November 16th, 2009
11:43 AM ET
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Plouffe: Palin would be 'catastrophic' as 2012 GOP nominee

Palin would be 'catastrophic' for the GOP, Plouffe said.
Palin would be 'catastrophic' for the GOP, Plouffe said.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Barack Obama's former campaign manager and John McCain's former campaign manager agree: Sarah Palin would be "catastrophic" for Republicans if she is the party's presidential nominee in 2012.

Steve Schmidt, McCain's former campaign head, first made the assertion in October, telling a Washington audience that the GOP "could have a catastrophic election result" if Palin wins the Republican nomination.

David Plouffe, Obama's 2008 campaign manager, echoed Schmidt's remark in a newly published interview with The New Yorker.


"I think it would be catastrophic for them to nominate her," Plouffe said, according to the November 16 issue of the magazine. "A lot can change, but I doubt she'll run. Right now, in terms of her ability to sell books and get speaking fees and just go out there and be a prominent voice in the Republican Party, she's at a pretty high level. But if you run a race you're going to get nicked up and you may fall from grace."

Looking at the possible GOP lineup in 2012, Plouffe also advised against betting on the usual suspects like Mitt Romney or Mike Huckabee. He said to keep an eye out for a fresher face.

"We ought to learn from the Obama experience that someone can come out, not someone you've never heard of but someone who you just didn't think would run for president," he told the magazine.

Another former Democratic presidential campaign manager, James Carville, appeared on CNN's "American Morning" Monday and mischievously urged Palin to seek the White House.

"I think the most important thing is, run, baby, run," Carville said. "Look, this kind of entertainment can't be beat. I'm serious. It's fun talking about this. She's a complete hoot. She's got a charming - she's got an interesting story. You know what I mean."


Filed under: 2012 • David Plouffe • Sarah Palin • Steve Schmidt
soundoff (163 Responses)
  1. CommonSense09

    I agree with Carville....run baby run!!! The Democrats will have a bigger sweep than last election.

    November 16, 2009 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  2. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Palin's book Going Rogue is no more than a GOP Whistle Blower, she just changed the name. I wouldn't trust this woman within 10 feet of any political party, she can't be trusted.

    November 16, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  3. Robin

    Wow. Three Palin stories in a row on the ticker.

    Can we say, Obama is having a bad week?

    November 16, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  4. Marion/Alabama

    What would you expect them to say?Fear of Sarah Palin has galvinized both the losers and the Obama team. If Sarah Palin runs for the Presidency in 2012 the bed wetters had better watch out,She will take the lead early and keep it,because she connects with the people,not the Washington elite.... The reason they are so afraid of her is because she is honest,that means she will not be bought,by the Unions and lobbyists to promote their agendas.

    November 16, 2009 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  5. James

    I do hope she runs. I agree that the entertainment value alone would be worth the 1 in a billion chance that she could actually get someone to vote for her let along become president.

    November 16, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  6. Rob

    DUH! And so would my 5 year old son. Why would either tidbit be newsworthy?

    November 16, 2009 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  7. bob in LA

    The irony is, his candidate chose her to be his replacement in an emergency.
    It took Americans about one day to figure her out. They spent weeks lookinginto her background and NOW realize she should not be a nominee?

    November 16, 2009 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  8. Lacrosse Mama not for Obama from Bad Newz, VA

    6 Active stories this morning on the Ticker about Palin. For all of you claiming that she is "irrelevant", obviously CNN doen't feel that way.

    6 opportunities for the hateful left to spew their vile hatred toward her this morning.

    Oh...and for the record...ZERO articles on the terrorist attack at Ft. Hood. And STILL no decision from Obama about additional troops in Afghanistan.

    November 16, 2009 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  9. Gary, Los Angeles

    You got anyone else?

    November 16, 2009 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  10. SocialismBad

    Not sure why the liberals are so afraid of Sarah Palin. Maybe they just aren't used to having attractive and intelligent conservative women around them? Of course, she hunts so she's probably more masculine than most of the liberals that attack her!

    Palin needs to take more time and get more experience before running again. After the disaster Obama has brought to us, Americans won't risk putting another person light on experience into the Whitehouse.

    November 16, 2009 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  11. A. Goodwin

    It would be awesome if Palin was the GOP nominee...get's us 4 more years with an AWESOME president!

    Really – looking forward to the party of NO's nominee...whomever it will be.

    November 16, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  12. suefromALASKA

    She keeps proving she's a flunky. Let's just leave this dipstick in lipstick fade away.

    November 16, 2009 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  13. Thomas

    However, it would be a boon for the Democratic party...

    November 16, 2009 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  14. Steve

    Palin's totally viable, she doesn't just appeal to superstitious evangelicals and nitwits! Everybody really likes her and thinks she's honest, hard-working, and super super smart! The GOP should totally make her the nominee in 2012, that'd be a great idea! Do that, don't listen to the critics that tell you not to, it'd be a really good plan! Go with Palin in 2012!

    Love,
    The Committee To Re-Elect Barack Obama

    November 16, 2009 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  15. diridi

    she is stupid...thats it..

    November 16, 2009 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  16. RCasson

    I'm with Carville. Let the clown win, and watch Obama take all 50 states including Alaska.

    November 16, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  17. Sally

    I don't get it. If Sarah Palin is one of the reason's that the Republicans
    lost the election, then why are they still looking to her for a possible
    candidate to represent their party in a Presidential election? Why?

    November 16, 2009 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  18. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    Palin would be catastrophic if elected dog catcher.

    November 16, 2009 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  19. islanderata

    As CNN collapses it is going rogue. Look at your stories this morning. One after another attacking the next president of the United States.

    November 16, 2009 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  20. Mickey

    Of course she would be "catastropic" for the GOP...she already IS catastrophic for the GOP.

    As long as the GOP trots out disablers like Romney, Palin, Boehner, Cantor, etc., and lets "talk show hosts" like Beck, Hannity, and Limbaugh do the talking for their party, the GOP is doomed for years to come. Stop being the obstructionists you have devolved into.

    November 16, 2009 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  21. Enough

    What's in the white house now is pretty Catastrophic, we couldn't any worse than Obama. What's your point?

    November 16, 2009 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  22. diridi

    you can judge GOP when they say Palin...ok...

    November 16, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  23. Pass The Word

    Palin has as much if not more experience than the current illegimate ill-associated Islam supporting President.

    Obama prepared for his run at the White House for 4 years while neglecting his senatorial duties.

    The more this tripe comes out the more it shows the left fears her. Remember she did not have the 4 years to prepare, yet she eclipsed MCain in the a very short time. With the right preparation, she could run and win. But if I was her, I keep kicking the left and pander my book.

    November 16, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  24. mercado

    Please run Palin. It might give Obama a landslide victory. Wait, it will give Obama a landslide victory if he doesn't screw up.

    November 16, 2009 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  25. Black Viper

    Come one plouffe don't tell the liberal secret in public.
    We want her to be the republican nominee. We don't want to spend too much time and money campaigning in 2012. We want an easy target.

    November 16, 2009 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
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