July 23rd, 2009
11:00 AM ET
5 years ago

Palin's resignation hardly a curtain call

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has a strong base of supporters, as well as a steady supply of vocal critics.
Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has a strong base of supporters, as well as a steady supply of vocal critics.

(CNN) - Last August, then-Republican presidential nominee John McCain introduced to the nation his surprise pick for vice president, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.

At the time, little was known about the fresh-faced, first-term governor, but within days, Palin's face was on newspapers, magazines and tabloids.

Since then, Palin has become a polarizing figure in the Republican Party. Her passionate supporters are countered with equally fervent critics.

And even though it's been nearly a year since she ventured onto the national stage and more than eight months since the Republican ticket lost the election, as Palin prepares to leave office, the public's interest in her has yet to wane. Palin explains why she's stepping down

"She's kind of a shooting star that caught fire and kept burning," said Lorenzo Benet, an assistant editor for People magazine and author of "Trailblazer: An Intimate Biography of Sarah Palin."

"When she walks into a room, she definitely commands attention and she gets more than most. She's definitely a star," said Benet, who was the only national journalist to have spent much time with Palin in the weeks before she was announced as McCain's running mate.

Palin, a mother of five, "caught the imagination" of the public because there is no one else like her, Benet said. "Particularly for conservative America, there hasn't been a rallying figure of this type," he noted.

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  1. russell

    She's a star for whom , certainly not any of us, this hateful, inciteful , unarticulated of a woman is a quitter , how come some of you don't reconize that , she has quit every office she's been in , and yet some people out there thinks she would make a good president , not in this country or any other country , it goes to show that a lot of Americans , and you know who you are enjoy the racist politics that this woman spews, and last she's definitely not ready for the world stage !!!!!

    July 23, 2009 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  2. NVa Native

    To those people who slow down to look at a car wreck, she's worth watching. I would prefer she just take her faux reality show that is her life and blend into the oblivion of the radical right winger crowd. Please Murdoch – just put her on the Fox media channels amongst the rest of the "in-curious clowns" where she will have her captive audience, and then I will have no problem avoiding her shallow and foolish perspective.

    July 23, 2009 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  3. Ohio Man

    Ok.. It must be me then .. i need to look into the mirror and myself why, Because i'm still lost as to why so many think she is the next best thing since sliced bread.. but as they say YOU LiKE what YOU Like.. and always tell yourself what You need to hear ....more power to you .. Good Luck I guess

    July 23, 2009 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  4. Wake-me-when-it's-over

    Now is the time that Governor Palin's intelligence will finally get to surface, after the Liberal media and Saturday Night Live, succesfully
    turned her into a joke (that they can't stop laughing at). Tina Fey was
    hysterically funny as Sarah Palin, I still laugh when I think about that.
    But now given a wiggle out the 'McCain Campaign Advisor' hand-cuffs,
    she is free to really be heard. (I am so glad that she is out there now, to champion Conservative Values!). The Liberal media is like the bully on the playground where Governor Palin is concerned. And most American's can relate to that. We will rally around her, and cheer when
    she gets to land those overdue punches to the gut of the bully pulpit.
    We won't laugh while the Libs are down, but we will cheer Sarah Palin!

    July 23, 2009 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  5. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    And this is an ad for the Benet person's book?

    WHERE'S THE NEWS?

    ENOUGH WITH PALIN!

    July 23, 2009 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  6. syfredrick

    Sarah Palin is the Paula Abdul of politics.

    July 23, 2009 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  7. Linda

    What to give up?over-priced Insurance, under p rotected citizens of the United States.

    Palin is just another Republican we would not miss if she got out of politics.Like our SC Representatives the people are the last thing on their minds.Jim DeMint shows how little he thinks about the state or the people.Why do we need them?

    July 23, 2009 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  8. notfooledtx

    Palin's resignation hardly a curtain call

    It is for me. Good riddance to your ignorance and race baiting.

    July 23, 2009 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  9. itbeme

    " She's definitely a star,"
    who are the kidding??? she's an idiot that won't go away.....

    that's a long way from being a 'star'..

    July 23, 2009 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  10. HmmmmH

    Yes, she has as many followers as there are idiots in the US....

    July 23, 2009 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  11. janice potter

    If a lot of serious illnesses are cause by poor dental health, why has dental health never een covered, will this ever be an option?

    July 23, 2009 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  12. Steve

    Palin is a star because of three reasons that have nothing to do with her abilities: she's a woman, she's attractive and she'll follow orders blindly.

    The dirty, greedy right has hyped her to the point of saturation and beyond because they plan to steal another election and have her stumble about like Bush, not answering anything and smiling for the camera while the same old GOP rip-offs, lies and wars are shoved down the worlds' throat.

    The US right wing is a global obscenity that the world will have to deal with if jokes like Palin and Bush continue to be fraudulently installed in power while filth like Cheney rape the planet.

    The recent election of a decent, intelligent candidate has, for the moment, stopped the worlds revulsion and disgust for the US after the last eight years of lies, theft, pollution and arrogant corruption. If the right wing manages to play with the voting machines and shove another stooge into the White House, you can say goodbye to the last shards of respect for Uncle Sam.

    July 23, 2009 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  13. Blue is my favourite colour

    She's a star? She quit her job. She'll be even less qualified for POTUS if she decides to run for that office.

    Poor republicans, the only people who pay any attention to Palin are red state white trash hillbillies, who are upset Obama was elected. think she's all that because they own lives are so pathetic.

    July 23, 2009 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  14. scott

    hopefully the star flames out soon

    July 23, 2009 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  15. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA - I spend all day blogging, contribute nothing to society

    Go Sarah Go!!

    July 23, 2009 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  16. scott

    she needs to go away

    July 23, 2009 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  17. sky

    So, is it really true that Republicans, as a whole are a lesser educated group of peoples. Less likely to travel over seas? Less likely to get a degree? Less likely to be comfortable with anyone who is not in their immediate comfort zone? Statistics show that prejudiced peoples are uneducated peoples and prejudiced peoples are almost always Republicans. So....no wonder you guys think Sarah Palin is worthy of some sort of political future..."when she comes into a room she commands attention..." So does someone passing gas.

    July 23, 2009 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  18. Sniffit

    This woman is an emetic.

    July 23, 2009 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  19. Bernie

    Sarah Palin has become a media favorite because she can be counted on to stir up drama, nothing more, nothing less. And we all know too many in the media will react when ever she bares her complete ignorance of whatever she tries to talk about. When "issues" don't work, she trots out her family for media fodder....shame on you for continuing to legitimize this embarrassing bimbo who should have faded completely from view by now.

    July 23, 2009 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  20. S M R

    I wish that President Obama and Palin could have a debate so the American People can finally put a nail in her political coffin. In this moment in time, Palin and her followers are pathetic patriots without a clue.

    July 23, 2009 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  21. lhodges

    I keep hoping her 15 minutes are up, but she will do her best to make sure that won't happen. The media will help in her effort I'm sure.

    July 23, 2009 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  22. Lilarose in Bandon, Oregon

    Bottom Line: Lots of people voted for Sarah Palin/McCain because of her LOOKS.

    Sarah is not going to be so pretty in the next election season. I think you will see a big change in interest when that occurs.

    Just sayin'

    July 23, 2009 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  23. gl, From Pittsburgh

    This woman is an over baked cake. She have too much baggage and I don't think the White House is big enough to holds all her baggages. It this is all the Repubicans have in 2012, she will be their waterloo.

    July 23, 2009 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  24. PaulMoATX

    I don't understand how someone as dumb as Palin, could be considered a star. She's a quitter, all she cares about is money, and has nothing to offer this country except some decent insight on energy. It's the nut wing that loves her because they are so uneducated that they don't know better.

    July 23, 2009 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  25. Fenarkleman

    15 minutes are up. Good-bye.

    July 23, 2009 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
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