George Will: Sarah Palin ‘cannot be elected president’

By David Edwards
Monday, January 3, 2011 9:43 EDT
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Conservative columnist George Will doesn’t have much faith in Sarah Palin.

The former Alaska governor “cannot be elected president,” he declared Sunday.

ABC’s This Week invited a round table of pundits to start the year by speculating which Republicans had a chance at being elected president.

“Who do you like?” ABC’s Jake Tapper asked Will.

“How many people remember that Huckabee got more delegates than Romney got?” Will wondered. “Huckabee won Iowa.”

“I believe the [President Barack Obama's] secret weapon may be the Republican nominating electorate because there is one person high in the polls, Sarah Palin, who cannot be elected because she cannot compete where elections are decided in the collar counties around Chicago, Montgomery County outside Philadelphia — just can’t compete there,” he said.

A CNN poll released last week indicated that Palin may be losing her base. Only 49 percent of Republicans would support the former governor’s presidential bid, an 18 point drop since December 2008.

“The person that wins the White House usually wins a majority of the electoral votes in the Mississippi Valley. To me, that says [Minnesota Gov. Tim] Pawlenty, [Sen. John] Thune, [Indiana Gov.] Mitch Daniels certainly,” Will said.

Democratic strategist Donna Brazile agreed that Daniels was the person she would least like to see with the GOP nomination.

“I think he’s an interesting candidate,” she said. “I think he would make a strong Republican nominee, but I don’t think he can beat President Obama.”

“I do like Daniels and I think that Americans often vote for the opposite of what disappointed them,” Will added. “If they’re disappointed with Mr. Obama, then a short, balding, unimpressive, uncharismatic, competent governor may be just the thing.”

“Bring it on,” Brazile said.

This video is from ABC’s This Week, broadcast Jan. 2, 2010.

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David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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