September 26th, 2008
06:20 PM ET
13 years ago

Palin should step down, conservative commentator says

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/09/26/art.palin.gi.jpg caption="Palin was in New York City Thursday."](CNN) - Prominent conservative columnist Kathleen Parker, an early supporter of Republican VP candidate Sarah Palin, said Friday recent interviews have shown the Alaska governor is "out of her league" and should leave the GOP presidential ticket for the good of the party.

The criticism in Parker's Friday column is the latest in a recent string of negative assessments toward the McCain-Palin candidacy from prominent conservatives.

It was fun while it lasted," Parker writes. "Palin’s recent interviews with Charles Gibson, Sean Hannity, and now Katie Couric have all revealed an attractive, earnest, confident candidate. Who is clearly out of her league."

Palin's interview with Couric drew criticism when the Alaska governor was unable to provide an example of when John McCain had pushed for more regulation of Wall Street during his Senate career. Palin also took heat for defending her foreign policy credentials by suggesting Russian leaders enter Alaska airspace when they come to America. Palin was also criticized last week for appearing not to know what the Bush Doctrine is during an interview with Charlie Gibson.

“If BS were currency, Palin could bail out Wall Street herself," Parker also writes. "If Palin were a man, we’d all be guffawing, just as we do every time Joe Biden tickles the back of his throat with his toes. But because she’s a woman — and the first ever on a Republican presidential ticket — we are reluctant to say what is painfully true."

Parker, who praised McCain's "keen judgment" for picking Palin earlier this month and wrote the Alaska governor is a "perfect storm of God, Mom and apple pie," now says Palin should step down from the ticket.

“Only Palin can save McCain, her party, and the country she loves," Parker writes. She can bow out for personal reasons, perhaps because she wants to spend more time with her newborn. No one would criticize a mother who puts her family first. Do it for your country."

Parker's comments follow those by prominent conservatives David Brooks, George Will, and David Frum who have all publicly questioned Palin's readiness to be vice president.

"Sarah Palin has many virtues," Brooks wrote in a recent column. "If you wanted someone to destroy a corrupt establishment, she'd be your woman. But the constructive act of governance is another matter. She has not been engaged in national issues, does not have a repertoire of historic patterns and, like President Bush, she seems to compensate for her lack of experience with brashness and excessive decisiveness."


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soundoff (338 Responses)
  1. Brian

    OMFG.

    September 26, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  2. Jesus Praising & Freedom Loving Patriot

    Palin should take a flying leap.

    September 26, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  3. Jesus Praising & Freedom Loving Patriot

    Be nice. She could just float away on her own HOT AIR!

    September 26, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  4. Alex in FL

    She should stay in the ticket. It's proven to ge a great help to the Democrats.

    Obama/Biden 08/12.

    September 26, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  5. Mark Weller, Ohio

    And right she is.

    The interview yesterday was the final proof.

    What an irresponsible choice of McCain!

    September 26, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  6. Ya Think?

    Bawhahahaha! Nuff said! See ya at the debate tonight.

    September 26, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  7. Anonymous

    AMEN! she should step down and the quicker the better.

    September 26, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  8. Alissa in Kansas

    FINALLY! Now we get to see a conservative say the thing everyone has thought since the start. Jeez took em long enough. =P

    September 26, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  9. Rick

    The end is near...

    September 26, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  10. rory ryan

    I concur.

    September 26, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  11. Ian Minneapolis, MN

    Everything is true....except for that last part.

    September 26, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  12. Ian Minneapolis, MN

    HAHA look at the guy on the far left.....

    September 26, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  13. Me

    Whoops!

    September 26, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  14. Greg, San Francisco, CA

    This just keeps getting better and better.

    September 26, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  15. Theresa, MT

    Of course she's out of her league, but I don't think she should step down. That would just make McCain look even more foolish. Palin should have been asked to be a part of McCain's campaign staff, to get the woman's vote, and no more.

    I don't think that McCain will win, but I want him to lose on his on merit, not because Palin steps down.

    Obama/Bidne 08

    September 26, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  16. Republican on the Edge

    I said it from day one...this is McCain's Tom Eagleton. Barack is pulling away and the only thing that will keep McSame in the game is dropping Palin like a rock and appointing someone with a little credibility to take over if something happens to him,

    The larger question is..is this how McCain would run the country? All gamble, no deliberation? If that is a maverick, give me a plow horse.

    September 26, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  17. CHANGE = OBAMA

    McCain should step down too but I don't think that will happen, unless he takes "country first" a little more seriously.

    September 26, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  18. PoliticoMike

    LOOKS LIKE THE LIPSTICK IS WEARING OFF!

    September 26, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  19. WASP Member!!!

    I don't have any word to follow that. WOW!!!

    September 26, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  20. AVERAGE JOE

    out of her leage

    September 26, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  21. McCain Invented the BlackBerry, Palin Invented the Manure Spreader

    OMG! They might as well have nominated BETTY CROCKER!

    September 26, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  22. RepubNoMore

    At least some Republicans are willing to call a spade and spade.

    September 26, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  23. Mark Wagner

    It took those established commentators this long to come to this conclusion?

    September 26, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  24. Obama/Biden 100%

    Finally someone speaks the truth. She is NOT qualified to be VP any more than I am. This is not a joke, this is the future of our children...of our country. We cannot afford to make a mistake this time.

    Obama/Biden '08

    September 26, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  25. Marilyn

    She is definitely worse than Dan Q from Indiana.

    September 26, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
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