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What is Sarah Palin doing in 2013?

Updated on January 20, 2013

What does the future hold for Sarah Palin?

Sarah Palin has become a household name lately with the release of the movie, The Game Change.  She has been doing a lot of television interviews and we've had a chance to get to know a little more about her and her family. 

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People are wondering what are Sarah Palin's plans for the future. Will she run for president in 2016? Does she want to be a talk show host? Is she pursuing a career in government or is she staying out of the limelight? Although she is still highly controversial it looks like she will have some kind of public role. Keep reading to find out what Sarah Palin is doing in 2013.

Game Change - The Movie
Game Change - The Movie

Game Change

All through the month of March, HBO is airing “Game Change”, a filmed adapted by Danny Strong, which was based on the book written by Mark Halperin and John Heilemann. The film was directed by Jay Roach. The film does an excellent job of chronicling the early days of Sarah Palin’s assent into celebrity status.

Although the story mainly about Palin’s impact on the McCain campaign, it is told through the eyes of Steve Schmidt, McCain’s campaign manager. The story begins with McCain’s campaign realizing that they are in a unique set of circumstances coming off the unpopular Bush administration, a failing economy, and going up against a transformative figure in Barack Obama. Realizing what they are facing, they attempt to change the landscape of the election by bringing on board Sarah Palin. Given the last minute nature of her selection, they are unable to have her go through the same vetting process that other vice president candidates go through. On the surface however, her exceptional life story seemed enough of a risk to be the game changer the campaign was looking for.

As Sarah is integrated into the campaign, cracks start to appear as it relates to some of her knowledge about issues. Foreign policy is a specific deficiency that many pointed to, as Palin got into hot water with her comment that being Governor of Alaska, and therefore bordering Russia, gave her a unique perspective foreign policy. This comment eventually resurfaced during Sarah’s now infamous interview with Katie Couric.

After realizing that perhaps Palin wasn’t as ready for prime time as they would have liked, Steve Schmidt and his team (the movie focuses heavily on Nicole Wallace specifically) begin to shield Palin and utilize her amazing talents as being “a great actress”, as they put it. They coach her up for the vice presidential debate in which many field she out dueled then-Senator Joe Biden, although many polls have mixed reviews. Either way, her performance there was much better than her interviews with Couric, or the one with Robert Gibson, in which she fumbled other lines as well.

Regardless of her missteps on policies or general political knowledge, Palin proved to be a fund raising rock star. Her no non-sense style and conservative beliefs energized the based and it was evident on the campaign trail. Money was rolling in and she realized she was the reason. At this point, this is where many staffers believe Palin starting going rogue, to borrow a term.

In what was always an un-winnable situation, Palin and McCain started to differ on many items, especially when Palin began to make decisions without conferring with Schmidt. There were many occasions along the way in which she caused issues, for example, she wanted to give a concession speech on election night, which has long been the solemn duty of the presidential candidate only. As evidence of her popularity, chants of “Sarah! Sarah!” bellowed out as McCain gave his speech.

Whether or not the movie and book embellished the actual truth of the events that unfolded is of little consequence, and will be debated by those involved. The takeaway from the film is two-fold. First, McCain ran on a campaign of ‘Country First’ and this move to pick a women was observed as a self-serving political gesture. Secondly, Palin’s place on the national stage was forever set in stone by those few months in 2008. Life comes down to a few moments, and Sarah took full advantage of hers.

Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime

Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime
Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime

The Game Change Reviews:

"Everybody talked. Anybody that tells you they didn't is lying to you." (A former top Clinton aide, to Politico's Ben Smith )

"The best presidential political book since What it Takes by Richard Ben Cramer and Teddy White's books. These are the types of books that got me into politics." (Joe Scarborough )

"An explosive new book. . . . An absolute page turner." (Soledad O'Brien on Larry King Live )

 

Sarah Palin - Your opinion of Sarah Palin

Whether you like her or not, Sarah Palin is at least interesting. Everyone has an opinion about her. What is yours?

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Sarah Palin's Alaska
Sarah Palin's Alaska

Who is Sarah Palin? Find out by watching this Sarah Palin reality series. Sarah Palin's Alaska takes viewers into the country's 'final frontier' through the eyes of one of its most famous citizens - Sarah Palin. Sarah is joined by various family members as she shares the state she knows and loves. Along with Alaska's great wilderness, the Palins encounter Alaska's fascinating residents and share what its takes to thrive in the country's largest state.

 
Sarah Palin and her family
Sarah Palin and her family

All about Sarah Palin...

Sarah Palin's meteoritic rise to celebrity came during the 2008 Presidential Election as she was tapped to become John McCain's Vice Presidential running mate. Before this, she served public office in the state of Alaska, eventually becoming Governor in 2006, a post she resigned from in July 2009.

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Sarah and her husband, Todd, have five children, Track, Bristol, Willow, Piper, and Trig; and two grandchildren, Tripp (Bristol) and Kyla (Track). Politically, Palin holds conservative beliefs and values, and has been a registered Republican since 1982.

She has been a polarizing figure since she jumped on the scene. Opinions about her never seem to be in the middle of the road. Half of the population views her as inexperience, unworldly, unsophisticated, and unintelligent. Concerns especially arose during the election cycle mainly around some of her foreign policy answers and fumbling of questions during interviews; while the other half views her as a take charge, no nonsense mother.

Since the end of the 2008 presidential election, she has been heavily involved in politics and has been no stranger to publicity and criticism. Many people have wondered what exactly she has been up to since she announced that she was not going to run for president in October 2011. Well, she has been in the news, especially with the release of HBO's original film, "Game Change", that goes behind the scenes of the 2008 election.

This is what you thought of Sarah Palin for president in 2008

The choice of Sarah Palin for the vice presidential spot on the Republican ticket energized the conservative base. The Alaskans liked her as governor of their state. What do you think?

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And the Razzies Goes to... The Undefeated

Sarah Palin: The Undefeated
Sarah Palin: The Undefeated

Last year, a documentary about Sarah Palin's political career, called "The Undefeated" debuted. In late February, she was nominated for a Golden Raspberry Award as worst actress for her role in aforementioned documentary. These awards are admittedly sarcastic and meant in jest, but it just goes to show Palin's polarizing nature. The winners will be announced on April 1st. Go figure, April Fool's Day.

 

Bristol Palin: Life's a Tripp

In late February, Lifetime announced that it was picking up ten episodes of the reality show called "Bristol Palin: Life's a Tripp." The show will focus on Bristol's life as a mother while she raises her three year old son, Tripp, whom she was pregnant with during the 2008 presidential election. The show, obviously, will focus on Sarah and Todd Palin, as well.

Sarah Palin: You Betcha!
Sarah Palin: You Betcha!

Acclaimed documentary filmmaker Nick Broomfield takes a look at the life and career of the most notorious politician in the history of Alaska: Sarah Palin.

 

Bill Maher Dirty Money

Recent comments by HBO’s Bill Maher about Sarah Palin lent to studio laughter and were considered typical male locker room humor. However, Sarah Palin did not find them as funny. These issues surfaced on the heels of radio host Rush Limbaugh’s “slut” remark in reference to Sandra Fluke, a law student from Georgetown University, and President Barack Obama’s subsequent handling of the situation by personally calling Sandra Fluke.

Sarah Palin makes an effective point that President Obama’s concern over women doesn’t seem to impact enough to call mothers of fallen soldiers, and that his calling on Sandra Fluke was politically motivated.

Sarah Palin’s point of contention was first with Bill Maher’s comments, but then evolved to encompass President Barack Obama. Bill Maher made a $1 million donation to Priorities USA, a pro-Barack Obama super PAC. Palin has called for President Obama’s campaign to refund the donation in protest of these comments, claiming that his remarks were demeaning to all women, not just her.

Who is Sarah Palin endorsing for the 2012 Presidential race?

Sarah Palin is publicly endorsing Newt Gingrich as Republican presidential nominee Tuesday. However, many (including myself) believes that she is secretly planning on running for President herself.

2016 White House? Why Not 2012?

When voting on Super Tuesday in Wasilla, Alaska, Sarah Palin was approached by CNN's Paul Vercammen and asked a few questions about her intentions to run for president in 2016. Palin, who energized the Republican Party base during the 2008 Presidential Election, and then helped fuel the Tea Party Movement during the 2010 mid-term election cycle as well, has been a focal point of speculation about her political future. Palin gave the typical political non-committal response with regards to the 2016 election, vaguely stating that she doesn't close any doors and will do whatever is best for the country, typical political jargon.

The 2012 question was a bit more intriguing, however, and many insiders feel that Sarah Palin is actually positioning herself for a run at the White House in this presidential cycle. On the surface, this doesn't seem likely, but this year has created a set of circumstances that may lend to such a result. The goal here would be shoot for a brokered GOP convention in Tampa. This can be accomplished if frontrunner Mitt Romney does earn the requisite delegates. While in Wasilla on Super Tuesday, when asked if she would accept the nomination from a brokered convention, Palin was much less vague by basically giving a yes answer, saying she is very "open" to it. In addition, she has conducted herself in a manner that looks like someone with an eye on the White House. She has attacked Mitt Romney which has helped to elongate the primary process. She has also consistently attacked Obama, establishing herself as a clear anti-Obama conservative that will appeal to the conservative base. Stay tuned...

What would you like to see Sarah Palin do in the future? All views are welcome but no name calling please. Be civil or your comment will be deleted.

What is your opinion of Sarah Palin? - What do you think Sarah Palin's future holds?

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      girlfriendfactory 4 years ago

      Bad pennies always turn up ~ it's like the crazy Aunt we all have. Sometimes you just have to laugh and hope you wanders off somewhere.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Anyone who is unable or unwilling to see what Sarah Palin achieved in Alaska is held captive by their own fear & bias; she was brilliant in her down-to-earth leadership & had enough political savvy to give the people of Alaska a lasting legacy of prosperity for future generations.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Who is this woman? No one really knows! Opinions are like noses, everyone has one. I think the biggest issue is, "just how dangerous s this woman?" Is it that she is dangerous, or is it that people don't want to hear the truth? It's true, she "appears to be" a strong willed woman, but stop and think, what is the worst thing people don't want to do? Face the truth and as much as she is disliked, the truth is what she wants all is us to look at. She can't make your mind up for you but to make a decision on "half truths" is about and smart as closing yours eyes and saying to yourself, " now no one can see me". Being in politics is one of the hardest positions a person can ever be in, but so is being a mother and a wife! Before you judge sarah, walk a mile in her shoes.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I can't miss an episode of Veep, the new HBO series that narrates the daily political life that the VP of USA has to deal with. This series is very funny and I love the protagonist performance, she is hilarious. It reminds me Sarah Palin 100%.

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      jolou 5 years ago

      I think she will always remain active in politics. I like her, and do not understand why so many on the left treat her so badly.

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      AJ 5 years ago from Australia

      A true character - every country has at least one.

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      Edutopia 5 years ago

      I'm glad Palin isn't a contender for president this time around as it will save everyone much headache for ultimately a very not serious campaign that will fold as soon as it is financially beneficial to do so.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Playboy interview and...... ?

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      Yourshowman LM 6 years ago

      Nice lens.But Its in "Food"Category!!!!

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      Natalie W Schorr 8 years ago

      Interesting lens. I don't think I'd go for moose stew, but it might grow on me.

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      CoolFoto 8 years ago

      Great Palin lens! 5* and lens roll to my Sarah Palin and the Press https://hubpages.com/politics/sarahpalingov

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      Squidhead 8 years ago

      Never had moose stew. I will be making some venison stew this week though and I might take a just copy the above recipes to use with the meat that I have.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Oh my goodness...fun lens, although not sure I can eat..well, what the heck - hand me over a bowl. Mmmmm..."good eats".

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      Dianne Loomos 8 years ago

      Thank you Kim, Susan, and Jeff for the angel blessings. I appreciate it!

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      GreenRevolution 8 years ago

      Nice lens! I never had moose stew before, but the recipe sounds delicious. I enjoyed reading your lens. Thanks for sharing.

      5*S, faved, and a fan

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      Jeff Wendland 8 years ago from Kalamazoo, MI

      Awesome lens on moose steaks, I don't think I could shoot one, but if Sarah made the stew I think I would have to try it. Squid Angel Blessing.

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      KimGiancaterino 8 years ago

      I'm a vegetarian, but I like your clever lens. Lensrolled to my Sarah's Saucy Updo lens... and Squid Angel Blessed.

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      Susan Deppner 9 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Terrific lens! I'd love to try that recipe, in fact. Love the t-shirt design! SquidAngel blessings and lensrolled to my political lenses.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Cool lens! Thanks for stopping by Palin for president.

      Your lens is very well done. 5*

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      Stephen Carr 9 years ago from Corona, CA

      Enjoyed your lens. Nice going.

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      tandemonimom lm 9 years ago

      Cool lens, lots of great info. Thanks! 5*

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      Infant_Traveler 9 years ago

      Great Lens! Thanks for the recipes! For more info. on Sarah Palin, please visit my blog, www.alaskachapters.com .

      All the Best,

      Melissa :-)