Skip to comments.Former Bush aide slams Sarah Palin as not ‘competent enough’ for Fox News
Posted on 03/06/2013 3:54:15 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
While participating in a panel discussion Sunday on ABCs This Week, President George W. Bushs former chief strategist Matthew Dowd continued the senseless attacks on former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin by political elitists on the right .
Dowd was critiquing the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) for not inviting New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R), while welcoming Palin, who he said wasnt competent enough to keep a Fox News contract, according to The Raw Story.
CPAC, to me, has totally diminished its credibility as an organization, Dowd said. And you invite Sarah Palin, who wasnt competent enough to keep a Fox News contract? But shes invited to CPAC meeting?
Palin has been critical of the Bush family in the past. In an appearance on the Laura Ingraham radio show in November 2010, Palin referred to George H.W. and Barbara Bush as blue bloods who were trying to pick and choose the 2012 Republican presidential nominee for president....
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Sounds like echoes of loyalty to a former boss. I wouldn’t worry about it.
More backstabbing from the GOP-E.
Exactly. IOW, Dowd who?
Looks like a little of one and a lot of the other to me.
Boy, you wanna see a Republican big-shot pull out all the stops and fight like he wants to win, just aim him at a conservative member of his own party.
Put him up against the worst of the Democrat party, and it’s all “my good friend” this and “let’s see what we can agree on” that.
These types are really an example of why the GOP is screwed up and loses. They aren’t even on the same team. That this guy was a part of a GOP campaign gives you insight into how screwed up the political consultant class is. Sarah Palin was out there shaping the news and the debate against Obamacare while people like Mathew Dowd were either throwing in the towel or running affirmative action interference for the President.
Here is the guy’s twitter.
Sounds like echoes of loyalty to a former boss. I wouldnt worry about it.
As I read the situation I don’t think Dowd is exactly on speaking terms with the Bush clan. Sounds more like he maybe returning to his original roots in the Democratic Party.
You can take the douchebag out of Austin, but you can’t take Austin out of the douchebag.
Dowd’s an opportunist tool. Is another book coming out?
He’s not even GOP-E anymore, just a pundit. He even turned on GWBush who made him. I’m not the biggest GWB fan, but I’m not going to go after the folks who make my career. That’s just being a disloyal bastid.
Governor Palin is the most powerful republican in America, and she leads the right, with tea party people like Cruz and Paul and others having such a major effect in the Senate although they are freshmen and defeated establishment people, the Romney/Rove wing of the GOP must be frantic and fuming.
You can take the douchebag out of Austin, but you cant take Austin out of the douchebag.
The fact that YOU cannot is also telling.
You can take the douchebag out of Austin, but you cant take Austin out of the douchebag.
WOW for someone supposedly irrelevant, she sure does have a lot of power doesn’t she..I had no idea that Sarah Palin makes the guest list of who appears at CPAC and who isn’t allowed in. Poor little Bush aide, must suck to be sucking on the nuts of the Bush family, who gave us Barack Obama..they are SO jealous of Sarah Palin it shows on their face every single time they mention her name..she not only lives in libs heads 24/7 but also in the heads of these RINO douche bags
One of the gazillion Bush family/GOPe putzes out there.
Governor Palin is the most powerful republican in America? Is that a serious statement? She holds no office, and the last elected office she had she quit. She is currently doing... well, I don’t know. What IS she doing? Why exactly do you think she’s so powerful?
Typical of the misrepresentation/lying/backstabbing of the GOP-E cretin class, which has been going on for years now, both towards Palin and the Tea Party as a whole. Do I even really have to say what I personally think of them? The whole Bush/Rove wing? Schmidt, Wallace, Madden, all of them? I can guarantee that before I ever again vote for any one candidate that they determine to champion, I’d drop my drawers and urinate on the ballot.
Ignore her. Try to pay attention.
Be a misogynist and require her to make me a sandwich?
Require, hell. I just ask politely.
Fact is she quits halfway through the sandwich making process.
Someone files a "frivolous lawsuit" and Phtttt! She is gone.
Yes, but not one Dowd will like:
Except when he walks into a room puts his hands on his hips and says nothing, their isn't 2,000 tweets and blog posts about it like it is with Sarah.
Churchill quit right in the middle of World War 1 for the Gallipoli campaign, the British People showed him the door very rudely after the Second, only to come crawling back to him in the 50's.
Oh Well, Dole, McCain, Willard, Jeb Bush they get as many try's as they need to get the GOP nomination.
HG’s brain quit halfway thru the development process......his dentist quit halfway through every process....
My guess is they're trying to poison the water to try to keep her from considering a run in 2016. Amazingly they STILL don't know her very well.
Yep. The Romney/Rove/Bush wing doesn't want ANY interference for Jebbie.
Well, the usual suspects have been at it again in trashing Governor Palin. We had Jennifer Rubin, the resident conservative at the Washington Post today, and Steve Schmidt and Matthew Dowd over the weekend. Schmidt went on Bill Mahers show, his new BFF, and acted like, well, Steve Schmidt. No other explanation is needed. Dowd did his usual hit on This Week and felt it necessary to lie about her. He stated that CPAC has no credibility in inviting Governor Palin to speak because she wasnt even competent enough to keep her FOX contract. Oh, where to begin. Everyone knows the Gov was offered another contract with FOX, but she declined it, as she wanted to head in another direction. Yes, Dowd is a tool, but Im willing to bet he has heard of the internets, so he knew this, as well. So, we can only conclude he is a dishonest, classless jerk. But, what do you expect from a liberal, Vichy Republican who was mesmerized by Obama in 2008?
This latest round of attacks on the Gov got me thinking. You can really tell a lot about someone by who they seek approval from. So, this begs the question, whose approval are these people seeking? I think the best way to answer that question is to summarize DC culture. It has been said for years that DC is Hollywood for ugly people. In turn, it has been said that Hollywood is just like high school. Therefore, I think its safe to say that DC is just like high school. There are the cool kids, and those who are there want to sit with the cool kids in the cafeteria. Instead of wanting to be invited to the popular kids epic 5 keg bash while his parents are in Europe for 2 weeks, these people in DC want to be invited to one of Carl Bernsteins lame wine and cheese parties in Georgetown or to a dinner party at Paul Krugmans on the Upper West Side. And we all know that to be in the good graces of this crowd, you have to behave and think a certain way. Being a conservative is out of the question. You can be a Republican, but you you have to be reasonable. You have to be moderate, not subscribe to any labels, and if you trash conservatives like Governor Palin, you may just get a bid into their club. In fact, you may get fast-tracked.
So, why do the Schmidts, Dowds, and Rubins want the approval of people you and I wouldnt spend five minutes minutes with even if someone paid us eleventy billion dollars? Insecurity probably has something to do with it. Lack of principles and a core probably has something else to do with it, too. Some many people are in that town, for money, publicity, and access to power. As Governor Palin has said, what most of us see as a cesspool, they see as a hot tub. Conservatism is a threat to that, so someone like her has to be stopped. The PPC did the same thing to Reagan, so she is in good company.
Now, lets contrast Governor Palin to these yahoos in DC. Whose approval does Governor Palin seek? Well, when she was a public servant, it was the people she was serving. Since July, 2009, when she has been out of office, it has been the people she speaks for- us. There is her own story in Going Rogue how when she was Mayor of Wasilla, she would call a constituent once a week and ask them what kind of a job they thought she was doing. She didnt ask the machine how she was doing. And, she famously declared in her 2008 RNC acceptance speech that she was not going to DC to seek the approval of the elites and PPC, but to serve the people of this county.
I think there are two great recent examples of how Governor Palin has stayed true to who she is, and not sought the approval of the wrong people. The first is when she ran for Governor. We all know she ran against the establishments of both parties. When she became Governor, she stayed true to that. We have all seen what happens to some when they get to office. They talk a great game when running, but they change when they get there. They want to be part of the in crowd, so they dont rock the boat, in fear they wont be admitted to the club. Then they start thinking, hey, a little government growth isnt so bad. All my new friends are saying that. Governor Palin never fell victim to that. She continued to rock the boat and do what she said she would do when she campaigned. When everyone around her was spending money like a drunken sailor, she cut spending. That was not what the cool kids were doing, but she never cared about their approval, anyways. She was serving the people.
The other example is when she left office. Many in the conservative DC establishment were calling to give her advice on what to do next. Clearly, they wanted to groom her and make them one of their own. A lesser person would have said how great is this?! The popular kids like me! She didnt do that. She said thanks, but no thanks. And I really think its because she would not have been able to live with herself if she did, even though that would have been the easy way out for her. They were going to try to turn her into something she was not, and she would have been betraying the people she has advocated for for the past 2 decades. It takes guts, moral clarity, and a comfort in ones own skin to reject overtures from the in crowd, especially when they are making you promises and whispering sweet nothings in your ear. Im glad she has stayed who she is. As I said, you can tell a lot about a person by whose approval they seek.
Palin has more shaped the Senate, Congress, and Governorships in her own image than anyone that we have ever seen, she is the most important endorsement in America, in 2010 she helped lead us to one of the great historical victories.
In 2012 Palin gave us not only Ted Cruz, but as the party was going down in flames under the failure of Romney, Palin gave us our only Senate seat pick-up.
As Cruz says, Palin is a King maker, Palin is leading the opposition to the Romney/Rove wing of the GOP.
Palin will be the most important endorsement of the 2014 cycle, and will give conservatism more effective support, than any other politician.
She continues to live rent free in (so many of) their heads!
*sniff*sniff* You haz a smell.
Her resignation has worked out to be a brilliantly successful decision for Alaska, her and her family. It also showed that she is not obsessed with government power. But I guess you would prefer safe seat liberal Democrats who hold power for 50 years at a time. howz that workin for ya big daddeeeeee????
Well, you're talking about her, aren't you?
Apparently she is taking fat boy's place at the table and the RINO left is pi$$3d about it.
Right on. And the fact that there seems to be a recent
uptick in anti-palin chatter could indicate that the
insiders seem to think she’s up to something, so they need
to take a dump on her before she gains any traction.
Hmmmm.. hope so. May Mrs.Palin continue to make a
contribution for the conservative cause.
Some of these freepers would have called George Washington a quitter too I suppose....since he didn’t want to be King or lifetime President.....
It’s mindless, braindead, ashtray like (in the spirit of Joe Biden being dumb as an ashtray)
Hes not even GOP-E anymore, just a pundit.
It doesn't look like he speaks for anyone but himself.
He was a "Bush guy" not a conservative or a Republican, and he's been backing away from his support for Bush for years.
He appears on television, but I'd say he's more of a lobbyist/fixer/pr-consultant than a commentator.
If there were any of those Rockefeller elite Republicans left, they'd be suing about now.
Who needs an Obama ass kisser at CPAC. New Jersey is as unAmerican as any place in the US.
No, I don’t like politicians who hang on forever. However, if a politician seeks office, I expect them to at least hang around for the whole term.
I take great pleasure watching the Palin Derangement Sufferers heads explode.
This jerkwad dropped her name in the attempt to make his sorry self relevant.
well shux big daddee, sometimes things change. Sometimes events occur that cannot be forseen. Would you have accused Palin of “quitting” had she resigned to become VP? I mean, I expect them to hang around too, but if it is in the best interest of her constituents, the best interests of her family, and in her best interests too, then I call that a damned good decision, leadership, forsight, and boldness.
But then again, what’s leadership, boldness, and a good decision compared to big daddys’ “spek dem to hang aroun?
What smell is that? Please... be specific.
I for one don’t subscribe to the cult of Sarah Palin as the “master political strategist” and future of the Republican party. She gives a good speech. However, any discussion reveals her to be about as deep as Sean Hannity (and thats not saying much).
Reagan spent his time in the wilderness writing brilliant articles and fine tuning his conservative credentials. Sarah Palin spends hers trolling for reality shows and feuding publicly with her daughter’s baby-daddy (At least she did a few years ago. Master political stroke there.)
And yes, her defenders will rise up and and declare their fealty to the brave and beautiful Sarah. Nice lady I’m sure. Good fund raiser. Nice speech giver. The future and most powerful member of the Republican party? No. The one to perfectly articulate a vision and plan for the conservative movement going forward? I don’t think so. The one to stick it out through thick and thin? Well, she already proved herself there.
We can certainly do better.
Dowd is now a “CNN Republican” - which is to say, a worthless collaborator. Rush makes sport of stupid stuff he says from time to time....
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Posted on 03/06/2013 7:04:55 AM PST by Bigtigermike
If you don’t like her, fine. But when you regurgitate the same cheap-shot propaganda and misrepresentations of Gov. Palin, I think you know full well what smell you give off.
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