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Is Palin Veering Off Course or Blazing Her Own Trail?

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Posted on Oct 28, 2009

Since last year’s presidential election, Sarah Palin has made unconventional moves for someone presumably planning to make a play for the White House in 2012. CNN’s Alexander Mooney takes a look at what she’s doing and whether it’s working to solidify her status in the GOP and boost her chances of running for president soon.  —KA


“Her biggest problem is the perception that she is not qualified to be president,” CNN Polling Director Keating Holland said. “Seven in 10 Americans, and nearly half of all Republicans, say she is not qualified. It’s a problem that politicians have faced before, but one that few have been able to overcome.”

On the other hand, the former Alaska governor keeps injecting herself into national policy debates, largely from Facebook postings that have taken aim at President Obama’s stances on a host of issues, a sign that she is set on remaining a relevant political figure.

She’s also retained a fervent following and the bona fide rock-star status that enabled her to pack more campaign town hall meetings than McCain could on his own.

Two-thirds of all Americans in the CNN poll think she is not a typical politician. If Palin has her eye on the White House, she’s staking out a different path toward it.

“Palin has thrown the old GOP playbook out the window,” said Matt Lewis, a conservative writer for the Web site Politics Daily. “She believes that the world has changed, that all the old rules don’t apply, and the conventional wisdom no longer exists.”

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By Shenonymous, October 31, 2009 at 9:23 am Link to this comment

If you are right, sophrosyne, I can only applaud the possibility.  That harpy needs
put away once and for all!  Even as the fence sitter that usually I am, I can only sit
and watch with glee how Dick Cheney performs an autopsy on her whilst she is
still alive.  It is not that I discourage women from being involved, to participate in
politics.  Good grief we all know that is requisite for any rational thinking to return
to politics.  But when women are nothing but instruments of insane politics, they
have have to be exposed for the asbestos poison that they are.

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By sophrosyne, October 30, 2009 at 6:52 pm Link to this comment
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Palin will run as an independent party candidate appealing to the far right neo-fascist wing of the Republican Party.  Her stance will be:  anti-immigrant, pro-white, pro-Israel, anti large banks and business, anti-rich republicans,, etc.  She won’t win but will cause the Republican absolute misery as she costs them the election in 2012.

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By Leefeller, October 30, 2009 at 7:17 am Link to this comment

Why is it other People who are full of themselves seem to really annoy me?

Well at least I can forget them and enjoy Spending hours putting on me beauty cream, then I deserve to be full of humble me! (thank you that, Mousey Tongue in cheeks)((all four cheeks)).

Seems this post is not going anywhere like Palin, maybe one needs to run out and buy her book “Rouge”!

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By gerard, October 29, 2009 at 9:16 pm Link to this comment

I think Palin is banking on three things:
1.  The American public is ignorant and easily deceived,charmed, hyponotized, misled.
2.  It’s about time some “pretty woman” ran for President.
3.  The Republican old guard are out of date.
I hope she’s wrong.

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By Inherit The Wind, October 29, 2009 at 7:53 pm Link to this comment

The problem is Palin doesn’t know just what an ignoramus she is.

Anyone who admires her is an idiot.

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By Shenonymous, October 29, 2009 at 9:10 am Link to this comment

Better find a really good diaphragm for the planet earth, as it and we get ready
to be screwed royally by Palin and the special interests, the wealth
corporatocracy, is positioning themselves in as we breathe.  One little hole in
that diaphragm and the mightiest abortion will be necessary to get rid of the
huge miscarriage of justice that will ensue if she makes any tracks in politics. 
And it will have been done with our eyes wide open and the legs of the earth
wide open as we stand by and watch the screw.

With Palin in position, we will without a doubt go flying over the edge into the
canyon of blind consequences, like Thelma and Louise, we willingly will fall to
our collective death. 

I don’t see us all in the same boat.  I see us on our own personal raft and how
we steer it is how well we negotiate this life.  We can either walk around that
raft with real dignity and real care about others on their raft, or ignore their
gasping for life and let them drown, and ourselves too if they go. The ocean of
life is choppy and dangerous.  To let ourselves be seduced by the notion of a
myth would be to yield to fantasy again.  The myth must be banished and
reality of yourself, the condition of this country and its place in the world, then
the world itself is what is at stake to be swept away by the lure of Palin’s down-
home provincial enchantment for capitalism-as-usual.  This will be the biggest
mistake the voting population of this country can make and they will not be
crawling out of that hole that Palin and her congregation caused in the first
place.  Memory must not be short just because there is a figment that doesn’t
look like a gray-haired conservative in suit who speaks in folksy banalities.  It
is a clever demagoguery pulled on voters before and it must be strongly

The CNN article at
provides some optimism that the charm is waning at least in Alaska, so pay
attention.  Make hay while the sun shines the light on conservative soapbox

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