Neo-conservative pundit Charles Krauthammer has praised US President Barack Obama and trashed presumptive presidential candidate Sarah Palin in two recent television appearances.
On a December 31 appearance on Inside Washington, Krauthammer said that Palin’s chances of being the GOP’s pick in 2012 “are are smaller than half a dozen other people,” reports The Daily Caller.
He also said Palin “has a very strong core constituency but outside of that I think she is rather weak,” and that only “one in three” Republicans think she can even win the nomination, let alone the presidency in 2012.
Krauthammer “even employed a Keith Olbermann catch phrase to describe Palin and said even fellow Republicans didn’t see Palin as qualified,” reports the blog.
Here is video of Krauthammer on Inside Washington:
This is not the first time Krauthammer has downplayed Palin as a political force. While saying Obama “got lucky in ’08,” the syndicated columnist told Bill O’Reilly on December 15 that the former Alaska governor is “not practiced in policy,” reports RealClearPolitics.
Palin finds herself in a political situation “a lot like Hillary was in [during] the late ’90s,” Krauthammer explained. “A very strong constituency among liberals, in Hillary’s case, but then very high negative among people who are not her fans.” He went on to say the media has contributed “enormously” to this and Palin has handled it “reasonably” well, “but when you have that much opposition, it is impossible to overcome that.”
Krauthammer said he had hoped Palin would have spent the last two years delving into policy instead of launching a media campaign, no matter how “dull” it may seem. Unfortunately she has not, which is a negative to people who are neutral towards her.
Meanwhile, Krauthammer has given glowing remarks to President Obama for his handling of the tragic shooting of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and others last Saturday by a crazed lone gunman. In a FOX News roundtable discussion with Brit Hume and Chris Wallace, Krauthammer praised Obama for “the way he seized the moment [Rep. Giffords opened her eyes at him when they met after the shooting] and he brought the audience to that and became so inspirational” was “quite remarkable and extremely effective.”
Krauthammer added that he thought Obama was “already on a [political] rebound,” but that this speech would do wonders to help his approval on the way up, reports Mediaite.
Here is video of that appearance:
Hume and Wallace knocked Obama’s speech as more of a “pep rally” that the audience was more in control of than Obama.
“It’s not a seminal event for Obama,” Wallace said.