March 26th, 2009
11:00 AM ET
14 years ago

Palin unplugged in speech to Alaska GOP dinner

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Palin said there was 'unprecedented' media slant during the campaign."](CNN) - Sarah Palin is teeing off on the media once again.

In a little-noticed speech to a GOP dinner in Alaska last week, Palin riffed for nearly an hour on a variety of topics - including her relationship with former McCain staffers, the Bush administration's anti-terror efforts, and actress Ashley Judd.

But the Alaska governor returned multiple times to the "unprecedented level of media slant" that she witnessed during her two-months on the Republican ticket with John McCain.

Her speech, delivered last Friday to the Anchorage Lincoln Day Dinner, was recorded by the Alaska Republican Party and posted online Tuesday.

Reflecting on the campaign, Palin said there were "a variety of reasons" Republicans lost in November, namely the faltering economy, but she seemed to place most of the blame on the press.

"Some in the media actually participated in not so much the 'who-what-where-when-why' objective reporting on candidates and positions, those five W's that I learned when I had a journalism degree so many years ago in college, when the world of journalism was quite different than it is today," she said.

"No, things have changed," she continued. "But complaining? Or whining? Absolutely not. But I am going to call it like I see it. It doesn't do any good to whine about any of this. But I can call it like I see it. Sometimes it gets me in a lot of trouble when I speak candidly, and I speak from the heart and I do such a thing. But I am going to."

"And there was that media slant this go round," she said. "And unless things change, the GOP had really better can stand together, 'cause we got that on the battlefield also. I call it like I see it and like I lived it on the campaign trail. Not complaining, but dealing with reality."

"Those are the cards that are dealt us," she said, "and we had better learn to play that hand and do things right and do things better."

Later in the speech, she told a story about praying for strength before last October's Vice Presidential debate with Joe Biden in St. Louis.

"So I'm looking around for somebody to pray with, I just need maybe a little help, maybe a little extra," she said. "And the McCain campaign, love 'em, you know, they're a lot of people around me, but nobody I could find that I wanted to hold hands with and pray." As the crowd laughed, Palin grinned and said she meant no disrespect to the McCain campaign. She said she ultimately prayed with her daughter Piper.

The governor also took a shot at an environmental group fronted by actress Ashley Judd - the Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund - that has mounted a campaign against the governor to halt the practice aerial wolf hunting in Alaska. Palin called on her fellow Republicans to "stand up to those goofy Defenders of Wildlife celebrity starlets who don't even know about Alaska."

She mocked the Obama administration's elimination of the term "enemy combatant" and reminded the crowd that "we're at war." She lauded former President Bush for his efforts to prevent another terrorist attack after September 11, standing up for the 43rd president even though "the political and media elite ridiculed and mocked him."

"It's no small accomplishment that no terrorist attack has occurred since 9/11," Palin said.

Adding her voice to the debate over the future of the GOP, Palin said the Republican Party would be happy to welcome Democrats and independents who might grow frustrated with Democratic overreach, but she rejected the suggestion that the party should become more moderate. Instead, she argued, Republicans need to better communicate their ideas.

"Sometimes, the middle of the fence is really the most uncomfortable place to be," she said. "How about we just keep it simple? To grow, we've got to be who we are."

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soundoff (307 Responses)
  1. reasonable.objective

    Are you kidding me, Sarah? You're blaming Katie Couric because you couldn't name A newspaper, let alone many newspapers, which I would expect a serious Vice Presidential candidate to be familiar with? Forget a presidential run in 2012, Palin's future is in stand up comedy. She wouldn't even have to write jokes, just stand in front of a microphone and open her mouth. Semi-coherent, stream-of-consciousness, grammatically challenged hilarity would most certainly ensue.

    March 25, 2009 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  2. Dean K

    I'm tired of reading about Palin. I want her to just go away. She earned her rightful place as a footnote in a history book in the distant future – that's where she'll stay.

    March 25, 2009 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  3. MikefromWV

    I fervently hope that Gov. Palin runs in 2012. That way, the dems are guaranteed another 4 years of majority status in all three branches of government. This person is a real nut job! Until the repubs can break away from the far right wing of their party, they will go nowhere. They must be wearing blinders, 'cause they sure can't see that the country has moved to the left of center. Americans want, in this deepening recession, more government help, not less. No one, and I mean "no" one, buys their never ending theory of the benefit of continuing tax cuts for the rich and naught but pennies left over for the rest of us. They destroyed our economy, our standing in the world - and went a long way towards destroying the very social fabric of our country.

    March 25, 2009 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  4. Ethan

    Oh please gov palin please stop talking about your and sen McCain's failed compiagn. Please move on to helping your state and this country.

    March 25, 2009 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  5. West

    She forgot the oldest rule in book: Before blaming others, take a look at yourself. She's not really pulling off the whole martyr thing very well. The media are the only ones keeping her empty-shell-of-a-political-career alive.

    March 25, 2009 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  6. Tek

    It is strange that no one seems to be willing to take responsibility for anything nowadays. Whatever happened to quietly reflect on ones' contribution to his or her own missteps and failures in life?

    If everything fails – blame the media, the white man, the black man, the immigrants, the evil rich or the poor parents and never yourself. Your party lost because it continue to chose political conveniency of living in lies than facing the bare facts. No more no less. The sad part is than the Democrats will take their turn and be in the same position the Republican were in November 2008 few years from now.

    March 25, 2009 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  7. Stadtbear

    Sarah Palin has virtually nothing to say, and insists on saying it.
    Why is this dreadful woman allowed to continue living?

    March 25, 2009 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  8. Chris

    I"m not part of the media, and I did not start out slanted, but Mrs. Palin moved my vote from McCain to the other side. I evaluated her stands on issues, her flirtation with secessionists while playing the patriotism card, her apocalyptic environmental ideas, her lack of common values with moderates, her style of governance, and so on. I concluded she's grossly unqualified to be vice president, and God forbid, president. She's a divisive figure, and she's had her 15 minutes of whatever... I guess we can't call it "whining".

    Please, give ME the blame for your election loss!

    March 25, 2009 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  9. Aviate

    Wow. She's hardly even coherent, barely able to string sentences together in any meaningful way ("those five W's that I learned when I had a journalism degree so many years ago in college.") And she blames the media? Sorry Sarah, you tried to wink and you-betcha your way into office and the American people saw right through you. We didn't need the media for that.

    Btw–shouldn't someone with a JOURNALISM degree have a better command of the English language?

    March 25, 2009 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  10. MD

    The GOP/good old boy ("maverick") party was rejected in a landslide not because of the Media, but because McCain and Palin offered more of the same devisive politics and policies that we have suffered through with Bush and Cheney. There was NOTHING new with McCain and Palin – just more of the same crap that got us into this huge mess that we are in now. Go for it, Sarah, blame the media for all of your blunders and lack of new ideas for our country. It couldn't have anything to do with the fact that you couldn't answer simple questions in an interview or that in the debates you only answered the questions that you had rehearsed...No, that couldn't be it – must be the media...

    March 25, 2009 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  11. LizzyG

    She says there is no use complaining or whining but that's all she has done since the election.
    And they arn't goofy defenders of wildlife, they have no defence, does it make you big and smart to aim a gun at a defenceless animal with no way to retaliate? Is that a sport, do you have to have brains to do that?
    Another thing, you don't practice what you preach Mrs. Palin s why should anyone believe or think like you?

    March 25, 2009 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  12. Robin Bray

    GOP strategy: Blame others for your faults, Blame them often, And Blame them some more. Palin even loses a one sided debate.

    March 25, 2009 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  13. icfantv

    I'm confused. You can't be a both a pit bull and a victim at the same time and cry foul when it happens.

    Palin belittled Obama during the RNC essentially saying that as a community organizer he had no responsibilities. Sure, she was throwing red meat to the crowd. But you don't get to trash someone like that without some sort of retaliation and if she doesn't understand this then she needs to get out of politics.

    Actually, if she wants to even have a decent shot in 2012 as the GOP presidential nominee, I'd encourage her to fall off the radar because every time she speaks, every time she makes the national press, we are all reminded of just how much she came across as ignorant and uneducated.

    March 25, 2009 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  14. KJ

    I can't understand why the Republican party has a fixation on Sarah Palin. You have MANY, MANY more informed and capable candidates for future office. Let it go, if you want to have any chance of progress in the future. (I can hear the party insiders now...yes...but her appearances bring in CASH and that is all we think about!)

    March 25, 2009 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  15. MN Maverick

    I believe Governor Palin is a politician who cannot for the life of herself see her own shortcomings. Many of her interviewers asked good straight forward questions which she was unable to answer. She shows a lack of curiosity in the world beyond her core belief system and an illusional construct about how capable she is as a politician. This is a dangerous combination.

    March 25, 2009 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  16. Joel

    Yes, Sarah. Please, continue to be who you are, a creationist ignoramous who knows as much about running a country as she does about evolutionary biology. There's a reason McCain lost back in November, and it is staring you back in the mirror.

    March 25, 2009 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  17. Sally C.

    I wish she would realize that her 60 days of fame are over. She may one day do great things – or she may just be yesterday's news. The fact is that she was on the scene for 60 days more or less and I honestly can't believe that she has anything of substance to add at this time. Perhaps later – but not now. Right now we need all of our politicians to do what they are being paid to do... their jobs. We don't need them to be out getting ready for the next big race. That's what's has gone amiss with this entire country. No one is tending to the things that we have at hand – – everyone is greedy about the future. It's that same atttude that caused people to "buy as much house as you can afford", "borrow 120% of the value", "take it home today – no payments until 2012". We need to get back to dealing with the present not living for the future.

    March 25, 2009 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  18. Sam in the West

    She was a very poor choice in VP Candidate. There is nothing else to be said. Except this: Choosing her illustrated just how completely out of touch the Republican party is with the American people. They deserved to lose.

    March 25, 2009 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  19. Terry

    I say, Go, Sarah, Go!. I hope Palin is the Republican nominee for 2012. I also hope that she leads the Republican Party to a well-deserved extinction. Conservatives, who are now the Republican Party, have done more damage to this nation than Al Qaeda every imagined doing. They have blocked, stalled, delayed, or defeated every meaningful reform and every attempt to solve the nation's problems since the Civil War. Conservatives were against the abolition of slavery, the vote for women and minorities, equal rights for women and minorities, the forty hour week, the 8 hour day, health benefits for employees, health benefits for children!!!!! (God help us!), social security, medicare, medicaid, yadda yadda. Conservatives, you have a lot to be ashamed of.

    March 25, 2009 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  20. rtl

    Palin still isn't dealing with reality – just her own 'biased slant'. Grow up. Get over yourself. And PLEASE don't be involved in national politics!

    March 25, 2009 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  21. LMC in Seattle

    Maybe one of the reasons Palin and McCain weren't elected had to do with her fractured speech and grammar, along with her lack of knowledge. She says she isn't whining, but it sure sounds like whining to me!

    March 25, 2009 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  22. Achai Kamau

    The media deserve much praise for questioning Governor Palin. As tough as some of those questions might have been – i.e., "what newspapers do you read?" – they demonstrated with substantial clarity that Palin is clueless concerning national affairs. Effective leadership means putting down the Bible long enough to read the Constitution, a document the Republicans claim to respect while shredding its most vital protections.

    March 25, 2009 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  23. nadinewi

    But you are whinning. You are still talking about an election that ended months ago. You were a journalist yourself until you decided to go into politics. You know the W's of this business but are mad because you couldn't spin it to your advantage. People are not as stupid as you say they are as if they only believe what they read or what the liberal media tells them. We have minds of our own and the majority of people don't care for your brand of politics. You have your core of followers but that's it. As for your prayer's with Joe Biden, I believe God gave you the anwer, you just have to be Christian enough to receive what's he's telling you. You are not meant to be President, Vice President or the leader of the Republican Party/ GOP. Listen to your faith and you'll do the right thing and stop talking about this in the media. Govern your state, be a great wife and mom and move on.

    March 25, 2009 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  24. Ohio Citizen

    "How about we just keep it simple? "

    She does that very well. Bless her heart.

    March 25, 2009 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  25. AubieTiger

    So she says she isn't going to complain about the press, then spends time complaining about the press. Typical Republican politics: Screw everything up then try to find someone else to blame.

    March 25, 2009 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
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