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. kgeukes

    She'll quit anything she starts because she can't handle the criticism. And there will be a lot because the people of Alaska don't even want her back...they want her to move to the lower 48!! God no, please don't let that happen!!

    July 23, 2009 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  2. Adam

    "Benet said. 'Particularly for conservative America, there hasn't been a rallying figure of this type,' he noted." HAHAHAHAHAHA! That is the sad truth. Way to go GOP, way to go! The laughing stock of America is your savior. Have fun!

    July 23, 2009 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  3. Kelby In Houston, TX

    NO!!! SARA PALIN WILL NOT GET OUT OF THE MEDIA SPOTLIGHT!!! So quit asking, begging, pleading praying that she will just go away...OTHER PEOPLE LOVE HER!!

    July 23, 2009 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  4. Klaatu

    OMG!!! I hope she keeps giving speeches, talking to reporters at impromptu meetings, giving interviews.....it confirms my opinion of her the first time I heard her speak...she is not smart, not informed, not compassionate, not ready to serve anyone in public life, not a good mother, not a good person.....

    July 23, 2009 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  5. Get a Life !!

    Let us be clear...that is not a star shining from the admiration it receives...it is a star shining from the amazement at her lack of knowledge...and we all need a good laugh once in a while. I get mine from the Palin news.

    July 23, 2009 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  6. Anny

    Keep digging and you will find a lot more than ethics problems.......this woman QUIT her office and the people of Alaska so she can go out and cash in on the money........she is not Presidental material or even VP material........I hope she goes down big time with the media hounding her every step of the way.....

    July 23, 2009 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  7. Never Repub again

    Afraid I have to disagree. Paula has a wonderful voice. Sarah's voice is like fingernails scratching the chalkboard. Sit down quitter and shut up. Go home and tend to your kids. Teach them how to hate, and lie.

    July 23, 2009 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  8. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    Sarah, just wait until you have to deal with your GOP buddies in the primaries. I hope there are no pix, or we're all going to see them!

    Or, you're going around stirring people up and raising money to pay your legal expenses/lawyers with no intention of running!

    Whichever, and it's one of them, you're really a piece of work!

    July 23, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  9. nikib

    Awww. . . come on, she's not THAT bad! I kinda like Paula Abdul!

    July 23, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  10. ladkins

    >>"Particularly for conservative America, there hasn't been a rallying figure of this type," he noted.<<

    What a shame that conservative America has only Sarah Palin as a "rallying figure." Desperation, for sure.

    July 23, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  11. Rick from Murfreesboro, TN

    She has done nothing to help anyone but herself and her family that I can tell from the published list of her so called accomplishments. The best thing she has done for the State of Alaska is to resign. No maybe they will get someone in office who is genuinely concerned with the welfare of that state and to in pushing their own political agenda. On the national stage she is a joke, and not a very funny one at that.

    July 23, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  12. Obama Victim

    Palin will still be a star when most everyone will be saying........"Barack Who"??

    July 23, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  13. phoenix86

    syfredrick,

    While Barack Obama is the Jerry Springer of politics.

    July 23, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  14. V

    She will never run for President nor do I think it would be a good fit but almost any of the candidates could have been better than Obama/Biden. We need experience right now and neither Palin or Obama fill the bill.

    July 23, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  15. Steph

    Because you, CNN, keep writing stories about her! Leave her alone. We don't care what she does.

    July 23, 2009 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  16. ColoradoJay

    I'm a registered Republican and was going to change that until I decided it would be better to vote for this creationist freak in the primary. I hope she is the front runner in 2012 so, Obama is elected again in a landslide. I also wanted to mention how funny it is to hear one of the members of her ignomineous base claim that the Libs are running scared from her. That's the farthest thing from the truth. I welcome her with open arms; she will help to keep the Good Old Party in the gutter for years to come. Mark my word some Kook on here will mention that the libs are scared. MARK MY WORD.

    July 23, 2009 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  17. Chris ~ Albany, NY

    Palin pros – Very good looking older woman.

    Palin cons – Very divisive and ignorant.

    Perfect republican!

    July 23, 2009 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  18. Simmy

    It's not a curtain call because the media makes money fueling interest in someone who has done nothing but promote racism.....In some circles, 'looks' is the only prerequisite.....

    July 23, 2009 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  19. Esco

    Someone must have been board out of their mind; thinking to even write about this...

    July 23, 2009 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  20. Peace

    It seems she has never had a concrete plan of her life. She just takes life as it comes to her day by day!

    July 23, 2009 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  21. Kendall

    The First female to run for the VP spot. First Republican Female to run for that spot with aspiration to milk that cow dry. Even if she doesn't run for POTUS she's very well off for the rest of her life. We're never going to get rid of her

    July 23, 2009 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  22. JohnCRoberts

    Paula who? What are you 12?

    July 23, 2009 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  23. Debra from Georgia

    Hopefully she will go a way, go away palin, go away already

    July 23, 2009 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  24. tee

    The fact that she's brain dead, doesn't matter..........how sad

    July 23, 2009 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  25. carlo

    It should be a curtain call. The woman's an idiot. In addition, she needs to lose that weave. She might be fooling some people, but she ain't fooling me.

    July 23, 2009 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
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