One Vote Palin Won’t Get

Mike Murphy is a Republican political consultant who has advised such nationally prominent Republicans as John McCain, Jeb Bush, John Engler, Tommy Thompson, Spencer Abraham, Christie Whitman, Lamar Alexander, and Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Mike Murphy is a Republican political consultant who has advised such nationally prominent Republicans as John McCain, Jeb Bush, John Engler, Tommy Thompson, Spencer Abraham, Christie Whitman, Lamar Alexander, and Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Republican strategist Mike Murphy has never been a timid talker, and he unloaded on Sarah Palin during NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday.

Addressing the 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee’s chances of getting her party’s nod in 2012, he acknowledged that she has a constituency. But he said, “She’ll never be the nominee. It would be actually a disaster if she was the nominee.”

He joined conservative columnist David Brooks in trashing talk show hosts such as Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh, and their efforts to steer the GOP’s direction. “The noisiest parts of the conservative media machine have far less influence than the mainstream media machine that covers the Republican world thinks they do,” Murphy said. “These radio guys can’t deliver a pizza, let alone a nomination,” he added.

The talk show panelists’ discussion eventually wended its way back to Palin, whose book “Going Rogue: An American Life,” will come out in November. Once more, Murphy showed he’s not getting on board the Alaska express, saying, ”I’m going to wait for it to get spell-checked before I buy it.”

Murphy has stepped in Palin controversy before. During the 2008 GOP convention, he, along with Republican columnist Peggy Noonan and NBC reporter Chuck Todd, were caught dissing Palin somewhat passionately. The three had just finished an on-air segment for MSNBC, and  began discussing the choice of Palin by Republican presidential nominee John McCain as a terminal error. Unfortunately, their mikes were still on.

Alicia Mundy
The Wall Street Journal

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