[Cross-posted at Crooks and Liars.]
As we mentioned, the fanboys are all excited that Sarah Palin is finally making it obvious that she indeed is going to follow her delusions and run for the White House. That includes Rush Limbaugh, who was interviewed about Palin last night on Greta Van Susteren's Fox show:
LIMBAUGH: Well, it's interesting. That poll, that result shocked me. The way the Gallup people wrote it up, they say since Governor Daniels out, since Trump is out, he was never in, and since Huckabee is not running. This has opened it up to launch her to number two. Only two points behind Romney, I think that was -- that was startling.And who does he think President Obama -- who he declared is "easily beatable" -- should most fear? Why, Palin, of course:
But, Greta, you've asked the question of the day. You've asked the question of the campaign. The Republican Party is really royal right now inside the Beltway intelligentsia power base is not oriented toward conservatism. Conservative Republicans make them nervous.
The inside the Beltway ruling class the elites more oriented toward candidates they can attach the word serious to, which is another way of saying somebody that's boring, somebody that doesn't ruffle feathers, somebody that exudes an air of formal education and sophistication. She doesn't exude that. And I think she'll shake a lot of people up.
VAN SUSTEREN: If you were President Obama, who would be the Republican you would not run against -- not want to run against, and why?Yeah, Rush, we're quaking in our boots. Quaking, we tell ya.
LIMBAUGH: If I were Obama, I would not want to run against Palin. Contrary to what everybody says -- I don't want her to run. You know, when they tell us that's what they hope for, it's opposite. I wouldn't want to run Chris Christie if I were them. I wouldn't want to run against Santorum. I wouldn't want to run against Rick Perry.
I think, the truth of the matter is, in the White House, the truth of the matter is, if you could get hold of their internal reelect polls, I will bet you that they are bad. And I think what they believe is, they've got to do everything they can to make sure that whoever the Republican nominee is not a conservative.
They think they can beat a moderate Republican. They know they can beat a liberal Republican. They know they can beat a Republican who is afraid to be a Republican.
But they are mostly afraid of a genuine, full-throated, passionate, articulate conservative.
There's no doubt Palin CAN capture the GOP nomination -- the Republican Party has gone completely over the cliff at this point and really doesn't look salvageable. Palin has the Religious Right and the Tea Party votes locked up, and that's halfway there already.
On the other hand, can someone as dangerously ignorant as Sarah Palin win the White House? I don't know about you, but I still have more faith in American voters than that. For now.