Skip to comments.Not a fan: Krauthammer calls Palin 'rather weak' and gives her 'no chance of winning' in 2012
Posted on 12/31/2010 2:46:02 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
Is the idea that former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin could be Americas next president laughable? Not only to many on the left, but also to conservative columnist Charles Krauthammer.
On Fridays broadcast of Inside Washington, Krauthammer offered several reasons why Palin shouldnt be considered the presumptive Republican nominee for the 2012 presidential election.
What do you mean if not Sarah Palin in 2012? Krauthammer said. Whos saying shes going to be the presidential candidate? I dont even hear her saying it. Her chances of being are smaller than half a dozen other people. If you talk to Republicans, I dont think there are what, more than one in three who would tell you she has a chance of winning the presidency or even the nomination.
Because of that, he said, she wasnt the favorite.
And she is not the favorite, he continued. She has a very strong core constituency but outside of that I think she is rather weak.
Krauthammer has previously downplayed Palins chances and indicated he favors Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels. He said Palin would not be the ideal candidate to unseat a vulnerable President Barack Obama.
Her negatives are over 50 percent, Krauthammer said. She has no chance of winning a general election. Why would you want a candidate who is going to lose against a Democrat who is going to be vulnerable and who is also extremely ideologically ambitious?
He even employed a Keith Olbermann catch phrase to describe Palin and said even fellow Republicans didnt see Palin as qualified.
A half-term governor? Im not sure Republicans think of her as qualified. Krauthammer said.
(VIDEO AT LINK)
...In January 1981, Krauthammer began his journalistic career, joining The New Republic as a writer and editor....
...on domestic issues, Krauthammer is a supporter of legalized abortion; an opponent of the death penalty; an intelligent design critic and an advocate for the scientific consensus on evolution, calling the religion-science controversy a "false conflict;" a supporter of embryonic stem cell research using embryos discarded by fertility clinics with restrictions in its applications; and a longtime advocate of radically higher energy taxes to induce conservation....
Yeah, quite the conservative...
Chuck has a weak chin.
He is a first-class jerk!
Once again Charles lets his Elite panties show in public. Has anyone asked him exactly who in the Republican bank of contestants he thinks is the best and why?
People also said that an incompetent, Marxist manchild from Kenya becoming president was also “laughable”. Who is laughing now.
Yea, like we have never heard this from him before. Apparently Charles is not getting enough people to pay attention to him nowdays so this tripe line of his keeps coming up. Then again, maybe he is so scared she will actually do it that he has to keep convincing himself that she won’t so his establilshment world view apple cart won’t be upset.
His only hope of remaining gamefully employed in the beltway is to keep the establishment RINOs in power. If the Tea Party tide keeps rolling, Charles just might have to retire because nobody outside of his sphere of “intellectuals” give a rat’s fart what he thinks anymore. Even a person with hearing good enough to hear a mouse pissing on a cotton ball won’t get a tickle in their ear when he roars.
I suppose for his one in three, he quizzed David Frum, Peggy Noonan and Scott Brown.
He is a first-class jerk!
"Go Mitt. Go Mitt. Go Mitt."
Why not Palin? Here are facts: Barack Obama never was an executive in his entire life (Community Organizer)and...it shows in his utter incompetence. Joe Biden is as dumb as human being can become. John Kerry is a total waste as a human being and a public servant. Shall I go on!!! Charles, my boy, you gotta be kidding. I’ll trust, street smart Sarah Palin over any of these deadbeat America haters!!! And.....let my remind you Mr. Kraut, that Marco Rubio was to be slaughtered by Charlie Crist, and just how many votes did Rubio kick his useless butt by, say close to one million. Kraut, get a new fruit cart to vend from. This anti-Palin fruit ain’t sellin’!!!
Who is surprised, he wasn’t a Reagan supporter either?!
As much as I would love it if Sarah Palin became our President...I’m afraid she cannot. She can do more where she is and is out there doing it now. I love and admire Sarah Palin but don’t think she will run much less win. We have to support others whom we can be more certain about like Herman Cain. The man is brilliant and has an EXCELLENT chance of winning if he chooses to run. No romney, no mccain, none of the stale old same oh, same ohs.
Sarah could kick his RINO a$$.
I think you are going to see an interesting event over Sarah Palin as she campaigns. The libs want to her to win the nominaton. They are going to register as Republicans in primaries to help too.
All the while, the old guard in the Republican party are praying she doesn’t run.
They simply cannot stomach the idea that someone might dance in religious observance, or jump and shout, or toss their arms in the air.
I'm sure the "Kraut" is smart enough to get over it if he really tries, but I think he'd rather get pushed down another stairwell FIRST.
So, guys, no, I'm not a Pentecostal but I do recognize the problem here ~ because it's so terribly universal. Watch Karl Rove go off his nut faced with the prospect of COD running for political office ~ (No, I don't have that one handy, but I saw it).
Sometimes these guys get even ~ former Republican party boss in the state legislature was a long term pol from Columbus Indiana, and they organized and got him bumped. He must have sneered at them or something.
He is elisist. I wonder if any of it has to do with age.
The more he talks the more you have to like her.
Happy New Year
I want to scream every time that someone says that Palin would make a bad president because she doesn’t have enough experience. I guess the experience thing would explain why Obastard has been such a disaster.
Charles Krauthammer, like most beltway elites, is completely blind to the historic epoch unfolding before us now. He pooh-poohs the Tea Parties, the mandate of the midterm elections, and of course, the leader of the burgeoning revolution in America.
Ten years from now, the world will be talking about how President Palin turned America (and the world) around, but few will remember this jaded pontificator.
He’s the definition of a jealous, elitist a-hole
Your HARRY poll shows that “Half-term governor” Palin comes in with a huge plurality for first place. In second, half term governor Chris Christie. In third, 1/3 term Senator Marco Rubio.
Are we seeing a trend here? Maybe being a half-term governor is a plus, not a minus. Maybe conservatives want a new face, or at least one that isn’t too comfortable with the ways of Washington, or even the state house.
Face it—if she gets nominated in ‘12, they will harp on the Quitter aspect. And frankly, its justified. She quit when things got tough and chose to be a professional celebrity. . AWas it fair? No, but life ain’t fair. Anyone here who imagines that charge won’t stick is smoking something. I think it great that she raises $$ for conservative candidates, but she is simply not electable as POTUS.
Heh--he's SUCH a smartypants...
I'd really like to know how one gets into Harvard Med School without a science degree. I guess it can happen, maybe he really did take calculus and organic chemistry? Or, maybe it was family connections that got him in?
I'd like to hear what he'd have to say about that...
I have stopped watching FNC because it has become RINOvision.
He's one of a long series of fifth-columnists who are effective for an election cycle or so and then become "independents" or outright democrat because "the Republican party has swung so far to the right". There must be a dozen people who have done this over the past twenty years. People who were quoted and characterized by the media as conservatives but when they slipped up or when they were needed for other things, zip, they just slid right into the democrat fascist camp and were welcomed with open arms.
Thank you for your "concern". Now, please step aside and let the Governor through. She's got an appointment with destiny.
We have to support others whom we can be more certain about like Herman Cain.
Oh, by all means. Let's nominate someone who only one out of a hundred Republican voters have ever heard of, and who has never held elective office before. By all means.
Who signs the front of your paychecks anyway? Are you assigned to work Free Republic, or do you just freelance?
Who bought Kraut? I always liked him for an intellectual sort, but in these awful times why be so persnickity against Palin and lauding the ONE for this and that recently? Something more than opinion is up with Charles.
Maybe his readership is down, requiring shock shucking for a boost.
If you talk to Republicans, I don’t think there are more than one in three who have even HEARD of Mitch Daniels.”
Absolutely. And when they get to know him far fewer than that will actually like the guy. Krauthammer said a few weeks ago Daniel’s lack of charisma is actually a positive after the current disaster in the WH. Of course, Kraut also forgot to mention he was one of the faux conservatives who has periodically slobbered all over zer0.
Sorry you didn’t like my post. Those are however, my thoughts and my right to post them. You also have the right to jump on them too. Happy New Year.
Oh, by all means. Let’s nominate someone who only one out of a hundred Republican voters have ever heard of, and who has never held elective office before. By all means.
Who signs the front of your paychecks anyway? Are you assigned to work Free Republic, or do you just freelance?””
Puh-leeeze....my monitor! Hilarious. :)
Blah, blah, blah...get lost ground chuck. An opinion from you is not much more valuable than an opinion from Chrissy Matthews.
I think Sarah appeals to a lot more people than the libs would care to admit.....if she does run, she could have a huge win.
Sure they will. And will that persuade you to vote for Obama? No?
Use your head. Those who can be swayed by the MSM's knocks on Sarah Palin weren't ever going to vote for her anyway. Sarah's supporters already know the truth of the events surrounding her resignation, and understand that she outfoxed those who were trying to destroy her.
You're pushing the enemy line, here. I hope you know that.
Krauthammer is needed by his democrat masters now, they’ve destroyed all the pundits in their own camp that used to attract independents. They have to bring their fifth-columnists openly back into the fold so as to have someone to argue their case that isn’t already a known liar and fascist.
They really believed their own “forty years of democrat rule” propaganda and because they did, even those who played the role of moderate or conservative democrat showed their true fascist colors. Now everyone knows you can’t trust anyone who is a democrat so they’re working to bring some so called conservatives and independents up to speed to help them.
Neocons are worried!
“Has anyone asked him exactly who in the Republican bank of contestants he thinks is the best and why?”
Wanna bet he’d say, “Romney?”
I can say this much, that when I first started watching him, something did not sit right with me. His looks, a shifty demeanor, comments that were incongruous and non sequitur yet vaguely fit. The old adage “follow your gut” rings true again. I will be paying close attention when he speaks from now on.
Your analysis of her stepping down as the Governor of Alaska as dooming her prospects revolves around the fact the entire narrative over the issue has been dictated by those who either loathe her or those who do not want her to run under any circumstance.
Once her reasons are laid out for all to ponder, assuming she does decide to run and then has center stage to present her “side” of any given issue, I believe your analysis falls apart. To be fair about this issue, hyping it to the extreme as you and others have does not make sense when you actually weigh the reasoning behind the move, and to idly dismiss the underlying reasons and to characterize her motives in a flippant manner simply states to me that not only are you dishonest about your reasoning behind such an analysis of that situation, you are actually reaching to find any undesirable available to voice your disapproval of the person in question.
In other words, this is a weak argument that has no chance of “weighing her down”, IMO.
I think Charles and Bill Kristol are both McCainiacs and hate seeing Palin making inroads against the RINOs. Elitist SOBs.
“You’re pushing the enemy line, here. I hope you know that.”
Doubting a candidate’s electability is “pushing the enemy line”? What nonsense.
I don't know about that, Windy. Where Palin is concerned, her devoted fans are hopeful to the point of irrationality.
When I look at the prospects of a Palin candidacy, what I see is the liberals yelling "don't throw me into that briar patch."