MSNBC anchor Chris Matthews says Sarah Palin has similar political chops to one of America’s most popular politicians alive.
“There’s one unlikely Democrat you might compare to Sarah Palin when it comes to being a natural: the generally incomparable Bill Clinton,” Matthews said on his show.
“One clear similarity,” he continued, “moxie. While some mortals might have gone away after that humiliating pounding that Sarah Palin took in 2008, she’s been something of a comeback kid herself. Clinton would never call the media ‘lame stream,’ but he has had some equally unflattering things to say about the insiders who issued those premature accounts of his demise.”
Those outside her core supporters might find the comparison gratuitous, as the former Democratic president is widely regarded as having a first-rate intellect while the former Alaska governor is notorious for her apparent lack of knowledge on public policy.
Though Palin has been a ubiquitous presence in the media since she was spotlighted as John McCain’s vice presidential nominee in 2008, she has since seen her unfavorable ratings rise dramatically.
Having forcefully inserted her views into the 2010 midterm elections, she increasingly appears to be signaling an interest in running for president in 2012.
Matthews concluded: “During this last campaign, it was Bill Clinton who was the Democrats’ counter to Sarah Palin. She was using the campaign for her own future of course. So what was Bill Clinton’s angle? He wasn’t shy about suggesting the Democrats ought to be missing him.”
Yet Palin’s strong popularity within the conservative base and among Republican primary voters makes her a force to be reckoned with inside the GOP. Republicans secretly worry that her high disapproval ratings outside the base make her unelectable, but aren’t airing out their grievances in public, fearing a backlash from her supporters.
Democrats and allies of President Barack Obama are privately thrilled at the prospect of running against Palin in 2012, partly due to her ability to galvanize the Democratic base. Asked about the prospect recently, Obama’s 2008 campaign manager David Plouffe remarked: “Something tells me we won’t get that lucky.”
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