January 14th, 2009
05:01 PM ET
13 years ago

Palin's media battle raises eyebrows

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/POLITICS/01/14/palin.persistent/art.palin.gi.jpg caption=" Gov. Sarah Palin may be positioning herself for a 2012 run for the White House, analysts say."](CNN) - Her bid for the vice presidency ended more than two months ago, but Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin appears determined not to become a mere afterthought.

Departing from a historical trend of failed vice presidential candidates who descend into relative obscurity after Election Day, Palin continues to command the intense media coverage that befits a national office seeker.

It's an astonishing development, given that she has no role in national domestic policy and is a first-term governor of a state almost 4,500 miles from Washington.

Palin empathizers say the Alaska governor is merely trying to recover her good name after months of damage by the mainstream media, liberal bloggers and even high-level members of the McCain campaign who grew publicly dissatisfied with their VP nominee as Election Day neared.

But some political observers suggest that Palin's ongoing - and predominantly adversarial - relationship with the national media is all part of a savvy effort to retain her popularity with the legions of rank-and-file conservatives who stood so strongly behind her during the campaign.

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  1. Kevin

    To my dear Republican supporters of Sarah Palin, remind her that the presidential election ended on November 4, 2008.

    She will never be elected as President or even selected again as a Vice Presidential Candidate.

    Her days in the sunshine as a great candidate are Over!

    The blog definition of PALIN is as follows:

    PALIN = Pathetic A#@ Loser In Neglect

    January 14, 2009 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  2. PA

    The only one she can't beat as a Comedian is Ron James! But hey she's the best entertainment on the Web and it's Free! She gave Tina an award, gave Americans their Democrat President, gave McCain a wage decrease, gave Joe the Plumber a chance and even made Bush look intelligent! Keep Up The Good Work Sarah! Before long Alaska will be impeachin ya! Lookin Good on ya! Cheers! Moose Anyone?

    January 14, 2009 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  3. Eric

    I am not a fan of Sarah Palin, but she is definitely a more intelligent person that many of the mindless lemmings that post comments about her on these ticker stories.

    I actually get joy out of watching people get so worked up over her. Cracks me up!

    January 14, 2009 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  4. Benton Indianapolis, In

    all i have to say is she better keep her mouth shut if she wants to do anything in 2012, because this will come back to haunt her and she will go back and blame the media again.

    January 14, 2009 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  5. Palin go away

    Running for office is a serious thing. Its not for winking and saying "You Betcha".

    If this keeps up the Presidential elections will end up being another reality show of 7 hopefuls living together for 6 weeks as they compete in debates.

    January 14, 2009 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  6. Bill Robertson Uxbridge, MA

    Disconnected....that's how I feel the media is with anything that is NOT in their sights as being "correct", anointed or "In line" with their definition of the main stream. Why do I feel this way? I constantly hear their whining! You know what.....I've read a lot of the entries here and I see who they are preaching to. Listen up…..you listening? Palin has a right to sound off! The reason you hear her is now is that she has a bigger pair than most of you. RESPECT...she deserves. The media and the rest of her adversaries wish to attack with impunity…and in my opinion, with clear cowardice. But wait.....those that respect honor and character will defend her even if they don’t agree with her positions because that’s what people with legitimate opinions do. My prediction; when the time is right...and she is so inclined....she will be back. But next time, she will not be "handled" by the irresolute. So...buckle up folks and enjoy the next four years cause this ride is going to get bumpy. And if that real “conservative” voice is to be heard, Palin will be part of the discussion.

    January 14, 2009 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  7. Gail Los Angeles

    I really wish Sarah Palin would slow down and look at the damage she is causing herself.

    January 14, 2009 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  8. Bev

    At first I was angry and chagrined that anyone would think Palin spoke for all women. Shudder the thought. Then, once the election was over, I viewed her much like a sitcom. Now, she doesn't even make for good reruns. Time she was shelved.

    January 14, 2009 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  9. Roger

    We would hope to trade our governor from here in Washington State for Governor Palin of Alaska anytime...

    January 15, 2009 01:12 am at 1:12 am |
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