Morning Shows Tout White House Claim that 'Distraction' Sarah Palin Is 'Re-Election Insurance'
Published: 5/27/2011 1:12 PM ET
Covering the growing buzz that Sarah Palin might mount a 2012 presidential campaign, the morning shows on Friday repeated liberal talking points proclaiming that it would be a disaster. Good Morning America's George Stephanopoulos insisted that the White House looks "at Newt Gingrich, Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann as, basically, re-election insurance." CBS's Chris Wragge hinted that Palin might become a "distraction."
On NBC's Today, David Gregory appeared and lectured that "[Palin's] not seen as a general election candidate." He added that "she's still relevant. She's still using Facebook. She's still opining. She's still attacking the President, but she's lost a little bit of that sting in her punch."
Co-host Meredith Vieira gloomily wondered, "But David, she also has higher negatives than any other GOP candidate. So how viable would her candidacy even be?"
Appearing as a guest on GMA, political analyst Matt Dowd was a little more optimistic about Palin's chances against Obama. He suggested the White House may be "celebrating" the idea of the former Alaska governor running, but he allowed "...Though I think Sarah Palin would help him get reelected, it's no slam-dunk if the economy isn't doing well, come a year from now."
Over on CBS's Early Show, correspondent Jan Crawford was more positive, pointing out that Palin raises the "energy," she explained, "But I've got to say, a lot of Republicans think that the bus tour is win-win for the party. Palin can get out there and talk about the issues, really take on President Obama, and get conservatives fired up about this election."
However, co-host Wragge sounded a similar, defeatist theme: "Well, we know she galvanizes Republicans, but she also does not have a high favorability rating in the national electorate. If she can't beat the incumbent, President Obama, right now, does she become more of a distraction for the Republican Party?"
For more on this, see a post by the MRC's Brent Baker on how the evening newscasts covered Palin.
A transcript of the David Gregory segment, which aired at 7:07am EDT, follows: