On book tour, it’s Palin unplugged

November 19, 2009

Like one of those grizzly bears way up yonder in Alaska, Sarah Palin was in hibernation for months while she wrote her book. And now that the book is out, she’s become unplugged.

The conservative firebrand, who says she was all “bottled up” by the John McCain staff on the campaign trail last year, is chock full of opinions and letting lose on all manner of subjects.

USA-POLITICS/MCCAIN-PALINLet’s go over several of them.

The shootings at Fort Hood were “an act of terrorism” and authorities missed “massive warning flags” about the alleged shooter, Major Nidal Malik Hasan, she said.

“And I think it was quite unfortunate that, to me, it was a fear of being politically incorrect, to not — I’m going to use the word — profile this guy, profile in the sense of finding out what his radical beliefs were,” she told Fox News Channel’s Sean Hannity.

Over at ABC News’ “Good Morning America,” Barbara Walters asked Palin what she would do about 10.2 percent unemployment if she were president.

“I’d start cutting taxes and allowing our small businesses to keep more of what they’re earning, more of what they’re producing, more of what they own and earn so that they can start reinvesting in their businesses and expand and hire more people,” Palin said.

President Barack Obama’s healthcare and energy plans are “back-assward ways of trying to fix the economy,” she said.

Turning to foreign policy, Palin disagreed with Obama’s pressure on Israel to halt the expansion of Jewish settlements.

“I disagree with the Obama administration on that. I believe that the Jewish settlements should be allowed to be expanded upon,” she told Barbara Walters.

USA-POLITICS/MCCAIN-PALIN“Because that population of Israel is going to grow. More and more Jewish people will be flocking to Israel in the days and weeks and months ahead and I don’t think that the Obama administration has any right to tell Israel that the Jewish settlements cannot expand,” she said.

What about Obama’s lengthy quest for an Afghanistan strategy? Go ahead and send more troops, she said.

“It frustrates me and frightens me, and many Americans, that President Obama is dithering around with the decision in Afghanistan,” she said.

Hannity, on his radio show, asked Palin about the 2010 congressional elections, in which Republicans hope to rebound from 2006 and 2008 losses and cut into Democratic majorities in the U.S. Congress.

“There’s going to be a huge shift,” she said. “2010 is going to be an earthquake politically across our country because people are just as you are suggesting not putting a lot of hope in this Congress,” she said.

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Photo credit: Reuters/Rebecca Cook (Palin autographs copies of her book “Going Rogue: An American Life” in Grand Rapids, Michigan, on Nov. 18; Palin’s book tour bus)


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Hope she does Playboy; only major mag she deserves to be on the cover of.

Posted by Not_American | Report as abusive

“…letting lose on all manner of subjects”indeed

Posted by elc | Report as abusive

I appreciate Palin’s honesty. She doesn’t hedge around an answer to make sure it is politically expedient or advantageous. Compare that to any interview with Obama….ummmmmm, ah, hmmmmmmm.

Posted by Janet | Report as abusive

I really hope she runs. The more popular she and Beck and Limbaugh and Hannity get, the better things are for Dems. Just give her some time and as people remember where she stands on things her approval will go back down. There is a reason she cost McCain the election: Terrible answers to serious questions. She’s not stupid, just incapable of running a country or winning a national election for that matter. The economy will pick back up (it’s been only a year since it tanked) and Obama’s numbers will go back up.

Posted by Joe | Report as abusive

Go Palin!Conservative, moral, and rationally-thinking!

Posted by Lady | Report as abusive

Well, I don’t know about Palin “unplugged”, but I am sensing that she does have a wire loose somewhere.

Posted by SilentBoy741 | Report as abusive

joe. Yeah, let’s see how that works out for you. I suspect you will be even more venomous next year when your liberal world falls apart all around you.

Posted by TC | Report as abusive

Palin couldn’t even handle being Governor of Alaska! What makes anyone think that she is even remotely competent to be a public reprentative? Quitter.

Posted by Deeply Concerned | Report as abusive

I’m surprised that she’s still on everyday news, tome she’s just a person that was taking from alaska to the washington zoo and got the taste and wants more, as gore vidal wrote, alaska was the place where all the criminals in usa where put and palin is just the fruit of that tree…

Posted by Leo Arguello | Report as abusive

Israel has every right to build to accommodate its natural growing population.Sarah Palin disagrees with the Obama administration’s unfair demand that Israel halt settlement construction. She stated that there is no reason Israel should not be permitted to continue construction in “settlements” as the communities are growing and housing is needed. She understands that Obama is not president of Israel. The truth is that Israel has far more friends among Republicans than Democrats.It is time to dump Obama once and for all.

Posted by oren barak | Report as abusive

He is not surprised that this “frozen hell” has produced Sarah Palin, “the latest idol in America’s long cult of stupidity”. Alaska was, he says, “the place where all the crooks in America went to hide. And they produced her.” this the vidal’s view of palin and i couldn’t find better thought than this…

Posted by leo arguello | Report as abusive

Again proving that they are beyond parody, Fox News yesterday recycled old file footage of Sarah Palin rallies from the 2008 election to assert that she is currently getting huge turnouts on her book tour.Fox News. We distort, You buy it.

Posted by getplaning | Report as abusive

Joe,she did not loose Mc Cain the election,he was behind all the time,the only time the polls suggested that he was close to Obama was when he nominated Sarah.Then the Chicago mafia who had been attacking Edwards IE- leaking information about his 400 dollar hair cut etc,started the misinformation about her.Who ever runs for president as a republican their biggest strength will be Obama!and his socialist policies,they are suggesting that unemployment could be as high as 11.8% in 2012.Unlike what you think the average American can relate to her,and her influence is going to increase as you guys attack her ,so keep up the good work!

Posted by brian lee | Report as abusive

Talking points and more talking points, there is no depth to her answers. “I’d start cutting taxes and allowing our small businesses to keep more…….” That’s a great thing to say but how? Back to the middle class killing Bush tax cuts?We “liberals” are not afraid of Palin and we don’t hate her, we recognize that she has no substance. She’s like veneer over plywood, looks good on the outside but is cheap underneath.

Posted by Eric H | Report as abusive

Who cares about Palin? She’s another idiot with a book to sell. There’s nothing in her brain and now she’s promoting that she doesn’t have a brain in her book. And people are buying it.Good Grief, can Americans be any more ridiculous? I guess they could if they buy the book and voted for her as V.P. of the U.S.

Posted by amanda | Report as abusive

Eric. Your explanation is all tidy and nicely worded. However, why don’t you start talking about who you would like to see run this country rather than who you would not like to see run this country.You really need to get off the destroy Palin train. Everyone knows your opinion about her, but rather than concentrate on her you should start vocalizing the person you want to see rather than her.It amuses me that even you can’t get off her case. She isn’t doing anything to you, but you are so afraid of her. I can understand your fear though. In your heart, you know if she were to run she would likely win because people identify with her views. Yes, a majority opinion. People are flocking and waiting hours just to get a few moments to talk to her.All I am doing is saying what is happening. If people like you have any effect on her, all it does is energize the majority of Americans who want to put out the bunch in power who think like you…Yes, the minority view.Yes, your guy won in Nov 2008, but he wouldn’t win today and you know it.

Posted by TC | Report as abusive

I’m sick-n-tired of Palin and her rogue comments about what happened to her. She was vetted to be numerou unonext to the President and she didn’t take advantage of the power that she was asked to partake of and given. Instead palin did what was asked of her against what she wanted to do. I feel that was her time to stand up and say ” if you want me”, you gotta let me do my own thing” and as long as it’s within common ground on winning. We can do this. Otherwise pick someone else. She would have been more respected today had she stepped up and spoke up for herself. Their is no one to blame. Not McCain’s campaign, and not Katie, but herself. She showed no backbone and she’s certainly thin skinned. Who wants a VP or a President for that matter who can show no strength on the real issues of today and on today’s agenda. Palin you blew it!!

Posted by Sophie G | Report as abusive

amanda , keep it up,thanks for the conservative support,good job when you read her book tell me about it!

Posted by brian lee | Report as abusive

Sarah Palin is a breath of fresh air in a stale old party. She is appealing for her conservative ideals and the sooner the Republicans get the hint that this is exactly what the majority of people want the better for the party.Imagine, business owners keeping their money instead of giving it to the government might actually expand jobs. Who would think that? Certainly not Obama and his economic disaster causing team. They think everyone should give all their money to them and they’ll decide where best to spend (waste) it. Fiscal conservatism is going to win the next presidential election. Get behind Sarah now!

Posted by Rich Doode | Report as abusive

GO SARA!I am proud of you because you stick up for Truth, Values, Morals, Attitude, Character, Love, Joy and a Love for God.You see most people hate you because you remind them of how bad they are. The people who are driven by the devil, do not like Christians who try to live their lives by the words they read in the bible.Do not give in to the foolish persons in our world who think it is ok to cheat, lie, steal and kill those who disagree.God’s Blessings.

Posted by Bill | Report as abusive

OK, So I should have edited my words to say “Many” instead of most.Will you now post my comments please?

Posted by Bill | Report as abusive

No depth. No substance. No leader.The Reaganomics she espouses had a clear effect we are still paying for. Reagan tripled the national debt and by the end of GHW Bush’s reign, it was quadrupled. After Clinton, Bush II doubled the national debt.The no-tax and spend economics of the Republican party of the past three republican presidencies has finanically handed America over to China. One day the bill will need to be paid.Republicans need to look at the history of the deficit, and taxation in America. Take a hard look and see who’s at the heart of our financial mess and deficit spending blooms of the past 29 years…Republicans.Tax the rich, balance the books and save America.On Israel: Perhaps she thinks diplomacy by takeover is okay, Bush did, so why not? End times prophecy supporters (they really want the world to end in fire) should not have any say in Middle East politics.They fear Democrat policy success more than anything on the planet. So they engage in the fear and hate rhetoric and the mantra of repeating the same lies until they become (for Republicans) the truth.

Posted by Noblekin | Report as abusive

One more thing:When any new president comes into office he or she inherits the budget and economy of the previous administration. That means (ask any economist) the first eight months of the presidency are not of his making and almost completely out of his control until the end of the Federal fiscal year.September 30th is the end of the fiscal year from the budget set by the previous administration. Along with many regulatory issues governing the financial markets.Bush’s stinky mess lingers on and Palin and other want to run the show again?When will the facts be sought? When will people stop listening to the “talking point” of the party of NO (as in no solutions & no intent to do right by Americans)???Please start investigating the facts of what Republican politics has done to America.Big business gets corporate welfareNon Farming “farms” get welfareThe uber wealthy get tax breaks and grants (free money)The Military Industrial Complex continues to gorgeAnd the oil industry gets huge tax breaks they don’t need.And what happens? Jobs get shipped overseas, non-working “farms” owned by wealthy landowners get huge kick back from taxpayers, and failing businesses get more dollars to continue to fail.Republicans don’t care about the average American. They say they do, but that is Orwellian double speak and it is one of the biggest lies in America.Wake up!

Posted by Noblekin | Report as abusive

“I disagree with the Obama administration on that. I believe that the Jewish settlements should be allowed to be expanded upon. Because that population of Israel is going to grow. More and more Jewish people will be flocking to Israel in the days and weeks and months ahead …”Sarah’s bin readin’ “Left Behind” again !

Posted by sydney | Report as abusive

Hope she does Playboy; only major mag she deserves to be on the cover of.- Posted by Not_AmericanI can see the text on the cover now “Sarah Palin: Going Commando”

Posted by Eric H | Report as abusive

It’s no wonder Eric and company are out to destroy Palin. They know they are in the minority…in a big way. Here are some important numbers just from 19 Nov 2009 alone (but this is the norm…):FOXNEWS O’REILLY/PALIN 4,120,000FOXNEWS HANNITY 2,871,000FOXNEWS BECK 2,730,000FOXNEWS BAIER 2,359,000FOXNEWS GRETA 2,113,000FOXNEWS SHEP 2,078,000MSNBC OLBERMANN 1,188,000CNNHN GRACE 1,018,000CNN KING 980,000MSNBC MADDOW 877,000MSNBC HARDBALL 597,000CNN COOPER 585,000Add up Olberamann to Cooper and you don’t even get past Hannity in viewership.Palin is popular and your views are in the minority…as all your views are. You do not represent what the majority want in this country.If you had a rational argument to stand on, you wouldn’t childishly attack Sarah Palin. But since you don’t, you go with the childishness. As you are aware, she is more popular than the current president.It makes me smile you and your extreme left wing friends are so afraid of her.

Posted by TC | Report as abusive

By promoting McCain, the Democrats helped him into the presidential race. If the Democrats think Palin is an idiot why do they bother saying anything. It’s because Palin is the last person they want to run against. She scares the hell out of them. She represents the downfall of the elitist and they will do anything to remain in power. It is all about power over people.

Posted by Swagner | Report as abusive

Who’s the President?That’s all that matters.

Posted by Glenn Beck’s Appendix | Report as abusive

Whether a politician is capable of being an effective President or not, he or she is entitled to giving his or her views. Sarah Palin needs a crash course but seems to be learning how to communicate her thoughts. Her book despite what her detractors might say is a vital starting point. But by just Obama bashing, she is not going to convince American voters. She needs concrete proposals which work. She seems to have hazy ideas which sound interesting but on deeper analysis are airy-fairy!

Posted by Pancha Chandra | Report as abusive

TC in a country of 300,000,000 I am unimpressed by the numbers that you posted of FOX viewers, 4 mil. out of 300 mil is hardly a majority.Considering that 7,000,000 people listen to NPR’s Morning Edition daily I’d say O’Reilly and Co has a way to go.

Posted by Eric H | Report as abusive

All the posts so far are calling Ms Palin a republican. I see her more as an independent conservative.And, yes, I could vote for her over all of what the democrats have to offer in 2010 or 2012.

Posted by Blacksheep | Report as abusive

I have to admit was disappointed in Palin’s role as McCain’s VP choice. For someone who is supposed to be a grizzly, tough-talking conservative feminist, she did not, I felt, come across on her tours. After reading her book, I understood then her role during the campaign. I’ve been a feminist before feminism came on the scene as was my mother. I liked wearing a bra! BUT I am a conservative. Thanks for the book Sarah. I’m in your ballpark now. Finally a gutsy woman who embodies everything a liberal feminist hates…. Sarah is gorgeous, great shape, intelligent, tough, fair, honest, spiritual & able to take on all..even Katie Couric whose only talent is sitting at a newsdesk reading material written for her and trying to impress her bosses by humiliating a female comrade whose primary vice is that she is pro-life!

Posted by patrice | Report as abusive

Fox News isn’t news, TC, it’s news entertainment, like professional wrestling. The fact that most television viewers tune in to an entertainment channel than news channels should surprise no one. As I have pointed out to you on recent threads, people who educate themselves by watching cable television are the most ignorant people in the nation.Your own previous post on the Robert Byrd thread claiming that Democrats are the party of racists proves this point, because it demonstrates your own lack of knowledge of 20th century American history.The University of Maryland and Pew Research Center did studies in 2003 and 2008 comparing cable news viewers’ knowledge of world affairs.Fox News viewers placed at the bottom of both surveys.No one is out to destroy Sarah Palin. And certainly no one is afraid of her. To the contrary, the more time she spends on the front page, the more likely that conservatives who actually have a contribution to make will continue to be pushed off the stage.She is as entertaining to watch as any train wreck, which is what accounts for her popularity. But popularity doesn’t add up to intelligence or substance. Paris Hilton is popular. Carrie Prejean is popular. Gretchen Carlson is popular. Sarah is popular.Have a nice day.

Posted by getplaning | Report as abusive

Just read the nasty tone of many of these posts about Sarah Palin. She scares the hell out of these misogynist men. Many of the women are obviously jealous of her because she still has a great figure after having five kids (all of whom she kept). Sic ’em, Sarah!

Posted by Vanoy | Report as abusive

Oh getplaning. You, like Eric, assume alot. No one said FOX news was “my” choice for news. Yes, it is news, but you listen too much to the White House in its most recent claim that FOX isn’t news. Well, whatever, you are a lemming.As for saying “all” democrats are racist, that is something you said, not me. However, it is too convenient to say only republicans are racist. Democrats are too and Byrd is a prime example of this “fact”.Democrats such as Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, Louis Farakkan, Jermemiah Wright are all racists based on the endless statements they say. That’s a clear fact.As for Sarah Palin, although she is not my choice to be president or that I even think she will run, she does have a majority who clearly like the conservative message she presents. Reminds me of the calls for Ronald Reagan to run for president in the previous worst administration ever run by Jimmy Carter. People like you said the same things about Reagan, but to no avail, he won by a landslide…49 out of 50 states. Obama will never come close to that…Anyway, thanks for your “opinion” there were no facts involved in your usual diatribe to discredit and destroy anything that gets in the way of your liberal agenda.I always have a good day. Hopefully one day you will too…

Posted by TC | Report as abusive

Eric. Since you talking about radio and I was presenting TV viewership, I will now give you radio.You said:Considering that 7,000,000 people listen to NPR’s Morning Edition daily I’d say O’Reilly and Co has a way to go.”Here are some average daily radio stats of the same members are you competing with:20,000,000 Limbaugh14,000,000 Hannity9,000,000 BeckThe clear majority of Americans do not identify with your liberal NPR programs.In addition, Sarah Palin is attracting around 10,000 people per stop. No one has attracted that kind of attention on a book signing tour.You just don’t understand the wave that is forming and your side is keeping your head in the sand refusing to acknowledge the anger that is growing day by day in our nation. It’s fine, doesn’t matter to me that you are asleep. Just don’t complain when you are drowned by that wave and you can’t get your head out of the sand.

Posted by TC | Report as abusive

As usual, TC, you are having problems with the truth. You constantly remind us that you don’t get your information from Fox news, but everything you post comes straight from the mouths of Sean Hannity and Glenn Beck. When I asked you where you DO get your “facts”, you said your sources of information “aren’t published.”If that isn’t a clear indication of how dishonest your postings are, prove me wrong.Again, popular isn’t truthful or factual, it’s just popular. As anyone with an education will tell you, the herd is usually wrong.

Posted by getplaning | Report as abusive

In response to Noblekin,Absolutely! Republicans are out of hand and the majority do Not abide by the “party rules”…the factors that decide which side of the line they stand on. THAT is why they keep losing. Greedy, self-serving, power-hungry. Yep. But THAT is why they keep losing! The people in their own party are disgusted with them. Supposedly, they stand for pro-Life, small government, and SERVING our great Country, but if you look at their votes, many sure don’t act like it anymore. Our Country was founded on Conservative, Biblical principals…it might not stand where it did when it was founded anymore (for example, see Abraham Lincoln’s Proclamation of Oct 1863…I picked that simply because of the week we are on…there are so many others to choose from)…you know, 10 Commandments, Golden Rule, etc. That’s what made it great and different from any other country. And that’s what the majority want to see! Truth, Honesty, Protection of Life, Punishment of Crime…not Greedy Dishonesty. An example that comes to my mind: all the cities the economic stimulus “helped.” On the White House’s OWN website, they laid claim to all these districts and cities they helped…about SEVEN HUNDRED were MADE-UP and falsified! What the heck is wrong with our Leadership to make them think they can lie to us like that? And exactly whose pockets did those figures line? Disgusting.Yes. Our country is sick of Republicans…and even though I’m registered as one simply because of the things the party supposedly stands for, I’M disgusted with them. I had no intention of voting McCain UNTIL he chose Sarah as VP. We want to see a return to Morals, Values, Ethics, whether it’s her or someone else! I want our politicians to treat us the same way I would treat someone I was claiming to care and serve for! I would not lie, cheat, and trample on someone I was working for! So…I see why people choose other parties to vote for. However, I couldn’t in good conscience vote Dem, either, and here’s why. They fought FOR slavery. They allowed birth-control in hopes to lessen/eliminate the cost of the needy, government-relying Minorities. These are facts, and not many were willing to research them, but it is true!So I am just praying that enough of us are disgusted enough with BOTH parties to seek GOOD, GODLY Leadership next time ’round. I want someone who votes his/her conscience, not what their buddies are paying them to vote for.

Posted by Lady | Report as abusive

As usual getplaning, you make things up in order to destroy the truth.The conservative numbers I gave come from the NY Times and Arbitron.But you really didn’t need me to tell you that. You already by adding up all the numbers of the top three radio programs in this nation add up to a minimum of 45,000,000 regular listeners.Even if you add up all the liberal commentators on TV and radio, it doesn’t even come close to what those three individuals have as listeners each and every day.This isn’t open to debate. These are real numbers and they are fact.You have done nothing to discredit anything I said. All you did was your usual…liar, liar…pants on fire.Sarah Palin, on average, has 10,000 people lining up for up to a day just to get a few moments to talk to her and to get her autograph. Keith Olbermann, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid are lucky to have anyone show up to their book signings.I did notice the stuff you ignored. My point was made…as usual.I always makes me smile knowing you are on a sinking ship.

Posted by TC | Report as abusive

Name one Sarah Palin book signing that has drawn 10,000 attendees. I rest my case. You are shamelessly lying, TC. That’s all you have.

Posted by getplaning | Report as abusive

Easy getplaning. Woodland Mall, Michigan.It is simply amazing that you always cherry pick and distort everything written. Have fun. I really am getting weary of your childishness.

Posted by TC | Report as abusive

The only way I would vote for John McCain was because of Sarah Palin. She is a fresh view of Independent voters of today. I like what she stands for and if she deceides to move foward in the political arena, I will vote or support her!

Posted by leonard jones | Report as abusive

TC, those are weekly numbers that listed, check you facts. I did.

Posted by Eric H | Report as abusive

TC the numbers that posted for Rush etc. are cumulative weekly numbers not DAILY. Check your facts. So 20,000,000 cumulative listeners doesn’t even mean that 20 mil people listen to Rush, it means that 4 mil listen each day five days a week. Nice try though.With a little more digging we find that the 20,000,000 cumulative listeners per week figure for Rush Limbaugh is Rush’s own estimate and that the number is more like 13,500,000.

Posted by Eric H | Report as abusive

Easy getplaning. Woodland Mall, Michigan.- Posted by TCWrong again TC, every article I could find puts the attendance in the “hundreds” or “more than 1000″. Not even close to 10,000 this includes local newspapers, TV stations as well as The Guardian UK and The Seattle Times. Maybe you were confused by Faux News airing footage of a different event and saying it was the Palin book signing, they’ve been busted twice in a week for using stock footage to make events seem better attended than they were. Fair and balanced?

Posted by Eric H | Report as abusive

Interesting argument, Getplanning says the herd is usually wrong. The herd voted Obama into presidency, were they wrong?TC, you do sound like you get your news from fox news, but if you don’t like you say you don’t why are you always so enthusiastically posting their ratings? If you don’t care what their talkings heads say what do you care about their ratings?Just proves my point, it takes a LOT of hypocrisy to be a member of a political party.Getplanning I’d love to debate you on what you perceive as big differences between Bush and Obama.TC I’d love to debate you on whether or not Palin is actually a conservative.Everyone have a good day.

Posted by Michael Ham | Report as abusive

You are caught spreading Fox propaganda again, TC. Your credibility now rests at zero.Reuters blocked the link, so here is the text-Thu Nov 19, 3:36 pm ET (Yahoo! News)Fox News Again Accused of Airing Misleading Video-For the second time in just over a week, Fox News is coming under fire for misusing old news footage. The latest flap is leading some people to charge that the cable news network is intentionally misleading its audience, while Fox claims a “production error.”Wednesday’s incident occurred when Fox News host Gregg Jarrett mentioned that a Sarah Palin appearance and book signing in Grand Rapids, Michigan had a massive turnout. As footage rolled of a smiling and waving Palin amidst a throng of fans, Jarrett noted that the former Republican vice-presidential candidate is “continuing to draw huge crowds while she’s promoting her brand-new book,” adding that the images being shown were “some of the pictures just coming in to us…. The lines earlier had formed this morning.”However, the video used in the segment was from a 2008 McCain/Palin campaign rally. In response to the uproar that arose after clips of Jarrett’s report hit the Internet, Fox senior vice-president of news Michael Clemente issued an initial statement saying, “This was a production error in which the copy editor changed a script and didn’t alert the control room to update the video.”The current mishap comes on the heels of a controversy sparked last week when footage from a conservative rally held over the summer was played on “Hannity” during a segment on a more recent rally. During the clip, host Sean Hannity marveled over the large turnout for a Washington, DC protest. The Daily Show later pointed out that there were inconsistencies with the video shown on Hannity’s show, namely that the atmospheric conditions seemed to vary from shot to shot.(The video was actually taken at Glenn Beck’s 9-12 Rally earlier in the year) Hannity later apologized on the air for what he called “an inadvertent mistake.”

Posted by getplaning | Report as abusive

I’m always open to discussion with anyone who will deal in facts.The herd believed Obama was a Liberal Democrat, and they were wrong. Obama is a Corporate Democrat, which is now obvious to everyone. Obama/Biden was still the clearly better choice than McCain/Palin, which is becoming more and more obvious every day.I see one big similarity and one big difference between George W Bush and Obama, policywise.George W Bush believed he needed a war to have a successful presidency.Obama believes that putting the world on a path to peace is the key to a successful presidency.Both are captialists, however, Bush was a crony capitalist, Obama is a free market captialist.

Posted by getplaning | Report as abusive

Eric. Rush Limbaugh is the most listened to radio host of any program (I don’t listen to Limbaugh for your information…)…every week.Morning Edition and All Things Considered have a maximum of 13,000,000 and 12,000,000 per week.Your claim of 7,000,000 daily listeners you made earlier is not true and it is not accurate. If you want to use the NPR website when you make your claims, then I get to use the Limbaugh website to make my claims. So, let’s just keep them both out of the equation.Don’t cry foul to me when you are playing the same “inflated” numbers game.Limbaugh trumps every other program. Period.As I said earlier, keep you head in the sand because people are upset at what this government is doing. Don’t ignore them…In addition, Sarah Palin has had 10,000 people show up but only 1,000 are given the opportunity for book signings. It makes sense, no one would be able to sign over 10,000 books. People just love her and her message, Don’t ignore what is going on…you are going to be sorry…

Posted by TC | Report as abusive

getplaning. I didn’t go to FOX nor did I see the episode you are talking about.I hope your diatribe made you feel better.

Posted by TC | Report as abusive

Dream on, TC. Woodland Mall was expecting 2000, 1300 showed up.

Posted by getplaning | Report as abusive

TC, from The Washington Post 3/24/09-“Morning Edition’s” average daily audience, 7.6 million, is now about 60 percent larger than the audience for “Good Morning America” on ABC and about one-third larger than the audience for the “Today” show on NBC.On Palin’s book signing attendance.From the Roanoke Times1:14 p.m.: With more than 1,000 people lined up outside the Valley View Barnes & Noble Sunday, the Panera Bread restaurant across the parking lot braced for a surge.From The Atlantic 11/23This morning, over 1,000 people were reportedly waiting for Palin an hour before her scheduled appearance at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. It’s the fourth consecutive stop that has drawn over 1,000 people, according to news reports.Not one mention in the media (mainstream or not) of any crowds bigger than 1500 people at a Palin book signing. Not one article stating that 10,000 people showed up and only a 1000 wristbands were given out. If she was indeed drawing 10,000 to her events it would be front page news but it’s not because the numbers you claim aren’t happening.

Posted by Eric H | Report as abusive

Hard to believe that the pundits cannot find the validity within her statements concerning just about everything from the economy to security. I also find her comments about the inability for the former community organizer to make a valid decision somewhere within his obvious oratory talents.

Posted by John Caiazzo | Report as abusive

yes TC all this attention the democrats are giving to the book signing and the latest polls show that 63% say they think the economy is getting worse and in the getplaning camp 31% it is getting better.As the Bush factor diminishes are the trying to establish another smoke screen? Gallop poll getplaning tuesday morning!

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Eric. Okay. If you say so. I guess the newspapers are always without a liberal bias.The photos posted by people (yes, there are many photos) tell the true story of the book signing stops.At Fort Bragg, the Chicago Tribune reported that base officials estimated that 4000 people were there and more than 500 had to be turned away.The pictures tell a different story and the actual people reporting who are in attendance at these events tell a different story than the couple of newspapers you used.None of what you write changes anything. She is drawing huge crowds, unlike any other book signing crowds for any other politician.As I have said before and I will say again now that you think you are in control. You are on a sinking ship, the American people are mad and Palin’s message has caught on fire after a miserable performance by our president and congress. The news protects them, but there are cracks forming. The NY Times finally came to the conclusion (the conservatives have been screaming about this for a year) that the spending of this administration and congress is “unsustainable”….Well, duh…nice to have you on board.As for your claim about NPR. Even NPR says your program is listened to by 12,000,000 people “weekly”. Your numbers don’t add up on a daily basis. I guess Rush’s 20,000,000 daily listeners is right on after all. Can’t have it both ways Eric. Not only that, now you want to compare radio with TV…..Well, either way, conservative radio listeners by far smother any liberal radio programs…period. On a comparison basis, no one listens to liberal radio.getplaning. The photos and reports from people who attended say otherwise. It makes me smile you are so asleep at what is going on. Doesn’t matter to me that you are ignorant.

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brian lee. Those two are just a couple of knuckleheads who refuse to see what is happening in this nation. People are upset with the direction this bunch is taking this country. It is interesting how they trash FOX and take as gospel newspaper stories that say “hundreds” show up to Palin’s book signings. However, the photos (I know they have seen the photos) tell a different stories. There are even local news stories that show more than a few hundred or a thousand people in line just to get a wristband so they can have their books signed.They are being disingenuous and in their hearts they know you and I are right. It makes me smile they don’t even know they are on a sinking ship.Hang in there brian. It’s fun seeing them do everything possible to discredit and destroy rather than talk about the merits of their own liberal agenda…of which there are none…

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