The Fix: Sarah Palin

Sarah Palin won’t speak at GOP convention

Sarah Palin has announced that she will not be speaking at the 2012 Republican National Convention, saying it’s time to give others a chance.

“This year is a good opportunity for other voices to speak at the convention and I’m excited to hear them,” she said in a statement to Fox News’s Greta van Susteren.

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Cheney walks back remark about Palin pick being ‘a mistake’

Former vice president Dick Cheney on Monday backed off his comment that it was “a mistake” for the GOP to pick Sarah Palin as its vice presidential nominee, suggesting the comment was more about the VP process than about Palin herself.

“It wasn’t aimed so much at governor Palin as it was against the basic process that (John) McCain used, “ Cheney told Fox News’s Sean Hannity in an interview airing Monday night. “My point basically dealt with the process in terms of that basic requirement: Is this person prepared to step in to be President of the United States when they’re picked? And it was my judgment — I was asked if I thought the McCain process in ‘08 had been well done or was it a mistake, and I said I thought it was a mistake.”

Former Alaska governor and 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin, right, talks with Lonnie Robb, of Nazareth, Tex. on Saturday in LaVista, Neb. Palin was in the area after having lunch with Nebraska GOP senate candidate Deb Fischer. (Kent Sievers — AP Photo/The Omaha World-Herald)

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Palin hits back at Cheney over ‘mistake’ comments

Sarah Palin is hitting back at former vice president Dick Cheney’s contention that her selection as the GOP’s 2008 vice presidential nominee was “a mistake.”

Palin suggested that Cheney is buying into a false media narrative and, in the process, made a joke about the vice president’s quail-hunting accident in which he accidentally shot his friend. (Palin’s comments on Cheney begin at the 7-minute mark.)

“Seeing as how Dick — excuse me, Vice President Cheney — never misfires, then evidently he’s quite convinced that what he had evidently read about me by the lamestream media, having been written, what I believe is a false narrative over the last four years,” Palin said Tuesday night on Fox News. “Evidently Dick Cheney believed that stuff, and that’s a shame.”

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Cheney says picking Palin for V.P. was ‘a mistake’

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Former vice president Dick Cheney said in an interview with ABC News that Sen. John McCain’s (R-Ariz.) decision to pick Sarah Palin as his running mate in 2008 was “a mistake.”

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“I like Governor Palin. I’ve met her. I know her. She – attractive candidate,” Cheney told ABC’s Jonathan Karl. “But based on her background, she’d only been governor for, what, two years. I don’t think she passed that test … of being ready to take over. And I think that was a mistake.”

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A ‘mama grizzly’ upset is possible in Nebraska

Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning (R) has been the favorite from the start to succeed retiring Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.), but his hold on that mantle has always been tenuous.

First, state Treasurer Don Stenberg nabbed the backing of the influential Club for Growth and Sen. Jim DeMint’s (R-S.C.) Senate Conservatives Fund. Then, former senator Bob Kerrey got in the race and gave Democrats a fighting chance.

FILE - In this Feb. 11, 2012 file photo, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, the GOP candidate for vice-president in 2008, speaks in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

But with just five days until the GOP primary, neither Stenberg nor Kerrey is looking like Bruning’s biggest obstacle. Instead, the until-now-dark-horse candidate in the race, state Sen. Deb Fischer, has asserted herself and — according to politicos in Nebraska — has a fighting chance to usurp Bruning on Tuesday.

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What Sarah Palin’s “Today Show” appearance proves

What Sarah Palin’s “Today Show” appearance proves

Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin’s hour spent as a guest host on NBC’s uber-popular “Today Show” this morning proves one thing beyond any doubt: She needs the media. Badly. And she knows it.

Ever since Palin emerged on the national stage in the late summer of 2008, the one consistent part of her rhetoric has been a disgust/distrust with the media.

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The next big endorsements for Mitt Romney

Mitt Romney landed one of the biggest fish left in the GOP endorsement pond on Wednesday in Jeb Bush , and the thinking among many in the GOP is that the party will begin publicly coalescing around the former Massachusetts governor soon.

But what would that look like? How will we know when that’s happening?

Below, we look at the endorsements Romney can get that would signal such a shift — followed by some endorsements that he probably can’t or won’t get (until the race is decided, at least).

What did we miss? The comments section awaits. (And be sure to check out the Post’s endorsement tracker for the latest on who’s backing who.)


* Rand Paul: This one makes too much sense. The Kentucky senator’s dad, Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas), of course is
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) walks through the Senate Subway at the U.S. Capitol in August. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
still a candidate, so nothing’s happening while he’s still in the race. But Ron Paul and Romney have been friendly on the campaign trail for a long time, and now that the elder Paul’s campaign seems to have wound down in recent weeks, there are increasing rumors about Romney’s team cutting a deal with him.

What better way to cement the alliance than have Ron Paul drop out and Rand Paul endorse Romney? It would certainly help Romney with the tea party, but it might not sit well with Paul’s base.

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Sarah Palin wants to rewrite ‘Game Change’ history

Sarah Palin wants to rewrite ‘Game Change’ history

Right now it seems almost as if Sarah Palin’s political action committee has one goal and one goal only: Discredit the movie “Game Change.”

Based on a book by journalists Mark Halperin and John Heilemann of the same name, the HBO film focuses on Arizona Sen. John McCain’s decision to pick Palin as his running mate in 2008. According to news reports, the film depicts Palin as unstable, unprepared and under-informed on world affairs. “Game Change” debuts March 10 on HBO.

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Sarah Palin staff lashes out at media, film: A ‘lesser man would have hanged himself by now’

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Former Sarah Palin staff are lashing out at a new HBO movie depicting the 2008 campaign, going so far as to accuse the media of metaphorically beating her.

“Look with your own eyes at what she and her family have endured...” said former Palin spokeswoman Meg Stapleton. “Any lesser man would have hanged himself by now.”
Sarah Palin, the GOP candidate for vice president in 2008 and former Alaska governor, delivers the keynote address at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington earlier this month. (AP Photo/ Scott Applewhite)

Palin adviser Tim Crawford last week told The Fix that the movie “Game Change,” which is based on a book of the same name, is “fiction.”

In a conference call Wednesday, several former Palin advisers agreed.

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Top Sarah Palin aide blasts ‘Game Change’ movie as ‘fiction’

A top aide to Sarah Palin says the upcoming HBO movie documenting the 2008 presidential campaign is a work of fiction based on “manipulating history.”

In a statement provided to The Washington Post, SarahPAC treasurer Tim Crawford said HBO’s “Game Change,” which is based on a popular book by Mark Halperin and John Heilemann and debuts next month, is likely to be riddled with falsehoods.

“I haven’t seen HBO’s latest effort at manipulating history,” Crawford said. “However, based upon the description and reports from people who have viewed the film ‘Game Change,’ HBO has distorted, twisted and invented facts to create a false narrative and attract viewers. They call it a docu-drama; there is little “docu” in it. HBO must add a disclaimer that this movie is fiction.”

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Why Sarah Palin wants a ‘brokered convention’

Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) said it could happen. The tea party group FreedomWorks is polling on it. And conservative pundits are pushing for one.

Now former Alaska governor Sarah Palin is saying she would “help” in with a brokered convention.

“We could be looking at a brokered convention,” she told Fox Business Network on Wednesday night. “Months from now, if that’s the case, all bets are off as to who it will be, willing to offer up themselves up in their name in service to their country. I would do whatever I could to help.”

A convention without a nominee is very unlikely, and if it did happen it would be total chaos.

Given that Palin has faded from the political scene in recent months, it could provide her a chance to return to relevance. In theory.

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Sarah Palin not running for president

Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin announced Wednesday evening that she would not be running for president in 2012.

On the Mark Levin radio show Wednesday evening, Palin said she believed she would have more impact outside of the race. The decision ends over a year of speculation about the 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee’s plans.

“Not being a candidate, really you are unshackled and you’re able to be even more active,” she told Levin. “I need to be able to say what I want to say.”

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Sarah Palin, second-tier candidate

Sarah Palin, second-tier candidate

Amid the “will she or won’t she” speculation about former Alaska governor Sarah Palin’s 2012 presidential plans, one important thing seems to be getting lost: Palin is simply not a top-tier candidate.

New numbers from a CNN/Opinion Research poll confirm it. In a hypothetical 2012 Republican primary, Palin stood at 7 percent — tied with businessman Herman Cain and Texas Rep. Ron Paul, neither of whom are considered anything but the longshots for the nomination.

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Rick Perry as Sarah Palin

Rick Perry as Sarah Palin

At Thursday’s debate, it was hard to watch Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s performance and not recall Sarah Palin.

It was Palin who, in 2008 as the GOP’s vice presidential nominee, responded to questions about her foreign policy expertise with the idea that she understands international relations because Russia is close to her home state of Alaska, where she served as governor.

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Sarah Palin’s Iowa problem

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin smiles as she is introduced during a public appearance at a Long Island Association meeting and luncheon in Woodbury, N.Y., Feb. 17, 2011. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle) (Craig Ruttle - AP)
Sarah Palin 's lack of presence in Iowa is leaving local Republicans scratching their heads.

In August, the Fix wrote that former Alaska governor Sarah Palin had almost no presidential ground operation in the first-in-the-nation caucus state.

Six months later, as the presidential race begins in earnest, that's still true. She's held a few high-profile events in the state, but she hasn't had the one-on-one meetings with activists that other potential presidential contenders are lining up. She's avoided speaking invitations.

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