'I'm through,' Palin says
March 24th, 2011
08:58 AM ET
10 years ago

'I'm through,' Palin says

(CNN) - Sarah Palin says she's done.

Done with whining about the media, that is.

In an appearance on Fox News, where she serves as a contributor, Palin shrugged off a recent sexual slur directed her way from comedian Bill Maher, saying, "I'm through whining about a liberal press that holds particularly conservative women to a different standard, because it doesn't do any good to whine about it."

"Nobody ever promised life was going to be fair," Palin continued in what appeared to be a departure from her usual pattern of forcefully responding to critics, especially those in the media. "And politics really isn't fair, the scrutiny, the double standards, and all that. I'm dealing with it I guess in a different way than others who want to bring more light to it and demand that Bill Maher apologize."

The comments come a day after the traditionally-liberal National Organization for Women issued a statement condemning Maher for directing the slur toward Palin, saying, "Cut the crap! Stop degrading women with whom you disagree and/or don't like by using female body terms or other gender-associated slurs."

But Palin made clear she is none too welcome of newfound support from NOW, an organization that has long been critical of Palin and her stances on issues like abortion.

"I need NOW's defense like a fish needs a bicycle," the former Alaska governor said.

But she also vowed to be an advocate for other conservative women who come under attack.

"When it comes to other women, when it comes to my daughters…when somebody says something that's not true, I am not going to retreat on that. I'll reload and tell them what I think about them," she said.

Meanwhile, Palin says the door remains open to a possible presidential run in 2012, though quickly tempered those comments by saying, "You don't need a title, you don't need an office to make a difference." Still, the Alaska Republican says she's tempted:

"I am tempted to because I am still wondering who is going to be out there with a servant's heart, willing to serve the American people for the right reason. Not for ego, not for special interests…I am waiting to see, who else is out there willing to do this."

The former vice presidential candidate also directed fire toward President Obama's recent dealings with the crisis in Libya, suggesting the president has not made his mission there clear.

"We better be in it to win it. 'Win it' means Qadhafi goes and America gets to get on out of there," she said.

"It's not America's role not to be out and about nation building and telling other countries how to live," Palin added.

The interview with FOX follows a two country trip abroad, during which she visited India and Israel.


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  1. RG

    She's gonna "reload" again. Is she referring to her "love gun". Sarah should know better than to respond to what comedians say in a tit for tat (not a sexual reference) fashion. Hecklers never do get one over on the guy with the microphone.

    March 24, 2011 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  2. bill

    The American people do not need Sarah's "help". She should "reload" and take her ego and make lots of money on a
    "reality" show. Good luck to her.

    March 24, 2011 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  3. LMC

    I don't know if there is enough money in the presidency to really attract Sarah Palin.

    March 24, 2011 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  4. ToldUso

    Darn, I thought she was done with being in the media.

    March 24, 2011 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  5. Sick of Sarah

    How dissapointing! I thought I was going to read she was through making a mockery out of the American people and our Country and she was going to finally SIT DOWN AND SHUT UP!

    March 24, 2011 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  6. Grundoon

    You never heard Hillary crying "unfair, blah, blah, blah . . ." when the GOP gave her worse treament than Bailin' Palin is getting. She took it like a champ. If you can't stand the heat, Sarah, get out of hte kitchen.

    March 24, 2011 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  7. Sunny

    Sarah Palin, We, the people, ARE THROUGH WITH YOU. You disgust us beyond words.

    March 24, 2011 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  8. anonymous

    I got excited there for a minute until I realized she wasn't referring to politics.

    March 24, 2011 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  9. True American

    Palin knows she can't respond back without looking like a hypocrite after telling people including the President to "man up" and to get a pair of "cojones". What double standard Palin? You play the same game and whine about it.

    March 24, 2011 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  10. Not a fan

    it is about time! although i was hoping she would be through with it because she realized conservative media is hardly underdog status anymore

    March 24, 2011 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  11. Sick O'Sarah

    Why does anything she say have any credence or credibility? We are heading at a breakneck pace to an Idiocracy

    March 24, 2011 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  12. SometimesElla

    Oh Sarah, You're getting so boring these days.

    March 24, 2011 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  13. CM

    "It's not America's role not to be out and about nation building and telling other countries how to live"

    HAHAHAHAHAHAAH... says the spokeswoman for the party that has insisted this must be done TWICE in the past 10 years.

    March 24, 2011 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  14. Joel Miller

    Palin is on the verge of becoming a has-been. Maher shouldn't give her any recognition at all and neither should we. She never mattered, doesn't matter and won't ever matter any more than Rush Limbaugh or Ann Coulter matter.

    March 24, 2011 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  15. Connie

    Sarah Sarah Sarah
    All you know how to do is whine.
    You play the perpetual victim like no other.

    March 24, 2011 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  16. Kahuna

    Palin, How about you just stop whining completely. Just shutup. You add nothing.

    March 24, 2011 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  17. Sick of Sarah

    How dissapointing! I thought I was going to read she was through making a mockery out of the American people and our Country and she was going to finally SIT DOWN AND SHUT UP for a change. Will this woman ever get a clue and realize we only read about her for the entertainment factor? No one takes her seriously as a political figure, of any kind. Has she ever held a political position for it's entirety?

    If she wants to know who wants to be president, all she has to do is look at the rest of the circus clowns the right is offering up.

    March 24, 2011 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  18. Dashed Hopes

    I saw the headline and for two blissful seconds while the page loaded, I thought we weren't going to be subjected to her views any longer...oh well.

    March 24, 2011 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  19. The Choobs

    "It's not America's role not to be out and about nation building and telling other countries how to live." REALLY Sarah?! It's our role to tell other countries how to live? That doesn't seem to go over to well with other countries when we take that attitude (why do you think al queda hates us in the first place?!). In fact, you criticize Michelle Obama for SUGGESTING to Americans how to live healthier. Give me a break.

    March 24, 2011 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  20. Dale

    "I am through whining" she whined...

    March 24, 2011 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  21. Terry - Indiana

    SNL must love this woman. She really stepped in it when she thought the Wailing Wall was an anti-whaling site that was meant to protest worldwide whaling. Good grief!

    March 24, 2011 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  22. Glenn from Cary

    "But Palin made clear she is none to welcome of newfound support ..."? Apparently writing about Sarah Palin induces incoherence.

    March 24, 2011 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  23. Avid Reader

    Why do I fall for it and click every time...arrrggg.

    March 24, 2011 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  24. JT

    I would think that etiquette demands that she at least thank NOW for coming to her defense – even if she disagrees with them. I'm no Palin fan, but no one deserves to be spoken to or about in that manner. However, there is a certain amount of grace that we should all try to maintain. If those with whom we disagree are strong enough to call someone's treatment of us unfair and call them down for it, we should all be grown-up enough to recognize that deed and be thankful. Anything less would just make a person seem petty and small.

    March 24, 2011 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  25. ralph

    Bill Maher hit it right on the head.

    March 24, 2011 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
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