The presidency is beneath Sarah Palin

That’s it, that’s the ticket. Even the most die-hard conservative has to know that a Sarah Palin candidacy would be a train wreck. But you can’t whisper such thoughts out loud without risking the wrath of Palin’s followers, or Palin herself. So what do you do for the good of your political movement? You play to Palin’s Alaska-sized ego in a way that even Henry VIII would have seen through had his most obsequious followers attempted it. (Sarah’s wrath is nothing compared to Henry VIII’s; she has never removed anyone’s head in other than a figurative sense.)

As Benjy Sarlin pointed out at Talking Points Memo, the new line among a certain type of Palin sycophant is that a White House run would be beneath the former half-term governor from Alaska. She exerts more influence by twittering, Facebooking and spouting off in friendly Fox forums than she could ever manage sitting behind the desk in the Oval Office.

There’s Andrew Breitbart in GQ saying, “I think the presidency is beneath her. There’s more power in being Oprah Winfrey than in being Barack Obama. It would be my goal for Palin to become Oprah and be the ultimate kingmaker for twenty-odd years. Oprah anointed Barack Obama.” Or Ann Coulter on MSNBC saying, “I think it would be a step down for her. It’s like saying Rush Limbaugh should run for President. She’s huge, she has enormous power. She sends out a Twitter on death panels and everyone’s talking about it. I think it would be crazy for her to run for president.”

I can agree with that last sentiment, anyway.

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