Joe Scarborough tells the GOP to “man up” and take on Sarah Palin:
Republicans have a problem. The most-talked-about figure in the GOP is a reality show star who cannot be elected. 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.
Enough. It’s time for the GOP to man up.
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, despite the fact that the 44th president breezed into the Oval Office as little more than a glorified state senator.
Still, Palin is undeterred, charging ahead maniacally while declaring her intention to run for the top office in the land if “nobody else will.” Adding audacity to this dopey dream is that Palin can’t stop herself from taking swings at Republican giants. In the past month alone, she has mocked Ronald Reagan’s credentials, dismissed George H.W. and Barbara Bush as arrogant “blue bloods” and blamed George W. Bush for wrecking the economy.
Wow. That’ll win ’em over in Iowa.
Scarborough goes on to say Palin isn’t stupid, but then goes on to say just that.
Scarborough’s op-ed is red meat for those of us that don’t like Palin and think she should be no where near the White House. I can see this article getting a lot of play for that very reason. But the thing is, if the only idea to tackle Palin is to basically call her a two-bit bimbo from Alaska, then you might as well crown her to the 2012 nominee right now. Scarborough’s ire might make one feel good, but it won’t do anything to tackle Palin’s rise.
It’s interesting that in the article Scarborough brings up Ronald Reagan. Reagan was pilloried by the Left when he ran in 1980 as being dumb. You can see how well their plan worked: the Gipper got elected to two terms.
If the Left failed in getting the public to see Reagan as stupid, I can tell you those within the GOP who want to use this tactic are also bound to fail.
The rise of Sarah Palin is not simply because she is some kind of bully; it’s also a sign of the times (the failure of the “smart guys”). She represents the failure of institutions and the rise of Self, which is why she does so well on Facebook.
If we want to beat Palin, it has to be at her own game. It won’t be won by being sensible or mad, but by using charisma, street smarts and social media in ways that most candidates have not done before. And we are going to have to do something Palin doesn’t do, instill a sense of trust in America again (remember Morning in America?).
Calling Palin white trash might feel good, but frankly, I want to see some game plans from her detractors instead.
Crossposted at Big Tent Revue