Originally Posted by FairyChatMom
This is probably a separate rant, but once an office holder is out of office, the title of that office no longer applies. Hence Sarah Palin should no longer be called Governor Palin, nor should Dick Cheney be called Vice-President. Period. Same for former presidents, mayors, aldermen, senators, etc...
Traditionally, only the titles Governor and Ambassador stick with the holder when his term of service is completed.
Thus, Senator George Aiken left the Senate in 1975, and was quite properly referred to as "Governor Aiken" for the rest of his days (he was governor back in the 1930s). Similarly, Elliot Richardson was correctly known as "Ambassador Richardson" right up until his death in 1999, even though his ambassadorship was completed in 1975.
You are correct with respect to all other office holders. It is incorrect to speak of Presidents Clinton or Bush (either of them), or Congressman Armey, or Mayor Guilliani.
Palin, on the other hand, IS correctly addressed as Governor.
(Citation: Judith Martin's Guide to Excruciatingly Correct Behavior