Former Bush aide slams Sarah Palin as not ‘competent enough’ for Fox News

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While participating in a panel discussion Sunday on ABC’s “This Week,” President George W. Bush’s former chief strategist Matthew Dowd continued the senseless attacks on former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin by political elitists on the right .

Dowd was critiquing the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) for not inviting New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R), while welcoming Palin, who he said “wasn’t competent enough to keep a Fox News contract,” according to The Raw Story.

“CPAC, to me, has totally diminished its credibility as an organization,” Dowd said. “And you invite Sarah Palin, who wasn’t competent enough to keep a Fox News contract? But she’s invited to CPAC meeting?”

Palin has been critical of the Bush family in the past. In an appearance on the Laura Ingraham radio show in November 2010, Palin referred to George H.W. and Barbara Bush as “blue bloods” who were trying to “pick and choose” the 2012 Republican presidential nominee for president.

In response to Ingraham’s assertion that the Bushes were trying to “kneecap” the former Alaska governor’s potential presidential run, Palin said:

“I don’t want to sort of concede that we have to get used to this kind of thing, because I don’t think the majority of Americans want to put up with the blue-bloods — and I say it with all due respect, because I love the Bushes — but the blue bloods who want to pick and chose their winners instead of allowing competition to pick and choose the winners.”

Palin was snubbed by Mitt Romney and the Republican Party during the 2012 presidential race, which some pundits say explains the lack of enthusiasm that resulted in Romney getting over 2 million fewer votes than John McCain got in 2008.

Nonetheless, establishment Republicans continue to attack Palin for no apparent reason.

Tom Tillison

Tom Tillison

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  • Tammy Duncan

    Sarah Palin has more love for this country in her little finger than MOST people in politics. She is not out to just better herself, she truly wants to help this country. I think All that bash her for what ever reason are afraid of her!!!!!

  • ms moommist

    Yes, Tammy Duncan but as the Republicans have done for years is wipe out the talent younger ones for their old cronies. They don't seem to be waking up any time soon. The best candidate they had for Senate in 2012 was Mia Love and they were to ignorant to help her win.

    • Barry G.

      These people are commonly known as RINOs and they have hated Sarah Palin ever since she cleaned up the corruption in Alaska and defeated Murkowski. Andrew Breitbart used the term "eunuchs" to describe these men, I like something more like "traitors".

  • Barry G.

    And the truth shines through, it was the Bush machine with people like Karl Rove who lined up against Palin and joined forces with George Soros starting in 2008 that cost us the last two elections and have given us the end to America as we knew her. These types of scumbags should be held to account.

  • jeffrey jennings

    A former governor of a state has no credibility,and is not entitled to an opinion ,but a Chicago Community Organizer / 125 day senator who voted "Present", can be elected president….In Obama we trust ?? Only in America

  • Mike Ross

    Surely! Remember when those bad liberals called the Bush’s “blue bloods”? That was a bad thing done by people who hate America. But when Palin does it, it’s a good thing flowing with love. Gee, it must be convenient to have a variable reality.

  • Chris

    If Sarah Palin was not a treat to the political scene no one would but commenting about her. The Republican Party has to recognize their "good old boy politics" are not working and they need to embrace people like Sarah Palin and the Tea party or continue to be lead by the Carl Rive, Bush narrow minded policies that lost the last two elections to one of the least qualified persons ever to run for President.

  • Keith Sparbanie

    I wish I could go to CPAC. Sarah Palin will rock the house! Governor Krispy Kreme, on the other hand, should pull an Arlen Spector and join the Democratic Party. Matthew Dowd is a putz. PALIN 2016.

  • Keith Sparbanie

    "establishment Republicans continue to attack Palin for no apparent reason."

    ONE REASON — they are afraid of Palin and her power. She CAN win the presidency. She has been bashed for over 4 years by the lamestream media, Democrats, Republican Elite, and Hollywood — and she is STILL STANDING. Tokyo Rove and his ilk are DONE. They are unable to win elections with their "moderate" RINO candidates.

    • sherry

      You are truly delusional – much like lame brain Sarah! How does someone with a 27% favorability rating win 50.1% of the vote to be elected President.

      She’s still standing – yeah, standing on the sets of tacky reality shows because she has absolutely NO credibility on the political stage.

      You have strong, smart, capable women in politics like Hillary Clinton and then you have Sarah – weak, dumb and completely incapable.

      • Jan

        Sorry to digress,but Hillary has lost ALL credibility over Benghazi!

  • Sodakhic

    Usually these elites say, I like Sarah Palin, but………..Dowd didn't even do that. CNN said she didn't accept the FOX contract. Nice research Dowd. No wonder Bush went to 25%. Then he trashes CPAC, the base of the GOP. Excellent strategory.The battle will be Palin/Cruz/West vs Rubio/Ryan/Christie/Bush

    • Jan

      Dowd is another LIBERAL in Conservation clothes!

  • sherry

    Raleigh, N.C. – Add Alaska to the list of states where Hillary Clinton, at least for now, might be competitive if she runs for President in 2016. Our new poll there finds just one point separating Clinton from two of the leading potential candidates for the GOP- she leads Marco Rubio 44/43 and trails Chris Christie 43/42. Clinton has a 47/45 favorability rating in the state, including 53/38 with independents.

    It's not a match up likely to occur but Clinton would destroy Sarah Palin in a hypothetical match up in the state, 53/37, including a 62/25 lead with independents. There's no appetite among Alaskans for Palin 2016- only 16% think she should run to 78% who think she should not, and even among Republicans just 18% would like to see her make a bid.

    To put into perspective just how poorly thought of Palin is in Alaska now, consider this: Congress has an 8% favorability rating in the state. But asked whether they have a higher opinion of Congress or Palin, Alaskans pick Congress by a 50/34 margin.

    • Jan

      Not so sure about destroying her! I would like to see them debate before I would make a judgement! Popularity isn't everything. And Hillary has the albatross of Nenghazi around her neck!

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