June 23rd, 2009
05:00 PM ET

What message would Palin send if she does not run for reelection?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

There's growing speculation in Alaska that Governor Sarah Palin won't run for reelection in 2010. Politico reports that top Republicans and Democrats are quietly lining up to run for the office - should Palin decide not to.

No one has filed the official paperwork yet; but many are taking the governor's silence as a sign that she'll opt out of a second term in order to get more involved in national politics.

One politician who is weighing a run put it this way: "If you're Palin, once you've flown first class, you don't go back to coach. She's been to the show and certainly seemed to like it there."

He suggests that barring some "unforeseen collapse on the national stage," Palin won't run again for governor.

Some experts expect the governor to wait as long as possible before announcing her plans - that way she can keep her options open and minimize her lame duck status as governor if she decides not to run again.

Although Palin's approval ratings have taken a hit since she ran with John McCain, she's still strong enough to scare off most challengers in her own party. One former staffer says if Palin files for reelection, the race is over.

A recent CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll shows 21-percent of Republicans would back Palin as the 2012 presidential nominee - putting her at the top of the pack.

Here’s my question to you: What message would Alaska Governor Sarah Palin send if she chooses not to run for reelection?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Artisha from Virginia writes:
I hope by her not running for re-election she is sending the message that she will do us all a favor and go away. Governor Palin is one of the most divisive politicians in the country. We need politicians who are unifiers and believe in all Americans, not someone who believes that only white Americans from small, rural towns are the "real Americans".

Eric from Texas writes:
Just couldn't let a week pass without bringing up Palin, could you, Cafferty? Look, I get it! I understand Obama's approval ratings are falling. I get it already! You don't have to hammer the point! But you should stop throwing up these b.s. red-herring Palin stories every time your Messiah starts stumbling. Americans are wiping their eyes and finally seeing the "Emperor's New Clothes."

Dominic writes:
Jack, Her message is that the GOP is over. That is the message.

S. writes:
She's a lame duck in Alaska anyways. She won't run for re-election because losing in her home state will boot her out of national politics once and for all.

Chaz writes:
Jack, Why are you infatuated by this woman? I don't understand it. I am a Republican. Out of 15 Republican friends, I don't know one who would vote for her. I know you want her to run so Obama would have a free pass, but it's not gonna happen.

Mike writes:
Hopefully it will be a message in traditional Palin grammar: "I decided not to run for Governor in 2010 so that I, as an American, as all of us are, together for prosperity and a functioning democracy, can too not re-elect me for Governor. Can we not too join together to take part in, and of, around, and throughout a simply majority, decipher this great promise of equality for all, and oil money for some." *Wink*

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soundoff (150 Responses)
  1. Ron - Baltimore, Maryland

    Jack she would be sending two messages. One – She final gets it, that this is just not about her and any type of fame she seems to need to fill her ego. Two – She finally watched the old interviews she never got to view while campaining, you know Catie Curic......

    June 23, 2009 at 3:28 pm |
  2. Michael "C" Lorton, Virginia

    Jack: She had her fifteen minutes of fame--and doesn't want to add anymore time to her celebrity status--quit while she is ahead.

    June 23, 2009 at 3:28 pm |
  3. Jay in Texas

    She would be sending the message that she intends to devote all of her time and energy into running for president in 2012. I think it would be a political mistake for her, however, not to run for re-election as governor. I believe she will follow in the footsteps of George W. Bush who held onto the governorship of Texas until he was "elected" president in 2000.
    Brownwood, Texas

    June 23, 2009 at 4:23 pm |
  4. Alex in Snohomish

    The message will be that she is ready to again be the presidential candidate of the extreme right wing of the Republican Party in 2012. My only hope is that she pairs up with another religious zealot to appeal to the base and they lose again to the moderate Obama. Because despite the warnings of extreme liberalism by Rush Limbaugh and other conservative talking heads, President Obama is governing more as a moderate.

    June 23, 2009 at 4:23 pm |
  5. Julie, Houston, TX

    What message is she sending?

    The message is that she doesn't have the sense God gave her.

    There is no way – not after the vp nomination (Couric interviews, Gibson interview and racist campaign rallies) – that this woman will win a presidential election. Her first impression was horrible – and it's lasting. She wore her ignorance on the issues like a badge of honor, and that won't sell to the majority.

    It's going to take more than catchy phrases, winks and fancy pagent walking to win a presidential election. She just doesn't have what it takes.

    Houston, TX

    June 23, 2009 at 4:24 pm |
  6. Brian Smith PhD

    Simply that she wants to make history by being the first US female president. She is looking for a place in the history books. Not necessarily the presidency.

    June 23, 2009 at 4:24 pm |
  7. Steve of Hohenwald TN.

    It means Letterman will have to get a new set of jokes.

    June 23, 2009 at 4:25 pm |
  8. Peter Brown

    I think she will show that she hasn't got what it takes to be governor, let alone President. She has a lot more to show the American people before she can feel she is a shoe in for any elected job. I think she is afraid she won't be reelected Governor and so won't run. This would mean the end of her political career, if it really ever got off the ground to start with.

    Honolulu, Hawaii

    June 23, 2009 at 4:25 pm |
  9. Tony from Torrington

    There's one way to find out Jack. A good reporter would simply ask her. But there aren't any of those around here are there? Well, an opinion from one who is a Palin supporter is that I hope she does run when SHE FEELS THE TIME IS RIGHT, and not when a bunch of liberals expect her to. The fear that the left has for Palin is astounding.

    June 23, 2009 at 4:26 pm |
  10. Larry from Georgetown, Texas

    It sends several mixed messages; 1. She's afraid they'll show all of her terrible interviews and she'll lose the election. 2. She decided to enroll in college classes starting in the fall of 2010 to take government, economics, geography, basic math and speech to get ready to run for President in 2012. That way when she gives an interview she'll be able to give some kind of educated answer. The only problem is that she needs to find a school that will admit her.

    June 23, 2009 at 4:26 pm |
  11. SAI

    Jack, don't know what message she wants to send – but here is what I would like to tell her – just because a turkey has tail feathers too, however much it tries, it cannot become a peacock.

    June 23, 2009 at 4:27 pm |
  12. Matt

    So what? She'll not run for re-election as Gov. and will try to get nominated by the GOP. Big deal. I'm not going to look a gift horse in the mouth and neither will Obama and the Dems.

    June 23, 2009 at 4:27 pm |
  13. Chris in Virginia Beach, VA

    Sarah Palin needs to go back to school, not back to politics. She was obviously in way over her head while running as Vice President, and has since shown herself unfit to hold any position of power. That anyone would continue to support her in any endeavour is indicative of how backward and partisan the Republican party has become.

    June 23, 2009 at 4:28 pm |

    I think the message she would send would be It's a jungle out there and i can't hack it.
    Politics is no place for the timid.

    June 23, 2009 at 4:28 pm |
  15. Kevin, Fl

    It would send several messages. 1. The Party would be running the same Old Tired Men it always has...That support Big Business, Corporate Greed, and Special Interests. 2. She has bowed to Media and Left Wing Pressure. Finally, it would send the message that anyone who goes against the above values will Never have a shot.

    June 23, 2009 at 4:28 pm |
  16. Michael, Alexandria, VA

    The signal is that she is actually running for the White House. Of course, if President Obama is popular in 2010, the rest of the field may letter have it.

    June 23, 2009 at 4:29 pm |
  17. Paulette,Dallas,PA

    That she finally got the message!

    June 23, 2009 at 4:29 pm |
  18. Lisa in Shelton CT

    it would be a Debu-détente – Throughout the Presidential campaign, the beauty queen's intelligence was often in question, but she may surprise people by being smart enough to avoid any risk of further embarassment from another loss on a smaller scale.

    June 23, 2009 at 4:29 pm |
  19. Hopeful American

    I have no doubt that Sarah Palin will run for President on the Republican ticket in the next election. She could get Kate Gosslin to be her Vice Presidentential Running Mate and they could put on quite a deva performance for us. All kidding aside Sarah Palin shames the Republican Party and all Americans. Let's hope we can cancel her contract.

    June 23, 2009 at 4:30 pm |
  20. Dee from Canada

    Humility. She humbly acknowledges that she's not ready and just doesn't have what it takes. Has she been overseas yet? She needs to brush up on her foreign policy and show an interest in the world outside the US.

    June 23, 2009 at 4:30 pm |
  21. Agnes from Scottsdale, AZ

    Jack: If Sarah decides not to run she will think it announces her plans to be on a ticket in 2012. This will be a gift to the Dems and to the American people. Barack Obama's lead in that election would be un precedented. Go for it Sarah!!!

    June 23, 2009 at 4:30 pm |
  22. gerry In Toronto

    The message probably is that she's finally figured out if you keep banking your head into a brick wall it actually hurts and the way to make the hurt go away is to quit the banging.

    June 23, 2009 at 4:33 pm |
  23. Claire, Melbourne, FL

    Hello Jack,

    If she doesn't run it's cause her polls show she probably won't get re-elected as Gov. She's too much of a gadfly and if she has national ambitions -fuhgetaboutit...!!!

    June 23, 2009 at 4:33 pm |
  24. Diane Dagenais Turbide


    the 21% of republicans who would vote for her simply do so because they do not see any other choices...the 79% are seeing there is for now no real choice.

    June 23, 2009 at 4:34 pm |
  25. Chris - Denver

    Hi Jack,
    The message will be: "I'm so utterly clueless, I actually think I have a chance to be elected president."

    June 23, 2009 at 4:34 pm |
  26. Jim, MN

    Hopefully, that she is getting out of politics and going to live out the rest of her days in relative obscurity...but I'm not holding my breath on that.

    June 23, 2009 at 4:34 pm |
  27. Jon, Atlanta Ga.

    The message that she will send is that President Obama will easily get a landslide re-election in 2012. The obvious message is that Sarah want be seeing the Potomac River from the White House.

    June 23, 2009 at 4:34 pm |
  28. Jack - Lancaster, OH


    Being Governor is too much work for not as many perks as being the President, with unlimited perks.

    June 23, 2009 at 4:34 pm |
  29. Dorothy, Brooklyn, NY

    The governor would be saying to the people She want to be President of the Real AMERICANS, Not President of the UNITED States, only those states where real Amarican Live

    June 23, 2009 at 4:35 pm |
  30. Daivie

    Palin won't run for re-election because she will lose. And then she'll be branded a "loser" for having gone down for the count twice in a row. That would seriously damage her chances of winning the republican primaries–which is goal number one for the moronic Palin at this moment in time. Goal number two is to become president. She is obviously obsessed with these aspirations and is desperately trying to expand her base from the lunatic fringe to moderate republicans.. She is trying to become relevant, which will be difficult with her lack of meaninful experience.

    June 23, 2009 at 4:35 pm |
  31. arc, Lugano CH

    Dear Jack,

    I love your show! There is too much going on right now, in Iran and elsewhere. Palin just isn't important enough for discussion!

    June 23, 2009 at 4:36 pm |
  32. Audrey Glover West Point Ga.

    She is home studying politics.

    June 23, 2009 at 4:37 pm |
  33. kishen c.rao

    good message...she knows she does not even come close...

    June 23, 2009 at 4:37 pm |
  34. Brian B, Edmond, OK

    It signals that she is getting out of the governing business and the media spotlight to freshen up on how to govern and operate in the spotlight.

    June 23, 2009 at 4:37 pm |
  35. Bertha in SC

    Obviously the message would be that she's going to run for President. She will not win. The US can't afford to have a President who spends 95% of their time arguing with someone that said something about them. Isn't that what you do in junior high school?

    June 23, 2009 at 4:37 pm |
  36. Chaz


    Why are you infatuated by this woman? I don't understand it. I am a republican. Out of 15 Republican friends, I don't know one that would vote for her. I know you want her to run so Obama would have a free pass, but it's not gonna happen.

    June 23, 2009 at 4:38 pm |
  37. PaleRider

    The message would be that she clearly has bigger ambitions. But she needs to become more convincing as a national leader to continue gaining support. Winning the Governor race again would increase her credibility.

    June 23, 2009 at 4:39 pm |
  38. grigore caragacianu

    Republicans would back a silly goose just they would a lame duck.
    They are kowtowing the mirage of money: they are steeped in
    heavily-perfumed rituals.
    They turned the world upside down and now they want to turn it
    Greg from Warren, Michigan

    June 23, 2009 at 4:40 pm |
  39. William from Minneapolis

    She is making a run at the White House. Though I am not a Palin supporter, it would be good for the country to have a white woman run against a mixed race man for the presidency. Are white men the minority yet?

    June 23, 2009 at 4:40 pm |
  40. George Ferdinand

    That she will be a candidate in the Republican Party for President of the United States in 2012!

    June 23, 2009 at 4:41 pm |
  41. Sarah, Bossier City, LA

    Her decision to not run for re-election as governor would probably mean that she thinks she is headed for bigger and better things. I hope, though, that she decides to stay in Alaska. Maybe she made enough off her book deal to permanently retire from politics.

    June 23, 2009 at 4:44 pm |
  42. John Lemaster Houston TX

    It will let everyone know she is scared of Alaska politics. The reason she won't run is that she might not win. If she ran and didn't win she would destroy her national ambitions in an Alaskan election. Her national ambitions have already made her an absentee Governor so that won't be much different than the lame duck she will become when she admits she is scared and doesn't even run.

    Dems are hoping that she their Presidential candidate.

    June 23, 2009 at 4:52 pm |
  43. Sharon C

    The message that is loud and clear to me is "President Obama wins again!! Surely this is not the best the republicans can offer????


    June 23, 2009 at 4:52 pm |
  44. Jenny from Nanuet, New York

    It would say that she is delusional since there's no way she'd get no more support than that of the incredible shrinking Republican base.

    June 23, 2009 at 4:53 pm |
  45. Doug

    Well Jack.... It would send a message to the people of Alaska they would now have a chance to elect an ETHICAL Governor!!

    You betcha!


    June 23, 2009 at 4:53 pm |
  46. Sharon, Rockford, IL

    It probably means she thinks she should run for president. I say let her. If only 21% of the repubs back her, she will be a marginal candidate at best. Then, and only then, will we finally be rid of her. She will run back to Wasilla with her tail between her legs wondering what happened. She isn't smart enough to realize she's not presidential material. She doesnt understand that a wink, radical gibberish and a pretty face is not enough to run this country.

    June 23, 2009 at 4:53 pm |
  47. Mike, MA


    That Palin finally understands that she has no place in public office or the public eye

    June 23, 2009 at 4:53 pm |
  48. Will North Carolina

    That she is capable of making a wise decision.....

    June 23, 2009 at 4:53 pm |
  49. Helen

    Governor Palin ran her course, if she were smart she would run for office again because the presendency is way beyond her reach. She comes with to much baggage. I really, honestly, don't think that she would win if she did run again most people were more interested in her family than in what she had to say.

    June 23, 2009 at 4:55 pm |
  50. Nestor, Austin, TX

    That means that she'll be the fronrunner for the 2012 GOP nomination. With Obama destroying the nation a little more every day, by 2012, she (or any GOP nominee) will annhilate President Obama in the general election.

    June 23, 2009 at 4:56 pm |
  51. Pete (St. Louis, MO)

    It would be a good guess that she is planning a run for the U.S. Presidency.

    June 23, 2009 at 4:58 pm |
  52. Boston Taylor

    If Palin does not run for re-election, then I believe that would be a for sure indication that she is running for President in 2012. I don’t think there could be any other explanation. If I were her though, I would run for re-election and then make a fun for President in 2016 or 2020. That would give her time to re-introduce herself, study up on things and be a strong candidate.

    June 23, 2009 at 4:59 pm |
  53. T K Edmison

    If Sarah does not run the ,message she would send to the party would be that she no longer wants to associate with such a sick pathetic pack of self serving back stabbing wolves and wolfetts.

    June 23, 2009 at 4:59 pm |
  54. Mark W

    I am certain that the liberal democrats want Palin to run and also know that the conservative republicans want her to run. And we all know that Saturday Night Live can only hope that she runs.

    But the 90 percent of people that have enough common sense to know that Palin is as much of a sideshow as Rush Limbaugh want the Republicans to run candidates that articulate small government and economic conservative views in the DC circus rather than a three-ring one that she seems to be most comfortable in these days.

    What was McCain thinking?

    June 23, 2009 at 4:59 pm |
  55. Tom Schneider

    After opprtunities that provided a very clear definition of who she actually is, I would say that the message sent by not running for re-election would be: She has determined that she is unfit or otherwise not prepared to put the interests of others before her own.
    Her history of sidestepping responsibility for her own actions and decisions, her obvious lack of candor regarding process of State matters and her ability to change opoinions into "facts", show that she should have stayed home and worked on these issues prior to thinking she was capable of running, with dignity, a city, state or Fed. Gov. position.
    By not running, she may have time to reflect on reality, family. As a republican, I would hope Alaska could do much better. At least until she can show that others MUST come first.

    June 23, 2009 at 5:00 pm |
  56. Glenn

    Objectively, it should not mean enough to be worthy of debate.

    It would mean that she has national ambitions – which was true for Mitt Romney (one term as Gov. of Massachusetts), Barack Obama (one term as Illinois Senator), George W. Bush (just over one term as Gov. of Texas) or Hillary Clinton (just over one Senate term from NY).

    It's only a big question because it is Sarah Palin. And Palin draws the scrutiny because her qualifications for national office are so worthy of futher debate – mainly because of her own uneven performance in the 2008 race, an opportunity of a lifetime that she obtained so easily.

    June 23, 2009 at 5:01 pm |
  57. Daniel Brady

    I don't care what her message is. I would like to see her run for a national office if only for the comic relief. And keeping the Republicans in turmoil would be a bonus.

    Dan Brady
    Highland, NY

    June 23, 2009 at 5:01 pm |
  58. Jerry A - Toronto, Canada

    The message would be that if you wait long enough a media and comedians dream will come true. What better reality TV show could you ask for than a gun toting, backwoods, smart as a trailer hitch politician running for the highest office. You couldn’t write this script. So forget about The Hills or Jon & Kate, this will be the Beverly Hillbillies on steroids. I can’t wait.

    June 23, 2009 at 5:01 pm |
  59. Lori -Lincoln NE

    If the Republicans want to back her then they should just that. She would make an excellent choice again and just may be win 2012 presidential nominee. However, she is old news at this point and not really up for game. There is no way this woman could be great leader of our country not now or ever.

    June 23, 2009 at 5:02 pm |
  60. Joe

    Sarah Palin has MORE experience than the Fraud in the Presidential office right now!
    I admire Sarah, she has been unfairly picked on by the media- as it is OBAMA himself that is afraid of her!
    I am a Democrat, but WOULD vote for Sarah!
    She is the ONLY one who was on the ticket who was not a millionaire-she knows what its like- she is a REAL person.
    I believe in her energy policy! I believe in her!

    June 23, 2009 at 5:02 pm |
  61. Mark in Miami

    The liberal media has done all they can to try to dim her star, but she still prevails. Here popularity is clearly growing. Cameras cannot catch up to her fast enough. If she decides to run for president, she will make a very fomidable candidate.

    June 23, 2009 at 5:04 pm |
  62. Barry, Fredericton

    Now that Sarah's discovered Nieman Marcus, going to the Wal-Mart in Wassilia just isn't going to cut it. So, of course, she'll try to run for the nomination. But polls at this point are a waste of time, since they only gauge name recognition. So if Sarah's going to run, she better start reading the New York Times, the Washington Post, and Dilbert. She's still not going to get it, you have to brains and ideas to build a new Republication coalitiot, not flippant one-liners that appeal the the dwindling core of narrow ideologues.

    June 23, 2009 at 5:07 pm |
  63. Amy OFlaherty (Reno, NV)

    I think her message will be clear: "I'm just tired of having to keep an eye on the Russians all the time. It's really somebody else's turn."

    June 23, 2009 at 5:07 pm |
  64. Mark, Bradenton,FL

    It would mean great relief for Alaskans.

    June 23, 2009 at 5:07 pm |
  65. John Lynn Carbondale, IL

    The message she would send is that she has had her fifteen minutes of fame; it was not well-spent; and now she is exiting, stage right.

    June 23, 2009 at 5:07 pm |
  66. Missy M

    Whenever people feel shut out from participating in the political process – it sends a chilling message. Whether we agree with their political beliefs or not, this country needs people who love America – even Sarah Palin – to run for office and try their best to make positive change. Those of us who don't want to run for office owe it to those who do to listen with an open mind.

    Missy M., Phoenix

    June 23, 2009 at 5:07 pm |
  67. Conor in Chicago

    Your introduction answered itself Jack. If she doesn't not opt to run for re-election as Govenor of AK then that would indicate that she intends to either run for a Senate/House seat or is going to run for President in '12.

    June 23, 2009 at 5:07 pm |
  68. mu

    if she does not run for reelection then she proves that she is finally in touch with reality

    June 23, 2009 at 5:07 pm |
  69. Ken in NC

    Palin not running for re election as Governor signals that she is wise enough to know she stands about as much chance as the Ayatollah of being elected Gov. of Alaska. Now if only she has enough wisdom to run for President so that President Obama can enjoy a "CAKE WALK" back into the White House.

    June 23, 2009 at 5:08 pm |
  70. Denise

    That she isn't as dumb as we all thought she was.

    June 23, 2009 at 5:08 pm |
  71. JT in OH

    She already sent the message – the "argument" with David Letterman. She wants to be on the national stage and her desire to do so was evident when she turned that one "joke" (tasteless or not) into a platform for "all girls" clearly made the point.

    June 23, 2009 at 5:09 pm |
  72. Peter T

    Please give Americans a real choice who they want for president, not a pairing of Obama and Pahlin. Romney, Huckabee, etc. all seem more competent to be president than the Pahlin.

    June 23, 2009 at 5:09 pm |
  73. Stephen

    Simple Jack, "Maveric"......

    June 23, 2009 at 5:09 pm |
  74. Tod Kreider

    Palin made it quite obvious that you can be anybody, know absolutely nothing about national politics, and say the most divisive words uttered in 21st century America, and STILL be celebrated as "new blood" by the disenfranchised majority in this nation; as someone who will change things not because they should be, but because it's change. If Palin runs for President of the United States, she will lose, but only because Obama already beat her there. The fact that she WILL win the Republican nomination in the process should make us all cower our heads.

    Kalamazoo, MI

    June 23, 2009 at 5:09 pm |
  75. Randy Hughes-King

    She would be telling everyone "I am busy with countering the 18 ethics complaints against me."

    June 23, 2009 at 5:10 pm |
  76. Nancy, Tennessee

    If two terms as Governor of Alaska aren't in Palin's sights, then the White House must be her next target. The last time I looked there was no vacancy there and the current occupants are not planning on moving after their four year lease expires. If Washington is her desired destination, then she needs to look for a seat in the House or Senate. She could use a few years experience before seeking the highest office in the land.

    June 23, 2009 at 5:10 pm |
  77. Michael Roepke - Dallas

    The message would be loud and clear:
    "You mean that I needed to file for re-election?

    June 23, 2009 at 5:10 pm |

    That she no longer wants to be the average Joe.

    June 23, 2009 at 5:10 pm |
  79. daniel

    If she chooses not to run, the message will be that she's gearing up for 2012.

    June 23, 2009 at 5:10 pm |
  80. Ed

    Palin not running would prove she knows her limits...and hopefully learned her lession...If you have nothing to say,do not say anything...

    June 23, 2009 at 5:10 pm |
  81. Katie - Buffalo, New York

    It would send the message that she is a typical politician, declining an opportunity to serve her state for four more years in order to pursue her own selfish ambitions on the national stage.

    June 23, 2009 at 5:10 pm |
  82. SHARON: Anchorage, Alaska

    If Sarah forgoes state reelection, it would be a GREAT loss to our state; but a firm signal that she is running in the 2012 national campaign. KNOW that she will be well prepared, ready & willing to take on the Nation’s problems & Media’s bias. She is an EXCELLENT business owner, with her head in the game; having managed the largest state that is financially successful; not bankrupt or begging. She is a true Alaskan & American; with working class priorities first. This time she will win.

    June 23, 2009 at 5:10 pm |
  83. Susan Gordon

    She has her PAC, she is not running for re-election, she wants the top job in 2012. Oh Brother, can you see her debating Obama? It will be like Miss Piggy debating Albert Einstein.

    June 23, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  84. Andrea

    She will send a clear message that her FAMILY is more important than her popularity. Taking time to re-group and focus on what's important; her new child, teen daughter/mother and grandchild, her husband and her state!

    June 23, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  85. Dylan - Radford VA

    Her message would be that she is arrogant, and thinks that she will win the 2012 presidential, and would also prove how out of touch she really is.
    Half of me wants her to not run for governor because of the potential win for Democrats, the other half wants me to think that she might be above that. Obviously, my second half needs to get a clue.

    June 23, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  86. Andrew Prentovic


    After watching last years election process I am still baffled that anyone would consider Sarah Palin a formidable candidate. Her responses during the Katie Couric interview spoke volumes to me. She couldn't name ONE supreme court decision she disagreed with, couldn't explain the Bush Doctrine, and countless other examples. Come on America, you're smarter than this.

    Andrew Prentovic
    Cincinnati, Ohio

    June 23, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  87. Lilly

    That she wants way more than 15 minutes of fame

    June 23, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  88. Don Devaney

    If she doesn't run for reelection it means she has lined her pockets with ilicit money, enough to leave the Alaskan Bully Pulpit to others.

    June 23, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  89. David

    The message would be "I'm deluded enough to believe all the things Rush has been saying about me."


    New York

    June 23, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  90. Paul

    It means she has an independent mind.

    June 23, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  91. Ron

    She would be displaying an unexpected outbreak of sanity and consideration for the American people. It would not be good to have to endure her for another campaign season.

    June 23, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  92. Annie, Atlanta

    Either that she has no idea most of us think she’s an idiot (minus the 21% idiot bracket). Or she doesn’t understand we’re not laughing with her, we’re laughing at her. But that’s crediting her with a certain level of intelligence, which is a stretch, really. Just ask Africa the country, or those Russians who fly into her air space with apparent frequency.

    June 23, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  93. Marilyn of Tallahassee

    Jack, she'd be letting us know she is at least smart enough to know that now that her consituents know how ignorant she is, she'd lose Alaska by a landslide! Losing that would NOT be a great platform for furthering her aspirations. She's getting out before it turns really ugly up there.

    June 23, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  94. nick

    The message she will send is that she is not the airhead she made herself seem on the 2008 elections.

    June 23, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  95. Bill Russell

    Jack, This would be "Christmas come early" for us democrates. Its a win win for us. If she did not run for re-election as governor it would mean one of two things. One it would mean she will drop out of politics forever which is good for everyone as we don't need any more incompetent politicians or two it would mean she would be going to get into the next presidential campaign or perhaps congress. This would be great for us democrats as this would mean just another looser republican with old outdated ideas. Jingle bells jingle bells jingle a the way!

    June 23, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  96. Sharon in Chicago, IL

    Message: That she is going to run for the big office in 2012 and is so self-delusional that she thinks she can actually beat Obama. This demagogue is a characature of herself.
    Message: Tina Fey, your going to have a record year!

    June 23, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  97. shakeeldc

    very simple jack!!!!
    Watch out America... there I come

    June 23, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  98. Frank

    Who's Palin?
    If we stop making her the subject of conversation, she'll become irrelevant. Believe me!!!
    After we have an intelligent president, would we really want to regress to mindless anecdotal commentary as a byline to real leadership?

    but then again...........Bush followed a Rhodes scholar........

    June 23, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  99. David Bebeau,Springfield Missouri

    Palin is in outer space on all issues.She is a non factor on all issues
    and I just can not fathon why the media keeps her out there.

    June 23, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  100. Kate

    Columbus, Ohio

    Sarah Palin would be a fool to not run for reelection. We all saw her crash and burn on the national stage. How much more can she put her family through in the spotlight? If the Republicans know what is good for them, they will look at the signs and choose a more moderate candidate in 2012. Palin is a Republican death wish.

    June 23, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  101. reg bird

    I personaly feel that Republicans lack some intelligence, for the last nine years, they stood behind the "village boy", who did more damage to the USA THAN EVEN NIXON did. Why not get behind a candidate with intelligence and carisma. The lady in question is still a child in the BIG arena of politics.

    June 23, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  102. sheila mills

    Sarah Palin became intoxicated with the power that she experienced while campaigning with John McCain. She wants another taste of it, no matter the cost. Little does she care that she is unprepared to function at this high level. She will go for it if she gets any encouragement at all. If you think George Bush was ill equipped, wait til you get a taste of her at the top of the ticket.

    God help us is all I can say.

    June 23, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  103. peggy Williams Johnson

    I am not sure if she'll get anywhere nationally. She has some of the worst advisors I've ever seen, i.e. the turkey farm, the bearskin, airing the family dirty linen. But do know that the most dangerous place I can think of would be to get between Palin and a reporter.

    June 23, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  104. Theo

    The message......We are in trouble...SERIOUS TROUBLE......WE DON'T NEED IGNORANCE RUNNING AMERICA......GOD HELP US!!!!!!

    June 23, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  105. Allen, Houston

    I don't care if she decides to run for reelection or not, Gov Palin is not electable nationally. She may get 100% of the GOP (party of NO) votes, however, I don't think this country will be that stupid again to elect another "empty suit" like the last president we just had. Have a NICE DAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 23, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  106. Simon - New York

    I don't think Governor Palin will run for Governor of Alaska in 2010 simply because she doesn't care, she is eying for the Presidency. But if she thinks that her Party will just give her the nomination, I've got two words for her to remember, Hilary Clinton!

    June 23, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  107. Steven

    Hopefully Palin not running would mean that she finally realized her ineptitude and would choose not to embarrass herself by running for national office. Most likely though, it would mean another national campaign and if shes elected, potential trouble for Americans overcoming their arrogant and belligerent image abroad.

    June 23, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  108. Andrew

    It would show that she cares more about her children than the spotlight. If she truely doesn't want any of her families privacy to be interfered with as she claimed over and over, then mabey it's time to pay off that $500,000 legal bill, settle down and become a full time hockey mom.

    June 23, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  109. Shem

    That would be interesting. if she wins the republican nomination to run against Obama he may raise 1 billion dollars for his campaign.

    June 23, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  110. Doreen Augusta Maine

    Yes, she wants to be ready to go through that door that God is going to open for her.

    June 23, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  111. Ken - Long Beach, CA

    Is Sarah Palin even relevant anymore? The only thing I see her doing well is all the constant trap flapping everytime a microphone is stuck in her face. Maybe the Republicans should let Palin run as president, it will make for an instant re-election of Obama, hands down. As for running again for Governor, Thats for the people of Alaska to decide. And they deserve her if they do re-elect her.

    June 23, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  112. Wole ADEBAYO

    If Sarah doesn't run in the Alaskan gubernatorial dash, it means she wants to save her energy for the Washington marathon. Who knows, luck may be shining on the side of the late night shows producers who would hit a home run in a Sarah-for-President melodrama.

    June 23, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  113. Scott Stodden

    If Sarah Palin chose not to run for reelection for governer in Alaska which I doubt she will do, but if she does the message would be that she would need time to run for President in 2012, and we know she is definitly going to run weather people like it or not. I think that she will run for reelection for governor until the Presidential election and have her Lieutiant Governor take over if she were to become President and its possible she may win if she runs.

    Scott Stodden (Freeport, IL)

    June 23, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  114. Aidan

    If Sarah does not run it means one thing , she wants to move to New york , take over the late show from David Letterman , .!

    June 23, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  115. Ron Stanchfield

    If Ms. Palin should choose not to run for Governor it would be my deepest hope that it was because she had an epiphany and it was that she finally realized she makes a better talk show guest than elected official. I can't see her on Oprah, but I can see her on the Lipstick Jungle.

    June 23, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  116. Kevin SW MI

    Jack, I hope she runs for the GOP nomination. The bottom line here is that if she runs, Mr Obama will have a cake walk re-election and become a two term President. Great!
    This is the best for America's future and she would be out of an office, anyway!

    June 23, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  117. Paulette,Dallas,PA

    Jack, I'm starting to worry about you! I hope you're not starting to have a crush on her too. Please,just let her fade off into the sunset. I just read that she is getting tired of all the legal bills over all of these ethics investigations. Maybe she just doen't have the money and finally got the message.

    June 23, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  118. Ken

    If Sarah Palins does
    Not run for reelection.
    I think she will need
    To stay home to raise
    Her granddaughter because
    Her teenage daughter
    Can't handle it!President
    Yeah right!

    June 23, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  119. Lin from Ohio

    The message is that she believes the Republican Party has not seen the error of its ways; therefore she has a viable, credible opportunity to be on the next GOP Presidential ticket. Our country deserves better that that!

    June 23, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  120. Zo Henricksen

    What would it mean if Sarah does not run for another term? Obviously, it means that she's expecting a "miracle" in 2012!

    June 23, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  121. Robert

    That politics is *not* a circus!

    June 23, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  122. George

    This is a no-brainer....There is no way that Palin would run for Governor. Polls in Alaska show that there is a virtual tie if she ran against the leading Democrats already in office (ie Senator Lisa). If she lost, there is no way that she could get the nomination for the Presidential election. Also, she cannot earn any outside income while serving as Governor–the money earned would be placed in the State account–and Palin plans on making many millions with a book telling how everyone has misunderstood her and her family and the media tried to portray her as the head clown in the dysfunctional circus.

    June 23, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  123. LouieG

    I am a 69 year old retired democrat with an MBA. I'll vote for Sarah Palin. She is truly a great woman who would make an excellent President. Can you imagine what will happen when she stands up to the males jerks in Iran? I want to live long enough to see that! Wow!

    June 23, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  124. Dave Geiger


    Sarah Palin didn't inspire me in the last election and hasn't inspired me yet. Since inspirational characteristics are something you cannot learn, I don't expect her to inspire me in 2010 or 2012.

    June 23, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  125. Mario Giordano

    That's she delusional Jack. I pray she runs for president against Obama who in 4 months has already taken on and beaten Big Cancer, changed the rules on how credit card companies can steal from us, gave health insurance to millions of children, in one speech in a foreign capital changed our world image for the positive after 8 years of being the most hated country in the world, to just list a few positive things he's done. Palin can offer us her success in teaching her children the republican mantra of abstinence in place of sex education.

    June 23, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  126. john

    she is just another republican schill that will do whatever her team of people advise her to do at the time! her actions will not reflect the needs of her state or people at the time, unless its for oil.

    June 23, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  127. Moe from Miami

    Maybe 2012 she would know what the job of the President is......

    June 23, 2009 at 5:19 pm |

    If the GOP and religious right are that hard up, than let her run. They will have to buy some new duds and some more add on hair for her. She is laughable and needs an education, but that would take years to get it through her thick head. I'll bet the Alaskan's would be very happy to have a new Govenor, but her as President would be much worse.

    June 23, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  129. Wallace Nelms

    If she decides not to run it will be a smart decision. There is no way she could be elected running against President Obama. The powers that be of the GOP will see that she will not be the candidate in 2012
    John McCain has ruined her political future. Thanks John,
    The truth is that she is not in or never will be "in the big league".

    June 23, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  130. Z

    "Put your sunglasses on and get ready to watch Karaboo Barbie's agenda go up in flames." comes to mind.

    June 23, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  131. Dennis from pa

    i am not sure! she wouldn't win for president. i voted for her and mccain. i am concerned about her ability to be a world leader. she is a great governor. however being a governor of a nowhere state and being president of 50 are different. i believe she will run for senate or a top spot in the party. whatever she does i hope she stays in the media spotlight. when she does the country talks about it. whatever your side on the subject!

    June 23, 2009 at 5:21 pm |
  132. Patricia - Pine Plains NY

    Obviously, if she's not running for governor, she's planning a run for the presidency in '12. But as most sane people realize she's not fit to run for dog catcher. She has no knowledge of world affairs or even domestic affairs. Only the extreme right wing of the GOP would vote for her. If she is fool enough to think otherwise, then a fool she be.

    June 23, 2009 at 5:21 pm |
  133. Bettye Volgemann

    Absolutely, she should run

    June 23, 2009 at 5:21 pm |
  134. Jim - Ft. Lauderdale, FL

    If Ms Palin does not seek reelection it may be that she is afraid she may loose. Whatever the outcome of her fortunes she may still be highly regarded by some come 2012. It is amazing how the American people will vote for morons. Whether he was an idiot or not George W. Bush came off that way and, some say, won the election. We have had two highly intelligent people run and win but they did so by being Bubba; Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton. And even Reagan’s absent minded grandfather act served him well. It has been said that the American people don’t like to vote for the smartest kid in the class but rather the class clown that you would like to have a beer with. Hopefully the last election will be the start of an era where that is untrue. But be aware of how well stupidity sells and don’t write off a Governor from Alaska with a room temperature IQ.

    June 23, 2009 at 5:21 pm |
  135. Diane, Houston TX

    /Go ahead on and drop out of the gubinatorial race in Alaska Ms. Palin. I'm sure you'll make a lot of Alaskans happy. IMO, Ms. Palin has a greatly inflated, if not downright delusional sense of her own power. I won't be voting in the Republican primary and I sure wouldn't be voting for her if she should win said primary. Surely the US electorate wouldn't be so dumb as to elect her in the general election. Well, there WAS that "oops" back in 2000, where they sent some idiot from Texas, with help from the Supreme court, to DC. But after 8 years of him, I'd HOPE that people would be paying more attention.

    Diane, Houston TX

    June 23, 2009 at 5:21 pm |
  136. Katie

    If Sarah Palin does not run for governor, she will truly demonstrate her lack of understanding of the way the American public feels about her. She will be doing Alaska a favor, but I think she is delusional thinking that she could possibly win a run for the president. I am a female and when she first appeared as McCain's VP candidate...I was considering voting for her...then I listened to her...I know that I'm not alone...It would be an automatic vote for the other candidate.

    June 23, 2009 at 5:21 pm |
  137. Rob-Santa Cruz, CA

    The message is simple: she does not want to have to be accountable for her accomplishments any more. That turned out to way, way too hard. Especially when people are watching everything she does, now. And she certainly doesn't want to have to face the difficult questions she would get from the press as a candidate.

    I don't think she will run for President. I think she is going to write her book, and bask in her celebrity.

    June 23, 2009 at 5:22 pm |
  138. K, California

    I hope she gets the GOP nomination in 2012. That way Obama will def get another term!

    June 23, 2009 at 5:23 pm |
  139. Pat, Pa.

    It means that the folks in Alaska will be able to turn on their TV's and not have to hear her campaign speeches or promises.

    June 23, 2009 at 5:23 pm |
  140. Delane

    What it means to me is that Sarah "Winky Dink" ain't too berry smart, and she better hold on to the bird she has in her hand rather than turn it loose for three flying by. There ain't 'nuff Republicans to elect her, and she certainly didn't get the Hillary vote John McCain thought she'd oull from Presidentr Obama. She's a legend in her mind, but not presidential material. Period!

    In my opinion, "Winky Dink" Sarah better run for governor. She may not win there, who knows?? Might tell her something she doesn't want to know, but if she didn't win there, that should be proof enough she ain't gonna win president.

    Norfolk, VA

    June 23, 2009 at 5:24 pm |
  141. Lon

    It tells me that she plans to find a way onto the national stage. To me she is just a pretty face, not much substance.

    June 23, 2009 at 5:24 pm |
  142. Madeline Cavazos

    If Palin is poising herself for being the 2012 Republican Presidential nominee, we had all better get ourselves ready to undergo an election that will be painfully embarrassing for not only Palin, but our entire country. You may agree with her ideas, but they are uniform in the Republican Party, so choose someone who at least presents them intelligently and articulately.

    June 23, 2009 at 5:25 pm |
  143. mack from michigan

    The message she is sending me is that despite an obviously limited I.Q. she can still read the handwriting on the wall as to her chances of being reelected governor,dogcatcher or anything else in Alaska. Gee Golly ethics investigations will sure golly getcha even in the great white north dontcha know it!

    June 23, 2009 at 5:25 pm |
  144. Jeff , Douglass, KS

    That it's not going to be embarassing to be an American – again.

    June 23, 2009 at 5:25 pm |
  145. Shiva

    Men these days don't realize how tough it is to be a soccer mom.

    June 23, 2009 at 5:26 pm |
  146. Kalpana, Michgan

    She wants to go back being a MOM and WIFE.

    June 23, 2009 at 5:26 pm |
  147. Chris K.


    Governor Palin will leave for four years while Obama will serve as president for 4 years. What she should do is serve the job and then retire when she announces her candidacy. What Alaska is going to vote for Obama when someone from that state is running. Not in a million years. That is the course she should take

    June 23, 2009 at 5:26 pm |
  148. Clarke

    That she is smarter than many of us think!

    June 23, 2009 at 5:26 pm |
  149. Julie Bollinger

    The message will be that the media and the Democratic party have succeeded in totally destroying her. I would not blame her though. I would not want to put my family through what her family has been through.

    June 23, 2009 at 5:26 pm |
  150. Wilma from Georgia

    She'd be telling the world that she believes she has a chance on the national political stage. Fat chance!! She'd have to be more intelligent than she comes across, but still – not presidential material by a long shot.

    June 23, 2009 at 5:27 pm |