On this day in 2009, Sarah Palin quit

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On July 3, 2009, then-Gov. Sarah Palin announced she was resigning as governor of Alaska. She had 17 months left in her term, and had been savaged by the media, both local and national. It was just too much for her to continue.

At a press conference outside her home in Wasilla that day, Palin said she had decided to not run for reelection and that being a “lame-duck” governor was not her style.

“Once I decided not to run for re-election, I also felt that to embrace the conventional ‘lame-duck’ status in this particular climate would just be another dose of ‘politics as usual,’ something I campaigned against and will always oppose,” she said.

“As I thought about this announcement that I would not seek re-election, I thought about how much fun other governors have as lame ducks. They maybe travel around their state, travel to other states, maybe take their overseas international trade missions.” 

She heralded her successes passing the ACES tax regime, which jacked up taxes on oil producers, and she included in her successes progress made on a gas line from the North Slope.

“I look forward to helping others — to fight for our state and our country and campaign for those who believe in smaller government, free enterprise, strong national security, support for our troops and energy independence,” she said.

Nick Begich III, who is running against Palin for Congress, wants people to remember what else Palin said at the time. His campaign launched a scathing ad over the Independence Day weekend, calling out Palin for being a quitter:

In 2020, after a career in news media, book deals, and social media domination, Palin posted on Instagram an unusual teasing video that indicated she might run against Sen. Lisa Murkowski:

Palin announced her candidacy for Congress on April 1, 2022 after the death of Congressman Don Young. Begich had announced his candidacy in late October, a year after he had helped Congressman Young to his final victory as Alaska’s only congressional representative. After Young’s death, 47 others had joined the primary election. Only Begich, Palin, and Mary Peltola now remain for the final ranked choice voting general election, to be held on Aug. 16, at the same time as the regular primary.

Palin’s July 3, 2009 resignation speech in full:

I appreciate you all being here and I just want to say hi to Alaska, I appreciate speaking directly to the people that I serve, as governor. And I thank you all for coming here today on the shores of Lake Lucille. This is a source of inspiration for my family and for me. And I’m thankful that Todd flew in last night from commercial fishing grounds in Bristol Bay to stand by my side as always.

It’s the eve of our celebration of independence as a nation. It’s a time to remember our nation’s dear souls who sacrificed so selflessly so that we all may live in freedom. From the shores of Maine to Texas and California to the tip of Barrow, we live in peace because centuries ago so many fought for something far greater than themselves. And so many continue to fight for us today and so I say, God bless our military on this eve of Independence Day.

Well, people who know me know that besides faith and family, nothing is more important to me than our beloved Alaska. Serving her people is the greatest honor that I could imagine.

I want Alaskans to really be able to grasp what can be in store for our state. We were purchased as a territory because a member of President Abraham Lincoln’s cabinet, William Seward, he providentially saw in this great land vast riches and beauty and strategic placement on the globe and opportunity. He boldly looked north to the future. But he endured such ridicule and mocking for his vision for Alaska, remember the adversaries, they scoffed and they called this “Seward’s Folly.” Seward withstood such disdain as he chose the uncomfortable, unconventional but right path to secure Alaska, so that Alaska could help secure the United States.

Alaska’ mission: to contribute to America. We’re strategic in the world as the air crossroads of the world, as a gatekeeper of the continent. And bold visionaries, they knew this. And they knew that Alaska would be part of America’s great destiny. Our destiny to be reached by responsibly developing our natural resources. This land blessed with clean air and water and wildlife and minerals and oil and gas. It’s energy. God gave us energy. So to serve the state, it is such a humbling responsibility because I know in my soul that Alaska is of such import for America’s security in such a volatile world today.

And I know that, you know me by now, I promised four years ago that I would be showing my independence and there would be no more conventional politics as usual.

We’re doing so well, my administration. My administration’s accomplishments, they speak for themselves. We work tirelessly for Alaskans.

We aggressively and responsibly develop our resources because they were created to be used to better our world, to help people. And we protect the environment and Alaskans, the resource owners, foremost with our policies. Here’s some of the things that we have done:

We created a petroleum integrity office to oversee safe development. We held the line for Alaskans on Point Thomson — and finally for the first time in decades — you’re seeing drilling up there for oil and gas.

We have AGIA, the gasline project — a massive bipartisan victory; the vote was 58 to 1 — also succeeding as intended, protecting Alaskans as our clean natural gas will flow to energize Alaska and America. It’s through very different than what had happened before. This time it’s through a very competitive, pro-private sector project. This is the largest private-sector energy project ever. this is energy independence.

And ACES — another bipartisan effort — it’s working as intended and industry is publicly acknowledging its success. Our new oil and gas clear and equitable formula, it’s so Alaskans will no longer ever be taken advantage of. ACES incentivizes new exploration and development and jobs that were previously not going to happen, not with a monopolized North Slope oil basin.

We cleaned up previously accepted unethical actions, and we ushered in bipartisan ethics reform.

We also slowed the rate of government growth. We worked with the Legislature to save billions of dollars for our future. And I made no lobbyist friends with my hundreds of millions of dollars in budget vetoes, but living beyond our means today is irresponsible for tomorrow.

We took government out of the dairy business. We put it back into the private-sector’s hands — where it should be.

We provided unprecedented support for education initiatives, and with the right leadership, we finally filled long-vacant public safety positions. We built a sub-cabinet for climate change and took heat from outside special interests for our biologically sound wildlife management for abundance practices — predator control.

We broke new ground on the new prison.

We made common-sense conservative choices to eliminate personal luxuries. Things like the jet and the chef and the junkets and the entourage. And the lieutenant governor and I, we said no to our pay raises. Really there is so much success in this first term. And this success I am proud to take credit for hiring the right people.

Our goal was to achieve a gasline project and more fair oil and gas valuation and ethics reform in four years. We did it in two. And it’s because of the people. The good people, good public servants surrounding the governor’s office with servants’ hearts and astounding work ethic. They are Alaska’s success. And we are doing well. And I really wish that you would hear more from the media. More from the media of your state’s good progress and how we tackle outside interests, special interests daily we’re tackling. Those interests that would stymie our state even those debt-ridden stimulus dollars. They would force the heavy hand of federal government into our communities with an all-knowing attitude. I’ve taken the slings and arrows with that unpopular move because to veto that it was the right thing to do because I know being right is better than being popular. — and it was an unpopular stand to take. Some of those dollars would harm Alaska and they harm America. I resisted those dollars because of the obscene national debt that we’re forcing our children to pay because of today’s big government spending. It is immoral and it doesn’t even make economic sense.

Another accomplishment: Our law department protected states’ rights. Two huge Supreme Court reversals came down against that liberal 9th Circuit deciding in our state’s favor just over the last two weeks. We’re protectors of our constitution. And Federalists protect states’ rights, as mandated in the 10th Amendment.

You don’t hear much about the good stuff in the press anymore, though, do you? Some say things changed for me on August 29th last year — the day that John McCain tapped me to be his running mate. And it was an honor to stand beside a true American hero. I say others changed, and let me to speak to that for a minute.

Political operatives descended on Alaska last August, digging for dirt. The ethics law that I championed became their weapon of choice over the past nine months. I’ve been accused of all sorts of frivolous ethics violations, such as holding a fish in a photograph or wearing a jacket with a logo on it and answering reporters’ questions. Every one of these, though, all 15 of the ethics complaints have been dismissed. We have won, but it hasn’t been cheap. The state has wasted thousands of hours of your time and shelled out some two million of your dollars to respond to opposition research and that’s money that’s not going to fund teachers, or troopers or safer roads.

And this political absurdity, the politics of personal destruction, Todd and I, we’re looking at more than half a million dollars in legal bills just in order to set the record straight. And what about the people who offer up these silly accusations? It doesn’t cost them a dime. So they’re not going to stop draining the public resources, spending other people’s money in this game. They won’t stop.

It’s pretty insane. My staff and I spend most of our day — we’re dealing with this stuff instead of progressing our state now.

And I know that I promised no more politics as usual but this isn’t what anyone had in mind for Alaska.

If I’ve learned one thing it’s that life is about choices and one chooses how to react to circumstances. You can choose to engage in things that tear down or that build up and I choose to work very hard on a path for fruitfulness and productivity. I choose not to tear down and waste precious time but to build up this state and our great country and her industrious and generous and patriotic and free people.

Life is too short to compromise time and resources and though it may be tempting and more comfortable to just kind of keep your head down and plod along and appease those who are demanding, hey, just sit down and shut up. But that’s a worthless, easy path out. That’s a quitter’s way out. And I think a problem in our country today is apathy. It would be apathetic to just kind of hunker down and go with the flow. We’re fishermen and we know that only dead fish go with the flow.

No productive fulfilled people determined where to put their efforts choosing to wisely use precious time to build up — and there is such a need to build up — and fight for our state and our country and I choose to fight for it. And I’ll work very hard for others who still believe in free enterprise and smaller government and strong national security for our country and support for our troops and energy independence and for those who will protect freedom and equality and life.

I’ll work hard for and I’ll campaign for those who are proud to be American and who are inspired by our ideals and they won’t deride them. I will support others who seek to serve in or out of office, and I don’t care what party they’re in or no party at all, inside Alaska or outside of Alaska.

But I won’t do it from the governor’s desk. I’ve never believed that I nor anyone else needs a title to do this, to make a difference, to help people. So I choose for my state and for my family more freedom to progress all the way around.

So that Alaska will progress, I will not seek re-election as governor. And so as I thought about this announcement, that I wouldn’t run for re-election and what that means for Alaska, I thought about, well, how much fun some governors have as lame ducks. They maybe travel around their state, travel to other states, maybe take their overseas international trade missions. So many politicians do that. And then I thought, that’s what wrong. Many just accept that lame duck status and they hit the road, they draw a paycheck, they kind of milk it, and I’m not going to put Alaskans through that.

I promised efficiencies and effectiveness. That’s not how I’m wired. I’m not wired to operate under the same old politics as usual. I promised that four years ago and I meant it. That’s not what is best for Alaska at this time. I’m determined to take the right path for Alaska, even though it is unconventional and it’s not so comfortable.

With this announcement that I’m not seeking re-election, I’ve determined it’s best to transfer the authority of governor to Lieutenant Governor Parnell. And I am willing to do this so that this administration with its positive agenda and its accomplishments and its successful road to an incredible future for Alaska so that it can continue without interruption and with great administrative and legislative success.

My choice is to take a stand and effect change and not just hit our head against the wall and watch valuable state time and money, millions of your dollars, go down the drain in this new political environment. Rather we know we can effect positive change outside government at this moment in time, on another scale, and actually make a difference for our priorities — and so we will, for Alaskans and for Americans.

Let me go back quickly to a comfortable analogy for me — sports, basketball. And I use it because you are naïve if you don’t see a full-court press from the national level picking away right now. A good point guard, here’s what she does. She drives through a full court press, protecting the ball, keeping her head up because she needs to keep her eye on the basket. And she knows exactly when to pass the ball so that the team can win. And that is what I’m doing — keeping our eye on the ball that represents sound priorities — you remember they include energy independence and smaller government and national security and freedom! And I know when it’s time to pass the ball for victory.

And I’ve given my reasons now, very candidly, truthfully. And my last day won’t be for another few weeks so the transition will be very smooth. In fact, we look forward to swearing in Sean Parnell up there in Fairbanks at the conclusion of our governor’s picnic at the end of the month.

And I really don’t want to disappoint anyone with this announcement, not with the decision that I have made. my decision. All I can ask is that you trust me with this decision and know that it is no more politics as usual.

And some Alaskans it seemed today, maybe they don’t mind wasting public dollars and state time but I do. And I cannot stand here as your governor and allow the millions of dollars and all that time go to waste just so that I can hold the title of governor. And I don’t know if my children are going to allow it anyway. 

Some are going to question the timing of this. And let me must say that this decision has been in the works for a while. In fact, this decision comes after much consideration, prayer and consideration. And finally I polled the most important people in my life, my kids, where the count was unanimous. Well, in response to asking: “Do you want me to make a positive difference and fight for all our children’s future from outside the governor’s office?” It was four yeses and one “hell yeah!” And the “hell yeah” sealed it — and someday I’ll talk about the details of that.

I think, though, much of it for the kids had to do with recently seeing their baby brother Trig mocked and ridiculed by some pretty mean-spirited adults recently. And by the way, I sure wish folks could ever understand all that we can learn, all of us, from someone like Trig. I know he needs me, but I know I need him even more. And what a child can offer to set priorities right — know that time is precious. The world needs more Trigs, not fewer.

My decision was also fortified during this most recent trip to Kosovo and Landstuhl to visit our wounded soldiers overseas, those who truly sacrifice themselves in war for our freedom and our security. And we can all learn from our selfless, selfless troops. They’re bold and they don’t give up and they take a stand and they know that life is short so they choose not to waste time. They choose to be productive and to serve something greater than self and to build up their families and their states and our great country. These troops and their important missions now, there is where truly the worthy causes are in this world and that’s where our public resources should be our public priority with time and resources spent on that, not on this superficial, wasteful political bloodsport. So may we all learn from them.

Really, we’ve just got to put first things first. And first things first as governor, I love my job and I love Alaska. And it hurts to make this choice but I’m doing what’s best for Alaska, and I have explained why. Though I think of the saying on my parents’ refrigerator, a little magnet that says, “Don’t explain: your friends don’t need it and your enemies won’t believe you anyway.”

But I’ve given my reasons. It’s no more politics as usual and I’m taking my fight for what’s right for Alaska in a new direction.

Now, despite this, I sure don’t want anyone, any Alaskan dissuaded from entering politics after seeing this real climate change that began in August. No, we need hardworking, average Americans fighting for what’s right. And I will support you because we need you and you can effect change, and I can too on the outside.

We need those who will respect our Constitution where government’s supposed to serve from the bottom up, and not move toward this top down, big government takeover but rather will be protectors of individual rights — who also have enough common sense to acknowledge when conditions have drastically changed and are willing to call an audible and pass the ball when it’s time so the team can win. And that’s what I’m doing.

Remember Alaska, America is now, more than ever, looking north to the future. And it’ll be good. So God bless you, and from me and from my family to all Alaska, you have my heart.

75 COMMENTS

    • Paula, your plan is to disregard common sense and critical thought and vote with our vindictive emotions?
      The last time we elected her she was a political disaster and then ushered in Walker. She got a taste of fame and became addicted. This appears to be nothing more than a platform she is seeking to feed the addiction.

    • That is your choice, but you must be fans of Mark Begich and Bill Walker, both of whom she helped get elected to office……

    • Whatever. I support Trump. He was the best president since Reagan; perhaps even better. However, like any of us, Trump is not above mistakes; he makes his share. Endorsing Palin rather than Begich is an example.

    • Trump makes mistakes with his endorsements. Don’t allow Trump to be the end all be all. He is understandably ignorant of Palin’s record as governor.

  1. Sarah Palin is the quintessential example of what happens to a rookie politician when they are suddenly cast into the limelight. Her fame in the candidacy for VP was far over her head, in both ability and in reasonable temperament. She got shredded. She couldn’t even finish her term as governor because there was more money and fame offered to her as a national celebrity. Now, 15 years later, she’s trying to game us again.
    Her time has come and gone. Her only interest is the preservation of HER own status. Believe me, I know. The voters who follow her should really become better educated and less brain-washed by her looks and voice. I will be voting for Nick Begich and I hope others join me. Thank you.
    .
    Former First Dude

    • Username “Todd” and signing “former First Dude” is a bit over-the-top dishonest. Your opinions should be able to stand without the false flag stuff.

      • “Username “Todd” and signing “former First Dude” is a bit over-the-top dishonest……..”
        Lots of clowns like that out there, and they actually think that their silly games convince others of their intelligence. Sadly, I do believe they work with other young morons who think that imaginative lies are cute. Add these jesters to the pool of voters who are dragging the entire society down into the sewer.

    • Todd, first of all, what you say about Palin is seemingly very true. And, I will also vote for Nick Begich III.
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      However, have you ever heard of the term, “troll.” Do you really expect us to believe you are Todd Palin? There are a lot of red flags in your comment. One, for example: it is very far-fetched to think Todd Palin would sign as “Former First Dude.” I won’t bother explaining why…. except to say it takes more talent and foresight than you have to be a successful con-man.

      • Well, if you won’t believe Todd maybe you’ll believe his parents- the Palin’s, because they are not supporting Sarah’s campaign either!!

      • Hmmm, to the best of my knowledge, no one is getting up in arms about all the comments from “Frankie” and “Nancy” and “House Husband”. I find that little bit of trolling to be hilarious. Are we saying different standards apply because it has to do with the Palins instead of the Murkowskis?

    • Thank You Todd. My friends keep telling me not so nice things about Nick Begich. After reading your post I will definitely vote for Nick and convince my friends to do so too.

      • Go back and read Sarah’s own words in the article above, “a quitter’s way out.” Self-explanatory with a huge revelation by your former governor. And please, quit calling me a troll. I know you think I’m less intelligent than Sarah, but for God’s sake trust me on this one. I know this woman. Nick Begich III is the candidate we need. Ask my dad.

        • One should question the integrity of any individual that’s use’s one’s former position (as first dude)and one’s former spouse/friend to point out their failings, but also has no problem using the said former governor names as a means to push their own agenda- it’s two faced.
          If this is actually Todd Palin – he would/should make an official statement on the candidate he supports- if not TP – the person using his name should be wary that using a persons name is fraud.

          • ………so says “TSun.” LOL. You must be a Democrat, yearning to spell out the law for others in your unfettered moments of self-righteousness, while ignoring the very precepts that you so quickly foist on others. Democrats are so effing shameless. Take a hike, mister.

  2. Go ahead: elect the fraud to the House. Make Alaska a laughingstock.
    Plus reward her for nearly destroying the oil industry AND getting Walker elected.

    She’ll make AOC look thoughtful and effective.

    You deserve what comes next if you do.

  3. I certainly hope the good voters of Alaska have the good sense to reject Palin in this important election, People must see threw her Bull Shot and see she is only doing this for her own ego, Palin is only concerned about Palin She like Murkowski does not care about the everyday hard working Alaskans.

  4. I love quitting doing things that are going nowhere fast and there is no possibility that I can be effective or respected.

  5. Great way to spend Independence Day! Attacking Sarah Palin! How classy. Both Young NB & you have excelled

  6. Yeah Palin!!! You are out in the open with your stuff….And thank you! Not at all like Dunleavy who is a Democrat from Pennsylvania running as Republican doing a job with worst low performance and the third governor in a row to do nothing. He should have quit after the lawsuit with Tuckerman Babcock, you know, the guy use to committing fraud and trying to hide that as a Republican. Or Nick Begich lent his campaign $650,000.which compares to legalized bribery. Another Democrat running as a Republican from the mid-west. They only hope no one notices or asks too many questions or can’t put two and two together!! You go Palin!!

    • You dummies who hold Sarah Palin in such high esteem, do NOT understand the underlying motivations of this attention seeking woman. She uses her Conservative schtick only as a means to get her a high billing in the media. Any news is better than no news or bad news. Do you people really trust Sarah? She SEEKS publicity on every front. And Alaskans should be extremely weary of this kind of person who holds themselves out as a savior to our country.
      Carnival barkers, confidence men, and snake oil salespersons have nothing over Sarah Palin, except that they don’t wear tight skirts and 4-inch heels. Listen to Todd.

      • Todd is the one who filed for divorce from Sarah. Now, what does that tell you? If Todd and his dad are publicly supporting Nick Begich 3, that tells me a whole bunch.

  7. The leftist are scared to death of Palin. They know she will reject Joe and everything he does. This, above all is key. No compromise with the leftist. They are destroying the country. A vote for Sarah is the best way to send a message.

    • Clearly.

      A vote for the used car sales lady is quite the message. That Alaska isn’t to be taken seriously.

    • Fieldhand, tell me how effective a candidate will be when they are woefully underinformed about the issues of the day?
      Sarah said she didn’t know about HR1, Pelosi’s take over of all voting across the USA. You would think your girl might crack open a book , if even now and again.
      Resisting the evil leftist must be done with intelligence and lots of hard work not just empty sound bites.
      Chew on that for a minute.

    • “The leftist are scared to death of Palin……..”
      Remember 2016 when the Democrats laughed as Trump rose through the field of Republican POTUS candidates? They saw Hillary as a shoo-in………until, after winning the nomination, Trump said, “Because you’d be in jail” to Hillary in their first nationally televised debate when she said it was a good thing that he wasn’t in charge of our (already embarrassing) criminal justice system. From that point forward, the Demonrats (helped by RINOs and media) have waged a furious legal/propaganda war on Trump and his allies………all fueled by Hillary (who should be in jail, or the gallows) and her allies.
      We’re supposed to be too stupid to see this, so play like you’re still unaware………..

  8. And after lauding her Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell and warning the media to leave him and his family alone because they were good people, she stabbed him in the back by endorsing Walker when he scrapped her disastrous ACES. Being a quitter is one reason to never vote for her again. Being a vindictive back-stabber is another. She is addicted to the adoration she got outside of Alaska. She does not have the integrity to be a public servant.

  9. For a so-called quitter Sarah Palin has sure generated a lot of word soup lately from the establishment press, while her nearest competitor, Nick Begich, is languishing in the doldrums forced to kowtow to RHINO’s and other establishment politicians for their worthless endorsements.

  10. Well don’t agree for attack ads from Begich as he was not there to see all the law suits and accusations filed against her. She was used by mccain and the republican party and destroyed her. Which was the intention as she was very popular. They knew they were not going to win. I told her not run with him as he was a rhino crook.But fell on deaf ears. Could some one remind me of the name of the woman who constantly bombarded Sarah with BS suits. Not sure who I am voting for other than it will be republican. She did save the state money from all the frivolous law suits by resigning. You can either agree or disagree just my opinion.

    • “…….Could some one remind me of the name of the woman who constantly bombarded Sarah with BS suits……..”
      Andre MacLeod. One should remember the people who cause so much damage to society.

    • My friend emailed him seven different times to find out where he stands on policies- crickets and still haven’t heard back from his team.

    • Little Nicky is worth 20 million dollars, has two degrees, and started his own companies. He has risen the ranks of the Republican Party despite his last name and has destroyed Palin at every debate. If you bothered to watch them, you would know his policies from his own mouth, not some drivel written by a campaign team. If you want to elect a miniskirt, Sarah is your gal. If you want someone who can do the job, Begich is your guy.

      • @Bob Hemings.
        Great points taken. Sarah Palin was a cute sportscaster back in the day. She has no business acumen or degrees that would help her reason through tough decision-making processes. She’s a mouth-piece. She generates gossip column activity……..and thrives on it. Her own children have had plenty of issues, primarily because their mom wasn’t there to guide them or counsel them. Nick Begich has the skills, intelligence, demeanor, and character to really represent Alaskans and Alaska issues.
        Please, Alaskans, think this through.

        • She’s running to replace a former schoolteacher from California. Who also happened to be a mayor of a small alaskan town. And he was a quitter of the Alaskan Senate to seek higher office. And he got an offramp built for a guy in Florida in exchange for $40k in campaign contributions and travel junkets. A real swamper.

      • So again, why a blank website? All I got was that he’s “pro business” and “pro family”, and he can aim a gun. I would rather have the Republican version of AOC than the Republican version of Al Gross.

  11. We all
    Screw up! Palin I sure hope you gunna hang in there this time? Oh wait! Are you looking for a lengthy time frame?

    Begich?lenghty family of Democratic family!? Did you switch? To tone down the family?

    Dang? What we freedom people to think?

  12. “Getting Sarah to meetings and events was like nailing Jell-O to a tree,” Bailey wrote. On the campaign trail and as governor, Sarah went through at least ten schedulers, with few lasting more than months. Nobody wanted the job because Sarah might fail to honor, at the last minute, the smallest commitments, and making excuses for her became a painful burden.” …

    Bailey claims her heart wasn’t in governing after she returned to Alaska from her failed run for vice president. … She resigned in July 2009.

    FROM: Frank Bailey Speaks Out On Tell-All Book About Sarah Palin — “If she made it to the White House and I had stayed silent I could never forgive myself”

    • What????

      Her punitive oil tax legislation named ACES, written for her by Democrats in Juneau, drove oil investment out of our state, and to other states, and caused a precipitous drop in N. Slope oil production.
      During a time when oil production worldwide was booming, Alaska had the dubious distinction of being the only oil producing province in the western hemisphere to see a drop in production.
      N Dakota, Texas, Canada etc… all saw a boom in oil production while Alaska saw a decline thanks to her ACES.
      I considered it a privilege to shake Sean Parnell’s hand and thank him to his face for getting rid of that socialist debacle and replace it with tax legislation that brought oils dollars back to our state and into the PF.

  13. To the Boomers on this website:
    Your self-masturbatory arrogance has overseen nothing but decline in this state and nationwide. You call yourselves conservatives but couldn’t even conserve the ladies restroom. Time to sit down. We get it; you hate Palin. Guess what?! Everyone hates you, especially your grandchildren. We hate you for giving our state away so you could take a few extra cruises and suck the PFD system dry. We hate you for your pathological inability to reflect on your own actions. We hate you for your hypocrisy ( go ahead and “moderate” this comment Suzanne since you love free speech so much.) Most of all though, we hate you for your greed.

    • “…….You call yourselves conservatives but couldn’t even conserve the ladies restroom……..”
      That’s because the girls lobby for the freaks to be able to enter. They all need spankings, but that isn’t legal anymore. So good luck for your magical generation. If you can fix this disaster, you’ve earned the right to complain about Boomers (most of whom vociferously warned you all when Bubba and Killary were elected in 1992 and began this cultural disaster). Show me what y’all can do…….

    • Ah, liberal trolling done poorly. Hate me all you want, Palin is still a huckster and a bad one at that. While you’re at it, hate the “ greatest generation” for raising the boomers. And the current one which can’t tell boys from girls.

      I am curious. What holy generation do you represent?

    • The government schools since the Seventies have done quite the job of producing arrogant punks with lots of self-esteem and no reason to have it. We Boomers don’t hate you punks, but we are truly contemptuous of a couple of generations now that couldn’t change a tire or use a screwdriver.

    • Cold Hard Bovine Excrement,

      As a lifelong Alaskan ” Boomer” I can tell you that after Statehood we loved singing Eight Stars of Gold every morning in school.

      We built the Trans Alaska Pipeline.

      We raised our children to respect this Great Land and all of its people.

      So, you hate Boomers for not supporting Palin’s Candidacy?

      You believe that Boomers are to blame for you personal problems?

      PFD dry? We are the ones that created that fund, for the people, not the maggots and parasites in and around Government.

      Get some help pard.

      • Yeah you came here and sucked the whole thing dry before moving to Arizona for retirement. No one needs your oil or pfd. We just want you to reflect on the failure of your own thinking. I’m further right than you, partner. You oversaw the downfall of our great nation. It’s alright though, I forgive you Boomer Bob. Hope your grandkids feel the same

    • Wow, Drama Queen Palin has one your non-boomer. Bet you don’t speak to your Mom and Dad either.

  14. I don’t get it. What’s with the weird video of Palin acting all batty… telling Murkowski, “this is my house, my house… my house.” It is so seriously cringy. Has she lost it? Is she on medication?

  15. Anyone that had to contend with the insane level of opposition and lawsuits that Palin did in her term as governor would have folded their tent. This is what happens when a non politician ends up in Juneau and tries to right size government. She even made deals with devil, the legislature, in order to attempt to accomplish those goals. Begich is no different from his uncle, same player, different shirt. I voted for Palin and will do so again.

    • Too lazy to do your homework? Government grew by 50% under Palin! She did not try to right size anything!! Your ignorance is astonishing!!

      • Uh, do your homework, who holds the state purse strings? Agencies like the IRS and the State Dept. quadrupled under Reagan.

  16. “…….had been savaged by the media……..”
    ……..and RINOs like Andre MacLeod and Steve Schmidt, the self-elevated guardians of the public. The same collection of folks saving us from President Trump.
    Thanks a lot.
    Like always, Trump is correct: the media is the enemy of the people.

  17. This would be a one issue election for me. Whoever can convince me that future elections will be provable would get my vote. If they both can, great! Sarah may have more political leverage to get it done. Yes, she’d better catch up on HR-1!

  18. The reality TV star knows nothing of substance and has no idea how to fix Alaska. A vote for Palin is a vote for ignorance. Plain and simple.

  19. Vote for Sarah, vote for Nick, just don’t vote Democrat. My vote stays with Sarah, because she’ll drive the dems in Congress crazy.

  20. TusCON- the only person on here that doesn’t allow a reply to their comment-
    Your assumptions are many- one that I’m a man, two that I’m a Democrat, three that I spelled anything out – but simply pointed out- that anyone with ANY integrity doesn’t throw the mother of his children, his ex-spouse/friend whom he shared many of life’s ups and downs with under the bus in such a public way.
    If it was actually Todd Palin listings out his exs. shortcomings and mistakes in public, it lacks character and any respect for his children and Ms. Palins own family.
    Assuming is a trait of a Democrat, so is not allowing for civil discourse.

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