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They Said WHAT?! The 25 Most Unlikely Palin Fans – #22 Charles Krauthammer

Nicole decided to take our series in a new direction by nominating a RINO for the 23rd slot on our countdown. Well, citing a former Cabinet Secretary is all well and good, but how about naming someone a tad more… relevant, Nicole?

It’s all right. None of us is perfect.

Coming in at #22 is syndicated Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer. An early critic of the decision to add Governor Palin to the 2008 Presidential ticket, Krauthammer asserted in his first Palin column that she was "deeply problematic" and "not ready" to be President. He also falsely asserted that Palin was unnecessary as a "game-changer" in the race, because McCain had "closed the gap in polls with Obama."

Look at this chart. Towards the end of August, you will notice a huge blue spike. That is the polling bump Obama received following his speech at the Democratic National Convention. Now, see the red spike right after? That is the Palin pick. At no point during the summer did John McCain surpass Barack Obama in national polling, post-Rev. Wright scandal. Also, Krauthammer may have conveniently forgotten the $4 million in donations that rolled in within a day of the Palin announcement.

Regardless, Krauthammer did not appear to have any personal animosity towards Governor Palin, and he even admitted in that column that she is "an authentically independent, tough-minded reformer." He also added, correctly: "She has the unique potential of energizing the base while at the same time appealing to independents." His column followed her blockbuster convention speech, which he said "banish[ed] a week’s worth of unfriendly media scrutiny and self-inflicted personal liabilities with a single triumphant speech."

Perhaps Krauthammer’s most eloquent support for Governor Palin, however, came in the wake of Charlie Gibson’s hatchet-job interview with the Guv later that month. Many of Palin’s most unfair critics seized on her supposed ignorance when asked about the Bush Doctrine. Sensing this false outrage, Krauthammer pounced:

There is no single meaning of the Bush doctrine. In fact, there have been four distinct meanings, each one succeeding another over the eight years of this administration — and the one Charlie Gibson cited is not the one in common usage today. It is utterly different.


I know something about the subject because, as the Wikipedia entry on the Bush doctrine notes, I was the first to use the term. In the cover essay of the June 4, 2001, issue of the Weekly Standard entitled, "The Bush Doctrine: ABM, Kyoto, and the New American Unilateralism," I suggested that the Bush administration policies of unilaterally withdrawing from the ABM treaty and rejecting the Kyoto protocol, together with others, amounted to a radical change in foreign policy that should be called the Bush doctrine.

Krauthammer went on to give a detailed history of how the "Bush Doctrine" has evolved and noted that Palin "responded… sensibly" to Gibson’s "ambiguous" question when she replied, "In what respect [do I agree with the Bush Doctrine], Charlie?"

The column’s conclusion was a shocking departure from the sort of smug dismissals of Palin we have come to expect from Krauthammer:

Yes, Sarah Palin didn’t know what it [the Bush Doctrine] is. But neither does Charlie Gibson. And at least she didn’t pretend to know — while he looked down his nose and over his glasses with weary disdain, sighing and "sounding like an impatient teacher," as the Times noted. In doing so, he captured perfectly the establishment snobbery and intellectual condescension that has characterized the chattering classes’ reaction to the mother of five who presumes to play on their stage. (Emphasis added)

It really is amazing that such words could come from the keyboard of a man who rudely told Governor Palin to "leave the room" less than a year later. Krauthammer is a smart man. On most issues I, and likely most of our readership, do not find fault in him. But with Governor Palin, he appears to have a blind spot. He doesn’t hate her, but he does — wrongly — dismiss her as incapable, despite the strengths he admits she has.

Krauthammer’s sense of perspective is not limited to 2008, however. As recently as this year, he condemned the media’s obsession with the release of her e-mails as "Palin Derangement Syndrome", a take-off of the Bush Derangement Syndrome he diagnosed in the far-Left in 2003. He should know something about mental disorders; the man is a psychiatrist, after all.

If and when the Guv announces her Presidential run, Krauthammer will no doubt be amongst the first to react with scepticism and doubt, but unlike some of the more vulgar conservative Establishment, who insult Palin and even take credit for hurting her politically, Krauthammer has shown an openness and even a sanity that may well translate into a more gracious tone towards the Guv as she really begins to show America, including the elitists, the stuff Mama Grizzlies are made of.

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  • John Norton

    hes going to have to eat Crow first though for not having a little faith and perception…

  • Daniel Bruski

    Charles Krauthammer makes my skin crawl… like Bill O’Reilly.

  • goldenprez

    As to the last paragraph in this article … don’t hold your breath.

    Dr. Krauthammer is part and parcel of the beltway and the "establishment." His entire being depends upon his access to them. Without that access he would have to go back to dealing with psychosis, neurosis, and paranoia on a much more personal level. As in, "up close and personal."

    I doubt that he desires that.

    Mrs. Palin is about as anti-establishment as it gets. He knows when she runs and wins, he will be outside with all the other nay-sayers with their noses pressed up against the glass.

    Mrs. Palin is not a fool. She might grant these people "some" access, as long as they stay on their "good behavior." She is known to have a long memory, and is not quite very forgiving. Just ask those jerks who crossed her in Alaska.

    She has shown herself to be a believer in, "fool me once, shame on you …"

    Believe none of what you hear, and only half of what you see.

    Illegitimi non carborundum.

    Barracudas Maximus.

    • Mountain

      I share your reserve about Krauthammer’s eventual support of Gov. Palin.  He can be a true snob at times.  Yet, he is brilliant, and if he sees a huge trend for her, he’ll get on board.  Plus, I truly think even hardened liberals (which he isn’t) will come around, once they view the movie!

      Btw, let’s refer to Sarah Palin, when using titles, as, "GOVERNOR Palin," not "Mrs. Palin," since we are rooting for her professionally here.  Frankly, using "Mrs." in the professional world diminishes her work achievements.  In fact, it’s often used as a snide, passive-aggressive slam toward women.
      No, I am NOT putting down homemakers; I am one presently (although I too have a "title’), and yes, I agree with Gov. Palin that having titles is not all-important!
      But this very site is dedicated to drafting Gov. Palin to obtain another title:
      PRESIDENT Palin.

      Thanks, and no offense meant….

    • John Norton

      Yea like Lisa Murkowski…

    • socon

       "Barracudas Maximus."  I like it.  Reminds me of Ronaldus Magnus!

  • nkthgreek

    I guess he’s not always a sour Krauthammer. (Sorry, I couldn’t resist. Watching the debt limit farce has been too much)

    • socon


  • Hyman Roth

    You guys are killin’ me with this list.

    Defending Sarah from "Charlie Gibson’s Glasses" is one thing, but this man is no "fan" of Sarah. 

  • turfmann

    I think it is pretty plain that Dr. Krauthammer has no use whatsoever for Mrs. Palin, given his very smug and condescending treatment of her.

    If he were to give her praise in the future, should she become president and be successful at turning the ship of state around, it would be through gritted teeth.

    Just remember that this is not a Democrat/Republican battle.  This is an inside the beltway statist we know better than you vs. the bitter clingers of flyover country.

    • Mountain

      GOVERNOR Palin.  I’m just sayin.’  (again…)

  • safedom


    That was a good one Damian. You sure your not a comedian.

  • patnatasha

    charles k is an elitist snob.

  • Spec 5

    No I still don’t buy it with Krauthammer.  At times he even gives neocons a bad name.  You need to find someone else.

  • Pete Petretich

    If this primary really comes down to Mitt$ter vs. Sarah, who do we think CK would endorse?

    MORE IMPORTANTLY, if the General Election comes down to Sarah vs. Obama does anyone here doubt that CK would endorse Sarah + (running mate)?

    My guess is that he would reluctantly (but definitely) endorse Sarah in both these instances simply because of Israel related issues.

  • IsraeliCojones


    The problem I’ve got with that kind of post is that they conveniently forget obscenities like these just to make a point.

    Dr. K. doesn’t hate Palin, it’s worse: he hates what she represents, the unsophisticated Americans like *cough* Reagan who happen to be far more intelligent and competent than he himself is, along with the whole Beltway bunch. Hence making them all irrelevant.

    PS: AllahP had called this thread "Pile on." Indeed.

    • MaMcGriz

      Yes, and he piles it on because she gets to him on a level that makes him feel out of control. A certain type of beautiful and strong, earthy woman arouses something a little more primitive, let us say…in certain men that they don’t know what to do with. His instincts tell him she’s very strong…probably stronger than he is, and his intellect tells him she’s smarter than he is, but he claims (and may almost believe) otherwise.

      She threatens him because what he sees as her unsophistication is, in truth, her indifference to everything he represents.

      And accordingly, she’ll simply go around him and never miss a lick.

      Beep-beep zoom, charles!   

  • MarkRNY

    "He doesn’t hate her, but he does — wrongly — dismiss her as incapable, despite the strengths he admits she has."

    No, he fears her, and fear is the closest emotion to Hate. The "neighborhood" isn’t the same with her in it–leading it!–Doing away with it! He’s TERRIFIED of "Populism" (which means We the People) as are all elitists. He was that way with Reagan (when he wrote for Mondale) and it’s on steroids with Sarah.

    #2 under a safe RINO McCain isn’t #1–leader of our nation and the free world. He’ll be in the vangaurd of her RINO/Beltway critics until she wins the nom. After that…I don’t know how the hell he’ll vote!

    The second she announces, Krauthammer’s Cookedhammer. He’ll always be burnt to me…where’s cookboy??

  • Massachusettspalinsupporter

    Was good after the Gabbie Giffords shooting he said to Mark Shields " I am still waiting for the apology from all the people who falsely blamed her"

  • xthred

    I don’t get it. In what way is Kraut a fan?

    • Nicole Olmstead Coulter

      None of these people are fans. The title is ironic :)

      • xthred

        I get the concept. This one dosnt fit. See my positive comments on previous days.

  • blueniner

    I suppose sending sourkruat a copy of  the Undefeated, would help, but he seems to be one these males that would prefer woman stay home and bake cookies.

  • ADRoberts

    The real difficulty is going to be WHO she selects to join her organization.  That was illustrated by Newt Gingrich’s selection.  None of those people should even be chosen for dog catcher.  And in truth, one bad selection can do tremendous damage.  (As evidenced by the Obama administration, that is not the case with Democratic politicians.  They get a walk)

    I will continue to remind you.  Prayer is the FIRST importance.  Pray for God’s will.  Anything else will fail. 

  • Guest

    C.K. at times slobbed over Odummers brilliance and then dismisses Sarah as not serious. Oh he threw her a bone here and there but he is a snob and he can leave the room….

    Good picture of him on the thread….lol.

  • TeaPartyPatriot4ever

    I completely agree with this articles assessment of Mr Charles Krauthammer, towards Gov. Palin..

    I wonder what, and if, he, Mr Krauthammer, will ever apologize for his mistaken assessment after Gov. Palin becomes President Palin, and then after 8 years of skyrocketing Reaganesque Economic Recovery, and Pro-American Capitalist Policy making, that restores America’s Economic Financial Prosperity, well being and health, and Political and Social Prosperity, as well as the return of American Exceptionalism, Patriotism, and America’s shining City on the Hill, and World Preeminence once again..  Not to mention President Palin’s assured renewal of America’s renewed and reconfirmed solid allied relationship with Israel, along with the rest of the Western Free World, once again..

  • Vincent Jappi

    No one who WORKS in Washington DC should have the right to vote.

  • nate30709

    The problem with Krauthammer is that he defended her when she was on a Mccain’s ticket because the  Mccain type is who the Repub establishment wants: a "moderate" Republican…but even that is a stretch.  Now that she’s on her own, and exciting the conservative base, he won’t compliment her.  In fact, he’ll even try all he can to go on BOR night after night and discredit her.  He doesn’t want a conservative, especially a no nonsense conservative, like Palin winning anymore than the liberal Dems.

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