November 5th, 2008
11:50 AM ET
5 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. Liberated!

    Take gramps back to the retirement village, and get your racist, negative, moose stew eating butt back to Wasilla....oh, make sure you leave the $150K clothes that we paid for behind!

    November 5, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  2. Independent white female patriotic voter

    Palin rallied the base of the republican party but she also distanced the Independents that Mccain had counted on in previous elections. Mccain made a very poor cchoice going with Palin. There many others that he could have picked to bring the base together and still get some, not all, but some Indpendents. He also made a huge mistake going with Palin who was obviously inexperienced on the national security and foreign affairs topics when he was running mostly on experience. Palin was not the woman that examplifies the American woman today. She is much too far to the right for women in America!

    November 5, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  3. DON'T CRY SARAH. HA HA

    This is the price you pay for being a dummy. Now go back to Alaska and your igloo. How sweeeeeeee!!!!

    November 5, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  4. Lucy Windy Chicago, IL

    I hope the Republicans use the next 4 years to educate Sarah Palin if I am going to have to hear from her again. They also need to work with her on content and language choice. Her performance was disgraceful to well educated, smart women of the US.

    November 5, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  5. Wally©

    It's time for her to do some soulsearching...

    Re-invent herself !!!

    Lay low for at least 4 years while getting up to speed on world-politics...

    Then...perhaps she could play a significant role in American politics...

    But then she'll be up against a real giant....Hillary !!!!

    November 5, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  6. Glenn in California

    Thank God that we as a country sent her packing back to Wasilla. What a disaster it would have been for our country to have her as 2nd in command.

    Her 15 minutes of fame have now come and gone. In the end, Joe the Plumber wound up being more qualified than her.

    November 5, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  7. Donny

    Hey Joe the plumber the GOP sprung a leak and needs fixing.

    November 5, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  8. Mikey

    Can we please put to bed the myth of the "liberal media"?

    Much of this media is controlled by giant corporations, such as GE, Disney, NewsCorp, and Viacom. Someone needs to explain why they think those entities have such a liberal bias. Is it their shareholders? Their Boards?

    Could it be that they are just trying to boost ratings, so they take on the bias that maximizes their audience? If that is true, then isn't their "bias" simply a reflection of the viewing public at large? That would mean the viewpoint they take is centrist, not liberal.

    Perhaps, if you see the vast majority of the media as "liberal", it is not that they are to the left – it may just look that way to you because you are far to the right.

    November 5, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  9. Independant Woman, Texas

    I think that Palin and MCain are not quite finished getting ALL that they DESERVE for the disgusting campaign that they decided to run.

    What goes around comes around! The coming years will show if they can take what they dish out.

    God has truly blessed America!

    November 5, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  10. California Gold

    This Palin woman should quit politics and become a talk show or radio show host peddling her brand of Republican conservatism. This way she has an outlet, her followers have access and she can stay out of public office.

    November 5, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  11. Darrel from Denver

    One more thought....I believe it was extremely telling that her request to speak at McCain's concession rally last night was denied by the campaign.

    She was brought on board strictly to attempt to unite the base and to divide the public in a desparate attempt to steal victory from defeat.

    It didn't work, clearly. While the base came through (roughly 45% of the total US vote being Republican base), the appeal to anything beyond that did not (only adding 1% additional popular vote).

    In fact, she so polarized the electorate that they flocked in both popular vote and electoral vote to the other side.

    Her wacky, out of touch, incredibly small (and unreal) belief system can now go back to the obscurity from which she rose.

    Nice try, Republicans. But, you should never have blatantly exposed your true agenda. It cannot stand the light of day. It is too divisive, too harsh, and too restrictive to ever represent the majority of Americans.

    November 5, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  12. Not My Back Porch

    Yup, yup! She was the "iceberg" that sank the "Titanic". You betcha!

    November 5, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  13. MARISSA

    BYE BYE SARAH HAPPY MOOSE HUNTING

    November 5, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  14. David

    For McCain, there was always more room to the left than the right. By selecting Palin, McCain announced that he would look for votes in the shallow end of the pool, leaving the deeper waters for Obama.

    November 5, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  15. What A Shame!

    Sarah will be back!

    This election was bought and paid for; funded by BO-PRAH, for Obama.

    A "Great" man (McCain) and a "Great" woman (Clinton), lost to the "celebrity" known as "that one."

    In four years (or if Obama is not impeached), Sarah and Hillary will be back!

    November 5, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  16. Chris

    To be honest, I would've been undecided if Palin didn't show up. She suddenly appeared like a bad virus.

    November 5, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  17. big daddy

    ALL SHE DID WAS BRING HATE INTO THIS COUNTRY...GO HOME !

    November 5, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  18. Mike G

    I'm so relieved that I don't have to hear her voice anytime soon. Thank you fellow americans!

    November 5, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  19. No Hillary = No Obama

    ARE YOU KIDDING ME???? Now that you got "your man" Obama elected you say something positive about Palin? Hypocrite CNN. But this was to be expected. CNN began hijacking Hillary Clinton's nomination last February when it looked like she was on track to be our next President. Then you started promotionalizing Obama while making some of the most sexist, undercutting comments about Clinton and then Palin imaginable. And "your man" Obama chose to focus on getting himself elected, snubbing Hillary as the VP choice. Women lose again and I feel no joy in Obama's rigged victory.

    November 5, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  20. Troy B.

    Where is Sarah Palin anyway? Is she going to accept her defeat graciously or is she going to play the sore loser? It will be interesting to tell. Quite honestly, this woman will probably disappear from the limelight so fast her head will spin. I know the Palin fan club out their would like to see her run in 2012, but unless she can somehow appear knowledgeable and show that she can handle the heat, she is destined for an overwhelming defeat to someone like Mitt Romney. Who knows, had she not been tapped for this position, McCain might have won and by the time 2012 or 2016 rolled around, Palin might have been able to show some capability to the public.

    November 5, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  21. FromTampa

    As a republican, I do not see Palin as the next leader. Running Alaska is not like running the United States.

    November 5, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  22. Linda, NC

    Looks like McCain couldnt control his party, within a few weeks he had to run around trying to explain his own VP pick. I truly respect his great sacrifice for the nation but he is just a little old to be running for presidency. But for his age he really did a great job.

    Well Obama might be an African American but in January he will be there President of the United States for all Americans. African Americans can be very proud of him and each and every american is proud of Obama. In these crazy times he strongly proved that by "being good", "being true", "being humble" we can achieve our dreams. Once again America has shown the world what 'Being American' is all about.

    November 5, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  23. Cammi317

    I might have felt sorry for her if not for the "palling around with terrorist" bit. She got a little too full of herself too fast and lost her way. A lesson learned...

    November 5, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  24. joe, Canada

    that woman is too stupid. from the way she talks and some answers i had heard her gave to some questions, they r beyound me.

    November 5, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  25. The Tax Payer Revolution begins NOW (Producers vs. Moochers and Looters)

    Peter Hamby: "Unfortunately for McCain, the Alaska governor hurt his presidential bid more than she helped."

    What the hell are you talking about, Pete? She's the only reason why McCain did as WELL as he did. Those huge crowds at McCain/Palin rallies were HER CROWDS, not his.

    To be honest, she's the only reason I bothered to vote for McCain... I mean, really, there was already ONE liberal on the ballot... did McCain think he could win by being "liberal-lite."

    Go ahead, write her off. That won't come back to bite you in four years.

    Like it or not hippies, conservatism wins every time it's tried. How about Republicans actually start trying it for a change?? Again, when there's already a liberal on the ballot, you don't win by being liberal-lite.

    November 5, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
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