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Barbara Bush Suggests Sarah Palin 'Stay In Alaska;' Mike Huckabee Seems To Agree

Democrats aren't the only people that would like to see the half-term governor of Alaska Sarah Palin stay in her home state. In a recent interview with CNN's Larry King, former First Lady Barbara Bush says just that. The wife of former President George H. W. Bush seems to be in line with many in the Republican Party who are growing ever more vocal about Sarah Palin and her seeming impending run for the presidency.

"I sat next to her once, thought she was beautiful, and I think she's very happy in Alaska, " Barbara Bush told Larry King. She then added, "And I hope she'll stay there."

The words, nothing short of a mild rebuke, have gained considerable traction on the Internet. But the former First Lady's comment is becoming a common sentiment being expressed by many among the Republican establishment. It would appear that many simply would prefer to see Palin on the sidelines cheering rather than in the contest vying for supporters.

For her part, Palin seems to be making her move to run for the Republican nomination for president in 2012. She has recently made strong hints that she would be willing to run if no other candidates seemed to meet her standards. She even made the comment to Barbara Walters that she believed she could beat an Incumbent Barack Obama, even though several recent polls have indicated that she would not fair well against the President.

Her obvious political maneuverings, coupled with the recent Republican victories in the midterm elections and the hope of continuing the trend in the upcoming 2012 elections, have resulted in some resistance from many in the Republican establishment. Barbara Bush was just the latest.

Former White House political adviser Karl Rove recently told the British paper that Palin did not have the "gravitas" to be president. He seemed particularly annoyed with the idea that the American public would settle for a president that had been part of a reality show.

According to Politico, Mort Kondracke, conservative editor of "Roll Call" and a contributor at Fox News, noted just after the midterms that Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC) and Sarah Palin were at fault for the Republicans inability to take over the U. S. Senate. "She's a joke even within her own party, " Kondracke said two days after the elections. "The idea that she would be the presidential nominee is unthinkable."

Unthinkable or not, some take Palin's possible candidacy seriously, even though recent polls show that her unfavorability rating is as high as it has ever been and condemn her to losing an election if she were to go up against Barack Obama. Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee (R-AR) told reporters in Iowa that he believes that Palin "may run away with it."

Huckabee said that it is a possibility for which everyone should prepare. " No question, " he said, "she will be a very, very strong presence and force, if she gets in."

It would appear that he prefer Sarah Palin remain in Alaska as well. "If I get in, I prefer she not and that she endorse me, " he joked.

Mike Huckabee fairs better in the aforementioned polls than does Palin. In fact, besides former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, Huckabee is the only other Republican potential contender that at present seems to have a good chance of defeating the incumbent Obama in 2012.

But "if" doesn't seem to be holding much credibility these days. "When" seems to be the more appropriate term. The Guardian reported Sunday that two Palin aides were in Iowa, telling locals that they were scouting out office space and other "logistical needs" for the upcoming year.

It does not appear that First Lady Barbara Bush -- or Mike Huckabee -- will be getting her wish...

By Saul Relative - WVU graduate, with degrees in History, English, Secondary Education, Computer Programming, and Psychology (and nearly a degree in Political Science). Originally from West Virginia, with stints in Virginia, ...  

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