Sarah Palin

Sarah Palin

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Sarah Palin is an American author, former Governor of Alaska and former Republican Vice Presidential nominee in the 2008 Presidential election. Palin is known for her conservative political leanings and endorsement of the Tea Party movement.

Political Career

In 1992, Palin was elected to the City Council in Wasilla, Alaska. In 1996, Palin was elected mayor of Wasilla, defeating incumbent John Stein. In 2006, she defeated Frank Murkowski in the Republican gubernatorial primary in Alaska. In November, Palin went on to defeat Demoncrat Tony Knowles and became the state’s first female governor. In 2008, Palin was selected as Republican presidential candidate John McCain’s running mate. The pair were defeated by Democratic candidates Barack Obama and Joe Biden in the November election.

Online History

On August 29th, 2008, the official “Sarah Palin” Facebook[1] page was launched, garnering upwards of 4.2 million likes in the next six years. In August 2009, Palin created a feed on Twitter,[2] gathering more than 1.08 million followers in five years.

2008 United States Vice-Presidential Debate

2008 Vice Presidential Debate was a televised debate between the vice-presidential candidates Joe Biden and Sarah Palin in October of 2008. Watched by nearly 70 million U.S. television viewers and people online, the debate inspired a number of parodies online.


On July 18th, 2010, Palin tweeted a comment regarding a planned Cordoba House project, also known as the “Ground Zero Mosque”, in New York City. Followers began to notice that Palin had invented the word “refudiate” in the tweet, for which there was no known definition. The tweet was quickly taken down, but screenshots of the tweet were subsequently posted on various sites around the web. The next day, Palin sent out another tweet embracing the newly coined word, going as far as to compare herself to William Shakespeare.

This inspired the creation of a new hashtag on Twitter, #shakespalin, #bardofwasilla and #cariboubardbie that would take famous quotes from Shakespeare’s plays and comedically intertwine them with quotes from Sarah Palin or comments on her personality. On November 15th, 2010 “refudiate” was named one of Oxford English Dictionary’s ‘Top Words of 2010’.[3]

Sarah Palin Rap Facts

In May 2011, Palin raised an issue with the White House inviting Grammy-winning rapper and actor Common to a poetry event hosted by the first lady. The Twitter hashtag #PalinRapFacts was subsequently launched, which featured tongue-in-cheek tweets about Sarah Palin being at the center of major events throughout the history of hip hop.


In June 2011, The Daily Show Twitter teed launched the hashtag #AccordingtoPalin to satirize Palin’s inaccurate description of American patriot Paul Revere’s heroic “Midnight Ride” in the early stage of the Revolutionary War. The hashtag was typically used to preface an ignorant, historically non-factual claim in jest.

News Channel

In July 2014, Palin announced she would be launching a online news channel titled “The Sarah Palin Channel,”[4] charging subscribers $9.95 per month. The channel promised to “go beyond the soundbites and the media’s politically correct filter to get to the truth.”

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External References

[1]Facebook – Sarah Palin

[2]Twitter – @SarahPalinUSA

[3]Oxford University Press Blog – OUP USA 2010 Word of the Year: Refudiate

[4]Sarah Palin Channel – Sarah Palin Channel

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