Sarah Palin Still Not Ready For Primetime

by Brien Jackson

Sarah Palin is in the news again, and more or less for all the reasons she was such a soap opera before. First, she was an on-again-off-again presence at a major Washington fundraiser, which I’m told left quite a few donors very unhappy with the Alaska governor, and very unimpressed with the ability of her staff, then she gave an interview with Sean Hannity full of abject nonsense.

I’m on the record predicting definitively that Palin will not be the Republican nominee in 2012 (I wouldn’t be surprised if she doesn’t win any primaries/caucuses, other than Alaska’s), and these stories pretty much illustrate why. Ultimately, Palin, and the people around her, are amateurs. Her staff doesn’t know how to manage her schedule or build relationships with donors, activists, and other such people she’ll need help from to mount a national campaign of her own, and Palin herself still isn’t versed enough in either national issues or conservative mythos to avoid embarrassing herself, even with a softball interviewer like Hannity. Palin can dodge this sort of stuff in a general election by wailing against the media, but that’s simply not going to work in an all Republican contest. And frankly, at this point I just don’t think she has it in her. Whether she’s not smart enough to learn the material or she doesn’t feel like she needs to put any effort towards it, it seems clear enough that she’s not going to stop saying stupid things any time soon and, frankly, I don’t know any strategists/operatives/activists itching to line up behind Palin in 2012. I know people bacing Mitt Romney, Mike Huckabee, Jon Huntsman, even Newt Gingrich and Bobby Jindal, but no one who, given the choice of 5-6 Republicans, has Sarah Palin as a first preference.