July 8th, 2009
12:38 PM ET

Time to move past Palin distraction

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/POLITICS/07/06/palin.resignation/art.palin.gi.jpg caption="John Feehery says Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's resignation is a good sign for the Republican Party."]

John Feehery
Special to CNN

Editor's note: John Feehery was a staffer for former House Speaker Dennis Hastert and other Republicans in Congress. He is president of Feehery Group, a Washington-based advocacy firm that has represented clients including the News Corp., Ford Motor Co. and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. He formerly was a government relations executive vice president for the Motion Picture Association of America.

It shouldn't have surprised anyone that Gov. Sarah Palin would surprise everyone by announcing that she was quitting her job by the end of July.

Everything about her career has been a surprise.

I remember distinctly when Arizona Sen. John McCain selected Palin to be his vice presidential running mate. It was, to say the least, a surprise.

I had just taken the red-eye from Denver, Colorado (and the Democratic convention), and friends were calling me, concerned that McCain was going to pick Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman.

One friend, in particular, was pushing for a little-known governor from Alaska, of all places, who seemed to hit all the right buttons for conservatives. This governor was pro-life, pro-gun and anti-tax, had high popularity ratings in the state, and best of all, she was a woman. The thought was that she could help with that all-important female voting demographic.

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Filed under: Raw Politics • Republicans • Sarah Palin
soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. RLWellman

    Wasn't it the last two years that the Democrats controlled both houses?
    Wasn't the stock market at 14,000 in Nov. 2007 before the Democrats were in control?
    Wasn't it the Senate that writes the bills?
    Wasn't it Barney Frank that said Freddie and Fannie were okay?
    Wasn't it Barrack Obama that helped write the first stimulis bill and told G.W.Bush to sign it and then complained it didn't have any stipulations in it about not paying out bonuses?

    I'd say things were pretty good until the Democrats took over. Now, they have control of all 3-houses and look at the garbage they are passing now.

    July 9, 2009 at 9:59 am |
  2. g2

    I wish you all would learn to report the do's and don't's of the party and the ideas of the party, rather they are democrat or republican,
    It's a sad case of affairs to say ugly things about her children as they have done in the past.
    To all those who say such ugly things about any of our canidates and there families should spend time looking in there own closet.

    July 9, 2009 at 1:48 am |
  3. Carol Thomas

    I love Sarah Palin! Please, God, give her the presidency in 2012.
    Give this nation another chance, Lord.

    July 8, 2009 at 11:41 pm |
  4. Sharon

    Anderson, if you really want to dig deeper into those ethic complaints against Sarah Palin, why don't you interview her lawyer? Wouldn't that be more fair and honest ?

    July 8, 2009 at 11:24 pm |
  5. Jan

    I am terrified that the people who elected W, not once but twice, could possibly elect Palin.

    July 8, 2009 at 10:47 pm |
  6. Elizabeth Kelly

    For some reason this little lady drives you liberals insane.
    I know of no other female world wide being talked about as
    much as Governor Sarah Palin. The only person not talking
    about her is David Letterman. Well, maybe he is as I don't
    watch him anymore.

    July 8, 2009 at 10:45 pm |
  7. Christy Lane

    The charges against Sarah Palin have caused taxpayers time and money. It's ridiculous and should be dismissed. I'm sorry to see her go as Governor. I have never seen so much media attack against anyone before (except Michael Jackson). I give credit to Sarah Palin for standing up for herself and her family.

    July 8, 2009 at 10:32 pm |
  8. Lampe

    SpicaSeven: I agree with you that quitting in the middle of the game, shows a lack of morals and values. That is why I am so surprised that many more people aren't up in arms about Obama's behaviour. I mean after all he didn't finish his Senate position, and he continued to take a pay from the people of Chicago while he and his family were on the campaign trail, shows a real lack of morals and values. Wouldn't you agree? The bigger embarassment is what the Democrats in Washington are doing to this country starting with Obama and Biden.

    July 8, 2009 at 9:53 pm |
  9. Annie Kate

    A GOP member saying he was mistaken about Palin. At least he has the wits to see it and the gumption to admit to it. I hope the rest of the GOP takes a leaf from his book.

    July 8, 2009 at 7:14 pm |
  10. SpicaSeven

    She get's an "F" for not completing her assignment to the people, I think they (GOP) told her to step down and please kept your mouth shut! And, quiting in the middle of the game, lack of morals and values. She is an embarrassment to America.

    July 8, 2009 at 6:55 pm |
  11. Lala

    sarah palin is Toast! By 'Quitting' the Govenorship she is no longer viable for the 2012 Pres Race other than to her Hard Core Right Wing – Perhaps she will do a Richard Nixon like return and reappear years later as she is still young.

    July 8, 2009 at 6:37 pm |
  12. n.bashiir

    The way Mrs Palin talks, makes me feel that she cuts and pastes the words orally. does anybody feel like that? Wak Wak like a duck!!!
    No substance there is no way you can follow what she means.
    She needs some rest I cant stand her breath, was she running or she was standing? Please advice the lady. to slow down and take a deep breath and talk like a lady in charge.Oops! she is not in charge, she let go one simple responsibility to carry a bigger heavier responsibility on her shoulders in the future. History will tell us how, later.............

    July 8, 2009 at 4:01 pm |
  13. RLWellman

    It's about the same that Barrack Obama quit his job as Senator, right? You left can't pass up an opportunity to stick the knife in a little bit farther and then twist it. It's okay for him to quit, but Sarah is a quitter?

    Is this all you can report on? You don't have any other news to report on except Sarah Palin and Michael Jackson? No wonder your ratings are down.

    Maybe you should be reporting on how thw Government is ripping us off. Maybe you should report on how much money they are spending and how much control they are trying to get over our lives? Maybe you could even lie a little and tell how good these programs are going to be for us.

    July 8, 2009 at 2:53 pm |
  14. michael moore

    I'm so sick of hearing about this woman. The only one with any interest is Tina Fey.

    July 8, 2009 at 2:44 pm |
  15. Arachnae

    Shorter John Feehery – "Nothing to see here. Move along."

    July 8, 2009 at 12:14 pm |
  16. Melissa

    No, it isn't. Not until we are sure that she isn't going to run for 2012. People are already forgetting the Bush nightmare, when they shouldn't be. They should not forget the Palin catasrophe.

    July 8, 2009 at 12:05 pm |
  17. Enough

    Is their a point to this story? sounds like nothing more than a personal opinion which is of no interest.

    July 8, 2009 at 11:45 am |