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.
Democrats could flip the Texas state house in 2020 — and reshape the national map
Blue Texas? Democrats have long dreamt of winning Texas’s 38 electoral votes in the presidential election. That may still be a long shot, but a recent “Texodus” from Congress has given new talk to a political transformation across the Lone Star State that could have massive ramifications down the ballot and for decades to come.
Four of the state’s GOP members of Congress have announced their retirements in recent weeks, an unusual torrent of departures signaling that a storm is coming. And evidence shows that it’s not just hitting Texas’s federal delegation. It’s coming to Austin, too.
‘There’s an awful lot of really good Republicans out there’: Joe Biden at Cape Cod fundraiser
Former Vice President Joe Biden defended Republican lawmakers in DC as "decent people" during a campaign fundraiser held at Cape Cod.
"There’s an awful lot of really good Republicans out there," Biden argued, according to Washington Post reporter Matt Viser.
"I get in trouble for saying that with Democrats, but...every time we ever got in trouble with our administration, remember who got sent up to Capitol Hill to fix it? Me," he said.
”Because they know I respect the other team. I do. They’re decent people," Biden claimed. "They ran because they care about things, but they’re intimidated right now.”
Neo-Nazi ‘Atomwaffen Division’ holding live-fire militia trainings at ‘The Base’ near Spokane: report
One sign of the growing white nationalist crisis in America is a new outreach effort for paramilitary training.
"A neo-Nazi group focused on providing paramilitary-style training to far-right extremists has been conducting a massive recruitment drive and claims to have already conducted live-fire training with its members," Vice News reports.
"The Base, which is connected to extreme-right groups the Atomwaffen Division and the Feuerkrieg Division, has been promoting its growth on social media with photos announcing its presence in major cities across North America, including New York, Los Angeles, and Seattle, and in Europe, South Africa, and Australia," Vice reported. "The images often include a small contingent (typically one to three) of masked, camo-clad men holding weapons standing in front of The Base's flag, a black flag with three white lines running down the centre."