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Palin's Next Career Move


Sarah Palin should have run up the white flag of surrender and kept the clothes. They were gorgeous, and there really was no reason to give up the $150,000 wardrobe unless she planned to run again under the Wal-Mart Mom persona. Surely she knows that's over.

Many Republicans were understandably irked by this use of their campaign contributions. For others, the only complaint was the hypocrisy factor — the "anti-elitist" cleaning out the designer racks at Saks and Neiman Marcus.

Far more problematical were the personal expenses Palin charged to Alaska taxpayers. A standout example was the four glamorous nights she and her daughter spent at a $707-a-day New York hotel — all justified by the governor's attendance at a five-hour conference. We all know the angst of seeing state officials living high on the public hog.

For many of us, the night terror of Palin being second in line to become president is gone. We can think straight again. And so can Republican leaders.

Nearly all the Sunday talk show hosts asked their Republican guests a what-was-the-party-thinking question on the pick of Palin as vice presidential candidate. They gallantly withheld overt criticism but offered enough faint praise to sink any of her lingering ambitions for 2012.

So what is next for Palin? She's clearly got native smarts, but not the intellectual heft required to hold high office.

The depth of that deficit became clear in the "reports" of a John McCain adviser complaining that she didn't know Africa was a continent. Though obviously no Palin fan, even I question such an extraordinary charge, especially attached to unnamed sources.

Whether or not the story is true — and Palin says it is not — the takeaway point is this: So low is confidence in Palin's knowledge base that huge audiences are ready to believe that she didn't know Africa was a continent.

Not-so-liberal Fox News stands by its the story.

The sands of the egg timer seem to be running out on Palin's moment as a serious national political figure. Even in Alaska, the stars no longer line up in her favor.

Palin returns home at a time when falling oil prices have crimped any petro-state executive's ability to spread the wealth and take credit for it. She and Venezuela's Hugo Chavez have that in common.

Her divisive remarks during the campaign caused Democrats in Anchorage to doubt the sincerity of her seeming bipartisan approach to governing. They will be less docile. Face it: Palin has a snowball's chance in Hawaii of recouping her formerly high approval ratings in Alaska

Her hope of staying in the big game was to become a U.S. senator. The preferred path would have been through Alaska's Sen. Ted Stevens' downfall. Recently convicted of seven felonies, Stevens was to win re-election, then get thrown out of the Senate. Palin would call a special election to fill his seat and run in it. That was the plan, which has since gone awry. The vote count continues, but Stevens' defeat at the hands of his Democratic challenger, Anchorage Mayor Mark Begich, now appears likely.

While Palin's political prospects seem increasingly constrained, she has a cloudless future as an incendiary TV talk show host. She's got it all: looks, charisma, a sharp speaking style and an impassioned following.

For all her bashing of the East Coast and the media, Palin clearly loves being there and talking to them. Good use for a $5,000 Valentino jacket, alas.

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How glad to read an article written against Ms. Palin. It seemed as though the whole world was looking forward to jump into 2012, to see Ms. Palin running for the White House. I was also shocked to see Ms. Palin talking at the governors meetings.

Not only Ms. Palin failed to demonstrate integrity of character but also she displayed her political ambition at the cost of her young daughter who is expecting. Any decent mother should have protected that poor young kid, rather than displaying the child in the public.

Many of us also regard the higher officers and their families would set the tone of the Family in America. I cannot see how a family who has 5 children, who seemed to have enough problems to cover the newspaper pages should occupy the White House or the vice presidential house.

Thank the Lord that the Americans have enough sense not voted Ms. Palin, and hope she would not speak for others any longer.
Comment: #1
Posted by: Sook Rogers
Tue Nov 18, 2008 8:28 AM
Well. I wonder if Sarah Palin was pro-abortion, pro-gay, not a Christian and a Lesbian you wold have the same opinion. The media never like her from the beginning, because you guys in the media are (mostly)Liberals and cannot stand a woman at 44 years of age that has accomplished as much as Sarah Palin with 5 children the Governor of one of the richest States in the country.
The hate you have shown against Palin is so obvious it nakes you look like amateurs.
Sarah Palin has a bright future in politics ahead of her, because close to 60 million people voted for McCain and for her., yes fro her, she will be REAL CHANGE.
Sorry that the New York crowd, with the Bababa Walter and company inside the Manhattan cocktail parties didn't like her, she is way too much "normal"for these Liberal women.
Amaury Pi-González
Fremont, CA
Comment: #2
Posted by: amaury pi-gonzalez
Tue Nov 18, 2008 9:30 AM
About the Governor, she has more executive experience and a better approval rating than Obama, Biden and McCain combined. Then Froma Harrop, who, I guess, invented the word "problematical", pretends to be a journalist, and does a hit piece on Governor Palin. Previously she called Palin's family "dysfunctional".
You guys must be totally scared of a conservative woman who can really connect with people. When the Democratic National Committee gave you your marching orders, did it include personalal attacks?
Comment: #3
Posted by: Lee Topham
Tue Nov 18, 2008 3:27 PM
It would seem that a columist with little reputation and a bent all the way left, like Ms. Harrop, would read and check her facts before she submitted ridiulous criticism like she has against Sarah Palin. Actually, Sarah has a degree in journalism and would know better or would have better things to do than to write such trit.

Sarah has said publickly that she had never, to her knowledge, stepped foot in either Saks or Neiman Marcus. She further stated that she did not shop for those clothes and she saw only about 1/3 of the clothing. The RNC purchased them all and presented a few of them for Sarah to try. A third of them were taken back and another third were donated or never existed. You are so hard up for news that you keep running this tired old allegation for political gain when the purpose of political gain has long gone by.

Sarah Palin is far more intelligent than her simple-minded critics. These critics would not be critics at all if Sarah were a democrat. She would be the darling of the Hollywood crowd if she were just a raving liberal. She would be such a star that she could rise from an organizer to President with no executive experience at all. But that would be fine for people like Froma Harrop.

A guy that can vote "present" 120 times in one term of state government and spend a year and a half in the US Senate then begin running for President of the United States, has to have something missing in common sense. But Froma says "I'm delighted that Barack Obama has been elected president and that foreigners are delighted too". I see criticism from a "non-critical" thinker.
Comment: #4
Posted by: Warren Koker
Tue Nov 18, 2008 5:06 PM
Re: Sook Rogers; ...She isn't any worse than the men...She just isn't any better, and we have come to expect that from women...Thanks...Sweeney
Comment: #5
Posted by: James A, Sweeney
Tue Nov 18, 2008 6:15 PM
Froma i read your column's in highlandstoday, From LK Placid, FL. Maybe S. Palin and futher son inlaw can get a job with Obama! They will need two people 1/21/09, One to walk the dog the other to carry pooper scooper!" Clarence Neeley
Comment: #6
Posted by: Clarence Neeley
Wed Nov 19, 2008 4:46 AM
Re: amaury pi-gonzalez; Sir/ma'am,... Don't blame the liberal press, where ever they are, for Mrs. Palin's failure... Only consider how many arguments you have won attacking the intelligence and integrity of your opponant... She made the right radicals feel good about themselves... They don't need it... They are so self satisfied they don't have to lift a finger to help... They blame the victim for their suffering, and get on their way to church... How did Jesus answer the question: Who is my brother??? If money tells you to walk on by, that is what you do... If your religion says something stupid to you, that no one is saved except through the word of Christ,... Stupid people believe and excuse themselves from the obligation to help others, as Jesus did not... IN fact, If the radicals were not such impediments to the basic funtioning of government on ideological grounds, the government would work better... Look at the Supreme Court... They get their ideologically pure candidate on the court, and their guys attack property rights affecting all little people in favor of the rich, and the government... Do they ever look at what their people have done to all the people once they have kow towed to the religious right... They are corrupt and rotton, and sending people to government based on an ideological score card for a failed religion is an invitation to immorality... No atheist could possibly get elected in this country of religion....Where I grew up the denomination carve up the city government between them, and get out the vote.. Yet, government across the board is rotten and stupid...The problem is really the same as with pre reformation catholicism; that those charged with preaching the word are the soonest to see through it to the money beyond... There is plenty of stupid and corrupt and lazy thought at the grass roots level; but from the preachers on up it is pure hypocracy... And if I were not a Christian hypocrite myself, I'd be sick and vomit... What would the world be if Christians served the needy, and quit serving themselves???Thanks...Sweeney
Comment: #7
Posted by: James A, Sweeney
Wed Nov 19, 2008 5:05 AM
Reading your column was quite interesting. It is obvious you do not like Sarah Palin and refer to her expenses while campaigning. Democratics were doing the exact same as Sarah Palin did, but none of that got reported to the press. How about Michelle Obama spending $447.34 at the Waldorf Astoria for lobster and caviar. Those clothes that Michelle Obama wore were not exactly off the rack. And as far as her so called limited knoldege of world affairs, please. That one is so insulting, that it is beyond belief. I suppose you would give Joe Biden a pass as did Ms. Couric for not knowning that FRD was not president of the US when the stock market collapsed and that there was no TV for him to go on and talk to the American people when it occured.
Comment: #8
Posted by: sgarske
Wed Nov 19, 2008 9:27 AM
The author of this piece must be one of those frilly women who cannot do math. $150,000 is a fraction of a fraction of the $600 milllion spent on Obama's self-aggrandizement, including some earmarks for voter fraud. Palin's wardrobe costs are a non-issue.
Or perhaps Harrop is one of those jealous women who is angry that Governor Palin is a strong and accomplished woman with a supportive husband and devoted family.
Or perhaps Harrop is one of those faux-feminist women, who corrupts feminism to curry to the male power structure in Washington, D.C.
Rather than scrutinizing Palin, this particular journalistic hack needs to look at her own deficits. They are many and they are glaring.
Comment: #9
Posted by: Monarch
Thu Nov 20, 2008 7:58 AM
WOW, LADY, you joined the RANKS of the WOMEN HATERS club, right beside MATHEWS and O'RIELLY.
You were born with Breasts????----------can't tell which side of your brain is writing this article.
Your obscene comments regarding a highly qualified opponent and MOTHER, shames you and your poison pen.
I hope none of your children are girls: They may get the same unjustified criticism in their path along their LIFE and you just dished out.
We'll see when 2012-----how far back in the closet she went, and we'll be right behind her, WATCHING HER BACK against you and every other SEXIST in this country.--------------YOU EAT YOUR OWN------how sad.

PUMA member
Comment: #10
Posted by: sharon morgante
Thu Nov 20, 2008 8:28 AM
Wow! What a disappointment this was. Almost juvenile.

And to think that, once upon a time I actually looked forward to reading Froma Harrop.

Comment: #11
Posted by: Stray Yellar Dawg
Thu Nov 20, 2008 4:51 PM
Please tell us where you went to school. I want to ensure that my children get a good education, and marking your school off the list is a good start. Your piece is an excellent example of what journalism is not about. Next time check your facts or at least provide a disclaimer that "The following is an illogical rant by a frightened liberal".
Comment: #12
Posted by: John Bowden
Sun Nov 30, 2008 8:41 AM
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