Sarah Palin: Is a title worth it? Palinism

Palinisms: Did She Really Say That?

Did she really say that?
Sept. 30 2011 4:25 PM


Did Sarah Palin really say that?


"[I]s a title worth it? Does a title shackle a person? Are they-someone like me, who's a maverick-you know, I do go rogue and I call it like I see it, and I don't mind stirring it up in order to get people to think and debate aggressively, and to find solutions to or the problems that our country is facing. Somebody like me-is a title and is a campaign too shackling? Does that prohibit me from being out there, out of a box, not allowing handlers to shape me and to force my message to be what donors or what contributors or what political pundits want it to be? Does a title take away my freedom to call it like I see it and to affect positive change that we need in this country? That's the biggest contemplation piece in my process. "—in an interview with Fox News' Greta van Susteren, discussing her deliberation about whether to run for president, Sept. 27, 2011

Jacob Weisberg is chairman and editor-in-chief of The Slate Group and author of The Bush Tragedy. Follow him on Twitter.

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