Former New Jersey Gov. Christine Todd Whitman (R) said Sunday that Sarah Palin can't win a nationwide run for the White House, and pointed to the fact that the former Alaska governor left mid-term as an impediment to her support.This is rich coming from a woman who showed a belligerent attitude toward the man who appointed her as the head of the EPA and who herself quit after two years.
Whitman said that Palin could do well in the early states of Iowa and New Hampshire, but pointed out that there will be a lot of competition among Republicans trying to keep President Obama from serving a second term.
"Every congressman and senator right now thinks they can be president," Whitman said on CNN's "Fareed Zakaria GPS".
Whitman said Palin could energize the base of the Republican Party, "but the base isn't big enough."
"I don't think she'll win nationwide," she said. "You've got to start competing for the center. And so far I haven't seen a lot of outreach on the part of Sarah Palin for that."
"I mean, she was a governor," said Whitman, who served two terms leading New Jersey and then went on to head the Environmental Protection Agency. "But the fact that she left office before even completing her first term is -- that's just not a attitude that I think is necessarily in the best interest of your constituents -- rather what's in your best interests."
Her 28-month tenure was pitted by tensions within the Bush administration that left her perceived by critics as ineffective. Repeatedly, Mrs. Whitman was caught between administration officials who said she was too willing to press for regulatory remedies favored by environmentalists and environmentalists who accused her of not forcefully advocating their causes.Today Christine Whitman is a political nonentity and Sarah Palin is the most recognizable name in the Republican Party. She may not win in 2012, or even run, but she's more respected by Republicans that Whitman, to say the least.
She also found herself embroiled in what even Republicans concede were prominent public relations blunders, like an effort to set an allowable limit for arsenic in drinking water that Democrats seized on to portray the administration as careless toward the environment. As a result, she was the object of a long-running Washington parlor game of guessing how long she would last.