Opinion: Sarah Palin ‘goes dark’ on Twitter


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She hasn’t tweeted all week. Has Sarah Palin ‘gone dark?’

That’s the word from AL-ASK-AH, where the self-retired former governor has left the hearts of Twitter fans all aflutter. Since she quit on Sunday, bowing out 18 months before her term ended, the ex-governor, ex-mayor of Wasilla and ex-vice presidential candidate has also exited the microblogging service without so much as a, well, tweet.

And her Facebook fans are logging such plaintive queries as: ‘Is there any way you could somehow let us know you’re reading this? Maybe a little tweet sometime when you get your Twitter up again.’


In her final months as governor, Palin was all over Twitter, tweeting about state business and other subjects, the Associated Press in Anchorage noted, ‘including domestic energy development, the death of Alaska-based soldiers and dismissals of ethics complaints against her. Nearing her gubernatorial departure, she indicated she would use a personal account on Twitter to continue to stay in touch and more freely speak her mind.’ ‘10 dys til less politically correct twitters fly frm my fingertps outside State site,’ the then-governor tweeted July 17.

Palin attorney Thomas Van Flein promises that Palin will return to Twitter. And some fans think she deserves a 140-character rest. ‘Sarah can’t even go 4 days without tweeting?’ commented one Facebook supporter. ‘I think she’s smart to go ’dark’ for a while.’

-- Mark Silva