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Sarah Palin Talks About 2012

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Posted on Nov 11, 2008
Gov. Sarah Palin

We’ll let the governor speak for herself: “If there is an open door in ‘12 or four years later, and if it is something that is going to be good for my family, for my state, for my nation, an opportunity for me, then I’ll plow through that door.”

You can watch the interview here.

New York Daily News via Political Wire:

“If there is an open door in ‘12 or four years later,” she told Fox News Monday night, “and if it is something that is going to be good for my family, for my state, for my nation, an opportunity for me, then I’ll plow through that door.”

Palin’s smile never faltered and her even diction never wavered as she talked with “On the Record” host Greta Van Susteren, whose interview tone was so friendly you half expected her to reach over and scratch Palin behind the ear.

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Update: Speaking of Palin’s future prospects, the Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza points out that Palin’s plowing through a few doors opened by the media this week:

“The Fix” in the Washington Post:

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is in the midst of a whirlwind media tour aimed at answering her critics and positioning herself for a possible run for president in four years time.

By Thursday of this week, Palin will have sat for interviews with Fox News Channel’s Greta Van Susteren, NBC’s Matt Lauer and CNN’s Wolf Blitzer. Her week will culminate that day with a press conference (novel idea!) and a speech entitled “Looking Toward the Future” at the Republican Governors Association meeting in Miami.

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By Stephen Smoliar, November 13, 2008 at 8:13 am Link to this comment

jocel, I am not concerned about whether or not you are pigeonholing yourself;  but I DO wonder about where you got that 45% data point!  The most thorough analysis of how people voted is the one I saw of the CNN exit polling process:

You will note that they analyzed for a variety of categories, none of which have anything to do with religion.  What the CNN data appear to tell us is that those who voted for McCain were white, male Republicans without a college education.  Even if it turned out that the majority of Evangelicals were white, male Republicans without a college education, that would still not imply a causal link to make your point.  My guess is that there are other, more thorough, analyses out there;  so I would appreciate a pointer to the one you used.

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By jocel, November 12, 2008 at 8:34 pm Link to this comment
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Stephen, you have a valid point. But I feel like having Sarah Palin as even an OPTION on any presidential ticket is indicative of the lack of respect our country has for thoughtful repose. For taking action not out of ignorance or a desire to show how “ballsy” (or do we say uteriney now?) one is, but out of a consideration of all the available facts at hand…For teaching equality and freedom FROM religion (not OF)...

Tim, you have a good point too. I write about ridding ourselves of Palin kind of ironically—because here she is. And so is Britney Spears and Paris Hilton (who are shoved out of the spotlight as the new droll and glib neophyte, Palin, has plowed her way in).

To the claim that democrats are sexist, I say LUDICROUS. ALL of us are guilty—this racist/sexist crap can not be blamed on one party or one people. We are human, and all susceptible to this kind of petty labeling…You know, it’s funny, we tend to try to box people into neat little corners so we can easily point fingers and call ourselves the better for it. That’s exactly what Palin appears to do. She makes up for her lack of thought by showing ambition. By claiming her patriotism. By making false claims, no, outright lies, that make her seem as folksy (and ignorant) as the large majority of her base.

Yes, 45% or so voted for McCain. Most of them are Evangelicals—and, now I realize I am pidgeonholding myself here, but a large portion of them believe they are better than everyone else based on some ancient claim of white male dominance as extracted from the bible—a manuscript dictated by people who had an agenda to Control and Manipulate.

And so here we are, a few thousand years later and still just as stubborn and ignorant.

Obama’s no saint. He’s no Jesus. But you know what, he can speak. He can contemplate. He can plan. I don’t think Sarah Palin has that in her (unless of course it’s scripted).

In any case, it’s an exciting time to be alive and see one of the great transformational eras of our nation. Even if we still behave like neanderthals from time to time.

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By Stephen Smoliar, November 12, 2008 at 2:54 pm Link to this comment

jocel, what is “with this Palin fascination” is the fertile soil in which demagoguery grows.  Obama may be President.  He may even be smart enough to apply effective solutions to extricate the country from the muck made by the Bush Administration.  On the other hand, as I wrote on my own blog, a prevailing inability to deal with crises can undo our governmental framework into conditions of demagoguery.

I am sure there are many who would like to see this happen and will engage Palin to bring them to power, just as the National Socialists engaged Hitler.  Eternal vigilance, brothers and sisters!

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By Tim, November 12, 2008 at 12:27 pm Link to this comment
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If you didn’t care about PALIN, you wouldn’t be interested in this srticle to begin with?

A friend of mine, that’s an Independent, voted for Obama.

Recently, however, she’s stick of the attacks on Palin and has had a new interest on her.

She likes her and is fed up with the silly harping on the wardrobe and stupid things that are not relevant.

She is starting to see the Democrats as true sexists..

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By Elaine, November 12, 2008 at 12:23 pm Link to this comment
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Obama was elected with absolutely NO EXPERIENCE because people wanted change.  He will turn this recession into a deep depression and God forbid, make us vulnerable to terrorist attacks!  For God’s sake, he proposes to shrink our military in these dangerous times!  Really smart pres, folks!!!

Even with the Perfect Storm headed towards the Republicans, McCain still received 46% of the vote.

Palin, is not only more experienced than NOBAMA, but she will be more than prepared in 4 yrs.

She shas a very good chance.  PALIN 2012!

By the way, seems like they have been hiding the “highly intelligent VP-elect (Biden) so he deosn’t stick his foot in his mouth and gag on it!!

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By BigIslandDave, November 12, 2008 at 11:21 am Link to this comment
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This website cut off the top of my previous post. It should have read:

Greta, so full of botox that her face is frozen shut, just loves Caribou Barbie and will do anything and everything to assist her little Klondike gal pal.

I added this today: Moosegirl’s daughter Piper (don’t you love her kids’ names?) actually did an interview for “Today,” as if anybody gives a hoot what she has to say. This shameless huckster is exploiting her own children for political gain. She’s venal, vicious and vindictive. When she says she’ll “plow through doors” to obtain higher political office, you’d best get out of the way. She’ll come through that portal with shotgun blazing.

Go away, you ignorant beauty queen.

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By jocel, November 12, 2008 at 11:00 am Link to this comment
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What’s with this Palin fascination? Is it something in the fact that she’s less intelligent than virtually every politican out there? So gosh-darn folsky that we wonder what moronic thing will spew out of her less-than-eloquent liptsicked mouth? Is it because she’s so backward that she reverts to her conversations with “god” about doors she wants “him” to show her? Newsflash Sarah: god wasn’t on your side this time. Maybe you chose the wrong religion. Or maybe there is no such thing as this magical creation human beings made up eons ago.

I’m sick of crawling in this sludge. We have a classy, articulate, INTELLIGENT president-elect now—so why keep a lense on this lost soul? Let her continue pretending she can do something good in Alaska. Let her continue pretending she’s got a working, independent, “maverick” cell in her body. Let her continue pretending that what she says matters. But make sure she stays where she belongs: in folksy-ville where demons are eradicated on stage and god has a plan for our army. Make sure she stays out of a leadership position because our future depends on competent, capable minds that think oustide the box and read more than the bible.

Let us be free from Sarah Palin.

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By Joyus, November 12, 2008 at 10:01 am Link to this comment
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Dreeeeam…..Dream,Dream, Dream
Dreeeeam…..Dream,Dream, Dream

Someone should tell her to stop while she’s (well)...just stop!

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By JohnRJ08, November 12, 2008 at 8:53 am Link to this comment

This is going to be very interesting to watch. The very last thing the RNC wants is a divided party, and Sarah Palin’s continued participation in national politics will cut the party right down the middle. At some point, the head of the RNC will have to make a phone call to Alaska and clue Palin in to the realities of the situation. Some people say she could be “ready” in four years to run for president. That, of course, is ridiculous because just having 4 more years of national exposure and experience does not mean she’ll be smarter and know how to apply that experience intelligently. Sarah Palin’s fundamental and unchanging problem is that she’s just not bright enough to do the things she thinks she can do.

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By Mo, November 12, 2008 at 8:38 am Link to this comment
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Man I sure glad I am a hard core democrat!! What the hell are people talking about 2012 for to Palin?? It’s been 1 week and 1 day since Obama has been the president elect and Palin and media are already talking about 2012. First of all I think Palin has so severely ruined her self that no one wants her except the fake breasted, gold digging hockey moms/religious fanatics that can’t get into “reality”.  Palin is a nut case that believes that the world revolves around her and that she deserves everything!! Plain please do America a huge favor and just go back to Alaska, disappear and let America never ever hear from you again!!!!

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By Just My Opinion, November 12, 2008 at 7:41 am Link to this comment
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John McCain is very lucky he didn’t win.  With her ambition and determination, he wouldn’t have lived 6 months!(if you get my drift)

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By SandraA, November 12, 2008 at 7:14 am Link to this comment
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Go Palin! Go Palin! Go somewhere that you will never be heard from again…  As far as considering a run for the White House.. You will never be qualified… You may have the anatomical make-up of Hillary but your brain is missing.

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By MJR, November 12, 2008 at 7:10 am Link to this comment
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I would never vote for this ignorant person.  She proved while running with McCain that she had no knowledge of anything.  She can go to Alaska and stay there.  I would have voted for McCain but Palin is the reason I did not vote for him.  I was afraid what our country would be like having her for President if it became necessary.  With such a big family she needs to stay home and take care of them especially her little boy.

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By ana, November 12, 2008 at 7:04 am Link to this comment
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I can hardly figure out what she says half the time. She is one dumb woman ! Even Todd sometimes look at her as if saying ‘god help us…she just rambles on senselessly’.

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By jj, November 12, 2008 at 7:02 am Link to this comment
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Seriously, this woman needs to go back up to Alaska…get re-involved with her husband this time in the committee to have Alaska secede from the union, and then live her life in infamy. 

John McCain comments on Leno last night…I don’t think Sarah brought down the ticket, she rallied the base…

Guess what John…that logic…just like the logic of her saying she though up until PA you were going to the General Election are so whacked!  At least 80% of the US doesn’t want to see her ever again according to polls produced by CNN, MSN, and Yahoo!

Also, her radical form of religion is not going to EVER win over moderates and independents whom are growing stronger and stronger every year.  Someone like a John McCain is the type of republican needed for the future, not the extremist right wing conservative that she is.  America will never vote for that again, times are changing, and the younger generation will further divide the ways of the old with the ways of the new.

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By James Katt, November 12, 2008 at 6:58 am Link to this comment
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Sarah Palin is SO STUPID.

Let her keep talking.  She will dig her own hole.

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By purplewolf, November 11, 2008 at 10:07 pm Link to this comment

Skulz, don’t forget that Sarah stated: for her family first over what is in the best interest of the country, she right there SHE DOES NOT PUT COUNTRY FIRST, it is further down on her priority list. Just what America does not need now or ever.

Sarah expected God to reveal the best leader for America on November 4th. Maybe Sarahs God did and she wasn’t it. As for her plowing through the door, that must mean the door for “her way” to the white house is closed to her and she is locked out, and like those who crash events they are not welcome to, will force her unwanted essence and views unto the world. Enough said Sarah, you lost, get over it, now go away, lay down and shut-up.

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By JimBob, November 11, 2008 at 6:17 pm Link to this comment

Bush has got to be praying for a Palin win in 2012.  Just as presidents like Nixon and Bush himself made Harry Truman look like a great prez (hey, at least every word out of his mouth wasn’t a lIE!), Palin—were she to ascend to the presidency (shudder)—would give us reason to look back on GWB with fond reminiscence.

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By BigIslandDave, November 11, 2008 at 5:53 pm Link to this comment
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... and will everything and anything to assist her little Klondike gal pal.

Palin would be best advised to henceforth steer clear of the Lower 48. She’s a hack, a fool, a jerk and a back-stabbing opportunist. We don’t want her.

OK, Caribou Barbie? Just stay huddled up there in your governor’s digs and leave the rest of us normal people alone.

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By Knute, November 11, 2008 at 5:03 pm Link to this comment
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If anyone thought they could question whether the republican party had lost its direction, they need wonder no longer with the desperate , strange pick of Sara Palin as McSame’s running mate. Talk about a hail merry…orchestrated by the same christian right that we as a country have had quite enough of these past years. When they corralled around G. Bush it became fashionable within the republican party to view competance, knowledge with disdain. They wanted a blind idealog and thats what we had. Palin is an even more extream version of the same brain-dead mindset of the christian right. All thru history its been these same type of people who have dragged their heels standing in the way of progress for a society. And all the time there have been plenty of people who are more comfortable letting others do their thinking for them….so I guess it follows suit that they would most likely be the fundementalist religous types whose whole reason for being is to belong to a throng of like minded lemmings, viewing everything they don’t understand with fear and loathing. Replacing their unknowns with “faith” when it suits them. All the while showing a complete lack of empathy for everyone else not following their chosen path. I hope Palin is the best the miserable republican party can do because it quarantees , after the mighty stench left by this administration that the GOP will have a long wait before regaining control.

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By urner, November 11, 2008 at 1:47 pm Link to this comment

I think she is likely to be a far more important figure than we give her credit for, which does not say much about our country at this point.

The following article from Joe Bageant’s site pretty much says it all.

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By JimM, November 11, 2008 at 11:27 am Link to this comment

Hopefully the moose butcher will plow into a closed door and knock herself out permanently.
Yes, she is good for the dems if she continues to haunt the public arena.

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By ocjim, November 11, 2008 at 11:03 am Link to this comment

She’s a female Bush, incurious, ruthless, sanctimonious, Macheavellian, and dangerous to our health—definitely a Bush clone.

Knowing her qualifications and her Machiavellian nature, we can bet she had something to do with Stevens being ahead in the Alaska Senate race. That would put her in the position to win a spot more in the public eye.

Too much evidence pointed to Stevens opponent winning (Rasmussen poll) and a higher vote total than Alaska had. The Bush regime had its voter suppression in Ohio and Florida, so Repugs know how it’s done.

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By Stephen Smoliar, November 11, 2008 at 10:41 am Link to this comment

skulz, by the popular vote the Republican defeat was hardly a landslide;  and Palin knows this.  The sad truth is that she has a base that may well be stronger than McCain’s, which is why we cannot dismiss her as Farenheit 451’s “vacuous harpy.”  Reason may have won the latest battle with faith, but faith is already arming itself for the next one!

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By rodney, November 11, 2008 at 10:22 am Link to this comment
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Let Sarah keep running and talking. The more she does the more the Democrats will win. She is worse than Bush. At least he managed to stay at one college. She needed to go to five. Let.s see the transcripts. She can get Karl Rove to run her campaign and that will guarantee eight years for Obama.

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By oldrnsin, November 11, 2008 at 10:17 am Link to this comment

Yes, I believe she should run as a REPUBLICAN for the next 50 years with poor old McCain as her running mate.  What DEMOCRAT wouldn’t want that?

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By Fahrenheit 451, November 11, 2008 at 9:36 am Link to this comment

Who cares about Palin.  She’s a vacuous harpy.  Truthdig is just chumming with this garbage.  You want quality?  Don’t pander to this shit from TD.  If they don’t get comments then they will suffer (and maybe adjust).  Don’t be such suckers for attention!!!!

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By skulz fontaine, November 11, 2008 at 8:51 am Link to this comment

The Palindrone says, “for my state, for my nation, an opportunity for me…” Ummm, would that be ‘reel Amerika’? You know, that ‘reel Amerika’ that gave the McCain/Palin ticket one solid land sliding defeat. That ‘reel Amerika’? Self serving, vacuous, vapid, and in that perfect Palin-centric universe, a threat to all human decency.
Dear Gov. Moose-killer, try and remember that what comes around goes around. Are you sure it’s “God” that’s talking to you? Jesus said and quite clearly, “even Satan can appear as an Angel of Light.”

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