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July 24th, 2009
11:38 AM ET

Ready for her close-up

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has a strong base of supporters, as well as a steady supply of vocal critics.

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has a strong base of supporters, as well as a steady supply of vocal critics.

Suzy Khimm
The New Republic

When Sarah Palin abruptly announced that she was planning to leave office, it was clear whom she blamed for her early exit. "I wish you'd hear MORE from the media of your state's progress and how we tackle Outside interests–daily–SPECIAL interests that would stymie our state," she said in her July 3 resignation speech, which she later posted on her website. Blasting her adversaries for paralyzing the Alaska governor's office with charges of "frivolous ethics violations," Palin and her representatives accused these unnamed "Outside interests" of harming her ability to govern after returning from the presidential campaign. "There were some complaints that were filed under pseudonyms that we believe came from down in the lower 48," Palin's lawyer, Thomas Van Flein, told Fox News. "There is a connection to the Democratic Party in the lower 48."

There's no doubt that Alaska's state government has been paralyzed since Palin's return, with anger and frustration emanating from both the governor's office and the state legislature. All of Palin's major bills failed to pass this year's first 90-day session. But conversations with both Republican and Democratic legislators reveal that Palin's inability to get anything done has little to do with the media attacks the Alaska governor claims drove her from office. The lawmakers say it has more to do with how national exposure changed her, moving her much further to the right than she had been and making her nearly impossible to work with. And state Republicans seem just as incensed about it as the Democrats.

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  1. RLWellman

    It's funny the comments about Sarah Palin not having enough experience to be vice-president. We have a President who was only a Senator for 145 days, but he has enough experience to president.
    Not too much bias here.

    I'll bet if Sarah Palin was asked to show her birth certificate, she would.

    July 24, 2009 at 7:45 pm |
  2. John

    This media who encourage and behing the breaking news and who talk arrest continuous it's just the political and for forget the reform healthcare and the reform education of President Obama to talk you against public healthcare

    July 24, 2009 at 6:57 pm |
  3. Martina Ilstad Germany

    I think,this will be not the last time,we will heare about her. Next President election will come. In the meantime she will be a good mother......and then.....?

    July 24, 2009 at 6:36 pm |
  4. janette tx

    Go learn the proper way to raise a family. and make sure
    your kids finish school and educate them about birth control.

    July 24, 2009 at 4:53 pm |
  5. Sabrina in Las Vegas

    If politicians had clean closets and a strong soul, they wouldn't have scandals or complain about being insulted or verbally attacked...they could write it off as just childish banter to bring them down and off target.

    July 24, 2009 at 4:33 pm |
  6. Clay

    Is it just me, or is there anyone who can understand Sara's fragmented style of speech?

    July 24, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  7. Donna Wood, Lil' Tennessee

    So she pretty much sabotaged herself. Way to go Mrs. Palin! Hey, it's o.k., I know how it is. After all we've all been guilty of doing this to ourselves at least once in our lives and would probably be lying if we said otherwise. But we do try to learn from our mistakes Mrs. Palin, not blame it on someone else. It's kind of like saying my brother did it or my sister did it not me! Know what I mean jellybean?

    Donna Wood
    Lexington, Tennessee

    July 24, 2009 at 3:20 pm |
  8. Mari

    What goes around, comes around, Palin.

    July 24, 2009 at 3:11 pm |
  9. Dean D. Ellis

    Let's take these quotes:

    ...“I wish you’d hear MORE from the media of your state’s progress and how we tackle Outside interests–daily–SPECIAL interests that would stymie our state..."

    "...Palin and her representatives accused these unnamed “Outside interests” of harming her ability to govern..."

    "...that we believe came from down in the lower 48,”

    “There is a connection to the Democratic Party in the lower 48.”

    How does unnamed “outside interests" match up with "Democratic Party in the lower 48"?

    It seems to me that she really is naming names. Well the Democratic Party is a general term....but...that's just "Republi-Speak" in its truest form. Not the Democrats in Hawaii and definately not the Democrats in Alaska. Or maybe she just doesn't think that there are Democrats in those two states. What about the District of Columbia...there's a bunch of Democrats there but technically...it's not a state. Maybe in a state of confusion, but not a state.

    "...that we believe came from down in the lower 48,” Who is we? Nnd as the worm turns that means that you have no facts, just an opinion.

    ...“I wish you’d hear MORE from the media of your state’s progress..." Well, maybe there is no progress...could that be attributed to "truth in reporting"?

    What it might boil down to is not that any un-named outside interest is to blame for "harming her ability to govern." Maybe it's just her. Try looking in the mirror before you point any of the fingers at anyone.

    Juuuuuust my "O"pinion.

    July 24, 2009 at 2:34 pm |
  10. Will

    Whaahh! The Dems don't like me and are out to get me. Please, let's be serious. Sounds to me like she didn't graduate from kindergarten. Why can't she just do us all a favor and go away. While I'm at it, the media communities should do us all a favor as well and leave her alone and not give her anymore attention. I'm not a Dem or Rep, I am for people who have leadership ability and a spine.

    Sarah, you failed. Shut up, get over it, and go away.

    July 24, 2009 at 2:01 pm |
  11. Fernando

    she really thinks she is capable of being the President.... wow! I hope she starts reading stuff... anything will do...

    July 24, 2009 at 12:58 pm |
  12. Debbie

    Instead of taking a centrist view of this... Palin is partially right and the media is partially right, the media again refuses to look itself as closely in the mirror as it looks at those it investigates. Physician, heal thyself.

    July 24, 2009 at 12:52 pm |
  13. denice johnson

    i'm so tired of Palin i can't even be bothered to read all of this article. i just wish she'd either do something or go quietly away.

    July 24, 2009 at 12:51 pm |