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February 8th, 2010
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Can Palin push the Tea Party over the top?

The first national Tea Party convention wrapped up this weekend in Nashville.

Sarah Palin was the featured speaker. Organizers are hoping she can help them turn their conservative grassroots movement into a political force.

Republican strategist Ed Rollins and Daily Beast columnist John Avlon joined us on Monday's American Morning to read the tea leaves.

Read more: Analysis: Where does the Tea Party go from here?


Filed under: Politics • Welcome to the Tea Party
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  1. Jen

    Sarah Palin is not a Teaparty leader..she is an opportunist riding that band wagon for political gain..nothing more.

    March 12, 2010 at 7:44 am |
  2. Bob

    Palin seems to be the most "commented" article on this blog.......

    Interesting........the left is very afraid of her.... and other women are jealous of her.

    February 10, 2010 at 10:04 am |
  3. renomondavi2000

    Alot of what's going on in Washington should be called treason.Washington where the pork goes to highest bidder

    February 9, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  4. Saunders

    Figures conservatives form the NAZ-TEA party. There's not enough problems in this country yet morons, add another one. A Revolution and a potential presidential candidate backing it up. Brilliant. What's next? Sarah Palin riding from town to town yelling: The liberals are coming! The liberals are coming!

    February 9, 2010 at 5:54 pm |
  5. al soni

    I really get concerned about the future of this country when I see some of our fellow Americans getting so inspired by Sarah Palin. John McCain has managed to create the biggest monster/clown that we have seen in the recent years. I have not heard one word from her that inspires me. I just can not figure out why the media has given her so much attention.

    February 9, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  6. jfk

    obama cannot even put an intelligent sentence together unless he is reading from a tellipromptor. And the airheaded liberals have the gall to criticize Palin for putting a couple of notes on her hand. What a bunch of hypocrites.

    February 9, 2010 at 4:45 pm |
  7. Stephanie

    Granted, she got elected but what did she achieve while holding office in Alaska ?
    Amazing to me that so many voted for McCain/Palin ticket; knowing
    this woman would be a heartbeat away from the presidency !
    Bush and fellow Republicans took better part of eight years to mess
    up. It will take longer than a year to get this country back to where it
    was before them. Does anyone out there really think/believe that John
    McCain would have had us back on track in less than a year ?
    Except for the embarrassment (around the world), it would be fun to
    see her as presidential candidate. And what any easy win for any
    Democrat ! Go for it Sara 🙂

    February 9, 2010 at 4:43 pm |
  8. Mike in NJ

    to "Educated Guy":
    Passion over intellect? Let's think of some great leaders, and what was their reason for success. (Your coach comparison vs college professor is actually pretty apt… which one do these figures fit?)

    Lincoln: Erm, Professor. INTELLECT.
    Ghandi: Erm, Professor. INTELLECT.
    Franklin D. Roosevelt: Well, I think he was a passionate professor – fireside chats? Predominantly INTELLECT.
    Martin Luther King: See FDR: Another passionate professor. Predominantly INTELLECT.
    Steve Jobs: A professor with passion. Predominantly INTELLECT.
    Bill Gates: Professor. INTELLECT.
    Nelson Mandela: A professor with passion. Predominantly INTELLECT.
    Winston Churchill: Professor, with a heapload of passion. Predominantly INTELLECT.
    James T. Kirk (I know, fictional…)Using a magazine list here to help me…) – most people think Passion, but did anyone ever notice that as much as Spock knew about the Enterprise and science, Kirk was only half a step behind him?? Predominantly PASSION, with a heapload of Intellect.
    Oprah Winfrey – I’m going to go with 50/50 here.

    (Remember: Intellectual people can be passionate too… or is that impossible? Consider your answer carefully, then recall the teachers who implore us all to strive to learn more. Do they lack passion??)

    Most of these people, who almost all people consider Great Leaders, had one thing in common: the ability to remain calm in a crisis, and solve the crisis in a non-reactionary, thoughtful way. To THINK about the problem, and then ACT to solve it, not to REACT impetuously, then clean up a hastily-created mess.

    Now think of all of the despotic tyrants in history. Were there any that did not allow their passions to rule their actions, whether it was outward belligerence, or psychotic reactions to perceived slights, or not considering the ramifications of their actions? Because a President is NOT a Coach. A President is not there to “Win” a “Game.” He is there to SOLVE DIFFICULT PROBLEMS, while avoiding hurting his or her people or his or her country... or his or her CONSTITUTION. (That’s the oath, please recall- to protect the CONSTITUTION from all enemies.)

    February 9, 2010 at 3:56 pm |
  9. Kevin Hall

    I am almost 60 years and this entire thing is very dissapointing to me. Is Sarah qualified to be president. No. She thought Africa was a country for goodness sakes. She is not very smart and that is one of the qualifications for the job. Not writing on you hand like a small child. There are a bunch of very qualified folks on both sides of the aisle that could lead this country, but as an American I am getting tired of those elected representatives not representing the American people. They must begin to think America and not D or R. Or worse PORK. Hey guys, what about us.

    February 9, 2010 at 3:16 pm |
  10. Sarah

    These people make me want to throw up. Plain and Simple.

    February 9, 2010 at 3:08 pm |
  11. Rose Jones

    Yes, Sarah Palin provokes passion – so did Jim Jones and Adolph Hilter.

    February 9, 2010 at 2:57 pm |
  12. Lemnibus

    I have to agree with Mr. Don. I can't wait for Palin to become president. - cue the clown music and hold up a great big mirror to the sleepwalkers in our country so they can finally see that their beliefs and convictions are nothing more than the baby formula their misinformed parents fed them as infants. Whenever we finally decide to grow up and think through our priorities using our own powers of reason and rationality, I'll be proud of humanity. Until then, we're just a waste of time.

    February 9, 2010 at 2:46 pm |
  13. Martha Lou

    Sarah Palin is entitled to speak and inspire enthusiasm for platform as is President Obama. Rather than discuss the gifts and graces or lack thereof of Mrs. Palin and the merits or lack thereof of the Tea Party I think we need to focus on finding common ground to solve our country's problems. We generally are a practical and creative country, able to solve a myriad of problems when we focus our attention on our priorities. Let's do it!

    February 9, 2010 at 2:41 pm |
  14. Scottish Mama

    AB's don't feel sorry give solutions. No the tea party was started to keep the constitution valid and hijacked by the right wing as a political force to a republican party that has no direction of its own.

    February 9, 2010 at 2:34 pm |
  15. Scottish Mama

    Educated guy don't get passion mixed up with republican disenchantment. Some of the republicans still believe that President Obama is not a United States citizen. Some people and Mrs. Palin will never help the country unite. That is their ball and chain and will never have the vote of the average true american.

    February 9, 2010 at 2:29 pm |
  16. Smart

    Educated Guy: The problem with her being relevant because of her passion is not so far off the mark. Unfortunately, her lack of intelligence makes that actually rather frightening. Hitler generated passion, Mussolini generated passion, Idi Amin generated passion, a clown generated passion but I wouldn't want any of them in a leadership role in civilized society. Coaches of football teams can generate all the passion they want but if they don't have brains behind the passion they'll seldom win anything but the occasional upset. It cannot be sustained without intelligence. Sarah Palin as a leader is nothing short of moronic.

    February 9, 2010 at 2:26 pm |
  17. Daloz

    If the Tea Party wants to be taken seriously, than why in the world would they invite Palin to talk. What a joke. I hope she runs and wins the nomination, so she can get voted NO.

    February 9, 2010 at 2:25 pm |
  18. duvallone

    Compared to Obama's use of teleprompters for every word he speaks, 3 words on her hand is nothing. The vitriol being spewed by the liberal wonks in this site makes me sick. Liberals have their heads so far up their ...that they haven't seen sunshine in forever. Now, get out there and read the paper, look at what is happening around you. Why are businesses afraid to invest? Your President and his tone deaf Congress are the reason.

    February 9, 2010 at 2:25 pm |
  19. Scottish Mama

    In viewing Mrs. Palin she is still running for VP. She has not ever given one logical solution to any problem the US is facing. The Tea party is blowing in the wind and been hijacked by people of little or no substance. I feel sorry for the people that started the tea party to unite the ideas of the people and were distorted along the way by misinformed hate and lie mongers.
    Palin does not have the #'s or the majority behind her. The lies she still spouts have already been disputed, could someone tell her that.
    Obviously as long as you pay her as she goes, she will keep the crib notes coming.

    February 9, 2010 at 2:18 pm |
  20. sjgerman@sbcgliobal.net

    It was always foremost in the thought of our Founders that the people have the right t rebel against a government that has ceased to obey the Constitution. That is why we have the rights t bear arms, assemble, speak, publish, and critique our government. Revolution has many meanings. In this context, it simply means change. Which is greatly needed. I am constantly appalled by the level of ignorance an lack of basic history education found in these comments

    February 9, 2010 at 2:07 pm |
  21. JIm

    JFK and Ronald Reagan would love Palin's authenticity and patriotism. JFK was to the right of McCain, well to the right. Our last decent Democrat.

    Palin obviously did this on purpose to make the Left look petty and hypocritical. Reading off a teleprompter to 9-year olds? LOL! Okay, what a genius he is. I guess that's why his campaigning did so much for Corzine, Deeds, and Coakley?

    February 9, 2010 at 1:57 pm |
  22. Howie

    palin and the teabaggers carry on about wanting smaller government and that only the Repubs can provide it... well here's the facts for 20 of the past 29 years the repubs held the white house and the federal government has grown by leaps and bounds under their control... just like our deficit. but i suspect the actual facts won't get in the way of their brainless banter... i look at the tea-party as a timeout for big kids with ADHD...let them rant for awhile and soon enough they will fall asleep, upon waking up they will forget what they were whining over and move on, much like how they have forgotten about how bad GW Bush was as a president and how bad he hurt this nation...

    February 9, 2010 at 1:52 pm |
  23. CJ

    Anti-Feminist Hypocrites!!!

    You mock her for giving a keynote speech with 4 words on her hand, when the President relies on a teleprompter for everything he says, (and his game falls off significantly without it)???

    When did using notes for a speech become an indication of stupidity?

    Did she ever look at them?

    More importantly, what did you think of her ideas? Did you watch it, or is this just a convenient way to avoid discussing her ideas?

    Maybe you just don't like her because she is a woman?!?

    February 9, 2010 at 1:37 pm |
  24. JB

    Notes on a palm is a hillbilly telepromter.

    February 9, 2010 at 1:28 pm |
  25. letty

    God save us from this woman – and save her from herself and her idiocy and lack of knowledge which she is admiting in public – what can she be thinking about? The only subject: critize the president. Where was the tea party with Bush was running the country into the ground.

    February 9, 2010 at 1:24 pm |
  26. Kiki

    LOVE IT, LOVE IT, LOVE IT! Sarah is brilliant. She has all you left-wing nutjobs in a tizzy. Just listen at yourselves. Who are you talking about? Who are you so anxious to watch on TV? Who is the center of all your conversation?..........answer: SARAH PALIN! Talk about power! Keep talking because the more you talk, the more Sarah is in the limelight. For the last two years you Sarah haters have tried to ignore her, bash her and her family, or do whatever you can to discredit her. Has it worked? NO, NO, NO! Who is a best selling author, gets paid buko bucks for her speeches, and is highly sought after for interviews?...........answer: SARAH PALIN! YOU FOOLS!!!

    February 9, 2010 at 1:01 pm |
  27. Todd

    Sarah is quite hypocritical. She can quote sound bites but heaven forbid if she had to dictate public policy. I actually would not mind having the republican party of the 1960s and 1970s again (and I am a democrat). I do believe that Sarah has a real chance of winning the republican nomination. That truly is a shame, since the republicans really did have legitimate things to say before they became enamored with what goes on in people's bedrooms.

    February 9, 2010 at 12:59 pm |
  28. Rho

    If there is a way for Mrs. Palin and her Tea Party to go back to the 1850s, where they really wish to be, please, someone give them the Time Machine and send them back there. Back to the days of no rights for anyone but white males, to the days of children working in dangerous factories, and so on. They would all be happier and so would the rest of us.

    February 9, 2010 at 12:40 pm |
  29. IntelAgents

    Too much Tea Party coverage. I'm sick of this hysterical minority painting our country as "ruined". My life in my neighborhood still strongly resembles the America I've always loved. I have neighbors with whom I disagree politically, but still party with socially. Heck, we can even tease each about it once in a while. But, these Tea Partiers take it to a whole other callous level. They can't get along with anyone who doesn't think like them. It's like Chicken Little threatening to kick your ### if you don't believe him that the sky is falling.

    February 9, 2010 at 12:33 pm |
  30. bob

    she had to write down to 'lift the american spirit'. I don't want any leader that doesn't know that by heart!

    February 9, 2010 at 12:19 pm |
  31. mike

    GO SARAH!!! At last a breath of fresh air, and we can believe her. I don't trust our current congress and president. I really think she is a future force in politics in this country. And not since Reagan have I felt this way about a candidate, and he wasn't taken serious at first. Now Reagan is remembered as one of our greatest Presidents ever!!!

    February 9, 2010 at 12:14 pm |
  32. globetrotter

    Palin's speech at the convention was a mockery. She is what she had proved herself to be during the vice presidential campaign, a hollow politician, good with words but without any substance. The President is man of intellect and also generates passion from his words. And politicians ought to show some respect for the commander in chief. Palin needs to grow out of 'Hopey Changey' speeches and deliver something sensible....writing notes in hands for basic things that a teenage would talk extempore......one wonders.......is she really a politician ??? Run Palin run .......far awar from politics.....!!! And i think the media houses should cover more of important topics like Health Care / Unemployment / Sensex......than cover the palm reader !!!!

    February 9, 2010 at 11:59 am |
  33. bukestone56

    ABS-did you mean to write "nit pick" or did you misspell the word "nitwit"? Also, the GOP have always been the party for the rich, thats why they got richer and the middle class grew poorer under Dubya( did you think that was an accident?). That would make the GOP the snobs.

    February 9, 2010 at 11:58 am |
  34. JoesLovelyMother

    Can she push it over the top?
    I cannot imagine that many folks will take her seriously until she can start proviing solutions that indicate she has a grip on the issues we face in our country today.

    Until she demonstrates she realizes we are in the same boat, don't see them cruising anywhere but in circles.

    February 9, 2010 at 11:50 am |
  35. Bob

    Let me start by saying that I was a Republican for most of my life. Between Bush and now Sarah...if this is the best the Republicans have to offer..we are in big trouble.
    How can she criticize Obama when she is not smart enough to remember her own thoughts?
    I agree the Obama is stumbling but why can't the Republicans come up with some ideas instead of critcizing everything.
    Wish the politicians could get their act together and work for the country NOT for their party.

    February 9, 2010 at 11:44 am |
  36. RobMN

    I cannot wait for Palin to ruin the Republican elections in 2012....

    February 9, 2010 at 11:08 am |
  37. Educated guy

    Sarah Palin is relevant because she generates passion. She is loved by conservatives not because of her intellect, but because she motivates them to pursue they causes they believe in. She is all about emotion. Palin is obviously not the college professor, she is more like the coach of the football team. She fires the team up with her pregame pep talks, reminds them about their duty to God and country, gets the team whipped into a frenzy and then sends them out onto the playing field to battle to the death for the old alma mater. And it this ability to generate that kind of loyality, that kind of intense passion, that is a rare quality. Passion not intellect is the defining characteristic of most successful leaders. And Sarah Palin generates pure passion. So do not under estimate Sarah Palin; you will be making a tactical error. Passion leads to upset victories. Just
    look at the New Orleans Saints. Passion wins every time.

    February 9, 2010 at 10:57 am |
  38. Mercury

    The only thing Sarah Palin will do for the embattled Republican Party is hammer in the final nail in the coffin.

    February 9, 2010 at 10:53 am |
  39. ABS

    You people are such snobs. I feel sorry for all of you. People like you are the reason there is a Tea Party. Keep thinking you're superior, it helps Tea Party numbers grow. Which in the end makes YOU the inferior, as well as the minority. Now read, but don't think. Nit pick my grammar, spelling, and vocabulary. Please.

    February 9, 2010 at 10:45 am |
  40. Mr. Don

    Sarah please, pretty please become the princess of the rabid right!
    I for one would love to see her as the presidential candidate for the Big Red R.
    As an proud, educated, lifetime liberal Democrat, Sarah as a presidential candidate would be tremendous fun. It would be almost as much fun as listening to other young earth creationists discuss geology, astronomy, radiometrics, biology, physics, chemistry and genetics.

    February 9, 2010 at 10:43 am |
  41. john strong

    Whatever else Sarah may be, she is certainly a capitalist: she is knocking down over 100K for her speeches, and picking up 25 large for her little talks,maybe more. It all goes to the cause, she says, and I suspect the cause is Sarah's giant piggy bank. She is smart enough to know that a retirement on Grand Cayman beats the heck out of salmon fishing with the bears in Alaska ! Go Sarah ! Get those bucks!
    Never mind that you and I have equal chances of ever winning the Presidency....................although I do think my stuffed rabbit would make better decisions than yours.

    February 9, 2010 at 10:30 am |
  42. Robert Boc

    This is much ado about nothing. Consider the use of teleprompters by our politicians and media people.

    February 9, 2010 at 10:27 am |
  43. Mark H

    When we yelled "revolution" and "stop the war" in 1970 we were dirty no good traitors and they shot us down at Kent State.

    February 9, 2010 at 9:53 am |
  44. buke56

    You now have people saying that other people other than Barbie Doll Sarah have used crib notes. Did any of these people say anything as retarded as they would be a good at dealing with Russia because they could see it from their house? This moron uses crib notes and thats the best answer she can come up with? The b#*@ch isnt smart enough to know how to cheat right! That makes her even less intelligent than Dubya, and we all know the mess he got us in. Then to top it all off she blasted our president for reading off a teleprompter. Given that rationale she is actually admiting she is a bad choice to hold public office because she does the same thing. Given that rationale she is right where she is supposed to be: FIXed NEWS! Self righteous hypocrites.

    February 9, 2010 at 9:33 am |
  45. jason

    You say palin is smoke and mirrors, yet you vote in a unqualified, socialist, that has no intrest in helping the american people....you all should be ashamed of yourselves...Palin at least doesn't lie to you straight to your face like our American Idol winning president does everytime he goes on tv.....What a real winner there.

    February 9, 2010 at 9:10 am |
  46. junglee1964

    Obhama reads all speech through Teleprompter he is smart. Sarah Palin has two words written on palm and she is dumb. I think lot of you are dumb. If media wants they will prove Bill Gates is dumb and you people will buy it. Look at what she achieved in alaska at all three
    position and compare with your guy. Don't listen what media says once but get acutal facts.

    February 9, 2010 at 8:55 am |
  47. Joseph Daniel Brian Lawlor

    Voters of old voted in favor of blindly leading leaderships who in truth are influenced with Industry and Finance against the wellness and betterment of the Peoples as a whole. Both Democrat and Republican each an arm under the infulence of others who prevent the advancement of the Peoples.Could the Tea Part be the groups that gets a grip on those self seving arms?

    February 9, 2010 at 8:46 am |
  48. Maui

    Palin is the best thing that could happen for the Democrats...
    Her and the Tea Party Wack-Jobs will split the GOP and be as damaging as the Nader Green Party was for the Dems...
    Hell I'm sending her donations.. go Palin... sink the GOP once and for all...
    Maybe she'll build a tower over the White House so she can see Europe....

    February 9, 2010 at 7:59 am |
  49. N. Martin

    Obviously Palin does not now the subject matter at the tea parties. Picture, if you will, her representing the US at a international gathering where she cannot have a paper, prompter, etc. and using notes written on her hand. Good press and PR for the US. A smooth talker, she ain't. Needs to take her down-home persona and go home!

    February 9, 2010 at 7:43 am |
  50. N. Martin

    Obviously Palin does not now the subject matter at the tea parties. Picture, if you will, her representing the US at a international gathering where she cannot have a paper, prompter, etc. and using notes written on her hand. Good press and PR for the US. An smooth talker, she ain't. Needs to take her down-home persona and go home!

    February 9, 2010 at 7:42 am |
  51. H

    You know that we're in deep doo doo when someone like Sarah Palin is taken serious by a large group of conservatives. I fear what this country or let alone this world would look like if she were elected president.

    February 9, 2010 at 7:38 am |
  52. craig

    Seriously, Palin obviously isn't qualified to do much of anything. She is so fake, and contradicts herself every other week. Yea, lets criticize The President for using a teleprompter-but it's ok to read notes written on her hand.

    February 9, 2010 at 7:16 am |
  53. Mark

    Palin says that Obama is an idiot because he uses a Teleprompter, like all other politicians. As she says this, she is reading her speech off pieces of paper on the podium and has her most important talking points scrawled on her HAND, for God's sake.

    Can she not remember "energy"? Can she not remember "tax cuts", which is the republican solution to every single problem and has been ever since St. Ronald set the nation on its long decline?

    Palin is a simple-minded grifter. The suckers who worship at her feet are simple-minded fools. Why are people like this dominating our political discourse? What happened to puitting smart people in charge?

    February 9, 2010 at 7:09 am |
  54. jim webber

    Teapartiers and Sarah Palin. What a joke! John F Kennedy and Ronald Reagan must be rolling over in their graves.

    February 9, 2010 at 6:15 am |
  55. Lee Summers

    The President of the United States, leader of the free world, should be
    a highly intelligent, extremely well educated person with impeccable credentials. Why should our great country settle for less? Sarah Palin
    is an embarrassment.

    February 9, 2010 at 6:05 am |
  56. Johnny Utah

    Does CNN run Sarah Palin stories just to give their readers opportunity to spew hate?

    You could cut the misogyny on this website with a knife.

    February 9, 2010 at 3:33 am |
  57. Andi

    I can not believe the fascination that people actually have in Sarah Palin she is a nut job, it must be her looks. She has no real thought in her head and when she speaks it is nonsense. She spews hatred and is just a puppet for the republican party. I am an independent and would rather vote for my neighbor who is 70 years old than to vote for Sarah Palin, at least he knows what foreign policy is about. WAKE UP PEOPLE THIS WOMAN IS NOT VERY SMART.

    February 9, 2010 at 12:32 am |
  58. louis Fl

    I think that the "R" word applies for Palin!!! This is a person who talks with no substance, and the funny part is that the so called main street America listen to her. Come on people WAKE UP!!! Since the so called Tea Party appear, i have heard that they are just regular people that are worried about big spending in Washington.Hello!! all i have since so far is a bunch of Republican who don't like Obama!!! i havent seen no minorities, no democrats.. Nothing... I question myself.. Why this group never emerge on the 8 years of Bush administration who dragged us to the mess we are rigth now.. Hey Tea patiers u should go a protest in front of Bush ranch down in Texas, he is the one who got us in this mess in the first place.....

    February 9, 2010 at 12:19 am |
  59. mike

    I hope she runs for office so she can show America how educated she is about foreign policy. Her earmarks on spending should highlight how she spent hundreds of thousands to get dressed & introduce her stand-up daughter & .... what's his face to America. Really, this is so pathetic. I did not come to America to watch pseudo Jerry springer mentality being broadcasted day in & day out on the news.

    February 8, 2010 at 11:42 pm |
  60. Another woman

    You people that back Sarah Palin should be ashamed of yourselves. You are all just exploiting this woman for your own agenda. She is obviously not up for all this media scrutiny- with friends like you she does not need any enemies. Its so selfish and you have no consideration for her.

    February 8, 2010 at 9:24 pm |
  61. Karl B.Hensel

    There must be an avenue in which americans against the tea party who is dividing this nation in a racial and radical way. Can they not be deported where chaos is a way of life. The Republicasn party is blocking progress can by law they be sited for extortion in the example of alabama representative and the entire party requiring the president conceed the health plan. Should the rest of us be more extreem and illiminate the threat in means that are lawful like tying up traffic at the nyse and banks etc....
    Thank You

    February 8, 2010 at 9:24 pm |
  62. BookPro

    Sarah Palin merely took a page from Dianne Feinstein's campaign book. In 1990 DiFi debated Pete Wilson in the gubernatorial campaign. The debate rules were no notes, no paper, no pens. If you dig up the tape you will see that she wrote crib notes on her palm. It was well-covered in the media after the fact. Palin did nothing new...and while DiFi lost that race she has not exactly faded away in disgrace. I am not a fan of Palin but she was guiltly of less than Feinstein.

    February 8, 2010 at 9:08 pm |
  63. Bill

    Sadly the entire contents of Palin's brain are written in those few scribbles on her hand.

    She is of course free of say almost anything she wants to say. The sad part is that so many people can't see that she is all smoke and mirrors – no substance.

    February 8, 2010 at 8:07 pm |
  64. Herman Fewell

    After watching Sarah Palin speak it makes me worry about the sanity of anyone that would vote for her. The President should have a very high education. The reason that I'm writing is to ask a question. Sarah said that its not about the money and that she was going to give the 100,000 dollars back to the cause. If she does then dosent someone owe the IRS approx 30,000 dollars? In past history Joe Lewis (boxer) gave his prize money to charity and wound up owing the IRS millions. You think Sarah knows this, I don't.

    February 8, 2010 at 7:28 pm |
  65. jasmine2

    Sarah Palin seems crazy if not she should play the part...it fits

    February 8, 2010 at 7:27 pm |
  66. ronvan

    You have got to be kidding me! I guess that I will have everyone calling me out for not being PC, but ANYONE who thinks this woman is fit for anything other than the butt of jokes, is completely "R", weak minded, and might as well support someone that has won a pick-up sticks contest.
    Writing "hints" on the palm of your hand is something that WE did as CHILDREN! This "woman" is a disgrace to all those "REAL" women that have suceeded in their life goals! For anyone to truly support Palin needs some real counselling and help.

    February 8, 2010 at 7:07 pm |
  67. Herman Fewell

    I wasn't finished when I submited my comment. Joe Lewis gave his prize money to charitys.
    If Palin runs it will guarantee Obama another four years.

    February 8, 2010 at 7:05 pm |
  68. Michael Palfery

    I know 100 times more about American history and politics than Sarah Palin and I am not even American. I am Canadian. Then again, I could have said the same thing about George W Bush.

    Mike Palfery
    Toronto

    February 8, 2010 at 6:35 pm |
  69. hpags

    the Tea Party represents a very vocal minority. They're getting too much airtime and attention. Hopefully, they won't go much further in disrupting our national unity. Whether you like our president, agree or disagree with him, he needs to be shown respect as the head of state. Unfortunately, too many of the Tea Partyers don't even believe he is the president. What he inherited he could not fix in a day or even in a year. If they don't like single payer health care, why don't they burn their Medicare cards?

    February 8, 2010 at 6:26 pm |
  70. Tim Yaquinto

    I still can't believe there were people out there willing to put her a heartbeat away from the Presidency in 2008. Same goes today!

    February 8, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  71. Suasn Jaggers

    I wonder if that was written in LONG HAND?????

    I like Sara but maybe she needs to remember to use her brain and not notes on her hand.

    Not lady like

    Susan Jaggers

    February 8, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  72. Independent

    As an independent I am glad I was able to see her for what she "really" is....A HYPOCRITICAL OPPORTUNISTIC SHAM! Too bad I was starting to like her! America we need a "real" 3rd party!

    February 8, 2010 at 3:32 pm |
  73. john

    All that jibber jabber about The Great Reagan turned me off real fast.i really dont know anyone that thought he was that great.And shouldnt we be gettin some of that yummi govt cheese soon.I should be the president.

    February 8, 2010 at 2:41 pm |
  74. jim vicalvi

    John Avlon should be nominated for the wingnut of the decade by his own standards. When I hear or read his own drivel I immediately look for the other sides opinions. They are, almost always, the right ones.
    I watch very few programs on cnn anymore because of your biased, bigoted, uninformed newsreaders. I check online to see the latest misinformation.

    February 8, 2010 at 1:22 pm |
  75. Linda Blankensop

    here is my question. Why has no one talked about her saying "It's revoluntion time". If anyone else would of said that, it would of been called treason. I'm so tired of Sarah Palin and the tea party. Let us remember what party got us into this mess. And once again, I have to ask were was the tea party when President Bush lied to the country over and over!!! Instead of helping with all of the problems our country is facing, why don't they come up with their own ideas???? How can any President get us out of the mess that was caused by the republican in one year. And we should also remember that when the republicans took over, our country was in the black. I feel that Sarah Palin is just trying to become a Presidental canadiate. Well, believe me I would never vote for her. Oh, when is she going to pay her back taxes????

    February 8, 2010 at 1:21 pm |