Former CNN anchor Lou Dobbs was on the Today show this morning talking about the potential 2012 Republican presidential candidates. When it came to Sarah Palin, Dobbs said, “Would I consider voting her? Frankly based on what I have seen, personally no.” Things are looking bad for Sarah, when even Lou Dobbs says no thanks.
Matt Lauer asked Dobbs about Palin staking out her political turf for 2012. He answered, “Well she’s certainly the front-runner in terms of her popularity in the Republican Party and therefore, de facto, it seems to me Matt she’s staking out her territory.”
Lauer followed up by asking the much more interesting question, would Dobbs support Palin. Dobbs said, “Would I consider voting her? Frankly based on what I have seen, personally no. … I think the woman had a brilliant address at the Republican convention last year. I think uh, since then, she’s left a lot to be — uh, I’ll put it this way — desired as a person who’s seeking votes.”
Dobbs was basically making the point that Palin is all sizzle and no steak, and he is right. Even crazy Lou Dobbs can see that Palin is the Paris Hilton of politics. She is famous for being famous. When someone like Lou Dobbs claims that Palin is weak on the issues, what does that say for her ability to convince non conservatives that she is qualified and competent enough to be president?
In a non-Palin related thought, it will be worth watching what happens to Dobbs after the buzz surrounding his resignation from CNN dies down. Bill O’Reilly announced last night that he is making Dobbs a semi-regular on his top rated show, which foreshadows the inevitable Dobbs move to the Fox News/Business family. I still think that Dobbs ends up on Fox Business, not Fox News.
Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor and Senior White House and Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA.Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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