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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soundoff (159 Responses)
  1. gl, Pittsburgh

    Sara 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. Start spending the rest of the years learning more about the USA government. Petty looks won't it you the job.

    January 14, 2009 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  2. Chris in Va.

    Mrs. Palin will not only not be the Republican canidate for president in 2012 she will be ousted from office of governor by the people of Alaska in 2010. Seems Mrs. Palin IS a fine Republican, she has completely ran the Alaskan economy into the ground giving to the state as her legacy a huge deficit. (sound familiar?) Her inability to understand even the basics of government function has left progress in Alaska at a stagnate standstill. Her attempts to blame the national media for her shortcomings is the same ruse used by her to attempt to blame others in Alaska, including the media, for her complete failure as governor. Anyone interested in getting the TRUE story on Mrs. Palin should go to andrewhalcro.com. Mr. Halcro is not a basement blogger but is involved in Alaskan politics as an independent and ran against Mrs. Palin for governor.

    The people of Alaska are realizing about Mrs. Palin what most of the country already realized.

    She is EXACTLY as clueless as she seems.

    January 14, 2009 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  3. arc, Lugano CH

    malclave January 14th, 2009 6:10 pm ET
    And the liberals continue to celebrate their hatred and intolerance.
    Buy yourself a greyhound ticket to KY where you can lynch an effigy among your kind, jerk.

    January 14, 2009 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |

    Leave her alone there too, also.

    January 14, 2009 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  5. Ken

    Too stupid to realize that she really knows so little. That is the basic flaw of this very sad character. Thank God that she is nowhere near the steering wheel. Just imagine the dreadful possibilities....!

    January 14, 2009 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  6. No Incumbents 2010

    And yet, the majority of you idiots would love to see Caroline Kennedy as NY Senator.
    Liberals, go figure.

    January 14, 2009 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  7. Joanna

    "....oh, but she excites the base..." Yeah, the base nature in piggy little men and fundalmentalist "christians" (eeeuuuwwww)

    January 14, 2009 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  8. Chris

    Palin had her 15 minutes of fame.

    I see no questions as to whether she returned or gave to charity her $150,000 wardrobe. Did we forget that?

    January 14, 2009 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  9. Texas Teacher

    Oh, come on... I mean seriously... feel sorry for this bimbo who despite her stupidy was chosen by McCain for VP.... Pfft... give me a break!

    January 14, 2009 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  10. Carl Justus

    She would recover her good name quicker if she would keep her mouth shut. Every time she opens it, she tells the world how much less she really knows. If she would just shut and take care of the job as governor of Alaska, the world would not know how dumb she really is, but she keeps telling them.

    January 14, 2009 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  11. Joanna

    Oh, and the only reason John McCain selected her was because he thought any woman would do and she gave him a stiffy.

    January 14, 2009 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  12. RMGofCO

    Ca, C, Diane & Shirley....I take the pledge to never comment on the Palin stories...biting my hand!!!

    January 14, 2009 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  13. Marc Yacht

    I don't know Governor Pallin. There is so much spin on political figures that I wonder if I know or understand any of them. However, I am certain that picking her as a running mate for McCain was both a disservice to McCain and to the Alaska Governor. I wish her well.

    January 14, 2009 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  14. Polly

    I think she should not seek so much media coverage. She was a fresh surprise when John McCain announced her as a running mate, but I think when she began holding 2012 signs, it was a sign she lost her train of thought. It was her obligation to run for Vice President, not President in 2012. What can she do for us now? Right now is what matters- not 2012. The problem is that the media treated her like a National Enquirer figure. She's not being taken seriously enough. Lipstick, clothes, too much typical celebrity-type hype, not enough politics, humanitarian work, etc. I think a women will make President when it's clear she means business.

    January 14, 2009 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  15. Not THAT Sarah

    I do think this is a measure meant to appease the base and to try to bolster a party that suffered a humiliating defeat. The media is a favorite neocon scapegoat, largely because it's easier than admitting that over half the country disagrees with their philosophy. PAY NO ATTENTION TO THOSE CONSTITUENTS BEHIND THE CURTAIN!

    January 14, 2009 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  16. Bohicaed

    Sarah Palin I am beginning to seriously believe you have mental health issues. Go govern your state you seem to have forgotten you are govenor of. Spend the $243 million in earmarks Senator Stevens got for your state before he was not re elected. But your constant narcissism is showing some in stablility there Sarah. How can anyone seriously think this woman is fit for office.

    January 14, 2009 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  17. Chicago

    "legal in nc" your arguments make no sense. the media doesn't find her important- it is sarah palin who is pushing her whining on everyone else and is using the media to do it.

    January 14, 2009 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  18. Fred Reyes

    The mainstream media is becoming tabloid because of Palin. Enough is enough!!!

    January 14, 2009 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  19. RSL

    Palin should not be criticized for working with the media to solidify her image as an ignorant rube. If this negative, shrewish, incompetent person is the poster child for some political faction in country, so be it. Palin should not complain, however, for the arrows shot at her and her family when she was the one who painted the bulls-eye on them all.

    January 14, 2009 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  20. Tennisguypitt

    Is she trying to win my vote? Because she'll fail miserably because I'll NEVER vote for someone that right-winged!

    Her complaining is only making me dislike her more!

    January 14, 2009 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  21. Joe

    One thing you can not argue is her approval rating in her state of Alaska is high. She must know how to run a government.
    Sarah will be back in 2012 and beyond. She has you all nervous. You are wishing she would go away, because your scared she will be around.
    The lady has a lot of common sense and down to earth ideals. She will be back and all you wishing and saying she should not come back will not keep her from coming back because she is not controled by anyone but her own convictions.

    January 14, 2009 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  22. abraxis


    January 14, 2009 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  23. Palin go away

    sigh, the woman who cried wolf.

    January 14, 2009 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  24. Amy

    Palin, the majority of America does not like you! GO AWAY!!

    January 14, 2009 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  25. Work On Yourself, Sarah

    Instead of working on the news media's imperfections . . . Sarah Palin should work on her own.

    January 14, 2009 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
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