McDonnell on Palin, Barbour and Others

Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) played a little game with Time’s Mark Halperin at the Republican Governors Association conference this week.

Halperin would name a prominent politician (and likely presidential candidate), and the governor was supposed to give two adjectives to describe that person.

The answers are interesting, if you’re a word person. I’ve taken his responses and linked them to dictionary definitions because, as one of my professors was fond of saying, words have meanings.

Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-La.): brilliant, savvy

Gov. Haley Barbour (R-Miss.): warm, tough

President Barack Obama: liberal, very gifted

Former Gov. Mitt Romney (R-Mass.): adept, hard-working

Former Gov. Sarah Palin (R-Alaska): enthusiastic, passionate

Himself: nice, results-oriented

One interesting note: when asked about Palin, McDonnell first laughed and said “I could get myself in trouble here.” He’s taken heat for recent comments that Palin is “qualified” to be president.

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One Response to McDonnell on Palin, Barbour and Others

  1. He probably wanted to say about Palin: Corrupt, Vindictive, but was trying to follow the Reagan rule of not speaking ill of a fellow Republican.

    I will never forget that Palin used her office to try to get her ex-brother in-law fired from his job as an Alaska State Police Officer.

    Palin: Corrupt and Vindictive.

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