April 16th, 2009
09:55 PM ET

I'm having flashbacks

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/POLITICS/02/24/palin.travel/art.palindc.gi.jpg caption="Alaska governor, Sarah Palin, spoke in Vanderburgh County, Indiana Thursday night."]
Candy Crowley | BIO
CNN Senior Political Correspondent

I'm having flashbacks.

A 5am alarm.

The small cramped plane ride.

A long pell mell trip in a car you only rent because nobody buys them.

Pulled over for speeding (technically this is known as "travel-other: on expense accounts).

Having narrowly escaped the slammer ...TAH-DAH here we are in Evansville, Indiana.


That's EXACTLY what I said to myself.

Two words, dear reader, Sarah Palin. Major Flashback.

The Governor of Alaska has come to speak to the...deep breath for this.

The Vanderburgh County, Indiana Right To Life Spring Banquet.

It is a very big deal and The Governor of Alaska is a very big deal with them. She agreed to do it, and they sold about a thousand more tickets and spilled over into another room. They love her here.

Elsewhere, not so much.

Let's face it legislatively and personally, the past several months have been....how to put this delicately ...a total mess for Palin. All My Children meets Northern Exposure.

And being in Indiana means The Governor is not in Alaska ( i didn't go to school for nothin) Anyway that really irritates the stew out of some politicians (read this democrats) in Alaska who say she is more interested in promoting her national ambitions than she is in running her state.

Listen-2012 is political light years away. I bet Sarah Palin has no idea whether she'll run, but if you start a political action committee and then trek from Alaska to Evansville, Indiana to put in a cameo appearance before 3,000 anti-abortion activists who help make up the core of the republican party...well, then I think you're thinking about it.

Gotta run she's almost here. I'll have it on AC360° very soon ..

Also, just kidding about that speeding ticket....honest...no, really.


Filed under: Candy Crowley • Raw Politics • Sarah Palin
soundoff (14 Responses)
  1. Leslie, Boulder

    I somehow have the feeling she is being set up, just as we have already experinced with GWB. But I dn't think she can be controlled and manipulated. So what's the point?

    April 17, 2009 at 7:16 pm |
  2. Tula

    Well...it's obvious you posters don't live in Alaska! lol Alaskans are all for people that "speak out" but, we prefer they tell the truth at the same time, Sarah has a big problem with that. I'm sorry tell you this but, Sarah does not deserve the respect of the people of Alaska, especially the people of Southeast Alaska.
    If you truly want to know about Sarah Palin, sign onto one of the Alaska newspapers and read the stories and comments there..you may get a very different perspective about the Governor of Alaska and what her "subjects" think of her.

    April 17, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  3. Joan Cashwell

    I agree with John and Sharon and Katharine, It is sad when a lady can not speak the truth and say what is on her mind without being bashed , I like Sara Palin, she is frank and says it like it is and does not beat around the bush and does not have to kiss any Washington finest's butts.. .. She is herself , not phony about her.. she says it like it is and good for her.. You go Girl... Iam all for you... and I love your little guy.. and if you ran for President , Heck I would vote for you in a minute.. do dancing around the bush with you, we would all know where we stand.. Keep up the good work..

    April 17, 2009 at 2:07 pm |
  4. Harry B

    CNN's credibility and so called balanced reporting is clearly not appreciated by the public. Particularly Anderson Cooper. Have a look at the number of viewers on Wednesday. That should tell you how impressed people are with their objective coverege

    Wednesday April 15, 2009 8-11 PM ET

    FOXNEWS 3,390,000
    MSNBC 1,210,000
    CNN 1,070,000
    CNN HEADLINE 909,000

    FOXNEWS O'REILLY 3,980,000
    FOXNEWS HANNITY 3,239,000
    FOXNEWS GRETA 2,947,000
    FOXNEWS BECK 2,740,000
    FOXNEWS BAIER 2,401,000
    FOXNEWS SHEP 2,185,000
    COMEDY DAILY SHOW 1,777,000
    MSNBC OLBERMANN 1,499,000
    COMEDY COLBERT 1,446,000
    CNNHN GRACE 1,336,000
    CNN KING 1,292,000
    MSNBC MADDOW 1,149,000
    CNN COOPER 1,021,000

    April 17, 2009 at 1:10 pm |
  5. alohame

    Palin is the one who gets bashed because she is controversial. Doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure that one out. If we bashed those other women, CNN would have no fun at that. With that said, I am a Palin fan because she is the only one willing to speak out. If people don't like the way she does it, dear God, then you must be a man or too masculine in your thinking:)

    April 17, 2009 at 11:42 am |
  6. rj ross

    They love to bash Gov Palin because she represents the polar opposite ideology. The liberals at CNN can't tolerate the thought of a strong, pro-life, pro-gun, Christian woman. Gov Palin is a major threat to their obvious political agenda.

    April 17, 2009 at 10:53 am |
  7. Harry B

    Why does CNN not stick to simply reporting. As a news organization that considers itself "fair and balanced", CNN is anything but that. The short comment that Palin is not so much liked elsewhere is only your opinion. Most CNN people are so lobsided pro Obama and pro Democrat that it makes my stomach turn sometimes. And I am a foreigner who looks at the US political situation from the outside. The comment made by Anderson Cooper Wednesday about "teabagging" only proves my point. You need to report on things that happen and keep your opinions to your self. They are not that relevant.

    April 17, 2009 at 10:38 am |
  8. John Thomas

    I'm with Sharon, Why can't you show some respect for Gov. Palin?

    April 17, 2009 at 10:15 am |
  9. Sharon S

    I just wish CNN would get off the Sarah Palin bashing already!!! It is so old hat!

    Give this woman respect, if you can give Nancy Pelosi and Janet Napolitano respect after all the rude and disrespectful and classless things they both have said and done you should at least give Sarah some respect!!!

    At least she does have Class and is respectful unlike most in the House these days!

    April 17, 2009 at 9:30 am |
  10. Katharine Roberts

    I am listening to Anderson Cooper and Candy Crowley...why doesn't Candy say pro-life instead of anti-abortion?
    Anderson and Gergen were talking about water boarding and noting that Obama will not tolerate torture. I would like CNN and Mr. Obama to tell me the difference between aborting a baby and torturing terrorists. Terrorists who are treated to water boarding at least can gesture that they have had enough and may be willing to talk. What chance does a pre-born child have to signal that he/she would like a chance to live?
    This dichotomy makes no moral sense.

    April 16, 2009 at 10:35 pm |
  11. N Darr

    "Governor of Indiana"? Amazing how easy it is to misspeak. Imagine the mileage you'd be getting from it if Palin had said it.

    April 16, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  12. ron


    I think you meant "the governor of ALASKA" in that third sentence. Our governor, Mitch Daniels, although a Republican is far too smart to break bread with this crowd. According to Chuck Todd's book, "How Obama Won...", one out of four people who voted for Mitch voted for Obama. There are a lot of moderate Republicans and independents in Indiana who loathe Palin and viewher as as a pariah on the party. On the other hand, when you have the Republican governor of Texas, Rick Perry, threatening succession from the union, it's hard to know which inmates are currently running the GOP mad house these days.

    April 16, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  13. Kathy, Chicago

    Yikes! Did you draw the short straw to get this assignment? Indiana can be a quiet place!

    April 16, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  14. Rebekah

    Oh wow, when Candy puts it like that, I really do think that Palin HAS to be either 1. Trying – in vain – to clean up her resume and/or 2. Get support from members of the Republican party for a presidential run in either 2012 or 2016.
    Can't wait to hear the in-depth report on AC360 tonight about this story, for sure.

    April 16, 2009 at 10:05 pm |