Sarah Palin went from being what msnbc’s Lawrence O’Donnell called “the most recent losing vice presidential candidate who will never be president” to someone who has “has lost even the slightest connection to political relevance” now that she’s been dropped as a political pundit by FOX News.
In Monday’s Rewrite segment, O’Donnell gave one giant I-told-you-so to pundits and media organizations who took the former Alaska governor seriously as a contender to run against President Obama in the 2012 race.
“New York Times reporters were not the only ones fooled by Sarah Palin pretending to think about running for president,” said O’Donnell. He also name-checked Dick Morris, Karl Rove, Rudy Giuliani and Game Change author Mark Halperin.
O’Donnell played a clip reel of the many times he predicted that her flirtations with the Oval Office were a complete “joke,” and reminded viewers of “the world in which the political media hung on every Sarah Palin tweet” and “every ridiculous Facebook post.”
“It seems now like a far off world, the world in which the political media took Sarah Palin seriously. And now she has lost even the slightest connection to political relevance since FOX News last week unceremoniously dumped her from their paid players list,” said O’Donnell.
O’Donnell never took the Palin bait. But, he pointed out, neither did Palin herself: “Unlike a lot of other pundits who are still on a lot of the payrolls in the political news business, Sarah Palin never once fell for the idea that Sarah Palin could actually run for president.”