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. Homer Simpsom


    September 26, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  2. GG NYC

    This is a brilliant idea. Thank you Ms. Parker. Now the country will understand exactly how irresponsible Senator McCain's decision to choose her for Veep - and then defend that decision forcefully - was. Whether or not she steps down, however, she cannot save McCain or her party. They are going down...and instead of giving it the American fight, McCain is going down "all in" with the Roveian tactics employed by our President...who no one trusts. Its too bad for both McCain and Palin (sort of; I don't really care). But, mark my words, they will both be widely discredited after this election is over and the man of character – Obama – wins.

    September 26, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  3. Ohioan

    Thank God more and more conservatives are willing to see what has been apparent to most of us from the get-go. Sarah Palin may be feisty, telegenic, and a good hockey mom, but she would be a DISASTER for the entire country.

    September 26, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  4. David in Los Angeles

    Even neo-con conservatives have figured out that she is a nut in way over her head, McCain's lack of judgment on this and other matters is truly alarming. Its almost like we are in the modern-day equivalent of the decline of the Roman Empire, will McCain/Palin be our Caligula?

    September 26, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  5. judy mitchell

    Palin should step down. Maybe Judge Judy can step in.

    September 26, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  6. Tired

    I wish the Party had more intelligent people who weren't afraid of speaking the truth like this.

    September 26, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  7. Jesus Praising & Freedom Loving Patriot

    That would be a consistent inconsistency for McCain


    September 26, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  8. Shirley-Ohio

    Yes she should. McCain has messed up this woman's life and all she was doing was being Mayor of Alaska messing with no one. I feel sorry for her because she really thought she could do this. McCain told Romney that he did not qualify to be president because all he was was a Mayor and a Governor and that did not qualify him to be President. What made McCain think that Palin was qualified for the VP position with his age, a heart beat away from the Presidency. This was bad judgement on McCain's behalf and he has just ruined someone's life.

    September 26, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  9. Eura2488

    Well it's about time the base open their eyes. This woman has no clue in regards to running the United States of America.

    September 26, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  10. Terry

    If anyone post a comment in support of Palin you must be as crazy as she is. The interviews and comments by her over the last 24 hours are real scary she is out of her leagued. John McCain needs to withdraw her fast. In any other situation I would feel sorry for her but because of the importance of job she is applying for she must go this is worse than Dan Quayle for vice president. For a moment I had a flash back of the novel entitled Stepford Wives. John McCain defiantly has to send her back to be reprogrammed because nothing made sense, and this woman is a heartbeat away from a 72 year old person running for president.

    September 26, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  11. The topic is still President

    McCain is not ready either, and doesn't have time to get there. He doesn't get this country in a way that makes a difference.

    This doesn't mean he's a bad man: all evidence points to the contrary. He just isn't be the best choice for President.

    September 26, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  12. Marc PDX

    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)

    September 26, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  13. McCain THE LIAR

    It is a shame that CNN has to show video of them following McCains bus to the debate because you can't believe him when he says he going to the debate.

    Palin should step down. She has tainted her name, paraded her family, prostituting them as well as allowing herself to be prostituted. I think everyone feels sorry for her that she doesn' t even know her own limitations.

    September 26, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  14. Gracie

    She can't drop out before she debates Biden. It's going to be the most absurd night of political theater in American History, and I am waiting on the edge of my seat.

    September 26, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  15. Bertram

    Wow, this house of cards is falling quickly. No wonder the 5% of posters on the forum who still back McCain sound so shrill and desparate.

    The only question now is by how much Obama wins the White House and how long his coattails will be. Thanks, GOP, for messing this up so thoroughly for us!

    September 26, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  16. The Nightingale Sings in Berkley Square

    hey she is a woman - leave her alone. She will do just fine. A lot better than say, Dan Quayle or Al Gore.

    McCain is the Adult in this financial crisis.

    Since the Democrats control the House and Senate, why not call for a vote?/

    The Democrats are against AMerica and want our country to fail.. Why not vote.

    Let's go you idiots.

    September 26, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  17. PUMBU


    September 26, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  18. Eric


    I couldn't stop laughing when I saw Palin's interview last night, and then I couldn't stop laughing when I saw McCain running around the Capitol Building looking clueless.

    I mean, looking at what the Republican party has "de-complished" over the last 8 years, Republicans must be ashamed to admit they are Republicans when out in public!

    Obama/Biden '08

    September 26, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  19. Amy, NY

    Obama couldn't dream of a better week, could he? Obama!!!

    September 26, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  20. Molly

    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.

    September 26, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  21. Michael, watching from Canada

    Based upon recent CNN Factchecks......

    It was CNN whom confirmed that Palin did not withdraw her request for funds for the bridge to nowhere, BUT rather Congress turned her down!

    It was CNN whom confirmed that Palin requested for hundreds of millions for earmarks.

    It was Palin whom stated that 20% of US drilled oil comes from Alaska, whereas CNN confirmed that it is only 3.5%.

    If the economy is so important to the US and the rest of the world....

    why didn't McCain choose Romney for his VP??

    September 26, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  22. Change who

    Will both McCain and Palin quit.

    September 26, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  23. Vegas Barbie for Obama

    So let it be written, so let it be DONE! AMEN and GOODBYE, Gov. Palin!

    September 26, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  24. Vegas

    Ladies and Gentlemen...

    Soon to be the First Female VP of the United States... and likely the First Female POTUS....

    Exciting times we live in....

    What's funny is she's got more experience than the Dem POTUS Nominee....

    September 26, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  25. Seriously

    Finally a conservative speaking some sense.

    September 26, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
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