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. WIlly Brown

    I don't blame her. I'd stay away from the liberal media too.

    February 1, 2009 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  2. Jeff from Jersey

    ELOISE Liberal has nothing to do with her complete lack of skill or experience.If you've got to blame someone then blame McCain and therepublican party for their complete lack of judgement in picking her to run and the fact that she's a dolt that is unqualified for any elected office!
    If she is the best the republicans can do then we can all breathe easier,safe in the knowledge that the rule of the evil empire will not return to power anytime soon!

    February 1, 2009 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  3. joe

    as she should, who is Sarah Palin

    February 1, 2009 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  4. courter joseph

    Please, for the love of Pete. Can't we all just leave this poor misfit alone. Hopefully she will just go away to Alaska and be the mother God meant her to be. Lord knows her kids need a mom and if she really tried hard, she could do it! She gave it a try in the world of politics and it's just not her bag; no biggie. Just learn from you mistakes and move on to what your good at, having kids and learn to love and care for them. That is what you were destined to be, and there is nothing wrong with being a stay at home wife. Her husband deserves a wife and a mother of his offspring. GG

    February 1, 2009 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  5. facts are facts

    Come on people don't be too hard on Sara as Rush Limbaugh, Joe The Plumber and her are all the GOP have left. These 3 are not only the brains of the party but the face of the party.

    In other words be happy and keep all 3 in front of the camera and in all the news stories as that is what is best for both the country and the world.

    February 1, 2009 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  6. chuck

    ELOISE@ IT'S TIME FOR A DOCTOR'S CHECK UP. SOUNDS LIKE YOU ARE TAKING TOO MUCH -----.

    February 1, 2009 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  7. dEMOBRAT

    Sarah Palin did a great job addressing her states needs on energy reform and conservation on C-Span last week. Of course that received zero attention from the media because it didn't paint her as 'dumb.'

    Have some repect, she is a governer with highest approval rating in the country. She is not a criminal from Illinois like Blago. It seems people have more venom to spew at Palin than a soon-to-be-convict from the very windy city of Chicago, Il.

    What hypocrites!!!

    February 1, 2009 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  8. dEMOBRAT

    Sarah Palin did a great job addressing her states needs on energy reform and conservation on C-Span last week. Of course that received zero attention from the media because it didn't paint her as 'dumb.'

    Have some repect, she is a governer with highest approval rating in the country. She is not a criminal from Illinois like Blago. It seems people have more venom to spew at Palin than a soon-to-be-convict from the very windy city of Chicago, Il.

    What hypocrites!!

    February 1, 2009 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  9. Angie

    Thank goodness. I don't want to hear her speak again until she has increased her volcabulary and can speak coherently. She is a moron. Instead of globe trotting she should be in school furthering her education. It took her 5 schools & 6 years to get a bachelor's degree. So she probably missed alot.

    February 1, 2009 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  10. shannon

    I see all the people for hope and change are out in force. I guess none of the Obama supporters actually listened to his speech. I thought he asked us to stop our childish, petty hate speech, but apparently you all missed it. I'm sure you can google it, or perhaps you enjoy being hypocrites.

    February 1, 2009 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  11. lala

    She needs to remain VERY low.

    February 1, 2009 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  12. Va 4 Obama

    Why would Sarah Palin be at a dinner for the nation's "elite" politicians? OMG....doesn't she have a state that's in financial crisis to run? I wonder who paid for her airline ticket and her new outfit? As a resident of No. Virginia (not sure if that's the "real" part of Va or not) please leave immediately!!

    I certainly hope the people of Alaska come to their senses and do NOT re-elect this woman as governor. It seems she has little time to devote to the office for which she was elected.

    February 1, 2009 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  13. Humored In Texas

    Sarah is not talking to the media because the media asks questions – tough questions. And she's proven from past performance that she can't answer tough questions – PERIOD!!!

    Of course, then she blames the evil, liberal media for her inability to answer these questions. Perhaps she'd like an advance sheet like Bush used to request?

    February 1, 2009 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  14. Taryn

    Give me a break Eloise. I can guarantee you that if Obama went on the campaign trail with 5 kids (one of them being a pregnant teenager) Palin would have found it fair game to throw that around. Had he been unable to answer some of the simple questions that she was unable to give answers for, she would have slapped him in the face with that too! You can't be in the spotlight and expect everyone to treat you with kid gloves, especially when you're not willing to do the same for someone else.

    February 1, 2009 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  15. Hopeful

    Is lying low the opposite of lying high or is it a measure on J Mann's truth-o-meter?

    February 1, 2009 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  16. bankrupt USA

    Cheney / Palin 2012 !!!

    February 1, 2009 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  17. jeremy Bork

    If she would have laid low during the election season, mccain could have won!!! LAY LOW PALIN.... LAY LOW!!!!

    February 1, 2009 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  18. wasabe kid

    Go, Sarah, go! I support Palin 100% for the Republican presidential nomination. She is just the person to lead Conservatism into extinction. Conservatism has been trying to prevent this nation from solving its problems since the Civil War. It is way past time for Conservatism to join Monarchy and Communism in the political graveyard.

    February 1, 2009 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  19. Don

    As a loyal democrat, I am ashamed of some of my fellow democrats who continue to bash Sarah Palin. I may not agree with her on some issues, but atleast she is doing more than making snide remarks and hiding behind a keyboard. Grow up people. Sarah Palin is doing what many will not...serving the public and trying( misguided or not) to make life better for Americans. Democrats complain about Republicans...but we are no better when we resort to name calling.

    February 1, 2009 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  20. JC

    Gov. Palin does it all. She runs the state of Alaska and takes care of her family. I'm confident that Gov. Palin would be able to instruct Mrs. Obama on how to raise her family and maintain a job at the same time.
    Wait, Mrs. Obama job is to raise her family – she wasn't elected to an office like Gov. Palin was. Yet, Mrs. Obama needs her mother to move into the White House 'cause she just can't manage. Those two school age girls must be a handful.

    February 1, 2009 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  21. ruty

    I know someone who lives in Alaska and he said people there DO NOT like her. So where do the polls saying she is well liked come from? Sarah Palin?

    February 1, 2009 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  22. Enlightened Voter

    Honestly who cares what the clueless pathological liar does?

    February 1, 2009 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  23. Allen

    This is what REAL presidential material looks like. GO SARAH! 2012!

    February 1, 2009 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  24. Independent Voter

    WHAT A HYPOCRITE!!!!

    This woman spent the entire election deriding the "Washington elite" and now she is attending dinners with the elite of the Washington elite.

    Also, now that the RNC has chosen moderate Michael Steele as its chair Palin's extreme, religious right, anti-education wing of the part is going to lose some of its influence in the party making it harder for Palin to build a national campaign

    February 1, 2009 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  25. Old Soldier

    Oh, Eloise, my Eloise! The nation has suffered because of the demagogues that YOU no doubt helped vote into office in the last 8 years, yet you want the people to leave the likes of Sarah Palin alone?
    I hope she is one day obliterated from the public consciousness, never to return. The RNC is made up of the biggest frauds I have yet to see in my lifetime, Palin included and that's been quite a few years, 76 as a matter of fact. I consider myself a centrist, and never did care for far left or right thinkers. What I have seen in the last 8 years in this country makes me sick. Sick to think that my grandchildren will have to pay for the gross irresponsibilities of the single most immature, incomptent administration I have seen in my lifetime. The comments left in here are nothing that free speech dosen't protect, yet the former commander -in chief Bush wanted to take away certain alienable rights that I and men of my generation fought for in WW2, Korea, and Vietnam . God bless the USA and all of you that exercise your right to free speech in this forum, whether they are perceived as immature or not. It may be immature on my part to say this, but to hell with the RNC, Palin, Bush and the rest of that god forsaken ilk. May better days be ahead for all of us.

    February 1, 2009 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
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