It seems that every time one sees Meghan McCain anymore, someone is inevitably going to ask her what she thinks of something Sarah Palin has said or done or is talking about doing. Even though Senator John McCain’s daughter has been cautiously open about her feelings about the former governor of Alaska and what she meant to her father’s 2008 bid for the presidency, it is evident to most that she thinks the Palins nothing short of white trash. But Meghan McCain realizes just how powerful Sarah Palin has become, and she is very indirect with her comments regarding the half-term ex-governor. That careful verbal dancing around the question was in evidence again, according to Politico, Thursday when she appeared on Fox News’ “America Live” with Megan Kelly.
Kelly brought up Sarah Palin’s recent hints of running for president in 2012 and asked McCain what she thought of Palin’s chances of winning a general election.
“I think she could definitely win a primary,” McCain answered. “I think winning the general is the great $64,000 question.”
“She’s overwhelmingly polarizing,” she added, “maybe the most polarizing figure of our time.”
And she just might be. According to a couple of polls conducted just after the midterm elections, Palin’s name, although she enjoys excellent name recognition, generates either a positive or negative opinion. The latest Associated Press-GfK survey indicated that only 11 percent of those polled were unsure of what they thought of her, while 49 percent held an unfavorable opinion of her. Only 40 percent had a favorable opinion.
Her most likely challengers, former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee and former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney had favorability ratings of 49 and 46 percent, respectively. Their unfavorable ratings were much lower, but their name recognition or unsure rating was much higher than Palin’s (both at around 25 percent).
But Megan Kelly was looking for something more definitive from McCain, so she asked, “Do you think she’s got the substance?”
Again McCain hedged. “Um … I don’t know,” she said. “I don’t know what she’s doing, if she does want to be the leader of this country. Doing a reality show is not the path I would take if I was advising someone to run for president.”
Although it is evident that McCain takes a dim view of Palin and her antics, not to mention her chances of getting elected president (which mirror former White House political advisor Karl Rove’s opinions on the matter), the senator’s daughter certainly knows how to insinuate without totally committing to an opinion.
She even left herself some wriggle room just in case Sarah Palin is ever elected president. She told Megan Kelly, “Obama made anything possible, he is the pop culture president.”
Many credit the Obama presidential campaign’s marshaling of voters via the Internet and through electronic media as pivotal in getting him elected. Sarah Palin seems to have taken that message to heart, constantly posting to Twitter and on her Facebook page.
But McCain made it clear that she was still on “Team Romney” for the Republican Party presidential nomination in 2012. When asked who her second favorite would be, she told Kelly she loved Bobby Jindal, governor of Louisiana, “but I think it’s highly unlikely he’d run for president.”
Kelly didn’t press McCain for her third favorite. She should have. There is little doubt that Sarah Palin would appear far down Meghan McCain’s of 2012 presidential hopefuls — if at all.