For those who have been holding their breath waiting to see if Sarah Palin will run for president in 2012, they can finally exhale. The former Alaska governor and 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee has announced she will not enter the 2012 GOP primary for president announced in an interview with radio talk show host Mark Levin late Wednesday. However, most analysts are not surprised at her decision.
“I have decided that I will not be seeking the 2012 GOP nomination for President of the United States,” Palin wrote in a statement. “As always, my family comes first and obviously Todd and I put great consideration into family life before making this decision. When we serve, we devote ourselves to God, family and country. My decision maintains this order.”
Kyle Kondik, a political analyst who works with Larry Sabato at the University of Virginia Center for Politics, wasn’t surprised by Palin’s decision. more >>
Nancy French’s writing career is now on the fast track. In addition to Red State of Mind: How a Catfish Queen Reject Became a Liberty Belle and Home and Away: A Story of Family in a Time of War (co-written with her husband, David French), she is now hoping to publish a political suspense novel in the coming months.
But what made French a New York Times bestselling author was the memoir she co-wrote the Bristol Palin, Not Afraid of Life: My Journey So Far.
For starters, the way she met Bristol Palin is just as interesting as the book itself. more >>
Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin attacked President Obama and “corporate crony capitalism” in a populist speech delivered at the Tea Party of America rally in Indianola, Iowa, on Saturday. Though the speech sounded much like one of a presidential contender, she did not announce whether or not she has decided to run.
“Some of us saw this day coming,” Palin said. She then reminded the crowd that it was the three-year anniversary of the day she spoke at the Republican National Convention and accepted the nomination to be vice president of the United States. She read part of that speech in which she described what she thought an Obama presidency would entail.
“In my speech, I asked America, 'when the cloud of rhetoric has passed, when the roar of the crowd fades away, what exactly is Barack Obama's plan? What does he actually seek to accomplish, after he's done turning back the waters and healing the planet? The answer is, to make government bigger, to take more of your money, to give more of it to others, and to take more orders from Washington. And, to reduce the strength of America in a dangerous world.'” more >>
It’s probably not shocking news to learn that Fox News’ personalities go easier on their colleague Sarah Palin than other networks do. However, what has created a media stir up this week was just how honest two personalities, Greg Gutfeld and Bob Beckel, were when talking about their coverage of Palin on Wednesday.
Gutfeld and Beckel, co-host of the Fox News program, The Five, were discussing Palin’s defense of the Tea Party this week. Gutfield announced that he felt awkward when talking about the possible GOP candidate because to him she is “like a coworker.”
“If I say something bad and I see her in the hallway I feel really awkward and wrong," Gutfeld said. more >>
Sarah Palin will soon hold the rights to “Sarah Palin,” her brand name. The former Alaska governor’s trademark request is due to be approved within the next month. Once approved, her name will be trademarked for “educational and entertainment services” and “motivational speaking services in the field of politics, culture, business and values.” This move is rare for politicians, but Sarah Palin has a maverick-style history of not abiding to the political norm.
However, what does Sarah Palin think of this move? No, not Sarah Palin the former governor, but Sarah Palin the 20-year-old University of Texas at Austin student with the same name as the 2008 vice-presidential candidate. Time interviewed the young Sarah Palin, whose middle name is Beth, about her thoughts and experiences on sharing the same name as the governor.
Sarah Beth revealed to Time that for the past three years she has been overwhelmed “with jokes, insults and emails intended for her more famous namesake.” She said she had never heard of the former governor until one day in 2006 when she decided to google search her name and information about the Alaskan governor popped up. more >>
Sarah Palin’s expected visit to Iowa on Tuesday further fuels the speculation of her aspirations for the presidency. Palin, however, is not in Iowa to make the usual political appearances that are typical of candidates before the primary.
Instead, she is in Pella, Iowa, to attend the premiere of the documentary by Stephen K. Bannon entitled, “The Undefeated.” This film is expected to paint her in a positive light. It traces her beginnings as a worker on a commercial fishing boat in Alaska that she co-owns with her husband, Todd Palin, to her rise as governor, reports Reuters.
Bannon told Reuters that the film shows her taking on vested interests. “She’s not part of any social or cultural or political elite,” says Bannon, as quoted by Reuters. more >>