Video: Palin on Oprah

posted at 7:58 pm on November 16, 2009 by Allahpundit

People want to talk about it, so here’s your thread. I don’t think the whole interview’s online but the Daily Beast clipped and compiled what it calls the seven best moments. Click the image to watch. She must have done well because even normally inhospitable media outlets like TNR are giving her a grudging thumbs up. More from the Beast, whose founder sneered at Palin as recently as this morning:

Never has Sarah Palin appeared so comfortable in her own skin on national television as she did Monday afternoon on The Oprah Winfrey Show. She spoke in clear, easily diagrammable sentences—none of those weird locutions about Putin rearing his head somewhere in the stratosphere over the Aleutian Islands. She was approachable and full of pep. And even with that percussive laugh—the raucous call of an exotic plumed bird during mating season, perhaps—she displayed an appealingly mordant sense of humor.

Normally I’d tell you to follow the link, but this is the Beast, after all, so it’s all downhill from there. An intriguing footnote: CBS has its own poll of Palin’s favorables out tonight, and contrary to the polarizing numbers in WaPo’s poll, there seem to be a lot of people still making up their minds about her. This week can only help.

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Why are there so many damn Palin posts?

True_King

Because she is what most people are damn well interested in. Or in the case of nutjob libs and/or trolls, who they’re obsessed with.

beachgirlusa on November 17, 2009 at 1:37 AM

Yeah, third parties only make sense if states eliminate “winner take all” electoral votes. If states did something like 2 votes for overall winner of the state and 1 vote per winner of each House district, American politics would be way different. You have 1 elector for each Congressional seat so make the voting for each elector match the constituency of those seats. 2 Senators at large, two votes for the at large winner, 1 vote for each Representative, one vote for the winner of each House district.

A third party candidate could then do some really interesting things.

It also prevents a metro like Chicago or a pair of metros like Philadelphia and Pittsburgh from “delivering” and entire state to a candidate if the opposition candidate carries the rural district.

crosspatch on November 17, 2009 at 2:15 AM

Have you Palinistas heard McSame’s staff has emails from Palin that show “Going Rouge” contains, (I’ll be polite), factual errors? That, appearing on Oprah, resigning as Governor of Alaska, Levi, etc, 2012 is just a pipe-dream.

AP isn’t a Palin hating lib. I believe he is more politically savvy then you think and trying to gently nudge people to reality. I’m more harsh about it and get right to the point. She’s unelectable.

Bill Blizzard on November 17, 2009 at 2:34 AM

I’m so glad she did well, if only to allow other cons to associate with her without automatic mockery. She had to perform, and even though it wasn’t a pressure-cooker of an interview, there were enough sub-plots brewing that even Shakespeare himself would’ve been proud.

And to those who might consider anyone-including Palin-unelectable, I ask you one thing: have you looked at our current President lately? There is no such thing as unelectable anymore. Whether it’s due to flights of fancy or to make up for some big mistake, ANYthing is possible in American electoral politics.

johnny alpha on November 17, 2009 at 4:24 AM

Those emails are trite and of little consequence. I saw them today, but can’t remember the link, and you obviously don’t want to back up your comment with any facts.
But let’s start with a little trip down memory lane.
Anonymous McCain Staffers Trash Sarah Palin
http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/1185236/anonymous_mccain_staffers_trash_sarah.html
Here’s HA take:http://hotair.com/archives/2008/11/05/it-begins-palin-didnt-
know-africa-was-a-continent-claims-fox-news/ Remember this?
Here’s Ace’s scathing commentary: Anti-Palin McCain Staffers Begin Full-Scale Kneecapping of Sarah Palin
Update: Bullshit Video of Bullshit Claims Now Available for Your Bullshit Enjoyment

http://ace.mu.nu/archives/277522.php
So, using this information, you expect us to believe the “anonymous” emails?
Guess what? I found your link–guess where–Puffington Ho! Surprise! Guess who passed on the info? “The emails were passed along by a mid-level staffer who called early excerpts of “Going Rogue”, a serious mixing of truth and imagination.”
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/11/14/mccain-campaign-emails-co_n_358124.html
Pretty poor ammo to back up your opinion, troll…

lovingmyUSA on November 17, 2009 at 4:46 AM

Have you Palinistas heard McSame’s staff has emails from Palin that show “Going Rouge” contains, (I’ll be polite), factual errors?

Would this be the same McCain staff that made up stuff about her after the campaign was over?

Haven’t you heard that the Associated Press assigned 11 reporters to fact check her book and they found virtually nothing? No word on when they plan to get around to fact checking Obama’s two autobiographies though.

You are correct though….she is unelectable as president. The fix is in on that one.

xblade on November 17, 2009 at 5:42 AM

You are correct though….she is unelectable as president. The fix is in on that one.

xblade on November 17, 2009 at 5:42 AM

Nope and You are ill informed.

old trooper2 on November 17, 2009 at 7:12 AM

Reagan

WordsMatter on November 17, 2009 at 7:56 AM

The thing that piqued my interest but did not go anywhere was when they were talking about how the McCain team controlled all sorts of things and Oprah said something about the Atkins diet. Palin said they told her she couldn’t be seen eating certain things.

Since the Atkins diet is all protein, does that mean they didn’t want anyone to see her eating meat in big quantities? That’s crazy! That would just enhance her image in our minds. Who were they trying to impress, the arugula crowd?

Kafir on November 17, 2009 at 10:23 AM

As much as I dislike Oprah I watched the majority of the interview. IMO Palin came across as personable and normal. Oprah seemed ill at ease like her heart really wasn’t in the interview. I could imagine that as an Obama fangirl she didn’t really want to give Palin a platform but knew it was a ratings bonanza and as a business woman she had to do it.

I was not a fan of the idea to go on Oprah but it may have been a good idea because it gave a lot of people who live in the Insider/Extra world a chance to actually see and hear Palin instead of just the trash talking about her by the liberal crowd.

I did hate the choppiness of the interview. Seemed like they went to a commercial break every 2 minutes. Since I don’t watch Oprah I don’t know if that is routine.

Being from the Midwest it tickles me when people complain about her voice. I’ve got news for you – midwesterners think the majority of people on the coasts have annoying accents.

katiejane on November 17, 2009 at 10:31 AM

watched this last night, whole show, it was good television

jp on November 17, 2009 at 11:34 AM

She’s a 45 year old woman you sexist pig.

Grow Fins on November 16, 2009 at 8:06 PM

Hehe. I love phony righteous anger like this. It’s crazy delicious.

TheUnrepentantGeek on November 17, 2009 at 11:38 AM

What is wrong with that paragraph??

I guess I’m a little confused. Are they trying to make her look bad by saying her sentences were “easily diagrammable”?? Or are they happy because she no longer uses complex “locutions about Putin rearing his head somewhere in the stratosphere over the Aleutian Islands”.

I mean if they are really that upset about someone’s way of speaking I think they need to look in a mirror. Because that was just a horrendous paragraph that didn’t even succeed in its job- making fun of Palin.

To the writers of the DailyBeast,

take a tip from my English teacher- you can use all the complex wording you want, it doesn’t mean you’re saying anything worthwhile

xax on November 17, 2009 at 11:42 AM

katiejane on November 17, 2009 at 10:31 AM

Oprah was very uneasy, she was afraid that she was going to put Obama in jeopardy. It was pretty apparent that she was well prepared by Obama’s handlers. And she steered away from anything that could have harmed Obama.
An example is when Sarah stated that Alaska was full of investigators from Obama’s campaign to dig up dirt and file lawsuits, a major story….immediately whisked to a commercial.
But basically Oprah walked on egg shells, and was well coached on what not to ask, and what not to follow up on.

right2bright on November 17, 2009 at 11:42 AM

“Sarah Palin was so unqualified for the position.” and “Barak Obama’s community organizing experience qualified him for the position.” – one of my coworkers.

How can you argue with that?/sarc

shick on November 17, 2009 at 11:49 AM

Sarah missed one opportunity, and always easy to second guess.When being quizzed about her kids, and how Obama stated not to drag them in…Sarah could have said, that is what he said, but he was running his campaign and that is not what they did. There is a difference between saying something, and actually meaning it. And the actions of the campaign showed whether he actually meant what he said.

right2bright on November 17, 2009 at 11:50 AM

But basically Oprah walked on egg shells, and was well coached on what not to ask, and what not to follow up on.

right2bright on November 17, 2009 at 11:42 AM

Sounds like another side of the “V” interview.

“We want you to only ask questions to our opposition that when answered will not show us in a negative light.”

shick on November 17, 2009 at 11:52 AM

I think Oprah and Palin got along pretty well, all things considered. Palin had good things to say about Obama and Oprah herself on several occaisions. Palin came off as fairly gracious; Oprah certainly comes off as a better interviewer than Couric, because she gets out of the way and lets Palin talk, so we can form our own opinions of her. Oprah did ask some tough questions, and didn’t have any problem re-stating questions if she felt Palin was dodging.

It was a fairly policy-free discussion, so it probably didn’t help on the issue of Palin’s qualifications. But it might burst the image of Palin as a hard-core rightwing idealogue; the bits on abortion and later on Bristol’s pregnancy probably helped build her cred among even liberal women.

hawksruleva on November 17, 2009 at 11:54 AM

LOL.

The first page of Palin’s book is such a LEGENDARY troll moment. I love it. It’s so so SO perfect.

Palin <3

lansing quaker on November 17, 2009 at 12:00 PM

Anyone think that Opera introducing her as “Sarah Palin”, and not ‘former Governor Sarah Palin’ or ‘Governor Sarah Palin’ was a bit rude? I believe the protocol for introducing someone who has held high office is to always use their former title in introducing them.

LibertarianRepublican on November 17, 2009 at 12:21 PM

Oprah, rather.

LibertarianRepublican on November 17, 2009 at 12:21 PM

McCain staffers have been trashing and blaming Palin for a long time. Their denials ring a little hollow considering the hostility they’ve shown to her for a year or so now.

Dark Eden on November 17, 2009 at 12:35 PM

Why are there so many damn Palin posts?

True_King

An overz[j]ealous AP bent on her destruction…on behalf of his Master, The One.

klickink.wordpress.com on November 17, 2009 at 12:40 PM

***
Sarah Palin did a good job during the interview clips. Oprah treated her fairly. However, this was a “fluff” interview–no real questions on Sarah’s conservative “street creds”, etc. That’s not what Oprah’s viewers want to see–they want insights into the Sarah’Cuda’s life from a woman’s point of view. Sarah stayed “on topic” during the interview.
***
John Bibb
***

rocketman on November 17, 2009 at 12:41 PM

Watching this morning the View.

Way fun!

Not so much this blog.

AnninCA on November 17, 2009 at 1:05 PM

Barbara is defending her on the Newsweek cover.

*hehe

AnninCA on November 17, 2009 at 1:07 PM

AP is trying to head off a GOP disaster in 2012 if the Palinistas here get their way.

Bill Blizzard343 on November 16, 2009 at 11:31 PM

“Is it snowing in here, or WHAT???”

Lin Ye-Tang on “The Sammy Maudlin Show”

Del Dolemonte on November 17, 2009 at 1:07 PM

Thanks for the link to the vids, AP.

Palin is going after the ‘perception’ the media gave of her last fall. That campaign will only work with open minds and since independent voters are falling off the Obama bandwagon in torrents, Palin has real opportunity here.

Just as people realize they were lied to about Obama, they may come to the conclusion they were just as deceived about Palin. Three percent is all we need.

Carolina Kat on November 17, 2009 at 1:07 PM

This blog is very much AGAINST Palin.

That is now very clear to me.

What would be welcomed?

A clue to where to go.

This blog is not for me. The conservative view is not my cuppa tea, on many issues.

But I like Sarah and her more commonsense approach.

Any suggestions, folks?

AnninCA on November 17, 2009 at 1:09 PM

Wow, 4 pages of comments, and only about 3 trolls showed up. And all of their “posts” were Amateur Hour.

I didn’t watch the interview, but it sounds like Sarah popped a lot of Leftist’s balloons with her demeanor versus Harpo.

Del Dolemonte on November 17, 2009 at 1:10 PM

Seriously, it’s an open forum, so I think it’s Ok to share with me.

Hot Air is turning into a very strange blog.

Conservative but with choke-holds.

Where would someone like me go?

AnninCA on November 17, 2009 at 1:11 PM

Sarah is on Rush RIGHT NOW

Blacksmith8 on November 17, 2009 at 1:13 PM

Breathe a sigh of relief. Johnson’s johnson will be kept under wraps in Playgirl.

http://www.dlisted.com/node/34855

Apologetic California on November 16, 2009 at 8:08 PM

They can’t afford to send microscopes with every magazine.

Mommynator on November 17, 2009 at 1:15 PM

She got giddy when Rush asked about NY-23

uknowmorethanme on November 17, 2009 at 1:17 PM

Rush listeners are getting a version of Sarah they’ve rarely been allowed to hear. Awesomness!

pugwriter on November 17, 2009 at 1:22 PM

NO ONE articulates Conservative principles as she does…. Wonderful!!!!

highninside on November 17, 2009 at 1:25 PM

Illegal immigrant means illegal for a reason! Alright, she had me at hello. PLEASE PLEASE enforce the law, Sarah.

HornetSting on November 17, 2009 at 1:30 PM

Where would someone like me go?

AnninCA on November 17, 2009 at 1:11 PM

Where you belong. Kos or Huff Post.

HornetSting on November 17, 2009 at 1:32 PM

HOW can this woman and her ideas and ideals NOT turn on everyone and anyone that loves America???? Thanks Rush and GO Sarah in 2012. Great interview!!!

highninside on November 17, 2009 at 1:33 PM

NO ONE articulates Conservative principles as she does…. Wonderful!!!!

highninside on November 17, 2009 at 1:25 PM

She does make it sound so simple. It’s not like there aren’t other good communicators out there in the GOP. Romney, Huckster, and Jindal are all articulate, but she’s got that ability to make it sound like she’s speaking directly to you. The only other politican in recent memory who could do that was Clinton(Slick, not Hillary).

Doughboy on November 17, 2009 at 1:38 PM

Direction advice, please! A more conservative blog that is NOT anti-Palin.

I think I’ve given this blog plenty of try-outs.

It’s always the same.

AnninCA on November 17, 2009 at 1:39 PM

Sarah was great on Rush’s show. It was a great idea for him to make the interview issue-oriented in order to show the listeners how articulate she is.

kingsjester on November 17, 2009 at 1:41 PM

Love Sarah. Just wish she wouldn’t highlight her hair with blonde streaks. I like her as the natural dark-haired beauty she is.

Also, I wish she had come to NYC for her book tour. There would have been a huge turnout for her. I think they made a big mistake by excluding big urban ‘blue’ cities. Her book publicist should have known better than to do that.

Urban Infidel on November 17, 2009 at 1:45 PM

Sarah was great on Rush’s show. It was a great idea for him to make the interview issue-oriented in order to show the listeners how articulate she is.

kingsjester on November 17, 2009 at 1:41 PM

Absolutely!

HornetSting on November 17, 2009 at 1:45 PM

Also, I wish she had come to NYC for her book tour. There would have been a huge turnout for her. I think they made a big mistake by excluding big urban ‘blue’ cities. Her book publicist should have known better than to do that.

Urban Infidel on November 17, 2009 at 1:45 PM

I hope she makes it to Houston. It’s a big city, but it’s in a conservative state.

As for skipping a lot of blue parts of the country, I don’t agree with that strategery either. But I also have a sneaking suspicion that A) this won’t be the last book she writes before 2012 and B) she’ll have another reason to tour the entire country in both 2010 and 2012.

Doughboy on November 17, 2009 at 1:52 PM

Any suggestions, folks?

AnninCA on November 17, 2009 at 1:09 PM

Well Ann, if I may. I might recommend this site as a primer into the mind of real issue minded Conservative bloggers. I think most of the time, Liberals miss the basic concept of this source of info to their, and our, detrement.

hawkdriver on November 17, 2009 at 2:00 PM

Where would someone like me go?

AnninCA on November 17, 2009 at 1:11 PM

Far,far away,please.
Why does everyoe have to agree with you?

katy the mean old lady on November 17, 2009 at 2:03 PM

hawkdriver on November 17, 2009 at 2:00 PM

+1000

katy the mean old lady on November 17, 2009 at 2:04 PM

katy the mean old lady on November 17, 2009 at 2:03 PM

All her posts are nothing but attempts to hijack the thread and make herself the center of attention.

kingsjester on November 17, 2009 at 2:05 PM

Any suggestions, folks?

AnninCA on November 17, 2009 at 1:09 PM

Gateway pundit is one just look to the right on hotair mainpage for links.
Hotair in not anti-palin but in fact very pro-palin
This is mostly a gimmick Allahpundit uses to gin up commenters. Posting up stuff about Palin all the time.
If it didn’t get many comments he would not do it near as much as he does.

kangjie on November 17, 2009 at 2:05 PM

Bill Blizzard on November 17, 2009 at 2:34 AM

Where did you buy your crystal ball?

unclesmrgol on November 17, 2009 at 2:06 PM

Sarah was great on Rush’s show. It was a great idea for him to make the interview issue-oriented in order to show the listeners how articulate she is.

kingsjester on November 17, 2009 at 1:41 PM

For those of us who missed and if you the time please recap a little.

kangjie on November 17, 2009 at 2:06 PM

Sarah rocked Harpo’s world.

omnipotent on November 17, 2009 at 2:07 PM

kangjie on November 17, 2009 at 2:06 PM

It is posted on Rush Limbaugh’s website already.

Dire Straits on November 17, 2009 at 2:11 PM

kangjie on November 17, 2009 at 2:06 PM
It is posted on Rush Limbaugh’s website already.

Dire Straits on November 17, 2009 at 2:11 PM

In fact, here is the transcript.

kingsjester on November 17, 2009 at 2:13 PM

Barren lefty women (like orca) often act mystified on how a conservative woman could have multiple kids AND a career AND a hubby AND a discipline like running AND a positive outlook. Liberalism = envy

Ris4victory on November 16, 2009 at 8:30 PM

There’s a lot to this.
Many ‘lefty’ women I’ve known often ‘choose’ not to have children, or if they do have them, they are always too busy ‘volunteering’ or ‘working’ to raise their own children.
Many of these types of woman are just what you say-envious/jelous.
It is probably unnerving for them to see a beautiful & competent woman like SP love & raise her children with a supportive (& hot ;)) hubby like Todd at her side.
Bitter feminists are nothing but envious, jelous, harpy-like toads bent on the destruction of good people, like SP.
I won’t watch the interview (bcs I have no TV & my internet at school’s blocking everything interesting), but I wish I could.
And it would certainly be the last time I’d watch Oprah-she’s an idiot (progressive-humanist type idiot).
I still can’t believe my religous, sweet, 87yo grandmother likes Oprah. I swear she has no idea how these ‘progressive’ attitudes & ideas damage the American social fabric.

Badger40 on November 17, 2009 at 2:34 PM

jealous

DUH

Badger40 on November 17, 2009 at 2:35 PM

kangjie on November 17, 2009 at 2:06 PM
It is posted on Rush Limbaugh’s website already.

Dire Straits on November 17, 2009 at 2:11 PM

In fact, here is the transcript.

kingsjester on November 17, 2009 at 2:13 PM

Ah yes, thank yall

kangjie on November 17, 2009 at 2:54 PM

I don’t really like Palin but she did very well in this interview. If she had done this type of interview with Oprah they would have done better. It shows that McCain’s team did her a disservice by trying to control her.

Decider on November 17, 2009 at 3:27 PM

Sarah was great on Rush’s show. It was a great idea for him to make the interview issue-oriented in order to show the listeners how articulate she is.

kingsjester on November 17, 2009 at 1:41 PM

She should stay away from wingnut radio. Her approval and status will go up if she stops talking to Rush and his ilk.

Decider on November 17, 2009 at 3:30 PM

Decider on November 17, 2009 at 3:30 PM

Yep. Then her ratings will skyrocket among you and the rest of the 20 people that watch MSNBC.

kingsjester on November 17, 2009 at 3:45 PM

AnninCA

There are lots of sites for Sarah supporters, just do a search. But HA is a lot of fun and if you like Sarah then stay and defend her.

beachgirlusa on November 17, 2009 at 4:04 PM

Apparently posing in short shorts for a running magazine that ends up becoming the cover of Newsweek is “sexist.”

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ynews/20091117/pl_ynews/ynews_pl984

Dickie Dunn on November 17, 2009 at 4:08 PM

. . . and his ilk.

Decider on November 17, 2009 at 3:30 PM

Hey. *I* am his ilk.

Tennman on November 17, 2009 at 4:24 PM

Oprah is pulling out all the stops this week. First Palin, and today she has Jenna Jameson.

hawksruleva on November 17, 2009 at 5:03 PM

Oprah was cordial but distant.

Rational Thought on November 16, 2009 at 8:12 PM

Yep. It’s difficult interviewing someone you have to pretend not to hate.

Nalea on November 17, 2009 at 7:49 PM

Not matter how tempting the subject, I’d rather eat bees that watch Harpo. She gives me gas.

Fed45 on November 17, 2009 at 8:24 PM

agree. She liked her. But then, so did Tina Fey.

AnninCA on November 16, 2009 at 8:15 PM

What is a Tina Fey?

Fed45 on November 17, 2009 at 8:32 PM

Fed45

She’s the girl on SNL who spoofs Palin:
http://www.televisionando.it/img/palin_fey.jpg

beachgirlusa on November 17, 2009 at 9:17 PM

SNL=Saturday Night Live

beachgirlusa on November 17, 2009 at 9:18 PM

I GOT MY PALIN BOOK TODAY!!!!

I GOT MY BOOK! I GOT MY BOOK! I GOT MY BOOK!

Mo2Do on November 17, 2009 at 11:20 PM

Think about this – it took a huge measure of self-control for a pregnant woman to wait a few days to be able to properly tell her husband that their child will be born with Down’s Syndrome. Continuing with her work and travel commitments, while holding this news in her heart, took strength. I like a leader with that kind of genuine compassion and strength.

redwhiteblue on November 17, 2009 at 11:44 PM

I GOT MY PALIN BOOK TODAY!!!!

I GOT MY BOOK! I GOT MY BOOK! I GOT MY BOOK!

Mo2Do on November 17, 2009 at 11:20 PM

/facepalm

eh on November 18, 2009 at 12:46 AM

If we had a male equivalent of Sarah Palin we wouldn’t need Sarah Palin. I’m ticked we have to send our mother in to stick up for us in a fight.

johnnyU on November 18, 2009 at 4:35 AM

When will soeone pull Hillary CLinton out from behind the curtain to see what the hell she’s doing? Oh she’s witing to pounce. First lady, next Senator, then Sec. of State, uh….. hmmmm, nah no pattern that I can tell. She’s the next sucker punch.

johnnyU on November 18, 2009 at 4:37 AM

I’d suffer 1000 stings, from 1000 bees, from raiding 1000 hives, to taste honey half as sweet as she is saucy….

DJcool on November 18, 2009 at 5:51 AM

To anyone who has only seen these clips at the Beast: do yourself a favor and catch the full segments of this interview. The full segments show just how good, even dominant, Sarah was. That doesn’t come through as much on those 10 clips I saw.

RD on November 18, 2009 at 6:41 AM

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