Democrats Give Mixed Reactions to Sarah Palin Buzz

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The release of Sarah Palin's book "Going Rogue" has elicited different reactions from two prominent Democrats, as well as some Republicans.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Sunday gave a gracious response to the compliment Palin paid to Clinton in her book.

"Should Secretary Clinton and I ever sit down over a cup of coffee, I know that we will fundamentally disagree on may issues, but my hat is off to her hard work on the 2008 campaign trail," the 2008 vice presidential candidate wrote. "Compared to the guys she squared off against, a lot of her supporters think she proved what Margaret Thatcher proclaimed: 'If you want something said, ask a man. If you want something done, ask a woman.'"

On NBC's "Meet the Press," Clinton said she "absolutely would look forward to having coffee" with Palin.

"I've never met her, and I think it would be very interesting to sit down and talk with her," Clinton said. "Maybe I can make a case on some of the issues that we disagree on."

Meanwhile, Barack Obama's former campaign manager David Plouffe had harsher things to say about the former Alaska governor. Echoing comments from John McCain's presidential campaign strategist Steve Schmidt, Plouffe told the New Yorker magazine that Palin would be a "catastrophic" pick for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination.

Plouffe has his own book to promote, "Audacity to Win."

"I think it would be catastrophic for them to nominate her," Plouffe told the New Yorker. "A lot can change, but I doubt she'll run. Right now, in terms of her ability to sell books and get speaking fees and just go out there and be a prominent voice in the Republican Party, she's at a pretty high level. But if you run a race you're going to get nicked up and you may fall from grace."

Meanwhile, some moderate conservatives had mixed reviews for Palin as well.

"I think Sarah Palin is great for the Republican Party," former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani said Sunday on CNN's State of the Union. "This is a person who creates great enthusiasm for the party. We're very far away from a 2012 election. Right now, I like figures who are creating interest in the Republican Party."

Conservative columnist David Brooks of the New York Times, however, called Palin a "joke."

"The idea that this potential talk show host is considered seriously for the Republican nomination, believe me, it will never happen," Brooks said on ABC's "This Week. "Republican primary voters are just not going to elect a talk show host."

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