Republican establishment takes on Sarah Palin
Senior officials from former president Bush on down say she's not ready for the presidency, and some are questioning her recent decisions and pronouncements.
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What set Noonan off was Palin’s recent Fox News comment about an icon among past Republican presidents: “Wasn't Ronald Reagan an actor? Wasn't he in 'Bedtime for Bonzo,' Bozo, something? Ronald Reagan was an actor.”
“Excuse me, but this was ignorant even for Mrs. Palin,” wrote Noonan, who then went on to note Reagan’s professional career as president of the Screen Actors Guild and then governor of a large and complex state for eight years before entering national politics, challenging his party’s sitting president (Gerald Ford), and popularizing modern conservative political philosophy – all before winning two terms as president.
“The point is not ‘He was a great man and you are a nincompoop,’ though that is true,” Noonan wrote, contrasting Palin with the 40th president. “The point is that Reagan's career is a guide, not only for the tea party but for all in politics. He brought his fully mature, fully seasoned self into politics with him. He wasn't in search of a life when he ran for office, and he wasn't in search of fame; he'd already lived a life, he was already well known, he'd accomplished things in the world.”
Palin’s retort to such criticism is that she’s fighting the political establishment, including the Republican establishment – some of which she labels “sleazy.”
Will it make any difference in a Palin run for the presidency in 2012, something she’s suggested she might do? Very possibly, given the likely opposition she’d face in party primaries.
For all her political clout and celebrity (her own reality TV show will launch this month), most Americans view Palin’s suitability for the presidency the same way former president Bush reportedly does.
According to the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll, just 27 percent of those surveyed see her as qualified for the presidency while 67 percent say she’s not qualified.
“Palin appears to have gained little luster from the success of the tea party political movement with which she'd aligned,” ABC News reported. “Just 39 percent of registered voters see her favorably, the most basic measure of a public figure's popularity.”
Judging by those recent comments from GOP higher-ups, that apparently includes many Republicans.