There's currently a joke going around about ex-Alaskan Governor, current media sensation, Sarah Palin:
"Hi. This is Sarah Palin. Is Senator Lieberman in?"
"No, governor. This is Yom Kippur."
"Well, hello, Yom. Can I leave a message?"
This pretty much sums up the good ole' country girl intellect of the ex Governor of Alaska, and ex-2008 Vice-Presidential running partner of Senator McCain. So the question is, will she be up for nomination, or actually be the GOP Presidential candidate for 2012?
I don't think so. She has shown her colors. Hasn't she.
Christie Todd-Whitman was on Fareed Zakaria's GPS Sunday show and I feel she agrees. She was the first female Governor (Republican) of New Jersey, and wrote the NY Times bestseller, "It's My Party, Too".Governor Whitman is also the President of the Whitman Strategy Group and was also in the GW Bush cabinet.
She told Fareed that there simply isn't the base for the GOP to get Sarah elected. That pretty much sums that one up.
As for this last election, she said that people didn't become Republicans, they were just telling the President that he went too far left and they wanted more balance. Whitman is concerned about the 50% of the Republicans being new and having a shallow institutional knowledge of what they will have to do. They think they will go into it with a mind set of no spending, but reality is the government has to spend and there are services they have to supply, which will lead to a rude awakening of these new politicians.
She said, "I don't think Palin will win nationwide"; and that the GOP should have learned that in 2008, because they got their base out there and then they were "handed their heads." Plus, she said that there are plenty of others out there working hard right now, for that nomination: Mitt Romney, for instance. She also said that just about all the Congressmen and Senators right now think they are viable candidates (and obviously, they aren't all viable, what does that say about the GOP?).
Whitman told Fareed that were Palin to actually become the GOP nominee, she would "have to show me a lot more than I've seen thus far, as far as an understanding of the depth and the complexity of the issues that we face. I mean, I don't know her personally, so I can't comment on that. I mean, she was a Governor, but the fact that she left office before even completing her first term, is just not an attitude that I think is necessarily in the best interest of your constituents rather than what is in your best interests."
If I had to vote for Christie, or Sarah? Sarah would lose.