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Adams writes: "Over on her supporters' websites, there is much gnashing of teeth and a good deal of denial. No wonder, because only a week ago her supporters were being solicited for donations to help convince Sarah to run."

Sarah Palin: not running, just waving, 10/05/11. (photo: Gerald Herbert/AP)
Sarah Palin: not running, just waving, 10/05/11. (photo: Gerald Herbert/AP)

Sarah Palin: The End of an Error

By Richard Adams, Guardian UK

06 October 11


Sarah Palin finally admits she will not run for the White House in 2012, effectively ending her career as a political contender.

ong past the time many had ceased caring, Sarah Palin announced on Wednesday night that she was not running for the presidency in 2012. Fox News alone of America's cable networks thought her announcement was more significant than the death of Steve Jobs. Everyone else reacted with a quick shrug and moved on.

It had become obvious that Palin was not going to be a candidate. The reality is that Palin didn't stand a chance, so badly has she squandered her political capital within the Republican party over the past year with cheap stunts, such as an on-again, off-again grandiose national bus tour. Her career in national politics as a candidate is over.

The most straight-forward implication of Palin's decision - along with the announcement by New Jersey governor Chris Christie that he would not be running - is that the Republican field is set. There is now no prince across the water. That means Republican voters will either have to come to terms with Mitt Romney or the alternative, most likely Rick Perry.

But for Palin and her supporters, the announcement ends any serious opportunity Palin may have had. The weakness of the 2012 Republican field was such that had Palin chosen to make a serious effort, she could have done well. She could have won the nomination. Now she almost certainly never will.

Even if Republicans don't regain the White House in 2012, the GOP has a rich crop of potential candidates in 2016: Christie, Perry, Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush, Scott Walker. By 2020, Palin will be a distant memory, just as if Al Gore was running for the Democratic nomination in 2012.

In reality Palin's career was effectively killed off when she decided to quit midway through her term as governor of Alaska back in 2009. From that moment on her unfavourability ratings climbed to toxic levels. When the Tea Party movement arose she quickly embraced it, backing herself further into a shrill corner of the Republican party, speaking in the code of talk radio and appealing to an ever-shrinking fan base.

What beckons instead is a career as a political quasi-celebrity on the conservative right, alongside the Oliver Norths, Ann Coulters and J Gordon Liddys. But without the attraction of being a potential presidential candidate, Palin will find the spotlight and the crowds have moved on.

Over on her supporters' websites, there is much gnashing of teeth and a good deal of denial. No wonder, because only a week ago her supporters were being solicited for donations to help convince Sarah to run.

On Mark Levin's radio show, where she made her announcement, Palin was full of perky plans for helping elect conservatives in 2012. Like a Broadway show that lost an audience, she plans a tour of the provinces.

Many Republicans will be glad to see her go since she drives away the moderates and independents that the GOP needs to win over to hold the White House. In a memorable recent blog, RedState's Erick Erickson described Palin's cult-like supporters as "unhinged" and saying of Palin's prevarication: "Enough is enough".

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+173 # Kayjay 2011-10-06 15:00
Well... I'm glad she has declared herself a non-candidate for the presidency. Now, she and Todd can get back to work on what's really important to them, admiring their bank account, helping Alaska secede from the lower 49 and gazing upon the shores of Russia.
+38 # KittatinyHawk 2011-10-06 19:57
And Kill more Creatures, well, Grizzlies are comin' Eagles are goin to tell them where you are!
+109 # madams12 2011-10-06 17:25
Buh bye Sarah....good.. ..go....get Wasilla...good riddence and dont let the door hit you on the revoir....auf wiedershehen..c iao...scram
+34 # KittatinyHawk 2011-10-06 19:56
She will need a translator..
+131 # Barbara K 2011-10-06 17:29
So glad to have her out of our lives. What a dimwitted fraud she is. All she wants is money anyway, I wonder if she returned campaign funds she received since she is not running. I say good riddance, she has brought out the worst in America ever since she came down from Alaska.
+28 # steve98052 2011-10-06 23:17
Unfortunately, when compared to the remaining crop of Republican presidential candidates, she'd only fall somewhere in the middle of the dimwitted fraud scale.

She's not nearly as scary as Perry or Bachmanmn; both of them are crazier, and more effective at selling their craziness.
-38 # samvbarnes 2011-10-07 16:18
Give me a break Barbara. Did you write that by yourself or did you enlist the help of a 8th grader. Sarah can keep the funds if she so desires although I doubt there are many funds left. Why is it that one party complains about the other party keeping campaign funds but never their sacred party? That is why I like the freedom of making a choice without some party telling me how to vote or what to say or who to hate.

If Sarah was able to bring out all the bad in America since she came down from Alaska then she really should be the next president. Anyone with that kind of power is definitely a person for the job of president.
+70 # MashingTheGas 2011-10-06 18:09
Sarah Who?
+15 # bsager892 2011-10-06 21:52
Sarah Palindrome (according to Webster's New World College dictionary): noun. running back, again. a word, phrase or sentence that reads the same backwards or forwards. exp: madam.
+56 # stonecutter 2011-10-06 18:21
In some deep, deep way, Palin reminded me of the worst of Senator Joe McCarthy 60 years ago: the appeal to ignorant haters, the transparent self-interest and money-grubbing, the intellectual vacuity, the pervasive cynicism in her inarticulate, comic-book message of faux-patriotism and bumper-sticker politics. In referring to her live appearance on SNL a while back, liberal Alec Baldwin, who appeared with her on that show, remarked on a subsequent Letterman appearance about her formidable physical beauty in person. During her recent touring, she always knew she was selling her sexual allure as much if not more than her flaccid intellect or controversial leadership style, and certainly more than her hollowed out, dumbed down rhetoric regarding this country's intractable problems.

The cretinous suckers who've made her rich these past 3 years, assuming she'd eventually step up and run for president, deserve the screwing they've just received by her foregone "announcement" that she's taking a pass.

I'd be less than honest as a red-blooded American male if I said I wouldn't welcome a summer night with her in a tent in the majestic Alaskan peaks overlooking Wasilla, assuming she was not packing and Todd was no longer in the picture (a fantasy is a fantasy), but her disappearance from the campaign is huge relief. Katie Couric had her pegged all along.
+34 # AKOldfart 2011-10-06 19:32
I'd be less than honest as a red-blooded American male if I said I wouldn't welcome a summer night with her in a tent in the majestic Alaskan peaks overlooking Wasilla, assuming she was not packing and Todd was no longer in the picture (a fantasy is a fantasy)

Stonecutter, she would probably charge you far more than she would be worth.

+30 # allie 2011-10-06 20:25
stonecutter0602 , you had me all the way until you said you found her attractive....Y ikes!
+8 # stonecutter 2011-10-06 22:14
I value Alec Baldwin's opinion...what can I say?
+29 # X Dane 2011-10-06 21:17
Yep stonecutter, that is precisely why she lasted as long as she did..... She was just selling herself....and lots of men were buying, at least....they wanted to.
Had she been a plain woman, with maybe a few extra pounds....nobod y would have paid any attention.
I certainly can appreciate a good looking woman, but...... she has to have BRAINS for me to consider her for any important position, and WAY above average for higher office.

Men are so easily distracted by good looks.
+39 # X Dane 2011-10-06 21:23
She was attractive until she opened her mouth and spoke. That annoying high pitched voice was grating, and what she said, vicious, stupid or both
+27 # bsager892 2011-10-06 21:55
The fantasy would be okay until she opened her mouth. She must have one of the most irritating and whiny voices that God ever gave to a man or a woman.
+19 # steve98052 2011-10-06 23:13
Come on, she's only physically attractive if you grade on a curve against other nationally-prom inent female politicians and ex-politicians.

When you think of her as attractive, are you sure you're not confusing Palin with Tina Fey in character as Palin?
+26 # Granny Weatherwax 2011-10-06 18:28
Well... On the other hand having such a nutjob right-flanking the GOP contenders would have driven away more serious conservatives and might have induced self-damaging remarks from the other GOP candidates that would have come to bite them in the butt come the general election.
+29 # reiverpacific 2011-10-06 19:38
As a blue-blooded Scottish male, I wouldn't trust her in my tent without restraints (but I'm not goin' there!).
Now for Gawd's sake, let's try to get Perry out of the picture -he's a a damn sight more scary than herself ever was!
And let's give Obama strident permission to git some backbone.
Get Sanders and Kucinich a voice in the owner-media to give some truth to the national lie.
So far the rest of the GOP candidates are angels on a sort of non-sanitary pinhead (Is ol' Newt still running?).
Hands across the Bering Sea (where's that)?
0 # jerryball 2011-10-09 16:23
I hear you about trust. I remember in my business back in the 1970s Los Angeles. I used to have my customers written on a blue board back in the shop. This charming, smiling little woman asked for a favor and I showed her one of my new equipment. Within a week I heard from my customers that she was hitting them up to give her my work. No more blue boards after that. Never trust anybody with privileged information, expecially a winning smile.
+19 # MainStreetMentor 2011-10-06 19:44
There she is: Sara Failin'
+15 # KittatinyHawk 2011-10-06 19:54
Please do not believe this psycho. How many have said this, wait, come back, say it again...When the Primary comes and names are in black/white
Meantime let's get people their id's and out to vote!
+28 # lcarrier 2011-10-06 20:04
Sarah Palin was the wet dream of Roger Ailes and the Fox network. Michele Bachmann was supposed to have inherited her moth-eaten mantle. Who else can the GOP try to elevate to Hillary Clinton status? No one in sight.
+8 # camus11 2011-10-07 14:08
They could always put a dress on Paul Ryan and call him Paula! Ailes would go for that....
+23 # SouthBrun 2011-10-06 20:27
Like a bespecked pick-pocket she fades away. Is she headed back to Alaska? I think she will find those long winter nights cold without the celebrity spotlight that has warmed what she thinks is her soul.
+15 # madams12 2011-10-06 21:38
ah but as reiverpacific (the Scots laddie) might ha spake about her....that with not a thing else to focus her pretty lil mind on she may jest get in a family way agin...blame it on those durn cold endless winter nights....Anoth er great reason for supporting Planned Parenthood forever!
+12 # reiverpacific 2011-10-07 09:27
D'accord madams12, with knobs on; and viva Planned Parenthood!
Actually, herself can probably afford to winter in Hawaii, wink and all (She could see Japan from her Condo, what?), financed by the gains accruing from her self-aggrandizi ng tour as a "Brand" with fulcrums in the muddy reaches of tea-bugger centers of angst and knee-jerk racism.
Her brief flutter across the National stage may be best and most accurately summed up by Hamlet as:
William Shakespeare's words, not mine and written lo, all these centuries ago.
Come to think about it, applicable to quite a few but especially apt in this case.
Now let's git after the rest of the reactionary phony messiahs.
+21 # Regina 2011-10-06 20:37
What were we expecting, a candidate for the Presidency? What we got was an aging former beauty contest winner and a quitter from a previous elective office, a "rogue" whose only interests were ego-building and money. For those pursuits she had demonstrated talent. For government service, null and void. Except for Fox hounds, she will not be missed.
+20 # DaveM 2011-10-06 20:44
I'm sorry....who is this person again?
+13 # Jayne Milner 2011-10-06 20:53
I think the truth of the matter is that Sarah had a steamy affair with a black man and once that story broke it was all over. She doesn't want the truth repeatedly revealed in the media and so she will just lay low and rack in the big money from the sad, mis-informed audience that admires her false image so much.
+22 # pernsey 2011-10-06 21:27
This women is so ridiculous shes non relevant. All that comes out of her mouth is blather and idiocy, and she seems to make money doing it. I guess you just have to be a pretty face, because she has nothing else to her, besides that. Im glad the Wasilla whacko is out of the running!!
+13 # motamanx 2011-10-06 21:31
Did anyone ever go on the record, regarding whether she was really pregnant or not, when she was running for president? Then she flew in an airplane back to Alaska to have the baby at a hospital that doesn't have a record of it.
+22 # Villon 2011-10-06 21:47
No surprises about Palin hustling her supporters until the last minute and then announcing she wasn't running. What is surprising is Richard Adams, who wrote this article, mentioning the rich crop of candidates the Republicans will have in 2016. Jeb Bush? Even the American electorate isn't that stupid to elect another Bush. Scott Walker? After his recall in Wisconsin? And Rick Perry will be thoroughly damaged goods by 2016. Hopefully, so will the Republican party.
+8 # TrueAmericanPatriot 2011-10-07 08:23
Quoting Villon:
No surprises about Palin hustling her supporters until the last minute and then announcing she wasn't running. What is surprising is Richard Adams, who wrote this article, mentioning the rich crop of candidates the Republicans will have in 2016. Jeb Bush? Even the American electorate isn't that stupid to elect another Bush. Scott Walker? After his recall in Wisconsin? And Rick Perry will be thoroughly damaged goods by 2016. Hopefully, so will the Republican party.

Villon, I believe THEY'LL ALL be damaged gooods by spring 2012, at the rate they're going!
+16 # noitall 2011-10-06 22:05
In character to the very last. Her supporters at least have the pleasure of knowing that they were among the last to get their donations in on time. Busses aint cheap to operate you know. Anyone sending that lady from Ak deserves the eye-opener and will probably be better people...someho w. Pray that this era has passed. As they did with Reagan, they'll pull her out in a few years and shower her with praise for things she didn't do.
+19 # sandyboy 2011-10-06 22:25
As another red-blooded Scottish male I can't believe ANYONE finds Palin sexy, with or without restraints or 'service' charges! As Chas Laughton said when Olivier resigned from Roman public life in Kubrick's Spartacus, "(s)he'll be back!" She can't live without the glare of infamy. And yes, I too would like to know what the rules are about soliciting $$$ up to the last minute before you admit you're not running. What an ass she is. They say anyone can make it in America - I guess appallin' Palin is the prime example of the sad literal truth of that statement.
+24 # heraldmage 2011-10-06 22:32
Are you kidding I don't believe she's out. It wouldn't surprise me if there was an effort at the convention GOP where the delegate count may be close to bring her in to break the deadlock Presidential nominee, as has been done in the past.
Her quitting now prevents her from being targeted by fellow GOP's or creating controversy that requires a response from the other candidates Taking herself out now sets her up to be the savior of the Party at a deadlocked convention.
I truly hope I'm wrong because she brings out all the loud mouth fanatic, the lies, misrepresentati on of facts & historical revisions which waste scarce advertising money to re fruit. That is if gun toting, loud mouth,close minded followers will allow the truth to be heard. .
It would be another campaign where lies are not exposed as it was the case in the 2010 TeaParty campaign of using scare tactic, lies & misrepresentati on about healthcare.
What we got was the GOP conspiring with the privileged to destroy the social fabric of USA, eliminating the voice of the people and negotiated labor contracts. They passed legislation allowing the state to dissolve local government replacing them with an administrator whose job is to sell off all publically owned utilities, water rights, parks, and buildings. None of this was part of the campaign.
it would be stupid to trust them again.
+2 # sandyboy 2011-10-07 02:14
Fantasy fodder "until she opened her mouth"?! Er,, I can't go there even in jest or I'll be (probably rightly) nailed as a sexist brute. Oh, but throwing filth at beyond-the-Pali n is such FUN!!!!!!
+3 # grindermonkey 2011-10-07 04:52
I disagree with the majority of these comments. A Palin candidacy will not sink into oblivion until the Constitutionall y decorated bus, like the legendary Blackbird aircraft, is consigned to the Smithsonian Institute and displayed with video and audio quotations from her prolonged political career.
0 # TGMisanthrope 2011-10-07 06:14
"The most straight-forwar d implication of Palin's that the Republican field is set."

Am I the only person who feels that a too-intelligent -to-sign-a-pled ge, relatively moderate Republican candidate will emerge soon, once the wannabes are culled? I realize that over the last several decades the presidential campaign cycle has bloated to almost two years, and I also understand that any Republican acceptable to the extreme wing of the party stands virtually zero chance in the general election. But Obama is surely ripe for the picking and there must be a Republican smart enough to avoid the last almost year of "primary" idiocy, then suddenly appear to capture the hearts and minds of the voters. Not only would this imagined candidate have saved millions of dollars, but he-she would also seem fresh and, more importantly, not be Mitt Romney. Please don't misunderstand: I'm neither Left nor Right, but an Independent capable of critical thinking. I long for a candidate who's honest, socially liberal, and financially conservative (not impossible, if perhaps quixotic), but I find Obama borderline reprehensible. Honestly, if this is the best that the Republicans have to offer, then for the first time in my life I'm embarrassed to be an American.
+3 # madams12 2011-10-07 14:56
TGMisanothrope. dont have to search anymore...just wake up and notice that Obama IS the candidate that you have been searching for all along...he is a moderate intelligent right of center REPUBLICAN...wh y haven't you figured that out yet???? turn off Fox and observe.
0 # TGMisanthrope 2011-10-07 19:07
Interesting that you assume (ass-you-me) I watch Fox, madams12, and it's so good of you to offer such friendly advice. Your thoughtfulness is overwhelming.
+4 # Rehmat 2011-10-07 06:41
No loss to the political aware Americans and certainly not to the Jewish Lobby on which she had been depending on.

There is no shortage of hypocrites among the Republican, Democrat or the Tea Party to sell their souls for money.

Joe McGinniss in his book ‘The rogue: Searching for the Real Sarah Palin’, has claimed that she had a one-night stand with former NBA star Glen Rice nine months before her marriage to Todd. The book also details how Palin allegedly had a six-month affair with Todd’s friend and business partner Brad Hansan”.
+6 # teineitalia 2011-10-07 08:47

I was looking forward to the debate between her and Obama.

not enough mops in the world to mop up the Sarah Palin mess.
+8 # Bill Clements 2011-10-07 10:11
Do you remember how she electrified the Republican base when McCain first selected her for his vice president? They went absolutely bat shit crazy! Could NOT get enough of her. My God, she was going to take the country by storm.

And then, those interviews.

She had to know in her heart of hearts that whatever small modicum of self-respect she's somehow managed to retain would be blown to smithereens by throwing her hat into the ring.
+4 # fredboy 2011-10-07 10:42
Palin's legacy is she inspired a great deal of hatred, and flipped the tea party to make it simply a mouthpiece for corporate shills.
-1 # Wotan 2011-10-07 10:49
Sarah is a very attractive lady. As a
photographer, I would choose her as a model. She has a fetching smile and a nice
slender figure. Alas, as a politico, she is
great, until she opens her mouth and spews
the monotone TEA BAGGER GOP garbage.
-12 # bobby t. 2011-10-07 10:59
stonecutter, thanks for telling the truth. palin was incredibly sexy, almost mariyln monroe sexy if not more. the women who critiqued her showed that by their jealous rage and derision of her.
the numbers that count: 51 million to 49 million. that was the final tally in the 2008 election. or to put it another way, after eight years of W. one percent. whew....palin brought in those votes for the gop, least we forget her impact.maybe it was those glasses......?
+8 # X Dane 2011-10-07 22:09
Bobby t. OK It is now crystal clear how the male mommenters feel about the half term governor, something I have thought all along. However you are DEAD WRONG about how we women feel.

I will almost bet, I speak for most of the women here.... I thought, when she first burst on the scene, WOW, she is one good looking woman.......... ..and then she started to speak. BANG....The bubble burst. What she said was so viscious, and she took such delight in throwing out one nasty zinger after another. ----(I know...she didn't write the speech herself). But it was obvious that this was how she felt. When an attractive woman is mean and nasty it detracts enourmously from her looks.
Whereas a less atractive but charming woman will seem much prettier than she may be, because she is likable.

We women could see what a mean spirited bitch she really is. Thats is part of why we detest her. Also, we want a good looking woman to have a BRAIN, so we can feel proud of her standing up for all of us......... We are NOT jealous. We are digusted by her stupidity, because she is only in the spot light because of looks and because she is running after it.
-2 # badbenski 2011-10-07 12:05
I gotta give credit to most of the guys posting here; While they might not mind bending her over the nearest Moose carcass, they'd never vote for her to hold a serious political office. Personally she reminds me of that Executive Secretary that pisses everyone off ('cuz they know how she got her job) and I'm not sure Id... No, why lie? God help, I would... Arf!
-3 # camus11 2011-10-07 13:48
She had to pullout (so to speak) because she was afraid the videos of the threesome with Perry, Bachmann and her would surface. Talk about bestiality!
-2 # RICHARDKANEpa 2011-10-08 21:47
Sorry Sarah Palin is doing her job getting out the GOP vote.

She has no intention of being President unless she is the last step in Preventing Ron Paul from getting the Republican nomination.
+2 # jerryball 2011-10-09 16:16
Thanks a bunch Sarah Doll. You have stockpiled your election stash away from anyone else using it to push their agenda forward. Feed a Sarah, starve a Republican Candidate. And now that that stash is not for a campaign, campaign laws no longer are attached on how you spend that loot. Neiman Marcus, here she comes.
+1 # jerryball 2011-10-09 16:19
Quoting camus11:
They could always put a dress on Paul Ryan and call him Paula! Ailes would go for that....

Yes, those eyelashes are "To die for!"
0 # vltjr 2011-10-10 08:37
"...hold the White House", referring to the Republicans! WTF is that. Great job there Lou,, I mean Richard.

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