Bill Clinton: Don’t Underestimate Sarah Palin

By Gary P Jackson

Bill Clinton sat down with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos and the subject of Sarah Palin came up:

Former president Bill Clinton had words of warning for Democrats who think Sarah Palin could be the best thing to happen to President Obama in a 2012 presidential bid – “It’s always a mistake to underestimate your opponent.

In the Republican primaries she’s very popular with the conservative base. She gets more people to come out,” he told me. “And she hasn’t won all of her endorsements, but she’s won most of them. And you know, she’s a compelling, attractive figure.

Solid commentary from Clinton.

I sat down with the former president as he kicked off the sixth annual Clinton Global Initiative. Palin, who recently made a high profile trip to Iowa, was the subject of Mark Halperin’s “One Nation” column Monday. I asked Clinton to react to Halperin’s take on the former Alaska governor that “Most of all, she is like Bill Clinton: what doesn’t kill Sarah Palin makes her stronger.

Clinton laughed and then offered his own observations.

I do think she’s a resilient character. And we may be entering a sort of period in politics that’s sort of fact free, where the experience in government is a negative,” he told me.

I think she’s clearly a public figure who is, who speaks well and persuasively to the people who listen to her. And she’s somebody to be reckoned with,” he said. “And she’s tough.

Clinton recalled when “people were making fun of her” he read about Palin’s husband finishing the last 500 miles of Alaska’s Iron Dog race with a broken arm.

Now, where I come from people like that. They think that’s pretty good,” he said.

Say what you will about Bill Clinton, and there is a lot that can be said, no one can ever say he isn’t a savvy politician. Someone who knows how these things work.

Now obviously, he’s not going to give her a ringing endorsement, and he plays down Sarah’s experience, a lot, but that’s expected. After all, Clinton is the “elder statesman” in the other party. This is a warning though to his fellow democrats. Don’t take Mama Grizzly lightly. Her bite is exactly as strong as her growl!

This isn’t the first time Clinton has talked about Sarah and warned his comrades to be careful. During the 2008 campaign he said he admired her and her abilities, and warned his fellow dems to never take her lightly. Of course, they failed to take Clinton’s sage advice, with disastrous results. Let’s hope they keep ignoring his warnings!

You can see video from the interview here

Oh, and for the record, the snow machine race Stephanopoulos references, the one Todd won with a broken arm, it’s closer to 2000 miles, not 500. Todd is every bit as tough and determined as Sarah!

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13 responses to “Bill Clinton: Don’t Underestimate Sarah Palin

  1. And she will run into the same problem we’re having currently a congress that can not agree to do anything. Each week it’s same story, do they have enough votes to pass a measure? Maybe / maybe not, doesn’t matter it never comes to vote anyway.

    What has been the democrate position – change all the Bush policies. What will Palin position be – change all of Obama policies? Great – on again, off again agenda’s.

    Until the nation’s unemployment rate DROPs, Forecloser’s are a thing of the past and our Troops are home, I don’t care who is in office.

    There is a HUGH difference in “representing views” and actually getting something done.

    • Gary P

      John I suggest you take a look at Sarah Palin’s record in Alaska. No one is better at running an administration. She took over a holy mess. On top of that, her own party hated her guts, because she made sure that many of them were outfitted with orange jumpsuits for their stay at the gray bar hotel. She took down most of the party leadership over the corruption.

      In short order though she was getting things done. BIG things. Remember, AGIA, the largest construction project in North American history, and her signature piece, passed with only one vote against.

      I suggest you go to Amazon and order Kay Cashman’s book, Sarah Takes On Big Oil. That will tell you all you need to know about just how powerful Sarah is, and her ability to get things done.

      Kay is not some “fan girl” BTW, she’s the editor of Petroleum News a serious publication that reports on the oil industry. The book is a must read.

      I’ve followed Sarah since she first became Governor. I can tell you there was a reason she had an 80-90 percent approval rating for most of her time as Governor. Sarah is a very effective Chief Executive, and knows how to get things done. She’s a LOT like Ronald Reagan. She’s tough, and stubborn. She doesn’t “reach across the aisle” just for show, like some do. But she has no problem bringing everyone together on important issues. People of all stripes find they enjoy working with her. She has that ability.

      She certainly had no problem being tough with the CEO of the largest corporation in the world, and before it was over, he was happy about it!

      Frankly, I can’t wait for a Palin presidency, if for no other reason than to see the shock on disbeliever’s faces as she gets things done!

      • Gary, I hope your right. Yes, I too have been following her career with big Oil and how she cleaned up her own party and took charge in Alaska. I just have a problem equating that to a National level.

        You want to impress me, take a shot at Chicago or Illinois for that matter, you survive that and get something done, I’ll follow you anywhere…

      • Gary P

        Compare and Contrast Sarah and Obama. Alaska and Chicago were pretty equal on the corrupt-o-meter. Sarah could have been set for life, had she looked the other way, but, she risked her entire future to do what was right. The AG at the time threated her with jail time if she blew the whistle on Papa Frank and the Corrupt Bastards Club. We all know how that turned out.

        Now look at Obama. He had the same opportunities to clean house. Of course, he would have met the same resistance and the same threats, possible worse. In fact, as racist as the democrat party is, especially towards blacks who “wonder off the plantation” Obama would have faced horrific battles.

        So, what did Obama do? He embraced the corruption, became part of it. A willing participant. THAT is why he went from a street thug to sitting on boards of far left foundations, the became a seat warmed in the Illinois Senate. It’s how he skated to the US Senate, and became POTUS.

        Sarah has a great quote about politics, though it applies to life in general. She says in politics you are either eating well, or sleeping well. She sleeps just fine.

        As for cleaning up Chicago, she’d be the first to say, as President, that’s up to the city and state, not the federal government. (unless of course, federal laws are broken) Sarah actually believes in states rights, like our founders.

        Let me say this about Sarah. The reason why so many in the dem party, as well as the GOP elites, are so against Sarah as POTUS is because the know exactly what she is capable of, when it comes to corrupt officials. Life for them would be quite different with a President Palin.

        This gal has been fighting against the machine for 2 decades. Having her in the White House would be the best thing for the country.

  2. Joy

    Good ol’ Bubba – he ain’t no fool!!

  3. billwhit1357

    Ms Palin would make a fantastic CIC and have the respect of all of our Fighting Men and Women, something Obama does not have because they know that Obama will back the Enemy before he backs one of them. Sarah reminds me of Reagen in a big way, her honesty, her openness, her ability to get things done. It still cracks me up when Progressives say that she has no experience, but slobber over their great Obama, who has proved he is no Leader, never had any experience at anything except rousing contempt towards others, and hates America and is not interested in Working as a President. He loves the Power and the Title, but he hates working for We, the People. He ignores the majority, which is very UnAmerica and Idiotic! Obama is a LOSER! He has Failed in everything he has ever done and will continue to Fail! The only people who like him are the MSM, Racists, and Welfare bums!

  4. Joy

    Billwhit1357, you made a GREAT point: Namely, Obowow only enjoys the perks & the title to which he has proved eminently undeserving – NOT the hard work and certainly not respecting the citizens he was voted to represent. All in all, an arrogant – and, sadly, but not surprisingly, incompetent – bastard! We’ll look back on this brief nightmare in our history as both an aberration and, as The One himself is fond of saying, a REAL “teachable moment” as well.

  5. Joy

    Gary, I could never have begun to express as well as you have just what anti-corruption “chops” our Sarah Palin has – and from your lips to God’s ears! And if only half of what you claim ever comes to pass, it will be a great day in America, that’s for sure!! Rock on!!

  6. Just wonder how Ms Palin is going to position herself within or outside the GOP? Does she need the support/endorsement of the party to win?

    If the democrate party is racist, the Tea-party is not much different in said terms. However, if Ms Palin has the courage / strength / determination and above all the stanima to change the bureaucrates of Washington and turn this ship around, we do need her.

    We need to get beyond the speaches and true change must produces REAL results that can bring us back to being proud of this country and openly participate in more honorable events than protesting and venting our anger.

    I for one am still waiting for that change…..

    • Gary P

      You saw how she ran for Governor. She will not need the support or endorsement of the GOP. She is a Republican, and will run as one. But she will distance herself from the elites, the losers that run the party.

      About the only insider she gives any time to is Michael Steele, but I think that is more personal friendship than anything. It doesn’t mean she’ll be a party hack. If you followed her tweets today you’ll know what I mean.

      Sarah doesn’t need the GOP, but they need her.

      The good news is she has always run against the establishment and has always been the “long shot.” She has always won though. I tell ya, if she had been in charge of the McCain campaign instead of the mental midgets who were, we’d be talking about President McCain right now.

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