Sarah Palin versus Republican 'blue bloods'
Is the establishment GOP ganging up on Sarah Palin? In the ongoing drama that is Palin’s political reality show, score this past week “Blue bloods 3, Palin zip.”
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“But it's not good training to be president,” he added.
Using a phrase favored by Palin and two of her (unsuccessful) endorsees in the recent midterm elections – Sharron Angle and Christine O’Donnell – former Rep. Joe Scarborough (R) of Florida says it’s time for the GOP to “man up” in the face of Palin’s White House aspirational tease.
“What man or mouse with a fully functioning human brain and a résumé as thin as Palin’s would flirt with a presidential run? It makes the political biography of Barack Obama look more like Winston Churchill’s,” Scarborough writes on Politico.com. “Adding audacity to this dopey dream is that Palin can’t stop herself from taking swings at Republican giants. In the past month alone, she has mocked Ronald Reagan’s credentials, dismissed George H.W. and Barbara Bush as arrogant ‘blue bloods’ and blamed George W. Bush for wrecking the economy. Wow. That’ll win ’em over in Iowa.”
Mark McKinnon is a Republican political advisor who worked for George W. Bush and helped Sarah Palin prepare for the vice presidential debate in 2008,
“I saw Palin at one of her most vulnerable moments, when any result other than a complete train wreck seemed impossible,” he writes on the Daily Beast. “And yet I also saw a determined woman buckle down, recover her confidence and then storm the national stage where she more than held her own against a seven-term senator…. And without Palin and the Tea Party backing Republican candidates, I doubt the crimson tide would have risen so high Nov. 2.”
Still, McKinnon sees big trouble for the GOP if Palin runs in 2012.
“If Palin runs, I think the entire Republican primary process will be hijacked. With ardent fans and a rabid media, it will become Palin-palooza,” he writes.
“Palin will suck the oxygen out of every room, everywhere she goes,” McKinnon continues. “And one of two things will happen. Discerning conservative voters in early primary states will be offended by the circus-like atmosphere and the presumption that they could so easily fall for a ‘cult of personality.’ And they will vote against her. And she will lose. Or, Republican voters will be completely swept up in the mania and nominate her as the GOP standard bearer to go up against President Obama. And she will lose – perhaps the only Republican nominee who could lose in 2012.”
There’s no sign yet that Palin is heeding such warnings. Given her record regarding the GOP establishment so far, she’s probably just digging in.