MIAMI (CNN) – Two hours before Thursday morning’s press conference at the Republican Governors Association — her first since the Republican presidential ticket lost last week — Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin was still scheduled to appear alone. Instead, she spoke with a row of fellow governors standing silently behind her.
Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour told CNN producer Evan Glass that they all met at 9 a.m. - an hour-and-a-half before the press conference’s scheduled start time - and by then it had been "decided" that they'd all go out together.
An RGA official told CNN the reason for the change is a "long story."
He said that when the governors were all at their private morning meeting, someone brought up the desire to get beyond what happened in the McCain campaign and look towards 2009 and 2010.
Then, this source said, Palin piped up and said she agreed that she didn't want to talk about the past.
This source insists that it was then decided that the other governors in the meeting would go with her to her press conference as a "show of unity."
The source admitted that it may not have been easy for some "big egos" to go in and stand behind her, but they knew they'd be doing so.
Not present: the conference host, Florida Gov. Charlie Crist. A Florida GOP source tells CNN "he didn't know about it,” because he wasn't at the morning meeting.
In another shift, Palin — who had been slated to take questions for 20 minutes or so - took just four press queries.
Why did Texas Gov. Rick Perry cut it off so fast?
"We were running behind schedule," insisted the GOP official.
Palin may not have wanted to talk about the past, but her speech was almost entirely about the McCain campaign; she included little in the way of detailed ideas about the way forward for Republicans, the theme of the panel.
She's the best hope for the "Know Nothing" wing of the GOP. Good luck with all that [rolls eyes].
She doesn't want to "talk about the past"...yet, with their farce of a campaign that's ALL she could drudge up. Someone needs to muzzle this pitbull.
This woman is a flat out joke and anyone who thinks she has a snowball's chance in hell of being the President is seriously in need of medical help.
Shameless – keep dreaming – and if we are "lib-tards" (how original) then you are a con-tard (see how stupid that sounds?) If this is the idiot you are bankin ont "beating" the "uber-liberalism" then you might as well hang it up, because it's not going to happen. What you call "uber-liberal" we call progressive ... and you and your repub-tards need to shake off the super righteous, Christian-fanatic base or you are never going to beat back anyone as this World progresses and leaves you all in your medieval dust.
The lib media wants her to stick around as long as possible so they can rub our soar spot while they smile and smirk. The Republican party lost this election, not Conservative Ideology.
CNN, why do you insist on moderating out half of the people who blog here, and they ALL seem to be Palin supporters? Why? Keep that bias going.....
You know I never would have thought that someone could be less intelligent than Bush but the Republican Party found her. Nice Work
Klee – You are exactly right. The republicans were boasting about the size of the crowds at her rallies. Half the people were there for free comedy.
Shameless – keep dreaming – and if we are "lib-tards" (how original) then you are a con-tard (see how stupid that sounds?) If this is the idiot you are banking on "beating" the "uber-liberalism" then you might as well hang it up, because it's not going to happen. What you call "uber-liberal" we call progressive ... and you and your repub-tards need to shake off the super righteous, Christian-fanatic base or you are never going to beat back anyone as this World progresses and leaves you all in your medieval dust.
Speaking of awkward, she deserve any name any American call her. Iheard she 's coming back 2012 all I can say is BIG AMEN to that. She has not realised yet how many votes she caused mccain, and how divided repubs are b/cos of her.Go sara 2012!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.
As a Democrat who would love to see my party expand in 2010, please leave this woman alone. She should do as many pressers as she wants. As many interviews as she wants. I want her on t.v. every single day. Anyone who tells her to go away is being sexist. She is great for this country. Without her, we may have had President McCain. My party owes her alot. If there is a fundraiser for new clothes for her, COUNT ME IN!
ENOUGH of Palin. She ran a dreadful campaign with the other Maverick and they both lost! END OF STORY>
I agree let's not talk about the past and let's not talk about Palin in the future.
Thank you for taking my comments.
Shameless Liberals will Make Hay out of This:
"Of course the gloating lib-tards will make all kinds of inferences out of this."
Seriously? Lib-tards? Did you think of that all by yourself? The use of "lib-tards" is appallingly immature. If you have a criticism of liberals, make it clear. Judging from your sophomoric diatribe, I doubt you can.
Sarah Palin is an awkward, extremist loon. If you cannot see that, I honestly feel sorry for you.
And if you think we're gloating, it's nothing compared to the 2000/2004 gloating of the GOP.
Like David Brooks said, Sarah Palin "represents a fatal cancer to the Republican party." That's why I, personally, would like to see her linger around for as long as possible.
I don't care about her looks one way or the other. I care about her ideological extremism coupled with her ignorance. No amount of charisma rectifies that: look at our current President.
I see her more on tv than Obama, will you just go away. You are the reason I voted for the Dems.
Life was so much better when this nimcompoop was an unknown back in Alaska.
Sarah Palin doesn't seem to know what she really stands for. Or, better stated, she doesn't act the ways she says she believes in. Let her just do her Alaska thing and otherwise leave her alone. Don't pander to her efforts to try to speak for anyone else. To choose her in the first place was a grave mistake, and to continue to consider her as important to anything other than Alaska is like throwing good money after bad. She is her worst enemy; it would be kindest to just let her fade away. If not, or if she chooses not to, it will be akin to self-destruction, and that is always painful to watch..
Can we please stop talking about this? Focus on real news like how taxpayers are in danger of becoming owners of a failing auto industry just like we are owners are crappy insurance company (AIG). Oh, and some useless banks that don't understand finances too. ARGH!
Watch her interview with Larry King. Who was the idiot there? She gave great answers to his condescending questions, calling her naive, about her daughter's pregnancy, and she didn't flinch while she called him out on how ridiculous those questions were, not to mention the double standards in the MSM. Make fun of her speaking style all you want. Fine. Whatever makes you know-it-all liberals feel good about your miserable self-loathing selves. Go worship your new messiah and stop persecuting this mere mortal.
Kraig: Please tell me you are kidding. Palin needs her head examined! Articulate? An elementary school child could do better.
Everybody relax. Palin will eventually cycle out of the news. The GOP will not gravitate toward the social conservative spectrum for leadership as we will see more libertarian/cultural conservatives emerge to take the reins. Besides, the real conservative farm system consists of Jindal, Pawlenty (potentially, though I believe doubtful) and a smattering of local representatives throughout the states. Palin is simply a sensational side show attraction.
If she is the best that the republicans have to offer, than they are already in trouble four plus years from now!!!
The media needs to forget her and find something that is newsworthy.
Two phrases I learned in high school comes to mind whenever I listen to Sarah Palin. First, put brain in gear before putting mouth in motion. Second, keep quiet and be thought a fool, speak and remove all doubt.
Wow, how can you expect bipartisanship in Washington DC when the language on a small forum like this is divisive, hateful, and mean?? I guess our representatives in DC really represents our yahoo emotions ;)