Chris Matthews comments that Sarah Palin’s statements on Newt Gingrich’s disastrous week are so illogical that he can’t even follow her “fairly basic brain”:
Matthews: This is so pathetic watching her on television. It's so pathetic that Roger Ailes has put her on television, sitting up in some box, some loony bin up in Alaska, sitting there answering these questions she doesn't know anything about. Did you hear what she just said, John? She said [Gingrich] should continue to attack the Republican plan. What's she up to here? Is she just not thinking or capable of thinking? What is going on here? Do you really think she should have been vice president of the United States? Or is Steve Schmidt, the [McCain-Palin] campaign manager, right: "She doesn't know anything."
Though Matthews’ comments annoyed Fox News chief Roger Ailes, apparently they share views on Palin:
“Every single [Republican] candidate has consulted with Roger,” but he’s not impressed with any of them. “He finds flaws in every one,” says another source—particularly Sarah Palin.
“He thinks Palin is an idiot,” says another source. “He thinks she’s stupid. He helped boost her up. People like Sarah Palin haven’t elevated the conservative movement.”