November 5th, 2008
11:50 AM ET
6 years ago

Analysis: Palin rocked campaign

Palin, at McCain's concession Tuesday night, boosted the GOP ticket at first but ultimately became a drag on it.
Palin, at McCain's concession Tuesday night, boosted the GOP ticket at first but ultimately became a drag on it.

PHOENIX, Arizona (CNN) – Sarah Palin's selection as John McCain's running mate redefined how vice-presidential candidates influence a campaign. Unfortunately for McCain, the Alaska governor hurt his presidential bid more than she helped.

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Palin had been unfamiliar to most Americans, aside from some conservative writers and bloggers, who had admired her since she upended Alaska's Republican establishment by knocking off incumbent Gov. Frank Murkowski in 2006.

That all changed on August 29 - the morning after Sen. Barack Obama's acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention - when Palin was introduced by McCain.

It wasn't just reporters who were stunned. Even McCain staffers at the event itself were shocked. Many assumed McCain would tap a GOP heavyweight like Mitt Romney or Tim Pawlenty. The most daring option, many thought, would be Joe Lieberman, a former Democrat.

But Palin's debut instantly energized the Republican base, which had long been cool to McCain, and the GOP ticket surged in the polls.

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  1. Laverne

    At the end of the day, McCain needed more than just the base. I wonder how things would have turned out if he had chosen someone else???????? Guess we will never know.

    November 5, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  2. Gary, Detroit

    And now Betty Boop goes back to Alaska where she belongs !

    November 5, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  3. mike

    Leave Palin alone. Media has done enough damage to Hillary and Palin.

    November 5, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  4. Carrie Goodeagle Hayden, Idaho

    Sarah mean spirited person – go home

    November 5, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  5. Nick

    I'm sorry but Palin was a horrible pick for VP. She's simply not qualified and not up to par to be one heart beat away from the presidency. McCain should have picked Romney or Ridge.

    November 5, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  6. Steve

    I am a republican and even I think Palin is a total moron and completely unqualified to hold any cabinet level position let alone the presidency. How Alaska voted her governor or how McCain picked this woman is beyond me. She has set back women in politics another 20 years.

    November 5, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  7. John

    Don't worry about her. She played her role and put on a good show as did McCain. Obama is backed by some heavy-hitters. People with enough power to destroy an economy..let those that have ears to hear take heed

    November 5, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  8. Paul DObro

    Can she EVER accept any responsibility for anything she has done? I am SO sick of hearing her deny EVERYTHING negitive about her. And the blaming the MEDIA for being the problem.

    Grow up. Say "you betcha' I made a couple of mistakes, I learn from them, and it will make be a better person".

    She has ALOT to learn about politics.

    November 5, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  9. Joe The Engineer

    I hated this women from day one, but now I feel so sorry for her. Its not her fault being uninformed on foreign policy, and other issues, there are many americans who are like her. Its McCain fault that he brought her into the lime light and he is responsible for the humiliation she faced.

    Sorry Sarah, but next time come up with some knowledge on issues and dont bad mouth your opponent.

    Good Luck.

    November 5, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  10. Darrel from Denver

    Her selection was a boon in that it brought to light the true values and the true agenda of the hijacked Republican party.

    My view is that the election was as much a referendum on the current Republican party, represented by Palin, as it was a referendum for change.

    Palin will now slip back into the obscurity from which she emerged briefly to torch decorum, capability, and civility.

    November 5, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  11. Whatever

    Who cares. She couldn't even congratulate President-Elect Obama during her interview. She is a bitter woman. Poor thing. That's okay. She'll have to move to Russia since it's so close so Obama won't be her President.

    November 5, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  12. Dan

    Thank God we don't have to listen to her any more. Go back to Alaska and stay there.

    I definitely believe McCain/Romney, given the economic turmoil, would have been much more competitive.

    In the end, Obama would have won anyway. Speaking of which, where are all those bitter Hillary supporters who said Obama would never win? Eating a little humble pie isn't such a bad thing. Come out and be counted you cowards.

    November 5, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  13. chris24

    She represents the old school attack politics of the
    Republican party that needs total change.

    People will remember her as an attack dog that
    brought down McCain's campaign.

    Hopefully, we have seen the last of her.

    November 5, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  14. Go home

    Good riddance Caribou Barbie. I hope a wolf eats you in the night. Go secede and run Alaska into the ground. I never want to see or hear you again.

    November 5, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  15. Red, Red WHINE!!

    Palin is a disgrace to the whole human species. Let us not hate women simply because she is one of them.

    November 5, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  16. Virginia (from Maryland)

    I hope she remembers to get the clothes dry cleaned before she gives them to charity. Bye Sarah, have a nice trip back to Alaska.

    November 5, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  17. use your head

    So! now she has been sent packing. The good thing is other women will also step up, and challange her when she decides to run, hopefully today marks the end of political pandering.

    November 5, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  18. Accountability

    Goodbye Sarah!

    November 5, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  19. Sylvia

    She was treated so wrong and cruely...it was a disgrace. We may have advanced toward the treatment of Afican-Americans but we have placed ourselves so far backward toward the treatment of WOMEN. One should not be sacraficed in favor of the other. ALL MEN ARE CREATED EQUAL....unless you are a WOman

    November 5, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  20. leon

    she fooled McCain but not the american people.

    November 5, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  21. Biff

    Congratulations, President Elect Obama.

    Congratulations, America

    November 5, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  22. Christine CT

    I actually feel a little sorry for her. Issues and policies aside, she was by no means ready or prepared for the beating she took by the media and the two parties. Watching her last night almost makes you forget her sophomoric rhetorical skills and stump speeches-

    November 5, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  23. Democrat in ARIZONA

    A GOP trainwreck for sure. I dont think she attracts the Republican moderates. She is a hard sell for republicans I think.

    November 5, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  24. Hopeful for Tomorrow

    Palin was a gamble. The thing about gambling is you have to know when you've got a raw deal and wait for the next round to start again.

    November 5, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  25. suzanne, western NY

    I did not belive at any time that Sarh Palin was ready or capable of being the VP or President of the USA. Additionally, though she may have rallied the base as an educated woman of the same age she did not represent me or any of my firends.
    Having said this I belive she was thrust upon the National stage during one of the most difficult political times in our nation. I hope that she will be able to go back to Alaska and return to the Governors role and her family.
    As much as I do not support her, as Obama said we need to come together to rebuild this nation. Why not start today.

    November 5, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
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