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March 29th, 2010
12:00 PM ET

Can Sarah Palin help the GOP?

(CNN) – Love her or hate her, it's hard to ignore Sarah Palin. The former Alaska governor and GOP vice presidential candidate is a political lightning rod. She struck again over the weekend when she introduced Sen. John McCain at a campaign event.

To weigh in on the day's political hot topics, we were joined on Monday's American Morning by CNN political contributor Mary Matalin, along with Lanny Davis, a Democratic strategist and former White House counsel.

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  1. kush

    Palin just go away you're not helping and I really don't see any ideas coming from your head ( or any republicans head for that matter). If she's coming back into the scene then I hope, for her sake, she typed "how to be a politician" in google and got a virus from one of the links, I kid. The thing I don't get is, GOP has the Teabaggers (rofl) but we don't have anything for the Dems? Eh oh well, we passed that health care bill and Im glad, I smile everytime i see a Republican get furious because it was passed. So the next time a Republican gets mad, I'll just laugh in his face and say "I know why you mad, hahahah!"

    April 2, 2010 at 8:38 am |
  2. Tony in St. Louis

    Don't know about helping the gop, but she can certainly help the Dems! Go Sarah!

    March 30, 2010 at 2:59 pm |
  3. Gerard

    If your talking constructive substance in speech, purpose, goals, beneficial legislation and intelligence......well I have to come to the conclusion that Sarah Palin does not even come close. I'm not saying this to be sarcastic, hateful or to promote violent reaction as some have done.....but as an honest observation. The characteristics of her rhetoric to me are self centered, non-constructive and do not include the needs of all Americans. Whether they know it or not the Tea partiers will benefit from what President Obama has accomplished. They and their children will have a better life because of healthcare reform and education reform just signed today. If you think about some of the 3rd world countries that have fallen into the hands of rebels and inexperienced governing bodies we know that failure has been the norm for these attempts to take over. You cannot govern with anger and hatred!! We in America have evolved from that to a civilized country that takes care of their citizens. There is no room for false labels, hatred, violence, misinformation and selfishness. Everyone who can read this can think so start thinking!!

    March 30, 2010 at 12:17 pm |
  4. Mitchell

    Reading the above blogs about talk about hate speech. If she does not matter why do you tear her down so much. Give liberals enough time and they will show you who they fear.

    March 30, 2010 at 12:09 pm |
  5. Melon

    Obama did more to help/unify the Republicants than Palin ever will.

    March 30, 2010 at 10:35 am |
  6. JB

    Ignorant people need a leader too.

    March 30, 2010 at 10:11 am |
  7. Melon

    America further proved it's self to be has been country when Obama took office. Just another corrupt politician running HIS scam.

    March 30, 2010 at 9:30 am |
  8. Mark Green

    Sarah Palin was conceived in a clown car.

    March 30, 2010 at 8:40 am |
  9. Mark

    Sarah Palin is the symbol of exactly what is wrong with America. A lot of people base their support on appearance and connections, not inteligence. As long as somebody tells them what they want to hear, then reality can be ignored.

    It has always been noted in American politics that people will vote against their own best interests, because of religious and other influences.

    If Palin makes it to the white house, consider America a has been country, and do not be surprised if she starts a war or two to take the focus of her ineptitude. Does that not remind us of another recent president? That is SOP for the GOP to divert attention from reality trough wars, and other distractions.

    March 30, 2010 at 8:29 am |
  10. Alan

    Does anyone else think our country is in serious trouble when wackjobs like Palin are leaders of our political parties. She ranted like a lunatic for 30 minutes at the last Tea Party and was cheered. Something is very wrong folks. Oh... wait... there is hope....Joe the Plumber is still around. Folks...if you can't see you are being played by the GOP then I have some land to sell you in Florida......wake up people

    March 30, 2010 at 8:15 am |
  11. nancy

    Oh yes, ignore her long enough, she'll crawl back into the woodwork. She's a quitter and a LOSER. Just another wingnut!!

    March 30, 2010 at 7:42 am |
  12. Melinda

    She's a money hungry, fear mongering, Machiavellian – She's forgettable no doubt.

    March 30, 2010 at 7:36 am |
  13. akeina

    Its hard to ignore sarah palin like its hard to ignore a train wreck. Everytime I meet a so called tea party patriot I alwayas ask: If its so grassroots, why does Sarah Palin charge to come and speak. MLK and real grassroots organizers came f/ free.

    March 30, 2010 at 7:34 am |
  14. Alyce

    Her attempts to help bolster McCains campaign seem both hypocritical, and desperate on his part!

    March 30, 2010 at 6:38 am |
  15. Alyce

    While no doubt she is charismatic, I think her militia-like website cost her any chance of being taken seriously as a potential President. She has the same impact that a star would have, on helping others in her party campaign.

    March 30, 2010 at 6:36 am |
  16. wade

    She is easy to ignore! She is just another right wing idiot.

    March 30, 2010 at 6:20 am |
  17. Melon

    Let's just hope Palin isn't like Barack Obama ... say one thing and then do the exact opposite.

    March 30, 2010 at 5:42 am |
  18. Joan Fox

    It is a sad day in our countrie's history when someone as uneducated and dishonest as Sarah Palin is given any attention by the electorate or the media.

    March 29, 2010 at 3:23 pm |
  19. Dr. Barker

    yes of course, since they are the only ones impressed by her mental acuity!

    March 29, 2010 at 12:38 pm |
  20. Marcia

    Just posted a comment, but entered my e mail wrong. Oh well, im old, learned to type on a manual typewriter many moons ago and when I graduated to the IMB selective I thought I had arrived.

    March 29, 2010 at 12:29 pm |
  21. Ben Hoffman

    [Love her or hate her, it's hard to ignore Sarah Palin. ]

    Yeah, kind of like nails scratching on a blackboard.

    March 29, 2010 at 12:11 pm |