January 13th, 2011
05:00 PM ET

Palin's reaction to Tucson massacre end her chances of being president?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Sarah Palin may have done herself in.

The tragedy in Tucson, Arizona, presented an opportunity for Palin to reach beyond her base and strike a note of unity. It was her chance to say something that showed she was capable of true leadership.
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You see, before Palin opened her mouth, there was a good deal of sympathy for her. Many believed it was wrong to drag her into the debate.

But then she spoke. And it was just awful. Defiant and inflammatory, Palin invoked the historically painful term "blood libel" in attacking the media. This is a phrase used to describe anti-Semitic myths about how Jews killed children to use their blood in rituals.

NBC news correspondent Andrea Mitchell suggested the use of the phrase "blood libel" was "ignorant." Which it was. A CBS analysis suggested Palin played "the victim card." Which she did. And ABC said Palin "once again, has found a way to become part of the story." True.

It is being suggested that the scope of the Tucson situation is simply beyond Palin's limited skill set. And when you compare Palin's response to the uplifting speech we heard from our president last night, well, you can draw your own conclusions.

President Obama still has work to do when it comes to delivering on his campaign promises to change Washington and elevate the national discourse but last night went a long way in reminding many Americans why they voted for him.

And comparing the president's lofty words to Palin's small ones must have many Republicans rethinking their support of a woman who has great difficulty getting beyond her image of some sort of rogue momma grizzly bear.

Here’s my question to you: Did Sarah Palin's reaction to the Tucson massacre effectively end her chances of ever being elected president?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Jeff in Hawaii writes:
Caribou Barbie is a simple-minded, hateful, money-grubbing, vindictive liar. In the past two years, she has consistently shown her true colors through her rhetoric, be it "Death Panels", "Don't Retreat, Reload", or her current hoof-in-mouth "Blood Libel" statement. She has never been, nor will ever be a viable option for President.

Cory writes:
If the American voters choose to elect a person with such a lack of compassion, intelligence, etc., we will be in serious trouble. We need leaders who are smarter than a 5th grader.

Carla writes:
Palin is a typical reality show in the flesh – all show and very little reality. The woman will find a way to insert herself into any situation, no matter how tragic, and use it as a vehicle to promote herself. One cannot serve self and the people of this country simultaneously. Sadly, she has no grasp of this. And not knowing the meaning of the term "blood libel" before using it in a public venue is inexcusable.

Ray writes:
This was just one more example, maybe the 50th, of Palin pontificating in a protected, unchallenged vacuum... She has proven both her inability to participate in public discourse or discussions, and, to think or speak independent of her advisors/speechwriters who are clearly doing her no favors.

Jacquie in Illinois writes:
It's despicable that she uses this time of national grief to turn the spotlight on herself, but more so that she uses the term 'blood libel' in her discourse. Too bad she didn't look it up on Wikipedia. Too bad her advisers didn't do so as well. Palin in 2012? Even hardcore Republican conservatives aren't that dumb. She stepped way over the line this time. Even her fellow Alaskans cringe at her ignorance.

Dave in Utah writes:
Obama: It's all about us. Palin: It's all about me.

Terry writes:
I don't agree with you a lot of times, but this time I think you are 100% right on!

Filed under: Sarah Palin
soundoff (173 Responses)
  1. Ed

    This is just one more example of why Palin is part of the problem and not part of the solution. She is ignorant of the consequences of her actions and does not possess a sufficient grasp of history to know how to draw insightful parallels. She just spews more vitriol and elicits more hate by using terms that are so closely associated with horrific historical events.

    Madison, WI

    January 13, 2011 at 5:11 pm |
  2. Sigrid Nelson

    I truly hope so and pray for!

    Sterling, VA

    January 13, 2011 at 5:11 pm |

    I do not understand why the media keep talking about this woman who quitted her job to pursue money ?!.Most of the times,she doesn't know what she talks about .
    I'm not a democrat ,I'm an independent .

    January 13, 2011 at 5:11 pm |
  4. Peter in Tarrytown, NY

    For starters, Sarah Palin doesn't have a chance of being elected President.

    The people that support Sarah Palin are just like her. A tenuous grasp on reality and a total aversion to truth.

    Sarah Palin is a media _____ (fill in the blank) and will say and do anything to keep her name, and face, in front of the public. The more outrageous the better and you people in the media get sucked into it every time. If she didn't have the media platform she would disappear in a few weeks.

    I sincerely hopes she runs and when she's denied the candidacy she runs as a Tea Party candidate and totally fractures the republican party.

    If you think she's over the top now, just wait.

    January 13, 2011 at 5:11 pm |
  5. Ed

    Unfortunately, Sarah Palin simply doesn't get it. She believes too much of the Fox propaganda...and seems to be too much into herself. The momma bear needs to go home to Alaska and stay there.

    January 13, 2011 at 5:11 pm |
  6. Joe R - Houston

    What chances?

    January 13, 2011 at 5:11 pm |
  7. Nancy Smart

    Once again Sarah Palin has shown that she is only interested in Sarah Palin. She is careless with her words and always looking to promote herself. As far as I am concerned she proved she could not govern when she quit her governorship half way thru because it was too hard. She just wants the power and glory and the money of being famous without taking any responsibility for her actions.
    Nancy Smart
    Oakland Ca

    January 13, 2011 at 5:11 pm |
  8. Bryan Bentlin

    She had a chance at being elected president?

    January 13, 2011 at 5:11 pm |
  9. David

    She never had a chance to begin with. She's only loved by the hard right and loathed by everyone else. I wish the media would stop drooling over her every tweet or facebook posting. She's simply grandstanding so that she can continue to earn the obscene amount of money she does for being a pseudo-celebrity.

    January 13, 2011 at 5:11 pm |
  10. nick

    Did someone actually say that Palin had a chance of ever being elected as president? I wish she would, because I told my wife that if Palin was elected I was moving to Costa Rica. (and I really LOVE Costa Rica), so come on Palin.

    January 13, 2011 at 5:11 pm |
  11. Chris in New Mexico

    Back, way back when the election primaries were going and there was an announcement that Palin was running for VP. I thought to myself, "Self, this could be good to have a woman VP in the White House" But, then she opened her mouth ............... BAM, there went the idea of her being there, taking charge if ever needed in case of tragedy ot presidential problems. I could not stand that thought. Palin with her whiny voice and stupidity she throws out. Like my wife says, "She just won;t go away"!

    January 13, 2011 at 5:11 pm |
  12. K. Anderson

    You mean she actually had a chance? Not in my book she did. I live on planet earth. I don't know what planet everyone who gives her presidential chance lives on!!!

    January 13, 2011 at 5:11 pm |
  13. Gigi Oregon

    Sara Palin is the most narcissistic person in politics. It is all about her. Even to the point of ridiculous. And the media still gives her equal time, in this sad event in Arizona and our nation. If we ignored her maybe she would get it. But as long as she gets the attention from the media...she is here to stay.

    January 13, 2011 at 5:11 pm |
  14. stephanie, San Diego, CA

    Sarah Palin once again showed the American public her total narcissistic self. It is not about her. She should just go away, go back to Alaska. She has no clue. She is a propped up sound bite. She has proven to us that she is a quitter by resigning from her post in Alaska. America is tired of this narcissistic quitter.

    January 13, 2011 at 5:11 pm |
  15. Cathy L. Clark

    it would be a threat to our country if she became President. Words do inflame and they do hurt. May our country heal!

    January 13, 2011 at 5:11 pm |
  16. Andre' Bonifice

    To me her reaction to the AZ tragedy is definitely non-hypocritical.
    The media tried to drag her to the gutter and she resisted it well.
    I bet she can "outduel" any male chauvanist ideologue in the media
    including Jack!

    January 13, 2011 at 5:12 pm |
  17. notsurprise

    I don`t think she ever had any chance of being elected in any case. The simple fact that she does not do interview unless on FOX, 90% of when she talk in public, it is scripted and no question are allowed shows either she is incapable of discussion and knows she is too ignorant to risk stupid answer to simple question. She know her limitation, now her only goal is to remain in the limelight to continue making a fortune. What I think her speech achieved was to further alienate her already extreme base, some people from base must have gotten turn off by the word `Blood libel" and `Evil" and her mean school girl attitude toward a serious matter. What remain now of her base would be not very different in nature to those of the fringe group. I think that her base is even on the right of Beck`s base and that is saying a lot.

    January 13, 2011 at 5:12 pm |
  18. Carol Dupuis

    Yes. It was only a matter of time.

    January 13, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
  19. Barbara Lou Townsend

    Yes I do feel Sarah Palin has ended her chances to ever be President of the United States.
    Things have gone a long long ways downhill in America since she became McCain's running mate in the last election.
    I wish her no harm, but I would like to see her retreat from the National stage. Enough already. I believe her to be one of the most polarizing figures in recent history.
    Barbara Lou Townsend
    Palm Harbor, FL

    January 13, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
  20. daleok

    She never was or is presidential material. From the very beginning when she was rolled out to the public as a VP candidate, she did not even know what the job duties and responsibilities of a VP were. She is ill-equipped to handle public appearances without huge amounts of prep time and usually stumbles and fumbles around when questions are posed to her that have not been previously scripted. Besides being the mayor of a small town her only other claim to fame is being the governor of Alaska which she stepped away from and quit with no tangible reason given for the move. And now she is setting herself up as the victim as a result of these disastrous events that took place in Arizona. I do believe that it was a major knee jerk reaction to blame her and the graphics that appeared in her website as a possible reason for the murders. But she should set this aside, ignore it, and focus on the victims and their families instead of herself. Now that would be presidential.

    January 13, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
  21. David Huff

    Sarah's Palin's behavior lost me a long time, anyone who glorifies ignorance as well as denigrating education and the rule of law is a demagogue waiting to happen, the path to dictatorship is littered with people such as she.

    January 13, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
  22. John Floyd

    Did Palin do herself in? We can only hope so. If so, the Tucson six will not have died in vain.

    January 13, 2011 at 5:16 pm |

    Everytime Sarah Palin opens her mouth, the right foot goes deeper and deeper. Her comments did effect her chances of ever becoming President.. The world leaders are all laughing at us for even giving her a chance to open her mouth;

    Alta Loma, California

    January 13, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
  24. mike allen

    Certainly, did not help her chances......she needs to learn its not about her...just like quiting the Alaskan Governorship......she opted for her instead of serving the Alaskan citizens as she sworn under oath....she could of created more unity across both sides.....and stressed that we the people need to set aside our differences not only in times of crises but all times after the crises as well for a more unifed nation...sometimes you just have to admit one is wrong and move on and make things better

    January 13, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
  25. Alex NJ

    I am no fan of Palin and I hope she never has a shot at the GOP nomination because it will ruin our chances of voting out President Obama.
    However let's be fair. Palin didn't insert herself into this story. The biased media did by trying to make a deceitful and unfounded connection between this shooter who by all accounts was a crazy person with no political agenda and angry Republican rhetoric, (as if the vile rhetoric comes only from the right).
    The reaction by the likes of MSNBC and other left wing outlets to this tragedy was appalling and to say it was unethical journalism is a massive understatement. They forced Palin to go on the defense.

    January 13, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
  26. John

    clearly her supporters do not care about ability, intelligence or the harm she does to our country. She feeds them the hate they need to feel better about thier own pathetic lives.

    January 13, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
  27. Pied

    Unfortunately, no, this didn't end her chances. They should have ended two years ago, but she and the fawning media won't stop their resuscitation efforts.

    Denver, CO

    January 13, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
  28. Tim in Texas

    I'd just like a few days without discussing Sarah Palin in anyway whatsoever. She's not a public official. She served one half a term as governor of a State with a population the size of a small city. I have decided to follow the president's call to civility so that's all I say.

    January 13, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
  29. Pam, Mankato, MN

    I think there is a song...shut off the lights, the party's over!

    Sister Sarah, the PTA leader of a very small town and the half governor that got her job with a wink and a smile and then walked for the city lights and the big bucks has finally done her own self in.

    Karma baby, Karma........

    January 13, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
  30. j

    how in the world can you compare the two speeches between palin and obama. for pete sakes everyone in the media on the left was blaming sarah, cnn kept playing that bit about the map over and over and over. how many people blamed obama. she had enough, she had to say something. so don't even compare the two. i couldn't turn the channel from sat. afternoon until the actual facts came out around tuesday or wednesday. enough is enough, she had to put it to rest that she was not the blame.

    January 13, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
  31. Floyd Lopez

    Jack your question is short sighted. The cermoney wasn't about Obama speech or how to measure the speech. it was the tragedy that took place. Please focuas on that and nothting else. We don't need comparisons on the speech. Beyond that I don't need a President to tell me to be civil and respectful to people.

    January 13, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
  32. B B Noe

    She, Sarah Palin should never ever think she could become President of the United States of America..She's a total air head.....
    How insensitive of her......

    January 13, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
  33. DLMurphy

    This is not new. Every time she speaks she sounds uneducated and a loose cannon–something we don't need in the White House or any other position of real authority. She has shown time and time again, it's all about her the way she speaks. There is no middle ground with her and never will be if she has her way. She speaks only to incite folks with half-truths and spreading fear.

    She needs to fade into the background. She offers no real solutions to anything.

    January 13, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
  34. Rick

    Please anyone with an IQ above a door knob knew she was ignorant way before this horrible event. Scary part is how many "sheep" follow her.

    January 13, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
  35. RCS


    This country elected Bush twice for god sake!
    Don't be surprised to see her one the republican ticket. Here is a hint
    Sharron Angle.

    January 13, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
  36. Donna

    What chance?

    January 13, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
  37. A Gedeon


    She never was, never will be considered for any public office, let alone the President, CNN should stop carrying her coattail

    Los Angeles, CA

    January 13, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
  38. Helen

    If this your first Palin question this year Jack, please make it the last. Could we ignore this woman ?

    January 13, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
  39. calaurore9

    She's toast politically. I hope. She'll still rake in the dough, though.


    January 13, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
  40. Christy Gravely

    Cmon Jack!! That question is just too stupid to answer. The question should be "Will she ever go away?" !!Thanks for bringing her into our lives McCain. Thanks ALOT.

    January 13, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
  41. Elizabeth Harris

    Oh Lord, I sure hope so. This women shows no sympathy or interest in anyone other than herself. We have already lived through 8 years of an administration like that, the last thing we need is another selfish, self-centered egotist. Everytime this woman opens her mouth, she puts her foot in it. Please, go back to alaska, and don't come back.

    January 13, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
  42. NH

    Answer: If this isn't the deathblow to her presidential aspirations, I do not know what would ever do it.

    And if she were ever elected, I would seriously consider moving to another country because it would be a clear sign the majority of Americans had lost their damn minds!

    January 13, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
  43. jane

    I am not a Palin fan and never have been. And clearly you are not. But you "neglected" to mention prominent Jewish-American and liberal Alan Dershowitz' defense of Palin's use of the phrase "blood libel." Obama's speech last night was excellent but I didn't vote for him 2 years ago and won't 2 years from now. It takes more than good speeches to be a great president. Obama has failed us miserably.


    January 13, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
  44. Dee Dee

    Nothing Sarah Palin would say would make CNN and liberal pundits happy. If she were to say she had a way to trade places with any of the victims of Arizona's tragedy, you would accuse her of grandstanding. When will Cafferty and CNN realize the more you belittle Palin, the more we Mama Grizzlies will love and come to her side.

    January 13, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
  45. Mack

    No, Jack. Sarah Palin did not have a chance of being elected president of this great Nation. But I can say that her reaction did ruin her chances of future book and reality show deals if those who buy her book or watch her on TV were listening.

    January 13, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
  46. susan

    Jack, She was done a long time ago. She can't get out of her own way to see the forest for the trees. She is a disgrace to America. When the country was mourning, all she could think of was how to make it "work" for Sarah Palin. Susan H.
    Buffalo, N.Y.

    January 13, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
  47. Jerry

    Whom ever vetted her to run with John McCain in the first plase surley was a fool. If they had not this idiot would not be be in the news a all.

    January 13, 2011 at 5:16 pm |

    I'm wondering today. I wonder why this horrific act has become politicized? I wonder why the media has given traction to individuals who seem to communicate only in inflammatory sound bites, yet have very little in the way of substance? I wonder where the voices of reason have gone?
    I'm not a liberal, nor am I a conservative. I vote. I listen. And, today, I greive along with rest of this great nation. Tomorrow, I'm going to start looking long and hard at these talking heads that presume to represent me. I beleive my vote will have to earned in the future.

    January 13, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
  49. Jeffrey

    Her remarks were self centered and self servicing and unstatesman like. She is reality tv at best and is disgraceful at worst.

    January 13, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
  50. Ann Donnelly

    Palin's stupidity is only outweighed by her arrogance. This episode shows that she either has no supporters with a brain or, if she does, refuses to listen to them.

    January 13, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
  51. Kathy

    Did she really ever have a chance?

    January 13, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
  52. David McFarlane

    She had an opportunity to take the high road on this and blew it. . Being a potential US leader means putting the needs and feelings of your fellow countrymen ahead of your own self minded interests.

    January 13, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
  53. red

    Maybe people finally will see she is just not qualify in this diverse world

    January 13, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
  54. Glenn Caballero

    Sarah Palin is what she has always been: a shameless self-promoter, cheerleader and wanna be kingmaker. She has absolutely no real interest in becoming President. She is smart enough, however, to know that playing coy about her future sells books, speaking engagements and interest in her self-serving cable monstrosity. She will never run.

    January 13, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
  55. Janet Reis

    Mr. Cafferty,

    I do think Palin's political career is over, at least if she ever intended to hold again an office supported by voters.

    She could not even move enough beyond herself to be able to see that the 9 year old girl killed could have been her own youngest daughter. Surely a child's life ended so cruelly and abruptly was the focus for our country yesterday, not Sarah Palin having another angry fit.

    Janet Reis

    McCall Idaho

    January 13, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
  56. Loretta Dhabolt

    Palin did just that, she is a joke, she is done in my book. She is not able to think of anything but herself, she is not president material nor is should she even be considered anything but someone who needs to learn how to deal with others . She seems to lack , what it takes to pull this country together, She has always seemed to have what it takes to pull it apart, and that is why I do not like her, Obama has total class, he has what it takes is why he was voted in. Palin can only wish she had what he has, Dream on Palin, you will never get it, You done. you have had the greatest chance to prove yourself and your time has shown us all last night its about you, sad woman you are, Im Proud not to have the hate that you spew. Good luck move on, go take care of your children.

    January 13, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
  57. Linda Barnes

    Her speech looked very rehearsed or like it was read on a teleprompter which might explain why her stupidy flowed from her mouth somewhat eloquently. She never takes responsiblity for her actions. My fear is that the extreme right will vote for her anyway. If she becomes President, I am moving to Canada.

    January 13, 2011 at 5:17 pm |
  58. Independent Woman, Ft Lauderdale, Fl

    She was the reason why McCain did not become President. So why do you still think she could ever become President? Sorry Jack,,,,are you losing it?
    Of course yes to your question.... no more chances, gone, she'd better continue making money with a new reality show titled "Sarah the Poor thing"..

    January 13, 2011 at 5:17 pm |
  59. Greg

    Thats what I like about you Jack You cut all the B.S. out & tell it like it is. I agree with you. Every time Sarah Palin speaks I can see a size 12 Converse in her mouth

    January 13, 2011 at 5:17 pm |
  60. kelly from Canada

    I would think that Americans would have figured out a long time ago that Palin's whole interest in anything is nothing more then self serving to her own inflated ego. The one's dilusional to have thought she was somehow qualified to become President aren't going to change their minds over this!

    January 13, 2011 at 5:17 pm |
  61. Angela Savage Austin

    Sarah Palin...Who???

    Angela Savage Austin from Maryland

    January 13, 2011 at 5:17 pm |
  62. JoeT

    Her remarks were wholly presidential, just not United States Presidential. Lower your standards some, maybe call them North Korean Presidential.

    January 13, 2011 at 5:17 pm |
  63. Richard P.

    Thank you for this question, Jack.
    From the first time I heard Sarah Palin speak after her selection by John McCain, she impressed me as having the maturity of a junior high girl. I say that with sincere apologies to junior high girls.

    January 13, 2011 at 5:17 pm |
  64. Phyl from NC

    Sarah Palin is a joke. I can not believe she showed no compassion for 6 people dead, including a child, and God's hands of grace on Giffords. President Obama's speech to her nonsense, no comparison. I know she had a teleprompter.

    January 13, 2011 at 5:17 pm |
  65. Jenny

    I am so glad the media may drop their fascination of Sarah. Beautiful she is, and that is the only reason she has made it this far. Try to imagine a serious male politician blithely giving an interview in front of a turkey killing machine. Hard isn't it? I rest my case.

    January 13, 2011 at 5:17 pm |
  66. Adam Diran

    Your question presupposes she had a chance in the first place. At this point Palin's negatives are already such that I doubt it hurt her chances.

    January 13, 2011 at 5:17 pm |
  67. Karen Williams

    One can only hope that she has now stuffed her foot in her mouth so completely that it effectively shuts Sarah Palin up.

    Karen Williams
    Alexandria, VA

    January 13, 2011 at 5:17 pm |
  68. chuck barnard

    I'm not sure she was a viable candidate before her most recent remarks. But she could help whatever her future may be by heeding the words, long ago, of Will Rogers: "Never pass up the chance to shut up".

    Stockton, CA

    January 13, 2011 at 5:17 pm |
  69. Anne

    Oops she did it again! Hopefully she will no longer be worthy of any media coverage. She is not suited to lead a community or a nation. She contributes nothing positive or helpful to bring us together to meet the challenges we face.

    January 13, 2011 at 5:17 pm |
  70. Ralph - Missouri

    No way. This woman needs to return to Alaska and stay there. She's not presidential and accepts no responsibility for the stupid comments she seems to make. She criticizes but never offers any solutions. Why does the media still report on this woman.

    January 13, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
  71. Molly

    Hopefully, it will end her chances of becoming President! As a high school teacher, I can tell you that Palin is just like an average grade 10 girl. She is cute and knows it, loves to talk in front of the group, knows a little bit about many things but not enough about any one thing although she thinks she is quite intelligent. When she makes big gaffes, she defends herself quite aggressively. While these traits are normal in a 15 year old, and are part of the teenage learning process, they are quite alarming in a politician with presidential ambitions.

    January 13, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
  72. yoni

    Ofcourse...palins is a reminder of all political assasination history of America including Oklahoma bombing.
    How could we justify our effort to eradicate extremism around the world when Palin is acting the same way those who are advocating violence in Pakistan.
    What happened in Arizona mimicks what happened in Pakistan two weeks ago.

    God bless America

    January 13, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
  73. jdunc

    I actually feel sorry for Ms Palin. Who is writing her scripts? She obviously doesn't have the ability to make her own comments regarding this situation. Any serious candidate would no better than to pour gas on a fire. Her lack of historical knowledge is appalling. How anyone can consider her a serious candidate for any office is beyond comprehension.

    January 13, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
  74. Leah DiMarco


    Sarah Palin's fifteen minutes are definitely up. Now it's time for Sarah to stay in her beloved Alaska, dismantle her in-home filming studio, and leave the rest of us Americans alone for the good of the country.

    Leah DiMarco
    Houston, Texas

    January 13, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
  75. Mary Cook

    Yesterday was one of those historic days in our country. While I was listening to the words of President Obama, I realized that these words may not necessarily guarantee him a second term. However, Sara Palin's words did.

    Rockvale, TN

    January 13, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
  76. Grace M., Lilburn, Ga

    No!! same old story.....dish and destroy Sarah Palin......and she
    stills survies.....long live what most Americans believe in.
    freedom of speech.

    January 13, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
  77. Upstate NY

    "U betch ya " – Thank God! As a women I am disgusted with Sarah Palin & her "quirky language" only gives the wrong image of intelligent working women in this country. Hopefully the Republicans , Tea partiers & anyone else with any brain can see that "Momma Grizzly" needs to go hibernate – Forever ! Her lack of empathy for this event only shows her narcissistic personality & lack of being a true leader.

    January 13, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
  78. Jubril

    No it did not end her chances of being elected president, the president of Wasilla Alaska Soccer Mum Association

    Hyattsville MD

    January 13, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
  79. Dave

    I live in Toronto, Canada and have said if Pallin is ever elected your president I'm moving to Australia. Canada will be too close to deal with the spilage from her incredible incompetency.

    January 13, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
  80. Travis

    Palin has proven, once again, why she should never be President. The woman constantly acts like a child. She never thinks anything is her fault, refuses to apologize for anything, and makes everything about her. Only a total narcissistic could look at the Tuscon shootings and say "I was injured too, don'tcha know?"

    January 13, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
  81. Alvin

    As much as I would love this to end her ability to become president, I don't believe it will. She has demostrated many times, after she teamed up with Senator McCain, that she is not in touch with the thick of society. She has rode a new type of rollercoaster into the public eye and though it has jumped the track many times it has never fallen off. The "Tea Party" is fresh air right now to many people and I predict they will recover and take Sarah Palin with them. If the "Tea Party" wasn't really an undercover Repulican revival, (see through new party), I believe many more people would follow and Mrs. Palin would recover much quicker. All we can do is watch and wait to see if the hole is dug deeper or she fills it in and moves on.

    January 13, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
  82. michele

    Yes. A mandatory characteristic of any effective political leader is the ability to deal with public criticism of one's beliefs without taking on a defensive, narcissistic posture. This tragedy was not about her, but she took the opportunity to spotlight herself in an inappropriate, thoughtless, and inflammatory manner.

    Atlanta, GA

    January 13, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
  83. Stephen Biggers

    Though Sarah Palin never had a chance to be elected President, her "Blood libel" comments should effectively end her chances of ever even thinking she could be be elected President!

    January 13, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
  84. Ken in NC

    She had a chance?

    January 13, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
  85. Tom Chicago, IL

    Two highly visible people had a chance to offer words of comfort and healing while our nation mourns this senseless tragedy.

    One chose to use the opportunity as a time of reflection, a time to remember those who were injured and lost their lives to a senseless act of violence. The words that individual chose not only kept the memories of the deceased alive and well, but they may very well define his Presidency.

    The other, chose to be defiant and use an anti-semetic term while shifting the focus to her, once again forgetting that it's not about her, not now.....and not any more.

    January 13, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  86. O Chillon

    For some time now I've being thinking about the love/hate relationship ppl have with this lady.I really don't know who is more naive if republicans for giving her some credibility or democrats for even quoting her; don’t ppl know how things work:first she has to run for the candidacy, there it will be her own ppl (republicans) who will trash her and all the things everybody is saying will be said again .....and more.
    Ps...who wants a below average person as the leader of the "free world".....ppl take a look at the world around you and please reason.

    January 13, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  87. Louise

    Is anyone really surprised? Has Palin ever said anything uplifting or inspirational (other than to her base)? Her pathetic statement yesterday clearly bespeaks her character and her inability to lead is now woefully on display. She's toast.

    January 13, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  88. MagicB

    There's nothing to debate about your question Jack, it's rhetorical. 2 years ago it would have been worth debating in the public arena. Now, not so much as I’m sure you would agree. We know who she is.. We know her stances.. Her response was typical and expected.. Why ask?

    January 13, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  89. James

    1 term...Thank God!!!

    January 13, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  90. Lisa P.

    The more I witness this sorry woman's behavior, the more I am reminded of those girls in middle school – the ones who were just plain mean – and who couldn't function beyond their own cliques. I wonder what ever happened to them... I hope one day to wonder what ever happened to Sarah Palin.

    January 13, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  91. Patrick Reynolds

    Sorry Sarah, it seems that Sarah has that down home not quite ready for prime time image. She plays the mean old media types are out to get me card. Well after a good long time to come up with a statement that would get her past the gun sight metaphors on her web site. Well she blows it big time. Her supporters will continue to support her but she has lost the middle. You have to wonder what a slip of the tongue as President could do to our foreign relations.

    January 13, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  92. Scott

    James Carville said it best...." I hope she is the 2012 Republican candidate for President." It must be difficult for the Republicans to not be able to shut one of their own up !

    January 13, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  93. Bob Castro

    Sadly, I don't think so. I don't think this country has the character to come back from this abyss, or the integrity to improve upon itself anymore. Stupid people have a bigger voice and more money than good people. I would not be surprised if Palin is on the top of the ticket in 2012, and I feel like we have broken what could not be broken, hope is lost.

    January 13, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  94. kathy flynn

    How is her reaction to the tragedy in Tucson different from any of her other comments? She is always devisive and sarcastic. It's easier to attack and blame, rather than come up with solutions and, sadly, she excels in this arena.

    Chicago, IL

    January 13, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  95. Andrew

    ha!!! ha!!!! ha!!!! Any reasonable being thinks before speaking but palin speaks before thinking

    January 13, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  96. ART

    Palin is just to stupid to understand that she is stupid.Please Sarah listen to Barbara Bush and stay in Alaska,and don't reload

    January 13, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  97. Wilson James

    Sarah Palin has become our national joke: an odd, partisan, off-bubble personality that has no place in any serious discussion of leadership or values. She is divisive, reactionary and does not have the intellect or smarts to run anything but her mouth. Presidential? Hoot!

    January 13, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  98. Metropl

    She hired bad handlers. They should not have let her be so petty. Doesn't she have professional communications managers working for her?

    January 13, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  99. Cheryl Myers

    Yet again Ms. Palin has gone "rogue". What kind of person thinks that he or she can be president when they have a web site that has crosshairs on areas you think need fixing; in a speech mentions that maybe people should show up in Washington with guns; thinks that they can see Russia from their back porch; accepts no responsiblity for their actions; speaks words without knowing the meaning ( blood libel) and quits her job as a governor for a the camera; react to a tragedy by blaming others instead of offering sympathy ?How could she possibly talk to foreign governments and other heads of state? Nope, Ms. Palin, to state it in your language- "Ya just don't get it!

    January 13, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  100. akb

    I would be very very very scared if Sarah Palin were elected President. Scared for all of us.......Republican, Democrat, Independent, whatever!

    January 13, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  101. Bear San Antonio, Texas

    I am an independent/conservative, I believe that the current adminstration is hurting our country, and I believe that neither Sarah Palin nor the right wing talk show hosts had any more to do with this shooting than the left wing talk show hosts. This guy was a nut and wanted to kill people, period. Having said that, Sarah Palin has no business running for president, and her recent outburst supports this. She has minimal legislative/executive experience (although more than Obama), she is an intellectual light weight, and her comments are made strictly to attract the extremist fringe. If she really cares about the conservative movement, she should remove herself from the public stage. At this critical time, we need serious, thoughtful people to run for office.

    January 13, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  102. D Hicks

    I think your wrong, i think sarah palin would make a great president. It was the media that started trying to blame her for what happened, she did not hire the man to do this, she did not encourage the man to do this, she had no desire for this to be done. Yes words can be harmful, but words are just that , they are words, it's actions that are hurtful and harmful. We all use words, and words are just that -WORDS- sarah palin is right, the media has been very unfair to her from the getgo, when she was running as vice president, the media was very unfair to her, and they continue to be unfair to her. As she told her daughter on her show, don't retreat , reload. And i agree with her. She is a good person with a heart of gold and would do this country good for her to be president. You are reading to much into her words, typical media, to twist the views and meanings and implications to their point, and imply things that wasn't implied, that is exactly what started all of this. The Media is in the wrong.

    January 13, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  103. T Money

    Why do we care what Sarah Palin say's. She is no longer a VP nominee, not Congressperson, nor a Senator, not a Governor anymore, her reality show was cancelled. Sarah your star fizzed out a long time ago what awaits you are maybe offers from The real housewives of Alaska? The Apprentice? Survivor? or Vh1 Behind the Rhetoric express yourself as it is your right but put it on a small stage-like a backyard BBQ.

    January 13, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  104. Cheryl Bandele

    Sarah Palins' remarks remind me of something my father used to say."It's better to remain silent and let people think you are a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt."

    January 13, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
  105. Sue Aguiar

    She never had a chance of EVER being elected President. She is an ignorant, poorly educated person who was thrust upon the national stage and didn't have enough smarts to know when to walk off the stage ! One can only hope that the reaction to her horrible words yesterday will somehow convince her to just shut up and go take a long walk in her Alaskan wilderness... and quickly fade from public view. We will all be better off if she does.

    Glendale, Arizona

    January 13, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
  106. smithgirl44

    I have more faith in the American people than to believe that Sarah Palin ever did or does have a chance to be elected President. This latest incident just adds fodder to the fire in which she is burning her chances of ever being elected again to political office.

    January 13, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
  107. Bob R., Andover, MA

    Yes, it's highly unlikely Ms Palin will ever be elected to anything. However, she will continue to make lots of money by promoting fear, disrespect, half truths and shooting guns.
    She is a great contributor to the dumbing down of America. Let's hope Barbara Bush's wish comes true; Ms Palin stays in Alaska.

    January 13, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
  108. From Vermont

    Sarah Palin does nothing to elevate us, rather she drags us deeper into the abyss. I'm trying to do as President Obama asks...so is it mean-spirited to want Ms. Palin to just go away? Is it wrong to say we prefer to have the grownups in charge?

    January 13, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
  109. brad slawson sr

    Sara Palin keeps putting here grizzle paw in her mouth and embarrassing herself. Grizzles should stay in Alaska.

    January 13, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
  110. Lando

    It should have never been a conversation to start with, but come on now, lets think for a minute that she is and how she would respond to an international issue. Absolutely scary. We have been living in is one big reality political show with her and I am tried of it. America is so much better than this. Lets move on please.

    January 13, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
  111. ray anderson

    With Sarah being president you could have two for one,
    Todd hangs on to her garter where ever she goes

    January 13, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
  112. Dave NJ

    I sure hope so but I don't think she will be willing to go away. She knows there is money still to be made. Until Fox abandon her, she will still be here.
    The scariest part for me is the thought that she has the ability to ruin any good relationships we have with other power house nations if she is the president. its a scary thought. She really can destroy us. it is just crazy to know that there are Americans who will vote for her.

    January 13, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
  113. Brian (From Chicago)

    I don't blame Palin. She just says what she's told. That's what happens when you let someone else think for you behind the scenes.

    January 13, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
  114. Richard Mars

    Hello Jack,

    I believe that although Ms Palin was very ignorant in choosing the words that she used to attack American media, and she definitely inflammed alot of Americans, myself included, I have learned over time that we Americans can be very fickle when it comes to politics.
    I am very annoyed and disappointed that Ms Palin would invoke something like that, especially when if you follow the line of thinking of the uninformed rt wing ultra conservative (or not?) anti semitic folks, do not they believe that Jewish Americans "own" the media? She must have forgot that the "liberal jewish media:P" would be covering her remarks. Anyway, I am afraid that we "Americans" can flip-flop better than any pres. candidate. Sarah Palin has no business running for Prfesident (and I was starting to like her!)

    January 13, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
  115. Malcolm

    It is a very sad commentary that she could be event considered in that context. What does this say about us. The need to have quick simple solutions. The need to harken back to a simpler time when questions where less difficult and solutions could emulate resolutions seen in movies starring John Wayne and the like.
    This is a great nation, it deserves great leaders. Sarah Palin is not one.

    January 13, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
  116. Tony

    She will now have to retire and look out on her porch and "See Russia" – Give her something to do.

    January 13, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
  117. Michelle From Newport Beach California

    I am a "Boomer Female'...this woman gives the Women's Right's Amendment not just "A" bad name, but every bad name one can think off...her 15 minutes of fame has been used up...how many 15 minutes of defamation does she get?

    January 13, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
  118. Larry

    No. Her chances of being president were already gone due to the large number if 'unfavorables' in her polls. When over 50% of the voters would not, under any circumstances, vote for you, you're done.

    January 13, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
  119. sophie

    She never was and this incident did not change anything and the media should stop covering her every non story move . Senator Mc Cain unleashed a grizzly bear and the media should undo that . I am still hopeful there will be a day , we talk about more important news around us and become more responsible as a nation and the media should take leadership in that.

    January 13, 2011 at 5:46 pm |
  120. Jennifer

    Sarah Palin gave up any chance of winning the presidency when she quit the office of governor. Her 8-minute video regarding the shooting in Tucson was self-serving and, because of her very limited knowledge of history, ultimately embarrassing.

    January 13, 2011 at 5:46 pm |
  121. Melissa

    This comment was likened to a nail in a coffin for her. She continuously portrays herself as a victim and everyone is out to get her. Yet she incites hate and violence and hides behind those "you betchas" to appeal to common people. People with any common sense or ability to rationalize can see right through her. Why would I elect someone to an office with the dynamic pressures of that office that couldn't handle the pressure of governorship? I'm a Democrat and even if she was the Democratic nominee, I'd vote Republican.

    January 13, 2011 at 5:46 pm |
  122. Kim,Boston

    Let's hope so! Palin is to politics as Jersey Shore is to entertainment.

    January 13, 2011 at 5:46 pm |
  123. John from Ontario

    Jack stop talking, writing about her. Let her disappear. Do not bring her to spotlight, you should understand that. She is not worthy.

    January 13, 2011 at 5:46 pm |
  124. Lee from Atlanta, Georgia

    No. I don't blame Sarah Palin for defending herself, she has every right. Jack, you and all the die-hard, left-wing Democrats are afraid of her because she speaks out and doesn't bow down to Obama. Of which, Obama's speech at the memorial in AZ was only a pep rally, not a memorial. He is incapable of such emotions.

    January 13, 2011 at 5:46 pm |
  125. Elisabeth Patiala

    Jack....Sara Palin has, in my opinion, finished her chances for running for the presidency by her anti-semetic use of the term "blood libel". Not only is she not quailfied to run for president, she is not representative of the "best in America". I am of Jewish descent and this has just brought the more painful memories of what the Jews have had to suffer. This was NOT the venue for a comment like Ms. Palin.

    January 13, 2011 at 5:46 pm |
  126. chaney Louisiana

    I am tired of Sarah palin....

    January 13, 2011 at 5:46 pm |
  127. david

    Jack, do you actually believe she had a chance too become the leader of the free world? I think there are several things that she has done which in my opinion ended her chances long before Tucson, like quitting the Governers office half way thru her first term.
    Dave from NH.

    January 13, 2011 at 5:46 pm |
  128. Betty---Iowa

    I am sick of hearing about Palin. Wish the media would stop talking about her. Give some time to someone who has something postivive to say .

    January 13, 2011 at 5:46 pm |
  129. Heather

    I would still vote for her over Obama any day.

    January 13, 2011 at 5:47 pm |
  130. lesa

    palin's tirade speeches, speaks for itself, even whenever she opens her mouth to say anything for that matter. I betcha, she didn't know the definition of any of those words she read off that prompter last night. She was reading like a third grader, trying not to make a mistake and mispronounce the words......
    well, whenever she speaks, in my openion, is very awry...., and by the way, last nights speech by palin perturbed millions.....a note to those who follows her: You should harry and avert form her. For she is a self-distrucktive individual...... she hurt herself everytime she speaks.

    January 13, 2011 at 5:47 pm |
  131. Lisa VA

    Sarah Palin is a scorned politician, who seems to think she is entitled to be President. From the very start of the McCain/Palin loss. She has successfully criticized and dragged through the mud any democrat, whose name she could pronounce. She never offers any solutions, only attacks to win support for herself, and sadly until this tragic event, it has worked to her favor.
    What will happen now? Will her supporters finally see the empty headed politician, who sees elections as a beauty/popularity contest? Leadership is not about how nasty you can talk about the other guy, but what you can offer. There has to be some logic, and strategy to help America recover, Sarah Palin can offer neither.

    January 13, 2011 at 5:47 pm |
  132. Devin Nobles

    Sarah Palin is an IDIOT!!! PERIOD!!!!

    January 13, 2011 at 5:47 pm |
  133. elo

    Some will compare Palin's speech to Obamas. Its like comparing a third grader's speech (Palin)...to well...the President of the United States!

    January 13, 2011 at 5:47 pm |
  134. Larry Brunson

    Palin is an uneducated, uninformed, ignorant person who obviously surrounds herself with people like her. Not a good mix for leadership material. The worst thing about people like her is that they are not interested in expanding their closed minds. They feel & think the way they do based on ignorance. Does John McCain really know that she sunk his chances to be president? He was too old and she was just too scary. The concept of Palin in the Whitehouse was just unthinkable.

    January 13, 2011 at 5:47 pm |
  135. lynnej in north carolina

    It should, but it won't. People are just sheep. Never once has this woman come out of her comfort zone and visited areas filled with people from all walks of life and cultures.

    She only cares about her little world and nothing but. The rest of us doesn't matter. Never Mr. Cafferty, doubt the idiocy of some in this voting public.

    January 13, 2011 at 5:48 pm |
  136. Ty

    Palin's speech showed us that it's all about her. She didn't even mention any of the victims. Her disingenuous reaction to this tragedy proves she doesn't have what it takes to ever be president.

    Minneapolis, MN

    January 13, 2011 at 5:48 pm |
  137. EJG

    Palin didn't use this as some kind of platform – she was dragged into this within three hours of the shooting. Once she was {improperly, insensitively, etc} implicated, she made a statement.

    I don't think that she should run for office – I know I wouldn't vote for her – but this blog's sentiments and so many others' are just ridiculous. It is not adding anything constructive to the discussion, and if you're so insistent on dragging her into this topic, you should not be surprised when she lashes back.

    January 13, 2011 at 5:48 pm |
  138. Jack Elder

    Your question asking if this ends Palin's chance of being elected President? My answer..."you betcha".

    January 13, 2011 at 5:48 pm |
  139. Susan Blank

    Did Sarah Palin think it was just down-homey cute to place Gabby Giffords into the "cross-hairs" of her "Target List?" Sorry Sarah, but anyone who is so comfortable with metaphors of violence and murder is not someone I want to see in any position of leadership, let alone as the leader of the free world.

    January 13, 2011 at 5:48 pm |
  140. Elizabeth in Los Angeles

    We can only pray.

    January 13, 2011 at 5:48 pm |
  141. Mallory

    are we REALLY surprised? i just don't know why it is taking so long for people to realize her ignorance.

    January 13, 2011 at 5:48 pm |
  142. elo

    Its so funny to see someone given a great opportunity to shine and just self destruct.

    January 13, 2011 at 5:49 pm |
  143. Tom

    The word "refudiate" comes to mind when I think of how we should react to Palin's response.

    January 13, 2011 at 5:49 pm |
  144. Jeff In Minnesota

    One can only hope that she has finally shown people just what an over educated imbecile she is. If people do not catch on to her by this point, they never will.

    January 13, 2011 at 5:49 pm |
  145. bill

    hey Jack,

    how's this for a pay plan for congress and the senate. Base salary of $50,000 plus incentive pay for legislation that improves and supports the American people. Kind of like "piece work".

    i.e. pass a bill and all those who voted for it get a $5000 bonus.

    January 13, 2011 at 5:49 pm |
  146. Kyle Plumadore

    As a one of your friends from the great white north. I think she should just pack it in and stick to bad TV shows. (there is a market for that now)

    I think if she ever became your president (shudder) the relationship between Canada and the US would suffer greatly. People in Canada cant stand her and she is not even in or related to our country in anyway. Imagine the welcome she would get if ever she visited Canada.

    BTW Jack you are awsome keep it up friend!

    Kyle Plumadore Cornwall Ontario Canada

    January 13, 2011 at 5:49 pm |
  147. Bill Lawrence

    Let me use an old phrase too: "Give some one enough rope and they'll hang themself." That's what Sarah Palin has done...again. How many political lives does she have?

    Vale, Oregon

    January 13, 2011 at 5:49 pm |
  148. Paula

    I certainly hope so! Palin always sounds like a scolding schoolteacher at best and doesn't have a presidential bone in her body.

    January 13, 2011 at 5:49 pm |
  149. Alex (From Indiana)

    Yes and no. She is, and always will be, an idiot. This incident with the video will scare away some voters, but she will always have that core base of followers. With an approval rate of less than 15%, she had no chance in the beginning.

    January 13, 2011 at 5:49 pm |
  150. Elise

    I hope this means Sara Palin will go back to reality TV! "Alaska" was actually entertaining. Jersey Shore could use a little competition.

    January 13, 2011 at 5:50 pm |
  151. Melissa

    Again just shows how she is so full of herself. It is always about her being the victim. Forget the true victims here.

    January 13, 2011 at 5:50 pm |

    tampa, fl who is it that puts the cameras and microphones in front of her? You wouldn't bother if Anna Nicole Smith was still here. It is the media's fault.

    January 13, 2011 at 5:50 pm |
  153. helena

    I believe it will. I find it appalling that she was playing the victim role when a memorial to the true victims of Saturday's shooting was to take place in a few hours. I don't believe she understood the words that someone else wrote for her. Her words were directed to her base but the timing was poor

    January 13, 2011 at 5:50 pm |
  154. Paula

    Palin is all about herself. I did not like her from the getgo. For a mom of a Down's Syndrome child to run for vice president disgust me; she is running from her own responsibilities. Sarah, look in the mirror, take care of your family first!

    January 13, 2011 at 5:50 pm |
  155. Jack the Bear

    I frankly can't comprehend the premise. Palin with a chance of ever being elected president?

    Is America this insane that this is even a remote possibility?

    January 13, 2011 at 5:50 pm |
  156. mjharry

    I don't have enough time or space to go thru all the reasons why she will never get elected to any another office but I do have time to put this out there for thought & discussion, until she agrees to talk to/answer questions from any and all media outlets instead of only talking to that other so called "news" network, all other media should just completely ignore anything she does or says, that's right, starve her need for attention to just the "rightstream media" and eventually she will either start talking to all media or those of us that don't listen to the "rightstream media" won't ever have to hear about her ever again!

    January 13, 2011 at 5:50 pm |
  157. JPicker

    Jack, you (and the rest of the USA) need to stop all thinking of this creature as being anything that remotely resembles "presidential".

    McCain chose her as his running mate out of sheer desperation and to try and compete with the Obama/Hilary team ... and obviously his ploy failed. It is however a damn shame she was ever given a national platform because ever since, the media has just refused to let her go and, she has become a legend in her own mind and fully believing all of the hype.

    In reality, she is nothing more than a dressed-up, red-neck, right wing god and guns extremist, bigoted piece of trailer trash ... and even worse, personifies everything that belittles America in the eyes of the rest of the world and encourages ridicule.

    January 13, 2011 at 5:50 pm |
  158. Greg

    Sarah Palin is an idiot. Why McCain chose her shows that he was just desparate to get himself on any radar screen when he was going to lose. It is lot less humiliating to lose with 40% of the vote rather then 20% – even if 20% of it is fellow idiots on the Palin bandwagon. Her support shows how pathetic and disturbed 20% of our country is. President? – let's stop the joking around.

    January 13, 2011 at 5:50 pm |
  159. esteban

    Does anything that Sare Palin says ever make sense! She is not running for anything ever again. Her agenda is to make as much money as she can as long as every news outlet repeats and analyzes everything she says. Do I need to spell out how to gain her silence forever?

    January 13, 2011 at 5:50 pm |
  160. Sally Davis

    Yes, of course it did. She just showed what a half wit she really is and is only popular with the red neck population that don't know any more than she does.

    January 13, 2011 at 5:50 pm |
  161. Darcy

    I hope the media will stop giving this woman a platform to spread hatred from. The more you cover her the more damage she does to our country. If anyone out there thinks her uninformed hate speech did not contribute to this tragedy they need to wake up. This country is in trouble and Palin and her followers are bringing that trouble to a deadly level.

    January 13, 2011 at 5:50 pm |
  162. Mike

    Palin was never going to run even before saying what she did. As for Obama, of course he was going to say all the right things. He always does, he just doesn't deliver.

    January 13, 2011 at 5:50 pm |
  163. Michael P. Wein

    I can't imagine anything changing her chances, which hover around 1 trillion to one against. But she sure did not enhance her chances. Michael Wein, USA citizen living of choice in Mexico

    January 13, 2011 at 5:50 pm |
  164. Donald

    I believe her chances were already shot when people suddenly realized she isn't at all smart, and more like the blonde of politics.

    Donald, New Mexico

    January 13, 2011 at 5:50 pm |
  165. Rob

    We have John McCain to thank for all of this. Unfortunately for society, she's probably here to stay.

    January 13, 2011 at 5:50 pm |
  166. Elaine Vincent

    I wish the "lamestream" media, and she calls is, would simply ignore Palin for a couple of weeks. It would be interesting to see what she does just to get her name back in the news. Better yet, just ignore her all together. It is the "lamestream" media that continue to provide a stage for her rantings. Just say NO to any mention of Palin. I am sick of hearing about her.

    January 13, 2011 at 5:51 pm |
  167. leon zelby

    This question has no substance because our voter have an awfully short memory span and the election will not take place until November 2011.


    January 13, 2011 at 5:51 pm |
  168. Amarissa

    In answer to your question, Jack, no way! She was perfect in her statement. Majority of Americans already said political rhetoric had nothing to do with the tragedy as well as the many, many facts that confirmed this killer was a lunatic who was not into politics and didn't even watch news! did.
    Miami, Fla

    January 13, 2011 at 5:51 pm |
  169. Rlg

    Sarah Palin seems to me to be someone who never completes the task she starts. Her term of office of governor of Alaska was never finished, her latest TV show had only 7 episodes with no renewal in sightl. Everytime she opens her mouth, she makes herself the victim and does not see both sides of the situation. That's not the way to go thru life.

    January 13, 2011 at 5:51 pm |
  170. Mathiang, Jackson Miss.

    What a Joke? Sarah Palin has put a foot on her mouth. There will be no chance again for even being elected mayor for Wassila, Alaska leaves apart the presidency of the United States of American.
    Sarah Palin is a Joke.

    January 13, 2011 at 5:51 pm |
  171. Craig

    Please. Many equate being a Conservative with being totally Palin enamored. McCain shot himself in the foot when he brought her in and now she thinks she is someone of importance. Democrat, Republican, Independant, Libertarian, whoever knows how totally unrealistic it is that we are even paying any attention to her. I am a Conservative and I am tired of even hearing her name in the context of anything remotely approaching realistic politics, leadership, or anything worth paying attention to.
    Richard P. thank you for a realistic assessment of the intellectual level of Ms. Palin. Even many of un-informed Conservatives realize how ridiculous she is and an embarrassment to a nation.

    January 13, 2011 at 5:51 pm |
  172. Matt York

    By using the phrase "blood libel", Sarah Palin dramatically increased her chances of being elected president of the American Association of Blood Banks.

    January 13, 2011 at 5:51 pm |
  173. Herb


    Here is a new thought – why don't we just ignore her for a while. She rarely contributes anything of worth. And – keeping her in the 24 hour news cycle just fuels the fire. Have we gotten so bad that someone who repeatedly says dumb things gets a lot of press. I wonder whether her popularity is the result.

    January 13, 2011 at 5:51 pm |