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. Paul Edward Reeser

    I am a Democrat, first of all. So, it is honestly depressing to me to read this nasty mudslinger "Brad Woodhouse" of the DNC go after Gov. Sarah Palin's design to resign. Mr. Woodhouse sounds like a typical weasel politician who thinks that he can put out a statement that the general "dumb" voting public will not see as obvious slander. He all but call's her a "total nutjob" who is just plain insane. This is why I am shamed of both the Republicans and my fellow Democrats. This type of pathetic excuse for a man who rather than take the high road, resorts to hurling schoolyard insults to persuade. What part of "pattern of bizarre behavior" is NOT an obvious attempt to portray a most likely normal, strong, accomplished women as "off her rocker"? Mr. Woodhouse, you do the DNC an incredible disservice. And remember, I am a proud, lifelong Democrat who voted for every Democratic candidate for POTUS up to, but NOT including Barack [who I consider the KING of the political phonies and weasels. I abstained from voting this past election because the strongest, most authentic and experienced candidate, Hillary, was pushed out by under-handed tactics endorsed by Barack.

    July 3, 2009 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  2. Rev. Daniel Zehnal

    Should never have been chosen for VP candidate; she's a real dip.

    July 3, 2009 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  3. Paul Edward Reeser

    Poster Mike Toussaint is exactly correct. Read his post. It seems to be the only one that matters on here. The DNC's immature and psychologically manipulative statement by Brad Woodhouse is nothing more than a cheap shot that undermines the authenticity of politics. Politics chief goal should be to help human beings become better citizens. If we all took Mr. Woodhouse's example, we'd be pretty pathetic. I am a lifelong Democrat who has no tme for the politics of hate.

    July 3, 2009 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  4. rob in NJ

    This is very interesting, that she not only is not seeking 2nd term, but is quitting in 3 weeks? I guess national politics is a bit much for Mrs Palin; good thing she didn't win the Vice President's job. That job b pretty hard 2 quit.

    July 3, 2009 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  5. mike,texas

    Country First came in second ,and Palin came in first.

    July 3, 2009 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  6. ItsTheCongressStupid

    For all those calling Sarah Palin a quitter because she didn't finish her term as Governor, your wonderkind Odumba didn't finish his first term in the Senate either. Sarah Palin has integreity; something severely lacking Washington, regardless of party. As soon as America wakes up and realizes the two party system is a bad idea and ALL politicians are liars, we might be able to reunify this country.

    July 3, 2009 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  7. HB

    Long live the Sage from Wassilla!!!!!
    Out of wedlock Births.
    Brilliant interviews with national anchors.
    "Say it ain't so joe" – A great debater
    Her husband a seven year member of an organization promoting secession from the USA
    Wow! A great Republican. A beacon of hope.
    Stick around honey, Democrats will be in power for a generation.

    July 3, 2009 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  8. Jenn

    Hypocrite, never satisfied, idiotic (because can't never figure out the intention of any individual's action==> name them bizarred behavior because you lack the knowledge,compassion and depth understanding to see beyond the intention above the surface of one's action).

    July 3, 2009 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  9. Texan

    Not surprising since Palin is mentally unstable.

    July 3, 2009 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  10. Biased

    Just how much do democrats feel they have a license to attack this woman constantly? The language used to describe her, the motives they assign to her behavior, are sick beyond belief. The hate they display towards this woman pales in comparison to anything they can complain about what negativity Obama gets. I am just so disgusted with the treatment she gets and I am not even a republican.

    July 3, 2009 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  11. Jennie

    Rude, Obnoxious, and no glass, better describes Brad Woodyhouse. What he's afraid is that my girl Palin will come back bigger and stronger than ever. Liberals are sooooooo insecure. Anyone at this point would be much better than Obama, the peacekeeper, who travels all over the world apologizing for Americans. He should be apologizing for his own incompetence and leading my country to disaster. According to him, it is not what Obama can do for the country, but what the country can do for Obama. He is despicable. Yes, Palin can and WILL turn this country around. She is far from being a lame-duck politician, unlike many already in office, starting with the president.

    July 3, 2009 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  12. Alan

    I can't believe I've seen some people trying to defend this action on Palin's part as somehow justifiable. She's stepping down because she decided not to run again and doesn't want to be a "burden" on the state by continuing as a lame duck? If she wasn't stepping down, wouldn't she be busy working to get re-elected?

    Does anyone here even entertain the idea that she's stepping down because she doesn't feel she could GET re-elected and decided THAT black mark on her record would be harder to explain than her lame excuse for stepping down now?

    What's she going to do if elected President of the U.S.? Step down the last year in office?

    Wake up, people. This is a truly self-serving person. The job is no longer serving her well so she's tossed it.

    July 3, 2009 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  13. Liberals lack honesty

    I'd say the most bizarre thing I've seen is 16 czars that answer to one savior. Only a sheep would think that is transparancy. I hope Palin enjoys raising her kids. They are more important than the corrupt people in DC, both Republicans and Democrats.

    July 3, 2009 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  14. Liberals lack honesty

    Rahm's statements at his finest. I'd say Obama lying every time he opens is mouth is quite bizarre. Palin has more ethics and honesty than the community organizer ever had.

    July 3, 2009 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  15. catmom

    Okay Republicans, let's get serious. Listening to Republicans try and justify Palin quitting is as crazy as her speech. I mean have you people actually taken the time to listen to her speech? My goodness, perhaps she should have used a teleprompter because nothing she said off the top of her head made since. The bottom line is that she is a quitter and can never be trusted in higher office. If she was so upset by the critisim she has been receiving then she is not strong enough to be in higher office. If she is quitting now to get ready to run for President , please the President has only been in office for six months. Are we really ready for three years of Republican campaigning?

    July 3, 2009 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |

    How can you repubs link this weird behavior back to the Dems being afraid of Palin? I'm actually disappointed in her, because she did us a favor every time she opened her mouth. How can you defend this? Your hockey mom with lipstick is a huge QUITTER!!!!

    I can't help but feel that something is up. That woman loves the drama or publicity...why would she quit like this? Something smells funny....I think something huge is about to come out.

    July 3, 2009 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  17. leah

    o back to school and study GEOGRAPHY. Alaska is TWICE the size of Texas. No wonder you're a DEMOCRAP, you don't have much between your ears.
    It's You who should go back and study a little bit more
    Texas rank # 2 population @ 24,326,974
    Alaska rank # 48 population @ 686,293
    Unless you consider Moose, wolf, and other wild animals as Alaskan populations.

    And by the way, I am not Democrats nor Republicans.
    I' m just an observer who is having fun watching some American Politicians putting their foot in their mouth and it seems GOP has been doing that a lot lately. such a tragic story!

    July 3, 2009 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  18. Rod Hammack

    Of course the leftist biast on this discussion thread is hardly a surprise. CNN's democratic party stance is well known (or at least well executed) and the majority of those posting here simply reflect that. So the personal attacks against Ms Palin are hardly a surprise.

    July 3, 2009 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  19. Fox

    Sorry DNC, That bizarre behavior you describe is actually integrity. Be afraid, be very afraid.

    July 3, 2009 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  20. Joanna in PA

    All kidding aside... (boy it is really hard to resist, but i will.) I hope she is OK. I hope its nothing more then a really poor decision. I am stunned by this womens ignorance, but still hope she is OK.

    July 3, 2009 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  21. George

    Brad Woodhouse–what a class act, just like the Democratic Party.

    Later generations will judge the acts of this administration as one of the most blatant and rapacious acts of pillaging of the public treasury in the history of the US. The handouts to all of the dead weight residents (many of whom are not citizens or even legal) of our country is nauseating to behold, as are the lightweight qualifications of the President and particularly the First "Lady".

    Woodhouse's tasteless comments presumably may be attributed to the President or the First "Lady", since they are in charge of the Democratic Party. As such, we add another black mark (can that term still be used?) to the early conduct of the Obama administration.

    By the way, there is plenty of "quitting" in the Obama family . . .

    July 3, 2009 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  22. Super MOD

    If I had a job were I was criticized 24 hours a day, had the news media attacking me for no reason, and dealt with a bunch of lunitics blogging about something they no nothing about, I would probably find another job too.

    The DNC comment is out of bounds. Family and personal life always comes first. A job is just a job. She is not abandoning the state since there is a chain of command in place and she formally enacted the protocol to hand over the command to the next in line.

    The majority of you on this board seems to have made attacking Sarah Palin your personal life. I guess you will just have to go back to living in your parents basement and sulking now.

    People. You really need to wake up and realize how the political parties have used psychology to prevent you from understanding what is really going to happen.

    July 3, 2009 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  23. Joni

    Mr. Woodhouse,

    You need to take a long look at the White House, the Congress, and the Senate to see "bizarre." I mean come on--Barney Frank, Nancy Pelosi, Joe Biden, and the rest--they're displaying bizarre behavior on a daily basis. I would take Palin over any of these who clearly support and promote socialism and radical liberalism. It's a sad day and quite bizarre when the Republic is threatened by its own leadership. You need to focus on the real issues--not Sarah Palin-her resignation is neither affecting an increase in taxation nor an increase in unemployment.

    July 3, 2009 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  24. Steph

    "Democrats for Palin to run in 2012!!" If your smart, think again?!

    July 3, 2009 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  25. LacrosseMom

    @ Aaron in Maryland........... YES.......... Democrats for Palin!!!

    You go girl! What a blast the 2012 campaign will be with Palin running against Obama!!

    What a hoot......... yeah... ya betcha! Wink...... wink!

    July 3, 2009 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
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