Joe Scarborough is the latest conservative to publicly speak out against Sarah Palin.
Republicans have a problem. The most-talked-about figure in the GOP is a reality show star who cannot be elected. 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.
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.
Whatever. The point here is that Scarborough, like some conservatives in possession of an actual brain, is deeply concerned that Palin might actually pull this thing off…of becoming the Republican presidential candidate in 2012. And should that happen, Republicans can just about kiss away any chance of taking back the White House. Buried somewhere in the Constitution is some line, I’m sure, which states that each political party is granted a single opportunity to offer up a nitwit as their presidential candidate. Sorry Sarah, W beat you to it.
If Palin is serious about running in 2012, then Republicans are about to embark on a battle between the pragmatists and the Palinistas. Or as Scarborough puts it:
If Republicans want to embrace Palin as a cultural icon whose anti-intellectualism fulfills a base political need, then have at it. I suppose it’s cheaper than therapy.