March 17th, 2009
06:00 PM ET

Is Gov. Palin GOP's best fundraiser?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Alaska Governor Sarah Palin may step back into the national spotlight in June when she's been invited to headline a major Republican fund-raising dinner. The 2008 vice presidential nominee has kept a pretty low profile since John McCain lost the election last November.

Is Palin the best choice for GOP fundraiser?

She's made a handful of trips outside of Alaska, but has skipped big gatherings, like the Conservative Political Action Conference last month. But the upcoming spring gala is the main fund-raising event of the year for congressional Republicans, and the committee chairmen are confident Palin will bring the necessary star power to raise the big bucks.

They call her "one of the brightest rising stars" and "one of the most popular and recognizable faces" in the GOP. She's certainly recognizable, but for many of the wrong reasons. Of course it will probably be a challenge for anyone to raise money in this climate for the Republican Party, which is at all time low approval ratings.

So far, Governor Palin hasn't officially accepted the invitation. Polls suggest Palin remains a favorite of social conservatives; a February survey showed she is the candidate that Republicans said they will most likely support in 2012 - beating out both Mike Huckabee and Mitt Romney.

However, Palin remains pretty controversial among the national electorate. A Newsweek poll taken early this month found she had a 44 percent favorable rating - and 42 percent unfavorable. And if she runs in 2012, count on the Democrats to make a whole series of commercials out of those disastrous interviews she did with Katie Couric.

Here’s my question to you: When it comes to fundraising, is Gov. Sarah Palin the best the Republicans can do?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Raymond from Charlotte, North Carolina writes:
Like her or hate her, there is no denying that she has the ability to draw crowds. However, these crowds tend to be very divisive. This may not be the message the Republicans want to push as they are already seen as a party that would rather see the country go down in flames than have Obama's plans succeed.

Ray from Danville, Virginia writes:
Why do you worry about Governor Palin? I think she will be very effective as a fund-raiser for the Republican Party when you look at all she has accomplished in politics. I think she is smart, personable, and a born leader. Who have you got in the Democrat Party that is better? I can't name anyone.

Jana from New Orleans writes:
She just might be. I believe it is a sad day for the party of William F. Buckley and other intelligent conservatives. I may not agree with their philosophy, but I miss the give-and-take.

Tony writes:
Pretty much. Gov. Palin is to the GOP is what Lindsay Lohan is to Hollywood: disastrously newsworthy. She is their star. And, like Hollywood celebrities, bad publicity is publicity nonetheless. With the Republicans being less relevant, the GOP is starved for any kind of attention from whoever they can get. Sarah Palin is the person who can deliver.

Mike from Dallas writes:
It's the best that the Democrats can do. It got me to send money last fall.

Danny from Charleston, South Carolina writes:
She'd better be... with that wardrobe!

Larry from Belton, Texas writes:
Yes, since Anna Nicole died. And sweet Sarah won't be the first woman to talk a bunch of old white men out of copious piles of money.

Filed under: Fundraising • GOP • Sarah Palin
soundoff (143 Responses)
  1. Jenna Wade

    When it comes to fundraising, is Gov. Sarah Palin the best the Republicans can do?

    If Caribou Barbie is the best the GOP can do, then the Democrats have nothing to worry about in 2010/2012

    Roseville CA

    March 17, 2009 at 6:01 pm |
  2. deb in Colo

    Much as I hate to admit it – probably for right now. Until the GOP finds a direction back to middle ground – they best they can do is this fear and hate mongering "star".

    March 17, 2009 at 6:03 pm |
  3. James In Kamiah, Idaho

    Investing Money based on Sarah Palin's support or insistance is right up there with investing in Bear Stearns based on Jim Cramer's support and insistance...

    It's just a waste of money.

    March 17, 2009 at 6:04 pm |
  4. Janice

    People have money they are willing to spend on donations to the Republican party? Wow – there IS hope for this economy.

    Janice, Aberdeen, SD

    March 17, 2009 at 6:04 pm |
  5. Joe PA

    I quess if John McCain was the best the repubicans could do in the national election, Palin might just be the best they can do now.

    March 17, 2009 at 6:06 pm |
  6. Mike

    Well maybe Palin is the GOP's best , nobody else seems to be stepping up to the plate except for Newt Gingrich? Are you kidding me, Newt Gingrich, What is the world coming to!
    Castalia, Ohio

    March 17, 2009 at 6:07 pm |
  7. Dave in Phoenix

    OMG, I thought this wacko was gone from the scene. Not again ??

    March 17, 2009 at 6:07 pm |
  8. Terry from Montana

    Who cares? They'll never get a dime out of me. Never have, never will.

    March 17, 2009 at 6:07 pm |
  9. Connie, Montana

    Governor Palin will be the Democrats best fundraiser as well.

    March 17, 2009 at 6:07 pm |
  10. NICK

    Sarah Palin may be their best fund raiser, but she is also their biggest drawback. A new bright light for the Republicans may be their best hope. Mc Cains daughter seems to be lighting up all the blogs and talk shows these days, and she has a head on her shoulders, as well as a pretty face. Ms. McCain may be the one to bring in the young ones with the money.

    March 17, 2009 at 6:09 pm |
  11. R. Grayson

    The reason that the left hate Sarah Palin with such ferocity is because of fear. She represents everything they are trying to destroy - traditional values, family, and faith - so they attack with everything they've got.

    Millions of good honest people identify with Palin and that scares them to death. She would be a strong candidate who could give the dems a run for the money.

    To rework an old saying, "Hell hath no fury like a democrat facing traditional values."

    March 17, 2009 at 6:09 pm |
  12. Carl from Citrus Heights, California

    Yes Jack, However one feels about Palin, she presents a pretty package of looks combined with a religious based philosophy. As an added appeal she is willing to kill animals with an unrestrained vigor which appeals to gun owners and military confrontationalists. God help us.

    March 17, 2009 at 6:10 pm |
  13. John Webster, Vancouver Canads

    The only thing that governor Barbie could raise for the republicans is their comedy ratings. Did those right wing nut bars not learn anything from this past election? Get the truth from Sen. McCain about her help last November. It’s stupefying simple minded to even consider letting this woman anywhere near their next campaign, but go ahead guys, help the thinkers stay in Washington and keep the followers back home in the bush and on the farm.

    March 17, 2009 at 6:11 pm |
  14. Anthony..Swedesboro.NJ

    Sarah Palin like Joe the plumber is a political peculiarity. She appeals to the extreme grassroots who disdain the stereotypical politician of patrician and wealth. These people admire those who overcome competence to reach national prominence. Though she may rake in millions of dollars, the republicans are delusional if they think she will bring them back to prominence. She's the embodiment of the "Peter Principal".

    March 17, 2009 at 6:11 pm |
  15. AY

    I would rather give my money to Palin than Limbaugh if thats what you mean.


    March 17, 2009 at 6:11 pm |
  16. penny

    Let's see you or any critic of Sarah Palin give birth to five children and become a successful governor of one of the largest states in our country. And on top of that, endure – with grace – the media bashing she endured during the election. She's awesome.

    March 17, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  17. Roger Zoeller

    Jack, Palin looks "PRETTY GOOOD" to me . She has as good of appeal for the Republicans . as Obama had for the Democrats. I'm neither party . I didn't vote for either one .

    March 17, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  18. Paul

    She is the best Republicans can do. Of course they can't do much.

    March 17, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  19. Angie, Phoenix, AZ

    YES. And that's NOT a compliment.

    March 17, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  20. J from Ft.Lauderdale

    Sarah Palin is great for the RNC, she a sure loser!!

    March 17, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  21. Ben O'Hara

    I sincerely hope so......I'm a Democrat.

    Ben O'Hara, Hershey PA

    March 17, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  22. CJ

    Anyone dumb enough to donate money because of Sarah Palin is certainly dumb enough to think dumb doesn't matter.

    March 17, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  23. Jeff

    Unfortunately Sarh Palin is the best that the republican Party can do. It unfortunate that the American people would prefer to vote someone into office who's only virtue is smiling and winking into the camera.

    March 17, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  24. Pat from Greensboro

    I'm sure she is the best they can do. They put her on the ticket, didn't they? It's her or another one of those pink, puffy white guys that the GOP seems to attract.

    March 17, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  25. Jon from Seattle

    Absolutely, she's the future of the Republican party. She proved that during the election. Please, let's give her another chance! And another, and another...

    March 17, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  26. Bernadette Loesch

    Dear Jack, Yes, and that's a good thing. If the Republican Party hangs their hat on Gov. Sarah Palin we are guarenteed to have a Democrat in the White House for many, many years to come. Bring her on. We just need to keep playing the Katie Couric interview which showed Palin raw and unfiltered. How much education and grammar lessons is her party willing to spend on improving her image to the public at large.

    March 17, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  27. Anthony from Pennsylvania

    Sarah Palin is the perfect Republican pick for leading the fundraising drive -if you're a Democrat!

    March 17, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  28. Fred

    Yes, which only goes to show what dire straits the Republican Party finds itself in!

    March 17, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  29. Marie A Augimeri

    Sarah Palin IS the Best GOP fundraiser! With Limbaugh and no plan to help America...the Republican Party is almost at the end – and a Sarah Palin as "the best" the Party has...well...LONG LIVE THE DEMOCRATS!!!

    March 17, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  30. Lynn (Georgia)

    The best fundraiser for the republicans is Obama. The only thing they can agree on is that they don't like what he's up to.

    March 17, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  31. Amy from Ohio

    Sarah Palin is PATHETIC !!!
    If that is the best they should do, let's just take for fact what you just said:
    Obama is unbelieveable after taking office only two months...just look what GOOD he has done !!!
    Bravo to OBAMA !!!

    March 17, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  32. Evan (Florida)

    Absolutely Jack. Sarah Palin is and will likely be a strong source of income and support for the GOP in the coming years...

    ...The problem is when people forget that a "sideshow" is still part of the circus, and nothing more.

    March 17, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  33. Tom in Minnesota

    Absolutely. Sarah Palin's perfect to represent the party. She typifies the Republican ideals of ignorance, women, the environment, and the economy. She should team up with Rush Limbaugh and give the Conservative "base" something they can rally around...now THAT would be "mavricky."

    March 17, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  34. Jeniffer - Sacramento

    I hope they keep touting Sarah Palin and Rush Limbaugh. They do seem to represent the current Republican party very well.

    March 17, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  35. Amarissa

    Yes, Jack, as much as you let everyone know how much you hate her, and before her Hillary, these are very capable and strong women. Sarah will raise a lot of money and I am very much looking forward to her running in 2012. Maybe, if they had given women a chance, which is about time that they do, we wouldn't be in the mess we are in!

    March 17, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  36. Mary Pat Huntington Beach CA

    Yes, Sarah Palin is the best the GOP can come up with.... think about it!

    March 17, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  37. Calvert W

    Well Jack if thats the Republican can do GOD help us all Americans . Calvert

    March 17, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  38. DWIvory

    If a person who told the American people...or I am sorry some of the "real American" people a lot of lies and deception then yes she is the best they can possibly do. I think they should mellow out and get their game plan together because right now they seem to be throwing a lot of names in a hat and blindly putting their hand in to see who is the favor of the month.

    March 17, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  39. m carbone

    Yes, Sarah Palin is one of the most popular and recognizable faces in the Untied States. Usually, though, so is the town drunk. I wouldn't want either one of them representing my best interests in any manner.
    Michele, Santa Barbara

    March 17, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  40. Nashville Jack

    She probably is but forget the fund raising,she should be the President

    March 17, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  41. BK

    Yes she is also the best for Democrats.. For the Republicans yes she is . Imagine that standards are not very high. Just four months ago she did not even know what the job of the VP is.

    March 17, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  42. Bryan G

    GOP are willing to use anything to come up with ideas to push forth their failed agendas. They might collect some money, probably it won't suffice then anything until 2016!

    March 17, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  43. Rodger , Alberta, Canada

    I would rather give my money to AIG than Gov, Palin

    March 17, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  44. pat johnson

    Good grief I really hope she is not the best they have, that would be really really scary!!!

    March 17, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  45. Eric Nielsen

    Yep, she's about it when it comes to fundraising. Sorry state the Republicans have gotten themselves into.

    March 17, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  46. Terry Andre Hayes

    She is a non issue...The GOP is done for now and they know it...They need to play nice and find there place in the new system or they will find themselves watching without a place at the table. The DEMs are doing their best to cover all the bases and if they do it will be a long time before we see the GOP and there new flunkies...

    March 17, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  47. Sam

    Sarah Palin would be a great fund raiser. She brought a burst of life to the McCain's candidacy; she got a lot of people to rallies, so she undoubtedly will raise a pretty chunk of change for the GOP. If she is the next leader of the republican party is a completely different question. (Republicans can do better)

    March 17, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  48. Annie, Atlanta

    As a Democrat, I certainly hope so.

    March 17, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  49. Jerry A. Upstate NY

    If Gov. Sarah Palin has any sucess in raising money for the GOP than the American people are even more Naive then I thought.
    JA, Upstate NY

    March 17, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  50. Greg from Kent

    Congreeman Ron Paul raised a record breaking 6 million dollars in one day for his Presidential run so obviously Sarah Palin is not the best when it comes to fundraising.

    March 17, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  51. Alex

    The GOP football team has graduated all their seniors. Reagan is no longer with us, George W. Bush has slandered the family name and the true conservatives are switching schools to the Libertarian Party; they're having to dig pretty deep to find a quarterback. Sarah Palin is deep inside the Republican bench, still very young and for all the reasons the Democrats hate her the social conservatives love her. The country as a whole will never elect her, we are too smart as a collective people, but the Democrats will want to run against her because when you're team is injured to the point of ripping the cheerleader off of the sideline and starting her in the game the reigning champions will have no problem rolling over her.

    March 17, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  52. Shawn

    The easy answer is Ron Paul. If I remember correctly Ron Paul broke a fund raising record this past election season with a Money Bomb. Not only that, but Ron Paul has the ideas that the Republican party needs to gravitate towards to succeed today. I am a young Republican/Libertarian and I feel that Ron Paul and his beliefs are the future of the party. I will not vote for Sarah Palin in 4 years if she is the Republican Pick just as I did not vote for her and John McCain this past election. The Republican Party must evolve!

    March 17, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  53. Suzie

    Well I don't see anyone else with the spirit and enthusiasm that
    S. Palin has. As a republican (devoted) I think she is the best refreshing thing to happen for the republicans since Ronald Regan.
    Thank you for listening to me. I hope all republicans agree!

    March 17, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  54. Craig Logan


    Lets hope so... the team of Sarah Palin, Rush Limbaugh and Newt G. will keep the party out of the white house for years to come. Only then can we repair all of the damage from the last 8 years.

    March 17, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  55. Tom Matthews

    I think she ultimately will be the Democrats' best fundraiser as well. She will draw crowds on both sides, and there's a lot to dislike in what she promotes.

    March 17, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  56. Jim

    That question is like asking "Should Sarah Palin be our president? Should she run our country?" I'm no Republican, but I can tell surely tell that she's not, Jack.

    March 17, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  57. steve jonas


    Monica was George Bush's best weapon and Sarah was Barack Obama's best weapon, in my opinion. For those, like me, who would like to see Mr. Obama in for 8 years, we need to encourage Sarah to stay in the Republican Party spotlight


    March 17, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  58. Joe Brouder

    Of course Sarha Palin is the best Fund raiser for the DEFUNKED Republican Party, they Also have WBBA Bush, Chaney and Limbaugh
    for Back Ups.

    March 17, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  59. jimmy

    Sarah palin is nothing other than GOV. I don't think so.

    atlanta GA

    March 17, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  60. Phil Petrilli, Ottawa, Canada

    Yes Jack, it's the best they can do and the worst they can do. Looks good on them. Let them spend the next ten years in the political wilderness which is exactly where they deserve to be.

    March 17, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  61. Louisa

    Who else is there? Rush? So Rush or Sarah? One who does talk radio or one who shouldnt talk.

    March 17, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  62. Dave Reeves, Port Alberni, British Columbia

    Sarah Palin? Is there a scarier thought in the universe than having Sarah Palin in charge of America's problems? The Republicans are in worse shape than I thought if they are truly serious about her.

    March 17, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  63. Joe Rooks

    If Governor Sarah Palin is not available, then ask Tina Fey from Saturaday Night Live. Afterall, she "raised" the ratings of the show after Sarah Palin was named the Vice President Candidate for the Republican Party. If she can not "raise" a few bucks, at least, she can "raise" a few eyebrows!

    March 17, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  64. John, Fort Collins, CO

    Other than maybe Graf Limbaugh, Sarah Palin is unquestionably THE hearthrob superstar of the Republican Party and could certainly draw a crowd at the upcoming fundraiser. Since she is who she is, I don't have a problem so much with her as with the crowd. How could millions of people actually believe she even remotely qualified to be president of the United States. It boggles the mind.

    March 17, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  65. Thomas

    Ok liberals let the bashing begin!! I think she is a great fundraiser and she will get some of my money!! Don't be jealous of her because she gets things done!! After the Obama administration show the world that they have no idea how to lead we all will be looking for a fresh start and she is it face it!!!

    March 17, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  66. Matt

    The great news for Democrats is that Palin clearly is the best the GOP has to offer. Jindal, Romney, Huckabee and the GOP's Congressional attack dogs haven't exactly been putting in stunning performances recently. I hope Palin is on the ticket. More comedy, more ridiculous stories about her family, and four more years for Obama. Good times are ahead. PALIN/WURZELBACHER '12!!

    Happy St Paddy's Day Cafferty. That's an Irish name if I've ever heard one.

    Matt, NYC

    March 17, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  67. Roger Crimmins

    Whether it's Palin or Limbaugh heading up the GOP's fundraising – have they no legitimate adults in the fold anymore?

    March 17, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  68. Patrish Dehler

    Well if she is their best and brightest, then the Republicans are in trouble. She has little interest in the world outside of Alaska so unless that changes, I don’t think she will be their final choice in 2012. As she is no longer 'newbie' in the presidential arena, I believe she will have judged much harsher then before.

    March 17, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  69. Gary

    Palin is not far enough to the right. Let Rush and Coulter be their spokes people and head the ticket in 2012 since they think they are both so widely admired and loved by their die hard fellow right wing Republicans.

    March 17, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  70. Craig Logan

    Phelps NY

    Lets hope so… the team of Sarah Palin, Rush Limbaugh and Newt G. will keep the party out of the white house for years to come. Only then can we repair all of the damage from the last 8 years.

    March 17, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  71. Bob Ryan

    If that is all the republicans have for fund raising, we will see a democrat in office for a very long time, she cannot manage her own family, how can she multi task nationally. Sorry but she is a has been, she has been , and never will be again....

    March 17, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  72. T.E.. from OK

    That is all Paln is a fund raiser. Anyone can rail against another person but we are getting tired of the Republican Party and remember why we are in this mess. If the Republican Party acts like they want to help and protect the collective population, then why didn't they do it. They had eight years and this is a clean up mess from them.

    March 17, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  73. Chryssa

    Remember how much money Obama's campaign raised online during Palin's RNC convention speech? They can put her out there all they want if you ask me.

    Boise, ID

    March 17, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  74. tony the law student

    WOW! I am a former republican and can honestly say, the Ol' party really is out of touch. If Palin, along with Rush is the best the party can do, then the democrats and critics are truly correct when the say Rep. are the party of old angry white men, and out of touch religious fanatics who dont practice what they preach (celibacy) and arent up to 21st century science.

    March 17, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  75. Charles from austin tx

    Well jack i feel sorry for the republican party if they think sarah palin is the best they got all that woman is good for is a good laugh ! to think she would be good for a fundrasing is crazy after the inbarrasing election she lost and those horrible interviews that woman is a joke!There is many other more capable people in the republican party put to think sarah palin! is just straight down crazy!

    March 17, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  76. Muhammad Itani

    The best they can do? wow, the GOP didn't learn anything, did they? all what they want to do is appeal to their base, thus shunning away moderate republicans and independents. If Palin is what they brag about then might as well pack and go home, and don't bother run for 2012

    March 17, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  77. Alec Englander

    When the Republicans nominated George W. Bush as their presidential candidate in 2000, I wondered if that's the best they could do.

    Now I wonder the same thing about fundraiser Sarah Palin.

    Thornhill, Ontario, Canada

    March 17, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  78. Bob

    The only way the Republicans could improve on their choice as their major fund raiser would be if they could put together a tag team of "Sarah and Rush" .

    They would be able to raise more money than any other well known Republican and they would cost the party more votes than any other Republican.

    Louisville, Ky

    March 17, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  79. Dave From Canada

    Palin you say... isn't this from the same land that elected George W as president... and then, did it again four years later

    March 17, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  80. nancy parker, Woodstock, VT

    It is really a pretty sad commentary on the state of the Republican Party that all they can come up for fund raising is Sarah Palin. She is a neophyte in government and I would HOPE that the Republicans could find someone alot better. Where are the good srong Republican leaders these days? She's too controvertial and will divide the party more. Not to mention drive people like me out!

    March 17, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  81. Oni

    Everybody in the republican party is wacked. None is better than the other. Very soon, they will say george the bush man is their best fundraiser.

    March 17, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  82. James Butler

    I think she is the only person in the GOP that can raise money the GOP is the only party that don't get it the RNC can make money with any of its memembers

    March 17, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  83. Suzie

    I also wanted to lwt the american people know that even though my entire life has been directly effected with what is going on in the global econonmic mess; I would be willing toi make a contribution To the GOP for S.Palin......
    God Bless & Good Luck to her.
    Talk to you soon.
    I enjoy using this blog to communicate.

    March 17, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  84. Suzanne Ithaca NY

    Jack ... oy! ... Do Palin's handlers really not comprehend the difference between the allure of a film of a 10-truck pile up and the gravitational pull of a savior or a star? People tune in to watch Palin make epic gaffs, and prattle on cluelessly about anything and everything - unaware of what a fool she makes of herself and a formerly-dignified party. If I find out this isn't a joke, I'm taking the first flight to anywhere else on this or any other planet.

    March 17, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  85. raul

    Without a doubt she will probably raise some money. She really demands pitty from anyone who listens to her.

    March 17, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  86. David

    Sarah Palin? C'mon, they've got RUSH and his 20 million dittoheads. Surely all he'll have to do is tell 'em to send $100 to the GOP, or better yet the dittohead candidate of his choice, and there's 2 billion for the election. For that matter, maybe he can just run himself!

    March 17, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  87. T.E.. from OK

    Jack, she is a good fund raiser for the Democratic Party.

    March 17, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  88. Jorge in NC

    If Gov Palin is their best fundraiser then the GOP is in trouble, even if she was able to raise any money at all I wonder how much they have left after her shopping spree oh ... I mean bonus

    March 17, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  89. Rob in Alberta

    I Think Sarah should tream up with Rush Limbau and do a duet. It could be as entertaining as a Simon and Garfunkle reunion in a different art form. Oh by the way George W was in town today and picked up 150k for a luncheon speech.

    March 17, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  90. Elisa, Newport Beach California

    Speaking as a Republican, if Sarah Palin is the best the Republicans can do when it comes to fundraising then the GOP is in a heck of a lot more trouble than I previously thought.

    There isn't any other better qualified Republican woman than Sarah Palin? Really? I mean, really? What ever happened to Christine Todd Whitman? How about getting Elizabeth Dole back in the game? There has got to be more than 3 women in the Republican party that can fundraise and run for office on the national stage.

    -Elisa, Newport Beach, CA

    March 17, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  91. Mr B of Dayton OH

    As for now the GOP doesn't seem to have anyone that really stands out. Gov. Palin is still fresh off the presses so she will be used yet again until an emerging Republican can become known. Anyway, the GOP is so busy trying to make the President look bad they only have Palin as a " fallgirl" in the meantime.......... What a bunch of sore losers

    March 17, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  92. Greg in Phoenix

    Yes, Jack – I believe she is. Seriously, she makes for great reality TV and with ratings at most networks down during prime time, she can only help! Heck, let's pair her up with Rush on the ticket and it'll be like a traffic accident – you don't want to look but you just can't help it!

    March 17, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  93. Anne from Lamoine Maine

    If Sarah Palin is the best the Republicans can do, we all have a real problem. I think immediately of how much she doesn't know, such as which newspapers she reads, or what magazines she looks at. I remember she doesn't know where some countries are. I cannot fathom why they think she'd be a good candidate. Are they really all that stupid?
    The Republicans need a true statesman (or woman) in order to get anywhere. They need someone who is smart and knowledgeable, and well educated. Someone who cares about all the people. Just as color has no meaning to statesmanship, look also have no meaning. Please Stop.

    March 17, 2009 at 6:22 pm |

    Sarah Palin is GR8, I wouldn't worry about her fundraising ability though. OBAMAS ONE WORLD GLOBAL GOVERNMENT DOESN'T ALLOW OTHER PARTYS LIKE THE GOP!! I can't wait to see all the real cute, smart, non-intelligent, uninformed, socialist answers from liberals that don't know how to use their computers for researching and learning the truth about people like Sarah Palin. Jerry, Soldotna, Alaska.

    March 17, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  95. james lawrence

    Sarah Palin is certain to deliver a landslide victory for independent and democratic hopefuls. we look forward to hours of laughter and humuliation.

    March 17, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  96. Diane N. Chunn

    must be. if she is all they got, i fell sorry for them. she need to go back home to alaska. and hide under that bridge to nowhere.


    March 17, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  97. Sam

    Sarah Palin brings a breath of fresh air to the GOP and politics in general. She breaks the mold of suit and tie, slick talking politicians in general. For a fundraiser, Sarah Palin would make me want to go more so than Huckabee or Romney. Yawn. Where have I seen them before? Palin simply has more marketablility.

    March 17, 2009 at 6:23 pm |
  98. Windsway

    No, Jack. She is not the best politician that the republicans have, but she is sure the best to look at. Republicans are smart, they would rather pay to SEE Sarah than listen to Rush or any other party mouth piece. On second thought, maybe they would rather pay to HEAR you. That way they may get some insight in how democrats have been able to generate so much money for their candidates in the recent election periods.

    March 17, 2009 at 6:23 pm |
  99. Sandra

    Sarah Palin would be a delight as a speaker for the event-unless you are looking for a professional, "politically correct" person who is willing to compromise the citizens' best interest to get votes. I am personally scared to death of becoming a socialist country. Our consumer- based, free enterprise society where peope are rewarded for their productivity (except in the case of entertainers and professional football and basketball players) is what has made America great. Greed and dishonesty has run rampant. Palin is above all of this. She has been too busy being an excellent governor to brush up on all the details that would be expected of her as president. With time and support, she would become better versed. At least she has good values and morals!

    March 17, 2009 at 6:23 pm |
  100. Bob H, New Hope, Ga

    If President Obama keeps repeating that the fundamentals of the economy are basically strong he may end up being the leading republican fundraiser

    March 17, 2009 at 6:23 pm |
  101. Jan Illinois

    Right now it is what it is Jack, They are totally in the junk pile. I'm beginning to wonder if they shouldn't have a contest , like Idol or something to muster up some new talent, Palin just will not make a difference now or later. The idol deal sounds better to you already . Right?

    March 17, 2009 at 6:23 pm |
  102. Jeremy from Alabama

    The Republicans need to get back to their roots if they want to make ANYTHING of 2012. Traditional Republicans were against expanding the government and actually defended the Constitution. What about Ron Paul? He is a proven mastermind and fund raiser.

    March 17, 2009 at 6:23 pm |
  103. CT

    If Gov Palin is the best the G.O.P. has to offer they will continue to be the party of "No"s.
    For eight years they gave us a huge debt, an illegal war and showed a complete disregard for the Constitution and The Bill of Rights.
    Since losing power they've simply continued with the negatives.
    They remind me of the old joke:
    The Moral Majority is neither

    March 17, 2009 at 6:23 pm |
  104. Georgia Enloe

    I believe Sarah Palin has a great future in the Republician party and hope she will run again in 2012. If the Democrats start harping again on the Katie Courci interview they are sure hard up for material to hold against her. She hasn't had the blessings of the Liberal Media but her star power is bright enough to overcome that bias. She is a lady who is polite, intelligent, charming and gifted with a great personality and high morals for the example our Country needs.. We needed her in 2009 and 2012 for sure now after Obama selling us down the river with his socialistic agenda.

    March 17, 2009 at 6:23 pm |
  105. Gloria Rolley

    I hope the Republicans do think that Sarah Palin is their best fund raiser. The Democrats will run over them again. If she is what they are going to put out there, they will lose again. She will never bring a swing vote. She is the most unqualified, obnoxious candidate they could have. How she conducted herself during the campaign SHOULD not have been condoned by the Republicans. She went on the campaign trail inciting near riots by the unfounded things she was saying about President Obama. Her followers were hanging Mr. Obama in effigy due to her hate comments. She is the reason John McCain lost by the margin he did. She is too, too controversial.

    March 17, 2009 at 6:24 pm |
  106. Ken in NC

    Sarah Palin is the Best of the Best of the Best ... SIR.

    March 17, 2009 at 6:24 pm |
  107. Bob, Newburgh, Indiana

    Dear Jack,

    If Sarah Palin is the best the GOP has, she is the biggest embarrassment possible. I've been a registered republican all my life with serious leftist leanings lately. Yeah, I voted for “that One.” But if the GOP thinks Sarah Palin is the answer, I hope they get her. She's the bee's knees, and I mean that figuratively. And as such, It'll be a cake-walk for Obama second term. Happy Saint Paddy's Day, Jack!

    Bob, Newburgh, Indiana

    March 17, 2009 at 6:24 pm |
  108. Frank

    Let's see, we had Rush saying he hopes the President efforts fail, 30 % of republicans agreeing with him, Dick Cheney once again trying to use fear to motivate his party, Boehner telling his party tostop legislating (take money for a job they're not doing), R. S.Carolina governor turning down the stimulus money, but coming back and asking to use it balance his budget, Bobby Jindal, joke of a speech, the GOP becoming a Say No to Obama party, etc you get the point. Sarah Palin looks pretty good compared to these evil, bimbos.

    March 17, 2009 at 6:24 pm |

    Yes this is the best they can do, you do not have to be smart to raise money, but you have to be smart to be President of the United States and that, she is not.

    March 17, 2009 at 6:24 pm |
  110. gerald

    Sarah Palin is not only their best hope. She is their only hope. The Republicans are so deeply immersed in their campaign of NO that they will need their leading cheerleader to pull them out of the hole they have dug themselves in. When she wins the nomination who will she choose for the vice-presidency? Will it be someone as well versed in foreign policy as she? I say this in jest of course.

    March 17, 2009 at 6:24 pm |
  111. Terry of Austin

    The question is not if she is the best but rather do we want someone who has good values and knows how to stand up and show those values. The American people have been very ugly to Sarah most of whom are the baby killers and homosexuals who have gone to the Democratic party.
    Terry of Austin

    March 17, 2009 at 6:25 pm |
  112. Bill

    The answer is yes! If they had someone else they would bring that person to the forefront. The Republican party is at a complete loss. The best sounding person I have heard so far is Megan McCain. She makes more sense then the people that are in the forefront that make the Republicans sound and act like "The Party of NO and No Ideas.

    Severn Md.

    March 17, 2009 at 6:25 pm |
  113. Curtis Wampler, Udall, KS

    Jack – I understand that you hold different political views than Gov Palin, but does that mean that you must speak of her with such disdain? Are you so afraid of her ability to charge up the political base of the Republican party that you join in the mainstream media chorus to diminish her without a justifiable reason?

    Sure, she had some bad moments, but over the course of the campaign she had many more triumphant moments (The Republican Convention for one).

    She has a very successful political career and enjoys popularity with Republicans – so why wouldn't they want her to help with fundraising?

    Who would you suggest? The dynamic John McCain?

    March 17, 2009 at 6:25 pm |
  114. victor James

    jack, it's just like like saying that Palin is the vice presidential candidate. Another great choice in?

    March 17, 2009 at 6:25 pm |
  115. owode ogungbure from Republic of Ireland

    Sarah Palin ?
    It seems the republican party are lost of ideas.This a vice presidential candidate that said Africa is a country.
    May be she will do well in raising money for the impoverished in Africa.With her approval rating the GOP has no chance because it is still in the mind of Americans that the irresponsible policies of her party led to the current economic downturn.

    March 17, 2009 at 6:26 pm |
  116. Bill Seiler


    Sarah Palin wouldn't even be on the Party's radar screen if it hadn't been for the idiotic blunder of John McCain. Palin probably still believes the Vice President is "In charge of the Senate," as she told students in a third grade class. Read the job description, Governor! Trust me, by 2012, Republicans will be saying, "Sarah Who?"

    March 17, 2009 at 6:26 pm |
  117. Len in Clarkston, Wa.

    I'm speechless, Jack, but she just might be able to raise enough money to finally bury the Republican Party.
    "RIP" GOP. Good ridance.

    March 17, 2009 at 6:26 pm |
  118. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Sure, Sarah Palin is the best the Republicans can do to raise money. Palin puts on the greatest comedy show for the money.

    March 17, 2009 at 6:27 pm |
  119. Karl from SF, CA

    Sara Palin is as big a mess as the Republican Party. She is their perfect representative and will show us just how depraved the GOP has become. It's a leaderless group with no direction or conscience and Governor Youbetcha is the perfect example of why the Democrats will be winners in 2010 and 2012 and beyond. Go Sara.

    March 17, 2009 at 6:27 pm |
  120. Suzanne Ithaca NY

    My parents raised me to be a conservative, and I would really like to be one - but the GOP makes it so, SO hard.

    March 17, 2009 at 6:27 pm |
  121. Jeanette

    If I have Ms. Palin's voice popping in on my tv, I will have to start renting movies. Maybe Don Imus or anyone whose name has been mentioned the last 30 years. Dead or Alive. Jeanette of Indiana

    March 17, 2009 at 6:30 pm |
  122. Mary Pat Huntington Beach CA

    Responding to a comment above... thinking Dem's and other voters are
    'afraid' of Sarah Palin... is so typical of 'their ' behavior, using the Fear Factor, actually the GOP has overplayed and wore that one out...
    albeit Chaney tried that one again just this past Sunday on CNN...
    Cannot figure out why CNN keeps promoting these has beens, must keep
    some folks tuning in. I sure didn't!

    March 17, 2009 at 6:31 pm |
  123. jenny

    At best they are consistient in making bad decisions, not only for their party, but for Americans also. I wouldn't want someone who blamed everything that went wrong with her, on the party during and after the election. Go Sarah go, back to Alaska, don't put yourself in a position where you can't think for yourself.. or for others.

    Virginia C Hensley Florida

    March 17, 2009 at 6:31 pm |
  124. J R RICHARD

    If Sarah Palin is the best that the GOP can do to come up with a party leader, the GOP has lost this Independent for sure! She is an environmentalist' worst nightmare and an empty headed ditz. She is absolutely lacking in compassion, scientific knowledge, or ethics, as she has ripped off her own state. I wonder how the residents of Alaska ever elected her, and the thought of that woman in any Federal position gives ME nightmares!

    March 17, 2009 at 6:31 pm |
  125. Mick, Indiana

    Well Jack, I don't see why not.
    She's better looking than Mr. Limbaugh.
    And her idiocy is hardly a deterrent.
    After all, these are the republicans we're talking about.

    March 17, 2009 at 6:31 pm |
  126. Bill, New Mexico


    To quote Caribou Barbie, oh you betcha! And it isn't because she's articulate nor intelligent. Gubernatorial Eye Candy gets them butts in the seats at the fundraisers. It doesn't matter that she's only capable of regurgitating worn out right-wing cliches, it's that she looks darn good doing it!


    March 17, 2009 at 6:32 pm |
  127. Sandra

    If people have extra cash to send to the RNC + Sarah Palin, then our economy must be better than we thought. The fundermentals of our economy are truly STRONG!

    San Jose, CA

    March 17, 2009 at 6:32 pm |
  128. NadazRebel

    Absolutlly not, personally I think she does more harm than good to the Republican party. What they need is Ron Paul a true conservative that raised more money than any other Republican from on duty military personel. He has the strongest grass roots movement omong his party. The man is a Revolution waiting to happen.

    March 17, 2009 at 6:32 pm |
  129. Rick Murrell

    Sarah Palin isn't capable of raising funds for a breast transplant. What makes her think she is capable of doing anything pertaining to fundraisers.

    March 17, 2009 at 6:32 pm |
  130. Doyle

    Is Palin the best the GOP(Greed, Oppression, & Propaganda)Party can do? GOD I hope so. She's a guaranteed loser and America can't survive another Right Wing Economic Holocaust like it's under right now. Hopefully in 4 years our country will have recovered from the Bush Regimes Trickle Down "Failurenomics" Policies.

    March 17, 2009 at 6:32 pm |
  131. Franky, Land of Lincoln(Or Narnia, is cool)

    "Alaska Governor Sarah Palin may step back into the national spotlight in June when she’s been invited to headline a major Republican fund-raising dinner. The 2008 vice presidential nominee has kept a pretty low profile since John McCain lost the election last November."

    That's my girl, LOL!!

    You tell Conservatives Jack to back off and to take it slow, she will come around, just relax. They are lucky she and one other girl I'll protect...

    Just relax, relax...

    March 17, 2009 at 6:33 pm |
  132. Michael

    Why not Ron Paul?

    March 17, 2009 at 6:33 pm |
  133. Alisson Johns

    If this is all the Republicans can show, they are not going to win in 2012. If the Republicans hope to continue being one of America's leading parties, they have a whole lot of work to do. Democrats are light-years ahead of them.

    March 17, 2009 at 6:34 pm |
  134. Bill Seiler


    Sarah Palin wouldn’t even be on the Party’s radar screen if it hadn’t been for John McCain's questionable strategy. Palin probably still believes the Vice President is “In charge of the Senate,” as she told students in a third grade class. Read the job description, Governor! Trust me, by 2012, Republicans will be saying, “Sarah Who?”

    March 17, 2009 at 6:35 pm |
  135. Jerry

    Jack, Yes that is the best the republicans can come up with, and she knows it and lately she's been making some left turns, Hmmm, I wonder could she come back as an Independent or even a Dem. Oh well, My main point in writing is quit inviting her Jack . Jerry/ Iowa

    March 17, 2009 at 6:35 pm |
  136. Vinita from Maryland

    Yes Jack, that is the best they can do and thats sad.

    March 17, 2009 at 6:36 pm |
  137. Laura

    If the Republicans want to shoot themselves in the foot and claim that Palin is their brightest rising star, who am I to stop them for sinking their own ship. Palin is a circus act, and Republicans show their true wishy washy colors in one minute supporting her, and in the very next, villifying and belittling her. McCain shot his own presidential bid by tagging her as his choice for VP. Ha. What a crock.

    March 17, 2009 at 6:42 pm |
  138. Rebecca (MA)

    All I can say is R.I.P. Republicans.

    March 17, 2009 at 6:42 pm |
  139. Jean

    Palin is much like GWB –only worse!! She also doesn't play well with others, has her own political regime with some radical ideas. Doubt if too many will forget (beyond her attractiveness) the horrible statements she made, the clothes etc. etc. on and on. Most people just want her to stay out of anything to do with the White House and in Alaska – if they like her, they can keep her – You betcha we don't want her.

    March 17, 2009 at 6:45 pm |
  140. Joan in Canada

    If Palin is the best the Republican party can do then I think that they should just scrap the Republican party. The lady is an embarrassment along with Rush Limbaugh and Joe the "so called plumber"

    This is a sad, sad story !!!!!

    March 17, 2009 at 6:48 pm |
  141. Chaz Castlerock Colorado

    Jack, fundrasing has nothing to do with who the candidate is. Fundraising is the money collected from people will pay to see someone especially a star. . In regards to that test Sarah Palin will draw large crowds who will pay any amount even if she just recites the yellow pages. T

    Therefore she would be ranked up there in regards to raising money. I know liberal men in my neigborhood who have a crush on her and money is no object. One other thing Jack. Please please tell Wolf that the big banks and AIG are run by republicans. They do the dumb things like bonuses to make a point to the democrats that you are not going to tell us what to do. They also do it a s political ploy to belittle Obama. It is working. "Battle lines are being drawn nobody is right but everybody is wrong"

    March 17, 2009 at 6:48 pm |
  142. Curtis Wampler, Udall, KS

    For those that are concerned about electing someone on good looks and a wink should consider that we DID elect someone with a big smile, the ability to read a teleprompter, and the ability to endlessly repeat the words 'Hope' and 'Change'.

    Isn't it curious that Joe Biden can make one idiotic statement after another and he gets a pass... "That's just Joe!" while Gov Palin is skewered for what Tina Fey said on SNL? Case in point – "I can see Russia from my porch!" Many Americans believe she actually said that.

    She's got class and principles – two things most Democrats/ Liberals are allergic to.

    March 17, 2009 at 6:49 pm |
  143. Marty Terwilliger

    I seems Republicans are taking the loss of the 2008 Presidential election too hard. By saying Sara Palion is the best possible canidate as they look ahead to the 2012 elections is crazy. She has shown American public no presidential qualities, skills or abilities.
    Republican's, please-stop-"DON'T DRINK THE KOOL AID!"

    March 17, 2009 at 6:50 pm |