Posted by: Joe Eds | November 30, 2010

Palin’s Place

Place in the GOP establishment, that is.

As much as the Obama Administration is getting hit, and surely more hits to come, if Sarah Palin, is anointed front-runner for 2012 by the summer, then the focus will be primarily on her.

Much like in 2007, Hillary got most of the heat. She had just been elected to her second term as Senator, member of the Armed Services Committee and had made many international tours to Iraq and Afghanistan. Palin is not Hillary. Many talking points scoffed at her “electability” her “grazing voice” her “fund raising deals”, but Hillary is unquestionably brilliant and won nearly every single primary debate she participated in. Palin seems to repeat zingers that have been written for her, and bash an office she so desperately wants to occupy.

Joe Scarborough wrote a piece in Politico and draws a pretty definitive line in the sand. This is the debates the GOP talking heads will be having in the next year.

This is one Republican who would prefer that the former half-term governor promote her reality shows and hawk her books without demeaning the reputations of Presidents Reagan and Bush. These great men dedicated their lives to public service and are too good to be fodder for her gaudy circus sideshow.

If Republicans want to embrace Palin as a cultural icon whose anti-intellectualism fulfills a base political need, then have at it. I suppose it’s cheaper than therapy.

But if the party of Ronald Reagan, Paul Ryan and Marco Rubio wants to return to the White House anytime soon, it’s time that Republican leaders started standing up and speaking the truth to Palin.

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