Former newsman Juan Williams said this, on Fox News Sunday:
“It’s telling to me, again, you’re talking about Mike Pence from Indiana, you talk about a charisma gap, y’know, charisma-challenged people. There’s nobody out there, except for Sarah Palin, who can absolutely dominate the stage, and she can’t stand on the intellectual stage with Obama.”
The op-ed in such a distinguished publication was a surprise to Palin observers- on Facebook and in numerous tweetings Palin has shown disdain for such liberal notions as diplomacy and statecraft, usually denouncing most actions as "appeasement," or "being soft or giving approval by talking to those who we would be, should be, hard on in the past as well of the future."
Hard-ons notwithstanding, Perino doesn't give Palin credit for writing the piece -- having your op-eds written by staff is common in politics, she said, but the "discordance" (between the reality show world and foreign policy) doesn't work for Palin, who's already suffering mightily in the gravitas department.
"It doesn't sound like her when you read the materials," she said. "And authenticity matters almost more than ever, and I think that's what mattered in 2010, and people wanted not to just hear the message, they wanted to hear the authenticity of it."
Polling agrees with these mighty right-wing brains -- Palin can sell books, write tweets heard 'round the world, get her family in front of cameras, but so can Britney Spears.
President of the United States? Please.
Of course everyone in the echoing room -- Williams, Palin, and Perino -- are on the "fair and balanced" Murdoch payroll, as are other Republican presidential aspirants and right-wing "independent voices" like Mike Huckabee, Rick Santorum, and Newt Gingrich.
The next presidential cycle will be fascinating to watch (if you like political porn, which we do). We're with those believe Palin won't run: She's having too much fun, and making too much money to put herself in the real grind of presidential campaign.
That campaign grind is a lot of work (which Palin has generally chosen to deflect) and the exposure to real media has proven for her to be downright humiliating. We bet she stays in the comfy tabloid word of reality shows, Fox News cuddle-fests, safe at sea clubbing halibut to death, or at Costco booksignings in red state cities.
Not that we wouldn't love to watch Palin run and win the nomination. President Obama would simply step over her. Like halibut flopping on the deck, Republicans would struggle to defend her.
It'd be better than HBO.