September 3rd, 2008
09:00 PM ET
10 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. unamerican


    its over.

    September 3, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  2. Sam

    Direct from members of the Republican party. For all those that want to blame the media for the horror of McCain's disgraceful pick... just read what your so called party REALLY thinks. 'Nuff said.

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

    Wait for it...... and..... Now! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA..... LOL lol lol lol lol..... mwahahahahahahahahahahahaha... This is your party? You republicans have been duped!!! See how they smile and lie, but when the camera turns the truth comes out. WAKE UP PEOPLE! Everything that you know is a lie

    September 3, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  4. Michael

    At Least someone on the Repugnican side is telling the truth!!!!

    As for Gov. Mitt Romney, We thought Family was off limits??? That was gutless and repugnant. Since the "Attacks" on Gov. Palin is being considered sexist, This attack on Michelle Obama can only be considered as sexist and RACIST! This only proves that the Republicans can dish it but they sure cant take it!!!!!

    September 3, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  5. Michelle

    At least they aren't in denial like the rest of their party.

    September 3, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  6. texas4obama

    well there you have it...

    Obama/Biden '08

    September 3, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  7. Marie-Lynn

    Tell everything....WOW

    September 3, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  8. Kathyrn

    I love it. I'd like to see how they spin this one.

    September 3, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  9. momis

    why am i not shock? I am sure the GOP's are saying the same thing

    September 3, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  10. jm from sc

    The republicans are trying to sell this woman to America with the full knowledge that her experience has been inflated to fool voters that McCain is mentally sane. They will beef up their attacks on Obama trying to paint him as inexperience because they know they have messed up this time.

    They will have all kinds of professionals to write her speech in effort to fool voters she is just that smart. Don't be fooled, she's studied and practiced for the performance of her life .

    Obama/Biden 08

    September 3, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  11. Diane Dagenais Turbide

    Good evening,

    I do not know how I got lost on your site!!!:) But, this is where I do not understand the judgment of Mr. Cain for choosing Mrs. Palin! You can be the next president and make your own decision but I beleive strongly that you are the ones who set the example of how to make decision based on jugdment! These comments shows how one's behavior at the top, can in a short matter of time loose his team's spirit and that is no prosperity for winning and prosperity for the country at home and abroad!

    September 3, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  12. A Woman In California For Obama

    Let the games begin! It's the truth. She is purely and simply UNQUALIFIED.

    September 3, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  13. Goodson

    The truth is bitter, it might not be told in primetime, but at our kitchen tables we hear it all, we need to know more about Palin and McCain camp is using sexism as damage control, out there in the tough international circus, with the likes of North Korea, China, Venezuela and Russia prowling around, we have to stand up to them, not throw the worn cloaks of sexism at them, it's real hot out there.
    He who has ears, let him hear

    September 3, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  14. Anne

    I guess McCain doesnt want to win not only is he a doofus but he picks a doofus and his own party thinks hes a doofus.

    September 3, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  15. McCain Wants Women to VOTE VAGINA in 2008!

    Well, just when I thought Republicans even buy their own BS... its good to know they aren't as nuts as I thought

    September 3, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  16. Observer

    Oh, man! This is going to be hard to spin any other way than what we see here. So, how many other Republicans feel this way, but are just keeping quiet? Why am I again reminded of Harriet Miers' nomination for the Supreme Court?
    Just how long can John McCain hold this onto hot potato before he turns loose?

    September 3, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  17. in Oregon

    It is over. They're going to keep finding out terrible things about Sarah Palin. She has lied about her involvement in the "Bridge to Nowhere", has abused her power with everyone from her staff to her town librarian, been involved with a nutso group that wants Alaska to secede from the Union, and has willingly and knowingly put her poor little girl in the center of a political hurricane. What next?

    It's such a shame, there are other Republican women politicians who are way way way more qualified. She's a first-term governor, for crying out loud! What was the McCain campaign thinking?

    September 3, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  18. Obama is always right

    All these hot mics....

    makes you wonder about the integrity and professionalism of the media.

    September 3, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  19. DeMJ

    lol Don't be fooled people. They are talking trash now but after Palin give a great speech tonight, every media will start praising how great of a VP she will make, etc... Next thing you know they will say OB and MCsame are neck to neck in the poll. It all show.

    September 3, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  20. Marc M

    It's over for the country if Obama wins, unless your idea of a great America is a socialist country.

    Work hard and earn your way. That's what built America.

    Obama is what will tear it down.

    September 3, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  21. G

    Well and there you have from their own supporters. No liberal bias there just stating the facts as has been done until the Mccain campaign call foul and everybody suddenly went into hiding their opinions again. Forget the teen preganancy story the real story is Sarah Palin attending the AIP convention in 1994 and 2000 also that her husband is register as undeclared. How can you put country first when your VP belong to a group that wanted Alaska to separate from the U.S. Please post this CNN and report this much more interesting story.

    September 3, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  22. oh my

    guess these are the talking points

    September 3, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  23. Your Parents Common Sense

    .......HA HA....the chickens have come home to roost !

    September 3, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  24. Indy in AZ

    Surprise, Surprise!!! Some GOP'ers actually speaking the truth, with no spin... That's okay, this just echos what we already know...

    Way to go McCain!! You know how to pick'em....

    September 3, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  25. napcot

    figures, even the Republicans know how terrible of a candidate she is

    September 3, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
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