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Scarborough Attacks Sarah Palin in Scathing Op-Ed: 'Gaudy Circus Sideshow

"Enough. It’s time for the GOP to man up."

MSNBC's Joe Scarborough has returned from his recent suspension swinging. The former GOP congressman wrote a scathing critique of Sarah Palin today, calling her "a reality show star who cannot be elected." And he's calling on fellow Republicans to send her packing from the political scene.

He writes:

Republicans have a problem. The most-talked-about figure in the GOP is a reality show star who cannot be elected. And yet the same leaders who fret that Sarah Palin could devastate their party in 2012 are too scared to say in public what they all complain about in private.

Enough. It’s time for the GOP to man up.

Everybody knows that Palin is a busy woman. The former half-term governor of Alaska stays so busy these days that one wonders how this mother of five manages to juggle her new reality show, follow her eldest daughter’s dancing career and launch her latest frenetic book tour while still finding the time to insult a slew of revered presidents and first ladies.

He then goes on to question Palin's intelligence:

What man or mouse with a fully functioning human brain and a résumé as thin as Palin’s would flirt with a presidential run? It makes the political biography of Barack Obama look more like Winston Churchill’s, despite the fact that the 44th president breezed into the Oval Office as little more than a glorified state senator.

The scathing critique continues by suggesting Palin might next try "spitting on John Wayne's grave" or "shooting a bald eagle," and tearing her down for what he sees as Palin taking shots at Ronald Reagan and the Bushes.

"I work hard every day to assume the best of Americans who engage in public service," he writes. "But I am offended by Palin’s attempt to build herself up by tearing down great men like Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush."

He goes on to call Palin's book-selling and public speaking appearances a "gaudy circus sideshow" and decries her "anti-intellectualism" that some Republican see as fulfilling "a base political need."

"[I]f the party of Ronald Reagan, Paul Ryan and Marco Rubio wants to return to the White House anytime soon," he ends by writing, "it’s time that Republican leaders started standing up and speaking the truth to Palin."

Scarborough talked about his Palin problem on his show "Morning Joe" on Tuesday:

Read Scarborough's entire op-ed.

One last thing…
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