BLANKLEY: Let me just make a point on that because she is kind of uniquely situated serving in Alaska. We've all worked or seen politicians who are running for another office. They're based in one city or another, down here in the lower 48. They're an hour and a half away wherever they need to go, in the pre-campaign campaign. They can do day trips and they can be back home and they can be back home and seen on the job and doing on the job, even though they're doing their campaign work.
She can't physically do that from Alaska. So, she's sort of uniquely vulnerable to the charge of not doing their job, if she's down here campaigning. I'm not saying that's the reason why.
STEPHANOPOULOS: I was going to say, that would suggest that indeed she does want to run for president. She does seem to be smarting at the criticism from some who are saying, no, she's out, her political future is over.
She put up something on Facebook yesterday. Let's show everyone what she is telling to her supporters there. "I've never thought I needed a title before one's name to forge progress in America. I'm now looking ahead in how we can advance this country together, with our values of less government intervention, greater energy independence, stronger national security and much needed fiscal restraint. I hope you will join me. Now is the time to rebuild and help our nation achieve greatness."
George, regardless of motivations on Friday, is there a plausible comeback strategy here?
WILL: I don't think so. I can see her in Iowa because Iowa has a large evangelical Christian component, in the Republican nominating electorate. Beyond Iowa, no. She is now not going to be presented as someone that's only a first-term governor of Alaska, she's not even a first-term governor.
STEPHANOPOULOS: And that's especially true if she's not ready for criticism, as you pointed out.
TUCKER: Absolutely. I just don't see that this is a beginning of a political comeback for her in that rambling an incoherent press conference in which the only thing I really enjoyed actually was her using a sports metaphor. I think it's neat for women to use a sports metaphor. But it was very difficult to follow.
But the one thing that came across, I thought, was not only that she was smarting from all this criticism, but she came across as petty and vindictive, Richard Nixon without the policy knowledge or the experience. And I think that comes across for her, time and time again. And again, if you are not ready to put up with all that criticism and shrug it off, then you don't have any business on the national stage.
STEPHANOPOULOS: Of course, two years later, after his famous -- Richard Nixon's press conference, Richard Nixon was on his way to the White House.
And, Todd, on the point of motivation, one of the things you write about in "Vanity Fair" and let me quote it here is that you say, "Several people told me, independently of one another, that they had consulted the definition of narcissistic personality disorder. In the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders," talking about Sarah Palin. And I guess that some sense that this would explain what we saw or some of what we saw on Friday.