Sarah Palin

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Oh, Sarah

By 1.20.16

It’s hard to believe that the 2008 campaign was so long ago. But it’s easy to remember the unbridled excitement we all felt when that plane from Anchorage landed that night, and an unknown governor from Alaska descended into the chaos of an open Presidential campaign. Senator John McCain had been blindsided by a celebrity candidate from Illinois who had charisma and a cult following, and he needed a way to energize the base — a folksy, relatable Vice President whose TV ready family and penchant for colloquialism was just the thing to connect him with “Real America.”

If you could have told me, in 2008, that this is where that road would eventually lead, you’d have had to wipe my chin off the floor. With her endorsement of Donald Trump, Sarah Palin has done a complete 180 from her down-home conservative roots, embracing Trump’s populist, hardly conservative campaign with fervor, proving that she — despite what she’s said over and over for the last decade — is more about defeating an “Establishment” boogeyman than she is following through on the limited government, pro-life, free market world she envisioned in her first speech to a raucous Republican National Convention.

Is Sarah Palin Set to Endorse Donald Trump? UPDATE: Yes, It’s Official

By on 1.19.16 | 1:48PM

UPDATE: It's official.

The New York Times seems to think this will "rally conservatives." I tend to think otherwise.

Sarah Palin, the former Alaska governor and 2008 vice-presidential nominee who became a Tea Party sensation and a favorite of grass-roots conservatives, will endorse Donald J. Trump in Iowa on Tuesday, officials with his campaign confirmed. The endorsement provides Mr. Trump with a potentially significant boost just 13 days before the state’s caucuses.

“I’m proud to endorse Donald J. Trump for president,” Ms. Palin said in a statement provided by his campaign.

Her support is the highest-profile backing for a Republican contender so far.

“I am greatly honored to receive Sarah’s endorsement,” Mr. Trump said in a statement trumpeting Mrs. Palin’s decision. “She is a friend, and a high-quality person whom I have great respect for. I am proud to have her support.”

Rep. Steve Cohen Jealous of Sarah Palin’s SNL Invite

By on 2.16.15 | 12:58PM

Last night, Saturday Night Live celebrated 40 years on the air, presumably because, given the ten more years required to reach a real milestone, everyone's pickled livers would have given out, rendering the show forced to celebrate it's awkward 1980s downturn instead of it's 1970s heyday. In attendance were some of the show's brightest stars, celebrities who've made multiple hosting appearances, iconic musical acts and Sarah Palin.

It's understandable, of course, that the show would welcome it's most famous target, especially since Tina Fey's Sarah Palin impression is almost inseperable from most people's idea of who Sarah Palin actually is. Sarah, for her part, wore her daughter's dress and poked fun at herself in a way very few politicians are able to do. But while her appearance generally suprised and delighted audiences, at least one sitting Congressional representative was incensed that she snagged an invite while his got lost in the mail.

Political Hay

Sarah Palin and the Sons of Liberty

By 2.3.15

Oh the humanity! Good heavens. Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin has a bad day and suddenly out comes this stream of ill-disguised venom going after the woman. She’s a this and a that and “we told you so.” Yada yada yada.

Get the smelling salts! Methinks all this commotion over Sarah Palin is really representative of something else. 

Let’s go back to an event from last week that was presented courtesy of the History Channel. It was a show called Sons of Liberty, a three-parter that dramatized the events in Boston leading up to the Declaration of Independence. The show was riveting. Yes, the telling of this famous American tale was a trifle Hollywoodized. Growing up in Massachusetts and spending time tromping the Freedom Trail and other landmarks of the Revolution in Boston, I am pretty sure that Sam Adams was kind of your basic portly guy. Hardly the glamorous English actor Ben Barnes who portrayed him. (Although in fact Barnes did an excellent job capturing the Sam Adams spirit.)

PETA Trades Barbs With Palin, Confuses Her With Tina Fey Again

By on 1.5.15 | 12:51PM

Over the New Year's holiday, PETA, which is not typically known for having all of its marbles together in a single place to begin with, lost whatever remains of its collection over a photo of Sarah Palin's son Trig balancing on a rather large dog in order to reach something at counter level in her kitchen. Depsite the fact that the dog was clearly used to it, that the child couldn't not weigh even half of what the dog weighs and that Ellen DeGeneres, PETA's celebrity of the year, posted an almost-identical photo months earlier, PETA insisted that Palin was committing animal abuse. 

Sarah Palin Reads Green Eggs and Ham

By on 3.10.14 | 3:32PM

Sarah Palin delivered CPAC’s keynote speech on Saturday with wit and feisty charm that ignited the conservatives in the crowd.

Palin had no reservations about attacking Obama and his administration, jabbing at Obamacare, the NSA, and particularly the so-called war on women.

“We know better than to fall for that victimization line,” she said. “But if you have a sister or a friend, you have to set them straight. They entice girls to think they need guys to grow government. That’s not liberation; that’s subjugation.”

Displaying a copy of Dr. Seuss's Green Eggs and Ham, Palin changed the words and delivered lines like “I do not like this health care plan.”

She also wasn’t afraid to mock Obama's foreign policy strategy: “Vladimir…I’ve got a phone and I’ve got a pen…I can poke you with my pen – pinkie promise!”

Palin Derangement Syndrome: ‘No Labels’ Edition

By on 3.29.13 | 7:04PM

It doesn’t take much provocation to trigger an outburst of Palin Derangement Syndrome from the usual suspects, and former Rudy Giuliani speechwriter John Avlon’s PDS eruption at the Daily Beast is typical.

Avlon helped create the anti-Tea Party “No Labels” group, an effort to destroy the Republican Party through “non-partisanship,” apparently because there was no one in the GOP who was willing to hire Avlon after the embarrassing debacle of Giuliani’s 2008 campaign.

Sarah Palin’s political action committee released a video signaling that she would continue to be a presence in helping elect conservatives like Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley. In attacking Palin – accusing her of hypocrisy -- Avlon played on public ignorance about how PACs and consultants operate.

Palin’s Enemies Don’t Understand Libel Case Against Joe McGinniss

By on 9.27.11 | 7:52PM

Perhaps you haven't heard about the letter that Sarah Palin's lawyer sent Random House, so let me begin by filling you in on the background:

Joe McGinniss last year made headlines by renting the house next door to the Palin family in Wasilla. McGinniss recently published an anti-Palin book that was almost universally panned by critics as an ill-sourced smear job and it appears to be a commercial flop. Some of the more sensationalized sex-and-drugs-and-crime stuff in the book made headlines for a few days, but once other journalists saw what sloppy work McGinniss had published, his book was dismissed as an overhyped hatchet-job. Even such notorious Palin-haters as Keith Olbermann and Rachel Maddow have snubbed McGinniss. And then ...

Palin, Perry, and Paranoia

By on 9.1.11 | 1:10AM

After Wednesday's all-day drama surrounding Saturday's Tea Party rally in Indianola, Iowa -- with headliner Sarah Palin reportedly ready to cancel her scheduled appearance -- Palin's fans were understandably perplexed.

It appeared that the event's organizers, a new group called Tea Party of America founded by Ken Crow, had provoked an unnecessary controversy by a last-minute decision to add former Delaware Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell to the rally schedule. Tuesday, O'Donnell was disinvited and then re-invited, and by Wednesday morning, Palin's participation in the event was reported to be "on hold." Then O'Donnell was finally disinvited and, at last word, Palin had agreed to go on with Saturday's show.

Dear Governor Palin: Please Call Me

By on 8.15.11 | 11:05PM

Governor, my good friend Quin Hillyer appears to believe that you deliberately allowed a reporter from Politico to overhear your conversation with Alex Pappas of the Daily Caller (who is also my good friend). In the interest of putting to an end what Quin calls a "contretemps," permit me to suggest that you ask around for my phone number, call me up, and let's get the facts straight.

My gut-hunch says that you wouldn't be doing any favors like that for a Politico reporter. In fact, my gut-hunch says that this reporter was actually eavesdropping on your private phone conversation.

Now, governor, you know the good work I did two years ago when the execrable scuzzball Jesse Griffin was floating that bogus divorce rumor. And you also know that I had the honor of visiting with your husband and children last September.