Here is the audio courtesy of Media Matters:
After playing a clip from Palin on Oprah complaining about Katie Couric asking her what she read, Napolitano said, “I rolled my eyes and I was annoyed with the question, so I sounded like a goofball, I read most of them. I read all of them. I read any of them. It reinforced the notion that John McCain chose her for reasons having nothing to do with her competence to replace him should he become president, and unfortunately not be able to serve his full term.”
Later Napolitano told his listeners how he really felt about Palin, “I agree with her on many of the issues, but I just don’t think she possesses the mental capacity to be the president of the United States. She’s a goofball.”
When even those hard core conservatives like Napolitano think Palin lacks the mental capacity to be president that is not a good omen. I think that the Judge’s comments about her highlight just how ineffective she has been in changing the perception that she is a flaky intellectual lightweight who isn’t up to the job of being president.
Her book is generating a ton of publicity for her, but her position on the political landscape remains the same. Sarah Palin is still a deeply polarizing figure who a majority of Americans do not feel is qualified to be president. I don’t know if I would call her a goofball, but the notion that she lacks the intellect to be president will be virtually impossible for her to overcome.