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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  1. Esther M. Dyson

    this candidate and his running mate remind me of childhood play ground taunts--liar-liar pants on fire hanging from a telephone wire opps snap. her on the ticket would be like having me on the ticket - unsure of what the truth really is. what they think the american woman that stupid no we have common sense

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

    She's right – after seeing Palin's recent interview – I feel as though I was overstepped for the VP position!

    She is clearly not qualified and not ready. McCain's judgment on this issue is way off. It is clear he tried to put himself and his candidacy above his country with this pick.

    September 26, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  3. Tainopower

    More likely Biden is going to drop first.

    September 26, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  4. Big D

    I've been amazed how many R's were being good soldiers and lining up to support McCain's choice of Palin, and keeping their own opinions quiet. I think we're going to hear more and more people who have seen enough and just can't keep quiet any longer. There reaches a point where you just can't keep up the party talking point any longer. This was clearly a risky and inpulsive choice by McCain, and we just can't sit by and let him get by with a move that clearly did not put 'country first'. All complaints about Palin need to go directly to McCain – he's the one who didn't vet her and was willing to risk the nation's future for his chance to be President. I'm not going along with taking that risk.

    September 26, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  5. hellbound liberal

    But wait, leading with your gut instinct is just so mavericky.
    Isn't that what mavericks do, make one stupid mistake after another?
    I wonder what screwy stunt McSame will pull to try and bail out of this mistake.

    September 26, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  6. PING

    I hope the keep her on the ticket.. just shows how out of touch John McCain is. Besides, he's not going to let her quit and make a bigger fool out of him.... he's too old man stubborn for that.

    September 26, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  7. Palin is Terrifying

    She should have never been chosen in the first place. I find her insulting to intelligent women everywhere. She has made a total fool of herself and has shown McCain has very poor judgment. They both lie without a care about the truth or integrity. She should have been gone long ago but the only good thing now is that people are so terrified of her incompetence that she will help further destroy McCain's campaign and make sure Obama is elected. Obama and Biden are the only real candidates who are prepared to lead.

    September 26, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  8. debra freeberg

    Since all Alaskins have FOREIGN POLICY EXPEREINCE
    just by living there, MCCAIN can pick anyone...

    September 26, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  9. excess scrutiny

    She is getting greater and unfair scrutiny.

    Men get away with much worse-

    Just read the comments from the male politicians- they are even worse.

    September 26, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  10. Shane

    She's in good league with past vice presidents, you know the ones. They invented the internet and can't spell potato correctly. Apparently the bar doesn't have to be too high by past measurements. I say she's good enough.

    September 26, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  11. a woman

    women are attacked much more than men. It was Hillary, and now Palin. A lot of americans cannot digest that a woman would be in high power. Hillary was trashed – and she is so so smart and capable more than O and Mc together. Palin is being attacked bc she is a woman. we had Obama coming with very little experience, Palin does little experience, but Obama got away with that more than she.
    I feel it all the time.

    September 26, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  12. Mark Dover, Delaware

    Sarah Palin got caught up in the moment when asked to be the vice presidential nominee. Common sense should have prevailed. There is no way, even in her own mind , that she is qualified for the job. For Goddsakes Man, give it up!

    September 26, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  13. Fed up!

    Finally someone speaks the obvious truth.

    Nice woman, but so blatantly inappropriate for the job.

    By accepting this position so over her head she has humiliated herself and her party. Sad.

    September 26, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  14. Lynne - Seattle WA

    it's funny how all of a sudden the people that were so ferociously supporting her place on the ticket are now seeing what so many of us saw from the beginning...Palin just isn't prepared for the job of VP. This is not to say she isn't a great Governor and wouldn't someday make a good VP...just not today.

    September 26, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  15. Michael, watching from Canada

    To Scott L

    How can you call what a CONSERVATIVE columnist, who was an early supporter of Republican VP candidate Sarah Palin says about Palin....

    a smear campaign???

    So now there is a conspiracy theory that the Democrats somehow have persuaded Parker to smear a fellow Republican?

    September 26, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  16. B T

    The GOP base is slowly losing confidence in Palin with every interview..... They cant hide her lack of political knowledge any longer.

    September 26, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  17. Dave

    I cannot agree more than ever with Kathleen Parker

    September 26, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  18. Connie

    Thankfully, a Republican who actually sees that Palin is a train wreck waiting to happen. McCain has done the voters of this country a great disservice by choosing her as his running mate. In the (horrible) event that he is elected and doesn't finish his term, the thought of Palin leading the country is too ludicrous to even entertain.

    OBAMA/BIDEN '08 and '12

    September 26, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  19. Kelby from Houston, TX

    “If BS were currency, Palin could bail out Wall Street herself,"

    The same could be said about the rethuglican party in general. They have destroyed the public trust in their attempt to play us all for fools. We are a nation of skeptical cynics who no longer trust the government or the media. Now, we study and research everything to make sure its true. We can't trust them

    September 26, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  20. JFK

    Someone with common sense!

    September 26, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  21. Sue

    I cannot wait for the VP debates. Can I say Crash AND Burn?

    September 26, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  22. Naomi

    McCain should join her in steping down as well...

    September 26, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  23. Janet Jacme

    She should, but she won't.

    John McCain admittitng that he made a mistake? NEVER!!

    September 26, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  24. Daryl in Seattle

    If she backs out, McCain's ticket is toast. Interesting how all of a sudden the huge buzz is gone and all that's left is a hangover for the Republicans. Nothing lasts forever folks, especially nothing that represents evil in the world. The Republicans of today are just that.

    September 26, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  25. Unbelievable!

    If he drops her he will only highlight his lack of quality, thorough decision making. She has to stay now. We have 38 days till voting. Just let the chips fall. VOTE!... for Obama.

    September 26, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
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