TRENDING: Palin must be stopped, says Scarborough
November 30th, 2010
08:42 AM ET
9 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.

Filed under: 2012 • Sarah Palin
soundoff (325 Responses)
  1. Whatever

    I always LOVE watching Joe in the morning! Now I know why I LOVE watching that show so much... he is NOT afraid to speak the TRUTH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 30, 2010 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  2. Solutions and not Rhetoric

    Finally a Republican with some stones!

    November 30, 2010 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  3. chris

    Finally someone has said something about this lady that make sense!!!
    Now, if only CNN and all the major media outlets would stop trying to make news of a nobody, maybe the GOP would get a somebody!!!

    November 30, 2010 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  4. Joelle

    And the gloves come off! I'll be watching this fight, you betcha. Go JOE!

    November 30, 2010 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  5. Oy Vey Az

    That's it ! It's all a Dopey dream, and the other six fairytale dwarfs live in Alaska too !

    November 30, 2010 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  6. j.verrette

    Thank you Joe. It is about time someone is taking a stand w/the real truth about Palin. Talk about overexposure. She seems to find a way to be in the news 24 hr's a day. Surely in our country, we can find candidates better qualified.

    November 30, 2010 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  7. Roger Simpson

    Elect this lady and instantly your world wide credibility will be ZERO! Elect this lady and I can assure you that America will be the laughing stock of the civilized world for the next 4 years.

    November 30, 2010 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  8. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    That must be the most credible thing I've heard Scarborough say. I can't see her as President when the only media outlet she'll speak to is Fixed News. Having a reality TV show doesn't imply to me that you can govern or is gong to make me like you.

    November 30, 2010 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  9. ww

    way to go Joe but you do know now that you're the next target on her facebook rants!

    November 30, 2010 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  10. Eric

    I hope palin does get the nomination so we don't have to have a GOP president in 2012.

    November 30, 2010 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  11. Squiggs

    Ouch but true. I don't like any of the Bushes but Palin couldn't carry Bushes jock strap when it comes to a resume of service to this country. This woman is a national disgrace and an international joke. If she is the nominee and I hope she is for the Democrats sake this will show the world just how dumbed down America has become.

    November 30, 2010 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  12. a in austin

    Hey Joe, I couldn't agree with you more....

    November 30, 2010 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  13. Jon

    Good. Please, GOP – if you're going to try and put someone up, will you please, please, *please* do you best to choose someone halfway competent? Is that too much to ask? - Anyway, that said, it'll be a miracle if Palin doesn't take the GOP nomination at this point, considering all the cash Murdoch's sunk into her.

    November 30, 2010 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  14. larry

    Well Joe is right....palin has no chance

    November 30, 2010 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  15. R.I.P. Damon

    And what exactly has Scarborough done to help advance his party lately besides sit behind a desk at MESSNBC and arrogantly attack Palin? What a pompous jerk

    November 30, 2010 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  16. king

    hey dont blame this on sarah, you guys made her the way she is to take over the congress, now you want to through her under the bus just like you did steele. sarah is the best hope the dems have to keeping the presidentcy and none of you backward repugs is going to stop that. you wasnt complaining when she was spurring all that rubbish about the dems. now its time for her to spill the rubbish on herself so people could realize how dum and stupid the whole republican party is and how their ideology will distroy america.

    November 30, 2010 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  17. betterdays

    This woman is best suited to being mayor of Wasillla, the last elected job she held that she didn't quit.

    On the whole, she's undeniably passionate... and prone to oversimplification when discussing virtually ANY topic. The Republican party would have to be collectively insane to nominate her, but she's so full of self-righteousness that she might just run as a third-party candidate, you betcha.

    Intelligent Republicans will look to Romney or someone with similar qualifications and rational demeanor.

    November 30, 2010 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  18. Tom Mowchan

    Sarah Palin is simply representative of the all flash, no substance world of modern politics. You don't actually have to know nor accomplish anything to become a "superstar" in the political world. Why is it that our doctors, lawyers, and teachers need to be qualified and certified, but our political leaders only have to pass the test of popularity? I propose a series of written and practical tests be given to aspiring political leaders. At least then, we might get political leaders who actually understand what is in the Constitution.

    November 30, 2010 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  19. German,IrishAmerican

    Great man? LMAO !!!! Joe, the former conservative turned hatefilled liberal, touts Obama's resume as a community organizer who taught voter fraud and corruption to ACORN as a viable candidate? Sure, the media and slow thinking Americans elected him President, but let's look at what Obama predicted against Palin. Iraq surge- Palin right, Obama wrong. Unemployment under 8% and 4 million jobs created in private sector in 2009 with stimulus, didn't happen, 850 billion wasted, Palin right, Obama wrong. Obamacare cheaper and more affordable to businesses, now proven wrong as Obama had to exempt over 100 businesses so far so they could stay in business due to healthcare bill, Palin right, Obama wrong. In these three major Government issues Obama looks patheticaly stupid compared to Palin. Sorry Joe, go hang out with Butch Maddow and "tingle up my leg" Matthews to keep your sick love for Obama alive, and your bigotry and hatred strong for anyone that disagrees with your perverted view of Obama.

    November 30, 2010 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  20. guest

    Joe-we disagree on alot. But this right here, esp. coming from a conservative, is powerful stuff and the most honest comment on this woman I have yet to read. WELL SAID

    November 30, 2010 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  21. Bill

    CNN, Plain Must Be Stopped? Your words or his? I found implied meaning that she should not run but no flat out comment about stopping her. Your feelings or his? This is the United States of America, people have a right to free speach as long as it is not slander or libel.... No amount of wishing will take that away yet..... I realize that you want to become the Pravda of the USSA when it all comes about ... but we are not there yet so please keep your opinions/interpretations to yourselves.

    November 30, 2010 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  22. Anne

    Joe Scarborough is a fake conservative. MSNBC is a fake news network. If the media spent their time scrutinizing Obama like they did Palin, he would be impeached. Obama is as dirty as the come in politics.

    November 30, 2010 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  23. CathyinAZ

    I am not a usual supporter of Joe Scarborough BUT in this case he is 100% correct in his assessment of Sarah Palin, I am waiting for the "established" members of the GOP to also voice their opinions as well. I would have much more respect for them. I BLAME JOHN MCCAIN for the mess that is Sarah Palin. In my mind, that was enough to vote him out of office to say nothing of his current stance on every issue. ENOUGH OF SARAH PALIN!

    November 30, 2010 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  24. AF.

    Yes ! it is time for sarah Palin to stop showing her mediocrity in politic as well as in diplomacy. Palin was failled to handling her own family which is the first great responsability someone could ever had, Thought....

    November 30, 2010 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  25. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    OOOOH, a Conservative Republican finally is standing up to the Quitter! Now he will have to put up with Rush and his Dittoheads, and Glenn Beck and his crocodile tears for being the only other major Conservative figure (sorry Mrs. Bush, while I respect you, I really don't count you as major) besides Karl Rove to come out saying she isn't qualified! While her candidacy would be a dream to Liberal Dems like me, and it would devastate the Republican party for at least a generation, it would take away from the public forum valid arguments that we need to hear. Unfortunately, a lot of those arguments are being buried by the ideological purists trying to take full control of the Republican Party, so anyone who agrees in public with any Democrat is now painted as ideologically tainted and targeted for removal by the Tea Party folks. When will the rest of the Republicans wake up to the inherent terrorism being perpetrated by the extreme right?

    November 30, 2010 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
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