September 22nd, 2010
04:49 PM ET

Why do Palin and O'Donnell attract so much attention?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

It feels like Sarah Palin all over again.

Delaware Republican Senate nominee Christine O'Donnell burst onto the national stage with her upset win in the primaries; and suddenly everyone can't seem to get enough of her.
[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/09/22/art.odonnell.jpg caption=" U.S. Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell smiles at supporters before doing a television interview at her Senate primary night party on September 14, 2010 in Dover, Delaware. "]
This is despite the fact that O'Donnell has some big question marks on her resume - just like Sarah Palin. She's come under fire for allegedly misusing campaign funds for personal expenses-just like Sarah Palin.

O'Donnell has also been in the spotlight for saying years ago she "dabbled in witchcraft" and had one of her first dates with a witch "on a satanic altar." And she's used her views on abstinence to rule out masturbation.

After her last-minute cancellation of two Sunday show appearances over the weekend, O'Donnell announced Sarah Palin advised her not to do any more national media interviews, and instead focus on local media.

Based on Sarah Palin's disastrous interviews with Katie Couric, that's probably not bad advice. I wonder if it means O'Donnell is as poorly informed on the issues as Sarah Palin was.

It all sounds so familiar. Palin's resume is littered with goofy comments like saying you can see Russia from Alaska or not being able to name a single newspaper she reads.

Palin quit as governor of Alaska midway through her first term. She often refuses to talk about lots of issues with the media, unless it's with the F-word network - which pays her.

But none of that seems to matter. Sarah Palin has become a huge celebrity who is seriously being talked about as a possible presidential contender. Just what we need. Remember the McCain campaign?

Here’s my question to you: Why do people like Sarah Palin and Christine O'Donnell attract so much attention?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Carlos in Pasadena, California writes:
Hello Jack. The popularity of the Tea Party lies with the media because the media loves the anomaly, the weird, the extreme, and the immediate. This coupled with the quick solution, the sound bite, and an audience that has a brief attention span makes the Palin's et al popular.

Andy writes:
Palin and O'Donnell represent the ideal Stepford housewife. The older conservative white men can fantasize about them and the older white women can emulate them. It's scary to think that candidates no longer have to talk to the issues and can hide behind slide show bullet points. Once again beauty reins in the white man's world and intelligence is s negative.

Professor writes:
I don't think the majority of Americans like either one of them, Jack. We simply like watching train wrecks occur. These two whackos are foolish people who think the rest of us are stupid enough to fall for rhetoric and populism.

Nick writes:
It's because their rhetoric is in the right place. The country is still going through a rough time, economically, and while they have shown time and time again that they do not have the qualifications to fix the problems, much less debate them, they still provide an accurate mouthpiece to vent frustration and anger amongst Americans. They are using the current situations for their own political and personal gains.

Jean writes:
Three words: "pretty white women"… Looks and no brains. Who was more famous than Marilyn Monroe? And, they don't have to be blond to be ditsy.

Tom in Texas writes:
Harken back to some of Palin's old video plus Ms. O'Donnell's recent admissions. You've just gotta know, as the song goes: "It's witchcraft."

soundoff (182 Responses)
  1. Peter G. (West Hills, CA)

    It's not so much that they like them. It's like the car crash theory. People don't want others to get hurt in accidents, but instictively they MUST watch the carnage as they pass by. In this case, people don't necessarily like these two, they are just so intriged by the oddity of them, like zoo animals. Americans just love a good laugh!!!!

    September 22, 2010 at 5:14 pm |
  2. Dana

    Quite frankly... they are terrifying. Its terrifying to believe that anyone would be tempted to vote for such "backwards" thinking women (gotta include Angle). Terrifying to think that there are others, out there, who think like they do! What happened to electing smart, educated candidates? Mice with human brains!?!?!?!?!?

    September 22, 2010 at 5:16 pm |
  3. John, Blue Dog in Red State

    I don't know, Jack? Why are you asking us this question?

    Austin, TX

    September 22, 2010 at 5:16 pm |
  4. Chuck Fish

    I would not hear anything about Palin and O'Donnell if the media was not always hypeing them.
    Actually more people dislike these two than like them.
    The media has made them a person of interest because of all their reporting of their ridictlus remarks and points of view.

    September 22, 2010 at 5:16 pm |
  5. D - Atlanta

    It's simple Jack......they're liking watching a train wreck. You don't want to look but you can't help yourself.

    September 22, 2010 at 5:16 pm |
  6. Adam

    Jack, the answer lies in the new Cornell University study that proves that stupid people don't realize they are stupid. Thus, someone as stupid as Sarah Palin and Christine O'Donnell seem especially brilliant to these poor folks. Further, I think that if legitimate news agencies would quit talking about these two idiots, they would go away themselves.

    September 22, 2010 at 5:16 pm |
  7. Carol, Washington

    It's for the same reason why people gawk at train wrecks!

    September 22, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
  8. Dee

    I believe these two idiots attract so much attention, because society has become one big reality show and people love drama!

    September 22, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
  9. Kevin

    Because they are more attractive to look at then McCain or Biden?

    September 22, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
  10. PiedType

    Why do people watch train wrecks?


    September 22, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
  11. Daniel

    For the same reason the line outside the bearded woman is always crowded, Jack.
    People like to see these weird "things" and laugh a bit.
    We all feel like gods, or geniuses afterward...

    September 22, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
  12. Sandra

    It's the media stupid!

    September 22, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
  13. Clifford Macker

    Why Palin and O Do nnell?. As kids we couldn't wait for the circus to come each summer so that we could go to the "Freak show". It was exciting! There was the India rubber man, the two headed baby and the bearded lady. And for 25 cents extra we could see the bearded lady undress.

    September 22, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
  14. Don

    From Camarillo, CA

    Because crazy is damn fun to watch.

    September 22, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
  15. Marc

    Why do they attract so much attention?

    Because they're cute, the media won't shut up about them, and the overwhelming majority of this country is stupid enough to believe their BS about values. I mean, seriously, the Republicans (the self proclaimed Conservative Christian party) just elected a woman who admitted to practicing witchcraft and going to a satanic altar. ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!

    PS everyone should attend The Rally to Restore Sanity! EVERYONE.

    September 22, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
  16. Leanne

    It is the media that is giving them all the attention. Why have we not heard about her opponent? Maybe if we hear his views against hers the unenlightened may become enlightened.

    September 22, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
  17. mitch from calif

    because they are hotties compared to any liberals.

    September 22, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
  18. Jim - Michigan


    It is the oppostion that is giving them the light. Instead of focusing on creating jobs and kick starting the economy the democrats are campaigning on fear and in doing so they point people like these two out. I am sorry, but they better have more than fear to offer to get my vote. Start with getting the president focused on this country, our jobs and our economy for more than a day.

    September 22, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
  19. Rebecca

    Who cares about O'Donnells past? Yeah I don't agree with witchcraft or Satanic altars, but that is her right as an American citizen! She has the right do practice ANY type of religion she chooses!!! She also used to be a Catholic, so does that mean since i'm a baptist that i shouldn't vote for her? It's ridiculous that this is even an issue!

    September 22, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
  20. Martin Wielgus

    Because, Jack, a large portion of the American people are abysmally stupid.

    September 22, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
  21. Ron from Florida

    It is" simple" Brunettes have more fjun.

    September 22, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  22. John Heynen Canada

    I truely believe that the American people have always been enamored
    with glamerous attractive people. I call it the Hollywood syndrom. If they lookl good from the outside never mind if there is any real substance between the ears they are almost worshipped. Game show hosts, t.v. personalities, athletes, and so forth. Politicians should be chosen for their wisdom, intellect,character, and leadership qualities rather than this superficial, self-seeking trait.

    September 22, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  23. stewart

    Because you asked?

    I can only respond that it is because they are dummer than the both of them?

    September 22, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  24. Bill Denegar

    Sex, Sex, Sex

    September 22, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  25. Pete-Sacramento CA


    Sex sells... even if you're dumber than a box of rocks.

    September 22, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  26. Gumby

    For the same reason Paris Hilton is in the news for anything....because America has become a nation of celebrity whores. Why else would something as silly as Twitter even be invented?

    September 22, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  27. Zeb

    Jack, that's because the media cannot ignore them. You are the ones who keep putting these two nuts front and center, every chance you get.

    September 22, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  28. Mike

    We focus on Palin because she refuses to get out of the spotlight and we're constantly bombarded by her because of media personalities, you included. We focus on O'Donnell because of the crazy things she says, and because the media tells us we should. Here's an idea: stop giving these people the spotlight and we won't have to ask questions like this.

    September 22, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  29. Sally Ann

    It's the same reason we like to look at car wrecks, but it's also entertaining to see how gullible people are

    September 22, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  30. Armando

    They are simply good looking and can be sold on TV! Don't we like challengers or underdog; even with no good reason Jack?

    September 22, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  31. alfie

    its because most of americans are just like her.

    September 22, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  32. Linda in Arizona

    Why don't you tell US? You're the ones giving it to them. All those palin questions ring a bell?

    September 22, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  33. Bill Williams

    They are interesting because they are train wrecks waiting to happen.
    Even in your opening statements for this question you named off all the more interesting things Palin and O'Donnell have done. The only scary thing about these women are that someone might actually take them seriously and vote them into office.

    September 22, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  34. Fred Tomasello Jr.

    Cause they're so purrty and we're so stupid.

    September 22, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  35. Adulac

    Perhaps for the same reason that Americans are fascinated with pretty celebrities. The sad thing is that this fascination is propelling these frauds into elected office where they will be responsible for passing legislation and dealing with problems that they won't even understand. Why not just get Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan to run for office and stop the charade.

    September 22, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  36. Karen Brookman

    Jack can't you see that they came from the same planet.....They are two of the most goofiest people that I've ever seen in Politics. What is this Country coming to. Lord help us all!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 22, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  37. Bonnie in Arkansas

    Because they are pretty ladies.

    September 22, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  38. Bob in Texas

    Ask your bosses Jack. It's you guys in the press that think they're important enough to keep reporting every little stupid thing they say or do. As for me, I'd be just fine not knowing about either of them.

    September 22, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  39. Jonathan Brett Coupal


    According to a May 2004 poll by the Pew Research Center for The People and The Press, five times more national journalists identify themselves as "liberal" than "conservative."

    Any conservative politician with even a modicum of charisma or potential will always draw contempt and mockery from the American press. It's about fear, Jack. O'Donnell and Palin threaten the dominion of liberalism in the U.S. Government. You hope that, by turning the media's attention toward them, in the form of sneers and disingenuous scrutiny, you'll turn the voting public against them.

    September 22, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  40. Meghan Stabler

    Why do they have so much attention?

    Because they say some of the dumbest things!

    A potential elected official should at a minimum sound knowledgeable and at a minimum have the necessary credentials to be in office, Palin lacked so many global and national issue awareness skills when she ran on the GOP ticket, O'Donnell suffers from the same lack of credibility running for Senate. The media has a duty to air stupidity when it occurs.

    September 22, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  41. kathleen

    We all need a good laugh, don't we? We used to have fun, mindless sitcoms to break up a boring or stressfilled day. Now, we have candidates coming out of the woodwork and given credibility for their ability to distract. Kathleen

    September 22, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  42. Charles M

    Actually, Jack, they don't attract much of my attention at all. They are both part of the fringe as far as I'm concerned.

    September 22, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  43. Daniel Bednarik

    Jack – I think it is the media that drives the process. Everything is hyped and spun to sell, including CNN's news (I watch BBC when I tire of CNN). We live in a society of simpletons - Americans are becoming cattle that thrive on voyeuristic, gossip-style news. Palin is a simple-minded twitter freak, who cannot spell, much less construct a concise sentence. She is not electable, because she is a moron.

    September 22, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  44. candy from calif

    People have become so desperate, that they don't care if these brainless women are qualified or not, but in the long run, who do we really hurt? People don't see beyond this. If you think things are bad now, just wait till these bimbos get elected for any higher position. SAD!!!!

    September 22, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  45. Jerry in Pennsylvania

    Public figures saying nutty things attract attention. And, they are being encouraged to do so by broadcasters and others in the media to capture readers for their advertisers. But in doing so, the media are making it quite possible for these nuts to be elected and run our country – as a nuthouse.

    September 22, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  46. gerry

    Palin and O'Donnnel are cut from the same cloth, clueless and dumb. Unfortunately there are many Americans like circus acts. The media is mostly to blame for giving these Jerry Springer idiots coverage.

    September 22, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  47. Roland Courtemanche

    "It's the Media, Stupid" No offence intended, but why does the media, you included, give these people so much air time?

    September 22, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  48. Patricia/Georgia

    Damned if I know...this country seems to have gone for looks rather than knowledge (brains). With all that this O'Donnell has coming out against her if she were a democrat ..the republicans would be yelling off with her head....however the republicans all they have to say is "it was a mistake...I was young" and everyone forgives them....Not everyone.!!!!!

    September 22, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  49. RichCaruso

    ??????.... I dont have a clue either! PLEASE let me know, cause I'm confused!

    September 22, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  50. Kathryn Hepburn

    Because they both dabble in witchcraft. Rember when Sarah Palin ws running and thy showed where she was being exorcised. They have a lot in common, both idiots..

    September 22, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  51. HaPo

    ...because they are incomptent, and they way the republicans and democrats are running this country we need a laugh now and again...remember Bush? crack US all up.

    September 22, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  52. Sal

    Why? because people are attracted to a freak show. Any two bigger freaks than those two? Everybody loves a freak show. And the people that love them are even dumber.

    September 22, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  53. Fred Alletto

    Why not vote for a pretty faced air head? At this point I'll vote for anything that doesn't resemble what we have now in congress.

    September 22, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  54. John

    Quite frankly Jack, it's because 80% of Americans are ignorant.

    September 22, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  55. Jacquie

    The only people I have met who admit to liking Sarah Pallin, and by extension anyone she supports, would also qualify to be described as stupid. Sarah Pallin appeals to people because she is just like them! the fact that she knows nothing about any of the issues fits just fine with these people, they know nothing either!

    September 22, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  56. Jay

    They receive so much attention because they provide other people with abnormal chromosome counts with hope, hope that they too may someday be able to run for a public office.

    September 22, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  57. Ellen Blanchette

    Dear Jack,
    Are you kidding? Why do you give them so much attention? The media copy each other, chase each other's stories, talk to each other about what they think is important which is easier than reporting real news that matters. Why don't you try giving some facts about the people running for this seat in the senate and trust the voters to decide who is best, instead of reporting kookie things they've done. Is this the funniest home videos or news? If you want the answer to your question, ask yourself.

    You know I love ya' Jack.
    Turners Falls, MA

    September 22, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  58. Joelan3

    I feel anyone who comes on that strong and comes across as a hope to the people is going to be scrutinized more than others. Once they start slipping then it becomes a pile on. It seems our society is obsessed with people as personalities and not their true worth. Most news stations are as bad as the Star and other like magazines, which have a purpose if you want to read gossip.
    Santa Clarita CA

    September 22, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  59. J DiMase

    Does the answer to the Palin question relate to the general education of this country?

    September 22, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  60. randy from minnesota

    1st they are cute/hot 2nd they are very controversial just listen too them. it reminds me of the old saying "can you hear the words that are coming out of my mouth". I don't think they have a clue but its fun watching a cute comedian, they're always good for a laugh. oh by the way did I say they are hot very cute.

    September 22, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  61. disgusted independent

    Jack, in your dying industry do you really have to ask that question? Its all about destroying the credibility of the Republican party by projecting these chuckleheads as the face of the tea party and the Republican party.

    Democrats create policies that create sensational news, while Republicans create policies that are despicable but boring. The Republicans are also better at hiding their corruption. The press needs news to get more advertising revenue, so they'll align themselves with the party that brings home the goods.

    September 22, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  62. Steve

    They are pretty, empty headed babes.

    September 22, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  63. Bob Skidmore

    Why does this surprise anyone? Our media continually elevate all sorts of people to celebrity status and our would be politicians are no different. Once the media focuses on someone, no matter how bizarre their behavior, it seems that the American people just can't get enough of them. The present group of Tea Partiers are absolutely frightening, but if they look handsome or pretty, the current environment will see that they get elected. What we need is a brain scan on some of these people and we would discover the lights are on but there is nobody home, and we should all be frightened about where they would take this country.

    September 22, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  64. sharla wooten

    The answer is quite simple Jack! The peoplen giving the attention are like Elvis, they are all shook up.

    September 22, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  65. Rich McKinney, Texas

    Jack if these people were not spoken about each and every day by the media they would simply go away The media is what makes them popular and talked about. They are only as famous as you guys make them just like the nut down in Florida wanting to burn the Koran. You guys made him popular and you guys make these other people popular.

    September 22, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  66. Margi Gaither

    It is impossible to understand their appeal; however, maybe voters feel that their Representatives/Senators with the credible resumes and job experiences have not been too impressive either. Sure the voters can vote change of candidates, but will it be change for the worse????? If one thinks things can't get worse, think again!! Since the Republicans have agreed to sabotage all of Obama's goals, then probably the Democrats, if they become the minority, will do the same. How sad and appalling that America's future is in this turmoil. If both parties were working together to accomplish what needs done, then Palin and O'Donnell wouldn't receive any attention at all. Meg Sullivan, IL

    September 22, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  67. Vel Champion

    My brother, who is a die hard Republican of 79, said they are cuties and he would vote for them. I really think his mind is going but he still gets to vote. Scary to think a lot of men his age agree with him. Who knew you could get elected by putting lipstick on a pig?

    September 22, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  68. Martin

    Maybe they wouldn't attract so much attention if all you media jokers would stop wasting our time by headlining them so much

    September 22, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  69. David

    Why? It's a "Sheeples Principal".....follow the herd. Same thing applies to "Shopping Mall Syndrome".....go to the mall and you might find something you don't need.....but, will make you happy just like a junky It is the fantasy world most people live in....a cartoon world of cartoon characters like Palin and O'Donnell.

    September 22, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  70. John O'Hare

    I think its because people are sending the message: Look who we can replace you with! Jack people are pissed and these politicians need to listen. With instant news and research available these guys on the hill need to know that the days of back room deals with special interest are over. Watch this march next month with Stewart and Colbert and then they may pay attention to the people who elected them.
    John Peoria AZ

    September 22, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  71. Michael n Seattle

    after reading all the responses to you Jack I think the concensus is that voters are ignorant and the media hype on a person keeps their name in the spotlite no matter how dumb they are just look at who they vote for in NY delaware Palin is only in it for the money cut of her 100,000 a speach and she'll go away

    September 22, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  72. sandi

    It just goes to show you what a very sad state our country really is in, people are not informed, dont' want to get informed, or refuse to listen to the truth. It's really "scarey" to think what the next generation will represent. These two women are off the charts in honesty and good character.

    September 22, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  73. Bill M Lincoln, NE.

    Everyone enjoys a little comedy relief! Folks like these two make the "normal" people feel good about themselves.

    September 22, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  74. Darrin

    If the slight majority of voters who in fact voted in the 2000 and 2004 Presidential Elections were so ill-informed as to elect G.W. Bush twice, it comes as no surprise to me this slight majority would be just as ill-informed about Sarach Palin and Christine O'Donnell. No informed voter pays these two characters any serious attention as their character lacks just that: seriousness.

    Lafayette, Indiana

    September 22, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  75. Eric in St. Paul

    Jack – you want to know why people like Palin and O'Donnell attract so much attention? The media needs to take a hard look at itself, and sooner rather than later. The fact is that the media – and especially cable news – driven by the demands of a 24/7 news cycle, looks to whatever bright shiny object rears its head regardless if it distracts from real stories that actually matter. In the past few weeks we have been treated to non-stop coverage of a planned Koran burning by a nutcase pastor with 50 followers and misrepresentations of an Islamic community center in lower Manhattan. Blatantly false statements by politicians go unchallenged by the fourth estate and become the next policy discussion – think "death panels". Does it bother anyone that the vast majority of news show hosts did not go to journalism school? Ooh – I could go on and on...

    September 22, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  76. Jason

    What's the mystery Jack? The right think they are agnst the grain new age politicians. The left thinks they are foolish bimbos and waiting for the next big stupid comment so they can pounce. Really Jack they have no chance of winning any race and even if they do win. The first week in office they'll have this deer in headlights look from the overwhelming responsibilities there arrogant banter got them into. Questions like this always answere them selves over time.

    September 22, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  77. Michael (St. Louis)

    In Christine O'Donnell, I think we finally have someone who is nuttier than Sarah Palin. Enough said (repost).

    September 22, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  78. Tom

    Because the media likes to use them to breed ratings.

    September 22, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  79. Luis

    Because the election of President Barak Obama has driven a particular segment of the USA population insane. Thank you John McCain. Jack I like you so please don't join the crazies, lately you scare me a little.

    September 22, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  80. Sylvia

    That is about the easiest question you have asked in a long time Jack. They appeal to those people who are just like them! Unfortunately too many Americans fall into that category – narrow-minded, uneducated, uninformed, brain-washed, not too intelligent, irrational thought system and full of hatred. Education reform is definitely a must!

    September 22, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  81. Ann Marie from SC

    You have to admit they are different from the standard, run of the mill candidate. They attract attention because they say and do goofy things, which the media grabs onto because reporting on the goofy stuff gets viewers and sells papers. Why the public gives them the time of day is beyond me.

    September 22, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  82. MacFab From Nacogdoches, Texas

    Jack, do you want to know the honest answer? It is because they both rely on Tea Party who is still protesting Mr. Obama's presidency to date in the name of Tax and big government even when tax is in its lowest rate in American history. Where is an independent analysis that compare government size in other presidents tenure. Jack remember that this lady, O' Donnell won with just over 50000 people voting in the primary, and the media decides to make her a celebrity. Lets see where their popularity will be when Pre. Obama is out of office.

    September 22, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  83. morphy

    why did the JOURNOLIST media claim that Palin, a GOVERNOR had less experince to be president than a self proclaimed community organizer?? Because the LIB Media JOURNOLIST writers support 80% of the DImocrats! Its all biased reporting. Remember tingle leg mathews of MSNBC??

    If Rush Limbaugh had said the same thing his career would have been over.

    September 22, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  84. Al Marrone

    Your right Jack, you have no clue – your words. Let me enlighten you! Sarah & Christine have views and ideas that are in line with the average American. Why don't you look at where Coons wants to bring the Country – he's much like Obama. Hint; Obama is losing the folks that trusted him to bring the country together. The Democratic party has lost middle america. We do not want Cap & Tax; Obama Care, and the rest of the "nanny state" mentality the Dems stand for! Jack, now you have a clue!

    September 22, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  85. sarah

    Please, what an easy question!

    Why does the public give them so much attention?

    Because the media is throwing them at us.

    sarah, pennsylania

    September 22, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  86. rico(south carolina)

    2 words.......EYE CANDY!!!!

    September 22, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  87. Trevor

    Jack, remember the know-nothing party? Sure the current Tea-Party "revolution" has nothing to do with this xenophobic now defunct party of the past (although you can make that argument on immigration) but, they sure could lend their name to these current ladies. Why do an interview when it would only lead to an embarrassing exposure of how polarized and unyielding their views are? They would rather only talk to the networks, radio shows and newspapers on their side, who won't ask tough questions, and allow them to stick to their talking points of lofty platitudes. These anti-government anti-Obama sentiments often are just a guise of their true political motives which are extremely right-winged that wouldn't normally fly any other year. Sure Obama wasn't perfect and hasn't immediately fixed the worst recession since the great depression but handing over our government to these anti-intellectuals with the same policies as Bush is simply foolish.
    Temple U
    Philadelphia, PA

    September 22, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  88. Ronette from South Dakota

    I listen to them because the Jerry Springer Show is no longer being shown in my area.

    September 22, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  89. Virginia

    I think that maybe people who aren't very bright– are somewhat shallow, self-centered, ignorant, uninformed, inarticulate, uneducated, uninformed and kinda always making brash comments about things they know nothing about and are incapable of really understanding cos complex thought is not their thing– look at Palin and O'Donnell and feel like if these people can be successful in an arena that normally requires some brains, education, actual interest in serving the public good and in understanding political issues, and overall informedness– then there may also be hope for them in terms of succeeding in a world that probably often seems over their head. And I mean that in the most compassionate and understanding way, really..

    September 22, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  90. Edgar

    They attract so much attention because they give a new life and power to the Republican party that for a while was deeply battered by the previous administration. It's a touchy subject, but because they are relatively attractive women, and because of the fact that they are women, it doesn't matter what they say because their audience is not listening to the message, rather they jump on the attractive boat that represents their political affiliation. "Change" is changing the facet in the world of politics.

    September 22, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  91. Tom

    It's just part of the dumbing down of America.

    September 22, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  92. judy

    I think they are so popular is because of the media. they are realy stupid and the media feels everybody should see them in their true light. Maybe if we stop talking about them they will go away.

    September 22, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
  93. Tom in Desoto, Tx

    It's the lowest common denominator, they breathe, and have no actual platform. The parrot someone else's words

    September 22, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
  94. Sam

    We called ourselves the "Leader of the World". With the breed of people running for office, no wonder we have a mess worhty to be called a "Third World Country". Ouch, sadly but it's becoming more true. Palin and O'Donnell – need I say more. You will be sorry if these two elected to office.

    September 22, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
  95. Gail Y Wilcox

    Hey, Jack! Saran Palin and Christine O'Donnell are the pom-pom girls of the Republican party, and who can resist pom-pom girls? They're cute, they're lively, they're sexy, and they're empty-headed. They're the life of the party. Who could ask more of them?

    September 22, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
  96. Susi

    Why are people attracted to these women? Because, I'm convinced there is a large population of very ignorant people in this country. Both women are below average intelligence, know nothing about history, our government, or our constitution. I find it scary that anyone would even consider voting for one of these jackasses. They are divisive, ignorant and unqualified to hold any public office. You got me, Jack. The only thing I can think of is this country needs a serious over haul of our education system. Obviously, the intelligence of the American voter must be questioned if these women are serious contenders for holding any public office. Our schools are obviously not doing their job.

    September 22, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
  97. ebbaker

    I agree with anotheremailer they are both idoits

    September 22, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
  98. Odawa

    Jack it is simple, people like you and the rest of the media are obsessed with people who cant locate their noses on issues than with politicians with good ideas who never ever get your coverages.

    September 22, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
  99. Daniel M

    It's because of how successful they talk about themsleves, so people assume they are right and don't have a chance to think differently since they never hear anything besides staunch social conservatism and "shaking it up". With how much people today like to crack down on corruption, they want outsiders, why not hockey mom and mother who verbatim preaches what's said in church about running their lives. Afterall, how can Palin be a corrupt official when she readily chooses not to be a politician until she is sure she can be president. Like said on the Daily Show, make rallies of pissed off people who apparently don't need to support their families to travel to DC to protest, and you get the media attention plus free human barriers to halt reporters. *huge sigh and rubs eyes from disbelief*

    September 22, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
  100. Lloyd Biggers

    The only ones that are obsessed with Palin and O'Donnell are those on the left. CBS, NBC, ABC, CNN and MSNBC consistently run negative "news" about Palin and, now, O'Donnell. I guess those folks (are you one of them?) just can't stand to think that Palin could possibly be representative of the average American. That would be absolutely counter to what the elitists and left wing loons think regarding how America should run. If Palin is a representative of the average American that poses a serious threat to the political aspirations of the left and they MUST demonize her, describe her as an "extreemist" and belittle everything that she does to try to get people to think she is not what she seems.

    September 22, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
  101. Mary in Ancramdale, NY

    Why? Because you guys won't stop talking about them! I understand you're trying desperately to fill 24 hours of news every day on all of the cable news programs but ridiculous, gratuitous 30 second footage & sound bites with no context are not helpful. The amount of time you all spend on these fringe whackos is out of proportion to how many people are actually interested. The majority of Americans could give a rat's ass about them.

    September 22, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
  102. Robert Blevins

    Why do people pay so much attention to Sarah and Christine? Simply because the political arena has become a joke. Serious politicians and civil debate of serious issues have been relegated to the dust bin of US history. Politics has become just another reality show for the ignorant. And, the current stars of the show are those idiots, Sarah and Christine.

    September 22, 2010 at 5:31 pm |
  103. Marilyn

    It seems that many people are attracted to these women by their "cuteness". When it comes to the serious business of government, they aren't taken seriously by the general public. I hope this continues. Just the comments from these two should be a warning. As Mark Twain said, " It's better to be silent and appear a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt".

    September 22, 2010 at 5:31 pm |
  104. Daniel Wells

    I wonder the same thing too. The media should give Sarah Palin the nickname Pay Me Palin. After quitting her job she now gets 100k for speaking engagements, travels via a private jet, stays in 5 Star hotels for telling less then 1% percent of the population what they want to hear. I'm not part of that one percent that like her so I wish the media would stop focusing on her and her new air head side kick....McDonnell.

    September 22, 2010 at 5:31 pm |
  105. Victor Okeyo

    Jack they are both Idiots, both of them have no idea why politicians should be held to higher standards. O'donelle read from the script of Sarah Palin and what she needs to know is that Sarah Palin probably doesn't know where Delaware is found on the map.

    September 22, 2010 at 5:31 pm |
  106. Sergio

    The reason people are so fascinated in these two is because the majority of the masses are idiots and identification with such rhetoric and self absorbed behavior is an epidemic of epic proportions. Not everybody should have a say in our society. We have followers and leaders and it is the natural order of things. The internet has changed the world in accessing everyone’s points of view but it doesn’t mean a world wide leader in news should report it. Narcissism gone rampant.

    September 22, 2010 at 5:31 pm |
  107. Josh

    Hello Mr. Cafferty, women in politics like Mrs. Palin, and Mrs. O'Donnell get attention because they prove of a shifting paradigm. It is showing how being a woman does not equal being liberal. Also, that people are accepting republican woman in our society today. Susan B. Anthony would be proud of our country to see this shift. Yet. Ms. Anthony would be disappointed of op-ed articles in middle of a mid day news show to spark partisan attitudes. Conflict does not solve problem, collaboration does. To truly improve our nation we need both parties to work in unity instead to claiming who fixed what. Maybe these vivid partisan messages are what makes your so called "F word" network popular, and the Tea Party meaning, and place in American society.

    September 22, 2010 at 5:32 pm |
  108. inofritzn

    Liberals and the liberal media are obsessed with them. It's crazy. YOU guys keep them in the news by being so obsessively against them!

    September 22, 2010 at 5:32 pm |
  109. almaciga2010

    I think Mr. Obama needs to hear that the people is rallying behind him when it comes to the war in Afghanistan. When 9/11 happened President Bush received all kinds of support from both parties leaders. When he decided to go after Afghanistan supported him.
    Obama has not encountered that kind of support in anything that he has made a decision on. He needs our full support. It is all a matter of confidence. Although his strategy is a good one he has not received the support needed for him and the American people to be confident. Any loss can be turned into a win if we are determine to make it a win.

    September 22, 2010 at 5:32 pm |
  110. Jacqueline Mongeot

    These ladies (who behave like women) first attract the media's attention. The media's reports excite the people 's attention. The colorful slogans like "we the people" and "let's take back America" although with no substance are catchy and easy to remember; they satisfy the hope of those who look for a quick change. Unfortunately, the solution cannot be found there. Yet, the fact that one of them talks about being a possible presidential contendert is scary.
    Jacqueline, San Diego CA

    September 22, 2010 at 5:32 pm |
  111. chuck

    That's easy, Jack. They both have conservative values and ovaries, which represents an inconceivable existential threat to the progressives who dominate both of our political parties and the Obama-loving national media.

    September 22, 2010 at 5:32 pm |
  112. Vince Currie

    Jack, people are attracted to Sarah Palin (and Christine) because of the issues they represent. Because of the importance of the situation our country is in and going, they care less about whether Palin can see Russia or O'Donnell was interested in witchcraft when she was in high school, but rather what the tea party stands for. That's why these gals are successful and get strong support. If it weren't for Palin, McCain would have done far worse in the election. Vince Currie Atlanta

    September 22, 2010 at 5:32 pm |
  113. Iris in Saugatuck, MI

    Jack, I've been watching you go gaga over Sarah Palin since she broke onto the scene just a mere two years ago. It's kinda cute how you perk up like a little boy struck with puppy love every time Sarah's in the news. Now that Christine O'Donnell has emerged, I'm really concerned. If Sarah is the Scooby Doo of the Tea Party Right, then Christine is certainly Scrappy. I'm waiting to see if you're going to be Sarah's White Knight and stick to your girl or if you're going to wind up being a typical man-pig and start fawning all over your new found love. If I catch you and Christine tooling around on her broom, I'm gonna come down there and spank you with her ride.

    September 22, 2010 at 5:32 pm |
  114. texasgreenacres

    jack I can't imagine why? they both are like fruit cakes look good, but taste like crap,

    September 22, 2010 at 5:33 pm |
  115. Mari, Utah

    Only because CNN is constantly posting stories about them. And GOP men have the 'hots' for these women!

    What's interesting is that 70% of Americans do not believe that Palin is qualified to be president, but CNN, keeps putting Palin in front of us.

    O'Donnell, is totally ....... inept, just as Angle is!

    IF these candidates are the best that the GOP has to offer, they are in bigger trouble than I thought!

    September 22, 2010 at 5:33 pm |
  116. Kj

    The reason for the attention is that they attractive looking airheads. It's really becoming a joke and I put the blame on the media for even entertaining those that lack the basic intellect to evaluate a situation or speak proper grammar talkless of a policy. We are all elites if we don't say "betchya"..I thought we were all encourage to be educated! Definitely not these two in as much they preach go to school! Yeah.. Then u call me elite.. What a joke!!!

    September 22, 2010 at 5:33 pm |
  117. Tory

    I believe that people are so eagered for a new, youthful face in the political arena, that they're not focusing on what benefits that candidate truly has to offer the country in the role that they are seeking, thus you have candidates like Sarah Palin and Christine O'Donnell being so popular. The American people need to truly vote with their minds, and not their hearts.

    September 22, 2010 at 5:33 pm |
  118. Tom Smith

    It scares me to death. At a time when we desprately need leaders with wisdom and character these nuckle heads appear in the lime light. I used to joke that Repulicans would vote for Mickey and Goofy as long as they were not Democrats. Little did I know how right I was!

    September 22, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  119. Myra Becnel

    WHY YOU ASK? Well any intelligent, sane and reasonable person cannot possibly stop watching and listening to what these two plus others say! It is so out there that one cannot believe it! I find it entertaining to see them make such fools out of themselves in front of the world! Palin, O'Donnell, Bachmann, Angle are all very delusional and unqualified but very amusing and always good for a laugh!

    Kaneohe, Hawaii

    September 22, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  120. Vel Champion

    My brother once told me I would "pass for attractive" if I stuck to large crowds and kept the lights low. I think someone told the same thing to Sara and Christine....only they have to keep to tea party event crowds and church picnics. As long as f they never speak out loud without a crib sheet, they pass for candidates.

    September 22, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  121. Ian from MN

    They are easy targets. Why would I waste my time trying to rebut a good argument from an intelligent republican or a tea partier when I can easily just attack a nut job like O'Donnell or Palin and then try and convince the nation that this is what republicans and tea partiers are like.

    September 22, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  122. Zack

    People like Sarah Palin and Christine O'Donnell attract the attention of two groups: Those ignorant enough to think these people are remotely qualified to run something as simple as a cupcake stand and those who are afraid of people like them gaining real power. They attract attention because both sides have a vested interest in their success or failure...

    September 22, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  123. Teresa

    because watching a train wreck is just so facinating that your somehow just can't stop watching!!!!!

    I wish the train would wreck already tho!!!

    September 22, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  124. EJ Boone

    Good question Jack. Why don't you stick your head out of your office and ask your co-workers.

    I would dare say that the media is complicit in the recent and rapid decline of the political process. Along with ego-centric pundits and preservation oriented politicians, you have all set upon a course that will not serve this country well.

    Johns Creek, GA

    September 22, 2010 at 5:36 pm |
  125. David Pawlowski

    Never underestimate stupid and gullible.

    September 22, 2010 at 5:36 pm |
  126. Zeba

    Because in America, unfortunately, style is better than substance. There is absolutely no reason that Palin should be given the time of day and yet the media keeps giving it to her. If Palin looked like Janet Reno do you honestly think she would get this much attention??? Americans have go to GROW UP and learn to think!

    September 22, 2010 at 5:36 pm |
  127. Beverly Thomson, Westlake Village, CA

    It is simple Jack. Comfort Level

    Both are your sister, next door neighbor, teacher, bank teller, checker at the market, etc. Not the sophisticated well polished group on the evening news or on Cable TV.

    Westlake Village

    September 22, 2010 at 5:36 pm |
  128. John

    Simple! Some of the "white perspective" rock throwing folks.. do not want to believe... they have idiots among them.

    September 22, 2010 at 5:36 pm |
  129. Dan Beach

    Listen carefully to what Sarah Palin (R-Twitter) condemns: That's where her secrets are buried….and…Listen carefully to what Christine O’Donnell condemns: That's where her secrets are buried.

    September 22, 2010 at 5:36 pm |
  130. Leslie

    Why? Because the media have decided that they are interesting, and can't seem to get enough of reporting about them. Sarah Palin hasn't done anything to merit the kind of attention the media focus on her, but they keep her front and center all the time. Only the extreme conservatives of the Republic Party find her to be influential or even the least bit knowledgeable. Now it's constant news and stories about O'Donnell, and no doubt we'll be hearing about her every day from now until the election, and God forbid, after the election as well. Most of the rest of us would be happy if we never had to see or hear their names again. And I'm a Republican!

    September 22, 2010 at 5:37 pm |
  131. Jim Uggla - Hot Springs Village, AR

    Been away from your show for 9 months. Glad to be able to watch again. You and I speak the same language.

    How do I begin to answer your question without breaking into laughter. I'll try to be to the point. #1. Even as adults, we like to watch a circus. #2. To quote a well-know commentator, "We are too dumb to be governed." #3. Some of us would rather look at a cougar/diva and be concerned about her appearance rather than her IQ. (In this case, their IQ's.) I haven't been able to watch or listen to Ms. Palin's "nails on a chalkboard" voice even during the McCain campaign. Emulation is supposed to be a form of flattery. So now we have Ms."I Want To Be Like Sarah" O'Connell. I want to dress like her, be coiffered like her, thank God not sound like her. I wouldn't allow the two of them together to govern a Girl Scout meeting. Pray for this country if they get into office.

    September 22, 2010 at 5:37 pm |
  132. ken, atlantic city nj

    Because the so called smart, rich old men in congress have driven the country into the ditch. When you are in a ditch you will turn to anyone for help especially 2 young attractive women. What is wrong with cutting government waste and reducing the national debt. If you do nothing but spend money and create more debt you desere to be replaced.

    September 22, 2010 at 5:37 pm |
  133. Jeff D

    After listening to both Palin and O'Donnell discuss their world views, I'm convinced that both should change their hair color to blonde. I would then be able to truly justify their behavior.

    September 22, 2010 at 5:37 pm |
  134. Rich

    We pay attention because they are hotter than average politicians!
    US politics is screwed either way so looks should be the deciding factor

    September 22, 2010 at 5:37 pm |
  135. Paul

    It's because the sexist liberal media's agenda is to portray women as the weaker sex by dawning the spotlight on utterly clueless, inarticulate, slighly attractive GILFS, whose ambitions are limited to the attainment of power for the sole purpose of imposing their archaic and oppressive morality on the rest of society through the coercive force of government (and all the while claiming to be champions of individual liberty).

    September 22, 2010 at 5:37 pm |
  136. Donna

    I've been wondering the same thing Jack. Can someone please tell me one thing of merit she has accomplished? This is definitely the dumbing down of America. I can't stand it when they put her in the same category as Obama and Clinton. Running for office and being elected Governor because she's a pro lifer doesn't count. Can you imagine her talking about world issues? We'll be the joke of the world.

    September 22, 2010 at 5:37 pm |
  137. Jim Blevins

    Obviously, there are more nuts in America than most of us thought.

    Jim, Craig, CO

    September 22, 2010 at 5:38 pm |
  138. Ralph Spyer

    This is the start of America in decline. It happen to the Roman Empire, Then the British empire now the American Empire. We are no longer number one. Great empires die of indigestion,NAPOLEON

    September 22, 2010 at 5:38 pm |
  139. Brent

    Well, I appredciate your question is retorical, but the answer needs to be in print. The mistrust and even distain for those in political office has apparently reached a tipping point. Audaciousness, comtemptuousness, hyperbole, indifference characterize those perennial power seekers. We may never have term limits, perhaps this is next best: just some plain, honest folks, more Harry Trumans, less Rhodes Scholars & Ivy Leaguers.

    September 22, 2010 at 5:38 pm |
  140. almaciga2010

    Sarah Palin is an entertainer. She also does not represent people with real problems. She charges too much for her speaking appearances and the average cannot pay. Those whom she endorses stay withing the confines of their localities. The media however gives them free publicity. If we wanted to really keep them from acquiring followers we would have to stop giving them free publicity.

    September 22, 2010 at 5:38 pm |
  141. JC

    There a too many dumb people with IQ's less than 100 who support Palin and T-GOPers longing to go backwards, threatening to return the US to the darker ages. We need a revolution among smart "elite" {IQ's over 100+++ people on the right and left who T-GOPers fear who in earlier times would have been burn't to the stake by O'Donnell witch crowd} with real ideas such as bi partisian compromise, and moving forward to crush ignorance.

    September 22, 2010 at 5:38 pm |
  142. Henri D. Kahn

    For the same reason people are fascinated by the name, bizarre outfits and outrageous performances of lady GaGa!
    All weird, stunning, innocent and unique.
    Henri D. Kahn

    September 22, 2010 at 5:39 pm |
  143. Bill in CT

    Most supporters love her because she is "just like them", and they believe that someone just like them should run the country. Implicit in this is the belief that they themselves are qualified to run the country.

    Most detractors don't like her because they know that, in almost every way possible, her qualifications and abilities fall far below their own. These detractors do not consider themselves qualified to run the country, and are appalled at the thought that she might actually attain that position.

    September 22, 2010 at 5:39 pm |
  144. Dan Beach

    ZOO curiosity...yes this is a human species

    September 22, 2010 at 5:39 pm |
  145. Ashley

    For a few, I imagine it’s like taking a whiff of sour milk you know has gone bad – just to make sure it is indeed rotten. I think people are more attracted to the simpleton nature of the two; I used to watch Palin (sometimes still do) just to reconfirm how big of a ninny she really is. These two are simpletons and unfortunately they appeal to a base not regarded for thoughtfulness or reason. I think people are more attracted to the disbelief that politicians with the intellect of gum are able to maneuver relatively untouched by respectable media.

    September 22, 2010 at 5:39 pm |
  146. Mavent

    Dear Jack: maybe you should be asking YOURSELF that question. After all, you're the one that got up this morning and decided to write a column on the two of them. The Media has been cramming them down our throats relentlessly, and now you try and blame their notoriety on the rest of us? Really?

    September 22, 2010 at 5:40 pm |
  147. Alan Olson, South Haven, MI

    There is a very vocal minority that is determined to force their brand of Christian fundamentalism on the rest of the voting public. People like Palin and O'Donnell are a natural for this mindless mentality. Too bad CNN and the rest of the media give them so much ink.

    September 22, 2010 at 5:40 pm |
  148. Ray in Nashville

    Jack, the attract attention for the same reason that P. T. Barnum did, people enjoy watching freaks and other oddities.

    September 22, 2010 at 5:41 pm |
  149. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Palin and O'Donnell attract attention like Lohan and Hilton. People can't seem to wait to hear or see what they do next because they always leave us with something to talk or laugh about.

    September 22, 2010 at 5:41 pm |
  150. Shawn

    Jack, didn't you enjoy the film dumb and dumber? I certainly did.

    September 22, 2010 at 5:41 pm |
  151. Mitch Dworkin - Dallas, Texas

    The main reason why people like Sarah Palin and Christine O'Donnell attract so much attention is because they are cult like figures and ideologues who stand for something very big. Like the Rev. Jim Jones and Rev. Moon, they cannot do anything wrong to their strongest followers and their followers will give them blind obedience even if ideologues like Palin and O'Donnell are factually proven as being wrong and if they do or say anything that is stupid. That is the main reason why cults can be so successful even if what they strongly stand for is crazy and is proven to be false.

    September 22, 2010 at 5:41 pm |
  152. twiddly from Golden, CO

    How can someone so ill-qualified be so popular?
    That's what drives everyone other than the ardent Palin and O'Donnell supporters crazy.
    It just doesn't make any sense to want people so lacking in intelligence to be our leaders.
    But they mouth the right conservative platitudes and so all is not only forgiven, but even their worst flaws are celebrated as something very worthwhile.
    Makes you want to scream in frustration.

    September 22, 2010 at 5:42 pm |
  153. Bill Christensen

    They are great comedians. I watch for a good laugh. I suppose it is unkind to watch people with limited abilities but i do anyway.

    September 22, 2010 at 5:43 pm |
  154. Cindy

    Palin and O'Donnell were voted into office because they are young, pretty women and certainly not because they are qualified to be Governor or Senator. Did Janet Reno or Madeline Albright ever attract the same attention? Duh... I don't think so!

    September 22, 2010 at 5:43 pm |
  155. Jenny M.

    Because they are funny and dumb, they say stupid things and they think that people like it. The worse of all is that they believe that they can do good for the country.

    September 22, 2010 at 5:43 pm |
  156. Proud Member of Global Zero

    Because you keep bringing her up. I just change the channel.

    September 22, 2010 at 5:43 pm |
  157. Myra Becnel

    On second thought maybe Palin, O'Donnell, Bachmann and Angle are trying out for a new game show " Are YOU DUMB or DUMBER".


    September 22, 2010 at 5:43 pm |
  158. Larry

    I'm a Republican; and a conservative. And these people scare me more than they scare you.

    September 22, 2010 at 5:43 pm |
  159. Mari

    They get attention because of the "National Enquirer" mentality of this country. Sensationalism makes better news than the intelligence!

    September 22, 2010 at 5:43 pm |
  160. Scott in GA

    I don't know Mr. Cafferty, but your extremely negative and mean spirited characterization of Palin, and by association O'Donnell, makes you look small. I usually enjoy your commentary, but many Americans are asking for more cooperation and civility in our politics. Maybe a little of that civility could start with the media?

    September 22, 2010 at 5:44 pm |
  161. linaka maile

    The Republicans are upset that there is an African-American president so they are supporting the Tea Party candidates and the ex money making governor from Alaska. This election is all about race. They want to see President Obama defeated.

    September 22, 2010 at 5:44 pm |
  162. Mariama Kpange, Edmonton, Canada

    You ask the question, why do people like Sarah Palin and Christine O'Dannell attract so much attention and have become celibrity despite there huge question marks. I would put the question this way- what is gone wrong with the American minds. International observers who watch your news seem to wander what has gone wrong with the American minds who are falling for such.

    September 22, 2010 at 5:44 pm |
  163. Donna

    I've been wondering the same thing Jack. Can someone name one thing of merit either one of them has accomplished? I thought we wanted intelligent educated people with ideas and insight to lead the country. This is the dumbing down of America times two. What a complete embarrassment.

    September 22, 2010 at 5:45 pm |
  164. Carlos in Los Angeles

    Jack, for the same reason that people slow down on the highway to look at traffic accidents.

    September 22, 2010 at 5:45 pm |
  165. Dennis from Minneapolis, MN

    Honestly their views aren't very bad at all. Don't get me wrong I would never vote for either of them but lets just look at a couple facts. Palin is basically going with "smaller government" and throw in "guns" for good measure. While she articulates horribly, these are issues a lot of people relate to. We elected Bush on the premise of "be a good christian, vote for me", so I would take these two seriously. No matter what your data, research, or just plain know-how, I think we've proven if you say "lower taxes", "less control", and "freedom" in a speech you're basically a contender. Question for you: Who are we to judge someone who's winning?! What does that say about us?!

    September 22, 2010 at 5:45 pm |
  166. Kirk McClanahan

    Let's see Jack, Our drop out rate is embarasing, we think popularity is the answer ala American Idol, dancing with the stars etc. a political retention of a stump...refusal to answer topugh questions and then forgiven about such because of the their out to get me syndrom prevalent in the far right...gee Jack Christine should run for president with Sarah Palin as her campaign manager....sure would fix our country quick....NOT!

    September 22, 2010 at 5:50 pm |
  167. Alan, Las Vegas

    Reading through the posts here should more than adequately answer the question. Liberals in particular, and I'm picking on them since they seem to comprise the majority of people who answered, like to feel superior to others. Especially when those others are ideological "enemies". Take a look at all of the replies that have to denigrate these women, as opposed to simply disagreeing with them. At the same time, that permits an attack on the half of the populace with whom they ideologically disagree.

    September 22, 2010 at 5:50 pm |
  168. Jordan

    I think they get the attention from women because women voters relate to them and see in them the image of the strong leadership woman that they themselves wish to be. On the other hand, I think they attract the attention from guys because they are "attractive" and that is because, well, they are guys.

    September 22, 2010 at 5:53 pm |
  169. Jeff In Minnesota

    They put themselves out there running for office. The media has a 24/7 cycle to fill. Is it possible that you folks at the media outlets are creating this problem. Could be!

    September 22, 2010 at 5:54 pm |
  170. Tom (Atlanta)

    Jack, maybe it's for the same reason, that the American Airline attendant popped the emergency shoot and jumped. They're just fed up and frustrated. They are tired of "same as – same as" and are ready to pop the shoot.

    September 22, 2010 at 5:55 pm |
  171. Art In Chicago, Illinois

    No Jack, it's you and the media that causes the attention. Had it not been for the media, that minister in Florida who wanted to burn the Koran would not have been on the radar screen. News now is being played out like its a reality TV show, with winners and villians. If a dancing cat can go virile on YouTube, I guess you can see O'Donnell and Palin being covered as well.

    September 22, 2010 at 5:55 pm |
  172. Allen in Hartwell GA

    September 22nd, 2010 2:52 pm ET
    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    Come on Jack, why do you think? But would you want either of them making important decisions?

    September 22, 2010 at 5:55 pm |
  173. LIP

    Why do they attract so much attention...you have got to be kidding , right? They attract so much attention because comedians like Jay Leno trash them and give them the limelight night after night after night. You have to wonder, does Jay Leno hate women that stand up for their rights or does he just hate Republicans or female Republicans or does he just do it for the ratings?

    September 22, 2010 at 5:56 pm |
  174. GEdwards

    Based on the comments from those who dislike them, apparently for the same reasons Obama attracts so much attention........ attractive, little previous experience, a train wreck that's happened, no proven record, can excite a crowd, etc.

    September 22, 2010 at 5:56 pm |
  175. colleen kelly mellor

    Why do they attract so much attention? (1) Because they're easy on the eyes (first and foremost reason in our shallow society)–my God, they even look alike! and (2) Because their rhetoric is simplistic and easy to follow..."Everybody in opposition to them is a 'liberal;' they want way less government (good sound byte but no one offers specifics as to how that would be realized).

    At the end of the day, Palin and O'Donneell are empty suits (altho' nicely accessorized with high heels) who appeal with their.."Follow us because the other team hasn't changed the landscape enough."

    Sadly, that will be enough of a warcry for many.

    September 22, 2010 at 5:56 pm |
  176. linda roy

    September 22nd, 2010 5:23 pm ET
    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    hi Jack,as i tell my husband each time i see or hear one of these idiots .>well, obviously crack is still making its way across the border from Mexico ,because all those tea partiers are all on it, or something much stronger ! `why does it always say that `Your comment is awaiting moderation.???

    September 22, 2010 at 5:56 pm |
  177. Dan

    I hope all the hate from the mainstream media backfires and gets more people to support O'Donnell. I've seen little intelligent debate on issues, but the media dragging up what she said and did in college. During Obama's early college years, he was smoking pot and into the party scene at Occidental College.

    September 22, 2010 at 5:56 pm |
  178. Joe - Utah

    Why do people like Sarah Palin and Christine O'Donnell attract so much attention? Because Palin and O'Donnell are saying the things which are the American public's mind. We are fed up with Obama and his anti-American policies, we are fed up with liberal BS, we are fed up with the current incumbents in both parties and the mess they have gotten us into. Both Palin and O'Donnell are telling members of congress that "we the people" are not going to take their crap quietly any more. I'll stand with Sarah and Christine over Obama, Reid, and Polosi any day.

    September 22, 2010 at 5:57 pm |
  179. Lee

    It's like a B rated movie, You know it's bad but you still can't take your eyes off it because you want to see the next stupid thing that happens or witness the bad acting so you can laugh at it. Let's face it...It's just entertainment.

    September 22, 2010 at 5:58 pm |
  180. SRMinRoch

    Reading over the responses, it's interesting that most think that they are dumb, or worse. They are also compared to train and car wrecks a lot. Those wrecks can hurt and kill many people. And that is why I'm glad that these two are kept in the public eye; because if they get into power, they will hurt the nation "Oh, they're too dumb to win..." But Ms. Palin was successfully elected governor of one of our states. They are dangerous because so many of us take the 'ignore them and they will go away' view, but they are already influencing who we get to vote for. – Rochester, NY

    September 22, 2010 at 5:58 pm |

    It's simply because it is YOU the media who are giving them all of the coverage. I could care less about Palin and O"Donnell – thay are both in it only for the money!

    September 22, 2010 at 5:59 pm |
  182. Ellobern

    The reason I pay attention to them is that I want to discover why some people love them so much. In Palin's case, I guess she makes an emotional connection with some people; I haven't figured out O'Donnell's draw yet – she's really nutty – and kind of little girlish.

    September 22, 2010 at 5:59 pm |