Democrats can’t escape questions about Sarah Palin

February 11, 2010

Democrats can’t go anywhere these days without being asked about Sarah Palin, and some of them are not overwhelmed.

“Look, she is interesting,” Senator John Kerry told CNN’s “Larry King Live” program Wednesday.

“She represents some of the transformation of American politics into entertainment,”  he said.

USA/Palin, the former Alaska governor and defeated Republican vice presidential candidate, spent last week skewering Democrats.

She went after President Barack Obama at a gathering of the grassroots conservative Tea Party movement, calling him a “charismatic guy with a teleprompter” and saying to win the war against al Qaeda, the United States needed “a commander in chief, not a professor of law standing at a lectern.”

Palin also ridiculed his campaign slogans, asking his supporters, “How’s that hopey, changey stuff working out for you?”

“If you come up with a phrase like, ‘How do you like that hopey-changey stuff?’, that’s a pretty good phrase, to be honest with you,” Kerry said.

“But it’s more on the hot-button, push-button side of politics than it is, I think, on the real answers side of where we’re going to go.”

Kerry said he thought political views of Palin would shift during congressional elections this year and then moving on into the 2012 presidential campaign.

“Maybe I’m a little old-fashioned … but I still believe that accomplishment and ideas and thinking and … a record makes something of a difference.  And I don’t see of a lot of that there,” he said.

Vice President Joe Biden, speaking on the same program, told CNN he liked Palin.

USA-POLITICS/DEBATE“I do, I like her,” he said. “She’s an engaging person. She has a great personality.”

But that’s about where it ends.

“I don’t agree with what she says. … Some of the comments made are just so far out there, I just don’t know where they come from,” he said. “But …  if you met her, she’s an engaging person.”

It’s not clear Palin has the same feeling about Biden.

She unleashed her “hopey, changey” line last week while in the middle of rubbishing the vice president’s handling of spending to pull the economy out of recession.

The administration put Biden in charge of ensuring transparency because “nobody messes with Joe,” Palin said.

“I tried to look into that transparency thing,  but Joe’s meeting with the transparency and accountability board, it was closed to the public,” she said. “Yeah, they had a transparency meeting behind closed doors.”

Biden said he didn’t fear Palin as a political threat.

“My sense is that Sarah appeals — Governor Palin appeals — to a group of people who are generally frustrated, feel disenfranchised, are very conservative — not all of them.”

Her appeal includes the Tea Party groups, although it goes beyond that as well, he said.

“But I don’t know that it represents anything approaching a significant portion of the population.”

For more Reuters political news, click here.

Photo credit:  Reuters/Josh Anderson (Palin at Tea Party convention in Nashville last week); Reuters/Carlos Barria (Biden, Palin share a laugh after a vice presidential debate in St. Louis in 2008)

12 comments

We welcome comments that advance the story through relevant opinion, anecdotes, links and data. If you see a comment that you believe is irrelevant or inappropriate, you can flag it to our editors by using the report abuse links. Views expressed in the comments do not represent those of Reuters. For more information on our comment policy, see http://blogs.reuters.com/fulldisclosure/2010/09/27/toward-a-more-thoughtful-conversation-on-stories/

Palin’s hopey changey line is something my twelve year old granddaughter would say. Palin’s is a real brainer.

Posted by Pmont52 | Report as abusive

After a year and a half of exposure to this virulently toxic presence, the question on the table is: In our lifetime, has there ever been a worse human being in American politics than Sarah Palin? For all the morons and criminals and bigots we’ve been subjected to, has there been anyone else who has combined all of the fetid qualities — the proud ignorance, the sadistic viciousness, the shameless hypocrisy, the arrogant laziness, the congenital dishonesty, the unctuous sanctimony, the bilious resentment, and whichever others I’m forgetting for the moment — that this morals-free harridan so relentlessly displays? (Not to mention that atonal bray with which she communicates it all.)
SLANSKY

Posted by DEOSIL | Report as abusive

Good point DEOSIL, She needs to get out of politics because shes got nothing to bring to the table ever. Shes just a dumb face for an even dumber group of people. If anyone seriously wants her to run for president in 2012 they are absolutly crazy!

Posted by Permatrip | Report as abusive

I think V.P. Biden grossly underestimates the power of the American people to vote into office someone who will run as their champion then sell them out the minute after inauguration. President George W. Bush did just that.

Posted by Streetfighter | Report as abusive

First,she defends the nothingness of her personal life as being that of the great American family. Then, she demonstrates her complete lack of common knowledge of a are you smarter than a 5th grader standard. Then, she quits her job and goes on a 2 year book tour, writing messages on her hand as a guide for her answers. C’mon, Republicans, we can do better!!!

Posted by Dave55 | Report as abusive

Sarah Palin may be called interesting by Joe Biden, (I’m sure he has been asked by his boss to carefully tempter his public comments) but DEOSIL’s post above pretty well presents the proper terms for Ms. Palin’s character. The truly scary thing is that Palin so strongly appeals to so many Americans. I have no idea as to the number of people offering her support and chanting “run, Sarah ,run”, but it is well beyond the Tea Party crowd. With the poor economy unlikely to improve much if at all over the next few years Palin may well gain enough additional support to cause severe headaches for both parties. Indeed, it would appear that there are large numbers of crazy people in the depression bound America of today.

Posted by travelfar | Report as abusive

I personally think the best argument to not elect an inexperienced person to president is our current president. I wouldn’t vote for Palin myself but she still has more legislative experience then Obama ever had.

Posted by twiceshea | Report as abusive

This is just getting out of hand,come on people.Politics has been transformed into some kind of very boring soap opera.Surely we could discuss the plight of millions of honest and hard working americans whose lives are going down the drain while we ponder how personable a EX governor is.I am seriously pissed at the lack of brevity and the sense of urgency we approach some very historical issues with.Is this America?Playing politics while intrusted with the responsiblity of making decisions and good on the promises that you were elected by will surely be rewarded by the same sword you pledged to wield in our behalf.Get serious or get out of the way!!!

Posted by Mutt | Report as abusive

twiceshea ~ are you implying that Silly Sarah ran the State Of Alaska while she was Governor ?? You have to be kidding, after all the emails that have come out proving that Todd was the Shadow Governor and Running Alaska. Not to take into account All the Secret Emails that they have claimed to be vital to Alaska Government and wont be released. There are thousands of them that would prove this but they are being kept from the public. the only thing she ever ran was her panty hose.. She is brainless and proves it every time she opens her mouth. I truly feel sorry for her because she cant answer questions that she has the answers to unless she has the answers written in the palm of her hand. It’s sad when the people that Love her so much see with their own eyes her being two-faced and still make excuses for her..

Posted by janeycat | Report as abusive

Actually Obama’s done quite a bit … more if you consider that he’s had to fight the General Obstructionist Party (GOP) tooth and nail for everything.

-Killed more Taliban then Bush.
-Signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act into law
-Signed the stimulus package into law
-Banned enhanced interrogation techniques
-Restored funding to overseas family planning organizations
-Restored funding for stem-cell research
-Oversaw the banking rescue
-Oversaw material interventions in the U.S. car industry
-Successfully nominated Sonia Sotomayor for the Supreme Court
-Greenlit California car-emission standards
-Advanced the U.S. withdrawal from Iraq
-Reinforced the U.S. commitment to fighting terrorists in Afghanistan/Pakistan
-Took steps toward resetting the tone of U.S. relations with the Arab world
-Ordered the release of “the torture memos”
-advanced health insurance reform – farther than any prior U.S. president (unlikely)
-advanced Jobs Bill (likely).
-Repealing Don’t Ask Don’t Tell
-advanced Bank Reform

Posted by JulsMan | Report as abusive

Sarah P. is not a politician – she is an all American capitalist – capitalizing big-time financially on her popularity. The more controversial she is the more money she can demand.

I think she has a really good agent. The writing on the hand was no mistake. Look for more continued sillies like this to come out so she stays up in the ratings.

Under the guise of being a concerned politician – she can ride this for a long time.

PS: wish we had leadership in D.C. Right now it’s mostly professional politicians – swaying to the wind to keep their lobbyist contributing or to move over just enough to try and appease – hedging on getting that financial backing for the next election.

We need some crazy older rich person who has turned into a humanitarian in their later stage of life and has no time or need to play these political games.

Posted by Butch_from_PA | Report as abusive

I’ll agree that I wouldn’t want Palin as President, but it’s hysterical that the nasty posters here can’t see that their comments could apply equally to Obama as well as Palin.

> To DEOSIL: “has there been anyone else who has combined all of the fetid qualities — the proud ignorance, the sadistic viciousness, the shameless hypocrisy, the arrogant laziness, the congenital dishonesty, the unctuous sanctimony, the bilious resentment, and whichever others I’m forgetting for the moment — that this morals-free harridan so relentlessly displays?” YEAH, THERE HAS BEEN: OBAMA! THE MOST BLATANT LIAR I CAN EVER REMEMBER BEING ELECTED, OR EVEN RUNNING FOR, PRESIDENT.

To STREETFIGHTER: “I think V.P. Biden grossly underestimates the power of the American people to vote into office someone who will run as their champion then sell them out the minute after inauguration.” LET’S SEE NOW — WHO HAS DONE THAT? OH YEAH, THE LIAR IN CHIEF, OBAMA!! GUANTANAMO? NOPE. TRANSPARENCY? NOPE. BIPARTISAN? NOPE. MODERATE? NOPE. NON-IDEOLOGUE? NOPE. THE LIST GOES ON.

To JANEYCAT: (UM, YOU CAN CAN JUST KEEP HUMMING THE “TWILIGHT ZONE” THEME IN THE BACKGROUND)

To BUTCH_FROM_PA: “The writing on the hand was no mistake. Look for more continued sillies like this to come out…” BUT YOU’RE NOT EMBARRASSED BY OBAMA, WHO NEEDS A TELEPROMPTER TO SPEAK TO A GROUP OF 6TH GRADERS??! AND Y0U CRITICIZE SOMEONE GIVING A 2 HOUR SPEECH FOR HAVING 7 WORDS ON HER HAND???!! I CAN ONLY ASSUME YOU’VE NEVER GIVEN A SPEECH IN YOUR LIFE, AND ARE CONTENT TO PULL THE COVER OVER YOUR EYES WHENEVER OBAMA WHIPS OUT THE EVER-PRESENT TELEPROMPTER IN THE GRAMMAR SCHOOL.

You all complain about Palin when they guy in the Oval Office outranks her in every possible way in the areas of dishonesty, lack of qualification, and incompetence. Even the people he surrounds himself with are utterly lacking in competence and integrity. I’ve never seen a bunch of voters as self-deceiving as those who supported, and continue to support, Obama, after he has shown himself to be a consummate liar. Palin may be unqualified to be President, I’ll grant you that…but she’s much more qualified than Obama, who has no professional job experience at all to speak of.

Posted by TheOracle | Report as abusive