08/06/2009 05:12 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Hardball Panel Debates Palin's Presidential Ambitions: "She Thinks She's Got A Shot... But She Needs An Education" (VIDEO)

Pat Buchanan and Newsweek's Howard Fineman joined Lawrence O'Donnell (filling in for Chris Matthews) on "Hardball" tonight to discuss Sarah Palin's presidential ambitions. Both think she has her sights trained on the Oval Office, however it's unclear if that means 2012 or beyond. Unsurprisingly, Buchanan, a staunch supporter of Palin, is a bit more bullish on her prospects than Fineman.

Fineman returned to a theme that has dogged Palin ever since she first stepped onto the national stage: her lack of knowledge on the pressing issues facing the nation.

I think Sarah Palin thinks that she's got a shot. And she's gonna make some money and try to get her head on straight and give it a shot. She's very popular at the conservative grass roots of the party, but she needs an education. She's got Bill Kristol here in Washington who's a friend of hers and a fan. Bill Bennett, Mary Matalin. She's got some people, but she's really got to study and learn the issues. She doesn't yet know them.