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. RJ

    Kinda pales when compared to Jessie Jackson's "open mic" comments. But betcha anything - the mole Axelrod (Obama's "brain") was right around the corner to execute this set-up!

    September 3, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  2. The Silent One

    This has been one of the most entertaining weeks of my life, and I owe it all to McCain and his Runner up choice, Palin!

    It's fun watching Republicans self-destruct.

    September 3, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  3. RB from NH

    Hahahahahahahahahahahahah!

    September 3, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  4. Chris

    This just shows that they are told to lie to the people. Nothing is true. It really doesn't matter as this isn't the way it's supposed to be. The US constitution tells us very clearly how to elect a president and vice president. We have been doing it wrong. Look at the Articles of the Constitution.

    September 3, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  5. Barbara

    The Emperor has no clothes ... someone finally said it on air.

    September 3, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  6. Circular Firing Squad = g.o.p.

    The republicans will continue trying to play Americans as patsies.
    If "Sarah the Baracuda" goes after Obama/Biden tonight, she sink faster than one of those wolves she love shoot.

    September 3, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  7. steve

    the nerve of those people speaking candidly! There's no greater offense than going off message.

    September 3, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  8. Byron, in Cincinnati, OH

    This is hilarious....the true feelings come out when the TV is off. To be honest all of them look dull when talking about Palin, no excitement in their voices...they're being paid to say the same thing over and over again. Guess these two didn't get the Talking Points for today!

    September 3, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  9. judy d

    Go republicans, speak the truth.....its over

    September 3, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  10. Dave, Houston, TX

    I wonder how many of the GOP insiders feel this way too and are just putting on the happy talk to keep from being wiped out of power completely.

    Come on, Sarah, bring on the nasty and bring on that religious fanatic crusader talk. Barack Obama is from Chicago which is about 10 times the size of Alaska and the politics there is more rugged than your wildlife and weather together.

    September 3, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  11. rob

    Well i think a lot of republicans feel this way just have to put on a front but know she is no right for job the republicans lost and cant win she has brought to much negativity to the party mcain should have stuck to his guns and picked liberman or ridge

    September 3, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  12. Chris Wagner

    This is validation of why Fox, CNN, MSNBC and their broadcast counterparts have zero credibility any more. They talk and talk and say nothing relevant.

    Stories are presented without relevant context and lies are presented equally with the truth, as if there were no difference.

    Bye-bye, MSNBC. Who's next?

    September 3, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  13. Ex-Republican for Obama

    So funny!

    And how many Republican VOTERS do you think are saying the same thing, but they won't say it un-miced...they will say it in the voting booth.

    When Nov 5th comes, and if Obama wins...if you truely can't stand him and have stated so in the blogs...then please by all means....put your money where your mouth is.....and leave OUR country...we're taking it back!

    September 3, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  14. Griff

    Why?? When the Democrats, pick a "None American", for their Leader???

    September 3, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  15. Louis

    ...AND THE TRUTH SHALL SET YOU FREE.

    September 3, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  16. pat C.

    everybody thinks it ,both dems ans repubs. it is over. macain is an idiot. obama was voted in with 18million votes and mccain thinks he can bring a gun toting bimbo in and expect her to be ready to be president. this should be a lession for the old fool. it is as they say:OVER!!

    September 3, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  17. jj

    wow!...a bunch of hypocrites!

    September 3, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  18. Jon

    It's a really bad sign when your own teammates are ready to throw in the towel.

    September 3, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  19. Proud to be American

    LOL

    September 3, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  20. Cheryl, Chevy Chase MD

    At least it's good to know that there are some Republicans with brains. The fiscal conservatives have let the christian right own the party. It's a terrible shame.

    September 3, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  21. Brian S.

    I'm still waiting for Republican PUMAs to start saying they'll vote for Obama.

    September 3, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  22. Marc

    Game, set, match to Obama/Biden–the union has been saved in part due to McCain's lack of judgement, but more importantly due to a superior run campain by Obama.

    September 3, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  23. kaw kaay shion

    HOW EAR THOSE REPUBLICAN NARRATIVES GOING?

    September 3, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  24. Brian MacDougall

    Look for John McCain to sue both of them. That's all that's left for him.

    September 3, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  25. Trevor

    This looks even worse since they're pushing the story that poor Sarah Palin is being trashed by the "liberal media."

    September 3, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
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