I spoke to Matt Dowd on “GMA” this morning. Despite a last minute trip to Iowa the same week as a debate and the Ames straw poll, he still doesn’t think Sarah Palin is running for president in 2012.
“I ultimately don’t think she is getting in this race. I don’t think she’s done anything, put staff together, done anything at all possible to look like she is credibly running,” Dowd, an ABC News contributor, said. “I think this is her saying ‘I’m still a voice in the Republican Party, listen to me’ and that’s what she’s doing. It’s about her getting attention and not much about her running, I don’t think.”
We also talked about Dowd’s fascinating article comparing Obama’s August 2011 to Bush’s August 2005. After a series of events including increased casualties in Iraq and Afghanistan and Hurricane Katrina Bush’s “presidency was done,” he said. Obama isn’t yet in the same place, according to Dowd, but this August has a “very familiar feel and smell that [Obama] has now broken some aspect of his relationship with the American public.”
“He has given two speeches George, as you know, in the last couple of weeks, one where basically Congress ignored him,” Dowd told me.
“And the second speech I think was more damaging when he got up and the split screen happened and basically as he was talking the stock market was dropping 600 points…That visual is not a good visual,” he said.