In his new “Kristol Clear” prediction segment on Morning Joe, Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol augured Thursday morning that Sarah Palin might run for president in 2016. “I mean, why wouldn’t she run?” he asked, causing NBC News White House correspondent Chuck Todd to answer what was probably a rhetorical question.
“I think it’s a financial reason,” Todd said. “To get back into the spotlight. Get the speaking fees back up. You know, there’s some question in my mind about [Mike] Huckabee’s motivation, how much of that is about — you know, there’s a lot of people who run for president for their careers.”
Apparently Todd touched a nerve. Kristol spat out the following in about .02 seconds: “Really? Can’t we give these people the benefit of the doubt here? Some establishment type runs, everyone says. ‘Oh, take very seriously, Jon Huntsman’s running, wants to serve the country.’ You guys have him on 452 times on Morning Joe and Chuck says, ‘Oh, Jon Huntsman could do it. He’s a governor and ambassador to China.’ Sarah Palin, Mike Huckabee? ‘Oh, those guys just want to make money!'”
“Some people run for president because they see the benefit: ‘Hey, losing will make me more famous,’ because of the way this perverted process works,” Todd replied. “Let’s not be naive here.”
Watch the full clip below, via MSNBC:
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