In a taped interview to air on Larry King tonight, the former first lady said about Sarah Palin:
“I sat next to her once. Thought she was beautiful — and I think she’s very happy in Alaska — and I hope she’ll stay there.”
Well, seems obvious that Barbara Bush doesn’t think too highly of Sarah Palin. Usually when politicos compliment-then-attack Palin, they say something like, “Well, she gets lot of people excited” or “She certainly has lots of passion.”
But the only compliment Barbara Bush could muster before getting in her dig was to say that she’s pretty. I think it would have been classier of Barbara Bush to avoid the “she’s just a pretty face” slam.
One can appreciate the talents of Sarah Palin and still prefer someone else for the GOP nomination in 2012. I think very highly of her pro-life beliefs and that she took on the Republican establishment in Alaska by ousting Gov. Frank Murkowski. That said, I’m not convinced that she’s the best candidate to carry the Republican banner against President Barack Obama.
But the real question here: Why is Barbara Bush weighing in on this? Why is she getting in a jab on Sarah Palin?
There’s no doubt that Palin is a media star and the talk of much 2012 speculation. But why does Barbara Bush care one way or the other?
Once again, I think the family is setting the stage for Jeb Bush to run in 2012. If Jeb were to run, I think most of Romney’s supporters would flock immediately to the former Florida governor. So the only other person that would stand in the way of the nomination would be Sarah Palin.
UPDATE: Here’s the video from the Larry King video: