June 25th, 2010
03:30 PM ET

Would you vote for or against candidate endorsed by Sarah Palin?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

While Sarah Palin has been helping rack up primary wins for Republican candidates - it looks like she may be the kiss of death in a general election.
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A new Wall Street Journal/NBC News Poll shows a majority of Americans would respond negatively if they knew Palin backed a candidate.

37 percent of those surveyed say they would be "very uncomfortable" about a candidate endorsed by the former Alaska governor, while 15 percent say they would have "some reservations."

Only 25 percent say they would be "comfortable" or "enthusiastic" about Palin's support.

What's more - this poll finds there are only two attributes that a candidate could have that would be worse than a Sarah Palin endorsement. They are: support for Bush's economic policies - and support for getting rid of various federal agencies and Social Security.

In other words, this poll seems to confirm the conventional wisdom about Palin: She's a hugely divisive politician. The base loves her... but, the rest of the country? Well, not so much.

Republicans seemingly can't get enough of her. Almost every candidate Palin has supported in the Republican primaries this season has won; she's especially credited with helping long shot Nikki Haley win the Republican primary for South Carolina governor.

But the rest of Americans aren't buying what she's selling. Of course, if you look closely, what she's selling is Sarah Palin.

A recent CNN poll shows nearly 70 percent of Americans say Sarah Palin is unqualified to be president.

And while Palin is popular in the South and in rural areas, her unfavorable rating is about 60 percent among women, suburbanites, independents and in the west and north east.

Here’s my question to you: Would you vote for or against a candidate who was endorsed by Sarah Palin?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?


Filed under: Republicans • Sarah Palin
May 14th, 2010
06:00 PM ET

What do you think is Sarah Palin's favorite literature?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

This was just too good to pass up.

It was announced this week that Sarah Palin's second book will be out this fall.
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Oh goody.

The publisher says that among other things it will contain Ms. Palin's favorite literature and poetry.

Now if memory serves me correctly, back when she was destroying John McCain's chances to be president by doing those self-destructive interviews with Katie Couric on the CBS Evening News, Couric asked her what newspaper she read on a regular basis in order to keep abreast of current events:

Couric: And when it comes to establishing your worldview, I was curious, what newspapers and magazines did you regularly read before you were tapped for this to stay informed and to understand the world?

Palin: I've read most of them, again with a great appreciation for the press, for the media.

Couric: What, specifically?

Palin: Um, all of them, any of them that have been in front of me all these years.

Couric: Can you name a few?

Palin: I have a vast variety of sources where we get our news, too.

Now we are being asked to believe that a woman who couldn't name a newspaper she read while aspiring to the second highest office in the land has an appetite for literature and poetry.

Sarah Palin is making a naked grab for all the money she can get her hands on.

And that's fine... they all do it. That's why she quit in the middle of her term as governor of Alaska.

But stop playing us all for rubes who fell off the truck when the carnival went through town.

Here’s my question to you: What do you think is Sarah Palin’s favorite literature?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?


Filed under: Sarah Palin
March 26th, 2010
05:00 PM ET

What can Palin do for McCain that she hasn't already done?


FILE PHOTO: Republican presidential nominee John McCain (R-AZ) concedes victory on November 4, 2008 with vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin by his side. (PHOTO CREDIT: GETTY IMAGES)

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

It's gotta be a sign of pure desperation.

The Fox News commentator and soon-to-be Alaska tour guide, Sarah Palin, is reuniting with Senator John McCain in Arizona.


History might suggest that John McCain had a pretty good chance at becoming the next President of the United States. Then he heard about the mayor of Wasilla, was smitten, suffered a lapse of judgment and asked Caribou Barbie if she'd like to be the vice president.

She jumped at the chance, and that was the beginning of the end of McCain's chances.

Palin did a couple of interviews on the CBS evening news with Katie Couric, and Obama was in.

But apparently McCain has some reason to worry about his re-election chances.

He's being challenged in the primary and with the general disdain for all of the members of Congress, it's not inconceivable he could get knocked off.

But if you're in danger of drowning, why would you ask someone to throw you an anchor?

Sarah Palin, in addition to being virtually without qualification to hold elected office, is also one of the reasons for the deep divisions in the country. She inflamed the conservative base of the Republican party with irresponsible comments about things like government death panels.

She's a lightening rod for criticism and controversy. Who needs this?

Here’s my question to you: What can Sarah Palin do for John McCain that she hasn't already done?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?


Filed under: John McCain • Sarah Palin
February 16th, 2010
05:00 PM ET

Why doesn't Palin want news media to cover some of her speeches?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Sarah Palin may be talking; but it sounds like she doesn't want the media to hear her.
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The Orlando Sentinel reports that Palin is banning all video and sound recordings at two high-profile, big-ticket speeches in Florida in the next month.

Sponsors of these speeches say the rules for the events are set by Palin's agents. Members of the media can buy a ticket like anyone else - for a couple hundred bucks, that is. But no pictures, audio or video recording allowed. Also, Palin has banned media in most cases at her book signings - except for brief photo-ops.

You'd think someone considering a run for the White House in 2012 would want as much media coverage as possible. Which is what happens whenever the former VP candidate opens her mouth. The media just eat it up.

But that may be part of the problem too: Take Palin's widely covered Tea Party speech for example, where media coverage was allowed: While the base loves what she's selling, Palin has come under lots of criticism for the crib notes she had scribbled on her hand.

Meanwhile new poll numbers suggest Palin may want to reconsider a potential White House run. A Washington Post-ABC News survey shows only 37 percent of Americans have a favorable view of her - 55 percent have an unfavorable view.

Plus a whopping 71 percent say Palin is not qualified to be president - that includes more than half of Republicans. Only a quarter think she is qualified to sit in the Oval Office. Wonder who those people are?

Here’s my question to you: Why does Sarah Palin not want the news media to cover some of her speeches?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?


Filed under: News Media • Sarah Palin
February 8th, 2010
05:00 PM ET

What would you advise Sarah Palin to do next?


Sarah Palin spoke at a campaign rally for Texas Gov. Rick Perry yesterday in Cypress, Texas. (PHOTO CREDIT: GETTY IMAGES)

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Sarah Palin is making it clear that she's not going anywhere - and she may just have her sights trained on the White House.

The former Alaska governor says she would consider a run for president in 2012 if the situation is right for the nation and her family. That's swell.

Palin, who was woefully unprepared to be John McCain's running mate, acknowledges that she "sure as heck better be more astute on these national issues" than she was two years ago. Seriously.

And maybe that's why Palin says she's started receiving daily political and economic briefings over e-mail from various Washington experts. That should do it.

Palin delivered the keynote speech to the Tea Party convention in Nashville over the weekend. Palin used much of the speech to go after Pres. Obama on his national security and spending policies, describing him as a "law professor at a lectern," criticizing him for "apologizing for America," and asking the Tea Partiers: "How's that hopey, changey stuff working out for ya?" She even has her own language.

Meanwhile - it appears that Palin had written crib sheets on the inside of her hand, including the words "energy," "tax" and "lift American spirits" - likely for the question and answer session after her speech.

That would be the very same speech where Palin criticized Pres. Obama for relying too much on Teleprompter.

Here’s my question to you: What would you advise Sarah Palin to do next?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?


Filed under: Sarah Palin
January 11th, 2010
06:00 PM ET

Do you believe Sarah Palin is dishonest?



FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Sarah Palin has a problem with the truth - that's the explosive charge coming from John McCain's top campaign strategist.

Steve Schmidt tells CBS' "60 minutes" that Palin was dishonest as the Republican VP nominee, saying things that were "not accurate," which opened the door to criticism that she was "untruthful." Schmidt suggests such comments by Palin have done long-term damage to her public image.

For example - he talks about Palin's reaction to an ethics report from Alaska... which she claimed completely exonerated her. Schmidt said it clearly didn't... and that Palin's comments were the equivalent of saying "down is up and up is down."

Schmidt also says when John McCain tapped her to be his running mate, Palin announced: "It's God's plan."

There's more. The authors of a new book called "Game Change" describe how McCain's aides realized there were serious problems with Palin very quickly. Even after staffers gave Palin crash-course sessions on different topics after the GOP convention - she was still extremely uniformed. They claim she didn't understand why there was a North and South Korea... and regularly said Saddam Hussein was behind 9/11. Schmidt told Palin's tutor's in foreign affairs: "You guys have a lot of work to do. She doesn't know anything."

This from a woman who still may want to run for president in 2012 - and who has just signed on as a paid contributor to the F-word network.

Palin's people dispute the version of events in this new book - instead saying the governor has given "accurate" depictions of what happened in her own recent book.

Here’s my question to you: Do you believe Sarah Palin is dishonest?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?


Filed under: Sarah Palin
November 23rd, 2009
05:00 PM ET

What can Pres. Obama learn from Sarah Palin?

What can President Obama learn from Sarah Palin? (PHOTO CREDIT: GETTY IMAGES)

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

With President Obama now below 50 percent approval for the first time, New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd suggests the president could learn "a thing or three" from Sarah Palin.

Dowd writes that with the former V-P candidate back on the trail for her book tour, she clearly hasn't boned up on anything and "she still has that Yoda-like syntax."

But Dowd warns it would be foolish for the Democrats to write off Palin. She says that although President Obama is highly intelligent and likable - he's not connecting on a gut level with the public. She suggests he might be getting too bogged down in pragmatism and the details of legislative compromises.

Dowd writes that the president, who she calls the "Cerebral One," might want to take lessons from Palin, the "Visceral One."

She writes: "Palin can be stupefyingly simplistic, but she seems dynamic. Obama is impressively complex but he seems static. She nurtures her grass roots while he neglects his. He struggles to transcend identity politics while she wallows in them. As he builds an emotional moat around himself, she exuberantly pushes whatever she has, warts and all..."

Meanwhile – it's clear Sarah Palin is saying something people want to hear. She sold 300,000 copies of her memoir on the day of its release - one of the best openings ever for a nonfiction book, easily topping people like Hillary Clinton.

As for President Obama - the Gallup Daily Tracking poll puts his approval rating at 49 percent - the first time he's dropped below 50 percent since taking office.

Here’s my question to you: What can President Obama learn from Sarah Palin?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Filed under: President Obama • Sarah Palin
November 16th, 2009
02:30 PM ET

What would you ask Sarah Palin?

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/09/01/art.palinmoney.gi.jpg caption="Palin's book 'Going Rogue' releases on Tuesday."]FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

There's no shortage of publicity for Sarah Palin on the eve of the release of her new book.

The cover of this week's Newsweek asks quote, "How do you solve a problem like Sarah"? It says she's bad news for the GOP and for everybody else too. This is not the kind of publicity that will cause her to be taken more seriously – not that there's any great risk of that anyway.

Sarah Palin is all over TV, talking with Oprah and doing a 5-part series of interviews with Barbara Walters.

But, she's very picky when it comes to what kinds of situations she exposes herself to. On her book tour, she's skipping many of the nation's largest cities that authors almost always hit – places like Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Philadelphia and New York. Instead, she's opting for smaller, and in many cases more conservative cities.

You're probably already hearing more details about Sarah Palin than you want to know – about her personal life, her family, her children, her daughter's pregnancy... about the campaign, her spat with John McCain aides, what she thinks about Katie Couric and Charlie Gibson.

Sarah Palin says she wasn't surprised when she was asked to be on the presidential ticket... she says she felt "quite confident" in her abilities. Well, turns out she's one of the few who does. A new CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll shows only 28% of Americans say Palin is qualified to be president, 70% say she's not.

So here's my question: If you were interviewing Sarah Palin, what would you ask her?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?


Filed under: Sarah Palin
November 4th, 2009
06:00 PM ET

Palin, Beck, Limbaugh fail in N.Y. congressional race

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

The Democrats took a beating in the New Jersey and Virginia governors' races... but the far right got their clocks cleaned in that congressional race in upstate New York.
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In defeating Conservative Doug Hoffman, Bill Owens will be the first Democrat to represent Congressional District 23 since the Civil War. Hoffman was aggressively supported by a bunch of the right wing's loudest voices - Sarah Palin, Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh.

They tried to make this race a symbol of how the Republican Party has strayed from its conservative values. Pressure from the right-wing of the party helped push the Republican candidate out of the race last week - because she just wasn't Republican enough. Some even saw this contest as a struggle for the soul of the GOP. At least the results don't suggest Sarah Palin won that fight.

Nevertheless, it seems like conservative activists are just warming up. They have their eyes on a list of so-called RINOs - or Republicans in Name Only - for the midterm elections, people like Florida's Republican Governor, Charlie Crist, who's running for the Senate.

And some warn that Sarah Palin could be entering dangerous territory if she leads the movement against well-established figures like Crist. After all - Florida is often a key state in the presidential election. And, there's the issue of Palin's ability to control a group of activists once they're fired up. You could make the argument Palin entered dangerous territory when she left City Hall in Wasilla.

Here’s my question to you: What does it say that the likes of Sarah Palin, Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh failed to get their candidate elected in the N.Y. congressional race?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?


Filed under: Rush Limbaugh • Sarah Palin
October 29th, 2009
06:00 PM ET

What are Sarah Palin's chances in 2012?

As Sarah Palin prepares to release her memoir next month, it seems like so much of her life is already an open book. Palin - who quit as Governor of Alaska in the middle of her first term - has been having a nasty public battle with the father of her grandson.
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Levi Johnston - the former boyfriend of Palin's daughter, Bristol - says Sarah Palin describes her son Trig, who has Down syndrome, as "retarded." Johnston also claims to know a lot more about what went on in the Palin household - so presumably, there is more tabloid trash to come.

Sarah Palin is pushing back - calling Johnston's claim "inflammatory," and saying Trig is their "blessed little angel" who knows it and is lovingly called that every day of his life.

Palin also suggests that Johnston - who is preparing for a photo shoot with Playgirl Magazine - is desperate for publicity. Sort of like Sarah Palin is.

Meanwhile - a new poll suggests Palin may have run her course with the American public. Only 29-percent of Americans think she's qualified to be president. 71 percent - including nearly half of all Republicans - say she's not.

And, 51-percent of Americans have a negative view of her.

Here’s my question to you: What are Sarah Palin's chances in 2012?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?


Filed under: Sarah Palin
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