Saturday, September 27, 2008

How Did We Miss This? Conservatives Blast Palin!

Yes, it's true! Sarah Palin's obvious incompetence has finally sunk in after the fireworks blew out, and even conservatives like Kathleen Parker admitted that she is not up to the job:

As we’ve seen and heard more from John McCain’s running mate, it is increasingly clear that Palin is a problem. Quick study or not, she doesn’t know enough about economics and foreign policy to make Americans comfortable with a President Palin should conditions warrant her promotion.

And as everyone knows, McCain's 72 years, marked lately by a bout with the deadly cancer melanoma, are right there on the precipice of the grave: the question of the veep having to replace him becomes all the more significant in his case.

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.

No one hates saying that more than I do. Like so many women, I’ve been pulling for Palin, wishing her the best, hoping she will perform brilliantly. I’ve also noticed that I watch her interviews with the held breath of an anxious parent, my finger poised over the mute button in case it gets too painful. Unfortunately, it often does. My cringe reflex is exhausted.

Palin filibusters. She repeats words, filling space with deadwood. Cut the verbiage and there’s not much content there. Here’s but one example of many from her interview with Hannity: “Well, there is a danger in allowing some obsessive partisanship to get into the issue that we’re talking about today. And that’s something that John McCain, too, his track record, proving that he can work both sides of the aisle, he can surpass the partisanship that must be surpassed to deal with an issue like this.”

Here's a conservative woman who wanted with all her heart to embrace Palin as part of the McCain team. But she just can't. It's too great a stretch. Palin is not up to the job - she's waayy over her head.

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

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.

What to do?

McCain can’t repudiate his choice for running mate. He not only risks the wrath of the GOP’s unforgiving base, but he invites others to second-guess his executive decision-making ability. Barack Obama faces the same problem with Biden.

Only Palin can save McCain, her party, and the country she loves. 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.

I'm not usually a fan of Parker and don't often share her views. But here we can agree...the Palin pick was a total disaster, and who knows how the GOP will crawl out of it? It says a lot about John McCain and his ability to make important executive decisions. That ability looks very politically-motivated, showboating, emotional, and not suitable for the leadership position he seeks. In the meantime, the GOP is stuck with another bomb to bury. They've been awfully busy with their financial landslides, housing market implosion and lie-driven war debacle to have to now deal with the delicate issue of a landmark choice, a suddenly-beloved woman Veep-pick returning gracefully into the Alaskan sunset. Maybe they should find a dentist.


Eric Dondero said...

The elitist wing of the conservative movement has always been wary of us libertarians coming into the GOP. Sarah Palin is one of the top elected libertarian Republicans in the country, (along with Idaho's Gov. Butch Otter, and Cong. Jeff Flake of AZ).

Of course, she's going to make some conservatives nervous.

They are wary of her libertarian cultural views. This is the woman, after all, who famously fought back against social conservatives in Wasilla who wanted to run all of the bars and taverns out of town.

They even started a whisper campaign in Alaska during the 2006 primaries that Sarah wasn't really a Republican, but rather a "closet libertarian." She had attended a couple local Libertarian Party meetings seeking their support.

But what she loses from the social conservatives, she gains 10 times over in libertarian votes.

Figure, Libertarian Bob Barr was polling 6% nationwide in mid-summer. As high as 10% in New Hampshire. And post-Palin he's now down to 1%.

Ever since Goldwater the eastern establishment Republicans have distrusted Western cowboy individualists in the GOP.

With Sarah Palin, the libertarian wing of the GOP has finally arrived. Of course, that's going to make some other Republicans nervous.

Get over it Conservatives, THE LIBERTARIANS HAVE ARRIVED!!

Omyma said...

Thanks, but I think the issue of Sarah Palin is not her libertarianism, which I'm happy about, but her lack of qualifications for the job, which I believe to be self-evident.

On the contrary, it's her libertarian style that people love about her. Unfortunately, she cannot represent that point of view in the position of Veep, and should seek another venue.