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

Palin should step down, conservative commentator says

[cnn-photo-caption image= 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. Perla

    If the Repubs have any sense at all, they will replace lovely, silly Sarah before her debate with Biden (which they have failed to cancel, but you can't blame them for trying).

    September 26, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  2. steve

    ...and take McCain with her...what a pick...

    September 26, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  3. shocked

    Thismay be the first time I've ever seen a Republican be honest about their candidate's deficiencies rather than just drill home their usual slogans and turn a blind eye to the truth of the matter. The woman is way out of her league and would be disasterous for the country never mind her party!!

    September 26, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  4. Kris in Denver

    Oh my ... and after all of that wonderful fundraising Sarah has done for the Obama campaign, and Planned Parenthood?

    September 26, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  5. Catherine

    Sarah Bell: I'm with you. Palin has now made it 100 times harder for any women (except Hillary Clinton) to try to enter the White House!!!!

    September 26, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  6. The Real Truth

    Palin is out of her league? That's funny. That's what they say about Barak Obama! (I'm talking about Bill and Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden)
    –Marc PDX

    Dear Marc,
    Bill and Hillary Clinton underestimated Barack, and they are sitting on the sidelines. Biden was being gracious when someone in the audience made a negative comment about Hillary and he responded by saying Hillary would have made a better VP. He is an honorable man and a gentleman. Too bad I can't say the same for you.

    September 26, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  7. Greg

    For those who use the argument that "Nothing will happen to McCain so Palin won't ever be president", I'd like you to think about this.

    Bush in his yearly physical has had to transfer power to his much older VP because certian procedures require the president to be sedated.

    McCain will surely have to be put under at some yes Palin WILL BE IN CHARGE if only for a short amount of time.

    And even though the chances of something cataclysmic happening while McCain is under is about 1 Billion to 1...I still don't ever what to take that chance!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 26, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  8. Benjamin (Republican), San Diego

    No matter how much lipstick you put on a moose, it doesn't change the fact that it's a moose.

    September 26, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  9. JP Los Alamos, NM

    The handwriting is on the wall.

    September 26, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  10. Monique, Honolulu


    I really wonder if McCain and his team took time to decide or chose Palin at the last minute. While I'm looking forward to the debate between Obama and McCain, I'm looking even more forward to Biden vs. Palin!

    Now if only more people would wake up and see what a facade the McCain/Palin team are trying to pull off.

    September 26, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  11. MarioB. from Berlin for OBAMA/BIDEN

    why should she???
    She is:
    1. a present from god or nature...
    2. she energized the base...
    3. she will help the candidate to win by landslide...

    ...well, thanks Mrs. Palin, for helping the Obama/Biden ticket in a very good way 😀

    September 26, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  12. sophia from NY


    September 26, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  13. Bill Charlotte,NC

    I think Parker missed the point here. This is not just about Palin's credibility or credentials, it is about the credibility and credentials of the one who chose her. This is an indictment of John McPathetic.

    September 26, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  14. Sean

    I find it very comforting to hear these views from some conservatives. I can respect differences on policies, overall philosophies, religious views etc, but the problem I have with Palin is, simply put, her obvious lack of preparedness for responsibility as great as that of Vice President. She simply isn't qualified, and the last thing we need right now is someone who's out of their depth trying to take on the huge problems this country is facing.

    For me personally, I like the calm, rational approach that we've seen from the Obama/Biden ticket. They've stayed on message the whole campaign, managed their way through hardships in a calm, effective way, and have largely steered clear of dirty politics – comparitively speaking of course.

    September 26, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  15. Sherri

    Shame on you John McCain. You have played the sexist card to the max by picking a woman who is unqualified, uninformed, and extraordinarily unable to speak in full sentences. Woman have worked hard for respect in this country. Palin is setting all of us back by decades. She certainly should bow out now.

    September 26, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  16. Charles Shaw Liverpool, NY

    Drop her, who cares, neither of these two major parties care about the citizens, they only care about which lobbiest is going to full their pocket next.

    No bailouts No way ! No Democrates or Republicains. there is not a two party system, we the people have been them and by the media who is owned by those lobbiests.

    September 26, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  17. Carlos

    "perfect storm of God, Mom and apple pie,"


    September 26, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  18. josie maniago

    everything that was said about sarah palin is true. She would be the downfall of mccain.

    September 26, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  19. Hase

    Thank you Kathleen. It is not easy being the first one to admit that your team made a big mistake. I applaud you for that. I'll be reading your column from now on.

    September 26, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  20. Realistic

    Step down? She should never have accepted the nomination in the first place.

    Could you imagine Sarah Palin running for President in the Republican primary? They would have shuffled her out into the hall with Ron Paul and Alan Keyes and the other nutball fringe candidates.

    September 26, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  21. tony

    If McCain wins the election, all of us- Democrats, Republicans and Independents- should pray for his health. Yes, I am an Obama supporter but country goes first.

    Obama/Biden 08

    September 26, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  22. Denise OKC

    Well Ms Parker....I don't know you and haven't followed your commentary. However, let me give you a BIG AMEN and Kudos!!!

    September 26, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  23. Alison B

    Finally someone who has the balls to tell you truth about what many of us already knew but some are too blind by their own personal agenda for wanting another 4 years of Bushism to see the truth when it is staring them right in the face.

    September 26, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  24. Louis

    Don't worry Sarah! They still love you at Fox News!!! You and Steve Doocy should run as a ticket!!!

    September 26, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  25. Double standard

    I feel the same way about Obama.

    Yet the media covers for him.

    They just attack Sarah.

    September 26, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
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