July 2nd, 2010
02:56 PM ET
12 years ago

One year later, Palin still center of attention

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/07/02/art.palin5.gi.jpg caption="Sarah Palin announced one year ago today that she would resign as Alaska governor."](CNN) - One year after announcing she was stepping down as Alaska governor, Sarah Palin remains firmly in the national spotlight, thanks to television appearances, a national book tour, speaking engagements, Facebook and Twitter.

The 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee also remains a force on the campaign trail, endorsing numerous fellow Republicans in the GOP primaries this year. But the big question remains: Does Sen. John McCain's running mate in the last race for the White House want to make her own bid for the top job in next presidential contest?

On July 3, 2009, the governor, who had 18 months left in her first term in office, announced "that I am not seeking re-election."

Palin went on to say that "I have determined it is best to transfer the authority of governor to Lieutenant Governor Parnell."

She stepped down on Sunday July 26. If anyone thought her resignation would be an end to the national fascination surrounding Palin, they would be mistaken.

Palin's visibility and income have skyrocketed, thanks to her best selling book, "Going Rogue," her contract as a contributor on Fox News Channel, her own TV show on TLC, and speeches that are believed to bring in $100,000 a pop. Her keynote address at the first National Tea Party convention in Nashville Tennessee in February was carried live by the cable news networks. A new book is due out in November, which is expected to be followed by a second national book tour.

Just in the past two weeks, her speaking engagements have taken her from California to Texas, Virginia, Georgia and Nevada, where Wednesday she served as keynote speaker at the International Bowl Expo in Las Vegas.

Palin has also been busy over the past year taking on the Obama White House and Congressional Democrats, getting her messages out on her Facebook page and Twitter.

Palin has remained a force in Republican party politics. She's endorsed a slew of candidates in the Republican primaries who've gone on to win their nomination battles. Among those she's successfully backed on the statewide level include Rand Paul in Kentucky, Nikki Haley in South Carolina, Terry Branstad in Iowa, Susana Martinez in New Mexico and Carly Fiorina in California.

Palin is still very popular among Republican voters, especially conservatives and Tea Party activists. But national polls indicate that her standing among all Americans is not so positive.

An NBC/Wall Street Journal poll conducted two weeks ago indicated that 33 percent of Americans hold a negative view of Palin, with 29 percent saying they see her in a positive light, and 24 percent saying they hold a neutral view of Palin.

While very successful so far in the GOP primaries, according to the survey, 52 percent of all voters said they would respond in a negative manner if they knew Palin endorsed a candidate they were considering voting for in the midterm elections.

As for the big prize, recent national polling does not look favorable to Palin. Only three in ten people questioned in a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation national poll from April thought Palin was qualified to be president, in line with other national polls conducted earlier in the year.

"People who loved her a year ago still love her, maybe even more," says Stuart Rothenberg, publisher and editor of the nonpartisan Rothenberg Political Report. "People who were doubtful about her abilities, skeptical about her skills or opposed to her haven't changed their minds."

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soundoff (77 Responses)
  1. sonny chapman

    "There's plenty good money to be made, supplying the Neo-Cons with tools of their trade."–Country Joe McDonald.

    July 2, 2010 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  2. Just Me

    She is not my center of attention; perhaps the medias', but not mine.

    July 2, 2010 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  3. Rob

    I have a sure fire way to clean up the oil spill... all Republicans in the US and Sarah "Drill Baby Drill" should go down to the Gulf with a straw and start to suck! They're so good at it, I think they should be able to clean it up in no time!

    July 2, 2010 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  4. Bob of Lompoc

    She's still the center of attention because you CNN buffoons keep making a headline issue out of her most ignorant, and often unimportant statements or actions. Everytime I see her picture on this Site I think two of the same things; (1) Dies she ever wash her hair; (2) I still have not seen a picture anywhere of her when she was pregnant with Tripp. Somebody explain please.

    July 2, 2010 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  5. Ken in NC

    Thi woman is an IDIOT. A rich IDIOT, but none the less, an IDIOT.

    July 2, 2010 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  6. Thanks Sarah!

    We Dems love Sarah the most – we couldn't make up someone this stupid & unpatriotic. This poll looks very kind – the ones I've seen say 66% of people believe she's unqualified to be president. That's a much more significant measure than "favorability," whatever that means.

    July 2, 2010 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  7. Jim El Paso Tx

    Just goes to show people like a cartoon! 🙂

    July 2, 2010 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  8. GI Joe

    ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

    good lesson – quitters win – christian values at their best !!

    ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

    July 2, 2010 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  9. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    One year later, Palin still center of attention

    Yes, the center of MEDICAL attention specifically geared towards bouts of schizophrenia and megalomania with occasional occurrences of amnesia coupled with a complete breakdown in lucid and coherent thought.

    July 2, 2010 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  10. vet in tx

    she pals around with communists (trip to China to discuss the world economy)

    July 2, 2010 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  11. Twainland

    Mainly because she refuses to shut up. This wouldn't be a bad thing if she weren't so dumb, but her self-imposed take over of the Tea Party keeps her at the forefront of populist political activity.

    July 2, 2010 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  12. Vote No to the Party of NO

    She wouldn't be the "center of attention" if you, the media, would stop falling over yourselves to cover her every move. Give it a rest already – a large chunk of the country beg you.

    July 2, 2010 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  13. Ms. White

    this woman is an idiot...of course she is likable amoung narrow minded, uneducated, bias, hatefull, racist (i could go on) people...but REAL AMERICA...MAINSTREAM AMERICA CAN'T STAND HER

    July 2, 2010 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  14. Go HOme Sarah


    Maybe if you guys would quit giving her so much attention, she would go back killing wolves from her helicopter.

    If she were ugly, most would have seen through her long ago.

    Sad but true.

    July 2, 2010 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  15. al in memphis

    Sarah Palin remains firmly in the national spotlight, thanks to television appearances, a national book tour, speaking engagements, Facebook and Twitter.

    And this ladies and gentlemen is all you have to do to be considered qualified for the President of the United States. No wonder foreign university are starting to offer a study of American Politics in the comedy section of their curriculm.

    July 2, 2010 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  16. Gene Carr

    Palin is where she needs to be–coming from behind. A recent poll in PA saw her winning with liberal republicans as well as conservatives. she is effectively framing the national debate on enery, the economy and fiscal policy, defence and foreign policy and immigration. it is only a matter of time before she rises in thr polls.

    July 2, 2010 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  17. Mark L.

    Oh, how I wish Hugh Hefner would offer Sarah Palin a photo session in Playboy Magazine...LMAO...{:o)

    July 2, 2010 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  18. donna

    As an Alaskan who has had first hand experience with Sarah Palin's lack of leadership skills, lack of ability, and lack of ethics, I can only say that our nation deserves better!

    She has enormous appeal to some citizens for two reasons: 1) she's very attractive and 2) she flat out lied repeatedly about most of her actions in Alaska when she was on the vice presidential ticket. She thrives on causing devisiveness which appeals to the unhappy electorate in these tough economic times.

    Not only is her ethics record as mayor, governor, and candidate abominable, she is also a quitter. She quit the state Energy Commission early in her appointment, yet she claims to be an energy expert. She quit as governor in order to benefit financially from the "faux reputation" she created for herself as a candidate.

    She has no regard for constituents, and serves only her own interests. She did not keep campaign promises as governor and her slash and burn budget cuts hurt Alaska's towns and villages enormously. There was no need for it. The state had the money to cover the budget items. She simply loved having the power to do it.

    July 2, 2010 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  19. Baby Boomer

    I am so sick of Sarah Palin I could scream... The thing is, if she wasn't a pretty woman, the GOP would have never chosen her for McCain's running mate. (There were other women in the GOP that were far more qualified.) And, it's her pretty face that is keeping her in the spotlight now. She certainly has nothing of substance to say and the negativity she spreads is doing nothing to help unite the country, which is exactly what we need in order to survive. I wish she would just go away. Seems to me if you are not a part of the solution, you are a part of the problem...

    July 2, 2010 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  20. jASMIN-NY

    Go Sarah Palin/Scott Brown in 2012.

    July 2, 2010 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  21. LB in FL

    "Palin still center of attention." Yea. Like a screaming 3 year old brat in the middle of the grocery store aisle whose mother has denied her the candy bar she wants!

    That women is an idiot.

    July 2, 2010 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  22. Irma in North Carolina

    It is about time for this bimbo to drop out of site. Americans are getting tired of the same hate and lies that come out of of her at each speech that is written for her and that she cant even read properly. It is getting old listening to her bash the president and anyone who doesn't agree with her. If she would of stayed out of site after she didn't make it to the white house this country would not be in such an uproar. She never has any solutions for anything, she is just like the rest of the republicans. You would of thought that her parents would of brought her up better.

    July 2, 2010 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  23. GDMS

    Sarah Palin has more sense and experience than President Obama and how it shows. If she was President now we would not have the problems we face today such as our Economy and the oil spill crises. Sarah Palin for President in 2012 and bring back American Principals.

    July 2, 2010 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  24. Larry

    Palin is only the center of attention to the moronic Republicans.

    July 2, 2010 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  25. Get A Grip

    OOOOOhhhhhhh, how I can't wait to read the comments from the left on this one.

    Palin gets their panties in a wad and it's soooooo entertaining reading their comments.

    HAHAHAHAHA what a visual I get thinking of the left reading and commenting on a Palin story. So entertaining and makes for a great laugh.

    July 2, 2010 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
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