July 5th, 2009
07:05 PM ET
5 years ago

State of the Union: Did Palin make the right move?


WASHINGTON (CNN) – Three of CNN's political contributors weighed in Sunday as pols and pundits alike continued to try to digest the implications of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's surprise announcement that will she will step down later this month.

In deciding to leave office early, Democratic strategist Donna Brazile said, on CNN's State of the Union, that Palin has made "a very risky decision."

"She's jumping out of the frying pan into the hot glare of the media spotlight, into the fire. And she has the potential of flaming out before 2012," Brazile said.

"She needs to manage her next 15 minutes of fame a lot better than she has done over the last year of being on [sic] the national spotlight," Brazile added, suggesting that Palin should take her newfound free time to write her book, to give public speeches and to "have an opportunity to learn a little bit more about foreign policy."

Republican strategist Ed Rollins, who supported Mike Huckabee's failed 2008 presidential bid, slammed Palin's resignation announcement.

"I think Friday was a disaster for her," Rollins told CNN Chief National Correspondent John King, "both in the sense that she was very incoherent in articulating what it is – why she was quitting and what she wanted to do with it.

"As I always say, you call press conferences to answer questions – not to basically raise questions."

Rollins also said Sunday that without the benefit of finishing out term of governor, Palin will have "a partial record . . . that is very incomplete" should she mount a bid for the White House in 2012 as some suspect she is planning to do.

Conservative talk show host Bill Bennett disagreed with Rollins and Brazile about the wisdom of Palin's decision.

"To political pros this may be a problem. To the base, I'm not sure it's a problem at all," Bennett said, noting how difficult it would have been for Palin to run for president from Alaska while maintaining all of her gubernatorial duties in the state. "Well, she won't have that problem now."

"'Flame out,' 'disaster' – I think it's too early to say that," added Bennett.

But the three agreed on one thing – that Friday would've been a good opportunity for South Carolina's Republican Gov. Mark Sanford to bow out of office amid a seemingly never-ending scandal over his extramarital affair.

"You could argue this weekend the wrong governor resigned. You know, it should have been Sanford. She should have hung on for a number of reasons," Bennett told King.

Rollins said Sanford "has lost any effectiveness" in South Carolina.

"I have to agree with both gentlemen," added Brazile.

Updated: 7:05 p.m.


Filed under: Mark Sanford • Sarah Palin • State of the Union
soundoff (65 Responses)
  1. Georgia

    Why does Palin want to go to Washington that bad if it is against her?

    Why does she think she can run the country if the liberal media is against her??

    How would she run the country if things were rough out there like they are now? Would she want to hide someplace to get away from difficult situations??

    Palin couldn't even handle running a state where the caribou outnumber the people! She had to quit this cake job??? What a joke!

    What about other governors that are lame ducks like Paulenty and Crist? You don't see them QUITTING!

    What a LOSER! "You betcha"

    July 5, 2009 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  2. bimmer

    Yes.

    And Hillary should do the same for a bigger cause.

    Palin and Hillary in 2012.

    A dream duel.

    July 5, 2009 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  3. The Other Campaign Strategist @ 115th St & Amsterdam Ave.

    It's not too early. It's a flame out.

    Who give a hoot about the base? The GOP base is NOT the key to winning elections. Having credibility with Moderate Democrats and Independents is.

    How can Ms. Palin have credibility when she will be forever known as the woman that quit when things got tough?

    If she wants to make 7-figures on her book and then be a shrill political voice with a show on Fox, she can pull in another 6-figures per year and become a wealthy woman. The way I see it, she's cashed in the lottery ticket named "I was selected as a VP running mate but I lost". She'll become a typical selfish Republican touting tax reduction to lie her own pockets.

    But make no mistake about it, with this move she'll never hold national political office.

    July 5, 2009 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  4. Judy

    I thought Steny WROTE the stimulus bill along with Nancy Pelosi. What's he complaining about???

    July 5, 2009 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  5. sousouMiamiBeach

    Good ridance! Take good care of your family!

    July 5, 2009 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  6. Voter

    I just read that Palin says when others leave their posts to seek higher office, people are understanding. She asks why she can't have the same treatment.

    Because you are quitting just to quit. Maybe you're bored, tired, embarrassed by the behavior of you and your family – whatever. But you are NOT running for, and have not been asked to run for, "higher office." And you haven't been asked to do anything else either, for your party or for your country, to use your own words.

    What a self-serving bore you are. You would make the worst President ever. Go home and give your kids some sex education – you couldn't even do that right!

    Get a life, Ms. Palin.

    July 5, 2009 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  7. beth

    Yeah!!!! Sarah for president with Kate Gosselin as her running mate!!!! What a team....

    July 5, 2009 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  8. Trey J.

    I can't believe anybody is surprised by anything this woman saids!
    Republicans wanted her to be the Vice President of the United States......she can't even handle the hot button issues in Alaska.
    She nothing more than a money grabbing politican who looks good in a dress. I bet she ends up on Fox with her own show!
    That's what you do when you can't answer questions you ask them.
    LOL! Palin 2012 yall can have her winking and all.

    July 5, 2009 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  9. preco

    Lt. Governor/Governor -in -waiting must be so exited, he is sucking up to whoever in his speech.

    Sarah Palin is maverikly risky and this tactics will never work!!

    July 5, 2009 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  10. NOT A FAN OF OBAMA AT ALL

    Good Luck Sarah,

    Only ones complaining sre the Dems and those STATUS QUO REPUBS

    July 5, 2009 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  11. Karen-phoenix

    CNN: NO MORE PALIN!!! She is done!!! She's a quitter and got out when the going got tuff!!! She has NO education and talks in circles!
    I really hope she stays HOME and takes care of that baby!!!! She wanted it and now she can't quit on the baby the way she did Alaska!!

    July 5, 2009 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  12. Billy

    Wrong move for Palin's unlimited ambitions but right move for the state of Alaska.

    July 5, 2009 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  13. Beau

    Talk about 'cut & run' ....... wow!

    July 5, 2009 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  14. Don

    No one cares except for those on the far right? They will support anyone who is anti-abortion, anti-gay, anti-sex education, anti-stem cell research, and pretty much against anything the rest of America supports. She is a right wing extremist and the far right still will support her if she decides to run in the future.

    July 5, 2009 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  15. Elliebee

    Sarah Palin's press conference was indeed WRONG. She has now lost any credibilty as a Governor or Presidential hopeful by quitting her job!!

    If you want to be taken seriously, the last thing you do is quit. BIG MISTAKE on Palin's part.

    July 5, 2009 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  16. annie against biased news

    What ever Gov. Palin's reason, they are just that – her reasons. Stop with all the speculation! hucklebee all but giddy, rove dumbfounded that anyone could make a political decision without his approval and I am sure the demon-crats are dancing in the isles! Rollins never did like her and brazille is in bed with obama ever since selling Hillary down the river. Romney at least had enough class to keep his mouth shut.

    July 5, 2009 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  17. Jeff, Huntington Beach, CA

    She must be trying to get off her psychiatric medications. Don't do it Sarah, you will be wackier than ever. Imagine if McCain would have won and eventually became incapacitated by old age. We would be stuck with her as President.

    Seriously...

    July 5, 2009 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  18. Keith in Austin

    Considering Obama and the path he is leading us, Sarah Palin looks pretty promising right now. I would MUCH rather support a fiscal conservative with minimal experience than an inexperienced radical like Obama!
    God help the USA! Barry is minding the chicken coop as they come home to roost.

    July 5, 2009 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  19. Susie

    Respectfully Mr. Bennett, she has already shown herself to be a disaster on the campaign trail and off. But then, I never take anything I hear from any politician at face value, and always dig deeper to find the facts (I'm one of those horrid people she hates because we do our homework about her and everyone else.) She will never be important on the national stage again, and I would guess the value of her book just plummeted as well.

    July 5, 2009 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  20. John Starnes Tampa Florida

    A "higher calling" than serving the full term that the Alaskans she claims to love so much elected her for? Perhaps it is once again the siren song of unbridled ambition and herb insatiable craving for attention. She did not even have the integrity to say "I am resigning as governor"...she just kept repeating "I am not running for re-election as governor". It is painful to see someone so fully awash in their neuroses on such a public, embarassing scale

    July 5, 2009 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  21. Jon

    Rollins is old, bitter and very chauvenist...who really cares what he thinks? Huckabee would have fared much better with someone more competent calling the plays for him...with his star power, I could have gotten Reagan elected, big deal. As much as I hate to admit it, Donna Brazile has a point...there is the potential that Palin will flame out before 2012...except Donna I don't think she's aiming for 2012. I believe everyone realizes that Obama will be re-elected for a second term. Palin has her eyes set on 2016 I believe and even 2020. Don't forget, she's only 45.

    CNN, bring back Bernie Shaw, it was awesome to see him back on John King's show the other week. FOX kept Brit Hume for commentary, you should do the same with Bernie.

    July 5, 2009 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  22. tommy baker

    who cares. shes a joke. she changes her mind so much it is dangerous!!!!

    July 5, 2009 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  23. Alex

    Sarah Palin has shown that either she cannot handle the responsibilities of being Governor of Alaska let alone President of the United States or that she is more concerned about personal ambition than governing. Her base may hail this decision as they would any she might make but the Republican base is drastically shrinking and alienating itself from moderates. She will have no chance of winning a general election running this type of strategy.

    July 5, 2009 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  24. A US Service Man

    Sarah Palin will literally be the poster gal for the Republican Party's demise.

    July 5, 2009 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  25. Jack in Florida

    She made a great move!! I hope we never hear from her again.....

    July 5, 2009 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
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