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George Will Definitively Declares Sarah Palin “Cannot Be Elected President”
Mediaite ^ | January 2, 2011 | Frances Martel

Posted on 01/02/2011 6:17:07 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet

We’re now less than two years away from the next presidential election, which means it’s time for 2012 presidential speculation to begin! The first This Week of the year kicked off the talk with some of the biggest names on the Republican side, and George Will seems to have found through the litany of names what he called “the President’s secret weapon”: Sarah Palin’s inability to be elected.

Asked by Jake Tapper (filling in for Christiane Amanpour) to evaluate the Republican landscape for November 2012, Will began by addressing the fact that Mike Huckabee had performed particularly well in the primaries in 2008– better than Mitt Romney– and then added this salacious tidbit of speculation:

“The President’s secret weapon may be the Republican nominating electorate… There is one person, high in the polls, Sarah Palin, who cannot be elected president because she cannot compete where elections are decided. In the collar counties outside Chicago, Montgomery County outside of Philadelphia– just can’t compete there.”

He went on give some predictions based on the fact that nominees, he explained, tend to win the majority of electoral votes in the Mississippi Valley– giving Gov. Tim Pawlenty, Sen. John Thune, and the suddenly-popular Gov. Mitch Daniels a leg up in that area.

It will be interesting to see if and when Palin confronts such derision, especially if this will set the tone for how pundits will discuss her chances for the rest of the year. While in 2010– two years removed– she could afford to be glib about it over Twitter, her chances as she races the clock will increasingly depend on how presidential she can come across, that trait one that, using her behavior last year alone, may be easy to “refudiate.”

The clip from today’s This Week on ABC below:

(VIDEO AT LINK)


TOPICS: Campaign News; Parties; Polls; State and Local
KEYWORDS: 2012; elitists; freepressforpalin; georgewill; huckabee; obama; palin; saintsarah; sarahpalin
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When was the last time a Republican won Illinois in a presidential election?
1 posted on 01/02/2011 6:17:13 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Will and Krauthammer can kiss my rosy red ass


2 posted on 01/02/2011 6:19:22 PM PST by advertising guy (the PITTSBURGH OBAMAS........crap that's funny)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

With all due respect, that’s not his, or any one person’s, decision to make.


3 posted on 01/02/2011 6:22:04 PM PST by RichInOC (Palin 2012: BOOM. Taste My Cluebat!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
George Will Definitively Declares Sarah Palin "Cannot Be Elected President"

Then I guess she shouldn't bother trying, eh George? Or, maybe we should let the People decide... nah, too old fashioned.

4 posted on 01/02/2011 6:22:56 PM PST by sargon (I don't like the sound of these "boncentration bamps")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Running to get popcorn and beer, be right back :)


5 posted on 01/02/2011 6:23:32 PM PST by onona (dbada)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

But Huck, Mitt, or Mc Cain can. All I am going to say is that if they do, they will do it without my vote. I voted for Mc Cain in 2008 because he picked Sarah and to vothe against obama. if the Republicans insist on nominating another RINO, I just won’t vote for President. If that is construed as a vote for obama, so be it.


6 posted on 01/02/2011 6:23:35 PM PST by sport
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Next on the National RINOgraphic Channel

When RINO’s Attack!


7 posted on 01/02/2011 6:24:00 PM PST by GeronL
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
George Will may be originally from Illinois but he hasn't talked with any middle class people from flyover country in 20 years. He is part of the DC crowd, makes good money from his liberal masters and knows exactly how long his leash is.

Besides, Will's judgment is affected when toupee glue seeps into his brain.

8 posted on 01/02/2011 6:24:50 PM PST by bwc2221
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Sure seems odd that all of the blue blood republicans declare Palin a loser before any primaries begin.
9 posted on 01/02/2011 6:25:38 PM PST by WHBates
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Neither can JUAN. (nor the JUANnabies).


10 posted on 01/02/2011 6:25:48 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I want Palin to win just to shut the inside-the-beltway windbags up. People like Geroge will are so far removed from everyday life in fly-over country that they have NO IDEA what we want in a president.

I think they are gonna find out, though.


11 posted on 01/02/2011 6:26:10 PM PST by Bryan24 (When in doubt, move to the right..........)
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To: bwc2221

“George Will may be originally from Illinois but he hasn’t talked with any middle class people from flyover country in 20 years. He is part of the DC crowd, makes good money from his liberal masters and knows exactly how long his leash is.”

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Nailed.


12 posted on 01/02/2011 6:26:17 PM PST by EyeGuy (RaceMarxist Obama: The Politics of Vengeance)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
George Will Definitively Declares Sarah Palin “Cannot Be Elected President”

...unless she runs.

Really, do the libs, 'rats, and RINOs think they can avoid having to deal with Sarah if they can "scare" the rest of us into thinking she can't win? That's their strategy? That pre-emptive stop thing didn't work out for SkyNet, it isn't going to work for the libs/rats/rinos - Sarah is coming!

13 posted on 01/02/2011 6:26:17 PM PST by ThunderSleeps (Stop obama now! Stop the hussein - insane agenda!)
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To: GeronL

Well, I guess it’s decided then. Might as well pack up and go home. Who ARE these arrogant elitists and why exactly should we listen to them? Because they write a column and are on several alphabet channel political panels??


14 posted on 01/02/2011 6:26:27 PM PST by tenger (It's a good thing we don't get all the government we pay for. -Will Rogers)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

A likely illegal alien can be elected president, but an America from Alaska can’t?

Will and Krauthammer ought to retire. Their usefullness as political commentators is at an end.


15 posted on 01/02/2011 6:26:27 PM PST by devere
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Sarah isn’t establishment, and she is a Christian, two counts against her in Will’s book.


16 posted on 01/02/2011 6:27:33 PM PST by pallis
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Will seems pretty intent on keeping Obama in the White House. He should stick to his passion: baseball.


17 posted on 01/02/2011 6:28:33 PM PST by BradyLS (DO NOT FEED THE BEARS!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Well, that certainly settles it. I guess I'll vote for Daffy Duck.

Or maybe not.

The left has a great track record. Of being dead-ass wrong.

/johnny

18 posted on 01/02/2011 6:28:51 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
The RINO elitists have spoken. They want no part of Mrs. Palin being nominated. They are now declaring it MUST be another RINO who appeals to moderates and the two primary d-bags they are already pushing are Huckabee and Romney, of course.

These elitists are absolutely part of the problem. Either they are so out of touch they truly cannot fathom that the media will rip those two losers to shreds and allow Obama another term, or they are simply working for the left.

It's well past time to put these losers out to pasture and rebuild the Republican party for conservatives, or abandon the Republican party and start backing a new party that will back the interests of their constituents. The current makeup of the federal government revolves around self interest and the Republicans and dems, at least the overwhelming majority of them, do not look out for the best interests of American citizens, IMO.

19 posted on 01/02/2011 6:28:57 PM PST by Pox (Good Night. I expect more respect tomorrow.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I stopped reading George Wills about fifteen years ago, now I remember why?


20 posted on 01/02/2011 6:28:57 PM PST by Americanexpat (Everytime I see that guy's face ot)
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In a December 2006 column - Krauthammer urged Obama to run for president and “guaranteed that he would lose.”

The campaign began, and Krauthammer “didn’t believe the hype.” Where others were moved by Obama’s mass appeal, Krauthammer found his campaign “cultlike.” His broad statements of purpose made him a cipher on the specifics. The famous race speech was, Krauthammer’s headline declared, a “brilliant fraud.”


21 posted on 01/02/2011 6:31:31 PM PST by anglian
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To: sargon
George is, himself, a "stalking horse" for Romney, or maybe Giuliani.

He's met them or something, and thinks he can run in the primaries against Sarah Palin and beat her.

22 posted on 01/02/2011 6:31:34 PM PST by muawiyah (Hey,)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Will is an establishment, NE, country club Republican kind of guy... I’d have to do some googling to verify, but I seem to recall that Will was never much of a Reagan guy until Reagan was dead.


23 posted on 01/02/2011 6:31:40 PM PST by Keith in Iowa (FR Class of 1998 | TV News is an oxymoron. | MSNBC = Moonbats Spouting Nothing But Crap.)
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To: Pox
It's well past time to put these losers out to pasture

I have a better solution, but it may not be legal in some jurisdictions, and explaining it may result in my being banned from FR.

So let me just say; "Short rope, tall tree."

/johnny

24 posted on 01/02/2011 6:32:22 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: advertising guy

“Will and Krauthammer can kiss my rosy red ass”

I will second that my friend!
Elitist are trying to influence primaries already!
Both of these false conservatives offer no rationale for their pronouncements, other than they are following the corrupt Washington DC insider line!


25 posted on 01/02/2011 6:32:29 PM PST by J Edgar
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

When will we quit giving the Liberal Republican Pundits in the beltway the time of day? George Will is just another over the hill has been RINO talking head that I quit listening to years ago.


26 posted on 01/02/2011 6:32:35 PM PST by Tina Grazier
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

She’ll probably make a monkey out of old George Willi too.


27 posted on 01/02/2011 6:33:42 PM PST by x1stcav (Charter member of the Yukon Army..)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
When was the last time a Republican won Illinois in a presidential election?

GHW Bush, 1988.

28 posted on 01/02/2011 6:34:34 PM PST by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Unfortunately...I agree with him...but for different reasons. She has the base's support...but the indies...who only pay attention to the alphabet networks, leno, letterman and comedy central will be swayed by the hit job they do on her.

A wrecked economy brought on by $5/ga gas may get her elected in spite of the msm...but short of that...the avg idiot in this country will re-elect the impostor if he/she has a job.

29 posted on 01/02/2011 6:34:44 PM PST by NELSON111
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

They are just determined we are going to be stuck with socialism or worse.

Wonder what they bribe is?


30 posted on 01/02/2011 6:35:08 PM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

She’ll make a monkey out of old George Willi too.


31 posted on 01/02/2011 6:36:30 PM PST by x1stcav (Charter member of the Yukon Army..)
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To: WHBates

The question is not, “can she win the primary”? I believe that she can do that. The real question is: “can she win 270 electoral votes” That’s the only question that counts and I don’t know the answer, but I am certainly going to try to figure it out before I vote.

I intend to support the most conservative candidate who can win 270 electoral votes. Those conservatives who can’t do that will just help Obama win.


32 posted on 01/02/2011 6:36:42 PM PST by centurion316
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Pence is the best choice anyway.


33 posted on 01/02/2011 6:37:13 PM PST by Brilliant
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To: BradyLS

“He should stick to his passion: baseball.”

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Isn’t he the egg-headed dunce who proclaimed Tony LaRussa a managerial genius?

Believe me, after 15 years of TLR in St. Louis, it is clear he is an egotistical blowhard, but clearly not a baseball genius, or even close.


34 posted on 01/02/2011 6:38:19 PM PST by EyeGuy (RaceMarxist Obama: The Politics of Vengeance)
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To: Americanexpat
Have you considered how unnecessary pundits have become in the Internet era?

Even 20 years ago, we did not have access to information about people and issues that the George Wills or Charles Krathammers had.

Today with FR and other sites we do. Why should we care what Will, Krathammer, Lowry or Barnes think when we have the information to make decisions ourselves?

35 posted on 01/02/2011 6:38:54 PM PST by bwc2221
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To: ThunderSleeps
Really, do the libs, 'rats, and RINOs think they can avoid having to deal with Sarah if they can "scare" the rest of us into thinking she can't win? That's their strategy? That pre-emptive stop thing didn't work out for SkyNet, it isn't going to work for the libs/rats/rinos - Sarah is coming!

Do you remember the last presidential run? Many on FR bought into the eneMedia claims.

"Ooh, we gotta have McCain! He's a MAVERICK! I noes cuz the press LURVS HIM! He's the only one who can win!"

Since it worked last time, why shouldn't they try again? After all, the same sheeple are drooling for Romney. A few are even fantasizing about Jeb Bush.

36 posted on 01/02/2011 6:39:14 PM PST by Grizzled Bear ("Does not play well with others.")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I would geuss that Reagan in ‘84 would have been the last to win IL. This was the only part of THIS WEEK that I saw. I geuss Will had to get his obligatory shot at Palin. The point seems irrelevant. If Palin wins the nomination it will be because she was impressive in the debates and had demonstated credibility in the areas that she is supposedly lacking today. Here is what I say one should look for. The american people will vote for someone as president who has a trait or characteristic that they see as lacking in the current president (In ‘76 Carter was elected because he said he would not lie and that contrasted the perceived lies of Vietnam and Watergate, in ‘80 people saw Carter as weak so we elected someone who conveyed strength in Reagan, in ‘88 people liked the Reagan 80’s but maybe they perceived the time as being a bit selfish so they elected a points of light and kinder gentler Bush, in ‘92 people felt Bush paid a bit too much attention to foreign policy and not as much to domestic policy so they elected Clinton, in 2000 they saw Bush had the morals Clinton/Gore did not have so they elected him and in ‘08 they saw in Bush a president that was lacking the ability to talk/communicate and they fell for the moderate act of Obama). So ask yourself which one of the republicans has a trait that is severly lacking in Obama that the independent voters would want. Then the republican have their nominee for 2012.


37 posted on 01/02/2011 6:40:45 PM PST by fkabuckeyesrule
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Is that show still on the air?


38 posted on 01/02/2011 6:40:57 PM PST by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: ThunderSleeps
Really, do the libs, 'rats, and RINOs think they can avoid having to deal with Sarah if they can "scare" the rest of us into thinking she can't win?

What they're doing isn't scaring us - they're pissing us off!

39 posted on 01/02/2011 6:41:01 PM PST by JaguarXKE (Life - It's 10 percent circumstances and 90 percent how you react to circumstances - Sarah Palin)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Reagan won Illinois twice. Don't recall about the bushes. Palin will do fine if she does in fact run. Unlike recent gop losers, she would intend to win.
40 posted on 01/02/2011 6:41:20 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: NELSON111

...the avg idiot in this country will re-elect the impostor if he/she has a job.

::::::::::::::

Herein lies a big part of the problem. Average idiots put a socialist America-hater in the White House. Regardless of what Sarah does, or what the outcome, she will put a BIG spotlight on the RINO candidates and she will raise the bar on the conservative standard of those candidates. And that will happen if she runs in the primary or not. She is that good.


41 posted on 01/02/2011 6:41:22 PM PST by EagleUSA
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To: freekitty

With all due respect, he did not say we are going to be stuck with socialism or worse, he just thinks Palin can’t win. Maybe he thinks another candidate can win.

That may or may not be true. That depends on what kind of campaign she runs and if she can win people who aren’t already fans of hers.


42 posted on 01/02/2011 6:41:35 PM PST by dforest
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Well I guess that settles it, then.
/rolls eyes


43 posted on 01/02/2011 6:42:33 PM PST by 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Yeah,and he probably thought Reagan couldn't get elected back in the 70s.

The more they treat her like the Gipper the more she may end up like him.

44 posted on 01/02/2011 6:43:21 PM PST by Happy Rain
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I always get frustrated when anyone says that there is no difference between democrats and republicans

...then someone like Will steps up and proves me wrong.

45 posted on 01/02/2011 6:44:13 PM PST by The Citizen Soldier (Obama: All turban, no camels.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
The President’s secret weapon may be the Republican nominating electorate

The president's secret weapon is the progressive elitist Republicans like Will. They will do whatever it takes to keep their power even if it means helping Obama get reelected.

46 posted on 01/02/2011 6:45:02 PM PST by Prokopton
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To: Happy Rain
Meant the 80s.
47 posted on 01/02/2011 6:45:51 PM PST by Happy Rain
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To: fkabuckeyesrule

Bush, 1988 won Illinois.


48 posted on 01/02/2011 6:45:51 PM PST by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: hinckley buzzard

Bush, 1988.


49 posted on 01/02/2011 6:46:54 PM PST by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
cannot compete where elections are decided. In the collar counties outside Chicago, Montgomery County outside of Philadelphia– just can’t compete there.”

For a lifetime denizen of the beltway, George Will doesn't really know too much about electoral politics. If I wanted to know how Palin would do in a certain "county" I'd ask Michael Barone, not Will.

50 posted on 01/02/2011 6:47:27 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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