Saturday, September 27, 2008

Falling Out of Love with Sarah

Republican pundits who welcomed Sarah's fresh face last month are coaching her on ways she can pull out of the campaign to be replaced by someone . . . well . . . competent. (Most popular escape plan - do it for the kids!).

Kathleen Parker - "Is Clearly Out Of Her League." " Palin filibusters. She repeats words, filling space with deadwood. Cut the verbiage and there’s not much content there." " If BS were currency, Palin could bail out Wall Street herself."

George Will - "The man who would be the oldest to embark on a first presidential term has chosen as his possible successor a person of negligible experience." "What has he got in Palin? In coming days he and we will learn from a stern teacher, experience."

David Frum - "Ms. Palin's experience in government makes Barack Obama look like George C. Marshall. . . . She has zero foreign policy experience, and no record on national security issues." "Mr. McCain's supporters argue that he is more serious about national security than Barack Obama. But the selection of Sarah Palin invites the question: How serious can he be if he would place such a neophyte second in line to the presidency?"

Rich Lowry - [On Gibson interview] "This was a merely adequate performance. The foreign-policy session was a white-knuckle affair. She barely got through it and showed no knowledge more than an inch deep." "The fact still remains that she very likely didn't know any of the possible definitions of the Bush doctrine. I can't imagine if Obama had picked Gov. Tim Kaine and he had had a similar moment, conservatives would have rushed to say that the Bush doctrine is just too amorphous and complicated for him to know anything about it. Palin seemed weak on economic and budgetary policy too, talking in the vaguest generalities."

Rod Dreher - "
Couric's questions are straightforward and responsible. Palin is mediocre, again, regurgitating talking points mechanically, not thinking. Palin's just babbling. She makes George W. Bush sound like Cicero."

Finally stepping away from the Conservative columnists for a moment, I have to share this bit by Texan writer/commentator Rawlins Gilliland: "As we learned at that Super Bowl: You cannot have Kathi Lee Gifford sing the Star Spangled Banner and expect the stadium crowd to stay on its feet."

Well said Rawlins!


Blogger buckarooskidoo said...

I wondered when someone was going to sound the alarm in that camp. There is a weird stubbornness about this in some quarters--a friend who is otherwise a moderate Republican would not admit the other night that Palin is unqualified, making the absurd claims that Harvard and Columbia are the same as U of I journalism school, that no travel is just the same as extensive travel, that it makes sense to claim geographic proximity as a national security credential. i couldn't understand how she could cling so tenaciously to obvious absurdities, especially when the stakes are so high.

It's good to see that SOMEONE in the Republican party are willing to call a spade a spade, or a moron a moron! I probably would never vote for this ticket, but I would be okay with a Liddy Dole, or Mike Huckabee, or someone else reasonably intelligent and QUALIFIED as a possible successor to McCain. THIS woman is a MORON and an insult to the intelligence of the American electorate.

1:11 PM  
Blogger Eric Dondero said...

The elitist wing of the conservative movement has always been wary of us libertarians coming into the GOP. Sarah Palin is one of the top elected libertarian Republicans in the country, (along with Idaho's Gov. Butch Otter, and Cong. Jeff Flake of AZ).

Of course, she's going to make some conservatives nervous.

They are wary of her libertarian cultural views. This is the woman, after all, who famously fought back against social conservatives in Wasilla who wanted to run all of the bars and taverns out of town.

They even started a whisper campaign in Alaska during the 2006 primaries that Sarah wasn't really a Republican, but rather a "closet libertarian." She had attended a couple local Libertarian Party meetings seeking their support.

But what she loses from the social conservatives, she gains 10 times over in libertarian votes.

Figure, Libertarian Bob Barr was polling 6% nationwide in mid-summer. As high as 10% in New Hampshire. And post-Palin he's now down to 1%.

Ever since Goldwater the eastern establishment Republicans have distrusted Western cowboy individualists in the GOP.

With Sarah Palin, the libertarian wing of the GOP has finally arrived. Of course, that's going to make some other Republicans nervous.

Get over it Conservatives, THE LIBERTARIANS HAVE ARRIVED!!

9:25 AM  

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