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AP Insists Palin Has Hurt Her Future

From the thoroughly despicable Associated Press:

Analysis: Palin’s resignation hurts her future

By Philip Elliott, Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON – Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s abrupt and unscripted holiday resignation is an odd way to launch a potential presidential bid and certainly no help for a party battered by scandal and fighting for relevancy.

Yet from a folksy figure who catapulted from obscure governor to conservative darling and vice presidential nominee, it’s merely the latest move in a political drama that has left Republican elders scratching their heads.

No one is sure why Palin took such an unusual path. All points suggest a strategy designed to maintain her political viability with an eye toward a 2012 presidential bid. Barring a personal surprise or scandal, little else makes sense.

Even in explaining her exit from the governor’s office during the middle of her first term, former aides to Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and current allies criticized Palin for what they said was a typically erratic and seemingly irrational act. McCain, who named Palin his running mate in 2008, issued a terse statement wishing her well.

"If this is her launching pad for 2012, it’s a curious move," said John Weaver, a former senior strategist for McCain’s presidential bids. "Policy is politics, and she has no real accomplishments as governor."

Some party officials, including some once close to Palin, wondered whether she departed in advance of a brewing controversy, an assertion her camp denied. During the presidential campaign, McCain officials fretted about six or seven areas of personal and professional concern, according to a former official who helped investigate Palin’s background after her rocky rollout.

This official, who spoke only on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal matters, said the governor’s explanations for many subjects never fully passed muster, but the stretched-thin campaign was forced to accept them during the final march toward November.

While the straight-talking former small-town mayor didn’t indicate what she would do after she leaves office this month, Palin’s rambling exit statement offered clues about her political ambitions.

She says she wants to help Republicans win. That means she’s could raise money and earn favors for another campaign.

She says she wants to travel. That means she could to find her way into high-value political centers such as Manchester, N.H., and Des Moines, Iowa.

She says the media are against her. That suggests she’s casting herself as a victim again, a move right out of her campaign playbook.

She says she wants to better serve Alaska by stepping down as its governor. That means she’s going to again buck the system and try to wrap herself in the cloak of change that helped Barack Obama win the White House.

She says she wants to protect her family. That means she could run as a family values candidate.

And, for good measure, she referenced President Abraham Lincoln and his role of making her home state part of the Union — a quiet claim to Obama’s model for leadership.

Not a bad platform amid a Republican Party without a clear leader. Fighting among factions inside the GOP have pitted radio personality Rush Limbaugh against Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele; potential 2012 candidates against Washington; and out-of-power lawmakers against each other. All are struggling to cobble together unified opposition to the White House.

Palin tried to put herself above that mess. The former basketball star borrowed a sports metaphor to explain the decision.

"A good point guard drives through a full court press, protecting the ball, keeping her eye on the basket — and she knows exactly when to pass the ball so that the team can win. And I’m doing that," Palin said during a sometimes breathless 17-minute statement at her lakefront home in Wasilla, Alaska.

It’s not obvious that going back into the locker room is her best play.

"A good point guard wouldn’t walk off the court midgame and expect a better contract two or three years down the road," said Weaver, who left McCain’s side before Palin was chosen as his party’s No. 2. "She’s not going to be a help for Republicans. … I think people would be playing with fire (to count on her to help the GOP)."

But politics is an unpredictable game, [sic]

Despite the misstep, Palin enjoys an ability to connect with voters that cannot be taught. She drew larger crowds than McCain and became an overnight celebrity whose star power has stayed. She would have tremendous sway in Iowa, where the nation’s first caucuses are held, and in South Carolina, where social conservatives drive the nominating process.

"She has national base of social conservatives she can count on for anything," said Rich Killion, an adviser to former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, another likely 2012 candidate. "But I can’t get over how she convinces a general election audience how quitting on her constituents is a good thing," [sic]


EDITOR’S NOTE — Philip Elliott covers the White House for The Associated Press.

The media are simply relentless. They are ravening jackals. (But without ravening jackals’ quiet dignity.)

Note that this article quotes a McCain staffer who wasn’t even around by the time Mrs. Palin was selected to be his VP. It then goes on to quote another ‘anonymous’ McCain staffer for most of their dirtiest accusations.

The only other quote cited is from a lowly staffer who is working on a competing campaign.

This is what passes for journalism from the Associated Press – or should we say, ‘analysis’?

Notice, too, that the AP was in such an all fired rush to get this poison pen letter out that they couldn’t even be bothered to get their punctuation right.

Despicable is really too kind a term for them.

This article was posted by Steve on Saturday, July 4th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

47 Responses to “AP Insists Palin Has Hurt Her Future”

  1. Howard Roark says:

    The MSM is still sinking to even newer lows. Their obsession with her destruction is palpable. Sarah’s story could be made into a movie, at this point, it is so dramatic.

    Last night, coming home from an Independence Day rally, I listened to radio news. The top of the hour newscast led with her resignation. It was Fox news, and they worded it thusly:
    “Sarah Palin has decided to abandon her post.” can you believe that? They are relentless jackals, gathering over her carcass to rip it to shreds.

    They got what they want (her out of politics), and yet they still dance on her grave. The story went on to highlight that Sarah had some meeting just days before this announcement, and she didn’t tell the attendees that she would be gone by the end of the week. Again, can you hear the angry libs in the newsroom as they cackle and peck away at their keyboards, resorting to any lie they can about her? She didn’t meet with people days before she left, she met with people days before she announced it, of course! She is being portrayed as if she is abandoning her children, and running off without telling anyone!


    • bronzeprofessor says:

      Howard, the even sadder part is that I don’t even think the AP has reached its nadir yet. I fear they will sink even lower. But like you, I am stunned that they could ever sink this far below the threshold of professionalism or even human decency. It is official: The Associated Press no longer passes the laugh test.

    • Howard Roark says:

      I agree, BP. Their lack of soul is evident to all but themselves.

  2. tranquil.night says:

    My latest game with the AP is to try and figure out which reporters actually know what’s going on and are choosing to misreport it, and those who are probably just mind-numbingly pushing talking points given to them by Rahm.

    “Philip Elliott covers the White House for The Associated Press”

    Oh, that explains this one then.

    • proreason says:

      “figure out which reporters actually know what’s going on and are choosing to misreport it”

      the answer is the none of theme know what is going on.

      They are all thoroughly indoctrinated and living in a den of like-minded thieves.

      They believe it, and facts that don’t fit just can’t be facts.

  3. catie says:

    I still believe she scares the liberals to no end. They may think they have “won” but their sh*ting their pants wondering what she’ll do next. I will miss her and maybe she’s decided that it’s too much on her and her family. I hope she’s not done for good though but perhaps this mess with Letterman put the nail in her coffin. Her family, like most of us is first and foremost in our minds and hearts.

    • jobeth says:

      ” I will miss her ”

      Catie…I wouldn’t worry too much about missing her. I have full confidence she has no plans to go anywhere except to place herself in better position to work for her country.

      She’s too much a fighter to slink out the back door. She’s up to something…and I think we will all approve in the end…that is her supporters will approve. Her rivals will not be happy though! LOL

    • bronzeprofessor says:

      Catie I agree that her family has to come first. She has a son in Iraq, an unwed daughter with a baby, a special needs child, not to mention her two little girls who need a mom. LikeJobeth said, Sarah will return, but I think to be the best political lodestar she can, her family has to be spared these indignities. She did the right thing.

      I hope we don’t forget about Todd Palin as well. Imagine how it must eat him alive to know he can’t punch out all these bloodhounds nipping at his family’s heels.

  4. Howard Roark says:


  5. 12 Gauge Rage says:

    My wife and I humorously speculate that Sarah is stepping down so she can travel back to New York City and give Letterman the proper butt whoopin’ he deserves.

    • Melly says:

      Yea…I hear she can dress a moose…well, I’ll like to see her dress Letterman ;-)

  6. Celina says:

    I will be sad to see her go. It is interesting to see how the misconceptions on her keep getting mentioned. “I can see Russia from my house”, aerial wolf “hunting” (as though it were for sport when it is actually a cull).


  7. tranquil.night says:

    These idiots on FoxNews right now just don’t get it.

    Republicans just have no chance in the future as long as they’re playing the same old political game. The game is rigged.

    She’s not going to play it. Time for a new game called honesty.

    • Chinnubie says:

      Conservatism needs to be the order of the day. I am so sick and tired of, what are Republicans going to do or say? I wish the press could make the distinction between conservatism and the Republican Party!!

  8. VMAN says:

    I am hoping as I hope we are all hopping that Lady Sarah rips these liberal idiots a new A**HOLE if you get my drift. And I hope she starts with the idiot bastard son who dares to call himself “President”.

  9. RightWinger says:

    Deep down, these anonymous, gutless, McCain “staffers” know that if not for Sarah Palin, McCain loses by 10 points. No ifs, ands or buts.

    McCain runs the Bob Dole Presidential handbook, declares Lil’ Barry’s militant associates off limits for ads and discussion, plus running as a RINO had him buried. I almost wished he had picked Lieberman now so he could have lost by 15 points and then Sarah could have come into the national scene through another channel (aka: Senate seat).

    • bronzeprofessor says:

      I wonder if these anonymous McCain staffers even exist. Maybe someone posted something on a blog under a nom de plume, and then the AP reporters took it as an unnamed source. That’s how the myth started that Sarah thought Africa was a country. I think that’s also how the myth started that she “banned” library books in Wasilla.

    • RightWinger says:

      You’re right. The AP uses so many “anonymous” sources that I seriously believe 3/4 of them are made up so the propagandist reporter can interject his own personal fantasies thoughts.

    • proreason says:

      Hey, everybody is an anonymous source, right.

      Your 2-year old kid is an anonymous source.

    • greasywrench says:

      Of course the “anonymous sources” are made up. How do you think the tabloids are able to exist using such unimpeachable sources often named as “a pal” and “an insider”, along with other vague and fake references?

  10. Barbie says:

    IMO, 2012 is insignficant compared to 2010 because by 2012 the American-hating left and the dictator Obama, along with his ACORN minions, will have stolen the election. It’s 2010 that’s important. The madwomen and madmen Congress must be defeated; their leftist majority squashed and replaced with Congressmen who don’t hate this country. I believe Sarah will be an active attacker against Obama’s slimey fascist poicies and her endorsement will re-ignite excitement to take back the country.

    As a private citizen, she has some protection against the lies constantly made against her and her family- she will have some legal recourse against the libelous allegations. (Please feel free to correct me)

    Sarah Palin may well have sacrificed 2012 by this step, but the strategy has to be to win 2010. WHO ELSE could possibly pack them in when she gives public speeches? WHO ELSE has the ability to energize the ordinary, disenfranchised, disenchanted citizen? That’s my opinion. There are other people here who know much more about politics – but I don’t think she’s quitting (just placing her family in protection), then she’s coming after Obama and she’s supporting the candidates who don’t want to destroy our country. Maybe she’ll be joined by Dick Cheney.

    • proreason says:

      VERY informative. Check out the video at Dick Morris site. It explains the plan to steal the elections


      Video of the Day, upper left. 4 minutes.

    • ThreeBus says:

      Just watched the vid. He is right. Thats also how “The One” won the last election.

      The theif. I know this sounds wierd but I can see it in Michelle’s eyes.
      She KNOWS he’s a fraud. I kinda feel sorry for the kids. When they grow up and
      learn their daddy won by cheating. What SHAME will come over them and never leave their thoughts.

      Something must stop Acorn before they do anymore damage.

    • Chinnubie says:

      TB are you kidding me these kids are indoctrinated and anything they see that would tell them that their father cheated will be nothing more than lies and propaganda to them.

      Or they will be told he had to because, a half-black man could never win an election in an all white country. You know the African Liberation Crap that they spill from their sewers that does nothing but keep the races further apart.

    • pianogirl88 says:

      ThreeBus…there’s a video out there somewhere in which Michelle My Belle is asked about his aspirations for something higher in the political world ~ IIRC this is just after he’s been elected to the Senate, or he could have still be in the Illinois Senate…her reply was “he hasn’t done anything yet”! Now, he’s done plenty, but it’s all been to the detriment of the country.

    • ThreeBus says:

      I think the kids will find out their daddy is a fraud someday. You can’t hide the truth forever.
      But I hear ya both :-)

  11. bronzeprofessor says:

    Does anyone know when Michael Steele’s tenure is up? Maybe she can be the next party chairperson — that would be truly wonderful.

    • U NO HOO says:


    • jobeth says:

      With her moral compass she would bring the GOP back to its conservative roots!

    • catie says:

      You know Bobby I was all for Michael Steele before he became chairperson. He was great at GOPAC and a good Lt. Gov. of MD. I liked what he had to say everytime he was on the radio or tv. I don’t know what happened but I agree Sarah would be a great replacement.

    • jobeth says:

      Catie…I’m with you on Steele. I had high hopes for him. I really liked him. But alas…he seem to have been reigned in…just like they tried to do to Palin. The way it seems ALL the GOP seems to be reigned in for some reason. They ALL seems to take on McCain’s demeanor now, don’t they.

      I am going to continue to be a reg repub…but only so I get at least some input in the primaries.

      But I am identifying myself from here on as a conservative. Seems now a days there is a huge difference. So sad.

      If Palin stays GOP….it should do wonders for the party. In fact she and others who are as brave as she are the only hope for the GOP in my opinion.

    • bronzeprofessor says:

      Catie/Jobeth, I think Steele felt particularly burnt about losing the 2006 Maryland Senate race. My gut tells me he walked away with the lesson that somehow moderateness will get people in office, so he’s trying to walk a middle way. I feel bad that he had to become party chairman after the disastrous McCain campaign.

      I am supporting Steele and donating to the RNC every month or so, usually 10 or 15 bucks, for which I got that gold “charter member” card which was nice. But the office of party chairman is set to last only 2 years or so, it when Steele finishes his term it will be the perfect time to position Palin to take that job. Here’s to hoping.

  12. wardmama4 says:

    You ought to read this piece in the template of the early feminists (some of whom actually cared about women) this is just so typical – a woman is hysterical, insane or a bitch (with Governor Palin, include stupid too). Now days feminists should bash the heck out of this neanderthal but because it is a conservative woman – it’s ok.

    And not to bring this up again – but Palin should be the role model for women and girls everywhere – wife, mother, politician, sports person, polite and beautiful. But once again, simply because of her conservative beliefs – all bets are off and she is vilified.

    And these pathetic, immature, intolerant idiots dare call Republicans backward, close minded and bigoted? Hypocrite thy name is Democrat.

  13. Melly says:

    Sarah recently twittered:

    AKGovSarahPalin Funny! In the words of my sis:Aren’t the same ones w/fake twitter sites & blogs crying “she’s ‘abandoning’ us” the same ones wishing u gone?

    If you want to follow Sarah – beware of fake twitter accounts.

    This is Sarah’s twitter page:


  14. LewWaters says:

    Can’t the left ever make up their mind?

    They complain that she is the governor and want her to step down.

    She announces she is stepping down and then they accuse her of abandoning Alaska.

    Then again, can a liberal be a liberal without something to complain about constantly?

    • ThreeBus says:

      “Can’t the left ever make up their mind?”

      ahhhhhhh, if they HAD a mind to make up, that would be wonderful.
      Naww, they are sooo brainwashed it ain’t funny.

  15. Barbie says:

    Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and current allies criticized Palin for what they said was a typically erratic and seemingly irrational act. McCain, who named Palin his running mate in 2008, issued a terse statement wishing her well. (the terse statement said Thanks Sarah, I wouldn’t have had any votes if it hadn’t been for you)(ha)

    McCain is going to try to run again in 2012. I just know it. He is going to be the wimp that allows Obama to get re-elected. Despite his age and the fact he’s a RINO and the fact no-one voted for him and his beliefs are little different than Obama the commie, this man has his eyes on the Repub nomination. Watch. He’s on EVERY Sunday show and Fox quite often. The ‘Blueblood’ GOP want this guy again. Fools.

    • jobeth says:

      Barbie…thankfully its not going to be that easy for him at 76 to win another nomination. Gosh, could you see it? 80 by the time he is finished with the 4 years. He’s already so slow I fall asleep when he’s talking. He would be a repub version of Bird! LOL

    • Barbie says:

      Thank you, Jobeth, that’s music to my ears… :)

    • Paulajay says:

      McCain is finished in politics. He even has two great GOP challengers in the 2010 senate race primary, one being Chris Simcox, founder of the Minutemen border watchers. I hope Palin will campaign for HIM. She and McCain were on OPPOSITE sides of so many issues — immigration, domestic drilling, “global warming”. She’s the only reason he even came close in this last election. Now she’s free to “take the gloves off” and fight back. Prepare to be AMAZED.

    • Paulajay says:

      The ONLY chance that John “Reach across the aisle” McCain will have to keep his senate seat in 2010 will be to SWITCH parties. He’s always sided with the Dems so he’ll likely make it official to save his own rear end. He’s ALREADY working with Obama on another AMNESTY plan.

    • jobeth says:

      “Prepare to be AMAZED”

      I’m with you on that statement. She’s our greatest hope for a great America. Its all in her values. Lord only knows we desperately need those values. And she is strong enough to stand up to the leftist idiots. I can’t see her folding on her values. Only her game plan. And that’s not folding. Just changing to another course that works.

      I remember once when I was having trouble with my boss at work. He would not work with me at all where my family was concerned because he could go home and not worry about things when he was gone (his secretary told me that is why he wouldn’t allow me to work days)

      That didn’t stop me…I went back to school and ultimately quit all together. Why wallow in a dead end situation. Change your game plan! That is how Sarah works. Can’t win this way? Well, we’ll go there.

      My kind of person! That’s how you win in the end! That will serve America well.

  16. wardmama4 says:

    The ‘Blueblood’ GOP want this guy again

    True and not only that – they are the ones attempting to move the GOP to the Left in the attempt (not as many believe) not to win but rather to make America a One Party Socialist country and in their ‘dreams’ (should read fantasies) They will be the ones to take over when that happens.

    Meanwhile – the sovereignty of the US will have been destroyed, the economy of the US will have been destroy – but more importantly the foundations of God, (hard) Work Ethic, Individualism, Independence and Freedom will also have gone by the wayside.

    And of course with ACORNs help – you and I but apparently not the GOP know that the Dems will ‘manage’ to win every election and maintain control – how can those fools be so damn stupid and shortsighted?

    Every single GOP front runner is a Dem-lite or RHINO and every single Republican who had the gumption and conservative chops has been driven out of office (I expect Boehner to be the next one attacked relentlessly) – and still We The People do nothing – but what is worse the GOP, RNC and everyone not Dem – don’t speak up, fight back and/or defend these people and positions. Or even simply the American ideals to be an Individual, to respect each other’s Religion, Values, Beliefs and Opinions (isn’t that what the insane and disgusting bashers on the Left keep telling us We should do?!?)

    In the vaulted words of Jethro Gibbs – Don’t apologize, it is a sign of weakness.

    And boy are the Thug Administration and Klownposse in DC making a wimp of America.

    God Help America.

  17. Chinnubie says:

    It is the most disgraceful show on the part of the GOP & RNC to not fight back the way they should. They sit there like we all want this good government BS. I mean Limbaugh has 22 million listeners that listen constantly, that is half the votes for McCain, why don’t they come around to our way of thinking why should we go their way??

    Liberals hate the fact that Palin is a conservative and especially a woman, because it destroys everything they believe in. If she were a liberal they would have her up on a golden pedestal praising her like a God right next to their current GOD!!! Question: Does anyone think Hillary Clinton would have been better??

  18. TwilightZoned says:

    First thing I thought when I heard this news was the democraps are skeet shooting, trying to pick off viable conservatives who could beat the current disgrace we call president. I find it ironic, and very fishy, the number of lawsuits Palin has had thrown at her AFTER the election.

    “Note that this article quotes a McCain staffer who wasn’t even around by the time Mrs. Palin was selected to be his VP. It then goes on to quote another ‘anonymous’ McCain staffer for most of their dirtiest accusations.”

    Now I’m questioning if the repubs have the same philosophy, to get their own lib candidate elected, and carry on socialism. Both parties are in a power grab and to hell with the people they are supposed to represent. Does anyone else sense a revolution coming?

    “Prudence, indeed, will dictate that governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes … but when a long train of abuses and usurpations … evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security.” – Thomas Jefferson in the Declaration of Independence

    • tranquil.night says:

      Does anyone else sense a revolution coming?

      “Prepare to be AMAZED”

      I see a GLOBAL Conservative Awakening.

      Honduras, Iran, this is not coincidental. While Bam sits here and feeds us domestic infomercials on our Independence Day, the world realizes that a large portion of our population and leadership has abandoned liberty. It’s set up a very unique set of world events that are leading people to stand up for themselves since we won’t for them.

      And here goes another idiot FoxNews commentator: “Palin has really used her gender to get ahead in politics.”

      Even if that was true, is it not like Obama hasn’t used his race?

      Did Obama not name a Supreme Court nominee who thinks she should be there simply on the basis of her race and gender?

      This will only reach a revolution if the left refuses to step down. Even then, I see a Honduras style military coup here if impeachment proceedings fail.

      Someone get me in the Palin campaign. I will donate every waking moment for this woman’s ‘higher calling’ vision. :o

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