‘Meet the Press’ Panelists Say Palin Won’t Be GOP Nominee in 2012 (Video)

Former Gov. Sarah Palin won’t be the Republican nominee for president in 2012, a panel on NBC’s “Meet the Press” agreed this morning.

David Brooks, the conservative columnist for The New York Times, was so adamant on the point that he vowed that he’d eat his hat or a cup on the air if Palin became the nominee.

“She will not be, because people just don’t like that style of politics,” Brooks said. He explained that primary voters — Democrats and Republicans — don’t go for harsh politics, or what he called “a margin on the edge.”

Moderator David Gregory read the view of Steve Schmidt, who ran John McCain’s campaign last year, that a Palin candidacy could produce a “catastrophic election result.”

On “Meet the Press,” Republican strategist Mike Murphy agreed that Palin won’t be the nominee.  “She has a constituency. She’ll never be the nominee,” Murphy said. “It would be actually a disaster if she was the nominee.”

Murphy agreed with Brooks, who in print has knocked the supposed power of right-wing radio hosts such as Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck.

“The noisiest parts of kind 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.”

Brooks expanded on his print commentary about radio hosts. He called Beck, Limbaugh and Mark Levin “loons” who are “harmful for America.” And Brooks added: “They have actually no power over real Americans.”

E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post said it would be wonderful if the Republicans nominated Palin, but agreed that won’t happen. “She’ll sell a lot of books,” Dionne added.

Her book, “Going Rogue: An American Life,” will come out next month.

Murphy agreed on that point and added: “I’m going to wait for it to get spell-checked before I buy it.”

MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow called Palin the biggest brand name in Republican politics and predicted she would sell “a gazillion” books.

What do you think?

Hal Boedeker
Orlando Sentinel

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