July 26th, 2009
09:48 PM ET
14 years ago

Republican: Palin is another Huckabee

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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.”

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

Updated: 4:24 p.m.

Filed under: Extra • GOP • Mike Huckabee • Popular Posts • Sarah Palin • State of the Union
soundoff (75 Responses)
  1. lanetim

    "“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.”"

    😀 bussy boy

    July 26, 2009 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  2. kgeukes

    Paul Begala is correct when he says she is the easiest to beat...that's why we dems want her to run in 2012...Run Sarah Run.....lol

    July 26, 2009 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  3. Craig

    Of course her picnic drew mostly supporters. Why would anyone else waste their time with this poor excuse for a politician.

    July 26, 2009 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  4. Barbara

    Let her die an easy death. The media is the only group keeping her alive. Quitting early, ethics problems, foot-in-the-mouth disease all need healing time, and we ar eall tired of thsi!

    July 26, 2009 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  5. Robert, Miami, FL

    Republicans have put on an impressive display of what not to do when you lose in any kind of competition. This now includes speaking ill of your friends.

    July 26, 2009 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  6. catmom

    Republicans are content with dumbing down their party. They seem content with having the most popular rather than the most capable. They decided they rather have the person who they most wanted to have a beer with rather than a nerd. They preferred to allow fear and smear to take over their party than someone who tells the truth. We see the results. Now you have some who actually think Sarah Palin is the best Republicans have to offer for no other reason than she is cute .

    July 26, 2009 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  7. Jim

    Well...who is this Catellanos, anyway? As a Republican strategist, what did he do to help Republicans win anything last year? Can't CNN stop giving these know-nothings a platform, or is it a part of your over-all strategy to see Republicans stay beaten? I'm also wondering if execs at CNN and the other media outlets are going to like to see their taxes go through the roof because of their blind support for Obama and the Dems.

    July 26, 2009 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  8. Zero.

    Now here is a Lady worth her salt... If you do anything to her level of Energy. You need your Salt. Is she not a new product of???

    July 26, 2009 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  9. Jerry

    Why is this a story today , I forgot that there is so much bashing available for Obama you had to provide a vent for the Socialist Liberal militia.

    July 26, 2009 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  10. Daniel Schlafer

    Isn't it odd that Mr. Castellanos would compare Mrs. Palin to the current Fox News host and contributor ? Is that a telepathic message from fellow conservatives or a CNN attack on the Fox News Channel ? I see no comparisons between the two former governors other than being the Relgious Right's flavor of the moment .

    July 26, 2009 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  11. Connie

    Ya think? Sarah Palin is an idiot, through and through. I hope so much that she will just go away...but I'm afraid that we won't be that fortunate, and that instead she will continue to inflict herself on the American public. God help anyone who views her as the Republican party's savior! She is not only a bad dream, she is a nightmare. Can you spell w-h-a-c-k-o??

    July 26, 2009 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  12. linday

    Who can trust her if she manages to secure a role in public office? When it gets rough or not to her liking like the pipeline or her time as governor, will she up and leave?

    Past performance is an indicator of future performance in almost all things.

    July 26, 2009 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  13. Blue Dog Dem

    Palin has a huge following. She can do anything she desires. The sky's the limit.

    July 26, 2009 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  14. Laughing democrat

    Huckabee served out his entire term, Huckabee has his own talk show, Huckabee successfully fought obesity, Huckabee is a former pastor with good morales, Huckabee has ideas for the country. He may not have made it through the primaries but he's served his country with honor and is still a leading voice. I usually don't agree w/ him but he's a good man and doesn't deserve to be compared to Sarah Palin.

    July 26, 2009 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  15. Doc

    The average republican follower (not their leaders, who are often cunning and amoral) is easily fooled and is most attracted to the anti-intellectualism or downright stupidity that is Sarah Palin.

    Unfortunately the once proud Republican Party has been reduced to an anti-science fundamentally ignorant crowd that now sees one of the own as a heroine (Palin), while their leaders and insiders try to steer this mass to a more devious and amoral type like Mitt Romney.

    July 26, 2009 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  16. Rick

    Bill Bennett, save at last! A non-slam dunk issue I can aviod an not have to waiver on. IT"S NOT REP and IT"S NOT DEM, what do I say?

    Bill, get off the pot! YOUR slam dunk GOP analysis won"t work in EVERY scenario. Comment, state an opinon (not a problem against the DEMS) and move on.

    YOU LOOK partisan, biased and un..............................

    July 26, 2009 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  17. Linda

    Only Mitch McConnell would say that Palin has a bright future in the repub party. What would he say of a democrat if they quit in the middle of their term? McConnell needs to go home, quit the Senate, and realize that unless the repubs wake up, that the world will pass them by. I believe in some of the "old" principles of the repub party-like being financially responsible, but this party has been hijacked by the extremists. Goldwater would shake his head, and have a few words to say to his fellow republicans if he were still alive. I hope Palin fades in to the background and never raises her head again (although this will not happen since there are still a number of repubs out there that believe she has a brain). Does anyone remember how she doled out royalties from the pipeline to the citizens of Alaska? Isn't this socialism you guys?

    July 26, 2009 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  18. JEJ63

    I would like to see people ruining for a higher office resign the office they have. If they are electioneering, they aren't doing their job. I would like term limits also. Two terms max and no benifits after office, they can pay into SS.

    July 26, 2009 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  19. Jeremy

    I don't know how she manages to stay in the spotlight

    July 26, 2009 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  20. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    Palin is nuts

    July 26, 2009 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  21. putardo@yahoo.com

    two elections in a row....and that's why Obama is ONE and DONE.

    July 26, 2009 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  22. Rasta Mon

    Huckabee,and Palin would be a good GOP ticket in 2012. they could wink,and pray their way into office.

    July 26, 2009 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  23. George Arlington, TX.

    Palin neds to get a job , but not in politics she is stupid and a show off.

    July 26, 2009 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  24. Mack

    As a Democrat, I hope she's the Energizer Bunny that keeps going and going and going and...

    The more blatantly anti-intellectual the Republican Party becomes, the better off it is for Democrats' chances– and the future of our country. And (former, don't-look-at-me-I-quit) Governor Palin puts all of that into a little box with a pretty bow on top.

    Go, Palin, go!

    July 26, 2009 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  25. TM

    Why are we supposed to care?

    July 26, 2009 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
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