February 1st, 2009
09:19 AM ET
6 years ago

Palin lying low during Washington trip

 Alaska Governor Sarah Palin speaks at the meeting of the National Governor's Association in December.
Alaska Governor Sarah Palin speaks at the meeting of the National Governor's Association in December.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Sarah Palin has firmly remained in the media spotlight since her bid for the vice presidency ended four months ago, but the Alaska governor embraced a decidedly lower profile when she traveled to the nation's capital this weekend.

The former Republican vice presidential candidate has scheduled a busy itinerary of closed-door events and face time with congressional Democrats and Republicans.

She also announced earlier this week she's making the 4,500-mile trek from Alaska to Washington primarily to attend the Alfalfa Club Dinner Saturday night - an annual closed-door roast of the nation's political elite.

But it's what's missing from Palin's schedule that is causing more than a few heads to turn. In a city that is ground-zero for national political journalists, Palin has not scheduled a single media interview or indicated she will hold a press conference.

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  1. Jeff

    "But it's what's missing from Palin's schedule that is causing more than a few heads to turn . . . Palin has not scheduled a single media interview or indicated she will hold a press conference." I'm guessing that the only heads turning are those of disappointed journalists and that no one else cares.

    January 31, 2009 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  2. marcus2

    Sarah Palin's the best when it comes to "doublespeak." If she wanted to "lay low" she would have stayed in Alaska. Everyone knows she represents the rabid right-wing base of the Republican Party.

    January 31, 2009 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  3. An Independent

    "since her bid for the vice presidency ended four months ago"

    Uh...early November to the end of January is less than three months. Four months ago was September. Perhaps the four months is referring to the point when most people realized she should not be elected vice-president? That would have been September.

    January 31, 2009 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  4. melissa b of the golden state

    She's finally become a member of the Washington elite. Which means, go to D.C, lay low and ask for tons of pork for back home. So much for being an outsider.

    January 31, 2009 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  5. Coherent1

    Oh no! Not an political elite party. I thought Obama was the elitist, which was a bad thing during the election?? Could it be that the liberals were right, that the elitist tag on the Obama's was another way of calling them uppity N's. Say it ain't so, Palin! Just say it ain't so!

    January 31, 2009 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  6. Joe from Oklahoma

    Let's line up a few turkeys for her to be interviewed around. God knows D.C. has plenty of them.
    There is a Volcano about to blow it's top in Alaska. What is she doing here? Most governors would be a little concerned about the citizens that they swore to serve and protect.
    Of course she may have taken a page from Bush's disaster procedure...The heck with it...They won't vote for me again...I can see the White House from my back yard.

    January 31, 2009 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  7. MrPragmatic

    I love this woman, I dearly love her. Not only does her presence make it easier than ever to remain a devoted Democrat, but she's just so "gash darn" entertaining, too. She obviously has no chops for national politics but I hope she keeps trying because I just love the humor she provides us. She's not all that bright, she has the finesse of a brick thrown through a window, and she keeps Tina Fey gainfully employed – and the more I see of Tina Fey the happier I am.

    January 31, 2009 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  8. Sharon

    Go Sarah Palin....We support you.

    January 31, 2009 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  9. Todd--Ahwatukee, AZ

    Sarah Palin is the only VP choice that makes Dan Quayle look like a member of MENSA. That's on McLame for choosing her without vetting her. However, why does the national media still continue to give her creedence, almost three months after her & McSame crashed and burned as the laughing stock they are? IF Sarah Palin is the future of the Republican party, then all Republicans should be...afraid...very afraid. This is the dolt who thought she had foreign affairs experience because Russia borders Alaska? This is the dim bulb (I'm sorry, I hate to be curel, but by golly, I have greater expectations for anybody who participates on a national stage) that couldn't even tell Katie Couric which books and magazines she reads? Let this putz retreat into obcurity, where she belongs, and quit proping her up like she's politically relevant on a national level!

    January 31, 2009 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  10. Benson

    And why is she here?

    January 31, 2009 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  11. Jean

    I am not going anywhere.

    The perfect storm is brewing.

    January 31, 2009 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  12. cobra

    Tell the left wing media to stick it Sarah, you don't need them and all the crap they put out. In your corner all the way!!!!!

    January 31, 2009 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  13. Carl Justus

    Praise the Lord!!!
    We do not have to listen to of her down home Alaska tripe.

    January 31, 2009 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  14. Soccer Nana

    Where's Todd?

    January 31, 2009 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  15. Sakura

    Understandable, after what the the media said about her interviews. Oh, wait that's right, she dug her own grave on that too.

    Someone of her ignorance should have no role in politics. Honestly, she should go back to Alaska and try to live a normal life again, because even McCain said he wouldn't support her if she tried to run.

    January 31, 2009 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  16. Bill Charlotte, NC

    "Palin has not scheduled a single media interview or indicated she will hold a press conference."

    Just how many interviews can one have on Fox? I bet Katie would like to talk with her... or Keith Oberman.

    January 31, 2009 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  17. aware

    Governor Sarah Palin walks the talk. She is authentic and refreshing as a politician and as a leader! :)

    She will continue to gain traction!

    January 31, 2009 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  18. cobra

    Isn't it interesting, the left wing democrats on here want to trash Sarah but love all the crooks going to Washington. A couple of tax dodgers, a clinton retread that got a pardon for a crook, Barney Frank, Chris Dodd, Pelosi, Reid, they can be proud. Go Sarah!!!!!!

    January 31, 2009 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  19. albert

    I read your comments with amazement: you liberal left wing idiots! she is the governor of a state: who are you : a bunch of hourly paid commoner that do not have the guts to accomplish what she accomplished in her life. and that guy kenneth from flushing: you are the epidemy of idiocy: what stimulus package? it is all spending..... I would love to get aletter from every person that gets a job with this spending bill then I will send them to you and bet you it wont cost me more tha 42 cents to maill ALL OF THEM!

    January 31, 2009 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  20. Cali Girl

    Can she make up her mind? During the campaign she goofed just about every interview, blamed everyone else for her own lack of critical knowledge, and now it is no way am I going to talk. Last week it was the PAC deal then it is this week a shut my pie hole.
    Go away already!

    January 31, 2009 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  21. Independent in Colorado

    It's about time she maintained a lower profile. The whining has been getting annoying. The diva attitude doesn't suit political agendas.

    January 31, 2009 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  22. albert

    by the way the reason obama brother is like that is because of Bush!

    a bunch of idiots: why have you not blame bush for this yet?

    January 31, 2009 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  23. beetle

    she is complete and absolute moron. I think the media is even tired of her. what other stupid comment can she make. she is dumb as a stump. The media realizes from past interviews she doesn't know anything about anything that matters. Please don't ask her about the stimulus package. she will probably think you are talking about some type of drug. she's an idiot.

    January 31, 2009 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  24. cheryl from mn

    good, I don't want to hear anything more from that woman. keep her out of the press and out of our hair with God's blessing

    January 31, 2009 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  25. Jean

    Daschle evading taxes, Geitner tax evasion, AG pick Holder helped pardon t e r r o r I s t s and Mark Rich, Lobbyists to work in cabinet, Richardson probe for pay to play, Rangle tax evasion, Gov. Blagiovich bribes and pay to play, Spitzer P ro sti tutes, Dodd sweet mortgage deal, Congressman Kennedy DUI, and how about that democratic congressman with the $100,000 bribe in his freezer, or Clinton and the Mark Rich pardon.

    The Stimulus Bill should be rename the Pay to Play Rewards

    January 31, 2009 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
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