Conservative and former The View co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck used to get loud liberal lesbian Rosie O’Donnell pretty fired up during O’Donnell’s first tenure on the daytime women-only gabfest. But she’s nothing compared to what producers have in store for O’Donnell this time around–Nicolle Wallace. The new slim blonde conservative producers have lined up actually worked in the Bush administration. Rosie’s much-anticipated return to the show this fall will be a lot juicier with the built-in antagonism sure to exist from day one on the set–if rumors are true and Nicolle Wallace is the choice for The View chair.
Wallace, at 42, is ten years younger than O’Donnell and their VIEWpoints, so to speak, couldn’t be much different. Or maybe they could be. Some have called Nicolle Wallace, despite her Bush administration credentials, a “liberal” conservative. Wallace did work for the McCain campaign and didn’t think too highly of conservative VP-candidate-turned-talking-head-grizzly-mama Sarah Palin. In 2010, the New York Times reported that on election day, “Mrs. Wallace didn’t even vote for the McCain-Palin ticket.” The same article called her a “tough, savvy and hard-charging conservative political operator.” That’s just what The View producers–and Rosie O’Donnell–are looking for.