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Schieffer: Palin Has No Future in Politics

From a pathetic CBS News:


Schieffer on Palin: No Future in Politics

by David S Morgan

Before Sarah Palin’s highly-anticipated book, "Going Rogue," goes on sale this week, it has already generated controversy, skepticism and blowback

"This is Sarah Palin’s turn to get even, as it were," said CBS News chief Washington correspondent and host of "Face the Nation" Bob Schieffer.

"She came under this intense criticism all during the campaign and now she’s giving her version of why she didn’t succeed as a candidate."

But Schieffer, speaking on "The Early Show" Monday, said he does not think her strategy will work. "It’s kind of like a baseball player going into a slump and blaming the manager or blaming the bat boy or blaming the fans or something. You know, it makes for provocative reading, I think she’ll sell a lot of books, but I don’t think it’s going to help re-establish her as a political candidate.

"My guess is she’s not ever going to run for anything and I think if she did, I don’t think she would get very far," he told "Early Show" anchor Harry Smith.

"Let’s not overlook the fact that she had to leave the governor’s office in Alaska because that was too much for her. You can imagine her going through a primary with an opponent? What would she say? ‘When the going gets tough, I’m ready to quit?’ That is not how one builds a political base.

"I think she’s going to sell a lot of books. I think she’ll be a great attraction as an amusement. She’s interesting, she’s a celebrity. But I can’t imagine that she has much future in politics, I really don’t."

Smith asked if her popularity among a certain segment of the Republican Party, including the "Tea Party set," might give her a base from which to build power as a GOP candidate.

"The Republican Party is very split right now," Schieffer replied. "You have that segment, mostly on the right, but you also have candidates like Mike Huckabee who ran the last time out who generally made a good impression [and] won the Iowa caucuses. She will not be the only person who comes at it from the right if she should decide to run.

"But I think the purpose here for Sarah Palin right now is to sell some books and to try to sell her side of the story."

Schieffer said one problem for Palin in building up her persona through her book is that many of the adversaries about whom she writes — campaign staffers — are unknown to the general public. "When you start taking on campaign aides, people don’t know who these people are, you know? So she’s fighting against people that most people don’t know who they are.

"It will sell books, but I don’t see it going beyond that."

Mind you, this diatribe is from CBS News, the gold standard of network journalism. It’s not from some cable news channel that has a skewed ‘perspective,’ like lowly Fox News.

Has Mr. Schieffer even read Mrs. Palin’s book? We strongly suspect not.

But why would that stop him from pontificating so authoritatively? After all, he is a news reader on TV.

"It’s kind of like a baseball player going into a slump and blaming the manager or blaming the bat boy or blaming the fans or something. You know, it makes for provocative reading, I think she’ll sell a lot of books, but I don’t think it’s going to help re-establish her as a political candidate.

Last we checked Mrs. Palin was the most popular candidate on the McCain/Palin ticket. She also is probably the second most popular political figure in the nation, after Mr. Obama. (Who is tracking in the opposite direction.)

CBS News would like to be in such a “slump.”

"Let’s not overlook the fact that she had to leave the governor’s office in Alaska because that was too much for her. You can imagine her going through a primary with an opponent? What would she say? ‘When the going gets tough, I’m ready to quit?’ That is not how one builds a political base.

The foaming at the mouth hatred for Mrs. Palin emanating from our media masters is simply breath-taking.

Though it sounds very much like was they used to say about Mr. Reagan.

I think she’ll be a great attraction as an amusement.

Which, even if true, puts Mrs. Palin one up on the likes of the Bob Schieffers of the world.

But it is kind of sad to see an old man have to say outrageous things to try to attract attention so as to hold on to his job.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, November 16th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

23 Responses to “Schieffer: Palin Has No Future in Politics”

  1. “After all, he is a news reader on TV.”

    And that’s the way it is.. Steve.. so many of them are, and for some reason, they seem to think it makes them worthy of some note. Funny though how though I know who BS is… I had forgotten about him enough that I had to think about Face the Nation before I remembered..

    Palin scares the “news readers” though, and don’t expect this to be the last attempt to minimize her in the political theater.

  2. Chuckk says:

    I like Palin, but if she is the best candidate the conservative movement has, the movement is in trouble. Quitting was a huge mistake, and she is far from ready for prime time in many other ways as well (although experience and intellect were not important requirements for the current POTUS).

    She was popular in Alaska because she gave its residents a share of oil money. She is popular nationally because she seems to be the only leading Republican who has conservative values. Give her a few years to mature. 2012 is too soon.

    • She knew what she was doing. As for “quitting,” she did the right thing.

      As for experience, the woman is obviously (to me) able to multi task better than most of the politicians I have seen. Further, her instincts and values are true. The last being even more important than the first.

      She is as “ready” as any president we have ever had IMO…

    • untrainable says:

      I seem to remember after The Oblamer’s speech in 2004, Dems close to Oblamer told him not to run in 2008. It would be too soon. If it’s just as “too soon” for Palin, she’s a shoe in.

    • BillK says:

      “A few years to mature.”

      She had more experience at the start of the campaign than our current Community Organizer in Chief.

      She did exactly the right thing in quitting – why should she continue to have to spend her own money along with that of Alaska’s voters to defend herself against frivolous ethics lawsuits?

      If Alaska’s laws on such thing were reasonable she would never have needed to step down.

  3. wardmama4 says:

    Palin will be talking to Rush Limbaugh, Tuesday at 1PM. I can’t wait to listen.

    Sarah Palin scares the left because she knows who she is and isn’t scared to talk about it publicly. The liberals do not want anyone in America to know their true ideals and beliefs as they’d be run out of town, business, politics and the US. And they know it – that is why they front everything in terms of special interest groups, race, ‘the little guy’ and all their other euphemisms of the day – they have to lie, cheat, scam and steal to accomplish anything at all.

    And they know Sarah Palin in a position of power would not hesitate to expose them.

  4. MinnesotaRush says:

    During the past primary’s while chatting with a friend, I shared that (one of) the scary part(s) to this o-blah-blah character was certainly his lack of substance; but more importantly and equally scary was that same lack of substance in much of the populace that would likely vote.

    That lack of substance continues to be played out in the MSM daily and furthers the vapidness of the o-blah-blah electorate types.

    Palin’s in a class these shallow putz’s can’t understand or appreciate.

  5. proreason says:

    “The foaming at the mouth hatred for Mrs. Palin emanating from our media masters is simply breath-taking. ”

    That says it all.

    It should be the inscription when her image is carved on Mt Rushmore.

  6. GetBackJack says:

    Boy, this is Reagan all over again.

    Reagan’s too old. Reagan’s too senile. Reagan takes naps. Reagan’s a Christian. Reagan’s not part of the mainstream Republican Party. Reagan’s out of touch … etc etc.

    I really hope we have a Maggie Thatcher coming down that dark tunnel …..

  7. GL0120 says:

    News Readers and actors confuse personal popularity for actual intelligence.
    Cronkite declared the Vietnam war lost, Ted Danson declared the planet doomed, Suzanne Sommers has declared conventional cancer treatment a fraud, and the list goes on.
    They rushed to praise Saddam Hussein, they declared Cuba a paradise on earth, and they go positively orgasmic over Obama.
    They have no background in the areas they declare expertise in, they’ve done no research, they defy logic; they just find a cause to gain publicity and run with it.
    They need to follow one simple rule – it’s better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.

  8. 11ten1775 says:

    “You know, it makes for provocative reading, I think she’ll sell a lot of books, but I don’t think it’s going to help re-establish her as a political candidate.”

    They were saying the same exact stuff on This Week. The new set of talking points is to blow off the amount of books she can sell, as though that’s the easiest thing in the world and a sign of her lowly red-neck status. You see, selling virtually no books at all, like Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid, is nuanced and intellectual. The truth is they (liberals and fake conservatives alike) are pea green with envy over her book sales. It’s pathetic. They are terrible at trying to hide it. David Brooks looks close to tears lately. Of course, it doesn’t “mean” anything. Palin is just another entertainer like Rush. They don’t have any real influence – because liberals and RINOs say so!
    They drip with condescension and repeat meaningless talking points, but the strain on their faces says it all. It’s becoming more and more alarming how disconnected from the American people these talking heads really are. They don’t have a clue what this is all about.

    “It’s kind of like a baseball player going into a slump and blaming the manager or blaming the bat boy or blaming the fans or something.”
    Yeah, because no one has spent the last 10 months whining about what he “inherited.” When will they mention Obama’s penchant for the blame game? And heaven forbid a Republican defend herself against “people that most people don’t know who they are.” What does that have to do with the price of tea in China? Is she only allowed to talk about famous people?

    They sure love Huckabee lately, don’t they? Like Rush always says, they’ll tell us who they fear.
    I like Palin, but she has never been my favorite pick for the White House. I’d go for Duncan Hunter and a few others first, but the more they put her down, the more I’d be pleased as punch to pull the lever for her. How many others are they pushing toward her with their endless foot stomping tirade about how she’ll never, ever win anything important ever, ever again?

  9. proreason says:

    Isn’t Shieffer the moron they modeled Ted Knight after?

    Distinguished looks, wise white hair, sonorous tones…….brain dead.

    • Consilience says:

      PR; in a word, yes…

    • untrainable says:

      No, no, no. Shieffer was the basis for WKRP’s Les Nessman. WKRP… with more music and LES NESSMAN!

      Squirrelly, Whiney, Self Important, and clueless.

      It’s an easy mistake.

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      And besides, “Ted Knight” was the voice in the “Aquaman” cartoon on Saturday morning.

      (Don’t go messin with my childhood!)

      When you’re out of Schieffer, you’re out of beer!

  10. U NO HOO says:

    “but the more they put her down, the more I’d be pleased as punch to pull the lever for her.”

    Yeah, that’s how I am beginning to feel, my mother said be nice to girls and the downtrodden. Sarah can take care of herself. But, like the jokes go about Catholics doing things just to irk the Pope, I’d vote for Palin just to irk Schieffer. And his ilk. Good saying, “Irk his Ilk.”

    “Irk his Ilk.” “Irk his Ilk.” “Irk his Ilk.” “Irk his Ilk.”

    Ted Knight was much smarter.

    A quitter? How about Hillary and Barack, they both QUIT the Senate. Aint it or no?

    • catie says:

      Hell, the Man Child was only in the Senate for about 150 days before he decided he had so much experience that HE should be president. Waiting for my book to come from Amazon.

  11. 12 Gauge Rage says:

    Sara Palin left as governer of Alaska for reasons known only to herself. As for her popularity to Alaskans because she gave them money from the oil revenues, that’s not all her doing. The Alaskans have been receiving money from the Permannent Fund years before Palin took office or before anyone even knew who she was. As for politics Palin needs a bit of polishing. Personally I like her but realize like all politicians she has her faults. What she needs is someone who has the courage to step up and mentor her on the arena of Washington politics. As for her (for whatever reason) angering and scaring the hell out of the left, I think it’s pretty funny.

  12. Chuckk says:

    Palin quitting might have been the right thing for many reasons, but it was not the right thing politically. It will haunt her forever.

  13. Petronius says:

    And this is what passes for journalism these days.

    One news guy interviewing another news guy.

    Incestuous bunch, aren’t they?


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