Geoffrey Dunn: For better or worse, Sarah Palin is not going away

There are 20 comments on the Santa Cruz Sentinel story from Jul 11, 2009, titled Geoffrey Dunn: For better or worse, Sarah Palin is not going away. In it, Santa Cruz Sentinel reports that:

As someone who is writing a political biography of former vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin, I was besieged by phone calls and e-mails this past week asking me: What in the hell is going on in Alaska? To those viewing politics in the Last Frontier from the distance of the Lower 48 -- or "outside," as Alaskans put it -- the announcement by ...

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john doe

United States

#1 Jul 11, 2009
The weight of the Troopergate scandal along with more than a dozen ethics complaints also have weighed heavily on Palin. People close to the governor will tell you that in spite of her so-called "barracuda" persona, she is tremendously sensitive to criticism.
Get over it. State troopers who abuse their kids with a stun gun and beat their wives, are not allowed to own or carry guns. So they get fired by a governor who is only guilty of enforcing a federal firearms law enacted in 1998. Go 8i+ch at the ATF and your congressman, if you think this punishment is too harsh for a pistol packing bully!

Sarah Palin has problems! Firing jack-booted-thug cops and taking their guns away is not one of them...
Steve Hartman

AOL

#2 Jul 11, 2009
"...appeal has nothing to do with substance; it has everything to do with charisma.

Was Dunn really thinking of Palin in that sentence, or Obama? After all, the only substance Obama has shown so far is his authority to "apologize" to the world for the mean ol' United States, take our money, and begin a coup against private enterprise.

In Palin's case at least she has public cause. It makes sense to me that if 80% of her work time is spent on frivolous ethics violation charges and only 20% on Alaska... if she cares for Alaska, to step down and let a new governor take charge who can devoted 100% of his work time to Alaska.(And please NOTE: Dunn prejudicial synopsis fails to mention that all ehtics charges were dismissd as having no merit.) Yep! Democrats have come absolutely unhinged at the prospects of a conservative Republican family woman having skills other than making babies and keeping order in the houshold. It drives 'em crazy! LOL!

Sadly... I have to think that long before Palin gets to 2012, America will have so little substance left that the only real solid foundation the United States will have is a hard-packed mountain of debt from which today's Americans will never see relief.

As for Palin' sensitivity, I wonder how Dunn would take it if his own family was personally attacked for political gain. But that's a different story.
Steve too

AOL

#3 Jul 11, 2009
Steve: Bravo for your fine points, Steve Hartman. But hiss for saying just about everything I wanted to say. How true that Dunn's closing slap at Palin of her being all charisma without substance and lacking administrative credentials sounded like a perfect description of Obama, while Palin did have the "minor" administrative experience of being a governor. As for the ethics charges he mentioned, those were blatant cases of harrassment by political enemies, including one complaint of her being given a hockey stick by an admirer - perhaps Dunn can be bought with a hockey stick, but not Palin. Also Palin's thin skin? I likewise wonder how Dunn would react if he had a 14-year-old daughter who was the target of a nationally televised "joke" about her being raped during a Yankees game. Keep writing that Palin bio, Dunn. I'll make a point of not reading it since you've already exposed your bias against her.
Larry

San Jose, CA

#4 Jul 11, 2009
The most telling sign of Palin's downfall is that she doesn't even have the backing of her own party in her own state. Do you really think she'll make it anywhere else?
Serf City

Menlo Park, CA

#5 Jul 11, 2009
Why would anybody trust Geoffrey Dunn on Sarah Palin? He has decided to spend the twilight of his life attacking her and making her life miserable. He attacks her weekly at the Huffington Post, calling her all kinds of disgusting names and insulting her.

Political biography? Give me a fracking break. Would you accept a political biography of Barack Obama by Sean Hannity or Rush Limbaugh? It is the same principle, though Geoffrey Dunn has even less journalistic scruples than those two bozos.

You really have to wonder about the judgment of Geoffrey Dunn? Who decides to write a biography of a failed VP candidate whose career is over? You might as well write the biography of Joe Lieberman. Yep, people will be pre-ordering at Amazon to get that book.
Done with Dunn

Fremont, CA

#6 Jul 11, 2009
Larry wrote:
The most telling sign of Palin's downfall is that she doesn't even have the backing of her own party in her own state. Do you really think she'll make it anywhere else?
Yes, there are elitist hacks in both parties who dislike Palin's appeal to average, non-partisan voters - the majority voting block. They're also concerned by her reformist instincts, since both parties have many skeletons to hide and graft to take. As for Dunn's "bio" - obviously another hatchet job, like Palin hasn't suffered enough of those. Come on, Geoff, there are other Republican women right here in California for you to abuse - Meg Whitman for governor and Carly Fiorna probably running against Boxer for Senate. Both are business execs, so it would be more challenging for you to portray them as hicks, and the Demo attack dogs are just now starting on them, so there's still some meat left on their bones for you to sink your fangs in.
Deb

Brentwood, CA

#7 Jul 11, 2009
Dunn is pathetically attempting to stay relevant. Palin's resignation sent him into a tailspin.
Serf City

Menlo Park, CA

#8 Jul 11, 2009
You make a good point about the notion that the liberals are coming unhinged over a woman of power who chose to live a full, complete life.

Imagine if Sarah Palin was a liberal Democrat, the feminists would have Geoffrey Dunn by the ball sack and wouldn't let go.

Those liberal double standards never cease to amaze me. Liberals love women in power only if they are ideologically pure.

You got to remember, the "progressives" did the same shite to Hillary, because she wasn't pure enough either. You think the Republicans were hard on the Clintons during the 90's? You should have seen the Democratic primaries last year. I never saw a more vile disgusting political campaign in my entire life--outside of Santa Cruz City Council elections.
Steve Hartman wrote:
"...appeal has nothing to do with substance; it has everything to do with charisma.
Was Dunn really thinking of Palin in that sentence, or Obama? After all, the only substance Obama has shown so far is his authority to "apologize" to the world for the mean ol' United States, take our money, and begin a coup against private enterprise.
In Palin's case at least she has public cause. It makes sense to me that if 80% of her work time is spent on frivolous ethics violation charges and only 20% on Alaska... if she cares for Alaska, to step down and let a new governor take charge who can devoted 100% of his work time to Alaska.(And please NOTE: Dunn prejudicial synopsis fails to mention that all ehtics charges were dismissd as having no merit.) Yep! Democrats have come absolutely unhinged at the prospects of a conservative Republican family woman having skills other than making babies and keeping order in the houshold. It drives 'em crazy! LOL!
Sadly... I have to think that long before Palin gets to 2012, America will have so little substance left that the only real solid foundation the United States will have is a hard-packed mountain of debt from which today's Americans will never see relief.
As for Palin' sensitivity, I wonder how Dunn would take it if his own family was personally attacked for political gain. But that's a different story.
Babe Tool

Alameda, CA

#9 Jul 11, 2009
Go Wholesome Hot Momma!
Dumbed Down Dunn

AOL

#10 Jul 11, 2009
Here's hoping Geoff Dunn does better with the Sarah Palin bio than he did as the mover and shaker with the Pajaro Valley Ag Worker History display at the Watsonville Public Library. In APPLE CITY Watsonville, he came up with a generic mural borrowed from the Monterey post office of people picking artichokes in Castroville. Smooth move, and he actually wrote a column attempting to justify the fiasco. Like this column attempting to explain why he's still planning on doing a hit bio on room temperature Sarah Palin. Hey, Geoff: What part of an average working stiff governor earning $125,000 a year bailing after getting hit with $500,000 in frivolous ethics charges by leftist bloggers do you not understand??????????
Not really

Brentwood, CA

#11 Jul 11, 2009
Dumbed Down Dunn wrote:
Here's hoping Geoff Dunn does better with the Sarah Palin bio than he did as the mover and shaker with the Pajaro Valley Ag Worker History display at the Watsonville Public Library. In APPLE CITY Watsonville, he came up with a generic mural borrowed from the Monterey post office of people picking artichokes in Castroville. Smooth move, and he actually wrote a column attempting to justify the fiasco. Like this column attempting to explain why he's still planning on doing a hit bio on room temperature Sarah Palin. Hey, Geoff: What part of an average working stiff governor earning $125,000 a year bailing after getting hit with $500,000 in frivolous ethics charges by leftist bloggers do you not understand??????????
The display at Watsonville's library is, and has always been, about agricultural history and workers in the whole state of California- the Pajaro Valley-specific displays are at the center at the fairgrounds. I went to the reception for the opening and ate a bunch of free snacks, there was no cover-up, just a misunderstanding from people who wanted their particular crop product and name represented.
Right on Time

Watsonville, CA

#12 Jul 11, 2009
Deb wrote:
Dunn is pathetically attempting to stay relevant. Palin's resignation sent him into a tailspin.
Bingo, here, and Ditto to just about every other post. Sarah Palin has a strong core from which she measures her decisions. The liberals simply do not know what to do with her and so they must destroy her. Not just marginalize her, or dismiss her. Destroy her. It's really appalling.
If she's so "stupid", why do they care so much? Because they know that she is not. She promises a real threat to the socialist agenda of the liberals in power and so she is not merely their opponent; she's the enemy.
I've never seen anything like it. She'll weather it.
Run Sarah Run!
Dunn choked

Fremont, CA

#13 Jul 12, 2009
Not really wrote:
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The display at Watsonville's library is, and has always been, about agricultural history and workers in the whole state of California- the Pajaro Valley-specific displays are at the center at the fairgrounds. I went to the reception for the opening and ate a bunch of free snacks, there was no cover-up, just a misunderstanding from people who wanted their particular crop product and name represented.
Glad you enjoyed the free snacks. I was also at the reception, and heard many people privately expressing dissatisfaction with the artichoke mural provided by Dunn and his buddy George Ow, Jr. They had obviously dropped the ball on their Ag Worker project, went begging at the last minute for display items from the Historical Association and Ag History Project, then slapped a generic mural up because that's all they had. Now the library is stuck with it. Thanks a bunch.
Not really

Brentwood, CA

#14 Jul 12, 2009
Dunn choked wrote:
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Glad you enjoyed the free snacks. I was also at the reception, and heard many people privately expressing dissatisfaction with the artichoke mural provided by Dunn and his buddy George Ow, Jr. They had obviously dropped the ball on their Ag Worker project, went begging at the last minute for display items from the Historical Association and Ag History Project, then slapped a generic mural up because that's all they had. Now the library is stuck with it. Thanks a bunch.
Well put, good points. Didn't former mayor Ana Phares have a lot to do with funding the whole deal? Letting George and Geoff play with that kind of responsibility is a recipe for, well, what we got.

I mean, couldn't we get a mural of sugar beets? Both universal to other parts of the state and once big in Pajaro Valley.
George W Bush

San Francisco, CA

#15 Jul 12, 2009
Right on Time wrote:
<quoted text>...
If she's so "stupid", why do they care so much?...Run Sarah Run!
They "care" because they know she's the wild card.

She appeals to the overwhelming majority of Americans whose lives are being negatively impacted by all this big government.

It was a great campaign. The Get Bush Rhetoric Bag will go down in history as one of the greatest wafflegabs ever.

But, even if you successfully lie your way into power, it's a bit of a stretch to expect reality to conform with the rhetoric.

I see Jimmy Carter written all over this soon to be one term ex President.
Captain Obvious

San Francisco, CA

#16 Jul 12, 2009
"Geoffrey Dunn is a Santa Cruz writer and filmmaker, and is working on a book from Macmillan/St. Martin's Press about Sarah Palin, to be published in 2010."

So Dunn is betting that Palin will still be on the scene a year from now.
Informed Observer

Petaluma, CA

#17 Jul 12, 2009
My God. To listen to these bloggers, one would sit in a corner, curl up in a ball and be afraid to do anything - even write this blog. I can now see how the Nazis came to power. Maybe Geof should do a book on blogging.
Suzie

Columbus, OH

#18 Jul 12, 2009
Everyone knows that the reason why Sarah Palin has ethics violations against her all the time is because she is always trying to make a fast buck of of her job as Governor. You don't hear of other governors having this peoblem but her. Thats the reason pure and simple why she is quitting. She is eager to make some money and capitalize and she can't if she is Governor. Sarah Palin, prure and simple, a phony!!!!!
Allen

Columbus, OH

#19 Jul 12, 2009
Sarah Palin is trying to make as much money as she can as she has always done! Thats why she has etics problems. She won't be able to promote her million dollar book as Governor. This woman is in politics to enhance her lifestyle. She is nothing but a hick and a uneducated lier! Go Home Sarah!!!
Jennifer

Columbus, OH

#20 Jul 12, 2009
Who in their right mind would vote for this uneducated lunatic. John McCain go home and take a nap. Please tell Sarah to stay in Alaska. She knows nothing and cannot speak properly. This woman is a jerk!

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