Sarah Palin’s Fox News Test

“Game Change” authors John Heilemann and Mark Halperin, in a joint essay in Time, argue that Sarah Palin may not thrive on Fox News, which on the face of it looks like a match made in heaven.

They write, “Palin’s problem six months after leaving the governor’s job in Juneau is that she remains no better informed about national and international affairs than she was as a candidate. With Palin settling in for regular airtime before a vast audience — as opposed to invitation-only speaking events around the country — her weaknesses may once more be on display. The job requirements of punditry — commenting on a variety of political and nonpolitical happenings — are not necessarily the best preparation for a run at the Republican nomination, even in this environment. (Just ask Pat Buchanan.) When asked by O’Reilly why she is still the target of so much criticism, Palin replied, “It’s not about me personally. They don’t like the message. They don’t like the commonsense conservative solutions I articulate.” Maybe. But eventually, even other Republicans may be emboldened to challenge her.”

Palin has been dismissive of the authors and their book.

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