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BLITZER’S BLOG: The Palin guessing game
September 5th, 2011
02:17 PM ET

BLITZER’S BLOG: The Palin guessing game

By CNN's Wolf Blitzer

(CNN) - Sarah Palin has been delivering campaign-style speeches in recent days – still leaving open whether she will actually run for the Republican presidential nomination. For now, she seems to want the best of all worlds: She teases a presidential run while still maintaining her millions of dollars in income from her paid speeches, books, reality TV shows and Fox News. She no doubt also loves all the attention.

In her latest speech before the Tea Party Express in New Hampshire, she certainly hit all the major points the tea party movement wants to hear: smaller government, lower taxes, reduced federal regulations. But she spoke only in generalities without getting into any specifics as to how she would achieve those objectives. I heard a lot of politically popular clichés.

She blasted President Obama for giving good speeches but never backing them up with substance. But at least on this day, she did exactly that herself – she gave a good speech but didn’t back it up with substance.

She said the private sector always does everything better than the government can, and she was applauded. But I suspect those same people who clapped in approval don’t want the private sector to take over their Social Security and Medicare benefits. I also suspect they don’t want to privatize the United States military. Those are all government-run operations.

Palin also avoided discussing certain sensitive subjects in her New Hampshire address. There was no mention of the social issues, including abortion rights for women or gay rights. Except for praising the men and women in the armed forces, there was no discussion of national security, including the ongoing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

It was a speech designed to deliver some red meat to the tea party movement, which is fine if you’re running for the presidential nomination and seeking votes. But as you can tell, I was hoping for more than simply railing against “the permanent political class” and “crony capitalism.”

But I will say this: To her credit, she can deliver a good stump speech. And she doesn’t need a teleprompter.

By the way, I have no idea whether she will run. I suppose this guessing game will continue for a few more weeks.

RELATED STORY: Palin to New Hampshire (again) in Labor Day schedule shuffle

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  1. Caroline

    Palin will keep playing her games with the press as long as the press is foolish enough to let her She just wants the money and attention and the press keeps jumping every time she whistles. Give it a break!

    September 9, 2011 at 1:37 pm |
  2. Elder Carr

    Thanks, I would love to be such!

    September 6, 2011 at 8:36 pm |
  3. Trudy Harteg

    Blitzer you an the Media are to blame .quit fallow her around ,an she will go away .she is playing around with You .but you Guys are to stupid to see that

    September 6, 2011 at 2:36 pm |
  4. Trudy Harteg

    quit given her so much Tension .as long the Media fallows her .the more she Plays every one for a Fool .Palin go on Baggage with Jerry Springer .you will get all the Tension you want .i am so sick of you ,listen to your BS

    September 6, 2011 at 2:24 pm |
  5. Joseph C

    Elder must be kidding!

    So...SP reality show never happened, no paid speech in 5 months..shocking, a movie about a non career (Undefeated title most ego driven title in history), no new book this year (how many are we up to know 3-4 I forget)......oh yeah, seven figures from Fox which she would not cancel as other potential candidates did months ago,
    SaraPac paid luxury bus summer vacation (what was with that?).

    Elder Carr....are you from some alternate universe? Your comments show blind ignorance and limited intelligence..must be why you support SP.
    Joseph C
    S Cal

    September 6, 2011 at 11:40 am |
    • Elder Carr

      Ignorance, well my friend – I think you need to read my post again & you'll understand & see I am no supporter of SP nor anyone from the far right wing "TP"! I am 100% LOYAL TO PRESIDENT OBAMA! Having nothing to do with race, I SIMPLY TRUST HIM!

      September 6, 2011 at 8:38 pm |
  6. Thomas

    @ Russ in GA and Russ in GA

    Please go back to Fox , or maybe watch reruns of fantacy island or the love boat !

    Or better yet call Sen Fred Thompson about a cerebral reverse mortgage !

    September 6, 2011 at 1:45 am |
  7. Thomas

    Wolf ,
    Desert Storm was your paper punching moment !

    Somebody " Journalist " , needs to take the gloves off and get into Palins face . Wolf you wrote , she " Palin " gave a good speech but didn’t back it up with substance.
    Are you saying she's a great looking car with no engine under the hood ?
    Wolf , your best at intervening the Pope or Larry King.

    Where is somebody like Peter Arnett , CNN needs him or her !

    @Elder Carr,
    Great , well said ! Thank you , CNN should hire you !

    September 6, 2011 at 1:22 am |
  8. Carlos Morales

    The Tea Party is at most a piece within the political spectrum of the GOP. Neither Palin nor any other candidate will get the nomination by simply throwing "red meat" to those guys. Sarah Palin is appreciated by an important sector of the Party, but that sympathy won't translate in votes. She should know it. The GOP needs latino votes, and Sarah Palin, in my humble opinion, doesn't resonate in that huge community. I read her book and realized she comes from a State full of resources, lots of money and low unemployment... in other words, she doesn't understand the needs and feelings of latinos and many other americans walking through very difficult times... speaking nice speeches won't make it!

    September 6, 2011 at 12:59 am |
  9. FIELD1stSGT

    Why is you morons and the libersal media are so worried about what Paslin will do. If she is what everyone says she hasn't a chance to win the canidacy. Or is it that you know she will take Obama down and out in a landslide. Why else would you come on here and bash Palin and condemn the Tea Party who has never clamjed to be anything except Patriotic and to abide by the Constitution. Is it now that we have so many people who are not for America and what it stands for. undoubtable you are not patriots. for ytou immediately start yelling to bring the tgropps home when they're helping other countries gain their independence. Like in 1865 someon had to help Obama's supporters but now they're the first to yell and squeal bring the troops home. It is styill an alll volunteer army so it has no affect on your ignorant rears unless you asked for some of it. i9f you did then you better represent thius counbtry well. We have too many Obamas in this country. They could care less about religion, morals and the freedom of suppressed countries. So all of you mouthers and blamers han go to hades.

    September 5, 2011 at 9:54 pm |
  10. LouAz

    Please CNN . . . Ex Alaska Half Gov and Beauty Pagent First Runner Up Snooki Palin has chosen a public life as a famous person because she is a famous person that destroyed Lame McCains Presidental hope. Lets keep her in the ENTERTAINMENT SECTION where she really belongs. Thanks !

    September 5, 2011 at 8:46 pm |
  11. F Daniel Gray

    I remain fascinated by the continuous nitpicking about Sarah P. She will most likely run. Why not, in view of the nonsense coming out of the other repubs mouths? And, if not nonsense ($2 gas, get rid of FEMA, stop support for education, health care, etc.), then just as general as she is. Who has a plan/program to remove our military from the Mid East? Not to wait for corporate America to hire, but do it. Workers are a COST for corporations, which is why they love they love "illegal immigrants, though they would not say so for publication. Experience for the presidency? What did Ike have? That's why they have a staff and cabinet. Except for the imported news programs, all our news is entertainment oriented. WE love it, entertainment. The Super Bowl shows more entertainment and promos, time wise, than it takes to play the game. No complaints. Not to speak of NBA, baseball, etc. The "news" goes with Sarah because she is good copy, i.e. a whipping boy. The media knows you folks love to express hate for her. You're playing right into her game plan. Debate? Suppose she declines to do so, and just runs commentaries. Unlike Perot, she has enough money to do so effectively. And the media won't care, as long as she pays. After all, money is always the bottom line in the US. Questions to ask, her or any candidate? For example, but won't be: how come of the thousands of Americans who visit Cuba every year,not one reports seeing "homeless people" on the street of that poor country, but can be seen in most cities in the US?

    September 5, 2011 at 8:32 pm |
  12. Blessed Geek

    Palin is like the Atlantic Salmon. Once a while she pops her head up out of the water and the crowd roars, Hey that's a Salmon. But she knows many in the crowd don't consider her a real salmon – unlike a "real" Pacific Salmon. To many in the crowd she's just another froud, I mean trout.

    She knows she would disappoint the crowd one more time. She just does not have that material that others would consider her a real salmon.

    But she enjoys the organismic feeling running down her skin whenever she pops her head out of the water, and the crowd starts roaring "Salmon, salmon, salmon, ...." I mean, "Palin, palin, palin, ..."

    September 5, 2011 at 8:28 pm |
  13. grassfed

    i watch you every evening, and i think your opinions are right on. these people want the control they had in the fifties, when all stories were closed on sundays and a drink could not be had. they want to force their religious views on everyone and call it freedom. thanks for your awareness.


    September 5, 2011 at 8:23 pm |
  14. Jolene

    Of course she doesn't need a teleprompter, Wolf! She just keeps repeating the same old crap time after time. Easy to remember stuff like : Obama bad. Big government bad. Crony capitalism bad. Drill here, drill now. You betcha! Please, CNN, quit treating this failed quitter as a legitimate contender! Until she has the courage to get up on the stage with the other GOP candidates and actually debate, until she's really truly vetted, until she finally declares "I am running" then she's nothing but a "trouble-maker" like poor Christine O'Donnell.

    September 5, 2011 at 8:04 pm |
  15. CBR

    Sarah Palin has been running for the nomination from the day she lost the race for VP. She has not "officially" announced but every move she makes places her in contention for the nomination. She is the person waiting int eh wings until people drop out.

    She has not held a job since she resigned as governor She has traveled the country for the TEA Party and for her own monetary needs. She has made millions as a politician while characterizing other politicians in a demeaning manner. It is difficult to understand just how she projects herself to the public while putting down others.

    The "lamestream" media still does not get it. She has you bamboozled! She gets you to publicize everything she does. She has some interesting people working for her and writing ideas for her. She does not give them credit nor do we know who is on her staff.

    September 5, 2011 at 7:58 pm |
  16. George

    Besides the Republican-leaning Wolf Blitrzer, where do you think CNN's overall tilt has become? A heavy dose of Sarah Palin and a Tea Party Forum run by Tea Party guru DeMint on Labor Day! CNN's favored treatment of a party and movement whose primary goals this year have included union busting and elimination of collective bargaining! Oh yes, CNN did mention in passing that the President spoke at a big LABOR rally in Detroit. And some critical remarks about a speech by Teamster president Hoffa. Wonder if any other Democrats had something to say on LABOR day. And CNN can't wait for their presentation of a Tea Party event next Monday. CNN, your effort to replace Fox as the conservative favorite simply won't work.

    September 5, 2011 at 7:48 pm |
  17. Michele

    Mr. Blitzer. What a waste of your time to write this article. Let Mrs. Palin ride off into the sunset and focus on important issues. Thank you. (And a waste of my time to read it. Shame on me, I should have been reading The Onion or Cracked.Com).

    September 5, 2011 at 7:42 pm |
  18. Gbird

    My guess is that if she runs, she'll be sued by FOX. Fox offered to let Palin, Huckabee, Gingrich, and Santorum out of their contracts back in March. Gingrich and Santorum took it, Palin and Huckabee didn't. She had her chance to leave without penalty to run for president and didn't take it.

    September 5, 2011 at 7:36 pm |
    • Saagii

      Christ, every time that woman opens her mouth I want to take a bottle brush to my ears.But here's hnpiog it pulls up some cash for the campaign. More than whatever Moose Girl got paid for that segment, at least.

      April 6, 2012 at 9:20 pm |
  19. jez

    This is hysterical! I hope she implodes the GOP nomination process with her usual cartoon-TNT! I can't wait to watch!

    September 5, 2011 at 7:20 pm |
  20. Joseph C

    Wolf...CNN...I am begging you....stop the Palin watching. It is really annoying to see this opportunistic empty vessel in the news.

    Really need someone to make my day....sit down with SP for unscripted interview (not Fox of course). Her comments on true issues of this campaign will make Couric "what do you read" stumped response look tame.

    There is a perfect storm underway for SP: .Tea Party lunatics, awful economy not of Obama's doing, voter overreaction to economy by installing Repub majority Congress, rise of organized evangelical block with candidates to match, an entire cable news network (Fox) which shamelessly promotes 24/7 any true or imagined criticism of Obama and gives SP seven figure platform for scripted Hanity or Gretchen interviews.

    It just does not get any better for SP.

    Watching all this I really wonder if we entered some alternate universe. Once more Wolf please...stop with the SP reports. It really makes CNN and you look bad.
    Joe C
    S Cal

    September 5, 2011 at 7:14 pm |
  21. Brian

    It's too easy to be sarcastic about Palin. Makes me wonder if the Republicans are setting her up as a foil to make their other candidates look good.

    September 5, 2011 at 7:09 pm |
  22. WobblyOne

    By any measure one wishes to use, Sarah Palin simply does not have the ability or intelligence to be president of the United States. While there seems to be a core of supporters who are also delusional as she is, Palin does not have, nor can she gain enough support to win the nomination. Therefore, any discussion of a Palin presidency is pure babble. Equally impossible is the chance that she might be selected as the vice presidential nominee (dirty old man McCain is not in charge of that selection committee any more}.

    As many have suggested in various blogs previous and current, this fishmongers wife, slayer of the devil wolves and rampaging moose (mooses?) (meese?) needs to return to the far Northland and keep a hard, glinty eye on the evil Rooshins.

    September 5, 2011 at 7:00 pm |
    • Truth101

      Sarah Palin is very smart and has all the qualities be President. She has a record to prove it. She walks the walk. Go rent the movie "The Undefeated" on pay on demand Tv and you will see.

      September 5, 2011 at 7:18 pm |
    • ss

      Hey I wanted to stop and mention how awesome your reply was... No "your a moron" or use of the word "retard"... no profanity, threats of violence, or outlandish claims Like Palin is "americas darling" lol ... just a clear, concise opinion expressed with a perfect sprinkling of humor. Aggro, angry Tea Party people take notice... you dont have be a racist, bigot or Shite talker to get your point across, and in fact the more you go off the deep end with your hateful rhetoric the less the rest of us take you seriously.

      September 5, 2011 at 7:38 pm |
  23. Dave

    RON PAUL is the People's Choice in 2012! Join the rEVOLution!

    September 5, 2011 at 6:56 pm |
    • ss

      hey i love devo!

      September 5, 2011 at 7:33 pm |
    • Zack

      I agreen 100%

      September 5, 2011 at 7:42 pm |
      • Gabryella

        He finally fuigre it out. Before he selected Palin as his running mate, his campaign was going nowhere. After her selection he even took the lead for the first time. Palin's rallies drew thousands and even tens of thousands of people who were willing to stand in line, and wait for hours to see her.

        April 4, 2012 at 7:44 pm |
  24. Kat

    Outside of her 27 followers, I doubt there's anyone sitting on the edge of their seats wondering if she's going to run. Even if she does run, she has as much chance of winning as Snooki does, so why is Wolf Blitzer wasting his time on it?

    September 5, 2011 at 6:51 pm |
    • ss

      because, sadly, as you know, like I ....television is about ratings, and palin is generating some big viewers numbers right now. Why do we think shes drawing this out the way she is? It creates hype yet, and this is the critical point ... She can avoid answering the tough questions because she's "not technically a candidate". The funny thing is, she must really think we're all pretty stupid to fall for her little charade. We know you'll run Sarah, and when u do announce, and are forced to come clean to the press... well we al know what happens then... your fatal flaw is revealed and you quietly dissapear into obscurity.

      September 5, 2011 at 7:42 pm |
  25. Joy

    We all know that Sarah is an opportunist. The Republicans and Tea Party are well aware of this but they don't care because she adds to their cause. She's a freebie (free advertisement for them).

    September 5, 2011 at 6:48 pm |
  26. Fred Langlenheld

    Poor Wolf, the Larry King of corporate-hack journalists, designated to the cleanup bench... No one except the teabaggers cares about Palin anymore, because her schtick shows her to be a self-obsessed QUITTER, scrounging as much geld as quickly as she can... she behaves like an aging stripper, running around with that desperate "will she or won't she"? winky-winky.. meanwhile, the country has far more pressing concerns than to follow the reality-exploits of the Bimbo from Wassila.

    September 5, 2011 at 6:44 pm |
  27. Paul O'Gorman

    She'll be the VP pick for Perry..

    September 5, 2011 at 6:42 pm |
  28. The_Mick

    "But she spoke only in generalities without getting into any specifics as to how she would achieve those objectives." Another article falsely claims she gave "details" of her plans for the economy – as if she has any.

    September 5, 2011 at 6:31 pm |
    • Truth101

      Wofl, You are not being honest. Yesterday when Palin gave her speech in Iowa she had lots of substance in she speech. It will be interesting to see if Obama steals any of it. She gave a 6 or 7 point plan on how to get our country back on the right track. Go to Foxnation and click on the article and you can read the whole speech. The speech today with the TPX was a rallying call and nothing more. Sarah Palin is not a candidate yet and Foxnews is watching her closely.

      One more thing Wolf, Sarah Palin has not done a paid speech since around April. She has not written a new book and the reality show has been over with for a year. Obama makes money off of his books and has written a new book.

      Bachmann is running for President and she is writing a book.

      September 5, 2011 at 7:13 pm |
  29. liar T. krazO

    How many hours (on Labor Day) do we need our comments to be moderated?..vetted?...parsed? I'm glad there are alternatives to CNN's omniscient oversight...Keep this up and you will be doomed as a credible news source.

    And get a proofreader/editor already. Let's see you moderate THAT and post this and my previous comment!

    Gita: Untruth has no existence and Truth never ceases to exist.

    Love, Peace...and Be Happy!

    September 5, 2011 at 6:31 pm |
  30. josh

    Mrs.Palin is not going to run. she will make people guess and make money off this as long as she can. she doesnt answer the real questions from the real media. how could she run for president? whenever somebody ask a serious questions its always a "Gotcha questions" from the media. Mrs.Palin quit her job to be a could she she be a president for 4 years???

    September 5, 2011 at 6:29 pm |
  31. Sharon

    On Sat 9/3 CNN aired her full speech in Iowa (even Fox did not) and today CNN aired another full speech in New Hampshire.Why?? She is not a candidate!

    September 5, 2011 at 6:29 pm |
  32. William Davis

    I thought I would never have to say this but, CNN should not be glorifying media attention on tea party canidates and or extreme ideaology that which is a very dangerous omen now intergrating with our elected 3 branches of goverment. The media uses one of the most powerful media tools that helps shapes opinion and is suppose to educate the american public by exposing the truths and agenda of this new right wing anger. It's philosopical promotion may have good sounding terms, but the substance is a continual threat which is determined to roll back the american gains of civil rights and so forth and not a venus of politics that is given such great CNN media attention. This is dangerous, and the media should be careful that the american public doesnt begin to backlash against it. Sarah Palin and the likes should never be taken seriously. In fact they are not even real republicans. Keep in mind, they helped to remove what moderate republicans that were left in congress and the other remaining 3 in the senate are now very vulnerable. I am for certain that the media can do better than this.

    September 5, 2011 at 6:28 pm |
  33. Mary

    It seems shrewd to me for Palin to say she is still "thinking about it." Meanwhile, she's missed 2 debates, the forum in SC today and three more debates before the end of the month–so she'll conveniently miss them too. I believe all the other candidates are courageous (and she is a big chicken) for getting up there, putting themselves in front of all the American people, answering tough questions. It seems a candidate should be required to participate in "X" number of debates. By waiting out the debates, then that lets the person tape all the debates and see all the other candidates answers–sounds like having the answers to a test beforehand. Yes they all prep for potential questions–that's how they personally answer the questions–not study how the others answer them. Lastly I would like to see how any potential candidates handles themselves under the pressure of the debate–with fellow Republican candidates.

    September 5, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
    • liar T. krazO

      Agreed! Especially Ron Paul's wisdom. Though it may leave the mainstrean agenda, it is progressive thinking...compassionate thinking.

      September 5, 2011 at 6:57 pm |
  34. Greg, Ontario

    The fact that this twit gets so much attention by the media is proof you should not even consider the media as a source of information anymore. CNN and Fox news are entertainment these days not News programs that answer the basics of who,what, when, where and why. So don't trust them. Listen to the speeches, go to the websites and read the policies and goals of the people your considering and make the choice yourself.

    September 5, 2011 at 6:19 pm |
  35. liar T. krazO

    Run, Sarah, run! Stump, Sarah, stump!

    Like we need more hot air from politcians...and politician wanna-bes. No specifics, as you badger Our President Barrack H. Obama for doing the same. What's different? Maybe you need Buddhist vipassana meditation to get the ego out of you, but that would take effort, truth and introspection. It might be reeeealy dark in there...

    Bless you, may you come to compassion where we all have to live.

    September 5, 2011 at 6:15 pm |
  36. fed

    Mr. Blitzer,
    Though i love your style of commentary, i cannot understand how seriously Sarah Palin keeps getting treated by most political commentators and pundits. This is a person, not a woman nor a man, who asked for the voters of her home state of Alaska for their votes. Their votes! And then threw these votes back in thier faces. She took away the opportunity of doing some good from her rivals. Oh and then she quit. This politicians has no robes to speak of or imagine.
    As for giving a good stump speach, she doesn´t hold a candle to Castro, Hitler, Mussolini, Jim Jones, Charles Manson, etc. The fact that the Tea Party courts British Neo-Nazis through a Los Angeles Rabbi says plenty. Talk about that for a change.

    September 5, 2011 at 6:13 pm |
  37. Jack Holland

    Poor Wolf, still making a living off of Palin's celebrity. Poor Poor Wolf.

    September 5, 2011 at 6:12 pm |
  38. Peanut

    Wolf, what is it with media obsession over Palin? Since even GOP surveys show the faithful would prefer Rick Perry how would you explain your obsession with this personality who is not a candidate and can't win other than being smitten with her beauty. Its pathetic.

    September 5, 2011 at 6:11 pm |
    • Patricia D

      Because she's pretty.

      September 5, 2011 at 7:15 pm |
      • Octavian

        anywhere in this long thread and omcments I didn't vote for McCain and Barbie the last time either, I refuse to vote for the lesser of the evils I voted Libertarian, and yeah, they lost, and before ANYONE says it, NO, the 3rd party vote did NOT cost McCain the White House, ALL 3rd party votes put together and given to McCain still would not have won the race That said, IF Palin runs in 2012, in ANY capacity, I will vote Libertarian, Independent, whatever, if Palin is the best this nation has to offer, we are screwed from the start

        April 4, 2012 at 9:54 am |
  39. PhilipJames

    Wolf... just a question. Questioning why Sarah Palin doesn't give any specifics... why should she? So that liberals like you can nitpick about them? She hasn't even declared "officially" that she has been running for the Presidency since 2008.
    And why she didn't talk to a rally about "social issues, including abortion rights for women or gay rights"... what? Again, why should she?
    She is currently rallying the Tea Party people to get ready to boot that union jack boot doofus Obama out of office.
    By the way Wolf... what do you have to say about Obama's buddies, the union leaders, calling Tea Party people son of a bitches and wanting to take them out? Where is the rage from Wolf now? I guess wearing too tight of panties limits it.

    September 5, 2011 at 6:11 pm |
  40. beairdboy

    God helplus if someone so inexperienced runs our country. I am a Christian and it amazes me how many GOP candidates feel as if God has told them to run.

    September 5, 2011 at 6:05 pm |
    • liberal christian

      It amazes me how many conservatives think they're Christians! Christian means Christ-like, and Jesus was liberal!

      September 5, 2011 at 11:13 pm |
  41. lj

    Why are we subjected to this woman's babbling. She's past her 15 minutes of fame.

    September 5, 2011 at 6:00 pm |
  42. Enjay in E MT

    $arahPalin has been giving the same speech
    with the same 3 second talking points
    without substance for over three years now.

    1) Smaller government – so we can't help states & people in need
    2) Cut taxes – so corporations can hire people
    3) Cut regulations – so corporations can kill destroy the environment
    4) Drill baby drill – anywhere there is oil – including national parks
    5) Dems are evil and will take away your rights

    September 5, 2011 at 5:59 pm |
  43. Russ in GA

    Your show stinks. It looks like your candidate Obama is really going down the tubes fast! You elected him and now you're reaping the results of his socialistic agenda. Not going good huh? I can't wait to see your face and hear your words once we get your puppet out of office. May your ratings keep dropping – I'm tuning back to Fox. You and your loaded, stacked commentators make me sick.

    September 5, 2011 at 5:59 pm |
    • Mitch

      Afraid of the truth ,oh sorry I forgot that the drugster is on your station ,hope you sleep with one eye open because under the Tea Party you may not wake up to the america you went to sleep to .....God help us!

      September 5, 2011 at 7:17 pm |
      • Rayan

        BTW in my involvement with GOP in my state I HAVE STATED CLEARLY AND UNEQUIVOCALLY that I think the egsibgt problem with the GOP is that we seem to run an entire football team full of folks each time there is an election!Many could do a good job but CONSERVATIVES need to pick one or two and roll with it Sarah is a great gal but she wouldn't make the one or two not at this time

        April 4, 2012 at 1:23 pm |
      • Rudi

        Oh, this one made me laugh SO hard that it HURT!However, my response is this: I enicersly doubt that she HAS a tree stump IN her back yard!For all her chatter about being down to earth, if you look at her and her husband's incomes, their house, etc., she lives quite well-to-do.

        April 6, 2012 at 9:28 pm |
  44. Madtown

    She no doubt also loves all the attention.
    The quote above, and the one about all the money she's making, are the reasons she WILL NOT run. Not sure why you media types are still playing her game, it's been obvious for some time what she's up to. She cracks on the Lame Stream Media, yet wouldn't be anywhere without them and she knows it. She's playing you all for suckers, and that is embarrassing, to be played for a fool by her!

    September 5, 2011 at 5:54 pm |
  45. AaronHerald

    How many untold hours are spent by untold numbers of liberals flocking to comments sections around the globe just to tell us how uninterested they are in the insignificant Sarah Palin.

    Keep sucking on your thumbs, curled up in a fetal position, praying she'll just go away, muttering to yourselves, "Find a happy place. Find a happy place. Find a happy place!"

    September 5, 2011 at 5:46 pm |
  46. Patrick


    FACT: The media is cringing that here we are in September of 2011, with the GOP field almost settled, and the "undeclared candidate" Sarah Palin" is drawing crowds of "thousands" in the Northeast and Midwest.

    In Iowa it was "pouring rain" and 2000 stood fast. That's dedication. Bachmann recently held an event in Des Moines and only 80 people showed up. Perry or Romney are drawing in the tens and sometimes hundreds at their events. No electricity.

    The race will be between Perry and Palin when she declares. No one will vote for Romney, if given a choice, and there is a choice. He a "pure Rino" and that ain't gonna fly this time around or "ever".

    FACT: 59+ million people voted for Senator John McCain and Governor Sarah Palin in 2008.

    FACT: Millions more voted for "her choices" in the 2010 Midterms where 67% of them WON because of her SarahPAC cash and manpower.

    FACT: Three straight years of petulant name calling has not worked but to illuminate the futility in the ad hominem.

    Governor Sarah Palin can, and will, ride an Anti-Corruption Campaign against "both parties", much like Reagan did in 1980, to victory in 2012.

    Read your is repeating itself right before your eyes.

    September 5, 2011 at 5:43 pm |
    • liar T. krazO

      59+ million...IN SPITE of $arah Palin, I might add. More than one of my die-hard Repuplican friends and family voted for Our Presdient Barrack H. Obama because of Her and no other reason. Dream on.

      OBAMA 2012!!! Again...See ya there! Especially if this non-entity gets nominated.

      September 5, 2011 at 7:02 pm |
    • Kenneth the VI of Minneapolis

      $arah Palin is a "rockstar," and only to be able to only draw 2000 in the rain in nothing compared to other "rockstars" such as U2, Lady Gaga or Lil Wayne.....yadah, yadah, yadah....

      September 5, 2011 at 8:52 pm |
  47. trashcup

    Just because you have a loud mouth doesn't mean you have smarts or power. A VERY small group of loud mouths yelling and screaming doesn't account for the silent majority that's out here and who are going to vote. The radical right and the loud mouth right aren't going to get more than15% of the votes, so they can't win even though the republican congress is scared to death to do anything the will offend the almighty Tea Baggers. Time for the republican congress to MAN UP and start taking care of business and to tell the Tea Baggers to buzz off.

    September 5, 2011 at 5:42 pm |
  48. clarke

    This is the way I feel, I don't want anyone who plays such games as Palin as to ever be the leader of the free world. I don't care what any of this politicians say, there is no quik fix to any of the problems we face and President Obama never once said there was. He has always said it will take time an it would take the help of everyone. I don't feel he has ever played games with the American people and has been as straight as he can.

    September 5, 2011 at 5:40 pm |
  49. Inquiring Minds

    It would be nice if CNN would print a box score like the sports reporters do after these articles. It would be interesting to know how many minutes the candidate spoke, estimated attendance, how many runs they made at attacking opponents, how many vague assertions were batted around, and how many outright lies (errors) were made.

    September 5, 2011 at 5:40 pm |
  50. Monrob

    There's nothing else that has not been said about Sarah. She won't run, she is not smart enough. Oh, but this is America, remember Bush? Anything is possible. I still say she won't run.

    September 5, 2011 at 5:34 pm |
  51. goo6er

    A month before the election next year she will still be giving speeches playing with the idea of entering the race. And some poor slobs will still be listening to her. Has there ever been a politician with a bigger ego than Sarah Palin's? It's a beast that must be fed. The best way you can hurt Palin is to ignore her, but not everyone understands that, certainly not the media.

    September 5, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
  52. Kenneth the VI of Minneapolis

    It appears that Palin is smarter than the average pundit or Blitzer.

    September 5, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
  53. Aezel

    The Palin Guessing Game: Was she...

    A: ...dropped on her head as a child.
    B: ...allowed to eat lead filled paint chips.

    September 5, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
  54. Mitch

    This is the reason why we are where we are today, lie after lie just to keep the flame going at all cost. Just as the tea party wants it . They know who they are and they know what they are doing,,, brainwash the people when we are at the crossroads . She is a soldier in the conspiracy to take down the middle class and the president of the united stats of this great country. They spend so much time not helping the people of this country instead they beat up our constitution untill they can come in through the back door and change what was this countries backbone for hundreds of years. Do the people realize how this mirrors what happen in Germany so many years ago.Peole are so afraid of what is being said that they can't think straight ,they need something or someone to believe in and they will follow any empty promise told to them,pounding the same message day in and day out.... Wake up before its to late ,they don't care about the workers . If they did care then they would have put political debats where they belong on the public floor... If it is about us,the people then let the people vote on what they want this November....not the Tea Party ,or some super group of congressmen,they proved that they don't get........If you want to know what makes me think this way,well its simple my bank account, they have trillions of our tax payer money, that they are making money off of every second of the day . The question is HOW ARE YOU DOING !!!!!

    September 5, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
  55. joshua

    i would like to hear Obama denounce the hate rhetoric of his union buddies. I guess since he's a liberal, CNN will let it slide like they always do.

    September 5, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
    • ron

      I personally object to the language the "union buddies" used, but they can't hold a candle to the hate and racism Tea Partiers have expressed towards Obama.

      September 5, 2011 at 11:56 pm |
  56. jimzcarz

    Yeah, Sarah throw your hat in the ring and doom the Repubs in 2012

    September 5, 2011 at 5:17 pm |
  57. Inquiring Minds

    Why is Sarah on the campaign trail? Considering her failed VP bid, quiting her Governorship in mid-stream, I for one don't think she will run again. She must be doing some behind the scenes coverage for FOX or planning yet another docu-drama-mentary.

    September 5, 2011 at 5:17 pm |
    • Cody

      Palin's a good looking woman, but I think looks alone aren't ellary enough to qualify you as the leader of the free world. An a non-american, I'm glad that the republicans got beat, I have no real issue with McCain, but god forbid something should happen to him and Palin ends up the most powerful person on the planet!

      April 6, 2012 at 8:48 pm |
  58. Thomas

    When dear Lord will this woman go back from the rock she was under?

    September 5, 2011 at 5:14 pm |
  59. Clem

    Palin. Quit her public service job–governor of Alaska. Doesn't read newspapers. Claims to be the answer to all America's problems. Not quite. Rather she represents the schlocking of American electoral democracy, the dumbing down of politics, the rise of sloganistic rhetoric as she schlepps around making money for talking hot air. P.T. Barnum was right about a sucker being born every minute. Nows it's millions of 'em oogling over SP.

    September 5, 2011 at 5:11 pm |
  60. Donaldbain

    Sooner or later the tea partiers will realize they have just been played for their dollars and Palin will be forced to disappear into the wilderness. She will leave the public eye insanely wealthy and will dribble her nonsense out in her "books" which will peter out in sales and eventually she will be forgotten, not even a footnote in history.

    September 5, 2011 at 5:10 pm |
  61. Cynthia

    Sarah, please work on your screehy voice. It sounds like fingernails on a blackboard. I'm not being mean, just that it's true.
    Give Rick Perry hell.

    September 5, 2011 at 5:07 pm |
  62. Dave, CA

    Of course she will not run!!! It's hard work! SP's content to sit back, rake in bucks for showing up, saying snarky negative sound bytes, then riding off. She has no plan, nothing positive to say, and will continue to milk it for all it's worth. She's a steaming pile of dog mess, like most of the GOP "candidates". They're in it for the money. Pack of lying hypocrites.

    September 5, 2011 at 5:04 pm |
  63. Cee.La.

    I guess the teleprompter comment is a joke? Most people who give lengthy speeches have some form of props....teleprompters, notes says a lot about the intelligence of Palin and her followers, when she can say stupid things and the audience eats it up......

    September 5, 2011 at 5:00 pm |
    • Inquiring Minds

      Why use a teleprompter when you can simply look at the crib notes? Its as plain as the palm of her hand.

      September 5, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  64. anita

    Hope and pray she is not in the race for the white house. let her make all the money in the world and leave the country alone. she is a big loser, opportunist, milking the country.

    September 5, 2011 at 4:57 pm |
  65. Palin, please go home.

    Smaller government means thousands MORE US citizens will lose their jobs. Lower taxes means we won't be able to help our fellow citizens, those affected by natural disasters, help the elderly and disabled who can't work, the list goes on and on. Reducing federal regulations BACKFIRES. For all the well meaning private sector employers, there are double or triple who have the greed factor and refuse to create new jobs. Our jobs have gone overseas in order to pay people less, etc. which in turn makes the greedy get richer. I believe that part of our economic problem right now is that there is a segment of our population who do NOT want new jobs created – they WANT the numbers to be zero. Remember, they said they would stop at nothing in order to get President Obama out of office. The rich are controlling everything in this country down to who gets a job and how to manipulate the public to get the people they want in office. When are people going to wake up? Sarah Palin is NOT a candidate, yet the media continues to chase her giving her exactly what she wants – attention and money. She doesn't need a teleprompter – why should she? She has nothing new to say and only repeats the same old talking points – anybody can memorize that. Teleprompters are not signs of weaknesses or intelligence. Any professional is smart to use them so they don't miss important points, etc. We are human, REMEMBER??? We all makes mistakes. Try sitting (oh yeah... we have) Sarah down and asking her questions outside of her "talking points". She can't do it – she reverts back to her memorized stump speech. Obama gives excellent speeches and I'm glad that he uses teleprompters. There is so much "meat" in what he says that I don't want him missing any of his important points. We NEED government because it helps put people to work and it trys to create some fairness. We NEED regulation in order to control the greedy people who don't help others or create jobs. (Look at everything that has gone wrong since things were de-regulated!) We NEED a good tax reform in order that everyone pays their fair share. We need to make paying tax more cut and dry so that there are not loopholes.
    We do NOT need ANY of the current republican candidates (including Palin) in office because they promise to make the middle class and others lives worse. We need people who CARE about PEOPLE. The media can't make every one of us a millionaire – so, someone has to be looking out for the less fortunate.

    September 5, 2011 at 4:54 pm |
    • lynne

      Well, said. The rich DO NOT want to help the poor. As to limited government, what they really mean is "we want gov. in our 'moral' lives: abortion, marriage, religion, etc". They only want to limit gov. so the super rich can get richer.

      September 5, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
  66. sam

    please. stop. writing. about. this. woman.

    September 5, 2011 at 4:49 pm |
  67. Ron Hall

    I would sure like to hear specifics out of all the Candidates on Social security and military spending. Ron Paul is the only one very specific so far..

    September 5, 2011 at 4:41 pm |
    • demetri

      I listened to Ron Paul at the RP forum tonight and he was no more specific than SP. Actuallly all of the RC came off as being not very knowledgeable about the subject matters asked of them. Ron Paul was all over the place, but the one message he kept sending was states rights. Yea, states rightes. The states could have taken care of the abortion issues, right to vote issues, civil rights issues, the marriage issues, not the federal government, or the supreme courts, or changing the constitution. Now think about what that means, and what our country would look like, if that would have happened or happens. The only pupose of the Federal Goverment according to the Republican party is to keep us safe , which means an army; which does not have to be run by the government because the government does a lousy job. It 's the not the governement, but it is those that govern that does a lousy job.

      September 5, 2011 at 6:37 pm |
  68. Pete (cranky and all)

    About that Palin woman...PUT UP or SHUT UP !

    September 5, 2011 at 4:36 pm |
  69. Greg

    We should all be as lucky as Mrs. Palin, she has the best of all worlds. She has a fawing, idolizing media, giving her signficant media exposure. She is virtually unaccomplished, lacks serious credentials and experience, but is able to make millions of dollars. She lacks substance and specifics and speaks like many regular citizens of generalities and patriotic themes. My prediction is, she will never run, but will attempt to use her unwarranted pulpit to influence the pick of a Republican candidate.

    September 5, 2011 at 4:35 pm |
    • demetri

      She and her family is the political version of the Jersey Shore. Its a reflection of the world we live in. Sort of like our own Dark Ages. Where igorance, notoriety, takes center stage over intelligence and hard work.

      September 5, 2011 at 6:40 pm |
  70. dina

    Palin is a shrewd marketer of herself.She is doing exactly what she wants to get people interested, but she does not have the brain power to be president of this country, no matter how well she speaks.She is the famous "tease" girl in high school who gets a lot of attention until people figure out there is nothing inside that head but cliches.

    September 5, 2011 at 4:28 pm |
  71. arrow

    Idiots are not suppose to be famous...well, not unless if they're famous among idiots...

    September 5, 2011 at 4:27 pm |
  72. Tam

    "She blasted President Obama for giving good speeches but never backing them up with substance. But at least on this day, she did exactly that herself – she gave a good speech but didn’t back it up with substance. "

    on THIS day? on any day – nothing of substance at all in any of her thoughts, words, and what passes for sentences in her Jabberwocky.

    September 5, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
  73. Tam

    Doesn't matter. She doesn't count. She thinks she does. What has this country come to?!

    September 5, 2011 at 4:24 pm |
  74. arrow summarize all the comments...Palin is an idiot.

    September 5, 2011 at 4:19 pm |
  75. amf140

    She drives the Liberal media nuts. Keep it up Sarah it is so much fun to watch. Even more than how you drive the establishment Republicans just bonkers. Both deserve to be knocked down off their elitist high horses.

    September 5, 2011 at 4:18 pm |
    • Monrob

      What nobody can understand is why she has people like you following her. Do you not love your country?

      September 5, 2011 at 5:47 pm |
  76. Jim Thomas

    If they put Palin and Bachman on the same ticket they will walk away with the election.We need a complete change and that not only includes federal but state,county,and cities.Until these knuckleheads learn to quit wasting money and giving themselves big raises and 6 week vacations which they do not deserve we need to change every election.ALL INCUMBANTS MUST GO.Jim Thomas Phx. Az.

    September 5, 2011 at 4:17 pm |
    • WobblyOne

      Go get fitted for one of those canvas jackets with the long sleeves that fasten in the back–you are a danger to yourself and others.

      September 5, 2011 at 7:37 pm |
  77. Thom Richer

    Where has your credibility gone, Wolf? You know, as does any serious and informed reporter or newscaster or politician, that Sarah Palin is not a QUALIFIED or serious candidate for any political position, especially the presidency. So why do you not report or acknowledge this political and newsworthy fact and stop the sensationalistic reporting on this person who has and continues to make a mockery of our political system and exploiting the election process in a negative and disruptive way for her own personal, selfish and egocentric needs. Her antics and that is what they are, antics, is unfair to the American people. Report this to America...not that she can speak without a teleprompter. In fact, don't report anything about her ever again to show that CNN and yourself are serious and professional reporters of news and not sensationalists grasping at straws for ratings. I know YOU are better than this.

    Thom Richer
    Negaunee, MI

    September 5, 2011 at 4:13 pm |
    • Greg, Ontario

      This is how the American media manipulates the uneducated, emotional and outright stupid American voter.

      September 5, 2011 at 5:59 pm |
  78. james germann

    no specifics? she's not even a candidate? but, wolfie,has the king of "no specifics'(obama) for an hr interview,and not only is there "no specifics"but,wolfie doesnt even to bother to ask a "specific" question. pathetic. where does obama stand on ss, on medicare, on "islamic" radicals all over the world? islamists in the libyan rebel leadership? yes, they are there. gay marriage, obama is "evolving"? no question from wolfie. $5 trillion in new debt,under obama, no wolfie question? the worst long term unemployment in years, no wolfie question? no specifics from palin, LOL. another liberal nutjob phony at cnn. "keeping 'em honest"lol.
    gee, wolfie, wasnt that "inciteful" rhetoric by obama's warm-up act,jimmy hoffa? guess you can say whatever you like as long as its not about a democrat or obama? have we gotten to the bottom of obama's "acquaintance" with self admitted terrorist bill ayers? oh, cant talk about that, that would be racist?

    September 5, 2011 at 3:21 pm |
  79. Independant

    She is going to run as an independant under the Tea Party banner. I am a conservative, and she will RUIN our chances of defeating Obama, but I believe she is that narcicistic!

    September 5, 2011 at 3:20 pm |
  80. manny oliver

    Glad she not running, because she still talks like the back woods of Alaska were you can view Russia.

    September 5, 2011 at 3:15 pm |
  81. C Spurgeon

    Why is CNN giving so much stature and coverage to this woman. She has a voice like a screeching crow and everytime she starts shouting one liners etc I have to turn off CNN, I saw you giving live coverage to this loud person with dyed hair,screeching voice and maybe even some recent breast surgery??and I gotta ask where has CNN seriousness gone. The Party is doing themselves in with m,any of these so called candidates and taking CNN down with them. UGH

    September 5, 2011 at 3:14 pm |
  82. Ruby L.A.Hatley

    American Gov. in College teaches that, "Media controls our leaders in their Campaignes and whom is elected!" I found this to be so true..
    Because, Wolf really cut Sara Palin down, even though she was not making a political speech.. Just stating true fact and issues that our Political leaders seem to forget where this Country came from and where it is headed. "STart LISTENING TO true fact made by the people, it's not a fairy tail world we are living in." " "POLITICAINS AND MEDIA STOP BURRYING YOUR HEAD IN THE SAND!" "Turn the media around. Help the people, this country, not the politicians.. Please.. for GODS SAKE AND THIS COUNTRYS!"

    September 5, 2011 at 3:06 pm |
  83. Elder Carr

    I simply continue to marvel of how Sarah Palin continues to have the media at her finger tips. For someone who bashes the media, she continues to receive so much coverage. I guess it’s good for rating regardless. My contention is moreover with this “TEA PARTY” movement & America as a whole!

    What is the “Tea Party” real objective? I keep hearing Red, White, & Blue America but all I continue to see is RED POLITICS! I keep hearing “WE THE PEOPLE” but continue to see only a selected few! I continue to hear keeping & preserving our constitution but yet see how they’re trying to radically change the basic fundamentals our founding fathers laid before us as a guide!

    The politics of today has divided and continues to divide our country! Why has America seemingly lost her way? How is it that we expect 1 man to change or undo what’s been in the making for over 8 years? True President Obama took office with the promise of “CHANGE”, but let’s be clear & forever transparent, what has congress truly done to unite this country with our current president? Without the gives & takes and or forcing, what true olive branch has the radical republicans, liberals, strong conservatives given him? He’s been fought from every angle even within his own party! Unless we truly unite as a people, ONE NATION UNDER GOD, respecting each others opinion, we’ll never get it right!

    We still have HOPE, that CHANGE, can & will come! While I may not agree with everything that President Obama has done, I trust & believe if those who claim they have our country 1st at heart, and care about the future of generations to come would lay all things on the table, putting aside the politics and work together “CHANGE” will come! “AT THE END OF THE DAY” we don’t care what party brings about change, we just want “CHANGE”! Would it not be more advantageous for us to see & track change? Once we successfully see change, we can then ask who’s idea was it, give them credit and then move on, but that’s too simple! Too many egos!!!

    I’m just a small voice in this great America, I’m just a hard working, law abiding citizen, trying to give my family a good life and better future for my children, but I like other Americans have become the “WORKING POOR” Middle Class but working poor! 1 check pay check away from loosing it all! Struggling to maintain a mortgage for a home who’s lost it’s value due to the market and there’s no way out! I’m told like millions Americans who have fought to keep a good credit rating – I have to default on my loan just to get help, How sick is that? We did not cause this mess but yet we have to pay for it! The “Tea Party” claims it ‘s for us, but what have they done? They’re too busy trying to destroy Obama while entrapping us into slavery! We’ll soon become a country of those who have and those who have NOT. The poor will beg and eat crumbs from the rich mans table if let be!

    True, Government may not create jobs, but they do and can inflame them! Government is NEEDED! There can be no true democracy without government!

    Finally, Obama did NOT cause the housing market to fall!
    Obama did NOT cause our credit rating to fall?
    Obama did NOT credit a Recession?
    Obama did NOT cause unemployment?
    Obama did NOT cause inflation?
    Obama did NOT cause higher taxes

    Truth be told “WE’RE ALL THE BLAME”! I’d like for the Tea Party to tell me personally how they’ll insure a good education and life for my children of whom I’ve sacrificed everything for? I’d like Perry or Romney to tell me that my retirement / social security will be there for me and my future generations. I’d like for all those who say that the Obama Administration has failed tell me that in the 1st 2 &1/2 years we’ll see a strong economy that’s thriving, equal and affordable education for everyone. Our communities no longer drug infested, our boarders secured and a NATION that has TURNED BACK TO GOD!

    Now if they can promise & deliver that, they have my vote! The reality is – they can NOT! Therefore, I’ll take my chances with President Obama! NOT because he’s a African American but simply because “I TRUST HIM” & HE’S THE MAN FOR THE JOB! People are hurting, and when they’re hurting and fearful, they want a quick fix and the “TEA PARTY” along with so many others are feeding and preying on those fears!

    September 5, 2011 at 3:04 pm |
    • Greg, Ontario

      Your absolutely right. However you leave out certain thoughts I have all the time. What if President Obama let the banks and auto industry fail? Can you imagine the condition of the economy now? The ripple effect would have been global and terrible to put it mildly. So he doesn't let them fail and keeps as many jobs as possible but is he given credit for it? NO. Until the American people realize that they are being lead around like sheep by the media and their own stupidity and ignorance it will never gain ground on it's problems.

      September 5, 2011 at 6:13 pm |
  84. kds562

    The only thing I would like Palin to say is "Can I take your coat?" Too many people are brain dead to listen to this moron.

    September 5, 2011 at 3:02 pm |
  85. RobertFTL

    Wolf you had me until "But I will say this: to her credit, she can deliver a good stump speech. And she doesn’t need a teleprompter." Really?? Who are you and CNN trying to pander to? The Tea Party watched only Fox News...

    September 5, 2011 at 2:58 pm |
    • RobertFTL


      September 5, 2011 at 2:59 pm |
    • Dawmi

      Yeah, I'm pretty sure I'm going to lose most of my rderaes now. . I've done 2 political posts since her nomination and have a couple more in my head just begging to get out! I just can't control myself anymore. I'm watching foxnews every day! I think I have a problem!LOVE, LOVE her. She is a solid believer too, from what I hear from Alaskans. We better get on our knees for this girl!Brandi

      April 3, 2012 at 2:26 pm |
  86. Katty

    All the conjecture of will she/won't she has long ceased to be cute or interesting for that matter and only serves to raise my contempt...I'll be so glad when she goes to wherever they'll have her – Alaska declines.

    September 5, 2011 at 2:51 pm |
  87. Mudkips

    You dishonor President Obama by comparing this quitter ex-governor from a secessionist AIP background with him, Wolf Blitzer. Why prop up an opportunist like Palin who doesn't fgive a hoot about this country?
    And, she uses the teleprompter plenty, whenever she's on Fox News where she is still employed.

    September 5, 2011 at 2:49 pm |
  88. Kevin Downey

    Wolf, just an update from Wilmington, Vt. Rte 9 E/W thru town is still out, except for emergency vehicles. Our business, Beanheads (Amber Lyons interviewed my wife & I) is gutted and ready for reconstruction when we get the money we need. Most downt0own businesses are there too, but some are still cleaning out. FEMA is set up to take apps in Brattleboro, and SBA is coming tomorrow. We also have Vt low interest loans available. If you want a phone contact for Wilmington, I am willing and able to accommodate you and CNN. I can be reached at 802-464-7202. Please help keep us in the spotlight, Wolf. Kevin

    September 5, 2011 at 2:48 pm |
  89. gin arnold

    Sarah Palin had no idea her name would ever be known outside of Alaska, and if not for the stupidity of the McCain campaign that would have been true. She is now an ego manic that has become a tabloid figure and at the same time raking in the money. Palin is an empty vessel but like a trained monkey can put on a show. She showed herself to be intellectually challenged in 2008 and has obviously not taken the 3 years hence to improve. My guess is she is simply out for the publicity like Trump and really has no idea of running at all.

    September 5, 2011 at 2:44 pm |
  90. John in Colorado

    Unless she is so hooked on the money that it trumps her ego, Wolf, of course she will run. She will further drive the GOP to the right so that no moderate can hope to win the GOP nomination for President. She will even split the Conservatives/Tea Partiers by entering so late. Her supporters and many of those of the other Tea Party candidates will be so bruised in the primaries, that they will find it hard to muster the enthusiasm to give money and a lot of time on the ground to the candidate who wins the GOP nomination. And, without being able to attract Independents and other moderates, the GOP will again throw away any chances of gaining the Presidency in 2012. They lose sight of the principal purpose of a political party: to win elections. Since President Obama will sail to re-election and will be lame duck in 2016, since the Dems are less ideologically split, may well win that election too.

    September 5, 2011 at 2:38 pm |
  91. Dan K

    Even though she by far lacks the quaities needed (smarts) to become president she has a smart campaign manager! She is keeping out of the race untill the major debates are over. This way she has less time to insert her foot into her mouth and screw up her chances!!!
    Go home and watch for the Russians to attack Sara. That"s the best way you can serve your country!

    Dan K Owens Cross roads Alabama

    September 5, 2011 at 2:30 pm |

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