Charles Krauthammer: Sarah Palin Has No Chance Of Winning General Election

Charles Krauthammer is still no fan of Sarah Palin:

On Friday’s broadcast of “Inside Washington,” Krauthammer offered several reasons why Palin shouldn’t be considered the presumptive Republican nominee for the 2012 presidential election.

“What do you mean if not Sarah Palin in 2012?” Krauthammer said. “No, but if not – who’s saying she’s going to be the presidential candidate? I don’t even hear her saying it. Her chances of being are smaller than half a dozen other people. If you talk to Republicans, I don’t think there are what, more than one in three who would tell you she has a chance of winning the presidency or even the nomination.”

Based on those reasons, he said she wasn’t the favorite.

“And she is not the favorite,” he continued. “She has a very strong core constituency but outside of that I think she is rather weak.”


“Her negatives are over 50 percent,” Krauthammer said. “She has no chance of winning a general election. Why would you want a candidate who is going to lose against a Democrat who is going to be vulnerable and who is also extremely ideologically ambitious?”

He even employed a Keith Olbermann catch phrase to describe Palin and said even fellow Republicans didn’t see Palin as qualified.

“A half-term governor? I’m not sure Republicans think of her as qualified.” Krauthammer said.

You can expect to see more of this in the new year. Conservatives are finally starting to realize, I think, that nominating Sarah Palin would be the dumbest thing they could possibly do.

FILED UNDER: Campaign 2012, Politicians, Quick Takes, Sarah Palin, US Politics
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Doug Mataconis held a B.A. in Political Science from Rutgers University and J.D. from George Mason University School of Law. He joined the staff of OTB in May 2010 and contributed a staggering 16,483 posts before his retirement in January 2020. He passed far too young in July 2021.


  1. sam says:

    Cue comment shitstorm.

  2. michael reynolds says:

    You’re conflating Republicans and conservatives. Republicans surely see the danger in Palin. But do conservatives?

    If you don’t find some way to keep her in the GOP maybe she’ll take her little Tea Party friends elsewhere. I see a 3rd party. True conservatives, not RINOs like you.

  3. Tsar Nicholas says:

    Absolutely true, Doug, but don’t underestimate the sheer idiocy of various elements of the GOP’s primary voters. It’s quite possible that Palin will get the nomination, which of course would guarantee another four years of Obama.

  4. Lava Falls says:

    Palin is the Republican Mondale. She will be nominated, same as C. McDonnell, and with similar results.

  5. Jay Tea says:

    What? Doug wrote a piece bashing Sarah Palin? I’m flabbergasted! Why, I never…

    OMG! It’s the sun! and it’s rising in the EAST!!!! WTF?


  6. Herb says:

    “Conservatives are finally starting to realize, I think, that nominating Sarah Palin would be the dumbest thing they could possibly do.”

    You mean….nominating her again.

    (Okay, okay, so she wasn’t technically nominated for the VP slot…..)

  7. Kylopod says:

    While I do agree the odds are heavily against a President Palin, I’m not sure Krauthammer has a lot of credibility when it comes to these sorts of predictions. On October 27, 2006, he became the first in a long line of commentators to declare that it would take a “miracle” for Barack Obama to win the 2008 presidential election: