January 14th, 2009
05:01 PM ET
9 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. Gerda Edwards

    "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."

    Mr. Alexander, you've just proved that one of the main issues the media has with Gov Palin is that she's not an East-coaster or from within the DC beltway.

    Thanks for being honest, since being from "a state almost 4,500 miles away" should not be any different than being from one that borders DC. But apparently that tidbit is relevant in your astonishment.

    January 14, 2009 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  2. Gerda Edwards


    I thought you were talking about Biden, Obama, and C. Kennedy, respectively.

    January 14, 2009 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  3. Khelley

    Please guys, don't chase S palin away, Let her hang around and run for president in 2012, we will need someone to make us laugh and cause us to win again. She's the greatest! paaaaw zooooom right in the kisser.

    January 14, 2009 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  4. Marie

    Maybe Palin can hire Ann Coulter as her media guru. Can you just imagine what would happen?

    January 14, 2009 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  5. Randy

    You said it Irritated in FL she is a pitbull but a four legged one.

    January 14, 2009 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  6. Redbug

    Former Republican January 14th, 2009 6:00 pm ET


    January 14, 2009 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  7. Dj

    I think she has a Bachelor's degree in jouralism – which took her 6 years to complete... from a couple of colleges most people never heard of... It is no surprise to me about the people who like her... they are usually hare-core racist or have less than HS education.

    So, I suggest the qualifications for POTUS be amended to include the following criteria:
    – Must be able to read, write, and talk intelligently...

    and, just to totally eliminate this people like Palin from contention altogether,

    – Must have a Law degree from an accredited University!

    January 14, 2009 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  8. K Rodeck

    As long as the media keeps talking to Palin she will reply. Maybe it is time for the media to focus on other issues pertinent to 2009. There is much to be done right now of great relevence to the American people. Is speculation of who runs for election in 2012 going to help solve our economic problems today? Can't the media find anything else to write about?

    January 14, 2009 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  9. Bob

    She's a Babe ! Any woman that can get so many peoples attention with just with a word or two.

    January 14, 2009 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  10. John

    I must admit that I really do like Sarah Palin, but talk of her running for president in four years is just way to early to even discuss. Obama isn't even in office yet, while I didn't vote for Obama lets see how he does before we go off and start talking about a replacement. He has a good three years to impress me before I'll even consider reading about or commenting on replacements.

    January 14, 2009 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  11. G.R.I.T.S - Girl Raised in the South

    Ooooh, goody!!! My favorite thing to comment on – Sarah Palin! Her media battle made me raise my eyebrows, too. She keeps blasting away at everyone and everything, regardless of the veracity of her own statements. She has brought any media-s#%tstorm that occurs downs on herself. By failing to accept responsiblity for her own shortcomings and instead blaming everyone around, she deserves what she gets.

    January 14, 2009 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  12. Sandra





    January 14, 2009 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  13. Super Brain

    Please keep that hillbillie in Wasilla!

    January 14, 2009 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  14. Willa PA

    Anyone with some intelligence knows Palin is not competent...she has the same level of intelligence as Bush...who, well, you know...messed up this beloved country. Watching his last press conference was a joke..he can't even articulate like a president should...can't believe people voted for him..twice.

    January 14, 2009 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  15. Fran

    Go Back To Alaska!! Please!! What do you not get? You need to work in your own state....they understand you there....

    January 14, 2009 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  16. A Latte Lover, Seattle, WA

    She's one of those people that you just truly love to hate. It is like going past a bad car wreck, you can't help but slow down and take a look....

    January 14, 2009 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  17. Joe Green

    Her plan backfired. She is making herself look sillier and sillier.

    She may have a high approval rating with evangelicals and survivalists, tax protesters, and the like, but the rest of the country, living on planet reality, thinks otherwise.

    CNN loves to cover this "story" because it garners ratings.

    Shame on CNN.

    January 14, 2009 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  18. Kenneth

    I hope she runs in 2012. Than we Dems can win again.

    January 14, 2009 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  19. Robin

    Nice to see the left wing hatred flying. Yet the Republicans are called the haters. Go figure.

    January 14, 2009 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  20. PA

    If I was Palin I wouldn't worry so much about recovering my Good Name as finding my sanity. Her Good Name will never be recovered and her incessant, never ending, mind blowing, interviews guarantees it. But, who knows with the right Shrink she just might have at least a slim chance of regaining half her Marbles!

    January 14, 2009 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  21. chuck


    January 14, 2009 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  22. George in SF

    Well here you all go, once again proving that the CNN comments section is the nesting grounds of the self righteous left wing social bigots. It just amazes me how both the main stream media and you morons continually make sport of viciously libeling Sarah Palin and her family with some of the most disgusting personal attacks imaginable. You are outraged over the poor parody "Barack the Magic Negro" but at the same time think it was hysterically funny when SNL accused Todd Palin of incest with his daughters. You haters are everything you accuse the far right of. The next time you people look in a mirror realize that you are looking at both a hypocrite and a despicable bigot.

    January 14, 2009 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  23. Maryland





    HER, CNN!

    January 14, 2009 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  24. Vegas Barbie for Obama

    "Trying to recover her 'good' name..."? She was a nobody before! She started OUT with a bad name after that vitriolic-laden acceptance speech she gave at the convention. As if it was possible to sink any lower after that, though, she had a series of abysmal showings in interviews with reputable journalists who did not even have to TRY to make her look like the simpleton she is; they merely asked relevant questions, the key there being RELEVANT and Palin, being mostly IRRELEVANT, couldn't swing feigning any kind of political know-how whatsoever. All that combined with how she pimped out her special needs kids (the downs syndrome child AND the pregnant teen) and she didn't have far to go to lose whatever "name" she may now feel that she had. Guess she couldn't hack playing to an electorate that is way more savvy here in the lower 48 than what she catered to up in the back of beyond in Alaska.

    January 14, 2009 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  25. Uncle Fester

    Once again, Sarah blames everyone but Sarah for her problems

    January 14, 2009 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
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