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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soundoff (144 Responses)
  1. Paula

    Amen! Every time I hear her speak or read her comments, there is a renewed visceral reaction of pure disbelief! What was McCain thinking!!

    October 8, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  2. Joe B

    New York Times Conservative???? Please!!!!!

    October 8, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  3. Gia in Los Angeles, CA

    Good news!

    Our country REALLY needs Obama right now. November 4th can't come soon enough for me! (then January 20th will be the next target date!!)

    Go Obama/Biden '08!!

    October 8, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  4. tws1906

    She is a cancer for which there is no cure or treatment.

    October 8, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  5. Brent

    It was written in the New York-Obama Times. Enough Said.

    October 8, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  6. Diane Panama City Fl

    Sarah Palin is not only a 'fatal cancer" to the Rethuglian Party, she is a seditionist that incites violence toward the other candidate in this presidential race. Perhaps Todd's and her affiliation with the extreme-right secessionist party in Alaska is closer than they let on. And, perhaps an FBI or Secret Service investigation into her campaign trail antics should be launched. She sounds just like Adolph Hitler, except she wears lipstick. Someone needs to slap an muzzle on that stupid cow now!!!!

    October 8, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  7. Tanya

    Experience matters, of course. However, personalty matters just as much.
    Sara Palin is nasty, mean-spirited person, aggressive just for the sake of aggression.
    And, by the way, she is not running for VP. She is running for President. Not in 2012 or 2016 BUT NOW! Don't know if McCain realized it already...

    October 8, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  8. lisa

    EXactly!!!!!!!Palin needs to go back to Alaska .......What a joke that she is mccains vp......She makes me very disappointed as a women in how she is making us look as a nation (wink).

    October 8, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  9. Brendose, Oceanside CA

    Funny.......even the Republicans get it.

    Why can't McCain???

    Sarah was a bad pick. She's not a maverick......not even close. She governs over a population 3 times smaller than Los Angeles.

    Who do you think you were fooling John??

    October 8, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  10. beachgirl

    Yaaeeh the cancer that destroys people, that separates people, that shows how much anger and racisism exists in the McCain and Palin campaign. Republicans are a disgrace to the American people!

    October 8, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  11. drew

    i feel palin is way out of her league.

    October 8, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  12. tesy

    Not only she is a fatal cancer, she is likey to follow her husband footsteps and divide this country into two parts if she is elected.

    October 8, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  13. Nancy from FL

    Brooks is a sexist.

    MCCAIN/PALIN 2008!

    October 8, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  14. Ken Pittsburgh

    Talk about turning on your own. The pit bull is turning out to be a beagal

    October 8, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  15. Carlos

    They are not the only ones asking questions about her readiness, I believe athe vast majority of the world population is also.

    So much for Mr. McCain's claim to supeior judgement.

    October 8, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  16. GOP supporter

    I was wondering when someone would come out and for once be honest about Palin qualification as a vice president. This position is not a joke, we are talking about the USA, the greatest force in the world. She is definitely out of her league.

    October 8, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  17. Proud Conservative

    Perhaps she represents McCain's latest bout - Palinoma?

    October 8, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  18. Janet American Abroad

    This is not only hurting the Republicans, but the focus on the American People.

    Their are so many other respectable Female Republicans, that could have been on the ticket, but for someone to put a person at the lowest end of the chain of human interaction, is just affirming that judgment is far from being sound.

    This is the 21st century, not the 16th century!

    With the information age, and educated individuals willingness to research the candidates(from all parties) on their track records is at their finger tips!

    Distractions, Deceptions, Lies, and Especially Character Smear in as using the Race cards, only demeans those representing the context of ads or verbal attacks.

    Remember one thing everybody and everything knowledge of all candidates, Obama, Biden, McCain, Palin, et al are out there to take to task, in very minute detail.

    October 8, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  19. Kris

    DISGRACE!!!!! – CNN – HOW could you even print this trash.
    And the obama gang cries Racist IF anyone dares to mention obama's MIDDLE name!
    Not to worry – Wright, Ayrers, Rezko, Raines, ACORN – all these
    "friends" that obama does NOT seem to know – the TRUTH will all come out – before it's too late!!!!

    McCain/Palin – a team we can TRUST!

    October 8, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  20. Mike

    When your campaign plays to the lowest common denominator, the candidates follow.

    October 8, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  21. Betty

    How did you become Governor? I understand the Mayor bit, she won by about 100 points in a very small town. Now VP potential and she has more experience than Obama and Biden? It sounds like she was selected because of her EXTREME and BIASED views of the the country and the World (????). I think she would be a burden to any campaign if all she can do is bark with lipstick on.

    October 8, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  22. Ibsaa Dhugasaa

    Perfect, she will be a great help for Obama so she will continue digging a big hole for republican party

    October 8, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  23. Vic

    Early voting is the way to go.

    Registered Republican voting for Obama/Biden 08

    October 8, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  24. Obama/Biden 08

    I knew there was a reason why I love David Brooks.

    October 8, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  25. alex dublin

    Dear Sir/madam.
    Please tell me Don't you need a change? , That works to USA interste and the WORLD too? I am not USA citizen, But I am following international news. Sir Could you just tell Mr Mc Cain, That his waife is making MONEY FROM SUDAN GEVERMENT""" Which is killing insent people in DAFUR???? Mc Cain please the world is a bite of dint it need to sort out?

    October 8, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
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