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Sarah Palin 2016: What 5 Liberal Pundits Say About GOP Potential Presidential Hopeful

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By    |   Tuesday, 30 Dec 2014 08:45 PM

For all the faults of Sarah Palin cited by liberals, critics seem to enjoy her presence. A 2016 presidential campaign featuring the former Alaska governor would probably bring about similar analyses.

Commentator and writer Chris Matthews said on his MSNBC "Hardball" show in 2013 that part of Palin’s appeal is that "she doesn't give a rat's butt what the facts are. And I think that is her wild attraction. She's almost squirrelly that way in a sense that she's willing to say wild things that you and I will say, ‘Wait, that's not true.' She'll just come back and say, 'Well, that's being technical or you're just dealing with facts there.’”

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Matthews also noted that it was a long-lasting appeal. “She'll be around for a while, even though she wasn't governor for very long,” he said.

New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd has presented Palin with several nicknames, including “Queen Bee Sarah” as the 2010 mid-term elections neared and it became apparent a Republican victory was imminent.

Dowd referred to “the era of Republican Mean Girls” rising in the GOP leadership ranks. Palin was among the group.

“Whether they’re mistreating the help or belittling the president’s manhood, making snide comments about a rival’s hair or ripping an opponent for spending money on a men’s fashion show, the Mean Girls have replaced Hope with Spite and Cool with Cold,” Dowd wrote for The New York Times. “They are the ideal nihilistic cheerleaders for an angry electorate.”

Steve Benen, in a blog for "The Rachel Maddow Show" on MSNBC, accused Palin of attacking Americans in general for the way they vote. Palin had commented in a video that Americans could survive the Obama administration, but "can we survive the people who voted for him, twice?"

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“I realize that Palin holds the president in contempt,” Benen wrote. But he noted her most pressing concern was now “Americans themselves.”

When Palin called for impeachment of Obama for his executive action on immigration, Michael Eric Dyson, a professor of sociology at Georgetown University, called her accusations “treasonous.”

“Palin's arsenal of unsupported accusations and quixotic charges against the president aren't confined to the dark trenches of the conservative media,” Dyson said on MSNBC. “Palin is in the ears and pockets of serious contenders to hold office in this country.”

Bob Beckel, a Democratic strategist and Fox News commentator, occasionally takes on Palin face-to-face or through his comments on TV. But he also comes to her defense when liberals attack her.

Following the shooting of Arizona Congresswoman Gabby Giffords in 2011, liberals brought up Palin’s name because of target icons she had used in her campaign strategy maps to battle Democratic opponents.

Beckel pointed out the shooting was not a conservative or liberal issue. He said it was “unfair” and “unhelpful” to attack Palin because she used crosshair images on the maps.

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