January 14th, 2009
05:01 PM ET
6 years ago

Palin's media battle raises eyebrows

 Gov. Sarah Palin may be positioning herself for a 2012 run for the White House, analysts say.
Gov. Sarah Palin may be positioning herself for a 2012 run for the White House, analysts say.

(CNN) - Her bid for the vice presidency ended more than two months ago, but Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin appears determined not to become a mere afterthought.

Departing from a historical trend of failed vice presidential candidates who descend into relative obscurity after Election Day, Palin continues to command the intense media coverage that befits a national office seeker.

It's an astonishing development, given that she has no role in national domestic policy and is a first-term governor of a state almost 4,500 miles from Washington.

Palin empathizers say the Alaska governor is merely trying to recover her good name after months of damage by the mainstream media, liberal bloggers and even high-level members of the McCain campaign who grew publicly dissatisfied with their VP nominee as Election Day neared.

But some political observers suggest that Palin's ongoing - and predominantly adversarial - relationship with the national media is all part of a savvy effort to retain her popularity with the legions of rank-and-file conservatives who stood so strongly behind her during the campaign.

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  1. Dimwit Palin

    Being in the spotlight is doing more damage than good for her. But hey, I enjoy a good laugh, so keep it coming Palin!

    January 14, 2009 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  2. er74

    Palin, can you please shut up!! Enough of you already!! go and take care of your family!

    I am going to stop reading the news.. every time I open any page this woman pops up. Enough!!!!! You lost, it was clear.. you won't stand a chance, many republicans voted democrat because of you!!! Why would you possibly think that you stand a chance on 2012.

    January 14, 2009 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  3. gl, Pittsburgh

    mere afterthought – she will if she keep it up. Her own is telling her to
    shut up. she need to take their advise.

    January 14, 2009 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  4. Bartlet

    Most people don't understand that she is irrelevant as of Nov 4. Why are we still talking about this idiot.

    January 14, 2009 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  5. Merle

    And this is news how???

    January 14, 2009 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  6. Darth Vadik, CA

    I'm in pain from this woman being given the attention she gets, does anybody know any good oxycontin dealers?

    January 14, 2009 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  7. Griff

    Didn't she just..... Atractive What!

    January 14, 2009 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  8. gl, Pittsburgh

    Alex Castellanos, a Republican strategist and CNN contributor. "She needs to demonstrate growth as a politician, as a political leader. You can't do that if you keep staying in front of us day after day after day as the same person."

    Go figure!

    January 14, 2009 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  9. tee

    Give it a rest Sarah Falin. First impression are the most honest impressions.

    January 14, 2009 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  10. Terry

    I wholeheartedly endose Gov. Palin for the Republican nomination for the presidency in 2012.

    As a Liberal, I believe that Conservatism has no place in the national dialog. The only goal of Conservatism is to prevent the nation from solving it's problems. Currently, Conservatives in Congress are trying to block those who are trying to solve the economic crisis. Their solution to everything is "Just say no." No to child healt. No to better schools. No to better jobs. No to decent health benefits. No to social security. No to cleaner air.

    Sarah Palin is just the person to lead Conservatism to a well-deserved death. Go, Sarah, go!

    January 14, 2009 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  11. David Newport, OR

    It's called ego. Too bad she thinks this will gain respect. Republicans should muzzle this dog, but hey...it's their party...they can cry if they want to.

    January 14, 2009 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  12. Susan from S Illinois

    The more I hear Sarah Palin whine about being mistreated, the more I dislike her. She was not ready for national politics but she lept onto the national stage and tried to play act her way into the second highest office in the land. Instead of whining and trying to get sympathy, she should be doing everything necessary to actually make herself a qualified and credible candidate in 2012. She will be competing against a field of very credible and able candidates in the primary. The VP slot won't be handed to her on a silver platter like it was last time. She will have to earn it and prove that she is a viable candidate.

    January 14, 2009 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  13. C,ca

    OK – Let's all get together and fight this woman, shall we? She craves attention. The only way she will ever go away, and the only way CNN will stop giving her coverage, is if we all ignore her.

    Join me in not commenting on any stories about Palin. Do not read any stories about Palin.

    She's like an insect – best to just ignore it – if we don't bother her she won't bother us.

    Who's with me?

    January 14, 2009 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  14. PA Republican for Obama

    I wish she would just go away.

    January 14, 2009 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  15. Chuck

    The time has come for media, bloggers and Sarah to go away and give everyone a respite. The media and bloggers should cease and desist from commenting and reporting about Sarah Palin, AND Sarah Palin should do the business of Alaska and stop giving interviews.

    January 14, 2009 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  16. dr.mimi de la cruz


    January 14, 2009 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  17. julie

    hockey mom – would you go away already.

    January 14, 2009 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |

    hang tough saraha palin

    January 14, 2009 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  19. Clint, Wa.

    Hey, Joe's looking for a VP. of reporting.

    January 14, 2009 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  20. itbeme

    another freaking non-story about the half baked alaskan........God help us all if she tries to run in 2012. Thats when I shoot my TV.

    January 14, 2009 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  21. a southern bell


    January 14, 2009 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  22. Linda in MS

    Dear Darth,

    Just call Rush, I am sure he can help you out.

    January 14, 2009 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  23. pam Eugene OR

    OK, I get it now! There is a plan to stay relevant and have the Republican faithful pity poor poor victim Palin.
    My goodness, how this woman had been picked on and bullied by the horrible awful media. She hasn't told any lies, hasn't done anything wrong and we should all be mad at the big bad media.
    I guess there is something to the saying that there is no such thing as bad press. Must we listen to this one sided conflict for two more years so Palin can keep her name in the news for the 2012 election?

    January 14, 2009 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  24. Renae

    If she wants her good name then the thing to do is to go and be the Gov. of Alaska and do what you do.

    January 14, 2009 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  25. still searching for constitutional equality

    is she still the govenor of alaska? then shouldnt she be busy governing alaskans... not seeking to clear her name with all americans. most of us dont care, we have our own govenors, who ironically, we dont hear as much from.. lol

    January 14, 2009 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
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