Your morning jolt: Sarah Palin lacks the ‘intellectual curiosity’ to be president, says Lisa Murkowski

Two weeks after the formal vote, election officials in Alaska say U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski has a 1,706-ballot lead over GOP nominee Joe Miller.

She has 92,164 votes to Miller’s 90,458. (By comparison, Georgia had four counties – Cobb, Fulton, DeKalb and Gwinnett — that each cast more ballots in the governor’s race.)

But apparently, Murkowski felt confident enough to give this CBS interview last night, in which she talked about the woman behind Joe Miller’s candidacy:

Said Murkowski of Sarah Palin:

“She has been very good and engaged in motivating people. She has an ability to connect with people that is really quite remarkable. But she would not be my choice for president….

“I just do not think that she has those leadership qualities, that intellectual curiosity that allows for building good and great policies. You know, she was my governor for two years – just about two years, there — and I don’t think that she enjoyed governing. I don’t think liked to get down into the policy.”

When Gov.-elect Nathan Deal announced the leaders of his transition team the day after the election, many born-and-bred Republicans noted that the picture was filled with ex-Democras.

Dave Williams of the Atlanta Business Chronicle notes that Deal has since sought to balance the ledger:

From Republican circles, Deal tapped Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp, who will act as honorary chairman; state Republican Chairman Sue Everhart; Robert Highsmith, former deputy executive council to Gov. Sonny Perdue now serving as head of the Georgia Government Relations practice for Holland & Knight LLP; and longtime GOP activist Carolyn Meadows, a member of the National Rifle Association and American Conservative Union boards.

Earlier this month, Deal named veteran Capitol lobbyist Jay Morgan and conservative activist Tricia Pridemore as the committee’s co-chairs.

Larry O’Neal of Bonaire, the new House majority leader, on Monday told the home folks that – despite his election — south Georgia’s political clout is about to shrink. From the Macon Telegraph:

He said he hopes to continue to be a voice for Middle Georgia in the General Assembly, which is currently dominated by Atlanta-area and North Georgia politicians, and will likely be even more so in the future.

“We have a seat at the table,” he said. “The people of Middle Georgia have a voice, even though the new census is going to show the population is less. We may lose six House seats and a Senate seat south of Macon.”

Senate Democrats are seeing the same thing. On Monday, in a very brief caucus, members re-elected state Sen. Robert Brown of Macon as minority leader.

The major change in leadership: Doug Stoner of Smyrna was elected caucus chair, replacing Tim Golden of Valdosta. Golden’s seat could be the one erased in next year’s redistricting session.

Secretary of State Brian Kemp announced Monday that he was suing the U.S. Department of Justice in an effort to win federal permission for a system to verify the citizenship of new voters. From Walter Jones with Morris News Service:

[Kemp] filed a similar lawsuit in June, and two months later the Justice Department agreed to grant its OK if the state dropped that suit. Over the previous two years, the department had rejected that procedure three times.

“Litigation worked the first time, and so it would make sense that it would work again,” said Kemp’s spokesman Matt Carrothers.

Kemp has handed the matter to a private attorney, Anne Lewis, who is also general counsel for the state GOP. Jones continues:

At issue in June was a process for comparing voter-registration data to records held by the U.S. Social Security Administration and the Georgia Department of Driver Services.

The new lawsuit is over a Georgia law passed in 2009 that would require anyone registering to vote to provide documentation of citizenship, from a driver’s license number to a copy of a passport or certain other documents.

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71 comments Add your comment


November 16th, 2010
8:14 am

I’d say that Lisa Murkowski lacks the looks to be president (or anything else). 1972 called and wants its hairstyle back.


November 16th, 2010
8:20 am

Go ahead and admit it Lisa Murkowski, when it comes to Palin’s I.Q, she obviously isn’t playing with a full deck.

For Brian Kemp, someone needs to point out to him that his job as Secretary of State is to FACILITATE the electoral process, not IMPEDE it. He is one more example of a Republican who will do whatever to win an election without any idea how to participate in a representative democracy. Actually, he doesn’t want a representative democracy.


November 16th, 2010
8:23 am

Lisa Murkowski seems like an intelligent and thoughtful woman. I’d like to hear more from her in the Republican Party.

Last Man Standing

November 16th, 2010
8:33 am

Governor Chris Christie for President – 2012!


November 16th, 2010
8:34 am

I agree with Ms. Murkowski, I wouldn’t vote for Sarah Palin for President either. Her down homeness has more than worn thin. I certainly hope the conservatives have enoungh sense to not even put her in the mix for 2012.


November 16th, 2010
8:37 am

There you go, James. Looks ought to be a reason to qualify someone to be the U.S. President? Palin is a mental midget who has memorized a handful of bumper sticker comments she shares with audiences for $100,000 per speaking engagement. (Remember she couldn’t handle being Alaska’s Governor for more than a year and one-half, and you think she’s more qualified than Lisa Murkowski to hold political office. You’re the reason we end up with shallow and ignorant politicians like Palin. If Palin runs as a Republican for President in 2012, that will just about guarantee Obama a second term.

Ghetto Grandpa

November 16th, 2010
8:38 am

The new Secretary of State has hit the ground running by pandering to the GOP base by trying to solve a non-issue. Its amazing how far y’all will go to keep old black folks from voting. Up next on the Georgia GOP agenda: gay bashing and restoring the Confederate Battle Flag over the Gold Dome.


November 16th, 2010
8:39 am

Since when has intellectual curiosity, or any semblence of any kind of itellect whatsoever, been a requirement for public office? Nalpoleon himself said that in politics, stupidity is NOT a handicap, and he would know. That some electeds have a brain and know how to use it is just an accident of sampling. Get over your bad self, Lisa, or you could end up completely marginalized.

Marilyn Carter

November 16th, 2010
8:42 am

Sarah Palin isn’t dumb but she isn’t smart enough to be the President and her voice makes me want to hurl. After a while you have to just listen to what she is saying and it starts to sound corny and she just loves the limelight she and her entire family.


November 16th, 2010
8:42 am

Granpa, how does verifying the citizenship of NEW registrants going to affect old black folk, who I would think, are already registered? The problem for the Community in my estimation is not in getting “black folk”signed up to vote, it’s getting them to then vote.

King Tut

November 16th, 2010
8:44 am

Maybe she ought to tell us what SHE means by intellectual curiosity. An idiot staring at a fly can have “intellectual curiosity.”

Us vs Us

November 16th, 2010
8:52 am

The only quality a presidential candidate needs to be President is to be electable. Sarah Palin is not in any way shape or form electable. No person on the left will vote for her and less than half on the right would vote for her. As a candidate she’s a dead stick.


November 16th, 2010
8:54 am

Lacks *intellectual curiosity* is an understatement. Totally bat-sh*t is more like it. But that gal Sarah can ID some quick cash up front from the entertainment biz like nobody’s business! Money has that very distinct smell, of course.


November 16th, 2010
9:02 am

Why are we still putting the words Sarah Palin and President in the same sentence??? However, I hope she runs — hee hee — guaranteed win for Obama!


November 16th, 2010
9:06 am

People who pay to hear this twit speak have no intelligence.

Hall mafia

November 16th, 2010
9:08 am

Although I am no Palin fan I’d say Lisa Murkowski is just bitter. After all Palin did beat her daddy.

Legend of Len Barker

November 16th, 2010
9:17 am

Palin was the original bitter one. She started feuding with the Murkowskis big time when Lisa got the Senate seat instead of her when Daddy Frank was elected Governor.

That said, Lisa’s love/hate relationship with Palin has always struck me as a bit strange.

God Bless America... and no one else

November 16th, 2010
9:17 am

Sarah Palin – Elected Mayor, Governor, selected as a Presidential running mate, paid political commentator, chief standard bearer of largest grass-roots political movement in modern American history, has her own TV show.

Lisa Murkowski – Lost the job her daddy gave her and had to dishonorably sneak her way back into it.

Pretty stark contrast, and not in Ms. Murkowski’s favor. Say what you want about Palin, she is much more accomplished than most of her detractors. Would she make a good President? Who knows. Is she electable? Probably not, but media outlets and liberal / progressive organizations all over the nation are making a great effort to ensure she is not. Makes you wonder what they are so afraid of.

Retired Soldier

November 16th, 2010
9:19 am

Let me see if I understand the arguement against Palin:

1. Palin is dumb, those on this blog that make that point have never been elected governor, Palin has.

2. She is a money grubing former politican. Bill and Hillary stripped the White House of valuables when Bill left office and Bill has gone on to collect millions of dollars speaking and travel all across America endorsing candidates.

3. Seems to me the critics of Palin are the same ones that praise Bill Clinton. Makes you wonder why.


November 16th, 2010
9:23 am

Don’t you love it when a Washington Elite looks down her nose from an Ivory Tower and in essence says “You poor commoners are so stupid I can’t believe you can breath without being told to do so.”

I prefer Palin over Murkowski anyday.

Billy Bob

November 16th, 2010
9:24 am

Lacks intellectual curiosity is another way of saying STUPID!

The ‘Baggers and the regular rich republicans will cling to any rube they can use to bring in their brain-dead followers and the dollars they fork over.


November 16th, 2010
9:28 am

Palin is the Alaska Airhead. Of course, she does not have the intellectual gravitas to be President. The fact that she is even being considered is amazing and says something about the intellectual level of the electorate.

Will Jones - Atlanta Jeffersonian Exegesis

November 16th, 2010
10:00 am

Palin gives real meaning to the expression “inbred whitetrash.” Don’t know what an inbred looks like? Look at her father. Those who grew up sheltered don’t know what “whitetrash” is? Look at Sarah Palin and her daughter. There’s good reason Tea Party rallies have essentially no people of color in attendance: it’s a racist movement following on Nixon’s Southern Strategy fronting for Big Oil and the Roman Catholic Church. Who else wants the law to force victims of rape and incest to “reward” their attackers by bearing the fruit of their crimes?


November 16th, 2010
10:03 am

The title shoudl have read:

“Palin lacks the intellectual curiosity to be President, says, well everyone”

Freedom lover

November 16th, 2010
10:03 am

Sara Palin’s problem is that she lacks the right principles to be president. She is just a warmongering neocon in a dress. The empire must be disbanded, defense, not offense must be the new policy, the government must be slashed to the bone, and Sarah is just too much of a big government lover to promote the right policies.

The fact that she can re-write and read Ron Paul speeches on the Fed (that he has been slamming for 40 years to deaf ears) doesn’t make her qualified to even speak on this subject. She is an opportunist and a poser. She belongs on a reality show, but not in the reality that is our national political scene.


November 16th, 2010
10:04 am

Soldier, I don’t disagree with your analysis, but I don’t remeber ever hearing that the Clintons had “stripped the White House of valuables” when they left. Is there evidence?

I do recall a report that when John Adams moved into the Executive Mansion in New York after being sworn in in 1797, the Washington’s didn’t leave hardly a stick of furniture or crockery for the man to use.


November 16th, 2010
10:16 am

“stripped the White House of valuables”

This is just another one of those made up issues Republicans love to bring up to fire up their hysterical base. These are issues the Sarah Palin crowd just love.

Birth certificates, flag pins, fist bumps, Muslim rumors, granny death squads. Examples of Palin and her followers expressing their total lack of intelligent curiosity.

Right on cue, thank you Retired Soldier.

another voice

November 16th, 2010
10:20 am

Why is Kemp suing? I thought the 2009 law was already in full force or was it my imagination that I and other Georgia voters had to plunk down a driver’s license, state issued identification, or passport in order to vote just two weeks ago? How much will Anne Lewis be paid for her work and will Georgia taxpayers be footing the bill?


November 16th, 2010
10:57 am

This is the best CBS can do now? Was there ANYONE in America who wasn’t already aware of the political feud between the Murkowski and Palin camps? Good to know I haven’t been missing anything important in the decades since I last watched CBS news.

Ragnar Danneskjöld

November 16th, 2010
10:57 am

The Murkowski – Palin divide is a great illustration of the foxes vs hedgehogs theory. Strange that the ugly one is the fox, per the theory.


November 16th, 2010
11:03 am

Last time I saw the intellectual curiosity phrase directed at a politician was toward George W. Bush a few years ago. Actually I think he was described as “incurious”, same thing.

Sarah has that folksy hee haw persona that appeals to working class people who aren’t comfortable with a lot of intellect in their pols. But she’s not presidential material. Two dim bulb presidents – Bush and Gerald Ford – in one lifetime’s enough for this ex-Republican thank you very much.


November 16th, 2010
11:05 am

Guns guts and glory……….Palins depth of intellect.

Bill Orvis White

November 16th, 2010
11:19 am

Thank God for Brian Kemp. Someone needs to stand up to a Big Gov’t that could care less about WE THE PEOPLE. All this fine secretary of state is asking for is to make sure that legitimate voters are voting. What’s the big deal? If you have a photo ID, you get to vote. If you don’t, then stay at home where you belong. It’s that simple. I’m so tired of people who don’t have the intelligence to get ID complain that they’re being mistreated by fine men like Brian Kemp. Gimme a break!…
Sarah does have the ability to be a top leader. What’s wrong with climbing the political ladder? Hussein Obama did it and now he shows how incompetent he is. I’m sure Sarah Palin will do a much better job as president. Here’s praying for this Murkowski lady to fail. She’s a useless hack who couldn’t win the primary so now she’s talking trash. I pray the good people of Alaska prevail and they send Joe Miller to the U.S. Senate.


November 16th, 2010
11:25 am

The fact that almost five million adults tuned in to this crap says all that needs to be said about the intellectual decline of the American public. I stumbled across the show and gave it five minutes, just to see what it was like, and I found it nauseating…

…there’s Sarah at the computer…in shorts (showing off those sexy legs)…now Sarah’s telling her daughter to put some clothes on…and there’s her daughter’s boyfriend sneaking up the stairs to be with his sweetie…and there’s Sarah calling her daughter on her cell phone…and there’s Sarah explaining that the “doggy” gate is actually a “boy” gate, designed (I guess) to keep some boy from going upstairs and impregnating another of her offspring…

Like I said…nauseating! Maybe you have to be a huge Palin fan to find this entertaining. Now, I’ll admit that I think “reality TV” is the WORSE thing to happen to television in my lifetime, and I have no use for it. I enjoy a good documentary as much as the next guy, but to call this a documentary is a farce. What I saw was a politically manipulative docu-drama, and there’s no doubt in my mind that Palin’s doing this show not only for the $$$, but for political gain also. I expect she’ll try to ride the show’s popularity all the way to the White House, if possible. I can only hope that the 5 million who tuned in to it will be dwarfed by the 50 million who can actually identify a flaky, manipulative and ambitious politician when they see one. If the Republicans go with Palin in 2012, they will get exactly what they got last time.

If you want to view a REAL documentary on Alaska, check this out:

OK then.

Retired Soldier

November 16th, 2010
11:26 am

Douglas/Danny X-

Google when Clinton left office, vans were backed up to the White House. It was a huge story along with removing the “w” from all key boards.


November 16th, 2010
11:27 am

Combining the term, “intellectual curiosity” with Sarah Palin is like combining the term, “frilly” with John Wayne. Since when have intellect or curiosity ever been prerequisites for running for ANY political office?

Retired Soldier

November 16th, 2010
11:28 am


You seem to be describing yourself since you watched the show.

Dirty Dawg

November 16th, 2010
11:35 am

Look, palin got where she is because she, at least, looks doable and that Bill Kristol was on a Republican political junket cruise to Alaska back in ‘08 and got smitten in Juneau…and John McCain spent absolutely no time at all in thinking through his choice for VP. She no more wants to run for President than she wanted to continue to be Governor. She is interested in the money – after all that’s why she quit the guvs office in the first place – it was getting in the way of making money.

Oh year, one other reason she’s gotten to where she is, and to paraphrase Abe, ‘there are enough dumb-ass people to fool to make a lot of money a lot of the time’.


November 16th, 2010
11:37 am

Yes please let Palin run….let the people decide!!! LOL…you Palin fans are delusional if you think the Republican establishment won’t go scorched earth on her ass to prevent it.

@ Bill Orvis

Murkowski won….Get over it…Joe Miller’s crazy ass 15 minutes are up. And Brian Kemp or any state Republican does not care about WE THE PEOPLE either. The only goal of someone in power is to acquire more power….don’t be so naive.


November 16th, 2010
11:43 am

I was extremely impressed listening to the interview with Murkowski, I would love to see more people like her in the Republican Party, this country needs it! she was thoughtful, not angry, truthful and seemed like a person that could work with others regardless of party affiliation. and damn glad I someone from the Republican Party had the balls to say the truth about that completely overrated Palin. and from the so-called tough man party it took a woman to do it, excellent. and whether someone is attractive or not shouldn’t matter when voting, take Lincoln for example. and just think if the people just like the same dummies that want to elect empty headed Palin to any office, had elected Marilyn Monroe as President during the peak of the Cold War, this planet would be nothing but a burning heap right now. but that’s exactly what religious nuts like Palin want, always trying so hard to get to Armegeddon so they can fly up to Heaven in the Rapture. if there is a heaven, you won’t find people like Sarah Palin, Dick Cheney or George Bush there, I just couldn’t imagine a good and worthy God being so blind and ignorant as to allow that to happen.

Political Mongrel

November 16th, 2010
11:46 am

Sarah Palin is not dumb, but she’s monumentally ignorant. Not only does she not understand what a president needs to know, she is near-contemptuous of advanced knowledge. She has also repeatedly shown a willingness to repeat lies, disinformation, and ignorant blather. She’s unfit for the presidency by every measure.


November 16th, 2010
11:52 am

I wish someone would ask Murkowski about her integrity and intellectual honesty. She stated she would respect the wishes of Alaskan voters by not running if she lost the primary. So much for truth, honor or duty, but she is a politician……

I like all these idiots calling Palin dumb – some dummy making millions during her time to shine. She isn’t dumb – she is brilliant. I do agree she has no business as President – she is better off as a cheerleader. We need someone like Mitch Daniels, Gov of Indiana, who has successfully held executive experience.


November 16th, 2010
11:54 am


Let’s stop pretending that these politicians are moral compasses….they are politicians regardless of the D or the R.


November 16th, 2010
11:57 am

Soldier, that same van emptied the White House after George W Bush left office. You have no intention of researching the issue. If you did research the issue you would know that Douglas at 10:04 is correct, just about every single President has left with a big haul. Your lack of ‘intellectual curiosity’ is obvious.

Flag pins, fist bumps, Muslim rumors, Birth Certificates, and “vans backed up to the White House.” Oh my.


November 16th, 2010
12:07 pm

“What do you read?” is indeed a GOTCHA question if the reponder is either functionally illiterate or lacks the intellectual curiosity to actually read anything. It seems the criticisms of Ms. Couric for asking the question were valid after all.


November 16th, 2010
12:12 pm

The sheer venom of liberals never ceases to amaze me. Just bitter, bitter people. Regarding intellectual curiosity, are you guys gonna parade out such Democratic high-minded thinkers like Bill Clinton, Al Gore, Jimmy Carter, Lyndon Johnson and Barack Obama? Name anything these guys have done that shows “intellectual curiosity”.

Condi Rice 2012 !!

November 16th, 2010
12:22 pm

Sarah Palin may be a complete imbecile, but she is a genius in comparison to “The Great Community Organizer in Jive Talker” currently residing at 1600 Pennsylvania AVE.


November 16th, 2010
12:22 pm


Really? Name one instance of Palin’s intellectual curiosity that begins to compare with ANYTHING accomplished by the men in your list. I’m sorry, did they quit halfway through their terms of office to make a fortune on book tours and reality TV? Oh, wait… Palin didn’t really do that, did she? That’s just what the bitter, bitter liberals fabricated about her, right?

Can't Take It Anymore

November 16th, 2010
12:23 pm

Let’s be honest, those who would vote for Sarah Palin to be President also own property on MARS!


November 16th, 2010
12:24 pm

palin is a carny