Palin Suggests She Doesn’t Want Uncle Toobz’ Seat

She notes that she didn’t do too well under the "white hot" spotlight of DC.

MATT LAUER: Let me talk about your future. There is a possibility that, in the state of Alaska, there will be a special election. If Ted Stevens goes back the Senate, and his colleagues decide to banish him, then the state of Alaska has to come up with a new senator. And it is conceivable that you could run for that seat. Are you interested?

SARAH PALIN: I’m not planning on that.

MATT LAUER: That’s a good politician’s answer. Most people say, "I’m not planning on it." But the people of Alaska said, "You’d be the right person"?

SARAH PALIN: No, I’m not planning on it because I think the people of Alaska will best be served with me as their governor. Making sure that we are prudently spending the tax dollars. That we are making sure that our resources are being developed responsibly and ethically. And all those things that are a part of my agenda as governor. I think the people of Alaska appreciate me where I am today as their governor.

MATT LAUER: But wouldn’t there be some sense that you’d just seen what it was like in the White House spotlight. And doesn’t some part of you, I mean, I read an article about you that said you’re pretty ambitious. Doesn’t some part of you want more of that?

SARAH PALIN: You know, when you talk about that white hot spotlight– that’s not really attractive to me. Because, again, you know, you gave some examples of– look what that white hot spotlight

MATT LAUER: It’s a double edged sword.

SARAH PALIN: …does to one’s family, you know. And does to one’s credibility and record and word. So that’s not the attraction to me. The attraction is where can I best serve people whom I work for and am accountable to. Right now I am accountable to the people of Alaska. They hired me as their governor. I’m blessed to have the opportunity that I have to serve them as governor. It’s a great job. I love it. [my emphasis]

Shorter Sarah: I’m going back to Alaska where I can hide my incompetence, ethical issues, and ignorance behind my pretty face. Also.

I’m not sure Sarah will remember the "white hot spotlight" in three months or so, when she’d have to decide on a special election. But let it be noted that, at least for the moment, she doesn’t want Uncle Toobz’ seat. 

77 replies
  1. skdadl says:

    I dunno. She keeps saying “I’m not planning,” “today,” “right now.”

    I think we can assume she’s keeping an eye out for any opportunity.

    • BlueStateRedHead says:

      She does not have to do anything. God opens the door for her. She recognizes that unlike God, she is not omniscient (which is quite an admission for her), so there is a slight danger of her missing the opportunity he prepares for her.

      From the Fox interview:

      Faith is a very big part of my life and putting my life in my Creator’s hands — this is what I always do,” she said. “I’m like, ‘okay, God, if there is an open for me somewhere’ — this is what I always pray — I’m like, ‘don’t let me miss the open door, show me where the open door is, even if it’s just cracked up a little bit, maybe I’ll plough right on through that, maybe prematurely plough through it, but don’t let me miss an open door.’”

        • BlueStateRedHead says:

          Not at all. According to the McCain campaign, she was vetted by the FBI. That short and entirely imaginary experience —because the FBI, even Bush’s FBI, does not work for political parties–gave her FBI-like powers. She will probably hand deliver God a National Security Letter obliging him to do open that door.

          The NYT has an article on Palin’s interviews with Fox and Lauer on its electronic front page. Pathetic.

        • MrWhy says:

          I feel like I’m quoting scripture to my own purpose here.

          He who wants to do good knocks at the gate; he who loves finds the gate open. -Rabindranath Tagore

          I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy. Rabindranath Tagore

  2. freepatriot says:

    nobody wants to talk bad about toobz

    he’s still got a lot of friends in Alaska

    wanna bet princess pandora is courtin some of em ???

  3. MadDog says:

    And this is why Sarah is on the road again to Florida on Wednesday for the Republican Governors Association conference.

    Because it is a Governors meeting, and certainly not because she likes being in that national white hot spotlight.

    And anyways, tanning beds do a better job faster.

  4. Redshift says:

    I suspect her career decisions going forward will be a contest between her powerful ambition and her preference for talking only to safely screened adoring supporters. I further predict that her ambition combined with a Bushlike inability to accept any responsibility for her shortcomings and learn from them will result in repeated disastrous attempts at higher office, followed by retreats into the comfort of wingnuttia.

  5. bmaz says:

    I would just like to note the deafening silence about the most important, critical, earth changing moment that is coming to a head, right here in our midst, this week.

    The throwdown of throwdowns.

    Y’all better be ready; it is going to be big.

  6. Sara says:

    Still thinking about the Clothes and other services such as hairdresser…

    Once Obama is in Office, he can appoint the elections commission people, including the chair, and it would be that body that would review the RNC’s spending on fancy clothes. Audits and things like that…

    You know, they might even ask questions, send investigators to Alaska in mid-winter — stuff like that. They might not do it right away, they might wait till late 2009 or 2010 — you know closer to re-election dates, and they might ask for details about how things got lost. It could be a low grade fever going on for months.

    Mondale’s Campaign in 1984 had to pay a major fine because they brought campaign workers to Minnesota for Training, and then authorized rental cars from Minnesota into Iowa, and charged them to a Minnesota account rather than an Iowa one. The fine was something like three times the value of the rentals. But the ruling came two years after he lost the election.

    • emptywheel says:

      FEC has already announced no audit for Obama, but there will be an audit for McCain (on account of him taking public financing).

      Which is probably why they have lawyers doing teh audits on Palin’s wardrobe.

  7. TobyWollin says:

    Here’s the money quote: “..maybe prematurely plough through it, but don’t let me miss an open door.’”
    Yep, being able to “see Russia from her porch(or bathroom window or wherever it was”…all her “executive experience” etc. etc. and on and on and on…but now she can say that maybe that ‘door’ was something she was not ready to ‘plough through’? Hmmm. Nice. Well, it shows that perhaps she has more self-awareness than people have given her credit for. She should spend some time thinking on that one while she’s sorting all of those clothes that she claims she ‘never asked for’ from the RNC(and she’s right; she did not ‘ask’ for them; she just went out and BOUGHT them and had someone else pay for them.

  8. randiego says:

    SARAH PALIN: You know, when you talk about that white hot spotlight– that’s not really attractive to me. Because, again, you know, you gave some examples of– look what that white hot spotlight…

    MATT LAUER: It’s a double edged sword.

    SARAH PALIN: …does to one’s family, you know. And does to one’s credibility and record and word.

    Um, er… yeah that mean old spotlight! See what it does to my credibility and my record?

    • Dismayed says:

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      PS – Your site sucks.

        • freepatriot says:

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          but we love bmaz, don’t we precious …

        • KenMuldrew says:

          Oh-oh, Bmaz, you haven’t finished reading the secret stealth agenda manual yet, have you? You’re all European Socialists now, and European Socialists have a dress code. And speedos are de rigeur.

          Hey, nobody said wrecking America would be a cakewalk…

      • freepatriot says:

        what’s wrong with the “Digs” dude ???

        they seem harmless

        do the degrade the protection level of tin foil or somethin ???

        BooRadley is okay

        frisky needs to wear a helmet

        but Boo is fine

        and I need to make a correction


        wanna make sure I hit the freepi in both balls …

  9. freepatriot says:

    what did anybody expect princess pandora to say ???

    You can have the tiara back when you pry it from my cold dead hands

    come on, even a clueless moose stuffer finds an occasional acorn

    • readerOfTeaLeaves says:

      Paging freep…
      Your troll-cleanup services could be helpful at #34 when you have a moment… although I’m still hooting with laughter over the notion that Palin is a ‘threat’. FOTFLMAO!

      Joke? Absolutely.
      Threat? Not so much.

  10. TheraP says:

    I’m with you, EW. I think this woman would not seek the kind of position where her ignorance would show. She’s really pretty lazy. And legislating would not give her the dictatorial kind of role she seems to prefer: One where she does very little, but show up and look pretty and appear in front of adoring crowds. One where she can exercise her “powers” to get something extra for the family.

    I’d guess she’ll prefer a job where she can hide her ignorance and appear to be charge. And the Senate does not offer a whole lot of that.

    This lady needs continual adoration. Maybe those who think she’d do ok on tv are right. Plus, they’d surely give her a ward robe for tv!

  11. rxbusa says:

    I am so totally fine with Newtie as head of the RNC and Caribou Barbie as the Repug standard bearer. All I wanna do is watch. Note to self: Lay in popcorn supply.

  12. OleHippieChick says:

    She forgot the rest of the lyrics:

    Because you had to be a big shot, didn’t cha
    You had to open up your mouth
    You had to be a big shot, didn’t cha
    All your friends were so knocked out
    You had to have the last word, last night
    You know what everything’s about
    You had to have a white hot spotlight
    You had to be a big shot last night

  13. Mary says:

    OT – curious and curiouser

    J. Wm. Leonard, after his battle with Cheney and resignation, has beenhelping out defense lawyers in the AIPAC trial
    and the DOJ was in a snit over it this spring and it is all heating up a bit more.

    I have to say, the thought of this DOJ hauling up anyone for criminal prosecution on ethics charges is pretty high farce – except for the part where it is real and real people are suffering real consequences.

  14. frisky says:

    Liberals are always preaching about getting along and there is so much hate for Palin. It shows how much a threat she is. Sarah Palin would make a better president than McCain or Obama. She’s got more class than any of the candidates.

    • masaccio says:

      Do I hate our Sarah? No. How could you hate someone who gave that Couric interview, which resulted in one of the best SNL skits evah? And all Tina Fey had to do was quote our Sarah?

      Maybe you’d like to use one of your lifelines and call a friend?

      • bmaz says:

        The only thing I hate are idiots that don’t know their rear end from a hole in the ground about what people here think. I believe we may have been visited by one of these up thread.

      • readerOfTeaLeaves says:


        ummmm… am I the only one wondering what’s got into Tweety?
        Has the election liberated him from having to tolerate the long-winded, bullshitty whiny excuses of GOP operatives….? If so, that’s one more good outcome of this election (!).

        Anyone know whether Randy Scheuemann is still ‘handling’ Sarah Palin?
        I’m in agreement with TheraP: the US Senate doesn’t have enough grandstanding opportunities for Sarah Palin. At least, not till Schumer retires….

    • BlueStateRedHead says:

      She’s got class alright. But exactly which class remains to be determined. Certainly not one in which reading newspapers or understanding the constitutional powers of the vice president is required.

      In my day, that would have been the 8th grade.

      • freepatriot says:

        yep, eighth grade

        We the people of these United States in order to …

        in High School the bastards made us go to a city council meeting and a meeting of the county board of supervisors meeting

        I went to a city council meeting on December 8, 1980 …

        • BlueStateRedHead says:

          Good on you, and you may not like this, good on them. You are readier to be the VP candidate than the former small town mayor.

          Did Lauer or the Fox facelift lady report seeing Russia from her porch?

    • freepatriot says:

      I ain’t ever preached about gettin along

      I’m a “kick your ass and I don’t care about your name” kinda liberal

      and if you think princess pandora would make a better President that Barack Obama, you’re a fucking moran

      sister sarah couldn fuck up a two-car parade

      and Barack Obama is gonna teach your stupid ass what a competent President is

      IMHO, the wilderness is too good for the likes of you

      enjoy the next 4 years of your sorry existence

      Obama Biden in 2012

      and SIXTY SEVEN Democrats in the senate in 2012, mutherfuckers

      (humming the Internationali)


  15. radiofreewill says:

    There are a few people out there, Dumber Than Mud, that will see Palin, who is merely as Dumb As Mud, as a suitable leader for them.

    The rest of US will simply enjoy the show of the Palinites claiming Environmental Expertise because of it…

  16. Loo Hoo. says:

    Why do I read this in a sing-songy, whineyass tone?

    Liberals are always preaching about getting along and there is so much hate for Palin. It shows how much a threat she is. Sarah Palin would make a better president than McCain or Obama. She’s got more class than any of the candidates.

  17. BlueStateRedHead says:

    a great diary on opposition to Palin. As full of facts as the belly of the plane was full of clothes and the head is full of hay and the mouth of straight out lies.…..377/659666

    Sarah Palin Ignores Mosquitoes at Her Peril


    As for her lies, Keith did a rebuttal to them in his airing of parts of the Lauer interview. For example, on firing the librarian: Harry Potter wasn’t even published when I was mayor. KO. Yes he was. began in 1998.

    and so on.

  18. Julia says:

    Because, again, you know, you gave some examples of– look what that white hot spotlight does to one’s family, you know. And does to one’s credibility and record and word.

    Hey, paw. Ellie Mae’s referring to herself in the third person again.

    I guess we’re done with pretending to be a simple woman of the people and back to pretending to be educated for now.

  19. perris says:

    Shorter Sarah: I’m going back to Alaska where I can hide my incompetence, ethical issues, and ignorance behind my pretty face. Also.

    that might be what she’s saying but I am doubting that is what she is meaning

    she’s doing these interviews for a reason, maybe her talent agents are insisting to see where they are gonna market her, maybe her handlers want her to be a pundit.

    she does not know she was a laughing stock, she actually blames the media for “gotcha” questions.

    now here is what the handlers might be thinking;

    if she can keep her nose clean and keep her name in the papers, learn a little bit about how to speak english, learn something about politics, then she has a shot at winning the nomination in oh twelve

    if however she runs for senator and loses, then she is a has been

    she is gonna have to be guaranteed a win if she runs for senator and I don’t think anyone would gaurantee her of winning

    • freepatriot says:

      if however she runs for senator and loses, then she is a has been

      so we wont have nixon princess pandora to kick around anymore ???

      technically, nixon died in a race for Governor, but it’s almost the same as a senate race, and that fucker sure didn’t stay dead long

      princess pandora is a lot dumber than tricky dick, but today’s repuglitard party is a lot dumber too

      • readerOfTeaLeaves says:

        Good point. Today’s Repubs seem to be rather lost in that ‘reality’ they created to feed their egos and justify their looting and theft; given what they’ve perpetrated, viewing the world as it is must be a terrifying prospect.

        (And as Sully observes, it IS a struggle simply to see clearly what is in front of one’s nose. He’s way ahead of wingnuttia conservatives.)

        Freep, thx for your most excellent cleanup skills.
        (May I never get sidewise of the whupass you dish out to keep things unclogged around these threads!)

  20. BlueStateRedHead says:

    OT and GOOD NEWS. obscure law will allow reversal of Bush laws and regs enacted even those in place before Nov. 1 using Filibuster-proof action by Congress.…..Page2.html

    It could take Obama years to undo climate rules finalized more than 60 days before he takes office — the advantage the White House sought by getting them done by Nov. 1. But that strategy doesn’t account for the Congressional Review Act of 1996.

    The law contains a clause determining that any regulation finalized within 60 days of congressional adjournment — Oct. 3, in this case — is considered to have been legally finalized on Jan. 15, 2009. The new Congress then has 60 days to review it and reverse it with a joint resolution that can’t be filibustered in the Senate.

    In other words, any regulation finalized in the last half-year of the Bush administration could be wiped out with a simple party-line vote in the Democrat-controlled Congress.

    A senior aide on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, which is chaired by Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), was familiar with the CRA, acknowledging that it is an option the committee is considering.

    House Global Warming Committee Chairman Ed Markey (D-Mass.) is also looking at it. “On egregious rule-makings that would have a detrimental effect on energy and environmental policy, [the CRA] speeds up the process for rescinding the bad rule,” said Markey spokesman Eben Burnham-Snyder. “It’s something Markey is seriously looking into.”

    • Hmmm says:

      That’s interesting. I wonder, does that Act use a different definition of Congress being in session that the one on which the Ds have been relying to forestall recess appointments? Hope so, because if not, they would seem to be treading a bit into cake-eating-but-also-having territory there.

  21. kspena says:

    I’m struck in watching palin’s post-election interviews that she is decidely NOT self-reflexive. She blames primarily the media and other rogues, but does not critique herself. For example, she doesn’t relate the trashing of her to her trashing of others like Obama, professor Rashid Khalidi, Bill Ayers and the rest of us unpatriotic ’souls’.

    She in also intellectually lazy, as noted in an earlier thread…(paraphraseed) “Just give me bullet points and I’ll run with it.”

    So, if and when God cracks open the door for her to make a comeback, it will probably be the same non-thinking attack dog coming through. She doesn’t seem to have the capacity for intellectual growth…

    One of her coherts made an interesting point. In Alaskan papers, only named sources are used; no unnamed sources are quoted. Therefore, there were few criticism of her in the press. She was entirely unprepared for the ananomous attacks in the lower 48, and was rendered almost helpless. She had not had to deal with that before. No wonder she wanted to go back to Alaska…

  22. GeorgeSimian says:

    She’s a beauty pageant queen. Why would she have any self-reflexivity? It’s all about maintaining your posture, isn’t it?

  23. Diane says:

    Wondering why she isn’t going to GA for Chambliss, especially since she is in the vicinity. Could it be what is left of the McCain camp didn’t want her to steal the spotlight while Mac is stumping for Saxby?

  24. DCWonk says:

    She won’t have a chance at the seat.

    When all the absentee, etc., ballots are finished being counted, Begich will win. All the remaining ballots are from Begich majority districts. Stevens is a goner.

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