October 8th, 2008
04:19 PM ET
13 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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soundoff (144 Responses)
  1. fordomon

    Obama and McCain should leave the country for the good of the country.

    McBama's ideas are weak and don't offer change.

    October 8, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  2. Baze



    October 8, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  3. Un-Decided Voter, Now Decided

    Wow – David Brooks.
    Very candid piece. Look out, she may call you "Liberal Media"

    October 8, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  4. Kim in AZ

    And this is the woman McCain brought in the woo the conservatives. Good call, John. You must have left your judgement in that 13th house you forgot about.

    October 8, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  5. Vegas Barbie for Obama

    Translation to common speak? She is an idiot, an imbecile. And yes, a cancer on the party, her state, the nation...my ears and my mind. Thankfully, Senators Obama and Biden will rid this country of the Palin Pox and the McCain Malady in a matter of 28 days!
    YES WE CAN!!!

    October 8, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  6. JT

    Palin is a blank slate, in the form of a woman, on which McCain's campaign can write whatever they want to.

    She was a tactic. A failed tactic.

    October 8, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  7. ines

    Palin is just one, but probably the most visable, of McCain's long-shot gambles gone awry.

    I agee with Brooks, McCain's and Palin's outrageously negative behavior in this campaign has set off a self-destruct sequence in the GOP party.

    October 8, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  8. AL+


    October 8, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  9. Dhillon

    who is Sarah palin?
    An incompetent VP Candidate?
    Does not know the news paper she reads and blame on the media?
    Does not know what the bailout plan is?
    Does not know what the national security means.

    October 8, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  10. True Republican

    Senator John McCain, I like you, I respect you, and YES I am voting for you.

    Senator McCain, you need to really knock the ball out of the ball park during the next debate, you need to think, prepare and really give us an economic plan.

    Focus, Focus, Focus, also is it too late to consider Romney, I like Gov. Palin yet I'm simply thinking about a WIN at this point.

    It's time for you to get this thing together for the sake of the party.

    ...you still have my vote...

    October 8, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  11. Wrinkly and Winky

    Palin personifies all of the ugliness that has turned the GOP from a party of fiscal conservatives to power-lust, greed, and corruption.

    October 8, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |

    This women is truly a FATAL CANCER on AMERICA. We are better than this hatred. We are awesome when we are UNITED. This shows how ERRATIC AND UNSTABLE John McCain is.

    October 8, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  13. charles

    my fellow prisoners who is that one?

    October 8, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  14. K. S. Minneapolis,MN

    This woman is proof that as a christian you are supposed to walk the walk, not just talk the talk. The only thing she's ready for is to go hunt some moose and be a grandma. Her fifteen minutes are up. Buh-bye!

    October 8, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |





    October 8, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  16. thomas

    The country is in crisis. George Bush and Dick Cheney should be impeached immediately. They deserve it. Washington must be reformed. Time is of the essence. The people need help.

    October 8, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  17. bigmike31313

    McCain's new strategy as "dishonest, dishonorable character attacks." He signaled Obama will still try to keep the economy front-and-center going forward.
    "We understand that it's not easy for John McCain to defend the worst economic record of our lifetime, but he will have to explain to the people struggling to pay their bills and stay in their homes why he would rather spend his time tearing down Barack Obama than laying out a plan to build up our economy,"

    October 8, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  18. Bit

    She is a "cancer" because she is spreading around hatred and underhanded racism.

    It's a shame that the McHatred conservative campaign is spewing out these types of attacks. They are not just doing this to hurt Obama but it also hurts the people that it's against (blacks).

    I'm ashamed of the campaign. McCain, you claim that you are a Maverick but if you were you would go against your party and stop the hatred, racist comments by your VP and surrogates.

    You have lost that title.......................

    October 8, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  19. P

    Palin is scarey, dumb, a liar, and a complete faker, who does not answer question at all, she tell the moderator she was not going to answer the questions asked and then asked herself her own questions and still did not answer her own questions.

    October 8, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  20. Lisa

    I believe that some of the people may realize that the emperor has no clothes!

    October 8, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  21. DebM, Allentown, PA

    I am stunned and incredibly saddened at the depth to which the McCain/Palin campaign has sunk in order to win this election. Their lies, vitriol and incitement of hatred and racism has set our country back decades. For a man who professes his honor and past service to country at every turn, McCain, along with his running mate and many members of the Republican party, has shed all semblance of honor in an attempt to win this presidential election. He may say his motto “Country First”, but it’s becoming more and more obvious that his true motto is “John McCain First”.

    I commend Senator Obama for his attempt to remain above the fray. We, as Americans who are proud of our country and all we have achieved in its relatively short history, need to stand up in unison and say that the age of fear and smear politics is over. John McCain may be willing to surrender his honor to gain the White House, but we Americans are not willing to surrender our honor to put him there. Please stand with me on November 4 and say “ENOUGH” to John McCain, Sarah Palin and their campaign of fear and hatred. Please vote Obama/Biden, and let’s begin to return our country to its previous glory and standing as the most powerful and envied nation in the world.

    October 8, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  22. Who is Sarah Palin anyway?

    Palin is a cancer to us all. She has brought nothing to the campaign other than an ability to dump data once she's absorbed it.

    When asked about Supreme Court cases or her reading choices, she couldn't answer until days later – after she had a chance to acquire prepared answers.

    How can we consider voting for someone when we have no idea who he or she is? And they want us to ask who Obama is? At least he's spoken to us for years.

    October 8, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  23. Arden

    Thank you Rebecca Sinderbrand. It is comforting to know that there are people who are noticing how horrible the real Sarah Palin is. She is "snake oil in Lipstick". She should be removed from the ticket and sent back to Alaska. Go ahead and fool the people of Alaska, but you can't fool every American.

    October 8, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  24. P

    Yesterday McCain was speaking and said something about Obama and some guy said that Obama should be shot, and McCain and Palin said nothing to stop that kind of behavior. Also there was a black man working at the Palin rally and some crazy called the black man a boy, for no reason at all. Then last night McCain put down a voter telling him what he did not know and he was black too and he would not say his name. Then finally he called a sitting U.S. Senator not by his name or Senator but that one!

    McCain and Palin are totally unfit to be in office, sticking the people of Alaska with a bill when she stays in her own home is criminal, plus she tells so many lies to the American people openly as if we are all dumb. Telling everyone that she stopped the bridge to no where is a lie too, she was not even sworn into office when that happened. then their is her husband who wanted Alaska along with herself to leave the U.S. Plus the lie about the plane that she said that she sold on EBay, when all she did was out it up for Auction but was sold through a broker, what a total liar she is and so is McCain.

    McCain is a traitor to our great country, making all those videos to save his own life, what a coward he is and was, I guess country did not come first then, he said it himself, he did not love America until he was in that POW camp. As a solider we are trained to escape and to aid other to escape, I guess McCain missed that training, and that part about giving information to the enemy, even if it is false. I am former Army man and an independent voter and I see that there is no honor among McCain and Palin all they know is hate, fear, and racism. When did patriotism come from hate, bile, fear, and racism?

    October 8, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  25. Phil in KC

    Aha! An area where Brooks and I agree!
    Actually, there are conservatives whom I respect. Brooks is one of those. George Will is another. We just disagree on the issues or, more appropriately, how to deal with them.
    So, when people like this condemn their own candidate, you have to believe it is more than partisan politics.

    October 8, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
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