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July 6th, 2009
04:00 PM ET

How does Gov. Palin's resignation affect her chances for 2012?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Once again, Sarah Palin has made her way back into the headlines. This time it's her abrupt announcement made late Friday afternoon - of a summer holiday weekend - that she intends to quit her job as governor of Alaska effective at the end of July.

She called the press conference at the last minute and even her closest aides say they were unaware of the news and don't know what will come next. Critics and supporters alike are perplexed and no time was wasted starting the debate over whether this is a move to position herself better for a Presidential run in 2012 or if she's throwing it away by quitting.

Palin - who was thrust onto the national stage as John McCain's running mate against President Obama - defended her decision as a move to avoid becoming a lame duck.

Love her or hate her, Sara Palin was able to electrify the conservative base of the party like no other Republican in the country. This was not good news for the GOP, which is already reeling in the wake of the sex scandals of Senators John Ensign of Nevada and Mark Sanford of South Carolina.

Time for the spin doctors once again to try to come to the rescue and explain why what Sarah Palin did was a good idea. Good luck with that. Real conservatives don't quit.

Here’s my question to you: How does Governor Sarah Palin's resignation affect her chances for 2012?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

David from Texas writes:
If I quit my job at a smaller company, wait until 2012 and then go down the street to the larger company, I am not going to get the job, either as an hourly worker, Manager or CEO. She ended her political career.

Larry from Georgetown, Texas writes:
I was always taught that "when the going gets tough, the tough get going," in all areas of life. It is when things are tough that the true character is exposed and in her case she is a quitter and always will be. Regardless of her political aspirations, her goose is cooked. Maybe now the people that supported her will realize how fortunate we are that she isn't one heartbeat away from being President.

David from Virginia writes:
It depends on who you ask. I don't think it drastically hurts her chances of being the Republican nominee, especially among the rapidly thinning field, but it makes being a viable national candidate nearly impossible.

Diane from Allentown, Pennsylvania writes:
Something's very wrong with this picture Jack. She's not finishing out her current term, and not running again. Somebody got something on her and I don't think it's going to be pretty. Think about it Jack, if these guys aren't resigning after playing footsies in bathroom stalls, and having a "friend" in Argentina, what the heck could she have done?

Jeff from Hawaii writes:
Jack, Who cares? Caribou Barbie has shown consistently that she is not only unaware of the nuances of both Global and Domestic policy, she is unwilling to learn. To end her term early because the job is too hard or too demanding just shows she is in over her head.

David from California writes:
Her chances in 2012 for President are negative numbers. Her chances in 2012 for a show competing with yours are pretty good.


Filed under: Sarah Palin
soundoff (297 Responses)
  1. Lois, Ont., Canada

    I don't think it will affect her chances one bit. She would not have a 'snow ball's chance in Hell' to even win the GOP's nomination. She is 'toast.'

    July 6, 2009 at 3:45 pm |
  2. Ann in NH

    Hopefully Jack she's got the proverbial snowball's chance in... I think you know.

    July 6, 2009 at 3:45 pm |
  3. Jerry from Monroe Co. WV

    Palin's resignation reduces her chances from slim to none in 2012.

    July 6, 2009 at 3:46 pm |
  4. Hubert Bertrand Oberlin La.

    who knows what politicians have on their minds. I can't ever think what they will do, But you can bet (MONEY) is the cause.

    July 6, 2009 at 3:47 pm |
  5. Ed'sKate

    Hopefully, Zilch.

    July 6, 2009 at 3:47 pm |
  6. BILL, WI

    It is pretty ignorant to speculate on what she is going to do three years from now. Wait for her to announce her plans, that would be the time to ask the question.

    July 6, 2009 at 3:47 pm |
  7. K

    you betcha!!!! Proves she cannot keep a commitment and that she is a quitter. Wouldn't vote for her anyway, anyhow

    July 6, 2009 at 3:47 pm |
  8. Donald in CA

    Enough of Palin, i'm still trying to figure out her claim to fame. Those hard righters celebrate her, but that doesnt represent most of America.
    Go kill some defense less animals.

    July 6, 2009 at 3:49 pm |
  9. Kathie, US Virgin Islands

    Gosh Jack,
    Apparently you haven't heard! Our Ms Palin is running for Pope in 2012! She'll be busy re-creating the crusades. Lucky for us.
    Kathie St. Croix, USVI

    July 6, 2009 at 3:50 pm |
  10. David

    Jack, I'm from Minnesota and Sarah is just like Jessie Venture. Both are politicians the thatare concerned about no one but themselves.

    Because of their political careers, Jessie made big money as a World Football League announcer and as a celebrity wrestling referee jobs while serving as Governor. And Sarah has her book dal and her potential TV career.

    As a matter of fact I think they should get together and run as the ME Party in 2012 (if they could decide who was top was going to being the ticket...).

    July 6, 2009 at 3:50 pm |
  11. D.R. TEXAS

    It makes no difference to me. I'M NOT GOING TO VOTE FOR ANYWAY

    July 6, 2009 at 3:51 pm |
  12. Donna from northern NY

    It puts her ahead of the pack. At least that's what I'm hoping. That will put Obama in the white house for another 4 years for sure. The Republicans have no one,so wacky or not she's it .She can always depend on the far right over-the-cliff religious nut conservatives to support her. So run Sarah, run. Miss you when your not on the air, Jack.

    July 6, 2009 at 3:51 pm |
  13. Jerry Pirkle, Mississippi

    She had 0% chance before and she has 0% chance now, so nothing has changed.

    July 6, 2009 at 3:52 pm |
  14. Liz in Los Angeles, CA

    I believe her announcement - precipitous as it was - does not bode well for her in 2012. As loony as the Republicans are, even they recognize that seemingly-spur-of-the-moment decisions wouldn't be a good idea in the White House.

    July 6, 2009 at 3:52 pm |
  15. mary

    I hope it gets her out of our lives.

    July 6, 2009 at 3:52 pm |
  16. Kathy

    The fact that she let her voters down in her own home state; why should Americans trust her to not let the nation down? In fact I have to add that I also think she is a big "cry baby" and I sure don't want a "cry baby" as President. Being President is a tough job. From West Palm Beach, FL

    July 6, 2009 at 3:54 pm |
  17. JC in Georgia

    A shame she quit really. If the GOP is dumb enough to consider her for a Prez nominatin (and it appears they are) she would have assured a second term for Obama and a probably a term or two beyond that for the Dems. Now with half-baked Alaska out of the political picture, there's an outside chance the GOP might accidently stumble on somebody who might be a viable candidate. After Bush, I don't want to see any Republicans anywhere near a nuclear button.

    July 6, 2009 at 3:54 pm |
  18. Jay in Texas

    I think that quitting her job as governor, one which she was elected to do, is very detrimental to her run for the presidency in 2012. My intuition tells me that she is trying to hide something, either a criminal action or another family scandal. Even if I'm wrong, I don't believe Americans will want a quitter for president in 2012.
    Brownwood, Texas

    July 6, 2009 at 3:54 pm |
  19. Karen - TN

    I hope it causes her fans to look at her more closely. Sarah Palin has discovered that a lot of her appeal comes from being erratic and unconventional, which seems to excite a lot of people. Add that to poorly educated, defensive, and bigoted and we have a recipe for disaster if her followers don't wake up.

    July 6, 2009 at 3:56 pm |
  20. RD Kansas City

    Her chances are as good as a pig with lipstick flying

    July 6, 2009 at 3:57 pm |
  21. Barbara in Tacoma

    jack, I just knew you would have a question about Palin. She never had a chance rfor 2012.She can't take care of her own family, She couldn't do right for the people of Alaska.How can she take care of a country. I listened to her twenty minute speech and I have no Idea what she was talking about.

    July 6, 2009 at 3:57 pm |
  22. Mandy, AL

    Jack, her only hope in 2012 is to get the job as announcer for the broomball team at the Univ. of AK Anchorage

    July 6, 2009 at 3:57 pm |
  23. Chuck, NW Arkansas

    She won’t be running. Quitters don’t fly far. I just heard Rick Sanches report that no dirt is being found to explain her resignation; therefore, we can only assume that she is going for the big bucks and can’t be bothered by governing now that her name is a household word. Stay tuned for further developments.

    July 6, 2009 at 3:57 pm |
  24. Jef

    Will this woman ever go away – Please do the world a favor and quit reporting on this woman...

    Jef
    Boston

    July 6, 2009 at 3:58 pm |
  25. Steve Martin Vernon Hills, IL

    Does anyone even remember that Dan Quayle ran in 2000? She'll do at least as well!

    July 6, 2009 at 3:59 pm |
  26. Harold & Myrtle, ANCHORAGE, AK

    She could have another talk shoe like she used to have here, but name it: By golley, you be-tcha!"

    July 6, 2009 at 4:00 pm |
  27. Renee

    She had no hope of winning anyway. She appeared to be so uninformed during the election and now she can only claim she was a Governor of a state for a very short time. She has no grasp on world issues. More problematic is that her views do not jive with the majority of Americans. I would never vote for a woman like her. I consider myself independent but she is not what I would could consider a good role model for my daughter or more importantly someone I would want in a position of power. I find it interesting she ever got elected as Governor..

    July 6, 2009 at 4:00 pm |
  28. Zebbie

    I don't recall her saying anything about a run in 2012, I think we should wait to hear what she says, instead of sending out all of the rumors which people like to think up. I think she made a good choice and she is not done in poltics. She is a very strong woman and do not I repeat do not under estimate this woman. I as a woman and a democract do not and will not. We will all know in due time.

    July 6, 2009 at 4:01 pm |
  29. Alex in Seattle

    Her chances for nomination are now somewhere between slim and none. If you want a promotion, you should do the best you can in your current position. Quitting an easier job raises questions about your ability to stick with a more challenging position. Her only chance in 2012 is if the right wing of the GOP splits off to create a third party. She would be their darling!

    July 6, 2009 at 4:01 pm |
  30. Jenny from Nanuet, New York

    What chances?

    July 6, 2009 at 4:01 pm |
  31. Denis Duffy

    From loser to quitter. Ms. Governor Palin is no longer a factor. I enjoyed her press conference, with Russia over her shoulder. Do you think she can see Korea from her roof top/

    July 6, 2009 at 4:01 pm |
  32. Denni's north Carolina

    hopefully,this will kill her chance to run. the media needs to put her on the back page or she will use you to make her rich. she used her party to get in the media and now she will desert them because she has a hook in you(fish term). no one knew palin before mc cain asked her to join the ticket and the media made her front page and now she can laugh all the way to the bank with out saying thanks because you are the enemy.

    July 6, 2009 at 4:02 pm |
  33. DAME-O

    She's toast Jack....It's all over for her....

    July 6, 2009 at 4:02 pm |
  34. Mari, Salt Lake City, Utah

    Well, Jack, what does it say about a person who is elected governor, serves for 17 months and because she doesn't want to be a lame duck they quit on the people of the state that elected them?

    I am grateful that we, Americans, had the brains and wisdom NOT to elect the McCain/Palin ticket! Can you imagine the pressure Palin would be under as Vice President during this time of economic crisis and two wars?!

    My advice to Palin: can't stand the heat? Get out of the kitchen! Wink.

    July 6, 2009 at 4:02 pm |
  35. Angela from KY

    Hopefully, it will mean that she won't get anywhere. When John McCain selected Governor Pailin as his running mate last summer during the Presidential campaign, it reminded me of the Frankenstein movie when the mad scientist shouted, "It's alive, it's alive!!!!!!!" I have honestly never seen anyone run for political office like her. Hopefully, we never will again. Hopefully, she will stay in Alaska with the beavers and the bears. Otherwise, heaven help us if she decides to run in 2012!!!!!!!

    July 6, 2009 at 4:03 pm |
  36. Ann

    She has shown all that she does not have stamina, perseverance and most of all – integrity.
    It is ironic that Sarah Palin has two standards; the one she respects, and the one she exercises. In her July 3rd diatribe, she honored Seward for bearing the ridicule of “Sewards Folly” for a higher purpose. Then she quit her sworn oath to serve as Governor, 17-months early, because the “press on the National level” is disruptive and takes time and money to deal with. She said she didn’t need to keep “just” the title of Governor. Last I knew, the office of Governor was more than just a title.

    July 6, 2009 at 4:04 pm |
  37. John, Fort Collins, CO

    Taking a page from her former running mate, it appears Sarah Palin is temporarily suspending her life to come to the aid of her family, state, country, and the universe. On the downside, this takes the odds of her being elected President in 2012 from one-in-a-zillion to zero. A real heart breaker for her millions of ultra right zealot fans.

    July 6, 2009 at 4:05 pm |
  38. Jerry Jacksonville, Fl.

    The first thing is that Palin doesn't have the intellect to be mayor of her little home town much less governor of Alaska or president of the United States and anyone that thinks she has an IQ about two points lower than Bush which would put you with an in the single digits. Moose Palin or Mama Bear Palin whatever she wants to call herself needs to stand on her front porch until she can see Russia.

    July 6, 2009 at 4:05 pm |
  39. rckeene

    I hope she does not run. I can't help but feel that she is just in all this for the linelight. she got a taste of it during the canpaign and she thrives on it. actually she owes the media a debt of gratitude because they cannot help themselves. they just have to follow her around. give us a break. thank you.. grandma keene

    July 6, 2009 at 4:06 pm |
  40. Jenny from Nanuet, New York

    Sadly, it kills her chances. She can't resign for the good of her state and then run for president. She's a flight risk.

    July 6, 2009 at 4:06 pm |
  41. Bill

    It would be nice if she would just "GO AWAY PERMANENTLY" There are those of us that get rather tired of seeing her every day. She doesn't offer anything. Just go away!!!

    July 6, 2009 at 4:06 pm |
  42. Jennifer - Winnipeg

    Jack, I watched Palin's press conference from start to finish on Friday. I don't know how she came across to anyone else, but to me she showed signs of a total meltdown. She made her lengthy statement rambling on from topic to topic with hardly a breath in between. The whole thing was like a run-on sentence. I feel rather sorry for her, even if I don't particularly like her. I didn't think she really had a chance in 2012, but now, whatever chance she had is out the window.

    July 6, 2009 at 4:06 pm |
  43. Ann Marie

    I think that women has allot of air between her ears because she never makes sense...... I feel she only hurt herself, if she wants to run for President in 2012.
    Ann Marie
    Alliance, Ohio

    July 6, 2009 at 4:06 pm |
  44. perry jones

    with any luck she should the senator poation of her state with the years as governor this should put her in a better postion for 2012
    perry jones
    council bluffs iowa

    July 6, 2009 at 4:06 pm |
  45. Trueman, Toronto, Canada

    Hi Jack,
    You're absolutely right, the conservative spin doctors will try to make this sound like God himself ordained her to quit right now for her "higher calling"... She's the hottest ticket in town for the GOP, the talking heads will rant and rave about "winners don't quit" until her polling numbers show that she's still worth something. Then the same commentators will be praising her ingenious decision to follow her higher calling... Palin's fans don't give a crap about her political record, they're in it for her on a very personal level, and they'll buy anything that her spin doctors prescribe.
    Trueman, Toronto, Ontario

    July 6, 2009 at 4:06 pm |
  46. Michael McDowell from Ft. Hood Texas

    Welcome back Jack......It has been said, "If you can't handle the heat...then stay out of the kitchen!! If Palin can't handle Juneau, then what makes her think she can handle Washington DC. Quitting on your constituents is not a good resume builder for someone who wants to live at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Palin has shown her true colors, and she needs to give up on politics. She can't handle the pressure!!

    July 6, 2009 at 4:06 pm |
  47. JOY

    I think resigning from office has hurt Palin's chances to run for president, Being a Govenor, would have been an advantage. I think Candy Crowley was right when she said there seemed to be a peice missing . In my opinion, there's a part of the story, we haven't heard.

    July 6, 2009 at 4:07 pm |
  48. Jason, Koloa, HI

    Her chances of being a forgotten, unqualified, afterthought of a politician by 2012 are about 100%. Let’s hope this is the last time the media brings up this embarrassment to our country. I would rather see Michael Palin from Monty Python become president. He may look less attractive in a dress, but he’s much smarter. If he said something about seeing Russia from his porch we’d all laugh instead of shivering with a dumbfounded look of terror

    July 6, 2009 at 4:07 pm |
  49. john .... maerlton, nj

    Good, It will fill up her wallet ...

    July 6, 2009 at 4:08 pm |
  50. cameron sasnett

    Jack,
    You can put lipstick on a dead fish but its still a dead fish.

    July 6, 2009 at 4:08 pm |
  51. Roy - Chicago

    Palins chances for the White House just went from Nil to None.

    However there will always be that little 5% fringe that just adores her....and those are the people who will make the small noise if she does decide to run....look for that to end after 2 primaries.....when she quits again!

    July 6, 2009 at 4:08 pm |
  52. Jenny from Nanuet, New York

    She equated herself with other politicians who left THEIR positions yet fails to point out that they finished their terms, unlike her.

    July 6, 2009 at 4:08 pm |
  53. Brad

    She has a ZERO chance of even getting elected as a dog catcher.

    July 6, 2009 at 4:08 pm |
  54. Bob Mangham

    Was that the pig or the lipstick flying?

    July 6, 2009 at 4:09 pm |
  55. Don in Toledo

    Lame-duck, my foot. It sounds more like a pretty LAME excuse for being a quitter. Either that or she couldn't stand not being in the lime-light. Either way she has just shot herself in the political foot, so to speak. If she can't stand the heat as the governor of a state with a population about equal to St. Louis Mo. how would she have responded as Vice President of the US? It scares me when I think what could have been.

    July 6, 2009 at 4:09 pm |
  56. Joann from New Hampshire

    If she runs for President and wins, this time I'm REALLY moving to Canada.

    July 6, 2009 at 4:09 pm |
  57. Brittnay Palm Beach, Florida

    Of course. She demands trust from the good people of Alaska and then leaves them high and dry. It looks horrible.

    July 6, 2009 at 4:09 pm |
  58. DawnL,CA

    Quitter! No chance for Pres. run. Nil, nada, no way & adieu.

    July 6, 2009 at 4:09 pm |
  59. Ann from Charleston, S.C.

    I'm hoping for an adverse affect.

    July 6, 2009 at 4:09 pm |
  60. Ken in NC

    Resigning has not affected her chances. Don’t tell everyone but she never had any in the beginning.

    July 6, 2009 at 4:10 pm |
  61. frankie

    When it got too hot, she got out of the kitchen. Aren't the Republicans supposedly against people who cut and run?

    July 6, 2009 at 4:10 pm |
  62. Bob from Witch City (Salem, MA)

    Perhaps Sarah Palin has come to the conclusion she has no future in elective politics, but there is money, lots of money, to be made on the fringes with public speaking and punditry. In the near term, she can make millions writing for, and preaching to the ideologically right choir. It seems clear to me, this is precisely what she said on Friday. When the shine on Ms. Palin pales a year or two from now, she will be a very rich women.

    July 6, 2009 at 4:10 pm |
  63. Don Howard

    It doesn't affect her chances. You can just add NONE to it's running mate, SLIM.

    July 6, 2009 at 4:10 pm |
  64. dick

    She is a smart one...I have already had friends tell me that all of the politicians and the media have to stop picking on this good American!!!

    July 6, 2009 at 4:10 pm |
  65. Dean H. - San Francisco

    I'd say it kills them. If she can't handle the 'pummeling' the press is handing out now, there's no way she could handle the pressure of the White House.

    July 6, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  66. Jeff in E. Lyme, CT

    She's done with elected office Jack. Not even those who listened to her lies.........er, ah I mean "Talking Points" during the general election will support her now.

    July 6, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  67. Karen - Missouri

    Palin is just a quitter. No one would EVER want a presidential candidate who quits when the going gets tough. She can't handle the governorship so obviously wouldn't be able to handle the top job in the country.

    As Hillary would put it, "if you can't handle the heat, get out of the kitchen". I guess politics is just too hot for Palin.

    July 6, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  68. James D

    Palin's resignation doesn't affect her chances for a 2012 Presidential run at all. Simply because she had no real chance in the first place.

    July 6, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  69. Julie from Maryland

    If she can't fulfill her commitment to citizens of Alaska, how would we know she'd lift a finger for the country?

    July 6, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  70. LA

    Jack, after that incoherent statement, I wouldn't let her near a riffle, let alone the nuclear codes. America doesn't elect quitters to represent us. I blame John McCain for pulling these Wasilla people from obscurity, and putting our country at risk of having a serial quitter a 72 year old heartbeat from the presidency. Good bye and good riddance.

    July 6, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  71. steve in florida

    I don't think this stunt had an effect at all on 2012. Her chances of being nominated, much less elected remain at a rock solid zero.

    July 6, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  72. Diane from Redondo Beach, CA

    What chances, Jack? She doesn't have a prayer.

    July 6, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  73. Kevin

    She doesn't have a chance, the media won't let her. She could stand with her hand on the Bible and say, "My name is Sarah", and you folks wouldn't believe her, then spend 4 days trying to find out what she "really" meant by the statement.

    July 6, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  74. Stephen Fox

    She will be viewed as being a quitter, but her later persistence (if it is her intent to run in 2012) will quell some of that. She cannot win the nomination for President, though; and would be better off in 2012 running again as a V.P. candidate, under an older male. I believe the U.S. is ready for a woman President, but not before they see its first woman V.P.

    –Stephen
    Florida

    July 6, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  75. Annie in California

    Like her or not, I would never, ever entrust my vote to any candidate who is a quitter.

    July 6, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  76. Durrel Douglas

    Put a fork in her Jack...She's done!

    July 6, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  77. Regina

    Hi Jack,

    I am tired of hearing about Sarah Palin. She needs to move out of Alaska and experience other countries.

    Reg

    July 6, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  78. Rick in northern California

    Hopefully it fully squashes any chance she has in 2012. Just what we need. A president that quits when the heat gets too hot in the kitchen.

    July 6, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  79. Happy in Arizona

    Sarah Palin had better not run for President. She is a disgrace to womanhood and an embarrassment. I certainly would not vote for her. Besides, she was never Governor of Alaska, her husband was.
    .

    July 6, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  80. Blossom, Florida

    Jack, she had no chance.

    July 6, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  81. Josie Johnson

    It doesn't. The fact that Republicans believe that someone like Sarah Palin could be president, erratic resignation or not, proves that it is a party headed for irrelevance.

    July 6, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  82. Ben Smith

    I'm glad to see this woman has decided to end her political career now. Less than one year after McCain's disastrous selection as his running mate and everyone who's not a conservative is sick and tired of this woman and her antics.

    Good riddance, Sarah. Alaska, and the rest of the US, are better off without you.

    July 6, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  83. Kristy, Texas

    Jack,
    I don't the WASP men in her own party would ever let her get close to 2012. I think that they would have a field day with her way before America has their chance to.

    July 6, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  84. charles mcafee

    Sarah Palin is a winner. What happened to her because she is
    a conservative woman with strong moral values has been
    unbelievable. I wish her luck in whatever she decides to do.

    July 6, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  85. Judi

    2012...Sarah Who???

    July 6, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  86. OBDAG in Appleton, WI

    I think Sarah Palin's decision will only help her to lose any political position she would attempt to run for in 2012. If she can't cut it as a governor why should I think she'd be the right person for any other job. No I don't think she's got a chance at anything nor has she ever had a chance. About the only thing she might be good at is being a women that can help put more mouths on the planet that need to be fed. I like many was surprised by her announcement but at the same time was happy she made that decision. Now maybe the media will stop the endless coverage of her that many of us don't find newsworthy – CNN can take that as a strong hint

    July 6, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  87. Ron from SF

    It won't help her quest to be president, but maybe it will help my desire to never hear or see this woman again.

    July 6, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  88. Sly, Alpena, Mi

    She quit her job so that she can go out and campaign so that the american people could help pay for her Legal fees, "NOT".

    July 6, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  89. Angela Washington

    Love her email Jack... Here goes Sarah did the best thing she could do for her family,country,news media and us...Now lets just hope she sticks to her word!

    July 6, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  90. Chelli

    Oh, she's definitely blew her chances for presidency in 2012 COMPLETELY. Honestly, with this, there's no hope for her. She's lucky if people even take her seriously, anymore. If she backs out of governor, no one's going to want her in the president's spot backing out on that.

    If she wishes to continue in politics at all, this was a poor move.

    July 6, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  91. Sandra Hawkins

    What's the difference between a pitbull and a hockey mom? Pitbulls don't quit. Stick a fork in her...

    July 6, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  92. chris

    Not a. Snowball chance in , u know!

    July 6, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  93. David

    Based on her record holding two statewide offices, it could turn out to be a plus. She can always tout her ability to know when to get out.

    David

    New York

    July 6, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  94. Greg in Cabot Arkansas

    Break out the butter and marmalade, she's toast.

    July 6, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  95. Frank B

    I think Sarah Palin finally realized she just needs to go back to school.

    July 6, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  96. Don in Toledo

    2012?? NO PLEASE MAKE IT STOP!! I couldn't stand hearing that squeaky voice for another campaign season. She will be known as a quitter from now on. and that nickname suits her well.

    July 6, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  97. Sherri

    2012 not going to happen. Hopefully we will have forgotten about her by then.

    July 6, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  98. el

    Hello Jack

    I hope Palin has decides to run in 2012, I really do. Because it guarantees President Obama a second term in the WH. Come on Palin, just do it...I double dog dare you to run in 2012 you quitter.
    ps She will never leave the public eye, she is too full of herself!

    July 6, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  99. Kevin

    I believe that this was a smart move for her. Looking at how these lawsuits against her were effecting her role as governor, it would be better for Alaska if she resigned. I personally do not believe she will run for president (at least in 2012) but rather campaign for Republicans and conservative Democrats in the lower 48 to bring about an age of conservatism.

    July 6, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  100. Barry Watts, Baton Rouge, LA

    The most obvious question is "how do you know she won't quit as president or vice-president when the going gets tough?" Sarah Palin's political career is over, just as it should be.

    July 6, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  101. Jay MA

    Perhaps we should be asking what it does to the other republican leaders' chances. Oh, wait a minute...

    July 6, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  102. Paul Zucker

    It eliminates her chances of becoming president. However, Palin (in my opinion) never had a very good chance to become president. She's too hated by reasonable thinking people.

    July 6, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  103. Ralph from NY

    Her chances are just as good as Salmon swimming back to the ocean

    July 6, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  104. Darrell Wayne

    Jack, Palin has committed political suicide like the rest of the other republicans caught with their pants down. She, like Gov. Sanford continues to speak in public and look like idiot. But, I feel the more republicans that we can weed out of the presidential contest, the better! I think the country has had enough of this woman who cannot seem to deliver a press conference for the life of her. See ya Sarah!

    July 6, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  105. Steve

    Here chances are great Jack... if she wants to lose. Why elect her if she is going to quit down the road?

    July 6, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  106. Diane Seuss

    This morning, I watched President Obama in his intelligent, impressive press conference in Russia. When I compare his eloquence and respectability to that babbling press conference Sarah Palin conducted, I have to wonder how anyone could consider putting the reigns of the free world in her hands. 2012? Let us pray.

    July 6, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  107. Brian in Fairfax, VA

    That's what "more executive experience than Barack Obama" buys you. Apparently, she can not multitask either.

    July 6, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  108. Brian Smith PhD

    After this stunt Osama bin Laden has a better chance at being President.

    July 6, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  109. Joe Crawford

    Since the election in November, people have been wondering what is holding the Republican party together. Uhhhh..... ever hear of Crazy Glue?

    July 6, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  110. Maribeth, Marietta GA

    It puts to rest that frightening scenario for good.

    July 6, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  111. Ray, Florida

    Are you kidding Jack?

    Sarah Palin will be a multimillionaire by 2012!
    Why would she want to run for President?

    July 6, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  112. Richard Sternagel,Canfield,Ohio

    It does affect her chances because a "Quiter" label is something the country is unforgiving. Witness the Texas business man who ran against both George Herbert Walker Bush and Bill Clinton in 1992 and then Quit!!

    July 6, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  113. Robert-New Jersey

    If her future depends on the media she will be around,if it depends on her accomplishments,it is over.There is no spin to "TRUTH".

    July 6, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  114. Jennifer, Kansas City

    Since Palin is so fond of metaphors: "stick a fork in her...she's done"! Not to mention the more she talks the worse it gets!

    July 6, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  115. Ken in NC

    My personal opinion is that she now has nothing she can lay claim to as a completed process. “ I am a half term Governor?” “I quit as Governor to keep the citizens of Alaska from paying my legal expenses?” “All the investigations were a distraction to my ability to do my job?” All of these are things a President must deal with every day. Ask President Obama. I think her resignation has shown the people what would have happened had McCain won. Right about now the Speaker of the House would be preparing to assume the position of Vice President. Her chances have evaporated.

    July 6, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  116. Annie, Atlanta

    Her stunt makes clear what I’ve suspected all along, she’s not politician material, and a run in 2012 would be a joke. Obviously I’m not a fan. Her fans probably think this move is brilliant. Maybe we could promise them secession if they all move to AK. It’s tempting.

    July 6, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  117. Bill....Michigan

    It's all about what Sara Palin wants for HERSELF.....not what is best for the people of Alaska, her family or Republicans. She, like many politicians, is egocentic and selfish. I hope this decision does her in as far as higher office is concerned.
    Bill

    July 6, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  118. macy

    She is going to start her own party trust me. She misses the attention

    July 6, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  119. Ed Wise

    Cant stand the heat...get out of the kitchen is her new M.O. She has no chance at Washington now that she has added quiter to the reat of her labels.

    July 6, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  120. Theresa in Bozeman, MT

    Whether she ran as the ex-governor of Alaska, that is, one who completed the entire term or as the resigned ex-governor, it won't affect her chances in 2012 whatsoever. Now they can add another title to Ms. Palin's resume: quitter.

    July 6, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  121. Carol

    Well, moosegirl has gone and done it....proven to us beyond any doubt that she is A REAL, HONEST-TO-GOD FLAKE. The thought of her being in the same room as the "red" button scares me to death. Thank you, John McCain and the Republican Party, for letting her out of Pandora's box.

    July 6, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  122. RJ Walker

    English teachers must be pulling their hair out - a real time Greek tragedy unfolding, someone on high brought down by her inner demons, her hubris, and all the kids are out of school!

    A lost teachable moment....

    July 6, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  123. Charley

    Chances? What chances?

    July 6, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  124. Jon, Atlanta Ga.

    She have none, "AMERICAN" don't like quitters. Sarah will never see Maryland from the White House.

    July 6, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  125. Chichi

    Hey Jack I know you will miss her because of fan emails but the truth is it's actually good because she never makes any sense when she is in front of the media.Her announcement last week Friday was a prime example and maybe it is high time we stop listening or covering politicians who quit their jobs and then try to justify it with a lousy news conference and on a lighter note Jack you look good:).

    July 6, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  126. carol

    Dear Jack,
    I cant understand why Sarah Palin just annouce that she is quitting. I thought she was a MAVERICK.

    July 6, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  127. Mareike Kuypers los angeles

    Jack, Did you miss it? Palin's spokeswoman said, "The world is literally her oyster." Literally!? I guess we are a giant pearl ripe for plucking by Sarah Palin.

    July 6, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  128. Quentin, New York, NY

    She never had a chance in 2012. She might not be the brightest crayon in the box, but I am sure she is aware of that much. So much for being a pitbull with lipstick. I always thought a pitbull would fight until they were either dead or unconscience.

    July 6, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  129. Jane - WI

    Gov. Palin may not have even had ambitions for 2012. That appears to be something that the media has concocted and keeps promoting (they always seem to need a Republican to be their whipping boy/girl).

    Gov. Palin could run in 2016 or after since she is a young woman. As I recall, Senators Obama, Clinton, and McCain basically quit their jobs as Senators 2 years before the election occurred. These 3 were pretty much non-functional when it came to representing their states. I don't recall the media making an issue out of that.

    July 6, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  130. Paulette,Dallas,PA

    This action alone demonstrates that she is a quitter. She never was up to the high standards that a President must meet. Hopefully, this will be the end of Sarah.

    July 6, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  131. Jennifer

    Sarah Palin's quitting her job, saying she doesn't intend to run for re-election and doesn't want to bother doing a good job until her term is up.

    If she's using this as a strategy to run for president in 2012, it's like a student editor-in-chief of the school paper saying he's going to graduate soon anyway, doesn't feel like doing a good job until then, so she's going to quit and instead try to get a job at the New York Times in three years.

    I just don't get it.

    July 6, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  132. Glenn B. Sacramento, CA

    I expect to see a lot more of her (than I care to) in the lower 48, especially Iowa and New Hampshire.

    To prove that they are fiscal conservatives and not just Christian fundamentalists, she and Mike Huckabee can rent a home together in Iowa.

    July 6, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  133. Allen in Hartwell GA

    Ah, chances for what, Jack. She's got no chance with me. But, I'm sure that if she seeks higher office there will be enough people out here who think she's the greatest thing since sliced bread, and the GOP will have to find a slot for her.

    July 6, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  134. Diane Seuss

    Let's imagine that–horror of horrors–she was elected in 2012 and re-elected in 2016. She'd have to resign in 2018 in order to avoiding milking a lame duck...or something like that...

    July 6, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  135. Mike

    It doesn't. That insubstantial woman didn't have a chance in 2010 to begin with. Barring some scandal, Pawlenty and (to a lesser degree) Jindal are the GOP's only realistic candidates. Having said that, I'm going to miss her.

    July 6, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  136. Kevin AZ

    Jack – Thank goodness she is "gone." As a Republican I could in no way ever support her in any way. All the the negative comments about herself and family were due to inept ability to express herself in an educated manner and to fill the need to make "something out of nothing" IE: Dave Letterman brewhaha, and stay in the spotlight. Her public career is over and she is now on fringes politically and mentally!

    July 6, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  137. Linda in Florida

    She is a cry baby and a quitter - nuff said.

    July 6, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  138. Scott Bolenbaugh

    Jack,

    I don't think 2012 is Sarah's target date. She mentioned a higher calling and we are all assuming it's the U.S. presidency. I suspect that her calling came from an even higher authority. Look for Sarah to announce her candidacy for becoming the first female Pope. Nothing from this woman would surprise me.

    Scott

    July 6, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  139. Storm

    Badly, I hope. If the day ever comes when she is elected president, that will be the same day I move out of the country.

    July 6, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  140. Slim from nj

    she has no chance jack...... i don't vote for quitters or republicans she should just spend the rest of her time locked in a cabin out in the woods. the people of Alaska are better off without her.

    July 6, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  141. Ablaye Niang

    Palin finally realized that she's got no future in politics. Someone probably offered her a cushy, well paying job somewhere and she decided to make some real money while she still can.
    Good for Her & Good Riddance!

    July 6, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  142. Mikey the Big Guy

    Bailin Palin! Quitter, oh perhaps new social site of QUITTER. Damn, and only a scandle of Troopergate, and how her house was built. What if she started a war for no reason... oh, wait, that was done by George w. Duhhh. People have had enough with no brainers, it is time to correct what has been done. Sadly, we americans, pay the price.

    July 6, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  143. bv

    What chances? Thank god she didnt make a serious vp run. Now she should follow some advice my father always told me, EVEN A FISH WOULDNT GET CAUGHT IF IT KEPT ITS MOUTH SHUT. Enjoy your reporting . Keep up the good work. signed, an old independent vet

    July 6, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  144. Steve Breaux

    Sarah Palin is Ross Perot without the money or Richard Nixon without the talent – a parinoid with a woe-is-me mentality...

    And, like Perot and Nixon, she has a core of fans who will always be there – but this decision will premanently hang the label of "quiter" around her neck like that of "flake" on Perot and "crook" on Nixon.

    She's done herself in...

    July 6, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  145. Pat from New York

    I think this will help her because she now has more time to be a "community organizer." My wish would be that she retire and we never hear from her again.

    July 6, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  146. Lee in Dupont, WA

    The GOP is lost and all of their true colors are coming out after all these years. They are only after their own personal goals and forget the needs of the average American. If you just look and listen to what they say and do it will remove all doubt that they are all good ole boys and girls. I am loving the colors they are showing and everyone that agree with them should have STUPID on their forhead , they are so lost.

    July 6, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  147. Carla, Wyoming

    Affect her chances? I believe she never did have a chance outside of Wasilla, Alaska! What it shows now, is that she is a whiner AND a quitter!

    July 6, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  148. Jennifer

    Plymouth, Massachusetts

    Sarah Palin’s quitting her job, saying she doesn’t intend to run for re-election and doesn’t want to bother doing a good job until her term is up.

    If she’s using this as a strategy to run for president in 2012, it’s like a student editor-in-chief of the school paper saying he’s going to graduate soon anyway, doesn’t feel like doing a good job until then, so she’s going to quit and instead try to get a job at the New York Times in three years.

    I just don’t get it.

    July 6, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  149. NANCY

    It will affect the same way if she had stayed in office – it will mean nothing, zero, goose egg, nada, zilch. NO WAY does she have a chance at the White House. Horrifying to think – she thinks – she has a chance. Nancy/Tulsa, Oklahoma

    July 6, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  150. Garry Bell (Russell Springs, KY)

    She has no chance – even if she drafted a team with Joe the Plumber as her VP. After all, he is a war correspondent and a business wannabee entrepreneur – right? Even for those far right-wing base of the Repuklican party she is a no-brain(er). And that resignation speech (if you can call it that) I am still trying to figure out what she said.

    July 6, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  151. peter burnette

    Jack,
    You guys are a little behind on the news. She's quitting so she can become a night time talk show host and blast Letterman's kid.

    peter b.
    Seattle

    July 6, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  152. Nancy

    Welcome Back!! My thoughts are simply put- if Palin can walk out half way though her position of Governor and think it is ok, then it proves what all of us thought in the beginning, she might look good, but can she really handle the "Hot" jobs? No.. Glad to see her go..I am a native Alaskan and trust me when I say "Good Ridden!"

    July 6, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  153. Scott Stodden

    This foolish decision that Governer Sarah Palin made to resign as Governer of Alaska will affect her chances in a great way if she does decide to run for President in 2012. The United States has enough problems going on and aint no telling how things will be in 2012, who would want a President that would be known and remembered as a quitter? I hope for Sarah's sake that she reconsiders her decision to resign as Governer because it is a disgrace for her to just up and quit on the people of Alaska, and if she does run in 2012 I will make it know everyday what a quitter she really is.

    Scott Stodden (Freeport,IL)

    July 6, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  154. Stephanie

    I suspect we don't know the real reason Gov. Palin resigned. Someone who quits the office she ran for should have no chance of running for the Presidency. I wish Sarah Palin would go away. Shame on John McCain for introducing her to the world!

    July 6, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  155. Ursula

    Palin has her followers who will not leave her. They see something in her that others of us do not see or care to see. Take Michael Jackson for example. His true fans will always support him no matter what he was accused of. They see him as an entertainer who took the world by storm. And they love him to death. Palin's supporters see her in the same exact way. She has given them something to believe in. They will not turn their backs on her.

    July 6, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  156. pam

    sarah palin says she can no longer stand the heat, hmmm
    this is the same woman who wanted to lead this country in difficult times and she cannot even lead one of the smallest states in this country in difficult times. sorry sarah, go into hiding please!!

    July 6, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  157. Chad from Los Angeles

    This is a smooth move by the GOP. Having her run, would be a landslide victory in 2012 for the Dems, but now they have a chance at finding someone decent.

    July 6, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  158. Russel T

    They don't. She had no chance before and she has no chance now. Let's be honest, she's crying "Uncle."
    Los Angeles

    July 6, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  159. David in NoVA

    It depends on who you ask. I don't think it drastically hurts her chances of being the republican nominee, especially among the rapidly thinning field, but it makes being a viable national candidate nearly impossible.

    July 6, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  160. william from california

    wow, not the way to go out. If she wanted to at least be the republican nominee for president in 2012 she should have at least stayed on the job for the last 18 months. Now she looks like a quitter, and nobody in their right mind would vote for somebody to be president if they had any inclination that they might quit.

    July 6, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  161. Tom

    Hey jack i get the feeling while listening to you that you don't like sarah palin!! You wouldn't by chance be a democrat would you? She is a force in the republican party and she is here to stay!! I don't know about her run for 2012 but what i do know is that she will be heard and she will be a major player in the 2012 republican nomination!! By the way how is the unemployment rate theses days!!!

    July 6, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  162. Sonny Everett

    Chances? Sarah Palin is the Britney Spears of politics in my opinion, nice to look at but not much substance. I never thought Sarah had a chance in the first place. However, Sarah would be great with a radio or TV talk show, which is her training and experience. Between a book deal, a talk show and personal appearances she'll do alright.

    July 6, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  163. Lissette from Miami

    What chances? She never had one, I and the majority of women will never vote for someone as uninformed as this individual. Just because you get hit by the media and the general public does not mean you have to quit. George Bush never quit even if most people thought he was a tradegy in our history. When you are in politics, you are supposed to be strong and know how to take the punches.

    July 6, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  164. Angela Washington

    It's called a book deal...

    July 6, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  165. Leslie in Tennessee

    If she were ANY other politician resigning, would we even be discussing this for more than one news cycle?

    July 6, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  166. Terrence Robinson

    Im confused here. If the constituents of the great United States of America elect her as the President of the United States, I am moving to South Africa. She couldn't handle the pressure of running a state with 3 people in it. There is no way she will handle this entire country.
    She couldn't even handle a joke by David Letterman withouth crying so whe won't be able to handle the media bombarding that goes with the role of President. Hopefully by 2012 she will be doing stand up because she is hilarious. Go Palin..I flippin love you.

    July 6, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  167. Tom Peach

    Governor Palin's recent decision to leave her post early will not effect her chances of becoming the GOP choice for Presidential candidate in 2012. She had zero chance before and she has zero chance now.
    This is very disappointing for the Democrats!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 6, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  168. Tim in FL

    Jack,
    Sarah Palin’s greatly hurt her chances for 2012. One of her biggest weaknesses was a lack of experience. Quitting on Alaska is not going to help on this issue. How can we now trust her to deal with the stress of the Oval Office? Simple, we can’t.

    TIm
    Fort Lauderdale, FL

    July 6, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  169. carol

    Jack,
    I never knew McCain to hang around with quitters. the only thing I could come up with is she wanted to go moose hunting more.

    July 6, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  170. michael

    Govenor Palin's way she handled her resignation leaves me wondering what she is not telling. The announcment was basically in the privacy of only a few. Why ? She was grabbed out of nowhere and put up as v.p. candidate. Bad move for both her what's his name. No real credibility. Now quitting after all claims of how muich she had done for Alaska ??? More questions. I don't think we have heard the last of why...

    July 6, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  171. S.DIDDIO

    Jack,
    It doesn't affect her chances at all. She doesn't have a chance now and she didn't have a chance in hell in 2012.
    Glassboro,N.J

    July 6, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  172. Bryan

    Any chance she had for a win in 2012 quickly faded when she opened her mouth August 28, 2008

    July 6, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  173. Mack JC NJ

    Jack,

    If she can't handle the media pressure as Gov. How does she expect to handle the pressure as Pres.

    July 6, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  174. Brian Torwelle

    She knew that quitting would be looked down on so she could play the victim by blaming the "liberal media" just to keep her name in the news. Hopefully, this will make voters so sick of her that by 2012, there is will be no interest in her!

    July 6, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  175. vJ

    I think her chances to become a presidential nominee in 2012 is none. she is unqualified even to be a Govenor of Alaska. She is wasting her time in politics.
    Hayward,Calif.

    July 6, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  176. Bob Heisler, Cupertino, CA

    Her chances drop from 1% to 0%. Anybody with an 8th grade education or higher realizes that Sarah Palin is woefully unqualified to hold national office, let alone be the leader of the free world. She's ignorant of American history and federal law and her public speeches reveal a woman who rambles and can't complete a clear thought. She's toast!

    July 6, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  177. Richard Portney

    Jack
    I honestly wish she would just disappearance I she was a refreshing change compare all others that were running...the pushing of he beliefs just got old after a while. She is turning out just another corrupt politician caught in her own lies....its tieing

    July 6, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  178. Ablaye Niang

    Palin finally realized that she's got no future in politics. Someone probably offered her a cushy, well paying job somewhere and she decided to make some real money while she still can.
    Good for Her & Good Riddance!

    Ablaye in Jacksonville, FL

    July 6, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  179. HLP

    I think this is all about money. I predict she will get a show on Fox in the near future. She never said she was going to run for president. She likes the spot light and going to Fox wil keep her in the news.

    July 6, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  180. Kat from CA

    Quite frankly, I repeat today what I said in November of 2008: The only way Sarah Palin will EVER see the inside of the White House is on a paid, guided tour. THANK GOD!!!

    July 6, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  181. Gary - Woodhaven, Michigan

    A half a world away people have sacrificed with the ultimate sacrifice, their lives, to have their votes count.

    In Alaska, selfishness, and the lack of personal sacrifice, has made Alaskan’s votes meaningless.

    Therefore, Sarah Palin’s ambitions in 2012 should also become meaningless to the billions across the World, and the millions in the U.S. who want their vote to count for something.

    July 6, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  182. Sheed

    If she professes to be a point guard, why would a point guard quite the game during halftime?

    July 6, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  183. miller_lite6

    Sarah- Barbie- winking eye is a just anotherexample of white incompentence rising to the top. She is the worst role model for women with her community college education and her 2nd grade political views. Obama ( m&b) had to hold degrees from HARVARD to even be considered for the top positions in the government. Comparing her to OPRAH is an insult to all. Who knows why she resigned and who cares, just glad she is finally where she belongs...OUT!

    July 6, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  184. Dominique in Florida

    While she did gain support for the Republican side, frankly Palin's a joke. Because of the fiasco of McCain's campain, she's already been identified as a lame duck! She will NOT be taken seriously if she were to run in 2012.

    July 6, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  185. Paul from New Orleans, LA

    Jack, Palin is on a thin line, a very thin line to get even a shot as a candidate spot for 2012. I fear Republicans may feel this is a good thing to do 'Quit' like they did in 2008, besides at least she's not a Republican govenor who cheats.

    July 6, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  186. Pete

    Jack, if Palin's resignation doesn't ruin any presidential chances her resignation announcement speach should. It was chock full of her typical non-sequitors such that I don't think neither Joe the plumber can be fooled, nor Ann Coulrter can spin into anything reasonably intelligent.

    July 6, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  187. Michelle, New Haven CT

    She has no chance of winning in 2012 but at least now by resigning she'll have the necessary time to read the US Constitution before the campaign starts.

    July 6, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  188. docb

    Jack, I have two good friends that where elected officials[ big fish -little pond] and have been out of the limelight for a short time! Neither can do enough to try to capture some of that limelight at every opportunity!!

    While I empathize with the perils she has put herself and her family in, a quitter is a quitter! But the bright lights are ever more seductive when you fall out of them-

    Think she really wants to be the female R.Limpbow–big mouth, big money , no accountability!!! It fits her like a glove!

    July 6, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  189. Janice in Plainview, TX

    Jack, Head Spin Doctor:
    I wasn't really crazy about Sara (or is it Sarah) until Friday. I think it takes real courage to pass the ball when she knows that she can't be as effective as she feels she would need to be if she stays where she is. As far as we've been told, she hasn't done anything illegal or immoral and yet she is pounded every day, again and again. When she is taking state money and having to deal with the politics of personal destruction during most waking hours, the ethical thing to do is to stop taking state money. Keeping fuel on the fire is the best way to burn down your own house. Maybe the embers will have cooled by 2012.

    July 6, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  190. Ken

    Michael Jackson and Sarah Palin are both gone in the same week. The Thriller and the Quitter. Michael Jackson, despite his shortcomings, leaves us with music and song that will last forever. Sarah Palin,because of her shortcomings, will just leave us.[hopefully]

    July 6, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  191. Jay from Missouri

    Jack, I highly doubt she is interested in running for 2012. To me, her resignation says that she is unwilling to serve in public office in it's entirety. Can we expect her to do the same thing if she were elected president? Alaskans that supported her and voted for her deserve better and so do the American people.

    July 6, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  192. Doug In PA

    Sarah has now joined the ranks of Rush Limbaugh, controversial and eretic. She just cooked her own political goose!!

    July 6, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  193. Roz in Camarillo, CA

    After that lame press conference on Friday, maybe the people over at the FAKE News agency will let her read a teleprompter from time to time. As for any future political career, she put the proverbial fork in that. She's DONE!

    July 6, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  194. Mr Dean n Seattle

    I think shes still washed up.
    hower she was the best fund raiser the democrats ever had.

    July 6, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  195. Mark - Los Angeles

    She's finished. She was going to have a hard enough time getting out of the primaries before adding "quitter" to her resume. How are people supposed to feel comfortable voting for someone who just quits when things get too tough? She embodies every bad stereotype about women that people will bring up to say that one can't be President – vindictive, overly emotional and irrational.

    July 6, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  196. Don in Toledo

    What did she say Jack? Oh yea, she said "Only dead fish go with the flow". Well Sarah I guess I'm a dead fish because I'm going with the flow and saying your political career is as dead as the fish you were talking about.

    July 6, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  197. Len in Clarkston, Wa.

    I don't know about her chances in 2012 but I did talk with some friends in Fairbanks on Saturday. They reacted to the news by buying more fireworks and beer! Said they now had TWO reasons to celebrate.

    She abandoned her own people. Her supporters need to remember this.

    July 6, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  198. Akponi,Lucky Atlanta GA

    Jack, Look what dod you call crazy ?what chances do she has comes 2012. she was elected and not nominated. If she can messed up issues, twist issues, and confused people that much just for the one ans half year boy, SHE HAS ZERO CHANCES OF EVEN PUTTING HER NAME ON THE GOP LIST . However, south carolina Governor should resigned and move to Alaska Governor's massion since Alaska's will be empty soon.

    July 6, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  199. Carmichael Beljackson

    She blew it big time,if she can't lead one small state like alaska in just one term then there is no way she can lead fifty states of the USA.
    Reagan got reelected in a bigger state like carlifornia served till term limits,ran for the presidency twice and got won the presidency at the third run.If anyone think that this woman is the new Reagan then they
    are smoking hot grass.

    July 6, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  200. Jack Donahoo

    Jack,
    While certainly not alone, soon to be ex Gov. Palin has to be one of the lamest, uninformed politicians I've ever seen.

    I shiver at the thought of her being in the Oval Office handling.....say.... a severe international crises with Iran. What would she do? Place a call to Ahmadinejad and tell him to go to his room for a "time out" until she says he can come out?

    It would be best for everyone concerned if she just faded from the spotlight and does what she seems to have an affinity for doing. Being a Soccer Mom!
    Jack D.
    Gahanna, Ohio

    July 6, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  201. Eric

    If Palin is the answer, then we need to ask better questions in America. Why won't this hack go away? Sarah, your fifteen minutes are over, please go away because we won't vote for you.

    July 6, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  202. Justin from Miami

    Her chance for 2012 is none. I'm just glad she is out of politics. She was embarrassing enough as it is. With interviews that just proved that she was just a hocky mom rather a pit bull with lipstick. I couldn't even look at her when she was debating Joe Biden in fear that she might just pause and scramble to think of something stupid to say. Sarah Palin was so confident she appeared arrogant and I think she (though still surprising to me) realized that she wasn't cutout for politics. Now we just need to wait for other republicans to follow her foot steps.

    July 6, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  203. Louise, Long Island

    Jack,
    In our instant society, I guess all it takes to become president now is 15 minutes as governor. Perhaps this will devolve into a 15 minute presidency and we will be a constant state of people running for president.
    Palin has too many skeletons in her closet. The Republicans need someone who is in the spotlight pushing forth their positive(?) agenda. If Ms. Palin is too thinned skinned to govern, she needs to get a job out of the public arena and let more qualified people throw their hats in the ring.
    Her oratory skills also leave a lot to be desired. She's a quitter and was smart to leave office. The Republicans don't need her.

    July 6, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  204. george

    Jack,

    What chance??? Are you kidding me? One qualification for running for president is to at least be able to construct a logical sentence and make sense. I listens to her resignation speech and i could not understand a thing she said. How the heck was she elected governor? Jack you just made my day gloomy by mentioning sarah palin.

    July 6, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  205. murray from Pagosa Springs

    I would think Gov. Palin has just shot herself in the foot. She has demonstrated that she is a quitter so I hope that if she does run for the 2012 Presidential office and by some miracle won that she at least chooses a good VP candidate as that person would be the President shortly after Palin was sworn in.

    July 6, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  206. kim

    I have heard enough of Palin, she is resigning from governor, and to think what if she is president of us. and quit too. hell no. Besides when things don't go her way she quits. She is a LOSER!!!!!!

    July 6, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  207. James the Curmudgeon

    Affect her chances for what, Jack? Not that she ever was a serious politician. She's the Jesse Ventura of Alaska, but with more hair. I'm sure she'll be around, like that guy from Minnesota who ran for president every four years until he died. But no one will pay any serious attention, except you media guys.

    July 6, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  208. Bob G

    Jack, I would think "No", it does not affect her. It will affect all the other "Righties" that wanted to support the X-govenor turned political figure head. There were times when you could see why she was liked so well. Generally that was till she opened her mouth and removed all the doubt. She is losing the one thing that she was having established her as a leader, "Expierience". She may have decided to throw in the towel because she felt the lower 48 did not know her well enough. We do now, quit when your on top!

    July 6, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  209. Glen

    If her resignation means she is going back to school to get some education in foreign policy and geography I think it is a good idea. Also, while she is in school, take an English course in constructing coherent and sensible sentences.

    July 6, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  210. Theresa

    Listen Jack, we wouldn't be having this conversation if Palin, with all due respect, looked like Hillary Clinton or Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany. The media's attention to the "sexiest and riskiest" member of the GOP, has grown an ego for her that is the size of the state from where she can see Russia.
    We'll see her again, ho hum, yawn , yawn, yawn

    July 6, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  211. Kay from Dunlap

    That woman makes my head hurt. I'm already planning to paint my mute button dayglo green in preparation for her next career move.

    July 6, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  212. mark in tacoma,wa.

    Sarah Palin will be schlepping the aw shuck's and flashing the winks in front of any camera that flatters her. She can also pick up the check for her book deal now. And in 2010 she'll test the waters on the campaign trail and by 2011 she'll be that dead fish she so eloquently talked about.

    July 6, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  213. Jim in St. Louis, Mo

    Not really. She had little chance before and this just seals it. Nobody likes a quitter.

    July 6, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  214. Ashley

    I have never been a fan of Sarah Palin, but I had always held a degree of respect for her for being a woman in a powerful political position. When I heard that she decided to bail out before completing her term, I lost all respect for her. She's shameful and stains the reputation of women in politics. She's cast a shadow on us as quitters and weak under pressure.

    If she quits because can't handle the scrutiny of the press and the stress of leading ONE STATE then what can we expect if some miracle occurs and she's leading the ENTIRE COUNTRY?? I just think it's a bit of foreshadowing.

    July 6, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  215. Kiki

    Everyone putting in their 2 cents worth assumes that she plans to run for president in 2012. Won't all of you look stupid with egg on your face if she were to announce that she has no plans to run in 2012. What will all of you going to talk about then?? She doesn't have to give anymore reasons for her resignation, she already explained that. Take it or leave it.

    July 6, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  216. David Piwonski

    Well Jack, I believe that during her press conference she alluded to.. 'just standing pat and going thru the motions are a form of quiting"...What ???? and then she quit.....??? what....???.If the Republicans are dumb enough to nominate her as their candidate (and they are) they will hand the Dems a victory before the game even starts...
    David
    Sheridan Wyoming

    July 6, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  217. TRACEY SEITZ

    Just glad she will no longer have a government position. It's embarressing for America.

    July 6, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  218. Jonathan

    OK Jack,
    I ran her speech through my english / palinese secret decoder ring and, as best I can figure, she is leaving the governorship to pursue a long desired career in the WNBA.
    Jonathan
    Everett, Wa

    July 6, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  219. Jonathan Robert Blinn

    I did meet Sara Pallin at the McCain Rally here in VaBeach back in 2008 and while I think shes a respectful and descent woman I do believe now that she has resined as Governor of Alaska with only a year and a half left that she has lost any and all chances for 2012 election AND if she did become the nominee against OBAMA id vote for obama to be Re-Elected only because Obama knows how to hand critisizm and Sara Palin had an obligation to the people of Alaska and she let them down and clearly cant handle critisizm and politics.

    July 6, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  220. mike romagnola

    It was somewhat distressing to watch her speech, it made me uncomfortable in fact. How any sane person could (still) think she is qualified to be President is beyond belief. And that 'gee golly. betcha, oh boy !' stuff is so phony, enough please! John McCain what were you possibly thinking???

    July 6, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  221. Melody

    I wonder why Palin didn't get Tina Faye to finnish her term out. No one would be any the wiser. As for 2112! PALIN ....NOT Faye can just forget it!

    July 6, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  222. David Otness

    i find it difficult to believe all the people responding to your correspondent's
    inquiries about Palin all responded they supported her.
    There are more tourists in downtown Anchorage than locals in the summer and they are not from Alaska as a rule.

    Palin has left this state a wreck, she is a train way off the tracks and most of us are wondering how much more damage she will do with the 3 weeks remaining.
    You Lower 48er's best be careful what you wish for, once her true record is scrutinized there will be no valid excuse for supporting a wingnut.
    I was once a fervent supporter and served on her 2006 transition team, I know whereof and of whom I speak.
    She is a dangerous politician, more so than most imagine
    Cordova, Alaska

    July 6, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  223. Daryl in Monmouth Jct, NJ

    First let me say I have a lot of respect for women in the work place, but, she was and is a joke. Watch out Karl Rove, FoxNew is her next stop.

    July 6, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  224. janet

    leave her alone, she thought VP means Very Pretty

    July 6, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  225. Della from South Carolina

    Never, She is a quitter. She never finish anything, and I wish the media would stop talking about her. She don't want the media to give her air time remember??? She bash the MSM every chance she get. So when that book deal comes around I hope the MSM don't help her promote it since the media is so bad. I would never vote for her. Or ask anyone else to.

    July 6, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  226. David Otness

    i find it difficult to believe all the people responding to your correspondent's
    inquiries about Palin all responded they supported her.
    There are more tourists in downtown Anchorage than locals in the summer and they are not from Alaska as a rule.

    Palin has left this state a wreck, she is a train way off the tracks and most of us are wondering how much more damage she will do with the 3 weeks remaining.
    You Lower 48er's best be careful what you wish for, once her true record is scrutinized there will be no valid excuse for supporting a wingnut.
    I was once a fervent supporter and served on her 2006 transition team, I know whereof and of whom I speak.
    She is a dangerous politician, more so than most imagine.
    Cordova, Alaska

    July 6, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  227. Diane from Redondo Beach, CA

    There's something she ain't telling... maybe she's pregnant – again! Or maybe she just needs some personal time to kill more animals.

    July 6, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  228. Kevin P., Portland OR

    Are you kidding! This woman has no chance of being elected as president. I hope she does run, it would be hilarious.

    July 6, 2009 at 4:22 pm |
  229. Dennis, Columbus, Ohio

    If she doesn’t sound a lot more prepared and informed than her run for VP it will be a disaster for her and she won’t make it past the first or second primary.
    If she thinks she was treated poorly last time just wait ‘till she runs for president.
    She will run against “Sarah the quitter”. The big question: Will she quit under the pressure of the POTUS

    I also will miss her. She has generated nation interest like none we have seen in a long time. Politics is better off for her being part of it – at a distance.

    July 6, 2009 at 4:22 pm |
  230. Dan, Chantilly VA

    At this point, I'd say Michael Jackson has a better chance.

    July 6, 2009 at 4:22 pm |
  231. Tony Robbins

    Palin was a sad choice for a running mate, and as the voters of Alaska are finding out she was a poor choice as governor. To let the pundits,the media and whomever else gave her the blues since she hit the national scene push her out, shows she was weak of spirit, and not worthy to hold any political office. This is just another reminder of just how far the GOP has fallen, and just how much work they need to do to at least look like they have a clue.

    July 6, 2009 at 4:22 pm |
  232. Valerie

    extermely undependably, Hillary was always battling the press over her family and still able to do her job. apparently she cannot do 2 things at one time. (run her family and hold office) where would we be if she was the vice president???
    And is she saying that other gov.s' that are not considering running again are lame ducks because they complete their terms in office. that is an insult, I know people that get laid off and continue to do fine work up to their last day.
    if she ever considered running for any office i would be very concerned about her ability to stick it out and her true intentions since she has shown a lack of concern for the people that voted her into office.

    July 6, 2009 at 4:22 pm |
  233. Calvin

    Looks like she is whining again about how unfear the media is and taking her marbles and pick up sticks and going home. A quitter is not the kind of person we want leading this country.That person must have the stamina, fortitude and ambition to see a mission thru to the end despite what others might think. We have far too many quitters leaving high school these days this is not the type of key leadership examples we need for our youth and this country at this time. If you cant take the heat get out of the kitchen is something she has taken to heart. This will not bode well for her come campaign time.

    July 6, 2009 at 4:22 pm |
  234. Robert S.

    I hope by 2012 we'll have all forgetten about Sarah Palin, her knocked up daughter, and her husbands DUI / secessionist attitude. In 4 years we'll have also forgetten about the various GOP sex scandles, and likely we'll have a number of good and crazy canidates, everyone from Bobby Jindle to Paul Ryan, and with a little bit of luck (and Paul Ryan) the republican party can stop being stuck on stupid. Palin leaving is the best thing that could happen, can we please just stop talking about her?

    PS Jack, I know Palin is good for e-mails, I'm sure she'll have a tell al book which should give you several days of great Cafferty files, don't be too sad she'll leaving.

    July 6, 2009 at 4:23 pm |
  235. vicky

    Palin for President? She not only lacks experience and education, she lacks communication skills. Her wandering speech left me wondering what the hell she was trying to say. Why do people always want the simple-minded for president?

    vic
    redwood falls, MN

    July 6, 2009 at 4:23 pm |
  236. Carl Rfiouse

    Palins decision to quit has left the field wide open for Mitt Romney or Gov Polenti to become the front runner of the GOP in 2012. This is very good for the republicans as the democrats have just lost a huge asset.

    July 6, 2009 at 4:23 pm |
  237. Linda S Clinton Twp MI

    I would love to have the bumper sticker rights to, Gov Sarah Palin ,Alaska, "big time game quiter". If she had won last November, would she now be resigning because she had nothing to do

    July 6, 2009 at 4:23 pm |
  238. Wolfe B.- Austin TX

    It's hard to gauge when I look back at the election choices that my fellow citizens have made, however, I do have hope now that Obama is in and the republicans are out. It would be good for the Dems to have her run in 2012...If she would win, let's hope people consider her VP seriously since she may not be able to stand the pressure and quit by 2013 or mid 2014! Could you imagine what would have happened IF the other ones HAD won?? If she can't stand the scruitany of being Govenor of the great (but small in population ) state of Alaska...makes ya wonder how she'd handle the pressures, scruitany and incredible cruelity that are heaped on the president..if she needs reference, she can refer to her own criticism of Obama..or the other bigoted exploits of the republican party...

    July 6, 2009 at 4:23 pm |
  239. Diane Dagenais Turbide

    Hi Jack,
    If she respects the rationale of her own words; the answer should be quite simple for 2012 since she said that she does not need a title to forge ahead! So, I guess she does not beleive in the President's title for 2012 if she is to be honest and coherent with her own words!

    July 6, 2009 at 4:23 pm |
  240. Helen Canada

    Hi Jack : Hope you had a good vacation,as for Sarah? well my opinion is,if she does not suceed in her book,then she has plenty of time to get back to Politics. People voted for her in Alaska and have the right to know why she let them down.
    When Sarah comes on TV I change the channel. I think TINA FAY would make a better President than her.

    Too bad for you because you liked her. A disapointment for you too .Hey LOL

    July 6, 2009 at 4:23 pm |
  241. Ron Nelson

    Hi Jack,

    When will someone let Sarah Palin know that if President Obama had chosen Hillary Clinton, Senator McCain NEVER would have chosen her!!

    Thanks!
    Ron Nelson

    July 6, 2009 at 4:23 pm |
  242. Jim Blevins

    I realize that Palin is the darling of a certain class of people, but 0% is no different than 0%. If Palin were to become President, I would apply for Canadian citizenship.

    Jim, Craig, CO

    July 6, 2009 at 4:23 pm |
  243. kishen c.rao

    zero chance...she sunk the state and will sink nation if given...

    July 6, 2009 at 4:23 pm |
  244. Rob

    How will Palin's quiting affect a run for the presidency? If Republicans want a quiter to nominate, let them go ahead. If Palin thinks her media coverage is so bad, she should quit whining and reflect on what she thinks a run for the Presidency would be. Having one candidate who quit her job as Governor and holds no elected office compete against the current President who confronts issues head on and does not shrink from media coverage, would be an interesting match up if the Republicans were foolish enough to support her.

    July 6, 2009 at 4:23 pm |
  245. Ruby Coria LA., CA.

    Jack, did I miss something? When did she ever had a chance in 2012? She was so Done, but now she is Roast! She needs to get in touch with her own family, before she touches anyone with those holly hands. Only her Lord can save her.

    July 6, 2009 at 4:23 pm |
  246. Sonja from TX

    How can Sara Palin go fishing with her family while everyone else in America went back to work after the long holidays? Why is she not working on HANDING her duties over to the next governor and his team? I hope the state of Alaska does not pay her for the three weeks holidays she is planing to have!

    Sonja Myers
    Houston, TX

    July 6, 2009 at 4:23 pm |
  247. Harris

    It will all depend on how her "reasoning" plays out. She's leaving office because she couldn't be effective as a lame duck governor. What does that say about her capabilities? And since she had plenty of time before having to formally announce her re-election decision, she essentially made herself a lame duck this early in her term. In the end, she'll be seen as a quitter and unable to handle the pressure.

    Harris
    Minden, LA

    July 6, 2009 at 4:23 pm |
  248. TJ

    She appears as a Quitter. She should probably stay home, bake cookies, bait Todd's hooks and play soccer mom. I don't think she will ever be elected as President of the U.S.. She does not have what it takes. If the U.S. citizens want to elect a female for President...there are far better choices and prospects than Sara Palin.

    July 6, 2009 at 4:23 pm |
  249. Ron in SD

    Jack,Sarah Palin has no chance running for President as she is the most divisive person in politics today.Maybe her time would be better spent taking care of baby Tripp and helping Bristol with her baby instead of preaching family values when she apparently needs a little help with her own family.

    July 6, 2009 at 4:23 pm |
  250. Doug

    Using her analogy, I think Sarah Palin feels like she is like the "point guard" the the Los Angeles Lakers, when really she is like the "point guard' for the Los Angeles Clippers. She isn't "passing the ball," she's quitting the team.

    Hopefully, any chances of her being the GOP nominee are diminished now.

    July 6, 2009 at 4:24 pm |
  251. Corey

    If she could have made since during her press conference, then this probably wouldn't be a question. Since it is a question let's say I wouldn't want her quitting as president because of the media, or commentators, or ethics suits, or because of a full court press, or because she doesn't want to be like dead fish. Were those of all the reasons she gave or were there more?

    July 6, 2009 at 4:24 pm |
  252. DebM, Allentown, PA

    Jack, I hope and pray that her abrupt resignation is the final nail in the coffin of her national political aspirations. The woman is an unmitigated disaster and the level of her hypocrisy is second to none.

    She preaches family values while leaving behind her 4-month-old DS son to campaign for VP and exposes her 16-year-old pregnant unmarried daughter on the world stage while espousing abstinence only funding.

    She complains about the media and threatens to sue them for defamation while accusing Obama of “palling around with terrorists” and whipping her supporters into a frenzy of hatred.

    She talks now about wanting to save Alaska from her “lame duck” status, but she thought nothing of abandoning Alaska to run for the office of VP.

    I shudder to think where we'd be if she were now second-in command

    July 6, 2009 at 4:24 pm |
  253. Jason, Burke, VA

    Sarah should bring Joe the Plumber to her team. The lowest-common-denominators within the extreme Republican base would love that ticket! Considering the presidency of George W Bush and te previous election campaign's Obama-mania, I fear that another know-nothing and/or celebrity president is completely possible. In Sarah and Joe ya get both!

    July 6, 2009 at 4:24 pm |
  254. Greg

    Sarah is quitting 4 a higher caller, She's probably going 2 become a minister and save lots of souls[L.O.L.]The REP. party turn their back on her after the election, so she wants 2 keep a large flock of people behind her 2 see if she has a chance 4 2012.

    July 6, 2009 at 4:24 pm |
  255. Greg in Orlando

    I really, really, really think that Governor Palin has had enough of the media "drive by" hit squads. I know I have.

    July 6, 2009 at 4:24 pm |
  256. 2belinda

    Palin speaks in Jabberwocky – oh no, right, even that nonsensical poem from Lewis Carroll did have words that made sense.
    Palin in 2012? Not a chance in Hell. (Please God)

    July 6, 2009 at 4:24 pm |
  257. Ralph Nelson

    How much do you hear about Mike Huckabee? How much do you hear about Mit Romney? WHY do we have to always hear so much, too much about Sarah Palin? Hopefully it means she is a political dead duck. And good riddens to her. Ralph, Yakima, Wa.

    July 6, 2009 at 4:24 pm |
  258. Miguel from San Leandro, CA

    Sarah Palin shows she doesn't have the fortitude or common sense to be a leader, instead she shows weakness and poor decision making. She has no business being President. We need someone who will inspire, who is intelligent and who is a leader and not someone who seeks the limelight like a moth to a flame.

    July 6, 2009 at 4:25 pm |
  259. Rich

    Jack

    With Republicans being famous for "eating there own" Gov. Palin does not have a prayer in 2012. She is toast– now thats food for thought.

    Rich
    Morgantown, WV

    July 6, 2009 at 4:25 pm |
  260. Christina, Canada

    Thank goodness! Perhaps now, the GOP can focus on some 'serious' females down there in the States for 2012...too bad for all yous that Governor Jennifer Granholm is Canadian-born. There must be some other 'serious' females down there in a population of 300,000,000.

    July 6, 2009 at 4:25 pm |
  261. John from Tillamook, OR

    How will Governor Palin's resignation affect her chances for 2012? Not in the least. Let's check her qualifications: She is constantly being investigated for wrongdoings, she preaches about sexual abstinence-yet has a daughter with a baby out of wedlock, she spent here entire run for the vice-presidency bad-mouthing our president or making a fool of herself during interviews, and to top it off she can shoot a moose and see Russia from her backyard. That should lock in the Republican base for her-now just to convince those pesky Independents.

    July 6, 2009 at 4:25 pm |
  262. Barb from Colorado

    Her chances were slim to none in 2012 with or without finishing her term as Governor. Palin never wanted to govern, she just wanted to be famous. Now she can add being rich, once she gets her conservative radio show. Like we need more of those?

    July 6, 2009 at 4:25 pm |
  263. diane roberts

    Jack, the smartest move Gov. Palin made was resigning from office. I didn't think she had the guts to admit that she wasn't cut out for this type of life. What I couldn't believe is that she felt she and her family were being picked on. I guess she doesn't remember acusing our President of "palling around with terrorists" or how they called his wife un-American. Thank God our president doesn't wear his feeling on his shoulders, otherwise he never would have made it. They talked about Jesus Christ and a few other good people, what makes her think she is exempt. If she couldn't take the heat, she did the right thing to get outta the kitchen. I hope she is going to focus on her family and church and stay out of politics, God willing.

    July 6, 2009 at 4:25 pm |
  264. steve in scappoose or

    Jack,
    Her chances is 2012 remain unchanged.
    Zero.
    The pride of "mooseville" has successfully lowered her qualifications for political office from a first term governor to a half a term governor for some unnamed reason. Maybe she realized as governor she needed to lead, and that not being in the cards, now was as good a time as any to duck out.
    I am sure all those who funded her campaign can't wait to get in line to help her finish another half a job.
    This woman needs to stick with what she knows, and to date she hasn't let anyone know what that is either. (sorry about the moose thing, I know they are rolling their eyes too.)

    July 6, 2009 at 4:25 pm |
  265. Joan

    Thank the Lord she did not get anywhere near the White House in the last election. It is time Sarah to devote some time to that little baby of yours. He needs you every day – 24 hours. PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE – No more coverage!

    July 6, 2009 at 4:25 pm |
  266. Linda in Bisbee, AZ

    When she first made her incredibly lame and weird announcement, I thought she was doing it because she was about to be indicted for embezzlement or some similar malfeasance in office. I still think that's a possibility, but it's also possible she just wants to make more money, and start her campaign early, free to inflict herself on the lower 48. Whatever her reasons, the people who support her and think she's qualified to run for president are not motivated by intelligent assessment. They are the rabid, hate-mongering rabble who followed her during the last election, shouting "Kill him!" about then candidate Obama. Nothing she does or doesn't do, no matter how criminal or loathsome will sway them from their fanatical devotion to this scummy dimwit. That means her base is solid. Who knows what will happen next, but I know she isn't going to go away, so be of good cheer. Your emails will continue every time you mention her.

    July 6, 2009 at 4:25 pm |
  267. JT Illinois

    All she has to do is dye her hair Blond and she'll fit right in
    with all the ladies on Fox News when she gets her new gig.

    July 6, 2009 at 4:25 pm |
  268. Jim Kemp -- Jonesboro, Ga

    Palin never had any chances in 2012. But follow the money, Jack. Coming soon to a TV set near you, Fox (Fixed) News presents, "The Sarah Palin Show."

    July 6, 2009 at 4:26 pm |
  269. Phil

    Her resignation has improved her chances ten-fold. Then again, if my memory of basic algebra serves me correctly, ten times zero is still zero.

    July 6, 2009 at 4:26 pm |
  270. RJ from Exton,PA

    Yawn. I believe she wants more & more attention and does not care about serving the public. BTW, she is quitting not retiring as I heard some say on your show.

    I think the Republican Party can rebuild if & when it faces the economic problems the Bush Administration gave to the American public. Americans don't like those who do not accept responsibility for decisions made. We found we cannot afford two wars at the same time. I believe other countries want to self rule but sometimes want our help. I'm glad the present administration wants us out of Iraq and it is not our job to police the world.
    I applaud the newspeople for giving us information about our country and the world whether it is good or bad.

    July 6, 2009 at 4:26 pm |
  271. Ann,Virginia

    Sarah Palin has just shot heelf in the foot!!She has absolutely no chance to run for President in 2012.It is beyond good sense how any self-respecting,intelligent American could possibly believe she is a capable candidate for anything.If they do,then this country is in worse shape than I thought.Very sad!!

    July 6, 2009 at 4:26 pm |
  272. Angie, Beaumont Texas

    How can she be Commander-In-Chief. Soldiers in war zones cannot say they quit when it gets tough. How can she lead the country, the
    military and be effective in the world if she cannot handle the criticism of being a governor of one of the least populated states in the Union. If she is the best the GOP has to offer, Obama could take the next election off and still win.

    July 6, 2009 at 4:26 pm |
  273. Travis Denver, CO

    I don't know how much it will help her chances but I don't think it will hurt them. If the Democrats decide to attack her for "abandoning her post", she can simply remind them that President Obama spend a good part of his only term in the Senate campaigning for the White House.

    July 6, 2009 at 4:26 pm |
  274. Dan Kaiser

    If Sarah Palin is trying to position herself for the presidential bid in 2012. This move doesn't seem to bright. It looks bad and she will come across as a quitter to the voters. Quit now and run for the hills.
    There gets to be some heat, some pressure, some questions about her, so the best thing to do is quit and go fishing far, far away.

    This is a good sign and indication of how she would react and handle pressure, if by some very slim chance she became president. She sure hasn't helped the women in politics with this move.

    July 6, 2009 at 4:26 pm |
  275. Jean B

    Sarah Palin knows what she is doing. She sees a need in the USA ! It's called "protect the American Citizens from Marxism". 32 Czars now makes us all sick and the mess that is being created.
    Prof of Univ of Ill said "Obama was the most Marxist person he ever talked with" (this prof worked w/Obama)....and it is showing. Palin can see what is going on as most intelligent people can.
    Watch what happens folks !
    Jean B
    Mn

    July 6, 2009 at 4:26 pm |
  276. Jim/NC

    I hope she stays a considerable distance from politics. Could it be that she is telling the truth? Palin has too much class to be involved politics and politicians. Liars and spin doctors are considered a virtue in Wasington. By the way Jack, how is your president doing? Why don't you ask some questions about President Obama's performance? I didn't think you would!

    July 6, 2009 at 4:26 pm |
  277. Eric from Toronto

    If by 2011 the economy is back on track, Iraq and Afghanistan are going well and the American people are feeling good about themselves again, Obama will walk to re-election in 2012. In that scenario the Republicans will need a candidate whose loss to him won't be a disaster for the party establishment – think Mondale in '84 and Dole in '96. Sarah Palin might just end up being that candidate.

    July 6, 2009 at 4:26 pm |
  278. Brian

    Governor Palin increasingly reminds me of Jesse Venura. They both like to make headlines and get attention, but they don't particularly like doing the hard work of governing. They both felt victimized by their time in office, they feel the press and the public were mean to them. Both ex-Governors like to talk about how they are better than "ordinary" politicians, but they have trouble working within the system.
    If Governor Palin runs for office David Letterman should send her a thank you note.

    July 6, 2009 at 4:26 pm |
  279. Chuck Coffelt in Oregon

    She wouldn't have time to run for office in 2012. She would spend all her time bickering with anyone that criticized her or her family. Sara Palin's credibility is shot. She's too scattered to focus on the big issues long enough to get them resolved.
    Case in point....quitting her current position.
    But isn't this par for the course with the Republican Party? The GOP meltdown continues...

    July 6, 2009 at 4:27 pm |
  280. Dennis of Seattle

    What chance, if she can't handle the pressure as Governor how would she handle the stress that goes with being President. Good riddance.

    July 6, 2009 at 4:27 pm |
  281. Mitch Dworkin

    I do not think that Sarah Palin has any chance to be President in 2012. In my opinion, the most likely reason why Palin quit her job as the governor of Alaska is because of Levi Johnston. Palin’s entire political career (whether running again for governor in 2010 or running for president in 2012) is basically at the mercy of Levi Johnston right now.

    Levi Johnston has a hold over Sarah Palin as long as she is in elected office which is to publicly talk about her and say whatever he wants to.

    If Levi says anything big about the Palins to the media while Sarah Palin is running in any race (whether it is for governor in 2010 or for president in 2012), then it would basically be Levi's word against the Palin's word. Sarah Palin would then have to spend more time trying to put out all of the fires that Levi starts as opposed to using that time to run a serious campaign.

    If Sarah or Bristol Palin do not give in to Levi's demands about the baby or if they upset him in any way, then Levi in my opinion definitely has the name recognition and the star power to ruin any future political race that Sarah Palin runs in!

    Sarah Palin quitting now and not running for President in 2012 will end any hold that Levi has over her. That means Sarah and Bristol Palin can do whatever they want to Levi as far as the baby or anything else is concerned and Sarah herself will not pay any political price for it regardless of what Levi publicly says!

    July 6, 2009 at 4:27 pm |
  282. Janice from Collingswood NJ

    Why does everybody think she even wants to run for President in 2012? The news media creates these stories for there own folly. If I were her, I'd be sick of being beat up and second guessed all the time and I'd get far, far away from politics.

    July 6, 2009 at 4:27 pm |
  283. Ryan

    CNN and other news networks cost Palin the 2008 election and you will do the same to keep in the communist president you guys love so much. Palin resigning will have less of an efect on her 2012 bid than you guys only showing only good things about Obama and only showing bad things about Palin. Just treat her fair this go around.

    July 6, 2009 at 4:27 pm |
  284. Jerry Brown

    Jack, her chances in politics is and will always be short of the mark due to lack of education and knowledge. She is a celebrity not a hero. We are tied of politics being a haven for dishonest people with no discernible skill other than smooth talking and deal-making.

    Jerry
    Overland Park, KS

    July 6, 2009 at 4:27 pm |
  285. Marilyn K. Smith

    Sarah...quitting??? You have got to be kidding if you believe that, Jack. This lady is not a quitter in any area...family, politics...nothing. You liberals may be breathing a sigh of relief and are giggling over this tidbit of news but "he who laughs loudest, often laughs last." You have not heard the end of this champion of the real America. To listen to you few loud mouth liberals, it sounds like "it's quits" for Lady Palin but I assure you, she's not going anywhere and you all will have to contend with her in the future. She speaks for the America we all hold dear and the "bad guys" will finish last!

    July 6, 2009 at 4:27 pm |
  286. Dez

    Palin stepped down, not only because nothing was getting done, but also so she can focus on writing the first of a few books. If she writes just one, that's an $11 million deal. Just think if she has two additional deals in the works, that seals the costs of running in 2012. Also, now, instead of sitting in Alaska, she can travel the United States & then showcase herself traveling internationally, building the relationships she needs to be able to run, without having to answer anyone but herself. Then there's the speaking engagements, whereas, she'll possibly charge at least $100k per event for. 6 times over two years, is a good hunk of change. The only thing is missing is her "ONLINE STRATEGY". Bottom line is this, there will not be another President who will win without having an effective strategy using the Internet. Right now, Palin has only 72,000 Twitter Followers. She doesn't even have her own Website that works!
    If the media will think outside the box & follow the money, they will find out exactly what her plans are.

    July 6, 2009 at 4:28 pm |
  287. kelvin from nc

    Her chances are gone. I was taught once a quitter, always a quitter!

    July 6, 2009 at 4:28 pm |
  288. Betty from Vermont

    Know one would remember her VP campaign if she was fat and ugly.
    She's getting closer to the spotlight while it can still shine on the beauty queen....i.e talk shows, speeches, Rush and Sean. It has never been about her policies...beauty is only skin deep!!

    July 6, 2009 at 4:28 pm |
  289. paul

    Amazing! On anyone else the media would report a resignation. But because the media is so biased and has a true hatred for this woman, they call her a quitter. SHE did represent what the conservative party is......being fiscally responsible and not spending(wasting) trillions of dollars on soical programs, pet projects and other programs that will not and cannot help stimulate the economy. LESS government involvement in corporate America and our private lives. STRONG national defense.
    The media never touched or has ever been as critical or just plain evil when reporting any other elected officials children. There were opportunities to do so with others, but because the press and liberals hate her with such conviction, they were willing to take the low road. The media has shown its true colors.
    I admire Palin for her RESIGNATION. She is NOT your typical politician, and that is what makes her likable and electable. She IS one of us.....a true Conservative.

    July 6, 2009 at 4:28 pm |
  290. Pugas-AZ

    What chances? She has seen the full court press and she is going to the locker room. I think the Republicans are playing dumb as to why she is stepping down. Could it be party pressure? They don't need her to muddy the water in 2012.

    July 6, 2009 at 4:28 pm |
  291. clark Rose

    I think Sarah has a right to resign, to relieve the state of any obligation to defend her against all this B.S out of washington. If you think she is stupid so be it , but she believes in FREEDOM which we all were given by our GOD not the Government, newspapers, or anyone else. This Government is getting to much into our private lives. Its about time we change these rascals in washington. I think if Sarah is up to taking this on, I for one will support her, I think that all people presently in office should be turned to the street , stripped of their retirement, health insurance etc. They will then be on the same level as the rest of the people in this country , what makes them think they can do things without the consent of WE THE PEOPLE.

    Clark.

    July 6, 2009 at 4:28 pm |
  292. Phil

    Unless President Obama completely destroys the economy and the confidence of the American people, her chances in 2012 to run for President is a wasted effort. Maybe she could host a Fly-in fishing show on an Outdoor network. "

    July 6, 2009 at 4:28 pm |
  293. Ray in Nashville

    Go Sarah. No, really, just go.

    July 6, 2009 at 4:29 pm |
  294. Cheryl

    Let me get this straight: She said she wants to quit now so that she doesn't become a lame duck that just takes junkets on tax-payers' money. Bsed on that logic, ALL politicians should quit half-way through their jobs, in order not to waste the second half. Huh?

    July 6, 2009 at 4:29 pm |
  295. Jack Carlson

    Palin cleaned up Alaska which inc Republicans and Democrats !
    Many Repubs don't like that as they are crooked, and almost all Decmocrats are money chasers – and Palin will be our 2012 President.
    Obama and his cohorts will be revealed in late 2010.
    Jack Carlson
    WA

    July 6, 2009 at 4:29 pm |
  296. Michael and Diane Phoenix AZ

    To put it in her basketball perspective that a "good point guard knows when to pass off," a good point guard also knows you don't head to the locker room before half-time just because you don't like the "officiating."

    July 6, 2009 at 4:29 pm |
  297. Carolyn Danley

    I never thought Sarah Palin had a chance for 2012. Shame on John Mccain for putting her in this situation, knowing she never had the skill, knowledge or fortitude to be on such a grand stage.

    July 6, 2009 at 4:29 pm |