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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soundoff (159 Responses)
  1. Ralph Il

    I don't care what she does, as long as she never gets elected to a national office.

    January 14, 2009 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  2. Dinah

    That is an informed reason to vote for someone just because the "Liberal Media" bashed her. Just goes to show how smart the Republicans are.

    January 14, 2009 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  3. david goldman

    5 COLLEGES TO GET A 4 YEAR DEGREE.

    THE DUMBEST OLD BIMBO IN THE PUBLIC EYE.

    A FAMILY OF DRUG DEALERS & HIGH SCHOOL DROPOUTS.

    SHE CAN'T RETRIEVE A "GOOD NAME" SHE NEVER HAD.

    CALLING HER AN IDIOT IS AN INSULT TO ALL OTHER IDIOTS.

    January 14, 2009 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  4. RSJ

    Its okay Sarah. We'll see you around in our future. A Palin Administration sounds like the change we need.

    January 14, 2009 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  5. qwambo

    I think some of the moose Sarah shot had more brains than she has. Palin as President! Give me a break.

    January 14, 2009 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  6. Darth Vadik, CA

    My girlfriend gets called Sarah Palin because she looks like her, she hates it. I think Tina Fey is a beautiful woman.

    January 14, 2009 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  7. lovable liberal

    Good looks will only get you so far. She's in free fall and doesn't know it.

    Yet.

    January 14, 2009 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  8. carol

    Sarah just loves the limelight and she has no intention of going away, but she will continue to make a fool of herself no matter what.
    You notice how she blames the media on one hand and then can't get enough coverage by them on the other!!

    January 14, 2009 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  9. p1tey1

    By 2012, people will have forgotten all about Sarah Palin. Trust me.

    January 14, 2009 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  10. brian

    How could she have known that her son-in-law's mom was the largest meth dealer in the state? I mean Palin was only the guv and once mayor of the same town that said meth dealer came from. I mean she can't even remember which magazines she reads....

    January 14, 2009 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  11. Rex

    I'd take her ice fishing..........

    January 14, 2009 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  12. KR

    There is nothing "astonishing" about this development. The media covers her every move because the haters can't get enough of it. Stop reading and commenting if you want her to disappear - really, it's that simple.

    January 14, 2009 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  13. Redbug

    she can't let it go. I wonder if the gop still think she is so wonderful. she is a ranting, raving nut case. the more she talks the worse it gets. she needs help. I wonder if she is taking drugs with her pal the drug dealer. you know the mother of the baby daddy. If she can't take the comments after only being on the national scene for a few months, she should just stay up in alaska. she is a thin skin nut.

    January 14, 2009 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  14. Viet Vet

    By the look of this ummmm-lady? She needs Preparation H

    January 14, 2009 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  15. usualone

    Palin has only herself to blame for any bad press, etc. She just opens her mouth and invites ridicule and other negatives.

    January 14, 2009 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  16. David

    Well, even though I'm an atheist, I would have to say that I can only pray that the Republicans nominate this second rate lackwit as their presidential candidate. That way we can cram the moron vote all into one corner and ignore it.

    January 14, 2009 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  17. Mark

    Go Sarah Go! Team with with Joe the Plumber, dazzle us with your brillance. Maybe Fox will give you your own show. I'll even start a new blog, so you have someplace to speak.

    You are a Godsend to Liberals and Moderates. We love you and wish you a long life, free of laryngitis.

    January 14, 2009 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  18. Salt & Pepper

    She got attention just like a "rock star" and now she can't give it up. Just like Madonna and Michael Jackson. She has to keep reinventing herself in order to stay in the limelight. She knows it was probably her only chance at being in the public eye and does not want to let go. SORRY, you lied and slandered too many people and not you're just nuts. :)

    January 14, 2009 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  19. sandee in Portland

    As I've said before, in other posts about Sarah Palin, this woman is a narcissist, and it's only because the media keeps printing things she says that keeps her alive. As long as the media continues in this vein, she will keep popping up like a bad nightmare.

    January 14, 2009 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  20. Lauren

    Let the One liner, one word bashing begin.
    I know you will, you all just can not RESIST taking a stab at Sarah.

    Your all gonna show your fantastic words of wisdom by saying, idiot, Caribou Barbie, redneck, stupid,,,,,,,

    January 14, 2009 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  21. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    If this is what Palin is showing conservatives or anyone else she has to offer, then Palin isn't giving them anything new. Palin complains more than a baby in diapers cries and you would expect a baby to cry. Palin continues to show she has no substance, just complains and puts it on someone else for her own inability to speak intelligently about real issues. I don't recall seeing a puppeteer standing or sitting behind her every time she opened her mouth to answer a simple question.

    January 14, 2009 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  22. Moe, NY

    This woman is not presidential material and never will be presidential material. She has become a national and international joke. There is no substance to this lady.

    January 14, 2009 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  23. SJW

    Palin go and do what you do best, have another child.

    January 14, 2009 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  24. Dylan from MN

    I use to be one of those people who wanted her out of the news, but this is just pure entertainment. The best part is that she is completely oblvious to the joke(s).

    January 14, 2009 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  25. Linda32

    One thing i notice in Palin's comments is that she always compares herself to Obama. Um, Sarah, you were running for VP. You're comparison should be with Biden. Maybe when you realise you weren't running for President, you'll go away.

    January 14, 2009 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
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