Andrew Halcro: Who is responsible for Sarah Palin?

Who is responsible for Sarah Palin?

January 27, 2011: Sarah Palin has a problem. With just months to go before the GOP field for the 2012 presidential race starts filling up like shoppers queuing for a Wal-Mart black Friday sale, polls show that she is the most intensely disliked politician in America.

Since the mid-term elections alone, she has lost ground not only with Republicans, but with the ever important independents and especially women. How could this have happened to the Wasilla hockey mom that stormed onto the national stage over two years ago, bringing heat and light to an otherwise drab political scene?Yes you could place some blame on the intense media coverage. You could place some blame on how lovers and haters alike scrutinize every word she tweets or facebooks, raising constant questions about her understanding of domestic and international affairs. And you can even place blame on Palin herself for not fully thinking out what she says before she says it, thereby setting herself up for criticism.

But the real blame lies closer to home, here in Alaska.

Looking back over the progression of Sarah Palin’s political career and her continuing political education, or lack thereof, Alaskans are to blame for Sarah Palin’s inability to communicate on the national stage. At the critical time of development, we failed to demand more than just cheerleading rhetoric from our former leader.

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13 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. SME131
    Jan 27, 2011 @ 00:11:16

    Andrew makes some excellent points but he also makes one mistake right off the bat.

    “polls show that she is the most intensely disliked politician in America.”

    Palin is NOT a politician. Technically she never was she was merely a rambling prop that many republicans wanted in office so they could get their way. That worked for some, not so well for others.

    However, whether she ever was a politician or not doesn’t change the fact that she is NOT a politician today. She quit two years into her first term to seek fame and fortune. Now she is simply another air headed celebrity. One who does not deserve the air time she gets.

    We will see Sarah implode in the near future. You can see it in her face, her eyes and her body language. She will soon self destruct.


    • Syrin
      Jan 27, 2011 @ 08:25:03


      Agreed! Palin is NOT a politician! The fact is she’s an anomaly, there is no description.. Well, this week ‘whackadoodle’ seems to be working for me..


    • Martha
      Jan 27, 2011 @ 09:41:29

      $arah is simply Rupert Murdoch’s “useful idiot”.

      Like all those that came before and those he will have in the future, when she is no longer useful, he will have her silenced.

      He will implement his other “useful idiots” to tear her apart on his networks and in his newspapers and magazines.

      I think the time is nigh.


  2. MVDeb
    Jan 27, 2011 @ 00:52:27

    Halcro is right about one thing. For Alaskans, Palin was indeed a self-inflicted air strike. Unleashing her on the rest of the country,however, is the legacy of that increasingly pathetic old fart from Arizona. If he would just say “I’m sorry. I did a foolish thing in search of votes” he could have a chance to be forgiven for his incredible case of bad judgement. If he would admit to making a mistake, and quit pretending that she’s not out of her mind-but he won’t. So he will carry that thing around his neck til the end. He deserves it.


  3. cjumper
    Jan 27, 2011 @ 01:44:50

    That’s right, Andrew! Alaskans are to blame! Not John McCain and his advisors, not the throngs of people here in the lower 48 whom her meaningless platitudes satisfied so well. Not Sarah!

    Some Alaskans were already questioning just who they had on their hands before she was placed on the McCain ticket. And maybe Alaskans were too lazy about researching her before she was elected. But had McCain left her there in Alaska, I bet more and more of y’all would have caught on. She would still not be a politician by now, but she wouldn’t be given the news coverage she gets now.

    (Disclaimer: I live in San Jose. I just like to watch newspapers from other places, including the ADN.)


  4. serena1313
    Jan 27, 2011 @ 01:58:08

    “Alaskan voters created Sarah Palin’s political career. We rewarded her shallow campaigns and sound bite governance with thanks and praise.”

    Likewise so did millions in the lower 48. But Sarah is a symptom of what ails the country, not the cause.

    As long as Americans want politicians who are just like them running the country, people like Sarah Palin, who wears willful ignorance and insensitivity like a badge of honour, will come along to claim that mantle.

    As Sarah’s litany of rhetorical platitudes spring eternal they are falling on deaf ears. A public grown weary and even disgusted, has had enough. After alienating large segments of the population only Sarah’s most ardent loyalists remain, but even they have grown smaller in number.

    Fortunately for all of us, Sarah Palin’s chances of becoming anything more than a mouthpiece for the T-Partiers are slim at best. But be forewarned there will always be other Sarah Palins that will come along.

    Until Americans decide to elect people who are smarter and more intelligent and knowledgeable to office than we the people are, this country will suffer the consequences.


  5. LisaB
    Jan 27, 2011 @ 05:10:30

    Andrew is right. I lived in Alaska for five years, from 2002 to 2007. I watched her gubernatorial campaign, listened to her cheerleader answers that never answered the question.

    You simply had to live in AK to understand how hated Murkowski was, how upset folks were at his closed-door pipeline negotiations to let someone who did nothing but vilify get elected.

    Her approval rating were high, so the ADN and the other media, and all the politicians kissed her a$$. They were scared to take on Palin despite the fact she and her administration clearly didn’t know what they were doing. They let her leave Juneau rather than show up and work. Everyone accepted her weak excuses (which have changed, of course) and let her walk away from the seat of the government back to her protective nest of people who would cover her a$$. She schmoozed up local reporter Bill McAllister, getting great coverage all while he was trying to get a job with her. (He did.) Criticizing Palin starts a public mudfight. Most politicians didn’t want to deal with it.

    No one spoke out when her staff started bullying the media if they gave negative coverage. Everyone enabled this Golden Child who was clearly only a “Gilt Child.” Of course, McCain thought she was perfect. There were only a select few in AK speaking out about her amateurish and incompetent attempts at government.

    I don’t absolve McCain in entirety, but at the time there were very few negatives that were public knowledge and reported on with any competency, and Palin is a master of playing the victim and surrounding herself with an intensely loyal circle.


    • Syrin
      Jan 27, 2011 @ 08:18:09

      Thanks for your comment..
      “there were very few negatives that were public knowledge and reported” That is not true. Sarah Palin had been in the middle of an bipartisian investigation .. She was indeed found GUILTY of ABUSE OF POWER by 9 R 3 D.. McCains camp played some illegal games up here during that time. The Alaska AG went on vacation and the dept of law shut down!

      I was here in Wasilla when it all started. I’ve watched this woman with an estringent eye, reported by the NYT.. I was the first on the scene in direct opposition to Sarah Palin. FYI People..
      It was the (Ds) of the state that hated Murkowski, because he was doing what had to be done. He cut, not spend ….Cooperate and provide fiscal certainty on a gasline project, not demonize and margilize our 50 year partners.
      America….90% of Alaska’s revenue comes from OIL– GET OVER IT! the only tax payer in the state of Alaska! The end result of Palin’s lets play gov routine has devestated my states economy.. It was the (D) who were Sarah’s biggest fans and literally voted her in, It was the (D) who did and said nothing, because they liked her socialistic policies.. It was her legacy they helped her create. It was all good until the (D) got feed up with her lack of loyality to them..


  6. Martha
    Jan 27, 2011 @ 10:16:04

    When $arah was governor I had said; what does Palin have to do in Alaska before anyone attempts to stop her? Kill a baby on the steps of the post office at high noon?

    Requests were submitted by a variety of sources during the 2008 campaign, now in 2011, STILL her e-mails are being withheld!!

    What are Alaskans doing about Parnell??

    They are making the same mistakes as they did with Palin, by allowing his office to withhold these e-mails without protest or complaint.


  7. LisaB
    Jan 27, 2011 @ 10:33:50

    I agree completely on her fiscal policies. I’ve never understood how why so many Alaskans were happy to demonize the largest private employer that makes it possible for them to not only not pay taxes, but get free money every year. As an Outsider, all I could think was “wish we had one of those back home!”


  8. sallyngarland,tx
    Jan 27, 2011 @ 19:46:07

    I find it absolutely(!) amazing that people pay her $100,000. Amazing and disgusting.


    • Syrin
      Jan 28, 2011 @ 09:22:46

      As I’ve said often.. If people are willing to buy what this whackadoodle has to sell, then so be it! They will get what they pay for, and absolutely nothing more!


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