The Ed Show | November 23, 2010
>>> now let's get some rapid fire response from our panel on these stories. i want to know if they think sarah palin will actually run in 2012 and if they think she has a chance of winning. and a new video has surfaced showing rand paul in 2009 comparing president obama and the health care law to hitler's rise to power . joining us tonight, karen hunter , journalist and publisher and also michael medved , nationally syndicated radio talk show host is with us tonight. karen, what do you make of this media push, this total package that sarah palin is putting something to how much of an impact do you think it is going to have? i should point out that her reality show was off 40% on sunday night. it was off to 3 million viewers from the opening of 5 million viewers. have we seen this act before? is it going to wear out or is this just the start? what do you think?
>> i think it is just the beginning and i don't think it is going to wear off. and i think she says she is going to run, which i do believe that she will, she -- i don't agree with governor rendell. i think she has a chance. and is unfortunate, but it is where we are right now in this culture of ours that there are so many people that are buy nothing this pop culture thing you just laid out so brilliantlism you laid it out brilliantly. this is why she can win, because most people do not focus on the details. they definitely focus on substance -- style over substance and she has a lot of style. i was wondering if that was real fur around that collar there.
>> michael medved , mitt romney , mike huckabee , newt gingrich , tim pawlenty , they don't have the media machine that sarah palin has. they don't have the reality show they don't have the hot books, they don't have a daughter dancing. you know, all of these things it is all part of the package what do you say to these other hopefuls in the republican party ? are they going to get deep sixed early on because they can't match it? your thoughts, mike.
>> well it is all too early to handicap the whole thing. one thing you have to understand why it is that sarah palin connects so much where with the american people and it is basically because people think that the politicians, political leadership, republicans as well as democrats are a bunch of phonies a bunch of elitists, they look down on ordinary americans . sarah palin comes across, as she did in the in the veer view last night, has been expert at doing, comes across as real, as an ordinary person, as a salt of the earth kind of lady you would love to have as your neighbor, as your friend.
>> as your girlfriend.
>> how do you counter that?
>> how do you counter that?
>> well, you counter that by talking about what just happened in the korean peninsula . look, i think the most effective ad for hillary clinton in the campaign against barack obama was who do you want answering the phone at 3 a.m . in the morning? there are a loft us out there i wish there had been someone else answering the phone other than barack obama . i'm not sure that americans are going to want sarah palin answering that phone at 3 a.m .
>> that is exactly what no one is saying. barack obama , one-term senator, actually beat hillary clinton for the nomination. it can happen again and i think burying our heads in the sand if we don't.
>> yes it can.
>> mike, what you said is very powerful. she resonates with men who think she is hot, the kind of woman not going to emass skew late them, a kind of woman they really can relate to women, raising a handicapped child, she has another daughter with a kid out of wedlock, oh, yeah, a son that just came back from iraq, in the military, serving the country. she is, for many americans , just like us. salt of the earth .
>> a regular person and a real person. and this is one thing that i think people don't get. the reason that sarah palin seems so fresh is because she -- and this is true this came across in that "new york times" article, glowing "new york times" magazine piece about sarah palin . she is not somebody who has been all processed and remade and image manufactured. her main adviser is her husband, todd, the first dude. what you see with sarah palin is what you get and a lot of americans like that downhome, down-to-earth, honest, real perspective that she is offering.
>> and the thing that kept george bush in office. we elected him, maybe once, for sure.
>> i want to point out that it is huge news what is happening in north korea and south korea . but i think people are paying attention to sarah palin .
>> that's it. tomorrow it is going to be more and go on for months on and be interesting to see if she can main tense the presence and intensity through this she didn't give it to thanksgiving, i should point that out. going right after -- she didn't wait for thanksgiving and got this huge