HuffPost's Howard Fineman Discusses Sarah Palin On 'Hardball With Chris Matthews' (VIDEO)

05/31/2011 08:46 pm ET | Updated Jul 31, 2011

Howard Fineman appeared Tuesday on MSNBC's 'Hardball with Chris Matthews' to discuss Sarah Palin's bus tour.

When asked by Matthews if Palin is going to run for President, Fineman said, "I judge this based on the people I know in New Hampshire whom she would be calling were she running. And I just ... talked to one of them who said that she has been repeatedly trying to get Sarah Palin's people to return her calls because she, this person organizer up there, conservative organizer, wants to work for Sarah Palin, she hasn't gotten the call, as far as this person knows, neither has anybody else in New Hampshire."

He explained that Sarah Palin is "going for some other type of power here. She wants power. She wants real political power. But she believes that the current system, the nominating system, the electoral system, and the media system, are bankrupt, and she can show that by gaining power in other ways. Now how she's going to trade in all her Monopoly money at the end, I don't know, but she is certainly a running commentary on the bankruptcy of the rest of the system."

Fineman concluded, "Sarah Palin appeals to a lot of really disaffected people ... I think Palin is going to touch every button of all the disaffected people all the way along and see how far that takes her, because she's comfortable in that role and that's what she's good at. And she will make fun of and stand outside of the traditional process probably all the way along, because the moment she gets in the traditional process, whatever clout and magic she has is gone."


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