The Week: Most Recent Sarah Palin:Sarah Palin recent posts.en-usTue, 29 Jan 2013 07:09:00 -0500http://theweek.com Recent Sarah Palin:Sarah Palin from THE WEEKTue, 29 Jan 2013 07:09:00 -0500Sarah Palin's Fox News career: By the numbers<img src="" /></P><p>Sarah Palin's lucrative contract to provide political analysis for Fox News expired and, as was reported last week, wasn't renewed. Palin sources say Fox offered her a new contract and she declined; Howard Kurtz at CNN says that Fox made her a "lowball offer, and both sides agreed to an amicable separation." Kurtz and others in the media treated Palin's departure as the perfect occasion to write her political post-mortem, reflecting on what she meant and why her influence has declined from the boldest of boldface names to near-irrelevance. Palin fans dispute that &mdash; despite all the "phony...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/peter-weber" ><span class="byline">Peter Weber</span></a>Tue, 29 Jan 2013 07:09:00 -0500Was Sarah Palin just a fad?<img src="" /></P><p>On Friday evening, <span class="s1"><em>Real Clear Politics</em> broke&nbsp;</span>the story that Sarah Palin would not be renewing her contract with Fox News. On Saturday, Howard Kurtz reported that the network made a "<span class="s1">limited effort</span>" to keep her, and offered her a less-generous contract than it had the first time around.</p><p class="p1">Kurtz concludes that "Palin's star had faded." Palin was undoubtedly a hotter commodity a few years ago than she is today. Still, I think the issue isn't so much that Palin's star has faded as it is that there are so many new GOP stars on the rise.</p><p class="p1">Before 2010, almost no one knew who Marco Rubio, Nikki Haley...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/matt-k-lewis" ><span class="byline">Matt K. Lewis</span></a>Sun, 27 Jan 2013 09:40:00 -0500Should the GOP let Sarah Palin speak at Mitt Romney's convention?<img src="" /></P><p>Mitt Romney has a Sarah Palin problem, says Peter J. Boyer in <em>Newsweek</em>. Just over a month before Republicans gather in Tampa, Fla., for their presidential nominating convention, Team Romney and the Republican National Committee haven't given a coveted speaking slot to the party's 2008 vice presidential nominee, or even invited her to the event. Palin and her sizable base of supporters are apparently miffed at the perceived slight, but featuring the former Alaska governor carries the risk that she'll go rogue on national TV &mdash; a discomfiting thought for the famously stick-to-the-script Romney...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffTue, 17 Jul 2012 06:35:00 -0400Deb Fischer's Nebraska upset: Proof Sarah Palin still has the golden touch?<img src="" /></P><p>The Republican establishment was reeling in Nebraska this week, after a little-known but respected state senator, Deb Fischer, pulled off a stunning upset in the GOP Senate primary. Fischer became the instant favorite in her red state over Democrat Bob Kerrey, a former senator and governor. Until just days before the Tuesday vote, Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning was expected to cruise to the GOP nomination, and his only apparent threat was from state Treasurer Don Stenberg, who was backed by conservative groups like Jim DeMint's Senate Conservatives Fund. But Fischer had something the others...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffThu, 17 May 2012 09:04:00 -0400Why Sarah Palin wants a brokered convention: 3 theories<img src="" /></P><p>Here we go again: Former GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin is getting supporters and detractors all riled up, telling <em>Fox News</em> that if the GOP goes into its August convention without a clear nominee, we "could be looking at a brokered convention" and that "all bets are off." The Alaskan polarizer referred to other dark-horse candidates "willing to offer themselves service to their country," adding ambiguously, "I would do whatever I could to help." Does that mean Palin <em>wants</em> the primaries to end in deadlock, with none of the four remaining candidates equipped with enough delegates...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffFri, 17 Feb 2012 13:07:00 -0500Is Sarah Palin still a threat to Obama?<img src="" /></P><p>Mitt Romney may have won the straw poll at the end of the three-day Conservative Political Action Conference in D.C. over the weekend, but CPAC's real star was Sarah Palin, says Josh Lederman at <em>The Hill</em>. Among the many speakers, the former Alaska governor "received far-and-away the most spirited and enthusiastic reception" from the 10,000 conservative activists in attendance. And the former vice presidential candidate, who opted out of the 2012 presidential race in October, "appeared to relish her role as conservative attack dog, blasting Obama and Democrats," and bringing the crowd repeatedly...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffMon, 13 Feb 2012 10:56:00 -0500Is Sarah Palin's political career over?<img src="" /></P><p>Sarah Palin's decision not to run for president in 2012 didn't exactly come as a surprise &mdash; she had already said the demands of a campaign might be too "shackle-y" for her maverick spirit. But her fans were still dismayed by this week's news that she's officially out, even though polls suggested that Palin stood little chance of winning the Republican nomination <em>or</em> the general election against President Obama. Is Palin just waiting for her moment, or is this the end of her career in elected politics?<br /><br /><strong>Palin's political career is over:</strong>&nbsp;Palin's "political career was brief, bizarre, and sordid...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffFri, 07 Oct 2011 14:31:00 -0400Should Sarah Palin sue over Joe McGinniss' scathing biography?<img src="" /></P><p>Sarah Palin's lawyer is threatening to sue&nbsp;journalist Joe McGinniss and his publisher for "knowingly publishing false statements" in McGinnis' book <em>The Rogue: Searching for the Real Sarah Palin</em>, which was released last week. Attorney John Tiemessen says the book, which contains tales of adultery and cocaine use, is nothing but a collection of "tawdry gossip" intended to harm the Palins. Crown Publishing, a division of Random House, has not responded, nor has McGinniss. Would it be wise for Palin to take McGinniss and his publisher to court?<br /><br /><strong>Absolutely. Palin should sue them:</strong> Random House has...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffTue, 27 Sep 2011 13:52:00 -0400Will Joe McGinniss' 'scathing' expose actually help Sarah Palin?<img src="" /></P><p>Salacious excerpts from <em>The Rogue</em>, Joe McGinniss' new tell-all biography of Sarah Palin, are dribbling out a week before the book hits shelves &mdash; a seemingly damaging scenario for the former Alaska governor, given that she's supposedly still weighing a presidential bid. Yet it's McGinniss who's facing a backlash. Early leaks from the book are spurring commentators&nbsp;to heap scorn on the mostly anonymously sourced account of marital infidelity, premarital one-night stands, and drug use. Many doubt the book will damage Palin's celebrity, or even her political prospects. Might it, in fact...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffFri, 16 Sep 2011 10:59:00 -0400'Salacious' new claims about Sarah Palin: Cocaine and adultery<img src="" /></P><p>You might think "all of Sarah Palin's skeletons had been whisked out of the closet" after three years of "glaring media attention," says Dan Amira at&nbsp;<em>New York</em>. Well, you'd be wrong, at least judging by the leaks from journalist Joe McGinniss' long-awaited (and decidedly unauthorized) biography, <em>The Rogue: Searching for the Real Sarah Palin</em>. McGinniss famously drew Palin's ire by moving into the house next door to her while working on the book, and the finished product (set for a Sept. 20 release)&nbsp;is full of "the most salacious things you could possibly imagine," Amira says. Here, five...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffThu, 15 Sep 2011 12:42:00 -0400The new Sarah Palin: A 'uniter, not a divider'?<img src="" /></P><p>In a much-anticipated Saturday speech to Tea Partiers in Iowa, Sarah Palin railed against President Obama and career politicians &mdash; an apparent dig at leading GOP presidential hopefuls Gov. Rick Perry of Texas and Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota. Palin also trumpeted the Tea Party's anti-big-government message, but also maintained that "we're not celebrating red America, or blue America. We're celebrating red, white, and blue America." As she mulls a bid for the Republican presidential nomination, is Palin distancing herself from her divisive politics and reaching out to the center? <br /><br /><strong>This...</strong></p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffTue, 06 Sep 2011 12:03:00 -04004 lessons from the Sarah Palin email release<img src="" /></P><p>As news organizations finish scrutinizing 24,199 printed pages of Sarah Palin's emails covering the period from her December 2006 debut as Alaska's governor to her September 2008 national debut as Sen. John McCain's running mate, one thing's clear: No bombshells. But the emails do soften the frozen image people have of Palin, says <em>The New York Times,</em> by adding "nuance and depth." Or, as <em>The Washington Post</em> puts it, "vivid new color and fresh details." Is that all? Here, four lessons from the Palin emails:</p><p><strong>1. They remind us why Palin was so popular pre-McCain<br /></strong>More than anything, this trove of correspondence...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffMon, 13 Jun 2011 14:16:00 -0400The Sarah Palin email 'treasure trove': 6 nuggets<img src="" /></P><p>On Friday afternoon, Alaska officials released 24,199 pages&nbsp;of Sarah Palin's emails (weighing 100 pounds) &mdash; the result of news organizations' Freedom of Information Act requests. Reporters are scrambling to read through the "treasure trove of documents," which offer intriguing insights and random tidbits on Palin's Alaska governorship, her personal life, and the run-up to the 2008 elections. Here are six:<br /><br /><strong>1. Palin wanted a $35,000 gubernatorial tanning bed</strong><br />The emails appear to confirm long-standing rumors that Palin installed a tanning bed in Alaska governor's mansion, at a reported cost...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffFri, 10 Jun 2011 17:34:00 -0400The 'scathing' Palin tell-all: 5 takeaways<img src="" /></P><p>Frank Bailey's <em>Blind Allegiance to Sarah Palin</em>,&nbsp;the first tell-all book from a member of Palin's inner political circle, was released Tuesday, and the reviews are in. Drawn from more than 50,000 emails, the former aide's&nbsp;"confessional memoir" of Palin's run for governor of Alaska, and her two and a half years on the job, paints a "scathing" portrait of a vindictive, untrustworthy, and ethically challenged politician more interested in fame and fortune than governing. Now that the partially leaked manuscript is a full-fledged book, what new revelations does it hold? Here, five of the best...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffTue, 24 May 2011 10:20:00 -0400Tina Fey's 'forced' Sarah Palin reprisal<img src="" /></P><p><strong>The video:</strong> A visibly pregnant Tina Fey hosted the Mother's Day eve edition of <em>Saturday Night Live</em> this weekend, and reprised her much-lauded Sarah Palin impersonation&nbsp;in a sketch focused on the "GOP 2012 Undeclared Candidates Debate." (Watch video below.) Appearing alongside other "candidates you wish you knew less about" &mdash; including Donald Trump, Mitt Romney, and Michele Bachmann &mdash; Fey's Palin threw in some zingers about the ex-Governor's rhetorical prowess, Fox News, and her glee that we "finally vanquished one of the world's great villains": Katie Couric. <br /><strong>The reaction:</strong> I had...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffMon, 09 May 2011 11:16:00 -0400Palin slams Obama for 'pussy-footing': The backlash<img src="" /></P><p>Sarah Palin is protesting President Obama's decision to withhold photos of Osama bin Laden's bloody corpse, saying that the images should be made public as a warning to others trying to destroy America. "No pussy-footing around, no politicking, no drama," the potential GOP 2012 contender tweeted Wednesday. "It's part of the mission." But, given the president's recent track record as Commander in Chief, not everyone was thrilled by Palin's word choice. Here's a sampling of the widespread mockery her tweet provoked:</p><p><strong>It's all in the timing</strong><br />"Obama just sent 40 SEALs to execute someone in a sovereign...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffThu, 05 May 2011 14:42:00 -0400