February 22nd, 2011
05:00 PM ET

Does Sarah Palin care more about her image than the issues?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

A disgruntled former aide to Sarah Palin has written a scathing political tell-all in which he suggests she is more concerned with her image than she is about the issues. Shocking.
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Former aide Frank Bailey, who joined Palin's political team during her 2006 gubernatorial campaign and stayed on through her resignation in 2009, based his memoir around some 60,000 e-mails he sent to or received from Palin during that time.The book was leaked to several media outlets in Alaska and Washington over the weekend.

Among the claims in the book:

Palin allegedly sent phony letters to the editor when she was running for Alaska governor, supporting herself but signed with fake names. She allegedly rigged her staff's computers so they could unfairly influence an Anchorage new station's online poll about her refusal of federal stimulus dollars. And, according to Bailey, Palin refused to appear on any network other than Fox News, referring to the rest as "the bad guys."

Also in the book, Bailey claims that just months after the McCain-Palin ticket lost the presidential race, then-governor Palin seemed focused more on her national image than on what was going on in the state of Alaska, telling Bailey and another colleague in a Spring 2009 e-mail: "I hate this damn job."

Bailey has reportedly been shopping around the book since fall 2009 and has yet to sell it to a publisher.

There's been no response from the former governor on the book, but a spokesman for Palin's PAC told the Anchorage Daily News she did not expect Palin would have anything to say about "this kind of untruth."

Here’s my question to you: Does Sarah Palin care more about her image than the issues?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?


Filed under: Sarah Palin
February 7th, 2011
05:00 PM ET

Trust Palin's opinion on Egypt?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

It was only a matter of time before we heard from Sarah Palin.
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The former Alaska governor, who badly bungled her response to the Arizona shootings, had managed to keep quiet on the crisis in Egypt for about two weeks. That was until her interview with the Christian Broadcast Network, where Palin highlighted her lack of foreign policy experience or understanding.

She blasted the Obama administration on Egypt, saying the crisis is the president's 3 a.m. phone call, which "went right to the answering machine."

Palin says the administration hasn't explained to the public what it knows. She says she's "not really enthused" about what's being done in Washington and called for "strength and sound mind" in the White House.

When Palin speaks it's usually a lot of feathers - not very much chicken:

"Who's going to fill the void? (President Hosni) Mubarak, he's gone, one way or the other you know, he is not going to be the leader of Egypt, that that's a given, so now the information needs to be gathered and understood as to who it will be that fills now the void in the government.

"Is it going to be the Muslim Brotherhood? We should not stand for that, or with that or by that. Any radical Islamists, no that is not who we should be supporting and standing by, so we need to find out who was behind all of the turmoil and the revolt and the protests so that good decisions can be made in terms of who we will stand by and support."

Palin's words, once again, amount to a whole lot of nothing.

She criticizes President Barack Obama but doesn't offer any solution.

We should be used to this by now: lots of feathers, no chicken.

Here’s my question to you: How much do you trust Sarah Palin's opinion on Egypt?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?


Filed under: Egypt • Sarah Palin
January 25th, 2011
04:10 PM ET

Women politicians more effective than men?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Turns out you can add politics to the list of things that women do better than men. It's a long list.
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The Daily Beast reports on a new study that shows female politicians are among the most productive and persuasive ones in the country.

This research in the American Journal of Political Science is the first to compare the performance of male and female politicians. It shows women do a better job at securing pork for their home districts and shaping policy.

From 1984 to 2004, women politicians won about $50 million more a year for their districts than men did.

As for policy, women sponsored more bills and attracted more co-sponsors than their male counterparts. The female politicians' bills also made it further through the legislative process and got more media attention.

The authors say this is because women do a better job at "logrolling, agenda-setting, coalition building and other deal-making activities."

They suggest women make better politicians because they have to. Consider that women hold less than one in five of all national seats, so the ones who make it to Washington better be pretty good.

The study concludes that in order to overcome any bias against women in leadership roles, these female politicians have to work even harder to be seen as equals.

Sound familiar?

They call their study "The Jackie (and Jill) Robinson Effect," a reference to the first African-American player in Major League Baseball. He was also one of the greatest of all time.

The comparison here is that because of racism during Robinson's era, black baseball players had to be better than whites to make it to the big leagues.

Here’s my question to you: Why are women politicians more effective than men?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?


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?


Filed under: Sarah Palin
November 23rd, 2010
05:00 PM ET

If Palin runs for president, should she agree to Couric interview?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Sarah Palin told Fox News that if she runs for president, she will not "waste" her time on another interview with CBS' Katie Couric.
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Here's why. Take a look at this transcript from a Cafferty File segment from September 2008:

Cafferty: There's a reason the McCain campaign keeps Governor Sarah Palin away from the press. I want to play an excerpt from an interview that Palin did with CBS Evening News anchor Katie Couric where she was asked about the bailout package. Listen to this.

Couric: Why isn't it better, Governor Palin, to spend $700 billion helping middle class families who are struggling with health care, housing, gas and groceries, allow them to spend more and put more money into the economy, instead of helping these big financial institutions that played a role in creating this mess?

Palin: That's why I say I, like every American I'm speaking with, were ill about this position that we have been put in where it is the taxpayers looking to bail out. But ultimately, what the bailout does is help those who are concerned about the health care reform that is needed to help shore up our economy, helping - it's got to be all about job creation, too, shoring up our economy and putting it back on the right track. So health care reform and reducing taxes, and reining in spending has got to accompany tax reductions and tax relief for Americans.

And trade, we've got to see trade as opportunity, not as a competitive, scary thing. But one in five jobs being created in the trade sector today.

We've got to look at that as more opportunity. All those things under the umbrella of job creation. This bailout is a part of that.

Cafferty: Did you get that? If John McCain wins, this woman will be one 72-year-old's heartbeat away from being president of the United States. And if that doesn't scare the hell out of you, it should.

That clip has gotten more than 4,150,000 hits on YouTube.

Here’s my question to you: If Sarah Palin runs for president, should she agree to an interview with Katie Couric?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?


Filed under: 2012 Election • Katie Couric • Sarah Palin
November 17th, 2010
03:52 PM ET

Can Palin convince people she's qualified to be president?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Get ready for what could make an outstanding two years of television:
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Sarah Palin says she is seriously considering running for president in 2012.

The drop-out former governor of Alaska tells The New York Times Magazine that she's having discussions with her family about a potential run because she says they are "the most important consideration."

Palin says if she decides to run, she would need to bring more "trustworthy" strategists onto her team. She once again claims she was thrown under the bus by strategists on the campaign of GOP presidential candidate John McCain. She says she needs to be careful about who she lets into her inner circle.

Palin also takes a shot at what she calls the "lamestream media." Although she mainly appears as a paid contributor on the F-word network and communicates with the public via Twitter and Facebook, Palin insists she's "not avoiding anything or anybody," adding that she's "out there" and that she wants to talk about her record.

However, Palin acknowledges that one hurdle she'd have to face is proving that record: "That's the most frustrating thing for me - the warped and perverted description of my record and what I've accomplished over the last two decades."

She's right on this count. She's going to have to prove herself.

Several recent polls show more than half of Americans give Sarah Palin an unfavorable rating. According to Gallup, Palin's unfavorable number is at 52 percent - the highest ever. Another recent survey shows a whopping 67 percent see her as unqualified to be president.

Here’s my question to you: How can Sarah Palin convince people she is qualified to be president?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?


Filed under: 2012 Election • Sarah Palin
September 28th, 2010
04:54 PM ET

Pres. Obama vs. Sarah Palin in 2012?


Supporters hold up signs during the DNC (L) and RNC (R) back in 2008. (PHOTO CREDIT: GETTY IMAGES)

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Sarah Palin could be President Obama's savior. When it comes to the 2012 presidential race, a new poll suggests that Obama could lose - unless he's running against Palin.

The Politico/George Washington University Battleground Poll shows that a majority of Americans are considering voting against Obama. Forty-four percent of those surveyed say they will vote to replace Obama, and 13 percent say they'll consider voting for someone else. Only 38 percent say he deserves re-election.

Voters are down on the president for lots of reasons, but especially his policies. By double digits, they disapprove of his new health care law, and they trust congressional Republicans to create jobs more than Obama. This is despite the fact that a majority of voters like him personally.

Obama's best hope of winning a second term just may be Alaska's dropout governor, Palin. If the election were held today, voters say, they would back the president over Palin by a 9-point margin.

Support for Palin is weak in the Midwest and the Northeast ... and almost 60 percent of voters say her actions since since resigning as governor have made them less likely to vote for her for president.

Female voters are especially negative about Palin. Fifty-four percent have an unfavorable view of her. No other Republicans tested in this poll had such high negatives among women.

It's not likely the Republicans would be dumb enough to nominate Palin after what she did to John McCain's run for the White House, but when it comes to politics, nothing should surprise us anymore. And if it happened, well, just imagine if the woman who helped bring down McCain's campaign would help re-elect the Democratic sitting president.

Here’s my question to you: If President Obama runs against Sarah Palin in 2012, who would you vote for?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?


September 22nd, 2010
04:49 PM ET

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

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

It feels like Sarah Palin all over again.

Delaware Republican Senate nominee Christine O'Donnell burst onto the national stage with her upset win in the primaries; and suddenly everyone can't seem to get enough of her.
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This is despite the fact that O'Donnell has some big question marks on her resume - just like Sarah Palin. She's come under fire for allegedly misusing campaign funds for personal expenses-just like Sarah Palin.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Interested to know which ones made it on air?


August 2nd, 2010
05:00 PM ET

Are Palin's low approval ratings the media's fault?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

It's the media's fault... or at least that's where politicians like to lay the blame for almost anything that goes wrong.
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Enter Sarah Palin... the former half-term Alaska governor is blaming her poor approval ratings among Independents on... you guessed it - the media.

Palin told the F-word network, where she's a paid commentator, that:

"I don't blame people for not really knowing... what I stand for or what my record is because if I believed everything that I read or heard in the media, I wouldn't like me either."

Palin didn't want to talk about what she calls "fickle" polls...

That's probably because recent polling shows while Palin remains popular with the Republican base, most of the rest of America doesn't like her.

She gets an "unfavorable" rating from majorities of Democrats, Independents, people in urban and suburban areas... along with those in the northeast, midwest, and west. Kinda tough to build a coalition with those numbers.

So what about 2012? Palin insists that's not where her focus is right now.

Meanwhile - Palin is stepping into the immigration debate... saying that Arizona's Governor Jan Brewer has "the cojones that our president does not" when it comes to securing the country's borders.

Palin is blasting Mr. Obama for suing Arizona to block its controversial new law while not going after sanctuary cities that harbor illegal aliens and, like our federal government, refuse to enforce the nation's immigration laws.

As for the economy, Palin says it's "idiotic" to consider letting the Bush tax cuts for wealthier Americans expire in the current economic climate.

Here’s my question to you: Are Sarah Palin's low approval ratings the media's fault?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?


Filed under: Sarah Palin
July 16th, 2010
05:00 PM ET

Should Dems pop out champagne if Palin most popular in GOP for 2012?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

There are five Republicans generally viewed as the most likely contenders for the 2012 presidential nomination.
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Bobby Jindal, governor of Louisiana. Mitt Romney, a former governor of Massachusetts - who actually finished his term of office and was a hugely successful businessman. Mike Huckabee, a former governor of Arkansas, who actually finished his term of office.

See where this is going?

Newt Gingrich, former Speaker of the House.

But the most popular of the Republicans seen vying for the nomination in 2012 is... you guessed it... Sarah Palin. And it's not even close.

Palin, who describes herself as a mama grizzly bear, has a whopping 76 percent favorable rating among Republicans, according to a new Gallup poll.

Compare that to Huckabee, who gets a 65 percent favorable rating, Gingrich 64 percent followed by Romney with 54 percent and Jindal with 45 percent.

Palin, who quit her job as governor of Alaska midway through her first term so she could run out and capitalize on her failed bid to be John McCain's vice president, is the darling of the GOP.

If anything could overcome the increasingly sour view of the Obama presidency, it might be this. The Democrats should be positively euphoric.

You see, the problem with Palin is that while Republicans adore her - the rest of the country just doesn't. According to Gallup, Palin has a 44 percent favorable rating among all Americans; and a 47 percent unfavorable rating. And numbers like this don't bode well for the general election.

Here’s my question to you: Should Democrats pop out the champagne if Sarah Palin is the most popular Republican contender for 2012?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?


Filed under: Republicans • Sarah Palin
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