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. justobserve

    I pray that she will stay on: Americans should have the opportunity to show they do recognize mediocrity underneath the good looking package. Voters are not stupid after all.
    PALIN: POST-TURTLE. Someone put her up the post. She couldn't climb up there by herself. McCAIN-PALIN: LUST FIRST, COUNTRY LAST, RECKLESS JUDGMENT, LIES, SECRECY, CRONYISM.

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

    I just hope that Sarah Palin reads these words and has the courage to heed them. She is a fun and awesome person, but she must know she just can't do this job right now. If she stays in, she may destroy the GOP and maybe the country she claims to love. Please, Sarah, listen to these folks...

    September 26, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  3. C

    This is exactly what McCain would do as President... make terrible decisions! McCain sided with Bush 90% of the time, and voted "Country First" the other 10%. NO WAY, NO HOW, NO MCCAIN!

    September 26, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  4. Yogi

    I used to think that Sarah Palin is Dick Cheney in drag. Only thing is Cheney is smarter. McCain put our nation at great risk with his selection of Palin. This guy is too much of a gambler and too risky for President. Obama is showing he can govern of our country and restore faith in our government.

    September 26, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  5. Kim, Charlotte, NC

    This still has to do with John McCains judgement. I don't care if she steps out or not.

    John McCain's judgement is still to blame!

    September 26, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  6. Thomas in PDX

    Um...yeah? They're just NOW figuring this out? Republicans have always been a bit slow; you'd have to fall into a black hole to experience density greater than the mind of a ran-and-file GOP partisan.

    September 26, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  7. Mark Weller, Ohio

    Normally there are also some pro-McCain comments here.

    On this topic nobody seems to be able to defend McCain 😮

    September 26, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  8. Get Real. Vote Obama.

    Finally people are seeing what an empty skirt this woman is.

    September 26, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  9. Glenn in California

    Uh oh. Too funny!

    The wheels are really falling off the campaign cart now. Yet another nail in the McLame coffin. This is now happening way too fast. I wonder if either McLame or Caribou Barbie will be left standing by November 4th. I think not.

    Just say NO to Bush 44 and Caribou Barbie.

    Go Obama/Biden!!!

    September 26, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  10. McCain Invented the BlackBerry, Palin Invented the Manure Spreader


    September 26, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  11. Alex in TX

    I nearly fell out of my chair watching the Kouric interview when she said Russian diplomats enter Alaska airspace and that is why she has foreign policy.

    Well I live near lots of Air Force bases in San Antonio but I don't consider myself to be a fighter pilot.

    September 26, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  12. America think for you

    $700 billion to bail out wall street how about main street? America do you realize that that $700 billion that you will spend will be use to bail out Chinese banks and other foreign banks bad business and then they will sell these business back to us American. We should not let this to happen because the same mess will come back again in wall street. Wall Street greed, big CEO Payout need to have control over them. This $700 billion just show you that the republicans do not care. Congress please do not let George Bush rush you and us American into this mess. Bush has four months in power and he does not care of whatever mess that $700 billion will make.
    Is that package has a plan to bail out main street as well? The economy cannot run good without main street confidence. If main street do not have money that $700 billions is a waste.

    September 26, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  13. doc

    so, you media hacks think palin should step down due to lack of experience? well then, i would expect your next diatribe of hate and fear would direct barack hussien obama to step aside for EXACTLY the same reason, otherwise your agenda of hypocrisy is exposed for all the world to see., or will you wait until the DNC's check has cleared before doing so?

    September 26, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  14. Rob

    Her ship has sailed and she doesn't even have a life vest .If she were a man they would destroy her for the lack of any knowledge . Shes being held to a lower standard and she can't even keep up to that .She's the Queen of Nothing !

    September 26, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  15. sky

    I want to hear about the largest gathering in Alaska history to demonstrate against Palin the other day....the largest in their history and no one said a word

    September 26, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  16. Cam

    Is it just me or does it seem to defeat the purpose of telling Sarah Palin to step down for family reasons when you have just criticized her for being incompetent and say to do it for her country?

    I'm sure if she does step down it will be turned into a pity party about how she was bullied by Obama and the media into quitting. The sad thing is, many Americans are dumb enough to fall for that.

    Her gender has nothing to do with it. If she were a man people would be screaming about her lack of competence. If she is removed from the ticket, I hope the media focuses not on the pity argument, but on McCain's incredible lack of judgement in picking her. He should not be rewarded by the media or the voters for this obvious terrible political stunt.

    Judgement does matter and McCain's is in need of a Wall Street sized bailout at this point.

    September 26, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  17. IT

    You finally got it right.

    September 26, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  18. freshdem15

    Keep her in Please ?????

    She is great for the Dems, theres something new from her every day!

    No October surprise we don't want McSame to drop her, she is the best thing to happen to the campaign...... for Obama 🙂


    Keep lipstick yea

    September 26, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  19. Sandra

    Wow are we suppose to be surprised by this column... She is just stating the obvious that has been there from the beginning...

    McCain has proven to have no judgment whatsover and he does not care about the faith of this country either.

    Obama/Biden 08

    September 26, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  20. Steven Smith


    September 26, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  21. Kimbber

    She has hit it on the head....step down

    September 26, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  22. conny

    Finally, the truth shall set you free. Novv go back to Alaska and hunt mooses.

    September 26, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  23. James

    This is too funny!

    I guess all the brave-faced GOP cheerleading in the world couldn't get over the fact that Palin was always "lipstick on a pig", to borrow a phrase. She was a trophy veep to liven up McCain's comatose campaign.

    September 26, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  24. sarah

    if she quits now it will shatter the chance for republicans. not to say i support her or not, but it would be unwise to come this far and have half of the ticket quit. it would be devastating.

    September 26, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  25. jaye

    Palin should not have een chosen in the first place.
    But, she was chosen and been hidden away from the public and the press. The few questions she has answered show she is uneducated and has no clue as to world politics, or even US politics.
    What is her education level?
    She, in my opinion, is just another bad choice that John McCain has made this campaign season.
    I simply do not trust McCain or Palin to lead this country, or to let them gamble with foreign affairs in any way.
    The republicans have butchered the united states, and now McCain and Palin want to finish it off with their bad decisions and their "policy."
    There's too much at stake to elect them.

    September 26, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
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