July 27th, 2009
09:29 AM ET
6 years ago

Republican: Palin is another Huckabee

On her final day in office, Republican expressed a range of views about Gov. Palin's political future.
On her final day in office, Republican expressed a range of views about Gov. Palin's political future.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – It looks like Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin may have one less fan.

On the same day that Palin is set to transfer power to her lieutenant governor, Republican strategist Alex Castellanos said her prospects for national office looked grim.

“’I’ve been a supporter of Sarah Palin - at times,” Castellanos said Sunday on CNN’s State of the Union. “She gave the McCain campaign its best two weeks. But, you know, if we’re going to be critical of Democrats when they shirk their responsibilities, we have do the same within our own house. She abandoned her state in the middle of a term.”

On the national political stage, Castellanos, who worked as a political consultant for Mitt Romney's 2008 presidential bid, likened Palin to former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee. The Arkansas Republican’s long shot bid for the White House in the last election cycle gained traction when he pulled out a surprise win in Iowa’s Republican caucus but then Huckabee lost steam when he could not follow through with wins in other key primaries.

“We’re going to have a division in the Right in the Republican Party,” Castellanos told CNN Chief National Correspondent John King, “We now have two Mike Huckabees – people who have a powerful force in the party but can’t get out of the party in a general election and win.”

Conservative radio talk show host Bill Bennett was noncommittal about Palin’s prospects.

“I have no opinion about this. I really don’t know what’s going to happen with Sarah Palin,” Bennett told King.

Also on State of the Union Sunday, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell suggested Palin has a bright future within the Republican Party.

“Boy, I don’t think we’ve seen the last of Sarah Palin,” McConnell told King, “She excites an awful lot of members of my party. They’re anxious to see what she’s going to do next and so am I.”

“I hope, as a Democrat, Mitch McConnell is right,” Democratic strategist Paul Begala told King. “I hope she’s their nominee because I think she’s the easiest to beat.”

Related: I'm not thinking about Palin's new move, Obama aide says

Begala, Bennett, and Castellanos are all CNN Political Contributors.

Updated: 4:24 p.m.

Filed under: GOP • Mike Huckabee • Sarah Palin • State of the Union
soundoff (26 Responses)
  1. Jeff Brown

    She is still blaming the media? Some "leader" she is!!!!!

    July 27, 2009 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  2. Joe in CA

    If you mean, LOSER, then you're right. What are they thinking, that she is their future???? The republicans might as well hang it up now.

    July 27, 2009 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  3. All Good Things

    "She excites an awful lot of members of my party."

    Yes, many males are "excited" by this sassy winking lady.

    July 27, 2009 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  4. JH

    Maybe this psycho can just crawl back into the hole she came from.

    July 27, 2009 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  5. Randolph Carter

    I'm scared of Sarah Palin. Have a nice day!

    July 27, 2009 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  6. Kevin in Ohio

    No matter who leads the Republicans in 2012, Obama is the sure loser. He has already demonstrated how inept and inexperienced he is.

    July 27, 2009 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  7. AJ

    And more than likely Palin will wind up with her own show on FOX, just like Huckabee. I think Palin is an obscene example of Republican incompetence and dishonesty but the woman more than likely knows how to make a buck.

    July 27, 2009 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  8. Frank

    What will the Palin lovers say now that one of there own says Palin abandoned her state and that prospects for National Office look grim.

    July 27, 2009 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  9. EMJ SUX


    July 27, 2009 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  10. Harley

    I think she is SMART , and ACCOMPLISHED women and what ever she does she will do it WELL the Dem's are more Scared or her then any other Republican that is why they attack her !!!

    July 27, 2009 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  11. Suzan

    I agree with the former Bush aide that said she has no chance at the Presidency. Ann Coulter says she has Star quaility.....well Star quaility isn't going to cut it ..... and the more she goes out and speaks and the public sees her and hears her and the media trys to decifer what she has said, the lower she will go in polls......if she really is as smart as her followers thinks she is she should stop now before she really get torn apart by the public and the press......

    July 27, 2009 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  12. Neutralizer

    Why would anyone act surprise? Castellanos was political consultant for Mitt Romney. There's your answer. That is too elementary. C'mon CNN give us something better than this.

    July 27, 2009 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  13. Shawn - GA

    Time will tell, if she was better trained and her handlers are better that will make all the diffrence.

    As a country we elected a man with no where nearly enough experience because he was a great speaker. So if she has sharpened her interview and speaking skills it will make all the diffrence.

    If she has not then she will be done in politics... no one knows YET.

    July 27, 2009 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  14. Sniffit

    LIke a giant bowl of political ipecac.

    July 27, 2009 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  15. Matt

    Yes, they ARE the same – both are QUITTERS. Sarah Palin is should feel real silly right now for making this decision to leave her state. At least Huckabee was trying using his resignation as a possible 'political boost' in the primaries/caucuses. Palin already lost the big election, so what reason does she have to leave? Attacks on family? Better future opportunities? If those are the reasons, she made a move detrimental to her political career. She will be forgotten within a year or so...good riddance. She is just a quirky Alaskan citizen with no place in politics – stick to being a 'hockey mom,' Sarah.

    July 27, 2009 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  16. Typical Republican

    When the going gets tough: Quit

    When life deals you lemonade, make....ehh, nah, quit.

    If your job is hard....Quit

    Taking care of your family and working is IMPOSSIBLE...nobody does that! so, QUIT

    If you are having a hard time...just give up, throw in the towel. It's not like you're the President who CAN'T just up and quit.

    But I know darn tootin that this GREAT lady, hero, hard worker (unless it's TOO hard that is) will be a GREAT President (Who will quit if she's having a bad day, or few days).

    July 27, 2009 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  17. Marilyn

    You'd have to be nuts to seriously think she will run for president. The most likely scenario is that she will run for congress. Probably for a senate seat. The people of Alaska seem to like her and she would probably win.

    July 27, 2009 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  18. Jefferson Handcock

    A Little Advise: Mrs. Palin; America no longer looks or thinks like Alaska. It would do you good to get a Life coach; move to Atlanta, New York, Dayton, Fort Laurdale, or somewhere where there is a mixture of cultures Texas would be good, then start working for the Red Cross, United Way, or even the Good Will, or maybe the Salvation Army, but the problem with this is that American's will see that you are nothing more than Canned Goods, Move to Hollywood and start a Talk show called Patriot: It will be a hit and you'll make millions, Racism and bigotry sells

    July 27, 2009 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  19. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Sarah Palin is in a class of her own....LOSER. Huckabee may not be the brightest start in the solar syste, but he's sure brighter than the Black Hole Palin. The bad thing about her Quitting is now we're going to have to hear more coverage of her.

    July 27, 2009 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  20. Steve, New York City

    Admittedly, she's very pretty (and I bet she loves her children) . . .unfortunately, neither of these facets warrant giving her any boost to her "extremely meager" presidential credentials.

    July 27, 2009 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  21. infidel

    I like Sarah Palin and I wish her well. She needs to find her place. Politics isn't it. I think something in the media that she loves so well would work for her.

    July 27, 2009 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  22. Randi

    I wouldn't vote for a quitter like Palin. She's GW Bush in a skirt – nothings ever her fault either.

    July 27, 2009 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  23. Steve

    Please Sarah run for President in 2012. You truly represent the intelligenceas well as moral and ethical standards of all Republicans. In addition to George W. Bush and Rush, everyone should look to you when thinking what it means to be a Republican today. Please run in 2012!!!

    July 27, 2009 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  24. Willy Brown

    Oh you liberals are so scared of a smart conservative woman. Sarah in 2012.

    July 27, 2009 11:26 am at 11:26 am |