February 1st, 2009
09:19 AM ET
5 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. Of course not

    She's proven conclusively that she can't handle ad hoc queries or anything that doesn't involve a much-rehearsed script.

    January 31, 2009 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  2. Independent

    Lying low is a natural position when one has nothing to say. Palin has nothing substative to say so it is a good thing that she is FINALLY shutting up. She should take this position more often.. like 99% of the time.

    January 31, 2009 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  3. Carl

    Why so surprising. Can anybody point me to one television interview the Governor did that helped her or the Republican ticket?

    ...I'm still here waiting.

    January 31, 2009 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  4. Michael

    Since her candidacy ended four months ago? It's been less than three months.

    January 31, 2009 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  5. Gyongy

    Thank God we do not have to HEAR her say anything. Why even write about her?

    January 31, 2009 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  6. BluesBrother

    So now no Palin story... is a Palin story!!??? Common CNN, give it a rest!

    January 31, 2009 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  7. marian

    She doesn't need to stay low she needs to go away period, I am so tired of seeing this lady, maybe i don't get it but didn't she lose. Why are people still writing about this moose killing lady she's a LOSER, AND NEEDS TO GO AWAY

    January 31, 2009 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  8. Ron, Oklahoma City OK

    Good for her! She is there for a reason...the dinner...NOT an agenda or to bring in the media circus! There is one president, right? She is a state executive...let the national executive power meet the press and join into the media circus. Palin 2012!

    January 31, 2009 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  9. Stu-Florida

    With age, comes wisdom... finally some wisdom!

    January 31, 2009 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  10. Anonymous

    That's a really good use of public dollars in a recession – send Sarah 4500 miles to DC for supper

    January 31, 2009 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  11. Angy

    she should lay low. if she hasn't gone to school to further her education in public speaking she should not be allowed to speak in public. she is dumb as a stump. let her enjoy her time in dc and send her back to alaska. PLEASE!!!! the woman isdumber than bush. she speaks like a 10 year old.

    January 31, 2009 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  12. BKrause

    That's really too bad. I'll certainly miss the jokes and satire this cultural, historical, social, and spiritual illiterate seems to generate every time she opens up her mouth.

    January 31, 2009 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  13. moderate

    the best thing this moron can do is just keep her mouth sealed with duct tape. Otherwise, she will be elevated to more than a moron.

    January 31, 2009 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  14. joey

    why is this important? is the media crying because they can't interview this women now? poor cnn

    January 31, 2009 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  15. Wendy Johnson

    Sarah Palin,that woman need to go away...why is she BULGING for attention?'Palin have a "I demand to be heard!" attitude...and I don't like it.

    January 31, 2009 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  16. texasgreenacres

    Don't worry Sarah only wants to say, Thanks but no thanks. Nothing for Alaska we already have it all

    January 31, 2009 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  17. OHIO here

    no press conference that is thrilling news She has nothing to offer that I would be interested in Truely her disappearance would be an answer to prayers

    January 31, 2009 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  18. Larry

    She is playing with the media,she not in DC to campaign,she's just like Obama,she's there to party.

    January 31, 2009 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  19. The Intelligent Citizen

    Why would she schedule a press conference with serious journalists, she might have another Katie Couric moment.

    She will only deal with featherweight, Republican friendly media outlets until she believes she has "crammed for the exam".

    We don't want any pretenders in office anymore.

    January 31, 2009 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  20. STLouisGal

    Answers questions from the elite media? Why would she do that? She's afraid she would look like a fool again. God bless Katie Couric for showing the nation she was in no way ready to be the vice president.

    January 31, 2009 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  21. Ray Fisher

    I still think she cares more about the spotlight than the offices she seeks. A legend in her own mind.

    January 31, 2009 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  22. dave bryant

    Noy Ready For Primetime Player.

    January 31, 2009 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  23. Perusing-through

    'GO-IT-ALONE' DIVAS NEED NOT APPLY FOR 2012 RUN

    With the pick of a 'Pragmatic-Moderate' like Michael Steele as RNC Chairman, it is clear to Christian-Evangelist & Extreme-Right wing Sarah Palin that majority of Republican Party leaders are relatively moderate, pragmatic, progressive, and they are moving away from Sarah's exclusive & zealot brand of Party ideology. Sarah is finally beginning to learn that as a politician she will not make it on the national-international stage without significant internal support from the Beltway. Sarah has learned the following lesson, 'GO-IT-ALONE Divas Need Not Apply’.

    January 31, 2009 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  24. Oh Happy Day!!!

    @Palin-"You can't do that if you keep staying in front of us day after day after day as the same person."
    By all outward accounts, it's a message Palin has heard loud and clear.......Thank GOD!!!

    January 31, 2009 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  25. muffy

    Maybe she has finally figured out that she is not of interest and she should have stayed in AK. She is just looking for money anyway.

    January 31, 2009 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
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