February 22nd, 2009
05:18 PM ET
8 years ago

Schweitzer wishes Palin showed up to NGA meeting


Gov. Schweitzer discussed his views of the stimulus and Sarah Palin's absence from the NGA this weekend.

(CNN) – Many of the nation’s governors descended on Washington for the National Governors’ Association meeting this weekend, but a famous face was absent: Alaska governor Sarah Palin.

Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer, who co-chairs the NGA's Natural Resources Committee with Palin, told CNN he wishes she was there.

"Fewer TV cameras will be there and I have to stay all the way to the end to report, so I wish she was here," Schweitzer joked on CNN's State of the Union.

But the Montana Democrat did not fault his colleague from Alaska for missing the NGA's winter meeting.

"Governors have to balance their job," he said. "These meetings are important, but in some ways, we come here and restate the obvious."

While Palin chose to skip the meeting this year, her appearance at it one year ago may have been pivotal to her future: it was when she first met Arizona Sen. John McCain.

Filed under: Extra • Sarah Palin • State of the Union
soundoff (332 Responses)
  1. Les

    How can anyone complain about Sarah Palin staying home? She's probably readin' her papers, all of 'em. Sarah staying out of sight and out of mind is like a toothache going away

    February 22, 2009 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  2. USMCmaxx

    Palin is the next President....Bunch of Palin bashers.
    LIBERALS wimps..trade your values for anything= power, money, a chance to sound smart & caring, hug a tree, kill a human to save a pet, freeze the nation out of energy, ahhhgrrrr!

    Libs r scared to death of her...she at least has some values.
    Bail outs r for liberals....your type can spin anything.
    Obama hates this country, he will spend us into socalism trying to save the ppl that don't play by any rules. Just feel good rules apply.

    Then this liberal site wont post any opposing views....it's not PC correct. In the Obama tank- CNN (Communist News Network)
    What a sad year for this great nation.

    February 22, 2009 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  3. Commonwealth VA

    KFR, so why didn't she show up?

    February 22, 2009 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  4. JSU-TIGER99

    She had business in her own state to tahe care of she did not have time to be paling aroung with the GOP

    February 22, 2009 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  5. Texan

    Palin is at the academy awards

    February 22, 2009 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  6. Elizabeth, Philadelphia, PA

    Is this a loss? She says nothing of any importance anyway. We are so, so lucky she is not representing the US in its current state of misery...thank you, Bushie.

    February 22, 2009 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  7. philly

    she was busy sniping wolves from helicopters.

    February 22, 2009 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  8. Texan

    Palin is at the axademy awards picking up oscar for worst supporting actress

    February 22, 2009 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  9. Lois, Ont., Canada

    She likely knows she is the 'laughing stock' of the nation & couldn't face it so she decided to stay home. If she runs for Gov. again, I am sure the people will 'boot' her our!!!!

    February 22, 2009 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  10. S Callahan

    lol careful what you wish for.

    the rag on? come on....what is said for a man?...shame on you

    February 22, 2009 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  11. Greg, PA

    wishes she WERE here

    The Subjunctive isn't dead yet!

    February 22, 2009 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  12. Hip Hopcracy

    Vintage Sarah. A politician who whimpers and whines when her politics or abilities are challenged. As long as she can hide behind her cavalcade of handlers, she feels impervious to attack. Put her in a room full of Democrats OR Republicans, and she realizes that she is simply an incompetent, right-wing media creation who pales in comparison to everyone else in the room.

    ALL the governors have governing to do back home, not just poor little Sarah. She's a coward and a charlatan. I think the GOP governors are well aware of that, too – they just wish some of those Sarah-loving cameras would give this event some publicity...since they are largely irrelevant at the moment.

    February 22, 2009 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  13. Truth Bomb Thrower

    So if Governor Palin is the publicity hound that the media has tried so hard to SELL her as, why is she home doing her job instead of basking in the media spot light in D.C.? Maybe its because she is GENUINE and REAL–traits which the media does not understand or appreciate. Whenever the media finds politicians that are NOT corrupt and phony, it feels obliged to destroy them…..and their families.

    February 22, 2009 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  14. German,Irish American

    She is probably doing the job she was elected for in her state, which is governing, something that empty-headed, empty-suit Obama is incapable of doing without someone thinking for him and writing the speeches for him to read off of a teleprompter. Can someone tell me how spending millions of taxpayer dollars to fly to Denver, to grandstand the signing of the largest pork spending bill in the history of the U.S., stimulates the economy? The media and Democrats played the race card to get one of the most incompetent Democrats elected President, now the country will suffer for generations to come because the guilt factor was played out and a total sham is now POTUS.

    February 22, 2009 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  15. notworkin

    Sarah Palin was not busy governing at the weekend. She was grandstanding in Bush Alaska with the Billy Graham machine. SarahPAC comes first; she's over being governor.

    February 22, 2009 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  16. good

    She stayed in Alaska....probably thought the "gotcha" media would ask her about her back taxes, LOL

    February 22, 2009 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  17. Al, Texas

    Well she just the flight, gosh darn-it

    February 22, 2009 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  18. Carol, California

    I think the Repubs are trying to sweep her under the rug. She had her face in the camera and was babbling on TV every chance she got, before. What changed? Not her narcissistic personality. Not her stupidity. Then, what?

    The Repubs told her to get lost, that's what! She's old news. She's a constant reminder of why they lost.

    They're trying to change their image. Sarah – a dim-witted, bible thumping, hate-filled, white woman – ain't what they want (at least in public) anymore.

    They're trying to gain wider appeal, and they can't do it with her. She'd never give up the spotlight voluntarily – the big wigs told her to (in Steele's words....) "stuff it ".

    February 22, 2009 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  19. Pollywog

    Please stop the people-bashing. Let's use our energy to unify. We need to come together as a nation to solve our problems. We really need to focus on HOPE, ENCOURAGAEMENT and POSITIVE ATTITUDES! Please! NO MORE looking backward and back-stabbling. NOW IS THE TIME FOR ALL GOOD PEOPLE TO COME TO THE AID OF THEIR COUNTRY!

    February 22, 2009 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  20. EDS

    WOW, you freaking left wing nuts are really afraid of her..I mean you guys really are afriad, I think she can actually win...I mean you and Obermann are really afraid. You see her as the next big challenger so you go bizerk, I mean we already proved we have 60+ million idiots like yourselves on Nov. 4th, but you do remeber that 56+ million didn't like your guy either imagine if it doesn't work out..anyhow at this pace I'll looking forward to 2010...LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOOL

    February 22, 2009 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  21. J. Rogers from Regina, SK

    Is Arnold going to be there? At least one star! Didn't he miss an important event a little while ago because he wanted to finish some State business?

    February 22, 2009 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  22. Suzy, Auckland, new Zealand

    Did the organisers of the convention refuse to offer her (1) a designer wardrobe (2) a private plane to fly her and First Dude, and family to the convention (3) a hefty pay packet (4) media coverage for her and her alone (5) unlimited ROGUE speech and behaviour ?

    February 22, 2009 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  23. Moonbeam

    Sarah Palin all but seized being a governor!
    She could not care less what happens in Alaska. Not after she has seen life of real power and wealth hanging around with McCain and etc.
    Palin is busy trying to figured out how to get GOP behind her so she could get back to shopping at Neiman Marcus.

    February 22, 2009 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  24. atoms

    is cnn contractually obligated to run a story per day on sarah palin? i just don't understand the fascination. i'm sure she'll attract plenty of attention in 2011-2012, so can you just give us a respite until then?

    February 22, 2009 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  25. bsmith171

    ith idiots like crist, arnold and paterson only a fool would show up.

    quit wsting fuel and money at these endless meetings.


    February 22, 2009 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
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