May 10th, 2009
01:34 PM ET
9 years ago

I don't think Palin is the future of the GOP, Republican says

Bill Bennett, a Republican, and Donna Brazile, a Democrat, expressed very different views Sunday about who might be good candidates to represent the Republican Party in the public's mind.

Bill Bennett, a Republican, and Donna Brazile, a Democrat, expressed very different views Sunday about who might be good candidates to represent the Republican Party in the public's mind.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Prominent Republican Bill Bennett took issue Sunday with what he called the “media’s focus” on Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.

Asked about the Republican Party’s increasingly public struggle to define itself and identify new leaders after eight years of the George W. Bush administration, Bennett said the press should be less myopic in its coverage of the GOP.

“One of the things the media could do – some of the media – is to move the debate off Sarah Palin and Rush Limbaugh,” Bennett, a CNN Contributor, said on State of the Union. “This is probably not the future of the Republican Party,” added Bennett.

“You don’t think Gov. Palin’s the future of the Republican Party?” queried CNN Chief National Correspondent John King.

“I do not,” said Bennett. “It could talk about a Paul Ryan or a Mike Pence. It could talk about a Bobby Jindal. It could talk even about a John Kyl or a David Petraeus. You know, there’s a lot of talent in this party.”

Democratic strategist Donna Brazile has her own ideas about who the GOP might look to, to help find its way out of the political wilderness.

“They’re having an internal discussion about what kind of a party would it like to be in the 21st century,” Brazile told King.

“I ran into Meghan McCain last night. And I have to tell you, Bill, she’s refreshing, she’s honest and she’s a face that could really help them galvanize young people and independents.”

The young McCain also had kind words for the Democratic strategist and former campaign manager for Al Gore.

Brazile “said she would kick some *ss for me if anyone attacks my weight again,” Meghan McCain tweeted Saturday night while attending the White House Correspondents’ Dinner in Washington. “Who doesn't love her?,” the daughter of Arizona Sen. John McCain rhetorically asked the Twitterverse.

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soundoff (157 Responses)
  1. Doc

    Bill Bennett gets away with lying more than any other pundit on cable news that isn't part of the Fox Noise Family, where he belongs. No one calls him out on any anti-Obama/anti-progressive statement he makes. And why is this compulsive gambler even allowed to sit in air time and spew his BS philosophy? And the GOP should take the same tack in disavowing anything that comes out of this guys trap. His shelf life as a player in politics is long since expired. And is David Patraeus, CinC of SoCom a registered Republican? Did his political side so avail itself to the GOP? Bennet either is dreaming or has spoken out of school. Or maybe he made a bet with somebody.

    May 10, 2009 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  2. Sam Houston

    The GOP doesn't have a future, it's done. Why is John King even bothering to cover them? They and their racist, bigoted, homophobic ways are irrelevant and nothing more than recent history.

    May 10, 2009 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  3. Mike in NYC

    No need to look any further than the demographics.

    Non-whites - in particular, blacks and Hispanics - will always vote overwhelmingly Democrat, and Whites, while still a majority, are dropping steadily as a % of the population, destined to become a minority by 2042.

    The future? A Democrat party dominated by non-White interests, in particular a desire to expand the role of government, and a GOP with a shrinking core constituency that will fruitlessly try to bring significant numbers of non-Whites into their fold by becoming Democrat lite.

    So there will be two big government parties trying to pay for their public spending with revenues taken primarily from a shrinking White population. Of course, they could pay for it all by just printing more money. (Actually, they seem to have already started.) Any way you slice it, the future doesn't look too bright.

    May 10, 2009 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  4. joel palmer

    Sure Bennett would like to take the focus off the m ost prominent republipigs out there today.

    It is a circular firing squad and each day brings new evidence that the gop has no ideas, no ethics, no morals, no vision and nothing whatsoever to offer the voters. Bereft of anything resembling a strategy or thought process, they have become the nattering nabobs of negativity derided by Spiro Agnew their real spiritual guide.

    A pox on all of them

    May 10, 2009 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  5. ket

    Bennett singing a different tune now.He new good and well Palin was never a realistic choice for higher office. Predjudice aside, no intellegent person would vote for Palin for national office.

    May 10, 2009 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  6. Pragmatic

    “One of the things the media could do – some of the media – is to move the debate off Sarah Palin and Rush Limbaugh..."

    Then Rush and Sarah should stop making inane comments: Rush is kicking someone out of the Republican party every day – sometimes two at a time (McCain & McCain) and Sarah is her own news show ... complete with father-daughter act ... its a media circus and both Rush and Palin love it!

    May 10, 2009 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  7. OHIO here

    Finally, the start of defining that Sarah Palin is history and no longer a viable contender. Thank you for reporting.

    May 10, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  8. M J L

    Same thing I said about Dick Cheney. She is worthless!

    May 10, 2009 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  9. maryjo

    Bristol Palin represents the Conservative view of America. I am confused she is the poster child for Candies. I went to their corporate web site and looked at their video of their other poster girl Britney Spears. Playboy, Ancient Rome and Caligula came to mind, and I signed in as a 9 year old girl?

    May 10, 2009 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  10. hirouk

    sarah will be president in '12. she will return god to this christian nation after throwing that muslim obama out.

    praise jesus!!!

    May 10, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  11. Enough.

    Isn't this prominent Republican an gambling addict who bet with his family savings? If this is what passes for 'prominence' in the Republican party, they are on worse footing than I thought.

    May 10, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  12. white woman in Hawaii

    If the republicans want to survive, they need to move away from Sarah Palin. She is way too extreme, religious, unimformed, out of touch, not to mention just plain stupid. She is not educated or accomplished enough to lead her party anywhere except down hill, fast.

    May 10, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  13. jim

    Palin is a solid leader with real morals. Liberals are scared to death of her. She is pretty, a great mom, hard working, pro life and conservative. Hard enough to find morals anywhere in the Liberal party. The liberals would much prefer a Godless society.

    Well that ain't gonna happen and when the Teleprompter in Chief gets done putting our children in debt, giveing us hyper inflation and huge increases in interest rates the Rebulicans will be voted back in power by the same misguided people who voted him in power.

    Elections have consequences and we are all going to pay the price. Obam's rooster will come home to roost.

    May 10, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  14. elana

    So it's just asI expected! Meghan McCain is "waiting in the wings" for her place in the "New" Republican Party! Sorry, Sara! You have just been cast aside!!

    May 10, 2009 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  15. rbinny

    The GOP are the ones who put Palin out there by running her for VP. Are they now embarassed by her?

    May 10, 2009 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  16. Michael in Hawai'i

    Pence and his ilk likely are the future of the Repubs. Unfortunately, the future of the Republican Party is the same as the present. Pence refuses to say that he believes in evolution, which means that he does not believe in science. We live in the age of science, yet the Right Wing buries their heads in the sand to avoids facts, reality, scientific scholarship, and objectivity. These right wing fundamentalists hold archaic religious views that promote ignorance, and they are unfit to lead this our modern democracy.

    May 10, 2009 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  17. nick

    I consider myself a conservative, and I tend to vote along those lines. However, I would not vote for Sarah Palin. That being said, I did vote for McCain in November because I agreed with more of his viewpoints/policies than Obama, but I did have doubts about her should something have happened to McCain if he had been in office, and I must note that I feel the same way about Biden. Anyway... she might be a good governor up in Alaska, but I do not believe that she could handle national politics on a day to day basis. Not to mention the "Jerry Springer" type television that her daughter and ex-boyfriend have been providing here lately. The republican party needs to get back on their feet, get some young bloods in there to shake things up, and save our government from all of this reckless spending that the current administration is doing, and get our national security back in place.

    May 10, 2009 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  18. Lynn

    Refreshingly honest commentary from a Republican. Sarah Palin a a product of the media, who is struggling to find anybody as "interesting" to peg as the "future of the GOP". Heaven help us if Sarah Pailin is the future of the GOP; this party will have a snowball's chance in hell of appealing to more than 20% of Americans.

    May 10, 2009 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  19. Dan K

    Sarah Palin may not be the future of the GOP, but her political philosophy will be. And if the GOP expects to recover everything that their move to center lost, it must be.

    May 10, 2009 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  20. Jomon

    I love Megan McCain. I think she's wonderful and truly speaks her mind. I'm a democrat but would consider to vote for her if she runs for office some day. I think she will be a good leader some day in the future. She is very open mind. Bless you and your family Megan!

    May 10, 2009 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  21. Daniel

    Sahra Palin was just thrown to the wolves as far as I am concern, As I have always said before the Senate or Congress election came to be
    the Republican party was going to loose the Senate and Congress and also the white house. The Republican will loose the white House for the next 12 years, this I predict as I did with the Senate and Congress.
    2012 will be Obame Clinton ticket, Hillary will be the first female vice president and Obama will take the white house for a second term.
    Romney will be the Republicans choice against Obama at no veil in 2012.

    May 10, 2009 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  22. Snoring Loudly

    So who is Bennett betting on?

    May 10, 2009 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  23. Patriot

    Wrongo! Palin, Rush Limbaugh, Bill O'Reilly, Shawn Hannity, Glenn Beck, Ted Nugent, Joe the Plumber, Ann Coulter....this IS the Republican Party. Suck it up!

    May 10, 2009 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  24. donna

    Has David Petraus admitted to being a Republican far less a Republican presidential candidate?
    Should he have the position he has?

    May 10, 2009 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  25. Mariann Pepitone

    Meghan McCain is not the answer but she is trying hard to be. Palin is very qualified to be a leader in the republican party and I believe Bob Bennett is definately wrong when he says no. Rush himself was discussing how much fear the democrats have if Palin was proclaimed the leader. Rush is not in the poliical field and cannot be a leader. Jindal, Huckabee and Romney do not have what it takes. There is also Michael Steele who would make a good leader even with the few mishaps he has had. I believe he would bring the republicans back up to where they were years ago.

    May 10, 2009 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
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