In a Politico 44 opinion piece, Grover Norquist, of Americans for Tax Reform, and GOProud's Christopher Barron make the case for Gov. Palin qualifications and her right to run for president:
Palin has made clear that she is thinking about running for president. Everyone, from pundits to former first ladies, has weighed in on what she should do. Many urge her not to run.Hmmm... Norquist and Barron must not be among those Republican leaders Joe Scarborough has talked to whom he claims agreed with his criticism of Gov. Palin. As we have already pointed out, Scarborough also claimed that all of the conservative radio hosts he's talked to share his opinion of the governor as well. Yet both Rush Limbaugh and Mark Levin are among Sarah Palin's strongest supporters, and they have in common a very low opinion of Scarborough.
But if she decides to, Republicans of all stripes should applaud her decision. This isn’t an endorsement of her candidacy. It is, however, an endorsement of her right to participate in the process.
Palin has earned the right to run if she chooses. Despite the left’s caricature of her, Palin’s résumé more than qualifies her as a top-tier candidate. She brings almost 20 years of public service experience to the table. She has served as city council member, mayor, chairwoman of Alaska’s Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, governor and GOP vice presidential nominee.
Men with no elective experience have sought the GOP nomination. In the 2012 cycle, we might see a former mayor, a former ambassador, a senator defeated by almost 20 points in his reelection bid, a sitting governor and a former one-term governor all seek the Republican nomination. Rightly, none of these men has been urged not to run — and neither should Palin.
We don’t pretend to know what Palin will do — and can’t tell her what’s in the best interest of her and her family. We can, however, say with confidence that if she wants to run, she should. She has earned that right. A Palin candidacy would be good for the process, good for our party and good for our country.
SCARBOROUGH: They will not say it on camera, but they all say it, all say it, all say it off set.We can only conclude that Mika and Joe don't talk to many "major Republican figures." Not conservative ones, anyway. Either that, or they both lied. It's not like MSDNC hosts have sterling reputations for veracity...
BRZEZINSKI: All of them.