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No 'Gotcha' Moments In Palin Emails

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) in New York City on May 31, 2011.
Craig Ruttle
Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) in New York City on May 31, 2011.

Hindsight is 20-20.

And in hindsight, we're glad we haven't invested a lot of time in the thousands of emails from Sarah Palin's time as governor of Alaska (beyond a post that said the emails would be released and another on the day they were about the news media's rush to read them).

The Anchorage Daily News' take on what's in the emails: "There are no bombshells, no 'gotcha' moments. ... [They] paint a picture of an image-conscious leader involved with the day-to-day duties of running the state and riding herd on the signature issues of her administration."

And The Wall Street Journal says "the more than 24,000 pages of public emails to and from Sarah Palin have so far produced no major revelations about her tenure as Alaska governor. But they've painted a behind-the-scenes portrait of her as focused on her state, with few close ties to the national Republican Party or its key issues."

Still, The New York Times does add that the emails "undercut simplistic views of her, both positive and negative."

If you want to see the emails, .

Palin, the 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee, is always in the discussion when there's talk about 2012 presidential contenders. She has not, though, officially declared whether she will or won't run.

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