frightened of a leader who believes God is guiding her every move. Who knows what God really thinks? What if she hears Him wrong? I'd rather she actually knew her stuff.

Posted by: warmasyellow | November 11, 2008 1:05 PM | Report abuse

I find it remarkable that Sarah Palin would present Alaska as the shining beacon for equality while reprimanding the rest of the country for not living up to her standards for civil rights. Alaska is not exactly a melting pot of ethnic or cultural diversity. Native Alaskans have traditionally been treated as second-class citizens, and African-Americans and other minorities are tolerated at best.

Essentially, Alaskans treat all of the flavors of vanilla equally. Wonderful. Give yourselves a round of applause while the rest of the nation rolls its eyes and heaves a sigh of relief that Palin has returned home to roost.

Posted by: labman57 | November 11, 2008 1:05 PM | Report abuse

Sarah is perfect for the G O P. I hope she runs in 2012 and shows the world brains aren't everything. you betcha.

Posted by: retiredfa00 | November 11, 2008 1:03 PM | Report abuse

"Perhaps if the media could ignore her for a bit, instead of trying to extend Palin's 15-minutes of fame, these questions wouldn't need to be asked."

Posted by: student41 | November 11, 2008 12:55 PM | Report abuse

Couldn't agree more! I can't be the only here that sees shades of Brittney Spears. Palin has replaced Brittney Spears as the freak show it can not stop covering.

Posted by: NMP1 | November 11, 2008 1:02 PM | Report abuse

"I don't think much of Palin, but I really have a hard time thinking she doesn't know Africa is a continent." -- DDAWD

Do you not listen to this woman speak? She can not speak spontaneously in complete and coherent sentences. Face it. The woman is D-U-M-B. Sorry. It's true.

Posted by: denverprincesaj | November 11, 2008 1:02 PM | Report abuse

In the recent Brian Williams interview, Palin was asked if she considers herself a feminist. Her response, in a contradiction to a previous reply to the same question posed by Couric, was that she doesn't believe in putting labels on people. Whaaaa?

So does she retract calling Obama a "celebrity", a "socialist", a "terrorist-sympathizer" during the campaign? Does she retract referring to members of Congress and the MSM as "elitist"? And does this mean she will stop labeling herself as a "maverick"?

Or is this just another typical example of the GOP philosophy of "do as I say, not as I do"?

Posted by: labman57 | November 11, 2008 1:01 PM | Report abuse

Sarah, Sarah,

I just watched your interview with Matt Lauer. You are a nice lady. But, you still are not qualified for v.p. or president. Worse, you still don't know you are. That is very scary. You are all ambition and have no sense of your own strengths and limitations. And no amount of book learning can give you that.

Do us all a favor, stay in Alaska.

Posted by: sandnsmith | November 11, 2008 12:59 PM | Report abuse

Palin was a gimmick - nothing more. She will fade within three months. Once January 21 rolls around, she will be relegated to appearances on the Right Wing talk shows (O'Reilly, Hannity, etc.)

Posted by: topperale | November 11, 2008 12:57 PM | Report abuse

"As Dana Milbank admits in today's Washington Post, the Post was severely bias in favor of Obama."

Then how do you explain the Anchorage Daily News endorsement of Obama? Is it just another left-wing rag?:
"Yet despite her formidable gifts, few who have worked closely with the governor would argue she is truly ready to assume command of the most important, powerful nation on earth. To step in and juggle the demands of an economic meltdown, two deadly wars and a deteriorating climate crisis would stretch the governor beyond her range. Like picking Sen. McCain for president, putting her one 72-year-old heartbeat from the leadership of the free world is just too risky at this time."

Posted by: bevjims1 | November 11, 2008 12:55 PM | Report abuse

Perhaps if the media could ignore her for a bit, instead of trying to extend Palin's 15-minutes of fame, these questions wouldn't need to be asked.

Posted by: student41 | November 11, 2008 12:55 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin? She's SO last Tuesday!

Posted by: thrh | November 11, 2008 12:55 PM | Report abuse

"I did not order the clothes," said Palin. "Did not ask for the clothes. I would have been happy to have worn my own clothes from day one."

Technically, she's telling the truth.

The 'uglicans told her"go and buy a couple of outfits" and she went greedy and crazy like a kid in a game show candy store shopping spree.

Whoever gave her that credit card assumed she had the good sense she does not. Think of it as a mother giving her teenage daughter the family credit card to buy "a new outfit for school", intending for her to go to Wal-Mart, and the girl buys thousands of dollars' worth of expensive designer clothes at the mall. Then the teeenage girl says "well I didn;t ASK for the crtedit card."

Would the parents, stuck with the bill, accept that B.S. excuse? Would her mom apologize, saying "oh yeah, I forgot that it was my idea that you get an outfit for school. Hey, no problem?"

Palin's assertion that she was passive and all the stuff was just given to her can easily be disproved by any interviewer who's paying attention: just ask her: "Do you believe the republicans really intended to give your husband $4,000 worth of clothes, including silk underwear, or was that YOUR decision?"

-- faye kane, homeless brain
See more of my smartmouth opinions at

Posted by: FayeKane_HomelessSmartypants | November 11, 2008 12:54 PM | Report abuse

Look Pa....There's lipstick on that pig!

Posted by: willandjansdad1 | November 11, 2008 12:51 PM | Report abuse

King of Zouk - C'mon. Can't you show even a touch of objectivity? There's no spin or angry left. She couldn't mention one newspaper she read and said that living near Russia was her foreign policy credential. If she can't even fake answers to those questions, she can't be a worthy candidate. Also, she can't really be considered a fiscal conservative when the entire economy of her state is based on taxing and raising taxes on oil companies. She's a lightweight. It's not even a question.

Posted by: chriswporter | November 11, 2008 12:49 PM | Report abuse

OMG doesn't she or the GOP realize that Bush operates with the same mentality? LMAO he plowed through a door that didn't exist and landed us in Iraq.

I welcome her nomination in 2012, by then Obama's intelligence and wisdom will make her rearing head over the U.S. turn it in to her a$$.

Posted by: AverageJane | November 11, 2008 12:49 PM | Report abuse

PLEASE, PLEASE Republicans select Sarah Palin as your 2012 Presedential nominee.

Keep the Evangelical right wing in charge and hug Limbaugh and Hannity, maybe even a kiss. Run the 2012 campaign on Reagan and the 80's-don't change a thing. Call Obama every terrible name in the book.


Democratic National Committee

Posted by: COWENS99 | November 11, 2008 12:46 PM | Report abuse

"I think the treatement of Ms. Palin has aptly demonstrated the real angry left. they leap at any false rumor or innudendo that advances their cause, only later to be revealed for idiots as they are."

I am surprised at how unquestioning people have been at the whole Africa thing. Some unnamed sources in a story that was not corroborated by a second source purporting something that is very far-fetched. I don't think much of Palin, but I really have a hard time thinking she doesn't know Africa is a continent. You know, I wouldn't believe that any more than I would believe that Obama thinks the US has fifty-seven states.

Posted by: DDAWD | November 11, 2008 12:46 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin was spoiled by the media treatment she received during this campaign.

She was allowed to generally go unchallenged when she was in attack mode, seemingly because a challenge would be seen as sexism (again, not unlike the female mud wrestler in "Stripes" who beat on John Candy but complained of him hitting a girl when he retaliated).

She was allowed to answer the questions she wanted to answer during the debate rather than answer the questions she was asked.

Now, although it is what is to be expected from Fox News, she can just declare a subject "irrelevant" and it is dropped.

If follow-up questions are asked, she complains that she is being "filtered" by the media.

If she is at the top of the ticket -- an amazing thought in itself -- she will get a real wake-up call.

Posted by: paul49337 | November 11, 2008 12:44 PM | Report abuse

Clearly, Palin continues to tell the world, "It's me first, my children, country, husband - all last". In essence she is say to the GOP and citizens of this country - F..You

Posted by: msreginacomcastnet | November 11, 2008 12:43 PM | Report abuse

As Dana Milbank admits in today's Washington Post, the Post was severely bias in favor of Obama.

The numbers -- 60% voter turnout in 2004 and 2008.

Youth vote, 17-18% for 2004 and 2008.

Mainstream media -- lying bastards. Why should anyone ever trust a word in those worthless rags -- The NY Times, Washington Post, LA Times, etc.

And, for any of you that argued that the mainstream media was not liberal, now you get to put on the dunce cap and sit in the corner.

But the real question is, how do we get rid of this mistake called Barack Obama?


Posted by: JPVanderbilt | November 11, 2008 12:43 PM | Report abuse

A plea to the GOP. Please do not, do not, consider Palin for any political position nationally or internationally. She is a disgrace to intelligent, caring women worldwide. Palin is a "thrill seeker". She should be ashamed of herself. She stole $150,000 from the GOP and that money was from hard working GOP supporters.

Posted by: msreginacomcastnet | November 11, 2008 12:40 PM | Report abuse

First of all, she said that the issue of the clothes is irrelevant because she didn't order them. Well, it is relevant because despite the fact that she would have been happy with her own clothes she went hog wild and bought clothes not only for herself but her family.

It will be interesting to see how Palin does at the Republican Governor's Association meeting when she shares the spot light with another young Repbulican governor - Bobby Jindal. Jindal is far more intelligent and articulate than Palin and has faced greater leadership challenges than Palin - he oversaw the evacuation of New Orleans. What great challenge has Palin dealt with in Alaska?

After the Republican party regroups, Palin will fade into the Alaskan wildnerness and the focus will be on Jindal and maybe even Charlie Crist.

Posted by: Nevadaandy | November 11, 2008 12:40 PM | Report abuse

"if it is something that is going to be an opportunity for me, then I'll plow through that door."

There it is. Hidden inside all the rest of the halo-enshrouded beams of conservative energy is the real reason behind Sarah Palin's ambition. PURE AMBITION, POWER AT ALL COSTS.

Posted by: swatkins1 | November 11, 2008 12:38 PM | Report abuse

Speaking of plowing through doors, isn't Ted Stevens' conviction a huge door, one she could claim God made just for her? The reason its a huge door for her to plow through is that IF the Senate kicks Stevens out of the Senate, or he resigns, Palin could run for his seat in the special election to fill the seat.

So, with that in mind, would a democratic Senate vote to remove Stevens?

Posted by: bevjims1 | November 11, 2008 12:38 PM | Report abuse

Tanya Harding.

Posted by: waddupyo | November 11, 2008 12:37 PM | Report abuse

It's amazing about how many people who have not accomplish one iota of what Palin has are so ready to trash her about anything and everything. For that matter, far too many comments everywhere are simply trash talk. I thought politics was serious business, but judging from the trash talk from every source, including "professional" journalits, maybe I am wrong. Maybe politics is just a sport where trash talk and the "12th" man are the fans and players way of helping their team win. Sports have fans. Politics have citizens and voters.

Yay, my team won! Let me get in the end zone and strut my stuff! Move over football!

Posted by: dmt3 | November 11, 2008 12:35 PM | Report abuse

! ! ! !

Sarah Palin is a fool. Keep her in Alaska and let her continue to do her good works there.

The lower 49 have signed off and the answer is "NO."

Posted by: tony_in_Durham_NC | November 11, 2008 12:35 PM | Report abuse

Two things: Money is the mother's milk of politics. Perhaps Palin can raise funds to remain viable nationally but she has not shown that potential. The other thing: Despite Palin's denials, she seems undereducated in many ways. She seldom speaks of historical events or shows a command of skills in reasoning or dialectic that comes with advanced schooling or intellectual talent. I understand "mother wit." For generations black people used it while being denied proper education. Palin's version, claiming bona fides as "hockey mom" my fall into the same category. Mother wit deserves respect similarly as we respected the great Fannie Lou Hamer, the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party delegate, but being president takes more than that. For example, George W. is similar to Palin although George had an MBA from Harvard and a presidential family because they feel anointed by God, and make decision by "going with your gut." We had eight years of that and see how it turned out.

Posted by: edarden1 | November 11, 2008 12:33 PM | Report abuse

Did someone force her to wear the clothes? I know, the clothes are not a big deal, but Palin is all about image and wearing high-end duds is contrary to her image.

Charging the state for taking her kids around the country takes the shine off her bragging about selling the governor's jet. And if New York is such a horrible, unpatriotic place, why did she and her daughter spend days in NYC at the expense of Alaskan tax payers?

Has she flat out stated she knew Africa is a continent and not a country? I find it hard to believe that anyone would not know this but since Palin has not categorically denied this rumor I am beginning to worry it is true. And what about those like Bill O'Reilly who wave this off and say that though she lacks knowledge she can learn? What about Palin is so special that we can tolerate her ignorance and assume that she will learn what is important?

Is it patriotism or religion that is the last refuge of a scoundrel? Isn't it presumptious to think that God would want you to be president or vice president or mayor of a small town? If Palin believes that God is opening doors for her, is she willing to accept that God did not want her to be vice president or that he/she/it wanted Obama to be president?

Posted by: rmbus54 | November 11, 2008 12:32 PM | Report abuse

She is yesterday's story, and I have no interest in Palin, as long as she is not my VP or president.

Posted by: izivkov | November 11, 2008 12:32 PM | Report abuse

I think the treatement of Ms. Palin has aptly demonstrated the real angry left. they leap at any false rumor or innudendo that advances their cause, only later to be revealed for idiots as they are.

Obama is clearly of lesser experience than Palin yet the Libs refuse to acknowledge this. biden is so much more of a gibberish machine yet ignored.

for once we have an actual qualified woman who made it on her own and the left is shakin in their guccis. but then again, level playing fields were never their home turf.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | November 11, 2008 12:24 PM | Report abuse

What is happening is, Republicans eating their own young. They are just showing they are back stabbers and not trustworthy. They can't even trust each other. Watch how fast they will be up Obama's a$$. The Republicans are a sad and pathetic group. Palin is such a fool she doesn't realize she is no longer a political figure but a source of public entertainment. She is a clown.

Posted by: popasmoke | November 11, 2008 12:32 PM | Report abuse

She was a mistake-pick by John McCain and nothing more than a flash in the pan. She's a national embarrassment. Can you please stop covering her? She lost already. Find a wonderful, attractive, truly accomplished and interesting woman to report on, would you?

Posted by: SarahBB | November 11, 2008 12:31 PM | Report abuse

Ugghh. You know, I can forgive John McCain everything but visiting this Palin plague upon us. She is not what the Republican Party or America needs.

I have a feeling whatever God wants (and I expect she is not in his divine plans) she will run in '12, because in her mind, what better person to run the nation of North America.

John McCain had the chance to return the Republican Party to the center this campaign -- that he chose not do so is a lost opportunity for everyone.

Posted by: MShake | November 11, 2008 12:31 PM | Report abuse

Palin earns a "BIG D" for "Denial" with these latest defensive rantings. The more she attempts to justify, the more video files are being created to be used against her sometime in any political future see envisions for herself; also, these denial statements are being remembered by the voters making her appealing to her already small uneducated voter base and less interesting to many more others.

Posted by: louismraskin | November 11, 2008 12:31 PM | Report abuse

forever to remain in the small minority with the Green, Libertarian and Communist parties.

Posted by: bevjims1

Except the communist party just won the election.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | November 11, 2008 12:30 PM | Report abuse

She's a blip. She is already being blamed for the McCain defeat by republicans, at least partially to blame. No one likes a loser and no one will support a loser who has shown their inability to do the job, not even the republican party.

I expect the media to check her claim that "I did not order the clothes, did not ask for the clothes." There should be enough evidence one way or the other. If she lied it will haunt her in any election she attempts in the future, even for govenor. Lying is something the American people understand well when they see it.

Yes, a blip on the radar screens of America. By January she will be forgotten and when people ask who was McCain's running mate they will respond that she was a blip on the radar, a UFO (unintelligent flighty overweening)candidate.

Expect the republican party to be checking all its doors and putting double locks on. If Palin is anywhere near getting a nomination in 2012 the party will be dead, completely taken over by the neocon right wing religious nuts. True conservatives have two choices, take back the party or start a new one based on conservative principles. If Obama does a halfway decent job expect moderate republicans to leave the party in droves and maybe follow Lieberman into forming the Conservative Party of America making the republican party a religious party, forever to remain in the small minority with the Green, Libertarian and Communist parties.

Posted by: bevjims1 | November 11, 2008 12:28 PM | Report abuse

finally proof that Fox news is definately gone too far.

Huckabee Getting Ready To Announce his Intent to Run in 2012?

Posted by: pastor123 | November 11, 2008 12:26 PM | Report abuse

"Mush, Obama. Mush. The HSUS, NARAL, Labor, and African American Corporate CEOs have you tethered to the sled. At least he's Lead Mutt.

Posted by: wpfree |"

And all her followers seem to be enjoying the view!

Posted by: thrh | November 11, 2008 12:25 PM | Report abuse

Golly gee I hope she runs again

1) so the Palin mask I bought for Halloween will retain its laugh value and

2) so Chris Cizzilla can vote for her again

Posted by: lichtme | November 11, 2008 12:25 PM | Report abuse

President Palin? I don't think so.

But Senator Palin from Alaska...ya betcha!

Congress is full of people who make you wonder, "How'd THAT happen?!"

Posted by: kban495 | November 11, 2008 12:24 PM | Report abuse

I think the treatement of Ms. Palin has aptly demonstrated the real angry left. they leap at any false rumor or innudendo that advances their cause, only later to be revealed for idiots as they are.

Obama is clearly of lesser experience than Palin yet the Libs refuse to acknowledge this. biden is so much more of a gibberish machine yet ignored.

for once we have an actual qualified woman who made it on her own and the left is shakin in their guccis. but then again, level playing fields were never their home turf.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | November 11, 2008 12:24 PM | Report abuse

The only thing Palin should have on her mind is Alaska. She walked in the governors office two years ago with the state booming due to oil. 86% of the revenue comes from oil. Now the price is down and according to alaska they can't even meet their current budget with prices below $78.00 a barrel, and it may stay down for years There will be no more rebates to the residents or money to burn as when Palin became governor. Alaska lives off the misery of the rest of the country with it's oil, they wish the price of oil was $200.00 a barrel.

Now Palin will actually have to govern in a state that may be on the verge of financial disaster over night. The easy days are over for Palin. It is funny she hasn't even publicly addressed any of the new problems Alaska is having. She is too caught up with herself. She doesn't care anything about Alaska anymore, she is a star, or so she believes.

Posted by: popasmoke | November 11, 2008 12:20 PM | Report abuse

With all her ranting and railing against the "elite liberal media" she sure is quick to jump and make her way around the press circuit.

Palin will definitely find herself in the mix in 2012, but only as a sacrificial lamb for her party.

Posted by: DinahS | November 11, 2008 12:20 PM | Report abuse

"When she has to answer questions about health care, national security issues, and the economy she falls short."

One could make the argument that she was simply focused on being the best governor she can be. National security simply isn't a concern of a governor. I do think there is some truth to that, but it was telling to see her lack of knowledge on the economy. National security isn't the concern of a governor, but economics certainly is.

Posted by: DDAWD | November 11, 2008 12:18 PM | Report abuse

"I'm like, OK, God, if there is an open door for me somewhere, this is what I always pray, I'm like, don't let me miss the open door."

Sure, we want a ditzy babe for President who can't talk in complete sentences, throws in "like" every so often, and sounds like an uneducated teenager.

Posted by: Chagasman | November 11, 2008 12:18 PM | Report abuse

Unfortunately for her she has been typecasted. Anything she says or does in the next four years won't have an impact. She will never be taken seriously.

Posted by: Classic60 | November 11, 2008 12:16 PM | Report abuse

I can't predict what's going to happen a minute from now, much less four minutes from now. You know, I have -- Faith Hill is a very big part of my life. And putting my life in my creator's hands, John McCain, in my case -- this is what I always do. I'm like, OK, God, John, whoever will give a runner up beauty queen a shot, if there is an open door for me somewhere, this is what I always pray, I'm like, don't let me miss the open door, and there are enough idiot Southern "gentlemen" who will open a door for a lady who thinks they're real he-men for being racist... Show me where the open door is, even if it is in the increasingly marginalized states in the Deep South that are clinging to guns and bitterness. Even if it's cracked up, like me and my supporter, a little bit, maybe I'll plow right on through that and maybe prematurely plow through it, but don't let me miss an opportunity to return us to a time when plows are pulled by mules and cotton is picked by those that God made to pick cotton... And if there is an open door in '12 or four years later, and if it is something that is going to be good for my family, for my state, for my nation, for my ego, and me, and my self image, and my sense of self and my self image, and my certainty that I cannot blink but I can wink and wink and wink my way into an opportunity for me, then I'll plow through that door, out into the field, and all the African Americans of Kenyan descent will be there picking cotton for us, just like God intended, and they'll be happy like any Boy would be to have me protecting them from their terrorist tendencies, and my supporters, but only if they really behave themselves, and from Putin.

Posted by: LeroyTheRoadie | November 11, 2008 12:16 PM | Report abuse

Sure by all means let us have another look at her and see if the empress has any clothes on other than just lipsticks.

In a sense she is right to say that the $150,000 clothing thing is a distraction. However, it is to the core of her personal character: did she treat that as an opportunity to load up to goodies. Truly she cannot really say "they" bought the clothes that she just put them on; that she did not choose the clothes. Within this context her accusers who played a role in her selection as McCain's running mate should have the guts to step up and spill all the beans.

As to her lack of media exposure during the campaign it might have indeed been something to which she objected and was entirely the doing of the McCain campaign. On the other hand, her interview with Katie Kouric cannot be anyone's doing except hers. And the claim that she has "foreign policy experience" because she can see Russia from Alaska. Well did she say that or did she not say that? Or was she told to say that?

Africa is a country? Let her tell the entire story instead of accusing "them" of "turning it into what they turned it into". That is a sound bite and not an answer.

Finally, one more time, what newspapers and magazines does she really read? Not by naming names but by showing subscription proofs.

Posted by: steviana | November 11, 2008 12:15 PM | Report abuse

There are lots of issues with Palin. Look at all the controversy. Ethics hearings, more ethics hearings, clothes as gifts problem and extravagance(more ethics), re-working past documents so she can be reimbursed by the state(more ethics), being paid per diem for staying at home. She couldn't speak. She didn't do. This lady is a walking, talking disaster area and we've only know her 3 months!!!

Also Google how many Alaskan politicians are in jail right now, waiting to go to jail,or on trail. You'll be amazed. And they all have the same story: they didn't do anything.

Posted by: amercrutio100 | November 11, 2008 12:15 PM | Report abuse

Let's hope she fades quickly.

Sarah Palin's anti-science anti-thinking rage and fear fueled popular movement was one of the scariest things I have witnessed in 48 years of election watching.

Posted by: GStark123 | November 11, 2008 12:14 PM | Report abuse

Sticky fingers Sarah is a very good politician who thinks nothing about whipping up a crowd of unhinged people for political purposes. She is very dangerous since she has no judgment. She is obviously a pathological liar, a know-nothing, ethically-challenged rube. If she's the best the right-wing of the Republican party can come up with to challenge Obama in 2012, then hasta la vista GOP.

Posted by: shapiromarilyn | November 11, 2008 12:14 PM | Report abuse

Referring to the clothes issue, Governor Palin said, the whole issue is largely "irrelevant" when compared to the huge and historic changes happening in country. She's correct; however she ran as both a maverick (someone who doesn't go along with the norm - which is not necessarily what I want in a President or Vice President, let alone both) and as a "regular" person (again, I prefer to have someone better than me and people I know lead this country). But, she also ran on extremely loose ties between Senator Obama and a man Senator McCain called an irrelevant terrorist from 40 years ago. Wasn't that just as irrelevant, relating a 10 year old Obama to a "terrorist" act? There were more important things to campaign on, and the McCain-Palin team campaigned on "the other guy's bad, the other guy is this or that, vote us because we're real Americans." There were more important things to campaign on and they didn't do that.

Posted by: Dungarees | November 11, 2008 12:11 PM | Report abuse

"Palin should worry about keeping her current job, and leave the national stage to those members of her party who don't compare themselves to dog breeds.

Posted by: AndyR3 | "

So, Andy, should Obama step down as he says he's a Mutt?????

I think so. But, hey, he's a Democrat, right?

An "intellectual?" Right?

First Official Word of the 44th President of the United States of (KKK-per Rev. Wright) America: Uhhhhhhhh.

Yeah. Palin's a ditz and Obama's a genius.


Obama is an inexperienced, cowardly wimp, who can't even pick a DOG without a liberal special interest donor telling him what to do. Much less a bipartisan in-touch Cabinet that's not left over from Haight Ashbury or the Clinton Administration.

Mush, Obama. Mush. The HSUS, NARAL, Labor, and African American Corporate CEOs have you tethered to the sled. At least he's Lead Mutt.

Posted by: wpfree | November 11, 2008 12:11 PM | Report abuse

Before Sarah Palin embarks on a long, difficult and grueling future political venture, she should do the following:
1. Go back to school and enlighten her intellectual abilities.
2. To learn how to speak her own mind rather than follow her "handlers" suggestions. The interviews she had with Katie Couric demonstrated how incompetent and ignorant she is. What she undeniably said was total Jibberish. That type of non-sense may work with uneducated and unsophisticated people, but not in the international arena, where she will be listened and confronting men and women who know what they are talking about. In my opinion she acted like a clown with her head cut off.
3. Take a course in international relations and economics. Again her knowledge in these areas equals to zero.
4. To be herself and not to allow "handlers/manipulators" to tell her what to say and do.
The accomplish the above suggestions is an enormous task for Mrs. Palin. She has a family, a disabled child, a pregnant daughter that needs her all the time for her support. The fact that her daughter became pregnant at this stage of her life, tells me that Sarah Palin has not been fullfilling her responsibilities as a caring and responsible mother nurturing and guiding her children. Being a mother is a serious business that requires full-time engagement. If she is an ambitious person she may embark into the political arena, but it may be a huge negative impact on her family.
May God help her to make a wise decision for herself, her family, and our nation.

Posted by: mjcontrerasmsncom | November 11, 2008 12:10 PM | Report abuse

Vomit-worthy news.

And I agree with the poster who called for a look into Palin's ties with the Alaskan Independence Party.

When newspapers become a commentary of a commentary or something that someone said, they lose their reason for existing.

Journos, go earn your paychecks!

Posted by: alarico | November 11, 2008 12:09 PM | Report abuse

Medical records? Trig's birth certificate? Anything?

Posted by: Navrongo1 | November 11, 2008 12:06 PM | Report abuse

Governor Palin, there's a phone call for you - Nicolas Sarkozy wants to talk to you about making another documentary!

Posted by: ILoveAmerica | November 11, 2008 12:00 PM | Report abuse

No matter what you think of her as a leader (and I think she is pretty bad), the public image of her is already sealed.

Think Quayle. Favorite of the religious right (the reason papa Bush picked him). Never recovered from 88 campaign image.

The difference between Palin and Biden is that the latter is known in the public eye as a smart guy with verbal diarrhea. She's just thought of as a light-weight.

If the GOP makes her their face, then they will stay in the wilderness for quite sometime. I don't think they'll make that mistake, but then again....

Posted by: cbl-pdx | November 11, 2008 12:00 PM | Report abuse

I too would like to see her perform in a debate where someone actually makes her answer the questions that are asked, the opponent's gloves are off.

She appears to be having a good week with the press defending herself against these accusations from the McCain team. But I don't think she runs that deep. When she has to answer questions about health care, national security issues, and the economy she falls short. Maybe she should be praying to god to help her obtain much needed knowledge before she plows through any more doors.

And she has to stop the prom queen act - winking at the camera, etc - if she is ever going to be taken seriously by the women of this country.

Posted by: sueinpa1 | November 11, 2008 11:58 AM | Report abuse

A politician should have lot of skills, but above all they must have good knowledge of policies concerning people they like to represent and lead. Sarah Palin has not yet demonstrated what is her knowledge of national and international polocies and why. Talking about cloths and what she was not allowed to do during last 2 months is just an excuse. She has her chance to talk about policies and she just screwed up and still not talking about it.

Can she explain what Alaska's proximity with Russia has to do with her international policy experience ? No she has done that yet, and I don't see her doing it in next 4 years.

Posted by: yeda924 | November 11, 2008 11:57 AM | Report abuse

I am a Democrat but fed up with the hatred on these comment pages by Obama supporters. Why do you have to drag Sara Palin through the mud as you did Hillary Clinton. How many of you ever won a governor's race? And she defeated a powerful incumbent. The election is over, get on with it because there is a real possiblity this country could even be in worse shape in four more years.

Posted by: afellow1 | November 11, 2008 11:57 AM | Report abuse

Cillizza says that Palin must "beat back the various negative stories about her being peddled to the media."

Palin is her own negative story. There's nothing to reposition herself for. (snarky double entendre omitted)
The woman showed herself to be devoid of an expertise in foreign affairs, current events (outside of Alaska), and was completely shameless in winging it with total BS to elide over her gaping ignorance.

When she wasn't hiding her ignorance she was flaunting her intolerance.

It's not any story being peddled to journalists that she needs to overcome. She needs to overcome being Sarah Palin.

Posted by: cynicalJim | November 11, 2008 11:55 AM | Report abuse

I think she will be a player, but this will be a result of the Republican Party not honestly assessing itself. It seems the emerging consensus among the conservatives is that the only reason McCain lost is due to the Wall Street meltdown. (Never mind that the only time McCain was leading was for a few days following his own convention) Furthermore, they feel that the country will be unhappy with Obama's policies for either being too left in the case of the centrists or not left enough in the case of the grassroots extremists.

I'm serious. Read almost any conservative assessment of the election and you will almost certainly find one of those elements.

Problem is that I think they are being self-delusional. The country doesn't have an ideological bend. They simply want an effective, non wasteful government. If Palin were to be a player, and I think she will, it will be a sign as to how little the Republican party has changed its bearings. My feeling is that this will be problematic for the party. Yes, once the country has kind of corrected itself and some of the problems start going away, the Republicans can get back to their brand of ideologically charged wedge politics, but four years from now, they will still be wearing the stench of Bush. If they are going to smell like him, the last thing they want to do is to look, talk, and act like Bush as well.

Posted by: DDAWD | November 11, 2008 11:53 AM | Report abuse

"Flash in the pan" summed it up nicely.

I am amused that she still thinks she is qualified to fill these positions.

I needed a good laugh to start the day!

Posted by: jalgeo | November 11, 2008 11:52 AM | Report abuse

I too would like to see her perform in a real debate, where someone actually forced her to stay on subject, etc.

She seems to be performing okay now when she's not answering key policy issues or stating her position on elements of the economy, health care, and international affairs. She just doesn't run that deep. I think she should be looking for god to help her expand her knowledge before she plows through anymore doors.

Posted by: sueinpa1 | November 11, 2008 11:52 AM | Report abuse

Palin: the gift that keeps on giving. As long as she is the face of the GOP, moderates and indepedents will be reminded of her lack of intellectual curiousity and her rambling policy statements. Putting her front and center will make Obama's path to a second term all the easier.

Posted by: thingsthatshine | November 11, 2008 11:50 AM | Report abuse

I would rather have a root canal than listen to this woman mangle the English language. Her picture should be next to the word "idiot" in the dictionary.

Posted by: GeorgHerbet | November 11, 2008 11:50 AM | Report abuse

She should really focus on making sure Alaska still likes her. Her previous supporters are all sounding a little unsure about her after her time in the national spotlight.

I can't say she'll never outrun her gaffes - after all, look at Joe Biden. But if she really wants to be on the national stage (something that doesn't really thrill me), then she needs to look into having her home-state support. Being a Senator is hardly shoddy and as we saw this year, it seems to be THE spring for Presidential runs.

But she won't get that Senatorial seat without making sure she makes sure she still has the support of Alaska behind her. Better she focus on what made her appealing to McCain in the first place and take small steps.

Posted by: Chasmosaur1 | November 11, 2008 11:49 AM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin represents all that is wrong with America. ............

Posted by: glclark4750 | November 11, 2008 11:47 AM | Report abuse


Stop being a part of echo chamber. If you really want to write about Palin, start with her relations with AIP. Do some investigative reporting, don't just read from others blogs and copy paste here.

Earn your credibility ! Get to real work !

Do something real which you can show your new born as your achievement.

Posted by: yeda924 | November 11, 2008 11:46 AM | Report abuse

She can get the nomination if Obama does well his first term and the GOP needs a sacrificial moose, uh, caribou, I mean lamb.

Parties don't waste good candidates in the face of likely defeat. Of course, parties facing likely defeat often don't have good candidates, which is why they are facing likely defeat. But guys like Romney or Pawlenty are young enough to wait another four years if they want to give it another shot.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | November 11, 2008 11:44 AM | Report abuse

Sounds like a patriotic make work project to occupy under talented "journalists". The spread untruths, slurs, urban legends in the first place; now, another thin life line away from the inevitable unemployment line. By the way, what's a "journalist"?

Posted by: craigslsst | November 11, 2008 11:43 AM | Report abuse

Palin should worry about keeping her current job, and leave the national stage to those members of her party who don't compare themselves to dog breeds.

Posted by: AndyR3 | November 11, 2008 11:42 AM | Report abuse

palinis an even bigger idiot than her image suggests if she thinks she would even get the nomination in 2012. She is the reason in the eyes of many republicons that Obama is the president. She isn't but they think so.

I would love to see her in a series of real debates against candidates who actually take her on. Biden was a gentleman and did not eviscerate her. If she were top of the ticket the gloves would be off.

Posted by: John1263 | November 11, 2008 11:41 AM | Report abuse


Posted by: soonerthought | November 11, 2008 11:34 AM | Report abuse

More like a blot rather than a blip. Palin's negatives were extremely high during the campaign and there's not a makeover on Earth that will change that... She is what she is and that didn't wear well with the voters.

She may have some appeal to the conservative wing of an ever-shrinking Republican party, but my guess is that they'll turn away from her, viewing her as tainted from contributing to a losing ticket (as well as tainted from all the other baggage that will provide fodder for her opponents..)

Posted by: RickJ | November 11, 2008 11:28 AM | Report abuse

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