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. Raymond K Hessel

    You can't make this stuff up. Really. You just can't.

    September 26, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  2. Liz in NW ohio

    Geeeeez! About time! As a woman I would love to see a woman in the White House someday...but not this one. Maybe she should quit. Maybe John McCain should quit along with her since their campaign has been shameful. It won't change my vote – anyone who would put her in a position to be vice-president of the United States should not be President of the United States.

    September 26, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  3. GARY

    There is so much jelously and people dems. running scared. Palin is more than they can handle. Mccain is the man for the job. Obama go back to school.

    September 26, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  4. Unshrub

    What is the real issue here? It's McCain's impulsive actions with very little analysis. It this what makes a good president? I don't think so.

    September 26, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  5. PJ

    Unfortunately for Candidate McCain, Governor Palin's exit at this point would not save his candidacy. Too many of the religious right still see her with blinders and adore her, and for all others it would only highlight his poor judgement and haste in selecting her without proper vetting. The gambler rolled the dice and it appears he may have lost it all.

    September 26, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  6. Dale C.

    ...and what would it say of McCain's judgment if she were to quit? Can the Republicans really hope to win with a new VP candidate less than a month before the elections? It'll be nothing but disarray...she's gotta rough it out....she was never in it for the thinking republicans anyway and she still appeals to the base.

    September 26, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  7. Lalonde

    Chuckle, Chuckle...........What does that tell you about McSames judgement????? Do we really need another George Bush type in there????

    September 26, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  8. It Works Both Ways

    Palin should step down only if Obama agrees to!

    The question is about EXPERIENCE right?

    September 26, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  9. wilma page

    You are so smart and full of it..are you a governor of a large state full of oil??? Did anyone call you up to be a Vice President running mate? Do you feel a little envy leaking through??? She Palin is top drawer and will be our Vice President...wilma page

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

    If she steps down she should take that jug eared unqualified presidential candidate from the Dims with her.

    September 26, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  11. BJGT

    I am angry and insulted that the GOP thinks so little of America by putting her on the ticket.

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

    FYI, if McCain tries an 'October surpise' against Obama given his ecent antics I doubt it will actually be a 'surprise.' Nothing he does is surprising anymore. And... did he and his posse ever consider there may be a surprise in store for him as well?

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

    Drop Sarah? But keep lobbyists as top advisers to his campaign?
    Who's guiding this ship? Oh, John "and I approved this message" McCain.

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

    The interview was just embarrasing...and honestly, frightening. Truly. This is not a game. This is our country. Watch this interview and understand that this person could become the President of the United States. Please, really think about this.

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

    So the October surprise will be Hillary Clinton will switch parties and become the replacement VP pick? That would be the only thing that can help McCain and surprise everyone else in October.

    September 26, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  16. Jude

    So the Truth finally comes out and the conservative GOP's are finally realizing it!!! Haven't we been saying this ever since day 1?

    September 26, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  17. D.D.

    Palin is too much of a narcissist to quit.

    Hillary is also a narcissist. Did she quit?


    September 26, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  18. Tejano

    Who are these idiots that want the best candidate of all of them to quit.
    Why don't they quit whining and get behind the ticket before we make the biggest mistake in the history of this country.
    I for one, do not want an avowed Marxist in charge of my country.

    Palin should be leadiing the ticket not McCain. The best man for the job is a woman.

    September 26, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  19. Anonymous in Texas

    I just want to say that she makes Dan Quayle look like a genius.

    September 26, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  20. the other jd

    Wow-I am suddenly starting to like Palin! What a laugh!

    September 26, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  21. Justin

    It's good to see even Republicans now scratching their heads over McCain's judgement. If she did drop out, and Romney stepped in, that would be the game changer McCain would need to reverse the way this election is going (due to the economic climate). Palin has no specialty to her name to be qualified enough for the Republican ticket. She has albsolutely nothing to offer the American people. That's not sexism, that's reality....Everyone needs to wisen up.

    September 26, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  22. Robert Tasch

    But she can see Russia from her house! Vote for Tina Fey.

    September 26, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  23. Illinois Blue Dog

    If McCain was smart (which he's not – he graduated 894 out of 899 at the Naval Academy) he would privately ask Palin to step aside. She would then announce that she was stepping down to devote more time to her family. At this point McCain would bring Mitt Romney on board. Romney is the only Repub. out there who can speak to the voters about the economy, make the voters believe he knows what he's talking about, and effectively take on Obama and Biden at the same time. However, McCain (like Bush) is stubborn and, like I said, not that smart (just like Bush). So of course he will keep Palin on the ticket, she'll get trounced and exposed at the VP debate, McCain will continue to flail around on the economy ilke a fish out of water, and McCain's poll numbers will continue to drop like a brick until Nov. 4th.

    September 26, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  24. sallievoter

    All personal distaste for Palin aside, this conservative-written article is correct. Mccain now has a terrible decision ahead of him-keep her and perhaps lose because of it....or replace her, and perhaps lose because of it.
    If he is honest in replacing her, it might work....but if he dreams up some silly excuse and lie to do it, that will finish him off.

    This is REALLY where Mccain must decide if it will truly be COUNTRY FIRST....

    September 26, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  25. Isaac

    Live by sword, die by the sword.

    How Sarah Baracuda wishes she was running for Mayor again, the McCain camp has babied her to the point that she is useless for them, all she can do is smile & wave, smile & wave

    September 26, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
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