TRENDING: Palin must be stopped, says Scarborough
November 30th, 2010
08:42 AM ET
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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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soundoff (325 Responses)
  1. daniel keating

    FINALLY some of the conservatives are coming to their senses. It just amazes me that I get opinions from my conservative relatives that ,"they like Sara because she's like me..." , Ummm, did you quit as governor mid-term? Do you hunt animals with a rifle from a plane? (I'm an avid shooting enthusiast–use a deer stand like "common folk"). Did you switch colleges 5 times to get a basic degree? Can you NOT name some magazine/newspapers that you read?
    I suppose the Bush's might look like "out of touch blue bloods" to an "out of touch hillbilly"...

    November 30, 2010 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  2. Born Again Christians Against the GOP

    Republicans are like evil snakes preying on the defenseless middle-class, but at least Scarborough has the decency and guts to tell his GOP room mates the truth about Barbie Bimbo Palin. She is upset because she lost a beauty pageant and now is riding a wave of popularity based on her nameless, toothless, uneducated hick supporters who hate black people. Palin is a true dummy by anyone's standards. Barack and Biden forget more in one day than Palin will ever learn.

    November 30, 2010 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  3. Leann

    This is a breath of fresh air to read an opinion from a conservative that feels the same way as I do. Palin is the reason why my husband and I turned from being a moderate conservative to an independent. We voted for both Bush Sr. and Jr., but switched parties due to Palin. I only hope that more conservatives speak out, otherwise they are only showing their lack of courage or they are saying they buy into her own ego.

    November 30, 2010 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  4. Susan

    Finally a Republican who will stand up and speak the truth about this nut job! I just don't understand why people are mesmerized by this woman... she can only string a few sentences together at a time, she just stokes the fear in all of them and provides no real solution other than going back to a time when we were all real americans... Sarah, when is that time? A quote from Sweet Home Alabama.... "oh, go back to your doublewide"!

    November 30, 2010 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  5. john, PA

    Shows how out of touch Joe Scarborough, MSNBC and CNN really are. Thin résumé, I don't see mayor or Governor of a state on Obamas résumé.

    November 30, 2010 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  6. Tam

    Thank goodness there is at least ONE smart Republican out there!

    November 30, 2010 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  7. Thank You

    At least someone can put politics aside and speak the truth, even if it is against one of their "own".

    November 30, 2010 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  8. Cpom Athens GA

    Glad to see an article that doesn't refer to Palin as a politician.
    The day she quit her job she became an entertainer.

    November 30, 2010 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  9. Carolyn

    Finally a Republican who is not afraid to tell the truth! If other Republicans think Palin is "not" hurting their chances for a victory in 2012, they are delusional. I changed my party affiliations from Republican after they added Palin as a VP candidate. Do they truly think the American poeple are that ignorant to think Palin has the credentials, knowledge or professionalism to ever be our President. But, it may help the Democrats to have her run!!

    November 30, 2010 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  10. PaulaAP

    FINALLY! Thank you, Joe! I'm a Republican who abhores what she's done to women and the Republican Party! What an embarrassment, as a Republican, a woman, a mother (ha!) and a human being!

    November 30, 2010 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  11. 2+2=5

    Let me hear how Obama was the celebrity.....come on now.....joke is on you and always was. Shame when someone doesn't know enough to be embarrassed, then you know they are really hurting in the brain area. A lot of these people are left behind from the Muslim, terrorist, birth certificate, you name it rants that were never proven or justified. Now we have a group of loonies running around America thanks to being uneducated. Wee 2004 here we come again. Please America, spare us the stupidity so we can continue moving forward instead of backwards. Guns, religion, real Americans, race, this stuff is for the kiddies. I'd like to think with what we face we are passed these idiotic quagmires, nobodies taking your guns, nobodies changing your religion, nobody is touching immigration as always, there is no such thing as the boogyman, just the same with Real and fake Americans. Grow up. Move on. Un-electable, period.

    November 30, 2010 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  12. scot burroughs

    I cannot believe people are so nieve. Palin is ONLY microphone for her own opinion. Anybody that does not agree with her or questions her is suddenly "left stream media". There is NO WAY would she run for President and she knows it. She's too stupid. Yes she will stroke her fan with the "possibility of running in 2012" but that is only to make her relevant to the media, otherwise she "BECOMES A NO HAS BEEN" which does not earn her the MILLIONS she is getting in endorsements, reality shows, FOX news.

    November 30, 2010 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  13. dbock

    Woohoo!!!! Tell 'em Joe!!!!

    November 30, 2010 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  14. Stacey

    You go Joe Scarborough! Now let's see if you stick to your guns when the momma grizzley goes on the attack. She has a very thin skin and I expect she'll go after Joe for telling the truth about her. If more republicans would grow a pair and go after her, maybe, just maybe, she'll go back to Alaska like the Silver Fox told her to.

    November 30, 2010 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  15. Carol

    SHHHHHH! Stop talking Joe. Don't listen to him. Run Sara, run. We, those with a brain want you to run. President Obama has so much on his plate, bringing our nation back from the brink Bush took us to. Run Sarah, so he doesn't need to worry about campaigning. It will be a landslide.

    November 30, 2010 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  16. tishagogge

    THANK YOU JOE, finally a republican speaks the truth about this evil woman that has divided this country with hate! Palin is like a bad DISEASE that won't go away!!!!

    November 30, 2010 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  17. Bruce

    Now, Mr Scarborough, you know something about your party that the other side has known all along-that most do not have the mettle to address the cancers that plague our society, namely the tea party crowd and the likes.

    November 30, 2010 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  18. Denise

    This is outstanding and spot on.

    November 30, 2010 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  19. Richard

    The press attention to this woman is just hepling her receive more exposure. Even bad publicity is good publicity. Over time as it is appears now we will be overwhelmed by her constant exposure.

    November 30, 2010 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  20. Deuce

    Hey, shut up! Us Dem's would LOVE it if Sarah Palin ran for president!

    November 30, 2010 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  21. a little sad

    Palin is the political Barney. She's everywhere, the children who believe in her swear by her, and the adults in the room of all political persuasions know that she's fake.

    November 30, 2010 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  22. Barking Alien

    It's time to pull the plug on Palin. She is a distraction to the GOP and is adding nothing to the political process other than polarization.

    November 30, 2010 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  23. John

    This article made my day. Somebody finally had the stones to say what the majority of the country has been feeling. It'd be great to see other members of the GOP fight back and try to restore some sanity to the right.

    November 30, 2010 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  24. jpmichigan

    Hey Joe! Since you've been on MSNBC, you are more of a liberal progressive than and conservative. So really who cares what you have to say. You have changes and fit in nicely with the rest of the liberal progressives on the Morning Joe show.

    November 30, 2010 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  25. sick and tired

    ARGH! why oh why is the media so intent on reporting this woman's every move? if you stop putting her in the spotlight daily SHE WILL GO AWAY! stop giving her so much free publicity...make her earn it by actually doing something like every other politican. every single day her name is on the main page, at least once, if not several times. WE ARE SICK OF HER.

    November 30, 2010 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
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