Former Republican Congressman and current MSNBC personality Joe Scarborough used his latest Politico column to unload criticism on presumed presidential aspirant Sarah Palin, in the process telling conservatives that it’s high time to “man up” against the former Alaska Governor and her “dopey dream” of making it to the White House.
“Republicans have a problem,” Scarborough writes at Politico. “The most-talked-about figure in the GOP is a reality show star who cannot be elected.”
Palin has no business running for president, as she’s hinted she might – her resume is so thin ‘it makes the political biography of Barack Obama look more like Winston Churchill’s.’
He continued: “And yet the same leaders who fret that Sarah Palin could devastate their party in 2012 are too scared to say in public what they all complain about in private. Enough. It’s time for the GOP to man up.”
Joe Scarborough, who recently returned to MSNBC, had so much ammunition built up against Sarah Palin that he didn’t even find her latest embarrassing blunder – telling Glenn Beck that the U.S. must support its ‘North Korean allies’ – worth mentioning.
Scarborough’s main beef with Palin seems to be that, in his view, she just is not serious enough to be considered a viable GOP candidate for president in 2012, and despite the supposed general acceptance of this as fact, Republicans sit idly, afraid to speak out, while Palin basks in the pre-campaign limelight.
“Everybody knows that Palin is a busy woman. The former half-term governor of Alaska stays so busy these days that one wonders how this mother of five manages to juggle her new reality show, follow her eldest daughter’s dancing career and launch her latest frenetic book tour while still finding the time to insult a slew of revered presidents and first ladies,” Scarborough wrote.
To make matters worse, Scarborough prods, Palin does all of this while demeaning the legacies of GOP standard-bearers that many hold dear, people such as former presidents Reagan, whom she casually downplayed as ‘an actor,’ as well as George H.W. and Barbara Bush, whom she deemed ‘blue bloods.’
Bush was sure a spoiled brat, Scarborough snarks. While a 20-something Palin was competing in beauty pageants, a 20-something Bush was risking his life as a decorated World War II fighter pilot.
Scarborough wrote: “I suppose Palin’s harsh dismissal of this great man is more understandable after one reads her biography and realizes that, like Bush, she accomplished a great deal in her early 20s.”
“Who wouldn’t agree that finishing third in the Miss Alaska beauty contest is every bit as treacherous as risking your life in military combat?”
“Maybe the beauty contestant who would one day be a reality star and former governor didn’t win the Distinguished Flying Cross, but the half-termer was selected as Miss Congeniality by her fellow contestants.”
While Scarborough is clearly much more abrupt in his criticism of the former Alaska Governor and potential presidential contender than others have been before, Palin will likely find the contention that she has remained largely insulated from GOP attacks ridiculous.
As Scarborough mentions, former Reagan speechwriter Peggy Noonan didn’t take kindly to Palin’s reduction of the Gipper’s legacy, going as far as to call her a “nincompoop,” but that stands as one of many lumps taken by the former vice presidential candidate.
“One can only guess what comes next on Palin’s bizarre road show,” Scarborough muses. Maybe next she’ll draw attention to herself “by spitting on John Wayne’s grave or shooting an American bald eagle.” In the meantime, “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.” [via Huffington Post and Politico]