NBC’s Meet the Press with David Greggory opened its 2012 panel discussion by raising the subject of Sarah Palin’s newly announced bus tour and her chances for claiming the Republican nomination. I don’t think I have to tell you that the Meet the Press stage is rarely a friendly place for Republicans; but this round table was particularly tough on the Former Alaska Governor and the strongest shots came from the “Right” side of the table.
“Being President is waking up; somebody hands you a crisis; and says there’s a crisis in Venezuela; what are you going to do about it? Does anyone think Sarah Palin’s ready for that? I don’t think so. She can manage her brand, but running for President is not American Idol. And I think people may agree with her, they may like her, but that doesn’t mean they are going to vote for her.”
“Palin’s problem is that you just can’t echo the Republican Party’s resentments and lead. You actually have to say ‘follow me, we’re going over here.’ Palin leaves the room and Republicans are exactly where they were before she entered. So, she’s not taking the Party anywhere. I don’t think she’s a serious candidate at all. But the thing about the primaries David, and I’ve said this before, they don’t pick candidates, they make them. This is such a tough process. Somebody’s going to beat somebody else. That means they are going to grow. They’ll get bigger.”
Watch the full discussion…
(David Brooks comments come at the 1:00 minute mark. Castellanos at the 3:25 mark.)