Remember when Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin was generating overflow crowds as Sen. John McCain’s vice presidential running mate in 2008?

Barack Obama won the Electoral College by 192 votes (365-173) and the popular vote by 8.5 million. McCain did win Missouri by 1 percent but not Jackson County, as it went 62 to 37 percent for Obama.

Remember when Palin and McCain came to John Knox Village Pavilion in Lee’s Summit that September? A capacity crowd of some 5,000-plus appeared, but only 3,000 made it inside.

Three of my Republican friends were fortunate enough to get inside. However, the Secret Service confiscated their umbrellas and those of all others for fear of a terrorist attack. My friends, like millions of other Republicans, soon began to wonder about the many verbal Palin faux pas and her flameout on CBS News with Katie Couric.

Since her ignominious fall from GOP graces Palin has reinvented herself as the spokesperson for the fanatical right wing of the GOP – the Tea Party.

She now has called for the impeachment of President Obama, claiming 25 impeachable offenses that include actions taken on immigration and Obamacare, and she has assailed Speaker of the House John Boehner’s plan to sue the president.

“You don’t bring a lawsuit to a gunfight, and there’s no room for lawyers on our front lines,” she said.

Boehner responded by simply saying, “I disagree.”

She also claimed Americans are frustrated that Congress is not exercising its constitutional power to impeach the president.

Not true, according to a NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Annenberg poll in which 54 percent of voters say they would prefer she be less outspoken in political debates. That includes nearly four in 10 Republicans.

The 2012 HBO blockbuster movie “Game Change” revealed Palin’s many intellectually shortcomings. It centered on her and on Republican strategist and McCain adviser Steve Schmidt. Schmidt called the move true to the real-life story.

Palin said the film was based on a “false narrative” and that she was unconcerned with being “in the good graces of Hollywood’s Team Obama.”

Last Sunday U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder told ABC News, “She wasn’t a particularly good vice presidential candidate. She’s an even worse judge of who ought to be impeached and why.”


I give you President John Adams’ toast: Independence forever.

Jerry Plantz lives in Lee’s Summit. His website is at Reach him at