February 10th, 2009
06:47 PM ET
14 years ago

Palin won't be making CPAC appearance

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/02/10/art.palin1.gi.jpg caption="Palin will not be attending this year’s CPAC, confirm organizers."](CNN) - Sarah Palin will not be attending the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington later this month, her office confirmed to CNN Tuesday.

The Alaska governor had been expected to serve as the headline attraction at the three day event, which is also scheduled to include conservative icons like Newt Gingrich, Rush Limbaugh, and Ann Coulter. The presidential straw poll conducted at the annual Washington gathering is widely viewed as a reliable bellwether of conservative support. Several of the GOP’s past - and potentially future - presidential hopefuls are also slated to address the gathering, including Mike Huckabee, Mitt Romney and Ron Paul.

Palin spokesman Bill McAllister did not give a reason for the governor's decision, but did agree with one organizer's explanation that it would be difficult for the governor to visit in the middle of the state’s legislative session.

The former Republican vice presidential candidate, who recently launched SarahPAC to assist conservative candidates and cultivate a national network of supporters, visited Washington late last month to attend the exclusive Alfalfa Club dinner and several private events.

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soundoff (491 Responses)
  1. Concerned & Proud American

    Hey Maggie,

    The comments about Palin is not a "Male" thing... this moose eatin trailer trash is a genetic misfit... something went terribly wrong during her conception!

    February 10, 2009 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  2. Alicia

    @ Matthews......you probably don't need a job or home do throw in your chant. LOL

    I think she is starting to figure out that she is out of her league. She was not recognized by the President and stopped by Liebermann, whom I believe told her to stand down when she was in DC. She is so fickle to think she called the man a terrorist and would think he wanted to see her winking away. What a moron!

    Maybe, just maybe, she is helping those poor starving and freezing Indians in Alaska.

    February 10, 2009 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  3. Mike Dallas

    Her and Lush in the same room?

    Her sucking up to the real head of the RNC will definitely leave lipstick on a pig...

    February 10, 2009 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  4. Corinne

    When House Republicans planned their annual winter retreat, they extended an invitation to Alaska Gov. Sara Palin, hoping the party's 2008 vice presidential nominee would give a morale-building speech to the more than 130 Republican members of Congress gathered this weekend in Hot Springs, Va.

    Retreat organizers tell ABC News that Palin politely declined, giving a perfectly understandable reason. According to the Congressional Institute, which hosted the conference, Palin said she simply could not make it to the retreat because pressing state business made it impossible for her to leave Alaska this weekend.

    So where is Palin this weekend? She's in Washington, D.C., attending the super-elite Alfalfa Dinner.

    "She lied to us," said a Republican at the retreat.

    February 10, 2009 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |


    February 10, 2009 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  6. Jenny

    @Mike, please learn to spell dude.

    February 10, 2009 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  7. ctryman

    Palin isn't meant for national spot light she has ALOT of growing up to do ya know!

    February 10, 2009 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  8. Mike/Chicago

    Palin, Gingrich, Limbaugh, Coulter, Romney, Huckabee & Paul.
    Sound Familiar?
    Dopey, Grumpy, Druggie – oops!, sorry – Sneezy, Sleepy, Happy, Bashful & Doc
    The Seven irrelevant dwarfs of Conservative America.

    CPAC = Conservative Panic And Crisis

    Hey! Maybe McCain can stand in for the former top-o-the-ticket. She was the top, right? She certainly had more EXECUTIVE EXPERIENCE than McCain right?

    February 10, 2009 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  9. Pat

    Man, I really miss the SNL skits about Palin. That's pretty much all she's good for (making fun of)...oh, and shooting helpless animals. She's the son her father always wanted.

    February 10, 2009 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  10. Ann

    Ann Coulter an ICON?? Oh dear god

    February 10, 2009 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  11. craig

    Thank God! One less article in the news about this useless woman. Maybe she is actually starting to think about helping the poor people in her state instead of galavanting around this country like some "Terminator Barbie". Or maybe she's going wolf hunting from her plane again.

    February 10, 2009 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  12. Janet

    Conservative party are dividing into small ones: some love Palin, but hate this obesed blue pills' adventurer Rush. Looks like the beginning the end for me

    February 10, 2009 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  13. 21st Century Patriot

    Gee, with Coulter, Limbaugh, and Gingrich on the stage, it sounds like Palin is missing a real opportunity to look like a decent and reasonable human being

    February 10, 2009 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  14. Tim

    Palin was in way over her head when McCain picked her. But she couldn't see that because her incompetence is coupled with an enormous dose of arrogance. McCain was obviously looking for a running mate he thought could help him win the election and not someone who was qualified to help him run the country. Nothing against Alaska but the demands of running that state aren't as strict as most others. I'm sure, everything else being the same (Palin's education, experience/resume), she couldn't have reached the Governor's mansion in any other state. She's great at theater though. She can really deliver a speech written by someone else. The only thing "she proved to all America" is Maggie, is that she isn't very smart, can't speak on her own or think on her feet and used her position inappropriately.

    February 10, 2009 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  15. Beverly, NYC

    Maggie February 10th, 2009 5:37 pm ET: Thanks for the laugh hon, you madame have a very loose definition of family values and morals, to think that Sarah Palin has either of these attributes. Get thee a dictionary or google those terms again and see if any of them applies to Gov. Palin.

    February 10, 2009 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  16. jazzpman

    February 10th, 2009 5:30 pm ET

    Wow, a conservative is getting trashed at CNNs web site – There's irony in that.

    My guess is, in 4 years, Alaska will be far better off than the United States in general….. Who'll be laughing then??

    Great comment........I am sure she will be pulling in the most PORK she can......she is the Queen of PORK per person per any state any where !

    February 10, 2009 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  17. itbeme

    wow...maybe she's finally getting it! NOBODY wants to see her. Maybe she should try working on getting help for the people in northern Alaska who are starving and who have no heat. you know, actually work for the people in her state! The rest of us sure as heII don't want her.

    February 10, 2009 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  18. Larry

    "conservative icons like Newt Gingrich, Rush Limbaugh, and Ann Coulter." These are not icons, these are just cons.

    February 10, 2009 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  19. gandoman - SF, CA

    Oh Dear,
    Sarah is missing a photo-shoot
    Maybe she has nothing to wear
    If her daughter hadn't taken a root
    Palin might not be in such despair
    Personnally, I think a size 12 boot
    Would look & fit nicely up Sarah's rear
    If only her horn she wouldn't toot
    Her politics wouldn't give us a scare
    A role she should play is that of a muet
    And with luck she will become lunch for a bear

    February 10, 2009 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  20. Rick

    Too bad she is not the president instead of Obumbler.

    February 10, 2009 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  21. Matthew, Detroit

    I love all the hysterical women who are all for partial birth abortions but are worried about wolves. Does not really make sense. You lost your values and you lost your minds.

    Governor Palin is a very good administrator and has a lot more experience running things. Barack can not even run his own household. His wife is in charge at home.

    But wow what a great campaigner.

    February 10, 2009 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  22. Jan D

    What a pathetic line-up! Rush, the comedian , Coultergeist and Gingrich. If Sarah can't go, maybe Billo the Clown could fill in? Sorry, I'm a fugitive from another cable newsshow.

    February 10, 2009 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  23. Chaco

    Would everyone who would like to stop seeing small-time articles about Sarah Palin please type 'Aye'.


    February 10, 2009 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  24. TJ

    I have no idea why anyone with even a small amount of intelligence would support Palin. The comment by Maggie must have been written in a drunken stupor. Palin doesn't even understand tough/difficult concepts. She is a gimmick, with no substance to speak of. Big Mac gambled on her and he crapped out. She is clearly delusional if she really thinks she will even be a top ten contender for President in 2012 (or ever)! Her and her husband should go with their original plan to help Alaska Secede from the United States! Oh that’s right, she never had to answer to why her hubby was part of an organization that supported that concept.

    February 10, 2009 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  25. Mike Wagner

    too busy shooting defenseless animals from planes?

    February 10, 2009 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
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