With the mid-term elections out of the way, establishment Republicans are now focusing their attack machine on a new target: Sarah Palin.
Even former President George W. Bush is taking a potshot or two.
The list of those going after the former Governor of Alaska is growing daily.
Sources inside the Republican Party tell Capitol Hill Blue that Bush is telling other Republicans that Palin isn’t qualified to be President and says Arizona Sen. John McCain was an idiot to put her on the ticket as his running mate in the 2008 Presidential elections.
While Bush hasn’t made his concerns about Palin public, other Republicans are not as hesitant. Michael Gerson, a top Bush aide, calls Palin a “threat to the Republican future.”
In his Washington Post column, Gerson questioned Palin’s endorsement of Tom Tancredo in the Colorado governor’s race, noting that Tancredo — a former Republican Congressman — is a wild card known for racist anti-immigrant rants.
Her endorsement raises the question of whether Palin has any standards for her support other than anti-government rhetoric. Either as a power broker or a candidate in the 2012 election, Palin’s increasingly erratic political judgment should raise Republican concerns.
Gerson isn’t the only Bush confidant to jump on the bash Palin bandwagon. Karl Rove questions Palin’s qualifications and says he doubts she can handle a long, brutal campaign.
On Fox News, Palin sounded off on Reagan, asking: “Wasn’t he an actor? Wasn’t he in ‘Bedtime for Bonzo’ or something?”
Noonan got pissed and wrote in her Wall Street Journal column:
Excuse me, but this was ignorant even for Mrs. Palin,” wrote Noonan, who then went on to note Reagan’s professional career as president of the Screen Actors Guild and then governor of a large and complex state for eight years before entering national politics, challenging his party’s sitting president (Gerald Ford), and popularizing modern conservative political philosophy – all before winning two terms as president.
The point is not ‘He was a great man and you are a nincompoop,’ though that is true. The point is that Reagan’s career is a guide, not only for the tea party but for all in politics. He brought his fully mature, fully seasoned self into politics with him. He wasn’t in search of a life when he ran for office, and he wasn’t in search of fame; he’d already lived a life, he was already well known, he’d accomplished things in the world.
Palin’s response? Anyone who questions her is “sleazy.”
- Reagan Speech Writer Peggy Noonan Calls Palin a “Nincompoop” (themoderatevoice.com)
- Michael Gerson: GOP victories shed light on where party still struggles (commercialappeal.com)
- Peggy Noonan’s Appropriate Rebuke of Sarah Palin (socyberty.com)
- Palin is Not Reagan (politicalwire.com)