January 9th, 2010
05:14 PM ET
soundoff (303 Responses)
  1. Jamie in Ohio

    I can't believe what I am reading. Of course, what do I expect from this liberal radical "news" network that I am on today. I usually watch FOX NEWS ...that is where the REAL stuff is. OH and sorry for most of you must MANY MANY people LOVE Sarah Palin. She is VERY smart and VERY qualified. If you would even take one minute to look at her accomplishments instead of just being blindly let by the liberal socialistic communistic media that we have now......Praise the name of our Lord JESUS Christ.........thank God for our country. Turn back to God America before it is too late! Oh my goodness did I offend someone. Are you afraid of the name of Jesus. I am starting to believe that. I think that is why you hate Sarah Palin because she is a christian and she is a good mother and she has values and standards something that seems to have been forgotten.......Keep up the good work Sarah.........and also.....LOVE YA GLENN BECK you are awesome!

    January 9, 2010 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  2. BRIAN

    I personally disagree with a lot of congressman Pauls politics and ideas,but admire the fact that when he says something he accually belives it and is willing to risk his political standing by taking unpopular stands. Gov Palin has none of his honesty and will say any thing as long as it gets a reaction.

    January 9, 2010 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  3. Expat American

    Sarah Palin is not the future of the GOP. But she does serve the purpose of keeping many within the conservative electorate wing energized. When the time comes to get down to the true business of politics for the next presidential election cycle, she'll yield the spotlight to the real party candidate; the GOP can only hope.

    In spite of CNN's (ratings starved) daily coverage of her, she just won't have the numbers when show time rolls around. It's easy to see the strategy behind Palin's agenda – appeal strictly to the emotional reactionary element within her own core support base. This often materializes as simply nothing more than a Right Christian Conservative justification of religious prejudice and racial bigotry; as was documented during her (or McCain’s?) campaign. This is only to divert attention from actual intellectual discourse that she proved incapable of providing. She is only capable of reaching the lowest common denominator. Instill fear and create an environment of ‘us’ and ‘them’ with ‘God on our side’.

    Are the people at her book signings and tea rallies really there to discuss policy? Or are they present because they just want to feel justified in their own beliefs in spite of what they may lack; or feel they lack when a man worlds more intelligent, more globally minded and more successful than their savior, and whose father was African became their President. The attitude of many within her core support is as simple as their love for her. That is: ‘By birthright I'm White, I'm a Conservative Christian, I'm a 'Real American' and this person who is none of these things is not below me or lesser than me? And this person whose middle name is ‘Hussein’ is the President of the United States?

    January 9, 2010 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  4. annie against biased news

    Ron Paul got it wrong – all tea party people have 2 main things in common – less government – less taxes. The American citizens need to get educated in politics – had they been educated in politics our country would not now be in the process of being destroyed by a inexperienced, unqualified socialist. People also need to be educated in the true history of the USA not the made up stories by far-left liberal professors and teachers. As far as Gov. Palin foregoing the conservative convention does the convention include people like snowe, graham, etc. GO SARAH to the TEA PARTY where REAL AMERICAN CONSERVATIVE CITIZENS will be!

    January 9, 2010 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  5. Let_Bush_give_you_the_game_when_its_49-0_and_see_what_you_can_do_with_it.

    So lets compare the two shall we:

    -Obama preaches peace, Palin rallies civilian soldiers.
    -Obama was a community leader (by the way, he also has a degree in Law and was a US Senator.) Sarah Palin went to five colleges to complete a degree in journalism. Journalism people.
    -Obama is an educated man to say the least, who actually reads literature. Palin couldnt name a single newspaper that she's read; instead calls it a "gotcha question". Thats like if someone asked me my name and stumped me.
    -Obama is a practicing Catholic who values human life and realizes that we must respect other religions and people if we are to live peacefully. Palin preaches Catholic religion, yet wont think twice about mercilessly sniping an animal from a plane, preaches "abstinence with an unwed daughter with a baby", and has that good ol' "bomb everyone, let God sort 'em out" attitude.

    That's the difference.

    January 9, 2010 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  6. Kelly

    Some of you should do your homework before you place your comments on a site. Sarah Palin accomplished a great deal as Governor of Alaska. Her approval rating was over 80%.

    January 9, 2010 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  7. Wes

    Funny that Palin said she would do whatever it takes to get McCain re-elected in Arizona. But, a tea party candidate is running there too and is expected to make a run at McCain. Wonder which one will get her support?

    January 9, 2010 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  8. Speider

    Only in America could we be fascinated by such a train wreck of a person. The frightening thing is people still see her as intelligent and worthy of any political office. I have to assume these supporters are so lacking in any brain activity that they are correct when they claim she is intelligent - at least more so than themselves and dirt.

    January 9, 2010 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  9. neurosurgeon

    If this is the best the Republican party has found, then I feel very bad about their future.

    A former Republican.

    January 9, 2010 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  10. Tom

    It's odd that you label Palins attendance at the Tea Party Convention as a power play. When you totally ignore the real "power play" that is going on in Washington with the health care and cap and trade bills.

    Is there any wonder why your viewership is in decline?

    January 9, 2010 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  11. Stevo

    Palins ego loves her "rouge" title. Of course she is going to go to a more radical engagement.

    And as far as the "tea party" goes. Has anyone done a demographic study on this group? The majority are 50-60 year old white males. That's not TODAYS America.

    In my opinion the tea party is a bunch of terrified little-men afraid they are going to loose their good-old boy patriarch.

    I got news for you – you ain't the "greatest" generation and if the counrty were to follow your lead we would go BACKWARDS.

    Thanks god we have new leadership and the next "X" generation is finally taking over.

    Tea partyers – please go retire in Florida.

    January 9, 2010 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  12. Mark

    Fringe people doing fringe speaking at fringe events...

    January 9, 2010 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  13. ThinkAgain

    Palin is obviously trying to start a third political party – and the only people dumb enough to follow her are the teabaggers. This will split the GOP, which is great from this Democrat's perspective.

    Or she may just be pulling yet another desperate stunt to get attention, vying for the role of "king maker" for the GOP: "If you're nice to me and put me on the presidential ticket, I'll bring all these teabaggers votes along with me."

    Either way, it all boils down to the same thing: Palin hates responsibility (she quit her job as governor), loves the limelight (always injecting herself into the news), and has a hyper-inflated ego (she actually believes she has something to contribute to national discourse, when she can't even string together a coherent sentence).


    January 9, 2010 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  14. Donal

    Imagine, if you will, Sparkly Sarah as VP and possibly POTUS. Can you imagine her in Obama's place, making decisions, taking action, directing cabinet policy and dealing with the spontaneous crises as they arise and then, almost every day, facing the press, Congress, the American nation and speaking authoritatively and knowledgeably about all the issues? I can't.

    January 9, 2010 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  15. GOP hypocrisy runs rampant

    Good luck with her power grab - the majority of Americans can see how intellectually lacking she is.

    January 9, 2010 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  16. Bob of Lompoc

    The unimportant issues this Palin person continues to be involved with never seem to end. And, the Media, such as CNN, never lets one such event go by without blowing the bugles and letting everyone on earth know about it. You just can't wait for an Obama – Palin Presidential campaign, can you? Big bucks into the Corporate bank account – right? You would push a story about flying pigs if it made money. You have a disturbing moral structure.

    January 9, 2010 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  17. Mark

    This continued coverage of Palin is just plain boring. She is politically sterile.

    January 9, 2010 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  18. Pam in Rockford

    Sarah Palin, please, please, please go away! You are not Hillary, I didn't fall for that bait & switch, am not a brainless idiot who would simply support a pair of breasts. I'm in the middle politically and am sick of the negative rhetoric of both sides of wingnuts!!!!! Can we please find somebody to get behind, somebody, anybody...........BUT HER!

    January 9, 2010 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  19. Michael Stout

    She's a dunderhead. We don't need a dunderhead running the country. We already had one for 8 years.

    January 9, 2010 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  20. Lynn

    There's an answer to her book, everybody should read. Title: Going Rogue, Sarah Palin, an American Nightmare", edited by Richard Kim & Betsy Reed. It puts an end to any speculation there might be a grain of intelligence in her brain. She's pushy, but not smart about it.

    January 9, 2010 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  21. Mickey

    As the GOP implodes under the likes of Michael Steele, Michelle Bachman, Glenn Beck, and Rush Limbaugh there are those out there who continue to pill Sarah's string.


    January 9, 2010 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  22. Digusting!

    That's a disgustingly biased headline, CNN.

    But, then again - EVERYTHING about CNN is disgustingly pro-Liberal

    January 9, 2010 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  23. Neil

    Can we just rename this the Palin Ticker and drop any pretense that it isn't?

    January 9, 2010 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  24. matt chicago

    Do any of you have any idea what you are talking about? I doubt any of you had any idea who bho was before he ran for president. Fact: When he ran for senate he had all of the other dems kicked of the ballot in the primary. Fact: in the general election he tried to get the divorce records of his gop apponent released to embarrass him. He was forced to drop out. So obama wins a senate seat without really beating anyone. Then he starts his campaign for pres. By the way did I mention the thumping Bobby Rush put on him when he ran against him. What experience. Matt chicago.

    January 9, 2010 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  25. wow

    wow, cnn...new low for you....how's that viewership going?

    January 9, 2010 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
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