Does Michele Bachmann's Iowa victory make it tougher for Sarah Palin to get into the race?
August 15th, 2011
06:00 PM ET

Does Michele Bachmann's Iowa victory make it tougher for Sarah Palin to get into the race?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

The race for the Republican nomination for president is finally starting to get interesting.

Tt looks like it's shaping up to be a three-way race among Mitt Romney, Rick Perry and Michele Bachmann - whose campaign was fueled by her victory in the Iowa straw poll. Texas Congressman Ron Paul also remains a player following his strong second place finish in Iowa.

And now - the big question mark remains whether Sarah Palin will decide to make a go for it.

The half-term, dropout governor of Alaska managed to steal the spotlight in Iowa on Friday when she made a surprise visit to the state fair. Palin says she thinks there's "plenty of time" to jump in the race... and there's "plenty of room for more people."

Maybe so - but she said all that before Bachmann went on to win the straw poll.

It's worth pointing out that there's a lot of overlap between Bachmann and Palin supporters. Both charismatic women are tea party favorites who appeal to anti-Washington and Christian conservative voters.

And it's no small feat that Bachmann won the straw poll in Iowa, a key early voting state. The Iowa caucuses have been known to catapult politicians to the White House. Does Barack Obama ring a bell?

This all means that the clock is ticking for Palin to make up her mind. Working in her favor: Palin remains near the top of the pack in the polls... and she would be the best-known Republican in the field if she decides to do it.

Also - by waiting until the fall to jump in - Palin could spare herself months of media scrutiny and sparring with the other GOP candidates.

Here’s my question to you: Does Michele Bachmann's Iowa victory make it tougher for Sarah Palin to get into the race?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Valerie in Raleigh:
Where are the electable women Republican candidates such as Kay Bailey Hutchison, a woman of education and intelligence who has a chance to win voters outside of the far-right Tea Party group? The Republican Party gives us the likes of Bachmann and Palin who are unelectable to the general voters of this county. Add some of the other strange female Republican candidates such as the one that kept saying she was not a "witch." If you want a Republican win, give us somebody who is electable.

With the wild-eyed, the witless, and the weird throwing their hats in the ring, I don't think we can handle the warmed-over wacko from Wasilla, too.

Even Sarah Palin isn’t dumb enough to think she can actually win the presidency, so, just like Trump, she won’t try. All she will do is to hang around the TV cameras hoping to get more free publicity and give stupid answers to intelligent questions. She is pathetic. And by the way there’s nothing charismatic about Palin’s screechy voice which has no connection to what serves as her brain.

Greg in Arkansas:
Sarah Palin is nothing more than pre-race entertainment and thinking that she is getting into this presidential race is like believing the celebrity singing the national anthem is going to get into the Indianapolis 500 race as a driver.

Tammie on Facebook:
I do not think Palin ever wanted to be in the race. I think she likes all the free media attention. It helps to sell a lot of books.

But which one is Lucy and which one is Ethel?

Bryan in Colorado:
Really? Is this stupid question Monday or what?

Filed under: 2012 Election • Michele Bachmann • Sarah Palin
soundoff (155 Responses)
  1. Glen_Mich

    I hope so. That way President Obama won't feel so bad about besting two women in 2012.

    August 15, 2011 at 12:41 pm |
  2. Jim


    It might, if Sarah had any actual interest in getting into the race. She doesn't, of course. She knows all she'd accomplish is to hand Obama a 50-state victory and trash Republican representation in Congress for a generation. So she flits around mouthing her mindless soundbites to the raves and applause of equally mindless audiences while getting lots of attention and making tons of money. Heck, she may end up being the cleverest presidential candidate who never ran for the Oval Office.

    Reno, Nevada

    August 15, 2011 at 12:45 pm |
  3. Lenny Greenblatt

    Why should anyone care about Michele Bachmann or Sarah Palin? Bachmann is a huge part of the dysfunction in Congress and Sarah Palin's face appears in the dictionary next to the word "dysfunctional". I have a better chance of winning the GOP nomination and I am a registered Democrat.

    August 15, 2011 at 12:49 pm |
  4. mkat

    Gosh, I hope not. As a Minnesotan I cringe when ever I hear Bachmann speak. She is our femal version of Jesse Ventura. And I voted for Jesse! Leasonl learned. Seriously, I think Palin could jump in anytime and take the votes away from Bachmann. It is my opinion that she has more clout and experience than Bachmann by a long stretch.

    August 15, 2011 at 12:56 pm |
  5. Ira

    Do we really care if Sarah Palin gets in. You think she will give up the millions she is making just to run. Fox would do us a favor if they put Backman on their network than we could all rest easy. How much damage could she do then and she is great on making up news and facts she would fit well into that culture.

    August 15, 2011 at 12:59 pm |
  6. Noel Sivertson

    Does it matter?

    New Mexico

    August 15, 2011 at 1:00 pm |
  7. Bernie

    They're two pretty faces with no substance.

    August 15, 2011 at 1:01 pm |
  8. Josh From NYC

    Bachmann's win coupled with Perry's entrance make a Palin candidacy wholly redundant. There are already two candidates who are strong among what would be Palin's base in the party. I still hope she gets in though– in the same way that I wish they'd make a new Marx Brothers movie. Likely or not, it would be hysterical.

    August 15, 2011 at 1:11 pm |
  9. Richard, in Kansas

    Are you kidding me! The crazier the better! Who better to round out a list of candidates that looks like contestants for some FOX conservative reality show.

    August 15, 2011 at 1:13 pm |
  10. J.D.

    Bachmann is really raining on Palin's parade . . . which, of course, must be driving Sarah nuts so it's well worth the spectacle. I don't think Palin has any desire to actually be president – that would require work. She does desire more fame and fortune, though, and what better way to get it than trailing the campaign around taunting reporters.

    August 15, 2011 at 1:14 pm |
  11. Joseph Durocher

    Nobody is happier to see Michele Bachmann in the race than is Sarah Palin.

    Assuming Sarah does – ultimately – enter the race, she will have Michele occupying a position well to the right of her, and pushing the hot buttons like abortion and gay marriage and homosexuality generally, attracting a venonmous response from the Democrats and the alphabet media and entertainment figures. Meanwhile, Palin will talk about what's wrong with the goings-on in Washington, and what needs to be done.

    Don Lemon can tell you – after his experiences in Iowa – that Sarah Palin is a more impressive figure.

    August 15, 2011 at 1:16 pm |
  12. pat in michigan

    I guess it depends if we have enough crosses to carry and flags to wrap themselves in.

    August 15, 2011 at 1:18 pm |

    Neither one of them should be running for President. I would not vote for either one of them. I would vote for President Obama rather than have either one of these two for President.

    August 15, 2011 at 1:25 pm |
  14. Tony from Topeka

    Please, Jack, this is not even a legitimate question. Sarah Palin was never getting into the race and I can't believe you don't know that. Lightening struck when John McCain picked her and she has been riding that gravy train ever since. Come on, Jack, give me a break!

    August 15, 2011 at 1:42 pm |
  15. Peg from NY

    Nope! Bachmann may wish the answer was different but Sarah will push her way anywhere she chooses to go.

    August 15, 2011 at 1:43 pm |
  16. ken

    hopefully, we dont need a saturation of ridiculous opposition candidates that represent genetically modified subsidies and proliferation of fossil fuel implosions to make progress....

    August 15, 2011 at 1:47 pm |
  17. Gary - Woodhaven, Michigan

    Two wrongs does make the right, Jack.

    August 15, 2011 at 1:52 pm |
  18. Frank Ornond Beach, Fl

    Sure it will, the Iowa Straw Poll does show much popularity a candidate has. And when you consider the competition in the looks department between Bachmann and Palin I think Palin probably feels like her beauty pageant was ruined.

    August 15, 2011 at 2:00 pm |
  19. Alex McAnneny (Hyannis MA)

    The Iowa victory means very little other than a pointless reason to celebrate. Romney won in 2007 and he placed 2nd in the Iowa Caucus. It will make it harder for Palin to enter the race, I agree, but if she does, maybe the Tea Party will pop and Republicans will have a chance to nominate the correct candidate and giver their party hope for the future.

    August 15, 2011 at 2:04 pm |
  20. Pete in Georgia

    Lets get real for a minute.
    Winning the Iowa Straw Poll................whatever that is..............is about as relevant as an Obama speech blaming everything on everyone but himself and his idiotic doctrines.
    Sarah Palin can enter the race whenever she pleases. That fact alone drives everyone in Loony Liberal-land crazy.
    Ya gotta love it.

    August 15, 2011 at 2:04 pm |
  21. lou

    No, Sarah Palin's total crash in poll numbers make it impossible for her to enter the race.

    August 15, 2011 at 2:07 pm |
  22. Ed Hoffman

    Sarah could not run against Bachmann. But a Bachmann.Palin team sounds interesting.

    August 15, 2011 at 2:08 pm |
  23. Kevin in CA

    No, especially since Sarah Palin (TM) has no intention of getting into the race. She's making to much money as a gadfly. Besides, as part-term Governor of Alaska she already proved that real work doesn't agree with her.

    August 15, 2011 at 2:11 pm |
  24. W.

    Sarah Palin is to lazy to run for President, based on her 'work history'. She just wants to keep her mug on camera to pull in some easy bucks!

    August 15, 2011 at 2:12 pm |
  25. John in Alabama

    Jack: Sarah Palin does not care about who won the straw poll vote in Iowa. All Ms. Palin wants to do is make more money. I am not a fan of Michele Bachmann, but I think she is better at being a candidate than Sarah Palin. Sararh is just a joke. Bachmann has the right idea, but she does not have the surviving skills likes a hillary Clinton.

    August 15, 2011 at 2:22 pm |
  26. Lori - PA


    We don't need ANOTHER Republican/Tea Party candidate. Ms. Palin needs to stick to being a Fox News contributor.

    August 15, 2011 at 2:24 pm |
  27. Doug-Dallas

    I sure hope so, one crazy person is enough.

    August 15, 2011 at 2:27 pm |
  28. Rick McDaniel

    Yes, it does. However, I have never believed Palin would enter the race, and I still don't think she will.

    August 15, 2011 at 2:28 pm |
  29. Brad, Portland, OR

    Once Rick Perry got in, it basically became a Perry-Romney race, with Bachmann running a distant third.

    So I don't think Bachmann will affect Palin.

    Palin just dawdled too long to be anything but an also-ran if she got in now.

    August 15, 2011 at 2:32 pm |
  30. Bobby E.Lahmon Jackson

    Not really Ed Rollins seem to be doing a good job so far at keeping the craziness down in Michelle Bachmann but she's probably just as head strong as Palin is and only time before she hangs herself but Sarah probably still have a chance to base pander and the base is as far as most of them are going to get anyway

    August 15, 2011 at 2:37 pm |
  31. Greg in Arkansas

    Sarah Palin is nothing more than pre-race entertainment and thinking that she is getting into this Presidential race is like believing the celebrity singing the national anthem is going to get into the Indianapolis 500 race as a driver.

    August 15, 2011 at 2:40 pm |
  32. David R Bebeau,Springfield Missouri

    uuuhhaaa Jack,Come to the party mmmm neither one of those fore mentioned persons is on my voting list and that is being polite.

    August 15, 2011 at 2:41 pm |
  33. Bizz, Quarryville Pennsylvania

    Yes I think it does make it more difficult for Palin to join the race. Palin is yesterday's news. Her 15 minutes of fame is over. If she would join the race she would just be another Bachmann. She makes outrageous right wing statements like Bachmann. The only difference would be when she would be in a debate, it would make you cringe in your seat when she tries to answer a question that she knows nothing about.

    August 15, 2011 at 2:42 pm |
  34. Alex in Bremerton, WA

    Yes it does, Jack, especially since Michelle Bachmann is listening to her handlers and has toned down the crazy. She sounds so calm and reasonable now, but she still has an extensive record of off-the-wall comments to play down. Meanwhile, Palin is still fond of her word salads of "feel good" platitudes along with her "mavericky" style that drove the McCain campaign staffers to distraction.

    August 15, 2011 at 2:47 pm |
  35. Paul, Parry Sound, Ontario

    I'd say Bachmann's victory makes little difference. What makes it tough for Sarah Palin to get into the race is that she is Sarah Palin.

    August 15, 2011 at 3:01 pm |
  36. Dennis north carolina

    Palin can join the race but I do not believe that she will. she just wants the attenion and the money. Bachmann is just a clone of palin for the same reasons. perry is jut a clone of Bush..

    August 15, 2011 at 3:07 pm |
  37. Larry from Georgetown, Tx

    Sarah is just playing the media for all she can get and has no intention of entering the race. Besides, she couldn't answer the questions that are asked in the debates.

    August 15, 2011 at 3:16 pm |
  38. Tom in Desoto, TX

    Michele or Sarah is a lose lose proposition for the country. Sarah has as much time in reality programming, giving speeches and pedaling books as she does in government, above being mayor, 4 years. Sarah is no fan of facts. Michele, like Sarah, has a pretty face. Like Sarah it's what's behind the curtain that is scary. I hear Bachmann and I wonder how many decades removed she is from reality. Unlike Sarah, Michele could probably tell Katie Couric what she reads. They should run for Mrs. America

    August 15, 2011 at 3:20 pm |
  39. Larry,Springfield,Ohio

    Jack,yes,it does,but Sarah has no intention of getting into the race,she plays the media like a six string banjo.

    August 15, 2011 at 3:20 pm |
  40. Larry from Georgetown, Tx

    That's a real good picture of Mrs. Bachmann. She looks dangerous, oh she is but not any more than Mrs. Palin.

    August 15, 2011 at 3:21 pm |
  41. Wilhelm von Nord Bach

    I sure HOPE so, Jack.

    one blathering right-wing religious NUT is enough for ANY campaign. besides, with Perry now in the race, we already have one too many screwballs.

    August 15, 2011 at 3:25 pm |
  42. Ken from Pinon Hills, California

    I have a hunch Republican's would prefer both ladies get out of the race, and stay home and bake cookies. The GOP seems to have this thing about subservience.

    August 15, 2011 at 3:26 pm |
  43. Karl in Flint

    Palin has time to get in but no chance to win. She and Bachmann attract the same crowd and though they look like impressive numbers, they can't draw enough independent votes to win. The GOP hopefully learned that in 2010 and won't make the same mistake twice, but as a Democrat, I hope they do. I think the Tea Party is losing a following after the debt limit mess and those that really run the party will rum moderate candidates this time. Right now the girls are cheap PR with the media.

    August 15, 2011 at 3:26 pm |
  44. Ray in Knoxville

    It does, Jack. They have the same base and the same platform. They both come off as ignorant in in-depth interviews. Neither has really done anythng worthwhile while serving in government. Hold on a minute, Jack. Have we ever seen the two of them together?

    August 15, 2011 at 3:27 pm |
  45. Tom Bulger, Canandaigua

    But which one is Lucy and which one is Ethel?

    August 15, 2011 at 3:32 pm |
  46. Bill in S TX

    Ms Palin is not running. She is making too much money and getting gobs of free advertising. She loves headlines and the press loves giving her coverage. But, she is still great eye candy keep the photos coming. Does she do book signings from her tour bus?

    August 15, 2011 at 3:35 pm |
  47. Dave, Orlando, FL

    Even Sarah Palin isn’t dumb enough to think she can actually win the presidency, so, just like Trump, she won’t try. All she will do is to hang around the TV cameras hoping to get more free publicity and give stupid answers to intelligent questions. She is pathetic. And BTW there’s nothing charismatic about Palin’s screechy voice which has no connection to what serves as her brain.

    August 15, 2011 at 3:36 pm |
  48. Carla Wood

    With the wild-eyed, the witless, and the weird throwing their hats in the ring, I don't think we can handle the warmed-over wacko from Wasilla, too.

    August 15, 2011 at 3:36 pm |
  49. Rich McKinney, Texas

    I think Palin could jump in any time. I don't think she could win but certainly she could run .As far as media scrutiny goes the woman was tarred and feathered by the media the last time she ran. She was turned inside out and placed under micron microscopes by journalists. If they have not found it by now then it does not exist except in the minds of those that report it. The media made Sarah Palin what she is Jack. Before that she was an unknown governor in a state that most could not show you where it was on a map.

    August 15, 2011 at 3:39 pm |
  50. Michael "C" Lorton, Virginia

    Jack: Might be difficult--then the voters could have a choice between the lesser of two idiots.

    August 15, 2011 at 3:46 pm |
  51. Doug Hayman (from Miller Place, NY)

    Jack, Michelle Backmann's recent Iowa victory just adds credence to the fact that our political system continues to be the laughing stock of the world. This won't make it any tougher for our beloved Palin to enter the race. The 4 headless horsemen (Bachmann, Palin, Romney, and Perry) will make for lively comedic debate over the next year, and the TV ratings that come from this, will top Seinfeld's all-time Comedy TV ratings. I'm willing to be that Bachmann will buy commercial TV time during the re-runs of Palin's reality TV series. Time to find a new country.....

    August 15, 2011 at 3:49 pm |
  52. Dan K

    I sure hope Sarah runs. Maybe if one is president and the other vice president we will have almost a complete mind running the country.
    Doesn’t matter anyhow, neither one took history in school (obviously), neither can keep their foot out of their mouth when they speak! And neither one will represent anyone but the rich 4% of this country!
    This pay for vote “straw poll” shows nothing! Only that as usual, money buys the vote!
    Sarah is smart waiting in the wings though, She doesn’t have to debate and show her ignorance and can continue her “cuttsie” act for a while longer!
    Dan K Owens Crossroads Alabama

    August 15, 2011 at 3:50 pm |
  53. Noe

    Sarah Palin makes Sarah Palin difficult to be in this race. Could you imagine her trying to answer the questions asked at this last debate? It would be characterize as "palin caught in the cross hairs" look. There is a reason she wants nothing to do with these debates. The word clueless comes to mind. She's a political cheerleader at best.

    August 15, 2011 at 3:53 pm |
  54. Kirk (Apple Valley, MN)

    Hilarious! Bachmann wins the Iowa straw poll and you ask about Palin. Absolutely hilarious! Anyway to answer your question, Palin will never enter the race. She is only in it for the publicity to sell her next ghost-written book and make even more millions of dollars. Besides, if she did enter the race, did manage to capture the GOP nomination and did manage to beat Obama in 2012, she'd be quitting the job by 2015.

    August 15, 2011 at 3:56 pm |
  55. Annie, Atlanta

    Heck no. There's still plenty of room in that clown car. I have better idea than a circus. Republican operatives should schedule a mud wrestling match between Bachmann and Palin, and let Perry officiate. Keep Newt as far away as possible. Can you just imagine the star bursts coming from the men on the right? Pass the popcorn, please.

    August 15, 2011 at 3:56 pm |

    Michele Bachman make it hard for Sarah Palin ... of course. Michele Bachman actually uses complete sentences when she talks, and has appearance that actually makes u wanna listen to. Sarah Palin appearance works against her, everytime you see her you think GILF, and nothing, then again, we need Americas' favorite GILF back in the news.... I need a reason to Masturbate when watching C-PAC

    August 15, 2011 at 4:00 pm |
  57. Thom Richer

    One can only hope, Jack. One can only hope.

    Thom Richer
    Negaunee, MI

    August 15, 2011 at 4:00 pm |
  58. LA Belle

    I doubt it. Palin showed up at the Iowa state fair just as Bachmann did. If qualifications mean anything to the voters, these two should just disappear.
    Lafayette, LA

    August 15, 2011 at 4:00 pm |
  59. John, Lake Charles, LA

    Sarah Palin does not want to run for President. She is having too much fun and making too much money doing what she does well. She still can't make a coherant sentence but she sure can get the media to follow her every move like a pack of love sick puppy dogs. What 2012 election? It's still Sarah time.

    August 15, 2011 at 4:03 pm |
  60. dave in nashville

    Cat Fight! Neither one has a chance, and Sara is making too much money to want that or any other job. Non-issue.

    August 15, 2011 at 4:05 pm |
  61. Rick, Medina, OH


    We've seen just about everything else in politics in recent years. I guess a good 'cat fight' might be in order.

    Rick, Medina, OH

    August 15, 2011 at 4:08 pm |
  62. barbara in nc

    Oh lord – crazy eyes again. Are you picking on the loon from Minnesota?

    Palin won't EVER get in another political race in the lower 48. She's afraid to debate anyone. She's scared to death to do anything other than send out snarky tweets and hire someone else to write her hate and lie-filled facebook entries. She's dumb, but I think she learned enough to know (now) just how lacking she is in the intelligence area.

    Shore is purdy to fantasize about tho, ain't she? ha ha ha ha ha

    August 15, 2011 at 4:12 pm |
  63. David, Canada

    Sarah Palin is acting like someone who wants to again be picked for the VP spot on the Republican ticket. If that's the case, her strategy of hanging around the leadership race makes some sense.

    August 15, 2011 at 4:13 pm |
  64. Lori - PA


    The last thing the Repulicans/Tea Party needs is ANIOTHER candidate. Ms. Palin needs to focus on her job at Fox News.

    August 15, 2011 at 4:14 pm |
  65. Mr. D

    Sarah Palin should make it a habit of appearing at state fairs for the next year. That would keep her busy and hopefully out of politics. Michele Bachmann could join her and she and Sarah could have their "cat fights" on the midway instead of boring us on TV.

    August 15, 2011 at 4:16 pm |
  66. Cy Gardner

    Why would the half term governor want to take a pay cut? She only pretends to be interested in real employment because it boosts her visibility for things like punditry, reality tv and other scams. She couldn't run a state for four years, she knows she couldn't run a country and I think even the yokels who still catch her act on FOX are even figuring that out, too. Cy from Arlington, VA

    August 15, 2011 at 4:17 pm |
  67. Nancy, Tennessee

    Michelle Bachmann can't stop the likes of Sarah Palin that John McCain helped create. Oh, no. We are doomed for the next thirty years of listening to Palin's distorted view of history and geography. Could someone please tell this woman she needs to go to Alaska and catch some King Crabs.

    August 15, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
  68. Remo, from beautiful downtown Pflugerville Texas

    Who's Sarah Palin? Oh that Alaskan Governor who quit her job when she couldn't handle the pressure.

    August 15, 2011 at 4:26 pm |
  69. Bob D Iowa

    Bachmann's victory in Iowa was a joke totally paid for by the Christian Collision for Government control over everyone’s life. Jobs, Budget or anything else are meaningless to the fact that the bible pounding wackoos got off the church bus and voted the way they were told to. Palin is just selling books did you buy yours?

    August 15, 2011 at 4:28 pm |
  70. Tina Tx

    And why should we care? How bout this ticket Bachmann as prez & Palin as veep. Boy wouldn't that shake up the good old boy system?

    August 15, 2011 at 4:30 pm |
  71. ronvan

    Dear Jack: Van here in Columbus, GA.: Well if anyone thinks that SP would get in, they need serious medical attention. This "twitt" is only interested in herself and making $$$$.

    August 15, 2011 at 4:33 pm |
  72. Pete in Florida

    Sarah never had any intention of entering this or any other race. She's just keeping herself in the spotlight so that gullible dummies will keeping buying her books, watching her movie, and paying to hear her speak. Idiots, lol!!!

    August 15, 2011 at 4:33 pm |
  73. Bob in Kansas City

    I don't know if it'll make it tougher for Palin, but, I do know she'll never get my vote since she won't make the early effort to run like the rest of the candidates......To me Palin is like a nosy, know it all neighbor that shows up just for the attention.

    August 15, 2011 at 4:35 pm |
  74. Gail, Plano TX.

    Oh. Goody? Just what the doctor ordered! Another nut joining the goober crowd!

    August 15, 2011 at 4:36 pm |
  75. Michael Bindner, Alexandria, VA

    The money Roger Ailes is paying her to be on FoxNews is keeping her out of the race. She would have no personal compunction about upstaging Bachmann.

    August 15, 2011 at 4:38 pm |
  76. David from Herndon, VA

    There's only room for one completely ignorant yet kind of pretty woman in the race. Maybe they could have a spelling bee to see who gets to run. Very basic words, of course.

    August 15, 2011 at 4:41 pm |
  77. Gigi Oregon

    No, but it won't get her to the White House, if she runs it will be a waste of time and money. Neither will make it to the white house. I'm a white conservative Christian women. And I'm voting for President Obama. What the Christian conservative did to us from 2000-08 was enough punishment for me.

    August 15, 2011 at 4:42 pm |
  78. Chris Brown FL

    i would suggest that they join forces and run together but how would you tell them a part. OOOOh thats right one actually does read the magazines

    August 15, 2011 at 4:47 pm |
  79. Joe

    Jack, I believe Palin is a pre-meditated plant by extremist wealthy conservatives to push forward their propaganda. Whether she enters the race or not, who is paying for Palin to make these visits without officially declaring her candidacy? I thought she worked for FOX news, what does she do to earn her money, and to have so much free time? I, for one, do not have anywhere close to the same amount of free time, I work for a living.
    Joe, Binghamton, NY

    August 15, 2011 at 4:49 pm |
  80. Bethany in Dublin, Ohio

    Palin will only throw her moose skin hat into the ring at the last minute, therefore avoiding all the debates that will show her to be uninformed and not very intelligent. Then she will only give interviews to Fox News who will not ask her any tough questions. "What calibre of rifle do you use to moose hunt?" is not a question that will show she is qualified to be president. She should just go home and admit defeat now. Especially since you terrible media people have destroyed her kids's vacation, again.

    August 15, 2011 at 4:53 pm |
  81. Barbara in Sherman Oaks, CA

    Jack, to say that the clock is ticking for Palin to make up her minid is kind of assuming that she HAS a mind in the first place to go about "making up". Furthermore, when has Ms. Halt-Term Alaska ever cared about what her getting into the race, writing a book, slurring the history fo Paul Revere, eating fried butter at the fair while she tours the livestock barn, would do to/for or about anyone other than herself? She is a celebrity and she loves it. 'nuff said.

    August 15, 2011 at 4:56 pm |
  82. Peter from Wisconsin

    Palin's entry into the race is a moot point. The question is whether Michelle Bachmann can wage a successful guerilla campaign against the well-financed Texas Gov. Rick Perry.

    August 15, 2011 at 4:56 pm |
  83. Jk from Minnesota

    Sarah doesn't want to run, that would be work – she just wants media attention she can turn into personal gain. Listening to one crazy candidate will be more than enough for America – we don't need 2. Check out what our MN state bird is, Jack; enough said.

    August 15, 2011 at 4:56 pm |
  84. Paulette in Dallas,PA

    No,Sarah dances to her own drummer. There is overlap between them but Bachmann was the "Favorite Daughter" from Iowa so to speak. Sarah is probably waiting for Bachmann to make a few more blunders to really hang herself. I watched a TV anchor make a fool out of her yesterday on things she did herself. It seems like if she'd win her husband would really be running the show because she is his subject. A bit too much "God told me to do it..." for my personal taste too. Sarah is patiently waiting for Michelle to drop the ball and jump in and make a "save" for the proverbial Tea Party. Both very laughable "wanna bes."

    August 15, 2011 at 4:58 pm |
  85. Jenna Roseville CA

    Does Michele Bachmann's Iowa victory make it tougher for Sarah Palin to get into the race?

    I would love Caribou Barbie to throw her hat in the ring. Not only are we going to get to watch Romney and Perry out Christian each other, we will get to watch these two pitbulls wearing lipstick having at it.

    All great fodder for SNL.

    Roseville CA

    August 15, 2011 at 5:04 pm |
  86. Mark from Voorhees, NJ

    No, Jack! There's plenty of room for a rousing debate between these two hypoctritical, religious fanatic, self-serving, and addle-brained examples of modern American womanhood! The Real Housewives of Politics! Love it! have your people call my people.

    August 15, 2011 at 5:08 pm |
  87. Ed in Sacramento

    Hope not, I'm looking forward to the hair pulling she fight.

    Ed in Sacramento, CA

    August 15, 2011 at 5:11 pm |
  88. Bob D Iowa

    Have you ever seen a picture of Bachmann that she doesn't look totally brainwashed.

    August 15, 2011 at 5:15 pm |
  89. Ralph Spyer

    Palin will not be able raise the money , It is child"s play deciding what should be done as compared with getting it done.

    August 15, 2011 at 5:15 pm |
  90. Ralph Nelson

    By far. Palin is old potatoes now. Bachman is in overdrive.

    August 15, 2011 at 5:15 pm |
  91. David Sisters OR

    the Bering Strait Bimbo was never running–she only hangs around to bilk far right idiots of their money.

    August 15, 2011 at 5:17 pm |
  92. Bill in New Mexico

    A person would think that Sarah Palin has blown it.

    But we seem to be in a pattern of getting incompetent Presidents.

    Now, we'll probably get a clueless President–Palin.

    August 15, 2011 at 5:17 pm |
  93. AB

    Jack, Sarah Palin is making it harder for herself to enter the race for president because it is impossible for anyone in this country to take her seriously as Presideint of the United States. How can any sensible American vote for a person who abruptly quits the governorship for no good reason, who is unethical and ignorant? Sarah Palin is her own worst enemy when it comes to competing for the Republican presidential nomination. Palin is not a serious candidate and is not even in the race. She really has no intention of running for president. She is just using the presiidential nomination to get fame and fortune.

    August 15, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
  94. MaryAnn

    Sarah go back to Alaska. You go back to raising your children.

    August 15, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  95. Mike in Minneapolis

    I doubt it. There's enough full moon out there for everyone.

    August 15, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  96. Renee Peoria,Ill

    Enough with Sarah Palin already! She's the main reason I didn't vote for McCain in 2008. The only reason the GOP would consider running with her again is because they really want to lose again in 2012. Ditto for Bachmann by the way. This is what you call getting interesting? Interesting would be a non-generic, non-hypothetical GOP candidate who can challange Obama. Haven't seen one yet. Have you?

    August 15, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  97. Ian MacDonald

    No. the longer Sara Palin waits to join the race while pretending that she is not a part of it, the dumber it makes her look. No one needs to be blamed for her pending failure. She is perfectly capable of doing this all on her own.
    Lakewood Washington 98498

    August 15, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  98. Ken in NC

    I hope not. With Palin running and splitting the TeaPublican vote by 3, I can hold my nose and vote for Obama.

    August 15, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
  99. Ken in Victoria BC

    Hello Jack. Money is the only reason Miss Sarah will or will not throw her bonnet into the gong show. Same reason, Mr. Trump demand attention. They are a pain in the rump.

    August 15, 2011 at 5:31 pm |
  100. Terry in Virginia

    The longer Ms. Palin stays out and the more the media ignores her in favor of Ms. Bachmann, I say, "Hallelujah!"

    August 15, 2011 at 5:34 pm |
  101. Cy Gardner

    Your question seems to imply that the GOP has a quota for crazy women. You know that the GOP is the big tent party. They have room for non-Christians (as long as they are Mormons). They have room for wealthy African Americans. They have room for wide stances and narrow minds. Would a carnival turn away an Alligator Boy just because they already have an Alligator Boy? I doubt it, the rubes will line up twice as long for a gander at TWO Alligator Boys. And if Sarah gets off the bus long enough to join the sideshow, the rubes will empty out the trailer parks to come and gawk. Cy from Arlington, VA

    August 15, 2011 at 5:35 pm |
  102. Jim Hughes, Boise, Idaho

    Seems to me that even in the straw poll a vote for Michelde Bachmann was the same as voting Democrat.

    August 15, 2011 at 5:35 pm |
  103. Bill, Harlingen, TX

    Ms Palin is not running. She is making too much money and getting gobs of free advertising. She loves headlines and the press loves giving her coverage. We look forward to seeing her.

    August 15, 2011 at 5:41 pm |
  104. janis lanham, NC

    I am a Democrat I would love to see either Palin or Bachman because my party would be a shoe in. As for Palin...she spoke loud and long too many times and Bachman her religious views would drive this country back to the first century....Bachman hasn;t hurt Palin...Palin hurts Palin everytime she pretends to be smart.

    August 15, 2011 at 5:43 pm |
  105. Mark in Minnesota

    Not any tougher than it would be for Goober Pyle to get into the race. I think its pretty obvious to anyone with even a minisule portion of a brain to realize than Sarah Palin is only trying to keep herself in the limelight whenever it is personally convenient. Like your average high-school prima-dona, Palin cannot stand NOT being the center of attention; and will do anything to focus attention on herself. (After all, she IS the center of the universe). She will then attempt to make some type of lofty, intelligent sounding statement; only to end-up sounding like a complete ignoramus. Palin is to politics, what the Three Stooges were to Hollywood.

    August 15, 2011 at 5:47 pm |
  106. Mark, Oklahoma City

    No, Jack, because Palin has no intention of entering the presidential race. She is simply promoting Sarah Palin to keep herself in the public eye. You know, books, speaking fees, etc. It's all about the money with her and quite frankly, I don't blame her. That makes her the smartest one of the bunch.

    August 15, 2011 at 5:48 pm |
  107. Greg, Ontario

    When you consider the knowledge level of the average American voter anything is possible. Think about your question Jack? It's almost like your saying who would you vote for Palin or Bachmann? If that's the choice Americans have then the Republican party is dead and Tea Party has arrived. God help you all.

    August 15, 2011 at 5:50 pm |
  108. Mike - Hewitt, TX

    Sarah Palin jumped ship in Alaska when she left office prior to the end of her term as governor. And, it looks like she missed to boat in Iowa. But, this is the political season and it will be fun just to see what Sarah Palin will do next. To answer your question, "Hec no" its not too late for Sarah Palin to enter the race. She can do what she wants. Just like she has always done. But, she doesn't have a snow balls chance in late summer of winning the Republican ticket for President next year.

    August 15, 2011 at 5:56 pm |
  109. Mary Steele Yorktown VA

    I hope so. Palin is not a good choice. She can't hack being governor and taking heat, she can't do it as president.

    August 15, 2011 at 5:57 pm |
  110. Linda in Arizona

    I sure hope so. I have an eagle cam site if I want to hear screeching.

    August 15, 2011 at 5:57 pm |
  111. roger from phoenix

    Jack Does it really matter ? one is just as bad as the other, both are liers and disgusting humans but hey what do you expect aren't they professional politicans.

    August 15, 2011 at 6:00 pm |
  112. Susan from Idaho

    Bachmann is a Palin wanna be, Send her to Wasilla with a one way ticket. If she can balance the budget I'll smile and kiss a pig. With or without lipstick.

    August 15, 2011 at 6:01 pm |
  113. Carl in San Diego

    No, however, if either Bachmann or Palin became President, which I doubt, it would be this nations worst nightmare.

    August 15, 2011 at 6:03 pm |
  114. Jen, Boston, MA

    Palin's boat has sailed, and Sarah ain't on it. Michelle Bachmann may be even loonier than Palin, but she's also smarter, prettier, better-spoken, more experienced, and apparently not a quitter. The fact that the media clearly has eyes for only one political sheila at a time, and it's clearly Bachmann's time now, should put the nail in Sarah's presidential coffin.

    August 15, 2011 at 6:03 pm |
  115. Name*Ed from California

    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz, did you say something, Jack???

    August 15, 2011 at 6:04 pm |
  116. Tonie from OK

    No, neither of those two can win and they are wasting money they could put to good use to help their states

    This is sad with the economy the way it is.

    August 15, 2011 at 6:07 pm |
  117. Joseph Leff

    Sarah Palin isn't going to run for anything, Jack. Get real. She stepped down as governor to make money. Now she travels around to get attention - to make money. Since she left office she's made millions. Why would she even think of stopping when she can continue to make money?

    Joe in Delray Beach, Florida

    August 15, 2011 at 6:13 pm |
  118. Linda

    Why Palin? Is this because she is also female?

    August 15, 2011 at 6:20 pm |
  119. Rocky in LA

    Not at all, Jack. There's plenty of room for one more clown , under the 'Big Top' of this GOP circus.

    August 15, 2011 at 6:21 pm |
  120. Derrel Pierce

    Why are we even talking about her?

    August 15, 2011 at 6:21 pm |
  121. jimmy from corpus christi tx

    Yes... I think it does Jack...she speaks well, she has her facts stright...(most of the time)... I really think Palin is insignifigant now...in or out

    August 15, 2011 at 6:21 pm |
  122. Mark

    No, there's plenty of room for stupid in this race.

    August 15, 2011 at 6:22 pm |
  123. Ellie

    No. Bachmann bought her votes in the straw polls. She was bribing voters with concert tickets. At least Sarah wins supporters by her stances on the issues instead of buying votes to skew the poll results. This is why the straw polls are NOT an accurate indicator of who can win in the presidential race.

    August 15, 2011 at 6:22 pm |
  124. Karl in Silverton ID

    Not a bit. There is always room in the Republican...PARADE OF NUT BAGS.

    August 15, 2011 at 6:22 pm |
  125. Liz Johnson Idaho

    Palin doesn't want to be the president..after all she doesn't have the will to see through a simple governorship let alone a 4 year presidency. She wands to be a vice-presidential candidate because then she can bash all she wants while not being responsible for what she is saying. The only reason she is staying in the spotlight is to let others know (most likely Romney) that a republican candidate needs to move to the center to get elected nationally, therefore you need a ultra conservative vice president to get the tea party votes.

    August 15, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
  126. Linda, lake Kiowa tx

    How scary is it that Palin looks smart compared to Bachmann.

    August 15, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
  127. Mary Davis

    How do you even compare the two – outside of the fact they are both women?? when we America base their vote on the truth instead of comparisons? we need a leader who really wants to take this country back to Amazing...whenever that was.
    The American public needs to focus on issues...not circus acts.

    August 15, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
  128. JoeF

    No. The Iowa straw poll rarely picks the nominee. It is nonbinding and means little in the long run. I would expect ex-governor Palin to continue to lie in the grass hoping her fellow republicans will knock each other off.

    August 15, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
  129. Forrest B. (absentee ballot voter in Ontario, Canada)

    Sarah P.is just too interested in her celebrity. However her entry would serve to raise the collective IQ of the GOP field to about 50.

    August 15, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
  130. Jim In Panama

    Sara Palin will get into the race only if she's not getting enough media attention by running around waving her hands and pointing to herself at the candidates speeches. Most politicians carefully assess the overall picture, study the polls and send out feelers to potential organizers before opting in or out. Palin will just need to feel in her Mama Giizzley heart that she's not "gettin the love"

    August 15, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
  131. Stephen Charchuk

    I think that the news media has wasted far too much time on Palin. Its time she dropped her load or got off the pot..... Until then she's irrelevant.

    -Stephen Charchuk
    Yarmouth, NS Canada

    August 15, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
  132. Ellie from Nebraska

    No. Bachmann bought her votes in the straw polls. She was bribing voters with concert tickets. At least Sarah wins supporters by her stances on the issues instead of buying votes to skew the poll results. This is why the straw polls are NOT an accurate indicator of who can win in the presidential race.

    August 15, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
  133. Cee.La

    Michelle Bachmann is not going to be affected one way or the other......Sarah Palin is going to circle the GOP Candidates, raining on their parade, muddying the mirky water, riding in her flag draped not a campaign bus.....making a total nuisance of herself, soaking up all the attention, only to disappear again, and write another book....

    August 15, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
  134. Roxane Berglund

    Jack, Michele Bachman is so far out there that she makes Sarah Palin look normal...which would be funny except its really scary out there...Obama still looks like a clear choice compared to what the Republican party has put forth...just sad and scary...

    August 15, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
  135. T. Beeth

    Palin loves her FOX job much to want to lose all that money. She is just flirting with Tea Party and its favorites now running.

    I'd ignore her.

    August 15, 2011 at 6:25 pm |
  136. Marc in Canada

    Something about Sarah and Michele being in town for the Iowa State Fair just seems right to me. To answer your question Jack. Sarah and Michele combined could not win the Republican nomination let alone the Presidency of the United States.

    August 15, 2011 at 6:25 pm |
  137. Mark from Boston


    What difference does it make? I feel like a passenger on the Titanic, we've just hit the ice-berg, and not only is the band playing on, but 10 people who never navigated a so much as a beach cruiser are fighting over the wheel to the ship.

    August 15, 2011 at 6:25 pm |
  138. Randolph

    I don't even know why we are talking about Palin. the reason she has not declared her intentions is because she knows that if she does, she's going to have to face the other candidates this early in debates. Speaking is what killed her last time, so she chooses to stay on the sidelines and say "I could do this better." Well why didn't she complete her obligation in Alaska?

    August 15, 2011 at 6:25 pm |
  139. Alfred

    There's so much crazy in the GOP Pool that it doesn't matter if Palin is in or out. These flat earthers are so far out of touch with reality and TRUE Americans, that they make the gestapo look like a college fraternity Keg party!

    August 15, 2011 at 6:25 pm |
  140. Eric, LI, NY

    This subject is ridiculous, Jack, as Sarah Palin is not ever going to run for President. If she truly wanted to be president, she would lose. She knows this. Every time, however, she mentions the possibility of running for president, she is paid more to speak for her party and more people buy her books. She has no interest in being president, but only has an interest in making money.

    August 15, 2011 at 6:26 pm |
  141. alex

    Well what a choice, Why not just elect Oprah.
    At least she knows where John Wayne was born,
    and she is not looking for Russia.

    August 15, 2011 at 6:26 pm |
  142. Bryan

    Bachmann's victory in Iowa affects Sarah Palin's chances about as much as throwing a marble against a tidal wave. Both are such right wing extremists that at this point any voter who actually sits down and thinks about their candidates political views rather than what party they're simply won't vote for them, even if they agree with Bachmann or Palin's policies. If either of these candidates want any chance of victory then they need to tone down the extremism and start appealing to liberal voters.

    Panama City, FL

    August 15, 2011 at 6:26 pm |
  143. Richard Marshall (Orlando, FL)

    Jack you and Wolf know better that she is not running, the minute she does and gets hounded by the media for knowledge of nothing, then Palin 'Enterprise' comes to an end. You even said yourself " I have been covering politics for over 65 years ......that was the most pathetic piece of tape I have seen".. in reference to her.

    August 15, 2011 at 6:27 pm |
  144. Tina


    Yes, it will be harder for Palin over Bachmann. Palin, is just in for the fame, not for the best interest of the American people... She is a fake, hands down.....

    August 15, 2011 at 6:27 pm |
  145. Chris in SINY

    Come on Jack,,,,Sara ,,,,who cares!,,,,Michele is fast becoming,,,who cares!!

    August 15, 2011 at 6:28 pm |
  146. Robert

    Gun totin' Sarah isn't going to miss moose hunting season for another chance to lose a political race. As a Democrat I welcome her into the race. There is nothing I would rather see than a debate between Michelle Bachmann and Sarah Palin except a debate between either of them and the President.

    August 15, 2011 at 6:30 pm |
  147. Michael Bailey

    Who in their right mind cares?

    August 15, 2011 at 6:31 pm |
  148. el don Rodrigo

    Hey Jack,

    These candidates are in a race with each other and it's too sad that they have no direction in which they are racing. America loses!

    el don Rodrigo

    August 15, 2011 at 6:31 pm |
  149. Sabrina, Niagara Falls

    No, she's just waiting for the OK from Paul Revere.

    August 15, 2011 at 6:34 pm |
  150. Peter, Tarrytown, N.Y.

    One thing is a certainty. Empty suit does not describe to either one.

    August 15, 2011 at 6:37 pm |
  151. Jim

    Who cares one way or the other.

    August 15, 2011 at 6:48 pm |
  152. lynnej in nc

    Nope. This field of GOPTP candidates is open to all the nuts in the mixed nut can. One more won't matter. The question should be why is the public forced to hear this mess for a year before the election itself? I guess I have to start getting ready to flip the channel when a campaign commercial comes on.

    August 15, 2011 at 6:49 pm |
  153. Neal , wisconsin

    No it does not matter because Michelle Bachmann is as big of a fruit cake as Sarah palin. All they care about is publicity.
    Whenever they are asked a solid Question about jobs or the economy all you get is the run around, never a honest answer. If they do answer it all follows party lines. both these woman will drive are country in the ground if elected. may god save us if this happens

    August 15, 2011 at 6:49 pm |
  154. Wake Up America

    Palin will annouce in early October when she appears with Glenn Beck. She is in and has been in for the last few years. Who else makes multi-millions by being the Presidents worse critic? Does anyone actually think she will go away and be quiet? NOPE.

    She is going to move to the center. Better save your clips Jack!!! We are going to need some help.

    August 15, 2011 at 6:51 pm |
  155. gg

    palin quack-quake quake-quake-payme

    August 15, 2011 at 6:56 pm |