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. Kathy

    The Harriet Mier of the McCain campaign!!! Keep her in, it makes the VP debate worth watching...watching her fall on her face!!!

    September 26, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  2. Sally from Cali

    This is unfair to Palin. She is being used to excite the Republican base, which says volumes about what McCain thinks of the intelligence of the Republican base.

    September 26, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  3. Claire, Martha's Vineyard

    Sarah Palin my have talent on other areas, however she should stand
    in front of a mirror and ask herself if she is really being honest with
    herself and the American people about her qualifications as possible
    President. Americans are forgiving and would have much more
    respect for her if she goes ahead and admit that she made a
    mistake in taking on a responsibility that is more than she can handle.
    I can also see it in her eyes that she misses her baby, and he needs
    her more than John McCain. I have lost respect for McCain for
    putting her in this position and using her for his own political

    September 26, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  4. The Nightingale Sings in Berkley Square

    With all this wishful thinking from some of the idiots on this blog you would think that the dark prince would be ahead in the national polls by 90 % Well folks , I've news for you. Gallop poll today said it was a split decision at tie 46 to 46

    Why not let Obama quit and have him replaced by Hillary. Yeah, that is the ticket. obama quits and Hillary steps in

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

    NO!!! Dont bow out!!!! WE NEED PALIN

    She has helped raise more money than old mcdonald could ever accomplish for Obama. She is the reason i donated so much to Obama, Stay on the ticket keep talking out that a$$ and hope no one listens. We need Palin!!!! she will destroy the GOP from within.

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

    After this week's performances by McCain Ms. Parker should be saying the thing about McCain. It appears that he has lost his grip on reality and expect the American public to come along for the ride. He is really showing a new all time low in terms political cynicism. Now he has zero crediblity.

    September 26, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  7. America will be free again

    I have always been against Gov Palin. But from last night i changed my view about her. She seems so harmless and ignorant of the issues at stake. She is better off at her Gov's office. I have just one person to blame for all this the man Jmac lacked the judgement to pick right. Just was looking for a diversion and used sarah to energise the base. Its so sad we are in this position and this poor woman is the topic. I have stop talking against her stand because she is as clear as the interview last night..that she has no clue about the man that picked her. He FLIP FLOP so many times that she got lost and doesnt know where he stands anymore

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

    Smart woman!!!!!! Something I knew the first week...

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

    Sounds like Obama is in over his head.

    September 26, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  10. tanyia

    Keep her on the ticket until after the VP debate. LOL!
    The VP debate will be comedy gold.

    September 26, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  11. America for Obama

    HA HA HA HA HA HA!!! Maybe can McCain can replace her with a Moose! Go Buillwinkle Go!!!

    September 26, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  12. Brian Nordin

    Finally – finally – finally. I knew there had to be some Republicans out there that really do love their country and cringe at the idea of Palin as President Palin. I salute you all for really putting country ahead of party – and calling for Palin to disqualify herself for the Vice-Presidential candidate position. These are serious times and we really need serious candidates from both sides.


    September 26, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  13. Anonymous

    What a load of crap.

    September 26, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  14. Marge

    Molly September 26th, 2008 2:34 pm ET

    Funny – how CNN will only print – or air PRO-obama reports – but – seems to look for negative McCain reports.
    BUT – on other sites – that report Accurate FACTS – they seems to report on ALL issues.
    Guess CNN is on the obama cheer leader team
    ((molly))) the subject of this post is NOT who is or not a cheerleader for's about the eskimo beauty queen that's OUT OF HER LEAGUE!!!!!!!!!!
    It's true you know...she sounds sooo stuipd in this interview....

    September 26, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  15. President McCain

    I think this is the first time the Obama bloggers have agreed with a conservative.


    September 26, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  16. Sarah

    Wow. She's right. She needs to leave the campaign. Palin is in over her head.

    September 26, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  17. Ron from Baltimore

    Well, Dan Quayle had that spelling problem. Sarah Palin has that stringing-words-together and stringing-ideas-together problem. Both on the short side, although Quayle at least could think something through.

    You'd think that, even left on her own, that just by chance random word fragments would meet random-thought fragments, and something reasonable would come out. Like an ape writing "The Great Gatsby." You'd think; maybe she just needs a little more time? Or has she had enough rope to finally do herself, and McCain, in?

    September 26, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  18. Sandy

    Babble babble, thats waht she said in her interview....yeah step down Palin, you are deffinitley NOT ready.

    September 26, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  19. obama/biden supporter

    Im a recent graduate of Middle Eastern politics and I have more foreign policy know-how than Palin.

    Who cares if she stays or if she goes....either way Obama/Biden are going to be our next POTUS and VPOTUS

    September 26, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  20. rachae

    I am surprised only a few people have came up and said anything. McCain is making is own negative reports. Cnn must print the news as it presents itself. This article is about Palin and not McCain

    September 26, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  21. Kentucky

    Scott L...You may be waiting for a while. I can't wait to see McCain in January...when he's congratulating Obama on his huge victory.

    September 26, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  22. Jivetalkinphil

    the best way to consider a VP candidate is whether or not the party would rally around them if the Pres candidate suddenly died 6 weeks before the election. By that standard, does anyone believe that the Repubs would rally around Palin if McCain dropped dead tonight? If they did, it would be clear that their soul is completely gone from the party. It is already clear, because of their support of a candidate who has lost control of her family's values, not just family values. Their support of Palin illustrates that their diatribes and barbs against minorities, the poor, and Democrats are just empty rhetoric, as we believed all along. could you imagine if the Obama children had children out of wedlock? That would be fair game to them and national news.

    I truly believe that the Repubs are throwing this election, knowing that its a loss because of GWB, and are hopeful that Obama gets stuck with the mess that they created.

    September 26, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  23. troy of Mississippi

    if she would just dye her hair blone, hehehehe

    September 26, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  24. PD

    Sarah Palin is just one in a long line of gimmicks designed to make the McCain campaign relevant. But she is a dangerous one. These days, she looks like she is going to have a breakdown in front of the camera at any moment,

    September 26, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  25. Yes, please

    I'm voting for Obama, but I wouldn't feel so terrified of the prospect of his not winning if anyone, anyone but Palin were on the ticket. McCain I could deal with as long as he had a serious VP.

    September 26, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
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