"Barbara Bush Should Shut Up," says Dan Riehl. Oh no. Not our Bar. Painful to acknowledge, but after a lifetime of embracing the former first lady's persona of outspoken authenticity, we have to admit she no longer speaks to us. See below for details. Above, GHWB and Barbara in a Larry King interview that will air Monday.
"I think they really hate that she not only is who she is, but she's happy not to be like them," twittered Kurt Schlichter earlier this afternoon as we were reading the entrails of the once proud Barbara Bush's fall from grace in a forthcoming Larry King interview where the wife and mother of two former presidents stoops to give that "force of nature," Sarah Palin, some ill-advised, unsolicited advice:
"I sat next to [Palin] once. Thought she was beautiful," Barbara Bush scoffed said. "And she's very happy in Alaska, and I hope she'll stay there."
And to think we once admired Bar Bush for her classiness. As Dan Riehl put it so eloquently, "Barbara Bush Should Shut Up," while Pat Riccio twittered rhetorically:
"Palin's never said one bad word re GWB, yet every former Bush official attacks her?? Y? Snobbery? Entitlement?"
"Both of those," we responded:
Plus, I'm start'g to think, FEAR of the "force of nature" that is SarahPalin --> back to our Founding Fathers' vision. [See Sarah's latest Facebook entry, "An Exclusive Sneak Peek at 'America By Heart,'" for details]
"I agree! They saw what she accomplished in AK with GOP reform. They fear she'll do it nationally," twittered Daria DiGiovanni with this heartwarming personal testimonial to Sarah Palin's worth:
Sarah is all class. Last year I sent her a copy of my novel with a note inside. She sent me a signed thank you.
It's one of my most treasured things. She didn't have to do that, but she took the time. Appreciated my kind words to her.
It was my own novel. In her note, she referenced the title and thanked me for my kind words. At time she was still Governor.
It isn't that we Palinistas necessarily want Sarah to run for President. As we blogged a couple of weeks back:
We predict that over time, as the authentic Palin "brand" becomes better known amongst our fellow Americans, her "numbers" will rise. Presidential candidate or kingmaker, time will tell.
Meanwhile, Kurt Schlichter captures the conscience of the king/maker :
I think she's a classy, smart lady. I dunno if POTUS 2012 is the right move, but I want her dealing pain to libs and RINOs.
Update: Michelle Malkin Buzzworthy link!
Update II: "Barbara Bush to Palin" top story at Memeorandum.