"Fill in the Blank" on Sarah Palin. Ouch.

Charles Grassley:

"It's astounding" he said frankly.

"I would think, if you want to run for president — and I'm not sure that's got anything to do with what she's doing — that the forum of a governorship would be a better forum than just being a private citizen," Grassley argued before saying, "I'd welcome her to be a candidate for president."

Sen. Lisa Murkowski:

Alaska's Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski issued a surprisingly harsh statement late on Friday, ripping Gov. Sarah Palin's decision to leave office at the end of the month. "I am deeply disappointed that the Governor has decided to abandon the State and her constituents before her term has concluded," Murkowski wrote.

Glenn Thrush (from his "Five questions for Sarah Palin" piece):

1. If you're leaving your elected position with more than a year to go because you can't handle negative publicity, personal attacks and GOP back-biting, how could you possibly handle the rigors of running for president -- much less being President?

2. How can you say you didn't take a "quitters way out" when you just quit?

Veteran GOP pollster Glen Bolger:
“There is just no good way to say quitting has made her more qualified to run for higher office.”
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