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

    It's about time someone came out and said it! Kudos to you Joe!

    November 30, 2010 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  2. fina

    about time someone said something!!! and it's the truth!!!

    November 30, 2010 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  3. essie

    HOORAY!!!! Finally, someone with an inch of a spine, stepped up to the mic in the GOP and let sarah palin know to just put a sock in it & "STOP!!"
    ...OBAMA 2012!!!!!!

    November 30, 2010 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  4. TheTruth

    She will stop herself. Besides does anyone really believe she is in Politics anymore? Just because you stand at a Podium at a rally does not make you a Politician. Lets refer to her as what she is , she is an author and reality TV personality – that is it.

    November 30, 2010 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  5. Name

    This my new hero. Palin is a moron. I could beat her in a presidential race. Thank you for finally speaking up.

    November 30, 2010 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  6. truth

    The higher one climbs the greater the fall. Joe Scarborough is no intellectual. He states only opinion and knows nothing about facts. Why politico hired him and MSNBC gave him a show is befuddling. He has no room to talk about Palin because he and Palin share a similar IQ. Scarborough and Palin are paddling the same boat. They both are nuts. And like a cowboy once said, "evil kills itself." It's just a matter of time before Palin and Scarborough fame runs out as they both have no intellect, just big loud voices that allow them to make a lot of money criticizing people who are smarter than they.

    November 30, 2010 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  7. ssdwcc

    Excellent and accurate commentary. It's beyond my rational thought how any human being can support Palin. How dumb can they be ??

    November 30, 2010 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  8. Citizen

    You can thank McCain and his advisers for letting the genie out of the bottle. Ms. Palin has found that there are idiots who will bank roll her for spewing out ignorance and venom. The republican leaders should have long ago thought of the ramifications of promoting Ms. Palin, Alas! now it is a little late.

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

    Scarborough is an idiot.

    November 30, 2010 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  10. Keith

    I think the author made a mistake of fact. Keith Obermen was suspended, not Scarborough. I agree however with Scarborough, the republican establishment needs to stand up to Palin and her shallow and unqualified Tea Bagger friends or risk distroying the republican party.

    November 30, 2010 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  11. Manuel

    I dont much care for you either Mr. Scarborough but thank you for saying what needed to be said.

    November 30, 2010 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  12. Rob

    Palin is just an opportunist. She won't run in 2012. She's just scamming people into buying books. Ignore her and she'll go away.

    November 30, 2010 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  13. Alex

    Tell it like it is Joe! She's an idiot, and I wouldn't vote for her in any party.

    November 30, 2010 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  14. Pamela Beyer

    The woman is an idiot. She is media created, meaning she has nothing to stand on. Geraldine Ferraro wasn't hyped after she and Dukakis ran in the 80s, so why is Palin so popular with the media? She has constipation of the brain and diarrhea of the mouth.

    November 30, 2010 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  15. Debbie from Arizona

    I love it. It's about time someone told it like it really is. She is totally unqualified to be the President, except in her own self-delusional world.

    November 30, 2010 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  16. ST

    What a courageous man Scarborough is! My hat off for him. But, and a BIG BUT does he think the queen of Alaska will swallow the bitter pill he has thrown to her!! Instead, in return he will receive the reply he never dreamt of in his entire life! He should get prepared.

    November 30, 2010 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  17. Eric Apollo

    It is nice to see that there is some level of intelligence remaining in the Republican party. To even think that someone of Palin's caliber would even contemplate running for President makes me ashamed to be an American. We want our leaders to have vision, a strong resume and demonstrate a strong mind under intense stressful situations. Sarah Palin does not even hit the bottom of the scale on any of these. Good for you Mr. Scarborough. I applaud and agree with your statements 100%. Let Palin focus on reality shows and leave running this great country to the leaders who have vision with strong credentials.

    November 30, 2010 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  18. Mike S.

    Way to go Joe. Finally, a Republican with a brain.

    November 30, 2010 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  19. Realistic

    Thank you is all I have to say

    November 30, 2010 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  20. Sammy Sosa

    Finally! Someone has the guts to come out and say it! It's about time the GOP stopped stroking this womans ego and seriously consider giving some focus on viable candidates for 2012. I look forward to a real candidate who can discuss serious issues instead of accusing/abusing the sitting president, past presidents, the democrats, the GOP and everone else on the planet who think Palin is not qualified to be president.

    November 30, 2010 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  21. Alistair

    Well said Joe, the GOP are wimps to stand up to this woman.

    November 30, 2010 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  22. MNResident

    I hjave always said one thing to Republicans like Joe Scarborough who don't want Sarah Palin to run for the presdency: Sarah Palin herself has said what it would take to get her to drop out–If you don't want her to run, find a better Republican who can unite the factions of the party, espouse true conservative principles, and beat President Obama. So much of modern politics is more about destroying the opposition rather than saying what you would do. Joe asks for Republicans to destroy Palin. What about advocating constructive alternatives instead?? I know-the real problem is there are not many real positive alternatives in the Republican party, so you have to destory the opposition to "win by default" instead....

    November 30, 2010 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  23. Ghibelline

    Don't listen to them Sarah! You should run! You can totally win! (snicker)

    November 30, 2010 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  24. Jerry

    Mr. Scar (borough), you are the one that needs to be urgently stopped. You are no longer doing news. You are on a vendetta against Ms. Palin.

    You are one big moron. No wonder MSNBC is foundering. Instead of attracting viewers, you and your fellow morons are tuning the off. Hopefully you and network will not be around for too long. Maybe then, just maybe then, you idiots will learn to be objective reporters.

    I guess we can only hope and wish...

    November 30, 2010 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  25. Ex-Republican

    How dare our party to even put out the notion that Sarah is somehow not good enough to run. She is way more popular than any other candidate that is thinking about running. She is down in the polls but that will turn around. Once everyone tunes into her hit reality show, and reads her book then they'll understand that she's suppose to get elected. If she doesn't even get the chance to run by our party, that'll show that the party is against women. Now is not the time to split the party. Sarah has done more work for elected party people than any of the other candidates. If they freeze her out, they can forget about my vote...period.

    November 30, 2010 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
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