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July 24th, 2009
05:44 PM ET

Is Palin still relevant?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

As Alaska Governor Sarah Palin gets ready to quit Sunday and become former Alaska governor - a new poll might put a damper on her future political plans.

The Washington Post/ABC News Poll shows 53-percent of Americans view Palin negatively, while only 40-percent see her in positive terms - the lowest level in this poll since she was tapped as the Republican vice presidential nominee.

Palin is one of the most polarizing figures in modern politics. She is still quite popular among members of her own party: 70-percent of Republicans view her in a positive light - but that number is down from pre-election levels. More importantly she has also lost ground among white evangelicals - the base of the Republican party.

Here's some more...

57-percent of those surveyed say Palin doesn't understand complex issues. What's wrong with the other 43-percent? I guess they didn't see the Katie Couric interviews.

47-percent say Palin understands problems of people like them...

And only 40-percent say she is a strong leader.

Sarah Palin - who is leaving office about 18-months early - says she plans to campaign for Republican candidates. A lot of people think she has her eye on a White House run in 2012 - yet this poll shows Palin running third behind Mike Huckabee and Mitt Romney among Republicans and GOP-leaning independents.

Sarah Palin has also been in the spotlight since last fall's election for other reasons - including ongoing ethics charges and public family feuds.

Here’s my question to you: Is Sarah Palin still relevant?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Joe from Lake Mary, Florida writes:
Sarah Palin is the American political joke of the 2008 election. The sad thing about that is that she was created by a candidate and a party who thought they might be pulling the wool over the eyes of the American electorate. It was a shabby, tacky tactic that failed as it should have failed.

Chris from Atlanta writes:
Your question assumes that she was relevant in the first place. All she has ever been is a joke and a distraction. I mean, what a brilliant move to quit halfway through your first term as governor and then say how you’re not a quitter. Is Tina Fey writing this stuff for her or is she writing it for Saturday Night Live? Sarah, just go away so the media can focus on more important things like who Britney Spears is dating.

G. writes:
Unless Palin's looks take a nose dive, she will be fine. That is what has propelled her though life so far.

Terrance writes:
While I do not believe that Mrs. Palin would make a good leader, I do think that it would be unwise for us Democrats to underestimate her relevance to the Republican base.

Curt writes:
I am not sure if Palin is still relevant, but it seems to me she is her own worst enemy. She needs to take a step back and learn to think before she speaks. "Pals around with terrorists", "the Real America", etc. might be good fodder for the most radical portion of her party. However, as for myself, a person who doesn't see politics as a blood sport but as the catalyst that determines the direction our nation will take, I have a hard time viewing Palin as little more than a circus sideshow.

Brad writes:
Relevant to people looking for leaders? No. Relevant for Saturday Night Live? Maybe. Relevant as a role model for quitters? Yes.


Filed under: Sarah Palin
soundoff (121 Responses)
  1. Dave, Brooklyn, NY

    Not to me, but there are a few million people who still love George Bush and Palin, in total blindness to their considerable, respective shortcomings.

    July 24, 2009 at 1:03 pm |
  2. Hans from Missouri

    What do you mean by "still"? She never was relevant to anyone with a brain and a pulse!

    Hermann, MO

    July 24, 2009 at 1:07 pm |
  3. Heath Missoula, MT

    Only as an entertainer. She is quite amusing in her efforts to remain relevant politically, and it seems to me to be a comic excersize in futility. But no matter what, I will continue to read about her...and try to understand why any single American recognizes her as anything other than a fluke...which is QUITE entertaining.

    July 24, 2009 at 1:10 pm |
  4. Jayne

    I sure hope so! The woman is Christmas in July to late night comedians and, as a left leaning person, the best advertisement for voting Democratic available. Palin/Bachmann 2012!

    July 24, 2009 at 1:13 pm |
  5. Ken in Mt

    Only to those who agree with her. A better question might be is if she was ever relevant to much of anything? my answer woulfd be "not really" She is a pretty face who's 15 minutes of fame is an hour gone.

    July 24, 2009 at 1:13 pm |
  6. Doug - Dallas, TX

    She proved during the election last year she wasn't relevant but she got a taste of the limelight and doesn't want to give it up. She showed the country that vitriolic rhetoric and a wink can cover up the fact she's dumber than a box of rocks. She learned she can make a lot more money on the national circuit than as governor of Alaska. That's the reason she resigned pure and simple; money. She made it clear she does not care about the citizens of her state; after all they cannot make her rich!

    July 24, 2009 at 1:24 pm |
  7. Paul Austin, Texas

    I personally think she is not. However I think you have two factions of the Republican party. One wants her in the press all the time and wants her groomed for a 2012 run for the White House. The other want her destroyed so their clone can be groomed for a 2012 run. Palin relevant or not will not just go away. We will see this gun packing Ma Ma pit bull with lip stick for years I hate to say.

    July 24, 2009 at 1:26 pm |
  8. Ben - Western Ohio

    WHY OF COURSE, Sarah is REVEVANT, but only for the Tina Fey types and the Saturday Night Live re-runs. I am confident we will be seeing those re-runs in 2011, but with much new editorial 'revelance' by the CNN when the team gives her 'death warmed over' 2010 books and movies new life. Yup! Sarah is revelant and she knows it.

    July 24, 2009 at 1:50 pm |
  9. Tina Tx

    Who? Jack she cut her throat by walking away for the importance of being the Gov of Alaska. Gee scary thought had she become the Veep and something went wrong she would have sent in her puppet, Todd to do the job because now we know she can't handle the heat in the kitchen. Thank goodness for miracles that open our eyes.

    July 24, 2009 at 1:53 pm |
  10. Rick from Murfreesboro, TN

    Not as a serious candidate for the Presidency no matter what her poll numbers are among Republicans. However, as a celebrity, she still be around for a while, unfortunately.

    July 24, 2009 at 2:02 pm |
  11. Ron from Pennsylvania

    The question should have been, "Was Sarah Palin ever relevant?" The answer is no.

    July 24, 2009 at 2:06 pm |
  12. John in Norfolk

    Oh, yes. You can bet she will be ready to lead this nation back in the right direction when that last wheel has come off the Obama bus. Our new neophyte in chief is already in over his head, and it's only been 6 months – a new US record for incompetence!

    July 24, 2009 at 2:06 pm |
  13. Tom from Philly

    Jack FOCUS! She was irrelevant from the get go. the middle was lost when she stepped into the presidential election, and its just been a comedy show since, she has done nothing to broaden her appeal. So i guess there is an open frequency on am radio for her to flap her yapper where i dont have to listen to it regularly. Maybe she can compete for rush's listeners

    July 24, 2009 at 2:34 pm |
  14. Greg in Cabot Arkansas

    Sarah Palin is about as relevant as last nights supper dishes that are stiii in the sink....a reminder of a good meal but still a mess that needs to be cleaned up before we can prepare for the next feast.

    July 24, 2009 at 2:35 pm |
  15. Tom, Avon, Me, The Heart of Democracy

    She was never relevant, Jack. She was only pretending to be relevant. The media went along with it because it was entertaining. She isn't the only one, Inhofe, and Bachmann are also pretty zany.

    July 24, 2009 at 2:41 pm |
  16. Thom Richer

    Jack,

    Sarah Palin, in truth, has never been relevant. She was a tool, as was Colin Powell, used by the Republican helmsmen to disrupt the eventual take over of the White House by Democrats. She was a distraction, a throw-away, a stooge used to awaken the working and lower-class citizenry without really working for their betterment and including them in the real Republican family...the elite. They used her to obtain some votes they knew were not there for them. Didn't work. Now she is not needed any further and has been id'd as never relevant to begin with and of no further use politically.

    Thom Richer
    Negaunee, MI

    July 24, 2009 at 2:45 pm |
  17. Brad Mahoney

    Relevant to people looking for leaders, no. Relevant for Saturday Night Live, maybe. Relevant as a role model for quitters, yes.

    July 24, 2009 at 2:47 pm |
  18. David in Texas

    If you lose a national election, then quit your State job, are you still relevant? Ask Pete Rose? Some folks still talk baseball with Pete, but he will never manage in the game again.

    July 24, 2009 at 2:51 pm |
  19. Pete, West Milford, NJ

    If you mean relevant as a politician, no. If you mean relevant as a figure divisive to the country, yes.

    July 24, 2009 at 2:56 pm |
  20. Oscar Torres...Aurora IL

    If anyone who decides that their fellow citizens are better off by stepping aside from leading them is clearly irrelevant.

    July 24, 2009 at 2:56 pm |
  21. Liz in CA

    Sure; as an unwitting "friend" of the Democratic Party. As long as she continues to show us all her stupidity and lack of knowledge, we will all love her! Personally, I wish she'd retire and deal with her messed up family!

    July 24, 2009 at 2:59 pm |
  22. Kevin in CA

    Of coarse she's still relevant ... to 22% of the electorate.

    July 24, 2009 at 2:59 pm |
  23. Johnny Martin

    I think she's relevant as long as she don't run for president. Like Letterman said, she may been seen in a Lens Crafters commercial but if people actually think she's qualified to be the leader of the free world that would make me have to ask 'What's in our drinking water'?

    July 24, 2009 at 3:00 pm |
  24. Maureen Nowosad, Yukon Territory

    I hope not. But then again you can fool some of the .......

    It constantly amazes and amuses me how all politicians truly believe that if they keep repeating the same line over and over again we, the stupid, gullible public, will believe it. Just keep repeating the lie and it will morph into the truth. Okay, Sarah. Repeat after me. I did not quit. I did not quit. I did not quit.

    You are never a failure unless and until you quit. If Sarah can convince us that she did not quit then she can convince herself that she is not a failure and the fooled will follow.

    July 24, 2009 at 3:04 pm |
  25. Lesley Abravanel

    Don't you have to make sense to be relevant? Jack, have you read some of Sarah Palin's musings on Twitter ? They make Britney Spears's read like a Rhodes Scholar. The only way Sarah Palin could reach the status of relevancy anymore would be as a contestant on Dancing With the Stars. Really? You betcha.

    Lesley Abravanel
    Miami Beach, Florida

    July 24, 2009 at 3:07 pm |
  26. Jack Carlson

    Indeed Palin is relevant ! As well, she knows exactly what she is doing. 41% of AMericans are now Independents (sick of the greedy self serving Reps and Dems) – indeed Palin knows what is going on with real Americans.
    Jack C
    WA

    July 24, 2009 at 3:10 pm |
  27. vern-anaheim,ca

    a long time ago i said sarah palin would not get the presidential nomination of the republican party once republicans got to know what a "airhead"she is.republicans want someone who they think has a chance to win in 2012 which she doesn't, but for democrats they hope she gets the nomination of the republican party as she would be the easist to defeat

    July 24, 2009 at 3:10 pm |
  28. Bill, Quarryville, Pennsylvania

    No I do not think she is relevant anymore especially after resigning office. But stranger things have happened. One that comes to mind is Richard Nixon losing the governor race in California. And announcing you won't have Nixon to push around anymore. Plus I do not think the republican party is that stupid to have her as their candidate for president. If she ever does gets in that position god help us all. I just sent a chill down my spine.

    July 24, 2009 at 3:13 pm |
  29. Michael McDowell from Ft. Hood Texas

    About as relevant to most Americans as what shoes Paris Hilton wore today!

    July 24, 2009 at 3:18 pm |
  30. Ram Riva -- Calexico, CA

    No she's not..her attempt to make her more visible and in the public opinion's eye, doesn't seem to have a structured plan and more importantly, a GOP consensus...she's fading away, needs another David Letterman's incident...

    July 24, 2009 at 3:21 pm |
  31. Michelle Johnson

    Sarah Palin is only relevant if she reenters the political arena, and immediately. Even if she doesn't hold office, she needs to be an activist for what she does to matter politically speaking. Otherwise, her actions are irrelevant.

    July 24, 2009 at 3:22 pm |
  32. Donna Colorado Springs,Co

    Only to die hard conservative Republicans is she important at all! If she's the best that they have and is the great hope for the future of the Republican party, then boy, do they have major problems! They need to turn their attention away from her and concentrate on someone else for 2012........but then that too will be a monumental job of finding anyone that is popular enough to beat the Dems!

    July 24, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  33. Carla from Wyoming

    In my opinion, she never has been relevant.

    July 24, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  34. Ralph Russell

    Yes although the liberals would like to see her go away and stay away.

    July 24, 2009 at 4:34 pm |
  35. Leslie

    Ok thankfully Mrs. Palins 15 min of fame is up. She is not now, nor will she ever be a relevant factor on the big stage again. Lets face it the republican party will use her as the female face of the party but, they are going back to their grand ol'party money and white men first everyone else is next roots. They will be the ones who tare her down. The sad thing is she will never see is comming. Goodbye Mrs. Palin read something that you can talk about next time.

    July 24, 2009 at 4:35 pm |
  36. JoAnn in Iowa

    No, but she never was. She does not have the education or experience or common sense to be involved in national policy-making. You know she would have never been more than a footnote in history if she was a plain looking woman. The media needs to shut up about her and allow her to fade away.

    July 24, 2009 at 4:35 pm |
  37. DON IN WESTPORT, MASS.

    Isn't Alaksa the state where they send official people when they want someone out of the way.

    July 24, 2009 at 4:36 pm |
  38. Marsha from Kansas

    She will not be relevant. She is not terribly bright and kind of incompetent. As a woman she cannot get away with that. Bush got away with it but he is a guy. In our country the dumbest most incompetent guy has always been able to get elected over a smart competent woman. So you can imagine the chance a less than brilliant woman has.

    July 24, 2009 at 4:37 pm |
  39. James Turner

    Unfortunately their are a significant number of American citizens out there who think she would make a great President. I would love to bottle the illusion they are on! 4clo

    July 24, 2009 at 4:39 pm |
  40. Charles in Denver

    Pail has NO relevance as a political candidate.That ship has sailed.However..she probably has tons of relevance as a cable talk show host on FOX news and will probably be making millions this time next year.Politics or not....she's in a sweet spot finacially speaking.

    July 24, 2009 at 4:39 pm |
  41. Jack - Lancaster, OH

    Jack:

    Regarding Sarah Palin and public service it is possible for her to not only be relevant but superfluous !

    July 24, 2009 at 4:41 pm |
  42. Mike of Hot Springs.

    She is only relevant to those far right wing nuts who love her. As far as leadership ability she has proven herself to be totally irrelevant.

    July 24, 2009 at 4:46 pm |
  43. Robert H. Smith

    Sarah Palin is not relevant. She has demonstrated an inability to handle criticism with civility. It's a long time until 2012 and chances are pretty good she'll be largely forgotten by then. However, should she try to campaign for the GOP presidential nomination in 2012, she'll find that plenty of other Republicans believe they're better suited than she is to be president. I think she would rather quickly self destruct in the primaries.

    - Robert H. Smith, Tulsa, OK

    July 24, 2009 at 4:50 pm |
  44. Nan, Atlanta, GA

    Is Sarah Palin still relevant? Was she ever, except as fodder for late night comedians? The woman is a joke, her 15 minutes of fame are over, it's long past time for that thin-skinned quitter to fade quietly back into the tundra.

    July 24, 2009 at 4:50 pm |
  45. Valerie

    No, nothing against Palin as a person. But as a President or even Vice President she is not Qualified...Everytime I think of her talking to other world leaders representing our Country, I get a sick feeling.
    I was very disappointed in John McCain for choosing her just to get the woman vote. Sad,Sad.....and selfish

    July 24, 2009 at 4:51 pm |
  46. nelson

    Jack, Are you kidding... with over 53% of women voters still in the majority all of potential voters it can make a big "swing" if the politicians don't "get it" . She has a lot of "some type of charisma"
    I don't quite understand yet but I will say this,..."LOOK OUT". At least
    she says what she thinks and that is different than the politicans
    out there now...most of them seem to be liars and cheats.. lol

    July 24, 2009 at 4:54 pm |
  47. Mary

    Palin will never become President, just like Hillary will never become President. The Media hates strong female candidates and encourages character assassination. The truth is the Media and the country is still very sexist.

    July 24, 2009 at 4:54 pm |
  48. Amber, Dallas, TX

    When I voted in 2008, I not only voted for Obama because I thought of him as an extremely educated, intellectually sound and well spoken leader this country so desperately needed, but I also voted for him so my vote would count against Sarah Palin. It wasn't against John McCain as much as it was against Sarah Palin. I honestly did not want to see her in the White House in any way, shape, form or fashion (not even as a janitor) and the very thought of her there turns my stomach. She has no clue about foreign policy or how to deal with complicated issues, such as health care, economy or education. She believes in creationism, which is completely and utterly ridiculous and the thought of that being taught to my children as part of their school curriculum makes me seriously want to vomit. She is, in a nutshell, a disgrace to her state for leaving her post as Governor. If she wanted to set a good example, she should've sucked it up, accepted the fact that politicians get harsh criticism and finished out her term. I think this whole move is a political tactic and a way to stay in the limelight. Unfortunately, I dont think we've seen the last of her, but let's just hope this idiotic move has ruined her chances at entering any kind of political office again....for all of our sakes!

    July 24, 2009 at 4:58 pm |
  49. Charles O. Grigsby

    I couldn't pass up an opportunity to comment here.

    My question is whether Sarah Palin was ever relevant. My conclusion was that her greatest contribution was as feed material for Tina Fey. If Tina is calling it quits, we should give Sarah a couple of months to see if anyone can fill the gap. If not, she should find something she's good at and do that for a while. The list can't be that long.

    July 24, 2009 at 4:58 pm |
  50. Gregory Miami Beach, FL.

    She will continue to fall in popularity unless she finally shows some qualities of leadership. She bursted on the scene with McCain and gained lots of support by reading speeches that she didn't write. She has done nothing since and doesn't posses the ability to lead or understand the needs of " all americans " since she thinks most of us are unamerican. She reminds me of bread that has sat out too long and gotten stale.

    July 24, 2009 at 5:00 pm |
  51. gloria

    She is relevant as a celebrity, not as a candidate for office ...any office.
    She has gained what she wants, that is recognition, screamning fans and future big bucks. I wonder about her authoring talents , but I'm sure her book will sell well if she hires a good ghost writer.

    July 24, 2009 at 5:03 pm |
  52. Penny Muleshoe, Texas

    Not to me she isn't. I voted for her once and it won't happen again.

    July 24, 2009 at 5:04 pm |
  53. Lisa

    Palin may have stirred up the Republican party, but she now has become the hangover that every party attendee wishes would go home. Her day has shined, her 15 minutes of fame is hopefully over, and the Republican party should find another better candidate to move the party along.

    Good Riddance

    July 24, 2009 at 5:05 pm |
  54. steve in florida

    Amazingly. No. The only credibilty she had was her governorship. and she walked away from that in a very non-credible way. I think she's done outside of a very small group of fans. She's already faded. No one cares anymore.

    July 24, 2009 at 5:10 pm |
  55. Jim

    Jack,

    It's hard to see Palin doing anything but harm to Republicans if she pursues a national office. I suspect her relevance as a national politician is on a permanent down slope. But she still commands a great deal of attention and that could make her wonderfully relevant as a spokesperson for some worthy non-partisan cause.

    Jim
    Reno, Nevada

    July 24, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  56. BRUCE, CA.

    Hi Jack!

    YOU BETCH – YA!

    Palin has just as much chance in succeeding as everyone else...

    Best,

    Bruce

    July 24, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  57. Annie

    As far as I am concerned, she never was relevant....end of Governor Palin, end of story.

    July 24, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  58. Diana P (Jacksonville, Oregon)

    NO! She is about as relevant as the dead fish she was catching in those gill nets she was using on her recent fishing jaunt. (which should be made illegal & are in many places). She claims to have quit to be with family? Who was taking care of her baby while she was in Kosovo recently & out there fishing? Lets hope she continues to fade away that land of the midnight sun.

    July 24, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  59. Bruce from Sugar Loaf, NY

    I hope not. Although Palin is the last person on Earth I would ever consider voting for president, she is still one of the most goofy, colorful, and funniest politicians around. Even if she doesn't mean to be. She presented real comic relief in a very tense, historic political race for the most important elected office in the world.

    July 24, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  60. Larry, Ohio

    Jack,Palin is still relevent.As much as the liberal media would love to shut her up,the more they attack her, the more popular she gets,If I were a left wing loon I think I'd keep my powder dry!

    July 24, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  61. Joe in MO

    No, Palin is not still relevant, Jack. The only thing that made her relevant in the first place was John McCain. As people have come to know her, I think they have come to believe she is too inexperienced and shallow to be considered for any major office.

    July 24, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  62. Lou

    Sara Palin is still relevant.
    Sumner, WA

    July 24, 2009 at 5:21 pm |
  63. B.J. Kish

    Nothing Sarah Palin ever does will out weigh the term “QUITTER”. If I was an Alaskan voter, who had actually voted for her I would be hoppin mad. Apparently, with all her guns and SNOW MACHINES she decided to CUT and RUN.

    Ha ha I just had to get that famous CUT and RUN term in there.

    She is a walking joke, possibly a great comedy act in the making….She sure makes everyone at our house laugh.

    July 24, 2009 at 5:22 pm |
  64. Joseph Leff

    Yes, she definitely is. She's relevant only to people with a double-digit IQ.

    Joe in Delray Beach, FL

    July 24, 2009 at 5:22 pm |
  65. Michael Dulak

    Oh, her..........uh........of course she is revelant. After all, with Bush and Cheney haven ridden off into the sunset, the late night comics need her for comedy fodder. Personally, I wish she would dry up and blow away.

    July 24, 2009 at 5:24 pm |
  66. Kerry Diehl

    More than the "NAY" sayers will ever understand! Just sit back and watch what happens moving forward!

    July 24, 2009 at 5:26 pm |
  67. Douglas

    No. Let her sequester herself in beautiful, glamorous Wasilla, AK, and savor the excessive adoration of her right wing, militant, over-the-edge admirers. Let her write ridiculous books & give rambling, awful speeches, for which she will be horribly over-paid. Let her continue to pander to people who want to believe in her backward, ignorant, narrow view of the world. Let her enjoy her view of Russia from her front porch in Wasilla.

    July 24, 2009 at 5:26 pm |
  68. mitzie - GA

    Unfortunately and unfathomly she is relevant. What does it say about our populace that 70 % of Republicans like her? These are probably the same people who voted for "W" in 2004 claiming "they would like to have a beer with him". Good lord.....shouldn't we have a higher standard for our elected officials?

    July 24, 2009 at 5:26 pm |
  69. Sharon, Rockford, IL

    No Jack, but then she never was. I'm sure she has a place somewhere in the right-wing republican party, a lot of people do, but she is not "headline" material when it comes to the most important (or second most important) position in the country. A pretty face and cutsy style, do not a leader make. If she couldn't handle Alaska politics, she certainly can't handle national and world politics.

    July 24, 2009 at 5:31 pm |
  70. Lulu Magee

    Is Sarah Palin still relevant? Are you serious? She's so last year. And now that's she's quit, she's lost any remaining political capital she had.

    July 24, 2009 at 5:36 pm |
  71. Dennis

    Sarah Palin is not relevant and is a waste of time. Although I do admit that she is very amusing. Just listening to her attempt to say a sentence gives me a sense of superiority.

    July 24, 2009 at 5:38 pm |
  72. Jason from Kelowna, Canada

    Was Sarah Palin ever relevant outside of Alaska, or did Mr. McCain just think her gender was relevant to his winning an election?

    July 24, 2009 at 5:42 pm |
  73. Matthew Enthoven

    Jack, I'm a strong conservative who was incredibly disappointed with Sarah Palin's campaigning skills. I sincerely hope the Republican party attempts to make her more irrelevant than she already is.

    – Matthew Enthoven
    Chicago, IL

    July 24, 2009 at 5:42 pm |
  74. Kalena

    If Sarah Palin is still relevant after observing her soap opera/drama queen behavior during and after the Presidential campaign this country really needs help!

    July 24, 2009 at 5:43 pm |
  75. Marilyn, Oklahoma

    Only if you define "relevant", as entertaining and polarizing. Otherwise, she was never relevant.

    July 24, 2009 at 5:46 pm |
  76. Cynthia

    The truth be told she wasn't really relevant back during the election. Where would this country be if she and John McCain had gotten into office – I shudder at the thought?

    July 24, 2009 at 5:46 pm |
  77. gerry luimes

    Of course,Jack; Everybody related to politics in one way or an other is relevant.Ms.Palin deserves her views made public.Whether she is IMPORTANT is altogether a different story........................

    July 24, 2009 at 5:48 pm |
  78. Martin in Shoreline, WA

    She's about as relevant as 8-track players. I don't think comedians will even talk about her anymore. When the going got tough, Palin got going. We cannot have leaders with this lack of strength, especially in the White House. Alaskans should be thankful she is gone.

    July 24, 2009 at 5:49 pm |
  79. Sarah from Toledo

    In words from the home town of the already forgotten Joe the Plumber, the answer in a word, NO.

    July 24, 2009 at 5:51 pm |
  80. nab

    From Raleigh, NC
    Certainly not as a candidate; she has totally blown it there. Although there will always be some who think she is wonderful, more and more people are seeing her for the phony she is. However, she may stil have some relevance in the sense of being able to rally the conservative base for other candidates.

    July 24, 2009 at 5:54 pm |
  81. Ann,Virginia

    Jack,She never was relevant,so why would anyone think that she is now.

    July 24, 2009 at 5:54 pm |
  82. Dan M

    She's only as relevant as the people talking about her want her to be, which begs the question: Why on earth are we still talking about her?

    July 24, 2009 at 5:55 pm |
  83. heidi

    She is relevant because she represents old fashioned values to those in America who still care and are frustrated about how liberal agendas, ACLU and political correctness and everything in the name of progress; have ruined our strong family connections, faith in higher powers and corruption of moral values and character. Now its "cool" to be on the left and continue to watch teen having kids, absentee fathers, drug abuse, kids being left unsupervised because parents put materialistic goals above raising them. By the way, this is coming from a twenty something university grad living in a major city but somehow managed to maintain by moral compass on life.

    July 24, 2009 at 5:55 pm |
  84. Andrea in Raleigh, NC

    Jack,

    I, personally, never found her relevant at all. McCain wanted to throw a curve ball in the ninth inning, but I think it seriously backfired. Now, Palin is using the publicity for other...goals...whatever they may be.

    July 24, 2009 at 5:56 pm |
  85. Eric

    NO-Palin sealed her fate when she quit her job. I didn't vote for her, never would and perhaps now the folks that did, realize she can't finish things that she starts. How would she do as President? She would obviously QUIT as that would be harder than a Governor job on many levels!! She will never make it on the national scene!
    Wasilla, AK

    July 24, 2009 at 5:57 pm |
  86. JoeK, Lake Mary, Fl.

    Sarah Palin is the American political joke of the 2008 election. The sad thing about that is that she was created by a candidate and a party who thought they might be pulling the wool over the eyes of the American electorate. It was a shabby, tacky tactic that failed as it should have failed. Too bad those responsible haven't been properly chastized for their shabby, tacky attempt to pull a rabbit out of a hat.

    July 24, 2009 at 5:57 pm |
  87. Christopher (Charlotte, NC)

    Is she relevant...yes. Is she a threat to the Democratic party...absolutely not. If this is the best the republican party can produce, there's no need to hold an 2012 election at all.

    July 24, 2009 at 5:58 pm |
  88. Charles

    Well, unfortunately Sarah Palin got put on the (presidential) ticket with out much thought for her preparedness. Now we know the truth of who she is...............a wife, mother with a voice and passions. Not many of us are prepared for leading this country, a local office maybe, but to run this country successfully.............. takes a very prepared driven person.

    July 24, 2009 at 5:59 pm |
  89. Stacy H. From Memphis, TN

    I dont think she was relevant then. This lady is folksy, charming and AVERAGE when it comes to politics. She knows about as much as I know, but hey, I am not about to run for office. I am glad John McCain lost his final bid for the commander in chief. Any one who puts America in Jeopardy by trying to win by any means neccessary is a 'loser'!!!! He would have done better choosing Katic Couric! At least she is smart!!! But if America would be honest NO ONE felt safe if this woman had to call the shots in protecting us!

    July 24, 2009 at 6:00 pm |
  90. Amarissa

    If she wasn't, why is the whole media, Republicans and Democrats still asking and talking about her?
    Even Kerry and Boxer took the time to talk about her in an op ed in the Washington Post. Why is everyone in politics obsessed with Palin? I think her numbers in polls are much better than what they report and that is the reason they want to take her down. Sorry for all those obsessed with her because she is not leaving!

    July 24, 2009 at 6:00 pm |
  91. mora vega

    Sarah Palin is only relevant to that far right fringe of what's left of the Republican Party, the kind of people who believe that Obama was born in Kenya despite evidence to the contrary, people who can be inspired to scream hate slogans in response to her rabble-rousing rhetoric. Please keep her around because she fractures the GOP. (Her leadership skills are evident by the fact that she cannot complete her term as governor).

    July 24, 2009 at 6:00 pm |
  92. Brian Thomas

    Sarah Palin is relevant because she adds yet one more problem for the U.S. to sort out. If she ever gets near the White House, that would be the end of the U.S. as we know it. She is a joke the U.S. can ill afford to indulge in and make even more relevant.

    Brian Thomas
    Iligan City
    Philippines

    July 24, 2009 at 6:02 pm |
  93. Steven Grady

    Whether Sarah Palin was ever considered relevant or not, she has no relevance now, and should fade away well before 2012. Any edge she may have had as a tough, saavy spokesperson for hard right issues is mortally wounded by her resignation – failure to complete even one term as governor. Perceived as a "quitter", she's pretty much lost all of her bite. And the bite is all she had to take focus off her lack of understanding of issues, world geography and current events.

    July 24, 2009 at 6:02 pm |
  94. Barbara Washburn

    Palin STILL relevant? Never was, if you ask me. Helped Obama win, though. So maybe she WAS relevant after all. We should thank her and hope she does run for president in 2012,. That exposure – now that we have a better view of her character – would surely end all doubts about her relevance and probably the credibility of the Republican party. One thing to be a VP another to take charge of the whole shebang.

    July 24, 2009 at 6:02 pm |
  95. Brian from St. Louis

    Sure Palin's made some mistakes and I am one of those people who blames the media for her bad image, but I think she needs to take this time to lie low for a while and rebuild her image in whatever way she can. Perhaps after a while she could make a political comeback.

    July 24, 2009 at 6:04 pm |
  96. Marion/Birmingham

    She is a dynamo,Jack..Thats why the Liberal Democrats are so afraid of her,and the Mainatream media,see her as a threat..

    July 24, 2009 at 6:04 pm |
  97. Betty in Arizona

    NO, but the GOP will think she is. Bible thumpers will believe fully that she is. She is one of the dumbest women I have ever heard speak. How did she get elected as Governor?

    July 24, 2009 at 6:04 pm |
  98. Jeff in Key West

    Who is Palin? (Joking) I don't know anyone who likes her but then again... I live in paradise and we can't see Russia from here.

    July 24, 2009 at 6:07 pm |
  99. Gloria O'Brien

    Politicaly she has alsways been just a talking head and a stooge. However, she is still relavent ,as she has set back women in politics inmeasurably. Manipulative, lying, whining, winking; she is the antithesis of the we have tried to prove over the years. Women can be good intelligent responsible leaders She seems ready to sell anyone out for the big bucks and attention. Unfortunately, I think we will be seeing her serve her "higher purpose" for as long as she can milk the system.

    July 24, 2009 at 6:07 pm |
  100. Mary

    Palin isn't ready for presidency, and she has proven it many times. From many of her interviews to her policies, there is no way that she would survive the first month in White House. Her folksy attitude might be cute to Americans, and might make her a good person to talk to the public about politics, but would not be cute to foriegn politicians.
    Bolivar, MO

    July 24, 2009 at 6:07 pm |
  101. Jen

    No! Only to the right wing media. She is a myth, a creation of a media campaign, nothing more nothing less.

    July 24, 2009 at 6:10 pm |
  102. Karen

    Unfortunately, yes. People are like sheep; they seem to need a leader to follow, even when they're being led off a cliff. Palin's bleating will continue because the religious right enjoy having her brand of wool pulled over their eyes.

    July 24, 2009 at 6:10 pm |
  103. Kathryn Musial

    Sarah Palin is not relevent but she is a great distraction from real politics. Alaska should be happy she is getting out of the way so they can get back to business. Sarah was also a huge joke when she was running for vice-president and she was certainly NOT relevent then either.

    July 24, 2009 at 6:10 pm |
  104. Mr Baker

    Why do people think that Sarah palin is such a great representative of the Republican party she is the main reason that they lost. My goodness Obama makes a mistake and the world erupts. Sarah Palin is unable to complete a sentance without making a mistake. We would get nothing done.

    July 24, 2009 at 6:10 pm |
  105. Yona Makowski

    No. John McCain made a big mistake last year. She has been a great source for comedians, like Tina Fey.

    July 24, 2009 at 6:11 pm |
  106. Judith in Austin

    She was never very relevant except to Tina Fey's brilliant skits,maybe.However,I think we now know why she resigned."Another shoe dropped" with this latest(and perhaps most serious) ethics violation.

    July 24, 2009 at 6:11 pm |
  107. Jeff in New Britain CT

    Even Barbara Boxer and John Kerry wrote an article in the Washington Post today!!

    Seriously relevant I would say!!

    July 24, 2009 at 6:11 pm |
  108. Lisa in Shelton CT

    No Jack, and I don't think she could spell it either!

    July 24, 2009 at 6:11 pm |
  109. jackie t

    jack, palin is only relevant to Palin and the attorneys that she owes money to.

    July 24, 2009 at 6:11 pm |
  110. Dan Illinois

    In my opinion she never was relevant. We have over 300 million people in this country , and if she is the best we got we are in big trouble.

    July 24, 2009 at 6:11 pm |
  111. Joe Tattersall TM1(SS) USN Retired

    No Jack she never was relivent as far as I am concerned. Not even when she standing on the same stage with McCann.

    Of course I don't and didn't think HE was relivent either.

    After all they are the party of "I Have it and YOU Don't!"

    Sorry my spell checker doesn't work on your page.

    Aloha
    Joe

    July 24, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  112. Karl

    Oakland Park, FL
    Relevant? To what? I can't find anything remotely relevant about the woman that is abandoning her constituents in Alaska. I can't believe that the news "relavant" to Sarah Palin isn't about the people of Alaska throwing snowballs at the Governor!

    July 24, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  113. david jabari

    Palin never has and never will matter in American politics. The only reason she is discussed in public is because Republicans have no true representation in their party anymore.

    July 24, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  114. Rich

    She never was relevant to most of us. The press and cable news is are the ones trying to make her relevant. It makes news stories for them.

    July 24, 2009 at 6:23 pm |
  115. david jabari

    Not at all.The only reason she would be relevant to me,personally,is that she has the same name as my beautiful daughter.

    July 24, 2009 at 6:28 pm |
  116. Mark Canady

    I don't think she has ever been relevant to US national politics, In the last election her christo-facist ideals alienated dems and independents that may have crossed the fence and voted for the honorable Mr. John Mccain. In addition to alegations of coruption in her home state. If she has had any relevance in our nations politics in my opinion it has been creating a negitive view towards Mccain in the last election.

    July 24, 2009 at 6:30 pm |
  117. Steve Stromp

    Sarah Palin is a political joke, presented by a gasping party and promoted by human beings that cannot see the writing on the wall. She is not a leader, she’s a leftover joke. Let her open an office for counseling Alaskan fishermen or a pit bull kennel. Or sell lipstick for Avon. Not, never, near Washington…..please, America, wake up…Can’t you see she is not well informed, nor intelligent. She is not for America’s best interest.

    July 24, 2009 at 6:30 pm |
  118. AspenFreePress

    Newspapers need all the readers they can get. Palin sells newspapers. The media won't let her out of its sight. Besides, Palin is the only person these days in the GOP who can draw real crowds.
    Sterling Greenwood/Aspen Free Press

    July 24, 2009 at 6:30 pm |
  119. Doug

    I'm not a republican. I live in the same town as the Governor. If you think Sarah Palin is no longer relevant, think again. I hope she cashes in, pays off the legal bills and comes down to the lower 48 wearin' butt-kickin' boots.

    July 24, 2009 at 6:35 pm |
  120. Mbongo

    Jack,

    Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor

    July 24, 2009 at 6:37 pm |
  121. Rod

    As an American living overseas, I'm constantly questioned as to the lack of intelligence of our country in supporting Palin, when 40% of Americans still view Palin as a "strong leader". Leftish polls usually put "only 40% view Palin as a strong leader," but 40% is still 40%...incredible!

    July 24, 2009 at 6:57 pm |