Steve Schmidt: Nominating Palin would be “catastrophic” for the GOP; Update: Video added

posted at 11:10 am on October 2, 2009 by Allahpundit

Despite his denials, he and Nicolle Wallace have always been prime suspects in the leaks aimed at her by unnamed McCain staffers, thanks in part to tense campaign-era e-mail exchanges between Palin and Schmidt having magically appeared in print a few months ago. I guess he figures he’s going to take a beating in her new book, so here he is landing the first punch:

“I think that she has talents, but my honest view is that she would not be a winning candidate for the Republican candidate in 2012, and in fact, were she to be the nominee, we would have a catastrophic election result.”

“In the year since the election has ended, she has done nothing to expand her appeal beyond the base. … Th[e] independent vote is going to be up for grabs in 2012. That middle of the electorate is going to be determinative of the outcome of the elections. I just don’t see that if you look at the things she has done over the year… that she is going to expand that base in the middle.”

Schmidt is the highest ranking former member of McCain’s inner circle to openly criticize Palin. He has largely remain silent since the election, being one of the few McCain staff members privy to entire vice presidential selection process. Partisan political allies have blamed Schmidt for unflattering leaks — including the famous, unattributed quote that Palin had “gone rogue” in the final weeks of the campaign. Schmidt has denied being the source of the leaks, though he has acknowledged tensions with Palin during the campaign.

There’ll be no such thing as a “catastrophic” GOP nominee so long as unemployment remains in the toilet, which, given today’s worse-than-expected numbers — including a real rate of 17 percent if you include “discouraged workers” — it looks set to do for a bad long awhile. Here’s the obligatory link to the updated chart at Innocent Bystanders comparing the actual rate to The One’s moronic pre-stimulus fantasyland projections. Note that the White House has unemployment projected for 5.5 percent or so in late 2012, a number that’s likely to haunt them during the next campaign. So long as things are this tough, Obama won’t have a cakewalk against anyone, Palin included.

But that avoids Schmidt’s basic point, i.e. would nominating Palin give The One a better chance than nominating someone else? She does have trouble with independents, although she may be in the process of addressing that by refashioning herself as a strong-form libertarian. She has huge problems with women. And given the image that’s taken hold of her, in Krauthammer’s words, as someone unduly dependent on “platitudes and cliches,” nominating her would turn an election that’s supposed to be a referendum on Obama’s first term into a referendum on whether Sarah Palin knows what she’s talking about. Every misstep and error when discussing policy on the trail will be magnified through the lens of the Tina Fey “I can see Russia from my house” nonsense; the Democrats and the media will frame her as a female Dan Quayle and contrast Obama’s four years of presidential experience with centrists’ doubts about her qualifications. It’s not that she’ll have to be able to talk policy as fluently as any other candidate, she’ll have to be able to talk about it more fluently to scrub the media image of her as an ignoramus. It’s not impossible but … it’s tough.

Schmidt obviously realizes, though, that she’ll have huge right-wing grassroots/media support in the primary; read down towards the end of the Atlantic piece linked above and you’ll find him warning that “The leadership of the party cannot be outsourced to the conservative-entertainment complex.” Does the “conservative-entertainment complex” really have that much power, though? Exit quotation:

The rise of Beck, Hannity, Bill O’Reilly and the rest has correlated almost perfectly with the decline of the G.O.P. But it’s not because the talk jocks have real power. It’s because they have illusory power, because Republicans hear the media mythology and fall for it every time.

Update: Here’s the clip of Schmidt, anticipating that he’ll come off in Palin’s book as “anti-rogue.”



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JetBoy on October 2, 2009 at 12:15 PM

1. You’re not a conservative. You voted for Backdoor John McCain.

2. You don’t have common sense. You voted for Backdoor John McCain.

3. Your opinion of what constitutes a good candidate should count for jacksh*t. You voted for Backdoor John McCain.

4. Shut up. You voted for Backdoor John McCain.

austinnelly on October 2, 2009 at 2:39 PM

JetBoy on October 2, 2009 at 12:15 PM

JetBoy,

Other than Newt, what other conservatives are out there?

There are none. DeMint is a white southerner.

She has the message. Give her a year and a half up to where the GOP primary starts and see what the country’s impression is.

Believe me, if we had the perfect candidate, we’d all be on board already.

Sapwolf on October 2, 2009 at 2:39 PM

No, what would be ‘catastrophic’ would be to run another old white RINO for their candidate. Conservatives learned the hard way just recently (or at least some of us did) about what happens when they get into office.

If the GOP stupidly nominates such a person, they are utterly finished for the next couple generations and possibly forever as we know it currently.

Barring a miracle, it’s either Palin or Ron Paul next election or the United States is finished. Oh yes – and there also has to be a congress that doesn’t oppose them so much that they can’t get anything done.

Dark-Star on October 2, 2009 at 2:42 PM

If he thinks Sarah’s toast, she is.

Bleeds Blue on October 2, 2009 at 11:36 AM

LOL. Translation: OMG, My man Steve is scared silly of this woman and so am I — Ahhhhrrrggg!!!!

littleguy on October 2, 2009 at 11:51 AM

Yeah — he career so awesome that I’m trembling in my boots. Lets see: mediocre mayor of tiny town, failed VP candidate, quitter governor. Yep, she’s a juggernaut all right.

You guys are like bettors who put all their money on the home team no matter how bad the odds are, because you’re so blinded by hormones that you forget to think.

I’ll bet you think her Hong Kong speech was brilliant, too.

Bleeds Blue on October 2, 2009 at 11:56 AM

Shorter Bleeds Blue: ad hominem

Can’t we get a better class of troll?

tom on October 2, 2009 at 2:42 PM

Todd resigned his job? Great news. Glad Sarah got such a huge book advance. Now the 2 of them can be a team to get Sarah out in front of people, as well as have some hands on parenting for the kids, too. This is great news. We have a power couple here in the making. Go Sarah, GO!!!!!!!

karenhasfreedom on October 2, 2009 at 2:47 PM

I was shocked, SHOCKED at the vitriol displayed by the other females in my life when Sarah Palin came up in conversation. I heard every reason they didn’t like except a rational reason to dislike a candidate- policy and character. Every lie, distortion and joke was taken as the absolute truth and any attempt to reason with these females was met with irrational hatred. It made me ashamed of so many women in my life, all of whom believe themselves to be feminists.

Monica on October 2, 2009 at 11:24 AM

Yep. Women more than men have the crab mentality.

They are very hard on each other. I worked in Mexico one year and boy did you see it in action there.

The main reason why women don’t get ahead is because other women put them down.

Sarah only needs to split the women’s vote. The men will vote for her if the economy is still bad. And if she improves 10-15% amongst Hispanics, she’ll take the western states back.

Remember that she only has to take back 4-5% of the popular vote and win the red states back. I believe she has a shot at Iowa and New Hampshire if she performs well and Obama keeps going hard left.

Sapwolf on October 2, 2009 at 2:49 PM

What if Rubio beats Crist, and then Sarah picks him as her running mate?

Lookin good for 2012 ain’t it?

Sapwolf on October 2, 2009 at 2:51 PM

Midas on October 2, 2009 at 11:30 AM

And that is why you lose.

Axelrod is counting on YOU to despair.

Don’t be so wussy. Hang in there. Be patient. Watch how things develop.

Let Sarah be Sarah. She has all the tools. What she now needs is us.

Sapwolf on October 2, 2009 at 2:54 PM

The rise of Beck, Hannity, Bill O’Reilly and the rest has correlated almost perfectly with the decline of the G.O.P. But it’s not because the talk jocks have real power. It’s because they have illusory power, because Republicans hear the media mythology and fall for it every time.

Misreading the American conservative at large again.

The “GOP” has lost power because it is tone deaf to the normal every day American conservative who keeps telling them to quit spending and trying to buy votes from people who would rather have the old message. Dhimmicrats and Republicans both believe the only way to win elections is to buy enough swing votes to win. Both tend to neglect their base once the primaries are over in a chase to win the Hispanic votes and the independents. This is stupid.

The vast majority of Americans want their country run the way their households should be run. Save our money. Educate our kids. Defend our citizenry from harm. And stop giving stuff away to people who don’t deserve it or work for it in judgments, verdicts, and welfare.

The rise of Beck, Hannity, O’Reilly, Limbaugh has coincided with the disenfranchisement of exactly the people the Republican party used to represent, but whom they left behind in search of ever more stupid ways to buy Hispanic and independent votes. Those folks have to live here too. Save America first, then worry about whether the Hispanics and independents are following your lead. Idiots.

This is all about strategy to win a certain election. Instead, build a winning movement, with a common sense message (like conservative fiscal sense with a conservative, but laissez faire attitude towards social issues) and voters will flock to your flag. Stand for something and stick with it. Jackasses.

Mr. Schmidt is an idiot.

Subsunk

Subsunk on October 2, 2009 at 12:04 PM

Exactly. Schmidt confuses cause and effect. The rise of Beck, Hannity, et al is a symptom of the fact that conservatives have been abandoned by Democrats, the MSM (but I repeat myself), and even the GOP. By abandoning their own base, the GOP has created a vacuum for all the above, and then some.

If you confuse cause and effect, you’re going to promote exactly the wrong course of action.

Which pretty well explains the 2008 election.

tom on October 2, 2009 at 2:55 PM

Screw U Steve. Go home and take McCain and his homely daughter with u.

jarhead0311 on October 2, 2009 at 2:57 PM

Can’t be more catastrophic than the last election result.

Palin 2012!

NoLeftTurn on October 2, 2009 at 3:02 PM

Weren’t most of those so called ‘risen’ right talk show hosts on FOX already there? They didn’t suddenly materialize out of thin air–certainly not Rush. The difference is that events have surfaced that make what they’ve been saying right along very, very relevant. We’re not ‘falling for’ anything. On the contrary, they are saying what we are thinking these days.

jeanie on October 2, 2009 at 3:04 PM

I don’t know who will get the nom in 2012, but it sure as won’t be Sarah Palin. Unless, you want to see Palin get rolled like Mondale did in 1984.

Moesart on October 2, 2009 at 12:44 PM

Ya i’ll never forget all the excitment Mondale created among the general public./not

heshtesh on October 2, 2009 at 3:04 PM

The only reason I became excited about McCain’s campaign was because of Palin.

If the same folks pop up in the next cycle, minus Palin, I will only be voting AGAINST the Democrats and NOT FOR the Republicans.

TexasDude on October 2, 2009 at 3:07 PM

So who was the other guy to the right of Schmidt who quickly made it clear that he endorsed Sarah for 2012?

I agree that Schmidt probably knows he’s about to get hammered in Sarah’s new book and figures he better get his digs in now while he can. After her book nobody may want him for their future campaign.

shmendrick on October 2, 2009 at 3:08 PM

The question never asked is whether they would support a Palin run if she gets the Republican nod.

In the last election, I held my nose and voted for McCain because I knew that Obama would be so much worse. Many talking-heads and pundits swung to Obama. They should finish every piece they say or write with an abject apology.

Laurence on October 2, 2009 at 3:09 PM

Gov. Palin, the country awaits you… iIn a related story: Shut the F@@k up Steve Schmidt!!

WordsMatter on October 2, 2009 at 3:11 PM

Unless something major happens between now and then, nominating Palin WOULD be a disaster for the GOP. That’s just the reality, whether you like Palin or not….and I like her. But she has no shot to win the election.

xblade on October 2, 2009 at 3:13 PM

Oh my goodness. I had never seen this fat, bald, drooling dork before. He says “uh…” more than O’Bozo without a teleprompter.

I think I know why McCain’s campaign was such a disorganized, chaotic mess.

Jaibones on October 2, 2009 at 3:15 PM

We conservatives should listen to this great mind Schmidt.after all we all know what a great campaign he ran for McCain and he in tight with people and reporters at the NYT.

thmcbb on October 2, 2009 at 3:25 PM

This guy ran the worst presidential campaign in the history of American politics and he’s got something to say?

Amazing.

David2.0 on October 2, 2009 at 3:37 PM

The greatest sin the politicians and political parties make is to assume its constituents or members are stupid or brain-dead, that they don’t know what is going on.

And the second huge mistake they make is to talk in elitist language with $10 words that only intellectual snobs can understand; it may be because they are intellectual elitist snobs themselves.

Sarah Palin transcends both problems. In her HK speech she referred to ‘the throws the bums (Republicans and Democrats) out’ mentality in the tea party movement and the thing she is knocked for in not being an eiitist is what endears her to millions of her supporters; she speaks as an ordinary person with wisdom and can be understood by the average person.

technopeasant on October 2, 2009 at 3:40 PM

And the second huge mistake they make is to talk in elitist language with $10 words that only intellectual snobs can understand; it may be because they are intellectual elitist snobs themselves.

Give. Me. A. Break.

And you wonder why the right is stereotyped as knuckle-draggers?

Grow Fins on October 2, 2009 at 3:54 PM

I like Palin, but her negatives among the general public are waaaay too high. It’s completely unfair, but she has been Dan Quayle’d by the left. It will take many years (decade +?) and a long time in the public eye to turn that around.

Clark1 on October 2, 2009 at 11:16 AM

She hasn’t even begun to work on turning around the false image the media created.

All she has to do is come out swinging with humor and honesty. The rest will play itself out.

True_King on October 2, 2009 at 4:03 PM

She hasn’t even begun to work on turning around the false image the media created.

Who’s she going to hire to do that?

Grow Fins on October 2, 2009 at 4:08 PM

Who’s she going to hire to do that?

Grow Fins on October 2, 2009 at 4:08 PM

Good question, who would work for her? You’d be exposed to almost the same level of mud-slinging, and if her bid for presidency failed your career would be ruined.

Dark-Star on October 2, 2009 at 4:16 PM

Last night John McCain had a fundraiser for Mitt Romney. That’s the “moderate” John McCain wants to help run the Republican Party.

If you have time, go over to race42012.com and read some of the articles about Mitt Romney. They want him to be the “moderate” candidate and get the Independent and Moderate Democrat voters (just like McCain). They mentioned Frum and Schmidt who are pushing Romney as the “Establishment Candidate”. After reading this article and seeing McCain give a fundraiser to Romney, I’m sure they are all behind Romney. Check it out!

VFT on October 2, 2009 at 4:17 PM

It is nice to see some conservatives like me with some common sense left.

:P

JetBoy on October 2, 2009 at 12:15 PM

You are NOT a conservative. If you had common sense, you wouldn’t do what you do and you sure as heck wouldn’t brag about it.

Who’s she going to hire to do that?

Grow Fins on October 2, 2009 at 4:08 PM

There’s nothing to turn around. Each personal attack is a fund-raiser. Please continue doing what you do. Thank you in advance.

platypus on October 2, 2009 at 4:20 PM

technopeasant on October 2, 2009 at 1:32 PM

Excellent points.

cs89 on October 2, 2009 at 4:30 PM

This is a person who supported McCain! I doubt their view has been changed and still feels someone like McCain would be the best candidate. But, for those of us who threw the lever for McCain but in our minds really cast our vote for Palin have been searching for someone who does not back away from their conservative views and is willing to back them up with action. This is why they don’t understand the tea parties and why we are frustrated with the Washington GOP supporting candidates like Crist instead of Rubio. This is why we have to work hard to not only replace the elected RINO’s but also the RINO pundits. The pundits are usually first in line to cut the legs out of any conservative challanger.

lwssdd on October 2, 2009 at 4:30 PM

After all of these anti-palin pieces, I’m beginning to think that some of these men don’t like her just because she’s a woman.

bridgetown on October 2, 2009 at 11:16 AM

All these anti-Palin pieces are convincing me that, whenever it may be, Palin will one day be our first woman president. You don’t catch that much fire for no reason.

ddrintn on October 2, 2009 at 4:39 PM

The “unspoken” issue is misogyny especially among certain evangelical groups who because of their religion cannot vote for a woman.

The caveat is that if Todd Palin supports his wife’s bid then that would be acceptable to these groups, as I understand it.

I wonder if this issue had anything to do with Todd’s resignation from his north slope job.

technopeasant on October 2, 2009 at 4:43 PM

technopeasant on October 2, 2009 at 4:43 PM

The Bible does have some things to say about women in leadership positions, but from what I can tell they appear to apply specifically to positions within the church.

And when the good alternatives are so very few…

Dark-Star on October 2, 2009 at 4:49 PM

Liz Cheney/Sarah Palin 2012 (either order)

Knott Buyinit on October 2, 2009 at 1:57 PM

That would be awesome! Liz has shown that she can take on the drive-by media all by herself so she could either take the lead or provide backup to Palin. All in all, neither would take any liberal prisoners.

docdave on October 2, 2009 at 4:55 PM

Dark-Star on October 2, 2009 at 4:49 PM

Several months ago it was brought to my attention that during the campaign Todd Palin was aked by the head of Baptist Leadership Conference Richard Land to address this issue and endorse his wife’s political ambitions, that they had his blessing. And it was because of the reluctance of some groups to vote for McCain if he was a heartbeat away from allowing Palin to become POTUS.

I would welcome any input on this issue. If I am full of s**t please tell me that I am.

technopeasant on October 2, 2009 at 4:57 PM

Hey, Schmidt…I look forward to the day where you and the rest of the RINOs have to go out and get real jobs…actually, I’m guessing you’ll just switch parties.

Be afraid, RINOs, be very afraid.

Dr. ZhivBlago on October 2, 2009 at 5:09 PM

What we need is a nice little 3-day SchmidtFest on Glenn Beck, just to see him squirm in the spotlight.

I’ve had it with all these guys saying she’s not wonkish enough. We put up a wonk named McCain and elected another one called Obama. How’s that workin’ out? Thank God we have a smart guy in the WH! /sarc

Dongemaharu on October 2, 2009 at 5:25 PM

…she may be in the process of addressing that by refashioning herself as a strong-form libertarian.

Try demonstrating instead. She has, per her record in public office, always been somewhat of a strong-form libertarian. If you weren’t such a religophobe, AP, you would have seen that long ago.

I think a lot of people who are pushing the “idiot theocrat” alarm will find egg on their faces come 2012, should she run and make it through the primaries. Those who dismiss her out of hand are in for a spanking.

Random Numbers (Brian Epps) on October 2, 2009 at 5:34 PM

Nominating Palin would be “catastrophic” for the GOP

… because nominating moderate, middle-of-the-road capitulating RINOs has been so successful, why would we want to deviate from a winning formula.

… oh, wait.

AZfederalist on October 2, 2009 at 5:35 PM

Schmidt is a loser. Literally.

kg598301 on October 2, 2009 at 5:40 PM

These RINO’s are quaking in their boots.

They think they have Palin figured out – they should know by now – those silly boys – that they aren’t half as smart as she!

If you could look into Sarah Palin’s brain and see her intentions for 2012 … what do think you’d see?

Don’t wonder about it – I will tell you …

Sarah Palin hasn’t made up her mind whether to run or not. What she’s thinking about – is how to get this nation back on a Conservative course. If it takes her running for President – then she probably will run.

If she can find someone else who has the best interests of the nation at heart and shares her views that conservative power comes from the conservative grass roots …

Then she’ll aid and abet that guy to get him into the Oval office.

Sarah is in this for a couple of things …

First is SERVICE TO COUNTRY.

Second is … TO STICK A FINGER IN THE EYES OF LIBERALS.

By becoming the defacto voice of the conservative grassroots – she can accomplish both. She doesn’t have to be President to do it – if we can find the right man or woman.

So to that little sissy Steve Schmidt – who’s just peeing in his pants at the thought of Sarah Palin getting the best of him … I say this … relax and enjoy the warmth bud – you’re about to be cuda’d.

HondaV65 on October 2, 2009 at 5:42 PM

Former McCain campaign manager Steve Schmidt predicts Palin could be ‘catastrophic’ for the GOP.

No Steve, YOU were catastrophic for the GOP. Go away, loser.

kg598301 on October 2, 2009 at 5:46 PM

Steve Scmidt is an idiot that should have learned from the castastrophe that he was a major player in causing by trying yo elect someone who has no base at all. Country Club Republicans are extinct everywhere but in their own delusional minds. Lets see how the funds roll in to support these RINO chumps. Without Palin on his ticket, McCain would’ve been another Walter Mondale.

volsense on October 2, 2009 at 5:46 PM

Steve Schmidt and others began using Palin as a scape goat for what was about to be a losing campaign a few weeks before the election. It was insidious and unprecedented to do to a running mate, a member of your “team.”
Clearly some people in that campaign never thought McCain should have picked her. Fine. At that point, either go with the program, or say you can’t abide by the decision and quit. That’s honorable. Helping the media and liberals pick her apart, and thus hurting your boss, the presidential candidate, is disgusting.
Steve Schmidt is done as a campaign manager in the GOP. So he has to make a few bucks on CNN or MSNBC as a Republican who will rip Plain. He disgusts me.

Shotgun Messiah on October 2, 2009 at 5:56 PM

How about a Romney/Liz Cheney ticket??

g2825m on October 2, 2009 at 6:54 PM

Why the hell would anyone listen Steve Schmidt about who is or isn’t a potential winning candidate for the GOP in 2012? After all he and his team lost the last campaign that they ran, which makes him a looser who should shut the hell up and stop reminding people of the really bad job that he did.

Hellrider on October 2, 2009 at 7:20 PM

Shmidt lost to an america-hating,jihad loving,neo-communist …..Hes a gutless POS who has no business talking about anyone.For Real.

theTarCzar on October 2, 2009 at 8:06 PM

Sarah Palin I know but who is Steve Schmidt?

JellyToast on October 2, 2009 at 8:30 PM

Ah, good ol’ Allah. You never quit pumping, do you? Better wake up. Palin is a loser. LET ME REPEAT: PALIN IS A LOSER.

End of story.

voxpopuli on October 2, 2009 at 10:44 PM

Why would anyone listen someone who shaves his head.

davod on October 2, 2009 at 10:45 PM

Allah:

Is this what passes for commentary these days.

davod on October 2, 2009 at 10:47 PM

Just maybe this guy never stopped working for McCain. After all, isn’t McCain out looking to fashion the GOP in his own image. Didn’t I read somewhere McCain is supporting Crist.

davod on October 2, 2009 at 11:00 PM

All these anti-Palin pieces are convincing me that, whenever it may be, Palin will one day be our first woman president. You don’t catch that much fire for no reason.

You catch that much fire because anyone on the right with have a brain knows this loser would be a disaster for our party and our country.

voxpopuli on October 2, 2009 at 11:01 PM

You catch that much fire because anyone on the right with have a brain knows this loser would be a disaster for our party and our country.

voxpopuli on October 2, 2009 at 11:01 PM

Really? Huckabee would be a disaster for this country. Everyone knows it. He doesn’t catch a tiny fraction of the fire Palin catches. I mean, there are lots of those you would call “losers” that you wouldn’t bother commenting on in blogs, because the loser sheen is pretty self-evident.

ddrintn on October 3, 2009 at 1:08 AM

People, Palin would be an embarrassment as a leader. She has done nothing to merit the presidency. Remember, it was McCain who raised her profile. She didn’t earn it.

We will make the same mistake the liberals made with Obama. The only difference is Palin doesn’t hate America like Obama does.

There is a better leader if you’d only wake up.

scotash on October 3, 2009 at 1:30 AM

The funny thing is that loser Steve Schmidt and quitter Sarah Palin are two peas in the same pod: bomb-throwers who have no real interest in interest or the truth who success lies in their ability to manufacture and exploit divisive issues. Palin’s “death panel” posting is the perfect example of a Steve Schmidt tactic: create a fake issue (remember “lipstick on a pig”?), make it simple enough that the moron majority can understand it, and say whatever it takes to get your name in the paper. If he thinks Sarah’s toast, she is.

Bleeds Blue on October 2, 2009 at 11:36 AM

One minor difference, Schmidt is a dumbass who never won an election.

Sarah’s “death panels” which were DEAD ON, changed history, stopped Changy McHopiness in his tracks! Had the Senate removing legislation they claimed didn’t exist. Totally got inside the Dear Leader’s head, and destroyed him.

Even if one accepts your premise that both of them are bomb throwers, and I do not, Schmidt has no arm. Palin is an all star pitcher!

Again, Schmidt is a bit player that no one knows of or cares about. Palin on the other hand is the superstar player who knows how to GET RESULTS!

Sarah wasn’t even close to being the first one to point out that Obamacare will lead to massive rationing of care, horrible quality of care, and suffer from lack of funds.

She was just the only one to be able to condense the argument down to a basic concept.

In sales and marketing, we consider people like Palin geniuses.

gary4205 on October 3, 2009 at 3:28 AM

STEVE SCHMIDT, BESIDES THE OLD MCCAIN, WAS THE REAL CATASTROPHE THAT EVERYONE CAN REALLY BELIEVE IN … DEMS AND REPS AND INDIES ALIKE!

TheAlamos on October 3, 2009 at 3:53 AM

People, Palin would be an embarrassment as a leader. She has done nothing to merit the presidency. Remember, it was McCain who raised her profile. She didn’t earn it.

Schmidt…is that you, Bro?

Well, we could get the original Grumpy Old Man up there and disappear inside our collective shell…or we could get the health care guy who looks like he was cast to play the part of the prez in a movie, or we could get the guitar-playing TV show guy who attacked the aforementioned presidential-looking guy in his book, or we could get the Minnesota gov who came up with the bright idea of taxing vehicle mileage (’cause, you know, the Dems need help in dreaming up new taxes)…

Once you go down the list that leaves Sarah Palin and Reagan, but last I heard, he’s dead and already served two terms anyway.

Dr. ZhivBlago on October 3, 2009 at 4:01 AM

People, Palin would be an embarrassment as a leader. She has done nothing to merit the presidency. Remember, it was McCain who raised her profile. She didn’t earn it.

We will make the same mistake the liberals made with Obama. The only difference is Palin doesn’t hate America like Obama does.

There is a better leader if you’d only wake up.

scotash on October 3, 2009 at 1:30 AM

Sarah Palin’s profile as a conservative reformist was almost perfect until McCain’s people touched on it.

Better leader? YOU? [Don't tell me about Romney, Huck, Ron, DeMint, Pawlenty, Barbour, Daniels, Crist, .... their profiles were long been trashed by the MSM. MSM has a complete arsenal to destroy their campaigns. Jindal is doing everything he can at the moment to re-align himself with the Global Warming Umbrella built by McCain.]

Plus, leader of what? RINOs who can win but just more of the same with Bush and Obama? NO WAY.

TheAlamos on October 3, 2009 at 4:01 AM

If Palin improves her in terms of articulating national policy, I think she has a decent chance of uniting the party.

However, I think she is being a lazy *** and not putting in the work….

Who knows? Maybe she is in it for the money only.

TimeTraveler on October 2, 2009 at 11:52 AM

I’ve seen you make some intelligent posts, and I’ve seen you make some stupid posts, but this one defies all description! “Stupierest?”

There’s not a lazy bone in Sarah Palin’s body. From every account, from her staffers, to campaign people who aren’t Schmidt and Wallace, they say Sarah is the biggest multi-tasking workahaulic they have ever seen!

Limitless energy!

After a long day of work, Sarah Palin’s idea of “taking it easy” is running 4 or 5 miles! In fact, she told Runner’s Word in an interview, that both crashed their servers and set a print issue sales record, that her biggest bitch on the campaign is she didn’t get enough running time!

Oh, and as we now know, she’s not been seen, except for her brilliant Facebook ass-whoopin’ of Obama, because she has spent night and day turning a lifetime worth of journal keeping into the best selling book in America!

I’d give up my left testicle to HALF as lazy as Sarah Palin!

Y

eah — he career so awesome that I’m trembling in my boots. Lets see: mediocre mayor of tiny town, failed VP candidate, quitter governor. Yep, she’s a juggernaut all right.

You guys are like bettors who put all their money on the home team no matter how bad the odds are, because you’re so blinded by hormones that you forget to think.

I’ll bet you think her Hong Kong speech was brilliant, too.

Bleeds Blue on October 2, 2009 at 11:56 AM

To use the newly coined phrase from this thread, you are a Palin denier!

Sarah had a very successful run as a city council woman, and an even more successful run as a two term mayor of Wasilla. Her record was incredible at that job.

In addition, she was the President of the Alaska Council of Mayors.

She did lose when she ran for Lt Governor, but that caught the eye of the Governor who made her Chairman of the Alaska Oil and Conservation Commission. One of the more powerful jobs in Alaska. She was incredibly effective there, and we ALL know what happened when she found corruption.

Oh, she “quit” that job too, and the took down the entire leadership of the Republican party, some who still sit in prison!

She fulfilled every single campaign promise she made before she “quit” including negotiating the largest construction project in North American history. This is a $40 billion deal that she put together by creating an international coalition.

Hmmmmmmmmm, I wonder if building international coalitions is a skill that could come in handy as POTUS?

Remind me again how well Obama has done at coalition building?

As Governor she also served as Chair of the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission, as well as Chair of the National Governors Association’s Natural Resources Committee.

As for “quitting” as Governor, anyone who doesn’t understand that deal, as far as I am concerned is simply too stupid to grasp any concept of any thing, period. Makes me wonder how their brain even has enough functional ability to do the automatic stuff like pump the heart, and breath!

She was in a no win situation, and yet, threw the enemy (Obama) a huge curve, changed the game, and now has him behind the eight ball, checkmated, really!

You keep being delusional though, we need folks like you around for the laughs!

gary4205 on October 3, 2009 at 4:11 AM

scotash on October 3, 2009 at 1:30 AM

PEOPLE, PALIN WOULD BE AN EMBARRASSMENT AS A LEADER. SHE HAS DONE NOTHING TO MERIT THE PRESIDENCY

definition of EMBARRASSMENT:

a feeling of painful self-conscious, uncomfortableness, shame or humiliation; a confusion or disturbance of mind

So what you’re saying that you would be more uncomfortable, feel more shame or be more humiliated if Sarah Palin represented your country than the Marxist apologist who intends to destroy the American economy and deprive Americans of their freedom and liberty.

And regards to whether Palin is qualified to be POTUS isn’t that what the primaries and campaigns and debates are all about; if she doesn’t display presidential timber she won’t get the nomination, simple as that.

technopeasant on October 3, 2009 at 7:18 AM

Folks, remember something. The very same things being said about Sarah Palin by the very same blueblood countryclubbers, the Judge Smails wing of the Republican Party, were said about Ronald Reagan and for the very same reasons. Ronaldus Magnus drew the blue-collar types, the middle and lower-middle class, ethnics, etc., into the GOP fold, and according to the blueblood countryclubbers, some people just don’t belong.

These people hated Reagan at the time and still hate him to this day. They said the same things as the pinhead liberal elitists did: an amiable dunce, a dumb Hollywood movie actor, dangerous …

Right now, we have a narcissist with a messianic complex and an ego that Jerry Jones’ new stadium couldn’t hold. And a man who’se accomplished absolutely nothing in his life except win the 2008 American Idol election. God, where was Simon Cowel when we needed him?

If the Judge Smails wing of the GOP insists on its purge — and sad to say there are some Boston-Washington corridor conservatives on that train — they can guarantee a 3rd party in 2012 and hence 4 more years of the Chocolate Jesus.

pdigaudio on October 3, 2009 at 1:59 PM

So what you’re saying that you would be more uncomfortable, feel more shame or be more humiliated if Sarah Palin represented your country than the Marxist apologist who intends to destroy the American economy and deprive Americans of their freedom and liberty.

Sad to say, yes they would. These people, as I pointed out above, hated Ronald Reagan and were embarrassed by him. Seriously, I think they’d rather have had Jimmy Carter or Walter Mondull or Ted “The Swimmer” Kennedy than Reagan.

By the way, look up the word “embarrassment” in the dictionary and you will find this picture.

pdigaudio on October 3, 2009 at 2:07 PM

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