TRENDING: Palin must be stopped, says Scarborough
November 30th, 2010
08:42 AM ET
4 years ago

TRENDING: Palin must be stopped, says Scarborough

(CNN) – Joe Scarborough, the MSNBC host and former conservative congressman from Florida, says its time for members of his party to get off the sidelines and express their true feelings about Sarah Palin.

"Republicans have a problem. The most-talked-about figure in the GOP is a reality show star who cannot be elected," Scarborough writes in a column for Politico out Tuesday. "And yet the same leaders who fret that Sarah Palin could devastate their party in 2012 are too scared to say in public what they all complain about in private."

Scarborough, who recently returned to air after MSNBC suspended him for making a series of political contributions he did not disclose to the network, also took aim at the former Alaska governor for even considering a White House bid.

"What man or mouse with a fully functioning human brain and a résumé as thin as Palin's would flirt with a presidential run? It makes the political biography of Barack Obama look more like Winston Churchill's," writes Scarborough, later adding that Palin is pursuing a "dopey dream."

The comments come several days after Palin herself stoked speculation she is considering a run for president, with the 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee saying in several media interviews that she is conferring with friends and families about the prospect and thinks she could beat President Obama.

But Scarborough writes that prospect is completely unfounded and faults Palin for comparing her resume, which now includes starring in a TLC reality show, to that of Ronald Reagan, the onetime Hollywood actor. Scarborough also isn't pleased Palin painted President George H.W. Bush and wife Barbara in a recent interview as out-of-touch "blue bloods."

"Perhaps her anger was understandable," a sarcastic Scarborough says. "After all, these disconnected "blue bloods" had nothing in their backgrounds that could ever make them understand "real America" like a former governor from Alaska who quit in the middle of her first term and then got rich.

"I suppose Palin's harsh dismissal of this great man is more understandable after one reads her biography and realizes that, like Bush, she accomplished a great deal in her early 20s. Who wouldn't agree that finishing third in the Miss Alaska beauty contest is every bit as treacherous as risking your life in military combat?" continued Scarborough, in reference to the elder Bush's tenure as combat pilot in World War II.

Palin has yet to respond to the comments.


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  1. AC

    Finally, some one with some testicles. Great article. Breath of fresh air to hear a conservative repub make such TRUE comments. You won't here this from Cantor, Boehner or McConnell. Thank you for doing this.

    November 30, 2010 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  2. Ed

    Oh, no doubt this is the fault of the lamestream media, Scarborough is not a real American, he's on the reviled MSNBC channel, etc.

    I would respect the Repub's more if they do kick Sarah to the curb. They would be doing America a huge favor.

    November 30, 2010 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  3. Ben R.

    Finally! It's about time a Republican has came out & stated the truth. Palin has nearly zero credentials, quit the only political position she's held outside of being mayor of a town with a population <10,0000, & is starring in a reality show for Christ's sake!! The GOP needs to put a real contender out there & hopefully Palin will just shut up & go away (I know that would never happen).

    November 30, 2010 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  4. R Daley

    I agree, Palin is just looking to the media to fill her coffers. She does not understand the government or the Constitution, this is what you get when you just read coffee table magazines and articles about yourself and your family. Bristol the dancing bear and Todd, God only knows what he is really about.

    November 30, 2010 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  5. syeve

    I hope she runs and the far right nominate her. The current GOP deserve her

    November 30, 2010 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  6. Tracy W

    CNN considers Scarborough a top Republican? Holy crap!

    November 30, 2010 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  7. Jack Cardwell

    Finally an educated man speaks up. Never would I have thought I would agree with A Republican again I am proved wrong. Thumbs up to Joe.

    November 30, 2010 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  8. Eiolgj

    Why stand up to Palin just because she wouldn't make a good candidate for President. What about standing up to her because she couldn't be a good candidate. AT the very least, she has no knowledge of diplomacy, and we CAN see that from her resume and actions. Which Republicans think that they are able to stand up to world leaders world wide, but don't have what it takes to stand up to Palin?

    November 30, 2010 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  9. JC

    The most intelligent thing to come out of the mouth of a republican since the Eisenhower administration.

    November 30, 2010 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  10. Denny

    Amen. Palin isn't qualified by a long stretch and is divisive with her uninformed comments. Some things she says may resonate with many but there's just not enough there. Shame on John McCain, otherwise an honorable man, for dragging her into the spotlight. We'd never have heard of her otherwise.

    November 30, 2010 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  11. ch

    Thank you, Mr. Scarborough.

    November 30, 2010 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  12. malabar

    Scarborough seems kinda small for Palin to care about. good way to get his shrinking number of conservative fans to dwindle even further though

    November 30, 2010 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  13. vegas01

    Perhaps, they are smart enough to realize she stands for principles the people want, but do have grown accustomed to believing are not possible among politicians.
    Her supposed absence of electability is largely due to the notion no politician can win if they oppose a powerful central government and support individual liberties.

    November 30, 2010 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  14. mkemick

    Amen Brother, she is a pox on the country. There will be a special place in Hell for the people who thought it was a good idea to bring her to the the publics attention. Her babbling about things she knows nothing about refudiates the whole discussion around her experience. Let Palin chose between O'Donnel, Snooky, or Paris Hilton as running mates and let them have a go. US politics as "reality" tv.....and we are stupid enough to buy it.

    November 30, 2010 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  15. Grand Obstructionist

    Uh oh. First salvo fired, you just KNOW that the thin-skinned trailer park trash from Wassila can't let this go unpunished. I'm sure she'll run to Twitter and Facebook and let him have it like any mean girl would...Too funny.

    November 30, 2010 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  16. Bill C

    I am a conservative Republican, and I could not agree more. Sarah Palin is like a bobble head doll. Cute to look at, but otherwise not very useful. She will get trounced if she runs against Obama.

    November 30, 2010 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  17. EddyL

    Palin cannot be elected president. Glad someone is finally speaking up. Palin is an imbecile. Her election would be the end of this country. It's as simple as that.

    November 30, 2010 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  18. Sharmila Kazim

    "What man or mouse with a fully functioning human brain and a résumé as thin as Palin's would flirt with a presidential run?
    Kudos to Mr. Scarborough, please note, you're not alone. Mrs. Bush is also hoping that Sarah Palin will stay in Alaska.

    Hopefully Mr. Scarborough's got thick skin, as Sarah Palin is about to unleash her fury. Remember, she deemed the Bush Family as 'Bluebloods.' Don't mess with 'Mama Bear.'

    Mr. Scarborough's, you are my new hero!

    Its inconceivable to think that Sarah Palin's got anything of substance or significance to offer. The theory of her running for US Presidency is quite baffling and ludicrous.

    November 30, 2010 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  19. Rizz917

    I like how the opening line of this story calls Joey Boy a conservative, cute little influence of thought. Scar is no conservative, he's a liberal disguised as a moderate, working on an ultra, ultra leftist news show.
    What's striking are the attacks on Palin so early on, I mean... we just had the mid terms and already they're going after her. And look at what he says, that Palins' resume is thin? Make Obama look like Churchill? I think Joe has been on a 2 year drunken stuper. Obama had no experience at all in governing anything, none! I wonder, can someone check and see if ole Joey here made any such criticisms about Obama's lack of experience? I doubt it, why would he, he's a liberal.
    Palin was a governor which means she's infinitely more qualified than Obama.

    Joe is a RINO, glad he's out of the party, we don't need him to water down sound and rational conservative thinking. We have too many RINO's as it is. If we wanted Republicans voting the way Scarborough thinks, we would have voted for Democrats.

    November 30, 2010 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  20. noExcuses

    all republicans aren't stupid....they no this woman is a trainwreck waiting to happen and you will continue to see a joint effort to get rid of her in the next year or so because they know its a complete joke that she could ever win the presidency...this woman is not only ignorant but she is proud of it...

    November 30, 2010 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  21. Donaldbain

    Finally someone within the Republican party is throwing down the gauntlet. If Ms. Palin is such a viable candidate, let her spend her own millions to pursue the office as an independent. Sadly, this will only provoke another nonsensical diatribe from the 1/2 Gov lamenting the lamestream media. The rest of the party should stand up and say "Get out" as well. Bush Sr and (of all people) Barbara said it. Time for the rest of you to nut up and push the loony to the sidelines.

    November 30, 2010 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  22. gap

    yea, its about time truth comes out. I really don't believe repubs are that stupid to want to support a quitter who is dumber than dumb but is so grandiose that thinks she can beat our current president. Wake up America, and lets all get out their and make this vicious nincompoop go away!

    November 30, 2010 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  23. Jjfoley

    Thank God a sane voice finally is heard out of the black hole of Republican constituents who formthe most part have been standing by silently while the lowest common denominator becomes the base point off which insane candidates like Sarah Palin jump into a political arena for which they have no qualifications excepts good looks and snakiness and sarcasm. Our country is going down the tubes people...what we don't need is a circus performer with an insatiable ego to be the next president or even to waste our mental time for the next two years before the elections. Shame on those who support this shameless self-promoter. Thanks Joe. Now a put on your bulletproof vest.

    November 30, 2010 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  24. Boo-Yah

    And furthermore... PLEASE stop putting her in the media limelight. Enough already.
    Plain Palin is a Pain!

    November 30, 2010 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  25. Dave

    Although I share Palin's values, she would not be a solid candidate.

    November 30, 2010 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
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