Christine Todd Whitman: Sarah Palin Lacks Depth, Can’t Win Nationwide

Don’t count former New Jersey Governor Christine Todd Whitman as a fan of Sarah Palin:

“Every congressman and senator right now thinks they can be president,” Whitman said on CNN’s “Fareed Zakaria GPS”.

Whitman said Palin could energize the base of the Republican Party, “but the base isn’t big enough.”

“I don’t think she’ll win nationwide,” she said. “You’ve got to start competing for the center. And so far I haven’t seen a lot of outreach on the part of Sarah Palin for that.”

When asked if she would support Palin as the nominee, Whitman said Palin hadn’t yet made her case.

“If she were the Republican candidate she’d have to show me a lot more than I’ve seen thus far as far as an understanding of the depth and the complexity of the issues that we face,” Whitman said. “I mean, I don’t know her personally. So I can’t comment on that.

“I mean, she was a governor,” said Whitman, who served two terms leading New Jersey and then went on to head the Environmental Protection Agency. “But the fact that she left office before even completing her first term is — that’s just not a attitude that I think is necessarily in the best interest of your constituents — rather what’s in your best interests.”

Whitman has never been well-liked by the social conservative wing of the GOP and this is sure to reinforce their attitude about her but she does join a growing list of mainstream Republicans who are beginning to publicly express doubts about the appropriateness of Sarah Palin being the GOP nominee in 2012.

Here’s the full video of her appearance on CNN, which concentrates mostly on her warning to incoming Republicans in Congress that they are mis-interpreting the results of the elections:

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Comments

  1. DC Loser says:

    That’s because Whitman’s another one of them Northeast Elitist Blueblood RINOs.

  2. Eric Florack says:

    So she is, in reality. She is still under the illusion that ‘the center’ is some kind of elctoral panacea. In reality, fighting for the center is exactly why McCain lost his presidential bid. Whitman, and the rest of the Establishment GOP cannot bring themselves to admit that.

    And isn’t it revealing how the establishment GOP and the far left are singing the same song about the Tea Party? They both view them as a threat.

  3. An Interested Party says:

    “And isn’t it revealing how the establishment GOP and the far left are singing the same song about the Tea Party? They both view them as a threat.”

    Really? Funny how the establishment GOP treats a movement it considers a “threat”, considering the recently negotiated tax deal that blows a hole in the budget…looks like they aren’t terribly frightened of the Tea Party types…

  4. Tano says:

    “And isn’t it revealing how the establishment GOP and the far left are singing the same song about the Tea Party?”

    Its not just the mainstream GOP and the far left, it is the medium left, the near left, and the center as well. Its everyone but the far right.

  5. Eric Florack says:

    AIP, may I suggest you look more closely at the ‘tax deal’ which in reality involves no tax cuts past a minuscule cut in oayroll taxes for 2 years, and also contains monumental slices of pork fat?

    Oh, and Tano… no, not nearly ‘everyone’…had you neglected the voters? Where did that huge shift come from, do you suppose?

  6. An Interested Party says:

    “…the ‘tax deal’ which in reality involves no tax cuts…”

    Other than keeping the Bush tax cuts in place, that is…no matter how one wants to characterize the deal, it certainly appears to be something that is anathema to Tea Party types, what with all those “monumental slices of pork fat”, which is my exact point…yeah, the establishment GOP is just running in fear of that movement…

    “Where did that huge shift come from, do you suppose?”

    Lots of motivated Republicans and lots of unmotivated Democrats…fairly typical of an off-year election really…

  7. Eric Florack says:

    Typical? That kind of an off year swing hasn’t happened since the 30’s, AIP.

    That the message from the voters hasn’t ben received by the establishment GOP is certainly true, but that does not mean the tea party isn’t still considered a threat.

  8. anjin-san says:

    > That the message from the voters hasn’t ben received by the establishment GOP

    What message is that? If not for Palin/tea party, the GOP would control the Senate as we speak. So I think the message is something other in reality than it is in your fantasies.

    Of course you are the guy who was reposting the McCain campaign’s last minute desperation press releases (which contained utter nonsense) as if they had been handed down from a burning bush, all the while crowing about the special “insider” information you had access to.

    In other words, you have a track record of being a rather gullible tool.

  9. Tano says:

    “Where did that huge shift come from, do you suppose?”

    Where do you think it came from? You claim that the center-right is anti-TP, and so is the far left. Surely you do not imagine that the TP is supported by the plain ol’ left, or the center left. Are you claiming they are a movement of the far right and the center?

    Polls show TP support usually in the 25-30% range, overwhelmingly from Republicans. That pretty much is the size of identification with the GOP itself, and about 2/3 of what the GOP can usually expect as a minimum in a national election. Support from Dems is in the single digits – thats all Dems, not just the “far left”. Among independents, it hovers around 20%.

    “the ‘tax deal’ which in reality involves no tax cuts past a minuscule cut in oayroll taxes…”

    What are you nuts? It extends for two years ALL of the Bush tax cuts. Thats enormous.

  10. TG Chicago says:

    Eric Florack said: “In reality, fighting for the center is exactly why McCain lost his presidential bid.”

    Can you explain this? Obama won in an electoral landslide. I mean, regardless of whether you like McCain, Obama is clearly more personably appealing, and with Bush’s approval in the gutter, people wanted a change. I don’t see how going even further right would have helped McCain.

  11. nathan hale says:

    My recollection is she didn’t complete her second term of Governor, and she resigned her EPA
    posting, ahead of time

  12. Trumwill says:

    Six years as governor of New Jersey beats 2.5 as governor of Alaska. And, of course, she left to take another public position. Beyond which, nobody here is endorsing Whitman for president.

  13. daveinboca says:

    I wonder if rich over-the-hill Christine has a Mex-maid in her background like her cousin Meg in California? Chrissie the left-center biyotch quit her job at EPA after two years with parting shots at the POTUS who appointed her. Gratitude issues?

    Sarah quit because the Dems did the same thing to her as they did to Meg, hit her with specious lawsuits and spurious charges and run up legal fees and other expenses she couldn’t afford.
    Now she’s dancing to the bank while RINO Christine is probably crocheting doilies in her spare time, or maybe counseling Chris Christie on how to lose weight. Could she be a Christie torpedo delivered to sink a rival? Doubt it, as no one pays attention to her except the Gray Lady Down.

    Finally, Whitman is panting to get back in the spotlight after a decade of exile for being generally regarded as a non-important and blah-blah biyotch with NO FOLLOWING WHATSOEVER in the GOP. CNN loves her though and I’ll bet Keith Overbite is trying to get her on Monday’s show for his token Republican of the week on the socialists-Alinsky guidance program nobody watches on MessNBC.

  14. anjin-san says:

    > In reality, fighting for the center is exactly why McCain lost his presidential bid.

    In reality, back in 2008 you were telling us about the civil war the Democrats were going to have in Denver, and how Obama was unelectable. In reality, you simply regurgitate things you read on right wing blogs…

  15. anjin-san says:

    > Sarah quit because the Dems did the same thing to her

    In other words, she could not take the heat and got out of the kitchen. Not a good quality for a President.

    > Now she’s dancing to the bank

    Now we are discussing what Palin is really all about.

  16. sam says:

    BitEric, drawing on his keen sense of the political, says:

    “And isn’t it revealing how the establishment GOP and the far left are singing the same song about the Tea Party? They both view them as a threat.”

    AIP comments:

    “Really? Funny how the establishment GOP treats a movement it considers a “threat”, considering the recently negotiated tax deal that blows a hole in the budget…looks like they aren’t terribly frightened of the Tea Party types…”

    BitEric, with the sharpness of mind we’ve all come to appreciate, repoistes:

    “AIP, may I suggest you look more closely at the ‘tax deal’ which in reality involves no tax cuts past a minuscule cut in payroll taxes for 2 years, and also contains monumental slices of pork fat?”

    This he counts as evidence the GOP is really and truly scared of the Tea Party, not realizing he just reinforced AIP’s point. Idiot.

  17. john personna says:

    I’m catching a few minutes of Sarah Palin’s Alaska here and there. It makes me like Sarah and Alaska more. But, to channel Barbara Bush, it’s too bad she isn’t happy up there.

    As excellent as Alaska and the Palin lifestyle are, they aren’t really lower-48. We have more complex problems, with solutions that aren’t nearly as fun as applying a 12ga.

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