SCARBOROUGH DRAWS RIGHT’S IRE…. Congressman-turned-media host Joe Scarborough probably knew he’d face some heat for this one.

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.

The former Republican lawmaker didn’t hold back much, referring to Palin’s presidential ambitions as “dopey,” while generally mocking her background and intelligence. John Cole noted in response that Scarborough “is about to be excommunicated from the GOP…. The ensuing freakout should be fun to watch.”

And it has been. A wide variety of far-right voices have suggested Scarborough, as conservative as he’s been, won’t soon be forgotten for daring to highlight some of Palin’s shortcomings.

But what I liked, after my friend E.G. pointed it out to me, was Scarborough’s description of the would-be president.

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. […]

When Sean Hannity asked Palin whether being in a reality show diminished her standing to be president, the former half-term governor mocked Reagan’s biography, dismissing him as “an actor.” […]

Maybe the beauty contestant who would one day be a reality star and former governor didn’t win the Distinguished Flying Cross, but the half-termer was selected as Miss Congeniality by her fellow contestants. […]

[T]his is one Republican who would prefer that the former half-term governor promote her reality shows and hawk her books without demeaning the reputations of Presidents Reagan and Bush.

It’s seems like an apt description, doesn’t it?

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