Scarborough, Buchanan Completely Reverse Positions On Palin In Just Five Days

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"Scarborough, Buchanan Completely Reverse Positions On Palin In Just Five Days"

Today, Joe Scarborough and Pat Buchanan enthusiastically endorsed Gov. Sarah Palin, praising her experience compared to Sen. Barack Obama’s (D-IL) and slamming criticism of her as sexist attempts to “destroy this woman”:

BUCHANAN: Maybe she doesn’t have the foreign policy experience to be president now. But she’s a great asset, and she’s not DC, so they want to kill her. They are trying to destroy her in a way. [...]

SCARBOROUGH: How can Barack Obama’s campaign criticize an inexperienced number two on the Republican side when Democrats have picked, I would say, probably the most inexperienced person to run for President of the United States in the Democratic party probably in a century?

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What a difference five days makes. Awaiting McCain’s VP announcement on Friday, Scarborough and Buchanan sang a very different tune, declaring Palin too inexperienced and pointing out that Obama “validated himself with 18 million votes”:

SCARBOROUGH: She’s only, she’s only been a governor for one year?

BUCHANAN: She’s been a governor one-and-a-half years, yeah.

SCARBOROUGH: That, that will not work. [Laughter] No seriously, you’re going to bring somebody from Alaska who’s been a governor — Let’s be honest here. … I just find it hard to believe that with the problems that we have across the world…that you’re going to have a governor that’s been there for one-and-a-half years as Vice President.

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SCARBOROUGH: You can legitimately ask whether she’s qualified to be president because of her experience. Of course that’s a bit strange thing to argue when Barack Obama actually was in session in the senate for about 130, 140 days before he decided to be commander in chief. [...]

SCARBOROUGH: A lot of people will say, I’ll take somebody who ran a state with a $9 billion budget over somebody that voted in the Senate for a couple of years. [...]

BUCHANAN: Look, you know what they want? They want to destroy this woman. We’ve picked — whatever you say about the other party, we picked somebody we love. She’s fresh, she’s inspired, she’s an outdoor gal, she’s done a great job in Alaska. Maybe she doesn’t have foreign policy experience to be President now. But she’s a great asset, and she’s not DC, so they want to kill her. They are trying to destroy her in a way — I think it’s evil what they are trying to do and the way they are doing it, it is a smearing attempt. [...]

SCARBOROUGH: Gloria Steinem was right. We were talking about this before. Gloria Steinem wrote an op-ed the night before the New Hampshire primary and said if a woman had as little experience as Barack Obama, she would be eviscerated by the press. Well, Gary Wells proves her right. All the op-eds today prove her right. It’s sexist. [...]

SCARBOROUGH: How can Barack Obama’s campaign criticize an inexperienced number two on the republican side when democrats have picked, I would say, probably the most inexperienced person to run for President of the United States in the Democratic party probably in a century?

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SCARBOROUGH: With all the problems though that we have pointed out, and the fact that John McCain is 72 years old — 72 years old — do you really want somebody that America doesn’t know to step in being just one heartbeat away from being the President?

BUCHANAN: Well you mentioned that word, commander in chief. And it’s hard to see this Sarah Palin as commander in chief within say the next year or so. So I think — that is the real risk that just this woman, she might be outstanding, might get women, get conservatives, energize the base, but I think the argument made against her would be that she just is not ready to be commander in chief, and she could jsut get eaten alive in a debate with Joe Biden.

SCARBOROUGH: How many years has she been in office?

BUCHANON: I think only — ’66 I believe she was elected.

SCARBOROUGH: In ’06.

BUCHANAN: She threw out Murkowski in a primary–

SCARBOROUGH: She’s only, she’s only been a governor for one year?

BUCHANAN: She’s been a governor one-and-a-half years, yeah.

SCARBOROUGH: That, that will not work. [Laughter] No seriously, you’re going to bring somebody from Alaska who’s been a governor — Let’s be honest here.

BRZEZINSKI: Well we don’t know for sure.

SCARBOROUGH: No I know. I just find it hard to believe that with the problems that we have across the world…that you’re going to have a governor that’s been there for one-and-a-half years as Vice President.

BUCHANAN: Don’t forget: She was Mayor of Wasilla!

SCARBOROUGH: Good point. I’ll guarantee you there are a lot of people out there saying, Well Barack Obama only had one year’s experience before he ran, but guess what? He built this campaign. He validated himself with 18 million votes. … I don’t see it happening. [...]

BUCHANAN: Joe you’re right. He validated himself — Barack Obama — by beating everybody, all the powers of the Democratic Party, over 18 months, knocking out even Hillary Clinton.

SCARBOROUGH: He built a historic political structure. That’s much different than waking up in — where?

BUCHANAN: Wasilla.

SCARBOROUGH: Wasilla!

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