Sarah Palin starts a PAC

January 28, 2009

If you thought Sarah Palin was going to just fade away, you clearly weren’t listening when she said the only difference between a hockey mom and a pit bull was lipstick. 
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The Alaska governor, who was the Republican nominee for vice president in the race that John McCain lost to Democrat Barack Obama last year, is already laying the groundwork for another run at something.
 
She has started her own political action committee, SarahPAC, complete with a website. And she’s learned a trick from Obama — the site’s main feature is a page where you can put down your name and donate $25 or $5,000 or more. 
 
“Welcome to SarahPAC, Sarah Palin’s official PAC,” the site says. “Dedicated to building America’s future, supporting fresh ideas and candidates who share our vision for reform and innovation.”
 
“SarahPAC believes the Republican Party is at the threshold of an historic renaissance that will build a better future for all,” the site says. “Health care, education and reform of government are among our key goals.”
 
The site’s home page shows Palin against a backdrop of Alaska’s sweeping mountain vistas.
 
While declaring it is not authorized by any candidate or candidate’s committee, SarahPAC has a full biography of the former vice presidential candidate.
 
It notes she made history by becoming the first woman governor of Alaska and the first woman on a Republican presidential ticket.
 
“Gov. Palin has a long record of achievement and experience in public office,” it says, including her service as governor, her time as mayor of the town of Wasilla and her stint on the Wasilla City Council.

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Photo credit: Reuters/Tami Chappell (Palin campaigns for Senator Saxby Chambliss in Georgia in December)

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Actually, I think she said “HOCKEY” mom. Soccer moms are the cute, cuddly ones.

Posted by Tim | Report as abusive

Didn’t we vote her off the island?

Posted by Tim | Report as abusive

PAC SHMACK, Sarah can cultivate all the loonies she wants, a real bid at politics will never happen for her. I have faith that women don’t want to roll back their rights to the 1950′s or beyond. I think we’ve all had enough of political leaders who are a dumb as doors, even if they come in a pretty package. PLEASE stay in Alaska, Sarah!

Posted by Marla | Report as abusive

Run Sarah Run!! We could use you in the Senate in 2010, but, Madam President sounds good.

Posted by Tom | Report as abusive

love sarah

Posted by bill fleming | Report as abusive

First step toward a presidential run in 2012. Not sure whether I’d want her to or not. She’d sure rouse the rabble just like Rush does, but she’d also be pretty easy to knock off too. Health care for the rich, shrinking of government so there’s even less oversight of Wall Street shenanigans that destroy the world’s economy for the benefit of a very few, education by listening to Rush’s rantings 24/7, those are the GOP’s platform planks.

Posted by jimbo | Report as abusive

GO SARA GO. I will vote for you AGAIN.

Posted by Linda | Report as abusive

I hope she wins the Republican ticket — it’s better than having them run a viable, intelligent, informed candidate.

Posted by Pat McGroin | Report as abusive

You go Girl. Me and many others are looking to you for the future.

God help us all if she gets elected anywhere beyond Alaska.

Posted by robbsf | Report as abusive

Your right, Tim, she did say hockey mom, as on the poster in the picture. Thought I’d fixed that before posting it but obviously not. Thanks for pointing it out.

she was the reason I didn’t vote for McCain. Why would I want to try for her again?

Posted by nick | Report as abusive

Pat McGroin said, “I hope she wins the Republican ticket — it’s better than having them run a viable, intelligent, informed candidate.”

I assume you’ll be donating heavily to her PAC, then? Surely such an obvious pushover should attract support from every good Democrat.

Posted by John Skookum | Report as abusive

Sarah and Sully. 2012.

Posted by Red | Report as abusive

Oh NOW Palin has a donation site set up…all of her WORSHIPPERS can buy her designer clothes now. She has figured out every loop hole to bilk ALASKA, so time to take it nationwide!
Sarah Palin-Tonya Harding 2012!!!

Posted by DEO | Report as abusive

I hope she does get the nomination from the GOP in 2012. It’s going to take Obama two terms to straighten out the mess we are in and a Palin candidacy will ensure another term. I have voted for Republicans in the past, two female Senators from my home state (Collins and Snowe) who would have been a better choice for McCain last year. Palin is a flash in the pan and will not get the backing of the RNC or Republican moderates.

Posted by Eric H | Report as abusive

I was hoping Sarah Palin would fade away. If she were to win the presidency in 2010, I’d turn off the TV for four years so I wouldn’t have to see her face or hear her voice. I can”t STAND her!

Posted by Pat Swanson | Report as abusive

Way to go Sarah ….next pres 2012 Wow coool!!

Posted by ratsol | Report as abusive

well !well ! Obama had no clue about how many things including how many states the US has…basic geography.& made so..many GAFFES in his primaries …nobody rants and raves about it…SHHHH….. hush it up cause the liberal press is hired to smear and bash Palin & to put the so called ??OB on a pedestal..FREE USA FOR YOU WOW !!….Time and tide wait for no man ….when the tide turns …the time for PALIN ERA dawns !!2012

Posted by jenny hancock | Report as abusive

Yeah, Sarah, The only way that John McCain went as far as he did was YOU. You’ll do much better on your own with the courage and strength to tell it like it is. God bless you and help the USA until you get to Washington. Most of us want to throw the whole mess out of Congress and give America some hope for a decent future.

Posted by Mr. and Mrs. William R Farhat | Report as abusive

These comments are hysterical (literally). The Democrats Dream Team has been in session for exactly 1 week, but they’re already trying to ‘explain away’ their looming failed Democratic Congress policies by talking about ‘how long it will take BO to fix everything. And most amusing of all is how they’re wetting themselves with fear over Sarah Palin – imo because they know in their gut that she’s a force of Nature, and with some seasoning she’ll be a very formidable candidate. Let’s see … no successful terrorist attacks on US soil in last 7 years – thanks, GWBush. 52 month bull market and expanding economy – thanks, GWBush. 80% of Al Queda leadership killed, and Bin Laden in a cave somewhere and sending messages by donkey – thanks GWBush. Iraq now a democracy friendly to the US – thanks GWBush … Fannie and Freddie underpinnings of financial meltdown – thanks Democrats. Detroit unable to make a profit – thanks UAW and Democrats in its pocket (along with Detroit mgmt incompetence). Two years of single-digit Congress-approval ratings – congratulations, Democratic-controlled Congress (not that I don’t agree that many Republican congressmen are also incompetent). And the first thing in office that BO does is forbid more of the 3-times-used aggressive interrogation techniques that saved many many many American lives (see here http://corner.nationalreview.com/post/?q =MmUxYzRjZTk1N2E0YzlmMzkzOTcwZWVkYWQ4NGY yZDY= )… yeah, he’s brilliant ain’t he?, and any tragedy as a result of that is on his head, and those of his supporters.
Sorry for the inconvenient facts. Enjoy your time at the wheel, children. Please don’t take offense, though, if I wear my seat belt.

Posted by LK | Report as abusive

Oh… like I have turned my TV off for the next 4 years. I can’t STAND Obama.

Posted by Sandra M | Report as abusive

Little white lies and conveniently forgotten facts will not work with her at the top of the ticket. She will not be able to hide her flaws and warts behind John McCain and his war record, as she was able to do as the VP candidate. While I don’t doubt she can and will raise a lot of money from the racist and bigots and right wing loons within the Republican Party but in a general election she would lose worse and by bigger margins than McCain did. Her appeal to the American Electorate as a whole is extremely limited and her appeal within the minority community especially the African American and the Latino and Hispanic Community is non existent.

Posted by renard | Report as abusive

She is the reason John McCain lost his bid for the presidency. What makes her think that she can win it? I am sure the Republicans have more sense than that to even think she could revive the party or prove that it was not them who helped ruin the economy and put us in two unpopular wars on false pretenses.

Posted by R. Martan | Report as abusive

If Sarah Palin is elected to any post of responsibility in a national Government, America’s reputation will not only fall again, it’ll end up in the sewer. The woman is a half wit.

Posted by Nora | Report as abusive

Many conservative people in Central Pennsylvania would be honored to have you run again for federal office. Your service in the Great State of Alaska should be a model.
for the rest of the country. Our Country NEEDS your core conservative values. Personally I will work my tail off to help you succeed, as I did last fall. Thank you
for taking time in York Pa last October. God bless the USA, Sarah Palin and family.

Posted by Conservative in Central Pennsylvania | Report as abusive

Makeup! Forget the lipstick bring the duct tape!

My friend and I went to see Sarah Palin last Oct.
We would love to help her get elected in 2012. If she
needs volunteers let us know.

The first Republican I ever voted for was REAGAN…the second Republican was PALIN. All those years in between I was voting for Democrats and Independents. God willing, in 2012..I will have a chance to vote for PALIN again. Love that Sarah!!

Posted by Susan | Report as abusive

Only good to come of a 2012 Palin ticket is that Tina Fey will have more material to work with.

Note to Sarah Palin about your PAC:

You and John McCain were the only thing REAL in the election and you both remained true to the calling and stayed above the hatred and pettiness. You especially, Sarah, have my admiration and respect for standing toe to toe with titans of the movement responsible for the decline of America throughout a thrown election (by the leftist media which will, by the way, continue down to its deserved irrelevency in this country) and never backing down.

I look forward to the future and plan on supporting you in all your political endeavors.

Posted by Dave | Report as abusive

What the world needs now is Sarah 2012! We have had some much pork and waste with Obama, and he has only been in office 8 days. 2012 is a ways off, but at this rate, we will need Sarah to reform Wash. D.C. the way she has done in Alaska! SARAH 2012!

You go Sarah!!!! My husband and i are behind you….How can we contribute????
Susan C

Posted by Susan Clemente | Report as abusive

The only thing Sarah should be doing over the next 4-8 years is going to college and focusing her coursework on Political Science, Economics, History, Women’s Studies and English. Its refreshing to know that our US leaders are finally smarter than the average person on the street! Sarah – stick to what you know and make the rumors of your talk show come true.

Posted by Denise M | Report as abusive

After her embarrassing performance in the presidential election she should worry about holding on to her position as governor.

Of course she can always get a job on Fox. How does “The Palin-Blagojevich Show” sound?

Posted by Dwight | Report as abusive

what is the your argument against her rev eric is it your liberal bias or is it her christian values.i thought that now obama was elected the tirades would end tc is correct it is hot air. ,what the about joining together in the middle to help sort the problems.from someone who was once a liberal/socialist the high school brainwashing had not worn off, but now it has thank god for wisdom.

Posted by brian lee | Report as abusive

The Borgen Project has some good info on the cost of addressing global poverty.

$30 billion: Annual shortfall to end world hunger.
$550 billion: U.S. Defense budget

The rantings of the liberal left are go to show how afraid they are of Palin running for President. Try as they might, deep down inside they know she could actually be elected and fix the mess in Washington in 2012.

It is very clear the progressive liberal Obama and congress are already setting the path for failure spending our money on things that will not stimulate the economy. Listen folks, the stimulus package and the money being printed are going to lead to hyper inflation. When that happens everyone will see what a mistake it was to elect these foolish people.

You will be wishing you had the last eight years back.

Posted by TC | Report as abusive

GO SARAH !!!!!!!! GO !!!

Posted by trish | Report as abusive

go sarah go. the libs are afraid of you because you stand up for what is good and right ,
let americans run this country not big government.
p.s
faith in god does not hurt.

Posted by mike patrick | Report as abusive

Palin ALREADY HAS filed a statement of candidacy with FEC- for President!!

go to

http://www.fec.gov/finance/disclosure/im aging_info.shtml

type in Palin

PALIN, SARAH
Office Sought: President
Election Year: 2012
State: Presidential Candidate
Party: REP (Republican Party)

Posted by Colleen Gibson | Report as abusive

hi eric h .this is probably my last posting, reuters is obviously in your camp, which can be expected, not many of my postings are getting past their censer.you seem to be a decent guy,but abortion is a very emotional subject to me,i tried to explain why, but it never made the cut.what is so sad is that the whole abortion debate is interwoven with political dogma.i have not heard any sp give sarah palin any credit for not aborting her special needs kid,in fact i think she would be more acceptable and less attacked if the baby was not around.the kid seems to be a red flag to a lot in your camp,and it should not be so.on a more lighter note,you using the title “rev”to, give,i assume more cred with us conservatives,does not work because your statements particular about giving , show that you have not even scratched the surface in terms or faith.it is like someone finding a 20 dollar bill on the floor of a bank and picking it up and thinking”i am bank robber”it is that ridiculous .so to maintain cred drop the handle.have a nice day ,watch you don,t hit your tongue ,sorry i mean thumb.god bless.

Posted by brian lee | Report as abusive

May God bless every move Sarah Palin makes. She is wrapped in honesty … something we need so desparately. She is authentic, energetic, and willing to lead — what a woman!!!

Posted by Eva Myer | Report as abusive

Palin “Energized” the Republicans. However, an “energized” vote and a half-hearted vote both count as one. For every independent she brought to McCain she sent four to Obama. Democrats should vote for Palin in the 2012 primaries just to guarantee Obama a second term.

Posted by Dwight | Report as abusive

Brilliant post Dwight. What you are implying is that Obama isn’t good enough to run on his merits, so democrats should vote for Palin in order to “guarantee” Obama is reelected.

The bad part for “brilliant” comments like that is that they usually backfire. Palin would only benefit in a hair brained scheme like that.

She won’t need the help of the progressive liberals. She will energize the conservatives like Reagan did in the 80′s.

Posted by TC | Report as abusive

For someone who wants the media to leave her alone, she sure spends a lot of time selling herself.

Posted by getplaning | Report as abusive

TC, that tactic was the same thing Bush used in 2000 and 2004 except his folks in the GOP sent money to Ralph Nader. I guess that means according to your reasoning Bush wasn’t good enough to run on his own merits either so they had to tear down the other side instead of build up their own. Yes, destruction is always easier than building something positive; we learned that in Iraq. brian lee, what do you want from the left, for them to pat her on the back continuously and repeatedly? At what point did she learn her unborn was going to be a special needs kid, before or after it was born? If before, OK I go along with you, but if it was after, what’s to cheer? Letting a born baby keep living? Even pro choicers believe in that. News story today; Palin’s four-inch heels that make her look so much curvier that she wore when McCain introduced her as his running mate were sold on eBay for $2025. Wonder if any of that money will be used to pay off the Iraq war debt.

Posted by jimbo | Report as abusive

No, TC. I was not implying anything about Obama. Although I’m sure the Fox gas-bags will spin thing in that direction.

I think with Romney as VP McCain would have won.

I will also say that right now, the Republican party has lost it’s way. Following McCain is a step in the right direction. Unfortunately, the republicans have forgotten how to elect an honest, honorable candidate who can actually get things done. If you decide Palin should lead the Republican party you will be the minority party for a very long time.

I want the Republicans to quit being social activists and regain the credibility they lost with George W. When they stop whining and distorting the opposition, I’ll be happy to vote for Republicans again.

Posted by Dwigth | Report as abusive

sorry jimbo 4inch high heels not my department.get the phone number of that guy who was kicked out of office as govenor of new york was he a dem? i don,t remember, he will have a wealth of knowledge about high heels .don,t know if he made a bid though.

Posted by brian lee | Report as abusive

A huge amount depends on the economy in 2012. Obama is a very strong opponent, I believe she could easily beat anybody else. But with Obama I don’t know. He has lots of money and a very organized team. GOP could have saved themselves by picking Powell in 1992.

The only thing I believe that can derail Obama is the economy. And believe me it might be very,very,very bad by 2012. It is much harder to stimulate yourself out of a recession when debt to foreign countries is high. Remember that before we got out of recessions through stimulus and borrowing, but then we owed the money to ourselves, and the world was not as competitive.

Posted by steve | Report as abusive

Please Run In 2012…need to clean out the Senate, Congress , And The Lobyists… need the FAIR TAX , Balanced Budget… The Senate, Congress, are making Corporate CEO’s Look Like Choir Boys

Posted by Terry Stinson | Report as abusive

thank you sarah for coming to the rescue we need you we have to get out to the people that america is doomed if everything in these bills are pushed threw no one is paying attention i talked with some people that voted for obama and after bring up facts that is on paper they had no clue we need to get the facts out there and show them what is going on i do not want america to become a socialist america i like it to be free and what work i do pass it on to family once again thank you and let us get to work and let the people know

Posted by mike pitstick | Report as abusive

Don’t run for Congress – too qualified, too honest to be one of the 100 loser known as Senator.
I voted for Mrs. Pailn – not for RINO McCain
100% for her 2012 run in money,time and energy
Not a Republican or Democrat or member of any party

Posted by Lewis Smith | Report as abusive