David Brooks on Sarah Palin: Running for President Is Not American Idol

David Brooks Meet the PressNBC’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.

David Brooks:

“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.”

Alex Castellanos:

“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.)

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  5 comments for “David Brooks on Sarah Palin: Running for President Is Not American Idol

  1. Al
    May 31, 2011 at 12:59 pm

    This is in answer to Mr Brooks comment as to Palin answering a 3am call

    Think about this–at least she won’t be on the golf course

    • May 31, 2011 at 3:24 pm

      Fine point. Very fine point indeed.

      Only problem I have with that is this. It should go without saying regardless of who enters the primary race, but I think it is even more fitting should Palin decide to run… we must not forget that we are choosing a candidate to oppose Barack Obama. Any criticism of one candidate over the other is not an endorsement of Barack Obama. In the hearts and minds of nearly every Republican, that’s not even an option. It’s a dangerous argument to frame every debate in terms of “would you rather have Obama?” If that were the case, we’d be back to picking the “most electable.” I think we all know where that got us in 2008.

      I can’t speak for Mr. Brooks – or even Mr. Will for that matter- but I can say that I don’t see the choice in the primary as having anything to do with the conversation in the general. On a sliding scale of a candidate’s virtues, I think many will give a pass on most if faced with the decision of measuring measurables against that of President Obama.

  2. roger killelea
    May 31, 2011 at 4:24 pm

    this is arar of shills.. if the same nonsense is reprated often enough people will cometo believe that it is a fact

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