In his newest Politico column, Joe Scarborough rips Sarah Palin whose "anti-intellectualism" threatens the GOP's success in 2012. With a scathing indictment of Palin's presidential aspirations, Scarborough asks Republicans secretly critical of Palin to stand up and voice their opposition to her presidential run.
Scarborough questions former Alaska governor's basic intelligence for even considering running for the presidency, although he admits later in the article that Palin "is not a stupid woman" but "does not know what she does not know."
"What man or mouse with a fully functioning human brain and a resume as thin as Palin's would flirt with a presidential run?" Scarborough asks, discreetly mocking former Delaware Senate nominee Christine O'Donnell (R) for her belief that American scientists have infused human brain cells into mice.
Palin's resume and her actions of the past two years "makes the political biography of Barack Obama look more like Winston Churchill's" although Obama was a "little more than a glorified state senator before he entered the Oval Office," the MSNBC host insisted.
So just to clarify, Sarah Palin – who serving as Wasilla mayor and then a partial term as Governor of Alaska – ranks far below the man who served as a state senator and completed not even one term as a U.S. senator before ascending to the presidency.
Scarborough also hit Palin for mocking Ronald Reagan and the Bush family, who he terms "Republican giants." Palin blames George W. Bush for the poor economy, Scarborough writes, and for that she should be called out. Yet Scarborough himself has repeatedly slammed Bush and congressional Republicans on his MSNBC show for failed fiscal policies.
As for Palin's remarks on Reagan, she was speaking in defense of her own background as a reality show star. When asked if her being the subject of reality television was too frivolous for a presidential resume, Palin pointed to Ronald Reagan's career as an actor. Scarborough thinks this makes mockery of the Gipper.
"Sounding like every left-wing politician and media elitist who ridiculed Reagan for decades, Palin sneered that she could be president if the actor from 'Bedtime for Bonzo' managed to do so," griped Scarborough.
"And now a point of personal privilege," he adds near the end of the column. "I work hard every day to assume the best of Americans who engage in public service. But I am offended by Palin's attempt to build herself up by tearing down great men like Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush."