January 9th, 2010
05:14 PM ET
soundoff (303 Responses)
  1. Jonathan Hanbury

    She should replace Michael Steele as the head of the GOP.
    He has shown that it is a great platform for promoting your
    book(s). And, isn't that what the republicans are all about -
    personal enrichment above all else?

    January 9, 2010 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  2. jeff jackson, alabama

    You know, it's amazing what people were
    wanting from a candidate in the last election
    and what they settled for.
    Change, change, change is all we heard.
    Look at what's happened. Ron Paul said in
    this interview without trying to flatter Palin that
    the tea party people are fed up with the democratic
    and Republican parties' same old broken promises.
    Palin said she wanted change also. Repeat all the
    hateful childish soundbites you want to about her,
    but she is much more honest and open with
    people than any of the dems. or repubs. are.

    January 9, 2010 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  3. Paul from Minnesota

    I am an Obama supporter (I voted for the Constitution by voting for a Constitutional Law Professor and I was right to do so and I am proud to say it), and I have great respect for Ron Paul (one of the few Republicans who has any courage to live in reality).

    The Tea Party is simply this: Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh decided to mobilize and organize their fan base, which consists of all the strange neighbors all over America who everyone walks across the street to avoid.

    January 9, 2010 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  4. Tony83702

    I believe this is known as "The Blind leading The Blind." May they all end up in a ditch.

    January 9, 2010 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  5. Midwest

    Haley Barbour made perfect sense when he said the Republican Party won't win by getting "more pure" but rather by getting big. It may be the smartest comment made by a powerful Republican in the last 5 years.

    Should the RNC draft Palin, then the move toward greater "purity" will be in full swing and the idea to increase the party's size will stop dead in its tracks. America spoke very loudly in 2008 by electing Obama with a wide margin. This was not a fluke but rather a rebuke.

    If the RNC decides to draft Palin as their candidate in 2012 then they are going to be out for another 4 years. No reasonable person believes Palin has the qualifications to be the POTUS or even the VP.

    Republicans have no ideas other than being the Party of NO and this will cost them more than they realize. I left the party after being a Reagan Republican, not once but twice, and I'm becoming even more disillusioned with the RNC after switching parties in 2007.

    Palin represents hypocrisy, extremism, shallowness and the very worst the RNC has to offer. Forget the culture wars, forget cowboy diplomacy, quit blaming liberals for all the problems in this world and come up with some IDEAS that matter and you might just win in 2016.

    January 9, 2010 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  6. Minnesotan

    Palin should be a greeter at WalMart. That's her peer group, her intellectual 'base,' and her skill level.

    January 9, 2010 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  7. CBR

    Sarah Palin is just another American. She holds no public office having resigned form Alaska. Her every move does not need to be followed by the media. It is just proof that the media just picks certain people to follow and then sticks with their every move. Just look at who makes it onto the pages of the newspaper, internet, and television: from Jon and Kate to Cheney's daughter, McCain's daughter, every serial killer, every notorious Hollywood personality, etc. etc. etc. What does this all say about us and our fascination with these people.

    Meanwhile, people in the USA are struggling with the cold, unemployment, high costs of fuel, etc. Very little gets written about this because it is not "sexy" and unless it is "sexy" and gets ratings you can just forget about the media covering the situation.

    Sarah Palin is making millions and she does not need the press to build her up or tear her down. How about sharing some of that money to help those in need. If the press can follow her around everywhere someone is paying for this. A better use of the money would be homeless shelters, soup kitchens, food pantries, investing in yourfellow Americans, educational opportunities, supporting the familkies fo the troops, etc.

    January 9, 2010 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  8. Mlhall

    Scott Stodden I am so sorry, (NOT) but you lost so be happy with what you got, Hillary is.

    January 9, 2010 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  9. jwheeler

    Who's financing this spoiler? Are the conservative right wing-nuts using Palin as their attack-dog? What's the payoff for her? I can't wait to find out. Grr.

    January 9, 2010 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  10. fred

    More of Palin's jenga and new age antics.

    May God have mercy on each one of us.

    January 9, 2010 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  11. W l Jones

    Ms. Palin is a Capitalist anything wrong with that! Oh! now socalist is the way to go.

    January 9, 2010 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  12. Susan in Arkansas

    If Sarah Palin was short and dumpy with frizzy hair and bucked teeth, we would have never heard of her. But then, who would all those beauty queen want-a-be's and red neck, man-cave denizens support?

    January 9, 2010 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  13. Lilarose in Bandon, OR

    For most Americans who "supported" Sarah Palin through her bid with McCain for the presidency, it was because Sarah is still somewhat "hot" looking at her age. But she will be 48 if she attempts to run for election again, and most of the men who adored her won't be looking her way again.

    It really is all about her appearance, not about what is between her ears, which is pretty much empty space.

    January 9, 2010 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  14. mark from dover

    The truth is..she thinks it is actually a tea party. She's home baking cookies and making little sandwiches to bring with her!

    January 9, 2010 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  15. Dan in Louisville

    CNN seems determined to make Palin out to be a political force to be reconned with. Oh yeah, she is that already.

    January 9, 2010 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  16. Michael from Ventura

    Sara and the 'Baggers-–perfect fit. Both full of hot air and nothing positive to say. They love themselves, their money, and in no way are they "patriotic"!

    January 9, 2010 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  17. a7m

    Ron Paul is not important? When I cycled through the US on the election year, I did not see a single McCain sign all the way from the Pacific to Iowa– but I've seen hundreds of Ron Paul signs.

    Scott Whitehill– you are as ignorant as Sarah whom you support.

    January 9, 2010 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  18. Pragmatic

    The republicans will give her enough stage time to energize "the base" and raise funds ... but if the woman ever thinks she'll get the nod to run for any office, she's kidding herself. After all – she didn't finish the last job she was elected to! The GOP is just using her ... and she's too self-focused to realize it. She didn't even really get it that when she appeared on SNL, that they were laughing at her expense.

    January 9, 2010 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  19. Albert K. L.A., CA

    Palin, the a stage struck fickle quitter, is at it again. Halfway into being a Republican she quits and joins the Tea Party.

    January 9, 2010 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  20. LasVegasLinda

    I think Congressman Ron Paul has been a breath of fresh air for many years. We need to get back to basics upon which this country was founded. Do I agree with everything he supports, absolutely not, but I do believe he is an honest individual whom you can trust.

    January 9, 2010 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  21. manhandler

    Don't agree with most of her positions, but the woman is NOT stupid, as most of these rediculous Palin haters would have you believe. Always wonder whether any of these Palin haters have ever been Governor of a State or made big oil pay excess profits back to the citizens who own the land they drill on.
    Obama is a disgrace. He belched all this hot air about "Changing" things while running and ended up just being a rediculous extension of Bush. He hasn't led on anything and we still have most troops in Iraq and he's escalating this insane war in Afghanistan....al this while driving the country into bankruptcy. A complete moron could do at least as well as this.

    January 9, 2010 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  22. SNAPPA

    Being a Bostonian I am highly insulted with these crackpots. The Tea Party was an honorable event that led to the American Revolution, what these people have done is taken the original name they gave themselves without any clue as to what it meant in pop culture which was "tea baggers" to then change it to "tea party". They neither speak for me or the American people as did the heros of the original "tea party" event. They sully that term when they use it and insult ALL Americans when they disrespct that term.

    January 9, 2010 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  23. rob

    Ron Paul, CNN's favorite Republican basher... for now. Ask him what he thinks about Pres Obama's Afgan policy...guess not, wouldn't want to disturb the Palin Bashing.

    Have fun

    Nov. 2010 can't come fast enough

    January 9, 2010 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  24. tman

    She makes me wonder if the sacrifices myself and others have made for our country are worth the price of free speech.

    January 9, 2010 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  25. Damien

    This officially adds the label "lunatic" to the fringe.

    January 9, 2010 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
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