June 9th, 2009
04:00 PM ET

Would you rather listen to Palin or Gingrich make a speech?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Sarah Palin didn't make a speech - but that didn't stop her from stealing the show at a big Republican fundraising dinner in Washington last night. The Alaska governor's appearance was a question mark up until the last minute... and followed weeks of an on-again, off-again saga.

Palin had originally been announced as the keynote speaker, but her office said she never confirmed the attendance. Later they wanted to know if she would speak at the dinner; party leaders said she could but then took back the invitation... worried that Palin would upstage Newt Gingrich, the new keynote speaker. Lots of drama.

But Palin, along with her husband Todd, got big cheers from the audience when they were introduced onstage last night; and their table was the only one in the ballroom with a crowd around it.

Several Republicans thanked Palin for showing up. Senator John McCain said it was great to see her, Senator Jon Cornyn praised Palin's leadership, and Gingrich said the U.S. "would be amazingly better off" had McCain and Palin been elected.

There's been speculation that both Gingrich and Palin might be interested in running for the White House in 2012. A recent poll among Republicans showed 21 percent backing Palin and 13 percent backing Gingrich.

Here’s my question to you: Would you rather listen to Sarah Palin or Newt Gingrich make a speech?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Karen from Charlottesville, Virginia writes:
Jack, While I don't particularly like Newt Gingrich, he's quite intelligent and does make some thought-provoking comments, as opposed to Palin, who simply makes provocative comments! I find her sole mission to be one of creating division – in the party and in the U.S.

Sally from Midland, Michigan writes:
They both turn my stomach, frankly, but I would be much more likely to sit through a speech by Gingrich than a rehashed Gingrich speech spoken by Palin.

Deboroah writes:
Definitely Sarah Palin. No one else comes close when it comes to concocting word salad. Ms. Palin is endlessly entertaining.

Jacki from Tampa, Florida writes:
I've been a Republican all my life and I have to admit I'd rather stick needles in my eyes. Please, please tell me there is someone out there who can bring this party back from its deathbed!

Jimmie writes:
I would rather see Palin speak. Even though Democrats love to make fun of her, she is a young free-spirit and that's what the Republicans need right now – a young, motivational speaker. Gingrich, on the other hand, is a washed-up politician who is unpopular with the core of Americans. I'm not saying Palin's the best choice for the GOP to nominate in 2012, but she'll do better to revive the party then Newt ever will.

Marie from South Carolina writes:
Makes no difference; they're reading off the same script.

Kisha writes:
I watch them every day on the Jerry Springer show.

Dann writes:
That's like asking, “Who do you think is the best hockey player in Ecuador?” It's not much of a choice. If given a third option, I would rather trim my nose hair with a carrot scraper.

Filed under: Newt Gingrich • Sarah Palin
soundoff (300 Responses)
  1. Chris in Philadelphia

    Can there please be a third option.... like Jack ...

    June 9, 2009 at 4:08 pm |
  2. LLE

    Palin if I really had to choose.
    But only because she's nicer to look at...
    Littleton, Colorado.

    June 9, 2009 at 4:08 pm |
  3. Michael Gaylord

    I'd rather eat glass.

    June 9, 2009 at 4:08 pm |
  4. Dan

    That's a tough question. I would have to go with Gingrich: at least he can put two sentences together with out adding a "you betcha" and that nauseating wink.

    June 9, 2009 at 4:08 pm |
  5. Steven

    Neither, needles please.

    Steven in Marlboro.

    June 9, 2009 at 4:08 pm |
  6. Sherrey

    I'd rather be forced to eat dead worms than listen to either of them, but if I had to choose, I'd suffer through Gingrich - at least he tends to speak in complete sentences.

    June 9, 2009 at 4:08 pm |
  7. T. Danehy

    I'll take needles in my eyes Jack. Thanks for the third option!

    June 9, 2009 at 4:08 pm |
  8. bigTXoil

    Neither should speak. She has a twisted family with a very twisted ideology on the world view and he cheated on his wife (makes him a good liar). Who would believe anything a cheat would have to say. Gingrich had the audacity to coerce his very sick (CANCER)wife to sign divorce papers while she was in the hospital so he could marry the mistress. We need leaders that can remain focus on issues facing the American People.

    June 9, 2009 at 4:08 pm |
  9. Margaret

    Neither, thanks.

    June 9, 2009 at 4:08 pm |
  10. Zack Wilson

    Doesn’t matter, each one would make me giggle.

    June 9, 2009 at 4:08 pm |
  11. Gina Turcotte

    Needles, Jack !! Definitely needles !!!

    June 9, 2009 at 4:08 pm |
  12. Frank

    I rather stick a needle in my eye.

    June 9, 2009 at 4:08 pm |
  13. Vicki Huehner

    Stick needles in my eyes!

    June 9, 2009 at 4:08 pm |
  14. Michael Nickerson


    I'd rather listen to my bulldog lick herself clean in the morning than listen to those two wackos.

    June 9, 2009 at 4:08 pm |
  15. cooksnotbytrade

    Stick needles in my eye

    June 9, 2009 at 4:08 pm |
  16. Erin

    Jeeze, first time sticking needles in my eyes sounded like a vacation to Fuji.

    June 9, 2009 at 4:09 pm |
  17. Randy from Malden, MO

    I would much rather listen to Palin deliver a speech. Wait….she is that actress from Saturday Night Live right? I never could tell the difference between her and that silly Governor from Alaska.

    June 9, 2009 at 4:09 pm |
  18. Matthew Morphonios

    Neither, I'd rather just stick needles in my eye.

    June 9, 2009 at 4:09 pm |
  19. Daniel B. Weber

    Dear Mr. Cafferty:
    Neither. A screaming chainsaw in my ear would be better.
    Best Regards,
    Daniel B. Weber
    Houston, Texas

    June 9, 2009 at 4:09 pm |
  20. Star Auburn Ohio

    oh My God
    I would rather have my teeth filled with no novacaine

    June 9, 2009 at 4:09 pm |
  21. Eugene

    How about neither?

    June 9, 2009 at 4:09 pm |
  22. Rick

    Get those needles ready, Jack...

    June 9, 2009 at 4:09 pm |
  23. Jon Trott / Chicago

    For me, the issue is which one would be funnier. Answer? Neither. The Republicans not only have a credibility gap, but also a humor gap; they think being mean is being funny. Trouble is, no one is laughing.

    Jon Trott

    June 9, 2009 at 4:09 pm |
  24. Mark

    I'd rather use Willy Nelson's comb than listen to either.

    June 9, 2009 at 4:09 pm |
  25. Melissa

    You beat me to the punch...C. I'd rather have needles in my eye...

    June 9, 2009 at 4:09 pm |
  26. Dave Richards

    That's an easy one Jack........I'll take the needles in the eyes!

    June 9, 2009 at 4:09 pm |
  27. Jorge Rey

    I'd rather take a very long walk on a very short pier.

    June 9, 2009 at 4:09 pm |
  28. Sharon, Rockford, IL

    Jack, how about neither? Palin is a featherweight – not enough depth in her to fill a paper cup. Cutsey talk with no substance is a waste of everyone's time. Gingrich is a has been who clearly is not in touch with our country today. For him to say we would be better off with McCain/Palin just proves that. If they had been elected we'd surely be in a deep depression today. Gingrich's past history has already proven how shallow he is. If this is the best the repubs got, they have more problems than just trying to win an election. It's the old "GIGO" effect, garbage in, garbage out. I guess they truly believe in recycling because that is all they have been doing.

    June 9, 2009 at 4:09 pm |
  29. Carol (from Honolulu)

    Yuck! Gag me with a spoon!

    June 9, 2009 at 4:09 pm |
  30. Alice Beebe

    Stick needles in my eyes!!!

    June 9, 2009 at 4:09 pm |
  31. Carl RF

    I think I'd like to listen to them both just to hear what they have to say. Either way, I get to watch a dying GOP fall into obscurity, and I like that.

    June 9, 2009 at 4:09 pm |
  32. Pvt Lewis


    June 9, 2009 at 4:09 pm |
  33. Jerry from Spokane, WA

    Neither one, Jack! Sarah Palin enters a room and people lose a few points on the IQ scale, and Gingrich there is always sound like he's intimately familiar with brightly colored mushrooms.

    June 9, 2009 at 4:09 pm |
  34. Darrell

    Easy choice, Sarah Palin, but the only reason is because she's much easier on the eyes than Newt!.

    June 9, 2009 at 4:09 pm |
  35. Jim Blevins

    Neither. I am not into dark humor.

    Jim, Craig, CO

    June 9, 2009 at 4:09 pm |
  36. chip

    I like the third choice...needles in the eyes sounds much more appealing.

    June 9, 2009 at 4:09 pm |
  37. Tina

    I'd much rather listen to a speech from Palin. Listening to Gingrich talk frustrates me and angers me. At least with Palin talking I would get a good, hearty laugh out of it.

    June 9, 2009 at 4:09 pm |
  38. cooksnotbytrade

    Stick needles in my eye. Palo Alto, CA

    June 9, 2009 at 4:09 pm |
  39. Ruth Deussen

    Neither a. Palin nor b. Gingrich. Could we add a c. root canal? Then c. becomes the obvious choice.


    June 9, 2009 at 4:09 pm |
  40. Jeff

    Are your serious? Do I have to listen to either? Personally I'd prefer to listen to a child running his finger nails down a chalk board, than listen to either of those clowns. I guess if I had to choose, I'd pick Palin, as she is a bit more attractive and would provide some comic relief.

    June 9, 2009 at 4:09 pm |
  41. Larry

    If I NEVER saw or heard from either of them again, it would be way too soon

    If this is the best the Republican Party Of NO ... brains ...can come up with ...

    They are surely in DEEP crap ...


    June 9, 2009 at 4:09 pm |
  42. Chris

    How many needles?

    Lathrup Village, MI

    June 9, 2009 at 4:09 pm |
  43. Aaron Christiansen

    Same-o, same-o, it's the blind leading the blind. They just keep using the same old play book of spin and fear.

    June 9, 2009 at 4:09 pm |
  44. Aaron D.

    Sarah Palin for sure...at least it would be entertaining and something to laugh at!

    June 9, 2009 at 4:09 pm |
  45. Barbie from Hollywood, CA

    If I have a choice, I don't listen to EITHER ONE of them! But at least Newt can put a sentence together that's coherent... Mrs. Palin has NEVER once, in all the times I've heard her speak, given a complete sentence that makes a little sense, unless she's slandering a Democrat or the father of her grandson.

    June 9, 2009 at 4:09 pm |
  46. David A Whitaker

    Jack you alright with me, I prefer not to listen to neither one. I have many ways to get depress, why should I used these two idiots.

    Martinsburg, WV

    June 9, 2009 at 4:09 pm |
  47. Denise

    Hey Jack–why isn't there a 3rd option...like having a root canal or getting a bikini wax? I'd choose either of these before I'd go through the pains of listening to Palin or Newt.

    Denise in Oklahoma City

    June 9, 2009 at 4:09 pm |
  48. Mich

    Would rather here palin she is still a fresh air over the same old washington DC types like Newt.

    June 9, 2009 at 4:09 pm |
  49. Mike

    Good grief... do I have a "None of the above" choice?

    Columbus, OH

    June 9, 2009 at 4:09 pm |
  50. frankie

    I would rather just stick needles in my eyes.

    June 9, 2009 at 4:09 pm |
  51. babbu

    yes i would rather have needles stuck in my eye ! both if them are boring and so much 08 ish.

    June 9, 2009 at 4:09 pm |
  52. Frank Tizedes

    Sticking needles in my eyes seems like a holiday gift.

    June 9, 2009 at 4:09 pm |
  53. David

    I'll take the third option you mentioned on the broadcast. I would rather stick needles in my eyes - more than once!

    June 9, 2009 at 4:09 pm |
  54. Neil Gilfillan

    I'll take the needles. Neither of these clowns could tell me the time of day in a way that would make me care. Let them run. As you said, 'It's music to Obama's ears"....and he's got some big ears, lol.

    June 9, 2009 at 4:09 pm |
  55. lily

    i don't like to hear neither of them

    June 9, 2009 at 4:09 pm |
  56. Steven

    Neither, needles please.

    Steven in Marlboro, New Jersey.

    June 9, 2009 at 4:09 pm |
  57. Nathan D

    Jack, the needles in the eyeballs doesnt sound half bad, but I do say if I had to listen to one of them speak, it would have to be Newt Gingrich. Every time I listen to Sarah Palin, I feel my IQ drop.

    June 9, 2009 at 4:09 pm |
  58. Jen B

    Who cares about a speech ! It is the actions that matter. Palin has shown her desire for honesty in cleaning up Alaska and incarcerating the crooks.
    Jen B

    June 9, 2009 at 4:09 pm |
  59. Tony Jones

    Neither. Both are washed up right wingers who desperately cling to the phrase "small government" because they cannot come up with any real solutions to health care, energy, and foreign policy. The GOP no longer has credibility if these two are out front and center.

    June 9, 2009 at 4:10 pm |
  60. mc

    I could easily go the rest of my life without hearing EITHER Palin or Gingrich speak. In fact, I would PAY if you included Cheney and Limbaugh to this list!

    I'm not necessarily a Republican hater...I'm just tired of this "over the top", conservative rhetoric!

    June 9, 2009 at 4:10 pm |
  61. Shelly

    Why do republicans praise Palin I mean seriously what good has she brought to the republican party? I'd rather stick pins in my eyeballs and jab my ear drums out than listen to her ridiculous rhetoric. If I cant find any sharp objects lying around I'll opt for Newt.

    June 9, 2009 at 4:10 pm |
  62. Troy Acker

    Thank-you Jack for your third and more preferable choice! I'll take the needle and give thanks for the choice!
    Thanks, Jack!!

    June 9, 2009 at 4:10 pm |
  63. Zac Dahlgren

    I would rather stick needles in my eyes... Political speeches are just to boring.

    June 9, 2009 at 4:10 pm |
  64. John Whitehead

    I personal don't want to from either side. I want to see action. Washington has done a wonderful job of talking, but I have seen little action. Palin could be a great for this country, and so could I.


    San Diego, CA

    June 9, 2009 at 4:10 pm |
  65. Roxanne

    Oh, Jack. Isn't there some freshly painted wall somewhere that I can watch dry??????

    June 9, 2009 at 4:10 pm |
  66. Richard, Syracuse, NY

    If I really, really have to listen to one. Make it Newt. Even though I do not agree with the path the man is taking now I do consider him rather smart and knowledgeable.

    June 9, 2009 at 4:10 pm |
  67. William Weston

    Although neither is particularl desirable, Palin is a lightening rod for hate and for dissention. She brings out the worst in people by raising issues and concepts in 60 – second bites without any substances. She lacks the education and the knowledge to be a leader – maybe that works in Alaska but not for the country as a whole. Newt can be a leader if he wants to step back from the lunatic fringe and really tackle issues in an effective way. The problem is that his performance is at best spotty and he is still living the glory of the "contract on America".

    June 9, 2009 at 4:10 pm |
  68. Hugh Carpenter ~ Tracy, CA

    Did you have to give us these two political characters to choose from? All that Newt Gingrich ever does is hurl insults at the Democratic party, and Sarah Palin is about as smart as a tadpole! I guess I'd have to pick Palin for a cheap laugh. She'll trip up again, it's just a matter of time.

    June 9, 2009 at 4:10 pm |
  69. Aaron from Pennsylvania

    i'd rather they'd relize that they lost the election.

    June 9, 2009 at 4:10 pm |
  70. Brian - JeffCity, Mo

    Palin, but only through Auto-Tune...

    June 9, 2009 at 4:10 pm |
  71. Sky in Seattle

    Just like Captain Kirk....I do not believe in the 'no win' scenario...therefore Jack.....I am pretending I did not hear this question....I never read this column....I never turned on CNN this afternoon......

    June 9, 2009 at 4:10 pm |
  72. Sana E.

    I would rather have needles in my ears, Just like you said.

    But..If it was mandatory question and I couldn't choose "neither" I would choose Palin, just for some laughs.

    June 9, 2009 at 4:10 pm |
  73. Dorothy, Kentucky

    Jack, I think I chose the needles, but not just in my eyes, all over my body. It would be much less torture.

    June 9, 2009 at 4:10 pm |
  74. barbara in tacoma

    It depends do you want to listen to an idiot or cheater, and yopu jhave the same answer either way

    June 9, 2009 at 4:10 pm |
  75. Melissa

    At least you didnt say C. Rush Limbaugh

    June 9, 2009 at 4:10 pm |
  76. Rita in Mississippi

    Oh my goodness, NEITHER one!!
    The GOP has touch with reality inside and outside of their party esp if they think these two have anything worthwhile to contribute.

    June 9, 2009 at 4:10 pm |
  77. Chibeardan

    Is Death not an option? I'd rather listen to fingernails on a chalkboard than either of them

    June 9, 2009 at 4:10 pm |
  78. Todd D.

    I would take the needles–no doubt about it.

    June 9, 2009 at 4:10 pm |
  79. Malcolm...Prince Albert, Saskatchewan,Canada

    Jack,I would sooner floss my nose with barbed wire. M.

    June 9, 2009 at 4:10 pm |
  80. Tim Gibson

    Since Palin is more of a fashion plate, I would much rather listen to her, besides she is funny and can see Russia from her house.

    June 9, 2009 at 4:10 pm |
  81. my

    the needles sound real good, 'nuff said

    June 9, 2009 at 4:10 pm |
  82. Jon, Atlanta Ga.


    June 9, 2009 at 4:10 pm |
  83. Bips

    Well Mr. Cafferty I would perfer hearing from neither plain and simple. I think like myself a majority of Americans are finally seeing what this party stands for and its sad and sicking.

    June 9, 2009 at 4:10 pm |
  84. Marcus B.

    If I'm desprate for a laugh, Palin...but the needles are a strong second!

    June 9, 2009 at 4:10 pm |
  85. Carol

    I would rather stick needles in my eye than listen to anything those 2 have to say.

    June 9, 2009 at 4:10 pm |
  86. Robbie Lackritz

    Is it weird that I actually found CNN's non-stop coverage of Anna Nicole Smith's death more interesting than even the mention of either Sarah Palin or Newt Gingrich as a potentially relevant current political figure?

    June 9, 2009 at 4:10 pm |
  87. Joan Gilbert-Croteau

    I would rather not listen to either one of them. We've already heard it all before, thats why the people spoke when they elected President Barack Obama.
    Joann from Maine

    June 9, 2009 at 4:10 pm |
  88. Steve

    Jack, I'll take the needles please....

    June 9, 2009 at 4:10 pm |
  89. Mark Melancon

    I've already heard enough out of both of them.

    June 9, 2009 at 4:10 pm |
  90. Steve Harris

    Jack...I rather have dinner with my ex-wife!

    Steve from Las Vegas

    June 9, 2009 at 4:10 pm |
  91. James Richmond Virginia

    Be prepared to pay me about a million plus to listen to either a Palin or a Gingrigh speech?

    June 9, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  92. Margaret Ward

    I will take the needles in my eye. Her voice is worse than fingernails on a chalkboard and I am not interested in anything he has to say.

    June 9, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  93. Robert

    Palin and Gingrich can make speeches? I thought pitbulls just barked hoping for attention. And since when did anyone care what a newt has to say?

    June 9, 2009 at 4:12 pm |


    If I have no choice then ......... Gingrich.

    June 9, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  95. Todd

    This show is a joke, completely partisan. That comment about sticking a needle in your eye was disgusting.

    June 9, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  96. gene dhillon

    I am not interested in listening to anyone of these two clowns.
    gene dhillon
    Winnipeg ,Canada

    June 9, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  97. Woody, Newark NJ

    Oh im sure your zealots on the left love the question, but the correct answer is Newt. The left hates him because he is a man of ideas and he's not afraid to challenge their idealogy.

    June 9, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  98. Jill, NJ

    I'd rather needles in my eyes AND ears! That way I won't have to hear them OR see them! We had enough of her during the 2008 campaign. Don't think we can handle anymore of either of them.

    June 9, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  99. jeff haverstock

    I would definitely rather stick needles in my eyes that listen to either one of these bumbling idiots.

    June 9, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  100. Rick Wheeler

    I could listen to a speech from either of them as long as it's not from the white house.

    June 9, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  101. Carl Widell

    I never thought needles in the eye could sound so good.

    June 9, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  102. omar

    I am not interested in listing to losers. He lost his seat and she lost the election. The end of the story. They should ask rush to listen to them, since they have the same state of mind.

    June 9, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  103. Amalor

    The Newt or the Tina Fey wannabe? Can't we get someone to speak who understands politics better than these two? Paris Hilton maybe?

    June 9, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  104. Dan

    Jack, I would rather be listening to any Yoko Ono music during a colonoscopy without sedation than any speech give by either Mr. Gingrich or Mrs. Palin.
    But that's just my preference...

    June 9, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  105. Sheila Rosen

    Palin speaking reminds me of one of those silly Hollywood "celebrities" espousing platitudes and cliches. Gingrich is for real;. he is smart, interesting and a serious contender for the next election circus.

    June 9, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  106. Keith in Texas

    I would rather listen to Sarah Palin, if she is true to form, this would give Tina Fay new material for Satureday Night LIve.

    June 9, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  107. Jasmine-Spokane, WA

    I would absolutely love to hear Newt Gingrich speak, Sarah Palin would make me want to gauge my eyes out and scream bloody murder. Newt's speeches are entertaining enough where I can make fun if his rhetoric and not have to mutilate myself.

    June 9, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  108. Mari

    Neither! am not into self abuse!

    June 9, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  109. Jennifer Graham

    I would prefer to listen to a speech by Sarah Palin because "who doesn't love comedy?!

    June 9, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  110. Christine H

    If had a choice I would pick Palin over Newt Gingrich. But I am with you Jack, I'd much rather listen to Wolf. He's the man.
    Vandling, PA

    June 9, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  111. John from Tacoma Washington

    Neither... Get Wolff Blitzer to do it. Larry King. I don't care. Just not either of those two.

    June 9, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  112. thomas - NYC

    The prospect of sitting through either ramble on touting the ideals of a dying branch of a party in desperate need of change, is at best, exhausting! However, if it were impossible to avoid it, I would choose Palin; at least there would be the opportunity to laugh!

    June 9, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  113. Mark, Phoenix

    What? A hundred kindergartners playing the violin for the first time isn't an option?

    June 9, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  114. Isaac Peters

    I don't want to hear either of them make a speech. In my mind, Newt is part of the past, Palin's credentials are weak, and neither of them can make any sort of progress in the future I desire. Even though I am a hardcore conservative from Oklahoma, I'd like to see someone like Colin Powell, a moderate, take a leading role in the Republican Party that failed to live up to my expectations.

    June 9, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  115. Patricia in Korea

    Is there some way to make both go away? I am surprised the people in Alaska haven't had a recall vote on Palin. She certainly doesn't seem interested in staying in Alaska and performing the job she was elected for these days and a recall vote will at least get her to go back to the state for awhile.

    June 9, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  116. Montana Bob

    I've had three eye operations all involving the insertation of needles in my eye. No question, I'll take the needles.

    June 9, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  117. Colleen

    I would rather hear a 3 yr. old make a speak , so then it would make more sense.

    June 9, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  118. John

    SInce Sarah keeps plagerizing Newts speeches anyway, you are going to get the same speach from either one. Blah blah blah Ronald Reagan blah blah blah I hate Obama blah blah tax breaks for the rich.

    SInce your getting the same speech either way, Let Palin do the one thing she is qualified to do, stand there and look pretty.

    June 9, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  119. Fritz Waldow

    It's like having the choice between Malaria and Cholera...

    Well, sometimes a decision comes down to very banal issues, just like in this case; so I would rather listen to a more agreeable voice than to... uhmmm... the other.

    Fritz Waldow

    June 9, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  120. Diane

    Neither would be a blessing

    June 9, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  121. jeff milligan

    I'd rather have a root canal without the novocaine! Has no one pointed out to these two that the vast majority of Americans still paying attention to them are laughing at them? It's kind of like a car wreck- you can't help but look- this does not equate to support. He's a hypocrite and she's a flash in the pan, wiith a net-due balance on her 15 minutes of fame.

    June 9, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  122. Sonja

    I have no interest in either Palin or Gangrene, it's the same ol' same ol'..... But Jack I'll listen to you anytime.

    June 9, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  123. Pamela Bagusch

    I may live in Canada,but I am American/Canadian.
    Please spare us from either Palin or Gingrich. Sarah Isn't smart enough to speak during the presidential campaign and Gingrich has views that most Americans I know strongly disagree with ( abortion for instance)
    Thank you for letting me express my opinion
    Pamela Bagusch

    June 9, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  124. Claire, Melbourne

    Hello Jack,

    I'd rather eat nails than listen to either of them spout their vile talking points. Don't they ever think about what they say?
    Newt is a nasty old buzzard looking for some publicity. He misses the good old days when he could rant against Pres. Clinton and get away with it....until.....he got caught with his own infidelity. Please spare us any more Newt!

    June 9, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  125. RON, key west, fl

    I'd rather to nails on a chalkboard than any sound out of Sarah Palin's mouth. Her voice is so annoying I can't concentrate on what she's actually trying to say. I'd rather hear Newt anyday.

    June 9, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  126. Some Guy


    Needles in the eye, definitely! But I'm all for Train Wreck, I mean Palin, in 2012!

    June 9, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  127. karen


    June 9, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  128. C Dowdell

    Neither speakers appeal to me. Sarah Palin needs to take care of home before she speaks on America's issues. She has a disabled 1 year old that needs her at home and a single teen mom that needs grandma and grandpa's assistance. Newt Gingrich on the other hand failed with the "Contract with America" when he was speaker. Not to mention his infidelities against his spouse when he went after former President Bill Clinton. Both need to go back in their caves and remain there. They are done!!! Credibility is "Null and Void!!!"

    June 9, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  129. Jim McCreary

    I'd rather here Palin. Times are tough and a good laugh helps to make things brighter.

    June 9, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  130. Susan

    HI, Jack. Okay, I guess I'd have to answer in the order of which I'd rather:
    a) listen to Sarah Palin (it's one of my greatest forms of comedic relief)
    b) stick needles in my eyes (you DID add that to your list, at least verbally)
    c) listen to Newt Gingrich (in a waterboarding world, there IS such a thing as torture).
    Thanks, enjoy you.
    Susan, Edmond, Oklahoma

    June 9, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  131. Jean

    Well to answer your question, the worst of the 2 evils would be Gingrich, as I have heard his speak on American History, and he is quite good.

    Palin, well she has nothing intelligent to share about politics, other than she is not, nor ever will be a viable candidate for the majority of the American people. Although, Palin could speak about how she has so much energy running around giving speeches, dressing so sharp, and still looking so beautiful.

    June 9, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  132. Anna

    I’m with you Jack, I have no interest in ever hearing one word from either one of them. Your third option would be best!

    June 9, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  133. Ginny Atlantic City New Jersey

    Dear Jack,

    Listening to Sarah or Newt is like listening to a congested tuba during your favorite symphony. It's dull, it is annoying and it's full of poo poo.
    Jack! stop torturing us!

    June 9, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  134. Dane

    Sometimes listening to Sarah Palin speak is like being at a dental office and having your teeth pulled while be forced to listen to a classic 80's song re-done as a soft jazz tune. Gingrich is a better speaker, but is abrasive and often too extreme.

    Answer: I'd rather hear Mitt Romney.

    June 9, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  135. Bill VanPatten

    Palin? Gingrich? These are my choices? Why not just ask me if I want Joan Crawford as my mother. . .

    Lubbock, TX

    June 9, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  136. T

    Jack, the only reason I can think of to listen to either one of these idiots speak is if I had swallowed something toxic and despperately needed to throw up quickly.

    June 9, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  137. Laurence Hobgood

    well, jack, let's see . . . newt's a self-important, petulant, petty demagogue and it's difficult to say whether or not sarah palin's nonsensical utterances qualify as "speech" at all; was there a third choice? oh, that's right, we elected him president!

    June 9, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  138. Jennifer in Winnipeg

    Jack, I thought Mr. Obama put the kibosh on torture! Being forced to listen to either one of them would be akin to the Chinese water torture of years gone by.

    June 9, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  139. RC Barron

    Neither. The republican party has lost what little sanity it had during it's takeover by Karl Rove. He must be sitting back laughing his...(well you get the point) as he waits for them all to forget what a terrible state he left Bush in.

    Soon, Rove will be back on the doll for "shaping reality" for this fallen party. Palin and Gingrich? Laughable. Jack, I think they've all left the Tent!

    June 9, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  140. Prakash Bhatt


    You mean there was argument about who makes speech

    and goes down first?

    (Guttenberg, NJ)

    June 9, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  141. vJ

    No way Jack. I put my TV in mute while they are speaking. We have heard enough from them for the past 1 year. They have nothing to contribute to the American people.

    June 9, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  142. Andrew in Pinehurst

    Jack, I would like to watch Palin lip sync Gingrich's speech.

    June 9, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  143. Eric Krueger--Clovis, Calif.

    The only Republican worth listening to is Coln Powell. Sarah and Newt equal the party taking cyanide.

    June 9, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  144. Greg Hendricks

    I will take the third choice , and if either of those two want to make a run for president in 2012 wishful thinking , the republicans must get a better ticket than either of these two I call tghem (no way newt ,priccy palin )

    Greg Hendricks, Massena NY

    June 9, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  145. Spence

    I would rather stick pins in my eyes, or swim in hot lava.

    June 9, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  146. Jeff

    Much rather listen to Palin. Gingrich has been blathering on for years. While he's less caustic these days, I'm still sick of him. At least Palin is entertaining. The needles-in-the-eyes option is still on the table.

    June 9, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  147. Bonnie

    Needles but if I had to choose, it would be Palin because she usually says something to let you know how very little she actually knows about he real world,

    June 9, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  148. Kelly

    How about we let them talk to each other with no microphones or media present so we don't have to listen to either of them?

    June 9, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  149. Donald W.

    Frankly i don't like Sarah Palin or Newt Gingrich. but if i had to choose between the two, i would choose Sarah becasue maybe she would say something that is funny that she didn't mean to say lol.

    June 9, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  150. Josh Munroe

    Does it matter who is put in front of a microphone? Palin may lift lines from Gingrich's speeches, but the content of their messages rarely deviate from one another anyway: demonize the left, pander to the far right, and espouse "family values" that they can't bother themselves to live by. The message remains overdone and outdated, whether its presented by a man or a woman.

    Josh Munroe
    Ellensburg, WA

    June 9, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  151. carolyn

    Jack, how can one stand listening to either, i dont understand how someone would tune in and self inflict pain by listening to palin or Gingrich. I personally have never heard them say anything that would help America. I would rather stick needle in my eyes jack.
    Houston texas

    June 9, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  152. Mitch Dworkin

    The answer is neither one. Sarah Palin has virtually no substance and her 2012 campaign would not be taken seriously by anyone outside of the Rush Limbaugh wing of the Republican Party.

    Newt Gingrich in my opinion is a partisan who is basing nearly everything that he publicly says right now on whether or not it will help a possible Presidential run in 2012. That means to me that you cannot fully trust what he is saying.

    June 9, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  153. Ann from Charleston, S.C.

    If I had to choose between Palin and Gingrich (assuming someone was threatening root canal work), I would choose to listen to Palin. While I can at least understand what Gingrich is saying, I find it amusing to listen to Palin’s gibberish.

    June 9, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  154. Ned Alpert, Santa Rosa CA

    Frankly, I could listen to Barack Obama all day long!

    I dislike both Palin's and Gingrich's points of view, but given the choice, Palin should stay in Alaska, and take care of her family. She is barely qualified for public office.

    June 9, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  155. max_denny

    Referring to Listening to Palin or Gingrich NO,NO,a Thousand times NO!!!

    June 9, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  156. Ken (San Diego)

    I'd rather hear Sarah speak...She's newer than Newt!! Besides she's better looking!!

    June 9, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  157. Tom in Nashville

    As for listening to a speech from Palin or Gingrich. I thought that the US outlaws torture.

    June 9, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  158. Scott Jay

    Obviously Gov. Palin, she's very attractive to look at and she won't distract me with anything resembling a coherent sentence. Besides, who wants to listen to some old paunchy white dude named 'Newt'?

    June 9, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  159. S. Liu (New York)

    I am a Democrat. I much prefer to listen to Governor Sarah Palin than to former Speaker Newt Gingerich. I think Palin is much closer to the mark, less ideological, and plainer speaking and has a better sense of irony and humor. S. Liu (New York) 6/9/2009

    June 9, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  160. Sam B

    Gingrich, of course, because every time I hear Palin speak my IQ drops a few points.

    June 9, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  161. DB

    I guess it depends on whether you'd rather listen to a dumb smart person (Gingrich) or a smart dumb person (Palin).

    June 9, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  162. Betty

    Newt Gingrich as he has such intelligent comments and I can disagree with him, but Palin is such a ding-a-ling as I, that it makes more sense to listen to myself than either of them
    Thanks for the opportunity to express my thoughts on each of them.

    June 9, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  163. Gigi

    I'm sorry, but both have to much history that would not make them good candidates to be leaders in the Republican party in any form. The Republican party if they wish to regain there status they need to find a bright young face such as the Democrats did in Obama. I wouldn't be interested in listening to either one. I voted for McCain but would not vote for either Sarah Palin or Newt Gingrich separate or together.


    June 9, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  164. etienne

    If I want comedy, I'll listen to Palin. If I'm looking for cynicism, I'll listen to Gingrich.

    June 9, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  165. David P. Vernon

    Tucson, AZ – I would rather listen to Gingrich than Palin, because he is an educated man and a real historian, while she is an ignorant beauty queen whose degree in communications took her six years to earn at three third rank colleges. However, both are doctrinaire conservatives who rarely have anything useful to say. On the whole, like W. C. Fields, I would rather be in Philadelphia.

    June 9, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  166. Alvin Charles, Miami FL

    Sorry, but the idea that the most powerful country in the world is still electing leaders by popularity over policy positions, clearly illustrates why China will shortly supplant us as the dominant world power.

    June 9, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  167. cornel

    i hope one of these guys is the next republican candidate. But i don't think anyone is that dumb...

    June 9, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  168. Jeff from Redondo Beach,CA

    I'd like to listen to Gingrich and gawk at Palin. Silly question.

    June 9, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  169. Tara

    Neither one, I would put a mute on both.

    June 9, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  170. Jessica from Michigan

    Only republicans should get to answer, because Palin and Gingrich speak for them...not us democrats, naturally, we'd choose neither.

    June 9, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  171. Peter

    I'd rather stick white hot pokers in my ears before having to sit through the hate spewed by either one of these windbags.

    June 9, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  172. mark

    It's like asking which eye do you want the stick in? Yeow!!

    June 9, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  173. mark

    Neither would be my choice. Both are extremists. Also, Sarah Palin is as articulate as a 12 year old.

    June 9, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  174. wayne, lindsay, canada

    Listening to either, when compared to Obama, would be comparable to listening to speeches by the Flintstones. Their rhetoric and ideas are just as old.

    June 9, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  175. Willy B.

    Palin is good to look at but turn off the volume.

    June 9, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  176. linda in Columbus, Indiana

    Needles, please!

    June 9, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  177. Ed from PA

    I think that's a rhetorical question, Jack. If a tree falls in the forest and I am under it, and to the left is a Palin rally and to the right is a Gingrich rally, I believe I would stay put.

    Ed in Pennsylvania

    June 9, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  178. Zach in Bloomington, IL, Age 17

    I'll listen to anyone with as much passion and moral value as Palin.

    June 9, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  179. Li Texas

    Jack, I only consider your third Option. I rather poke my eyes with needles than listen to either Gingrich or Palin.

    June 9, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  180. Reshard

    I would listen to either or before I have to listen to Joe Biden...

    June 9, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  181. Max

    Jack, I would rather listen Sarah Palin as she keeps you from getting bored with her Putin, Russia, Alaska logics. Lets see if she has brushed up on her geography and Political Science, may be now she thinks Vice President is the head of the Supreme Court in addition to the Senate.

    June 9, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  182. Jim, former Republican

    I'd rather listen to Palin. She'll probably say something REALLY stupid!

    June 9, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  183. Ben

    I think that your attempting to suppress the messages that Ms. Palin or Mr. Gingrich would like to get across in a speech by negatively describing them as people we might find too 'boring' to listen to is just another example of the Democrat/Media Complex diverting attention from the content of their arguments, and relying instead on fine sounding rhetoric from apparently more 'charismatic' individuals. This allows the current administration to promote questionable policies without appropriate consideration and debate. You, as a journalist, should refrain from such prejudice.

    June 9, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  184. Sam Connors

    between the two, I'd choose Palin. Palin actually has a goal in mind: President of the United States. Gingrich has a history of making an appearance every few years, threatening to run for president, than fading back into obscurity until he has a new book coming out. He's a smart man but honestly he's just in the spotlight to maintain some sort of relevance to the times. He's a tired old joke and Palin, though democrat I may be, seems to be the wave of the future. Until the republican party allows itself to grow up and follow Colin Powell.

    June 9, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  185. Chase Bricker

    Jack what kind of question is this? One sounds like a 5 year old talking politics, with the voice of Fran Drescher and Roseanne Barr mixed in a blender. And the other one speaks smoothly, but says such narrow minded, bigoted, hurtful, appalling things that you want to stick your own head in the blender....Sounds like a lose, lose to me.

    June 9, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  186. Robert Gorlin

    Jack: I enjoy listening to both of them, since whenever they speak, there is inevitable damage to the Republican Party. They both have such severely idological opinions, huge egos, and little if any integrity. They will ultimately embarrass anything that they seek to represent. Democrats like myself who embrace individual freedoms, and a broad spirit of community that doesn't just tolerate, but embraces people who are different than myself, hope they hang around for a very long time, and continue to make Republicans look stupid.

    June 9, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  187. Vickie, Virginia Beach, VA

    I would prefer that both Palin and Gingrich go far away. I have heard all that I EVER need to hear from Ms. Palin and have concluded that she does not belong on a national stage. Maybe at someone's backyard barbecue. As for Mr. Gingrich, his closet is too full of skeletons for him to try to speak to anyone. NEXT.......

    June 9, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  188. Kyle

    I would much rather see Sarah Palin speak. Her speech would provide fodder for another cameo appearance of Tina Fey on Saturday Night Live. Priceless entertainment.

    June 9, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  189. Jack Bors

    I'll take the ocular needles, hands down !
    San Francisco CA

    June 9, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  190. Julie Krick Ann Arbor, Michigan

    Wow, some choice. Let's see, would I rather stab darts in my eyes or impale myself on a wall of daggers? At least either speech would be the source of much derisive laughter and shouts back at the T.V. Just put your brain on hold and soak it all in!

    June 9, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  191. Sharon D.

    Gingrich will from time to time reveal his true feels, and the world situation is too serious to just be entertained by those who may struggle to make a real difference in the state of affairs around the world and in our country.

    June 9, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  192. ja

    Newt has seen his best days, Sarah is the girl at the car show, are there any other options

    June 9, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  193. Scott - Evanston, IL

    I'll pass on Sarah. As for Newt, I am attending a conference this week in Baltimore where he is the keynote speaker and I would rather stay in my hotel room and go to bed early than hear him speak.

    June 9, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  194. DD

    Yes, needles in my eyes please.

    June 9, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  195. Kathy in Elgin

    Why are we talking about either one of them. Haven't they done enough to us . . . uh, for us? After Newt and his "Contract on America" and Palin and her, well, everything, you'd think they would just disappear. Is my head spinning yet?

    June 9, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  196. Len

    Really, really long needles!

    June 9, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  197. romaine

    I love your third option Jack, I would rather have a needle stuck in my eye. Although I am life long Demarcate, I have often followed the views of other politicians so that I am well informed on all fronts.
    I stopped listening to Gingrich when he was finally shown for what he was, a miserable, low life raciest who wants to keep "The Good Ol' Boy Club" in power at any cost.
    As for Sarah Palin, isn't the world already full of Divas? Who needs or cares about her rambling, no substance "A vote for a White Woman is Better than A Vote for a Black Man" fluff.
    Between the two of them, I WOULD rather have a needle stuck in my eye!!!

    June 9, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  198. Tim

    Needles in the eye would be bether than listening to Gingrich or that stupid divisive woman. She is a hate monger.

    America deserves better than Palin.

    June 9, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  199. Jim/NC

    Both are excellent speakers. It doesn't matter because excellent speakers does not make good policy.

    June 9, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  200. leslie Lawrence, Cambridge, MA

    Why would I listen to either of them? Please, enough already.

    June 9, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  201. Roger - Dallas

    The needles in the eye option sounded most appealing, or maybe just drown me, Jack. Having to listen to either of these would be cruel and unusual punishment...

    June 9, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  202. DB

    I'd rather have them give a speech to each other at the same time in a closed room locked away on a remote island far far away. Neither of these clowns have anything valuable or insightful to say.

    June 9, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  203. Sandra from Texas

    At the recent Senate/ House Dinner, Newt actually had something to say on the economy. Most of Palin's past speeches have lacked substance.
    I prefer neither person, but Newt actually has more on the ball than does Palin. If I had to make a choice, Palin wouldn't even get out of the starting gate. Originally, I gave McCain some consideration when it became obvious that Clinton would not be on the Dem. ticket. However, McCain's association with Palin turned my stomach. Consequently, my vote went to Obama. I have not regretted my vote for one minute.

    In time, I think that we will see that Obama clearly is head and shoulders above both of them, especially Palin.

    June 9, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  204. Sue

    I would rather have needles stuck in my eyes than listen to either one of them

    June 9, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  205. Bob D, Morrisown, NJ

    Palin or Gingrich, what a choice??? I think I'd go with Gingrich. They're both wrong headed, but Gingrich makes the outrageous sound almost plausible, which makes my blood boil. Palin, on the other hand is good for a laugh (at, not with).

    June 9, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  206. Denise

    It depends. Will Palin be provided a translator?

    Muncie, Indiana

    June 9, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  207. Carrie Stockbridge

    While I wouldn't go around the corner to hear either, of the two I would pick Gingrich. While his views are more conservative than I am comfortable with, he demonstrates a grasp of the language, knowledge of the pertinent facts, and is willing to admint when he has made a mistake. Palin's folksy hockey mom patter covers a seeming lack of knowledge of the issues and intellectual curiosity. I have never heard hear when I've learned something new or been challenged to think in a new way about an issue; Gingrich brings rigor to the debate. Carrie Stockbridge, Marion WI

    June 9, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  208. Georgia boy

    Personally I think listening to cows expel gas would be more entertaining and the IQ demonstrated would be about the same.

    June 9, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  209. Allen in Delaware

    Needles in the eye are way more preferable than a speech by either one of these people.
    I do however think a lot of people should listen to every word these two great speakers have to say. It makes me think of how an old friend always listened to his "older" brother. Everything the brother did, he did the opposite, and is still living a happy, healthy life.

    June 9, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  210. Gary

    Let's see... gallstone or kidney stones? How 'bout neither!
    (BTW, isn't Palin's 15 mins over yet? Or, does this constitute a do-over?)

    June 9, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  211. Jeff from Stratford

    Frankly, Jack, I'd rather stuff live leeches in my ear canals than listen to either one of them.

    June 9, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  212. Ted

    They both make me sick – do I have to listen to either?

    June 9, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  213. Jack in Florida

    Neither.........they are both full of hot air......Newt is part of the old generation and it is time for him to head for the active adult community..................and Sarah's generation needs to get someone that is smart and can connect with the MAJORITY of the people.....

    June 9, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  214. Marge in Ct.

    That's easy. Palin, of course. I'm a great fan of political satire, and Colbert and Daily combined couldn't come up with the gems she spews with a straight face. Oh, how I hope she runs in 2012...what fun that would be!

    June 9, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  215. Fred Carpenter


    I'd rather hear Sarah Palin than Newt Gingrich. Her comedy act is so much more entertaining.

    Surfside Beach, SC

    June 9, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  216. Sana E.

    ...I thought about it a bit more...Would people really go? ..crazy...D:

    June 9, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  217. Eve - AZ

    Depends. If I'm feeling down and need a good chuckle, then I'd rather listen to Palin. It's a laugh-out-loud moment to listen to such an ignorant person who thinks she's qualified to be president.
    On the other hand, if I think I can handle a spike in my blood pressure, I'd rather listen to Newt. At least I could hear the main message of right-wing nuts.

    Eve -AZ

    June 9, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  218. Brian Smith PhD

    Ask any kid why they like going to the circus. Likely the kid will remember the clowns and the freak shows most. Lions and tigers...they are cool, but it is the freaks that carry the image. That explains Palin getting attention at the dinner and also why, if given a choice, which one I would stick around to hear.

    June 9, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  219. M Curtis

    Honestly Jack

    I would prefer it if both were muzzled, neither has said much worth listening to.

    June 9, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  220. Tommy

    I'll take the large, blunt needle, if you please!

    June 9, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  221. Jon

    If I had to choose, I'd go with Gingrich. At least I think he's intelligent, even though I disagree with him. Palin, on the other hand...not so much.

    June 9, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  222. flavio.mendoza

    Palin is a show-pony with no clue on what is really going on in the U.S. and around the world. Gingrich is a prime example of the "good ole boys" mentality that needs to realize the old republican ways are over and if the republicans have a chance at 2012, bring in fresh new faces, and ideas.

    June 9, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  223. Marc in Virginia

    Come on, you haters! That's one good-looking woman and you need to lighten up! I would definitely pay good money to hear her speak, or even just stand there.

    June 9, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  224. Ruth Ann Donges Corpus Christi,TX

    I do not want to listen to either one of them. I am tired of listening to both of them. I read that Palin plagerized something that Newt wrote.
    It seems that if she has to copy from someone that just shows how smart we all know she really is. As far as Newt is concerned, I was tired of listening to him back in the 90's. Why can't they both just go away. The GOP needs to do an intelligence search.

    Thanks, Ann

    June 9, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  225. Dennis, Columbus, Ohio

    Palin is easy on the eyes but hard on the ears.
    Newt is easier on the ears but not so on the eyes.
    But what they say sends me to my padded room.

    I love the needle in the eye option.

    June 9, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  226. Kera

    Hmm, listening to someone who probably was just crammed with the key points of her speech or listening to someone who is willing to call a Supreme Court nominee a racist to bring attention to his party... Hard question Jack. Is there a neither option?

    Oklahoma City

    June 9, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  227. Russell (Little Rock, AR)

    Frankly Jack –
    I would prefer that neither spoke in public again. Gingrich seems to be Rush Limbaugh's front man and Gov. Palin comes off as a shrill no nothing, obsessed with her own hype. Both are over the top hypocrtites as are most of the Republican talking heads, and neither has forwarded any ideas worth considering for any of the problems that we are confronting, even though their party is very much responsible for those very same problems. I find it disgusting the way that Gingrich has parsed his 'retraction' of calling Judge Sotomayor a racist and Palin's skirting the ethical responsibilities of her office call her judgement into stark question. Neither have earned credibility to criticize the Obama administration as far as I am concerned – so, in a nutshell, I want to say to both, "just SHUT UP"

    June 9, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  228. Brian


    Do I really have to pick? if so, I would go with Palin. At least there is a bit of humor in listening to her flip-flop around and talk about nothing with such passion.

    Newt? A scary old right winged extremist.

    June 9, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  229. shane

    i must say sharon from il, said it well...

    June 9, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  230. Mark Matthew

    Gingrich. As an Independent I usually don't agree with him, but at least he's a thinker, not a vapid sloganeer like Palin.

    June 9, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  231. Skip Steinback

    Thank you for asking, lets see Palin, Newt, Newt, Palin? Give needles.

    June 9, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  232. Richard New Hampshire

    Sarah understands the plight of our citizens.She has great ideas and opinions.Her clear mind makes her see things better than most.If we could just clon her or get her a subscription to "Southern Living".

    June 9, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  233. David W.

    No Contest, Jack! Speaker Gingrich, whether you agree with him or not, is an intelligent, well-read man of ideas, with solid experience at the pinnacle of American government; you can differ with him on philosophy, but he usually has a unique and incisive view on each national issue.

    Governor Gidget – a/k/a 'Caribou Barbie' – is still "Palin' by comparison"; functionally illiterate on national issues, devoid of any original opinions not scripted for her by Right wing Christian think tanks and Republican lobbyists on K-Street in downtown Washington.

    She's still a national laughingstock, and I am confident that she will self-destruct of her own accord in multiple gaffe-fests over the next three years, and not be involved in the 2012 presidential race in any meaningful way.

    Oh, and by the way: I was a lifetime Republican until they put her and that geezer up against Obama...

    David W.
    Alexandria, VA

    June 9, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  234. Christine

    Now Jack, this is a question that took less than a nanosecond to answer...neither of them have an ounce of credibility, intelligence, or judgement...for them to even consider a serious run in 2012 is preposterous.

    Christine D.
    Woodstock, CT

    June 9, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  235. Eric from CO

    As a registered republican neither of these two individuals support me. Palin has no concept of law, believing in creationism and speaking in tongues and Gingrich is out of touch with politics today. He had his chance and failed then. How about Colin Powell?

    June 9, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  236. Ajit N

    Palin is the better candidate more honest and capable than Newt Gingrich.

    June 9, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  237. Kevin L. / Omaha, NE

    I was going to make a statement but you beat me to it Jack! Neither one! These so called conservatives are that way for THEMSELVES! And who is this "American People" those two keep talking about?
    Because it's not me!

    June 9, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  238. Kathy

    I would rather screech after someone stepped on her tail than either of those two.

    June 9, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  239. Deryk

    Let them both speaki. There's enough hot gas between the two of them to resolve the energy crisis.

    June 9, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  240. Blanda

    Niethier, I wish they would both go away

    June 9, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  241. Andrew

    These are the choices? Republicans must be out of ideas.

    Andrew, Atlanta, GA

    June 9, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  242. Dan

    Palin if only to give John Stewart more raw material to work with...

    June 9, 2009 at 4:25 pm |
  243. Cynthia

    Hell No! I would rather not either of them speak. If pressed, the former Speaker would at least be able to engage in a stimulating conversation, Sarah Palin does not have a speech or conversation I would care to hear under any circumstances. That was evident, during the last Presidential election.
    Charleston, SC

    June 9, 2009 at 4:25 pm |
  244. Grace In Atlanta

    This is the most intersting question you ever ask Jack. Newt Gingrich was the speaker the house and it's a story they told me so I don't know him, and Sarah can't speak English if Wolf is not on TV, I'll listen to music.

    Grace, Atlanta

    June 9, 2009 at 4:25 pm |
  245. Michael

    Bring on the Needles!

    June 9, 2009 at 4:25 pm |
  246. Naomi

    I think Newt Gingrich is smart and has a lot of sense and understanding about our country's current messes. I would rather listen to him than Ms. Palin. I voted for the McCalin/Palin ticket but I think I'm beginning to grow tired of listening to her sound bites - they all seem to be the same. I'm waiting for her to show some substance (as I am with President O'bama) to see if she can become successful as a leader in the Republican party. Frankly, I'm rooting for Mitt Romney to be the Republican to carry the torch.

    June 9, 2009 at 4:25 pm |
  247. BMackin79

    Give me the needles, Jack,
    Bruce, In North Texas

    June 9, 2009 at 4:25 pm |
  248. Alex from Calgary, Canada

    I don't care for either of them, but like it or not, Palin, if she isn't the future of the party herself certainly seems to represent it. As opposed to Gingrich who, like Cheney and Limbaugh, are old guard and therefore yesterday's news. I'd still rather drink a bottle of month-old curdled milk than see either.

    June 9, 2009 at 4:25 pm |
  249. Diane

    I'd much rather listen to Sarah! Her syntax is so outrageously warped and jumbled, and words come pouring out of her mouth in such a tumbling, inchoate way, that it is fascinating to listen to, and fun to marvel at! I can hardly believe that this person is such a prominent Republican — a party leader! — and yet it's true! I am smiling as I type!

    Gingrich is a discredited and washed-up has-been. Sarah is where it's at!

    June 9, 2009 at 4:25 pm |
  250. Jamey in VA

    Is there a third choice?

    June 9, 2009 at 4:26 pm |
  251. John Delaware Ohio

    Palin by a long shot. newt is old news. He had his chance. his comment about the nominee for the court was typical, Foot in Mouth!

    Palin is a good speaker and she creates and motivates the Republican base like no one else. She would be able to expand the base to include thinking women.

    Newt is no different than any other pol who has been to Washington... he panders to his audience.

    Palin is respectful of the President, unlike Hannity, Rush, and Newt.

    June 9, 2009 at 4:26 pm |
  252. celestine

    Sarah Palin is my choice, but i will only listen if the speech is delivered from Russia.

    June 9, 2009 at 4:26 pm |
  253. sandy pardes

    I'd rather see Sarah Palin speak. It warms my heart to see the dems and lefties get all worked up about her.

    June 9, 2009 at 4:26 pm |
  254. Anita Hackman

    I would not listen to either of them make a speech, that also applies to Cheney and Limbaugh. they all need to pack up and leave the Country.

    June 9, 2009 at 4:26 pm |
  255. Kevin in CA

    To quote an old western expression: I'd rather eat barbed wire!

    June 9, 2009 at 4:26 pm |
  256. Briar -Warren, Ohio

    Ugh, what a painful question. Do you want poked in the eye, or kicked in the groin?

    June 9, 2009 at 4:26 pm |
  257. Andy Simrin

    Would I rather hear Sarah Palin or Newt Gingrich speak? No, I wouldn't.

    June 9, 2009 at 4:26 pm |
  258. Prezzy Junior

    Palin. Because, at least, she amuses people considering that she's uninformed and doesn't shy from expressing herself regardless.

    June 9, 2009 at 4:26 pm |
  259. Agnes from Scottsdale, AZ

    Jack: Neither one! They're two of the most retro politicians – rear view mirror afficianados!

    June 9, 2009 at 4:26 pm |
  260. eric, miami

    I choose burning sticks in my eyes.

    June 9, 2009 at 4:26 pm |
  261. Ryan Speicher

    I'd rather listen to Mr. Gingrich speak. No matter which one speaks though, I think they both offer a real alternative to the direction the country is going now. 2012 could be interesting....

    June 9, 2009 at 4:26 pm |
  262. James

    I'll take the neither option. I don't want to hear about being able to see Russia from her doorstep and in a speech Newt gave yesterday saying God gave us our Constitutional Rights, I'd just have to stand up and debate him. How about I just listen to you, Jack?

    June 9, 2009 at 4:26 pm |
  263. Ken, Centreville, VA

    I think more entertaining would be a "Palin vs. Gingrich" debate:

    Is President Obama a Failure or a Terrorist?

    June 9, 2009 at 4:26 pm |
  264. Nathan from Atlanta

    I would rather watch Palin because she is more comical than Newt.

    June 9, 2009 at 4:26 pm |
  265. Hussein

    Listen to either a Gingrich or Palin speech hhhmmm??? Is puncturing your eardrums an option Jack?

    June 9, 2009 at 4:26 pm |
  266. Len Smith

    Jack, Neither mean a thing to me and neither say much that is good for the country. That being said, at least, Newt has a brain.

    June 9, 2009 at 4:26 pm |
  267. Vicki Pieper

    I would rather listen to Newt Gingrich make a speech over Sarah Palin hands down. Newt has so much more experience in the political arena and has a certain passion that I find so much more sincere than Palin. I have always thought Palin was just a lot of fluff and just plain doesn't have the experience I would want to see in a president. It seems like her quirky phrases and attractiveness has somehow made people think she is a great speaker. It takes a lot more than catchy wit to impress me.

    Corpus Christi, TX

    June 9, 2009 at 4:26 pm |
  268. ester

    Sarah Palin hands down! I haven't had a good belly laugh since November.

    June 9, 2009 at 4:26 pm |
  269. Pam n Pensacola

    I would choose the 22 hours I spent in labor 21years ago. This time no meds. and make the contractions every 60 secs. instead of every 3 mins.

    June 9, 2009 at 4:26 pm |
  270. Leslie Schwartz

    Both, I can't wait to hear them debate each other for the 2012 GOP nomination.

    You betcha!

    June 9, 2009 at 4:26 pm |
  271. Rurik, St. Paul, MN

    I'd rather watch a speech by Palin, but only because I know that Tina Fey would reiterate it verbatim and once again show delusional Palin is.

    June 9, 2009 at 4:26 pm |
  272. Anthony in Kentucky

    Palin by far...she needs something else to make her look more ignorant than she already is. Something to solidfy that the republican party is too conservative. She could be the proverbial nail in the coffin for the GOP.

    June 9, 2009 at 4:26 pm |
  273. Joe Greenfield, IN

    Depends on if you want to hear stupidity (Palin) or hatred and criticism of the left (Gingrich).

    June 9, 2009 at 4:26 pm |
  274. Diane Glasser

    Neither, I agree with you and as you stated, would rather have pins and needles stuck in my eyeballs than listen to their hateful, distortions, and fabrication statements in which they try to twist the truth to suit their ideology.

    June 9, 2009 at 4:26 pm |
  275. j leb Pointe-Claire Canada

    Palin, love crazy people saying crazy things

    June 9, 2009 at 4:26 pm |
  276. Sanford


    Last week, Palin gave a speech in Anchorage, much of which was lifted from an article that Gingrich wrote four years ago.

    You're asking a trick question. A speech by Palin IS a speech by Gingrich.

    June 9, 2009 at 4:27 pm |
  277. Paul

    Neither Jack! Now I'll go back to pounding a new hole in
    my head with a ball peen hammer.

    June 9, 2009 at 4:27 pm |
  278. John

    For pure comic value, Sarah Palin and her pathetic grasp of international politics. Gingerich, although somewhat more eloquent, has shown his a definite lack of moral fiber between his racist labeling and leaving his wife while she was ill.

    June 9, 2009 at 4:27 pm |
  279. Jeffrey Reel

    I always get a hoot out of Sarah Palin, especially when she is off-script. Newt is desperately trying to revive his political career but it's somewhat sad hearing him trying to revive his 1990's "Republican's favorite hits." It doesn't fly so well anymore.

    June 9, 2009 at 4:27 pm |
  280. Doug in Albuquerque, NM

    Neither – especially since Gingrich's voice hasn't changed yet and Palin's accent is like fingernails on a chalk board.

    June 9, 2009 at 4:27 pm |
  281. David in Dallas

    I'd much rather see Tina Fey doing Sarah Palin in a speech. I'm betting Will Ferrell could do a pretty good Newt Gingrich, but I'd still rather see Tina, er' I mean Sarah.

    June 9, 2009 at 4:27 pm |
  282. Cheryl

    Newt Gingrich !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 9, 2009 at 4:27 pm |
  283. saba from maryland

    Unfortunately Gingrich

    June 9, 2009 at 4:27 pm |
  284. Dave Boss, Cleveland, O

    Palin, but only as a novelty. Both are representative of the GOP's resistance to change. The country marches on, but the GOP has not.

    June 9, 2009 at 4:27 pm |
  285. Bob

    Finding myself in a room in which either of them might speak would tell me I'd made a serious navigational error...no doubt due to a defective moral compass.

    Bob, Accra, Ghana

    June 9, 2009 at 4:27 pm |
  286. Simmy

    I'd rather listen to frogs croak all night....

    June 9, 2009 at 4:27 pm |
  287. Liberal4Obama

    I'd rather go blind and deaf all at the same time

    June 9, 2009 at 4:27 pm |
  288. Jay

    Palin... she's just funnier.

    June 9, 2009 at 4:28 pm |
  289. lovet umesi Plano Tx

    I do not mind having the able GOV, but only after she has completed her diploma in jornalism

    June 9, 2009 at 4:28 pm |
  290. Vince

    Jack, are you kidding? You couldn't pay me to listen to either one. I hope your right about their political aspirations, because it will ensure four more years if either one is on the republican ticket.

    June 9, 2009 at 4:28 pm |
  291. Carrol

    Palin, for entertainment purposes only.

    June 9, 2009 at 4:28 pm |
  292. yetunde

    You kept me rolling on the floor with laughter,I dont want to hear nothing from none of them.I am sick and tired of Betcha,Gotcha kind of talk.

    June 9, 2009 at 4:28 pm |
  293. Craig Quirolo

    Neither. I wish you would stop playing into their theme of the Divided States of America.....We are the United States of America. The election is over and all grazing Republicans need to be turned out to pasture not to be herded until 2011. Palin and Gingrich both need to eat some grass or better yet smoke some. craig Key West

    June 9, 2009 at 4:28 pm |
  294. Ken

    I like to hear both. For the liberal loons out that that bash Sarah Palin and Newt Gingrich, you need to wake up and see the destruction Obama is bringing upon us.

    June 9, 2009 at 4:28 pm |
  295. kristi-wa

    I don't want to hear either of them. They have nothing new to say. Why can't the Rep. find someone with a new spin? They are so boring.

    June 9, 2009 at 4:28 pm |
  296. Gary Jaussaud

    Gary's comment is:

    I wish they both would just stay quiet and go away. Or one the other
    hand if they stay in the press and before the people and run for office,
    it would mean President Obama has no problem enjoying another

    June 9, 2009 at 4:28 pm |
  297. Rod

    After listening to Sarah and Newt recently, I am more convince now than ever before, that they are the right persons to give a speech on how to build a bridge to nowhere. We need more Dan Quayle’s and George Bush the 2nd’s to show us just how it’s done. When your kid point to them as a role model for intellectual thoughts, it is time for home schooling folks, because our educational system has felted to do its job. I am secure you will agree with my opinion Jack.

    June 9, 2009 at 4:28 pm |
  298. Jane Burdette

    Neither one...enough is enough!!

    June 9, 2009 at 4:28 pm |
  299. Julie Davison

    Neither! Why put oneself through torture? Needles are the obvious choice.
    But then again, I do need a good laugh!

    June 9, 2009 at 4:28 pm |
  300. Kirk

    Neither..I don't really don't care for either of them, but Palin could turn out to be funny in that sad " I can see Russia from Alaska" kind of way...

    June 9, 2009 at 4:28 pm |