October 8th, 2008
04:19 PM ET
14 years ago

Palin represents ‘fatal cancer’ to GOP, conservative says

(CNN) - Conservative New York Times columnist David Brooks, who has expressed doubts about Sarah Palin’s readiness to serve as vice president, said this week the Alaska governor “represents a fatal cancer to the Republican Party.”

Brooks praised Palin’s debate performance and called her a natural political talent, but told a New York audience Monday that “experience matters”: “Do I think she’s ready to be president or vice president? No, she’s not even close to that,” he said.

“…Reagan had an immense faith in the power of ideas,” he also said, in remarks first reported by the Huffington Post. “But there has been a counter, more populist tradition, which is not only to scorn liberal ideas, but to scorn ideas entirely. And I'm afraid that Sarah Palin has those prejudices. I think President Bush has those prejudices."

Other prominent conservatives, including George Will and David Frum, have publicly questioned Palin's readiness to be vice president. Prominent conservative columnist Kathleen Parker, an early supporter, said late last month that 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.

Brooks himself has also written skeptically about Palin. "Sarah Palin has many virtues," he 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. kendall

    why isn't the Alaskan Sepratist Party and the link to Todd and Sarah not being scutinized, We have like 3 weeks before we vote and it has hit MS media. people at her rally's sound like what you'd hear from a Spike Lee joint 1890's movie about lynching blacks, only now they say kill em, instead of hang em.
    -I thought McCain would set this country back a hundred years, thats Disney Land compared to the hatred that this lady is spewing out,

    October 8, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  2. Rusty

    God help us all if she becomes President. The best we can hope for is that someone decent and smart runs things behind her. Kind of like a 4-year-old Princess that suddenly becomes the Queen when her dad dies. No one expects the 4-year-old to run the country.

    I am not qualified to be President and I'm much more qualified that she.

    The GOP cancer is all those who are turning a blind eye to her incompetence and claiming she's qualified and who should know better. How can they sleep at night?

    October 8, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  3. conny

    Guess Who am voting for 'that one", Mcsame and McPalain are sick desperados. Who, WANT be voting for them is "Me"

    October 8, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  4. Preco, NY

    Conservative New York Times columnist David Brooks has this to say about Sarah Palin:
    She “represents a fatal cancer to the Republican Party.”
    “Do I think she’s ready to be president or vice president? No, she’s not even close to that,” he said.

    And I have this to say about Sarah Palin:

    She has destroyed what ever fabric of decency left to cover the shame the Republican party has become these past several years.

    She and McCain will be confined to the Dustbin of History and great men and women will rise up again to rebuild the GOP.

    God bless America.

    October 8, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  5. LongV

    The same thing Obama as a cancer to the Democrats, but the media do no admit it? He has no epxerience and real-life records, but all talks.

    October 8, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  6. Frank

    The only real decision that McCain has had to make in the campaign, and it turns out to be a real stinker.

    But Republicans are unlikely to listen. And its probably too late to do anything about it anyway. McCain can't replace her because he can't afford to admit to a serious mistake.

    Hmm, let me see. Where have we seen that kind of stiff-necked belligerence before?

    October 8, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  7. Paul

    It is time for change

    We need new leadership

    We need someone to make our economy stronger

    We need Obama-Biden in the White House

    or are we willing to afford the Bush-McCain policies that have failed us all, just look at our economy...

    Obama -Biden
    Yes we will

    October 8, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  8. themexcellentone@mac.com

    It's pretty bad when people who are supporters of your own party who give thoughtful, insightful commentary on a regular basis to national media outlets think you're poison.

    When will the rest of America wake up and realize that Palin is NOT the future of the GOP?

    I am appalled that so many have been so blinded by this woman's folksy charisma and made-for-tv soundbites that they refuse to see what lies underneath–a vapid, ultraconservative shell of a woman who has absolutely no business governing anything.

    Go back to the hockey rink and gossip and snipe with your hockey moms, Palin. It seems to be where you're most comfortable.

    October 8, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  9. Ridgeway

    Yeah, real experience is needed like organizing fund raising through ACORN and other anti-American radical groups.
    She's imminently more qualified than Obama the Black Muslim radical. Just being an decent Christian American makes her or anyone of her ilk more qualified than Hussein the Muslim pig.
    He can be someone else's president, never mine.

    October 8, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  10. Rob

    Sarah Palin has nerve throwing mud at anyone. She is sleeping with the man who was recently in an organization trying to get Alaska to secede from the United States! And she went and spoke at one of their meetings!!! How UNAMERICAN IS THAT??!!

    October 8, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  11. D&D

    Well, we all know it, she seems the only one not to know it...and McCain of course!

    October 8, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  12. Getting tired of this

    McCain: "Who is the real Obama?"

    Answer: "He's the guy whose ahead of you in every national poll and in most battleground states"

    October 8, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  13. Jane MN

    Although the words sound rather harsh, I have to say that I completely agree. What Palin scares me the most is not her lacking of experience, but rather her extreme ignorance that drives her to do anything, no matter right or wrong, simply just to fulfill her own purpose. Based on what I have seen since the convention, how did she get elected as AK governor is really beyond me. Choosing Palin as VP truly shows McCain’s bad judgment.

    October 8, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  14. Sarah Palin is Obama's best friend.

    She has helped him unite the democratic party.
    She has helped him raise 10 million dollars.
    He has made it clear that obama camp is a peace feast where you hear look to the future, yes we can!!! while McCain's camp is a terror feast.
    Kill him!!! terrorist!!! heard in their rallies. The choice is clear either you have a childish instigator or a thoughtfull intelliegent able and capable young man.

    October 8, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  15. tulsa

    Ideas are what this American experiment is about.
    Regardless who wins this election we have to get past the mindless hate that seems to run rampant in this country. One thing that Obama has done is energize a whole new generation of citizens to be voters.
    We will be watching. The American people have been awakened and have discovered our power. We reject corruption. We embrace hope. We long to live in peace and prosperity. There are many in the world who would see us fail. Some even in this country. As Barack Obama has said, we stand in a stronger position to deal with threats if we stand together with our brothers throughout the world. We must lead by example, not by force. Create jobs through innovation and rebuild our crumbling infrastructure. Rebuild our health care system and schools. Make us once again the envy of the world and share our prosperity, freedom and peace.
    We must reject hate. We must truly put "Country first". It's not a slogan, it's a way of life.
    We are Americans above all else. We set for ourselves high goals and high expectations. We expect our leaders to be the BEST of our people. Don't let us down.

    October 8, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  16. FreeNLovIt

    I hated the Bush/Cheney policies, but you know what, those CRAZY terrorists deserve our best of the best LUNATIC Team, Bush/Cheney.

    Trust me, Muslim extremists DO NOT deserve good treatments. I was watching the History Channel some times back, and when Turkey (Ottomon Empire was moderate Muslims) established its government, they got rid of Muslim extremists.

    October 8, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  17. Anne in CT

    I feel sorry for Alaskans.

    October 8, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |

    Now, what’s her name has been relegated to the back pages of the political history book, where her only stated merit will that she freed Dan Quayle from the public humiliation he as had to endure. She is officially a bigger bobble head than he is.

    The Reptilians should be proud that their campaign has been reduced to an iconic American punch line!

    The Reptilians should just privately concede the election and do an honorable last month so they will live to fight another day. MAYBE they can regroup in time for 2012.

    Continuing down the road the “Liar’s Express” is now traveling will only bring out the whole Keating 5 etc, and cause the Reptilians to lose any respect from middle America. Reptilians will not only be a laughing stock, but a dishonored laughing stock.

    No political clout for decades.

    But hey, what do I know.

    October 8, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  19. Walt

    You guys all think you are frustrated. I live in Alabama near Montomgery. I am stunned everyday by the number of McCain/Palin signs I see in so many yards. David Gergen (I hope I spelled that right) hit the nail on the head yesterday, when he said the issue is RACE. No one in their right unprejudiced mind could possibly vote for McPalin with a straight face.

    If Obama wins I might have to move!!!!!

    October 8, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
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