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. kate

    Does he believe Obama is ready? I don't!
    Palin has been a Mayor and a Govenor
    She has had to balance a budget, create jobs, maintain jobs, and answer to her constituents

    What has Obama done? He's written two books about himself WOW!
    What legislation has he been responsible for,? none.
    I'm a working mom with two kids and am inspired by Palins spirit, energy and intellect.
    Did you see the debate between Obama and McCain?
    Palin has more energy then the two of them combined.
    Maybe she'll actually do something in Washington and not just talk about it.

    October 8, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  2. Richard Hohn

    Sarah Palin is a political pawn, a product of our times created through strange bedfellow relationship between the Christian Right and so-called new conservative corporate criminals that actually run the Republican Party. She offers the myopic, lemming-like supporters of the right a candidate that they can relate to on both an theological and intellectual level. Many believe her competence level is just right...she is smart enough to learn what to say and her motivation to promote the tenets of her faith make her willing to say or do anything to spread the word. But, I see more. In Sarah Palin I see a megalomaniac akin to the Lonesome Rhodes character in "A Face in the Crowd". She just may be a fierce political fiend that is hiding her true aspirations behind a wholesome and homespun facade and waiting to lead the next crusade.

    October 8, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  3. bibi

    The only way the gop can stand a change is to drop her and bring on Romney. I hope they don't though!

    October 8, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  4. Kathy

    Sarah Palin does not actually have a thought of her own in her head. She admonishes Obama for sitting on a board with Ayres who was a domestic terrorist 40 years ago, while she is married to a man who recently belong to an organization wishing to succeed for the US. What a hypocrite. She incites people to shout out "kill him" and hos no appology for her behavior. The Secret Service should arrest her.

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


    October 8, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  6. Brandy

    In short Palin is not fit to be VP over the PTA muchless the governor of Alaska.

    October 8, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  7. Lolita

    ya think?

    October 8, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  8. dbad

    its the moose burgers

    October 8, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  9. Kevin

    No kidding.

    October 8, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  10. Dj

    I was beginning to wonder if there were ANY Republicans who are NOT suffering from a deadly case of CYNICISM!

    Thank you Mr. Brooks!

    There is HOPE!

    October 8, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  11. Brian

    Palin is a car wreck. Now their campaign is treating her like a cuckoo clock... only letting her out twice a day to chirp like a crazy person before hiding her away again.

    And McCain is even worse. Just 12 hours after referring to Sen. Barack Obama as "that one" during the second presidential debate, he just called Americans his "fellow prisoners" today at a rally in Pennsylvania.

    I think they're both a fatal cancer! You betcha they are.

    Obama/Biden '08!!!

    October 8, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  12. Jack

    Well – that "corrupt establishment" – you talk about is the obama Chicago style politics, the DNC, – and most of DC – with all their special programs – Fredie/Fannie – all going to special people –
    Raines, Dodd, Obama – and don't forget ACORN.
    Looks like we do need someone to Fight this corrupt group.

    October 8, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
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    October 8, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  14. Kate

    Mr. Brooks is 100% correct. The republicans have decided that intellect, intelligence, education, curiosity, creativity, and experience are worthless. I have never before seen anyone at this level sneer at higher education. McCain and Palin act as though there is something wrong with a person who has enough wherewithal to get an Ivy league education. My blood ran cold when a former secretary of education (Bill Bennett) spoke disparagingly of George Will as an "intellectual" that "maybe some people listen to." All I know is I wanted my son to get the best education possible, and all my life was told education is the cornerstone of any enlightened society.

    October 8, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  15. Vic

    Well, well, well!!! Since when did the turncoat David Brooks become an authority on who is and who is NOT fit to be a candidate for president or vice president. Look in newspaper archives and you'll see the mighty Brooks fawning all over George W. Bush and Dick Cheney when they ran in 2000 and 2004. So now he sets himself up as an authority on recognizing the perfect candidate. Tell you what Mr. Brooks. I see Sarah Palin so much the opposite as your descriptive pronouncement that if this INDEPENDENT had not already decided to vote for McCain/Palin, your column would have dealt the fatal blow to you, your newspaper, and the democratic party.

    October 8, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  16. seattle/sue

    She's a determined, ambitious women who would walk all over McCain to get to the presidency and with her stilletto heels leaving marks on his face. She's a disgrace to the Republican Party to say he very least.

    October 8, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  17. Ugo

    My heart aches at the thought of seeing 2 unprepared persons leading this country. I wish Americans can understand that experience doesn't necessarily mean someone is prepared.

    October 8, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  18. Rick

    If Barack Hussein Mohammed Obama is qualified to be president then Sarah Palin is most certainly qualified to be vice-president.

    October 8, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  19. lashawn bell

    Gov Palin is out of her leauge and it shows. She is making Senator Obama out to be a terrorist but he is not. When someone at her rally yelled out kill him and terrorist she did not stop the person she wants people to doubt Senator Obama but it is working against Senator Mccain she should keep it up because it will make it easier for Senator Obama and Senator Biden to win. Which is what this country needs to help us survive this crsis. Thank you Gov Palin.

    October 8, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  20. WhiteWomenforObama'08

    This is nothing we didn't already know.
    She's a mistake.

    October 8, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  21. CARMIN

    I feel that McCain who says country first wasnt putting country first when he picked Palin she is in over her head. And its like they are trying to keep us Americans off balance with the real issues by picking her we do need country first and I feel McCain right now knows its his only chance to become President not to help our country but to reach his finial goal no matter what it takes.

    October 8, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  22. Joyce in Florida

    So right on David Brooks. Time for Governor Palin to go back to Alaska. The McCain/Palin ticket will not win this November. Sure, let her keep shooting her mouth off at the remaining rallies. It appears to me that she wants to instigate a riot somewhere. What's with that?!?!? Guess they are really desperate and will try ANYTHING.

    Anyway, this Hillary Clinton supporter is going to vote for "that one".

    OBAMA/BIDEN 08!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 8, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  23. Betty S.

    I've seen in my neighborhood, where neither McCain nor Palin have tred, signs on muscle SUVs in camoflauge paint, "NOBAMA" with a swastika in the O. I don't know how a person who embraces hate-mongering can call themselves American. I cannot vote for a president/vice president who not only ignores but encourages and condones these behaviors in the citizens of our United States.
    SHAME on the McCain ticket. Shame on them. Shame on those who listen to and heed these hurtful, and possibly life-threatening words. It is the most anti-American act of all.

    –Obama is a breathe of fresh patriostism and will take us back into the status of benevolent power that is truly American. Barack Hussein Obama – be proud of your name, be proud of the service you bring to our country and world. –America for Obama!

    October 8, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  24. Judy Black

    Sarah Palin doesn't have the knowledge or ability. If she were a man or ughly she wouldn't be running for VP. It's hard to believe the GOP doesn't have any other women with VP skills. I am a Republican and will not be voting for McCain. I have voted for him numerous times in the past.

    October 8, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  25. al in memphis

    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."

    That is calling it like you see it. This person should have been on the McCain VP selection commitee. Unfortunately, McCain was thinking about how her credentials as a maverick and woman would get votes instead of selecting someone who could actually govern.

    October 8, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
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