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November 17th, 2010
03:52 PM ET

Can Palin convince people she's qualified to be president?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Get ready for what could make an outstanding two years of television:

Sarah Palin says she is seriously considering running for president in 2012.

The drop-out former governor of Alaska tells The New York Times Magazine that she's having discussions with her family about a potential run because she says they are "the most important consideration."

Palin says if she decides to run, she would need to bring more "trustworthy" strategists onto her team. She once again claims she was thrown under the bus by strategists on the campaign of GOP presidential candidate John McCain. She says she needs to be careful about who she lets into her inner circle.

Palin also takes a shot at what she calls the "lamestream media." Although she mainly appears as a paid contributor on the F-word network and communicates with the public via Twitter and Facebook, Palin insists she's "not avoiding anything or anybody," adding that she's "out there" and that she wants to talk about her record.

However, Palin acknowledges that one hurdle she'd have to face is proving that record: "That's the most frustrating thing for me - the warped and perverted description of my record and what I've accomplished over the last two decades."

She's right on this count. She's going to have to prove herself.

Several recent polls show more than half of Americans give Sarah Palin an unfavorable rating. According to Gallup, Palin's unfavorable number is at 52 percent - the highest ever. Another recent survey shows a whopping 67 percent see her as unqualified to be president.

Here’s my question to you: How can Sarah Palin convince people she is qualified to be president?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Andy in Vancouver writes:
The ship has sailed on that, Jack. She quit her job as governor, which would have been the only qualifier. She's all over reality TV, which will doom her chances of ever being taken seriously. And, she's ticked off the establishment in the GOP, so she has a lot of enemies. This is on top of the fact that her favorability rating in Alaska is far lower than the rest of the country – these are the people who know her best.

Mike in St. Paul, Minnesota writes:
She can freely admit that she is not qualified, which at least shows that she knows what the job entails.

Dan in New York writes:
Dear Jack, In a country where so many people believe President Obama is a Muslim, that there is no such thing as global warming, and the universe was created in six, twenty four hour days, convincing these same folks that Sarah Palin is qualified to be president should be a breeze.

Larry in Ohio writes:
Jack, Of course she can; Obama did!

Rick writes:
Start talking about real issues and what she can do to make the country better for the people in it.

Rich writes:
It is very sad to think that the best America has to offer as president is the likes of Sarah Palin. She ran out on her own state because of the pressure. Either that or she saw that reality shows, Fox News and giving political pep rallies paid more. Palin is in the game for Palin, not for you or me.

Steve writes:
I am Canadian, and have begun to watch the most hilarious reality show ever: Palin is gonna "dance with the stars", use a little TLC, and "tweet" her way into the nomination. She will out-FOX you all. You betcha!

Paul writes:
Answering this question is like answering the question: "If knees bent the other way, what would chairs look like?" I'm just baffled.


Filed under: 2012 Election • Sarah Palin
soundoff (169 Responses)
  1. Donald

    She would either have to go back in time and finish her term as governor or use the maschine from the movie "Men in Black" to wipe peoples memory of the past 2 years. Other than that there's no being convinced over here.

    November 17, 2010 at 4:48 pm |
  2. Steve, Clifton, VA

    Sure if she can convince them that she could be Secretary of Defense or Secretary of State or maybe Secretary of the Treasury. I can see the military Generals now saluting her as their commander and chief....what a joke!!

    November 17, 2010 at 4:49 pm |
  3. David

    Her first step should be to get off US soil, learn first-hand something about the rest of the world and return with an impressive list of world leaders who had met with her or hosted her for lunch on her travels.

    November 17, 2010 at 4:49 pm |
  4. Valerie in Raleigh

    For the following reasons, Sarah Palin can never convince people that she is qualified to be President.

    1. She is under-educated.
    2. She quit as governor of Alaska.
    3. Her knowledge of the world is limited.
    4. She is more personality that politican.
    5. Many educated women will not support her.
    6. She lacks dignity and refinement.

    November 17, 2010 at 4:50 pm |
  5. Esperanza

    If people were ignorant enough to vote for George W. Bush into office twice she could easily win. That is very scary!!!!!

    November 17, 2010 at 4:51 pm |
  6. Amine

    Hey.. if Ronald Reagan and GWB won the presidency I wouldn't be surpirsed if this money hungry good lookin woman would won.
    I think we American lost our mind when we are electing our politicians

    November 17, 2010 at 4:51 pm |
  7. Bill (Tacoma) WA.

    Palin quit, I repeat QUIT her elected job as governor of alaska. She blames everyone but herself for her PROBLEMS. Their is nothing absolute NOTHING she can do to convince enough majority of people that she's qualified to be president? She has a fan base, but they are not enough.

    November 17, 2010 at 4:52 pm |
  8. Kim Smith

    She can't. It's that simple, Jack. Anyone who thinks Palin is qualified for anything except dog catcher (sorry all you animal control officers out there), is delusional at best and needs to get a reality check.

    November 17, 2010 at 4:53 pm |
  9. kk

    Not in this lifetime. She needs to go home and raise her children. While she is at it take Bristol with her.

    November 17, 2010 at 4:53 pm |
  10. katiec Pekin, IL

    For Palin even to think , believe she is remotely qualified to be our president shows the size of her unrealistic, overwhelming ego.
    This addicted headline seeker has evidently began to fool even
    herself as to her qualifications, capabilities.
    A commentator stated that Palin uses facts as often as her grizzlies use toilet paper. How can she possibly think our country would want her for president when all the majority of us want is for her to go away,

    November 17, 2010 at 4:54 pm |
  11. Roman, Butler, Pa

    No. Here is a woman that quits her elected public office as governor, for what? Money, power and fame. She seeks her own glory, just as Glenn Beck does, instead of seeking the Glory of the Son of Man. That is what I hold against her and the republicans with their false righteousness. Did not Beck stand before thousands of people declaring God was speaking to him directly? I can assure you God was not speaking to him or Palin. For they seek their own glory.

    November 17, 2010 at 4:56 pm |
  12. Jenny from Nanuet, NY

    She would have to have Christine O'Donnell cast a spell on everybody who rightfully sees her as "unqualified."

    November 17, 2010 at 4:56 pm |
  13. Dan in Florida

    Sarah would have trouble proving she's qualified for dog catcher. She couldn't handle being the Governor of a state with less than a million people when some of them dared to question her ethics. She's intellectually lazy and impulsive. She can't decide from one minute to the next what she wants in her life but as long as the camera are rolling she'll play the hypocrite she is. What's more troublesome is those in our populous who feel she's the princess of darkness. My fear isn't the candidates as much as the mindset of those who would make her president.

    November 17, 2010 at 4:58 pm |
  14. raymond j. lopez

    this has to be a real joke. i could not even imagine her meeting with any world leader. maybe she could match wits with fidel castro, and kim jong gone.

    November 17, 2010 at 4:58 pm |
  15. D.M San Diego

    Because she can put lipstick on a pig and call it a mamma grizzly...or something like that. I guess. I don't know.

    November 17, 2010 at 4:59 pm |
  16. thom richer

    To anyone with an ounce of common sense and intelligence....she can't!

    Thom Richer
    Negaunee, MI

    November 17, 2010 at 4:59 pm |
  17. Ralph Spyer

    Of what country?

    November 17, 2010 at 5:01 pm |
  18. Jack from Illinois

    Hollywood has announced that it might do a big screen remake of "Gilligan's Island." Maybe Ms. Palin might have a better job convice people that she would make a perfect Ginger.

    November 17, 2010 at 5:04 pm |
  19. Kenny in Va.

    She can't because she's not, plain & simple. She is, without a doubt, the most divisive big name politician we've had in a long time. She's mean spirited, petty, and uncomfortably paranoid...not exactly the attributes I want from someone with their finger over the button.

    Even if by some miracle she were elected does anybody really believe she'd govern down the middle, for all Americans? She doesn't even try to reach across to the roughly 50% of America that she alienates with every speech. In fact, she mocks anyone who doesn't subscribe to her viewpoint; y'know, the same people she needs to live at 1600.

    Please Fox, give her a huge raise so she'll stay on the sidelines raking in the dough. It's obvious that's where her real loyalty is (and who can blame her; times are tough and she's taking care of her family HUGE). Palin is scary, and not in a funny way.

    November 17, 2010 at 5:04 pm |
  20. George

    Jack

    No, she can't. However after last night's performance with dancing with the stars (with Bristol qualifying) anything is possible. An unqualified dancer can win DWTS. An unqualified candidate (Palin) can win the presidency. Scary

    November 17, 2010 at 5:06 pm |
  21. Marc

    She can't, because she's not.

    November 17, 2010 at 5:07 pm |
  22. mw-maryland

    She can't!

    November 17, 2010 at 5:08 pm |
  23. chris

    She can't. End of story. PLEASE BE THE END OF THE STORY!

    November 17, 2010 at 5:08 pm |
  24. Jeff

    Frontal Lobotomy, I might vote for her then.

    November 17, 2010 at 5:09 pm |
  25. john

    No, and CNN and others just need to stop talking about this has been unqualified quitter who just walked out on the only elected job shes ever had. Every day CNN mentions her for no apparent reason. She needs to go away forever.

    November 17, 2010 at 5:10 pm |
  26. Bill

    She can't. Unless we all go stupid at the same time.

    November 17, 2010 at 5:10 pm |
  27. Eric

    Simply put, she cannot.

    Ipswich, MA

    November 17, 2010 at 5:10 pm |
  28. Ann from Charleston SC

    Sara Palin has a charisma that appeals to a certain segment of the public, people who vote with their emotions rather than their brains. Those people will think she is qualified simply because they like her and because they are in agreement. What more do they need? How can Sara Palin convince the rest of us that she is qualified? That's hard to imagine. I know I have written her off and don't pay enough attention to her to even try to find a quaification.

    November 17, 2010 at 5:10 pm |
  29. Mary, Rye NH

    She can't. Next question?

    November 17, 2010 at 5:10 pm |
  30. David

    Shes a waste of time!

    November 17, 2010 at 5:11 pm |
  31. Rod

    No Way is she qualified to be POTUS and Jack quit being so obsessed with her. She is getting very old in the eyes of the public. Sheeesh....

    November 17, 2010 at 5:11 pm |
  32. Ken from Minneapolis

    She can't...

    November 17, 2010 at 5:12 pm |
  33. Earl Taylor

    She has already convinced 27%. I think her numbers have peaked.

    November 17, 2010 at 5:12 pm |
  34. J Farrow

    She can't. She is clearly unqualified by any measure.

    November 17, 2010 at 5:12 pm |
  35. Old Nevadan

    Well, answering questions with more than folksy colloquialisms strung together with a few hot-button political buzzwords would help.

    November 17, 2010 at 5:12 pm |
  36. Michael H.

    Sarah Pain's goals are to promote herself and to make money. She puts herself in the spotlight then gets upset when there is some criticism of her. The bottom line is she is someone who quit as governor in mid-term when it got too uncomfortable for her. How could she possibly withstand the pressures of the Presidency? There isn't space to get into how poor her "policies" would be for the future of America.

    Sigh...

    November 17, 2010 at 5:12 pm |
  37. Mike

    Jack – I am firmly in the camp that just about anyone would be better than BO, but help us all if she is able to convince people that she is ready to be our president. If that happens, we are in worse shape than I thought.

    November 17, 2010 at 5:12 pm |
  38. johnrj08

    Convince them of what? That Africa is a country and that George Washington was a Founding Father? That "refudiate" isn't a made up word? That death panels really do exist? That Obama is a socialist? That writing notes to yourself on your palm is juvenile? That there's a North and South Korea because of a war that was fought 60 years ago? Palin has definitely convinced me of one thing: She's got the brains of a high school drop-out.

    November 17, 2010 at 5:12 pm |
  39. Beth in Ohio

    Jack,

    She can't convince me. I'm a vocal teacher. I can't stand the sound of her voice long enough to listen to what she has to say. To me, she sounds like a small child wrenching a balloon when she speaks. The sound is so irratating that when she speaks on TV, I turn it off or switch the channel.

    November 17, 2010 at 5:12 pm |
  40. Bob D Iowa

    Let the Joker run. That would be the best thing at ever happened for Obama.

    November 17, 2010 at 5:12 pm |
  41. missouri

    She can't convince me!!!!

    November 17, 2010 at 5:13 pm |
  42. kjay

    She quit on 700,000 Alaskan's as Governor, how can we trust her to lead 300 million americans.

    November 17, 2010 at 5:13 pm |
  43. kevin

    Palin as president sounds about right. After all 2012 is suppose to be the end of the world.

    November 17, 2010 at 5:13 pm |
  44. Scott Stodden

    She Can't Convince Anyone That She's Qualified To Be President Because If We Look At Her Record Just As Governor She Had Record Deficits In Alaska, She Was Under Investigation For So Much Corruption In Alaska As Governor And She Left The State Of Alaska Hanging When She Abandoned Her Governorship To Go Write A Book And Work For Fox, Makes Me Wonder If She Were President Would She Abandon The Office Of President As Well! I Never Thought Sarah Palin Was Qualified To Be Vice President Let Alone President, If She Runs In 2012 Barack Obama Will Definetly Win!

    Scott Stodden (Freeport,Illinois)

    November 17, 2010 at 5:13 pm |
  45. Phil

    She's a lunatic.

    She couldn't beat Scooby-Doo in a nationwide election.

    Wilmington, Delaware

    November 17, 2010 at 5:13 pm |
  46. Edward

    She is the most unqualified person to run for any office. She would make us Americans the laughing stock of the world.

    If Plain ever would suceed it really means the demise of a great country.

    November 17, 2010 at 5:13 pm |
  47. Bryan from Chicago, Illinois

    If she can survive a debate or five against President Obama on the issues, without populist rhetoric and outright lies (death panels), and without erasing the crib notes written on her palm, that will be the day

    November 17, 2010 at 5:14 pm |
  48. Gary

    There is no chance. Her idiocy is encyclopedic. Her views too extreme. Her education is questionable at best – laughable in truth. She has zero international experience. No credibility when it comes to economics. No clue on political, economic, social or legal theory.

    She has already displayed her need to find "B" players whom she can attempt to dominate because she would never surround herself with anyone smarter than her. By the time her cabinet is filled-out, we'd a collection of village idiots.

    The office of the Presidency requires some decorum and style, both of which are absent in totality. And can you picture Todd at a state dinner?

    Finally, her mouth, overloads her butt.

    November 17, 2010 at 5:14 pm |
  49. Joon

    By not running.

    November 17, 2010 at 5:14 pm |
  50. Will A, Las Cruces, NM

    Hahahaha,,,I'll get back to you when I stop laughing...

    November 17, 2010 at 5:14 pm |
  51. M in Seattle

    She isn't qualified to boil water. That there are those that think she is, is mind blowing.

    November 17, 2010 at 5:14 pm |
  52. Not Fooled

    The Tea Party will try to market her like just like any other product, however, only the ignorant and uninformed will be fooled. Bottom line NOT QUALIFIED! I don't care how much they coach her they can't change the fact that she does not have the skills, mental capacity, or temperment for the job.

    November 17, 2010 at 5:14 pm |
  53. sonny chapman

    Didn't we learn in 2000 & 2004 that Dumb is Bad ?

    November 17, 2010 at 5:14 pm |
  54. Nate P.A.

    HaHa.. That's a good one jack !

    November 17, 2010 at 5:15 pm |
  55. Linda

    Are you kidding? Why does she thinks she qualifies to be president? She quit her job as govenor, not because she cared about Alaska but because she cared about getting out and making lotsof money for herself. She has no idea how to run anything, let alone our country. Now she has a reality show, what in this world is she trying to prove.

    November 17, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  56. CC

    As someone who who lives outside the US, I agree 100% with Edward.
    The rest of the world sees Palin as a complete joke and we shake our heads that any Americans can view her as qualified for office.

    November 17, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  57. Rich McKinney, Texas

    Jack there is nothing this lady can do that can impress any intelligent voter. the only reason why Palin and McCain got the votes they did is because there was only one other option and they got elected.

    November 17, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  58. Greg

    Simple Jack, she can't. She has about as much of a chance of convincing me she can see Russia from California as she does of convincing me she has anywhere near the aptitude, intelligence, or character to serve as the president of this great country.

    November 17, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  59. Jack Cardwell

    She don't have to prove she is qualified to run as a Republican or Tea Party. Didn't you just witness all the people who just ran for office.

    November 17, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  60. Scott

    If you have half a brain she can't convince you that she is qualified. Thanks John McCain for bringing this idiot to the national stage. Her ego and self interest's know no bounds.

    November 17, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  61. Dave

    Oh my-we are talking about turkey's already?

    Sheboygan, Wisconsin

    November 17, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  62. Don, Florida

    She's not qualified Jack. She's a great cheer leader who can get the fans hooping and hollering but she's not a head coach.

    November 17, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  63. D strouse

    As an independent former Obama supporter here is my assessment. Obama has high intellect but is dumb ad stupid on practicality and is not a leader and lies. Ms. Palin is lower on intellect but is smart on practicality, is a leader and is honest.

    November 17, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  64. James Walker

    We've had governors, actors, lawyers, peanut farmers, full time politicians, senators, congressman, baseball team owners as presidents- some well qualified on paper-some not. It comes down to the actual inner qualities and potential of a candidate and their ability to develop a leadership team.

    November 17, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  65. Greg in Houston

    Yes she may convince the under-educated dimwits that normally vote for the GOPs platform of hate and divisiveness...but that is about it. No one in their right mind considers her even remotely qualified to do anything other than sound bites.

    November 17, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  66. Elliot

    Sarah Palin couldn't convince me that rain is wet.

    November 17, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  67. Greg M.

    Jack,
    LOL.
    Greg M. Largo,FL

    November 17, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  68. Greg in Cabot, AR

    Only "67 percent see her as unqualified to be president"???

    I think we need to concentrate more on education in this country if the American way of life is to survive.

    November 17, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  69. Mike from Vancouver BC

    If Sarah convinces the American public to make her leader of the free in world in 2012 then I'll be convinced The Mayan calender was right all along.

    November 17, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  70. Mike Plamann

    Not a chance . I'm a staunch conservative but she is delusional if she thinks she has even the remotest chance of getting the independent vote .

    November 17, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  71. Tracy

    The only way she could be considered qualified is if she were to have a brain transplant from an open minded, intelligent person who would not be running for purely selfish reasons.

    November 17, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  72. WMB

    Interesting. The terminators of the future seem to have changed tactics for destroying civilization. Perhaps they'll send Palin's Rove back in time soon to get her started.

    November 17, 2010 at 5:34 pm |
  73. Tom

    US President is evidently the only job you don't have to have any qualifications for so by all means, Sarah, go for it.

    November 17, 2010 at 5:34 pm |
  74. John from Lafayette

    Sorry Jack but their no way she can Convince American people she Qualified to be President.She say it on her own show on TLC she rather be out side in ALASKA ,Instead of being in some old stuffy Politics Office. So now we expect her not too lies again and keep her own words. And she no way Qualified to run for President or any PUBLIC OFFICE. She QUIT one allready.

    November 17, 2010 at 5:34 pm |
  75. Connie, Chicago

    Palin got one thing right, "she's out there", where, is anyone's guess. I fault the media for propping up this nobody and assisting her delusion into believing that she can give what she doesn't have, "intelligence, proper qualifications for the daunting task of the presidency and not enough brains to realize that she'll never be qualified to be president of anything." She needs to hire a doctor with a long black couch and let her talk until reality sinks in.

    November 17, 2010 at 5:34 pm |
  76. M. Hall in Maine

    No need to convince anybody, Jack. She'll first have to hand-pick a crowd of people who's IQ's are numerically less than their ages. Once she's made a hit with them, as with all politicians, she'll lie about the resulting statistics. After a while we'll convince ourselves that Sarah is the cookie. That's Democracy.

    Maine

    November 17, 2010 at 5:34 pm |
  77. Brooklyn

    I'll listen, but what I've seen from her so far hasn't convinced me in the slightest that she deserves to be elected to the most powerful position in the world.

    November 17, 2010 at 5:34 pm |
  78. Veronica

    People are hurting but they're not crazy!!

    November 17, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  79. Guido

    Let's see, about 27% of the population thinks that Sarah Palin could be President. Wow, that happens to be approximately the same percentage of the population that falls be low 90 on IQ curves. Well, that is certainly interesting.

    November 17, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  80. EJ in Metro Houston

    after the last election Jack I am convinced that Americans can be coaxed into ANYTHING! Palin doesn't deal in facts that's for sure and if more people bothered to deal in facts instead of fear and mis-information Nov2nd outcome would have been far different. Of course she could win Jack but it won't be because I voted for her that's for sure.

    November 17, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  81. Lissa in Montreal

    She's too polarizing a figure. No matter how she might try to rehabilitate her image, she will not be a uniter in this campaign. As well, she might not enjoy the "lamestream media" but she'll have to start stepping more center in order to ingratiate herself to it just a bit, or she'll have no coverage and therefore, no undecideds to vote for her. I just think she's been vilified too much to seriously campaign.

    November 17, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  82. Garry from NJ

    She already has a base. The same crowd that believes in death panels, doubt Obama's citizenship and think someone's coming for them and their guns. You can apparently convince some people of anything without really trying at all. There is a disturbingly wide swath of people in this country that simple have no desire to seek the truth or possess any sense of reality.

    November 17, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  83. Dave

    She is the Democrat's best chance at keeping the White House. Run, Sarah, Run!

    November 17, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  84. brad

    she's got my vote.

    November 17, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  85. Remzi R, Barolli

    Jack give me a break, in my opinion she is not qualified to be the president. I can not imagine if she has to face the Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. What would she shay to him. She is childish for believing she can win the election. For sure Obama will have a sure win for imself.

    November 17, 2010 at 5:36 pm |
  86. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Palin obviously doesn't understand what the word "gravitas" means or to study. She writes books, she's a contributor to the "F" network, tweets, etc. and now a reality show all the things that make money, but she shows no intellectual curiosity.

    November 17, 2010 at 5:36 pm |
  87. Bob Lehman

    Not if you have ever met her. I have!

    November 17, 2010 at 5:36 pm |
  88. Howard Marcus

    I have a good idea....how about the media completely IGNOR her, stop reporting everything she says or does and maybe, just maybe, she and her family will disappear. And shame on TLC for promoting her with that idiotic show.

    November 17, 2010 at 5:36 pm |
  89. Jake Stanton

    The left does not like Palin as she is honest, decent and clean.....that bothered those in the first Century re clean decent and honest people as well.
    Obama is a clown unless he is reading a teleprompter.
    Jake S
    ND

    November 17, 2010 at 5:37 pm |
  90. Dan McManus

    She can't, put simply. Sarah Palin is an idiot. Her comments are full of hyperbole. In the months since her loss in 08, she has done nothing to solidify her stance on issues. Staying in the governor's job would have been a big asset; instead, she decided to decline on true statemanship for money. "Lamestream media?" Only Palin would be idiotic enough to not realize that she has her own part in the media and its antics – whatever they may be – since she took a job with Fox.

    November 17, 2010 at 5:37 pm |
  91. Matt

    As a voter who traditionally favors the center-left, I would welcome Palin to the presidential race on the right. If there is one person who could divide the GOP it is her.

    November 17, 2010 at 5:37 pm |
  92. Henry

    No. No Way. Absolutely no possibility. Unthinkable. There is simply nothing there to work with. The woman is a blithering idiot on her best day, and would only complete the job George Bush started in destroying any credibility this counrty has left in the free world. The prospect should frighten any thinking American.

    November 17, 2010 at 5:37 pm |
  93. Harriet in Cary, NC

    The only thing this ex-half-term governor can convince me of is this: If she does run, I will once again be pounding the pavement and donating funds to defend sanity (as well as logic, evolution, separation of church and state, health care, and women's rights).

    It will be a repeat of my 2008 reaction to the astoundingly arrogant woman. Only this time around, I will be heavily recruiting additional volunteers.

    November 17, 2010 at 5:38 pm |
  94. Agopal

    She is as qualified as Bristol is for moving to the finals on DWTS

    Does qualification matter anymore?

    November 17, 2010 at 5:38 pm |
  95. Mark G - San Diego

    I am sincerely trying my best to be fair and balanced about Sarah, but no matter the effort, I just cannot support the notion that she is qualified to lead the nation. She needs to go back home to the rest of her Wasillabillies and enjoy the benefits of being the celebrity she was clever enough to make herself into. I mean really... a gig on FixedNews and now 8 weeks of "look at me" on TLC? And this woman thinks she has a serious future in politics??? God Help Us All.

    November 17, 2010 at 5:38 pm |
  96. carey georgas

    she can't

    November 17, 2010 at 5:38 pm |
  97. Judith

    Please, say it couldn't happen. We would be the laughing stock of the world. George was bad enough, but Palin??!!

    November 17, 2010 at 5:38 pm |
  98. Evelyn

    She convinces them, in the exact same way the buffoon currently in office convinced everyone, I guess. I mean seriously, what experience did he have? None. Look don't get me wrong, she won't get my vote, but as we saw in 2008, if people want something bad enough, anything can happen.

    November 17, 2010 at 5:38 pm |
  99. J. Picon III

    No. I personally do not consider her a good candidate. The FORMER Govenor of Alaska has 1 big strike, in my voting opinion. She exited the Governorship, before her term expired, or was defeated, in her 1st term. The President can't just call it quits. They must be capable of performing their duties through the entire term. Basically, she allowed her aspirations to higher office "Spill Baby Spill" into her responsibilities the citizens of Alaska voted her into. Additionally, I do not believe Sarah Palin understands how difficult the Presidency truly is. I hope my next prediction is total wrong. But were she to campaign & win the Presidency, there are so many U.S. Congressman & Senators, that will not respect her. The truth is, Washington will never give her a fighting chance. It happens moreso to controversial candidates. Disagree? Ask Senator John McCain. By the way. I'm also of the opinion that no politician should be addressed as Congressman, Governor, Senator, etc., if they fail to complete the jobs we elected them for ! I'm just saying...

    November 17, 2010 at 5:38 pm |
  100. David, Maine

    It would be impossible for her to convince anyone. She's already done a good enough job convincing people not to vote for her, the female Dan Quayle.

    November 17, 2010 at 5:38 pm |
  101. Dennis/Missouri

    Fact. She has more experince than Obama did when he ran and was elected. She surely can't do any worse than he has. Maybe if the liberal stream media would stop bashing her and just report the facts, the America people could make up their own mind if she is qualified.

    November 17, 2010 at 5:38 pm |
  102. Nurse Lisa in Shelton, CT

    Jack I'm praying she does just this – but via the Tea Party because the GOP doesn't respect this gaffe-prone quitter enough to lead. If the GOP voters are split between the RNC and Tea Party candidates, then Obama will get his four more yrs. to clean up GWB's messes. He's doing a good job so far at everything but getting this message out.

    November 17, 2010 at 5:38 pm |
  103. Ron (Columbia, MO)

    If by a miracle (or by disaster I guess you could say) she wins the election, it would convince me to leave the country.

    November 17, 2010 at 5:39 pm |
  104. michael erickson

    Let's see...she quit" as Alaska's governor...she was fired on the McCain ticket...She was defeated on the Miller/Murkowski ticket (see I can spell at least) so in a nutshell she is a "nut" who probably can't even spell president!!! and she wants us to seriously elect her? NOT

    November 17, 2010 at 5:39 pm |
  105. Ron Morgan

    The fact that she even stays in the public eye is a sad commentary on our times. Given our great resources, and the scores of talented and highly educated people, it's quite sad that she even gets mentioned as a possible leader. Are we that scarce of talent that we have to dredge from the bottom? Are we really this "goofy" of a nation?

    Ron Morgan
    Gainesville, VA

    November 17, 2010 at 5:39 pm |
  106. Pat Tucson

    Hi Jack.........thank you for allowing all of us to answer this question.
    She is a joke. Why would we want her to run unless it is to have Obama again and I voted for him. I am very concerned about the state of this country and to have Palin as president would be just about the end of all common sense & dignity that we might have left.

    November 17, 2010 at 5:39 pm |
  107. Geez

    What deeply rooted emotional problems are people covering up by attacking Palin? Im not a big fan of hers but the rage she brings out is in people is scary... I think Democrats are more obsessed than Republicans.

    November 17, 2010 at 5:39 pm |
  108. Roger

    The only way she could do that Jack, is if she keeps to a script in every public appearance and hires the best of the Madison avenue ad pros to produce the finest of TV, and new media campaigns.

    November 17, 2010 at 5:39 pm |
  109. Tom in Wisconsin

    Sarah Palin is as qualified to be president of the United States as Adolf Hitler was qualified to be chancellor of Germany in 1935. Except Adolf Hitler was a better artist.

    November 17, 2010 at 5:40 pm |
  110. Jim - Michigan

    Jack, anything is possible, but my hope is that she realizes she could never win. However, when it comes to qualifications well heck we voted a community organizer into office and divided the country more then it has ever been, we face class warfare and heightened the belief we are victims and are entitled to everything without any expectation of working for it.

    We are at a point where even through the only thing that the constitution mandates federal spending on, our national defense, is the one thing most people want to scrap so that we can expand free handouts. What was once a program to provide a hand up has turned into life long dependency that is now generational dependency. We dont recognize that spending is the problem, instead we insist people willing to work are not paying enough.

    Anything is possible these days Jack.

    November 17, 2010 at 5:40 pm |
  111. Sarah in Arizona

    She doesn't have to. It does not matter if you are intelligent, articulate, or have the aptitude. As long as you call yourself a conservative/tea party, or a liberal the appropriate team will market you to the masses as the next savior. Since when did being a moderate become a bad thing?

    November 17, 2010 at 5:40 pm |
  112. Lalit Kumar

    What a joke ??????

    November 17, 2010 at 5:40 pm |
  113. Dan

    Tina Fay is by far more qualified!!

    November 17, 2010 at 5:41 pm |
  114. Tim in Texas

    The question here is why so many people who know that she is unqualified to be president go out and vote for the McCain?Palin ticket? Had McCain won, and had anything happened to him, even for a brief time period, Palin would have been our President. Scary thought isn't it? President Palin. Really scary.

    November 17, 2010 at 5:41 pm |
  115. Megan

    Jack, she can't convince...Most people have made up their minds about her. If she could not swing the vote to nab the Vice Presidency, she certainly will not be able to claim the Presidency.... I encourage her to run, maybe as the Tea Party candidate... she'll split the vote and hand Obama the election on a silver platter... Plus, I just have to have more SNL skits

    November 17, 2010 at 5:41 pm |
  116. Name*Wes

    With the Democrats refusing to face the reality of the midterm election they have doomed the president to be a 1 term blunder and while I don't feel Gov. Palin is remotely qualified to be president 2012 will be her best chance to run. Seems like the 2 party system has relegated the U.S. Voter to a lesser of 2 evils choice forever.

    November 17, 2010 at 5:41 pm |
  117. Charlie

    She can't, there just aren't enough simpleton's (like herself) out there to convince.

    November 17, 2010 at 5:41 pm |
  118. H. Scherf

    why does she have a following? P T Barnum said years ago there's a sucker born every minute that's why people paid extra to see the side show with freaks like bearded lady two headed lamb and former governors.

    November 17, 2010 at 5:42 pm |
  119. Rose

    I'm inclined to say she can't. But those bigoted tea party people will
    do anything to get President Obama out of office. Seemingly not
    related and shouldn't be relevant but many are convinced it's those
    crazies that are keeping her daughter on DWTS.

    November 17, 2010 at 5:42 pm |
  120. Palin Fan

    Of course she can be elected President... after all, the only people who get out the vote are the Tea Party.. this was demonstrated in the mid-terms.

    November 17, 2010 at 5:42 pm |
  121. Robert Dunbar

    Not. A. Chance.

    November 17, 2010 at 5:43 pm |
  122. Wayne

    I, as well as the majority of thinking people, would be against her being president and aghast at the thought. However, she would, as the Republican nominee, be guaranteed forty percent of the vote. If enough people on my side of the political fence don't go to the polls, like they did in this last mid-term election, Sarah Palin could be elected President in 2012.

    November 17, 2010 at 5:43 pm |
  123. Lori Pitts

    Milwaukee WI
    Absolutely no way is she qualified to run for President or be President.

    November 17, 2010 at 5:44 pm |
  124. TomG

    Palin will ride this thing all the way to the GOP convention. She has an enormously distorted view of herself, has very limited experience, quits when the going gets tough, and is more opportunist than problem solver and leader. McCain's people did not throw her under the bus – she dove there on her own. When confronted with tough questions like 'so, Governor, what do you read' her response was newspapers! When asked to name one, she said 'all of them'. My guess would be that her 'newspapers' are limited to something like the Wasilla Watchdog, USA Today, and for real cutting edge stuff, People.

    The GOP old guard will curb this pretty quickly if she decides to throw her hat into the ring.

    November 17, 2010 at 5:44 pm |
  125. Jeff In Minnesota

    Can pigs fly? She only appeals to a small minority of the right because they are blind to how inexperienced, unknowledgeable and naive she is. Everyone else has figured out that she's not qualified nor does she have the ability to lead the country.

    November 17, 2010 at 5:44 pm |
  126. Sunny203

    Sarah Palin doesn't have to convince the public that she's qualified to be President. We all know that she's NOT, but that's not the point. The point is we should urge Palin to run for the GOP to ensure that an intelligent and thoughtful leader like Obama can be re-elected.

    November 17, 2010 at 5:44 pm |
  127. John Sample

    Please, please, please let her run. I think it would be GREAT! I scan the headlines everyday to see what kind of stupidness, a.k.a. Palinisms, comes out of her mouth. She is the gift that keeps on giving.

    November 17, 2010 at 5:44 pm |
  128. Sneh

    No. I am tired of cliches and lies. Quite frankly, I think Palin lacks integrity, for if she did, she'll stay clear of running for president, for she just isn't qualified PERIOD

    November 17, 2010 at 5:44 pm |
  129. Name*Oscar Torres

    she is qualified by law. The question should be can she do the job? And the simple answer to that is HELL NO! SHE IS A QUITTER and uninformed politician who cannot provide this country with any leadership.

    November 17, 2010 at 5:44 pm |
  130. jerry dahle,watertown sd

    I would call her a cheerleader-a good cheerleader but she must remember that a coach never sends a cheerleader into the game.she should just stick to cheerleading-

    November 17, 2010 at 5:45 pm |
  131. tim

    Of course she is not imminently qualified to be president. But that does not mean that many many people would vote for her. I think it is a sad commentary on the USA. How can folks really criticize someone for being an educated "elite" when the job is the most complicated in the world. It crys out for an extremely educated person to keep us out of WWIII. Maybe she should run her daughter after she wins DWTS. Not kidding,,,there are dolts who would vote for her.

    November 17, 2010 at 5:45 pm |
  132. mike

    the fact that we are even considering this is scary as hell, and says allot about the intelligence of our population

    November 17, 2010 at 5:45 pm |
  133. diane

    There are already groups of women all over the country ready to campaign against her bid for president. There are many republican women that feel she is very unqualified for a national leadership and that feeling was increased after she left the governor position. So she has an uphill climb and I think since the 2008 campaign she has done gone up hill much at all.

    So the answer is I strongly doubt she can prove anything to the people

    November 17, 2010 at 5:45 pm |
  134. Bob East

    In a word YES. Sarah Palin can convince the same type of voter that voted for McConnell or Greene. the same type of voter that voted for Angle and Rand Paul,
    Will she stand a chance with sane people? Not unless she is up against an Al Queda supporting pediphile.

    November 17, 2010 at 5:45 pm |
  135. B. Klyde

    Palin for president? Her arrogance is only outweighed by her arrogance! How this fishmonger's wife with the shrill voice became known is beyond coprehension. God help us all and America as we know it if her "DREAM" comes true.

    November 17, 2010 at 5:45 pm |
  136. Eardley Ham Woodbury, MN

    Of course she can convince voters that she is not fit to lead her country. After all, she can see Russia from her house. Anyone with vision like that can convince herself of anything, even that she could be elected president of the United States.

    November 17, 2010 at 5:45 pm |
  137. Robert

    I am a fiscal conservative that believes we need to reduce spending and the size of our gov't.

    That said, I could never vote for that women!

    November 17, 2010 at 5:46 pm |
  138. Eric Hatch

    Sure, Jack - anyone with the feelings of a fundamentalist and the brain of a fruit fly would see in an instant she's fit to be the leader of the US in complex, troublesome times.

    November 17, 2010 at 5:46 pm |
  139. Dr. Edgar Holmes

    I liked John McCain and certainly would have voted for him in the last election. That was until he chose Gov, Palin to be his running mate. In the research I did to check her qualifications I learned that she is of the belief that the earth was formed ten thousand years ago, that she believes in intelligent design despite scientific evidence to the contrary, that she believes that dinosaurs roamed the earth four thousand years ago. I believe that the leader of the free world should at least have the knowledge and intelligence of the average 6th grader. Unfortunately Gov. Palin cannot show that she possesses those attributes.

    November 17, 2010 at 5:46 pm |
  140. Sneh

    By the way, I don't want to have to read "The Emperor's New Clothes" twice. Please.

    November 17, 2010 at 5:46 pm |
  141. Kathy

    She can't convince people; after Obama it will take decades for a women or ethnic person to be elected. Palin is much more effective doing what she does now and has far more influence than most people give her b/c she is so personally likeable and down to earth regardless of her unfavorability rating!

    November 17, 2010 at 5:46 pm |
  142. RICKFROMPA

    She probably could convince those potential voters that have an IQ of less than three digits!

    November 17, 2010 at 5:46 pm |
  143. B in Denver

    REALLY?!?! Seriously? Emotional voters and people that watch "reality tv" might be the only voters that would vote for her. I have talked with thousands of people and not a single person believe that she is remotely qualified or smart enough to be President. I don't need to hear, "you betcha" or "real American" in the State of the Nation Address, that would cause me to pack up my belongings, sell my house and flee the country. In world approval, we would be the court jesters of politics!

    November 17, 2010 at 5:47 pm |
  144. gary g

    57 comments, and not one in her favour. This albeit somewhat biased, CNN readers' poll, is a good indication.

    November 17, 2010 at 5:47 pm |
  145. jeff

    I hope she gets the GOP nomination. Can you say Obama 4 more years.

    November 17, 2010 at 5:47 pm |
  146. JRB

    The curtain is closing on the Palin expirement. She cloaks herself with celebrity, yet she offers no policy or solutions, only rhetoric against the party that propelled her to her new-found fame. If she does run, George Costanza has her campaing slogan: "It's not a lie if YOU believe it"

    November 17, 2010 at 5:47 pm |
  147. Scranton

    Palin is not a serious threat. The press and the Palin haters are the only reason she is around.

    November 17, 2010 at 5:48 pm |
  148. Brenda Montague

    Unfortunately, Ms. Palin entered the national political arena serving as an attack dog for the McCain campaign, and and has not, to date, put down that mantle. I am updated by CNN and others daily of Ms. Palin's activities and comments and have yet to hear of alternative ideas to the subjects, party and people she continues to lambast. As a moderate African American and as one, who like millions of others, am looking for positive ideas and options to help move us forward as a country, if all Ms. Palin can speak of is "getting us back on track" and "let's take our country back", I do not see how we can take her seriously.

    We need serious candidates with serious ideas who can take the issues we have before us and help to provide "real" solutions.

    Brenda Montague

    November 17, 2010 at 5:48 pm |
  149. Todd

    I would vote for a drunk chicken before I voted for someone as uneducated as Palin. I have always voted republican but if she runs, I will not vote at all, as much as I hate to say it.

    November 17, 2010 at 5:48 pm |
  150. Richmond

    She has the character, intelligence, and fortitude to be a great president. Compared to the current and previous socialists, I think she would help make the changes neccessary to get this country back on track.

    November 17, 2010 at 5:48 pm |
  151. Gabriel Moses

    Most American voters are ignorant when it comes to choosing leader. Case in point, GWB.

    November 17, 2010 at 5:49 pm |
  152. Nick - Madison Wisconsin

    I am better qualified to be president than Palin... and I am in no way qualified to be president...

    November 17, 2010 at 5:49 pm |
  153. Ross Ferrier

    The minute this person becomes president I have no more use to live in this country. We have seen the last ten years with total incompetence as to leadership in this country and have suffered vastly due to it. This person would be the final nail in the coffin of this country and in my total recall of any reverence to it!

    November 17, 2010 at 5:49 pm |
  154. Seth Hill from Topanga, CA

    Everything is so sad, we need some light-hearted entertainment to cheer us up. (The British have that with the antics and scandals of their Royal Family.) As President, Ms. Palin could bring a few needed laughs to America.

    November 17, 2010 at 5:49 pm |
  155. Gia in Los Angeles

    If Bristol has the votes to get her into the finals of Dancing With The Stars (something previously beyond all imagination), ANYTHING is possible, Jack!

    November 17, 2010 at 5:49 pm |
  156. Bob in Kansas City

    No, not qualified nor deserving, does she think she's up to the job just because she runs all over the country badmouthing anyone who doesn't goose step to the message?.....there's only one person I'd vote for if not Obama-he now wears a Congressional Medal of Honor as of yesterday. Invite him to the state of the Union address in January, Congress owes him a standing ovation!.

    November 17, 2010 at 5:49 pm |
  157. Anya Redgewell

    She can't, because she's not.

    November 17, 2010 at 5:49 pm |
  158. TexasMamma

    Never in a hundred trillion years!

    November 17, 2010 at 5:56 pm |
  159. Tom in Chicago

    I'll beat ya'll to it.... "What platform?!" Exactly!

    November 17, 2010 at 5:57 pm |
  160. Bill

    Jack, this country is in DEEP trouble. How could some one like Palin gain traction like this. She's not qualified in any way to be president.

    Seriously this is frightening. People would vote this "air-head" into the most powerful postion in the world?

    Jack, I repeat, this country is in DEEP trouble. I'm disappointed in Obama but at least he's educated and can speak clearly.

    November 17, 2010 at 5:57 pm |
  161. marvin tomlinson

    She could convince me she is qualified to be President by swimming from her house to Russia while carrying a Grizzly Bear that she killed with a church pew.

    November 17, 2010 at 5:58 pm |
  162. thies

    claim that it's a liberal lie that she only served 2 1/2 years as governor

    November 17, 2010 at 5:58 pm |
  163. Steve

    She can't win, which is exactly why us Democrats want her to run.

    November 17, 2010 at 5:58 pm |
  164. SYSPROG

    Are we voting for head cheerleader? MAYBE she's qualified for that!

    November 17, 2010 at 5:58 pm |
  165. becky - Las Vegas

    You betcha. It's a shining example of what our forefathers called the "tyranny of the masses" and why television is written on a 5th grade level.

    November 17, 2010 at 5:58 pm |
  166. bailoutsos

    President of a Sorority? Yes.

    November 17, 2010 at 5:58 pm |
  167. Cindy

    As my mother used to say, if you don't know what you're talking about, sit down and shut up. So I think Palin should do the same

    November 17, 2010 at 5:59 pm |
  168. Tom

    Absolutely. Never underestimate the ability of the electorate to be wooed into stupidity. "Stupidity has a knack of getting its way."

    November 17, 2010 at 5:59 pm |
  169. Don

    Heaven help us if she can. She makes George W. look intelligent.

    People need to vote for the best candidates with intelligence and capabilities. Sarah Palin has demonstrated she has neither.

    We need to get away from populartity contests based on platitudes and rhetoric without substance.

    November 17, 2010 at 6:07 pm |