When asked what she thinks about Palin, Bush said:
I sat next to Palin once. Thought she was beautiful," Barbara Bush said. "And she's very happy in Alaska, and I hope she'll stay there" (italics added).
Other Republicans have publicly condemned Palin. Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska recently said that Palin lacks leadership skills and the "intellectual curiosity" needed to serve as President. Furthermore, Senator John McCain recently declined to endorse a Palin presidential bid, saying that it would be premature to do so.
Although Palin believes she can win a presidential election against Barack Obama, it seems that many Republicans think that a run by Palin would have catastrophic results for the GOP. On the other hand, many Democrats would probably love to hear Palin discuss foreign policy and watch her scribble notes on her hand during presidential debates.