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

Palin should step down, conservative commentator says

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/09/26/art.palin.gi.jpg 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. give me a break

    After only three (count 'em, THREE) interviews over the course of the past month, even the conservative hacks at William F. Buckley's once-respectable National Review are starting to choke on their vomit.

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

    Nobody reported the largest gathering in Alaska history which took place the other day to demonstrate against Palins nomination for veep. Thousands of women showed up to demonstrate....far larger crowd that the crowd Palin herself got there...no one said a thing....the LARGEST demonstration in Alaskan history...woman against Palin....and no one said a thing.....this is our countrys future you news people are messing with...Palin is dangerous and you arent giving us the real picture...even the Republicans know it...

    September 26, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  3. Bob the Builder

    She can't step down, no one would be dumb enough to jump on this ticket...well...maybe Lieberman..hmm

    September 26, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  4. Lewis

    Wow someone is finally telling the truth from the GOP. “If BS were currency, Palin could bail out Wall Street herself," Parker also writes. THIS IS TOO FUNNY

    September 26, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  5. John

    I love the reporting here... McCain is blamed for mess in Washington, Palin sucks, McCain misstepped...

    What about Obama tells the Senate to "call him" if they need his help, Biden keeps making up history and positions, Obama's chief economic adviser is an ex-Fannie Mae CEO...

    Of course we won't see those.

    September 26, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  6. Sarah Bell

    WASP!!! WomenAgainstSarahPalin

    September 26, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  7. Kate

    WOW. I actually AGREE with the fundies on something. This may be a sign of the apocalypse.

    At the very least, it's a sign that people with more than two brain cells to rub together, whether conservative or liberal, know that this woman has no place being 2nd in command of the US of A.

    September 26, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  8. judy mitchell

    Palin should step down. Maybe Judge Judy can step in: at least she has a law degree.

    September 26, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  9. Rev Wright

    I was thinking the exact same about Obama

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

    Some of us up here north of the 49th Parallel have been speculating for the past month that the naming of Palin was a gimmick and she would be gone before the elections were held. Oh, us Crazy Canucks, what were we thinking..... We can see Alaska from the Rocky Mountains so we are all experts on VP candidates.

    September 26, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  11. Me

    Be careful what you wish for, Dems ... McCain could turn to Romney, who is taken to be "credible" on the economy (even though he's a job-killing machine). Keep Sarah on the ticket; it's more fun that way.

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

    WHOA! Somebody called this, they said this would happen and Mitt was standing in the wings to take the lead. Look for Ms. Alaska 2008 to leave the campaign for personal reasons.

    Obama/Biden 08!

    September 26, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  13. chuck

    How many more mistakes can McCain make before he suspends his campaign, indefinitely?

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

    I can see the moon from the backyard. I should be an astronaut!

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

    I am surprised that conservative coomentaors are now saying Sarah Palin is unfit for the job. If Sarah Palin has any decency she should step down immediately.

    September 26, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  16. Billy

    Ouch.

    Let the calls begin. Being for Obama, I hope she doesn't step down because she is a huge drag on the ticket.

    September 26, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  17. D&D

    Well, now that's huge! I rather not comment...I'm speechless!

    September 26, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  18. Kevin Leo (Jonesboro, GA)

    Nooooooo keep her on the ticket!!! Out of the millions of possible runnig mates, Palin is the one person that McCain chose to help him run the country. He is stuck with this choice. There are no mulligans or resets here...he chose Palin to advance his political ambition and he will have to live or die by that choice.

    Personally, I think his and Palin's political careers are dead in the water after Nov 4th but the people will have the final say on all of this!!!

    September 26, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  19. Adrian P

    Does the "Kiss of Death" mean anything? Based on McCain's judgement in picking Palin, getting him off the ticket for the good of the party would also be a great idea.

    September 26, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  20. Big D

    I keep saying that we should compare Palin's performance to any of the other top contenders for VP. How would Pawlenty or Jindal or Ridge handle any of these appearances? How would they respond to the questions and the situations? I think we'd all agree that her performance has been subpar. So what does that tell you about McCain picking her?!?! It's clear that he did not have the integrity to put 'country first' when he picked his VP. McCain made a risky choice – one in a string of risky and inpulsive moves that are inappropriate for a Presidential candidate.

    September 26, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  21. perplex republican.

    If she ever gets a chance to be in power she will close the doors for another woman to be the president for many years to come. It will be a disgrace.

    September 26, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  22. ES NYC

    It was evident since her first appearance in Ohio, the day she was announced.
    Her delivery of the speech wrote for her underlined her misunderstanding of the issues and exposed her as a puppet for anybody willing to observe.
    She will not step down, and even if she does, she cannot salvage Mc Cain's campaign and even less his deep lack of judgment.

    September 26, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  23. Jesus Praising & Freedom Loving Patriot

    Someone with more intellegence, mayby BARNEY the purple dinasour.

    September 26, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  24. F C Sanders Sr

    Well this is the person Sen McCain the maverick wanted so now he's stuck with her...We'll see what happens Nov 4th.

    September 26, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  25. Marc PDX

    /B CNN is trying soooooooooo hard to help Obama get elected. /B It's actually humorous to see the end of professionalism in journalism.

    September 26, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
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