September 3rd, 2008
09:00 PM ET
6 years ago

Hot mic catches GOP strategists trashing Palin pick

McCain greeted Palin Wednesday.
McCain greeted Palin Wednesday.

(CNN) – Prominent Republican analysts Peggy Noonan and Mike Murphy became the latest victims of an open microphone Wednesday, caught after a segment on MSNBC trashing John McCain's pick of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate.

Noonan, a Wall Street Journal columnist and former speechwriter for Ronald Reagan, and Murphy, a campaign strategist and onetime aide to John McCain, can both be heard expressing disbelief with the pick of Palin after they apparently thought they were in a commercial break.

“I come out of the blue swing-state governor world, Engler, Whitman, Thompson, Mitt Romney,” Murphy said during the mishap which has since been posted on YouTube. Murphy later flatly says of the pick, "It's not going to work."

Noonan is heard going even further, saying of the presidential race, "It's over."

"I think they went for this - excuse me– political bulls–t about narratives," Noonan also said. "Every time the Republicans do that, because that's not where they live and it's not what they're good at, they blow it."

Murphy, who was a senior adviser to John McCain's 2000 presidential bid, also adds, "You know what's really the worst thing about it? The greatness of McCain is no cynicism, and this is cynical."

UPDATE: Writing on the Wall Street Journal Web site, Noonan apologizes for using profanity and says she was not claiming McCain's campaign was "over."

"In our off-air conversation, I got on the subject of the leaders of the Republican party assuming, now, that whatever the base of the Republican party thinks is what America thinks. I made the case that this is no longer true, that party leaders seem to me stuck in the assumptions of 1988 and 1994, the assumptions that reigned when they were young and coming up," she writes.  "The first lesson they learned is the one they remember," I said to [MSNBC's Chuck] Todd - and I'm pretty certain that is a direct quote. But, I argued, that's over, those assumptions are yesterday, the party can no longer assume that its base is utterly in line with the thinking of the American people. And when I said, "It's over!" - and I said it more than once - that is what I was referring to."

soundoff (192 Responses)
  1. Thanks- Just-My-Observation

    Lets really look at the experience comparison:

    Obama:
    B.A in political science from Columbia University, with a specialization in international relations
    J.D. in Law from Hardvard, graduated magna cum laude; President of the Harvard Law Review
    12 years (92-04) teaching constitutional law
    7 years State Senator: sponsored more than 800 bills
    4 years Senator for Illinos, a state with 12.8 million people

    Palin:
    Bachelor's in journalism from University of Idaho
    4 years Wasilla City Council (8000 people)
    6 years Wasilla mayor (8000 people)
    1 year "Ethics Commissioner of the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission"
    20 months governor of a state with 660,000 people

    Do the Republicans really think we're so stupid that we would believe she is more experienced than Obama? Give me a break…

    September 3, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  2. Eric

    The truth...is the truth

    September 3, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  3. Ron

    The real divided party

    September 3, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  4. Craig A Texas Democrat

    No its not going to work.

    September 3, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  5. Palin

    This exactly how they deeply feel inside. Even McCain, he knows his pick is a gimmick!!!!!!!!!

    September 3, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  6. annie - former democrat

    As a woman, women like noonut and c. brownose, make me ill! They are so green with envy that they cannot see straight. Get a life you two do nothings – go home and take care of your children – god forbid should you have any.

    September 3, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  7. Griff

    What they call a "Set Up"... Hey CNN??

    September 3, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  8. Yasriel

    So slow CNN but at least you picked it up...
    It's really over for McCain

    September 3, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  9. Tim

    You forgot when they say she is not qualified to run as VP.

    Nice to hear honest commentary from pundits... maybe they all should talk "off the air".

    September 3, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  10. Charlotte

    Life is indeed a fish bowl.

    September 3, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  11. non black nonwhite

    I am not surprised the GOPS are going to fail. Do you hear me Newt Gingrich you are failures for the past 8yrs and you will fail again for all the wrongs the did to america.

    September 3, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  12. Don from California

    Ouch. hahahaha.

    September 3, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  13. lloyd

    truth hurts don't it.republican commentators said the truth,mccain blew it!

    September 3, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  14. CT Belle

    I wish they would be truthful and say it on the air. Good for them. Yup. Yup. LMAO...

    September 3, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  15. Coach K

    Wow ... they'd better look at becoming Democrats or Independents. John McCain may go to war with them over this little mic incident.

    September 3, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  16. Albert, rhode island

    not even a hurricane with an ethnic name could save these people this week

    September 3, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  17. Kiki Teague NC

    HOLY ROLLER RIGHT TO LIFERS !! PREPARE TO HAIL YOUR QUEEN !!!

    September 3, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  18. Dave in OC, Vets for Obama

    Gee, how will McCain campaign try and attack their own?

    With all due respect to his war record, McCain / Palin campaign has become a joke after 2 1/2 business days.

    Campaign Manager said today "this election is not about the issues - it's about personalities.
    He actually said that.

    Vets for Obama!

    September 3, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  19. Sherry, Atlanta

    GIVE THEM BOTH CREDIT. . . THEY TOLD THE TRUTH!

    September 3, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  20. Derek in Seattle

    Bwahahahahah!!!!!

    This is so awesome!!!

    September 3, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  21. Denise

    Hypocrits! The whole lot of them....and they shove this newbie down our throats....and expect that it will be business as usual. Don't think so. Not surprised though.

    September 3, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  22. Leah

    Ouch! that gotta hurt

    September 3, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  23. PUMA IS A KARL ROVE DIRTY TRICK AND A MYTH..

    AND THE TRUTH SHALL SET YOU FREE !!

    September 3, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  24. Andrew

    I find Noonan and Murphy's comments to be very illustrative of a discomfort that is a growing under-current in the Republican Party. John McCain's willingness to drive to the right and pander to the conservative base has made his fellow moderates uneasy. In 2000, John McCain represented traditional Republican values and after eight years of neo-conservativism, I believe many moderates were hoping for the old John McCain.

    September 3, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  25. Dameun Strange

    That truth should have been spoken on the mic.

    September 3, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
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