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. Beltway Insider

    This is what happens when you don't actually know anything about a candidate before throwing your support behind them. Maybe, just once, you republicans could try doing a little something called 'research' before pledging your soul to whatever moron the party pushes in front of you.

    Contrary to conservative wisdom, being informed is actually a good thing.

    September 26, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  2. Call it what it is.

    Some things just have to be said, so I'm going to say it. Sarah Pailin is dumb! I heard her interview with Couric, and I must say that I was at a loss for words. It is a wonder how this woman is a Governor!

    It is clear that McCain has rolled the dice and is betting on American's stupidity and ignorance. Pailin has no business near Washington D.C. Plain and simple.

    September 26, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  3. CB, North Carolina

    Maybe she could take Biden with her....Obama/ Clinton

    September 26, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  4. MLD ND

    Now wouldn't McCain like that. He could then pick his buddy Lieberman and still get credit for adding a woman to the ticket. Now that would be a Rovian drama.

    September 26, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  5. Get What U Deserve

    So NOW her supporters say she is out of her league. She was out of her league the day she hit the national scene, but everyone thought they could hide her during the campaign. Every excuse was made for her and cries of sexism were thrown at anyone the questioned her selection. NOW, her supporters are FORCED to admit that she is grossly unqualfied for VP.

    What are the chances that she actually drops out of the race for the good of the party? The answer is NONE.

    September 26, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  6. Mccain is a liar

    she shouldn't step down who made this sexist remark! Wait it was a woman who made that remark oh well I guess mcbush can't use that excuse wait she is a Democrat! no no she is a Republican that is saying this! Palin should have never even took the job in the first place she knows the only reason she is on this ticket is because she is attractive, And she is a women other than that she is the worst possible pick! Mccain this is what happens when you don't pick someone with Experience like you stated Oh so many times Obama lacked but he is still winning in the polls

    September 26, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  7. Maggie from Virginia

    This is true... Sad but true.

    September 26, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  8. James, Philadelphia

    “If BS were currency, Palin could bail out Wall Street herself," Parker also writes.

    Brilliant. Easily the most intelligent thing to come from a conservative's mouth this election season.

    September 26, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  9. Nicole In NE

    Marcus Allen – lol, so should Palin. I believe she asked "What exactly is that a VP does?"

    Case in point.

    September 26, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  10. Feeling sorry for these two sad sacks

    You know things are getting bad when your own people aren't standing behind you. And the ship keeps sinking...

    September 26, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  11. S.P.Q.R.759

    The entire Sarah Palin sharade begs for a far more important issue:

    HOW CAN JOHN MCCAIN BE A STEADY PRESIDENT when, still to this day he acts, following gut instincts rather than reasoning first and acting later??????????

    September 26, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  12. jus10 Superstar

    Don't hate on Palin... Obama is not much better.

    I'm a Democarate and I'm soo not voting for Obama..

    Go McCain and Palin....

    September 26, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  13. Frantz from Atlanta

    This should be a hit against McCain's judgement.

    September 26, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  14. joe

    Palin knew this coming herself. Let us remember that Larry Kudlow of CNBC's "Kudlow & Co." asked her in July about the possibility of becoming McCain's ticket mate.

    Palin replied: "As for that VP talk all the time, I'll tell you, I still can't answer that question until somebody answers for me what is it exactly that the VP does every day?" It seems no one ever got back to her with the answer.

    September 26, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  15. California Voter

    She should stay on the ticket. Her experience is as good as the person topping the democratic ticket, and is as good as some men who became president. Why does a woman always have to more of everything to be considered qualified, ready or whatever. I don't agree with all that Palin stands for, but I'm sick and tired of sexism! Why doesn't Biden step down and let Hillary take his place?????

    September 26, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  16. Wendy One

    Let's see – And "NOBAMA's" expertise is – 0. Seems as he referenced running his campaign as experience in leadership. He's a joke!!

    September 26, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  17. Mccain is a liar

    I think she may very well quit before the debate with Joe Biden...idk...I mean her expectations are so so low though that the only way to go is up and maybe she will surprise people.

    But all I know for certain is if she and Mccain wins, people will be crying within a year of his presidency, at the latest!

    September 26, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  18. doc

    geez....someone actually used the words "character" and "obama"
    in the same sentence. amazingly stupid...

    September 26, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  19. Alexander Paige

    You can't put lipstick on a pit bull and call it a vice president, and as Ross Perot said, you can't put a boot in the oven and call it a biscuit...hasn't John McCain learned ANYTHING in almost 30 years of political life? Governor Palin is most certainly far out of her league. Koodos for having the guts to say so.

    September 26, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  20. GI

    What was McCain thinking????!! It is PAINFULLY obvious that Palin is way out of her league.


    September 26, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  21. Independant Thinker

    Palin may be out of her league when she is up against Biden, but she matches up with Obama pretty good.

    That is why the democrats are worried.

    Everyone is comparing Obama to Palin.

    Their #1 against our #2 and she stacks up pretty well.

    September 26, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  22. Venus



    Not yet! I want to see her debate Biden! Then she can go!

    September 26, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  23. Praetorian, Fort Myers

    There are things that concern me about her–but I have serious concerns about all of the candidates this election season.

    I say let it ride–let the voters decide and to hell with stuck up liberals and literati!!

    September 26, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  24. jaye

    The voters will stubbornly vote for McCain and Palin, knowing full well they're not fit to lead this country, before they'll elect a black, well educated, brilliant, well received, and did I mention EDUCATED, black man.
    It's really a shame.

    September 26, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  25. Jim, PA

    I'm feel sorry for McCain and the party

    September 26, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
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