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. sammieb51

    She may be a headliner - but makes so many false statements, most recent being (1) Raygun went to Eureka College in California (!) and (2) that she remembers her Dad going bowling in Utah or wherever (they left Utah when she was 3 mos old). Won't see Mitt Romney or heaven forbid Guilliani knocking down the door to speak to the Bowlers Association now!

    Sadly, as has been reported and noted, the more exposed she is, along with her mistruths and motives, the less power she wields. Many more are turning away from any candidate she endorses because they don't trust her motives or her judgement. Truth always comes out.

    July 2, 2010 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  2. popnsa

    Only because you, CNN, won't let her go is she still the center of attention. Maybe if you didn't report on everything she or her hillbilly family do, she'd melt back to Alaska.

    July 2, 2010 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  3. Observer

    After a year, we now have 12 million reasons for why the quitter abandoned her job in Alaska. They are all dollars.

    July 2, 2010 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  4. Hugo

    Poser July 2nd, 2010 11:17 am ET

    The numbers may seem big for the top folks in the WH but people with similar responsibilities in the private sector make 10-20 times those salaries. Compare the WH numbers against the CEO and top ten VPs at Goldman Sachs for example. Most or all fortune 100 corporations will have huge numbers too.

    Fiscal budget hawks really need to focus on Defense, SS, medicare, and the interest on the debt. That accounts for 80% of total gov't spending. Trimming WH salaries as a solution to our budget problems is like using an ant against a nuclear weapon.

    Here is the big difference, people in the private sector are actually accountable for their actions where as these AHOLES have sovereign immunity from civil prosecution and a life time of tax payer funded healthcare, pension and retirement plans that the private sector could only dream of....Down size the Federal Government by half and you would save Billions of tax dollars just in the legacy liabilities for overpaid, unproductive, non-commerce creating, tax burning, bureaucratic employees. Ant against a nuclear weapon, did you think that one up on your own?

    July 2, 2010 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  5. David

    Why are you news outlets still covering her? Apart from quitting her first term as governor, what truly newsworthy thing has she done? Her book? plenty of politicians write books that don't get the kind of coverage she does. Her comments on Facebook and Twitter? What other politician has their accounts so closely monitored. She's newsworthy because she's constantly covered. She's the equivalent of a political Kardashian.

    July 2, 2010 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  6. chris24

    With the IQ of an eighth grader, that's amazing!

    Just shows how stupid we are as a people.

    Maybe she goes on American Idol after Fox
    gets tired of her.

    July 2, 2010 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  7. Tina

    Sadly this train wreck is still SHOVED in our faces. Anyone in their right mind thinking this thing is AMAZING and a breath of fresh air needs to quit choking on Glenn Beck's antics

    July 2, 2010 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  8. Buffy

    "Palin stil the center of attention." Not mine.

    July 2, 2010 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  9. Dar

    Down deep inside the Dems really do love her. I mean come on, they have to have someone they love to hate. 🙂

    July 2, 2010 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  10. Teena

    It is mind-boggling to me that this quitter is such a darling of those who say Americans should take personal responsibility and work had for success.
    What about all of the unemployed who are without jobs thru NO fault of their own?. The republicans think they should be penalized for QUITTING when in fact most of those unemployed DID NOT quit. These idiots talk out of both sides of their mouths!

    July 2, 2010 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  11. Noocrat

    Palin is the center of attention BECAUSE YOU MADE HER THAT WAY!. Honestly, not a shocker that some dumb bimbo you mention every 20 minutes is "famous."

    Should should be nothing. She should be the former governor of Alaska who only survived one term and then settled down into a life of mediocrity. But nope, you made something horrible out of nothing. Thanks media.

    July 2, 2010 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  12. Jeff

    ¨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¨.

    It might also have something to do with all the garbage stories about her that CNN insists on running.

    July 2, 2010 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  13. MK

    All these people she is endorsing (pro or con) are people she has only recently become familiar with. She clearly doesn't "know" these people or ever worked with these people; and if she has in any way it's just been a passing moment in time. She only knows what she has been told about them from others, what she heard about them from Fox or guesses about them based on who knows what. This girl was a virtual unknown to the civilized world in the Alaska outback without a seasoned career in the political or governmental enviornments (there is a difference between the two). She was chosed as the VP running mate because she was such an unknown that people didn't have any history to judge her on and there wouldn't be enough time to find it out (at least not truthfully) before the election. McCain camp needed to have a young (some say attractive) face to counter the Obama force. As an unknown and very green politicial they thought they could shape her into their puppet; but little did they know they were working with a decieful, coniving and manipulative *itch. She found her own voice; and unfortunate for McCain it wasn't saying what they needed her to say.

    Clearly people were (and are) gasping for a breath of hope after the Bush years and Palin was there as a ray of hope; but now we know what is really behind her... just an ego driven, power and money hungry celebrity for celebrity sake windbag.

    July 2, 2010 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  14. NVa Native

    Center of attention on what planet?
    Oh that planet ........ Uranus.

    The shallow gene pool crowd, but they don't mind it's "just a theory".

    July 2, 2010 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  15. Linda

    Its the press that made he into a media whore. Do us a favor ignore her so she will go away.

    July 2, 2010 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  16. jim

    "center of attention"?

    maybe at the zoo, but not in leadership, that's for sure.

    July 2, 2010 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  17. American Patriot - a "real" tea partier

    And people have to slow down and look at a car wreck too...

    July 2, 2010 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  18. ex-repulican since McCain picked Palin

    Yes, and the more people hear her and see of her, the more her popularity goes down. Like the mistake she made about Ragan and his college. lol. Said it before, she will be her own downfall. She is not presidential material and we are too smart to think she is. Unless of course you think with your hate filled heart! Talk on lady, the more the public sees you the more they see how you really are and the less we like you.

    July 2, 2010 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  19. Wanderer

    Palin still center of attention, really? Not what I am hearing, though. I have been paying attention only to those politicians who have 30% or above rating in the poll. Why was Mrs. Palin not one of them? I wonder.

    July 2, 2010 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  20. katiec

    She only remains in the news because you, CNN and other news media have such a love affair with her.
    The majority of the American people realize what an incompetent, unethical, hypocritical person she is but you continue to shove her down our throats.

    July 2, 2010 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  21. awaitingliberalizationbyCNN

    The reason is CNN and the libertards can't let her go. They are scared to deather of her. They need to constantly demean and degrade her like their inept, corrupt, union toady president degrades other Republicans and the hard working tax paying people of America.

    July 2, 2010 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  22. Annie, Atlanta

    She's only the center of attention thanks to the media. She quit as governor to cash in. I guess in the long run that's a good thing. She has a special needs son that will need to be cared for long after his parents are gone. I hope she is putting away for his care instead of spending all her money on leather suits and 12 foot fences.

    July 2, 2010 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  23. Sam

    I give her a lot of credit for using her limited talent to rake in 12 million last year. I guess as long as there are fools to give her that kind of money she has nothing to worry about.

    July 2, 2010 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  24. a little sad

    She's still in the spotlight because there is a deep (though not wide) market for her brand of hate.

    She has no intrinsic value that supports her popularity, but like a train wreck that keeps hapening over and over, people (myself incuded) just have to look.

    Unfortunately, she is a charismatic liar, so we need to listen for her lies as they need to be refuted.

    July 2, 2010 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  25. bk

    In Hollywood a pretty face will get you into the movies. In the Republican party a pretty face will get you a bunch of rich men paying to buy your books and pay big $ to see you speak. Yes, I said SEE you speak and not hear you speak because the speech isn't worth paying for.

    July 2, 2010 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
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