July 3rd, 2009
04:29 PM ET
12 years ago

DNC reacts: Palin decision 'continues a pattern of bizarre behavior'

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The Democratic National Committee immediately slammed Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's decision to leave office early.

DNC Spokesman Brad Woodhouse:

"Either Sarah Palin is leaving the people of Alaska high and dry to pursue her long shot national political ambitions or she simply can't handle the job now that her popularity has dimmed and oil revenues are down. Either way – her decision to abandon her post and the people of Alaska who elected her continues a pattern of bizarre behavior that more than anything else may explain the decision she made today."

Filed under: DNC • Sarah Palin
soundoff (245 Responses)
  1. Sarah

    The DNC really shouldn't issue a statement – there's no need to pile on. Palin's own bizarre behavior is the only commentary the American people need.

    July 3, 2009 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  2. paul

    I think without knowing why exactly Sarah Palin quit ass governor today that people still had their knives out for her! Its disgusting even watching CNN right now is that no one is giving her credit for what she has done, the pressure she was thrust into when she opted to be VP candidate, and that no one even considers the fact that she may feel that her position now in national politics is too much on her family. She has a young child with down syndrome which is difficult enough, she has a young daughter and a teenage daughter with a child of her own. And to top all that off, she has legal fees.

    Everyone including the national media should first think of all this then calling her "flakey" like Begala just did on CNN.

    July 3, 2009 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  3. Jack in Florida

    If she thinks quitting early as Governor of Alaska will pave the road to the White House in 2012 she better think again! I WOULD NEVER IN MY WILDEST DREAMS VOTE FOR A QUITTER!!!!!!

    Maybe we can all get some rest now that she is stepping down.....can you hear the fat lady????? She is singing loud and clear.....your 15 minutes is up!!!

    July 3, 2009 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  4. Helen Pederson

    No one wants a quitter for President of the US. or any position of responsibility.

    July 3, 2009 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  5. Aaron, Maryland

    I want tickets to Sarah's summer Tour, please let me know when they go on sale. . .
    I hope she gets out there soon and really electrifies the base, she had me dipping into my pocket for the first time in 2008!
    Lets see a new cycle with the same type of response!

    Democrats for Palin to run in 2012!!

    Have at it Madam!

    July 3, 2009 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  6. pam Eugene OR

    There is much more to this story and we will hear it in the coming days. There is an unstated reason for this early exit. Is it an affair, a scandal coming to light, or maybe more of her countless ethics issues? Sarah Palin is over the top publicity hungry and she would not do this out of the goodness of her heart. I can't wait to see this play out!

    July 3, 2009 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  7. Nick

    In all honesty, you've got to agree, her track record really IS bizarre!

    Her multi-million $ book deal is more important to her than her duties as the head of Alaska. That says a lot about her personality.

    July 3, 2009 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  8. Cindy- St. Louis

    Sarah Palin is surely a narcissist through and through.

    Who cares about her responsibilities in her elected position and the people of Alaska who voted for her, thinking they were doing the right thing?


    July 3, 2009 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  9. bam

    Did Gov. Palin resign because of health resons?

    July 3, 2009 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  10. Lisa Teague from Henderson NV

    She's going to work at FOX news. I'd bet anything. You heard it here first.

    July 3, 2009 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  11. Edgar

    DNC = Afraid of Sarah Palin

    July 3, 2009 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  12. edw

    She's leaving Alaska high and dry. She can't even finish out her first term, why give her the world stage?

    July 3, 2009 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  13. Bonnie Crawford

    It can only help Alaska for Sarah Palin to resign. She has no business being in politics PERIOD, due to her lack of knowledge and judgment. Political office is (or should be) a serious job, and it is a sad joke that airheads like Palin would even hold any political position!

    July 3, 2009 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  14. phoenix86

    Typical democrat attack to hide their total incompetence and lack of responsibility. They make me sick.

    July 3, 2009 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  15. Karen - Missouri

    Palin is more than bizarre! How selfish of her to quit as governor. If she can't handle that, then she CERTAINLY CAN'T handle any national politics!!!!! Talk about abandoning Alaskans! It's it a good thing she's not in national politics...would she abandon a presidency too? she's as done for as that governor in N.C.

    July 3, 2009 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  16. Steamboater

    Palin plays the victim but not very well. Just goes to show when the heat is on, she runs away, although with her, who knows what the truth is. Maybe she's been 'hiking the Appalachian Trail'.

    July 3, 2009 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  17. Dee

    Sarah Palin isn't leaving for her family, because she didn't consider them when she ran for Vice-President. She has been spending some time in Texas. This smells like a Texas event. Just watch.

    July 3, 2009 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  18. Debbie / Illinois

    Sarah Palin has never cared about anybody but herself. Her speech today is a perfect example of the kind of woman she is. She should go back to being a "soccer mom" a "point guard" and a "fisherman". If the badly damaged GOP who still has blinders on, thinks she is a perfect candidate for anything, let them support her and continue their same old rules they have always lived by, just like Bush and Cheney , who got us into this mess by their blatant misuse of their positions and the American people.

    July 3, 2009 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  19. Gordon Miller

    Obviously, Mark Sanford and Sara Palin have a couple of things in common: narcissistic and sanctimonious behavior. Both of them think they are victims of unfair criticism. They think the world should recognize how great they are and understand that any mistakes were not their fault. Imagine Palin trying to handle a national crisis - what a nightmare!

    July 3, 2009 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  20. An observer

    Good! If she thinks this is her opportunity to focus on the Presidency 2012, it's all wishful thinking. She's quitting on Alaska, and she'll quit on America! She's gearing up for her tv show or radio show, I just know it.

    July 3, 2009 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  21. Good-bye!!

    I so agree, the lady is strange, can't quite figure her out. Maybe hit in the head by too many hockey pucks? Beam her up Scottie!!

    July 3, 2009 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  22. SARAH2012

    I watched Sarah Palin's announcement and feel energized again for our country. I believe she is stepping down because she is seeing where this country is headed and is going to fight for it for her children. She would not be able to do that and be the governor. I support the fight! Any goverment official that supports bills that are not fully read and understood needs to go.

    July 3, 2009 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  23. neil

    Great now we need Odonothing to quit

    July 3, 2009 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  24. Karen

    I think I heard her say that she was leaving because the constant circus sorrounding her was costing the taxpayers too much.

    She said that having to constantly defend herself is causing a huge distraction to her responsibilities as Governor and costing her family hundreds of thousands of dollars.

    Hmmm. An honest politician who is actually concerned about the people she is serving. You libs are right, THAT IS BIZZARE BEHAVIOR, she doesn't belong.

    She is not a self serving egotist that is completely out of touch with the people.

    CNN do you ever actually report the news free of your own ideas and opinions. You make me want to hurl. I am sick of your "slant" on everything.

    Just report the news!

    July 3, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  25. 85plus

    I have been a Democrat since before the birth of the DNC 'spokesperson".

    What a good time for him to have kept his trap shut.

    July 3, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
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