The roundtable members on Sunday's This Week derided or dismissed Sarah Palin, with David Brooks , the putative conservative columnist for the New York Times, declaring "she's a joke" and insisting "Republican primary voters just are not going to elect a talk show host" - leaving it to PBS's Gwen Ifill, of all people, to come to her defense as a fellow woman.
Left-winger David Corn yearned for how she will damage Republicans while the Washington Post's Bob Woodward agreed with Brooks and George Will wondered: "Some conservatives think they have found in Sarah Palin a Republican William Jennings. Why they would want somebody who lost the presidency three times I do not know."
The derogatory take from David Books on the November 15 This Week with George Stephanopoulos on ABC:
Yeah, she's a joke. I mean, I just can't take her seriously. We've got serious problems in the country. Barack Obama's trying to handle war. We just had a guy elected Virginia Governor who's probably the model for the future of the Republican Party, Bob McDonnell. Pretty serious guy, pragmatic, calm, kind of boring. The idea that this potential talk show host is considered seriously for the Republican nomination, believe me, it will never happen. Republican primary voters just are not going to elect a talk show host.
I agree with David on this. You talk to Republicans and they say they voted for Obama because Sarah Palin was John McCain's pick.
As the girl at the table, I feel like I can say you cannot underestimate the degree to which women will be drawn to her story. And that's who she's speaking to. These are people who are ignored, who nobody counts into their thinking, it's why she's appealing to Hillary Clinton. It's why - when she made her own a announcement, she used the term glass ceiling back in the summer. Don't underestimate that factor.
- Brent Baker is Vice President for Research and Publications at the Media Research Center