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. President McCain

    If I didn't know better, I'd be worried. 🙂

    September 26, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  2. arc, Lugano CH

    What the McCain campaign needs right about now is some JOE-MENTUM! Bring the hurt.

    September 26, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  3. Brian

    Scott L's comments only show that Bush is the "brains" of the Republican party.

    September 26, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  4. North Carolina

    I'm glad at least the intelligent republicans are coming around to reality...

    September 26, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  5. Ex-Republican for Obama

    And more to the point, this is a stellar example of the completely flawed judgement of McCain. If you think Palin is bad, then by deduction you must blame McCain for putting our country in jeopardy with this freakin Nutcase of a VP pick. He will sell us out for his own gain.

    They BOTH need to take a flying leap off a big bridge...please, by all means build the bridge and send these two absolute idiots to "NOWHERE"

    September 26, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  6. David R

    As the world experiences McBarbie her support continues to plummet.

    Yet another poor decision by McBush.

    September 26, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  7. adam

    Kathleen Parker are you on Obama's pay list?

    September 26, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  8. cen

    Give her a chance and if she does NOT...MC CAIN will fire her....its like food that you say you don't like when you have not even taste it.

    September 26, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  9. Thanh

    Hey I supported the pick, but the Couric interview was unbelievable. We're socializing the economy. I have to side with McCain, because Obama will bring us further and further down the socialist road. I'm sorry, but we're not going to pay for the bailout AND universal healthcare AND manage foreign policy AND manage the domestic front without raising crazy taxes.

    September 26, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  10. Brant

    Speaking as an American, not as Dem or GOP, I think the fact that she is on the McCain ticket, and has made it this far, is really disturbing. There is something really, really wrong here, with this system, the way we are pulled around on a leash by campaigns. Something's really broken here.

    September 26, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  11. Maureen / Newman, California

    Stupid decision by McCain. Just a preview of things to come if he is elected. More stupid decisions.

    September 26, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  12. patriot

    Kathleen Parker is a LOOSER! She must be a closet Democrate! Who listens to her anyway??

    McCain-Palin all the way to the White House!!!

    September 26, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |


    September 26, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  14. Troy B.

    Can she wait until AFTER Biden mops the floor with her next week? Pretty-please! We need some more comedy in the campaign.

    Of course, the entire McCain campaign is a joke to begin with, Palin is just the punchline.

    September 26, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  15. David Orbach, New York, NY

    They are screwed with her, in that she will continue to prove that she is not worthy of the office. They are also screwed without her, as her leaving the campaign would hi-light the poor judgement of the man who got her there in the first place.

    September 26, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  16. peggyledbetter

    Wow..... can looks can get you this far with no brains? Or maybe this is what Republicans think?

    September 26, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  17. christson1

    While watching CNN an airplane flew overhead at the same time McCrazy was flying to Mississippi. Based on his vetting process, I now should be fully qualified to be the next President. Confused ? – He was in a plane and I saw a plane at the same time. Had the plane been flown by Putin and I don't know that it wasn't, I would then be qualified as a Foreign Policy expert.

    After 2 full-term Karl Rove campaigns, this crescendo of stupidity is almost more than anyone with a brain can take. Much like Cosmo Kramer, I have now developed a terrifying fear of clowns.

    September 26, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  18. Shelly

    I’ve never been a fan of Sarah Palin. But I’m actually starting to feel sorry for her. McCain and his cronies have used her and dragged her onto a national stage she is clearly not ready for. If she ever became president she would have a bevy of the old boys directing her every move. Sound familiar?

    September 26, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  19. Don

    Maybe we could better understand her ramblings if we spoke in "Tongues"

    September 26, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  20. Fair Play

    Why so much HATRED?

    Sarah is no worse than Obama.

    September 26, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  21. ben

    This was one of the most important decisions John McSame has had to make so far and he got it wrong. After seeing part of her interview with Katy Curic, I actually feel sorry for the lady. I do not feel sorry for Mcsame though. Very poor judgement on his part...if he had any say in the decision to choose her.

    September 26, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  22. KJL

    Maybe it was the old bait-and-switch all along. McCain was desperate to show the right-wingers just how "right" he is.

    September 26, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  23. White and Black support for Obama

    Please leave the poor lady alone. Please, it was not her fault. Mccain picked her , because he is lacking judgement.

    Blame Mcclame as many call him, he has a poor judgement. He can't make a good commonsense judgement. He can't be a leader.

    September 26, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  24. Texas

    Poor girl. I almost feel sorry for her...almost.
    Go back to Alaska Sarah Failin... to kill wolves and pray for the end of the world. Those you can do just well.

    September 26, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
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