Roundtable on Palin's Political Future

Roundtable on Palin's Political Future

By Special Report With Bret Baier - July 6, 2009

BAIER: Does former - soon to be former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin have her eye on that house? Here is what she wrote on Facebook over the weekend - "The response in the mainstream media has been most predictable, ironic, and, as always, detached from the lives of ordinary Americans who are sick of the politics of personal destruction.

How sad that Washington and the media will never understand, it's about country. And though it's honorable for countless others to leave their positions for a higher calling and with finishing a term, of course we know by now, for some reason a different standard applies for the decisions I make.

But every American understands what it takes to make a decision because it's right for all, including your family."

We have confirmed she did, in fact, write that.

We're back with the panel about Sarah Palin who will sit down for an interview with our own Dan Springer later tonight. We will air it here on the FOX News Channel tomorrow morning - Fred?

FRED BARNES, EXECUTIVE EDITOR, "THE WEEKLY STANDARD": I'm glad Dan Springer is getting this interview for FOX, but what she needs to do is fewer interviews, probably no interviews, and a lot more planning, because I don't think she has planned anything.

I talked to the Lieutenant Governor Sean Parnell yesterday, and he said she has just has been complaining how terrible the governorship had become, all these ethics cases brought against her, an ethics piece of legislation she had actually championed earlier when she was governor, and all these requests for records, and it was just dominating the office of governor, getting attacked by the media.

She was having a terrible life. And how do you get out of it? You resign.

That doesn't mean you have a strategy for running for office, for running for the presidency, that you have some plan that you're going to care I out now that makes sense, because if she were really thinking about running, and she may later, but if that were her chief goal, to run for the White House, she wouldn't have quit.

I mean, look at all the people, if you just go back over history, there are a lot of governors who have won the presidency. Bill Clinton and Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush, and so on. They have all serve a number of terms. They were not dropouts and they didn't act like victims of the press.

BAIER: You might not be surprised, but Rush Limbaugh had a different take on this. Take a listen to this. Hold on.


RUSH LIMBAUGH, RADIO TALK SHOW HOST: I don't think this precludes her running for office down the road, the presidency in 2012, at all. I think these people saying that she is an instant target because she quit is just - that's just inside the beltway formulaic. And she's not that.


BAIER: Inside the beltway formulaic - Fred?

BARNES: Well, I'm inside the beltway.

But look, no, I do think she has a future if she does a certain thing. My advice would be to run for the House and Senate, be a legislator here in Washington, a congressman from Alaska. She would learn a lot. She is only 45. If she were in the House and then the Senate, she could run in 2020.

And look, there is one thing she has that nobody else has, and that is this magnetic, charismatic personality. She is exciting. Nobody else is.

BAIER: Juan, what about the Facebook posting?

WILLIAMS: It just invites derision. And I don't want to join in or play into her argument that the media, the inside the beltway are beating up on her.

It is just that it is so puzzling. It's so puzzling. It was puzzling Friday when it was announced. Everyone has been puzzled over the weekend. Today around Washington people saying the prospect of Obama versus Palin in 2012 after she quits in the middle of her term as governor, that's no fight. That's a rout to the Democrats.

So even her fans are somewhat puzzled.

Where is the base that is going to respond positively to this? You could say evangelicals, white, Republican males. Men love Sarah Palin more than women.

But you have to do something with the independents, and this move this weekend, given that a large number of independents are females, hasn't helped her.

BAIER: Charles, what about Carl Cameron's reporting that she is going to start being much more visible, more present on TV shows, speaking out about various issues that rile up conservatives across the country? What about that?

KRAUTHAMMER: If she thinks that this decision is a way to advance her political career, she is delusional. She could survive this. It's possible. It may not be a fatal decision, but it's not an advancement.

It is a quitting, and I think it's largely a personal decision, a reasonable one. There was a lot of heat, a lot of attacks, and she wanted out, and that's OK.

If there was a political calculation, it would have to be, if it were rational, that after the age of Obama, you know, way down the road, there are second acts in American politics. Reagan returned. Nixon returned. Clinton returned. It's possible. But she has to make herself serious. If she imagined she is going to be a Reagan in the wilderness in the '70's and lead a movement, she has to be like Reagan, who was a serious man with serious ideas, who studied, who wrote, who thought, and made himself a major figure. If she doesn't do that, she's toast.

BAIER: One-word answer - does she run in 2012?



KRAUTHAMMER: Absolutely not.


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