Sarah Palin couldn't have been compared to two more opposite political figures on Sunday. While John McCain gave her the coveted "Ronald Reagan" tag, MSNBC's Chris Matthews said she reminded him of former President Bill Clinton.
First Matthews, who used the Clinton comparison in an attempt to compliment Palin:
Before we break, there’s one unlikely Democrat you might compare to Sarah Palin when it comes to being a natural: the generally incomparable Bill Clinton. One clear similarity: moxie. While some mortals might have gone away after that humiliating pounding that Sarah Palin took in 2008, she's been something of a comeback kid herself. Clinton would never call the media “lame steam,” but he has had some equally unflattering things to say about the insiders who issued those premature accounts of his demise. During this last campaign, it was Bill Clinton who was the Democrats' counter to Sarah Palin. She was using the campaign for her own future of course. So what was Bill Clinton's angle? He wasn't shy about suggesting the Democrats ought to be missing him.
The irony of the flattery isn't lost to Noel Sheppard at NewsBusters, who wonders if the left's Palin fascination could be because it thinks "she in their view would be the easiest to beat."
"Are Obama-loving press members trying to orchestrate an outcome by giving an abundance of attention to the person they hope Obama will face in November 2012?" he asks.
If that's true, the left will have a hard time succeeding should the right convince independents that Palin is actually just like another former President: Ronald Reagan. That's exactly what Palin's former running mate John McCain tried to do yesterday on CNN's "State of the Union." When asked if he thought Palin was divisive, McCain responded:
“A guy named Ronald Reagan used to be viewed as divisive. She’s doing a great job. I think she’s motivated our base. She had a positive impact on the last election, and I’m proud of her.”